KHS completes two beer canning lines for Carlsberg in China

Brewer Carlsberg has strengthened its position in the Chinese market with filling equipment supplied by Germany-based KHS. A canning line built for the Danish brewer at Dali in the western province of Yunnan went into operation in the summer. And a new line is also running at Chongqing Brewery, Yibin, in the south west province of Sichuan. Yibin Company, Carlsberg’s partner...

Cup noodle flavoured drinks offer instant delight

The Japanese company that invented instant noodles is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the product’s launch with a range of instant noodle-flavoured carbonated drinks in aluminium bottles with screw caps. The Tokyo-based Nissin Foods Group is launching four canned drinks to appeal to adventurous Japanese consumers. The 280ml bottles appear to be made by Daiwa Can. The range of drinks includes...

Asahi revives 35-year-old beer brand to cash in on home drinking

A canned beer launched 35 years ago is being revived by Japan’s Asahi Breweries in a bid to capitalise on the current popularity of at-home consumption. The brewery first launched Asahi Draught in 1986 but halted sales of the canned version seven years later to focus on promoting its more popular canned Asahi Super Dry. When the pandemic closed bars and...

Heinz goes plastic-free for UK multipacks of cans

Plastic shrink-wrap that has been used by Heinz to bind its multipacks of cans in the UK is being dropped in favour of thin cardboard carriers. US-based paper mill WestRock designed the CarrierKote sleeve, which uses no glue and 50 per cent less material than an enclosed wraparound box. That’s also 10 per cent less than a traditional paperboard sleeve. The...

Second seafood cannery planned for port town in Oman

More seafood canning capacity is to be added in Oman, in north-east Africa, with a plant planned at the port town of Duqm to process sardines, tuna and other marine products. A land-use agreement has been signed by International Marine Products and the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones for the construction of the 85,000sqm canning plant. With...

Mars Petcare scraps plastic secondary packaging for cans in the UK

Global pet food manufacturer Mars will replace plastic secondary packaging on its canned products in the UK, removing a total of 180 tonnes of plastic a year. All mixed multipack cans of Pedigree, Whiskas, Chappie and Kitekat pet food will be wrapped in outer packaging made from recyclable cardboard. Mars Petcare said the initiative starting in September will contribute towards the...

Hormel Foods posts record third-quarter sales

The maker of Spam canned luncheon meat has reported its best-ever third quarter sales, prompting it to raise estimates for the remainder of the year. Sales at Hormel Foods, based in Austin, Minnesota, increased by more than 20 per cent to US$2.9 billion in the three months to 25 July, compared with the same period a year earlier, and by...

Summer sales of Campbell’s soups slip compared to last year

The rise in home consumption during the Covid pandemic that boosted packaged drinks and food manufacturers has lost steam, with the Campbell’s Soup Company experiencing a sharp sales drop after last year’s strong gains. The Camden, New Jersey-maker of condensed soup and other snacks posted an 11 per cent sales slide in the three months to the end of July....

AB InBev targets autumn drinkers with spiked pumpkin Bud Light seltzers

Limited-edition flavours are being added to the range of canned Bud Light seltzers produced by Anheuser-Busch in the US. Four-packs of 12oz slim cans will be released in formulation that celebrate the US autumn. The 5%ABV cans include Pumpkin Spice, imbued with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, and Toasted Marshmallow, which AB InBev says has a hint of chocolate. The set...