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  • Tate & Lyle’s fiscal FY 2016/17 sales increase 17% to £2.8bn, with pre-tax profit of £233m

  • European frozen food group Nomad Foods reports Q1 2017 revenue of €531m - 2.9% lower than the same period last year

  • Research shows that Italians are eating 10% less pasta now than they were five years ago, as consumers worldwide continue to be troubled by carbohydrates

  • A survey on behalf of European consumer group Friends of Glass finds that more than 75% of consumers see glass packaging as the most environmentally friendly

  • In its first ever collaboration, Bacardi teams up with DJ and producer Jillionaire from musical act Major Lazer to release a limited-edition Major Lazer rum

  • Key speakers at the Global Dairy Congress include the biggest dairy businesses from America, China, India and Japan, along with others from Brazil, South Africa and across Europe. For programme details and online booking go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Britvic reports revenue of £756.3m for its fiscal H1 2016/17 - an 11.5% increase on the same period last year

  • In India, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation plans to invest INR25bn (US$387.3m) over the next three years in expanding its processing capabilities

  • Campbell Soup Company invests US$10m in US meal kit upstart Chef’d, becoming the company's largest strategic investor

  • Italian coffee company Lavazza agrees to purchase an 80% stake in Kicking Horse Coffee for CA$215m (US$160m)

  • Unilever converts its entire UK operations to renewable energy, after agreeing a contract to source wind power from a wind farm in Scotland

  • Same country - different recycling – see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • The 11th Global Dairy Congress will be opened by Irish Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, followed by Irish Food Board Chief Executive Tara McCarthy and Glanbia Ingredients Chief Executive Jim Bergin. For programme details and online booking go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Israeli flavour house Frutarom records Q1 2017 sales up 17.4% to US$302.5m, with gross profit of US$115.7m

  • French dairy firm Lactalis agrees to acquire German dairy group Omira for an undisclosed sum

  • The UAE announces a 50% tax on carbonated soft drinks and a 100% tax on energy drinks as part of new fiscal measures

  • In Ghana, Danone invests US$25m in its subsidiary Fan Milk, adding three new production lines to its factory in Accra

  • Research from Denmark suggests that eating a small amount of chocolate each week lowers the risk of developing an irregular heart beat

  • The Global Dairy Congress offers a visit to Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse, after a tour of the University College Dublin research farm or the Irish Food Board Consumer Insight Centre. For programme details and online booking go to http://www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Irish food group Greencore reports group revenue of £1.01bn for the fiscal H1 2016/17 - a 46% increase on the same period last year because of changes to its reporting segments and the acquisition of Peacock Foods

  • In the US, Nestlé Waters North America invests US$6m in recycling programmes and infrastructure as part of the Closed Loop Fund, helping to close the country’s 'recycling gap'

  • Orkla Food Ingredients signs a licence agreement with Canadian bioscience company Renaissance to bring its acrylamide-reducing yeast to Europe

  • Research shows that M&A activity slowed in Q1 2017 but suggests that it will pick up later in the year, albeit with most deals being inside national borders

  • In China, Nestlé launches a functional milk powder for its Yiyang brand, which claims to help maintain brain response and memory function as consumers get older

  • Diffusiophoresis – don’t be put off - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • ‘Naturally Healthy’ the theme of this year’s Global Dairy Congress, Dublin 6–8 June. For programme details and online booking go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Campbell Soup Company reports a 1% decline in its fiscal Q3 2016/17 net sales - down from US$1.87bn to US$1.85bn

  • Packaging machinery manufacturer Pro Mach acquires P.E. Labellers, an Italy-based provider of high-speed labelling equipment

  • In Australia, the Craft Beer Industry Association renames itself the Independent Brewers Association and elects not to admit members that are more than 20% owned by large brewing companies or overseas interests

  • In Canada, plans to enforce mandatory GMO labelling on food products is defeated in a parliamentary vote

  • New research suggests that consumption of calcium and vitamin D from food sources lowers the risk of an early menopause in women

  • ‘Buy ONE get the UDDER free’ on all new delegate registrations for the Global Dairy Congress, Dublin 6–8 June. Offer ends today! For programme details and online booking go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Coffee fruit beverage producer KonaRed announces Q1 2017 revenue of US$590,000 - up 295% from US$149,000 in the same quarter last year

