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    22.05.2015   Castle Malting at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Castle Malting® will be delighted to meet you at Copenhagen Beer Festival on 28-30 May: Booth 09 (Brewolution).

    We are happy to offer a full range of malts for any type of beer or whisky a creative brewer or distiller may think of: more than 70 types of base and specialty malts - from the palest to the darkest kind – from barley, wheat, and other cereals, a full range of organic malts, and peated malts in a complete range of phenol intensities for brewing and distilling. Together with malt we supply all ingredients you may need for brewing: more than 100 varieties of hops from all over the world, spices for very special beers, Belgian candy sugars, and standard or personalized crown caps.

    Copenhagen Beer Festival will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn all about the wide range of products and services we are always glad to put at your disposal.

    Should you want to fix a firm appointment, please don't hesitate to let us know your preferred date and time. We will confirm by return, in accordance with our agenda.

    We are looking forward to meeting you at Copenhagen Beer Festival!
    (Castle Malting S.A.)
     
    21.05.2015   Ball Packaging Europe Debuts Ground-Breaking 'Integrated Straw Solution' in Poland    ( Company news )

    Company news Limited-edition packaging to be realized in tandem with beverage brand Sulimar Brewery

    The satisfying opening of the 25-centiliter slim can just got a lot more interesting, as the highly-anticipated launch of Ball Packaging Europe’s integrated straw solution has landed in the Polish market. The debut of this inventive ‘in-can’ technology, designed to initiate consumer excitement and “chatter” when opened, is the result of close collaboration between Ball and Polish-based Sulimar Brewery.

    It is the official debut of Ball’s integrated straw solution to the global market. Featuring a self-activated straw, which ‘magically’ appears once the tab of the can is engaged, this smartly engineered mechanism merges modern convenience with a touch of ‘WOW’ to the overall consumer drinking experience. To further advance the solutions appeal, Ball can laser logos, simple images and messages directly onto the exterior of the straw – a notable differentiator in this highly competitive marketplace.

    Set to launch in Poland by innovative beverage maker Sulimar, the integrated straw solution features in one of the brand’s key drink offerings, Cornelius Grapefruit. The popular flavoured beer, which was previously available in bottles only, was now launched in the premium Ball can – a trailblazing move by Sulimar. With Cornelius Grapefruit’s primary consumer base made up of women, this in-can straw is a strategic opportunity to speak to those within a market that are often not comfortable drinking out of a can. In addition, with the can’s slimmed down nature, it also caters to the global move by health-conscious men and women alike to control their portion intake.

    “Our cans always give consumers something more than just packaging. The integrated straw mechanism is no exception,” says Tomasz Janowski, general manager at Ball. “This can solution is convenient for parties and multiple on-the-go occasions and brings a fun element to enjoying a beverage. We anticipate that this innovation will be well received by consumers and see it as an exciting opportunity for Ball to launch this technology in a progressive market like Poland.”

    Sulimar brewery played an active role in preparing for the launch by conducting extensive testing with this new packaging format. To realize its market debut, Sulimar developed a close cooperation with the Żabka chain stores to sell the cans in key regions throughout Poland.

    “Cornelius Grapefruit is one of the most popular drinks among our consumers and because of this, we thought to further brand visibility by launching our product in the integrated straw cans,” says Mariusz Supady, owner of the Sulimar brewery. “We hope that the convenience and innovative character of the can, combined with Cornelius’s new graphic design, will appeal to our main target group – women, as well as the men who often convert to flavored beers as a refreshing summertime drink.”

    The Polish market launch of the Cornelius Grapefruit cans began the week of April 20. This limited edition launch is supported by a national TV advertising campaign and social media engagement.
    (Ball Packaging Europe)
     
    20.05.2015   Gluten-free beer: Indulgence with no compromises     ( Company news )

    Company news Patented Doehler technology allows production of gluten-free beers based on barley or wheat

    Until now, the only way to produce gluten-free beers was using gluten-free raw materials such as millet, buckwheat, rice or corn. The taste of these products is not comparable to that of beer brewed in the traditional way. A special technology, developed and patented by Doehler, now makes it possible to remove virtually all the gluten from traditionally-brewed beer. All that remains in the end product is traces of gluten so low that the beers can be marketed as “gluten-free”. Their taste is indistinguishable from that of conventional beers.
    The technology Doehler has developed can be integrated into the classic brewing process without significant modifications and is based on enzyme treatment with the subsequent filtration steps: During the fermentation and maturation process, enzyme treatment is used to connect proteins containing gluten so that the gluten fractions can be removed in the subsequent filtration process. The required enzymes are produced in the conventional way, i.e. without the use of genetically-modified microorganisms. The Doehler technology for gluten reduction is unique in the world in terms of its GMO-free status. In alternative enzyme processes for the production of gluten-free beer, gluten is merely broken down into smaller fragments, which remain in the beverage.
    For people suffering from coeliac disease, consuming gluten leads to inflammation of the mucous membrane of the small intestine, leading to a considerable impact on health. Around one per cent of the population worldwide suffers from coeliac disease. Furthermore, another six to ten per cent of people are sensitive to gluten and therefore look for gluten-free alternatives. In addition, more and more people who neither suffer from gluten sensitivity nor coeliac disease are opting for gluten-free products. Given these developments, the number of gluten-free products around the world rose by an average of around 20% per year between 2009 and 2014.
    Doehler's patented technology makes it possible to produce gluten-free beer based on 100% barley or wheat malt, without the use of genetically-modified substances. The beers produced using this process display the same taste and quality properties as beers containing gluten.
    Any brewery can use the technology described for the enzyme treatment of their own wort under licence. Experts from Doehler provide support in implementing the processes and defining the ideal level of enzyme treatment, and provide assistance for test production and gluten analyses. In addition, Doehler provides all the necessary enzymes.
    Alternatively, Doehler offers a portfolio of wort concentrates that are already gluten-free. These concentrated beer worts form the basis of high-quality beers that can either be brewed individually in the brewhouse or readied for fermentation straight away. Doehler thus offers breweries, micro-breweries and home brewers multiple options for brewing top-quality, gluten-free beers.
    (DöhlerGroup)
     
    20.05.2015   Here is the premium choice in hygienic applications     ( Company news )

    Company news From both economic and environmental standpoints, gasketed plate heat exchangers are attractive choices for heating and cooling in hygienic applications.
    Optimized gasketed plate heat exchangers enable reliable production, easy cleaning and energy efficient operation and are vital to supply safe and competitive products.

    Every single detail contributes to a top class gasketed plate heat exchanger:

    Gentle product treatment
    Heating of food and other products produced in hygienic industries to the right pasteurization temperatures often requires gentle product treatment to prevent product damage from burning or over-processing. Versatile heat exchangers that handle complex and demanding ingredients, contribute to product integrity and higher productivity. For efficient heat transfer that provides gentle product treatment, the Alfa Laval FrontLine range of gasketed plate heat exchangers is the premium choice.

    Great flexibility
    Alfa Laval FrontLine gasketed plate heat exchangers offer great flexibility as they can be supplied with stainless steel frames and clip plates especially suited to your processing tasks. A unique herringbone plate pattern with optimized pressing depths and plate material provides gentle, uniform heat transfer of sensitive hygienic products. Including products with viscosities up to 5000 cPs, with small particles and limited fibre lengths or products that require pressure of up to 21 bar (290 psi).

    Longer operating times, easy cleaning
    The optimized geometries of FrontLine plates provide gentle and uniform heat transfer and feature excellent press depths and relatively few contact points, which prolong operating times. In addition, the unique distribution area ensures a uniform flow over the entire plate surface with no stagnant flow zones and less risk of fouling build-up. With increased Cleaning-in-Place efficiency and less fouling, the plates of Alfa Laval FrontLine are easy to clean and provide longer time between cleaning cycles, ensuring more production output.

    Meeting all hygienic standards with highly efficient operation:
    • Plate design provides gentle and uniform heat transfer.
    • Unique herringbone plate pattern with optimized pressing depths.
    • Small port holes and long, narrow plates facilitate quick and easy cleaning.
    • Easy to disassemble to inspect, clean and service or to modify plate configuration.
    • Integral glue-free gasket system made with FDA-compliant materials can operate at high pressures.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
     
    19.05.2015   Sabmiller FY15 Q4 Trading Update    ( Company news )

    Company news SABMiller plc issues its trading update for the 12 months ended 31 March 2015.

    Alan Clark (photo), Chief Executive of SABMiller, said:
    “Our topline performance was strong in the final quarter, driven by double digit revenue growth in Africa and sustained growth in Latin America. Asia Pacific also returned to growth during the last three months of the year as lager volumes in China returned to growth. In the final quarter our revenues grew by 6%, repeating the strength of the first quarter, while full year revenue growth of 4% was driven by revenue per hectolitre growth in all regions”.

    Full year and fourth quarter highlights
    -Group net producer revenue (NPR) for the full year grew by 4%, with total beverage volume growth of 1%
    -Lager volume for the year was in line with prior, with growth in Africa and Latin America offset by volume weakness in China and North America
    -Lager volumes increased by 2% in the fourth quarter reflecting a strong performance led by South Africa and a recovery in volume growth in China
    -Continuing growth in soft drinks across the group, with volumes up 8% for the year and the fourth quarter, driven by Africa and Latin America

    Latin America

    Firm NPR growth through lager affordability and premiumisation, supported by soft drinks growth
    In Latin America, group NPR grew by 7%, with beverage volume growth of 3% reflecting soft drinks volume growth of 8% and lager volume growth of 1%. Lager volumes grew by 3% in the final quarter due to a strong performance ahead of Easter, particularly in Peru and Ecuador, together with affordability initiatives in Central America. In Colombia, group NPR growth of 6% reflected selective price increases and beverage volume growth of 2%, buoyed by strong non-alcoholic malt volume growth. Lager volumes were in line with the prior year, with continued growth in our above mainstream brand Aguila Light and bulk packs, together with strong performance in our premium brands, Club Colombia and Miller Lite, offsetting softer performance from mainstream brands. In Peru, group NPR grew by 5% driven by beverage volume growth of 4%. Lager volumes increased by 2% with our above mainstream brand Pilsen Callao achieving double digit growth, with consumers continuing to trade up from mainstream, more than offsetting a decline in our premium Cusqeña brand. In Ecuador, group NPR growth of 10% was underpinned by price increases in the latter half of the prior year, and the continuing robust growth of our above mainstream brand Pilsener Light which drove lager volume growth of 2%. In Central America, group NPR grew by 5% driven by beverage volume growth. Our affordability strategy supported lager volume growth of 2% against a backdrop of increased competition and difficult trading conditions.
    Africa

    Balanced portfolio driving strong top line growth
    Group NPR in Africa grew by 9% reflecting beverage volume growth of 5% combined with selective pricing and continued premiumisation in lager. Lager volumes grew by 4% for the full year aided by a strong fourth quarter which benefited from the timing of Easter and cycling weaker trading. In South Africa, group NPR growth of 9% was underpinned by positive lager brand mix enhanced by premium innovations, modest lager price increases across selected bulk and convenience packs and strong Easter trading performance. In Tanzania, group NPR grew by 6% driven by price increases in the first half of the year, together with growth in Castle Lite and the spirits portfolio, while lager volumes were down 7% reflecting excise-related and other pricing taken in July 2014. Group NPR in Mozambique grew by 22% supported by successful in-trade execution and our dual focus on premiumisation, through Castle Lite, and affordability, through our cassava-based lager, Impala, which both grew volumes ahead of the portfolio. Zambia group NPR grew by 3% reflecting price increases in both lager and soft drinks and growth in soft drinks volumes. Lager volumes declined by 8% in the year but recovered in the final quarter as a result of having cycled the excise-related price increases taken in January 2014, together with price reductions in the final quarter of the financial year. In Nigeria, group NPR growth remained strong, with volume growth supported by incremental capacity. Challenges persist in Zimbabwe due to the economic environment and group NPR was down 5%. Castel delivered mid-single digit group NPR growth in line with volume growth. Soft drinks volume growth of 9% in Africa was driven by all countries except Zimbabwe, with South Africa and our associate Castel performing particularly well.
    Asia Pacific

    Group NPR growth driven by China, reflecting continuing premiumisation
    Asia Pacific group NPR was up 1% compared with the prior year. The beverage volume decline of 2% was offset by group NPR per hl growth of 3%, reflecting premiumisation in China as well as a change in the relative weighting of volumes in Australia compared with China. In Australia, group NPR declined by 2%, reflecting a volume decline of 1%. Group NPR per hl was marginally lower than the prior year, with improved trends in the second half of the year reflecting price increases, together with positive momentum in the contemporary and premium segments, which largely offset the increased trade investment activity in the first half of the year. In China, group NPR grew by 2% as a 3% volume decline was offset by continued premiumisation, driving group NPR per hl growth of 5%. A return to volume growth in the final quarter in the northeast and west, together with an improved trend in the key central region, partially offset the impact of adverse weather conditions during the peak summer months. In India, group NPR grew by 6%, reflecting price increases across several states.
    Europe

    Volume and group NPR per hl improvements deliver group NPR growth
    In Europe, group NPR grew by 2%, with an increase in group NPR per hl of 1%. Total beverage volume grew by 1% with lager volumes level with prior year. In the integrated Czech Republic and Slovakia business, group NPR was up by 4% with volume growth of 5% reflecting market outperformance in both channels and boosted by Easter trading, although channel mix was adverse as off-premise grew ahead of the more profitable on-premise channel. In Poland, volumes grew by 2%, although group NPR declined by 2% due to higher investment in promotions, especially during the peak season, together with adverse pack and channel mix. In the United Kingdom, group NPR grew by 4% driven by the continued strong performance of Peroni Nastro Azzurro due to improved rate of sale, increased distribution in key outlets and assisted by good weather. Group NPR declined by 1% in Italy in line with the volume decline, reflecting the impact of adverse weather in the summer months. Anadolu Efes’ delivered group NPR growth. Total beverage volume growth was driven by soft drinks, offsetting a decline in lager volumes which continued to be impacted by the uncertain market conditions in Russia and Ukraine.
    North America

    Group NPR per hl growth through pricing and sales mix
    North America group NPR was in line with the prior year, driven by MillerCoors. MillerCoors’ volumes were lower, offset by improved group NPR per hl driven by higher net pricing and favourable brand mix. US domestic sales to retailers (STRs) declined by 2.3% for the full year and 2.7% in the fourth quarter. For the full year, both Coors Light and Miller Lite STRs declined by low single digits. Total above premium brands grew mid-single digits for the full year, driven primarily by double-digit growth of the Redd’s franchise. In the fourth quarter, above premium STRs declined low-single digits as improved growth in the Blue Moon franchise and the Leinenkugel’s portfolio was offset by the double-digit decline of Miller Fortune which cycled its launch in February 2014. The below premium portfolio declined mid-single digits as growth in Steel Reserve and the continuing positive performance of its “Alloy” series was offset by declines across the rest of the portfolio. Domestic sales to wholesalers (STWs) declined by 2.4% on a full year basis, with a 2.5% decline in the fourth quarter.
    (SABMiller plc)
     
    18.05.2015   Health ingredients for better performance and wellbeing    ( Company news )

    Company news Vitafoods 2015: Kaneka unveiled latest study results and concepts for products with Ubiquinol or Glavonoid™

    At Vitafoods, Kaneka Pharma Europe showcased nutraceutical ingredients that improve performance and contribute to a healthy body. These included 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 also presented 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 also presented 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.)
     
    18.05.2015   Myanmar: Carlsberg starts selling locally brewed Tuborg and Yoma beers    ( E-malt.com )

    Carlsberg has launched sales of its locally brewed Tuborg and Yoma brands in Myanmar as it seeks to become the first post-sanctions foreign producer to break into a growing beer sector dominated by state and military-backed enterprises, Reuters reported on April 22.

