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US: Danone Waters of America poaches Heineken executive

14 March 2014

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

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - SodaStream Ban Highlights Sorry State of Affairs

4 February 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?

Preview of the Year - 2014 - Part I: Bottled Water

17 January 2014

As we welcome in the New Year, we invite Euromonitor to cast its eye over what 2014 holds for the drinks industry. In the first part of this month's management briefing, the global market research and analysis provider looks at the bottled water category.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Coca-Cola Co Goes For Dasani Fizz

5 November 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 - Soft Drinks & Water - Sunshine Cheer for Soft Drinks Players

24 October 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.

UK: Highland Spring Group appoints new finance head

21 August 2013

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

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - PepsiCo to enter Premi'Om' Water Market?

6 August 2013

This month, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd follows up on the reports that PepsiCo is planning to launch a premium brand into the burgeoning US bottled water market next year, in an attempt to accelerate its diversification away from its struggling carbonates business.

just On Call - Flavoured water is "healthy" - Danone CFO

29 July 2013

Groupe Danone's CEO has defended its flavoured water brands from accusations they contain too much sugar, saying they sit “at the heart” of the company's health strategy.

FRANCE: Groupe Danone waters stay strong on H1 Asia growth

29 July 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.

US: Danone launches label-free Evian bottle

25 June 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

26 April 2013

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

GLOBAL: Group Danone unveils Evian baby app, online ad

22 April 2013

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

FRANCE: Groupe Danone waters sales stay strong in Q1

16 April 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.

just The Answer - Highland Spring Group CEO Les Montgomery

10 April 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.

UK: Highland Spring Group spreads out to take top spot - CEO

9 April 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

8 April 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.

Comment – Soft Drinks & Water - Soft Drink or Objet D’Art?

14 March 2013

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd looks at some of the pack designs being implemented for soft drinks and asks, is the industry in the business of selling beverages, or has it inappropriately diversified into the art world?

Review of the Year 2012 - Part III: Bottled Water

21 December 2012

The third in our five-part review of 2012 sees Ben Cooper consider how the last 12 months have treated the bottled water category.

FRANCE: Danone to cut costs to revitalise European business

14 December 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.

FRANCE: Healthy Q3 for Groupe Danone as waters shine, again

17 October 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.

FRANCE: Tough Q2 for Danone Waters but H1 stays strong

27 July 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.

Sustainability in Soft Drinks & Water - Part IV - Packaging

26 June 2012

In the fourth and final part of this month's management briefing, Ben Cooper continues his consideration of the environmental sustainability of the soft drinks and bottled water categories. Here, Ben looks at the role of packaging.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Responsible Packaging

16 May 2012

This month, Ray Rowlands, takes a look at the developing role of PET in soft drinks and its environmental impact.

UK: UK bottled water sales post slight lift in 2011 - research

3 May 2012

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

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Stagnant Water in Western Europe

27 March 2012

At last week's Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference, Danone faced up to the challenges its bottled water division faces in Western Europe. Richard Corbett concurs and sympathises. But, Richard warns, beware of the emerging markets: The rewards they promise come only from booming volumes.

FRANCE: Danone Waters sees FY profits climb

15 February 2012

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

Review of the Year 2011 - Water

22 December 2011

In the last 12 months, the bottled water industry has managed to pick itself out of the doldrums after a number of years of declines in mature markets, and stagnation in the UK and North America.

Analysis - Danone Waters Sale Looks More Likely

25 October 2011

For a company which claims to have water in its ‘DNA’, Danone has to fend off rumours that it is ready to sell its water business with remarkable regularity. The speculation arose last week that the French company had been approached by Japanese drinks group Suntory. The rumours were fuelled further on Friday by reports in Japan that the two companies would begin negotiations next month.

FRANCE: Danone Waters Q3 sales up, confirms FY guidance

18 October 2011

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

Update - FRANCE: Danone confident of strategic importance of water unit

18 October 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.

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