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    01.09.2014   Roundtable Talk for the first time at drink technology India 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Experts Discuss the Future of the Indian Beverage and Food Market

    drink technology India again has a lot more to offer this year in addition to the presentations of exhibitors. In addition to the exhibitor forum, the dti Roundtable Talk is taking place for the first time, a panel discussion with leading manufacturers from the Indian beverage and food industry. Both supporting programs will deal with issues that are relevant for the future of the Indian beverage and Food industry.

    dti Roundtable Talk
    The dti panel discussion on Friday, 26 September, is the ideal Supplement to the dti exhibitor forum. While customised solutions for the Indian market will be presented in the forum, the Roundtable Talk will deal with the future of the beverage and food industry in India. The panel discussion will be chaired by Rajesh Nath, President of VDMA (German Engineering Federation) India, and Sumit Sharma, VDMA Regional Manager (North) India. The participants in the roundtable are:
    - Chandra Mohan Gupta, Supply Chain Director at Coca Cola India. He will speak about market growth in the beverage and Food segments.
    - K. Ganesh, General Manager at Bisleri International, will Report about market growth in the drinking water and competitor segments.
    - Prabodh Halde, Head of R&D Regularity Division at Marico, will contribute a talk about regulatory aspects in the beverage and food industry.
    - Subba Bangera, Plastic Technologist at ActiveSolutions, will show how the demand for specific food and beverage packing types is changing the Indian packaging market.
    - Dr. Binoid K. Martin, Spirit Beverage Consultant at FlavorActiV, will provide an insight into the significance, application and evaluation of sensory technology for the quality and shelf life of innovative (flavoured) alcoholic beverages.

    The panel discussion will provide an outlook of the beverage and food industry in India until 2020 and the chance to discuss case studies with recognised experts. Consequently, all participants will have the chance to share their experiences and learn from each other.

    Mr. Ganesh is providing one of the discussion points, which deals with the growing drinking water market in India: "The bottled water industry in India witnessed a boom in the late 1990s soon after Bisleri launched its packaged drinking water in the country. This significant growth was fuelled by a surge in advertising by the industry players that 'bottled water was pure and healthy'. Today, with a rise in health awareness, poor quality of tap water, and the ease of availability of bottled water, the per capita consumption of bottled water in India is on the increase.” According to Mr. Bangera, another exciting discussion topic is the Indian packaging market: "India will move from everything consumed loose to at least 40% packaged form in next 20 years. The combined effect of policy change, health care initiatives and changes in habits and travelling will bring about these changes. The changes will be seen in rural areas much faster, and it will be seen across the economic front.”

    dti Exhibitor Forum
    What are the chances for further development in the Indian beverage and food industry, both in the technological sector as well as in the areas of packaging and education/training? The dti exhibitor forum is going to provide answers to this question. The program of talks is composed of six topic blocks, which illuminate the important aspects of the beverage and food industry. For example, Dr. Roland Folz, Director Technology & Innovation Food & Beverage at Pentair Haffmans, will present the latest developments and trends in the Indian beer and beverage market in his talk "Holistic R&D approach of a global company, shaping the brewing & beverage future". Amos Lopez, Area Product Manager at KHS Corpoplast, will provide an overview of current achievements in aseptic bottling in his talk "Preformsterilization: Reliable protection for the sterile manufacture and filling of your PET bottles". It is a question of innovations in the milk industry in the talk "Krones solutions for milk filling and processing" held by Stefan Kraus, Product Manager Aseptic Filling at Krones. Annamitra Mahanty, Senior Executive and Pratish Sheth, Marketing Manager, both at Siemens, will speak about "Plant-wide-automation for the dairy industry / Integrated filling & packaging lines for reduced life cycle costs".

    Trade Fair Duo with a High Level of Participation
    Demand in the prospering Indian beverage and food industry is being reflected in the considerable number of participants at the successful trade fair duo drink technology India and International PackTech India. Approximately 230 exhibitors will present the complete range of offers for the packaging, printing, processing, beverage and food industries on about 11,000 sq. m. in the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 25 to 27 September 2014. Drink technology India 2014 expects an increase of approx. 20 percent in sold exhibition area and the numbers of exhibitors. The exhibitors at the two trade fairs include internationally active corporate groups as well as regionally-oriented firms from India. The combined know-how of the two trade fair organisers and the synergy effects between the packaging and processing industries as well as the beverage and food industry are attracting a great deal of interest in the rapidly growing economic area of India and promise a successful trade fair.

    The two organisers, Messe München (drink technology India) and Messe Düsseldorf (International PackTech India) as well as their Indian subsidiaries, expect approximately 8,500 trade fair visitors, including high-level managers, technicians, engineers and users from mid-level management at the third event of this trade fair duo.
     
    02.09.2014   Netherlands: Innovative carton pack from SIG Combibloc hits the sales shelf    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Nothing suits a real ‘hero’ better than superhero packaging. So well-established Dutch company Hero is now packaging its newly introduced ‘Hero’ Fairtrade juices in combidome from SIG Combibloc. The innovative carton bottle, which pairs the best features of a bottle with the best features of a carton pack, has already won multiple high-profile international packaging and design awards. Photo: SIG Combibloc

    A real hero for ‘Hero’ – popular juice brand now available in the combidome carton bottle

    “When exacting quality standards, technical expertise and attention to detail come together, something very special is created. Consumers experience this every single day when they drink our ‘Hero’ juices. The standards we set for ourselves are the same ones we demand from the packaging in which our products are put on the market”, says Ralf Wijnveldt, Channel Marketeer at Dutch food manufacturer ‘Hero’. For that reason the company, founded in 1914 with offices in Breda, has now opted for the combidome carton bottle from SIG Combibloc. The juices with 100 per cent fruit and Fairtrade ingredients are now available in the Netherlands in combidome 1,000 ml, in Orange, Apple and Multifruit flavours.

