Apollinaris & Schweppes (A&S) has seen sales fall in the first five months of this year, the company announced yesterday. A&S has posted a fall in sales for January to May of almost 10% year-on-year.

The company blamed the decrease on the competition between brands in non-returnable packages following the introduction of compulsory can and bottle deposits in the country last year.

Going forward, A&S expects sales to remain stable, following the introduction of new equipment, the launch of new packages and the effects of price hikes in 2003.

While overall unit sales of mineral water and beverages in Germany rose by 1% year-on-year in the first five months of 2004, the average price per litre is falling.

In 1991, Cadbury Schweppes, together with Apollinaris Brunnen AG, set up a joint venture named Apollinaris & Schweppes, with CS holding a 28% stake in Apollinaris & Schweppes and 50% of the company's voting rights. At the end of 2002, CS acquired 100% of the shares of the joint venture and established Apollinaris & Schweppes GmbH.