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Has Coca-Cola CoComment - 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.

SWITZ: Nestlé Waters nine-month sales stay stable as Europe recovers

17 October 2013

Nestlé's Waters unit has reported a slight rise in nine-month sales as its Latin America and Asia regions performed strongly, Europe improved and North America held steady.

just the Winners - 2013 InnoBev Sustainability Awards

17 April 2013

The winners of this year's InnoBev Sustainability Awards were announced in Warsaw yesterday (16 April), during the ninth InnoBev Global Beverages Congress.

FRANCE: Nestle Waters appoints marketing director

21 September 2011

Nestle Waters has appointed a marketing director for its France and Belgium divisions.

US: Owens-Illinois closes Verrerie du Languedoc plant buy

27 July 2011

Owens-Illinois has completed its purchase of the Verrerie du Languedoc bottling plant in France, thereby expanding its “strategic relationship” with Nestlé Waters.

FRANCE: Owens-Illinois to acquire Perrier bottler

22 November 2010

US group Owens-Illinois has signed a “conditional agreement” with the Verrerie du Languedoc (VdL) to acquire its bottling plant in Southern France, which bottles Nestlé's Perrier and San Pellegrino water brands.

SWITZ: Nestle Waters' nine-month sales climb

22 October 2010

Nestle Waters has recorded an increase in sales for the first nine months of the year, driven by share gains in key markets.

Comment - Eau à la carte points way for bottled water market

22 November 2007

A glance at the “Water List” at exclusive London hotel Claridge’s may give one a glimpse into the future for the water sector. The lofty prices being asked for exotic waters sourced from far-flung countries may represent something of an extreme, but Annette Farr believes it shows how consumer tastes in water are becoming more sophisticated, providing potential for increasing product innovation and differentiation.

Spotlight - All eyes on water market as Indian rumour-mill turns

2 August 2007

Attention has been focused on the Indian bottled water sector over the last week or so as speculation has mounted that Danone and a number of other companies are looking to expand their presence in this growing market through acquisition. Ben Cooper reports.

ITALY: Nestlé Waters ready to pounce?

8 March 2007

Nestlé Waters is looking to further grow its business in Italy after a successful year in the country in 2006.

SWISS: Nestlé Waters enjoys sales lift

19 October 2006

Nestlé Waters enjoyed an 8% rise in nine-month revenues to CHF7.5bn (US$6bn), its parent company Nestlé said today (19 October).

SWITZERLAND: North America buoys Nestlé Waters

23 August 2006

Sales in North America have driven rising first-half revenues at Nestlé Waters, its parent company reported today (23 August).

FRANCE: Danone banks on Snoopy to wake up Badoit

3 April 2006

Danone has called on the services of Snoopy in the latest ad campaign for its sparkling water brand, Badoit.

Water tops Italian soft drinks tables

22 November 2005

Despite the wealth of new product innovation, water continues to dominate Italy’s soft drinks industry. Annette Sessions reports.

American consumers taking to water

24 October 2005

Initially slow to acquire the European taste for bottled water, American consumers have not only caught up fast but, writes Annette Sessions, have also enthusiastically embraced concepts such as flavoured and functional waters.

Neau compromise at Perrier

24 August 2004

The bitter battle between Nestle and the French CGT union over the group's rationalisation plans for Perrier has resulted in the Swiss group threatening to sell its iconic French water brand. Ben Cooper assesses whether Nestle is serious about the threat or just talking tough.

Still growth in Italian bottled water market

26 July 2004

Although it is a large and mature market for bottled water, Italy is still seeing strong growth in bottled water sales, driven principally by consumer demand for healthier drinks. Hope Lee, beverage analyst for Euromonitor, reports.

RUSSIA: Nestle acquires Clear Water

19 February 2003

Nestle Waters has announced that it has acquired Clear Water group, the leading home and office delivery (HOD) water operator in Russia. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Nestle - The source of power

3 September 2002

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have made impressive progress in their blitzkrieg assault on the US water market but to progress further they will have to take on a powerful market leader in the form of Nestle. And Ben Cooper found that the current top dog has more on its side than sheer scale.

Half full or half empty?

10 May 2002

The recent success stories in the German mineral market are all but dominated by foreign brands. Despite the fight back by some notable exceptions, Ute Ballay reports on uncertain times for the domestic producers as they come to terms with a changing market.

