This week in soft drinks and bottled water

This week in soft drinks and 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.

In 2015, the global soft drinks industry demonstrated only a marginal improvement on the growth seen in 2014, according to research from Euromonitor. Growth reached 5.5% in value terms, with energy drinks the fastest-growing category – and strong performances by bottled water (the overall volume leader) and sports drinks as well. Total volumes in soft drinks last year grew by 3%.

The UK market for fruit juices, energy and juice drinks is estimated to have fallen in 2015 by 0.6% in value terms and by 0.8% in volume terms compared to the previous year, according to a recently-published report by market intelligence provider, Key Note.

Meeting the needs of the Millennial consumer is a tricky game. Millennial Joel Harrison tells drinks producers how to play it. 

UK tonics and mixers producer Fever-Tree has said it expects its full-year sales for 2015 to be ahead of 2014 by 71%.

Britvic's sales increased in the first quarter of its fiscal year as its new Brazil unit, Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos (EBBA), boosted performance.

As the influence of Western lifestyles continues to grow around the world, more branded packaged waters are making their way into African markets. At the same time, the growth of the branded water segment in the region is bringing safer drinking water for all.

Last week, the World Economic Forum released the eleventh annual edition of its Global Risks Report, which quantifies and compares the economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks facing businesses around the world. just-drinks presents the report's key findings.

Coca-Cola Great Britain has reduced the amount of sugar in Coca-Cola Life and upped the stevia content.

The Coca-Cola Co has deepened its presence in India's dairy market with the pilot launch of flavoured milk Vio.

Milk alternatives may lack the advertising heft of CSDs, the share-of-stomach of bottled water, the sophistication of coffee or the mind-numbing innovation of craft beer. But, what they do possess is the fastest per-capita consumption growth of any non-alcoholic beverage category in the US, an achievement many product categories would be envious about.

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co has announced that the chairman of its board of directors, George David, has stepped down.