Coca-Cola HBC on track despite weather impacts

Swiss-based soft drink bottler Coca-Cola HBC has reported a 4.9 per cent fall in operating profit in the first half of 2019. The company cited unseasonably wet and cold weather conditions in the second quarter as being at least partially to blame for this.Coca-Cola HBC’s net sales rose 3.8 per cent to E3.35 billion ($3.75bn) for the first six...

Monster’s energy drink sales fail to expand fast enough

Increased competition in the energy drinks market may lie behind Monster Beverage’s recent second quarter results, which failed to meet market expectations.Monster’s sales in the three months to the end of June 2019 were up 8.7 per cent to $1.10 billion compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, gross sales rose 8 per cent to $1.29bn from $1.19bn...

Global sales slide hits Kraft Heinz results

The Kraft Heinz Co reported lower net sales for the first half of 2019, reflecting, it said, the adverse impacts of ongoing cost inflation, greater investments and higher depreciation and amortisation expenses.Global sales were US$12.4 billion, down 4.8 per cent on the same period last year. Net profit dropped by 51.4 per cent to $854 million.Sales in the...

Exal sells its filling business in Argentina

Exal Corporation, which makes aluminium bottles and aerosol cans, has sold its Argentina-based filling business, Exal Packaging, to Queruclor Group, a local manufacturer and supplier of personal and home care products.Exal will now focus on its existing canmaking facilities in North and South America, as well as on its recent proposed merger with the food and speciality can...

Colorada kombucha producer converts full range to cans

Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, which makes botanically-infused kombucha, has now launched its products in aluminium cans across 32 states in central and western US.Since July 2019, the Colorado-based company’s flavoured products – including Alpine Lavender, Living Ginger, and Strawberry Tonic, together with more recent introductions, such as decaffeinated Lion’s Root – have been available on supermarket shelves, including in 175...

Michigan craft breweries use can art to promote brands

Several craft breweries in Michigan in the US have launched beers which incorporate striking artwork on their cans to promote the ethos of the companies. “For your brand, everything else (on the shelves) is the context and you want your brand to stand out,” graphic designer Andy Tyra, who is responsible for a lot of the artwork on cans, bottles...

Australians opt for cocktails in cans

Newly-formed cocktail specialist Curatif has joined forces with two of Australia’s most awarded craft distilleries, Four Pillars Gin and Archie Rose Distilling Co, to reinvent the way consumers enjoy cocktails by supplying them in cans.Curatif’s ready-to-serve cans of Four Pillars Negroni and Archie Rose Espresso Martini are available at selected stores throughout Australia in what the company says...

Camden Town Brewery scores with Arsenal partnership

UK-based craft brewer Camden Town Brewery will begin packaging its Hells lager in custom-printed aluminium bottles, following an official partnership with Premier League soccer team Arsenal.Founded in 2010 by lifelong Arsenal supporter, Jasper Cuppaidge, the brewery has grown significantly in its relatively short history and was acquired by brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev for £85 million (US$103m) in 2015.To accommodate...

Wild Goose spreads wings with Iron Heart Canning

US-based Iron Heart Canning has purchased its 50th canning line from Wild Goose Filling Systems to expand its mobile beverage canning capabilities. Since 2013, Wild Goose and Iron Heart established a partnership that enables Iron Heart to provide mobile canning services to more than 600 mostly craft brewers. Iron Heart now operates out of 23 warehouses serving 22 states throughout...