Halewood Wines & Spirits expands portfolio In its latest move into artisan spirits, Halewood has taken a stake in the craft vodka brand Vestal. No terms of the deal were disclosed. Read more.

Unilever inks deal with Chinese ecommerce firm The FMCG giant has signed a further agreement with JD.com, to explore sustainable solutions in its supply chain. JD.com and Unilever have an existing distribution relationship, but this new memorandum of understanding will deepen ties between the firms. Read more.

FrieslandCampina commit to paper straws for all European products In its latest green push, the Dutch dairy giant is replacing over 140 million plastic straws with sustainable paper variants by 2021, saving the equivalent of 57,000 kilos of plastic. Read more.

Arla invests £25m to bring Lactofree milk production to the UK The milk company is to switch production of its Lactofree alternative milk range to the UK, amid growing European demand for dairy-free alternatives and widespread shortages of the range in UK supermarkets due to 'supply issues'. Read more.

Native Snacks teams up with Burts in manufacturing deal Native Snacks, the health-focused snack brand, has inked a deal with Burts Snacks to manufacture and distribute its products. The partnership will see the brand launch into Sainsbury’s and Ocado. Read more.

Gousto and Meatless Farm team up for plant-based options The meal kit company has joined forces with the plant-based meat alternatives maker Meatless Farm, in order to expand its UK vegan offering. This development marks the first time that Meatless Farm's products have been used in a recipe kit box. Read more.