More novel drinks can capacity in the US

March 1: With margins increasingly tightening in the manufacture of standard 12oz drinks cans in the US, world-leading canmaker Rexam is increasing its capacity to make special sizes for the expanding and more lucrative ‘new age’ drinks market. Rexam is to convert four of its lines in the US to make 16oz, 24oz and the latest introduction, the sleek...

Canmaker Ball to expand plastics business

February 28: Ball Corporation is planning to expand its plastics business with the acquisition of Alcan Packaging’s North American food and drinks plastics container operations. The $180 million cash deal will add three plants in Illinois, Ohio and Ontario and some research assets to the plastics operations of Ball, which is also North America’s largest manufacturer of food and...

Canned baked bean war breaks out in the UK

February 24: War in the UK canned baked bean market has forced Heinz to change its recipe, it emerged this week. Leader in the £222m ($387m) market with more than two thirds of sales, Heinz is under threat from baked beans made by Premier Foods. Premier, which produces a range of food brands such as Cross & Blackwell, launched...

First beverage can plant for Cambodia

February 23: Cambodia’s first beverage-can plant is expected to start production in mid-2007. Located in the suburbs of the capital city Phnom Penh, the plant will be built by Crown with capacity to make 500 million 33cl aluminum beverage cans a year for nearby drinks manufacturers. The project follows Crown’s expansion in Vietnam where a slim can line is...

Rexam keeps ahead of aluminium price rises

February 23: Although Rexam spent around $1 billion on aluminium and conversion costs for drinks cans last year it was able to offset this by raising prices to customers and exploiting efficiency improvements. Commenting on its results for 2005, chief executive Lars Emilson revealed that the world’s leading beverage can manufacturer had been able to keep ahead of aluminium...

Silgan moves into Europe

February 23: Leading US food can manufacturer Silgan is moving into Europe with the expected acquisition of Amcor’s White Cap closures business. The move worth 230 million euros ($280m) will complete Silgan’s acquisition of metal closure businesses on both sides of the Atlantic that were originally run by Schmalbach-Lubeca. An agreement was signed yesterday. Amcor White Cap based in...

Shake up for quality canned foods

February 23: A race is on to bring revolutionary higher-quality canned foods to consumers before the end of the year – perhaps even this summer – with the commercial launch of the Shaka processing system. US-based Allpax Products is the third equipment manufacturer to take up a licence for the British-developed technique in which modified retorts shake the containers...

Heinz sells canned seafood brands

February 21: Three leading European brands of canned seafood have been sold by Heinz to London-based Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking for 425 million euros (US$566m). The deal, which is subject to EU competition review and approval, follows Heinz putting the John West, Petit Navire and Mareblu brands on the market last year as part of a strategy to...

More cash for ‘green’ cans

February 20: Canmakers could receive cash for their container lightweighting programmes similar to that being enjoyed by Heinz in the UK. But they have to apply along with a customer to the UK government’s £3 million (US$5.25m) Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund which is part of the Waste & Resources Action Programme. Heinz is receiving £250,000 (US$438,000) to help with...