AriZona iced tea co-founder doubles down on 99-cent price: report
The chairman and co-founder of AriZona Beverages has doubled down on maintaining the 99-cent price point for its canned iced tea amid high inflation, FOX Business correspondent Madison Alworth reported Friday.
Don Vultaggio wants to keep the 99-cent, 23-ounce iced tea the same price because it’s “something that customers rely on,” Alworth reported. She noted one change the company has made over the years to save on costs is altering the top on its cans.
“What they’re doing seems to be working,” Alworth said. “This company barely does any advertising. It’s all just word of mouth, and they’re still here.”
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In September, inflation – measured by the consumer price index – rose 0.4% from August and 8.2% from the prior year, FOX Business previously reported. Food costs went up 0.8% month-to-month and 11.2% from last year.
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Vultaggio previously said on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” in April that he had “no intention” of raising prices at the time.
“We think the consumers deserve a deal and a break, and we’re trying to give them that break,” he said.
He told host Neil Cavuto efficiency during manufacturing has also helped keep prices flat.
“When we started out in 1992, we were running the cans on fillers that run 150 a minute,” he said. “Today, we run 1,500 a minute. That’s a big move from an efficiency point of view.”
Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.