London brewer joins the can-do crowd

Faced with a shortfall in earnings after bars and pubs worldwide were closed to limit the spread of coronavirus, craft brewers continue to produce new brews in cans.UK-based Anspach & Hobday has launched its first beer in aluminium cans after raising £500,000 (US$613,000) in an online crowdfunding appeal. Its four initial brews – The Pale Ale, The Sour Dry...

US brewery launches canned beer to help laid-off workers

American brewery First Leap is releasing a one-off canned beer to raise money for laid-off workers in the hospitality industry, joining craft brewers around the world to provide help during the coronavirus crisis.The La Grange, Georgia-based brewery will donate 10 per cent from the sales of its Gratuity lager. The light beer will be sold in multipacks of 12oz...

Vacuum-packed quinoa launched by Napolina

Leading Italian food packer Napolina has introduced a new range of canned pulses under the Drained and Ready to Serve brand.For the first time in the UK, canned quinoa is also being offered in the range, which is produced in a vacuum-packing process and means the food does not have to be drained after opening. Additionally in the range are...

Grupo Modelo in Mexico stops brewing, including Corona

Leading brewer in Mexico Grupo Modelo has stopped production temporarily after its business activities were declared non-essential under a government order aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.The closure of Grupo Modelo's 11 plants is unrelated to the name of its leading brand Corona which, along with other brands, is exported to 180 countries.Reuters reported that the Mexican...

‘Colour me’ drinks cans to be launched for kids

Cans of lightly sparkling soft drinks with a clear white panel in the label, designed for children to colour in, are to be launched in the UK by start-up company Drink Doodles based in London. The new Doodles product features a ‘colour me can’ that can be decorated using a felt tip pen or crayon and then wiped clean with...

Premium canned pet food producer bought by Nestlé Purina

A UK natural pet food manufacturer that includes canned products in its range and is warranted by HRH Prince Charles has been acquired by global giant Nestlé Purina PetCare.Lily’s Kitchen produces premium wet and dry natural foods for dogs and cats, a range that perfectly complements the Purina brand portfolio which includes Purina One, Pro Plan, Felix and Winalot,...

Campbell Soup donates US$1m to food banks

Campbell Soup Company has donated US$1 million in cash and food to US food banks and local pantries in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The donations, announced in mid-March, were made to help manage both the social and economic impact of the pandemic in the 33 towns in which the business has plants. The funds will feed people across the...

US canning equipment firm ups production to meet demand

As the craft beverage industry shifts to carry-out or off-licence sales during the coronavirus crisis, US canning equipment manufacturer Wild Goose Filling has increased capacity for its low-volume systems to meet increased demand.The Louisville, Colorado, company is now making more ‘to-go’ beverage canning systems by increasing the production of WGC-50, its smallest semi-automatic filler, and the recently launched Gosling...

A-B InBev committed to Australia brewing sale despite coronavirus

Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev) will press on with the US$11 billion sale of the company’s Australian brewing interests despite abandoning its positive forecast for 2020 as the coronavirus disrupts operations worldwide.The world’s largest brewer said the deal to sell Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) to Japan’s Asahi Group would remain before competition regulators.“The parties continue to cooperate with the...

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