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    22.08.2014   Grolsch switches to lightweight bottle caps    ( Company news )

    Company news - 19% less steel used for Grolsch bottle caps -

    In October, beer brewer Grolsch will start using a lightweight bottle cap for all of its returnable bottles. The new bottle caps are 17% lighter and contain 19% less steel. In this way, Grolsch will save over 100,000 kg of steel per year. The switch will also cut transport costs within the chain and reduce Grolsch's environmental impact. This measure is a sustainable solution that maintains the high quality that Grolsch is famous for. Today, Grolsch published its results in the field of sustainability and social responsibility over the past year. The report, which includes a detailed explanation of the various result areas, can be found at www.koninklijkegrolsch.nl .
    Packaging protects the products and ensures that consumers perceive the brand in the desired way. Grolsch wants to project the premium quality of its beer while minimising its impact on the environment. For this reason, Grolsch is making efforts to design sustainable, lightweight packaging, to reuse bottles and to encourage recycling. Grolsch piloted these bottle caps for SABMiller and will be one of the first SABMiller breweries to switch to the lightweight bottle caps.

    Swing-top bottle: most sustainable
    Over the past year, in addition to a number of concrete projects relating to optimisation of packaging, Grolsch has also been busy conducting a life-cycle analysis (LCA) of its packaging. This analysis gives a detailed picture of a number of Grolsch packaging. The entire production process, from raw materials, transport, storage, cooling, water & energy consumption and CO2 emissions to the return of the bottles (if applicable), is put under the microscope. The analysis indicates which areas offer the most potential for lessening environmental impact. Furthermore, the research showed that the swing-top bottle was the most sustainable of all of our packaging! Based on these results, Grolsch is working to develop even more sustainable packaging and production methods.

    Four priorities
    In order to operate sustainably and responsibly, Grolsch works in accordance with SABMiller's sustainability strategy entitled 'Ten Priorities. One Future'. Based on this, Grolsch has specified four main priorities. In addition to reduction and recycling packaging, Grolsch also actively promotes responsible alcohol consumption, water saving & recycling, and reduction of energy use & CO2 emissions. In the results published by Grolsch today, you can find information on all developments relating to these four priorities over the past year.
    (Koninklijke Grolsch N.V.)
     
    22.08.2014   Rexam announces new VP of Operations for Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam, a leading global beverage can maker, announces the appointment of Jason Ramskill as Vice President (“VP”) of Operations for its beverage can business in Europe. Moving from being General Director of Rexam’s business in Russia, Ramskill replaces Gary Clark who has retired after 15 years with Rexam.

    Jason has been with Rexam for 13 years, starting as Assistant Plant Manager of Rexam’s Wakefield Plant becoming Plant Manager a year later. In 2007 he moved to our European head office as Operations Director and became Vice President of Can Manufacturing in 2011, before relocating to Russia as General Director.

    Speaking about his new role, Jason said, “I am delighted to be appointed to lead Rexam’s European operations where we are the leading beverage can manufacturer with 22 can and end plants. Operational excellence lies at the heart of our approach to low cost manufacturing and sustainable value creation and I am looking forward to building and delivering, with the support of my team, the next stage in our operational excellence journey in Europe.”
    (Rexam Beverage Can Europe)
     
    21.08.2014   ENGEL at Plastex 2014 in Brno    ( Company news )

    Company news At Plastex 2014, which takes place from 29th September to 3rd October in the Czech city of Brno, ENGEL will showcase its system solutions know-how for the injection moulding sector by means of an LSR application on a tie-bar-less injection moulding machine. In many applications it is ENGEL's tie-bar-less technology – marking its 25th anniversary this year – that makes the decisive contribution to lowering unit costs; and this quality makes it more relevant than ever today.

    Picture: ENGEL develops and produces conveyor systems for bulk goods, boxes, pallets and trays in-house.

    The main demands as regards the processing of liquid silicone (LSR) are that it must be fully automatic, waste-free, low in burrs and require no reworking. At the trade fair, a tie-bar-less ENGEL e‑victory 200H/80W/120 combi injection moulding machine – automated with an ENGEL viper 20 linear robot – will impressively show that ENGEL system solutions not only meet these requirements fully, but also handle multi-component processes with LSR securely and efficiently. A mould provided by ACH solution (Fischlham, Austria) will be used to produce sensor housings for flow measurement with integrated seals. Using servo-powered injection units guarantees maximum precision, which would normally call for special solutions in the LSR field where very small injection unit volumes are involved but which in this case is provided by a standard unit. The system utilises iQ weight control software developed and patented by ENGEL, which recognises and automatically compensates for fluctuations in melt quantity during the injection process.

    Minimal footprint, maximum efficiency
    Tie-bar-less technology offers many advantages in the case of multi-component processes involving silicone. Given that mould mounting platens can be used to the hilt, relatively small injection moulding machines can be fitted with large and complex multi-component moulds. This raises overall efficiency as smaller machines require less energy and, most importantly, less floor space. The outstanding platen rigidity of tie-bar-less machines provides better support to moulds, which reduces burr formation and thus raises product quality. Free access to the mould area also facilitates the most effective possible automation concepts. The integrated ENGEL viper robot quickly accesses the mould area from the side to remove the housing halves.

    Maximum productivity throughout the lifecycle
    The machine manufacturer will devote a special area of its stand to ENGEL plus, the name of the new umbrella brand for all ENGEL service products. The display will include the ENGEL flomo temperature-control water distribution system, which continuously and electronically monitors all cooling and temperature control circuits, thus rendering high-maintenance cooling water distributors with sight glasses superfluous. Thanks to vortex sensors, ENGEL flomo works with no moving parts or water filters. In addition, all the components are made of premium stainless steel. The temperature-control water distribution system is one of the smallest water distribution systems with manual settings and electronic monitoring on the market. It can be mounted in very close proximity to the mould, which minimises heat loss.

    Key role in global production network
    With its range of intelligent conveyor systems, ENGEL makes sure systems as a whole – from injection moulding machine to peripherals – are precisely tailored to the specific needs of businesses, the wider sector and national markets. To give an example, ENGEL also develops and constructs GMP-compatible conveyor belts for regulated production areas of the medical technology, pharmaceutical and packaging industries.

    ENGEL at Plastex 2014: hall G1, stand 37
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    21.08.2014   KHS optimizes the Innoket 360 roll-fed labeler series    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS has extended its Innoket 360 series of roll-fed labeling machines. The Innoket 360 and extremely compact Innoket 360 S (with an output of up to 50,000 PET bottles per hour) have now been joined by the Innoket 360 Duo which has two roll-fed labeling stations and a capacity of up to 60,000 non-returnable PET bottles an hour.
    All labelers in the Innoket 360 series have also been further optimized. Brand-new developments include a servomotor-driven reel stand and an intelligent sensor which controls label cutting, reacts very quickly to new requirements and can also do without cutting marks (as an option). The Innoket 360 in particular is now even more flexible thanks to the option of integrating an extra self-adhesive labeling station and/or a tamper-evident sleever.

    The roll-fed labelers operate with a double reel stand, with film being unraveled from one reel while the other is idle. When the reel comes to an end, the speed drops momentarily and the autosplicer attaches the end of the active reel to the beginning of the waiting reel. Operation then continues without interruption. A sensor-driven web edge control ensures that the labeling material always keeps to its allocated track.

    In the past, when the film web was unreeled a mechanical control unit was responsible for yielding the given tension for precise cutting on the labeling station. A servodrive is now employed here, considerably reducing the amount of force exerted on the film web – namely by around 80%. In turn, this boosts machine tolerance to fluctuating grades of label material, making the Innoket 360 series even more robust and even more reliable. Thinner film materials than those previously used can now also be processed.

    With the classic cutting mark sensor the new label length had to be taught in on every format changeover. This is no longer necessary. The new sensor reacts to the operator simply touching the product to be processed on screen, resulting in even faster changeovers and fewer sources of error. The optional use of a sensor which no longer needs a cutting mark is another novelty. It can detect precisely where a cut is to be made by studying the label's pixel array. Label ends no longer have to be glued over unattractive cutting marks. In this manner up to 10 mm of label can be saved per labeled bottle.

    The proven highlights of KHS' roll-fed labeling machines include the cutting unit equipped with self-sharpening cutters, the slip-free vacuum drum and the induction heater in the gluing drum. The Innoket 360 labeler series thus scores not only on process quality but also on ease of operation, short changeover, maintenance and cleaning times and, as a result, a high degree of machine efficiency.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    21.08.2014   Vietnam: Saigon Binh Tay Beer Joint Stock Company launches Vietnam's first non-alcoholic beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Saigon Binh Tay Beer Joint Stock Company introduced the first non-alcoholic beer brewed in Vietnam on August 10, saigon-gpdaily.com.vn reported.
    The product contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume.
    In the first phase, the company will produce five million litres per year. The price of Sagota non-alcoholic beer is equal to 50-60 percent the price of import product, which is being sold at VND20,000-35,000 per can in the Vietnamese market.
    Consumption trend of non-alcoholic beer is on the rise in the world. In Spain, it accounts for over 20 percent of total volume consumed.
     
    20.08.2014   Beverage World Congress 2014 - 27-28 November 2014, Delhi (Gurgaon), India     ( Company news )

    Company news Meet pre-qualified, premium importers & distributors in India

    Though a tough market to penetrate into, the success of several global Wines & Spirits' brands continues to propel in India, as it promises very high returns.
    Unlike traditional trade shows, the Beverage World Congress is a 'by-invitation only' luxury boutique congress focused in bringing together 100 pre-qualified Premium Importers from India, South East Asia & the Middle East and the world's most exclusive Wines & Spirits' Suppliers, to meet one-on-one, exchange business terms and seal deals through a special, unrivaled system that includes pre-scheduled appointments, an educational conference and state of the art networking opportunities, all over a focused two day period in Gurgaon, India.
    With importers that have a thorough understanding of the entire process to source brands from across the globe to their markets, this Luxe List of importers will scout for new and unique brands from around the world that they can introduce into their portfolio.

    Limited to ONLY 30 Suppliers of Wines & Spirits from around the world!

    Why Attend?
    •Focused on the highly lucrative Alcoholic Beverages market
    •Pre-qualified premium buyers
    •Pre-scheduled Tabletop meetings
    •Direct access to top level decision makers
    •Ultimate networking opportunities
    •Prior notification of the buyers
    •Cutting Edge Conference by experts
    •Not open to the public
    (QnA International)
     
    20.08.2014   UK: Great British Beer Festival expected to pour almost 1,000 different craft beers and ciders to ..    ( E-malt.com )

    ... more than 55,000 visitors

    This month, the Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre is hosting the Great British Beer Festival.
    Some 55,000 people will attend the event and sample almost 1,000 different real ales, craft beers and ciders, International Business Times reported on August 8.
    Scattered among the exhibitors will be up to 70 London craft breweries, demonstrating the enormous growth the sector has enjoyed in recent years.
    "Six years ago when I got here it was still a lot of mainstream lagers, ales and cask which I didn't find very interesting. Now it's grown... there were only five or 10 breweries in London. Now you're up to 60ish roughly and within the next couple of years you'll be hitting the three figures, 100, which is fantastic," Durham Atkinson, the managing director of the Hops & Glory craft beer pub on the Essex Road said.
    The pub brews a couple of its own beers to go along with the dozens of external beers it sells on premises. Atkinson is about to install a one barrel kit in the basement which will allow them to increase the amount they make and, all being well, sell their product elsewhere.
    And it doesn't seem like there will be any issue with demand.
    The research firm Mintel estimates that 23% of British people above the legal age for drinking have consumed a craft beer in the past six months. In London, the figure is 38%. That means more than two million Londoners have polished off a craft beer this year.
    "With many operators taking advantage of government tax breaks for smaller producers, there has been a boom in craft brewers over the past decade. Many of these have produced newer types of beers, often seen as premium and conducive to trading up. This trend has continued over the past year with over 100 new breweries opening and the number of brewers reaching a 70-year high,” said Chris Wisson, a drinks analyst at the firm.
    Much of the growth can be explained by the broadening of consumer demand, with UK drinkers becoming more adventurous and demanding a better quality and tastier product.
    "Compared to lager in kegs, which is just cold and fizzy, the craft keg stuff is seen as packed full of flavour but is still just cold and fizzy. People really like that especially in the summer, where do you want to be? In a park with something cold and fizzy, but now you can have that and it be tasting amazing, which is a fantastic pull," says Jon Swain, one of the founders of the Hackney Brewery which, after starting brewing in 2012, has recently invested heavily in equipment to allow it to start making kegged beers to go along with its current cask output.

    Mintel's research shows that 50% of UK beer drinkers expect craft beers to taste better than non-craft beer. Considering how relatively new the tipple is to many drinkers, that's an impressive figure.
    The beer industry is undergoing a transformation similar to that enjoyed by the food industry in the 2000s, when people wanted to reconnect with their food, opting to shop local and artisanal, often willing to spend a bit more money on a better quality product.
    This can be, in part, traced back to the global financial crisis of 2008. People became more careful with how they spent their money and demanded something that tasted better than standard lager. The local movement, whereby people wish to support those producers close to home, clearly has a standing in this: 67% of UK beer drinkers think that drinking regional or craft beers is a good way to support local producers and therefore the community at large.
    But more than anything, it's likely that London's captive market of drinkers – about six million people – are more willing to try something new than those elsewhere in the UK. Other cities, such as Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol in particular, are catching on fast. But nowhere has fallen quite so madly for craft beer than London.
     
