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...

Italy’s IPI launches aseptic carton

Based in Perugia, Italy, IPI says that Caliz is available in a range of sizes from 20cl to 1-litre, and is suitable for application with products including added-value beverages such as nectars, enriched milk for infants, drinking yogurt and energy drinks.“Caliz offers a premium shape with unique features, creating a strong visual impact from all angles and offering more...

Anheuser-Busch supports flood victims

With lethal storms and deadly flooding wracking the nearby states of Texas and Oklahoma, Anheuser-Busch temporarily converted one of its breweries so that it churned out cans of water rather than its trademark beers. The May floods have led to 25 deaths, with additional people missing.One of the world’s beer giants, Anheuser-Busch stopped producing beer at its brewery in...

Zero water targets for California Nestlé plants

Nestlé is aiming to reduce to volume of water it uses at plants in California using what it describes as innovative technology. As the state continues to suffer from drought conditions, the Swiss-based food and beverage giant is planning to use new technology at five water bottling plants and four facilities where food or pet-care products are manufactured.“Technology we have...

Consolidation strategy for COFCO in China

Chinese food giant COFCO is reportedly planning to divest some of its businesses to improve profitability in advance of more overseas expansions. The Beijing-based state-owned business, the largest supplier of diversified products and services in the agricultural products and food industry in China, last year posted sales of almost $32 billion, up 13 percent.COFCO is active in 140 countries and...

WestRock: the new packaging giant

Name of the new global packaging manufacturer resulting from the merger of MeadWestvaco Corporation (MVW) and Rock-Tenn Company will be WestRock Company. MVW and Rock-Tenn agreed in January to the merger, in which MWV shareholders will own 50.1 percent.With 42,000 employees and 300 factories, the new company will have an equity value of about US$16bn and pre-tax profits of almost...

Budweiser brewery starts up in Vietnam

Anheuser-Busch InBev has started production at its new brewery in Vietnam, where beer consumption is expected to grow by 50 percent in the next five years, reaching 4.5 billion litres in 2020. Vietnamese drinkers can now enjoy Beck’s and Budweiser that’s brewed at the Binh Duong facility, which is said to have capacity to produce 50 million litres a year.The...

Carlsberg inaugurates its Myanmar brewery

Carlsberg has officially inaugurated its new brewery in Myanmar. The project – Myanmar Carlsberg Co – was originally announced in 2013 as a joint venture in which the Danish-based global brewer has a 51 percent share. It is thought that the project with Myanmar Golden Star (MGS) cost between $35 and $50 million. Its brewing capacity has not been revealed.Notable...

PepsiCo targets the Hispanic community

PepsiCo is growing its drinks range aimed at the Hispanic community with the launch of Pepsi Limon, a mixture of cola and real lime juice. PepsiCo says the drink is sweetened real sugar, and “captures the tart, refreshing taste that Hispanics love to enjoy with their meals and in their beverages”.“Pepsi knows the importance of authentic flavour and delivering on...

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