This week in soft drinks & bottled water

This week in soft drinks & bottled water

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.

The Coca-Cola Co's chief science & health officer is to retire. Rhona Applebaum told the company last month of her intention to step down, although Coca-Cola has only confirmed the move this week.

It is well known that carbonated soft drinks have a sugar - and obesity - problem that has led to steady sales erosion over the past decade. Less well known is that juice is suffering as much, if not more, from many of the same issues. With consumers souring on beverages perceived to be high in sugar, juice makers are beginning to innovate their way out of the problem, with dilution and carbonation emerging as new ways for juice-makers to address juice's sugar conundrum.

Britvic expects to raise earnings next year by as much as 10% as it beds in new Brazilian acquisition Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos (EBBA).

Britvic's Fruit Shoot adventures in the US have long interested analysts. The brand is the top-selling children's drink in the UK so it was no surprise Britvic took it to the lucrative US market in 2011. What interested analysts, however, was the decision to use a franchise model in which juice concentrate was sold to local bottlers.

Britvic's CEO has defended a decision to axe Robinsons' full-sugar range after full-year results showed a fall in sales for the brand.

Beverages on sale in India can contain high-intensity sweetener stevia after the country's regulator approved the use of the ingredient.

Keurig Green Mountain has reduced the price of the Keurig Kold for its Canadian launch. The home-carbonation platform is available from online retailers for CAD399.99 (US$299) compared to a US$370 price tag in the US. 

Ice-crystal drinks maker Slush Puppie is to roll out an edible bubble version ofBritvic's frozen drink Tango Ice Blast in the UK. The company has partnered with edible bubble producer Mr Bubble.