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    01.10.2015   New: Birkner’s Beverage World.Com 2015/2016 - The 20th Edition has just been published!    ( Company news )

    Company news For 20 years the publishing house provides current selected market and company information of the international beverage industry in web and print.

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    (Birkner GmbH & Co. KG)
    09.10.2015   Doehler at Anuga 2015: 'We bring ideas to life.'    ( Company news )

    Company news • Unique product portfolio of natural ingredients and ingredient systems
    • Smart product ideas and innovative product applications for multi-sensory experiences
    • Focus on naturalness, health & nutrition, functionality and clean & clear label
    • Doehler Innovation Platform – promoting entrepreneurship and open innovation

    “We bring ideas to life.” In line with its company guiding principle, Doehler is presenting pioneering products and product applications for every segment of the food and beverage industry at this year's Anuga – giving its customers plenty of ideas for successful products that meet consumer tastes with all the senses. The focus this year is on product innovations that cater to the global consumer trends for naturalness, health & nutrition, functionality and clean & clear label. This wide range of innovations is based on Doehler's comprehensive and unique portfolio of natural ingredients, consisting of flavours, colours, health & nutrition ingredients, cereal ingredients, dairy ingredients, speciality ingredients, dry ingredients, fruit & vegetable ingredients and ingredient systems. Natural raw material sources and cutting-edge processing technologies form the basis of new, natural Doehler ingredients and innovative applications for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, dairy products, ice cream, baked goods, confectionery and snacks, soups and sauces. Calorie-reduced and sugar- reduced beverages, “crafted sodas”, next-generation energy drinks, healthy snacks and gluten-free solutions for baked goods are just a few examples of the more than 100 product concepts that Doehler is presenting at Anuga and offering for tasting. For every innovative product development and product application, Doehler's main focus is always on the multi-sensory product experience, based on appealing harmoniously to all the senses. Thanks to this holistic sensory approach, Doehler is able to guarantee its customers an important building block to success – helping them to stand out from the crowd.

    Using the best nature has to offer
    Doehler has its own fruit and vegetable processing facilities in the world's most important growing areas, securing the company direct access for the production of high-quality natural flavours, colours, health & nutrition ingredients and fruit & vegetable ingredients. For decades, Doehler has demonstrated a high level of expertise in flavours, as well as natural flavour extracts. At Anuga, the company is presenting flavours that take visitors to the trade fair on a multi-sensory world tour. The flavour portfolio here ranges from popular flavours such as apple, orange and pineapple to trend flavours like melon and blossom flavours, and even herb and spice extracts. In addition, Doehler presents its innovative flavour technology for optimising the taste of HIS sweeteners.
    At Anuga, Doehler is showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of natural colours, colouring concentrates and natural colour extracts. The colour range covers every tone and shade, ranging from warm orange tones to shining red tones, all the way to blue, green and white.
    Vegetable extracts and proteins are especially in the spotlight this year. The large, up-to-the-minute portfolio of African botanical extracts extends from baobab, rooibos and honeybush to moringa and cape aloe. Doehler also provides products with vegetable proteins from rice, for example, offering vegetarians and vegans the healthy added value they want.

    Go veggie! – The new vegetable ingredients
    To complement its extremely broad and detailed portfolio of fruit ingredients, Doehler also offers a comprehensive and application-specific portfolio of new vegetable ingredients, including options as diverse as tomato, pumpkin, sweet potato, cucumber, black carrot, sweet pepper, rhubarb and beetroot. As well as premium chunky purees and cloudy and clear juice concentrates, Doehler also offers a large portfolio of natural vegetable flavours. The expert in multi-sensory experiences proves just how refreshing and sophisticated vegetables in beverages can be, for example with innovative aqua plus beverages, lemonades and tea beverages, as well as juices and still drinks.

    Expanded product portfolio for the food industry

    At this year's Anuga, Doehler is also presenting its extensive ingredient portfolio for the food industry. The focus is on cereal ingredients, for example, which naturally optimise the sensory and nutritional properties of baked goods, confectionery and dairy products. For the first time, Doehler also presents a comprehensive portfolio of dry ingredients. The product range extends from freeze-dried fruits refined in various ways (whole fruits, pieces, slices, powder), granulates, dry ingredient powders and dry compounds (e.g. fillings) to tailored special products. As well as the worlds of sweet indulgence, Doehler is also exhibiting savoury preparations for the food and food service industry. The company uses the very best ingredients and raw materials in the production of its spicy solutions.

