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    02.09.2015   Absolut Looks To Create An Icon For The Future With Bottle Redesign    ( Company news )

    Company news Since its launch in 1979, the Absolut Vodka bottle has stood out for its shape. The new bottle is a transformation of the original, featuring an updated two line logo, a new script, a redesigned medallion, reduced glass weight and a new brand signifier. To update what was already seen as a perfect bottle, Absolut brought together a group of creatives including a master illustrator and master calligrapher, each adding their mark to the new bottle through their own pursuit of perfection.

    “The Absolut bottle has been iconic for several generations; now it’s time to make the next bold statement for Absolut. Our goal has been to transform an already perfect bottle to make it even better. We were extremely privileged to work with the very best creatives within their discipline. The new bottle maintains everything that is Absolut Vodka – bold, original and creative, making it ready to face the future.” says Peder Clason, Global Brand Strategy Director, Absolut.

    “Absolut is a bold, creative brand and for some time we have wanted to reignite both those aspects in our already iconic bottle design, renewing the creative expression of our most visible product. Through the recent redesign of our flavor range, we gained the confidence to implement a level of detail in our collaborators’ work in a way that previously would not have been possible. The end result is true to Swedish design tradition where every part has a purpose and is executed in a simple but elegant way,” says Caroline Mörnås, Global Design Strategy Manager, Absolut.

    A trendsetter among the design community, the Absolut Vodka bottle is already respected all over the world. The bottle refresh was done in collaboration with Brand Union, which accepted the challenge to create an icon for the future. One of the most significant updates was to add a brand signifier to the back of the bottle, adding a bold, new short hand for the Absolut brand. The iconic shape of the bottle has been strengthened to feature more clearly defined shoulders, straightened neck and body, and a flattened bottom, while also using a reduced glass weight to minimize environmental impact.

    Crafted by a group of creatives working towards the same goal of perfection – just like Absolut Vodka itself – the new bottle is the brand’s latest expression of its dedication to quality. The creatives behind the redesigned bottle includes:

    Luca Barcellona, Calligrapher
    Absolut brings the passion of its ‘One Source’ philosophy directly onto its updated bottle with a new script. “My craft involves using the ancient art of writing and languages to create fresh, new work. Letters are the main ingredient of my creations, so for the Absolut bottle I experimented with many options that reflected the Swedish style. The result is cool, simple and modern, with an elegant touch.”

    Martin Mörck, Illustrator and Engraver
    The seal on the bottle features a portrait of Lars Olsson Smith, the founder of Absolut who pioneered the continuous distillation process. “To pay homage to the man himself, we tried new ideas again and again until we found the perfect interpretation – a bold image which depicts Lars Olsson Smith at the height of his success.”

    While the bottle has evolved, the vodka remains the same. As part of its ‘One Source’ philosophy, every bottle of Absolut is crafted in the village of Åhus in Southern Sweden, where vodka-making knowledge has been accumulated and passed down through generations.

    The new bottle will be distributed worldwide in fall/winter 2015.
    (Pernod Ricard Nordic)
     
    01.09.2015   First half of 2015: Constantia Flexibles heading for record year    ( Company news )

    Company news Flexible packaging company increases once again sales and earnings for the first half of 2015 / Focus on global growth strategy

    Constantia Flexibles, a world leader in flexible packaging and labels, successfully maintained its growth trend in the first six months of the current financial year with another increase in sales and earnings.

    Group sales increased to €942.7 million in the first half of 2015, a rise of 9.7% on the prior-year period. After adjusting for currency effects, the increase in sales was 5.4% compared with the previous year. The strong appreciation of the USD against the EUR was the main currency factor influencing the Group.

    The significant rise in sales was attributable to all of the Group’s divisions and was achieved due to strong volume increases in all regions. Operating profit before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to €129.9 million, an increase of 5.2% over the prior-year period, which resulted in an EBITDA margin of 13.8% compared to 14.4% in the prior-year period. The reduced margin is largely due to USD/EUR currency translation effects.

    Thomas Unger, CEO of Constantia Flexibles: “In the first six months of 2015, we succeeded in maintaining the positive trend seen in the previous year. We are optimistic that – together with our new owner, the Wendel Group – we will also achieve record results this year and consistently pursue our global growth strategy in the coming months and years. I am convinced that the new CEO, Alexander Baumgartner, will continue the Group’s successful path together with the company’s owners and its employees.”

    Food
    In the first half of 2015, the Food Division achieved sustainable growth rates in sales in all regions. Growth in Europe was particularly encouraging in the Food Division during the first half of 2015. Sales from alufoil containers for pet food and from packaging of dairy products increased further in both Eastern and Western Europe, while sales from packaging for ready-made meals and films for confectionery remained stable compared with the previous year. The increase in demand for portion packs, especially for coffee and tea, also positively impacted sales.
    In its North America and Emerging Markets regions, Constantia Flexibles succeeded in generating a substantial increase in sales in the field of film-based packaging for snacks. The Group’s production plants in India and Mexico were responsible for the increase in particular.
    Sales rose by 8.5% to €553.6 million in the first half of 2015. Adjusted for currency effects, the increase in divisional sales amounted to 4.9%. The Food Division had a share of 56% of the total sales generated by Constantia Flexibles. Fueled by volume increases, EBITDA in the Food Division improved by 13.1% to €73.3 million. This corresponds to an EBITDA margin of 13.2%.

    Pharma
    Sales in the Pharma Division rose by 5.6% to €149.9 million in the first half of 2015. After adjusting for currency effects, divisional growth amounted to 4.8%. Significant growth over the prior year was achieved with the product groups coldform foil and laminates, especially in the regions of Western Europe, Latin America and Asia/Pacific.
    The regional distribution shows that in addition to a strong European share of sales, the share of the Emerging Markets region (Africa, Asia, and South and Central America) was also increased.
    EBITDA in the Pharma Division improved by 6.1% to €26.2 million in the first half of 2015. The EBITDA margin remained nearly constant at 17.5%. Growth in sales and productivity increases were the main factors contributing to the rise in EBITDA. The division’s share of the total sales posted by Constantia Flexibles amounted to 15%.

    Labels
    The first half of 2015 saw growth in the market – in particular the global beer market – due to rising demand for higher quality labels, especially self-adhesive labels. Acquired in 2013, the Spear Group played a key role in the sales increase as a result of its new, innovate projects, many of which were with global customers in the labels business. The increase in sales was also driven by the increase in global demand for in-mould and film labels. Divisional growth was mainly influenced by the continuous expansion of existing business relations, as well as the acquisition of new customers.
    Sales in the Labels Division rose by 10.2% to €273.4 million in the first half of 2015. Of this, 7% was attributable to currency effects. The Labels Division had a share of 29% of total sales generated by Constantia Flexibles.
    Divisional EBITDA decreased slightly by 0.5% to €47.1 million, which corresponds to an EBITDA margin of 17.2%. The decline in the EBITDA margin was due to non-recurring expenses incurred to support growth, a delay in passing on raw material price increases, and unfavorable pricing in the market.

    Outlook for 2015
    In the second half of the financial year 2015, the focus of Constantia Flexibles is once again clearly set on global growth – both organic and through acquisitions. Particularly in the Emerging Markets, we are expecting above-average growth in the area of film applications for the Food Division.
    In addition, the Group reinforced its position in the growth market of African countries south of the Sahara through the purchase of Afripack, one of Africa’s largest packaging manufacturers. The acquisition is expected to be concluded in the second half of 2015.
    After the first six months, Constantia Flexibles expects sales and operating EBITDA to also increase for the full year 2015 compared with the previous year. If the development continues to be positive, the Group expects another record year.
    Constantia Flexibles will continue to see solid organic growth, although raw material prices and currencies are expected to fluctuate broadly. To optimize profitability, the Group will focus on effective cost management and efficiency enhancements in the operating business. Particular emphasis will be placed on improving the use of materials and production processes. The product portfolio will also be expanded by adding targeted innovative solutions.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    01.09.2015   Karl Knauer KG wraps James Bond     ( Company news )

    Company news In novembre, Daniel Craig is going to be James Bond for the fourth time. That is why the beer packaging of Heineken will show James Bond advertisements in the USA. Packaging-specialist Karl Knauer KG produced the folding cartons from June to Juli 2015 in Germany.

    Mission accepted
    The total order amounts 5 millions of folding cartons for the US market. After been produced, the packaging will be delivered to Heineken. Round about 60 millions of Heineken beer bottles will be packed with these. From June to July Karl Knauer KG produced the packaging and is now able to say: mission completed!
    (Karl Knauer KG)
     
    31.08.2015   combiblocXSlim from SIG Combibloc: small carton, grand entrance    ( Company news )

    Company news Asia, USA and Africa – small-format carton pack makes an impact world-wide

    It is the smallest one, but it is making a grand entrance: the carton pack
    combiblocXSlim from SIG Combibloc, available in volumes of 80, 90, 100, 110, 125, 150 and 180 ml, is shaping up to be a best-seller. In Asia, the USA and Africa, the carton pack has been very well-received. And now the smallest possible volume size of 80 ml is also on the market for the first time: in Indonesia, Frisian Flag Indonesia, a subsidiary of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., has brought out ‘Frisian Flag’ brand strawberry and chocolate milk in
    combiblocXSlim 80 ml.

    Photo: Small is beautiful: It is the smallest one, but it is making a grand entrance: the carton pack combiblocXSlim from SIG Combibloc, available in volumes of 80, 90, 100, 110, 125, 150 and 180 ml, is shaping up to be a best-seller. In Asia, the USA and Africa, the carton pack has been very well-received.

    “Globally, small-format beverage packaging in volumes below 200 ml has enjoyed high growth rates for a number of years – particularly in the Asia region, South America and the Middle East. And there’s a clear positive trend for the future, too. Considered world-wide, from 2013 to 2019 the number of small-format beverage packages is set for an annual growth rate of 5.4 per cent. The carton pack is also benefiting from this. While the carton pack had a 58.4 per cent share in 2013, this figure is expected to be 61.4 per cent in 2019”, says Oliver Ihloff, Product Manager for combiblocXSlim at SIG Combibloc. With combiblocXSlim, SIG Combibloc has brought out a packaging solution that perfectly accommodates this market trend.
    The filling machine technology from SIG Combibloc is designed so that beverage
    manufacturers can expect a maximum of flexibility and performance. For instance, all seven combiblocXSlim volumes can be filled using a single CFA 1224-36 filling machine from SIG Combibloc – and this can be done at a high-speed output of up to 24,000 carton packs per hour. Oliver Ihloff: “For carton packs with the same base dimensions, switching between different fill volumes takes just minutes. The combiblocXSlim has a base area of 47 x 32.5 mm – giving the carton pack an exceptionally slim look. The rapid volume change brings with it numerous possibilities for positioning products in just the
    right way to suit specific target audiences, so the products can be matched to the spending power of the relevant target group and the beverage volume required – especially with premium products”.

    This flexibility convinced FrieslandCampina, among others, to opt for combiblocXSlim. The company brought out its first products in combiblocXSlim in autumn 2012 in Thailand. FrieslandCampina Thailand got the ball rolling with ‘Omega’ brand dairy products, which are specially designed to give children the healthy vitamins and minerals they need. Since then, the range of products sold in the innovative small-format carton pack has been expanding
    continuously. Now, FrieslandCampina also has pure drinking milk, flavoured milk drinks and yoghurt drinks in combiblocXSlim on the market – and the company has taken advantage of the volume flexibility of the machine, with volume sizes of 90, 100, 125 and 180 ml already successfully positioned in the market. Now, Frisian Flag Indonesia, a subsidiary of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., has launched strawberry and chocolate milk under the brand ‘Frisian
    Flag’ in the carton pack combiblocXSlim 80 ml. The 80 ml carton size is hitting the shelves for the first time.

    Tailor-made for the target group
    Fidiyantri Cholid, Senior Brand Manager RTD at Frisian Flag Indonesia: “In Asia, beverages in small carton packs are big-sellers, because many consumers want the convenience aspect. They prefer beverages in carton packs they can take with them and conveniently drink from even when they’re out and about. And any packaging with a chance of success also needs to be suitable for children’s little hands. Moreover, beverages in very small carton packs can be offered at an attractive and affordable price – even children can buy them from
    pocket money. With the filling machine for combiblocXSlim, we can quickly and securely package a range of beverages, and respond flexibly to the requirements of the market. We can select the beverage portion sizes to match the needs of the consumers”.

    The small carton packs can be used to fill milk and dairy products as well as non-carbonated soft drinks. They can be provided with 6 and 8 mm straw holes. This ensures that, with the right drinking straw, even beverages with a creamy consistency are easy to drink straight from the carton pack.

    Promising performance in North Africa
    The Middle East and Africa also promise fertile ground for sales of beverages in small package sizes. In Algeria, Ramy Food, one of the country’s leading beverage manufacturers, has opted for a CFA 1224-36 filling machine from SIG Combibloc, and in a first step is using it to fill chocolate milk in combiblocXSlim 180 ml.
    Ali Djouider, CEO and owner of Ramy: “Beverages in single-portion carton packs are on the way up. In our part of the world, people who want to quench their thirst while out and about will go for beverages that are tailored to their personal taste and come in portion sizes that satisfy their thirst. With the flexible, high-performance filling machine for filling beverages in combiblocXSlim, we have plenty of scope in this respect”. The company is also planning to bring out fruit juices in the innovative small-format carton pack.

    Small carton pack, big prospects
    In the USA, Steuben Foods, one of the United States’ leading companies in the field of aseptic filling of foods and beverages, has opted for combiblocXSlim, underlining its claim to provide the market with innovations that offer the sector genuine added value.
    Jeffrey Sokal, Senior Vice President at Steuben: “Innovations are a big part of our corporate culture. Thanks to the new high-performance filling machine from SIG Combibloc, we’re in a position to considerably expand our product portfolio. And as a manufacturer, we can also let our customers from the beverage industry share in the new opportunities. With its unique size range this new packaging format allows brands to reach different demographic target groups, expand their footprint to new parts of the stores, and succeed where other packaging formats fall short. So for us, this packaging innovation from SIG Combibloc is a great move. The small carton packs offer big opportunities. combiblocXSlim makes it possible to adjust product quantities precisely to customers’ needs, and respond flexibly to the requirements of the market”.

    In North America, aseptic carton packs are becoming increasingly important in certain segments. More and more consumers, food manufacturers and retailers are opting for carton packs – particularly in the plant-based milk substitutes sector, but also for stocks, soups and sauces. The advantages of a carton pack include first and foremost its convenience, its product protection qualities and its good environmental characteristics. Tim Kirchen, Head of Marketing and Business Development at SIG Combibloc North America: “The cooperation with Steuben Foods will give new impetus to this trend. Steuben Foods is an excellent option for food manufacturers looking to add to their product range in a simple and practical way without having to invest in a filling machine of their own. The packing service is, as it were, outsourced and handed over to aseptic packaging professionals outside the manufacturer’s own company. This means on-trend products in innovative packaging solutions can be brought onto the market speedily and flexibly without major investment”.

    Ideal portion size for added-value products
    The small carton sizes are a packaging solution for a wide range of trend products – particularly in the added-value sector. The small carton packs make it possible for beverage manufacturers to offer products in quantities that are tailored precisely to the needs of their consumers, and are within a reasonable price range. These could be, for instance, trend products with a healthy added value, the so-called nutraceuticals, whose market value has
    been increasing for years. Nutraceuticals belong to the group of functional foods that offer the consumer added health benefits. Aside from the nutritional aspects, they are also designed to provide a medical benefit, and try to prevent illness or relieve symptoms. The physiologically active substances in nutraceuticals are declared as foods, so unlike medicines, nutraceuticals can be sold freely. Oliver Ihloff: “People consume products like
    these as a natural dietary supplement, in order to do something for their health without having to worry about the negative side effects of medicines. For these products too, the carton packs and filling machines from SIG Combibloc offer the required quality and precision – and combiblocXSlim is the perfect portion size. In the nutraceuticals segment, therefore, we see considerable potential in the future”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    28.08.2015   Sacmi 'Total integration' for the beverage supply chain in the 'Food & Beverage Plastic Day'    ( Company news )

    Company news Appointment on 15 September 2015 in Sacmi, Imola with a day dedicated to the technological solutions and integrated plants for the beverage industry, in the name of productivity, versatility and energy saving.

