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  • PepsiCo reports net revenue for Q1 2019 of US$12.88bn (+2.6% YOY) with operating profit of US$2.01bn (+11.1% YOY)

  • Unilever announces Q1 2019 turnover of €12.4bn (-1.6% YOY), with underlying sales growth within foods and refreshments amounting to 1.5%

  • Pernod Ricard agrees to acquire the Italian premium gin brand Malfy from Biggar & Leith for an undisclosed figure

  • Dutch dairy company Royal FrieslandCampina offloads its cream liqueur manufacturing business, Creamy Creation, to a Dutch private equity company

  • In the US, premium energy drink brand Uptime launches two new variants: blood orange, and white peach lemonade

  • Over 100 delegates registered for the 2019 UK Soft Drinks Conference | 15 May, London. Limited space still available. Register today at www.zenithglobal.com/events/241/

  • Danone reports Q1 2019 sales of €6.14bn (+0.9%), with the strongest growth coming from bottled water and plant-based food

  • Nestlé partners up with Carrefour, allowing consumers to trace Nestlé's Mousline-brand mashed potato using blockchain

  • In Finland, Fazer is to build a €10.7m production facility that will produce xylitol from oat hulls

  • New research suggests young children are more susceptible to larger portion sizes, and less capable of 'self regulating' consumption, than previously thought

  • US snack brand Stryve Biltong raises US$16.5m in Series B funding as it harbours plans to expand marketing and recruit new talent

  • 13th Global Dairy Congress | 25-27 June, Lisbon. One month remains to save with our Early Bird rate. For programme details and to book online, go to www.zenithglobal.com/events/246

  • Campbell Soup Company agrees to offload its Bolthouse Farms division to private equity firm Butterfly for approximately US$510m, completing the full divestiture of its Campbell Fresh business.

  • Diageo is to stop using single-use plastics for packaging on multipacks of its major beer brands, including Guinness and Harp

  • Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil jointly announce they are on track to make 70% of their plastic bottles entirely from recycled plastic by the end of 2019

  • In Australia, Nestlé launches a new version of its popular Milo chocolate drink without cane sugar and with 30% less added sugar

  • In the US, Dole Packaged Foods launches two new ‘spoonable’ fruit smoothie bowls

  • More truth on soft drinks taxes - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Register 2 delegates for the price of 1 at Global Beverage Insights, 16 May, London | £575+VAT. Programme details and booking available at www.zenithglobal.com/events/244

  • Swiss flavours company Givaudan posts Q1 2019 sales of CHF1.53bn (US$1.52bn), with its acquisition of French ingredients producer Naturex contributing CHF3m (US$3m) during the quarter

  • In the US, Brazilian meat packer JBS opens a US$20m food innovation centre on the campus of Colorado State University

  • In the UK, supermarket chain Waitrose enters a new partnership that could lead to it trialling packaging film made from langoustine shells

  • In the US, Beam Suntory adds two new flavours to its range of Effen vodkas: rosé and yuzu citrus

  • In the UK, Carlsberg launches a campaign claiming its flagship beer is 'Probably not the best in the world' as part of an awareness drive for its Carlsberg Danish pilsner

  • InnoBev Awards deadline extended. Enter before Wednesday 17 April at www.zenithglobal.com/events/243. 18 awards to win!

  • Danone signs an agreement to sell organic produce grower Earthbound Farm to Taylor Farms

  • In Italy, dairy company Granarolo acquires a majority stake in Italian fresh cheese producer Venchiaredo

  • Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, invests in US food safety testing company Clear Labs

  • In the US, Coca-Cola Consolidated plans to invest US$33m to expand its facility in West Memphis, Arkansas

  • In the UK, AG Barr-owned Funkin releases a new range of nitrogen-infused canned cocktails, created to help bartenders speed up the cocktail-making process

  • Gain insights from industry experts and analysts; network with leading producers, retailers and advisers; and showcase your product at the 2019 UK Soft Drinks Conference. 15 May, London. Register at www.zenithglobal.com/events/241

  • Dutch group Royal Wessanen announces its board has accepted a takeover offer valuing the firm at around €885m

  • In India, acacia gum specialist Alland & Robert forms a joint venture with Sayaji Industries

