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    30.01.2015   Anheuser-Busch Introduces Bud Light Delivery at the Tap of a Button with New Branded App in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Washington, D.C.

    Bud Light Button” App To Provide Washington, D.C. Residents with Bud Light and “Up For Whatever” Experiences

    Anheuser-Busch is bringing consumers a new way to order and enjoy Bud Light with the brand new Bud Light Button. The Bud Light Button is a beer delivery app that allows users to order Bud Light with one easy tap of the finger. What separates the Bud Light Button from its competitors is the unique “Up for Whatever” experiences that could accompany special deliveries made through the app. The app will launch initially in the Washington, D.C. area on January 15, 2015.

    When consumers download the Bud Light Button, they may get more than just beer. The brand is infusing the new app with “Up for Whatever” experiences, designed to inspire spontaneous fun. As a result, Bud Light Button users may receive an “Up For Whatever” experience with their delivery.

    “Some people will get just a little something extra, like Bud Light-branded gear, but once in a while, we’re going to deliver a really over-the-top, amazing experiences,” said Lucas Herscovici, Anheuser-Busch vice president of consumer connections. “Maybe that means we show up with a DJ who turns your gathering of friends into an amazing event. The only way to find out for sure what we’re going to do is to grab your phone and use the Bud Light Button.”

    As Anheuser-Busch works to deliver on its dream of becoming the top consumer packaged goods company in digital, it is constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance the consumer’s experience. Bud Light partnered with its digital innovation agency of record AKQA and platform provider Klink to create a unique service that will separate Bud Light from its competitors – by delivering beer and “Up for Whatever” Bud Light experiences.

    “Anheuser-Busch always pushes the boundaries in developing services that enable spontaneous fun through ‘Up for Whatever’ experiences,” said Stephen Clements, Executive Creative Director, AKQA. “We’re delighted to partner with Anheuser-Busch to bring a fresh, new way to enjoy Bud Light to market.”

    The Bud Light Button app is currently available on the Android platform with iOS coming soon, allowing easy and quick beer delivery. Once installed, users can scan their credit card for easy repeat purchase. The app then tracks the user’s current location, so ordering is as simple as tapping the button. Consumers can order between 1 to 100 cases of beer and get it delivered in under an hour by Klink, a new alcohol delivery app that utilizes independent retailers to fulfill deliveries.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
     
    29.01.2015   PepsiCo Announces Leadership Appointments    ( Company news )

    Company news PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) announced two leadership appointments that further strengthen the company's management team.

    Photo: Enderson Guimaraes (left), Ramon Laguarta (right)

    Enderson Guimaraes, currently CEO, PepsiCo Europe, has been named EVP, Global Categories and Operations, PepsiCo. He will be responsible for overseeing the company's Global Beverage, Global Snacks and Global Nutrition Groups; its Business & Information Solutions function; Global Procurement; Productivity; Supply Chain; and Corporate Strategy.

    Ramon Laguarta, currently President, Developing & Emerging Markets, PepsiCo Europe, has been named CEO, PepsiCo Europe. He will be responsible for overseeing the company's food and beverage business across Europe and food business in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Both Guimaraes and Laguarta will report to PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.

    "PepsiCo enjoys a deep bench of leaders across the company that is enabling us to consistently deliver strong results and create shareholder value," Nooyi said. "Enderson and Ramon are highly skilled operators who have built impressive performance track records throughout their careers. They bring the right qualities and experiences to their new roles and their leadership will continue to benefit PepsiCo as we execute our strategy to deliver long-term sustainable growth."

    Guimaraes joined PepsiCo in 2011 as President, Global Operations. In this role, he was responsible for strategic sourcing management, global operations, business and information solutions, and global productivity. He also previously served as President of PepsiCo's Global Nutrition Group before becoming CEO of PepsiCo Europe in 2012.
    Prior to joining PepsiCo, Guimaraes served as an EVP at Electrolux and CEO of the company's €4.5 billion major appliances business for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He also spent ten years at Philips Electronics and has worked for other leading CPG companies, including HP, P&G and Johnson & Johnson.
    In his new role, Guimaraes assumes responsibilities previously held by Zein Abdalla, who is retiring at the end of this year as the company disclosed last month.

    Laguarta joined PepsiCo in 1996 and has held a number of senior leadership positions that have contributed to the success of the company's European operations. He previously served as President, PepsiCo Eastern Europe Region, which includes Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He also spent time as Commercial Vice President for PepsiCo Europe, General Manager for Iberia Snacks and Juices, and General Manager for Greece Snacks.
    Prior to joining PepsiCo, Laguarta worked for Chupa Chups, S.A., a leading Spanish confectionary company, where he held several international assignments in Europe and the U.S.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    28.01.2015   The Beer Can Celebrates 80 Years    ( Company news )

    Company news As America celebrates the 80th anniversary of enjoying beer in a can – one of the country’s greatest advances, the Beer Institute, the trade association representing America’s brewers, beer importers and suppliers, and the Can Manufacturers Institute, the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry, celebrate with them. The first beer can was sold in Richmond, Virginia, on January 24, 1935.

    “America’s preference for beer is a major advantage for American workers and the U.S. economy,” said Jim McGreevy, Beer Institute President and CEO. “Each job in a brewery creates another 45 jobs in other industries, like can manufacturing. This long supply chain is important to communities across the country. Beer cans are a major part of the package mix of beer offered to consumers today.”

    "This anniversary showcases the longevity and strength that the aluminum can brings to the beer industry by providing an excellent drinking experience for the consumer,” said CMI President Robert Budway. “The enduring characteristics of the beer can protects the products flavor and makes it portable, shatterproof, and, it is even infinitely recyclable.”

    While cans had been in use since the early 19th century to store and preserve food, the invention of the beer can revolutionized the beer industry. Canned beer made it possible to transport more beer at a single time and to distribute beer further away from a brewery. Today, cans account for 54 percent of beer packaging.

    According to an economic study jointly commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association in 2012, U.S. brewers and beer importers are the foundation for an industry that directly and indirectly employs more than 2 million Americans. Beer also contributed $246.6 billion to America’s economy and generated $49 billion in local, state and federal taxes.

    Companies in the United States that manufacture cans employ more than 20,000. The entire can industry, which includes food and beverage, generates more than $16 billion in revenue and $2.7 billion in taxes, which accounts for as much as $36.31 billion in total economic activity through the United States.
    (Beer Institute)
     
    27.01.2015   Australia: Alcohol consumption down 25% over the last 40 years    ( E-Malt.com )

    New research shows Australians are drinking a full 25% less alcohol than they did 40 years ago. While beer producers probably aren’t happy about this, there is a definite upside: it has dramatically curbed alcohol-related violence, FoodProcessing.com.au reported on January 23.

    The government report, Australia’s Changing Drinking Habits, disproves commonly held beliefs that alcohol consumption and alcohol-related violence are increasing.

    In 1974-75, Australians consumed an average of 13.1 litres of alcohol per person. Since the 1980s, this has declined, decreasing to 9.9 litres in 2012-13. Teenagers are drinking significantly less, with the proportion of young people abstaining increasing from 56% in 2007 to 72% in 2013.

    Interestingly, alcohol-related violence has decreased by 30% in NSW in the last six years, despite the number of liquor licences increasing by 16%. Terry Mott, CEO of the Australian Liquor Stores Association, says this proves a lack of evidence between alcohol availability and violence.
    This increase in the number of liquor stores has also not led to an increase in alcohol consumption.

    “Australia’s drinking habits have changed significantly over the course of the four decades; we are more educated about alcohol and we are making much better choices than we ever have before,” said Mott.

    “The majority of Australians consume alcohol responsibly and enjoy the social benefits it brings. It is important to distinguish between the moderate consumption of alcohol by the overwhelming majority of Australians and the misuse of it by a small minority.”
     
    27.01.2015   Belgium: Belgium’s leading brewers to raise their prices    ( E-Malt.com )

    InBev Belgium and Alken-Maes brewery will increase their Pilsen beer prices as from February, 1, Belga reported on January 22.

    InBev explains the 1.7 eurocents increase per glass of beer by the necessity of financing its long-term investments. The brewing giant’s investments in its Belgian facilities increased by more than EUR100 mln per year.

    Alken-Maes did not disclose the exact increase figure, stating that “it varies by product”. A company spokesperson, however, admitted that the majority of its brands will become more expensive.

    Haacht brewery, another large beer maker in Belgium, plans to raise its prices at the beginning of March, by around 3% depending on the product.
     
    27.01.2015   Ethiopia: HEINEKEN officially inaugurates new brewery in Ethiopia    ( E-Malt.com )

    HEINEKEN officially inaugurated its new brewery at a greenfield site in Kilinto on the outskirts of Addis Ababa on January 15. In a ceremony attended by 300 guests including His Excellency the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Mrs Charlene de Carvalho - Heineken and hosted by Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of HEINEKEN, the state of the art brewery was unveiled, Nasdaq reports.

    With a total capacity of 1.5 mln hectolitres, the Kilinto brewery is already producing the recently launched Walia® beer together with Bedele® and Harar® beer brands. It is planned that the site will also brew other brands including the flagship Heineken® beer.

    Employing around 280 people, drawn from the local workforce, the new facility complements the already established Bedele and Harar breweries which were acquired from the Ethiopian government in 2011. The EUR110 mln new brewery is part of a total EUR310 mln investment in the country by HEINEKEN since 2011.

    With this enhanced production footprint, HEINEKEN Ethiopia will be well placed to further develop its portfolio of high quality beers that will meet growing demand in the country.

    Speaking at the opening, Jean-François van Boxmeer commented: "Our inauguration marks the latest chapter in our Africa story which began over 100 years ago. Today, we are a proud partner for growth in the region, investing ahead of the curve, and with a long-term ambition to create sustainable businesses. This is certainly the case in Ethiopia, which is progressively unlocking its natural potential for its people, and bringing prosperity to both the cities and agricultural regions. Through our local barley sourcing project, we can be certain that the positive effects of our investment here spread well beyond the brewery gates. The CREATE project that we announced in 2013, where the partners share the goals of improving the income of smallholder barley farmers and improving access to markets, will help us to increase our local sourcing of malt barley."
     
    27.01.2015   Japan: Craft beer popularity makes major brewers invest in this segment    ( E-Malt.com )

    After a short-lived boom in the 1990s, craft beer is catching on once again among thirsty Japanese consumers, The Japan Times reported on January 21.

    Retailer Aeon Co. started stocking up to 90 craft and imported beers at 250 stores nationwide in December last year, and sales have been strong. “More and more people have started enjoying their unique taste,” said an Aeon spokesman.

    Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. last year released a limited run of products jointly developed with Yo-Ho Brewing Co., a leading craft brewer based in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, which is known for its Yona Yona Ale beer.

    “The limited-run beer was more popular than expected and the company was able to reach new customers, including young people and women,” a Lawson spokesman said.

    Over the past year, Lawson has doubled its craft beer portfolio to 11 brands, including domestic and imported products.

    A variety of craft brands were created across the country after restrictions on breweries eased in 1994. The boom was short-lived, however, as many of the products were poor in quality.

    Craft beers have started to regain attention in recent years as brewers using better technology began to lead the market.

    This year, Yo-Ho Brewing will start to outsource part of its output to Kirin Brewery Co., a unit of Kirin Holdings Co., as production is unable to meet increasing demand.

    Major brewers are also looking at craft beer as one of the few promising products amid a slump in the broader Japanese market for beer and beer-like brewed beverages.

