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UK drinks maker forecasts doubled sales with new canning line

A UK soft drinks maker said it expects sales to double this year after the installation of a new canning line helped secure its largest-ever contract. Canning capacity at Clearly Drinks, at Sunderland in north east England, has been tripled with the upgrade, including a new pasteurisation unit and nitrogen-dosing system, which was first announced in 2020. The move will...

New canning line rouses brewer Sleeping Giant

Canada’s Sleeping Giant Brewing Company has expanded capacity with the installation of new canning equipment. The new kit is making it easier and faster to switch between 12oz (355ml) and 16oz (473ml) can sizes and had been crucial in the company recently securing a large ongoing order for its ginger ale from a retail chain, said Andrea Mulligan, chief executive...

Private equity firm acquires US beverage packager Krier

Private equity firm Celerant Capital has acquired US beverage can packager Krier Foods. The sale was struck for an undisclosed sum. Celerant’s previous takeovers have ranged between US$50 million and $1 billion. Based in Random Lake, Wisconsin, Krier Foods operates a canning service with four filling lines for aluminium cans. It packages a wide range of ready-to-drink (RTD) alcoholic and non-alcoholic...

Pandemic effect lingers to boost Campbell’s sales

The lifting of pandemic-related restrictions and return to restaurant dining has yet to affect the enthusiasm of Campbell Soup Company customers who helped boost third-quarter earnings at the American food canner. Sales of Campbell brands, which also include Chunky soups and Prego pasta sauces, increased seven per cent in the three months to the beginning of May to US$2.1 billion,...

Bonterra Bubbles offers carbon-neutral canned sparkling wine

A US vineyard that claims to produce the world’s first organically-farmed, climate-neutral-certified wine is launching a range of sparkling canned wines. Bonterra Organic Vineyards said its Bonterra Bubbles will be available in rosé and brut from grapes organically grown in its home state of California. The Hopland-based company said the 250ml canned format is targeted at consumers seeking organic ready-to-drink (RTD)...

Digitally printed cans help sustainability at coffee brand Roastar

A specialist in printing flexible packaging in the US has launched what it says is the industry’s first digitally-printed can for coffee. Roastar, based in Wausau, Wisconsin, is better known for its digitally-printed pouches and bags, but says it was offering the cans in response to customer demand for more sustainable packaging options. The company said many customers want to...

Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola launch RTD canned cocktail

Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Coca-Cola are uniting to offer 'Jack and Coke' - a pre-mixed cocktail of the two beverages - in a can. The Brown-Forman Corporation, which owns Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, said the ready-to-drink (RTD) cans will be launched in Mexico later this year before a worldwide roll out. “Brown-Forman has been a leader in the ready-to-drink category since...

Coca-Cola aims for 100 per cent can recycling rate in India

Coca-Cola India aims to recycle every can and bottle it uses within the next couple of years, beating the worldwide target set by its parent company by up to six years.  The Indian arm of the soft-drinks giant, whose cans are supplied by Ball Beverage Packaging India, said it is working with a number of stakeholders to increase recycling rates...

Molson Coors invests to package hard seltzers in-house

Molson Coors is moving more of its hard seltzer packaging and logistics operations in-house to help reduce the time it takes to get the products to market and their associated transport costs. The maker of seltzers such as Vizzy, Topo Chico (in partnership with Coca-Cola) and Coors Hard Seltzer, said it’s building a new US$65 million variety packing warehouse at...