In Brief…

Nearly three times as many additive and preservative free products have been launched in the UK so far in 2007 compared with any other European country.
UK’s Innocent Drinks says it is to become the first beverage firm to use 100% recycled bottles, leading to a 55% reduction in its carbon footprint.

Cadbury Schweppes is again recognised as ‘best in class’ for its approach to climate change disclosure in September global report issued by Carbon Disclosure Project.

Coca-Cola Enterprises appoints Steve Cahillane, former InBev Chief Commercial Officer, to head up its European business.

AG Barr reports slight rise in its H1 2007 like-for-like sales despite exceptionally poor summer weather in the UK.

European Commission is criticised for failing to make document covering maximum mineral and vitamin levels freely available.

According to reports, German ingredients firm Wild is to be restructured with the aim of going public within the next two years.

GlaxoSmithKline launches its ready-to-drink Ribena range in 100% recycled plastic bottles.

PepsiCo announces three-year sponsorship deal with Chelsea Football Club through its Gatorade brand.

In the UK, Highland Spring posts a 5% increase in 2006 sales to £54.2m and announces plans to invest £3m in additional production facilities.

Cadbury Schweppes signs up to Carbon Disclosure Project initiative to engage its supply chain in measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions.

Industry leaders Danone and Highland Spring to participate in 2007 UK Bottled Water Industry Conference 13-14 November.