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    01.04.2015   Alufoil Statistics 2014: A year of ups and downs for aluminium foil ends on optimistic note    ( Company news )

    Company news Despite 2014 providing a very mixed set of results in the aluminium foil sector, overall, it was a satisfactory performance, in the face of continued economic difficulties and competitive influences, according to EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. Total production in Europe reached 852,685 tonnes, just 0.3% below the previous year’s total of 855,510t.

    Photo: Manfred Mertens, EAFA vice-president

    Once again exports put in a strong performance, ending 2014 with a rise of 17.2%, from 84,126 tonnes (2013) to 98,668t (2014), helped by currency factors. In the EAFA region deliveries retreated by 2.2%, recording sales of 754,018 tonnes (2014) compared with 771,385t (2013). As anticipated, end of year de-stocking saw Q4 deliveries dip by 2.9% compared with 2013, to reach 200,420 tonnes (206,449t). But the rally in demand for thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, seems to be continuing, as year on year totals improved marginally by 1.8%, thanks to a slow recovery of technical markets.

    Demand for thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, has been weak throughout the period. This was reflected in the small decrease in deliveries, by 1.3. More competition from non-European suppliers and continuing down gauging are mainly responsible for this outcome.

    “After a very strong start to the year we experienced a gradual slowdown for the remaining nine months,” said EAFA vice-president and Roller Group chairman, Manfred Mertens. “But the falls for the following three quarters were small or seasonal and deliveries ended only very marginally down for the full 12 month period. In particular the export performance was most encouraging, probably benefiting from the weaker Euro. The more mature European markets are still not seeing strong growth and are affected by increasing competition from outside the area,” he added.
    “Optimism remains, however, amongst EAFA foil rollers, that growth in 2015 will accelerate across most markets. The outlook still remains uncertain and it is no easier to predict the next months than it was the last,” concluded Mr Mertens.

    Aluminium foil characteristics are strength, formability and barrier properties which have made it an essential part of many flexible packaging and container applications. Other uses of aluminium foil include automotive and heat exchange components, insulation material and many industrial applications.
    (EAFA European Aluminium Foil Association)
    01.04.2015   Cavitus defoaming technology draws a crowd in Mexico    ( Company news )

    Company news Attendance numbers at this year’s Expo Pack Guadalajara held from 10-12 March, 2015 reflected the quality and diversity of industries taking an interest in this developing major manufacturing and export event.
    Over 11,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors from over 20 countries attended during the three days, making it a truly international event.

    Photo: Cavitus BLE demonstration unit at Expopack Guadalajara 2015

    Vision Trade International, Cavitus’ local distributor in Mexico, welcomed a large number of packaging and processing professionals to view the Cavitus Beverage Line Efficiency (BLE) defoaming unit in action. The demonstration of this efficient and cost-effective ultrasonic unit which treats the problem of excess foam on beverage filling lines impressed many of the attendees who visited the VTI stand, some of whom were seeing the technology for the first time.

    Director General of VTI, Mr Miguel Hernandez was pleased with the level and quality of enquiries received at the show. “We were delighted with the interest shown in the Cavitus Beverage Line Efficiency (BLE) demonstration unit and the resulting leads.
    Beverage companies here are looking for methods which improve productivity but they also want to save on costs and are continually looking for environmentally friendly ways to achieve this. Cavitus equipment can increase throughput on foaming products by 10%+, increases syrup yields by 0.3% - 0.7% and allows for 6°C higher temperature filling at current throughput levels.
    There is enormous growth opportunity for manufacturers in Mexico which currently has the highest consumption of soft drink per capita in the world” he stated.

    Doug Dichting, President of Cavitus, Inc. agreed. “Cavitus understands the importance of this region when it comes to the beverage industry and we are working closely with our customers throughout Central America & South America to help them deliver the results they want. By working closely with established beverage industry professionals, in particular VTI in Mexico and MCPack in Brazil, we can provide a high level of service in these markets.”
    (Cavitus Inc.)
    31.03.2015   Find us at Hispack 2015: Hall 2, Stand A 127    ( Company news )

    Company news Every three years global leaders in the packaging industry converge in Barcelona to attend the Hispack International Packaging Exhibition.

    This event is taking place from April 21-24 and Aptar Food + Beverage will have a booth displaying our latest innovations in dispensing solutions at Hall 2, Stand A 127.

    We look forward to seeing you at this important exhibition and please contact us if you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting with one of our representatives.
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
    31.03.2015   New flavours for lager beer – successful generation of hybrid yeasts    ( Company news )

    Company news VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has been the first to publish a scientific study on the successful generation of hybrid lager yeasts. For centuries the same few yeast strains have been used in the production of lager beer, in contrast to ale, whisky, wine and cider, for which there is a wide range of yeast strains available to produce different nuances of flavour. VTT has been developing hybrid lager yeasts so as to impart new flavour to the beer and accelerate the production process.

    Traditionally, even very different tasting lagers have been produced using the reliable and cold-hardy Saccharomyces pastorianus yeast species. Studies have shown that this trustworthy brewmaster's helper is actually a hybrid composed of two different yeast species. One of them is the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast commonly used in the production of ale, while the other, only recently discovered in the wild, has been named Saccharomyces eubayanus.

    These findings have opened up possibilities for researchers to create new, customised lager yeasts through selective mating of strains of different yeast species. This enables the production of new flavours for beer or the acceleration of the fermentation phase in beer production, for example.

    VTT has screened its own microbial strain collection and the ale yeast strains of commercial collections in order to identify the properties that affect the beer fermentation process. We succeeded in finding suitable yeast strains and mating them with Saccharomyces eubayanus yeast.

    The hybrid yeasts generated by VTT's researchers have inherited useful properties from their "parents". The new yeasts accelerate the wort fermentation process and improve the production of ethanol. They are also more tolerant to cold than their Saccharomyces cerevisiae parent strain, and settle better after fermentation than their predecessors.

    The study was published in the online version of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology publication series on 15 February 2015.

    The study shows that VTT's method is suitable for the generation of new lager yeast strains and the creation of new properties affecting the flavour of beer, as well as improving the beer production process. New lager yeast strains can now be generated entirely without genetic modification technology.

    The following organizations have funded the research: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, PBL Brewing Laboratory, Academy of Finland and EU's Marie Curie ITN Yeastcell-project.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    30.03.2015   Diageo cements commitment to Mexico with $400 million investment    ( Company news )

    Company news Completion of Tequila Don Julio acquisition facilitates long-term investment plans

    Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, has re-affirmed its long-term commitment to Mexico by pledging additional future investment in its local operations following the completion of its acquisition of Tequila Don Julio last week.

    In addition to increasing advertising and promotional spend to further build the Don Julio brand globally, Diageo pledged today to make capital investment to expand local production facilities across distilling, bottling and water treatment as well as increasing its agave farming capacity. It also plans to build a new heritage centre at Atotonilco, Jalisco. This planned activity, together with the acquisition costs of Tequila Don Julio, brings Diageo's expected investment in Mexico to around US$400 million over five years, subject to the market continuing to perform in line with expectations.

    Diageo estimates that the investment will also create around 200 direct jobs within Diageo Mexico and will generate a similar number of indirect roles in the initial three year period.

    Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, Diageo, announced the investment during the State Visit of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the UK, commenting: "Mexico is a country of enormous opportunity and will form an important part of Diageo's future. This investment reaffirms our long-term commitment to Mexico and we look forward to playing a bigger role in the industry, investing in our people and communities and supporting wider economic development."

    The UK's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg welcomed the news as he hosted a Business Breakfast at Buckingham Palace to mark the Mexican State Visit to the UK; "British businesses are booming in Mexico, so I welcome this excellent news from Diageo as President Enrique Peña Nieto begins his state visit to Britain.

    "Diageo is but the latest in a long line of UK companies expanding their investments in Mexico. This will create hundreds of jobs and help secure Britain's place as Mexico's business partner of choice."

    Erik Seiersen, Managing Director of Diageo Mexico added: "With this investment specifically in Mexico and more broadly across Tequila Don Julio, Diageo will play a key role in developing Mexico's most important geographical indication and driving its success on a global scale."

    Diageo announced its intention to acquire full global ownership and control of Tequila Don Julio in November 2014 and after receiving all required approvals, announced completion of the deal on 27 February 2015. The acquisition expands Diageo's leading position in Mexico and broadens its participation in the fast-growing premium spirits sector. In Mexico, over half the population are already defined as middle class while the legal drinking age population is expected to increase to 64% in the next four years. This represents a significant opportunity within international spirits, which currently have relatively low penetration versus beer and local spirits.
    (Diageo plc)
    27.03.2015   Manchester Drinks, Aptar, Alpla & March Foods team up to launch a new water enhancer solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in supplying flow control dispensing closures to the water enhancer market and Manchester Drinks, a UK leading manufacturer of flavored drinks and cocktails, announce a cooperation in the launch of a water enhancer turn-key solution.
    Using Micro, Aptar’s exclusive dispensing closure solution, it provides a spill-proof package and a straight directional dispense thanks to the flip-top closure and its flow control SimpliSqueeze® valve system inside.
    Micro’s unique design provides an intuitive side opening process whether left or right handed. With each squeeze, consumers are able to customize their beverage to their exact flavor preference.
    The bottle is supplied by Alpla, worldwide leader in packaging manufacturing, and filled by March Food, UK’s leading co-manufacturer.
    Manchester Drinks has the know-how to offer a premium beverage enhancer which contains natural ingredients. Manchester Drinks aims at becoming the premier provider in the UK water enhancer market.
    Whether stock or custom, Aptar has the technical expertise to provide the ideal liquid concentrate dispensing solution
    The Manchester Drinks turn-key solution with the Aptar closure and the Alpla bottle is guaranteed to provide added value for distributors’ shelves and consumer’s satisfaction.
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
    27.03.2015   TricorBraun Design & Innovation Wins Three National Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news TricorBraun Design and Innovation has won three Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) awards.

    GDUSA is a national competition that embraces all aspects of graphic design. More than 9000 entries were received for the 2015 competition. TricorBraun Design and Innovation is a division of TricorBraun, one of the packaging industry’s largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers as well as closures, dispensers and tubes.

    Instant Knockout
    Stacked Brands, Leeds, England, teamed with TricorBraun to create a bottle shaped like a prize fighter’s fist. Among active young men who want to lose a couple of pounds, the bottle positions Instant Knockout as the tough new fat-burning supplement. The design won in the competition’s Health and Wellness category.
    The blow molded, 250ml bottle holds 120 capsules and is formed with polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PETG). Rather than a typical label, a tag is tied to the bottle’s neck and the black polypropylene cap is emblazoned with the company’s capital K red logo.

    Mocktails (photo)
    The GDUSA’s Food and Beverage--Nonalcoholic award was won by Mocktails which are nonalcoholic cocktails packaged in unique glass shaker-style bottles. The beverages only require ice, a shake and a cocktail glass.
    Created by TricorBraun in alliance with Mocktails, the 21-ounce glass shakers are hot-filled with 18 ounces of beverage. A 77mm metal threaded closure is used to seal the bottle. Then, a TricorBraun-designed polypropylene decorative overcap is fitted over the metal closure to give the package that mixed-yourself look and feel. To assure the handsome shrink sleeve label remains elegant after the bottle is opened, a perforation is located just below the closure.

    Oregon Ducks
    In the Strategic Manufacturing category, TricorBraun also won an award for an Oregon Ducks Growler.
    TricorBraun ( ) helps bring customers’ new and existing products to market by sourcing packing from more than 40 locations throughout North America and internationally from London, England: Guangzhou, China; Hong Kong, and Mumbai, India.

    The award-winning, Design & Innovation Studio gives customers forward-thinking service based on consumer insight, understanding of the markets and creative solutions. In addition, advisory services range from preliminary planning, manufacturing oversight to an array of innovative warehousing and logistics programs.
    The American Package Design Competition is sponsored by Graphic Design USA, a news magazine published for the graphic arts industry that embraces all aspects of design. The American Package Design Competition is part of a national contest that embraces all aspects of design and includes advertising agencies, design firms, publishers and digital marketing companies. More than 9,000 entries are received from the entire graphic arts industry.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
    26.03.2015   Pop Culture Icon, Design Muse, And Movie Star: The Coca-Cola Bottle Is 100 Years Young    ( Company news )

    Company news Coca-Cola Kicks-Off 2015 Global Campaign for the World Famous Package Design

    Campaign Features Iconic Celebrities, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Ray Charles

    A design so distinctive that it could be recognized by touch alone and so unique that it could be identified when shattered on the ground. This was the brief for the creation of the Coca-Cola bottle which is 100 years young this year. To mark this milestone, The Coca-Cola Company is celebrating with a year-long campaign that includes new advertising, a music anthem and a series of art exhibits featuring works from some of the world’s leading contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell and Peter Blake.

    Born on Nov, 16 1915, the Coca-Cola bottle was the creation of the Root Glass Company in Terre Haute, Ind. With its unmistakable curves and a distinctive contour, the bottle has become a global icon, inspiring a century’s worth of signature moments in film, social history, design and the fine arts.

    “Since its creation in 1915, the Coca-Cola bottle has achieved iconic status as a symbol of refreshment and uplift and it remains an important asset for our business today.” said Marcos de Quinto, Chief Marketing Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “The campaign, which will be executed in over 130 countries, is our invitation to consumers around the world to share in the specialness of an ice-cold Coca-Cola.”

    The Coke Bottle 100 campaign will come to life through a number of elements, including:
    -The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100 - Art Exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia
    -The Coca-Cola Bottle: Inspiring Pop Culture for 100 Years - Traveling Art Tour
    -14 new television and digital films
    -Kissed By – Out of Home and print campaign featuring iconic celebrities
    -Nobody Like You – New Music Anthem from emerging artist, Francesco Yates
    -Kiss The Past Hello – A book published by Assouline and featuring classic and contemporary images of the bottle
    -Story of the Coca-Cola Bottle App – Interactive journey for consumers through the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta

    The High Museum of Art, in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company, will present The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100, a four-part exhibit that will salute the Coca-Cola bottle and its special place in the worlds of art, design and commerce over the past 100 years. For the first time ever, two original Andy Warhol Coke Bottle paintings will be displayed alongside more than 100 original bottle-inspired artworks and photographs. The exhibit will also include original bottle prototypes and sketches and will open to the public on Feb. 28 and close on Oct. 4, 2015.

    Coca-Cola Bottle Is 100 Years Young: An America Icon At 100
    A traveling art exhibition, The Coca-Cola Bottle Art Tour: Inspiring Pop Culture for 100 Years, will take consumers on a unique, multi-sensory journey featuring an array of Coca-Cola bottle themed art, historical artifacts and interactive experiences which showcase the Coca-Cola bottle’s role in art and popular culture. The exhibition will visit more than 15 countries and travel 62,000 miles around the world in 2015.

    The Coca-Cola bottle’s legacy will be explored through film in 14 unique television and digital films that will be aired globally in 2015. One spot from Ogilvy & Mather Paris tells the epic tale of the creation of the Coca-Cola bottle, as narrated by a big brother to his younger sibling. The bottle travels through distant lands and curious settings, captivating the boy’s imagination. It is through this journey that the bottle obtains its unique features - its iconic curves, its flutes and red ribbon - and gets filled with icy-cold Coca-Cola as it ends its ride back in the hands of the refreshed older brother. The additional spots were produced by Ogilvy & Mather Paris, Wieden + Kennedy Portland, Sid Lee Canada and McCann Madrid.

    “Nobody Like You” is the new music anthem for the Coca-Cola bottle campaign from 19 year-old, Canadian singer/songwriter Francesco Yates. Originally discovered at 16 years old, Yates is now signed to Atlantic Records. The anthem’s lyrics tell both a traditional love story and serve as an ode to the contour shape of the Coca-Cola bottle and the specialness of shared moments. “Nobody Like You” debuts today and is available via digital download. The song will also appear on radio and in Coca-Cola television commercials throughout 2015.

