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    06.07.2015   Diageo Executive Announcement: Larry Schwartz will retire    ( Company news )

    Company news Larry Schwartz (photo), President Diageo North America Diageo North America, celebrates 40 years in the drinks industry and Diageo announces his intention to retire

    Diageo has announced that Larry Schwartz, President Diageo North America, who lately celebrated 40 years in the drinks industry, will retire by the end of the calendar year. Larry’s successor will be the subject of a further announcement in due course.

    Larry Schwartz, President Diageo North America, said:
    "I am proud to be a bartender’s son and grandson, and am so privileged to have enjoyed 40 years in an industry I love. Working with Diageo’s brands and people has been the highlight of a career that has brought me much joy. It has been an honour to work alongside Ivan and all my colleagues in Diageo over these past 15 years."

    Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, said:
    Today is an opportunity to recognise Larry's achievements and thank him for his commitment and dedication to Diageo. Through his strong relationships across the industry and within Diageo and his passion for our business and our brands he has helped build Diageo's leadership position in our largest market.
    "The Board and I will announce Larry's successor in due course. This is a strong business and until he retires Larry will support the new leader of our North American business as they implement the changes needed to deliver improving performance."
    (Diageo plc)
     
    06.07.2015   English AFRISO Catalogue as CD or download    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO catalogues 2015/2016 can now be ordered on one CD in English and German language. They are also ready for download in English and German language. (Photo: AFRISO)

    The three new AFRISO catalogues 2015/2016 “DOMESTIC TECHNOLOGY”, “PORTABLE MEASURING INSTRUMENTS” and “INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY” can now be ordered on one CD in English and German language. They are also ready for download in English and German at www.afriso.com/completecatalogue15-16. The catalogue DOMESTIC TECHNOLOGY covers products for heating systems, alarm units and smart building systems. The catalogue PORTABLE MEASURING INSTRUMENTS contains portable instruments for flue gas analysis as well as inspection and servicing equipment. The catalogue INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY comprises measuring instruments for pressure, temperature and level, equipment for process engineering and systems for stationary gas analysis. The clearly structured AFRISO CD describes more than 25,000 products on a total of more than 900 pages. The programme was once again extended by numerous innovative products and monitoring products for a great variety of applications for building technology, industry and environmental protection. The new AFRISO CD can be ordered free of charge at www.afriso.com/catalogue.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    03.07.2015   Data logger with display DL 10     ( Company news )

    Company news The new AFRISO DL 10 data logger with display can display and store up to four independent analogue measured values. DL 10 is a freely programmable digital display unit with comprehensive data logging functionality and integrated supply voltage for 2-wire and 3-wire transmitters. Voltages up to 10 V and current up to 20 mA can be used as input signals for each channel. Each channel can be parameterised independently and each measurement signal is displayed with selectable scaling. In addition, the measured values of each channel can be stored to an SD card via an adjustable timer function. The storage functions can also be triggered via analogue signal threshold values. The parameter level excels with a menu und plain text descriptions for user-friendliness. All values are entered directly via the device, no additional equipment is required. A numerical password can be activated to protect the device from undesired parameter changes. With integrated function blocks such as freely adjustable scaling and maximum pointer function, linearisation, trend indication, selectable quasi analogue bar indication, autoscroll function and a broad supply voltage range with AC 50-253 V and DC 20-253 V, DL 10 meets all demands with regard to a universal, multi-channel process display and extends the display functionality by a data logger. All configuration data can be read, modified and archived via a PC. The text-based user interface is easy to understand with selectable display languages (English, German, French) and ensures fast and easy commissioning. DL 10 features a standard housing (96 x 48 mm) for control panel mounting and a backlit five-digit graphical LC display with automatic switch-off function for excellent readability even under adverse light conditions.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    03.07.2015   Purity® Vodka Awarded Unprecedented 100th Gold Medal With Fifty Best Competition "Double Gold"    ( Company news )

    Company news Purity Vodka, a Swedish small-batch, ultra-premium vodka, proudly announces its 100th Overall Gold Medal in international blind taste competitions – a Double Gold from "The Fifty Best" 2015 Imported Vodka Competition, awarded for the second consecutive year. "The Fifty Best" is a fine lifestyle guide that hosts more than 25 annual competitions across the food and beverage industry. "The Fifty Best" Vodka judging panel consisted of 15 pre-qualified spirits experts who conduct blind tastings and rank each vodka based on taste profiles. Since 2002, Purity Vodka has been recognized with 100 gold medals from blind taste competitions around the world, including the International Spirits Challenge, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, International Wine & Spirit Competition, and Craft Spirits Awards International Competition. Purity® Vodka is also the first vodka brand to be named the Grand Spirit Master, as well as Grand Vodka Master four years in a row, by The 2014 Grand Spirits Masters Competition.

    "It took me ten years to develop Purity Vodka. I was seeking the perfect balance between ingredients, distillation and cut to maintain flavor in the final spirit. In the early years, I started to compete to ensure that I was on the right path. But ever since we won the first gold medal at The International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, I have taken every chance to challenge the vodka industry on the title of the world's best vodka. Our hundredth gold medal is historic. No longer can anyone argue that all vodka is tasteless. By repeatedly winning major spirits competitions around the world, we have proven that vodka is all about taste," said Thomas Kuuttanen, Master Blender of Purity Vodka.

    Recently at the Asian Spirit Masters 2015, Purity Vodka won the highest achievement, Master Medal, in the "Ultra Premium" and "Smooth" categories, as well as Gold Medals in "Organic," "Micro Distillery," "Europe," and "Scandinavia." "From an ultra-premium vodka you'd expect depth and complexity, and a balanced spirit that is perfect sipped neat or mixed in a Martini – Purity Vodka is an exemplary example of the category," said Becky Paskin, Asian Spirits Master judge and Spirits Business editor.
    (Purity Vodka AB)
     
    02.07.2015   Current state of orange juice industry - Helping Producers' Profitability    ( Company news )

    Company news The orange juice industry is at a crossroads, as sales have dropped almost every year for the last decade. In 2014, according to Nielsen data, orange juice sales hit their lowest level in at least 20 years. Over the same period, per-capita consumption fell roughly 40%. And the immediate future looks challenging for producers.
    The swift decline of orange juice sales is indeed having a significant impact on the producers of orange juice made from concentrate. For most of the late 20th Century, orange juice was a breakfast staple, as approximately three quarters of all U.S. households consistently drank it. But a combination of shifting breakfast habits of Americans, who each year continue to eschew sugar, and the steady, upward climb of juice prices in general, in large part caused by climate – and in the case of Florida, an insect-born disease – has had a powerful, adverse effect on demand.
    Thus, with fewer productive trees, the price of growing oranges is on the rise. According to Florida Citrus estimates, the cost of growing orange trees has doubled from roughly $1,500 an acre in 2000 to as much as $3,000 today, and the cost is increasing year by year. As U.S. supplies continue to decrease – according to some estimates, yearly production could actually fall below 100 million boxes over the next five years – prices will most likely continue their upward climb. And the wholesale price of orange juice has doubled over the past decade and a half, which in turn, is passed on to the consumer.
    While imports of oranges to the U.S. are up slightly, they have yet to make an impact on the decline in U.S. production. For instance, Brazil, which accounts for nearly all of the world’s consumption of oranges outside of the U.S., has been beset by its own market and production challenges.

    Refractometers’ role in concentrate
    So, given that the environment of increasing commodity prices is putting a drag on the industry’s collective bottom line, fruit juice producers, trying to find ways to increase profitability, are searching for the latest
    technologies for effective processes for °Brix analysis.
    For well over two decades, manufacturers, for their primary instrument in measuring the final dilution ratio – or °Brix – for reconstituted juice, have utilized flow meters, density meters and refractometers. These have served to both ensure optimum quality, as well as reduce losses through the stringent control of the yields from orange juice made from concentrate.
    The most successful to date has been the refractometer.
    As a discipline, refractometry is an inexpensive technique designed to deliver rapid and consistent measurements of the fully dissolved solid content of any liquid sample. Over the past several years, in an effort to accurately measure °Brix, and to lessen losses by ensuring that they have full control over yields of concentrate, the vast majority of beverage manufacturers have been employing digital refractometers. In addition to quality control, consistent confirmation and corroboration of laboratory instrumentation is paramount in today’s manufacturing facilities as an assurance of overall efficiency – which, at the end of the day, directly impacts the balance sheet.
    However, since the digital automatic refractometer came on the market about 35 years ago, there have been issues associated with discrepancies between measurements obtained using these instruments and traditional refractometers when dealing with non-homogenous, pulp-filled orange juice. Primarily because of the inconsistencies some samples may contain, refractive index (RI) readings measured on orange juice samples by modern electronic refractometers are at times misleading.

    Challenges in achieving high accuracy
    The accuracy of measurement techniques afforded by today’s digital refractometers have exposed a potentially costly, unstable attribute within an orange juice sample that has a direct impact on dilution control. As orange
    juice is a function food – in this case health-promoting and disease preventing – firm quality control is essential. Thus, the questionable sample may be hampering the ability to reduce costs by decreasing target values without the risk of not meeting even minimum regulatory requirements.
    The difference between instrument, sample and ambient temperatures cause an unpredictable stabilization period between the analyses of samples, thus compounding the effects of the settling of solid particles onto the surface of the prism as being the root cause.
    Because orange juice made from concentrate measurement repeatability can be erratic, packers must operate at a higher dilution ratio. Thus, if the packer is unaware that the lower limit is being breached, and the product is then delivered to the retailer which then determines the product is not to its specifications, the packer may indeed lose a valuable contract.

    In order to achieve high accuracy results for orange juice samples like other fruit juices – and to mitigate the problems with many refractometers currently being marketed, Bellingham + Stanley, a unit of Xylem’s analytics businesses, has developed an instrument that is based on its proven RFM340+ refractometer – one that provides a measurement with 0.01 °Brix accuracy for sucrose solutions and 0.02 °Brix reproducibility between orange juice samples, irrespective of the temperature differential or the skill level of the operator.

    Bellingham + Stanley’s Pro-Juice Solution
    The device – the Pro-Juice refractometer – takes care of all of the typical issues of refractometric analysis of orange juice measurement through the combination of dynamic measurement and intelligent thermal conditioning.
    Among its many other benefits that are designed to provide superior analysis and improved productivity include:
    • Using a peristaltic pump to prevent the settling of the solid particles onto the prism surface by keeping the sample in constant motion and delivering it for measurement at precisely the right temperature, thus eliminating stabilization time and ensuring that no detrimental settling occurs on the prism surface.
    • Its on-screen menu helps the operator in every stage of measurement and the built-in software ensures cleanliness, which is essential to achieve a high accuracy result and helps to eliminate staff training, especially where there is a relatively high through-put of non-skilled operators.
    • Pro-Juice has been designed to deliver °Brix analysis within 2.5 minutes that includes sample preparation and cleaning cycle, thus reducing downtime irrespective of the temperature difference between the instrument and sample.
    • The cleverly shaped XyCone flow cell enables sample readings in constant motion and its vortex technology ensures samples are properly flushed between applications. Further, its easy release arm facilitates calibration, measurement and end-of-day cleaning.
    • To enable routine maintenance, an externally mounted peristaltic pump facilitates rapid tube exchange; air filters protecting the solid state heat exchangers can be changed in seconds.

    The outstanding repeatability provided by the Pro-Juice refractometer can be illustrated through taking multiple readings of an orange juice sample in the Pro-Juice, on a refractometer under factory conditions, and on a high specification digital refractometer under ideal conditions. The Pro-Juice refractometer resolves all issues related to the orange juice measurement on a standard refractometer. Using the Pro-Juice refractometer, orange juice manufacturers can produce orange juice from concentrate with acceptance tolerances as low as possible, thus making significant savings and a quick return on initial investments.
    Further, the Pro-Juice is not exclusively designed for orange juice analysis. Its software, using the METHODS system, which together with the quick release soft flow cell, facilitates conventional “single shot measurement” of any sample up to 95 °Brix in a matter of seconds, so that other diluted juices and concentrates can be measured.

    In a competitive market where constantly increasing commodity prices are putting a pressure on profitability, fruit juice producers need to look to the latest technology to ensure that the most effective processes for °Brix analysis are in place.
    The Pro-Juice will not only prove a viable method to help reduce costs by tightly controlling product yield for all fruit juice types, including orange juice with or without added pulp, it will do so without putting lucrative contracts at risk.