    Kirin Brewery plans to set up small breweries for craft beer in two locations, including one in Tokyo. Sales will start in full online and at special shops in the spring.

    Sapporo Breweries Ltd., a unit of Sapporo Holdings Ltd., will establish a new company to begin craft beer production as early as this summer.

    Asahi Breweries Ltd., a unit of Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., plans to sell its limited craft beer series four times a year, starting in February.
     
    27.01.2015   Odell Brewing Co. cellar expansion increases fermentation capacity by 3,200 barrels    ( Company news )

    Company news On Dec. 10, the Odell Brewing Co. maintenance team assisted with the installation of eight new fermentation tanks, increasing fermentation capacity to a total of 4,800 barrels. The 400BBL stainless steel tanks will sit alongside the eight tanks that already exist on the west side of the brewery. The project, which also includes electrical work, plumbing, and tank cleaning, is expected to wrap up by Feb. 1, 2015.

    Though the brewery’s fermentation capacity will nearly double once the project is completed, the plan is still to increase brewing capacity by about 15 percent each year. New tanks mean more room to focus on Cellar Series and sour projects with the older, 100BBL fermentors, while the new vessels will be used for classic and seasonal offerings.

    This will be one of many expansion projects Odell Brewing has completed since opening in 1989. In 2010, the warehouse was equipped to ferment 3,600 barrels at one time. In 2013, a new brew house was added, and the taproom and patio were remodeled. Now, Odell Brewing is projected to sell 100,000 barrels by year’s end, with room to grow.
    (Odell Brewing Company)
     
    27.01.2015   UK: Carlsberg considering the future of its super-strength brands    ( E-Malt.com )

    Carlsberg is considering a range of options in the UK over its super-strength lager brands Special Brew and Skol Super, including cutting their ABVs, as part of the country's government's Responsibility Deal.

    The brewer announced late last month it will meet a pledge to stop selling cans containing four units of alcohol or more. The 50cl formats of Special Brew and Skol Super, both with an ABV of 9%, do not currently meet this pledge.

    The Danish firm's UK unit is looking at changing the size of serve for the brands, or reducing their strength, industry sources report. Any changes will be made by this autumn.

    Skol Super is only available in a 50cl can, while Special Brew currently comes in 50cl and 44cl cans and a 27.5cl bottle.

    “It is clearly down to individual consumers how they drink our products, but to help create this responsible drinking environment, we will be reviewing our portfolio and withdrawing any single-serve cans containing over four units of alcohol from sale during 2015,” said Bruce Ray, Carlsberg UK's corporate affairs director.

    Last July, Carlsberg's rival Anheuser-Busch InBev confirmed it was stopping production of its 9% abv Tennent's Super Lager in the UK as part of the Responsibility Deal.

    The move was included in a series of new pledges unveiled by the UK's Home Office as part of an agreement between the drinks industry and the Government, first established in 2011. The Public Health Responsibility Deal is aimed at cutting alcohol abuse in the UK and is seen as a way of avoiding legislation.
     
    27.01.2015   UK: Low-alcohol beer sales rocket in Scotland since introduction of lower drink drive limit    ( E-Malt.com )

    Sales of low-alcohol beer have rocketed in Scotland since the introduction of the lower drink drive limit, retailers have claimed.

    Figures show a huge surge in demand for products since the new laws came into force in December, meaning the average man can have just a pint of normal-strength beer before driving and woman only half a pint, The Scotsman reported on January 16.

    Supermarket Tesco said sales of low-alcohol products had increased by 80 per cent since the law came into force, while independent stockists agreed there had been high demand.

    Bars have also witnessed a higher demand for low-alcohol products, as well as smaller measures such as 125ml glasses of wine, the trade body for Scottish pubs said.

    The new rules lowered the alcohol limit for drivers from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood, bringing Scotland into line with many other countries in Europe. The limit remains higher – at 80mg – in England and Wales.

    Peter Sherry, owner of The Beerhive shop in Edinburgh, which stocks 200 different kinds of beer, said he had noticed far higher demand for low-alcohol products.

    “We have always stocked a certain number of beers which are under four per cent alcohol,” he said. “We also have a two per cent stout which, when it was released about a year and a half ago, was very hard to sell. Now, however, it is much easier and we have a lot of people coming into the shop to ask about it particularly.”

    He added: “Certainly, the drink-drive limit changes have affected things. We have also seen a rise in demand for non-alcoholic beers, but a large part of that could be down to New Year’s resolutions and things like the ‘dry January’ charity drives.”

    Tesco beer spokeswoman Natasha Pitman said while demand had also risen in the rest of the UK, the increase was three times higher north of the Border. “The new drink-drive limit appears to be having an effect in changing people’s lifestyles in Scotland,” she said.

    Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said no figures had yet been made available on the effect of the legislation, but pubs had anecdotally noticed a change. He said: “Businesses certainly have been quoted as saying the drink-driving laws are having more of an effect than the smoking ban.”

    He added: “People’s habits and attitudes to alcohol are changing as a result of the new legislation – they are drinking less even if they are not driving, as they are worried about if they have to drive the next morning.”

    Chief Supt Iain Murray said: “Our advice to all drivers is: don’t risk it. Even at the new levels, you will still be three times more likely to die in a collision than without any alcohol.”
     
    27.01.2015   USA: AB InBev’s ‘aggressive’ pricing could benefit Boston Beer sales    ( E-Malt.com )

    One US analyst believes that a more aggressive US pricing strategy led by Anheuser Busch InBev could reignite sales growth for craft beer competitor Samuel Adams, BeverageDaily.com reported on January 15.

    Vivien Azer from Cowen and Company made her comments in a note on January 14 that summed-up her impressions of the Beer Summit 2015 in Palm Beach, California – which featured presentations from top executives representing the likes of AB InBev, MillerCoors and Constellation Brands.

    Reflecting on a presentation by AB InBev’s VP of consumer communications, Lucas Herscovici, Azer said the world’s biggest brewer was increasingly focused on digital to balance out its strong focus in past years – with up to 70% of its media spend – on a sports-centric strategy.

    The company is de-emphasizing loyalist ‘retention’ to focus more on millennial consumers (wedded to their smartphones) to drive growth, and Cowen said AB InBev’s future media strategy hinges on digital, experiential and media strands, with savings from classical media reinvested in brands.

    “Looking ahead the key question for us will be the impact that AB InBev’s market share aspirations have on the underlying growth of the category,” Azer wrote.

    Beer volume finished 2014 in growth, but this was driven by aggressive pricing led by AB InBev, Azer wrote, noting that a similar price/mix dip in autumn 2011 also spurred category sales growth.

    Of course, where AB InBev leads, the rest of the US beer industry, follows – even if rivals don’t lower (or change) their own prices, they at least feels the effects in terms of retail and shopper behaviour.

    Azer said that while Samuel Adams didn’t present at Beer Summit 2015, smaller craft brewers including Revolution, New Belgium and 21st Amendment did, and all predicted ‘robust’ 2015 growth.

    “At face value, this heightened competition, coupled with the improved results that we have seen for AB InBev, MillerCoors and Constellation, could clearly be viewed as a concern for Samuel Adams, in particular given the deceleration we have been seeing in the company’s top line growth,” Azer wrote.

    She noted in passing that Samuel Adams (The Boston Beer Company) management had been open regarding reduced growth expectations for calendar 2015, especially given a lack of new planned product launches.

    But the analyst said she expects Samuel Adams to benefit from an AB InBev-led reduction in beer price/mix, which has in the past spurred category growth, especially given Samuel Adams’ exposure to the fast-growing craft beer segment.

    “What is more, while the company’s growth in cider has slowed, the growth rates remain robust. While all-outlet beer sales growth slowed to +6% in the month of December…the company delivered dollar sales growth of nearly 22% when cider and tea are included,” Azer added.

    Of course, this US ‘craft’ beer threat would not be complete without Constellation Brands import portfolio, and the brewer told the summit that its calendar 2015 focuses includes Corona Extra in cans, Corona Light, expanded distribution for Modelo Especial and a craft beer test in Chicago.
     
    27.01.2015   USA: Constellation Brands says its Modelo Especial poised to overtake ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... Heineken as the No.2 selling imported beer

    Constellation Brands announced on January 8 that its Mexican beer brand Modelo Especial is poised to overtake Heineken as the No.2 selling imported beer in the US.

    “Continued investment in national Hispanic TV helped propel the continued growth of this brand, which posted consumer retail take away volume trends of more than 20% in IRI channels during the quarter,” CEO Rob Sands told analysts during an investor call on his firms’ Q3 2015 results.

    Net sales rose 7% on a comparable basis to $1.542 bln for Q3 fiscal 2015 and net income rose 14% on the same basis to $248 mln, as Constellation reaped the benefits of what CEO Rob Sands described as “exceptional ongoing momentum for our beer business”.

    Sands said Modelo Especial had a “huge runway for growth” and was currently at about 60% ACV in IRI with the product still skewed from a demographic point of view towards Hispanics, though he believes penetration with this population isn’t what it could be.

    “Because the brand is expanding into the general market now so well we’ve introduced general market television advertising which we think is going to accelerate the growth of this product even further.”

    Glossing a ramp-up in distribution of Modelo Especial to 90% ACV, Sands said: “All these things are going to contribute to Modelo Especial continuing to be really the hottest major beer brand in the market of any significance.

    “There’s really nothing of that size that’s growing like Modelo Especial and just even anecdotally…you’re seeing all of a sudden Modelo Especial becoming a popular product in the general market as well as the Hispanic market.”

    Last year Sands pinpointed draft beer as one opportunity where the No.1 imported beer brand in the US, Corona Extra, could win, and he said Constellation had seen 40% growth in draft across all its beer brands during the quarter.

    “We’ve introduced it with brands like Corona Light and in actuality not only is there not cannibalization, but when we put Corona Light draft in an on-premise establishment we tend to see a pickup in the bottle or can product in the area around it, because it’s really marketing.”

    Sands said Constellation had expanded Corona Light draft into three new markets and had also tested Corona Extra on draft again.

    The future was equally bright in cans, he said: “Cans – same thing, great can growth, great can opportunity, represents obviously a very large portion of the market that we haven’t participated in.

    “Cans are purchased for consumption in cases where glass can’t necessarily be used – boats, beaches, stadiums, etc.,” Sands added. “So that also represents a purchase opportunity that does not result in cannibalization for us. So these package additions are definitely driving growth in the overall beer business,” he said.

    Heineken sales have fallen in the US over the last 10 years, and one beer industry source said last year that “Corona really fed them their lunch” as the premier import brand from the mid-1990s.
     
    26.01.2015   New Natural Liquid Extract Line for Flavor and Sensory Boost    ( Company news )

    Company news EFLA®sense line enhances flavor and health in beverages, foods and supplements

    Frutarom BU Health, Switzerland, launches EFLA®sense, a new line of all-natural liquid extracts, with sensory properties to boost flavor and health benefits in products such as beverages, confectionary, dairy, bakery and liquid dietary supplements.

    The use of herbal extracts is an emerging ingredient trend for many market categories according to global product launch activity tracked by Innova Market Insights. There was a 4% increase in global tracked product launches containing herbal extracts in 2014 from 2013, with more future growth anticipated. Supplements was the most active market category for herbal extract applications in 2014, accounting for 11.5% of global product launch activity tracked, followed by Sauces & Seasonings (6.8%), Ready Meals (5.9%) and Soft Drinks (4.9%).