    Ralf Wijnveldt: “The prize-winning combidome carton bottle gives our ‘Hero’ products not just optimal protection, but a fitting, interesting face as well. We’re committed to keeping up traditions, but we also aim to move with the times and set the benchmark when it comes to outstanding quality – so we’re on the right track with combidome”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    02.09.2014   No Two Bottles Look Alike - Individuality Helps TricorBraun Win National Award    ( Company news )

    Company news “Botanical individuality” was the branding strategy for Australian Gold’s new tanning products, and TricorBraun helped the company reach its objective by designing bottles that differ from one another in their appearance.

    For this innovation, TricorBraun won in the Health and Beauty category of the American Package Design competition.

    The bottles are embellished with a wood grain design. In nature all wood grains differ. To address the branding objective, TricorBraun chose to use hydrographic printing so the wood grain images would vary from bottle to bottle.

    Michael Brown, TricorBraun sales consultant for Australian Gold, said, “The printing process is realistic and the botanical individuality among each of the bottles makes their down-to-earth presentation on a salon shelf striking.”

    Australian Gold’s new products, Green With Envy and Sweet Escape, are professional indoor tanning products that are sold exclusively in salons.

    Custom molds were created for the Australian Gold project. The two-piece, 8.5 ounce bottles are ergonomically designed to fit into the user’s hand. The lower portion of the container is extrusion blow molded HDPE and features a shrink sleeve label. The upper part of the bottle showcases the wood grain decoration and is manufactured with injection molded polypropylene.

    The bottles use reverse-taper dispensing closures that are manufactured with injection molded polypropylene. They also are finished with the wood grain image.

    TricorBraun’s (www.TricorBraun.com) primary focus is on designing, sourcing and supplying bottles, jars and other rigid packaging components for personal care; cosmetics; health care; food and beverage; as well as industrial and household chemicals. It has more than 40 offices globally and has one of the largest inventories of rigid packaging components worldwide.

    The American Package Design Competition is sponsored by Graphic Design USA, a news magazine published for the graphic arts industry that embraces all aspects of design. The American Package Design Competition is part of a national contest that embraces all aspects of design and includes advertising agencies, design firms, publishers and digital marketing companies. More than 9,000 entries are received from the entire graphic arts industry.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
     
    01.09.2014   Collect and check data on the spot     ( Company news )

    Company news The handheld data collector T&D RTR-500DC makes it easy to download and gather data from difficult to access places

    T&D Corporation, the Japanese market leader for data logger systems, has boosted its portfolio of data collectors with a user-friendly wireless handheld device: The RTR-500DC allows users to download and monitor data from loggers placed in remote locations without the need for manual gathering. The collected data can then be easily displayed in graph form on the LCD display, enabling immediate on-the-spot checking of data without a PC.

    The T&D RTR-500DC Data Collector with graphical display is compatible with all RTR 500 Series Data Loggers for all types of measurement, including temperature, humidity, pulse, voltage, milliampere, CO2, UV and illuminance. It can be used to wirelessly configure, download or monitor remote data loggers and is ready to use without troublesome preparation such as creating a network environment. The data collected can be immediately viewed in graph form on the spot without the need for a computer. The RTR-500DC also monitors for warnings in data loggers for which upper or lower limits have been set. The device, which offers easy one-hand operation and a backlit display for reading in the dark, is perfect for large storage areas, warehouses or outdoor locations where it is impractical to have a USB-connected or networked data collector. It is also ideal for monitoring data from remote units which are on the move, such as those on transport vehicles and production lines. It allows users to capture recorded data easily, and then transfer or relay it via USB cable to a PC.
    (T&D Corporation European Sales Office)
     
    29.08.2014   360-degree Customer Orientation for PET Systems    ( Company news )

    Company news With the start of its PET4Future project, KHS Corpoplast chalks up further success. In 2014, the company is realizing an approximately 25% increase in stretch blow molder sales. For 2015, KHS Corpoplast predicts a further rise in business volume by about 7%. This goal is even more impressive in light of the fact that according to Euromonitor, PET beverage packaging will be increasing by only about 4% annually by 2018.
    Looking at the percentage distribution of sales of KHS Corpoplast stretch blow molders by region, Asia / Pacific is up front with 45% followed by the United States (24%), Europe (18%), and Africa / Middle East (13%). Frank Haesendonckx, CC manager and product manager for InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molders at KHS Corpoplast, says, "We still see an enormous potential particularly in the Asia / Pacific and Africa / Middle East regions within the next few years."

    Picture: KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV

    "One-stop shop"
    PET4Future is a business development plan based on a 360-degree view of the PET beverage bottle segment. According to Thomas Karell, Managing Director of KHS Corpoplast, "Within the KHS Group, customers worldwide are offered a 'one-stop shop' in the PET segment as well. The service begins with the development of individual bottles at the KHS Corpoplast plant where the main emphasis is placed on developing the desired formats that are outstandingly prepared to meet all customer requirements with regard to the system and point of sale. In addition to high-tech equipment, KHS offers comprehensive line expertise in the production and processing of PET bottles.
    The beverage bottling companies value this 360-degree PET concept greatly as indicated by the increasing number of KHS Corpoplast stretch blow molders being ordered together with KHS lines. Frank Haesendonckx reports, "At the present time, we are realizing approximately 50% of our stretch blow molder sales in turnkey KHS PET lines and this percentage will continue to grow. Most in demand are orders for lines designed as stretch blow molder-filler monoblocks as this concept allows even more extensive lightweighting than would be feasible for individual machines. Moreover, this concept offers customers additional cost benefits."

