The snacks industry is booming. As urbanization grows, driving higher disposable incomes, the demand for foods that are quick, easy and convenient continues to chart an upward trajectory. According to a recent report by Mordor Intelligence, the global market for snack food is expected to reach USD 762 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 5.34% during the forecast period 2019-2024.
Uisge Beatha – Gaelic for water of life – preceded the common modern term “whisky,” and on National Scotch Day (July 27), we celebrate the spirit’s enduring popularity. According to the Scotch Whisky Association, the drink’s first appearance was in the Exchequer Rolls lists of 1494. It was documented that Friar John Cor received ‘Eight bolls of malt wherewith to make aqua vitae’ – enough to produce 1,500 bottles of modern-day Scotch!
From peelable food can ends to temperature-sensitive beverage can inks, the packaging designs and technologies that disrupt the market and build brand differentiation for our customers come straight from the minds of our employees. As such, we place tremendous importance on fresh ideas and student engagement, as we know today’s young workforce will shape the advancements of tomorrow.
Like many manufacturing companies, Crown and our equipment and tooling division CMB Engineering (CMB), are passionate about investing in young talent to build the skilled workforce of tomorrow. We actively encourage development through spirited and friendly competition, and to that end, the latest wave of young engineers at CMB have excelled once more at the U.K. Skills competition – earning a place on the U.K.
When are peaches ready to pick? What month is best for asparagus? Why are oranges called a winter fruit if I can buy them in July? If you asked the average consumer what is currently in season, the chances are you will be met with deafening silence.
Astonishingly, there are approximately 40,000 varieties of bean in the world, and they are as important a source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals today as they have been for centuries. The common bean – or Phaseolus Vulgaris L. to give it its Latin name – is widely recognized to have originated from two separate ecogeographical areas, namely Mesoamerica and the Andes, and has since spread globally to become a day-to-day foodstuff that is truly worth celebrating.
Aside from tried-and-true water, beer is one of the oldest beverages in the history of humankind. The development of cereals for foodstuffs is the most likely source of its origins. The wild yeasts present in the air would start the fermentation process when the cereals themselves became wet, making pioneer craft brewers among those that were living around 12,000 years ago. It was doubtless a happy by-product of what was likely a basic diet, and a product that has been enjoyed ever since by each generation that has followed.
Biscuits. If there is a food item more synonymous with a treat, then we don’t know what it is. They are versatile, delicious and come in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes that there is literally something for everybody. A treat and inclusive – no wonder they have been given their very own National Day, which will be celebrated on May 29.
Single person? Enter single-serve. These smaller size types of products are increasingly trendy, and they are certainly on the rise considering that single unit households make up nearly a third of all households in the EU28, according to 2017 figures. Time is of the essence in consumers’ busy lives and brands must be savvy to their needs in order to gain maximum traction with their products housed in metal packaging. Easy to grab and consume on the move, they allow for delicious meals to be put together without the problem of excess waste creeping into the equation.