More Brexit woe

Who said British politics was dull? During the previous few weeks of Brexit, it has given the British people the enigma that is Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, internal strife within the Labour Party and exciting current affairs which has now caused many with a social networking account to become rather self-righteous. It really is feisty stuff over here.

The vote has certainly had some indirect consequences to the can making industry and the news this week that Anheuser-Busch InBev has raised its price to pay for rival SABMiller in a bit to appease London-based shareholders is certainly that. One of the shareholders, Aberdeen Asset Management, branded the revised terms as “unacceptable”, which means there still appears some way to go in settling this deal once and for all. It’s amazing how far and wide a vote by the British people can influence business dealings around the globe…

However, the deal itself does seem inevitable and AB-Inbev will responsible for 30 per cent of the world’s beer – a truly staggering figure. In our September issue we will assess the implications for the can making industry, so please do get in touch with your views.

Our July/August issue should now be with you and inside there is analysis on digital pre-press technology, a report from Vladislav Vorotnikov on Kazakhstan and the latest on shaping and embossing from Evert van de Weg. There is also an interview with Saltwater Brewery on its innovative edible six pack rings.

One final thing, our new magazine app is in production and we are hoping it will be ready for our September ‘Supplier Profile’ issue. It’s exciting times here at Bell Publishing and we look forward to sharing more information on this development as and when we receive it.

Have an enjoyable week.

Alex Fordham, editor

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