    Doehler's answer to health & nutrition
    Health & nutrition has become one of the most important mega trends of recent years. Doehler has developed product concepts with superior taste to support a healthy diet – as healthy snacks in the form of snack drinks or delicious snack bars with valuable ingredients such as cereals, vegetable proteins and dried fruits. The focus of all the concepts is naturalness and “lightness” – balanced indulgence with low sugar. In addition, Doehler presents natural options for sugar reduction, such as fermented and reduced-sugar juices, as well as stevia-based sweetening systems with balanced sensory profiles.
    At Anuga, Doehler uses the trend topic “better for you” to present the food and beverage industry with application-specific, gluten-free malt extracts that can be used as natural ingredients for a wide range of products – both as special taste components and for natural colouring and sweetening. Visitors to Doehler's trade fair stand have the chance to taste a large number of products that impress with outstanding multi-sensory design. The spectrum ranges from bread enriched with gluten-free malt extract to juicy malt beverages and even gluten-free cereal bars. Alongside gluten-free ingredient solutions and product ideas, Doehler also serves many other aspects of the “better for you” trend. The ingredients and ingredient systems extend from natural flavours, colours and juices to sugar-free sweetening systems and “beyond dairy” solutions for lactose-free products. Healthy foods and beverages are thus increasingly defined not by long, complex lists of ingredients, but rather by what the recipe consciously does not include. Having started with “free from artificial additives” and “sugar-free”, product claims like “lactose-free” and “gluten-free” are now moving from a niche market to the “better for you” mainstream.

    Trend-setting applications
    As the leading provider of natural ingredients and ingredient systems, Doehler sets the benchmark for new developments in every important food and beverage category. The company demonstrates this with calorie-reduces and sugar-reduced beverages, “crafted sodas”, next-generation energy drinks with new functional added value, innovative liquid food & beverage enhancers, and fruit & vegetable snack drinks with coconut milk and delicious spice notes. In addition, it presents premium purees made from exotic fruits such as fig and golden berry (physalis), which unlock new taste sensations in a wide range of product applications. A visit to Doehler's trade fair stand is a journey into the future of the world of fruit and beverages.

    Doehler Innovation Platform –
    Innovation meets entrepreneurship
    Doehler sees itself as a key driver of innovation for the food and beverage industry. At, the company operates a successful innovation platform where external idea providers are integrated into the innovation process in a targeted way. This is how partnerships are formed with companies, researchers, inventors and scientists in order to bring ideas from the entire food and beverage range to life. These ideas can range from natural ingredients to advanced technologies, and all the way to innovative end consumer products. True to the company´s guiding principle “We bring ideas to life.”, Doehler offers its full range of expertise and global resources, thus creating unique conditions for putting ideas into practice. Moreover, people and institutions with experience in the food and beverage industry have the chance to become part of the global Doehler Innovation Network, which consists of universities, suppliers and independent experts from the food and beverage industry. With the innovation platform, Doehler aims to promote entrepreneurship, thus continuing to drive innovations in the global food and beverage industry forward even more strongly.

    Hall 8.1, Stand A010
    09.10.2015   GEA successfully completes acquisition of Hilge    ( Company news )

    Company news GEA has successfully completed the acquisition of Hilge, domiciled in Bodenheim, Germany, after approval by the relevant antitrust authorities. GEA is using this acquisition to expand its portfolio in the area of high performance sanitary pumps, strengthening its position as a system solutions provider for hygienic and aseptic process environments.

    “The acquisition of Hilge means that we can offer a greater variety of services to our customers in the future, in particular in the food and beverage industry. We are very pleased with this excellent addition to our range of products,” said GEA CEO Jürg Oleas.
    (GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)
    08.10.2015   Datalogic Introduces the S45 Miniature Sensor Family    ( Company news )

    Company news Datalogic, a global leader in Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation markets, and world-class producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking equipment announces the S45 Miniature Sensor Family. A new line of compact sensors ideal for applications where precise and reliable detection in a compact form factor is required.

    S45 Miniature Sensor Family offers a wide variety of sensors with the latest technology, each in a very compact housing. Manufactured from glass-reinforced plastic these rugged and sturdy sensors, with dimensions of 32x20x14 mm, are great for applications in harsh environments. Applications food, pharma and beverage industries can leverage their IP67 and IP69K standards, which meet and exceed industrial wash-down requirements.

