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.
Having been dedicated to quality spring waters for the last 30 years, UK beverage entrepreneurs Radnor Hills are extending their portfolio of products to embrace the can. The company’s new pack for its still and sparkling water range successfully achieves the challenge of meeting all the exacting spring water quality regulations.
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.
The process saw the company tapping into Ardagh’s expertise on design, filling and quality control across a range of customer support teams. After intensive help with the complex technical aspects of producing canned water, Radnor Hills is now able to fill at source, which is the ideal solution for beverage companies looking for complete control over product quality from start to finish, preserving the water in its perfect, natural state.
As the starting point for the new range, Radnor Hills were invited to Ardagh’s customer event “can school”. The annual event offers Ardagh customers two-and-a-half days of learning about can manufacturing and the market for canned products, as well as introducing Ardagh’s Customer Technical Service and its renowned Graphics Teams. There followed a close collaboration between Radnor Hills and Ardagh across these areas of customer support.
Ardagh’s Customer Technical Service specialists helped the company develop their at-source filling line, while the can was tested for compatibility with the sensitive product at Ardagh’s laboratory in Bonn, where its complete safety and suitability was determined. On the aesthetic side of the process, the Graphics Team helped Radnor Hills develop its graphics ideas over a process of design, proof-printing in a local graphics studio, and prototype can testing.
Radnor Hills’ portfolio of canned drinks also includes their fully school compliant range Radnor Fruits, which are a blend of 45% fruit juice and spring water. The company has opted to make the most of Ardagh’s Coloured Tab range by selecting different Coloured Tabs for each product for easy identification from above. The coordinated designs feature a navy-blue tab for the still spring water, silver for the sparkling spring water, and yellow, pink, red and green for the school compliant options.
William Watkins, Managing Director and founder of Radnor Hills says:
‘Our passion is for making the simplest of things taste great, and thanks to the detailed development we’ve done with Ardagh, we know we can rely on our new can range to protect and preserve the fantastic taste and quality of our still and sparkling spring waters.’
Two all-natural and completely unsweetened Infused Waters are the next product in Radnor Hills’ pipeline. In the meantime, the still and sparkling canned waters are coming to the UK in Q4 and will be widely available in supermarkets, while the Radnor Fruits range will be appearing in Q4 with outlets including UK schools.
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.
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.
Super-HD print finish gives älska fruit cider cans a crisp new look
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, employing Ardagh’s Premium Print 2.0 technology, that will grab attention at point of sale as well as reflecting the premium product inside.
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 07 Oct 2019
- Modified 07 Oct 2019
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