Packager News Briefs
PepsiCo has announced plans to acquire V Water, a brand of vitamin-enhanced bottled water in the United Kingdom.
Driscoll’s, a Watsonville, Calif.-based company that claims to be the world’s largest berry packager, has instituted a unit-level traceability system from YottaMark Inc. Under the system, trade-named HarvestMark, label codes will allow consumers and others to track product back through the production chain via a webpage.
Ken Powell, CEO of General Mills, has been given the additional title of chairman. He will replace Steve Sanger, who was elected chairman in 1995.
Spirits marketer Pernod Ricard has acquired Sweden’s Vin & Sprit group, suppliers of Absolut vodka. The purchase price was $8.74 billion, including debt.
UK supermarket chain Waitrose has begun selling milk in plastic bags, giving consumers the option of buying an empty, reusable jug to store the milk immediately before consumption. The organic milk, sourced from organic farming group Calon Wen, is marketed under the name Eco Pak.
Salty-snack manufacturer Shearer’s Foods has announced plans to move its corporate headquarters and main manufacturing plant to a 150,000-square-foot site in Massillon, Ohio. Groundbreaking is planned for mid-July, with production scheduled to begin next summer.