Ardagh Metal Packaging cans for Radnor Hills’ Heartsease Farm sparkling pressés win Metal Pack of the Year at UK Packaging Awards 2022; the matte-finish cans feature a ‘duck at the gate’ design and an over-varnish that enhances the can with texture

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October 28, 2022 (press release) –

A charming family of matte-finish cans, created by Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) for leading UK spring water company Radnor Hills, have triumphed at the prestigious UK Packaging Awards 2022. The cheerful Heartsease Farm range of four premium pressé cans were together named Metal Pack of the Year, with the award presented by celebrity host Sally Phillips at a glittering awards night on London’s Park Lane.

Not only did the 33cl sleek cans impress the UKPA judges with their fruity and flavoursome colours and lovely “duck at the gate” design, but they also stand out from the crowd thanks to AMP’s sophisticated Matte Impact finish. This special over-varnish enhances the feel of the can in the hand through an enticing hint of texture, as well as adding a soft and friendly visual appeal.

In four delicious flavours – Fiery Ginger Beer, Traditional Lemonade, British Raspberry Lemonade and Wild Elderflower – with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, the Heartsease Farm sparkling pressés together form a family of irresistible vegan beverages that can be enjoyed as a premium soft drink on their own, or as mixers for cocktails and mocktails. The infinitely recyclable can adds to the product’s appeal for health- and planet-conscious consumers who appreciate its 100% natural plant-based credentials.

Family-run Radnor Hills has been producing natural spring water beverages for over 30 years. ‘Our Heartsease Farm cans are very much a part of the whole product offer, being both sustainable and quality-protective,’ says Jo Owen, Product & Innovation Director at the Wales-based firm. ‘We’re so proud of their look and feel, so it’s thrilling to see them recognised at these major industry awards.’

Simon Gresty, General Manager UK & Ireland at AMP, says: ‘We’ve enjoyed a long and rewarding collaboration with Radnor Hills, which started in 2018 when Radnor and Ardagh came together to explore the virtues of the beverage can. The partnership has gone from strength to strength with extensive standout designs for their cans, and our matte over-varnish becoming a character note that really distinguishes its canned beverage range. This latest award shows how fruitful the relationship continues to be.’

The Heartsease Farm cans are produced and filled entirely in the UK. AMP’s Matte Impact finish is available for aluminium and steel cans in all sizes.

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