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    06.03.2015   40 years of KHS Corpoplast    ( Company news )

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

    Photo: Thomas Karell, managing director of KHS Corpoplast GmbH

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news ... Providing Enterprise Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news ... the food industry

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

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

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

    Company news From March, 24th – 27th, 2015 the exhibition Anuga FoodTec in Cologne takes place. It is presenting as the only trade fair in the world all aspects of food production, and is therefore the most important driving force of the international food and beverage industry. Focal points are innovations and technological visions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ... regulator’s labelling norms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ... fell 2% last year

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

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

    This came after an 8.9 million litre rise in 2013.

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

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

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

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

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

    Wine availability was up 5.7 percent.

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

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

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

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

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

    Key findings of the report include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news TRADE FAIRS - THE REVOLUTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PLAN FOR THE MADE IN ITALY BRAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Duchesse de Bourgogne (Belgium)

    2. Morada Hop Arabica (Brazil)

    3. Colorado Ithaca (Brazil)

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

    5. Morada Double Vienna (Brazil)

    6. Tripel Karmeliet (Belgium)

    7. Tupiniquim Omnipollo Polimango (Brazil)

    8. Chimay Bleue (Belgium)

    9. Bodebrown Cacau IPA (Brazil)

    10. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (United States)

    11. Brewdog Punk IPA (United Kingdom)

    12. Schornstein IPA (Brazi)

    13. Bierland Vienna (Brazil)

    14. Eisenbahn 5 (Brazil)

    15. Orval (Belgium)

    16. Cafuza Imperial India Black Ale (Brazil)

    17. Wals Dubbel (Brazil)

    18. Seasons Green Cow IPA (Brazil)

    19. Jupiter American Pale Ale (Brazil)

    20. Eisenbahn Lust (Brazil)

    21. Dum Petroleum (Brazil)

    22. Mula IPA (Brazil)

    23. Wals Session Citra (Brazil)

    24. BodeBrown Perigosa (Brazil)

    25. Duvel (Beligum)

    26. Bamberg Franconian Rhapsody (Brazil)

    27. Delirium Tremens (Belgium)

    28. Burgman Casanova (Brazil)

    29. Landel Session IPA (Brazil)

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

    ... between provinces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Windsor plant produces the following brands: McGuinness Liqueurs, Meaghers Liqueurs, Old Canada, Special Old, Lot 40, Pike Creek, Polar Ice Vodka, Wiser’s 18 YR Old, Wiser’s Legacy, Wiser’s, Wiser’s Deluxe, Nostra Nera Black Sambuca, Barclay’s Brandy.
     
    26.02.2015   Carlsberg Group: Solid 2014 performance – well prepared for 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Unless otherwise stated, comments in this announcement refer to full-year performance.

    Photo: CEO Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen

    Financial highlights
    -Organic net revenue growth of 2% to DKK 64.5bn.
    -Continued solid price/mix of +3%.
    -1% organic operating profit growth driven by strong performance in Western Europe and Asia.
    -Reported operating profit of DKK 9,230m impacted by negative currency impact of DKK 789m.
    -5% adjusted net profit decline to DKK 5,496m.
    -Free operating cash flow of DKK 1.9bn and free cash flow of DKK 0.7bn.
    -For 2014, Carlsberg A/S proposes a 13% increase in dividend per share to DKK 9.00.

    Operational highlights
    -Our market share increased in the majority of markets in Western Europe and Asia, and our Russian market share improved during the year.
    -Group beer volumes declined organically by 3%, due to Eastern Europe.
    -The implementation of the supply chain integration and business standardisation project (BSP1) continued with four markets going live in 2014.
    -Our international premium portfolio continued to deliver strong growth: Tuborg (+24%), Somersby (+43%), Kronenbourg 1664 (+9%) and Grimbergen (+27%). The Carlsberg brand grew 1% in its premium markets.

    2015 earnings expectations
    -For 2015, the Group expects operating profit to grow organically by mid- to high-single-digit percentages.

    Commenting on the results, CEO Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen says: “In 2014, we had clear priorities and focus on execution, enabling us to deliver strong organic performance in Western Europe and Asia which more than offset the market challenges in Eastern Europe. For 2015, we’ll continue to support and invest in our brands and markets to capture the long-term opportunities in our regions, but in response to the current situation, we’ve built a strong operating plan, which includes changes to our business model, with the aim to achieve further efficiency improvements faster. These changes will enable us to mitigate the significant negative earnings impact arising from the rouble weakness and Eastern European market challenges, as well as improve cash flow and return on invested capital.“
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)
     
    26.02.2015   France: France’s alcohol consumption halved in 20 years    ( E-Malt.com )

    According to a new study, just 18% of French men and 6% of French women consume alcohol on a daily basis, marking a reduction of 50% in the past 20 years, The Riviera Times reported on February 16.

    The recent report produced by La Direction de la recherche, des études, de l’évaluation et des statistiques (DREES) has revealed once again that adult alcohol consumption is decreasing nationwide. On average, 12% of French adults admitted to drinking wine, beer or spirits every day, compared to 23% in 1995.

    In terms of provincial alcohol consumption, the report revealed that the Nord Pas de Calais, Pays de la Loire, Midi Pyrénées and Languedoc Roussillon regions are home to the most prolific drinkers. In a surprising turn of events, the Ile de France, where people are known for their hectic lifestyles, is one of the areas where people consume the least amount of alcohol.
     
    26.02.2015   India: Hoegaarden back in India’s market thanks to complying with food ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... regulator’s labelling norms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “The goals of FSSAI are good ones, and we continue to work with the government as an industry body to make the process of compliance easier for members,” added White, also chairman of All India Brewers Association.
     
    26.02.2015   World: Carlsberg names new CEO as from June 2015    ( E-Malt.com )

    Danish brewer Carlsberg named a new chief executive on February 18 and warned that problems in Russia and Ukraine would weigh on earnings again this year.

    Dutchman Cees 't Hart, the head of dairy company FrieslandCampina, will become Carlsberg chief executive in June. He replaces Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen who turns 60 this year and had told the board that he wanted to take a step back into non-executive roles.

    "It's a decision we both agreed upon is the right thing for Carlsberg, and also right for Jorgen to move on in his non-executive career," Chairman Flemming Besenbacher told reporters.

    For seven years Rasmussen has fought a tough battle as sales in Russia, Carlsberg's main market after the acquisition of the Baltika brand in 2004, had been affected by tighter regulations and more recently a sanctions-hit economy.

    "Maybe his energy has been exhausted, and this change will definitely bring a breath of fresh air into the company," analyst Morten Imsgard from Sydbank said.

    New CEO 't Hart has run FrieslandCampina, one of the world's largest dairy companies, for six years and steered the group through a large merger and substantial growth in Asia, a key focus area for Carlsberg as well.

    Prior to that he had worked for consumer goods company Unilever for 25 years.

    Carlsberg reported a 22 percent fall in fourth-quarter operating profit, hit by 32 percent lower sales in Eastern Europe mainly due to problems in Russia.

    Operating profit before special items dropped to 1.79 billion crowns ($276 million) from 2.3 billion crowns a year earlier, missing analysts' forecasts for 1.93 billion crowns. Its shares fell two percent.

