California dreaming

It’s decision time for a craft brewer near San Francisco: a canning or bottling line? Richard Estrada reports Craig Carroll has grown up with Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. He began as an 18-year-old bus boy clearing tables and washing beer glasses, and he has risen through the ranks to become director of operations at the brewer located on the Pacific...

Food of the gods marks its centenary

Ambrosia’s canned rice pudding and custard are staples in many home pantries. This year the Devon factory celebrates 100 years of production. John Nutting reports One of the most famous UK canned food brands, Ambrosia, celebrates this year its centenary of manufacturing dairy products in a village in Devon. Now part of the Premier Foods group, the factory is famed for...

Politics and its packaging impact

How will recent political changes affect consumer spending and packaging, asks Arthur Stupay* Recent major political and leadership changes in several western countries raise questions about prospects for the economy and consumer spending. Will the US, Britain and France implement reforms to reduce both individual and corporate taxes? Will public spending programmes for infrastructure spur the economy without causing inflation?...

Clean machine

Higher efficiency in the cleaning of two-piece beverage cans during their manufacture, along with lower energy consumption has been the objective of VMI. John Nutting reports Washers and their associated drying ovens are a key process in the manufacture of D&I two-piece beverage cans. After the bodymakers have formed the can there is residual lubricant on the surface of the aluminium...

Expanding in metal

With the acquisition of Tubettificio, Italy’s Tecnocap has diversified its business to include aluminium aerosol canmaking. Mónica Higuera reportsItaly-based Tecnocap Group makes about 5 billion metal closures a year for glass jars and bottles and for plastics containers, or more than 60,000 tonnes of tinplate and aluminium closures for some of Europe’s largest brands including Nestlé, Barilla and Mars...

Where will innovation take this industry?

The new generation of equipment suppliers ‘listen’ to their customers and offer what they want, says Chris McKenzie As I look back over the past three decades of my career in the canmaking industry, the ebb and flow of design, speed and metal economics has been exciting and revolutionary, followed by prolonged periods of complacency verging on boredom. These leaner...

Easy steps towards lowering recall risks

There are four easy-to-implement steps in reducing the risks of a recall for the canners of low-acid foods, says Greg Jacob* The average cost of a food recall is US$10 million in direct costs, plus the financial harm caused by lost sales and damaged reputation, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).Swiss RE Group, an international insurance company, says that...

Can it be so? Craft beer embraces aluminium!

Aluminium cans are increasingly the packaging of choice as craft brewers develop their businesses in the US, reports Richard EstradaThe aluminium can, once the Cinderella of the US craft brewing industry, has become the belle of the ball in 2017. Craft brewers from California to Maine, Florida to Oregon, are turning to cans as they jockey to become more efficient...

An emphasis on margins over volume

Food can manufacturers Ardagh and Silgan have been responding to market changes in different ways, as the results for the first two quarters of 2017 show, says Arthur Stupay* While the major branded food companies are reformulating products for the changing US market, demand for cans fell, albeit modestly, in the second quarter of 2017. Also, prices of fresh food...

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