Poland-based Canpack has announced a new $380 million aluminum can plant to open in Muncie, Indiana by late 2022. Meanwhile, Luxembourg-based aluminum can supplier Ardagh will spend $195 million to add two high-speed can making lines and warehouse space to an existing plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Both companies are scrambling to add capacity in the US amid supply shortages driven by a market shift to canned beers and hard seltzers, sparking waters, energy drinks, and functional beverages. Bevcanna, the Canadian maker of plant-based and cannabis beverages, said it will rollout Trace branded products to retailers in New York, Chicago, and California through a brand and sales management partnership with Benefit Holdings.
Fat Brands has agreed to an exclusive beverage supply deal with PepsiCo that will expand the companies’ existing relationship from concepts such as Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses to all nine of Fat Brands’ restaurant chains including Fatburger and Johnny Rockets.
Reed’s has added a 12-oz standard aluminum can for its Extra Ginger Beer as part of a new secondary shelf placement in the mixer set at more than 1,600 Walmart stores. Extra Ginger Beer previously was in only bottles. The company also has added Real Ginger Ale and Extra Ginger Beer in cans at Publix, which now carries Reed’s products in more than 1,100 stores. Meanwhile, Virgil’s handcrafted sodas were expanded to a total of 900 Publix stores, according to Reed’s. In a statement, Reed’s added that it has increased its distribution presence in Florida by Anheuser-Busch.
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