Del Monte Pacific to close US canneries

A number of canning plants will be closed and others sold in the US by a subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific as part of a restructuring plan that is intended to maintain its competitiveness.The Del Monte Foods plants to be closed are located at Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and Mendota, Illinois, where production will cease at the end of the...

AB InBev launches Natural Light Seltzer

The market for hard seltzers continues to grow with the addition of Natural Light Seltzer from Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). The new 6 per cent ABV beverage is available in packs of 12oz cans in addition to a 25oz single-serve can.“The seltzer category is booming. It's part of a larger shift in consumption across America and we believe it...

Oskar Blues adds to IPA series

Microbrewer Oskar Blues, which pioneered the canning of craft beer in the US, is to launch Can-O-Bliss Citrus IPA, the most recent addition in its Can-O-Bliss IPA series.The Colorado-based company will distribute the beverage nationally on draft and in six and 12 packs of 12oz cans. The brew is said to express an exotic array of subtle citrus fruit flavours like...

Coca-Cola joins the rush to canned water with the Dasani brand

Global beverage giant Coca-Cola plans to start packing its Dasani water brand in cans and aluminium bottles in the US as part of a move to reduce the impact of its waste packaging.

Sparkling cannabis-infused water in cans gets US debut

Sparkling water with extracts from cannabis plants is to be sold in cans through 7-Eleven convenience stores in the US.Day One CBD Sparkling Water in cans will be the first product launched by Natural Hemp Co, a US producer of cannabidiol (CBD).The drink, in 12oz cans, will initially be available in a lemon variant in the US before new flavours are introduced later...

Fonterra warns of significant 2019 loss

Fonterra, the world’s biggest dairy firm and a major player in the US$24 billion canned baby formula market, has revealed that it expects to make a significant loss this year as a result of a number of overvalued assets. The New Zealand dairy cooperative has warned that it will likely record a loss of NZ$590-675 million ($381-436m) in 2019, equating...

Craft breweries team up to can their first beers

Two craft breweries based in Wisconsin, US, have made their beer available in cans for the first time.Appleton Beer Factory and McFleshman’s Brewing Co, both located in downtown Appleton, collaborated to share a rental service provided by Milwaukee-based mobile canning service WilCraft can, to produce one batch of nearly 10,000 total cans of beer, split 50/50 between them.WilCraft claims...

Energy drinks boost CCEP earnings

Energy drinks are driving growth at Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), with a reported volume increase of 17 per cent in the first half of this year. New in 2019 is Coca Cola Energy to CCEP’s range of energy drinks, which also includes Monster’s Mango Loco and Relentless. The company also plans to introduce more functional products such as Aquarius, a...

Coca-Cola HBC on track despite weather impacts

Swiss-based soft drink bottler Coca-Cola HBC has reported a 4.9 per cent fall in operating profit in the first half of 2019. The company cited unseasonably wet and cold weather conditions in the second quarter as being at least partially to blame for this.Coca-Cola HBC’s net sales rose 3.8 per cent to E3.35 billion ($3.75bn) for the first six...