Coca-Cola, the parent company of popular soft drink Coke, has proven enduringly successful over the years: It ranked No. 6 on Forbes' list of the world's most valuable brands in 2018, with a whopping $57.3 billion value.
If you invested in the company 10 years ago, that decision could have paid off. According to CNBC calculations, a $1,000 investment in Coca-Cola in 2009 would be worth more than $2,800 as of Feb. 15, 2019.
CNBC: Coca-Cola stock as of Feb. 15, 2019
Shares fell Thursday and were on track for their worst day since the Great Recession. The company's stock price fell 7.5 percent and its net sales fell 6 percent. (Net sales still topped expectations.)
Chief executive officer James Quincey told analysts that currency fluctuations, Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and changing tax rates could be responsible for the stock's slide. "Clearly, that is leading to an [earnings per share] growth that is not what we aspire to," he said.
He expressed similar concerns at the 49th World Economic Forum in Davos: "I think we are in the phase of 2019 where we are likely to see a little less growth. It is going to be a slightly tougher year in macroeconomic terms and we need to work our way through it."
Some analysts see problems facing the traditional soda market overall. Ivan Feinseth, of financial firm Tigress Financial Partners, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box," that "there is no growth in carbonated soda," and that brands like Coke and longtime rival Pepsi need to get creative.
They'll need to "continue to develop or acquire other alternatives," Feinseth explains, like sparking water, flavored seltzers, teas and sports drinks, since "that's where the growth is, in the niche beverage markets."
Coca-Cola does offer products besides sodas, and it continues to diversify its portfolio. The company made six new acquisitions in 2018, among them coffee chain Costa Coffee. They also own popular beverage brands Dasani, Minute Maid and Powerade.
And Quincey said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" that the company will take time to "absorb" the investments it made last year.