Cask unveils new mobile micro-canner

Canada’s Cask Global Canning, a maker of filling lines for craft brewers, has added a new mobile canning system to its portfolio of equipment.The Automatic Canning System (ACS) Mobile is based on the company’s ACS V5 machine, but sits on a frame that is less than 2.2 metres (88 inches) long.The five fill-head machine fills sleek, slim and standard...

Cans meet changing consumer lifestyles following Covid-19

Canned food and drink has continued to meet changing consumer lifestyles around the world caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Crown has reported.Norms around work, school, travel and socialisation changed virtually overnight as a result of the pandemic, the canmaker explained. Eating habits also became fundamentally different, with a greater number of consumers cooking from home and eating more healthily.The...

US distillery launches whiskey in aluminium bottles

US distiller Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse has launched a limited-edition whiskey packaged in aluminium bottles designed for their portability and intended to be taken out on ‘adventures in the great outdoors’.Switchback Single Malt from the Denver, Colorado-based distillery comes in aluminium bottles designed to be carried with or packed into rucksacks used when out walking. Once the whiskey has...

Hormel acquires Planters brand from Kraft Heinz

Hormel Foods Corporation, famous for its Spam canned pork luncheon meat, has completed the acquisition of the Planters snacking portfolio from Kraft Heinz for US$3.35 billion.The deal includes the Planters, Nutrition, Planters Cheez Balls and Corn Nuts brands, as well as three production facilities. In 2020 the Planters snack nut portfolio generated sales of $1bn, according to reports.Jim Snee, chief executive of Hormel...

Reckitt Benckiser offloads infant formula business in China to Primavera

UK-based consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser has reached a deal to sell off its Infant Formula and Child Nutrition (IFCN) business in China to private equity firm Primavera Capital Group for US$2.2 billion.Reckitt will receive $1.3bn in cash from the transaction, which will be used to reduce its debts. It follows a strategic review of IFCN China announced by the...

Significant filling line expansion for US’s Green Mountain

US filler Northeast Drinks Group (NDG) is investing in a new canning line for its Green Mountain Beverage subsidiary, which manufactures and co-packages a variety of canned drinks.With an installation date set for January, the new line features a KHS filling system, Angelus can seamer, and BWIS material handling and packaging systems, the company said.The line will be able...

Canadian craft brewer to swap glass bottles for cans

Canadian microbrewer Le Naufrageur is to start using cans rather than glass bottles for most of its beers, to appeal to a new generation of drinkers who demand sustainable packaging and portability from their beer.The Quebec-based brewer is spending C$400,000 (US$330,856) on expanding and adapting its current premises, purchasing equipment and training staff to meet its new mission.“The Le...

Nestlé bolsters investment in Chinese pet food market

Swiss food and beverage giant Nestlé is to build a new canning line in China for an expanded range of pet food.The line in the northern coastal city of Tianjin will package premium wet pet food for the domestic market. Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2023.“Over the past seven years, we have achieved high...

Redesign for US aluminium bottled and canned water brand

US canned and bottled water brand Open Water has redesigned its packaging with a view to targeting off-premise consumers, following the coronavirus lockdowns that have taken place over the last year.When launched in 2014, the brand focused primarily on on-premise channels such as restaurants, hospitality, higher education and attractions. However, following coronavirus lockdowns last year, Open Water has refreshed...

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