The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its associated effects, such as stockpiling, home seclusion and channel shifts, have had a sizable impact on the trajectory of all non-alcoholic drinks categories in 2020.
2021 will see food and drink companies create solutions catering to mental and emotional wellbeing; be challenged to respond to new definitions of “trust,” “quality” and “essential”; and cater to a growing desire to be part of a community.
The opportunity is at hand to translate c-store strengths—diverse channel affiliations, large refrigerated and ambient shelf-space, and deep category knowledge—into the taking of a bigger slice of the pie.
Starting on Canada Day, British Columbia will add provincial sales tax to all carbonated beverages that contain sugar.The new rules span bottled and canned soda, as well as beverages dispensed through soda fountains, soda guns and vending machines.Finance Minister Carole James announced in her budget last week that the 7% provincial sales tax will takes effect on July 1 and is expected to generate $27 million in revenues in the 2020-2021 budget year.Belgium, United Kingdom, Mexico, Chile, France, Portugal, Norway and Hungary charge an excise tax of 20% on such drinks, while eight cities in the United States also levy sugar taxes, including Berkeley, Calif., where a University of California study published last year in the American Journal of Public Health found sugar-drink consumption was down almost 52% in some neighbourhoods and water consumption was up 29%.The B.C.
Tim Hortons and McDonald's Canada are the latest coffee purveyors to stop accepting reusable mugs brought in by customers amid concerns about the novel coronavirus outbreak."We will continue to monitor the situation and plan to reintroduce the policy at a later time,'' wrote McDonald's Canada spokeswoman Veronica Bart in an email.Tim Hortons said in a statement that it has made the change after listening to its restaurant owners and comments from its customers, even though health officials have not recommended any changes to its current procedures.The temporary move follows similar decisions by Starbucks and The Second Cup Ltd.
7-Eleven Canada is running a new promotion designed to make it a go-to destination for hot beverage drinker: Registered 7Rewards members can get a free small hot beverages on the 7th and 11th of every month until the end of the year.