    Extremely dynamic and competitive, the beverage industry is continuously seeking solutions that can combine productivity and efficiency to flexibility and versatility of the machines, to respond in real time to the requirements of the market, all accompanied by a pressing and constant requirement for optimisation of consumptions and costs.

    Sacmi, the only global player capable of proposing integrated cap-preform-bottle solutions, next 15 September 2015 promotes the first "Food & Beverage Plastic Day", to illustrate to the specialised operators project H.E.R.O. (High Efficiency Resource Optimisation) applied to the beverage supply chain.

    From integration between blowing and filling to the compression presses for the production of caps, Sacmi takes the opportunity of the first Food & Beverage Plastic Day to display to the operators the latest development of the IPS (Injection Preform Moulding) range, IPS400, the machine for the production of preforms designed to handle moulds up to 128 cavities. Characterised by the lowest cycle times in the industry, IPS 400 backs up, to the recognised advantages of the previous range, significant innovations such as the automated unloading of the preform system, the different circuitry inside the plasticising unit - to guarantee the best quality of the PET - and the particular configuration of the cooling station of the preforms, where the kinetic energy of the gripper plate is recovered, in the deceleration stage, and reconverted into electrical energy.

    Also in this case, Sacmi accompanies the technological innovation with a complete proposal from the point of view of process integration: Sacmi CPB LINK is the new high automation dynamic buffer that enables the integration of production of caps and preforms in the bottling line, in view of energy savings (H.E.R.O.) and logistics, while increasing at the same time the hygienic safety of the process.

    Among the focuses of the day of work, there are also the developments of the Colora Cap system for high definition digital press, of caps and closures, now usable, after years of developments and researches, even on coloured caps. The fast loading of graphic files and the instant quick change of images makes the system suitable for the decoration of capsules for promotional campaigns, events and award ceremonies.

    To complete the picture, the CBF (Compression Blow Forming) technology, studied in view of the green packaging, that is, reduction of weights – at equal performance – of containers up to 500 ml for the dairy industry, and the solutions for inspection developed for the different businesses, machines and plant solutions of the Group.

    The day of work - followed by a gala dinner - will end with a visit to the R&S Beverage laboratory, where are developed and tested by Sacmi the solutions later industrialised and proposed to the market. A certified structure by the top global players in the beverage chain industry, capable to accompany the customer right from the design stage by combining the guarantee on the final result to the high capacity of customisation of solutions, in line with the most modern and diversified needs of the customer and the market.
    (Sacmi Imola S.C.)
     
    27.08.2015   New record level: Bischof + Klein increased its sales by more than seven percent to the new ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...record level of 534 million euros in 2014

    This growth rate, which is higher than the industry average, contains no growth through acquisition. In 2014, the B+K-GROUP employed a total of around 2,500 staff, with approx. 1,300 at its headquarters in Lengerich and around. 700 at B+K Konzell in Bavaria.

    "Bischof + Klein has invested sustainably and successfully in recent years", explained managing director Dr. Volker Pfennig. Together with managing director Gerd Sundermann, he recently reported on the successful course of the 2014 financial year to journalists. The family-owned company will maintain its rate of investment, and is again scheduled to spend around 30 million euros on expanding and modernising its European plants in 2015. In addition to infrastructure measures and implementation of the 2020 energy concept, focus will be placed on modernising and expanding production facilities at both of the German plants. In Lengerich, this includes extending the production area in the clean room facility as well as investing in extrusion, printing and conversion capacities. Amongst other projects, a fully-automated high-bay warehouse with space for storing 1,700 pallets is under construction in Konzell. With the extension of the extrusion and printing departments and with the installation of the fourth flexographic printing press respectively, the subsidiary companies in Poland and the United Kingdom are also growing.

    With its three divisions, Industrial and Consumer Packaging plus Technical Films, Bischof + Klein succeeded in extending its position as one of the leading full-service suppliers in Europe against the backdrop of a European market with relatively low growth rates, high price pressure and increasing competition from Eastern and Southern Europe. For example, Bischof + Klein succeeded in increasing unit sales of U-Pack® side gusseted bags for pet food in Europe and the USA and establishing itself with SmartFlex® stretch hood films in Australia.

    "One of the highlights of the 2014 financial year was certainly the award of the German Federal Government's CSR prize", said managing director Gerd Sundermann. This confirmation of sustainable management at an economic, ecological and social level provides new impetus for further commitment.
    (B+K Bischof + Klein GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    27.08.2015   We've Done It! Introducing DB Export Brewtroleum!    ( Company news )

    Company news Our world is in peril. War and pollution caused by oil and greed has pushed our planet to the brink. But there is hope...

    Introducing DB Export Brewtroleum! We’ve actually gone and done it. A biofuel made from the leftovers after we finish brewing DB Export.

    We then found a match made in biofuel/bird heaven, by partnering up with the leaders in bio-fuel availabilty in New Zealand - Gull New Zealand.
    That’s right, DB Export Brewtroleum, the world’s first commercially available biofuel made from the leftovers of brewing beer is now flowing from the pumps of Gull service stations.

    If your engine takes petrol, head down to your nearest Gull station now.
    (DB Breweries Ltd)
     
    26.08.2015   Crown Holdings Announces Leadership Transition    ( Company news )

    Company news Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) announced that John W. Conway, 70, has informed the Board of Directors of his decision to retire from his role as Chief Executive Officer, after 40 years with the Company, effective January 1, 2016. The Board has elected Timothy J. Donahue, 52, who has been with the Company for 25 years, to assume the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2016.

    Mr. Donahue currently serves as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Donahue served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2013, as Senior Vice President – Finance from 2000 to 2008 and as the Company's Vice President – Corporate Controller from 1991 to 2000. Mr. Conway has agreed to remain on the Board and will continue to serve as non-executive Chairman of the Board after his retirement. Additionally, the Board has elected Mr. Donahue as a member of the Board, effective today.

    Mr. Conway commented, "I am proud of what we have accomplished at Crown and I am confident that Crown is well positioned for the future. Tim is ideally suited to succeed me as Chief Executive Officer. He has an intimate understanding of the Company and has gained valuable experience serving as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. We will continue to work closely together to ensure a smooth transition. I look forward to continuing my service on Crown's Board as non-executive Chairman."

    Mr. Donahue commented, "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Crown's Chief Executive Officer and excited to lead our efforts to build on the foundation John and the entire executive team have put in place. I look forward to working with our dedicated employees throughout the world to improve on our strengths, such as our broad and diversified product portfolio, global leadership positions, strong customer base, technological leadership and commitment to sustainability."
    (Crown Holdings Inc.)
     
    25.08.2015   JACK DANIEL'S SINGLE BARREL ANNOUNCES PREMIER BARREL STRENGTH WHISKEY WITH ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...LAUNCH OF BARREL PROOF

    Barrel Proof is the Latest Expression in the Newly Packaged Jack Daniel’s ‘Single Barrel Collection’

    The Jack Daniel Distillery ​announces the nationwide release of the brand’s first-ever barrel strength offering ​within the coveted Single Barrel Collection, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof​. The newest member of the Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands will hit shelves in August and will be available across the U.S.

    “As master distiller at Jack Daniel’s, I get the privilege of traveling to the top floors of our barrelhouses in Lynchburg and hand drilling individual barrels. This provides me the rare opportunity to taste Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey in its purest form; unfiltered and uncut,” said Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller​.

    “I’m always amazed at the intensity of the aromas and the deep amber colors, and yet at the same time, the exceptional smoothness of the whiskey at this higher proof point. After years of thinking about and discussing a barrel proof offering from Jack Daniel’s, we believe that now is the perfect time to make this available to all of our friends around the world. I’m confident that everyone will be as impressed as I was the first time I tasted this unique form of Single Barrel whiskey.”

    Barrel Proof, ranging from 125 to 140 proof, is the Jack Daniel Distillery’s second offering in the Single Barrel Collection which includes Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select. Select is a 94-proof single barrel Tennessee Whiskey with a robust, full-bodied flavor complemented by Jack Daniel’s smooth charcoal-mellowed character. Together, Select and Barrel Proof combine to create the world’s finest collection of single barrel Tennessee Whiskey. The collection uses Jack Daniel’s unique charcoal-mellowing process – helping to provide the signature depth of aroma and complex flavor that Jack Daniel’s friends know and love.

    Barrel Proof is crafted using the same cave spring water from the Jack Daniel’s Hollow, proprietary yeast and charcoal-mellowing process that’s been used in the distillery’s nearly 150-year-old Tennessee Whiskey recipe. From there, the liquid enters a charred White American Oak barrel, forged within Jack Daniel’s very own cooperage and set to age in the upper regions of the barrelhouse. In this resting place, the whiskey is exposed to the extreme temperature variations that a Lynchburg, Tennessee season brings. The interaction of the whiskey, the wood and the environment creates nuances from barrel to barrel to bring out distinct flavor profiles that transcend the expected to become ‘Barrel Proof.’

    Barrel Proof takes the flavor range of sweet vanilla and toasted oak that has become the Jack Daniel’s trademark to a whole new level. Although every barrel is slightly different, each offers a great intensity and complexity with an exceptionally smooth finish. These are the key characteristics of a whiskey that has been fully matured in a superior quality toasted and charred oak barrel. Barrel Proof is a surprisingly robust whiskey that brings something unique to the palates of Jack Daniel’s friends and whiskey enthusiasts alike.

    Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof will be available nationwide beginning August 2015. The product will be priced approximately $65.00 per 750ml.
    (Jack Daniel's Distillery)
     
    25.08.2015   MARTENS Brouwerij brings Direct Print powered by KHS™ to market    ( Company news )

    Company news MARTENS Brouwerij based in Bocholt, Belgium, is launching a new brand of beer, ‘Dagschotel’, in coordination with a well-known group of Belgian TV sitcom actors, ‘F.C. Kampioenen’, to promote their upcoming movie ‘Jubilee Generale’.

    Photo: Talking bottles: MARTENS Brouwerij is launching a new brand of beer, ‘Dagschotel’, by the new printing method Direct Print Powered by KHS™.

    MARTENS injected some fun into the Dagschotel beer launch with digitally printed, premium quality PET bottles which come to life using a specially-designed F.C. Kampioenen beer smartphone application. With the app, F.C. Kampioenen characters printed on the bottles deliver special performances on the smartphone. When two bottles are brought together, the app brings to life a dialog between the characters – truly innovative and engaging – resulting in talking bottles.

    KHS and NMP Systems were key innovation partners for MARTENS both with Plasmax FreshSafe-PET® barrier coating for enhanced shelf life and premium beer focus and also with Direct Print Powered by KHS™. Direct Print is the first industrial-scale, digital printing process with low-migration UV cure inks to provide a food-safe solution for PET bottles.

    Phil Johnson from NMP Systems is excited about the Direct Print partnership with MARTENS and states that ‘the breakthrough technology of digital printing onto PET will enable beverage companies to change graphics within minutes instead of weeks, and create new forms of consumer experience in a world where everything is digital.’

    MARTENS Brouwerij mission statement ‘Every day our actions are defined by innovations in new technologies, processes and products’ is a perfect match for the close partnership with KHS, bringing new PET technologies such as FreshSafe-PET® and Direct Print into the world of beverages.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    24.08.2015   Rexam expands design centre capabilities    ( Company news )

    Company news Following successful launches last year, Rexam has expanded design capabilities in its UK and Russian Design Centres. The investment in Luton (UK) sees the installation of a fully operational design reproduction studio, whilst new state of the art technology is now available in the Russian centre based in Moscow.

    The new in-house design capabilities at Luton, offer a simplified design process for not only creation of designs, but also full design reproduction. This investment now enables the customer to collaborate with Rexam experts through every step of the process, from design creation, ink rematching, colour separation and design reproduction, right through to proof can production. Rexam now leads the industry, as the only beverage can maker to currently provide a full suite of design development capability under one roof.

    The expansion in Russia sees the added offering of in-house design reproduction. Investment in new state of the art design technology including, CTP technology, barcode software checkers, 3D visualizers and repro skill software will result in a reduction in the lead time required for the customer and efficient design amendment processes.

    Speaking about the centres’ expansion, Paul Winwright, Director Graphics & Design and Customer Fulfillment for Rexam says, “Since opening in September 2014, the Luton Design Centre has been a huge success. In the UK we’ve enjoyed working with over 100 customers on projects both big and small. Our Russian customers have also welcomed the new offering and we’ve developed over 650 designs.

    “The customer sits at the heart of our business and at Rexam, our team continually strives to develop and improve our offering. Working in collaboration with our customers through the Design Centres has delivered great results to date, and with further investment we will continue to be the can maker of choice for the world’s biggest brands.”
    (Rexam Beverage Can Europe)
     
    21.08.2015   Heineken N.V. reports 2015 half year results: Continued organic revenue and profit growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Heineken N.V. (EURONEXT: HEIA; OTCQX: HEINY) announced:
    -Group revenue +2.0% organically with group revenue per hectolitre up 1.1%
    -Group beer volume +1.0% driven by Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa Middle East
    -Heineken® volume in premium segment +4.7% with growth across most regions
    -Innovation rate of 8.6%, contributing €854 million of revenues
    -Group operating profit (beia) +4.7% organically
    -Consolidated operating profit (beia) +3.4% organically
    -Net profit (beia) of €915 million, up 14% organically
    -Diluted EPS (beia) of €1.59 (2014:€1.34)

    CEO Statement
    Jean-François van Boxmeer (photo), Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO, commented:
    "These solid results are in line with our expectations and demonstrate the further progress we have made in delivering on our strategy. Despite strong prior year comparatives and challenging conditions in a number of markets, we saw positive top line and profit growth. Heineken® volume in the premium segment grew a further 4.7%, outperforming the total beer market. This continued positive momentum reflects the benefit from our exposure to high growth markets, a sustained focus on marketing and innovation, and the ability to drive efficiencies throughout the business. Our emphasis on innovation delivered €854 million in revenues. Whilst economic conditions and the pricing environment in certain key markets remain challenging, we are confident of continued progress and our full year expectations are unchanged."
    (Heineken N.V.)
     
    20.08.2015   BENEFITS OF NEW LABELLING ACHIEVED IN JUST FIVE DAYS FOR MALTESE PRODUCER     ( Company news )

    Company news A project for the General Soft Drinks Co ltd (GSD) of Malta, the country’s sole licensed bottler of Coca-Cola products, has demonstrated the capacity to add new technology to an existing line with minimum disruption following the installation of a new Rollquattro rollfed labeller in only five days.

    The decision to acquire the new Rollquattro labelling machine from Sidel the world’s leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging was taken after GSD had considered the retrofitting of an existing rollfed labeller. “With the high season about to start, we consulted Sidel - originally to have our existing Rollquattro rollfed labeller retrofitted with all the relevant upgrades,” commented Brian Galea, Technical Manager at GSD. “Sidel undertook a careful evaluation of the whole situation on our behalf. When they presented the results of this thorough analysis and the comparable improvements we would likely be faced with by investing in the new machine, we quickly saw the value and sense of the option that they were suggesting, particularly when we realised the potential for installing it in such a short timeframe” he continued.

