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    23.10.2014   Fast, flexible and compact    ( Company news )

    Company news The ENGEL e-pic was celebrating its world premiere at Fakuma 2014 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. "The level of automation is continuing to increase rapidly worldwide. In Europe, we will not be producing off-mould parts in the long term," said Dr Stefan Engleder, CTO with ENGEL AUSTRIA, when introducing the new development at the fair. This statement unequivocally confirms the fact that, in addition to tailored automation solutions, the need for flexible and, at the same time, standardised robots for simple handling tasks is growing. This new development now sees ENGEL cover the complete spectrum of handling requirements in injection moulding in an even better way, from simple part removal, depositing, and sprue separation, through sophisticated insert-placing and take-out, to combining various process steps in a highly-integrated production cell.

    Linear motion with integrated swivel arm
    The objective in this product development was to combine maximum performance with maximum economy. The totally new kinematics makes a decisive contribution towards achieving this by combining linear movements with a swivel arm. Another important efficiency factor is the use of weight-optimised parts which keeps the accelerated masses low. In this way, the servomotor-driven robot can achieve the shortest possible take-out cycles, and it only has low energy requirements. In comparison with linear robots of the same size, the ENGEL e-pic only needs half the amount of energy.
    The compact design also contributes to its excellent efficiency. When deployed on injection moulding machines with an integrated conveyor belt, the ENGEL e-pic works inside the machine's safety gate without needing extra space. And it needs far less vertical space than comparable third-party robots.

    Immediately ready for action
    Equipped with its own control unit, the ENGEL e-pic robot can be deployed not only on ENGEL injection moulding machines, but also third-party machines without needing any machine-specific customisation. A separate base is not required, nor is an external switch cabinet. The electronics are completely integrated with the mechanical superstructure.
    In combination with an ENGEL injection moulding machine, the robot can be easily integrated with the CC300 machine control unit. The robot and machine then access a shared database, thus enhancing process assurance and operator convenience, while achieving efficiency optimisations in production sequences.
    The robot control unit supports intuitive control via the touch panel. When installed on a new or existing machine, the robot can immediately be commissioned, without programming skills. The control unit converts the rotary motion of the robot swivel arm into a linear movement. Those who are used to working with linear robots have no need to learn new skills.
    The ENGEL e-pic is designed for horizontal and vertical part removal and handling of small parts and sprues with a load-bearing capacity of up to 2 kg. It is deployed on injection moulding machines with clamping forces up to 2,200 kN.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    23.10.2014   Tetra Pak launches industry’s first package made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging mate    ( Company news )

    Company news Tetra Pak announces the launch of the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ™) certified paperboard.​

    Photo: Tetra Rex® carton package with TwistCap OSO34

    “Environment excellence is one of Tetra Pak’s strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities,” said Charles Brand, VP Marketing & Product Management at Tetra Pak. “Together with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, we are leading the industry towards 100% renewable packaging. We believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage in the overall environmental profile of their products.”

    Developed in partnership with Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, the new Tetra Rex package will be commercially available in early 2015. Tetra Pak customers using the standard 1 litre Tetra Rex with TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the new version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.​
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
     
    23.10.2014   USA: TTB simplifies excise tax regulations for small brewers    ( E-malt.com )

    The Beer Institute, the national trade association representing brewers and beer importers, praised the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) decision to simplify excise tax regulations for small brewers, brewbound.com reported on October, 2.

    “The brewing industry appreciates the work that the TTB has done to refine their rules and regulations to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy,” said Jim McGreevy, Beer Institute president and CEO. “The beer industry is experiencing immense change right now, thanks to efforts like this that open pathways to the marketplace for small brewers.”

    This rule is for the benefit of small brewers, essentially defined by TTB as those which produce less than 7,200 barrels. The TTB’s rule would institute a flat $1,000 penal sum for the brewer’s bond for these small brewers whose excise tax liability is expected to be less than $50,000 in a given calendar year and who were liable for no more than $50,000 in such taxes during the preceding calendar year.

    The rule also allows these small brewers to move from monthly reports on operations and taxes to a quarterly report. The goal of this rule change is to reduce administrative costs for small brewers and create greater efficiency for TTB.

    The new rules will become effective on January 1, 2015.
     
    22.10.2014   Australia: Craft beer sales up by 48% in 2011-2013    ( E-malt.com )

    Australians are continuing to turn away from beer. Sales as a proportion of all alcohol sold decreased to 41 per cent last year, compared to 75 per cent in the early sixties, News.com. au reported on October 16.

    While the big players may not yet be drowning their sorrows, with craft estimated to be only about 2.5 to 3 per cent of the total Australian beer market in volume terms, sales of the boutique variety, admittedly off a low base, grew by 48 per cent in 2011-2013.

    The same trend has already been witnessed in the United States, where sales were up 17.2 per cent last year as total beer sales fell two per cent.

    Joel Connolly, from Sydney Craft Beer Week, says the Australian industry is in its infancy compared to the US.

    A decade ago, people didn't care so much about where their beer came from, Mr Connolly says.

    "It had nothing to do with the flavour of the beer. Now people are starting to switch that up and they are starting to care about quality and flavour, and how it's produced."

    "Overall people are drinking less beer.

    "But craft is made in a much different way to regular beer. We're definitely seeing that while the overall market is shrinking, craft is just going crazy."

    The global beer industry, worth about A$170 billion a year, is ruled by just a couple of companies.

    Such marker dominance can mean less choice for consumers, and higher prices. The landscape is much the same in Australia.

    Industry insiders say this market dominance gives bigger players the power to encourage or induce bars and bottle shops into not carrying the boutique brands.

    Mr Connolly has heard stories of big brewers saying to the smaller bars and bigger pubs: "'if you want our beers on tap, you can't have craft on tap, or you're only allowed to have one tap out of say 15 dedicated to craft and the rest has to be our beer'."

    "Obviously they're looking at the trends and they're seeing a big decline in beer sales and rise in craft," he said.

    "It can be really difficult for craft brewers to get their beers inside a major national chain, and even if you do it's a struggle to get good shelf space because the bigger brewers have more negotiating power."

    The Craft Beer Industry Association argues it needs tax reform to assist industry growth.

    It has established a committee to lobby the government on excise reform, and in particular wants a volume-based tax rather than one based on alcohol content.
     
    22.10.2014   Canada: New beer standard to support Canada's brewers    ( E-malt.com )

    Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, announced on October, 3 that the Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment made as part of Economic Action Plan 2014 to modernize Canada's beer standards.

    Canada's compositional standard for beer outlines the specific requirements that must be met for a product to be labelled, packaged, sold or advertised as beer. Brewers have expressed concerns that the existing standard is outdated and can create barriers for the introduction of new products.

    The new proposed standard, which was developed in collaboration with industry, would provide for clearer and more modern regulations that would enable the industry to take full advantage of innovation and market developments. For example, the new standard would expand the definition of beer to allow for non-traditional ingredients such as spices and fruit. These changes would lead to more choices for consumers.

    The consultation period will run until November 16, 2014.

    The brewing industry is an important contributor to the Canadian economy, representing more than C $14 bln in economic activity or 0.9 per cent of total gross domestic product.

    "The brewing industry is an important contributor to the Canadian economy. Modernizing the compositional standard for beer will allow Canadian brewers to take full advantage of innovation and market developments while providing quality products to consumers," Pierre Lemieux said.
     
    22.10.2014   USA: Legalization of medical marijuana helps beer sales    ( E-malt.com )

    The legalization of medical marijuana has helped beer sales, contrary to previous research that pointed to a decline, according to a note from Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling.

    Recreational pot use in the two states where it’s legal has so far not had a “significant impact” on beer, he was quoted as saying by Bloomberg on October 10.

    “The average blue-collar Bud drinker is less likely to be smoking pot,” Stirling said. “As far as medical marijuana is concerned, it does not appear to be a big threat to the beer industry.”

    The research could relieve one concern for beermakers Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and SABMiller Plc, which have seen U.S. volume decline over the past five years due to high unemployment and a shift to spirits like bourbon and gin. Twenty-three states have allowed medical marijuana and about a dozen, from Florida to Alaska, are considering legalization in some form.

    Per-capita beer drinking had a one-time increase of about 0.5 percent in the 10 largest states that have legalized medical marijuana, the Bernstein analyst found. While beer consumption later declined in those states, the rate of decline slowed to become more in line with the national average.

    “There may be a ’constrained budget’ effect for some consumers, but legalized recreational weed is likely to lead to lower prices in the long term, potentially freeing up more cash either for more weed or more beer,” Stirling said.

    Bernstein’s research contrasts with an October 2012 study by professors at Montana State University, the University of Oregon and the University of Colorado Denver. It found that alcohol sales declined about 5 percent in states that legalized medical marijuana, “suggesting that marijuana and alcohol are substitutes,” especially among young adults, the authors said.

    States that have legalized weed in some form including Colorado also have the highest rates of craft beer production, Stirling said, and some craft brewers have “whole-heartedly embraced the weed counter-culture.” One brewer, Oskar Blues Brewing Co. of North Carolina, indicates on some of its beer cans where they might be punctured in order to turn the can into a bong for smoking cannabis.

    A Pew Research center survey published in April shows 75 percent of the population thinks marijuana’s sale and use will eventually be legal nationwide.
     
    22.10.2014   Welcome to the World of Cans: Ball at BrauBeviale 2014    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 Ball Packaging Europe Presents a Vast Range of Beverage Packaging Solutions at BrauBeviale 2014

    During this year’s BrauBeviale, beverage can producer Ball Packaging Europe presents the ultimate world of cans. Visitors to Hall 4, Stand 111 will have the opportunity to explore Ball’s unique product offering, engage in face-to-face discussion with brand experts and gain valuable insight into Ball’s comprehensive service package – a program that ensures each can’s optimal performance in the marketplace.

    It’s all about sustainability
    By 2020, Ball Corporation seeks to reduce the CO2 footprint of its most common beverage can formats by one-fourth. “Cut/4 CArboN” is the name of this ambitious global project. With a baseline beginning in 2010, this program’s ultimate success relies on both Ball’s controllable efforts, as well as those successes realized in partnership with suppliers and customers. In reaching its half-way mark in 2015, Ball will continue to raise the profile of this program at BrauBeviale where visitors can meet ‘the face’ who is poised to lead Ball through the next five years of this journey.
    One important contributing factor to reduce the carbon footprint is to further optimize the weight of cans and ends. Ball’s new generation of packaging takes a significant step in that direction. “Our B-Can and CDL end sets new standards in can manufacturing,” says Johanna Klewitz, Manager Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Ball Packaging Europe. “This product category offers the same brand promise as our standard offering but with the benefit of reduced material weight. We refer to this process as ‘engineering out the unnecessary,’ as it allows us to optimize the environmental footprint of our customers without sacrificing excellent packaging performance.”

    New, eye-catching and trendy
    Beverage can finishings developed to effectively respond to current market trends will be found on prominent display throughout Stand 111. The Fluorescent Plus can, which features a robust yellow coloring created using special ink pigments, is one such example. Developed to enhance brand visibility, this consumer eye-catcher is sure to attract the attention of even the indecisive “Generation Maybe” consumers who will find it hard to resist.
    Every-day convenience with a modern spin is what comes to mind when presented with Ball’s Magic Straw. This inventive package, featuring a self-activating straw when opened, provides consumers with an unexpected ‘wow’ effect, customizable options and from a practical perspective, prevents spillage of its contents in the event of an accidental mishap. For more on-the-go moments, customers will certainly find favor with Ball’s Spin Clip solution. This special closure is designed to contain contents in the can after opening with a simple spin-rotation that is both easy, fun and efficient.

    Full service approach
    Visitors to the Ball stand will not only receive an overview of its wide range of cans and ends, but also insight into the extensive list of professional services offered to customers. Expert round-tables ranging in topic from best practices in mass customization, to growing new market segments within the canned wine category will take place throughout the three-day fair. A new sales wall also debuts featuring personalized video snippets from Ball’s sales team to assist customers in finding the right expert at a glance. For those seeking more specialized services, time spent with one of our Customer Technical Service (CTS) members can provide valuable insight, as will the team’s new take-home brochures - a handy overview of key services and point of contact long after the doors of BrauBeviale have closed.
    (Ball Packaging Europe GmbH)
     
    22.10.2014   World: SABMiller convinced it has the right marketing brew to woo female consumers    ( E-malt.com )

    Tapping the female market has long been the Holy Grail for beer marketers in an industry desperately in need of extending its consumer base. Despite many high profile failures, the world’s second largest brewer SABMiller is convinced it has the right marketing brew to woo women, Marketing Week reported on October 7.

    The Peroni maker says shifting the image of beer among females could take up to 20 years but believes there is an untapped thirst that has been ignored to date. SABMiller sees female drinkers as a key beneficiary of its wider bid to attract more consumers on more occasions through a mix of innovation, packaging and advertising.

    Future attempts will revolve around more flavoursome beers, which make use of the 86 per cent hops SABMiller claims are not used by the industry, alongside marketing that pushes six distinctive experiences; family occasions such as BBQs, mixed gender casual parties, mixed gender casual meals, mixed gender evening meals, colleagues socialising and men together in bars.

    At an event for analysts in London this week, Nick Fell, marketing director at SABMiller, says unlocking those consumers and occasions will flow from distribution, packaging and tie-ups with local retailers and is not be “hidden in the gift of some genius that can write a 30-second TV adverts”. For example, coffee was previously a “one dimensional drink” that went on to become everything from an inexpensive cup of instant to a premium-priced specialty drink in a coffee shop through promoting “enhanced experiences” and premium price points, he adds.

    The expansion drive will start within six months with smaller efforts before bigger beer launches and campaigns come to the fore from 2016 onwards. There will be failures in this window, admits SABMiller, and the more successful efforts will be adapted from their local test markets to run in other regions.

    Fell says: “We’re confident of a shift in lager over the next five years to lager being more appropriate in mixed gender occasions. If we’re not seeing some movement in the next three to five years, at least in some markets, then we’re doing something wrong.

    “No one wants a pink beer, including ladies. I’m sure that we’ll make many mistakes over the next five years but hopefully that will not be one of them. There are large parts of the world where beer advertising is offensive to women and I don’t think it makes a very good case for the male gender. We need to be focusing on getting people to think about the occasion they can drink. If the strategy is executed properly then you’ll notice differences in the way beer is advertised over the next five to 10 years, particularly in mature markets.”

