Tariff exemption requested for aluminium canstock

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) is urging the US Department of Commerce to exempt aluminium can sheet from any tariff or other trade action. In a submission, the trade association says that canstock poses no security risk and that any import barriers have the potential to increase can costs. One underlying difficulty for the canmaking industry is that primary aluminium...

Ball highlights sustainability milestones

Ball Corporation has released details of the major milestones it achieved in 2016 which are tied to its previously announced sustainability priorities.In a statement, chief executive John Hayes said, "2016 was a significant year in Ball's history and on our sustainability journey. We became a larger, more global company, began integrating new plants and employees into our sustainability mindset,...

Longer shelf life for La Colombe’s canned ground coffee

La Colombe Coffee Roasters, the US café chain that launched Draft Latte in cans developed by Crown, has developed a new idea – ground coffee in cans.Coffee Vaults are aluminium cans filled with pre-measured, pre-ground coffee, enabling it’s said to replicate barista-prepared drinks.Because the ground coffee is packed under pressure in the cans, its shelf life is extended five...

Ball donates a million cans to Can’d Aid water-crisis foundation

Canmaker Ball Corporation is increasing its commitment to providing help in the wake of disasters with the donation of one million aluminium beverage cans to the CAN’d Aid Foundation.It will enable the continuing partnership to improve its response in delivering clean drinking water to the victims of flooding and other disasters, such as the recent Flint, Michigan, water crisis.Ball,...

Former Ball chief to set up metal bottle plants

A newly-formed independent manufacturer is planning to offer lightweight aluminium bottles to brewers in Europe who are looking for more stylish containers that match the look of glass.Helvetia Metal Bottles Co is being led by former Ball president in Europe Jan Driessens, who is also a member of The Canmaker magazine’s editorial board.Driessens has been working with canmaking equipment...

Packaging innovation award goes to Crown’s Peelfit can

An easy-open foil-membrane-sealed can developed by Crown Food Europe has won the Gold Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.Said to enhance convenience, lightweighting and product protection, Crown’s Peelfit can was highlighted as a “standout” product in the ‘Technological advancement’ and ‘Responsible packaging’ categories of the global competition.Developed for the dry food sector, the Peelfit can employs...

Exotic rum-based cocktails launched in slim cans

A range of three ready-to-serve canned cocktails has been launched in the UK by the team behind London tiki club Mahiki.The 250ml slim cans are distributed by Cellar Trends and are aimed at both the on- and off-trade. The cans will be sampled at rum festivals throughout the year in London, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh plus a...

‘BPA-free’ epoxies appear in California beverage cans

First US application of ‘new generation’ internal beverage can coatings that replace BPA epoxies is in California, in response to the Proposition 65 list.From last January Proposition 65 called for retailers to alert consumers to the possibility that chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm could be used in retail products,...

Trump called by canned food industry to exclude tinplate from import tariffs

Canmakers and their customers in the US have written to President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asking them to exclude tinplate used for packaging from proposed import tariffs.The tariffs are being considered by the US government as part of limits on imported steel used in defense or national security applications.In the letter, signed by 20 groups representing...