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  • In Myanmar, Pernod Ricard forms a joint venture to produce and distribute whisky in the country with Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd and its partners

  • Smurfit Kappa acquires Netherlands-based paper and recycling business Reparenco for approximately €460m

  • Diageo puts several of its US-focused spirits brands up for sale as it shifts attention to its premium labels, according to media reports

  • In Kenya, Mars reveals plans to build a KES7bn (US$69.3m) factory near Nairobi, as part of the ongoing expansion of its chewing gum subsidiary Wrigley

  • In the US, Beam Suntory-owned Sauza Tequila launches a tequila-based, ready-to-drink spiked water line called Sauza Agua Fuerte

  • Global Ambassador for the B Corp movement to share insights on redefining industry standards of social and environmental performance at Beverage Digest Market Smarts on Monday 11 June in New York. For more details and to register online visit www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • In the US, Kroger acquires meal kit company Home Chef for an initial price of US$200m, which could rise to US$700m over the next five years if certain growth targets are met

  • In Canada, dairy company Saputo acquires Shepherd Gourmet Dairy, an Ontario-based manufacturer of speciality cheeses and yogurts, for CA$100m (US$77.7m)

  • In the UK, food and drink manufacturers fall short of Public Health England’s 5% voluntary target for sugar reduction, achieving just 2% at the end of the first year

  • Over 300 farmers from dairy cooperative Arla join a new scheme which aims to modernise their businesses through data, in order to increase the efficiency and profitability of their operations in the face of volatile milk price changes

  • In the US, snack brand Seva Foods launches what it describes as the 'world’s first' plant-based, freeze-dried ice cream

  • Wells Fargo and RBC Capital Markets to take part in analyst panel at the 2018 Beverage Digest Market Smarts conference on Monday 11 June in New York. For more details and to register online visit www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • In India, grocery delivery service Milkbasket secures US$7m in funding, with participation from Unilever Ventures, as it aims to expand into new geographies

  • Scottish spirits company The Edrington Group unveils a £140m distillery and visitor centre in Speyside for its whisky brand The Macallan

  • In the UK, Dairy Crest invests £75m to increase the production capacity of its creamery in Davidstow, Cornwall

  • In the UK, cream cheese brand Philadelphia is given a packaging redesign to focus on the product’s fresh ingredients

  • In the US, Nestlé Toll House releases a new allergen-free chocolate chip product line for use in baking

  • Industry leaders Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Danone to speak at the 2018 Beverage Digest Market Smarts Conference on Monday 11 June in New York. For more details and to register online visit www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • The Middleby Corporation acquires commercial foodservice equipment manufacturer the Taylor Company from UTC Climate, Controls & Security, for US$1bn

  • In the US, JAB Holding Company-owned Keurig Green Mountain invests US$350m to build a roasting and packaging facility in South Carolina, creating 500 new jobs

  • In France, provider of natural products Algaia installs a new specialty seaweed extract unit at its site in Lannilis, Brittany, after securing €4m in funding from its main shareholder, Maabarot Products

  • In the UK, Tesco removes best before dates on the packaging of nearly 70 of its fruit and vegetable lines, as it aims to reduce food waste

  • In the US, Coca-Cola-owned Simply Beverages releases a new light juice range in response to growing consumer demand for healthier drinks

  • Todd Kaplan, VP Water Portfolio for PepsiCo North America confirmed to speak at Beverage Digest Market Smarts on Monday 11 June in New York. For more details and to register online visit www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Campbell Soup Company records a net loss of US$393m in its third-quarter results, as CEO Denise Morrison retires with immediate effect

  • Intersnack Group subsidiary KP Snacks acquires premium snacks brand Tyrells from The Hershey Company for an undisclosed sum

  • Rebbl, a US-based creator of coconut milk-based herb drinks, secures US$20m in funding led by Cavu Venture Partners

  • In the UK, Iceland becomes the first supermarket in the country to install an in-store reverse vending machine in support of the government’s intention to introduce a deposit return scheme in England

  • Orkla’s European subsidiaries unveil a range of new products for the Nordic, Eastern European and Central European markets, including plant-based ice cream and a range of meat alternatives

  • 2018 Beverage Digest Market Smarts Conference to take place at the Eventi Hotel in New York on Monday 11 June. For more details on speakers and to book online please visit www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • In the UK, the country's Competition and Markets Authority confirms it is looking into the proposed merger between supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury’s

  • In the US, vegan chocolate maker Hu Products closes a Series A funding round led by a minority investment from consumer products incubator Sonoma Brands

