Add Some Pop To Life!

Crown’s Accents™ variable printing technology helps Italian brewery connect with younger demographic

Colors craft beer cans lined up on a wooden table.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Yardley, PA – July 30, 2019. Life is colorful, life is fun. Throw in a bit of POP and you have pretty much summed up the ethos of Italian craft brewer Baladin as it looks to engage millennials with the country’s very first craft beer in cans, branded POP (short for popular beer). Passionate owner and brewer Teo Musso – who founded Baladin in Piozzo, Italy, in 1986 – was looking to revamp the look of the range – a challenge gladly taken on by Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East.

Originally launched in metal packaging in 2015, the products were available in six different designs each featuring different labels - one for each design – lending a sophisticated, collector’s item feel to the brand. Musso’s latest vision was to extend the collectible range while innovating with the printing process. Supported by Crown with its Accents™ variable printing technology, Baladin developed 12 new standout designs that could be mixed on a single pallet and printed in one go. This process creates a range of cans for brands seeking to encourage customers to view their products as highly customized or personalized while printing the cans in just one production run. 

Crown’s designers worked closely with Baladin’s graphic artists to ensure the desired result was achieved. Typically, only a small part of the design is decorated using variable printing. For POP, the process is used on a wider can surface, with six out of the eight colors used being variable. Each can design is numbered from one to twelve, making it easy for consumers to collect all the cans after consumption.

The results have been stunning, and Teo was more than impressed that his vision could be brought to life. He said: “It has been a rewarding experience in working with Crown to achieve this unprecedented level of customized graphic art on our product packaging. When we started this project, we were looking for striking, colorful designs that would appeal to the millennials’ original tastes. Crown’s beverage can is so much more than a functional tool to contain one of our live beers; it is also an amazing communication device for our brand messaging.”

Crown’s cans are not only stunning and functional but sustainable too. With the millennial generation acutely aware of climate change and the need to contribute to the circular economy, metal cans provide further appeal to this demographic. Cans are 100% and infinitely recyclable without loss of properties and the infrastructure to collect and process them is advanced across Europe and beyond.

Véronique Curulla, Marketing & Business Development Director at Crown Bevcan Europe, said: “We are so proud to have been a part of this exciting project with Baladin brewery. The team effort of their creative minds and our technical experts achieved both the most colorful variable print on the beverage can and occupying the most surface area ever achieved by us with this method. Once again, this shows how dynamic and creative the new and fast-growing categories like craft beer are with beverage cans. In addition to being fully recyclable and offering best product protection cans are a gateway to a robust set of decorative finishes which allow for unrestrained creativity."

About Crown Holdings, Inc. 

Crown Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a leading global supplier of rigid packaging products to consumer marketing companies, as well as transit and protective packaging products, equipment and services to a broad range of end markets. World headquarters are located in Yardley, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.crowncork.com. 

For more information, contact:

In Europe: Veronique Curulla, Marketing & Business Development Director, Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East; Tel: 33 1 49 18 40 28; Email: Veronique.Curulla@eur.crowncork.com 

In the United States: Ron Skotleski, Director of Marketing, North America, Crown Beverage Packaging; Tel: (215) 718-1303; Email: Ron.Skotleski@crowncork.com 

In South America: Fabio Braido, Commercial Coordinator Crown Embalagens Metalicas da Amazonia S.A.; Tel:  55 11 4529-1081; Email: Fabio.Braido@crowncork.com.br 

In Mexico: Ramiro Barney, Commercial Director, Crown Beverage Packaging Mexico; Tel: 52 (722) 275 5810; Email: Ramiro.Barney@famosa.com.mx 

In Asia Pacific: Frank Koh, Senior Vice President, Crown Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd; Tel: 65-622 948 28; Email: frank.koh@crowncork.com.sg

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