Easy steps towards lowering recall risks

There are four easy-to-implement steps in reducing the risks of a recall for the canners of low-acid foods, says Greg Jacob* The average cost of a food recall is US$10 million in direct costs, plus the financial harm caused by lost sales and damaged reputation, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).Swiss RE Group, an international insurance company, says that...

Can it be so? Craft beer embraces aluminium!

Aluminium cans are increasingly the packaging of choice as craft brewers develop their businesses in the US, reports Richard EstradaThe aluminium can, once the Cinderella of the US craft brewing industry, has become the belle of the ball in 2017. Craft brewers from California to Maine, Florida to Oregon, are turning to cans as they jockey to become more efficient...

An emphasis on margins over volume

Food can manufacturers Ardagh and Silgan have been responding to market changes in different ways, as the results for the first two quarters of 2017 show, says Arthur Stupay* While the major branded food companies are reformulating products for the changing US market, demand for cans fell, albeit modestly, in the second quarter of 2017. Also, prices of fresh food...

Meeting point

In a second report from Metpack and Interpack in Germany, Mónica Higuera and John Nutting review more of their findings TV stardom for Soudronic’s latest welding line  Soudronic is still basking in the glory of featuring in a British prime-time television programme following last year’s Inside the Factory series that covered the manufacture of Heinz baked beans at its UK plant in...

Finding the right home

With an integrated supply chain, passion and a stable and diverse business, Sandvik Hyperion is set to attract a good new owner, the company tells Mónica Higuera Sweden-based engineering group Sandvik last year identified Sandvik Hyperion, which includes its can tooling division, as a non-strategic business that it plans to divest.The can tooling business is part of what was previously called...

Consolidation, cost reduction and differentiation in the Chinese market

The consumer growth trend in China for metal cans continues unabated, both in soft drinks and in beer, while in the food can market, growth is developing at a respectable rate, says Richard Moore  At The Canmaker Summit in Hong Kong in 2014, I gave a presentation entitled ‘China, the Emerging Giant in Metal Packaging’ outlining the phenomenal development of...

President Trump called to exclude tinplate from US import tariffs

Canmakers and their customers in the US wrote to President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in June to exclude tinplate used for packaging from import tariffs. The tariffs have been under consideration by the US government as part of limits on imported steel used in defence or national security applications.In the letter, signed by 20 groups representing various...

The heart of the matter

Key to the growth of canned beers is support for start ups, and Iron Heart Canning is a rising player. John Nutting reports  While the craft brewer’s passion is the creation of sumptuous beers that appeal to local tastes there’s always the dream of growing to satisfy a bigger market.Cans, with easy packing and light-resisting aluminium, provide a passport to that market....

Opportunities for profit growth

Acquisitions in the past two years by the leading canmakers are starting to bear fruit with improved performance. Arthur Stupay analyses their first quarter results for 2017 The generally-improving economic situation in the advanced economies helped maintain the canmaking industry’s volume and profitability in the first quarter of 2017. Both Ball and Crown, reviewed in this article, each reported good...