    EFLA®sense line contains natural botanic extracts from flowers (including chamomile, elderflower and orange blossom); leaves (peppermint, lemon balm and sage); fruits and seeds (fennel and rose hips) and several herbal blends. These essences are obtained from traditional plants and meet the increasing consumer demand for health and wellness products and clean label. The new line is produced in Switzerland through a gentle process that preserves the delicate flavors and aromatic properties of the ingredients.

    “The natural line provides healthy solutions to naturally enhance the taste of finished foods with nuances of flowers, herbs and other essences of nature, says Yannick Capelle, Product Manager for Frutarom BU Health. “We offer unique natural herbal extracts to help our customers reinvent their products and add healthy sensory appeal.”
    EFLA®sense also is especially suitable for liquid supplement products such as “shots,” an excellent bridge between the emerging need for health-promoting nutraceuticals and the inconvenience of swallowing a large number of tablets. The healthy flavor extracts have a typical dosage of 0.1-0.2% and are heat- and pH-stable.

    “We carefully select our raw materials and rigorously control the supply chain and production to ensure high purity and quality of our plant extracts,” explains Capelle. “Frutarom BU health has strict protocols for quality and safety assessment in order to provide customers the best sustainable flavor line while enabling clean label capacity.”
    (Frutarom Switzerland Ltd)
     
    23.01.2015   A Good Choice for 2015 – Aluminium Closures     ( Company news )

    Company news The aluminium closures market, particularly for wine, is expected to continue strongly growing in 2015. This growth is attributed to a number of factors including the convenience offered to consumers as well as to wine makers and fillers.

    An end-consumer survey by IPSOS in five major European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) and the USA, demonstrates that the majority of consumers prefer an aluminium closure over other closure options for its convenience. Whether for opening, re-closing or avoiding wine spoilage due to cork taint aluminium closures scored top.

    More details about consumer preferences and the market growth of aluminium closures are summarized in an attractive brochure titled “A good choice!” which can be downloaded from www.aluminium-closures.org.
    (EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)
     
    22.01.2015   ENGEL at PLASTINDIA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Compact production cells, fast mould changes and flexible technology integration: at PLASTINDIA from 5 to 10 February 2015 in Gandhinagar, India, ENGEL will be demonstrating how to achieve premium product quality and the lowest possible unit costs with tie-bar-less injection moulding machines. ENGEL will be producing fittings on an ENGEL victory tech injection moulding machine during the six days of the fair.

    Photo: Thanks to their free access to the mould area, tie-bar-less machines are a decisive factor for achieving high cost-effectiveness.

    Manufacturing plastic pipe fittings places special demands on production engineering. It calls for large moulds with projecting cores, while at the same time the clamping force required for the application is fairly low. Hardly any other machine on the market meets this requirement profile as perfectly as the ENGEL victory, with its tie-bar-less clamping unit. The tie-bar-less machine concept enables full utilisation of the mould mounting platens and maximum space for moulds. This means that large moulds fit on comparatively small machines, thus reducing the footprint of the production cell; this in turn reduces the cost of investment, while at the same time helping to achieve savings in on-going operations as a smaller machine needs less in terms of operating fluids and power than a large one. ENGEL will be convincingly demonstrating what this looks like in practical terms in collaboration with its mould making partner ifw mould tec (Micheldorf, Austria) in the production of pipe distributors for domestic drain systems.

    Tie-bar-less technology for improved cost-effectiveness
    The machine used for this purpose will be a tie-bar-less ENGEL victory 740/160 tech injection moulding machine with a clamping force of 160 tonnes. "If we used an injection moulding machine with tie-bars, the machine would have to be almost twice the size to be able to mount the voluminous mould," as Jitendra Devlia, the CEO of ENGEL MACHINERY INDIA emphasises. In addition to this, there is no need to remove a tie-bar or dismantle core pulls to set up the mould on the machine. This means substantial time savings for mould changes, which can translate to productivity gains for the injection moulding machine of more than ten percent in case of frequent mould set-ups.
    The 2-cavity mould uses hydraulic collapsible cores. To be able to injection-mould different fitting geometries, it is equipped with replaceable cores which are frequently installed and removed in series production. Where this kind of manual work is necessary, barrier-free access to the mould area also improves the ergonomics, because staff do not need to bend through the tie-bars.

    Servohydraulics avoid loss energies
    The ENGEL victory machine on display in Gandhinagar is equipped with ENGEL's energy-saving servo-hydraulic ecodrive, which can reduce the energy needs of hydraulic injection moulding machines by up to 70%, compared to standard machines without servohydraulics. The key to this is avoiding energy loss. While the machine is idle, during cooling phases for example, the motor is also stationary and does not use any energy. This means that the degree of energy efficiency depends on the application. "Total efficiency is always decisive," says Jitendra Devlia. “Before any investment, we analyse the entire process with our customer. Energy-optimised hydraulic machines are often more favourable than all-electric machines where moulds with hydraulic core-pulls are used."

    Robot integration boosts efficiency and safety
    From our automation programme, ENGEL will be exhibiting an ENGEL viper linear robot at PLASTINDIA that impresses in operations with its extremely good positioning accuracy and excellent dynamic. The integration of the robot control unit in the CC300 control unit on the ENGEL victory injection moulding machine helps ENGEL to leverage additional efficiency potentials. Since the robot and the machine access the same database, they precisely coordinate their movements with one another, thus promoting shorter cycle times and boosting energy efficiency. Thanks to the tie-bar-less design the robot arm can reach from the side directly into the mould area. This removes the need for painstakingly avoiding interfering edges and means that injection moulding processes can also be automated in factories with lower roofs.
    The linear robot's move instructions are integrated in the machine control unit's graphical user interface so that staff no longer needs to familiarise itself with two different operating philosophies. "Thanks to intuitive user guidance and user-specific views, we support very simple operation and thus substantially improve process assurance," as Jitendra Devlia emphasises.

    A short distance from the customer
    For 16 years, ENGEL has had its own offices in Mumbai, India; in this time, ENGEL has become the number one importer of premium quality and efficient injection moulding technology. ENGEL has responded to the importance of this market by continually expanding its local sales and service capacities. Four years ago, ENGEL MACHINERY INDIA relocated to larger business premises, extending its portfolio with its own technology centre and training centre. Seminars, workshops and conferences regularly take place there. At the same time, the technology centre is available to customers for mould tests and proving. On top of this, the company's own spare parts warehouse and service hotline guarantee a fast response.
    ENGEL at PLASTINDIA 2015: Hall 8, Stand 8 B17
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    22.01.2015   Slow Ride Session IPA rolls into town    ( Company news )

    Company news Time seems to pass way too quickly these days. I mean, it’s already 2015. We’re just as close to 2030 as we are to 2000. Weird, right?

    Here at the brewery, we don’t really stop to smell the roses, because that involves stopping, and stopping means we’re not making beer. Instead, we like to slow things down…real slow. In that spirit, let me introduce you to our new year-round beer, Slow Ride Session IPA.

    If you’ve been to one of our Tour de Fat events, you probably get the story behind the beer’s name. The slow ride competition, a regular feature at the festival, challenges fans to ride as slow as possible to the finish line—savor each moment of cosmic balance, so to speak. With the release of this new hoppy beer, we’re expanding on that: We’re hoping you’ll slow down the day by cracking open a few session IPAs with friends. If you have a couch bike to lounge on, even better. That’s right, we built a couch bike, because good ideas happen when you’re taking things slow.

    So what exactly is Slow Ride Session IPA? For starters, it’s an easy-drinking session beer clocking in at just 4.5% ABV, which means you won’t reach your limit after just one, so take your time and enjoy a few. It’s also packed with the likes of Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin (similar to Rampant), so you can bet on a sensory overload of brilliant tropical fruit. We actually designed a new dry-hopping technique just for this beer, which pulls out a ton of hop character without adding too much bitterness. In other words, expect big aroma, big flavor, but not a huge bitter bite.

    So go have a session with Slow Ride and let us know what you think.
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
     
    21.01.2015   Fully renewable carton package now on the shelves    ( Company news )

    Company news A world first for Valio and Tetra Pak

    Finnish dairy producer, Valio, becomes the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in carton packaging made entirely from plant-based materials. Consumers are able to buy these packages at retail shops in Finland.

    Photo: Valio CEO Annikka Hurme and Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jönsson, holding the bio-based Tetra Rex® carton

    The package, Tetra Rex® Bio-based, is manufactured solely from a combination of plastics derived from plants and paperboard. It marks a world first, and signals an important milestone in Tetra Pak’s long-stated commitment to drive ever-stronger environmental performance across all parts of its portfolio and operations.

    Valio will trial the package with Valio Eila® lactose free semi-skimmed milk drink in retail outlets across Finland until mid March, and will then use feedback from consumers to decide whether to adopt the cartons more broadly across its chilled product range.
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
    “Valio is committed to increasing the share of renewable resources in its packaging material. We share a common vision of innovation and environmental responsibility with Tetra Pak and we are proud to be the first in the world to make our products available in a fully renewable carton package,” says Elli Siltala, Marketing Director at Valio.

    The products will be available in one-litre capacity Tetra Rex Bio-based packages, with a TwistCap™ OSO 34 opening. They will be produced at Valio’s Jyväskylä dairy in Finland, using a standard Tetra Pak TR/28 filling machine.

    “To finally see fully renewable packages on shop shelves is a fantastic feeling … and bears testimony to the focused efforts of the many customers, suppliers and Tetra Pak employees involved in making this a reality,” says Charles Brand, Executive Vice President of Product Management & Commercial Operations for Tetra Pak. “We have been gradually increasing the use of renewable materials in our packages over the years, and that work will continue, as we look for ways to extend the fully-renewable concept to other parts of our portfolio without compromising safety, quality or functionality.”

    In Tetra Rex Bio-based cartons, the low density polyethylene used to create the laminate film for the packaging material and the neck of the opening, together with the high density polyethylene used for the cap, are all derived from sugar cane. These plastics, like the Forest Stewardship Council™​ (FSC™​)certified paperboard, are traceable to their origins.

    The Tetra Rex fully renewable package can be identified by the words “Bio-based” printed on the gable of the package. ​
     
    21.01.2015   Rexam expands in Central America    ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam, the global beverage can maker, announces that it has jointly with Envases Universales de Mexico (EUM), completed an investment in Envases Del Istmo SA (Endelis), a single line beverage can plant in Colón, Panama. Long term supply agreements have been secured with SABMiller and Florida Ice & Farm Company SA (FIFCO) whose affiliates previously owned the Endelis business.

    Commenting on the transaction, Graham Chipchase (photo), Rexam’s chief executive, said: “We are pleased to have jointly acquired the Endelis business in Panama and expanded our relationship with EUM. It is fully in line with our emerging markets strategy and complements our existing Central America footprint. The transaction positions us well to serve both our local and global customers in an exciting growth region.”
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    20.01.2015   TricorBraun EVP To Discuss Intelligent Risks in Package Design    ( Company news )

    Company news Intelligent package design risks that are based on market data will be explained by Craig Sawicki (photo), TricorBraun executive vice president and chief creative officer, when he makes the keynote presentation at the WestPack Conference, February 10, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.

    His presentation will include:
    • The innovation verses cost-efficiency challenge
    • Fresh design based upon trends and consumer insights
    • Hot packaging identifiers that drive sales

    The annual conference is attended by consumer package goods designers, engineers and brand managers.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
     
    19.01.2015   Globe valve with membrane actuator adept at control tasks    ( Company news )

    Company news The universally compatible GEMÜ 536 globe valve has a robust design and is reliable in operation. This valve was developed with a long service life and low maintenance requirements in mind.

