Committed to cans in California

Half Moon Bay has joined the increasing numbers of craft brewers in setting up its own canning operation. Richard Estrada reports Yet another US craft brewer is committed to embracing cans as the preferred package, with Half Moon Bay Brewing Company revealing it will buy a Wild Goose WGC-600 for the brewery it’s building in the Northern California town of...

Hunting for new can growth

There was evidence aplenty at the September Drinktec show in Germany to indicate where future growth in beverage cans would come from. Paul Gander reports If political uncertainties hung over Munich’s Drinktec show in early September, it seems no one told the visitors who arrived in record-breaking numbers from 170 countries. International visitor figures were particularly buoyant, up 12 percent...

Consumers change their food tastes

Population shifts, demographic changes and the way in which retailers are using e-commerce are forcing canned food manufacturers to change their strategy. Arthur Stupay looks at the impact on canmakers in the US The major food companies are adjusting marketing and product strategy in response to major changes that are taking place in consumer markets. This is also impacting the...

Blow-moulding metal

Asymmetric shapes are now possible in blow-moulded aluminium bottles developed by Montebello Packaging in North America. Mónica Higuera reports Lightweight aluminium bottles with asymmetric shapes that won Silver in the Prototype category of the Cans of the Year Awards held last month in Scotland are soon to be launched in North America by tube and aerosol can manufacturer Montebello Packaging.Named...

Knowledge retention – is this your next problem?

How can canmaking knowledge and experience be harvested and passed on to less experienced staff before it is too late, asks Editorial Board member Bev Page In recent years many canmaking personnel, who have now retired, learned their trade during the development stages of the processes such as resistance-welded wire-mash side seams for three-piece cans and drawing and wall ironing...

Golden opportunity

San Diego is a hotspot of craft brewing where hundreds of start-ups are providing fertile ground for canning equipment suppliers to sell their wares. Richard Estrada reports Long before Benchmark Brewing opened its doors, it was committed to putting taste-driven craft beer into aluminium cans. Four years after joining the booming industry, the San Diego, California-based brewer says that decision...

Dissolved oxygen: the enemy of quality

Vermont Hard Cider is exploiting the use of membrane technology to ensure high quality and long shelf life for its canned products. John Nutting reports Controlling dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in beverages during their production is vital to ensure consistent product quality and shelf life. This is particularly true in canning, where high DO levels are capable of breaking down...

Going for growth

A specialist in conveying and handling systems has found growth in supplying the emerging craft beer, wine and coffee industry. John Nutting reports Like anyone who has been successfully supplying equipment to the canmaking industry, Jared Jones has long been on high alert about the amount of business offered by the emerging craft brewing sector in the US.Jones is operations chief...

Encouraging results

Highly-automated decorating presses and digital printing systems are being adopted by the canmaking industry, but rebuilt lines also have a role to play. John Nutting reports While the highlights in the metal decorating sector this year have been the launch of highly-automated systems with the potential to further improve productivity and flexibility, enabling canmakers to more quickly respond to customer needs,...

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