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  • In the US, sparkling fruit beverage brand Spindrift secures US$20m in funding as it aims to launch its first nationwide advertising campaign

  • In the US, agricultural technology start-up Hazel Technologies, which has developed a solution to extend the shelf life of produce, receives US$3.3m in funding

  • Brazil temporarily suspends the export of BRF’s poultry products to the EU following the company’s involvement in the carne fraca food safety scandal

  • In Australia, the country's Federal Court finds that Kraft Heinz subsidiary H. J. Heinz Company Australia made a misleading health claim that its Little Kids Shredz products were beneficial for young children

  • In the US, drinks brand Matchaah releases a range of carbonated matcha teas, which are marketed towards non-tea drinkers

  • Henkell acquires a 50.7% stake in Spanish cava producer Freixenet for a reported €220m

  • Carrefour buys a majority stake in French meal kit start-up Quitoque as it continues to focus on e-commerce

  • In the UK, the soft drinks industry is experiencing a seismic shift the likes of which it has never experienced before, according to managing director of Red Star Brands Clark McIlroy

  • In the UK, business and shops in London sign up to a trial scheme that offers free tap water refills to the public in a move to tackle plastic waste

  • In the US, food packaging manufacturer World Centric unveils a 100% plant-based compostable pizza container for delivery restaurants

  • Diageo, through its Distill Ventures accelerator, acquires German vermouth manufacturer Belsazar for an undisclosed sum

  • Unilever chooses the Netherlands over the UK for its global headquarters as it simplifies from two legal entities into one Dutch corporate entity

  • In the US, Cargill Protein centralises its regional distribution operations in the Dallas area by moving operations to a new warehouse and distribution centre

  • The European Commission launches a Knowledge Centre for food fraud and quality as it responds to consumer concerns about fraudulent practices

  • In the US, DanoneWave-owned Stok introduces two new cold brew drinks, including a high-protein coffee variant

  • In Brazil, coffee chain Starbucks enters into an agreement with SouthRock – a multi-brand restaurant operator – to fully license Starbucks retail operations in the country

  • Packaging companies SIG and Amcor unite to create a value chain partnership which commits to 100% certified sourcing of aluminium

  • In the US, Kroger expands its partnership with delivery service Instacart in order to increase its customer delivery range

  • In New Zealand, Fonterra starts construction of a new plant at its Darfield site which will reduce the amount of groundwater extracted at the facility by 70%

  • In the UK, Carlsberg launches a revamped version of its dark larger Carlsberg 1883, available exclusively in the on-trade until June

  • In the UK, Signature Flatbreads, a producer of naans, wraps and crumpets, acquires the shareholding of its joint venture partner Aryzta

  • In the UK, meal kit company Gousto raises £28.5m in funding as it aims serve more customers and accelerate its automation capabilities

  • Heineken reportedly in talks to sell its Chinese business to China Resources Beer, in a deal which could be worth more than US$1bn

  • The European alcoholic drinks sector reveals plans to inform consumers of the nutritional information and ingredients in beverages

  • In the UK, tonics and mixers producer Fever-Tree launches a range of low-calorie mixers, made by blending fruit sugars and the same botanicals used in the brand’s regular range

  • Beauty is more than skin deep - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • The Coca-Cola Company completes the refranchising of its bottling operations in North America as a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the company’s Canadian bottling business, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada, is signed

  • Berlin Packaging acquires UK-based supplier of closures and packaging equipment Erben as it targets expansion in the beverage industry

  • Yogurt producer Chobani launches its third annual incubator programme, with brands of organic baby food, superfood smoothies and energy teas among those selected to take part

  • Aldi UK and Ireland ditches its single-use £0.05 plastic bags, instead choosing to provide bags for life and reusable £0.09 bags made from back-of-store plastic waste

  • In the UK, Unilever-owned Hellmann’s to relaunch its entire salad dressings portfolio this summer alongside two new products

  • In New Zealand, the country's competition authority approves Kraft Heinz’s acquisition of Cerebos's food and instant coffee and Asian home gourmet units from Japan’s Suntory

  • Bone broth protein supplement manufacturer Ancient Nutrition secures US$103m in funding, led by private equity firm VMG Partners

  • In the US, The Hershey Company invests US$60m to expand the production capacity of its confectionery factory in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania

  • In the UK, the government refuses to introduce a levy on takeaway coffee cups, instead choosing to rely on voluntary discounts for reusable cups

