Cans take honours at international beer, cider competition

Canned beers and ciders dominated at the International Brewing & Cider Awards, with drinks packaged in aluminium taking awards in more than 20 of the 34 categories. The global ‘beer Oscars’, which traces its roots back to 1886, returned after a pandemic-forced cancellation last year. It attracted entrants from 24 countries and judges were drawn from the UK, the US,...

Second line for WilCraft Can mobile canner

US mobile canner WilCraft Can is expanding capacity to serve small and medium-size beverage makers in the midwest. The Wisconsin-based service provider has bought a Codi CCL-45 Six-Head Counterpressure Filler. The company said the new equipment will give customers the flexibility to manage canning and its costs in line with the ebb and flow of demand throughout the year.  “This is...

Cocktail Courier adds new mixes to supersize RTD Party Cans

US-based Cocktail Courier, which last year launched large resealable Party Cans of ready-to-drink (RTD) margarita cocktail, is adding to its drinks list. New for the festive season is Cosmicpolitan, a 12.5% ABV passionfruit and vodka cocktail inspired by the more traditional vodka-based Cosmopolitan and Gold Rush Old Fashioned, a 15% ABV Kentucky bourbon-based cocktail for serving on ice or warmed....

Maker Wine to expand its canned products across the US

A US company that sells boutique wines in cans has secured capital to triple production and expand distribution nationwide. The US$2.3 million raised from more than 30 investors will enable California-based Maker Wine to ship its single-serve canned wine to 45 states. “With the expansion and new funding, we're ushering in a new era of small wineries, transparency and approachability for...

Monster reportedly considering merger with Constellation Brands

US energy drinks maker Monster Beverage Corporation is exploring the possibility of a merger with beer and wine producer Constellation Brands, according to reports. Neither Monster Beverage nor Constellation Brands have commented on the reports, which cite sources that hint at a merger or asset deal between the two. The beverage companies are valued at US$47 billion and $44bn respectively. New...

Canpack’s matt decoration embellishes Johan Freitag gin cocktails

Latvian-based beverage maker JSC Cesu Alus is using cans featuring matt decoration, supplied by canmaker Canpack, for its Johan Freitag ready-to-drink (RTD) gin cocktails. The brewer and drinks maker said it hoped the decoration would give an up-to-date look to its cans of gin and tonic and gin and rose, and convey the premium nature of the product. “With the drinks...

Ardagh cans carry Radnor Hills’ water expansion

Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) is providing the cans for the latest expansion by UK-based spring water company Radnor Hills. Radnor, which is based in Radnorshire in mid Wales, has doubled its Infusions range of flavoured sparkling spring water with two new varieties: mango and pineapple; and blackberry and pomegranate. The 330ml cans from AMP have a matte-pastel look enhanced with...

Christmas comes early for the Brixton Wine Club

Wine drinkers looking forward to the holiday season can make an early start with an advent calendar that offers a canned wine or cocktail for each of the first 24 days of December. The Brixton Wine Club’s (BWC) window box-calendar contains a selection of tipples and ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails ranging in size from 175ml to 250ml. The online drinks company,...

Brooklyn Brewery expands position in low alcohol segment

Growing consumer interest in non-alcoholic beer has spurred Brooklyn Brewery to launch a new variety pack in selected US markets and through its online store. The New York-based brewery said its Special Effects offer will be the first non-alcoholic variety pack to be distributed in the US when it rolls out nationwide in January.  Consumers looking for 'low-no alcoholic' beers are...