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Sustainable packaging at the Museum of Brands

Last month the Museum of Brands opened its Sustainable Packaging display to highlight the different food and beverage pack formats available. The Can Makers supplied a selection of aluminium cans for the recycling section of the display.  This helps visitors … Continue reading

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Alupro reveals 72% of aluminium drinks cans are recycled in the UK

By Alupro Whilst we are consumed by the issues of packaging pollution and concerns about where our recycling ends up, there is some good news.As aluminium drinks cans hit 72% recycling rate, data shows that almost 100% is recycled within … Continue reading

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The sustainable role of metals

Recycling materials has been an important part of sustainable living to reduce waste and the use of energy for some time. Aluminium specifically has long been a leader in recycling because it is a permanently available material that can be … Continue reading

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‘Recyclable’ is no longer enough

by Bill Boyd, Director and CEO at MPMA. Plastics furore ignites renewed focus on material collection and actual recycling The backlash against plastics stirred by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series will not have come as a shock to anyone with … Continue reading

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The Can Makers 2017 – A Year in News

2017 has been a busy year for us, particularly with the launch brand new digital resources, our sponsorship of SIBA BeerX and a raft of new content highlighting innovation, the exciting growth opportunities and sustainability of the drinks can. Here’s … Continue reading

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Aluminium drinks cans are most recycled drinks container in the world

New stats from Metal Packaging Europe confirm the top recycling status of the beverage can Aluminium beverage cans have now been certified as the world’s most recycled drinks container, according to independent research by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) announced at … Continue reading

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Permanently Available Cans

The drinks can is increasingly becoming the consumer’s drink pack of choice, with the growth of the craft beer movement in recent years, and now soft drinks, playing a key role in changing the general perception of the can’s value … Continue reading

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Indie Drinks Can Advice Service Launches

The Can Makers reveal new website to help craft drink companies get it in the can A new Indie Drinks Can Advice site has launched to help all craft drinks makers get their drinks into cans. Whether a brewer, soft … Continue reading

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Interview with Dalston’s Cola

We recently spoke to Duncan O’Brien, Founder of Dalston’s Cola about their success in canning their craft soda. Here’s what he had to say: Tell us about Dalston’s, yourselves and your ethos? We think it’s the perfect time to offer craft … Continue reading

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Matching Canned Beer and Cider with Food

by Jane Peyton, award-winning writer, drinks educator and beer sommelier. When people ask what I do as a job and I respond that I am a drinks educator the response is always laughter.  Then when I explain that I am … Continue reading

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The Can Makers at the First Metal Packaging Europe AGM

On Friday 2nd June, Will Calvert, Co-founder and Director of Windsor & Eton Brewery and Jill Coomber, representing The Can Makers, were invited to speak at the Metal Packaging Europe’s very first Annual General Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal. They … Continue reading

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Top reasons to consider exporting your canned drinks

As we move towards Brexit, it has been argued that there has never been a better time for British businesses to explore new markets and export their products. Brand Britain is currently worth almost £1.5 trillion, with the UK shipping … Continue reading

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The Can Makers Report 2016

Nielsen data shows some interesting trends in the soft drinks and beer sectors for 2016. For the first time in the soft drinks market, sales of plain water have overtaken cola, with growth of 10% in volume. Flavoured water also … Continue reading

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80 Years of Canny Innovations

The past 80 years has seen a rapid evolution of the beverage can. The continuous innovation displayed by the can making industry is indicative of its forward-thinking culture, continually looking to modernise and invigorate the beverage market. Here, we explore … Continue reading

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Can Creator launches label design option for craft drink brands

The Can Makers, the trade body representing drinks can manufacturers in the UK, has launched an enhanced version of its popular Can Creator (www.cancreator.com) app for craft drink brands.  For the first time, drink brands and designers wanting to visualise … Continue reading

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The Can Makers to sponsor first ‘Can Bar’ at BeerX