  • In Australia, Mondelēz International invests AU$4m (US$2.98m) in new production equipment at its chocolate factory in Hobart, Tasmania

  • In the UK, Coca-Cola European Partners switches to sourcing all electricity for its UK operations from renewable sources

  • PepsiCo joins the New Plastics Economy initiative, signaling its commitment to reducing packaging waste

  • In the US, Barilla launches Barilla Ready Pasta, a line of microwaveable pasta pouches available in four variants

  • Dairy Crest reports fiscal FY 2016/17 revenue of £416.6m - down 1% - though its flagship Cathedral City brand of cheese returns to volume growth and will carry ‘strong momentum’ into the FY ahead

  • New Zealand dairy group Fonterra invests NZ$7m (US$4.82m) in an upgrade to its milk powder manufacturing plant in Malaysia

  • In the US, Mars partners with sustainable agriculture alliance Field to Mark to improve the sustainability of its supply chain

  • In Canada, Molson Coors launches a new Coors Light can with sun-activated ink that changes colour when exposed to sunlight

  • Nestlé UK & Ireland appoints Nestlé Waters Italy President and CEO Stefano Agostini as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Dame Fiona Kendrick

  • US e-commerce soft drinks surprises - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Irish drinks firm C&C Group posts fiscal FY 2016/17 net revenue of €559.5m - down 6.9% - because of volume decline in most of its markets

  • In the US, Anheuser-Busch InBev reveals investment of US$2bn in its brewing operations between now and 2020, including nearly US$500m over the rest of this year

  • UK dried fruit, nut and seed snack producer Whitworths is acquired by Turkish wholesale group Anatolia

  • Orkla Food Ingredients acquires an 80% stake in Danish organic and vegetarian food business SR Food

  • Arla Foods opens a global innovation centre - the result of a multi-million euro investment - in Aarhus, Denmark

  • US-based food manufacturer and distributor AdvancePierre Foods reports Q1 2017 net sales of US$402.7m - up 2% on the year before

  • In the UK, food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group invests £10m in the production of ready meals at its factory in Rogerstone, South Wales

  • Tesco commits to sourcing all of the electricity used in its retail stores and distribution centres from renewable sources by 2030

  • Research suggests promise in China’s infant milk formula category, with volumes being driven by the country’s emerging middle class and the decision to phase out its so-called ‘one-child policy’

  • In the US, Cott Corporation adds seasonal strawberry-watermelon and raspberry lemonade variants of its Vintage Seltzer

  • “Fizzy water makes us fat” - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Japan’s Meiji Holdings reports fiscal FY 2016/17 net sales of JPY1,242bn (US$10.93bn) - a 1.5% increase on the year before

  • German ingredients manufacturer Symrise records Q1 2017 group sales up 4.6% to €765.2m

  • In the US, major confectionery companies including Mars, Nestlé, Ferrero and Lindt follow Hershey’s lead in promising to cut the calorie content of their products by 2022

  • Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) debuts a non-carbonated version of Monster Energy called Monster Hydro, available in tropical thunder, mean green and manic melon variants

  • Heineken is to launch a zero-alcohol, low-calorie beer called Heineken 0.0 in 14 markets worldwide

  • Brazilian food processor BRF posts net revenue for Q1 2017 of BRL7.81bn (US$2.49bn) and gross profit down 28.6% to BRL1.45bn (US$462.17m), in a quarter epitomised by the fallout from a food corruption probe

  • Gruppo Campari announces Q1 2017 net sales up 15% to €376.6m, with pre-tax profit up 56% to €54.4m

  • In Spain, Nestlé invests €37m in a 20% increase in capacity at its Nescafé coffee factory in Girona, in the northeast of the country

  • Unilever leads investment totalling US$9.2m in US-based organic meal delivery company Sun Basket

  • In the US, PepsiCo launches a limited-edition cinnamon variant of Pepsi called Pepsi Fire

  • French dairy group Fromageries Bel posts Q1 2017 sales of €822m - up 12.4% on the same quarter last year

  • European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices Refresco reports Q1 2017 revenue of €524m, with volume increasing 26.4% to 1.67bn litres

  • SodaStream International announces Q1 2017 revenue of US$115.3m - up 14% - with net income increasing 141.8% to US$14.7m

