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    31.07.2014   One-stop solutions: Doehler provides solutions for the trend positionings ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...“weight management” and “healthy nutrition”

    Doehler (Döhler) is further expanding its expertise in health & nutrition ingredients. The producer and provider of natural ingredients and ingredient systems is thus meeting the increasing demand for products with health-related added value. The market for these “better for me” products is booming more than ever before: the number of new products launched with health-related claims has risen by 76% over the last four years. Indication-related and reduced-calorie food and “free from” products no longer only appeal to specific consumer groups, but are increasingly breaking onto the mass market. Thanks to an extensive portfolio of health & nutrition ingredients – including functional ingredients and innovative, reduced-calorie sweetening systems – combined with a high level of application expertise and knowledge of food law, Doehler is able to implement indication-related product concepts with ease.
    The range of target groups for products with a health positioning is broad: from children and families to nutrition-conscious adults and athletes to the elderly. The latter are particularly health conscious and offer enormous market potential. Relevant indications such as a healthy heart or healthy bones are therefore currently by far the most popular product positionings, along with weight management and beauty. But as with any product, people only buy what tastes good. It is therefore down to manufacturers to develop products with top class sensory and technological properties which also meet the legal specifications. In addition to a high level of application expertise, this also requires comprehensive knowledge of the legal framework regarding claims, approvals and declarations.

    Tailor-made sugar reduction
    The number of overweight people and associated illnesses is increasing rapidly all over the world. Many governments are taking action to combat this, either by levying a specific “penalty” tax on sugar, intended to limit its use in food, or by requiring drastic warning labels on food that is very high in sugar. An increasing number of manufacturers is therefore introducing reduced-sugar or completely sugar-free products to the market, which also meet consumer demands for healthy food. As a result, product claims involving calorie reduction are currently among the most successful ones. However, developing low-calorie products with a premium sensory profile is a huge challenge. Doehler offers contemporary sweetening systems that allow a range of positionings. The MultiSweet® Plus portfolio extends from classic, calorie-free sweetening with high intensity sweeteners (HIS) and calorie-free natural sweeteners to fruit sweeteners made from fruit juice concentrates.
    MultiSweet® Classic is a combination of different high intensity sweeteners with a balanced sensory profile, which allows the sugar content to be reduced by up to 100%. For each product concept, Doehler provides tailor-made solutions and offers alternatives to sweeteners subject to criticism. For example, the company has developed solutions using the sweetener Advantam, which has recently received European approval.
    In contrast, MultiSweet® Stevia allows calorie-free sweetening on an all-natural basis. The number of product launches with stevia is increasing significantly at the moment, with an annual rise of around 60 per cent. The leading categories here are beverages and confectionery. Steviol glycosides are extracted from the leaves of the stevia rebaudiana plant and are 300 times sweeter than sugar, but beverage applications with Stevia are extremely complex. In order to achieve a product with the ideal sensory properties, different steviol glycosides are combined and the sweetening system is adapted to each individual customer recipe.
    All-natural sweetening can also be achieved using MultiSweet® Fruit. These deacidified and decolourised fruit sweeteners allow natural product positionings in the premium segment. For natural yet low-calorie recipes, MultiSweet® Fruit and MultiSweet® Stevia are the ideal combination.
    The taste of the MultiSweet® Plus line can be further optimised using Sweetness Improving Technology (SIT), a natural flavour technology. It is also possible to reduce the sugar content significantly in a natural way without using sweeteners thanks to Sugar Reduction Technology (SRT).

    Functional mixtures for indication-specific product concepts
    As a provider of an integrated solution approach, Doehler offers functional mixtures for any indication, positioning or product application desired. The mixtures already contain all the necessary ingredients and can be easily incorporated into the overall concept. This allows manufacturers to implement product concepts with a “beauty” positioning by using a mixture of hyaluronic acid, niacin and biotin, for example.
    Doehler offers a wide range of indication-specific mixtures that permit certain product positionings and statements. For products supporting a healthy and athletic lifestyle, for example, a balanced blend with L-carnitine, magnesium and vitamin B6 is available.
    Liquid protein solutions have been developed for beauty and sports products, as well as for food supporting muscle health in the 50-plus target group. The intrinsic taste of the proteins is masked or hidden using a special combination of ingredients, so there is almost no impact on the sensory profile. The functional mixtures are easy to integrate into the overall concept, both from a technological and sensory point of view.

    “Free from” – less is more
    More and more consumers are consciously buying “free from” products. For milk protein-free or lactose-free products, Doehler provides an almond base that is easy to process and produces a milk-like structure in the final product. It is characterised by a high level of stability in recipes with minerals or vitamins, too.
    A survey carried out in the USA showed that nearly one third of adults eat a partially or fully gluten-free diet , underlining the potential of this type of product. For recipes in this segment, Doehler offers application-specific, gluten-free malt extracts, which can be used as natural flavour components, colours or sweeteners.

    Naturalness – in functional products too
    Naturalness and clean label are playing an ever-increasing role in functional products. Regulatory specifications place tough demands on recipe development. Doehler supports customer projects with a high level of technological expertise and assists in all questions regarding claims and legal framework conditions. The company combines divisions for colours, flavours and functional ingredients under one roof, giving it particular application expertise, which it provides for the creation of functional overall concepts.
    (DöhlerGroup)
     
    31.07.2014   The Coca-Cola Company Reports Second Quarter and Year-To-Date 2014 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news -Worldwide volume growth of 3% in the quarter
    -Worldwide sparkling volume growth accelerated to 2% in the quarter, with brand Coca-Cola up 1% both globally and in North America
    -Global value share gains in nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverages
    -Second Quarter and Year-to-Date 2014 Highlights
    -Global unit case volume grew 3% in the quarter and 2% year to date. Coca-Cola International volume grew 3% in the quarter while North America volume was even.
    -Sparkling volume and brand Coca-Cola volume accelerated in North America, Eurasia and Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific in the quarter.
    -Global price/mix increased 2% in both the quarter and year to date.
    -Reported net revenues declined 1% in the second quarter and 3% year to date. Excluding the impact of structural changes, comparable currency neutral net revenues grew 3% in both the quarter and year to date.
    -Reported operating income declined 2% in both the quarter and year to date. Excluding the impact of structural changes, comparable currency neutral operating income grew 5% in the quarter and 6% year to date, resulting in improved operating margins while we continued to invest for growth in our brands with our global system partners.
    -Second quarter reported EPS was $0.58, down 1%, and comparable EPS was $0.64, up 1%. Comparable currency neutral EPS increased 6%.
    -Year-to-date cash from operations was $4.5 billion.

    Photo: Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company

    The Coca-Cola Company reported second quarter and year-to-date 2014 operating results. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company said, “At the beginning of this year, we shared our strategic plan to
    restore the momentum of our global business. As we now reach the midpoint of the year, we have delivered sound financial performance year to date and demonstrated sequential improvement in our global volume growth. While I am pleased with our progress to date, we remain focused on the work required to return our business to the level of sustainable growth we and our shareowners expect. For the remainder of the year, we will continue to focus intently on
    our five strategic priorities in order to deliver quality results and further advance our progress toward achieving our 2020 Vision.”
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    30.07.2014   Aptar Introduces a New Concentrate Dispensing Solution in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in innovative dispensing solutions, is pleased to present its latest development with France’s leading concentrate brand Teisseire.
    Aptar and Teisseire, a Britvic Group plc company, have teamed up to develop a customized dosing system which allows consumers to safely and intuitively dispense concentrate.
    This exclusive dispensing pump, based on Aptar’s HiFlow platform, is an ideal solution for children. The easy to use dispenser delivers a precise 4ml dose of concentrate with each actuation and ensures no leaks or spills, to the delight of parents, and prevents any crystallization in the dispensing mechanism.
    Thanks to Aptar’s extensive technological know-how in closures and dispensing systems, Teisseire’s “Dosing Syrup” is a new and fun experience for the whole family!
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
     
    30.07.2014   Extending the range of diaphragm valves for the GEMÜ 673 series    ( Company news )

    Company news Originally, this specially sealed version was developed from the GEMÜ 601, 612 and 673 basic types to suit particular customer requirements, and the new GEMÜ 673P9 version will now extend the current portfolio.
    The manually operated valve is available in nominal sizes DN 8 to DN 50, and has an additional seal provided by silicone O-rings which seal the interior of the bonnet housing from the outside. This prevents, among other things, lubricant which is normally used for lubricating the spindle, from leaking when autoclaving. It also prevents moisture and dirt from entering the bonnet interior.
    The GEMÜ 673P9 diaphragm valve is autoclave-capable and sterilizable, as well as CIP/SIP capable.
    As with the basic types, a standard seal adjuster and optical position indicator are also integrated in the new version. Thanks to their compact design, the valve bonnets are also suitable for use on multi-port valve blocks and tank valves.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    30.07.2014   UK: Sales of many high-strength beers booming, new report shows    ( E-malt.com )

    Sales of many high-strength beers and ciders are booming, according to new figures compiled for The Grocer.
    The Grocer’s ranking of Britain’s 100 Biggest Booze Brands (in association with Nielsen) shows sales of the top five high-abv beer and cider products grew £700,000 in value to £123.9 mln in the 12 months up to the end of April, despite being in the Home Office firing line and the target for local voluntary high-strength alcohol bans across the country.
    Three of the top five brands were in value growth, with value sales of Aston Manor’s 7.5% abv cider Frosty Jack’s rising £3.7 mln (9.3%), while volume sales dipped only slightly despite a sharp price rise.
    Meanwhile Carlsberg’s Skol Super, and K cider, produced by the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, ended the year in both value and volume growth.
    The figures come as lobbyists, ministers and drinks industry bodies piling pressure on suppliers to commit to Responsibility Deal pledges launched last week, with so far only AB InBev signing up. It pledged to stop selling carbonated drinks in cans containing more than four units of alcohol, resulting in the switching of 500 ml cans of Tennent’s Super (9% abv) into 440 ml cans.
    But ministers failed to persuade any producers to back a voluntary ban on high-abv lager and cider sold in plastic bottles of more than 15 units.
    The Grocer has uncovered strong resentment among suppliers, with Nigel McNally, MD of Brookfield Drinks, producer of Kestrel Super (9% abv) and Diamond White (7.5% abv), saying he would only sign if the Home Office promised to take action to outlaw local voluntary bans on high-strength booze.
    “We support the general direction of the pledges,” said McNally. “But we have a problem with the notion that there are two types of alcohol: good and bad. We want a guarantee of a level playing field. We won’t sign a pledge if it just means that other producers can come in from abroad and fill the gap in the market.”
    McNally, whose company produces a 500 ml Kestrel Super can, added: “If producers go down to a 440 ml product the government should recognise these as absolutely legitimate products. For that to happen it has to agree to outlaw the existing voluntary bans that police and local authorities have been bringing in across the country.”
    Senior industry leaders expressed their frustration at the lack of sign-up. “This move must be producer-led,” said one figure involved in the pledge. “This is what will enable the industry to set a new standard.”
    “Having products that make up more than four units in one can is very hard to defend,” added another industry source.
    Carlsberg, which produces 9% abv Special Brew in 500ml cans, said it was supportive of the moves but would “take some time to consider our approach”.
     
    29.07.2014   PepsiCo Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Raises Full-Year EPS Guidance     ( Company news )

    Company news -Core EPS $1.32 and reported EPS $1.29
    -Organic revenue grew 3.6 percent in the quarter. Reported net revenue grew 0.5 percent
    -Core constant currency EPS and core constant currency operating profit each grew 3 percent in the quarter. Reported EPS and operating profit each increased 1 percent
    -Excluding the gain related to refranchising the company's bottling operations in Vietnam, net of incremental investments recorded in the prior-year quarter, core constant currency EPS grew 9 percent and core constant currency operating profit grew 6 percent
    -Company increases full-year 2014 core constant currency EPS growth target to 8 percent (previously 7 percent)

    Picture: Pepsico Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi

    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) reported organic revenue growth of 3.6 percent and core earnings per share of $1.32 for the second quarter.
    "Despite operating in what continues to be a challenging and volatile macro environment, we are delivering consistent, strong results," said Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.
    "Our results reflect the power of our portfolio of products and brands, and the strength of our geographic footprint. They also reflect the hard work we've done to position our business for sustainable success.
    "Based on the strength of our year-to-date results and our outlook for the remainder of the year, we're increasing our full-year, core constant currency EPS growth target to eight percent."