    Investments are to be funded in part by cost-cutting measures designed to free up $500 mln by March 2018. Incremental increases to the company’s marketing budget as a percentage of sales will fund additional elements of the strategy.

    SABMiller, which is made up of local brands rather than truly global players, hopes upcoming launches bolster its premium mix in order to convince consumers to pay more for newer alternatives. While increased volumes will flow eventually, the business is banking on efforts to have a faster impact on value sales as it looks to snare share from wine and spirits.

    “The industry have been brilliant at delivering affordable, high quality mainstream beers to beer guys and we’ve got a job to do think our way to another model”, says Fell.

    Spiros Malandrakis, senior analyst for alcoholic drinks at Euromonitor, says the need for female beer drinkers is fuelled by the fact that brewers “do not have any more room for growth” among their core working class male demographic. Beer Value sales in the UK and Western Europe are expected to rise slightly from £9.6 bln and £35.5 bln respectively to £9.7 bln and £36 bln by 2018, according to Euromonitor.

    “The big brewers know they’re operating in a saturated market and the only options left has been for them to extend major brands based on flavour sophistication or by adding different mixers”, says Malandrakis.

    “Females represent another outlet but previous efforts have come undone by simplistic thinking that has been patronising and specifically aimed at them. It’s not just about looking at the beer category through the prism of a female approach. A man still needs to easily be able to go to the bar and order one.”
     
    21.10.2014   ADM Completes Acquisition of WILD Flavors    ( Company news )

    Company news WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit begins reporting Jan. 1, 2015

    CHICAGO, Oct. 1, 2014 – announced that it has completed the acquisition of WILD Flavors GmbH.
    “One of the most important ways we are working to increase returns and reduce earnings volatility is through the growth of our specialty ingredient offerings,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz. “These high-value products provide the opportunity for increased margins and strong sales aligned with global consumer trends. WILD Flavors is the latest in a series of strategic expansions in specialty ingredients, including our new Brazilian protein specialties complex and our Chinese soluble-fiber facility.”

    ADM will form a new business unit, WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients, which will include the WILD business as well as the following ADM product lines:
    -Specialty proteins (including isolated soy proteins, textured vegetable protein, soy protein concentrates, and soy flour & grits)
    -Emulsifiers
    -Edible beans
    -Natural health and nutrition (natural-source vitamin E, plant sterols, soy isoflavones and Omega-3 DHA)
    -Soluble fiber
    -Polyols
    -Hydrocolloids

    The new business unit will be a reportable segment beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

    Greg Morris will be president of the WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit. He most recently was ADM’s president, North American Oilseeds Processing, where in addition to overseeing more than two dozen oilseed crushing plants, he led the creation of the company’s Foods & Wellness business, developing a high-margin, highly specialized portfolio of innovative products.
    WILD North American Chief Operating Officer Vince Macciocchi has been named global president, WILD Flavors. In addition to leading the WILD Flavors business worldwide, Macciocchi will be responsible for designing the new business unit’s go-to-market strategy and will play a key role in several ADM initiatives, including the company’s innovation and customer excellence efforts.
    Mike Ponder, WILD’s chief executive officer, recently announced his retirement and will join former majority owner Dr. Hans-Peter Wild on an advisory board for the business.

    “Greg and Vince are responsible for ensuring that WILD Flavors’ recipe for success continues,” Woertz added. “Dr. Wild has built a great company, and we intend to support WILD’s innovative, entrepreneurial culture. Between our global networks, tremendous innovation capabilities, great teams, and extensive product lines from both ADM and WILD, we now have one of the world’s leading flavors and specialty ingredient companies. We are excited about offering complete food and flavor solutions to our customers around the globe.”
    (Wild Flavors GmbH)
     
    20.10.2014   Rexam refreshes Birell, SABMiller's non-alcoholic beer range with innovative can designs    ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam, a leading global beverage can maker, has collaborated with brewing giant SABMiller, to produce a range of new designs for the non-alcoholic beer brand, Birell.

    The cans benefit from Rexam's value added thermochromic inks and matt over varnish. The thermochromic inks change colour when the beverage reaches the ideal temperature for consumption. Whilst the matt over varnish adds a soft finish, reinforcing Birell’s premium brand positioning.

    Commenting on the partnership with Rexam, Petr Kouble, Brand Manager of Birell says, "Product differentiation is key for Birell and we knew we could rely on our established relationship with Rexam to deliver. We worked together to develop a creative range of new designs that will stand out in a competitive market place and that our customers will love.”

    The 500ml cans, produced out of the Rexam’s Enzesfeld plant in Austria, will be on shelf, in Czech Republic, in spring 2015 with Birell targeting adults with an active lifestyle.
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    17.10.2014   Improved recycling performance for aluminium closures     ( Company news )

    Company news Average aluminium closure recycling rate in Europe hits 45 per cent

    -Even though small in size, aluminium closures are widely collected and recycled - either separately with other packaging or together with glass bottles
    -Recycling of aluminium needs up to 95% less energy than its primary production

    Due to improved collection and recycling in various European countries the average aluminium closures recycling rate is now at 45 per cent. Aluminium
    recycling saves up to 95% energy use compared to its primary production, with the corresponding savings in greenhouse gas emissions. It can be recycled over and over without any loss of quality.
    Aluminium closures are mainly used for wine, spirits, water and olive oil. The advantage of aluminium closures is that they can be collected either together with the mixed packaging fraction or along with the glass collection stream. The aluminium is easily extracted from both material streams so that it can be recycled.
    “Aluminium closures are probably the world’s most recycled closures in the wine and spirits sector.”, comments EAFA‘s Executive Director Stefan Glimm about the improved recycling results. “Particularly, European consumers are increasingly aware of the sustainability and convenience benefits of aluminium closures. Nevertheless, the industry will continue supporting national initiatives to enhance the collection and recycling.”
    Depending on the instructions to the consumers and the collection and sorting infrastructure in place, recycling rates for closures vary and range from over 85% in Germany to 65% in Italy and 45% in the UK.
    Encouragingly, countries with smaller alu closure market shares like Spain and France recycle more than one in three aluminium closures.
    Even though small in size, aluminium closures collected together with the mixed packaging fraction are often separated with eddy-current systems. Similar systems are also used to completely separate the closures in the glass packaging fraction from the glass fraction.
    This is due to the production requirements in glass recycling. The value of the recycled aluminium supports the economics of the recycling process of both material routes.
    Once separated, the aluminium closures go into the aluminium recycling stream for re-melting to be used again for other valuable aluminium products.
    The recycling rates are calculated on the basis of publicly available national aluminium recycling rates and consumption data from market research companies. This data also shows the considerable extent to which consumption volumes and recycling rates vary from one country to another.
    (EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)
     
    16.10.2014   HAIG CLUB opens its doors to the world    ( Company news )

    Company news -Global arrival of new Single Grain Whisky welcomes in a new era for Scotch
    -"Forget everything you thought you knew about Scotch"
    Dave Broom, whisky writer

    Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, announced the worldwide launch of its new Single Grain Scotch Whisky, HAIG CLUB™.

    The distinctive and sophisticated new whisky, developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller will now be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores in the United Kingdom and rolling out in the next few weeks in China, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States, expanding to additional markets in the near future. The brand will also now be available in duty free shops globally following its exclusive release period in the UK and a limited number of duty free stores earlier this year.

    "HAIG CLUB™ is designed to be different," said Kathy Parker, Senior Vice President, HAIG CLUB™. "Historically Single Grain Whisky has been in the shadow of Single Malts and Blended Scotch, but HAIG CLUB™ represents a new direction in Scotch Whisky, which brings Single Grain Scotch to the forefront.

    This is a whisky that welcomes in a new era for Scotch. The rise of Single Grain Whisky has been both predicted and eagerly anticipated by whisky experts in recent years and with HAIG CLUB™ we are thrilled to give this ‘hidden gem’ the attention and appreciation it deserves."

    Crafted at Scotland’s oldest grain whisky distillery – Cameronbridge in Fife – HAIG CLUB™ is built on heritage but designed for the modern world. The House of Haig can trace its whisky producing roots back to the seventeenth century, making the Haig family Scotland’s oldest grain whisky dynasty.

    Parker continued, "Working with partners like David Beckham and Simon Fuller has brought a new perspective to what we do, helping us to break new ground. Both David and Simon are renowned for shaking up every sector in which they work and this has been no exception. We believe that people around the world are going to love what we’ve created together - we can’t wait for them to try it."

    The contemporary appearance of the square HAIG CLUB™ bottle draws on a history of innovative bottles produced by the House of Haig. The blue glass bottle was inspired by the tradition of blenders using blue tasting glasses so the spirit can be reviewed on aroma and taste alone.

    The unique flavours of the whisky itself are created by master blender Chris Clark carefully selecting mature whisky from Refill, American Oak and Rejuvenated casks producing a stunning Single Grain Scotch Whisky with a fresh, clean style showcasing butterscotch-smooth tropical fruit and unexpected, spicy backing harmonies. HAIG CLUB™ is a whisky crafted to appeal to people who are new to whisky and whisky connoisseurs alike.

    "I am incredibly proud to have been part of the creation of HAIG CLUB™," said David Beckham. "I think we have made something really special. For me it has meant understanding how whisky is made and enjoyed and then working with some incredible people to write a new chapter for Haig."

    Responsible drinking is at the core of HAIG CLUB™, with David Beckham supporting the brand’s philosophy of quality over quantity. David said, "I appreciate a well-made drink and I like to take my time and enjoy it – I try to drink better, not more."

    To celebrate the global launch of HAIG CLUB™ David Beckham and business partner Simon Fuller hosted an exclusive HAIG CLUB™ weekend in the heart of Scotland on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Attended by Victoria Beckham, and other guests, the weekend gave Beckham and Fuller the opportunity to personally introduce friends both old and new to the whisky and the brand that they have helped create.

    Simon Fuller commented, "This is a great partnership between one of the world’s most iconic stars and a company that is a true leader in the global sprits industry. Now we can all celebrate together as HAIG CLUB™ is launched worldwide and can be enjoyed by everyone!"

    Welcome to HAIG CLUB™. Enjoy Responsibly.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    15.10.2014   Outotec launches the TankCell e630 - the world's largest flotation cell     ( Company news )

    Company news New high-capacity cell based on our proven, industry-leading technology brings energy efficiency and significant cost savings.
    The Outotec TankCell® e630 is the latest addition to Outotec's leading flotation portfolio, which already offers the widest range of cell sizes on the market. With an effective volume of 630 m3 as standard, and volumes of close to 700 m3 achievable depending on the chosen configuration, it is the largest flotation cell in the world.
    Suitable for all flotation applications, the e630 is designed to meet the market demand for increased capacity combined with improved production and energy efficiency. It incorporates proven innovations such as the Outotec FloatForce® mixing technology, which enables superior pumping performance, as well as better air dispersion and mixing capability, improved efficiency, and longer component wear life.
    The TankCell e630 outperforms smaller cells in terms of energy efficiency while enabling a significant increase in production capacity. Compared to an equivalent plant build using the smaller Outotec TankCell e300, total capital cost can be reduced by as much as 10-20 percent. Typical installed power for the e630 is 500 kW / 600 hp and specific power consumption is lower than that of smaller TankCells. Outotec recommends using a variable frequency drive to enable optimization of both metallurgy and power consumption in these high-capacity production units.
    Its large capacity makes the Outotec TankCell e630 particularly suitable for rougher and scavenger duties in gold and base metal applications. The unit has a diameter of 11 meters and a lip height of approximately 7 meters.

    Key benefits
    •Suitable for all flotation applications
    •Proven, energy-efficient design
    •Increased production capacity with less equipment
    •Longer component life and reduced maintenance needs
    •Lower capital investment and operational costs compared to multiple smaller units
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    15.10.2014   Rexam converts to aluminium cans in Spain    ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam, a leading global beverage can maker, announces that it is converting its two beverage can plants in Spain from steel to aluminium.

    The preference for aluminium cans has increased significantly over the past few years. The switch, which is being supported by aluminium coil supplier, Constellium, will help meet customers’ growing demand for packaging that helps them differentiate their own products.

    Rexam’s La Selva plant near Tarragona in Spain converted one of its four lines to aluminium in 2011. The remaining three are now following suit and are expected to come on stream in the first quarter of 2015. Rexam’s Valdemorillo plant near Madrid will start converting its three lines during 2015 for start-up in 2016.

    Iain Percival, sector director of Rexam’s European beverage can making business, commented: “Spain is an important beverage can market. It is the second largest in Europe producing over 7 billion cans a year. This conversion to aluminium represents a sizeable capital outlay over the next two years. It demonstrates our commitment to invest for our customers and shows our confidence in the growth dynamics of the can market in Spain.”
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    14.10.2014   Absolut collaborates with Andy Warhol once again with latest limited edition    ( Company news )

    Company news On October 1, Absolut introduced the Andy Warhol Edition, a new limited edition bottle celebrating creativity, pop art and the brand’s iconic collaboration with Andy Warhol. To launch the bottle, Absolut will collaborate with him once again by working with three artists who will reach out to Warhol’s spirit for a one-time-only nightlife experience in NYC, as well as, inviting people to unleash their creativity in what Absolut aims to become world’s largest art exchange -- where one lucky participant will receive an original Andy Warhol artwork.

    The Andy Warhol Edition celebrates the iconic collaboration between Absolut and Andy Warhol – the brand’s first of thousands of collaborations with artists from around the world. By transforming the original painting onto the bottle shape, Absolut is allowing anyone to bring home their very own Warhol. To support the launch of this limited edition bottle, Absolut is presenting two innovative concepts: Warhol Spirit by Absolut, which pushes the boundaries of art and nightlife, inspiring audiences to realize anything is possible through creativity, as well as Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut, which invites audiences to join in on the creative process by making their own art.

    “With this limited edition, we raise our glasses to honor the partnership between Absolut and Andy Warhol – a collaboration that resulted in one of the most iconic contemporary works of art. The original Absolut Warhol painting hangs firmly in a museum but this initiative brings Andy Warhol’s artwork to the world,” says Nodjame Fouad, Director of Storytelling at Absolut.

