Cans broaden an Arizona craft brewer’s consumer base

An established Arizona craft brewer has extended its range of brews offered in aluminium cans manufactured by Rexam. Prescott Brewing Co has added Achocolypse to its Ponderosa IPA and Liquid Amber Ale that are sold in 12oz cans as a means of improving the quality of its products, and widening the range of locations where they can be consumed.Named after...

Rain talks for Ball’s 8oz slim cans

US-based Talking Rain Beverage Company has launched fridge 8-packs of its Sparkling Ice drinks in 8oz aluminium cans from Ball Corporation.“We are constantly looking for new ways to add value for our dedicated consumers, retailers and distribution partners," said Kevin Klock, chief executive of Talking Rain. “With the addition of these grab-and-go fridge packs, we are responding directly to...

Ultra-cheap bottled water in India

An impoverished village in eastern India has established a water purification and bottling plant after years of suffering illnesses from drinking polluted groundwater.Charity workers from Sulabh International have helped residents in Madusudankati to create what they claim is the world’s cheapest bottle of drinking water – costing less than one US cent per litre.Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of the Indian...

Spanish canning exports reach record high

The Spanish canning sector reports record results for 2017 in production, exports and employment, according to general secretary of the industry association Anfaco-Cecopesca Juan Manuel Vieites.Figures for 2017 show an increase in production, turnover, employment, exports and investment in R&D, as well as reaffirming continuing improvements in the fish canning market.Sales in the sector reached €1.6 billion (US$1.9bn), representing...

More US cities vote for taxes on sugary soft drinks

Fears have heightened in the North American soft drinks industry that taxes on sugary drinks could be imposed at state or even federal level after four more US cities voted for their local implementation.Voters in California and Colorado agreed to have the excise taxes of either 1 cent or 2 cents per ounce added to the price of sugar-sweetened...

Returnable beer packaging investment for South African Breweries

South African Breweries (SAB), which is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, is investing more than US$200 million at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries, with half devoted to expanding its returnable glass packaging lines.The other half of the investment is for expansion of the brewhouse at Rosslyn.Each of the two new packaging lines being delivered by a German manufacturer will be...

Snow Brand infant formula maker joins Australia’s INC

Japan-based dairy product packer Megmilk Snow Brand Co Ltd has joined the Infant Nutrition Council (INC), the organisation that represents infant formula manufacturers and marketers in Australia and New Zealand.The INC assists members to meet regulatory requirements in production and distribution.With more 90 years’ experience in the dairy industry, Snow Brand is one of Japan’s leading manufacturers of dairy...

Premium sector drives energy drinks growth in Thailand

The maker of Red Bull in Thailand has launched two premium energy drinks under the Ready brand to attract office workers and young consumers.Red Bull is branded as Krating Daeng and produced by the TCP Group in Thailand.Surachai Chonglertvarawong, TCP’s director of marketing, said that 100 million baht (US$3m) has been spent in the launch of Ready Black for...

Anheuser-Busch InBev acquisition of SABMiller clear to go ahead

The US$104 billion acquisition of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev is clear to proceed following approval today by shareholders of both companies.The combined group will retain the name Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV following completion of the combination, and therefore the interim company Newbelco SA/NV will be renamed accordingly.Commenting on the shareholder vote, Carlos Brito, chief executive of Anheuser-Busch InBev said: “We...

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