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    25.11.2015   Australia: Carlton and United Breweries relaunch heritage Tooth's Pale Ale    ( )

    Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) has brewed a heritage beer under the famous Tooth's banner, relaunching Tooth's Pale Ale, The Shout reported on November 13.

    CUB has heavily researched the history of the Tooth's Brewery and that passion and heritage underpins everything the company has done in relaunching Tooth's.

    Tim Ovadia, CUB's head of craft and Australian premium brands, said: "This is part of our commitment, we're passionate about beer and passionate about growing the beer category and so part of that commitment is to keep innovating and giving consumers things that keep them interested in beer.

    "Right now you only have to look at what is going on in the craft category and see that consumers are looking for beers that have local provenance stories and they are also interested in different styles of beer again. So we thought that what we could do is tap into our rich history as a brewery; we've acquired a number of breweries over the years and one of them was Tooth's and Co.

    "Tooth's and Co has a really rich history, particularly in inner-city New South Wales and we're finding that consumers in these areas what to reconnect with brands like this."

    Although the initial launch is Tooth's Pale Ale, a style of beer popular among craft breweries, Ovadia added that CUB does not consider this to be a craft beer.

    Records indicate that Tooth’s Pale Ale was first produced in around 1850 until 1915 and was then produced as TB Pale Ale from 1918 until 1934. The new beer has been inspired by the original brew, but with a modern twist.

    Brewer Scott Vincent said: "When you're resurrecting a brand like this the aim is definitely to make a beer that is approachable and that people really want to drink.

    "In looking at people's palate preferences we found that many are looking for a beer that doesn't linger too long on the palate so we brought down the bitterness and we have a more English-style Pale Ale. It’s a classic pale ale which is certainly an on trend beer style; gaining more interest and trial from drinkers."

    In its research of the Tooth's brand, CUB realised that the original family had come from Kent in the UK and as a result the new brew is made with East Kent Golding hops sourced from the UK. The beer also features Pride of Ringwood hops, plus dry hopping with Galaxy and Centennial hops. The aroma and taste are described as “sweet malt balanced with soft bitterness and a fruity dry finish”.

    Although Ovadia wouldn't rule out the beer going into bottles in the future he emphasised that initially the plan is to engage with the beer's heritage and history and focus on it as a draught-only product. In terms of its draught presentation CUB has gone with a 500ml serving in an old-style glass adorned with a handle and the Tooth's and Co red horse logo.

    Tooth’s Pale Ale is 4.2 per cent ABV, with a 12 IBU bitterness rating and it will be available on tap in a limited number of venues across NSW over coming months.
    (CUB Carlton & United Breweries Limited)
    25.11.2015   Ball's Strawster Opens Up Potential for New Market Penetration    ( Company news )

    Company news Integrated straw technology provides compelling value proposition in the race to win two strategically important drinks categories: children and women

    Ball Packaging Europe’s latest technology, known as Strawster, is poised to be a game changing solution in the often elusive women’s and children’s beverage markets. The integrated drinking straw, which ‘magically’ appears once the can is opened, creates a unique, fun and convenient drinking experience for consumers.

    At this year’s BrauBeviale, Ball introduced its recent collaboration with global producer of technology-based natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry – Döhler GmbH. Together they created a ‘one-stop opportunity’ that marries Strawster with the introduction of a brand new drink for children. In addition, Ball will showcase the successes of Strawster’s first customer, Sulimar, which repackaged one of its popular beer beverages using the solution and found much success within the Polish market.

    Strawster Proves Ideal Package for Döhler’s “Fruit Splash for Kids”
    In partnering with Ball, Döhler made a strategic move to position the full drinks experience for children by creating a 360-degree campaign with a focus to the right channel, the right product and the right package, marketed to the right target group. Testing 60 children between ages 5 and 11, Döhler found that children loved beverage cans best, preferring them over other packaging formats. Combined with Strawster, the results were overwhelming: four out of five children chose Strawster over pouches, with Strawster receiving 4.5 points out of 5 on the “5-point-smile-scale” for overall impression. In terms of flavor, children were most excited by a fruity grape, apple and mandarin mix with a little bit of carbonation. As a result “Fruit Splash for Kids” was born.

    “Within the highly fragmented beverage market, it is more and more important to address consumers individually with a clear benefit and a multisensory experience. Besides the taste or the ‘mouth-feel,’ the emotional connection to the brand is a big factor – something that packaging can effortlessly respond to. With a holistic approach, we identified the drivers for the target group of kids, which also included the specific influencing factors of the actual purchaser of the product - their parents,” says Christoph Witte, Head of Product Management B2C at Döhler GmbH. “Cans in general are highly attractive for kids and the Strawster, which combines the beloved straw with a harmonic and exciting natural refresher, it is the perfect synergy for kids and a real innovation to the market,” Witte further stated.

    Sulimar’s beer mix with special appeal to women
    Equally impressed by Strawster, the Polish Sulimar brewery was the very first company to see the unique marketing potential offered by the new straw solution. Their popular beer blended with grapefruit juice, Cornelius Grapefruit, was previously available exclusively in bottles. Its trailblazing launch in a 25 cl Strawster slim can this summer was an immediate success. With Cornelius Grapefruit’s primarily female consumer target base, Strawster was a strategic opportunity to speak to a market that can be at times, not comfortable drinking out of a can. Based on the market’s impressive reception, Sulimar is now working closely with Ball to roll out its next phase of Strawster for 2016.

    Sulimar’s success with the solution was reinforced by the research agency SPA Future Thinking, who found that 80 percent of women would purchase certain drinks if they were available with Strawster. Half of these women also indicated that they were willing to pay premium pricing for can solutions using Strawster.

    It’s not just POS, it’s also POU
    “Differentiation at point of use (POU) is sometimes underestimated as a trigger for purchase decisions,” says Antti Laakkonen, business manager (product) at Ball Packaging Europe. “In a strongly competitive market where profitability might be at risk due to the frequency
    of competitive price promotions, an intensified battle for shelf space and increased retailer buying power, convincing POU solutions have great potential to win over new consumer groups.”

    Strawster is exclusive to the 25 cl slim can (filling volume 24,5cl) and offers consumers a ‘wow’ effect, as well as a spill-proof solution for on-the-go refreshment. It is filled, seamed and recyclable like a regular slim can. To further advance Strawster’s appeal, Ball can laser logos, simple images and messages directly onto the exterior of the straw – a notable differentiator in this highly competitive marketplace.
    (Ball Packaging Europe GmbH)
    25.11.2015   Finland: Number of breweries doubles since 2008    ( )

    A craft beer revolution is a-brewin' in Finland – at least based on the rate at which microbreweries are popping up, the Helsinki Times reported on November 12.

    The number of breweries in the country has doubled in no more than six years – from 25 in 2008 to 49 in 2014. The vast majority of the breweries, a total of 46, are microbreweries, indicate statistics released by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).

    A similar trend is observable in the European Union. The Brewers of Europe reveals in its annual report that the number of breweries in the European Union grew two-fold between 2009 and 2014. Yet, breweries in Finland provide employment to 500 fewer people than in 2009, according to the report.

    The jobs have disappeared largely from major breweries, says Elina Ussa, the managing director at the Federation of the Brewing and Soft Drinks Industry. “The increase in the number of microbreweries hasn't been enough to compensate for the lost jobs because microbreweries typically only employ one to two people,” she explains.

    Another curious trend is the apparent decline in beer consumption.

    “The consumption of alcoholic beverages is generally declining across Europe. Domestic beer sales have declined every year as we've lost parts of the market due to passenger imports from Estonia. This is because the tax hikes introduced in recent years have especially affected mild alcoholic beverages,” says Ussa.

    No exact statistics on the volume of alcohol imports from Estonia are available. The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) found in its survey that the passenger imports of beer have declined moderately over the past 12 months – by 2.2 per cent between September 2014 and August 2015.

    Earlier editions of the survey have contrastively found that the passenger imports of beer are on the rise.

    The drop recorded in the passenger imports of beer, the Federation of the Brewing and Soft Drinks Industry reminds, falls within the margin of error of the survey and is therefore negligible.

    Company news In view of the official warning issued this morning relating to the situation in Brussels, the decision has been made to cancel/postpone the Plastics Recycling Show Europe planned to take place at the Tour & Taxis venue in Brussels.

    Brussels is now on the “highest alert level” with warnings of a “very serious” and “imminent” threat. Therefore regrettably we must take action to cancel the event. Crain Communications Ltd takes its responsibilities extremely seriously and has a duty of care to its customers, staff, suppliers and colleagues and we will not in any way risk their safety and security. A decision will be made at a later date regarding when will be a suitable time for the event to take place.
    (Plastics Recyclers Europe)
    25.11.2015   South Korea: Ministry of Strategy and Finance in dispute over imported beer prices    ( )

    Can the government take issue with a merchant for selling imported beer too cheap?

    South Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance said it won't, denying some media reports that it might ban imported beers from being sold too cheap. However, controversy is continuing in the beer market where imported brands are increasing their stake every year, The Korea Times reported on November 20.

    It started at a meeting presided over by vice finance minister Joo Hyung-hwan in October, when local beer brewers reportedly complained that imported beers are offered at huge discounts.

    When consumers go to shops, they often find promotions that sell diverse imported beers at discounted prices ― for example, a bundle of four cans sold for 10,000 won.

    Local beer companies say these promotions are "misleading" consumers and distorting the market.

    "Domestic beers have their brewery prices. The law bans selling beer at prices lower than the brewery prices," said a spokeswoman for a leading domestic beer company.

    "In the case of imported beers, however, they don't have brewery prices. Importers just put a high price on the tag in the beginning, and then pretend as if they are giving a huge discount," she said. As imported beers aren't subject to price regulations as domestic beers are, they can sell their beers at any price they want.

    She said local beer companies had suggested at the meeting that beer importers should stop misleading consumers by swelling their price on the tag to pretend as if they are selling them cheaply.

    Some local media reported that the government is considering measures to stop importers from giving these huge discounts.

    However, the news has had a backlash. Consumers complained on Internet sites and social networking services that the government is trying to deprive consumers of their rights to enjoy imported beers at cheaper prices.

    The finance ministry thus held a media briefing to explain.

    Lim Jae-hyeon, the head of the ministry's property and consumption tax bureau, said on November 19 that the government won't ban beer importers from giving discounts.

    "Their selling beer at discounted prices isn't something that the government can restrict. We concluded that there is no legal problem."

    Local brewers, however, say that beer importers get more margin than local beers. The imported beer is also subject to lower taxes. While a can of local beer is levied around 395 won in tax on average, most beer importers pay less than 300 won per can.

    The imported beer market is also growing steeply. Imported beers now take around 40 percent of beer sales at retail outlets, compared to below 10 percent three or four years ago.

    Due to the potential for huge profits, many are jumping into the import business. There are known to be 500 brands of foreign beers imported into Korea, not only by small trading companies and retail outlets but also by the local beer companies.
    25.11.2015   UK: British craft brewing industry may be living a golden age    ( )

    The traditional world view of the British pint is of something warm, flat and rather unpleasant. But the recent signing of a multi-million-pound deal to supply barley to China underlines the extraordinarily far-reaching esteem in which the British brewing industry is now held, The Conversation reported on November 17.

    There are now almost 1,300 breweries in Britain, according to the Good Beer Guide 2015. Such a figure would have been unimaginable in 1970, when the bent for bland, big-name products was so dominant that Essex-based brewer Ind Coope saw fit to advertise its Long Life brand with the slogan “It never varies!”.

    The Campaign for Real Ale (or CAMRA), founded in 1971, has changed everything. As Peter Swann explained five years ago in his paper The Fall and Rise of the Local Brew, it showed how discerning tastes and an appetite for diversity can lead to economic success.

    This lesson did not go unnoticed elsewhere in the world. America took CAMRA as its inspiration and introduced the notion of “craft brewing”, as practised by comparatively small and local brewers determined to offer a distinct alternative to the mass-produced wares of the mega-players.

    And now it’s Britain’s own craft-brewing revolution that is shaping global trends. The barley deal with China is to satisfy their nascent fondness for “premium” beers. And America is also buying British hops to help develop alternatives to their more challenging brews. Even a growing number of German brewers are casting envious glances towards the UK and questioning the long-held strictures of their once-sacred Reinheitsgebot brewing laws.

    All things considered, then, it seems fair to suggest this is a golden age for British brewing. The trouble, of course, is that golden ages don’t last – more often than not because they’re simply unsustainable.

    To determine whether this one will endure we first need to understand what’s keeping it going at present. Much of the recent explosion in craft beer’s popularity has been fuelled by improvements in equipment, techniques and education. It’s nowadays relatively easy to set up a sizeable brewing operation with £100,000 and some training – the latter even available via the internet.

    The new “locavore” market has also been crucial. This is the trend for wanting products that are made relatively close to your home. Scotch whisky might be the best, but if there’s a local alternative then a locavore will buy it. Similarly, even if a supermarket offers a decent national ale for £1.20, a locavore will happily pay £3.20 for a bottle of something novel from the nearest farm shop.

    One effect of this buying behaviour is the proliferation of different types of beer. Once a brewery might have produced a handful of staples and an occasional seasonal special. Today a craft brewer might produce a dozen beers all year round. This may well continue for as long as locavores are willing to pay a premium and local brewers remain committed to sheer variety as a means of staving off consumer boredom.

    But the realm of business and commerce is full of cycles and tipping points, and there are several reasons to fear the glory days won’t go on forever.

    Mass consolidation, as brought about by large brewers buying up smaller players, is perhaps the most obvious threat. The established giants have also started producing their own pseudo-craft beers, a move that on the surface smacks of “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”. And if unsuccessful, this could easily serve as a prelude to a fresh round of “If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em”.

    As Peter Swann found in his research into the industry, there’s also usually a point at which geographic dispersion changes the nature of the game. At the moment, it’s still mainly a case of “craft brewers versus the big boys”. But there may come a time – particularly at the present rate of growth – when both marketplace and, indeed, landscape become so crowded that the scenario is transformed into one of “craft brewer versus craft brewer”.

    All these brewery openings are going hand-in-hand with continued pub closures. Craft brewers face a constant fight to tap into new markets through innovation or even reinvention – hence the return of kegs and cans, both of which were regarded as embodiments of pure evil when CAMRA originally rode to the rescue.

    There’s even the possibility of an end to the “local” phenomenon. At 7.3 billion people today, the global population is predicted to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. There could be a shift back to mass production and the economies of scale if consumers begin to feel that producing much-needed quantities of goods for people the world over is more worthwhile than producing comparatively inefficient niche ones for a discerning few.

    On balance, we shouldn’t cry into our beers just yet. Any or all of these events could be years or even decades away. Plus, as China’s involvement illustrates, much could happen in the market in the meantime. But it’s important to acknowledge where we stand – both in terms of how uncommonly wonderful it is and in terms of the threats that such success inevitably invites.
    25.11.2015   USA: Heineken USA ending tequila-flavored beer experiment    ( )

    Heineken USA is ending its tequila-flavored beer experiment. Desperados, a lager aged in tequila barrels that launched in the U.S. in 2014, will be discontinued, the marketer confirmed on November 18.

    "We're shifting our focus to continue amplifying our four priority brands of Heineken/Heineken Light, Dos Equis, Strongbow & Tecate," a Heineken USA spokesman said in an email.

    "Desperados is a great brand that's growing globally, but domestically, we want to remain laser focused on those four."

    Desperados, which is sold in 85 international markets, had been handled globally by Wieden & Kennedy. But that relationship ended this past summer at the same time W&K's contract for the brand Heineken account was terminated. On November 18 Heineken announced that it appointed Amsterdam-based agency We Are Pi to be its lead global communications partner for Desperados, which is especially popular in France.

    "Desperados is a beer born with tequila – this unique proposition defines the brand's challenging attitude," Walter Drenth, Heineken's senior global director for international brands, said in a statement. "We were looking for a fresh creative partner with profound understanding of our target audience and the bold attitude which the brand deserves. We are convinced We Are Pi's approach makes it a perfect fit with our brand philosophy."

    Heineken USA began Desperados' U.S. rollout in Florida and Georgia, with plans to begin nationwide distribution in 2015, and referred to it as a "spirited beer." It has 6% alcohol by volume, and is made by combining lager that's been aged in tequila barrels with beer that includes tequila and lemon flavors. While the product has trace amounts of tequila, it is technically classified as a malt beverage.

    The launch advertising in the U.S. used a campaign that was running internationally at the time, created by the agency Dufresne Corrigan Scarlett, an independent shop based in Paris. The campaign, called "At Dusk, We Rise," included two TV spots that were full of music and dancing. Digital and out-of-home ads were also used.

    But Desperados remained a regional brand with the Southeast being the main focus area, the Heineken spokesman confirmed. The discontinuation "will bring more simplicity to our teams and how they manage the HUSA portfolio in the field, while also adding some efficiencies to the supply chain with our distributor and retail partners," he said.

    Earlier this year, Anheuser-Busch InBev introduced its own tequila-flavored beer in the U.S. called Oculto. The brand is available nationally, but the focus market is Miami.
    25.11.2015   World: Battle for Budweiser name not over yet    ( )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev may have finalised its $107 bln marriage proposal to SABMiller, but the giant brewer has never stopped thinking about the one that got away, Business Day Live reported on November 12.

    In Ceske Budejovice, a town of 93,000 nestled among the rolling hills of the southern Czech Republic, there’s a state-owned brewery called Budejovicky Budvar. Given that the town is called Budweis in the native German of most of its residents in the 19th century, the company’s beer is often known as Budweiser.

