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...

Canmakers to promote the can in Germany

February 15: Beverage can manufacturers are planning to launch a multi-million euro campaign to promote the metal can. It will coincide with the introduction of a revised deposit system in Germany on 1 May that is expected to boost sales. “It is so far the biggest marketing initiative for the beverage can that has been made in...

Ball Corp expands into aerosol can manufacturing

February 15: Ball Corporation will be making aerosol containers again when it acquires the North American and Argentine operations of US Can Corp. Illinois-based US Can is the largest manufacturer of tinplate aerosol cans in the US with a 55 percent market share, and also makes paint cans, speciality cans and plastics containers. Customers include SC Johnson, Reckitt, ConAgra,...

Canned chicken hits the headlines

February 8: When a British husband and wife opened up a 50-year-old canned chicken they could never have realised that it would lead to a nationwide news story. Les and Beryl Lailey were given the can of Buxted Chicken as part of a wedding gift hamper when they were married in 1956. But Les, 73, didn’t eat it right...

Cans more cost-efficient than bottles

Retailing beer in glass bottles is at least 16 percent more expensive for supermarkets than selling it in cans, research suggests. The difference in cost derives almost entirely from the shapes of the containers, the study says. The shape of beverage cans is more compact than bottles, which allows a higher number of units, and a higher volume...

Foil exports on the rise

The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) says that third quarter shipments of aluminium foil totalled 208,600 tons, an increase of 2.2 percent on the same period of last year. Exports to countries outside the EAFA region accounted for much of the increase, rising by seven percent, while sales to countries within the region grew by just over one...