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...

Krones opens training centre in Colombia

Germany-based plant equipment supplier Krones has opened a training centre in Bogotá, Colombia, to educate local operators about its canning and bottling lines. The facility was inaugurated in May by Krones’ local Andina subsidiary. The site is responsible for providing service support in a territory that includes not only Colombia, but also Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Panama.“The training centre’s principal...

Extra canning line for A-B’s Merrimack brewery

The world’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev is planning the addition of a canning line to its production facility at Merrimack in New Hampshire, USA. According to the Telegraph of Nashua, the Merrimack Planning Board has approved construction of a 5,300sqft brewing facility and 50,000sqft building that will incorporate a warehouse and packaging operations.The Merrimack plant was opened in 1970 and...

Owens-Illinois expands south of the border

Mexico’s biggest supplier of glass containers, Vitro, has agreed to sell its food and beverage business to Owens-Illinois in a deal worth about US$2.15 billion. With the expectation of completion in a year, the deal includes Vitro’s five plants in Mexico and one in Bolivia, which together employ 4,700, and will provide O-I with additional sales worth $945 million. It...

Brazil first for UHT milk in PET bottles

Latin America’s first-ever dairy producer to use an aseptic blow-fill-cap filling line equipped with dry preform decontamination for milk has started up a line supplied by Sidel. Jussara is using PET bottles to differentiate its Jussara Max milk brand from others on supermarket shelves in Brazil. Max is a long shelf life milk (UHT) enriched with added calcium and vitamins.In...

Coca-Cola Enterprises opens new UK operations centre

A newly-refurbished operations centre has been opened by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) at Milton Keynes in the UK, following a £5m investment. With about 160 staff, the operations centre is responsible for the purchase, distribution and refurbishment of all CCE’s cold drink equipment in shops and businesses throughout Great Britain.Every cooler and item of vending machine equipment that CCE distributes comes...

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