Profits rise in US despite a lag in food cans

Shipments of food cans in the US in the seasonally-low first quarter of this year were 5.65 billion, down 5.2 per cent compared with the year earlier.Early last year and in previous months, shipments, as shown in Table 1, were lifted by customer actions to increase inventories in anticipation of higher metal costs due to the imposition of US...

Independent brewers embrace cans in UK

The UK craft beer market is going from strength to strength and helping boost Europe’s largest beverage can market. Mónica Higuera reportsTo promote the use of beverage cans and draw attention to the growing presence of craft beer cans in the UK, industry body The Can Makers and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) teamed up in 2014 to...

Supporting ambitious goals

When Heineken decided to increase its brewing capacity in Vietnam, it called upon a long-term partner to install a new canning line. Paul Hill reports As a leading player in Vietnam’s domestic beer market and with a growing share, Heineken planned to significantly increase output of its Tiger beer brand at its Tien Giang site, one of six run by...

Soft drinks to pop again?

The declining consumption of carbonated soft drinks in the US has hit volume sales of beverage cans, with no signs of the trend bottoming out. What are canmakers to do about it, asks Arthur Stupay Soft drinks are by far the major end-use for beverage cans in the US, and are used to pack around one-half of total volume.But in...

It’s still fun to make fancy cans despite the rising costs

Increasing demand for innovative shapes and finishes is at odds with a reluctance to pay for the higher costs, and that’s making it tough for makers of fancy cans This year has been tough for many in the fancy can business. Customers are not willing to spend more with the way the markets are. This has left the canmakers to...

Positioning for growth

With investment in a modified KHS canning line in Germany, Coca-Cola European Partners is preparing itself to meet increasing demand for soft drinks. Paul Hill reports Located half-an-hour’s drive from the French border in south-east Germany, Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) plant in Karlsruhe is positioned perfectly to serve the European market. To meet growth in this market it recently commissioned...

Food strategy changes impact the canmakers

The leading food manufacturers in the US are changing their strategies, with greater emphasis on brands and specific niche products. This is having an effect on canmaking businesses, says Arthur Stupay in his analysis of last year’s third-quarter results Demand for canned and processed food in the US has slowed, impacting manufacturers of food cans. The major food companies are...

Never say never to premium printing developments

Today the beverage can industry is running faster-than-ever line speeds, with a renewed emphasis on print quality to enhance brand competitiveness. Some of this is fuelled by underlying manufacturing efforts, some by beverage company directive, and most importantly, some by a changing beverage can consumer.Millennials, Generations X, Y and Z all have much higher brand expectations than past generations....

Canmaking innovation needs the right culture

Innovation is a Latin word which means the act of introducing novelty to any object. Specialist literature defines organisational innovation as new ideas plus implementation which result in profits generically outlined in the following equation: innovation = idea + implementation + results.According to this definition, innovation is more than just something new; it is necessary to have results or gains. A new project which does...