Coronavirus takes fizz out of Coke but shakes up Pepsi

The world’s two largest drinks producers have reported widely different annual financial results, with Coca-Cola feeling the pinch from the pandemic and PepsiCo profiting from the change in consumer patterns.Atlanta, Georgia-based Coca-Cola is pinning its hopes on global vaccine rollouts bringing consumers back into restaurants and sports stadiums to arrest the drop in sales of its packaged drinks worldwide...

Canned hard seltzers lead off-premise US sales growth in 2020

Spiked seltzers in cans saw the largest value growth within alcoholic beverages in the US last year, while canned beverage sales increased as consumers drank more at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to market researcher Nielsen IQ.Consumers in the US spent US$89 billion on beer, wine and spirits for off-premise consumption last year, which was up $13.5bn...

UK oat milk specialist launches canned RTD coffee and tea in the US

Four new varieties of ready-to-drink (RTD) canned coffee and tea have been launched into the US by London-based oat milk specialist Minor Figures.The 200ml cans of the new products contain speciality cold-brew coffee or tea mixed with Minor Figures’ signature oat milk, or ‘m*lk’ as the company calls it. The four flavours include a simple latte, matcha latte (using...

UK craft brewer Fourpure invests £2.5m in canning and kegging lines

Fourpure Brewing Co has upgraded its canning line and installed a new kegging line at its brewery in London as part of a £2.5 million (US$3.45m) expansion designed to meet increasing demand for its canned craft beers, which has doubled since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.The brewery has upgraded an existing canning line at its Bermondsey facility to...

UK cider maker installs first canning line

UK cider maker Sandford Orchards has installed its first canning line as part of a £1.2 million (US$1.65m) investment designed to meet increasing demand for its authentic ciders.Barny Butterfield, chief cider maker at the Crediton, Devon plant commented:  “Whilst other businesses have retrenched during the last 12 months we have taken the opportunity to press forward with our expansion...

Plant-based nutrition shakes in cans for kids

Canadian dairy alternative baby and toddler formula specialist Else Nutrition is set to expand into the children’s nutritional drinks market with a plant-based product in cans.The Else Plant-Powered Complete Nutrition shakes in chocolate and vanilla flavours will be sold in 11.6oz (343ml) cans and will be available online from early in the second quarter of the year.“Following the successful launch...

Heineken to launch sleek cans in Florida

Global brewer Heineken will relaunch its Heineken Original beer in 12oz sleek cans in Florida, US in March.The 12oz (355ml) cans of 5 per cent ABV beer will be available in six, 12, 18 and 24-can packs and will replace the current standard 12oz cans in retail and on-premise outlets. The supplier of the cans was not disclosed.Heineken expects...

Greenery launches Thailand’s first canned water

Thailand-based filler Greenery has launched what it says is the first canned water brand in its domestic market.The product – drinking water produced using a reverse osmosis system with ozone sterilisation, says the canner – is packed in 330ml aluminium sleek cans.The company highlights that the properties of aluminium cans benefit the product, with the material helping the water...

Anheuser-Busch to invest $1bn in manufacturing facilities

The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev) will invest more than $1 billion in US manufacturing facilities over the next two years.According to a Reuters report, the brewer intends to increase production of hard seltzers as the category grows worldwide driven by its popularity in North America, mainly due to its low-calorie and low-sugar features.The publication added that...

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