PepsiCo earns its stripes with new Neon Zebra canned mixers

American food and drinks giant PepsiCo is launching a range of canned non-alcoholic cocktail mixers.Available next month, the Neon Zebra cocktails will be packaged in six-packs of 7.5oz cans.The company said it wants to take a greater share of the effervescent cocktail mixers sector, which it said is worth more than US$858 million.“With at-home cocktail consumption on the rise,...

Dr Pepper’s strong end-of-year results driven by soft drinks sales

Sales at US-based drinks firm Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) picked up towards the end of 2020, with net sales rising by 4.5 per cent to US$11.62 billion on the back of positive performances in its coffee pods and branded soft drinks divisions.The full-year results follow a 6.4 per cent rise in sales in the last three months of the...

Contract canning service expands with new line in the UK

UK-based Blends Ltd has expanded its co-packing service with the installation of a canning line with capacity to fill up to 18 million cans per year.The company, which operates two 75,000sqft sites at Kirkby in Liverpool, set up a purpose-built room for the canning line, which includes six-head can fillers, flash pasteurisation, de-palletising and inkjet coding. Blends did not disclose...

Vizzy to launch more hard seltzer variety pack cans

Four new flavours of Molson Coors’ Vizzy hard seltzer in cans are set to be introduced in the US on 1 March in the company’s second variety pack release, following the brand’s launch last year.Vizzy Variety Pack #2 features four dual-fruit flavours, each with the brand’s signature antioxidant vitamin C from acerola superfruit: papaya passionfruit, blackberry lemon, watermelon strawberry and...

Vegetable canner Bonduelle reports rising sales

Rising sales of canned vegetables for home consumption helped lift results in the half year to the end of December for Bonduelle Group.Canned foods made by the France-based vegetable producer helped compensate for falling sales of frozen and fresh food to foodservice outlets due to Covid-19 lockdowns in Europe.Canned food sales were €589 million (US$715m) for the period, 5.3...

Krones can seamer for Turkey’s Kristal Kola

Krones is installing Turkey’s first Modulseam can seamer for Kristal Kola, according to a statement on the German filling equipment specialist’s social media site.The turnkey solution is described as “a new complete plant for cans” that will be installed at Kristal Kola’s Sapanca site in the northeast of the country.Krones said the plant will be able to process up...

Nestlé reports highest growth in five years

Food and beverage giant Nestlé reported organic growth of 3.6 per cent in 2020, led by rising sales of pet food and products for at-home consumption.Year-end sales for the Swiss company were CHF84.3 billion (US$94.1bn), 8.9 per cent down on its 2019 results. Net profit was also down by 3 per cent to CHF12.2bn ($13.6bn).But Nestlé said its real...

Coca-Cola European bottler increases offer for Australian counterpart

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has increased its offer for Coca-Cola Amatil of Australia, reflecting a jump in the company’s market value since an initial offer was made in October last year.CCEP said on Monday (15 February) it was raising the offer by 6 per cent to AUD$13.5 (US$10.5) per share, valuing the Australian company at AUD$9.93 billion ($7.72bn), compared...

Hawaiian water company adopts aluminium bottles in sustainability drive

Waiakea Water of Hawaii has launched a new sustainability initiative involving the use of refillable aluminium bottles in partnership with professional surfer Coco Ho.As part of the initiative, Hana Hou 670ml aluminium bottles are filled with the same Hawaiian volcanic water as Waiakea’s other products (500ml, 700ml, 1l) packaged in post-consumer recycle (rPET) bottles and 15l bag-in-box packaging. But...

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