There's no doubt what's currently exercising the minds of beverage executives in the US - the threat of a Federal CSD tax. Now that President Obama has said the idea is worth investigating the ante has been upped and the industry's leading companies are aggressively fighting their corner – and, argues Annette Farr, with justification.
Children returning to the classrooms this autumn are able to add to their RDA quotas of vitamins and minerals by drinking a range of school-compliant soft drinks. In response to consumer and government concerns about childhood obesity, health and wellness issues there has been a plethora of new beverage developments for the children's market. All the boxes are ticked: high juice content, use of all-natural ingredients, no artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives, and low or zero calories. Annette Farr reports.
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This year, the words 'all-natural' have been appearing on more and more soft drinks labels, a reflection not only of the growing well-being trend, but also a sign that drinks producers are responding to consumers continuing to seek out wholesome, natural goodness, despite the difficult economic times we are living in. Annette Farr looks at the rising tide of natural products offered by the soft drinks industry.
Nestlé's Waters unit is planning to axe 60 jobs at its production plant complex at Vittel-Contrexville, in eastern France.
The bottled water division of Nestlé has reported flat nine-month sales, despite seeing “good growth” in developed and emerging markets.
The French division of Nestlé Waters has sold another bottled water brand to the Société des Eaux Minérales d'Ogeu (SEMO).
Nestlé's Waters unit has reported a slight rise in nine-month sales as its Latin America and Asia regions performed strongly, Europe improved and North America held steady.
The head of Nestlé's bottled water unit, John Harris, is to retire after 39 years with the company.
Nestlé Waters has posted a rise in first-half sales but operating profits remained flat despite emerging market growth.
Nestlé Waters has opened a US$53m factory in South Korea though its joint venture in the country, Pulmuone Waters.
Nestlé Waters has said that it could sell its Société Française des Eaux Régionales unit to UK investment fund Nova Capital Management.
Eckes Granini has announced the appointment of Emmanuel Manichon as managing director of its operations France.
Nestlé Waters has repositioned its pan-European spring water Aquarel on the French market to target children aged between six months and three years.
After two years of declines, Nestlé Waters has reported a slight sales increase in 2010 thanks to renewed consumer demand in several developed countries.
Nestlé has said it plans to achieve sales of EUR100m (US$132.5m) for its new Nesfluid drink in France over the next five years.
Nestlé Waters has begun operations at a new bottling facility in Poland.
Nestlé USA's Nestlé Juicy Juice Sparkling Fruit Juice Beverage
Nestle Waters has posted a return to growth in Europe in the first quarter of 2010.
Nestlé Middle East has opened a multi-million dollar facility in Dubai for the manufacturing powdered milk and Pure Life bottled water.
Coca-Cola France president Christian Polge has been elected head of French soft drinks trade body, the Syndicat National des Boissons Rafraîchissantes (SNBR).
Nestlé Waters is to cut 250 jobs at its production plant for Vittel and Contrex mineral water brands in eastern France.
Nestlé Waters North America has launched a marketing campaign to highlight the source of its regional spring water brands.
Swiss food and beverage giant Nestlé said it is even “leaner, fitter and stronger” for the future, despite posting a drop in nine-month sales this morning (22 October), as a result of consumers buying less bottled water.
Swiss food and beverage giant Nestlé posted a drop in nine-month revenue this morning (22 October), hurt by the euro’s decline against the Swiss franc and consumers buying less bottled water.
Analysts believe Nestlé is bluffing by suggesting that it may leave its home base of Switzerland if the national Government puts a cap on executive salaries.
Beringer Vineyards is to sponsor the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour in the US beginning next year.
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Nestlé Waters France SAS aims to maintain its leading position in bottled water. To achieve this goal, the company is expected to continue to invest heavily in product innovation, advertising and prom...
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