Coca-Cola Acquires Full Ownership of Fairlife

The Coca-Cola Company has acquired the remaining stake in dairy producer Fairlife LLC, the company announced on January 3. The soda giant had been a minority investor in Chicago-based Fairlife since 2012, holding a 42.5% stake in the brand through a joint venture partnership with Select Dairy Producers.

New Slice Ventures Acquires Somerset Sparkling Water

New Slice Ventures, a Pennsylvania-based group that re-launched carbonated soft drink line Slice earlier this year, announced yesterday it has acquired caffeinated sparkling water brand Somerset, the second sparkling water in the company’s portfolio.

Naturex Acquires Swedish Oat Fiber

Naturex announces its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Swedish Oat Fiber, a specialised Swedish manufacturer of oat-based extracts and ingredients.

Royal Cup Acquires Icebox Coffee

In a press release last week, Royal Cup announced the closure of the acquisition, which included both the Icebox brand trademark and the New Orleans company’s production facilities. Icebox founder and president Bebe Goodrich has joined Royal Cup as director of liquid product innovation, overseeing the newly formed ready-to-drink arm.

Kill Cliff Fuels Up With Sunrise Investment

Sunrise Strategic Partners, an investment firm with a focus on healthy and sustainable foods, announced Thursday that it has acquired a minority ownership stake in Kill Cliff. The deal marks the eighth investment for the young firm and the first beverage brand addition to its portfolio.

Brynwood Partners Acquires Cold Spring Brewing Co.

Minnesota-based Cold Spring Brewing Company has been acquired by Brynwood Partners, a Connecticut-based private equity firm with existing investments in a variety of food and beverage companies.

PE Firm Acquires Calypso Lemonade Maker

Investment firm Mason Wells has acquired Calypso lemonade parent King Juice Company, Inc. for an undisclosed sum, the Milwaukee-based co-packer announced Tuesday.

Bai Acquisition Still Settling for DPSG

DPSG spent $40 million in expenses for Bai during the spring, the company reported, half of which went toward marketing. An additional $49 million spent toward repaying debt contributed to the company’s 28 percent earnings drop.

Analysts React to Stonyfield Acquisition

In discussing the deal with BevNET, analysts and experts in the organic grocery space noted that while the deal was ostensibly about freeing Danone to secure the bigger prize of acquiring WhiteWave, it also affirms the long-term value of a strong organic brand.

Dean Foods Acquires Uncle Matt’s Organic

In a call with BevNET, Uncle Matt’s CEO Matt McLean said that while there were a variety of potential options for both new investment and acquisition of the company, “we fell in love the Dean Foods team and what they could offer."

Key Takeaways From Whole Foods’ Dialogue with Employees

Following the Friday announcement that e-commerce pioneer Amazon would be purchasing natural products retailer Whole Foods Market, there has been rampant discussion over what the merger means for the retailer and industry. In communications to team members, both through email and a “town hall meeting” at Whole Foods headquarters, some information has come to light.

Reuters: PepsiCo in Talks to Acquire Vita Coco

Reuters has reported that PepsiCo is in talks to acquire All Market Inc, the maker of leading coconut water brand Vita Coco. PepsiCo is offering less than the $1 billion that All Market has sought for the acquisition, according to Reuters, which cited sources familiar with the potential deal.

New Age Beverages Acquires Premier Micronutrient Corporation

The no-cash agreement brings 100 percent of the assets and interests of PMC, its portfolio of products, intellectual property, and the formulas for existing and planned healthy functional beverage products for the pharmacy, medical, sports and military, and other industries.