    Staying competitive in a cost-driven market
    Within the local bottled water market Malta effectively competes with neighbouring Italy, a country with an annual bottled water per capita consumption of 176 litres. Water volume sales for the whole of Italy - one of the largest producers of bottled water in the world - totalled 11 billion litres in 2014 according to reports by market analyst Euromonitor. Italians and Maltese generally treat mineral water as an everyday drink, rather than a luxury item. However, the number of competing brands inevitably results in a fiercely tough marketplace where the price is driven low and great profitability is difficult to achieve. GSD is consequently run on measurable performance indicators that are regularly monitored to ensure every aspect of production is kept competitive and profitable. This naturally includes the performance of any labelling equipment involved in the process.

    Consulting with Sidel to improve TCO
    GSD first started working with Sidel in 2002 when it purchased its first Sidel line to produce water in both glass and PET bottles. In 2007 a second line was added, this time devoted to only the PET bottling of carbonated soft drinks in a new modern plant and the old line relocated. Both the original lines were moved and subsequently updated with a line conversion in 2012. Then, when the company decided to improve the efficiency and total cost of ownership (TCO) of the older line originally supplied 12 years earlier, the company naturally again turned to Sidel. The flexible line - used to produce still, sparkling and flavoured water in 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 litre bottles in both glass and PET - is equipped with standalone equipment. This includes a single blow moulding machine with different fillers and labellers for each packaging material.

    Set up to make installation fast and simple
    The original PET labelling machine that had given seven years of such efficient and reliable service on the line was a Sidel Rollquattro labeller. Following the evaluation of the options, this was replaced by the new labeller to provide even further benefits. Just like the previous machine, the new Rollquattro from Sidel is for the application of rollfed labels. GSDs' new labeller has the same overall dimensions as the old machine, with a potential output rate of up to 25,000 bottles per hour, and makes use of the same changeover parts. This in itself contributes to the reduction of the overall cost of the GSD investment.

    The machine is fully tested by Sidel technicians before shipping to ensure it is simple to install in place of an existing machine, keeping stoppage time to an absolute minimum and reducing the impact on production. For GSD, the whole process, from dismantling the old labeller to the production of the first sellable bottles on the new Rollquattro, took only five days. "With the new machine fitted within a matter of days - and Customer Acceptance Validation reached in under three weeks as we had requested - we were able to tackle production for our high season with even greater labelling efficiency. At the same time, we have optimised the TCO of labelling PET bottles on the line" commented Brian Galea.

    Efficient and highly precise
    Qualitative plastic labels are applied on all the different waters and formats by the new Rollquattro, supporting the market positioning of the brand Kristal water. The label transfer drum, glue and cutting modules of the new machine are designed to deliver high accuracy and quality time after time. The patented label transfer drum ensures high quality labels fit to bottles. The automated vacuum, with easy and programmable settings, increases label tension and stability control. The label application and overlap alignment are precise at every speed, even for shaped bottles, with no additional wipe-down system required for label overlap closure. Each of the four integrated single rotating cutting blades is highly durable and designed for up to 5,000 working hours. The glue roller’s knurled pattern design leads to significant savings in glue and the roller unit ensures the adhesive remains in excellent condition and, with accuracy and simplicity, always achieves optimal application.

    Flexible labelling solution and low maintenance
    Brian Galea continues: "GSD production is changed roughly three times every day. So production flexibility in terms of changeover of materials, formats and labels, is essential to us. With a compact footprint, the new Rollquattro linear station design makes access to machine modules easy, thereby making changeovers in format faster. With adjustments for both bottle and label configurations made via the human machine interface (HMI), we now find that we can carry out changeovers within only thirty minutes."
    The ergonomic linear design of the new Rollquattro provides control of all labelling processes and allows for simpler maintenance procedures. Modules can be removed from the station and worked on separately. Reduced wearing between the glue-vacuum-drum-cutter roller and the lack of lubrication decreases the need for maintenance. The glue tank, located under the machine base, can be easily and safely accessed by the operator and the vacuum prevents labels from entering the glue roller area to reduce the need for cleaning.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    20.08.2015   Pre-pear yourself: have we ended the fruitless search for hangover prevention?    ( Company news )

    Company news A tall glass of milk to line the stomach. Bouts of water between drinks. Pre-loading with carbs. Everyone, it seems, has their own tried and true method for preventing hangovers (how often they actually work is a different story altogether). But sure-fire ways of sidestepping the dreaded headaches, nausea and general discombobulation that can follow drinking sessions are rarely scientifically studied, instead living in the realms of onions-in-your-socks-to-prevent-colds-type remedies.

    Yes, the search for a miracle prevention of hangovers has been fruitless – until now.

    The pears have it
    We’ve been researching pears with Horticulture Innovation Australia to discover the hidden benefits of the humble backyard fruit – beyond being cheaper than apples.
    As well as finding that pears can lower cholesterol, relieve constipation and have anti-inflammatory effects, it also appears they can ward off hangovers AND lower blood alcohol levels.
    In what could be one of the greatest ‘stumbled upon’ scientific findings since we discovered fast WiFi, this secret pear power has the potential to stimulate Friday afternoon pear purchases world-wide.

    But before we get too far ahead of ourselves…
    We spoke to Professor Manny Noakes, our lead researcher on the project, to get the full slice on pears.

    Are there any types of pears that work better than other? And what’s the best way to consume them?
    At present, studies have only investigated the Korean (or Asian) pear, which has long been used as a traditional remedy for alcohol hangover. A number of compositional differences have been noted between the Korean pear and Western pear varieties, so further studies are needed to confirm these findings to determine whether these results could be replicated using other pear varieties. So far the effect has been seen from consuming 220ml Korean pear juice, although consumption of whole pears may produce a similar effect.

    How exactly do the pears prevent hangovers – how did we find this out?
    There may be several ways by which pears could prevent hangovers. Our review has uncovered both animal and human studies trying to answer this question. It appears that the factors in Korean pears act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) to speed up alcohol metabolism and elimination or inhibition of alcohol absorption. In particular, reductions were seen in blood acetaldehyde levels, the toxic metabolic thought to be responsible for the hangover symptoms, with pear juice consumption.

    What hangover symptoms can pears prevent?
    Overall hangover severity, as measured by a 14 item hangover symptom scale, was significantly reduced in the Korean pear group compared to those having a placebo drink, with the most pronounced effect seen on the specific symptom of ‘trouble concentrating’.

    Can I pear-binge after drinking to cure my hangover?
    NO. The effect was only demonstrated if pears were consumed before alcohol consumption. There is no evidence that you can consume pears after drinking and avoid a hangover.
    And remember, the very best way to not get a hangover is to not drink in the first place.

    Manny also warns this is only a preliminary scoping study, with the results yet to be finalised. Ultimately, her team hope to deliver a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on pears, pear components and relevant health measures. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.
    (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO))
     
    19.08.2015   Aluminium Foil Statistics Second Quarter 2015: Alufoil deliveries pick up in Europe     ( Company news )

    Company news The European domestic market for aluminium foil made a return to growth in Q2. It improved by 0.3% compared with the same period in 2014 so that the shortfall on total deliveries has narrowed to just 0.7%, down markedly from the 2.5% seen in the first three months of 2015, according to new figures released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association.

    From January to June deliveries in the EAFA region were 439,300 tonnes (compared with 442,200 t for the first six months of 2014). Once again thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, led the way with an increase of 4.5%, continuing the growth established at the end of last year, following a considerable period of decline.

    Demand for thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, fell by 3.2%, again affected by a drop in exports. However this figure is almost half that recorded in Q1, reflecting an underlying pick-up in demand in the domestic market. Continuing strong competition from rollers in other parts of the world meant exports fell 7.8% at the halfway stage this year compared with last.

    EAFA vice-president Manfred Mertens (photo), believes that the underlying trend is positive. “These figures show some stability returning to European markets for alufoil, despite the continuing economic uncertainties of the Eurozone. The technical benefits of aluminium foil used as a barrier material, protecting valuable food products and helping to reduce food losses, means it has even more relevance as a major packaging medium. With the spotlight on food waste, there is underlying strength in our core markets,” he claimed.

    “Challenges remain,” he added. “Europe is not recovering as quickly as everyone hoped and export markets remain very competitive and price sensitive. But these figure are a robust set of results, given the conditions and we are pleased about that.”
    (EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)
     
    18.08.2015   Berentzen Group stays on a course of success for the first half of the year     ( Company news )

    Company news - Group sales of €75.6 million (up 3% year on year)
    - EBITDA of €6.4 million (up 42% year on year)
    - Spirit drinks growing against the market, with fresh juice systems and fashion drink Mio Mio Mate as engines for growth

    Drinks company Berentzen Group records a growth in sales of 3% to €75.6 million (previous year €73.2 million) for the first half of 2015. Operational successes mean the Group’s EBITDA increased to €6.4 million (previous year: €4.5 million), and the Group's earnings before interest and taxes increased to €2.5 million (previous year: €1.0 million). Executive Board Spokesperson Frank Schübel: "The significant increase that we have achieved in our operating result shows that our strategy is working: reorienting the Group toward fresh and health-oriented segments, revitalising the domestic market for our spirit drinks, and ensuring a high level of innovation have had a clear impact." The operating cashflow significantly exceeded the investments of €2.6 million (previous year: €2.1 million). On the cut-off date of 30 June 2015, Berentzen Group had liquid assets of €53.9 million (31 December 2014: €41.1 million). Overall, the Group has a solid position and is also well equipped for further growth projects.

    Fresh juice systems/non-alcoholic beverages: Citrocasa and Mio Mio Mate on a winning track
    The fresh juice systems segment, a recent foray for Berentzen Group, delivered clear contributions to success in its first financial half-year. With a significant increase in sales of 26% for Citrocasa fruit presses, and similarly high increase rates for oranges and containers, expectations were greatly surpassed. Alongside growth in the domestic market of Austria,
    international markets such as France and Poland rose, whilst distribution structures were specifically developed in Germany to leverage further potential in the second half of the year.

    The non-alcoholic beverages business line generated sales of 0.77 million hectolitres in refreshment drinks and mineral waters (previous year: 0.86 million hectolitres). This development was primarily due to effects from switching the concession in the food service industry from Pepsi to Sinalco. However, the successes in winning new customers inspires confidence with regards to the expansion of the Group's concessions trade by the end of the year. Sales of own-brand regional mineral waters and lemonades remained almost constant year on year. The Mio Mio Mate energy drink, introduced at the end of 2012, made a significant contribution with a high, two-digit growth rate to lemonade sales. The high level of acceptance among consumers means that Mio Mio Mate has now become the first non-alcoholic product from Berentzen Group to have listings throughout Germany.

    Spirit drinks: Domestic sales increase at a slightly higher rate than the market
    In the first six months of 2015, Berentzen Group recorded an increase of 3% to 37.1 million 0.7-litre bottles of spirit drinks sales (previous year: 36.0 million). Domestic sales increased by 6% to 31.3 million 0.7-litre bottles (previous year: 29.5 million). The growth was therefore significantly above the overall market for all spirit drinks in Germany, which grew by around 1%. These numbers once again underline the great importance to the company of the domestic German market. The Berentzen Fruit Selection in the fruity spirit drinks segment increased their market share from 13.5% to 14.2%; the Apple Bourbon product innovation also made an impact with significant growth rates. The deliveries for the strategic umbrella brands Berentzen and Puschkin decreased slightly (by 4% and 2% respectively) in trade due to promotion adjustments and a strong season in the previous year with high sales levels due to the 2014 World Cup. Traditional spirit drinks, including Bommerlunder and Doornkaat, saw gains against the trend. Sales of these spirit drinks, which were declining in previous years, were greatly underpinned by targeted marketing. The spirit business with retail and secondary brands grew by 8% to 24.9 million 0.7-litre bottles (previous year: 23.1 million).

    For sales outside Germany, Berentzen Group counted 5.8 million 0.7-litre bottles sold (previous year: 6.5 million). In sales outside Germany, with branded spirit drinks, the market in Turkey was impressive once more; despite declining numbers of tourists, particularly from Russia, the growth in sales was above the market average. The Eastern European markets suffered from weak economic growth and/or political crises, and contributed to the overall decline in spirit drink trade sales outside Germany. "In an environment shaped by strong competition, we have asserted ourselves well and gained market shares in several segments. It is now our intention to continue on this growth course in the second half of the year, and underpin the sustainability of our strategy," says Schübel.

    Forecast
    One of Berentzen Group's key points of focus is extending its business with modern, fresh and health-oriented drinks. It is particularly necessary to leverage the growth potential in the fresh juice systems segment, and increase the sales area for own-brand fashion drinks. For the remainder of the year the success in winning new customers inspires confidence for the expansion of the concessions trade with non-alcoholic beverages. Trade in spirit drink brands, especially the umbrella brands Berentzen and Puschkin, is to be further built upon. Outside Germany, the company is concentrating both on established and up-and-coming markets such as Turkey. Berentzen Group is consistently building its brand and second-brand spirit drinks with additional value-adding products.
    (Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft)
     
    18.08.2015   Wedge to improve alcohol beverage production    ( Company news )

    Company news Savcor has delivered its first Wedge Process Diagnostics System to Food & Beverage industry. Altia Oyj, best known for its Koskenkorva vodka, first ran a one month Wedge trial period. Impressed by its performance and ease of use, they signed a license rental agreement.

    Traditionally Wedge has been used in the pulp and paper industry but Wedge is rapidly gaining market share in other industries helping them to track down their production problems and to improve their process performance.
    (Savcor Oy)
     
    17.08.2015   Nordzucker First quarter: clear drop in revenues and earnings once again    ( Company news )

    Company news Loss in first quarter meets expectations

    The Nordzucker Group from Braunschweig again reported a steep drop in revenues and earnings in the first three months of the financial year 2015/2016. The first quarter closed with a loss in line with expectations.

    Revenues in the reporting period came to EUR 374 million and were thus 25 per cent below the previous year’s figure (prior-year period: EUR 501 million). The fall can primarily be attributed to the continued low prices for quota sugar. Nordzucker has closed the quarter with a loss for the period of EUR 6.9 million (prior-year period: net income of EUR 24 million). The low prices are the result of intense competition in Europe as well as the downward trend in global market prices. Steps taken in recent years by the European Commission also led to higher imports and contributed to price erosion.

    Nordzucker is addressing these developments with its Group-wide efficiency programme FORCE, which will optimize costs, processes and structures. Hartwig Fuchs, CEO of Nordzucker AG, explained the company’s drive to become leaner and more efficient: “Looking ahead to 2017, we have to be competitive even when sugar prices are low and align our business with the market and our customers.” The new efficiency programme is intended to deliver savings of at least EUR 50 million. “We are setting our course for the future now, even if we will only first see the effects in the medium term”, said the CEO.

    Nordzucker still assumes that it is unlikely to report positive earnings at the end of the current financial year. Negative factors such as the high levels of sugar stocks and tougher competition will leave their mark on the current financial year. A reduction in the area under cultivation and the incipient price increases across Europe will first have an impact in the medium term. Lower supplies in the EU and on world markets will have a corresponding effect on prices.

    Nordzucker’s financial year runs from 1 March until the end of February.

    The Interim Report for the first quarter covers all commercial activities from 1 March to 31 May 2015.
    (Nordzucker AG)
     
    14.08.2015   Rexam PLC announces its results for the first half of 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Highlights:
    -Beverage can volumes including UAC up 3% (2% organic)
    -Organic underlying operating profit down 9%, primarily due to higher metal premium
    -Interim dividend unchanged at 5.8p
    -Ball offer proceeding as planned, timetable unchanged

    Commenting, Graham Chipchase, Rexam’s chief executive, said:
    “Results for the half year were in line with our expectations. Trading in the first half was strong in Europe and the Rest of the World, but with some weakness in the Middle East. In the Americas, standard cans continued to decline whilst specialty cans continued to grow. Our operating profit was impacted by higher metal premium as well as the expected commoditisation of certain specialty cans in North America. Looking ahead, 2015 remains in line with our expectations with softer volumes in North and South America offsetting the benefit of the current lower metal premium.”

