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Ray Rowlands can see both sides of the PepsiCo spin-off rowComment - Soft Drinks & Water - PepsiCo: Time to Split?

10 April 2014

Last month, Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund Management sent a 37-page letter to PepsiCo's board urging it to spin off, what he described as, its struggling beverage business. Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd looks at the pros and cons of such a monumental undertaking and draws his own conclusions.

US: Danone Waters of America poaches Heineken executive

14 March 2014

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

FRANCE: Orangina Schweppes appoints France CEO

13 March 2014

Orangina Schweppes has lined up the next CEO for its unit in France, just-drinks has learned.

Product Launch - UK: Danone's Volvic Touch of Fruit Coco-Pineapple & Volvic Touch of Fruit Cherry

27 January 2014

Danone has announced details of two flavoured extensions of its Volvic water brand, to be launched exclusively in the UK.

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.

FRANCE: Danone executive to head new Suntory Europe unit

9 January 2014

Japan's Suntory Beverage & Food has appointed Stanislas de Gramont to head its new European subsidiary.

Round-Up - NPD: The Future of Plastic Beverage Packaging

26 November 2013

Returning from Mexico, Tom Vierhile from Datamonitor shares his thoughts on what plastic packaging has to offer, going forward.

INDONESIA: Asahi Group expands bottled water business in US$193m deal

18 November 2013

An Asahi Group joint-venture in Indonesia is to take control of bottled water producer Tirta Bahagia Group in a deal worth IDR2.2tn (US$193m).

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.

FRANCE: Danone Waters posts nine-month sales jump after sunny Q3

18 October 2013

Danone's water unit has posted a strong jump in year-to-date sales as good weather in Europe helped boost volumes.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - PET Meltdown

10 October 2013

This month, Ray Rowlands airs his concerns over the growing dependency of PET in the soft drinks industry and its negative impact on the environment.

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.

CHINA: Coca-Cola Co recalls contaminated Minute Maid

5 August 2013

The Coca-Cola Co's Greater China unit has recalled 19,000 cases of Minute Maid dairy drink after fears they are contaminated with a bacteria that can cause botulism.

just For Subscribers - The week in drinks

2 August 2013

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

US: PepsiCo silent over Om bottled water launch

30 July 2013

PepsiCo has declined to comment on a report claiming that it will enter the premium bottled water category with new product Om.

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.

Focus - Soft Drinks & Water - Functional Drinks: Meeting Claims and Expectations

20 June 2013

Mintel offers an insight into the impact on functional foods and beverages, following the European Food Safety Authority's ruling on health claims last year.

Sustainability in Soft Drinks & Water - Part I - Beyond the Four Walls

19 June 2013

This month's management briefing continues with our look at environmental sustainability in the drinks industry. Following his look at the brewing sector earlier this year, Ben Cooper turns his attention to the soft drinks & bottled water category.

LIWF 2013 - GLOBAL: Bio-cork has plastic in its sights

22 May 2013

A new bio-plant closure for wine bottles could replace plastic corks if oil prices continue to rise, its maker has claimed.

just the Research

17 May 2013

Here's a run-down of some of the top research reports currently available in the just-drinks research store:

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.

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.

EUROPE: Danone offloads Chiquita smoothie unit

3 April 2013

Danone has confirmed that its JV with Chiquita Brands International, Danone Chiquita Fruits, has sold its smoothie operations to German fruit company Gebruder Bagusat.

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?

Round-Up - NPD: Why Eat Breakfast When You Can Drink It?

26 February 2013

This month, Tom Vierhile at Datamonitor considers the appeal of a liquid breakfast amongst consumers.

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