    Advanced autocollimating optics and auto adaptive threshold adjusting features ensure perfect and reliable transparent detection. Precise and sharp laser emission detects very small objects at very high speeds. A wide choice of optical functions are available with complete light emission options; special models for transparent object, contrast sensing and distance sensing makes this family the most complete miniature sensor product portfolio on the market.

    “The S45 Family is very versatile and makes a great choice for a wide range of automation applications” states Cosimo Capuzzello, General Manager Sensors & Safety Business Unit at Datalogic. “These are much more than just miniature sensors, these are leading sensors that can be used in many applications and their size makes them very flexible; designers will choose them even when size is not a requirement.”

    Designed with an eye to facilitate installation and use, the S45 Family comes with a simple use Teach-In operation. Outputs are available for PNP, NPN, and Push-Pull connections. Dovetail mounting is built into the housing for easy and flexible alignment. This mounting provides for precise and fast positioning. The S45 Family is ideal for many automation applications in food, pharma and beverage industries.
    (Datalogic Automation Srl)
    08.10.2015   Israel: Ministry of Finances reduces taxes on beer and other alcoholic beverages    ( )

    Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on September 8 signed a decree reducing taxes on beer by about 46 percent, and other alcoholic beverages by 21 percent, Ynetnews reported.

    In 2012 the tax on beer was doubled, and it was determined that the tax would be NIS 4.33 per litre of beer with a concentration of over 3.8 percent – a significantly higher tax level than it is customary in the OECD.

    Starting September 8 night, the tax rate for this beer will be 2.33 shekels per litre. Beer in reusable bottles with an alcohol content of 3.8 percent will remain exempt from purchase tax.

    The Finance Ministry said that examination of the results of the previous tax increase on beer showed that despite the doubling of the tax, it barely affected the consumption levels of beer.

    This means that the imposition of the tax in 2012 fell almost entirely on consumers without any real benefit with regard to reducing harmful drinking.

    "We will continue to lower the cost of living in Israel and relieve the consumer wherever possible," Kahlon said. "We intend to continue the trend and will not hesitate to correct distortions in the tax system as required and to make it easier for citizens. The move eliminates a tax increase set two years ago, as it became clear that it had not yielded the anticipated results and had even negative consequences, and it was carried out after a thorough examination by the Tax Authority, which supports the move."

    The decree was approved with the recommendation of a professional team headed by the director general of the Finance Ministry, Shai Babad, together with Tax Authority representatives, according to whom the changes made in 2012 on the beer tax and the taxation of alcohol in 2013 should be annulled. It thus once again adopted the tax rates existing prior to 2012, which were about half the current rate according to the original outline as suggested by the Tax Authority.

    The tax change will take effect at midnight on September 8, after its publication in "Reshumot", Israel's gazette of record in which all new laws are logged.

    In accordance with the team's recommendations, an immediate structural change was suggested due to negative developments in the alcohol industry – the blossoming of a bootleg industry that produces harmful beverages, damage to legitimate business that must struggle with the existence of a well-developed black market, and direct harm to consumers through increased taxation.

    Accordingly, the sales tax on alcoholic beverages was reduced from NIS 106.9 per litre of alcohol to NIS 85.

    Kahlon said that with his decision, Israel is returning to its original focus, as one has to first and foremost fight the pirate beverage industry that makes alcohol unfit for human consumption, while ensuring public health and simultaneously reducing taxes.

    The tax reduction will supposedly result in a loss of NIS 100 million in tax revenues, but the Finance Ministry argues that the move is expected to be balanced fiscally, thanks to increased enforcement in the area of counterfeiting and alcohol smuggling.
    08.10.2015   World: Tibet's Lhasa Beer has global aspirations    ( )

    Lhasa Beer, the only Tibetan beer available, has global aspirations and wants to take its brew to pubs and people around the world, CCTV reported on September 9.

    Though Tibet is not the first region that comes to mind when you think about beer, the Lhasa Brewery Company said that it hopes to export its beer to other countries in Southeast Asia, as well as new markets in the U.S. and Europe in the future.

    Sold in cans and bottles under the slogan, “Beer from the roof of the world,” the beverage uses mainly Himalayan spring water, barley and yeast as ingredients. Around 30 percent of the malt content is derived from the huskless native Tibetan barley.

