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  • Danone reports Q2 2017 sales of €6.66bn, which it says are 0.2% higher on a like-for-like basis, with H1 2017 sales at €12.13bn and operating income of €1.59bn

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group posts Q2 2017 net sales of US$1.8bn - up 6% - with net income falling 27.7% year-on-year to US$188m

  • In China, coffee chain Starbucks is to acquire the remaining 50% stake in its local joint-venture for US$1.3bn - the company's largest acquisition to date

  • Bacardi promotes Francis Debeuckelaere to the position of Regional President of Europe, effective immediately

  • In the UK, Lucozade Ribena Suntory launches Lucozade Sport Fitwater - a functional bottled water with magnesium, calcium, sodium and chloride

  • Global dairy market outlook - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Coca-Cola reports Q2 2017 revenue of US$9.7bn - 16% lower than the same period last year - with operating income of US$2.08bn

  • Nestlé lowers its sales outlook after posting H1 2017 sales of CHF43bn (US$45bn) - down 0.3%

  • US confectionery producer Hershey grows Q2 2017 net sales by 1.5% - up to US$1.66bn - while net income was 39% higher at US$203.5m

  • Royal DSM appoints Patrick Niels as President of DSM Food Specialties, replacing Ilona Haaijer from August

  • Tata Global Beverages launches a new range of globally sourced loose-leaf teas under its Good Earth label

  • Network with leading industry figures, media and government at this year's British Soft Drinks Industry lunch on Thursday 12 October. For more information and to book your ticket go to:

  • Mexican dairy company Grupo Lala reports Q2 2017 net sales of MXN14.97bn (US$842.4m) - 16% higher than Q2 2016 - with gross profit of MXN5.79bn (US$325.7m)

  • In the US, fast-food chain McDonald's records Q2 2017 revenue of US$6.05bn, with comparable sales increasing 6.6% globally and net income 28% higher at US$1.4bn

  • The co-founder of UK tonics and mixers producer Fever-Tree, Tim Warrilow, sells a 1.3% stake in the business for £28.9m

  • According to research, babies fed with infant formula containing an SN-2 palmitate ingredient are more likely to sleep better and cry less

  • In Australia, Jacob's Creek launches a premium sparkling wine called Jacob's Creek Prosecco Spritz to respond to consumer trends

  • Refresco/Cott significance - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices Refresco agrees to acquire Cott Corporation's soft drinks manufacturing business for €1.1bn

  • Gruppo Campari sells its Carolans whiskey liqueur and Irish Mist spiced whiskey brands to Heaven Hill for US$165m

  • In the US, Ferrara Candy Company is reportedly considering a bid for Nestlé's US confectionery unit, which includes brands like Butterfinger

  • In New Zealand, Open Country Dairy invests a sum in the 'lower double-digit million euro range' to expand its production of milk powder products destined for export markets like China

  • General Mills finds that consumers in the US Northeast prefer granola and protein bars, while potato chips and popcorn are popular in the South, as part of research into consumer snacking habits

  • US beverage market outlook - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Rémy Cointreau reports sales in fiscal Q1 2017/18 of €240.2m - 9.9% higher than the same quarter last year

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev acquires US beverage company Hiball - maker of Hiball energy drink and Alta Palla sparkling juices and waters - for an undisclosed sum

  • In Canada, McCain Foods plans to invest in the capacity of its plant in Coaldale, Alberta in order to meet increasing demand for its products

  • In New Zealand, dairy group Fonterra will invest NZ$150m (US$112m) to build two cream cheese plants at its site in Darfield

  • New research suggests that eating healthily and avoiding obesity could help to reduce the risk of developing dementia in later life

  • UK drinks firm Nichols reports revenue of £63.5m for its fiscal H1 2016/2017 - a 12.4% increase on the same period last year.

  • Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut agrees to purchase Italian family owned specialties and decorations business D'Orsogna Dolciaria for an undisclosed sum.

  • Coca-Cola Singapore unveils a new US$57.5 million storage and distribution centre as it aims to boost efficiency.

  • Irish food and ingredients firm Kerry Group invests CAD17 million (US$13.5 million) in its plant in Québec, Canada.

  • PepsiCo announces the appointment of Ramon Laguarta as President, effective May 2017, filling a position that has been vacant for nearly three years.