    In summary
    The orange juice industry is arguably in its most challenging era ever. Higher commodity prices, caused by lower yields and decreasing consumption among consumers, have the industry feverishly seeking for ways to increase profitability. One tested method that can enable manufacturers to improve production – to refine blend ratios to an extent that losses are significantly reduced – is a refractometer that has time and again delivered positive results: the Bellingham + Stanley Pro-Juice.
    (Bellingham + Stanley, a Xylem brand)
     
    02.07.2015   Tetra Pak® E3 launched at Fispal    ( Company news )

    Company news A new generation of filling machines with electron beam technology

    In a ground-breaking first for the beverage carton industry, Tetra Pak® launched a filling machine that uses electron beams, not hydrogen peroxide, to sterilise packaging material. The Tetra Pak® E3 was on display at the Fispal Technologia International Trade Show in São Paulo, Brazil, and promises a range of benefits to customers; not least the potential to run up to 40,000 portion packages every hour. Compared with the existing Tetra Pak® A3/Speed platform, Tetra Pak E3 machines will also lower operational costs, improve environmental performance and increase production flexibility.

    At the heart of the new machine is the eBeam sterilisation technology that was developed by Tetra Pak in collaboration with COMET, a world leading company in high-voltage and high-vacuum technology. The technology works by focussing a controlled beam of electrons onto the surface of packaging material as it runs through the filling machine, killing any bacteria or micro-organism present.

    Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak said: “This is a very exciting development; Tetra Pak E3 not only delivers significant cost and environmental benefits to our customers, it also marks the start of a new era in the world of carton packaging. The efficiency and effectiveness of filling equipment has just taken a major step forward.”

    The use of eBeam removes a long-time physical limitation to carton packaging speed: the hydrogen peroxide sterilization process. With eBeam, speeds of up to 40,000 portion packs per hour, or 11 packs every second, can be achieved … and market tests have shown this increased capacity can save beverage manufacturers as much as 20 per cent in their operational costs.

    The replacement of hydrogen peroxide in packaging material sterilisation also significantly improves environmental performance; making water recycling easier, lowering energy consumption and cutting waste.

    Furthermore, the modular design of the Tetra Pak E3 platform offers increased production flexibility to manufacturers. By installing an eBeam kit, manufacturers can switch between pasteurised and extended shelf life (ESL) production orders on the same Tetra Pak® E3/CompactFlex filling machine.

    The launch of Tetra Pak E3 at Fispal follows successful pilots with some of the world’s leading dairy producers, such as Rajo, the largest dairy producer in Slovakia. Between 2011 and 2014, Rajo produced 110 million packages of UHT milk in Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1000 Slim on a Tetra Pak A3/Speed machine equipped with the new eBeam sterilisation system.

    Peter Novorol’nik, Production Manager at Rajo said: “Innovation is one of the cornerstones of Rajo’s strategy. In the domestic market, we are the market leader in every segment where we are active, but it is not all about new products. We also need to constantly drive for innovation in managing factory costs. Today we can say that the new eBeam technology could be the solution for future improvement. This innovative system offers clear savings on hydrogen peroxide consumption. To sterilise 1 million packages you need 300 litres of hydrogen peroxide, so the saving is considerable.”

    The machine shown at Fispal is a Tetra Pak E3/Speed that will be commercially available starting from 2016. The machine produces family packages of Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1000 Edge with LightCap™ 30, running at 15,000 packs per hour. Tetra Pak plans to expand the new platform to more machines in future, and will start deployment with three versions:
    -Tetra Pak® E3/CompactFlex Extended Shelf Life
    -Tetra Pak® E3/Speed Portion Packages
    -Tetra Pak® E3/Flex Extended Shelf Life
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
     
    01.07.2015   Liven Up Your Summer Sips with the New Pinnacle® Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka    ( Company news )

    Company news Pinnacle® Vodka, a leading imported premium vodka brand, is proud to announce its latest flavor, Pinnacle® Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka. With the taste of fresh grapefruit and a smooth, tart finish, Pinnacle’s latest innovation delivers a deliciously tangy flavor profile perfect for summer cocktails and cookouts.

    Pinnacle Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka joins Pinnacle’s robust portfolio of award-winning fruit-flavored vodkas. With over 40 distinct flavors to date, Pinnacle Vodka delivers everything you’d expect from a premium vodka but at a delightfully unexpected price.

    “Grapefruit is a popular cocktail ingredient we know our fans love, so we’re confident they’ll love our new Pinnacle Ruby Red Grapefruit,” said Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory. “The spirit delivers a vibrant and zesty citrus flavor that’s perfect for any entertaining occasion, making summer cocktailing as effortless and delicious as ever.”

    Pinnacle Ruby Red Grapefruit is a 70-proof, five-times distilled vodka that can be enjoyed chilled, on the rocks, or in a mixed cocktail. Now available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $12.99 for a 750ml bottle. Whip up one of these tasty cocktails featuring Pinnacle Ruby Red Grapefruit to ring in summer!
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    01.07.2015   Maximum process stability – minimum rejects    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to more than 600 installations on injection moulding machines with electrical injection units, the iQ weight control software developed by ENGEL AUSTRIA has become well established worldwide. Now the injection moulding machine manufacturer is presenting the product with an enhanced range of functions. In addition to the switchover point and the injection speed profile, now the holding pressure can also be automatically readjusted during the running process.

    Picture: iQ weight control ensures constant conditions even during the holding pressure phase. Thus even greater weight consistency can be achieved when viscosity fluctuations arise in the melt.

    Producing moulded parts of a consistently high quality shot by shot is the aim of every injection moulder. Simply using a precise injection moulding machine will not achieve this, however. Even minor changes in ambient conditions or in raw materials and wear have an affect and can mean that parameters need to be readjusted. The iQ weight control software makes it possible to automatically recognise deviations and compensate for them in the same shot. Thus rejects can be drastically reduced and productivity can be increased decisively.

    Stable conditions from the injection to holding pressure
    To achieve this, the software analyses the pressure profile at the screw position in real time during the injection process and compares the measured values with a reference cycle online. Based on these results, the switchover point and the injection profile are adapted to the current conditions which keeps the injected volume constant during the entire production run. Thus the effects of fluctuations in viscosity on the filling of the mould, especially in applications with switchover points that depend on the injection pressure, can also be compensated.
    ENGEL even goes one step further in the new version of the software. The automatic holding pressure correction now makes it possible to compensate for fluctuations in viscosity even after the injection phase has been completed by adjusting the holding pressure profile.

    Benefits also for thick-walled components
    The new feature opens up a wider range of applications for iQ weight control. While the automatic readjustment of the injection parameters increases weight consistency, especially in the fabrication of thin-walled components, it is the holding pressure phase that has a crucial impact on quality in the production of thick-walled parts.
    During its symposium, ENGEL will demonstrate the potential of the upgraded software in the production of housing parts for medical use made of polypropylene on an all-electric ENGEL e-motion 170/110 T injection moulding machine. Adding small amounts of a material that flows more easily (wax) simulates realistic fluctuations in viscosity. Without corrections to the holding pressure, the weight of the components increases with sinking viscosity by up to 0.29g. This corresponds to almost one percent of the component weight and leads to unacceptable deviations. However, when the automatic holding pressure correction is activated, the component weight remains consistently within the tolerances with fluctuations of 0.07g, and no rejects are produced.

    Consistent control logic makes the application easier to use
    iQ weight control is available for all ENGEL machines with electric injection units. This includes the ENGEL e-motion, ENGEL e-mac, ENGEL e‑duo and ENGEL e-victory model series. The software does not require any additional hardware: instead, it is integrated into the CC300 control unit of the injection moulding machines. The consistent control logic ensures that the application is intuitive and comfortable to use.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    30.06.2015   New customer in Brazil: Serigy opts for filling technology from SIG Combibloc    ( Company news )

    Company news Well-established Brazilian company chooses carton packs

    SIG Combibloc is pleased to welcome another new customer in Brazil. Serigy, a renowned manufacturer of food and beverages, has opted for the filling technology from SIG Combibloc, and will now be filling coconut water and fruit nectars in combiblocMidi 1,000 ml carton packs with the screw cap combiSwift, using a filling machine CFA 812. The product range currently includes coconut water and grape, guava, caju fruit, pineapple, mango, orange, peach and passionfruit nectars.

    Carlos Cabral, Market Director at Serigy: “In 2017, we’ll be celebrating our company’s 100th anniversary. In Brazil, but also throughout South and North America, Serigy is one of the leading brands for coconut milk and coconut flakes. Although this certainly means we can be described as a well-established company, we also aim at all times to have the current
    consumption trends of consumers in focus and to offer relevant products. We’re confident that in the booming non-carbonated soft drinks market, coconut water and nectars in combiblocMidi carton packs, which are eye-catching and convenient, will really catch on with Brazilian consumers. For that reason, we’ve decided to incorporate carton packs into our product packaging range”. Up to now, the company has offered juice concentrates and nectars only in PET packaging in 300 ml volumes.
    Ricardo Rodriguez, Director and General Manager South America at SIG Combibloc: “We’re proud to have won over Serigy with our carton packs, filling machines and service portfolio. The decisive factors for Serigy were above all the flexibility and, in association with that, the high performance of the SIG Combibloc filling machines”.

    Serigy has now brought a CFA 812 filling machine into operation. To begin with, the company is using this machine to fill its fruit nectars and coconut water in combiblocMidi 1,000 ml – up to 12,000 carton packs per hour are possible. However, the format flexibility of the filling machine also allows filling in combifitMidi without any difficulty. For all combibloc and combifit formats with the same base dimensions, switching between different filling
    volumes takes just a few minutes. A change of design can be implemented entirely without interrupting the production process, and with no wastage at all. All you need to do is switch the carton sleeves in the filling machine magazine. At the same time, the product flexibility of the SIG Combibloc machines offers the basis for filling a huge variety of foods. With the
    filling machines for non-carbonated soft drinks, for instance, low-viscosity food products and those with higher viscosity, such as smoothies or dessert sauces, can also be filled.

    Total package of benefits
    Carlos Cabral: “This total package of benefits made the decision to opt for a filling machine from SIG Combibloc an easy one. In the aseptic carton packs from SIG Combibloc, the high quality of our products is retained at its best. That’s another aspect which is enormously important to us. Only a product that meets the consumer’s quality standards has a chance of market success”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    29.06.2015   Focus on safe and intelligent processes - GEMÜ at ACHEMA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news GEMÜ focused entirely on the motto "process reliability" at this year's ACHEMA trade fair. As a manufacturer of high-quality products, GEMÜ has always placed great importance on ensuring that these products are manufactured as precisely and reliably as possible. This is what ensures that the customer's systems in which the GEMÜ products are installed can be operated as reliably and cost-effectively as possible.

    Perfect examples of current innovations include the impressive new two-piece 5M diaphragm which boasts an even longer service life in conjunction with the tried and tested GEMÜ seal system.
    GEMÜ also presented the new 553 distribution valve. Its modular construction offers unprecedented flexibility. This valve is ideally suited for use anywhere where liquids have to be collected or mixed. It is also compatible with the GEMÜ modular system – actuators and sensors can be effortlessly integrated.

    Intelligent networking
    The GEMÜ F4 stand in hall 8 had a large Y at its centre. It is from here that GEMÜ presented the future of intelligent valve technology – CONEXO. The interaction between valve components equipped with RFID chips and an IT infrastructure, comprising the CONEXO APP and the CONEXO Portal, will actively improve process reliability.
    Every valve and every relevant valve component, such as the body, actuator or diaphragm, can be clearly traced using serialization and read off at any time in the system using the RFID reader – the CONEXO PEN. The CONEXO APP, which can be installed on mobile devices, will not only simplify and improve the "Installation qualification" process; it will also make the maintenance process much more reliable and easier to document in the future. The app actively guides the maintenance technician through the maintenance schedule and directly provides him with all the information assigned to the valve, such as test reports, testing documentation and maintenance histories. This will optimize the maintenance processes in the systems and thus make a significant contribution to increasing process reliability.
    GEMÜ CONEXO helps customers to understand and interpret the procedures in their systems even better and always with a higher-level objective in mind – to increase system availability.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    29.06.2015   Sauza® Brings the Heat With New Sauza® Cucumber Chili Tequila    ( Company news )

    Company news Sauza® Tequila, the world’s #2 premium tequila, is unveiling its first flavored tequila innovation, Sauza® Cucumber Chili Tequila. Authentic Sauza® Silver Tequila combines with a natural, garden-fresh cucumber flavor and a chili twist, to deliver the perfect tequila for a premium, slightly spicy, and refreshing margarita for any occasion.

    “Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila offers a delicious alternative for spicing up a traditional margarita and debuts just in time for spring and summer entertaining,” said Megan Frank, senior brand director of tequila at Beam Suntory. “Sauza Cucumber Chili brings a fresh and fiery new flavor to the margarita’s favorite tequila."

