Bitters in cans appeal to younger urban audience

A range of carbonated bitters usually seen in traditional glass bottles are now available in Germany in 33cl cans from canmaking firm Ball Packaging Europe. Haindl's Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale and Tonic Water are being packed in aluminium containers in a bid to address a young, active, urban audience. They are distributed by Rhodius Mineralquellen...

Rexam's sustainability initiative with Carlsberg

Sustainable canmaking innovations in the pursuit of zero-waste in the supply chain are part of an initiative set up by brewer Carlsberg and a group of partners that include Rexam, Europe's leading beverage can manufacturer. Carlsberg's group CSR initiative, called the Carlsberg Circular Community uses the Cradle-to-Cradle design framework, and sees Carlsberg working with its...

Crown completes acquisition of industrial packaging specialist Signode

Leading canmaker Crown has completed the acquisition of a global company that provides industrial and transit packaging systems. Crown said last December that it had agreed to buy Signode Industrial Group from The Carlyle Group. Signode Industrial Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd, which is based in Glenview, Illinois, currently operates in 40 countries, with sales in the region of US$2.3 billion in...

Former employees gather for Crown plant anniversary

November 24: Some 150 current and former employees met last weekend at Crown’s beverage can plant at Olympia, Washington, USA, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Constructed by Continental Can in 1959 to supply the Olympia Brewery and acquired by Crown in 1990, the plant now produces 4.5 million cans a day for customers such as Pepsi, Molson Coors and...

BPA exposure is less than thought: EFSA

Consumers are less exposed to bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make epoxy-phenolic coatings in the canmaking industry, than previously estimated, according to the latest research by the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA).   The research, the first since 2006 carried out by the EFSA, showed that the estimates are less than one percent of...

Water and non-carbs lift US ‘refreshment’ drinks volume

March 20: The US ‘refreshment’ drinks market grew by 1.3 percent last year, reaching 30.17 billion gallons, or 1,165 million hectoliters, according to a report published by Beverage Marketing Corporation. This was despite a accelerating decline in volumes of carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) which fell to slightly less than half of the total volume. Bottled waters, excluding flavoured and...

Global bevcan volumes grow 6% at Rexam

Rexam, one of the world's top three beverage canmaking firms, revealed that it produced 6 percent more cans in 2012, driven by growth in speciality sizes and a recovery of market share in the US, when its year-end results were announced this morning.   Sales at the London-based canmaker were up 1.9 percent year-on-year at £4.31...

Canned drink helps weight loss

Poland’s nutritional supplement food producer ActivLab has launched its Fits Drink in 25cl aluminium slim cans made by canmaking company Ball Packaging Europe (BPE).   Previously only sold in powder form for mixing with still mineral water, Fit Drink is now available ready-to-drink in convenient beverage cans. BPE said that consumers are increasingly making a conscious...

Steel makers campaign to promote two-piece steel drinks cans

A campaign to revive interest in two-piece steel beverage cans has been launched by World Steel Association (Worldsteel).Brussels-based Worldsteel represents the interests of more than 160 steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Its members cover around 85 per cent of world steel production.Objectives of the campaign are to increase consumer awareness of the...

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