€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...

Camden Town Brewery to move into £30m facility in July

Camden Town Brewery, the UK craft brewer acquired two years ago by Anheuser-Busch InBev, is planning to open its new £30 million production plant in July.The producer of canned Camden Hells beer has taken over the riverside building at Enfield and is equipping it with higher-capacity canning and bottling lines than its original Kentish Town facility housed under railway...

Colourful graphics on cans promote crafty cocktails

A range of ‘craft’ cocktails launched in the UK exploits the use of dramatic and colourful graphics on cans.Distributed by Tipple Brands, HappyDown is a range of sparkling cocktails that contain only natural flavourings and are said to be targeted at consumers with sophisticated palates. Key to the marketing is the use of 330ml cans with visually striking graphics.The three...

Illinois craft brewer expands into cans

A new canning line has been commissioned by craft brewer Alter Brewing in Illinois and its first canned beers have been distributed this week to local supermarkets.The brewer in Downers Grove, which started up in 2015, recently completed an expansion into four adjacent units, adding 6400 sqft to the existing 8,000 sqft brewery and taproom, according to Brewbound.com.The extra...

More investment in US brewing operations by AB InBev

World leading brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev is increasing its efforts to respond to the changing North American beer market with a boost in investments.As drinkers lap up more diverse craft beers, the brewing giant said it would spend US$500 million in its operations, distribution, packaging, sustainability and technology.That’s up by around $50m to $100m more than the brewer said it...

Bid for Vietnam’s brewer Habeco by Carlsberg is ‘hot and complicated’

Carlsberg, which wants to increase its stake in one of Vietnam’s largest brewers, is finding the negotiations “hot, complicated, and cumbersome”. Chief executive of the Danish brewer Cees’t Hart voiced his concerns during a recent trading statement conference call and added that he had visited Vietnam three times to discuss raising the company’s stake in the State-owned Hanoi Alcohol Beverage...

Cinnamon hots up PepsiCo’s summer sales campaign

As part of a summer sales campaign in the US, PepsiCo is launching a limited-edition version of its cola called Pepsi Fire.Pepsi Fire has a cinnamon flavour and will be available in cans and bottles when the campaign starts on 22 May.The campaign – ‘Get it while it’s hot’ – is aimed at cola fans who find specially-marked packs...

Stella Artois growth provides a lift for Anheuser-Busch InBev

First quarter sales at Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer which acquired SABMiller last year, grew to US$12.9 billion, up 3.7 percent compared with the two companies’ combined sales a year ago.This was despite overall beer volumes declining 0.5 percent at 148 million hectolitres. Net profit was $1.46bn.The quarter was the second as a combined company. Management commented: “Global...

Coca-Cola joint venture plant starts up in China

Production of soft drinks has started at Coca-Cola’s new filling plant at Hebei province in China.The Coca-Cola North plant has four production line and initial capacity to produce 100 million cases. When fully operational the five hectare plant will have nine production lines and be able to produce 250 million cases.Located in Xianghe County, the US$51 million investment is...