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New Belgium unveils its latest solar installation

New Belgium Brewing first embarked on solar in 2010 with a 200kW rooftop array on top of its Fort Collins brewery and later added a 96kW solar array in 2015. In 2014, they opened their LEED-certified brewery in Asheville. Solar panels were installed atop the liquid center when the brewery was constructed, with plans to…


Japanese consumers to pay more for canned drinks

Inflation is starting to take a bite out of the budgets of Japanese consumers. They will soon start paying more for their cola, juice, tea, and other drinks. Suntory Beverage and Food says it will be raising retail prices of most of its canned and bottled products from October. Most will go up by 20…


Aldi removes shrink-wrap plastic from baked bean multi-packs

Budget supermarket chain Aldi has announced that it is removing plastic shrink wrap from its multi-packs of Corale baked beans in a bid to reduce plastic waste. The ban will have an impact on all of its stores in the UK as it will change how it sells one of its most popular products. The move is expected to save…


Canned wine brand Hun sold as rival Babe exits UK

Canned wine brand Hun has been sold after falling into administration. The brand, which was backed by fmcg veterans such as Waitrose executive director James Bailey and Andy Shaw, the former CEO of beer at BrewDog and MD of Red Bull UK, has been acquired by its wine supplier Origin Wine after running aground. A letter from Hun founder Mark Woollard…


Ball Corporation enters into virtual power purchase agreement

Packaging firm Ball Corporation has announced that it has entered into a ‘virtual power purchase agreement’, under which it will will purchase 151 megawatts of wind energy from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. Commenting, Matt Handel, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources said, “We’re pleased to work with Ball and it’s great…

Sunshine Beverages Tropical Pineapple

New sparkling energy drink launched

Sunshine Beverages, makers of delicious Sparkling Energy Waters and Drinks, has expanded its portfolio of Sparking Energy Drinks with the launch of Tropical Pineapple. The launch comes on the heels of this year’s majority investment from Cypress Ascendant, a strategic capital investment firm, fuelling a refreshed business model, operations, and increased awareness for the brand. The…


Lagunitas rolls out $4 million hard iced tea venture

A $4 million investment, Lagunitas is taking its brewing up a whole new experience by introducing spiked iced tea. Bought by global producer Heineken in 2017, the Petaluma brewer added a new peach flavoIr in May to its Disorderly House brand, which was launched in March. With its “disorderly” name, Lagunitas spokeswoman Paige Guzman said…


Molson Coors invests £16million in Aspall Cyder

A cider factory which has been on the same site for nearly 300 years has been given a £13m makeover. The Aspall Cyder House in Suffolk has been updated as part of a £16m investment in the Aspall brand by Molson Coors, which bought the company in 2018. The three-year project has seen the site…


Sacmi post record revenues in 2021

Consolidated revenues of more than 1.53 billion euros, up almost 40% on 2020, with sales and orders returning to pre-COVID levels. These were the key facts that emerged from the SACMI Imola Members’ Assembly held on Saturday 14 May, which approved the Group’s Consolidated Financial Statement and proceeded with the renewal of the Board of Directors. From an economic perspective, SACMI confirms its…


PABC announce a $8 investment towards expansion plans

PABC have announced that a $8 million investment has been made for a can making capacity expansion from 700 million to 950 million per year, to be activated by June 2022. Pakistan market demand is estimated to be approximately 1 billion cans each year. PABC enjoys local sales of 60% with the residual 40% through…


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