    More than 1,300 InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molders in the market
    All told, there are currently more than 1,300 KHS Corpoplast stretch blow molders - the inventor of this technology - in the market worldwide. About 300 of which are InnoPET Blomax Series IV, the latest generation of stretch blow molders.

    Compelling full package of benefits of the KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV
    The full range of benefits has contributed decisively towards the success of KHS Corpoplast. The exceptionally low energy consumption per stretch blow molded container achieved by the InnoPET Blomax Series IV meets the demand for sustainability perfectly. Measurements carried out at customer sites also show that energy savings of up to 40% are possible compared to the Blomax Series III predecessor generation. The servo-motor-controlled stretching process ensures maximum process stability thereby enabling preforms to be optimized down to the last tenth of a gram of PET material. At the same time, the system responds extremely flexibly, reliably, and operates with outstanding efficiency.
    The interest in this innovative generation of stretch blow molders is increased yet again thanks to newly developed options. For example, compressed air savings of up to 40% are possible by integrating the Airback Plus system into the stretch blow molding process. KHS Corpoplast just recently launched its new Feedflow preform feed unit to market designed especially for conveying lightweight preforms to the stretch blow molder. A flow of air specifically directed into the horizontal feed segment conveys preforms consistently and particularly reliably to the machine.

    Construction of yet another production shop planned for 2015
    In order to meet the high demand for InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch blow molders, KHS Corpoplast has been expanding its production capacity continuously since 2012 and has invested more than five million euros in new facilities to date. Of the 21,000 m² area currently occupied by KHS Corpoplast's plant in Hamburg 9,500 m² are designated for production, 5,000 m² for logistics, the laboratory, and technical center, and 6,500 m² for offices. Further expansion is planned for 2015. Thomas Karell says, "Our PET4Future project is on schedule. It shows that we have taken the right entrepreneurial steps. Our highly qualified employees from all divisions have contributed significantly towards shaping this success. This is something we can continue to build on. We are perfectly equipped for profitable growth now and in the future."
    (KHS Corpoplast GmbH)
     
    28.08.2014   Expansion of Netherlands Beverage Can Plant     ( Company news )

    Company news New can production line in Oss to be operational by May 2015

    Ball announced the expansion of its beverage can manufacturing plant in Oss, Netherlands. The company will build an additional production line for 50-centiliter aluminium cans at the existing plant location.
    “In the Benelux countries, more and more breweries are choosing cans for their beer packaging,” said Colin Gillis, president, Ball Packaging Europe. “The Oss plant is the only beverage can manufacturing facility in the Netherlands, and this expansion will strengthen its position as a logistical hub for our business in the Benelux area and throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.”
    Ball, already a major employer in Oss, will bring additional jobs to the region as a result of the expansion. The company also will continue to invest in training and education for its employees and in support of community projects.

    Historical milestones of Oss can production site:
    -1953: Foundation of steel can factory by Thomassen & Drijver
    -1971: Implementation of first two-piece beverage can line in Europe
    -1997: Installation of first aluminium line
    -2005: Switch to aluminium only production
    -2008: Production of the 25th billion can
    -2012: First run of 20-centiliter and 33-centiliter aluminium sleek cans
    -2013: 60th anniversary of only Dutch beverage can plant
    -2014: Start of expansion project to build third production line and new warehouse
    (Ball Packaging Europe Oss B.V.)
     
    27.08.2014   Canada: Analysts believe Molson Coors’ expanded partnership with Heineken will strengthen ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... market share of above-premium beers

    Global brewer Molson Coors Brewing Company boasts a strong portfolio of well-established brands, including Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Carling and Staropramen, as well as craft and specialty beers like Blue Moon, Creemore Springs and Cobra. The company focuses on growing its market share through innovation and by shifting its focus on the above-premium category of beers, Zacks reported on August 20.

    Recently, Molson Coors and Heineken N.V. expanded their marketing partnership in Canada, whereby Molson Coors Canada will distribute five additional above-premium brands of Heineken including Dos Equis, Sol, Tecate, Birra Moretti and Desperados in Canada starting from Jan 2015.

    Over the last two decades, Molson Coors in association with Heineken has been marketing and selling its brands such as Heineken, Murphy’s, Newcastle and Strongbow. In addition, Molson Coors has also agreed to distribute the Coors Light brand in Ireland.

    However, analysts note that Molson Coors has been posting negative beer volumes in Canada for quite some time. Since 2001, the premium beer segment in Canada has been gradually losing volume to the above premium and value segments, mainly due to an aging population and a sluggish economy.

    In Canada, the substantial excise tax increase in Québec, which was enforced in Nov 2012, has been hurting volumes as the company holds a significant share of the Québec market. Despite the reduction in tax rate in Canada in the second quarter of 2013, the region is still struggling with volume declines.

    In the recently-reported second quarter 2014 too, a 2% decline in sales volume and currency headwinds led to sales decline in Molson Coors Canada. However, overall the company’s net sales, including excise tax, increased marginally by 0.9% to $1.19 billion in the second quarter driven by positive pricing and mix, which made up for the beer volume decline in the quarter.

    Adjusted earnings of $1.57 per share exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 9% and grew 6.8% from the prior-year earnings driven by growth in underlying pre-tax income and expanded margins owing to lower interest expense.

    Zacks analysts believe the new expanded agreement will not only strengthen the market share of the above-premium category of beers, but will also complement the existing portfolio of leading Canadian beer brands. The addition of the Heineken portfolio is a positive as Canadian drinkers have a strong appetite for imported beers.

    Molson Coors currently holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
     
    27.08.2014   Cavitus sets the tone in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Ultrasound technology company Cavitus has opened an office in Zug, Switzerland as part of an initiative to provide European customers with a local and more personalised service.

