Canpack’s matt decoration enhances non-alcoholic drink launch in Slovenia

Slovenian brewer Pivovarna Union is using a matt decoration effect developed by Canpack to enhance cans of beer-based sports drink Union Radler 0.0% Isotonic. The Polish canmaker said that the can is designed to “catch the eye of active consumers with an on-the-go lifestyle”. The lemon-flavoured non-alcoholic beverage was created in partnership with the Football Association of Slovenia, as players sampled...

Ardagh cans help Portuguese wine brand win design award

Portuguese wine brand Gatão has won a packaging design award in this year’s International Canned Wine competition. Gatão’s ‘can with the cat’, which uses a contemporary design by Atelier Rita Rivotti, is the first canned wine produced by the iconic brand. The white wine, packaged in 250ml aluminium cans manufactured by Ardagh Metal Packaging, was the only Portuguese brand to win...

California brewer bets on pet power to pull in the punters

A California craft brewer is betting that pet appeal will win it new customers by featuring pictures of unwanted cats and dogs on the labels of their beer cans. Based in Oakland, Ale Industries is partnering with local animal charity, East Bay SPCA to feature pictures of 20 cats and dogs looking for a permanent home. The brewer said it hopes...

Nielsen data suggests US decline in aluminium drinks can volumes

The volume of aluminium drinks packaging used in the US has fallen for the past six consecutive months, according to recent data, but financial analysts still expect the market to grow for canmakers. Research firm Nielsen, which tracks sales of consumer goods, said that in the four weeks ending 14 August, shipments of aluminium beverage packaging fell 3.8 per cent...

Pet food brings new look for former Del Monte canning plant

A former Del Monte canning plant in Minnesota has been bought by a pet food entrepreneur who plans to make it the headquarters for his growing suite of businesses. Stephen Trachtenberg, who runs a number of pet food operations under the Chasing Our Tails, Alive Pet Food and Venison Joe’s labels said the facility will become the company’s packaging, warehousing...

Canned curry soup drink offers Japanese consumers an unusual pick-me-up

Japan’s Pokka Sapporo Food & Beverage company is launching a canned drink made from curry flavoured soup. The Nagoya-based unit of the Sapporo Group, which has plied previous canned food and drink combinations that include a drinkable baked apple dessert and its popular creamy chunky corn Happy Soup, will start selling the canned beverages at retailers and in vending machines...

Canned Guinness alcohol-free beer returns after mould scare

Cans of alcohol-free Guinness stout will be distributed to British retailers again following their withdrawal last year due to concerns about possible contamination. The Dublin-based brewer, which is owned by UK drinks maker Diageo, said Guinness Draught 0.0 will be available from retailers this month in 440ml four packs, following the drink’s relaunch in Ireland in July. “We are incredibly pleased...

Coca-Cola rekindles can personalisation in UK

Coca-Cola has launched a service for UK customers in which labels on cans are personalised, following the rollout of a similar project last Christmas. Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) is enabling visitors to its UK website to design a 330ml can with graphics and text chosen from a palette of options. Among them are icons for parties, sports ceremonies and even...

Alkaline Water sees aluminium bottles as the route to new markets

The Alkaline Water Company, which switched to 500ml aluminium bottles for two of its leading products early last year, is adding a larger version to its portfolio. As well as the 500ml size, its Alkaline88 alkaline water will be offered in 750ml white aluminium bottles to its existing 75,000 US retailers. The larger bottle size will also be used to lead...