The food and beverage giant ramped up advertising spending by 12% this year on campaigns for its Pepsi colas, Mountain Dew, Gatorade and other products, according to a report from Reuters.
The company has partnered up with stars like Chrissy Tiegen, and recently launched a campaign in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the NFL.
Investors responded strongly, boosting Pepsi shares 3.2% to $138.16 in morning trade.
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“The increased advertising that we have is causing consumers to shop us more aggressively, and our customers are rewarding us with that [grocery] space because they know that we can help them grow,” CFO Hugh Johson said on CNBC.
The company posted earnings of $1.56 per share on revenue of $17.19 billion, easily surpassing estimates of $1.50 per share and $16.93 billion, respectively.
Pepsi’s healthier options noticeably did well, including sugar-free Gatorade Zero, which topped $500 million in retail sales since launching in May.
In addition, Johnson expects Bubly — a sparkling water competitor to La Croix — to become the company’s next $1 billion brand.
Overall, North America beverage sales rose 3.4% to $5.64 billion.
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