    Summary of Second Quarter Financial Performance:
    -Organic revenue grew 3.6 percent and reported net revenue grew 0.5 percent versus the prior-year quarter. Foreign exchange translation had a 3-percentage-point unfavorable impact on reported net revenue and structural change related to the 2013 refranchising of the company's bottling operations in Vietnam had a slight negative impact in the quarter.
    -Organic revenue grew 5 percent for global snacks and 2 percent for global
    beverages in the quarter. On a reported basis, net revenue grew 2 percent for global snacks, reflecting unfavorable foreign exchange translation, and declined 1 percent for global beverages, reflecting unfavorable foreign exchange translation and the Vietnam refranchising.
    -Developing and emerging market organic revenue grew 8 percent in the quarter. On a reported basis, developing and emerging market net revenue declined 1 percent in the quarter, reflecting the Vietnam refranchising and unfavorable foreign exchange translation.
    -Core gross margin expanded 60 basis points in the quarter reflecting implementation of effective revenue management strategies and productivity initiatives. Core operating margin expanded 10 basis points in the quarter. Excluding the gain related to the Vietnam refranchising, net of incremental investments from the prior-year quarter results, core operating margin expanded 65 basis points in the quarter. Reported gross margin increased 95 basis points and reported operating margin increased 10 basis points in the quarter.
    -Core constant currency operating profit increased 3 percent. Excluding the $137 million gain recorded in the prior-year quarter related to the Vietnam refranchising, net of incremental investments, core constant currency operating profit increased 6 percent. Reported operating profit increased 1 percent and included the net impact of mark-to-market gains on commodity hedges and restructuring and impairment charges.
    -The company's core effective tax rate was 26.3 percent and the reported effective tax rate was 26.5 percent, both of which were two percentage points higher than the prior-year quarter.
    -Core EPS was $1.32 and reported EPS was $1.29. Core EPS excludes a positive net impact of $0.01 per share related to mark-to-market net gains on commodity hedges and a $0.04 per share negative impact from restructuring and impairment charges. Mark-to-market net gains and losses on commodity hedges are subsequently reflected in core division results when the divisions recognize the cost of the underlying commodity in operating profit.
    -On track to deliver targeted $1 billion of productivity savings in 2014.
    -Cash flow provided by operating activities was $2.7 billion year to date. Free cash flow (excluding certain items) was $1.9 billion year to date.
    -The company expects to return a total of $8.7 billion to shareholders in 2014 through approximately $5.0 billion in share repurchases and $3.7 billion in dividends.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    28.07.2014   Australia: Local craft beer consumption on the rise    ( E-malt.com )

    For the first time on record Australians’ consumption of craft beer in an average four-week period has increased to more than one million, however the overall preference for locally brewed beer is on the decline, Hospitality Magazine reported on July 4.
    Figures recently released by Roy Morgan Research reveal the proportion of Australians aged 18 and over who consume locally produced craft beer has risen from 3.5 percent, or 592,000 people in the year to March 2010 to 5.7 percent, or 1.04 million people in March 2014.
    The brews are proving most popular with those under 50, particularly the 25-34 age group – in 2010, 7.9 percent drank craft beer in an average four weeks, a figure that has since risen to 10.7 percent.
    Craft beer consumption is on the rise among people from New South Wales and Queensland in particular. Between 2010 and 2014, it was adopted by 186,000 people in New South Wales, meanwhile 99,000 Queensladers developed a penchant for the beverage.
    Despite the popularity of local craft beer, overall domestic beer consumption is on the decline. In the year to March 2010, a total of 36.7 percent or 6.1 million Australians opted for local beer in an average four-week period; however by March 2014 the figure had dropped to 31.9 percent, or 5.8 million Australians.
    “In positive news for the Australian beer market, the last five years have seen local craft beers fighting the increasing popularity of imported beers,” said Angela Smith, group account director – consumer products at Roy Morgan Research.
    “However, what the local craft market has gained appears to be at the expense of the local mainstream beers.”

     
    28.07.2014   Ireland: British pub group JD Wetherspoon to operate its Irish outlets without any ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... Diageo-distributed products unless the brewer agrees to lower prices

    JD Wetherspoon, the British pub group that plans to open 30 outlets in the Republic of Ireland, will operate its Irish bars “for the long-term” without any Diageo-distributed products, such as draught Guinness, Budweiser, Carlsberg or Smithwicks, unless it negotiates lower prices from the brewer, The Irish Times reported on July 25.
    Tim Martin, Wetherspoon’s chairman, said July 24 it wanted to stock Diageo’s products, but it was unwilling to pay the price charged for draught beer.
    “I don’t want to put pressure on Diageo, but we simply baulked at paying a higher price for Guinness in Ireland than we do in the UK,” he said.
    He declined to comment on the price difference between the two markets, but it is understood the Irish price is up to 20 per cent higher.
    Mr Martin was speaking on July 24 at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock in Dublin, Wetherspoon’s first Irish pub which recently opened without any Diageo-distributed products.
    He said Wetherspoon’s contract with Diageo in Britain prevented it from buying draught Guinness cheaply there and shipping it to Ireland.
    “I’m confident we can move ahead with or without Diageo. We have a good relationship, but if it turns out that we don’t stock Guinness in any of our Irish pubs, then we might do long-term deals for Murphy’s and Beamish instead.”
    Diageo said: “Wetherspoon is a highly valued partner of Diageo in Britain. As with all our customers, we are constantly exploring ways to make those relationships bigger and better.”
    Mr Martin said Wetherspoon’s second Irish pub, in Cork, may open “by Christmas”. It is also planning pubs in Dún Laoghaire and Swords in Dublin.
    “We have a couple of planning issues with the pub in Cork that we’re sorting out. I’ve seen the plans for Dún Laoghaire but I’m not sure when it will be open. We’ve recently signed contracts on the pub in Swords.”
    Mr Martin said it had also bid “on a few others” but it had no other firm deals in place. He said the group considered buying Capital Bars portfolio of four Dublin “super-pubs” that is currently on the market for an estimated €15 million, but did not bid. “We looked at them, but they’re too expensive.”
    Mr Martin said he did not know how long it would take the group to get up to 30 pubs here, and it depended on the performance of its initial outlets. He said Wetherspoon’s had looked at buying pubs in Limerick, Galway and “some smaller towns”.
    “As long as we feel accepted, we will plough on. We are a big tax collector for the State and we will provide a lot of jobs. The industry will benefit from having us here,” he said.

     
    28.07.2014   Scotch Whisky is popular in Commonwealth    ( Company news )

    Company news Almost a fifth (19%) of exports of Scotland's national drink goes to Commonwealth countries. Last year exports to the Commonwealth were up 1% on 2012 to £793 million, out of a global total of £4.3 billion.
    Singapore is the largest market in the Commonwealth for Scotch Whisky with exports of £330m last year. However, a lot of that Scotch will go to other parts of Asia as Singapore is a distribution hub for the region.
    The second biggest overseas destination for Scotch in the Commonwealth is South Africa with exports of £163m last year. It has been a growing market for several years now. While this growth is expected to continue, new markets are also emerging across Africa. For example, there is great potential in Nigeria. Last year, exports to Nigeria were up 43% to almost £14m, making it the seventh biggest market in the Commonwealth.
    Africa is one of the fastest developing markets for Scotch Whisky. Economic growth is occurring and individual disposable incomes are increasing for many of the population. There is a growing middle class in many cities across Africa who regard Scotch as an aspirational drink.
    India is the fourth largest export market for Scotch in the Commonwealth, with exports of £69m last year. It is hoped the European Union-India Free Trade Agreement talks will resume which will lead to the reduction of the onerous 150% import tariff on spirits in that market.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, has been involved in a panel discussion on 'Trade as a driver for development and economic growth' at the Commonwealth Games Business Conference, organised jointly by UK Trade and Investment, the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 22 July.
    He said: "In many Commonwealth countries Scotch Whisky has been popular for years. As economies in other countries develop, young, professional consumers are developing a taste for Scotch Whisky which they rightly regard as an aspirational drink of quality."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    28.07.2014   UK: Tyskie beer becomes one of Britain's 100 Biggest Booze Brands    ( E-malt.com )

    Polish beer brand Tyskie - once the preserve of Polish expats - has become one of Britain’s 100 Biggest Booze Brands after wooing UK supermarket shoppers, The Grocer reported on July 20.
    Sales of Tyskie have soared 39.9% year on year to £26.2 mln on the back of a similar increase in volume sales [Nielsen 52 w/e 26 April 2014] as the brand ramps up its presence in UK retailers. The performance has propelled it to 83rd position in The Grocer’s annual ranking of alcoholic drinks brands.
    Tyskie, which is available in cans and bottles, was attracting a mixed audience of Polish expats and British consumers, said Miller Brands. The business took over distribution of the brand in 2007 as it looked to tap the opportunity offered by the number of Poles coming to the UK; at that time the majority of sales were to Polish consumers.
    The canned beer still had a strong expat following - particularly through independent c-stores, said Miller Brands - but bottled Tyskie had found a new audience in recent years.
    “Tyskie is finding a role in the discovery repertoire among beer drinkers who like to experiment”, said customer marketing director Sam Rhodes.
    Growing interest in the brand has led to an increase in promotional activity by retailers, which has pushed the average price down from £2.66 a litre a year ago to £2.61 - still higher than most beers in the 100 Biggest Booze Brands listing.
    Tyskie’s growth had come despite little marketing support, said Miller Brands, with the exception of a few promotions targeted at Poles, including a competition to win flights to Poland.
    Tyskie dates back to 1629 when the Browary Ksiazece opened in the Polish city of Tychy.
     
    25.07.2014   BrauBeviale 2014: German Packaging Award on the hunt for the best innovations    ( Company news )

    Company news -New packaging ideas – awarded at BrauBeviale
    -Submissions accepted up until the end of July

    Each year, under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, the German Packaging Prize determines the best and most innovative solutions within the packaging arena. Innovations within the beverage sector could win multiple awards. Trophy, seal and certificate are awarded during a festive award ceremony taking place this year at the opening of BrauBeviale on 11 November, 2014.
    BrauBeviale is the world's most important capital goods trade fair for the production and marketing of drinks in 2014. From 11 to 13 November at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, 1,300 exhibitors will be presenting a comprehensive selection of high quality beverage-related raw materials, innovative technologies, efficient logistics and sparkling marketing ideas.The expected 33,000 visitors come from the technical and commercial management sphere within the European beverage industry.
    The internationally renowned German Packaging Award is once again a welcome guest at BrauBeviale 2014. The most innovative solutions in more than 200 estimated entries for labels, seals and other packaging aids, displays, sales, promotion, transportation and logistics packaging as well as packaging machines are awarded at the opening of BrauBeviale on 11 November, 2014 with trophy, certificate and seal. www.brau-beviale.de
    As organizer of the competition, the German Packaging Institute invites businesses, individuals and organizations from the beverage industry to present their solutions on the most renowned packaging stage in Europe. "We look forward to compelling solutions and intelligent ideas from the beverage industry," says Burkhard Lingenberg, dvi board member and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the German Packaging Award. "The most renowned packaging award in Europe is the perfect platform for vying with the competition whilst emphatically promoting your own services and performance in this wide-reaching competition. At the same time award winners can secure a ticket to the WorldStar Award from the World Packaging Organization WPO.“
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    24.07.2014   Barry-Wehmiller Names Rhonda Spencer Chief People Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Newly Created Executive Role Underscores Capital Equipment Company’s People-First Philosophy

    As part of its ongoing efforts to advance its people-centric cultural initiatives, Barry-Wehmiller has named long-term team member Rhonda Spencer its first ever Chief People Officer. Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of the Clayton-based capital equipment and engineering solutions provider, says the creation of the senior executive position will further the company’s vision of “sending people home safe, healthy and fulfilled. Sometimes you need to take an idea out into the sunshine and let it grow,” Chapman explained. “Ten years ago, when we had the idea to build an empowerment team to develop leaders into good stewards of the lives entrusted to them, Rhonda successfully led the initiative. With her in this new role, we’re poised to deepen our focus on stewardship inside our human resource organization as well.”

    As Chief People Officer, Spencer will lead two global teams: the Organizational Empowerment (OE) Team, which oversees Barry-Wehmiller University, the organization’s innovative leadership institute, and its Living Legacy of Leadership (L3), which directs Barry-Wehmiller’s lean initiatives; and the Culture & People Development (CPD) Team, responsible for the organization’s human resource programs and initiatives.

    “The growth of the organization coupled with the growing global awareness of Truly Human Leadership creates an opportune time to harmonize our people programs across Barry-Wehmiller,” Spencer said. “Our culture challenges each of us to accept the awesome responsibility of leadership. I remain honored and committed to doing so in leading these two crucial teams.”

    Prior to her role as the Director of Organizational Empowerment, Spencer was Barry-Wehmiller’s Vice President of Sales for North America.
    (BWIR Barry-Wehmiller International Resources)
     
    24.07.2014   Launched: Doritos Loaded, Mtn Dew Solar Flare    ( Company news )

    Company news PepsiCo, 7-Eleven launch two new PepsiCo snack and beverage innovations exclusively at 7-Eleven.

    Two new PepsiCo product innovations will be launched exclusively at 7-Eleven stores across the United States.
    Reflecting PepsiCo’s diverse and complementary product portfolio, one is a snack; the other a beverage.
    The snack, Doritos Loaded, is triangular shaped, loaded with melted cheese and encrusted with bold Doritos Nacho Cheese flavor.
    Doritos Loaded is being launched with Mtn Dew Solar Flare, the first-ever exclusive Mtn Dew flavor for 7-Eleven’s Big Gulp® fountain drinks.
    The unique beverage has the bold citrus flavor of Mtn Dew with a flavor blast of tropical punch.
    The products, which were developed to be easily paired together at participating 7-Eleven stores, will be supported by an integrated marketing and consumer engagement program.

    “Doritos Loaded is a never-been-done-before, bold experience with a crunch and, particularly when paired with the intense flavor of Mtn Dew Solar Flare, creates the kind of snack I think our guests will love,” said Nancy Smith, 7-Eleven senior vice president of proprietary food and beverage merchandising.
    “We fine-tuned and ramped up our innovation machine, increasing our rate of success of new innovations,” said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi in PepsiCo’s 2013 Annual Report.
    The company’s emphasis on strong consumer insights and innovation, and its diverse food and beverage portfolio are helping provide PepsiCo Foodservice customers unique benefits and product offerings. (See "PepsiCo: Driving Innovation for its Customers" below.)
    “PepsiCo is a terrific 7-Eleven partner that’s consistently bringing delicious, new food and beverage offerings to our stores,” said Smith. “We’re always looking to enhance the consumer experience and offer innovative products for our guests. This launch is the perfect example of how we’re bringing two complementary brands together in a really powerful way.”
    "Doritos Loaded and Mtn Dew Solar Flare represent one of the boldest on-the-go snacking and beverage combinations to hit the marketplace in years,” said Kirk Tanner, president, PepsiCo Foodservice.
    “7-Eleven stores are a fixture in the daily lives of millions of our consumers, as are Doritos and Mtn Dew,” he said. “We look forward to bringing these two great, new products to life in 7-Eleven stores across the country this summer.”
    In addition to Mtn Dew Solar Flare, 7-Eleven also will pair Doritos Loaded with other PepsiCo beverages this summer.
    As part of its Doritos Loaded summer rollout, 7-Eleven will host five “Fully Loaded Fridays” between July 25 and Aug. 22, when customers who purchase an order of Doritos Loaded will receive a free 20-ounce bottle of Pepsi Made With Real Sugar.
    (Pepsico Inc.)
     
