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Canpack and Monster partner on new Lewis Hamilton-inspired energy drink

Canpack is supplying the cans for Monster Beverage Corporation’s latest limited-edition energy drink, which pays homage to the Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton. The Lewis Hamilton Zero Sugar edition has a new formula with a peach and nectarine flavour...

Bonduelle sales surge despite falling shipments

Sales of canned food boosted revenue at vegetable packager Bonduelle even as it witnessed a decline in shipments amid a muted European harvest. The Renescure, Northern France-based company said in an interim report that revenue from canned products over the...

Coca-Cola HBC to expand Irish canning plant

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company has announced plans to enlarge its manufacturing plant that serves the island of Ireland. The beverage manufacturer will invest £17 million (US$21m) in manufacturing and warehousing capacity, adding 4,600sqm to the Knockmore Hill site in Lisburn,...

Ball earnings slide in 2022 amid slowing demand and rising costs

Ball has posted the first drop in its bottom line figures in three years as falling demand for beverage cans and rising inflation put a dent in profits. While the world’s largest canmaker saw sales rise globally in 2022, the...

Seamer specialist Ferrum expands domestic and overseas presence

Seaming machine specialist Ferrum is investing heavily in increasing manufacturing capacity at its headquarters in Switzerland and setting up a new subsidiary in Vietnam, as part of efforts to extend its international reach and shorten supply chains. Ferrum has earmarked...

Resealable can ends back in black

An updated version of a leak-and tamper-proof resealable beverage end launched last summer has been revealed by Augusta Label + Packaging. The US company, which specialises in label printing and shrink sleeves for drinks cans, said its second-generation resealable end...

Guala meets Paris Agreement emissions reduction target

Guala Closures’ sustainability efforts have been verified as meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement’s goal for limiting global warming. The Italian aluminium closures manufacturer said the United Nations-linked Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has verified that its greenhouse gas reductions...

Vegan canned luncheon meat hits Walmart shelves

Filipino food canner Century Pacific Food (CPF) has expanded its vegan meat product range in the US, with the launch of a luncheon meat-style product sold under its unMEAT brand and retailing at the Walmart chain of stores. Luncheon Style...

Reusable aluminium cups to be tried out at Queensland stadiums

Metal cups will be included in a trial of reusable and recyclable drinks containers at stadiums in Queensland as the Australian state moves away from single-use products. Around 10,000 aluminium, stainless steel and plastic cups will be used in the...

When size matters

Throughout its long history the canmaking industry produced cans in a huge range of sizes, before efforts were made to standardise them. Roberto Baroni* investigates From the start of the metal packaging industry more than 200 years ago, cans have been...

Spotlight on co-packers

Whether big or small, beverage brand owners are increasingly using contract manufacturers and fillers to support the market’s transformation. Marianne Geater reports Contract packaging services are increasingly used in the US by brand owners, representing 15% of all beverage products...

Smaller portions favour more draw-redraw cans

Recent changes in consumer habits have increased demand for single-serve packaging, which has led to more products in draw-redraw cans appearing on store shelves. Danielle Ingram reports With consumers rediscovering the benefits of canned foods during the pandemic, smaller sizes of...

The economy and its impact on can demand

The past two years have been a difficult period for the global economy, but challenges remain for the year to come, says Arthur Stupay* Gross domestic product (GDP) and personal incomes determine the outlook for most items, but especially for...

Lessons for Japan

The global beverage can industry has enjoyed a market boom in recent years, but how has the domestic market in Japan performed? David Wall and Mark Smyth* report The global packaging market was estimated to be worth more than US$1 trillion...

Brazil’s canmaking sector ready for growth in 2023

The Brazilian canmaking sector expects steady growth for 2023 on the back of demand for aluminium cans that is stronger than other packaging formats, says local trade body Abralatas. Chief executive Cátilo Cândido told The Canmaker that “there were many...

Hormel debuts chilli-cheese beer as Campbell serves its spiciest soup yet

The heat is on as family favourite food brands in the US experiment with chilli-based flavours to attract consumers at what is traditionally a quiet time for retailers. Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods, known for its Spam luncheon meat, has launched...

New funding to promote ‘healthy’ sodas in UK and US

Two canned alcohol-free drinks brands that market their products as naturally flavoured and additive-free have received cash injections from investors betting on the growing consumer trend for healthier sodas. Zero-sugar, zero-calorie UK-based Dash Water, which flavours its drinks using “wonky”...

Silgan posts another sales record despite softening volumes

Silgan posted year-end record sales for its canmaking business again as the US-based packaging firm pushed up prices to cover the rising costs of raw materials.  However, the figure for 2022 came with a profit decline as shipments of its...

Side-stripe powder coating from GST

An electrostatic side-stripe powder coating system for welded cans has been launched by Italy-based GST, which also designs, builds and supplies in-line curing ovens, metal sheet feeders and seam protection equipment. Six months in development, VIPE comes with a number...

New chairman for UK trade body Can Makers

Can Makers – which represents the  drinks can manufacturers in the UK – has appointed Tim Conybeare, commercial director UK & Ireland at Crown Bevcan EMEA, as its new chairman. Conybeare takes over from Simon Gresty, general manager metal for...
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Art meets innovation

Cans of the Year Awards: Bronze The Bronze winners at the Cans of the Year Awards 2022 married high-class design...