Canned mixer range offered with resealability

A range of canned mixers for cocktails has been launched on the US west coast that is specifically aimed at bar staff.The Mixwell line of sodas, said to have been created by veteran Hollywood bartender Billy Ray, is packed in 12oz aluminium cans that are resealable to enable a number of cocktails to be mixed from each.The sodas have...

Canned craft beers that honour the Scots Irish settlers

North Carolina craft brewer Highland Brewing, which started using aluminium cans for its beers earlier this year, last weekend added its Gaelic Ale to the canned portfolio.Based in Asheville, Highland widened its canned beer distribution from Georgia in the south to Washington DC in the north and since starting with its Pilsner followed in the summer by Mandarina IPA.Brewed...

Two more bottle styles for craft brewers from Ardagh in US

Two new amber glass beer bottles have been added to Ardagh Group’s portfolio in North America, extending its range offered to craft brewers through its BOB web site.Both of the 500ml bottles, the Euro and Vichy, are aimed at craft brewers and augment the current list that includes eight different amber beer bottles, including two 12-oz styles, a 22-oz,...

Global beers to be marketed in US by Heineken’s Five Points

A range of popular beers from around the world will be marketed in the US by Heineken from next year by its newly-created Five Points Trading Company.Under the new umbrella, Five Points will become the US importer for Red Stripe, Tiger, Birra Moretti, Affligem, Murphy’s Stout, Prestige, Sagres and Mort Subite.In a statement, Heineken USA said that Five Points...

Canned tea hits the headlines in the UK

Tea lovers have reacted angrily to news that their favourite brew is being offered in an aerosol can.No More Tea Bags, in which high-quality tea is delivered as a foam from a 200ml aluminium can, was launched last month by UK-based YumCha Tea Concentrates. Each can costs from £3.50, with three variants: Earl Grey, Jasmine and Breakfast.A can of...

Packaging system suppliers join up to better serve craft brewers

Two leading suppliers of packaging systems to craft brewers in the US have joined forces to provide a better service to customers.Meheen Manufacturing, a specialist in bottling lines, and Wild Goose Canning, and a manufacturer of canning lines, have combined their businesses.Each will continue to build on their specialities in the craft brewing industry but will now be able...

Stamp of approval for craft brewers

The body that represents independent craft brewers in the UK is helping consumers to find out if the beer in the hand is the real thing. John Nutting reportsAn initiative in the UK that will help consumers identify genuine craft brewers has been launched by Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).The move will promote ‘Assured Independent British Craft Breweries’ in...

Premium foil lids offer more promotional opportunities on drinks cans

Additional promotional opportunities are possible with the latest design of foil protective lids which are being used on cans of Orangina.The Smart Top aluminium lids supplied by Constantia Flexibles provide a premium packaging feature that provides hygienic protection against dirt and bacteria along with a stylish branding element that stands out on-shelf.The Orangina brand, owned by Schweppes International, is...

UK filling plant for South Africa’s Kingsley Beverage

A South Africa-based soft drinks manufacturer is planning to build a bottling plant in Europe.Kingsley Beverage, which operates seven plants in Africa and the Middle East, has committed to constructing the plant in the UK.It is investing £36 million in the facility at Great Haddon, near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, where the 150,000 sqft building will have filling lines, a...

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