    The firm began sales before Thingyan, providing domestic competition to market leader Myanmar Brewery.

    Carlsberg Asia Region senior vice president Roy Bagattini said in a statement when the firm first announced it would come to Myanmar that the Danish company had closely followed developments in the country and was encouraged by recent political developments.

    "We believe that the timing is right for us to invest," he said in January of 2013. "We expect that the Myanmar beer market will grow strongly in coming years as the economy expands."

    Carlsberg established a local partnership with Myanmar Golden Star Breweries (MGS) in 2013, taking a 51 per cent stake in their joint venture Myanmar Carlsberg Co Ltd, and building a US$50 million brewery in Bago.

    The brewery's sales began for Tuborg, an international brand, and Yoma, a brand created for the local market, in April. Tuborg's pricing is to be similar to Tiger, and the beer is available in kegs, cans and bottles, while Yoma is not yet available in bottles. Eventually, Carlsberg-branded beer will also be introduced, aiming at a premium market segment.

    Both Tuborg and Yoma are intended to challenge Myanmar Beer, the dominant brand in the sector owned by Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings, a conglomerate close to the military.

    Competition is set to grow further for Myanmar Brewery with Dutch rival Heineken also slated to enter the market with its own brewery.

    Myanmar's average alcohol consumption lags regional economies. Standard Chartered research from 2014 put domestic consumption at 4 litres per capita per year, though adding consumption is still in its infancy and shows growth potential.

    Figures from Euromonitor International show that the legal beer market – excluding black market imports, mostly from Thailand -- hit 172 million litres in 2013, posting annual growth of 5.5pc since 2009. In dollar terms, beer sales amounted to US$265 million in 2013, and have posted 14pc growth over 2009-2013. Annual growth of 21pc is expected between 2014 and 2018, when the market will reach $675 million, according to Euromonitor.

    Carlsberg’s Yoma has been tailored to Myanmar tastes and uses rice in the brewing process - as does Tuborg.

    "Ask a Myanmar [person] what they want in an alcohol, they've got it," said Carlsberg Myanmar marketing director Birgitte Weeke.

    "Everyone said Yoma is like when you leave all your luggage, sit on a mountain top, and it's refreshing ... The whole concept is about everything is changing quite fast, and you kind of need a bit of a chill out."

    Carlsberg's newest international brewery may be the new kid on the block, but it aims to build share in an expanding market. While the eventual leader remains to be seen, Myanmar's beer drinkers will benefit from having more options to fill their mugs.

     
    18.05.2015   Portugal: Portugal raises minimum age for alcohol sale to 18    ( E-malt.com )

    The Portuguese Government approved amendments to legislation on alcohol, establishing a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors, ESM reported on April 27.

    Currently, beer and wine sales were allowed to those older than 16 years.

    A statement issued after the meeting of the Council of Ministers says that it is now forbidden to provide or sell alcoholic beverages to minors and put them at their disposal for commercial purposes, in public places and in places open to the public.

    It also adds that this measure “is not intended to punish or penalise the consumer, but put barriers to access to alcohol by adolescents, adopting the recommendations of national and international specialized agencies such as the World Health Organization".

    The National Spirits Association has welcomed the raising to 18 the minimum age for the consumption of all types of alcohol in the country.

    For its part, the Portuguese Beer Producers Association believes that the new changes are “premature” as the existing law has been in force only for two years, after four years of discussions between the Ministry of Health and the civil society.
     
    18.05.2015   Solving the next R&D challenge with Prospector®     ( Company news )

    Company news UL (Underwriters Laboratories) demonstrated the company’s comprehensive ingredients database at Vitafoods Europe 2015

    At the Prospector® booth during Vitafoods Europe, visitors experienced first hand how UL’s innovative search engine simplifies product development. Listing some 70,000 ingredients, the global database is a valuable time-saving tool when it comes to the formulation of food, beverages and dietary supplements.

    Researching new ingredients can be an arduous task, tying up resources and holding up the formulation process. “This can be very challenging for formulators,” says Jill Frank, Certified Food Scientist and Food Industry Expert at UL, “especially with new product developments that go beyond the normal scope of the job.”

    At Vitafoods, UL experts demonstrated just how helpful their platform can be when it comes to searching for ingredients, contacting suppliers and requesting samples and starter formulations. Containing details of more than 70,000 ingredients from hundreds of suppliers, ULProspector.com is incredibly easy, quick and free to use. Designed to speed up the search for ingredients and accelerate the R&D process, the database is maintained and kept up to date by UL’s experts, so users can be sure that the information is always current.

    With 11,000 functional food and nutrition ingredients, Prospector® is a game-changing application for the nutraceutical sector. “Owing to the comprehensive breadth of information, it’s easy to find the right ingredients for specific health positionings and claims. Many of our visitors had a lightbulb moment when they realized the opportunities that our database offers,” added Frank.
    (UL Underwriters Laboratories)
     
    18.05.2015   Ukraine & China: Obolon beer enters the Chinese market    ( E-malt.com )

    Obolon Corporation, one of the largest producers of beer and soft drinks in Ukraine, is entering the Chinese market, Interfax-Ukraine reported on April 17.

    Head of the supervisory board of public joint-stock company Obolon, Serhiy Bloschanevych, said at the National Export Forum that Ukrainian breweries are trying to compensate their loss of part of the domestic market.

    He said that the most promising markets are the Asian, Latin American and African markets, while the EU market is saturated and competitive.

    "The markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa are more interesting for us. For example, we started working with China," he said.

    He told Interfax-Ukraine that the first small batches of beer have been already shipped to China.

    Bloschanevych expressed indignation at the absence of a government reaction to the ban on Ukrainian beer imports by Russia's Rospotrebnadzor last year.

    "We asked the Ukrainian prime minister, the Economic Development and Trade Ministry and Foreign Ministry several times to settle the issue with a ban on importing Russian beer in response to the ban of our exports to Russia. Some steps have been made, but this is not enough. We hope that the situation will be finally resolved," he said.

    Referring to the State Statistics Service, he said that since September 2014 Ukraine has imported more beer than it sells to foreign markets.

    From August 15, 2014, Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) banned imports of beer made by Obolon, SUN InBev Ukraine and Ukrainian Distribution Company.

    Obolon Corporation is one of the largest Ukrainian producers of beer, soft drinks, mineral water, and is the country's largest exporter of beer.

    The corporation consists of the main plant in Kyiv and nine companies in the regions.
     
    18.05.2015   USA: MillerCoors sued for selling Blue Moon as craft beer    ( E-malt.com )

    A California craft beer drinker has filed a class action lawsuit against MillerCoors, claiming that Blue Moon's parent company tricked him into thinking the mass-produced wheat ale is a craft beer. Evan Parent, the plaintiff leading the suit, brought the case forward on behalf of all Blue Moon buyers in California and says the premium price tag, placement among other craft beers, and labels and advertisements with slogans like "artfully crafted" falsely portrays the beer as a hand-crafted, independently-owned product, reported Men’s Journal.

    Parent points to the definition of a craft brewer, set by the craft beer trade group, the Brewer's Association. It states that a craft brewer must be small (less than 6 million barrels, which MillerCoors exceeds), independent (not owned by a non-craft brewery or business), and traditional (using traditional and innovative ingredients).

    MillerCoors may not seem to fit that model, but federal government doesn't technically have a definition for craft breweries, says Danielle Teagarden, a lawyer at the Seattle-based Reiser Legal that specializes in the brewing industry. "Craft is just what the consumer thinks it is. I wouldn't think Boston Beer is craft; how big does a brewery have to be?"

    Playing to Parent's favour, however, are California's consumer protection laws, which are some of the strictest in the country. Parent's suit point out that nowhere on the Blue Moon label does MillerCoors name itself as the brewery. Instead it points to the tiny Blue Moon Brewery, which functions as a pilot facility for small batches at Denver's Coors Field.

    MillerCoors - a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors for U.S. beer sales - also owns the Henry Weinhard's, Leinenkugel's, and Crispin Cider brands. While MillerCoors.com does proudly tout the beers in its "craft" portfolio, those labels also refer back to their craft-portrayed brewery, not MillerCoors. "I think it’s great the MillerCoors connection is all over the web and Wall Street and business magazines, but it need not be on every label and ad," says lawyer Robert Lehrman of Lehrman Beverage Law. If MillerCoors secretly owned Blue Moon, that'd be different, he says. "But it’s no secret here. Anyone who cares knew a long time ago. It is preposterous that the plaintiff is a craft beer aficionado and didn’t know."

    Lehrman thinks the whole suit may not be a battle to protect consumers and the craft beer name, so much as a gamble for a big payday by Parent's lawyers at Clark and Treglio law firm. "I suspect Parent is getting his same rent-a-plaintiff fee whether the lawyers win or lose."

    "Class actions are notorious for their outsized attorneys’ fees relative to any benefit for the class, so these plaintiffs’ attorneys are likely hoping for a large fee award if they are able to secure a good result," says Simon Fleischmann, a class action defence attorney at Locke Lord. He adds the case would also bring exposure and credibility, while a "good result" would also be a sizable settlement instead of a court win.

    MillerCoors isn't staying quiet on the matter and responded to the suit with a short statement backing up the craft and clarity behind Blue Moon: "MillerCoors is tremendously proud of Blue Moon and has always embraced our ownership and support of this wonderful brand. The class action filed against MillerCoors in California is without merit and contradicted by Blue Moon Brewing Company’s 20-year history of brewing creative beers of the highest quality."

    So should MillerCoors be able to brew massive batches of Blue Moon alongside Coors Light and group it into the craft camp? Or should Blue Moon get knocked down to the cheap beer shelf alongside its light beer brothers and sisters? Sadly, both solutions seem beside the point as this struggle between lawyers that leaves beer lovers no one to root for.
     
    15.05.2015   B‐Flex: new C136 SAFETY version hinge chain (patented) - The yellow jersey of safety is here    ( Company news )

    Company news Minimise the risk of products, clothes and fingers getting trapped in the links?
    Transporting secondary packaging is now safer than ever thanks to this
    overlapping link chain which, even around curves, leaves no open gaps and needs no supplementary guards.
    The new C136 safety chain is the ideal answer to the need to combine
    performance, safety and value for money. Not only for new installations, it also retrofits easily in place of standard chains of the same width and pitch.

    Because making your work safer is a core value for Bett Sistemi.

    Main features:
    • Resafon or Acetal resin
    • Speeds from 35 to 50 m/min (depending on whether it is lubricated or not)
    • Low noise < 80 dB
    • Minimum radius of curvature: 610 mm
    (Bett Sistemi S.r.l.)
     
    15.05.2015   KHS now has PET competence center in China    ( Company news )

    Company news -Investment in the growth market
    -On site for fast clarification process
    -Holistic consulting concepts

    KHS is investing in one of the biggest PET growth markets in the world and can now enable its Chinese customers to profit locally from its unique Bottles & Shapes™ program with all the design, laboratory and bottle sampling experience of its PET experts from Hamburg, Germany.

    "The distances are much shorter, time and costs are saved and we speak the local language: these are very good reasons for us to now also provide 40 years of KHS PET expertise in China, with our own lab and bottle design," states Frank Haesendonckx, head of Technology at KHS Corpoplast.

    Leo Zhang and David Gropmann are responsible for Bottles & Shapes™ at KHS in Shanghai. Cutting-edge laboratory technology, a Series IV lab machine and a state-of-the-art bottle design program are now also available in China, practically as a mirror image of the PET competence center in Hamburg. With a wealth of PET expertise gleaned over 40 years in 10,000 assessed bottle projects, the Bottles & Shapes™ experts in China coordinate their work in close consultation with the engineers at KHS Corpoplast in Germany. The result is comprehensive PET bottle consultancy always geared towards the entire line – including the first draft designs for a perfect market launch. "We're proud and happy to now be able to professionally satisfy a key customer requirement with Bottles & Shapes™ here in China," says Geoffrey Chan, managing director of KHS Filling and Packaging Equipment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. "Different time zones and language barriers are no longer a problem. Our customers greatly appreciate this and we will continue to steadily expand our local presence here. We've already agreed on blow mold manufacturing in China – in accordance with KHS' strict standards and specifications."
    (KHS Corpoplast GmbH)
     
    13.05.2015   BERICAP introduces ultralight water closures    ( Company news )

    Company news Success for extension of the HexaLite range fitting a 29mm neck

    The market environment and other current trends mean that cutting the cost of packaging is still of huge importance across all beverages. The fast-growing still water market is one of the markets looking for low-weight options.

    BERICAP, the leading global supplier to the beverage industry, also supplies significant volumes to the water industry. Using its wide knowledge to develop new closures, BERICAP has extended its HexaLite range in response to market requirements with HexaLite® UL 29/11 SFB, fitting a 29/25 mm neck size. The weight saving compared with a former 30/25 neck and closure combination is as much as 37%.

    Beside other BERICAP locations, this closure is now being produced for water at BERICAP Egypt and has since been introduced successfully onto the Egyptian market. A multinational player in the water market has opted for the closure, using it for different bottle sizes.

    The market introduction of the new ultralight closure, the lightest closure in the Egyptian market, started in January 2015 and gave new stimulus to the market.

    The HexaLite Ultra Lite UL 29/11 SFB is equipped with a slit flexband, supporting easy application and reliable tamper evidence functionality. Nitrogen dosing is feasible where bottlers want to use lightweight bottles and need to add nitrogen to stabilize the bottle.
    (Bericap Egypt JSC)
     
    12.05.2015   Constantia Flexibles achieves record year in 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Constantia Flexibles again reports increased sales and earnings / Global growth strategy will continue under new owners

    Constantia Flexibles, a world leader in flexible packaging and labels, successfully pursued its growth strategy in the 2014 financial year, with a continued rise in sales and earnings.
    Sales in 2014 increased by 4.8% compared to the previous year to €1,7 billion. Sales adjusted for the effects from exchange rate fluctuations grew by 6% compared to the previous year.
    Operating profit before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was €255.5 million before special items, an increase of 9.2% compared to the previous year. As a result, EBITDA margin was 14.9%.
    Operating profit improved due to the increase in sales as well as targeted cost reduction projects and productivity improvements.
    The Wendel Group, one of Europe’s leading listed investment companies, became the new majority owner of Constantia Flexibles in March 2015 with a shareholding of 73%. As a long-term investor, Wendel will be actively supporting the company’s growth strategy and its ongoing development in the future. The H. Turnauer Foundation continues to hold a significant stake in the company, with 27% percent.
    Thomas Unger, Chief Executive Officer Constantia Flexibles, stated “We have once again managed to increase both our sales and our operating profit, and have made a very promising start to 2015. With the Wendel Group as its new owner, Constantia Flexibles will continue with its growth strategy of recent years.”

    Food
    The second half of the year brought pleasing growth that more than compensated for the consumer restraint at the beginning of the year caused by regulatory and political influences. Despite the difficult market environment in Western Europe, growth in the region held steady at the market level of 1.5%. Above all, packaging for ready-made meals, confectionary, snacks, and coffee capsule systems contributed to above-average growth in sales. Constantia Flexibles experienced a slight decline in sales in Eastern Europe due to the unstable political situation. On the other hand, a 6.4% increase in exports to regions such as Africa, Australia, Asia, and Oceania contributed to the company’s growth.
    Divisional sales grew by 0.7% year on year to €1 billion. EBITDA rose by 6.1% to €150.8 million, corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 14.6%. The year-on-year increase in the margin was achieved through productivity improvements, cost reduction programs, and the realization of synergy effects, as well as higher volumes.