    That name has obvious appeal to the makers of the top-selling American beer, now controlled by InBev. For more than a century, the two sides have engaged in a legal tussle over the rights to the name, and at various times over the past couple of decades the Americans have sought to buy the Czech brewer. Currently, Budvar says there are active court battles in about a dozen countries, with simmering disputes in another 25 or so.

    "The lawsuits are exhausting in terms of both time and money," says Jiri Bocek, the Czech brewer’s CEO since 1991, who keeps a half-dozen bottles of American Budweiser on display in his office as a reminder of the dispute.
    "We would be happy to avoid them."

    InBev declined to comment on Mr Bocek’s assertions, but said it has ambitious plans to expand Budweiser globally, especially in Asia.

    Despite the continuing legal hassles, Mr Bocek says he expects the InBev-SAB deal to help Budvar gain at least a bit of ground on its giant rival. Mr Bocek, who served as an assistant brewer before working his way to the top, says consolidation will make global megabrands so indistinguishable that consumers will seek smaller niche beers with tradition, such as his.

    "We see this mega-merger as an opportunity," says Mr Bocek, who likens his company to "a large craft brewer."

    Ceske Budejovice has been home to breweries since the 13th century, and Mr Bocek’s company began using the Budweiser name in 1895. The company that would become Anheuser-Busch started brewing on the banks of the Mississippi in 1852, and in 1876 registered Budweiser as a trademark, though it had no connection to the Czech town or any other place called Budweis.

    For most of the 20th century, the two Budweisers coexisted based on agreements from 1911 and 1939, which gave the St Louis crew the rights to use the Budweiser trademark in North America and the Czechs most of Europe. But since those pacts were signed, Budvar has grown only modestly while Anheuser-Busch expanded from a local St Louis beer maker to a global powerhouse, which Belgium’s Inbev acquired in 2008 to create the world’s largest brewer. Budvar’s output today is about 0.3% of InBev’s.

    Like other large private enterprises in Czechoslovakia, Budvar was nationalised after the communists seized power in 1948. The company focused on exports as a source of much-needed hard currency for the centrally planned economy, and by the time communism collapsed in 1989, Budvar’s brand was well established abroad, especially in Eastern Europe. After the borders opened, Budvar started looking for more markets.

    That didn’t sit well with Anheuser-Busch. The Czech government — which never privatised the company, unlike most of the scores of other breweries in the country — rebuffed the Americans’ attempts to buy the brewery or the brand. So the US giant launched a series of court actions to prevent Budvar from using the Budweiser brand in various markets around the world, and eventually bought a smaller brewery in Ceske Budejovice to bolster its claim to the Budweiser name.

    Two decades and many millions of dollars in legal fees later, the results are inconclusive. InBev still rules North America, so Budvar has to call its beer there Czechvar, which sells for about twice the price of the American version. In Europe the Americans can use the Budweiser brand only in France, Spain and a handful of other places. The Czechs get to call their beer Budweiser in Germany, Austria and Italy, and across Eastern Europe and Russia.

    The UK is a special case: both companies are allowed to use the name. According to a 2011 ruling, the two products are so distinct that consumers can tell the difference.

    InBev called that decision "not the right solution" because parallel brand names are confusing.

    The conflict, while a distraction, may also have paid off for Budvar, says Lukas Lorenc, a partner at Cermak, a Prague law firm that handles the trademark battle. Without it, the company would be just another small Czech brewer seeking to build its brand abroad.

    "Budvar is definitely profiting from free publicity thanks to the fact that media pay attention to the trademark dispute," Mr Lorenc says, sliding the door of a wall-to-wall cabinet to reveal shelves stacked from floor to ceiling with files on the case.

    "It certainly keeps us busy."

    Mr Bocek remains optimistic, saying the brewer has increased output by 17% and pre-tax profit by 40% in the past five years. Touring the grounds of the brewery, redolent with the sweet smell of barley malt and the bitter scent of hops, he says production is running flat out. He points to an area of warehouses, which he says will be razed to make room for an expansion to boost capacity by about 15%.

    "Both sides know that it’s above all a fight for territory," Mr Bocek says.

    "We’re not happy to be embroiled in these lawsuits, but they’re not keeping us from expanding."
    24.11.2015   KHS Blomax Series IV boosts output to 2,500 bottles per hour and cavity    ( Company news )

    Company news -Optimized stretch blow molder almost ready for market launch
    -Efficiency increased by technical know-how and PET expertise
    -Existing machines can also be converted or retrofitted with little effort

    For the first time ever KHS stretch blow molders in the InnoPET Blomax Series IV output up to 2,500 bottles per hour and blow station. This has been made possible by combining a number of further technical developments and optimizing processes to produce the very high bottle quality typical of KHS machines at an even higher rate of performance. It is also possible to modify existing Blomax machines to boost line capacity.

    "By combining a number of tried-and-tested features we've again increased the efficiency of our Blomax blow stations," states Marco Böhnke, product manager and head of Technical Sales Support at KHS Corpoplast GmbH. During the pilot phase the individual cavities of the InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder were able to achieve an output of up to 2,500 bottles per hour. This boost in capacity is mechanical for bottles with a maximum diameter of 95 mm which is the equivalent of a 1.5-liter bottle. The following aspects were instrumental in achieving this new value: the process angle was increased by optimizing the mold opening and closing process. Patented, internal bottle base cooling helps to yield higher outputs for and improve the bottle quality of critical preform designs.

    In this process the base of the PET bottle, which is often still hot, is specifically cooled in the blow mold without extra air being consumed. With this KHS ensures that the area deemed critical due to the wall thickness cannot become deformed.

    Benefits right down the line
    The increased capacity of the individual blow stations directly benefits the entire line. Besides providing a higher overall output, in the future the stretch blow molder can be ordered in a more compact design as fewer cavities are needed. This saves both space and money. A smaller machine also consumes less energy and thus helps to make production more sustainable. In addition, fewer parts mean less maintenance effort and format changeover times are further reduced by the lower number of cavities.

    The first machine with an increased output of up to 2,500 bottles per hour and blow station is currently undergoing acceptance testing. Says Böhnke, "The internal tests were successful and the market launch is now imminent. We're confident that we can achieve this increase in capacity to up to 2,500 bottles per hour in practice." Operators of existing lines will also profit from the optimized InnoPET Blomax Series IV; on request customers can have their existing stretch blow molders retrofitted to incorporate the new system.
    (KHS Corpoplast GmbH)

    Company news ... CONSUMER TRENDS

    Picture: Labels can help significantly in making a beverage product stand out on the supermarket shelf

    When shopping for consumables the choice of a product is made in a matter of seconds. With such an incredibly brief decision-making process, it is even more important for a brand to stand out on the supermarket shelf. During this crucial so called ‘moment of truth’ a label can significantly help in attracting consumers’ attention and encouraging them to select one beverage over another. In today’s changing market a manufacturer needs to be able to adapt quickly to succeed. Sidel offers a wide range of labelling solutions to enable beverage producers to bring new products to market quickly, using flexible and reliable solutions to meet fast-paced consumer trends.

    Challenges to meet new consumer trends
    The consumers of today are more concerned with beverages that reflect their personality and individuality. It is no longer enough to deliver a quality product in a package with any label. A key contributor to success is personalisation and products that match the consumer’s lifestyle. A successful example of adapting to consumer trends is Coca-Cola’s personalised label redesigns in their impactful “Share A Coke” campaign. It was a simple idea with a great outcome – a 2% increase in sales in the US.
    Trends impact the way we perceive products – especially their packaging and specifically the labelling. In the trend landscape of today, it is no longer just a case of creating a concept and getting it to the consumer safely and successfully. It requires the manufacturer to be fast, flexible and willing to challenge convention. It is about thinking consumer first and thoroughly understanding how to build end-user engagement. Labellers that are flexible and offer the capacity for simple and fast changeovers can, in this new trend landscape, help to bring new products to market quickly and efficiently.

    For beverage producers, the challenge lies in following new consumer trends while incorporating these successfully into production and across the supply chain. It is not as simple as having the product “speak” to the consumer. There is the long production process to consider and consumer trends are also driving changes in this area. Many consumers expect sustainable production and a fully recyclable product. Great labelling can, in turn, improve the beverage producer's green profile with thinner, glueless and therefore more eco-friendly labelling, deliver a reduction in costs across several areas - from materials to maintenance – as well as a boost in productivity.

    Innovative solutions for all labelling needs
    As the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, Sidel has the experience to meet beverage producers’ needs for both attractive packaging and sustainable production. Sidel understands the importance of equipment quality and reliability, as well as the need for equipment and services that are responsive and flexible, adapting easily to changing production requirements. Sidel offers innovative labelling technologies that can help beverage producers, whatever those production requirements.
    Over more than 40 years of labelling experience, Sidel has installed almost 4,000 labelling machines worldwide. The range of many different technologies developed by the company over that time is extensive and the solutions offered currently includes rollfed, pressure-sensitive, pre-cut and shrink-sleeve labelling machines. These are suitable for many different types and shapes of containers and items, from liquids to food, oils, cosmetics and household goods. Sidel labelling solutions are easy to use and flexible, enabling producers to adopt different label types and materials on the same machine. All Sidel labelling solutions are designed to maximise both the impact the products make on the shelf and the profit earned on each item sold.
    Michele Morrone, a member of the Labelling Product Management team at Sidel, comments: "The way goods are labelled has a significant impact on their success in the marketplace, with the design and branding a major influencer on consumer purchasing decisions. Producing attractively labelled products cost effectively is therefore crucial."

    Rollfed remains a popular option
    The hot-glue application of rollfed labels remains the main method through which PET containers for soft drinks and water are labelled. Although paper labels are still applied, the continued success of rollfed labelling is today mostly down to plastic labels, which remain popular with both producers and consumers thanks to their physical and practical qualities. Having a high-gloss finish, they are waterproof and consequently less likely to be affected by adverse storage and transportation conditions.
    The latest generation of Sidel Matrix™ SL70 is a highly modular rollfed labeller with an output of up to 60,000 bottles per hour (bph), which can be installed in various different layouts and easily reconfigured. Changeover times for containers of different shapes and dimensions are 30% faster than previous generations and can be achieved in just 25 minutes by a single operator. With an open structure for easy cleaning, it requires 40% less downtime for maintenance. It has direct drive motorisation which eliminates the need for lubrication points, has no requirement for below-the-table maintenance and has easily replaceable main modules.

    Sleeve and rollfed labels: both applied by one unique machine
    Statistics reveal that the market for shrink sleeve labelling (SSL) is growing faster than any other labelling process. There are several reasons for this success. The larger area available for graphics on high-shrinkage, full-body sleeves naturally presents designers with greater opportunity for creativity. The extra space also facilitates the positioning of data such as volume, contents, barcode and other legally required information, as well as enabling producers to add messages and communications of their own. By covering the whole bottle including the cap, the label sleeve can also serve effectively as a seal. In the case of sensitive beverages, it can be used as a light barrier to protect the contents. As the sleeve is heat-shrunk into position, it adapts to any surface and eliminates restrictions due to container shape. It also removes the need for glue and solvents, therefore making recycling of the basic PET raw material much easier.
    Designed to meet growing demand for shrink sleeve labels, Sidel Rollsleeve is a flexible rotary labeller that offers production flexibility in terms of labelling. It allows easy switching between sleeves and rollfed label application in a single machine, requiring only ten more minutes than a normal changeover. It also offers the ability to use multiple types of label material to achieve sustainability and cost savings. Sidel Rollsleeve is unique in terms of the sleeve creation, which takes place within the machine. This requires far less operation on the converter side and label costs are therefore substantially reduced. The machine is equipped with an ergonomically designed, robust and precise linear labelling station. The infeed roller, driven by servomotors, and a single rotating knife, create a clean, precise and waste-free cut every time. It is one of the fastest sleevers on the market, running at speeds of up to 54,000 bph.

    Premium self-adhesive and reliable cold-glue labelling
    Ideal for long print runs, the cold-glue application of labels is a proven and established method still dominating the food and beverage industry because of its exceptional reliability. Also having a high market-share, self-adhesive, pressure-sensitive labels (PSL) are particularly suited to the premium labelling of both beverages and non-beverages. This is because of the number of shape, size and imaging opportunities that they present to producers.

    The Sidel SL 90 is a high-speed rotary labeller designed for both self-adhesive and cold-glued labels. It can easily switch between both kinds of labels through the simple replacement of the modular labelling stations. A smart modular labeller that delivers high-quality output and gives producers maximum flexibility in applying labels to all kinds of packaging, the Sidel SL 90 carries out the high-quality placement of pressure sensitive labels. Optimised label stretching reduces the risk of wrinkles and bubbles and high label adhesion results in an attractive ‘no-label’ look. This labeller is exceptionally reliable for cold glue label application, even under extreme production conditions such as 24-hour operation and high temperatures. It is also suitable for high speeds and offers excellent flexibility.

    Sidel is continually innovating in the field of labelling to meet growing market demands in terms of efficiency, sustainability, safety and low maintenance. Output rates are increasing to meet the demands of high production. Many developments are designed to reduce usage of raw material (label thickness, glue, etc) and consumption of energy. The design of the labellers is being simplified, with a greater attention paid to ergonomics for more user-friendly operation and reduced maintenance.
    (Sidel International AG)
    20.11.2015   Positive signs for Scotch exports - Return to growth on horizon    ( Company news )

    Company news There is now clear evidence that the recent decline in Scotch Whisky is slowing, with industry exports in the first half of the year totalling £1.7 billion.

    Encouraging trends are starting to develop in several key markets despite continuing economic headwinds, political uncertainty in some parts of the world, and the impact of a stronger pound sterling in many areas.

    Looking ahead, there are signs of improvement, with the 3% decline in the value of Scotch.

    Whisky exports in first six months of 2015 being smaller than the fall of 11% between the first half of 2013 and 2014. Premium blends and Single Malt Scotch Whisky continue to become ever more popular. Single Malt exports were up 5% to £406m in the first half of this year.

    Overall, the volume of exports was down by half of last year's decline, falling just under 3% to the equivalent of 517 million bottles.
    -In North America, exports to the USA, the biggest market by value for Scotch Whisky, remained steady at £327m. Single Malts and premium blends are doing particularly well as consumers seek out quality. In Canada, the same trends drove an increase of 20% to £36m.
    -In the other North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) market, Mexico, exports were also up by almost 12% to £43m. This makes it a top ten market for Scotch, which is becoming increasingly popular among younger, fashionable consumers.The value of Single Malt exports soared by more than 70% to £3.6m. If a refreshed European Union-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA) can be agreed, the prospects for growth will be even stronger.
    -Despite the well-documented austerity measures in China, the market returned to growth with direct exports jumping 46% to £22m in the first half of the year. This principally reflects the strong efforts made to export bottled Blended Scotch, up 42%.
    -Exports to Japan are up 7.2% to £35m. After many years of decline, it is exciting to see the market grow again on the back of renewed interest in whisky. The increased interest in heritage among whisky consumers is benefiting Scotch.

    In other markets the trading environment is more volatile. In Europe, France and Spain were up in volume but down in value. Germany was down in both value and volume, but some of this is likely to reflect a fall in re-exports to Russia. Brighter spots were Poland, up 45% in value to £20m, Turkey, up 28% to £23m, and Italy, up marginally after years of decline.

    Outside Europe, the Brazilian market was badly hit, down nearly 30% in value because of the severe economic downturn and consequent weakening of the Real by a third since the start of the year. Sanctions and economic developments in Russia have knocked it out of the top 20 markets altogether.

    Finally, exports to India fell 11% by value and 8% by volume, reflecting ongoing difficulties in the business climate, though India remains the fourth biggest market by volume. A resumption and conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations is needed if sustained export growth is to take place in India.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "We're starting to see some strong signals for growth and we continue to believe the long-term prospects for Scotch Whisky remain good. This is reflected in the large number of new distilleries opening, with half a dozen starting production in the last year or so.

    "The growth of Single Malt exports shows that premium products are ever more popular. We had a decade of record growth, there was then a decline in exports in recent years largely because of the slowdown in the emerging markets, but signs of improvement are on the horizon.

    "We will continue to push for more open access to markets by pressing for the removal of barriers such as high tariffs and unfair levels of taxation. Scotch needs a level playing field, in the UK and overseas, to continue to be a Scottish and British success story."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    19.11.2015   Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair: Asia's Premier Wine Event Draws To Successful Close     ( Company news )

    Company news The eighth Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), ended on November 7. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 5 to 7 November, the fair gathered more than 1,060 exhibitors from 32 countries and regions.

    The three-day Wine & Spirits Fair drew more than 20,000 trade buyers from 75 countries and regions, up 2.4 per cent from last year. Encouraging growth in buyer numbers was recorded for individual countries and regions including France, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Macau. The final day of the fair (7 November) was open to the public, and attracted close to 30,000 wine lovers, creating a vibrant atmosphere in the fairground.

    New customs agreement consolidates Hong Kong’s wine trading hub status
    John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government, officiated at the opening ceremony of the Wine & Spirits Fair. He used the occasion to announce that the immediate customs clearance arrangement for wines imported into the mainland via Hong Kong is now extended to all customs districts in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. This means that wines from all over the world would be entitled to immediate clearance by Mainland Customs when shipped by qualified Hong Kong wine merchants to customs districts covered by the arrangement.

    Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC, welcomed the facilitation measure and noted, “Ever since the Hong Kong SAR Government removed wine duties and instituted special clearance measures under CEPA (Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement) in 2008, Hong Kong has developed into a wine trading and distribution centre for the region and the import gateway of wines into the mainland in particular. Now that this facilitation measure designed specifically for Hong Kong is extended from Guangzhou and Shenzhen to the customs districts of Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, more wine merchants from around the world would forge into the North China market through Hong Kong, thus further consolidating Hong Kong’s position as a wine trading hub.”

    Wine merchants eye the Asian market
    The Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair provides an ideal networking and exchange platform for the industry, and growing numbers of exhibitors from around the world are using Hong Kong to extend their business into the increasingly important Asian markets. Portugal, the partner country for this year’s fair, ranks among the world’s top 10 wine producing countries. In recent years, Portuguese wine merchants have set up more business operations and distribution networks in Hong Kong to use the city as a springboard to tap into the mainland and Asia Pacific markets. More than 40 exhibitors from Portugal took part in this year’s fair, showcasing over 500 selected wines from Portuguese wineries. Nuno Vale, Market Director of ViniPortugal, the inter-professional association of the Portuguese wine industry, noted that Portuguese wines are very diversified and have attracted more demand in the mainland and other Asian markets in recent years. The Wine Fair has caught the attention of global wine merchants and is not only an important gateway to the Asian markets, but also a premier promotion platform through which buyers learn more about the characteristics of Portuguese wines.

    Whisky continues to hit the spot
    Hong Kong’s whisky imports last year amounted to around HK$590 million, an increase of 30 per cent from 2013; exports reached HK$480 million, comparable to 2013, likely attributable to growing consumption in Hong Kong. Whisky continues to be sought after by buyers at the Wine Fair. Florence Luk of local exhibitor Asia Euro Wines & Spirits, pointed out that consumer demand for quality whiskies has been growing steadily in recent years, so much so that a whisky trend has formed. This year, her company introduced the 200th anniversary edition of the single-malt Laphroaig Scotch whisky at the fair. It was very popular with buyers from the mainland, Macau and Japan and received confirmed orders on site.

    Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is making a strong presence at the fair again, bringing together 26 wineries, six wine companies and two industry associations to present a diverse range of products from sake and shochu to Japanese whisky and fruit liquors. Ryoichi Ito, Director General of JETRO Hong Kong, said: “The buyers’ response has been excellent. The amount of business concluded by our exhibitors in the first day of exhibition has already tripled last year’s results. This fair creates a crucial trading platform for us to expand our presence throughout Asia.”

    French and Italian wines are highly sought after
    Bettane+Desseauve and Sopexa have joined hands to organise an impressive pavilion for French wines again this year, showcasing more than 120 wineries and wine companies. Michel Bettane, Chairman of Bettane+Desseauve, France, said: “Consumers in this part of the world are getting more and more knowledgeable about wines and looking for good quality products. This is an encouraging trend. We’ve met with many potential customers from different markets such as Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Our participating wineries are very happy with the fair and some of them have already concluded sales with buyers.”

    Chen Hehua, General Manager of Zhuhai Gaobo Trading Co. Ltd, a wine importer, distributor and wholesaler from the Chinese mainland, said: “We have found several new suppliers from Italy for Moscato wine and Amarone red wine. We are also in talks with a Hong Kong-based company who distribute the niche Medeira wine from Portugal and we are interested in placing an order for 100 cases. We will definitely conclude some deals soon.”

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) and HKTDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the first day of the fair. The MOU strengthens collaboration between the two organisations in all trade promotion aspects, especially in wine and food sectors. It also aims at encouraging more enterprises from Western Australia to leverage on the HKTDC’s exhibition platform to promote their products to overseas markets. The DAFWA organised its first ever pavilion in the fair this year, presenting ten wine enterprises from Western Australia.
    (Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC))
    18.11.2015   Coca-Cola Hellenic Austria: multi-million investment in Edelstal plant    ( Company news )

    Company news Coca-Cola HBC AG emphasizes its strong commitment to Austria as a business location. After opening the high-tech plant in Edelstal with an investment of about €40 million, another €25 million will be invested in its expansion throughout the next two years. With this further upgrade of the production site, Coca-Cola Hellenic is well equipped to face future challenges and growth opportunities on the beverage market.

    Coca-Cola HBC AG opened a new state-of-the-art production and logistics center at the Römerquelle premises in 2013. “After two years of full operation we will take all necessary measures in the upcoming months to be able to take full advantage of our growth potential in the future. We are eager to continuously improve the way we serve the Austrian market, for example by introducing the new brand identity of Römerquelle and the investment in the production and warehouse area.”, says Susanne Lontzen, Public Affairs & Communications Director of Coca-Cola Hellenic Austria. “Edelstal is an ideal location to supply the Austrian market.”

    New Römerquelle high-tech filling line for glass bottles
    After the opening in 2013, €2.5 million were invested in the improvement of the existing production lines last year. The construction of a new filling line for Römerquelle for about €12.5 million is scheduled for this year. Susanne Lontzen explains the planned measures: “The new filling line for our Römerquelle glass bottles requires structural alteration works on the building. Also, the existing connections between facilities and the warehouse will have to be reconstructed.” The existing machines as well as the sorting area will be moved to new sites. Thus, the new line will be constructed in parallel with the existing line. The transfer of production will be concluded only after carrying out all necessary tests and trainings. Lontzen adds, “This process ensures a seamless and continuous supply.” The completion of all construction is scheduled for spring 2016.
    With 45,000 bottles per hour the new line is among the fastest of its kind and it operates in an exceptionally energy efficient way. “This line allows us to bottle more than 800,000 liters of mineral water per day. This means we could hand over a new bottle of Römerquelle to all Austrian citizens every 10 days”, explains Lontzen. Speed is not the only attractive feature of the new glass bottle production line, it also offers the highest security standards through automated adjustment of bottle sizes and optimum ambient conditions concerning light, ventilation and cleaning.

    Automated warehouse for extended capacity
    In 2016 a further €10 million will be invested in the Edelstal bottling plant. Since the warehouse has reached its capacity limits, converting it into an automated facility will provide the required space. With this measure, the overall capacity will be increased to a total of 45,000 pallet spaces from the current 35,000. Lontzen is confident about the future measures: “Our team has started working on this project, which will be implemented in two phases. After the general conversion by end of May, the new warehouse will be able to operate at full capacity by November 2016. It is a huge challenge to realize both the installation of the new filling line and the modification of the warehouse, while maintaining full operation, and I am sure that with the organization of our project team everything will work out as planned.”
    (Coca-Cola HBC Austria GmbH)
    18.11.2015   Solution provides cost-effective means to ‘test the waters’ with new consumer groups    ( Company news )

    Company news Capable of producing up to 24 different designs in a single production run, Ball’s Dynamark® Effect technology is among the game-changing solutions that have proven to be a valuable growth asset to beverage manufacturers across Europe.

    As far as initial market indicators are concerned, positive effects have been noted with regard to the volume of products sold in cans using the solution. “In a booming global beverage market, cutting-edge, cost-effective packaging technologies that help customers enter into new markets are the main growth driver,” said Antti Laakkonen, business manager (product) at Ball Packaging Europe.

    Launched in 2013, the first in the series - Dynamark® Effect Technology 1.0, effectively catered to the growing need for product personalization en masse. In 2015, Ball introduced the latest installments in the series – 2.0 and 3.0 – each designed to add even further value to the promotional objectives of brands across the beverage spectrum.

    Conquering niche markets
    Dynamark® Effect offers a broad array of design options, allowing brands to easily adapt product designs to current trends and time-sensitive events. As a result, these cans can be customized to the tastes of niche market groups as a means to ‘test the waters’ to gain valuable intelligence and, in turn, fine-tune products and the marketing activities behind them. “Dynamark® Effect can create matching designs for a wealth of special occasions such as musical events or sports competitions. This flexibility ultimately strengthens our customers’ market potential, as global brands can address very specific events with dedicated consumer communities,” Laakkonen emphasizes.

    Low costs, competitive pricing
    Targeting different customers is one thing – keeping production costs low is another. Dynamark® Effect neatly combines both, as it ensures a cost-efficient and highly targeted printing process for all sizes of steel and aluminum cans. “Our printing technology allows customers to produce limited promotions, thereby reducing product surpluses and cutting overall costs,” Laakkonen points out. Compelling can designs also provide a sound basis for driving consumer loyalty and thus increasing sales opportunities with these new brand advocates. At the same time, potentially costly overruns can be avoided by taking advantage of fast in-out promotions. “Such promotions will not just be a temporary boost to sales, but a real-life test for promising market expansion,” says Laakkonen. “Dynamark® Effect helps customers to reach that goal by turning products into customized creations – the ultimate key for falling and staying in love with a brand.”
    (Ball Packaging Europe GmbH)

    Company news ..THE HOLIDAYS

    Rich in color, tangy in taste, super-fruit Cranberry is having a moment – far beyond the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. SKYY® Vodka, the American-made vodka steeped with the innovative and progressive spirit of California, is giving a crisp, cranberry kick to its award-winning line of infused vodkas just in time to make spirits brighter this holiday season.

    SKYY Infusions Coastal Cranberry captures the bright essence of cranberry with a dry, alluring aroma and lively taste that is both sweet and tart, giving any cocktail a festive twinkle. To create this infusion, delicious, rich cranberries, grown in the heart of “Cranberry Country” in Massachusetts, are wet harvested at the peak of flavor across 200 fog-filled acres of bogs. Their fruit essence is extracted, then infused into SKYY’s premium distilled vodka to create a real, true-to-fruit flavor sure to help spread holiday cheer to all.

    “A vodka cranberry or a vodka cranberry with a splash of soda are two of the most popular cocktails ordered by consumers in the US today. SKYY Infusions Coastal Cranberry easily recreates that same experience at the bar without the calories of cranberry juice,” says Umberto Luchini, Vice President of Marketing at Campari America. “While sugar-sweet confectionary flavored vodkas have seen a sharp decline in sales lately, we have seen continued growth with our true-to-fruit infusions made with natural ingredients. It is clear that consumers and bartenders alike are looking for more authentic, fresh fruit flavors in their cocktails.”

    The newest addition to the SKYY Infusions lineup will also feature prominently in SKYY’s upcoming “Let’s Holidayy” campaign. The 360-degree marketing effort includes dramatic out of home advertising; extensive social media outreach; on- and off-premise activations; and other activities calling attention to not only SKYY, but to the phenomenon known as the ugly holiday sweater. During November and December, holiday revelers in major markets will be surprised to see familiar sights in their everyday lives “ugly-holiday-sweater-bombed” – actually wrapped in ugly sweater knit prominently featuring the SKYY logo.

    SKYY Infusions Coastal Cranberry joins the brand’s extensive portfolio of premium flavors including Citrus, Blood Orange, Pineapple, Texas Grapefruit, Pacific Blueberry, Georgia Peach, Vanilla Bean, Moscato Grape, Wild Strawberry, Coconut, Dragon Fruit, Cherry, Passion Fruit, and Raspberry. Since its inception in 2008, SKYY Infusions has brought consumers unique infused experiences with the smoothest fresh fruit taste.

    SKYY Infusions Coastal Cranberry is 70 proof and available at liquor stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $13.99 for 750 ml. The entire SKYY Infusions collection can be enjoyed simply on the rocks, with club soda, with 7UP®, or in other delicious, sophisticated cocktails.
    (Campari America)
    16.11.2015   BrauBeviale 2015: enjoyment for everyone involved     ( BrauBeviale 2015 )

    BrauBeviale 2015 - Over 37,000 trade visitors came together with 1,083 exhibitors
    - Creative Beer Culture met Premium Spirits
    - Craft Beer meets Street Food on Thursday and Friday

    With a powerful performance – matching the previous year’s level –, BrauBeviale is closing its doors again for another year after three intensive trade fair days. Over 37,000 visitors (41 percent of them international) came to this year's most important equipment show for the beverage industry. The slight increase in guests from abroad shows: BrauBeviale is also becoming increasingly important in international terms. Among the total of 1,083 exhibitors were regular guests and newcomers, world market-leaders and small and medium-sized companies. They presented all aspects covering the beverage industry process chain: high-quality raw materials, innovative technologies, efficient logistics and creative marketing ideas.

    “The sector’s regular meeting place calls and they all come!” Director Exhibitions Andrea Kalrait is happy about the participation levels and the mood at BrauBeviale 2015. “The enthusiasm in the exhibition halls is there for all to see and experience. The trend towards craft-brewed beverages is continuing unbroken and is attracting increasing attention, we are of course also feeling that here. Over the past few days trade visitors came to us from a total of 132 countries – and they did so despite the flight attendants’ strike at Lufthansa!”

    The guests mainly came from Germany as well as from Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain. Around 98 percent of the beverage specialists were satisfied with the range of products and services presented at the fair and are planning to visit the fair once again next year, according to the results of a survey conducted by an independent institute. The exhibitors were delighted with the renewed increase in the high quality of the visitors to their stands: around 90 percent of the trade visitors are involved in the investment decisions at their respective companies. The exhibitors presented their stands in space, which had increased by about six percent compared to the previous year. They came from 49 nations, in particularly companies from Germany (580), Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.

    Top marks for the support program
    The Forum BrauBeviale covering topics straight from the sector for the sector, PET@BrauBeviale with key impulses in the area of beverage packaging and not least the “Creative beverage culture” trend topic met with great interest from the visitors. In this connection, among others, retailers, caterers and also manufacturers/producers attended the tastings organised by renowned beer sommeliers and spirits tasters in the Craft Beer Corner. But there was also an alcohol-free side to the event: the water-tasting sessions conducted by trained water sommeliers also attracted a large number of keen visitors. Exceptional beer specialities were also available for interested parties to experience away from the exhibition centre: at the atmospheric “Schanzenbräu & Friends” after-show party or in the numerous restaurants and bars, which were part of the “BierErlebnis Nürnberg” (Nuremberg Beer Experience).

    European Beer Star 2015 – Consumers’ Favourite
    As one of the most renowned beer competitions, the European Beer Star has had its exhibition home at BrauBeviale since 2004. Once again, in 2015, the trade visitors selected their favourite beers from the 55 gold medal-winning creations: the “Ayinger Bräuweisse” produced by Brauerei Aying (Germany) was awarded the title of Consumers’ Favourite in Gold. The silver medal went to the Danish Midtfyns Bruyhus in recognition of their “Midtfyns Imperial Stout”. “Double Jack”, an Imperial India Pale Ale brewed by the Firestone Walker Brewery (USA), received the third largest number of votes from the total of over 6,350 testers.
    (Nürnbergmesse GmbH)
    16.11.2015   CONSISTENTLY HIGH QUALITY PET BOTTLES WITH NEW eHR SOLUTION FOR ...    ( Company information )

    Company information ... SIDEL MATRIX BLOWER RANGE

    Picture: ‘Hot filling’ is a method of safely bottling sensitive beverages like juices, nectars, soft drinks, isotonics and teas, by heating them to between 80° and 95°C.

    Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, has introduced a revolutionary PET blowing solution - the Sidel Matrix™ blower eHR - to produce hot fillable PET bottles of consistently high quality. By heating the mould via electrical heat resistance (eHR) instead of hot oil, the Sidel Matrix blower eHR achieves various benefits in terms of bottle quality, performance, process flexibility, uptime, energy savings and operator safety.

    Enhancing consistent performance, saving energy
    Sidel's eHR electrical heating replaces traditional heating of the mould for the PET bottle body by oil. Very responsive, it creates a temperature increase three times quicker than heating by oil, accurately providing the correct temperatures from the first bottles produced. Probes are directly located in each mould shell to regulate the temperature as closely as possible to the PET bottle as it is formed. Temperature discrepancies between different blowing stations are kept to an absolute minimum. As a result, all bottles undergo the same thermal conditioning and therefore offer a consistent performance when placed on the supermarket shelf and when in the hands of the consumer.

    The latest generation of blowing valve on the Sidel Matrix blower, combined with the mechanical blow nozzle system, electrical stretching and automation, gives high control of the blowing curve. This allows mechanical output to be increased by up to 2,000 bottles per hour per mould representing a speed improvement of more than 10% compared with the previous generation of Sidel HR blowers. At the same time, it still maintains enough cycle time to ensure a consistent blowing process.
    Electrical heating also offers energy savings of up to 45% compared with the previous generation of Sidel SBO Universal HR blowers. This is much more efficient than oil mould heating. The performance of the Sidel Matrix Ecoven with the infra-red lamps and ceramic technology reduces use of power by a further 25% and by implementing the AirEco2 air recovery option, air consumption can be reduced by up to 45%.

    Hygiene and safety
    By eliminating oil altogether, the Sidel Matrix blower eHR prevents hazards caused by leakages, such as operators’ slipping and contamination. With electrical stretching, there is no need for lubrication above the neck of the bottle, removing the risk of contamination. Some components are lubricated for life and for those parts that do need lubrication, food-grade grease is used. The Sidel Matrix blower eHR benefits from other proven Sidel Matrix developments such as oven ventilation with air filtration for more hygienic production.

    As the moulds are insulated from the mould supports, the hot temperature is focused on the moulds while the ambient temperature in the Sidel Matrix blower eHR remains lower than in a traditional HR blower. This avoids any thermal constraints on other nearby machine components. Parts that operators may come into contact with inside the machine are at a lower temperature which contributes to safer intervention conditions.

