Guide for the safe puncturing of aerosols

The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) has compiled a guide on the safe puncturing of aerosol cans in preparation for recycling. BAMA technical and environment manager Paul Jackson explained that the guide was aimed at “professional users of aerosols have recently experienced increased cost of disposing of used aerosols as a result of the new Hazardous Waste Regulations.”...

Profits jump after Molson Coors merger

Revenue at brewer Molson-Coors for the third quarter of 2005 was $108.2 million 69 percent up on the same period of 2004. Net sales were up from $1.1 billion a year ago to $1.6 billion. A spokesman for Molson-Coors explained that losses in the Brazilian market had been countered by increases in Canada, Europe, and the US.

How’s this for strong margins?

The Coca-Cola Company made a profit of $1.28 billion in the third quarter of 2005, a 37 percent increase in the same quarter a year earlier. Sales in the quarter increased by 8 percent to $6.08bn.

Profits fall at Anheuser-Busch

Revenue at leading US brewer Anheuser-Busch fell 24.3 percent to $518 million in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2004. Net sales were $4.09 billion, marginally higher than last year.

Restructuring hits Cott’s results

Canada’s Cott Corporation made a net loss of $1.8 million in the third quarter, due partly to asset impairment and restructuring charges of $25.7m compared to a profit of $22.1m in the same period of 2004. Net sales for the quarter stood at $469.9m, up from $442.4m. During the quarter, Cott acquired UK soft drinks company Macaw for $135.1m,...

Quality upgrades in Saudi food canner

Italian manufacture Parmacontrols has installed six single ControlCamera systems and two double ControlCamera systems at National Food Industrial Company’s plant in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The systems will inspect open top ends for three-piece cans, ranging from 52mm to 99mm in diameter, for curl, compound, and panel defects.

Rexam buys into more injection moulding

Rexam Plc has bought Precise Technology, a US-based manufacturer of plastics packaging, from private equity group Code Hennessy & Simmons. It is anticipated that the takeover, which will cost Rexam $257.5 million, will be complete before the end of 2005. Precise Technology currently serves the healthcare, personal care and food and beverage markets with injection-moulded plastics packaging. It has...

Chinese drink more beer

Beer consumption in China has increased by 144 percent in the past decade – and a further increase of 30 percent in the next five years is predicted. This growth has inspired both Chinese and international breweries to either enter the market or consolidate. As a result, many of the larger breweries have – according to beverage industry analyst...

Eastern Europe buys more of Baltic’s beer

The eastern European beverage market is proving successful for Baltic Beverages Holding (BBH), which is owned by Scottish & Newcastle and Carlsberg. BBH’s beer volume rose by ten percent in 2005, and net sales 21 percent, while its Russian market share increased from 36 to 37 percent. Volumes in the Ukraine, the Baltic states, and in Kazakhstan all increased...