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  • Lamb Weston enters into an agreement to acquire Ready Meals, a frozen potato processor based in Australia

  • Swiss-based Firmenich acquires a minority stake in China-based flavours firm ArtSci

  • In the US, food ingredients supplier Denali Ingredients opens a new manufacturing facility in Wisconsin that will produce a range of baked inclusions

  • In Switzerland, Coca‑Cola HBC to package its Valser water brand in bottles made from 100% recycled plastic

  • In the UK, alcohol business Eden Mill expands its Love Gin Liqueur range with a new mango and pineapple variant

  • Last chance to register for the 13th Global Dairy Congress, with 2 days of conference sessions, networking opportunities and the 2019 World Dairy Innovation Awards. Secure your seat at www.zenithglobal.com/events/246

  • Sugar reduction specialist DouxMatok raises US$22m in a Series B funding round, including investments from German sugar producer Südzucker and ingredients firm DSM

  • In Singapore, Cargill opens its first innovation centre in the country

  • In the UK, Heineken to add nutritional information labelling to all its cider packaging in the country

  • In South Africa, Tate & Lyle announces a collaboration with Long Life Dairy, a subsidiary of Unique Dairy, to create a range of long shelf life products

  • In the UK, William Grant & Sons launches Atopia, an ultra-low alcohol spirit, bottled at 0.5% ABV

  • 30 beverage segments; 86 countries; volume and value data with 2006-2023 forecast. Access the globaldrinks database for just £1,950. Visit www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/databases

  • Fazer agrees to acquire Kaslink, a Finland-based company specialised in manufacturing premium Scandinavian food products

  • Mondelēz International secures a deal to acquire a majority interest in Perfect Snacks, a US maker of refrigerated nutrition bars

  • In the UK, Sainsbury’s launches a reverse vending machine trial at one of its stores, enabling customers to return plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans

  • AB InBev rolls out PureDraught, a polymer keg system that is said to keep beer fresher 'up to four times longer than a traditional steel keg'

  • In the US, cannabis brand Daytrip launches a line of CBD-infused sparkling waters

  • Do soft drinks sugar taxes work? - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • IBM, IRI, Lantern, New Nutrition Business, Rabobank and Zenith Global to present at 13th Global Dairy Congress, 25-27 June. Limited time remains to register: www.zenithglobal.com/events/246

  • Swiss dairy company Emmi increases its stake in Brazilian dairy producer Laticínios Porto Alegre from 40% to 70% in a move to strengthen its presence in Latin America

  • In the UK, Scottish vertical farm technology business Intelligent Growth Solutions secures £5.4m in Series A funding

  • Kellogg announces it will take a pretax charge of approximately US$35m to restructure its North American business

  • In the UK, Irish drinks firm C&C Group launches Magners Rosé, a light apple cider introduced on the back of consumer demand for pink gin and rosé wine

  • In the UK, Coca-Cola European Partners looks to celebrate the expansion of Diet Coke’s flavour range – which includes twisted strawberry and exotic mango variants – with a new multimillion-pound marketing campaign

  • Nestlé Waters, Danone Waters and Niagara Bottling confirmed to present at 16th Global Bottled Water Congress, 8-10 October, Dubai. Register at www.zenithglobal.com/events/248

  • The Middleby Corporation acquires Ss Brewtech, a US of manufacturer of craft brewing and beverage equipment

  • New Zealand-based Keytone Dairy secures a deal to acquire Australian UHT drinks manufacturer Omniblend for A$22.6m (US$15.5m)

  • The Coca-Cola Company to use 100% recycled plastic for its Honest, Glacéau Smartwater and Chaudfontaine brands in western Europe

  • In Russia, milk producer Ekosem-Agrar opens a new dairy facility in Siberia's Novosibirsk region

  • In the UK, beverage brand Captain Kombucha launches Oh My Gutness, a line of sparkling fruit drinks that are fermented with water kefir grains

  • Selling soft drinks without packaging - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • European consumption of zero alcohol drinks surpassed 1.7 billion litres in 2018 according to new Zenith Global report. More insights at www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/484