  • Unilever reports H1 2017 turnover of €27.7bn - 5.5% higher than the same period last year - with net profit growing to €3.3bn

  • Amazon reportedly begins trialling a meal kit delivery service for consumers in select parts of the US under the name Amazon Meal Kits

  • In the US, Great Lakes Cheese announces plans for a US$55m cheese packaging plant in Wausau, Wisconsin

  • The value of Australian wine exports grows 10% to reach AU$201m (US$159m) thanks in part to growth in the US and China

  • Lithuania proposes legislation that would impose a limit on the amount of trans fatty acids in foods as a proportion of the overall fat content

  • Investing in innovation - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • US-based ingredients producer McCormick agrees to acquire the food business of consumer health and hygiene company Reckitt Benckiser Group for US$4.2bn

  • Danone and Mars are among the companies to fund a project that aims to treble the revenues of Madagascan vanilla farmers and ensure a supply of fully traceable vanilla

  • CSM Bakery Solutions reaches an agreement to sell its BakeMark business to private equity firm Pamplona Capital Management

  • The Canadian Beverage Association defends low-calorie beverages, criticising a study that linked artificial sweeteners with a risk of obesity

  • In the US, Kraft Heinz launches a limited-edition Chicago Dog Sauce as part of its Heinz brand, which it hopes will appeal to the city's inclination not to serve tomato ketchup with hot dogs

  • Governments not serious about obesity - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • The industry's only Global Bottled Awards are open to innovators and entrepreneurs as well as established brands from around the globe - for full details and on how to enter this year please visit:

  • Constantia Flexibles agrees to sell its label division, Constantia Labels, to Multi-Color Corporation for US$1.3bn

  • In the US, Mexican poultry group Bachoco acquires Alabama-based Albertville Quality Foods, which makes prepared chicken products

  • In China, Austrian fruit preparation firm Agrana Group invests €21.75m in a new manufacturing facility in Changzhou

  • In the US, Hain Celestial launches a range of yogurts made with whole milk and cream called Seriously Indulgent

  • Mars extends its Goodness Knows brand of snacks to the UK - the first chocolate product it has launched in the country for 20 years

  • Hear from Hijos de Rivera, Coca-Cola and Icelandic Glacial Holding on the importance of effective branding at the 2017 Global Bottled Water Congress, 23-25 October, Barcelona. Full programme details and online booking at

  • California-based True Drinks reports Q2 2017 revenue of US$1.95m - a 27% increase on the previous quarter - with 'record' H1 revenues of nearly US$3.5m

  • According to reports, Unilever and Hormel Foods are competing to acquire the food business of consumer health and hygiene company Reckitt Benckiser Group, which announced plans to sell up in April

  • US Foods agrees to acquire three foodservice distributors from TOBA Inc, adding to four previous deals in the foodservice space since the start of the year

  • In Portugal, Nestlé begins work on a €5m distribution centre that will be responsible for 80% of its products sold overseas

  • In the UK, Unilever is to roll out chicken korma and barbecue pulled pork variants of its Pot Noodle brand in order to add more premium appeal

  • The future of packaging - Ooho, Origin and Just Bee Drinks discuss their latest innovations. To register for this year's global Bottled Water Congress, 23-25 October in Barcelona go to:

  • Cargill reports fiscal FY 2016/17 revenue of US$109.7bn - up 2% - with net earnings 19% higher at US$2.84bn

  • Orkla posts Q2 2017 operating revenue of NOK9.77bn (US$1.19bn) and operating profit of NOK1.03bn (US$124.6m)

  • In the US, retailer Wal-Mart reportedly introduces a new supplier programme called 'On-Time, In-Full' that will impose significant sanctions on suppliers for early and late deliveries

  • In the Netherlands, colouring foods supplier GNT Group invests €3m in additional laboratory facilities at its headquarters in Mierlo

  • In the UK, Coca-Cola European Partners steps up marketing activity for its Honest Tea brand, ahead of the rollout of three herbal tea blends

  • Global and regional perspectives shared by Coca-Cola, Rabobank and Agthia Group at the Global Bottled Congress 23-25 October 2017, Barcelona. For programme details and online booking go to:

  • In Scotland, Pernod Ricard sells its Glenallachie Distillery to a consortium of whisky industry veterans, including the founder of BenRiach Distillery