    Staying ahead with innovative developments
    With 35 years’ PET experience, Sidel has delivered almost 560 HR blowers around the world. This know-how is complemented by its experience in the hot filling of beverages, which it started almost four decades ago, first in glass containers and then in plastic. Damien Fournier, Blowing Product Management Director at Sidel, comments – “Sidel has been a central player in the hotfill segment of the beverages market ever since the introduction of the blow moulding HR PET process in 1986 and Sidel Matrix eHR provides unique operational benefits to beverage producers.”

    The Sidel Matrix blower eHR combines the innovative eHR solution with the latest proven technologies of Sidel Matrix blowers. Mechanical settings are the same and 73% of the eHR blowing station components are similar to those of standard Sidel Matrix blowers. It can be combined for example with the Sidel Matrix Intelliblower™, which brings control and self-regulation to the blow moulding process, independent of any operator intervention. As it is contactless, electrical stretching is robust and gets no wear, delivering consistently high quality PET bottles and contributing to increased output.

    Benefits of eHR blowing with Sidel Matrix Combi Hot Fill
    This new electrical heating resistance blowing process is integrated into the Sidel Matrix Combi Hot Fill that integrates the blowing, filling and capping functions in one machine. Sidel Combi systems offer line efficiency levels up to 4% higher than standalone machines and by reducing the number of machines involved, can cut operating costs by up to 12%. Compact and ergonomic, they optimise line layout with a smaller footprint and their controlled production environment ensures hygiene and food safety are kept under control.

    The Sidel Matrix Combi Hot Fill has electronic filling valves, equipped with individual flow meters for accurate volume dispensing with minimal wastage. Hygienic design and contactless filling valves ensure complete beverage safety. It can accommodate a broad range of beverages with and without pulps or particles, and it can easily manage neck changeovers.

    Meeting the challenges of hot filling PET bottles
    ‘Hot filling’ is a method of safely bottling sensitive beverages like juices, nectars, soft drinks, isotonics and teas (JNSDIT), by heating them. This heat sterilises the beverage and, once the bottle is filled, capped and tilted, then the bottle and cap. The temperature required (between 80° and 95°C) is above the normal thermal resistance of conventional PET bottles.

    The production of a quality HR PET bottle to withstand these higher temperatures requires processing via a particular stretch blow moulding method. This involves blowing bottles in efficiently heated moulds at temperatures above 120°C with reliable controlled blowing. Traditionally, this temperature is attained by circuits of hot oil connected to a thermo-regulator. The mould base – and sometimes the mould neck – is usually connected to a second thermo-regulator. These conditions minimise PET stresses during the blow moulding phase, creating a heat-induced crystallinity and the hot moulds ‘lock in’ the crystalline microstructure.
    (Sidel International AG)
    13.11.2015   BrauBeviale 2015: enjoyment for everyone involved    ( Company news )

    Company news -Over 37,000 trade visitors came together with 1,083 exhibitors
    -Creative Beer Culture met Premium Spirits
    -Craft Beer meets Street Food on Thursday and Friday

    With a powerful performance – matching the previous year’s level –, BrauBeviale is closing its doors again for another year after three intensive trade fair days. Over 37,000 visitors (41 percent of them international) came to this year's most important equipment show for the beverage industry. The slight increase in guests from abroad shows: BrauBeviale is also becoming increasingly important in international terms. Among the total of 1,083 exhibitors were regular guests and newcomers, world market-leaders and small and medium-sized companies. They presented all aspects covering the beverage industry process chain: high-quality raw materials, innovative technologies, efficient logistics and creative marketing ideas.

    “The sector’s regular meeting place calls and they all come!” Director Exhibitions Andrea Kalrait is happy about the participation levels and the mood at BrauBeviale 2015. “The enthusiasm in the exhibition halls is there for all to see and experience. The trend towards craft-brewed beverages is continuing unbroken and is attracting increasing attention, we are of course also feeling that here. Over the past few days trade visitors came to us from a total of 132 countries – and they did so despite the flight attendants’ strike at Lufthansa!”

    The guests mainly came from Germany as well as from Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain. Around 98 percent of the beverage specialists were satisfied with the range of products and services presented at the fair and are planning to visit the fair once again next year, according to the results of a survey conducted by an independent institute. The exhibitors were delighted with the renewed increase in the high quality of the visitors to their stands: around 90 percent of the trade visitors are involved in the investment decisions at their respective companies. The exhibitors presented their stands in space, which had increased by about six percent compared to the previous year. They came from 49 nations, in particularly companies from Germany (580), Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.

    Top marks for the support program
    The Forum BrauBeviale covering topics straight from the sector for the sector, PET@BrauBeviale with key impulses in the area of beverage packaging and not least the “Creative beverage culture” trend topic met with great interest from the visitors. In this connection, among others, retailers, caterers and also manufacturers/producers attended the tastings organised by renowned beer sommeliers and spirits tasters in the Craft Beer Corner. But there was also an alcohol-free side to the event: the water-tasting sessions conducted by trained water sommeliers also attracted a large number of keen visitors. Exceptional beer specialities were also available for interested parties to experience away from the exhibition centre: at the atmospheric “Schanzenbräu & Friends” after-show party or in the numerous restaurants and bars, which were part of the “BierErlebnis Nürnberg” (Nuremberg Beer Experience).

    European Beer Star 2015 – Consumers’ Favourite
    As one of the most renowned beer competitions, the European Beer Star has had its exhibition home at BrauBeviale since 2004. Once again, in 2015, the trade visitors selected their favourite beers from the 55 gold medal-winning creations: the “Ayinger Bräuweisse” produced by Brauerei Aying (Germany) was awarded the title of Consumers’ Favourite in Gold. The silver medal went to the Danish Midtfyns Bruyhus in recognition of their “Midtfyns Imperial Stout”. “Double Jack”, an Imperial India Pale Ale brewed by the Firestone Walker Brewery (USA), received the third largest number of votes from the total of over 6,350 testers.

    SFC Street Food Convention in full swing
    Creative beverage culture literally calls for unconventional food. It therefore comes as no surprise that the first SFC Street Food Convention is being held for the first time within the framework of BrauBeviale. On Thursday and Friday it is inviting you to its urban cosmos in the Frankenhalle at the exhibition centre. Here, insiders and newcomers are coming together to obtain information about trends, business models for new business founders and entrepreneurs, suppliers, market strategies, cooperation partners and technologies on this new catering scene. And the visitors can do all this not only by coming together with the total over 40 exhibitors – on the Main Stage and in the Speakers' Corner too, experts will be serving up street food topics based on practical experience (“How to correctly serve Street Food”, “Successful Street Food business start-ups”, among others) and theory (e.g. “Street Food Quo Vadis?”). The event will then culminate in the Street Food Market on Friday, 13 November, from 16.00, in front of the Frankenhalle, when, at last, delicious finger food will also be on offer.
    (Nürnbergmesse GmbH)
    13.11.2015   Membrane filtration with built-in advantages     ( Company news )

    Company news A wide range of different membrane filtration equipment ensures that the best possible solution is available for each particular application.

    The advantages of these solutions include:

    Lower overall production costs
    Membrane filtration systems are often less expensive than many other alternative technologies. Laval&wo=Kolding" target="_blank">Alfa Laval PP spiral membranes that are more compact, thus a larger filtration area giving you a better performance and the possibility to produce a wider product range. These membranes give you sustainable benefits like reduction of water and chemical use as well as longer service life, meaning less maintenance and less downtime.

    High end product quality
    Membrane filtration is a clean technology. The separation process is carried out solely on the basis of molecular size, making the use of additives unnecessary. This results in an end product of top quality, and makes it easier to comply with the many stringent requirements from both consumers and public authorities. The Alfa Laval PP spiral membranes are even more hygienic than conventional membranes as they withstand high numbers of Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) cycles, hot cleaning temperatures and high pH levels.

    Membrane filtration can be used for products with a wide range of different viscosities, including high-viscosity products that can be difficult to process. Alfa Laval membrane filtration equipment is designed on a modular basis that gives a high degree of flexibility. The design of a system can be customized to meet any process needs and is it easy to expand if production requirements increase.

    ...And getting the pressure right
    The efficiency of membrane filtration systems depends heavily on the reliable, uninterrupted application of consistent pressure. Hygienic high-pressure pumps make the feed stream flow across the surface of the membrane and through its microscopic pores at a consistent rate, boosting both reliability and efficiency. You benefit from efficient logistics, from all the components dovetailing perfectly, and the advantages of purchasing the full spectrum of sanitary equipment and fittings from one single expert source.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
    13.11.2015   The Coca-Cola Company Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news • Reported net revenue declined 5% and organic revenue grew 3%
    • Global price/mix of 3% reflecting positive pricing and packaging initiatives across key markets
    • Reported EPS was $0.33 and comparable EPS was $0.51
    • Global volume grew 3%
    • Year-to-date cash from operations increased 5% to $8.4 billion, despite significant foreign currency headwinds
    • Expect full-year comparable currency neutral EPS growth of 5%, in line with the range laid out at the beginning of the year

    The Coca-Cola Company reported third quarter 2015 operating results.
    "Our third quarter results were in line with our expectations and reflect the continued execution of our strategic initiatives to restore momentum, which are beginning to take hold across our global business," said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. "By aggressively driving productivity and streamlining the business, we are
    funding investments to accelerate growth. We have aligned and incented the organization against a clear revenue segmentation strategy. Finally, we have announced significant steps that evolve and strengthen our unparalleled global distribution system, including the planned creation of Coca-Cola Beverages
    Africa, Coca-Cola European Partners, and most recently in the United States, the National Product Supply System. Despite a continued challenging macro environment, all of us at The Coca-Cola Company remain confident in our strategies and committed to the creation of long-term shareowner value."

    We had positive organic revenue growth in each of our operating groups except for Asia Pacific in the quarter, and we gained global value share in nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages. Organic revenue growth was driven by 3 points of positive price/mix and reflects positive pricing and packaging initiatives across many key markets. Price/mix also benefited from geographic mix due to the strong performance of certain Company-owned bottling operations within our Bottling Investments group.
    After adjusting for the six additional days in the first quarter, concentrate sales growth trailed unit case volume growth year to date. We expect concentrate sales and unit case sales to be generally in line for the full year.
    • We gained global value share in sparkling beverages in the quarter. Global sparkling beverage volume growth was led by 1% growth in Trademark Coca-Cola which included 1% growth in brand Coca-Cola and 8% growth in Coke Zero, partially offset by an 8% decline in Diet Coke. Low single-digit growth in Sprite and Fanta also contributed to global sparkling beverage volume growth in the quarter.
    • We gained global value share in still beverages and gained value and volume share in the juice and juice drinks and ready-to-drink tea categories in the quarter. Global still beverage volume growth reflects 4% growth in ready-to-drink tea, 5% growth in sports drinks and 11% growth in packaged water.
    • Comparable currency neutral income before taxes (structurally adjusted) outpaced organic revenue growth in the quarter primarily due to gross margin expansion and the impact of our ongoing productivity initiatives, partially of
    fset by increased marketing investments, a decrease in net interest income and lower equity income.
    • The reported effective tax rate and the underlying annual effective tax rate in the quarter were 15.8% and 22.5%, respectively. The variance between the reported rate and the underlying rate was due to the tax effect of various items impacting comparability, separately disclosed in the Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures schedule.
    • Reported EPS was $0.33 and comparable EPS was $0.51 in the quarter. Items impacting comparability decreased reported EPS by a net $0.18 and were primarily related to noncash charges related to refranchising certain territories in North America and costs associated with our previously announced productivity program.
    • Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates resulted in a 12 point headwind on comparable operating income, income before taxes and EPS in the quarter.
    • Year-to-date cash from operations was $8.4 billion, up 5%. The increase was primarily due to efficient management of working capital and the impact of six additional days in the first quarter, partially offset by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and the impact of refranchised territories in North America.
    • Year-to-date net share repurchases totaled $1.3 billion.

    2015 OUTLOOK
    • We estimate that the net impact of structural items on full-year 2015 results will be a 1 point headwind on both net revenues and income before taxes.
    • We expect fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates to have an unfavorable impact on our comparable results in 2015. Based on current spot rates, our existing hedge positions, and the cycling of our prior year rates, we estimate that currency will be an approximate 7 point headwind on net revenues, an 11 point headwind on operating income and an 8 point headwind on income before taxes for the full year. For the fourth quarter, we estimate that currency will be an approximate 6 point headwind on net revenues, a 12 point headwind on operating income and a 10 point headwind on income before taxes.
    • The underlying effective annual tax rate on operations for 2015 is expected to be 22.5%.
    • We expect full-year 2015 net share repurchases of $2.0 to $2.5 billion.
    • We expect full-year 2015 comparable currency neutral EPS growth of 5%, in line with the range we laid out at the beginning of the year.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
    12.11.2015   VERALLIA BECOMES A FULLY STAND-ALONE GROUP    ( Company news )

    Company news Saint-Gobain announced the closing of the sale of Verallia to Apollo Global Management LLC and Bpifrance, who now hold respectively 90% and 10% of Verallia’s equity.

    With its new shareholders, Verallia is now a fully stand-alone manufacturing group, totally dedicated to glass packaging. This is a new chapter in the long history of the company, which has developed its glass expertise since 1827 and that, over the years reinforced its sales and operations network through new locations in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South America and North Africa.

    Today, the French Group whom headquarters stays in France rely on 10,000 employees to serve over 10,000 customers worldwide. Verallia is notably world leader on the wines, spirits and food markets, and is also a major player in the beer segment in a number of countries such as Germany and Brazil.

    In the words of Jean-Pierre Floris, Verallia’s Chairman and CEO: “I am pleased to be able to count on the backing of our new shareholders for the implementation of our strategic goals and Verallia’s growth. Our priority remains the search for operational excellence, to offer our customers an exemplary level of quality and service. We will continue our investment policy to develop our plants alongside our markets and continue increasing our team’s glassmaking expertise. We are lucky to work from glass, an exceptional material which is the benchmark for food safety and sustainability and we will remain in the forefront in terms of innovation.”

    Robert Seminara, Senior Partner at Apollo, and Jean-Luc Allavena, Operating Executive at Apollo, said:
    “We are extremely excited to be acquiring Verallia, which is an outstanding franchise and one of the world’s leading packaging companies. We look forward to partnering with management and its tremendous employee base to support the continued growth and innovation of Verallia.”

    Bertrand Finet, Executive Director of Bpifrance Investissement Mid & Large Cap said:
    « We are delighted to invest in Verallia and strengthen its French base and its development. We are excited to invest alongside Apollo, with whom we already have successfully worked in the recent past, and to support the management team and employees of Verallia. We fully trust that they will implement the group's ambitious industrial project”.
    11.11.2015   Budweiser brings back popular limited-edition wooden crates for the holiday season    ( Company news )

    Company news Make way for Macro-sized holiday cheer.

    To celebrate the 139th holiday season of America’s No. 1 full-flavored lager, Budweiser is bringing back its limited-edition wooden crates. Available in select locations starting November 9, the crates include two pilsner glasses and 18 Budweiser bottles featuring the authentic, classic label from 1933 – the first label following the repeal of Prohibition.

    The brand is releasing 60,000 crates this year (vs. 10,000 in 2014), each of which will be hand-made to mirror the original crates that were distributed by the Budweiser Clydesdales following the end of Prohibition.

    Budweiser is also celebrating the holidays with a brand new television spot featuring the crates. Filmed at Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis brewery, the spot will focus on the extra care brewmasters put into brewing Budweiser during the holidays and features the most Macro of all icons: the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Watch for the spot in the coming weeks.

    Those who get one of the 60,000 crates are encouraged to share images of their own Macro holiday celebrations on social media, using the hashtag #ThisBudsForYou.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
    10.11.2015   A NEW FLAVOR DESIGNER COMING IN GERMANY!    ( Company news )

    Company news FOODAROM is a custom flavor designer and manufacturer. FOODAROM services the food, beverage and nutritional product industries with turn-key flavors and formulation support. We believe that in such a complex marketplace, true expertise is required to provide a memorable product experience through the creation and application of signature flavors.

    To increase our presence in International markets, FOODAROM is proud to announce the opening of a new technical center in Bremen, Germany. Our new interactive center is officially open to serve the local flavor needs of the food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries.

    FOODAROM has differentiated itself through an innovative approach to the flavor industry in North America. We are proud to be introducing the FOODAROM way to the European market.

    Visit us to explore all the possibilities
    (Foodarom GmbH)
    10.11.2015   Australia: Coopers Brewery posts record full-year sales and revenue    ( )

    Australia’s Coopers Brewery has posted record full-year sales and revenue, despite a "troubling fall in consumption," increased pressure on margins and higher malt prices, The Courier Mail reported on November 5.

    The company's total beer sales increased 4.7 per cent to 78.8 million litres in fiscal 2015. In the same period revenue edged up to A$235.1 million, from A$231.3 mln a year earlier.

    The group's full-year profit after tax also crept higher, lifting to A$28.9 mln, from A$28 mln a year earlier.

    A 6.3 per cent rise in packaged beer sales offset a 2.7 per cent decline in keg beer volumes to 12.8 million litres over the year.

    “This decline in our draught beer volume is to a level we last saw in 2009,” managing director Tim Cooper said.

    “This mirrors the fall in Australian beer consumption since 2009, when the national volume was 18.7 million hectolitres."

    Dr Cooper said Australians were now drinking less than 17 million hectolitres per annum, a level not seen since 1972.