    The GEMÜ 536 pneumatically operated 2/2-way globe valve has a low maintenance membrane actuator which can be controlled by inert gaseous media. The valve plug is fixed to the spindle in such a way as to allow flexing during closure in order to ensure tight shut off. Steel and PTFE as well as a fibre glass-reinforced PTFE version are available as seats.
    The valve spindle is sealed by a self-adjusting gland packing. This provides a low-maintenance and reliable valve spindle seal even after an extended period of operation. The wiper ring which has also been introduced additionally protects the gland packing from contamination and damage.
    The customer has a choice between cast stainless steel 1.4408 or SG iron GGG40.3 (available from the beginning of 2015) for the material of the valve body. A flange in accordance with EN 1092 or ANSI cl. 125/150 RF is available for the piping connection.
    A good flow rate and controllability is achieved due to the globe valve design. Standard regulating cages are used in the control valve design. Thanks to the high-quality design, GEMÜ 536 is also suitable for high operating temperatures and pressures. A version according to ATEX is also available as an option.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    19.01.2015   Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout    ( Company news )

    Company news If you’ve ever been to our brewery, you’ve likely seen the old, beat-up truck that hauls away our spent grain. That truck belongs to Lugene who’s been feeding his dairy cows the hearty malt for over a decade. Named in his honor, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is brewed with milk sugar and milk chocolate. The rich and creamy brew reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk and our hometown “Aggie” roots.

    Available February through April.
    (Odell Brewing Company)
     
    16.01.2015   Brewing Green 2014 – more progress from beer and pub sector    ( Company news )

    Company news The UK brewing sector has made further improvements in the past year on its efforts to tackle climate change, according to Brewing Green, the BBPA’s annual environment commitments report.

    During 2013, energy efficiency, as measured by energy used per pint of beer produced, rose by 2.9 per cent, and has increased by ten per cent since 2008.

    Energy use is not the only area to make industry wide progress in 2014, as highlighted in the annual report, first published in 2010. The industry’s environment targets also cover packaging waste, with 2014 seeing the launch of SUSTAIN, a major new partnership initiative supported by the BBPA which will dramatically cut the cost of packaging waste.

    SUSTAIN already has five BBPA company members, and others will be announced shortly. Major cost savings can be achieved, with an estimated cost reduction of around 17 per cent for the average BBPA member – amounting to thousands of pounds per year, per company.

    In the report foreword, BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds writes:
    “The industry is demonstrating that it can be bold in its approach to addressing these challenges. Companies recognise the clear benefits in improving environmental performance alongside the need to achieve compliance. It is therefore my hope that the industry can continue to be at the forefront of progress in this area and set the benchmark for innovative thinking to tackle our shared objectives.”
    (BBPA British Beer & Pub Association)
     
    16.01.2015   LOEHRKE exhibits hygienic process technology at Anuga FoodTec    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Martin Löhrke, LOEHRKE Managing Director, host at Anuga FoodTec 2015

    Anuga FoodTec Cologne from 24. – 27.03.2015

    Anuga FoodTec in Cologne is presenting as the only trade fair in the world all aspects of food production, and is therefore the most important driving force of the international food and beverage industry. Special focus is on innovations and technological visions.

    LOEHRKE also places an emphasis on innovative technologies at Anuga FoodTec. The cleaning robot CLEENIUS® shows LOEHRKEs expertise within the area of robot-aided cleaning. Depending on application the robot can be integrated into existing systems and take over the cleaning of hard-to-access or dangerous areas. Tanks and containers from the inside, but also machinery during the production period can be perfectly cleaned with CLEENIUS®.

    A new highlight at LOEHRKE is the area of hygienic product dosing. “In the food production in particular the hygienic treatment of various ingredients is today more important than ever,” says Martin Löhrke, LOEHRKE managing director. “In this area of process technology we have the ability to transfer years of know-how in relation to hygienic design and dosing systems.” LOEHRKE dosing units are already used in the fine food and bakery industry and can be adapted to different products and viscosities.

    In addition LOEHRKEs product portfolio includes solutions for CIP (clean-in-place), filling hygiene, disinfection with chlorine dioxide and ECA (electrochemical activated water) and chemical storage. Through own R&D projects, mostly in co-operation with business partners and research institutes, LOEHRKE disposes of further innovative process engineering.

    SAFEFRESH symposium on Wednesday, 25.03.2015
    LOEHRKE is also present on occasion of the supporting program of the Anuga FoodTec within the research project SAFEFRESH. There will be a symposium „SAFEFRESH – Innovative Monitoring and Sterilization Technologies for Fresh Produce“, which will be headed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Technology and Packaging (IVV) on Wednesday, 25.03.2015, at CongressCentrum North. Further information is available at the website of Anuga FoodTec: www.anugafoodtec.com.

    LOEHRKE booth: Hall 9 stand A 19
    At this years’ Anuga FoodTec LOEHRKE is exhibiting jointly with the French partner CLARANOR, producer of the disinfection technology PULSED LIGHT. With PULSED LIGHT-systems microorganisms will be completely killed off by flashes of high intensity without using water or chemicals. LOEHRKE is exclusive distribution partner for PULSED LIGHT-products in Germany and Austria.
    (Jürgen Löhrke GmbH)
     
    15.01.2015   CHANGE OF DATES SIMEI 2015: Event from 3 to 6 November 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news The dates for the next SIMEI have been changed, bringing forward the event from 3 to 6 November 2015 instead of from 17 to 20. The change thus prevents the overlap with ITMA – the International Textile Machinery Exhibition – also due to take place at Fiera Milano Rho from 12 to 19 November – and therefore facilitates logistics for exhibitors and organisers and planning for visitors (accommodation, traffic, etc.).
    In addition, the opening on 3 November is very close to the closing of Expo 2015 (31 October), creating an interesting opportunity for visitors, especially foreigners, to participate in two events of global significance.
    (Unione Italiana Vini Soc. Coop.)
     
    15.01.2015   Portage Porter trekking your way    ( Company news )

    Company news For those of you who’ve ridden down the river of avant-garde beers so long that you’ve forgotten what a straight-forward malty beer tastes like, portage over this way toward a rock-solid robust porter. No tricks, no ingredients you’ll have to Google, and no struggling to explain to your friends the heady concept behind this beer.

    From sip to swallow, Portage is pretty much textbook: Silky washes of toasted bread, coffee and dark chocolate segue into a dry, clean finish that’s ushered in by prickly roasted malts and hops. It’s like a party in your mouth, but a considerate one that cleans up after itself.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without food, and robust porters are a must-sip alongside rich, meaty dishes. Pop open a bottle of Portage while digging into a bowl of chili (and make sure to add a dash of beer to the chili, too). The beer’s dark malts will deepen the flavor of the meat, while its drying finish makes quick work of each fatty bite. Then, as the season transitions into warmer weather, drink a few pints with grilled treats like porterhouse steaks, sausages and hamburgers for similar effect.

    It’s a new year, and we have plenty of crazy things coming up. But for now, we’re kicking back with a classic. Row on over and join us.A great porter just feels right in your hand. And carrying a glass of Portage Porter is no different. An opaque, brown pour, this beer presents with coffee and chocolate aromas, with hints of toast and smoked almonds. The taste follows suit, adding an upfront sweetness and a slight, roasty bitterness to back it up. Creamy and wonderful, this porter sips a medium body and finishes dry and delightful. Portage Porter carts itself towards perfection. Just tip your glass and keep smiling. Available January 2015.
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
     
    14.01.2015   The Coca-Cola Company Provides Business Update and Outlook     ( Company news )

    Company news -2014 full year comparable currency neutral EPS growth expected to be 4% to 5%, with a currency headwind of 7%.
    -2015 full year comparable currency neutral EPS growth not expected to be significantly different from 2014. Focus to remain on achieving productivity targets, streamlining the operating model, and advancing refranchising initiatives.
    -Longer term, the Company intends to return to delivering against its stated growth targets.
    -Modeling call to be held on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. EST

    The Coca-Cola Company is providing an update to its 2014 expectations and 2015 outlook. “During our third quarter earnings conference call, we outlined strategic actions to accelerate growth,” said Kathy Waller, Chief Financial Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. “I am pleased to report that we are moving with speed and that we are making progress on key action areas. While the full impact of these changes will take time to materialize, we are confident these actions will drive improving trends in our business.”

    2014 Expectations
    -The Company expects full year comparable currency neutral EPS growth of 4% to 5%, and a currency headwind of 7%.
    -The Company expects fourth quarter comparable currency neutral EPS growth to be even to slightly positive. The impact of currency in the fourth quarter is expected to be a 6 to 7 point headwind on operating income and a 9 point headwind on EPS.

    2015 Outlook
    -As previously indicated, the Company does not expect comparable currency neutral EPS growth in 2015 to be significantly different from 2014. Longer term, the Company intends to return to delivering against its stated growth targets.
    -Based on current spot rates, existing hedge positions, and the cycling of 2014 rates, the Company now expects a 5 to 6 point currency headwind on profit before tax in 2015.
    -The underlying effective annual tax rate on operations in 2015 is currently expected to be 22.5%. In 2015, the Company is targeting net share repurchases of $2.0 to $3.0 billion.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    13.01.2015   Scots say whisky tax 'unfair'    ( Company news )

    Company news Almost 90% of Scots say high level of tax on Scotch Whisky is 'unfair'
    Industry calls for duty to be cut by 2%

    The vast majority of Scots think the high level of tax levied on the country's national drink is unfair, according to a new survey.

    Some 89% of Scottish people think the tax of almost 80% on an average bottle of Scotch Whisky - made up of VAT and excise duty - is an unfair amount. With many people buying Scotch over the festive season as a gift for loved ones or to enjoy a dram themselves, the onerous level of tax is adding to the financial burden on consumers.

    To help ease pressure on family budgets, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the industry trade body, has joined forces with the Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the TaxPayers' Alliance to launch the 'Drop the Duty! campaign. The campaign is calling for Chancellor George Osborne to cut excise duty by 2% on Scotch Whisky, along with other spirits and wine, in next spring's UK Budget.

    The average 70cl bottle of Scotch costs £12.90, with £10.06, of that made up of tax. Under the current UK Government, tax on spirits has increased by 25%.

    As well as being harsh on consumers, the high level of tax is not supportive of Scotch in its domestic market. The number of bottles of Scotch Whisky released in the first half of this year was 35.4 million, down 7.30% from 38.2m in the first half 2013.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "At this time of year, in particular, many people are feeling under financial strain. It's therefore not surprising that the vast majority of Scots think the tax of almost 80% on their bottle of Scotch is unfair. We are calling on George Osborne to do something to ease at least some of this financial pressure by cutting duty by 2% on Scotch in next year's Budget."

    Jonathan Isaby, TaxPayers' Alliance chief executive, said: "Families across the country are still feeling the pinch, not just over the Christmas period but all year round. The Chancellor has a chance to leave a little more in people's pockets by cutting this unfairly high tax down to size in the Budget. Politicians often talk about the cost of living crisis, and this is a chance for the Chancellor to do something about it."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    12.01.2015   Cameroon: Trade Minister orders to freeze the prices of bottled beer in drinking establishments    ( E-Malt.com )

    The Cameroonian Trade Minister, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, announced in a January 5 press release a decision to freeze the price of bottled beer in drinking establishments “until further notice” despite brewing companies’ request that prices be adjusted to reflect the hike in excise duties as stipulated in the 2015 Finance Act, Business in Cameroun reports.

