Packaging giant Amcor continues to consolidate and diversify its global business. Latest innovations include a new product launch in the UK and a financial deal in Mexico. As they say, if you want to at the top, you've got to keep on moving.
Dairy Crest, the largest dairy food company in the UK, has become the latest company to choose Amcor FlexCan from Amcor Flexibles for its new diced cheese product. Dairy Crest is using the patented innovative flexible container for its Cathedral City Mature yet Mellow 200g Diced Cheddar Cheese.
Amcor claims that the new pack has many benefits - it is easy to open, recloseable and it will stand up in the fridge. Its wide opening also makes it easy to reach in and take a handful of diced cheese.
The forming from reel material and filling of the Amcor FlexCan takes place on a fully automatic vertical packaging machine from Rovema Verpackungsmaschinen, Germany. The unique design of Amcor FlexCan with its four available print surfaces provides excellent differentiation for the Cathedral City brand in the chiller cabinet.
Reverse-printed six colours gravure by Amcor Flexibles Colodense on a Rotomec press, the three-ply laminate of OPP, OPA and lapseal PE includes Amcor's patented easy-open, reclose flap and gives a stiff structure to ensure multi-stacking capability as required by most supermarkets. The recloseable design not only allows Dairy Crest to offer its customers a fresh product but also to retain its Cathedral City brand identity after opening.
Amcor FlexCan was developed by Amcor Flexibles in partnership with German packaging machine manufacturer Rovema. With annual sales of over €1.3 billion and manufacturing operations in 14 countries, Amcor Flexibles is the leading flexible packaging business in Europe and offers a comprehensive range of technological capabilities including state-of-the-art gravure and flexographic printing, coating and lamination, coextrusion, metallising, micro-perforation and pouch and bag making.
Amcor also announced this week that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the PET injection and blow molding assets of Mexican firm Embotelladoras Arca and supply PET bottles to Arca with an initial supply agreement of eight years.Arca is the second largest Coca Cola bottling franchise in Mexico and was formed in 2001 through the merger of three of the oldest bottling companies in the country.
The firm distributes product throughout the Northern region of Mexico. Amcor will purchase the PET on site injection and blow molding assets of Arca for around $60 million. This amount will be paid in yearly instalments throughout the life of the contract.
Amcor currently supplies around 250 million preforms to Arca annually. As a result of this agreement, Amcor will supply 100 per cent of Arca's requirements, which will represent in excess of 800 million units.
Amcor managing director Russell Jones said: "This acquisition is a further step forward for our business in this region. Over the past few years the business in Mexico has delivered substantial growth in volume and earnings driven by strong customer relationships and the conversion from glass to PET of a number of hot fill beverages.
"Arca is the second largest Coca Cola bottler in Mexico and it is pleasing they chose Amcor as their partner when they decided to exit the self manufacture of PET bottles. The acquisition price will be spread over several yearly instalments and ensures that Amcor will achieve its targeted returns by the end of the third year."