    “This troubling fall in consumption represents a loss of nearly 10 per cent of Australia’s beer volume in six years, despite a growing population.”

    The decline in consumption has increased the pressure on margins as retailers scrape to maintain their profits in the face of declining volumes.

    “This has seen demands for increased discounts and rebates from retailers,” Dr Cooper said.

    “Higher rebates for kegged beer result in upward pressure on wholesale prices, which in turn results in further reductions in consumer demand."

    Despite the headwinds facing Coopers, the group has increased its market share to almost 5 per cent of the total beer market.

    “Our international beer portfolio continued to perform strongly, underpinned by excellent relationships with our international partners” Dr Cooper said.
    10.11.2015   Brazil: Tax increase forces Ambev to close Rio Grande do Norte brewery    ( )

    Brazil’s No. 1 beer maker Ambev announced on November 6 it will be closing its brewery in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Isto E Dinheiro reported.

    According to the company, the decision was caused by a 29% increase in the local ICMS taxes on beer and an 18% increase in the ICMS taxes on soft drinks.

    Imposto Sobre Operações Relativas à Circulação de Mercadorias e Serviços de Transporte Interestadual de Intermunicipal e de Comunicações is a value-added tax on sales and services and applies to the movement of goods, transportation and communication services, and to the supplying of any goods.

    In an official release, Ambev said the operations will be shut up gradually by the end of this year. 300 jobs are expected to be lost at the plant and the closure will affect an estimated 15 thousand jobs in related industries.
    10.11.2015   Call for Papers for FILTECH 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news With the FILTECH Show taking place from 11-13 October 2016 the City of Cologne in Germany will turn into the top-meeting-place for all those involved with filtration and separation and adjacent sectors. With 350 exhibitors the world’s largest filtration Show will take place for the first time at the new venue KoelnMesse. The FILTECH Congress with more than 200 presentations will offer a representative cross section of current research findings, global developments and new approaches. Special highlights are a plenary and six survey lectures in which internationally renowned experts give a comprehensive overview of state of the art knowledge and techniques concerning important aspects of separation technology. Abstracts can be submitted until 28 February 2016. Details for abstract submission and stand booking are available at

    We look forward to welcoming you to FILTECH from 11.-13. October 2016 at Koelnmesse - Cologne - Germany.
    (Filtech Exhibitions Germany)
    10.11.2015   Canada: Molson Coors preparing to modernize Canadian brewing capacity    ( )

    Molson Coors is preparing to modernize its Canadian brewing capacity after finding a buyer for its Vancouver site and preparing to make a decision about its historic operations in Montreal, CBC News reported on November 5.

    "Overall, I think we've got a very strong plan for reshaping the supply chain in Canada," Stewart Glendinning, CEO of Molson Coors Canada, said during a conference call on November 5.

    Molson Coors announced last December that it would shut down its beer bottling operations at the 55-year-old Vancouver brewery located at the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge. It now has a buyer for the site, a prime piece of expensive Vancouver real estate.

    It plans to use the undisclosed proceeds to build a new plant over the next two to three years somewhere in the province for its brewing and distribution operations. Until then, it will lease the current site from the new owner.

    Glendinning said the selling price of the land was high enough it would cover the cost of a new brewery, estimated to be completed in three to five years.

    A feasibility study expected to be completed in the new year will determine whether it upgrades the current location in Old Montreal or builds a new site.

    Glendinning told analysts that the new Vancouver brewery will be more cost-effective and help to drive higher earnings.

    Molson Coors wouldn't say specifically if it plans to reduce Canadian brewing capacity to meet declining consumption.

    "You can rest assured that rightsizing our capacity is a key part of our plan," Glendinning said, adding the new operations would be more flexible to accommodate small and large brew formats.

    Molson Coors beat expectations even though its adjusted profit decreased 4.3 per cent to US$259.9 million in the third quarter due to currency swings and the termination of distribution agreements including Miller brands in Canada.

    The Denver and Montreal-based company reported on November 5 that it earned US$1.40 per diluted share, compared with US$1.46 per share or US$271.5 million a year earlier.
    10.11.2015   New Zealand: Lower alcohol beer sales expected to keep growing    ( )

    Lower alcohol beer sales are expected to reach record numbers this summer in New Zealand, thanks to changing consumer habits, tougher drink driving laws and new products, New Zealand Herald reported on November 8.

    DB Breweries managing director Andy Routley said lower alcohol or light beer made up around 24 per cent of total beer sales in Australian supermarkets compared with around 5 per cent in New Zealand, however this had risen from just 1 per cent two years ago.

    With a growing range of light beers available, Routley said the category would continue to grow.

    "It's a very interesting development in how New Zealand consumes beer and it is definitely going to continue," Routley said.

    "Whether it gets to the 23 or 24 per cent mark like in Australia remains to be seen - these things do take time but it is heading that way," he said.

    Following the introduction of new legislation last December, which dropped the legal blood alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg per millilitre of blood, light beer sales almost doubled.

    It is now the second fastest growth category behind craft beer.

    A recent survey by Hospitality New Zealand showed around 80 per cent of hospitality venues reported a drop in sales following the law change - particularly in rural areas.

    According to Routley, DB was a leader in the segment with around 70 per cent of the light beer segment.

    This spiked after the release of its Heineken Light product in October, which now makes up a fifth of lower alcohol beer sales.

    Lion also reported increased sales for its three light beers with lower alcohol tap beer sales up tenfold in the last year.

    New Zealand managing director Rory Glass said it was also a reflection on the trend towards health and wellbeing.

    "The trend towards moderation is impacting on drinker habits [and although] already apparent, it has accelerated since the changes to the drink drive limits on December 1 last year," he said.

    "Consumers are also increasingly interested in health and wellbeing, while still wanting to be able to enjoy a full-flavoured cold beer at the end of the day."

    Glass said the company's 2.5 per cent Speight's Mid Ale, which launched late last year, had become one of its largest selling tap beers, with almost three million pints sold.

    He said new brewing techniques had improved the taste profile with some of the newer range tasting almost identical to the full strength beers.

    An ANZ industry insider report showed that for 2014, beer sales of 2.5 per cent or lower doubled from three million to six million litres while normal beer sales continued to decrease.
    10.11.2015   Renaissance Yeast to Introduce Bright™, Innovative New Beer Yeast Strains Created by ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Selective Breeding, at the BrauBeviale

    Renaissance Yeast Inc., a leader in selectively bred wine and cider yeast technology, is excited to introduce Bright Brewer’s Yeast Inc. (, a Renaissance company, to commercialize its new line of selectively bred premium beer yeast. Bright’s yeast strains have been developed using selective breeding to create high-performance strains of brewer’s yeast that deliver the ideal characteristics for each distinct style of beer. In addition, all of Bright’s beer yeast strains prevent the formation of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) during fermentation.

    Bright will showcase beer made with a selection of the company’s new yeast strains at the upcoming BrauBeviale trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 10–12, 2015.

    “We believe our new strains and ability to selectively breed beer yeast is a major breakthrough for the brewing industry. We’re looking forward to introducing Bright’s line of selectively bred premium beer yeast at the Brau,” said Dr. John Husnik, CEO of Renaissance Yeast Inc.

    BrauBeviale ( is one of the largest international beer and beverage production trade shows in the world, featuring 1200 exhibitors from 27 countries and 37,000 attendees, with more than 40 percent of visitors coming from outside Germany. The Bright team will be available throughout BrauBeviale in Hall 1, I-229 to meet brewers, answer questions, and discuss potential collaborative partnerships.
    (Renaissance Yeast Inc.)
    10.11.2015   The Fakuma 2015 was a great success for ENGEL    ( Company news )

    Company news For ENGEL, the Fakuma 2015 was one of the most successful in recent years. Both the number of visitors at the stand and the project volume discussed at the trade fair are significantly higher than in the previous years. inject 4.0 contributed significantly to this success. The entire stand was designed as a smart factory because Industry 4.0 has long become everyday practice lived out at ENGEL. The visitors at the stand were impressed by the number and consistency of the products and services already available today that provide sustainable increases in productivity, availability, quality and flexibility for manufacturing processes and help make enterprises fit to face the challenges of the future.

    "The issue of Industry 4.0 is clearly more than just a buzzword; it is the megatrend among the plastics processors," says Dr Christoph Steger, Chief Sales Officer at ENGEL. "Many trade fair visitors took advantage of the chance to inform themselves at our stand about the possibilities for networking, systematic data utilization and the use of intelligent assistance systems in the context of our inject 4.0 solutions and to discuss their individual challenges and questions. Once again, it became clear at the Fakuma 2015 just how great the potential is that Industry 4.0 offers and how many products, technologies and services ENGEL already has available to leverage it."

    Intelligent systems for greater quality and process capability
    ENGEL presented both established and new solutions for the three core areas of a smart factory – smart machines, smart production and smart services. All manufacturing cells were linked with each other via ENGEL e-factory, the manufacturing execution system from ENGEL. In addition, the ENGEL e-connect customer portal on a central main computer provided an overview of the machine statuses and demonstrated how spare parts can be identified and ordered online during real-time operation. Intelligent assistance systems that continuously and autonomously improve process capability and quality were integrated into both the injection moulding machines and the robots. In addition to iQ weight control, ENGEL presented two new products in this respect at the Fakuma 2015: iQ clamp control and active vibration control.

    The prefix "iQ" stands for "intelligent quality"; this means that expert knowledge is integrated into the injection moulding machine's control unit. By continuously adapting the clamping force, iQ clamp control automatically keeps mould breathing constant even under fluctuating process conditions. In this way, the software significantly reduces the risk of quality deficiencies, ensures optimal mould ventilation, protects the mould against overfilling and boosts energy efficiency. iQ weight control is the logical companion for the injection side of the machine. The system recognises fluctuations in melt volume and viscosity and compensates for them during injection as well as the holding pressure phase of the same shot.

    Thanks to the new active vibration control, the ENGEL viper linear robots not only detect their own oscillations, but can also react to vibrations that are caused by external influences. ENGEL demonstrated the great potential of this new development with an ENGEL viper 40 double robot. Despite the high load weight, the robot operating with active vibration control reached a stable working position within a very short time. This reduces the cycle time in many applications.

    Process integration ensures cost-effectiveness
    In the area of process technology, ENGEL presented something special in Friedrichshafen for all five target industries: automotive, technical moulding, teletronics, medical and packaging.

    Thus at the Fakuma 2015, ENGEL sounded the starting gun for the first highly automated production of decor elements with the ENGEL clearmelt method. The manufacturing cell being presented, consisting of an ENGEL duo combi M injection moulding machine and an ENGEL easix multi-axis robot, is intended for HIB Trim Part Solutions in Bruchsal, Germany. With this cell, the automotive supplier will produce decor elements with real wood veneer for automobile interiors. The ENGEL clearmelt technology combines back injection of inserts with polyurethane surface finishing and thus boosts efficiency significantly in comparison to conventional multiple-step production processes.

    Process integration was also the guiding theme in the teletronics part of the exhibition. On an ENGEL insert vertical machine, thermal switch housings were fabricated in a fully automated process. The raw material for the brass carrier plates was fed directly from a reel and pre-punched including creating a thread. The thread was tapped servo-electrically before the carrier plates – still on the line – were overmoulded with fibreglass filled polyamide. Quality inspections including a 100% short-circuit test were carried out directly after the injection moulding process during ongoing production. Eight ready-to-install parts left the production cell every 20 seconds. With this high degree of integration, the system solution implemented by ENGEL in collaboration with its partner MMS Modular Molding Systems guarantees the lowest possible unit costs and makes composite manufacturing economical even at locations with high wage levels.

    Further highlights at the ENGEL stand include the fully automatic production of thermoplastic-silicone composite components that require no post-processing, the fabrication of needle holders for injection syringes in a consistently GMP-conform manufacturing cell and the high-speed production of round containers with highly flexible IML automation.

    An indicator for further positive development
    "Process integration and automation continue to be among the most important motors driving innovation and growth," as Steger emphasises. "This is a worldwide trend, whereas Germany is one of the pioneers." The fact that processors around the world pay close attention to the innovative strength and experience of the technology companies in Western Europe is mirrored in the rising internationality among the visitors at the Fakuma. The very positive mood in Friedrichshafen is therefore an important indicator concerning the economic situation that can be expected in the coming year for the plastics industry, not just in Europe, but also beyond.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    09.11.2015   Lecta Presents Its Extensive Range of Papers for Beverage Labels at BrauBeviale 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s largest event for the beverage industry will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 10-12.

    Lecta, a European leader in the manufacturing and distribution of specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging, will again participate in the BrauBeviale trade show. This year’s event expects to gather nearly 1,150 exhibitors and more than 37,000 industry professionals. It will feature the latest developments and trends in raw materials, equipment, technologies, logistics and marketing for beer, water and other beverages.

    Lecta’s range of high-vacuum metallized papers, Metalvac, will be on exhibit with its 100% recyclable products designed for premium beverage labels and for label converters:
    -Wet-glue labels: for beer, water, spirits and wine. These papers are available with high, medium and low moisture resistance and are ideal for returnable and one-way bottles.
    -Pressure-sensitive labels: papers designed to be used as self-adhesive facestock for labels.

    The Metalvac range is available in gloss, matte or embossed (pin-head, brushed and linen) finishes. It is also used for the inner-liners of cigarette packets, gift paper and for use in the food industry.

    “Endless possibilities” is the new swatchbook for Lecta’s Creaset one-side coated paper line, designed for the labels and flexible packaging segment. Its range of products for beverage labels includes high wet-strength Creaset HWS papers (available with smooth and embossed linen finishes), ideal for beer labels, and light wet-strength Creaset LWS papers for beverage and water bottles. Creaset LWS is available with fungistatic treatment for applications that require a barrier against the spread of fungi.

    Our Adestor self-adhesive products from the “Labels to Celebrate” collection allow for elegant product decoration on wine, cava, spirits, beer and water bottles. Different combinations of paper and film facestock, as well as water-based acrylic adhesives, are included in this product range featuring new facestock such as the gloss pearl finish Adestor Glitter WS, with anti-moisture and anti-mildew treatment perfect for cavas and champagne, and the moisture-resistant Adestor Embossed Martele WS, with an embossed white martele finish, suitable for wines and spirits. The recommended adhesives for these applications are the standard A251 permanent adhesive for bottles stored in a dry place and the BC361 Plus permanent adhesive, designed especially for glass recipients subject to ice-bucket immersion (ice-test resistance).

    All of Lecta’s products are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 environmental management and EMAS standards, ISO 50001 energy management standard and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. They are also available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody certifications, thereby guaranteeing the wood used has been responsibly sourced.
    (Torraspapel, part of the Lecta Group)


    On 3rd and 4th November at the Convention Center of Fiera Milano Rho, international speakers met to discuss the importance of sensory analysis in the vine and wine sectors, its instruments and techniques and its connection with sustainability.

    SIMEI 2015, the International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition organised by UIV, Unione Italiana Vini, that is taking place now at fiera Milano Rho, is the ideal platform of a professional confrontation on the topic, more and more discussed, of sustainability of the production chain also related to sensory analysis. Two congresses of high profile, the fists “Sustainability as a tribute to wine quality” that was held in the afternoon of the first day of the exhibition and the second, “Discover the sensory factors”, held in the second day.

    Many speakers were present to stress the importance of both contents that were debated during these clue events of the 26th edition of Simei. The discussion was opened by Domenico Zonin – President of Unione Italiana Vini – that said “We are here again, operators and international associations, to talk about sustainability. Talking about good wine means to talk about “sustainable” wine and with this we intend to develop a holistic concept.
    We cannot considerate sustainability as an abstract concept, as we believe it is part of a social behavior that is related to culture and history. UIV is today confirming its effort in involving in this discussion table the most important stakeholder of the wine production chain: producers, services suppliers, operators involved in sustainability projects, consumers”.
    To the first appoinment, natural sequel of the sustainability congress of Simei 2013, Ettore Capri – Professor in Agricultural Chemistry at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza and Director of the Research Center OPERA, together with Ulrich Fisher – Professor at the Viticulture and Enology Department, Kompetenzzentrum Weinforschung DLR Rheinpfalz, Neustadt, and with the contribution of Anita Oberholster – Enology and Viticulture Department of UC Davis, gave an update of the concept of sustainable development for the vine and wine industry and its impact on the economic growth and ecological innovation, creating value in the hole value chain.

    Other speakers such as Allison Jordan - Vice President Environmental Affairs for Wine Institute and Executive Director California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and member of Sustainability Group at FIVS, Jean Claude Ruf - Scientific Coordinator OIV, Ignacio Sanchez – General Secretary EU/CEEV, explained the importance of the holistic approach to wine sustainability. Patricio Parra – General Manager Consorcio Vinos de Chile has then summarized the theme of the session stating that “the real challenge is to translate declarations into practical management, for this reason decision making processes and transparency in communication with all the stakeholder are crucial”.

    Open discussion table session followed these interventions. These were coordinated by experts of the sector such as Lucia Bailetti, Director of the Italian Center for Sensory Analysis, Osvaldo Failla – Associate Professor Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dept, Università degli Studi Milano, Mike Veseth – Wine Economist and Economic Professor University Puget Sound, and Karissa Kruse – President Sonoma County Winegrape Commission.

    In the afternoon during an interesting video conference, Roger Boulton – Department of Viticolture and Enology, University of California, Davis, presented the famous sustainable cellar Jess Jackson Winery, case of success characterized by several peculiar elements.

