Did you know?... Lidl has appointed Roman Heini, the former joint managing director of Aldi Süd's UK operation, as the new chairman of its US division, effective 1 March. Heini joined Lidl last October, and is set to relocate to the group's US headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to collaborate with the management team led by chief executive Johannes Fieber.
Did you know?... PepsiCo has completed the acquisition of Pipers Crisps, following approval from the CMA. The premium crisp brand complements PepsiCo’s existing savoury snacks portfolio. Pipers’ award-winning range of crisps will continue to be sold in the Out of Home channel, including pubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels and farm shops, both in the UK and abroad.
Did you know?... British online supermarket Ocado said on Thursday firefighters were expected to remain at its complex in southern England for at least the next few days as they continue to bring a devastating blaze under control. Emergency services have been tackling the fire at the highly automated site full of robots in Andover since the early hours of Tuesday.
Did you know?... The Coca-Cola Company has announced it will launch its first new trademark Coca-Cola flavour in the US in more than a decade, just weeks after expanding its Diet Coke portfolio. Orange Vanilla Coke and Orange Vanilla Coke Zero Sugar will be available as of 25 February. The company had considered three other flavours – raspberry, lemon and ginger – but the combination of orange and vanilla emerged as the favourite among focus groups.
Did you know?... Danone North America has opened a new building at its DuBois, Pennsylvania, facility to increase production of its plant-based foods. Following a multi-million-dollar investment, the facility will now produce Vega yoghurt alternatives and nutritional powders, as well as Silk yoghurt alternatives and So Delicious Dairy Free yoghurt alternatives and dairy-free cheese shreds.
Did you know?... AB InBev’s venture capital division ZX Ventures has fully acquired US-based consumer review website RateBeer. RateBeer founder Joe Tucker announced the deal, which will see the company look to expand in Australia. The acquisition comes after AB InBev bought a minority stake in the firm in 2016, a deal that was not made public until 2017.
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