    Indeed, in 2015, the tax administration will be collecting 143 FCFA per litre of beer instead of the previous 110 FCFA.

    The announcement made by this cabinet member follows the practices noted among some wholesalers during the end-of-year festive season. Many drinking establishments and spirit retailers refused to sell their stock in order to benefit from the adjusted duty to make a larger profit.

    The situation has come about from confusion among some consumers as well as questions surrounding the level of collaboration between the Trade and Finance Ministries in this affair. Breweries have been clambering more and more for the excise duty increase to be struck down for fear of “market collapse” in 2015. From now until January 15, the deadline for tax filing in Cameroon, a final decision will be made by the ad-hoc committee set-up within the Office of the Prime Minister to examine and address this issue.
     
    12.01.2015   Diageo commits to new ambitious sustainability and responsibility targets for 2020    ( Company news )

    Company news -Create one million responsible drinking ambassadors
    -Locally source 80% of raw materials in Africa, supporting local farmers and economies
    -Safely return 100% of waste water. Replenish water used in final products in water stressed areas
    -Strengthen established programmes that focus on water, sanitation and skills development
    -From 1 February David Croft from Waitrose takes up role of Global Sustainable Development Director running a newly formed central team

    Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, announces 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets, to be achieved by 2020, in three core areas – leadership in alcohol in society; building thriving communities; and reducing environmental impact.

    The targets draw on our achievements to date and are aligned with the emerging United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The targets focus on the areas of greatest material impact to Diageo’s business and represent an evolution of our approach to better measure and evaluate the tangible difference our programmes make to people’s lives.

    At Diageo we believe celebrating life, every day, everywhere means to make the most of life - to be the best you can be at work, at home, with friends, in the community, and for the community. We want to always make a positive contribution to society, to create shared value, wherever we work.

    Ivan Menezes (photo), Diageo Chief Executive comments:
    "I am extremely proud of Diageo’s track record in social and environmental responsibility, including creating a positive role for alcohol in society. We know there is much more to do as we respond to the changing world around us. Our targets are stretching and ambitious. We are determined to focus our resources and creativity to really make a difference - and we are committing to better understand and report on the efficacy of our programmes, to achieve the greatest positive impact."

    The three focus areas of leadership in alcohol in society, building prosperous communities and reducing environmental impact represent an interlinked and holistic approach to understanding and managing Diageo’s sustainability and responsibility impact.

    Leadership in alcohol in society
    Diageo understands that the role of alcohol and its impact on society must be our primary focus, and over the last decade we have concentrated our efforts on advocating responsible drinking through hundreds of programmes across the world.
    We will continue these efforts, with a focus on delivering the alcohol industry’s five global commitments to reduce harmful drinking [1] . Going beyond these commitments, we will continue to create partnerships to support programmes to address harmful drinking with a focus in our top 20 countries. We will apply a rigour and focus to the measurement, evaluation and public reporting of our responsible drinking programmes with the aim of continually learning and improving our efforts to make a tangible difference.
    In addition to our goal to equip and empower participants to make better choices through its programmes, our 2020 targets commit to creating one million ambassadors for responsible drinking, who will go on to become advocates for a responsible and positive role for alcohol in society long after they have taken part in a Diageo initiative.

    Building thriving communities
    We understand that our distilleries, breweries and wineries are at the very heart of the communities in which we work and that we have a responsibility to create shared value throughout our supply chain. Our 2020 targets commit us to further partnerships with local farmers and agricultural communities to develop more sustainable supply chains and raw material sourcing. Using comprehensive evaluation of the material impact our programmes have on people’s lives, we will strengthen and expand our established programmes which focus on providing safe drinking water and sanitation (Water for Life), skills development particularly in the retail hospitality sector (Learning for Life) and women’s empowerment (Plan W).

    Reducing environmental impact
    Every year Diageo produces more than 6.5 billion litres of our brands, from more than 130 manufacturing sites in over 30 countries. Recognising that the impact on the environment is not limited to just Diageo owned sites, our 2020 targets reflect the need to better manage water stewardship and carbon emissions across our whole supply chain. This forward thinking, holistic approach means that we will work increasingly with suppliers, striving even further to decouple the growth of our business from our impact on the environment.
    Diageo has worked with a diverse group of internal and external experts in the development of our new targets for 2020. Sally Uren, CEO Forum for the Future, commented on the targets:
    "I welcome Diageo’s ambition to deliver a suite of long-term sustainability commitments in its key material impact areas, in order to make a real difference in the world. Diageo’s 2020 targets display a clear understanding of the need for collaboration outside its traditional business boundaries to tackle complex issues such as sustainable supply chains and responsible drinking."

    Appointment of Global Sustainable Development Director
    Diageo has also appointed David Croft to the role of Global Sustainable Development Director. Assuming the role on 1 February 2015, David will be responsible for Diageo’s overall sustainability strategy. David is currently the Director of Quality and Technical at the UK retailer, Waitrose, where he is responsible for the quality and sustainability of Waitrose products and their supply chains. David also heads the Waitrose Foundation and its multimillion pound development programme in Africa.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    12.01.2015   East Timor: Heineken’s new plant in East Timor to create around 200 direct jobs    ( E-Malt.com )

    In a press release issued on January 8, Heineken Asia Pacific said that it had signed a formal investment agreement with the government of Timor Leste.

    Under the agreement, a multi-beverage plant will be built near Dili, the capital of Timor Leste, with construction to begin in 2015.

    The plant would be able to manufacture a variety of drinks including beer, soft drinks and water.

    The setting up of the plant and subsequent route-to-market is expected to create around 200 direct jobs within local sales and business operations, with another 800 indirect jobs created across retail trade, logistics, transport and other service providers over time.
     
    12.01.2015   UK: Campaign launched to save historic ale after Carlsberg’s decision ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... to discontinue its production

    A campaign has been launched to save a historic Burton ale after a brewing giant confirmed that it was going to stop making it, Burton Mail reported on January 8.

    Carlsberg UK confirmed to the Mail that it was ceasing production of its Draught Burton Ale after they claimed demand for the drink fell to a level that was 'unsustainable'.

    Now, politicians and well-placed members of the brewing fraternity are clamouring for the beer to live on in some 'way, shape or form'.

    Renowned beer writer Roger Protz, editor of the Good Beer Guide, said: "The death of Draught Burton Ale (DBA) is an appalling blunder by Carlsberg UK and a misreading of the state of the beer market.
     
    12.01.2015   US: AB InBev settles lawsuit over Kirin beer origin it sells in the US    ( E-Malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev has settled a lawsuit over deceptive marketing tied to the origin of the two brands of Kirin beer it sells in the US, Seeking Alpha reported on January 6.

    The brewer was accused of misleading consumers into believing Kirin was a pure import. Consumers who purchased Kirin beer in the U.S. between October of 2009 and December of 2014 can claim a payment of $0.50 per six-pack.

    A-B has a long alliance with Japanese brewer Kirin which allows it to sell and market the beers in the U.S.
     
    09.01.2015   Barry-Wehmiller Promotes William Kuhn to Vice President of Finance    ( Company news )

    Company news Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, is pleased to announce the promotion of William Kuhn to Vice President of Finance. Kuhn, a CPA, brings more than 14 years of experience at Barry-Wehmiller to this role, most recently as Director of Financial Reporting.

    As VP of Finance, Kuhn will oversee the company’s Finance organization and be part of the Barry-Wehmiller Executive Team, reporting to Chapman. He will have responsibility for the financial management, planning and operations for the global company’s almost $2 billion enterprise.

    “Bill brings ten-plus years of audit experience and three years in a key role within our Financial team to his new position,” Chapman said. “He’s demonstrated in both those roles his competence and commitment to helping build a strong and vibrant global organization that creates value for all stakeholders.”

    “I look forward to driving our business forward and supporting our ‘customers’ within and beyond the organization through this incremental responsibility,” Kuhn said. “I am proud to be associated with a firm that embraces truly human values and am energized by the trust the Leadership Team has placed in me. My goal is to build upon the solid foundation that has been established to date, finding ways to help the business’ teams operate more effectively and efficiently.”

    Kuhn joined Barry-Wehmiller in March 2012. Prior to that, he spent 11 years working with the company as an auditor with Ernst&Young, Barry-Wehmiller’s independent audit partner. Kuhn graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University with degrees in management and accounting.

    Kuhn takes the helm from the retiring Jim Lawson, who served as Vice President and CFO since 1997. “Jim has been a trusted partner and confidant for the last 18 years and has made an extraordinary contribution to the development of our Company as we know it today,” said Chapman. “During his tenure, Barry-Wehmiller acquired more than 60 companies and experienced year after year of significant revenue growth. Jim and his team were a major factor in These successes and we thank him.”
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
     
    09.01.2015   One Equity Partners (OEP) sells Constantia Flexibles to Wendel    ( Company news )

    Company news - Leading group for flexible packaging and labels has grown into a global player
    - Significant sales and earnings (EBITDA) increase since acquisition by OEP in 2009
    - Enterprise value of EUR 2.3 billion
    - Company and new owner aim to continue profitable growth

    Photo: Thomas Unger, CEO of Constantia Flexibles

    Funds advised by One Equity Partners ("OEP") and the H. Turnauer Foundation have agreed to sell their 100 percent stakeholding in Constantia Flexibles to the Wendel Group. Wendel's offer values the group at around EUR 2.3 billion (enterprise value). Constantia Flexibles is one of the world's leading manufacturers of flexible packaging products and labels. OEP acquired the company in 2009, when it took over the majority of Constantia Packaging AG, and holds 75 percent of Constantia Flexibles. 25 percent belong to the H. Turnauer Foundation.

    "We are very happy with the way that Constantia Flexibles has developed over the last five years under the ownership of OEP. Thomas Unger and the management team, along with all the employees of Constantia Flexibles, have done an excellent job. On behalf of OEP, I would like to say thank you for the outstanding cooperation," said Melchior von Peter, Managing Director at OEP.

    Constantia Flexibles supplies its products to numerous multinational companies and local market leaders in the food, pet food, pharmaceuticals and beverage industries. Constantia Flexibles employs over 8,000 people in almost 80 Group companies and delivers to over 3,000 customers worldwide. In 2013, the company achieved sales of EUR 1.63 billion and earnings (EBITDA) of EUR 233 million. Since OEP's investment, sales have grown by 73 percent and earnings (EBITDA) by 76 percent.

    Thomas Unger, CEO of Constantia Flexibles: "In recent years, Constantia Flexibles has developed from a regionally-focused provider in Europe into a globally-active group present in the most attractive and fastest growing markets for flexible packaging. We have positioned the company outstandingly for further profitable growth, and we will be working with our new owner to realize this potential in the future."

    Wendel is one of Europe's leading listed investment firms. The group invests internationally, in companies that are leaders in their field, such as Bureau Veritas, Saint-Gobain, Materis Paints, Stahl and IHS in Africa. Wendel plays an active role as industry shareholder in these companies. It implements long-term development strategies, which involve boosting growth and margins of companies so as to enhance their leading market positions.

    The H. Turnauer Foundation intends to remain a significant shareholder of the company and is currently discussing with Wendel a potential re-investment. The transaction is subject to approval from the relevant antitrust authorities and is expected to be closed in the first half of 2015.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    09.01.2015   The Coca-Cola Company Appoints Julie Hamilton as Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Appoints Susan Gambardella as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO

    The Coca-Cola Company announced that it has named Julie Hamilton as its Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer, effective April 1. Ms. Hamilton will report directly to Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent.