    An original interactive format, successfully implemented in 2013 for the first time, was used in conducting the congresses: at the end of each session all the attendants could actively participate in the discussion interacting directly with the speakers and participating to a survey about their level of engagement in the focus, in this case sustainability and sensory analysis.

    The second congress that ended yesterday introduced the questions discussed during the day: what is the right definition of “good wine”? What is the wine quality relevance and how can we measure it? “Sensory analysis is a scientific discipline” declared Zonin during its welcome speech.

    A video message of Anita Oberholster, was followed by the intervention of Ulrich Fisher that spoke about the sensory techniques used to understand the consumers preferences and “Sensory Toolbox” main elements: test, descriptive analysis, analysis methods that consider the time factor in wine tasting, the definition of wine quality from consumers and from experts points of view.

    In the morning Jennifer Jo Wiseman, Vice President Consumer and Product Insights of E. & J. Gallo Winery and Carol Karahadian, Director Product and Process Technology and Sensory di Starbucks, made their presentations describing how sensory analysis is applied in their companies to best develop their products, so that the reference target can better appreciate it.

    “Sensory experience drives decisions” said Jennifer Jo Wiseman. In the same morning Jessica L. Ginger, Member Operations and Implementation Manager di The Sustainability Consortium, presented its organization that operates globally to supply data and resources in the field of sustainability to its members. She stressed that “identifying opportunities to implement more and more sustainable practices should not exclude sensory analysis”.

    In the afternoon, during the open table session the stakeholders debated about sensory analysis as a way to develop and evaluate the regional peculiarities of wines and about the most successful sensory factors in different consumer regions. Also the neuromarketing applied to the wine sector was brought to the audience attention in order to understand and evaluate emotional reactions of consumers.
    06.11.2015   Ardagh shows its leading edge focus on modern sustainable packaging at Brau Beviale 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Ardagh Group is using its presence at Brau Beviale 2015 (HALL 4A/225) to showcase its latest innovations in glass and metal packaging design, and to demonstrate significant progress in sustainable packaging.

    Brau has always provided visitors with an opportunity to understand emerging trends and inspire packaging innovation, and this year Ardagh experts are on hand to discuss new concepts and ideas.

    Visitors will be able to explore how emerging technologies such as sculptured embossing and powder coating can enhance brand appeal and make packaging stand out on shelf. Launching at Brau will be Roll on Pilfer Proof (ROPP) screw caps, and new tapping systems for beer kegs, which also features a smooth, stepless beer stream adjustment.

    The Ardagh team will also present recent developments in the company’s colour and decoration capabilities, including thermochromic, glow in the dark and photographic images. Examples of major recent lightweighting achievements will also be on display.
    (Ardagh Glass Group plc)
    06.11.2015   Sensient Flavors: Inspirational concepts and sophisticated taste-boosting systems     ( Company news )

    Company news Gulfood Manufacturing, Dubai, booth S3-A18: Sensient introduced versatile flavor solutions for sweet, savory and beverage applications

    Aiming to inspire manufacturers in their efforts to deliver on-trend products in line with consumer expectations, Sensient Flavors presented a vast range of Halal and Kosher flavor solutions at Gulfood Manufacturing. The products on show offered multi-sensorial experiences that meet the growing demand for authentic and natural ingredients. Sensient’s innovative flavors are suitable for beverages, dairy, confectionery, bakery and savory applications.

    To support beverage manufacturers to create unique, in-demand and flavorful beverage products, Sensient Flavors’ industry experts have prepared flavors for all kind of drinks, including still and carbonated soft drinks, flavored milk, flavored teas and coffee. The exciting flavor combinations take consumers on a taste adventure. Low sugar and sugar-free alternatives were on the agenda, as health and wellness remain key concerns for consumers. The APSS (All-Purpose Sweet Solutions) portfolio meets market needs and comprises natural flavorings that bring out the best of sweetness, enabling manufacturers to reduce sugar without compromising on taste.

    For savory applications, visitors were able to enjoy a selection of products that are inspired by Mediterranean, Indian and Asian cuisine. Mixing up tradition and innovation, the products blend authentic taste with the adventurous spirit of ethnic-influenced products. Additionally, Sensient introduced its ‘Taste Sensations’ range, comprising flavor solutions that enhance the umami sensation and compensate for salt and fat reduction in terms of taste and mouthfeel.

    In the sweet sector, Sensient showcased a vibrant range of exciting flavored hard-boiled candies and delightfully filled biscuits. They combine today’s most popular taste sensations, tailored to local flavor preferences, with the perfect portion of pure indulgence for a memorable sweet experience.

    With expert research and development staff, flavorists, chemists and sensory scientists, Sensient Flavors has the knowledge to create outstanding taste solutions for food and beverage products. Whatever the focus of a product concept may be, all Sensient solutions are characterized by their combination of the latest technology, comprehensive flavoring know-how and an in-depth understanding of both the global market and local consumer preferences. This results in value-added products that give manufacturers a competitive edge.
    (Sensient Technologies Corporation - Flavors & Fragrances)
    05.11.2015   UHT processing of innovative drinksplus products in practical tests: new Stork UHT in SIG Combibloc'    ( Company news )

    Company news ...combiLab

    Perfectly equipped for processing products with perceptible particulate content

    A new Sterideal ST5T-SPEC UHT heat exchanger unit, supplied by JBT
    Corporation’s Stork Food & Dairy Systems business unit, has now been added to the equipment in the filling machine pilot plant at SIG Combibloc’s combiLab. The state-ofthe-art system is ideal for processing drinksplus products containing perceptible extras such as pieces of fruit and vegetables or cereal grains, before the beverages are then aseptically filled in carton packs from SIG Combibloc. In the combiLab, product developments such as new drinksplus concepts, and developments relating to filling technology, are tested under practical conditions. This service helps turn product ideas into success stories.

    The new Stork UHT has just been showcased at the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) ‘BevTech Europe’ conference, which was jointly sponsored by Stork and SIG Combibloc and was held at SIG Combibloc in Linnich (Germany). Dr Sven Fischer, Global Technology Director at SIG Combibloc: “We’re pleased to have been able to welcome many members of the ISBT, along with guests from our customer base. There was a lot of positive feedback for the mix of presentations, exchanges of experience and insights into actual practice that we were able to offer in our combiLab”.

    The ISBT was founded in 1952 as a platform for information exchange and knowledge transfer in the field of beverage technology. The association, set up in Washington, D.C., now has more than 1,000 members. It is the only organisation in the world dedicated to the scientific and technical aspects of the development, processing and filling technology, packaging and distribution of non-alcoholic beverages. Its members include beverage technologists, scientists and beverage manufacturers, as well as suppliers to the beverage industry engaged in technical and scientific positions.

    Close network of experts
    Dr Sven Fischer: “Hosting this year’s BevTech Europe conference gave SIG Combibloc the opportunity to present our combiLab portfolio to a top-class professional audience, and closely linked to that we also showcased our experience and our current projects relating to the drinksplus technology. Using this technology, beverages containing up to ten per cent natural particulates can be processed and aseptically filled in carton packs using SIG Combibloc’s standard filling machines for liquid dairy products and noncarbonated soft drinks. The individual bits in the beverages can be up to six millimetres in size. In the wide-ranging group of experts, we had brought together the right specialists from all sectors of the beverage industry, and we’re proud to offer our customers real added value with a close network of noted experts”.

    In the filling machine pilot plant of SIG Combibloc’s combiLab, the focus is on new product developments and reworkings and further enhancements relating to the aseptic filling system, with testing under real conditions. The aim is to quickly and flexibly test prototypes of packaging materials, filling machines, carton packs and new product concepts, perform targeted test series and carry out test fillings, and provide authoritative information on the entire packaging system and the filling process, for internal projects and for customers of SIG Combibloc. The combiLab is extensively equipped for these
    purposes – with equipment for product processing and aseptic filling machines for beverages and food. Applicators for closures and downstream equipment are also part of the range.

    High degree of automation
    The new UHT heat exchanger unit from Stork adds to the facilities in the combiLab and complements the existing possibilities. Rudolf Flörke, Head of Aseptic Technology at SIG Combibloc: “The Stork UHT Sterideal ST5T-SPEC in our combiLab is a higherperformance model than our previous UHT system, and allows for the flexible requirements with regard to the heat treatment of a wide range of products. In addition, it has a much higher degree of automation. Customers who use our services in the combiLab will also benefit from these advantages, when they work with us to develop and manufacture innovative product concepts under real conditions, and test the process technology”.

    With the new Stork UHT and its possibilities with regards to the aseptic filling of innovative beverages with particulate content, the course for the future has been set. ‘Inclusions’ were a key topic at ‘BevTech Europe’. Dr Sven Fischer says: “Especially in the field of beverages containing perceptible product particulates – known as ‘inclusions’ – we should expect quite a few things in the future. Beverages that you don’t just drink, but can also in a sense chew, have now found their way from Asia into various parts of the world, and are seeing very positive development. All kinds of new combinations are possible, and with our technology they’re feasible as well”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
    04.11.2015   3 NOVEMBER: OPENING OF SIMEI 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news The 26th edition of SIMEI, International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition, has opened yesterday: it is the only platform for discussing and exchanging views on the best technologies of the wine, oil and beverage sectors. Attendance in the first day: +12.2% versus 2013.

    Milan, 3 November 2015 - SIMEI 2015, the International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition, opened its doors this morning. Organized by Unione Italiana Vini and scheduled to take place from 3 to 6 November at Fiera Milano Rho, over time this event has become the only international reference point dedicated to the operators and to the enterprises of the wine field, a platform for discussing and exchanging views on all the best technologies of the wine, oil and beverage sectors.
    Its leading role is reaffirmed by the presence of international top players and numerous delegations of buyers visiting the show, coming from the United States, Australia, Chile, Spain, Brazil and Tunisia: they will meet exhibitors and participate in some of the different proposals of professional update offered in the comprehensive programme.
    Besides the exhibition part, there will actually be a rich programme of update and educational events, international conferences and themed workshops and there will also be a novelty: Enovitis Business, a format dedicated to the vineyard and based on a networking system among operators.
    “Technological, interactive, educational and more and more global” – stated Domenico Zonin President of UIV – "The 26th edition of SIMEI starts in the best way, after the important recognition by the Ministry of Economic Development, which included the event in the Special Plan for "Made in Italy" last March, acknowledging the exhibition for its excellent development planning skills. But there is something more... Last August, a strategic agreement, with no equal on the international exhibition scene, was reached between Unione Italiana Vini, historic organizer of SIMEI and the Fair of Munich, organizer of drinktec, the trade show which is world leader in beverage and liquid food technologies. The aim is to create a special "constellation" for wine technology by joining the respective main strengths into a twin platform which intends to become the most important worldwide showcase for the technology, trade and marketing of the sector.

    These are ambitious premises, but they are the natural consequences of the intensive and specialized work that has been carried out for more than 50 years by Unione Italiana Vini, organizer of the exhibition since its first edition in 1963.
    “Thanks to our team of professionals and researchers of the global enological sector, we have been able to create relations and synergies – commented Francesco Pavanello, General Manager of UIV – this allowed us to build SIMEI as an unmissable occasion of professional updating for national and international winegrowers and winemakers, thanks its exhibition completeness and to the quality of its in-depth study and educational events organized throughout the trade show”.

    The exhibitors at SIMEI are over 600 and the organizers are expecting about 40,000 visitors who will be able to participate not only in the exhibition, but also in the proposed initiatives in the programme, in a direct, active way. During the entire duration of SIMEI numerous seminars, conventions and technical workshops will be held as real “events in the events”, lasting for half a day and taking place within the halls, in rooms set up as an auditoriums, with standard technical equipment. There will be three discussion focuses: wine, beer and oil. On schedule, besides technical in-depth discussions, operators will be able to attend tasting laboratories, presentations of case histories, sensory analyses and talk shows moderated by famous opinion makers of the Italian wine & beverage field.
    This afternoon, Domenico Zonin opened the international meeting “Sustainability as a tribute to wine quality”, stressing the importance of global sustainability within the modern cultural and social processes of our time.
    (Unione Italiana Vini)
    04.11.2015   Japan: Suntory loses patent dispute with rival Asahi Breweries    ( )

    Suntory Holdings Ltd. lost a patent dispute with rival Asahi Breweries Ltd. on October 29, with the Tokyo District Court rejecting its demand for a halt to production and sales of Asahi’s nonalcoholic beer, The Japan Times reported.

    Suntory had sought the suspension of Asahi’s Dry Zero, which was relaunched in September 2013, alleging that it infringed a Suntory patent application filed in November 2012 and approved in October 2013.

    “The Suntory patent represents a technology that can be easily invented based on other products and should be considered invalid,” presiding Judge Koji Hasegawa said, endorsing Asahi’s argument.

    Suntory’s All-Free and Asahi’s Dry Zero are competing for the top share in the expanding nonalcoholic beer market.

    Suntory filed the suit against Asahi in January after they failed to resolve the dispute through talks.
    04.11.2015   New steam boiler from Bosch saves up to 16 percent energy costs    ( Company news )

    Company news Traditional art of brewing meets environmentally-friendly efficiency
    Pivovar Klášter brewery renews its steam supply

    Photo: Director Zdenek Prokupek of Pivovar Klášter brewery relies on traditional brewing in combination with state-of-the-art engineering.

    Mashing, boiling or keg and bottle cleaning: The production of beer is an energy-intensive process and thus needs an efficient and reliable steam supply. In the Pivovar Klášter brewery in the Czech Republic a steam boiler operated for over 30 years. In order to increase the reliability of supply and to reduce the running costs Pivovar Klášter decided to renew its existing energy system. With the new UL-S steam boiler from Bosch not only the reliability increased thanks to numerous automation equipment, the steam boiler also saves around 47 m³ of natural gas per hour. Around 75 percent of these savings are realised by the recovery of waste heat from flue gas. In total, the brewery saves up to 16 percent on fuel costs with the new system.

    The first flue gas heat exchanger, the economizer, is used for preheating the feed water. Thus, the need for fuel for heating up and evaporation of water in the boiler is reduced. In the downstream heat exchanger the flue gas is additionally condensing. Due to the low temperature of this waste heat it is used for preheating the brewing water.

    The shell boiler can provide 4,000 kilogram of steam per hour. The natural gas firing with modulating control ensures an elastic operating behaviour. The burner capacity can be adjusted continuously to the actually needed steam demand. It is thus possible to reduce the number of burner starts resulting in higher efficiency and prolonged lifetime of the boiler and burner. After downtimes the boiler can be started very gently from the cold state by using the intelligent automatic function SUC (start-up control).

    The boiler control BCO provides easy access to important operating data like fuel consumption, boiler and burner operating hours or the number of burner switches. Further optimisation possibilities can be derived from this data. Furthermore, the BCO automatically controls desalination and blow-down. In comparison to a manual operation the demand-controlled process saves energy and water. In addition, the water service module from Bosch provides the boiler with deaerated feed water. This protects the system from corrosion and ensures a continuous high steam quality.

    The perfectly matched components from Bosch provide a reliable system and allowed a quick and smooth installation. Zdenek Prokupek, director of Pivovar Klášter, is pleased about the good result and the cooperation with Bosch: "With the new system we have managed to reduce our energy costs significantly and thanks to the high degree of automation we can now completely focus on beer brewing. Both the quality as well as the local service from Bosch in the Czech Republic have convinced us."
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
    04.11.2015   Singapore: Asia Pacific Breweries to stop supplying draught beer to retailers on exclusive basis    ( )

    Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) will cease its practice of supplying draught beer to retailers on an exclusive basis, following a probe by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), The Business Times reported on October 28.

    The company has given CCS a voluntary commitment to cease its outlet exclusivity practice. Moving forward, APBS will not impose outlet-exclusivity conditions in its supply of draught beer contracts to retailers.

    The change in APBS's business practices will be applicable to all draught beer contracts entered into with retailers on and after Dec 28, including new and renewal contracts. APBS will also be required to provide CCS with documents to show that these changes have taken effect.

    "The removal of these exclusive business practices will allow beer suppliers to compete on merit in offering their draught beers to retail outlets," said Toh Han Li, chief executive officer of statutory board CCS.

    "This will allow retailers to stock a greater variety of draught beers, leading to a more vibrant market with more choices for consumers, as well as opportunities for existing suppliers and new entrants including microbreweries and craft beer suppliers."

    Acting on complaints, CCS had investigated APBS in relation to its practice of supplying draught beer to retail outlets solely on an exclusive basis.

    Under the competition law in Singapore, a dominant firm is prohibited from preventing or impeding its competitors from competing effectively through exclusive business practices.

    CCS noted that APBS's outlet-exclusivity practice had prevented retail outlets from selling draught beers from competing suppliers and restricted the choices of draught beers available to retailers and consumers.

    As part of its probe, CCS obtained information on the beer market in Singapore from retailers and beer suppliers. CCS also commissioned a market survey to gather information on market practices.

    Based on the feedback received from various beer suppliers and retailers on the practice of outlet exclusivity in the market, CCS said the absence of outlet exclusivity will be a welcome development for the industry. CCS has ceased its investigation but will continue to monitor market practices.
    04.11.2015   USA: Court throws out case against Miller Coors and its labelling of Blue Moon as craft beer    ( )

    A California court threw out a case filed earlier this year in which a self-described beer aficionado and home brewer sued MillerCoors for allegedly deceptive labeling of Blue Moon as a craft beer, The Milwaukee Business Journal reported on October 27.