  • In the UK, Camden Town Brewery announces a £30m investment in a new brewing facility in Enfield, North London

  • Diageo will reinvest some of the money saved through cost-cutting initiatives back into advertising, particularly in the US, as it looks to fuel its top line

  • Sugar tax quiz - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

  • Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated reports Q1 2017 net sales of US$865.7m - up 38.4% - while gross profit was 36.1% higher at US$332m

  • US dairy firm Dean Foods posts Q1 2017 net sales of US$2bn - a 6.2% improvement on the same quarter last year

  • Irish dairy co-operative Ornua announces a 9% increase in FY 2016 turnover - up to €1.75bn - partly driven by ‘record sales’ of its Kerrygold brand

  • In the US, Danone’s US subsidiary Dannon is to invest at least US$25m in an expansion to its yogurt production facility in Minster, Ohio

  • In the Netherlands, Heineken says it ‘expects to reach an agreement’ for Dutch food retailer Sligro Food Group to take over the wholesale distribution of its beer and cider portfolio

  • Last call for anyone wishing to attend this year’s UK Soft Drinks Conference! For programme details and to register to attend go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Monster Beverage Corporation posts Q1 2017 net sales of US$742.1m - a 9.1% increase on the same quarter in 2016

  • Tyson Foods reports fiscal H1 2016/17 sales of US$18.27bn - down from US$18.32bn last year - with operating income of US$1.55bn

  • Ingredients firm DSM reveals plans to invest US$25m, with the option for a further US$25m, in a vitamin and nutritional ingredients partnership with bioscience company Amyris

  • In Italy, Nestlé agrees to sell a number of frozen food brands - including La Valle Degli Orti, Mare Fresco and Surgella - to Germany’s Frosta Group

  • Premier Foods renews its global partnership with Mondelēz International, retaining the licence to produce Cadbury-branded cakes and desserts until 2022

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

  • Industry insights from Innocent Drinks, Cawston Press, Britvic, Coca-Cola and more! To book your place and for full programme details go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Kellogg reports Q1 2017 net sales down 4.1% to US$3.25bn, in part because of lower volume consumption

  • Cott Corporation records a 28% increase in Q1 2017 revenue - up from US$698m to US$896m - thanks to particularly good growth in its DS Services and S&D Coffee and Tea divisions

  • Dean Foods announces ‘a minority investment’ in US-based flaxseed milk and yogurt producer Good Karma Foods

  • In the US, Heineken is to acquire the remaining 50% stake in craft brewer Lagunitas Brewing

  • Royal FrieslandCampina launches a new range of finished products in the protein category - including shakes, drinks and bars - under the brand name Vifit Sport

  • Carlsberg posts Q1 2017 revenue of DKK13.7bn (US$2.02bn), helped by 8% growth in Carlsberg and 25% in Grimbergen beer

  • Coca-Cola European Partners reports Q1 2017 revenue of €2.4bn - down 0.5% on a comparable basis - while operating profit was 11% higher at €228m

  • In the US, Anheuser-Busch agrees to acquire Asheville, North Carolina-based Wicked Weed Brewing for an undisclosed amount

  • In the Philippines, Unilever is to target southeast Asia’s halal export market after securing certification for a new factory in Cavite

  • Finnish firm Raisio appoints Jukka Heinänen as its new vice-president of operations

  • ‘Healthy innovation’ - this year’s theme for UK Soft Drinks Conference, London, 11 May. For programme details and online booking go to www.zenithglobal.com/events

  • Mondelēz International reports Q1 2017 revenue of US$6.41bn - a 0.6% decrease on the same period last year - and gross profit of US$2.53bn

  • Kraft Heinz posts Q1 2017 net sales down 3.1% to US$6.36bn, primarily driven by lower consumption in North America

  • Ambev, the Brazilian unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev, reports Q1 2017 net sales of BRL11.24bn (US$3.55bn) - 2.8% lower than last year, despite growth in its overall volumes

  • In Canada, PepsiCo launches a new line of sparkling lemonades under its 7UP brand, available in lemon, white peach and cucumber-mint variants

  • General Mills announces that COO Jeff Harmening will replace Ken Powell as CEO from June

  • Fake news in beverages - see new blog by Zenith Chairman Richard Hall on www.bevblog.net

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