Cadbury reveals US soft drinks figures

Cadbury Schweppes yesterday announced its first ever sales figures for its US soft drinks business after pressure from the City to follow similar reporting from rivals PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

Ad Watch: You're getting Fanta

"Drink me: I'm trendy" is the message behind the latest advertising campaign for Fanta. Hardly a unique selling-point, one would think. But it is for Fanta, which has suffered years of neglect by its parent, Coca- Cola, while rival Tango has taken Britain by storm.

Lyric Sheets: Hank's for the Memory

On the day Hank Marvin commences a 42-date UK tour...

Letter: Cola in Cuba

Sir: Susan Stevens (letter, 26 February) asks why it is easy to buy Coca-Cola in Cuba, despite the US trade embargo. The answer is that it is imported from Mexico. The irony is that it must be bought in US dollars. Given that only those Cubans employed in certain sectors, such as tourism, are paid even part of their salaries in dollars, "easy" means in this context "not theoretically impossible". Dollars are also vital for buying other imports, such as soap.

Don't junk it ... use it The cola-powered plastic propagator

In the winter, a recycler's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of gardening, so here's how to turn a used soft-drink bottle into a safe and healthy environment for your seedlings

Football: Good boys: The Premiership's leading scorers

That Was The Weekend That Was

In the beginning was `The Word'

No 157: PEPSI

Brands with no barriers

Marketing: products with a strong corporate identity are climbing the league table, while the public is warming to worthy campaigns

Burger bars burst Coke's bubble

The golden arches of fast-food giant McDonald's have displaced the swirling Coca-Cola logo as the world's top brand, according to a new book published today.

EU probes Coca-Cola

The European Commission is investigating Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages for possible anti-competitive marketing practices involving discounts to distributors.

Pepsi relaunch fails to lift off

PepsiCo this weekend admitted that its $500m (pounds 320m) "Blue" relaunch had been a disappointment - yet to have a significant impact on sales despite the hype.

The bank that wants to be just like Coca-Cola

Lloyds TSB's new chairman is inspired by a soft drinks company, writes Peter Rodgers

Cadbury sells stake in drinks venture with Coca Cola

Cadbury Schweppes is to sell its 51 per cent stake in its UK soft drinks joint venture to Coca Cola Enterprises, a publicly quoted US group which is 44 per cent owned by Cadbury's arch-rival, Coca Cola.

Pepsi blues over pounds 300m relaunch

As Pepsi took the cola wars into space this week, filming an advertisement on the Mir space station, things on the ground were looking a little more blue for them.
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