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Flat Water in Western Europe a Worry for Nestlé

Bottled water appears to have been the biggest victim of the economic downturn, particularly in Western Europe. Richard Corbett takes a look...

Comment - Danone, Nestle see fresh water growth

Nestle and Danone's waters divisions both reported sales increases in the first-half of the year, signalling that bottled water is experienc...

Returning from Mexico, Tom Vierhile from Datamonitor shares his thoughts on what plastic packaging has to offer, going forward.

Ray Rowlands | 16 May 2012

This month, Ray Rowlands, takes a look at the developing role of PET in soft drinks and its environmental impact.

Ben Cooper | 19 Oct 2010

While marketing bottled water in countries with a safe tap water supply is seen as environmentally unsustainable by campaigners, the bottled water industry believes it has a positive story to tell with regard to its environmental footprint. Ben Cooper spoke with Patricia Fosselard, secretary general of the European Federation of Bottled Water (EFBW), about the publication of the EFBW’s first sustainability report and the industry’s environmental record.

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.

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Olly Wehring | 19 Oct 2012

Nestle has posted continued growth for its water division in the year so far, with all regions delivering positive numbers for Nestle Waters.

Michelle Russell | 20 Oct 2011

Nestle has said that it is seeing improving momentum in its North America business, despite competition in the region hitting nine-month sales at its waters division.

Michelle Russell | 20 Oct 2011

Nestle Waters has recorded a drop in nine-month sales, hurt by competition in North America.

Michelle Russell | 21 Sep 2011

Nestle Waters has appointed a marketing director for its France and Belgium divisions.

Michelle Russell | 10 Aug 2011

Nestle has said that it will continue to focus on merger and acquisition opportunities this year, with a focus on bolt-on deals.

Michelle Russell | 10 Aug 2011

Nestle Waters has seen its operating profit margin fall in the first-half of the year, hurt by higher input costs.

Jerom Rozendaal | 25 Feb 2011

Nestle has filed a lawsuit against the Russian company Elitvoda Ru, accusing it of illegally importing Nestle products into Russia.

Chris Mercer | 17 Feb 2011

After two years of declines, Nestlé Waters has reported a slight sales increase in 2010 thanks to renewed consumer demand in several developed countries.

Nestle Waters has recorded an increase in sales for the first nine months of the year, driven by share gains in key markets.

Nestle Waters is in talks with Eden Springs to sell its French water cooler business, Nestle Waters Direct France.

Stuart Todd | 24 Nov 2009

Nestlé Waters is to cut 250 jobs at its production plant for Vittel and Contrex mineral water brands in eastern France.

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.

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.

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

Stuart Todd | 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.

Bottled water sales in the UK will continue to fall in 2009, but the category is on-track to recover in 2010, according to a new report.

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

Top bottled water companies Nestlé Waters, Danone and Highland Spring, have launched a new industry lobbying association to jointly promote their sector.

Stuart Todd | 29 Apr 2008

Nestlé Waters is planning to cut 250 jobs at its mineral water production sites at Vittel and Contrex in eastern France, by the end-of 2009.

UK tap water has come up near the top in a blind taste test, according to local reports.

Nestlé is looking to enter the Chinese water market.

Nestlé has posted a healthy lift in profit for the first six months of this year.

Nestlé Waters is to launch bottled water brand Vittel in China next month after securing a deal with one of the country’s leading wine and spirits distributors..

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