    19.08.2014   Denver Beer Co. Uses Ball's Dynamark™ to Encourage Exploration    ( Company news )

    Company news Denver Beer Co. (DBC) is releasing two of its most popular brews in 12-ounce cans from Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL). DBC utilized Ball's new Dynamark™ variable printing technology to mark each can of Incredible Pedal and Graham Cracker Porter with one of 24 distinct GPS coordinates. These coordinates correspond to locations in Colorado, for a total of 24 unique secret locations. The promotion, dubbed the DBC Explorer Challenge, requires participants to visit all 24 locations and take a photo in each spot to be eligible for the grand prize – free Denver Beer Co. beer for one year.
    "DBC's customers love to be outdoors," said Charlie Berger, co-founder of DBC. "By using Ball's Dynamark variable printing technology, we were able to create a unique challenge that encourages our fans to go out and explore the state we love."
    Incredible Pedal and Graham Cracker Porter are available in 12-ounce can six-packs across the Denver metro area. Participants must fill out an online profile via the DBC Explorer webpage and upload their "selfies" to the contest site as they visit each secret location. Participants will have until Nov. 7, 2014, to visit each of the 24 locations and document their travels. A grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive "free beer for a year." Additional prizes will be awarded to other participants in the DBC Explorer Challenge.
    "Increasingly, craft brewers like DBC are utilizing Ball innovations, such as Dynamark, to engage their fans and create unique experiences," said Jay Billings, vice president, innovation, for Ball's global metal beverage packaging business. "And in addition to better protecting the quality beer that DBC brewers create by blocking out 100 percent of light and oxygen, aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable, making them the go-to package for craft beer."
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    18.08.2014   Alternatives for carmine, caramel colouring & Co.! Doehler offers more than 'just' natural ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... colour solutions

    Around 26,000 new foods and beverages with natural colours were introduced to the global market in 2013.
    “In the meantime, the demands of many consumers are still going one step further. Not only does the naturalness of the colour play an important role, but so does the source of the extracted natural, colouring substance,” explains Christian Benetka Uher, Head of the Business Unit Colours at the globally active provider of natural ingredients and ingredient systems; Doehler. Some food colours such as those derived from the natural sources e. g. carmine and caramel colouring as well as artificial colours are increasingly replaced in food and beverage applications and even completely avoided in new recipes. The trend towards naturalness and clean labelling results in an increasing demand for colouring concentrates, whilst, in other cases, an exchange is necessary due to legal modifications and special consumer requirements. In the course of this development, Doehler offers a broad and constantly expanding portfolio of natural colour alternatives for various applications.
    So-called colouring concentrates i. e. products similar to juice which are made from fruits, vegetables or plants allow a stable colouring in the end product and enable a “clean” label. They do not carry any E-numbers and therefore have to be declared purely as an ingredient, as opposed to an additive. As a producer, marketer and provider of natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions, Doehler offers a variety of colouring concentrates with high stability, colour brilliance and intensity, which correspond to the current EU classifications.

    Alternatives for carmine and caramel colouring
    The colourant carmine (E120) applies to a wide range of food and beverage applications. However, an exchange is often necessary due to significant fluctuations in cost and availability. Furthermore, carmine must not be used in vegetarian, vegan, halal or kosher certified products, as it is obtained from scale insects. Yet it is difficult to replace as it boasts superb technological properties. Doehler recommends that carmine is replaced by anthocyanin-based colours for use in red coloured beverages, including those from black carrot, purple sweet potato or grape.
    The tomato colourant lycopene, however, is primarily suited for colouring dairy products. This is particularly interesting for ice-cream manufacturers as they are strongly reliant on alternatives because of future legal changes. In August this year, the European Commission will introduce a ban on the use of additives containing aluminium, including carmine, in ice cream and related product categories.
    For product concepts without E-numbers, manufacturers can use red colour shades from the Red Brilliance range. The colouring concentrates are extracted from the black carrot and are characterised by high stability and brilliance in the end product. The colouring concentrates of the black carrot do not contain any E-numbers and must therefore just be declared as food.
    In addition, Doehler offers a range of alternatives for caramel colouring, which is avoided by an increasing number of consumers. Depending on usage, Doehler application specialists recommend colouring concentrates extracted from malt and apple as alternatives. They do not carry E-numbers and must therefore just be declared as food.

    Naturally shining, crystal clear orange and yellow tones
    In the past, the only way to achieve a ‘warm orange’, ‘sunny yellow’ or ‘soft yellow’ in clear beverages without affecting the taste profile negatively was by using artificial colours. With the natural colour range of Crystal Clear Colours 2.0 by Doehler, these colour tones can be achieved also in clear beverage applications. This is especially relevant when replacing some azo-colourants. Azo-colourants are subject to criticism due to the suspected adverse affect they can have on a child's activity and attention and consequently they must carry an appropriate warning label. The shining, brilliant colour tones of Crystal Clear Colours 2.0 are based on purely natural colouring principles such as paprika extract, beta carotene or lutein and are furthermore characterised by an outstanding stability in the end product throughout the entire shelf life.
    Alongside premium resources, application knowledge and having long-term relationships with suppliers are particularly important factors when it comes to replacing synthetic by natural colours. Doehler has its own production sites across the globe, guaranteeing highest standards and full traceability for all manufacturing steps from cultivation right through to bottling. It is only possible to develop sustainably successful products on the basis of this reliability and application expertise, which meet the current market conditions.
    (DöhlerGroup)
     
    18.08.2014   China: Tsingtao Beer launches fruit-flavoured beer to win over female consumers    ( E-malt.com )

    Tsingtao Beer, one of China's biggest beer brands, launched a fruit-flavored beer on Chinese Valentine's Day, on August 2, in an effort to win over female followers with its cute design and sweet flavor, womenofchina.cn reported.
    The new product, which is called "Peach Beer" or "Xuanqi" in Chinese, is the brewery's latest endeavour to attract certain targeted groups and create new products that fit special occasions, following its launch of tailored drinking packages during the Chinese New Year and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
    The pink-canned drink won instant success as soon as it hit the market.
    "I used to enjoy this kind of beer in Taiwan while it was not available in China's Mainland," said a female consumer. "I'm excited that this sweet flavored beer can now be bought here so that I can share this nice experience with my girlfriends."
    The new product is now on sale in Tsingtao Beer's flagship store on Tmall.com with surprise discounts, gifts and cash rewards.
     
    18.08.2014   Q Drinks launches its spectacular sodas in Rexam 12 oz. Sleek® cans    ( Company news )

    Company news For seven years, Q Drinks has offered its spectacular sodas and carbonated mixers to consumers exclusively in glass bottles. Looking to bring its unique beverages to even more consumers, the “carbonated crusaders” have launched their seven flavors in Rexam 12 oz. Sleek® cans.
    Q Tonic, Q Ginger, Q Kola, Q Club, Q Lemon, Q Grapefruit and Q Orange are clean and crisp sodas made with the finest ingredients including organic agave from the Mexican countryside, quinine from the slopes of the Peruvian Andes, ginger from the fields of Southeast Asia and salt from the Himalayas.
    “I started Q Drinks in my Brooklyn kitchen to give people a better tasting, healthier option for sodas,” said Jordan Silbert, founder of Q Drinks. “Each of our beverages is crafted with higher quality ingredients than factory sodas, less sugar and calories and the same care and passion as the best craft beers. For years our spectacular sodas have only been available in glass bottles and carried by the finest restaurants and stores in America – from Blue Hill at Stone Barns to Whole Foods. But Rexam’s 12 oz. Sleek cans let us offer our sodas at a lower price ($5.99 SRP for a four-pack and $1.49 for a single can) and thereby enable many more people to enjoy them. I couldn’t be more excited.”
    Q Drinks also benefits from the many inherent advantages of aluminum cans including portability, durability and sustainability. Aluminum cans are the most recycled beverage container in the world with a U.S. recycling rate of 67 percent, more than double the rate of other beverage packages.
    Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA, commented on how the addition of aluminum cans will benefit Q Drinks’ brand and business. “Our Sleek can is the perfect package choice to expand consumer reach for the company’s sodas. It delivers the best in colorful, reflective graphics that stand out on store shelves, as well as providing superior recycling, filling, distribution and retail display economics.
    Q Drinks’ 12 oz. Sleek cans are available now at Wegmans, Sprouts, Fred Meyer, Big Y and Earth Fare locations nationwide, on Amazon.com and are currently being tested at Target. They will be available at many more retailers soon.
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    18.08.2014   Russia & Ukraine: Russia bans imports of Ukrainian beer, wine and spirits    ( E-malt.com )

    Russia on August 13 banned all imports of Ukrainian alcohol products over alleged inaccuracies in the nutrition information on their labels, saying their calorie counts and alcohol content did not add up.
    Russia's Rospotrebnadzor consumer protection agency said that several brands of Ukrainian beer, wine and spirits "failed to meet requirements identified on their labels".
    Samples of Obolon beer showed an inaccurate calorie count while spirits sold by the Ukrainian Distribution Company had misrepresented their alcohol content, the federal agency said.
    Data from the Federal Customs Service show that Russia imported Ukrainian alcohol products worth $90.3 million (€67.5 million) in 2013.
    Rospotrebnadzor said the ban would come into force on August 15.
    The move comes just days after Moscow banned most meat and produce imports from the United States and EU nations, in apparent response to tough new Western sanctions on Russia over its alleged support for pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine.
    Russia also cited alleged violations of consumer safety regulations in introducing earlier bans on all Ukrainian dairy and chocolate products – including several produced by firms owned by chocolate tycoon Petro Poroshenko, who is now Ukraine's president.
    Moscow has previously cited safety concerns when banning food products from nations with which it is having diplomatic differences.
    Russia said earlier this month that it would begin banning imports of most fruit and vegetables from Poland for what it said were violations of health regulations and documentation procedures. Polish officials, however, said the ban was in retaliation for its vocal support for EU sanctions against Russia.
    Russia banned sales of Georgian wine shortly before fighting a brief 2008 war against Tbilisi after two Moscow-backed regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, declared independence from Georgia.
    The Kremlin also imposed new restrictions on Moldovan wine and Belarusian dairy products when the two ex-Soviet countries began resisting various Kremlin policies.
    Both Georgia and Moldova signed historic EU free-trade agreements this year that will diminish their dependence on Russia and bring them closer to the West.
     
    15.08.2014   A joint venture for integrated ingredient solutions – Doehler and Afriplex ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... consolidate strengths and activities in Southern Africa

    Doehler (Döhler) is expanding in South Africa. The global producer, marketer and provider of technology-based natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry has founded a joint venture with the food & beverage division of Afriplex. Located in Paarl, South Africa, Afriplex is one of the market leaders in natural extracts in Africa. Alongside its core competence in the field of manifold high-quality botanical extracts, Afriplex also provides emulsions and compound solutions for national and international customers in the food & beverage industry. Their common goal is to deliver integrated ingredient solutions that are tailored to the needs of Southern African markets in terms of taste preferences and technological and regulatory requirements.

    The joint venture has multiple positive synergies for both of the companies. Doehler has been active in South Africa with its own sales office since 2009. “The newly established company Doehler South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a milestone and an important step in growing the business in South Africa and the adjoining countries. Thanks to an own application centre in Paarl, we are now able to develop region-specific solutions and deliver customised product samples within a minimum time,” Hubert Defert, Managing Director of Doehler South Africa (Pty) Ltd explains. Afriplex produces more than 100 different plant extracts. Backed by its own cultivation and latest technology, the company produces a variety of indigenous plant extracts, with a focus on rooibos, honeybush, hoodia, pelargonium, buchu, baobab and a selection of African aloe species. Making use of the Doehler Group’s supply chain network and distribution channels, customers of the food and beverage industry all around the globe will have preferential access to this extraordinary extract portfolio. Further steps have already been planned. “In the next few years we will enlarge the new Doehler South Africa (Pty) Ltd site. Besides the investment in state-of-the-art technologies like solvent extraction and fractionation we will further invest in our R&D capabilities to offer best-in-class solutions for our customers,” Danie Nel, Managing Director of Afriplex (Pty) Ltd points out.

    Many countries in Southern Africa have shown high growth rates in the past few years and promise to keep that track record in the future; hence the joint venture Doehler South Africa (Pty) Ltd is the ideal set-up to benefit from this huge market potential. The Executive Board of the new company consists of representatives of Afriplex and Doehler. Together they follow the Doehler motto “We bring ideas to life.” by providing natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry.
    (DöhlerGroup)
     
    15.08.2014   Another Sound Decision by Cavitus    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Cavitus, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia

    Opportunities in the North, South and Central American ultrasonic markets are firmly in the sights of new company Cavitus, Inc., which has opened on August 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Under the direction of President Doug Dichting, Cavitus, Inc., the new office in Atlanta represents the most recent expansion of the fast growth technology company Cavitus, which already has offices in Australia, Malaysia and Switzerland. The US office will focus on business opportunities in the food and beverage industry in Canada, the USA and Central and South America. Having a base in the US, means that Cavitus can provide service and support to American customers in a much quicker time frame.

    President Doug Dichting has an extensive background in the food and beverage industry spanning over 20 years and across many countries. He was a Vice President at Del Monte Foods, The Coca-Cola Company and Schweppes Beverages leading innovation and technical operations based in Australia, United Kingdom, Austria and the USA. Additionally while at The Coca-Cola Company he was head of Global Packaging and Director of Strategic Planning for the company’s concentrate manufacturing organization.

    “I know first-hand the challenges that confront food and beverage manufacturers and the solutions that are required to make their plants more productive. Cavitus provides those solutions. Our products offer customers a number of attractive benefits and ultimately offer them a powerful opportunity to improve their bottom line”, he stated.

    “Cavitus’ ultrasound technology is of benefit to manufacturers no matter where in North or South America they are located. I will be talking to many customers who will be learning about our products for the first time and it will be reassuring for them to know they are dealing with someone on the ground in the US, who understands their particular needs.

    Whether they are looking for increased productivity or savings in energy costs, reduced waste, or less risk of contamination, Cavitus has the solution and Cavitus, Inc. will deliver it. They’ll be making a sound decision when they choose to use our technology” he concluded.

    CEO Nigel Hall commented “We chose Atlanta to be near one of our key clients and because of the vibrant business community, ease of doing business and excellent flight connections in and out of Atlanta airport. The fact that we have been able to attract Doug Dichting, a former VP with the Coca-Cola organization, is a big win for Cavitus and a sign that we are transitioning from an Australian regional player into a global partner for many of our blue chip clients.”
    (Cavitus Inc.)
     
    15.08.2014   Burnside Brewing Co. launches couch select lager in Rexam 12 oz. cans    ( Company news )

    Company news Hoping to acquaint even more beer lovers with its distinctive brew, Burnside Brewing Co. has launched Couch Select Lager in Rexam 12 oz. cans. This is the company’s first expansion into single serve packaging.