    Pharma
    The Pharma Division also proved to be stable in 2014 and was able to increase its profit. Given the worldwide growth in product piracy, the focus during the past financial year was not only on consistent growth in our traditional products, but also primarily on solutions for products with anti-counterfeiting features, as well as new and innovative solutions for drug dosage forms.
    We also improved our market position in contact lens packaging. Our main growth markets were Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. We were able to achieve growth in Western Europe with niche products, and expanded our share in blister packaging as well as home and personal care products in Eastern Europe.
    Divisional sales declined slightly by 1% to €272.9 million. EBITDA rose by 5.9% to €46.9 million, however, with an improved EBITDA margin of 17.2%. Important factors contributing to the improved margin were optimization of the product portfolio, with a greater focus on products with higher value added, reduction of fixed costs, and efficiency gains in production.

    Labels
    Sales in the Labels Division increased in Europe, North America, and Middle East and Africa during 2014, particularly due to a significantly increased sales volume for self-adhesive labels in almost all regions. In North America, new product developments such as a recyclable self-adhesive label countered the generally restrained growth in the beer market.
    Growth in Europe is being driven largely by the very positive trend for in-mould and self-adhesive labels, while paper labels have been declining. Business in Africa grew at a very welcome pace in 2014, with new projects generating additional sales in in-mould and aluminum labels.
    Sales in this division increased by 17.5% to €481.4 million. EBITDA rose by 27.1% to €87.5 million, corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 18.2%.

    Outlook for 2015
    The past financial year forms a solid basis for continued growth in the coming years. The focus for 2015 will be on global growth and innovations. Expanding our presence in the various regions and enhancing our product portfolio are essential components of this strategy. The company will consistently continue its acquisition policy, with a focus on global growth markets.
    We foresee above-average growth in the coming years, primarily in emerging markets, in the direction of polymer applications for Food and Labels. Constantia Flexibles already prepared for this trend in 2013. As a result, we can now offer a broad portfolio of products and services to our customers worldwide.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    12.05.2015   Doehler MULTI-SENSORY DESIGN™ for colours – tailored colour solutions for successful products!    ( Company news )

    Company news What does the consumer expect from a product? How can the colour support their expectations when it comes to the multi-sensory perception and the product promise? Every company needs to address these important issues when developing a food or beverage, as the significance of the product colour for the overall concept is often underestimated. Doehler delivers valid answers and solutions with the new MULTI-SENSORY DESIGNTM for colours. As a producer of natural ingredients, Doehler knows that understanding the consumers' wishes, needs and product expectations is vital when it comes to developing a food or beverage. In addition to a great taste, the product colour is largely responsible for the product's success. Consumers associate the colour of a food or beverage with certain taste and product attributes, stirring our senses and subconsciously triggering emotions – well before we consume the product.
    A recent study led by Doehler Sensory & Consumer Science (SCS) also proves this. As part of its in-house consumer research, Doehler investigated the reasons behind consumers' colour associations in a unique global study. The study concluded that selecting the right colour supports the product positioning of food and beverages in a targeted manner. Based on its broad portfolio of natural colours and colouring concentrates, as well as the findings of the consumer study, Doehler has developed MULTI-SENSORY DESIGNTM for colours. This makes it possible for producers from the food and beverage industry to find the perfect, natural colour tone that matches the desired product positioning, the product promise and ultimately the consumers' expectations, thus contributing to the product's success. The methods developed can be applied to all segments of the food and beverage industry and tailored to meet specific customer issues, market requirements and applications. Thanks to a diverse ingredient portfolio, Doehler not only delivers the right colour, but also all the other well-balanced ingredients to create a perfect multi-sensory product experience. With Doehler MULTI-SENSORY DESIGNTM for colours, every product developer moves one step closer to “harmonising the senses”.
    (DöhlerGroup)
     
    12.05.2015   Henkell & Co. volume and revenue both up    ( Company news )

    Company news -Sales revenue tops €700-million mark for first time ever
    -International business generates 55 per cent of sales revenue
    -Sales volume growth both in sparkling wine and wine segments

    Sales revenue increases 1.6 % to €700.7 million
    Henkell & Co.-Gruppe, with subsidiaries in 20 countries and exporting to more than 100 countries worldwide, finished Financial Year 2014 on a positive note, with a 1.6 per cent increase in sales revenue (adjusted plus 3.5 per cent for foreign currency effects), to 700.7 million euros.

    Sales volume increases to 20.85 million 9 litre cases
    Sales volume for the Group was up 3.1 per cent, to 20.85 million 9 litre cases. Volume for the sparkling wine product segment was up slightly (plus 0.6 per cent) versus the previous year, at 13.25 million 9 litre cases. Wine sales volume grew disproportionately, increasing by 17.5 per cent, to 3.86 million 9 litre cases. The spirits business ended the year with 3.73 million 9 litre cases sold (minus 0.8 per cent), down slightly compared with the previous year.

    Sparkling wine brands trending
    Fürst von Metternich, the leading premium brand in Germany, showed significant growth, with sales volume of the brand increasing to 0.63 million 9 litre cases (plus 7.0 per cent). Söhnlein Brillant, the strongest-selling brand in the Group portfolio, recorded double-digit growth of 12.3 per cent, with 1.79 million 9 litre cases sold. The Prosecco brand Mionetto likewise showed positive gains, with sales increasing 4.2 per cent, to 1.37 million 9 litre cases. Due to the reintroduction of the sparkling wine tax in Austria and price increases related to exchange rates, sales of Henkell, Germany's most exported brand of sparkling wine, were down 8.0 per cent, to 1.19 million 9 litre cases. The sparkling wines produced by Henkell's Hungarian, Czech and Slovakian subsidiaries are clear leaders in their domestic markets and sales were up for all three.
    Henkell & Co.-Gruppe is the only distributor that can offer sparkling specialties – Sekt, Champagne, Crémant, Prosecco and Cava – from Europe's best wine growing regions and produced by its own subsidiaries.

    Significant upturn in wine business
    Wine sales volumes were up significantly among our subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Hungary. Added to that, the distinctively marketed British i heart brand made a significant contribution to the Group's robust wine business. Overall, the wine segment grew by 17.5 per cent.

    Wodka Gorbatschow with double-digit growth
    Wodka Gorbatschow, the undisputed number-one vodka brand in Germany since the mid-1970s, expanded its market leadership even further: Sales volume was up 11.1 per cent, with 1.36 million 9 litre cases sold. Kuemmerling herbal liqueur continues to be the top-selling spirit in the miniature bottles segment, with 80 million minis sold.

    Well positioned for continued success
    Henkell & Co.-Gruppe is confident it is extremely well positioned to face the challenges of the future. "Established brands such as Mionetto, Fürst von Metternich, Söhnlein Brillant, Wodka Gorbatschow, Bohemia and Törley showed significant gains. This gives us confidence that we are on the right track to inspire even more people around the world to enjoy special moments of pleasure," says Dr Andreas Brokemper, Executive Board spokesman.
    (Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG)
     
    11.05.2015   Diageo Interim management statement for the nine months ended 31 March 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news In the nine months ended 31 March 2015, net sales declined 0.3% on an organic basis and were down 0.7% in the quarter, with volume down 1.7% in the nine month period and 0.8% in the quarter.

    Photo: Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo

    In the nine month period reported net sales grew 4.6%. Acquisitions, principally United Spirits Limited, contributed £700 million partially offset by an adverse impact of currency movements of £298 million and a reduction of £28 million due to disposals.

    Following developments in Venezuela, including changes to the currency exchange mechanism, the group has translated its Venezuelan operations results for the quarter and for the nine months ended 31 March 2015 at a rate of $1 = VEF 192.95 (£1 = VEF 285.57). The organic growth rates for the first half shown in the table below reflect this exchange rate.

    The success of Crown Royal Regal Apple was the biggest driver of increased shipments in US Spirits & Wines and therefore of the improved performance in the quarter in North America. Smirnoff Red's performance continues to improve although it was offset by the weakness of Captain Morgan. In the quarter, DGUSA's shipments were weaker than in the first half due to phasing of shipments. Depletion trends have continued to improve during the quarter across both US spirits and DGUSA.

    In Europe, following a broadly flat performance in the first half, the performance in the quarter saw a high single digit net sales decline in Great Britain reflecting the comparison against last year when a buy up ahead of an expected duty increase brought forward sales into the third quarter.

    Africa, as expected delivered a stronger performance in the quarter. In Africa Regional Markets and East Africa, net sales continued to grow double digit. Improved performance in the quarter in Nigeria, with the success of Orijin and a steady improvement in Guinness' performance, delivered double digit growth. In South Africa in the quarter, net sales of spirits grew 4% despite the weak economy; however total net sales were down as a result of the transfer of production of Smirnoff Ice Double Black & Guarana to Diageo's DHN joint venture.

    In Latin America and Caribbean, while there was a good performance in most domestic markets, currency volatility continues to negatively impact consumer demand and the inventory levels held by customers in some channels. The quarter was also specifically impacted by phasing issues which will benefit performance in the fourth quarter.

    Asia Pacific performance in the quarter was broadly in line with the first half as net sales in South East Asia continued to be impacted by the decision to reduce inventory levels held by distributors. In addition, regulatory changes to the sale of beer in the off trade are to be introduced in Indonesia and this impacted performance in the quarter. In the Middle East, political tensions and Diageo's decision to hold prices resulted in a decline in net sales in the quarter. In mainland China, net sales grew 13%, driven by the recovery of Diageo's baijiu business.

    At 31 March 2015, net assets were £8,691 million (£8,696 million at 31 December 2014). Net borrowings decreased £404 million from £10,668 million at 31 December 2014 to £10,264 million at 31 March 2015, primarily as a result of £265 million net cash proceeds received from sale of Bushmills less the acquisition cost of the 50% equity interest in Don Julio that Diageo did not already own. The group completed this transaction on 27 February 2015 and the exceptional gain before tax arising on the transaction is expected to be around £200 million.

    Using current exchange rates (£1= $1.47; £1= €1.38; $1= VEF 193.85) the exchange rate movements for the year ending 30 June 2015 are estimated to adversely impact net sales and operating profit by £240 million and £110 million respectively, and increase net finance charges by £10 million excluding the impact of IAS 21 and IAS 39. As a result of Diageo's adoption of the Simadi exchange rate to translate the results of the group's Venezuelan business, a hyperinflation charge of approximately £20 million is estimated for the year ending 30 June 2015.

    Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo commented:
    "Our performance in the quarter reflects continued tough conditions in the emerging markets and subdued consumer demand in some developed markets. However it also reflects the actions we have taken to ensure we are building a stronger business. Of key importance is that depletions continue to outpace shipments as we embed our sell out culture. In addition, our decision to destock some wholesale channels in South East Asia and West LAC will improve our ability to track consumer and customer trends and reduce future volatility.
    Our route to consumer focus, momentum in reserve and successful innovations have each contributed to building a stronger business although lower inflation and weak economies will lead to subdued net sales growth in the current year despite these improvements.
    Consumers in North America remain the most resilient and while lower gas prices and a more favourable macro outlook have not led to a significant shift, growth in the spirits category is improving and our depletion performance continues to build momentum, although I do not expect to see shipments improve until we have lapped last year.
    We will continue to strengthen Diageo. We are investing in our brands, enhancing our route to consumer, introducing great innovations such as Crown Royal Regal Apple and Orijin, winning in reserve and focusing on cost and cash. We can realise Diageo's full potential and deliver our performance ambition."
    (Diageo plc)
     
    08.05.2015   Scotch Whisky – sustaining success in the UK and globally    ( Company news )

    Company news SWA members meet in Edinburgh

    Companies from across the world of Scotch Whisky, one of the country's most iconic and successful industries, met today (27 April) in Edinburgh to discuss a range of issues, including the export environment and competitiveness.

    Some 180 people gathered at the Scotch Whisky Association's (SWA) annual Members' Day at the city's Sheraton Hotel to hear addresses from David Frost, SWA chief executive and Pernod Ricard's Pierre Pringuet, the Association's chairman.

    The theme of this year's event was 'Scotch Whisky - sustaining success in the UK and globally' to reflect the ever-more competitive global marketplace in which the industry operates.

    Scotch Whisky is vital to the UK economy - contributing around £5 billion each year in value and supporting more than 40,000 jobs. It makes up around 80% of Scottish food and drink exports and about a quarter of the UK's.

    Scotch exports were worth £3.95bn last year, down 7% on 2013, but up 74% over the last decade. Long-term growth is therefore strong, but weaker economic conditions and political volatility in some markets had an impact.

    Frost addressed the export situation today, saying: "Last year was challenging for us in global markets, but our performance is pretty impressive. The underlying picture is an encouraging one."

    A panel session, facilitated by John McLellan, director Scottish Newspaper Society and honorary professor of journalism at Stirling University, discussed the export environment. One of the conclusions was that Scotch Whisky is a beacon for other British industries in opening up overseas markets.

    In the second panel on competiveness it was said that collaboration among Scottish industries, including food and drink, is key for future success.

    Addressing delegates on the day, Frost also said: "Last month the Chancellor cut excise duty on Scotch Whisky by 2%. This was the first cut since 1996 and only the fifth ever since the 1823 Excise Act. It is still iniquitous that 77% of the price of a typical bottle of Scotch is taxation, but it is great to have a clear signal of support from our government."

    On industry expansion, Frost explained: "We are continuing to grow. There are huge investment flows from established producers. Last year six new distilleries saw spirit flow for the first time and we've already seen another this year. We are aware of 30 or more projects for new distilleries. We haven't seen anything like this for many years."

    The SWA's chairman Pierre Pringuet said: "As the first French person to hold the position of SWA chairman, I am delighted to say the 'auld alliance' between Scotland and France is as strong as ever."

    Sir Simon Fraser KCMG, Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth, delivered the keynote speech as the start of the day on economic growth and prosperity.
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    07.05.2015   PepsiCo Reports First Quarter 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news #Organic/core results
    -Organic revenue grew 4.4 percent
    -Core gross margin expanded 150 basis points
    -Core EPS increased 1 percent to $0.83
    -Core constant currency EPS increased 12 percent
    #Reported (GAAP) results
    -Net revenue declined 3 percent reflecting the impact of adverse foreign exchange translation
    -Gross margin expanded 100 basis points
    -EPS increased 3 percent to $0.81
    #2015 outlook
    -Reaffirms 7 percent core constant currency EPS growth target for 2015
    -Foreign exchange translation now expected to adversely impact core EPS by 11 percentage points
    -On track to deliver approximately $1 billion productivity savings and $8.5 to $9 billion cash return to shareholders

    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) reported organic revenue growth of 4.4 percent and core earnings per share of $0.83 for the first quarter.

    "We are pleased with our performance for the first quarter of 2015. Our focus on innovation, brand-building, and marketplace execution, funded in part by our productivity initiatives, continues to drive strong, fundamental business performance," said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi (photo). "In the quarter, we generated 4.4 percent organic revenue growth and we once again expanded both gross and operating margins.

    "However, foreign exchange translation and transaction headwinds persist. We have and will continue to take actions to manage through the current volatile macroeconomic environment by taking responsible pricing actions, tightly controlling costs, and optimizing our global sourcing to minimize and mitigate the impacts of the current foreign exchange challenges.

    "At the same time, we will not let cyclical macroeconomic issues divert us from our focus to drive sustainable shareholder value creation. We intend to continue to invest across our markets and brands to generate organic revenue growth, drive greater efficiency and productivity, deliver attractive free cash flow growth and cash return to shareholders, and enhance our returns on invested capital."

    Summary of First Quarter Financial Performance:
    -Organic revenue grew 4.4 percent and reported net revenue declined 3 percent. Foreign exchange translation had an 8-percentage-point unfavorable impact on reported net revenue.

