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Lion Brewery cans it

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO Three of Lion Brewery’s beers now will be available in cans.

Lionshead and Lionshead Light now are available in 12-oz. and 16-oz. aluminum cans, and Stegmaier Gold is on the market in 16-oz. cans, all of which are supplied by Rexam. The beers previously were only offered in glass bottles.

"By expanding into cans, we are better able to meet the needs of consumers who want the flexibility to take their favorite brew with them wherever they go," said Shelley Pheiff, contract sales manager at Lion Brewery. "We are confident that this investment will add value and help us expand and broaden our business base. Rexam has been an excellent partner, focused on delivering superior quality and outstanding customer service."

Lionshead, Lionshead Light and Stegmaier Gold in cans currently are available in more than 14 states on the East Coast.

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DPS discloses Q2 earnings

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group reported earnings per share of 60 cents for the second quarter, up from 59 cents in the year-ago period.

The company, however, had fewer shares outstanding in the latest quarter.

 

Net sales increased 2% reflecting sales volume growth, and revenue also rose with the help of DPS’ licensing agreements with PepsiCo, the company said. Dr Pepper also added that its carbonated soda volume rose 2%, although its "Core 4" brands –– 7UP, Sunkist soda, A&W and Canada Dry –– declined 1%. In its noncarbonated beverage sector, Hawaiian Punch volume grew 7%, Snapple grew 10% and Mott’s grew 3%.

 

Full-year 2010 diluted earnings per share are expected to be $2.35 to $2.43.

"Our portfolio of CSDs and value juices continued to post solid volume and share gains, further demonstrating their value to consumers. … We remain focused on delivering on our commitments for 2010, while building solid plans for 2011 and beyond," DPS president and CEO Larry Young said.

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Report: Scott Naturals tube-free toilet paper gets test run

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK As part of its sustainability efforts, Kimberly-Clark will do a test-run of its Scott Naturals tubeless toilet paper in Northeast Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, according to published reports.

The Scott Naturals line, which features bath tissue, towels and napkins made with a significant amount of recycled fiber, was developed in response to consumer demand for environmentally friendly products that didn’t sacrifice performance. Last month, Scott Naturals introduced the Smart Flush bag, a device that reduces toilet water use.

Sales of consumer tissue reached $6.4 billion for Kimberly-Clark in 2009, and annual global sales for the Scott brand totaled more than $2 billion.

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