Petainer launches PET keg rental option

Plastics keg manufacturer Petainer has launched a rental scheme for its range of one-way PET containers. The system is said to enable brewers and beverage manufacturers the option of adding PET kegs to their portfolio of packaging materials with no up-front capital expenditure. The packaging from Czech Republic-based Petainer is said to benefit from being fully recyclable and provide extended...

Coca-Cola launches first 100% plant-based PET bottle

The world’s first 100 percent plant-based PET bottle has been unveiled by Coca-Cola, ending the beverage giant's six-year pursuit of a fully recyclable plastics bottle made from renewable plant-derived materials.Since the 2009 launch, Coca-Cola has distributed more than 35 billion PlantBottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of the packaging, which is made from up to 30...

Aptar develops closure for small format bottle

Dutch drinks manufacturer The Better Bottle Company and Aptar Food+Beverage have collaborated to launch a new water enhancer solution in a small format polypropylene bottle.The container incorporates Micro, a dispensing closure solution from Aptar that is said to provide a spill-proof package and a straight directional dispense thanks to the flip-top closure and its internal flow control SimpliSqueeze silicone...

Rain talks for Ball’s 8oz slim cans

US-based Talking Rain Beverage Company has launched fridge 8-packs of its Sparkling Ice drinks in 8oz aluminium cans from Ball Corporation.“We are constantly looking for new ways to add value for our dedicated consumers, retailers and distribution partners," said Kevin Klock, chief executive of Talking Rain. “With the addition of these grab-and-go fridge packs, we are responding directly to...

Italy’s IPI launches aseptic carton

Based in Perugia, Italy, IPI says that Caliz is available in a range of sizes from 20cl to 1-litre, and is suitable for application with products including added-value beverages such as nectars, enriched milk for infants, drinking yogurt and energy drinks.“Caliz offers a premium shape with unique features, creating a strong visual impact from all angles and offering more...

Anheuser-Busch supports flood victims

With lethal storms and deadly flooding wracking the nearby states of Texas and Oklahoma, Anheuser-Busch temporarily converted one of its breweries so that it churned out cans of water rather than its trademark beers. The May floods have led to 25 deaths, with additional people missing.One of the world’s beer giants, Anheuser-Busch stopped producing beer at its brewery in...

Zero water targets for California Nestlé plants

Nestlé is aiming to reduce to volume of water it uses at plants in California using what it describes as innovative technology. As the state continues to suffer from drought conditions, the Swiss-based food and beverage giant is planning to use new technology at five water bottling plants and four facilities where food or pet-care products are manufactured.“Technology we have...

Consolidation strategy for COFCO in China

Chinese food giant COFCO is reportedly planning to divest some of its businesses to improve profitability in advance of more overseas expansions. The Beijing-based state-owned business, the largest supplier of diversified products and services in the agricultural products and food industry in China, last year posted sales of almost $32 billion, up 13 percent.COFCO is active in 140 countries and...

WestRock: the new packaging giant

Name of the new global packaging manufacturer resulting from the merger of MeadWestvaco Corporation (MVW) and Rock-Tenn Company will be WestRock Company. MVW and Rock-Tenn agreed in January to the merger, in which MWV shareholders will own 50.1 percent.With 42,000 employees and 300 factories, the new company will have an equity value of about US$16bn and pre-tax profits of almost...