metal

16 Nov 2018 --- Shelf-appeal and consumer engagement are increasingly significant drivers in metal can design. Although consumers are drinking less soda, other can markets are emerging and expanding, notably craft beer and canned water, with producers demanding the differentiation needed to be competitive on a busy shelf. Two leading metal can suppliers, Crown and Ball, showcased the latest in their decorative techniques and connective technologies during BrauBevaile 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany, this week.
12 Nov 2018 --- Global metal and glass packaging specialists Ardagh has announced a 9 percent drop in profits while recording a 3 percent increase in revenue in its third quarter financial results. Overall revenue was recorded at US$2.39 billion, however profit prior to tax shows a 9 percent decrease (US$400 million). Lower earnings in glass packaging in the US and metal packaging in Europe, in addition to cost inflation, are reasons for the profit decrease.
12 Nov 2018 --- SNSTech’s latest launch, an all-aluminum, reclosable beverage called SipNShut, is said to tackle production, usability and sustainability issues that have thwarted the adoption of other reclosable can options in becoming commercially viable. Aside from a few major brands, reclosable can systems are not seen often on store shelves, the company notes.
09 Nov 2018 --- Ardagh Group has collaborated with Norway seafood brand Stabburet to deliver a revamped, lively design for its classic aluminum seafood cans. The project targeted Stabburet’s mackerel fillet range – a national dish in Norway – and presented sixty different designs on the Hansa shaped seafood can – the typical aluminum can with rounded edges used for seafood.
25 Oct 2018 --- BrewDog's new lager in its canned range aims to differentiate the brand in the competitive craft beer market and steps away from BrewDog’s color-coded can style, in which the lager variant was traditionally yellow. Designed by B&B studio, the new design is white, with red type and a silver unicorn illustration to further differentiate the lager from the rest of the range.
24 Oct 2018 --- Crown has partnered with the design and research agency Kinneir Dufort to conduct a UK study into consumer perceptions of packaging. The study followed consumers from a variety of demographics over a two-day period where they were asked to explore the soup, vegetable, fish, ready meal and pet food categories and to provide contextual insight into how consumers store, open and use food packaging. Crown aimed to better understand purchasing decisions and found that while younger consumers prioritize sustainable packaging in product choices, older consumers were more concerned by ease-of-opening and exhibited unwavering brand loyalty.
22 Oct 2018 --- Nestlé has partnered with Sainsbury’s to launch a personalized tin for Quality Street chocolates this Christmas. The partnership has cited the success of last year’s launch of a personalized tin and said that this year’s offer is even bigger and better as the promotion will run in over ten times more locations than last year, making it easier than ever for consumers to pick up the bespoke Christmas tin.
09 Oct 2018 --- Beverage multi-packing smart systems provider WaveGrip has helped increase Royal Docks Brewing Company’s beer output with a new packing applicator and brand defining colored carrier system. Having previously partnered with a canning company, Royal Docks switched to its own canning line in 2017. Recently, however, it has required a faster and less labor-intensive solution to keep pace with its ongoing growth: The WaveGrip G1, with speeds of up to 100 cans-per-minute (cpm) and ability to pack a full range of can sizes with minimal downtime.
09 Oct 2018 --- Ardagh Group is set to showcase its award-winning, textured and embossed innovations in aluminum and steel can coating at the upcoming BrauBeviale 2018 show in Nuremberg, Germany. The supplier states that these latest innovations represent its continued focus on innovation and sustainability as the pillars at the forefront of its mission to meet consumers’ growing demand for brand-enhancing and sustainable metal and glass packaging.
05 Oct 2018 --- Ardagh has announced the launch of Kahlúa Espresso Martini in Nitro Cans. The Nitro Can is the ready-to-drink (RTD) packaging solution for nitro beverages which was launched in late 2016 to capitalize on the nitro coffee trend gaining momentum in key European markets. Kahlúa uses a 250ml slim Nitro Can to provide consumers a velvety smooth Espresso Martini infused with nitrogen.