  • UK-based delivery service Ocado signs an exclusive US partnership with retailer Kroger, which will give Kroger access to Ocado’s Smart Platform technology

  • Tetra Pak manufactures an innovative extrusion wheel which is capable of producing stick ice cream products with large inclusions, such as cookie dough pieces, nuts and fruit

  • In the US, Diageo launches a new vodka brand called American Anthem, which will give back to the nation’s military veterans through two charitable partnerships

  • Nestlé announces a new 'children's nutrition programme', which will seek to reformulate some of its most widely consumed products in order to be more nutritious for children

  • Chemicals specialist Azelis acquires Swedish ingredients company Ingredi, which distributes raw materials and ingredients for the food and health industries, for an undisclosed sum

  • Finnish dairy company Valio expands its operation in China with a new country head office in Shanghai and the establishment of retail and foodservice business units

  • In the UK, Arla Foods launches a 'soft blend butter' as part of its Lurpak brand that the company claims is spreadable straight from the fridge

  • 2 Sisters Food Group appoints Ronald Kers as its new CEO, effective from 1 June 2018

  • New alternatives to plastic - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Kellogg discontinues its operations in Venezuela with immediate effect, blaming the country’s ‘economic and social deterioration’

  • PepsiCo announces the second year of its Nutrition Greenhouse incubator, an initiative designed to discover and nurture breakthrough brands in the food and beverage industry

  • In Kenya, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa opens a new juice line at its Nairobi plant, which was launched by president of the country Uhuru Kenyatta

  • Kerry Group unveils an ingredients initiative called Great Culinary Taste, which aims to bridge the gap between the taste consumers are looking for in prepared meals and what the company’s customers can produce at scale

  • In the UK, Young’s Seafood adds a shrimp line to its Gastro brand as part of a range expansion that also includes two new premium cod lines

  • Making plastic acceptable - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • In the US, food conveying businesses Kofab and Meyer Industries merge to create a new company – called Precision Food Innovations

  • Brands of biltong, sauerkraut and antioxidant lemonade are among the start-ups selected by Kraft Heinz to join its Springboard incubator programme

  • The World Health Organization calls for the elimination of artificial trans fats from the global food supply chain by 2023, in a move to combat cardiovascular disease

  • The European Federation of Bottled Waters is to collaborate with the recycling industry to use at least 25% rPET in new bottles by 2025

  • In the UK, goat’s milk ice cream manufacturer Greedy Goat launches eight new flavours in glass jars as it targets the mass retail sector

  • Mixed messages on plastic - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Packaging company Sonoco invests in US-based robotics firm Harvest CROO Robotics as it aims to increase harvesting efficiency and expand into fresh food packaging

  • In China, the country's dairy market is predicted to grow by 6.6% CAGR until 2022, with consistent sales increases predicted for yogurt and cheese, according to new research

  • In Canada, researchers at McMaster University develop a transparent test patch which they claim brings certainty to the question of whether food products are safe to eat

  • In the UK, the Co-op is to trial a plastic bottle deposit return scheme, as it installs reverse vending machines at several festivals in the country this summer

  • In the UK, AB InBev’s Stella Artois partners with tennis championship Wimbledon to create limited-edition packaging to promote the event

  • Arla, Bord Bia and the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative to speak about the changing dairy landscape at 12th Congress in Warsaw on the 19-21 June 2018. For programme details and to book online, go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • BRF posts a net loss of BRL114m (US$32.1m) in the first quarter of the year, its second consecutive quarterly loss, as it suffered from an extensive food safety scandal that prompted trade bans

  • Indian craft beer brand Bira 91 receives US$50m in a funding round led by Belgian investment firm Sofina

  • Heineken acquires a minority stake in Belize Brewing Company to expand its operations in Central America

  • OPRL launches a crowdfunding campaign for its personalised recycling advice app, which tells consumers what and how to recycle

  • In the UK, AG Barr-owned cocktail brand Funkin expands its range of one-litre pre-batched cocktail mixers with the addition of an espresso martini variant

  • Organic momentum renewed - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Rabobank, Dairy Farmers of America, Yili and Tetra Pak to cover global market dynamics at 12th Global Dairy Congress in Warsaw on the 19-21 June 2018. Early bird rates available until 11 May. For programme details and to book online, go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Denmark-based packaging group Faerch Plast enters into final negotiations to acquire packaging producer CGL Pack from PSB Industries, as it aims to strengthen its position as a supplier to the food industry

