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Constantia Flexibles acquires Vietnamese pharmaceutical packaging converter

Constantia Flexibles
VIETNAM -
Constantia Flexibles Group has acquired Vietnamese packaging manufacturer Oai Hung Co Ltd as part of its growth strategy in Asia.

Vietnam brewery giant to sell off 53% stake

Vietnam brewery giant to sell off 53% stake
VIETNAM –
Saigon Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Corporation (Sabeco), Vietnam’s largest beer producer, intends to sell 53% of its shares in a single tranche.

New president for Crown Asia Pacific

New president for Crown Asia Pacific
SINGAPORE -
Crown Holdings Inc has announced the appointment of Robert H. Bourque Jr. to President of CROWN Asia Pacific effective 1 May 1 2016.

Aspire Insight’s acquisition of Kian Joo Can cancelled

Aspire Insight’s acquisition of Kian Joo Can cancelled
MALAYSIA -
The RM1.47 billion takeover offer for Kian Joo Can Factory Bhd has been called off, a mutual decision made by both Kian Joo and the buyer Aspire Insight Sdn Bhd.

SABMiller sells stake in China Snow Breweries to facilitate AB InBev acquisition

China Resources Snow Breweries
CHINA –
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is selling SABMiller plc’s 49% stake in China Resources Snow Breweries Ltd (CR Snow) to China Resources Beer Holdings Co Ltd (CRB), giving the latter full ownership of CR Snow.

Crown appoints new president of its Asia Pacific division

Crown appoints new president of its Asia Pacific division
SINGAPORE -
Crown Holdings Inc has appointed Robert H. Bourque Jr as President of its Asia Pacific Division effective 1 May 2016. 

Bintang Beer limited edition packaging design celebrates Indonesia’s 70th anniversary

Bintang Beer limited edition packaging design beer cans
INDONESIA -
As Indonesia’s iconic beer brand, Bintang is embedded in the country’s culture. When it decided last year that it wanted to play a part in the celebration of the country’s 70th Anniversary of Independence, the brand launched special limited edition packaging that places Indonesia right in the spotlight.

The Philippines considers taxing sugary soft drinks

The Philippines considers taxing sugary soft drinks
PHILIPPINES -
The Philippine House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has approved on first reading a bill that seeks to revise the excise tax on sweetened beverages including carbonated drinks.

Ball opens aluminum aerosol can plant in India

Ball opens aluminum aerosol can plant in India
INDIA -
Ball Corporation has opened an aluminum aerosol can plant in India, located in the northwest city of Ahmedabad. 

AB InBev and SABMiller agree on merger deal

AB InBev brands
GLOBAL –
AB InBev and SABMiller have reached agreement “in principle” to create the world’s largest brewer.

Ardagh Group sets up new wall-to-wall metal food can operation in South Korea

Ardagh Group sets up metal food can operation in South Korea
SOUTH KOREA -
A 10-year contract for a newly built dedicated ‘wall-to-wall’ metal packaging operation in South Korea has been signed between Luxembourg-based glass and metal packaging converter Ardagh Group and major South Korean food processor Sajo Haepyo Corp.

New packaging for premium seafood

New packaging for premium seafood packaging
US -
Oceanica, a premium brand belonging to America’s largest crab meat company Blue Star Foods, has unveiled its new redesigned packaging which emphasizes the gourmet quality of the crab product.

Coca-Cola closes Singapore bottling plant; to source from Malaysia instead

Coca-Cola closes Singapore bottling plant
SINGAPORE –
Coca-Cola Singapore Beverages (CCSB) is closing down its bottling plant in the country and reorganizing its Singapore operations to focus on high-value services such as new technologies, innovation and research.

Vietnamese carbonated soft drinks consumption to hit 1 billion litres in 2015

CSDs on Vietnamese supermarket shelf
VIETNAM –
While consumers in other markets are being more health-conscious and cutting their intake of carbonated soft drinks (CSD), in Vietnam, soft drinks consumption looks set to break the 1 billion litres barrier in 2015.

Adding value: the key to Japan’s US$46.61 billion packaging materials industry

japan on asia map
JAPAN -
Japan’s containers and packaging materials sector is on the upturn with a 2.1% increase in shipment values for the Japanese FY April 2014 to March 2015 period over the previous year. Converted at current exchange rates, shipments of packaging for last year increased to US$46.61 billion (¥ 5,607.8 billion) – a full US$95 million increase over the 2013/14 value of US$45.66 billion (¥5,494.4 billion).

Adding value: the key to Japan’s US$46.61 billion packaging materials industry

japan on asia map
JAPAN -
Japan’s containers and packaging materials sector is on the upturn with a 2.1% increase in shipment values for the Japanese FY April 2014 to March 2015 period over the previous year. Converted at current exchange rates, shipments of packaging for last year increased to US$46.61 billion (¥ 5,607.8 billion) – a full US$95 million increase over the 2013/14 value of US$45.66 billion (¥5,494.4 billion).

Growth in non-alcoholic beers in Indonesia

Guinness Zero
INDONESIA –
As an example of how brand owners are successfully adapting to Asian consumer market demand trends and legislation, Guinness’s response to government legislation in Indonesia curbing excessive drinking, a 0% ABV version of its Guinness stout, has been yielding favourable results.

Danone sells off Dumex China for bigger stake in Mengniu Dairy

Danone sells off Dumex China for bigger stake in Mengniu Dairy
CHINA –
Danone has decided to halt efforts to revive its flagship Dumex milk formula unit in China, and is selling it off to use the proceeds to increase its stake in Chinese dairy giant China Mengniu Dairy Co.

Leadership transition at Crown

Leadership transition at Crown
GLOBAL -
Crown Holdings Inc has announced the appointment of Timothy J. Donahue as its new President and CEO effective 1 January 2016.

Thai brewery looks to CLMV markets for export sales growth

Thai brewery looks to CLMV markets for export sales growth
THAILAND –
Boon Rawd Brewery Co Ltd, which produces the popular beer brands Singha and Leo, is looking to accelerate its expansion plans in neighbouring markets, as per capita consumption of alcohol peaks in Thailand’s growing ageing population.