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  • Italy’s Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group acquires Brazilian coffee company Café Pacaembu

  • Snack bar maker Kind acquires Creative Snacks

  • In Argentina, Lamb Weston creates a joint venture to serve the South American market

  • In the US, craft beer maker Victory Brewing Company plans to open a new brewery in Philadelphia

  • In the US, new brand Oath launches to market with Organic Oat-Milk with Plant Protein drinks

  • The US water dispenser market approached 8 million units in 2018, with revenue in excess of USD 4.5 billion. Access the US Water Dispense Report 2019 today at

  • Italian company Silvateam joins forces with Germany’s JRS Group to create a joint venture focused on the production of pectin

  • In the US, the California Milk Advisory Board selects nine finalists to participate in its dairy accelerator

  • In Scotland, Diageo opens a £6.4m Innovation and Research Centre

  • Tetra Pak launches best practice guidelines for yogurt products

  • In Australia, new distillery Wildspirit partners with drinks design company Denomination to launch Bloody Merry Gin

  • 63 acquisitions in September - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Wells Fargo, Managing Director and Senior Analyst, Bonnie Herzog, confirmed to speak at Beverage Digest Future Smarts, 9 December. Early bird rate available until 28 October -

  • Stevia-based sweetener producer SweeGen receives an investment from Japanese company Sumitomo Chemical and private equity fund Outlook Investment Group

  • Singapore set to become the first country in the world to ban advertisements of beverages with high sugar content

  • Members of the British Water Cooler Association and the European Drinking Water Cooler Association agree to form combined association

  • Carlsberg unveils two prototype beer bottles made from wood fibres and lined with polymer barriers

  • Italian chocolate maker Ferrero launches Tic Tac Coca-Cola

  • North America leads the global alkaline water market, with consumption forecast to reach US$3.8 billion by 2023 – an increase of 45% per annum from 2018. Further insights available at

  • Valeo Foods Group acquires Christmas pudding manufacturer Matthew Walker from 2 Sisters Food Group for £67m

  • In Canada, Fluent Beverage Company, a joint venture between AB InBev and Canadian cannabis company Tilray, announces plans to commercialise CBD-infused beverages

  • C&C Group-owned beer brand Tennent’s to invest £14.2m in sustainability initiatives

  • Russian Standard Vodka updates its bottles with a ‘minimalist’ design

  • In the US, yogurt producer Chobani introduces a new yogurt flavour to support dairy farmers

  • Production, plastic, PFAS, and more. Learn about it all at the 2019 IBWA Annual Business Conference and Trade Show, Nov 18-21. Learn more at

  • Gruppo Campari acquires a majority stake in the Ancho Reyes and Montelobos brands

  • UK dairy producer Meadow Foods acquires Nimbus Foods, a manufacturer of inclusions, decorations and toppings

  • In Pakistan, Nestlé invests US$22m in a new juice plant at its facility in Sheikhupura

  • Italian chocolate maker Ferrero International announces plans to make all its packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025

  • In the US, Del Monte Foods continues to diversify into the snacking category with the launch of Fruit Crunch Parfaits

  • Reality checks for obesity - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • 2019 Global Bottled Water Awards' winners announced! Full details at

  • Organic food and drink producer Hain Celestial Group sells its Arrowhead Mills and SunSpire brands for US$15m

  • PepsiCo prices US$1bn green bond to fund key sustainability initiatives

  • In the US, alcohol brand Crook & Marker launches a range of Spiked Sodas

  • Milk processing company Synlait Milk announces that its Chief Financial Officer Nigel Greenwood will step down next year

  • Diageo launches a new global advertising campaign for its Smirnoff brand called ‘Infamous Since 1864’

  • 16th Global Bottled Water Congress. 8-10 October. Join the conversation.

  • Cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corporation acquires a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition

  • US-based The Whole Coffee Company raises US$11m in a Series A funding round

  • Israeli start-up Aleph Farms successfully cultivates cell-grown meat in space

  • In the UK, new beverage brand Turtle Sodas launches a range of soft drinks with zero sugar, artificial sweeteners or calories

  • New Zealand dairy company Fonterra appoints Fraser Whineray to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer

  • UK soft drinks tax update - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Premium water sales to grow at CAGR of 6.4% to 2023, to a value of US$24.5 billion. For more information, go to

  • Swiss-Irish food group Aryzta receives an offer for the majority of its interest in French frozen food firm Picard

  • Unilever announces plans to halve its use of virgin plastic by 2025

  • In India, AB InBev signs an agreement with The Indian Hotels Company to launch a chain of microbreweries

  • Ocean Spray debuts Atoka, the company’s first new brand, as it lines up the release of a range of products through its new Lighthouse incubator

  • In the US, Blue Diamond Growers expands its Almond Breeze portfolio with a new Mexican hot chocolate flavour

  • Consumption of plant-based beverages in the US has risen 28.5% since 2014, to 3.6 litres per capita in 2018. More insights available at