    “The Foundation is delighted to celebrate the launch of the Andy Warhol Edition and proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will contribute generously to The Foundation’s endowment from which it has distributed nearly $250M in grants supporting contemporary visual arts,” said Michael Hermann of The Andy Warhol Foundation. “While Warhol’s profound influence is uncontained we applaud Absolut for bottling his creativity.”
    (Pernod Ricard Nordic)
     
    14.10.2014   Lecta to Present Its New Papers for Beverage Labels at BrauBeviale 2014    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 The world’s largest beverage industry event will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 11-13.

    Lecta will participate once again in the BrauBeviale Fair, with nearly 1,300 exhibitors and 33,000 industry professionals expected to attend. The show will feature the latest developments and trends in raw materials, machinery and technology, logistics and marketing for beer, water and other beverages.

    It will also be a unique opportunity for Lecta to present its specialty paper lines for beverage label design: Metalvac metallized papers, found on some of the best-known beer brands; Creaset one-side coated papers, especially designed for color printing labels and flexible packaging; and the wide range of Adestor pressure-sensitive materials for all types of beverages.

    Metalvac 100% recyclable high-vacuum metallized papers are designed for high-quality moisture-resistant wet-glue labels on both returnable and non-returnable bottles. They can also be transformed into self-adhesive labels. The Metalvac range is available with gloss and matt finishes, as well as with pinhead, brushed and linen embossing.

    Creaset comes to BrauBeviale with its range of one-side coated papers especially designed for the packaging and label industry. Standard and wrap-around labels for beer, water and soft drinks are just a few of the applications for which Creaset papers can be used.

    “Labels to Celebrate” is the exclusive Adestor pressure-sensitive label collection for high-end wines, sparkling wines, spirits and water. It features gloss and matt coated papers, metallized and bright white facestock for deluxe labels, laid and embossed papers to give labels a hand-crafted appearance, and wet-strength facestock. All can be combined with the BC361 Plus permanent adhesive for ice-bucket immersion.

    The “Labels to Celebrate” swatchbook includes 21 labels with special finishes: stamping, relief and UVI screen printing, highlighting the elegant designs for which the Adestor self-adhesive papers line can be used.

    All of Lecta’s specialty papers are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards and ISO 50001 energy management standards. They are also available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications. Further information on Lecta’s range of specialty papers can be found at www.torraspapel.com and www.adestor.com

    We look forward to seeing you at BrauBeviale 2014, pavilion 4, stand 343, November 11-13.
    (Torraspapel, part of the Lecta Group)
     
    13.10.2014   Loehrke: Welcome to BrauBeviale 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 LOEHRKE exhibits at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg from 11. – 13. November 2014. It became the most important international capital goods exhibition for the whole beverage industry in the last years and has been one of the leading European exhibitions for the production and marketing of beer and non-alcoholic drinks.

    Visit us in hall 4 stand 315
    At this years’ exhibition we will present process hygiene solutions of the future: Cleenius®, robot-aided cleaning, will be a very special highlight at the LOEHRKE booth. A further emphasis will be PULSED LIGHT, a technology that uses high-intensive flashes of light to sterilize packaging material without water and without chemical products.

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

    Admission tickets? Be our guest!
    With the LOEHRKE voucher code you can easily redeem your personal admission ticket online until November 13th, 2014: http://www.brau-beviale.de/en/visitors/tickets/voucher/
    The LOEHRKE voucher code is: B290432

    We are looking forward to your visit at the LOEHRKE booth – hall 4 stand 315 – at BrauBeviale 2014!
    (Jürgen#Löhrke GmbH)
     
    13.10.2014   Lotus Botanical Elixirs launch in Rexam Sleek® cans with tactile printing    ( Company news )

    Company news In today’s hectic and fast-paced world, life finds ways to throw everyone out of balance. Consumers looking for a way to restore their balance now have an innovative new beverage option. Lotus Botanical Elixirs have launched in distinctive Rexam 12 oz. Sleek® cans with tactile printing.

    Lotus Elixirs harness nature’s power to aid the balance of mind and body, featuring the Lotus Flowers in “adaptogenic” botanical fusions. They are naturally sweetened with nothing artificial added, lightly carbonated and naturally caffeinated, and are available in raspberry, cranberry and wild berry infused flavors.

    Used in Egyptian, Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years, adaptogens are a unique group of botanicals believed to help restore balance to the human system, strengthen the body’s response to stress and enhance its ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue. They are called adaptogens because of their ability to “adapt” their function according to the body’s specific needs to normalize inbalances.

    “Stress creates imbalance in the body, resulting in a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms including low energy, anxiety, irritability, lack of sleep, focus and performance,” said Scott Strader, CEO and founder, Lotus Botanical Elixirs. “Functional drinks address the SYMPTOMS of imbalance, Lotus Elixirs address the CAUSE of imbalance”.

    Lotus Botanical Elixirs chose cans that utilize Rexam’s tactile printing technology, featuring a “raised and textured” portion that offsets the reflective, bright colors of the can design.

    “The challenge for us was to convey the iconic Lotus Flowers with vibrancy and artistic integrity on an aluminum can,” Strader said. “We took great pains to design a simple, clean package that would highlight the premium quality of our product. Rexam’s unique tactile finish creates a ‘texture’ on the can for an inviting feel that creates an instantaneous relationship when you hold it in your hand. We have already gotten tremendous feedback from customers who comment that every can should have this great feature.”

    Lotus Botanical Elixirs selected Rexam Sleek cans because they were the best package to convey its premium brand image. In addition, the company benefits from the other inherent advantages of aluminum cans including portability, durability and sustainability. Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable as they are able to be recycled, converted to cans again and back on retail shelves within 60 days. They are also recycled at double the rate of any other beverage package.

    Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA, says Lotus Botanical Elixirs picked the perfect package to grab consumers’ attention. “Our 12 oz. Sleek cans with tactile printing are the ideal choice to stand out on store shelves, with a look and feel that demands attention. They also deliver the best in supply chain economics through superior recycling, filling, distribution and retail display efficiencies to help the company build its brand and business.”

    Lotus Botanical Elixirs are currently available in many natural and specialty retail outlets in Southern California, with plans for continued expansion.
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    10.10.2014   Anheuser-Busch Converts Houston Trucking Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Engines    ( Company news )

    Company news New 66-tractor, heavy-haul fleet will deliver environmental benefits and company savings

    Anheuser-Busch announced it is replacing its 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered tractors. This marks the beer company’s first conversion of an entire brewery fleet and represents a significant milestone in achieving its goal to reduce carbon emissions.

    “The next generation CNG engine technology paired with support from state incentive programs contributed to our ability to take such a significant step in fully converting our Houston fleet,” said James Sembrot, Senior Director, Transportation, Anheuser-Busch. “Houston is a strategic choice due to the central location to our facilities and distribution radius, as well as its proximity to fueling stations.”

    The CNG conversion comes as the 2014 football season kicks off one of the company’s busiest shipping periods of the year – with an estimated 17 million cases of beer shipped by the Houston fleet during third quarter. Through the advanced engine technology, the fleet is expected to reduce 2,000-tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year when adjusting emissions reduction for consumption rates.

    “The city of Houston was an early leader in the pursuit of cleaner, greener energy options,” said Mayor Parker. “It is encouraging to see one of our major companies taking a major step forward in this area. Cleaner technologies benefit all Houstonians because they help improve the air we breathe.

    As part of its ‘seed to sip’ environmental platform, Anheuser-Busch becomes one of only a few large, heavy-haul shippers to convert a fleet to alternative fuel power vehicles. In June, the company added a global environmental goal to reduce carbon emissions in its logistics operations from network planning, transportation, and warehousing by 15 percent by the end of 2017.

    The CNG conversion represents significant business and environmental benefits for Anheuser-Busch. Working with transportation partner Ryder, the 12-liter lighter-weight engines are expected to emit 23 percent less greenhouse gases (compared to diesel), which is the equivalent of taking approximately 420 passenger vehicles off the road.

    “We commend the Anheuser-Busch team for their leadership and decision to convert their entire Houston brewery fleet to cleaner, more efficient natural gas,” said Dennis Cooke, President, Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. “We are honored that Anheuser-Busch has trusted Ryder as its leasing and maintenance partner to help take this important step toward reducing the environmental impact of their fleet.”

    J.B. Hunt, a leading transportation provider, will continue to manage Anheuser-Busch’s Houston fleet. Once fully installed, the company estimates it will secure significant savings.

    The natural gas vehicles are being made available through Ryder’s participation in the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP), funded by the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) initiatives and administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
     
    10.10.2014   Innotaste celebrates ten successful years as a service-oriented distribution partner     ( Company news )

    Company news Distribution redefined

    Photo: Managing Director Andreas Schockhoven

    Since the end of 2004, innotaste GmbH has been firmly established as a distributor of food ingredients that require explanation. Focussing on small and medium-sized food manufacturers, the Krefeld-based enterprise is a distributor and service partner with a difference. The key to the company’s success is its strategy of guaranteeing smaller businesses value-for-money prices and short processing and delivery times.

    With ingredients partners in nine countries, innotaste GmbH currently serves numerous customers across eight European countries. The business deliberately concentrates on a few selected manufacturers of high-quality ingredients that require explanation and with whom long-term exclusivity agreements exist. Thanks to innotaste’s own warehousing facilities, customers are able to receive smaller product volumes within a shorter period of time than is possible with other distributors. Food manufacturers also profit from rapid processing and support, which encompasses everything from formulation development and application trials in innotaste’s own laboratory through food legislation and quality assurance. With this level of service, innotaste GmbH is much more than a simple middleman distributor.
    (innotaste GmbH)
     
    09.10.2014   Competition authority prevents acquisition of Uetersen paper mill    ( Company news )

    Company news On 9 October, Brigl & Bergmeister withdrew its application to the German Federal Cartel Office for approval of the merger with the Uetersen paper mill.
    In May 2014, Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH signed an agreement for acquisition of the Uetersen speciality paper mill from the Stora Enso Group, subject to merger control approval.
    Already in September, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) expressed reservations against the merger. Both parties subsequently submitted further conclusive market information and expert reports, none of which, however, managed to persuade the FCO to change its stance. Consequently, Brigl & Bergmeister withdrew the merger application on 9 October 2014.
    The contracting parties have mutually agreed to cancel the share purchase agreement.
    Brigl & Bergmeister regret the decision made by the FCO. The label market would have benefited substantially from the acquisition of the Uetersen paper mill. The merger would have created a strong group of speciality paper mills and provided positive impulses throughout the entire value chain.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    09.10.2014   Light and innovative: BERICAP closures at Brau     ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 BERICAP will be participating once more as an exhibitor at this year’s Brau Beviale in Nuremberg. The closure manufacturer and global operator will present its tried-and-tested closure systems and new product features in hall 4, booth 4-517.

    Photo: Consumer friendly and convenient: HexaLite® 29/13

    Weight savings with innovative closures
    There is an unrelenting level of interest in the subject of ‘Lightweight’ closures.
    In addition to cost savings through lighter closures, this also addresses the sparing use of non-renewable resources and the alleviation of the impact of greenhouse gases. BERICAP has already been able to convert a large portion of its different beverage closures into lighter weight versions that fit the respective lightweight bottlenecks. The resulting savings in granulate permit a significant annual reduction in CO2 production.
    In the past, producers concentrated on reducing the closure weight, in particular for the food and beverage industry, while concentrating on cost saving and on improving the carbon footprint. The adaptation to the need of users was paid less attention to.
    On the Brau, BERICAP shows types of closures, which will combine the desire of customer satisfaction with an optimized employment of materials. This applies in particular to stoppers for still waters, but also for products filled in aseptically and in particular for beverages filled in hot. BERICAP will also present new developments for the sparkling products market.

    BERICAP's new closure solution for hot filling
    Customer-friendly handling, cost saving by reduction of weight and perfect product safety must not necessarily contradict each other, as is shown by the new 33mm BERICAP closures for hot filling.
    Compare with the 38mm system, employing the 33mm closure system (including the bottleneck) results in a weight saving of approx. 40%.
    The well-known DoubleSeal System of the closure enables the implementation of a threaded neck thickness of only 1.5 mm, as this system prevents the threaded neck to taken an oval shape during hot filling and thus reliably guarantees continuous product integrity.
    For customers preferring the 38mm closure size, BERICAP offers a lighter closure variant, which also permits the use of a threaded neck of only 1.5mm thickness and thus contributes to a significant saving of weight.
    BERICAP offers push-pull sports closures matching with the relevant threaded neck, for outdoor consumption and consumption during sport. The flow volume through this closure is bigger than average and thus increases the tasting experience for the consumer.
    An aluminium foil is not needed, which makes handling for the consumer easy.
    Push-pull closures for hot filling into 28 or 38mm are feasible, too.

    BERICAP PUSH PULL Next Generation – filling without aluminium foil
    Sports Closures for hot and cold aseptic fillings
    Sport closures are best suited for consumption when on the move, when travelling or when doing sport; always on those occasions where the consumer wants to open and close their drinking bottle rapidly and simply.
    The BERICAP PUSH PULL Next Generation meets this requirement. This closure does not require aluminium foil as a seal, is easy to open and to reclose and meets all the requirements of a modern, environmentally-friendly and customer-friendly package.
    Thanks to its user-friendly functionality, the consumer can enjoy a drink immediately after removing the protective cap. What is more, thanks to its flow rate - approx. 30% higher than that of conventional products - this sports closure has achieved increasing acceptance in the market since its launch in 2010.
    The 3-piece PUSH PULL Next Generation is equipped with DoubleSeal™ technology that has also been successfully used for other BERICAP closures in the beverage industry.
    The 38mm sports closure has so far been used for aseptic fillings and is appropriate for wet and dry sterilization processes.
    The successful qualification of the 33mm PushPull Next Generation for the hot filling process by a multinational beverage filler in Latin America is a further step forward.
    This closure type, PUSH PULL, is another innovative step that allows drinks to be dispensed without removing an aluminium foil seal.

