EC fines vegetable canners for operating cartel

The European Commission (EC) has fined vegetable canners Coroos of the Netherlands and French co-operative Groupe Cecab a total of €31.65 million (US$34.46m) for breaching EU antitrust rules.Bonduelle Group of France was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the EC.The EC found that Bonduelle, Coroos and Groupe Cecab (now called Groupe D’aucy) participated for...

Budweiser UK & Ireland to invest £115m in more beer capacity

More than £115 million (US$160m) is being invested at Anheuser-Busch InBev breweries in the UK to increase output.Subsidiary Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I is installing  modern and eco-friendly infrastructure at its two sites in South Wales and Lancashire.The brewer of Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona will increase capacity in brewing, canning and bottling by a total of 3.6m hectolitres once...

Multi-packing systems for the US craft beer market

A multi-packing machine has been installed at US-based Road Beer Co to enable it to meet the growing demand for its canned craft beers.Founded in 2015, the brewer operates a brewhouse and taproom in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts, offering its products in cans and kegs.As part of a system installed by Palmer Canning, the WaveGrip G1 is...

First canned flavoured water rollout in Brazil

Flavoured water is being canned and sold in Brazil for the first time. Rio de Janeiro based Eklo Water has teamed with Crown Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia S.A. (Crown Brazil) to release the first flavoured water in aluminium cans in the country.Launched in red berry and citrus flavours that are free of sodium, calories and preservatives, Eklo Water is...

Hand-delivered canned caviar goes organic in the Middle East

Canned caviar is being sold in a certified-organic version for the first time in the United Arab Republic (UAE).Produced by US-based AmStur Caviar, prices for the hand-delivered 30g can of Empress (Organic) Grade start at Dh405 (US$110).It is sourced from the Pacific coast of North America and is said to offer superior quality caviar with a rich and buttery...

Craft beer canner helps with water for emergency relief

When a craft brewer on the Atlantic coast of the US heard about the destruction caused by the recent Hurricane Matthew, it jumped into action by canning fresh water.Suzie Ford, president and co-owner of NoDa Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina, wanted to help the people of Lumberton, which despite being 60 miles from the coast at Wilmington had been...

Industry seeks to reap where BioHub project sowed

A nine-year research project looking into the development of plant-based performance plastics has reached its conclusion, with a number of new chemicals being produced using renewable agricultural materials - such as cereals - which are sustainable substitutes for fossil-based chemicals.The BioHub programme was undertaken by international French biorefining group, Roquette, and subsidied by BPI France, the French agency for...

”Challenging environment’ for Campbell’s Soup

Facing what its chief executive Denise Morrison called a “challenging environment”, soup-maker Campbell’s reported fourth-quarter and year-end sales that were down on expectations.It also has to contend with a challenge to its pending acquisition of Oregon-based Pacific Foods, announced in July as a $700 million cash deal. The son of its founder says in a lawsuit that the acquisition...

Supporters’ campaign revives a canned Australian beer

Australia’s Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) is reviving Reschs Pilsener in 'Silver Bullet' cans after a long-running online campaign by supporters of the canned beer.CUB has listened to the supporters, known as the Reschs Appreciation Society, and brought back the Reschs Silver Bullet cans, which were replaced with bottles in 2005.The 375ml cans of Reschs Pilsener will replace 375ml...

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