    Couch Select Lager is a Helles style pale lager brewed with quality pilsner malt, American Tettnang hops and fermented with the Bohemian lager yeast strain. Cold fermentation produces a pleasing malt flavor with a subtle hop presence. Unlike other Burnside beers, this one is filtered to create a bright lager with a crisp finish.
    “Cans have a nostalgia to them that is very appealing,” said Jay Gilbert, owner and manager, Burnside Brewing Co. “They bring back memories of family gatherings and camping trips with friends. We have a great collection of old cans in our pub that became the inspiration for the Burnside Couch Select’s label design. Through our partnership with Rexam, we have a classic, retro-looking package that will attract customers.”
    In addition to looking good, Burnside Brewing chose to expand into aluminum cans for their many other inherent benefits. Cans are light-weight and provide complete protection from light and oxygen, preserving beer’s freshness. They are durable and portable, often permitted at beaches, golf courses and other outdoor venues that don’t allow glass. Cans are also the most sustainable beverage package in the world, recycled at more than double the rate of any other option.
    Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA, commented on why cans make sense to help Burnside build its brand and business. “Our cans are the ideal choice for Burnside’s expansion into single serve packaging. They help the brand attract attention on store shelves, safeguard beverage integrity and deliver outstanding value by providing superior recycling, filling, distribution and retail display economics.”
    Couch Select Lager in cans is currently available at New Seasons Markets, Whole Foods and many other independent retailers across Oregon, with plans for continued West Coast expansion.
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    15.08.2014   Welcome to the ENGEL stand at Fakuma 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Barrier-free mould area, compact manufacturing cells and a high capacity for innovation: ENGEL will be celebrating 25 years of tie-bar-less technology at Fakuma 2014, which takes place in Friedrichshafen October 14 - 18. With numerous innovative applications on show, the injection moulding machine manufacturer will use the event to demonstrate how tie-bar-less machines can continue in future to meet the highest demands in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
    The new tie-bar-less, all-electric ENGEL e-motion 50 TL will also be making its world premiere in Friedrichshafen. Other innovations on show at the ENGEL stands will include double technology integration and the ENGEL e-flomo closed loop temperature-control water distribution system.

    Picture: Thanks to its electric control valves, the new ENGEL e-flomo temperature-control water distribution system facilitates the fully automatic adjustment of flow rates.

    25 years of ENGEL tie-bar-less technology
    'The clamping unit of an injection moulding machine has four tie-bars.' Since the first single-screw injection moulding machine was developed in 1956, this design principle was regarded as inviolable – but when ENGEL unveiled a tie-bar-less machine at the K 1989 plastics trade show in Düsseldorf, the innovation by the Upper Austrian company was greeted with astonishment and even ridicule; there were plenty of arguments against it. Twenty-five years on, tie-bar-less injection moulding machines represent one of ENGEL's biggest revenue sources. Underlining the outstanding success of the new design principle, more than 60,000 tie-bar-less machines have been delivered around the world. Machines offering large platen faces and free access to the mould area meet the need for high efficiency and cost-effectiveness in injection moulding production more closely than any other design. Now ENGEL is set to celebrate this success story with a special presentation in the East Foyer at Fakuma 2014.
    An ENGEL victory 330/80 tech injection moulding machine fitted with energy efficient ecodrive drive technology and the new CC300 control unit will produce fittings for drainage systems – an application designed to showcase the advantages of tie-bar-less technology to best effect. Although the mould provided by ifw-Kunststofftechnik (Micheldorf, Austria) is of substantial size with its large core-pulls, it can still be attached to the 80-ton machine quickly and conveniently. “When you used a traditional machine with tie-bars, a large machine with minimum clamping force of 150 tons would be needed to fit the bulky mould. You would also need to remove a tie-bar or disassemble the core-pulls to set up the mould, which took a lot of time,” says Franz Pressl, Product Manager for tie-bar-less ENGEL victory injection moulding machines. With no tie-bars to interfere with the mould in the ENGEL victory, mould mounting platens can be used up to their edges and very large moulds can be mounted on relatively small injection moulding machines. “This enhances overall efficiency,” says Pressl. “Smaller machines require less energy, and most importantly take up less space.”
    Machines with no tie-bars offer particular benefits in the production of large components with complex, three-dimensional structures as well as multi-component applications; they are also advantageous in the case of multi-cavity moulds. “Because of the pressure of costs in many sectors, the number of cavities is rising and moulds are getting bigger. Compared to mould size, though, the actual clamping force requirement has remained relatively low in the production of technical parts,” underlines Franz Pressl. “Tie-bar-less technology has enabled us to turn the tide of spiralling costs and make plastics processing firms more competitive by installing smaller machines. Even in its 25th year, tie-bar-less technology has its finger on the pulse.”

    Teletronics: Higher productivity per square metre of production space
    At the Teletronics section of the ENGEL stand, a new tie-bar-less and all-electric ENGEL e‑motion 50 TL will produce 15-pin plug housings from fibreglass-reinforced PBT/ASA using a two-cavity mould. “The trend towards ever higher productivity per square metre of factory space is continuing,” emphasises Heinz Rasinger, Vice President of ENGEL's Teletronics business unit. “The electronics industry also has extremely high demands as regards precision.” The 15 contact pins in the finished connector, for example, are very close together, and the moulded grid structure is equally fine with wall thicknesses and edge lengths in the region of micrometres. In this market segment, all-electric machines are the standard. To offer highly compact manufacturing cells, ENGEL combines all-electric drive technology with a tie-bar-less clamping unit in its ENGEL e-motion TL small machine range.
    Having unveiled the ENGEL e-motion TL with an initial clamping force of 30 tons at K 2013, ENGEL will be upgrading the new series to include a 50-ton version at Fakuma 2014. As with the smaller variant, the new ENGEL e-motion 50 TL features a one-piece machine frame that makes the injection moulding machine lighter and more compact than comparable all-electric machines of other types. The design also guarantees very high platen parallelism and even distribution of clamping force. “The small, all-electric ENGEL e-motion TL machines are concrete proof that even after a quarter of a century, the concept of tie-bar-less injection moulding machines has room for innovation,” says Heinz Rasinger. “We believe there is a great deal of potential for tie-bar-less injection moulding machines in the electronics industry.” Many electronic components such as plug housings are parts with complex, three dimensional structures requiring bulky moulds with slide units and core-pulls but relatively low clamping force because of the somewhat small part surfaces projected. In many applications, the fact that the mould mounting platens on a tie-bar-less machine can be used up to the edges means that a smaller machine can be used than the mould size would normally dictate – and this drives up productivity per square metre of factory space.

    Automotive: Technology integration opens new vistas of quality
    The trend of process integration as a path to greater efficiency, safety and quality is well established. Now it is necessary to adopt a more diversified stance. The object is no longer simply to integrate process steps upstream or downstream of injection moulding, but also to combine different process technologies with one another. To produce centre console components in PC-ABS at its trade show stand, ENGEL will be using an ENGEL duo 2550/550 injection moulding machine with integrated ENGEL viper 20 robot to combine two technologies: ENGEL foammelt, the MuCell foam injection moulding process developed by Trexel of Wilmington in the USA, and ENGEL variomelt, a variothermal injection moulding process. “For the first time, this will enable us to produce thin-walled parts with very high quality surfaces and excellent fine structure reproduction at the same time in a single injection moulding step,” promises Franz Füreder, Vice President of the Automotive business unit at ENGEL.
    To demonstrate the versatility of this amalgamation of processes, the sample part will have varying wall thicknesses and surface structures. The mould for the variothermal process demonstration will be supplied by ENGEL's partner Roctool (Le Bourget du Lac, France). Thanks to ENGEL foammelt the cavity, including the undercuts, is completely filled, and the component has no sink marks after cooling; meanwhile variothermal temperature control provides a high gloss finish. Away from applications aimed at car interiors, integrating ENGEL foammelt and variomelt opens up new vistas of efficiency and quality for white goods and household products.
    The new design of the ENGEL duo injection moulding machine will be unveiled at Fakuma 2014. Users will benefit in particular from improved ergonomics thanks to a lower operating height and easier access to the mould and nozzle area. Other features of the new machine generation include roller rail systems for the moving platen, energy-efficient mould movement and a much cleaner mould area thanks to the discontinuation of central lubrication.
    The ENGEL viper linear robot has also had a technical makeover for Fakuma, whereby it was adapted to the new CC300 control unit for ENGEL injection moulding machines. Thanks to the update, the speed, flexibility, compactness, energy efficiency and ease of use of the robots have all improved; even the standard version is fitted with a multidynamic drive package, which draws together the former load, regular and speed packages. Meanwhile the new C70 seven-inch hand-held touch terminal replaces the old C35 and C100 terminals; weighing in at 950 grams, the C70 is one of the lightest hand-held control devices of its size on the market. The sides of the robots have been adapted to the new design of the ENGEL machine control unit, ensuring a consistent operating system and uniform presentation. All robot settings can be performed using the hand-held unit or the injection moulding machine's operating panel; key setting parameters for the machine can also be displayed on the C70.

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

    Medical: Process integration for safety
    In the Medical section of its stand at Fakuma 2014, ENGEL will be producing drip chambers with integrated filter for blood transfusions. An ENGEL e-victory 310H/80W/50V 160 combi tri-component injection moulding machine with ecodrive and a clean room design will be used in this highly integrated production process. Each drip chamber will comprise one ABS and one PP component; in a single workstep, they will be injection moulded, fitted with the filter and joined by means of overmoulding with additional polypropylene. This high degree of integration significantly boosts efficiency in the manufacturing of multi-component hollow bodies with inlays. Conventionally, the two hollow body components are individually injection moulded; the inlay is then fitted and bonded in subsequent process steps. “Drip chambers are mass-market products that need to be manufactured economically despite the stringent demands on product safety and hygiene,” says Christoph Lhota, Vice President of ENGEL's Medical business unit, underlining the importance of the innovation. “We believe there is potential for this innovative one-shot process in other sectors too, such as the production of fuel filters in the automotive field.”
    One key prerequisite in realising the integrated process is servoelectric drive technology for all movements of the index plate mould; this facilitates the synchronous control of mutually independent movements. For this application, the mould manufacturing partner is Hack Formenbau (Kirchheim, Germany).
    An ENGEL easix multi-axis robot is also integrated in the manufacturing cell along with a system for total quality control. The drip chambers are inspected for seal tightness directly after injection moulding.

    Technical Moulding: Efficient use of LIM multi-component processes
    The main demands as regards the processing of liquid silicone (LSR) are that it must be fully automatic, waste-free, low in burrs and require no reworking. An ENGEL e-victory 200H/80W/120 combi injection moulding machine – automated with an ENGEL viper 20 linear robot – will impressively show that ENGEL system solutions not only meet these requirements fully, but also handle LIM multi-component processes securely and efficiently. A mould provided by ACH solution (Fischlham, Austria) will be used to produce sensor housings for flow measurement with integrated seals. “We can guarantee maximum precision by using servo-powered injection units,” says Leopold Praher, head of sales for elast/LIM machines at ENGEL AUSTRIA. “Normally the LSR field requires special solutions where very small injection unit volumes are involved. In this case we meet that need with a standard unit.” Developed and patented by ENGEL, iQ weight control software applied in the system recognises and automatically compensates for fluctuations in melt quantity during the actual injection process.
    The tie-bar-less technology of the ENGEL e-victory machine also makes a decisive contribution to high process stability in this application, while the patented force divider evenly introduces force to the mould across the platen face. Both outer and inner cavities are thereby kept closed with precisely identical force, significantly reducing mould wear and raising product quality. On top of this, free access to the tie-bar-less machine's mould area facilitates the most effective automation concepts.

    ENGEL plus: Controlled conditions
    At the Fakuma event, ENGEL will devote a special presentation area to ENGEL plus, the name for its service products and optimisation tools. The main theme of the display will be intelligent mould temperature control. “Although mould temperature control has a major influence on the productivity of the manufacturing process as well as component quality, we tend to pay too little attention to this aspect,” emphasises Wolfgang Degwerth, head of the Customer Service division at ENGEL AUSTRIA. ENGEL prompted a rethink when it developed ENGEL flomo in 2010. The compact temperature-control water distribution system has manual settings and can be integrated into a machine; electronic monitoring has increased process reliability and simplified process optimisation in more than a thousand new machines to date. For Fakuma 2014, ENGEL will be taking the next step from process monitoring to process control. The newly developed ENGEL e-flomo has electric control valves that make it possible to adjust and control flow rates fully automatically; ENGEL will demonstrate this live at the trade fair. “ENGEL e-flomo keeps the temperature in the mould constant throughout the production period, even where water pressure varies,” says Degwerth. “This results in greater efficiency, process reliability and consistently high product quality.”

