Coca-Cola is to follow the launch of Dasani in the UK and France by venturing into Germany, according to local press reports. The move will pitch Coke into a bottled water market dominated by Nestle and Danone.

German news reports said yesterday that Dasani will hit the shelves in May, citing a spokesperson for Coca-Cola's German arm, Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetraenke.

The news agency reported that Coke will opt for Germany's Andani mineral water spring, in the eastern area of the country, for countrywide production.

In the article, however, German market researcher GfK AG warned that Coke is entering a market where consumers have developed a strong brand awareness.