    Cavitus Europe AG opened its doors in early August 2014 and is staffed by a team of experts including founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dr Darren Bates and Chief Operations Officer and Managing Director of Cavitus EMEA, Tobias Leischner. Located in the heart of the central business district, the new office is the hub of all Cavitus’ European operations and provides a direct and convenient contact point for existing and potential customers.

    MD Tobias Leischner commented on the move, “With an already established base of customers across the European continent, the timing was right to set up a permanent base in a central location. Europe is an important market for us and by having a strong Cavitus team on the ground full-time, we can reduce lead times, improve response times and be more accessible to our customer base. Operating within the same time zone also makes travelling between countries easier and allows us to deliver our ultrasonic solutions in a timely manner.”

    CTO Darren Bates agreed. “Cavitus already services several large corporate beverage manufacturers in Europe with our ultrasonic Beverage Line Efficiency technology which delivers greater than 10% efficiency gains. Through Cavitus Europe AG, we are now well placed both geographically and economically, to capitalise on further opportunities for expansion, not only in the carbonated soft drinks market but also with additional technology options which can be applied in the beer and dairy industries. The combined knowledge of the team at Cavitus Europe AG and our central location in the heart of Europe, gives us a powerful advantage in the market. It’s a move that sets a positive tone for the future. ”

    Cavitus also has offices in Australia and Malaysia and the USA.
    (Cavitus Europe AG)
     
    27.08.2014   Estonia: Microbrewery boom sweeping over Estonia    ( E-Malt.com )

    A microbrewery boom is sweeping over Estonia. Over the past 12 months, half a dozen microbreweries have popped up, craft brews have appeared on the menus of restaurants and a new beer house has been established in Tallinn's Old Town, The Helsinki Times reported on August 17.

    "At the turn of the year, restaurants started to suddenly offer the brews of Estonian microbreweries," says Miikka Kulmala, a game programmer based in Tallinn. Mass-produced beers taste like bad water, he characterises, while sipping a pint of Aotearoa Sauvin, an amber ale brewed by the local microbrewery Hopster, in a pub in the Old Town.

    The share of microbreweries of the Estonian beer market remains below one per cent, but the demand is surging. "We have no time for marketing, only for fulfilling orders. Rimi [a major Baltic retailer] is interested in our beers, [and] Finnish retailers have made enquiries. My head is spinning," describes Enn Parel, a co-founder of Põhjala Brewery.

    The next competitor to venture into the budding craft beer market in Estonia will be Finland's Sori Brewing. "When we started to plan setting up a microbrewery two years ago, there was not a single similar [brewery] in Estonia. All of the sudden, we're in the middle of a boom," says Heikki Uotila of Sori Brewing.

    Co-founded by Uotila, Pyry Hurula and Samu Heino, the microbrewery raised a total of 450,000 euros in seed capital from 225 investors with a three-month crowd-funding campaign before Uotila and Hurula on 1 August moved to Tallinn to set up the brewery. "We wanted to chide the Finnish alcohol policy. We got a flat in Tallinn today," the men rejoiced.

    "We can't set up an online shop in Finland due to the monopoly. We want to internationalise and pour over borders," they explained.

    Uotila and Hurula are standing inside an empty industrial hall covering over 700 square metres, which used to house a weapons factory. Here, Sori Brewing plans to welcome weekly visitors in a similar fashion to their American competitors.

    The facility is located no more than a ten-minute bus ride away from downtown Tallinn, near the busy shopping centre Ülemiste Keskus.

    As soon as the brewery is up and running and the permit documents are in order, sales abroad can begin. "Finnish microbreweries can send bottles for us to sell through the online shop to Finland," says Uotila.

    "We'll pay the excise duties and value-added tax immediately."

    Tuomas Pere, the head brewer at Pyynikki Craft Brewery, was driven by similar frustration when he participated in founding Papabeers, an online shop for craft beers, in Estonia earlier this year. "This is a political statement," he confirms.

    Vahvaportteri, a porter created by the Tampere-based brewery, was awarded the gold medal at the 2014 Global Craft Beer Awards in Berlin in late July.

    "The only way to get the beer to our [900] shareholders was to set up an online shop in Estonia. Even if the shareholder lived next to the brewery, we would first have to send the bottle to Estonia and then back [to Finland] by mail. Finnish laws are so silly," Pere slams.

    "Most of online shops don't pay excise duties. While Estonia is close, it's impossible to keep track of online shops based in Germany or the United Kingdom from Finland," he highlights.

    Papabeers will pay excise duties and alcohol tax on beers ordered to Finland.
     
    27.08.2014   Ireland: Heineken becomes Ireland’s top lager brand in H1 2014    ( E-Malt.com )

    Heineken has revealed that it has become Ireland’s top lager brand, The Irish Times reported on August 20.

    In a statement, Heineken said that the Irish beer market is “mirroring the tiered economic recovery which the country is currently experiencing”.

    “On trade growth is very much focused in the Dublin and suburban areas, with rural areas west and north west of the country very much behind the capital”.

    Noting that “serious challenges” remain for rural pubs in the current tiered marketplace recovery as suburban outlets near large cities continue to buck the trends, Heineken called on the government to help the Irish pub sector in the form of a reversal of recent beer excise increases, lower rates of both VAT and water charges in the sector.

    Overall, the brewer increased its volume share of the Irish beer market to 28 per cent in the first half of the year, primarily through the Heineken branded product. One in every two pints of lager consumed in the pub now comes from the Heineken Ireland portfolio, while one third of all consumer spend on lager is focused on the Heineken brand.

    The brewery’s portfolio includes Coors Light, Fosters, Beamish Stout, Murphy’s Stout, and a full range of specialty beers, which includes Desperados.

    Nonetheless, the company said that Ireland is still a difficult operating environment.