    “The business is in good shape operationally and the Ball offer does not change our strategic priorities. We continue to focus on the things we can control whilst striking the right balance between growth and returns.”
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    13.08.2015   Suntory Holdings Limited Announces Agreement to Sell Louis Royer S.A.S. to Terroirs Distillers    ( Company news )

    Company news Suntory Holdings Limited announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Louis Royer S.A.S. to Terroirs Distillers, a privately-held fine spirits company based in France. The transaction includes the Louis Royer cognac brand, aging inventories, and facilities in France. The purchase price is approximately 100 million euros.
    The companies expect to complete the transaction by the end of August.
    Louis Royer S.A.S.
    ■ Headquarters: France
    ■ Directeur General: Jean-Pierre Dematteo
    ■ Description of business: Production and sale of fine spirits products including Louis Royer Cognac.

    Terroirs Distillers
    ■ Headquarters: France
    ■ President: Gabriel Picard
    ■ Description of business: Production and sale of fine spirits products including Tullibardine Single Malt and Highland Queen Scotch Whisky
    (Suntory Holdings Limited)
     
    12.08.2015   INGREDIENTS UNDER SCRUTINY: WHAT CATCHES CONSUMERS' EYES WHEN SHOPPING    ( Company news )

    Company news GNT study unveils global purchasing behaviour

    Consumers all around the world pay closer attention than ever to what they eat every day. This already becomes apparent in the supermarket: more than half of all Europeans (53 percent) and 64 percent of US-Americans take a critical look at the label of food and beverages before they put them in their shopping trolley. In Asia and South America, consumers are even more sensitive. Here, 84 and 75 percent respectively want to know what is in a product before they buy it. These are findings of a recent consumer study, which has been commissioned by the GNT Group, leading global provider of Colouring Foods. For the study, the market research institute TNS surveyed more than 5,000 consumers from ten countries in Asia, America and Europe on their shopping and eating habits.

    The study concludes that natural ingredients play a significant role in purchasing food and beverages. 68 percent of all consumers state that they usually choose the healthier product option in the supermarket. In order to make a substantiated purchasing decision, however, they depend on easy to understand product information: for 67 percent of all consumers worldwide, comprehensible details on ingredients and additives determine the choice of food and drinks. They wish for short ingredient lists whose components they know and understand. In the UK, this applies to 55 percent of the respondents.
    How consumers make a purchase decision

    When looking at a label, consumers do not evaluate every component of a product individually. Especially when the given information is excessive and hard to understand, they resort to a method of elimination and scan the label for certain ingredients they personally avoid. If they discover them among the contents, the product is put back onto the shelves.

    In the course of this process, consumers pay special attention to colouring ingredients. For nearly two thirds (60 percent) of consumers worldwide, the absence of artificial colourants is of major importance for their purchase decision. In the UK, 48 percent agree to this statement. “The study’s results clearly show that natural ingredients become more important all around the globe. Many manufacturers already comply with consumers’ wishes by, for example, using Colouring Foods exclusively made from natural raw materials and clearly indicating that on the label. This development will continue to gather momentum in the upcoming years”, says Dr. Hendrik Hoeck, Managing Director of GNT Group.
    Delightful discovery tour or annoying duty? The attitude towards shopping

    In the study, the general stance of consumers towards buying groceries was also surveyed. The results show that shopping rates high among the majority: 63 percent take time at the supermarket to get an overview of the range of products and new offers. Only then do they decide on what to buy. Additionally, 47 percent of all consumers claim that they simply enjoy shopping for groceries. They browse the shelves – no matter if they need to fill their fridge or not. For them, visiting a supermarket is not an annoying duty but a chance to give themselves and their family a treat. Only about a quarter of all consumers wish to get grocery shopping over and done with as quickly as possible and thus always buy the same products.

    “The increasing consumer demand for a healthy and balanced diet also manifests itself in the shopping behaviour. Consumers no longer choose their products inconsiderately but look out for new and better alternatives. This offers potential for food and beverage manufacturers who can meet the demand for healthy and natural products”, says Dr. Hendrik Hoeck.
    (GNT International B.V.)
     
    12.08.2015   Russia: Share of beer in total H1 alcohol sales up to 40.9%    ( E-Malt.com )

    In the first six months of 2015, Russia’s total alcohol beverages sales amounted to 5.11 mln hl, Rosstat reported on July 31.

    For the first time since statistics are being registered, share of vodka in the total amount dropped below 40% to 39.3%. Beer’s share increased from 40.1% to 40.9%, whereas that of wine grew from 9.5% to 9.9%.
     
    12.08.2015   South Sudan: SABMiller may be forced to halt operations in South Sudan    ( E-Malt.com )

    SABMiller Plc may be forced to halt operations in South Sudan unless it’s able to access foreign currency and fuel needed to run the business, Bloomberg reported on August 1.

    “If we don’t get access to raw materials and the lack of hard currency continues, we may do so, but we are saying not now or in the near future,” George Nisbet, finance director at Southern Sudan Beverages Ltd., of SSBL, said by phone Saturday from the capital, Juba.

    Fighting between government and rebel forces that erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 has left tens of thousands of people dead and more than 2 million displaced, according to the United Nations. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have failed to reach an agreement on ending the conflict despite months of negotiations.

    SABMiller, the world’s second-biggest brewer, built the first brewery in South Sudan. The manufacturing began producing brands including White Bull and Nile Special in 2009. Africa accounts for about 31 percent of total revenue, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    SSBL is scaling back operations and sending some staff on leave as it tries to deal with the shortages, Managing Director Carlos Gomez told reporters during a tour of the company’s facilities in Juba. The company depends entirely on imported raw materials like diesel to run its machines and foreign suppliers are reluctant to extend credit further, he said.

    “Our suppliers, they have been very good and have supported us over many years, but our credit to them has in some cases been beyond the limit and there is no appetite from them as foreign suppliers to continue taking risk by extending credit to us,” Gomez said. “They are nervous because of the possibility of us not being able to pay them in forex.”

    Inflation has surged in South Sudan because of the conflict. Consumer prices jumped 61.2 percent from a year earlier in June after declining 1.3 percent in January. While the official exchange rate has remained stable at 2.95 per dollar, on the black market it changes hands at about 12.5 per dollar from 3.5 in January.

    SSBL employs 405 staff, more than 100 casual laborers and directly services 3,000 customers, according to Gomez.

    While the company has been able to place people on enforced vacation, “if there comes a time that this issue is not resolved quickly, the leave will run out and then we shall have to make more difficult decisions which we really don’t want to do.”
     
    12.08.2015   USA: Red Stripe beer accused of misleading consumers about where it is brewed    ( E-Malt.com )

    Red Stripe is the latest beer to face the wrath of US consumers who say they're being duped, Fox News reported on August 4.

    Two people have filed a suit in federal court in San Diego against liquor giant Diageo, makers of the beer, alleging that the company wilfully misleads customers into thinking Red Stripe beer is brewed in Jamaica.

    The suit alleges that Diageo uses deceptive phrasing like calling the brew a “Jamaican Style Lager” and that the brown bottle says it contains the “taste of Jamaica.” The suit alleges that the shorter, squat packaging is misleading because it so closely mirrors that of typical Jamaican beer bottles.

    In 2012, Diageo moved production of Red Stripe bound for the U.S. from Kingston, Jamaica to Latrobe, Penn. Current packaging states that the product is "Brewed & Bottled by Red Stripe Beer Company, Latrobe, PA."

    Robbins Arroyo, the San Diego law firm representing the plaintiffs, claim that the label's white text stating that is “obscure” and “not easily noticed by consumers.”

    The suit also accuses Diageo of selling Red Stripe at prices substantially higher than most domestic beers, even though it is brewed in the U.S. and uses only domestic ingredients.

    This latest complaint comes after Anheuser-Busch InBev recently settled two similar lawsuits over misleading consumers about the production location of its Beck’s and Kirin brand beers.
     
    12.08.2015   World: Beers with ABV of 6.5% or higher gaining global popularity - research    ( E-Malt.com )

    A new research from Mintel finds that almost one in four (23%) beers launched globally in 2014 (and 25% in 2013) had an ABV of 6.5% or higher, up from just one in seven (15%) beers launched in 2012.

    What’s more, largely due to the growth of craft beers, Mintel’s research finds that between 2011 and 2014, the number of beers launched globally with an ABV of 6.5% or more rose by 280%, with the number launched in North America growing by 319%, in Europe by 307%, in Latin America by 260% and in Asia Pacific by 46%.

    According to The Craft Effect, Mintel’s new report, between 2011 and 2014, North America witnessed the most beer launches in the world with ABVs of 6.5% or higher at 46%, closely followed by Europe which hosted 40% of launches.

    “More global beer drinkers now view high ABV as a key quality indicator, inspired by the success of craft beer in the US – and increasingly globally over the past two years,” commented Jonny Forsyth, Global Drinks Analyst at Mintel, “While in certain countries, drinking strong beer has long been the cultural norm, they were previously the exception rather than the rule. The craft beer phenomenon has made high strength beer acceptable for consumers. And not just acceptable but trendy and sophisticated.

    “For example, in the highly influential US craft beer scene, the most popular style is the hop-heavy IPA which regularly uses a high ABV to ensure its flavour has extra bite. Imperial stouts and porters have also emerged as a popular craft beer style in the US and are usually hovering at around 10% ABV.”

    Mintel’s consumer research shows how much drinkers like the taste of strong beer in both the US and Europe. Over one in three (37%) US beer drinkers have tried beer with higher alcohol content and would try it again, while a further 29% have not tried it but would be interested in doing so.

    In Europe too, over two in five (43%) Polish consumers who purchase beer say they prefer beer with an ABV of 5% or more, as do 41% in Italy, 39% in France, 33% in Spain and 31% in Germany.

    What’s more, across Europe beer-drinkers aged 18-24 are especially likely to prefer strong ABV beers. Almost half (48%) of Italian consumers aged 18-24 who purchase beer say they prefer beer with an ABV of 5% or more as well as 46% of this age group in Poland, 45% in France, 38% in Spain and 36% in Germany.

    In the UK, Mintel’s research shows consumers associate a higher ABV with a higher quality beer – hence the industry labelling of stronger beer brands as “premium”. Over two in five (44%) UK consumers who drink beer say they associate a higher percentage alcohol content with premium beer, with 10% listing this as the most important factor.

    “This is particularly interesting in light of the recent government initiative which has seen major brewers voluntarily shed alcohol units from popular UK beer brands such as Stella Artois,” added Jonny Forsyth, “This has helped reduce the number of UK alcohol units across the country.

    Stronger craft beer has merely made beer more like wine, a lower volume drink to be sipped and savoured rather than gulped. However, while craft beer drinkers are likely to drink a lesser quantity of beer, the beverage remains primarily about refreshment and volume, particularly in the Summer months.”

    But despite the rise in product launches of higher-ABV beer and the popularity of beer strength as a purchase cue, the proportion of consumers preferring stronger beer has declined over the past two years in a number of markets.

    Between 2013 and 2015, there has been a 4 percentage point drop in the proportion of French consumers preferring beer with an ABV of over 5% whilst there has been a 6 percentage point drop in Spain and an 8 percentage point drop in Poland.

    There has been a particular decline amongst the proportion of 18 to 24 year-old beer drinkers who prefer beer with an ABV of over 5%, with a 3 percentage point drop in Poland, a 9 percentage point drop in Spain, a 10 percentage point drop in France and an 11 percentage point drop in Germany.

    Jonny Forsyth concludes, “This decline evidences that younger drinkers of this era are much more health-conscious than previous generations and have been better-educated on the dangers of binge-drinking, hence their role in also driving non-alcoholic beer sales. If innovation does not give craft beer drinkers more options in terms of alcohol content, a backlash against the trend for higher-strength beers is inevitable. People want choices and for many consumers high ABV beers too quickly take them over the recommended drinking limit.”

    However there’s one exception to this trend in consumption levels for younger consumers. When it comes to 18-24 year-old Italian beer drinkers, the proportion preferring beer with an ABV of over 5% has actually risen by 7 percentage points between 2013 and 2015.
     
    12.08.2015   Z-Italia at BrauBeviale 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news On the occasion of the BrauBeviale Fair 2015 that will take place in Nuremberg from November 10th until November 12th 2015, Z-Italia will introduce a self-adhesive rotary labeler and a rotary RollFed labeler Z-Roll. Both labelling machines are suitable for Beverage and Beer areas.
    Particularly interesting it’s the cutting group of RollFed labeler, that guarantees the cut of more than 200.000.000 labels without replacing the knives.
    In addition to the RollFed and Adhesive labelling machine, Z-Italia series consists of the following models:
    -Z-ColdGlue. Rotary labelling machines for partial paper labels with cold glue
    -Z-HotMelt. Rotative labelling machines for wrap around paper labels
    -Z-Italia series labelling machines are perfect for glass, plastic bottles and cans and can reach a speed from 5.000 upto 60.000 bph

    For more information please visit us at HALL 7 STAND 322/329.
    (Z-Italia srl)
     
    11.08.2015   Environment an increasingly important factor in consumers' purchasing decisions​​​​​​​    ( Company news )

    Company news Says Tetra Pak’s Environment Research 2015​​​​​​

    ​In a global survey of some 6,000 consumers across 12 different countries, more than three-quarters claimed that environmentally sound packaging has​ an influence on the beverage brand they buy. ​​​​​​

    The survey, carried out this year for Tetra Pak, revealed a growing appetite among consumers for products that tick the right environmental boxes. When asked about recent purchasing habits, two-thirds said they have bought environmental products, even when they cost more, while around the same proportion have avoided specific brands or items due to environmental concerns.​​​​​​

    Across the 12 countries surveyed, environmental factors were a considerably stronger influence on beverage brand choice in developing markets like China, Turkey, Brazil and India than in developed areas like the UK, the USA or Japan. Indeed, in India, China and Turkey, more than 60% of those surveyed said they always look for environmental information on the beverage products they buy, compared with less than 25% in the USA, UK and Japan. ​​​​​​

    In response, a parallel survey among food manufacturers showed that the majority of them have included environment as part of their business strategy. More than half are now sharply focused on using responsibly sourced materials, with more and more seeing renewable materials as a key element in product differentiation. ​​​​​​

    “Consumers expect companies to do more on environment these days, and are increasingly checking information about a product before they buy. As a partner to the dairy and beverage industry, Tetra Pak is committed to helping customers meet consumer expectations by looking at the whole life of the products we supply,” says Mario Abreu, Vice President Environment at Tetra Pak. “This includes: sourcing raw materials responsibly, continuously improving energy efficiency in processing and filling lines, designing products that use more renewable materials and enable easier recycling, and providing specialist services to help customers reduce environmental impact in their own operations.” ​​​​​​​​
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
     
    11.08.2015   Unmatched mixing performance    ( Company news )

    Company news Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer effectively handles liquid and powder mixing, gas dispersion and Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) while reducing time, energy and costs.

    In many applications the Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer provides a faster and more efficient mixing than conventional methods. It combines high blending precision with minimized mixing times and up to 50% reduction in energy requirements. Based on rotary jet head technology, it can be used in tanks between 100 and 800,000 liters in size.

    Equipped with two or four nozzles, the Rotary Jet Mixer is positioned below liquid level in the tank. Liquid is withdrawn from the tank outlet by a pump and circulated via an external loop to the mixer. It helps reduce operating expenses while achieving fast and efficient mixing. A single Rotary Jet Mixer can handle liquid mixing, gas dispersion and powder dispersion applications – plus tank cleaning – without requiring separate equipment for each process, thereby delivering significant savings.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
     
    10.08.2015   PepsiCo Announces Leadership Appointments    ( Company news )

    Company news PepsiCo, Inc. recently announced a series of leadership appointments that support the company's global business priorities and growth strategies.

    "Our consistent focus on talent development has built a best-in-class leadership pipeline that is fueling our success and positioning PepsiCo well for sustainable long-term growth," said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi (photo). "Today's appointments enable us to continue to elevate our next generation of talent to increasing levels of responsibility. This is essential to ensure our ability to better navigate complex operating conditions around the world and meet the changing needs of our business in the future."

