Turning the tide of US carbonated drinks decline

As Diet Pepsi is launched free of the sweetener aspartame, one solution in the move to natural low-calorie versions could be GM stevia, but how would consumers react to that? Sweetener expert John Fry explains (as published in the August issue of The Canmaker)It is an unusually turbulent period in the world of soft drinks. Sugar is being demonised...

The biggest deal in canmaking, ever?

Ball’s offer to buy Rexam could result in the formation of the world’s biggest canmaker. But it won’t be a simple transaction, as Arthur Stupay explains In many ways, Ball Corporation’s revelation early in February that it was in acquisition talks with Rexam plc was a surprise to the market. Dedicated beverage canmaker Rexam was not in financial distress and...

From canning to end making

China's Xiamen Baofeng is planning to become the world's leading manufacturer of aluminium ends for beverage cans.After selling a 60 percent stake in China's Yinlu Foods Group to Nestlé in 2011 for an undisclosed sum, which analysts estimated at between US$600 million and $1 billion, Chen Qingyuan, company president and one of its founders, could have slowed down...

Canmaking's road to China

With Cannex, the world trade show for metal packaging, being held in China on 1-4 June 2015, Mónica Higuera talks to local industry players.* Guangzhou-based Jorson Packaging Machinery trades in and manufactures machinery for the metal packaging industry.Jorson's own weld-seam powder repair system holds ten patents with more than 170 sold worldwide since it was launched at Cannex in...

Happy 50th birthday to the D&I drinks can

The two-piece drawn & wall-ironed (D&I) drinks can was first produced commercially 50 years ago in March 1964, reports John Nutting, who charts its development and impact on the metal packaging worldSuch is the ubiquity and slick modernity of the drinks can – whose portability, strength and recyclability makes it a perfect vehicle for global brands – that...

Bryan Donkin, the world's first canmaker

2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the first canmaking and canning plant being established and Bryan Donkin helped make it happen.Many people contributed to the development of preserved foods in the early years of the 19th century as demand for healthy and nutritious provisions increased from armies, navies and expeditions which were engaged in wars in Europe and exploration...

Closing the loop

An aluminium beverage can with 100 percent recycled content could be a sustainability game changer for drinks manufacturers. John Gardner* explains how it could be achievedIt may be overly aspirational to suggest that 'The aluminium beverage can is the most sustainable mass market container for carbonated beverages ever invented' but it may also be an objective that is actually...

Delivering innovation meets global demand

Unprecedented growth in demand for beverage cans around the world requires a streamlined system for constructing manufacturing plants. Ron Ragan, director of business development at Roeslein & Associates, explains the processIf you are looking for some optimism during these times of global economic concern, may I suggest Nigeria? The West African nation is in the midst of explosive population...

How metal bottles are challenging glass and PET

When lightweight drawn and ironed (D&I) aluminium bottles hit the market five years ago, the hope for some was that they would mount a challenge to glass and PET containers, reports Tom Woerndl. Encouragement could be taken from the Japanese market for aluminium bottles, which was established in the 1990s, and now boasts high volumes and significant brand owner...