    Iconic pop-stars and notable Coca-Cola fans Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles unite in the new ‘Kissed By’ global out of home, digital and retail campaign. The images feature the stars being ‘kissed by’ the Coca-Cola bottle, an experience shared across generations for the last 100 years. Between takes at RCA Victor’s Studio 1 on East 24th Street in New York City, American musician Elvis Presley laughs as he drinks a Coca-Cola on July 2, 1956. At the recording session, Presley and his band recorded both ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. Throughout the year, local markets will further leverage ‘Kissed By’ featuring modern-day celebrities and musical icons.

    Coca-Cola, in partnership with French publishing house Assouline, will release a limited-edition book highlighting the rich history of the Coca-Cola bottle, titled Kiss the Past Hello. In addition to famous artwork featuring the Coca-Cola bottle, The Coca-Cola Company invited contemporary artists and designers from around the world to reinterpret the bottle in their own signature aesthetic. The result is a stunning array of “mash-up” artwork, which will be showcased in the book when it is released in March 2015.

    To share our rich heritage with our consumers in a contemporary way, we have created an interactive journey through the Story of the Coca-Cola Bottle App that takes you through a behind-the-scenes look at our Coca-Cola Archives featuring stories about both the brand and the bottle from inside our headquarters in Atlanta. The free App will be available in both Apple and Android formats.

    Throughout the year, Coca-Cola Journey will act as a hub for all centennial celebration content, providing a single destination for consumers to experience the campaign.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
    25.03.2015   The direct route    ( Company news )

    Company news With ENGEL e-connect, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and automation expert, ENGEL makes processing service requests and ordering spare parts even easier and faster, while also adding even more transparency. ENGEL will be presenting its new customer portal for the first time at the NPE2015 from March 23rd to 27th in Orlando, Florida, USA. Another new service product will also be part of the line-up; A customer app, which opens the doors to the world of ENGEL and at the same time to one's own machine park, anytime and anywhere.

    Picture: Via the ENGEL e-connect app, machine status and other operating figures can be kept track of in real time.

    Be the first in line at any time of day: With its new customer portal, ENGEL shortens the distance to its customers, cuts annoying waiting time and reduces the administrative burden for customer support processes, such as ordering spare parts. With ENGEL e-connect plastic processors, can now request quotations and place orders online at any time. The advantage: It is not necessary to know the exact designation of the spare parts that are needed. In the system, all machines and manufacturing cells that ENGEL has delivered to a respective company are documented along with the corresponding parts lists. There are animated 3D-models of many machine components, so the part that must be replaced, can quickly and easily be found and selected, with just a click. In addition, the online-catalog also contains the current prices for the parts as well as availability information. Should personal advice be needed, or if there are any questions, a number of diverse communication tools are provided such as text and video-conferencing modules, as well as an electronic whiteboard.

    Keep track of processing progress at all times

    Placing service requests via the ENGEL e-connect portal, is just as easy as ordering spare parts. Immediately after the order has been placed by the user, the request is automatically sent to the respective service team and processing can begin without delay. The system also provides the service technicians with access to the complete history of the plant, which speeds up their search for the solution. Once submitted, the processors can track the status of their service requests, making it possible to plan more reliably.

    Service requests via mobile phone

    The new customer app – which also carries the name ENGEL e-connect – makes it possible to send service requests to ENGEL from any location, directly from a smart phone. If the injection moulding machines, robots and system solutions are linked via network, the app provides a complete overview of the machine park at all times. Machine status, alarm lists, production volume, cycle times and other operating figures are transmitted in real time to the mobile phone. In the case of unplanned downtime or in the event of a fault, the person responsible for the process can immediately initiate corrective measures via the app, without having to be physically present on site. Commencing with NPE2015, the app will be available in German and English for iOS and Android.

    "Throughout its entire life cycle, processing equipment must meet constantly increasing demands on output, efficiency and flexibility. In light of this trend, service products and support are gaining in importance worldwide," says Wolfgang Degwerth, Vice President of the Customer Service Division at ENGEL AUSTRIA. "It is therefore only natural for ENGEL to also be innovative concerning service, to develop new products and thereby also create more added value for its customers."
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    25.03.2015   UK market for Scotch Whisky falls in 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Industry calls for fairer tax treatment in next week's UK Budget

    The UK market for Scotch Whisky declined by nearly 5% last year as the industry and consumers continue to be hit by tax of almost 80% as a share of the price of an average bottle of the iconic drink in an increasingly competitive sector.

    Figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) reveal that the number of 70cl bottles of Scotch released for sale in the UK last year fell 4.78% to 83.3 million from 87.5m in 2013. Since 2009 the UK market for Scotch has shrunk by 9.5% from 92m bottles, according to the figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

    The SWA said this is further evidence that the onerous level of taxation of 78% as a share of the price of an average bottle of Scotch is damaging a domestic industry that is of great importance to the economy. According to research published this year on the economic impact of Scotch Whisky, the industry adds value of £5 billion to the UK each year and supports more than 40,000 jobs.

    The SWA is asking Chancellor George Osborne to cut duty by 2% in the Budget on 18 March. The trade body says this would be fairer on the industry and on people who enjoy a dram.

    In last year's Budget, the alcohol duty escalator was scrapped and duty on spirits was frozen. The move was welcomed by the industry. A duty cut this year would assist growth across the entire Scotch Whisky industry.

    According to the SWA more needs to be done to support such a significant home-grown manufacturing sector. It says the current system is over-burdening the industry:

    Duty on Scotch has only been cut three times in the last century.
    Two out of three people in the UK are unaware they pay almost 80% of tax as a share of the price of an average bottle of Scotch. When they are told the level of tax, 84% describe it as unfair.
    British drinkers contribute one quarter of all excise duty paid on spirits in the European Union. In contrast, French and German consumers pay 15% and 14% of total EU spirits taxes respectively, with Spanish consumers contributing only 5% of spirits tax revenues

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "Scotch Whisky is a massive export success for the UK so it's obviously disappointing to see this decline in volumes in our domestic market. In next week's Budget the Chancellor has the perfect opportunity to support an important UK industry. He should cut spirits duty by 2%. This move would also benefit consumers and public finances.

    "In last year's Budget, the Chancellor highlighted Scotch Whisky as a 'huge British success story'. We hope this year too he will show his support for this world-class manufacturing industry."
    (Scotch Whisky Association (SWA))
    24.03.2015   Anuga FoodTec: 14 percent more exhibitors - More than 1,500 companies from 49 countries    ( Anuga FoodTec )

    Anuga FoodTec International character has increased again

    Anuga FoodTec, the international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry, starts on 24 March with an exceptional exhibitor result. Fourteen percent more exhibitors than for the last event in 2012, meaning slightly more than 1,500 companies, are presenting the newest technologies, machines and equipment for the manufacture, processing and packaging of food and beverages for four days in Cologne. The share of foreign exhibitors has also increased. Around 56 percent (51 percent in 2012) of the exhibitors come from abroad. In this way the trade fair, which takes place every three years in Cologne, clearly confirms its international leading role as an information and sourcing platform even before the opening of the fair.

    The rise in the number of exhibitors of 14 percent has also resulted in an increase in space. The gross floor space occupied by Anuga FoodTec in Halls 4 to 10 of the Cologne fair grounds this year is 121,000 m².

    Around 43,000 trade visitors from around the world are expected in the coming week for Anuga FoodTec in Cologne.

    As the only international trade fair, Anuga FoodTec offers a cross-process exhibition spectrum oriented to all branches of the food and beverage industries. Anuga FoodTec thus meets the requirements of manufacturers for integrated and flexibly applicable technology concepts across all levels of processing.

    Leading international companies from the mechanical engineering, food and beverage technology, process technology, packaging and filling sectors, as well as from many other areas are exhibiting at Anuga FoodTec 2015. In addition to this, numerous smaller and medium-sized companies are represented, whose highly specialised technologies and services are indispensable for the branch. Also, a series of major corporations that don't seem connected to the branch at first glance, for example, Exxon, with food-compatible lubricants Bilfinger with automation solutions.

    The highest number of foreign exhibitors come to Germany from Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland and Turkey. For the first time there will be group participations from Argentina, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Other group participations come from China, France, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA.
    (Koelnmesse GmbH)

    An extensive supporting programme designed and coordinated by the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) will accompany the fair. The overarching theme is resource efficiency.

    Anuga FoodTec is jointly organised by Koelnmesse GmbH and the German Agricultural Society (DLG).
    (Koelnmesse GmbH)
    24.03.2015   Mtn Dew® Kickstart™ Launches Two New Flavors With Coconut Water And Introduces ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...'It All Starts With A Kick' Campaign

    Mountain Dew believes that every epic adventure should have an equally epic kick start. Today, the brand introduced two new bold flavors of Mtn Dew Kickstart – Pineapple Orange Mango and Strawberry Kiwi – fusing an energizing blast of DEW® with real fruit juice, coconut water and just the right amount of kick. With only 60 calories per 12 oz. can, these two new flavors are perfect for sparking a damn good time, anytime, anywhere.

    To kick-off the launch and show DEW Nation how everything gets pumped up when you crack open a can, Mtn Dew Kickstart will premiere its "Come Alive" television commercial, featuring "Out The Speakers Feat Rich Kidz" by A-Trak and Milo & Otis and So You Think You Can Dance alum D-Trix, during the Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show.

    "Mtn Dew Kickstart has been a huge success since it launched two years ago and we're continuing to build the portfolio with the addition of two new flavors – Pineapple Orange Mango and Strawberry Kiwi," said Greg Lyons, Vice President of Marketing at Mountain Dew. "Mtn Dew Kickstart is the ultimate beverage to get guys charged for whatever adventure they are taking on – big, small, every day or epic."

    The "It All Starts with a Kick" campaign will reach DEW Nation all across America by way of a comprehensive marketing campaign, including:
    -The "Come Alive" television commercial during the Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show, as well as national radio promotions.
    -A real-time consumer-driven Snapchat story, along with a variety of cutting edge digital and social extensions through platforms such as Vine, Twitter and YouTube.
    -Five Mtn Dew Kickstart trucks will hit the road for an eight month sampling tour that will hit a variety of locations including college and university campuses, sporting venues and retail locations.
    -A dynamic Mtn Dew Kickstart website, accessible by visiting

    Mtn Dew Kickstart was initially launched two years ago and has been dubbed one of PepsiCo's most successful beverage product launches in the past 10 years. It grew more than 50% in its second year on the market with annual retail sales of nearly $250 million. The two new flavors join previously released Mtn Dew Kickstart Orange Citrus and Mtn Dew Kickstart Fruit Punch, introduced to offer consumers an entirely new alternative to traditional morning beverages, and Mtn Dew Kickstart Black Cherry and Mtn Dew Kickstart Limeade, geared to get DEW Nation ready for the night.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
    23.03.2015   EBC European Brewery Convention in Porto from 24 - 28 May 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news On behalf of the European Brewery Convention it is a pleasure to welcome you to visit Porto for the 35th EBC congress.

    Our congress will be held at the Congress Centre Alfândega facilities overlooking the River Douro, its picturesque backdrop of architectural delights, port wine houses and barges. The second largest city of Portugal will be the perfect setting for our technical, technological and scientific lectures and presentations.

    A new approach which has been suggested by members of the EBC Executive Committee, and endorsed by the Local Organising Committee, aims to give institutes and university departments more of a say in the selection of abstracts. Additionally, some sessions will be offered not just in dual parallel but in triple sessions in order to accommodate more high quality papers.

    Porto is atmosphere, mediterranean flair, a whiff of the former Pertuguese global empire, wonderful cuisine and so much more. It would be my recommendation to visiting delegates to make ample use of synergy effects to explore this marvellous city, its seaside and hinterland all during the time of the EBC congress 2015.
    (Convention Secretariat Mundiconvenius)
    20.03.2015   Individual refreshment on the go! Doehler launches 'Liquid Food & Beverage Enhancers'     ( Company news )

    Company news ...product concepts

    Boredom is a thing of the past! With its new range of “Liquid Food & Beverage Enhancers”, Doehler is bringing an end to monotony in water, tea, coffee and beer. Lifestyle, convenience and especially individualism are among the most important consumer trends of our time. Today, the consumer goods industry is meeting these central consumer needs with exceptional products and services, allowing consumers to do anything from creating their own muesli to individually printed sweets. Water Enhancers are trendsetters that took the USA by storm. The idea behind the product is as simple as it is ingenious: consumers can carry their favourite flavour wherever they go, in the form of a highly-concentrated syrup contained in a small ‘squeezy’ PET bottle in their trouser pocket or bag. This allows them to create their own personalised beverage in an instant – at home, at work or on the go.

    To allow the food and beverage industry to participate in this trend, Doehler has developed a full range of Liquid Food & Beverage Enhancers that give water, tea, coffee and even beer an individual taste. It includes calorie-free enhancers in lots of lifestyle flavours, more natural product variants based on fruit juice concentrates, and enhancers whose functional ingredients give them healthy added value. A consumer study conducted by Doehler Sensory & Consumer Science extensively researched the concept and the associated probability of success of the Liquid Food & Beverage Enhancers from a consumer point of view. All the product concepts impressed with extremely promising results. Doehler provides its customers in the food and beverage industry with holistic support in implementing these product ideas. This starts with the syrups, which already contain all ingredients, and extends to consultancy on filling and packaging.
    20.03.2015   Meta Abo Brewery completes latest phase of expansion with $119m bottling line    ( Company news )

    Company news Investment by Diageo plc. at Meta Abo now total of $344m Capacity at the brewery is tripled just 3 years after acquisition

    Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chief Executive of Diageo Plc., Ivan Menezes (photo), have officially opened i Meta Abo Brewery's new $119m bottling line expansion in Sebeta marking the culmination of $344 million investment by Diageo plc. ii The investment triples the annual capacity of the brewery to 1.7m HL just three years after acquisition, ensuring that the brewery can meet future consumer demand and support the introduction of new product innovations to the Ethiopian market such as Zemen Lager Beer launched by Meta Abo in December 2014.

    The commissioning included a ribbon cutting ceremony by Dr. Debretsion and Ivan Menezes, in Meta's newest bottling line. The German-manufactured Krones bottling line uses state of the art technology, including flash pasteurization, to package products without any human intervention - achieving even higher quality control and upgrading the brewery's packaging capacity by nearly 50%. The new line is highly efficient, reducing waste and the amount of water used in the brewing process.

    At the commissioning ceremony, Ivan Menezes said of Diageo's investment in Meta Abo, "We are now celebrating three years since the acquisition of Meta Abo and are proud to have arrived at another significant milestone in our brewery's growth with the commissioning of the new production line.

    Today marks an exciting new chapter in our journey here in Ethiopia as we look ahead to the next three years and beyond. Ethiopia is a country of enormous opportunity. Our commitment here, and to Africa as a whole, is absolute. We will continue to invest in the long-term growth of our brands, the Meta business, our people and the communities in which we operate, for the benefit of all."

    Following the brewery commissioning, Ivan Menezes officially opened Meta Abo’s newest Water of Life project in Sebeta - part of Diageo's flagship Water of Life programme which has provided 50,000 beneficiaries in Ethiopia with access to clean drinking water. The new project will provide clean water to 2,000 households in Sebeta through a borehole that the community will independently manage.

    Since Diageo's acquisition of Meta Abo Brewery in January 2012, the company has adhered to a clear strategy with the aim of transforming the brewing industry in Ethiopia. Over the last 3 years Diageo has invested in Meta Abo employees with training and skills development; supported local communities through provision of clean water and formed close partnerships with local farmers; re-launched the Meta brand and now tripled capacity at the brewery, providing a strong platform for future growth of Meta Abo.
    (Diageo plc)
    19.03.2015   ENGEL at Plast 2015 in Milan    ( Company news )

    Company news With highly integrated and automated system solutions from a single source ENGEL increases product quality, manufacturing efficiency and thus its customers' competitiveness. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system supplier will demonstrate how this can be translated to practice with five innovative applications at PLAST 2015 in Milan, Italy from 5th to 9th May.

    Photo: With its compact size, the ENGEL e-mac machines provide space-saving solutions.

