Craft brewers fight the coronavirus with canned sanitiser

Craft brewers in Canada are using spare capacity to fight the coronavirus by canning hand sanitiser.While Farmery Estate Brewery continues to produce beer at Neepawa in Manitoba, its skills with alcohol are being utilised to pack the sanitiser in 16oz aluminium cans for use in hand washing.Co-owner Lawrence Warwaruk told the local Brandon Sun newspaper that he hopes that...

Larger food end from China aids with stackability

An end manufacturer in China has developed a new 155mm size to meet the specific needs of a canned tomato products customer.The traditional size for this food end has been 153mm (603), but Fujian Xianhe Package Co, located south east coastal city of Zhangzhou, is producing the new size to enable cans to be stacked more easily.Fujian Xianhe is...

Iced coffee range comes in Ball’s slim cans

British iced coffee brand Jimmy’s has launched a wider range of its products in 250ml slim cans supplied by Ball.The two-tone design of the label is said to be cleaner to align with the new logo for Dorset-based Jimmy’s, which originally used cartons for its products.Cans were first used for Jimmy's Flat White coffee last year, and following the...

Steelmaker Thyssenkrupp agrees deal with unions on job cuts

German steel producer Thyssenkrupp has reached a deal with unions on a short-term ‘Corona crisis package’ and a longer-term strategy to make it more competitive.Thyssenkrupp, whose Rasselstein mill at Andernach is a key packaging steel supplier to canmakers, has been working with IG Metall metalworkers’ union to work out a response to falling demand as customers cut back during...

Equipment manufacturer Sunking in China returns to safe working

Canmaking equipment maker Hangzhou Sunking Machinery Manufacturing in China has started production again following an enforced shutdown during the coronavirus epidemic.Sunking, which is located in the Yuhang District of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and makes systems for producing peel-off ends (POE), adopted government advice and measures for safe working following the outbreak to avoid any future cross-contamination between staff.Set up...

Colep loses valued member of its management team

Consumer goods packaging group Colep has announced the death of José Delgado, a loved and valued member of their team. He passed away in hospital on 22 March after a short illness.Delgado worked at Colep for most of his career with the company, with this year having been his 25th. In his role as commercial director of Colep’s Packaging...

Coronavirus will impede growth despite gains in food cans, says Nampak

Nampak, Africa’s largest packaging group, expects growth over the coming year to be hit by fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic, despite any short-term gains from rising demand for food cans.Global economic conditions have been challenging since 2018 but are set to worsen because of coronavirus as economies shift their focus towards containing its spread and eradication, the canmaker reported...

Belgian beer sold in aluminium bottles

Aluminium bottles are being used for the limited-edition launch by Anheuser-Busch in Washington DC of Hoegaarden Cherry Blossom.The introduction of the 5.6% ABV beer is being timed to coincide with the US capital’s cherry blossom season, with the Belgian-style wheat beer offering “a smooth, refreshing taste infused with botanicals and natural goodness”.The 16oz bottles that use crown corks are...

Canmakers in demand as brewers switch from keg to can

Canmakers may see orders rise as brewers explore canning more beer to make up for trade lost from global closures of pubs and restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.The closures, forced by some governments worldwide including the UK and US to slow the spread of the scourge, are adversely affecting the bottom lines of beer makers that package their brews in...

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