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Beverage Innovation

Tracking The Drinks Marketplace


Coca-Cola Bottling Company Acquired Vending Machine Provider

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, based in Switzerland, has acquired 100 percent of BDS Vending, a vending-machine supplier based in Dublin, Ireland. BDS Vending also has depots on the island of Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Galway, Sligo, Limerick and Wexford, and owns some 2,000 machines. Coca-Cola HBC said the deal would “unlock profitable opportunities across its well-rounded cold and hot beverages and snacks portfolio”.

CCEP To Shutter Clamart Site In France By End Of 2025

Production at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners’ factory at Clamart near Paris is to move to one of its two sites in Grigny, in southern Paris, by the end of next year. Clamart, builT almost 60 years ago, is CCEP’s oldest site in the country but is a “fast-developing urban area”, limiting further development at the plant. CCEP will invest €32m at the Grigny plant, adding to a €114m commitment announced last year to reduce carbon emissions and build a “genuine circular packaging economy”. Works include installing a returnable glass production line. François Gay-Bellile, CEO of CCEP in France said the investment will help the company deliver the “environmental transition to which the group is committed”. 


Reports Say Danone Agrees To Sell Its Russian Business To Dairy Company

Now called H&N, Danone is selling its Russian business to a local businessman for around $190 million. The assets, seized by the Russian authorities last year, will be acquired by Vamin Tatarstan, a domestic dairy company owned by Mintimer Mingazov. Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture still needs to approve the deal before a special government subcommittee decides on whether it can go ahead. Danone will support the business until the end of July next year. Reports suggest Danone has lost over €700 million in Russia since its operation there was seized, but the deal would represent a 56 percent mark-down versus market value. Danone has so far declined to comment on the reports.

Danone Sees Pricing To Continue This Year, But More Selectively

In a call with analysts, Danone’s CEO, Antoine de Saint-Affrique, said the company will continue with pricing measures this year even though inflation is moderating. CFO Juergen Esser added that inflationary pressures this year are likely to come from transport, via oil prices, raw material prices and foreign exchange, especially in emerging markets. However, Esser said Danone would be “much more selective… depending on the category and depending on the region”. 2023 sales were up 7 percent like-for-like. Danone Waters saw sales rise 9.1 percent, with volume/mix up 0.8 percent. 

Other Companies

German Brewer Haus Cramer Enters Country’s Soft Drinks Market With A Caffeinated Lemonade

The Haus Cramer Group, a German beverage company, is making its first foray into the country’s soft drinks category under its Paderborner brand. Paderborner Limo Cola-Orange-Mix will be sold in 0.5L glass bottles in the city of Paderborn from February26. A 0.5L can will follow in April. Limo Cola-Orange-Mix is a caffeinated lemonade with a cola-orange flavor, produced at the Haus Cramer Paderborner Brewery, which makes beer brands like Paderborner Pilsener and Paderborner Gold. 

Red Bull’s New Summer Edition Will Hit UK Shelves Next Month

Red Bull has announced the launch of its latest Summer Edition. It’s a ‘blend of exotic curuba, rounded off with floral notes of elderflower’ and will be available in the UK from March 11. Priced at £1.60 for 250ml, Summer Edition Curuba Elderflower will also be sold in 250ml PMP, 355ml Sugarfree and 250ml Sugarfree four-pack formats. Juneberry, the brand’s 2023 Summer Edition, was its “most successful NPD yet” and is now a permanent flavor renamed The Blue Edition. Red Bull has also introduced a new 8x250ml mixed Sugarfree multipack containing two cans each of classic Sugarfree, Apricot, Blue and Coconut.

Despite Panera’s Legal Issues, Dunkin’ Launches New Energy Drink Range Called “SPARKD’ Energy”

“SPARKD’ Energy” is a new energy drink range unveiled by Dunkin’, even as Panera Bread faces three lawsuits over its energy beverages. “SPARKD’ Energy” iced drinks offer two flavors — berry burst and peach — each with caffeine, vitamins and minerals. Panera is facing lawsuits over its Charged Lemonade product alleging the products have high levels of caffeine that led to two customer deaths and irreversible health issues for another. A 30oz. cup of Panera’s Charged Lemonade holds around 234mg of caffeine; the Dunkin’ product has 192mg for a cup of a similar size. 
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