    Double technology integration opens new vistas of quality
    The trend of process integration as a path to greater efficiency, safety and quality is well established. Now it is necessary to adopt a more diversified stance. The object is no longer simply to integrate process steps upstream or downstream of injection moulding, but also to combine different process technologies with one another. To produce centre console components in PC-ABS at its trade show stand, ENGEL will be using an ENGEL duo 2550/550 injection moulding machine with integrated ENGEL viper 20 robot to combine two technologies: ENGEL foammelt, the MuCell foam injection moulding process developed by Trexel of Wilmington in the USA, and ENGEL variomelt, a variothermal injection moulding process on the basis of Roctool technologies (Le Bourget du Lac, France). The double technology integration enables the production of thin-walled parts with very high quality surfaces and excellent fine structure reproduction at the same time in a single injection moulding step.
    To demonstrate the versatility of this amalgamation of processes, the sample part will have varying wall thicknesses and surface structures. Thanks to ENGEL foammelt the cavity, including the undercuts, is completely filled, and the component has no sink marks after cooling; meanwhile variothermal temperature control provides a high gloss finish without weld lines.

    Efficient solution for the highest design requirements
    In cooperation with its customer Wegaplast (Toscanella di Dozza, Italien), ENGEL has been developed a production process for designobjects, also using variothermal injection moulding technology. In this application HB-Therm (St. Gallen, Switzerland) is the partner for heating and cooling.
    The little trees out of PC-ABS with a high-gloss piano black finish make a good figure whether as a doorstop, bookend, or smartphone holder for battery recharging. The objects have been designed by Francesca Acciardi, who has been awarded with a prize from the ISIA Design Institute in Faenza, Italy.
    During the trade show a tie-bar-less ENGEL victory 330/80 tech injection moulding machine and an ENGEL viper 6 robot to will be used. For controlling the whole injection moulding process centrally via the CC300 control panel of the injection moulding machine, HB-Therm’s switching unit Vario-5 will be integrated using an interface.
    The tie-bar-less clamping unit of the ENGEL victory injection moulding machine further contribute to a high overall efficiency. Since the mould mounting platens can be used to the hilt, the relatively large mould can be mounted on a small injection moulding machine, resulting in a compact manufacturing cell and low operating costs.
    The ENGEL victory tech on show at Plast 2015 will feature the ENGEL ecodrive servo-hydraulic system. With ecodrive, the energy consumption of hydraulic drives is reduced by up to 70 %, depending on machine type and application.

    Highest performance with maximum energy efficiency
    500 ml food containers will be produced on an all-electric ENGEL e-motion 440/160 featuring a 2-cavity mould by Glaroform (Näfels, Switzerland). In-mould labelling (IML) will be used to decorate the packaging; to do this, ENGEL will collaborate with partner company BECK automation (Oberengstringen, Switzerland).
    The steady enhancement of the ENGEL e-motion series is serving to establish the machines in the field of high performance applications for the packaging industry. The newest machine generation is able to achieve cycle times of well under three seconds and injection speeds of more than 500 mm per second, thereby combining maximum performance with maximum energy efficiency. The closed system for toggle lever and spindle always guarantees optimal, clean lubrication of all moving machine components. This makes the ENGEL e-motion the preferred machine type even in regulated areas such as food packaging production.

    Higher productivity per square metre of production space
    Using the example of a medical technology application ENGEL demonstrates how maximum efficiency can be reconciled with maximum process reliability. An all-electric ENGEL e mac 440/100 injection moulding machine will be manufacturing polystyrene needle holders for safety hypodermics using a 16-cavity precision mould by Fostag, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland.
    The ENGEL e-mac injection moulding machines provide extremely high repeatability, and reduced cycle times with parallel movement of the different drive axes. From injecting and metering to mould and ejector movements, all drives in the ENGEL e-mac are servo-electric. This guarantees the best possible precision and process stability while maximizing the effectiveness of the machine as a whole. The drives are operated by a modern axis system solution involving a stabilised intermediate circuit in which the braking energy is recovered and fed back into the grid, thereby achieving very high energy efficiency. The ENGEL e-mac achieves a very high acceleration of up to 20 m/s² on the injection axis. Another benefit is the compact size of the ENGEL e-mac machines which provides space-saving solutions. As a result, the productivity per square foot of production space increases, which has become a key figure for efficiency in an increasing number of businesses.

    Efficient use of LIM multi-component processes
    The main demands as regards the processing of liquid silicone (LSR) are that it must be fully automatic, waste-free, low in burrs and require no reworking. An ENGEL e-victory 200H/80W/120 combi injection moulding machine – automated with an ENGEL viper 20 linear robot – will impressively show that ENGEL system solutions not only meet these requirements fully, but also handle LIM multi-component processes securely and efficiently. A mould provided by ACH solution (Fischlham, Austria) will be used to produce sensor housings for flow measurement with integrated seals. ENGEL can guarantee maximum precision by using servo-powered injection units. The shot weight is 0,04 g per part, i.e. a total of 0,16 g. Normally the LSR field requires special solutions where very small injection unit volumes are involved. In this case ENGEL meet that need with a standard unit. For dosing the LSR, mini-pumps with 1 litre cartridges are used. They work inside the machine's safety gate without needing extra space. Developed and patented by ENGEL, iQ weight control software applied in the system recognises and automatically compensates for fluctuations in melt quantity during the actual injection process.
    The tie-bar-less technology of the ENGEL e-victory machine also makes a decisive contribution to high process stability in this application, while the patented force divider evenly introduces force to the mould across the platen face. Both outer and inner cavities are thereby kept closed with precisely identical force, significantly reducing mould wear and raising product quality. On top of this, free access to the tie-bar-less machine's mould area facilitates the most effective automation concepts.
    ENGEL at PLAST 2015: Hall 24, Stand A/B 33/32
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    19.03.2015   FILTECH 2015 – The story of growth continues    ( Company news )

    Company news The world of filtration and separation came to Cologne for FILTECH 2015 from 24-26 February. During these three days, over 12,000 participants from 76 countries visited the leading filtration and separation (F&S) event to catch up on innovations and equipment as well as related cutting-edge products and services displayed at the show. The reported number of contacts and the deals made at FILTECH 2015 clearly marked a willingness to invest and reflected the positive market development in the F&S sector. The show featured 320 exhibitors and was accompanied by a 3-day conference that attracted close to 500 experts and all those interested in the latest F&S research from around the globe.

    With an increase of exhibitors by 15% and total participants by 30%, FILTECH reaffirms its claim to be the largest Filtration Show world-wide. FILTECH also successfully extended its range and featured many closely associated industries, among these were adhesive applications, plasma treatment technologies, cutting, ultrasonic welding and sewing innovations as well as special machinery e.g. for additive manufacturing.

    52% of the visitors travelled to Cologne from outside Germany to learn what’s new in the market, making FILTECH an intercultural experience. (Western Europe 30,4%, Asia 7,6%, Eastern Europe 7,3%, North/South America 4,3, Middle East 1,9%). The experts came from 76 nations and all continents – they even travelled to Cologne from Kazastan, Jordan, Kenya and Quatar. A substantial increase was registered in the number of trade visitors from Turkey, Poland, Italy, USA, France, Israel, Japan and India.

    Exhibitors reported that visitors to FILTECH 2015, showed an extremely high willingness to invest. Exhibitors particularly highlighted the the even wider international spread of visitors (52% foreign visitors of which 32,1% came from overseas) and their great specialist expertise plus the fact that an extraordinary high number of top managers (36% top executives) travelled to FILTECH 2015.

    For many years now, FILTECH is an indispensible trade Show for catching up on newest products and developments, cultivating contacts and generating business. Once more, these expectations were fulfilled - exhibitors, delegates and organizers are highly satisfied with the outcome of the event.

    Next FILTECH will be held 11.-13. October 2016 again in Cologne.
    (Filtech Exhibitions Germany)
    19.03.2015   The 4th China (Guangzhou) International Biomass Energy Exhibition 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Date: August 18th-20th, 2015
    Venue: China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex (Area B)

    Guangzhou International Biomass Energy Exhibition (CNIBEE), a theme exhibition of China (Guangzhou) International New Energy Industry Expo, has gained government support and drawn public attention since the very beginning. It respectively attracted nearly 70 and 119 exhibitors in 2012 and 2013, and in 2014 the exhibitors reached the highest record with 10,000 square meters of exhibition area. At present, CNIBEE has been developed into Asia’s most professional and influential platform for promotion and trading.

    With the concerted efforts of government, representatives from different fields, media and organizing committee, Guangzhou International Biomass Energy Exhibition 2014 (CNIBEE 2014)was successfully held at China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex. The exhibition attracted more than 140 exhibitors and over 17,000 purchasers and has received close attention and broadcast from more than 300 media both at home and abroad, reached a new high.

    Covering an area of 12000 square meters, CNIBEE2015 will occupy larger exhibition space, and make greater efforts in cooperation with various media for publicity. It is estimated that about 260 exhibitors and nearly 30,000 professional visitors will participate in this unprecedented event. CNIBEE not only leads China’s biomass energy industry, but also creates a global trading platform for this industry.
    Let us look forward to CNIBEE 2015. Creating a new miracle in biomass industry together!
    (Guangzhou Grandeur Exhibition Services Co.,Ltd)
    18.03.2015   Innovation Doesn't Have To Be A High Stakes Strategy    ( Company news )

    Company news Industry experts explain how to reduce innovation risk

    Innovation frequently comes at a high price, often making it a risky strategy, according to Craig Sawicki (photo), TricorBraun executive vice president. The chief creative officer for one of North America’s largest suppliers of rigid packaging and components will divulge how his design teams minimize the risk of stepping out of the box.

    Mr. Sawicki will part of a panel of industry experts who will convene at the Global Food and Beverage Packaging Summit July 7 – 8 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel.

    The panel is expected to discuss:
    • Techniques for cost-efficient advancement, including fail-safe emergency exits
    • Innovation with outdated equipment plus cost saving manufacturing techniques
    • Communication to bring out the best in the supply chain

    TricorBraun ( ) helps bring customers’ new and existing products to market efficiently as one of the packaging industry’s largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers, closures, dispensers and tubes from over 40 locations throughout North America and internationally from London, England: Guangzhou, China; Hong Kong, and Mumbai, India.
    The award-winning, Design & Innovation center gives customers forward-thinking service based on consumer insight, understanding of the markets and creative solutions. In addition, advisory services range from preliminary planning, manufacturing oversight to an array of innovative warehousing and logistics programs.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
    17.03.2015   Reflections on Global Whisky    ( Company news )

    Company news David Frost, SWA Chief Executive:
    Last week I visited the US to speak at the Whiskies and Spirits Conference, under the auspices of Whisky Magazine and its publisher Damian Riley-Smith, which took place in New York on 25 February. Quite apart from the spectacular sight of the frozen Hudson River, there was much to observe and reflect upon.

    You can read my own speech here; But the main thing that struck me from the discussions was the impact and influence of new whiskey producers in the US. In Scotland, six new distilleries opened last year, and we at the SWA are aware of about thirty plans to build new distilleries in the coming years. That is a reflection of the success of the Scotch Whisky industry and of its continuing great prospects looking forward. But in the US this process began sooner and has gone much further, with the new producers numbering in the hundreds.

    Many of those present, who included some of those new producers, argued pretty vigorously that this expansion of production was due to the relatively relaxed regulation of US whiskey as opposed to Scotch Whisky. Indeed, the rules around the production of Scotch Whisky are famously strict, and furthermore no whisky other than Scotch Whisky can be produced in Scotland at all. In the US, by contrast, the definitions of the different types of whisky permit a little more experimentation in production, and also differ in some fundamental ways from ours - for example, spirit must be matured for three years before it can be called Scotch Whisky, while in the US a minimum maturation period of two years is only specified for straight whiskies, with other whiskies permitted to undergo even shorter periods of maturation, and in the case of corn whisky, no maturation at all

    It is certainly possible that this difference in regulation may have made it easier for new entrants to get into the industry in the US. But it is not necessarily the only reason. The US domestic market for Bourbon, Tennessee, and other US whiskeys, at nearly £2bn, is over twice as big as the UK's domestic market for Scotch Whisky. That provides a critical mass that helps new entrants to establish themselves. Moreover, the tax burden is significantly lower. In the UK, nearly 80% of the price of a bottle of Scotch Whisky is taxation, while in the US it is 54%. The SWA argues that the heavy excise duty on Scotch Whisky is part of the reason why the domestic market has shrunk consistently over the last twenty years.

    But behind this is also a philosophical difference. In many ways the whole history of the Scotch Whisky industry is one of codification and definition of our product - from the first Excise Act in 1823, through the famous Scotch Whisky legal cases in the early 1900s, which made it clear that whisky made from grain as well as malt could legitimately be called Scotch Whisky, through to the definition of the Scotch Whisky Geographical Indication in EU legislation and our own Scotch Whisky Regulations in 2009.

    What I said to those who questioned me at the conference was that it is this very rigour in definition that has helped build the market for Scotch Whisky. It has contributed to an unrivalled reputation for quality and has ensured that consumers know exactly what they are getting when they buy a bottle of Scotch. It has the benefit of making it easier for us to chase down fake whisky world wide. And it has not stopped Scotch Whisky producers, large and small, from developing a huge range of different styles of Scotch Whisky, the widest of any such product, catering to widely varying consumer preferences. That has driven recent years' rapid growth and helps explain why Scotch is still much the single biggest whisky globally.

    None of this is a problem. There is room in the global market for whisky for different products to evolve in slightly different ways. There are many great whisky industries and this is not an "either / or" question. We welcome the buzz around global whisky as a category and we have certainly seen the interest and enthusiasm this is generating. We are confident that Scotch Whisky will ride this boom, but equally that there is room for others to do so too.

    16.03.2015   BrauBeviale 2015: Welcome “home” – Sector get-together with heart and mind    ( BrauBeviale 2015 )

    BrauBeviale 2015 Picture: Andrea Kalrait

    - Creative Beer Culture meets Premium Spirits
    - Na sdorowje! – new: Beviale Moscow

    The positive anticipation is great! After an impressive start to the new round of BrauBeviale – 1,128 exhibitors and 37,200 visitors in 2014 – the European beverages trade world is already counting down the days to the next get-together in Nürnberg. From 10th to 12th November at this year’s most important investment goods fair for the beverages industry, the entire focus will once again be on the process chain of beverages production: high-quality raw materials, high-performance technologies, efficient logistics solutions as well as sparkling marketing ideas – this is what it is about for all those who take their place at the sector’s traditional, regular meeting place.

    Never change a winning team – that could be this year's motto. “Last year BrauBeviale was impressive for all those involved”, says a delighted Director Exhibitions Andrea Kalrait. And she is promising: “Our new concept has really proved itself and that is why we will of course be sticking to it. Here and there we will still be making a few minor adjustments in order to obtain the best for all those involved!” The positive mood in all halls reflected an innovative and creative sector, which is always in motion and searching for specific, individual solutions. This is where the decision-makers come together and use the platform for dialogue and an exchange with their customers and interested parties.

    The exhibitors: along the process chain in the beverages industry
    In 2014, the companies came from 47 nations, in particular firms from Germany (over 600), Italy, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. Small and medium-sized companies along with global players, world market leaders and newcomers – they all make use of the three compact days at the fair, within the perfect framework, to present their solutions along the process chain in the beverages industry: from raw materials through to technologies and logistics right up to marketing ideas.

    And they succeeded very well here in 2014: a total of no less than 93 percent of the exhibitors were satisfied with the overall success of their trade fair participation, this is confirmed by the results of a survey conducted by an independent institute. “The sector’s regular meeting place” – an attribute which people enjoy using in connection with BrauBeviale. And quite rightly so, because this is where the industry comes together: 96 percent of the exhibitors reached their most important target groups and almost just as many exhibitors, namely 94 percent, made new business contacts.

