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.

The French division of Nestlé Waters is in talks to offload its Quézac sparkling water brand.

Following the announcement that PepsiCo is dropping aspartame from its diet cola in the US, Drinksinfo's Ray Rowlands analyses the potential effect this could have on the country's soda market in general and on the company in particular.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated has seen its recent territory expansion in the US benefit its Q1 top-line, although profits in the period were hit by related costs.

Cott Corp's Q1 losses have widened but sales increased on the back of its acquisition of DS Services.

When SABMiller announced last November it would team up with The Coca-Cola Co to control bottling rights across southern and east Africa, there was ardent speculation over which territories the brewer could move into next.

Monster Beverage Corp has posted a steep fall in profits from the first three months of this year, as one-off costs related to its deal with The Coca-Cola Co hit hard.

The head of Monster Beverage has said distributors outside of the US have shown "scepticism" over the ongoing transition of The Coca-Cola Co's energy portfolio.