    Lightweight and easy undoing of closures for still water
    The last few years have seen a significant drive for reductions in the cost of packaging across all beverages alongside an improvement in the carbon footprint of the package. Reducing the weight of packaging, of course, makes a lot of sense in a growing beverage market, in particular the still water market.
    Responding to market requirements, BERICAP has developed a lighter weight closure for its customers. Called HexaLite® 29/11, it fits a 29/25 mm neck size – the weight saving compared with a former 30/25 neck and closure combination is as much as 33%.
    People were initially happy to cut costs and improve the carbon footprint of their packages. Gradually, though, marketers realised that consumers were not absolutely happy with the new trend, because the height of just 11mm made it rather more difficult to open the bottles, thus reducing consumer convenience. Simply having a lightweight closure and neck was obviously not the ultimate goal any longer. The new target was defined as “lightweight, but not at the expense of consumer convenience”.
    Accepting that design challenge, BERICAP developed the HexaLite® 29/13. The height of 13mm allows the same grip height already known from the previous 30/25mm closure generation. It is easy for the consumer to open such a closure, and the new closure design also supports a high quality appearance.
    The HexaLite® 29/13 fits the lightweight 29/25 neck. The weight difference compared with the HexaLite® 29/11 closure and neck combination is negligible.
    The closure was recently introduced in UK and already enjoys an excellent reputation in the market.
    In consequence, BERICAP has also developed a new HexaLite® 26/13 closure fulfilling the same targets as mentioned above, but for the 26mm lightweight neck. The 13mm high closure ensures a good grip that allows the consumer to open the bottle, it can be applied onto the lightweight 26mm neck and the closure itself is only slightly heavier than the HexaLite 26/10 introduced 3 years ago.
    Both HexaLite® 29/13 and 26/13 closures are equipped with a slit flexband, supporting easy application and reliable tamper evidence functionality. Nitrogen dosing is possible where bottlers want to use lightweight bottles and need to add nitrogen to stabilize the bottle.
    Both 29/25 and 26/22 neck types are standard necks approved by CETIE.

    Dispensing Valve from BERICAP
    Dosing valve BericapValve consisting of TPE-material
    BERICAP has introduced the dosing valve 'BERICAPValve' into the market successfully since more than a year.
    The speciality of the BERICAPValve is the use of TPE material. This material has the advantage, that – other than the commercial silicon valves – it avoids material contamination in the recycling process.
    You have the choice of valve types in differing rigidity grades for the different filling products such as e.g. ketchup, chocolate syrup, body lotion and pharmaceutical products with their individual viscosities. These valves provide for an even and easy taking of the product already with pressing slightly. Also products containing pieces such as e.g. in cocktail sauces are easy to dose with the BERICAPValve.
    Apart from its consumer-friendly handling, the BERICAPValve scores with its superior tightness with all viscous products.
    BERICAP offers a wide product range of hinged closures, into which the dosing valve BericapValve can be inserted, but in its own R & D centres BERICAP can also develop custom-made designs.
    (Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    08.10.2014   E-ON premium energy drink launches in Rexam 12 oz. Sleek® cans    ( Company news )

    Company news There’s a new energy drink for the “modern and forward-minded.” Building off the success and rapid growth of its products in Europe and Asia, Global Functional Drinks has launched E-ON premium energy drinks in the U.S. The Swiss-based beverage developer has partnered with Rexam to offer Americans a new energy drink option in 12 oz. Sleek® cans.

    Designed as a more natural choice for people who want guilt-free energy that keeps them sharp all day long, E-ON contains vitamin B6, B12, taurine, caffeine, guarana seed extract and L-carnitine for the ultimate energy boost.

    Based on natural fruit and berry juices, E-ON is available in three flavors. Citrus Punch is a mixture of grapefruit, orange and lemon. Ginger Crush combines sweet pomegranate, tart cranberry and ginger. Fresh lemon and a touch of almond come together in Almond Rush. All three have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

    “Our mission is to provide healthy, all-natural drinks that quench thirst and boost energy,” said Robert Miller, CEO, Global Functional Drinks U.S. “So we decided to expand the reach for our successful E-ON brand and bring it to the U.S. By teaming with Rexam, our premium energy drinks are available in a great-looking package that consumers will love.”

    Global Functional Drinks chose the Rexam 12 oz. Sleek can for E-ON in the U.S. because of its portability, durability and ability to help the beverage stand out on retail shelves. The company also benefits from the fact that aluminum cans are the most sustainable packaging choice in the world, recycled at more than double the rate of other beverage packages.

    Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA, commented on E-ON’s excellent packaging choice. “Our 12 oz. Sleek can draws attention on store shelves by providing the best in colorful, reflective graphics, as well as delivering superior recycling, filling, distribution and retail display economics that will help E-ON build its brand and business in the U.S.”

    E-ON is currently available at select retailers nationwide.
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    07.10.2014   Brazil: Government has no plans to raise beer taxes this year - sources    ( E-malt.com )

    The Brazilian government has no plans to raise taxes on beverages this year, a representative of the industry said on September 23 after meeting Finance Minister Guido Mantega.
    A new delay in plans to increase taxes on beers, soft drinks and other beverages could pile more pressure on the government finances already under strain after a series of tax breaks, Reuters reported.
    A finance ministry representative was not immediately available for comments.

    President Dilma Rousseff has promised to rein in spending and reconstitute some tax breaks to improve the fiscal accounts, but her government has continued to give tax incentives to industries ahead of the October presidential elections.
    Rousseff's rivals Marina Silva and Aecio Neves accuse the leftist leader of relaxing the tough fiscal rules that helped bring stability to an economy plagued by crises just a few decades ago.
    The government delayed the tax increase due in June for three months to avoid a spurt in prices during the month-long World Cup of soccer. Representatives of the national association of bars and restaurants said at the time that the increase could also result in the firing of thousands of workers.

    Fernando Rodrigues de Barros, the head of the sector's association known as Afrebras, said that Mantega told industry executives a finance ministry commission will propose a new tax model for beverages in early 2015.
    The government expected to generate an extra 1.5 billion reais ($6.23 billion) with the tax increase during the second half of 2014, officials said in April.
     
    07.10.2014   Ireland: Beer exports up to 50pc last year    ( E-malt.com )

    Beer is still the Ireland's favourite alcoholic drink - and the nation is also exporting more of it too, Irish Independent reported on September 22.
    Exports of Irish beer rose from 43pc in 2012 to 50pc last year, while at home, beer still enjoys a 47pc market share.
    The Irish Brewers Association has claimed a 'beer renaissance' is on the horizon with an abundance of new brewers attempting to enter the market.
    However, they warned that this potential growth is being put at risk because of the Government's actions in increasing excise on alcohol in the past two Budgets.

    Tax now accounts for almost a third of the price of a pint.
    The IBA has now called on the Government to reverse excise on alcohol so that emerging players in the market can reach their full growth potential.
     
    07.10.2014   KHS compiles comprehensive innovation package    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 At BrauBeviale 2014 KHS is again presenting a wide range of innovations and product improvements. The company is thereby demonstrating the consistent manner in which it pursues its vision of becoming first choice in technology and service. The particular focus of the trade show booth will be on filling, keg and decorating technology and KHS' comprehensive consulting and other services.

    Innofill Can DVD (photo) with major technological advances in oxygen pickup and CO2 consumption
    In the filling technology field KHS will be exhibiting an electronically controlled, volumetric filler for cans in the form of the Innofill Can DVD with a capacity of up to 120,000 cans/h. In doing so, KHS is setting a clear benchmark. The system is equally suitable for different products such as beer, mixed beer beverages, wine, sparkling wine, soft drinks and also water in beverage cans with capacities from 0.1 to 1 liter. If particularly sensitive beverages, such as mixed beer drinks or still water, are processed, the Innofill Can DVD can be installed in a special KHS sanitary room with filter units in the ceiling. Above all, key features of the innovative can filler are significantly improved technological values, which have been proven many times in practice, and its optimized hygienic design.
    The oxygen pickup when filling 0.5-liter cans of beer previously lay between 80 and 120 ppb and carbon dioxide consumption was approx. 800 to 1,000 grams per hectoliter. With the help of the CAN+ low-pressure purging process used in the Innofill Can DVD, the oxygen pickup can be reduced by up to 50% while the CO2 values remain constant. On the other hand, the CO2 consumption can be reduced by up to 30% while the oxygen content remains constant. It is also possible to reduce both oxygen pickup and CO2 consumption, thus matching the technological values perfectly to the particular beverages to be processed.
    With the Innofill Can DVD, the following design features, among others, illustrate the consistent use of hygienic design: the open design of the can feed and discharge conveyors; no front table; drives in the form of servomotors mounted in star columns or encased in stainless steel; star columns and filler carousel connected by means of cross pipes without flanges in which cables and pipes are also laid; filling valves which can be easily flanged to and removed from the valve support; media feed through hygienic pantograph joints.
    The particularly hygienic design of the system results in reduced cleaning times and increased maintenance intervals. The associated water, energy and cleaning media costs are minimized and system availability increased. Maintenance costs are also significantly reduced thanks to the absence of many mechanical drive connections.
    Another important feature of the innovative filling system is the centering bell guide, which is implemented here by means of expansion joints. This enables the mouth of the can to be sealed under aseptic conditions. For the first time permanent water lubrication of the filling valves is not required and is always included in the CIP and sterilization process. Also of great importance is the fact that the can seamer is connected using servo technology.

    Innokeg Combikeg fully upgraded
    The Innokeg Combikeg, which has been fully upgraded, will also be receiving a great deal of attention during BrauBeviale. The hallmark of the keg, washing and filling machine, with a capacity of up to 80 kegs/h, is its extremely compact design. The systems for washing the kegs inside and out and for racking them are integrated into one housing, as are the media tanks, controls and conveyors. The Innokeg Combikeg is based on the proven rotary principle which has been continuously developed by KHS for decades. The target group is small to medium-sized businesses in the brewing, soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juice and wine sectors. One of the features that has been optimized on the Innokeg Combikeg is the safety paneling. Doors are now only half-height. The reason for this is that this makes it easier to keep an eye on the valves and sensors. Faster responses are possible when required and the system availability increases. An additional caustic spray, the task of which is to remove the ink code on the keg fitting and on the keg shoulder, is incorporated into the exterior washer. New valves (seat valves with cup gasket) are used specially for the washing stations. They are extremely robust in design and withstand the severe conditions which are present due to the use of chemicals and steam. As before, cap diaphragm valves are used on the filling station. In this way, all treatment stations are optimized accordingly to satisfy the individual requirements. Another important aspect is that the rotor main drive in the Innokeg Combikeg is no longer pneumatic. Instead, use is made of a servomotor which ensures very soft acceleration and braking of the keg when changing stations. Among the kegs to benefit from this are the particularly sensitive slim kegs and Petainer kegs. As well as processing steel kegs with a capacity of between 10 and 58 liters, the Innokeg Combikeg traditionally also handles classic Petainer kegs with adapters. The machine is also outstandingly equipped for the new non-refillable keg from Petainer which is presented at the trade show for the first time.

    Direct Print – the revolutionary technology for direct digital printing
    Direct Print, the revolutionary technology for the direct digital printing of PET bottles, is the subject of a major forum to be held at the BrauBeviale trade show booth. The printing process uses only UV inks which have a low viscosity, dry in milliseconds, adhere very well to PET bottles, have a high opacity, can be overprinted and ensure a brilliant color image (optical resolution of the printed images: 1,080 x 1,080 pixels). Extensive studies confirm their unrestricted suitability for use with foodstuffs. Another important factor is that printed PET bottles are suitable for bottle-to-bottle recycling without restriction. A sample Direct Print printer will be on show at BrauBeviale which is primarily used when only a few bottles are to be printed for presentation purposes and the like.

    Bottles & Shapes service and consultancy portfolio provides added value right down the line
    KHS traditionally provides added value right down the line with its globally unique Bottles & Shapes service and consultancy portfolio for the design and development of premium plastic bottles. At BrauBeviale packaging designer Claudia Schulte will be showing interested visitors how the specific properties of a PET bottle can be successfully combined with high-quality design. This applies equally to the PET bottle and cap concept as well as to the appropriate bottle decoration which will be directly demonstrated at the trade show using the aforementioned example Direct Print printer. All development steps are carried out from a holistic perspective. The focus at all times is on economic, ecological and functional aspects of the packaging to an equal measure. Lightweighting to suit the application is one of the features to play an important part in this process. Finally, all known influences are simulated and applied to the virtual packaging. As an example, these also include the stress the plastic bottle is subjected to while being conveyed through the line and up to and including the palletizing process, and also later during onward shipment to the retail trade and points of sale.

    The new Plasmax+
    In connection with plastic bottle production and finishing Plasmax+ will also be arousing great interest at the trade show. Especially beverages and liquid foods with a higher pH will greatly profit from the recently developed Plasmax+ process. It is as safe and reliable as the standard Plasmax process but has a better long-term stability with higher pHs of 4.5 or more. Where the bottle material is subject to greater mechanical stress from high internal pressures, for example when filled with carbonated beverages, Plasmax+ has the better barrier effect. This therefore considerably extends the range of possible applications for Plasmax+. The new technology can also be retrofitted into existing InnoPET Plasmax machines.

    Hall 5, Booth 127
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    07.10.2014   Ukraine & China: Obolon Brewery planning to expand on China's beer market    ( E-malt.com )

    Ukraine’s Obolon Brewery intends to expand significantly its presence on the Chinese beer market and set up own production facility in China, Pivnoe Delo reported on September 29 citing the company’s General Manager Igor Bulakh.
    “This year we have already shipped to China around 60 containers (of 25 thousand cans each), and next year we plan to export to China 200-300 containers,” he said. According to Mr. Bulakh, the company entered the Chinese market in 2012 and is already a well-known brand there.
    “We are well represented in southern China, less – in Shanghai and are just about to enter the market in Beijing,” he said.
    The CEO noted that owing to the increasing sales volume in the country, Obolon has initiated negotiations on setting up a joint venture and buying a brewery in northern China.
     
    06.10.2014   Colombia: SABMiller launches Dutch beer Grolsch    ( E-malt.com )

    Dutch beer Grolsch is for sale in Colombia as of September 24, distributor Bavaria said.
    Grolsch, first brewed in the Netherlands in 1615 and featuring 5 percent alcohol content, is now the oldest brand among the global offerings distributed by Bavaria, the company said in a statement.

