UK drinks can market exceeds 4.8bn

The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing the UK drinks can manufacturers have announced a record 4.835 billion can deliveries were made in the first half of 2014.

This is a 7.1% increase across the UK drinks can markets as the economy rose and Britain experienced one of the warmest springs on record and a summer of sport.

Beer and cider can deliveries reached 2.2bn, representing growth of 8.2% and an increase of more than 170m units.

Beer and cider can sales grew by 9% in the six months to June, according to Nielsen. This was faster growth than the category as a whole, as the UK basked in good weather and felt the positive impact from the World Cup.

Led by the continued success of fruit flavours, cider in cans performed particularly well, increasing by 17% compared to 2013. Cans of lager also showed strong comparative growth with an increase of 9%.

Soft drink can deliveries increased to 2.557bn, up 6.0% and 145m units compared to the same period last year.

UK Can Makers chairman Graham Fenton said: “The UK beverage can market continues to perform well, with higher growth in the first half of 2014 than any similar period in the past decade. This is no doubt boosted by the UK’s economic growth, good weather, sporting interest and increased marketing support around events like the World Cup.”