GREECE: Perrier makes Greek acquisition in run up to Olympics

16 January 2002

Perrier Vittel, a subsidiary of the Nestle group, has said it has bought a 51% stake in the Greek bottled water delivery company Aqua Spring.

USA: Coca-Cola and Nestle deny global joint venture

14 March 2001

Nestle SA and Coca-Cola have both denied reports that they plan a joint venture in the bottled water business. Speculation rose from an analyst's report, which suggested that Nestle SA and Coca-Cola were considering whether to form a joint venture in the water business, costing about $2 billion.

Bottled Water - a global survey

12 March 2001

The ongoing concern over the quality of tap water and the search for healthier lifestyles has helped underpin growth in the bottled water market between 1995 and 1999. The demand for bottled water became year-round rather than seasonal, and prices were driven down by the growth of private label and budget-price brands, reports Brand Strategy

Indian bottled water market: Confused regulation puts pressure on producers

23 January 2001

India's new found affluence in recent years has made much of the population upwardly mobile. People are flocking from the country to the cities so health issues surrounding the quality of India's water has become more pressing. Regulators, however, are making life difficult for the bottled water producers. Sarah Diston and Navros Havewala report on the situation.

USA: The Perrier Group Agrees to Acquire the Operations of Canadian Aberfoyle Springs Limited

20 October 2000

The Perrier Group of America, a division of the Perrier Vittel Group which is a subsidiary of Nestle SA, announced today The Perrier Group's agreement to acquire Aberfoyle Springs Ltd, an Ontario Canada based bottler of natural spring water. The transaction will be finalized upon the approval of the Canadian regulatory authorities, which is expected to be received shortly. Perrier agreed to acquire Aberfoyle's operations in an asset-based deal. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed.Aberfoyle Springs manufactures and distributes bottled spring water from two plants, one in Ontario and one in British Columbia. The company, started by the Elliott family, has 169 employees and expects year 2000 revenues to reach C$ 125 million ($US 84 million). Aberfoyle is the fifth largest manufacturer of portable bottled water products in North America. The addition of the Aberfoyle brand to the Perrier Group product portfolio will strengthen Perrier's position in North America. The Perrier Group is the leader in the North American bottled water market,with 1999 sales of $ 1.5 billion US. The company produces and distributes ten American brands: Poland Spring, Deer Park, Zephyrhills, Arrowhead, Calistoga, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Oasis, Great Bear and Utopia. Five of these American brands are positioned among the top ten brands in the country. The Perrier Group also produces and distributes the Canadian brand Montclair in Canada, and imports and distributes four international spring water brands throughout the United States and Canada: Perrier, Aqua Panna,Vittel, and San Pellegrino.

USA: Big Sur Water of Salinas, California Sold to a Subsidiary of the Perrier Group of America

10 October 2000

L. Douglas McKenzie, President/CEO of Salinas based Big Sur Bottled Water, Inc. announced the company's business has been acquired by Great Spring Waters Of America, Inc. a subsidiary of The Perrier Group of America. The Perrier Group owns a bottled water portfolio of 10 regional US brands and imports 4 international brands, all of which are distributed throughout the United States and Canada. The Perrier Group is owned by Nestle, one of the largest food companies in the world. McKenzie reported that all 25 current employees will be hired by the new ownership. McKenzie has agreed to serve as a consultant to the business to ensure a smooth transition. The terms of the sale and annual revenues of Big Sur Bottled Water were not disclosed. Big Sur Bottled Water, Inc. was founded in 1992. The company bottles and distributes water to homes and businesses in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. Douglas McKenzie said, "The Perrier Group had 1999 revenues of $1.5 billion and has accounted for much of the industry's growth in the last decade. It is an outstanding company with quality products and a reputation for great customer service. We believe they are uniquely qualified to build upon Big Sur Bottled Water's tradition of product and service excellence. For our employees this is an excellent opportunity to become part of the industry's leader with significant marketing clout in the bottled water business." Non-sparkling water represents 90% of The Perrier Group. Most domestic brands are distributed regionally. Nearly all domestic brands offer a wide range of package sizes -- from single serve bottles sold through retail outlets to five gallon containers delivered to homes and offices. The Group's domestic brands include Arrowhead, Calistoga, Deer Park, Great Bear, Ice Mountain, Oasis, Ozarka, Poland Spring, Utopia, and Zephyrhills. Imported international brands include Perrier, San Pellegrino, Aqua Panna, and Vittel.

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