More investment for Chicken of the Sea canning plant

Leading US tuna canner Chicken of the Sea is planning a technology upgrade at its processing plant in Lyons, Georgia.It is investing US$1.4 million in a new quality-control system and canning line that will be completed in December 2017.The quality control upgrade involves the installation of a high-speed camera system on the line.Chicken of the Sea had invested $20m...

AB InBev and Anadolu Efes team up in Russia and Ukraine

The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Turkey’s leading brewer Anadolu Efes are to combine their businesses in Russia and Ukraine.The 50:50 merger follows AB InBev’s acquisition of a 24 percent stake in Anadolu Efes as part of its deal with SABMiller which was completed in October 2016.The combination of the companies’ operations in Russia and Ukraine is intended...

Lifting of licence suspension opens up China to Bellamy’s

Australian infant formula specialist Bellamy’s is back on target to can its own products now that a licence allowing it to export to China has been reinstated.The Tasmania-based producer of Bellamy’s Organic had bought the Breaside canning facility of Campderdown Powder Pty Ltd for A$28.5 million in June.The acquisition came with key Certification Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic...

Foil tops add a premium look to canned Estrella Jalisco beer

Estrella Jalisco, an authentic Mexican beer that been brewed for more than 100 years, has been launched in the US with foil top seals applied to its cans.It is thought to be the first time that the seals have been used on a leading beer brand in the US to provide a premium look.The seals are printed using the...

Branded canned foods drive growth at Century Pacific

Sales at the largest food canner in the Philippines, Century Pacific Food (CNPF), grew by 23 percent in the first half of the year to Php16.05 billion (US$312 million).The firm behind brands such as Century Tuna, Argentina, 555, Angel and Birch Tree said that the growth was driven by its branded consumer food business and a strong recovery in...

Mobile canner Iron Heart to double capacity in the US

The largest truck-based canning service in the US, Iron Heart Mobile Canning, has expanded its scope in the south with the acquisition of Toucan Mobile Canning LLC.New Hampshire-based Iron Heart currently operates 26 mobile canning lines servicing 250 breweries, cideries, wineries and coffee roasters in 18 eastern states, last year filling some 17 million cans.The company was founded by...

KHS aims its latest can filling machine at craft brewers

A can filling and closing machine that features all the technical innovations of the KHS Group’s high-end offerings has been designed for easy installation and to meet the lower-capacity needs of small to medium-sized craft brewers.The Innofill CAN Compact is configured for low to medium outputs of 10,000 to 48,000 cans per hour. The compact filler and seamer combination...

Japan’s Sapporo gets into US craft brewing

Japanese drinks firm Sapporo has bought the craft brewer of Anchor Steam Beer in San Francisco with plans to continue its local traditions and legacy while growing the brand globally.Anchor Brewing Co has been producing its Steam Beer since 1896 and with 160 employees produces 1.75 million cases of beer a year worth $33 million.The terms of the deal...

Sugary drinks tax reinstated in Chicago

A local judge in the US city of Chicago has ruled to lift a temporary ban on the controversial tax on sweetened beverages that was narrowly approved by the county board last year.Now in effect in Cook County, it makes Chicago the most populous American city to adopt the one-penny-per-ounce tax legislation, which aims to move consumers away from...

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