This month, along with our usual industry news and analysis, we cast a keen eye to metals in packaging – serendipitous, given the news of Ardagh’s senior notes offering of $1.05bn, as well as the company’s merger with Gores Holdings.

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Some readers may have noticed Ball Corp’s continued efforts to position their aluminium cup as an alternative to plastic or paper formats, both in foodservice and live events. Many watched with intrigue last year when the company announced its plans for the Super Bowl, and following more seemingly successful trials and strategic partnerships, the product certainly does look to be picking up momentum.

The core argument of the concept is that an aluminium cup will be more sustainable than paper or plastics, given its durability and recyclability. But given the energy-intensive methods of production, how does this stand up compared to paper or plastic? We dig into the matter in this issue.

As well as this, we also follow up on our previous coverage of the new UK Deposit Return Scheme; this time asking what the implications will be for UK metal recycling, as well as looking across the pond at how the Biden administration could shake things up for US aluminium.

In this issue

UK Deposit Return Scheme: more harm than good?

The UK Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) is set to come into effect in 2023, however, not all industry professionals are in favour of its implementation. Jessie Paige looks into the details of the UK DRS scheme and talks to Alupro’s Rick Hindley to find out more about what issues the UK DRS scheme may present and how it could be improved.

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No corkscrew? No problem, with canned wine

There have been a flurry of new product launches in the wine world, and a notable trend is the adoption of the can as a preferred packaging format. Alex Love looks into why brands are choosing to do so, and the benefits associated with it.

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How the pandemic has impacted takeaway packaging

With restaurants and pubs closing doors due to Covid-19-enforced lockdowns, takeaway food has seen a sharp increase in demand and, as a result, so has takeaway packaging. Jessie Paige talks to experts across the packaging industry to find out about the increased demand, the effects it may be having on the environment, and whether it’s a trend that’s here to stay.

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Aluminium, paper, or plastic? The sustainable cup

Ball Corp has been making inroads recently with its new product for live events and foodservice markets: the aluminium cup. But what are the benefits of using metals in lieu of plastic or paper for beverages? Luke Christou investigates.

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How could the Biden administration change the US aluminium industry?

Since Biden’s election, and with a growing emphasis on protecting the environment, those in the aluminium industry have been wondering if change could be afoot. The Aluminium Association in particular has several suggestions that could improve the sector. Jessie Paige investigates the organisation’s suggestions for a stronger aluminium packaging industry.

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Next issue preview

In the next issue, we’ll be looking at the latest packaging alternatives. From material choices to packaging design, what are the latest breakthroughs in alternative packaging?

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