Sugar content of Irn-Bru to be reduced

The popular Scottish soft drink Irn-Bru will contain ‘substantially’ less sugar to help minimise the financial impact on its manufacturer AG Barr when the UK government’s tax on the sweetened fizzy drinks is introduced in 2018. Although there is already a sugar-free version of Irn-Bru, AG Barr said the reformulation would reduce the impact of the tax on the company,...

Campbell to switch its cans from BPA in 2017

Campbell Soup, one of the world’s highest-profile canned food brands, is joining a number of fellow manufacturers to completely abandon the use of cans with epoxy phenolic internal coatings which use bisphenol-A (BPA). The process of change started at Campbell in March 2016 when it started using cans with acrylic or polyester internal coatings and says it will continue to...

Canned cold-brew coffees launched in Minnesota

A Minnesota drinks producer that specialises in ‘hand-crafted’ cold-brew coffees is planning to launch two new lines in aluminium cans on 1 April – Nitro Cold Brew and Signature Cold Brew. Both are the latest innovative drinks to benefit from novel technical features provided by cans.While the ready-to-drink brews are available from St Paul-based Blackeye Roasting Co and some local...

BPA tags ‘could deter poor from canned food’

Plans to label canned food with warnings that they are lined with epoxy phenolic coatings have been delayed in California, because they may scare shoppers in poor neighbourhoods from buying the only fruits and vegetables that are available to them.Last year California authorities listed bisphenol-A, which is used to make epoxy phenolic can coatings, amongst 800 chemicals in Proposition...

More canning capacity for Carlsberg in Vietnam

Production has started at Carlsberg’s latest beer canning line in Vietnam. It’s a second line at Carlsberg Vietnam’s brewery at Hue in the Phu Bai Industry Zone, Huong Thuy. It’s most popular beer brand is Huda.Danish Ambassador Ms Charlotte Laursen said at the opening: “This new investment is also a testimony to the important and continuous support of the local...

Pineapple canner Del Monte pulls back into profit

Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL), which in the Philippines controls one of the world’s largest pineapple growing and canning operations, turned round a loss of US$24 million in the final nine months of 2014 into a profit of $42m in the same period last year. DMPL says it is on target to be profitable in its full year 2016 results.Group...

Proposed UK tax on sugary drinks hits share prices

A tax on the manufacturers of sugary soft drinks as a means of reducing childhood obesity was announced today by UK Chancellor George Osborne as part of his budget proposals. When the tax is introduced in two years time it will be on the manufacturers, rather than on the retail prices of the drinks. It is unlikely to be passed...

Industrial look for Moonshine whiskey in New York

A US-based whiskey distiller has launched an 80%-proof spirit in metal cans with an industrial look to differentiate the product from its established range in more familiar glass bottles. But Stillhouse Spirits is not using just any off-the-shelf containers for its Original Moonshine. The company has sourced the 750ml rectangular cans in stainless steel.Colour-coded labels for the decorated cans identify...

Australia rules that Italian tomato canners dumped exports

Australia’s canned tomato industry is celebrating after the Anti-Dumping Commission and Federal Government ruled that Italian packers La Doria and Feger were guilty of dumping product in the domestic market.Duties of 8.4 percent will be applied to Feger and 4.5 percent to La Doria tomato products.Dumping is when an exporter sells produce in Australia at margins lower than in...