  • In the US, Campbell’s-owned Bolthouse Farms taps into the growing market for plant-based products by adding several new plant-based protein drinks and cold-pressured juices to its 1915 Organic range

  • US agribusiness Bunge comes under pressure from Continental Grains to sell the business after it was said to have entered talks with Archer Daniels Midland

  • Kraft Heinz launches an incubator programme called Springboard to aid the development of innovative food and beverage start-ups

  • In Singapore, Tate & Lyle completes an expansion of its food application centre as the company aims to boost food ingredient solutions in Asia

  • Nestlé UK and Ireland reveals it has cut sugar across its confectionery portfolio in the last year by 7.4%, as it aims to reach a 10% reduction by the end of 2018

  • Coca-Cola to launch an alcoholic drink for the first time in its 125-year history with an alcopop-style product in Japan

  • 54 acquisitions in February - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • JM Smucker and Conagra Brands terminate their agreement regarding the sale of Conagra’s Wesson oil business to Smucker, after competition concerns were raised by US authorities

  • In Brazil, McCain Foods acquires a 49% stake in food manufacturer Forno de Minas Alimentos, a leader in the country's cheese bread market

  • In the UK, public health officials call on food sellers and manufacturers to reduce calories in their products by 20% by 2024

  • In Russia, PepsiCo adds a new baby food production line at its infant nutrition plant in Omsk to produce drinking yogurts

  • In the UK, Diageo launches a 13% ABV dairy-free version of its Baileys liqueur, which is made from almond milk

  • Brazilian meat company BRF sees its shares drop 19% following the arrest of the company’s former CEO Pedro de Andrade Faria, as Brazilian police continue an investigation into food safety in the country's meat industry

  • In Canada, Nestlé invests CA$51.5m (US$39.6m) to increase production capabilities at its London ice cream factory in Ontario

  • PepsiCo signs a distribution agreement with Australian soft drinks producer Bundaberg, which will increase the availability of Bundaberg drinks in the US

  • Dairy Farmers of America and Sprint announce the six companies selected to take part in their 2018 accelerator programme, including start-ups focused on agricultural technology and dairy food products

  • In the US, start-up ReGrained releases its first range of snack bars, which are made from unwanted grains from the beer brewing process

  • Yogurt tea and yogurt water - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Refresco saw its sales volumes in 2017 increase 9.9% to 7.1bn litres, in a year which it acquired Cott’s bottling business for US$1.25bn

  • In the US, restaurant delivery company DoorDash raises US$535m in funding, led by the SoftBank Group with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital, GIC and Wellcome Trust

  • In the UK, Unilever inaugurates a research and development facility in Port Sunlight, Merseyside, following two years of construction

  • Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo starts the second edition of its incubator programme to discover and develop innovative start-ups from around the world

  • Packaging company Mondi Group creates a new fully recyclable plastic laminate packaging material called BarrierPack Recyclable, designed to be used for pre-made food pouches

  • Cott Corporation posts a 40% revenue rise in 2017 to US$2.27bn as it benefits from its acquisitions of coffee roaster S&D Coffee and water delivery company Eden Springs

  • US agribusiness company Bunge International acquires a 70% stake in oils producer IOI Loders Croklaan from IOI Corporation Berhad for an undisclosed sum

  • Fonterra, through its collaboration platform Fonterra Ventures, teams up with German nutrition start-up Foodspring, following an investment in its parent company Goodminton

  • In the UK, Müller purchases several plastic bottle manufacturing facilities to closely monitor bottle production in a bid to reduce plastic waste

  • Nestlé launches its refreshed Nescafé Gold instant coffee range in continental Europe and in other global markets following the success of the updated range in the UK

  • AB InBev sees its 2017 net profits rise 64% to US$8bn and revenue increase 5% to US$56.4bn as it was boosted by savings from the SABMiller acquisition

  • Dr. Oetker and Bavarian dairy group Molkerei Gropper form a joint venture in order to increase production capacity for their respective markets

  • In the US, organic meal delivery company Sun Basket opens a new distribution site in New Jersey, which it says will allow it to ship five to ten times more meal kits on the East Coast

  • In Spain, brewer Mahou San Miguel invests €11m to create a collaborative space in which craft brewers will be able to share ideas and develop their beers, mainly for commercialisation in the European market

  • In the UK, Unilever tea brand PG Tips to move to fully biodegradable, plant-based material in its tea bags over the course of 2018

