Global dynamism

New growth markets and innovation have been spurring the take up of cans. Arthur Stupay reports While the North American canmaking market was flat-to-down in most segments, the global canmakers showed improved results in the second quarter, with a favourable outlook for the year. There are a number of factors at play, all of which are helping.First is the dynamism...

The hunt for the perfect nitro coffee

Minor Figures, a UK coffee start-up, has teamed up with Ardagh Group to create an innovative new coffee product: nitro cold-brew coffee in a can.  John Nutting reports Around the globe, consumers are drinking increasingly complex and premium coffee beverages. In 2016, 59 percent of the coffee drinks sold in the US were considered ‘gourmet’, using sophisticated blends, novel mixtures and innovative brewing...

A kingdom of cans

Saudi Arabia’s leading Pepsi-Cola licensee Al Jomaih is getting into shape to meet growing demand for a range of soft drinks, says Christoph Kurzke Saudi Arabia’s biggest soft drinks vendor is PepsiCo and has been for many years, leading a market for carbonated soft drinks in which brand loyalty is key.For the kingdom’s consumers, the metal can plays a crucial...

Underlying strength

Ownership changes in the beverage can industry hit production volumes in France last year, but beer, fruit drinks, teas and energy drinks are driving growth in the sector. Mónica Higuera reports Sales in France last year of food and beverage cans, general line containers and metal closures by members of SNFBM, the French metal packaging manufacturers association (Syndicat national des...

California dreaming

It’s decision time for a craft brewer near San Francisco: a canning or bottling line? Richard Estrada reports Craig Carroll has grown up with Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. He began as an 18-year-old bus boy clearing tables and washing beer glasses, and he has risen through the ranks to become director of operations at the brewer located on the Pacific...

Food of the gods marks its centenary

Ambrosia’s canned rice pudding and custard are staples in many home pantries. This year the Devon factory celebrates 100 years of production. John Nutting reports One of the most famous UK canned food brands, Ambrosia, celebrates this year its centenary of manufacturing dairy products in a village in Devon. Now part of the Premier Foods group, the factory is famed for...

Politics and its packaging impact

How will recent political changes affect consumer spending and packaging, asks Arthur Stupay* Recent major political and leadership changes in several western countries raise questions about prospects for the economy and consumer spending. Will the US, Britain and France implement reforms to reduce both individual and corporate taxes? Will public spending programmes for infrastructure spur the economy without causing inflation?...

Clean machine

Higher efficiency in the cleaning of two-piece beverage cans during their manufacture, along with lower energy consumption has been the objective of VMI. John Nutting reports Washers and their associated drying ovens are a key process in the manufacture of D&I two-piece beverage cans. After the bodymakers have formed the can there is residual lubricant on the surface of the aluminium...

Expanding in metal

With the acquisition of Tubettificio, Italy’s Tecnocap has diversified its business to include aluminium aerosol canmaking. Mónica Higuera reportsItaly-based Tecnocap Group makes about 5 billion metal closures a year for glass jars and bottles and for plastics containers, or more than 60,000 tonnes of tinplate and aluminium closures for some of Europe’s largest brands including Nestlé, Barilla and Mars...

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