Nestlé Group saw its drinks arm lead the way during the first quarter of the year, with sales from the division up 9.7% to CHF5.9bn (US$4.7bn).

Waters and soluble coffee achieved 7.7% organic growth and were particularly strong in emerging markets, as well as in the US. Nestlé Waters saw revenues rise 10.5% to CHF2.1bn.

The Swiss company confirmed its full-year outlook and posted a 14.1% rise in group revenues for the first quarter to CHF22.8bn.

Nestlé chairman and CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe said: "Nestlé had a strong start to the year. Our food and beverage business was once again the driver of our growth, with every region contributing."