    “We are convinced of Grolsch’s positive impact in the Colombian beverage market, thanks to its distinctive characteristics: flavor, body, color and an inspiring and creative packaging,” Bavaria vice president Fernando Jaramillo said.

    In a recent interview with the El Espectador newspaper, Jaramillo said Colombia had a relatively low consumption of beer at 44 litres per capita annually, compared to, for example, 73 litres in neighboring Venezuela.

    In fact, beer sales in Colombia have been decreasing after reaching 63 litres per capita annually in 1990, Jaramillo said.

    Bavaria, owned since 2005 by brewing giant SABMiller, said Grolsch was available in 70 countries with annual sales close to 2.1 million hectolitres.
     
    06.10.2014   Germany: Craft beer trend finally taking off    ( E-malt.com )

    In Germany, home of Oktoberfest and a five-century-old brewing law, beer consumption has been on an unstoppable decline, prompting Europe’s biggest producer of the beverage to turn to an unlikely place for help: the U.S., Bloomberg reported on October, 1.

    Oliver Lemke has been making trips to Colorado, New York and California, learning how craft brewers grabbed a sizable portion of the U.S. market. Lemke, who says his American counterparts have taught him to be bolder and experiment with new categories, is now expanding his Berlin brewery as the trend reaches Germany, where the number of micro breweries has increased by more than 30 percent since 2005 to about 670.
    “We Germans were convinced we’re making the world’s best beer but meanwhile, beer diversity suffered,” Lemke said while sipping his newest creation, an India Pale Ale with a hint of grapefruit and mango. “Craft brewing is a lucrative and interesting niche and it was a mistake not to do it earlier.”

    Germany, home to the world’s oldest active brewery started by Bavarian monks a thousand years ago, is synonymous with beer and the country’s 8 billion-euro ($10 billion) industry. Yet consumption and output in Germany - which has beer gardens in cities such as Munich that can seat 8,000, and more than 1,300 breweries - has declined for the past seven years.
    Instead, Germans are sipping more wine, Italian-style coffee drinks and summer cocktails like Aperol Spritz. In response, German breweries are looking to put the buzz back in beer by following the lead of the U.S., where Boston Beer Co Inc, which sells the Samuel Adams brand, was one of the instigators of a craft beer boom that started in the late 1970s and picked up steam in the past five years.

    Craft brewers accounted for 14 percent of the $100 billion U.S. market last year, according to the Brewers Association, an industry group based in Boulder, Colorado. While U.S. beer sales fell 1.9 percent last year, domestic craft beer sales grew 17 percent, the group said.
    In Germany, craft beers have been long absent from the market that’s dominated by pilseners -- until now.
    “Craft beers are a new trend in Germany that is growing rapidly,” said Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen, a sociology professor at Berlin’s Free University who specializes in the history of eating and drinking. “It’s highly popular especially with young urban consumers who value the local footprint of these products.”

    One reason Germany has been slow to embrace something that’s well-established elsewhere may be the country’s Reinheitsgebot, or “purity law,” drafted in 1516 and the oldest food law still enforced. To this day, a brewer can’t call his product beer if he doesn’t adhere to it.
    While foreign producers can add ingredients such as rice or sugar, Germans must make beer with just four items: malted barley, hops, water and yeast. Most craft brewers in Germany, including Lemke, produce their drinks after the purity law.
    With a wider choice of other beverages to buy, beer has lost some of its status. The average German drinks about 107 litres of beer a year, down from more than 140 litres in 1991, according to the Barth Group. That puts the country third in the world, after the Czech Republic and Austria. Americans drink about 75 litres a year.

    German brewers - who are currently celebrating Munich’s Oktoberfest, the industry’s highpoint of the year - are hoping specialty beers can help change perceptions and lure back buyers year round.
    Radeberger Gruppe AG, Germany’s largest producer, has begun selling craft beers with price tags that can reach 24.99 euros a bottle, such as the dark-brown 17th Anniversary Ale, a cuvee made of 7 different ales matured in oak. The Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, the world’s oldest brewery started in 1040, now markets ‘Infinium,’ a beer developed in cooperation with Samuel Adams sold in a black champagne bottle.

    You can go even more individual than that. Holger Wirtz in May started Bierzuliebe, “beer to love,” a website where you can create your own beer - with your own preferences for hops intensity, alcohol level, liveliness and color - have it brewed and shipped to you in a champagne bottle within a week. You can also order Bierzuliebe’s house creations such as “Kehlenglueck,” or “Throat Joy,” for 9.95 euros.
    “Beer has great untapped potential,” Wirtz said in an interview. “We want to make a premium product that people enjoy and celebrate instead of downing in a few gulps.”

    Gaining traction with craft beer may still be an uphill struggle. Micro breweries currently produce 1 percent of German output, according to the DBB, the German brewers’ association. While that may grow to as much as 3 percent, the craft beer boom won’t reach U.S. proportions because German consumers already get their beer, even if mostly pilseners, from small- and medium-sized breweries that often sell locally, said Stefan Huckemann, a Munich-based partner in the consumer business at consultancy Deloitte.
    “The craft beer trend comes from the U.S., which didn’t have the variety that markets like Germany and Belgium had for many years,” Huckemann said. “It’s nevertheless positive for the German market, which has been suffering from price pressure, as it will increase the perceived value of beer.”
    Lemke, who started making craft beer in 1999, is adopting a more American-style logo for his Berlin brewery, where he’s produced about 40 brews over the years. While Germany back then wasn’t ready for his pale ales and stouts, it is now, he said.
    “We waited 15 years for craft beer to take off,” he said. “It’s a trend I believe will stay around.”
     
    06.10.2014   Greece: Beer showing resistance to overall decline in alcoholic beverages market    ( E-malt.com )

    In Greece, beer is showing robust resistance to the overall decline in the alcoholic beverages market, the latest statistics have shown.

    Beer sales posted an increase in the first seven months of the year both in the so-called warm market (supermarkets, small retail points etc) and the cold market (restaurants, entertainment venues etc). Given that the data do not include the rest of the summer, it is possible that the rise in beer sales will be far greater for the whole of the year thanks to the country’s record tourism arrivals, Balkans.com reported on October 3.

    IRI research data showed beer market turnover in the year to end-July to have reached 123.4 million euros at retail chains and small sales points (such as kiosks), recording 1.4 percent growth from the same period in 2013.

    There was also a 3.2 percent increase in sales volume, which reached 58.1 million liters.

    In addition, there was a remarkable 1.1 percent yearly rise in consumption at catering establishments, in contrast to the rest of the alcohol market reports Kathimerini.
     
    06.10.2014   Russia: Alcohol watchdog says more than half of beer and beer-based beverages are produced illegally    ( E-malt.com )

    Russia's state alcohol watchdog has raised the alarm on massive counterfeit beer operations throughout the country after discovering that more than half of all beer and beer-based beverages in the country are produced illegally, Interfax reported on September 24.
    In the first half of this year, 275 million of the 540 million litres of beer and beer-based beverages sold in Russia were of unknown origin, the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation told Interfax.
    The drinks in question are legally required to contain at least 40 percent beer, but the regulator claims that many are instead based on ethyl alcohol.
    Records indicate that wholesalers are responsible for brewing the illegal batches, the regulator said. The agency seized about 4 million units of illegal beverages this year during raids on wholesalers with the Interior Ministry and the FSB, a successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB.
    There are 2,903 wholesalers of beer beverages in Russia. When inspecting 55 of them, the alcohol regulator found that about 20 were fake vendors created for forging documents to accompany illegal products.

    "The sharp rise in the illegal production of alcoholic beverages under the guise of beer-based beverages is the result of a lack of full government control over the licensing of the production and distribution of these products," agency spokesman Alexander Kulikov told Interfax.

    The practice is also costing the government in tax revenues, as tax rates on beer-based beverages are substantially lower than those on low-alcohol drinks containing spirits. If the product is sold illegally as well, not even the beer tax is paid.
    Kulikov said a proposal for stricter regulation of alcohol licensing had already been prepared and sent to the government.
     
    06.10.2014   Scotch Whisky Association joins ORIGIN - Promoting and protecting Scotch Whisky    ( Company news )

    Company news The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the industry trade body, has become the first UK group to join Geneva-based Organisation for International Geographical Indications Network (ORIGIN). This membership will help promote Scotch Whisky as a geographical indication (GI) - a product that must be made in Scotland.

    ORIGIN is the not-for-profit organisation which works internationally to improve protection for geographical indications (GIs). A GI is a product of a specific geographical origin that has qualities and a reputation associated with that region.
    ORIGIN also promotes GIs as a tool for sustainable development for local producers and communities.

    David Frost, SWA chief executive, said: "Geographical indications (GIs) such as Scotch Whisky have become very important in world trade. Protecting GIs is not just about intellectual property, it is also about protecting cultural heritage and employment, particularly in rural areas.
    "ORIGIN is very important in facilitating and co-ordinating the interests of GIs around the world. We are delighted to expand our international connections by working with the organisation."

    Massimo Vittori, chief executive of ORIGIN, said: "We are very pleased to have a group such as the SWA - with its outstanding experience in protecting and promoting the GI Scotch Whisky around the world - as a member of our worldwide network.
    "This confirms that unity is strength. More and more GI groups from different countries and sectors are joining forces to ensure that GIs are recognised and effectively protected internationally."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    06.10.2014   UK: Report shows discontinuing beer duty escalator very beneficial to beer industry    ( E-malt.com )

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has released its ‘Cheers 2014’ report, detailing how consecutive beer duty cuts have created 16,000 jobs and boosted beer sales, at very little cost to the Government. The report, produced in partnership with CAMRA and SIBA, was presented to Chancellor George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference, along with a new, special-edition beer, ‘George’s Budget Booster’, to celebrate the benefits of the duty cut.
    On the report itself, the BBPA commissioned Oxford Economics to examine the impact of the Budget decision to discontinue the beer duty escalator and cut two consecutive pennies off a pint in 2013 and 2014. It is forecast that by next year an additional 16,000 more people will work in the sector than if the escalator had remained in place.
    The successive cuts have boosted beer sales by over 500 million pints, and channeled an extra £44 million in capital investment (alongside over £400 million already planned) into the brewing and pub sector.
    Duty cuts have led to renewed optimism across the sector. The BBPA surveyed brewers and pub operators after the March 2014 Budget to assess the impact of the Chancellor’s decision. Over three-quarters of respondents intended to launch new products, across both beer and pubs, directly as a result of the cut in beer duty.
    The wider supply chain and economy is also benefiting markedly. In the BBPA survey, over 90 per cent of respondents intend to increase their investment in the UK.
    The report also indicates that price increases have slowed since the escalator was removed. Since the Budget, prices for bitter and lager have risen by just one per cent.

    Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:
    “The Cheers report contains really good news, on jobs, on pubs, and on investment in our industry. I hope this boost for our sector results in further action on beer duty in the March Budget. A hat-trick would do very nicely!”

    SIBA managing director Mike Benner said, “We were delighted to be able to present the Chancellor with a well-earned British beer, as a token of our gratitude for the two consecutive cuts in beer duty.
    “For SIBA’s 800 or so brewers, this year’s duty cut was a second boost to their confidence in the long-term future for British beer, after many years of punitive taxation. With a government that seems committed to a thriving British brewing scene, our members are more comfortable about investing in their businesses, with positive impact on their local economies and employment.”

    A number of SIBA brewers contributed comments to the ‘Cheers 2014’ report, explaining how the cut in beer duty has helped their business. This ranges from increasing brewing capacity, buying new equipment, employing new staff, opening pubs and moving into export.

    Benner continued, “We hope that the government will continue to support this great British industry with more good news in the 2015 budget. If they are looking for evidence of how lessening a sector’s tax burden can create confidence, investment and jobs, then Britain’s independent brewers can provide it in spades.”
     
    02.10.2014   Designing steam generation more efficiently with Bosch boiler technology: The brewery company, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Oettinger Brauerei, modernises its central energy generation

    Oettinger Brauerei has modernised its steam generation at its North Oettingen site with Bosch boiler technology to the latest standards for efficiency and environmental protection. The modernisation involved an economizer, firing systems with speed and oxygen control, intelligent boiler control technology and other system accessories from Bosch Industriekessel. Thanks to these measures, the brewery has reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 650 tonnes per year and also its energy usage, which means an annual reduction in fuel costs of around 20 percent.

    The two three-pass boilers under the Loos brand name (which has now become Bosch) have been providing the brewery company with steam very reliably since 1991 and 1993. One of the boilers had not yet been equipped with an economizer. In order to use the heat potential in the boiler flue gases, which are around 230 degrees Celsius, an economizer was installed downstream from the steam boiler as part of the modernisation. The flue gas temperature is reduced by almost 115 degrees Celsius through preheating the feed water. This increases the boiler efficiency by around six percent and reduces the fuel usage, as well as helping to keep emissions low.

    The replacement of the existing dual burners with modern, modulating natural gas burners resulted in a further increase in efficiency. Thanks to the use of speed control, the motor speed is reduced depending on the burner output. The electrical power consumption in the partial load range is therefore considerably lower – and at the same time there is also a significant reduction in the sound pressure level. Even the oxygen content in the flue gas is continually recorded. If this is too high, making combustion ineffective, the volume of combustion air is reduced. This optimises the efficiency of the burner system and reduces the environmental impact as well as energy costs.

    In order to guarantee that there is always the optimum water quality in the boiler, automatic desalting and blow-down devices were retrofitted. The installed feed water regulation modules ensure that there is a constant water level in the boiler. In addition to increasing the degree of automation, these measures provide a more even level of operation with less material stress, as well as ensuring that energy losses are reduced.

    Thanks to the integration of the boiler controls BCO, all the available control functions can be called up, and the actual and setpoint values can be visualised or altered on the touchscreen display. With the integrated software Condition Monitoring basic, the operating company benefits from a consistently high level of efficiency and availability for the boiler system. The widest range of data, such as for example flue gas temperature, desalting quantity or boiler load, is analysed and evaluated by the forward-looking monitoring system for operating conditions, and the data is then depicted clearly for the operating personnel by means of a traffic light model. The teleservice connection offers additional support and rapid elimination of faults.

