Summer is finally here and Amsterdam-based 2Wine are out to make ‘to wine’ the hottest verb of the season – with Ardagh Metal Packaging’s specialist Wine Can taking centre stage. 2Wine’s new trio of 250ml slim cans are gorgeously photogenic, inviting friends to immortalise their catch-ups on social media.
Premium beverage producer The Swedish Cider Company is introducing a stunning new high-definition can design to mark the expansion of its älska fruit cider range. The 33cl cans boast compelling photo-realistic visuals that will grab attention at point of sale as well as reflecting the premium product inside.
Two already-popular flavours in the älska range – Raspberry, Wild Strawberry & Elderflower, and Nordic Berries – have been given a new updated look, and will be joined by winter newcomers Blood Orange, Cranberry & Cinnamon and Winter Spiced Plum & Apple. Each of the designs employs Ardagh’s Premium Print 2.0 technology to achieve a sharp, clean aesthetic, neatly referencing the freshness of the fruits that flavour the all-natural drinks.
älska – Swedish for love – describes its brand ethos as ‘pure love and top quality’, using only the best quality natural ingredients and positioning itself at the top end of the market. ‘älska offers a natural Swedish cider, with real fruits, and no additives,’ says Synne Nyland, Brand Manager, Product Developer and Head of Communication at The Swedish Cider Company. ‘We wanted the design to reflect this, and consequently we chose Premium Print 2.0 as it enables us to have photo-real fruits printed on the cans – so our customers get the whole package: premium drink and premium design.’
Premium Print 2.0 has been part of Ardagh’s range of can finishes since 2016. The high-definition appearance is achieved through laser-engraved plate technology, which enables the crispest-possible graphics to be rendered in superb colour at up to 60 lines per cm. To meet every customer’s specific needs, Ardagh’s in-house graphics team offer an end-to-end graphics process, including artwork and ink development, reprographics and plate making, and have print proofing machines in multiple locations across Europe at which test cans are made and assessed.
In älska’s case, Ardagh worked side-by-side with Synne Nyland to achieve perfection in line and colour.
Dirk Schwung, Sales Director at Ardagh Group’s European Metal Beverage division, says, ‘We did a 2-day print proofing session with Synne and the Swedish Cider Company team to make sure everything was absolutely spot-on, and we are all delighted with the superb result. We have a strong graphics team across Europe – customers really appreciate being able to work closely with them to ensure their brief is met, and to achieve an unparalleled level of customisation.’
The new flavours and the elevated look for älska reflect the company’s awareness of a growing cider market, as well as capitalising on the increasing trend for premiumisation of both beverages and packaging (Euromonitor). Sustainability of packaging for single-serve beverages is also of increasing importance to consumers, making the 100%-recyclable aluminium can a natural packaging choice for the älska range.
The new cans are now available on the UK market.
Discerning beer drinkers in Spain will be excited at the launch of Ambar DOBLE IPA, a brand-new canned beer from independent brewery Cervezas Ambar and a must-try for serious fans of heavy hops. Ambar DOBLE IPA is only available in Ardagh’s 44cl can: a deliberate nod to the classic English beer can format, which tips off adventurous customers to the hoppier, stronger flavour.
Ardagh Metal Packaging customers are invited to ‘chill and enjoy’ an innovative series of premium Nitro drinks, creatively conceived in collaboration with leading natural ingredient expert Doehler, in an Innovation Box which showcases the value-adding potential of Ardagh’s Nitro Can. In the Innovation Box, customers can find examples of eight brand-new on-trend Nitro beverages.
Leading French beverage group Ogeu is taking a significant step into growing markets by investing in a brand-new filling line. Having chosen Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) as their partner on the journey into large-scale can production, the venerable Société des eaux minérales d’Ogeu will be able to fill 15cl slim, 25cl slim, 33cl sleek and standard and 50cl standard cans.
Gatão wine in cans promises the hit of the summer
Ardagh’s pioneering Wine Can is designed specifically to protect the great taste of wine while offering portability, convenience and sustainability. Market leader Gatão has been quick to recognise the benefits, becoming one of the first Portuguese brands to add it to their packaging portfolio.
Absolut bottle encourages inclusivity
Ardagh Group has produced Absolut’s latest limited-edition vodka bottle ‘Absolut Movement’ which aims to inspire people to connect in celebration of inclusivity. The frosted blue glass bottle features an upward spiral design of 16 swirls, symbolic of the never-ending cycle of change.
Kiss of Wine cans make wine stress-free
Wine occasions will be more relaxing than ever, thanks to new wine can subscription service Kiss of Wine. Embracing all the advantages of the Ardagh Wine Can, the service marries super-simple wine selection with the frictionless ease of home delivery, taking convenience to a whole new level.
Michel Jodoin apple must range sees cans bear fruit
Legendary Québécois cider brand Michel Jodoin is expanding the market for its non-alcoholic apple musts with a new range of playful and cheering cans that will charm consumers in Canada. The four apple musts are available in Ardagh’s light and convenient 250ml slim can – perfect for a single serve.
Beverage brand SKYE Energy is blazing into international markets with a new set of stunning cans that will give consumers a mood-boosting buzz even before they open the pack. To meet the challenge of achieving visual excitement to match the exhilarating blue drink inside, SKYE Energy turned to Ardagh’s highly skilled Graphics team, bringing them the ambitious vision of a dynamic, multi-screened print with perfect contrast and colour fidelity.
