Heineken buys into China’s beer markets

Global brewer Heineken is expanding its commitment to the huge beer market in China with the creation of a partnership with China Resources Enterprise (CRE). In the deal, the Dutch-based brewer will take a 40 percent stake worth US$2.2 billion in CRE’s subsidiary China Resources Beer (CR Beer), which makes Snow, the country’s best-selling beer brand. In return, CRE will...

Seaming machine giant turns to the craft brewing business

PneumaticScaleAngelus, the US-based manufacturer of some of the most highly productive can seaming systems, is launching a low-speed machine aimed at the craft brewing industry.Can seamers of all sizes have been offered by PneumaticScaleAngelus for more than a century, and its product line includes the most advanced filling, capping, labeling, seaming, change parts and centrifuge technologies.The new CB50 Can...

La Colombe extends canned coffee into vegan market

La Colombe, the US roaster and outlet chain that pioneered ready-to-drink canned coffee, has extended its range to include non-dairy lattes as it taps into growing demand for vegan food and drink.The coffee company’s Oatmilk Draft Latte combines oat milk with 100 per cent Arabica, single-origin, Brazilian cold brew coffee. It is being sold in three flavours – original,...

Coca-Cola Great Britain launches its first energy drink

Coca-Cola Energy, the first energy drink to be released under the Coca-Cola brand, has been launched by Coca-Cola Great Britain.The drink contains caffeine from naturally-derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine. Available in 250ml slim cans and featuring two variants – with or without sugar, the new beverage will appear at retailers in the UK from late...

Coca-Cola to close two UK sites

A drinks plant operated by Coca-Cola European Partners in the UK, which is supplied with cans by an adjacent Ball canmaking facility, is to close as part of a restructuring plan. The closure of the site at Milton Keynes, along with a distribution centre in Northampton, could result in the loss of as many as 288 jobs.A statement from Coca-Cola...

Venezuela write down continues to dog PepsiCo

Last year’s write down of PepsiCo’s investments in Venezuela continue to have an impact on the global soft-drinks and snacks finances, with sales from all its operations in the second quarter to 11 June of US$15.4 billion, down 3 percent on the same period in 2015.Increases in sales of drinks and snacks in North America weren’t enough to compensate...

Dr Pepper sales climb but profit is hit by one-off costs

Sales at the maker of Dr Pepper soft drinks improved in the first quarter but rising costs of materials and investment losses cut net profit by a third.Texas-based Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) also warned that it was bracing for a “significant” impact on the global economy as worldwide lockdowns dent consumption. KDP said net sales in the three months to...

Idaho mobile canning duo branch into wine

Two brothers who founded a mobile canning service in Boise, Idaho (USA), in 2016 have started packing their own family’s wines.Parker and Brayden Dunning grew up on the vineyard at Corvalis in Oregon before setting up Knotty Brothers and canning a variety of drinks including hard cider, craft beers, speciality sodas, mixers, kombucha and even cold-brew coffee.Now, using a...

Austrian water brand extends range with Ball’s aluminium bottles

Austrian water brand Skiwater has again teamed up with Ball Corporation to present its extended organic drinks portfolio using the canmaker’s Alumi-Tek bottles.The news comes shortly after global beverage giant Coca-Cola announced it was to start packing its Dasani water brand in cans and aluminium bottles in the US.Skiwater raspberry-flavoured water was initially introduced at the Internorga food service...

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