    -Developing and emerging market organic revenue grew 10 percent. On a reported basis, developing and emerging market net revenue declined 12 percent, reflecting unfavorable foreign exchange translation, in particular, related to the Russian ruble, Venezuelan bolivar, euro, and Mexican peso.

    -Core gross margin and core operating margin expanded 150 basis points and 20 basis points, respectively. Operating margin improvement reflects the implementation of effective revenue management strategies and productivity initiatives, partially offset by an impairment charge and increased advertising and marketing expense. Reported gross margin increased 100 basis points while reported operating margin increased 40 basis points.

    -Core constant currency operating profit increased 8 percent. Core results include the impacts of a $39 million pre-tax gain related to a refranchising and a $65 million pre-tax impairment charge in the current-year quarter, as well as the lapping of a $31 million pre-tax gain related to the sale of agricultural assets in the prior year. Excluding these items, core constant currency operating profit increased 11 percent. Reported operating profit was down 1 percent and also reflects unfavorable foreign exchange translation, restructuring charges, and the mark-to-market net impact on commodity hedges.

    -The company's core effective tax rate was 23.0 percent, which compares to 23.7 percent in the prior-year quarter. The reported effective tax rate was 23.1 percent, below the prior-year quarter of 24.1 percent.

    -Core EPS was $0.83 and reported EPS was $0.81. Core EPS excludes a negative net impact of $0.02 per share from restructuring charges.

    -Cash flow provided by operating activities was $270 million, which compares to $181 million in the prior-year quarter. Free cash flow excluding certain items was $57 million, which compares to a $135 million use of cash in the prior-year quarter.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    06.05.2015   Let's drink a toast and climb up the wall!    ( Company news )

    Company news Unusual ideas honoured by Festo in its "Productivity Contest"
    The winners of the Festo Productivity Contest received their prizes during the winners' ceremony at the Hannover Messe.

    Winners' ceremony at the Hannover Messe: the three winners of the Festo Productivity Contest – from Germany, Hungary and India – were invited to visit the fair for several days last week and receive their prizes. 17,000 Facebook users were able to view the 24 submitted videos showing unusual automation solutions.

    Inventors from all over the world who use Festo electric and pneumatic automation products not only professionally but also to create systems in their spare time uploaded videos to the Festo fan page on Facebook. These videos showed creative developments and designs which make life easier or are simply fun.

    The winner, Thomas Ullrich from Augsburg, developed a dispensing machine for wheat beer which even prevents excessive foaming in the beer glass and spins the bottle skilfully several times at just the right moment to bring the sought-after yeast out of the bottle and allow this to flow precisely into the glass. The second-placed entrant, the Hungarian Bálint Füvessy, had created an automated wine-bottle opener, while the third place went to Ajith Anil Meera from India for his robot which can climb walls.
    (Festo AG & Co. KG)
     
    05.05.2015   Mountain Dew® Brings Back Mtn Dew® Baja Blast™ And Introduces New Mtn Dew® Sangrita Blast™ ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...In Bottles And Cans For Limited Time Only

    "I miss the cans of baja blast SO BADLY," @DavidRoberts_23 tweeted on a cold December morning last year. Good news for him and millions of other Mtn Dew Baja Blast fans: DEW Nation's most requested flavor will be available in bottles and cans again this spring AND summer.

    You begged for it, you dyed your hair blue for it, you even bathed in it – and Mountain Dew heard you loud and clear. The tropical lime flavored beverage – which was introduced 11 years ago exclusively at Taco Bell® – will hit shelves nationwide starting on April 20. And for the first time, Mtn Dew Sangrita Blast, the citrus punch beverage available only at Taco Bell, will be available for a limited time in bottles and cans as well.

    As Twitter user @edelheids puts it, "I'm pretty sure life peaked when Baja Blast was available in cans."

    "Mountain Dew has always been committed to having ongoing conversations with our loyal fans and really listening to what they want," said Greg Lyons, Vice President of Marketing, Mountain Dew. "After seeing the excitement DEW Nation had with last year's surprise announcement of Mtn Dew Baja Blast coming to shelves, there was no question we had to bring it back."

    But run, don't walk, because much like last year, these two delicious beverages are only available in bottles and cans while supplies last. Plenty of fans are expected to stock up and plan ahead, as @KachowTroy will this year after tweeting at the end of last summer, "This is my last can of #bajablast. I'm now crying."

    Once the last of the bottles and cans are sold, that's it – but Mtn Dew Baja Blast and Mtn Dew Sangrita Blast are always available at participating Taco Bell restaurants. Or as @Drewski_drew_10 tweeted, "Taco Bell, save us."

    Mtn Dew Baja Blast is the second largest and fastest growing beverage sold at Taco Bell, and has generated more than $1 billion in retail sales since its introduction. It's the most requested flavor among the DEW Nation, and has generated more than 1.2 million mentions on Twitter globally in the past four years.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    04.05.2015   Diageo announces changes to Executive Committee    ( Company news )

    Company news After 18 years with Diageo Andy Fennell (photo), currently President, Diageo Africa and a member of the Executive Committee since 2008, is leaving Diageo at the end of the current fiscal year. John O'Keeffe, currently Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria, is to be appointed President, Diageo Africa, joining the Diageo Executive from 1 July 2015 and reporting to Nick Blazquez, President Diageo Africa & Asia. In addition Diageo has today announced that Soren Lauridsen will be appointed Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria following a transition with Andy and John during May and June 2015.

    Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive Diageo, commented:
    "Andy Fennell has decided to leave Diageo after 18 successful years when he has been Global President for Smirnoff, Chief Marketing Officer and more recently President of our African business. We wish him every success as he reaches out for new challenges.
    "We have been able to ensure a smooth transition for both Diageo's African business and for Guinness Nigeria. John O'Keeffe will bring marketing and general management experience to the Diageo Executive and his experience in innovation will be key as we look to increase our mainstream spirits business in Africa. Soren Lauridsen has already joined Diageo and will bring strong leadership skills to his new role in Guinness Nigeria from a career which has taken him from the Nordics to Asia and from Unilever to Carlsberg and now to Diageo. I look forward to working with them both to achieve our ambition."
    (Diageo plc)
     
    01.05.2015   Knowledge transfer – Part of LOEHRKEs company philosophy    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Martin Löhrke, MD at LOEHRKE, spoke about band lubrication for the food industry during a technical colloqium of the Chemnitz University of Technology

    Jürgen Löhrke GmbH (LOEHRKE) is an independent operating technology company and full-service provider for modern hygienic solutions, especially for the global food and beverage industry.

    At LOEHRKE broad practical experience and numerous international projects lead to an extensive know-how, which is valued not only by market leaders in the food and beverage business. Exchange with renowned research institutes is part of LOEHRKEs company philosophy. Therefore, LOEHRKE experts are always likely to be seen as participants or speakers at symposiums, conferences and workshops all over the world.

    Through own R&D projects, mostly in co-operation with business partners and research institutes, expertise of cleaning and disinfection systems, but also of modern technologies LOEHRKE is constantly developing further, e.g. in the field of process hygiene (CIP cleaning-in-place) and chemical-free sterilization of packaging.

    Pickings – Technical colloquium about conveyor technology
    On April 21st/22nd the conference “Plastic-Slide-Chains and Tribology in Conveyor Systems” was organized by the Chemnitz University of Technology. Based on experiences with conveyor systems for the food and beverage industry, where plastics are used for many years, plastic conveyor systems are now increasingly applied for automotive construction and mechanical engineering. The event was meant to encourage multidisciplinary cooperation of plastic, chain and system manufacturers as well as research institutes and to inspire exchange of experiences. Due to LOEHRKEs special skills in the field of conveyer lubrication systems for the food and beverage industry, the conference organizer asked for contribution. Martin Löhrke, managing director of LOEHRKE, explained the current status in this sector based on practical experience.

    Announcement – Workshop for packaging technology on June 10th/11th, 2015
    For the workshop “Packaging Technology 4.0 – intelligent, flexible, sustainable” on June 10th/11th, 2015 in Dresden, Martin Löhrke is also invited as speaker. Here he will present the recent status quo of filling hygiene. The filling of food and beverages should meet all hygienic standards, which is essential for a proper product and long shelf life. Next to packaging technology and packaging material the filling hygiene is a decisive quality factor for the food production.

    The subsidiary for packaging machines and technology in Dresden (VVD) is part of the Fraunhofer Institute for process engineering and packaging (IVV), with whom LOEHRKE is cooperating in various research projects. The VVD workshop in Dresden will be run jointly with the Industrial Organization for Food Technology and Packaging (IVLV) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). It is again important, to bring together specialists from industry and research and to push knowledge transfer. More information: www.ivlv.org
    (www.loehrke.com)
     
    30.04.2015   SanTan Brewing Company's Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer Launches in Redesigned Rexam Can    ( Company news )

    Company news This year, the brewery has teamed up with Chiquita to use Rainforest Alliance Certified pineapple juice for a more sustainable, socially conscious and tasty beer.

    Winner of the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, Mr. Pineapple is a refreshing and fruity traditional German Wheat Ale using two-row, white wheat, caramel and Munich malt. Fresh pineapple is added during the primary fermentation then crushed and cooled to allow the natural flavors to infuse the beer.

    Mr Pineapple can
    “Mr. Pineapple knows how to get the party started,” said Anthony Canecchia, founder and brewmaster at SanTan Brewing Company. “Working with Rexam, we created a new look for its can, something exciting that’s going to make you smile from the first sip to the last drop. We’re also very pleased to be partnering with Chiquita to improve the quality of our beer by using a premium juice that allows us to support sustainable agriculture and to be more socially responsible.”

    Originally created as a signature craft beer for SanTan Brewing Company’s annual Luau celebration, Mr. Pineapple’s popularity among craft beer lovers grew rapidly in its first few years of production. To meet increasing demand, SanTan teamed up with Rexam and began canning Mr. Pineapple in 2013 – making it easily portable and ready for summertime cookouts, pool parties, beach days and other outdoor adventures. The brewery also benefits from the many other advantages aluminum cans deliver. They provide complete barrier protection from light and oxygen helping to preserve the beer’s taste and freshness longer. Cans are also light-weight, which can reduce shipping costs. And they are the most sustainable beverage package in the world, recycled at double the rate of any other option.

    Claude Marbach, president, Rexam BCNA, commented on the continued partnership with SanTan Brewing Company. “We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with SanTan providing them with the perfect packaging solution for their craft beer. Our cans help attract attention on store shelves, maintain beverage integrity and deliver superior recycling, filling, distribution and retail display economics that will help the brewery continue to build its brand and business.”
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    29.04.2015   Skinny Dip Summer Beer    ( Company news )

    Company news Skinny Dip is a full-bodied, figure-friendly tribute to the lightly attired summer months. This guilt-free lager’s frisky character and sunny flavor make it the perfect choice for kick-starting seductive summer fun. Lively Cascade hops and complementary peaches brighten a wash of bready malts with sunny citrus flavor and a slight fruity pucker, creating a crisp sip as invigorating as a frothy dip in a mountain pond. Shed your inhibitions this season and take the plunge: Grab a friend, go bottoms up, and share a Skinny Dip.

    Skinny Dip makes its returns as the summer seasonal in 2015, and to celebrate we're supporting swimable waters by donating $1, up to $10,000, to Waterkeeper Alliance for every use of the hashtag #WaterkeeperDip.
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)

     
    28.04.2015   Britvic's CEO Simon Litherland appointed as ISBA's new President    ( Company news )

    Company news Simon Litherland (photo), CEO of Britvic plc has been appointed the President of ISBA, the Voice of British Advertisers.

    He succeeds Jon Woods, General Manager of Coca-Cola GB and Ireland, from February 2015. In his new role, Simon will chair the ISBA Council, the senior governance body of ISBA.

    Simon Litherland, CEO of Britvic plc and ISBA President said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of President of ISBA, the only body focused solely on championing the interests of advertisers in the UK, and at a time when the organisation is enjoying unprecedented growth.

    As a significant advertiser, I appreciate only too well the value that ISBA brings to our business, on the regulatory, media and capability fronts, enabling us to extract maximum value from our marcoms spend.

    This election year doubtless holds a few surprises and I look forward to working with the ISBA team to ensure that the interests of advertisers are safeguarded.”

    Simon was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Britvic Plc in February 2013 and is responsible for delivery of the company’s business strategy. He joined the company in 2011 as Managing Director of Britvic GB.
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    28.04.2015   Festo continues on its course of worldwide growth    ( Company news )

    Company news -Pneumatic and electric automation on a broader basis
    -With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year, Festo Group consolidated its market position.

    Photo: Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG

    With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year (2013: 2.28 billion euros), the Festo Group consolidated its global market position and continued its successful growth of the past few years. The regions of Asia, the Americas and Europe were also marked by growth. The German market grew the most strongly in a year-on-year comparison. Significant impulse for growth was given by the Customer Solutions, Process Automation and Electric Automation divisions. The Didactic division further extended its presence on the market and registered a very good year. Over the coming years, the company intends to extend its leading market position even further with its new LEAD strategy (Leadership in Automation and Didactic) in pneumatic and electric actuation for industrial automation and in vocational education.

    The financial year 2014 in summary
    With growth of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in 2014, Festo surpassed its predicted increase in turnover of 6 to 7 %. Broken down by region, the year-on-year increase amounted to 8 % in Asia, 5 % in the Americas and 8 % in Europe. Sales on the German domestic market grew by 9 %.
    In addition to the strategic business fields, the growth generators in Germany were development in the field of Electronic Light Assembly (electronics and assembly of small components) and new projects in the automotive industry. Cooperation with major customers was also extended.
    Customer Solutions (CS), Process Automation (PA) and Electric Automation (EA) number among the important pillars of growth for Festo. The CS division grew by 8 %, and PA by under 4 %. The EA division grew the most strongly, with a rate of 18 %. Didactic, the world market leader in vocational education and training, consolidated its position and rounded off a very positive year with a growth rate of more than 17 %.
    “Festo has grown rapidly and successfully over the past few years. From this position of strength, we shall now invest in the future with our new LEAD strategy and further extend our leading position in the market for pneumatic and electric actuation in industrial automation and in vocational education,” said Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG.

    Customer Solutions in high demand
    The demand for custom-designed systems solutions expedited growth in the Customer Solutions division. “In view of the high demand for Customer Solutions, we are constantly extending our global network of Technical Engineering Centres and Application Centres. This enables us to realise customer projects rapidly and in an agile manner on location in all regions,” said Dr. Veit.
    Positive growth was also recorded by the MedLab unit with its automation solutions for medical and laboratory technology: its annual increase in turnover registered over the past ten years amounts to almost 13 %.

    Growth in Process Automation
    The special solutions competence of Festo is reflected not only in Factory Automation, but also in Process Automation; this has led to an increase in turnover in the fields of water/wastewater and biotech/pharmaceuticals.

    Electric automation acquires increasing significance
    In addition to pneumatic automation technology, increasing significance is also being acquired by its electric counterpart. “With 18 %, Electric Automation was the division with the highest growth rate,” explained Dr. Veit.
    “Electric automation and pneumatics are important technological keys to the production of the future. Production processes must become even more flexible, while system functions are frequently becoming increasingly complex with more stringent requirements placed on networked communication. Festo has the right solution here: we offer our customers technology-neutral automation – both pneumatic and electric,” said Dr. Veit in clarifying the target.