The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing manufacturers of beverage cans in the UK, will sponsor the first ever Can Bar to appear at SIBA BeerX, 16-19 March 2017. The Can Bar will be based in the “Festival of … Continue reading

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Top tips for getting into canning

Ever considered producing your beverage in a can? If not, why not? These days it is easier and more cost-effective than ever for you to put your brew in a canned format. The can is brimming with benefits for you … Continue reading

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The Can Makers – A Year in News

2016 has been an eventful year for us, with this year’s Indie Beer Can Festival, the release of the GfK consumer research and the growth of our Indie Beer Can Advice website. Here’s our rundown of 2016: We kicked off … Continue reading

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40 per cent of consumers call the can their drink pack of choice

The consumer perception of canned drinks, and how it has changed in the last decade, has been widely explored in recent research by GfK, which was commissioned by BCME. The results of the research have shown a positive upward trend … Continue reading

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All Winning Brewers from Indie Beer Can Festival 2016 Commercially Canning their Beer

All winners from the Indie Beer Can Festival 2016 are now commercially canning their beer. Just four months on from the market’s premier indie canned beer competition, brews from Windsor & Eton, Williams Bros Brewing Co. and Firebird Brewing Co … Continue reading

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The Origins of the Next Trend in Soft Drinks

For many years soft drink brands have been associated with the whole family, but this could be about to change as Craft and Adult Soft Drinks are being touted as the big drink trend of 2016/17. While simple flavours remain … Continue reading

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Permanently Available Materials

Bill Boyd (Chief Executive and Director, MPMA) At MPMA we have created a short video about metal as a Permanently Available Material and its role in the circular economy. While we have referred to ‘Permanently Available Material’ a number of … Continue reading

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Interview with Windsor and Eton, Indie Beer Can Festival winners 2016

We spoke with this years’ winners of the Indie Beer Can Festival Windsor and Eton to hear what they had to say about all things brewing. How did you make it to where you are now? Windsor and Eton started … Continue reading

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Uprising Treason crowned UK and Eire’s best indie beer in a can

Uprising Treason by Windsor & Eton has won ‘Best in Show’ at the Indie Beer Can Festival. The event saw UK and Eire’s leading indie brewers gather together to champion the hottest trend in the independent beer market: cans.  The … Continue reading

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Interview with Beavertown Brewery

We recently spoke to Nick Dwyer, Creative Director at Beavertown Brewery about their success as canning craft brewers. Here’s what he had to say: Tell us about Beavertown We started in the back of Duke’s Brew and Que in Haggerston, though … Continue reading

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80 years ago, a Welshman became the first person to buy a canned drink in Europe…

The critics said canned beer would never catch on. But in 2015, 80 years later, more than 64% of beer drunk at home is sold in can and we have supermarket aisles commonly filled with canned ales, lagers, ciders and … Continue reading

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Strong Canned Drink Sales Reported Despite Small Dip in Can Market

Following a year of unpredictable weather and the UK’s wettest summer for three years, the Can Makers, the industry trade body representing UK drinks can manufacturers, have reported a dip in UK can deliveries. Drinks can deliveries fell 1.9% on … Continue reading

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131 become 13: Indie Beer Can festival finalists announced

Finalists for the 2016 Indie Beer Can Festival have been announced. After two intense rounds of judging, including a blind taste test, a panel of independent, expert judges have whittled 131 beers down to 13 finalists. All will be showcased … Continue reading

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Can Design

The benefits of the beverage can are often discussed. The metal used to create the pack is uniquely sustainable, its shape means it stacks well and leaves minimal spaces on the shelf and its portability is loved by consumers everywhere. … Continue reading

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Interview with Finalist of Indie Beer Can Festival 2014

In 2014, Dan Bonner, owner of microbrewery, Concrete Cow, entered his beer, Dirty Cow, into the Indie Beer Can Festival. Chosen as one of twelve finalists, from more than 100 entries, Dan began to explore canning as a long-term option … Continue reading

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