In Brief…

UK soft drinks company AG Barr posts a 14.4% increase in FY2008 sales to £169.7m, with an 8% rise in sales of its flagship Irn-Bru brand.

In the US, PepsiCo tests greener vending machines as part of an initiative to reduce its environmental footprint.

According to Beverage Digest, US carbonated soft drinks volume fell by 3% in 2008.

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Icelandic Water Holdings signs an exclusive two-year in-flight agreement with Icelandair for its premium bottled water brand Icelandic Glacial.

As an official global partner of the ICC, PepsiCo India launches marketing campaign ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in England in June 2009.

A bill sponsored by Tennessee State Senator Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, would force vending operators to either use energy-efficient lights for the front panels of vending machines on state property, or else just leave the machines unlit.

Kraft Foodservice has announced the appointment of Fred S. Paglia to Vice President and General Manager, Kraft Foodservice.

Swiss flavours company Givaudan posts a 7.3% decline in Q1 2009 sales to CHF976.1m, due to customers running down stocks.

In the UK, GlaxoSmithKline reportedly plans to discontinue its Ribena 100% Pure Juices, that were launched May 2008.

US-based Beam Global Spirits & Wine launches an international sales and distribution alliance with Scottish spirits company The Edrington Group.

Innocent Drinks sells a minority stake of between 10%-20% to Coca-Cola Company for £30m, to help fund European expansion.

Diageo and Japan`s Kirin Holdings form a joint venture named Diageo Kirin Company, to distribute Diageo`s alcohol brands in Japan.

In France, Nestlé Waters plans to invest E18m in its Vittel and Contrexéville bottling plants in the Vosges region.

PepsiCo, producer of Gatorade, sues Coca-Cola Company over new advertising for its Powerade brand, implying that Gatorade is ‘an incomplete sports drink’.

In India, Wadia Group reportedly purchases its joint venture partner Danone’s 25.5% stake in Britannia Industries, for an undisclosed sum.

Irish dairy company Glanbia and the Greater Southwest Agency announce a US$90m investment in their US joint venture whey and cheese business, Southwest Cheese.

Innocent Drinks launches This Water brand in three variants across the on-trade channel in 275ml glass bottles.

Highland Spring plans an aggressive strategy to surpass Danone Waters’ Evian brand as the number one bottled water in the UK by volume through a new brand campaign.

In the UK, Dairy Crest announces retailers such as Waitrose and Sainsbury’s have agreed to further roll-out its reusable milk bags and reusable jugs to 200 stores nationwide.