    Festo Didactic strengthens its market position
    The networked flexible production of the future also places new practical demands on the qualification of students and specialist employees. In this regard, Festo Didactic consolidated its leading position on the market last year with new education concepts and learning systems in the context of Industry 4.0.
    With the takeover of the Canadian-US company Lab-Volt in June 2014, the company extended its portfolio in the field of technical learning systems for electronics, electrical engineering and energy management. The new “LabVolt Series” learning systems for the sectors of electronics, electrical engineering and energy management are produced in Canada and the USA and represent an invaluable supplement to the product range of Festo Didactic.

    Technological leadership extended
    “Our innovation pipeline is completely full for the next few years,” emphasised Dr. Veit. To further enhance its position as the technological market leader, the company is also investing in the development of electric automation engineering in addition to pneumatics. Dr. Eberhard Veit: “Customers want integral solutions – from the product, to systems, up to custom-designed solutions and the appropriate software. We are therefore investing more than 7 % of our global annual turnover in research and development, and thus in new smart, intuitive product innovations along with more than 10,000 individual solutions that help boost our customers’ productivity even further,” Dr. Veit added.
    Festo has important topics on its agenda: “Current megatrends such as energy efficiency, globalisation, digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and the life sciences open up interesting opportunities. For this reason, our company will be extending its range of products and solutions in the fields of medical engineering and laboratory automation over the coming years. Likewise, we are increasing our range of offers in process automation to include Industrial Water, Chemical (fine chemicals) and Food Processing. In view of recent developments and trends such as big data, smart services and electromobility, we are expecting short- and long-term impulses for products and markets that support the technology portfolio of Festo and reinforce its current market position, while at the same time helping to open up new markets,” explained the Chairman of the Management Board.

    The focus of research is on Industry 4.0
    The research and development activities in the context of Industry 4.0 are being given special emphasis. “We at Festo see Industry 4.0 as a highly interdisciplinary future project, on which we are constantly working in cooperation with partners from science and industry. Festo is involved for example in a number of joint research projects that deal with various aspects of future production. However, not only the latest technical developments are important here, but also the question of what status the human operator will have in the overall context of future production, and how a company can prepare its employees for this development. We are addressing this matter with our Didactic unit,” said Dr. Veit.
    “Practical examples of this are our Cyber Physical Factory, a modular production facility for vocational education and training in Industry 4.0 at our Didactic unit; and the Multi-Carrier System in Electric Automation, an innovative transport system for greater flexibility in production processes,” Dr. Veit added. “The Multi-Carrier System incorporates important options relevant to Industry 4.0. Our flagship product, the CPX automation platform, will also be capable of integration into Industry 4.0 environments via OPC-UA.” Festo has initiated many further customer projects in the field of digitalisation of industrial automation. Our customers set store by the competence of Festo in technology and innovation, and in vocational education.
    “We are also providing fresh impulse in the areas of our Bionic Learning Network and our Future Concepts again this year," said Dr. Veit. At the Hannover Messe 2015 trade fair, this is particularly relevant in the light of the motto “Join the Network!” The projects illustrate how networked communication between individual systems can be combined into an intelligent overall system and provide interesting approaches to future production.

    Investments in Germany as a production location
    In 2015, it is readily apparent that Festo is also investing in Germany to an increasing extent and is setting store by this country as an industrial location. No less than three new buildings are being occupied and officially opened this year: the Automation Center at the corporate headquarters in Esslingen, the Technology Factory in Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and the Global Production Centre Hassel in Rohrbach (Saarland) with its emphasis on new materials and polymers. At this site alone, the company has invested a total of around 150 million euros in the development of know-how and competence and in state-of-the-art working environments.
    The Technology Factory currently under construction represents a significant step towards the production of the future. New concepts from Industry 4.0 are also being applied and tested here. On completion of this complex, control elements, valves, valve manifolds and electronic components will be manufactured here. The Ostfildern-Scharnhausen location is designed as a future-proof adaptable factory: approaches from Industry 4.0 are being realised at this facility, and the CPX platform and the Multi-Carrier System will be in operation in many production units there. In addition, the insights gained in various research projects will be implemented and tested in a pilot area. All components for the AS interface – a data and energy supplier for actuators and sensors – will also be manufactured in this factory.

    Global investments in know-how and technology
    The focus on growth and on customer requirements calls for investments. “Customers in Asia and America now expect the same service, excellent delivery reliability and consultation that our customers enjoy in Europe,” explains Dr. Eberhard Veit. Festo is making investments worldwide to meet these demands on a global basis. Altogether, around 300 million euros have been invested in the development of the global development, production and logistics network as well as in new buildings. These investments are focused on the USA, Hungary, Bulgaria, Switzerland and China along with Korea, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
    More than 40 million US dollars are being invested in America alone. On a site in Mason, Ohio measuring more than 15,000 m², a new production and logistics centre is being built that will commence operations this year and be officially opened in 2016. The new Regional Service Centre (RSC) caters to additional growth in the USA, Canada and Mexico. With its centrally located new RSC, Festo offers its customers in North America innovative tailor-made solutions and even better service. “This will further consolidate our position in the American automation market,” said Dr. Veit.
    Festo is thus continuing with its successful two-pronged strategy. In Germany, Festo is pursuing the development of know-how, research and development, new technologies and technology factories; and at its locations in the global growth markets, production is carried out in the region for the region. The modules are adapted on location to suit specific regions or customers, and tailor-made individual solutions are devised. With the national companies and production centres outside Germany, Festo has been making a major contribution toward improving the innovative power and production quality of the new markets. "This has boosted the technological standards and demands in the local markets; for us, this in turn increases the demand for competitive automation solutions,” explains Dr. Veit.

    Global growth markets open up new opportunities: focus on the USA and China
    To assert itself on the future growth markets and remain competitive on a global scale, Festo already underwent a restructuring process last year. “In future, growth will take place not only in Germany and Europe, but above all in Asia and America. We shall therefore greatly increase our presence in the high-focus countries of the USA and China; we have already been making preparations for this over the past few years. We shall also establish a broader basis for our activities and invest in new growth sectors such as electric light assembly (ELA). Nevertheless, we shall not lose sight of our core business: in pneumatics, we intend to open up additional market segments with a focused, competitive product range. In our Electric Automation, Process Automation, Customer Solutions and Didactic divisions, too, we shall extend our range of activities and enhance our position on the market,” said Dr. Veit.
    In future, Festo will be concentrating to a greater extent on its traditional fields of expertise: excellent consultation for its customers, a high level of solutions competence for individual requirements, a first-class product range, excellent logistics performance, technology and innovations competence in many areas, a global market presence and competent service.

    Festo as a top employer: a professional future with career opportunities
    Over the past few years, Festo has constantly grown not only in terms of turnover. The workforce grew in 2014 to 17,800 worldwide (previous year: 16,700), including 8,100 employees in Germany (previous year: 7,700) and 9,700 abroad (previous year: 9,000).
    In 2014, Festo once again numbered among the top 100 employers for engineers in Germany and the top 500 in Europe. The company provides ideal working conditions, career opportunities and the possibility of lifelong learning and internal or external further education for trainees, first-time employees and young professionals, but also for employees with long professional experience. Junior employees are strategically supported with a talent management programme. Added to this are specific offers for on-the-job studies. Young aspirants are also given support in the form of a stipend or as part of the Stay Inspired student development programme.
    Last year, a total of around 120 trainees and bachelor students in Germany and 25 in China embarked on a course of education with Festo. Two of them can look forward to a very special year ahead: as the winners of the preliminary round of national professional competitions, they will represent Germany in the mechatronics section of the WorldSkills vocational championship in Brazil later this year.
    Software will play an increasingly significant role in future production. After all, there can be no intelligent products without the appropriate software. For the automation specialist Festo, it is therefore increasingly important for interdisciplinary teams to develop uniform solutions with a consistent architecture at the interface of hardware and software. “We offer exciting career prospects in the environment of Industry 4.0, also for software developers,” emphasised Dr. Veit.
    (Festo AG & Co. KG)
     
    27.04.2015   Rexam chosen by Sagres beer to launch 10 new can designs showcasing Portugal's diverse culture    ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam, a leading global can maker, has been chosen by Sagres, the Portuguese beer brand, to create packaging for their range of new, limited edition can designs that promote the cultural diversity of ten regions in Portugal.

    The unique cans use Rexam’s innovative HD printing techniques and matt-over-varnish finish to bring to life the illustrated designs. Designed by renowned Portuguese artist, Joana Vasconcelos, the limited edition range celebrates Portuguese passion for the arts and home grown talent.

    Speaking about the partnership, Sagres Marketing Manager, Raul Simão says, “We are thrilled with how Rexam was able to provide a packaging format to display our ten fantastic eye-catching designs that illustrate our patriotism and pride in our culture. The cans have great stand-out on shelf and we know our customers will love them. Working alongside a like-minded brand that shares our values of innovation and commitment to sustainability was key in helping us to choose the right partner.”

    The 33cl cans were produced out of Rexam’s La Selva plant in Spain, which recently underwent an extensive engineering project to now operate with aluminium-only production lines. The cans were available to consumers in the Portuguese market from October to December 2014.
    (Rexam Beverage Can Ibérica SL)
     
    24.04.2015   BERICAP's DoubleSeal Closure for Smoothies    ( Company news )

    Company news Proven closure technology for Austrian brand

    BERICAP has been producing one-piece closures for aseptic application for many years.
    One of these closures is the 38mm 2-start closure equipped with the typical BERICAP DoubleSeal System. Featuring an inner boreseal and outer sealing lip, it delivers excellent tightness for an aseptically filled product. The slit tamper evidence band ensures the integrity of the product and breaks conveniently on first opening.
    The 38mm one-piece DoubleSeal closure suits all common sterilization methods and fits onto the standard 2-start PET neck used in the market.
    It was with these proven quality arguments in mind that persuaded the Austrian owner of the ‘Jucyou’ smoothie brand to opt for the DS 38/16 SDS LC closure from BERICAP.
    Recognizing the trends in the market BERICAP, has a varied range of closures available for aseptic application suitable for all known sterilization methods and fitting 33mm to 38mm neck sizes.
    BERICAP’s closures for aseptic fillings are used in many countries and offer a distinctive combination of strong, reliable sealing and protection of the integrity of the filled products.
    (Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    23.04.2015   KHS: much greater demand for PET consultancy    ( Company news )

    Company news -Customer demand for new bottle designs noticeably higher in 2014
    -Lightweight and special bottle designs at the forefront
    -Holistic consultancy program

    Photo: Packaging designer Claudia Schulte combines the specific properties of a PET bottle with high-quality design.

    The demand for packaging solutions in plastic is huge the world over. The market wants sustainable, energy-efficient products for ever more sophisticated designs and applications. It requires packaging which is gentle on materials, energy and the product yet can be individually tailored to the specific content and brand. Whether water or beer, milk or fruit juice, shampoo or detergent, every content makes specific demands of the packaging.

    Sophisticated solutions
    KHS provides optimum solutions which meet these complex specifications with its innovative Bottles & Shapes™ program. This all-round service covers the entire development process from the initial suggested designs through laboratory testing to the ready-to-produce bottle, optimizing both the material and energy consumption and the balance between product quality and economy for the PET bottle. All of the relevant aspects for the smooth application of the new bottle in the filling and packaging line are also taken into account from the beginning. This holistic service was particularly popular with customers in 2014, this mirrored in the record growth in blow mold production of 25% compared to 2013.
    From a marketing point of view new bottle designs with special shapes are an important distinguishing feature and a selling point for consumers. Optimized bottle designs also help companies to save on materials and thus costs and resources.
    "We always start with the desired end product. This means that we ask our customers which demands they make of their plastic bottles. We take these parameters and design the ideal solution as a sample. We then develop the blow mold, carry out intensive laboratory testing and finally manufacture on state-of-the-art production lines," explains Johannes Köstlin, director of Service at KHS Corpoplast.
    With its successful Bottles & Shapes™ program KHS can react to individual customer requirements quickly and flexibly to produce a newly developed, tested bottle in a short space of time.

    Benchmark in PET lightweighting
    Particular proof that the Bottles and Shapes™ program has potential is manifested in KHS' lightweight record for 2014, held by the lightest 0.5-liter PET bottle worldwide for highly carbonated beverages with a screw cap and a weight of just 10.9 grams. The required quality properties such as stability and top load have of course been retained. In mass production a reduction in weight and material of this magnitude soon yields a financial saving that goes into six figures (in €).

    KHS is expecting further growth through its Bottles & Shapes™ program in 2015. Not only new customers will be a determinative factor here, estimates Johannes Köstlin. "We're also optimizing the production processes at our existing customer sites to boost the efficiency of lines already in operation. We see great potential here, as our customers can make considerable material and energy savings with new technologies and mold designs and thus significantly lower their production costs."
     
    22.04.2015   Africa: Guinness Nigeria Plc’s CEO promoted President, Diageo Africa    ( E-Malt.com )

    Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, announced on April 16 a change in the leadership of the company. Mr. John O’Keeffe, current Managing Director/CEO has been promoted President, Diageo Africa, joining the Diageo Executive Committee and reporting into Dr. Nick Blazquez, President Africa and Asia.

    Mr. O’Keeffe’s new appointment will take effect from 1st July 2015.

    Guinness Nigeria has also announced the appointment of Mr. Soren Lauridsen as Mr. O’Keeffe’s successor. Mr. Lauridsen joins Diageo from Carlsberg and brings with considerable experience in the beer category and knowledge of emerging markets.

    Mr. Lauridsen will resume his role in May 2015 and will work alongside Mr. O’Keeffe until the end of the financial year in June 2015 to ensure a smooth transition.
     
    22.04.2015   ENGEL Symposium 2015: more than 3000 guests expected    ( Company news )

    Company news Experience. Innovation. Passion – that is the motto at the ENGEL Symposium 2015 in St. Valentin and Linz, Austria, 16th – 18th June. Every three years, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system expert invites its customers and partners to Austria for its in-house exhibition. The innovative strength of the ENGEL Symposium 2015 will once again surpass its previous editions with several world premiers, numerous challenging applications and pioneering solutions. More than 3000 visitors from all regions of the world are expected.
    For three days, everything at ENGEL in St. Valentin and in the Design Center in Linz will revolve around the current and future challenges of the injection moulding industry. The ENGEL large-size machine production plant will practically be transformed into an injection moulding production facility for this event. Sophisticated components for the automotive, technical moulding, teletronics, packaging and medical industries will be produced at new levels of product quality and with previously unseen efficiency in a total of 15 highly integrated and automated production cells. In numerous Expert Corners, the focus will be on topics like new developments for intelligent process optimisation, controlled plastification and the broad spectrum of ENGEL service products, among other things. Beyond that, a top-class lecture programme, a partner exhibition, and the 2015 ENGEL HL-Awards ceremony make the ENGEL Symposium an important international event for the industry.

    Machine innovations: presenting a triple pack
    Liquidmetal: efficient injection moulding of metal alloys
    With Liquidmetal (photo), ENGEL opens the door to completely new classes of material and product characteristics; metal alloys can now be efficiently injection moulded. As the exclusive machine manufacturing partner of Liquidmetal Technologies from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA, ENGEL is the only provider worldwide to offer system solutions for the injection moulding of Liquidmetal materials. For the first time, showcased in the production of medical instruments at its 2015 symposium, ENGEL will be presenting the technological and market possibilities that its collaboration with Liquidmetal Technologies opens up for plastics processors and metal goods manufacturers.
    Liquidmetal alloys – also called metallic glass – represent a completely new class of material with outstanding mechanical characteristics. The alloys are significantly stronger and at the same time significantly more elastic than the alloys and steels conventionally used, which makes it possible to produce components with a completely new profile of characteristics. Together with Liquidmetal Technologies Inc., ENGEL has developed an innovative solution for the processing of the Liquidmetal alloys on the basis of its all-electric ENGEL e-motion series of injection moulding machines. This solution prepares the way for economical large-scale production of high-precision metal components that previously could only be fabricated with MIM processing or machined individually with CNC systems.
    ENGEL sees great potential for the new technique in the area of medical technology. Beyond that, possibilities present themselves in a number of other areas, such as in the sporting goods or the aviation and aerospace industries. The first Liquidmetal applications have already been realised in the electronics industry.