    Sauza Cucumber Chili is a 70-proof flavored tequila, with an invigorating cucumber taste and zesty chili finish. It can be enjoyed chilled, on the rocks, or in mixed cocktails and is now available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $15.99 per 750ml bottle.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    26.06.2015   Following the Advisory Board meeting - drinktec starts campaign for 2017     ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 Following the recent meeting of the Advisory Board, the campaign for drinktec 2017 starts in a few weeks time. The 'World ́s Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry' now has a new key visual and a new-style website. In September the application documents are to be sent out to prospective exhibitors. drinktec takes place from September 11 to 15, 2017 at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich.

    What are the most important themes for the future of the sector? This question prompted much debate in the meeting of the Advisory Board, which is made up of representatives from companies that exhibit at drinktec. The general consensus was that EHS, i.e. everything to do with the environment, health and safety, was becoming an ever more important theme for companies in the beverage and liquid food industry. Many companies had dedicated EHS managers to monitor compliance with environmental standards and health and safety at work regulations.

    As well as the ongoing themes of resource-efficiency (sustainability), packaging (individual, reusable), water and wastewater processing, the Advisory Board also noted the growing importance of 'Industry 4.0'. The aim at drinktec is to bring all these themes to life, and to show in an informative and interesting way just how they are affecting the future of the beverage and liquid food industry. That is the key to whetting the appetite of visitors to come to Munich in 2017.

    In time for the start of the exhibitor campaign in September and dispatch of application documents, the product groups at drinktec are being revised in one or two areas. For example, the theme complex of energy, water, packaging and ingredients is to be presented in more detail. The aim is to maximize visitor potential from the target groups interested in these themes.

    drinktec will also be unveiling its brand new look, to coincide with the campaign start. The familiar 'Flow' motif from 2009 and 2013 has been reworked and the color combination changed. Just what it will look like will be revealed on July 14. That ́s when the new-style website, at www.drinktec.com also goes online. Don ́t miss it — not just because of the new visuals!

    A traditional feature in the Advisory Board meetings of drinktec is a review of the current situation across the sector, delivered by Beatrix Fraese from the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (Fachverband Nahrungsmittelmaschinen und Verpackungsmaschinen), the conceptual sponsor of drinktec.

    The food processing and packaging machinery segment, which In terms of production volumes ranks fourth among the 34 divisions in the German engineering industry, is expected to grow again this year, by five percent. With an average export quota of 87 percent, the suppliers of machinery and equipment to the international beverage and liquid-food sector are strongly focused on export business and act ive in over 100 countries.

    This broad global coverage helps the industry cope with the different developments in the individual markets. The Russia-Ukraine conflict, for example, is continuing to hold back investment in the industry in Russia. And business in the eurozone is also suffering as a result of the ongoing debate about Greek debt. This contrasts with the strong impetus coming from Asia, the Near and Middle East and Latin America. And exports to the important market of the US are at a very high level, helped also by a weak euro.
    (Messe München)
     
    26.06.2015   Growing the Perfect Barley for America's Favorite Lager    ( Company news )

    Company news The barley used in Anheuser-Busch beers is some of the highest quality grain grown. After thriving for months in ideal climate conditions, the harvested barley undergoes a rigorous quality control process to ensure each kernel is worthy of being malted for a bottle of Budweiser , Goose Island Honker’s Ale, or Shock Top Belgian White (yes, even wheat beers contain some barley!).

    Clark Hamilton is a barley grower in eastern Idaho who provides A-B with some of its stellar grain. Hamilton is not only equipped with nearly twenty years of experience as a third generation grower, but can lean on A-B’s SmartBarley program, an online benchmarking tool. SmartBarley enables a grower in Idaho to learn what a European farmer facing similar conditions in a different part of the world is doing to get the best results from a crop. These international colleagues can then share practices with regards to water, pests, or yield, to optimally achieve the performance metrics A-B requires of its ingredients.

    One specific resource of the SmartBarley program is the AgriMet weather-data tool. Hamilton’s son, Jordan – also a barley grower – hopes that AgriMet will help his family to more efficiently irrigate fields to save water while increasing crop yields and lowering costs. The technology is so cutting edge that its full effects have not yet been measured, but the younger Hamilton already appreciates that AgriMet can measure rain and give an estimate of when and how much water should be applied. “Because we have been blessed with some good rain this season,” he explains, “we have not had to irrigate — but the AgriMet still extrapolates soil information.”

    Hamilton also employs other techniques to get the best result from his crop. For example, as he explains, “We apply a growth regulator to help the crop stand tall. It actually shortens the straw a little bit and makes it stronger. And it makes for a better quality, more plump kernel.”

    Once harvested, the barley must still undergo an intense examination before it is used as an ingredient in any of A-B’s beers. To do this, A-B pulls a homogenous sample representing the entire lot that will be analyzed for any negative traits. Tools used include a digital scale that can accurately weigh items to the nearest hundredth of a gram, separating tools such as tweezers or forceps, magnifying equipment, and a scalpel. The examination must take place in a well-lit area on a background surface that properly enhances each of the characteristics being considered.

    The barley is evaluated by its color, odor, and overall health (which includes any damage due to blight, mold, heat, frost, or insect infestation). Additionally, inspectors take note of any kernels that have been broken, skinned, or have sprouted prematurely (due to exposure to rain or atmospheric moisture, which would render the barley impossible to malt). Only barley that passes all of these scrupulous testing points will be used by A-B in its beers.

    Hamilton is quite proud to be producing such high-quality grain, and the standards that A-B have set for his product only pushes him harder in his quest for excellence. “It’s a win-win relationship,” he says of the partnership with A-B, “because we live in an area that we can produce good malt barley, and A-B is in a position where they can buy it.”
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
     
    25.06.2015   Smurfit Kappa produces 3 billionth Vitop tap    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa has reached a world record by producing its 3 billionth Vitop Original® tap in its state-of-the-art, ultra-modern plant in Alessandria, Italy.

    Invented around 25 years ago, the Vitop® tap has revolutionised wine consumption both within the Bag-in-Box® sector and the wider market, with its unique valve technology creating a new standard for Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions.

    The tap has also proven popular among consumers and supports changing trends, by, for instance, allowing busy people to enjoy just one glass of wine at a time without the risk of damaging quality. Today, Vitop Original® is the leading Bag-in-Box® wine tap worldwide and is easily recognised by its special quality seal.

    Contributing to the tap’s popularity is its ease of use – simply applying light pressure on one or both wings is enough to make liquid flow from the bag. This is in addition to the tap’s exceptional and consistent quality. Its “zero leak rate” - just 1 leak for every 45 million taps - is the source of envy of competitors. To achieve this, during production a 0.4 bar tightness test is applied to each tap and over 60 quality control points are checked regularly. Additional testing guarantees excellent oxygen barrier performance.

    Frithjof Nicolaysen, former Quality Control Manager of Arcus, Norway’s leading supplier and producer of wines and spirits, and President of the European Federation of Wine and Spirits Importers and Distributors, said: “The Vitop tap has been a very important contributor to the high consumption of Bag-in-Box® products in Scandinavia. Arcus has been using this tap for Bag-in-Box® products for almost 20 years and it has always provided excellent performance. Our customers love it.”

    “In our market, Bag-in-Box® has been viewed positively for the packaging of high quality products for a long time. Consumers of fine wine in bottles are happy to buy products in Bag-in-Box® packaging as well, and you can find many well-known appellations using this packaging solution. There is no doubt that Vitop has been a contributing factor to our wines being among the largest in our market. The valve is very consumer friendly and easy to use, while the seal is of excellent quality and ensures a long shelf life for boxed wines,” he said.

    This exceptional record is a result of Smurfit Kappa’s growing position in the dynamic Bag-in-Box® market, thanks to the company’s expertise, consumer insights, and high-quality products. It also shows the high potential of Vitop Original® and the Bag-in- Box® packaging solution as an innovative way to meet customer needs.
    (Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Italia srl)
     
    24.06.2015   Hungary: Beer sales up by around 2% last year, expected to grow again in 2015    ( E-malt.com )

    The amount of beer sold by Hungarian breweries increased by around 2 per cent last year and the tendency is expected to continue in 2015, according to the Association of Hungarian Beer Brewers.

    A total of 6.2 million hectolitres of beer was produced in the total of four Hungarian factories owned by the association’s member companies in 2014. The breweries employ close to 1700 people and provide work to a further 25 000 through their subsidiaries, according to estimates. Breweries contributed HUF 66.2 billion to the country’s tax revenue in 2014.

    Sales of premium-category beers increased by 23 per cent last year, and this tendency is expected to continue in the estimates of the federation, which has launched a series of events to introduce beer culture to the wider public and make quality beers more popular.

    The favourable tendencies are partly due to the fact that Hungarian breweries have been devoting special importance to stable and reliable quality and producing beer that complies with quality labels, the association writes, highlighting that in its previous survey, the National Consumer Protection Authority found the taste and quality of all forty examined types of beer up to standard.
     
    24.06.2015   Jim Beam Brand Releases Citrus Highball Grapefruit    ( Company news )

    Company news On Tuesday, July 28, Suntory Spirits Limited will release the Jim Beam Citrus Highball Grapefruit, a 350ml ready-to-drink highball cocktail.

    Since last year, Suntory Spirits has been actively promoting the “citrus highball” drinking style, which entails squeezing juice from fresh citrus fruits into a Jim Beam highball. Recently, Jim Beam Citrus Highballs have risen in popularity at bars and restaurants.

    With this latest innovation, representing the first new product collaboration between Beam Suntory's Japan and U.S. teams, the company hopes fans will enjoy the Jim Beam Citrus Highball while at home. The team also looks forward to introducing new consumers to this contemporary take on a classic, refreshing cocktail.

    Product Characteristics
    The delicious flavor of the Jim Beam Citrus Highball comes from the strong-bodied aroma and mild flavor of the high quality Jim Beam Brand. This refreshing product seeks to add the distinctive delicious fragrance of grapefruit to Jim Beam. The spirit used in this product is Suntory’s first attempt at combining three different types of grapefruits spirits and recreates the flavor of “fresh squeezed grapefruit.”

    Package characteristics
    The iconic logo of the Jim Beam brand that has been known around the world for decades is set against its classic white background with a shiny design that accentuates the “refreshing” highball flavor and premium cool cues of Jim Beam. A juicy grapefruit image is also depicted in the center to convey the refreshing taste.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    24.06.2015   South Korea: Oriental Brewery launches premium wheat beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Oriental Brewery (OB) on June 17 launched a new premium wheat beer produced through a traditional German brewing process, The Korea Times reported.

    The brand new product named Premier OB Weizen is the first premium beer OB developed in coordination with brewmasters at its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). Weizen means wheat beer in German.

    The product was made only with wheat malts and hops harvested in Germany. It was brewed with high-quality yeasts selected jointly by brewmasters of the two companies, which resulted in creating German beer's typical smoky color and rich flavor, the company explained.

    "Premier OB Weizen is the result of a lot of research, product development and analysis," OB CEO Frederico Freire said during the product's launching ceremony in downtown Seoul. "This will open a new chapter in Korea's beer history."

    "Premier OB Weizen boasts traditional wheat flavors by following Germany's Bayern style wheat beers," he said. "World's famous brewmasters worked very hard with OB to create weizen beer that fits the taste of Korean consumers."

    It has an alcohol content of 5 percent, slightly higher than 4.5 percent of OB's best-selling brand Cass. A 355-millimeter can of Premium OB Weizen is priced at 1,490 won ($1.33) and the product will be available from June 27.

    Meanwhile, OB plans to launch more German style beers on the domestic market.
    "We have many things under consideration," said Song Hyun-seok, chief marketing officer. "We will develop products that follow Germany's traditional brewing process and at the same time fit the taste of Korean consumers." He declined to reveal more detailed information.
    In March, the OB CEO said his company will bring in more premium beer brands from AB InBev to meet diversifying tastes.
    AB InBev acquired OB, which accounts for about 60 percent of Korea's beer market, in April 2014.
    He also said the firm will foster its Cass brand as one of Asia's top 10 beers within two years.
     
    24.06.2015   World: Tsingtao beer increases market share in various parts of the world    ( E-malt.com )

    In a short period of time, Tsingtao Brewery Co, one of China's largest brewers in terms of market share, has become one of the fastest-selling brands in the UK, Ecns.cn reported on June 17.

    James Wright, a UK-based Tsingtao dealer, says that though the UK is considered to be a leading tipplers market and home to about 2,000 beer brands, there are just few that have managed to dominate the market.

    "Tsingtao has actually been one of the stand-out brands. The Chinese brand accounts for about 42 percent of the UK's imported beer sales," he said.

    Though beer sales in the UK have waned of late due to the exorbitant duties, sales of Tsingtao have managed to buck the trend and post double-digit growth rates.

    More importantly, for Tsingtao, the success in the UK market is a reflection of its long-term efforts in developing overseas markets through innovation and sustained marketing campaigns.

    Last year, Tsingtao's market share in Latin America and South Korea jumped by nearly 50 percent, while sales in West Europe and North America rose by about 20 percent.

