Blog: Flood damage
Chris Brook-Carter | 15 March 2004
Further unfortunate press for Coke this weekend concerning its Dasani brand. As coverage of the fact the brand is filtered mains water from the London suburb of Sidcup began to die down, one of those mains sprang a leak.
The fractured mains caused about 100 families to be evacuated as up to 4ft of water flooded their homes.
As cars began to disappear underwater in the three streets affected, resident Tony Joseph, 32, ruefully told a national newspaper: "It seems that Sidcup can't escape from water - if it's not being taken from the tap, bottled and sold on, it's invading our homes."
However, the Coca-Cola plant itself was unaffected as it gets its water from the reservoir at nearby Eltham through a different main.
"The plant was able to continue filtering, bottling and selling Thames Water's finest at 95p a half litre," the newspaper said.
Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste....
PepsiCo created a stir last week with the news it is testing a product called Caleb's Kola, with some in the media claiming it was the beginning of a new “craft soda” category....
SABMiller's bid to widen the appeal of beer is very much in evidence at its latest 'House of Peroni' - with beer cocktails and a bigger bottle for the Italian lager brand on offer. ...
Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring PepsiCo, SABMiller, the Scotch whisky category and the US wine market....
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- Comment - How Hand-Made is Tito's Handmade Vodka?
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- SABMiller's troubles fuel M&A rumours
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- Beam Suntory, Edrington part ways in Travel Retail
- TWE unveils Penfolds range after CEO's "bold move"