Beverage company Labatt Breweries of Canada has announced a C$9m investment in its Turning Point Brewery in British Columbia.  

This investment is aimed at introducing new machinery to eliminate the use of plastic rings and introduce a new format for packaging cans. 

The initiative is part of a larger effort by Labatt, which has seen more than C$32.6m invested last year to remove single-use plastics from its operations across three additional breweries in Canada. 

The company invested C$10.5m in St John’s, Newfoundland and C$13.1m in London, Ontario, last year.  

The new packaging machinery at Turning Point was installed in December 2023 and testing and production commenced earlier this year.  

Labatt Breweries of Canada Legal & Corporate Affairs VP Jeff Ryan said: “This investment in our facility in Delta, British Columbia is part of Labatt’s ongoing capital spending to enhance our Canadian facilities and processes. 

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“By investing in new machinery to eliminate plastic rings when packing cans, we are taking another step forward towards a more sustainable future.” 

Cutwater will be one of the first brands to leverage the new packaging system. 

In addition to tequila and rum-based Cutwater products for Canada, the Turning Point facility produces other ready-to-drink brands, including NÜTRL, Tempo Gin, Mike’s, and Palm Bay. 

Ryan added: “Expanding the capabilities of the Turning Point Brewery is an important aspect of our ability to meet consumer demand for premium ready-to-drink products.”