Alex Rivers


Gin(ie) in a bottle

A spirits businesses based in Herefordshire, England, has announced a switch from glass to aluminium bottles for its gin products; a move that hopefully inspires more beverage companies to do the same.


Positive steps forward

Details of Ireland’s planned Deposit Return Scheme is welcome news this week, especially for those in the metal packaging sector who have been lobbying for schemes to adopt a variable rate.

Return of Asia CanTech proves a huge success

Asia CanTech has just concluded its 2022 edition and from myself and Bell Publishing it’s a massive thank you to all our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and of course the events team at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Bangkok for a wonderful show.

Taking the time

Monday 10 October 2022 marked World Mental Health Day, and now more than ever it feels important to focus on time for ourselves, and to check in on others, be that in the workplace or closer to home.

Can collections

Working on our August issue of the magazine, and reflecting on some recent Guinness World Record news, got me thinking about the importance of can design and how special edition packaging makes a lasting impression to become a keepsake.


Pride in cans

Pride month is always a tricky one to cover in terms of products, because some big corporations just seem to love cashing in on the novelty, without contributing anything to the cause. However I have found three American brands that seem to be doing their bit.

Celebrating Platinum

With Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee imminent, I thought it apt to showcase some quintessential metal packaging I’ve come across commemorating the occasion.

Growing green

Ball Corporation recently held an inspiring evening of discussion, emphasising the need for a truly circular economy and what was needed to achieve it, including journalistic approaches to reporting on sustainability news.

Coffee’s best friend

Opening a Grind tin in the morning got me thinking about how essential metal packaging continues to be for the coffee industry.

Metal aesthetics

Unlike books, sometimes metal packaging must be judged by its ‘cover’ – or in this case, design. Looks are increasingly important in the metal packaging world, as Trivium highlighted recently when it awarded winners of its Forever Canvas Challenge 2022.

Refill revolution

Aluminium is the material that keeps on giving; The Body Shop certainly thinks so, with its aluminium bottle refill programme, but will other beauty companies level up their refill schemes?

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