    The world's fourth largest brewer expects underlying operating profit to grow by less than 10 percent this year when its eastern European operations will again act as a brake.

    "While we expect our Western Europe and Asia regions to continue their positive development, the expected GDP decline and currency devaluation in Russia and Ukraine will put significant pressure on the group's overall performance," Carlsberg said.

    Carlsberg's large global competitors, Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller and Heineken, are less dependent on the Russian market than the Danish brewer.

    Carlsberg said in January that it had decided to close down two of its 10 breweries in Russia, a market that has declined more than 30 percent since 2008.

    However, outgoing CEO Rasmussen told reporters that leaving Russia was not an option for Carlsberg.
     
    25.02.2015   Better regulation – pubs enforcement highlighted at ministerial meeting    ( Company news )

    Company news The BBPA’s Brigid Simmonds (photo) was among UK business leaders and regulators lately, at a round table at the Department of Business Innovation & Skills, to discuss progress under the ‘Focus on Enforcement’ review programme.
    The meeting was attended by Secretary of State Vince Cable and Business & Enterprise Minister Matt Hancock. The pub industry was one of several to have a Focus on Enforcement’ review.

    “The success of the pubs review has been to encourage local authorities to consider a risk based approach to enforcement for pubs,” comments Brigid Simmonds of the British Beer & Pub Association.
    “New guidance on the use of CCTV has also helped to encourage a proper assessment about whether it is really necessary.”

    The BBPA will continue to work with the Government on ways to improve regulation in the sector, and is currently working on using the recent ‘Primary Authority’ legislation, which allows a trade association to work on behalf of its members with a ‘Primary Authority’ to ensure consistent enforcement across different local authority areas.

    ‘Primary Authority’ gives businesses the right to form a statutory partnership with a single local authority, which then provides advice to other councils when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance. It has great potential to reduce cost and complexity for pub operators when it comes to both underage sales and fire safety – a point Brigid Simmonds made at the meeting.

    Brigid Simmonds adds:
    “Overzealous enforcement for pubs adds to costs. We will continue to urge partnerships as the most effective way forward, and encourage the Government to look at extending Primary Authority to licensing conditions.
    “Pubs are hugely important to local communities and over 80 per cent of pubs are small businesses. I welcome the ongoing support from DBIS to help ensure that regulation for pubs is proportionate and light-touch.”
    (BBPA British Beer & Pub Association)
     
    24.02.2015   B-WI Unveiling Solutions at Automate 2015 for a Connected Manufacturing Enterprise    ( Company news )

    Company news This March, Barry Wehmiller International (B-WI) will once again exhibit at Automate, North America’s largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies. The show takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois from March 23-25. In Booth #292, B-WI will showcase engineering and automation solutions that combine to solve productivity, efficiency, and profitability challenges of manufacturers worldwide.

    Automate is one of the top 10 manufacturing shows in USA and features leading global players displaying the latest automation, robotic, vision and motion control technologies and systems.

    James Mansfield, B-WI’s Senior Business Development Leader - US Southeast, said, “Automate 2013 was an ideal platform for B-WI to showcase our capabilities to different types of manufacturers. With an expected footfall of around 30,000 potential visitors, this year will allow us to present how a unique combination of our automation and engineering solutions can impact functional objectives like productivity, efficiency, responsiveness, etc., and drive organizational values like profitability, revenue growth and competitive advantage. We eagerly anticipate a successful Automate 2015.”

    Chris Hric, B-WI’s Senior Business Development Leader - US Midwest, said, “Automate always attracts a huge population from the end user and OEM companies who are looking forward to make purchase decisions at the event. This segment of visitors can hugely benefit from cross-functional solution providers like B-WI. While our automation solutions like Manufacturing Operations Management and Controls drive business excellence through intelligence and informed decision making in manufacturing, our product engineering solutions like Engineering collaboration and Value Engineering enhance profitability and drive globalization.”

    With multiple locations spanning the USA, Europe and Asia, B-WI’s unique engagement model has made it the preferred solution partner for many manufacturers from the discrete manufacturing industry as well as the process industry.
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
     
    24.02.2015   Uetersen Paper Mill continues as an independent company under the name ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH

    Stora Enso Oyj has sold its Uetersen speciality and graphic paper mill to the European private equity fund Perusa Partners Fund 2. As of 18 February 2015, the long-established paper mill will operate under the name Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH. Feldmuehle Uetersen will offer its flexibility, high quality and services on the market as an independent company and thus its former name is not the only aspect in which it will be returning to its roots.

    Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH has some 400 employees and operates two paper machines with a total annual capacity of approx. 250 000 tons. The mill’s product range includes label and packaging papers, liner and cardboard as well as two-side coated graphic papers in gloss and silk.

    Selected segments of the existing product areas will be systematically expanded and strengthened. The current product portfolio includes familiar brands, such as the label papers LabelSet and UniSet and the packaging papers LennoKraft, MediaCard and MediaLiner. Uetersen’s graphic paper MediaPrint will, in the future, be sold under the new brand name Exceo.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
     
    23.02.2015   Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen to retire as CEO; Succeeded by Cees ’t Hart of Royal FrieslandCampina, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...formerly Unilever

    Carlsberg A/S announces that President and CEO, Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen (photo), is to retire from the Carlsberg Group. Cees ‘t Hart, currently CEO of the Dutch dairy company Royal FrieslandCampina, one of the largest dairy companies in the world, is appointed President and CEO. Jørgen will retire and Cees will start 15 June 2015.

    Cees ‘t Hart, Dutch, has been CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina since 2008 where he led the integration of two former competitors Friesland Foods and Campina, developed the strategy route2020 and re-engineered the business model to deliver sustainable growth and value creation. In this period revenues grew from Euro 8.2bn to Euro 11.4bn, and margins increased significantly in part through the creation of an international supply chain. The company, now one of the most successful dairies in the world, has operations in 32 countries across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, and sells its products in over 100 markets. This includes a substantial presence in China. Prior to joining Royal FrieslandCampina, Cees had a 25 year impressive international career at Unilever across Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. His last position at Unilever was as a member of the Europe Executive Board.

    Commenting on the change, Chairman of the Supervisory Board Flemming Besenbacher says: “The Carlsberg Group has good underlying fundamentals, and the Board and Jørgen are in full alignment that now is the right time to make a change and secure progress and continuity at the top executive level for a number of years ahead. I am delighted that Cees ‘t Hart will be joining the Group to do this. He has great international experience and a strong track record, and will propose the next phase strategy for Carlsberg Group’s long-term profitable and sustainable growth.

    “On behalf of the Supervisory Board I would like to thank Jørgen for his significant contribution to the Group’s evolution during the past seven years. Performance has been strong across many geographies but of course challenged by macro-economic developments in Russia. Jørgen is handing over a Carlsberg with a transformed geographic footprint, a strong international leadership team and a more commercially capable and efficient organisation.”

    Cees ‘t Hart, President and CEO elect, says: “I am very pleased to be taking on the leadership of the Carlsberg Group. It is a company with a distinguished heritage, a strong portfolio of local and international brands and is the leading brewer in the majority of its markets. It will be my pleasure to lead it and propose together with the leadership team the future strategy for sustainable and profitable growth.”