    Hugh Johnston, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is being named vice chairman. He will continue to serve as CFO, as well as oversee the Quaker Foods North America business and PepsiCo's global e-commerce organization. In addition, he will now have responsibility for the company's global business and information solutions function, which provides information technology systems and solutions across PepsiCo.

    The expansion of Johnston's responsibilities comes as PepsiCo continues to preemptively address global trends that are reshaping the food and beverage industry. One such trend is the rise of the digitally connected consumer and the emergence of e-commerce as a new distribution channel. Putting the company's information technology and e-commerce organizations under the oversight of a vice chairman will accelerate new solutions and further strengthen PepsiCo's digital technology capabilities.

    The move follows PepsiCo's appointment of Mehmood Khan, executive vice president and chief scientific officer, to vice chairman earlier this year. In his role, Khan is focused on leading PepsiCo's global sustainability agenda and identifying new ways to embed sustainable business practices across all facets of the company's business. He continues to lead PepsiCo's global Research & Development organization.

    Additional Executive Changes
    -Eugene Willemsen, currently president, PepsiCo Lipton, has been named executive vice president, Global Categories & Franchise Management. He will be responsible for overseeing the company's global beverages, global snacks and global nutrition groups, as well as its global franchise organization. Willemsen will also continue to oversee PepsiCo's Lipton relationship.
    -Brian Newman, currently senior vice president and general manager, Global E-Commerce, has been named executive vice president, Global Operations. He will be responsible for global operations and supply chain, global procurement, productivity, global security, risk management and corporate strategy.
    -Laxman Narasimhan, currently CEO, Latin America Foods, has been named CEO, Latin America. He will now lead an integrated food and beverage business across the region, creating new opportunities to leverage the scale of PepsiCo's complementary brand portfolio and enable greater synergies.

    Narasimhan's appointment accompanies a realignment of certain reportable segments of PepsiCo's business that will begin in the third quarter of 2015. The company's food and beverage businesses in Latin America will be combined and reported as Latin America, creating a Latin America segment consistent with PepsiCo's other international segments, which are managed as integrated food and beverage businesses.

    PepsiCo Americas Beverages will be renamed as North America Beverages, led by CEO Al Carey. In addition, Carey will play a broader role in the company as leader of its Center of Excellence on Customer Management.

    PepsiCo's Sub-Saharan Africa business, which is currently part of the Asia, Middle East and Africa division, will move to the Europe segment, which is renamed Europe Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA). As a result, the Asia, Middle East and Africa segment (AMEA) will be renamed as Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA). Ramon Laguarta will continue as CEO of ESSA, while Sanjeev Chadha will continue as CEO of AMENA.

    Enderson Guimaraes, who previously had responsibility for many of the areas now overseen by Willemsen and Newman, has chosen to pursue an opportunity outside PepsiCo after four years with the company. Guimaraes had a positive impact on the business during that time, transforming the operating model across the company's Europe business and helping to drive an aggressive productivity agenda.

    Seasoned and Successful Leaders
    "These executives are highly respected leaders across PepsiCo and they bring unique strengths to their new roles," Nooyi said. "They each possess the strategic acuity, global mindset and operational know-how to succeed in today's dynamic business environment, and they will play key roles in driving our business forward."

    Johnston was named CFO in 2010 and has more than 25 years with PepsiCo. In addition to providing strategic financial leadership as CFO, he is also responsible for the company's global e-commerce organization and its Quaker Foods North America business. He joined PepsiCo in 1987 and has served in a variety of positions, including executive vice president, global operations; president, Pepsi-Cola North America; senior vice president, transformation; senior vice president and CFO, PepsiCo Beverages and Foods; and senior vice president, mergers and acquisitions. Johnston is also a member of the Systemic Risk Council, an independent group of experts committed to addressing regulatory and structural issues relating to systemic financial risk in the United States.

    Willemsen joined PepsiCo in 1995 and has served as global president and general manager for the PepsiCo Lipton joint venture since 2014. He previously served as president for PepsiCo's Southeast Europe business, overseeing both foods and beverages across 17 countries. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership positions across Europe, including senior vice president, commercial, PepsiCo Europe, and general manager of PepsiCo's Northern European business unit. Willemsen is a global leader who has worked in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Turkey.

    Newman has held finance and strategy leadership roles spanning many developed and developing markets during more than two decades with PepsiCo. Prior to being tapped to head PepsiCo's global e-commerce team in 2014, Newman was senior vice president of corporate strategy. His previous roles include: chief financial officer and senior vice president of strategy, PepsiCo Greater China Region; treasurer, Pepsi Bottling Group; chief financial officer, PepsiCo Russia; chief financial officer and vice president of strategy, PepsiCo Canada; and vice president, business development, PepsiCo Europe.

    Narasimhan was named CEO of PepsiCo Latin America Foods in 2014, responsible for the company's foods businesses in Mexico, Brazil, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. He previously served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of PepsiCo Americas Foods. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Narasimhan was a director and head of McKinsey's New Delhi Office. He worked with McKinsey for 19 years, including rotations in Cleveland, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco and New Delhi. He also co-led the firm's Global Consumer and Shopper Insights Practice and led McKinsey's research on the emerging market consumer.

    Johnston, Khan, Willemsen, Newman, Narasimhan, Carey, Chadha and Laguarta all report to Nooyi.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    07.08.2015   Britvic PLC Q3 Interim Management Statement     ( Company news )

    Company news Britvic reports its quarter three trading performance for the twelve weeks to 5 July. Group revenue was £322.3m, an increase of 1.0% on last year. This represents a solid performance in challenging trading conditions, and compared to last year when Q3 reported revenue grew 5.3%(1). We remain confident of delivering EBIT in the previously stated guidance range of £164m to £173m.

    Q3 headlines:
    -Group revenue of £322.3m was up 1.0% on last year, driven by a volume increase of 2.0%
    -GB revenue declined 0.8% due to adverse price/mix of 1.2%
    -Ireland revenue increased 0.7%, a third successive quarter of revenue growth
    -France revenue increased 7.1%, driven by a volume increase of 8.7%
    -International revenue increased 6.8%, with USA shipments becoming more closely aligned to in-market sales during the quarter
    -Market volume and value share gains in GB, France and Ireland

    GB Q3 revenue declined 0.8%. GB carbonates revenue declined 0.9%, primarily due to negative price/mix of 0.8%. This was against a strong performance last year, when Q3 revenue increased by over 10%. Pepsi continued to gain volume and value share in the quarter.

    GB stills revenue declined 0.7%, an improvement on the 4.2% revenue decline in the first half of the year. During the quarter we benefited from the recent launches of J20 Spritz, Teisseire and the re-launch of Robinsons.

    Ireland Q3 revenue grew 0.7% with a revenue increase on our own brands largely offset by a decline in the licensed wholesale business, Counterpoint. Ireland has now delivered three successive quarters of revenue growth. The adverse price/mix in our own brand revenue reflects both a competitive carbonates category and the continued growth of the, lower value, plain water category.

    France Q3 revenue grew 7.1%, with a volume increase of 8.7%, materially outperforming a declining soft drinks market. The warm weather in June has been particularly beneficial for our syrups portfolio, which grew strongly and gained market share. Fruit Shoot continued to grow and is firmly established as the leading brand in the category.

    International Q3 revenue grew 6.8%, following the revenue decline in the first half of the year. Shipments of compound to the USA returned to a level more closely matched to in-market sales during the quarter.

    On 7 November 2014, the Financial Conduct Authority removed the requirement in the Disclosure and Transparency Rules to publish Interim Management Statements. The Board of Britvic has carefully considered the Group’s reporting schedule as a whole and has taken the decision to no longer issue an October pre-close statement. Our next announcement will be the Preliminary Results on 25 November 2015.

    Simon Litherland (photo), Chief Executive Officer, commented:
    “I am pleased to see the business back into revenue growth this quarter following the investment we have made in our brands and innovation launches in each of our markets. We have also executed some fantastic marketing campaigns, including Robinsons 80 year association with Wimbledon and the Teisseire sponsorship of the Tour De France.
    Despite continued challenging market conditions, we remain confident of delivering further profitable growth in 2015, in line within our guidance range of £164m to £173m, and we continue to invest behind the long-term drivers of growth.”
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    07.08.2015   Italian wine technology exhibition SIMEI to alternate between Munich and Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news The trade-fair cities of Munich and Milan have teamed up to create a special constellation in wine technology: SIMEI, the leading international exhibition for enological and bottling equipment, will in future take place every four years in conjunction with drinktec, the world´s leading trade fair, in Munich. SIMEI will still retain its traditional two-year cycle, but from now on, its venue will alternate between Italy and Munich. “This agreement is unique in the international trade-fair business,” says Domenico Zonin, President of the Unione Italiana Vini Società Cooperative (UIV):

    A cooperation agreement to this effect has now been signed by the organizers of the two trade fairs—the Milan-based Unione Italiana Vini Società Cooperative (UIV) and Messe München. drinktec and SIMEI are therefore pooling their respective strengths in a twin platform that will be the world´s most important technology, trading and marketing showcase for the sector.

    Reinhard Pfeiffer, Managing Director at Messe München with responsibility for drinktec, sees this cross-border cooperation as strengthening both parties: “I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement. Both trade fairs will benefit from it. The exhibitors at drinktec, of which almost half also offer solutions for the wine industry, will have access to even more potential customers as a result of the integration of SIMEI. Vice versa, too, the international scope of drinktec will benefit the SIMEI exhibitors. And not least, this agreement also strengthens the status of Munich as a top location for trade fairs.”

    Domenico Zonin is also confident: “The cooperation with drinktec is the basis for the further development and internationalization of SIMEI, as the leading trade fair for wine technology.”

    The next SIMEI takes place from November 3 to 6, 2015 in Milan. After that, from September 11 to 15, 2017, it will celebrate its Munich premiere, as an integrated part of drinktec. In 2019 SIMEI will then again be held in Italy, where, supported by drinktec, it will feature an extended portfolio to include further beverage categories.

    The agreement between MMG and UIV makes provision for a special SIMEI exhibition space within drinktec 2017 in Munich dedicated exclusively to the wine sector. This showcase is to extend to at least two exhibition halls, and cover a total of 20,000 square meters of space. As a result the total hall space taken up by the world´s leading trade fair drinktec rises to over 150,000 square meters.

    In addition to this, the organizers of the two trade fairs have agreed that SIMEI will also get involved in the worldwide events portfolio of drinktec: With drink technology India, food & drink technology Africa and China Brew China Beverage, drinktec already has a strong presence in key global markets. SIMEI has been held in Milan since 1963, and it is regarded as the world´s leading trade fair for wine technology. Over 600 exhibitors and more than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend SIMEI in 2015.

    The origins of drinktec go back to the 1950s. This trade fair is regarded as the world´s No. 1 event for the beverage and liquid food industry: It covers the entire process chain from raw materials, agents and additives, to production, filling, packaging and logistics, as well as marketing.

    Francesco Pavanello, Director-General of UIV, commented: “I am proud to see the attention and recognition shown to this joint project by such an important and international trade-fair company as Messe München. The most important components of this agreement in our view are: UIV retains the brand rights to SIMEI; SIMEI has high visibility at a trade fair as prestigious as drinktec; and we have the possibility of further joint projects in the medium and long-term.”
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    06.08.2015   Hibiki 21 Years is Honored with the World Whisky Category's Top "Trophy" Award for the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...3rd Consecutive Year at the UK International Spirits Challenge 2015

    El Tesoro Platinum and El Tesoro Reposado won the Tequila Category's Top "Trophy" Award and Beam Suntory Inc. won the "Tequila Producer of the Year" at the same time.

    Hibiki 21 Years from Beam Suntory’s whisky portfolio was honored with the top Trophy award in the world whisky category at the 20th International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2015 held in London, England on July 8 (Wed., local time). Among the 11 products awarded gold medals at the competition, Hibiki 21 Years took the Trophy award as a particularly outstanding product. This marks the 3rd consecutive year that Hibiki 21 Years has won the Trophy.
    Suntory views this award as an even stronger testament to the judges’ evaluation of the high quality of its malt and grain whiskies and the excellence of its blending techniques.
    “There is quite a history of being at a high level and Innovation wise the introduction of Japanese oak into the maturation is terrific. I’m really impressed.” said one of the judges.
    From Beam Suntory’s spirits portfolio, El Tesoro Platinum and El Tesoro Reposado won the Trophy award in the tequila category. In addition, Beam Suntory Inc. is honored to won Tequila Producer of the Year. This honor recognizes a company for the producer's commitment to quality and innovation.
    This honorable recognition of brand quality of Beam Suntory and its leadership across multiple spirits categories.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    05.08.2015   ENGEL to present inject 4.0 at Fakuma 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news "More than a machine" – this is the motto chosen by ENGEL AUSTRIA for this year's presentation of system solution competency at Fakuma from October 13th to 17th in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Automation, process engineering, process optimisation and services are all an integral part of the system philosophy at ENGEL. Based on five innovative applications for the automotive, technical moulding, teletronics, packaging and medical industries, the machine maker, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, will be demonstrating at its trade fair stand how machines and production cells can be leveraged to maximum extent thanks to intelligent components and networking.

    Photo: ENGEL introduced the all-electric and tie-bar-less small-scale machine at K 2013, and is now extending the model range upwards with the 80-tonnes variant.

    Efficiency, productivity, availability, quality and flexibility are decisive for a competitive edge. But to achieve optimal results, you need to do more than just deploy the best injection moulding equipment; it is all about leveraging its potential to the max. inject 4.0 – this is ENGEL's approach for facing these challenges. To this end, ENGEL already has numerous products in its portfolio today that support customers in these optimisations. ENGEL is showcasing these products at Fakuma 2015. For the first time, the entire trade fair stand has been designed as a smart factory, self-optimising production based on three core elements:
    -smart machines that boost process capability and quality with self-adapting, decentralised systems,
    -smart production to ensure high levels of productivity thanks to horizontal and vertical data integration, and
    -smart services that improve availability thanks to proximity and the use of remote maintenance tools.

    During the trade fair, all the machine data will be collected on a central computer. The ENGEL e-factory MES solution running on the computer provides features for scheduling jobs, querying the injection moulding machines' states, and creating quality reports and documentation (smart production). At the same time, trade fair visitors can look forward to insights into using the ENGEL e‑connect online customer portal to identify and order spare parts, or issuing service requests without wasting time (smart services).
    There can be no doubt that also the machines at the ENGEL trade fair stand work in a smart way. For example, software solutions from the iQ product family enhance process stability by continually analysing the plasticising and moulding process and automatically adjusting in case of deviations from targets, while ENGEL e-flomo autonomously ensures a constant supply of cooling water, thus contributing towards maximising process capability.
    The inject 4.0 products that lead to optimal overall results differ for each injection moulding task, each company and each location – another fact that will become clear at the ENGEL trade fair stand. The smart factory in Friedrichshafen will be presenting five innovative applications from five different industries, each of which poses its individual challenges.

