PepsiCohas 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 fromYottaMark 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 ofGeneral Mills, has been given the additional title of chairman. He will replaceSteve Sanger, who was elected chairman in 1995.
Spirits marketerPernod Ricardhas acquired Sweden’sVin & Spritgroup, suppliers of Absolut vodka. The purchase price was $8.74 billion, including debt.
UK supermarket chainWaitrosehas 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 groupCalon Wen, is marketed under the name Eco Pak.
Salty-snack manufacturerShearer’s Foodshas 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.
Underwriters Laboratorieshas introduced a certification program and packaging seal for bottled water. The seal means the water was produced at plants audited by UL and in compliance with quality and safety standards established by theInternational Bottled Water Association.