  • Food ingredients distributor Barentz International announces the formation of a joint venture with Dutch ingredients company TasteStrik

  • In the US, Skupos, a data platform for convenience retail, raises US$26m Series B funding, including an investment from Unilever Ventures

  • In the US, cannabis-infused edibles maker Coda Signature closes US$24.4m in Series A funding

  • In the US, UK-based packaging company DS Smith opens its new headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia

  • In the UK, Kellogg expands a collaboration with Salford-based brewery Seven Bro7hers to convert its rejected Rice Krispies and Coco Pops breakfast cereals into beer

  • European sales of zero alcohol drinks reached €5.8 billion in 2018, with value forecast to top €9.2 billion by 2023. For more information visit www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/484

  • Pernod Ricard acquires a majority stake in US-based Rabbit Hole Whiskey

  • In the UK, Mondelēz International to invest £4.7m into its food research and development programme to support the creation of new and improved chocolate, biscuit and candy products

  • Tetra Pak, Nestlé and Danone among the founders of The 3R Initiative, a new scheme aimed at tackling plastic waste

  • In the UK, Unilever to launch a wrapper-less multipack for its Solero organic peach ice cream, featuring 35% less plastic compared to the original

  • Tyson Foods announces plans to launch its own line of plant-based meat alternatives

  • Join us for an interactive webinar on 27 June to find out more about our relaunched globaldrinks.com database. Visit http://bit.ly/globaldrinks-webinar

  • In Germany, Beam Suntory secures a deal to distribute a range of De Kuyper liqueur and spirit brands in the country

  • Arla Foods develops a new artificial intelligence tool to better predict milk intake from farms, in a move to boost profitability and sustainability

  • In the UK, The Coca-Cola Company and Costa Coffee launch a line of Costa Coffee-branded beverages

  • PepsiCo announces that Ram Krishnan, its current Chief Executive Officer for Greater China, will become its Chief Commercial Officer

  • In the UK, William Grant & Sons launches a marketing campaign to promote its new Verano fruit-flavoured gin

  • US organic up except dairy - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • IBM, IRI, Lantern, New Nutrition Business, Rabobank and Zenith Global to present at 13th Global Dairy Congress, 25-27 June. Limited time remains to register: http://www.zenithglobal.com/events/246

  • Fazer agrees to sell its Fazer Food Services business to Compass catering group for around €475m

  • Serbian mineral water producer Knjaz Miloš sold to a joint venture between PepsiCo and Czech mineral water company Karlovarské Minerální Vody

  • In Finland, Raisio to invest €45m in a new production facility focused on developing and manufacturing plant-based food products

  • In the UK, Müller targets a total sugar reduction of 25% across its branded yogurt portfolio, which includes Müller Corner and Müllerlight, by June 2020

  • Tetra Pak joins forces with analytical solutions provider Foss to launch an advanced version of the Tetra Pak standardisation unit

  • Nestlé Waters, Danone Waters and Niagara Bottling confirmed to present at 16th Global Bottled Water Congress, 8-10 October, Dubai. Register at www.zenithglobal.com/events/248

  • Brown-Forman Corporation secures a deal to acquire The 86 Company, owner of Fords Gin, and enter the gin category for the first time

  • Ocado announces two investments totalling £17m in vertical farming as it aims to become a leader in the emerging industry

  • In Canada, the country’s government plans to ban a range of single-use plastics as early as 2021 in a move to reduce ocean waste

  • In the UK, Fentimans to launch a new pink ginger beverage as it looks to build its appeal with a younger demographic

  • In the UK, Coca-Cola European Partners announces a new partnership for its Relentless energy drink brand with grime artist Stormzy

  • Bottled water not replacing tap - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • European consumption of zero alcohol drinks surpassed 1.7 billion litres in 2018 according to new Zenith Global report. More insights at www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/484

  • UK soft drinks company AG Barr enters the alcohol-free spirits market with the acquisition of a 20% stake in Stryyk owner Elegantly Spirited

  • Heineken acquires a minority stake in Amsterdam-based craft beer maker Oedipus Brewing