    23.07.2014   First Sidel combi line in East Africa for Ugandan producer    ( Company news )

    Company news Harris International installs first-ever Sidel Combi PET bottling line in East Africa

    Higher quality products
    Harris International sought to gain the lead in Uganda's food and beverage industry with higher quality products, so the decision was made to invest in a new PET bottling line. A decisive factor in the choice of Sidel was the company's local presence. Sidel's technicians are just an hour's flight from the plant of most East African customers in Nairobi. Now, Harris can bottle Carbonated Soft Drinks (CSD) and different juices, as well as still water on its new line - the first-ever Sidel Combi in East Africa.

    Adaptable to bottle different beverages
    Harris International had been bottling still water on its existing Sidel PET line but wanted to meet the increase in local demand and to support local agriculture. The new line needed to be flexible to cope with the bottling of different products, including juices and CSD while anticipating future requirements. Equally flexible and just as important are the company's Sidel Services and its overall business approach. The opening of a Sidel Services centre in nearby Kenya also helped, as did the existing relationship between the two companies following the installation of Harris' PET line for still water.

    Highlights
    -First-ever Sidel Combi in East Africa
    -Ability to bottle CSDs, different juices and water on new line
    -Capacity of 16,000 bph compared with 8,000 originally
    -Fully automated aseptic processing
    -Sidel Services centre nearby in Kenya

    Regular communication
    Proximity is vital for local producers as it helps to facilitate speed of response. Mr. Andrews Ruben, the Managing Director and SEO of Harris summed up: "Harris decided to go with Sidel for a number of reasons, including the flexibility of the solution and the open, transparent and regular communications towards the project. Based on extensive and thorough discussions to ensure our specific needs were accommodated, we finalised the line with Sidel, electing to go for a capacity of 16,000 bph rather than our original 8,000 bph."
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    22.07.2014   Ball Corporation's Packaging Graphics Expertise Recognized at 2014 IMDA Conference    ( Company news )

    Company news The International Metal Decorators Association recognized two Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) metal packaging designs in the "Excellence in Quality" awards competition, which honors the best in metal decorating, at its 2014 conference in Bloomingdale, Ill.
    "From food and beverages to paint and car care products, packaging and graphics are vital to brand differentiation among today's consumers," said Jim Peterson, Ball's vice president of marketing and corporate affairs. "Through our ongoing innovation efforts and our industry-leading Graphics Center of Excellence, Ball develops functional, eye-catching packaging solutions for our customers' products. We're thrilled that the IMDA once again recognized some of the designs that have helped our customers' brands be successful."
    The IMDA's annual competition is judged by graphic art professionals and recognizes companies worldwide that offer dynamic, high quality metal decorated pieces using various decorating methods. Each entry is judged on printing quality, degree of difficulty, coating finish appearance, registration and required technical expertise. Ball's Award of Excellence winners included:

    -Meguiar's Hot Shine Tire Coating aerosol can – Meguiar provides best-in-class car care products and solutions. The Hot Shine Tire Coating can uses Ball's Hexachrome printing process, traditionally a six-color process that provides a wider color gamut for the print and design world. Ball enhanced this process by adding a seventh blue/violet color for an even more attention-getting graphic.
    -Team Realtree Outdoor Energy Blaze Orange Tea two-piece can – Realtree makes products for people that love to be outdoors. The can's camouflage graphics align with the company's branding and appeal to young outdoor enthusiasts.

    The association also voted Steven Steerman, senior graphics specialist at Ball, to its board of directors. Steerman has been a member of IMDA since 2008 and joined its conference committee in 2009. He has been with Ball for more than 30 years.
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    21.07.2014   Australia: Craft brewer wins trademark battle against SABMiller subsidiary    ( E-Malt.com )

    A Sydney craft brewery has won a trademark dispute against multinational SABMiller after the small brewery attempted to trade mark its beer brand name, Marketing reported on July 16.

    Sydney craft brewery Wayward Brewing Company has emerged victorious from its battle with multinational brewer SABMiller to register its trademark ‘WAYWARD’ as a beer brand in Australia.

    The craft brewery has been engaged in a two-year dispute to register its trademark against SABMiller India, a subsidiary of the global brewing giant SABMiller.

    Wayward Brewery founder Peter Philip applied for the name ‘WAYWARD’ under the Trade Marks Act 1995 in category 32 (beers and non-alcoholic beverages). SABMiller India opposed the filing on the grounds that the Wayward brand would be confused with its brand Haywards, a popular beer in India.

    Philip says SABMiller India claimed a long list of grounds in their opposition to his application to register WAYWARD in Australia. “In evidence they relied upon reputation in their brands ‘Haywards 5000’ and ‘Haywards 2000’, asserting that Wayward Brewing’s use of WAYWARD for beer would confuse consumers in Australia,” he says.

    IP Australia ruled this week that SABMiller India’s points of opposition were unsupported, ruling that insufficient reputation of the Haywards brand had been established in Australia and that deception or confusion was unlikely.

    IP Australia will now allow the WAYWARD trademark to be registered in Australia, and awarded costs against SABMiller India, the second largest brewer in India.

    “Maybe they thought that a little guy wouldn’t stand up to them, but I always knew we were in the right and I wasn’t going to give up without a fight,” says Philip, Wayward Brewing Company’s founder and head brewer. “We always believed that the opposition was totally without foundation as our WAYWARD trade mark is completely different in sound, appearance and meaning to their brands.

    “It is a great feeling to be finally vindicated in our victory but it has cost us a lot of time, money and stress wondering whether this massive global brewer was going to force us to change our brand and start all over with a new name. For me it was always personal as I have put my heart and soul into building this business.”

    The brewery produces beer types that are rare in Australia and such as a Bavarian Keller Bier and a blended European tradition of the French Saison style with Japanese hops and Chinese Jasmine Green Tea. The brewery also produces one of the strongest beers brewed in Australia, its ‘Devil’s Advocate Eisbock’ at 13% ABV.
     
    21.07.2014   Japan: Government considering raise of tax rates on beer-like drinks    ( E-Malt.com )

    Japan’s government and the ruling bloc are considering raising tax rates on beer-like drinks, while cutting the tax rate on beer, lawmakers said July 15.

    The tax change would be aimed at preventing tax revenues from falling further, amid growing sales of beer-like drinks, whose tax rates are much lower than on beer.

    Prices on beer-like drinks are likely to rise, possibly sparking criticism from consumers who may also suffer from a 2-percentage-point consumption tax hike to 10 percent from October next year.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government and the ruling camp, led by Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, plan to incorporate the tax proposal in a tax reform blueprint for fiscal 2015, which is scheduled to be finalized at the end of this year.

    The government raised the consumption tax rate by 3 percentage points to 8 percent on April 1 in an attempt to restore Japan's precarious fiscal health - the worst among major industrialized economies.

    Under the current tax system, taxes on beer and beer-like drinks vary based on how much a beverage includes malt. The tax rate on beer is 77 yen for a 350 millimeter can, that on "happoshu" low-malt beer is 47 yen, and that on "third-category beer" is only 28 yen.
     
    21.07.2014   Rexam leads the way in innovation offering Super Premium Editions™ and Positive Editions™    ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam, a leading global beverage can maker, is now offering Super Premium Editions™ and, for the first time, Positive Editions™ to its customers from all Rexam locations, in a move that reinforces its position as a leader in beverage packaging innovation.

    Rexam Super Premium Editions CansRexam Positive Editions cans
    Rexam’s patent pending Editions™ technology allows for up to 24 different designs to be printed simultaneously on a single pallet. Super Premium Editions™ offers the next step in can design, printing high definition detailed images onto the can. Positive Editions™ allows for the inclusion of colour on text, silhouettes and high definition images.
    Speaking about these new developments for Editions™, Paul Winwright, European Graphics Manager at Rexam says, “We recognised a demand in the market for unique and intricate can designs. Following the success of Editions™ last year, the introduction of Super Premium Editions™ and Positive Editions™ is a natural step in extending the technology even further. We are proud to provide our customers with unrivalled printing options that allow their brands great stand out on shelf and endless marketing opportunities.”
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    21.07.2014   USA & UK: AB InBev’s Goose Island signs new distribution agreement in the UK    ( E-Malt.com )

    AB InBev's operating unit in the United Kingdom has signed a new distribution agreement with Greene King to expand sales of Goose Island beer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on July 15.

    The new exclusive deal, effective in October, gives Greene King rights to distribute Goose Island Indian Pale Ale, Goose Island Honkers Ale and 312 Urban Wheat, among other beers, in England and Wales.

    Belgium-based AB InBev acquired Goose Island, a Chicago-based craft brewer, in 2011 for $38.8 million and expanded its distribution in the U.S. to all 50 states last year. Goose Island's sales in the U.S. grew 62 percent in 2013, according to AB InBev, whose North American headquarters is in St. Louis.

    "The partnership between Greene King, Goose Island and AB InBev will see ambitious plans for growth of the brand in the U.K. through up weighted support for the trade, including draught for the first time in the U.K., initially through our own pubs," Chris Houlton, managing director for Greene King Brewing & Brands, said in a statement. Goose Island is currently distributed in the U.K., but only in bottles.

    Greene King, based in England, operates 2,300 pubs, restaurants and hotels and brews Greene King IPA, Abbot Ale, Belhaven Best, and Old Speckled Hen.
     
    18.07.2014   Bühler: Marked rise in order intake    ( Company news )

    Company news The Bühler Technology Group received orders worth CHF 1309 million in the first half-year of 2014. This is a substantial and purely organic increase of 12% over a year ago. With CHF 1031 million, sales revenues were slightly below the value of the previous year.
    This positive development is primarily attributable to the revival of the North and South American markets and the continuing stable growth in the emerging markets of China and India. Almost all business units contributed to growth. Bühler expects additional potential orders to be generated by the continuous addition to capacities in the Customer Service business. Furthermore, the corporate structure has been streamlined, and production capacities have been consolidated at some locations in Europe.
    Sales in the first six months of 2014 amounted to CHF 1031 million, dipping -2.8% slightly below the level of a year ago. However, as is usual in the plant and engineering business, the rise in orders will impact sales revenues with a certain time lag so that revenues for the entire fiscal year are expected to reach approximately the level of the previous year. Earnings, too, are projected to develop in a positive direction. The current backlog of orders is CHF 1600 million and thus 9% above last year’s value.
    (Bühler AG)
     
    18.07.2014   SABMiller sets out ambitious new sustainability targets    ( Company news )

    Company news Commits to supporting half a million small businesses, world-class water efficiency, and cutting total carbon footprint

    SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewer, is scaling up its globally-recognised sustainable development programmes with a set of ambitious new targets to achieve by 2020. The business, which is recognised as a leader for embedding sustainability into its operations, has pledged to:
    -Directly support over half a million small businesses, to help them grow, improve their livelihoods and drive local development
    -Achieve a world-class water efficiency target of 3.0 litres per litre of beer and secure the water supplies it shares with local communities through watershed partnerships at every site that faces water risks
    -Reduce carbon footprint of the entire value chain from grain to glass by 25% per litre of beer, and an average of 50% across all its breweries
    -Measurably improve food security and resource productivity by developing targets by crop and growing region
    -Encourage moderate and responsible alcohol consumption by scaling up global and local programmes to reach all SABMiller beer consumers

    This new programme, branded Prosper, is the latest evolution of the company’s approach to sustainable development, which is a key element of SABMiller’s business strategy. At its heart is supporting the role small businesses play around the world in generating economic growth and reducing poverty. SABMiller is using its value chains from farmers to retailers to drive inclusive growth, sustainable resource use and alcohol responsibility.
    Alan Clark, Chief Executive Officer said: “Today society faces major challenges and the stakes are getting higher: poverty, water scarcity, climate change, food security and alcohol-related harm all demand urgent attention to secure a prosperous future.
    “These pressing issues are shared by communities, businesses and governments and we must solve them together. Only those companies that are prepared to be part of the solution will be successful in the long term, and that’s why this approach is integral to our business strategy.”

    Andy Wales, Director of Sustainable Development, said: “Beer is essentially a local product, and we have deep roots in the local communities where it is brewed and consumed. Our business-focused approach to sustainability has already developed innovative models of watershed protection, created new beers using local crops such as sorghum and cassava, and driven significant cost savings from carbon and water efficiency. This is a natural next step to support our future growth path.”

    Jane Nelson, Director of the CSR Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, said: "The company of tomorrow creates shared value and opportunities not only for shareholders, but for people, communities and other partners throughout its value chain. SABMiller is doing this by making sustainable development part of core business strategy. For example, directly supporting half a million small businesses has the potential to improve the lives of 1.5 million employees of those businesses and a further 6 million family members. If SABMiller lives up to the ambition it is setting out today, this could be transformational."

    David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK, said: “In terms of its ambition, scale and commitment at the highest levels of the company, SABMiller’s ’Prosper’ plan represents a vision that recognises the centrality of sustainability to delivering prosperity – for businesses, as well as for people and nature.”

    The five shared imperatives are:
    -Accelerate growth and social development through the company’s value chains, with a focus on promoting entrepreneurship, particularly among women and disadvantaged groups
    -Make beer a natural choice for moderate and responsible drinkers, by promoting robust standards and guidelines, launching new communications campaigns and supporting programmes to reduce the harmful use of alcohol
    -Secure shared water resources for SABMiller’s businesses, local communities and ecosystems, by building a detailed understanding of water risks and creating community partnerships to manage them
    -Create value by reducing our waste and carbon footprint throughout the value chain, driving down emissions from brewing, promoting sustainable packaging and prioritising low energy fridges
    -Support responsible, sustainable use of land, by creating secure, sustainable supply chains and by helping farmers to increase profitability, productivity and social development
    (SABMiller plc)
     
    17.07.2014   Dog Tag Brewing Launches Beer Honoring America's Fallen Warriors    ( Company news )

    Company news Unique Can Images Made Possible Using Rexam’s Standard Editions™ Printing Technology

    With the continuation of the craft beer boom, new breweries open up all the time across the U.S., but few have a mission as important or meaningful as Dog Tag Brewing.
    With a tagline of “Enjoy your beer. That’s an order,” Dog Tag Brewing was created to provide quality beers that deliver a message of gratitude for the selfless sacrifice of the nation’s military. The company works with families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty and details their personalized stories on its beer cans. In addition, a portion of its proceeds are donated to organizations selected by each family to individually honor their fallen hero.
    Dog Tag Brewing turned to Rexam to make this mission a reality. Using Rexam’s Standard Editions™ printing technology, different graphics can be produced on a single pallet of cans. As a result, the company can tell the story of 12 different fallen warriors on its IPA and Lager packages.
    “Our fallen warriors who have paid the ultimate sacrifice are not just nameless and faceless statistics, but great Americans with stories of courage and inspiration,” said Seth Jordan, United States Marine Corps veteran and president and founder of Dog Tag Brewing. “We wanted to create a product that would convey gratitude to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and to the families they have left behind. We turned to Rexam and they have been fantastic from the beginning. Working closely with them, we were able to utilize their Editions printing technology to bring this idea to fruition. The cans look great and are the perfect vessel for our beer and our message.”

