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Could the coronavirus pandemic make for more caring companies? - sustainability spotlight

31 Mar 2020

Ben Cooper examines how COVID-19 is giving progressive companies the chance to show the ideals of conscious capitalism in action, and how corporate engagement in addressing major global issues, such as climate change and poverty, might be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Danone pledges US$1.5m to US food charities

25 Mar 2020

Danone North America has lined up a package to support food charities in the US as it looks to aid food access in communities across the country.

just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - February 2020 - FREE TO ACCESS

2 Mar 2020

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during February, a quiet month that saw Constellation Brands dive deeper into hard seltzer, Anheuser-Busch InBev make a wine play in Argentina and Campari Group close its planned distribution acquisition in France.

Coronavirus threat to Mizone factory looms over Danone's 2020 bottled water sales

27 Feb 2020

Danone's bottled water outlook for the year has been thrown into doubt because its Mizone production plant is in the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

Danone to take control of UK's Harrogate Water

26 Feb 2020

Danone is to acquire a majority stake in family-owned UK company Harrogate Water, owner of the Harrogate Spring Water brand.

Britvic joins backers for BP Infinia PET recycling programme

23 Dec 2019

Britvic has partnered with the likes of Danone and Unilever to support a PET recycling project set up by BP.

Altia makes latest carbon-neutral pledge

16 Dec 2019

Altia has joined a number of other drinks companies in setting targets to cut its carbon emissions.

The tariff war squib, Pernod Ricard's activist success and the latest round of drinks companies' results - The just-drinks Analyst

22 Oct 2019

just-drinks' in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton, casts his eye this month over the escalating - or not - tariff row and its effect on spirits brand owners. Ian also has some warm words for Pernod Ricard and makes some cautiously upbeat sounds about the current results reporting season.

Danone Waters’ L'mon sparkling drink - Product Launch

7 Aug 2019

The UK & Ireland unit of Danone Waters has lined up a new range of sparkling water under the Volvic brand.

East meets West as Coca-Cola Co teams with China's Mengniu in Olympic Games sponsorship tie-up - video

24 Jun 2019

The Coca-Cola Co has further extended its sponsorship arrangement with the Olympic Games, teaming up with Chinese dairy group Mengniu in a joint partnership.

Diageo teams up with advertisers, digital media to launch online safety alliance

19 Jun 2019

Diageo is one of 16 global advertisers to launch an alliance that aims to protect both consumers and brands from online safety issues such as hate speech and bullying.

Danone rides coffee trend with Volvic Coffee launch

3 Jun 2019

Danone has become the latest company to launch a coffee-flavoured soft drink range with the release of Volvic Coffee in Germany.

Why drinks brands must move beyond comfortable consensus on climate change - Sustainability Spotlight

25 Apr 2019

Ben Cooper looks at the impact the recent increase in environmental activism might have on how consumers judge drinks companies' actions in relation to climate change.

Why drinks companies must respond to consumer demands for transparency - Sustainability Spotlight

28 Mar 2019

The Coca-Cola Co's admission earlier this month that it produces 3m tonnes of plastic packaging per year was a landmark moment for the soft drinks giant, though clearly not one it was hastening to greet. This is not only a significant moment in the campaign to address plastic waste, Ben Cooper writes, but points to the shifting ground on what companies must disclose and what is acceptable for them to keep to themselves.

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.

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.

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