    Automotive: economic processing of premium woods
    Premium woods in the automobile interior purvey well-being and a touch of luxury. In collaboration with HIB Trim Part Solutions in Bruchsal, Germany – an NBHX Trim GmbH subsidiary – and other partners, ENGEL has developed a process for economical manufacturing of decor elements with genuine wood veneers. Using the ENGEL clearmelt method, the veneers are back-injected with a thermoplastic in a single step and coated with transparent polyurethane to protect the surface. The method was introduced in 2009, and now the first serial application is imminent. Before the first manufacturing cell designed for production use is commissioned at HIB Trim Part Solutions, it will be producing premium wood decor elements in a 2-cavity mould at Fakuma.
    The core of the manufacturing cell is an ENGEL duo 3550/650 combi M injection moulding machine with an reversing platen that supports high-volume production with short cycle times and maximum productivity. On one side of the mould, the wood veneers are back-injected with PC/ABS, while at the same time on the other side, the base elements produced immediately prior to this are flooded with PUR. ENGEL's system partner for the PUR technology is Hennecke in St. Augustin, Germany. To be able to manage the entire polyurethane process via the display on the injection moulding machine, ENGEL has fully integrated the Hennecke solution into the CC300 machine control unit.
    Advances in terms of materials also help to improve the productivity of the ENGEL clearmelt method. The polyurethane used at Fakuma already includes a separating agent, thus saving an entire step. Thus far, cavity surfaces needed to be sprayed with separating agent before processing PUR.
    The production cell is highly automated. An ENGEL easix console robot is located above the clamping unit on the injection moulding machine; it both insert places the wood veneer and removes and discharges the finished parts. This is the first time that ENGEL is presenting its new large-scale ENGEL easix robot at a trade fair.
    Just like with the smaller ENGEL easix designs, and the linear robots of the ENGEL viper model range, the large multi-axis robots are also integrated into the CC300 control unit of the ENGEL injection moulding machines. Plastics processors benefit from consistent control logic for the injection moulding machine and the automation solution as well as improved machine availability as the setup technician can now complete many tasks for which a programmer was needed in legacy systems. Because the injection moulding machine and robot access the same database, they automatically coordinate their motion sequences and control circuits to achieve maximum overall efficiency. In many applications, this contributes towards shorter overall cycle times.

    Technical Moulding: tie-bar-less technology for best-in-class consistency
    The significance of multiple component technology in LSR processing is growing. In many applications it is the prerequisite for the integrated injection moulding process that connects thermoplastics and silicone in stable layers. One example of this is diaphragms, as used to ensure functionality and safety in pumps or ventilation systems. In collaboration with its partner Schneegans Freudenberg Silicon (Losenstein, Austria), ENGEL will be producing diaphragms made of glass fibre reinforced polyamide and liquid silicon at Fakuma 2015. The machine used here is an ENGEL victory 200H/60L/140 combi injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 40 linear robot. In each cycle, the robot takes off eight finished parts and transfers the PA base bodies to the second set of cavities in the 8+8-cavity serial mould, where they are overmoulded with silicone. While LSR processing is going on, a new set of base bodies is created.
    Manufacturing two-component parts optimally leverages the efficiency potential of the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory machine. The high-volume, two-component mould reaches right up to the edge of the mould mounting platen and thus fits on a comparatively compact 140-tonne injection moulding machine. Automation is a second efficiency factor. The linear robot can access the cavities directly from the side, without needing to negotiate obstacles, and thus operate safely despite the large gripper. Finally, efficiency factor number three results from the very high level of process consistency which the tie-bar-less design of the clamping unit ensures. The patented force divider enables the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould exactly while clamping force is building up and ensures that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the platen face. Both the outer and inner cavities are therefore kept closed with exactly the same force, significantly reducing mould wear and raising product quality. Virtually burr-, waste- and rework-free and fully automated processing of LSR is the prerequisite to producing high-tech products made of liquid silicone in an economic way.

    Teletronics: consistent process integration boosts competitive ability
    For the first time at Fakuma 2015, ENGEL is presenting a highly integrated, fully automated process for manufacturing thermal switch housings – from the raw material to the 100% tested and labelled metal/plastic composite parts. The core of the production cell is an ENGEL insert 60V/35 single vertical machine. Upstream of the injection process there are a strip uncoiler, a press module and processing module for tapping a thread; downstream there are quality controls, laser marking and another press module.
    Thermal switches, such as those used for monitoring electric motors in automobiles or in the domestic appliance industry, are traditionally produced in a complex, multiple stage process. The metal components are typically punched and overmoulded at different locations. This not only requires a considerable logistics overhead, but also ties up a large amount of material because two independent processes need to be ramped up. This is a considerable cost factor, especially where non-ferrous metals are used.
    The savings potential through process integration is correspondingly high. The system solution implemented by ENGEL in collaboration with its partner MMS Modular Molding Systems (Berndorf, Austria) guarantees the lowest possible unit costs and makes composite manufacturing economical even at locations with high wage levels.
    The raw material for the brass carrier plates is fed directly from a reel and pre-punched including creating a thread. The thread is servo-electrically tapped before the carrier plates – still on the line – are overmoulded with fibreglass filled polyamide. Quality inspection occurs directly after the injection moulding process. In addition to camera-based checks, high voltage testing has been integrated into the progressive mould for the first time, thus ensuring a 100% short-circuit test during production. The OK parts are laser marked to ensure complete traceability before the sprue and sub-gates are removed in the second press module and the finished parts are taken off the line. Eight ready to install parts leave the production cell every 20 seconds. Thanks to the modular design of the MMS systems, additional processing modules can be easily integrated, for example, for resistance or laser welding, riveting, assembly or cleaning of the parts.
    Where ENGEL delivers the production line as system solution from a single source, the entire process is visualised and controlled via the CC300 control unit on the ENGEL injection moulding machine. This substantially reduces complexity and simplifies operation. At the same time, consistent integration of the controls ensures complete process documentation and traceability.

    Packaging: IML with maximum flexibility
    Flexibility is the focus of ENGEL's Packaging exhibition area at Fakuma 2015. An ENGEL e‑motion 440/160 will be producing 155-ml round containers with an integrated tamper-proof seal using a 4-cavity mould by Otto Hofstetter (Uznach, Switzerland). Thanks to in-mould labelling the production cell will be outputting ready-to-fill packaging. IML automation was implemented by Beck Automation (Oberengstringen, Switzerland). The new BECK-FLEX system will be celebrating its global premiere at the ENGEL trade fair stand.
    The partner companies are collaborating to demonstrate how IML packaging can be produced with maximum economic efficiency despite small batch sizes. BECK-FLEX supports flexible use with various moulds – for both containers and caps –, labels and injection moulding machines with a clamping force of up to 420 tonnes.
    As cycle times, in addition to flexibility, are decisive for a packing manufacturer's ability to compete, ENGEL has designed its all-electric ENGEL e-motion injection moulding machine for high-performance operation throughout. Cycle times of well below 3 seconds and injection speeds of more than 500 mm per second are achieved. ENGEL e-motion machine's combine best-in-class performance with maximum energy efficiency and hygiene. The closed system for toggle levers and spindles guarantees optimal, clean lubrication of all moving machine components at all times, thus complying with the strict cleanliness requirements of the food industry.

    Medical: even more safety in the clean room
    The centerpiece in ENGEL's medical exhibition space at Fakuma combines no less than three premieres at the same time: the all-electric and tie-bar-less ENGEL e-motion TL machine in the new 80-tonnes variant; and ENGEL is setting new standards in consistent GMP-compliant clean room production with the new stainless steel pipe distributor and gripper housing.
    During the five days of the fair, an ENGEL e-motion 170/80 TL will be producing needle holders for 1-ml safety syringes in a 16-cavity mould by Fostag Formenbau (Stein am Rhein, Switzerland). The filigree polystyrene parts – the shot weight is just 0.08 g per part – are designed with a predetermined breaking point that makes it impossible to re-use disposable syringes. This is an important safety feature, especially in emerging countries.
    The very thin and different wall thicknesses require extremely precise process control. Too high a clamping force, or fluctuations in the melt volume immediately lead to rejects. To prevent this, two software solutions from the iQ product family by ENGEL are used. One of them is iQ weight control, which automatically detects fluctuations in the melt volume and material viscosity and compensates for them in the same shot. The other is iQ clamp control, the new ENGEL software, which continuously adjusts the clamping force to match the current process parameters based on the mould breathing.
    In terms of design, too, the ENGEL e-motion 80 TL ticks all the boxes for constant process control. The innovative frame concept of the all-electric tie-bar-less machine guarantees particularly high platen parallelism and ensures that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the mould mounting surface.

    ENGEL introduced the all-electric and tie-bar-less small-scale machine at K 2013, and is now extending the model range upwards with the 80-ton variant. Because there are no tie bars in the way, the mould mounting platens can be fully used up to their very edges. This means that large moulds can be mounted on relatively small injection moulding machines, which in turn keeps the investment and operating costs low and enables particularly compact production cells. In the clean room in particular, productivity per floor space has already become an important efficiency metric.

    Further benefits of tie-bar-less technology include fast tooling processes and efficient automation solutions because the robot can reach the cavities directly from the side without having to work around any obstacles. The trade fair exhibit will also demonstrate this. The ENGEL e‑motion 80 TL is equipped with an ENGEL viper 12 linear robot that hangs over the needle holders to the pipe distribution system. The moulded parts are packed in bags separated by cavity in order to support batch tracking right through to the level of individual cavities. To avoid interrupting production when changing the bags, the distribution system is equipped with a buffer. The pipe distributor developed by ENGEL, in contrast to systems previously available on the market, is made completely of stainless steel and thus contributes towards reducing particulate emissions in the clean room.

    The robot gripper housing, also developed by ENGEL, achieves something similar. Thanks to its move, easy to clean surfaces, the housing enables the use of standard grippers in the GMP environment.

    As a system provider, ENGEL is continually expanding its portfolio of GMP-compliant peripherals. For example, conveyor belts are also offered in a special clean room design. From a single source, ENGEL supplies highly integrated and automated production cells for medical technology and also handles the entire GMP documentation for its customers, on request.
    ENGEL at Fakuma 2015: Hall A5, Stand A5-5204
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    05.08.2015   SIDEL’S CSR RATING PLACES IT AMONG TOP 30% OF COMPANIES    ( Company news )

    Company news The commitment that Sidel is making in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been independently evaluated, placing the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging in the top 30% of the 20,000 companies assessed in 2015.

    Sidel received a Silver CSR rating from EcoVadis, a sustainability rating platform used to understand, track and improve environmental, ethical and social performance worldwide. Respect for the environment and a strong focus on CSR and Corporate Governance is fundamental to Sidel’s operations. Nicholas Bloch is Executive Vice President for Communications at Sidel and comments – “Sidel’s purpose is to help brands protect the product inside and the planet outside. We continue to implement CSR in everything we do to help us achieve this and are pleased to see our EcoVadis rating this year is an improvement on last year.”

    Supply chain focus
    As a rating platform, EcoVadis focuses on the whole supply chain with a system which brings together buyers and suppliers to accelerate transparency and foster more sustainable business. For Sidel, this makes it a particularly relevant method of benchmarking CSR performance given the importance that Sidel attributes to the role of PET packaging throughout the whole supply chain - from raw material to recycling - and how it can help turn those supply chains into value chains. In addition to EcoVadis, Sidel also works with SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data.

    EcoVadis carries out an extensive and tough evaluation of a company’s CSR management system, looking at its policies, actions and results. Sidel achieved an above average performance in all the areas evaluated. EcoVadis monitors the sustainability performance of 20,000 companies across 150 sectors and in 95 countries and is used by many global companies, including Nestlé and Coca-Cola.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    05.08.2015   The Coca-Cola Company Reports Second Quarter and Year-To-Date 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news -Reported net revenue declined 3% and organic revenue grew 4%
    -Reported EPS was $0.71 and comparable EPS was $0.63
    -Global volume growth of 2%
    -Gained global value and volume share in nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverages
    -Year-to-date cash from operations increased 14% to a record $5.1 billion
    -Full-year comparable currency neutral growth expectations remain unchanged

    The Coca-Cola Company reported second quarter 2015 operating results. "Our second quarter results were in line with our expectations and mark continued progress toward restoring momentum in our global business," said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. "We are executing against our strategic initiatives and remain focused on driving efficiencies through productivity and making disciplined investment decisions to accelerate growth. While there is more work to do, we remain confident that we have the right plans in place and are committed to leveraging our superior brand portfolio together with our unparalleled global distribution system to continue creating long-term shareowner value."
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    04.08.2015   Scotch Whisky Association makes senior level appointments    ( Company news )

    Company news Trade body is building its London presence

    The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has named a serving British Ambassador, Sarah Dickson (photo), as its new director of global affairs, responsible for the trade body's international and European Union business.

    Dickson is leaving her post as HM Ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras in the summer to head up the SWA's new London office near Westminster after it opens in July.

    She joins the whisky trade body to help build and extend the SWA's international influence and contacts, eliminate barriers to the export of Scotch and position the organisation as one with broad international credibility on the importance of free trade and open markets.

    Dickson, who has an MBA and whose first degree was from Cambridge University, has held a number of roles with the UK Diplomatic Service in the UK and overseas, including in Spain and in South America.

    The SWA has also appointed a head of external affairs in London, Graeme Littlejohn. He was previously head of office for Danny Alexander when he was an MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Littlejohn will develop SWA relationships across Whitehall and Westminster.

    Helena Mumdzjana, a trade policy manager with the SWA, will move from Edinburgh to London and further trade and regulation specialists will be appointed to the team in due course.

    Edinburgh will remain the SWA's head office. The Association will move from Atholl Crescent to the city's modern Quartermile development over the summer.

    Sarah Dickson said: "I'm looking forward to joining the Scotch Whisky Association, an organisation recognised globally for its work in representing a highly successful Scottish and British industry. I will develop the Association's sterling work in trade policy and build its presence in London with the help of a strong team."

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "I'm delighted that Sarah and Graeme are joining the Association. They bring a wealth of experience and will be real assets as we grow our presence in London and overseas."
    (Scotch Whisky Association (SWA))
     
    04.08.2015   Südzucker pays EUR 0.25 dividend and confirms guidance    ( Company news )

    Company news On 16 July 2015, shareholders at the annual general meeting of Südzucker AG voted in favor of the supervisory and executive boards' recommendation to pay a dividend of EUR 0.25 (previous year: 0.50) per share. This decision reflects the weaker earnings development of the company. Based on 204.2 (previous year: 204.2) million shares, the total dividend distribution will be EUR 51 (previous year: 102) million.

    Forecast of 10 April 2015 for fiscal 2015/16 confirmed
    Südzucker continues to expect consolidated group revenues to decline further in fiscal 2015/16, to between EUR 6.0 and EUR 6.3 billion and that operating profit will decline significantly to somewhere between EUR 50 and EUR 150 million.
    (Südzucker AG)
     
    03.08.2015   BERICAP's new press-on closure for syrup: New flip top press-on closure for PCO 1881 neck    ( Company news )

    Company news BERICAP’s experience in the manufacture of closures for the syrup market has led it to develop a closure fitting the well-known PCO 1881 neck. APROZ Source Minérale is using the closure for its new flip-top products.

    Switzerland-based APROZ had already converted its bottles for mineral water and carbonated soft drinks to the PCO 1881 neck finish.
    Using the same neck for its syrup product was a logical next step towards concentrating on a single neck finish that is widely available in the market and offered by several pre-form suppliers. This move was made possible thanks to BERICAP’s development of the HC EV 28/27 closure, which can simply be pressed onto the PCO 1881 neck. The essential functional features of the closure, such as the integrity of the product and proper pouring, are retained.
    The conversion to the PCO 1881 short neck and the related press-on closure delivered some resin savings as well.

    BERICAP’s press-on HC EV 28/27 one-piece hinge closure comes with a non-slit interbead band, which means that the closure cannot be removed from the bottles without being destroyed. A tear-off membrane assures the integrity of the product. Both functions ensure high safety against tampering. A non-drip pouring lip prevents drips from the product after pouring.

    BERICAP had introduced the EV 28/26 press-on closure, which also fits the PCO 1881 neck as well, some time ago. That closure is opened with a screw cap, whereas the new product (HC EV 28/27) offers a hinge-cap opening.
    (Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    03.08.2015   Canada: Molson Coors to launch its US Blue Moon beer nationally    ( E-Malt.com )

    Molson Coors Canada is hoping that a beer by another name will be a sweet selling point for discerning drinkers, The Globe and Mail reported on July 29.