    Young, innovative companies take note: sponsorship by the BMWi
    Under certain conditions, young companies with innovative products or services, who would like to present themselves at the fair for the first time, can obtain sponsorship from the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi). Last year, 17 young firms benefited from a sponsored fair participation within the framework of a pavilion. Once again in 2015, participation will be supported up to 7,500 Euro or 70 percent of costs met. And these are the conditions: the companies should be connected with one of the areas or themes in the beverages industry: last year raw materials, beverages producers, EDP, marketing and catering institutions were the focal points. The head offices and business operations of the company must be located in Germany, the company must not be older than 10 years and must comply with the EU definitions for small companies – have less than 50 employees and an annual turnover below 10 million Euro. Interested parties can obtain detailed information on the sponsored pavilion from NürnbergMesse: Bettina Wild, send enquiry, Tel +49 (0)911.86 06-81 78 or

    The highlights: Creative Beer Culture meets Premium Spirits
    Exceptional enjoyment – in 2014 the motto of the “Creative Beer Culture” trend theme already hit the bulls eye. But as BrauBeviale is not only concerned with the “amber nectar”, but drinking enjoyment in general, in 2015, in addition to the Creative Beer Culture event, visitors will be able to experience everything to do with premium spirits and wine: lectures, presentations and special tasting sessions. For this purpose, the tasting bar is being further developed in cooperation with Doemens. Guests can then even take on the challenge of water tasting.

    The driving force behind the trend theme is as before the European Beer Star, which has had its trade fair home at BrauBeviale since 2004. It was created in cooperation between the Private Brauereien Bayern (Bavarian Private Breweries Association), honorary sponsors of the fair, the German and European umbrella organization, and is now one of the largest international beer competitions. In 2014, the rigorous jury selected the winner from a total of over 1,600 craftsmen-brewed beers from all over the world. Part of the beautiful tradition is that on the first day of the fair the visitors select their favourite beer from the gold medal winners: the Consumers’ Favourite, in Gold, Silver and Bronze.

    In 2015, markets and trends in the brewing sector will once again be the focal point for the European MicroBrew Symposium. The much-in-demand further training event for managing directors, company owners, proprietors, technical managers and master brewers from European micro and craft breweries as well as representatives from the supplying industry has established itself and will be held as usual on the day before the fair. It is being staged by NürnbergMesse in cooperation with the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei (Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing, VLB), Berlin. The conference language is English.

    Once again this year the new communicative BrauBeviale Forum in the heart of the trade fair action will be providing scope for top-ranking lectures, workshops and panel discussions. In 2014, over 3,000 guests took their places on the green seats in order to extend their know-how covering the entire product and services range at BrauBeviale in a convivial atmosphere and to also discuss and take a more detailed look at the trends from the beverage sector.

    PET@BrauBeviale, the market-orientated PETnology concept, has also proved itself. In the PETarena – connecting competence, companies are presenting their multi-facetted PET range and spectrum of services, while small and medium-sized companies as well as major corporations will find attractive solutions for the entire PET value-added chain. The international, PETnology Europe two-day congress, which is being held immediately in the run-up to the fair, will open the PET PASSION WEEK.

    And for anyone who is unable to make it to the Exhibition Centre or has still not had enough action by the evening: in the city too, interested guests can then indulge themselves in exceptional drinking enjoyment. Following its launch last year, the “BierErlebnis Nürnberg” (Nuremberg Beer Experience) will be happening once again. Those participating include numerous Nürnberg restaurants, pubs and cafes, who serve the beer and brewery specialties full of character and provide the descriptions to go with them.

    The visitors: highly qualified and international
    Last year the visitors came to the sector get-together from a total of 128 countries. The total of over 8,100 international guests mainly came from the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Russia. Exhibitors praised the high quality of the visitors: 87 percent were decision-makers or were involved in the purchasing and procurement decision-making processes of their respective companies. In 2015, BrauBeviale will once again be expecting around 37,000 guests – brewers, but also specialists and experts from the plant and engineering sector, packaging industry and also from the soft drinks, juices, mineral water, wine and milk products sectors along with malt houses, the retail trade and catering industry.

    The new concept of the fair, the pragmatic face-to-face exchange and the inspirational lectures and discussions provide the perfect framework for everything of significance for the trade fair guest. This is confirmed by the results of a survey conducted at BrauBeviale 2014: almost all the visitors (99 percent) were satisfied with the ranges presented by the trade fair. The main focus of interest was directed at beverage production technology, filling and packaging, followed by raw materials, logistics solutions and marketing ideas. 98 percent of the trade fair guests were delighted with the good information-gathering and contact-making facilities.

    Beviale Moscow: Global solutions. Local success.
    The Russian market is thirsting for an investment goods fair for the beverages industry. The “mother”, BrauBeviale, will therefore be delighted when it presents its Russian “child” Beviale Moscow to the public for the first time in October and provides it with all its maternal experience to help it on its way. The tried-and-tested trade fair concept is therefore being adapted for the Russian market with its requirements. With the introduction of Beviale Moscow, NürnbergMesse is responding to current developments on the beverages technology market, but also to the requirements of the exhibiting companies. In this connection, especially German and, in particular, Bavarian companies are thus currently focusing increasing intention on the Eastern European market. In contrast to beverages consumption in the best supplied industrial nations of Western Europe, according to the experts, the Eastern European market is expected to grow annually by 1.5 percent (Euromonitor August 2014). In the view of NürnbergMesse Group CEOs, Dr. Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, the expansion on the Russian trade fair market is an important step despite the current political situation: “As one of the BRIC countries, Russia continues to be an interesting market opening up growth opportunities for us in the medium and long term. That is why we want to successfully position ourselves here.”
    (Nürnbergmesse GmbH)

    16.03.2015   KHS at NPE 2015 in Florida    ( Company news )

    Company news From March 23-27 KHS will be exhibiting at the largest trade show for plastics processing in Orlando, Florida, in the USA: NPE 2015. In North America KHS will be presenting innovative systems and services for the manufacture, filling and packing of plastic bottles.

    Bottles & Shapes™ program for premium packaging One focus of the trade show booth will be the Bottles & ShapesTM program from KHS Corpoplast, one of the world's leading providers of stretch blow molders for PET bottles. Through this program the company gives its customers advice and support throughout the entire production process - from the initial idea for the plastic container through its development to the market-ready bottle.

    In the close collaboration with a customer's marketing and technology departments economical, ecological and functional aspects are always a prime concern. These include the innovative Plasmax process whose barrier technology protects products against premature vitamin loss and ensures a pure, unadulterated taste and longer shelf lives. The aim of these joint development activities is to produce premium plastic packaging which satisfies the highest market requirements and quality demands.

    Pioneering and award-winning Direct Print Powered by KHSTM
    One of the featured innovations is the direct digital printing process for PET bottles. This is marketed by NMP Systems GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KHS GmbH. Direct Print technology leverages co-developed low-migration inks for PET, producing brilliant CMYK + white process decorations on PET bottles. By doing away with labeling material, new or amended designs can be quickly and flexibly adapted to meet market demands. Here, standard labels are a thing of the past, greatly reducing production and transportation costs and saving on natural raw materials. Digitally printed PET bottles are 100% recyclable.

    To the point with sustainable multipacks
    In addition to the direct digital printing process KHS will be presenting a revolutionary technology for multipacks in the form of the Nature MultiPack™, which is also marketed by NMP Systems GmbH. In this process dots of special adhesive are used to simply stick containers together, providing the beverage industry with a packaging system which is exemplary in its sustainability. Compared to packs wrapped in film the Nature MultiPackTM requires up to 85% less packaging material and saves up to 67% energy during production. For its pioneering overall concept, consisting of Direct Print Powered by KHSTM printing technology plus the Nature MultiPack™ packaging system, NMP Systems GmbH recently won the internationally coveted German Packaging Award 2014.

    The KHS trade show booth (number 26157) is in South Hall at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA.
    (KHS GmbH)
    13.03.2015   Doehler at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne    ( Company news )

    Company news Ingredients & ingredient systems for multi-sensory product experiences
    At Anuga FoodTec in Cologne (March 24 - 27, 2015), Doehler will present natural ingredients and ingredient systems for food and beverages, that are characterised by an outstanding multi-sensory product experience. The globally active company introduces ingredient solutions that fulfil the technological requirements of specific applications and harmoniously appeal to all the senses in the final product. The broad portfolio of natural ingredients includes flavours, colours, health & nutrition ingredients, cereal ingredients, dairy ingredients, speciality ingredients, fruit & vegetable ingredients and ingredient systems. In Cologne, a special focus is put on natural colour alternatives, botanical extracts, authentic fruit flavours as well as on fruit and vegetable ingredients for technologically demanding food and beverage applications. In addition, Doehler will highlight modern culture media for the microbiological detection of beverage-spoiling microorganisms under the brand name Doehler Microsafety Design®. A large number of innovative concepts for the food and beverage industry round off Doehler's trade fair appearance.

    Doehler natural colour solutions
    When developing new products, producers of foods and beverages are faced with the challenge of selecting the perfect colour that not only lives up to the product application's specific technologically requirements, but also fits to the product positioning. Above all this is the global trend towards the most natural ingredients possible. And the demands of many consumers now already go one step further: these include both the naturalness of the colour and the respective underlying raw material. Artificial colourings and food colours, such as carmine and caramel colouring extracted from natural sources, are being increasingly replaced in recipes.
    In Cologne, Doehler showcases natural colours and colouring concentrates from fruits, vegetables and malt, as well as natural colour emulsions that meet the market's current requirements and satisfy the demands of various food and beverage applications. The spectrum of natural colours ranges from sunny yellow tones, intensive orange, brilliant red, bright pink to fresh green tones or subtle brown. Cloud emulsions are also available for products that feature a naturally cloudy or milky white appearance.

    Natural extracts and flavours for an authentic taste
    Naturalness and authenticity are in greater demand than ever before. Today, botanical flavours and extracts enjoy immense popularity. Blossom notes, herbs and spices particularly are well received by consumers in all applications. They give rise to new flavour varieties and also make interesting product positionings possible. Trade fair visitors will be inspired at the Doehler stand: not only is a wide range of extracts on display, visitors will also have the opportunity to taste samples of natural flavours such as apple blossom, cherry blossom, rose and rosemary. Doehler will also reveal a new range of particularly fresh-tasting pineapple flavours. The natural flavour portfolio covers the taste profiles of different varieties, growing areas and harvest times, as well as various nuances.

    Vegetables are conquering the beverage and dairy industry
    Low in calories, yet rich in physiologically valuable ingredients: thanks to such benefits, vegetable juices and purees are becoming increasingly popular among consumers and are today used in rather uncommon applications, for instance in soft drinks, yoghurt or ice cream. In order to meet the growing demand for vegetable ingredients, Doehler has expanded its portfolio of juice concentrates and purees significantly which will be presented at Anuga FoodTec. The company will also unveil impressive sensory food and beverage applications utilising vegetable juices, bringing about unique taste experiences when combined with fruit, spice and herb ingredients.

    Technological solutions for alcoholic beverages containing juice
    The trend towards natural premium products with more fruit flavour and higher juice content can also be observed in the spirits sector. However, not every juice concentrate is suitable for alcoholic beverages. Certain reactions can cause precipitations and sedimentations, thus creating a visual impairment in the end product.

    Doehler has developed a range of clear fruit juice concentrates designed specifically for alcoholic beverages. They have no cloudiness or sedimentation even with a higher juice content. These juice concentrates are ideal for low-alcoholic beverages such as ciders and wine mixes, as well as for high-proof spirits. At Anuga FoodTec, Doehler will present these advanced juice concentrates alongside its extensive portfolio of fruit and vegetable ingredients it processes which ranges from NFC juices, cloudy and clear CO2-stable juice concentrates to purees and puree concentrates. As a result, Doehler fulfils the specific, technological requirements in a diverse range of applications in equal measure and provides natural, authentic ingredient solutions for different industries.

    Doehler Microsafety Design® (DMD®) – innovative culture media for microbial quality control
    Premium quality beverages must deliver a consistently high standard of quality and constant processing safety. As a supplier of integrated solutions, Doehler will also present services and products for comprehensive quality assurance, along with technology-based, natural ingredients at Anuga FoodTec. Under the DMD® brand, Doehler provides innovative culture media for microbial detection in almost every segment of the beverage and brewing industry. The ready-to-use media are impressive thanks to their ease of handling as well as fast and reliable results. For example, the TransFast® system makes it possible to obtain initial results from the microbial detection in non-alcoholic beverages after just 48 hours. The TransFast® system includes a broth used for pre-enrichment, in addition to a transparent gel for direct detection in the Incubation Lightbox, allowing contaminations to be detected quickly and easily at a glance.
    13.03.2015   Tim Sullivan Named to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors    ( Company news )

    Company news Robert H. Chapman, Chairman and CEO, has announced that Tim Sullivan has been appointed to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors. A 25-year team member of the $2 billion global capital equipment and engineering solutions firm, Sullivan is currently Group President of two of its largest divisions, BW Papersystems and Paper Converting Machine Company. In addition to his role with Barry-Wehmiller, Sullivan is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Notre Dame and an MBA from UCLA.

    “Tim has been instrumental in helping us grow from a $20 million single-market business into the thriving $2 billion and growing organization that we are today,” said Chapman. “His vast organizational knowledge, strategic thinking capabilities, and deep commitment to our Truly Human Leadership vision will ensure that Barry-Wehmiller remains an industry leader that offers fulfilling work for its team members while creating value for all of our stakeholders. His addition to our distinguished group of directors offers invaluable perspective during an exciting period of growth and change for the organization.”

    Sullivan joined Barry-Wehmiller in 1989 as the Director of Corporate Development to assist with acquisitions. Three years later, he was named VP of Customer Service, developing Barry-Wehmiller's Excellence in Service program, a philosophy that continues to permeate the company's operations. In 1994, Sullivan became Chief Financial Officer, again allowing him to play a significant role in the acquisition of companies into the Barry-Wehmiller family. In 1997 he became President of Barry-Wehmiller’s Pneumatic Scale Corp. (now PneumaticScaleAngelus). Under his leadership, Pneumatic Scale established an industry-leading performance record in customer service while introducing a new range of equipment. In 2005, Sullivan played a key role in the acquisition of Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), which added paper converting as Barry-Wehmiller’s fourth major operating platform. Today, as Group President, Sullivan provides leadership for the two largest Barry-Wehmiller divisions, BW Papersystems and Paper Converting Machine Company, with combined annual revenues of nearly $500 million and 2000 team members.

    “Becoming a member of the Board offers me a way to increase the depth to which I contribute to the company,” commented Sullivan. “I understand intimately the various industries and clients we serve and hope to bring an insider’s perspective when discussing the culture, strategy, direction and performance of our business and business units. With the acceleration of our growth, particularly outside of the US, it’s not hard to imagine a company of 20,000+ people that continues its position as a leader in our industries and our communities through our focus on a sustainable business model fueled by our people and our culture.”

    Sullivan’s appointment fills the seat of outgoing Board member Jim Lawson, retiring Barry-Wehmiller Vice President and CFO. “Jim 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.”

    Established in St. Louis in 1885 as a manufacturer of bottle washers and pasteurizers for the brewing industry, Barry-Wehmiller has grown through the acquisition of more than 70 companies into a global $2 billion capital equipment and engineering technology firm. Its headquarters remain in St. Louis (MO), USA.

    With the appointment of Sullivan, Barry-Wehmiller’s Board comprises 13 Directors:
    - Robert H. Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO;
    - Richard F. Ford, former Managing General Partner of Gateway Associates and former President of Centerre Bank and Centerre Bancorporation of St. Louis;
    - Brian W. Hotarek, President and CEO of BI-LO Holdings, LLC and former Executive Vice President and CFO of Ahold USA, Inc.;
    - Robert J. Lanigan, Chairman Emeritus of Owens-Illinois and founding Partner of Palladium Equity Partners;
    - John Morton III, former President of the Premier Bank at Bank of America and former Chairman, CEO and President of Boatmen’s National Bank of St. Louis;
    - Eric L. Motley, Ph.D., Vice President of the Aspen Institute and former Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors;
    - Tim Noonan, Vice President of Boeing’s Ventures; Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow;
    - Tom Patterson, General Partner at Madrone Capital Partners;
    - William D. Smithburg, former Chairman and CEO of The Quaker Oats Company;
    - John S. Stroup, President and CEO of Belden and former Group Executive of Danaher Motion Group;
    - W.W. “Chet” Walker, Senior Managing Director of Forsyth Capital Investors and former Managing Partner of Bank of America Capital Investors;
    - Peter C. Wallace, President and CEO of Robbins & Myers, Inc. and former president and CEO of Rexnord Corporation.
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
    12.03.2015   Rexam and Carlsberg celebrate first ever Cradle to Cradle certification for a beverage can     ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam and Carlsberg celebrate first ever Cradle to Cradle certification for a beverage can

    Rexam is delighted that Carlsberg has received the first ever Cradle to Cradle certification for a beverage can, having been awarded a bronze level certification from the Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute for cans supplied by Rexam into the UK market. The certification is part of Carlsberg’s Circular Community initiative. The Rexam cans are the first of any of Carlsberg’s packaging to receive a certification and the award marks the first time a beverage package has been certified by the Institute.