    Dog Tag Lager is created with Munich and crystal malts for a rich, complex beer that is light in body, clean and refreshing. Dog Tag IPA uses even more Munich and crystal malts to convey a slightly sweeter and malty flavor. The addition of American hop varieties provides the signature floral and citrus aroma of a seasoned pale ale. Both are packaged in 12 oz. Rexam cans with a camouflage design.
    The company’s initial production will honor the following courageous servicemen who died while defending their country: Sergeant Andrew J. Baddick, US Army; Specialist Thomas J. Barbieri II, US Army; Staff Sergeant Christopher Falkel, US Army; Staff Sergeant Joseph Gage, US Army; Sergeant Brian St. Germain, US Marine Corps; Captain Ryan K. Iannelli, US Marine Corps; Lance Corporal Eric Herzberg, US Marine Corps; Major Michael D. Martino, US Marine Corps; Sergeant Jeremy R. McQueary, US Marine Corps; Major Leon F. Morand, US Army; Lieutenant Colonel Mark Taylor, MD, US Army; and, Sergeant Matthew J. Sandri, US Army.
    Dog Tag Brewing chose aluminum cans for its brews because of the many advantages they deliver for beer including durability, complete protection from light and oxygen to preserve freshness and beverage integrity, and portability. Cans are often allowed in places where glass is not. They are also the most sustainable beverage package in the world, as they are recycled at more than double the rate of any other beverage package.
    Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA, commented on how Rexam is helping Dog Tag with its mission. “Our innovative Editions printing process makes it possible for this customer to achieve its goal of telling the story of individual military personnel who died in the line of duty on its beer cans,” he said. “At the same time, the cans deliver the best in environmental considerations with the highest recycle rate, as well as excellent filling, distribution and retail display economics. It’s the perfect package to help build their brand and business.”
    Dog Tag beers are currently available at select retailers in Montana, Wyoming and Pennsylvania, with plans to expand nationwide.
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    17.07.2014   Xylem's Bellingham + Stanley latest RM300+ Refractometers offer enhanced connectivity and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... colour coded menu structure

    Bellingham + Stanley, a Xylem brand, has upgraded the popular RFM300+ Series of Peltier temperature controlled refractometers so that over 4000 results can now be stored for review and general download. Additionally, the new bright high definition, 4” colour display provides high contrast visibility from a wide viewing angle in almost any lighting condition and feature a user selectable colour code scheme that cleverly guides the operator through the user and configuration menus paths.
    The RFM300+ Series instruments are capable of displaying refractive index up to five decimal places over the range 1.32 to 1.58 RI in a number of different scale formats such as °Brix, Zeiss, Iodine Value etc., all being downloaded from the instruments extensive on-board library. Measurement is configured via a simple to use METHOD system, making the RFM300+ Series most suitable for use in food, beverage and industrial applications.
    Complimentary to the updated display, new interfacing capabilities have been added facilitating connection via LAN and USB, the former facilitating remote diagnostics between the instrument and an approved service centre.
    A new print to secure PDF feature is also available for use in data controlled environments that when used with optional software facilitates operation in accordance with the technical requirements of FDA regulation 21 CFR Part 11. Additional new software features include a simple back-up and clone function via USB memory stick that is ideal for setting up multiple instrument sites.
    RFM300+ refractometers may also be supplied as flow-through models for use with horizontally mounted Xycone™ flowcells . Xycone™ flowcells are uniquely designed to wash entrapped air away from the measuring surface of the prism without having to mount the instrument in a sloping or vertical plane.
    For applications requiring a higher refractive index range, the RFM900 Series offers the same flexibility as the RFM300+ but is capable of measuring aromatic oils, flavours, fragrances and other chemicals up to 1.70 RI.
    (Bellingham + Stanley Ltd)
     
    16.07.2014   Aptar's Newest Beverage Enhancement Solution: The Right Valve for the Right Effect    ( Company news )

    Company news Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in supplying flow control dispensing closures to the water enhancer market, is pleased to offer a new dispensing closure to help this emerging market expand throughout Europe.
    The Micro dispensing closure is a one-piece polypropylene flip-top which is available with SimpliSqueeze Swimming Silicone® valve technology. Aptar’s exclusive valve flow-control system provides consumers with a straight directional dispense, a spill-proof package, and a recycling friendly packaging solution.
    Micro’s unique side actuating design provides an intuitive opening process whether left or right handed. With each squeeze, a consumer is able to customize their beverage to their exact flavor preference.
    Whether stock or custom, Aptar has the technical expertise to provide the ideal liquid concentrate dispensing solution.
    Micro is currently produced in Europe and is now available for sale worldwide.
    If you would like closure samples, please contact us on our website: http://www.aptar.com or per e-mail at: infobev.gbl@aptar.com
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
     
    16.07.2014   China: Craft beer industry growing despite lack of consumer awareness    ( E-Malt.com )

    Smog may be stifling Beijing’s image, but Kristian Li wants to turn that infamous haze into a marketing hook. The Toronto-born brewer, who has sold his Jing-A craft beers (with cofounder Alex Acker) in China’s capital since 2013, is pouring out a murky concoction that cheekily reminds Beijingers of their city’s dismal pollution. Li and Acker dubbed it the Airpocalypse IPA and, upon its recent debut, they announced a temporary discount that would coincide with the city’s air quality index. If pollution reached a level of 500 or more on that scale, then the suds would be given away for free—a fitting deal, considering the brew’s equally hazy flavour, which Li and Acker attained by leaving the batch completely unfiltered, Maclean’s reported on July 5.

    The campaign went viral on social networks and in the international media. But the Jing-A duo say they’ve had even greater success with tapping into more positive aspects of Chinese culture. Unlike many local breweries that work to recreate the types of lagers expats are homesick for, Li and Acker brew distinctly local flavours, in the hopes of dipping into the deeper Chinese market.

    “China is the biggest producer and consumer of beer in the world,” Li says, pointing out that the Middle Kingdom brewed 50 billion litres in 2012 alone, and that beer is China’s second-most consumed beverage, after tea. Mintel, a market research firm, says the nation’s beer market grew by 29 per cent since 2007, and that its overall value rose by 63 per cent in the same period, to [the equivalent of] $78 billion. Of course, those figures were dominated by huge corporate beer brands like Tsingtao and Yanjing. “If we can get just two to three per cent of that clientele drinking craft beer,” Li says, “it’s a pretty lucrative opportunity.”

    Li and Acker, who previously worked in Beijing’s telecom industry (the former at Microsoft and the latter at Apple), hope to whet those appetites with flavours such as Jing-A’s Toasted Chestnut Brown Ale, for instance, brewed with the bite-sized nuts that are one of Beijing’s distinctive snacks. Their Full Moon Farmhouse Ale is infused with the sweet gui hua flower used to flavour some of the nation’s most popular teas. Li and Acker drive fresh batches around town in a keg-equipped electric “egg” scooter, a signature Beijing vehicle. “It’s all about using organic local ingredients,” says Acker, who hails from Connecticut. Li says the market is responding. “We started brewing two years ago,” he says, “and now, we’re in Beijing’s top three.”

    “I love the unique flavours at these breweries,” says Lolly Fan, a local music promoter, who recently became hooked on craft brews. But she thinks the appeal may be lost on some Chinese customers. After all, this is the nation’s first generation to have easy access to bars, let alone artisanal beer. “Most Chinese people go to bars to watch shows or dance, but in a brewery, you enjoy beers and talk. A lot of customers might wonder why there’s no mojito on the menu.”

    Yin Hai, a brewer and owner of Beijing’s NBeer pub, says that bewilderment is understandable, given that the Communist era left China closed off for so long and its radical reforms opened the cultural floodgates so quickly. “Fifteen years ago, when wine just got into China, everyone mixed it with Coca-Cola,” Yin says with a laugh, adding that the Chinese elite are now some of the most seasoned wine importers in the world. (The same happened with coffee.)

    A lack of consumer awareness isn’t the only buzz kill for Beijing brewers. Li says general food safety and hygiene concerns, which stem from notorious lapses at Chinese restaurants and grocers, have led to strict bottling regulations. These all but prohibit small operations such as Jing-A from selling their brews on a grander scale. “If we wanted our bottles in grocery stores, we’d need to have a bottling-grade facility,” he says, adding that licences are only granted if the applicant produces a huge minimum quota.

    Carl Setzer, owner of Great Leap, the city’s first and biggest craft brewery, which successfully experimented with local ingredients before Jing-A, says he’s not merely frustrated by China’s rigid health regulations—he’s terrified by them. “There’s a very draconian, but very real law here that says if you make a product that kills Chinese people, you get the death penalty,” Setzer says, adding that fear of execution is only one reason he sticks to the rules. He’s also compelled by the idea of credibility. “If we operate in grey areas because it’s China—wink wink, nudge nudge—then we’ll never persuade the higher-ups who want to see effective change in the food and beverage industry.”

    Pan Dinghao, owner of Panda Brew Pub, says the fledgling industry has already worked through other challenges. “At first, we had trouble finding quality local malts and hops,” Pan says, but that problem has shrunk, as pro and amateur brewers have coordinated societies, online stores and social media networks to share tips on Beijing’s ingredient options, regulations and other fine points.

    Setzer is encouraged by the scene’s overall progress, saying he sold 38,000 pints last month and those totals keep growing. Acker and Li say Jing-A’s sales have quadrupled since last year. The advantages of brewing in Beijing may well trump any setbacks. “I have a lot of friends in Boston, where every neighbourhood has its own craft brewery,” says Acker. In contrast, Li says, Beijing is like a wide-open frontier. “I have a friend back home who opened a brewery in [Toronto’s] Kensington Market,” he says, “and it cost him $1 million to start. In Beijing, you only need a fraction of that; a majority of the equipment used abroad is manufactured here.”

    Acker says the low stakes and lack of cutthroat competition encourage Beijing’s craft brewers to collaborate on batches, events and promotions. In fact, the collaborative spirit may almost be a necessity in Beijing. As Acker puts it, “We’re all committed to spreading the gospel of good beer together.”
     
    16.07.2014   Egypt: President decrees tax increase on cigarettes, beer and wine    ( E-Malt.com )

    Egypt's president decreed an increase in sales tax on cigarettes, beer and wine, the latest in a series of price hikes that aim to ease the country's staggering budget deficit, Global Post reported on July 6.

    The decision announced on July 6 increases a flat tax on local and imported cigarettes to between 25 and 40 cents per pack, depending on the brand. It doubles an already existing tax on beer, from 100 per cent to 200 per cent, and increases the tax on local and imported wines to 150 per cent.

    Since assuming the presidency last month, former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has vowed to take tough decisions to deal with the country's battered economy, and bring it out of the bottleneck within two years.

    Taking on one of the country's most explosive issues — its massive energy subsidies — his government partially raised fuel prices by up to 80 per cent over the weekend. The decision came after the government announced it is gradually raising electricity prices.

    Subsidies on basic food stuffs and energy eat up nearly a quarter of the state budget. Despite recommendations by international financial institutions to slash subsidies, no Egyptian leader has managed to broach the issue, fearing unrest in a country where nearly 50 per cent of the population live in poverty and rely on government aid.

    Speaking to the editors of Egyptian media outlets on July 6, el-Sissi said the decision to lift the subsidies was "50 years late" and described it as part of his efforts to set the country on the "correct" path. His comments were published by the state news agency.

    The government has also introduced new property taxes, and plans to introduce a new scheme for value-added taxes. Defending the decision to partially lift fuel subsidies, the government said the move will free nearly $7 billion to be spent on health, education and salaries.

    Previous loan talks with the International Monetary Fund since 2011 have centred on subsidy cuts and new taxation, but they faltered in part because governments feared social upheaval.

    Early this year, the average minimum wage for public sector workers rose to $171 per month from a meagre $50 per month, but it only applies to some 5 million out of Egypt's 27 million strong labour force. El-Sissi also set a maximum wage for government employees at about $6,000 per month.

    During the last three years of turmoil, the state budget deficit hovered at around 12 per cent or higher, foreign reserves fell sharply, tourism revenues crashed, while investors shied away because of the turbulent politics. Unemployment increased to over 13 per cent.

    The decision announced on July 6 is clearly aimed at increasing government revenues.

    Estimates put the number of smokers in Egypt between 17 to 21 per cent of the adult population. The World Health Organization put alcohol consumption in Egypt at around 0.2 litres per person a year in 2006. The industry also caters to the tourism sector.

    El-Sissi's predecessor, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, tried to raise sales taxes on alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and other luxury goods, but suspended the decision under fire from critics.

    El-Sissi came to office on a wave of nationalist fervour after overthrowing Morsi during popular protests against him.

    Though steep, the price hikes have so far not caused mass protests or an outpour of discontent.

    Most people appeared to be still calculating the cost.

    In downtown Cairo, 42-year-old hospital security guard and father of three Mohammed Mohey said he was now paying 75 per cent more for his daily public transport fare.

    Mohey said he already has a second job to complement his main $171 a month salary.

    "I should just give the government my $171 salary so they can deal with it, and feed my daughters and put them to school," he said, sounding a helpless note.

    Critics say the decisions were made in isolation, in the absence of an elected parliament or a detailed budget released to the public.

    Mohammed Abu Basha, an economist with Egypt's largest investment bank EFG-Hermes, said the partial lifting of fuel subsidies will cause a "price shock" to the economy in the short term, increasing the prices of everything, raising inflation and reducing purchasing power. The increase also included increasing the price of fuel for industrial use.