    The brewing giant announced on July 29 that it is bringing its US “craft” beer brand, Blue Moon, to Canada starting August 15. The wheat beer will be sold nationally at bars and restaurants, under the name Belgian Moon.

    The brand, which launched in 1995, has come under criticism in the U.S. in recent years for not making its link to MillerCoors LLC known on its packaging – a tactic that some believe indicates a big brewer trying to pass off one of its products as a smaller-scale craft beer. Other brands have encountered similar scepticism, such as Shock Top, which is sold by Anheuser-Busch InBev; and the Granville Island Brewing Co. brand, which Molson purchased in 2009.

    The Brewers Association, a craft industry group in the U.S., defines craft beer as having an annual production of six million barrels or less, produced by a brewery that is less than one-quarter owned or controlled by another company in the alcoholic beverage industry that is not a craft brewer. While there is no official definition, industry groups in Canada generally have similar guidelines.

    Craft brewers are still far from dominating the market – giants such as Molson Coors and Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. still rake in the lion’s share of sales – but smaller artisanal brands pose a very real threat to the big brewers. Craft beer is guzzling all of the growth in a segment where overall beer consumption is declining.

    The beer market in Canada is worth $9.1-billion, but sales are flat, and losing out to other types of alcoholic beverages such as wine. Beer’s market share in Canada fell from 50 per cent in 2003 to 43 per cent in 2013, according to Statistics Canada.

    According to its most recently reported financials, Molson Coors’ worldwide beer volume fell by 3.5 per cent in the three months ended March 31. Net sales in Canada fell 9.7 per cent in the same period.

    The big brewers have been attempting to keep up with the appetite for new, more complex flavours. Competitor Labatt launched a “hop series” brand extension on its Alexander Keith’s line in 2013, to capitalize on the trend for more hoppy, flavourful brews. Molson Coors created a new division in 2011 called Six Pints Specialty Beer Company, which was solely responsible for marketing “specialty” brands such as Creemore and Granville Island.

    “Introducing this iconic brand to Canada is a significant milestone for both Molson Coors, and our drinkers, whose tastebuds continue to evolve,” Six Pints general manager Will Meijer said in a statement.

    Molson’s announcement touted the brand as the best-selling wheat beer in the U.S., and emphasized its “aromatic citrus notes” and “creamy, inviting finish.”

    Not all of the big brewers’ attempts to respond to the popularity of craft beers have been successful, however. Earlier this year, Anheuser-Busch faced a backlash when it ran a Super Bowl commercial that appeared to mock craft beer drinkers as snobs.

    Molson sells another wheat beer in Canada that is based on the Blue Moon recipe: Rickard's White. However, according to the company, the Rickard’s brand uses some different ingredients. As a result, the colour of the two beers is different, and Molson says the Rickard’s variety is much sweeter than Blue Moon.
     
    03.08.2015   GEMÜ 567 BioStar® control - Aseptic stainless steel control valve for small volumes    ( Company news )

    Company news Aseptic diaphragm valves are frequently used to control sterile applications. However, small volumes can only be controlled with an inadequate level of accuracy, or not at all. GEMÜ has now developed the GEMÜ 567 BioStar® control valve in order to solve this problem.

    The GEMÜ 567 BioStar® control is a 2/2-way globe valve with a regulating needle or regulating cone for high control accuracy and precise dosing. The valve seat on both versions is sealed using a soft-seated seal. The actuator is separated from the media-wetted area by an FDA-compliant PTFE diaphragm. This ensures a permanent, temperature-resistant seal and thus meets the high requirements of the pharmaceutical and food industries. Compared with bellows valves, cleaning the valve is significantly improved by the hygienic and minimal deadleg design. It is likewise possible to clean and sterilize the valve using a CIP or SIP procedure.

    The valve is also available with an integrated bypass so that the flow velocities required for the rest of the system can be achieved during the cleaning process. At the customer's request, GEMÜ 567 BioStar® control can be integrated into a multi-port valve block. This is another special feature of the valve which not only requires considerably less space in the system, but also significantly reduces the installation and welding effort. All surfaces which come into contact with the product are precision-turned or polished. Furthermore, additional electropolishing can achieve a high surface quality of Ra 0.25 µm. EHEDG certification and testing in accordance with Procedure 3A are currently in preparation. The GEMÜ 567 BioStar® control valve is available as an angled design in nominal sizes DN 8, DN 10 and DN 15.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    03.08.2015   Ireland: Ireland’s 60-70 craft brewers now hold 1.2% of the market    ( E-Malt.com )

    For most people, knowledge of Irish beer begins and ends with Guinness.

    Seamus O’Hara is trying to change that a pint at a time, The Toronto Star reported on July 30.

    As chairman of the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland, O’Hara has his work cut out for him in a country where one out of every three beers sold is a pint of Guinness. It’s work he’s been doing since founding based Carlow Brewing in 2006.

    “People thought I was completely insane,” said O’Hara, who was in Toronto this past weekend with a small vanguard of his fellow Irish craft brewers for the Toronto Festival of Beer.

    When he founded Carlow, there were “about 10” independent breweries in Ireland. Today, there are between 60 and 70. Roughly 50 of them have their own brewing facilities (the rest make their beer on contract at other breweries). Despite the growth, craft beer holds just 1.2 per cent of the Irish market, says O’Hara.

    “We’re not going to take over from Guinness,” O’Hara chuckled.

    While some smaller Irish craft breweries push the envelope with bolder styles more common to the North American craft brewing scene, O’Hara and many others take a more traditional approach.

    “The vast majority of what we do is meant for the Irish pub drinker. Which means it’s something that you can go and have a pint or two or even four. So things like double IPAs or Imperial Stouts, there really aren’t quite as many,” said O’Hara, referring to two rather boozy, bold styles.

    That means plenty of decent red ales and porters. And yes, there are some very fine stouts, too.

    “We’re Irish. We have a feel for making a stout,” said O’Hara.
     
    03.08.2015   Russia & Ukraine: Ukraine’s Obolon brewery to renew sales in Russia    ( E-Malt.com )

    Ukraine’s largest homegrown brewery Obolon has plans to renew sales in Russia, which accounted for up to 45 percent of its exports before sanctions were imposed in September banning the company’s suds, Kyiv Post reported on July 28.

    The Kyiv-based beer company signed a licensing agreement with the Moscow Brewing Company in the beginning of summer to make beer inside Russia under its label, Obolon spokeswoman Oksana Pyrozhok said.

    MBC is a direct competitor of Obolon in Ukraine through Persha Pryvatna Brovarnya (First Private Brewery), which occupied 4.2 percent of the local market last year, according to brand design company Koloro. It brews the Bochkove and Stare Misto brand beers as well as Zhyhuli Barne and Oettinger at the Radomshyl brewery which it bought in late 2011 via OasisCIS.

    Obolon lost the Russian market in September when Rospotrebnadzor, the state-run consumer rights watchdog, said the beer didn’t “comply with energy value requirements and organoleptic characteristics.”

    Obolon last year held 21.9 percent of Ukraine’s beer market, behind multi-national companies AB InBev and Carlsberg Ukraine, who had 34.7 and 29.1 percent, respectively.
     
    31.07.2015   Digox optical - In-line measuring device for dissolved oxygen in beverages    ( Company news )

    Company news The Digox optical is a compact oxygen measuring device with a hygienic design that is directly installed in the beverage line.
    The measuring principle is based on the dynamic fluorescence quenching.
    The calibration is carried out in the process using a reference value without removing the sensor.

    Intelligent diagnosis functions and colour status displays support the user during the process control.

    A quick maintenance is ensured by only one wear part (sensor cap).
    The short response time and high measuring accuracy ensure a precise and reliable oxygen measurement.
    (Dr. Thiedig GmbH & Co KG)
     
    31.07.2015   Scotch Whisky gets strong legal protection in Botswana    ( Company news )

    Company news Recognised as a 'geographical indication' for first time in Africa

    Scotch Whisky has been recognised as a 'geographical indication' (GI) - meaning the description can only be used on whisky produced in Scotland in accordance with UK law - for the first time in an African country. This legal breakthrough in Botswana will give consumers a high level of protection against fakes.

    Scotch is leading the way in Botswana by becoming the first product to be recognised as a GI, following an application by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

    Scotch must be made in Scotland from water, cereals and yeast and matured for at least three years. Scotch is now officially recognised in the laws of over 70 countries, including the whole of the European Union. GI status is of great commercial value to the Scotch Whisky industry and gives consumers confidence in the quality and provenance of what they are buying.

    While Botswana is a relatively small export market, the value of direct shipments of Scotch last year was up 163% to £456,728 from £173,638 in 2013. A lot of the Scotch destined for Botswana also goes through distribution hubs in South Africa.

    The SWA sees great potential for Scotch across Africa as economies develop and become more urbanised. Many young professionals in Africa see Scotch as an aspirational drink of choice, according to the SWA. But as Scotch grows in popularity, attempts are often made to try to take unfair advantage of its success, for example by trying to make and sell fakes. Recognition as a GI helps protect against such illegal activities.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "We expect to see demand for Scotch increase in many African countries in coming years as economies grow. It's important that consumers have confidence in the quality of what they are buying, which this recognition of Scotch as a 'geographical indication' will help to achieve.

    "Botswana recognising Scotch as a GI - a product that must be made in Scotland - is ground-breaking as it's the first product to be given this status. It's also the first time Scotch has been successfully registered as a GI anywhere in Africa. This move will protect consumers and give a boost to the growth of Scotch exports across Africa."

    British High Commissioner to Botswana, Nick Pyle, said: "This is great news for British business in Botswana. It will give reassurance to consumers in Botswana that they are buying a quality branded product from the UK."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    30.07.2015   Diageo announces that Deirdre Mahlan is to be appointed President, Diageo North America    ( Company news )

    Company news Diageo recently announced that Larry Schwartz, President North America would retire by the end of this calendar year. Diageo has announced that Deirdre Mahlan (photo), currently Chief Financial Officer, is to be appointed President Diageo North America. Deirdre's replacement will be announced in due course and until that time she will continue in her current role as CFO of Diageo.

    Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive said:
    "Diageo North America is a strong business and we are determined to deliver on that strength. Today we announced a number of organisational changes in Diageo North America and I am delighted that we can also announce that Deirdre will be leading this change. Deirdre has been an exceptional CFO and has the skills, together with experience of the market, to lead the next stage of growth in North America".
    (Diageo plc)
     
    29.07.2015   Anuga Drinks - diversity for the retail and gastronomy sectors    ( Company news )

    Company news Over 450 exhibitors will present fruit juice and alcohol-free drinks, wine, beer, spirits and trend drinks

    The trend towards naturalness is growing worldwide

    Anuga Drinks, the trade fair for drinks under the Anuga umbrella, will be presenting the wide international diversity of drinks to the trade and gastronomy sectors in October in Cologne. Both target groups can once again look forward to a diversified spectrum of products. The fruit juice, water and soft drinks segment is strongly represented again this year. Energy drinks remain an important theme. Beer is represented as well as an attractively presented selection of wine in the scope of the special exhibition "Anuga Wine Special". In addition to Hall 8, the approx. 450 exhibitors will also be using parts of Hall 7. Hence, trend drinks and spirits will be bundled in Hall 7. The "Anuga Wine Special" including a tasting zone is also located in Hall 7.

    The market of alcohol-free drinks continues to grow
    With a worldwide growth rate of around four percent, alcohol-free, soft drinks continue to head the rankings in terms of consumer popularity worldwide. However, in the year 2018 it is estimated that around half of the drinks - whether alcohol-free or alcoholic - will be consumed in Asia. The last survey of the industry service Canadean also forecasts the biggest growth chances here for soft drinks, in Asia the growth rates are expected to rise by almost 13 percent in the above-mentioned period, so they could become the undisputed growth engine of the drinks sector. North America and Europe no longer play a market-leading role in this scenario, instead their growth rates lie in the lower midfield.

    The trend towards naturalness is growing worldwide
    The Asiatic consumers are in the meantime demanding a greater variety of flavours here and increasingly natural contents. This trend has been reflected in the product development of many manufacturers for some time already: The current market data of Innova Market Insights show that new introductions with natural contents have increased worldwide over the past years.
    With the trend towards "naturalness" the demand for clean label products is also growing, i.e. for food and drinks that are to a large extent or completely without additives.

    The trend towards functional food and drinks is also proving to be a strong driver of innovations. The market for products that are beneficial to health is also growing constantly worldwide. The focus here lies on the one hand on the theme of being overweight and obesity, which are become increasingly significant all over the globe. Due to the increased awareness for this problem, the demand for products with reduced calories and less sugar is growing.

    A sweetening extract from the South American Stevia plant already aroused the interest of the food and drinks industry almost twenty years ago. After Coca-Cola has in the meantime played the pioneering role here with the market introduction of Stevia-sweetened Cola, raw material producers such as Wild Flavors are now ready to offer tailor-made concepts for Cola products with Steviol glycosides. The sweetness of these innovations leads to a moderate calorie content in the end product. In this way, "Cola plus Stevia" is becoming an attractive alternative for all those, who want to enjoy the classic Cola taste, but who don't want to consume high-calorie or conventionally sweetened drinks.

    At the same time, the focus is also on drinks with functional contents that are enriched with vitamins and minerals. These include, for example, trend drinks such as vitamin water or coconut water. Here it is important that the drinks can be consumed en route, during leisure activities or at work. The decisive criterion: The consumers don't want to spend much or any time preparing them.

    The trend towards energy drinks is still ongoing. In addition to the classic versions, new flavours constantly appear on the market. Energy drinks with fruit juice contents or coffee flavoured are enhancing the diversity of this innovative segment.

    Market forecasts on the development of the global energy drink market, for example by Canadean, show: The category is growing fast and still has a large growth potential from Africa and the Middle East, to Asia and Europe through to North and Latin America.

    The criticism by consumer protection experts, who demanded a ban on the sales of energy drinks to children and youths, turned out to be a flash in the pan. In the meantime, the European authorities for food safety, EFSA, have confirmed in a report that children and youths are not the main consumers of energy drinks. Meanwhile, the advertising for classic lemonades also targets children and youths less and less. "A segment is growing up," was the title of a trade publication recently.

    The theme of wine is appropriately represented at Anuga in the scope of the "Anuga Wine Special". Wine suppliers will take the opportunity to present their wines on an attractive tasting zone.

    A seminar programme professionally put together by first-class sommeliers, among others by the Master of Wine Markus Del Monega, offers additional information on the cultivation areas and culinary highlights. The great variety of the French terroir will be addressed here as well as the wines of the "new world", in this case New Zealand, German wine culture, Italian red wines or the current trend drink in the bars and restaurants around the globe: sake. At eleven workstations, the trade visitors will receive among other things detailed information on wines from France, Portugal and Spain, but also on vegetable wines, alcohol-free sparkling fruit wine or premium water as the ideal enhancement to wine enjoyment.

    Furthermore, the "Anuga Wine Award" will be conferred in the categories silver, gold and double gold in the scope of the "Anuga Wine Special".

    Anuga is exclusively open to trade visitors from the retail and gastronomy trades from Saturday, 10 October 2015 until Wednesday, 14 October 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on all days.
    (Koelnmesse GmbH)
     
    29.07.2015   Britvic: Acquisition of Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos SA for R$580m (£120.8m)    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Britvic plc (“Britvic”) announces the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos SA (“ebba”).

