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  • Arla Foods acquires the processed cheese business of Mondelēz International in the Middle East, currently licensed under the Kraft brand

  • Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina acquires Spanish cheese co-packer and distributor Millán Vicente for an undisclosed sum

  • In France, Mars Wrigley Confectionery will invest more than €70m in its M&M's chocolate production facility in Alsace

  • In the US, Danone expands its Light & Fit brand with the launch of a range of Greek yogurts called Two Good

  • Bacardi announces that Ed Brown, president and CEO of Patrón tequila, will retire at the end of this year

  • Top 10 e-commerce markets in 2023 - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Florida-based DNA Brands, the maker of DNA Energy, acquires the owner of alkaline bottled water brand Neo Superwater

  • Researchers in Australia develop a process that can transform contaminated water into purified water fit for consumption 'faster and more energy-efficiently'

  • In the UK, Müller Milk & Ingredients invests £15m to upgrade its fresh milk facility in Bellshill, Scotland

  • In the US, Heineken adds to its Strongbow cider portfolio with four low-calorie slimline cans each registering at fewer than 100kcal

  • Also in the US, Mars Wrigley Confectionery launches a triple chocolate version of its Twix chocolate bars featuring chocolate caramel and cookie

  • Due diligence, business sale and divestment, acquisitions target search, and business valuation within the food and beverage industry. Contact ts@zenithglobal.com to find out how our Transaction Services team can help you

  • Barry Callebaut's latest Forever Chocolate sustainability report shows the company has increased its proportion of sustainably sourced cocoa beans by 8 percentage points

  • Bühler Group combines its existing chocolate, nuts, bakery and coffee activity with its Haas business to create a new consumer foods segment

  • In the UK, the a2 Milk Company says it will 'ditch plastic bottles' for recyclable cartons, bringing its range in line with its US portfolio

  • Nestlé Waters North America will aim to achieve 25% recycled plastic packaging across its US domestic portfolio by 2021

  • US agribusiness Bunge announces that CEO Soren Schroder will step down from his position after five years

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

  • Alkaline water sales set to exceed US$1 billion by 2019. New Zenith Global Report. Go to www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/474

  • In Argentina, Marfrig acquires BRF’s local subsidiary Quickfood for US$55m

  • Danone is among the backers in a US$28m funding round for French urban agriculture start-up Agricool

  • Pladis UK & Ireland says it will make all its plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025

  • Scottish spirits company Edrington appoints Scott McCroskie as its new CEO, replacing Ian Curle

  • In the US, PepsiCo will expand its Mountain Dew portfolio with Mtn Dew Amp Game Fuel, which claims to give gamers improved accuracy and alertness

  • Obesity rises around Mediterranean - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Orkla offloads its Mrs Cheng's soy sauce brand to Belgium-based Continental Foods

  • Constellation Brands, through its venture capital group Constellation Brands Ventures, intends to invest US$100m in female-led start-ups by 2028

  • In the US, Cargill opens its US$70m North American protein headquarters in Kansas, as it aims to bring innovative food solutions to global customers

  • Europe’s beer production rose to an eight-year high in 2017, bolstered by record exports, a rise in micro breweries and increased low-alcohol products, according to industry trade group the Brewers of Europe

  • In the UK, Conker Spirit partners with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to launch Navy Strength Gin, the brand’s first gin offer since the releasing Dorset Dry

  • Europe dominates the global premium bottled water market in both volume and value. New Zenith Global Report. Go to www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/472

  • New Zealand dairy company Fonterra posts a 4% dip in revenue in its first quarter, as the firm reveals it is considering selling its Tip Top ice cream brand

  • Heineken buys a majority stake in Spanish craft brewer La Cibeles, as it aims to boost the brand’s distribution and export capacity

  • In Singapore, the country’s Ministry of Health contemplates banning the sale of higher-sugar pre-packaged drinks or introducing a sugar tax, in a move to tackle levels of diabetes

  • In China, a study by Advanced Lipids reveals that Chinese parents care much more about the quality and nutritional value of infant formula than its price

  • In the US, Revolution Brands launches Slice, a new sparkling water range flavoured with organic fruit juices, organic flavours and carbonated water