    As Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer, Ms. Hamilton will lead a worldwide organization responsible for growing sales and profits with more than 20 million customers who serve Coca-Cola beverages to 1.9 billion consumers a day in more than 200 countries. She will work closely with and support the Company’s global customer partners while building commercial strategies and customer capabilities across the global system.

    “Julie brings a deep appreciation and understanding of our global customers and the strategies we must execute in the market every day to ensure that our customers, our bottling partners and our Company all thrive and grow,” Kent said. “This is a key role that requires exceptional leadership, and I know Julie will approach it with all of the passion, energy and commitment that she continuously demonstrates in everything she does.”

    The Chief Customer role was previously led by J. Alexander (Sandy) M. Douglas Jr., in addition to his position as President of Coca-Cola North America.

    Ms. Hamilton is currently Kent’s Executive Assistant, a role she has held since 2011. Prior to this role, she was President of the Global Wal-Mart Group, responsible for leading the Company's relationship with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. around the world.

    Ms. Hamilton joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1996 and has held a variety of sales, marketing and operational positions including Group Vice President North America Wal-Mart Team, Vice President Global Customer Development, Group Director for Global On-Premise Customers, Director of Franchise Sales & Marketing-Northwest US Region, Group Manager for the Worldwide Marketing Partnership with Blockbuster and Brand Development Manager of Still Beverages.

    Ms. Hamilton studied at London’s Imperial College of Science & Economics and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and marketing from the University of Missouri.

    The Company also announced that Susan Gambardella will assume the role of Executive Assistant to Kent, effective Jan. 1. Ms. Hamilton and Ms. Gambardella will work together closely during a three-month transition period.

    Ms. Gambardella is currently Vice-President of the Wendy’s Global Account Team for Coca-Cola Refreshments. Prior to this assignment she successfully led Coca-Cola North America’s Integrated Marketing team responsible for media and interactive, digital platforms, sports and entertainment, national programs and region assets. She also has held the position of Zone Vice President - Central for Coca-Cola FoodService, where she was responsible for managing sales and cross-functional customer relationships in 20 states in the Central U.S.

    Ms. Gambardella joined The Coca-Cola Company as a FoodService Account Executive in New York in 1992 and was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility including Director Area Sales, Area Vice President, Vice President of National Accounts, and Zone Vice President.

    She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and executive education certifications from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
     
    08.01.2015   Excellent Choice, Mr. Bond! Belvedere Vodka Announces Partnership With SPECTRE    ( Company news )

    Company news Belvedere, the world's original luxury vodka, is delighted to collaborate with Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment to promote SPECTRE, the highly anticipated 24th installment of the James Bond series, due for global release on November 6, 2015.

    Belvedere will release two custom made and limited editions to celebrate Bond's vodka martini 'Shaken not Stirred,' and its partnership with the 24th Bond adventure, SPECTRE. In an unprecedented move, Belvedere has replaced the iconic Belvedere Palace with the famous MI6 headquarters. Belvedere's signature blue palette will be switched for a distinctive green, mirroring the secret spy agency's ink of choice, creating a truly memorable collector's edition of 100 bottles. A 007 twist will also be applied to Belvedere's iconic Silver Saber bottles, known for their cutting edge, metallic aesthetic and illuminating technology.

    Belvedere's SPECTRE marketing program will include a global advertising campaign and a wide range of promotion and activation rights around the film. The marketing campaign will be launched as of February 2015, with a strong focus of efforts in on-premise establishments and retail stores across multiple countries. Belvedere is the vodka of choice for tastemakers who Know the Difference, echoing the award-winning campaign promoting knowledgeable choices.

    President of Belvedere Vodka, Charles Gibb states: "James Bond is recognized as the most admired and influential tastemaker in the world. We're delighted that Belvedere will be partnering with SPECTRE, our largest global partnership to date."

    Dwight Caines, President of Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures, said: "James Bond's cool attitude and stylish sophistication have always gone hand-in-hand with his choice of vodka martini. Belvedere is a perfect match."

    Excellent choice, Mr. Bond.
    (Moët Hennessy USA)
     
    08.01.2015   Ground-Breaking Functions Offered in New TricorBraun Website    ( Company news )

    Company news TricorBraun, one of North America’s largest suppliers of jars, bottles and other rigid packaging components, recently launched its completely redesigned website at www.tricorbraun.com . From the sleek parallax feature to the instant connectivity of its amalgamated social hub to its online catalog, RapidFind, tricorbraun.com is making packaging design easier, faster and more accessible than ever before.

    With the innovative parallax feature, customers are immediately immersed in the possibilities provided by TricorBraun’s packaging process. As they scroll through the information about each step, they learn more about how the process simplifies and perfects packaging development and how it applies to their business. Similarly, the new, intuitive main navigation feature is designed to help customers easily find exactly what they need. Whether they are looking for specifics about their market, about various packaging materials or detailed information about the packaging industry, they are now able to find it with one click.

    TricorBraun’s divisions--TricorBraun Design & Innovation, TricorBraun WinePak, WinePak Direct, Xpress Pak and Packaging Options Direct-- have their own home on the website, with information about services, capabilities and functional contact information. In addition, the completely redesigned Newsworthy section features in-depth information about the company including press releases, white papers, case studies, awards and sustainability efforts. For even more up-to-the-minute information, the site features a current blog and an integrated social media hub with content from TricorBraun’s Facebook, Twitter and Google+ feeds.

    Finally, TricorBraun’s extensive online catalog, RapidFind, is now faster, more complete and totally intuitive, delivering more relevant results to every search. RapidFind, along with the entire new site, is also fully responsive, making it easy to access and use from any device.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
     
    07.01.2015   Ethiopia: Diageo’s Meta Abo Brewery launches new beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    Meta Abo Brewery S.C., a Diageo company, announced that its newest production, Zemen Lager Beer, is available in outlets across Addis Abeba starting from last week, All Africa reported on December 29.

    In a presses conference held on Thursday Dec. 25th Meta said it continues to invest in its beer range with the introduction of Zemen, "a refreshing, superior quality light beer with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 4.5% and brewed with state of the art technology."

    As with all Meta Abo Brewery products, Zemen is brewed with natural spring water in the brewery's hometown, Sebeta.

    The lager is Meta Abo Brewery's second new product release in Ethiopia since acquisition by Diageo, following the August 2013 launch of Malta Guinness, a premium non-alcoholic malted soft drink.

    Zemen Beer is already available in outlets across Addis Ababa and the 330ml bottle retails for a recommended price of ETB 10.

    The world's leading premium drinks business giant Diageo acquired Meta Abo Brewery S.C. in January 2012 at a historic market share of 50%.

    Meta was formerly a state-owned beer factory located in Sebeta, in the western outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa.
     
    07.01.2015   Frutarom BU Health appoints Matthias Heinrich Kreuter Global Chief Scientific Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Matthias H. Kreuter

    Frutarom Switzerland Ltd. Health Business Unit, announces the appointment of Matthias H. Kreuter, Ph.D., as its new Global Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), effective January 1, 2015.

    Kreuter headed Frutarom’s Pharmaceutical Business Division from 1990 to 2003. During this time, Dr. Kreuter invented the Hyperpure Technology and developed the EFLA® Topline extracts. He returns to Frutarom after performing a wide range of leadership responsibilities, primarily in phyto-pharmaceuticals, phytochemical product development and R&D.

    Dr. Kreuter holds a PhD in physiological chemistry and cancer pharmacology from the Faculty of Medicine at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, as well as a degree in pharmacy, from the Faculty of Pharmacy. An inventor with 18 patents to his credit, he is also a respected author and has published a large number of books and articles in international science journals, including Drug Research, Cell, Int. Journal of Oncology, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    Kreuter will report to Holger Riemensperger, GM of the Global Business Unit, Health, for Frutarom, and use his vast experience in the phytopharmaceutical business to contribute to the strategic development of the company in this vital core business.

    “I’m excited to welcome Dr. Kreuter to our team,” acknowledges Riemensperger. “Dr. Kreuter’s skill set, bolstered by his many years of experience, will help us lead Frutarom to the next level via high-impact growth—not only in the dietary supplements industry, but also in the food, beverage and pharmaceuticals industries.”

    “It is with great pleasure I rejoin Frutarom Health team and take on the challenge of contributing my knowledge and experience toward developing a winning botanical extracts line for this dynamic marketplace,” says Kreuter. “I’m proud that Frutarom’s healthy ingredients are backed up by extensive scientific research, and will do my part to help Frutarom continue to set new trends and offer innovative natural ingredients to the marketplace.”
    (Frutarom Switzerland Ltd)
     
    07.01.2015   Russia: Economy and other troubles make Russians switch from beer to vodka    ( E-Malt.com )

    The dramatic fall in Russia’s currency this year has squelched the country’s thirst for beer and is expected to send Russians back to their traditional tipple of vodka. The shift is already hurting foreign brewers like Carlsberg; analysts expect the currency swing to cost the company a third of its annual profits, Quartz reported on December 22.

    Foreign and domestic brewers alike have been cutting back on their Russian operations, as beer consumption has dropped by an estimated 30% in the last four years. That’s partly due to higher government taxes—until 2011, beer was classified as food, not alcohol. Seven Russian breweries have closed since 2011, including several run by Heineken, Anheuser InBev, and Carlsberg’s Baltika subsidiary.

    “In the beginning of 2000s, consumption of vodka was falling every year, replaced by the consumption of beer. The alcohol-abuse-related death rate was also down at the time,” Heineken Russia spokesman Kirill Bolmatov told the Moscow Times.

    The shift back toward vodka is also being fueled by new government policies: now that Russia’s economy is struggling more than ever, Vladimir Putin’s government is doing its best to keep citizens from getting too irate. As inflation surged, Russia announced earlier this month that it would not raise the government-mandated minimum price for a bottle of vodka, which currently stands at 220 rubles ($3.88). Illegal, unlicensed vodka, which makes up the majority of the market, is even cheaper.

    Last week, Russians raced to the store to buy goods before prices could rise yet again—including some unconventional “investments” in the country’s favorite spirit.

    “Good that my husband invested in vodka,” tweeted one user, as translated by Mashable. “We’ll get drunk out of sorrow when our 20 bucks is gone,” tweeted one user.

    As for those outside Russia, the currency crisis unfortunately won’t result in cheaper vodka abroad. All of the major “Russian” vodka brands, from Stolichnaya to Smirnoff, are bottled outside of Russia by international spirits companies.
     
    07.01.2015   South Korea: Craft beer industry welcomes changes in regulations ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... but there still are many obstacles to overcome

    It’s been nine months since South Korea changed its local brewing laws to allow for more competition in its notoriously flavorless beer market, The Wall Street Journal reported on December 26.

    Has the relaxing of government regulations had any real impact on Korea’s fledgling craft beer scene?

    A quick look around this holiday season suggests the answer is yes, though craft beer operators still have plenty of complaints about slow changes in regulation — and worries about the encroachment of South Korea’s sprawling chaebols.

    At the Devil’s Door, a massive new brewpub in Seoul’s Gangnam neighbourhood, patrons queue up for as long as forty-five minutes for a seat at the bar, which offers a wide selection of craft brews in wine glasses.

    The 240-seat pub, which sells India pale ales, pale ales and stout beers made on premises, also serves twenty varieties of bottled craft imports, many of which it brings into the country itself.

