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Ligo acquisition helps Century Pacific expand its canned seafood range

The largest food canner in the Philippines is strengthening its seafood portfolio with the acquisition of one of the country’s most popular brands of sardines, Ligo. Century Pacific Food (CPF) will add Ligo to its most profitable business division, which cans and processes fish.  “This will be an accretive, bolt on acquisition. We foresee synergies in selling and distribution, supply chain,...

Molson Coors goes green with organic beer

North American multinational Molson Coors is changing the livery on its cans of organic beer to help highlight the credentials of the beverage it launched last April. Molson Coors Pure is the brand’s first beer to be certified as organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Available in US supermarkets from March, the new-look containers will be sold in...

US kombucha maker Aqua ViTea to expand canning capacity

Aqua ViTea, one of the first US kombucha makers to can its drinks, is upping its canning capacity and plans to partner with a local cider maker to offer packing facilities to other beverage startups. Vermont-based Aqua ViTea reportedly hopes to buy a 100 cans-per-minute line from Woodchuck Cider, increasing production from its current 40cpm. Woodchuck Cider, based on the same...

Wildpack sets sights on doubling co-packing facilities in 2022

After a year in which it went public and embarked on an acquisition spree, Canadian contract packer Wildpack Beverage is aiming to double its number of co-packing sites in 2022. In its most recent note to investors the beverage can filler, decorator and broker reiterated guidance given in November that it will expand its co-packing facilities to 12 US sites...

Grupo Modelo drops plastic rings for eco-friendly can multi-pack holder

Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo is investing millions of dollars to move to fibre-based secondary packaging from plastic rings for its multi-packs of canned beers. The Mexico City-based company said it will spend around US$4 million and work with Mexican paper packager Grupo Gondi to convert its lines to use WestRock’s CanCollar Eco packaging. Grupo Modelo hopes the switch will save...

Evian starts canning sparkling water

Natural spring water producer Evian is packaging its Sparkling range of water in aluminium cans for the first time in the UK. The French brand, which traces its history back more than 200 years, will sell the beverage in 330ml sleek cans and 100 per cent recycled one litre PET plastic bottles. The cans will be sold exclusively in Tesco...

Monster taps into alcoholic drinks with craft brewing acquisition

Energy drinks giant Monster Beverage Corporation is to enter the alcoholic beverage market with the acquisition of US-based CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective. The US$330 million deal will add several craft beer and hard seltzer brands into Monster’s portfolio, including: Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Deep Ellum, Perrin Brewing, Squatters and Wasatch.  California-based Monster, which has Coca-Cola as its biggest shareholder, produces leading energy drinks brands like Monster Energy, Burn...

Hard seltzer brand expands US footprint with AMP cans

Distribution of Sonic Hard Seltzer is to be expanded throughout the US in 12oz (355ml) sleek cans manufactured by Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP). A collaboration between fast food restaurant chain Sonic Drive-in and craft brewer COOP Ale Works, Sonic Hard Seltzer was launched in May 2021 in Oklahoma.  The brand, which is now also retailed in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska...

Coca-Cola gives popular Fresca brand alcoholic twist

The Coca-Cola Company plans to launch a range of canned ready-to-drink alcoholic cocktails based on its Fresca soft drink brand, called Fresca Mixed. Coca-Cola has signed a brand authorisation agreement for Constellation Brands – a producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits brands – to produce, market and distribute Fresca Mixed, with the range due to be launched later...