    Maggie Timoney, CEO of Heineken in Ireland, said “it continues to be tough to operate in this declining market, particularly in the context of the punitive excise tax increase imposed on our industry by the government. These taxes are a tax on consumers, tourism and jobs.”

    Heineken reported revenues of €477 million in 2013 for its Cork based operation, which employs 544 people.

    Globally Heineken, the world’s third- biggest brewer, said on August 20 that it expects growth to moderate in the remainder of the year after posting profit in the first half that topped analysts’ estimates. Earnings before interest and taxation, excluding some items, were €1.45 billion, compared with €1.33 billion a year earlier.

    Heineken still anticipates stronger sales in 2014. The brewer is looking to expand sales of pricier beers such as the eponymous flagship Heineken brand. It’s also turning to developing markets for growth, buying control of its joint venture Asia Pacific Breweries in 2012.
     
    27.08.2014   Russia: Carlsberg to put less beer in bottles and reduce packaging size    ( E-Malt.com )

    Carlsberg, the biggest brewer in Russia, plans to put less beer in bottles and reduce the size of some products in order to avoid increasing prices in Russia, where the beer market is shrinking, RT.com reported on August 21.

    The initiative applies to half of Carlsberg’s Russian production and is intended to stabilize its business in Russia, which is facing food inflation and high taxes.

    It means that “we don’t have to increase prices as much, because then we can keep the same price points but lower volumes a little,” Bloomberg quotes Joergen Buhl Rasmussen, the Carlsberg’s CEO, in a telephone interview made after the Danish brewer cut its full-year outlook because of shrinking demand in Russia.

    To boost Russian sales the company will also introduce new products such as Seth & Riley’s Garage, an alcoholic lemon drink, and sponsor a hockey league.

    A third of Carlsberg’s profit comes from the Russian Baltika brand. Sales in Russia are likely to fall in the second half of the year, as distributors are cutting orders. This is “due to the recent macro events, the consumer sentiment, and the outlook for some of the economies in Eastern Europe are becoming increasingly challenging and uncertain,” the company explained in the statement.

    In the first half of 2014, Russian beer sales declined by 7 percent.
     
    27.08.2014   Symrise Continues to Grow and Significantly Increases Profitability    ( Company news )

    Company news • EBITDAN rises by 9 % to € 209 million
    • EBITDAN margin reaches 22.2 %
    • Group sales up by approximately 6 % at local currency
    • Earnings per share before special items up 14 % to € 0.90
    • Integration of Diana Group initiated

    Symrise AG remained on its successful course during the first half of 2014. The Group increased sales at local currency in all regions, significantly raised the operating result and completed the acquisition of French Diana Group as planned. One-off non-recurring special items in connection with M&A activities affected the operating result with € 3.4 million and the financial result with € 7.5 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization without special items (EBITDAN) increased significantly by 9 % to € 209 million (H1 2013: € 191 million). The corresponding normalized EBITDA margin amounted to 22.2 %, compared to 20.5 % in the prior year period. Furthermore, Symrise increased its sales in the first six months to € 942 million (H1 2013: € 935 million). At local currency, sales grew by 6 %. At the end of July, Symrise completed the acquisition of French Diana Group, which will first be consolidated from July 2014 onwards. The integration process has already been initiated.

    Dr Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG: “Symrise is entering the second half of the year with full steam ahead. In the first six months we have grown significantly and improved our profitability even further. High capacity utilization, our continued cost discipline and, above all, our focus on high-margin business were significantly contributing to this development. By successfully completing the acquisition of Diana at the end of July, we have finalized the largest acquisition in our company’s history on schedule. We also completed the acquisition financing in record time. This allows us to now fully concentrate on the integration process in the areas of research and development as well as production and sales. I am certain that we will further accelerate our profitable growth together with Diana.”

    Sales Increase of 6 % at Local CurrencySymrise increased sales in the first half-year by 6 % at local currency to € 942 million. In reporting currency sales growth amounted to 1 %. Strong impulses came from all regions and both divisions.
    With a sales increase of 12 % at local currency, Latin America recorded the strongest growth dynamics. EAME grew sales by 5 %, Asia/Pacific and North America increased sales by 6 % and 4 % respectively.

    Normalized EBITDA Margin Improves to 22.2 %
    Good capacity utilization during the first six months, consistent cost discipline and the focus on high-margin business significantly contributed to the earnings increase. In the reporting period one-off non-recurring items of € 3.4 million occurred in connection with the acquisition and integration of the Diana Group. These affect the Flavor & Nutrition segment only. Group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization normalized for special items (EBITDAN) increased by 9 % to € 209 million (H1 2013: € 191 million). The normalized EBITDA margin improved on a high level by 1.7 percentage points to 22.2 % (H1 2013: 20.5 %). In addition, the financing of the acquisition led to one-off costs in the amount of € 7.5 million which are attributed to the financial result. Net income for the period came in at € 101 million compared to € 93 million in the prior year. Earnings per share rose from € 0.79 to € 0.84; on a normalized basis, earnings per share in the first half of 2014 amounted to € 0.90 per share. This corresponds to an increase of 14 %.

    Significant Rise in Cash Flow from Operating Activities
    Cash flow from operating activities also increased significantly to € 109 million (H1 2013: € 77 million). As of June 30, 2014, the ratio of net debt including pension provisions to EBITDA amounted to 1.1. This represents a significant improvement as compared to 2.0 at the end of 2013 and is a result of the capital increase carried out in May.

    Sales Growth of 9 % in Emerging Markets
    Symrise once again benefited from its strong presence in the Emerging Markets during the first half-year. The company recorded a sales increase of 9 % at local currency in these particularly dynamic markets, thereby exceeding the Group’s overall growth rate. The share of Group sales attributed to the Emerging Markets amounted to 48 %, the same level as in the prior year period. At local currency, the share already came to more than 50 %.