    But there’s reason for worry too among some small craft brewers in the success of the Devil’s Door. The reason: the pub is the creation of Shinsegae, the local department store giant controlled by the Samsung Group’s Lee family.

    In spite of Shinsegae’s insistence that it has no plans to distribute craft beers within the country, the entry of the big chaebol (South Korean form of business conglomerate) has worried some smaller players, who fear they could be crowded out of the market.

    The arrival of big players in the craft beer industry is a new phenomenon. For decades, South Korea’s beer industry was dominated by two large companies with little incentive to push the envelope.

    That was largely because South Korea’s brewing regulations had previously restricted licenses to companies that could produce one million litres per year, effectively barring any players unable to invest the millions of dollars needed to sustain that level of production.

    But in 2011, that threshold was lowered to 150,000 litres and in April this year the requirement was slashed again to 50,000 litres, with lower taxes on offer for smaller operations.

    Brew pubs, previously forbidden from distributing their ales, were also allowed to sell to other bars.

    Despite all these new rule relaxations, local brewers continue to complain about inconsistent policies and other obstacles.

    With the industry still in its infancy, for instance, smaller brewers have to import all the necessary equipment, hops, malt, and yeast themselves. And, many brewers are frustrated with what they see as a lack of understanding on the part of local authorities.

    “You have to have a really good customs agent,” says Bryan Do, who runs Hand and Malt Brewery, a start-up 22 kilometres northeast of Seoul in Gyeonggi-do. “There’s not enough hops globally, so if Korea rejects a product, it’s hard.”

    In part because of this difficulty, Mr. Do has also begun growing his own hops in a village near his brewery.

    Distribution is also an issue. Since Korean wholesalers don’t have a cold chain for alcohol distribution, local start-ups have so far had to develop their own logistics networks.

    Stephane Michel Turcotte, one of only two certified Cicerones — or beer sommeliers — in the country, has a cold-storage facility for his kegs as well as a fleet of refrigerated trucks.

    “We’re self-distributing, doing everything ourselves,” says Mr. Turcotte, who runs Galmegi Brewing in Busan.

    Mr. Turcotte says he has even been approached by a large fried-chicken franchise, but he had to turn them down. “We simply don’t have the ability to supply them right now,” says Mr. Turcotte.

    That too, could be changing. Craftworks, which helped spearhead the craft beer movement with its namesake pub in Itaewon, Seoul’s foreigner district, is planning to open a new state-of-the-art facility in the spring that will be able to churn out more than four million litres a year, says Dan Vroon, Craftwork’s CEO.

    The surging demand, and the steep ramp-up in production capacity, has even had some smaller players starting to dream about overseas markets, thanks in part to the so-called Korean wave’s impact on sales of Korean fried chicken with beer around the region. That goodwill could benefit the craft beer industry too, says Mr. Do.

    “The beer will sell,” he says, “because it’s Korean.”
     
    07.01.2015   South Korea: Craft beer segment growing in volume and popularity    ( E-Malt.com )

    It's Friday night in Seoul's hip Kyungridan district and young drinkers are packing themselves into a labyrinth of pubs specialising in craft beer hoping to enjoy the robust flavours of stouts, ales, lagers, and IPAs, BBC reported.

    Considering that all of South Korea was, at least in beer terms, something of a barren landscape less than a decade ago, it's a remarkable scene.

    Then the market was over-run with offerings from South Korea's two massive industrial brewers: Hite-Jinro and Oriental Brewers.

    The rise of craft brewing in Seoul is something of a David and Goliath story, with a passionate handful of craft entrepreneurs overturning decades of beer boredom by tapping into pent up consumer demand and thawing South Korean public policy on how beer is regulated.

    Dan Vroon and Chul Park met each other five years ago, when they were both selling craft beer for boat tours and other events.

    They bonded over beer.

    "Chul initially brought in the first craft beer into Korea from my hometown, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada," Dan Vroon recalls. "That's what sort of inspired us to create more and better beers."

    Dan Vroon owns and runs Craftworks which opened in 2010 and has three "tap houses" operating in the country.

    His own brand of beer is brewed at Chul Park's Ka-Brew contract brewery which makes different recipes for several of the new craft beer brands.

    "We started with a single location and were moving roughly 50 kegs (5,147 pints) a week, " Dan Vroon said.

    "We are now probably doing 300 kegs a week, and building a state of the art brewery, the likes of which has not been seen in Asia yet," he says.

    As recently as three years ago, South Korea prohibited beer sales by any player incapable of putting out at least a million litres a year.

    However, requirements for entering the beer making and distribution market have been lowered dramatically since.

    Daniel Tudor, former Seoul Correspondent for The Economist magazine and co-owner of Kyungridan pub "The Booth," permits himself a small amount of credit for South Korea's change of tack on beer legislation.

    His 2010 article "Fiery food, boring beer" started what he describes as a "media storm" in favour of loosening brewing controls.

    Rising affluence and global awareness among Koreans were also important factors.

    "I think there are more Koreans who have spent a significant length of time abroad, so they [are] expecting something better now." he says.

    Craft beer pubs do not survive by good brewing alone, says Troy Zitzelsberger, co-founder of Reilly's Taphouse in Seoul.

    He says success is also a process of teaching customers. "I oversee a homebrew club I started here a couple of years ago, called Seoul Brew Club and as of today we have 1,512 members," he says.

    As one of only two cicerones (internationally certified brewmasters) operating in South Korea, Zitzelsberger says he personally oversees the contract brewing of two of the 30 beers he offers on tap.

    Fruity "Jeju IPA" hits lighter notes of sour citrus, while "Seoul Cream Stout" appeals to palates that appreciate darker hints of coffee and black bread.

    Rising demand for international imports has led to the opening of specialty beer "bottle shops" in Seoul.

    Even though the beers are taking brewing back to its pre-industrial routes the way the trend has grown is entirely modern.

    "Blogging is key here," he says. "You just get some good blogging with good products and talk to the right people and anything can happen."

    Even with the success of expat craft brewers in Korea, the market remains miniscule, less than 1% of the overall beer market, including imports.

    Domestic brewers, aware of the upside potential, are increasingly playing to craft sensibilities, rolling out brands like "Queen's Ale" and the Germanic-sounding "Kloud".

    Top craft brewers in Seoul predict the market is likely to follow a similar famine-to-glut pattern as upscale coffee; these days, it's nearly impossible to walk 100 metres without brushing by a cafe franchise.

    At that point, brewers agree, the novelty of the craft beer genre will subside and consumers will focus exclusively on the quality of the product.

    "A wise man once said, an honest beer makes its own friends," says Dan Vroon of Craftworks. "We have been getting a lot of friends lately."
     
    07.01.2015   UK: AB InBev interested in using alcohol-free beers to win over younger drinkers    ( E-Malt.com )

    Budweiser brewer AB InBev has expressed an interest in using alcohol-free beers to win over health-conscious younger drinkers as part of wider efforts to overcome volume declines fuelled by shifts in demographics and consumer preferences, The Drum reported on December 30.

    The brewer already produces Beck’s Blue, which it claims is the UK’s most popular alcohol-free beer, and believes there is an increasing normality of drinking these types of brews as an alternative to consuming alcohol. While there is no imminent announcement regarding the trend, AB InBev pointed to the success of its Beck’s variant, which saw volume sales climb 16.4 per cent and 11 per cent in the off and on-trade respectively, as a sign of promise.

    British adults feel that alcohol-free beer is more socially acceptable than it was five years ago, the brewer claimed. The insight comes from a Comres study, commissioned by AB InBev, of 2,061 adults earlier in December, which found that the sub-category could be key to propping up sales in a quarter usually hampered by people curbing their drinking habits to offset the excessiveness of the festive period.

    The millenial generation - those aged between 18 and 34 - are eight times more likely than over 65s to choose alcohol-free beers instead of alcohol in January, found the report, with only one in 100 of the elder generation prepared to do the same thing. Twice as many younger drinkers as over 55s “expressed likelihood of drinking alcohol free beer” over Christmas and the New Year.

    Three in ten (29 per cent) of those who drank alcohol free beer over the festive period chose the beverage to create a good impression - either with in-laws or work colleagues - the report added. For those drinkers who said they were cutting their alcohol intake over the next month, almost one in five (18 per cent) admitted they would consume alcohol-free beer.

    Nick Robinson, marketing director at AB InBev UK and Ireland, said the brewer was “excited” by the findings and the potential gains it uncovered in being able to offer a wider breadth of brews. Robinson joined the company in October from Coca-Cola as part of a senior management reshuffle.

    AB InBev is reportedly funnelling more marketing resources into targeting younger drinkers as it looks to rev up sales while balancing its responsible drinking efforts with shifting drinking preferences. Millennials are increasingly health conscious and looking to curb alcohol consumption, a behavioural shift that has pushed brewers to turn to innovation to uncover new opportunities.

    The shift was reflected in AB InBev’s earnings during its latest quarter when volumes dipped 9.8 per cent.

    The downturn has seen the brewer try to tap into the craft beer explosion in the US with its own alternatives, while in the UK it is banking on the sweeter taste profile of its rum-flavoured Cubanisto to pull younger drinkers to the beer category.
     
    07.01.2015   USA & Spain: Founders Brewing Co. sells 30 percent stake to Mahou San Miguel ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... group from Spain

    Mahou San Miguel group of Madrid, Spain has purchased a 30-percent stake in Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co, mlive.com reported on December, 18.

    The Michigan brewery announced the Mahou San Miguel group of Madrid, Spain as the new minority investor on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

    Founders said the partnership would help the brewery tap the growing international market for craft beer, as well as allow Mahou to become directly involved in the U.S. craft beer market.

    “Mahou shares our family values and a commitment to their communities,” said Founders CEO Mike Stevens. “They also believe in the importance of long term partnerships. We are honored to be working with a brewer that commands so much respect.”

    Robert W. Baird & CO. is serving as financial adviser for the transaction. The deal is expected to close in January.

    Mahou San Miguel was founded in Madrid in 1890 under the name Hijos de Casimiro Mahou. It is a leading Spanish brand. Earlier this year, it purchased an Indian brewery, Arian Breweries & Distilleries.
     
    07.01.2015   West Bank: Taybeh Brewing Co. flourishes in spite of difficult political situation    ( E-Malt.com )

    Nadim Khoury, cofounder of Palestine’s Taybeh Brewing Co., first began brewing while studying at Brookline’s Hellenic College. And in navigating the curvy Judean hills about 12 miles outside of Jerusalem and a half-hour or so from Ramallah, there is a certain resonance, The Boston Globe reported on December 30.

    In the village of Taybeh, nestled among this rolling, olive tree-lined landscape of the West Bank, Khoury’s brewery turns out exceptional beer, and his family’s business continues to flourish in spite of the region’s disheartening political situation.

    Started in 1994 by Nadim and his brother David, Taybeh Brewing Company was the first microbrewery in the Middle East and exists in Palestine’s last remaining all-Christian community — an ancient town where Jesus is said to have taken refuge prior to his crucifixion. The 1993 Oslo Accords spurred rising optimism among Palestinians, and Nadim returned home from Boston one year later to start the business at the urging of his father. Twenty years later, there is still not peace, but the brewery is in a period of expansion and exciting new initiatives.

    Those who question the likelihood of a brewery in the Middle East can look back to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and remember that the diverse population of the Middle East includes plenty of secular beer-drinkers. Craft breweries have begun to pop up around the region, including in Lebanon, where 961 Beer makes a fabulous beer using the wild herb za’atar. And in Jordan, long dominated by Amstel contract breweries, Nadim says a new craft brewing project is underway.