  • Berlin Packaging acquires Vidrimon, a Spain-based supplier of glass packaging

  • PepsiCo reports Q3 2019 net revenues of US$17.19bn (+4.3 YOY) with operating profit of US$2.86bn (+0.4% YOY)

  • The US government announces a 25% tariff on imports of Scottish and Irish whiskies, French wine and a range of other food products from Europe

  • The Coca-Cola Company unveils its first sample bottles made using recovered and recycled marine plastics

  • Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur announces the appointment of Émile Cordeau as CEO

  • IBWA's conference, Nov 18-21, in Anaheim, CA, helps bottlers understand latest regulations and scientific studies. Learn more:

  • Chemicals specialist Azelis to acquire Orkila, a chemicals and food ingredients distributor

  • In France, Pernod Ricard to merge its two distribution subsidiaries in the country, Ricard and Pernod

  • In Russia, alcohol consumption decreased by 43% from 2003 to 2016, a World Health Organization report reveals

  • In the US, The Coca-Cola Company to launch Coca-Cola Energy and a new cherry variant

  • Tesco announces that its CEO, Dave Lewis, will step down next year

  • When in Rome … recycle - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Global alkaline water market projected to more than triple in size between 2018 and 2023, to approach 2.2 billion litres. More at

  • US dairy cooperative United Dairymen of Arizona joins forces with Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina to bring lactoferrin to the market

  • In the UK, drinks group Halewood Wine & Spirits opens a new distillery in Bristol

  • Plastic teabags release billions of microplastic particles into cups of tea, according to researchers at McGill University in Canada

  • Finnish dairy company Valio commences use of recycled plastic in its food packaging

  • In the UK, Scottish spirits manufacturer Dunnet Bay Distillers releases its Rock Rose Gin in recyclable refill pouches that can be returned to the company for free

  • James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, to speak at Future Smarts 2019. VP of Nestlé Waters, CEO of Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling, and CEO of Arca Continental also confirmed. More at

  • German food group Dr. Oetker acquires UK cake decorating business Cake Craft World

  • DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences to enter strategic partnership with China-based consumer health care company By-Health

  • In the UK, import and distribution company Marussia Beverages secures a deal with Constellation Brands to distribute three of its craft spirits brands

  • In the UK, Bell Flavors & Fragrances opens a new culinary centre in Rutland

  • In the US, functional beverage company Rebbl launches Sparkling Prebiotic Tonics, a line of drinks with prebiotic fibre to support digestive health

  • Zenith Global to present US market trends at the Juice Summit, 1-2 October, Antwerp, Belgium. James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola announced as keynote speaker. More information at

  • 7 key food trends from Nestlé - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Nestlé Health Science invests in Before Brands, a specialist in early childhood food allergy prevention

  • Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki acquires a majority stake in South Africa-based flexible packaging manufacturer Everest Flexibles

  • Bel Group unveils plans to develop hybrid products that integrate dairy and plant-based raw materials

  • In Australia, Kirin Holdings-owned Lion adds colour-changing ink to Kosciuszko Pale Ale cans

  • Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut launches Cacaofruit Experience, a product range that makes use of the entire cacao fruit

  • Chief Executives of Nestlé Waters, Coca-Cola, Danone Waters and PepsiCo to speak at Global Bottled Water Congress next week in Dubai. Last chance to register -

  • Swiss-based Firmenich acquires a 17% stake in French flavours company Robertet

  • In Spain, Mahou San Miguel secures a deal to produce and distribute a range of AB InBev beers in the country as of 2020

  • In the US, Keurig Dr Pepper enters into a long-term agreement with fast-food chain McDonald's to distribute its McCafé packaged coffee

  • In Spain, Heineken signs a deal that will allow it to brew its beers using only renewable energy in the country

  • In the US, Diageo releases Guinness Over The Moon Milk Stout

  • IBWA's annual conference offers early-bird registration rate until 10/15/19. Take advantage of the savings - learn more at

  • Berlin Packaging acquires Italian packaging supplier Vetroservice

  • New Zealand dairy company Fonterra reports an annual loss of NZD605m (US$380.1m) for the year to July as a result of a series of write-downs

  • In the UK, Fiji Water launches its Fiji Water Sports Cap bottle in the country

  • Stora Enso appoints Annica Bresky as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 December 2019

  • US dairy firm Dean Foods announces that its Chief Financial Officer, Jody Macedonio, has stepped down

  • From bottled water to water drinks - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Andrew Conway, Vice Chairman - Global Consumer Products for Credit Suisse, to speak at Beverage Digest Future Smarts 2019. 9 December, New York. More at

  • New Zealand dairy company Fonterra agrees to sell its 50% stake in DFE Pharma in a move to reduce debt

  • In New Zealand, the country’s government begins work to develop a beverage container return scheme

  • In Belgium, Cargill invests US$5m in its site in Mouscron to enhance its capabilities for producing chocolate with lower sugar levels

  • In the UK, Müller launches a Müllerlight gin and tonic-inspired yogurt


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