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Insight - Nestlé faces bottled water challenge

12 Aug 2009

Nestlé has said it must find new opportunities for bottled water in the US and key Western Europe markets in order to help turn around flagging sales for the Nestlé Waters business.

SWITZERLAND: Nestlé Waters sales drop H1

12 Aug 2009

Weak bottled water markets in Western Europe and North America have damaged sales at Nestlé Waters and parent group Nestlé in the first half of 2009.

CHILE: H1 profits rise at Compania Cervecerias Unidas

10 Aug 2009

Chilean beverage giant Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU) has reported a 35% rise in net profits for the first half of 2009, boosted by a stake sale to Nestle Waters.

Focus - The rising demand for 'natural' soft drinks

28 Jul 2009

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.

Focus - UK soft drinks sector puts sustainability centre stage

16 Jun 2009

Environmental concerns have climbed steadily up the agenda for soft drinks producers in recent years. However, Annette Farr writes, progress has been faster in the UK than in the US.

ASIA: Nestlé to continue Asia expansion

15 Jun 2009

Nestlé has said it will continue to invest in South East Asia and expand its business and manufacturing facilities there.

FRANCE: Nestlé Waters Quézac plant hit by strike

8 Jun 2009

Workers at Nestlé Waters’ Quézac sparkling mineral water plant in southern France have begun strike action, demanding a EUR300 bonus.

The View from A Farr – NHC fails to exploit natural advantage

6 May 2009

The bottled water industry in the US appears to be doing a good job of defending the sector against criticism from environmental campaigners, as underlined by recent sales figures. But Annette Farr is less impressed with some of the advocates for the bottled water industry in the UK.

ITALY: Nestle Sanpellegrino union agreement reached

30 Apr 2009

An agreement has been reached between Nestle Waters and trade unions on the company’s restructuring plan for Sanpellegrino.

UK: British Soft Drinks Association attacks Natural Hydration Council sugary drinks claim

23 Apr 2009

The British Soft Drinks Association has attacked the Natural Hydration Council for its recently-announced advertising campaign, designed to promote bottled water in the UK.

SWITZERLAND: Weak water sales, strong currency damage Nestlé Q1

22 Apr 2009

Global food and beverage giant Nestlé has reported a slowdown in sales growth for the first quarter, with the company’s bottle water division showing particular weakness.

UK: Consumers pick "sugary drinks" over tap water, says trade body

20 Apr 2009

A fall in sales of bottled water in the UK is down to consumers buying more “sugary drinks” rather than switching to tap water, according to a recent report.

RUSSIA: Nestle Waters to sell Saint Spring

20 Apr 2009

Nestle Waters has agreed to sell its Russian water bottling company Saint Spring to mineral water producer IDS Group.

Focus - Nigeria offers growth out of stability

9 Apr 2009

Stable government and an expanding economy have greatly improved the growth prospects for soft drinks producers in Nigeria. Moreover, writes Richard Corbett, strategic analyst at market analysts Canadean, there is significant potential for increasing per capita consumption of soft drinks.

FRANCE: Nestle Waters invests in Vittel plant

6 Apr 2009

Nestlé Waters plans to invest EUR18m (US$24m) this year at its mineral water bottling plants at Vittel and Contrexéville in eastern France.

UK: Water cooler numbers slide in UK in '08 - research

31 Mar 2009

The number of water coolers in the UK registered a slight dip in 2008 as more consumers and businesses return to tap water, according to recent research.

UK: Nestlé Waters invests in Sweet Leaf Tea

31 Mar 2009

Nestlé Waters North America has invested US$15.6m in the Sweet Leaf Tea Company.

GLOBAL: Nutraceutical sector on the rise in '08 - statistics

18 Mar 2009

The nutraceutical drinks category registered a healthy lift in volume sales last year, according to recent statistics.

GLOBAL: Nestle relaunches Shared Value website

16 Mar 2009

Nestle has re-launched its Creating Shared Value website.

US: Coca-Cola Co. lines up Nestea addition

5 Mar 2009

The Coca-Cola Co. has lined up the launch of what it claims to be the first red tea RTD in the US.

SWITZERLAND: Water the weakspot in Nestle sales, profit rise

19 Feb 2009

Falling bottled water sales in 2008 provided the blip in Nestle's sales and profit rise for its full-year.

Focus - Troubled waters for bottled water?

17 Feb 2009

The economic downturn could not have come at a worse time for the bottled water industry. Not only is the category battling to win the consumer's pennies and cents, but it has also had to battle against a media onslaught against its environmental position. Times are certainly tough for water, but, as Annette Farr reports, there remains some hope, if you look hard enough.

Focus - Wising up to the opportunities in healthier children’s drinks

23 Jan 2009

The children’s drinks market has changed substantially in recent years as health concerns have increased. However, writes Simon Maddrell of Euromonitor International, some companies have been quicker than others to recognise the commercial opportunities that new parental priorities offer.

Soft drinks & water review 2008 - Coke has the best of a tough year for soft drinks

23 Dec 2008

While the past 12 months have been difficult for many soft drinks companies, notably in North America, the last year has seen continued development in better-for-you categories, notably enhanced waters and healthy colas. Ben Cooper takes a look back at 2008.

US: Nestlé, Jamba suspend smoothies, juices

19 Dec 2008

Nestlé USA and partner Jamba have suspended shipments of their ready-to-drink smoothies and juices, due to "production issues".

BRAZIL: Nestlé acquires spring water operation

12 Dec 2008

Nestlé has bought the Brazilian operation Santa Bárbara Mineral Springs and part of its assets located in Santa Bárbara Spa, in the State of São Paulo.

Packagers look to meet new priorities in soft drinks

12 Dec 2008

Concern over environmental impacts and the need for functionality have precipitated many notable packaging innovations in the soft drinks arena. Simon Maddrell of Euromonitor International takes a look at recent developments.

CANADA: Eco groups take on Nestle Waters

4 Dec 2008

Environmental groups in Canada, including Friends of the Earth, have filed a complaint with the country's advert watchdog over publicity for Nestlé Waters.

Focus - Leading water brands hit by credit crunch

3 Dec 2008

Bottled water was the fastest growing sector of the global soft drinks market in 2007 but as the economic downturn squeezes middle-class wallets in Western Europe and North America, there is evidence that tap water is making a comeback. Euromonitor International analyst Rob Walker believes the leading bottled water companies must maintain investment in these markets during the tough times in order to maximise returns in the long term.

COMMENT: Bottled water hit by the crunch

27 Oct 2008

Branded bottled water looks like the early victim in the global economic downturn, following results from big hitters Nestle and Danone last week.



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