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  • In the US, JM Smucker Company posts fiscal Q2 2017/18 sales of US$1.92bn, up 1% from US$1.91bn, in the same period last year

  • Cargill’s North American protein business invests US$146m to upgrade its sausage production site in Nashville, Tennessee

  • Canadian meat company Olymel puts CAD 30m (US$23.5m) in the redevelopment of a poultry processing plant in Ontario, as well as the addition of a new plant that significantly increases the company’s capacity

  • Ocean Spray spends more than US$10m over the next five years to research the cranberry’s antimicrobial benefit

  • In the UK, canned craft beer sales rise by 327% in the first eight months of the year, according to a study

  • Register to attend this year's Dairy Vision event in Curitiba, Brazil. The two day conference will provide an excellent opportunity for the industry to gain insight and updates on current market trends and development in a range of key emerging economies. For more details and to book online visit

  • Natural plant extract supplier Naturex acquires Swedish Oat Fiber, a specialised manufacturer of oat-based extracts and ingredients, for an undisclosed sum

  • Orkla Foods Danmark sells its K-Salat line to Stryhns A/S as it aims to concentrate on fewer categories

  • In the US, Coca-Cola Consolidated invests more than US$5m in a new sales and distribution centre in Ridgeland, South Carolina

  • The UK Supreme Court rules that minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, can now proceed

  • In Japan, G. H. Mumm unveils its new Mumm Grand Cordon bottle design alongside Usain Bolt, the brand’s chief entertainment officer

  • 2.3 billion people overweight - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Hear comments and market insights from Wall Street analysts Ali Dibadj, at Alliance Bernstein, Brett Cooper from Consumer Edge Research and Caroline Levy at Macquarie Capital USA, during Future Smarts on Friday December 8. For more details and to book online visit

  • The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provisionally concludes that Tesco’s £3.7bn purchase of wholesaler Booker does not raise competition concerns

  • In the US, Tyson Foods posts Q4 2016/17 revenue of US$10.15bn, up from US$9.16bn during the same period last year, helping the company to a record financial year

  • In Mexico, Nestlé invests MXN100m (US$5.25m) in its Lácteos Lagos de Moreno factory, to double its capacity to receive fresh milk in the region

  • Royal FrieslandCampina appoints Jaska de Bakker as CFO, succeeding Hein Schumacher, who was appointed CEO in September

  • New Zealand dairy group Fonterra commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, with a 30% reduction by 2030 from a 2015 baseline

  • Jim Dinkins, incoming President of Coca-Cola North America to speak at Future Smarts! Friday December 8, Crowne Plaza Times Square, New York. For more details and to book online visit

  • UK convenience retailer Nisa announces that its members have voted in favour of the Co-op Group’s offer to buy 100% of the business for up to £137.5m

  • Canadian beverage and specialty food producer Lassonde posts sales decline of US$7.7m in its Q3 2016/17 results, as the company recorded US$369.5m, down from US$377.2m experienced during the same period last year

  • Finnish food packaging company Huhtamaki invests €11m to build a new manufacturing facility in Hämeenlinna, to serve its customers in the Baltic and Nordic countries

  • In Sweden, Nordic Sugar makes investment of SEK 190m (US$22.7m) in a new silo to increase capacity at its sugar factory in Örtofta

  • AB InBev announces that Michel Doukeris will be appointed president of its North America business and CEO, succeeding João Castro Neves after a long career with the company

  • Beverage Digest future Smarts is one of the most established and highly regarded beverage industry conferences in the US, offering delegates an insight into all aspects of the market and the businesses that drive it forward, as well as excellent networking opportunities. For more details and to book online visit

  • In the UK, Dairy Crest posts fiscal FY 2017/18 revenue of £220m, an increase of 16% from the same period last year

  • Monster Beverage Corporation reports Q3 2016/2017 net sales of US$909m, an increase of 15.4% from the corresponding quarter last year

  • In the US, yogurt producer Chobani invests US$20m to expand its Idaho yogurt plant to serve as the company’s global research and development centre

  • Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) opens its new dairy ingredients plant located in Garden City, Kansas, as it aims to meet demand for its products domestically and globally

  • Fruit and vegetable ingredients supplier SVZ joins the Sustainable Juice Covenant committing to 100% sustainable sourcing by 2030

