SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

April 16, 2012 08:20 ET

Colleges in the U.S. Banning the Sale of Bottled Water

Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on Coca-Cola Company and Groupe Danone

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 16, 2012) - The Beverages Industry find themselves under attack once again. After seeing government anti-obesity campaigns ban the sale of soda in schools, groups are now focusing on bottled water as their next target. Packaged-water is a $22 billion dollar industry in the United States. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Beverages Industry and provides equity research on The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and Groupe Danone SA (PINKSHEETS: DANOY).

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According to the Ecologist, over 90 universities across the U.S. have either banned or plan to ban bottled water on their campuses. Brown University, which once sold 320,000,000 bottles of water, banned sales in dining halls in 2010. Bottled water has even been banned in places like Grand Canyon National Park.

Chris Hogan, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) Vice President of Communications, said in a statement "ban on the sale of bottled water on college campuses restricts freedom of choice for students to choose one of the healthiest beverages available in vending machines." Hogan added, "Removing the students' freedom to choose packaged water is a serious issue. Telling students that they can or cannot buy bottled water is a step backwards, especially with the growing rates of obesity and diabetes in the U.S."

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The Coca-Cola Company will release first quarter 2012 financial results on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012, before the stock market opens. The Company will host an investor conference call at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Apr. 17, 2012.

Danone is one of the fastest-growing food companies in the world. Its mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. The group, whose products are sold on five continents, has more than 180 production plants and around 100,000 employees. In 2011, Danone generated sales of EUR 19 billion, of which more than half were in emerging markets. The group holds top positions in healthy food through four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Baby Nutrition, Bottled Water, and Medical Nutrition.

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