By Tonya Garcia
A partnership between Vita Coco Co. Inc. and Diageo is the latest addition to the canned cocktail craze that’s mixing hard liquor with soft drinks and other beverages.
Vita Coco Spiked with Captain Morgan is expected to hit shelves nationwide in early 2023 in three flavors: piña colada, strawberry daiquiri and lime mojito.
Coca-Cola Co. /zigman2/quotes/209159848/composite KO +0.76% has made a number of announcements in the canned cocktail space recently.
Last month , the beverage giant teamed up with Brown-Forman Corp. /zigman2/quotes/209049280/composite BF.A +1.17% /zigman2/quotes/209253695/composite BF.B +0.98% for Canned Jack & Coke. In January , Coke teamed up with Molson-Coors Beverage Co. /zigman2/quotes/205165133/composite TAP +0.02% for Simply Spiked juices, adding to an existing partnership for Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. And, also in January , Coca-Cola paired with Constellation Brands Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207737284/composite STZ +1.62% for an adult version of Fresca.
In addition, there are a number of privately held players, like High Noon, which has both hard seltzer and canned vodka drinks, and hard seltzer leader White Claw, as well as canned wines.
Vita Coco /zigman2/quotes/230236262/composite COCO +2.18% is also riding a wave of rising demand for coconut water in the U.S.
“For starters, coconut beverages are part of the changing taste of America, driven in large part by demand from multicultural and specifically Hispanic and Asian American consumers,” said Michael Kirban, co-chief executive of the company, on the most recent earnings call in May, according to FactSet.
Kirban presented data showing that coconut as a beverage ingredient is a $2.8 billion market segment in the U.S., bigger than both almond and oat beverages.
Vita Coco stock has run up 17.2% over the past three months. Diageo /zigman2/quotes/208129584/composite DEO +0.58% is down 19% for the period. The benchmark S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.73% has dropped 14.5% over the last three months.