    But, he added: "This puts the economy on a more sustainable path."
     
    16.07.2014   Great willingness to invest    ( Company news )

    Company news The auditors have again attested to consistent environmental management at Bischof + Klein in the seventh major environmental audit according to EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).
    Dr. Jörg Schnittger and Dr. Ulrich Wilcke of KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft did not discover any deviations whatsoever during the intensive two-day audit, and praised the company's "great willingness to invest" as well as the clear data recording undertaken at both of the German sites, B+K Lengerich and Konzell. Orderliness and cleanliness also created a positive impression at both locations.
    During company inspections and in interviews with the management, the works council and employees from the operating technology, purchasing and personnel departments, the auditors made certain that all management regulations are implemented and that Bischof + Klein complies with environmental protection and work safety laws and regulations. Amongst other aspects, particular attention was paid to mandatory training courses this time around. All production employees' knowledge is regularly kept up-to-date to enable the company to guarantee safety and environmental protection within its plants and to uphold product quality standards.
    The experts also assured themselves that the environmental goals formulated during the last major audit three years previously had been implemented. The environmental statement signed by the auditors will shortly be published in the sustainability report for 2013.
    (B+K Bischof + Klein GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    16.07.2014   New OPTi refractometer software features provide good measurement in brightly lit environments    ( Company news )

    Company news Bellingham + Stanley's OPTi refractometers are continuously evolving. Designed specifically for an excellent on-the-spot concentration measurement that is automatically corrected for temperature to produce highly reliable results.
    Our latest addition to the software features High Ambient Light protection software that now monitors extraneous light, warning the operator of any detrimental effects that bright sunlight or floodlighting in cellars for example may have on the reading.
    Also new, the unique “AG Test Mode” that allows the use of long-life non sucrose based certified reference materials to check calibration as well as touch-of-a-button temperature display in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.
    The Bellingham + Stanley OPTi range of application specific instruments cater for a range of uses.
    Whether it is grapes or apples being tested in the field to ascertain the optimum ripeness for harvest, dilution testing of automotive or industrial heat pump systems, analysis of salt solutions in aquaculture or aquaria, body-fluid testing by veterinarians, or sportspersons looking to enhance their performance by ensuring optimum hydration - OPTi provides a solution for all solution analysis.
    (Bellingham + Stanley Ltd)
     
    16.07.2014   Russia: Ban on beer advertising to be relaxed until after the 2018 World Soccer Cup    ( E-Malt.com )

    Russia will relax a ban on beer advertising until after the 2018 World Soccer Cup, boosting brewers such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, International Business Times reported on July 10.

    Moscow banned advertising alcoholic drinks across the media in 2012, in a bid to deal with the nationwide drink problem.

    AB InBev, whose Budweiser brand is the official beer of the tournament, is expected to be the biggest winner from the decision.

    The change to the advertising law will only allow beer ads on television in a sporting context, while print media advertising will not be restricted.

    The move will "attract additional sponsorship revenue to support the organisation, staging and development of sports events in Russia," Russia's Federation Council said on July 9.

    Russia is expected to spend in the region of $20 bln (€14.6 bln) overall on hosting the World Cup and the marketing spend from beer companies could help Moscow recoup some of the spending.

    It is not known how much revenue has been raised by alcohol advertising at this year's World Cup in Brazil, but AB InBev said it boosted its marketing spending between $600 mln and $1 bln this year.

    Russia, which only classified beer as an alcoholic beverage in 2012, has sought to rein in consumption of the drink, which soared in popularity throughout the 2000s, in recent years.

    Alcohol consumption in Russia is double the critical level set by the World Health Organisation.
     
    16.07.2014   USA: Constellation Brands not particularly concerned about AB InBev’s new Mexican beer brand    ( E-Malt.com )

    As part of the agreement with the Justice Department allowing it to acquire Grupo Modelo, Anheuser-Busch InBev had to give up to Constellation Brands its perpetual rights to Grupo Modelo's brands in the U.S., particularly Corona, a portfolio of brews that left the brewer with a large hole to fill in the growing Mexican beer movement.

    According to Euromonitor International, Mexican beers are dominating imports, with brands like Heineken's Dos Equis and Corona leading the way. Constellation's other Crown Imports brand, Modelo Especial, has grown by 63% in the U.S. market since 2010.

    Higher sales of Corona powered Constellation's fiscal 2015 first-quarter earnings that were released last week, with brand depletions growing more than 3% and accounting for 10% of the U.S. beer category's dollar growth. According to the market researchers at IRI, Corona Extra was the only top-five U.S. beer brand in its channels that posted dollar-share growth during the quarter, becoming the fifth-largest beer brand in the U.S. overall by overtaking Anheuser-Busch's Natural Light. Corona Light remains the top imported light brand in the U.S., with IRI estimating it owns 55% dollar share of the import light market, increasing its dollar share by almost two points this past quarter.

    That kind of growth could slake Bud's own thirst for expansion. In North America, Anheuser-Busch experienced a 1.7% decline in total volume in its fourth quarter and a 2% drop in organic growth, capping a year that saw 2.6% and 2.7% declines, respectively, for all of 2013. While it was helped globally by the integration of Grupo Modelo's beers into its portfolio, the lack of a similarly positioned brew in the U.S. was conspicuously felt.

    That helps explain why last month the company said in an interview that it was committed to introducing a new Mexican beer into the U.S. later this year.

    Montejo has been brewed in Mexico since 1960 and was acquired by Modelo in the late 1970s. As part of the Modelo portfolio that includes local brews Barrilito, Estrella, Leon, Modelo, Pacifico, Tropical, and Victoria, Montejo is perhaps seen as the successor to Corona that can stand up as an authentic Mexican brew to capture the expanding preference for beers from south of the border.

    Sitting atop the Mexican beer market, though, Constellation isn't particularly concerned about Bud's new beer, with the Beverage Daily website reporting the brewer told ISI analysts that despite having been made in Mexico for decades, "It's not an established brand in Mexico, it's not known to the Mexican or Hispanic consumer - it's just another brand, basically."

    Although dismissive of Anheuser-Busch's plans - and from its perch it can afford to be - Constellation is still not taking any chances and has previously announced plans to aggressively expand the Corona brand, taking many of its cues from the craft beer market. For example, it's planning to put Corona on tap, a novel addition to how consumers can order the beer, and with strong sales and wide recognition, an easier sell for the brewer than craft beers experience.

    Anheuser-Busch will also have an easier time than most brewers in getting placement for Montejo because of its strong distribution network and its advertising prowess, but whether that can translate into sales remains to be seen. However, following its World Cup sponsorship and the heightened attention the games got at home, a new beer from down south might just be enough to make Montejo the new cerveza of choice for U.S. drinkers of Mexican beer.
     
    15.07.2014   Light and right – pioneering position with user-friendly lightweighting    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS on market with world's lightest 0.5-liter PET bottle for highly carbonated beverages with screw cap

    With its 0.5-liter PET bottle with a screw cap for highly carbonated beverages KHS is setting new standards in lightweighting. The bottle weighs just 10.9 grams which on an international scale makes it the lightest PET container for heavily carbonated beverages of its kind and size currently on the market.
    The launch to market at the end of 2013 was preceded by extensive research and development activities which involved the tried-and-tested Bottles & Shapes program, a unique service and consultancy portfolio for the design and development of plastic bottles – always bearing the entire bottling line in mind.
    The project was initiated by a customer request to optimize the weight of the 12.5-gram bottle used to date to the maximum – without detriment to consumer handling. This also meant that one of the essential requirements was that the bottle be resealable.
    One of the key steps in the process was the reworking of the bottle thread; the new receptacle now has a 'streamlined' thread. Despite the singularly low use of materials KHS has managed to increase the stability of the recessed grip by modifying the bottle shape.
    During the Bottles & Shapes program all known influences were simulated and applied to the virtual packaging using finite element analysis. The development of prototypes was followed by the production of the first sample bottles on a laboratory machine. These were then thoroughly tested at the certified KHS lab to see if they met all given specifications. These included, for example, the stress the bottles are usually subjected to while being conveyed through the line, up to and including the palletizing process, and also during shipment to retailers and the point of sale. An initial practice run on the sample bottles provided by KHS yielded positive results and industrial manufacture began at the end of 2013. Consumer acceptance of the lightweight is high, not least thanks to the optimized haptics.
    If we assume that 100 million lightweight bottles are produced at a beverage plant per annum, at an average PET price of €1.30 per kilogram over €200,000 in costs are saved a year compared to the 12.5-gram version. And that's just in materials. At the same time the bottle consumes less energy in its production and CO2 emissions during shipping are reduced by the lower weight.
    Despite the fact that KHS currently holds a unique position on the market with its extremely light 0.5-liter PET bottle with a screw cap for highly carbonated beverages, research continues – and not just with a view to reducing materials even further.
    Arne Wiese, the Bottles & Shapes product manager at KHS Corpoplast, says, "We believe there's still a lot of potential here. In the future, too, we'll continue to study all aspects and consider the line suitability of every new bottle we design in accordance with our Bottles & Shapes concept. Our large, long-standing customer base proves time and again that here we're on the right track. We look for solutions which satisfy customer demands right down to the last detail and, as the most recent system for highly carbonated beverages described here shows, in an ideal world we even surpass these."
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    14.07.2014   Now it will be easier to order spare parts from Miteco!    ( Company news )

    Company news In our strive to continuously improve we will introduce one single e-mail address dedicated for ordering of spare parts to Miteco plants worldwide. By using this address we will be able to serve you more consistently and securing immediate handling of your order. For future spare parts order and other spare parts related questions please use the e-mail address spareparts.miteco@tetrapak.com.
    (Miteco AG)
     
    11.07.2014   Innopro Ecostab keeps its promises    ( Company news )

    Company news Olympic Brewery S.A., founded in Greece in 2010, is one which is profiting from a beer history that takes some beating – despite its relatively young age. The reason is that prior to its establishment the owners of the brewery procured the brand rights to the first brand beer in Greece: Fix. Fix was produced during the reign of King Otto, Greece's first monarch, and made by Fix Brewery in Athens and Thessaloníki up until 1982. When non-Greek brewery groups joined the market, Fix Brewery went bankrupt and the brand rights to Fix were transfered to the National Bank of Greece. At the beginning of 2000 Greek wine producer Kourtakis procured the rights to Fix and in 2009 sold them to the owners of what's now Olympic Brewery, namely Ioannis Chitos and brothers George and Elias Grekis.

    Picture: Konstantinos Agouridas, master brewer and production manager at Olympic Brewery, states, "All the benefits of the Innopro Ecostab KHS described to us prior to investment have fully materialized in practical use."

    With the brand rights newly secured the three proprietors saw more opportunities than risks and thus considerably expanded the production capacities at an old microbrewery in the town of Ritsona, around 70 km from Athens. In 2010, the year of its founding, Olympic Brewery sold 120,000 hectoliters of beer. In 2011 sales rose to 190,00 hectoliters, with figures continuing to spiral in the following years to 385,000 (2012) and 400,000 hectoliters (2013) – despite the Greek beer market displaying a marked downwards trend. In 2005 the consumption of beer per capita was 40 liters; this has since dropped to 32 liters.
    By instigating a successful brand policy and giving Fix a taste specially geared to the Greek palate the company profited, also benefiting from the fact that during the recent crisis the people of Greece showed a distinct favor for the consumption of Greek products. This has also helped to make Olympic Brewery number three among Greece's breweries (after the Athenian Brewery, which belongs to the Heineken Group, and Mythos Brewery, part of the Carlsberg Group) in such a short space of time.
    In 2012 the company's consistent growth in sales prompted the brewery to switch from the one-way process for tannin-side beer stabilization it had implemented to date to the regenerative beer stabilization method. Many alternatives were checked prior to investment. Konstantinos Agouridas, master brewer and production manager at Olympic Brewery, says, "During this process we quickly realized that the Innopro Ecostab gave us the best range of benefits. However, we were a bit wary about investing in this system as it was new and hardly used in practice." After having their Innopro Ecostab in operation for almost a year now, these doubts have completely disappeared. States Agouridas, "We now know that the Innopro Ecostab gives us just what KHS promised us." The following features are particularly important to Olympic Brewery: the compactness of the modular system which runs 24/7; very short setup times for system startup and shutdown; short switching times between different beer styles and thus minimized blending amounts when changing products; and an extremely low consumption of PVPP. Agouridas tells us more. "Before we put the Innopro Ecostab into operation, we budgeted with around €300,000 a year for the disposable, one-way PVPP we used. Our PVPP costs have now dropped to €10,000 per year. Based on this and other factors we're reckoning on a return on our investment in just two years." The Innopro Ecostab at Olympic Brewery stabilizes beer using three stabilizer modules with two columns apiece. Up to 300 hectoliters of beer can be stabilized per hour. With this, the brewery feels it is also best prepared for all large rises in sales in the future.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    10.07.2014   A safe haven for precious goods    ( Company news )

    Company news New wireless four channel data logger helps maintain optimal conditions in buildings and facilities.

