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Interviewing Winners of the International Canned Wine Competition
Following confirmation of the International Canned Wine Competition results, we spoke to ICWC winners, Stoller Family Estate and Solid Ground Winery, to find out about their p ...
International Canned Wine Competition Results
Â The results of the 2021 International Canned Wine Competition are in. 335 wines were submitted (a considerable increase from the 226 entries in 2020) to compete within fiv ...
How sustainable print solutions can reduce the environmental impact of packaging
Sun Chemical Corporation, the latest company to join the Can Makers group, is the worldâs largest producer of printing inks and pigments. Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, US ...
Candid Interview: GHF Drinks
In this monthâs Candid Q&A, we spoke to Archie Wright, co-founder and director at GHF Drinks about how the premium drinks market has changed and how the can has become a key ...
Why High-end Brands are Embracing the Can
With public demand for canned drinks at a record high, premium brands have embraced the versatile brewing can en masse. From iced coffee to cocktails, craft beer to chardonnay ...
The Rising Can
More than 75% of consumers said they would choose the beverage can in preference to other packaging formats, once they were aware of the canâs sustainability benefits, accor ...
The continuing rise of the can
Sales of ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages surged in 2020. In the 52 weeks to September 2020 the category grew its sales value by more than a fifth (21.8%), rising Â£71.1m to Â£3 ...
Innovation in print underpins shift to premium
Printing requirements for metal packaging have changed, as have consumer expectations around sustainability. This has created a unique challenge; how to create more intricate ...
The pandemic has changed the face of retail; lockdowns and the closure of bricks-and-mortar stores have meant e-commerce is a more integrated part of everyday life than ever. ...
Can Makers welcomes new member
The Can Makers, the trade body representing drinks can manufacturers in the UK has welcomed a new member, XSYS part of the Flint Group. It follows a period of sustained growth ...
Beverage cans & bottles17/03/21
Candid Interview: Turner Duckworth
In the first of our âCandidâ Q&As, we speak to Chris Garvey, Executive Creative Director at award-winning branding agency Turner Duckworth, about the design possibilities ...
Survey shows three-quarters of consumers prefer cans
More than 75% of consumers say they would choose the beverage can in preference to other packaging formats, once they were aware of the canâs sustainability benefits, accord ...
In the Can: The Uncommon
In the second of our In the Can series, we catch up with Henry Connell, co-founder of The Uncommon â producers of award-winning wines and spritzers, and the first ever Engli ...
Beverage cans & bottles12/02/21
An interview with Dennis Doorakkers, International Ambassador ICWC
Having confirmedÂ its partnership with theÂ thirdÂ International Canned Wine Competition (ICWC) the Can Makers talks to ICWC International Ambassador, Dennis Doorakkers, to fi ...
Can Makers announce support for ICWC
The Can Makers is delighted toÂ confirmÂ its partnership with the third International Canned Wine Competition (ICWC) to be held in July 2021, California. It follows significa ...
Beverage cans & bottles15/12/20
The Can Connection
The beverage can, it could be said, has come of age. In amongst all the challenges industry has faced in 2020, the can has celebrated its 85th anniversary. Since 1935, when th ...
Can Makers celebrate 85 years of the beer can
The Can MakersÂ association isÂ celebrating the 85thÂ anniversary of the beer can, launching itsÂ limited editionÂ CanniversaryÂ Ale in partnership withÂ FelinfoelÂ Brewery, t ...
Beverage cans & bottles14/12/20
The 12 Cans of Christmas
Whether youâre one for embracing the festivities or take more of a Bah Humbug approach, it seems the ongoing threat of COVID-19 is set to scupper the traditional âChristma ...
In the Can: The Copper Crew
In the first of a new series of interviews, in which the Can Makers speak to brands bringing new premium beverages to the market in cans, we talk to Oli Purnell, co-founder of ...
Beverage cans & bottles27/11/20
Cans on the Riesling: is wine losing its bottle?
With canned wine the subject of increasing media attention, there is little doubt its popularity is rising rapidly. InÂ fact,Â theÂ market was said to be worth Â£3.6m having i ...
