Golden opportunity

San Diego is a hotspot of craft brewing where hundreds of start-ups are providing fertile ground for canning equipment suppliers to sell their wares. Richard Estrada reports Long before Benchmark Brewing opened its doors, it was committed to putting taste-driven craft beer into aluminium cans. Four years after joining the booming industry, the San Diego, California-based brewer says that decision...

Dissolved oxygen: the enemy of quality

Vermont Hard Cider is exploiting the use of membrane technology to ensure high quality and long shelf life for its canned products. John Nutting reports Controlling dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in beverages during their production is vital to ensure consistent product quality and shelf life. This is particularly true in canning, where high DO levels are capable of breaking down...

Going for growth

A specialist in conveying and handling systems has found growth in supplying the emerging craft beer, wine and coffee industry. John Nutting reports Like anyone who has been successfully supplying equipment to the canmaking industry, Jared Jones has long been on high alert about the amount of business offered by the emerging craft brewing sector in the US.Jones is operations chief...

Encouraging results

Highly-automated decorating presses and digital printing systems are being adopted by the canmaking industry, but rebuilt lines also have a role to play. John Nutting reports While the highlights in the metal decorating sector this year have been the launch of highly-automated systems with the potential to further improve productivity and flexibility, enabling canmakers to more quickly respond to customer needs,...

The future proofing of can coatings

How is the French ban on bisphenol-A in food and drinks packaging affecting the canmaking industry? Jan Weernink* looks at the latest developments When a law was introduced in France in 2015 which prohibited the use of the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in packaging of any kind, it sent shock waves throughout the global canmaking industry.The law, which followed...

Growing sustainably

Italy-based closures manufacturer Pelliconi is expanding its geographical footprint and product offer. Mónica Higuera reports A year ago, Italian closures manufacturer Pelliconi opened a new manufacturing plant near Shanghai in China. Pelliconi Suzhou Closures Manufacturing Co Ltd supplies Carlsberg with Maxi P-26 closures, the aluminium ring-pull bottle caps made on production lines supplied by Sacmi Imola.“In this market we will...

Going back to school

Former Alcoa and Coca-Cola executive Scott Biondich shares what he gained from working on a project at a design school in Atlanta A few years ago I was a 50 plus year-old professional at Coca-Cola trying to ideate and develop packaging innovations that would have broad consumer appeal. We wanted to use these innovations to bring new consumers into the...

Global dynamism

New growth markets and innovation have been spurring the take up of cans. Arthur Stupay reports While the North American canmaking market was flat-to-down in most segments, the global canmakers showed improved results in the second quarter, with a favourable outlook for the year. There are a number of factors at play, all of which are helping.First is the dynamism...

The hunt for the perfect nitro coffee

Minor Figures, a UK coffee start-up, has teamed up with Ardagh Group to create an innovative new coffee product: nitro cold-brew coffee in a can.  John Nutting reports Around the globe, consumers are drinking increasingly complex and premium coffee beverages. In 2016, 59 percent of the coffee drinks sold in the US were considered ‘gourmet’, using sophisticated blends, novel mixtures and innovative brewing...

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