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Top 50 rank: 4
Rank in Beverages: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 6.69
Ticker: KO
Why it's admired:
The soda industry may be struggling, but Coke has managed to hold strong through the storm. The beverage giant leads the industry in market share despite sales of its original Coca-Cola brand having slowed in North America. (The Coke brand is growing globally.) The secret? Expanding the brand beyond the sugary sparkling beverages. Coke has seen a moderate growth in its still beverage brands, including Powerade and Gold Peak Tea.
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Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 2
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 2
Industry: Beverages
Most Admired
1 Coca-Cola 6.69
2 Anheuser-Busch InBev 6.48
3 SABMiller 5.86
4 Coca-Cola Enterprises 5.83
5 FEMSA 5.55
6 Diageo 5.21
Rank Company Overall score
7 Heineken Holding 5.18
8 Dr Pepper Snapple Group 5.17
9 Pernod Ricard 4.77
10 Asahi Breweries (Asahi Group Holdings) 4.63
11 Carlsberg 4.60
12 Kirin Holdings 4.53
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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