    ENGEL at 2014: Hall A5, stand A5-5204
    25 years of ENGEL tie-bar-less technology: East Foyer, stand FO-03
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    14.08.2014   Beverage carton recycling in Europe continues to increase    ( Company news )

    Company news The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) is pleased to note that recycling of beverage cartons reached 42% in Europe (EU-28, Norway and Switzerland) in 2013.
    This represents an increase of 3% compared to 2012 data. The total recovery rate (recycling and energy recovery) in 2013 reached 71%.
    “With 42% of beverage cartons recycled in the EU in 2013, we see a continued upward trend in beverage carton recycling in Europe, but there are still wide differences as regards recycling achievements across EU Member States” says Katarina Molin, Director General of ACE. “While some Member States have reached impressive recycling figures above 60%, several Member States still lag behind in the development of collection infrastructure and separate collection of consumer packaging, which also affects the recycling rate of beverage cartons”.
    Today more than 20 paper mills recycle beverage cartons in Europe and substantial investments have been made in innovative recycling technologies. “We are very pleased to see that beverage carton recycling continues to increase. However, in order to secure continued growth also in the future, EU regulatory support and a clear legal requirement to collect beverage cartons for recycling are required”.
    “We acknowledge the role of the European Commission Circular Economy Package in driving further recycling in Europe” says Molin, “but we regret that the proposal mandates Member States to set potentially divergent packaging design requirements threatening the function of the Internal Market; and that clear roles and responsibilities of the various actors in the packaging value chain, as well as clear requirements for all packaging recovery organisations (PROs) have not been defined at European level. We will continue to contribute to the further development of the Circular Economy package to find solutions which help increase beverage carton recycling on a cost-efficient manner”.
    (ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))
     
    13.08.2014   Blue Moon Brewing Company Introduces Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale    ( Company news )

    Company news This August, Blue Moon Brewing Company is introducing Blue Moon® Cinnamon Horchata Ale. Crafted with cinnamon, Belgian dark candy sugar and long-grain rice, the ale delivers a subtle sweetness and a smooth, creamy finish that is sure to delight Blue Moon drinkers over 21 years-of-age. The ale is inspired by the traditional and popular Latin American drink known as Horchata.
    Blue Moon’s Cinnamon Horchata Ale was created by Keith Villa, founder and head brewmaster at Blue Moon Brewing Company. Villa sought inspiration from his Mexican heritage to create the unfiltered ale that delivers a clean cinnamon flavor. The brew starts out slightly sweet, ends slowly with residual cinnamon spice and is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
    “Growing up in a Mexican family, I had Horchata all the time when I was young, but then I rediscovered it in recent trips to Latin America,” said Keith Villa. “I wanted to develop a brew for adults that combined the refreshing and creamy attributes of the traditional Horchata, so I’m beyond pleased that we finally made it a reality. It brings me great pride to introduce this brew into the market.”
    Villa, earned his Ph.D. in brewing from the University of Brussels in Belgium, an honor only a handful of brewers have achieved. Villa came back stateside and founded Blue Moon Brewing Company in 1995 to craft beers inspired by Belgian styles. His first interpretation turned out to be the brewer’s most popular beer, Blue Moon Belgian White, Belgian Style Wheat Ale. Since then, he has brewed several award-winning beers and continues to play an active role in creating new beers for the brewery. The new Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale is his latest creation and one inspired by his heritage.
    Cinnamon Horchata Ale will be part of the Blue Moon line up, which includes Blue Moon Belgian White, the #1 craft beer in America. Blue Moon Belgian White is artfully crafted with Valencia orange peel for a subtle sweetness, coriander for a hint of spice, and oats for a creamy texture.
    Cinnamon Horchata Ale will be included in the Blue Moon fall and winter brewmaster sampler packs, which will be available nationwide. A limited supply of the new Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale will be available in 6-packs starting Aug. 1 in select cities in Texas, California, New York and Colorado.
    (Blue Moon Brewing Company)
     
    13.08.2014   South Korea: Sales of high-priced beers on the rise, study shows    ( E-malt.com )

    According to a study by South Korea’s Lotte Mart based on five-year sales records on canned beers, the sales of high-priced domestically brewed beers have increased by a large margin. In addition, the study found that both high- and low-priced import beers have sold well at the expense of medium-priced beer brands, The Korea Bizwire reported on August 3.
    For example, import beers whose prices are lower than 2,000 won (US$1.93) accounted for only 13.3 percent of all canned beer sales in 2010. But the share increased to 35.0 percent this year. During the same period, the ratio of import beers with prices over 3,000 won ($2.89) rose to 44.3 percent from 26.0 percent.
    Meanwhile, the market share of upscale domestic beer brands priced over 1,500 won ($1.45) almost doubled to 12.3 percent from 6.8 percent in 2010. That’s largely because of the launch of new premium domestic beer brands such as Kloud, Aleston, and Queen’s Ale in efforts to compete head-on with import brands.
    In addition, the previously common 355-milliliter can will be gradually replaced by a longer 500-ml can. The share of 500-ml import beers was less than 20 percent by 2010 but it shot up to 65.2 percent this year. As for domestic beers, the share rose to 11.3 percent from 5.3 percent.
    Just ahead of the summer vacation season during which beer sales are expected to rise fast, Lotte Mart has introduced four different beer brands including three low-priced import beers and the 1,000-won L-Beer.
    In addition, it will begin selling new types of beer such as Barley Gold and Karpackie Pils from Poland at the price of 1,500 won per can until the end of August. It will also sell the Feldschlosschen Hefeweizen beer from Germany at the price of 1,500 won.
     
    13.08.2014   TricorBraun opens office in India    ( Company news )

    Company news New facility supports firm’s commitment to Asian growth

    TricorBraun, one of the world’s largest suppliers of jars, bottles and other rigid packaging components, has commenced operations in India with the opening of TricorBraun-India, Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai, India, Keith Strope, the company’s chief executive officer, said.
    “We have experienced excellent growth in India without an in-country office. TricorBraun-India will serve as sales office, distribution center as well as a global sourcing facility,” Mr. Strope said.
    “TricorBraun-India also supports our commitment to meeting the rapidly growing needs of the Asian package goods market. Presently, we have Asian facilities in Beijing, Guangzhou (Canton) and Hong Kong, China,” Mr. Strope said.
    The office is located at 701/702 Mittal Commercia; Off M.V. Road, Marol Andheri East; Mumbai - 400059 India. The telephone number is +91 22 28502020/21 and its fax number is +91 22 28502022.
    Ashutosh Singhania is TricorBraun-India’s managing director.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
     
    13.08.2014   UK: Cobra Beer out of difficulties and with plans of renewed push    ( E-malt.com )

    Lord Bilimoria speaks openly and honestly about the difficulties his company Cobra Beer faced back in 2008.
    The producer of one of the UK's most popular lagers, his business had grown too fast and over-extended itself. It was making a loss, and had built up substantial debts, which it was struggling to service, BBC reported on August 5.
    While this situation may have been rectifiable in benign economic conditions, the global financial crisis that exploded in 2008 meant that Cobra had to put itself up for sale in November of that year.
    "We had lots of debt and we didn't see the crisis coming," says Lord Bilimoria, speaking at Cobra's headquarters in London.
    At the time the company had been growing by an average 40% every year since it was set up in 1989.
    All potential profits had been invested back into continuing to grow the company, so its cash reserves were running very low at a time when Lord Bilimoria says "cash didn't just become king - it became emperor".
    He adds: "What I could have done - should have done, with hindsight - is proven the profitability [of the business] for two or three years, and slowed down the growth. But at that stage... the mindset when you are growing at 40% is that you are on a roll."
    Cobra was saved in May 2009 when, under a so-called "pre-pack administration" deal - a pre-arranged agreement that saw the firm go quickly in and out of administration - Lord Bilimoria bought the business back in a joint venture with North American brewing giant Molson Coors.
    The deal wiped out Cobra's debts, leaving creditors £71 mln out of pocket.
    However, Lord Bilimoria, who is Cobra's chairman, says he is paying back every single person, despite having no legal requirement to do so.
    "It is my belief that if you go through a tough time it is not just what you do, but how you do it," he says.
    Born in India in 1961, Karan Bilimoria is the son of a general in the Indian army.
    His father, Faridoon Bilimoria, commanded a regiment of Gurkhas when India fought on the side of Bangladesh in its eastern neighbour's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
    By the time the late Lt Gen Bilimoria retired, he was commander-in-chief of the central Indian army, with 350,000 men under his command.
    It was as a teenager that Lord Bilimoria decided to go into business instead of joining the army like his father.
    "I decided that the army for me would have been too constraining. And if I had followed in my father's footsteps I was worried that I would always be compared to him, and be in his shadow," he says.
    "Also I wanted more blue sky, and a career in business offered me a much broader opportunity."
    After gaining a degree in commerce at the University of Hyderabad, Lord Bilimoria moved to London, where he qualified as a chartered accountant.
    He then completed a law degree at Cambridge University in the late 1980s, which was when he came up with the idea for Cobra.
    A lover of beer since his teenage years, Lord Bilimoria was unhappy with the quality of British lager, especially when drinking it with a curry.
    He says: "The lager was too fizzy, too harsh and too bloating. It meant that I couldn't eat or drink as much as I would like.
    "At the same time, I found real ale to be great in a pub, but too bitter and heavy with food. So I came up with the idea of creating a beer with the refreshment of a lager, but with the smoothness of an ale.
    "I wanted it to not just be drinkable in its own right, but a great accompaniment to all food, and particularly Indian cuisine."
    Undeterred by having no experience of the beer industry, Lord Bilimoria went to the head brewer at what was then India's largest independent brewery, and together they developed the recipe for Cobra.
    And so Cobra Beer was born in 1989, with the first deliveries from India arriving by container ship into the UK in 1990.
    Basing himself in an office in the Fulham area of south-west London, for the first year Lord Bilimoria delivered bottles of Cobra door-to-door in his Citroen 2CV, targeting Indian restaurants.
    Initially Cobra was only available in big 660ml bottles, as such a large size is the most popular in India.
    Lord Bilimoria says it gave the business an immediate advantage, as the bottles stood out in curry houses.
    "People sitting at other tables would see the bottle and say, 'What is that?' The popularity spread like wildfire, people loved the taste, and we got 99% reorders."
    With the business growing rapidly, in 1997 brewing was switched to the UK from India to help meet demand.
    "We first checked with consumers, who said they didn't mind where we brewed. This is logical as the Indian food you eat here is not flown over from Delhi," says Lord Bilimoria.
    Knighted in 2004 for his services to business and entrepreneurship, he was appointed to the House of Lords two years later.
    Despite Cobra's financial problems in 2008, he is keen to stress that there was never any impact on production of the beer.
    "Throughout the whole crisis the sales never dropped, and we maintained a seamless supply."
    With Molson Coors owning a majority stake in the business since 2009, sales of Cobra have continued to grow strongly, albeit at an average of "either high single digit or 10%". And it is Molson's most profitable UK brand.
    While Cobra continues to dominate the UK's Indian restaurant market, being sold at more than 98% of licensed curry houses, it is now also available at all the main supermarkets.
    "I'm very proud of the beer," says Lord Bilimoria.
    And with plans for a renewed push to get Cobra into more UK pubs and bars, he is confident the brand has a bright future.
     
    13.08.2014   USA: AB InBev creating new premium beer business in the US    ( E-malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is creating a new business unit in the United States devoted to premium beers as it tries to improve its presence in a fast-growing segment of the beer market, Reuters reported on August 6.
    With young drinkers increasingly interested in spirits and other drinks, the U.S. beer market shrank 1.9 percent in 2013 to 196.2 million barrels, according to the Brewers Association trade group. Yet "craft" beers, or those made by small, independent brewers, rose 17.2 percent.
    The new unit, which will include AB InBev brands such as Goose Island and Blue Point, will be based in Chicago, which places it "in closer touch with urban consumers, their way of thinking, lifestyle and the accounts they visit," said an internal announcement made on August 6 and seen by Reuters.
    It will be led by Felipe Szpigel, who joined the brewer 15 years ago as a global management trainee.
    AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, is not alone in trying to accelerate sales of beers that are more profitable and appeal to more discerning drinkers.
    MillerCoors, the combined US operations of SABMiller and Molson Coors, has a unit called Tenth and Blake, which promotes its premium beers Blue Moon, Jacob Leinenkugel and Blitz-Weinhard and its Crispin and Fox Barrel ciders.
    Mainstream lagers such as Bud Light, Coors Light and Miller Lite have lost ground in recent years, hit by a wave of more upmarket, more flavourful drinks such as ales, stouts and wheat beers.
    AB InBev's new unit should boost sales of its higher-end beers since it includes dedicated marketing and sales staff, as well as staff for supply and finance functions.
    Another internal message announced the departure of Bud Light vice president, Rob McCarthy. McCarthy will be replaced by Alexander Lambrecht.
     
    13.08.2014   USA: AB InBev to launch new Mexican Montejo beer in September    ( E-malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev is set to launch a new brand in the U.S. market’s thriving Mexican beer category. The brewing giant will introduce Montejo—produced by AB InBev subsidiary Grupo Modelo — in California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico starting in September, Shanken News Daily reported on August 7.
    The newcomer will go head-to-head with fellow Modelo brands Corona and Modelo Especial—which are controlled by Constellation in the U.S. market—as well as Heineken’s Mexican stable, including Dos Equis and Tecate. Mexican beer shipments to the U.S. rose 4.6% in 2013, according to Impact Databank, comprising 58% of the total imported beer market.
    Additionally, AB InBev is planning to shift management of its premium craft and imported beers from its U.S. headquarters in St. Louis to a new divisional office in Chicago, Advertising Age reported on August 5. While there were no details on the exact timing of the move or exactly where the new offices will be located, the Chicago division reportedly will be headed by Felipe Szpigel, who’s set to relocate from New York, where he’s been vice president of trade marketing. Adam Oakley, the St. Louis-based vice-president of import, craft and specialty brands, is also expected to move to Chicago. Ad Age also reported that Rob McCarthy, brand vice president for Bud Light, will leave the company by Labor Day. He will be replaced by Alexander Lambrecht, who had been a brand director in the Asia Pacific region.
     
    12.08.2014   Rexam: Half year results 2104 in line with expectations, strategy on track    ( Company news )

    Company news Highlights
    -Beverage can volumes up 4%
    -Foreign exchange translation and metal premium costs impact underlying operating profit
    -Organic operating profit flat
    -Return on capital employed 14.0% (June 2013: 13.7%)
    -Portfolio transformation complete and c£450m of Healthcare disposal proceeds returned to shareholders
    -Interim dividend up 2% to 5.8p

    Commenting, Graham Chipchase (photo), Rexam’s chief executive, said:
    “Results for the half year are in line with our expectations. Trading in the second quarter improved in all regions with volume growth in Europe improving as anticipated and North America performing in line with the market. South America grew very strongly as we saw a significant benefit from customer activity around the FIFA World Cup.
    “The sale of the Healthcare business and the return of c£450m of proceeds to shareholders marked the end of our portfolio transformation. Rexam is now a focused global beverage can maker. Our aim is to be the best in the industry by maintaining a strong focus on cash, cost and return on capital employed and delivering the right balance of growth and returns.
    Despite ongoing foreign exchange translation headwinds and metal premium cost at an all-time high, the business is in good shape operationally and we continue to expect to make further progress in 2014 on a constant currency basis.”
    (Rexam PLC)
     
    11.08.2014   Amcor announces revolutionary LiquiForm™ technology    ( Company news )

    Company news Amcor announces the launch of a revolutionary new technology. LiquiForm™ uses the consumable liquid instead of compressed air to hydraulically form and fill the container on one machine simultaneously. By combining the forming and filling processes into one step, LiquiForm™ dramatically simplifies the manufacture of rigid plastic containers for a wide range of consumer products.

    Amcor developed the LiquiForm™ concept in 2006, and subsequently set up a joint venture which owns the patented LiquiForm™ technology and related intellectual property.
    For consumer product manufacturers, this breakthrough is expected to reduce capital costs and improve operating efficiency and product quality. LiquiForm™ delivers a reduction in operating costs of up to 25%, reduced manufacturing risk and greater flexibility in container design.
    The joint venture will issue licences allowing machine manufacturers to produce and sell equipment using the LiquiForm™ technology. Global demand for new blow molding and filling machines for which LiquiForm™ would be suitable is estimated to be approximately 800 machines per annum. The joint venture will target a significant portion of that annual demand for conversion to the LiquiForm™ technology, and the first full scale operation is expected to be commercialized in two to three years.