    The consulting engineers, Harald Moroschan from Muhr am See, were entrusted with the planning of the modernisation project. The plant construction company, Sell Haustechnik GmbH from Helmbrechts, installed the equipment.

    Thanks to the project experience it has gained from supplying over 110,000 systems worldwide, Bosch offers the drinks industry individually tailored boiler systems for efficient and environmentally-friendly energy provision. You can find out all you need to know about boiler system technology and other solutions from the areas of combined heat and power, waste heat utilisation, heat pumps and solar thermal energy on the Bosch stand at the BrauBeviale trade fair in Nuremberg from 11 to 13 November 2014, in Hall 4, Stand 313.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
     
    02.10.2014   JOHNNIE WALKER® BECOMES THE OFFICIAL WHISKY OF FORMULA 1    ( Company news )

    Company news JOHNNIE WALKER®, the world’s leading Scotch Whisky, announced a new partnership with the Formula One group that will enhance the brand’s global positioning and significantly expand the platform for its highly successful responsible drinking initiative, Join the Pact.

    The announcement of the new multi-year arrangement, which also sees JOHNNIE WALKER become the Official Whisky of FORMULA 1, was made at an event at the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore by Nick Blazquez, President of Diageo in Africa and Asia, ahead of this weekend’s 2014 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX at the Marina Bay street circuit.

    Dr Blazquez said JOHNNIE WALKER, as a pioneering whisky brand with a progressive spirit, was the perfect whisky to partner with the world’s most progressive and technologically-advanced sport.

    The new partnership greatly strengthens the historical connections that the Walker family has with the world of motorsport and Grand Prix racing which go back to the 1950s. Building on those historic links, in 2005 JOHNNIE WALKER established a partnership with McLaren Mercedes which, over the past nine years, has enabled the brand to deliver successful marketing and responsible drinking programmes around the world.

    Speaking at the announcement, Nick Blazquez said: “Becoming the Official Whisky of FORMULA 1 will enable JOHNNIE WALKER to greatly extend its reach to race fans. As a result of our new arrangement, we will have access to a global television audience of more than 450 million people and a track attendance audience of around 1.5 million every year.

    “Equally important, and a key reason for JOHNNIE WALKER to become the Official Whisky of FORMULA 1, is the huge opportunity we have through this expanded global platform to reach even more F1 fans around the world with responsible drinking messages.

    “We believe there is great potential in what we can achieve together. The JOHNNIE WALKER Join the Pact campaign is a proven, powerful programme that is already driving positive change. More than 1 million people around the world have signed the Join the Pact pledge to ‘Never Drink and Drive’. We are therefore announcing today our intention to increase our investment behind this programme, activating it in new territories with an ambition of gaining a further five million personal commitments over the next four years.”

    Dr Blazquez was accompanied at the announcement by Mika Häkkinen, JOHNNIE WALKER Global Responsible Drinking Ambassador, who said: “Since 2006 I’ve travelled to some 40 countries talking to media, consumers, governments and other stakeholders about the importance of our call to action. Through Join the Pact well over a million people have pledged never to drink and drive, that’s one million people who would never actively have made this commitment without the programme. The new partnership that the brand has forged with the Formula One group is an enormous boost to our campaign and will significantly expand the scale of this wonderful initiative by reaching out to many millions more people around the world.”

    Joining Dr Blazquez and Mika Häkkinen on stage was Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group, who said: “This is an exciting sponsorship for FORMULA 1. I have admired the way that JOHNNIE WALKER has entered into their sponsorship of FORMULA 1 to not only achieve commercial benefits but to also highlight the importance of responsible drinking. It is a great example of how an alcohol brand can dedicate time and money to be a force for good.”

    The new arrangement reflects historic connections between the Walker family and the world of motorsport and Grand Prix racing which goes back to the 1950s when the late Rob Walker established his own private racing team. His great-great-grandfather was John Walker who founded the whisky business in a small shop in Scotland in 1820.

    The Rob Walker Racing Team were pioneering privateers in the world of Grand Prix racing and became the first private team to secure victory in an FIA Formula One World Championship™ qualifying Grand Prix with legendary driver Stirling (now Sir Stirling) Moss in Argentina in 1958.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    02.10.2014   THE BEST OF MADE IN ITALY - FOOD TECHNOLOGIES ON STAGE IN PARMA – ITALY ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... FROM OCTOBER 28-31, AT CIBUS TEC - FOOD PACK

    -The key players of the Food & Bev technology community - over 1000 exhibitors from 30 countries - including the best practices of Italian and -International food machinery sector
    The most advanced Made in Italy technology comes to life with 2 working end-to-end production and packaging lines
    -The Italian packaging district flares with over 6 billion Euros turnover and will be on show in the new “Food Pack” section.
    - Exports grow 9,5% and 1st. semester 2014 data is comforting (+4,4%). In 2013 the national market grows by 7,8%.

    An encouraging scenario for Italian food&bev technology and the business community attending Cibus Tec - Food Pack, one of the main professional trade shows of processing and packaging, starting in Parma- Italy on October 28.
    The strength of attraction of 1000 exhibitors from 30 countries, a parterre of 500 Chief Tecnology Officers from high potential markets ( USA, Russia, Eastern Europe, South America, China, India and Next 11) all the best technologies (selection, processing, packaging, end of line, logistics), and also Cibus Tec Industry.
    The project - designed and realized in collaboration with a pool of exhibitors will present 2 working production and packaging lines of ready meal soups and ready to eat pre-sliced cured meats.
    This initiative ratifies Parma’s new role: not a static fair but a working hub where professionalism and technological solutions find their synthesis to serve all the agrofood sectors.
    On stage in Parma, the most sophisticated Made in Italy technologies, highly automated machinery for the filata cheese processing sector, (mozzarella, scamorza, provolone) and energy recovery technology, continuous cycle dicers, high pressure homogenizers, ceramic membrane filters for more hygiene and better equipment productivity, all these applications are valid for 9 agrofood branches.
    “The food processing & packaging sector will demonstrate its current vitality in Cibus Tec - Food Pack. – says Antonio Cellie, Fiere di Parma CEO – Despite the crisis, the sector has kept on growing thanks to the unique expertise developped in Italy; the sector’s exports are over 83% and, -together with Germany- Italy is the world’ s main player –25,4% Italy alone ; Italy + Germany 53,5%). Since the 30’s – continues Cellie - Fiere di Parma has been the reference exhibition center for the sector and today we belong to the international élite thanks to our new halls, our special relationship- through Cibus- with the food industry and the recent and strategic alliance with UCIMA and Koeln Messe.”
    The Italian district of packing and packaging machinery manufacturers’ data proves the dynamism and capacity of the sector to generate business: a 2013 turnover over 6 billion euro, , (+9,2% versus 2012 and exports’ growth+9,5% in 2013 (+ 4,4% in the first 3 months of 2014 ( national trend : + 7,8% ) ( Fonte: Centro Studi UCIMA, luglio 2014).
    Cibus Tec – Food Pack will also offer an extensive program of workshops and seminars on the most interesting topics for the Italian and International Food & Bev industry. .
    The conference "Left over, Bio products e Food waste: New business and developing opportunities for agro-food sector”, the World Food Forum with “Global strategies for food safety” will compare EFSA, FDA, Health Canada and the Chinese Agency.
    Innovation, yields, production costs, technology and salt are the themes chosen for the dairy sector by Assolatte (Milk Day), Parma University (Technological Updates for the dairy sector) and by Campus, producer of functional ingredients and raw materials for the Food industry
    “International trends in the fresh-cut&convenience sector : an evolutionary market” is the theme of Fresh Tec Lab while the traditional event dedicated to the world of Tomato processing (Tomato Day) will offer a 2014 global review and EU outlook.
    Meat Day will be dedicated to Sustainability in the meat sector, whereas cost saving, ripening time reduction, new solutions for salt and fat reduction in meat products are the workshops organized by Campus.
    Packaging will be the heart of the program of conferences: “Food Packaging Focus” organizzed by UCIMA, the workshop “The smart Supply Chain: new materials for the agro-food packaging” and the event “The Carbon Footprint and the development of eco-friendly packaging”, organized by Coopbox.
    The workshop "Coffee and Single Serve Beverage - The Italian Way" will present a debate between 3 technological leader companies and primary specialized food industries for an outlook on the development of “Single Serve”.
    The EHEDG - Hygienic Engineering & Design Congress 4th Edition will confirm Parma, as international “set” of the food technologies, “Fil Rouge Food&Beverage” organized by Messe Frankfurt Italia and dedicated to the automation of productive cycles and “Logisticamente on food” with “technologies and solutions for the agrofood supply chain ”
    Finally, "Tech Agrifood: Euromediterranean Business Meetings” returns to Parma, the business matchings for fruit&veg, wine making, cereal and oil sectors.
    (Fiere di Parma)
     
    01.10.2014   COPA-DATA at BrauBeviale: Ergonomic Software Solutions for the Brewing Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news COPA-DATA, software specialist for industrial automation, will be presenting solutions for ergonomic production at the BrauBeviale 2014 – from the brewing process and line management, to monitoring OEE, through to optimizing energy supply. With live demonstrations, booth visitors can also let themselves be convinced of the advantages of Multi-Touch technology in the industrial environment.

    The zenon Product Family allows companies from the beverage industry to gain full visualization, intuitive handling, efficient control and continuous optimization of complex equipment. "A great deal of competitive pressure, stringent compliance requirements and increasing raw material and energy costs call for companies in the beverage industry to react more flexibly and economize more efficiently", explains Emilian Axinia, Industry Manager Food & Beverage at COPA-DATA GmbH. "zenon is the key to continuous and ergonomic production, filling and packaging processes, increased line flexibility, maximum equipment availability and ultimately also reduced Total Cost of Ownership."

    zenon for Line Management and OEE
    Companies that implement zenon for line management can guarantee a continuous information flow – from the machine to the ERP system and back. They can ensure the efficient use of the raw materials as well as the equipment, that they are fulfilling quality and time standards for all their production orders, and are reducing costs in the long term and on a sustainable basis. COPA-DATA offers a universal, flexible and open platform with zenon that is geared to contribute to an increase of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

    zenon for the Management of Brewing Processes
    Breweries that implement the zenon Product Family, can fully display, comprehensively monitor and efficiently control their beverage production. Here zenon can particularly support the production process: The Batch Control Module allows processes in a batch-based production to be optimally controlled and monitored as well as ensure an unchanging high quality: With Batch Control, brew masters can create and manage master recipes themselves, which then serve as templates for recipes, the so called control recipes, used in beverage production.

    zenon for Energy Management
    With the help of zenon it is also possible for companies from the beverage industry to set up a solution for Energy Management, which not only records and clearly and extensively presents energy consumption, the use of resources and the production data, but also identifies the possibilities for optimizing energy efficiency as well as saving potential. The software thereby meets important criteria set out by the international energy standard ISO 50001. The certification body of TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH confirmed that zenon meets the defined requirements of the TÜV SÜD standard "Certified Energy Data Management".

    zenon for Multi-Touch HMI
    A further issue at BrauBeviale 2014 is the Multi-Touch technology, which is completely integrated into zenon. If companies use zenon with Multi-Touch, they can profit from intuitive handling, a minimal amount of training and induction, as well as increased operating safety, thanks to two-handed operation and gesture-based login.

    Visit COPA-DATA at BrauBeviale 2014 from November 11 – 13, 2014 in Nuremberg Hall 7, Booth 444
    We look forward to seeing you!
    (Ing. Punzenberger COPA-DATA GmbH)
     
    01.10.2014   Scotch Whisky exports decline in first half of 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Long term outlook positive but government support is needed

    While Scotch Whisky exports to some key markets, such as France and Taiwan, increased in the first six months of 2014, the overall trend was downwards with economic headwinds and uncertainty having an impact.
    Figures published on 22 September by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) show that exports of Scotch in the first half of the year were £1.77 billion, down 11% from £1.99bn in the same period of 2013. Following a decade of fast growth, the demand for Scotch is levelling off in some markets. However, there is confidence in the long-term future of Scotch, with many projects for new distilleries under way, and up to £2bn of capital investment in Scotland committed by producers.
    There is still increasing demand for Scotch in many markets. Exports to France grew by 3% to 86 million bottles, making it the biggest market by volume, and by 6% to £211m to put it in second place, behind the USA, in terms of value. Exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were up 26% to £54m, with that area acting as a distribution hub for parts of Africa, Asia and India. Australia was up 4% to £37m. Growth of 31% in the difficult Indian market is particularly welcome and shows the potential opportunities there. There was growth in several other top 20 markets, notably Taiwan, Canada and Japan.

    But there was decline in many major markets in Asia and the Americas, for example China, Singapore, the US, Brazil and Mexico. This was due to a mixture of reasons: the well-documented anti-extravagance measures in China, economic slowdown in some markets, a stronger pound sterling and de-stocking. But in all these markets the whisky category remains popular and the long-term prospects are good.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "We are confident that Scotch Whisky will continue to grow in the long-term as markets stabilise and new ones, such as emerging economies across Africa, open up. However, it is clear that in the short-run that there are economic headwinds affecting exports.
    "The latest figures also act as a reminder that the success of Scotch Whisky can't be taken for granted. We need support from government to beat down trade barriers and help us access new markets overseas.
    "That is why we are determined to play a full part in the forthcoming debate about further devolution, so that it enables a supportive business environment to ensure the future success of Scotch Whisky."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    30.09.2014   Rexam recognised again in DJSI Indices and sets out next stage of its sustainability journey ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...with new 2020 targets

    Rexam, a leading global beverage can manufacturer, has updated its sustainability framework to further align its commitments to those of its customers and broader stakeholders. This follows a comprehensive materiality study carried out earlier this year which has resulted in 12 specific commitments and 15 measures. These will enable the business to continue to monitor and report on progress across its three critical areas of focus: products, operations and employees and community engagement. The framework’s stretching goals ensure that the business continuously improves and plays its part in addressing the big sustainability issues of today.

    Consumer packaging is designed to prevent waste and to get products efficiently and safely into consumers' hands. Beverage cans are already exemplars of the circular economy with recycling rates around 70% globally, and Rexam retains its commitment to further improve this figure. One of the new commitments is to reduce the overall carbon footprint of a beverage can by 25% by 2020, including the embedded carbon in the materials that Rexam converts into cans. Another relates specifically to water consumption which ensures that due focus is paid to reducing water consumption in the can manufacturing process.