28 Sep 2018 --- Ball Corporation, one of the world’s leading beverage can makers, has inaugurated a new production plant in Spain located in Cabanillas del Campo, Guadalajara, near Madrid. With this new factory, which represents for Ball a significant investment of more than 100 million euros (US$116 million), the company expands its presence in Spain, where it already has another production facility located in La Selva del Camp, Tarragona. The plant’s capacity is contracted to existing Ball customers.
24 Sep 2018 --- Carlsberg reimagined beer can packaging this month with the Snap Pack: a recyclable glue that bonds multipacks of beer together and replaces the traditional bulky plastic rings previously used. The technology is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tons a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic bags, according to the Danish brewery. During the Packaging Innovations show in London last week, PackagingInsights caught up with Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, Head of Sustainability at Carlsberg to discuss the SnapPack and other initiatives which make-up the company’s Together Towards Zero Sustainability project.
18 Sep 2018 --- Mondelez has partnered with Crown Aerosols & Promotional Packaging to create a limited edition 80th anniversary tin for its iconic “Cadbury Roses” brand, a flagship product for the chocolatier. Introduced in 1938 as an entry point for Cadbury into the chocolate assortment market, the brand pays homage to the well-loved flower of the same name. The tins have been designed with a strong vintage look and are a collectible duo.
07 Sep 2018 --- This week, in its home of Copenhagen, the Carlsberg Group unveiled the new Snap Pack: an innovation that replaces the traditional, bulky plastic rings that accompany multi-packs of beer with a pioneering solution that instead bonds beer cans together with recyclable glue. The technology is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tons a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic bags, according to the Danish brewery.
13 Aug 2018 --- Packaging for pets is big business – it is estimated to account for around five percent of the total European demand for flexible plastic-based packaging. It explains why many leading suppliers have designated pet packaging teams. The challenges are varied – from pet-specific considerations such as the need for industry-high hygiene, clean dispensing and shelf-life standards, to more general packaging focuses including brand appeal and sustainability demands. Three pet packaging specialists – Mondi, Constantia Flexibles and Amcor – speak to PackagingInsights about the challenges and latest solutions in pet packaging.
09 Aug 2018 --- Global beverage, personal care and household packaging supplier Ball has announced the publication of its sixth biennial sustainability report, covering calendar years 2016 and 2017, which details how it addresses systemic challenges in the areas of circular economy, climate change, water stewardship and responsible sourcing, as well as its bold new science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction target.
30 Jul 2018 --- Ball has collaborated with Attila Hildmann Empire GmbH to produce complexly designed cans for its organic drink, Daisho. The central design element of the 25-centiliter Slim cans depicts a Samurai warrior with a pair of traditional swords called Daisho. To highlight the sophisticated design in the best possible way, the cans feature Ball’s popular HD printing technique. Produced at the Gelsenkirchen, Germany plant, the cans will be available at retail stores in Germany from July in three flavors: Litchi-Lime, Berry-Vanilla and Mango-Pineapple-Coconut.
26 Jul 2018 --- Printing Industries of America (PIA) has launched a grassroots call to action in response to industry impacts triggered by Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum announced by the Trump Administration on June 1, 2018. PIA members impacted by price spikes on aluminum printing plates are urged to share their stories with Congress.
18 Jul 2018 --- Dutch craft beer brand Brouwerij Homeland Amsterdam has collaborated with Ball to create a unique, blank can design for its popular spelt beer. The cans utilize Ball’s 33-centiliter standard format, which is a popular choice amongst many craft brewers. Unlike other brands, Brouwerij Homeland Amsterdam has chosen to leave the 360-degree can canvas blank, creating a strong, stand-out design. The minimalist cans feature no printing or messaging, other than the name, date and alcohol percentage on the bottom of the can.
16 Jul 2018 --- Ball has teamed with Ovayaco, a company that produces and supplies beverages to Moscow-based restaurant chain BlackStarBurger, to design a new stand-out can using the innovative Strawster technology. Strawster is a modern gadget available exclusively in Ball’s 25cl slim can which features a self-activated straw that “magically” appears once the tab of the can is engaged. The partnership cites the increasing demand for ready-to-drink beverages and energy drinks in Russia as the drive behind the collaboration.