Princes canning plant closed for a day after coronavirus cases found

Food canner Princes Group shut one of its UK plants temporarily after staff were diagnosed with coronavirus.The owner of brands including Branston, Napolina and Batchelor’s closed its Wisbech plant in the east of England for 24 hours after 14 of its 407 employees were found to be infected with the virus, according to reports.The facility, which packs products including...

First Belgian strong dark ale in cans to be exported to US

A Belgian strong ale called Delirium Nocturnum, which is being packed in 500ml aluminium cans for the first time, will soon be shipped to the US for distribution in September.Brouwerij Huyghe’s dark ale will be cashing in on the growing popularity of canned speciality beers in the US, says distributor Better Beverage Leaders Inc (BBL).In 2019, Brouwerij Huyghe’s Delirium...

Oregon Fruit Products expands canned fruit range

Oregon Fruit Products has added to its range of canned fruit with the release of Blueberries in 100 per cent Blueberry Juice in 14.5oz cans.Packed in unsweetened, not-from-concentrate blueberry juice, the new drink from the US speciality fruit supplier has no added sugar and is targeted at the healthy eating trend. It is naturally rich in antioxidants and contains 13...

Cans of beer sold to support reopening of pubs in the UK

Camden Town Brewery will be selling 500ml cans of its To The Pub beer online and from selected retail outlets in the UK in support of the hospitality sector, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.On sale from Friday 26 June, the proceeds will be used to contribute towards funding the production of kegs that are...

Guala Closures win Alufoil Trophy 2020 for Savin Prestige Wine screwcaps

Italian metal cap maker Guala Closures is celebrating its victory in this year’s Alufoil Trophy, in which it won the Marketing and Design award for a range of aluminium screw caps that top Savin Prestige wines. The winning Guala portfolio includes shell caps and inserts that include materials such as woods, fabrics such as satin and Alcantara, and resins that...

NZ’s Parkers to expand canned water sales to Singapore

Parkers Beverage Company is planning to sell its canned water to stores in Singapore after a successful e-commerce launch in the city-state at the end of last year.The Lion City’s take-up of cans of Parkers still and sparkling water was 30,000 units sold via the online platform RedMart. The drink costs SGD27 (US$19) for 24 cans.“We feel the best...

Canned milk pioneer Borden bought from bankruptcy

Venerable dairy products processor and canner Borden Dairy has been bought by two private equity firms in a bankruptcy auction, according to reports.KKR and Capitol Peak Partners formed a joint-venture to bid for the troubled American company, the Wall Street Journal reported. The price of the bid was not disclosed, but separate reports said the venture, called New Dairy Opco,...

Canadian brewer joins movement into canned hand sanitisers

Smithers Brewing Co has joined other Canadian brewers in adapting operations because of the coronavirus pandemic to produce hand sanitiser in 16oz (473ml) cans, as well as its beer.Farmery Estate Brewery based at Neepawa in Manitoba, has also used its skills with alcohol to pack hand sanitiser into 12oz (355ml) aluminium cans. Meanwhile Annex Ales of Calgary in Alberta...

Britvic rebrands Aqua Libra sparkling-infused water

UK soft drinks company Britvic has partnered with creative agency BrandOpus to launch a new identity and packaging design for Aqua Libra sparkling infused water in cans.The rebrand aims to drive category growth and increase market share by extending the brand’s appeal to the mainstream carbonated soft drink market.Following its heyday in the 1980s as a non-alcohol alternative, Aqua...

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