The week in soft drinks and bottled water

The week in soft drinks and bottled water

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.

According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, approximately two-thirds of US adults – nearly 155m people – are overweight or obese. The potential for diet soft drinks sales, then, is enormous and yet, as our columnist Richard Corbett points out, the low-calorie segment in the country is lagging.

Refresco Gerber has seen net losses widen in Q1 as costs incurred by an IPO last year dragged the company into the red.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated (CCBCC) has further increased its franchise territory in the US as part of its agreement with The Coca-Cola Co.

Britvic has reported a marked rise in net profits for the first six months of its fiscal year thanks to the effect of one-off costs a year earlier.

Jones Soda has expanded its region-specific, limited edition set of labels for its namesake CSD brand in North America.

The recent problems that the Coca-Cola Co has encountered in India, and the launch by Diageo of its new Water Blueprint, underline once again just how central water stewardship is to the sustainability strategies of major beverage companies.

Earlier today, Britvic posted a 3% dip in sales in its first-half results. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by category and region in the 28-weeks to 12 April.

PepsiCo has launched a new Pepsi flavour in the US that targets Hispanics.