  • The volume of bottled water through coolers and dispensers in East Europe has increased to 12.2% of total bottled water consumption, compared with 4% 20 years ago. New Zenith Global Report. Go to www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/471

  • Dutch dairy company Royal FrieslandCampina agrees a deal to acquire US-based cheese importer and distributor Jana Foods

  • Mains-fed water dispenser company Quench to acquire US-based water cooler manufacturer Bluline for an undisclosed sum

  • In Australia, New Zealand dairy company Fonterra reaches an agreement with infant food producer Beingmate to unwind their joint venture in Darnum, Victoria

  • In Canada, Province Brands of Canada to produce a line of craft cannabis beer for Ontario’s Bell City Brewing Company

  • Brazilian meat packer JBS appoints Gilberto Tomazoni as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately

  • Do you have the right knowledge and expertise to take advantage of new markets? Zenith Globals' strategic marketing consultancy and commercial insight can unlock your next move, for more info go to www.zenithglobal.com/consulting

  • Unilever fends off competition from other major companies to acquire GSK’s Indian arm and the Horlicks brand for approximately €3.3bn

  • Charoen Pokphand Foods-owned Bellisio Foods acquires pizza producer Frozen Specialties from Swander Pace Capital

  • In the US, Nestlé Health Science opens a US$70m research facility in New Jersey, as the business aims to accelerate the development of products which effectively respond to the nutritional needs of consumers

  • Barry Callebaut partners with retailer Albert Heijn and Dutch confectionery company Tony’s Chocolonely to source sustainable cocoa

  • Malaysian sweetener manufacturer PureCircle identifies proteins, soluble fibres and antioxidants in the stevia plant and plans to begin the commercial production and sale of these new stevia ingredients next year

  • Global consumption volume of premium bottled water reached 11.2 billion litres in 2017. New Zenith Global Report. Go to www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/472

  • Chinese dairy company Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group acquires Thailand-based frozen foods and ice cream manufacturer Chomthana to grow in Southeast Asia

  • In Colombia, Cargill acquires chicken producer Campollo, further expanding its poultry business in the country after buying Pollos Bucanero last year

  • Danone, Mars and Ingredion sign up as founding members of Givaudan’s new innovation platform for the food industry

  • In Australia, Pernod Ricard Winemakers commits to sourcing 100% renewable electricity in the country by mid-2019

  • In the UK, zero-proof spirits brand Stryyk expands its portfolio with Stryyk Not Vodka

  • Last chance to book for Beverage Digest Future Smarts. New York. 7 December. Take a look at the companies joining us this year and register at www.zenithglobal.com/events/234

  • Kraft Heinz enters into an agreement to acquire US condiments and sauces brand Primal Kitchen for approximately US$200m

  • Coca-Cola Amatil announces it will sell its struggling fruit and vegetable processing unit SPC after it made a ‘modest loss’ in the first half of the year

  • In New Zealand, dairy company Westland Milk Products announces plans to build a NZ$22m (US$15.1m) plant at its facility in Hokitika, South Island

  • Coca-Cola European Partners to increase the use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles through a 100% recycled PET deal with sustainable packaging producer Loop Industries

  • In the US, yogurt producer Chobani releases Gimmies, a new line of Greek yogurt snacks for children

  • Premium water has grown by 8% per year globally between 2012 and 2017. New Zenith Global Report. Go to www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/472

  • Scottish spirits company The Edrington Group sells its Cutty Sark Scotch whisky brand to French spirits company La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, the owner of Glen Moray

  • In Pakistan, the government reveals that PepsiCo will invest US$1.2bn and Coca-Cola will invest US$200m in the country

  • In the UK, Kellogg to adopt the country’s traffic light nutrition labelling for most of its cereal packaging from early next year after consumers said the colour-coded scheme helped them make healthier food choices

  • Unilever CEO Paul Polman to retire from the company, to be replaced by Alan Jope, Unilever president of beauty and personal care

  • Irish ingredients firm Carbery Group launches a new fermented dairy ingredients range that is said to deliver a ‘combination of high-quality protein with prebiotic promoting properties’

  • In 2017, point of use mains water coolers jumped by 10.6% in East Europe. New Zenith Global Report. Go to www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/471

