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 in the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and spirits & wine.

The Coca-Cola Co has revealed a timetable for its acquisition and disposal of Anheuser-Busch InBev's newly-acquired stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, telling just-drinks it aims to have a new partner in place by 2018.

PepsiCo has produced a new sustainability agenda in which it outlines plans to cut more calories from its global beverage portfolio. 

PepsiCo is ready to launch a US$500m bid for US probiotic and kombucha drinks producer Kevita, according to Reuters.

German drinks maker Rhodius Mineralquellen has reintroduced its mineral water in a can in a further sign that the format is becoming more popular in the water category.

The Coca-Cola Co has opened a US$36m bottling plant in Qatar, the company's first in the country.

PepsiCo has pooled its beverages sales forces in France with Danone Waters in the out-of-home food channel.

Strong sales and volumes increases in South America have driven Arca Continental's YTD performance.