Resealable mineral water can wins Can of the Year for Ball

The Can of the Year 2018 winner was made by Ball Corporation with resealable ends from Xolution for CanO Water

Ball Corporation has won the Can of the Year 2018 award for a drinks can that is challenging the plastics water bottle market. The award was announced at a gala dinner held last night during The Canmaker Summit in Venice, Italy.

Produced in Italy for CanO Water, the winning aluminium can features simple black and white decoration with minimal graphics to gain maximum shelf impact alongside rows of transparent bottles on supermarket shelves. And because most consumers drink water over a period of time, and often while engaged in physical activity, the can is closed with an XO end, enabling it to be resealed firmly between drinks.

CanO Water also won the Gold award in the Beverage Two-Piece can category. The brand has already been picked up by a major supermarket chain to help it migrate from plastics bottles in a move that is considered to be positive for canmaking in general.

One of the Can of the Year judges commented: “Offering a can of water in lieu of PET is not enough. Offering something that looks good, has the right feel and meets all requirements is a huge opportunity for the industry.”

Other canmakers winning Gold awards in the Cans of the Year were: Montebello Packaging, Canada (Aerosol Cans, and Bottles); ORG Technology, China (Beverage Three-Piece); Pirlo, Austria (Decoration & Print Quality); Pelliconi, Italy (Ends, Caps & Closures); Silgan Containers, USA (Food Three-Piece); Virojanglor, France (Fancy Cans); Oriental Tin Can, Philippines (Food Two-Piece); Nittoh Sangyo, Japan (General Line); and Top Cap Holding, Austria (Prototype).

This year the judges decided to exercise an option to make a special award for a metal container with exceptional features that do not fit into existing categories. The ‘Promotional Can’ award was given to Hermann Kirner in Germany for an aluminium can in the shape of a Champagne flute with an easy-open end for Beck’s beer.

Produced in limited numbers, the can was considered to have gone far beyond its initial objective of brand promotion to a point where its visual presence raises the profile of metal packaging in general. It was also thought to be an excellent example of what can be achieved with creativity, skill and imagination.

These views were reflected by delegates to The Canmaker Summit who voted for it as winner of the Delegates Choice award.

CATEGORY WINNERS
Can of the Year 2018
Winner: Ball Corporation
330ml D&I aluminium can with XO resealable end for CanO Water; CanO Water natural spring water

DELEGATES’ CHOICE 2018
Winner: Hermann Kirner, Germany
Shaped aluminium flute for Anheuser-Busch InBev; Beck’s beer

PROMOTIONAL CAN – SPECIAL AWARD
Winner: Hermann Kirner, Germany
Shaped aluminium flute for Anheuser-Busch InBev; Beck’s beer

AEROSOL CANS
Gold: Montebello Packaging, Canada
Impact-extruded aluminium can for Inspired Beauty Brands; Hask Hawaiian Sea Salt
Silver: DS Containers, USA
Two-Piece drawn polyester-laminated steel can for Kraft Heinz Company;
Reese’s whipped topping
Bronze: Aryum Aluminium Aerosols, Turkey
Impact-extruded aluminium can for Sora Cosmetics; Queens Met deodorant body spray

BEVERAGE THREE-PIECE
Gold: ORG Technology, China
Three-piece welded tinplate can for Dingli Foods; Cass Sugar cocktail
Silver: Hindustan Tin Works, India
Three-piece welded tinplate can for Parag Milk Foods; Go Badam Milk

BEVERAGE TWO-PIECE
Gold: Ball Corporation
330ml D&I aluminium can with XO resealable end for CanO Water; CanO Water natural spring water
Silver: Crown Bevcan, UK
330ml D&I aluminium can for Waterbomb; FACT organic flavoured sparkling water
Bronze: Can-Pack, Poland
500ml D&I aluminium can for Kompania Piwowarska, for Lech beer

BOTTLES
Gold: Montebello Packaging, Canada
Impact-extruded 16oz aluminium bottle for Shawn & Ed Brewing Co; HSED Lager Original
Silver: Toyo Seikan, Japan
Aluminium D&I screw top TOLAS bottle for ITO EN; Tully’s coffee

DECORATION & PRINT QUALITY
Gold: Pirlo, Austria
Three-piece welded bottle with special oil pourer for Polyprom-Invest; Sun Seed Premium Food edible oil
Silver: Hermann Kirner, Germany
Shaped aluminium flute for Anheuser-Busch InBev; Beck’s beer
Bronze: Nittoh Sangyo, Japan
Drawn tinplate tin for various customers; tea leaves, coffee & dried confectionery

ENDS, CAPS & CLOSURES
Gold: Pelliconi, Italy
Press-on twist-off (PT) cap for Sunval; Sunval baby food
Silver: Pelliconi, Italy
MaxiP-26 ring-pull cap for Carlsberg, Tuborg beer
Bronze: Crown Bevcan, UK
D&I aluminium can with CrownConnect end for Waterbomb; FACT organic flavoured sparkling water

FANCY CANS
Gold: Virojanglor, France
Lock-seam secondary container for Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire gin bottle
Silver: Nittoh Sangyo, Japan
Three-piece pressed tinplate tin for various customers; tea leaves, coffee & dried confectionery
Bronze: Virojanglor, France
Lock-seam secondary container for LVMH; Veuve Clicquot Champagne bottle

FOOD THREE-PIECE
Gold: Silgan Containers, USA
Three-piece welded tinplate can for Pacific Coast Producers; Great Value (Wal-Mart) tomatoes
Silver: Pirlo, Austria
Three-piece welded bottle with special oil pourer for Polyprom-Invest; Sun Seed Premium Food edible oil
Bronze: JEF / MJ (Shenzhen) Tin Can Technology, China
Lock-seam tinplate container with air-tight lid for Fortnum & Mason biscuits

FOOD TWO-PIECE
Gold: Oriental Tin Can & Metal Sheet Mfg, Philippines
D&I laminated can for CDO Foodsphere; corned beef
Silver: Kreta Can, Greece
Drawn tinplate can for Cretan Mill; Sitia P.D.O. olive oil

GENERAL LINE
Gold: Nittoh Sangyo, Japan
Lock-seam tinplate container for various customers; tea
Silver: Zenith Tins, India
Lock-seam tinplate container for Scrapbook Design & Mfg; INIFD
Bronze: Litografia Valença, Brazil
20-litre three-piece welded tinplate container for Petrobrás; Lubrax oil lubricant

PROTOTYPE
Gold: Top Cap Holding, Austria
The Click Cap resealable end on aluminium beverage can
Silver: Ball Aerosol Packaging, USA
Eyeris high-definition printing on aluminium aerosol cans
Bronze: ORG Technology, China
Laminated steel bowl for fruits, porridge, dried fruit, etc