  • As one of the highest level and most influential conferences for the US beverage industry, this year’s Future Smarts will bring together C-suite executives and the best thinkers from world leading manufacturing, marketing and financial companies within the beverage industry. For more details and to book online visit

  • Cott Corporation records a 22% increase in revenue for Q3 2017 - up from US$477m to US$581m

  • Associated British Foods reports FY 2016/17 revenue of £15.4bn - up 15% from the corresponding period last year, with operating profit up 22% to £1.36bn

  • UK cheese producer Lactalis McLelland launches a £1m digital marketing campaign for its continental cheese brand Président

  • In the US, Stoli Group will construct a US$150m whiskey distillery in Kentucky as it aims to expand in the US market

  • Arla Foods teams up with the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) as it aims to halve the amount of food waste it produces by 2020

  • Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut posts fiscal FY 2016/17 net sales of US$6.80bn – an increase of 1.9% from the same period last year

  • Flavour company Frutarom signs an agreement with Spanish biotech company AB-Biotics to acquire its iron deficiency ingredient AB-Fortis

  • Coca-Cola India invests US$1.7bn in India over the next five years as it creates a range of region-specific juice variants made from fruits native to the country

  • Fonterra expands its Waitoa UHT site as the cooperative works to keep ahead of growing demand for its products

  • Ken Powell will retire as chairman of General Mills, with CEO Jeffrey Harmening to take over his responsibilities from January 1 2018

  • US dairy firm Dean Foods reports Q3 2016/17 net sales of US$1.94bn, representing a 1.37% decrease on the same period in 2016

  • Gruppo Campari posts Q3 2016/17 net sales of €431m, up 8.1% compared to the corresponding quarter last year

  • In the UK, Beechdean Group acquires the remaining shares of Lovingtons Ice Cream, having initially bought 50% of the business in May

  • Speciality ingredients producer Innophos buys nutraceutical ingredients company NutraGenesis for US$28m to complement its health and nutrition portfolio

  • In the US, B&G Foods appoints Bruce Wacha as its new CFO, effective from 27 November 2017

  • Beam Suntory reports Q3 2016/17 net sales of ¥739bn (US$6.47bn), up 3.9% from the previous quarter

  • In South Africa, Pioneer Foods acquires the remaining 50.1% stake in its joint venture with Kraft Heinz for an undisclosed sum

  • Fonterra buys into Oregon-based whey protein concentrate and lactose manufacturer Columbia River Technologies as part of a joint venture

  • Cargill invests US$250m in India over the next five years as it aims to expand in the country’s food processing industry

  • The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) will aim to double the use of recycled plastic for their PET bottles to at least 50% by 2025

  • 58 acquisitions in October - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Canadian dairy company Saputo posts Q3 2016/17 net income of CA$185.2m (US$144.4m) - down 3.4% from the corresponding quarter last year - as Canadian sales volumes fall

  • Unilever acquires Starbucks’ tea brand Tazo and all related intellectual property for US$384m

  • In Mexico, dairy company Grupo Lala takes its stake of Brazilian dairy company Vigor to 99.99%, after Arla Foods sells its 8% stake

  • Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) buys New Jersey-based processor of ultra-pasteurised dairy products Cumberland Dairy

  • Nestlé sets a goal to source only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025 in a bid to help drive welfare improvements for egg-laying hens

  • Kellogg reports Q3 2017 net sales of US$3.27bn - up 0.6% on the same quarter last year - with net income rising to US$297m

  • Hormel Foods acquires deli meat and salami company Columbus Manufacturing for US$850m

  • The CEO of US confectionery producer Hershey, Michele Buck, tells Fortune magazine that she is "very open to mergers and acquisitions" as a means to secure future growth

  • Research from China suggests that consumers who eat more spicy food consume less salt and have lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of heart attacks and stroke

  • In the UK, Molson Coors revives a seasonal spiced plum version of its Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig

  • Mondelēz International reports Q3 2017 revenue of US$6.53bn - up 2.1% - with operating income of US$1.18bn

  • Constellation Brands agrees to pay CA$245m (US$191m) for a 9.9% stake in Canopy Growth Corporation, a Canadian supplier of medicinal marijuana, as it eyes cannabis-infused beverages

  • The Coca-Cola Company disposes of additional bottling territory and facilities previously operated by Coca-Cola Refreshments, marking the end of its North American refranchising programme

