Coca-Cola partners with beauty firm on ‘relaxation drink’ in Japan

The maker of a hemp-infused ‘relaxation beverage’ in Japan is getting backing from Coca-Cola.Coca-Cola Japan is investing in Endian, which produces the drink called Chill Out.The terms of the deal have not been announced, but Coca-Cola Japan confirmed it had joined the venture, which will take over the manufacture and distribution of the product in Japan. Production will begin...

Coca-Cola starts up canning plant in Corsica

A new Coca-Cola canning plant has been started up on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.The €3 million investment is at Furiani, Bastia, and is capable filling 10,000 cans an hour.It was developed in conjunction with bottler Société Corse de Boissons (Socobo), which will operate the facility alongside Coca-Cola.The bottler has been filling glass and plastics bottles since 1969 and...

Kiwi drinks business changes from plastics to cans

New Zealand drinks firm Parkers Beverage Company is the country’s first to stop using plastics bottles for its mineral waters, and replace the packaging with aluminium cans.Parkers, which also produces a range of beers, wines and coffees, manufactures and distributes water brands such as Parkers and Ō Pure Artesian Water.With operations based at Hastings on the North Island, Parkers...

Meat packer JBS to buy Plumrose USA

The US division of Brazilian meat packer JBS has agreed to buy Plumrose USA, the canned ham, bacon and deli-meat owned by Danish Crown, for US$230 million.Plumrose USA, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, was founded as a sliced ham company in 1932 and has grown to provide meat products, including premium bacons, packaged deli meats, deli counter hams, cooked...

Lagunitas unveils canned cannabis beverage

Lagunitas Brewing has launched a canned cannabis-infused sparkling beverage in order to take advantage of the burgeoning cannabis market in California, USA.Named Hi-Fi Hops, it will only will be available at licensed cannabis dispensaries in California from next month and will come in two varieties, including one containing 10mg of THC, a principal psychoactive chemical in marijuana. The other...

Profits jump almost a third at Monster Energy

As Monster Energy continues to benefit from its distribution deal with Coca-Cola, the California based energy drinks firm reported that sales were up 12 percent year-on-year in 2016, at $3.05 billion.The increase in net profit for the year, despite a slight dip in the fourth quarter, was even better, rising 30.4 percent to $713 million. As a percentage of...

Refresco completes acquisition of Cott’s bottling activities

Refresco has completed the acquisition of US-based Cott Corporation’s bottling activities, creating the world’s largest independent bottler for own-brand products.With the deal, Dutch-based Refresco almost doubles its global production volume to around 12 billion litres and now has a footprint of 59 facilities in 12 countries, employing more than 9,500 people.The completion follows Refresco shareholder approval, and approval in...

Estonian craft brewery ups its canning capacity

Tanker Brewery in Estonia has had a canning line installed by Cask Global Canning Solutions.The brewer, which is located just outside the capital Tallinn, is using an Automated Canning System V5, which is made in Canada. It has the capability to package standard, sleek or slim cans, and is CE-compliant for buyers in Europe.The canning line features inline scale...

Nestlé expands Milo factory in Malaysia

Nestlé Malaysia has expanded its Chembong factory in Negeri Sembilan by 30 per cent to meet both domestic and export demand for its Milo chocolate malt beverage brand.The RM90 million (US$22m) investment will make Chembong the largest Milo manufacturing site in the world. Varieties produced at the factory include regular Milo and Milo 3-in-1. Meanwhile, Nestlé has also installed...

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