alcoholic beverages

29 Nov 2018 --- Australian family-owned winery De Bortoli Wines has won the inaugural Winery Innovator of the Year trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London this month. The winery was recognized for continuing to be at the forefront of Australia’s pale dry Rosé movement, particularly for its unique packaging on its new Rosé Rosé which features a color side-embossed screw cap that is the first registered closure decoration of its kind in the world.
28 Nov 2018 --- Corona will become the first global beer brand to trial 100 percent plastic-free six-pack rings. The new rings will be piloted in Mexico at the beginning of 2019, with further tests in the UK planned for later in the year. Corona announced that it will pilot plastic-free six-pack rings in select markets as part of the brand’s commitment with Parley for the Oceans to lead the industry with eco-friendly packaging.
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 BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany, this week.
15 Nov 2018 --- DS Smith is delivering a revolution in the sustainable development of beverage packaging with Fillbee – a returnable pack made from post-consumer waste that fits inside reusable crates, yet can also be stacked without a crate. Fillbee can accommodate four or six beers and be adapted to any shape of bottle. The move follows the EU policy announced earlier this year that all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable or reusable by 2030. PackagingInsights gained an insight into this new launch, set to hit the market in spring 2019, at BrauBeviale, held this week in Nuremberg, Germany.
13 Nov 2018 --- Lightweight Containers, producer of the PET kegs KeyKeg and UniKeg, has launched two new additions: A non-alcoholic fitting and a manual dispensing unit for “at-home use,” today at BrauBeviale, in Nuremberg, Germany.
08 Nov 2018 --- A subsidiary of the Heineken Group, Heineken Vietnam, has boosted its production output without disrupting the brewery operation through its long-term partnership with Gebo Cermex. With the partnership, the solutions Sidel filler and EvoFILL Can were installed to increase production capacity in a sustainable way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 Sep 2018 --- In collaboration with RPC M&H Plastics UK, Garçon Wines has reimagined wine retailing, logistics and delivery with the invention of a full-sized, letterbox-friendly 750ml wine bottle made from 100 percent recyclable PET. As the granted IP holder of the invention, Garçon Wines commercializes these unique, slimline and lightweight wine bottles, operating as both a drinks packaging provider and wine wholesale supplier. PackagingInsights speaks to Santiago Navarro, CEO and Co-Founder, about the ripples they are creating in wine retailing and e-commerce at large.
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.
30 Aug 2018 --- Garçon Wines is set to launch a 100 percent recycled and recyclable PET bottle which is pink in color to package a new rosé wine. Significantly, the pink bottle color allows the product to avoid issues of discoloration and maintain consumer appeal. The bottles come with a plastic screwcap to ensure they’re truly 100 percent recyclable. Santiago Navarro, CEO and Co-Founder of Garçon Wines, speaks to PackagingInsights about combining super-sustainability with aesthetics.
27 Aug 2018 ---- Akashi Sake Brewery is an artisanal sake producer based in Hyogo, Japan. Their flagship product, Akashi-Tai, is a premium range of five artisan sakes, brewed in small batches using traditional methods. The brewery needed a new design for Akashi-Tai, to position the brand as an authentic, premium player on the global stage. Design agency Cowan London worked with the brand to help define the proposition, brand essence and brand story, the agency explains.
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.
09 Jul 2018 --- Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) and Talkin’ Things are the first Internet of Things (IoT) packaging platform providers to combine Augmented Reality (AR) and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to create a “unique” customer experience in connected products, according to Talkin’ Things. The label of Black Red Ale beer, which incorporates a large “talking” skull, fully fits into the smart packaging trend by using advanced AR facial recognition and dynamic scenarios dependent on users’ emotions.
25 Jun 2018 --- Rum brand Captain Morgan is now available sporting decorated label designs where “Morgan” is replaced with a range of terms including, genius, clueless and karaoke, adding an opportunity for personalization to the consumer.

Ridge Cider Unveils New Packaging

22 Jun 2018 --- Ridge Cider, one of Michigan’s fastest-growing hard cider producers, announced the addition of the Pure Michigan logo to its new hard cider packaging, signifying that the company’s hard cider is made with at least 75% ingredients grown in Michigan.
21 Jun 2018 --- Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm), a supplier of NFC (near field communication) mobile marketing solutions, is supplying el Jimador tequila with digital marketing formats for its bottles and coasters. The tequila brand hopes that tapping into consumer-focused digital marketing techniques will increase the scope of its soccer marketing campaign.

Wynwood Brewing Company Unveils New Brand Packaging In Time For Five Year Anniversary

20 Jun 2018 --- Wynwood Brewing Company proudly reveals a bold design change for its brand packaging. Sharing a preview into the design update, Wynwood’s new look represents a big departure from their original branding, which featured a consistent look and feel across the portfolio. As Miami’s oldest craft production brewery,