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Spirits brand owners look for associated environmental benefits - Sustainability Spotlight

22 Feb 2021

Recent developments at the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS) point to how trade associations can support the environmental aspirations of member companies. By the same token, Ben Cooper writes, companies risk reputational damage if the lobbying activities of their trade associations are inconsistent with their own sustainability commitments.

Sustainability decisions will shape the post-pandemic recovery - Sustainability Spotlight

21 Jan 2021

Ben Cooper looks at the likely predominating sustainability issues for drinks companies in 2021 as the world (hopefully) emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery begins.

Danone investor calls for CEO to step down - report

19 Jan 2021

Evian bottled water producer Danone is reportedly facing calls from an activist investor to make further changes to the way the company is run.

The soft drinks category in 2020 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part II - FREE TO ACCESS

10 Dec 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, just-drinks looks back at the stories that made the headlines across the global drinks industry over the last 12 months. Here, Lucy Britner picks out the highs and lows for the soft drinks category.

Danone to cut up to 2,000 jobs

23 Nov 2020

Danone is to remove up to 2,000 positions as part of a post-COVID cost-cutting plan.

Biden victory gives new impetus to drinks industry engagement on climate change - Sustainability Spotlight

19 Nov 2020

Ben Cooper assesses the impact of Joe Biden's election victory in the US on drinks companies' efforts to address climate change.

How COVID has changed consumers' demands and soft drinks is adapting its innovation - comment

3 Nov 2020

From range rationalisation to investment in larger formats and work around direct-to-consumer, the pandemic has shifted the innovation focus for soft drinks companies. Lucy Britner delves further.

Are beverage firms paying enough attention to deforestation? - sustainability spotlight

22 Oct 2020

A new initiative to address deforestation was launched last month by the Consumer Goods Forum involving 17 major manufacturers and retailers - but no drinks companies. Ben Cooper explores whether the beverage sector needs to do more in the area of deforestation.

Danone offloads Yakult Honsha stake for US$547m

7 Oct 2020

Danone has confirmed the sale of its stake in Japanese probiotic milk producer Yakult Honsha for JPY58bn (US$547m).

Danone to offload rest of Yakult Honsha stake

6 Oct 2020

Danone is to sell its remaining stake in Japanese probiotic milk producer Yakult Honsha.

PepsiCo takes on Canada distribution for Danone's Evian

28 Sep 2020

PepsiCo is to distribute Evian in Canada after signing an agreement with the bottle water's owner, Danone.

Ex-Danone executive added to Lauren-Perrier board

25 Sep 2020

Laurent-Perrier has confirmed a change of personnel on its supervisory board, with former Danone executive Philippe-Loïc Jacob joining the Champagne house.

Beam Suntory signs Wimbledon tie-up for Sipsmith Gin

14 Sep 2020

Beam Suntory's Sipsmith brand has become the Wimbledon tennis tournament's first global gin partner.

The Coca-Cola Co, Nestle among US plastics pledge signatories

27 Aug 2020

The Coca-Cola Co, Nestle and Danone are among 60 organisations across the private and public sectors to have joined a new "pact" on plastics in the US.

Why mindful consumption will bring carbon counting to soft drinks labels - comment

5 Aug 2020

The first half of this year has seen many nascent trends accelerate, most notably in the areas of health & wellness and environmental consciousness. Category commentator Lucy Britner believes that, going forward, the soft drinks brand owners should prepare to share even more information with their consumers.

Danone joins net-zero emissions drive

22 Jul 2020

Danone is teaming up with eight other major corporations to share ways of cutting emissions, with an aim of all businesses achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Danone unveils label-free Evian bottle in recycling drive

8 Jul 2020

Danone has launched a label-less Evian bottle that the group says will help streamline recycling efforts.

Danone investors back 'enterprise a mission' status

1 Jul 2020

Shareholders in bottled water producer Danone have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the company gaining 'enterprise à mission' status.

Why the coronavirus paves the way for e-commerce, omnichannel push - consumer trends

12 May 2020

COVID-19 continues to affect consumer trends in all markets, throwing some off course and speeding others up - including the shift to e-commerce. As more FMCG companies look at direct-to-consumer options, retailers will need to pivot to an omnichannel presence when lockdown is lifted, says consumer trends commentator Lucy Britner.

Why stock markets are strong while companies are weak, how best to keep investors informed and why Q1 doesn't matter so much - The just-drinks analyst

21 Apr 2020

None of us - not even just-drinks' in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton - has seen anything like this. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown us all into panic. As the need for calm heads grows, allow Ian to talk you down.

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.

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