    In the original complaint, Evan Parent alleged that MillerCoors and Blue Moon Brewing Co. deceived customers into paying more for Blue Moon by implying the brand is a craft beer by calling it 'Artfully Crafted.'

    Parent also said that he was under the impression that the famous Belgian White Ale was brewed in a small brewery inside Coors Field in Denver, when the beer is actually made in large breweries in Golden, Colo., and Eden, N.C.

    The California judge dismissed the case saying “no reasonable consumer could have been misled by MillerCoors’ use of ‘craft beer’ and ‘Artfully Crafted,’ because there is no standard definition of ‘craft beer.’”

    In his suit, Parent cites the Brewers Association definition of a craft brewer: one that produces fewer than 6 million barrels of beer annually, is less than 25 percent owned or controlled by a non-craft brewer and makes beer using only traditional or innovative brewing ingredients.

    Chicago-based MillerCoors produces 62 million barrels of beer annually, and has eight major breweries, including one in Milwaukee. They are also in-part owned by SABMiller, which is currently in the process of a massive global merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev.

    MillerCoors also argued that the Blue Moon Brewing trade name falls within compliance of California’s consumer protection laws.

    The court has given Parent 30 days to amend his complaint, saying that it is not "impossible that the Plaintiff could allege other facts ... that would support their claim that MillerCoors deceptively or misleadingly represents Blue Moon as a craft beer.”
    04.11.2015   USA: MillerCoors tables plans to release new summer seasonal ale    ( )

    MillerCoors has tabled plans to release a new summer seasonal ale after some wholesalers — including those on the company’s distributor council — criticized the new introduction, Brewbound reported on October 26.

    The company will instead release “Blue Moon Belgian Table Belgian Pils,” it told distributors on October 26.

    Blue Moon Havana Summer Ale, first unveiled at MillerCoors’ annual distributor meeting held earlier this month in Las Vegas, will be replaced by the all-malt craft pils, which is brewed with two-row Moravian barley and a combination of Mandarina hops and mandarin orange peel.

    “We listen to distributor feedback on various issues all the time and after hearing mixed reviews on this product at our meeting reception, we decided to go in a different direction,” company spokesman Jonathan Stern said.

    In a note to wholesales, MillerCoors described Blue Moon Belgian Table Pils as a “balanced, easy-drinking pilsner with hints of citrus.”

    Blue Moon brewmaster Keith Villa and his brewing team had already created Belgian Pils, which checks in a t 4.2 percent ABV, the company said, but MillerCoors only planned to feature it in next year’s summer variety pack. That pack will still feature Belgian Pils and well as the original Blue Moon Belgian White, Blue Moon White IPA and the previous summer seasonal, Summer Honey Wheat.

    Package configurations, ordering and retail schedules for Belgian Table Pils won’t change from the original plan for Havana Summer Ale, the company noted.
    03.11.2015   Faster positioning for shorter cycle times    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to the new active vibration control, the ENGEL viper linear robots not only detect their own oscillations, but can also react to vibrations that are caused by external influences. Actively compensating for oscillations during the running process increases positioning speed and reduces cycle time. At Fakuma 2015, ENGEL was setting a new trend with this development.

    In mobile phones, 3D motion sensors have long become standard equipment. Now the ENGEL viper robots also use this technology and thus significantly boost their performance and efficiency. While up to now, the robots own expected oscillations were calculated for vibration control, external influences can now also be compensated for online. Thus the robots now also make a contribution to help the injection moulding process continuously optimise itself and make production smarter in the sense of Industry 4.0.

    Thanks to the active vibration control, the ENGEL viper robots reach a stable working position more quickly and operate with significantly greater positioning accuracy, which is important for such tasks as placing insert pieces or transferring pre-moulded parts.

    Perfect synchronisation of far more than twelve axes
    An ENGEL viper 40 double robot gave an impressive demonstration of this at Fakuma 2015. The respective grippers held a sleeve and a corresponding core. The two robots with a common Z-axis rotated the two parts together, inserting one inside the other and separating them again multiple times within a very short time without the sleeve and core touching each other. In addition to the active vibration compensation, another advantage of the ENGEL viper robots came into play: the perfect synchronisation of independent movements. Each of the twin robots had three NC and three servo rotation axes. During the exhibition, a total of twelve axes were controlled synchronously – which is far from exhausting all the possibilities.

    All ENGEL viper robots will be equipped with active vibration control starting from size 20 up to the largest ENGEL viper 120 robots with a load capacity of 120 kilograms. The ENGEL viper 40 and 60 robots made the start in time for Fakuma 2015.

    New drive package for more efficient dynamics
    In revising its linear robot series, ENGEL has not just increased the positioning speed, but has also boosted the overall performance and efficiency. The new multidynamic drive package ensures that the robots automatically adapt their dynamics to the real weight load. Thus the ENGEL vipers operate faster when bearing lighter loads and slower with heavier ones. The efficiency control function also takes the cycle of the injection moulding process into account. Within only three cycles, the ENGEL viper achieves the optimal dynamics for the respective injection moulding process, for example by reducing its own speed corresponding to a long cooling stage without increasing the overall removal time. While the machine operator previously had to calculate the optimal handling speed for each process individually and set it manually, the ENGEL viper robots now automatically manage this themselves.

    All these measures make significant contributions that reduce overall cycle times and boost energy efficiency. Beyond that, the mechanical components are given the best possible protection against wear, making longer maintenance intervals possible and yet still ensuring long lifetimes.

    Complete integration makes it easy to master complex processes
    The dynamics of the market constantly create new challenges for the injection moulding processors. ENGEL automation provides custom-fit solutions for all applications from simple pick-and-place tasks up to highly-integrated, multiple-stage production processes. What makes ENGEL solutions special is the fact that all components – injection moulding machines, linear and multi-axis robots – harmonise perfectly with each other thanks to their common CC300 control platform, and an existing solution can be easily expanded or set up for a different task at any time.

    The CC300 relies on a simple operating concept and intuitive user interface. To achieve this, the robot controls are integrated into the controls of the injection moulding machine as a subsystem of the CC300 so that machine operators no longer need to familiarise themselves with separate control logic concepts. The additional movement instructions for the robot integrate seamlessly with the graphical user interface of the machine control unit, which considerably simplifies above all the programming and operation of complex process workflows and makes an additional PLC unnecessary. To allow for fast parameterisation despite the complexity of the overall system, the CC300 control unit provides the user with different ways of visualising the process sequence, from the simple choice of preprogrammed standard sequences to the object-oriented graphical creation of complex process sequences.

    Not only machine and robot merge to become one unit without requiring extra hardware, but also further peripheral equipment like conveyor systems, laser units or optical systems. In the fully integrated solutions, all components of the manufacturing cell access the same shared database. This reduces the risk of data-entry mistakes and further optimises the overall efficiency because all components automatically coordinate their movement sequences and feedback loops with each other.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)


    In choosing to install the first Sidel Combi Predis™ FMa Capdis™ on the island, Taiwan Hon Chuan Enterprise has gained further advantages in the fiercely competitive Taiwanese/Chinese marketplace. The introduction of the new line has created the capacity required to provide flexible aseptic production to meet the fast-changing tastes and demands from consumers for sensitive products.
    “As a co-packer, the challenge for us is to improve our production efficiencies to help our clients get their products on the market as and when they need to,” says Mr. Keith Dai, Chairman of Hon Chuan. “Improving our capacity and maintaining flexibility to respond to the needs of the market are key to our success.”

    A competitive marketplace
    Competition in the already competitive beverage industry has further intensified following the last two years’ slowdown of the Chinese economy. In 2014, the volume growth rate of the beverage market was only 7% - a fall of 2% compared to the previous year. Beverage growth dropped to an all-time low in the third quarter of 2014, yet market analysts remain ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the overall outlook for the beverage industry.
    Over the past year, the industry has witnessed the launch of many new soft drinks by various manufacturers and the expansion of several market segments. The resulting demand for this greater variety of beverages requires an increase in the number of technologies involved in their production. Consequently, producers and co-packers need to find greater flexibility from their production lines in order to react to evolving consumer trends and demands.
    With increases in the costs of raw materials, packaging materials, energy, labour and overall production now reducing producers’ profit margins, it is important for beverage manufacturers in the region to optimise their business operations and to improve their supply chain management.

    Great savings and sustainable achievements
    The Sidel Combi Predis FMa Capdis, an aseptic blow-fill-cap solution with dry decontamination of both preforms and caps, is operating at Hon Chuan’s plant at Taichung, to the west of the centre of the island and the third-largest city in Taiwan. It is used for the bottling of a range of low acid to high acid products, such as ready-to-drink (RTD) tea, milk tea and coffee in 350ml, 450ml and 600ml PET bottles in round and rectangular formats. It has an output rate of 40,000 bottles per hour.
    While delivering the vital reliability in food safety and hygiene for co-packer Hon Chuan, it provides a solution that is highly competitive, offers faster production with lower costs and dramatically reduces use of energy, resources and chemicals, thereby contributing to the company’s ambitious sustainability goals. The Sidel Combi Predis FMa Capdis also had to be flexible enough to manage frequent changeovers as bottle formats, shapes and product recipes change several times a week.

    Compared with their existing aseptic PET line equipped with the traditional wet bottle decontamination which runs at 36,000 bottles per hour, the new line runs at 40,000 bottles per hour. The team at Hon Chuan is pleased with the performance of the new line and in particular its contribution to increasing sustainability in production and reducing operating costs.

    ”With the recent acquisition of the aseptic Combi solution equipped with dry preform decontamination in Taiwan, we benefit from lower operating and maintenance costs to lighter bottles and reductions in energy,” says Mr. Dai. For example, based on a 6,000-hour operation with 85% overall efficiency, the bottler can save 40,800 litres of chemicals, 32,640 tonnes of water and 3,641 tonnes of steam.

    These resource savings of water, energy and chemicals fit perfectly with Hon Chuan’s overall sustainability goals. “Driving sustainable solutions and respecting the environment are top of our agenda,” says Mr. Dai.

    Aseptic line testing took place a few months after the installation was completed. These tests checked the microbiological validity with high acid and low acid products. The final commissioning was completed only five weeks after the line started up and the first commercial run took place shortly after.

    Staying ahead by continually expanding
    Well known throughout Asia, Hon Chuan is Taiwan’s largest and longest-running beverage packaging manufacturer. It offers complete solutions and an all-in-one service for beverage companies and producers, providing preforms, PET bottles, metal and plastic caps and other products. As a co-packer, Hon Chuan produces many customers’ products on their behalf at production facilities throughout Asia in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia, as well as Taiwan.

    As Taiwan’s leading beverage packaging manufacturer, Hon Chuan is always looking to retain its position and to maintain its lead in a highly competitive market. In order to achieve this over its 40 years of operation, Hon Chuan has undertaken a policy of active collaboration with other leading beverage companies within the region, combined effectively with a programme of continual expansion. By investing in high quality production lines, the company has been able to forge partnerships for the co-packing and aseptic bottling of sensitive beverages in PET.
    Mr. Dai explains: “We have been an early adopter of aseptic solutions in Taiwan. To date, we have installed four aseptic lines with Sidel across Asia, producing more than 20 products for several leading beverage companies. We are more than satisfied with the results.”
    Confident in Sidel aseptic technology
    Hon Chuan chose to work with Sidel again on this occasion because the co-packer is confident in Sidel’s aseptic technology. Mr. Dai explains: “One of the main reasons why leading beverage companies continue to place their trust in Hon Chuan, is our attention to quality, whether it’s hygiene standards, project execution or our entire supply chain from raw materials to production. And we expect the same from our suppliers.”
    Hon Chuan has a longstanding relationship with Sidel that dates back to 1997 when the Taiwanese company first placed an order for a standalone blower. Hon Chuan ordered its first aseptic bottling line from Sidel in 2006 and placed the order for a second four years later. As a consequence of the two companies’ long history of collaboration, Hon Chuan has great confidence in Sidel’s proven expertise in aseptic production and its high levels of both technological and practical know-how.

    Highly competitive solution
    By investing in the Sidel Combi Predis FMa Capdis, Hon Chuan is replacing bottle rinsing with dry preform decontamination. With the additional facility of Capdis, the company is also sterilising its bottle caps in the same way, that is, by using hydrogen peroxide vapour. The solution uses no water in the sterilising process and, requiring only 10% of the agents used in traditional systems, only minimal use of chemicals. However, most importantly, due to the uniform distribution of the hydrogen peroxide vapour on the inner walls of the preforms and its activation by the heat of the oven, Predis achieves 100% sterilisation and offers complete safety. Once sterilised, the preforms are blown with sterile air to create the finished bottles, which are transferred to the aseptic filler by the neck in a controlled atmosphere. This high-temperature treatment of the preforms - rather than the blown bottles - also presents greater freedom in bottle design and lightweighting opportunities, opening up further possibilities for ultra-light containers.
    Mr. Dai sums up: "We are constantly working towards reducing waste, energy and raw material cost. Technology plays a key role and we are glad we chose Sidel's Combi Predis FMa Capdis for our latest aseptic line. Predis dry preform decontamination ensures high hygiene for sensitive beverages while offering cost-effectiveness along with product and environmental benefits."
    (Sidel International AG)
    02.11.2015   KHS stretch blow molder pays off after two years    ( Company news )

    Company news An investment well made: Herzog Mineralbrunnen Schäfer Betriebsgesellschaft mbH from Bochum, Germany, now makes its own PET bottles. The mineral water bottling plant made the decision to procure its own stretch blow molder together with KHS GmbH from Dortmund, also in Germany. Their acquisition will pay off in just two years – and Herzog Mineralbrunnen is already profiting from new capacities and a new liquidity.

    Photo: InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch blow molder

    At the end of 2014 plant manager Gerd Stork had long been toying with the idea of no longer buying in ready-made PET bottles but producing them himself at the site in Bochum. There were several reasons for not doing so, however: there was not enough room for the new system, the effort involved in converting the engineering seemed too great and the existing production setup was established and running well. Stork needed a partner who was able to offer him advice and active support. He came across the right people quite by chance at BrauBeviale 2014 in Nuremberg. The man he found himself sitting next to at an evening event was Frank Fretwurst, head of Area Product Management for KHS Corpoplast GmbH. The two got talking and at the end of their conversation Fretwurst was also convinced that the Herzog bottling plant held certain potential for making savings. Stork and Fretwurst stayed in contact and KHS drew up a sample calculation for the plant manager. If he continued buying in his bottles as he had done for the past ten years, nothing would change. In the best case the price for the bottles would not increase. Fretwurst's alternative suggestion, however, was to purchase a KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch blow molder with extremely low operating costs. All Herzog Mineralbrunnen would have to do was buy in PET preforms which are much cheaper than finished bottles. These would then be manufactured on site.

    Stork was quickly convinced by the calculation. "The figures speak for themselves. In two years we'll have recovered the cost for the system," says the expert beverage industry process manager. The infrastructure also had to be right, however. He thus approached the company's in-house master electrician, Stefan Czerwinski. The following challenge presented itself: a new system would need an extension connected to the existing filling section by conveying segments. The KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV may be extremely energy efficient but the site in Bochum did not have the necessary electrical power, meaning that new cables had to be laid and the transformer house expanded. As the two men planned and played through the new scenario, they continued to be convinced by the investment. The same went for managing directors Thomas and Ralf Schäfer after they had been presented with the idea. The savings made were worth the effort.

    A company with tradition
    The two managing directors are not the first Schäfers to head the company; Herzog Mineralbrunnen evolved from a beverage wholesalers founded in 1927 by Willi Schäfer. Stork has been with Herzog for 43 years now and has thus worked for several generations of the family. In 1978 the two sons Fritz and Willi Schäfer took over the management of what had become two company units, namely production and wholesale. The family business has now been chaired by Thomas and Ralf Schäfer since 1999. Today, 17 springs within a radius of one kilometer are in operation. In addition to the Lohberg brand Herzog Mineralbrunnen also markets Engelbert and Coronet mineral water and Herzog Life, the latter specially filled into elegant, blue glass bottles for the hospitality trade. Own brands commissioned by well-known commercial enterprises are also produced. Herzog is thus a traditional Bochum company which has grown over many years in the heart of the Ruhr region and is now a fixed feature on the local business landscape.

    Moving towards greater efficiency
    Stork again contacted KHS. The figures were right; he now wanted to see the machinery for himself. He first visited the KHS production shop in Hamburg and toured the factory and then went to Stuttgart. "We had a look at a stretch blow molder already in operation together with KHS," explains Stork. He stood in front of it for a long time, he remembers. "The Blomax just kept on running. Our decision was thus made."

    The order was placed with the filling and packaging specialist in March 2015, a few months after first meeting up at BrauBeviale. The first self-produced PET bottles were scheduled to be filled in Bochum in August. An extension covering an area of 128 m2 was erected with plenty of room for the compact KHS line. At the same time Czerwinski took care of the infrastructure. In total Herzog Mineralbrunnen invested around €1.6 million in their new engineering setup. To cover the time needed for conversion Stork had the plant produce in advance for a week to ensure a ready supply to customers. Things went as planned; on August 14, 2015, Herzog put the system into operation. Since then everything has been running round the clock without any problems.