MALUMA collagen protein drinks: wellbeing in a can
Innovative German beverage creator Black Labels Company (BLC) have launched MALUMA, the first collagen protein drinks in Ardagh Group cans. Appealing to health-conscious consumers looking for a delicious drink that also provides a boost of nutrients, the MALUMA range is presented in Ardagh’s slim 250ml can with a light, bright and contemporary matte aesthetic which reflects the ‘clean-living’ image of the brand.
Wine Cans commitment opens up the future for Producto de Aldea
High quality wine producer and exporter Producto de Aldea has emphatically embraced Ardagh’s Wine Can as it looks to extend its market reach. The Spanish company has picked the special 250ml Slim Wine Can as the perfect new packaging option for its premium wine drinks.
Craft beer ‘R’ celebrates the beauty in diversity
French craft brewery R for Diversity has released its flagship blond beer in a stunning Ardagh can that’s designed to include and inspire everyone. The dramatic black-background can, decorated with a barley-and-hops design in the colours of the diversity rainbow, makes a proud statement of support for the LGBTQI+ movement while guaranteeing to grab consumers’ attention.
The slim little wine can for The Long Little Dog
The newest addition to Ardagh’s pioneering Wine Can range was the natural choice for Boutinot when looking for a portable, single-serve pack for The Long Little Dog wines, previously only available in bottles. The can’s unique characteristics were designed by Ardagh specifically to protect and promote wine and wine-based drinks, while the new 187ml format – a quarter of a standard bottle – expands the market for Boutinot’s wines.
Ardagh partners with Copper Cane Wines
Ardagh Group, Glass – North America has announced a long-term supply agreement with Copper Cane Wines & Provisions to manufacture all of its 750ml wine bottles in the U.S., beginning with its 2019 Vintage Series. The partnership connects Napa Valley’s Copper Cane Wines & Provisions with Ardagh’s Madera, California, glass manufacturing facility, helping to keep the winery’s promise to stay local and sustainable by reducing its environmental footprint.
Ardagh is delighted to have received prestigious Leadership class ratings from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for climate change (A-) and for supplier engagement (A). Sustainability is at the core of Ardagh’s activities and is defined by Ardagh as not only delivering a reduced environmental impact but also achieving sound economic performance while making a positive social contribution.
Ardagh Group, Glass – North America announced a long-term supply agreement with St. Julian Winery to manufacture its wine bottles. The new agreement pairs the longest continually operating and largest winery in the state of Michigan with the largest domestic manufacturer of glass bottles for the U.S. wine market.
The UK’s first large-scale wine canning line has gone live at Greencroft Bottling Company in County Durham, boasting filler speed of 17,000 cans per hour and offering both still and carbonated filling for wine, soft drinks and RTDs. Working closely with Ardagh Group Metal Beverage Europe, the new can filling line is initially focusing on the popular 200ml and 250ml slimline cans.
Ardagh wins at 2019 World Beverage Innovation Awards with Jupiler 'colder for longer' can
A unique ‘ribbed’ can which keeps Jupiler beer cool in the hand has won ‘Best Can/ Alubottle’ at the 2019 World Beverage Innovation Awards. The ground-breaking design saw Ardagh develop a new tooling technique to achieve super-defined debossed flutes in the walls of the Jupiler cans.
Ardagh has introduced the latest newcomer to its range of infinitely recyclable coloured beverage ends: a beautiful white shell. Ardagh’s catalogue of beverage end options boasts a wide selection of attractive colours and finishes for both the shell and the tab. With the addition of stylish white as a shell finish, the choice expands once again.
Spring water is a delicate, highly regulated and safety-controlled product, which makes quality absolutely non-negotiable for Radnor Hills. Recognising the benefits of the aluminium can – with its long shelf life, 100% recyclability, transport efficiency and leakproof/lightproof qualities – the company worked with Ardagh to bring cans into its packaging portfolio in a way that presents fantastic shelf appeal as well as guaranteeing consistent product quality and safety.
Downeast Cider continues to extend its reach from the East Coast to the West Coast in the U.S., building a following for a growing niche in the specialty hard cider market: “unfiltered” cider. The brand’s reach is just starting, with growth supported by the choice to package Downeast ciders in Ardagh 12 oz. aluminum cans.
Ardagh Group, Glass North America, has partnered with Founders Brewing Co. to produce 12oz specially-designed glass bottles for its Solid Gold premium lager and Canadian Breakfast Stout. Solid Gold was originally released in cans in February 2018 and is now available for the first time in 12oz glass bottles, sold in 12-pack cases in select markets across the U.S.
All-British beverage company Life Water has introduced a sparkling version of its natural spring water in a can – bringing a refreshing new zero-plastic option for environmentally conscious water drinkers. As a permanent material that can be infinitely recycled, and with the highest recycling rate of any drink packaging on the market, aluminium is the natural packaging choice for a clean, pure drink like British spring water.
Pursuit of coffee perfection leads to specialist Nitro Can filling line
Not only did Rapide Food’s founders, Hendrik and Sebastian Lepping, choose Ardagh’s innovative Nitro Can to package their new cold brew black coffee Dock-18, they were so convinced by its taste and appearance benefits that they decided to build a bespoke Nitro Can filling plant.
- Jo Webb
- Brand Launch
- Created 30 Sep 2019
- Modified 07 Oct 2019
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