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Singapore considers DRS as Austria sets deposit fee

Authorities in Asia and Europe are ramping up efforts to raise aluminium can recycling rates among consumers as they try to keep waste out of landfill and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) is proposing a deposit return scheme (DRS) to boost recycling rates for beverage containers and reduce the number that end up in Semakau, the...

Kirin aims to raise its stake in India’s Bira 91

Japan’s Kirin Holdings is in talks with India-based B9 Beverages to increase its investment in the popular craft beer brand Bira 91. One of Japan’s largest drinks brands, Kirin wants to invest US$70 million in Bira 91 to enlarge its presence in the growing South Asian market, according to Reuters. Kirin’s interest comes when the Japanese beer sector is contracting due...

Heineken’s brewery in Cambodia to be powered by biomass

The largest biomass power facility in Cambodia has been opened by Heineken to provide the brewer with renewable thermal energy. The US$6 million plant in the capital Phnom Penh is located adjacent to the Dutch company’s brewery. Heineken said the initiative will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions during production by 60% and the switch to biomass energy should save Cambodia...

Construction of Omani fisheries and canning centre starts

Construction of a seafood processing and canning centre at the Arabian Sea port town of Duqm has been started by Fisheries Development Oman (FDO). When the OMR14 million (US$36.6m) canning plant opens in 2024, its forecast capacity will be 30,000 tonnes of tuna, sardines and other seafood each year. Located in a special Fisheries Industries Zone, the 85,000sqm Duqm facility is...

Asahi adds larger Mug Can to full-aperture opening format

Japan’s Asahi Breweries will soon launch its Super Dry beer in the larger version of a can with a full-aperture end that gives drinkers a draught beer experience. The 485ml Asahi Super Dry Raw Mug is a step up from the 340ml can the Tokyo-based brewer launched in April 2021. While it did not mention which canmaker is supplying the...

Monster launches two new flavours in UK after US success

Monster has added two new flavours to its line-up, seeking to take further advantage of growth in the UK energy drinks sector. The US-based company, which is one-fifth owned by Coca-Cola, has unveiled its Monster Reserve White Pineapple and Monster Reserve Watermelon products. The former will be available from this month, while the latter will be introduced early next year. The...

Hard Rock and Coca-Cola launch RTD cocktails

Hard Rock and Coca-Cola are diversifying into ready-to-drink (RTD) canned cocktails. The rock ’n’ roll memorabilia-inspired restaurant, hotel and casino chain Hard Rock is launching three RTD products in the UK. The 355ml cans of Hard Rock Margarita, Mojito, and Moscow Mule contain an 8% ABV and pay homage to the drinks served at Hard Rock bars across the world. “We...

Ball helps Boomerang Water accelerate use of recyclable bottles

US-based Boomerang Water, which offers a 'low-carbon' on-site bottling system as an alternative to single-use plastic, is being supplied with aluminium bottles by Ball. Boomerang Water said it chose Ball’s bottles because they are refillable, returnable and recyclable and are fitted with a recyclable twist-off cap. "Boomerang is delivering industry-leading innovation with its bottling system that can wash, fill and cap...

Budweiser can labels cheer on US World Cup soccer team

Anheuser-Busch InBev brand Budweiser is launching limited-edition red and gold cans and aluminium screw-top bottles to mark the return of the US men’s national soccer team to the World Cup. The can’s label features the World Cup trophy and a QR code that links to Budweiser’s website. There, consumers are able to access FIFA World Cup content and win a...