    Energy efficiency and high performance
    The KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch blow molder turns PET preforms into bottles. The model in Bochum has a capacity of up to 13,500 bottles per hour which gives the medium-sized family business a capacity utilization of around 80%. The high-performance versions in the KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV achieve outputs of up to 81,000 bottles an hour. The energy efficiency and compact design of the machine were major criteria in Herzog Mineralbrunnen's decision to invest. The quality of the bottles was also not allowed to suffer, of course, and these continue to have both optimum stability and be low in weight. "It's important that production doesn't stop. All of our lines run continuously," states Stork. Approximately 35% of all products leave the production line in PET, with the rest in glass. "The percentage of PET is growing, however," he says. The plant in Bochum fills about 29 to 30 million PET bottles a year.

    To meet the varying demands of their production operations, the heater on the KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV can be used in combination with any type of transfer and blow molding equipment. Because the heater is modular, upgrades such as additional heating chambers can easily be installed at a later date. The stretch blow molder can also be adapted to cater for any extensions to the product portfolio whenever needed.

    The sustainability of his company's investment, coupled with the close cooperative partnership with KHS, prompts Stork to proclaim, "I'm so pleased!" The high degree of process stability and machine availability of the low-maintenance system allow him to look back on the past few weeks after commissioning with satisfaction. "In two years the system will have paid off. We have more line availability and are more flexible," he smiles. For family-run SME Herzog Mineralbrunnen, a chance meeting and a decisive management have resulted in an investment which has proved successful on all counts.
    (KHS GmbH)
    30.10.2015   ENGEL at Plast Eurasia 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Consistent quality, permanent availability, maximum output and high energy efficiency – in order to reliably achieve these criteria for success, more than reliable machines are needed. It is only the perfect synergy of injection moulding machines, process technologies, automation and further peripheral systems that enables plastics processors to utilise the whole potential for efficiency and quality and always be one step ahead of the competition. At the Plast Eurasia 2015 from 3rd to 6th December in Istanbul, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system expert ENGEL will demonstrate how this can be translated to practice with innovative applications.

    Photo: The all-electric ENGEL e-mac injection moulding machine achieves top performance and maximum precision at very low costs.

    Each national market and each industry poses its own specific challenges. Thanks to its global presence, its many years of experience in the industry, its application-specific research and its outstanding expertise in system solutions, ENGEL, with headquarters in Schwertberg, Austria, develops tailor-made solutions for its customers and is therefore a preferred partner for the worldwide plastics processing industry. Such solutions include injection moulding machines, process technologies and robots that are all developed and manufactured by ENGEL. Beyond that, components from partner companies are also integrated into the overall concept. During the four days of the trade fair, ENGEL is presenting an extensive selection from this broad portfolio of solutions. The focus will be on maximum quality, efficiency and productivity.

    Large moulds on small machines
    Very short cycle times with maximum safety and at the same time with very low investment costs – these are the demands placed on the production of consumable articles for medical and laboratory use that are fabricated in large batch sizes. The exhibit at the ENGEL stand demonstrates how these at first glance contradictory attributes are united in the production of Petri dishes on an ENGEL victory 300 tech injection moulding machine with a clamping force of 3,000 kN.

    The special feature of the machines in this series is their tie-bar-less clamping unit which allows for particularly efficient fabrication concepts. Since the mould mounting platens can be used fully, right up to the edge of the platen, large and bulky moulds can be fitted on relatively small injection moulding machines. For many applications, it is possible to use a much smaller injection moulding machine than the mould size would dictate when using a traditional machine with tie bars. This keeps both investment outlay and operating costs low. Applications with multiple-cavity moulds but comparatively small projected component surfaces are a good example for this. For the production of the Petri dishes, a 4+4-mould is used that was manufactured by Plastisud in Castelnaudary, France. The total shot weight for all eight parts – four bottom and four top parts – is only 51 g.

    The manufacturing cell only needs 4.8 seconds to produce four Petri dishes. The high-speed automation that ENGEL has realised together with its partner Hekuma (Eching, Germany) makes a significant contribution towards achieving such short cycle times – as does the tie-bar-less technology, because the handling equipment can access the mould area directly from the side without having to circumvent any obstacles.

    The hydraulic ENGEL victory injection moulding machine presented in Istanbul is equipped with the ENGEL ecodrive servo-hydraulics – another factor for efficiency. Thanks to ecodrive, the drives are idle and consume no energy during cooling phases, for example. Depending on machine type and application, this reduces energy consumption by 30 to 70 percent.

    The entire manufacturing cell is designed for highly regulated clean room operation. As a system provider, ENGEL is continually expanding its portfolio of GMP-compliant products. Besides the injection moulding machines, conveyor belts, pipe distributer systems and gripper housings developed by ENGEL are also available in clean-room designs.

    Top performance at minimal costs
    At ENGEL's automotive exhibit area at the Plast Eurasia, things go all-electric. An ENGEL e‑mac injection moulding machine convincingly demonstrates that top performance and maximum precision can be achieved at very low costs.

    From injecting and metering to mould and ejector movements, all drives on the ENGEL e‑mac are servo-electric and achieve an optimal level of efficiency. The drives are operated by a modern axis system solution with a stabilised intermediate circuit; braking energy is recovered and fed back into the grid in order to achieve high energy efficiency. Short cycle times are ensured by simultaneous movements of the drive axes. With an acceleration rate of more than 20 m/s2, the ENGEL e-mac belongs to the top class in worldwide comparison.

    In addition, the particularly compact design of the ENGEL e-mac also increases cost-efficiency, because in many companies, productivity per floor space has already become an important operating figure.

    Close to its customers – anywhere in the world
    Injection moulding machines and manufacturing cells continually need to boost their output, efficiency and flexibility. This also results in changing requirements for the machine manufacturer's service organisation. ENGEL has taken up this challenge and is continuously expanding its worldwide service network.

    Training and service are fixed components of the ENGEL system philosophy all over the world. ENGEL also has its own training centre in Istanbul where seminars and workshops take place regularly. ENGEL has been active in Turkey since 1989. Building on the original distributor, ENGEL founded its own sales and service subsidiary in 2008.

    Since the company was founded in 1945, ENGEL has been 100 percent family-owned and independent of external investors, thus guaranteeing both customers and staff stability and a long-term perspective. ENGEL achieved a global turnover of one billion euros in the 2014/2015 financial year. The group has over 4,800 employees.
    ENGEL at Plast Eurasia 2015: hall 12, stand 1216
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    30.10.2015   Smirnoff™ launches Smirnoff Electric™ Spirits and kick starts Ultimate Global Music Collaboration...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... with musicians Kiesza and Djemba Djemba

    SMIRNOFF® launches four intense new flavors – Berry (photo), Apple, Mandarin and Guarana – perfect for the chilled shot occasion

    SMIRNOFF® latest product release and music partnership celebrate the power of inclusivity and fuel the #WhatWeBring global social movement

    Known for its inventive flavor portfolio, Smirnoff Electric™ spirits are unlike anything the brand has ever created. Perfect for the chilled shot occasion, a typically high energy part of the night, Smirnoff Electric spirits are designed to bring people together and give everyone's taste buds a jolt with four intense flavors – Berry, Apple, Mandarin and Guarana. With a look as bold as the taste, the bottle features fluorescent colors that activate under black light for a stunning addition to the party.

    "As the world's #1 premium spirit brand by volume, we're consistently firing up our innovation engine at SMIRNOFF® to create products of true distinction," said VP SMIRNOFF Innovation Tom Herbst. "We are driven by a spirit of inclusivity and we are obsessed with inventing bold products that will add a ton of fun to any occasion – from 5 stars to dive bars. Smirnoff Electric spirits are the first global launch in our new bold range of products, and its intensely delicious flavor and neon design makes it the perfect shot to bring your group together."

    Recognizing how the power of music can bring cultures and communities together, SMIRNOFF is celebrating the power of inclusivity by fueling the ultimate global music collaboration #WhatWeBring to launch Smirnoff Electric spirits. The SMIRNOFF brand has partnered with musicians Kiesza and Djemba Djemba making their chart-topping song 'Give It To The Moment' the music for the #WhatWeBring global social movement. Everyone around the world is now being invited to contribute, collaborate and bring whatever it is they bring to make good times better.

    The #WhatWeBring video featuring 'Give It To The Moment' – which launched today - embodies the movement capturing and celebrating diversity in all its forms – different ages, races, genders, sexuality, cultures and styles. The video is a montage of beautiful and energetic storylines including a same-sex wedding celebration on a crowded Bangkok street involving revelers from all walks of life.

    "We see a global generation emerging who simply believe the world should be a more inclusive place. At SMIRNOFF, we believe that too. #WhatWeBring is more than a single music track, and more than a new product release. It's a global social movement that is driven by SMIRNOFF's core purpose – inclusivity. The SMIRNOFF brand has partnered with a host of like-minded international artists and storytellers, with Kiesza and Djemba Djemba's unique collaboration on the song 'Give It To The Moment' giving rhythm to the movement," continues Herbst. "SMIRNOFF's purpose is to invite people to openness, acceptance and engagement as a way to good times for the many. Our ambition is to be useful; to provide the inspiration, tools and occasions that remove barriers to inclusion."

    The #WhatWeBring campaign will culminate in a full length documentary that follows the track's remix journey around the globe—revealing how some of today's most creative and diverse artists are bringing the influence of their local environment and culture to create something original. The remixes will span five continents and incorporate the cultural influences of five artists: Toy Selectah from Mexico, Nozinja of South Africa, Laura Jones of the UK, KosmoKat of Japan and Cassian of Australia. Fans can visit to hear the song, and check out the SMIRNOFF YouTube channel for the video, more information and tons of amazing content about Smirnoff Electric spirits and to join the #WhatWeBring movement.
    (Diageo plc)

    Company news Maker’s Mark® is bringing real innovation to the bourbon industry with a first-of-its-kind barrel program, Maker’s Mark Private Select™. The new experience will allow retail customers to “make their own Maker’s™” by finishing fully-matured cask strength Maker’s Mark® Bourbon in a single barrel made up of their custom selection of oak staves. The program will kick off in limited release in November 2015, with bottled product available for sale by retail participants beginning March 2016.

    Through the Maker’s Mark Private Select™ Experience, participants will have the opportunity to spend an immersive and educational day at the historic Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY, where they will roll up their sleeves and mirror the process used by Chairman Emeritus Bill Samuels, Jr. when he created Maker’s 46® in 2010.

    “This innovative process of creating a personal expression of Maker’s Mark® allows the customer to create a bourbon that wanders in some intriguing ways from our traditional taste profile, while still being distinctively Maker’s Mark®,” stated COO Maker’s Mark Distillery, Rob Samuels. “We’ve never before given anyone this kind of access or opportunity to create their favorite version of Maker’s™, but we’re excited to see what folks come up with and how they like to make their Maker’s™ when given the chance.”

    As with Maker’s 46®, Maker’s Mark Private Select™ will start with fully-matured Maker’s Mark® straight out of the barrel. Participants will receive an in-depth immersion that illustrates the essential role that wood plays in the taste of bourbon, and will select their preferred combination of five types of wood staves with which to finish their custom Maker’s™ expression. This collection of oak staves – each accentuating different flavors found in fully-matured Maker’s Mark® – includes Baked American Pure 2, Seared French Cuvee, Maker’s 46®, Roasted French Mocha, and Toasted French Spice. With 1,001 possible stave combinations, participants can create a customized finish and taste profile that is uniquely their own.

    After aging for nine additional weeks in a single barrel with the participants’ custom stave combination, the Maker’s Mark Private Select™ bourbon will be bottled, corked and dipped at cask strength with details such as proof and stave combinations handwritten on the label.

    Maker’s Mark Private Select™ Program will be available to Kentucky and Illinois based retailers in its first year and will be expanded to additional markets in 2016.
    (Maker's Mark Distillery Inc.)
    28.10.2015   MORE KEG – MORE DIVERSITY    ( Company news )

    Company news SCHÄFER Container Systems presents new products at BrauBeviale 2015 in Nuremberg

    SCHÄFER Container Systems is supplementing its product range with four new KEG types under the slogan "MORE KEG - MORE DIVERSITY" exclusively for the BrauBeviale on November 10th to 12th. However, the manufacturer of high-quality container systems for beverage (KEGs) and of IBCs and special stainless steel containers for liquids, solids and granulates, is not only presenting its containers for beer and soft drinks at its stand 4-107 in hall 4 at the trade fair. Visitors can also savor selected beers with beer sommelier world champion Karl Schiffner.

    Among the four new KEGs is the ECO KEG DIN, a new KEG type, based on the tried and tested ECO KEG system. The stainless steel liner is up to 30 percent lighter than its all-steel counterparts, while offering high stability due to the built-in shock absorber effect. Because of the special head rim and foot rim molding, the KEG is stackable with other DIN KEG types. The three other new models, the 10 litre Stainless Steel KEG, the new 30 litre Party KEG as well as the 37.5 litre freshKEG, expand their KEG-families with additional filling volumes and thus increase the attractiveness of the SCHÄFER Container Systems portfolio.

    In addition, the first beer sommelier world champion Karl Schiffner is also presenting selected beers and concerted appetizers at the SCHÄFER stand this year. In 2015 this is going to be "Very British". Many British beers, such as Porter, Ale or Stout, are represented and can be tasted. "In addition to an attractive program, we will introduce new products also this year. We are very confident that our new KEG types will assert themselves on the market through their quality and customized branding opportunities”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
    28.10.2015   Mouthwatering indulgent flavors meet drinks    ( Company news )

    Company news Sensient Flavors introduces a new product range that enables manufacturers to pack the indulgent taste experience of cakes and desserts into beverages

    With its latest range of indulgence flavorings, Sensient Flavors blurs boundaries, crosses categories and enables drinks manufacturers to provide sweet bakery and dessert-inspired treats in the form of beverages. Currently, six natural flavorings are available: Apple and Strawberry Cheesecake (photo), Black Forest Gateau, Chocolate Coconut, Marshmallow and Salted Caramel. They are suitable for the use in carbonated soft drinks, flavored waters, still drinks but also alcoholic beverages such as spirits and liqueurs.

    Sensient’s indulgence flavors help beverage manufacturers to offer the “unexpected twist” that today’s consumers crave, providing more experiential pleasures. Based on its taste creation expertise, Sensient Flavors brings authentic flavorings to life, capturing the sensory characteristics of the products that inspired the formulations. For example, the Apple Cheesecake flavored drink delivers a baked apple flavor with yoghurt notes. The mouthwatering Black Forest Gateau combines rich chocolate with a delicious hint of cherry in liquid form. Salted Caramel is characterized by its well-balanced caramel flavor which is blended with a hint of salt.

    With increasingly adventurous consumers like Millennials demanding novel and exciting new taste sensations, traditional flavor categories are becoming progressively blurred and less well defined. Stefano Asti, Technical Director at Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe, notes: “Because so many people lead busy or stressful lives, little treats can mean a lot! Consumers frequently resort to traditional foods such as desserts, cakes and ice cream, but more and more often, they’re reaching for soft drinks to reward themselves. Our flavoring range bundles both sweet treats and beverages together to provide a novel way for soft drink manufactures to differentiate their offerings. We think it’s time to think — and drink — outside the box!”

    Photo source: Shutterstock
    (Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe)
    27.10.2015   New in a beverage carton: ebba launches South America's first nectar with pieces of real fruit    ( Company news )

    Company news drinksplus technology from SIG Combibloc provides new drinking experiences

    Brazilian company Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos, known as ‘ebba’ for short, has now launched fruit nectars containing real fruit pieces in the aseptic carton pack combiblocMini 200 ml, under the established brand name Maguary – an innovation for the South American market. This fresh new concept in the beverage sector is made possible by the drinksplus technology from SIG Combibloc.

    Nectars containing pieces of real fruit, packaged for long life in small-format beverage cartons, are completely new in Brazil. “People have a totally new drinking experience when they try the nectars of the new ‘Maguary Pedaços’ product range. With every sip, consumers experience the unusual texture of the drinks. Real fruit pieces give them a particularly intense flavour”, says Fábio Levalessi, Commercial Director at ebba, the owners of the Maguary brand. The new nectars are available in Peach, Pineapple, Apple and Mango. The drinking straw, which can be used to drink the beverage straight from the
    carton pack, has an extra large diameter so the fruit pieces flow through perfectly. The products, available in major markets and supermarkets in Brazil, are rich in vitamins, making them a healthy alternative to snacks such as chocolate bars. The beverages are also perfect for carrying along and drinking on the move, and meet the tastes of children and adults.

    Health and enjoyment
    The Maguary products with real fruit pieces are made possible by the drinksplus
    technology from SIG Combibloc. With drinksplus, beverages with up to ten per cent natural particulate content can be processed and aseptically filled in carton packs, using standard beverage filling machines from SIG Combibloc. Individual bits can be up to six millimetres in length and width. Luciana Galvão, Head of Marketing at SIG Combibloc Americas: “Beverages with perceptible bits are attracting attention right around the world. With the drinksplus technology, beverage manufacturers are able to quickly and flexibly
    add healthy extras such as pieces of fruit and vegetables, coconut flakes or cereal grains to their beverages – matched perfectly to the tastes of modern consumers. These days, people want to eat a healthy and balanced diet, but they’re also looking for new taste experiences, moments of pure enjoyment and unusual textures. So beverage concepts with perceptible extras really tickle consumers’ tastebuds”.

    Maguary is one of the most popular brands in Brazil. The brand has been around for more than 60 years, and is Brazil’s market leader in the product segments juice concentrates and not-from-concentrate juices. With the market launch the brand is expected to win a notable share in the segment of ready-to-drink beverages.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)

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