    With the new RTR-574-H, the T&D Corporation, Japanese market leader for data loggers, presents a wireless data logger that can monitor illuminance, ultraviolet light (UV), temperature and humidity. Its ability to monitor all of these aspects at once makes the device ideal for safeguarding sensitive goods, for example in greenhouses, museums and laboratories.
    In addition to these parameters, the RTR-574-H is also capable of displaying cumulative illuminance from 0 lxh to 90 Mlxh and cumulative ultraviolet light from 0 mW to 62 W/cm2h. The device has a wide illuminance measurement range of 0 to 130 000 lx, with a minimum resolution of 0.01 lx. Its UV range stretches from 0 to 30 mW/cm2. The RTR-574-H can also read relative humidity from 0 to 99 per cent, and has an expanded temperature range of between -30° and +80°C.
    With its vast capacity, the RTR-574-H can store up to 8.000 readings across each of its four channels for a total of 32.000 readings in one-time or endless recording mode.
    A large and easy to read LCD display allows users to check the logger’s recording status, battery status and remaining data capacity, as well as any of its measurements, simply and quickly.
    With dimensions of just H 55mm x W 78mm x D 18mm, this compact device is a lightweight solution that operates on one AA battery. It is compatible with any RTR-500 series wireless data collector or base station, except the GSM base station.
    The RTR-574-H can be used for automatic downloading of logged data as well as real time monitoring via T&D’s free of charge, cloud-based Webstorage Service. Warning notifications can be sent to PCs as well as mobile devices. The convenient Webstorage Service Viewer facilitates easy monitoring via smart phone or tablet.
    (T&D Corporation)
     
    10.07.2014   NEW INNOVATIVE PET BOTTLE FOR BEER    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s first-ever pasteurizable lightweight PET bottle for beer with a non-petaloid base

    To help beer producers and consumers alike make the switch from glass to PET more easily, Sidel has created a PET bottle that utilizes a 'champagne' base more traditionally found on glass beer bottles. The innovative bottle also supports a crown cap, which together with the non-petaloid base gives the bottle the appearance of glass, but with all the advantages of PET. This includes the lightweight and increased mechanical properties of PET. Most notably, the new bottle weighs only 28 grams, which is up to 86% less than an average equivalent glass bottle, according to Sidel data.
    The bottle is suitable for use with flash or tunnel pasteurised beer, and also micro-filtrated beer. For tunnel-pasteurised beer, a PET bottle usually requires a petaloid base, but the unique base of Sidel's new bottle combined with other design technologies mean it can resist the pressures created by the prolonged high temperatures during this production process, while still retaining the appearance of a more traditional glass bottle.

    Sidel PET beer bottle singleTested and proven
    To prove the benefits of its technology, Sidel packaging experts have blown a 330 millilitre version that can achieve a six-month shelf life (with less than 1 parts-per-million (ppm) of oxygen ingress and less than 17% of carbon dioxide loss). We can also provide versions up to 600 millilitres and are developing sizes even bigger.
    When packaging beer it is critical to prevent oxygen entering and carbon dioxide escaping the package. The new bottle design can achieve this with different solutions, such as single-layer material blends and Sidel's proprietary Actis™ gas-barrier technology. As a result, the beer bottle can protect beer qualities for up to a six-month shelf life.

    PET beer bottle facts
    -World's first-ever pasteurizable lightweight PET bottle for beer with a non-petaloid ('champagne') base
    -Usable for flash or tunnel pasteurized beer, and alsomicro-filtrated beer
    -Can withstand pressures of 20 pasteurization units (PU) in the tunnel, which is standard for lagers, and retains a stable base after pasteurization
    -330 to 600 millilitre versions (with less than 1 parts-per-million (ppm) of oxygen ingress and less than 17% of carbon dioxide loss)
    -Up to six-month shelf life
    -All the advantages of a PET bottle: Greater flexibility,lighter weight,increased sustainability,better supply chain performance and lower costs
    -Only 28 grams, which is up to 86% less than an average equivalent glass bottle according to Sidel data.

    Misperceptions around beer in PET
    For many years there have been misperceptions around beer in PET. For example, some mistakenly think beer in PET gets warmer quicker. In fact, in our studies, the PET beer bottle kept beer cold for the same time duration as an equivalent sized glass bottle, with much less wall thickness and much less material weight. Taste is also another misperception, with some consumers falsely believing beer tastes better, for example, in cans instead of PET bottles.

    Sidel ran its advanced packaging optimisation and qualification tests on the bottle, including finite element analysis and feasibility testing to evaluate bottle stability, liquid quality protection and rigidity. Finally we ran full industrial production tests to prove the bottle's performance, both during production and across simulated supply chains.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    09.07.2014   Bell's Is Having A Ball… In Cans    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 1985, craft beer maker Bell's Brewery, now brewing in both Kalamazoo and Comstock, Mich., has been dedicated to creating flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers. Due to the introduction of two of their most popular brews in 16-ounce cans from Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL), Bell's fans are taking Oberon Ale and Two Hearted Ale with them in cans to places they couldn't before.
    "Bell's customers spend a lot of time outdoors," said Laura Bell, vice president of Bell's Brewery, Inc. "The addition of cans allows our fans to take our beer places where glass is not allowed, which is a win for everyone."
    Oberon Ale and Two Hearted Ale are available in 16-ounce can four-packs in all 20 states where Bell's is distributed. Bell's also plans to roll out the rest of their seasonal lineup in 16-ounce can four-packs with Best Brown and Winter White later this year and Smitten in January.
    "Craft brewers like Bell's not only want to provide a portable package for their consumers, they also have an intense focus on quality," said Bruce Doelling, vice president, sales, for Ball's North American metal beverage packaging business. "And in addition to being infinitely recyclable, cans protect the beer that Bell's brewers painstakingly create by blocking out 100 percent of light and oxygen making it the perfect package for craft beer."
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    08.07.2014   ADM Expands Food-Ingredient Offering with Acquisition of WILD Flavors    ( Company news )

    Company news €2.3 billion acquisition adds flavor systems to portfolio of specialty ingredients

    Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced that it is acquiring WILD Flavors GmbH, giving ADM the ability to offer food and beverage companies a comprehensive suite of systems to enhance and improve their products.
    In an all-cash transaction valued at approximately €2.3 billion enterprise value, ADM will pay €2.2 billion to WILD Flavors shareholders Dr. Hans-Peter Wild and funds affiliated with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., and assume approximately €0.1 billion of net debt. The transaction is contingent on regulatory approvals and is expected to close by year end.
    “This acquisition expands ADM’s ability to serve customers’ evolving needs today and well into the future,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz. “Natural flavor and ingredients is one of the largest and fastest-growing consumer trends in both developed and emerging markets, and WILD Flavors is the world’s leading provider of natural flavor systems to the food and beverage industry.”
    WILD Flavors, with more than 3,000 customers worldwide and estimated 2014 net revenues of about €1 billion, offers food and beverage companies full flavor and ingredient solutions—known as flavor systems—and fruit juice concentrates and blends, as well as other food and beverage ingredients, including natural flavors and extracts, mint oils and flavors, colors from natural sources, sweetening systems, seasonings, specialty ingredients, taste modifiers, and fermentation technologies.
    “Together, ADM and WILD Flavors will create one of the leading flavor and specialty ingredient companies in the world, with sales approaching $2.5 billion and significant room to grow,” Woertz said. “WILD Flavors will be able to reach more customers with an expanded portfolio of innovative ingredients. And ADM, with our own sizeable specialty ingredient business, will have an enhanced platform for the commercialization of our higher-margin food and wellness ingredients.
    “The addition of WILD Flavors balances and extends our value chain,” Woertz said. “It is consistent with our long-term strategy to diversify the crops we process and expand and diversify our product portfolio. It complements the ingredient, organic-growth investments we’ve recently made—including our Brazil protein complex and soluble-fiber expansion in China. And it is consistent with actions we’ve taken to dampen the volatility of our earnings mix and deliver on our commitment to profitable growth. The acquisition will meet our return objectives, with estimated cost and revenue synergies of €100 million by year three.”
    Dr. Hans-Peter Wild, chairman of WILD Flavors GmbH, said, “I am very pleased by ADM’s acquisition of WILD Flavors and the future business we will build together. WILD Flavor’s unique natural flavors strength and total systems approach will create a very strong and positive development platform within ADM for our customers as we continue to drive innovation in the food and beverage industry. With the strong financial resources, and expanded customer base, product offering and global footprint, I am confident WILD Flavors will be well-positioned for growth.”
    “We have tremendous respect for the culture and business that Dr. Wild has built,” Woertz said.“Given the strong brand WILD Flavors has with customers around the world, we intend to maintain the WILD Flavors name and grow the brand and the innovative, entrepreneurial culture that sustains it. We appreciate the difference in our business models, and will support continued success of the WILD Flavors model by establishing a new business unit called WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients. The new unit will include many of our specialty ingredients. We are also excited to work with the WILD Flavors team. With more than 400 scientists and applications specialists and a global sales force, they will bring exceptional expertise and new capabilities.”
    Johannes Huth, member and head of KKR Europe, Africa and Middle East operations, said: “WILD Flavors represented for KKR the opportunity to partner with an innovative family entrepreneur in developing a high-quality, R&D driven, Germany-based Mittelstand business. The partnership was tailored to the family ownership and the vision of Dr. Wild to develop WILD Flavors into a globally integrated producer of flavors and flavor systems. The substantial growth and global expansion of WILD Flavors over these past years helped make the company an attractive and valuable partner for an industry-leading global company like ADM.”
    (Rudolf Wild GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    08.07.2014   KHS Group: very good incoming orders and successful development in business year 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news - Incoming orders increased by over 11% to €1.1 billion
    - Position as innovative trendsetter clearly underlined.

    Picture: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS GmbH

    The KHS Group has been able to considerably strengthen its position in an extremely competitive and dynamic market environment. With a turnover of €1,017.8 million KHS was 3.9% up on its figure for the previous year and exceeded the million-euro mark for the first time. Incoming orders rose by 11.3% last year, clocking up a total of €1,131.5 million. Profit before taxes, which in 2012 was slightly in the red, increased to €10.6 million. Compared to 2011, this is an improvement of over €90 million.
    In 2103 KHS realized 32.8% of sales in Europe, 16.5% in the Middle East and Africa, 21.9% in the Asia/Pacific region and 28.8% in the USA and Latin America. KHS is the partner of choice for both big concerns and small and medium-sized enterprises, wherever they are in the world.

    Innovation as a market force
    On the markets KHS chiefly scored with its energy and resource-saving innovations for the sustainable economic success of its clients. Labeling and container dressing and new filling and packaging systems were the prime areas of development in 2013. At the leading international drinktec 2013 trade show KHS presented a spectacular array of new products, among them technology for the direct printing of PET bottles and the innovative Nature MultiPack packaging system, where PET bottles are turned into multipacks merely by the application of a special adhesive. These were two really disruptive innovations, as both systems enable significant savings in packaging material to be made, these marketed under the single umbrella of NMP Systems GmbH. With its new rotary aseptic machine KHS also launched a safe and reliable system for the bottling of sensitive beverages in the high-capacity range. Monitoring systems, such as the MES manufacturing execution system, were also further developed and the app-based KHS everywhere info system was introduced.

    Consistent customer orientation
    The conversions business was one of the mainstays of KHS Service in 2013, with no less than 947 conversions commissioned – a plus of 34.7% compared to 2012. Innovative systems like AirbackPlus for the cost-effective and sustainable manufacture of PET bottles also had an important role to play here. KHS also released a number of new service concepts – for example detailed consultancy prior to investment and service packages tailored to specific customer needs across the entire life cycle of their lines and machines. These are further important generators of business. KHS' vision, which the company is consistently pursuing, is to be first choice in technology and service.
    KHS' endeavor to act as an innovative trendsetter in the industry – with a clear focus on its customers – is thus mirrored by its successful international project business and very good order situation.

    Optimistic prognosis
    For the fiscal year 2014 the KHS Executive Management Board believes that sales and profits will again be well above the previous year’s level.
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS GmbH, says, "Our high capacity utilization, lively service business and the success of the Fit4Future program form the foundations of this prognosis. We believe that a growth of 4% for 2014 is quite realistic."
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    07.07.2014   China: Molson Coors Brewing adapting its cold activated bottles and cans to local beer drinkers ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ...taste

    Not all beer drinkers want to grab a cold one.

    Molson Coors Brewing Co. discovered this in China, where it altered the cold activated bottles and cans last year for Coors Light featuring images of the Rocky Mountains that turn blue when the beer is at ice cold temperatures, Bloomberg reported on July 2.
    Drinking cold liquids is widely seen as undesirable in China. Warmer beverages are considered healthier for digestion, an idea that also stems from the traditional habit of boiling water to make it safer to drink.
    In light of this custom, “we dropped the temperature for the thermochromatic ink, and it still turns blue, but it’s not so cold,” Peter Swinburn, chief executive officer of Molson Coors, said in an interview last week.
    The mountains on the cans and bottles turn blue at 41 to 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 7 degrees Celsius) in China, while the color changes at about 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit in the U.S.
    Such attention to detail is key to Molson Coors as it pursues growth in developing markets. Rising incomes and a growing middle class are helping drive sales in countries such as India and China, where beer volume is predicted to grow 7.9 percent and 3.6 percent in the five years ending 2018, according to Euromonitor International. Volume is forecast to fall in the U.S. and U.K by 0.7 percent.
    Molson Coors, which has dual headquarters in Denver and Montreal, began expanding in developing countries over the past four years. In addition to its recognizable brands such as Coors Light and Carling, the company has a portfolio of local beers that cater to cultural palettes. In April, Royal Brew - a whiskey flavored beer - was introduced in India, appealing to the country’s preference for hard liquor.
    “We take into account local drinking habits, but brand identity will remain the same,” said Krishnan Anand, president and CEO of Molson Coors International, who points out that in contrast to China, people in many of the Caribbean island countries drink Coors Light at freezing temperatures.
    The company has paid particular attention to China, where development began a decade ago. Sales in China have had a steady growth rate of 15 percent to 20 percent for the past eight years, according to Anand.
    Molson Coors’ core markets - the U.S., U.K., and Canada - are in decline, said Brian Yarbrough, analyst at Edward Jones & Co. in St. Louis.
    “They are looking for faster growing markets to see consumption trends move up, which is why they’re looking to international markets,” said Yarbrough, who has a hold rating on the shares.
    As international volume almost tripled in the past four years, Molson Coors is able to reduce investment per hectolitre of beer, according to Colin Wheeler, a company spokesman. The company’s international unit is still “in investment mode” and close to reaching profitability, he said.
    The international side is a very small part of Molson Coors’ business so far, Yarbrough said. The company continues to invest internationally, even as it loses money, because it places the brand in a market with rapidly growing opportunities, he said.
    International revenue - excluding Canada and the U.K. - surged more than eightfold to $999.5 million in the three years through to 2013, making up about 17 percent of the company’s total revenue (TAP:US). The majority of sales come from Canada, at $1.8 billion, while the U.S. had $105.2 million.
    Rather than buying large local companies like its competitors, Molson Coors seeds brands through marketing and innovation, Anand said.
    “Ours is the old fashioned way of taking our brand and building it country by country, bar by bar, and consumer to consumer,” he said.
     
