Making customers’ brand initiatives stand out

Ball Corporation is bringing more than widgets to its North American beverage can customers in 2016. The global canmaking leader is introducing innovations and features new to US grocery shelves, strengthening Ball’s relationships with current customers, and attracting new ones. “To be a strategic partner to our customers, Ball has to be good at both innovation and production. Sometimes the...

Taking control

Leading global brewer AB InBev has made a number of key recent acquisitions in the craft beer market, reports Tom Woerndl Big news hit the UK craft brewing industry shortly before Christmas with Anheuser-Busch InBev – the world’s biggest brewer by volume – announcing its purchase of UK craft brewer Camden Town Brewery.According to Camden Town – which was one...

Cost alone is not the key to business success

There’s always been more to engaging with the customer or consumer than simply aiming to offer rock-bottom prices. Value is the key, says Richard Moore Low cost has become the order of the day. Entering a supermarket today you are greeted first by an array of prices, before you can actually see what is being sold. It is difficult to...

A competitive and growing business

Ardagh’s canmaking division ranks with Crown in its European food can output, and has growing prospects in North America. Arthur Stupay reviews its business in advance of its IPORecent consolidations in the canmaking industry have increased interest in the remaining independents, including both Ardagh and Silgan. In October 2015, Ardagh Metal Packaging filed an offering prospectus as an independent...

Encouraging innovation

The need to increase safety and sustainability were key subjects of discussion at the recent international aerosol exhibition held in ChinaThe International Aerosol and Metal Containers Technology Exhibition organised by the Aerosol Committee of the China Packaging Federation attracted around 110 exhibiting companies to Ningbo in the Yangtze delta region.The event included the Aerosol Innovation Forum where representatives of...

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...

New order

How will Europe’s beverage can business look if the EC’s divestment requirements are completed? John Nutting looks into the figuresEurope’s beverage can manufacturing business could be dramatically transformed by the end of this year when the plants that have to be divested to meet the terms of Ball’s US$6 billion acquisition of Rexam are sold to another player.Following a...

Business shakedown

The proposed merger of canmaking giants Ball and Rexam has drawn attention to the structure of the beverage can industry in North America and Europe. What will regulators be studying as they deliberate, asks John NuttingThe proposed merging of two of the industry’s largest beverage can manufacturers – US-based Ball Corporation and UK-based Rexam – has focused the minds...

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...

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