    Taybeh produces five kinds of beer — Golden, a refreshing German-style ale; Dark, a malty, deep-flavored brew; caramel-colored Amber; White, a Belgian-style wheat beer accented with coriander and orange peel; and Non-Alcoholic Brew. The beers are sold at liquor stores, restaurants, and hotels around Palestine and Israel alike, as well as in Germany, Sweden, and Japan. Khoury hopes that the brews will one day be available in the US, but the difficulties of dealing with volatile military checkpoints and having to go through an Israeli port make export expansion a slow process. There is also the question of water — a scarce resource in this arid part of the world. Continued Israeli settlement expansion has led to a disparity in water access, though Taybeh is able to use fresh water from a local spring. While they are all right for now, Khoury worries that in the future there may not be enough water to meet an increasing international demand.

    The modest brewery, which is easily accessible from Jerusalem and Ramallah, offers free tours complete with an explanation of the brewing process, the brewery’s history, and tastings. Taybeh’s popularity and unique story has attracted many tourists — Khoury estimates that they receive about 50-60 busloads per year and a handful of small groups or individual tourists every day. Since 2005, Taybeh has also been hosting an annual Oktoberfest, which last year took place in bustling, cosmopolitan Ramallah. The fest has attracted revelers from around the globe — including Israeli Jews — who come for live music, dancing, and free-flowing Taybeh beer. In a sad sign of the times, however, this year’s Oktoberfest was postponed — this summer’s unrest had a large impact on tourism in Palestine and Israel.

    But construction is already underway for the Taybeh Golden Hotel, an 80-room venture set to include a restaurant and German-style brewpub located on Taybeh’s main drag with stunning views out on to the hills. Maria Khoury, Nadim’s sister-in-law, says the hotel hopes to welcome guests in summer 2015. Connected to the hotel is Taybeh’s shiny new winery, which is already producing bottles of Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet. Khoury brought in an Italian winemaker to help get the project off the ground, and the first grapes were crushed in 2012. The winery is now overseen by his son Canaan, a 2013 Harvard grad with a degree in engineering. The winery will boast a private tasting room, and has already attracted American Consul General Michael Ratney, who came personally to pick up wine for a dinner at the consulate in Jerusalem this past June featuring Palestinian products.

    Red wine and beer in particular complement Palestinian cuisine quite well — sipping an ice-cold Taybeh while munching on hummus drenched in local olive oil and flecked with gorgeous magenta sumac is the West Bank equivalent of enjoying a Sam Adams and some peanuts at a Sox game. “We don’t want to keep showing that there are terrorists [in Palestine],” says Khoury. “We are normal people, [and] we like to enjoy life . . .”

    That’s a sentiment anyone can drink to.
     
    06.01.2015   Calculate your bottle's full potential    ( Company news )

    Company news Do you know your bottle's full potential?
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    05.01.2015   Atlas Copco expands its vacuum solutions     ( Company news )

    Company news Introduced extended vacuum solutions portfolio for rough and medium vacuum in Q2 2014 and announces pioneering vacuum technology will be unveiled in early 2015

    Atlas Copco has recently introduced a new portfolio of vacuum products which can support the specific vacuum needs of customers across a range of markets, and many common vacuum applications.
    Beside the new range of 2-stage oil-sealed rotary vane vacuum pumps, Atlas Copco also introduced a new range of vacuum booster pumps, piston pumps, liquid ring pumps and steam ejectors. This new portfolio can support industries including mining, cement, paper, refineries and food, as well as industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, refrigeration, glass, bottling, canning and woodworking.
    In early 2015 an innovative, intelligent vacuum pump will be introduced - the GHS VSD+ - representing a real leap forward in the vacuum industry.
    The GHS VSD+ Series is a new range of highly efficient, intelligent vacuum pumps with Variable Speed Drive (VSD) from Atlas Copco. Based on the well-known and durable plug-and-play design principles of Atlas Copco compressors, these vacuum pumps have been designed by vacuum engineers to deliver peak performance at operating pressures commonly found in industrial applications.

    The GHS VSD+ series offer:
    -Energy savings of around 50%
    -A state-of-the-art technology, variable speed drive (VSD) and innovative motor design combine to produce a leap forward in efficiency to dramatically reduce lifecycle costs.
    -Significantly better performance against benchmarked oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pump.
    -Quiet operation – Noise levels are around half that of comparable technologies.
    -Sustainable productivity due to built-in efficiency. Conforms to energy management and environmental commitments according to ISO 50001/14001.
    -Reduced environmental impact due to ultra-high oil retention at all operating pressures – from ultimate pressure to atmospheric pressure.
    (Atlas Copco Kompressoren und Drucklufttechnik GmbH)
     
    05.01.2015   Scotch Whisky Association announces new chairman    ( Company news )

    Company news Pierre Pringuet (photo), chief executive and vice chairman of Pernod Ricard, owner of the Chivas Brothers Scotch Whisky company, has been appointed as the new chairman of The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

    Mr Pringuet succeeds Ian Curle, Edrington chief executive, who was chair of the trade body for three years. Mr Curle will remain on the SWA's governing council. Peter Gordon, director at William Grant & Sons, replaces Mr Pringuet as vice chairman of the SWA.

    The SWA aims to sustain Scotch Whisky's position as the leading high-quality spirit drink and to drive its long-term growth worldwide in an increasingly competitive environment.

    The appointment of Mr Pringuet shows the "auld alliance" between Scotland and France remains strong and reflects the international nature of Scotch Whisky.

    Mr Pringuet will work closely with SWA chief executive David Frost and the rest of the Association council to guide the Scotch Whisky industry to further success. The Association's priorities will be to secure a competitive business environment, the industry's social responsibility agenda, fair access to export markets, and the legal protection of Scotch Whisky world-wide.

    With a UK Budget only three months away, there will also be an immediate focus on the high taxation of Scotch Whisky, where nearly 80% of the average price of a bottle goes straight to the UK government.

    Mr Pringuet joined Pernod Ricard in 1987 as development director. In 2000 he became a joint CEO of the company. He was appointed sole CEO in 2008 and vice chairman of the board of directors in 2012.

    Mr Curle said he is confident that Mr Pringuet will continue the good work of the Association, adding: "I have enjoyed my three years as chairman of such a well-respected organisation which does an excellent job in representing the interests of the Scotch Whisky industry globally."

    Pierre Pringuet, new SWA chairman, said: "I feel privileged to take over as chairman of the SWA and I'm committed to ensuring Scotch Whisky retains its position as an iconic product around the world. With its great brands and committed people, as well as the support of governments at home and abroad, the Scotch Whisky industry will go from strength to strength."

    In other senior appointments, Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo, the largest producer of Scotch Whisky, and Richard Burn, global policy and public affairs director of Diageo, join the SWA council.

    The SWA also announced that Julie Hesketh-Laird has been appointed as its new deputy chief executive. Ms Hesketh-Laird joined the SWA in 2005 as director of operational & technical affairs and she will continue in this role alongside her new position.

    Finally, the Association also announced it intends to sell its Atholl Crescent office and move to modern premises in Edinburgh during 2015, and to open a small permanent office in London to strengthen its impact there.

    David Frost, SWA chief executive, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Pierre Pringuet as chairman and to announce other changes at the Association which further strengthen our ability to represent the industry effectively.

    "This is an exciting time for the SWA and the entire Scotch Whisky industry. The industry supports around 40,000 jobs across the UK and exports about £4 billion annually, but its success cannot be taken for granted. Economic headwinds and challenges, both domestically and in overseas markets, mean the work of the Association on behalf of the industry is of vital importance."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    23.12.2014   Domino 2014 Results Preliminary Statement for the year ended 31 October 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news -Sales growth of 9 per cent before the impact of movements in exchange rates
    -Further progress in full-colour digital label press sales
    -Investment of £18.2 million in research and development, continuing to fuel the new product pipeline
    -Underlying pre-tax profit growth of 9 per cent
    -Strong operating cash flows; net cash of £40.1 million at year end
    -Dividend increased by 5 per cent

    Peter Byrom (photo), Chairman, commented “The Group has made good progress in growing sales, profits and cash during the year while continuing to develop new products and investing in further expanding our digital printing business. Underlying pre-tax profits increased by 9 per cent to £57.6 million and net cash inflow from operating activities before tax was £65.8 million. The Board has declared an increase in the annual dividend of 5 per cent.

    “Our business in Europe reported double-digit sales growth in local terms, benefiting from more buoyant markets in the early part of the year. We also reported good growth in the Americas and Asia. Market conditions have been changeable with a more cautious attitude returning among customers in many markets over the second half of our year.

    “We are pleased with the success of our latest i-Tech product range, which provides customers with class-leading performance, while our research and development teams are busy working on further product innovations. The aftermarket business continues to grow in line with our expectations.

    “Our latest full-colour digital label press has been well received by customers and we are seeing increasing adoption of digital printing technology among label converters. Activity levels among our sales teams, and the increase in sales of N-Series digital label presses this year, give us confidence in the potential for continued growth.

    “The Group has had a good year and delivered results in line with our expectations. We continue to invest in research and development and in growing the capability and capacity of our digital printing business. However, we remain cautious about 2015. As announced in our Interim Statement, the investments we are making, coupled with uncertain market conditions, mean we expect results in 2015 to be at a broadly similar level to this year.

    “Our strong products and our investments in developing our capabilities mean we remain optimistic about the Group’s longer-term prospects.”
    (Domino UK Ltd)
     
    23.12.2014   Spanish Brewer Demetrio Carceller re-appointed President of The Brewers Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Demetrio Carceller (photo), the first Spanish President of the association, will represent for a further two years a sector that contributes 52 billion euros to the European economy.

    The Brewers of Europe’s General Assembly has unanimously re-elected Spanish brewer Demetrio Carceller to represent the European association that federates 29 national brewers associations across Europe. The EU has over 5500 breweries, which together brew 38 billion litres of beer annually. In Spain, the EU’s fourth largest beer market, beer represents 1.4% of national GDP.

    As President of Europe’s brewing sector, Carceller will continue the work of promoting the sector's contribution to the European society, culture and economy.

    Beer generates over 2 million direct and indirect jobs in Europe across the entire value chain, with one job in brewing creating one in agriculture, one in packaging and logistics, one in marketing and other services, one in retail and 11 in bars, pubs and restaurants. Breweries directly employ more than 125,000 people in Europe but also create a further 1.4 million jobs in the hospitality sector, according to the latest report by Ernst & Young.

    While the European context has been very difficult in recent years, beer exports increased by 11% between 2010 and 2013. It is also worth noting that, in spite of a decline, a third of beer consumption in Europe is still taking place in bars and restaurants, generating 76 billion euros in revenues in the hospitality sector - a positive sign.

    According to Demetrio Carceller, President of The Brewers of Europe, "the contribution of beer not only has an important economic dimension, but also a social and cultural one, given its historical roots in the continent".

    Carceller's re-appointment also highlights the importance of the Spanish beer sector to the EU’s economy and its food sector. In Spain, brewing and beer help create over 257,000 direct and indirect jobs, mostly in the hospitality sector, and generate an estimated 5.6 billion euros in tax revenues, of which around three quarters originates from consumption in bars, restaurants and cafés.

    A key focus of the next two years of Carceller’s Presidency will be a further step up in efforts to actively promote moderate beer consumption and its place within a balanced lifestyle.
    (The Brewers of Europe)
     


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