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 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 private-equity firm behind Harvest Hill, Brynwood Partners, has bought Minnesota's Cold Spring Brewing Co.

In June, Pernod Ricard announced SharpEnd, a UK agency that helps brands benefit from Internet of Things technology, as its global partner. In an exclusive comment for just-drinks, SharpEnd founder & CEO Cameron Worth reveals some of the work his company is doing for Pernod and why the drinks industry needs to embrace this creative new tool.

Cott Corp has seen its recent shopping spree boost sales in the first six months of 2017, although the group's soon-to-be-sold traditional North America and UK businesses were down in the period.

Nestle Waters' North American unit is set to add recycling instructions to the labels of its bottled water brands in the US.

In late-July, Coca-Cola European Partners unveiled an increased 2020 target for recycled content in its plastic bottles in the UK. just-drinks' sustainability commentator, Ben Cooper, believes this news also underlines the role that brands can play in encouraging consumers to recycle.

Rockstar Inc, the owner of the Rockstar Energy Drink brand, has teamed up with one of the year's biggest video game releases, Destiny 2, for its latest marketing activation in four markets.

Monster Beverage Corp's quarterly gross sales passed the US$1bn mark for the first time, helping the energy drinks maker deliver a strong half-year performance.

Monster Beverage Corp has said a reduction in food aid for low-income US families could hamper sales for the energy drinks segment in the country.

Coca-Cola HBC has made continued good progress in 2017, with first-half sales improving across all of its reporting regions.

Coca-Cola European Partners has reaffirmed its full-year sales growth outlook for 2017, despite an improvement in year-to date performance.

Refresco has posted lifts in sales and volumes for the first half of 2017, as the group readies for the arrival of Cott Corp's North America, UK and Mexico operations.