  • In Switzerland, Nestlé launches a new research and development accelerator

  • In the UK, Müller Milk & Ingredients announces it could cut up to 40% of its fresh milk and cream SKUs in the country as part of a major cost-cutting drive

  • In the US, independent craft brewery Craft Brew Alliance, through its pH Experiment business unit, to launch a new line of low-alcohol, low-calorie seltzers

  • Positives and negatives in nutrition - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Arla, Lactogal, Valio, Vinamilk and Yili Group confirmed to speak at Zenith Global's 13th Global Dairy Congress in Lisbon, 25-27 June. Book before 17 May to save: www.zenithglobal.com/events/246

  • Orkla enters into an agreement to acquire Zeelandia Sweden, a supplier of margarine, vegetable oils and bakery ingredients

  • In the US, Fairlife announces plans to build a US$200m production and distribution facility in Phoenix, Arizona

  • In Austria, fruit preparation firm Agrana Group and The Amalgamated Sugar Company start work on a €40m betaine crystallisation plant

  • In Indonesia, Coca-Cola Amatil takes its venture capital platform Amatil X to the country

  • In the UK, The Coca-Cola Company releases its Aquarius functional water drink in the country

  • Entries to the 2019 InnoBev Awards close this Friday, 12 April. 18 awards celebrating excellence and innovation across the soft drinks industry. Submit your application at www.zenithglobal.com/events/243

  • Finnish alcoholic drinks group Altia enters into a strategic collaboration with Danish spirit company Conaxess Trade Beverages

  • In the UK, Speyside Distillery to increase production of its single malt whisky after signing a distribution deal with a Chinese company

  • In the US, packaged meat company Maple Leaf Foods and its Greenleaf Foods subsidiary announce plans to construct a US$310m plant-based food processing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana

  • In Australia, Quintessential Brands to launch its Dead Rabbit Irish whiskey brand in the country

  • In the US, MillerCoors releases a range of canned sparkling cocktails under its Cape Line brand

  • Latest on recycling in Europe - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Zenith Global to present latest market insights on emerging soft drink sectors - including zero alcohol, alkaline, CBD and fermented beverages - at Global Beverage Insights, 16 May, London. Book today at www.zenithglobal.com/events/244

  • In the US, New York-based mixer brand Q Mixers secures a US$40m investment from global investment company Eurazeo

  • In Germany, Scottish brewer BrewDog acquires a facility in Berlin from US-based Stone Brewing

  • Packaging company Alpla joins forces with Swedish food packaging company BillerudKorsnäs to create a new joint venture and develop a sustainable paper bottle

  • Mexican soft drinks bottler Arca Continental announces plans to invest close to MXN13bn (US$681.1m) during 2019

  • In the UK, SHS Group expands its Shloer brand of adult soft drinks with two new ranges – the first beverages under the brand not to have grape juice as their primary base

  • US sales of CBD drinks reached US$86 million in 2018, with consumption projected to surpass $1.4 billion in 2023. New Zenith Global and Beverage Digest report. Find out more at www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/476

  • Constellation Brands reports fiscal FY 2019 net sales of US$8.12bn (+7% YOY) with operating income of US$2.41bn (+6%)

  • Berlin Packaging announces a deal to acquire French packaging manufacturer Verrerie Calvet, as it looks to strengthen its business in Europe

  • In Singapore, food ingredients manufacturer Roquette opens a Food Customer Technical Service Centre, allowing it to develop new solutions for the Asian market

  • In Iceland, beverage company Ölgerðin hires packaging manufacturer Ball Corporation to design cans for its Ava sparkling fruit water brand

  • In Switzerland, dairy company Emmi launches a new range of Emmi Moments yogurts, as it aims to offer consumers a more indulgent yogurt option

  • Be in with a chance to win one (or more!) of 18 soft drinks industry awards in the InnoBev Awards 2019. Past winners include Celcius, JUST Water, Liquid Death, Radnor Hills and Vita Coco. Just one week remains to enter! Visit www.zenithglobal.com/events/243

  • Constellation Brands to sell about 30 of its wine and spirits brands and six US winemaking facilities to E&J Gallo for US$1.7bn

  • Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel acquires a majority stake in US craft brand Avery Brewing