  • In Japan, food ingredients manufacturer Roquette expands its Food Customer Technical Service Centre in Tokyo, responding to rising local demand for plant-based proteins, fibres and healthy carbohydrates

  • In the UK, a parliamentary report warns that consumers face a rising cost of groceries when the country leaves the European Union

  • Meat alternative brand Beyond Meat to expand its global presence in the coming months as it enters over 50 new markets around the world

  • In the US, Nestlé’s Coffee-Mate brand adds to its Natural Bliss range with the launch of a ready-to-drink cold brew coffee, available in a sweet cream and a mocha flavour

  • Regional insights to be shared by Danone and IGD at 12th Global Dairy Congress in Warsaw on the 19-21 June 2018. Early bird rates available until 11 May. For programme details and to book online, go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • AB InBev sees its net revenue increase 4.7% to US$13.07bn in the first quarter of the year as the combined turnover of its Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona brands grew by 7.9%

  • Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki offloads its confectionery portfolio, which includes brands such as Jolly Rancher and Milk Duds, to US-based investment firm Highlander Partners

  • Fresh Del Monte Produce invests in US-based vegan meal kit provider Purple Carrot as it gains access to the developing retail channel for meal kits

  • In Switzerland, Nestlé Waters invests CHF25m (US$24.9m) to modernise the bottling facility of its Henniez brand in Henniez

  • Carlsberg launches a new alcohol-free beer brand called Birell, as the company seeks to capitalise on the growing taste for alcohol-free beverages among European consumers

  • 61 acquisitions in April - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Winners of the 2018 World Dairy Innovation Awards will be announced at the 12th Global Dairy Congress in Warsaw on 20 June. Deadline for entries expires Friday 11 May. For full details on how to enter, go to www.foodbev.com/worlddairyinnovationawards/

  • Nestlé pays US$7.15bn in cash for exclusive rights to sell Starbucks’ line of packaged coffees and teas around the world

  • Ingredients firm International Flavors & Fragrances purchases its Israel-based flavours rival Frutarom for US$7.1bn

  • Mondelēz International, the owner of Oreo, Chips Ahoy, and Ritz Crackers, acquires US-based cookie maker Tate’s Bake Shop for US$500m

  • Tyson Foods launches several new initiatives aimed at enhancing communications and transparency with the thousands of independent farmers who provide the company’s chickens

  • In the US, Diageo-affiliated spirits brand Ketel One creates a range of vodkas flavoured with botanical ingredients

  • Good nutrition not more expensive - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • 12th Global Dairy Congress to take place in Warsaw on the 19-21 June 2018. Early bird rates available until 11 May. For programme details and to book online, go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Kellogg’s first-quarter results beat expectations, with net sales up 4.7% to US$3.4bn, in part thanks to last year's acquisition of Rxbar maker Chicago Bar Company

  • Tekni-Plex acquires both packaging manufacturer Commodore Plastics and Commodore Technology, which will now operate under Tekni-Plex’s subsidiary Dolco

  • Anheuser-Busch takes a step towards achieving its 2025 sustainability targets by ordering 800 hydrogen-powered semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company, which it said will 'drastically reduce emissions produced by its dedicated distribution fleet'

  • In Spain, fruit and vegetable ingredients supplier SVZ International undertakes a three-year investment programme to boost output at its site in Almonte

  • In New Zealand, Coca-Cola releases its first Coke product exclusively sweetened with stevia, replacing Coca-Cola life products in the country

  • Kraft Heinz sees its net sales decline by 0.3% in the first quarter of the year to US$6.3bn as the company’s US unit struggled

  • Tyson Foods, through its venture capital arm Tyson Ventures, is co-leading a US$2.2m seed investment in an Israeli start-up that aims to produce meat from animal cells

  • Orkla warns that consumers are increasingly sceptical towards sustainability claims, as it renews its own objectives for 2025

  • Subway CEO Suzanne Greco resigns from her role after 45 years with the company, with current chief business development officer Trevor Haynes appointed as interim CEO

  • In the UK, Arla Foods enters the breakfast drinks category with the introduction of its milk and oats range

  • Traffic light labelling boost - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Mondelēz International posted better-than-expected first-quarter results, with net revenues up 5.5% to US$6.77bn, thanks to the performance of its European unit

  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) saw its revenues increase 3.6% in the first quarter to US$15.5bn, which the company attributed to the performance of its recent acquisitions

  • In Sweden, retailer ICA Gruppen enters into an agreement with Ocado and will use the company’s e-commerce platform and technology for its automated picking warehouses

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