Booming pandemic sales look set to last for Princes

Princes Group, the international food and drinks company, said consumption of its products surged in the early part of the coronavirus pandemic as shoppers turned to long-life products during global lockdowns.   Consumption of the Liverpool, UK based company’s products climbed 43 per cent year-on-year from 24 February to 19 April, according to the canner.In an interview, the company attributed the...

Ardagh behind Ninja Melk energy drink’s appeal to millennials 

Ardagh has helped turn a YouTube star’s idea of a milk-based energy drink into reality by providing the packaging for the Ninja Melk brand’s online push in Europe.The Ireland-headquartered canmaker provides the 250ml slim cans for Ninja Melk, co-founded by Hawaiian online blogger Ryan Higa, whose“Ninja” comedies attract huge audiences among his 21 million subscribers on the video site.Launched...

Canning line keeps US craft brewer’s sales going during coronavirus

A craft brewer in the US has bought a canning line to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the business.City Star Brewing had been bottling its craft beer and selling through its sole Berthaud, Colorado, taproom when Covid-19 hit. Unable to open the bar or take full advantage of burgeoning interest from curbside customers, it took the plunge and...

Mexican brewery closures weigh on sales for virus-stricken Constellation Brands

Drinks sales in the quarter to the end of May slipped by 6 per cent at Constellation Brands as the shutdown of breweries in Mexico to halt the spread of coronavirus slowed production.Profits were also dented by the closure of bars and restaurants worldwide under virus-mitigation measures. But the Victor, New York-based company that markets Corona beer and a...

Sales surge at Conagra as generation lockdown dines at home

Sales and profits surged for Conagra Brands, the US maker of canned food brands including Hunt’s, Armour and Libby’s, as more consumers used its products at home during the coronavirus pandemic.The Chicago-based food packer also benefited from its June-to-June financial year incorporating a 53rd trading week and as earnings from its Pinnacle Food purchase began to feed into the...

Princes’ Wisbech plant in UK reports more coronavirus cases

Food canner Princes has reported 11 more cases of coronavirus at its Wisbech plant in Cambridgeshire, UK this week, bringing the total number tested positive at the plant to 25.The site, which employs 407 people in total, was closed for 24 hours last week for deep cleaning after 14 cases of the virus had been identified.However, a spokesman for...

Spanish fish canner Thenaisie Provote enters insolvency

Spanish fish and seafood canner Thenaisie Provote has reportedly become insolvent two years after it was acquired by Scandia Food of Romania.Thenaisie Provote has a canning facility at O Grove in the Galicia region of north west Spain employing 125 people. It has another plant at Mos, also in the Pontevedra region.The company is believed to have an annual...

Stacked beer cans in sleeves offer a blending experience

A brewer in New Zealand that sells varieties of its beers in pairs of 250ml cans wrapped in a single sleeve label has received a big order from the Coles supermarket chain in Australia.Urbanaut Brewing's Beer Blender range is designed to deliver a variety of flavour experiences by allowing consumers to blend the contents of the cans in various proportions....

Britvic hires former Coca-Cola executive to head procurement business

Soft drinks canner Britvic has hired former Coca-Cola executive Matt Swindall as its chief procurement officer.The maker of Robinsons squashes and the licence holder for PepsiCo products in the UK said Swindall would be focused on establishing “a sustainable, fair and robust approach to procurement that delivers value for our suppliers, helps us to grow our business, and realise...

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