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Crown to invest in its sixth can plant in Brazil

Crown have announced plants from its Brazilian subsidiary CROWN Embalagens S.A., to build its sixth beverage can plant in Brazil. The new two-line facility will produce two-piece aluminium cans in multiple sizes and have annual capacity of 2.4 billion cans when fully operational.  The first line is expected to begin production in the second quarter…


Non-alcohol beer O’Doul’s launches newly designed limited edition can

In collaboration with dating authority Match , a new partnership with non-alcohol beer O’Doul’s aims to give daters more options than ever when speaking to their drinking and dating preferences, coming to life through an in-app profile update within the Match app. The app now allows users to specify their drinking preferences with more, inclusive…


Michelob Ultra launches organic Hard Seltzer

Michelob ULTRA, the first beer brand to distribute a USDA certified organic beer nationally in 2018, is launching a hard seltzer for people who prioritize natural flavours and enjoy an active lifestyle.  Michelob ULTRA Organic Seltzer, the first-ever national USDA certified organic hard seltzer, hits shelves across the USA this month with three refreshing flavours…


Nichols re-launches Feel Good Drinks

Nichols has re-launched its flavoured sparkling waters brand Feel Good Drinks with a new natural formulation in plastic-free packaging. The company also revealed that the brand will now be run in the style of a start-up as part of the wider business in order to tap into the “opportunity in the market for natural, great-tasting…


Jimmy’s announces departure from Tetra Pak for iced coffee packaging to ‘infinitely recyclable’ cans

Jimmy’s Coffee has announced its intention to move its Original and Mocha iced coffee SKUs into cans as it makes its Co-op debut. The 250ml can format will echo the two-tone style of its flat white cans, in line with the rebrand in January last year. It said the move from Tetra Pak cartons to…


AkzoNobel presents its intentions Tikkurila

Akzo Nobel has made a comprehensive non-binding proposal to acquire Tikkurila.  The announcement from the firm said that the proposed combination of AkzoNobel and Tikkurila would ‘create a strong platform for future growth, better able to serve customers with more innovative and sustainable solutions, building on a shared European heritage’. The proposal includes an all-cash…


Pepsico announces bold climate goals

In the face of an escalating climate crisis, Pepsico has unveiled an ambitious new goal to cut carbon emissions by more than 40% by 2030 (against a 2015 baseline) — more than doubling the previous climate objective. This is expected to result in the reduction of over 26 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions —…


Aldi first supermarket to scrap plastic shrink wrap on multipack soft drink cans

Aldi is the first supermarket to stop using plastic shrink-wrapping on its own-label multipack soft drink cans. The UK’s fifth-largest supermarket has replaced all plastic on its soft drink cans with 100% recyclable, FSC-certified cardboard, saving over 90 tonnes of plastic each year. The move will mean that nearly 11 million packs of Aldi’s 330ml…


Hydro sails first shipment of low-carbon aluminium to Europe

Hydro has sent its first shipment of aluminium using Norway’s biggest sailing vessel SC Connector. The technology in the vessel lowers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. “We want to work with the most forward-leaning companies when it comes to developing greener technology for sea transportation. This retrofitted vessel with rotor sails is a very good starting point and we look forward to seeing what…


Michelob Ultra goes green with new aluminium cans in the US

Michelob Ultra beer will be served in cans made from the same aluminium used in Apple MacBooks in order to improve the beer’s carbon footprint. Beermaker Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and metal producer Rio Tinto Group said that the new cans are partly made using a “carbon-free” process that eliminates greenhouse gases. The specialty metal comes from a joint venture between…

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