    Rexam was a founding partner of Carlsberg’s Circular Community initiative back in 2013. The community uses the Cradle-to-Cradle® design framework and sees Carlsberg working with its suppliers to encourage innovation and quality in the industry, in pursuit of zero-waste.

    Rexam’s beverage can, supplied to Carlsberg in the UK, was assessed on five sustainability aspects, including material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. The assessment results reinforce Rexam’s key belief in the can as a packaging format that is highly optimised for a sustainable, circular economy.

    Speaking about the award, Matthew Rowland Jones, European Sustainability Manager at Rexam says: “The Bronze Certification marks an important step in our joint sustainability journey with Carlsberg. We are thrilled to be part of a collaboration that sees cans supplied by Rexam awarded the first Cradle-to-Cradle certification of its kind. There is still a way to go to encouraging consumers to recycle cans, so focusing on consumer involvement in the recycling process will continue to be a focus for us moving forward.”

    Simon Hoffmeyer Boas, Corporate Communications and CSR Director at Carlsberg says: “As a founding member of the Carlsberg Circular Community we are thrilled to celebrate this collaboration with Rexam, who played a key role in helping us secure the certification. We will continue to focus on improvement and cooperation with Rexam as an innovative supplier, to optimise our beverage can packaging in the future.”
    (Rexam PLC)
    11.03.2015   Bosch presents Energy generation 4.0     ( Company news )

    Company news ISH Energy 2015 in Frankfurt, hall 8.0, stand B31
    Modular efficiency concept and intelligent controls

    -Interactive demonstration of the energy system control MEC
    -Live connection to real plants with Bosch remote technology
    -Interactive efficiency configurator for heating and process heat

    On the ISH Energy, the World’s leading trade fair for the sanitary, building, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energies Bosch completely focuses on the subject Energy generation 4.0 for large systems. With the new product family Master Energy Control (MEC System) steam, hot water and combined heat and power (CHP) products from Bosch can be combined to intelligent systems. Direct communication between system components like CHPs and steam boilers ensures higher system efficiency and a long system liftetime. Maximum availability and 24/7 remote service are additional benefits of energy generation plants networked with the MEC System. The intuitive user interface allows to view and evaluate the state of systems quick and effective. With the optional remote connection MEC Remote users can safely access their systems from everywhere. If required, experts from Bosch online provide advice and suggest optimisations on demand at any time.

    Thus, Bosch sets a new standard in terms of system availability, reliability and service level. At the ISH Energy visitors can interactively experience the system: A Bosch expert will give live demonstrations of the secure access to test systems, for example, in Kazakhstan.

    Interactive efficiency configurator for heating and process heat
    Another highlight on the trade fair are the interactive configurators for efficient heating and process heat. Whether it is the retrofitting of a heat exchanger, switching from oil to gas operation or the preheating of combustion air with waste heat, here, trade visitors can acquire an impression of the economic efficiency of different modules and combinations.

    When and for whom does a combined heat and power unit pay off? What benefit does the use of waste heat from cooling units have? And which increase in efficiency can intelligent system controls and efficient hydraulics provide? At the Bosch stand on the ISH Energy interested persons receive information about the hidden saving potentials in their current system.

    Industry-specific energy concepts and system solutions
    With 150 years of experience Bosch has unique knowledge in the area of specific requirements of different industries and users. More than 110 000 successful projects in more than 140 countries are a clear proof of the high competence in the area of energy generation systems.

    Highly specialised configuration tools and experienced experts ensure extraordinarily quick and precise customer-specific offer generation. Therefore, one of the focal topics at the Bosch stand are energy concepts for different industries. Besides technical information on thermal system solutions, our experts will demonstrate advantages of Bosch technology by providing insight into innovative reference projects.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
    11.03.2015   £5bn Scotch Whisky Industry Boosts Suppliers - Industry celebrated at Westminster    ( Company news )

    Company news The Scotch Whisky industry, which is a vital part of the UK economy and adds almost £5 billion in value every year, was celebrated this week (4 February) at Westminster.

    Picture shows David Frost (left) with Alistair Carmichael (right)

    The event in the House of Commons, attended by the Scotch Whisky industry, members of the industry's supply chain and politicians marked the launch of 'The Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky Production in the UK' report, commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) from 4-consulting.

    Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP welcomed the industry's economic contribution at the Parliamentary event hosted by the SWA to mark the new report. One key finding of the report is that Scotch Whisky producers spend £1.8bn on suppliers, with 90% of that expenditure in the UK. The Scotch Whisky industry directly employs 10,900 people and supports a further 30,000 jobs across the UK through the supply chain. The production and export of Scotch Whisky is a key industry in the UK.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association Chief Executive, said: "Scotch Whisky is a high-quality, much-loved drink with a global reputation. The new report shows just how significant the industry is to the wider UK economy. Given the scale and impact of the industry, we believe the government should show its support and recognise Scotch as a cultural asset that boosts growth and jobs and supports communities by cutting excise duty by 2% in the Budget. It is unfair on the industry and consumers that almost 80% of the average price of a bottle of Scotch Whisky is taxation."

    The event at the House of Commons was hosted by the SWA and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Scotch Whisky.

    The 'Drop the Duty!' campaign to cut alcohol duty by 2% is supported by the Scotch Whisky Association, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association and The Taxpayers' Alliance.
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    10.03.2015   Brigl & Bergmeister to increase prices by 5-8% from April 1    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to a drastic increase of raw material costs compared to last year Brigl & Bergmeister cannot avoid to raise sales prices by 5-8% from April 1. The increase will vary by grade and region.
    At the two locations in Austria and Slovenia, Brigl & Bergmeister manufacture wet strength and non-wet strength label papers as well as flexible packaging papers.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
    10.03.2015   One-stop resource for functional ingredients procurement     ( Company news )

    Company news Vitafoods Europe 2015, booth K99: UL (Underwriters Laboratories) will present Prospector®, the world’s most comprehensive food and beverage ingredients database.

    Visitors to the Prospector® booth at Vitafoods Europe will see first hand how the innovative search engine can speed up their R&D processes significantly. The comprehensive global database covers ingredients for all kinds of health food products and dietary supplements.

    Containing details of more than 11,000 Functional Food and Nutrition ingredients from hundreds of suppliers, Prospector® is incredibly easy, quick – and free – for manufacturers to use. Aimed at speeding up the search for ingredients and hence accelerating the R&D process, the database is kept up to date by UL’s experts, so that users can be sure that information is always current.

    Jill Frank, Certified Food Scientist and Food Industry Expert at UL, says: “Our database covers a huge variety of functional ingredients for versatile applications and positionings. Therefore Vitafoods, as the key nutraceutical event, is the perfect platform for us to demonstrate the added value that Prospector® offers to R&D professionals. The ingredients that we list are largely backed up by comprehensive additional details, which makes it easier to find the right ingredients when aiming for specific positionings and claims.”

    Personnel from UL will be on hand throughout the Vitafoods exhibition to demonstrate the unique capabilities of Prospector®.
    (UL Underwriters Laboratories)
    09.03.2015   Cavitus conference bubbles over with ideas    ( Company news )

    Company news The annual 2015 Cavitus Sales Conference was held recently at The Innovation Centre, a beautiful event location on campus at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Attended by Cavitus staff from its offices in Atlanta, USA, Zug, Switzerland and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and including distributors from Japan and Mexico, the five day event held from 17 – 22 February, was a resounding success, despite the cyclonic weather!

    The conference agenda covered topics such as corporate strategy and planning, sales targets for 2015, new developments and product updates within the company, additional opportunities in alternative markets, customer relationship management and marketing.
    Day one commenced with a dynamic presentation from sales coach, Brad Power of Objective Assessment. Brad has worked with the sales team over the last 12 months on how to improve sales skills and effectiveness and shared his experience and knowledge throughout the opening day on the topic of ‘Closing more Business’.
    Cavitus CEO Nigel Hall led a series of open discussions regarding global territories, the common input received from potential customers, who the big players are in the beverage market and what really drives success. The discussions highlighted the globalisation of Cavitus in the last 12 months with customers now located in all corners of the world.
    “The discussions around the solutions we have provided for beverage and dairy industry clients from Cape Town to Cairo, Istanbul to Lyon, Vladivostok to St Petersburg and across the US and South and Central America, show that global market trends are similar across the world but that many differences in operational requirements exist. Our ability to work with our clients to find a solution for their specific requirements is key to our success and by interacting with our team worldwide we are all learning more and more about our clients’ needs” commented Global Accounts Manager Dr. Darren Bates.
    The attendees also appreciated a very informative presentation by Mr Jun Aoyama of Altech, Cavitus’ distributor in Japan, regarding the future direction of the Japanese beverage market and were provided with a detailed account of how Altech was recently able to rapidly solve a customer’s problem. Contacted on January 10th due to packaging issues with a new product formulation which was reducing the customer’s fill line speed from 900 to 450 bottles per minute, the Cavitus distributor was able to demonstrate Cavitus’ ultrasonic technology at the customer site within 2 days and implement a solution within just 3 weeks from the initial contact date, enabling the client to quickly get their filling line back up to full speed.
    “The response time from our Japanese distributor and the ability to promptly solve the customer’s issue has been a text book performance. This really highlights the strength of the Cavitus network worldwide and our ability to deliver on our promise in a timely manner,” commented Nigel Hall.
    Day three was attended by all Cavitus board members as well as staff. After the introduction and overview from the Chairman Mr Roger Voyle, there were various presentations and discussions covering strategic development and the challenges and opportunities which exist in each region.
    Mr Hall commented “The conference was a great success in terms of communication and setting common goals. Our offices are located around the world and in different time zones, so it was invaluable to be able to get together in person and consolidate our plans for 2015. Cavitus is committed to providing value-adding solutions for the beverage and dairy industries worldwide.”
    Even though the coast experienced over 300mm of rain in just a few days, the visitors were still able to appreciate the attractions and local dining experiences of Mooloolaba, participate in a friendly ten-pin bowling competition and when the rain finally eased, visit world-famous Australia Zoo.
    ”Cavitus has a great team and we are looking forward to a successful and productive year. We are now gaining traction with the major players worldwide and have the network to support that demand and related growth,” concluded Mr Hall.
    (Cavitus Pty Ltd)
    06.03.2015   40 years of KHS Corpoplast    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS Corpoplast GmbH, Hamburg, celebrates its 40th anniversary. The company that specializes in developing and manufacturing machines for PET bottle production has been working successfully for the beverage, food and non-food industries worldwide since its founding.

    Photo: Thomas Karell, managing director of KHS Corpoplast GmbH

    The first PET bottles that were produced in the mid-seventies on Corpoplast stretch blow molders were family bottles for Coca-Cola and Pepsi. During the ensuing four decades, hundreds of beverage brands from around the world followed that also rely on the comprehensive know-how, expertise and innovative strength of Corpoplast for their PET systems.

    Top material: PET molds the packaging industry A new era dawned for the packaging industry - especially for bottle production - when at the beginning of the 1970s PET which self-hardened in the stretch blow molding process hit the market. Corpoplast was a pioneer and trendsetter right from the start. After its beginnings in the Gildemeister Group, in January 1975 Corpoplast branched out as a specialist company with machine and PET expertise for the production of consumer-friendly bottles.

    Pole position for lightweighting As early as in the 1980s Corpoplast realized that with resources becoming ever scarcer and cost issues more and more prevalent it was important to start producing very light bottles. This awareness became a key issue for the company which since this time has worked successfully on finding new ways of further reducing the weight of PET bottles. Here, Corpoplast feels that its forward-looking perspective and endeavor to produce sustainable systems are endorsed by today's success on the market.
    In 2008 Corpoplast joined the KHS Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of highly innovative filling and packaging systems with over 145 years of expertise in its field. KHS Corpoplast now focuses its activities on constant further development in the lightweight sector, adopting a holistic approach to the manufacture, filling, labeling and packaging of PET bottles throughout the entire PET filling line.

    Economic production with long-term benefits With lighter bottles beverage producers can reduce their consumption of materials and thus cut their production costs. This makes a considerable contribution to greater economy in the value chain. Extremely light PET bottles also provide many benefits regarding environmental friendliness and sustainability. One excellent example of the lightweighting expertise of the KHS Group is the recent development of the world's lightest 0.5-liter PET bottle with a screw cap for highly carbonated beverages. With this KHS underlines again its international pioneering role in designing innovative packaging solutions and sustainable systems. With regard to the energy used during production, light PET bottles quickly pay off. The KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV from KHS Corpoplast shows just what is possible here. This latest generation of stretch blow molders not only produces up to 81,000 bottles per hour but also saves up to 40% energy compared to the previous model. This has also been confirmed by the awarding of a TÜV certificate for energy-efficient plant technology. In production not only is high machine and line availability important but also efficient changeovers to other formats, as most bottling plants produce many different types of product. These requirements have been taken into due consideration in the development of KHS stretch blow molders, giving customers a high degree of reliability and quality in their beverage production.

    All-round service for beneficial packaging systems KHS has grouped its bottle development services into a single program entitled Bottles & Shapes. In this program customers in the beverage and food industries profit from the PET and filler expertise and many years of experience in the bottle manufacturing process amassed by KHS' highly qualified personnel. Products and support services geared towards the continuous further development of PET packaging are at the heart of the program, with the aim on saving energy and resources. The spectrum ranges from brand-specific designs to the development of different bottle sizes through bottle stability and suitable closures to the finished bottle, which can then be efficiently further processed in filling and packaging companies.

    Success through innovative development Today, KHS Corpoplast is a leading international manufacturer of stretch blow molding technology and a competent partner for all issues surrounding the perfect PET bottle. Together with the KHS Group it offers a full portfolio of single machines and turnkey lines on the very strong growth market for PET filling and packaging machinery. Technical innovations which go far beyond stretch blow molding technology are developed by NMP Systems GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KHS GmbH. Example products include the film-free and thus sustainable Nature MultiPack™ and the Direct Print system for the direct digital printing of containers.
    "Our combined technology and expertise under the umbrella of the KHS Group create unique synergies, the results of which we pass on to our customers as holistic packaging systems with definitive market advantages. We want to continue to build on this ambition in the future, too," states Thomas Karell, managing director of KHS Corpoplast GmbH.
    (KHS Corpoplast GmbH)
    06.03.2015   Health ingredients for better performance and wellbeing    ( Company news )

    Company news Vitafoods 2015, booth H51: Kaneka unveils latest study results and concepts for products with Ubiquinol or Glavonoid™

    At Vitafoods, Kaneka Pharma Europe will showcase nutraceutical ingredients that improve performance and contribute to a healthy body. These include Ubiquinol, the active form of coenzyme Q10, which is crucial to the body’s energy production. Recent scientific findings show how Ubiquinol supplementation can be of further benefit to sportspeople and those who are under pressure at work. Besides Ubiquinol, the company will also present its Novel Food-approved licorice root extract Glavonoid™, which helps to reduce visceral fat.

    Due to its higher bioavailability, Ubiquinol can be taken up by the body more quickly and efficiently than conventional coenzyme Q10. A recent study has shown that the vitamin-like nutrient also prevents a decrease in red blood cell volume and haemoglobin levels during strenuous exercise. This could have an ergogenic effect, as haemoglobin carries oxygen to body tissues in order to provide energy. As a dietary supplement, Ubiquinol may therefore help athletes to achieve top performance.

    For more than a year now, Germany’s national weightlifting team has been using Ubiquinol in preparation for tournaments, with promising results: Performance and general wellbeing among the athletes has significantly improved. Many have also observed a noticeable enhancement in power and less exhaustion.

