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RUSSIA: Borjomi Group buys Edelweiss - report

5 Mar 2008

The Borjomi Group has made its first water acquisition in Russia, according to local reports.

Pot of Gould – The (brand) name game

27 Nov 2007

There may be many facets to a winning marketing mix, but a strong brand name that captures the consumer’s imagination is clearly fundamental. Patience Gould looks at some notable hits and misses to get to the bottom of what defines successful branding.

GLOBAL: Bottled water growth on the up - research

26 Oct 2007

Global bottled water consumption has continued to increase, with Asia/Australasia and North America leading the markets, according to a recent report.

SERBIA: Delta Holding opens mineral water plant - report

12 Sep 2007

Delta Holding has opened a EUR20m (US$27.6m) non-carbonated mineral water bottling plant in Serbia, according to local reports.

US: A-B agrees beautiful deal with BORBA

21 Aug 2007

Anheuser-Busch has taken on the distribution and marketing of BORBA’s drinkable skincare line across the US and around the world.

The View from A Farr – Water hero!

9 Aug 2007

Following the recent floods in the UK, bottled water companies provided emergency supplies when mains water services broke down. Their largely unsung actions gave the companies a chance to demonstrate their social responsibility, writes Annette Farr, at a time when the erratic weather patterns have focused public attention on environmental concerns and climate change.

ANALYSIS - Coca-Cola sails into functional waters

29 May 2007

Coca-Cola’s US$4.1bn acquisition of Glacéau gives the company a presence in the growing enhanced waters sector where, writes Annette Farr, the soft drinks giant will be competing not only with smaller niche companies but also with its major rivals PepsiCo, Danone and Nestlé.

US: Global Beverage Solutions delays filing report

24 Apr 2007

Global Beverage Solutions has reported a delay in the filing of its form 10-KSB for the end of 2006.

UK: Princes brings functionality to sports waters

5 Apr 2007

Princes Soft Drinks has lined up brand extensions for two of its sports waters brand in the UK.

US: Global Beverage buys premium water company

3 Apr 2007

Global Beverage Solutions has acquired premium bottled water company.

DENMARK: CPI buys Aqua d'or private-label ops

19 Jan 2007

Company Products International (CPI), the Denmark-based consumer products marketing company, has reached an agreement to buy the private-label business of mineral water company Aqua d’or.

JAPAN: Asahi targets sales lift in 2007

15 Dec 2006

Asahi Breweries is targeting a slight increase on its forecast sales volumes for next year.

GLOBAL: New beverages - November

27 Nov 2006

A look at this month’s new beverage products includes the Cocaine controversy in the US, a newly-sized water targeting men in the UK and a Brazilian octagonally-packaged water.

FRANCE: Danone in Danish water deal

19 Sep 2006

Groupe Danone has bought a stake in Danish water group Aqua d’or.

UK: Extreme Drinks looking for vitamin boost

7 Aug 2006

UK-based Extreme Drinks has given its portfolio a fresh look to coincide with the launch of a range of vitamin-enhanced water products.

UK: Aqua-Pura introduces 1-litre bottle

13 Jul 2006

In a bid to grow its share in the ‘on the move’ drinks market, UK drinks company Princes Soft Drinks has launched a new 1-litre version of its Aqua-Pura natural mineral water brand.

RUSSIA: Five-filtered vodka launched

12 Jul 2006

Russian consultancy Stas Marketing Partners and Croatia’s Adriatic Distillers have joined forces to create a premium vodka brand destined for Central and Eastern Europe.

Non-carbs offer growth for Russian soft drinks firms

14 Jun 2006

Non-carbonated categories, such as waters, natural fruit juices and iced teas, are providing growth for Russian soft drinks manufacturers as consumer tastes evolve, and demand for healthier beverages grows. Catherine Mars reports.

Drinks producers hail Chinese water improvement

10 Jan 2006

Soft drinks companies are likely to be major beneficiaries of improvements in China’s water supply, writes Tamara Vantroyen. Although partly as a result of the erratic supply and poor quality of its water, China has proved a strong market for bottled water brands, with both Coke and Pepsi establishing a strong presence.

UK: CCE set to launch Powerade Aqua + Europe-wide

12 Oct 2005

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is launching ‘Powerade Aqua+’ in the UK.

Product innovation drives UK soft drinks market

1 Feb 2005

Consumer demand for new styles of carbonated drinks and the proliferation of non-carbonated offerings, such as functional and sports drinks and smoothies, continue to dominate new product development in the UK, reports Jonathan Thomas, senior market analyst, Leatherhead Food International.

FRANCE: Danone sends Tsunami aid

5 Jan 2005

Danone is aiming to distribute 10m packs (bottled water, biscuits and lacteal drinks) to the tsunami-stricken areas of Indonesia.

Bottled water drives Mediterranean soft drinks growth

30 Nov 2004

Of all the soft drinks categories, it is bottled water which is driving growth in the southern European markets of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey. In the first of two features, Hope Lee of industry analysts, Euromonitor International, looks at soft drinks developments in these key Mediterranean markets.

SWEDEN: Aqua Terrena losses widen

9 Nov 2004

Aqua Terrena International, the Swedish water group, has seen its pre-tax losses increase for the first nine months of the year, to 15.1m Swedish crowns (US$2.16m), compared to a pre-tax loss of 6.6 mln crowns for the same period of 2003.

SOUTH AFRICA: Baileys set to return to SA

1 Nov 2004

Baileys is about to be relaunched in South Africa after a two-year absence.

RESEARCH: UK on-trade sales to rise 10% by 2008

28 Sep 2004

Total spending on drinks by British consumers in bars, cafés, restaurants and hotels is set to increase by almost 10% in the next five years, from £26.7 billion in 2003 to £29.1 billion in 2008, according to research out last week.

Diageo in surprise move for Ursus

31 Aug 2004

Having made a conscious effort in recent years to focus only on its big-selling core brands, Diageo revealed last week that it is in talks to acquire the relatively small vodka brand, Ursus. Chris Brook-Carter investigates what it is about Ursus which might have caught Diageo's eye.

SERBIA: Danone poised to buy Serbian water player

31 Aug 2004

Danone has announced it has submitted a public offer to acquire part of the capital of Knjaz Milos , the leading player in Serbia's bottled water market.

UK: Diageo adds to Archers RTD range - report

23 Aug 2004

Diageo is extending its Archers Aqua ready-to-drink range with the addition of a fruit-flavoured variant, according to press reports.

Still growth in Italian bottled water market

26 Jul 2004

Although it is a large and mature market for bottled water, Italy is still seeing strong growth in bottled water sales, driven principally by consumer demand for healthier drinks. Hope Lee, beverage analyst for Euromonitor, reports.

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