Odwalla​ – Failure Case Study

"Odwalla​ – Failure Case Study" is part of GlobalData's Successes and Failures case study series. It assesses the juice brand's failure to hit targets and the events that led to Coca-Cola canceling the premium juice brand.

This report is part of GlobalData's Successes and Failures case study series, which explores the reasons underpinning success or failure, and key learnings. The brand Odwalla was a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company. The California-based company were manufacturers for juices, juice drinks, smoothies, protein drinks and quenchers. Odwalla offered its products in different flavors such as banana, berry, blueberry, chocolate, cinnamon, citrus, mango, nutty, pomegranate, strawberry, vanilla, greens, and pumpkins.

However, its performance did not measure up to Coca-Cola's expectations. In the Coca-Cola curation process during 2020 Q2, the company identified Odwalla's underperformance in the North American market. In its discontinuation announcement, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincy explained that the company would be prioritizing regional brands with more scalable opportunities.


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