  • Dairy leaders at the World Dairy Summit call for a unified approach to improve consumer confidence and urge against dairy being seen as a 'bad protein'

  • In the US, single-serve beverage capsule company Lavít partners with cold-pressed brand Juice Press on the launch of a series of infused water capsules

  • 43% less packaging in 8 years - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Coca-Cola Femsa reports Q3 2017 revenue of MXN 49.36bn (US$2.58bn) - up 16.6% - with net profit jumping 39% to MXN 3.15bn (US$164.7m)

  • Irish drinks firm C&C Group posts fiscal H1 2017/18 revenue of €273.1m - down 6.8% on the same period last year - and operating profit of €50.5m

  • Israeli flavours house Frutarom acquires the remaining 81% stake in flavour and ingredients company Enzymotec for US$210m

  • In Australia, dairy company Bega Cheese and health supplement maker Blackmores agree to wind up their joint venture on infant formula products

  • Moët Hennessy launches the second in a series of limited editions called the Master Blender’s Selection as part of its Hennessy cognac brand

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev posts Q3 2017 revenue up 3.6% to US$14.74bn, despite volume declining due to a weak Brazilian market and natural disasters in North America

  • US confectionery producer Hershey reports Q3 2017 sales of US$2.03bn - up 1.5% on the same period last year - with net income up 20% to US$273.3m

  • In the US, DanoneWave is to invest 'up to US$60m' in its plant-based beverages factory in Mount Crawford, Virginia

  • Figures from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) show that the amount of material used to make glass and plastic water bottles fell 42.8% between 2007 and 2015

  • Irish ingredients firm Carbery Group appoints Jason Hawkins as CEO, replacing Dan MacSweeney, who will retire in December

  • Coca-Cola posts Q3 2017 net revenue of US$9.01bn - down 14.6% year-on-year - with operating income falling 6.6% to US$2.12bn

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group records Q3 2017 sales of US$1.74bn – up 3.6% from the same period last year – with operating income of US$367m

  • European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices Refresco agrees a €1.62bn takeover from private equity groups PAI Partners and British Columbia Investment Management

  • Orkla Food Ingredients acquires Norwegian spices and flavourings company Arne B. Corneliussen from Danish Crown for an undisclosed amount

  • Mondelēz International appoints Glen Walter as President of its North American business, replacing interim President Tim Cofer

  • Drinks top 12 in France - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Fast-food chain McDonald's reports Q3 2017 comparable-store sales growth of 6%, with turnover falling 10% to US$5.75bn and operating income rising 44%

  • US-based Graphic Packaging Holding Company plans to combine with International Paper's North American consumer packaging business to form a unified packaging company with US$6bn in annual revenue

  • In Mexico, glass bottle manufacturer Owens-Illinois and Constellation Brands are to extend their bottle-making joint venture with investment of US$140m

  • In the US, chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride is to close its poultry processing plant in Luverne, Minnesota

  • Unilever launches the first matcha green tea offering from its Pure Leaf brand of tea

  • Packaging firm Sonoco reports 'record' Q3 2017 sales of US$1.32bn - up 9.6% - with net income growing to US$73.4m

  • Mexican dairy company Grupo Lala reports Q3 2017 sales of MXN15.02bn (US$785m) - also up 9.6% - despite challenges in the US dairy market

  • In Italy, dairy company Granarolo invests €5m to support the launch of Granarolo GPlus, a reduced-sugar milk beverage

  • Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) announces that Sandy Douglas will retire in March 2018, with Jim Dinkins set to assume the role of President in January

  • In the US, Anheuser-Busch InBev launches a limited-edition beer as part of its Budweiser brand inspired by the repeal of prohibition

  • Wasted water - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Germany’s largest spice producer Fuchs Group buys British herbs and spice company Bart Ingredients from private equity firm Langholm Capital

  • French wine firm Les Grands Chais de France acquires German wine producer Binderer St Ursula for an undisclosed sum

  • Nestlé invests £7m in Nescafé Gold brand, featuring new packaging and upgraded contents

  • In Scotland, marmalade and jam producer Mackays announces a £3.8m expansion to its site in Angus, seeing its business premises grow by 50%

  • Mondelēz International will move Cadbury confectionery production from its Dunedin site in New Zealand to Australia, with 300 jobs lost


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