US tax cuts: a benefit that could aid capex

Recent changes in corporate taxation should boost merger and acquisition activity as canmakers respond to customer developments, and thereby improve capital expenditure, says Arthur Stupay* The US tax cut and EU pro-growth interest-rate policy appears to be having an impact on the packaging industry and, specifically, the canmaking business. This can be measured by the size and change in companies’...

Double-speed canning offers easier growth

Craft brewers who want to increase the capacity of their canning lines are being targeted by Cask Brewing Systems with its latest system Canada-based Cask has launched its Automatic Canning System X2, a doubled-up in-line machine that is capable of filling and seaming more than 75 cans per minute and almost 200 cases per hour.With ten carbon dioxide pre-purge heads,...

Beacon for best practice

As it’s 30 years since what became the Canpack Group was created in Poland it would be appropriate for celebrations.

Transatlantic food chain

This year Nestlé is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its forefathers setting up a business in Switzerland to produce condensed milk, an idea that was brought from America. John Nutting reportsNestlé this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a number of events at its global headquarters in Switzerland.What grew to be one of the world’s largest food and...

Let’s consider more responsible recycling

Costly container deposit systems have been a failure, so why not instead consider voluntary versions with sustainability and the Circular Economy at their centre, says Jan Driessens  Has the canmaking industry got the right approach in its promotion of the recycling benefits of its products? The reason I ask this is that although we all know that metal offers the...

Reinventing tradition

Portuguese confectionary manufacturer Dan Cake brought new meaning into its packaging by turning it into a gift. Mónica Higuera reports Dan Cake in Portugal uses tins for its range of Danish butter cookies. The company operates in three market segments: own brands – with Dan Cake in the domestic market and Danesita for exports to more than 80 countries –...

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...

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...

Falling food prices limit can shipments

Demand for food cans in North America and Europe was impacted less than by a weak fruit and vegetable pack but by lower demand from importers of fresh foods, notably China, says Arthur Stupay* US shipments of food cans in the second quarter were impacted by lower fresh food prices, making home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients more competitive with prepared...