The Can Makers Virtual Cocktail Taste Test
Once subject to a less than favourable reputation â with a number of aggressively sweet, budget brand and supermarket offerings making up the best of a bad bunch â canned ...
Can Makers confirms appointment of new chairman
The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing drinks can manufacturers in the UK, has confirmed the appointment of Simon Gresty, General Manager Metal â Beverage UK & ...
The Can Makers Virtual Wine Taste Test
Canned wine is fast becoming big business. The UK market is now worth more than Â£3.6 million â an annual increase of 125% to August 2019. The popularity of the canned wine ...
Metal Recycles Forever
The Metal Recycles Forever logo is easy to understand and makes a clear statement that metal is forever, one reinforced by it ranking top with consumers for clarity. Learn mor ...
8 Top Tips for more sustainable living
Each day we all makes choices in our everyday lives that impact the environment and climate. If like us you'd like to develop more sustainable habits here's a list of top sust ...
The infinite lifecycle of the can
Global resources are limited, yet societyâs demands are increasing. Managing resources efficiently is therefore a top priority for our industry. Metal, as a highly recycled ...
Can you see the future?
Aluminium cans are the sustainable drinks packaging of choice. Brands are future-proofing their products by switching to cans in 2020. Cans offer a packaging solution for all ...
Sip to Shelf in 60 Days!
Ever wonder what happens to your can after youâve finished enjoying the contents? Take a look at how we get from sip to shelf in just 60 days: ...
Why everyone loves aluminium cans
Did you know? Aluminium drinks cans are the most recycled beverage container in the world. Aluminium cans have a higher recycling rate and more recycled content than competing ...
A Blank CANvas
Want your product to stand out on the shelf? With aluminium cans the design possibilities are endless! Their 360-degree printable surface offers great brand exposure with fuss ...
Deposit Return Schemes: Unintended consequences.
Every DRS should be easy to use, reflect the size of the packaging and encourage recyclability by design A deposit return scheme for drinks containers with a flat 20p deposit ...
The Recycling Landscape
Did you know that we have the infrastructure to recycle every single drinks can placed in the UK market right here in the UK? The aluminium can is the perfect example of the c ...
Meet the Can Makers
Want to know more about who we are and what we do? Look no further! The Can Makers is part of MPMA which represents the UK metal packaging industry. The Can Makers is the tra ...
823 Million Extra Plastic Bottles Under Proposed Deposit Return Scheme
Aluminium packaging recycling body urges caution to avoid unintended consequences of a DRS Two thirds of shoppers will switch from buying infinitely recyclable cans to plasti ...
Metal Recycles Forever logo ranks top for clarity with consumers
New consumer research investigates how effective different packaging symbols are at communicating recyclability of packaging New consumer research released by The Can Makers ...
Aluminium beverage can recycling in Europe hits record 74.5% in 2017
31 billion cans recycled, or 420,000 tons of aluminium The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland in 2017 ...
What is a Permanent Material?
Metals are natural elements that maintain their physical properties forever. Once metal enters the material-to-material loop, in which it is recycled again and again,Â it will ...
Aluminium Drinks Cans Hit 75% Recycling Rate
Aluminium Drinks Cans Hit 75% Recycling Rate - An Increase of 38% in Just Eight Years The UK aluminium drink can recycling rate has risen to 75%, its highest ever level, up f ...
Mission Circularity: edie LIVE 2019
edie LIVE has wrapped up for another year and we were delighted to attend as a guest speaker on the Circular Economy stage. Our Chairman Marcel Arsand spoke about Resourc ...
New Life Cycle Assessment of aluminium beverage cans shows significant carbon emissions reduction
Metal Packaging Europe, the association of European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, completed a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of aluminiu ...
The Can Makers launch first Sustainability Hub
New one-stop information portal reflects growing focus on sustainable packaging A brand new hub has launched to showcase the benefits of drinks cans, reflecting the UK's grow ...
The Rise of Ale in Cans Infographic
Cans are the pack of choice for craft drinks The craft beer market is continuing to grow year on year and shows no sign of slowing down. Cans have cemented their place as the ...