    The area around the town of Gyantse in southern Tibet is known as the homeland of green barley, and produces a high yield of the crop.

    “Altogether, beer production reached 140,000 tons last year, which is an increase of 10 percent to 12 percent year on year,” said Norbu Tsering, General Manager of Tiandi Green Beverage Dev’t Company, the company that distributes the beer.

    “We are selling the beer not only in Tibet, but also to other major cities across China.”

    The barley agricultural and brewery industry have also been helping to boost the local economy. With the region’s economic growth at 12 percent topping China’s GDP growth at just 7.4 percent in 2014, the region’s economy remains as one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

    The company’s revenue also reached 197 million yuan, a 5.26 percent increase year on year.

    Jeff Walters of Boston Consulting Group, believes that the beer has a sparkling future ahead.

    “It would certainly stand out on the shelf outside of China. And my understanding is that the beer is brewed at the highest altitude, and so if we look at other parts of the world and what’s going on with their beer, like at the U.S. for example, craft beers and small beers is a very important part of that market,” he said. “There could be some interesting potential there.”
    07.10.2015   Find your perfect ingredients partner at Fi Europe 2015     ( Company news )

    Company news Fi Europe & Ni, 1-3 December 2015, Paris Nord Villepinte, France

    You are invited to visit Europe's best expo for food and beverage ingredients - Fi Europe. Taking place in Paris this December, you can join the best in your industry at the event by securing a free registration pass today.

    Visit Fi Europe 2015 and you will:
    -Find over 1,400 ingredient suppliers all under one roof - guaranteed to be the quickest way to find quality suppliers
    -Get insights on the food and beverage industry's trends and challenges via 86 free seminars, guided ingredient tours, industry presentations and a modular conference
    -Build your network with 27,000+ other global food and beverage professionals

    At Fi Europe, you can find the right ingredient and supplier to help improve your food and beverage range at Fi Europe 2015. Register now to make sure you save €130 and to join the food and beverage industry in Paris.
    (UBM EMEA)
    07.10.2015   France: Beer sales in HoReCa drop by 5% in January-April    ( )

    New report by CGA-Nielsen shows sales of beverages in France’s cafes, bars, hotels, and restaurants dropped by 4.5% in January-April this year, reported on September 9.

    Sales of beer fell by 5%, those of soft drinks by 6%, bottled water by 3%, and strong drinks sales dropped by 4%.

    The analysts pointed out that the largest drop in consumption was seen by low alcohol beers (4.4-4.5% alc.), whereas special beers (with alcohol content above 5.5%), beer mixes and zero-alcohol beers registered higher sales.
    07.10.2015   India: Vijay Mallya says beer should be treated as non-alcoholic beverage    ( )

    Beer should be treated as a non-alcoholic beverage to boost its consumption across the country, United Breweries Ltd chairman Vijay Mallya was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald on September 22.

    "As beer has only five percent alcohol unlike 40 percent in hard liquor or spirits, it is irrational to charge the same prohibitive tax on both the beverages," Mallya told shareholders at the company's 16th AGM here.

    Noting that the per capita consumption of beer in India was two litres as against 27 litres globally, Mallya said, as a result, beer contributed five percent to the total alcohol consumed across the country, with 280 million cases sold in 2015 as against 100 million cases in 2005.

    As a leader in the low-alcoholic beverage, UBL has 52 percent market share in the country, with its nearest rival having less than half of its share.

    Seeking a rational regulatory and taxation policy on beer, the liquor baron said unlike in India, beer was the preferred beverage of choice in most of the world, especially for young consumers and ranked third among all beverages after water and tea.

    "Decades of perverse taxation policy that equates spirits and beer had resulted in beer being prohibitively expensive as a share of the consumer's wallet. There is an urgent need for a rational regulatory and taxation policy for long-term benefits to all the stakeholders," said Mallya.

    Noting that the irrational taxation policy was driving youngsters to prefer hard liquor with attendant moral and social consequences in preference to beer, he said the industry could reach an inflexion point and grow rapidly if tax on beer was in proportion to the alcoholic strength, which is five percent.

