This specialty milk costs about $4 for a 52-ounce bottle - more than organic milk and about double what the conventional stuff sells for. In its first year on shelves, Fairlife reached about $90m in sales, giving a sizable boost to the specialty milk category, which includes milk with more calcium or no lactose.
Coke is part-owner of Fairlife through its Venturing and Emerging Brands group, which has backed Zico coconut water, Honest Tea, and Fuze juice drink. Fairlife Chief Executive Officer Steve Jones worked at Coke as chief marketing officer from 2000 to 2003. While there, he played a role in moving the beverage company beyond its Minute Maid frozen orange juice business to higher-margin products, such as Simply juice, a billion-dollar brand that’s challenged market leader Tropicana—owned by rival PepsiCo—with its clear bottles. “It proved to me you can take a commodity and transform it into a dynamic high-growth category,” Jones says of Simply. “We can do the same to milk.”
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