May 22, 2014, 7:42 AM
- The obesity rate in the U.S. has increased to 27.7% to mark the highest level since Gallup starting tracking height and weight in 2008.
- The link between obesity and high healthcare costs has teed up the development as a political issue.
- The group which takes the brunt of the criticism over obesity is the soft drink industry (KO, PEP, DPS, COT, MNST).
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Apr. 21, 2014, 8:34 AM
- Monster Beverage (MNST) says it settled a lawsuit in which some shareholders accused the company of overstating the benefits of a distribution deal with Anheuser-Busch.
- The controversy dated back to the actions of the company in 2007 when it was known as Hansen Natural Corporation.
- The settlement won't have any financial impact on the company due to insurance.
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Feb. 28, 2014, 8:13 AM
- One of the more entertaining earnings conference call appearances this season was turned in by Monster Beverage (MNST) CEO Rodney Sacks.
- Sacks said Monster doesn't like to get into the weather blame game like his major soft drink rivals, but that the current stretch of harsh weather has forced his hand.
- Playing "weatherman" this year has been a necessity to plan around disruptions and demand swings.
- Earnings call transcript
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Feb. 18, 2014, 12:35 PM
- The Illinois Senate is considering a tax of one penny per ounce on soda drinks sold in sealed containers.
- Proponents of the measure claim the state will save money on health care costs on top of the added tax revenue, while opponents say it will cost the state jobs.
- Illinois Senate Bill 3524
- Related stocks: KO, PEP, DPS, MNST
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Jan. 10, 2014, 3:33 PM
- A purchase of Monster Beverage (MNST +2.9%) would command a high deal price, but also give the buyer a huge base in the energy drink market to work with, says Edward D. Jones' Jack Russo.
- Coca-Cola (KO +1%) is the company that would be the logical choice to make a run for Monster's strong growth, but it hasn't tipped off any renewed interest.
- The final push for Coca-Cola to pull the trigger could be another period or two of soft demand for soft drinks in the U.S.
Jan. 6, 2014, 11:08 AM
- Consumers haven't backed away from energy drinks despite negative publicity, according to research from Mintel.
- More than half of the respondents to polling from the research firm indicated they still see energy drinks as more effective than alternatives.
- Women tend to worry more about the safety issues tied to energy drinks than men.
- The energy drink industry has put in two consecutive years of 17% growth.
- Related stocks: MNST, KO, PEP.
Dec. 31, 2013, 8:48 AM
- Vending machines will display calorie counts in 2014 in order to abide by new FDA regulations that will be in place. Close to 5M machines will get a significant upgrade in order to post the information.
- The cost will be high for vending machine operators to implement the changes, but the government has a bigger consideration. By the FDA's reckoning if only 0.2% of obese adults reduce their calorie intake by a moderate amount, then the program will save $24M a year in annual health care costs.
- Candy sellers are expected to only see a minor impact from the new vending machine regulations, while soda sellers could face a bigger challenge.
- Related stocks: KO, PEP, DPS, MDLZ, HSY, FLO, NSRGY, NSRGF, GIS, MNST.
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