    Welcoming the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) across the country, Mallya, however, said excluding the liquor industry from it would lead to imposition of punitive costs on its players.
    06.10.2015   24U – the new resealable 2-liters-beverage-package for drinks which contain CO2    ( Company news )

    Company news Suitable for all drinks, such as beer, sparkling wine, soft drinks, energy drinks, etc. in practical 2 liter size – finally the right size for every occasion!
    Consistent, perfect pouring performance through our specially designed and patented smooth-flow-spout. Ideal for traveling – the reclosable screwcap protects against unwanted contaminants during drinking enjoyment. It fits any space in your refrigerator and is very fast cooled down to drinking temperature. Can be combined with all commercially available filling equipment, from a simple manual filler up to a fully automatic bottling line. If you already use our 5 liters – keg no additional investment in the filling is needed.
    High pressure stability up to 4.0 bar by using high-quality sheets, special geometry of top and bottom and the latest production technology. Brilliant and large tinplate printing achieve much publicity for your brand, thus your product is available at the center for all events. Low entry investment, immediately suitable for small quantities!
    (Julius Kleemann GmbH & Co. KG)
    06.10.2015   Japan: Tax authorities dismiss Sapporo's claim for return of 11.5 bln yen return in liquor tax    ( )

    Japan’s tax authorities have dismissed an objection filed by Sapporo Breweries Ltd. calling for the return of ¥11.5 billion in liquor tax that the company paid on its Goku Zero beer-like beverage, The Japan Times reported on September 24.

    Sapporo Breweries will decide its response after listening to opinions from outside experts, said officials at Sapporo Holdings Ltd., the parent of the Japanese beer-maker.

    Within about one month, the group will decide whether to bring the dispute to the National Tax Tribunal, which could potentially take months to reach its conclusion.

    Lawyers, certified public accountants and former tax officials serve as judges at the tribunal. Those dissatisfied with the rulings can file lawsuits against the judgments.

    In June 2013, Sapporo Breweries launched Goku Zero as a third-segment beer-like alcoholic product free from purine and sugar. But it stopped production after tax authorities began investigating details of its production method to confirm the tax-related classification of the product in 2014.

    After reviewing the production method, Sapporo Breweries relaunched the Goku Zero as a happoshu quasi-beer with low malt content, to which a higher tax rate than third-tier beverages is applied, and paid liquor tax of ¥11.5 billion as the difference in levies.

    In January this year, however, the firm concluded through an in-house examination that the original Goku Zero was a third-segment beverage. It called for authorities to return the extra liquor tax it paid, filing an objection after authorities refused to do so.
    06.10.2015   Nepal: Government allows restaurants to run microbreweries    ( )

    Nepal’s government has decided to issue permits for restaurants to operate microbreweries, allowing production of a maximum of 2,500 hectolitres of beer annually, The Himalayan Times reported on September 24.

    A meeting of the Industrial Promotion Board (IPB), held recently, took a decision to allow operation of microbreweries in the country.

    In a bid to categorise restaurants with microbreweries under tourism industry, the Board has also decided to recommend government to publish a notice in Nepal Gazette, as per Maheshwor Neupane, director general of the Department of Industry (DoI). Once the government publishes the notice in the Gazette, interested companies will be able to get a licence to run microbreweries.

    Any restaurant with a seating capacity of at least 20 people can apply for the licence of a microbrewery. “A fee of Rs two lakh has been fixed for each licence,” said Neupane. He said that the microbreweries would be registered under DoI for operation after needful Initial Environmental Examination (IEE).

    The meeting of the IPB has decided to request the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment to make the necessary provision to conduct IEE.

    The Board, which is headed by Minister for Industry Mahesh Basnet, has also set criteria to establish the microbreweries.

    For issuing a permit to restaurants or companies that want to run microbreweries, the Board has fixed certain parameters, which state that the beer to be produced should not have alcohol content of more than seven per cent, proper area for production must be maintained, and raw materials and produced beer should be stored in a concrete building.

    It also states that the entities must have clean in process (CIP) facility and laboratory.

    Similarly, the tanks and pipelines to be used in the microbreweries must be made of stainless steel and the source of fuel for production must be either electricity or liquefied petroleum gas.

    In case plastic pipes have to be used, such pipes can be used only in ‘food grade’. That is not all — microbreweries are required to produce beer in the presence of at least one Alcohol Technologist or Food Technologist.

    As per the existing rules of the government, fermentation (beer) industries are prohibited from being established and operated in Kathmandu Metropolitan City and other municipalities.

