First quarter beer volumes rise 4.3% at Heineken

Beer volumes in the first quarter at brewer Heineken rose by 4.3 per cent to 52.7 million hectolitres (mhl), with growth in all regions that the Dutch-based global brewer operates.In a trading statement, Heineken said that organic beer sales in Brazil, South Africa, Russia, China, the UK, Nigeria, Mexico, Romania and Germany improved most, showing double-digit growth.Net profit for...

Power outages hit sardine canneries in the Philippines

Power supply shortages in the sardine canning ‘capital’ of the Philippines are causing production problems.At the 11 canneries at Zamboanga City, which have a reported production capacity of 150 million cans of sardines a month, the power supply problems are creating local shortages of the staple product and driving up prices.Unscheduled power cuts lasting for up to three hours...

Coca-Cola to expand in ready-to-drink coffee

Coca-Cola has plans to make further big inroads into the coffee market this year with the launch of a range of new ready-to-drink (RTD) products.The news emerged in press reports as Coca-Cola reported a solid start to 2019 in its results for the first quarter (Q1), with an increasing value share of the global soft drinks market.According to the...

AB Inbev’s Miguel Patricio to take over as chief executive of Kraft Heinz

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s global chief marketing officer Miguel Patricio is to take over as chief executive of food giant Kraft Heinz in July, succeeding Bernardo Hees.The departure of Hees, 52, comes after a difficult few years for Kraft Heinz, which has seen its share price more than halve since the merger of the two companies in 2015 as it struggled...

Dongwon tuna canner founder quits after 50 years

The founder and chairman of the company behind the Starkist, Chicken of the Sea and Bumblebee canned tuna brands, Kim Jae-chul has quit after half a century with the Korea based firm.Kim built the fishery company up from scratch to be the world’s largest tuna packer, more lately through acquisitions. Dongwon acquired Starkist from Del Monte in 2008.The 84-year-old...

Nitrogen-infused cocktails launched by AG Barr

A range of nitrogen-infused cocktails in 200ml cans has been launched in the UK by AG Barr, the Scots-based producer of Irn-Bru.Aimed at helping bartenders speed up the making of cocktails, the Funkin mixers are injected with nitrogen during the canning process to give a smooth finish. Four variants are offered: espresso martini, passionfruit martini, amaretto sour, and pink...

Campbell’s sells health food unit as part of debt-cut plan

Food canning giant Campbell Soup has sold its Bolthouse Farms health foods subsidiary as part of a plan to cut its debt load.Campbell’s sold the maker of packaged carrots and organic juice beverages to private equity firm Butterfly for US$510 million, according to a statement.Adam Waglay, co-founder of Butterfly, said the company saw a bright future for California-based Bolthouse...

Guinness to ditch plastics ring carriers for cardboard sleeves

Beverage giant Diageo is scrapping plastics ring carriers and shrink wraps from packs of Guinness and other canned beers, and will replace them with biodegradable secondary packaging.The move is part of a £16 million ($21m) sustainability programme that is in response to growing concern about the threat that plastics waste poses to the environment. Multi-can packs will be sold...

UK drinks canners could again fall victim to CO2 shortages

Drinks canners in the UK could again fall victim to the shortages of carbon dioxide that plagued the sector last year, unless the ‘structural fragility’ of the supply chain are addressed, a new report has warned.The shortages in the UK last summer were caused by a combination of increased demand – with England’s progress at the World Cup and...