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Coca-Cola Co's plastic packaging output dwarfs FMCG rivals

14 Mar 2019

The Coca-Cola Co produces almost twice as much plastic packaging as food giant Nestle, it has revealed as part of a commitment to reduce waste.

How important is the plastic crisis? More important than Brexit - Sustainability Spotlight

20 Feb 2019

Public policy and corporate action in relation to plastic packaging were always likely to remain much-discussed topics in 2019. Less than two months into the year, this is proving to be the case. Ben Cooper reports.

What will be the biggest sustainability trends in 2019? - Sustainability Spotlight

1 Feb 2019

Already the most significant long-term trend affecting drinks companies, climate change will top the 2019 agenda with an acceleration in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions urgently needed. Agricultural supply chains will be a prime focus as companies come under pressure to reduce their indirect 'Scope 3' emissions. Ben Cooper investigates.

Where are all the female CEOs? Ask again in 2029 - Comment

29 Jan 2019

Last year saw a raft of CEOs from global drinks firms announce their intentions to either move on or retire. As the stories unfolded, it became clear that those of us hoping for more female leaders in the industry would potentially have to wait another ten years.

Coca-Cola European Partners, Danone, PepsiCo sign up to 'Loop' global recycling programme

25 Jan 2019

A raft of food and drinks companies have signed up to a global environmental initiative to combat the use of plastics in packaging.

Choosing between beer & spirits in 2019, my drinks stock of the year and activist investors - The just-drinks Analyst

24 Jan 2019

Our resident analyst is back, in 2019! Ian Shackleton will share with us his investor perspective on the drinks industry throughout the year. This month's take sees Ian picking a favourite between beer and spirits, announcing his 'Stock to Watch' of 2019 and warning of the disruptive effects on a company from an activist investor.

The soft drinks & bottled water categories in 2018 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part II - FREE TO ACCESS

17 Dec 2018

The past year has seen significant change in the soft drinks and water sectors, precipitated by that immutable force - necessity. A look back over the past 12 months reveals how environmental and health concerns are shaping company strategy, investment decisions and new product development.

Why the soft drinks category is trapped in a plastic corner - Sustainability Spotlight

29 Nov 2018

Faced with relentless campaigning and mounting public concern about plastic pollution, soft drinks companies have no choice but to act to mitigate the environmental impact of their packaging. As new research is published underlining the increasing importance of sustainable packaging to consumers, Ben Cooper assesses the soft drinks sector's engagement with a recently-launched global initiative on plastic use.

Investors' tobacco fears for cannabis, why companies should ask their shareholders first and the Q3 results season so far - The just-drinks Analyst

23 Oct 2018

Ian Shackleton, just-drinks' resident analyst, has some sage advice for those listed drinks companies out there who are sniffing around the cannabis sector. He also considers the growing importance of corporate governance, while preparing the ground for a lively few days of third-quarter results.

From Diageo's Distill Ventures to Coca-Cola Amatil X - the just-drinks guide to incubator units, venture capital funds and start-up initiatives

11 Oct 2018

The last five years have seen a raft of drinks firms launch all kinds of venture capital funds, incubator units and start-up accelerators as they look to enter new categories or invest in new technologies.

Danone invests in Mitte's at-home water mineralisation system

29 Aug 2018

Danone's venture capital unit has led a US$10.6m investment into a German producer of a home water system that claims to turn tap water into mineral water.

Danone to drop Evian's babies in the US for next 'Live Young' campaign

9 Jul 2018

Danone has announced details of a new marketing activation in the US for Evian, with the mineral water brand's long-running baby-based campaign set to be retired.

Danone makes plastics pledge in Indonesia

6 Jun 2018

Danone's Indonesian bottled water unit, Danone-Aqua, has pledged to recover more plastic than it uses by 2025 as part of a new sustainability drive.

Why consumers don't yet know about your sustainability efforts - Sustainability Spotlight

30 May 2018

A recently-published study suggests consumers may not be as drawn to Anheuser-Busch InBev's new 100% renewable electricity icon as the brewer might hope for. But, Ben Cooper writes, there are factors other than consumer sentiment driving the beverage sector's investment in renewable energy.

