New canning line to be installed in Zaragoza

Spanish-based specialist in canned vegetables, pickles and pulses Vega del Ebro is to install a new canning line at its facility in Tauste, near Zaragoza in Spain, to pack squid, tuna and sardines for the first time.Vega del Ebro is investing €2m (US$2.4m) in the installation of the new line, which will be operational by July and will create...

Heineken buys a stake in Central American brewer

Dutch-based global brewer Heineken has acquired a minority stake in the Belize Brewing Company for an undisclosed sum.Beer market leader in Belize, the central-American country, and a subsidiary of Bowen & Bowen, the brewer of the Belikin brand has been an importer and distributor of Heineken products since 2016.Marc Busain, president of the Americas at Heineken, said: "We are...

Sales up at Anheuser-Busch InBev despite volume weakness in US and Brazil

Global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev increased its sales in the first quarter of 2018 despite the continuing decline in beer volumes in North America and weakness in Brazil.Sales increased 4.7 percent to US$13.07 billion, but net profit slipped 24 percent to $1.35bn, compared with the same period last year.Although worldwide beer volume was down 0.2 percent at 135 million hectolitres,...

Strong global growth projected for infant formula products

Demand for infant formula products, which mostly use decorated tinplate cans, is projected to grow at an annual rate of 10 percent over the next ten years, reaching a market value of US$33 billion.That’s the conclusion of a report by Future Market Insights (FMI) which also details trends and market dynamics.Higher birth rates in developing regions are expected to...

Thai Union expands with Russia canned tuna acquisition

World-leading canned tuna producer Thai Union is planning expansion with the acquisition of a 45 percent share in TUMD Luxembourg Sarl, which owns three packers in Russia collectively known as the DPR Group.Said to be Russia’s top canned tuna producer, DPR has yearly sales of about US$45 million. The value of Thai Union’s planned investment is estimated to be...

Scots gin manufacturer launches pre-mixes in slim cans

Scots-based distiller Edinburgh Gin has launched a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) formats in 250ml slim cans supplied by canmaker Crown.The range includes premixed drinks such as Edinburgh Gin mixed with tonic water (G&T) and Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liquer mixed with ginger ale.Edinburgh Gin says that the format extension is in response to consumer demand for premium RTD...

Nestlé to market Starbucks products in $7bn deal

Swiss food giant Nestlé is to buy the rights to market Starbucks consumer and foodservice products globally, away from the US-based company’s coffee shops.As part of the transaction, Starbucks will receive an up-front cash payment of US$7.15 billion for a business which generated sales of $2bn last year. The transaction does not include the transfer of any fixed assets.More...

Hydrogen-powered trucks to help Anheuser-Busch reach sustainable goals

Budweiser beer could soon be shipped from Anheuser-Busch InBev breweries in the US using zero-emission trucks powered by hydrogen gas.Hundreds of the hydrogen-powered electric semi trailers have been ordered by Anheuser-Busch InBev from Nikola Motor Company.The trucks – which will be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles and be refilled within 20 minutes – are expected to...

Arol forms partnership with cosmetics firm

Capping systems firm Arol has formed a partnership with cosmetics fillers and cappers business Tirelli, which will expand each company’s product portfolio and services.The partnership supports Arol’s growth strategy and industry goals of expanding its offerings in related areas and integrating these with high-tech machines for primary packaging.Tirelli’s experience in the cosmetic sector is being added to the Arol’s...

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