Spanish seafood canner cuts its water consumption

Water consumption in the packing operations of Spanish seafood canner Grupo Consorcio has been reduced by 40 percent following the implementation of an ‘eco-plan’ by research group AZTI-Tecnalia.Based at Santoña, Grupo Consorcio specialises in high-quality seafood such as anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea, albacore and tuna. The reduction in water comsumption, reports World Fishing, cuts its environmental impact, as...

Anheuser-Busch InBev to sell Australian brewer to Asahi

Belgium-based brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is planning to divest Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), its Australian subsidiary, to Japanese beer and beverage producer Asahi Group Holdings for A$16 billion (US$11.3bn).The move will grant Asahi the rights to commercialise the portfolio of AB InBev’s global and international brands, such as Foster’s, Victoria Bitter, Carlton, Corona, Leffe and Stella Artois,...

Award for brewing and packing system with energy self-sufficiency

A brewing system that is self-sufficient in energy, and generates enough of a surplus to sell to other customers, has been recognised with an award from the Congress of the German Energy Agency (DENA).Germany-based beer & beverage filling line manufacturer Krones won the 2017 Energy Efficiency Award for the system that makes more energy than it consumes. It was...

US complex primed for redevelopment

The growth in natural gas liquids (NGLs) production from the US shale plays and pipeline capacity additions has created an environment suited to the redevelopment of the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex (MHIC) in Pennsylvania, US, which would make it a key link in the global NGLs market, claims a report by IHS. The site also benefits from its close proximity...

Queensland artist honours local culture on craft beer labels

A newly-established craft brewery at a popular tourist location in Queensland, Australia, chose the run up to Christmas to launch its beer in cans decorated by a local artist.The Imperial Hotel at Eumundi, north of Brisbane, hosts the brewery which restarted a tradition for local beer earlier this year.The cans rolled off the canning line in the week before...

Rain talks for Ball’s 8oz slim cans

US-based Talking Rain Beverage Company has launched fridge 8-packs of its Sparkling Ice drinks in 8oz aluminium cans from Ball Corporation.“We are constantly looking for new ways to add value for our dedicated consumers, retailers and distribution partners," said Kevin Klock, chief executive of Talking Rain. “With the addition of these grab-and-go fridge packs, we are responding directly to...

Coca-Cola launches first 100% plant-based PET bottle

The world’s first 100 percent plant-based PET bottle has been unveiled by Coca-Cola, ending the beverage giant's six-year pursuit of a fully recyclable plastics bottle made from renewable plant-derived materials.Since the 2009 launch, Coca-Cola has distributed more than 35 billion PlantBottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of the packaging, which is made from up to 30...

Thai Union forges Morocco partnership

Canned tuna giant Thai Union Frozen Products has started a partnership with Moroccan sardine cannery Oceanic Laayoune, reports Undercurrent News.  The facility at Laayoune on the north-west coast of Africa will co-pack sardines for sale on the European market under the John West and Parmentier brands, owned by Thai Union’s MW Brands business.Oceamic Laayoune, which is owned by Sarma Food, says...

Petainer launches PET keg rental option

Plastics keg manufacturer Petainer has launched a rental scheme for its range of one-way PET containers. The system is said to enable brewers and beverage manufacturers the option of adding PET kegs to their portfolio of packaging materials with no up-front capital expenditure. The packaging from Czech Republic-based Petainer is said to benefit from being fully recyclable and provide extended...