    Sun Mingbo, chairman of the Shandong province-based Tsingtao, said the pursuit for higher quality through innovation has been a major driver for overseas market expansion.

    "For a Chinese brand, it takes decades rather than years to gain recognition in the international markets, and the quality is the foundation to achieve that," he said. "If you lose the trust of consumers, you may never be able to build it up again."

    Fan Wei, chief brewer at Tsingtao, believes that the company's success is the direct outcome of constant vigil and quality checks it maintains at each and every stage of the manufacturing process. "For example, it is important to ensure that water used for making beer is of good taste and quality. Since beer is mostly water, the water used for brewing needs to be tested and tasted every two hours," he said.

    "We use only uncoated fresh rice as the main ingredient and well within the stipulated three days."

    According to Fan, Tsingtao uses the low temperature fermentation process to give its yeast longer time to ferment and to enable the beer with rich aroma and freshness. Emphasizing the quality focus, he said, the pipes that convey the beer to the storage units are cleaned every day to ensure that there are no impurities.

    "We also conduct frequent bacteria tests on the compressed air used in production."

    Since China was a late entrant in the global market, companies like Tsingtao had to work overtime to gain brand recognition, said Fan. "That is why we (Tsingtao) are doing everything to see that our products are of exceptional quality or in some cases superior to our foreign counterparts."

    Though Tsingtao has forged ahead with an innovation and quality focus, it has not forgotten the importance of having a huge marketing campaign to promote its product. The company has initiated a series of activities to rejuvenate its brand recognition in recent years.

    It has launched several new products including special packages for festival events, high-end black beer and football packages to diversify and upgrade its portfolio.

    Tsingtao beer is sold in more than 90 countries and regions and about 550,000 bottles are consumed daily across the world.
     
    23.06.2015   Diageo launches new online ‘Think How You Drink’ campaign    ( Company news )

    Company news DIAGEO, the producer of Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and Guinness, launches a new pan-European online campaign ‘Think How You Drink’ to remind young people that drinking to excess can lead to shame and embarrassment.

    The business aims to reach more than one million young people across Europe and help them to think about whether their drinking habits are healthy and safe.

    The campaign has been informed by insights on what the most effective means are to engage with young people. The first strand of the campaign is a video that shows some of the after-effects of drinking too much on a night out.

    Malcolm D’Sa, Marketing Innovation Director for Diageo Western Europe said: “With this video we are deliberately using humour to catch people’s attention.

    “Responsible drinking campaigns in the past have tended either to preach or to scare. There is a place for that type of message but we began this campaign by looking at where young adults communicate.

    “They are talking online and via social media – and we know that humour is a more effective way of delivering a message across those channels.

    “We know that drinking to excess is a serious issue – but our primary concern is to be effective. The message, that drinking can have harmful consequences, is still in there and it is a strong message. We’ve just approached it in a different way.”

    Diageo has a history of ground breaking responsible drinking campaigns – including the first ever solely dedicated responsible drinking television campaign by a drinks company – ‘The Choice is Yours’ – in 2007.

    D’Sa said: “Most young adults enjoy a drink as part of their lives without it being a problem. We want to reach out to the minority that drink too much, make them think and encourage them to change their habits.”

    The new campaign, beginning with the online video, will launch in the UK before rolling out to Ireland, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.

    The ‘Think How You Drink’ campaign will also feature as part of Diageo’s other responsible drinking initiatives over the next 18 months, including during Fresher’s Week and via the ‘Ask Dave’ alcohol calculator that helps users keep a track of their drinking.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    22.06.2015   Change in the management of Brigl & Bergmeister    ( Company news )

    Company news The Brigl & Bergmeister Group hereby announces that Mr Ahmad Porkar is going to withdraw from the company's operational management with effect from 30/6/2015.

    With effect from 1 July 2015, Mr Bernhard Mayer will be managing director of the technical division of both plants. Mr Michael Sablatnig will continue to be responsible for commercial matters.

    Mr Mayer has been holding important management positions at the Niklasdorf plant as well as in the Slovenian subsidiary Papirnica Vevče for the last few years. Mr Mayer has been working for B&B since 1985.

    During his period as managing director of operations, Mr Porkar – as owner of the B&B Group – has initiated important restructuring measures as well as the “Innovation One” investment programme. Thus, both plants are being secured on a long-term basis, creating further potential for the development of innovative speciality papers. In his capacity as owner, Mr Porkar will continue to support the company in terms of strategic development.

    B&B is celebrating its 125-year anniversary this year and is considered a leading international manufacturer of one-side coated papers for labels and flexible packaging.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    22.06.2015   New Metalvac E LWS Metallized Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta extends its range of metallized papers with a new wet-strength grade for non-returnable containers

    Metalvac E LWS is a light wet-strength metallized paper for glue-applied labeling of non-returnable and plastic containers such as PET bottles for water and beverages, and single-use glass bottles for water and beer. The technical properties of this new product means it can withstand the cool, moist conditions the container undergoes during the labelling process and subsequent conservation in ice buckets and refrigerators.
    Metalvac E LWS is friction and tear resistant, and has excellent lay-flat properties, providing optimal results on the high-speed bottling line. It is available in 63 and 70 g/m², with the following finishes: smooth and embossed (linen, brushed and pinhead). Metalvac E LWS is suitable for offset, flexo and letterpress printing, both conventional and UV, and rotogravure, and is available with PEFCTM and FSC® certifications upon request.
    Metalvac is Lecta’s range of 100% recyclable high-vacuum metallized papers for high-quality labels and flexible packaging. All of Lecta’s metallized paper is manufactured according to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    19.06.2015   Symrise Diversifies Portfolio for Natural Beverage Flavors through Acquisition of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... California-Based Flavor Infusion

    - Access to technology, patents and formulas for natural-based beverage applications
    - Strengthened footprint in the strongly growing market for flavored waters and non-alcoholic drinks
    - Immediate integration of the business in Symrise’s US activities

    Symrise AG is strengthening its product offering for natural beverage applications and further expands into the strongly growing market of flavored water: The Company signed an agreement to acquire Flavor Infusion, a highly specialized supplier for natural beverage solutions in North America, from its founders. With this investment, Symrise is gaining immediate access to the company’s profound knowledge as well as already marketed products and its most reputable customer base.

    “The market for flavored waters, teas, sports and energy drinks is booming, especially in North America. Our latest acquisition is thus another strategic step to capitalize on the increasing consumer awareness for health and wellbeing, in particular the growing demand for infused water and non-alcoholic beverages. Flavor Infusion is an expert in this segment with a wide product portfolio, an impressive customer base and solid financials. The acquisition meets all criteria of our M&A strategy and will provide immediate value to Symrise. Our customers will benefit from a highly diversified offering of functional and hydration based drinks as well as numerous applications”, said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.

    Over the years, Flavor Infusion has built up distinct expertise in beverage application and development as well as process technologies for natural beverage applications. Since its foundation in 2004, the company has strongly benefited from the positive dynamics in the US beverages market which, according to estimates, is growing by 5 to 7 % annually. Flavor Infusion has continuously expanded its customer base that comprises some of the largest and most reputable global beverage and food manufacturers as well as regional champions. Furthermore, the company developed a diversified portfolio of proprietary beverage bases, formulas and marketed applications that are acquired through the transaction.

    California-based Flavor Infusion generates turnover of about US$ 10 million.
    Symrise will integrate the activities of Flavor Infusion in its US Flavor & Nutrition business immediately after closing, which is expected in the third quarter 2015.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    18.06.2015   Here comes Hop Tart, our new hoppy sour ale    ( Company news )

    Company news There’s quite a lot of cool stuff to pull out of Hop Tart, but you’re pretty busy, so I’ll distill it down to three simple points:
    -Like Snapshot, Hop Tart undergoes lactic fermentation in a stainless steel tank, using a single lactobacillus strain we pulled from our malt and propagated in our lab.
    -The beer’s malt bill includes one of our new favorite varieties: Colorado Belgian-style Pale Malt — it’s super juicy and sweet.
    -We’re really excited to combine the lemony lacto flavors with über-fruity hop varieties: Hop Tart’s brewed with the likes of Cascade and Mandarina Bavaria, and dry-hopped with Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin and Experimental Hop 522. The result is a tropical bomb with a clean, tart bite in the back.

    While Hop Tart stems from a collaboration we did with Bluejacket before our D.C. Tour de Fat in 2014, we’ve toyed with hoppy sours for a while now. Our popular dry-hopped Lips of Faith Le Terroir is a favorite both in and out of the brewery (that one’s 100-percent barrel aged in our foeders), while our brewers have experimented with dry-hopped Berliners and the like on very small scales.
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
     
    17.06.2015   Australia: AB InBev and Lion sign agreement on exclusive distribution of ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... Corona Extra in Australia

    Anheuser-Busch InBev and Lion have re-signed a new agreement which will see Lion exclusively distribute Corona Extra in Australia, TheShout reported on June 12.

    Lion Australia managing director James Brindley said that he was looking forward to continuing to market and distribute the popular beer as part of Lion’s portfolio in Australia.

    "Corona is a favourite beer for many adult Australians and we are excited that this much-loved brand will continue to be part of Lion’s portfolio of great brands."

    A spokesperson for Lion said the deal was for "several years" and that this agreement was only for Corona Extra. The deal to distribute Corona's sister brands is still in place and will continue.

    Lion initially signed the deal to distribute Corona in 2012, with Brindley telling TheShout at the time, that Lion was not just warming the seat for Coca-Cola Amatil.
     
    17.06.2015   Canada, AB: Craft brewers hope Alberta provincial government will update ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... taxes and regulations for the brewing industry

    Alberta’s craft beer makers are hoping the NDP government is planning changes to the way the province taxes and regulates the industry, Calgary Herald reported on June 9.

    With the new government taking over just as the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission gets set to continue a review of the province’s regulatory regime started by the previous PC administration, industry representatives see an opportunity to address some long-standing issues surrounding taxation and red tape.

    “We have a new government - hopefully they’ll have a new perspective,” said Greg Zeschuk, executive director of the Alberta Small Brewers Association.

    The ASBA is made up of nearly 20 breweries across the province, including Village, Wild Rose and Big Rock in Calgary. To belong, a brewer must be independently owned and headquartered in Alberta, brew at least 90 per cent of its beer here and have an annual output of less than 70 million litres.

    At the end of 2013, the AGLC removed minimum production quotas that barred small breweries from starting up in Alberta, which spurred a few new breweries to open their doors.

    But Zeschuk said Alberta hasn’t created an environment for a vibrant industry to take root like it has in Ontario or neighbouring B.C., where there are now close to 100 craft breweries.

    “It’s really sad, because there’s no advantage to brewing in Alberta,” said Zeschuk.

    Despite a relative lack of Alberta-based breweries, the province is a highly competitive battleground for local brewers because they fight for shelf space and market share with hundreds of brands from across Canada and around the world.

    The mark-up regime has long been an irritant for Alberta brewers, which face protectionist rules when they try to get products listed with government-owned liquor boards in neighbouring provinces.

    “The thing we’re dissatisfied with is the lack of fairness across provincial boundaries,” Zeschuk said.

    “Meanwhile in Alberta, we’re saying, ‘Everyone’s welcome.'”

    AGLC spokeswoman Megan Thorburn said the regulator is set to embark on the next stage of a review of Alberta’s laws and will announce the beginning of consultations with the public and industry stakeholders this week.

    Thorburn added the government is still weighing changes to mark-ups on beer, but hasn’t made any decisions.

    The mark-ups will be at the top of the agenda when the ASBA holds its annual general meeting in Edmonton in two weeks. While it will be up to members to decide the organization’s position, Zeschuk said his personal preference is to push for rules that will encourage the establishment of more local breweries, as opposed to protectionist measures that would keep others out of the Alberta marketplace.

    In 2013, the ASBA estimated the local beer industry employed 1,185 people and contributed C$45 million to the province’s economy. A more recent study by the Conference Board of Canada in 2014 estimated the country’s “beer economy,” which includes breweries, the industries that supply them and the businesses that sell beer, supports 163,200 jobs nationwide.

    Incentives such as tax credits for local breweries would have a broad benefit, Zeschuk argued.
     