    07.07.2014   Japan: Beer-like beverages and cocktails expected to continue enjoying stable growth in demand    ( E-malt.com )

    Japanese brewers will release their longest-ever line-up of canned cocktails this summer as fizzy concoctions come to the fore in efforts to offset a decade of declining beer sales, Reuters reported on July 3.
    Brewers such as Kirin Holdings Co Ltd have long tried to retain drinkers by making ever-cheaper, beer-like beverages. But changing tastes among Japan's youth have seen beer drinks giving up fridge space to highballs, white-wine spritzers and pineapple-flavored rum cocktails.
    These so-called Ready-to-Drink (RTD) cocktails, like the cheapest beer-like drinks, fall into a low-tax category of Japan's complex liquor tax regime and can be priced far less than traditional tipples. This has helped them become the top introduction to alcohol among 20-somethings, according to a survey from brewer Suntory Holdings Ltd.
    In response to rising popularity, Suntory plans to release a record 23 canned cocktail labels from June to August versus 17 last year. Asahi Group Holdingslaunched a hot-seller in May, and Kirin announced a new range in June.
    The increased choice means "this will be an important summer to further boost demand in RTDs," Suntory Managing Director Shinji Yamada said.
    Demand is likely to be so strong that Suntory plans to raise output for its Strong Zero series of canned cocktails by a tenth this summer, and may increase production capacity for next summer, Yamada said.
    The Ready-to-Drink market has almost doubled since 2001 whereas traditional beer sales have nearly halved, showed data from Suntory.
    Sales of beer have slimmed as once-universal drinking binges among office workers go out of fashion and Japan's increasingly health-conscious youth develop a taste for drinks containing fewer calories.
    Brewers have tried to stem the decline by lowering prices. By reducing the malt content, brewers created beer-like drinks which could be priced less because they qualified for lower tax rates.
    In Japan, beer is taxed based on malt content. The lowest-taxed beer-like drinks - dubbed "third beer" - are made with little malt or malt alternatives. In contrast, distilled spirits such as the cocktail ingredient vodka are taxed at higher rates based on alcohol content.
    Due to a peculiarity in Japan's decades-old tax regime, however, Ready-to-Drink cocktails are taxed at the same rate as third beer, provided alcohol content does not exceed 9 percent, giving the drinks the appeal of both variety and price.
    Suntory's Strong Zero vodka tonic, for instance, is priced at 152 yen ($1.49) for 350ml (12 fl oz) compared with 260 yen for its The Premium Malt's beer.
    This year, Ready-to-Drink sales are likely to grow 3 percent to 13 million cases compared with a 1 percent decline in beer, according to Suntory. The brewer, which controls more than a third of the market, aims for RTD growth of 3.8 percent.
    On the heels of Suntory is Kirin, which is looking to grow its Ready-to-Drink business by 8.4 percent this year with the help of its new Bitters line.
    Late-comer Asahi stormed the market in May in the quickest-growing category of "strong" RTDs, where alcohol content is at least 8 percent. The brewer aims to ship 2.5 million cases of a highball made with distilled drink shochu by the close of 2014.
    "We sold 450,000 cases by the end of May," an Asahi spokesman said. "So we're off to a good start."
     
    07.07.2014   Oranges, limes...and tequila    ( Company news )

    Company news Oranges, limes, and tropical fruits might feature in a whisky tasting note but they are not what you expect to find at a Scotch Whisky distillery in Scotland. But, as I discovered when visiting Mexico earlier this month, they are to be found at a typical tequila distillery, La Herradura in Jalisco State, and they contribute very much to a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
    I and a colleague from the SWA, Alan Park, were in Mexico as the guests of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila, the CRT, part of our worldwide family of spirits drinks organisations. We were there because I was signing, on behalf of the SWA, a cooperation agreement between our two bodies, the first we have ever signed. The CRT could not have been more hospitable and we were made to feel extremely welcome throughout our short time there.
    I am excited by the possibilities this agreement can deliver for us. Why?
    When we operate in emerging markets, we regularly face two kinds of problems. First, it is not always straightforward to work within another country's regulatory system. To resolve problems it is important to know which is the right government body to deal with, at national or state level, and often to be able to identify individual officials to whom we can put our case. Second, and sadly, there is sometimes fraudulent or fake whisky available in the market, but it is not always easy for us at the Association several thousand miles away to spot this and do something about it. In both cases you often need a helping hand. Company representatives and British Embassies worldwide are a vital part of this, but they can't be everywhere, so we often work with other organisations because of our common interest in resolving this kind of problem.

    Our agreement with the CRT formalises this collaboration for the first time. Through it, we commit ourselves to helping each other to navigate through our respective governmental systems, to identifying problems of fraud or fakes on each other's behalf, and to generally exchanging information on matters of mutual interest, including on promoting responsible drinking in both our countries. I am convinced this will make a real difference.
    And this really matters to Scotch Whisky. Mexico may not be thought of as a traditional whisky drinking country, but it is our ninth biggest overseas market. Exports grew by 20% last year and indeed have quadrupled over the last decade, twice as fast as the growth of Scotch Whisky overall. Whilst Scotch is one of the UK's fastest growing exports to Mexico, we still have only a small share of the overall market and the possibilities are exciting.
    Our colleagues overseas recognise this too. In Mexico there were representatives of many other spirits drinks associations across the globe. Many of them said to me "We want to do what you in Scotch Whisky have already done" - that is, be a successful exporter with a world-renowned product. We welcome these aspirations. All competition is good for our industry in the long run, and the more people that drink spirits the better. But we are confident that Scotch Whisky has the strengths, the taste, and the quality to remain in the lead!
    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    07.07.2014   South America: Ambev pitting its top Brazil and Argentine bestselling beers against each other in ..    ( E-malt.com )

    ... World Cup commercials

    Ambev SA is pitting its top Brazil beer against the company’s Argentine best seller in World Cup advertisements that play up a rivalry between the soccer-obsessed nations, Bloomberg reported on July 3.
    In Skol’s television ad, Brazilian soccer fans lure their Argentine counterparts into a house that’s then packed up and shot out of a cannon back to Buenos Aires. Quilmes’s dig is more subtle. At the end of the commercial a narrator intones: “You’ll regret you issued even one ticket,” referencing reports that demand for tickets from Argentines topped supply.
    The fact that both brands belong to Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s Ambev SA makes the strategy unusual, said Leslie Farnsworth, chief executive officer of FrogDog, a Houston-based marketing strategy consultant. Leuven, Belgium-based InBev also owns U.S. favorite Budweiser and Belgium’s Stella Artois. The two nations faced off on the soccer field earlier this week, with Belgium beating the American team 2-1.
    “Playing into that national fervor, especially around the World Cup, makes a lot of sense,” Farnsworth said in a telephone interview. “I don’t know of a precedent where a company has owned both brands and then has decided to position them like this.”
    Brazil and Argentina are among the favorites to make it to the World Cup final. Bloomberg Sports forecasts Brazil has a 28 percent chance of winning, compared with 19 percent for Argentina. The nations first played each other 100 years ago – Argentina won – and the rivalry between the neighbors has only heated up since.
    The Quilmes ad shows a Brazilian fan being wrapped in a blue-and-white Argentine flag after being conquered, while Brazilians sing in the Skol commercial that no one knows the Argentine anthem so they decided to make one up.
    Skol created other similar ads poking fun at the English and Italians, among others, as part of its “Welcome to Our Surroundings” marketing campaign.
    The ads show Brazilians welcoming foreigners in a “fun way that taps into the irreverence and good humor of the soccer culture,” Skol said in an e-mail response to questions. “The idea behind the campaign was to play with the peculiarities of each country and at no time to offend any nationalities.”
    Ambev, which has a 68 percent market share in Brazil, saw earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the country grow 15 percent to 2.89 billion reais ($1.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2014, according to the company’s quarterly earnings statement. Southern Latin America, a region that includes Argentina, saw Ebitda increase 23 percent to 848 million reais.
    The World Cup quarterfinal stage begins on July 4. Brazil will play Colombia in Fortaleza at 5 p.m., while Argentina plays Belgium on July 5 in Brasilia.
    The rivalry between the two teams will heat up as they work their way toward the July 13 final in Rio de Janeiro. That’s good news for both Skol and Quilmes.
    “Each brand has a different language,” Rafael Pulcinelli, sports marketing manager at Ambev, said in an interview. “If you take the language that the brands speak, each of them have their own peculiarity in the way they communicate with consumers.”

     
    04.07.2014   Ardagh joins the World Cup    ( Company news )

    Company news Now that the Quarter Finals of the FIFA World Cup have been decided, the Coca-Cola Company ™, one of FIFA’s longest-standing corporate partners, is offering fans of the remaining eight teams and the millions of collectors who are still following the competition, 20 different designs on Ardagh’s 25 cl aluminium bottles.
    Designs include action shots of players from the competing nations in high definition print – true gems for the collector. The bottles were manufactured at Ardagh’s technically advanced aluminium manufacturing facility in Beaurepaire, France and shipped all over the world.
    Ardagh’s David Wall, CEO Metal Division, says: “We are very proud to see our packaging at such a high profile world class event. Our award winning aluminium bottles and the unique quality of our printing technology promotes the premium packaging needs of this iconic brand so well.”
    (Ardagh Aluminium Packaging France)
     
    04.07.2014   Capital Cities, Aloe Blacc Take Over Beck's Beer Bottles    ( Company news )

    Company news Original Designs from Capital Cities, Aloe Blacc, Luis Fonsi, DJ Irie, TYPOE, Maluca Mala, Ron Finley, Camille Rose Garcia to Adorn Millions of Beck’s Beer Bottles This Summer

    Beck’s Beer announced that indie pop sensation Capital Cities and singer/songwriter/rapper Aloe Blacc, as well as six additional artists, will collectively take over millions of Beck’s beer bottle labels beginning July 1, 2014.

    In addition to Capital Cities and Aloe Blacc, 2014 participants include:
    -Latin Grammy-winning Puerto Rican singer/composer Luis Fonsi;
    -Club sensation DJ Irie;
    -Miami-based visual artist TYPOE;
    -Neo-rave and tribal music artist Maluca Mala;
    -LA-based renegade gardener Ron Finley; and
    -Surrealist artist Camille Rose Garcia.

    “Live Beyond Labels participants tend to be drawn to the idea of reaching millions of people in an entirely new way,” said Ryan Garcia, vice president, regional marketing. “The size of their audience and their creative focus differs from artist to artist. But they all share an independent streak, a fearlessness Beck’s admires.”
    Every year for the past 27 years, Beck’s Beer commissions original artwork for the summer-long Live Beyond Labels series. The brand replaces its traditional labels with the original designs from both emerging and established artists.
    Throughout the life of the program, Beck’s labels have showcased original designs from a range of creative celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, MIA and Kid Cudi. The program began in the UK and moved to the US in 2012.
    One reason for the program’s popularity is its disruptiveness. Beer drinkers do not traditionally find original artwork on the side of a bottle of beer, let alone designs created by musicians, DJs and “guerilla gardeners.” In its history, the program has placed original art on more than 500 million bottles of Beck’s beer.

    The 2014 roster of participants includes musicians, a DJ, a visual artist, a renegade gardener and a lowbrow artist:
    -Capital Cities is an American indie pop band based in Los Angeles. Formed by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, Capital Cities released their debut EP in 2011. This summer, Capital Cities will tour with Katy Perry.
    -Aloe Blacc is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and musician. Blacc co-wrote and performed the smash hit single “Wake Me Up” with Swedish DJ Avicii. His newest album, “Lift Your Spirits,” was created in partnership with producers including Pharrell Williams, DJ Khalil and Rock Mafia. He is now on tour with Bruno Mars.
    -Luis Fonsi is a Puerto Rican pop singer and composer. Since debuting in 1998, Fonsi has won a Latin Grammy and been named by Billboard magazine as a “Leader of Latin Music’s New Generation.” His latest album, “8,” was described by Billboard as a “cohesive package of truly great pop songs.”
    -DJ Irie is a Miami-based DJ. Dubbed the “King of the South Florida party scene,” Irie is the official DJ of the Miami Heat and an in-demand touring DJ.
    -TYPOE is a visual artist and a mainstay in Miami’s thriving art scene. He is represented by Spinello Projects and is co-founder of project space PRIMARY.
    -Maluca Mala is a Dominican musician based in New York City. Mala’s music is described as Latin-dance, tropical punk hip-hop and ghetto techno. Raised in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, Mala performs a “decadent mix” of musical styles, according to the New York Times.
    -Ron Finley is a creative phenomenon on a quest to conquer the world, one garden at a time. Armed with a shovel, some soil and seeds, Ron Finley has come to be known as the “renegade gardener,” and his unexpected tactics have made him one of L.A.’s most widely known activists.
    -Camille Rose Garcia is a Los Angeles based artist who creates colorful surrealist fairy-tale paintings about failed utopias and the relationship to the natural world.

    Live Beyond Labels is intended to celebrate the fact that design is everywhere. The program intends to transform the traditional into the exceptional, by giving creative people an opportunity to treat millions of Beck’s beer bottles as a non-traditional artistic canvas.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
     
    03.07.2014   International PackTech India and drink technology India: Trade Show Duo meets rising ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... demand for processed and packaged food and beverages in India

    The trade fair duo drink technology India and International PackTech India meets the rising demand for processed and packaged food and beverages in India. Both trade shows, taking place from 25 September until 27 September in Mumbai, will present the complete value chain for food processing, liquid food, beverage and packaging technology.

    One of the largest markets for packaged food in the world,
    The packaged food industry is the fifth largest sector in India. The Indian packaged food industry is worth 39.7 billion USD and is expected to reach 65.41 billion USD by 2020. With a sales volume of 30 million tonnes in 2013, India is one of the largest markets for packaged food in the world, just behind the US, China, Brazil and Mexico, and the second largest in Asia. But with a per capita consumption of 24 kg per year the Indian packaged food market is still at an early stage.