Why Deposit Return Schemes are the ultimate option for soft drinks - Comment

24 May 2018

Our soft drinks commentator returns! This month, Richard Corbett considers the Deposit Return Scheme concept and flags why the soft drinks industry should welcome it with open arms.

Will Keurig Dr Pepper merger prompt change in sustainability strategy? – Sustainability Spotlight

1 Mar 2018

In his latest look at sustainability efforts across the drinks industry, sustainability expert Ben Cooper digs behind last month's headlines of the 'merger' of Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. What he discovers, from a sustainability perspective, makes for some challenging reading.

Alcohol's ethical quandary, Pernod Ricard's time in the spotlight and a drinks stock update - The just-drinks Analyst

1 Mar 2018

just-drinks' resident analyst, Ian Shackleton, is back for his monthly look at the drinks industry from an investor's point of view. And, he's just in time for results season.

Will 2018 be the year we solve the plastic problem? – Sustainability Spotlight

13 Feb 2018

Earlier this month, just-drinks talked to Evian global brand director Patricia Oliva about the water brand's recent commitment to make all its bottles from recycled plastic by 2025. Here, sustainability editor Ben Cooper considers how Evian's move underlines the increased attention being focused on plastics recycling. Ben also flags up some other sustainability hotspots for the coming year.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - January 2018

5 Feb 2018

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during January.

Danone Manifesto Ventures invests in Harmless Harvest

2 Feb 2018

Danone's venture capital unit has invested in an organic coconut water producer in the US. 

Why drinks companies must attack plastics before consumers attack them - NPD trends

30 Jan 2018

It was fun while it lasted. The drinks industry's love affair with plastic has been a boon to the industry for decades, but solid waste and pollution issues are catching up with plastic.

Danone's Evian to go "circular" with 100% recycled plastic for bottles

18 Jan 2018

Danone has announced plans to move all the PET bottles used for its Evian brand to be made from recycled plastic by 2025.

How Danone has upped its health & wellness game - Research in Focus

30 Nov 2017

In Euromonitor International's health & wellness (H&W) system, Danone ranked fourth last year in the global health & wellness food & beverages market in 2016, based largely on Activia's strong position in fortified & functional dairy-based yoghurt and Evian in naturally-healthy bottled water.

Is yours one of the drinks companies failing the water management challenge? - Sustainability Spotlight, Part I

6 Oct 2017

The beverage sector's performance on water stewardship has come under close scrutiny with the publication of a new report from sustainability non-profit organisation Ceres. In a two-part special feature, Ben Cooper examines Ceres' findings and what they say about the beverage sector's response to arguably the most challenging sustainability issue it faces.

Danone expands production at Evian site in France

14 Sep 2017

Danone has completed a capacity upgrade for Evian at the water brand’s production facility in the east of France.

Danone CEO targets new beverage trends with fresh launches - just-drinks Exclusive

6 Jul 2017

Danone is hoping to shake up the soft drinks market with a raft of new products that target emerging trends, CEO Emmanuel Faber has said.

Why is the soft drinks sector losing the recycling game? - Sustainability Spotlight

19 Apr 2017

A recent report from Greenpeace has condemned the world's largest soft drinks producers for not doing enough to address ocean pollution caused by plastic bottles. The report is particularly critical of the lack of progress on bottle re-use, which suggests to Ben Cooper that this may have to feature more prominently in sustainability strategies if further damaging criticism is to be avoided.

Danone lines up Evian NA campaign, partners tennis pro Madison Keys

6 Mar 2017

Danone has launched a new advertising campaign across North America for its Evian water brand.

Has your company made the water stewardship A-list? - Sustainability Spotlight

30 Nov 2016

The latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assessing companies' efforts on water, reveals a strong representation from drinks companies among those companies the project considers to be leaders in water stewardship. Ben Cooper reports.

PepsiCo combines sales forces with Danone to expand Paris portfolio

20 Oct 2016

PepsiCo has pooled its beverages sales forces in France with Danone Waters in the out-of-home food channel.

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