In Brief…

Coca-Cola Enterprises sets a target to reduce its carbon footprint by 15% by 2020 as part of its ‘Commitment 2020′ program.

In the UK, the Advertising Standards Authority rules that Scandinavian dairy cooperative Arla Foods can continue advertising its lactose-free milk after it rejected a claim that the advert was misleading.

Italy’s Agriculture Minister Luca Zaia is to push Brussels to adopt obligatory origin labelling in EU for milk and dairy products to protect farmers from cheap imports.

International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) files lawsuit against ‘misleading’ Eco Canteen advert campaign that claims ‘plastic water bottles could be poisoning you and your family’.

Northern Irish soft drinks firm Norbev wins new bottling contracts worth over £30m, including a major contract with German discount chain Aldi.

Nestlé Waters North America announces it will invest US$14m to convert a warehouse in Sacramento, California into a bottling plant for its Nestlé Pure Life and Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water brands.

In India, Groupe Danone reportedly plans to launch yoghurt and mineral water brands with the assistance of US-based creative agency Euro RSCG.

In Scotland, 20,000 people march through Kilmarnock to protest against Diageo`s restructuring plans, meaning a loss of 900 jobs.

In the UK, Coca-Cola Enterprises launches Relentless Shot, a 50ml energy shot, supported by a multi-million pound marketing spend.

UK drinks firm Nichols announces a 28.4% increase in H1 2009 sales to £37.5m, driven by a 13.4% uplift in sales of the Vimto brand.

Coca-Cola Amatil forms a new business unit, named ‘At Work’ incorporating Coke Vending, Neverfail Springwater and Café Direct Australia businesses, to increase sales and reduce costs.

Reed’s Inc is to launch a private label range of beverages that is ‘non-competitive’ to its existing range and could double the company’s operations.

Coca-Cola Enterprises posts Q2 2009 net income of US$313m, with total revenues declining 0.5% to US$5.91bn.

Europe’s leading Emmental producer Entremont Alliance seeks to merge with either French dairy firm Lactalis or French dairy co-operative Sodiaal.

Aspartame producer Ajinomoto announces a 5.2% decline in Q1 2009 net sales to Yen 285.6bn.

Hansen Natural Corporation appoints Nick R. Gagliardi as Chief Operating Officer of Monster Beverage Company.

Icelandic Water Holdings enters into agreement with AirTran Airways to sell its premium bottled water brand Icelandic Glacial on-board.

SAB Miller reports a 2% increase in Q1 2009 soft drink volumes, driven by strong sales in Africa.

In the UK, Red Bull is fined a record £0.27m for breaching regulations on the recovery and recycling of packaging waste between 1999 and 2006.

In Russia, packaging company Rexam announces plans to cut beverage can production capacity by 1.3bn at its Dmitrov plant, in light of falling demand.

In the UK, Carlsberg targets women through its trial of a fruit-based alcoholic drink called Eve, if the drink is a success, a nationwide launch is to ensue from January 2010.

Coca-Cola Company owned Innocent Drinks prepares to launch new marketing campaign to highlight the health benefits of its smoothies and boost sales in the wake of the economic downturn.

According to reports, Foster’s Group could return to plans to demerge its wine and beer operations, having successfully structurally separated the poorly performing wine business.

Aspartame producer Ajinomoto considers mergers and acquisitions in India to accelerate reinforcement of its operations.

Groupe Danone’s US subsidiary Dannon presents educational organisation Cornell Cooperative Extension with the fourth annual Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grant of US$30,000.

In the US, coffee chain Starbucks spent US$130,000 in Q2 2009 to lobby on import tariffs and food labelling, amongst other issues.

Nestlé Waters North America unveils a new eco-friendly bottled water called re-source, as well as a new recycling program with Whole Foods Market and Waste Management.

Danish ingredients firm Danisco announces a E60m investment to extend its cultures production capacity over the next three years.

Kraft Foods announces that is has reduced water used in manufacturing processes by more than 3 billion gallons since 2005, a 21% reduction.