In Brief…

UK drinks firm Nichols announces positive results for Q1 2009, driven by strong sales of core brand Vimto, up 11.8%.

In the UK, Red Bull announces a three-year marketing alliance with Live Nation events, becoming the official energy drink at six annual music festivals.

UK drinks firm Nichols plans to relaunch its core brand Vimto, supported by a £5m marketing campaign.

Groupe Danone’s US subsidiary Dannon presents Danish ingredients firm Chr Hansen with its overall supplier of the year award.

UK dairy producer Meadow Foods acquires Nene Valley Foods, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of Britain Processing, for an undisclosed sum.

In Germany, Red Bull Cola is taken off the shelves in six states after the product was found to contain traces of cocaine.

UK-based Tate & Lyle reports a 24% rise in FY 2008 sales to £3.55bn, whilst net profit falls 66% to £65m.

Private equity group Permira sells its 14% stake in British soft drinks group Britvic.

Skinny Nutritional Corpora­tion enters into agreement with Peace Mountain Natural Beverages to acquire ‘Skinny Water’ and other related ‘Skinny’ trademarks for US$750,000.

UK-based Tate & Lyle halts production at its Alabama sucralose plant, moving all sucralose production to its facility in Singapore.

AG Barr posts a 22.5% increase in Q1 2009 revenue with the accelerated integration of Rubicon helping to offset currency weakness and increased input costs.

Daniel Carasso – whose father named Danone yogurt after him in 1919, and who set up the brand in France 10 years later – died on Sunday 17 May, aged 103.

Food and Drug Administration of Jordan bans Red Bull Cola following findings in Germany that the drink contains traces of cocaine.

In the UK, GlaxoSmithKline launches £12m multimedia advertising campaign for Lucozade Energy featuring new strapline ‘Do More’.

Cobra Beer’s UK operations are bought out of administration by a joint venture between Molson Coors and Cobra founder Lord Karan Bilimoria, for an undisclosed sum.

Swedish packaging company Tetra Pak plans a E200m investment in building new plants in emerging markets, as demand for packaged milk rises.

Britvic Soft Drinks launches a ‘Wimbledon, Imagine’ TV campaign to celebrate its Robinsons brand sponsoring the iconic tennis tournament.

Dairy Farmers of Britain goes into receivership, putting 2,200 jobs at risk.

US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy proposes new standards for beverage vending machines to cut energy use by up to 42%.

GlaxoSmithKline signs a cross-platform deal with Channel 4 for its Lucozade Energy brand to sponsor Big Brother series 10.

In the US, PepsiCo takes Coca-Cola Company to court over whether a nationwide advertising campaign falsely claimed Gatorade sports drink was missing electrolytes.

Kraft Foods expects its sales in China to rise more than 10% in 2009 despite the global recession.

Schweppes Australia reportedly plans to increase the price of its beverages by up to 10% to improve its margins after a period of discounting prior to its takeover by Japan’s Asahi Breweries.

According to reports, PepsiCo India plans to launch an ‘ultra-cheap’ soft drink that claims to help fight anaemia in women in rural areas of the country.

In the UK, Danone Waters’ Wimbledon marketing campaign for its Evian brand includes innovative heat-activated digital escalator panels on the London Underground.

TG-Gold-Super-Markt, based in Reutlingen, Germany, plans to have ‘a substantial number’ of gold vending machines up and running in airports and train stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with hopes for 500 around the world.

Danish ingredients firm Danisco reports a 6% increase in FY 2008/09 revenue to DKK13.0bn, with organic growth of 4%.

In the US, Beverage Holdings, parent company of Sunny Delight Beverages Company, acquires superfruit juice producer Bossa Nova for an undisclosed sum.

According to reports, Nestlé Waters plans to create a pan-European advertising campaign encompassing all of its bottled water brands.

In China, PepsiCo opens new ‘green’ drink plant and expects to build five more plants in the country over the next two years as part of a US$1bn investment plan.

Highland Spring becomes official sponsor of the HIHO Windsurfing Competition 2009 for the seventh year running.