Asahi Breweries shrinks its secondary packaging for cans

Secondary packaging launched by Asahi Breweries for multipacks in Japan will dramatically reduce the amount of paperboard it uses, and reduce its carbon footprint. Developed for six-packs, the rectangular cardboard carrier sits around the top of each can before tucking in below the neck. Compared with the wrap-around packaging commonly used for six-packs, the Eco-Pack is said to reduce the...

Campbell’s consumers sing for their supper

Limited-edition versions of canned soup produced by Campbell’s feature labels with QR codes to bring music into the kitchens of home chefs. When shoppers in North America scan the ‘M’m! M’m! Records’ label on the front of some cans they will be taken to Campbell’s recipes, a cooking playlist that features a selection of Universal Music Group (UMG) artists and...

Krones fits out greenfield brewery site for Brazil’s Petrópolis

Filling equipment manufacturer Krones has installed two new canning lines for Brazilian brewery firm Petropolis Group. The lines have been built along with two glass filling lines at the brewery’s newly established brewing plant in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, in the south of the country. The canning lines will be able to process 256,000 cans per hour for Petropolis’s brands including...

Ambev establishes first carbon neutral brewery in Brazil

The first large-scale carbon neutral brewery in Brazil has been unveiled by Ambev, in an initiative developed to offset 9,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide yearly. Ambev, which is Latin America’s largest brewer and part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, has invested BRL 137 million (US$24.8m) over the last five years in the production facility at Ponta Grossa, Paraná, in the south region...

Aluminium bottles chosen for new environmentally friendly powder shampoo

A Singaporean entrepreneur is using aluminium bottles to bring sustainability to the hair care industry. Lynn Tan developed the eco-friendly range of waterless shampoos when she became concerned about low recycling rates for plastic bottles and the effects of water waste. She said she chose screw-top bottles for The Powder Shampoo because they can “be reused for life”. The haircare industry...

ORG profits from low-alcohol trend in China

China’s largest manufacturer of aluminium two-piece beverage cans ORG Technology is producing and filling the cans for Coca-Cola’s newest low-alcohol launch in China. The sparkling alcoholic drink called Lemon-Dou was released at the end of September in the Chinese mainland as part of Coca-Cola’s strategy to appeal to younger drinkers. The beverage is available in three flavours containing different levels of...

PepsiCo sales rise despite cost and supply chain pressures

Global beverage and snack brand PepsiCo said third-quarter sales climbed as the company expanded its offering of non-soda products including ready-to-drink coffee. Sales in the three months through 4 September rose almost 12 per cent year-on-year to US$20.1 billion. “We are pleased with our results for the third quarter as we delivered very strong net revenue growth while carefully navigating a...

Britvic commissions new canning line in the UK

A fourth canning line is being installed by UK-based soft drinks producer Britvic to expand capacity at its Rugby plant. The £27 million (US$36.8m) investment in the Midlands production site, Britvic’s largest, will increase output of filled 330ml cans by 18 per cent. Britvic, which is supplied at Rugby with aluminium cans through a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ connection by Ardagh, and also...

Simmons Pet Food to expand capacity with new can size

Private label manufacturer Simmons Pet Food will expand canning capacity to include 3oz (85g) cans in its wet pet food portfolio by 2023. The company has not revealed more details about the project, but added it is part of a strategic growth plan expected to surpass US$500 million in capital investment over a three-year period. “Our commitment to high-quality nutrition and...