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Sales decline at Coca-Cola as Kent hands over to Quincey
April 26: Coca-Cola’s sales in the first quarter declined 11 percent to US$9.12 billion compared with the same period in 2016, hit by acquisitions, divestitures and structural items such as a shorter period and a later Easter holiday.

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On-site bottle line saves costs and improves sustainability
April 25: Thousands of truckloads of bottles are being eliminated with the opening of a container manufacturing operation set up by Amcor at the site of Campbell Soup’s V8 drinks plant at Paris, Texas.

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Share a Coke campaign extended to surnames
April 21: Coca-Cola is relaunching its ‘Share A Coke’ promotional campaign using new angles with, in the UK, bottles and multi-packs of cans featuring holiday destinations that include Hawaii, Bali, Ibiza and Miami.

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Spam producer Hormel awards suppliers for improvement
April 19: Canmakers are among a number of suppliers to Hormel Foods – the maker of canned Spam luncheon meat, Valley Fresh meats and Stagg Chili – to be awarded a 2016 Spirit of Excellence Award for their roles in the company’s continuous improvement process throughout the last year.

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Independent Dutch drinks filler rejects private equity offer
April 13: Refresco, one of the leading independent soft drink fillers in Europe, has turned down an acquisition proposal from a French private equity group.

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American Beverage Association chief executive Neely honoured
April 6: Chief executive of the American Beverage Association (ABA) Susan Neely has been named as trade association ‘CEO of the Year’ by CEO Update as part of its Leadership Awards programme designed as a best practice spotlight on chief executives and lobbyists.

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Buffett appears on cans of Cherry Coke for China launch
April 6: Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway investment group owns about a fifth of Coca-Cola’s shares, has appeared on the packaging for the launch of Cherry Coke in China.

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Cold-brew coffees make their debut in Ardagh’s Nitro Cans
April 5:Ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee that pours with a frothy head is being launched in cans this week by two UK-based producers – Minor Figures and Frank and Earnest – using packaging from canmaker Ardagh.

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CannedWater4Kids and Domino help Zambian community
April 5: Coding, marking and printing technologies supplier Domino has partnered with CannedWater4Kids (CW4K), a non-profit charity whose mission is to bring sustainable clean, safe drinking water and drinking water programmes to children worldwide.

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Asahi completes its $7.9bn brewing deal in Eastern Europe
March 31: Japan’s leading brewer Asahi has completed its acquisition of a number of beer businesses in Eastern Europe from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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Main News
Friday, March 31
· Quality draught beer switches to cans in Sacramento
Thursday, March 30
· Fourpure is UK’s Brewery Business of the Year 2017
· Organic low-calorie energy drinks launched across the US
Wednesday, March 29
· Researcher Campden BRI starts up programme in Korea
Tuesday, March 28
· Police investigate ‘human waste’ found in Coca-Cola cans
Thursday, March 23
· Can designs reflect the travels of a brewer’s founders
Thursday, March 16
· JBS to consolidate its international meat businesses
Wednesday, March 15
· Meat packer JBS to buy Plumrose USA
· Coca-Cola to expand its capacity in Malaysia
· Female marketing team targets women with Lime-A-Rita relaunch
Monday, March 13
· Nestlé and Coke wind up their Nestea joint venture
Friday, March 10
· Cambodia Brewery opens its second production plant at Phnom Penh
Tuesday, March 07
· Craft beer goes mainstream in the UK with Heineken
Friday, March 03
· Profits jump almost a third at Monster Energy
Thursday, March 02
· Sales up at Anheuser-Busch InBev but profits slump
· New fresh mountain look for Busch canned beer range
Wednesday, March 01
· FrieslandCampina to sell its Riedel fruit juice subsidiary
Monday, February 27
· US market to be Bonduelle’s biggest with fresh acquisition
· Cott becomes a “more high-margin cash generator”
· Soda tax in Philadelphia has hit sales, say retailers
Friday, February 24
· Huge drinks plant being built at Jeddah by PepsiCo
Thursday, February 23
· Cold brew coffee comes sparkling in a can
Friday, February 17
· Profits hit for Molson Coors Brewing
Thursday, February 16
· Profits more than triple at Kraft Heinz
· Strong performance for Dr Pepper Snapple as it completes Bai buy
Tuesday, February 14
· Heineken invests in its French brewing operations
Monday, February 13
· Heineken expands in Brazil with Kirin brewing acquisition
· Pinsa to start up new sardine cannery in Mexico next month
Thursday, February 09
· Latin America declines hit Coca-Cola sales in 2016
· Reckitt Benckiser bids for the infant formula market
Friday, February 03
· See-through vegetable can makes its debut with McCall
Thursday, February 02
· Redesign for Carling lager in the UK
· Open Gate Guinness ‘tourist experience’ brewery for the US
Tuesday, January 31
· Oskar Blues tops the supermarket craft six-pack league in the US
Monday, January 30
· Cambodia brewery to expand into soft drinks
Tuesday, January 24
· First Coca-Cola bottling plant in Bangladesh opened
· Wincanton to manage Coca-Cola warehouse in Northern Ireland
· Chaos hits canned infant formula market in Australia
Friday, January 13
· Britvic expands its soft drink business in Brazil
Monday, January 09
· First canning line for Thatchers cider in UK
Tuesday, January 03
· Filipino tuna canner to expand distribution in China
· Second canned tuna executive pleads guilty to price fixing
· Craft brewers around Nashville rise to the call for canned beers
· Tuna canning plant on American Samoa closes
· AB InBev to sell its Coke business in Africa for $3.15bn
Monday, December 19
· Hand-delivered canned caviar goes organic in the Middle East
Wednesday, December 14
· More brewing acquisitions in Europe by Japan’s Asahi
Tuesday, December 13
· Tuna fishing sustainability commitment by Thai Union
Monday, December 12
· Premium bottled water launch in North America by PepsiCo
Friday, December 09
· Canned Spam plant to start up in China

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