July's top stories: Francis Ford releases wine cans, UK prefer plastic-free aisles in supermarkets

Francis Ford Coppola Winery releases Diamond Collection wines in cans, Survey finds UK consumers support plastic-free aisles in supermarkets and ACE claims 66% of UK's local authorities collect beverage cartons for recycling. Packaging-gateway.com wraps up key headlines from July 2017.


Francis Ford Coppola Winery releases Diamond Collection wines in cans

Francis Ford Coppola Winery launched its canned white wine line Diamond Collection and added Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc to its portfolio.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery president and Winemaking director Corey Beck said: “It was Francis's instinct and creativity that first brought wine-in-a-can to the forefront of the wine industry with the introduction of the Sofia Mini cans more than a decade ago.

“For a category that's accelerated so rapidly over the years, consumers are still loyal to the Coppola brands they trust and admire, because they know we will deliver the same premium quality, consistency, and authenticity they know and love in a bottle, into a can.”


Survey finds UK consumers support plastic-free aisles in supermarkets

A survey conducted by Populus found that more than 90% of consumers in the UK support the introduction of ‘plastic-free' aisles in supermarkets.

The survey, commissioned by environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, involved 2,000 adults.

It was revealed that 91% of the respondents supported the introduction of a supermarket aisle that features only products free of plastic packaging, while 81% of them expressed their concern about the amount of plastic packaging being dumped in the UK.


ACE claims 66% of UK's local authorities collect beverage cartons for recycling

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) revealed that the proportion of the UK's local authorities collecting beverage cartons from the kerbside for recycling has increased to 66%.

The figure marks a 16-fold increase compared to 2006, when only 4% of local authorities collected cartons from the kerbside.

After the introduction of ACE UK’s bring-bank system, 92% of UK local authorities are now collecting cartons for recycling with South Hams District Council in South Devon, according to the organisation.


Sonoco completes Clear Lam Packaging acquisition for $170m

Sonoco completed its acquisition of flexible and plastic packaging films manufacturer Clear Lam Packaging for $170m.

Founded in 1969, Clear Lam is expected to achieve sales of nearly $140m this year.

The company has two manufacturing facilities at Elk Grove Village and in Nanjing, China.


Toray Plastics introduces two chlorine-free pet films

Toray Plastics (America) launched its new chlorine-free, barrier-coated Lumirror MK61HB and PA1HB polyester films for flexible packaging applications.

The two PET films can be used in e-commerce applications as an alternative to foil, Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and orientated polypropylene (OPP), and AlOx-coated PET.

The PA1HB clear-barrier PET acts as an oxygen barrier, while the MK61HB metallised-barrier PET provides effective protection from oxygen and moisture.


Supremex acquires Canada’s Stuart Packaging

Packaging and specialty products provider Supremex concluded its acquisition of Canada-based Stuart Packaging, which supplies eco-friendly folding carton packaging to the consumer market.

The acquisition complies with Supremex’s growth and diversification strategy and has increased its share of total revenues from packaging and specialty products to more than 22% on an annual pro-forma basis.

Supremax concluded the transaction for $17.5m on a cash-free and debt-free basis.


La Colombe and Crown collaborate to launch new coffee can

La Colombe Coffee Roasters and Crown Beverage Packaging North America collaborated to produce a pre-portioned single-use can, ‘The MiniVault’, that is said to extend the shelf life of coffee.

The companies previously partnered to launch Draft Latte, a coffee drink made using Crown’s InnoValve technology.


Constantia Flexibles to sell labelling business to Multi-Color for €1.15bn

Constantia Flexibles agreed to sell its labels division (Constantia Labels) to US-based Multi-Color in a deal valued at approximately €1.15bn.

After the completion of the transaction, Constantia Flexibles will hold 16.6% of Multi-Color’s outstanding shares.

Constantia Flexibles CEO Alexander Baumgartner said: “Constantia Flexibles will use proceeds from the transaction to de-leverage its balance sheet and enable further acquisitions in the dynamic and consolidating flexible packaging industry.

“We will also focus on innovative products and services, as well as new technologies to strengthen our existing Food and Pharma divisions.”


Philip Morris to pay Australian Government’s legal costs after losing plain packaging battle

US-based tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris was ordered to pay an undisclosed amount in legal fees to the Australian Government after losing a six-year-old court case against the country’s plain-packaging laws.

The latest order, issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), redacted the exact amount of compensation to be paid by Philip Morris.

However, the amount could be as high as $A50m ($38m), reported the Sydney Morning Herald.


US’s Bemis to close two facilities and reduce workforce to tackle rising cost

US-based packaging supplier Bemis was set to restructure its company and cost savings programme to improve operating efficiency and profitability.

Under the new initiatives, the company will aim to optimise its manufacturing capacity by closing one of its facilities this year and a second in 2018.

The company expected to save nearly $10m through the closure of the facilities, the operations of which will be transferred to other Bemis locations.