    President and CEO Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen says: “Carlsberg is a fantastic company with a great heritage, strong brands and very passionate people. I am very proud to have led such a great company and will work to ensure a smooth transition to Cees. It is the right time for change for the company and for me. When I enjoy many of the excellent Carlsberg Group brands in the future, I will always remember the great team behind them and will continue to follow Carlsberg with interest.”
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)
     
    20.02.2015   Ball Reports Strong 2014 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Highlights
    - Full-year 2014 comparable earnings per diluted share were $3.88 vs. $3.28 in 2013; an increase of 18 percent
    - Fourth quarter comparable earnings per diluted share were 84 cents vs. 86 cents in 2013
    - Solid manufacturing performance and a lower tax rate nearly offset flat demand for global metal packaging and unfavorable earnings translation in the fourth quarter
    - Strong free cash flow exceeded $620 million in 2014

    Photo: Scott C. Morrison, senior vice president and chief financial officer

    Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) reported full-year 2014 net earnings attributable to the corporation of $470.0 million (including after tax charges of $82.8 million, or 58 cents per diluted share for business consolidation costs, debt refinancing costs and other activities), or $3.30 per diluted share, on sales of $8.6 billion, compared to $406.8 million, or $2.73 per diluted share, on sales of $8.5 billion in 2013. Ball's full-year 2014 results were comparable net earnings of $552.8 million, or $3.88 per diluted share, compared to $489.6 million, or $3.28 per diluted share, in 2013.

    "2014 was a record year for the company in terms of comparable earnings per share and free cash flow. Our global beverage can business performed very well in the year, and our aerospace business also achieved record results through solid program execution and the benefit of several launches," said John A. Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We continue to actively manage our asset base and work with our aerospace and packaging customers to meet their future needs."

    Fourth quarter 2014 net earnings attributable to Ball Corporation were $76.0 million, or 54 cents per diluted share, on sales of $2.0 billion, compared to $124.5 million, or 85 cents per diluted share, on sales of $2.0 billion, in the fourth quarter of 2013. On a comparable basis, Ball's fourth quarter results were net earnings of $118.0 million, or 84 cents per diluted share, compared to $126.8 million, or 86 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

    Details of comparable segment earnings for the full year and the fourth quarter can be found in the notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements that accompany this news release.

    Metal Beverage Packaging, Americas & Asia
    Metal beverage packaging, Americas and Asia, comparable segment operating earnings were $534.8 million on sales of $4.2 billion for full-year 2014, compared to $512.4 million on sales of $4.2 billion in 2013. For the fourth quarter, comparable earnings were $134.0 million on sales of $1.0 billion, compared to $147.3 million on sales of $1.0 billion in 2013.

    Comparable segment results for the full-year were up versus 2013 due to continued strong demand for specialty packaging in the Americas and exceptional operating performance in North America. During the fourth quarter, specialty project start-up costs, the timing of certain contractual payments in Brazil and lower than expected demand in China led to weaker year-over-year quarterly results. Late in the first quarter of 2015, the company will introduce its second-generation aluminum bottle shaping technology in North America.

    Metal Beverage Packaging, Europe
    Metal beverage packaging, Europe, comparable segment results in 2014 were operating earnings of $222.9 million on sales of $1.9 billion, compared to $182.6 million on sales of $1.8 billion in 2013. For the fourth quarter, comparable operating earnings in 2014 were $29.9 million on sales of $398.5 million, compared to $39.4 million on sales of $427.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

    Full-year operating earnings were affected favorably by improved cost management and growth of specialty cans across Europe. Comparable segment earnings were lower in the fourth quarter due to higher year-over-year aluminum premiums, unfavorable currency translation and low single-digit volume declines due to lower exports outside of Europe. A third production line at our existing Oss, Netherlands, facility is scheduled to begin manufacturing specialty cans in the second quarter of 2015.

    Metal Food & Household Products Packaging
    Metal food and household products packaging comparable segment results for 2014 were operating earnings of $154.2 million on sales of $1.5 billion, compared to $177.4 million in 2013 on sales of $1.6 billion. For the fourth quarter of 2014, comparable segment results were operating earnings of $35.1 million on sales of $345.0 million, compared to $36.8 million on sales of $345.2 million in the same period of 2013.

    Full-year 2014 results were lower due to mid-single-digit volume declines for steel food cans and previously reported service center manufacturing inefficiencies in the U.S., offset by continued strong performance in global aerosol packaging. In an effort to match can supply with future customer requirements across the segment, the company ceased operations at its Danville, Ill., steel aerosol manufacturing plant, and reduced steel food can production and the workforce at its Oakdale, Calif., facility during the quarter. The company continues to initiate investments in Europe, India and North America to meet continued strong demand for aerosol containers and other value-added products.

    Aerospace and Technologies
    Aerospace and technologies comparable segment results were operating earnings of $93.6 million on sales of $934.8 million in 2014, compared to $80.1 million on sales of $897.1 million in 2013. For the fourth quarter, earnings were $23.5 million on sales of $251.3 million, compared to $25.1 million on sales of $222.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Contracted backlog at the close of the year was $765 million.

    Full-year comparable operating earnings were up significantly due to exceptional program performance across the business and key product deliveries and launches during 2014. Fourth quarter performance was roughly in line with 2013 as the segment continues to position itself for nontraditional growth projects to leverage its existing capabilities ahead of the award of additional U.S. government contracts out for bid.

    Outlook
    "We achieved record free cash flow in excess of $620 million in 2014 and anticipate full-year 2015 free cash flow to be in roughly the same range," said Scott C. Morrison, senior vice president and chief financial officer.
    "Given the strength of our 2014 financial performance, we've created a challenging earnings comparison for 2015, especially in the first half when we are ramping up multiple global capital projects and awaiting the award of additional aerospace contracts," Hayes said. "We expect the second half to be stronger than the first half and it is unlikely we will attain our long-term 10-15 percent earnings per diluted share growth goal in 2015. We will continue to generate a significant amount of free cash flow, execute our capital allocation strategy to foster future EVA dollar growth and return value for our shareholders in 2015 and beyond."
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    19.02.2015   Diageo Interim results, six months ended 31 December 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news A strong business improving in a challenging environment

    -Organic net sales in the half were broadly flat (-0.1%) with volume down 1.9%. Performance improved in Q2
    -Continued strong performance of reserve brands, up 10%, was a key driver of positive overall price/mix
    -Marketing spend was in line with net sales, as effective spend benefitted from procurement efficiencies worth 3% of total marketing investment
    -Restructuring benefits drove operating margin improvement of 28bps with organic operating profit up 0.7%
    -Free cash flow was £699 million, up £373 million on the first half last year
    -Eps before exceptional items was 53.7 pence per share, down 8.9 pence per share driven mainly by negative exchange impacts and lower income from associates and joint ventures
    -Interim dividend up 9% to 21.5 pence per share

    Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, commenting on the six months ended 31 December 2014:
    "We have improved our performance during the half and we have again shown: the strength of our brands, which is driving our share gains; our strong innovation capability, which has enabled us to access new growth opportunities; and our focus on cost. We delivered the planned savings from our global efficiency programme together with procurement benefits in marketing spend which we have reinvested in our brands and we increased our investment in our routes to consumer while again expanding our margins.
    We have already taken action to improve the performance of those brands and markets that have not performed as well as we would expect. This contributed to our stronger second quarter performance and I expect to maintain this momentum through the year.
    The half saw Diageo acquire control of USL, putting us in the position to create an iconic leader in spirits in an attractive market. We have also reached agreement to acquire all of Don Julio, which will significantly strengthen our position in one of our fastest growing categories.
    The quality of these results in a tough environment, with depletions ahead of shipments and improving cash flow, reinforce my confidence that Diageo can realise its full potential and deliver our performance ambition."
    (Diageo)
     
    18.02.2015   British beer sales up for the first time in ten years    ( Company news )

    Company news -Total beer sales up 1.3 per cent in 2014, ending a decade of decline
    -Off-trade sales overtake on trade, for the first time on record
    -A third duty cut is vital, says BBPA’s Brigid Simmonds (photo)

    A decade of decline in UK beer sales has come to an end, with a 1.3 per cent rise in UK beer sales in 2014, it has been announced today. The startling turn around in the fortunes of Britain’s favourite pub drink follows two historic cuts in beer duty by the Chancellor. The figures are reported in the latest ‘Beer Barometer’ from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).


    The 1.3 per cent rise in 2014 followed nine consecutive years of decline, which saw beer sales slide by an astonishing 24 per cent – 6.7 million fewer pints sold, per day. The BBPA says that huge tax rises were the major culprit, with a devastating beer duty hike of 42 per cent from 2008 to 2013, under the disastrous beer tax ‘escalator’ policy. This sent the duty (plus the VAT on the duty) from 42p, to 65p on a typical pint. The period saw 7,000 pubs close, with 58,000 jobs lost.

    With taxes still much higher than they were a decade ago, the BBPA is leading calls for a much-needed hat-trick of beer duty cuts in the Budget on 18th March.

    Beer sales in pubs have begun to stabilise, showing a small decline of 0.8 per cent in 2014, but this was the smallest decline in sales since 1996. Off-trade sales grew by 3.5 per cent, matching the growth of last year, and taking off-licence and supermarket sales above on-trade sales, for the first time on record.

    BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:
    “British beer is back in growth – and we want to keep it that way. But with seventy per cent of pub drink sales being beer, the picture for our much loved pubs is still fragile.
    “That is why another duty cut from the Chancellor is vital. It will build on the success of two very popular tax cuts in the past two years, and boost jobs in an industry that employs 900,000 people, almost half of whom are 16-24 year olds. That has got to be good news.”
    (BBPA British Beer & Pub Association)

     
    17.02.2015   The Coca-Cola Company Grows Roster of Billion-Dollar Brands to 20    ( Company news )

    Company news Gold Peak, FUZE TEA and I LOHAS
    Each Exceed $1 Billion in Retail Sales in 2014

    The Coca-Cola Company announced the addition of three brands to its growing roster of beverages that generate annual retail sales of more than $1 billion, bringing to 20 the number of billion-dollar brands in the Company’s portfolio.

    Brands from the fast-growing ready-to-drink tea and water categories are the latest additions with Gold Peak tea, available in the United States, FUZE TEA, sold in nearly 40 countries, and I LOHAS mineral water, sold in Japan, joining the Company’s billion-dollar club in 2014.

    “We are taking definitive steps to capture the enormous growth opportunities available to us in the global nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverage industry,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “Through a strong global focus on building locally relevant and innovative brands, our Company, together with a network of strong local bottling partners, has worked to successfully double the size of our billion-dollar brand portfolio in less than a decade.”

    Gold Peak and FUZE TEA join Japan’s billion-dollar green tea brand, Ayataka, as the Company’s largest brands in the global ready-to-drink tea category, each of which has been launched since 2006. The success of these brands has propelled the Company’s tea portfolio to substantially outpace the growth of the category globally over the past two years, while gaining market share on both a volume and value basis.

    Gold Peak, a premium tea brand developed by the Company, debuted in 2006 and has been growing double digits since its launch. In 2014, the Company launched an integrated marketing campaign for Gold Peak that included national television, print, outdoor and digital and social media advertising. It is one of the fastest-growing national iced tea brands and drove nearly 30% of all dollar growth in the ready-to-drink tea category last year. Gold Peak is sold in multiple varieties, including Sweet Tea, Lemonade Tea, Unsweetened Tea, Diet Tea, Raspberry Flavored Tea and Green Tea.

    FUZE TEA launched in 2012 in 14 international markets simultaneously. Since its introduction, the brand has expanded availability to nearly 40 markets around the world, reaching billion-dollar status in less than three years on the market. The FUZE TEA line-up currently features more than 30 varieties, including Black Tea with Lemon, Black Tea with Peach, Black Tea with Lemongrass and Apple, Green Tea with Mango and Chamomile, and zero-calorie Light Tea. FUZE TEA will be launched in additional markets in 2015.

    Coca-Cola Japan launched the water brand I LOHAS in 2009. Since its launch, it has become the No. 1 immediate consumption mineral water brand sold in Japan. The Company has taken recent steps to significantly grow I LOHAS with the introduction of a new line of single-serve 515 ml I LOHAS sparkling beverages in plain and lemon flavors as well as a new larger 1,555 ml package in the convenience store channel.

    Since 2007, the Company has added 10 brands to its billion-dollar portfolio across a broad range of beverage categories including sparkling, juice, water and tea. Additions include Coca-Cola Zero, Simply, Minute Maid Pulpy, Del Valle, BonAqua, Ayataka and vitaminwater.

    Behind the 20 billion-dollar brands is a pipeline of 16 sparkling and still brands that generate annual retail sales between $500 million and $1 billion – several of which are poised to become billion-dollar brands.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    16.02.2015   Maltomat III captures the market    ( Company news )

    Company news The new Bühler grist mill Maltomat III is in great demand. “30 machines per year” was the sales forecast for the Maltomat III – in fact, 40 machines were sold during 14 month! The grist mill was launched at the Drinktec 2013 in Munich, as a state-of-the-art system for efficiently grinding malted and unmalted grain. Initial customer reactions confirm: The new Maltomat III provides maximum yield, optimized husk volume and high throughput with great flexibility for the grinding of unmalted grain.
    (Bühler AG)
     
    16.02.2015   TÜV certificate for KHS glass filler    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS GmbH has again received the internationally coveted certificate for energy-efficient machines and systems from TÜV SÜD in Munich, Germany, in accordance with TÜV SÜD's energy and media efficiency standard. The certificate has been granted to the innovative KHS Innofill Glass filling system for the glass bottling of soft drinks and beer.

    An audit was carried out in the fall of 2014 prior to certification, with the result that KHS is further entitled to use the TÜV SÜD energy and media efficiency quality mark for its glass bottle filler. With the certificate, valid until November 30, 2017, TÜV SÜD has confirmed the high level of sustainability inherent in KHS filling machines thanks to their consistently low consumption of water and electricity. KHS had already received a TÜV SÜD certificate for its Innofill Glass filling system in 2011.