    Amcor’s Managing Director and CEO, Ken MacKenzie said: “I have been in the packaging industry for over 20 years and in my opinion, LiquiForm™ has the potential to be one of the most important breakthrough technologies in liquid packaging."
    “This technology will transform the rigid plastic container manufacturing industry, providing significant benefits to all players throughout the value chain."
    “LiquiForm™ is an outstanding example of how Amcor is translating its deep understanding of the needs of customers and consumers into new and improved ways of operating. Innovation is a core value for Amcor, and this break through further establishes the Company as an innovation leader in the packaging industry.”
    (Amcor Limited)
     
    11.08.2014   Innovative stainless steel globe valve for controlling small volumes    ( Company news )

    Company news GEMÜ further expands its expertise in the control valve sector with the innovative Type GEMÜ 566 globe valve.

    The GEMÜ 566 stainless steel globe valve has a valve body in which the control mechanism is already integrated. In addition to a pneumatic actuator, there is also a manually operated version and a motorized version.
    By integrating the control mechanism into the valve body, it is possible to subsequently switch from a manual actuation type to an automated actuation type at any time. The particular advantage of this is that the components involved are located outside the medium-wetted area. This means that from the start, the plant operator enjoys a very high degree of flexibility with regard to potential changes to their operational processes. The medium-wetted part is separated from the control mechanism by an additional separating diaphragm. The diaphragm is available in EPDM or FPM materials. The investment casting, stainless steel valve body has a threaded socket and is available in the nominal sizes DN 8 to DN 15.

    The GEMÜ 566 valve was developed especially for controlling small volumes and provides a flow rate from 63 up to 2500 l/h. For all three actuation types, there are options for optical and electronic position feedback. The motorized version can also be equipped with a positioner. The same applies to the pneumatic actuator, for which a process controller is also available as an optional extra.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    11.08.2014   PETnology 2014 takes place in Nuremberg, 10 - 13 November    ( Company news )

    Company news New and Innovative Formats, FREE Entry or VIP Tickets for End-Users and Recyclers

    The PETnology conference gives you the opportunity to discuss today's and future topics on where the packaging market is heading and how the PET packaging industry can handle upcoming challenges and opportunities.

    For many senior level executives and experts, the heart of the PETnology events is both their focus on market challenges and their well-structured set-up which is evident both before and particularly during the events.

    Together with our partners we combine the 17th PETnology conference and the PETarena, the innovative exhibition format for PET, in order to facilitate discussion around the issues affecting the PET packaging industry as a whole. The PET PASSION WEEK premiere will take place in Nuremberg in the context of and supprted by BrauBeviale.

    Strategy Summits, Workshops and Round Table Discussions

    Discussion Panels: Join with end users and market leading brands as they discuss challenges and opportunities for the PET packaging industry.
    Engineering and Technology: Get involved in new sustainable developments in engineering and technology for injection molding, blow molding and filling.
    PET Recycling: Learn about new technologies for a challanging market.
    Market Developments: Get an overview about future market developments.

    Technical presentations and exhibition

    Within the technical stream we look at the world of beverages and how PET packaging, PET technologies and closures are responding to consumer trends and market challenges.
    On the machinery front, we look at the latest innovations in PET processing, blowing, filling, decorating and packing equipment.
    Our environmental focus looks at developments in PET recycling technologies, sustainability and renewable resources for polyester materials.

    End-User Special: FREE entry or VIP tickets
    End-users* can take advantage of the new programme structure and attend single lectures or sessions free of charge. Free access will be given to the technical presentations, the conference exhibition, the PETarena and BrauBeviale.
    The cost-effective VIP tickets for end-users* contain the participation in all parallel streams of presentations, the round table discussions and all other conference options.

    *End-users are defined as producers of mineral water, juices, teas, brewers, dairies, producers of other beverage, food, household or cosmetic products and recyclers (subject to verification).
     
    08.08.2014   Diageo Preliminary results, year ended 30 June 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Created a stronger business in a tougher environment

    -Net sales, up 0.4%, reflecting mixed performance; growth in North America, stability in Western Europe and weakness in emerging market economies
    -Fourth quarter net sales up 0.8%
    -Positive consumer trends in higher priced categories, Diageo's reserve brands net sales were up 14% and targeted price increases drove 3ppt of positive price/mix
    -Operating margin improved 0.8ppt
    -Procurement driven savings, worth 4% of total marketing spend, more than offset the cost of increased activity, contributing 0.2ppt of the total margin improvement
    -Eps before exceptionals was down 7.6p to 95.5 pence per share as foreign exchange movements reduced eps by 10 pence per share
    -Free cash flow was £1,235 million
    -Recommended final dividend of 32.0 pence per share, up 9%

    Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, commenting on the year ended 30 June 2014:
    "This year our business has faced macroeconomic and market specific challenges that have impacted our top line performance. But we have gained share and expanded margin while continuing to invest in our brands, our markets and our people to create a stronger business that will deliver on the long term growth opportunities of this attractive industry.
    Our regional performance has been mixed. In North America we have again delivered top line growth and significant margin expansion and our Western European business is now stable. Emerging market weakness, often currency related, but also including some specific issues, such as the anti extravagance measures in China, has led to weaker top line growth.
    When I became CEO a year ago I aligned the business behind the key performance drivers which will deliver our strategy. We have made good progress. Reserve has performed strongly; innovation has driven incremental sales in all regions; route to consumer initiatives have been embedded across a number of markets with more to follow in fiscal 15; ruthless focus on driving out cost has driven margin improvement and we have reshaped the organisation and enhanced skills and capability across the whole team at Diageo. We have made progress in accelerating the performance of our premium core brands but these brands have been under pressure given the environment this year, although we have delivered share gains in a number of markets.
    The tougher trading environment this year has confirmed my view that these six priorities give the business clarity and focus. We have simplified the organisation, freeing up everyone to act like an owner and sell or help to sell, changing behaviours across the business.
    Therefore we start fiscal 15 as a more agile organisation, building on the changes in behaviours that have been made across the business this year. The catalysts for a near term recovery of consumer spend in the emerging markets are still weak however the future growth drivers for this industry, its aspirational nature as consumers in the emerging markets see increasing disposable income, are undiminished. Diageo has leading brand and market positions and financial strength and our recent acquisitions have given us a strong emerging market footprint. The opportunity for Diageo to realise our full potential and deliver our performance ambition remains an exciting one."
    (Diageo plc)
     
    07.08.2014   INTERFOOD Indonesia 2014 - The 14th Exhibition on Food & Beverage Products in Jakarta    ( Company news )

    Company news The 14th Exhibition on Food & Beverage Products - INTERFOOD Indonesia 2014 will take place from 12-15 November, 2014 in Jakarta. The Organizer is Krista Media Exhibition. MEREBO Messe Marketing based in Hamburg/Germany is in charge for participating companies, associations, chambers and trade press from Europe & America.

    INTERFOOD 2014 comprises the show sectors Bakery, Herbal & Health Food, Food Ingredients and Food & Hospitality.

    The last event in 2013 attracted 700 exhibitors from 24 countries and more than 37000 trade visitors.
    For more information please contact: MEREBO Messe Marketing in Hamburg/Germany, Phone +49-40-3999905-0, Fax +49-40-3999905-25, E-Mail contact@merebo.com, Web www.interfood.merebo.com.
     
    07.08.2014   Introducing The Best Tasting Low Calorie Beer in the World: Heineken Light    ( Company news )

    Company news One award winner introducing another—that’s what happened when Tony and Emmy award winning actor Neil Patrick Harris introduced 2013 World Beer Championship winner Heineken Light in the Best Tasting Light campaign. “For a beer that’s short on calories but big on flavor,” Harris says at the beginning of the clip, practically rushing through his delivery so he can take a sip. Unfortunately for Harris, the cap’s still on the delicious beer he’s holding and the director informs him he’s not actually allowed to have any of it due to regulations that stipulate spokespeople can’t actually enjoy a beverage on camera. Luckily for the rest of us, the award winning 99-calorie beer is now available nearly everywhere off camera.
    So what earned Heineken Light the “Best Tasting Light Beer” award? A reformulated recipe that utilizes flavor-forward ingredients commonly used in that most beloved of hoppy beer varietals, the IPA. Heineken Light has added cascade hops to imbue this low calorie beer with a fuller flavor, crisper aftertaste and a gloriously clean finish.
    Harris can rest assured that he’s lending his talent and charm to a light beer worthy of his attention. A new TV commercial and a series of digital videos and behind-the-scenes content will be available on BestTastingLight.com. So check out the great content that Harris and Heineken Light are creating, and, by all means, enjoy one yourself and see what all the award winning fuss is about. You might not believe your taste buds.
    (Heineken USA Corporate Headquarters)
     
    06.08.2014   SABMiller F15 Q1 Trading Update    ( Company news )

    Company news SABMiller plc issues its Interim Management Statement for the group’s first quarter ended 30 June 2014.

    Alan Clark (photo), Chief Executive of SABMiller, commented:
    We continued to drive strong NPR growth across our businesses. This has been achieved through our prolonged success in building local and global flagship brands across our broad geographic footprint, together with innovations and improved trade execution. Strong growth in Africa, South Africa and Europe was balanced by slower momentum in North America and a reduction in NPR in Australia in difficult trading conditions. Latin America performed well despite a number of one-off trading restrictions in Colombia.

    First quarter highlights
    -Group NPR grew by 6% and group NPR per hectolitre (hl) grew by 3%, both on an organic, constant currency basis
    -Total beverage volumes grew by 3% on an organic basis
    -Lager volumes grew by 1% on an organic basis, driven by China, Europe and Africa
    -Soft drinks volumes grew by 10% on an organic basis, reflecting strong growth in Latin America, Europe, South Africa and Africa
    -The group’s financial performance is in line with expectations

    The calculation of the organic growth rates excludes the impact of acquisitions and disposals. All growth rates are quoted on an organic basis for volumes and an organic, constant currency basis for net producer revenue (NPR), except where otherwise stated.

    Latin America
    Group NPR growth reflecting strong pricing in the region offsetting softer volume performance in Colombia
    Latin America delivered group NPR growth of 5% driven by selective price increases and favourable brand mix. Total beverage volumes increased by 2%. Although lager volumes were 2% below the prior year as a result of numerous trading restrictions, soft drinks volumes grew by 9% with strong performances across the region. In Colombia, group NPR grew by 2% although lager volumes were down by 6%, impacted by the selective price increase in April 2014 and dry laws for the two rounds of the Presidential elections and in key cities during Colombia’s World Cup football matches. Peru delivered group NPR growth of 6% underpinned by Pilsen Callao’s continued growth and reflecting the cycling of the May 2013 excise increase. In Ecuador, group NPR grew by 12% driven by firm pricing on the Pilsener brand and positive brand mix. In Central America, group NPR increased by 3% reflecting a strong performance in soft drinks volumes which grew by 6%, while lager volumes increased by 1%.

    Africa
    Strong group NPR performance with lager volumes returning to growth
    In Africa, group NPR grew by 11%, driven by pricing and total beverage volume growth of 5%. Lager volume growth of 3% was aided by market share gains. Total soft drinks volume growth was 9%, with strong performance in Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. In Tanzania, group NPR grew by 11% and lager volumes recovered in June to end level for the quarter after a slow start impacted by particularly heavy rainfall. Group NPR in Mozambique grew by 15%, driven by the strong growth of Castle Lite and the return to lager volume growth in the quarter. In Uganda, lager volumes returned to growth, helping to drive group NPR growth of 7%. Group NPR in Zambia grew by 4% although lager volumes declined as a result of the excise-related pricing in January. In Zimbabwe, group NPR grew by 6% while lager volumes declined, reflecting poor economic fundamentals. Strong group NPR growth continued in Nigeria assisted by the recently commissioned incremental capacity. In Botswana, group NPR grew by 8% reflecting strong market execution in both lager and soft drinks. High single digit group NPR growth at our associate, Castel, reflected lager volume growth of 1% and soft drinks growth of 8%.

    South Africa: Beverages
    Strong group NPR growth buoyed by Easter trading
    South Africa: Beverages group NPR grew by 12% reflecting price increases, the continuing premiumisation of the portfolio, and total beverage volume growth of 6%, against a backdrop of the challenging economic environment. Lager volume growth of 4% benefited from a number of public holidays and favourable weather conditions throughout the country over Easter. The premium lager portfolio performed well, with both Castle Lite and Castle Milk Stout delivering double digit volume growth. Soft drinks volume grew 11% also benefiting from public holidays at the start of the quarter, but driven further by effective in trade execution, focus on the full brand portfolio, and price point management of bulk PET packs in particular. The rand has continued to depreciate, and consequently reported group NPR grew by only 1%.

    Asia Pacific
    Group NPR growth driven by China, with enduring category and price pressure in Australia
    Asia Pacific group NPR grew by 1% for the quarter. In Australia, group NPR declined by 6% reflecting a volume decline of 3% and a decline in NPR per hl. The soft volume and price performance was driven by continuing category pressure, reflecting increased negative consumer sentiment following the tough federal budget in May, along with continued competitive intensity. The NPR per hl decline was exacerbated by price competition from international premium brands. In China, group NPR grew by 8%, reflecting volume growth of 4% and favourable mix trends, primarily as a result of increasing premiumisation. In India, group NPR declined by 3% reflecting a volume decline of 8%, partially offset by robust NPR per hl growth of 6%. Volumes in India continued to be impacted by regulatory changes imposed in the earlier part of the prior year in several key states, as well as trading restrictions caused by the imposition of the election code of conduct during the national elections in April and May.

    Europe
    Strong group NPR growth assisted by a soft volume comparative
    In Europe, group NPR grew by 8% driven by total beverage volume growth of 5%, with lager volumes up 3%. Performance in the quarter was assisted by cycling a comparative prior year quarter with poor weather and which excluded an Easter trading period. In the recently integrated businesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, group NPR was 6% ahead of the prior year reflecting volume growth driven by better performance in the off-premise channel, assisted by seasonal promotional activities, along with improved execution and an enhanced focus in the on-premise channel. In Poland, increased sales through discounters and selective brand price repositioning resulted in level group NPR while volumes grew by 7%. The quarter also cycled a subdued prior year quarter which was impacted by the pre-quarter stock build in the trade ahead of our global template deployment. Group NPR in the United Kingdom was up by 23% driven by the continued growth of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, reflecting improved distribution both in the off-premise and on-premise channels. Italy’s group NPR grew by 5%, driven by higher volumes reflecting Peroni’s seasonal promotional activities in the off-premise channel and the launch of its Peroni Lemon Chill radler. Anadolu Efes’ group NPR grew strongly, with total beverage volume growth driven by the continued growth of soft drinks volumes while lager volumes were negatively impacted by market regulatory conditions in Turkey.