    These new additions further complement Rexam’s ongoing efforts to improve material efficiency and reduce energy consumption through process innovation and the consistent application of lean enterprise and six sigma methodologies.

    Graham Chipchase, Rexam Chief Executive, says: “We achieved 16 out of the 20 sustainability targets that Rexam set itself back in 2010, and we have now have 15 new challenging targets for 2020 to build on those achievements. Our inclusion in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI Europe), where we are one of only four packaging companies listed, and becoming a constituent of one of the MSCI Global Sustainability Indices confirm that stakeholders recognise that we are continually challenging ourselves to be the most sustainable business we can be – a fundamental part in achieving Rexam’s goal to be the best beverage can company in the world.”
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    30.09.2014   SIAL preview: Seeing, smelling, tasting: Doehler shows how products can appeal to all the senses    ( Company news )

    Company news Total indulgence is much more than just a question of taste! It is only achieved when a product appeals to all senses in the best possible way. This year, Doehler is inviting SIAL visitors to take a multi-sensory tour of discovery through the world of food and beverages. The broad product portfolio of natural ingredients Doehler is presenting at SIAL includes flavours, colours, health & nutrition ingredients, cereal ingredients, dairy ingredients, speciality ingredients, fruit & vegetable ingredients and ingredient systems. Under the motto “WE BRING IDEAS TO LIFE.”, the partner for integrated food & beverage solutions is presenting around 100 innovative ideas for food and beverages in which all recipe components work perfectly together. Inspiration ranges from refreshing carbonated soft drinks and juicy energy drinks to light aqua plus beverages, malt beverages, juices and nectars, right through to dairy beverages, ice cream, baked goods and confectionery. Some of the ingredient solutions and product applications Doehler will be exhibiting have been nominated for a prize by the independent FIM committee in the context of the “SIAL Innovation 2014 Award”.

    Healthy tastes better
    The number of new products launched in 2014 is further proof of this. Reduced-calorie products and products with healthy additional benefits are a worldwide trend at the moment. Thanks to an extensive portfolio of health & nutrition ingredients – including functional ingredients and a wide range of sweetening systems – and the company's high level of application expertise, Doehler offers all the crucial expertise in this field under one roof. The company will demonstrate this at SIAL using various product samples with innovative and functional product positionings. Products that combine the mega trends of “naturalness” and “health” also enjoy particularly high acceptance among consumers. Doehler is meeting this trend with a broad ingredient portfolio that ranges from fermented, reduced-calorie juices to MultiSweet® stevia sweeteners and “botanical” extracts. The latter offer a great opportunity to highlight health-related product positionings on an emotional level. Thanks to a new joint venture with Afriplex, a leading South African supplier of natural extracts, Doehler will also present a variety of premium extracts from domestic fruits and plants. The focus here is on rooibos, baobab, moringa and aloe vera.

    When taste becomes an experience
    Many “botanicals” are interesting not only due to their diverse positioning options, but also because of the extraordinary taste experiences they offer – and extraordinary experience is the current trend when it comes to flavours. Blossom notes and herbs and spices in particular are enjoying immense popularity. Cardamom, coriander, rose, violet and hibiscus provide a hint of exoticism and stimulate innovation.
    Vegetable juices are well-known and well-loved for being low in calories and rich in physiologically valuable ingredients. This is one of the reasons why vegetable flavours in soft drinks are currently right on trend. To meet the increasing demand for vegetable ingredients, the specialist for fruit & vegetable ingredients has augmented its portfolio significantly in the last year. Doehler's large number of extraordinary product applications – ranging from juice beverages to flavoured waters and even tea beverages – proves that vegetables are not only healthy but extremely tasty and refreshing and have a unique taste in combination with fruit, tea, spices and herb ingredients.

    More than “just” natural
    Naturalness is the word of the moment in the food industry and the guiding principle behind the entire Doehler portfolio. However, naturalness alone is often not enough.
    Some natural colours, such as carmine or caramel colouring, for example, have fallen into disrepute and have largely been replaced. As alternatives, Doehler will be showing natural red shades from the Red Brilliance range and colouring concentrates from malt or apple at SIAL.
    Food intolerances are another reason why some natural ingredients such as cereals or milk are avoided in food. Although this creates challenges for the industry, it also opens up market opportunities as the products evolve from a niche to the mainstream. At SIAL, Doehler will be presenting natural alternatives for lactose-free and gluten-free products such as dairy-free and lactose-free almond-based masses and gluten-free malt extracts.
    Naturalness is now also capturing the market for alcoholic products. The use of fruit juices in alcoholic beverages not only gives them a special taste, but also allows entry into the premium segment. But not every fruit juice can be combined with alcohol; precipitation and sedimentation can easily occur, giving the end product a less appealing look. Doehler has developed a range of special juice concentrates that are tailor-made for use in alcoholic beverages, not causing cloudiness or sedimentation even at a higher juice content. These juice concentrates are ideal for both low-alcoholic beverages, such as ciders or wine mixes, and high-proof spirits.

    Multi-sensory experiences – in the food segment too
    Doehler will also be proving its competence in the food segment at SIAL. The company has been a reliable partner for the beverage and dairy industry for many decades. In future, Doehler will be offering its expertise in system solutions increasingly to the confectionery and bakery industry. Doehler already offers a large portfolio of natural flavours, colours, malt extracts, purees, juice concentrates, sweeteners and natural extracts such as tea – and the range is growing all the time. In addition to this portfolio, Doehler also provides its customers with an integrated solution approach that includes services such as market intelligence, trend monitoring and Sensory & Consumer Science for the development of new product ideas. At SIAL, the company will be presenting product ideas such as crunchy yoghurts with malt flakes, delicious filled baked goods and fruit & vegetable gums for visitors with a sweet tooth.
    For each innovative product development and product application, Doehler's main focus is always on the perfect, multi-sensory product experience based on an appealing harmoniously to all the senses. Based on this holistic sensory approach, Doehler offers its customers an important building block to success – helping them to stand out from the crowd.

    Hall B5, Booth J022
    (DöhlerGroup)
     
    29.09.2014   Diet Coke® Invites Fans To ‘Get A Taste’ Of The Good Life     ( Company news )

    Company news Integrated campaign explores fans’ unwavering love for the taste of Diet Coke, America’s No. 1 no-calorie sparkling beverage

    With one sip of the delicious taste of Diet Coke, a long commute can feel like an urban adventure, and that unexpected Friday afternoon meeting might as well be an impromptu party. Since 1982, Diet Coke fans have been turning to the No. 1 no-calorie sparkling beverage because they love its taste. And now, they can see what life would be like if it tasted as good as Diet Coke.

    To celebrate fans’ unwavering love for the delicious taste of Diet Coke, the brand is launching an integrated campaign called “Get A Taste.” The new campaign invites fans to “Get A Taste” of the world they love, provoking the question, “What if life tasted as good as Diet Coke?” New creative will feature playful examples of how the taste of Diet Coke can make mundane moments a little brighter, a little bubblier and a whole lot more enjoyable.

    “Millions of people enjoy Diet Coke for one simple reason – the taste. The unique, delicious taste has always been what sets Diet Coke apart and incites passion in our fans,” said Andrew McMillin, Vice President, Coca-Cola Brands, North America. “Through the ‘Get A Taste’ campaign, we’re reminding fans why they fell in love with Diet Coke the first time, and we’re inviting everyone to experience the magic behind the taste of Diet Coke.”

    First “Get A Taste” Television Commercial Debuts September 24
    The first look at the new campaign, a :30 TV spot titled “ Economy Class,” will debut during Wednesday’s season premiere of “Nashville” on ABC. The momentum will continue with airings during the season premieres of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” on Thursday evening. A second spot titled “Car Wash” will air in early October.

    “Economy Class” opens on a woman walking toward the back of a crowded overnight flight filled with sleeping passengers and crying babies. After asking the flight attendant for a Diet Coke, she closes her eyes and takes a long, refreshing sip. When she opens her eyes, the sleepy, cramped airplane has transformed into a speakeasy-style party.

    The main character weaves her way through the crowd. Along the way, she mingles and dances with stylish partygoers who are all more vibrant versions of the passengers she passed on her way to get a Diet Coke. As the plane hits a patch of turbulence, she is jostled back to reality and left wondering if her enlightened experience was just a dream. A super asks, “What if life tasted as good as Diet Coke?

    In “Carwash,” a woman pulling into an everyday industrial carwash takes a sip of Diet Coke and opens her eyes to a surreal scene. The brushes whipping past her windows are actually dancers in flapper-style dresses. Beyond them, a lively, Gatsby-style party is revealed, complete with trapeze artists, break dancers and lots of water turned confetti. As the woman pulls out of the carwash, she exits her Diet Coke world and returns to reality. Again a super asks, “What if life tasted as good as Diet Coke?”

    Later this fall, Diet Coke will launch a third “Get A Taste” TV spot, featuring global superstar and seven-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor Swift.

    In addition to the television spots, the fully integrated Diet Coke “Get A Taste” campaign will feature digital video, print, radio and out-of-home advertising. The brand also will activate on DietCoke.com and its social media channels.

    Online activations include partnerships with some of today’s most engaging media outlets and filmmakers on Vine. These partnerships will bring to life how the great taste of Diet Coke has the potential to make any moment just a little brighter.

    The “Get A Taste” campaign was developed by Droga5 New York, Diet Coke’s agency of record.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    26.09.2014   Rexam returns to Brau as a leader in innovation and sustainability    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 This November, Rexam, a leading global beverage can maker, returns to Brau Beviale. Rexam’s stand located in Hall 4A will highlight its collaboration with customers and commitment to innovation and sustainable working. This is also the second year that Rexam is headline sponsor of the World Beverage Innovation Awards, the winners of which will be announced during Brau.

    Picture: FUSION® bottle family

    Rexam’s range of beverage cans and special finishes, the largest in the industry, together with its award winning FUSION® bottles will be displayed. Rexam will showcase its latest innovation, the patent pending Editions™ technology that enables 8-24 variants of the same label to be produced simultaneously on a single pallet, together with the next generation of this technology Super Premium Editions™ which offers high definition printing of detailed images.

    Highlighting Rexam’s dedication to sustainability, a unique infographic will be incorporated into the stand, showcasing cans as part of a thriving circular economy. The infographic highlights the three key stages within the circular economy - manufacturing, consumption and recycling - and brings to life the unique and infinite recycling potential of metal.

    Commenting on Rexam’s return to Brau, Iain Percival, European Sector Director for Rexam, says: “The opportunity to meet face-to-face with our customers at events such as Brau is invaluable. It’s a great chance for us to showcase our wide range of beverage cans and value add finishes which offer stand-out on shelf, whilst also listening to our customers and understanding their future needs and challenges. We want to wish all our customers who have entered the BIA awards the best of luck and are proud to have collaborated with them.”
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    25.09.2014   HEINEKEN divests packaging operations in Mexico    ( Company news )

    Company news Heineken N.V. ('HEINEKEN') announces that it has signed a binding agreement with Crown Holdings Inc('Crown') for the sale of its Mexican packaging business EMPAQUE. The total enterprise value of the transaction amounts to USD 1.225bn. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year and is subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals.

    Photo: Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board/CEO of Heineken N.V.

    Divesting the EMPAQUE packaging operations will allow HEINEKEN to focus its resources fully on brewing, marketing and selling its world class portfolio of beer brands.
    In 2013 EMPAQUE generated revenue of EUR 495m (c. USD 660m), mostly intercompany, and EBITDA of EUR 96m (c. USD 130m). The 2013 EBIT (Beia) was EUR 67m (c. USD 95m).
    EMPAQUE's financial results to date have been included under the "Head Office" reporting unit in HEINEKEN group results.
    Following the divestment, EMPAQUE will remain a key strategic supplier to Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, HEINEKEN's wholly owned subsidiary in Mexico, through long-term supply contracts.

    As previously communicated, Heineken expects to reach its target net debt/ EBITDA (beia) ratio of below 2.5x by the end of 2014. The proceeds of this divestment will provide further financial flexibility.
    The sale of EMPAQUE is expected to result in a post-tax book gain of approximately €300m. This will be reported as an exceptional item.

    EMPAQUE, which was acquired by HEINEKEN in 2010 as part of the FEMSA Cerveza acquisition, produces metal beverage cans, crown corks, aluminium closures and glass bottles. A transfer of ownership to Crown, a dedicated, global leader in consumer packaging, will benefit the development of EMPAQUE in the long term and is expected to deliver additional career opportunities for its employees.

    Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board/CEO of Heineken N.V. commented: "We are confident that EMPAQUE will flourish under its new ownership and we look forward to our ongoing partnership. We would like to thank everyone at EMPAQUE for the excellent performance over the years, and wish the business every success for the future."
    (Heineken N.V.)
     
    24.09.2014   France: Craft beer really taking off in France    ( E-malt.com )

    Three decades after microbreweries faced near extinction in wine-dominated France, craft beer is finally taking off, The China Post reported on September 6.
    With the number of small breweries nearly doubling since 2010, some craft beers are even making it onto the menus of some of Paris's best restaurants.
    Former photographer and beer enthusiast Bruno Torres didn't hesitate to try his hand at brewing when he found himself looking for a new career in 2012.
    The 42-year-old, whose La Baleine microbrewery opened last year in Paris, admits it might have seemed like a “mad” idea to some.
    Two years on, however, he has his own range of beers and finds himself part of a small but rapidly expanding industry.
    “I love the creativity, the freedom which exists with beer,” Torres said, explaining that he deliberately set out to make beer that could accompany food.
    In addition to his peat-smoked and citrus-flavored beers, he also produces two others — a dessert beer and a fruity one that goes well with meat or seafood.
    “When we do tastings people are always drawing parallels with different foods, especially women who are really keen on these beers,” he said.
    “They suggest what would go well with the different beers. They do it automatically and it's really interesting,” he added.