    The flexible filler is modular in design and offers high overall savings potentials regarding the amount of energy and media used. Extra resources can be saved in the production process at brewery operations by utilizing the Eco vacuum pump. This allows KHS to support its customers with its innovative, high-quality filling systems which help to considerably reduce production costs and create systems which are sustainable in the long term.

    Careful husbandry of resources and raw materials is of great importance to the KHS Group. Any means of boosting energy efficiency and using environmentally-friendly processes are consistently exploited. The successful environmental and energy management practiced by all of the German KHS factories is confirmed by international ISO 14001 (environmental management standard) and ISO 50001 (energy management standard) certification. In the future these standards are also to act as a guideline for KHS' international locations. Furthermore, KHS has won a number of awards under the ECOPROFIT program (ECOlogical PROject For Integrated environmental Technology). This project aims to promote the ecological and economical use of resources through the implementation of appropriate environmental measures.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    13.02.2015   Booker’s® Bourbon Unveils Collection Of Limited-Edition Releases     ( Company news )

    Company news Booker’s® Bourbon is proud to unveil the inaugural batch of its limited-edition collection celebrating founding distiller Booker Noe’s legacy as the father of small batch bourbon. One of the few bourbons available today bottled straight from the barrel, Booker’s ® Bourbon will now feature limited-edition labels inspired by Booker Noe’s love of bourbon, family and the spirit of experimentation. These commemorative releases will be available in limited quantities throughout the year.

    Booker’s® Bourbon Batch 2015-1, named “Big Man, Small Batch,” features a custom label inspired by the iconic visual of Booker sipping bourbon in his rocking chair with his dog Dot by his side. The batch’s name honors Booker’s role in the creation of small batch bourbons and the larger-than-life personality for which he was known.

    “Booker’s® was founded on my dad’s dedication to making the very best bourbon there is, and I’m proud to honor him with this limited-edition collection,” said Fred Noe, Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller and 2013 Bourbon Hall of Fame Inductee. “‘Big Man, Small Batch’ is the first batch to feature these new labels, giving our fans a little more insight into who my dad was and his love for creating great bourbon!”

    Uncut like all Booker’s® Bourbon batches before it, “Big Man, Small Batch” is now available in limited quantities. Bottled at 128.7 proof, “Big Man, Small Batch” was selected with the following characteristics:
    - Proof: 128.7
    - Age: 7 years, 2 months and 16 days
    - Batch Notes: Culled from seven different rack houses, Batch 2015-1 blends the flavor tendencies of several small groups of barrels to create a complex bourbon with a vanilla nose.
    - Sipping Suggestions: With ice or cut with water

    Each batch of Booker’s® Bourbon is hand-selected by Fred Noe to ensure every bottle contains a robust, full-bodied whiskey that matches Booker’s whiskey preference. Noe also calls on the expertise of “Booker’s® Bourbon Roundtable”, an exclusive panelist group consisting of top whiskey experts, enthusiasts and writers, to help select batches throughout the year - a tradition that will continue for the limited-edition collection.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    12.02.2015   TricorBraun Wins Gold & Bronze World Beverage Competition Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2015 World Beverage Competition presented Gold and Bronze awards to TricorBraun in the packaging portion of the competition.

    The competition is the world’s largest international evaluation of beverages. Firms from 27 nations submitted entries for the 2015 competition which was conducted in Geneva, Switzerland. The annual event includes an evaluation of beverage quality in various categories followed by a competition among beverage packages, also from an assortment of categories.

    TricorBraun received a gold medal for the package supplied to Owen + Alchemy, a new cold-pressed boutique juice bar in Chicago. Juice prepared with a cold press is regarded as more healthful that juice produced by traditional centrifugal juicers. Traditional juicers use blades and screens to separate juice from pulp. This process generates heat which destroys many nutrients. Cold pressed juicers crush fruits and vegetables and do not expose the juice to nutrient-robbing heat.

    The juice is sold in 16 ounce and 32 ounce Boston Round glass bottles in addition to a two-ounce Boston Round for samplers. Threaded black and gold metal closures are used. Labels are pressure sensitive and silk screened. The bronze medal was awarded for Mocktails which are packaged in unique glass shaker-style bottles designed by TricorBraun in alliance with Mocktails. The non-alcoholic cocktails only require: ice, a shake and a cocktail glass. The drinks may be individualized by adding alcohol by the glass. They are sold as cosmopolitans, margaritas, sangrias and whiskey sours.

    The 21-ounce glass shakers are hot-filled with 18 ounces of beverage which is suitable for four servings.

    A 77mm metal threaded closure is used to seal the bottle. Then a TricorBraun-designed polypropylene decorative overcap is fitted over the metal closure to give the package that mixed-yourself look and feel. To assure the handsome shrink sleeve label remains stunning after the bottle is opened, a perforation is located just below the closure.

    TricorBraun (www.TricorBraun.com ) helps bring customers’ new and existing products to market efficiently as one of the packaging industry’s largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers, closures, dispensers and tubes from over 40 locations throughout North America and internationally from London, England: Guangzhou, China; Hong Kong, and Mumbai, India. The award-winning, Design & Innovation center gives customers forward-thinking service based on consumer insight, understanding of the markets and creative solutions. In addition, advisory services range from preliminary planning, manufacturing oversight to an array of innovative warehousing and logistics programs.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
     
    11.02.2015   Award-winning photographer zooms in on the crafting of Aberlour’s rich and complex single malts    ( Company news )

    Company news European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, David Maitland, has been commissioned by Aberlour to shoot a world-first series of super-macro images charting the journey of our whisky’s creation. The photography uses a variety of techniques to capture some of the natural elements that contribute to the unique flavour of this single malt Whisky, from a glimpse inside each grain of barley to the actual rings from an ex-Oloroso sherry oak cask.

    “I was asked to discover how all the different elements help craft Aberlour,” explains Maitland. “The positioning of the distillery at the foot of Ben Rinnes, and surrounded by the natural water springs, plays a vital part in the creation of each bottle of single malt, as do the casks in which the whisky is aged.”

    Maitland, one of the world’s foremost nature photographers, uses up to x400 magnification to take in microscopic views of the rock, water and wood used in the whisky-making process. He captures each stage in an incredible kaleidoscope of colour, visualising the granite mountain from which the distillery draws its spring water, the oak staves from specially selected casks in which the whisky is matured, and the crystalline structure of the final spirit itself.

    “Super macro photography can reveal many surprises. The crystal structures in the 12-year-old and A’bunadh were simply beautiful and frequently appeared to echo the unique and subtle characters of each whisky” reflects Maitland. “Having the chance to photograph this journey was a rare privilege.”
    (Aberlour Distillery)
     
    10.02.2015   Australia: Beer and spirits companies say wine industry not paying fair share of alcohol taxes    ( E-Malt.com )

    Australia’s beer and spirits companies say wine companies aren’t paying their fair share of the A$6 billion in alcohol taxes collected each year by the federal government, The Australian Financial Review reported on February 5.

    The wine industry is pleading special circumstances, arguing its 2500 companies shouldn’t be taxed more because it has one production cycle a year, following grape harvest in February and March.