  • Water pressure – cities at risk - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on

  • Gruppo Campari posts a 5.2% increase in its net sales in 2017 to €1.82bn, thanks to the strong performance of its Americas division and boosted sales of Wild Turkey whiskey and Espolòn tequila

  • In Mexico, Heineken opens a 100% renewable energy-powered brewery in Chihuahua, following a US$500m investment

  • In New Zealand, milk processing company Synlait invests NZ$260m (US$188.9m) to build a nutritional powder manufacturing site in North Waikato

  • 2 Sisters Food Group CEO Ranjit Singh Boparan steps down from his role following 25 years at the helm

  • In the US, MillerCoors and AriZona Beverages partner to create an alcoholic version of the classic Arnold Palmer drink

  • Foodservice equipment manufacturer Welbilt acquires Swedish coffee machine maker Crem International for SEK1.8bn (US$224m)

  • In Australia, AB InBev's subsidiary Carlton & United Breweries invests AUD10.3m (US$8.1m) to upgrade the Tasmanian brewery of its Cascade brand

  • In Bangladesh, Fonterra signs a distribution agreement which will make products from the company’s Anchor brand available in the country for the first time

  • In the UK, the Scottish government confirms that the minimum price for a unit of alcohol should be set at £0.50, with the scheme coming into force on 1 May 2018

  • In the US, Diageo launches a Jane Walker edition of its Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky as it aims to promote gender equality

  • Brazilian food processor BRF sees its its net revenues for 2017 decrease by 0.8% to BRL33.47bn (US$10.33bn) in the wake of the so-called carne fraca scandal

  • In Australia, UK meat packing business Hilton Food Group and supermarket chain Woolworths extend their meat supply agreement, which will see Hilton Foods Australia continue to supply meat products for a further 15 years

  • In the US, fish producer Whole Oceans to open a new land-based Atlantic salmon production facility in Maine, which will utilise a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system

  • In the UK, Heineken redesigns its Amstel packaging in a move to give the beer 'a more premium look and feel' as part of a £7m marketing drive

  • In the US, Coca-Cola aims to capitalise on the popularity of craft sodas with the launch of two new Coke flavours: Georgia peach and California raspberry

  • Danone invests NZ$25m (US$18.3m) in its Airport Oaks infant formula blending and processing facility in Auckland, New Zealand, to boost exports to Australia and China

  • Plans to introduce a tax on sugary soft drinks in the Isle of Man are deferred by one year to 1 April 2019

  • Between 10% and 16% of all crops produced from UK farms are wasted, partly due to consumer fussiness and the buying power of retailers, according to research from environment charity Feedback

  • British bottled water brand Harrogate Water secures sufficient availability of recycled PET to ensure all its product packaging shall contain 50% recycled content from April 2018

  • Dubai company Camelicious unveils a camel milk-based baby formula that is said to have 'ten times the amount of iron found in other types of milk'

  • In the US, Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds buys a stake in gin brand Aviation Gin, its co-owner Davos Brands announced

  • In the UK, dairy producer Meadow Foods acquires butter oil and ghee manufacturer Roil Foods for an undisclosed fee

  • Unilever reportedly set to name the Netherlands as the location of its sole global headquarters amid growing pressure over the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union

  • Lamb Weston introduces a solution for foodservice operators to ensure that chips arrive hot and crispy via home delivery

  • In the US, Califia Farms releases a new line of dairy-free probiotic yogurt drinks containing the brand’s Califia Culture Blend of probiotic live cultures

  • Arla Foods records strong full-year financial results with an 8.1% rise in revenue to €10.3bn, thanks to increased global demand for its dairy products

  • New Zealand dairy group Fonterra partners with milk processor The A2 Milk Company to make A2 milk more available in New Zealand, Australia and parts of Asia

  • Cargill signs an agreement with Univar to expand distribution of its starches, sweeteners, cocoa and oils to new customers

  • Tyson Foods to release several new products this year – including frozen breakfast sandwiches – and adopt new business strategies to adapt to changing consumer demands

  • In the US, Nestlé confirms that Steve Presley, currently Chief Finance and Strategic Transformation Officer for Nestlé USA, will succeed Paul Grimwood as CEO of Nestlé USA, effective 1 April 2018

  • French processed vegetable company Bonduelle signs an agreement with Conagra Brands to acquire its Del Monte processed fruit and vegetable business in Canada for CA$43m (US$34.2m)


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