The week in soft drinks and bottled water

The week in soft drinks and bottled water

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.

A tax on energy drinks in France has fallen foul of the country's Constitutional Council for a second time, but could be introduced in another form.

AG Barr has posted a jump in first-half profits and sales as it announced an exclusive ten-year deal with Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) to distribute the US firm's products in the UK and other EU countries.

The Coca-Cola Co is to launch Coca-Cola Zero in India, upping the no-calorie brand's presence to 149 countries.

The markets of Western Europe have long been the engine for soft drinks companies, generating steady returns and providing a dependable working environment. But, the global economic downturn has hit the region hard. Richard Corbett surveys the wreckage.

PepsiCo has poached a Samsung Electronics executive to lead its focus on innovation in the beverage sector.

The Coca-Cola Co, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group have pledged to reduce beverage calories consumed in the US by one-fifth in the next ten years.

The soda tax issue is bubbling up in the US again, this time in the Californian city of Berkeley.