PepsiCo in dispute with Bang Energy about termination of distribution deal

Global food and drinks giant PepsiCo has disputed an announcement by Vital Pharmaceuticals that it had terminated an exclusive distribution partnership for Bang Energy drinks which only began in April this year.A statement on Pepsico’s website said: “We were disappointed to receive VPX’s (Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc) notice of termination without cause, especially given the rapid success we’ve had in...

US contract filler to open plant in California

US contract filler DrinkPak is to open a new facility in California, where it plans to produce almost two billion cans of drinks a year.The maker of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks has just signed a seven-year lease for a building at Needham Ranch near Santa Clarita. This will employ around 200 people operating three lines with total capacity to...

Heinz Beanz Baubles form part of new Christmas range 

Heinz has launched a limited-edition Christmas range in the UK which for the first time includes a box of Heinz Beanz Baubles plus a personalised can of beans.The box of six decorative Heinz Beanz Baubles plus the can of beans are available from the canned food company’s website,, priced at £25 (US$33) plus delivery charge. It comes in...

Seltzer and RTD cocktail sales surge in the US

Off-premise sales of seltzers and ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails in the US, which are dominated by canned beverages, continued to grow significantly in September and October compared with last year, according to the latest figures from market researcher Nielsen.Seltzers were up 103 per cent by value, while RTD cocktails were up 131 per cent for the nine weeks ending 31...

‘World’s first’ canned Scotch and tonic

What is claimed to be the world’s first canned ready-to-drink Scotch and tonic water cocktail has been launched by Australian-owned blended whisky brand Pure Scot.Pure Scot, which operates from the Bladnoch Distillery in the lowlands of Scotland, has also blended its whisky with cola into another canned RTD variant.The 8% ABV products are Pure Scot Signature & Tonic and...

Guinness recalls cans of alcohol-free stout after mould discovery 

Cans of Guinness’s alcohol-free stout have been recalled soon after its launch in early November after inspectors found mould in samples.The Dublin-based brewer, owned by UK drinks giant Diageo, removed stocks of Guinness 0.0 in four-packs of 440ml cans from retail shelves. The company did not reveal how many had been removed from sale.Launched two weeks earlier with the...

Cans to the rescue as South Australian drinkers buy local brews

The popularity of locally-brewed canned beers during the Covid-19 pandemic is behind a 3.9 per cent rise in sales in first half of the year at Coopers Brewery in South Australia.Pre-tax profit for the Adelaide brewery was A$34.3 million (US$24.87m) with total beer volime up 2 per cent to 76.8m litres.The brewery began selling its Sparkling Ale in...

Expansion plans for craft brewer Silver City

American craft brewer Silver City is extending its Washington presence into four more states.Silver City will distribute its brews, including its best-selling Tropic Haze IPA, and Hazy IPA via draft and six-packs of 12oz cans to Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii."We are fortunate to be at a place in time where we know we can expand our footprint, while...

Molson Coors introduces e-commerce platform in the UK 

Eyeing up the growing at-home consumption market, Molson Coors Beverage has launched Revl, an e-commerce platform in the UK.The platform offers the company’s full portfolio of brands, in addition to selected drinks and snacks from third-party partners. The canned drinks selection includes bundles of beer, ready-to-drink cocktails and hard seltzers.Consumers in England, Wales and parts of Scotland can opt...

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