Corona canned beer to use plastics-free multi-pack system

Mexican beer brand Corona is to pilot a plastics-free multi-pack system for its cans.The six-pack rings will be available in selected markets and are made from plant-based biodegradable fibres with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials. If left in the environment, they break down into organic material that the company claims is harmless to wildlife.Describing Corona as...

Australia’s fruit canner SPC to be sold

Australian fruit and vegetable canner SPC is to be sold by Coca-Cola Amatil following the conclusion of a strategic review.The decision follows the completion of a four-year A$100 million (US$72.3m) investment, including A$22m from the Victorian Government, to revive growth in the struggling business.SPC celebrated its 100th anniversary this year and its brands include Ardmona, Goulburn Valley, SPC and...

Kiwi drinks business changes from plastics to cans

New Zealand drinks firm Parkers Beverage Company is the country’s first to stop using plastics bottles for its mineral waters, and replace the packaging with aluminium cans.Parkers, which also produces a range of beers, wines and coffees, manufactures and distributes water brands such as Parkers and Ō Pure Artesian Water.With operations based at Hastings on the North Island, Parkers...

Multi-pack system improves canned output for brewery in Texas

Moving to a multi-packing system for beverage cans has helped Texas-based Tupps Brewery to improve its packaging processes.The Tupps Brewery, located at McKinney, is using G1 WaveGrip Carriers developed by a company within the RPC group. The carriers are applied after they have been filled at up to 50 per minute on a LinCan line that was supplied by...

Campbell Soup slows the sales decline but soup is still a concern

US-based food packer Campbell Soup Company has arrested a decline in sales, according to its first-quarter 2019 results, but its core American canned soup business continues to shrink.Net sales in the three months to the end of October increased 25 per cent to $2.69 billion compared with the same period last year, said the New Jersey-based food and snacks...

Thatchers chooses Ardagh’s cans for its new rosé cider

British cider maker Thatchers is canning a new rosé cider as it takes on increasingly popular fruit-based brews with a sweeter, lighter apple-based beverage.The cider will be made from dessert apples with higher sugar content, such as Gala and Pink Lady, which will also give the drink a red hue, the Somerset-based company said. At 4 per cent ABV,...

Princes given green light to redevelop its biggest canning plant

Food processing giant Princes Group has been granted planning permission to redevelop its largest canning plant in the UK.The maker of brands including Branston and Batchelor’s will demolish some buildings at the sprawling Long Sutton site in Lincolnshire, and replace them with integrated warehousing and processing facilities, including a raw materials handling site. The development would also incorporate engineering...

Coca-Cola European Partners GB to invest in further growth

The British bottler of Coca-Cola drinks has reported a successful year, with £2.2 billion (US$2.8bn) in retail sales over the past 12 months, supported by supply-chain investment including £40 million ($51m) for a automated warehouse at its plant at Sidcup in Kent.This investment is part of £250m ($321m) that Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has spent at its 11 manufacturing...

Cans: an opportunity for innovative design

Metal packaging is seen as an opportunity for innovative design, and is being included in the consulting programme run by KHS.The packaging systems manufacturer said at the BrauBeviale show in Nuremberg that it is expecting growth in sales of its filling systems, including those for cans, of 1-2 per cent in the next few years.At the event, newly-appointed chief executive...

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