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...

Compensation hits Carlsberg’s bottom line

Third quarter profits at Danish brewery Carlsberg were hit by a compensation settlement paid to Thai brewery Chang Beverages, falling from $791m to $93.7m. Carlsberg pulled out of a joint venture with Chang in August 2003, leading to a dispute and a damage claim of $2 billion. The final settlement cost Carlsberg $120m.

Sprite 3g just for UK

Sprite has been combined with three ‘g’s – glucose, guarana and green coffee beans – to form Coca-Cola’s latest energy drink, Sprite 3g. The drink is exclusive to the UK and was released in October. Norman Brodie, marketing director at Coca-Cola Enterprises said: “Sprite is a fantastic, growing brand. It has undergone a 12% increase in the last two...

Sleek can format fuels dispute

A dispute has broken out over who owns the right to use the Sleek name for a new beverage can format. It follows the launch of Kaballah Energy Drink in the US using 12oz Sleek cans by Rexam. But rival canmaker Ball had already launched its Sleek cans in the US and Europe. The new format looks taller...

Uniseal wins innovation award

Soudronic’s Uniseal system, an automatic thermo-sealing machine for peel-off ends, was awarded the Metpack show’s innovation award in April. Peel-off ends are increasingly popular with food companies because the aluminium foil membrane can be lithographed. They are also much easier to open than uni-material ends.

Speak with one voice, says Crown’s Apted

In the battle against discriminatory legislation such as Germany’s deposit system, the metal packaging industry must target the regulators in Europe, said Bill Apted, president of Crown Europe, when he addressed the Steel Packaging Congress held during the Interpack show in Germany. Since being formed at the end of 2003, the European Metal Packaging organisation (Empac) has been analysing...

Lightweight bottle cans to take off in US?

Lightweight bottle cans could soon be adopted for drink brands in the US market following the launch of new manufacturing technologies. And that means a potentially rich market for aluminium manufacturers who have seen the US beverage can market plateau over the last five years. The new aluminium bottle designs – made possible by the convergence of drinks can...

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