    North America
    Continued growth of the above premium segment
    North America group NPR grew by 3%, driven by MillerCoors’ group NPR growth of 2%, with lower volumes offset by positive sales mix and higher net pricing. US domestic sales volume to retailers (STRs) declined 1.2% in the quarter. Premium light STRs declined low single digits reflecting a low single digit decline in both Miller Lite and Coors Light, which benefited from the launch of Coors Light Summer Brew. Premium regular brands declined low single digits with high single digit growth of Coors Banquet offset by a double digit decline in Miller Genuine Draft. In line with the strategy to improve above premium mix, total above premium STRs grew double digits, driven by the Redd’s franchise and innovations such as Miller Fortune and Smith & Forge Hard Cider. Within above premium, the Tenth and Blake division declined low single digits with high single digit growth from the Leinenkugel’s portfolio, low single digit growth of Blue Moon Belgian White and high single digit decline of Blue Moon seasonals. The below premium portfolio declined mid single digits. Domestic sales volume to wholesalers (STWs) declined 1.7% in the quarter.

    Other
    On 18 July 2014, the group announced that it had successfully placed approximately 67% of its shareholding in Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited (Tsogo), a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, through an institutional placing for a total gross consideration of ZAR 7.6 billion (approximately US$707 million). A further ZAR 200 million (approximately US$19 million) worth of shares are expected to be purchased by members of Tsogo’s executive management team, and the balance of the group’s shareholding will be bought back by Tsogo for ZAR 2.8 billion (approximately US$261 million), subject to Tsogo shareholder approval. On the basis that this approval is granted, the buy back is expected to be completed on or about 5 September 2014, following which the SABMiller group would no longer hold any ordinary shares in Tsogo.
    On 7 April 2014, the group announced that its South Africa and Africa divisions would be consolidated into one division for management purposes with effect from 1 July 2014. Mark Bowman has been appointed as the Managing Director of that division.
    (SABMiller plc)
     
    06.08.2014   Sensient Flavors introduces new peach collection - Four natural flavorings designed for use in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... beverages offer the distinctive sensory properties of popular varieties of peach

    Sensient Flavors’ new Peach Collection captures the authentic profiles of four popular varieties of peach: Yellow Peach, the best-known form of the fruit in Europe is characterized by its fleshy and juicy notes and offers a harmonized taste profile with balanced sweetness and acidity. White Peaches, which have subtle floral notes, are particularly popular in Asia and their appeal is growing among European consumers. White Donut Peach and Yellow Nectarine flavors round off Sensient’s versatile new portfolio and offer. White Donut Peaches are getting more and more popular in European markets and consumers like the fruity and ripe flavor with a stony note. The new Sensient Yellow Nectarine variety offers a typical creamy and floral well-balanced juicy flavor with a slight candy note.
    Targeting consumer demand for sophisticated taste experiences, each of the new peach flavors has its own unique sensory profile. They can be used in carbonated or non-carbonated drinks as well as in applications with or without alcohol.
    “Peach is a consistent consumer favorite and ranks in the top ten most popular flavors across fruit juices, flavored waters and ice teas – indeed, it is the second most popular flavoring for iced tea after lemon”, explains Hans-Juergen Sachs, General Manager Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe. “With our new line of peach flavors, we have captured the authentic sensory properties of four popular varieties. In doing so, we are offering taste sensations that go far beyond the ordinary. And that’s exactly what today’s consumers expect.”
    (Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe)
     
    05.08.2014   Africa: Heineken well placed in Africa and Middle East to capture local growth opportunities    ( E-Malt.com )

    According to Mr. Siep Hiemstra, President, Heineken Africa and Middle East, the Dutch brewing giant is well placed in Africa and the Middle East to capture growth opportunities by reaching more consumers through an expanded brand offering, strong market execution, developing local talent and capabilities, and increasing local sourcing, SPY Ghana reported on July 25.

    Speaking at Executive Talk programme hosted by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) African campus on July 24, Mr. Hiemstra also said that through strategic partnerships that are performance driven, Heineken intends to grow further by increasing its market share and also focus on cost discipline to drive profit growth.

    A healthy population growth, an emerging middle class and rising urbanization are key growth drivers for beer consumption, according to Mr. Hiemstra. “Africa’s middle class is expected to grow from 355 million in 2010 (34% of Africa’s population) to 1.1 billion (42% of the population) in 2060.” Heineken is set to benefit significantly from this trend through accelerated innovation, building winning brands and activating key enablers of growth. To reach more consumers and to capture fundamental growth opportunities in Africa, Heineken is determined to grow within the continent by investing in local talent, to grow volume, market share and operating profit, he said.

    The President of Heineken, Africa and Middle East enumerated some of the things they are doing to grow with the continent. These include developing local sourcing. At the moment he mentioned that 46% of all raw materials used in Africa are sourced from the continent. The goal is to increase that to 60% by 2020.
     
    05.08.2014   Anheuser-Busch Debuts SmartBarley Benchmarking Program to Generate Higher Yields    ( Company news )

    Company news SmartBarley, a barley benchmarking program developed by Anheuser-Busch, will mean higher yields and increased water efficiency for barley growers. The initiative is part of the global beer company’s efforts to develop a more robust supply chain by supporting its network of barley growers.
    “SmartBarley creates shared value between our growers and Anheuser-Busch,” said Russ Harville, senior director of raw material procurement. “Growers benefit from knowledge-sharing that translates into increased crop productivity and efficient water use, while strengthening Anheuser-Busch’s sustainable, high-quality supply of malting barley.
    This year, SmartBarley, is incorporating data and best practice sharing from more than 1,900 malt barley growers worldwide so they can compare their crop performance to others’ in their region and globally through advanced productivity and key environmental performance indicators. The expanded pilot initiative begins this summer and is making its U.S. debut at Grower Field Day festivities in the barley-producing regions of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Conrad, Montana.
    The benchmarking program includes indicators such as irrigation water productivity, nitrogen use efficiency, yield realization and various soil health parameters. This information allows Anheuser-Busch and its growers to work in partnership to more reliably produce and deliver different varieties of malt barley that support established brands, while bringing barley-based beer innovations more quickly to the market.
    SmartBarley was first piloted in 2013 with 341 growers across 7 countries. It has since grown to include growers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Russia and China, with a development agenda that further enhances the system and adds even greater value to growers. Initial feedback from early pilots has been positive and the company is developing robust mechanisms for collecting and incorporating feedback from participating growers later this year.
    SmartBarley is also smart business, for Anheuser-Busch and its growers. In 2013, the company completed a robust water assessment in key barley regions – identifying local water availability and water quality concerns, mapping relevant stakeholders for potential partnerships, and developing locally tailored pilot initiatives that improve water management.
    “A reliable supply of malting barley is strategically critical to our business, and working with growers to minimize water-related risks ensures we can continue to deliver great beers to our consumers, today and into the future,” said Lee Keathley, vice president of procurement.
    SmartBarley will be used as a measurement tool for the effectiveness of one of these initiatives – AgriMet, also on display at the Idaho Falls grower days. This spring, Anheuser-Busch purchased six AgriMet weather stations located in Southeast Idaho to arm barley growers with vital water conservation data. AgriMet‘s weather stations collect and report weather data necessary for computing evapotranspiration (ET). When linked to an irrigation scheduler program via the web or mobile application, growers can access AgriMet data to better monitor crop water use, precipitation and soil conditions. They can reduce the amount of water used in irrigation and decide exactly when and how much to irrigate.
    “AgriMet can not only help growers conserve their water, but it can increase yields and improve crop quality and save pumping costs, “ says Jama Hamel, AgriMet Program Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation.
    Another example of water conservation is found in the company’s Global Barley Research Program based in Fort Collins, Colorado, which has created barley varieties that produce the highest quality and best yields, while using less water and tolerating drought and other extreme weather conditions. In Southern Idaho, Anheuser-Busch uses specially adapted winter barley varieties that require 25% less water than regular varieties, which can reduce irrigation water applied by more than 1.5 billion liters of water during one growing season.
    Working in step with AgriMet and Global Barley Research, SmartBarley is helping growers improve their barley yields while supporting Anheuser-Busch’s commitment of reducing water risks and improving water management in 100 percent of its key barley growing regions by the end of 2017 in partnership with local stakeholders.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
     
    05.08.2014   China: AB InBev takes back distribution control of Corona Extra    ( E-Malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) took back distribution control of Corona Extra from Carlsberg in China as CEO Carlos Brito insists the brand will extend its ‘super premium’ position in the country, Beverage-Daily.com reported on August 1.

    AB InBev reported its Q2 2014 results on July 31 with total revenue up 5% to $12.2 bln and EBIT up 10.5% to $4.054 bln*, while normalized net profit grew 74% in the quarter to $2.614 bln.

    The Corona family (Corona Extra and Corona Light) grew 5.3%, and AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito said the world’s largest brewer is progressively regaining control of the brand globally following its full takeover of Mexico’s Grupo Modelo in June 2013 – and taking it into new territories.

    In Canada AB InBev regained the right to import, promote and sell the brand in March, recently took back control of Corona from Chilean brewer and soft drinks player CCU in Argentina and is poised to regain control in the UK from Molson Coors, where Brito is eyeing a “big market”, in January 2015.

    “And in Brazil, it’s white territory for the brand. We’re going to launch it before the end of this year,” Brito said, adding that AB InBev was aiming to take Corona up to Budweiser’s level on the world stage.

    But Brito enthused most about the potential for Corona in China, and said an economic slowdown in recent months had hit local value brands – not AB InBev’s ‘national core’ and premium brands such as Harbin and Budweiser.

    “I’m pleased to say that we have reached an agreement with Carlsberg to take back the Corona brand in China as of tomorrow, and are looking forward to including it in our premium brand portfolio. So this is very exciting for our business in China,” he said.

    Andrea Pistacchi from Citigroup wondered whether AB InBev didn’t risk cannibalizing some of Budweiser’s “incredible success” in China. How did AB InBev plan to position the brand?

    Brito said AB InBev was already the premium leader in China but wanted to extend its lead using Budweiser, Corona and the ‘Belgium Trio’ of Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe.

    “Corona is going to be positioned and priced above Budweiser to continue to extend the definition of super-premium in China,” he said. Bud is super premium, Corona will be “super-super premium”.

    Corona would give access to sales channels where Budweiser struggles, Brito said, as a better fit in the Western-style bars popping-up in Chinese cities.

    “We’re very excited about it, but we’re going to do it in a gradual way, like you have to with any super-premium brand,” he added. “It’s not going to be any big bang.”

    “But it’s great to have the brand back in the biggest market in the world and in a market where we lead in the premium segment, which is really where the profits are and the growth is,” he added.

    Addressing AB InBev’s Chinese strategy – EBITDA rose almost 66% in Q2 as revenue grew (due to better logistics, for instance, via more localized breweries) and better product mix – Brito said the brewer had been trading up since 2009 with Budweiser and Harbin both increasingly vital to sales mix.

    *Revenue and EBIT figures reflect AB InBev’s reporting of Q2 2013 results in July 31 earnings announcement, as if Grupo Modelo’s had been incorporated from June 4 2012, rather than June 4 2013 when the merger happened – to help us understand the brewer’s underlying performance.
     
    05.08.2014   Ireland: Net sales of Guinness down 3% over past year    ( E-Malt.com )

    Net sales of Guinness declined 3% in Ireland over the past year, due to hot weather, significant rises in excise duties and the continuing shrinkage of the overall beer market in the country, Irish Examiner reported on August 1.

    On a global basis, net sales of the Dublin-brewed stout fell by 1%, but a strong performance was seen in eastern Africa, where price rises drove net sales growth of 19%.

    While growth was also evident in Indonesia, Guinness sales declined in Nigeria, its biggest single market, due to challenging market conditions — although a pick-up was noted in the second-half of the year.

    “In Ireland on-trade, Guinness accounted for 30.6% of the value and 33% of the volume in the last 12 months.

    “This means that one in three pints consumed is still a pint of Guinness. Smithwicks, meanwhile, has grown its value share of the long alcoholic drink market by 0.06 points over the last 12 months,” said Diageo Ireland chief David Smith.

    While Diageo failed to meet analyst expectations with its full-year earnings figures (covering the 12 months to the end of June) on July 31, it noted generally good performances for its Irish brands — with Bushmills whiskey growing global sales by 7% — Russia, Germany and eastern Europe showing the strongest momentum — and Baileys showing double-digit percentage growth.

    “Irish spirits and liqueur brands continued to perform well this year, due to successful launches and growth of innovations such as Baileys Chocolat Luxe and Bushmills Honey in various markets,” Mr Smith noted.

    He added that the long-term sustainability of the St James’s Gate brewery and ensuring it “continues to deliver on the perfect brewing craftsmanship that it has for the past 255 years,” are key focuses for Diageo Ireland.

    “With the opening of our new €168 mln brewing investment in the coming months, we look forward to working with Government and all our stakeholders to ensure optimal conditions for long-term growth,” he said.
     
    05.08.2014   North Korea: Government’s efforts to produce better-quality beer seems to be paying off    ( E-Malt.com )

    The North Korean government’s efforts to produce better-quality beer seems to be paying off, Voice of America reported on July 29.

    Lager produced with Czech Republic technology, expertise, and ingredients is captivating the taste buds of tourists to the communist country, as well as the rich young adults of Pyongyang. That is according to Tomas Novotny of the Czech brewing company Zvu Potez.

    “Many Russian and Chinese tourists, as well as North Koreans from Pyongyang travel [to the Rason Special Economic Zone] only to taste this beer,” said Novotny in a telephone interview with the VOA Korean service.

    According to Zvu Potez’s website, the company is well-known for beer production expertise. It reportedly has helped build as many as 200 complete breweries and 50 mini-breweries around the globe.

    Earlier this month, Martin Kovar, Sales Director at Zvu Potez, said in an interview with local daily Mlada Fronta Dnes that North Korean representatives in the Czech Republic approached his company directly.

    “We took the [North Korean] representatives to a few Czech microbreweries, and then they chose a type of beer that appealed to them the most,” Kovar explained.

