Expansion for US contract packer Wildpack Beverage

Contract packer Wildpack Beverage is set to further expand operations with the acquisition of Colorado-based beverage can filler Vertical Distilling. Following an extensive rebranding and an initial public offering (IPO) last May, Wildpack hopes the US$4.5 million deal will help strengthen filling capacity in what it considers “a key region in the middle market beverage industry”. The deal is expected to...

Monster’s super-sodas are aimed at Mountain Dew

Monster Energy is planning to launch a new range of sparkling ‘super sodas’ under the brand name Mutant. News of the launch was revealed by Monster’s chief executive Rodney Sacks at the company’s annual shareholder meeting earlier this week.Mutant is a result of collaboration between Monster and Coca-Cola, which took a 16.7 percent share worth more than $2bn in the...

Lemonade hard seltzers in cans: the next big thing in 2021?

Canned lemonade hard seltzers look set to become the next big thing in 2021, following the announcement of several launches by major players in the sector. Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev), which entered the rapidly growing hard seltzer market last year, is expanding its Bud Light brand portfolio with the addition of new Seltzer Lemonades, available in the US in variety 12-packs...

Costa to deliver 50,000 canned coffee packages in summer promotion

Thousands of British homes are to be sent cans of Costa Coffee’s ready-to-drink (RTD) products in a promotion designed to cash in on the lifting of the coronavirus lockdown, which shuttered its cafes. The high-street coffee chain’s parent company, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), will mail 50,000 two-can packs of the 250ml RTDs to members of the Costa loyalty programme. Subscribers...

Premium brands boost Anheuser-Busch InBev sales in the third quarter

Sales at leading global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev in the third quarter, the last before its acquisition of rival SABMiller, grew by 2.8 percent to US$11.38 billion, compared with the same period in 2015. The increase came partly from strong performance by its three global premium brands, Corona, Stella Artois and Budweiser, which were up 8.7 percent, and volume growth in...

PepsiCo invests in growing natural food segment

PepsiCo is to invest US$131 million to acquire a 26 per cent stake in China-based ‘health food’ business Natural Food International Holdings Limited.  Natural Food produces nutritional powders based on cereals, as well as ranges of nuts, beans and berry food products. It is the second largest natural food producer in China by retail sales. The transaction would make PepsiCo the...

Falling prices hit sales at Irn-Bru producer A G Barr

Falling prices and poor weather in the early summer hit the Scots-based producer of Irn-Bru, whose first-half sales to the end of July were down 2.8 percent in like-for-like business at £125.6 million (US$159.5m). AG Barr, which also produces drinks such as Rubicon, Strathmore and Funkin, improved its net profit slightly at £17.0m ($21.6m). The drinks producer has been investing in...

Anheuser-Busch ships canned water to flooded communities on Gulf Coast

Three truckloads of canned water are being shipped to the Gulf Coast area of Texas by brewer Anheuser-Busch to help communities hit by the floods resulting from Hurricane Harvey. Supplies of canned water are regularly warehoused by Anheuser-Busch to enable a swift response to any natural disaster. The first truckload of the shipment – totaling more than 155,000 cans – left...

Princes given green light to redevelop its biggest canning plant

Food processing giant Princes Group has been granted planning permission to redevelop its largest canning plant in the UK. The maker of brands including Branston and Batchelor’s will demolish some buildings at the sprawling Long Sutton site in Lincolnshire, and replace them with integrated warehousing and processing facilities, including a raw materials handling site. The development would also incorporate engineering...