Hunts canner Conagra reports sales surge on Pinnacle brands

Conagra Brands, the maker of canned foods under the Hunt’s, Chef Boyardee and Ro-Tel brands, said third-quarter sales rose 35.7 per cent on the back of its purchase of Pinnacle Foods.But the US food giant’s acquisition of the troubled Birds Eye frozen food range in last year’s US$10.9 billion takeover contributed to a 33 per cent decline in net...

Sparkling kombucha launched in cans

A California, US-based craft brewer of kombucha, a sweetened tea known for its supposed health benefits, has launched a new range of sparkling products in cans.Revive Kombucha says it wants to make the product more accessible and convenient to consumers more widely with the introduction of Revive Sparkling Kombucha, a traditionally-fermented, organic and shelf-stable craft brew.Available in 12-ounce (355ml)...

Sacmi partners with MIT

Italian packaging equipment manufacturer Sacmi Imola has become a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Industrial Liaison Program. The membership will allow Sacmi to access MIT programmes and services concerning applied research in a number of relevant industries."This year sees Sacmi celebrate its centenary,” said Paolo Mongardi, president of Sacmi Imola. “The company's growth in international markets...

AB InBev rebrands its UK business

Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has rebranded its UK business in a move that reaffirms the global giant's commitment to the UK and Ireland. The move also signals an ambition to champion Britain’s beer community.AB InBev UK is now called Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I. Paula Lindenberg has been appointed as its president, based at the brewer’s new headquarters in London....

MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch send 200,000 cans of drinking water to help flood victims

North American brewers MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch have shipped more than 200,000 cans of drinking water to western Iowa and eastern Nebraska in the US to help residents and emergency services affected by the devastating flooding in the area.In partnership with canmaker Ball Corporation and carton-maker Graphic Packaging International, MillerCoors is sending 100,000 filled cans to Omaha, Nebraska, and Sioux...

Nestlé opens new R&D centre in China

Nestlé plans to accelerate trend-based innovation in China following the inauguration of a new research and development centre in Beijing and a system technology hub in Shenzhen.The R&D facility will focus on the creation of new food and beverage products - primarily for Chinese consumers but also for those elsewhere in Asia. Situated in close proximity to Nestlé’s Chinese...

Partnership formed to recycle ring carriers for cans

Hi-Cone, a manufacturer of ring carriers for beverage cans, is the first non-branded company worldwide to partner with recycling specialist TerraCycle.A recycling programme being launched in UK from May 2019 will enable consumers to recycle plastic ring carriers used on four-packs of beverage cans for the first time. The plastic ring carriers will be converted into items such park...

Premium cocktails launched in Ardagh’s cans

Canmaker Ardagh is supplying aluminium cans for a new line of premium spirit cocktails distributed by Chicago-based Atomic Brands.Atomic Brands has expanded its Monaco range of cocktails with the introduction of Moscow Mule and Kentucky Mule. The new offerings and the entire Monaco line are packaged in Ardagh’s 12oz sleek cans.Atomic Brands chief executive Don Deubler said: “Enthusiasm for...

Canadian drinks maker hits ignition on better cognition

Canadian drinks company Koios Beverage Corporation will increase its production capacity of canned cognitive-enhancing products by partnering with Full Metal Canning of Longmont, Colorado.Access to the high-volume production line will allow Koios to double its output and accelerate delivery fulfilment while maintaining economies of scale, even for lower-volume products. The Denver-based company is now capable of producing up to...