    New O-ring machine: producing mass products competitively
    O-rings and flat gaskets are central to the reliability and safety of many different applications. Moreover, standard mass-market products in particular are subject to exceptionally high pressure on pricing. These products can only be built competitively with highly precise, reliable and efficient manufacturing technology. In order to provide even better support for its customers in this area, ENGEL has developed a new hydraulic machine for all common rubber compounds. The horizontal machine with screw injection unit ensures very high precision for production with small and mid-sized shot volumes. It makes fully automatic processing possible with conventional brush modules. Additional features include the compact footprint and high energy efficiency thanks to the standard ecodrive drive unit. Because of the long heating phases, the ENGEL servo-hydraulics achieve particularly large savings in the production of O-rings and flat gaskets.

    ENGEL e-speed: new machine size reduces cycle times with large shot volumes
    ENGEL e-speed – that is the latest machine innovation from the ENGEL packaging business unit. ENGEL presented the 650-tonne hybrid machine with electrical clamping unit and hydraulic injection unit for the first time at the K 2013. At its 2015 symposium, ENGEL will be presenting a second variation of the large high-speed machine with a larger injection unit. The machine size 6 with a screw diameter of 120 mm has added a larger dimension to what the system can offer. Until now, the ENGEL e-speed 650 was available with a 90 mm screw.
    The new machine size guarantees short cycle times even with large shot volumes. The ENGEL e-speed will provide an impressive demonstration of this during the symposium with the production of cartridges for the do-it-yourself market. The cartridges have a wall thickness of 1.4 mm and a weight of 50 g each. In a 16-fold mould from Otto Hofstetter (Uznach, Switzerland), this results in a total shot capacity of 800 g. A cycle time of under 10 seconds is achieved for this process.
    The cartridge production makes optimal use of the benefits of the hybrid machine. The long hollow forms require a high injection force while the mould must also be able to be opened and closed very quickly. For such requirements, ENGEL has a particularly energy-efficient – with ecodrive as a standard – and also IML-capable solution in its programme: the ENGEL e‑speed. The ENGEL e-speed 650 in machine size 6 achieves the highest hydraulic force that ENGEL has realised in the area of packaging thus far, and with that it sets new standards in the industry.

    Large-size machines: sensitivity for flexible integration
    Dimensionally stable components with little material
    Together with Georg Kaufmann Formenbau (Busslingen, Switzerland), Daimler has developed a production process for the production of boot coverings based on the ENGEL coinmelt injection compression moulding technology. Before this process will go into series production after the ENGEL Symposium, the visitors at the Symposium can convince themselves of its high efficiency. An ENGEL duo 11050/1700 injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 60 linear robot will be demonstrating the production of ready-to-install components.
    What is special about this application is the three-dimensional very complex part geometry which is strongly ribbed and has several undercuts. Here, the injection compression process allows an excellent fine structure reproduction without warpage. Compared with compact injection moulding smaller wall thicknesses can be realized. This reduces the weight and saves raw material costs. In the injection compression moulding process, the polymer melt is injected into the gap for the compression stroke which requires less injection pressure compared to conventional injection moulding processes. Just before the polymer melt flow stops, the clamping unit starts to close – with controlled parallelism and defined clamping force. The sealing pressure, which replaces the post-injection pressure of the conventional injection moulding process, is distributed homogeneously along the entire length of the part, therefore reducing material shrinkage, also when small wall thicknesses are produced. An important prerequisite for this is a very precise opening stroke of the moving mould mounting platen, which is assured by the individually controlled short stroke pressure pads of the ENGEL duo machine.
    ENGEL coinmelt is a low-pressure injection moulding method. This means that machines with lower clamping forces can be used compared to standard injection moulding processes. Under the name of ENGEL coinmelt ENGEL offers system solutions for the different variations of the injection compression moulding.

    Set targeted component properties
    To control specific component properties with the injection moulding process and boost cost efficiency at the same time – this challenge is at the focus of the production of seat shells for office chairs. The Allgaier Kunststoffverarbeitung company in Nesselwang, Germany, specialises among others in 2K sandwich processes for this purpose. A current project employs a co-injection head, a new development from their machine construction partner ENGEL, that will be presented at the ENGEL Symposium. There an ENGEL duo 4400/700 injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 40 robot will be producing seat shells for the new IN office chair from Wilkhahn (Bad Münder, Germany). Because the backrest and the seat constitute one unit, diverse properties must be combined in the component. The backrest must achieve high rigidity, while the seat must be flexible in some areas. In addition, there are high demands placed on the quality of the surface finishing, because the visible areas are not processed any further after the injection moulding. Allgaier masters these challenges with the help of co-injection technology. Glass-fibre reinforced polyamide is processed for the core, and unreinforced polyamide for the outer layer.

    Compact integration: an ENGEL easix multi-axis robot does a headstand
    The Teletronics business unit also presents itself with a large-scale machine application, the most impressive aspect of which is its extremely space-saving robot integration. The ENGEL easix multi-axis robot hangs head-down into the production cell and therefore needs no separate floor space. An ENGEL duo 1800/400 is employed for the production of operating consoles. The ENGEL easix places two capacitive films in the mould per cycle, and removes a finished part at the same time.
    One film provides a single-touch and the other a multi-touch functionality. They are situated at the back of the component, while the front side is decorated via IMD. The decoration film has blank areas that will later be backlit in the completely assembled console. Transparent ABS is injected between the decoration film and the functional films. In so doing, the ENGEL duo machine demonstrates its sensitivity. In order to avoid displacing the films or damaging the capacitive electronics, the flow of the melt must be controlled very precisely.
    Together with Leonhard Kurz and the functional film manufacturer PolyIC (both located in Fürth, Germany), ENGEL presents the immediate future of functional surfaces with ready-for-connection capacitive film technology with this application. The exhibit shows a complete process chain for the production of sensitive functional components in a clean-room environment. After take-out, the multi-axis robot transfers the component to a cleaning station provided by the Kist Maschinenbau company (Dresden, Germany) for the ENGEL Symposium. The laminar flow unit is provided by Max Petek Reinraumtechnik of Radolfzell, Germany.

    Technology Centre for Lightweight Composites
    Composite technologies from a single source
    Lightweight design in automobile construction is currently one of the strongest motors for innovation. Aircraft construction leads the way, although the processes for producing lightweight components that have become established there cannot be transferred to the automobile industry that is characterised by large batch numbers. It is therefore necessary to develop new processes as well as new materials that achieve the productivity and cost-efficiency required for automobile manufacturing. Important keys for this include injection moulding, which offers much potential for process integration and automation, and also thermoplastic matrix systems that allow for short cycle times. As an injection moulding machine manufacturer with a great amount of expertise and experience in automation, ENGEL makes significant contributions in this area. At its Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies in St. Valentin, ENGEL promotes the intensive interdisciplinary development of fibre composite technology together with partner companies and universities. During its symposium, ENGEL provides visitors insights into the work being done at the technology centre and calls attention to the opportunities that collaborative research make possible.
    Together with its partners Fill (Gurten, Austria) and Hennecke (St. Augustin, Germany), ENGEL will be giving a step by step demonstration of an HP-RTM process with a generic test component on an ENGEL v-duo 3550/1100 machine during the symposium. Hennecke is its partner for polyurethane processing; Fill specialises in the production and processing of fibre-reinforced composite preform elements. Thanks to the close cooperation with its partners, ENGEL can also provide highly integrated system solutions – including the production of preforms – for the production of FRP components from a single source.

    ENGEL v-duo keeps production cells compact
    The ENGEL v-duo was developed specifically for fibre-reinforced composite applications, but is also flexible enough to be used for processes involving high cavity pressures such as those employed in conventional injection moulding. The large-size vertical machine is characterised by a very high degree of rigidity and excellent platen parallelism, and platen-parallelism control for injection compression moulding is included in the standard version of the machine.
    The ENGEL v-duo enables very compact production cells to be used at low costs. In comparison with conventional presses, the ENGEL v-duo machine has only about half the height and is about 60 percent lighter. This reduces the work and costs involved in laying a base for the machine. In many cases, existing hall structures can be used. The clamping unit can be accessed from all four sides instead of just two, which speeds up maintenance work and also simplifies automation. In addition, handling devices can be integrated to save space, and move straight into the mould area. Using sliding tables, insertion tasks, for example, can be carried out outside the clamping unit, which slashes the cycle time even further for many applications. The standard version of the ENGEL v-duo also comes with the ecodrive servo-hydraulic system. The usual hydraulic accumulator has been done away with completely here, allowing the ENGEL v-duo to set new standards in energy efficiency as well.
    Visitors at the ENGEL Symposium will also be given exciting insights into the assembly of the ENGEL v-duo machines during the tour of the exhibits. Among the things that can be seen will be an ENGEL v-duo 3600 – the largest model in the series.

    All-electric: efficient implementation of high performance
    LSR: take advantage of the full potential
    High-precision, burr-free, no reworking required, automated – these are the demands placed on elastomer processing. ENGEL demonstrates just how the full potential can be optimally exploited in this area with the production of earplugs made of liquid silicone rubber on an all-electric ENGEL e-mac 170/50 injection moulding machine. For this, a four-cavity mould is used provided by ENGEL partner awetis engineering+manufacturing from Laudenbach, Germany.
    The earplugs are removed by an ENGEL e-pic robot. The new pick-and-place robot from ENGEL convinces with a completely new kind of kinematics that combines linear movements with a swiveling arm making it particularly compact and energy-efficient. The ENGEL e-pic fits in the space within the extended safety perimeter of the ENGEL e-mac injection moulding machine.

    Maximum performance up into the largest clamping force classes
    High performance is the theme of the packaging exhibit. Disposable cutlery will be produced on an all-electric ENGEL e-motion injection moulding machine. Knives and forks, sorted and packaged respectively, leave the manufacturing cell to 24 pieces each per shot. The manufacturing of mass-market products in the packaging industry is subject to particularly strong pressure on pricing. One trend is therefore moving towards multiple-cavity moulds that require correspondingly larger injection moulding machines. ENGEL responded very early to this trend, and today it is the only injection moulding machine manufacturer to offer all-electric machines with a clamping force of up to 6,500 kN.
    Because the mould for producing the cutlery does not include any hydraulic components, the efficiency potential of the all-electric machine can be exploited optimally. The machine's rapid acceleration, short opening stroke and simultaneous movements reduce cycle time. About 4.5 seconds are required for the injection moulding of the forks and knives. The production process is fully automated. The cutlery is removed from the side, separated, stacked and packaged. The automation technology partner is Campetella from Montecassiano, Italy. Since absolutely no oil is required, the production cell fulfills the high hygienic demands placed on applications for the food sector.

    Expert Corners: intelligent add-ons for machines
    Increase the homogeneity of the melt without intervening in the process
    One prerequisite for the production of high-quality injection-moulded parts is the thermal homogeneity of the plastificated plastic mass. However, the mass transported by the screw into the screw antechamber exhibits radial and axial gradients in temperature. For a long time, the precise measurement of these differences in temperature during the injection moulding process was impossible due to the difficult conditions. Together with the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, ENGEL has developed an innovative method for measuring the radial and axial temperature gradients in the melt in the screw antechamber based on fact that the speed of ultrasonic waves varies depending on temperature. During its symposium, ENGEL will be presenting the potential this method has for applications.
    Measuring systems based on ultrasound are of interest for the monitoring of injection moulding processes because it is a non-invasive method that can be carried out without interfering with the process. The applications for the ultrasonic methods range from the efficient verification of numeric simulations to the optimisation of components in the mix.

    New iQ software automatically determines the required clamping force
    The iQ product family for intelligent process control and optimisation is growing. A new software will celebrate its world premier at the 2015 symposium. The software automatically determines the clamping force required for the respective mould – without any specifications being set by the technicians. The clamping force is ascertained quickly and objectively on the basis of mould breathing.
    Since mould breathing is caused by the expanding pressure in the cavity, it can therefore be used – like the cavity pressure – to optimise the process. In contrast to the cavity pressure, this significant signal can be utilised without additional sensors. By monitoring mould breathing, the risk of flaws such as burr formation can be reduced significantly, and the mould can be reliably protected against overfilling. Even when the process conditions change, the software ensures that mould breathing remains constant by automatically adjusting the clamping force accordingly.
    The software and the functions it includes is the first of its kind worldwide and represents yet another unique product that distinguishes ENGEL on the market. The innovation is already the second product in the iQ family. The iQ weight control software, which automatically detects fluctuations in the ambient conditions and raw materials and compensates for them within the same shot, has already been very successful in establishing itself on the market.

    ENGEL plus – More than a machine
    Smart solutions are also the topic in the ENGEL plus exhibit area of the ENGEL customer service division. There it becomes clear that industry 4.0 is not just a buzzword for ENGEL, but has already long become daily practice in many areas. The latest product is the new ENGEL e-connect customer portal that makes processing service requests and ordering spare parts even easier and quicker while also adding even more transparency. The customer app which carries the same name makes it possible to send service requests directly from a smart phone from any location.
    Further smart solutions in the Expert Corner are ENGEL e-factory, the MES solution from ENGEL for the far-sighted control of production processes on a real-time basis, and ENGEL e-flomo, the intelligent cooling water monitoring and control system which is integrated into the machine control unit.
    In addition to ENGEL e-connect, two more apps are being presented: ENGEL e-calc for the configuration of injection moulding machines according to material and component being produced, and ENGEL plastyfine, the comprehensive image database that not only helps operators identify faults, but at the same time also describes the physical causes and possible technical processing solutions.
    Industrie 4.0 – for ENGEL, that means supporting the people in the production department. The goal is not just to boost the productivity, efficiency and availability of the machines and system solutions, but also to increase the stability and safety of the processes.

    Anniversary: 25 years of tie-bar-less technology
    Special exhibit showcasing the success story
    Compact manufacturing cells, efficient automation and fast set-up processes: With their large platens and free access to the mould area, tie-bar-less injection moulding machines fulfil the need for high efficiency and cost-effectiveness in production in the best possible way. 25 years ago, ENGEL became the first injection moulding machine manufacturer worldwide to present a tie-bar-less machine that still today remains a unique product distinguishing ENGEL on the market. The tie-bar-less injection moulding machines have long become one of ENGEL's biggest revenue sources. More than 60,000 tie-bar-less machines have been delivered worldwide and are successfully adapting to constantly changing requirements. The ecodrive servo-hydraulics and the new ENGEL e-motion TL all-electric tie-bar-less compact series show that ENGEL also has tie-bar-less answers to the trends of the 21st century. "25 years of tie-bar-less technology" – ENGEL is dedicating a special exhibit to this success story at its 2015 symposium.
    The 2015 ENGEL HL-Awards ceremony on the evening of June 16th represent another highlight of the anniversary celebrations. ENGEL will be honouring outstanding tie-bar-less applications for the eighth time. New this year is that the prizes will be awarded in three categories: efficient use of the mould area, innovative process integration and economical automation concept.

