Oskar Blues expands hard seltzer range

Microbrewer Oskar Blues, which pioneered the canning of craft beer in the US, is expanding its presence in the rapidly growing hard seltzer market with the launch of a new flavour of alcoholic sparkling water.The Colorado-based company has added Black Raspberry to its Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Waters range. The beverage will be sold in six-packs of 12 ounce...

UK microbrewery plans further canning capacity expansion

Northern Monk, an independent brewer based in the city of Leeds in England has received an undisclosed investment from a private equity firm Active Partners to expand production capacity.The latest investment for the brewer, whose headquarters is in the Holbeck area of Leeds, follows a successful crowdfunding campaign it ran last year.This enabled it to expand into a second...

Pea plant completion marks first phase of Princes’ $102m UK investment

International food and drink group Princes has completed the first phase of a planned £80 million (US$102m) investment at the Long Sutton site in Lincolnshire UK – its largest canning facility – with the opening of a new pea plant.To mark the completion of the plant and the start of this year’s pea harvesting season, the plant was officially...

Nature’s One invests in infant nutrition

US organic baby formula company, Nature’s One, is to build an organic infant nutritional facility in Ohio. The company plans to invest US$32 million into the development of this manufacturing facility, which will feature a fully integrated FDA-approved infant formula spray-drying operation with liquid aseptic filling and packaging capabilities.The new facility will also allow Nature’s One to curate smaller...

US wine producer chooses Exal bottles for launch

US wine producer Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) has unveiled an innovative wine beverage in aluminium screw-top bottles made by Exal Corporation in Ohio.Exal’s marketing director Ryan Noward told The Canmaker that energy drinks producer Uptime Energy and Sterling Vineyards are also using its aluminium bottles, while more potential users are in the pipeline.“We’re doing some pretty interesting things here...

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa buys Kenyan bottlers

Centum Investment Company has sold its stake in both Almasi Beverages and Nairobi Bottlers to Coca-Cola Sabco East Africa, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for KES19.5 billion ($190m).Almasi was formed in 2013 and is an unlisted public holding company of three Coca-Cola beverages bottling operations in Kenya. It was created following the merger of three independent bottling...

Carlsberg’s Snap Pack wins Silver Lion award

Carlsberg Group’s Snap Pack multi-pack can packaging has won a Silver Lion award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.The sustainable Snap Pack design removes the need for plastic wrapping around Carlsberg’s six packs thanks to a packaging solution developed by NMP Systems, a subsidiary of packaging supplier KHS.Instead of using shrink-wrapping, hi-cone rings or other secondary packaging...

More US microbrewers turn to cans as sales surge

More American microbrewers are turning to metal packaging for the first time as the growing popularity of canned products helps the craft beer sector buck a decline in US ale sales.

Russia’s Svyatoy Istochnik unveils flavoured water in cans

Russian bottled water producer Svyatoy Istochnik has begun selling flavoured water in cans, promoting it to younger consumers as an ideal packaging format for festivals and outdoor summer events.