    17.06.2015   Celli S.p.A acquires the ADS2 Group to create a new global force in drinks dispense    ( Company news )

    Company news Celli S.p.A., Italy’s leading supplier to the drinks dispense and accessory sector, has acquired 100% of the UK-based ADS2 Group, which specialises in bespoke beer tower and point of sale design, creating a new global force in drinks dispense, taps and cooling.
    The new partnership accelerates Celli’s strategic intent within the global beer, soft drinks and water markets. The new Celli Group will benefit from a more competitive platform worldwide, a wider range of complementary products, enhanced new product design and development capabilities, and a stronger bespoke design offer.
    “Today’s announcement represents a major strategic milestone for the Celli Group,” says Celli chief executive officer Mauro Gallavotti. “We have combined two of the most respected and well-known businesses within drinks dispense. Celli and the ADS2 Group are energetic and growing companies with a shared passion for brands, innovation, design, quality and customer focus. Together we will expand our geographic reach and offer a truly comprehensive range of fonts, taps and coolers and bespoke design too, meeting the needs of beverage brands everywhere - today as well as tomorrow.”
    “We have long respected Derek Evans and his team for what they have accomplished as the ADS2 Group,” adds Mauro. “We are delighted to welcome them to the Celli family. Their experience, insights and bespoke expertise will play a key role in the continued development of the Celli Group worldwide.”
    As part of the new Celli Group, the ADS2 Group will maintain its headquarters in Kettering, and all parts of the business will continue to operate unchanged. Derek Evans will continue to lead the team as managing director alongside sales director, Nigel Gilbey and creative and technical director, Sean Fortune.
    “Celli is the perfect partner for the ADS2 Group,” says Derek Evans, managing director of the ADS2 Group. “When we created the ADS2 Group in 2011, our goal was always to grow the business and more fully explore drinks dispense opportunities that exist outside of the UK. Becoming part of the Celli Group helps us to realise this ambition and secures the ADS2 Group’s future over the longer-term.”
    “Celli is renowned the world over for the quality of its towers, taps and coolers, and believes passionately in delivering the best possible drinking experience for consumers,” adds Derek. “This complements our vision to make drinks dispense better, together, with a focus on bespoke design and innovation. We are thrilled by the opportunity to work with Mauro and the Celli team, and to help take the new Celli Group to the next level.”
    (Celli S.R.L.)
     
    17.06.2015   UK: Distribution of Staropramen beer to pass from Carlsberg to Molson Coors    ( E-Malt.com )

    Czech pilsner Staropramen is moving its UK distribution from Carlsberg to Molson Coors. The brewer, which also supplies Grolsch and Cobra, will have exclusive rights to the brand in the UK from December 28, Offlicence News reported on June 11.

    Molson Coors bought Staropramen’s parent company Starbev in 2012 and is focusing on the growing world beer category in the UK.

    Marketing director Martin Coyle said: “We have seen growth in the Staropramen brand throughout our European business and around the world and there is a continued appetite for world and premium beers in the UK.

    “By bringing the Staropramen brand into the Molson Coors UK portfolio we are able to provide our customers with a more comprehensive and premium drink offer that we hope will delight the UK’s beer drinkers.”

    Carlsberg is going to centre its world beer strategy around San Miguel.

    Chief executive James Lousada said: “We are proud of the performance we have delivered on the Staropramen brand since we secured the licence four years ago but it represents a very small proportion of our overall sales. Our priority in the world beer category is San Miguel, which has seen a phenomenal volume growth of 105% over the past five years, complemented by a wider world beer portfolio which includes Poretti and Mahou.

    “With this sale concluded, we can now look to invest further to grow our current world beer portfolio, focusing on super premium lager Mahou and Italian beer, Poretti, while continuing our wider focus on core brands Carlsberg and Carlsberg Export, Somersby cider and flavours, and our range of craft and speciality beers.”
     
    17.06.2015   USA, IL: Illinois House passes bill allowing craft brewers to increase production    ( E-Malt.com )

    Legislation that proponents expect to boost Illinois’ beer production is headed to the governor’s desk after passing the House, fox2now.com reported on June 9.

    The bill that passed the House 87-20 on June 9 allows breweries to make up to 120,000 barrels of beer per year. That is more than most breweries in the state currently produce. The brewers can produce that much beer while operating as many as three retail facilities, such as brewpubs and taprooms.

    Current law limits brewers to 30,000 barrels of annual production if they own multiple types of breweries.

    The legislation is the result of nearly a year of negotiation between craft brewers and businesses that distribute beer to bars, stores and restaurants.

    Illinois Craft Brewers Guild president John Barley says there is a lot of excitement among brewers over the legislation.

     
    16.06.2015   Coca-Cola Produces World's First PET Bottle Made Entirely From Plants    ( Company news )

    Company news Breakthrough Innovation Showcased at World Expo Milan

    The Coca-Cola Company recently unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the World Expo - Milan. PlantBottle™ packaging pushes the boundaries on sustainable innovation by using groundbreaking technology to create a fully recyclable plastic bottle made from renewable plant materials.

    PlantBottle packaging is The Coca-Cola Company’s vision to develop a more responsible plant-based alternative to packaging traditionally made from fossil fuels and other non-renewable materials. PlantBottle packaging uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making PET plastic bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET but has a lighter footprint on the planet and its scarce resources.

    Nancy Quan, Global Research and Development Officer, The Coca-Cola Company said “Today is a pioneering milestone within our Company’s packaging portfolio. Our vision was to maximize game-changing technology, using responsibly sourced plant-based materials to create the globe’s first fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made entirely from renewable materials. We are delighted to unveil the first bottles here at World Expo - a world-class exhibition where sustainable innovation is celebrated.”

    PlantBottle packaging maintains the high quality package consumers expect but with the added benefit of being made from renewable materials. It can be used for a variety of packaging sizes and across water, sparkling, juice and tea beverage brands. Today, the company uses sugarcane and waste from the sugarcane manufacturing process to create PlantBottle packaging. Both materials meet The Coca-Cola Company’s established sustainability criteria used to identify plant-based ingredients for PlantBottle material. These guiding principles include demonstrating improved environmental and social performance as well as avoiding negative impacts on food security.

    Since the 2009 launch, The Coca-Cola Company has distributed more than 35 billion bottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of PlantBottle packaging which is made from up to 30% plant-based materials. It is estimated the use of PlantBottle packaging since launch has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    The Coca-Cola Company plans to continue investment in its award-winning PlantBottle packaging.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    16.06.2015   Xylem Inc. showcases portfolio at Achema 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company, will showcase their portfolio of strong industry leading brands and comprehensive analytical solutions at Achema 2015. Achema, the technology summit for chemical engineering, environmental protection and biotechnology engages over 150,000 customers and businesses from the world’s industrial marketplaces and is held once every three years.

    A number of globally recognized Xylem brands will be exhibiting at Achema including Bellingham + Stanley (RFM refractometers & ADP polarimeters), ebro (TLC precision thermometers & EBI data loggers), SI Analytics (pH/Cond/DO electrodes, meters & auto-titrators), OI Analytical (GC detectors & automated chemistry analyzers), YSI Life Sciences (2900 Series biochemistry analyzers) and WTW (pH/Cond/DO/turbidity electrodes & meters, spectrophotometers and on-line IQ-sensor systems).

    Xylem’s field, lab and on-line capabilities will be on display at booth B7 in Hall 4.1.

    Brands that engage the customer
    Xylem will demonstrate their comprehensive solutions and focused market approach at Achema 2015, with a strong showing of products across multiple brands. The proven expertise that the Xylem teams bring to the customer help to facilitate open discussions around identifying solutions that improve productivity and monitor quality across multiple applications and industries.

    New Products
    Alongside the recently launched ADP 600 Series of high accuracy, multiple wavelength polarimeters; Xylem’s Bellingham + Stanley brand will also show the new RFM960-C Peltier temperature controlled refractometer. The RFM960-C delivers thermally stable results across a wide refractive index range for end-users in the pharmaceutical, chemical, petrochemical, and flavors & fragrance industries.

    OI Analytical will be featuring the OI FS 3700 automated chemistry analyzer for the environmental lab and wastewater markets. The 3700 is ideal for daily compliance monitoring of a number of parameters such as cyanide, nitrate/nitrite, phosphate, and ammonia, or for addressing water quality issues for production or process applications.

    SI Analytics will feature the new ProLab 5000 meter system, capable of managing up to 4 measurement modules for the determination of any combination of pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, redox potential, temperature and other parameters in busy chemical and research laboratories as well as the new TitroLine® 7800 titrator that features IDS sensor technology and integrated LAN connectivity that provides for effective data handling in chemical and pharmaceutical research laboratories.
    (Xylem Analytics Inc.)
     
    15.06.2015   Sacmi makes 2014 one of the best years    ( Company news )

    Company news Sales of over 1.2 billion and a net worth of over 660 million euro.

    “We’re convinced that manufacturing in Italy provides real value, and believe it to be both a possibility and a duty for all businesses in our country”, stated the President of Sacmi Imola, Paolo Mongardi, as he commented on the cooperative’s 2014 annual report, one of the best in its entire history and an improvement on last year’s result both economically and financially.

    With consolidated sales firmly above 1.2 billion euro, the net worth of the cooperative at over 660 million and a global workforce numbering almost 4,000, Sacmi is reaping the rewards of a dual effort: high investment in research and technological innovation – over 20 million euro once again in 2014 – and a strong focus on working alongside customers in international markets, acting not just as a supplier of machines and services but as a true global partner in the plant engineering field: “The international economic outlook”, President Paolo Mongardi reminds us, “remains complex, especially in certain geographical areas. Despite this, the cooperative has achieved outstanding results in terms of both volumes and profits, improving its business and industrial position on both consolidated markets and emerging ones”.

    The backdrop to 2014, now confirmed as one of the best years in the cooperative’s long history, comments general Manager Pietro Cassani, consisted of “a policy of carefully targeted sell-offs and takeovers (e.g. Cosmec, Cmc, Eurofilter) and a concentration of resources in ‘core’ sectors (ceramics, packaging, automation), plus major investments at the Imola site where the number of employees has now climbed to 1,085, with over 120 new hires since 2011”.

    Although a decidedly international enterprise – Sacmi makes over 88% of its sales outside Italy – the Group has kept its technological and manufacturing heart firmly in Italy: “Doing business in a globalised, highly competitive world”, explains President Paolo Mongardi, “has made it necessary not just to set up a far-reaching sales organisation but also to establish production facilities abroad, such as the Indian plant in Sanand, inaugurated earlier this year”. The overriding goal, however, points out Mr. Mongardi, is “to produce only that needed to cope with the aggressive stance of our main competitors and, therefore, defend our leadership in traditional business areas so we can continue to develop facilities and invest in Italy”. In short, underscores Sacmi’s President, the mission is one of “localisation not re-localisation, maintaining high added-value output in Italian and German firms”.

    A look at the individual business sectors begins with the outstanding performance of Ceramics, the cooperative’s long-standing business that, in 2014, achieved further growth in terms of both volumes (5%) and profit margins thanks to new products that were near-immediately successful (from the Continua+ large slab production line, presented at Tecnargilla 2014, to the flexible Eko Sort and Eko Wrap stacking and packaging systems and the AVI high pressure casting solutions). The year also saw extraordinary expansion of the Special Pressing sector (machines for manufacturing refractory ceramic, pressing metallic powders and metal drawing), with sales – following the takeover of Bologna-based firm Matrix – now in excess of 15 million euro.

    In 2014 the Closures sector focussed on the development of further solutions for the manufacture of ever-thinner, higher-performing caps, while the Beverage sector achieved growth, in terms of volumes, of no less than 30%, the result of a decisive investment policy that, in 2014, established centralised sales management and saw completion of major technological projects on injection presses (IPS). Then, there is Tableware, a business, reveals Pietro Cassani, that has produced “surprising” results: once again, this stems from the Group’s efforts to operate as close as possible to target markets (hence the decision to open new branches in Morocco, Kenya and South Africa).

    And those who deemed the sell-off of Negri Bossi to an American firm during 2014 as an evident withdrawal from the Plastic business were very much mistaken: “The Plastic business” explains General Manager, Pietro Cassani, “has not only not disappeared from the Sacmi balance sheet but has, rather, actually increased its volumes and margins considerably by focussing on production of the high-tonnage Bi-Power hydraulic presses for which Sacmi remains the sole provider to that same Negri Bossi”.

    Lastly, Automation&Service has repeated the results achieved in 2013 with its “total quality control” solutions, sold worldwide from China to Mexico, from Taiwan to Spain and Italy. This sector is a strategic one for the entire Group as it is involved in developing process automation solutions, true “mechatronic systems” that add considerable value to an all-round plant engineering range that spans from raw material processing to end-of-line solutions.

    Now with 70 subsidiaries - that, points out President Paolo Mongardi, “contribute positively and often decisively to the overall result” - the Sacmi Group has, with these figures, put the seal on the cooperative’s 95th year in the best way possible. The results are a satisfying follow-up to the Open Day held on 2nd December when over 4,000 people visited the Imola plant and the Sacmi Museum.

    So what lies in store for 2015? The initial data, reveals General Manager Pietro Cassani, already looks highly encouraging, “thanks to an excellent portfolio across all the Divisions and high sales levels”. Cassani goes on to hypothesise “further increases in the budget, which will be accompanied by every possible effort to implement further innovation on the organisational front”. In short, that will mean testing and developing new products at even faster rates to ensure we stay one step ahead of the market and the competitors.
    (Sacmi Imola S.C.)
     
