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.

As world leaders convene in Paris this week for the COP 21 climate change conference, the value of consensus, cooperation and collaboration in the face of the climate change challenge - and the threats posed if they are lacking - come into sharp relief. Cooperation and partnership are certainly required between companies and, in this regard, the drinks sector has a good story to tell.

The UK Government's Health Committee has recommended a tax on full-sugar drinks in the country. The measure has attracted criticism from the trade body for soft drinks, however, which has called the recommendation a "PR campaign" to introduce a tax on soft drinks.

Groupe Danone has launched a Star Wars-themed range of Volvic bottles as part of the brand's tie-up with the upcoming The Force Awakens movie.

A nod is as good as a wink to some. Especially, it would appear, when it comes to decoding the clutter surrounding the Anheuser-Busch InBev/SABMiller deal.

The Coca-Cola Co has played down reports it is to launch the milk-based beverage Vio in India.

UK soft drinks maker AG Barr has rebounded in the third-quarter to remain on track for full-year sales expectations.

The penultimate quarter of 2015 saw a more upbeat performance for beverage consumption across Europe, according to the latest report from Canadean.

Indonesia is exploring a sugar tax on soft drinks, according to reports.