    Learning from a master of the trade: Karim Rashid is coming to Linz
    It is already a long-standing tradition for ENGEL to not only present numerous innovations in the areas of products and technology at its symposium, but also to organize top-quality presentations and speakers for the accompanying conference at the Design Centre Linz. Industry 4.0 is only one of the many interesting topics that will be discussed this year in the context of the current challenges and trends in injection moulding.
    A special highlight will be the topic presented by Karim Rashid, who will be coming to Linz from New York for the ENGEL Symposium. Karim Rashid is considered to be the pop star in the world of design. Over the past 30 years, his product designs, which are unusual, but always suitable for everyday life, have significantly influenced the way we see products. Rashid will take the guests at the ENGEL Symposium into his world of "blobism" and will reveal new aspects of functionality and design.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    22.04.2015   Indonesia: Ban on sales of drinks in convenience and other small stores to ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... hit global brewers Heineken and Diageo

    Heineken and Diageo are braced for sales of beer in Indonesia to go flat when a government clampdown comes into force on April 16 that could affect half the country’s beer sales, The Financial Times reported on April 13.

    Diageo, the world’s biggest spirits company, has called on the government of the world’s fourth-most populous country to postpone the controversial ban on sales of drinks with less than 5 per cent alcohol volume — mainly beer — in convenience and other small stores.

    The decision, announced in January, is another setback in the markets on which global drinks companies are increasingly pinning their growth hopes.

    Several emerging markets have shifted from promising to problematic lately, notably China, where sales of expensive cognac and whisky have fallen sharply following president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive.

    This has hit profits at drinks groups, including France’s Pernod Ricard and Rémy Cointreau. China’s clampdown on extravagant spending has also led to a drop in beer sales because fewer people are eating out.

    The Indonesian government says its measure is aimed at reducing under-age drinking and loutish behaviour outside minimarkets. But the decree is also seen as another sign of the rising influence of Islamic groups in a country that is home to the world’s largest Muslim population.

    Amsterdam-based Heineken has a roughly 70 per cent market share of beer sales in the former Dutch colony through its majority-stake in Multi Bintang, producer of Bintang local beer. It also brews Diageo’s Guinness under licence.

    Heineken called the ban — which will affect an estimated 55,000 small retail outlets that sell about half the country’s beer — “an extreme measure” that was unlikely to solve the problem of underage drinking.

    The hit to sales for Heineken and Diageo in Indonesia is likely to be “significant, but small in the context of group sales”, said Sanjeet Aujla, analyst at Credit Suisse. Indonesia is estimated to account for less than 2 per cent of each company’s total sales, but the domestic beer market has been growing at 5-6 per cent a year, according to the International Wine and Spirits Record, the London-based drinks research group.

    Indonesia’s Brewers Association decried the lack of dialogue with the industry, saying the regulation “threatens to undermine Indonesia’s attractiveness for investors” and would be bad for tourism, especially in Bali, Jakarta and other visitor hotspots.

    Diageo, which has highlighted Indonesia as a growth market, urged the government to delay the measure “for at least another 12 months, so that workable solutions can be reached with multiple parties to achieve the government’s objectives, such as tackling underage drinking”.

    The London-based producer of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka said the ban could increase the risk of illicit alcohol consumption, responsible for hundreds of deaths a year, because large tracts of Indonesia are not served by the larger supermarkets that are allowed to sell beer.

    The Southeast Asian drinks market has proved rough going at times for multinationals confronted with varied and changing regulations, anti-alcohol religious sentiment and entrenched local rivals.
    Advertising restrictions in Southeast Asian countries have hampered the international drinks groups that want to challenge popular local products.

    In Thailand, where protests by Buddhist monks and anti-alcohol campaigners forced ThaiBev to suspend an attempt to list on the stock exchange in 2008, drinks-makers are not allowed to depict their products in their publicity.
     
    22.04.2015   Japan: Kirin Brewery says restoration of tsunami-hit brewery took about one year    ( E-Malt.com )

    Four years after the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people, caused billions of dollars in damage and displaced 230,000 people, many of the companies in the path of the 25-foot waves are back in business, USA Today reported on April 11.

    At Kirin Brewery, a leading Japanese brand and one of the country's oldest makers, 400 staff scrambled out of the factory in Sendai to escape as 70 million beer cans floated away in a series of massive waves that followed the magnitude-9 quake on March 11, 2011. But the brewery and several other businesses in the area had a plan in place to deal with such a disaster.

    "It took us about one year to complete the restoration of the brewery," Noriya Yokota, a Kirin executive, told delegates at the recent World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Yokota said the total cost to resume operations was $50 million.

    As bad as things were, Kirin had taken steps to prepare for large temblor. Emergency kits and meals were available, and the brewery had been outfitted to lessen injuries and damage.

    Disasters such as the 2011 Japanese tsunami are hard lessons in the need to prepare for the worst nature has to offer — and not just for individuals but businesses, too. That's why the Sendai framework on disaster risk reduction is so important.
     
    22.04.2015   Spain & India: Mahou-San Miguel to invest nearly Rs 120 crore in Indian business    ( E-Malt.com )

    Spain's largest brewer Mahou-San Miguel plans to invest nearly Rs 120 crore in India to market its eponymous brand along with local beer Dare Devil in an effort to make the country one of its largest markets globally, The Economic Times reported on April 17.

    The company, which controls more than a third of Spanish beer market, entered India three years ago by acquiring 50 per cent stake in Arian Breweries. Last year, it acquired the remaining stake to set up its first subsidiary and distillery outside Spain.

    "Once we started looking at our global expansion plans, India became an important factor," said Erik D'Auchamp, chief executive officer at Mahou India.

    For Mahou-San Miguel, international markets contribute nearly 13 per cent to its annual revenues of 1.2 billion, or about Rs 7,950 crore. D'Auchamp said the company aims to scale that up to 20 per cent in the next five years. "India is a really an important part of that plan," he said. After a heady double-digit growth last decade, beer sales in India grew less than 3 per cent last fiscal, similar to several other consumer goods segments as shoppers cut back on discretionary spending.

    Yet, several companies are investing on aggressive product launches and packaging innovations. For instance, SABMiller launched Miller Ace and UB launched Heineken beer in cans.

    Since strong beer comprises 80 per cent of the Indian beer market, companies are taking super premium strong beer to more consumers.

    Both the existing brands of Mahou-San Miguel are in the strong segment. "We are also looking at launching lighter brand Mahou Clasica, super premium beer brand Alhambra and even spring water from our global portfolio over time," D'Auchamp said.

    Most global brewers are looking to boost their presence in fast-growing emerging markets such as India. Asia, which accounts for 35 per cent of global beer consumption, is the largest regional beer market.

    "In the next five years, it is estimated that Indian beer market will be 35 million cases, bigger than the Spanish market by then. So there is room for existing players and also for newcomers," D'Auchamp said.
     
    22.04.2015   Tetra Pak reports growth despite a 'challenging year'    ( Company news )

    Company news A further softening of global GDP and rising competition within the liquid food packaging sector made 2014 a challenging year for Tetra Pak. Despite this, the company achieved net sales of €10.9 billion, up 1.7 per cent from 2013, with strong growth in Capital Equipment and Technical Sales helping to offset a disappointing year for packaging material. ​

    “Against the backdrop of a tough year, with slower packaging material growth than originally expected, we saw clear evidence that our business strategy is working. Capital Equipment sales reached almost €2 billion and Technical Sales topped €1 billion for the first time in the company’s history. Our processing business closed the year with a record high order backlog, up 20 per cent compared with the end of 2013. And we saw a significant increase in sales of our advanced packing formats: 7.1 billion more packs reached the shelves in 2014 than in 2013, offering customers optimal functionality and differentiation,” Tetra Pak President and CEO Dennis Jönsson (photo) commented.

    Packaging Solutions
    The company’s Packaging Solutions business reported net sales of €9.4 billion, 0.9 per cent higher than in 2013. Packaging material volumes touched 180 billion packs, slightly ahead of the 178 billion packs sold in 2013, while Capital Equipment saw revenues rise 6.4 per cent year on year and Technical Sales climbed nearly 11 per cent. Almost 30 per cent of Technical Sales now comes from service contracts, as more and more customers recognise the value of proactive maintenance, stable performance and predictable costs.​
    Rising demand for products within the company’s advanced format came mainly from within the family pack segment, where Tetra Brik® Aseptic​ (TBA) Slim and Tetra Brik® Aseptic Edge, each with new generation openings, saw annual sales climb 42 per cent and 55 per cent respectively. In portion packs, Tetra Prisma® Aseptic ​continued to set the pace, with year-on-year growth of more than 38 per cent, or 2.1 billion packages.​

    Processing Solutions
    In contrast to the company’s Packaging Solutions business, Processing Solutions had another year of good growth, with particularly strong demand in the milk powder and cheese processing sectors. Net sales increased by almost 7 per cent year-on-year, driven by double digit improvements in South Asia, East Asia & Oceania and in Greater China, and buoyed by Tetra Pak’s first quarter acquisition of Switzerland-based Miteco, the world leader in production solutions for carbonated soft drinks.
    The company also reaped benefit from the 2013 acquisition of Danish filtration technology specialist, DSS Silkesborg, whose expertise and reputation played a key role in securing the largest Processing order in Tetra Pak’s history, a dairy and whey powder plant in Germany. ​

    Innovation delivering value
    2014 saw the launch of a range of new processing and packaging products, designed to support customers’ sustainable growth ambitions.
    One of the highlights in this regard was the introduction of Tetra Rex® Bio-based, the world’s first carton package​ made entirely from plant-based materials, combining paperboard with plastics derived from sugar cane, rather than oil or gas.
    More broadly, the innovation pipeline continued to deliver processing and packaging solutions to meet customers’ needs in ways that minimise environmental impact, and lower costs, by optimising energy use, reducing water consumption and cutting waste.

    “2015 will undoubtedly be another demanding year, but we are confident that our strategic direction will continue to strengthen our market position and bring us further success in both Packaging and Processing. Our focus, as always, will be on creating customer value, through continuous innovation and by helping to ensure customers are well-placed to capitalise on the many opportunities we see on their horizons,” concluded Jönsson.​
    (Tetra Pak AB)
     
    21.04.2015   Say hello to our newest brew: India Paw Ale     ( Company news )

    Company news Beer — it's a social beverage best enjoyed with friends. Sometimes, though, our human friends kind of suck; they aren't the best listeners, like to talk about themselves and make weird faces when you ask them to sit on your lap. That, my pals, is a problem.

    Here at New Belgium we like to solve problems, and we decided to face this one with the might of our brewing department. The result? A beer that you can FINALLY share with your best friend. That's right, we're talking about India Paw Ale.

    Specially designed for the four-legged friend in your life, India Paw Ale features 47 different hop varieties including Catscade, Pantcifica, Alpha Dog, Fetch Gold, Mount Woofier, Goldings Retriever and Sorachi Chase. The 197 IBUs are balanced by a full-bodied, (dog) biscuity malt backbone and jazzed with just a hint of chicken broth.

    Still, you might be asking, "Why would anyone release a beer for dogs?" Answer: BECAUSE WE LEAD THE PACK.

    Find it now wherever it's sold, which is absolutely nowhere.
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
     
    21.04.2015   The Better Bottle Company and Aptar Food+Beverage partner to launch a new water enhancer solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Liquid water enhancers are a quickly growing trend worldwide. Primarily driven by an increasing attention to health concerns related to soft drink consumption, it is naturally leading to water as the beverage of choice.
    The Better Bottle Company, a Dutch manufacturer of innovative Soft Drinks and Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in supplying flow control dispensing closures to the water enhancer market, announce a cooperation in the launch of a water enhancer turn-key solution in mainland Europe.
    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® silicone 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 Better Bottle turn-key solution with the Aptar closure and the Alpla bottle can provide added value for distributors’ shelves and consumer’s satisfaction.
    If you would like more information or samples, visit us at PLMA at stand 4917.
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
     
    20.04.2015   Beverage Can Makers Europe has appointed Ellen Wauters as General Manager    ( Company news )

    Company news Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME), the trade body representing Europe's leading drinks can manufacturers, has appointed Ellen Wauters (photo) as General Manager, effective from April 1st 2015.

    In her new role, Ellen will be responsible for BCME's overall direction and management. She will oversee BCME's mission to maximise market opportunities for the beverage can and to proactively position and support the positive attributes and image of the can relative to other beverage packaging alternatives through coordinated marketing, environmental and technical initiatives.

    "I am delighted to have overseen Ellen's appointment. She will bring new insights to our industry and will contribute significantly to our ambitious goals," says Iain Percival, Chairman of BCME.

    "I am pleased to be joining BCME and look forward to use my communications experience to ensure that the beverage can remains a top choice for fillers, retailers and consumers across Europe," added Ellen Wauters.

    Ellen will divide her time between the new BCME appointment and her overall responsibility for the Empac (European Metal Packaging) communications programme, where she has been active as Communications Manager and National Associations Coordinator for almost 6 years. Ellen is a translator by qualification, specialised in business communication, and speaks Dutch, English, French and Italian, a key asset in the polyglot world of European business.
    (BCME EEIG Beverage Can Makers Europe)
     
    20.04.2015   Distribute, mix and collect - The GEMÜ 553 distribution valve with modular body concept    ( Company news )

    Company news Modern and compact valve solutions are much in demand in plant engineering, for use in a wide range of applications. In addition to demanding requirements in terms of pressure and temperature, modular-style and expandable valve solutions are becoming increasingly popular. Through their adaptability to individual situations, a high level of flexibility can be achieved for a range of different applications with the modular GEMÜ 553 distribution valve.
    The GEMÜ 553 series consists of high-quality, stainless steel investment cast bodies that can be very easily connected together in series using a tried-and-tested seal system. In terms of actuator unit, pneumatically operated actuators made of stainless steel or plastic are available from the GEMÜ modular system. These can, depending on requirements, be used in combination with a widely varied range of accessories, such as electrical position indicators, combi switchboxes and/or pilot valves.

    Versatile application possibilities
    Thanks to the diversity of combination options, as well as the technical properties it possesses, the valve can be deployed for a variety of different processes. In this regard, it can be used in applications where an extremely wide variety of different media are distributed, mixed or collected. In particular, the GEMÜ 553 is ideally suitable for the distribution of cooling and lubricating fluids on machine tools. In the mixing function, media with different properties can be mixed together, such as hot and cold water. In the collection application, a same medium is guided in the back flow to a common outlet. In the distribution function, a medium is guided to a variety of different consumers. With the aid of a universal module, it is possible to integrate temperature and pressure measuring directly into the process. Furthermore, media can be separated along the pipe train. As a result, it is possible to control the flow of two media or types of media (e.g. liquid or gaseous) independently of one another via the same valve configuration.
    Thanks to the possibility of locking the individual connections in place in 90° increments, the valve arrangement can be ideally adapted to the most different of process and mounting conditions. Female threads in G1/2 and G3/4 are available for the connections. The module can be terminated at a desired point through separate connection and blanking flanges. The valve bodies are designed in pressure rating PN 25 and can be quickly and straightforwardly connected together via a threaded connection. When connected, the valve bodies are mutually sealed using O-rings.

    Visit us at the Achema:
    Hall 8, booth F4
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    17.04.2015   Diageo to acquire control of United National Breweries    ( Company news )

    Company news Diageo to acquire control of United National Breweries' traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa by acquiring the remaining 50% interest which it did not already own.

    Photo: Ivan Menezes, chief executive officer (CEO) of Diageo

    On 28 January 2013, Diageo announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire a 50% interest in the company which owns United National Breweries' traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa with the remaining 50% being held by Pestello Investments Inc., a company affiliated to Dr Vijay Mallya.

    Diageo announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the company, thereby making it a wholly owned subsidiary of Diageo. Diageo will acquire this further interest from Pestello Investments Inc. for an initial payment of $22 million (approximately £14.8 million) and a potential earn-out payment of up to $14 million (approximately £9.4 million). The transaction is conditional on (among other things) consent from the South African competition authority and is expected to complete in this fiscal year.

