This week in soft drinks

This week in soft drinks

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

A decade ago, West Europe accounted for nearly four in every ten litres of packaged water sold globally, according to Canadean. By the end of last year, that had shrunk to little more than a fifth. While the global market for packaged water has jumped by 75%, the West European market has managed to creep up by just 4% in the last ten years and 2014’s West European sales remain below that of their 2006 high water mark, when much of Europe basked in tropical weather conditions.

Monster Beverage Corp has posted a strong Q3 to overcome year-to-date costs from its tie-up with The Coca-Cola Co.

SABMiller's CEO has said lessons learned from the delay over its African Coca-Cola bottler could help Anheuser-Busch InBev navigate its own regulatory hurdles on the continent.

Suntory Holdings is to appeal to Japan's intellectual property court after a judge refused to halt production and sales of rival Asahi’s non-alcoholic beer.

Scientists from Cornell University have claimed to have reduced the bitter aftertaste of plant-based sweetener stevia.

UK soft drinks maker Nari Juice has launched an “ethically-sourced” palm juice using sap from West African and South Asian coconut plantations.

Refresco Gerber has reported a strong third quarter after a warm summer in Europe but costs relating to the company's IPO earlier this year dragged down the year-to-date.