Ale in cans sees largest growth as craft beers continue to lead the market
Ale in cans sees largest growth as craft beers continue to lead the market Canned craft beer sales increase by nearly two thirds in 2018 The latest research from Nielsen re ...
The Can Makers and Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association join forces
The Can Makers will now become The Can Makers Committee within MPMA Today the Can Makers announce their merger with the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA). The ...
Brand New Interactive Can Makers Website Launches
A brand new website has launched to showcase the benefits of drinks cans, reflecting the UK's growing demand for the sustainable pack format. Run by the Can Makers, the trade ...
Beverage cans & bottles15/10/18
Why it’s time to talk about drinks cans
It is not surprising to read that consumers are still confused about what plastic packaging they can or can't recycle, especially when there is no consistency in the message p ...
Beverage cans & bottles05/10/18
Drinks can sustainability report
The attention on packaging's environmental impact has markedly heightened in recent months, putting increasing pressure on governments, brands and retailers to act. Media cove ...
Beverage cans & bottles12/09/18
Achieving an 85% Aluminium Drinks Can Recycling Rate by 2020
The publication of the National Audit Office's review of the packaging recycling obligation system, followed by the Local Government Association press release regarding the al ...
Beverage cans & bottles23/07/18
Cider, Craft Beer and Soft Drinks fuel canned beverage growth
Canned drinks are seeing significant growth in the UK market, according to the latest Nielsen research revealed today by the Can Makers, with carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), cr ...
The Can Makers appoint new Chairman
The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing drinks can manufacturers in the UK, have announced the appointment of Marcel Arsand as the new chairman. Marcel, taking ov ...
Beverage cans & bottles29/06/18
Top 4 metal drinks cans myths busted! Part Two
Last week we looked at two myths surrounding metal drinks cans and how they are recycled and revealed the truth behind the misconceptions. We discussed how aluminium cans are ...
Beverage cans & bottles22/06/18
Top 4 metal drinks cans myths busted! Part One
We understand the importance of recycling materials that we use every day now more than ever. Packaging related issues are in the news almost daily. We may know some of the wa ...
Beverage cans & bottles18/06/18
Beer Day Britain: Top 10 beer can facts you didn’t know
Beer fans up and down the country rejoiced on 15th June as the nation celebrated Beer Day Britain. With Britain basking in warmer weather many of us toasted the nation's natio ...
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 selecti ...
Beverage cans & bottles18/04/18
Alupro reveals 72% of aluminium drinks cans are recycled in the UK
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 ...
Beverage cans & bottles, News30/01/18
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 recy ...
‘Recyclable’ is no longer enough
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 ha ...
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, th ...
Beverage cans & bottles05/12/17
Aluminium drinks cans are most recycled drinks container in the world
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 ...
Beverage cans & bottles09/11/17
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 rol ...
Indie Drinks Can Advice Service Launches
The Can Makers reveal new website to help craft drink companies get it in the can. A newÂ Indie Drinks Can AdviceÂ site has launched to help all craft drinks makers get their ...
Beverage cans & bottles11/09/17
Interview with Dalston’s Cola
We recently spoke to Duncan OâBrien, Founder of Dalstonâs Cola about their success in canning their craft soda. Hereâs what heÂ had to say: Tell us about Dalstonâs, y ...
Beverage cans & bottles06/09/17
Matching Canned Beer and Cider with Food
When people ask what I do as a job and I respond that I am a drinks educator the response is always laughter.Â Then when I explain that I am the founder and Principal of the ...
The Can Makers at the First Metal Packaging Europe AGM
On Friday 2ndÂ 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 Packagin ...
Beverage cans & bottles19/07/17
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 i ...
Beverage cans & bottles, News06/07/17
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 col ...
Beverage cans & bottles, News08/05/17
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, ...
Beverage cans & bottles, News23/03/17
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 ...
Beverage cans & bottles, News08/03/17
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 Makers to sponsor first ‘Can Bar’ at BeerX
February 2017 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, 16-1 ...
