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  • PepsiCo secures a deal with Hormel Foods to acquire its CytoSport business, maker of health brands Muscle Milk and Evolve

  • Ingredients firm International Flavors & Fragrances acquires The Additive Advantage to strengthen its innovation capabilities

  • International point of use (POU) water cooler manufacturer Waterlogic acquires Lux Aqua’s Hungary and Czech Republic-based distribution units

  • Coca-Cola European Partners reveals plans to invest more than €500m in 2019, as part of a multi-year €1.5bn investment programme

  • In the UK, beverage start-up Nice aims to disrupt the drinks industry with a new range of canned wines, rolling out to 600 Sainsbury’s stores

  • World’s top 10 economies - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • The maternal nutrition market in Asia represents a potential market of up to 475,000 tonnes of dairy ingredients by 2023, according to a new report from Zenith Global. Find out more at

  • In India, Varun Beverages approves plans to acquire franchise rights from PepsiCo in the south and west of the country

  • Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha secures US$3.5m in a Series A funding round, as it looks to grow its product portfolio

  • Danone reports FY 2018 revenues of €24.66bn (-0.7% YOY) with operating income of €2.74bn (-26.5% YOY)

  • In the UK, the government launches a consultation on the introduction of a new plastic packaging tax

  • In the UK, Coca-Cola European Partners launches Espresso Monster ready-to-drink coffee

  • Plant-based packaging promise - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • What's really affecting the global soft drinks market? Global Beverage Insights will look into technologies, trends and business models helping shape the future of the industry. Register today at

  • Coca-Cola HBC acquires Serbian confectionery company Bambi in a deal worth €260m

  • Premier Foods abandons plans to sell its Ambrosia brand, blaming the current business climate

  • PepsiCo reports FY 2018 net revenues of US$64.66bn (+2% YOY) with operating profit of US$10.11bn (-2% YOY)

  • In the UK, AG Barr-owned cocktail brand Funkin marks its 20th anniversary with a fresh redesign, rolling out across its portfolio

  • In the UK, Coca-Cola European Partners announces the launch of Appletiser Spritzer, a canned drink containing 50% fruit juice and 50% sparkling water

  • WRAP, Coca-Cola, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability and Tetra Pak confirmed to speak on tackling plastic at the UK Bottled Water Conference. 12 March, London. For details and booking visit

  • The Coca-Cola Company reports FY 2018 net revenues of US$31.86bn (-10% YOY) with operating income of US$8.7bn (+14% YOY)

  • In Australia, wine producer Australian Vintage invests AUD11m (US$7.8m) in a new bottling facility at its Merbein site in Victoria, allowing it to ‘significantly increase’ production

  • In Australia, dairy company Bega Cheese announces plans to build a lactoferrin plant at its Koroit site in Victoria

  • Tate & Lyle joins forces with Sweet Green Fields and Earthwatch to assess the sustainability of the stevia sweetener supply chain

  • Nestlé launches its first range of Starbucks-branded coffee products, following its US$7.15bn deal to acquire the retail rights last May

  • Global CBD Drinks Report 2019 - a review of key market trends and NPD in the global CBD drinks market. New Zenith Global report coming this month, contact to pre-order

  • Italy’s Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group acquires Portuguese company Cafés Nandi as it responds to growing coffee demand from across Europe

  • Nestlé reports FY 2018 sales of CHF91.44bn (US$90.69bn) (+2.1% YOY) with operating profit of CHF13.75bn (US$13.64bn) (+35.4% YOY)

  • In the UK, Müller Milk & Ingredients launches a £100m cost and margin improvement programme

  • In Canada, JM Smucker’s subsidiary in the country invests CAD12m (US$9.1m) in its Sherbrooke, Quebec, manufacturing facility to increase condensed milk output

  • In the US, dairy company Darigold releases a high-protein, lactose-free milk range called Fit

  • Double up and save by registering for both the UK Soft Drinks Conference and Global Beverage Insights day, 15-16 May, London. Find out more at

  • Molson Coors reports FY 2018 net sales of US$10.77bn (-2.1%) with underlying EBITDA of US$2.45bn (-1.7%)

  • Asahi Group aims to achieve zero CO2 emissions by 2050, as part of a raft of sustainability goals set out by the Japanese beer maker

