Can shipments decreased slightly last year

Can shipments decreased slightly last year

Shipments of beer and cider cans in the UK dipped last year as bad weather hit sales, but CSDs proved more resilient, new figures have revealed.

Beer and cider can shipments declined by 2.2% to 4.3m in 2012 year-on-year, according to UK beverage can manufacturers body Can Makers yesterday (18 February). The body blamed “unsettled” economic conditions and rain affecting outdoor events.

Last summer was the wettest in a century, according to the Met Office.

However, despite the rain and industry concerns, CSD can shipments grew marginally, by 0.6%, to 5.1m, Can Makers said.

“Figures show that the can industry is robust and has stood up well to the challenges presented by historic summer weather conditions and a double-dip recession,” Can Makers' chairman Geoff Courtney said. “Both CSD and beer and cider markets are in good shape and have out-performed most other FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) products in 2012.”

Meanwhile, 50cl cans showed the biggest shipment increase (27%) as the energy drinks category continued to grow. The most popular can multi-pack format for CSDs is eight-packs, having overtaken single serves, Can Makers said.

Total UK empty can shipments for last year reached 9.4m cans, a decrease of 0.7% year on year, according to the figures. In the first half of the year, can shipments were up by 2% on 2011, Can Makers said in September.