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Reflections from Drinktec

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new editor of CanTech International. Having spent the majority of last week in Munich at Drinktec – which, I’m pleased to report, featured a strong can presence through the show – I have already had the opportunity to witness first-hand a range of innovations […]

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Heinz PR blitz ahead of job cuts

Three press releases in almost as many days have been released by canned beans and soups giant Heinz. All the releases show the new canned soups the company is bringing out on to the UK market. They all look delicious and it is always good to see more food cans being released. But if you […]

Drink packaging is ‘responsible’

An independent audit has shown show the vast majority of alcohol products sold in Britain conform to responsibility standards established by a watchdog. The Portman Group was established in 1989 by the UK’s leading alcohol producers to promote responsible drinking. As part of its ongoing compliance work, the group appointed independent consultants, Campden BRI, to […]

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UK prime minister visits tinned paint factory

British prime minister David Cameron visited the UK base of Crown Paints yesterday (8 August). The PM was at the factory to see its brands, manufacturing base, sustainability credentials and the commitment it shows to training and developing its people. Cameron, along with Jake Berry MP for Darwen and Rossendale, was welcomed by Crown’s managing […]

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Ball unveils straw in a can

Beverage can manufacturer Ball Packaging Europe has revealed a new straw in a can that it will debut at drinktec 2013. The show is considered a leading world fair for the beverage and liquid food industry and showcases of beverage cans and aluminium containers for special occasions. Ball’s stand A1.302 will be showcasing the magic […]

Plastic’s not fantastic

The march of plastics seems to have been in full flow over the past couple of weeks. First the iconic canned meat Spam announced the sale of a plastic tub, then a British Company bought out a plastic “can”. The truth is plastic is not fantastic it’s a poorer version of metal and is worse […]

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Pepsi cans still contain cancer-causing chemical

Pepsi has still not removed a potentially cancer causing chemical from its cola drink. According to research commissioned by the Centre for Environmental Health (CEH) rival drink Coca-Cola has changed its caramel colouring in the United States. But, outside of California, Pepsi is still using colouring with high levels of the cancer-causing 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI). California […]

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“Size does matter” in metal packaging

Size does matter at least when it comes to metal packaging, says Dr Ulrich Roeske, chairman of the executive board of Thyssenkrupp Rasselstein. Speaking at Euro Cantech last week Roeske (pictured), who is at the helm of one of Europe’s largest tinplate suppliers, said “Size does matter especially when it comes to merchants.” Speaking in […]

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“Challenging” first half for Rexam

Can maker Rexam revealed global sales grew by 1% for the five months to the end of May compared with the same period in 2012. However, overall operating performance in the first half of the year will be slightly below that of last year. In 2012 sales from continuing operations for the company were in […]

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Steel recycling rate continues to rise

Steel recycling rates remain on the increase and have in fact risen threefold over the past two decades. This is according to the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) who have released their latest European steel recycling figures. In 2011, 2.6 million tonnes of steel packaging was recycled to make new steel […]

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Pepsi cola cans to feature Beyonce

PepsiCo has turned to pop super star Beyone Knowles in a bid to turn around its cola business. PepsiCo has stepped up the marketing around its namesake product after admitting it faces a “challenge” selling cola in the US market particularly. The problem for the company is its sports drinks, teas and other products are […]

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