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Can Ireland Realise its Soft Drinks Potential?

Ray Rowlands, of Drinksinfo Ltd, turns his attention to the oft-overlooked Irish soft drinks market and considers its potential, relative to...

Comment - Kraft, Heinz and the Merger Landscape

Following the announcement that Kraft Foods and Heinz are to merge, Ray Rowlands looks at some other actual - and would-be - company unions...

Beverage Verticals for Parents and Children

Jonas Feliciano at Euromonitor International | 25 Jul 2014

Consumer concerns over calorie and sugar content have undoubtedly been a major contributor to shifting consumer beverage choices, particularly in developed markets like the US, UK, and France.

SodaStream Ban Highlights Sorry State of Affairs

Ray Rowlands | 4 Feb 2014

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd reports on the recent controversy surrounding the SodaStream Super Bowl advert in the US and asks, who really gained from its rejection by the media?

Coca-Cola Co Goes For Dasani Fizz

Ray Rowlands | 5 Nov 2013

Following recent reports that PepsiCo is planning to launch a premium water brand in the US, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a look at what arch rival Coca-Cola Co is up to in the country’s bottled water market.

Comment - Sunshine Cheer for Soft Drinks Players

Richard Corbett | 24 Oct 2013

The sun is about to turn in for the winter here in the northern hemisphere. As he waves goodbye to a good Summer, Richard Corbett considers what the weather does for consumption across the soft drinks and bottled water categories.

Latest Interviews

JTA - Highland Spring Group CEO Les Montgomery

Andy Morton | 10 Apr 2013

Highland Spring Group's namesake brand was confirmed this week as the top-selling bottled water brand in the UK. just-drinks talked to the group's CEO, Les Montgomery, yesterday (9 April) about the brand's long fight to the top and how it is survival of the fittest in the water industry.

Latest News

Danone to roll out Alexander Wang Evian bottles

Andy Morton | 9 Sep 2015

Groupe Danone has unveiled two limited-edition Evian bottles designed by US fashion designer Alexander Wang.

China devaluation may hamper margins - analyst

Andy Morton | 12 Aug 2015

China's devaluation of its currency could squeeze profit margins for Scotch producers and other country-of-origin drinks makers, an analyst has warned.

just a While Ago - On 16 February in...

Olly Wehring | 16 Feb 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in…

Danone Waters of America poaches Heineken exec

Andy Morton | 14 Mar 2014

Danone Waters' North American unit has appointed a new marketing VP.

Highland Spring Group appoints new finance head

Andy Morton | 21 Aug 2013

Highland Spring Group has appointed a new finance director four months after overtaking Evian as the UK's top-selling bottled water brand.

Groupe Danone waters stay strong on H1 Asia growth

Andy Morton | 29 Jul 2013

Groupe Danone has reported a solid rise in H1 sales in its bottled water division, as “vigorous growth” in Asia boosted the unit's performance.

Danone launches label-free Evian bottle in US

James Wilmore | 25 Jun 2013

Groupe Danone has unveiled a label-free new design for its Evian bottled water brand in the US.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

Olly Wehring | 26 Apr 2013

The top ten stories published on just-drinks last week:

Group Danone unveils Evian app, online ad

Andy Morton | 22 Apr 2013

Group Danone is supporting its latest Evian ad with a “babifier” app that promises to turn consumers into their "inner babies".

Groupe Danone waters sales stay strong in Q1

James Wilmore | 16 Apr 2013

Groupe Danone has reported a "solid" rise in Q1 sales in its bottled waters division with emerging markets continuing to boost the unit's performance.

Highland Spring spreads out to take top spot - CEO

Andy Morton | 9 Apr 2013

Highland Spring Group's “finger in all the channels” helped its namesake brand overtake Evian as the UK's top-selling bottled water last year, the company's CEO has said.

UK bottled water volumes edge up in 2012

Andy Morton | 8 Apr 2013

UK bottled water volumes grew by 3.3% last year as the industry continued its recovery from the 2006 slump, new figures have revealed.

Danone to cut costs to revitalise Europe business

Dean Best | 14 Dec 2012

Danone is to cut EUR200m (US$261m) in costs from its European operations in a bid to "win back its competitive edge" in the region after falling sales.

Healthy Q3 for Groupe Danone as waters shine

Olly Wehring | 17 Oct 2012

The bottled water division of Groupe Danone has continued its strong performance in 2012, with a healthy rise in sales in the third quarter.

Tough Q2 for Danone Waters but H1 stays strong

Olly Wehring | 27 Jul 2012

Danone's bottled water unit has posted a healthy set of numbers for the first half of this year, despite robust comparatives in Q2 last year.

UK bottled water sales post slight lift in 2011

Andy Morton | 3 May 2012

UK bottled water sales grew by 2.1% last year, an annual survey has said.

Danone Waters FY profits climb

Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 2012

Danone Waters has recorded an increase in full-year sales, boosted by good growth in Western Europe and its top emerging markets.

Danone Waters Q3 sales up, confirms FY guidance

Michelle Russell | 18 Oct 2011

Danone Waters has reported an increase in third-quarter sales and confirmed its full-year growth targets.

Danone confident of strategic importance of water

Michelle Russell | 18 Oct 2011

Danone has said that its water division is still a strategic part of the business, despite reports suggesting the company is looking to dispose of it.

Danone to build EUR6m Evian innovation centre

Stuart Todd | 13 May 2011

Danone is investing around EUR6m (US$8.6m) to build an innovation centre for bottled water on the site of its Evian bottling plant south-east France.

Danone debuts new Evian babies commercial

just-drinks.com editorial team | 20 Apr 2011

Danone Waters of America has launched a new television advertising campaign for its Evian water brand in the US.

Danone rolls-out updated Evian bottle

just-drinks.com editorial team | 17 Mar 2011

Danone Waters of America has launched a redesigned bottle for its Evian brand in the US in a move to reduce its carbon footprint.

Nestle sues Elitvoda Ru over imported water

Jerom Rozendaal | 25 Feb 2011

Nestle has filed a lawsuit against the Russian company Elitvoda Ru, accusing it of illegally importing Nestle products into Russia.

Company research

Société Anonyme des Eaux Minérales d'Evian (SAEME) in Soft Drinks (France)

Société Anonyme des Eaux Minérales d'Evian (SAEME) in Soft D

Société Anonyme des Eaux Minérales d’Evian (SAEME) aims to at least maintain its third position within bottled water over the forecast period. The company is expected to continue to invest strongly in...

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Bottled Water in France

Bottled Water in France

Total volume sales of bottled water continued to increase in 2014, boosted by the efforts of manufacturers to recruit consumers who prefer tap water because it is cheaper but also more convenient, as...

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Soft Drinks in France

Soft Drinks in France

Soft drinks posted low but still positive value growth in 2014. Volume sales also increased again, driven by population growth and the decline in consumption of alcoholic drinks, in particular on-trad...

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