    12.06.2015   Bellingham + Stanley to feature new Peltier Refractometer at Achema    ( Company news )

    Company news Bellingham + Stanley, a Xylem brand, will feature the new RFM960-C Peltier temperature controlled benchtop refractometer, continuing their legacy of instrumentation to serve the lab market.

    Xylem’s Bellingham + Stanley brand will be exhibiting in Hall 4.1 booth B7 at Achema 2015; June 15-19, 2015.

    The RFM960-C delivers thermally stable results across a wide refractive index (RI) range: 1.30 to 1.70 RI and four decimal place resolution. This makes it ideal for users within the flavors, fragrance, chemical, petrochemical and particularly pharmaceutical marketplaces.

    The new refractometer incorporates the latest instrumentation technology, including a new 4” high-definition colour display, providing a user interface that’s easily configured by the operator via intuitive set-up menus. Additionally, over 4,000 results can be saved or exported as secure PDF files via USB or Ethernet connection.

    SMART thermal control rapidly equalizes the sample temperature and displays the result only when pre-set criteria has been reached, such as sample temperature stability being held to within +/-0.02 °C for a number of consecutive readings.

    RFID swipe technology is standard on the RFM960-C, providing clearance and record of operator and configuration functions, which is especially useful when being used in FDA-controlled environments operating in accordance with 21 CFR Part 11, or where good practice is adopted, e.g. as part of HACCP.

    Measurements with the RFM960-C are made through a normal measuring mode or by way of a simple Methods system with one-touch configuration of scale, temperature and data storage, with results being saved alongside pre-set limits that can be used as an audit tool. Methods may be user-defined or selected from the on-board library, such as the PHR-MEAN method that allows a number of individual readings from a single batch of pharmaceutical product to be measured with the resultant mean being displayed and recorded in accordance.

    Methods for petrochem applications include ASTM D 1214, D 1747 and D 5006. Additionally, a method is included for ASTM D 2140 that requests external data input so that calculation of carbon-type composition of electrical insulating oil used in high-power transformers may easily be displayed and output.

    The RFM960-C is as robust as it is technologically advanced. The prism dish is shallow with PEEK spill barriers, and an artificial sapphire prism and a Kalrez® gasket protects the instrument against damage by harsh chemicals such as aromatic oils.
    (Bellingham + Stanley Ltd)
     
    12.06.2015   Scotch Whisky distilleries attract around 1.5 million visitors    ( Company news )

    Company news Visitors spend £50m at distilleries

    Scotch Whisky distilleries are attracting more visitors from the UK and across the globe than ever before, with more than 1.5 million people coming to see how the iconic product is made last year.

    A new survey by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), carried out for the Whisky month of May in Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, reveals that more than 1.5m people were attracted to distillery visitor centres across the country in 2014, up around 6% on the previous year. And this was an increase of more than 15% from just under 1.3m in 2010.

    This means Scotch Whisky distilleries collectively, in terms of visitor numbers, are among some of the best-known UK attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Gallery, Tate Britain, Stonehenge and London Zoo.

    The largest proportion of visitors came from Scotland and other parts of the UK, Germany, USA and France. The source of visitors reflects some of the largest markets for Scotch. The USA is the biggest market by value for Scotch, followed by France and Germany ranks at number five.

    Visitors to distilleries spent a total of almost £50 million last year on tours and in their shops and cafes, up from £27m in 2010. The average spend per visitor last year was around £32.50. The increase in spend in recent years reflects investment by producers to enhance their visitor centres and to provide a wider range of offerings, such as special bottlings, tailored tasting and blending sessions. Increased spending will have a positive impact on local communities around distilleries and the wider economy.

    The findings of the SWA's survey reflect figures published earlier this month by the Office of National Statistics showing tourism visits to Scotland increased by 5% between 2013 and last year, with visitors spending more than before.

    Julie Hesketh-Laird, Scotch Whisky Association deputy chief executive, said: "During Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, and particularly during the Whisky month of May, our survey shows just how many people want to visit distilleries to see how Scotch Whisky is made, try a dram and buy a bottle to take home to family and friends. Every year, distilleries are attracting more visitors from the UK and all parts of the globe.

    "Scotch Whisky producers are investing in their centres and shops to give visitors the best possible experience. As well as providing another source of income for producers, the increasing number of visitors is good for the wider Scottish economy. Visitors are spending more at distilleries and are likely to being doing the same with other businesses, including hotels and restaurants. It also helps put Scotland on the map."

    Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland chairman, said: "There is clearly a growing appetite amongst visitors to sample the secrets behind Scotland's national drink and with the greatest concentration of whisky distilleries in the world right here on our doorstep there is certainly plenty to enjoy.

    "Research shows time and time again how popular distilleries are with visitors and with five distinct whisky regions, each producing their own unique characteristics and flavours, every visit offers a different taste of the county's important whisky tourism industry.

    "With the Year of Food and Drink well underway and this year's Whisky Month celebrations nearing an end, I hope Scots and visitors to Scotland, novices and whisky enthusiasts alike, continue discovering our distilleries in 2015 and beyond as there is no better place to experience an authentic Scottish dram - sláinte!"
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    11.06.2015   Bellingham + Stanley exhibits the newest ADP600 Series Polarimeters at Achema    ( Company news )

    Company news Bellingham + Stanley, a Xylem brand, features their newest polarimeters at Achema, Hall 4.1, Booth B7; June 15-19, 2015

    Xylem’s Bellingham + Stanley has launched the new ADP600 Series of high accuracy, multiple wavelength polarimeters specifically suited for use in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food sectors as well as for use in academic research.

    Peltier technology is intelligently applied to the sample chamber so that measurement can be made without the need of a water bath to control temperature.

    Integral to operational simplicity is the full color high definition touch-screen graphical user interface. A menu structure featuring a METHODS system makes for one-touch calibration and instrument configuration; especially where the specific rotation of a number of samples is being analysed over a wide range of concentrations, path lengths, temperatures and wavelengths.

    ADP600 polarimeters have an extensive interfacing capability and may be configured to operate in secure environments in accordance with FDA regulation 21 CFR Part 11 and importantly meet all of the requirements of US, European and Japanese Pharmacopoeia.
    (Bellingham + Stanley Ltd)
     
    11.06.2015   Cruzan® Rum Introduces Fresh New Flavor    ( Company news )

    Company news Cruzan® Rum announces the addition of Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum to its impressive portfolio of premium, flavored rums. Available nationally, this refreshing new flavor blends fine Cruzan Rum with the essence of ripe blueberries and vibrant citrus to create a well-­‐rounded spirit bursting with the taste of fresh fruit.

    Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum takes lemonade, a classic summertime staple, to the next level by infusing it with the bright flavor of freshly picked blueberries. Like all Cruzan rums, Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is crafted by Cruzan Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations. It is made from natural ingredients including cane molasses and tropical rainwater, using a unique five-­‐column distillation process, staying true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-­‐tasting, highest-­‐quality rum on the market.

    “Cruzan continues to be a leader in the rum category and we see the demand for refreshing rum drinks continue to grow. This year, we created a new rum that would appeal to our loyal fans and new rum drinkers looking for a fun flavor option,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Rum & Cordials at Beam Suntory. “The combination of Cruzan Rum with sweet blueberries and fresh lemonade makes this perfect for anyone looking to create a refreshing cocktail that captures the spirit of the season.”

    Cruzan Rum recommends enjoying its newest flavor in an ice cold cocktail while embracing Cruzan’s “Don’t Hurry” mindset, which encourages rum fans to take the time to sit back, relax and savor every sip. In addition to these featured signature cocktails created by Cruzan Mixologist Jesse Card, Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum also mixes perfectly with fruit juices, iced tea and more.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    10.06.2015   Four New AMP Energy® Flavors Deliver A Boost With Better Taste    ( Company news )

    Company news AMP Energy® unveiled four new flavors that bring you the energy you need and the flavors you crave, offering unique flavors that can't be found anywhere else in the energy category. New flavors AMP Energy Strawberry Limeade, AMP Energy Passion Fruit, AMP Energy Blueberry White Grape ZERO and AMP Energy Watermelon ZERO have joined favorites AMP Energy Original and AMP Energy Cherry Blast in retailers nationwide, offering fans the best flavor experience in energy.

    Eyeing consumer research, AMP Energy realized the need to pack its cans with a variety of unique and great-tasting flavors. According to a recent Evaluative Criteria Energy A&U Study, 71 percent of Energy Drinkers believe having better taste is more important than providing more energy. Consumers also saw a lack of unique and exotic fruit flavors in the category, and with that, AMP Energy set itself apart from the rest by providing energy in a variety of distinctive and enjoyable flavors.

    "We knew energy drink fans were craving some serious flavor innovation in the category," said Greg Lyons, vice president of marketing, AMP Energy. "So we made flavor our number one priority when rolling out these four delicious new AMP Energy products."

    But new flavor cues aren't just something you can taste – they're also something you can see. The packaging for AMP Energy has been updated to highlight the brand's exciting new flavors – vibrant colors and images of the unexpected fruit flavors found within differentiate AMP Energy from the category and make it clear that great taste can be expected inside the can.

    AMP Energy is the perfect blend of unique flavors, caffeine, B-Vitamins and other ingredients for a great-tasting, refreshing energy drink.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    09.06.2015   Australia: Consumption of low carb beer stabilizes in Australia    ( E-malt.com )

    Consumption of low carb beer has stabilised in Australia and the people who favour it are not who you may expect, according to new research cited by Australian Brews News.

    When the low-carb craze reached its peak in September 2011, almost 11 per cent of Australia’s adult population (or 1,853,000 people) were drinking it in an average four weeks, up from 1.6 per cent in June 2006.

    The trend has since stabilised, with the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research revealing that low-carb beer is now consumed by 8.5 per cent of Australians.

    However, the total proportion of Australians drinking beer has steadily declined over the same period from 42.3 per cent to 36.5 per cent. Low-carb beer consumers now comprise almost one quarter of people drinking beer in an average four weeks — well up on June 2006, when they accounted for just three per cent of the country’s total beer drinkers.

    Only one quarter of low-carb beer drinkers are women (about average for beer drinking in general), and men aged under 35 years easily outnumber those aged 50+ (33 per cent vs 21 per cent of total low-carb beer drinkers respectively), Roy Morgan found.

    And the research found low-carb beer drinkers are actually less concerned about their waistline than the average Australian. For example, they are:

    25 per cent less likely to agree that “A low fat diet is a way of life for me”
    18 per cent less likely to agree that “I always think about the number of calories in the food I’m eating
    11 per cent less likely to agree that “I restrict how much I eat of fattening food”
    10 per cent less likely to agree that “I would like to be able to lose weight”

    Roy Morgan group account director Angela Smith said the research suggests the appeal of low-carb beers is unrelated to dietary factors.

    “In fact, men aged between 18 and 24 (not generally a weight-conscious bunch) are the most likely age group of either gender to drink low-carb beer, with 20 per cent consuming it in an average four weeks,” she said.

    “As men in this age range are less likely than men of any other age to drink beer in general, this is quite noteworthy — and category leader Carlton Dry has clearly recognised the opportunity it presents, aiming their playful ‘Hello Beer’ advertising campaign squarely at this demographic.”

    Smith said the range of low-carb beers has exploded since Pure Blonde hit the shelves more than decade ago.

    “Until recent months, Pure Blonde was able to maintain top spot in this increasingly crowded field, but was overtaken by close rival Carlton Dry in December 2014,” she said.
     
    09.06.2015   Scotch Whisky industry meets with Richard Lochhead MSP    ( Company news )

    Company news Collaboration between Scottish Government and Scotch Whisky industry is vital

    Food Secretary Richard Lochhead has heard how a team of 'Scotch Whisky sleuths' can be involved in around 70 court cases at any one time fighting fake whisky producers.

    He met with Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) chief executive David Frost and Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI) director Dr James Brosnan at the SWRI this week to discuss how the two organisations, which are both independent bodies funded by the sector, work together to protect Scotch Whisky from fakes to the benefit of consumers, industry and the wider economy. They also looked at future opportunities and issues of relevance for the sector over the coming months.

    SWRI's new director Dr James Brosnan gave Mr Lochhead a tour of the site which is a centre of scientific excellence dedicated to the needs of the distilled drinks industry, based in Heriot-Watt University's Research Park. Dr Brosnan explained the range of SWRI's work including its research into cereal sustainability, the science behind whisky flavours and spirit quality.

    Dr James Brosnan, SWRI director, said: "This was an excellent opportunity to explain more about SWRI to the Cabinet Secretary. We are at the forefront of research into distilled spirits, primarily Scotch, meaning Scotland is a centre of excellence in this field. We can work with the Scottish Government in a number of areas, such as cereal sustainability, to the benefit of the entire economy."

