Global sales slide hits Kraft Heinz results

The Kraft Heinz Co reported lower net sales for the first half of 2019, reflecting, it said, the adverse impacts of ongoing cost inflation, greater investments and higher depreciation and amortisation expenses.Global sales were US$12.4 billion, down 4.8 per cent on the same period last year. Net profit dropped by 51.4 per cent to $854 million.Sales in the...

Exal sells its filling business in Argentina

Exal Corporation, which makes aluminium bottles and aerosol cans, has sold its Argentina-based filling business, Exal Packaging, to Queruclor Group, a local manufacturer and supplier of personal and home care products.Exal will now focus on its existing canmaking facilities in North and South America, as well as on its recent proposed merger with the food and speciality can...

Colorada kombucha producer converts full range to cans

Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, which makes botanically-infused kombucha, has now launched its products in aluminium cans across 32 states in central and western US.Since July 2019, the Colorado-based company’s flavoured products – including Alpine Lavender, Living Ginger, and Strawberry Tonic, together with more recent introductions, such as decaffeinated Lion’s Root – have been available on supermarket shelves, including in 175...

Michigan craft breweries use can art to promote brands

Several craft breweries in Michigan in the US have launched beers which incorporate striking artwork on their cans to promote the ethos of the companies. “For your brand, everything else (on the shelves) is the context and you want your brand to stand out,” graphic designer Andy Tyra, who is responsible for a lot of the artwork on cans, bottles...

Australians opt for cocktails in cans

Newly-formed cocktail specialist Curatif has joined forces with two of Australia’s most awarded craft distilleries, Four Pillars Gin and Archie Rose Distilling Co, to reinvent the way consumers enjoy cocktails by supplying them in cans.Curatif’s ready-to-serve cans of Four Pillars Negroni and Archie Rose Espresso Martini are available at selected stores throughout Australia in what the company says...

Camden Town Brewery scores with Arsenal partnership

UK-based craft brewer Camden Town Brewery will begin packaging its Hells lager in custom-printed aluminium bottles, following an official partnership with Premier League soccer team Arsenal.Founded in 2010 by lifelong Arsenal supporter, Jasper Cuppaidge, the brewery has grown significantly in its relatively short history and was acquired by brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev for £85 million (US$103m) in 2015.To accommodate...

Wild Goose spreads wings with Iron Heart Canning

US-based Iron Heart Canning has purchased its 50th canning line from Wild Goose Filling Systems to expand its mobile beverage canning capabilities. Since 2013, Wild Goose and Iron Heart established a partnership that enables Iron Heart to provide mobile canning services to more than 600 mostly craft brewers. Iron Heart now operates out of 23 warehouses serving 22 states throughout...

Hard seltzers helping growth in beer sales

Market research firm IRI has reported that sales of beer in the US are up 3.5 per cent since January, at US$19.5 billion. The Chicago-based company suggests that flavoured malt beverages, imports and domestic super-premium beers are driving growth. Sales of flavoured malt beverages, which includes hard seltzers, have nearly reached $1.9bn.According to Nielsen data, hard seltzers saw a 193...

Profits at Krones suffer in first half of the year

German canning and bottling equipment supplier Krones has reported that high material and labour costs combined with an unfavourable product mix hit its profitability in the first half of 2019. The slowdown in the economy and the uncertain outlook are also affecting investment confidence among customers, the company reported. Revenue, at €1.89 billion (US$2.11bn), was 5.5 per cent higher than in...