    However, as per Neupane, this provision will not be applicable for microbreweries that are expected to help in tourism, agriculture and employment generation.
    06.10.2015   Nigeria: Heineken's Nigerian Breweries to sell 100 bln naira debt to boost liquidity    ( )

    Nigerian Breweries Plc, the West African nation’s largest brewer, said it plans to sell 100 billion naira ($502 million) in debt to boost liquidity and support growth even as lower crude prices impact spending in the continent’s most populous country, Bloomberg reported on September 30.

    The debt sale, expected by Oct. 8, will enable the company to diversify its funding and attract non-bank investors, Finance Director Mark Rutten said in an e-mailed statement.

    The move demonstrates the Heineken N.V unit’s commitment to Nigeria, where it owns 11 breweries, Managing Director Nicolaas Vervelde said.

    The fundraising comes as Nigeria suffers from lower crude prices, causing slower economic growth and declining government revenues. Lagos-based Nigerian Breweries reported lower first-half profit in July, while smaller competitor Guinness Nigeria Plc said earlier this month that the economic situation had hurt consumption of pricier beer brands.
    06.10.2015   SIL assessment of GEMÜ products    ( Company news )

    Company news Together with the independent testing organization EXIDA, GEMÜ has assessed a selection of different products in accordance with SIL.

    This assessment according to SIL covers the functional safety of the products and is used to evaluate the systems in relation to the reliability of fail safe functions. The result is safety-relevant design principles which must be complied with in order to minimize the risk of a malfunction. SIL itself is a measure of the probability that a system will correctly fulfil the required fail safe functions for a specific time period.
    In addition to pilot valves, the GEMÜ products assessed include globe and diaphragm valves and electrical position indicators.
    By assessing the product selection referred to here, GEMÜ is complying with its customers' requirements primarily from the process and manufacturing industries. With the data made available, these can now carry out assessments of entire plants.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    06.10.2015   UK: UK alcohol consumption down 19% since 2004, but number of brewers rises to 1,700 last year    ( )

    UK alcohol consumption has dropped 19% since its 2004 peak and remained stable in 2014, according to the Annual Statistical Handbook from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

    The UK is ranked 19th in EU per-capita alcohol consumption, according to the report.

    In 2014/15, Government tax receipts from alcohol sales (made up of excise duties and VAT) reached a new high of GBP18.4 bln (US$28 bln), claimed the BBPA. Revenues from beer made up 34% of the total at GBP6.2 bln. The BBPA said there is still scope to cut beer duties in the country, outlining that the duty paid on each UK pint remains the second highest in the EU at GBP0.522, trailing Finland at GBP0.646.

    "The duty rate in the UK is now an astonishing 14 times that in Europe’s largest beer market, Germany," said the BBPA.

    The number of breweries in the country, meanwhile, has risen to 1,700 in 2014 from 500 in 2000. The BBPA also reported the first annual rise in UK beer sales since 2004, with sales up 1.3% in 2014.

    Brigid Simmonds, chief executive, said: “It’s great to see beer putting in such a solid performance in 2014, while at the same time, the trends in alcohol harm are coming down. With the right policies for the hospitality sector, there is huge scope for growing the economy, creating new jobs and careers.”
    06.10.2015   USA: AB InBev to invest into its New York plant to allow for craft beer production    ( )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev will invest $62 million to upgrade equipment and allow for craft beer production at its facility in Baldwinsville, New York, Auburn Citizen reported on October 1.

    With the investment, the company will retain 443 jobs at the plant.

    To aid Anheuser-Busch's efforts, Empire State Development has offered to provide $2 million in tax credits.

    The announcement was made on September 30 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who visited Anheuser-Busch and sampled beer.

    "This investment will keep hundreds of jobs and help Anheuser-Busch stay and grow right here in New York," Cuomo said. "Anheuser-Busch is a major driver of economic activity across this state and I am proud that this investment will set the stage for future growth in this key industry."

    The company's 1.5 million-square foot facility produces more than 65 brands and has the capacity to ship 180 trucks a day.

    Pete Kraemer, vice president of supply and the head brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch, said it's important for the company to retain jobs at the Baldwinsville brewery.

    "Our employees all work hard to produce the great beers our customers demand and this demonstrates our commitment to the region," he said.

