US and Australian craft brewers get funding for in-house canning

Local governments in the US and Australia are offering funding to support and expand canning lines at craft brewers, realising that the firms offer real benefits for local employment and improve community prosperity. Idle Hands Craft Ales, which brews Belgian-inspired beers in Malden, Massachusetts, has been granted a US$75,000 equipment loan from MassDevelopment, the state’s development finance agency. The independent...

Trivium aluminium bottles help Pelee Island wines enter fast-growing market

A switch to aluminium bottles made by Trivium Packaging has enabled a Canadian vineyard to enter the growing single-serve wine market. Pelee Island Winery in Ontario is one of a growing number of vineyards that are using aluminium bottles as a way to differentiate their wines and move to more sustainable sources of packaging. The 250ml bottle has been chosen for...

Topo Chico hard seltzer goes nationwide in US

Molson Coors has said the Topo Chico range of canned hard seltzers it makes for Coca-Cola will be available nationwide in the US from January. The beverage was launched a year ago to cash in on the rapid growth in popularity of low-calorie flavoured alcoholic waters. Molson Coors initially decided to sell the product in 16 US states. “We expect (demand)...

Deluxe print effects added to aluminium monobloc bottles

New printing technology could help cosmetic, perfume and personal care brands give their aluminium bottles a more luxurious look and feel, says UK packaging specialist Vetroplas. Its Spanish canmaking partner for aluminium bottles, Envases, has installed the first integrated hybrid offset and silkscreen printing technology developed for aluminium monobloc bottles. Envases said the aluminium bottle is popular with brands selling...

Williams Bros increases canning output by eight times

Scottish brewer and co-packer Williams Bros Brewing Company has multiplied the rate at which it packages beer by eight times thanks to a range of new equipment. The Alloa-based craft brewer has installed automatic multi-packing and end-of-line labelling machinery that enables it to pack up to 16,000 cans an hour, up from its previous rate of 2,000 an hour. The family-run...

North Carolina brewer to can more beer with Wild Goose line

Canning capacity has increased sixfold at Cavendish Brewing Co’s manufacturing facility at Gastonia, North Carolina since the installation of a Wild Goose filling line. The brewer had been canning beer just one at a time for over four years, with production capacity of 300 cans per day. The installation of a single-head Gosling filling line from Wild Goose last month...

Tesco seeks closed loop for reusable packaging

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, is trialling the sale of products in reusable, returnable and recyclable containers. The retailer is partnering with the reusable packaging platform, Loop, to meet heightened consumer demand for sustainable packaging. The reusable containers will include resealable metal cans and bottles, as well as glass bottles and vessels made with a proprietary recyclable plastics, Tesco...

Coca-Cola celebrates anniversary by investing in new canning line

The largest soft drinks manufacturer in the UK, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), is enlarging manufacturing capacity in southeast London as it marks the company's 60th anniversary in the country. CCEP has approved a £28 million (US$38.7m) funding package for the Sidcup site to build a new high-speed canning line, which is forecast to produce 2,000 cans per minute when it...

Bolton Foods extends its reach into the US canned seafood market

Italy’s Bolton Foods has strengthened its stake in the global canned tuna market with the takeover of US seafood producer Wild Planet Foods. Bolton Foods, a leader in the European canned tuna market, said it would retain the Wild Planet name. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The US tuna market is the largest in the world and California-based...