    Beside its role in energy production, Ubiquinol is the only endogenously synthesised lipid-soluble antioxidant, and it protects cell membranes from free radical damage. Another study has shown that regular intake of Ubiquinol reduces physical symptoms caused by stress in the workplace. Thus, Ubiquinol can enhance employee engagement, indicating its usefulness in stress management.

    At Vitafoods, Kaneka will also present Glavonoid™, a natural extract derived from licorice root, which offers support in fighting visceral fat. Its Novel Food status paves the way for use in a variety of new slimming and weight management products. The extract comes in oil form and can be used in nutritional supplements, as well as in functional food applications such as milk, yoghurt and fruit- or vegetable-based beverages. In Japan, Konami Sports & Life, a nationwide network of sports clubs, has successfully launched a Glavonoid™ supplement as part of its exercise and health programme. First products have also already entered the European market. These include Lipophedrine® from the French brand 3C Pharma, and xli.m Aktiv 130 capsules from the German company Biomo Pharma.
    (Kaneka Pharma Europe N.V.)
    05.03.2015   Barry-Wehmiller International Joins the PTC ServiceAdvantage™ Program ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Providing Enterprise Solutions

    Barry Wehmiller International (B-WI) has accepted an exclusive invitation to become a Certified Partner in the PTC ServiceAdvantage Program.

    As a Certified Partner of the program, B-WI has partnered with PTC to deliver the best solutions for product lifecycle management, content management, and dynamic publishing to PTC’s 40,000+ customers. The primary focus of the PTC ServiceAdvantage™ Program is to enable PTC customers to realize the full value from their investments in PTC® products and solutions. The program gathers the world’s top partners providing customers with domain expertise and sound understanding and knowledge of configuration and deployment of PTC products.

    “B-WI has successfully worked hand-in-hand with PTC as one of their leading technology partners. We are very excited to have the opportunity to also become a service partner, allowing us to further integrate the PTC product suite and our PLM and ALM services to major customers in North America,” said Jim Webb, Executive Partner at B-WI.

    With a global delivery team, B-WI’s PTC-Certified consultants deliver enterprise solutions that dramatically enhance time-to-market and operational excellence including Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), and Enterprise System Integrations across multiple platforms. Joining the program provides B-WI with the tools and support necessary to integrate its applications and services with PTC solutions. B-WI will work together with PTC providing complementary consulting, implementation, and other enterprise services to its customers.

    “We are pleased to have B-WI as a PTC ServiceAdvantage Partner,” said John Harrill, Partner Director at PTC. “Their broad PLM expertise and portfolio of large manufacturing customers made them a natural fit for our program and delivering solutions to PTC customers.”
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
    05.03.2015   ENGEL at Chinaplas 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news With four innovative applications for the automotive, teletronics, medical and packaging industries, ENGEL will again be giving an impressive demonstration of its great industry and system solution expertise at Chinaplas 2015 from 20th to 23rd May in Guangzhou, China. On board: The entire ENGEL robot product range; underlining the fact that automation is becoming increasingly important in Asia. The new ENGEL e-pic pick-and-place robot (photo) is celebrating its first outing in Asia at Chinaplas 2015.

    "Quality requirements in China are continuing to rise," as Gero Willmeroth, Sales and Service President at ENGEL Machinery (Shanghai) says in the run-up to Chinaplas. "The biggest challenge is reconciling increasing quality requirements with maximum efficiency and minimum unit cost." The key to this is tailored machine concepts, process integration and automation. In project business, in particular, it is important to not just be familiar with the requirements of the country markets, but also to understand the individual target industries. With its five business units, Automotive, Teletronics, Technical Moulding, Medical and Packaging, ENGEL is perfectly geared for this. Industry experts at ENGEL's headquarters in Schwertberg, Austria, cooperate closely with the subsidiaries, bundling know-how from global projects and defining important research and development focuses with their experience.

    ENGEL e-motion TL – making precision economical
    The latest machine innovation, the all-electric and tie-bar-less ENGEL e-motion TL, was designed specifically for manufacturing small precision parts, and premium optical components in the electronics industry. The objective here is to combine the highest levels of precision and productivity with maximum energy efficiency and an extremely compact machine design. In this market segment, all-electric machines are the standard. To offer highly compact manufacturing cells here, ENGEL combines all-electric drive technology with a tie-bar-less clamping unit in its ENGEL e-motion TL small-size machine.
    ENGEL will be using an ENGEL e‑motion 50/30 TL injection moulding machine with 300 kN clamping force at its trade fair stand to produce 60x board-to-board plug-in connectors in a 16-cavity mould. The very tight pin spacing of just 0.5 mm defines the required level of precision in this application. The machine's most important performance characteristics are an injection pressure of 3200 bar, an injection speed of 800 mm/s and acceleration of more than 40 m/s². At the same time, the high cavity count boosts productivity. Moulds with 4 to 8 cavities have generally been used in the production of FFC/FP connectors up to now.

    Tie-bar-less ENGEL victory boosts productivity-to-floor-space ratio
    Tie-bar-less injection moulding machines allow for extremely compact production cells, facilitate mould changing and support efficient automation. In its medical exhibition area, ENGEL will be demonstrating how these benefits can also be achieved in production in other industries featuring a hydraulic ENGEL victory tech tie-bar-less machine.
    As mould mounting platens on a tie-bar-less clamping unit can be used fully, right up to the edge of the platen, large and bulky moulds fit on relatively small machines. This means that in many cases a smaller machine can be used for the same mould size than compared to a machine with tie bars. The efficiency potential is particularly large in manufacturing complex components, the use of multi-cavity moulds as well as multi-component processes. What these applications have in common is that, although the moulds are large, the required clamping force is low, due to fairly small, projected part surfaces. All over the world, tie-bar-less injection moulding machines represent one of ENGEL's biggest revenue sources. The tie-bar-less ENGEL victory is the top-selling ENGEL machine in China.
    Other machines on exhibit at Chinaplas 2015 include an ENGEL duo 2550/600 large-size machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 20 linear robot in the Automotive exhibition area, and an all-electric ENGEL e-cap 440/100 injection moulding machine, which will be producing caps for drinks bottles with a 24-cavity mould at the stand of ENGEL partner HTW Formen- und Fertigungstechnik (Ludesch, Austria) in Hall 9.2 (B61).

    New ENGEL e-pic combines linear motion with a swivel arm
    Robots are increasingly becoming fixed components of any injection moulding machine in China. "The production of premium parts depends on reproducible cycle times, which can only be achieved through automation," says Gero Willmeroth, citing one of several factors that have caused the percentage of system solutions to continually grow in the order books of ENGEL Machinery (Shanghai). Another factor is that automation, as an integrated part of the process, supports new processes, component functions and product qualities, thus substantially improving the plastics processor's competitiveness.

    Chinaplas 2015 takes this trend into account with a special event. ENGEL is involved in the event with a second stand of its own in the "Robot Parade" in Hall 4.2, directly one floor above the ENGEL main stand. One highlight there is the new ENGEL e-pic small-size robot which will be presented for the first time in Asia. The objective in its product development was to be able to offer a powerful but economical solution for easy part removal, sprue separation and controlled depositing, grid depositing and stacking of small components. The totally new kinematics makes a decisive contribution towards achieving this by combining linear and swivelling movements. The swivel arm moves in the direction of the x-axis, which thus completely disappears or merges with the y-axis to form a single unit. This means that the ENGEL e-pic needs far less space than a linear robot in the direction of both the injection and clamping sides. It can be integrated within the injection moulding machine's safety perimeter, thus keeping the entire production cell compact. Another efficiency factor is the use of weight-optimised parts which keep the accelerated masses low. In this way, the servomotor-driven robot can thus achieve the shortest possible part removal cycles, and it only has low energy requirements. In comparison with linear robots of the same size, the ENGEL e-pic only needs half the amount of energy or even less.

    Equipped with its own control unit, the ENGEL e-pic robot is not exclusively designed for deployment on ENGEL injection moulding machines, but also for third-party machines without needing any machine-specific customisation. In combination with an ENGEL injection moulding machine, the robot can be integrated with the CC300 machine control unit. The robot and machine then access a shared database, thus enhancing process reliability and operator convenience, while achieving efficiency optimisations in production sequences. The control unit converts the rotary motion of the swivel arm into a linear movement. Users who are used to working with a linear robot do not need to learn new skills.
    In addition to the ENGEL e-pic, an ENGEL viper linear robot and an ENGEL easix multi-axis robot will also be taking part in the Robot Parade. With its three robot designs, ENGEL offers an efficient solution for a wide variety of handling tasks. On top of this, ENGEL's automation range includes peripheral components such as conveyor belts and tailored automation solutions.

    To be able to develop tailored automation solutions in China, too, ENGEL has established a team of automation specialists locally in the past few years. "We will again be increasing staff levels at our Automation Center in Shanghai this year," says Willmeroth.
    ENGEL has developed and built its own robots since 1980, and is the world's leading supplier of injection moulding process automation today.

    Best-in-class on-site service throughout the product lifecycle
    As technology advances, this has also led to increased demand for maintenance services in China. This explains why ENGEL is currently expanding both its local service network and training offerings. "We see a growing need for information and training in China, particularly in the area of processing technologies." says Gero Willmeroth. "It is important to us to support our customers in the best possible way throughout the entire service life of the injection moulding machine, robot and system solution. This is the added value that ENGEL offers its customers worldwide."
    ENGEL at Chinaplas 2015: Hall 4.1, Stand J41 and Halle 4.2, Stand K21 (Robot Parade)
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    04.03.2015   NETZSCH will be at the ANUGA FoodTec trade fair with its range of positive displacement pumps for ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... the food industry

    Once again, NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme will be at ANUGA FoodTec in Cologne from 24-27 March this year with its range of pumps for the food industry. Specialists from the successful mechanical engineering company will be available in hall 5.1 at stand C 059 to respond to requests and queries from customers.

    In addition to the NEMO® hygienic pump, visitors will also get to see the adjustable tempera-ture NEMO® pump with heating or cooling jacket, a hopper pump and a barrel emptying sys-tem at the stand, as well as the hygienic version of the TORNADO® rotary lobe pump and, last but not least, the Condux EasyClean® from sister company NETZSCH Mahlen & Dispergieren (Grinding & Dispersing).

    NETZSCH pumps are particularly suitable for sheer-sensitive, viscous and solid-containing media, but also for abrasive, thixotropic and dilatant products.
    (NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH)
    04.03.2015   Welcome to LOEHRKE at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news From March, 24th – 27th, 2015 the exhibition Anuga FoodTec in Cologne takes place. It 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. Focal points are innovations and technological visions.

    Visit us in hall 9 stand A 19
    LOEHRKE is one of the world’s leading supplier of innovative process and hygiene solutions for the food and beverage industry. In keeping with the motto „Solutions for a cleaner future“ focus is on process solutions and hygienic developments for tomorrow - also at the Anuga FoodTec. Discover the functionality of Cleenius® for robot-aided cleaning – perfect for tanks and containers. We will be delighted to draw up together with you the optimal solution for your production tasks. Please do not hesitate to contact us!
    LOEHRKE exhibits at this years’ Anuga FoodTec together with the French partner CLARANOR, provider of the chemical and water free disinfection technology PULSED LIGHT.

    Individual appointments
    We will be pleased to welcome you at our stand.
    Are you interested in an individualized consulting at the occasion of this fair? Please arrange your appointment in advance by calling Tel. +49-451-29307-13.

    Admission tickets? Be our guest!
    We invite you, to be our guest at Anuga Food Tec. With the LOEHRKE voucher code you can easily redeem your personal admission ticket online free of charge. You will get the voucher code on request. Please send us an informal email with your contact details to We immediately will provide you with your personal code. Please note that each code is good for only one admission ticket.

    We are looking forward to your visit at the LOEHRKE-booth in hall 9 stand A 19 – at Anuga FoodTec 2015!
    (Jürgen Löhrke GmbH)
    03.03.2015   France: Number of French breweries already surpassed 700    ( )

    Biotechnology Professor Frédéric Sannier is almost disconcerted by the success of the university degree he created at the University of La Rochelle in 2007. That's because the university has to refuse dozens of candidates every year, just one sign of the incredible resurrection of a practice that seemed destined to die out in the 1980s: the production of craft beer, reported last month.

    In 1985, there were just 22 breweries left in France, compared with more than 1,000 in 1926. Twenty of the country's 22 regions no longer had brewers, and there was little chance they'd find new ones, because the Minister of National Education had removed brewer degrees from university offerings.

    Twenty years later, France has 700 breweries, and a new one opens on average every three days. They are microbreweries with virtually secret production, often integrated into hotels or large regional brands that produce between 1,000 and 10,000 hectolitres per year. It's a rebirth explained both by the success of small American breweries and French enthusiasm for regional products.

    "The resurrection of breweries is especially linked to the regional sphere," says Pascal Chèvremont, executive director of the Association of French Brewers. "It actually started in regions with strong identities, such as Corsica or Brittany. New brewers integrated flavors such as chestnut, nougat or cranberry. And regional structures that promote specialties helped them."

    It's a breakthrough taking place under the watchful eye of the 19 major French brewers, which the small operators aren't threatening. "The major brewers alone concentrate 98.6% of the production," says Robert Dutin, author of The Guide for Brewers and Beers in France.

    They're not even in the same league. Kronenbourg produces an average of 6.7 million hectolitres per year, as opposed to just a few thousand for regional brewers. "It's benefiting the major brewers because these microbreweries, which convey an image of authenticity and quality, bring new people to drink beer," Frédéric Sannier says.

    The "specialty" beer sector is especially thriving. This enthusiasm came along at just the right time, when the industry was looking to move upmarket. "We want to show people that France is also a beer country," says Chèvremont.

    The industry received recognition last fall as part of an agricultural bill, which basically acknowledged that breweries are part of French cultural heritage. But there's still a long way to go. With 18.5 million hectolitres produced and 20 million consumed every year, France still ranks a lowly No. 26 in the 28-country European Union. Not surprisingly, people drink more beer in northern and eastern France, where there is also more production. But the weight of tradition and history don't explain everything. For example, the Rhône-Alpes region (near the French Alps) is an unexpected heartland for microbreweries.

    Will they stand the test of time? "We haven't noted many faults in these microbreweries," Chèvremont says.

    Many are launched virtually overnight by experienced enthusiasts now going through training. Surprisingly, no degree is currently required in France to set up a business. But acquiring the necessary equipment costs between 100,000 and 250,000 euros, and bankers will often only grant the seed money to those who have undergone training.

    Hence the enthusiasm for the La Rochelle university degree, for which students study chemistry, physics, marketing and process engineering. It's an intensive course of study to produce, at the end of the year, the school's own beer.
    03.03.2015   India: Hoegaarden back in India’s market thanks to complying with food ...    ( )

    ... regulator’s labelling norms

    Months after many imported beers, including Hoegaarden, disappeared from shops because of stricter enforcement of labelling rules, the Belgian beer is back in the market after the company’s local partner complied with the Indian food regulator’s norms, Livemint reported on February 12.

    Gurgaon-based RJ Corp. (Ravi Jaipuria), the local partner of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, adhered to Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI’s) norms that require importers to clearly state all ingredients of a beverage to be printed on the bottle label.

    “We have adapted labels where it was needed,” said Chris White, president and group chief executive officer of Gurgaon-based RJ Corp. “Our company always complies with local laws.”

    “We will be bringing in greater quantities in 2015 to satisfy demand,” added White.

    AB InBev also sells brands such as Budweiser—locally bottled in India, apart from importing beers such as Leffe, Hoegaarden and Stella Artois into the country.

    Trouble for food and beverage importers started in 2014 after FSSAI tightened labelling norms on products.

    According to the new norms, companies must list on the label all the ingredients used in the product in the form of imprints and not stickers. As a result of the new guideline, many imported foods and beverage items, including beers such as Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Corona and Victoria Bitter, were withdrawn from the market.

    Business at local breweries and bars across top metros suffered as imported beers were unavailable.

    “Stocks are back in the market in a sporadic manner,” said Rahul Singh, founder and chief executive of The Beer Café that runs close to 20 outlets in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Mohali and Amritsar.

