Extended range for ready-to-eat meals

May 21:A range of bowl-shaped metal containers suitable for packaging single-serve ready-to-eat meals, such as tuna and meat salads, pâtés and spreads, puddings, fruits and cream desserts, has been extended by Crown Food Europe. Made for use with full-aperture easy-open ends such as Crown’s full-aperture steel Eole and aluminium-foil PeelSeam, the bowls are said to...

Eukanuba pet food can wins decorators award

May 20: A printed six-and-a-half gallon metal can for Eukanuba dog food won the Grand Award at the 2006 Excellence in Quality prizes presented by the International Metal Decorators Association during its annual convention last week. The awards are made to recognise the skills of metal lithographers for packaging and signage. The Eukunaba container...

Canmakers start lobbying in Brussels

May 12: Top level talks between canmakers and Members of the European Parliament start in Brussels next month. They are expected to pave the way for waste legislation that is more favourable to metal packaging. Delegates are expected to attend the sessions to discuss the Proposal for a Directive of the Parliament and the Council on waste. ...

New look for aerosols in North America

Hi-tech aerosol plant: DS Containers at Batavia, Illinois May 10: Aerosol cans sold in North America could soon have a new look when a hi-tech plant being dedicated this Friday near Chicago, Illinois, starts making commercial quantities. DS Containers was first started two years ago as a joint venture between Japanese and US investors. The...

Can prices to rise again as aluminium hits $3,000

Coils of aluminium canstock being shipped from an Alcan mill. Picture courtesy of Alcan May 10: Beverage can manufacturers face the prospect of having to push through even higher price rises to their customers with the expectation that the cost of canstock will continue to rise for at least another 12 months. As the price of a...

Bill Clinton backs sugary drinks ban in schools

May 8: In a bid to fight obesity in children spearheaded by former US president Bill Clinton, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola and Cadbury Schweppes have agreed to stop selling sugary soft drinks in US schools by 2009. They have agreed to sell only water, unsweetened juice and low-fat milks through elementary and middle schools. In a move brokered by...

Double hit from Red Bull

May 2: These are the 16.6oz cans being market tested in the US by Red Bull. Although the world’s leading energy drink company is denying that it will launch the ‘double-hit’ cans, consumers in Las Vegas, Nevada, have been able to buy them at more than 100 convenience stores. For more than a decade, the...

Unique tabs boost Bomba sales

April 28: Sales of the energy drink Bomba have been boosted almost 40 percent in Hungary by a sales promotion campaign that uses uniquely-coded cans. Consumers hoping to win a Lotus sports car register a code number from the can on a web site. The number is laser etched on the underside of the tab during...

Strategic role for Dubai beverage can plant

April 28: Poland’s leading packaging manufacturer Can-Pack is building a beverage can plant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Demand for beverage cans in the region has been rising dramatically, and a number of players have been investing in new production plants. The move follows Can-Pack's recent expansion into Ukraine and Romania and enables Can-Pack to ship cans to...