  • In the UK, Tesco faces 'an in-depth investigation' from the competition watchdog over its proposed £3.7bn acquisition of wholesaler Booker

  • In Japan, Nestlé is to open a second KitKat chocolate factory to meet demand for local flavours such as wasabi, sake and matcha green tea

  • Coca-Cola European Partners announces plans to double the amount of recycled plastic in its UK bottles by 2020

  • US cheese producer Sonoma Creamery receives a US$10m investment from private equity group Svoboda Capital, which it says is 'the surest way to build long-term value'

  • Milk should be milk - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • PepsiCo reports Q2 2017 net revenue of US$15.71bn - up 2% on the same period the year before - and operating profit 1% higher at US$2.99bn

  • In Canada, Coca-Cola invests CA$30m (US$23.2m) in an expansion to its plant in Montréal, including the addition of an in-line blow-molding machine

  • Anheuser-Busch-owned South African Breweries (SAB) invests ZAR2.8bn (US$206.9m) on expansions to two breweries in Alrode and Rosslyn

  • In Lithuania, Carlsberg announces plans to build a new brewery on the site of an existing group-owned brewery in Klaipėda, extending its partnership in Europe with Brooklyn Brewery

  • According to reports, Romanian lawmakers are preparing to propose legislation that puts a tax on both food and beverages with a high sugar content

  • 14th Global Bottled Water Congress registrations now LIVE! Secure your booking and don't miss out on the Early Booking Rate. 23-25 October 2017, Barcelona. Go to

  • Snack bar maker Kind is reportedly looking to offload an unspecified minority stake in the business, with a valuation of more than US$3bn

  • Swiss flavours company Givaudan is to acquire Dutch dairy ingredients manufacturer Vika

  • In the Bahamas, Coca-Cola bottler Caribbean Bottling Company invests US$1.8m in solar panels at its factory in Nassau

  • General Mills unveils a host of innovations in the US, Canada, Asia and Europe, which it said have a focus on 'great taste and simplicity'

  • Scottish brewer BrewDog appoints technology entrepreneur Tanisha Robinson as Managing Director of its US operations

  • Packaging company Alpla agrees to acquire South African packaging company Boxmore Packaging – the largest takeover in the company's history

  • In the UK, Mondelēz International brings production of two new Cadbury chocolate ranges into its Bournville factory, following investment of £75m

  • In the US, Anheuser-Busch unveils 11 limited-edition packaging designs for its Budweiser brand of beer, featuring the names of states where Budweiser is brewed

  • In Estonia, legislators give final approval to a tax on sugary drinks, including dairy drinks and plant-based beverages

  • Brown-Forman Corporation announces that Andrew Wilby, area director for Northern Europe, will retire in January 2018

  • Campbell Soup Company acquires US-based organic soup maker Pacific Foods for US$700m

  • Katjes International acquires the struggling Italian business of Swedish confectionery company Cloetta

  • In the US, Tyson Foods invests US$59.7m in expanding its distribution centre in Pottsville, Pennsylvania

  • Mondelēz expects a recent cyber attack that impacted production of its Cadbury brand to diminish Q2 2017 growth by as much as 3%

  • Brazilian food processor BRF announces further changes to its management team, increasing the number of vice-presidents reporting to CEO Pedro Faria

  • Israeli flavour house Frutarom agrees a US$2m deal to acquire the remaining 5% balance in Canadian flavours producer Les Ingredients Alimentaires BSA

  • Nestlé invests US$20.8m in a production plant and distribution centre in Canelones, Uruguay - and roughly US$2.5m in the renovation of its infant milk factory in Sevares, Spain

  • The director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), José Graziano da Silva, warns that recent progress on combating world hunger is at risk of being reversed

  • In the US, Ireland-based vitamin drinks producer Vit Hit announces a new distribution partnership with the Honickman Group

  • In the UK, Arla repackages its Organic Farm Milk to feature a 'free range' claim

  • 55 acquisitions in June - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Danish ingredients firm Chr. Hansen posts fiscal Q3 2016/17 revenue of €278m - up 11.2% on the same quarter last year - with quarterly profit also higher at €58m

  • In Brazil, meat processor Marfrig announces plans to re-open facilities at two plants, and extend facilities at four more, as it aims to grow capacity by 25%


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