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Ball Packaging conjures Magic Straw for cans

Beverage can manufacturer, Ball Packaging Europe, is unveiling its Magic Straw Can along with several other beverage can innovations at the Drinktec 2013, the world fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Münich in September. [Click pic to enlarge]

As the consumer opens the can, a straw appears as if, Ball says, ‘conjured out of thin air’. Decorable by laser technology, the straw offers additional space for brand presentation in the form of logos or promotional codes.

Initial consumer surveys carried out in Spain and the UK indicate that this specialised can offers important market potential, particularly among young consumers.

“The Magic Straw Can not only triggers this ‘wow’ effect,” says Benoit Hirszowski, marketing director at Ball Packaging Europe. “It also has a particularly small opening. That reduces the danger of contamination. The can-integral straw thus also promises enhanced product and consumer protection.”

Ball will be presenting more novelties at drinktec, for example, the Aluminum Bottle, which it’s now able to offer customers in a long-neck version. These long-neck bottles with a crown cork are available in sizes from 330 ml to 47.3 ml (11-16-oz.) and can be designed in eight colours, including gold and silver. That makes them ideal for classy events and premium locations, conveying just the right image for high-quality brands.

“With our aluminum bottles, beverage makers also have an opportunity to stand out at the point of sale – particularly with their premium products,” comments Hirszowski. “This high-calibre combination of bottle and can is particularly suitable for beer or mixed spirit-based beverages.”

Ball is also showcasing the practical Alumi-Tek bottle. Thanks to its re-sealable twist cap, the Alumi-Tek bottle is ideal for enjoying drinks while out and about. These aluminium bottles are both ideal for printing and can be completely recycled after use.

“Beverage cans are particularly attractive to the young, active and mobile consumer. These consumer groups like to know that they can enjoy their drink ‘on the go’ – whether in sport, at a concert or in other leisure activities. The unbreakable can is particularly suitable for such occasions, giving effective protection from light and air in equal measure not only for beer, soft and energy drinks,” adds Hirszowski.

Wine CanAnother exhibit will be Ball’s Wine Can (left) with its ‘Protected Quality’ seal that offers young wine drinkers an optimum mix of convenience, small portion sizes and high-quality drinking enjoyment.

Ball will also be showing how, with Augmented Reality applications or Quick Response (QR) codes, interactive promotion concepts can be created to enhance brand loyalty among consumers in a fun and engaging way. According to the study “Global Interactive Packaging Market 2012-2013” of the British market research organization Visiongain, it is a segment that is growing particularly quickly.

“Consumers want interactive packaging in which they themselves become part of a campaign,” says Hirszowski. “The link between the online and the offline world also creates a special, personal experience.”

And there’s more … Ball will also be exhibiting its variable printing technology, Dynamark, for individualised consumer targeting. It enables up to 24 design variants to be applied per production run – even in the case of large batch sizes. “From logos and portraits to graphics and individualised messages, all things are possible, providing for direct consumer communication and eye-catching allure at the point of sale,” says Hirszowski.

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