    Intense lobbying is happening in Canberra for favourable treatment in the May budget, creating angst between rival parts of the alcohol industry.

    The latest increase in excise on beer and spirits, on February 2, has further riled beer and spirits makers. Spirits companies argue that for a bottle of spirits selling for A$75, they pay A$30 in federal tax through excise and GST, which is a big impost and distorts the choices available to shoppers.

    Beer consumption in Australia has dropped by more than 8 per cent in the past six years. Tim Cooper, managing director of Cooper’s Brewery, is the new chairman of the Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand, which includes Carlton & United Breweries, maker of Victoria Bitter, and Lion, maker of Tooheys and XXXX, and he said twice-yearly excise rises are a big factor in the drop in demand.

    Winemakers’ Federation of Australia chief executive Paul Evans said the current tax regime shouldn’t be touched, other than a revamp of the wine equalisation tax rebate scheme.

    The WET rebate scheme, which started in 2004, was designed to pay a maximum of A$500,000 a year to smaller producers to promote regional employment, needs an overhaul. The savings should be used to promote Australian wine overseas to take advantage of the drop in the dollar, he said. Mr Evans said the WET rebate should no longer apply to unbranded and bulk wine, and be stripped away from New Zealand wine companies that are currently able to access the scheme and have claimed up to A$25 million a year from it.

    He said the economics of the wine industry is completely different to beer and spirits. “There are significant differences in the structure of those industries. Beer and spirits is highly consolidated and wine has only one production cycle a year, and is regionally based,” he said. “This mantra that all alcohol is the same is a nonsense.”

    Small spirits producers are pushing for some help along similar lines to smaller craft brewers. The Australian Distillers Association, formed last year by about 15 small craft spirits makers, wants a 60 per cent rebate on the first A$100,000 of excise paid to help them grow.

    The body that represents big players such as Diageo, Bacardi Lion, Beam and Brown-Forman, said spirits are treated the most harshly because the twice-yearly excise increase always has a bigger impact on the higher-taxed spirits.

    Gordon Broderick, the executive director of the Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia, which oversees the interests of the bigger players, said the alcohol tax regime is a dog’s breakfast.
     
    10.02.2015   Japan: Sapporo Breweries asks for extra tax return for its “Goku Zero” beer-like product    ( E-Malt.com )

    Sapporo Breweries Ltd. has asked the National Tax Agency to return ¥11.5 billion of extra liquor tax it paid last year over the categorization of its “Goku Zero” popular beer-like product, Jiji Press reported on January 30.

    The Sapporo Holdings Ltd. unit paid the tax after it was notified by tax authorities that Goku Zero may not fall into the so-called third-segment quasi-beer category, which has a lower liquor tax rate than “happoshu” beer-like products.

    But Sapporo Breweries recently concluded through an in-house re-examination that Goku Zero is a third-segment beverage and filed for the tax return with the authorities on January 26, informed sources said.

    Goku Zero, launched in June 2013 as a third-sector product, became a sales blockbuster due to its lack of sugars and purines, a type of compound that may cause gout.

    Following the tax authorities’ notification, however, Sapporo Breweries stopped production in May last year and paid the extra tax to avoid confusion among retailers and consumers.

    After altering the production method, the company relaunched Goku Zero in July as happoshu.
     
    10.02.2015   Pinnacle® Vodka Debuts New Brunch-Inspired Innovations For 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Pinnacle® Vodka, a leading imported premium vodka, is proud to announce its two newest flavor innovations, Pinnacle® Mimosa and Pinnacle® Habanero. Whether you’re looking for a twist on a classic Mimosa or crafting a spicy Bloody Mary, these additions will have Pinnacle Vodka fans everywhere brunching better than ever before!

    Pinnacle Mimosa Vodka and Pinnacle Habanero Vodka are the perfect ingredients for creating simple, vibrant cocktails that will add a flavorful punch to your next gathering. Five times distilled with a smooth, premium taste, these innovations combine quality and distinct flavor that are perfect for any occasion:

    - Pinnacle Mimosa Vodka offers the refreshing combination of juicy orange and crisp champagne flavors with a short and sweet finish.
    - Pinnacle Habanero Vodka offers a spicy and sweet taste of ripe, juicy chili peppers with a lingering warm finish.

    “Pinnacle Vodka focuses on the moments that matter, and we know our fans are always hosting amazing get-togethers,” said Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory. “It made sense for us to create something that will help amplify what they love doing best - entertaining at home with loved ones. We’re confident the new Mimosa and Habanero flavors will help them do just that.”
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    10.02.2015   UK: Carlsberg UK launching new alcohol-free San Miguel beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    Carlsberg UK has gained listings at Tesco and Asda for a new alcohol-free San Miguel beer, Off Licence News reported on February 2.

    San Miguel 0.0% comes in a 33cl bottle and is said to “maintain all the flavour, freshness and quality of alcoholic beer”.

    Carlsberg is also launching San Miguel 0.0% Limon in a 33cl can, which will appear on shelves next month and has gained listings at Asda and convenience stores.

    David Scott, director of brand and Insight at Carlsberg UK, said: “We constantly monitor consumer demand and respond to current trends with innovations in our portfolio. The insight is showing there is consumer desire for great-tasting 0.0% beers, providing that same refreshing lager taste, for occasions when alcohol may not be a suitable choice.

    “Research suggests that alcohol free beers will play an important role in attracting different demographics into the beer category in the future. Therefore our customers can expect further innovation in the alcohol free market from Carlsberg UK during 2015.”

    Four-packs of both beers carry an rrp of £3.49.
     
    10.02.2015   UK: Research claims wine replaced beer as the UK’s favourite tipple    ( E-Malt.com )

    A glass of wine has replaced a pint of beer as the UK’s favourite tipple, according to research commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

    Of 4,049 adults quizzed on their drinking habits, wine emerged as the preferred drink of choice for over half (60%), regardless of age, region and social class.

    The YouGov research also revealed that wine is the favoured drink for more 25-34-year-olds than ever before – with 57% opting for wine over other alcoholic products.

    “While our consumption of alcohol continues to fall, wine is our new favourite drink and, with the global emergence of British wine and food products, we are calling on the Chancellor to drop alcohol duty by 2% at the Budget in March,” WSTA chief executive Miles Beale said.

    “By cutting the duty on wine, the Chancellor would provide welcome relief for a growing British industry and a drink much loved by millions of consumers, as well as generating an increase of more than £1billion annually for the public finances.”

    A separate survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by the WSTA also found that almost two thirds (64%) believed alcohol was taxed too highly – UK consumers currently pay nearly 60% tax on an average priced bottle of wine and have not experienced a tax cut on the drink since 1984.

    This revealing poll shows just how harshly British consumers are treated when they want to enjoy a well-earned tipple,” Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said.

    “Politicians always talk about a cost of living crisis, but they make it far worse with punitive taxes on drinks that usually hit the poorest hardest,”

    “The Chancellor has a golden opportunity in the upcoming Budget to drop the duty and give hard-pressed taxpayers a break.

    The findings come on the back of latest figures from the Beer Barometer, which showed that overall beer sales were up for the first time in 10 years following two successive duty cuts.

