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Intersection-themed cans drive online sell-out for Heinz spaghetti

Heinz cans of pasta decorated with an image of one of the UK’s busiest road junctions have sold out hours after they went on sale. The international food giant released the limited-edition ‘Spaghetti Junction’ cans to mark 50 years since the motorway hub, given the same nickname, opened near the UK midlands city of Birmingham. The sprawling Gravelly Hill Interchange is...

Teapot offers a heady brew for Boston beer giant

The Boston Beer Company is entering the cannabis-infused beverage market with the launch of its Teapot range in July. Available in Canada where the drug was legalised in 2018, the Boston, Massachusetts-based company said it hopes Teapot will tap into the growing market for cannabis-based beverages. It also hopes the tea-based product will attract new consumers who want to avoid...

More capacity for shrink-sleeve decorated cans

Tripack, a US provider of shrink sleeve-decorated beverage cans, is to open a new facility to meet growing demand from craft brewers and other new-generation drinks makers. The Milford, Ohio–based manufacturer, which also manufactures shrink sleeve applicator equipment, said the strength of customer orders from the south east of the country was behind its decision to open the new 30,000...

Paperboard can carriers helps Canadian brewer cut carbon emissions

Canada’s Wild Rose Brewery is following major brands such as Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev) in replacing plastic can multi-pack carriers with recyclable cardboard alternatives. The Calgary, Alberta-based brewer said the switch was propelled by the disquiet they shared with many in the global beverage industry about the volume of plastic that goes to landfill. “While plastic-based...

Hardys wine launches canned Varietals Range

Hardys, the UK’s most popular brand of wine, will debut three new canned products in June. The company, which is owned by international Australian winemaker Accolade, is offering a rosé, chardonnay and shiraz, each in 250ml aluminium slim cans. Hardys said it hopes the single-serve format for its Varietals Range will tap into summertime on-the-go drinking trends. “Offering a convenient and...

Corona goes Tropical with its first non-beer drink outside US

Corona, the international beer brand owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has launched its first non-beer beverage to a global market. Packaged in 330ml sleek cans, Corona Tropical is a sparkling alcoholic water flavoured with mixed-fruit combinations, such as guava and lime, or grapefruit and lime – varying depending on the country in which the drink is sold. Corona is marketing...

Heineken extends reach in hard seltzer market

Heineken, one of the world’s best-known brewers, is expanding its portfolio of canned hard seltzers and ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails. Dos Equis Classic Lime Margarita, which is a product extension of the imported Mexican beer brand Dos Equis, will launch by the end of June in ten US states. In using the established Dos Equis name, the Dutch brewer is hoping...

AB InBev posts surprise sales rise as prices, volumes increase

Higher prices for its beers failed to dampen consumers’ thirst for Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) products as the world’s largest brewer reported higher-than-expected earnings and volumes in the first quarter. The maker of Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois beers said sales rose 11 per cent year-on-year in the three months through March to US$13.2 billion from $12.3bn. Sales were boosted...

Monster reports record sales but price hike looms

Sales at Monster Beverage continued to improve as the energy drinks maker reported record first-quarter results. But the US-based company said rising materials and energy costs are forcing it to implement price increases for domestic customers this autumn. Hold-ups in ingredient deliveries caused by global supply-chain bottlenecks pared profitability as the company made costly adjustments to get materials to all...