World Cup drinks can boost in Brazil

The beverage canmaking industry in Brazil was boosted by more than one-third by the FIFA World Cup, aluminium canstock manufacturer Novelis has estimated. During the four-week tournament, which ran from June 12 to July 13, Novelis projected that more than 2 billion aluminium drinks cans were sold – representing an increase of 35-percent on the same...

Mexico’s La Costeña gets foothold in the US

April 27: Mexican food company Conservas La Costeña will start up its first operation in the US in June this year to make and fill bean cans. “We want to get a foothold in the US for our products,” director of operations Juan Carlos López told The Canmaker while visiting Cannex this week in Las Vegas. Called...

Cans made from 100 per cent recycled steel to be shown at Interpack

A tinplate can made from 100 per cent recycled steel will be exhibited by Hoffmann Neopac at this year’s Interpack packaging show, which takes place at Düsseldorf in Germany from 7-13 May.The RecyCan is said to be ideal for various premium organic and speciality products and is the latest addition to Hoffmann's EcoDesign portfolio which includes containers made from...

Stay-on-tab factory celebrates 40 years

Drink cans with tabs that stay on the lid after opening are an accepted part of modern culture. They've been with us for 35 years, and today the canmaking plant where they were first developed celebrates its opening four decades ago. At the factory in Bristol, Virginia, USA, more than 500 employees, former employees, family members and friends will...

Steel can recycling promoted in Australia

Australia’s NCI Packaging is printing a ‘recyclable steel’ logo on the bottom of its cans. It follows an upgrade to its printing equipment so logos as well as numbers and lettering could be produced, and a request from the Steel Can Recycling Council to promote the use of the recycling symbol.

New world can recycling record in Brazil

November 23: Beverage can recycling rates in Brazil are keeping pace with the rapid increase in demand for canned beer and soft drinks in the local market, and at more than 98 percent have reached the highest levels recorded anywhere in the world. Renault Castro, chief executive of the Brazilian Association of Highly Recyclable Cans (Abralatas), detailed the recycling...

Germany’s Rasselstein to increase tinplate prices

March 28: Driven by rising costs, German tinplate maker Rasselstein has announced plans to increase prices for deliveries in 2009. Speaking to journalists in Düsseldorf earlier this week, Rasselstein’s chief executive Dr Ulrich Roeske said: “Never before have we experienced such a simultaneous explosion in the costs of almost all our input materials. “With ore prices set...

Pumpkin pie in the sky

November 24: Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without pumpkin pie. But a shortage of canned pumpkin pie filling could mean that some American dinner tables will have to go without the treat this year. Ohio-based Nestlé Baking, a subsidiary of Nestlé USA whose Libby’s brand makes up nearly 90 percent of the canned pumpkin market, said last week that...

Environment-savvy beverage consumers boosting aluminium demand, says Novelis

Green-minded consumers’ growing preference for metal packaging over plastic is helping to boost demand for aluminium, according to global canstock supplier Novelis.Emilio Braghi, president of the European arm of the world’s largest producer of aluminium canstock, said the metal’s endless recyclability would make it a key component of a more environmentally-friendly future.“Consumers want more sustainable beverage packaging options, which...

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