New research from Nielsen for drinks cans trade body The Can Makers, reveals that growth of cans in the beer and cider market jumped by a further 6% in 2018. Sales of single can ales were the standout success story of the year.

Last year both cider and ale in cans grew by 9% respectively, with single beer cans seeing a 9% rise and single cider cans achieving an even more impressive 22% rise. Cider in PET bottles declined by 9%. Meanwhile, the overall market for beer and cider grew by 5% in 2018.

2018 was a popular year for ale brands: sales of single cans were up 62% last year. This is thanks largely to the craft phenomenon.

The craft beer in cans market grew by 59% , while glass bottles of craft beer declined by 5%, according to Nielsen. Customers enjoy the bold, vibrant 360-degree designs of craft beer cans, and the fact they are easy to chill and carry around. Cans also protect the drink inside from light, so those great tasting beers aren’t affected.

Furthermore, aluminium cans are made from a permanent material and can be infinitely recycled because they don’t lose any of the material’s inherent quality.

Marcel Arsand, chairman of The Can Makers, said: “We have seen a change in how customers choose to consume their alcoholic drinks, particularly as younger generations become more health conscious and choose to control their alcohol intake. The popularity of craft single cans suggests quality not quantity. Cans are perfect for individual servings. It is all about giving customers choice.”

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