    North Korea then opened a microbrewery in the Rason Special Economic Zone in late 2013 and equipped it entirely with Czech-made appliances and hardware.

    In this effort, brewing technologist Novotny stayed in the North for six months, beginning last October, to teach two North Koreans what he knows about beer.

    Novotny added, however, he does not know what the North plans to do once they use up the one-year supply of ingredients from his country.

    So why is the impoverished country striving to improve the quality of its beer? It may be that better beer means better business.

    While beer at the bar in Rason is free for locals, tourists must pay about 70 U.S. cents per pint, according to the North Korea-focused website NK News.

    Pyongyang is also encouraging foreign visitors to take a tour of its various microbreweries, including the Rakwon Paradise, the Taedonggang Craft Brewery, and the Yanggakdo Hotel Microbrewery.

    The Czech company’s work on the Rason brewery has come to an end, and it does not intend to send more experts unless North Korea places additional orders.

    This is not the first time North Korea used foreign expertise to build a brewery. The Taedonggang Craft Brewery in the eastern suburbs of Pyongyang is equipped with facilities bought from a British factory back in 2000. Its beer has received favorable reviews from foreign media, including the New York Times.
     
    04.08.2014   Scotch Whisky gets better legal protection in Burma    ( Company news )

    Company news Scotch Whisky has been granted special protection in Burma as a collective trademark in a breakthrough that will help protect against fakes in this growing market.
    This protection means action can be taken more effectively against products wrongly being sold or passed off as Scotch Whisky. This move gives added protection to both consumers and the industry.

    Alan Park, Scotch Whisky Association legal adviser, said: "This will allow us to protect Scotch Whisky against products illegally being sold or passed off as Scotch. Products suspected of misleading consumers and damaging the legitimate trade are already under investigation and may become the subject of legal action using the protection now given to Scotch Whisky in Burma."
    The British Ambassador to Burma, Andrew Patrick, commented: "Scotch Whisky is recognised worldwide as a distinctive and high quality British product and I am delighted that the Burmese authorities have taken steps to recognise and protect this. A robust legal framework is of great importance to foreign investors in any market and the British Embassy is supportive of the Burmese Government's efforts to develop this."

    Scotch Whisky exports to Burma jumped 65% to £2 million last year from £888,734 in 2012.
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    04.08.2014   Storing safety of hazardous materials for the food industry    ( Company news )

    Company news Turn-key competence for the storage of detergents

    Picture: New detergent storage area at BERGMILCH SÜDTIROL in Bruneck, Italy

    Detergents and chemicals have become indispensable in the food and beverage industry these days. The appropriate handling and safe storage is on one hand an important topic in every production facility, on the other hand it is incorporated in diverse laws, regulations or guidelines.

    LOEHRKE has, for some time, been active in the area of process hygiene, and also with dosing systems of detergents or chemicals. This includes the safe storage accordingly to law. Planning and implementation of storing safety is part of LOEHRKEs product portfolio, offering necessary container, collection trays and corresponding shelf systems. From uptake to dosage and distribution of the medium – LOEHRKE delivers the complete systems engineering.

    LOEHRKE Engineering
    Jürgen Löhrke GmbH manufactures and supplies not only the system based on customer request, but also takes over project planning and offers significant after-sales services. LOEHRKE project teams are formed in a way that all customer projects benefit from the company’s long years know-how depending on the special requirements. Experts from different areas, like mechanical engineering, chemical technology, food technology, process technology or electrical engineering, work together hand in hand during every project stage. This assures that all relevant factors of the customer project are been taken into account.

    The issuing of documents, e.g. for official applications by the customer, is a further aspect of the LOEHRKE turn-key project performance. A perfect timing of assembly and start-up is essential, so that downtimes in the customer production can be avoided. LOEHRKE is characterized by a modular product portfolio. New installations can be easily integrated in existing systems.

    Storage of detergents at BERGMILCH SÜDTIROL (Italy)
    Toni Herbst, Technical Project Manager at BERGMILCH SÜDTIROL in Bolzano, Italy: "With LOEHRKE we found the ideal partner for the renewal of our detergents storage areas. The highly professional approach and the competence - both technically and personally – proved a success with our project in the shortest possible time.”

    This customer project concerned the renewal of detergents storage facilities at two different locations in Italy. In addition to the restructuring of the storage at the Bolzano plant dosing pipes were newly laid, whereas the merging of two warehouses were the focus at the Bruneck plant. In both factories totally new centralized tank storages for detergents were installed. The needed tanks were delivered in segments, implemented and finished on site. Final acceptance of the storage tanks took place by an external verifier without any problems.

    LOEHRKE is an independent operating company offering process technology and hygiene solutions, like automated cleaning and disinfection. The medium-sized enterprise is family-owned and located in Lübeck, Northern Germany. LOEHRKE is partner of the global food and beverage industry since 30 years.
    (Jürgen Löhrke GmbH)
     
    01.08.2014   KHS line heater for even more PET bottle material savings    ( Company news )

    Company news The beverage industry wants ever lighter PET bottles which also remain stable and ensure the quality of their products. With its line heater KHS is taking another important step towards reducing bottle weights – while maintaining first-class bottle quality.
    The line heater is a module that is usually integrated into the rear heater area of a KHS stretch blow molder. On request the system can also be quickly retrofitted with little effort. All the necessary connections are provided and the relevant interfaces standardized.

    Energy-saving shortwave infrared radiation
    The InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch blow molder uses near infrared (NIR) to heat preforms. Only shortwave infrared radiation with an especially high energy density is used. With NIR the heat penetration of the preform wall is extremely intense – a feature further enhanced by feeding the preform through a closed heating chamber with all-round reflection. This enables an ideal heating profile to be applied to the preforms while saving energy.
    During the controlled heating process the neck area of each preform is shielded. This is because this area may not be heated to prevent any possible deformation of the neck, enabling the PET bottles produced after the heat-up phase to be securely closed. As the neck area is so critical, there is an extremely temperature-sensitive zone directly below the support ring. This must be protected against heat towards the neck yet ideally heated with the utmost precision towards the preform body in order that the PET material in this area can be perfectly stretched. The use of the line heater makes exactly this possible.

    Precisely focused linear heat ray
    The line heater is integrated into a specially designed module which has a reflector. The module has a parabolic mirror which produces a defined, precisely adjustable ray of heat. This permits focused heating of the critical area beneath the support ring without affecting the sensitive neck area. In this way, the additionally heated PET material can now be transfered to the bottle body during the stretching process. This means that lighter preforms can be used in the manufacture of PET bottles. When the product is changed over, the line heater can be quickly and easily adjusted.

    Annual savings greatly exceed investment costs
    If we assume that on the line heater 0.5 grams more PET material per bottle body is used than was the case to date, at an annual production of 100 million bottles this means that approximately 50,000 kilograms less material in total is used. At an assumed PET price of €1.40 per kilogram €70,000 is saved each year. This amount is many times more than the cost of investment in a line heater.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    31.07.2014   One-stop solutions: Doehler provides solutions for the trend positionings ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...“weight management” and “healthy nutrition”

    Doehler (Döhler) is further expanding its expertise in health & nutrition ingredients. The producer and provider of natural ingredients and ingredient systems is thus meeting the increasing demand for products with health-related added value. The market for these “better for me” products is booming more than ever before: the number of new products launched with health-related claims has risen by 76% over the last four years. Indication-related and reduced-calorie food and “free from” products no longer only appeal to specific consumer groups, but are increasingly breaking onto the mass market. Thanks to an extensive portfolio of health & nutrition ingredients – including functional ingredients and innovative, reduced-calorie sweetening systems – combined with a high level of application expertise and knowledge of food law, Doehler is able to implement indication-related product concepts with ease.
    The range of target groups for products with a health positioning is broad: from children and families to nutrition-conscious adults and athletes to the elderly. The latter are particularly health conscious and offer enormous market potential. Relevant indications such as a healthy heart or healthy bones are therefore currently by far the most popular product positionings, along with weight management and beauty. But as with any product, people only buy what tastes good. It is therefore down to manufacturers to develop products with top class sensory and technological properties which also meet the legal specifications. In addition to a high level of application expertise, this also requires comprehensive knowledge of the legal framework regarding claims, approvals and declarations.

    Tailor-made sugar reduction
    The number of overweight people and associated illnesses is increasing rapidly all over the world. Many governments are taking action to combat this, either by levying a specific “penalty” tax on sugar, intended to limit its use in food, or by requiring drastic warning labels on food that is very high in sugar. An increasing number of manufacturers is therefore introducing reduced-sugar or completely sugar-free products to the market, which also meet consumer demands for healthy food. As a result, product claims involving calorie reduction are currently among the most successful ones. However, developing low-calorie products with a premium sensory profile is a huge challenge. Doehler offers contemporary sweetening systems that allow a range of positionings. The MultiSweet® Plus portfolio extends from classic, calorie-free sweetening with high intensity sweeteners (HIS) and calorie-free natural sweeteners to fruit sweeteners made from fruit juice concentrates.
    MultiSweet® Classic is a combination of different high intensity sweeteners with a balanced sensory profile, which allows the sugar content to be reduced by up to 100%. For each product concept, Doehler provides tailor-made solutions and offers alternatives to sweeteners subject to criticism. For example, the company has developed solutions using the sweetener Advantam, which has recently received European approval.
    In contrast, MultiSweet® Stevia allows calorie-free sweetening on an all-natural basis. The number of product launches with stevia is increasing significantly at the moment, with an annual rise of around 60 per cent. The leading categories here are beverages and confectionery. Steviol glycosides are extracted from the leaves of the stevia rebaudiana plant and are 300 times sweeter than sugar, but beverage applications with Stevia are extremely complex. In order to achieve a product with the ideal sensory properties, different steviol glycosides are combined and the sweetening system is adapted to each individual customer recipe.
    All-natural sweetening can also be achieved using MultiSweet® Fruit. These deacidified and decolourised fruit sweeteners allow natural product positionings in the premium segment. For natural yet low-calorie recipes, MultiSweet® Fruit and MultiSweet® Stevia are the ideal combination.
    The taste of the MultiSweet® Plus line can be further optimised using Sweetness Improving Technology (SIT), a natural flavour technology. It is also possible to reduce the sugar content significantly in a natural way without using sweeteners thanks to Sugar Reduction Technology (SRT).

    Functional mixtures for indication-specific product concepts
    As a provider of an integrated solution approach, Doehler offers functional mixtures for any indication, positioning or product application desired. The mixtures already contain all the necessary ingredients and can be easily incorporated into the overall concept. This allows manufacturers to implement product concepts with a “beauty” positioning by using a mixture of hyaluronic acid, niacin and biotin, for example.
    Doehler offers a wide range of indication-specific mixtures that permit certain product positionings and statements. For products supporting a healthy and athletic lifestyle, for example, a balanced blend with L-carnitine, magnesium and vitamin B6 is available.
    Liquid protein solutions have been developed for beauty and sports products, as well as for food supporting muscle health in the 50-plus target group. The intrinsic taste of the proteins is masked or hidden using a special combination of ingredients, so there is almost no impact on the sensory profile. The functional mixtures are easy to integrate into the overall concept, both from a technological and sensory point of view.

    “Free from” – less is more
    More and more consumers are consciously buying “free from” products. For milk protein-free or lactose-free products, Doehler provides an almond base that is easy to process and produces a milk-like structure in the final product. It is characterised by a high level of stability in recipes with minerals or vitamins, too.
    A survey carried out in the USA showed that nearly one third of adults eat a partially or fully gluten-free diet , underlining the potential of this type of product. For recipes in this segment, Doehler offers application-specific, gluten-free malt extracts, which can be used as natural flavour components, colours or sweeteners.

    Naturalness – in functional products too
    Naturalness and clean label are playing an ever-increasing role in functional products. Regulatory specifications place tough demands on recipe development. Doehler supports customer projects with a high level of technological expertise and assists in all questions regarding claims and legal framework conditions. The company combines divisions for colours, flavours and functional ingredients under one roof, giving it particular application expertise, which it provides for the creation of functional overall concepts.
    (DöhlerGroup)
     
    31.07.2014   The Coca-Cola Company Reports Second Quarter and Year-To-Date 2014 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news -Worldwide volume growth of 3% in the quarter
    -Worldwide sparkling volume growth accelerated to 2% in the quarter, with brand Coca-Cola up 1% both globally and in North America
    -Global value share gains in nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverages
    -Second Quarter and Year-to-Date 2014 Highlights
    -Global unit case volume grew 3% in the quarter and 2% year to date. Coca-Cola International volume grew 3% in the quarter while North America volume was even.
    -Sparkling volume and brand Coca-Cola volume accelerated in North America, Eurasia and Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific in the quarter.
    -Global price/mix increased 2% in both the quarter and year to date.
    -Reported net revenues declined 1% in the second quarter and 3% year to date. Excluding the impact of structural changes, comparable currency neutral net revenues grew 3% in both the quarter and year to date.
    -Reported operating income declined 2% in both the quarter and year to date. Excluding the impact of structural changes, comparable currency neutral operating income grew 5% in the quarter and 6% year to date, resulting in improved operating margins while we continued to invest for growth in our brands with our global system partners.
    -Second quarter reported EPS was $0.58, down 1%, and comparable EPS was $0.64, up 1%. Comparable currency neutral EPS increased 6%.
    -Year-to-date cash from operations was $4.5 billion.

