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CHINA: Authorities seize Danone's Evian shipment

30 May 2007

Groupe Danone has clarified its position over the discovery of excess bacteria levels in a shipment of its Evian bottled water to China.

CHINA: Danone sweats on Evian bacteria reports

29 May 2007

Groupe Danone is awaiting further information following reports that excess bacteria levels were found in its Evian mineral water in China.

FRANCE: Asia drives Danone's buoyant drinks

16 Feb 2007

Rising sales and earnings from Groupe Danone’s drinks division have helped drive a strong 2006 at the French consumer goods group.

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.

FRANCE: Drinks continue to drive Danone

18 Oct 2006

Drinks outperformed the rest of Groupe Danone’s business during its third-quarter, as the French company reported rising sales for the three months to 30 September.

FRANCE: Danone in Danish water deal

19 Sep 2006

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

FRANCE: Danone eyes acquisitions in emerging markets

22 Aug 2006

Groupe Danone is reportedly planning to spend EUR500m-1bn (US$641m-1.2bn) in the next three to five years on acquisitions.

FRANCE: Drinks bubble at Danone

3 Aug 2006

Drinks were the top performer during the first-half of the year at Groupe Danone, which has seen its “best-ever” leap in six-month sales.

IRELAND: C&C to push for more from cider, whiskey

9 May 2006

C&C Group said today (9 May) that it will continue to invest behind its burgeoning cider and Irish whiskey brands after a year of rising sales and earnings.

FRANCE: Asia drives buoyant drinks growth at Danone

24 Apr 2006

Groupe Danone saw strongest growth from its drinks division during the first quarter of 2006, driven by rising sales in Asia.

UK soft drinks market shows strength in adversity

24 Mar 2006

In spite of new legislation and adverse publicity, the UK soft drinks market continued to grow in 2005. And while concerns over childhood obesity may have impacted on carbonated drinks sales, those same concerns have undoubtedly created opportunities for other products, such as smoothies, fruit juices and waters. Annette Farr reports.

RUSSIA: Danone to launch Russian push – report

3 Mar 2006

Local reports have suggested that Danone is looking to up its profile in Russia.

FRANCE: Danone posts strong full year results

15 Feb 2006

Groupe Danone has boosted beverage sales by 10% and reported a total company net income of EUR1.5bn (US$1.8bn) for the 2005 financial year.

US: Strong Brands appoints marketing director

1 Feb 2006

US marketeers Strong Brands has appointed Laura Belocas to the post of national marketing director.

IRELAND: C&C takes Danone to court

22 Nov 2005

Irish drinks group C&C is suing Groupe Danone following the French firm’s decision to end a distribution deal between the two companies.

IRELAND: Danone cuts C&C distribution deal

18 Oct 2005

C&C Group has lost distribution rights for Danone’s Volvic and Evian water brands in Ireland.

COMMENT: PepsiCo/Danone's storm in a yoghurt pot

27 Jul 2005

Rumours of a bid by PepsiCo for Danone sent the French dairy firm’s shares soaring this week, but led to an outcry among French politicians worried about the loss of a ‘national champion.’

UK bottled water set for further growth

10 May 2005

While the UK bottled water market has grown over recent years, low per capita consumption in comparison with European average gives water marketers much reason for optimism. Ben Cooper reviews a report on the market published recently by mineral water brand, Highland Spring.

Coke's US water strategy remains under scrutiny

4 May 2005

Coca-Cola announced last week that it was taking over full control of its US water joint venture, CCDA Waters, buying out its partner, Danone. However, speculation over the poor performance of the CCDA brands and Coca-Cola's pricing strategy persist. Ben Cooper reports.

Not enough sunshine but a healthy outlook

26 Apr 2005

Dairy, functional and premium juices were the winners, water continued to grow, whilst carbonates and squashes lagged behind in the 2004 UK soft drinks race, according to the recently published Britvic Soft Drinks Category Report 2005. Annette Sessions reports on the progress of the take-home market.

US: Coke buys out Danone from joint venture

25 Apr 2005

France’s Groupe Danone said on Friday that it had finally reached an agreement with The Coca-Cola Company to amend their existing deal regarding the distribution of retail bottled water products in North America.

US: Coke to buyout Danone from JV - report

18 Feb 2005

Danone is to pull out of its joint venture for water with Coca-Cola in the US, according to a French newspaper.

FRANCE: Danone looks to rewrite JV deals - report

2 Nov 2004

Danone plans to renegotiate two of its joint water ventures, according to press reports.

UK: Bottled water sales pass 2bn litres

5 Mar 2004

UK bottled water sales surged by 18% to 2,070 million litres in 2003, translating into almost £1,200 million in retail value, according to research released yesterday.

COMMENT: New look for Diet Coke

9 Jan 2004

Coca-Cola has repackaged its top selling soft drink Diet Coke in the UK in a further effort to freshen up the brand. The latest revamp, which demonstrates the company's commitment to its low-calorie variant, has been well timed as consumers develop renewed post-Christmas interest in healthy living and calorie counting.

COMMENT: Coke steams into French waters

5 Dec 2003

US soft drinks group Coca-Cola will launch Dasani bottled water into the French market in Spring 2004. However Dasani will be competing with brands such as Perrier and Evian. Coca-Cola may find it harder than anticipated to take on the European giants on their home ground.

RUSSIA: Danone postpones WBD takeover

29 Oct 2003

Danone has postponed plans to buy a Russian juice producer amid growing political instability in the country, according to newspaper reports.

FRANCE: Danone dismisses takeover speculation

11 Sep 2003

The French food and drinks group, Danone, has dismissed speculation that it has become an imminent takeover target after its share price surged on Thursday. Danone's shares rose by 5% to a 2003 high of €135.

Vend it like Red Bull

26 Aug 2003

Annual sales of a billion cans; worldwide brand leader; an 80% brand share of the UK energy drinks market; 1,200 employees globally. The dynamic growth story of Red Bull has been well documented in these pages and elsewhere. So why has the company now chosen vending as a route to market? Soft Drinks International explores the rationale behind Red Bull’s latest initiative and uncovers the brave new world of vending.

RESEARCH: Water drives French soft drink growth

3 Jun 2003

French consumers are drinking almost 40% more packaged water per consumer than drinkers across the rest of Western Europe, according to research from the beverage analyst Canadean. The soft drinks market has been growing steadily in France with consumption increasing in every year since 1993 and by a total of almost 30% in the same period, the reports says. But packaged water is the overwhelming favourite. Indeed increasing concerns about both the taste and quality of tap water have resulted in low price spring water enjoying high "secondary" use in cooking and the making of hot beverages.






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