    However, the data revealed that sales in pubs were still in decline.
     
    09.02.2015   Carlsberg and Partners to Develop Biodegradable Wood-Fiber Bottle     ( Company news )

    Company news Carlsberg unveils latest Carlsberg Circular Community initiative at World Economic Forum in Davos. New Community partners also announced.

    In the context of its participation in a panel on Wasteless Supply at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Carlsberg today announced a ground-breaking agreement to develop the world’s first fully biodegradable wood-fiber bottle for beverages.

    Carlsberg has initiated a three-year project with packaging company ecoXpac, with the collaboration of Innovation Fund Denmark and the Technical University of Denmark, to develop a biodegradable and biobased bottle made from sustainably sourced wood-fiber, to be known as the “Green Fiber Bottle”.

    All materials used in the bottle, including the cap, will be developed using bio-based and biodegradable materials – primarily, sustainably sourced wood-fibers – allowing the bottle to be responsibly degraded.

    Commenting on the announcement from Carlsberg HQ in Copenhagen, Andraea Dawson-Shepherd, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, said: “At Carlsberg we are firm believers in the importance of a circular economy in ensuring sustainable future growth and development on our planet, and today’s announcement is excellent news. If the project comes to fruition, as we think it will, it will mark a sea-change in our options for packaging liquids, and will be another important step on our journey towards a circular, zero-waste economy.”

    This latest initiative forms part of the Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC), a cooperation between Carlsberg and selected partners whose aim is to pursue a circular, zero-waste economy by using the Cradle to Cradle® (C2C®) framework when developing and marketing new products. The CCC currently comprises six founding partners, with two new partners, ecoXpac and 1HQ (a global branding agency), announced today. Its goal is to have 15 partners by 2016.
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)
     
    06.02.2015   Ball Packaging Europe Adds Consumer Marketing Talent to Leadership Team    ( Company news )

    Company news To support continued growth within the European marketplace, Ball Packaging Europe added Dennis Schuilenburg as marketing director and Joerg Deppmeyer as general manager. Both hail from the fast-moving consumer goods world (FMCG).

    Photo: Dennis Schuilenburg (left), Joerg Deppmeyer (right)

    Dennis Schuilenburg (42) joins Ball from Samsung Electronics Benelux, where he served as the director of marketing. Additional stations in his career included leading positions for consumer brand giants Procter & Gamble and Philips. A Dutch national, he holds a degree in engineering and management from the University of Twente (Netherlands). Schuilenburg is excited about the opportunities his new role presents, especially as it relates to sustainability and raising awareness around Ball’s progressive approach: "I am keen to enhance the conversations we are having with our customers around Ball’s strategic approach in the area of sustainability and to look towards opportunities to collaborate in realizing shared, environmental objectives. Sustainability recognitions from organizations such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Newsweek are welcomed achievements for Ball and stand as a testament to the actionable solutions we look to consistently create for our customers."

    Joerg Deppmeyer (41) is taking over responsibilities from former general manager Wolfgang Hinkel (62). In his new role Deppmeyer, based in Weißenthurm, Germany, will be in charge of sales, supply/demand, customer service and graphics, while Hinkel will serve as managing director responsible for the strategic development of the German beverage can market. Deppmeyer holds a graduate degree in business administration and has several years of management experience at big brands such as Kraft Foods and at Coca-Cola. Deppmeyer thinks the rapid double-digit growth in beverage cans over the past few years is only the beginning, saying: "Ball beverage cans create a unique drinking experience that is especially appreciated by young consumers. Their value-added proposition effectively targets the needs of different consumer groups and I look forward to further tapping into those opportunities.”
    (Ball Packaging Europe GmbH)
     
    05.02.2015   Marchesini Group: 2014 ended with a growth of 11% in turnover and new investments made in the...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING MARKET

    «We are delighted with these results because our expectations of growth were exact and also because the future looks thriving» said CEO Maurizio Marchesini (photo).

    In a rather unstable economic context, that of 2014, the results of the Marchesini Group went totally against the flow and especially against the trends of the manufacturing market. The consolidated turnover of the Group (including its foreign branches), which manufactures packaging plants for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, rose from 222 million in 2013 to 247 million, hence an 11% increase.

    The growth in turnover recorded during a year that was not exactly a flourishing one for the Italian economy (whose GDP was still showing a negative figure of -0,4%), is also due to the trend of the Italian pharmaceutical market: still awaiting the official figures of 2014, those published by Italy’s Office for National Statistics and the Bank of Italy have highlighted that pharmaceutical enterprises are in the top position of Italian manufacturing in terms of competitiveness, productivity, R&S intensity and exports. In 2013, Italian exports grew by 14% and by 64% over the last five years as opposed to the +7% of the manufacturing average and the +29% of the pharmaceutical average within the European Union.

    The Group’s growth in turnover matches its excellent performance in gathering orders, with a rise to 217 million compared with the 189 million of two years ago (+15%). The rise in the number of customer orders is thanks above all to the increased demand for aseptic packaging machinery for anti-cancer drugs, which is one of the fastest growing sectors of recent years (900 million was the turnover of 2011, 1.5 billion is that expected for 2018 according to survey carried out by MarketsandMarkets), thanks to contracts received especially from Russia, Eastern countries and China.

    In this specific sector requiring ongoing investments in R&S, the Marchesini Group boasts its partner Corima, the branch in Tuscany specialising in the design and construction of automatic packaging machines for aseptic pharmaceuticals used especially to treat cancer. Last October, the Aseptic Live Show held in Monteriggioni (Siena) offered an opportunity to show experts how Corima actually works and it was announced that the factory is about to be extended even further: the present 6 thousand square meters will be extended to 10 thousand following an investment of 3.5 million Euro and this will provide workplaces for another 50 employees in addition to the 100 people presently working there.

    2014 was a fruitful year also for Neri, the branch in Barberino del Mugello (Florence) specialising in the production of machinery that applies self-adhesive labels and of pharmaceutical traceability systems. The performance of Neri was confirmed to be very satisfactory and will lead to an increase in employment opportunities.

    In the meantime, building work continues in Carpi where the Group’s production division of machines for blister packaging and deep-draw thermoforming is located. This project will create the biggest thermoforming centre in Italy, covering 12 thousand square meters thanks to an investment worth 15 million Euro.

    The CEO of the Marchesini Group and Chairman of the Italian Industrial Federation of Emilia-Romagna, Maurizio Marchesini commented: «We are delighted with these results because our expectations of growth for 2014 were exact and also because the future looks thriving. A business leader could be halted by fear in a critical historical time, as is the present one, but the best way out is to explore new markets and to invest in people, in their personal and professional growth. These are the challenges we want to be ready for».
    (Marchesini Group S.p.A.)
     
    05.02.2015   South Korea: German beers account for the largest share ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... in Korea’s rising beer import

    Import beers are rising in popularity in Korea, with their share in discount stores’ overall beer sales surging to over 30 percent for the first time in history, Korea IT Times reported on January 30.

    According to Lotte Mart on January 29, the share of import beers in its overall beer sales rose to 30 percent last year from 25.4 percent in 2013, 19.5 percent in 2012, 16.7 percent in 2011, and 13.3 percent in 2010.