    Scent & Care
    The Scent & Care segment extended its business in every region and boosted its sales by 6 % at local currency. In reporting currency this represents an increase of 0.5 % to € 493 million compared to the exceptionally strong prior year (H1 2013: € 490 million). Strong impulses were again seen in the Fragrances and Life Essentials divisions, which both realized high single-digit growth rates.
    With an increase of 12 % at local currency, Scent & Care generated significant sales growth in Latin America. Furthermore, the division increased its sales in EAME by 5 % and by 4 % in both, North America and Asia/Pacific.
    Scent & Care increased its EBITDA to € 110 million (H1 2013: € 98 million). The EBITDA margin rose from 20.1 % to 22.3 %.

    Flavor & Nutrition
    The Flavor & Nutrition segment generated a sales growth of 6 % at local currency to € 449 million (H1 2013: € 444 million). In reporting currency this corresponds to a sales increase of 1 %. Similar to Scent & Care, the Emerging Markets made an important contribution to the division’s development.
    Latin America was the fastest-growing region, generatinga sales growth of 12 % at local currency. In Asia/Pacific, Flavor & Nutrition achieved sales growth of 8 % at local currency. In EAME, sales rose by 5% in local currency despite high comparable figures from the prior year period. North America built on the positive development of the preceding months and grew by 3 % at local currency.
    Flavor & Nutrition generated an EBITDA before special items of € 99 million during the reporting period (H1 2013: € 93 million). The normalized EBITDA margin amounted to 22.1 % (H1 2013: 20.9 %).

    Diana Integration Initiated Following Completion of Transaction
    Following the announcement of the planned acquisition of Diana Group in April, Symrise successfully implemented several measures in the second quarter for financing the transaction. In May, Symrise generated proceeds of around € 400 million from a capital increase based on authorized capital. In addition, the company secured short and medium-term borrowings from its primary banks amounting to € 400 million. Symrise also successfully placed a € 500 million long-term bond that was oversubscribed several times. Symrise used this comprehensive financing concept totaling € 1.3 billion at highly attractive conditions to finance the largest acquisition in its history.
    The transaction was completed on July 29, 2014 following the corresponding approvals. Symrise subsequently introduced initial measures for integration. Hereby, the focus lies on the integration of Diana as an independent division in the Flavor & Nutrition segment, which is responsible for all activities in the area of nutrition. Symrise and Diana will continue to focus intensively on their customers and research projects. Diana will be consolidated for the first time in the third quarter of 2014.
    Symrise will continue to report at the level of both Flavor & Nutrition and Scent & Care segments.

    Positive Outlook for 2014
    Following a successful first half-year, Symrise confirms its outlook for the 2014 fiscal year. The Group further expects solid demand and a positive market development in all regions and in both divisions. For 2014 Symrise is furthermore confident to outperform local currency growth of the global market for fragrances and flavors. Furthermore, Symrise continues to aim at an EBITDA margin of more than 20 %. The objectives defined for the 2020 fiscal year continue to apply to the expanded Symrise AG, including the addition of the Diana Group: Symrise aims at an annual sales growth (CAGR) between 5 % and 7 % and an EBITDA margin between 19 % and 22 %.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    26.08.2014   BrauBeviale 2014: at the heart of a united Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news -Repositioning after opening up of East European markets
    -Focus on PET – also of interest to small and medium enterprises

    Probably no event was as decisive for recent world history as the fall of the Iron Curtain on 9 November 25 years ago. This not only ended the Cold War – the eastward enlargement of the European Union brought peace, democracy and economic development. Nürnberg, which was previously located at the eastern edge of Western Europe, moved into the centre of the new united Europe. BrauBeviale also profited from this and repositioned itself within a few years: from a trade fair for the predominantly German brewing industry to this year’s most important capital goods exhibition in the world for the beverage industry. It takes place with some 1,300 exhibitors and about 33,000 trade visitors in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 11–13 November.
    “BrauBeviale has profited a lot from the opening up of the East European markets. The spectrum of products is more extensive and the exhibition has become appreciably more international,” says Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibitions BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse, describing the development of the past years. The number of exhibitors in 1989 was 559, of which 10 per cent were international; in 2012 there were 1,284 (45 per cent international). The situation is similar for visitors: there were 15,189 in 1989 (10 per cent international) and 32,810 (38 per cent international) came in 2012. “The Czech Republic is one of the leaders among our top ten countries. And we are pleased that many exhibitors and visitors from Russia are also frequently guests in Nürnberg and feel at home at BrauBeviale,” says Andrea Kalrait. The countries of Central and Eastern Europe showed record growth averaging five per cent a year between 1993 and 2008 (UNECE Statistical Database). This economic development was driven by the direct foreign investment, including by the European food and consumer goods industry, to which the brewers also belonged. The long-term decline of beer consumption in Western Europe and the knowledge of the connection between rising Gross Domestic Product and rising beverage consumption in the emerging markets are reasons why they were among the first investors in these markets. Their goal: to capture new markets and defend or improve their existing position over competitors. The acquisition costs of the European brewers in Central and Eastern Europewere initially still relatively modest: less than a billion euros between 1990 and 1999. However, they acquired the know-how on taking over and later the capital as well, which enabled them to more or less complete the globalization of the brewing industry successfully in the subsequent years until 2013. What they lost on beer sales in Western Europe they could easily recover from the growing beer consumption in the Central and Eastern Europe region.