    Photo: Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company

    The Coca-Cola Company reported second quarter and year-to-date 2014 operating results. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company said, “At the beginning of this year, we shared our strategic plan to
    restore the momentum of our global business. As we now reach the midpoint of the year, we have delivered sound financial performance year to date and demonstrated sequential improvement in our global volume growth. While I am pleased with our progress to date, we remain focused on the work required to return our business to the level of sustainable growth we and our shareowners expect. For the remainder of the year, we will continue to focus intently on
    our five strategic priorities in order to deliver quality results and further advance our progress toward achieving our 2020 Vision.”
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    30.07.2014   Aptar Introduces a New Concentrate Dispensing Solution in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in innovative dispensing solutions, is pleased to present its latest development with France’s leading concentrate brand Teisseire.
    Aptar and Teisseire, a Britvic Group plc company, have teamed up to develop a customized dosing system which allows consumers to safely and intuitively dispense concentrate.
    This exclusive dispensing pump, based on Aptar’s HiFlow platform, is an ideal solution for children. The easy to use dispenser delivers a precise 4ml dose of concentrate with each actuation and ensures no leaks or spills, to the delight of parents, and prevents any crystallization in the dispensing mechanism.
    Thanks to Aptar’s extensive technological know-how in closures and dispensing systems, Teisseire’s “Dosing Syrup” is a new and fun experience for the whole family!
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
     
    30.07.2014   Extending the range of diaphragm valves for the GEMÜ 673 series    ( Company news )

    Company news Originally, this specially sealed version was developed from the GEMÜ 601, 612 and 673 basic types to suit particular customer requirements, and the new GEMÜ 673P9 version will now extend the current portfolio.
    The manually operated valve is available in nominal sizes DN 8 to DN 50, and has an additional seal provided by silicone O-rings which seal the interior of the bonnet housing from the outside. This prevents, among other things, lubricant which is normally used for lubricating the spindle, from leaking when autoclaving. It also prevents moisture and dirt from entering the bonnet interior.
    The GEMÜ 673P9 diaphragm valve is autoclave-capable and sterilizable, as well as CIP/SIP capable.
    As with the basic types, a standard seal adjuster and optical position indicator are also integrated in the new version. Thanks to their compact design, the valve bonnets are also suitable for use on multi-port valve blocks and tank valves.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    30.07.2014   UK: Sales of many high-strength beers booming, new report shows    ( E-malt.com )

    Sales of many high-strength beers and ciders are booming, according to new figures compiled for The Grocer.
    The Grocer’s ranking of Britain’s 100 Biggest Booze Brands (in association with Nielsen) shows sales of the top five high-abv beer and cider products grew £700,000 in value to £123.9 mln in the 12 months up to the end of April, despite being in the Home Office firing line and the target for local voluntary high-strength alcohol bans across the country.
    Three of the top five brands were in value growth, with value sales of Aston Manor’s 7.5% abv cider Frosty Jack’s rising £3.7 mln (9.3%), while volume sales dipped only slightly despite a sharp price rise.
    Meanwhile Carlsberg’s Skol Super, and K cider, produced by the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, ended the year in both value and volume growth.
    The figures come as lobbyists, ministers and drinks industry bodies piling pressure on suppliers to commit to Responsibility Deal pledges launched last week, with so far only AB InBev signing up. It pledged to stop selling carbonated drinks in cans containing more than four units of alcohol, resulting in the switching of 500 ml cans of Tennent’s Super (9% abv) into 440 ml cans.
    But ministers failed to persuade any producers to back a voluntary ban on high-abv lager and cider sold in plastic bottles of more than 15 units.
    The Grocer has uncovered strong resentment among suppliers, with Nigel McNally, MD of Brookfield Drinks, producer of Kestrel Super (9% abv) and Diamond White (7.5% abv), saying he would only sign if the Home Office promised to take action to outlaw local voluntary bans on high-strength booze.
    “We support the general direction of the pledges,” said McNally. “But we have a problem with the notion that there are two types of alcohol: good and bad. We want a guarantee of a level playing field. We won’t sign a pledge if it just means that other producers can come in from abroad and fill the gap in the market.”
    McNally, whose company produces a 500 ml Kestrel Super can, added: “If producers go down to a 440 ml product the government should recognise these as absolutely legitimate products. For that to happen it has to agree to outlaw the existing voluntary bans that police and local authorities have been bringing in across the country.”
    Senior industry leaders expressed their frustration at the lack of sign-up. “This move must be producer-led,” said one figure involved in the pledge. “This is what will enable the industry to set a new standard.”
    “Having products that make up more than four units in one can is very hard to defend,” added another industry source.
    Carlsberg, which produces 9% abv Special Brew in 500ml cans, said it was supportive of the moves but would “take some time to consider our approach”.
     
    29.07.2014   PepsiCo Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results and Raises Full-Year EPS Guidance     ( Company news )

    Company news -Core EPS $1.32 and reported EPS $1.29
    -Organic revenue grew 3.6 percent in the quarter. Reported net revenue grew 0.5 percent
    -Core constant currency EPS and core constant currency operating profit each grew 3 percent in the quarter. Reported EPS and operating profit each increased 1 percent
    -Excluding the gain related to refranchising the company's bottling operations in Vietnam, net of incremental investments recorded in the prior-year quarter, core constant currency EPS grew 9 percent and core constant currency operating profit grew 6 percent
    -Company increases full-year 2014 core constant currency EPS growth target to 8 percent (previously 7 percent)

    Picture: Pepsico Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi

    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) reported organic revenue growth of 3.6 percent and core earnings per share of $1.32 for the second quarter.
    "Despite operating in what continues to be a challenging and volatile macro environment, we are delivering consistent, strong results," said Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.
    "Our results reflect the power of our portfolio of products and brands, and the strength of our geographic footprint. They also reflect the hard work we've done to position our business for sustainable success.
    "Based on the strength of our year-to-date results and our outlook for the remainder of the year, we're increasing our full-year, core constant currency EPS growth target to eight percent."

    Summary of Second Quarter Financial Performance:
    -Organic revenue grew 3.6 percent and reported net revenue grew 0.5 percent versus the prior-year quarter. Foreign exchange translation had a 3-percentage-point unfavorable impact on reported net revenue and structural change related to the 2013 refranchising of the company's bottling operations in Vietnam had a slight negative impact in the quarter.
    -Organic revenue grew 5 percent for global snacks and 2 percent for global
    beverages in the quarter. On a reported basis, net revenue grew 2 percent for global snacks, reflecting unfavorable foreign exchange translation, and declined 1 percent for global beverages, reflecting unfavorable foreign exchange translation and the Vietnam refranchising.
    -Developing and emerging market organic revenue grew 8 percent in the quarter. On a reported basis, developing and emerging market net revenue declined 1 percent in the quarter, reflecting the Vietnam refranchising and unfavorable foreign exchange translation.
    -Core gross margin expanded 60 basis points in the quarter reflecting implementation of effective revenue management strategies and productivity initiatives. Core operating margin expanded 10 basis points in the quarter. Excluding the gain related to the Vietnam refranchising, net of incremental investments from the prior-year quarter results, core operating margin expanded 65 basis points in the quarter. Reported gross margin increased 95 basis points and reported operating margin increased 10 basis points in the quarter.
    -Core constant currency operating profit increased 3 percent. Excluding the $137 million gain recorded in the prior-year quarter related to the Vietnam refranchising, net of incremental investments, core constant currency operating profit increased 6 percent. Reported operating profit increased 1 percent and included the net impact of mark-to-market gains on commodity hedges and restructuring and impairment charges.
    -The company's core effective tax rate was 26.3 percent and the reported effective tax rate was 26.5 percent, both of which were two percentage points higher than the prior-year quarter.
    -Core EPS was $1.32 and reported EPS was $1.29. Core EPS excludes a positive net impact of $0.01 per share related to mark-to-market net gains on commodity hedges and a $0.04 per share negative impact from restructuring and impairment charges. Mark-to-market net gains and losses on commodity hedges are subsequently reflected in core division results when the divisions recognize the cost of the underlying commodity in operating profit.
    -On track to deliver targeted $1 billion of productivity savings in 2014.
    -Cash flow provided by operating activities was $2.7 billion year to date. Free cash flow (excluding certain items) was $1.9 billion year to date.
    -The company expects to return a total of $8.7 billion to shareholders in 2014 through approximately $5.0 billion in share repurchases and $3.7 billion in dividends.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    28.07.2014   Australia: Local craft beer consumption on the rise    ( E-malt.com )

    For the first time on record Australians’ consumption of craft beer in an average four-week period has increased to more than one million, however the overall preference for locally brewed beer is on the decline, Hospitality Magazine reported on July 4.
    Figures recently released by Roy Morgan Research reveal the proportion of Australians aged 18 and over who consume locally produced craft beer has risen from 3.5 percent, or 592,000 people in the year to March 2010 to 5.7 percent, or 1.04 million people in March 2014.
    The brews are proving most popular with those under 50, particularly the 25-34 age group – in 2010, 7.9 percent drank craft beer in an average four weeks, a figure that has since risen to 10.7 percent.
    Craft beer consumption is on the rise among people from New South Wales and Queensland in particular. Between 2010 and 2014, it was adopted by 186,000 people in New South Wales, meanwhile 99,000 Queensladers developed a penchant for the beverage.
    Despite the popularity of local craft beer, overall domestic beer consumption is on the decline. In the year to March 2010, a total of 36.7 percent or 6.1 million Australians opted for local beer in an average four-week period; however by March 2014 the figure had dropped to 31.9 percent, or 5.8 million Australians.
    “In positive news for the Australian beer market, the last five years have seen local craft beers fighting the increasing popularity of imported beers,” said Angela Smith, group account director – consumer products at Roy Morgan Research.
    “However, what the local craft market has gained appears to be at the expense of the local mainstream beers.”

     
    28.07.2014   Ireland: British pub group JD Wetherspoon to operate its Irish outlets without any ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... Diageo-distributed products unless the brewer agrees to lower prices

    JD Wetherspoon, the British pub group that plans to open 30 outlets in the Republic of Ireland, will operate its Irish bars “for the long-term” without any Diageo-distributed products, such as draught Guinness, Budweiser, Carlsberg or Smithwicks, unless it negotiates lower prices from the brewer, The Irish Times reported on July 25.
    Tim Martin, Wetherspoon’s chairman, said July 24 it wanted to stock Diageo’s products, but it was unwilling to pay the price charged for draught beer.
    “I don’t want to put pressure on Diageo, but we simply baulked at paying a higher price for Guinness in Ireland than we do in the UK,” he said.
    He declined to comment on the price difference between the two markets, but it is understood the Irish price is up to 20 per cent higher.
    Mr Martin was speaking on July 24 at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock in Dublin, Wetherspoon’s first Irish pub which recently opened without any Diageo-distributed products.
    He said Wetherspoon’s contract with Diageo in Britain prevented it from buying draught Guinness cheaply there and shipping it to Ireland.
    “I’m confident we can move ahead with or without Diageo. We have a good relationship, but if it turns out that we don’t stock Guinness in any of our Irish pubs, then we might do long-term deals for Murphy’s and Beamish instead.”
    Diageo said: “Wetherspoon is a highly valued partner of Diageo in Britain. As with all our customers, we are constantly exploring ways to make those relationships bigger and better.”
    Mr Martin said Wetherspoon’s second Irish pub, in Cork, may open “by Christmas”. It is also planning pubs in Dún Laoghaire and Swords in Dublin.
    “We have a couple of planning issues with the pub in Cork that we’re sorting out. I’ve seen the plans for Dún Laoghaire but I’m not sure when it will be open. We’ve recently signed contracts on the pub in Swords.”
    Mr Martin said it had also bid “on a few others” but it had no other firm deals in place. He said the group considered buying Capital Bars portfolio of four Dublin “super-pubs” that is currently on the market for an estimated €15 million, but did not bid. “We looked at them, but they’re too expensive.”
    Mr Martin said he did not know how long it would take the group to get up to 30 pubs here, and it depended on the performance of its initial outlets. He said Wetherspoon’s had looked at buying pubs in Limerick, Galway and “some smaller towns”.
    “As long as we feel accepted, we will plough on. We are a big tax collector for the State and we will provide a lot of jobs. The industry will benefit from having us here,” he said.

     
    28.07.2014   Scotch Whisky is popular in Commonwealth    ( Company news )

    Company news Almost a fifth (19%) of exports of Scotland's national drink goes to Commonwealth countries. Last year exports to the Commonwealth were up 1% on 2012 to £793 million, out of a global total of £4.3 billion.
    Singapore is the largest market in the Commonwealth for Scotch Whisky with exports of £330m last year. However, a lot of that Scotch will go to other parts of Asia as Singapore is a distribution hub for the region.
    The second biggest overseas destination for Scotch in the Commonwealth is South Africa with exports of £163m last year. It has been a growing market for several years now. While this growth is expected to continue, new markets are also emerging across Africa. For example, there is great potential in Nigeria. Last year, exports to Nigeria were up 43% to almost £14m, making it the seventh biggest market in the Commonwealth.
    Africa is one of the fastest developing markets for Scotch Whisky. Economic growth is occurring and individual disposable incomes are increasing for many of the population. There is a growing middle class in many cities across Africa who regard Scotch as an aspirational drink.
    India is the fourth largest export market for Scotch in the Commonwealth, with exports of £69m last year. It is hoped the European Union-India Free Trade Agreement talks will resume which will lead to the reduction of the onerous 150% import tariff on spirits in that market.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, has been involved in a panel discussion on 'Trade as a driver for development and economic growth' at the Commonwealth Games Business Conference, organised jointly by UK Trade and Investment, the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 22 July.
    He said: "In many Commonwealth countries Scotch Whisky has been popular for years. As economies in other countries develop, young, professional consumers are developing a taste for Scotch Whisky which they rightly regard as an aspirational drink of quality."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    28.07.2014   UK: Tyskie beer becomes one of Britain's 100 Biggest Booze Brands    ( E-malt.com )

    Polish beer brand Tyskie - once the preserve of Polish expats - has become one of Britain’s 100 Biggest Booze Brands after wooing UK supermarket shoppers, The Grocer reported on July 20.
    Sales of Tyskie have soared 39.9% year on year to £26.2 mln on the back of a similar increase in volume sales [Nielsen 52 w/e 26 April 2014] as the brand ramps up its presence in UK retailers. The performance has propelled it to 83rd position in The Grocer’s annual ranking of alcoholic drinks brands.
    Tyskie, which is available in cans and bottles, was attracting a mixed audience of Polish expats and British consumers, said Miller Brands. The business took over distribution of the brand in 2007 as it looked to tap the opportunity offered by the number of Poles coming to the UK; at that time the majority of sales were to Polish consumers.
    The canned beer still had a strong expat following - particularly through independent c-stores, said Miller Brands - but bottled Tyskie had found a new audience in recent years.
    “Tyskie is finding a role in the discovery repertoire among beer drinkers who like to experiment”, said customer marketing director Sam Rhodes.
    Growing interest in the brand has led to an increase in promotional activity by retailers, which has pushed the average price down from £2.66 a litre a year ago to £2.61 - still higher than most beers in the 100 Biggest Booze Brands listing.
    Tyskie’s growth had come despite little marketing support, said Miller Brands, with the exception of a few promotions targeted at Poles, including a competition to win flights to Poland.
    Tyskie dates back to 1629 when the Browary Ksiazece opened in the Polish city of Tychy.
     


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