Asymmetric shaping for aluminium bottles to be launched by Montebello

A process developed by Canada’s Montebello Packaging could soon be manufacturing aluminium bottles in asymmetric shapes with minimum orders down to 30,000 units.Primarily an aluminium tube packaging manufacturer, Montebello expects to be able to offer the novel bottles from the start of the fourth quarter of 2017.It calls the custom-shaped aluminium bottles uShape and says that the technology enables...

Beverage can market in Asia promises growth for Crown

Higher global beverage can volumes, with good results in Asia, contributed to slightly improved sales for canmaker Crown Holdings in the second quarter. Sales of US$2.16 billion, up almost 1 percent from the same period in 2016, would have been better but for $48m of unfavourable currency translation.Higher costs hit operational income, which slipped to $271m from $295m, and...

Higher-quality ends for luncheon-meat cans from G&M

Denmark-based canmaker Glud & Marstrand has invested in a new production line to optimise the production of ends for luncheon-meat (LM) cans.The line is dedicated to the manufacture of loose ends that fit 93x47mm LM cans.The new end is die curled, which is said to ensure a considerably more consistent quality, something that should in turn lead to a...

Innovation revealed in MiniVault coffee can from Crown

More technical details of the MiniVault can developed by Crown Beverage Packaging North America for coffee maker La Colombe have been revealed.The MiniVault can packs under pressure a precise amount of ground La Colombe house coffee for use in home brewers.It follows the successful launch last year of Draft Latte, a crafted coffee drink using Crown’s InnoValve technology.La Colombe...

Crown and Princes launch ‘Love Canned Food’ campaign

Food canner Princes and canmaker Crown Food Europe have collaborated to launch the ‘Love Canned Food’ campaign in the UK in a bid to raise awareness of the positive benefits of canned food.The campaign is promoting the advantages of buying canned food including quality, taste, value, convenience, and sustainability, and hoping to dispel common myths surrounding canned food by...

Oregon food canning operation to be bought by Seneca Foods

Norpac Foods, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Oregon, USA, is selling its vegetable canning business to Seneca Foods, the billion-dollar operation with plants across North America.The terms of the deal were not revealed when Norpac chief executive Shawn Campbell announced the deal but said that the canning business had become a small part of its operations in the Willamette...

Restart for the smelter at Alcoa’s Warrick aluminium coil mill

The competitiveness of Alcoa’s Warrick aluminium rolling mill in Indiana, which supplies the food and beverage can industry, is expected to improve with the restart of three of five idled potlines.Alcoa says the process to restart the smelter’s three lines at the site near Evansville, with 161,400 metric tons of annual capacity, will begin immediately and is expected to...

Super heroes feature on Crown’s Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance packs

Continuing a two-decade relationship between French haute-couture fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and canmaker Crown, a new range of fragrance packs have been launched.The secondary tinplate containers manufactured by Crown Aerosols & Specialty Packaging Europe feature images of the popular Superman and Wonder Woman superhero characters above the strapline ‘I Love Gaultier.’Looking as if they are ‘bursting’ out of...

Crown to invest €66 million in Spain, reports say

Crown Holdings reportedly plans to build a new beverage canmaking plant in Valencia, Spain.According to Spanish press reports, Crown plans to invest €66 million (US$75m) to build a beverage can plant at the Parc Sagunt industrial park in Valencia, on the country’s east coast, around 30km from a Coca-Cola filling plant.Crown will occupy a site of nearly 65,000 square...