    Photo: Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer of Britvic

    Summary
    -ebba is a high quality independent soft drinks company in Brazil;
    -ebba is the number one supplier of liquid concentrates (dilutes) and the number two supplier of ready-to-drink (“RTD”) nectar drinks in Brazil; (1)
    -ebba’s key brands, Maguary and dafruta, lead the liquid dilutes category, with a growing presence in RTD nectar drinks;
    -The transaction provides Britvic with immediate access to the sixth largest soft drinks market and the largest concentrates (dilutes) market globally;
    -Britvic intends to accelerate growth in ebba by building on the existing strong platform and route to market investing behind the ebba brand portfolio, extending existing brands into new sub-categories and introducing Britvic brands to the Brazilian market;
    -ebba reported net revenue of R$437.2m and EBITDA of R$45.0m in its FY2014 financial statements;
    -Britvic’s clear ambition is to at least double ebba’s(2) EBITDA and significantly grow margins by 2020;
    -Under the terms of the Acquisition, the enterprise value of ebba is R$580m (£120.8m), with an effective acquisition cost of R$545.4m (equivalent to £113.6m), payable in two tranches(3);
    -The Acquisition will be partly funded from the proceeds of a placing of new ordinary shares.

    Rationale for the Acquisition
    In May 2013 Britvic outlined its strategy to drive long-term sustainable growth for shareholders. A core pillar of the strategy is to pursue international expansion by capitalising on global opportunities in the kids, family and adult categories, where Britvic has the leading brands in its core markets.
    The Acquisition will give Britvic immediate access to the sixth largest soft drinks market globally (R$84.3bn / £17.6bn as of 2014) which has achieved a retail sales value growth CAGR of 13.6% and a volume growth CAGR of 4.0% over the last five years. Brazil has the largest concentrates (dilutes) category globally (R$6.6bn / £1.4bn as of 2014) and a fast growing juice drinks category(4) (R$10.2bn / £2.1bn as of 2014), with a volume growth of c.9.9% over the last five years.. Brazil is an attractive market with a current population of over 200 million, which is expected to reach 218 million by 2025, with an increasingly younger and more affluent demographic(5).

    Britvic has spent a considerable amount of time analysing the Brazilian market and conducting due diligence on the Acquisition and believes that the Brazilian soft drinks market is relatively underdeveloped when compared with other markets in which Britvic operates. Specifically, the liquid dilutes category has lacked investment whilst the juice drinks category under-indexes in share(6). In addition, in Britvic’s view, the kids category is currently commoditised, whilst there is no discernible adults category and a lack of engaging soft drinks fixture in-store. Britvic is confident that these current characteristics provide a backdrop against which to drive attractive future growth.

    The ebba business has brands that enjoy high levels of awareness and relevance to consumers, similar to Robinsons in the UK and Teisseire in France. Leading national brands, broad market presence, a well established infrastructure and a strong management team are key characteristics of the ebba business today.

    Commenting, Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer of Britvic, said:
    “The acquisition of ebba represents a unique opportunity to acquire a high quality business in a substantial soft drinks market, with exciting future growth potential. ebba operates in categories where Britvic has a proven capability of building new markets, accelerating innovation and establishing brand leadership. We have been in dialogue with ebba for some time and have completed a significant amount of due diligence in assessing the value and prospects of the business and the wider marketplace.
    ebba’s brands are particularly strong, and have a relevance to Brazilian consumers similar to the ones which Robinsons, MiWadi and Teisseire enjoy in their home markets. I am particularly pleased that the management team, led by João Caetano de Mello Neto, will continue to lead the business.
    We have identified opportunities to invest behind these leading brands, introduce new brands, and harness our group capability. As a result, we are confident we have a fantastic opportunity to drive long-term growth in the kids, family and adult categories and deliver significant shareholder value over the coming years.”

    Financial profile
    The ebba management team has delivered strong growth in the past few years, with both top-line revenue and EBITDA growth. This growth has been driven by innovation and distribution gains with limited marketing investment.
    Reported net revenue has grown from R$292.4m in 2012 to R$419.7m in 2013 and R$437.2m in 2014, which represents a CAGR of 22.3% over the period. EBITDA has grown from R$30.6m in 2012 to R$43.6m in 2013 and R$45.0m in 2014, which represents a CAGR of 21.3% from 2012 to 2014. EBIT margin has remained fairly stable throughout this period, achieving 8.1% in 2012, 8.0% in 2013 and 7.5% in 2014.(7)
    As at December 2014, ebba had R$373.7m in total assets and reported a profit before tax for the full year of R$4.9m.(7)

    Outlook and potential to deliver significant shareholder value
    Britvic has clear plans to drive revenue growth and to at least double EBITDA by 2020, alongside an opportunity for significant margin expansion(2). Over the next two years, Britvic intends to accelerate growth in ebba by strengthening the business, investing in the brand portfolio and re-investing already identifiable cost savings of at least R$10m to drive future growth. As a consequence, Britvic expects EBITDA to be broadly flat in 2016 and 2017 compared to 2015 before increasing from 2018 onwards.

    The business case has been developed whilst recognising the impact of the current economic environment in Brazil. In the short-term, Britvic expects that current economic weakness will translate into lower revenue and EBITDA in 2015 as compared to 2014. It is anticipated that in 2015 revenue will be lower by c.5% and EBITDA c.10%, reflecting the challenging market conditions being currently experienced.

    Looking forward GDP growth in Brazil is expected to recover from next year whilst the total soft drinks market volume is forecast to grow 3.1% CAGR and juice drinks volume forecast to grow 9.1% CAGR from 2014 – 2019(4). In addition, Britvic anticipates there will be positive consumer trends with increasing demand for Stills and “better for you” products and increased emphasis on differentiation and sophistication in brands, product and packaging innovation.

    Whilst Britvic’s future ambitions for ebba are built on the expectation of a moderately improved macro backdrop, with both the economy and the soft drinks market forecast to deliver future growth, Britvic believes that the major driver of growth will come from self-help initiatives including introducing Britvic’s brands into Brazil, cost savings and improved market execution.

    Leveraging previous international experience
    Building on the experience gained from the acquisitions in Ireland and, more recently, France, Britvic’s plans are expected to be achieved by a clear framework that will:
    -Focus on developing the kids, family and adult categories;
    -Re-invest cost savings in marketing, A&P, people and infrastructure;
    -Deploy Britvic best practise – marketing, category and revenue management expertise;
    -Extend brands into new sub-categories; and
    -Introduce existing Britvic brands into the market, including “new to market” concepts.

    Integration
    ebba will operate as a standalone business unit and João Caetano de Mello Neto, ebba’s CEO, will sit on Britvic plc’s Executive Committee. A clear integration plan will be put in place focussed on marketing, innovation and category management; supply chain; delivery of cost savings; and legal, risk and financial governance. A dedicated programme management office will oversee delivery of the integration, having proven capability in delivering strategic cost initiatives.

    Principal Terms and Financing of the Acquisition(3)
    The headline enterprise value of R$580m (£120.8m), which through the use of a forward contract to satisfy the deferred consideration tranche, reduces to an effective enterprise value of R$545.4m at current R$:£ exchange rate of 4.80 (equivalent to £113.6m). The enterprise value comprises two stage payments each of R$193.8m, with second payment two years from completion and repayment of ebba debt of R$192.5m. This represents an effective 2014 EV/EBITDA multiple of 12.1X and a multiple of 12.9X based on headline enterprise value. The Acquisition is subject to fulfilment of closing conditions and it is anticipated the Acquisition will complete by the end of September.

    The consideration for the Acquisition, associated transaction costs, working capital and investment in the business will be partly funded from the proceeds of a non-pre-emptive cash placing (the “Placing”) of up to 12,361,455 new ordinary shares in the Company (representing up to 4.97 per cent of Britvic's existing issued ordinary share capital).

    The Acquisition incorporating the effects of the placing is expected to be marginally dilutive to EPS in the first two years of ownership. Thereafter the Acquisition is then expected to become EPS accretive from year 3. It is also expected to exceed the Britvic WACC from year 4 onwards.

    Following the Placing, the impact on expected leverage at the 2015 year end is anticipated to be broadly neutral taking into account completion of the Acquisition and the payment of the initial consideration, repayment of existing ebba debt and associated transaction costs.

    Britvic will acquire ebba from members of the Tavares de Melo family, a group of industrialists with numerous business interests in Brazil.
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    28.07.2015   SABMiller confirms Domenic De Lorenzo as Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news The board of SABMiller plc intends to appoint Domenic De Lorenzo (photo) as an executive director and as Chief Financial Officer with effect from the conclusion of the forthcoming annual general meeting, to be held on 23 July 2015.

    Domenic, currently Director of Group Strategy and Corporate Development and a member of the Group’s executive committee, has been the acting Chief Financial Officer since 19 February 2015.

    John Manser, Chairman, said: “The board considered a number of high quality internal and external candidates, and concluded that Domenic was the best-qualified for the role. He has a strong track record in his previous positions within the group, which has given him deep experience of developing our business and our people, and shaping our strategy. He is a highly capable executive and will be a valuable addition to the board.”

    Alan Clark, Chief Executive, said: “Dom proved an outstanding candidate for appointment as chief financial officer and will hit the ground running after a strong five months acting in the role. He has quickly made a positive impact and built a high level of credibility and community in our finance team, and with our senior business leaders, our executive committee, and our board. I look forward to continuing to work with Dom as we pursue our vision to make SABMiller the most admired beverage company in the world.”

    Domenic De Lorenzo assumed responsibility in August 2014 for group strategy alongside his previous responsibilities as Director of Corporate Finance and Development. He is a chartered accountant by training, and has been closely involved in the Group’s finance strategy since his appointment to the Group’s executive committee in 2011. He is a 19-year veteran of the group, having originally joined SABMiller's corporate finance team in 1996 from UAL Investment Bank in South Africa. During his career with SABMiller, he has been involved in many of its key transactions, including Pilsner Urquell, Miller Brewing Company, Peroni, Bavaria, Grolsch, the formation of the MillerCoors joint venture and the Foster’s acquisition.
    Notes:

    Domenic De Lorenzo is not currently a director of any listed company. There is no information required to be disclosed pursuant to LR 9.6.13 (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules.
    -Domenic’s remuneration on appointment as an executive director will be set in accordance with the company’s approved remuneration policy. Further details will be disclosed following confirmation of his appointment on 23 July 2015 after a board meeting to be held that day.
    -In accordance with the company’s articles of association, Domenic will submit himself for election by shareholders at the company’s next annual general meeting in July 2016.
    (SABMiller plc)
     
    27.07.2015   Ardagh Group Debuts 64 Ounce Growler    ( Company news )

    Company news Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a division of Ardagh Group and a leading producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the United States, announced the debut of its American made 64oz Growler.

    Brewpubs, breweries and grocery stores around the country are cashing in on the growing popularity of growlers, a term that dates back to the 19th Century when fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one's home in a small galvanized pail. According to BeerAdvocate, the Growler term originated from the sound CO2 made when it escaped from the lid as the beer sloshed around, making a growling sound.

    Unique within the craft beer industry, Ardagh Group’s Growler has a three-finger handle for gripping ease. Additionally, it has a fill-line capacity indicator, noting the appropriate six percent headspace allotment to help prevent overfilling.
    (Ardagh Glass Inc.)
     
    27.07.2015   Asia: Thailand moves further in countering growing demand for alcohol    ( E-Malt.com )

    Thailand will ban alcohol sales near universities and technical colleges, putting the nation at the forefront of efforts in Asia to curb consumption, Bloomberg reported on July 23.

    Under amendments to the Alcohol Control Act endorsed by the government on July 22 and to be implemented nationwide late next month, bars, clubs and retailers will be prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages within a 300-meter (328 yards) radius of colleges. The measures are aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and tackling alcohol-related problems, including underage sex, the Ministry of Public Health said.

    Thailand is moving further than other governments in countering growing demand for alcohol in Asia and the Pacific, the fastest-growing beer market for brewer Heineken NV. The World Health Organization has called for a 10 percent reduction in the harmful use of alcohol by 2025 from 2010 levels, implicating it in more than 200 diseases and injury conditions that the UN agency says kill about 3.3 million people a year.

    “Thailand has the strongest tradition of trying to curb alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related harms,” said Juergen Rehm, professor and chair of addiction policy at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

    Thailand’s government has a taxation mechanism that “enables them to tax the hell out of any beverage which is attractive to youth,” said Rehm, who has worked with Thai authorities on alcohol programs for the past decade.

    Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, China and some states of India have also introduced policies over the past few years to sap alcohol demand. Beer sales in Vietnam have been climbing at at least double the pace of gross domestic product growth the past five years and have averaged 6.2 percent annually across the region since 2009, according to Euromonitor International.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world’s largest brewer, opened a brewery near Ho Chi Minh City in May, bolstering its supplies of Budweiser and Beck’s beer.

    “Asia Pacific is now the third largest zone of AB InBev in terms of volume, and Vietnam is considered the next turning point for us in Southeast Asia,” said Michel Doukeris, the Belgian brewer’s Asia-Pacific president, at an opening ceremony. The plant will eventually produce as much as 1 million hectolitres a year of the amber liquid.

    Asia-Pacific will contribute more than 70 percent of global beer growth in the next five years, Heineken’s regional president, Roland Pirmez, told a conference in March 2014, citing Canadean projections.

    Per-capital alcohol consumption averaged 29 litres in the region in 2013, compared with 59 litres in Europe and 48 litres in the rest of the world, presenting “untapped growth potential,” Pirmez said. The Amsterdam-based company increased its stake in United Breweries Ltd., India’s biggest beermaker, to 42.1 percent on July 7, less than a week before opening a $60 million brewery near Yangon.

    Myanmar has no national policy or action plan to tackle alcohol and there is no legal requirement that alcohol advertisements and containers carry health warnings, the WHO said in its 2014 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health. Worldwide, more than a dozen countries had no legal minimum age for the consumption of alcohol.

    “This task of creating or strengthening a regulatory framework for alcohol turns out to be a task that countries ignore to their economic peril,” said David Jernigan, director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. The school was renamed in 2001 in honor of Bloomberg LP founder Michael Bloomberg, a major donor. “Alcohol can be a serious risk not just to health, but to development given that in much of the world it’s the leading cause of death and disability for people ages 15 to 49.”

    Thailand recognized this years ago and is now considered a “model worldwide” for its ability to combine research and community mobilization to “strengthen the national public health voice,” Jernigan said in an interview.

    Even still, the sales restrictions announced on July 22 may do little to stop people from enjoying a tipple if they really want one, and may have a “limited” impact on sales volumes, said Philip Gorham, an equities analyst with Morningstar Inc. in Amsterdam. Under existing regulations, retailers are also prohibited from selling alcohol between midnight and 11 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    “I see them essentially as PR stunts by governments attempting to appear to be doing something good for public health,” Gorham said in an e-mail. “The broader point, however, is that developing markets are catching up on the regulatory front, or at least making efforts to.”

    Taxation on alcohol has been used effectively in developed markets to limit consumption and “disruptive tax increases would be a risk to emerging market volumes,” Gorham added.

    After growing steadily for about 25 years, alcohol consumption plateaued in Thailand after the 2008 release of a national policy on alcohol that helped persuade more than two-thirds of Thais to abstain from booze, WHO data show.

    The Philippines introduced a so-called sin tax on cigarettes and alcohol in 2012 that’s increased the price of a litre of premium beer by 22 pesos (50 cents).

    India’s Kerala state in August enacted a law that would put it on the path to almost-complete prohibition in 10 years, the Press Trust of India reported in August. In mandates that only luxury hotels can sell liquor, and the number of state-run liquor and beer outlets will be cut by 10 percent a year. At least 400 bars attached to smaller hotels have already been shut after being denied licenses, and 300 may close soon.

    The regulatory and tax challenges in India are increasing, Gilles Bogaert, chief financial officer of Pernod Ricard SA, told analysts on a conference call in February. “The Indian market is not easy from a regulation and tax standpoint,” he said.

    Alcohol laws are becoming “more stringent” worldwide, said Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst with Euromonitor International, who sees the biggest risk for beverage companies coming from any further reduction in consumption in mature markets, where sales are flagging.

    “Any additional measures to cut down consumption will perhaps have a much bigger effect than in emerging markets, which are anyway moving in a more-or-less positive direction, as middle classes are advancing and consumers are trying to emulate Western drinking habits,” Malandrakis said.
     


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