    Demand for the Belgian beer, he adds, remained pent up, with consumers showing loyalty to the brand almost immediately, “we are seeing a very positive shelf take-off for the brand since it returned to the market.”

    Lack of stock, for over six months, led local pubs and breweries to turn to locally brewed imported style beer in the country to supplement demand for such brands that have found a niche in India’s domestic beer market dominated largely by United Breweries Ltd and SABMiller India.

    More urban, high-income groups have taken to more expensive imported beers over the past few years. The retail price of 330ml Hoegaarden is Rs.210.

    “Popularity of these brands is unprecedented,” added Singh.

    To be sure, the draught variant of the beer, however, still remains unavailable in the market.

    Retailers also have no clarity on when brands such as Stella Artois will be made available.

    The supply remains erratic, said Singh, adding that, even though the stock is back, it’s not easily available because of pent-up demand.

    Liquor companies are swiftly adhering to newer labelling norms, even as they continue to engage with the FSSAI for more simplified labelling regulations.

    “The goals of FSSAI are good ones, and we continue to work with the government as an industry body to make the process of compliance easier for members,” added White, also chairman of All India Brewers Association.
    03.03.2015   New Zealand: Total volume of alcoholic drinks available for consumption ...     ( )

    ... fell 2% last year

    New Zealand is saying no to mid-strength beer and spirits but yes to craft beers, low-alcohol beers and wine, 3 News reported on February 25.

    The total volume of alcoholic drinks available in New Zealand fell 9.4 million litres in 2014, a fall of two percent.

    This came after an 8.9 million litre rise in 2013.

    The biggest drops were in spirits (down 4.3 million litres) and beer (6.5 million litres).

    Beer availability was especially down in mid-strength beers, with increases being recorded in high-strength and low-strength beers.

    Low-strength beer available for consumption was 66 percent higher in 2014 than the previous year, Statistics NZ spokesman Jason Attewell said.

    "This rise may well have been due to the industry gearing up for the new blood-alcohol limits introduced at the end of 2014," he said.

    High-strength beer availability has nearly doubled since 2009 and reflects the growing demand for craft beers, he said.

    Wine availability was up 5.7 percent.

    The statistics show the volume of alcoholic beverages released to the market, and therefore available for consumption, rather than how much people actually drank.
    03.03.2015   Scotch Whisky - a vital UK industry    ( Company news )

    Company news -New research shows £5bn total contribution to the UK economy
    -Scotch Whisky supports 40,300 UK jobs

    Scotch Whisky is an iconic product recognised around the globe and new research published on28 January reveals its vast contribution to economic growth in Scotland and across the UK.

    'The Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky Production in the UK' report, commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) from 4-consulting, shows the industry contributes nearly £5 billion overall to the UK economy. For every £1 million of value added, the industry generates another £520,000 across the UK, for example in spending on suppliers in a range of sectors, from packaging to haulage.

    In terms of the value it adds to the UK economy, Scotch Whisky is bigger than a number of industries, such as iron and steel, textiles, shipbuilding and computing. It is also larger than other UK food and drink sectors, including meat, dairy, beer and soft drinks. In Scotland, it makes up almost three quarters of the food and drink sector and is three times the size of Scotland's digital or life sciences industries.

    Key findings of the report include:

    Overall economic contribution of Scotch Whisky industry to UK is almost £5bn (£4.956bn).
    Direct economic impact of industry, ignoring its wider economic benefits, is £3.3bn, up 21% since 2008.
    Each year, Scotch Whisky producers spend £1.8bn on suppliers. 90% of that expenditure is in the UK, including £1.4bn in Scotland. Dry goods, including bottles and packaging, cereals, energy and transport and distribution make up the majority of purchases.
    Capital expenditure makes up £140m of the total industry spend. Some 70% of that is outside Scotland in other parts of the UK and overseas. The specialist nature of capital equipment, such as machinery, vehicles and software, means it often has to be sourced from further afield, spreading the impact of the Scotch Whisky industry across a wide geographical area.
    The industry supports 40,300 jobs in the UK - up from around 35,000 in 2008 - in a range of sectors including glass manufacturing and labelling. This total includes 10,900 people directly employed by the industry in Scotland, up 6%.
    Every job in Scotch Whisky supports a further 2.7 British jobs.
    Scotch Whisky workers are among the most productive in Scotland - they are around four times as efficient in production as employees in aerospace, life sciences and the digital sectors.

    As well as supporting employment in towns and cities, for example in large bottling halls, Scotch Whisky is the lifeblood of many rural communities where it sustains 7,400 jobs, contributes around £900m in gross value added (GVA) and generates around £250m of income.

    Despite a slowdown in exports, the Scotch Whisky industry is expanding at unprecedented levels with around 30 new distilleries being planned or built across Scotland. Capital investment reached £142m in 2013, up 31% since 2008.

    Finally, Scotch exports are vital to the UK's balance of trade. They are worth around £4bn a year and without them the UK's trade deficit would have been 16% larger in 2013.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "This new report shows just how significant the Scotch Whisky industry is to the wider UK economy, adding £5bn of value, supporting over 40,000 jobs, and contributing £4bn to Britain's trade performance.

    Scotch Whisky must be recognised as a cultural asset that boosts growth and jobs, supports communities and combines the best of the traditional and the modern.

    "Given the scale and impact of the Scotch Whisky industry we believe the government should show its support. One way of doing so, in the short term, would be for the Chancellor to cut excise duty by 2% in the March Budget. It is unfair on the industry and consumers, and detrimental to the economy, that almost 80% of the average price of a bottle of Scotch is taxation."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    03.03.2015   USA & EU: EU brewers negotiating US tax breaks    ( )

    The U.S. is a craft beer nation, and the 2,768 craft breweries in the U.S. are proof of it. Although Americans would like to believe that they love craft beer more than any other nation, people across the pond would disagree with them. European breweries are more than just old world brewers, steeped in tradition and bound by outdated purity laws. Craft breweries are on the rise in Europe, producing innovative and novel beers as much as any American brewery. In fact, the E.U. has over 5,000 breweries, the majority of which would be considered “craft” breweries, Forbes reported on February 24.

    As such, it shouldn’t be surprising that American brewers and European brewers collaborate with each other. Evil Twin, a gypsy brewery from Denmark, and Westbrook Brewing Co., a South Caroline brewery, have produced some of the most praised brews in the craft beer world.

    American and European brewers are also sharing facilities to bring their beers to market without compromising quality. Green Flash Brewing Co., a California brewery, has a deal with St. Feuillien, a Belgian brewery, to produce their West Coast IPA in Europe.

    Stone Brewing Co. from California has plans to open a brewery in Berlin (and in Virginia) later this year or early next year, bringing their beer directly to the German beer drinker and closer to craft beer fans throughout Europe.

    With all the similarities and relationships between the U.S. and E.U. beer markets, why does the U.S. demand unequal tax treatment?

    Both the E.U. and U.S. grant a tax break to small brewers. In the U.S., small breweries pay a lower excise tax, $7 per barrel, on the first 60,000 barrels of beer and $18 per barrel thereafter. The U.S. does not extend this lower tax rate to small foreign breweries even though the E.U. extends American small breweries that sell in the E.U. a preferential rate.

    While the wisdom of carving out an exemption for small breweries is circumspect in general, the tax asymmetry has caused some tension between the U.S. and E.U. during the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. European brewers see the tax preference for only small American brewers as anti-competitive. They want the TTIP agreement to include a provision that extends the small brewery tax rate to European breweries.

    The European brewers have a point. Brewers should compete on the quality of their beer at a particular price point. Where the brewery is located should only matter as far as it relates to production and transportation costs.

    The unwillingness of the U.S. to extend the same benefits to European small breweries suggests they don’t believe U.S. brewers can compete without the protection.

    The reality is that not extending the reduced rate to European small breweries is only hurting the U.S. beer consumer, observers say. It keeps the U.S. consumer from enjoying the talents of European brewers.

    Representatives of the European brewing industry have reported a positive receptions to the proposal and are optimistic the equal treatment of small breweries will be included in the final TTIP agreement.
    03.03.2015   USA: AB InBev to continue to expand its regional and national craft brands    ( )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to continue to expand the market share of regional and national craft brands like Shock Top and Goose Island in the United States this year, while also adding new flavors to other beer options and expand market share in the cider category, Fortune reported on February 26.

    The maker of Budweiser and Stella Artois outlined plans for 2015 as it reported a 7.6% jump in fourth quarter revenue, with per-share earnings for the period rising to $1.54 from $1.46 a year ago. But in the U.S., the beer maker remained challenged. Beer sales to retailers slid 1.4%, while Anheuser-Busch estimated the overall industry reported flat sales.
    02.03.2015   DRINKS CONCEPTS FOR EMOTIONAL WELLBEING     ( Company news )

    Company news Sensient Flavors presents a holistic approach to enhancing emotional states in a gentle way Uplifting, Energizing, Relaxing and Calming

    Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that respond to the rising demand for products that influence and balance our emotional state in a gentle, natural way. Health and wellness benefits are no longer simply a matter of physical nourishment; the emotional influence of foods and drinks is also an important consideration. With that in mind, these new products support manufacturers as they strive to create successful “emotion drinks”.

    Sensient is enabling its customers to capitalize on this trend by taking a “soft” approach. Their holistic concepts tap into the power of berries and are based on findings of how color psychology can influence our moods. The results of which are drinks that deliver a range of harmonious color-flavor combinations and correspond to a variety of emotional states.

    The four basic concept lines are Relaxing-green, Calming-blue, Uplifting-yellow and Energizing-red. For example, Sensient’s Calming concept combines the juicy, ripe flavor of blueberry with a hop extract, whereas the Relaxing version features gooseberry and hop. Fruity sea buckthorn and ripe apricot notes give the Uplifting drink its distinct taste and Energizing benefits from hints of redcurrant, strawberry and ginger to boost both body and soul. These four base concepts can be adjusted individually to create bespoke products with additional functional ingredients. In addition, Sensient’s flavoring experts can help to mask undesirable off-notes while maintaining a highly desirable overall flavor impact.

    Hans-Juergen Sachs, General Manager, Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe, comments: “In our stressful lives, the need for mood balancing food and drinks has steadily increased, to calm us down or to give us an emotional boost. Especially the tea sector currently demonstrates the potential this ‘mood market’ offers. With our holistic concepts for mood drinks, we can help customers to capitalize on this exciting opportunity for versatile beverages.”
    (Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe)
    27.02.2015   Holy moly, it's Cocoa Molé!    ( Company news )

    Company news So, big news here: Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé is back. Yep, you read that correctly. Our spicy, chocolaty porter is back on shelves after about a three-year hiatus. If you’re familiar with it, well chances are you’ve stopped reading this already and are on your way to the store. Godspeed, dear friend. As for everyone else, let’s chat about this kickass beer.

    Cocoa Molé is the brainchild of New Belgium’s assistant brewmaster Grady Hull. Hull loves his wife’s chicken molé, or more specifically, he really loves the molé sauce she makes. So, a few years back, while coming up with ideas for a new seasonal beer, Hull’s favorite sauce crossed his mind. He pitched the idea, and then headed out to a Denver spice shop with brewmaster Peter Bouckaert to sample some chilies.

    “We started tasting peppers, like ancho, chipotle, guajillo, and then went through various kinds of cocoa—fair trade if possible,” remembers Hull. Add to that some cinnamon, and a molé beer started taking shape.

    Back at the brewery, a total of five malts rounded out the beer’s porter base—from Caramel 80 to Chocolate Rye—while specialty ingredients ancho, chipotle and guajillo peppers, Vietnamese cinnamon, and cocoa powder gave the beer its south-of-the-border kick. The result was a rich 9%-ABV porter that balanced sweet with spicy, and sipped stunningly well alongside a gooey plate of nachos (or chicken molé!). Now, bringing it to the present tense, this beer’s back and just as amazing the second time around.
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
    27.02.2015   The Simei development plan recognised by the Ministry of Economic Development     ( Company news )


    “For the first time, the events and not the exhibition organisers will be recognised." This is the revolution brought by the extraordinary plan for the Made in Italy brand presented in Milan by the Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, during a meeting organised at the ICE, (the Italian Trade Commission) with Aefi, the Association of Italian Exhibition and Fairs. A plan that for trade fairs alone is putting on the plate 48 million Euros for 2015 and will finance some forty events from strategic sectors of national industry: fashion, food, mechanics, design and services. And among the fairs that have been accepted for the extraordinary plan for the Made in Italy brand, there is also Simei, International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition, due to be held in Milan from 3 to 6 November later on this year. “A figure - Calenda explained – is part of a three-year investment package for the promotion of Made in Italy exports as a whole, which for the first year will allocate a total of 261 million euros ". Just to give an idea, this 261 million is six times the average public investment over the past five years, and the 48 intended for trade fairs is 10 times more. "We are guilty of a delay in our administration role - Deputy Calenda emphasised - the Government is doing only half of its duty and late, but the way these funds have been collected, some recovered from expenditure items scattered between the Ice and the Ministry, and the actual ways they have been disbursed have required careful evaluation on our part and a close discussion with the industry. By putting on the plate this unprecedented figure, from this year we are officially stopping showering funds on fair organisations to focus on exhibitions and good projects presented instead". In short, no more general partition based on the size of the exhibition area, but nominal allocation to the fair/event. "We are starting with them- said Calenda- to revive the sector and the entire national panorama of Italian fairs, which in recent years have suffered from the better organisation of the Germans, the French and the British. We need to look to the events, to the events that are market leaders in the major sectors, such as fashion, mechanics, but have undergone intense competition from foreign events over the past few years. Here there is a strategic need to maintain leadership. But we have also looked at events operating in niches, that is small fairs in highly strategic sectors for our entrepreneurial fabric, made of small and micro enterprises ". How were the fairs selected? "The evaluation and allocation of funding – Calenda explained - was based on four criteria: that the fair was among the top five in the world in its field; that in the project presented there was no interest to compete in Italy with other similar fairs, but rather to work together if necessary; the presentation of a competitive plan that detailed the way to increase buyers, side events, expand market share and raise the quality and quantity of content. For the fairs organised abroad, the condition was that they were together with far-reaching events." "For the evaluation of the projects – Calenda continued – we obviously didn’t examine the financial plans and management of the fairs, this aspect cannot interest us. What interests us is providing energy for the relaunch of highly qualified projects. That is why this 48 million was not distributed based on the size of the event but according to specific needs. Therefore, a small fair, by virtue of the greater strategic needs, may have received more funds than a larger one, which required less structural corrections. This is because we decided to say enough to the partitions, enough with the logic of the Yes to all ".
    (Unione Italiana Vini soc. coop. )
    26.02.2015   Australia: Craft beer industry grew by about 40% last year    ( )

    While Australia’s beer consumption on the whole is at its lowest point in more than a half century, the craft beer market is booming and changing the way the industry targets consumers, CCTV-America reported on February 19.

    Inside an old warehouse on Sydney’s west side you’ll find two men carefully crafting a business.
    “It’s very hands on, it’s very tactile. I think in some ways its an art form,” said Pat McInerney.

    They’re using old dairy equipment to brew a line of beers marketed under the name Willie the Boatman.

    They entered the nation’s craft beer market just 9 months ago and the timing couldn’t be better.

    “The beer industry in Australia at the moment is pretty much going through a number of changes,” said McInerney.

    Beer consumption nationally is at a 65 year low in a country where beer has long been a part of the culture. Sales for major producers is shrinking at about 6 percent a year, but one segment of the industry is growing by about 40 percent last year alone. The sale of craft beers.

    “The wine industry has probably helped up in that people started to get discerning about wine and now people are feeling they can do the same with beer,” said Nick Newey of Willie The Boatman.

    It’s more than just a trend. The Australian Craft Brewers association says in the last decade the number of craft brewers has grown to more than 200. The industry is now worth an estimated A$124 million a year.
    26.02.2015   Australia: Investigation into beer giants’ draught beer market practices ...    ( )

    ... elevated to ‘priority matter’ for Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

    An investigation into Australia's two big beer giants, Lion and Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), has been elevated to a "priority matter" for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on February 16.

    A team is believed to have been assigned to explore allegations that Lion and CUB – which control more than 90 per cent of beer taps through brands such as Tooheys and VB – are using their dominance to edge out rival brewers from the A$2.5 billion draught beer market.

