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Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and spirits & wine.

This week in soft drinks and bottled water

This week in soft drinks and bottled water

This month, Richard Corbett considers whether low-/no-alcohol beer could eat into soft drinks' share of throat.

Coca-Cola Enterprises' (CCE) European merger will leave the unit less exposed to the potential introduction of sugar taxes and should improve sales prospects, analysts have said.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) has hailed lower commodity costs and productivity improvements as fourth-quarter and full-year sales and profits rose. 

The success of Dr Pepper Snapple Group's partner brands portfolio received a mixed reception from analysts. While they could see the benefits of teaming up with third-party, innovative brands, questions remain over the risk of those brands being acquired by other drinks companies.

Currency fluctuations continued to hamper Coca-Cola HBC's 2015 as full-year sales fell despite volumes growth.

Today Coca-Cola HBC released its full-year results with sales and profits down despite volumes increases. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by region in 2015.

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has described the energy drinks category across Europe as "meaningfully underdeveloped". 

The head of Pepsico has said that the company will "keep the pedal to the metal on innovation" when it comes to driving the growth of its Gatorade brand in 2016. 

The Australian bottler for The Coca-Cola Co has hinted at the future direction of the company's sugar-reduction plans, saying the technology used to make Coke Life will be applied to other sparkling and still beverages.

Cott Corp has posted a lift in full-year profits in 2015, despite taking a tax-comparison hit to its bottom line in the final quarter.


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