Sheet-fed press collaboration

Hebenstreit Metal Decorating GmbH and Manroland Sheetfed GmbH have agreed on a strategic co-operation to provide high-end sheet-fed offset presses to the metal packaging market. Manroland will support Hebenstreit with printing technology as well as manufacturing, R&D and service support on a worldwide basis. Hebenstreit engineers and markets a complete range of metal printing solutions […]

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Heinz could cut 10% of UK workforce

Canned soup and beans giant Heinz has announced plans to cut up to 10% of its UK workforce. The Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital owned food business has said it wants to streamline its operations. Currently the business employs 2,500 people across the UK and in Ireland, around 250 of these roles could be redundant. […]

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Soup cans recalled

The Campbell Soup Company has recalled around 80 cases of 14.5-ounce cans of canned pasta labelled as Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth. Due to mislabelling, the cans actually contain SpaghettiOs with Meatballs. As a result of the mislabelling, the product does not declare the presence of wheat, milk and soy, which are known allergens. The […]


Are cans really that hard to open?

Which? a British magazine famed for campaigning for consumer rights has ‘named and shamed’ cans as the hardest to open packaging. Are cans really that bad? With EOEs it’s pretty easy for even the most infirm to open a three-piece can and two-pieces have had SOT for almost as long as I can remember. On […]

Heinz launches new canned soups range

Canned food maker Heinz is adding to its classic soup portfolio by introducing a new range of premium flavours in the UK. In-store from mid-August the new range is described by Heinz as a “flavoursome twist” on the classic soup recipes that consumers “know and love”. The range will have an RRP of £1.19 per […]


Heinz launches new soup after vote

Canned food giant Heinz has introduced a new flavour soup after a public vote. The company will introduce fiery chicken and chorizo to its BIG soup family, served in three-piece cans. Heinz’s search for a new flavour started in February this year with a UK tour asking members of the public to trial three flavours […]


July/August 2013

This issue is packed with news, features, products and equipment. It contains a four page contains review of Euro CanTech (see page 14) and looks at how the three-piece can market, in particular, is under attack from plastic alternatives (see page 34). In the UK lager in a can is well established and the country […]

Wolverine unleashed on Hunger Breaks

Canned bean meals Hunger Breaks has unleashed super hero Wolverine on tins of its food. The three-piece food can maker has also teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox for an on-can promotion, which offers the chance to win a samurai experience in Tokyo. The Hunger Breaks Wolverine promotion features on over 700,000 cans and Hot […]

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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Plastic “can” aims to topple metal packaging

British-based RPC Containers Corby has launched what it calls a “modern plastic alternative” to the can. Its 380ml Apollo claims to have the look of a can combined with this “easy handling and safety benefits” of plastics, it can also be re-closed. The company says the Apollo is suitable for a variety of food processes […]

Sencon’s three-piece division forms new company

A new company has been formed by Sencon’s three-piece division splitting off to form an independent business. Called Innosen the company will take over the portfolio of former Sencon products aimed at the three-piece market. This portfolio includes equipment like the widely used SC231 double sheet detector, which will now be called the IS231. A […]


Soup company dumps cans for cartons

Food manufacturer Lassonde Specialties will stop using the traditional three-piece can and move to carton packs from SIG Combibloc. From now on the company’s Canton brand fondue bouillons, described as “traditional canned classics”, will be offered exclusively in carton packs. The brand has been available in the Canadian market for more than 30 years and […]


Ardagh signs $250m US food can deal

Ardagh Group has signed a US$250 million deal to build two new state-of-the-art can making facilities. The plan will see ConAgra Foods convert the vast majority of its shelf-sized cans from traditional three-piece technology to Ardagh’s flexible DWI (Drawn and Wall-Ironed) style. The plant will also have the capability to manufacture Ardagh’s uniquely developed pressurised […]


Brewer introduces canned food

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has unveiled a line of canned food inspired by its ales. The brewer, based in Delaware US, has used ingredients infused with beers, which will be available at select retailers and at the company’s new food truck. The canned line features hard-tack chowder, which is infused with 60 Minute IPA and […]


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