The week in soft drinks & bottled water

The week in soft drinks & bottled water

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories from the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. Click the links to see our round-ups for beer & cider and spirits & wine.

The Coca-Cola Co has rolled out a limited edition pack design in Australia, to show support for the country's postal survey on marriage equality. 

Held every four years in Germany and hosting the biggest global names, Drinktec is the Olympics of the drinks industry's trade show calendar. Nothing else has the same insight into beverage innovation, whether from a packaging, flavourings or labelling perspective. But, like the Olympics, Drinktec is massive - a cavernous experience that can defeat even the hardiest of trade show attendees. Luckily, just-drinks' news & insights editor, Andy Morton, travelled to Munich earlier this month to digest the enormity of it all and deliver these nine bite-sized nuggets of learning.

AG Barr has maintained its low-single-digit net profits growth in the first half of its current fiscal year, as sales performed well in the period.

The end of an EU sugar quota this month could offset the cost for manufacturers of the UK Government's impending tax on sugary drinks, an analyst has said.

The value of the global matcha tea market is expected to almost double over the next seven years as growing levels of poor health boost demand for nutritional beverages, a new report has forecast.

PepsiCo has denied allegations that it fired its former lead lawyer over her handling of a Russian business probe.

Britvic is to launch a quiz on Facebook's Messenger app as part of a seasonal campaign in the UK for its J20 adult soft drinks brand.

The success of coconut water has spawned a cottage industry in healthy hydrators vying to be the next big thing in soft drinks. Honey water seems an unlikely challenger given concern over sugar, but product launch activity says otherwise. Known as one of the world's oldest beverages, honey water is suddenly trending as a healthy hydrator, immune booster, sustainable energy source and 'touch of sweetness' drink with the natural goodness of honey.