    The fourth largest sales market for beverages in Asia
    With a consumption of 22 billion litres of drinks (alcoholic drinks and soft drinks) India is the fourth largest sales market for beverages in Asia. Soft drinks are the largest segment. The Indian non-alcoholic beverage market was growing at an annual compound growth rate of 23 percent between 2010 and 2013 as more and more people are choosing packaged soft drinks. Within the soft drinks market bottled water is the largest category and the demand will double until 2017. Packaged juice shows also a strongly increasing demand. It is expected that the consumption of juice in India will rise by an annual compound growth rate of 20 percent until 2017 up to 1.2 billion litres.

    Shifts in the Indian food and drinks industry
    With more than 50 percent of the population younger than 25 years, increasing disposable incomes, a growing middle class, ongoing urbanization, changing lifestyles and a rising number of modern retail formats like supermarkets, the country enjoys highly favourable demographic patterns. These will enable shifts in the Indian food and drinks industry, as the young people are one of the key drivers in the demand of processed and hygienic packaged foods. Manufacturers are continuing to introduce products that increase convenience and reduce the time required to prepare meals. Products with additional ingredients - in easy to handle packaging and convenient package sizes - will continue to gain popularity.

    Premiuminsation trend
    The Indian middle class is growing rapidly and they simply love to buy. They are on the lookout for premium brands, especially for confectionery products like chocolate. But the premiumisation trend is not only noticeable in chocolates but also in biscuits. These trends are expected to continue even years from now.

    Rural India provides growth opportunities
    Rural India provides growth opportunities for packaged food and beverages. Almost 70 percent of the Indian population live in rural regions. The rural population benefits from investment in infrastructure and rising wages. Food processing companies are realizing the potential of rural India and are trying to expand their presence in these areas. They are launching their products in smaller pack sizes and at low price points to attract consumers. As India's soft drinks market is slowly reaching maturity in urban India, rural India is the new target for most of the manufacturer of soft drinks.

    High growth rates for food and beverage expected
    All these developments result in a continuously growing demand for packaged food and beverages in India. It is expected that the demand for packaged food in India will rise by an annual compound growth rate of 6 percent to reach an amount of 37 million tonnes by 2017. The beverage consumption will grow by an annual compound rate of 15 percent to reach an amount of 38 billion litres in 2017.

    Growing demand for state-of-the art processing and packaging technology
    To meet the rising demand for processed and packaged food and beverages, companies have to expand their production, and as a result the demand for state-of-the art processing and packaging technology will grow. Export oriented manufacturers in particular favour high-tech solutions in order to meet the international standards and to be competitive.
    (VDMA Fachverband Nahrungsmittelmaschinen und Verpackungsmaschinen)
     
    02.07.2014   KHS receives ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certification    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Anke Fischer, CFO/CHRO for KHS GmbH

    Protection of the environment, sustainability in the use of natural resources and social responsibility are major corporate objectives for KHS GmbH and KHS Corpoplast GmbH. This greatly accommodates the wishes of customers in the beverage, food and non-food industries worldwide, as they often consider attaining these goals across their entire supplier chain and within their own companies to be part of their brand policy. Such customers therefore also attach great importance to certification which confirms that their suppliers are acting responsibly. It's for this reason that in 2011 KHS had its new Innofill Glass DRS/ZMS glass filler certified by Germany's TÜV SÜD as energy-efficient plant technology. The next machines to be certified according to TÜV SÜD's energy and media efficiency standard in 2012 were the InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch blow molder with its AirbackPlus system and the gas shrink tunnel for packing machines.
    The company was certified according to ISO 9001, the quality management standard, as early as in 1995. In 2011 KHS was certified in keeping with OHSAS 18001 (the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series). With a currency in over 80 countries OHSAS 18001 is one of the best-known standards for occupational health and safety management systems in the world. Furthermore, in 2012 and 2013 KHS carried out ethical audits at various national and international production sites and was granted the appropriate certification. KHS customers can view the results of the KHS ethical audit on the Sedex database. Nine purchasing organizations in the beverage industry, among others, are now interlinked. At the beginning of 2014 the company was certified according to ISO 14001, the environmental management standard, and ISO 50001, the standard for energy management valid worldwide, for all of its German production sites.
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS GmbH, says, "The issue of sustainability is an important element in our vision of technology and service leadership. It shows that values such as environmental friendliness and social commitment play a very significant role for us. We're backing up our claims with certificates and the appropriate audits performed by neutral experts to also convince the public generally of our policies."
    Prior to being awarded ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certification KHS set up a number of teams headed by the plant energy and environment officers at all of its German production sites. These teams analyzed the current situation at the individual factories, drew up a list of measures for improvement and subsequently implemented these measures. The key environmental management topics were optimized handling of hazardous materials, e.g. by substituting these with less dangerous substances, improved waste disposal and savings in water consumption. Special hazardous materials rooms were installed, for instance, and waste disposal areas reorganized so that waste can be more accurately separated. Improved energy management focused on minimizing the energy consumption of machines, heating and lights, among other devices. Examples of the energy-reducing measures introduced include using waste compressor heat to also heat the production shops, deploying frequency-controlled extractors in laser machining centers and replacing the air conditioner at the Dortmund computer center with a system with free cooling.
    Florian Lerche, head of Corporate Development at KHS GmbH, states, "It's always that number of small steps which results in success. Our job is to continuously question prevalent states in order to make permanent improvements. In our energy and environmental teams we work on key figures which reflect the energy and environmental management objectives we want to reach in the short, medium and long term."
    These goals are also precisely described in the KHS production manuals. Energy and environmental management are key pillars in production and ones which all plant personnel are fully trained to be aware of.
    Says Anke Fischer, CFO/CHRO for KHS GmbH, "What's essential for the further improvement of our standards is that KHS employees are more strongly sensitized to the issues of sustainability and the environment and that we all pull together. Our certification is an extremely important hallmark of quality for both our customers and our personnel. It convincingly underlines KHS' far-sighted commitment to sustainability and the protection of the environment. Another measure we're planning for the near future is the compilation of a KHS sustainability report."
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    02.07.2014   Meet More Top Exhibitors in CNIBEE 2014 (Aug. 26th - 28th)    ( Company news )

    Company news As one of the most influential exhibitions of the biomass energy industry in Asia, CNIBEE has done great performance for the last 3 consecutive years. CNIBEE 2014, covering a total area of 12,000m2, will be keeping the first place of the best biomass energy exhibition in China as always.
    CNIBEE is absolutely the best platform for worldwide biomass energy enterprises to improve brand valuation, showcase the latest products and technology as well as a one-stop sourcing platform for professional buyers to seek top-notch suppliers.

    Listed below are our exhibitor representatives already registered for CNIBEE 2014:
    -Muyang Biomass Engineering Company -Biomass fuel molding equipment
    Since the founding in 1967, Jiangsu Muyang Group Co., Ltd has grown into a well-known group corporation. It is specialized in biomass energy equipment and facility supplying. The enormous R&D force and dozens of years of experience have made the company an active and outstanding market player integrating solution planning, equipment designing, manufacturing as well as consistent project and after-sales services.
    -ANDRITZ GROUP- Biomass pelleting
    ANDRITZ is one of the leading suppliers of process technologies for the biomass pelleting sector. ANDRITZ supplies the complete process equipment for biomass drying, from wet milling to drying, fine milling and pelleting - all from a single source.
    -Bandit Industries, Inc. - wood chippers
    Bandit Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and leading suppliers of hand-fed brush and wood chippers, whole tree chippers, stump grinders, forestry mowers, and waste reduction machines including the powerful Beast Recycler horizontal grinder.
    -Korea Rosht Equipment (China) Co.,Ltd - Biomass boilers
    Rosht - leader in the field of biomass energy industry
    Rosht is a biomass fuel molding equipment, molding biomass fuels, energy saving biomass boilers, biomass burners, biomass energy development, and manufacturing and sales of stoves integrated company.
    -Sino-British Bio-Energy Technology Holdings Ltd-Biomass fuels
    SBBTH Limited (Sino-British Bio-Energy Technology Holdings Ltd) was established in Hongkong in conjunction with CDS Group of United Kingdom for the purpose of promoting, marketing and development of the state of art technology -torrefaction/bio-coal turnkey projection in China and other Far East countries.
    -Waterleau Group - Biogas technologies & engineering equipment
    Waterleau offers environmental services and solutions to both industry and municipalities in the fields of water, air and waste treatment as well as in new energy recovery.
    -Devotion Corporation - biomass gasification power generation technologies
    Devotion Group always dedicate on developing clear energy for social demand with the guideline of being responsible for economy, environment and society.
    The main business of Devotion Corporation is to provide thermal service for customer with biomass energy, include biomass fuel, facility and operation service. It is a leader in the field in China.
    -Caterpillar China - combustion engine, generator sets
    Caterpillar China has business across southern China, Xinjiang, Hongkong and Macao. The power system Division provides total solutions to our valuable customers by integrating combustion engine, generator sets and the professional engineering services in electric power, marine power, industrial and petroleum power.
    -Zhang Qiu Yulong Machine Co LTD- briquetting machine, granulator
    Zhangqiu Yulong Machine Co.,Ltd is a comprehensive enterprise that integrates scientific research, manufacturing, training and international business. Main products: Biomass energy equipment, organic fertilizer equipment, drying equipment and conveying equipment.

    CNIBEE opens it door to all the other biomass energy brands which have the intention to tap in the market of China. As an exhibitor, your company will benefit from this gathering of the bio-energy industry's brightest minds all over the world and be the access to a qualified audience of professionals who are looking for the latest bio-energy equipments. The whole industry is looking forward to your participation.
    (The CNIBEE committee)
     
    01.07.2014   Portugal: Trade court upholds decision preventing AB InBev from registering its beer under ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... Budweiser name

    The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision preventing its rival Anheuser-Busch InBev from registering its beer under the Budweiser name in the country, Brandon Sun reported on June 26.
    State-owned Budejovicky Budvar NP has been fighting with Anheuser-Busch for over a century over use of the Budweiser name. The legal battle continued when Anheuser-Busch was taken over by Belgium's InBev in 2008.
    The Czech company said on June 26 the appeals court in Lisbon rejected AB InBev's challenge to a December trade court ruling because its Budweiser trademarks could be mistaken for those Budvar had already registered in Portugal.
    Budvar says the verdict is final. The court could not be immediately reached for confirmation.
    AB InBev spokeswoman Karen Couck says the ruling doesn't affected sales of the company's BUD brand in Portugal.
     
    01.07.2014   R&D Designed Mirinda Bottle Spurs Sales Volume Growth in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Consumer research and product design combine to improve bottle function and user experience.

    We recently posted a story that told how PepsiCo employees worked together to develop a new Tropicana container that satisfied consumer demands for clear, functional and elegant packaging.
    The Tropicana story shows how consumer-preferred packaging innovation can drive sales, brand value and profitability.
    We found another interesting example in China, where PepsiCo’s R&D team developed a new Mirinda bottle that has been well received by Chinese consumers.
    In 2012, the Mirinda marketing team said they wanted a new Mirinda bottle that differentiated the product and satisfied Chinese consumer preferences, said Dong Ying, associate director of packaging for PepsiCo’s Greater China Region.
    “We had a detailed discussion about the attributes they required, and our team was commissioned to come up with a new bottle,” he said.
    The packaging team began by discussing design ideas that would complement the Mirinda brand.
    “Mirinda is about fun and flavors, and the team came up with the idea of a vortex drawing fun and flavors into the bottle. So we started to build on that concept,” Dong said.
    The team created several variations of the vortex design and the final version was selected for consumer testing against the previous Mirinda peel design bottle and the competitor’s bottle. The vortex design tested was favored significantly over the other bottles in consumer preference and purchase intent scores.
    This design became known as the “vortex” bottle. It is clear, tall and slender with a twisting, spiraling design wrapping the bottle. Texture, similar to an orange peel, was added to the surface to enhance the swirl and the interactivity of consumers with the package.
    A large label appears off-center towards the top of the bottle to enhance its appearance and attractiveness to consumers. And the base was specially designed to increase stability during the production process.
    Through a combination of deep consumer insight and unmatched product design, R&D is working closely with PepsiCo business partners to drive topline growth, and deliver today’s brand and market priorities as well as the growth opportunities of tomorrow.
    The new 600 milliliter vortex bottles are made using the pre-form resin tubes (tubes that are heated and inflated within a mold to produce the bottle) that were used to make the previous 500 milliliter bottles. So while the vortex bottle weighs the same as the previous bottle, the vortex holds 100 milliliters more product.
    All of the design and development work was performed at PepsiCo’s new Shanghai Research and Development Center. There, packaging specialists tested the vortex bottle for shelf life (carbonation retention), physical attributes, compliance to global standards, and the robustness of the bottle to load and handling.
    To reduce costs, the new bottles are shrink-wrapped, so the bottles have to be strong enough to withstand local shipping and handling without the use of pallets.
    The Mirinda vortex bottle was launched in China a year ago and has been well received by consumers, who prefer the taller and slimmer design. Three new local Mirinda flavors developed especially for the Chinese market – white peach, smoky sour plum and red apple – are also helping to drive volume growth.
    The packaging team is proud of the vortex bottle and the success it is having in the marketplace. Recently they built on their success by completing efforts to reduce the weight of the Mirinda 600 milliliter bottle without compromising bottle performance or the consumer experience.
    Reducing bottle weight reduces the amount of plastic used in the production process, which minimizes our impact on the environment and reduces production costs.
    The new, lighter-weight Mirinda bottles are currently making their way to shelves in China stores.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    01.07.2014   South Korea & China: Oriental Brewery to start exporting its flagship beer to China    ( E-malt.com )

    Oriental Brewery will begin exporting its flagship beer Cass to China from the second half of this year by using the sales network of its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev, The Chosun Ilbo reported on June 27.
    AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, acquired OB back in January some five years after it sold it to KKR and Affinity in 2009.
    "AB InBev is producing Harbin and Sedrin, which are the third and fourth largest beer brands in the Chinese market," OB CEO Jang In-soo said. "If we take advantage of this network, we think we can fare well in China."
    OB is already exporting US$150 million worth of beer to Hong Kong and Japan each year.
     


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