Filling

Canning equipment manufacturer Ska widens portfolio with acquisition

US-based canning equipment manufacturer Ska Fabricating has acquired depalletising and palletising system specialist GR-X Manufacturing. Founded in 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, GR-X Manufacturing specialises in packaging line systems for small- to mid-size operations within the food and beverage industries, handling aluminium cans as well as plastic and glass containers. According to Ska, even though both companies provide depalletising and...

Compostable multi-packs for cans launched in Brazil

Multi-packs for beer cans that are compostable have been launched by AmBev in Brazil. The multi-packs are made from reused corn straw as part of moves towards more sustainable beer can packaging by Latin America’s largest brewer Ambev, part of the global Anheuser-Busch InBev group. Similar types of compostable secondary packaging for cans have been launched in the US. To create the packaging...

Seasonal canned drinks set the Christmas holiday mood

For many, this year’s holiday season will still have not returned to normal. Even though many countries have less restrictive lockdown requirements than in 2020, there are still a number of measures in place that may curtail traditional festive celebrations. However, canmakers and can fillers have done their best to bring some joy to these troubled times, with special-edition can...

US contract packer starts production of can labels and sleeves

Contract packer Wildpack Beverage has commissioned an in-house printing line for beverage can labels and sleeves in a move to reduce lead times for brand owners. Using HP digital printers, commercial production started on 21 December at Wildpack’s facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The line will meet projected internal decorating demand during 2022 across the packer’s network of six sites in...

Molson Coors to install new high-speed canning line at UK site

The Molson Coors brewery at Burton upon Trent in the UK is increasing production with a new high-speed can filling line. The equipment, thought to be made by Germany’s KHS, will enable Molson Coors to move its packaging to more lightweight beverage cans and improve operational efficiency at the site. The line will boost the brewery’s capacity, enabling it to...

AB-InBev halts brewing to can water for tornado-hit US communities

US brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has halted beer production at one of its plants to instead fill 50,000 cans with drinking water for communities in Kentucky that were affected by a recent tornado. The storm hit the southeastern state at the weekend, killing 74 people and displacing thousands of others. The canned water will be donated from AB InBev’s brewery...

Sales at Hormel Foods continue to rise

Fourth-quarter sales at Spam producer Hormel Foods were another record for the company. Net sales for the three months to the end of October were up 43 per cent year-on-year to US$3.5 billion, boosted by double-digit growth in each of the branded food producer’s four divisions.  Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel said sales for the whole of the 2021 fiscal year were US$11.4...

Molson Coors launches drinkable Christmas ornament

A Christmas tree ornament that doubles as a sleeve for canned beer is Molson Coors’ bet to lift the festive spirit this year. Shaped like a Christmas bauble, the Beernament is designed to snugly fit around 8-ounce (237ml) cans of Miller Lite. Drinkers must open the ornament to accommodate the cans, which are purchased separately. The ornament can afterwards be hung...

ORG makes and fills cans for Jianlibao’s energy drink

China’s ORG Packaging is manufacturing aluminium bottles for a new energy drink marketed by Jianlibao. Launched in November in China, the Super Energy bottles are made at ORG’s Xianning plant, in Hubei province.  The energy drink has been developed in a partnership between the brand owner and the China Food and Fermentation Industry Research Institute. While sports energy drinks on the...