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New Product Development — The Alcoholic Soft Drink Market

Paul Davie (University of Surrey)

International Journal of Wine Marketing

ISSN: 0954-7541

Article publication date: 1 March 1995



The development of marketing thinking has been stimulated by the pressures of competition. If growing competition for more mature and discriminating markets is a major trend for the next decade, the pursuit of improved product quality and of excellence will be an essential management response. New product development is a vital part of marketing policy for all companies and organisations, as it represents one of the key means by which corporate renewal is achieved and a future secured. This article analyses new product development in the light of the new alcohol soft drink products, which presents a myriad of challenges and opportunities for beverage manufactures and the UK drinks market These drinks have been latched onto by brewers who were desperate to win over young people who had snubbed beer and cider; but their drive has backfired, with drinks such as Hoopers Hooch being condemned for their appeal towards the teenager. In view of this, the article will conclude by identifying the controversial implications these drinks will have for the future stability of the alcoholic soft drink market



Davie, P. (1995), "New Product Development — The Alcoholic Soft Drink Market", International Journal of Wine Marketing, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 49-59.




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