    Robert Dutin, author of a guide to French craft beers, says microbreweries are now popping up all over France with 334 in existence in 2010, rising to around 600 in 2013.
    Paris also boasts a growing number of hip microbrew bars such Le Supercoin, Express de Lyon and La Fine Mousse which has 20 beers on tap and 150 more available in bottles.
    La Fine Mousse recently opened its own restaurant where a beer sommelier pairs dishes with suitable craft beers.
    The French still drink far less beer than their European neighbors, with only two countries in the 28-member European Union consuming less of it.
    But according to Dutin, the beer the French do drink is now softer, less bitter and more refined than before.
    Scotsman Craig Allan brews three beers in Belgium but plans to move production to his French farmhouse in the northern Picardie region later this year.
    “It seems as if everybody wants to start a brewery at the moment! It seems to be taking off in a big way,” he said.
    “Really excellent” craft beer is now available in France at less than 10 euros (US$13) a bottle and increasingly catching the attention of sommeliers who see its potential, he added.
    A handful of “good gastronomic” Parisian restaurants now stock Allan's beers, in particular his most popular, Agent Provocateur, which he describes as “dry, aromatic and really really fruity with passion fruit and mango notes.”
    Allan said plans for his farmhouse microbrewery included ageing beer in barrels to make it more acidic.
    “Because I think that's the key to wine with food,” he said.
    “It's the acidity that makes wine so refreshing whereas a lot of beers have traditionally been a bit too sweet for food.”

    Craft beers may still represent barely three percent of the market in France according to Dutin, but Pascal Chevremont, of the Association of French Brewers, said their success had prompted major beer companies to come up with their own speciality beers.
    “Every year the big breweries are creating new beers,” he said.
    “Before, one could say 'I don't like beer' but now there is a beer for everyone.”

    Microbrewers, however, acknowledged that there was still a long way to go before craft beer attracted the same level of interest in France as in the U.S., Germany, Belgium or Britain.
    “I don't think it's at the point yet where you can convince the average French person to have a beer with their main meal,” Allan said, adding that sometimes it almost felt as if he was trying to convert people “one at a time.”
    “But there are a lot of beers that make great aperitifs — and the French love an aperitif — so I think that will be one of the routes for getting people more interested,” he said.
     
    24.09.2014   Ireland: Craft beer industry on course for sales of more than €15 million this year    ( E-malt.com )

    The Irish craft beer industry is on course for sales of more than €15 million in 2014 with sales increasing by 50 per cent this year alone, The Irish Times reported on September 5.
    A report, scheduled to be published later this week, will reveal that sales have increased by 180 per cent since 2011, albeit from a low base.
    The craft beer industry now constitutes approximately 1.5 per cent of the entire beer market, still way behind countries such as the US or the UK. By the end of the year there will be more than 50 craft beer brewers in the whole of Ireland.
    In the US, craft beer sales now account for 7.8 per cent volume of the total market last year and 14.3 per cent by dollar sales.
    The Irish craft beer industry believes it can reach a similar level of market share in Ireland which would see a five-fold increase in sales.
    Speaking at the launch of the Irish Craft Beer Festival in the RDS on September 4, festival organiser Seamus O’Hara of the Carlow Brewing Company said the recession had actually helped sales of craft beers.
    “The recession helped us because it disrupted the beer business and the bar business. People started thinking more local with local jobs and local produce,” he said.
    “Now that it is up to 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent of the market, higher in Dublin, it now has a bit of a platform. As the economy picks up again, it will continue the momentum in the sector.”
    Mr O’Hara said publicans and off-licence owners were now coming round to the realisation that customers wanted more choice in their beers.
    “As it becomes a more competitive market for restaurants and hotels, they are open to stocking more products. In a general way it has really opened up in the last few years.”

    Some 45 breweries were represented at the festival. The latest addition to the growing number of Irish breweries is the Black Donkey Brewery in Ballinlough, Co Roscommon, set up by husband and wife team Richard Siberry and Michaela Dillon who lived in the United States for 20 years.
    Ms Dillon said they were prompted by the lack of choice in Irish pubs to set up their own brewery recently. Their beer is in pubs in Dublin, Galway and Roscommon. They are introducing a bottling line in November.
    “We were lucky enough to experience the changes in New York. Watching the explosion of the craft industry in Ireland is so exciting,” she said.
    Metalman brewery in Waterford, which was set up in 2011, have announced that they are going to become the first Irish craft brewer to sell their product in tins from the start of next year.
     
    23.09.2014   Ball Packaging Europe (Belgrade) Awarded Eco Business Partner 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Recognition honors leadership in sustainability management in the Southeast European region

    Ball Packaging Europe (Belgrade) was awarded the Eco Business Partner Award by Mass Media International, a Belgrade-based market communication company specialized in organizing large-scale conferences and events on behalf of organizations within the Southeast European market. This award, one of eight annual “best business partner” recognitions granted by MMI, was created 20 years ago to honor companies who apply high professional standards and demonstrate strong ethical leadership in their overall business approach. Voted on by like-minded SEE organizations, the process and ultimate outcome is designed to further connect businesses in the region and, in turn, better the overall economic environment.

    ”It is an honor to be recognized for our role in developing best practice solutions in the realm of sustainability,” says Nenad Đurđević, Ball Packaging Europe’s regional sales manager. “Our ongoing commitment to reduce the environmental footprint of our business units across the globe is paving the way to supporting our sustainability objectives and those of our partners. Armed with the know-how and understanding to implement new technologies and programs that seek to find solutions for the long term, we recognize our responsibility to operate sustainably and to help secure a successful future for our region and the borders beyond.”

    This year’s Regional Award Business Partner ceremony was held at the Hotel Metropol Palace in Belgrade. The annual occasion is an opportunity to connect leading entrepreneurs, government officials, diplomats, members of the media and other personalities from the public and cultural life within the region.
    (Ball Packaging Europe Belgrade Ltd)
     
    22.09.2014   Australia: Australians looking to embrace more diverse flavours in their beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    When you’re making a beer in honour of Australia’s first brewer—a noted womaniser who arrived as a convict on the First Fleet—a lack of respect for authority goes with the territory, The Malay Mail Online reported on September 19.

    But it also says something about the changing beer tastes of Australians, known for their love of a “cold one”, that they are now looking to embrace more diverse flavours in their tipples from beetroot to liquorice, says brewmaster Chuck Hahn.

    “We’re out to offend people,” declares the New York-born brewer from Sydney’s Malt Shovel Brewery who has been experimenting with beer for more than 40 years.

    “We get lovers and haters. We want to be distinctive,” he told journalists from inside the brewery where he has produced the successful James Squire ales, in honour of Australia’s first brewer, since 1998.

    Hahn is one of the country’s most high-profile brewers, and is widely credited with helping kickstart the boutique beer industry Down Under after a successful career with big brewers in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

    Over this time, he has seen the Australian palate move on from drinkers simply asking for whatever beer was on tap to something more discerning.

    “Back in ‘81, you walked into a pub and pubs would have three or four beers on tap, maybe five and you just had to remember what state you were in to order the right beer,” he says.

    “But now every pub must have 12 or 15 beers on tap to be halfway there.”

    Enter the craft brews, which are growing rapidly elsewhere in the world, and Australia is no different.

    “People just aren’t satisfied with normal flavours now,” says Hahn, 68.

    “They want more exquisite flavours. And what’s driven that really has been all... the interest in food and ingredients. People are really interested in that.”

    Australia’s Craft Beer Industry Association was created in 2011 and is riding the boom, with membership growing from 62 to 83 in the past year, according to executive officer Chris McNamara.

    At a time when beer consumption is falling in Australia and being challenged by wine more strongly than ever, McNamara says there are increasing numbers of homebrewers making the leap to a commercial enterprise.

    Craft beers have about 3.0 per cent of the Australian beer market, but they are also bringing in non-traditional beer drinkers, and he believes there is huge potential to grow.

    “We’re looking at a different audience than the normal beer drinker in a lot of ways,” he explains.

    “Going out and drinking a lot of beer is generally not a part of what the industry is selling.

    “It’s all about drinking for flavour. And drinking local.”

    This is the ethos of Pat McInerney from craft beer Willy the Boatman which began trading commercially in May.

    McInerney and brew partner Nick Newey still see themselves as having a “home brewer” mindset even though they have moved on from just supplying family and friends.

    They currently have their beer produced by other breweries, but are about to open their own brewery in Tempe in Sydney’s inner west.

    “I wouldn’t say that we are the most... risk taking in terms of our craft,” says McInerney. “You know, we don’t put anchovies or artichokes in our beer,” he jokes.

    “But I think the ethos is still very much that of the home brewer. We still get really excited about making beer.

    “I’m not saying that other craft brewers don’t; but it’s just something that Nick and I really enjoy doing.”

    He cites an involvement with the local community as part of this ethos, and admits he can’t imagine selling his beers anywhere else.

    “We’re probably the least aspirational brewers in Australia,” he says with a laugh. “We’re not in it to make a million bucks. We’re in it for the love of beer.”
     
    22.09.2014   Breezy Brewing: Anheuser-Busch Installs Second Turbine at Fairfield Brewery    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship from ‘seed to sip,’ Anheuser-Busch is installing a second wind turbine at its Fairfield brewery in Northern California this week. The nearly 400-foot tall turbine will generate 1.6 megawatts of electricity and brings the Fairfield brewery’s total alternative energy generation up to 4.1 megawatts, or 30 percent of the electricity needs for the brewery.
    “Increasing energy efficiency through wind reflects our commitment to reducing environmental impact while producing the best beers in the world,” said Tony Sanfillipo, general manager, Fairfield brewery.
    In addition to the wind turbines, the brewery’s energy efficiency and conservation efforts include seven acres of solar arrays, a bio-energy recovery system (BERS), recycling and water conservation efforts.
    “Expanding our alternative energy use allows us to be increasingly efficient with natural resources,” said Damon Waker, resident engineer, Fairfield brewery. “We look forward to having the turbine fully operational in October.”

    The Fairfield brewery has reduced its overall water use by 47 percent since 2007. The brewery also recycles more than 99 percent of the solid waste used in the brewing and packaging processes.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
     
    22.09.2014   India: SABMiller India Ltd launches new strong beer to compete with Carlsberg and AB InBev    ( E-Malt.com )

    SABMiller India Ltd, the country’s second-largest brewer, has launched a new brand called Miller Ace, as the company looks to tap Indian consumers’ preference for strong brews with a pricey strong beer that will compete with brands sold by Carlsberg Group and Anheuser-Busch InBev, Livemint reported on September 16.

    Strong beer, which refers to brews with alcohol content of 5-8%, accounts for 85% of all beer sales in India. Kingfisher Strong, made by United Breweries Ltd, is the best-selling brand in the country but recently people have also shown willingness to shell out cash for far more expensive strong beer labels such as Carlsberg Elephant and Budweiser Magnum.

    SABMiller, which owns brands such as Miller High Life, Foster’s and Haywards, will distribute Miller Ace in retail outlets across India over the next six months. A 650 ml bottle of Miller Ace will cost Rs.140 in Delhi. Budweiser Magnum sells for Rs.175 while Kingfisher Strong costs Rs.85 in Delhi. Beer prices vary across states.

    SABMiller was planning to launch Miller Ace this financial year to compete with Budweiser Magnum and Carlsberg Elephant, Mint first reported in June.

    “Many consumers were expressing the need to trade up to a world-class strong beer that would have the taste profile of a strong beer but comes with a premium brand and premium packaging. Miller Ace caters to that need,” SABMiller India marketing director Darioush Afzali said in an interview.

    Strong beer sales grew at a compounded rate of nearly 40% over the past two years, according to Afzali. “Premium strong beer has been growing even faster and this trend will continue for the foreseeable future so there’s a lot of opportunity there,” he said.

    The launch of Miller Ace is part of SABMiller’s plan to rev up growth by increasing sales of high-margin brews and revive its fortunes in India where it has lost market share to newer entrants Carlsberg and Anheuser-Busch InBev, as well as market leader United Breweries.

    Though SABMiller says the company’s loss of market share is an intentional move aimed at increasing margins—losses have narrowed in some of the past few years—analysts say rivals have moved faster even in launching premium brews.

    Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser, United Breweries’ Kingfisher and especially Carlsberg’s Tuborg have all gained sales at the expense of SABMiller brands. Budweiser Magnum and Carlsberg Elephant currently dominate sales of premium or higher-priced strong beer in India.

    In the first quarter of this fiscal year, sales volume continued to remain weak. Net producer revenue at SABMiller declined by 3% as volumes slumped 8%. In comparison, rival United Breweries reported a sales increase of 6% in the first quarter.

    SABMiller, which typically rotates its executives in various markets around the world, changed its senior management team in India over the past 18 months. Grant Liversage replaced Paolo Lanzarotti as managing director last June while Afzali took over as marketing head in October 2012 from Derek Jones.

    Under the new management, SABMiller has expanded distribution of Peroni, the priciest beer in the company’s portfolio, and re-launched Foster’s in May.
     
    22.09.2014   LOEHRKE exhibits at BrauBeviale 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news BrauBeviale from 11 to 13 Nov. 2014 in Nuremberg – LOEHRKE booth: hall 4 stand 315

    BrauBeviale in Nuremberg became the most important international capital goods exhibition for the whole beverage industry in the last years and has been one of the leading European exhibitions for the production and marketing of beer and non-alcoholic drinks. Here, particular emphasis is placed upon food safety and management of quality and costs. With its extensive product portfolio for automated process hygiene LOEHRKE offers tailor made solutions for the beverage production and beverage filling.

    BrauBeviale 2014 in Nuremberg: hall 4 stand 315
    At this years’ exhibition LOEHRKE presents process hygiene solutions of the future: robot-aided cleaning will be a very special highlight at the LOEHRKE booth. The cleaning robot CLEENIUS® is recommended to clean hard-to-access or dangerous areas of production facilities. Tanks from the inside, especially with complex agitators, but also machinery during the production period can be perfectly cleaned with CLEENIUS®.

    A further emphasis will be PULSED LIGHT, a technology that uses high-intensive flashes of light to sterilize packaging material without water and without chemical products. In addition LOEHRKEs product portfolio includes also solutions for CIP (clean-in-place), filling hygiene, disinfection with chlorine dioxide and ECA (electrochemical activated water) and chemical storage.

    The LOEHRKE booth is at BrauBeviale 2014 in Nuremberg in hall 4 stand 315.
    (Jürgen Löhrke GmbH)
     


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