Slim and sleek Coke canning expansion for Baltimore plant

New canning lines have been added at a US Coca-Cola plant in Baltimore, Maryland.The US$10 million upgrade at the 154,000 sqft facility enables it to now fill 7.5oz slim soda cans and 12oz sleek cans for products that include Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Coke Zero.The East Baltimore plant was bought in 2016 by Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated (CCBC)...

Organic canned foods to be sold on-line by Amazon

Canned foods are among the organic products that will be sold through on-line retailer Amazon when it completes the acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc.Whole Foods Market is the US’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket with more than 460 stores in North America and the United Kingdom and yearly sales of US$16 billion. The US$13.7 billion all-cash deal...

Misbranded canned foods recalled by Conagra

Food canner Conagra Brands has recalled several hundred thousand pounds of canned products in the US because of misbranding.In an announcement made earlier this month the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said that canned of spaghetti and meatball products totalling more than 700,000 pounds and produced in January were being recalled.The problem was discovered...

Lifeline for Australian canned infant formula manufacturer

Bellamy’s Organic, the Australian producer of canned infant formula that six months ago was hit by a leadership crisis, has bought its own canning plant in Melbourne, which means it will have its own export license for shipping product to China, a key market.Until now, Bellamy’s had been sub-contracting its domestic and China-bound infant formula and toddler milk powder...

Bootleg Budweiser canning line video goes viral

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A video of a bootleg Budweiser can-filling factory in China has gone viral on the internet.Circulated by an anonymous user of WeChat, the video shows what appears to be empty cans being washed in a tub by workers and placed on a production line.Then the viewer realises that the tub actually contains the beer: the cans are tipped into...

Leading canned seafood manufacturer recognised by Greenpeace

Global seafood manufacturer Thai Union, which has just published its latest sustainability report, has been recognised by Greenpeace as a leader for positive change in the seafood industry.Members of the campaign group presented an award to the Bangkok-based producer of canned seafood brands such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, King Oscar and Rugen Fisch,...

Wesson cooking oil brand to be sold to J M Smucker

Packaged food giant Conagra Brands has agreed to sell its Wesson cooking oil brands to J M Smucker Co in a deal worth US$285 million.The move is part of US-based Conagra’s plan to divest private-label and condiments businesses and focus on its branded foods such as Hunt’s, Bertolli, Reddi Wip and Frontera.“We continue to reshape our portfolio and focus...

Spam helps grocery products sales increase at Hormel Foods

Strong performance of the Spam brand contributed to higher sales of grocery products at US-based Hormel Foods, in its second quarter fiscal 2017 results.The canned luncheon meat helped lift sales by 8 percent in the grocery sector, which represents a fifth of overall net sales and almost a quarter of segment operating profit for Austin, Minnesota, food manufacturer.But following...

€100m funding for Galician fish canners

The government in the autonomous region of Galicia, in north-west Spain, has pledged to invest 100 million euros ($108.9m) in the seafood canning industry, supported by the European Union and the Spanish government.The funding will be used to “seek to add value to every product” and is aimed at supporting the industry and helping the region to “continue to...