    A range of topics were discussed covering current opportunities and challenges for the industry and Scottish Government. These included export performance and collaboration, the Scotch Whisky industry supply chain, Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, Whisky month (May) and tourism and the industry's far-reaching Environmental Strategy.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "Scotch Whisky is vital to the Scottish economy, contributing £3.3 billion in value each year, employing more than 10,000 people and spending £1.4bn annually on Scottish suppliers. It is important for us to work closely with the Scottish Government to sustain and build on this success and explore how we can help other sectors. We believe other food and drink sectors can benefit from our expertise in export markets, for example."

    Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead MSP said: "It was fascinating to hear that together, the Scotch Whisky Association and the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, can fight up to 70 court cases at one time to protect the industry against fakes. Every fake sold means one less bottle of genuine Scotch Whisky is purchased and it can have a detrimental impact on the reputation of the entire industry. Scotch Whisky is iconic and in demand all over the globe and it is hugely important to the Scottish economy, enjoying protected status from the EU and an unmatched international reputation coming from the home of whisky.

    "In the last year alone six new distilleries opened up in Scotland, taking the total number of Single Malt distilleries across the country to 108. There are also about 30 distillery projects currently in the pipeline of various sizes, from existing companies to craft start-ups, which is very exciting for the sector.

    "It was great to meet with James and David to discuss how we can all work closely to sustain the continued success of the industry, and I am looking forward to the next steps."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    09.06.2015   South Korea: Imported beer continues to increase its share at large discount stores    ( E-malt.com )

    Imported brands continue to increase their share of total beer sales at large discount stores in South Korea, The Chosun Ilbo reported on June 01.

    Homeplus said on May 31 that imports accounted for 40.2 percent of its total beer sales in the first five months of this year, up from 12.1 percent in 2009 and 32.8 percent last year. Other large discount stores including E-Mart reported similar sales ratios over the period.

    According to the Korea Customs Office, beer imports grow by an average of more than 20 percent every year. Last year's sales were double the 2011 level.

    Homeplus attributed the rise to lower prices and a wider choice of brands resulting from free-trade agreements with the U.S. and the European Union, and the overall popularity of low-alcohol beverages, among other factors.
     
    09.06.2015   The Czech Republic: Demand for canned beer registers rapid increase    ( E-malt.com )

    Twenty years ago no self-respecting beer drinker in the Czech Republic would be seen dead swigging beer from a can. There was a widespread perception that bottled beer is superior and beer in cans loses its quality, tasting flat and acquiring a metallic tang. That is fast changing and breweries are expanding their packaging capacities to meet growing demand for canned beer, Radio Praha reported on June 4.

    While Czechs, who pride themselves on making the best beer in the world, are still resisting the canned beer revolution abroad, the change in consumer demand is becoming increasingly evident. While bottled beer still has the lion’s share of the market, Czechs are increasingly throwing canned beer into their shopping carts. One reason behind the increasing demand for canned beer is a whole new generation for whom cans are perfectly normal packaging. Another is that more and more consumers are buying canned beer for practical reasons – they are light, unbreakable, easy to open and ideal to take on trips. And thirdly, they are easily disposed of, as compared to returnable glass bottles which you need to wash out and take back to the store.

    While environmentalists are far from happy about the growing popularity of canned beer, breweries are happy to convert. For instance Staropramen this year invested 100 million crowns into a new packaging line for canned beer, increasing its capacity by 30 percent. New launches of fruit flavoured and alcohol-free beers are usually available in cans only. And the difference in price between the bottled and canned variety – which used to be considerable – is also diminishing. Now canned beer is only slightly more expensive than the same brew in a bottle.

    Despite this, the amount of canned beer sold in the Czech Republic still accounts for only a fraction of the country’s beer sales. Canned beer now represents approximately 5 percent of the overall beer sold, while in some countries it is up to 30 percent. Last year canned beer sales went up by 16 percent and the sale of bottled beer dropped by one percentage point. However breweries expect to see the demand for canned beer grow further and gradually follow the same pattern as in other European states.
     
    09.06.2015   UK: Carlsberg UK's craft portfolio now includes 39 beers    ( E-malt.com )

    Carlsberg UK has grown its Crafted portfolio of craft and speciality beers for the UK on-trade with the range increasing to 39 beers, The Drinks Report said on June 1.
    The portfolio has been sourced through Carlsberg UK’s third party partners and the Carlsberg Group global portfolio and includes lagers, bitters, pilsners, pale ales, porters and wheat beers – with a mix of draught, bottled and canned products available.

    New additions for 2015 include:
    Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – Tank 7 is a strong, yet crisp and refreshing beer that combines the best of American hops with the classic fermentation aromas and flavours of Belgian Saisons. ABV 8.5% and available in 355ml bottles.

    Fuller’s Frontier – Frontier is unique in that it embodies a wealth of flavours, due largely to the special blend of high quality new-world hops, and the traditional brewing style to which Fuller’s is so accustomed. ABV 4.5% and available in 30l kegs.

    Grimbergen Blonde – Belgian Ale, slightly fruity and round and harmonious in the mouth. ABV 6.7% and available in 330ml bottles and 20l kegs.

    Jacobsen Saaz Blonde – Brewed according to Belgian traditions with a fruity aroma and dry notes of angelica root, clove and coriander. ABV 7.1% and available in 500ml bottles.

    Lagunitas IPA – Hailing from Petaluma, California USA, this India Pale Ale is well-rounded with notes of caramel providing a richness that mellows out the twang of the hops. ABV 6.2% and available in 355ml bottles.

    St Austell Brewery Korev – Brewed in Cornwall, this Helles-style lager is the first lager St Austell Brewery has brewed and is produced as a traditional lager, with the whole process taking between 20 and 25 days. ABV 4.8% and available in 30l kegs.

    Thornbridge Twin Peaks – Inspired by the Sierra Nevada beers, this Anglo American Pale Ale is brewed in Bakewell, Derbyshire, with an aroma of tropical fruits. ABV 5.0% and available in 500ml bottles.

    Commenting on the new range Kathryn Purchase, director of customer marketing, Carlsberg UK says: “With year-on-year growth for craft beer in the UK up 34% and the average pint of craft beer commanding an additional 75-90p per pint, there has never been a better time for operators to explore and exploit the potential of craft and speciality beers.

    “We’re confident that the Crafted portfolio will be a valuable asset to publicans, restaurateurs and bar-owners, offering a good entry range and ultimately enabling them to tap into the thriving opportunity that is craft and speciality beer.”
     
    08.06.2015   Sauza® Tequila Undergoes Largest Rebranding In History And Unveils New Premium Packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news Sauza® Tequila, the flagship brand of Casa Sauza®, will debut a new premium look in June 2015. The refreshed brand identity highlights the Sauza family heritage, quality and craftsmanship behind the spirit and elevates its visibility and presence internationally. The largest rebrand in Sauza history will roll out globally, driving the brand’s continued long-term growth in existing North American markets, as well as expansion efforts in new, emerging tequila markets – Japan, Brazil, Russia and the brand’s first foray into China.

    “Sauza has been producing premium tequila since 1873, continuously bringing fresh perspectives to old traditions,” said Megan Frank, senior brand director of tequila at Beam Suntory. “The rebranding will strengthen Sauza Tequila’s position in the category globally and offer an invigorated brand experience. The new packaging is simply gorgeous and a major upgrade for the brand and consumers.”

    Upon its global unveiling, the brand’s premium line, Sauza Blue 100% Agave Tequila will take on the new name, Sauza Signature Blue, and will now feature a premium cork and wood closure. Across all Sauza Tequila variants, the new packaging will include a redesigned label with a prominent depiction of the brand’s iconic Gallo, as well as a unique bottle structure with the Tequila Sauza Crest and monogram embossed on the glass.

    The Gallo is a cherished symbol of the Sauza brand and has been part of the Sauza Crest since 1873. It was personally chosen by Sauza founder, Don Cenobio Sauza for representing courage, passion and perseverance; three traits that helped make the brand what it is today. Don Cenobio Sauza’s signature will appear on labels along with the La Perseverancia distillery story to reinforce the brand’s family heritage, deeply rooted in Jalisco, Mexico.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    05.06.2015   Pepsi Adds Bold Flavor to its Beverage Portfolio with Pepsi Limon    ( Company news )

    Company news Pepsi is bringing excitement to its cola options with the launch of Pepsi Limon, a new flavored cola made with just the right amount of authentic lime juice. Handcrafted and inspired by the preferences of Hispanic consumers, Pepsi Limon combines the distinct flavor of Pepsi with a hint of real lime juice resulting in a great tasting cola. Featuring real sugar, Pepsi Limon captures the tart, refreshing taste that Hispanics love to enjoy with their meals and in their beverages.

    "Pepsi knows the importance of authentic flavor and delivering on its promise for great tasting products," said Melissa Miranda, Cultural & Commercial Strategy, Pepsi. "Pepsi's roots have long showcased the brand's connection and affinity with Hispanic consumers and Pepsi Limon was created with those consumer preferences in mind."

    The introduction of Pepsi Limon reinforces PepsiCo's commitment to growing its diverse beverage portfolio and providing great tasting options for Hispanic consumers. Working closely with Adelante, PepsiCo's employee association that fosters relationships with the Hispanic community, Pepsi identified the need for a beverage made with real lime juice to deliver for the taste palates of our Hispanic consumer.

    The combination of cola and lime makes Pepsi Limon the perfect refreshing and delicious beverage choice for barbeques, gatherings, beach trips and more. Pepsi Limon is now available in 20 oz. and 2 liter bottles in select markets including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Chicago, IL.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    04.06.2015   Britvic PLC 2015 Interim results    ( Company news )

    Company news Britvic plc announces its interim results for the 28 weeks ended 12 April 2015. All comparisons quoted are on a constant currency basis and are pre-exceptional and other items, unless otherwise stated.

    Photo: Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer

    Financial highlights:
    -Continued strong earnings growth in challenging trading conditions
    -Group revenue declined 0.7% to £650.3m, with volume and ARP marginally down
    -Group EBITA increased 6.2% to £64.7m, underpinned by disciplined cost management
    -Group EBITA margin improvement of 60bps on last year
    -Half year adjusted EPS of 16.4p, an increase of 11.6% on last year
    -Interim dividend of 6.7p (+9.8%), reflecting earnings growth and confidence in future prospects
    -Reduction in adjusted net debt of £31.7m, leading to a 0.4x reduction in adjusted net debt:EBITDA ratio
    -Full year EBIT guidance remains unchanged at £164m to £173m

    Strategic highlights:
    -New products launched in core markets, will benefit revenue from the second half of the year
    -Fruit Shoot continued to make progress in the USA, with a new compound manufacturing process established to improve supply chain efficiency
    -Direct serve model established in the Netherlands to deliver long-term growth opportunities
    -Continued delivery of strategic cost initiatives, enabling further investment behind international expansion, marketing and innovation capability

    The board has announced an interim dividend per share of 6.7p, up 9.8% on last year. This reflects the board’s confidence in the future prospects of our business, the strong free cash flow generation and our progressive dividend policy.

    Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
    “Despite the challenging market conditions we have delivered double digit earnings growth, continued to improve our margin and further reduced debt. Importantly we continued to increase A&P investment behind our brands, our innovation and marketing capability and in our international business unit, to drive future revenue and profit growth.
    We have made significant progress executing our strategy which will continue to create sustainable value for shareholders. Whilst we expect trading conditions to remain challenging, guidance for the current year is unchanged.”
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    03.06.2015   L-Dens 4X7: The New Series of Density Sensors Highly Accurate and Easy to Integrate    ( Company news )

    Company news The new L-Dens 4X7 series of sensors are highly accurate, durable and maintenance-free. They have low integration costs and low operating costs and provide density results at 4-digit accuracy. The L-Dens 4X7 density sensors are for use in the petroleum, chemical and beverage industries. The wide range of L-Dens 4X7 sensors includes different materials, process connections and electrical interfaces to suit each plant. Process control and monitoring supported by continuous density measurement with L-Dens 4X7 sensors increases a plant’s productivity. With L-Dens 4X7, the consumption of raw materials and energy is optimized and the production runs at maximum capacity.
    (Anton Paar GmbH)
     
    02.06.2015   Canada: The original light beer, Miller Lite, is now available in Canada    ( E-Malt.com )

    London-based multinational brewing and beverage company SABMiller's Canadian subsidiary has launched Miller Lite beer in the Canadian market, Drinks Business Review reported on 26 May.

    SABMiller Canada Marketing vice-president Stewart Cowan said: "Miller Lite is the original light beer. It is the one that defined the category.”

    "Since launching in the 70's, Miller Lite has been purposely brewed to have great colour, aroma, and taste. We know that quality matters to light beer drinkers and we believe Miller Lite is the best tasting light beer. However, that's just our opinion, so we are inviting Canadian beer drinkers to try it and decide for themselves."

