Craft brewer in Arkansas installs centrifuge technology

US craft brewer Ozark Beer Company has added a centrifuge to improve a less-efficient filtering system and upgraded its canning line in a move designed to keep up with demand for canned beers.The centrifuge installed at the brewery in Rogers, Arkansas, was made in Germany and is used to filter the beer, removing any remnant organic matter, while improving the...

Closure specialist signs $60m deal despite coronavirus problems

The boss of Italian closure manufacturer Pelliconi recently signed a multi-million deal in the US with drinks giant Dr Pepper, even as he attempts to manage problems at his plants caused by the coronavirus.Pelliconi managing director Marco Checchi struck the US$60 million, three-year, deal to supply plastic closures during a trip to the US at the end of February,...

Plant-based chocolate drink launched by Nestlé

Nestlé has launched a plant-based version of its canned cocoa malt beverage powder, Milo.First launched by Nestlé Australia in 1934, the new Milo has its milk powder replaced with soy and oats, but the basic ingredients – malt, barley and cocoa, are the same.The new Milo is also lower in sugar and has a combination of vitamins and minerals...

Canning investment needed by Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable sector

Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable sector is in desperate need of investment in canning plants to improve the quality of food and boost exports to Africa, Thailand, the US and Europe.Đặng Phúc Nguyên, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Vegetables (VAV), says the country needs more modern equipment for packaging and post-processing of produce, so that its shelf life...

Greencroft cans Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in UK first

Wine canner Greencroft Bottling has begun production of the UK’s first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine in a can. Part of the filler’s Nika Tiki range, the beverage is being packaged in smaller-format 187ml beverage cans to appeal to “wine cautious” younger adults, Stanley, Co Durham-based Greencroft’s sister business, Lanchester Wines, said in a statement. Research by the company had shown...

Canning machine maker Codi reaches out to virus-hit craft brewers

Codi Craft Canning is offering the free use of its mobile can filling machines to smaller US brewers unable to package their drinks due to the spread of coronavirus.The offer, part of what has been called the Candemic Relief Project, is initially open to companies in the filling-machine maker’s Colorado home state but may be widened to adjacent...

Thai Union donates seafood to tackle pandemic

Thai Union Group, the Bangkok-based canned seafood producer, has donated THB 1 million (US$30,637) in tuna and other products to help the Thai government’s medical staff who are dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.The canner of seafood brands such as John West, Petit Navire and Chicken of the Sea, provided a range of food items, which included more than 25,000...

Asahi launches sugar-free hard seltzer in Australia

Drinks giant Asahi of Japan has launched a vodka-based, sugar-free canned seltzer in Australia in what is thought to be one of the first for the country.Called Good Tides, a hard or ‘spiked’ seltzer from Asahi Premium Beverages, features sparkling water with triple-distilled vodka and a hint of flavouring. The drink, which contains no sugar or artificial sweeteners and...

Virus disrupting craft beer sector

The craft brewing sector has not been spared the disruption of coronavirus, with breweries struggling to buy canning equipment from scourge-hit countries and the world’s biggest microbrew trade show cancelled.Verdant Brewing, based in Cornwall, England, said it was unable to begin using a new canning line it has bought from a Chinese supplier. In a message to customers, the...

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