  • Canadian meat company Olymel finalises a deal to acquire Pinty’s Delicious Foods, a Canadian poultry slaughtering and processing company

  • Coca-Cola Amatil strengthens its position in the beer and cider category after securing a 28-year distribution deal with Åbro, the global brand owner of Rekorderlig Cider

  • In Australia, wine producer Australian Vintage secures a ‘landmark’ agreement to source energy from solar and wind farms at its Buronga Hill site in New South Wales

  • In Denmark, hydrocolloids producer CP Kelco announces plans to expand its pectin production capacity at its Lille Skensved facility by about 15%

  • In Russia, milk producer Ekosem-Agrar launches its new EkoNiva umbrella brand for dairy products

  • Due diligence, business sale and divestment, acquisitions target search and business valuation within the food and beverage industry. Contact ts@zenithglobal.com to find out how our Transaction Services team can help you.

  • In Canada, ingredients distributor Univar secures a deal with Tata Chemicals to bring the Indian company’s digestive health ingredients to the country

  • In Indonesia, Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut extends a supply partnership with Garudafood as it seeks to continue its expansion in Asia

  • In Canada, packaged meat company Maple Leaf Foods reveals plans to build a CA$660m (US$497.7m) facility in London, Ontario, which it claims will be ‘one of the most technologically advanced poultry processing plants in the world’

  • In the UK, Unilever, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners urge the country to aim for net zero emissions by 2050

  • In the UK, powdered food producer Huel expands its offering with a new ready-to-drink meal alternative product range

  • Pedestrian ‘drives’ in France - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • The total number of water coolers in East Europe rose by 3.6% to 2.1 million units in 2017. New Zenith Global Report. Go to www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/471

  • Belgian brewery group Duvel Moortgat acquires a 60% stake in UK-based kombucha producer Jarr Kombucha

  • Lesaffre acquires Italian biotechnology company Gnosis, which specialises in the development, production and sale of fermentation-derived ingredients

  • In Australia, TNA opens a new facility in Melbourne which will allow the company to triple the manufacturing capacity of its packaging equipment

  • In the Philippines, Swiss-based Firmenich opens a new taste creation facility in Manila, expanding its presence in Southeast Asia

  • In the UK, Ocean Spray seeks to emphasise the health benefits of its chilled cranberry juice with new packaging in rPET bottles

  • Beverage Digest Future Smarts - the only event to give a complete beverage industry and market overview from brand leaders to emerging issues in a single day. 7 December 2018. More at www.zenithglobal.com/events/234

  • US confectioner Pearson's Candy Company, whose brands include Salted Nut Roll and Bit-O-Honey, changes private equity hands

  • In Canada, Diana Food helps part-fund the establishment of a new prebiotics research programme working chiefly with natural fruit and vegetable extracts

  • New Zealand dairy company Fonterra cuts the emissions of its Brightwater milk processing plant by co-firing on wood

  • Cargill appoints Brian Sikes as the head of its salt and protein businesses, effective from early 2019

  • In the UK, Nestlé releases two seasonal gingerbread products as part of its Nescafé and Quality Street brands

  • By 2022, Zenith Global forecasts that the total East European water coolers market will increase almost 20% to exceed 2.5 million units. New report out now. Go to www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/471

  • In Switzerland, Nestlé invests CHF43m (US$43.2m) to add two new production lines and an innovation centre to its Nespresso factory in Romont

  • Orkla looks set to acquire Kotipizza, described as 'Finland’s largest chain of pizza restaurants', for €146.1m

  • In ingredients, DSM develops a line of cheese cultures specifically for the production of Spanish Castellano-type cheeses

  • The UK's advertising watchdog overturns a ban on a Kellogg's TV advert that had been censured on the basis that other Kellogg's products - though not the product advertised - were high in sugar

  • In the US, Colorado-based beverage brand Cocktail Squad launches a range of four RTD canned cocktails

  • Organic growth in France - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Dairy Vision offers participants key insights in to the South American dairy sector across 2 days of presentations and discussions. Last change to register. Don't miss out! www.dairyvision.com.br/in

  • Campbell Soup Company reports fiscal Q1 2018/19 net sales of US$2.67bn and operating income of US$350m

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