  • The 2018 export value of Scotch whisky grew 7.8% by value to a record £4.70bn, according to new figures from HM Revenue and Customs

  • In Spain, Danone incorporates ‘smart caps’ into its mineral water brand Font Vella, allowing consumers to track their levels of hydration

  • In the UK, Carlsberg revitalises its flagship beer with the launch of Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, in a move to highlight the brand’s Danish heritage

  • Fever-Tree, Britvic and Tata Global Beverages to discuss the latest trends in the craft drinks market at the UK Soft Drinks Conference - 15 May, London. For full event details and to book go to

  • Germany’s Nordzucker secures a deal to acquire a 70% stake in Australian sugar producer Mackay Sugar

  • In the US, beverage dispensing company Bevi raises US$35m in a Series C funding round

  • In the US, Niagara Bottling invests US$90m to build a new bottling facility in Temple, Texas

  • In Fiji, Coca-Cola Amatil-owned Paradise Beverages releases a new lemon-infused beer called Fiji Gold Moli

  • US dairy company Darigold appoints Grant Kadavy as its Chief Operating Officer

  • 68 acquisitions in January - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Ecosurety, WWF and Greggs confirmed to speak on extended producer responsibility at this year's UK Bottled Water Conference. 12 March, London. For details and booking visit

  • Cott Corporation sells its soft drink concentrate production business to Refresco

  • In the US, Danone North America opens a new building at its DuBois, Pennsylvania, facility to increase the production of plant-based foods

  • In the US, German ingredients manufacturer Symrise upgrades its sweet laboratory in New Jersey, which will develop new concepts for the sweet goods category and for dairy applications

  • In the UK, Scottish dairy company Graham’s The Family Dairy enters into a five-year partnership with Aldi worth approximately £55m

  • In the US, The Coca-Cola Company launches Orange Vanilla Coke, its first new trademark Coca-Cola flavour in the country in more than a decade

  • New report issued by Zenith Global, exploring opportunities for dairy ingredients in the dynamic Asian formula market for pregnant and lactating mothers. Find out more at

  • AB InBev's venture capital division ZX Ventures acquires the remaining stake of beer ratings website RateBeer

  • In Germany, German dairy company DMK opens a new baby food facility in Strückhausen, following a €145m investment

  • In India, Swiss flavours company Givaudan opens a CHF60m (US$59.9m) flavours manufacturing facility in Pune, representing the company’s largest investment in the country to date

  • Calorie-burning beverage producer Celsius Holdings secures distribution deals with partners in the AB InBev, Keurig Dr Pepper and MillerCoors networks

  • In the UK, beverage brand Water Works expands its line of tree sap waters with a new aloe coco variant

  • 2019 UK Bottled Water Conference - 12 March, London. Speakers include ACTIPH, Coca-Cola, Danone Waters, Highland Spring, Nestlé Waters, Radnor Hills and Tesco. Book today using our super saver rate at

  • In the UK, Burton’s Biscuit Company acquires sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer Thomas Fudge’s from private equity investor Livingbridge

  • Carlsberg reports FY 2018 revenues of DKK62.5bn (US$9.53bn) (+3% YOY) with operating profit of DKK9.32bn (US$1.42bn) (+5.1 YOY)

  • In the UK, Kokoro Gin adds three gin liqueurs to its product portfolio, all of which are inspired by flavours from Japan

  • Scottish brewer BrewDog appoints ex-Red Bull executive Andy Shaw to the newly created position of CEO Beer

  • Beam Suntory launches a global marketing campaign for its Jim Beam brand, called Raised Right

  • Last chance to take advantage of our super saver booking rate for the 27th annual UK Bottled Water Conference. 12 March, London. For details and booking visit

  • Unilever buys UK snack brand Graze from investment firm The Carlyle Group, the company’s first acquisition in the food and drink sector under new CEO Alan Jope

  • Constellation Brands, through its venture capital group, acquires a minority stake in US craft alcohol firm Black Button Distilling, in a move to fill white space in its spirits portfolio

  • In Mexico, dairy company Grupo Lala relocates its headquarters to the WeWork Santa Fe complex in Mexico City

  • In Finland, Finnish dairy company Valio announces that all its milk, cream and yogurt cartons sold in the country are made from fully plant-based materials

