Research and Markets reports on beverage market in France, East Asia

Nestle S.A. is the market leader in French soft drinks market, which is growing by 2.7% a year. In Asia, China's market was growing by better than 12% with Japan and Hong Kong enjoying a 2-4% annual growth rate...

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 14, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of several new reports to its offerings, including beverage industry reports from France, China, Japan and Hong Kong.

Each report:
-- Contains information on six key categories: bottled water, carbonates, concentrates, functional drinks, juices, RTD tea & coffee.
-- Provides market value, volume, expenditure and consumption data by market, segment and subsegment.
-- Includes company and brand share data by category, as well as distribution channel data.
-- Contains market value segmentation by demographic and socioeconomic group.

France
In France, the market for soft drinks increased between 1998 and 2003, growing at an average annual rate of 2.7%. The leading company in the market in 2003 was Nestle S.A. The second-largest player was Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., with Groupe Danone in third place.

"Soft Drinks in France to 2008" (see: www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c15737) is a detailed information resource covering all the key data points on soft drinks in France. It includes comprehensive value, volume, segmentation and market share data. The databook supplies actual data to 2003 and full forecasts to 2008.

China
According to "Soft Drinks in China to 2008" (see: www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c15528), the market for soft drinks there jumped at an average annual rate of 12.8% between 1998-2003. The leading company in the market in 2003 was The Coca-Cola Company. The second-largest player was PepsiCo, Inc., with Jianlibao Beverage Co. Ltd in third place.

Japan
In Japan, the soft drink market grew at an average annual rate of 2.8% from 1998-2003. The leading company in the market in 2003 was The Coca-Cola Company, according to "Soft Drinks in Japan to 2008" (see: www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c15532). The second-largest player was Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, with Suntory Limited in third place.

Hong Kong
The market for soft drinks in Hong Kong increased by an average annual rate of 3.4% between 1998-2003. The leading company in the market in 2003 was Swire Beverages. The second-largest player was PepsiCo, Inc., with A S Watson & Company Ltd. (Watson) in third place, according to "Soft Drinks in Hong Kong to 2008" (see: www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c15545).

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