  • In Norway, Carlsberg to sell property at its brewery site in Trondheim for NOK729m (US$85m)

  • Pernod Ricard to move to 100% recyclable, compostable, reusable or bio-based packaging by 2025

  • In Germany, dairy company DMK Group joins forces with Bahlsen to develop a new range of ice cream featuring confectionery pieces

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

  • Global Beverage Insights | 16 May, London. A concise world view of market trends, industry issues, emerging innovation successes and technology development in just one day. View the programme at www.zenithglobal.com/events/244

  • Swiss dairy company Emmi looks to expand its goat’s and sheep’s milk offer through the acquisition of a 66% stake in Austrian milk processor Leeb Biomilch

  • In Mexico, glass bottle manufacturer Owens-Illinois to acquire a facility in the country from Grupo Modelo for US$188m

  • Dairy Farmers of America selects seven start-ups to join its 2019 accelerator programme

  • In the US, the Food and Drug Administration proposes to revise its rules on fluoride levels added to bottled water

  • Nestlé announces its biggest move into the meat alternative market, unveiling plans to launch plant-based burgers in Europe and the US

  • Join us in Central London for our back-to-back soft drinks industry conferences, 15-16 May. 38 speakers will present across 2 days. Find out more about the 2019 UK Soft Drinks Conference & Global Beverage Insights at www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Kellogg to sell a range of brands including Famous Amos and Keebler to Italian chocolate maker Ferrero for US$1.3bn

  • German cooperative Deutsches Milchkontor to acquire baby food brands Alete and Milasan

  • Bubs Australia to acquire Australia Deloraine Dairy, a Melbourne-based infant formula producer that meets regulatory import conditions into China

  • Italian closures manufacturer Tapì Group partners with near-field communications solutions provider Thinfilm to tackle counterfeiting in the wine and spirits industry

  • In the UK, Bacardi launches Bombay Sapphire English Estate, a limited-edition gin inspired by summertime in the English countryside

  • Dairy vs non-dairy in nutrition - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Zenith Global issues its 2019 UK Water Drinks Reports, offering a comprehensive analysis of the UK market for plain, flavoured, functional and juicy waters. For more information visit www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/479

  • Kirin Holdings-owned Lion continues its acquisition spree with the purchase of UK craft beer maker Magic Rock Brewing

  • Orkla announces a trio of acquisitions, as it expands its portfolio of brands across Europe

  • In Spain, Mahou San Miguel opens Brewhub, a new collaborative space for craft breweries to share ideas and develop their beers

  • Henkell Freixenet unveils an updated logo for its Henkell German sparkling wine brand

  • In the US, Dean Foods expands its DairyPure Mix-ins line of cottage cheese, in a move to tap into consumer demands for portability and new flavours

  • 13th Global Dairy Congress | 25-27 June, Lisbon. First round of speakers announced! €340 Super Saver registration discount ends Friday 5th April. Find out more and secure your seat at www.zenithglobal.com/events/246

  • Austrian packaging manufacturer Schur Flexibles Group acquires Swedish firm Scandiflex Pac to bolster its capabilities in the Nordic region

  • UK-based Delamere Dairy enters the Australian market after striking a deal for its goat’s butter with a distributor in the country

  • In the UK, Lucozade Ribena Suntory plans to redesign its Ribena bottles to ensure all packaging is fully recyclable

  • Illycaffè launches a system that infuses ambient air into cold brew coffee to create a nitro effect without the use of nitrogen tanks

  • The Coca-Cola Company to launch its first energy drink under the Coca-Cola brand

  • Two weeks remain to enter your product, concept or campaign or campaign in the InnoBev Awards 2019. 18 awards to win! Entries close Friday 12th April. Find out more at www.zenithglobal.com/events/241

  • Quintessential Brands to reorganise its North American operations to form a standalone business entity covering all North America

  • The European Parliament votes to ban a range of single-use plastic products

  • Pernod Ricard partners with London-based design agency Stranger & Stranger to create a new copper still-inspired bottle design for its Absolut Elyx vodka

  • In the UK, Bel UK releases Leerdammer cheese slices in 100% recyclable packaging

  • In the US, Weller unveils a new line of CBD Sparkling Water as it aims to offer the benefits of CBD in a refreshing format

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