Depending on the part of the country you are from, you may refer to soft drinks as soda, pop, or soda pop. The first soft drink was reportedly first marketed in 1676 by the Compagnie de Limonadiers of Paris, which marketed a drink made with water and lemon juice sweetened with honey. This non-carbonated drink was sold by dispensers who carried barrels of the lemonade drink on their backs and would pour into cups for the customers.
The sale of carbonated soda water and soda fountains came about in 1806 when Benjamin Silliman, a Yale chemistry professor, sold soda waters in Connecticut. The soda fountains in the 19th century then started to take off with extracts and flavorings added to the soda water. The U.S. Patent Office received 1,500 patent applications for corks, caps, and lids for the carbonated soda bottle tops during the 1800’s.
Here are some soft drink stocks which might satisfy your thirst for beverage stocks, many of which pay dividends. All of these have market caps over $1 billion.
Embotell Andina SA (NYSE:AKO.A) is a Santiago, Chile based company. It is a distributor of Coca-Cola products in Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. The stock has a P/E of 16. The yield is 1.4%.
Coca Cola (NYSE:KO) is one of the largest manufacturers, distributors, and marketers of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups in the world. The P/E is 18. They are generating a yield of 3.1%.
Cadbury Schweppes Plc. (OTC:CDSCY) markets Dr.Pepper, Schweppes, 7 Up, Snapple, Mott's, Hawaiian Punch, Clamato, and Schweppes Tonic Water. This London based company was founded in 1783.
Pepsico, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) is a manufacturer of Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana Pure Premium, Aquafina water, Sierra Mist, Mug, Tropicana juice drinks, Propel, SoBe, Slice, Dole, Tropicana Twister, and Tropicana Season’s Best. The P/E is 17, with a yield of 2.9%.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE) distributes and markets carbonated and noncarbonated beverages, primarily of The Coca-Cola Company. It distributes in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Florida. The company has a P/E of 14 and a yield of 2%.
Coca Cola Femsa SA (KOF) is a distributor of Coca Cola products in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil. The stock has a P/E of 19 and a yield of 1.5%.
Coca Cola Enterprises (NYSE:CCE) distributes Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dasani, Fanta, Schweppes, and caffeine free Diet Coke. The company distributes in North America, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Monaco. The stock has a forward P/E of 18, with a yield of 1.2%.
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA (NYSE:CCH) is an Athens, Greece based company. Distributor of Coca Cola products in Europe. The stock has a P/E of 17 and a yield of 1.4%.
Hansen Natural Corp. (HANS) makes and markets natural sodas, fruit juices and juice drinks, energy drinks and energy sports drinks, along with other types of beverages. The stock has a P/E of 21. The stock does not pay a dividend.
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Disclosure: Author owns KOF.