    Imported from the US and dubbed as an American Light Lager, Miller Lite delivers the perfect balance of lightness and taste.

    Cowan said: "Since launching two weeks ago, the response has been very positive from both customers and consumers. The long weekend in May proved to be the perfect timing to introduce Miller Lite to Canadians, and we look forward to a great summer ahead."

    SABMiller operates in more than 80 countries and has about 70,000 employees.
     
    02.06.2015   Cott Reports First Quarter 2015 Results and Increases DS Services Synergy Targets     ( Company news )

    Company news Cott Corporation (NYSE: COT) (TSX: BCB) announced its results for the first quarter ended April 4, 2015.

    FIRST QUARTER 2015 HIGHLIGHTS
    -Revenue of $710 million was higher by 49.4% compared to $475 million, as a result of the acquisition of DS Services and increased volumes in our traditional business.
    -Gross profit was $201 million compared to $56 million, which resulted in gross profit as a percentage of revenue of 28.4% compared to 11.8%.
    -Adjusted EBITDA increased 112% to $74 million compared to $35 million. Reported EBITDA was $75 million compared to $32 million.
    -Consistent with Cott's recently announced updated strategic priorities designed to build long-term shareowner value:
    -DS Services revenue increased 4.2% (5.1% on an adjusted basis) and integration of DS Services is ahead of plan, with $1 million of cost synergies realized during the first quarter. Synergy targets are being increased from $25 million to $30 million over the first three years with approximately $10 million of this benefit expected to be realized in year one. In addition, DS Services recently launched a new line of Cott manufactured sparkling water to residential and office customers as well as retailers.
    -North America business unit volume increased 1% in servings as it continued to expand its contract manufacturing business, which grew by approximately 8 million serving equivalent cases or nearly double prior year. Gross margin for the North America business unit increased 180 basis points to 12.8% while EBITDA was up 10.6% to $38.5 million due to the growth in contract manufacturing alongside tighter cost controls and better fixed cost absorption as we produced more finished goods in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to the prior year.

    "I am pleased to say both DS Services and our traditional business performed ahead of expectations as we saw increased volumes, improved revenue growth, strong gross margins, and adjusted EBITDA growth of 13% in our DS Services business and 5% in our traditional business," commented Jerry Fowden (photo), Cott's Chief Executive Officer. "We believe these positive trends, alongside the successful integration and capture of targeted synergies at DS Services, better position Cott to grow in line with the overall liquid refreshment beverage industry," continued Mr. Fowden.

    FIRST QUARTER 2015 GLOBAL PERFORMANCE
    -Revenue of $710 million was higher by 49.4%. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange and DS Services, revenue was higher by 2.3% as a result of the addition of the Aimia Foods business and increased volumes, partially offset by a mix shift from private label to contract manufacturing in both our North America and U.K./Europe business units.
    -Gross profit increased 258% to $201 million, with gross margin of 28.4% compared to 11.8%. Excluding DS Services, gross margin increased to 13.1% from 11.8% driven primarily by the addition of the Aimia Foods higher margin business, cost and efficiency savings, and better fixed cost absorption as we built year-over-year inventory levels, offset in part by the competitive environment and increased costs in our U.K./Europe operations as we continued to hold more inventory with third parties as we complete the implementation of our new warehouse management system.
    -Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $188 million compared to $47 million. The increase in SG&A expenses was due primarily to $137 million and $3 million in expenses associated with the addition of the DS Services and Aimia businesses, respectively. Excluding DS Services and Aimia, SG&A expenses were $48 million.
    -Interest expense increased to $28 million due primarily to the additional debt incurred in connection with the DS Services acquisition.
    -Other income was $10 million compared to $2 million due primarily to a net unrealized gain on foreign currency in the current quarter.
    -Income tax benefit was $9 million compared to $1 million.
    -Adjusted net loss and adjusted loss per diluted share were $8 million and $0.08, respectively, compared to adjusted net loss of $2 million and adjusted loss per diluted share of $0.02. The increase in adjusted loss per share was due primarily to an increase in interest expense as a result of additional debt from the DS Services acquisition as well as additional depreciation and amortization from the step up of DS Services assets due to purchase accounting, offset in part by the increase in tax benefit compared to the prior quarter. Reported net loss and loss per diluted share were $6 million and $0.06, respectively, compared to reported net loss and loss per diluted share of $4 million and $0.04, respectively.
    -Adjusted EBITDA increased 112% to $74 million due primarily to the addition of the DS Services and Aimia Foods businesses, cost savings as a result of tighter operating controls, and better fixed cost absorption as we built year-over-year inventory levels, offset in part by the $2 million impact of unfavorable foreign exchange rates.
    -Free cash flow was ($28) million, reflecting $1 million of net cash used by operating activities less $27 million of capital expenditures. Excluding cash collateral deposits associated with the DS Services acquisition of $29 million received during the quarter, free cash flow was ($58) million compared to free cash flow of ($61) million.

    FIRST QUARTER 2015 REPORTING SEGMENT PERFORMANCE
    -North America volume increased 1% in servings due primarily to contract manufacturing growth. Revenue was lower by 6% (lower by 5% excluding the impact of foreign exchange) at $324 million due primarily to an overall product mix shift into contract manufacturing. Gross margin increased 180 basis points to 12.8% and North America business unit EBITDA increased 10.6% to $38.5 million due primarily to tighter cost controls and increased fixed cost absorption as we produced more finished goods in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to the prior year.
    -DS Services revenue increased 4.2% to $240 million due primarily to growth in home and office delivery ("HOD") water, single cup coffee delivery and retail sales, offset in part by a declining energy surcharge as a result of lower diesel fuel prices and reduced sales in traditional brew basket coffee. Revenue on an adjusted basis increased 5.1%. HOD average returnable five gallon and three gallon consumption (excluding the impact of the Primo partnership) increased 1.7% due primarily to improvements in overall service levels and a continued focus on attracting high quality new customers. In addition, the number of total customers increased 1.9%, due primarily to increased new customer additions garnered at in store road shows at a large retailer and other targeted marketing efforts. DS Services adjusted EBITDA increased by $4 million, or 13%, to $37 million compared to $33 million. DS Services EBITDA of $29 million was up 3%, despite purchase accounting inventory step up and deferred revenue adjustment, and acquisition and
    -U.K. volume increased 15% in servings as a result of the addition of the Aimia Foods business. Revenue increased 14% (25% excluding the impact of foreign exchange) to $132 million due primarily to increased volumes, partially offset by a product mix shift in the core U.K. business into contract manufacturing. Although revenues associated with our U.K. business (excluding the impact of foreign exchange) were higher by just over 1% excluding Aimia and higher by 25% when including Aimia, operating income was adversely affected by continued pressure on energy category volumes from reduced price gaps as a result of national brand promotional pricing. U.K. operating income was also impacted by increased operational costs associated with holding additional inventory with third parties as we implement our new management warehouse software.
    -All Other revenue decreased to $13 million from $15 million as a result of a product mix shift into concentrates within the Royal Crown International business, which has a lower revenue per case when compared to finished goods.
    (Cott Corporation)
     
    02.06.2015   New Zealand: Craft beer maker Moa Group cuts annual loss by 5% and boosts ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... sales by nearly a third

    Moa Group, New Zealand’s listed boutique beer maker, has cut its annual loss by 5 percent and boosted sales by nearly a third in its latest financial results, BusinessDesk reported on May 28.

    The Auckland-based brewer, which went public in 2012, reported a net loss of NZ$5.58 million in the year ended March 31, compared to loss of NZ$5.82 million the previous year. Revenue rose to NZ$6.1 million from NZ$4.59 million while sales volumes climbed 40 percent to 1.7 million litres, near what the company’s prospectus forecast it would achieve in the 2014 financial year.

    Chief executive Geoff Ross said the company remains around 12 months behind its original business plan, having initially struggled to meet sales forecasts which it blamed on its now dumped distributor, Treasury Wine Estates.

    Moa overhauled its business strategy in late 2013, changing to a direct distribution model, shifting focus to the New Zealand and Australian markets, and outsourcing much of its beer production to McCashin’s Brewery in Nelson while making its higher-margin speciality brews at its Blenheim site. Ross said in hindsight it should have always had a direct sales and distribution structure and he shoulders the blame for that mistake.

    Its NZ$1.25 IPO price has fallen markedly and is currently languishing at 32.5 cents, valuing the company at NZ$15.5 million.

    Ross said the latest results were in line with expectations and its strategy to cut costs and fatten margins was likely to start delivering benefits in the coming financial year as gross margins are starting to improve.

    The company started in 2004 by Blenheim-based winemaker Allan Scott and his son Josh raised NZ$16 million in the IPO and a further NZ$5.75 million from shareholders last July.

    Cornerstone investors Pioneer Capital and The Business Bakery had committed to providing financial support to ensure the company would keep running for at least another year after it burned through cash faster than anticipated.

    It now has only NZ$3.8 million cash in hand, which is less than the losses this financial year. Ross said the board was conscious of the business’s cash requirements and losses were expected to be significantly lower this financial year, although no forecast figure was given.

    He said the board was confident that the cash position, growing sales, cost efficiencies, and working capital improvements would provide the necessary funding for growth.

    Moa currently has no debt and Ross said the directors are prepared to consider bank debt or further capital raising if the company requires it. It also has unrealised tax losses of NZ$4.9 million.

    Moa continued to increase its share of the craft beer category which is growing at more than 10 percent a year in New Zealand while mainstream beer sales are in decline. Craft beer still only accounts for around 5 percent of the total beer market in New Zealand compared to around 15 percent in the US.

    Moa is now the fourth biggest craft beer brand in this country behind Monteiths, Mac’s and Boundary Road. Across the ditch, international craft, the segment Moa is part of, is growing at an estimated 18 percent a year.

    Its biggest selling products are Original Lager and Session Pale Ale which Ross describes as “accessible craft” and deliberately tilt more towards the premium beer market than most traditional craft beers.

    The focus currently is still on building distribution with a big push into supermarkets which sell a big portion of beer nationally. In Australia its beers are sold through the Dan Murphy’s and BWS liquor chains.

    Ross said it will be next year at least before Moa is in a position to start spending money on brand promotion.

    “When we’ve finished with product, placement, and price we can get to the promotion piece but we’re not there yet," he said.

    Following mediation with those who objected to a proposed expansion of its Blenheim brewery, Moa now has resource consent to expand production volumes, but only to around half of what it originally wanted. Ross said given Moa’s existing resources, plans for the expansion were on hold as the money available was better spent on growing distribution than production capacity.
     
    02.06.2015   Poland: Brewery near Kraków to open after over 70 years    ( E-Malt.com )

    Browar Tenczynek, near the southern city of Kraków in Poland, is to start brewing beer after over 70 years, Radio Poland reported on May 25.

    The move comes after the brewery’s listed buildings were purchased and renovated by Browary Regionalne Jakubiak, which owns brewing facilities in Ciechanów, Lwówek Śląski and Bojanów.

    Marek Jakubiak, CEO of Browary Regionalne, said the company bought the complex from bankruptcy trustees in May 2014 for over PLN 3 million. The brewery site was formerly used as a juice factory.

    The estimated cost of renovations stand at PLN 12 million, with Jakubiak saying that “the brewery has already started production”.

    Jakubiak said that a number of new brewing facilities had been installed, adding that during renovation works, a number of original architectural features which had been installed by Count Adam Potocki when he expanded the brewery in the 19th century had been restored.

    “Traditional brewing methods still hold their ground today,” Jakubiak said, adding that the brewery is initially set to produce some 55-60 thousand hectolitres of beer annually, with production set to double in the future. Tenczynek is set to produce local beers, along with a line of lager.

    The brewery currently employs 20 people, although that number may rise if the beer gains in popularity, Jakubiak said.

    Tenczynek is also set to house a museum of the history of local brewing. The first mention of brewing at the site date from 1553. The current brewery was rebuilt from scratch by Count Adam Potocki in 1848-54, with its beer winning a gold medal in Plzeň in 1904.

    The brewery was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, with production facilities nationalised and turning to juices and fruit products after the war.
     
    02.06.2015   Russia: Draft bill banning plastic beer bottles of 1.5 litres and more to be ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... contested by the government

    A draft bill in Russia that proposes to ban plastics beer bottles of 1.5 litres or above is to be contested by the country’s government, which will instead look for a balanced solution when the parliament meets again to debate the projected law, according to local news reports.

    Beer bottles made from PET packaging have a large market share in the Eastern European country, with estimates showing that more than 50 per cent of beer produced in Russia is sold in plastics packaging.

    The Russian parliament has been debating the bill since 2013. In that time, local brewers have prepared for the new rules by proposing to scrap beer production in containers over 2.5-litre.
     


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