Beverage cans & bottles31/01/17
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 ...
The Can Makers – A Year in News
2016 has been an eventful year for us, with this yearâs Indie Beer Can Festival, the release of the GfK consumer research and the growth of ourÂ Indie Beer Can Advice websit ...
Beverage cans & bottles, News21/11/16
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 re ...
77 Per Cent of Young People Drink from Cans at Least Once a Week
November 2016 40 per cent of consumers call the can their drink pack of choice Research carried out by GfK and commissioned by BCME has explored the consumer perception of c ...
All Winning Brewers from Indie Beer Can Festival 2016 Commercially Canning their Beer
All winners from theÂ Indie Beer Can FestivalÂ 2016 are now commercially canning their beer. Just four months on from the marketâs premier indie canned beer competition, bre ...
Beverage cans & bottles26/08/16
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 ...
Beverage cans & bottles19/07/16
Top reasons to consider exporting your canned drinks
19th July 2017 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. ...
Beverage cans & bottles13/07/16
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. Whi ...
Indie Beer Can Festival celebrates the fastest-growing trend in craft beer
May 2016 Uprising Treason crowned UK and Eireâs best indie beer in a can Uprising Treason by Windsor & Eton has won âBest in Showâ at the Indie Beer Can Festival. The ...
Strong Canned Drink Sales Reported Despite Small Dip in Can Market
January 2016 Following a year of unpredictable weather and the UKâs wettest summer for three years, the Can Makers, the industry trade body representing UK drinks can manuf ...
Indie Beer Can Festival returns with competition to find the nation’s best independent beer – in a can
October 2015 The award-winningÂ Indie Beer Can Festival: 2016, the worldâs first UK and Eire-wide competition to crown the very best independent beer in cans is back by pop ...
Drinks can market bolstered by strong CSD performance in the first half of 2015
September 2015 CSD can deliveries increase to almost 2.6bn Alcohol can deliveries reach 2.2bn The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing manufacturers of beverage ...
Beverage cans & bottles01/04/15
Can Advisory Site to Guide Independent Brewers in their Quest to Can
April 2015 The Indie Beer Can Advice website has been unveiled by the Can Makers, the industry trade body representing UK manufacturers of drinks cans. The site launches at a ...
New Chairman Appointed to the Can Makers
March 2015 The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing the UK manufacturers of drinks cans, have announced the appointment of Martin Constable as the new chairman. M ...
Record Year as UK Drinks Can Market Grows to 9.8bn in 2014
February 2015 CSDs grow 2.8% to 5.296bn cans Beer and cider up 1.9% to 4.523bn cans As the nation enjoyed the warmest year since 1910, the Can Makers, the industry trade bod ...
Adnams Ghost Ship Declared Nation’s Best Independent Beer In A Can At Indie Beer Can Festival
September 2014 Worldâs very first competition to find the best beers in cans Adnams Ghost Ship by Adnams was awarded the title âbest independent beer in a canâ at the ...
UK Drinks Can Market exceeds 4.8bn in strong first half of 2014
August 2014 Beer and cider reaches 2.278bn cans Soft drinks grow to 2.557bn cans The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing the UK manufacturers of drinks cans, ha ...
Indie Beer Can Festival launches for independent British brewers
April,Â 2014 Can Makers and SIBA launch competition to find the nationâs best independent beer â in a can Indie Beer Can Festival, the first UK-wide search for the very ...
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CAN DESIGN ELEMENTS
Links and contacts
It is easier and more cost-effective than ever for manufacturers to get their delicious drinks into cans for people to enjoy.
If you want to find someone to can your beverage for you, set up a canning line, need a bit of help with your can designs (from the designs themselves to producing sleeves and labels) or want to find associations with the subject at their heart, here are some companies and organisations to get you started.
We keep updating this page as new options become available – this is a growing market and new companies and services launch regularly, so check back to update your contact book.
Manufacturers of printed or plain cans
Raw materials suppliers
Metal Packaging Europe
Organisations and associations can provide you with a whole host of useful information and support: