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  • US-based ingredients producer McCormick posts a 1% increase in sales for the fiscal Q1 2016/17, up nearly US$9m to US$405.1m

  • In the UK, Public Health England publishes new guidelines to help food manufacturers achieve a 20% reduction in the amount of sugar in their products by 2020

  • Trade associations representing the European food and manufacturing industries respond to the UK government’s invocation of Article 50, the mechanism by which the country will officially leave the European Union

  • Brazilian food processor BRF appoints former Itambé CEO Alexandre Almeida as its new General Manager in Brazil, and sets up a new business unit to deal with the fallout of the country’s food corruption scandal

  • In the UK, Müller Yogurt & Desserts launches a new brand of whipped Greek-style yogurts that are fat free, under the name Müller Light Kremas

  • Combating obesity – see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on bevblog.net

  • In Cambodia, Vietnamese dairy firm Vinamilk more than doubles its investment in dairy producer Angkormilk to acquire the remaining 49% stake in the company

  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) plans to acquire Chamtor, a French manufacturer of wheat-based sweeteners and starches, for an undisclosed amount

  • The CEO and Chairman of Cargill, David MacLennan, tells delegates at a global commodities summit in Switzerland that ‘open, inclusive’ trade policy is key to the food and drink industry’s success

  • New data commissioned by the Natural Hydration Council (NHC) shows that just over one in every three drinks consumed by children aged 5-9 are good for their teeth

  • In the UK, Britvic launches three new blends of spring water and fruit called Robinsons Refresh’d, available in apple-kiwi, orange-lime and raspberry-apple variants

  • Israeli food and beverage maker Strauss Group regains full ownership of Strauss Coffee with the acquisition of a 25.1% holding, and posts FY 2016 net sales of ILS7.9bn (US$2.18bn)

  • In Tanzania, Danone agrees to buy out the remaining 60% stake in the local operations of Kenyan dairy producer Brookside

  • In Brazil, Italian dairy company Granarolo acquires a 60% stake in local importer Allfood, which sells a number of Italian food products including cheeses and cold cuts

  • European food and beverage companies including Döhler, FrieslandCampina Riedel, Refresco and Verbruggen Juice Trading launch a coalition targeting 100% sustainably sourced juice and purée by 2030

  • In the UK, a new brand of pyramid coffee bags called Bean Bags launches in three variants: breakfast blend, striking El Salvador and definitely decaf

  • The sugar debate - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on bevblog.net

  • Conagra Brands reports fiscal Q3 2016/17 net sales of US$1.98bn - down 9.9% from US$2.2bn in fiscal Q3 2015/16

  • Aspartame producer Ajinomoto agrees to invest US$15m in Israeli plant-based protein company Hinoman and agrees to acquire the exclusive sales rights in Japan for its Mankai plant protein product

  • E&J Gallo acquires Stagecoach Vineyard, the largest contiguous vineyard in California’s Napa Valley, for an undisclosed sum

  • In the UK, Britvic says that it is ‘taking significant steps’ towards exploring wood fibre bottles as a viable and alternative packaging option for soft drinks

  • Scottish brewer BrewDog launches a high-alcohol beer that uses a process of ice distillation to concentrate both strength and flavour

  • In the UK, the total market for water drinks is forecast to exceed 5.5bn litres by 2021, almost 50% above 2016 levels. Find out more at www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/401

  • Constantia Flexibles records an 8.6% increase in its FY 2016 sales to €2.06bn - the first time that the company has turned over in excess of €2bn

  • The incoming CEO of Coca-Cola, James Quincey, shakes up his senior leadership team by creating new roles for a Chief Growth Officer and Chief Innovation Officer

  • In Scotland, an ambitious strategy to transform the country’s food and drink industry into a £30bn sector by 2030 is unveiled by Scotland Food and Drink

  • In the US, new research disproves the idea that consuming a single daily serving of 100% fruit juice contributes to weight gain in children

  • Diageo North America launches Baileys Almande - a dairy-free version of the liqueur made using almond milk

  • In the UK, sales of flavoured, functional and juicy waters grew 2% in 2016, amid greater media scrutiny of sugar content. For a full analysis of the water plus market, visit www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/401

  • New Zealand dairy group Fonterra reports fiscal H1 2016/17 revenue of NZ$9.24bn (US$6.5bn) - up 4.5% on fiscal H1 2015/16

  • Israeli flavour house Frutarom posts FY 2016 sales of US$1.15bn - up 31.4% on the year before - while gross profit increases at the same rate to US$448m

  • In Romania, Constantia Flexibles announces that it will close its plastic film-based flexible packaging factory in Bucharest, which is used to supply the confectionery and processed food sectors

  • In Spain, Danone invests around €2m in a wastewater treatment system at its Tres Cantos yogurt and dairy facility in Madrid

  • In the UK, Britvic unveils a new ginger flavour of PepsiCo’s zero-sugar cola, Pepsi Max, which is available in five different size formats

  • Nutrition labelling muddle - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on bevblog.net

  • General Mills reports fiscal Q3 2016/17 net sales of US$3.79bn - 5% lower year on year - with ‘double-digit decline’ in its meals, bakery products and yogurts in North America

  • Coca-Cola European Partners reports FY 2016 revenue of €9.13bn - up from €6.33bn in FY 2015 - and operating profit of €851m

  • A number of countries - including China, Japan, Mexico, Canada and all European Union member states - suspend or curtail imports of meat from Brazil amid investigations into alleged corruption

  • In the UK, there are warnings that the price of food and drink products may rise ‘significantly’ when the Prime Minister confirms the country’s intention to leave the European Union

  • In the US, SodaStream International launches a new range of single-sachet fruit and herb infusions for sparkling water made in its home carbonation machines

  • In the UK, sales of plain bottled water in retail packs surged 14% to over 2,900m litres in 2016, while volume through bottled water coolers advanced a more modest 3% to 300m litres. For more information visit www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/399

  • Reportedly, the manufacturer of maple water DRINKmaple raises US$3.9m as part of its latest funding round, and will seek to raise US$742,000 more

  • In the US, confectionery producer Hershey is to invest ‘millions’ in new equipment and create nearly 70 additional jobs at its plant in Stuarts Draft, Virginia

  • In Brazil, a number of plants belonging to food processor BRF and meat packer JBS are raided by police as part of an investigation into alleged food corruption

  • New research suggests that millennials in Europe ‘overwhelmingly’ see fruit juice as a healthy beverage, despite criticism from some quarters

  • In the US, PepsiCo launches IZZE Fusions - a blend of sparkling water and natural fruit juices available in orange-mango, lemon-lime and strawberry-melon variants

  • Water overtaking carbonates - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on bevblog.net

  • In the UK, consumption of water drinks increased 11% in 2016 to more than 3,700 million litres, with retail value in excess of £2.7bn. For a full analysis of the plain, flavoured, functional and juicy water sectors see www.zenithglobal.com/reports_data/401

  • Scotland's food and drink exports grow £421m to reach a record £5.5bn, propelled by increased exports of whisky and fish

  • In the US, President Donald Trump cuts the discretionary budget of the US Department of Agriculture by 21% to US$4.7bn

  • US spirits producer Eastside Distilling acquires Portland, Oregon-based MotherLode Craft Distillery, which provides bottling and production support for craft distillers

  • Jamba Juice Company appoints former Starbucks executive Joe Thornton as its new Chief Operating Officer

  • In the US, Kraft Heinz launches new sweet Cheesecake Cups as part of its Philadelphia brand, available with strawberry, milk chocolate, cherry and salted caramel toppings

  • Zenith Global issues its 2017 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/market_reports

  • Vietnamese dairy group TH True Milk is to invest a further US$1.7bn in establishing a dairy operation in eastern Russia, which will supply organic products for the Chinese and Japanese markets

  • In the US, Conagra Brands agrees to acquire Thanasi Foods - the maker of Duke’s meat snacks and Bigs seeds

  • Brazilian food processor BRF is investigating the sale of a stake in its recently created halal business, One Foods, instead of an initial public offering (IPO)

  • Finnish food packaging company Huhtamaki launches a ‘digitally enabled, heat-resistant’ coffee cup with a QR code that can direct consumers to promotional content online

  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) launches two new sweeteners called SweetRight and VerySweet, which are made using stevia and monk fruit respectively

  • In the US, WhiteWave Foods reports Q4 2016 sales of US$1.06bn and FY 2016 sales of US$4.2bn - up 9% on the year before

  • Italian chocolate maker Ferrero International is to acquire Fannie May, a US manufacturer of premium chocolate products with a production facility in North Canton, Ohio

  • In the UK, ‘booming sales’ prompt gin and non-dairy milks like soya milk and almond milk to be added to the list of products used to measure inflation

  • Morinaga Milk Industry is to launch its first chilled dairy product in the US this year, with the rollout of a new aloe vera yogurt

  • A new study from DuPont Nutrition & Health affirms the benefit of probiotics on immune function in healthy, elderly consumers

  • Healthy food is not more expensive - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Swiss biopharmaceutical company Evolva Holding agrees a new equity funding facility with US investment firm Yorkville Advisors, which will secure it up to CHF30m (US$29.74m) over three years

  • The Chief Executive of Unilever, Paul Polman, argues that ‘there should be a level playing field’ for public takeovers following Kraft-Heinz’s £115bn approach last month

  • In the UK, the heads of 35 suppliers’ organisations call on the government to quickly reach an agreement on future trade with Ireland when the country leaves the European Union

  • In Spain, Carrefour introduces a new carton pack for UHT milk that it says delivers reductions in average CO2 emissions

  • Coffee chain Starbucks launches the first of a series of single-origin, whole-bean coffees available for a limited time in its US and Canadian stores

  • German ingredients manufacturer Symrise reports FY 2016 group sales up 12% to €2.9bn and net income of €252.7m

  • European vending group Selecta acquires Pelican Rouge, the Dutch coffee machine provider, for an undisclosed amount

  • The European Commission gives the alcoholic beverages industry a year to develop a self-regulated proposal for providing ingredients and nutrition information on labels

  • Dairy cooperative First Milk signs a new long-term contract to supply fresh milk to Nestlé UK & Ireland for its products

  • In the UK, coffee chain Costa Coffee commences production at a new roasting facility in Basildon, Essex following investment of £38m

  • 10 years of blogging - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • US firm Jones Soda reports a rebound in FY 2016 sales, posting revenue of US$15.7m and improved net loss of US$183,000 as it gets closer to profitability

  • Kevin Klock makes a surprise departure as CEO of Talking Rain Beverage Company, with Chief Financial Officer Marcus Smith assuming his responsibilities

  • The Global President of Mars, Fiona Dawson, warns of increased prices of its products if the UK does not replace its free trade agreement with the European Union when it leaves in two years’ time

  • In Canada, Mars also invests CAD70m (US$52m) in a 60,000-square-foot expansion to its chocolate manufacturing facility in Ontario, which will produce and pack the Maltesers brand for the first time in North America

  • In the UK, McCain Foods unveils investment of £100m in its factory in Scarborough ‘to satisfy increasing demand for its products’

  • French dairy group Fromageries Bel reports FY 2016 consolidated net profit of €213m from total sales of €2.94bn

  • Irish drinks firm C&C Group anticipates fiscal FY 2016/17 operating profit of €94m-€96m, with volume performance in its Bulmers, Magners and Tennent’s brands ‘a significant improvement’ on the previous year

  • In the US, figures from the International Bottled Water Association and Beverage Marketing Corporation show that bottled water consumption has overtaken that of fizzy drinks for the first time

  • In Australia and New Zealand, Visy Industries teams up with Water.IO - the maker of a sensor-enabled ‘smart cap’ for disposable water bottles - to increase the availability of smart packaging

  • New Zealand dairy group Fonterra launches an online platform to encourage individuals, small companies and large corporations to submit new ideas for disruptive technology or innovation

  • Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated reports fiscal FY 2016/17 net sales of US$3.16bn - up 36.9% - driven by acquisitions and an increase in comparable net sales

  • European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices Refresco posts FY 2016 revenue of €2.1bn - a 4.5% increase on 2015 - with total volume increasing 6% to 6.46 billion litres

  • In Brazil, PepsiCo reportedly makes an offer of around BRL6bn (US$1.91bn) to acquire dairy company Vigor Alimentos from J&F Investimentos

  • In the Netherlands, Orkla Food Ingredients signs an agreement through its wholly owned subsidiary Idun Industri to acquire 100% of the shares in ice cream ingredients and equipment supplier Laan Heiloo

  • In the UK, the government confirms that a tax on sugary drinks will go ahead as planned next year but admits that the measure will raise £240m less during the current parliament than initially projected

  • Stock Spirits Group reports ‘good operational progress’ for the FY 2016, including flat net sales revenue of €261m and an increase in profit after tax of 46.4%

  • In Thailand, Nestlé Waters invests THB1.8bn (US$51.3m) in a second manufacturing and distribution facility for its Pure Life bottled water

  • In China, Gruppo Campari signs an exclusive distribution agreement with the Chinese subsidiary of French cognac producer House of Camus

  • Yogurt producer Chobani appoints former Nestlé Waters North America CEO Tim Brown as its new President and Chief Operating Officer

  • New research suggests that nearly half of deaths from heart disease, stroke or diabetes in the US are a direct result of poor diet

  • Corrected: Cott Corporation reports a 10% increase in FY 2016 revenue to US$3.24bn, driven in part by the acquisitions of Eden Springs and S&D Coffee

  • Malaysian sweetener manufacturer PureCircle reports H1 2016 sales of US$54.5m - 13.4% lower than H1 2015 - and operating profit down 48.6% to US$10.7m

  • US Foods acquires Alabama-based meat processor and distributor SRA Foods - its second buyout in the American foodservice sector in less than a month

  • Arla Foods announces an annual supplementary payment of €124m to be paid among its farmer-owners, amounting to approximately €9,750 per farmer on average

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