    Central and Eastern Europe: market for product innovations
    Many beer markets in Central and Eastern Europe have apparently been successfully developed into mature markets in only 25 years; that is, a price architecture has been installed that covers all segments – budget, regional, national, premium and international premium brands – as we are familiar with in West European countries. Consumers can now also choose from a broad range of drinks in these markets. Moreover, the international brewing concerns appear to prefer these markets to the West European markets when it comes to launching product innovations. The idea suggests itself that the multinational brewers assume consumers in Central and Eastern Europe are more willing to try out new drinks than their customers in other parts of Europe. This is shown, for example, by the sales figures for the beer mix drink shandy: Sales of shandy in Central and Eastern Europe rose from 66,000 to 2.9 million hl between 2006 and 2013, but only from 5.2 to 6.3 million hl in Western Europe (estimates by Canadean).

    PET trend in Central and Eastern Europe and at BrauBeviale 2014
    Consumers in Central and Eastern Europe also seem to be more receptive to packaging innovations. Prominent example: the use of PET packaging for beer. Sales of beer in PET in Western Europe increased from 402,000 to 6.1 million hl from 1999 to 2013, whereas the figure for Central and Eastern Europe shot up from 3.5 million hl to 85 million hl in this period (estimates by Canadean). The currently largest market for beer in PET is undoubtedly the Russian market, where almost half of all beer is bottled in PET containers. BrauBeviale also presents the PET complex as a focus topic for its 33,000 trade visitors. PET is not only a trend for large concerns, but also offers attractive solutions for small and medium enterprises – PET@BrauBeviale makes this clear, with discussions on current trends in the PET beverage and packaging industry. The market-orientated PETnology concept “connecting comPETence” with PETarena and Packaging Wall of Excellence takes place for the first time in 2014. Companies use this setting to present their diverse spectrum of PET products and services. Whether machinery manufacturers, bottlers, packaging developers or suppliers – the PETarena is an informative place to go for everyone involved in the PET value chain. The event starts with the two-day international PETnology Congress, which takes place on 10–11 November, immediately before the exhibition. The special theme is rounded off with a special tour of exhibitors that highlights the PET solutions of the participating exhibitors at the whole exhibition.

    Beer market in Europe – culture of craft brewing provides variety
    Although Europe as a whole is still by far the second largest beer market in the world after Asia, estimates by the Japanese financial services provider Nomura indicate that beer consumption in Europe will increase only moderately in the coming years: from 498 million hl in 2012 to 509 million hl in 2017. Far greater growth is attributed to other regions: Latin America (2.3 per cent a year), Asia (3.4 per cent) and Africa (4.2 per cent). But the European beer market is livelier than ever. Craft beers and a variety of beer specialities are gaining increasingly in importance. The number of European microbreweries is growing constantly: in Italy (>400), in Switzerland (>400), in France (>100) and Great Britain (>1,000), in Norway (>40), in Poland (<100) and the Czech Republic (>200). Of the over 1,300 breweries in Germany, more than 90 per cent can be described as craft breweries. Reason enough to establish the culture of craft brewing as a trend topic at BrauBeviale. Highlights ranging from the European Beer Star Award and inspiring presentations to the Craft Beer Corner provide sufficient opportunities for interested visitors to examine this topic.
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    25.08.2014   Amcor announces profit result for year ended 30 June 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Statutory profit for the year ended 30 June 2014 from continuing operations(1)(2) was $737.0(3) million compared with $589.2(4) million for the year ended 30 June 2013.

    Photo: Amcor’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr Ken MacKenzie

    Highlights – continuing operations results
    -Profit after tax of $737.0 million, up 24.6%(5);
    -Earnings per share (EPS) was 61.1 cents, up 24.7%(5). On a constant currency basis EPS was up 9.2%(5)(6);
    -Returns, measured as profit before interest and tax to average funds employed of 19.4%(6);
    -Operating cash flow after net capital expenditure of $890.6(7) million;
    -Net cash from operating activities was $1,171.0 million; and
    -Annual dividend of 43.0 cents per share, up 26.5%(8).

    In announcing the result, Amcor’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr Ken MacKenzie said: “The full year result represents another period of higher profits and returns.
    “Earnings per share, for the continuing operations, increased 24.7% to 61.1 cents per share and the dividend increased 26.5% to 43.0 cents per share. On a constant currency basis, earnings per share increased 9.2%.The key drivers of higher earnings were the benefits from recent acquisitions, ongoing growth in emerging markets and continued improvement in operating performance.
    “Over the past 12 months there have been a number of exciting developments.
    “We recently announced a new breakthrough technology called LiquiFormTM which will transform the rigid plastic container industry, and 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.
    “We are building a new greenfield tobacco packaging plant in Indonesia to support our growth in that market. This is an exciting development that continues to build on our successful emerging market position.
    “Acquistions remain a key component of our growth strategy going forward and over the past year we announced Flexible Packaging acquisitions in China, Australia, Indonesia and India. These acquisitions enhance our ability to create value for our customers and improves our unique global footprint.”

    Business Group Performance
    Commenting on business segment performance, Mr MacKenzie said: “The Flexible Packaging segment had a solid performance with earnings up 7.1% in constant currency terms and record returns of 24.3%. The operating sales margin increased from 11.6% to 12.1% which is an outstanding achievement and reflects innovation driven product mix improvements and ongoing strong growth in emerging markets.
    “The Rigid Plastics group had a solid year with higher earnings and returns. The business benefited from continued growth in Latin America and strong improvement in the Diversified Products division from new higher value-add products."

    Outlook
    “The outlook for the 2014/15 year is for higher earnings.”
    (Amcor Ltd)
     
    25.08.2014   Controlled process reliability with GEMÜ SUMONDO®    ( Company news )

    Company news GEMÜ, the leading manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems for the pharmaceutical industry, has developed the world's first Single-Use diaphragm valve. GEMÜ SUMONDO® represents the long-awaited paradigm change to Single-Use design: From manual systems to automation-capable and controllable plants for faultless operation and continual documentation by the plant monitoring system.
    The trend towards simplified upstream and downstream plant designs and the effective prevention of cross-contamination risks means that Single-Use disposable technology is becoming an increasingly high-profile and important field – especially in pharmaceutical process engineering.
    Single-Use design is increasingly being used particularly in the manufacture of smaller batch sizes, which are required, for example, in research and pilot plants.