    Once completed, this transaction will give Diageo control of the leading traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa, including the ability to make investment decisions to support the continued growth of United National Breweries' brands in the sorghum beer category.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    17.04.2015   ENERGY EFFICIENT POWDER MIXING     ( Company news )

    Company news Boost your productivity and energy savings
    Increased productivity and energy savings are both important targets in most industries. Together with our partners throughout the world, Alfa Laval is committed to help you reach these targets and beyond.

    High rate of dynamic shear mixing
    Mixing and pumping both wet and dry ingredients into a homogenous blend can - depending on viscosity - require up to four separate electric motors, consuming a lot of energy.
    The Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer can accomplish the same using only a single motor drive, including efficient mixing in the associated production vessel, when used in combination with the Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer.

    The Hybrid Powder Mixer combines pump and powder dissolving technologies in a single versatile unit. It is the only hygienic powder mixer capable of drawing powder into the unit while simultaneously pumping the resulting process liquid at pressures up to 4 bar, making the need for a separate discharge pump obsolete. It effectively pre-blends the powder and liquid before the mixture enters the high-shear stage, which contributes to faster and more effective dissolution.

    While other inline powder mixers create mechanical shear in a small area, the Hybrid Powder Mixer creates high dynamic shear in several different steps, which require less energy to ensure complete dissolution of the powder. The Hybrid Powder Mixer can also be used as part of an efficient Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) system.

    YOU BENEFIT BY REDUCING
    • Installation costs: A unit with only one electric motor for powder mixing, pumping and CIP.
    • Operating costs: Low power consumption, providing up to 50% energy savings.
    • Maintenance costs: Service is simplified due to fewer components.
    • Processing time: Fast and homogenous powder mixing at high dry matter concentration.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic AB)
     
    16.04.2015   Scotch Whisky exports down in 2014 - Long-term outlook remains strong    ( Company news )

    Company news Weaker economic conditions and political volatility in some markets saw the value of Scotch Whisky exports decline 7% to £3.95 billion in 2014 from £4.26bn the previous year, according to new figures published on 1 April.

    The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) called on the European Union and the future UK government, no matter the political complexion, to continue to press the case for more open markets, and to pursue ambitious Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to promote exports. The SWA pointed to existing FTAs, such as the EU agreement with South Korea, which have boosted growth and to the huge potential of agreements with countries including India, the USA and Vietnam.

    Scotch Whisky has enjoyed strong global growth over the last decade, with total value of exports up 74% since 2004 and Single Malt up 159%. But the SWA reported challenges in several markets last year, with the volume of exports also down slightly by 3% to 1.19bn 70cl bottles.

    The overall picture, following several years of record-breaking growth, was consolidation in many developed markets and underlying strong growth in most emerging markets. Political volatility affected this picture in places and some fluctuations were driven by changes in stock levels rather than by underlying consumer demand.

    Growth was seen in a range of important markets, such as Taiwan where exports jumped 36% to £197 million, partly on the back of the growing popularity of Single Malt Scotch. Exports to India were up 29% to £89m, despite the 150% import tariff.

    Exports to the USA, the biggest market for Scotch, fell 9% by value to £748m. However, customs export figures did not tell the whole story, as consumption figures released earlier this year by the US Distilled Spirits Council show the market shrank by only just over 1%. Single Malt sales volumes were up 6.3%. This suggests the fall in exports in 2014 was due partly to stock adjustments - as high inventory levels of Scotch are drawn down to meet consumer demand, rather than buying new stock - as well as to an increasingly competitive spirits market.

    Global exports also performed better in the second half of last year - down 4% - than in the first six months when they fell 11% in value compared to the same period in 2013, suggesting longer-term fundamentals are sound.

    The picture was encouraging in Europe last year:
    -Exports to France, the biggest market by volume and second biggest by value, were up 2% to £445 million and 3% to 183m bottles. The French market is stabilising after Scotch, and other imported drinks, were hit by a tax increase in 2012.
    -Exports to Spain were up 1% by volume for the first time in several years.

    There was a mixed picture in emerging markets, partly as a result of political and economic volatility. Exports by volume to Mexico grew 5% to 42.8m bottles, while value fell by 10% in that market. There was a similar trend in Brazil, with volumes flat but value down 20%. The important hub market of the United Arab Emirates continues to boom, with exports up 27% by value.

    Alongside Taiwan and India, there were other positive developments in Asia:
    -Exports to Thailand were up 16% to 27m bottles.
    -Japan was up 8% in value to £64m, the first increase since 2011.
    -South Korea was up in value to £117m, the first increase since 2010. South Korea was given a boost by a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU in 2011 which phased out the import tariff.
    -However, exports to the major regional hub of Singapore fell by 39% in value to £200m. This was partly down to the ongoing austerity campaign in China, the final destination for a lot of Scotch shipped from the UK to Singapore. Direct exports to China, the 26th largest market by value, fell 23% to £39m

    The Association stressed the importance of pursuing ambitious FTAs to open markets and support export growth. There are a number of on-going negotiations which should benefit Scotch Whisky, including the EU-Vietnam FTA expected to be signed this year, an agreement with Colombia and Peru due to come into force and an agreement with Canada. The SWA urged the early re-opening of negotiations between the EU and India and progress on other important negotiations, such as the EU-US Trade & Investment Partnership.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "Economic and political factors in some important markets held back Scotch Whisky exports in 2014 after a decade of strong growth. It shows that the industry's success cannot be taken for granted and that we must continue to argue for more open markets and ambitious trade deals that tackle barriers to market access.

    "The long-term fundamentals remain strong, with consumers in emerging markets wanting to buy Scotch Whisky as a high-quality and authentic product with a strong reputation and clear provenance. This drives the strong investment in Scotch Whisky production in Scotland and the significant interest in entering the sector."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    15.04.2015   Craft Brewers Conference 2015 Commences in Portland, Ore.    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2015 Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the Brewers Association (BA), kicked off on Tuesday with the Welcome Reception, held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The event brought together over 8,000 beer professionals with a theme of “Keep Portland Weird.” Attendees enjoyed their choice of beers from 59 different Oregon breweries, as well as over 138 dozen (roughly 1,656) Voodoo doughnuts and 21,000 oysters.

    Wednesday morning’s General Session began with a welcome and other thoughts from BA President Charlie Papazian. Following the State of the Craft Beer Industry address by Director Paul Gatza and Chief Economist Bart Watson, BA Event Committee Chair Steve Bradt announced this years Brewers Association Award winners.

    Author Simon Sinek, renowned leadership expert and anthropologist, delivered the keynote address and memorable words on cooperation and leadership to a packed house. Sinek focused on themes from his most recent publication, Leaders Eat Last: authenticity and being genuine in the workplace; work being a place where people can be creative and take chances.

    The conference continues through Friday, with 79 educational seminars, diverse sponsored demonstrations and the largest BrewExpo America ® trade show to date.
    (Brewers Association (BA))
     
    15.04.2015   European Parliament's Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm

    The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information.
    A coalition of public health organisations (1) working on alcohol policy welcomes the committee’s position as moderate steps towards reducing harm from alcohol.
    Glenis Willmott MEP, a sponsor of the resolution, noted “Many people have no idea just how many calories are in alcoholic drinks, unless they are determined enough to search on the company’s website. This is unacceptable and the vote today paved the way to recognise the need of consumers to take informed decisions when it comes to alcohol consumption”.
    The Resolution will now be tabled for approval by the full European Parliament Plenary. “All MEPs should now support this call for new action on alcohol, what should be considered as an investment in health to ensure a stable, robust long-term economic growth,” said Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare. “Alcohol-related harm costs at least Europe 2-3% of GDP, mostly from lost productivity. Real costs to society are likely double that, as that figure does not include costs to anyone other than the drinker" went on to say Mrs Skar.

    Alcohol harm in Europe
    As Europe is the world’s heaviest drinking region, alcohol abuse constitutes a major public health problem that inflicts large-scale socio-economic damage - the social costs attributable to the misuse of alcohol were estimated at €155.8 billion in Europe in 2010, of which a majority (€82.9 billion) lies outside the healthcare system (2). Alcohol costs societies some 2–3% of GDP, mostly from lost productivity. This figure likely only reflects half of the real costs, as it does not include costs to people other than the drinker (3). The magnitude of the costs shows that not only does alcohol use pose a serious problem to the sustainability of health systems, the scale of the problem also entails a serious impact for the economy as a whole.
    A new EU Alcohol Strategy should strengthen the current regulatory framework on alcohol and help national governments to significantly reduce alcohol related harm and the related costs. A new strategy should encourage prevention, health promotion and education. An Alcohol Minimum Unit Price (MUP), such as that proposed by the Scottish Government, is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways for society to minimise the damage from alcohol consumption (4).
    Addressing alcohol-related harm is crucial to reduce health inequalities. There is a clear body of evidence to suggest that the burden of disease and deaths related to alcohol are found to disproportionately affect the most deprived in Europe (5). Reducing alcohol-induced harm is an active investment in Europe’s economies that cuts long-term healthcare expenditures on severe diseases and raises workforce productivity.
    (European Commission, Directorate for Health and Food Safety)
     
    15.04.2015   Oatmeal IPA on tap near you     ( Company news )

    Company news A cushion, buffer, or a pillow—however you describe it, a spoonful of oats helps the hops go down. For newest Hop Kitchen Series release, we’ve brewed the silky-smooth, ultra-tropical Oatmeal IPA, a collaboration with our Chicago friends at Half Acre Beer Co.

    Over the last two years, our Hop Kitchen Series has been a springboard for launching new adventures in hops. We’ve introduced the delicate French Aramis hop variety to our fans, traveled down the road of hybrids with a Hoppy Bock, and trekked around the world with last year’s globally flavored Hop the Pond.

    Oatmeal IPA began roughly four years ago, when our brewmaster Peter Bouckaert visited Half Acre during a trip to the Windy City. Bouckaert hit it off with Half Acre owners Gabriel Magliaro and Matt Gallagher—who actually lived in Colorado during New Belgium’s early days—and the seeds for a collaboration beer were planted.

    “[We] used to live in Colorado when New Belgium was about the same size as we are today,” says Magliaro. “To go back and make beer with Peter, Lauren [Salazar] and everyone is personally and professionally badass for us.”

    This two-part collaboration first appeared as Avoine IPA, an oat-spiked IPA brewed at New Belgium and released in late 2013 throughout Chicago (Avoine means “oats” in French, by the way). The second installment became Hop Kitchen Oatmeal IPA, which clocks in at 6% ABV and 60 IBUs. Like the name suggests, Oatmeal IPA’s brewed with a healthy dose of oats, which lends a silky texture to the swallow. Pair that with hefty additions of Citra and Centennial hops, and the result is a fruity, tropical hop-bomb with a creamier sip than the average IPA.

    “Having Avoine IPA only available in Chicago was just too much of a tease,” says specialty brand manager and blender Lauren Salazar. “I couldn’t resist bringing it back and sharing it with everyone. You just can’t get better than the Half Acre guys—we’ll always have a soft spot for them.”
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
     
    15.04.2015   The Czech Republic: Plzeňský Prazdroj sold 6.5 mln hl of beer at home and ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... increased sales abroad by 6% last year

    Plzeňský Prazdroj sold a total of 6.5 million hectolitres of beer on the Czech market in the year 2014, The Prague Daily Monitor reported on April 10.

    The total sales abroad including licenced production reached 3.5 million hectolitres (35 % of the production) and increased by more than 6 % year on year.

    Plzeňský Prazdroj spokesperson Kateřina Krásová said the brewery has strengthened its position for example in the Baltic countries, Norway, Finland, on Asian markets, in the Great Britain, Canada and Ireland. In the year 2014, Plzeňský Prazdroj gained new markets such as New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia or Serbia.
     
    15.04.2015   UK: Bottled beer taking increased share of SIBA members’ sales    ( E-Malt.com )

    A report from the Society of Independent Brewers shows bottled beer taking an increasing share of its members’ sales, Off-Licence News reported on April 7.

    The report, based on a survey of members, showed that more small brewers are producing beer in bottles and cans, with cask ale as a proportion of total SIBA production falling from 84% in 2013 to 71% last year.

    The figure is forecast to drop again, to 68%, by the end of 2015.

    But there is still plenty of room for take-home growth with less than 10% of SIBA members’ total production going into bottles. Only one in 10 makes bottle-conditioned beers.

    The report came as SIBA launched its first strategic plan, which outlines the further development of the organisation’s Direct Delivery Scheme in the off-trade as part of aims to assist the commercial performance of members.

    The scheme currently buys beer from more than 500 breweries and sells it on to 18 pubcos and off-trade retailers. The SIBA strategic plan also includes a scheme to provide a canning service for members as part of the body’s vision to “deliver the future of British beer and become the voice of British brewing”, through campaigning, providing commercial opportunities for members and expanding its membership reach.

    Managing director Mike Benner said: “The independent brewing sector is in excellent shape, with volume growth, investment and job creation.

    “SIBA is uniquely placed to represent this thriving industry, and this feels like the right time to be launching our first ever strategic plan to take our organisation forward over the next three years.”

    According to the SIBA report, its members increased production by 15.8% in 2014, with more than 80% of volume sold within 40 miles of the brewery.

    SIBA said the feedback from the survey led it to estimate that 1,600 jobs were created at member breweries in 2013 and 2014, with an additional 840 more expected to be added this year.

    One in five members plan to double current levels of production and turnover by 2018. The survey is based on responses from 270 SIBA companies, representing 35% of its membership.
     
    15.04.2015   USA: Strong dollar does not reduce global thirst for US craft beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    A strong dollar may be harming the competitiveness of US exports but it has failed to damp the world’s thirst for US-brewed craft beer, The Financial Times reported on April 5.

    Led by increased consumption in Europe and emerging markets, total exports of US craft beer surged 36 per cent in 2014, topping $100 mln for the first time ever.

    “The growth is being driven by the beer drinker,” said Bob Pease, president of the Brewers Association, which represents small, independently owned brewers in the US. “The American craft beer revolution is not restricted to the US. It’s a global phenomenon.”

    Though trade in the product hardly existed just a decade ago as US brewers struggled to satisfy domestic demand, exports have posted double-digit growth in recent years as brewers have expanded their production capacity.

    Backed by a US Department of Agriculture grant and, in some cases, the Export-Import Bank, more than 80 US craft brewers exported in 2014, increasing their sales to Brazil by 64 per cent over the previous year and to the Asia-Pacific region by 38 per cent. Sales to Western Europe and Canada were also up 37 per cent and 32 per cent, respectively.

    Mr Pease pointed out that brewing tastes have now come full circle, as many US craft brewers initially began by trying to emulate what they felt were the superior beer styles they encountered in European countries.

    “Thirty years ago, US beer in terms of flavour was pretty much considered a joke – an industrial lager. [European] countries did not take American beer seriously. American craft brewers have changed that,” he added.

    The surging demand for craft comes as exports of more traditional US beers, including those mass produced by AB InBev and MillerCoors, have tapered off, growing just 4 per cent from 2013-14 after experiencing double-digit growth in the previous two years.

    The trend is indicative of changing consumer tastes around the world as well as a shift toward “premiumisation” in consumer goods sectors.

    In 2014, total sales of US craft beer increased to $19.6 bln, a 37 per cent increase from 2013. Craft beer now comprises nearly 20 per cent of the domestic beer market, a jump from 14.3 per cent the previous year.

    Still, US beer exports on the whole topped $542 mln in 2014 — about tripling in size since 2004, according to data from the US International Trade Commission. The majority of these sales have gone to the Nafta countries as well as emerging market economies in Latin America and Asia. In 2011, developing nations overtook western ones as the primary export markets for US beer.
     


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