  • In Singapore, the country’s Ministry of Health to introduce a ban on partially hydrogenated oils as an ingredient in all locally manufactured and imported food as of June 2021

  • In China, hydrocolloids producer CP Kelco to expand gellan gum production capacity at its facility in Wulian

  • In the UK, Irish drinks firm C&C Group adds to its Orchard Pig portfolio with a new pink cider

  • From 25-27 June, market leaders from many of the world's biggest dairy countries will speak at the 13th Global Dairy Congress. View the programme at http://www.zenithglobal.com/events/246

  • Asia-based Hillhouse Capital announces the acquisition of Loch Lomond Group as it looks to grow the whisky maker’s international presence

  • US free-range milk company Hart Dairy raises US$10m in a seed funding round led by Sydney-based investment firm Alium Capital

  • Rigid packaging specialist Ardagh Group secures a packaging agreement for Mountain Valley Spring Water glass bottles

  • In the US, plant-based beverage company Elmhurst 1925 expands its hemp creamer line with three new flavours: French vanilla, hazelnut and golden milk

  • Flow Alkaline Spring Water partners with Gwyneth Paltrow for its first international marketing campaign

  • Private equity firm The Riverside Company acquires Italian mineral water and soft drinks producer La Galvanina

  • Arla Foods announces plans to move some production from three of its sites to a newly acquired facility in Bahrain

  • SpiritsEurope, the trade association for European spirits producers, signs a memorandum of understanding in which the sector commits to provide energy information on labels, together with full ingredient listings and detailed product-specific information online

  • In the UK, the Food and Drink Federation reports that the value of food and drink exports from the country reached record levels in the first quarter of the year

  • In the UK, Swedish brewer Kopparberg launches a ready-to-drink strawberry and lime flavour pink gin with lemonade

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

  • In India, grocery delivery service Milkbasket secures US$10.5m in its latest funding round, including further investment from Unilever Ventures

  • In the UK, supermarket chain Waitrose starts a packaging-free trial with products such as pasta, rice and cereals sold through dispensers

  • In the US, Anheuser-Busch announces plans to brew all its domestic beer brands in the country with 100% renewable electricity by 2021

  • In the US, All Market Inc., the parent company of coconut water maker Vita Coco, launches a new aluminium canned water brand called Ever & Ever

  • Orkla appoints Jaan Ivar Semlitsch as new CEO to replace Peter Ruzicka

  • New data from Zenith Global values the European kombucha market at €66 million in 2018. Find out more here: www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/482

  • In Australia, Coca-Cola Amatil announces the sale its SPC fruit and vegetable processing business for A$40m (US$27.9m)

  • In China, Associated British Foods partners with Wilmar International subsidiary Yihai Kerry Arawana Holdings to form a joint venture company that will manufacture, sell and distribute yeast and bakery ingredients

  • Functional beverages manufacturer New Age Beverages Corporation signs an agreement to acquire Brands Within Reach, in a deal that includes the distribution rights to Nestea, Volvic and Evian in the US

  • In the US, Nestlé Waters North America announces plans to use 100% recycled plastic for its Poland Spring range of still water by 2022

  • In the UK, gin maker Hayman’s of London expands its beverage portfolio with a new juniper-forward gin liqueur

  • European plastic targets set in stone - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • World dairy leaders to link up in Lisbon on 25-27 June at the 13th Global Dairy Congress. Join the likes of Amul, DFA, Lactogal, Meiji and Yili Group at www.zenithglobal.com/events/246

  • Canada-based ingredient start-up Noblegen secures CA$25m (US$18.5m) in Series B financing

  • Ultra-processed foods are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and an increased risk of early death, new research published in The British Medical Journal suggests

  • In the US, Ben & Jerry’s announces that it plans to release CBD-infused ice cream as soon as the ingredient is legalised at the federal level

  • In Germany, Danone launches Volvic coffee, a new range of natural mineral waters infused with coffee and featuring added fruit flavours

  • In the UK, Coca-Cola European Partners launches a multi-million pound marketing campaign to support the launch of its Coca-Cola Energy beverage

  • European consumption of drinkable vinegars projected to reach 1.8 million litres by 2023. Read more at www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/483

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