  • In the US, Nestlé expands its Nescafé range with two new ready-to-drink coffees which are inspired by the coffeehouse experience

  • Join leaders from Cott Corporation, Rabobank and Houlihan Lokey at Global Beverage Insights, as they discuss what the next 10 years has in store for the global soft drinks market. 16 May, London. Go to

  • South African dairy & beverages group Clover Industries receives a buyout offer from investors led by Israel’s Central Bottling Company

  • Swiss dairy company Emmi sells its trading and supply company Emmi Frisch-Service to the Transgourmet Group

  • Bühler, Nestlé and Givaudan launch the Future Food Initiative, a joint research programme which aims to accelerate the development of healthy food products and sustainable packaging

  • US-based ingredients producer McCormick partners with IBM to use artificial intelligence for flavour and food product development

  • In the UK, alcohol business Eden Mill expands its portfolio with new Love Gin Liqueur, a 20% ABV beverage introduced ahead of Valentine’s Day

  • Global CBD Drinks Report 2019 - a review of key market trends and NPD in the global CBD drinks market. New Zenith Global report coming this month, contact to pre-order.

  • Italy’s Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group completes the acquisition of Australian coffee firm The Bean Alliance for A$24m (US$17.4m)

  • In the UK, alcohol business Eden Mill acquires Eden River Brewery, as it looks to ‘drastically increase production’

  • In the UK, an inflationary rise in wine duty comes into effect, increasing the price of a bottle of wine by £0.07

  • In Canada, AB InBev’s Budweiser beer now brewed with 100% renewable energy, thanks to a new electricity agreement

  • In the US, Mooala expands its dairy-free beverage portfolio with the launch of an organic coconut oat milk

  • 27th annual UK Bottled Water Conference. 12 March, London. Book today to take advantage of our super saver rate (offer ends Friday). Find out more and book at

  • Stock Spirits Group reaches a deal to acquire Italy's Distillerie Franciacorta, one of the leading producers of grappa, liqueurs and sparkling wine

  • In Canada, natural food producer GreenSpace Brands sells its Rolling Meadow Dairy brand to a subsidiary of Agrifoods International Cooperative

  • Unilever reports FY 2018 revenues of €51bn (-5% YOY) with net profit of €9.8bn (+51% YOY)

  • In China, GEA secures a contract to build a new infant formula plant for Junlebao Dairy

  • PepsiCo reveals plans to release Nitro Pepsi, which it claims will be the world’s first nitrogen-infused cola

  • Michel Beneventi, Managing Director of Nestlé Waters UK Ltd, to speak at Zenith Global's UK Bottled Water Congress, 12 March, London. View the speaker line-up and book today at

  • In Nigeria, The Coca-Cola Company completes its purchase of juice and dairy company Chi, three years after buying an initial 40% stake

  • In the US, MycoTechnology secures the backing of Kellogg, Tyson and Bunge as part of a US$30m series C funding round

  • Diageo reports H1 2018/19 net sales of £6.91bn (+5.8% YOY) with operating profit of £2.43bn (+11% YOY)

  • In Canada, a new study finds that almost half of consumers believe that snacking is healthier than eating three full meals a day

  • In the UK, Lactalis-owned Rachel’s Organic unveils a brand refresh with updated packaging designs, alongside the introduction of four new yogurts

  • Entries now open for this year’s InnoBev Awards - a great way for you to enhance your brand and attract product recognition on a global scale by leaders in the industry. For more information and to enter visit

  • In the US, technology company Phononic partners with Pepsi Bottling Ventures to expand the distribution of its Merchandising Refrigerator to the bottler’s retail customers

  • Avery Dennison joins forces with technology firm Everledger to develop traceability and provenance solutions for the wine industry

  • In the UK, cheese producer Wyke Farms is granted planning permission to rebuild and double the capacity of its Bruton dairy facility in Somerset

  • In the UK, Crediton Dairy announces a £12m investment in 2019 in its flavoured and functional milk processing facility in Devon

  • In the US, Nestlé boosts its Natural Bliss range of creamers with three dairy alternative variants

  • Alkaline water sales set to exceed US$1 billion in 2019, having risen by 18% a year to US$631 million at consumer prices in 2017. For more insights and data on this burgeoning market, visit

  • Ingredients firm DSM reveals plans to create a vitamin E joint venture with Chinese company Nenter & Co


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