This week in soft drinks & bottled water

This week in soft drinks & bottled water

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and spirits & wine.

The Coca-Cola Co is to change tack on its Coke Life distribution in Western Europe, downgrading the newest Coca-Cola trademark innovation to one that targets only to a "niche" group.

It was to be a key weapon in The Coca-Cola Co's fight against declining soda sales. But, since its launch in Argentina in 2013, Coke Life has carried the whiff of underachievement as consumers have struggled to connect with its lower-sugar (but not no-sugar) positioning.

The two largest Coca-Cola bottlers in Japan have confirmed their plans to merge, creating what will be the third-biggest bottling entity in the global Coca-Cola system.

Coca-Cola's recent water-replenishment achievements underline the company's status as a leader in sustainability within the drinks sector. However, Ben Cooper writes, an even greater focus on specific areas of water stress from all drinks companies looks certain to be required to take industry engagement on water to the next level.

PepsiCo has increased year-to-date beverage volumes as its North American drinks unit boosted sales and profits.

The CEO of PepsiCo has hailed healthy beverages, as the company continues to transform its business to keep up with consumer demand for health drinks. 

Coca-Cola Co director Evan Greenberg has confirmed his intention to step down.

AG Barr is to cut 10% of its workforce before the end of the year amid a declining UK market that hampered H1 sales and profits.

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has doubled its juice manufacturing capacity in New Zealand with the opening of a new NZD50m (US$36.4m) plant.