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BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- When Molson recently
introduced its new slim package for Molson Cold Shots -- Molson Canadian,
Molson Dry and Molson Ultra in a bold 8.4 ounce (250 ml.) can -- it called
upon Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL), its long-time supplier of beverage cans and
the largest maker of specialty cans.
Ball makes the Molson Cold Shots cans in its Wallkill, N.Y., plant and
they are shipped to Molson's Toronto brewery, where they are filled. The
distinctive can is a unique, sleek size for premium beer and a first in
"We turned to Ball to supply the can because of our long and successful
relationship with Ball and because of Ball's expertise and capabilities
manufacturing specialty cans," said Peter Amirault, senior vice president,
business development and innovation, Molson.
Specialty cans offer the benefits of the can -- quick chilling,
go-anywhere portability and easy recycling -- in a variety of heights and
diameters that can be custom tailored for specific kinds of beverages or for
"We're thrilled with the early success of Molson Cold Shots," said Marty
Ruffalo, senior vice president, beverage container sales, Ball. "The
specialty can market continues to grow and offers exciting new possibilities
for beer and beverage packaging."
The new Molson package dovetails with the increasing popularity of cans.
The can is the fastest growing packaging choice in the Canadian beer industry.
Molson Dry Cold Shots are currently available in Quebec in an 8-can
package. Molson Canadian Cold Shots are available in Ontario and Alberta in
both 4-packs and 8-packs. Consumers in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia
can pick up Molson Ultra in 8-can packages.
To find out more about Ball's specialty cans in sizes from 5.5 ounces to
32 ounces, customers should contact Ball's Denise Rodgers in the United States
Ball Corporation is a leading supplier of high-quality packaging products
and innovative packaging solutions to the beverage and food industries. The
company also owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which develops
sophisticated sensors, spacecraft, systems and components for the government
and commercial space markets. Ball employs 12,600 people worldwide and
reported 2003 sales of $4.9 billion.
The information in this news release contains "forward-looking"
statements. Actual results or outcomes may differ materially from those
expressed or implied. As time passes, the relevance and accuracy of
forward-looking statements contained in this release may change. The company
currently does not intend to update any particular forward-looking statement
except as it deems necessary at quarterly or annual release of earnings.
Please refer to the Form 10-K filed by Ball Corporation on March 12, 2004, for
a summary of key risk factors that could affect actual results or outcomes.
Factors that might affect the packaging segments of the company are:
fluctuation in consumer and customer demand; competitive packaging material
availability, pricing and substitution; the weather; fruit, vegetable and
fishing yields; company and industry productive capacity and competitive
activity; lack of productivity improvement or production cost reductions;
regulatory action or laws, including the German mandatory deposit or other
restrictive packaging laws and environmental and workplace safety regulations;
availability and cost of raw materials, energy and transportation; the ability
or inability to pass on to customers changes in these costs, particularly
resin, steel and aluminum; pricing and ability or inability to sell scrap;
international business risks (including foreign exchange rates and tax rates)
particularly in the United States, Europe and in developing countries such as
China and Brazil; and the effect of LIFO accounting on earnings. Factors that
may affect the aerospace segment are: funding, authorization and availability
of government contracts and the nature and continuation of those contracts;
and technical uncertainty associated with aerospace segment contracts.
Factors that could affect the company as a whole include those listed plus:
successful and unsuccessful acquisitions, joint ventures or divestitures and
the integration activities associated therewith including the integration and
operation of the business of Ball Packaging Europe; the number and timing of
the purchases of the company's common stock; insufficient or reduced cash
flow; regulatory action or laws including those related to corporate
governance and financial reporting, regulations and standards; actual and
estimated business consolidation and investment costs and the net realizable
value of assets associated with these activities; goodwill impairment; changes
in generally accepted accounting principles or their interpretation;
litigation; antitrust, intellectual property, consumer and other issues;
strikes; boycotts; increases in various employee benefits and labor costs,
specifically pension, medical and health care costs incurred in the countries
in which Ball has operations; rates of return projected and earned on assets
of the company's defined benefit retirement plans; interest rates and level of
company debt, including floating rate debt; terrorist activities, war or
catastrophic events that disrupt or impact production, supply or pricing of
the company's goods and services, including raw materials and energy costs, or
disrupt or impact the credit and financing of the company's businesses; and
U.S. and foreign economic conditions.
SOURCE Ball Corporation