    It doesn't get much bigger than beer, and even a whiff of an alleged breach of the law has put the regulator on high alert. In the past year it has been in contact with Lion and CUB.

    Lion said it "can confirm it has co-operated fully with the ACCC in relation to its inquiries into the Australian draught beer market. However, it will be inappropriate for us to make further comment at this time."

    ACCC chairman Rod Sims confirmed that the investigation into the wholesale supply of beer to pubs was continuing and "that it is a priority matter for us". He said he couldn't go into detail, except that "we are in contact with many hotels and event organisers".

    Mr Sims is expected to unveil the commission's top priorities for 2015 at a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia in Sydney on February 20. The ACCC has 100 active investigations but beer is believed to be one of the regulator's top 10 priorities.

    Mr Sims has previously said misuse of market power, including the lessening of competition, "strikes at the heart of companies and business systems".

    Last year he took Pfizer Australia to court alleging misuse of market power and exclusive dealing in relation to the supply of a particular product to pharmacies.

    He also took aim at supermarket giant Coles and the misuse of its market power in relation to the treatment of 220 suppliers. In this case the ACCC alleged unconscionable conduct, which Coles settled in December, agreeing to pay a A$10 million fine, enter an enforceable undertaking with the ACCC and set up a formal review process for up to 220 suppliers with combined sales of A$660 million.

    If the ACCC can build a case that such exclusive dealing in the brewing industry results in a substantial lessening of competition, the legal axe will fall on the big brewers.

    But it will be a complex and time-consuming investigation given the size of the ACCC's budget and the multifaceted market.

    For starters, there are numerous exclusive contracts across retail and hospitality. The most notable examples are coffee shops, which enter contracts to sell particular brands in return for various inducements including rebates and machines, and fast food chains which enter deals to sell exclusive soft drinks.

    The ACCC will need to determine the market. Not all pubs sign contracts and some craft brewers don't have their own breweries, so the issue of supply has been a problem for some of the smaller ones.

    It will also need to determine the dominant players and whether competition is being harmed. It must then look at whether these contracts are constraining growth in the craft beer market by stifling competition.

    The ACCC has already amassed a pile of information, including emails and contracts, after writing to brewers and publicans last year outlining a listed of very pointed questions.

    "Does your company have an exclusive distribution arrangement with any customers for the supply of draught beer? If so identify those customers," it asked, as well as questions such as "Does your business face difficulties in negotiating supply of draught beer?"

    On February 11, consumer advocacy group Choice issued a statement saying it had completed its own investigation into Lion and CUB and concluded they are "locking out genuine Aussie craft beers from the taps at your favourite local pub".

    Choice based its findings on a contract, still in force, for the supply of tap beer, which demanded exclusive access for Foster's Group (now called CUB). Clauses include the beer giant as the exclusive supplier of all light-strength beer, all low-carbohydrate draught beers, all domestic premium and sub-premium draught beers, all imported draught beers, all specialty and craft draught beers and all draught spirits and cider.

    A CUB spokesman said it wasn't unusual for publicans to enter into contracts for the provision of beer, spirits and wine, adding that it was a long-standing practice. In relation to beer, he said many of the contracts included discounts on the keg price and investment in the pub such as cool rooms, tap lines and fridges and so on.

    "Drinkers want choice, so while 30 per cent of our venues are under contract, we're increasingly finding they are not just exclusive to CUB," he said.

    Interestingly, under the US Federal Alcohol Administration Act it is unlawful to have exclusive contracts in a venue contracted to a brewery. The US act also includes a commercial bribery clause which bans any inducements if the direct effect is to "prevent, deter, hinder or restrict other persons from selling or offering for sale" any distilled spirits, wine, or malt beverages "in interstate or foreign commerce by commercial bribery or by offering or giving any bonus, premium or compensation to any … representative of the trade buyer".

    Craft beer represents 2 per cent of the Australian beer market, according to research house IBISWorld, but it is a high-stakes game for the big brewers as consumers turn away from mainstream beer and move towards craft beer.

    To put it into perspective, the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that beer consumption is at its lowest level in 67 years, falling more than half its peak of the mid-1970s.

    In contrast, craft beer might only represent 2 per cent of the overall beer market, but it is growing at more than 10 per cent a year. The number of craft breweries has more than doubled in the past decade to more than 175.

    The heat is most certainly on. Last year the ACCC went in hard on CUB, finding it more than A$20,000 for misleading labelling on its Byron Bay Pale Lager, which suggested the beer was brewed by a small craft brewer in Byron Bay when it was brewed hundreds of kilometres away by CUB.

    The company also entered a court-enforceable undertaking with the ACCC, with Mr Sims sending a strong message about his thinking in this area: "Many small brewers cater to consumers who prefer to support small, niche businesses.

    "When large companies portray themselves as small businesses, it undermines the unique selling point that such small businesses depend upon, and it misleads consumers."

    Lion heard the message and decided to put its name on all its Australian manufactured beers to make it clear for consumers it is the ultimate owner of the brand. It started with its James Squire labels and will roll it out across the portfolio over the next year.

    But it is not enough to appease the independent craft brewers who want the ACCC to turn up the heat, before it is too late.

    Melbourne craft brewer Thunder Road Brewing Company said in a statement it believed the big brewers were targeting craft brewers to even worse effect in the past year.

    "In our view, without regulatory intervention, the big two multinational brewers will keep targeting small brewers and kill off craft brewing in this country. Their approach seems to be 'buy the competition or buy the taps'."

    With Coca-Cola Amatil, the supermarkets and others moving into the craft beer space, the issues will only get bigger.
    26.02.2015   Brazil: Experts say now is the moment to invest in Brazil’s craft beer segment    ( )

    When Brazil’s AmBev, a subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, acquired control of Brazilian craft beer maker Wals earlier this month for an undisclosed sum, the company was setting its sights on a growing segment of the industry that has already generated over $700 million a year in sales and expanded by double-digit percentages each year. AmBev’s stake in Brazil’s beer market is about 70%, Forbes reported on February 18.

    Founded in 1999 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Wals had revenues of $3.16 million last year, just a fraction of AB InBev’s $43.17 billion in 2013. However, the company has managed to become one of the top players in Brazil’s craft beer market, which consists of more than 300 small breweries whose main products sell for as much as three times the price of industrial beer brands. The deal works both ways; the maker of Budweiser and Bud Light can combat soft sales by buying up popular craft brewers, and sell to a public willing to pay more for better quality.

    It seems like this is the moment to invest in craft beer brands. While in the United States the craft beer industry already accounts for over 108,000 jobs, 6.5% of the total volume produced, and 10.2% of total beer sales, in Brazil these small breweries represent just about 0.15% of the total Brazilian beer market, considered the third-largest in the world.

    The room for growth is enormous. Retail giant Grupo Pao de Acucar, which sells 150 brands of craft beer, has seen sales grow by an outstanding 80% annually. They are expected to represent 2% of the Brazilian beer market within the next 10 years. As a result, Pao de Acucar started training employees in several Brazilian cities to teach them beer culture and features, a process similar to developing wines and cheeses connoisseurs.

    It is a market that is attracting companies from other areas too. Rexam already produces the cans for several Brazilian craft beer brands, including Germania, New Age and Colonia Pilsen, and has recently introduced new technologies like the use of thermo chronic ink, which makes the can art change color when the beer’s temperature reaches 8 degrees Celsius. In addition, there are now many websites specializing in selling craft beer to customers all over Brazil.

    Eyeing the segment’s growth, the SEBRAE System, Brazil’s small business support department, is preparing to launch a producer training program to help small beer makers suit the market’s rules. Today, six brands are already part of the program.

    Naturally, new challenges begin to emerge as the craft beer industry grows. The tax burden, which affects the competition with imported beers, is one of them. Taxes now account for about 50% of the total production cost of a special beer. Not to mention the arrival of a variety of new players who have discovered the industry in recent years.

    As for Wals, it is already on pace to becoming a high-end brand. Today the company produces about 25,000 bottles of beer every month (500 hectolitres), 1,000 of which are produced according to the Champenoise method, the traditional procedure for the production of champagne and characterized by a secondary fermentation in bottle. A 750ml bottle of Wals Brut Champagne can cost up to $100. Wals also operates 16 other beer labels, including seasonal ones.

    The microbrewery is also set to merge with AmBev’s Bohemia, Brazil’s oldest brewery. According to AmBev’s marketing director Daniel Wakswaser, the merger will create a new company, whose name has not been defined yet. The owners of Wals, Tiago Carneiro and Jose Felipe Carneiro, will have a stake in the new company. Wakswaser also stated that AmBev is considering other deals of that kind in Brazil.

    AmBev’s onwer Anheuser-Busch InBev is controlled by Brazilian billionaire trio Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Herrmann Telles and Carlos Alberto Sicupira, who are respectively ranked by FORBES as the first, the third and the fourth richest individuals in Brazil.

    Following is the full list with The 30 Best Craft Beers Available In Brazil, as compiled by AllBeers, a Brazilian website for beer sommeliers, and published by food and beverages magazine Prazeres da Mesa:

    1. Duchesse de Bourgogne (Belgium)

    2. Morada Hop Arabica (Brazil)

    3. Colorado Ithaca (Brazil)

    4. North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (United States)

    5. Morada Double Vienna (Brazil)

    6. Tripel Karmeliet (Belgium)

    7. Tupiniquim Omnipollo Polimango (Brazil)

    8. Chimay Bleue (Belgium)

    9. Bodebrown Cacau IPA (Brazil)

    10. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (United States)

    11. Brewdog Punk IPA (United Kingdom)

    12. Schornstein IPA (Brazi)

    13. Bierland Vienna (Brazil)

    14. Eisenbahn 5 (Brazil)

    15. Orval (Belgium)

    16. Cafuza Imperial India Black Ale (Brazil)

    17. Wals Dubbel (Brazil)

    18. Seasons Green Cow IPA (Brazil)

    19. Jupiter American Pale Ale (Brazil)

    20. Eisenbahn Lust (Brazil)

    21. Dum Petroleum (Brazil)

    22. Mula IPA (Brazil)

    23. Wals Session Citra (Brazil)

    24. BodeBrown Perigosa (Brazil)

    25. Duvel (Beligum)

    26. Bamberg Franconian Rhapsody (Brazil)

    27. Delirium Tremens (Belgium)

    28. Burgman Casanova (Brazil)

    29. Landel Session IPA (Brazil)

    30. Tally-Ho (United Kingdom)
    26.02.2015   Canada: Canada Revenue Agency abolishes beer and spirits purchase barriers ...    ( )

    ... between provinces

    Canada Revenue Agency announced on February 13 that Canadians will now be able to purchase beer and spirits in provinces where they don't live and bring them home for personal use, Xinhua reports.

    The measure removes unnecessary red tape and is expected to benefit independent breweries and distilleries in communities across Canada by opening up regional markets and generating jobs.

    Amendments to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA) remove federal barriers and now allow individuals to move beer and spirits from one province to another for personal use.

    They were adopted as part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2014 and follow the government's elimination of similar barriers in 2012 in order to permit the interprovincial movement of wine for personal use.

    Under the IILA, imports of alcohol must be done by a provincial liquor board or other agency authorized by the province to sell alcohol. This provision has not changed as a result of the amendments.

    As provincial liquor laws govern the movement, sale, purchase and possession of wine, beer, and spirits within each province, changes to these laws are often also required to allow interprovincial movement. Since the previous amendment in 2012, both British Columbia and Manitoba allow personal importations of wine.

    The Government of Canada is encouraging all provinces to support this measure and enact the necessary laws to facilitate and encourage interprovincial trade.

    The IILA is a federal law that controls the importation of beer, wine, and spirits into Canada and between provinces. It was enacted in 1928 at the request of the provinces after the revocation of their liquor prohibition laws.

    Under Statistics Canada, the beer and liquor stores and agencies sold 21.4 billion Canadian dollars worth of alcoholic beverages during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, up 2.2 percent from the previous year. There are over 485 federally licensed breweries across the country, and nearly 150 distilleries.

    According to a 2013 study by the Conference Board of Canada, the beer economy supports one out of every 100 jobs in Canada and generates 5.8 billion Canadian dollars in government revenues in the form of product, income, and corporate taxes.
    26.02.2015   Canada: Canada’s distilling industry crippled by high markups at liquor outlets    ( )

    Crippling markups at liquor outlets are stunting the growth of domestic distillers and efforts to expand global markets for Canadian-made spirits, Patrick O’Driscoll, CEO of Hiram Walker & Sons, was quoted as saying by The Windsor Star on February 6.

    “The spirits industry in Canada has the lowest profitability of any market around the world,” O’Driscoll said. “So, to try and push it any lower could be a very dangerous situation for this industry.”

    In Windsor to celebrate the launch of a new C$9-million bottling line at the historic distillery and bottling plant, O’Driscoll said such investments are uncommon in Canada because of the high burden of taxation.

    “The net result of high markups means that companies like mine are operating on lower margins, making it difficult to invest in future business,” he said. “Opening up new markets for Canadian whisky is an expensive investment, and that’s one of the things that has held back the development of Canadian whisky globally.”

    In Ontario, 77 cents of every retail dollar goes to federal and provincial coffers, leaving suppliers with a gross margin of 23 cents – substantially lower than that of beer and wine, said O’Driscoll.

    The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is under pressure to generate more revenue for a cash-strapped provincial government.

    While he commended the LCBO’s marketing of Canadian-made whiskys and liqueurs, O’Driscoll said the industry cannot afford a bigger tax hit.

    Genevieve Tomney, spokeswoman for the LCBO, defended the current markup structure as “consistent for many years and completely transparent.”

    “The same mark-up applies equally to all spirits suppliers who compete on a level playing field for sales to Ontarians,” she said, adding that “LCBO prices are consistently among the lowest in Canada.”

    Tomney said the LCBO was committed to investigate ways of expanding the spirits industry.

    If Ontario were serious about growing the industry, it would lower markups and end the LCBO monopoly on the sale of spirits, said Jay Westcott, president of Spirits Canada.

    “Unlike beer and wine, spirits, unfortunately, can only be sold in LCBO stores,” said Westcott. “It’s worth noting that although spirits account for only 29 per cent of all of the alcohol Ontarians consume, they pay 42 per cent of all the Ontario taxes generated by alcohol. The consequence of this over-indexing is that Ontario distillers like Hiram Walker and others have far less money available to invest in growing their businesses than do our direct competitors in the beer and wine sectors.”

    High markups, he said, are hampering the industry’s efforts to capitalize on the growing global popularity of brown liquors in general and Canadian rye whisky specifically.

    “Our industry exports are expected to total about C$700 million this year,” he said. “But we have the potential to reach C$1.5 billion.”

    “There’s huge consumer interest in our brands. We’ve produced Canadian icons for decades — J.P. Wiser, Crown Royal, Canadian Club — many of which are made in the Windsor area. But you need money in your jeans to develop those markets. We don’t have the resources to do this.”

    Hiram Walker & Sons is one of the region’s largest employers, providing jobs for 280 people.

    The distillery and bottling facility also supports Ontario farmers by purchasing 4.2 million bushels of local grain annually.

    Over the last 10 years, Hiram Walker has invested C$80 million into the Windsor site.

    A new C$9-million production line will increase capacity by 230,000 cases per year. It will also allow the plant to produce small production volumes and build greater flexibility for new product innovation.

    “Like our colleagues in Ontario’s other beverage alcohol sectors, our products are virtually 100 per cent made-in-Ontario from Ontario agricultural materials — corn, wheat, rye — and support jobs and economic activity right across the province,” said Jan Westcott, president of Spirits Canada. “Yet, we do not obtain the same consideration from government when it comes to accessing consumers, government support or the taxes imposed on people who buy and drink our products.”

    The Windsor plant produces the following brands: McGuinness Liqueurs, Meaghers Liqueurs, Old Canada, Special Old, Lot 40, Pike Creek, Polar Ice Vodka, Wiser’s 18 YR Old, Wiser’s Legacy, Wiser’s, Wiser’s Deluxe, Nostra Nera Black Sambuca, Barclay’s Brandy.

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