    Major retailers, encouraged by the rising popularity of import beers, introduced a wider range of import beers, which, in turn, expanded customer access to import beers.

    German beers accounted for the largest share of 30.9 percent in Korea’s beer imports last year, followed by those from Japan with 22 percent, the Netherlands with 11.5 percent, Belgium with 6.6 percent, and the United States with 6.1 percent.

    German beers overtook Japanese ones last year, first in history. Until 2013, Japanese beers had enjoyed the position as the best-selling import beers in Korea.
     
    05.02.2015   The Czech Republic: Canned beer production increases four-fold ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... in the past 20 years

    Czech canned beer production has increased four-fold in the past 20 years due to growing exports and rising production of beer mixes, according to data presented to CTK by the Czech Beer and Malt Association.

    Statistics show that back in 1994 canned beer output reached 200,000 hectolitres but the figure climbed up above the level of one million hectolitres by 2013.

    “Innovation and export can be behind the increase,” head of the association Vladimir Balach told the Czech News Agency.

    The share of canned beer abroad is markedly higher than in the Czech Republic.

    Compared with the EU where beer cans make up about 30 percent of production volumes, the Czech share of total production is about 20 percent.

    Cans constitute about 10 percent of beer sales in Czech stores, more than two-thirds are made up by beer in glass bottles and about one-fifth by beer in plastic bottles.

    The canned beer history in the Czech Republic is much shorter, compared with the USA and Europe where beer cans appeared in 1935 and in the second half of the 1930s (Germany, France, Great Britain), respectively, said Pivovar Staropramen spokesman Pavel Barvík. They, however, became largely popular at the turn of the 1950s and the 1960s.

    Czech breweries started using cans in the 1990s but canned beer was becoming increasingly popular only in the years 2010 to 2012. A new generation of beer drinkers who enjoy cans has grown up, said Barvík. On the one hand, cans are practical but on the other hand, drinking from cans is more difficult and worse in terms of hygiene, said Barvík.
     
    05.02.2015   USA: AB InBev buying another US craft brewer    ( E-Malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle's Elysian Brewing Co., further expanding its collection of craft brewers as it tries to offset sagging sales of its flagship beers, ABC News reported.

    The financial terms of the deal announced on January 23 were not disclosed.

    Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, a Belgian company that is the world's largest brewer. The company, which makes Budweiser and Bud Lite, has been combatting soft sales by buying up increasingly popular craft brewers.

    While nationwide beer sales declined 1.9 percent in 2013, craft beer sales rose 17 percent, according to the Brewers Association, which represents craft brewers.

    Anheuser-Busch announced in November that it was buying 10 Barrel Brewing of Oregon, raising the ire of many of its fans. That follows the purchase of Blue Point Brewing Co. on Long Island, New York, earlier in the year. It bought Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago in 2011. InBev also has a one-third share in a Northwest group that produces Red Hook, Widmer and Kona beers.

    Anheuser-Busch and Elysian say the deal will bring the brewer's popular beers — most notably Immortal IPA — to a larger audience. The deal includes Elysian's brewery business and its four Seattle brewpubs. It is expected to close by the end of the first quarter.

    "Throughout our journey we've been focused on brewing a portfolio of both classic and groundbreaking beers and supporting innovation and camaraderie in the beer industry," Dick Cantwell, Elysian co-founder and head brewer, said. "By joining with Anheuser-Busch we'll be able to take the next steps to bring that energy and commitment to a larger audience."

    Elysian was founded in 1995 by Cantwell along with partners Joe Bisacca and David Buhler, who will stay on following the acquisition.

    The company is the fastest-growing brewery in Washington state. It sold more than 50,000 barrels of beer in 2014, with Immortal IPA accounting for more than a quarter of the company's total volume.

    It also makes a beer called Loser Pale Ale, which says "Corporate Beer Still Sucks" on its packaging. The beer celebrates Seattle-based independent music label Sub Pop Records and the line is a nod to the "Corporate Magazines Still Suck" T-shirt Nirvana's Kurt Cobain once wore on the cover of Rolling Stone.

    Cantwell acknowledges that now the joke has another layer, but says the Elysian will keep brewing Loser Pale Ale after the acquisition is complete. The founders say they recognize some fans may be upset by their decision to sell to Anheuser-Busch, but say little will change.

    "We have some loyal fans that are questioning it, but we are hoping they will take a breath ... and see that what is still in the glass is amazing," Buhler said.

    Elysian's beer is distributed in 11 states in the U.S. as well as Canada, Taiwan, Australia and Japan.
     
    04.02.2015   Budget 2015 - BBPA Chief Exec urges MPs to support Beer Duty cut - EDM 625    ( Company news )

    Company news The BBPA’s Brigid Simmonds (photo) has written to Members of Parliament this week, urging them to support a Parliamentary motion urging a cut in beer duty in the Budget on 18th March.

    Early Day Motion 625 has been tabled by campaigning MP Andrew Griffiths, and already has the support of 44 MPs from no less than six parties in Parliament.

    The EDM urges the Government to consider a further cut in beer duty in the 2015 Budget “which would secure pub jobs, help keep pub pints affordable and support Britain's much-loved pubs.”

    Brigid Simmonds is also urging BBPA members, and all those who would like to see a third, historic cut in beer duty, to write to their MPs urging them to support the measure.

    Brigid Simmonds comments:
    “Andrew Griffiths campaigns tirelessly for Britain’s beer and pubs, and we should all urge our MPs to support his Early Day Motion. I hope as many MPs as possible will join calls for a third beer duty cut in this year’s Budget. We can create new jobs and boost the economy, as well as keeping a pint in the pub as affordable as we can.”
    (BBPA British Beer & Pub Association)
     
    03.02.2015   TricorBraun strengthens supply chain organization    ( Company news )

    Company news Reorganization includes new divisional supply chain directors

    TricorBraun, is adding three divisional directors to its supply chain function to enhance the company’s ability to exceed customer’s expectations in bringing new and existing products to market efficiently. Sourcing, quality and delivery will be enhanced according to Keith Strope, the firm’s chief executive officer.
    TricorBraun is one of North America’s largest providers of bottles, jars and other rigid packaging components.
    “Our supply chain function is a significant strength of TricorBraun. This investment is part of an ongoing process to enhance our synergistic relationships with more than 700 vendors worldwide,” Mr. Strope said.
    Colleen Ooten has been named director of supply chain for TricorBraun’s Central Division. Ms Ooten has more than 20 years experience in supply chain management.
    Prior to joining TricorBraun she had been associated with Diageo where she served in similar capacities.
    TricorBraun helps bring customers’ new and existing products to market efficiently as one of the packaging industry’s largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers, closures, dispensers and tubes from over 40 locations throughout North America and internationally from London, England: Guangzhou, China; Hong Kong, and Mumbai, India.
    The award-winning, Design & Innovation center gives our customers forward-thinking service based on consumer insight, understanding of the markets and creative solutions. In addition, advisory services range from preliminary planning, manufacturing oversight to an array of innovative warehousing and logistics programs.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
     


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