French beverage can market up in first half of the year

Sales of beverage cans in France in the first six months of 2017 grew by 1.3 percent in volume and 3.4 percent in value year-on-year, according to industry association La Boîte Boisson, which promotes the interests of the French beverage canmaking sector.

Favourable spring weather helped sales of canned beer which increased by 0.2 percent in volume and by 4.5 percent in value, while sales of canned soft drinks grew 2.2 percent in volume and 2.3 percent in value, and sales of canned energy drinks were up 8 percent in volume and 7.1 percent in value.

In France, 27.2 percent of beers and 18.4 percent of soft drinks sold in stores are now in cans.

In the soft drinks sector, growth is mainly attributed to higher sales of sparkling fruit drinks, up by 12 percent compared to growth of 1 percent in the segment. In the iced tea market which grew 15 percent in the period, sales of canned iced teas increased 23 percent.

Cans represent 27.2 percent of the beer market, which grew 7 percent in the first half, compared to sales growth of 9 percent by the three leading brewing groups.

Regarding can formats, sales of 25cl cans were up by 12.6 percent while those of 15cl cans grew 5 percent, La Boîte Boisson said.