    CIP/SIP processes are no longer required
    The secondary processes for cleaning and sterilisation (CIP/SIP) that are well-known and required for classic stainless material plant designs are in practice no longer necessary at all with Single-Use plants and processes. The necessary purity is guaranteed through the sterilization by gamma rays of all the process components used. This not only reduces the investment costs of such a plant, but also eliminates extremely time-consuming cleaning validation for operating media that are no longer required.
    GEMÜ SUMONDO® links the valve body and actuator together using patent-pending locking technology: After the application process, only the valve body is removed, the actuator itself can be reused repeatedly in the plant.
    The valve body is manufactured from polypropylene in a cleanroom and is gamma irradiated up to 50 kGy. It isolates the working medium hermetically from the environment and from the actuator through an ultrasonically welded TPE diaphragm. The medium remains closed off from the environment by the welded diaphragm not only during operation, but also after removing the valve body.

    Reproducible and documentable procedures
    The major advantage of GEMÜ SUMONDO ® in comparison with conventional pinch valves lies in the exact controllability of processes. Using a tried and tested actuator design from conventional plant engineering, the actuator can also transmit feedback to the plant monitoring system as required to ensure complete monitoring of the controlled system. This means that pharmaceutical processes can be more easily documented, reproduced and validated.
    The increased levels of automation also mean that the systems are less likely to have faults.

    GEMÜ SUMONDO® is initially available in three valve body versions in the nominal sizes 3/8" to 1" with hose barb or clamp connection. The body is available as a straight way, T- and angle valve (right) design. The products are already in use in several testing facilities at development partners.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.08.2014   The world's first company to promote the innovative KHS Plasmax technology to consumers    ( Company news )

    Company news Based in Adana in the southern part of the country, Doganay Gida is one of the leading manufacturers of fruit and vegetable drinks in Turkey. Doganay Gida just recently ordered three KHS aseptic lines at once. Two of the three lines are already running production and the third will go into operation before the beginning of the 2015 season. The special feature of all three lines is that each is equipped with an InnoPET Plasmax (photo). This machine coats the insides of all PET bottles with an ultra-thin layer of silicon oxide - pure glass. This coating provides the best possible quality protection for bottled beverages by specifically preventing the exchange of substances such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, and flavorings between the product and the packaging and environment. This increases what is known as the shelf-life, i.e. this special PET bottle treatment makes it possible to store products safely for longer periods. A decisive aspect with regard to sustainability is that these coated PET bottles can be fully recycled.
    According to Rafet Doganay, who owns the company jointly with his brother Remzi Doganay and who is responsible for sales and marketing, "Doganay Gida has pursued a strict quality policy since the company was founded. The KHS aseptic lines equipped with integrated Plasmax technology aid us in realizing this policy in every respect."

    Targeted advertising campaign for CAMPET = GlassPET captivates consumers
    It is interesting to note that Doganay Gida is the world's first beverage company to communicate the benefits of FreshSAFE PET Plasmax technology directly to consumers under the term CAMPET, the Turkish equivalent of GlassPET. And in a very impressive, easy-to-remember, and strategically sophisticated way at that. An initial one-week TV campaign in which the Doganay company deliberately did not appear, merely showed how difficult it sometimes is for consumers to decide between the glass and the PET bottle. In a second likewise one-week broadcast, the TV commercial intimated that it is no longer necessary to make the difficult choice between glass and PET now that what is known as the glass/PET bottle is available. It wasn't revealed until the third week that the so very desirable glass/PET bottles contain Doganay Gida's Limonata product.
    Parallel to this TV commercial Doganay Gida placed the film clips on YouTube. Within only a few weeks the company had already chalked up more 250,000 views.
    Rafet Doganay: "The response to our advertising campaign was outstanding. Although we expected a great amount of interest, we did not suspect just how captivated consumers would be by the glass/PET idea. This clearly underlines yet again our high quality standard. We are very satisfied."
    In addition to one InnoPET Plasmax machine each, each of the two KHS aseptic lines already in operation includes a Blomax Series IV stretch blow molder and in all instances an Innosept Asbofill ABF 711 aseptic linear filling machine. Besides an Innopack Kisters SP Basic shrink packer, the packaging area shared by the two lines includes a roll-fed Innoket 360 Duo labeler. Robot grouping and the Innopal PB1N palletizer comprise a further part of the line concept. Both lines run at a total capacity of up to 24,000 bottles per hour processing 0.25- and 1-liter size containers.

    KHS aseptic lines mean active future-proofing
    According to Remzi Doganay who is responsible for the Technology division: "The lines are running perfectly and were put into operation within a very short time. We are especially looking forward to using the third already ordered line - an Innosept Asbofill ASR - the new generation of KHS aseptic rotary machine technology which will enable us to run production at up to 36,000 bottles per hour. Because of the rapidly growing demand for our products, for us this effectively means active future-proofing."

    In addition to the Limonata mentioned above, Doganay Gida produces many other non-alcoholic beverages. The sales volume in 2013 totaled about 40 million liters. The company's flagship product yet ahead of Limonata is Salgam, a vegetable drink made from the juice of fermented red turnips. Doganay Gida's market share of the Salgam consumption in Turkey is currently close to 95%. The range of products includes not only orange juice, pomegranate syrup, and lemon juice but also various vinegar products. Doganay Gida also distributes its products beyond Turkey's border and is active in more than 30 countries on all continents.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    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)
     


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