    Company news Ambitious global investment to drive next decade of growth for the brand

    Johnnie Walker®, the number one Scotch whisky in the world, launched its largest ever global marketing campaign. The campaign will activate simultaneously in more than 50 countries and will reach nearly 270 million consumers around the world within the first weeks of launch.

    ‘Joy Will Take You Further’ is an evolution of the brand’s famous ‘Keep Walking’ campaign and represents a new perspective on personal progress, which has defined the brand’s philosophy for more than 15 years and helped Johnnie Walker become the most valuable spirits brand in the world . Based on new insights into how success is viewed by consumers today, it brings to life the concept that joy can be a catalyst to the progress they seek, and aims to generate a positive culture shift by promoting and encouraging the idea that finding joy in the journey is part of the recipe for success.

    The campaign features stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment such as Formula One World Champion and McLaren Honda driver Jenson Button, Oscar-nominated actor Jude Law, Chinese actor Zhao Wei, US rock band OK Go and Mexican supermodel Montserrat Oliver alongside a cast of extraordinary achievers who share the brand’s view of how happiness in life is a fuel for success.

    Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo, owners of Johnnie Walker, said: “The launch of Keep Walking marked a fundamental shift in the way scotch was marketed and kick started a decade of transformational growth for both Johnnie Walker and the category as a whole.

    “I am hugely excited about the potential of this new campaign to drive Johnnie Walker forward to the next decade of growth. It is rooted in deep consumer insight and tells true stories of people who have truly walked with joy. At Diageo, we believe in building brands with purpose - meaning that goes beyond product benefits - and this is a great example of an incredibly strong idea that is brought to life with outstanding creative.”

    Guy Escolme, Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director, added that the new campaign - drawing on decades of research - challenged the conventional wisdom that success guarantees you happiness and instead celebrates the fact that happiness actually helps people achieve success.

    He said: “Johnnie Walker has always stood for progress - it’s been the story of our whisky since our founder John Walker started it all nearly 200 years ago. What two centuries of experience have taught us is that progress doesn’t have to be an endless uphill journey - we can enjoy the steps we take and the more happiness we find in them the more likely we are to achieve our goal. Evidence is confirming a conviction that sits at the heart of our brand: ‘Joy Will Take You Further’.”

    Developed in partnership with the brand’s global creative agency, Anomaly, ‘Joy Will Take You Further’ brings to life the art of blending and the blenders who create the world’s most iconic Scotch whisky through a significant investment in mentoring and customer experiences, in addition to a new television commercial, print and digital advertising, point of sale materials and engaging digital content.

    Amanda Feve, Chief Strategy Officer of Anomaly, said: “Our research unlocked a new insight into progress, which we believe will create cultural impact the world over."
    (Diageo plc)
    02.10.2015   Deputy CEO and CFO Jørn P. Jensen leaves the Carlsberg Group    ( Company news )

    Company news The Carlsberg Group announces that Jørn P. Jensen (photo), Deputy CEO and CFO has left the company by end of September 2015.

    Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Flemming Besenbacher says: “With a new CEO well on board it has been agreed between the Supervisory Board and Jørn P. Jensen that now is the right time for a change for all parties. I would like to thank Jørn P. Jensen for his very significant contributions to the transformation of Carlsberg from a small regional brewery to its current international position during his 15 years with the company, and I wish him every success in the future.”

    Deputy CEO and CFO Jørn P. Jensen says: “Carlsberg is a fantastic company with a great heritage and a prosperous future. However, now is the right time for change for the company and for me. I will always remember the great teams and employees in the Group, the many great partners and stakeholders, and I will continue to follow Carlsberg with interest.”

    A search for a successor will be initiated. Jørn P. Jensen has agreed to be available for the next months to finish a number of projects and to hand over to a new Group CFO.
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)
    01.10.2015   To measure vacuum, overpressure, differential pressure and relative pressure     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO series S4600 ST pressure measuring instrument lend themselves for many industrial applications and are TÜV tested.

    The new AFRISO S4600 ST pressure measuring instrument can be used to measure vacuum, overpressure, differential pressure and relative pressure of gaseous, non-corrosive media in non-hazardous areas. The ergonomic handheld measuring instrument features a protective sleeve with a magnet at the back side to allow for hands-free operation. A large TFT display is provided for user-friendly visualisation and simultaneous indication of four measured values. Two adjustable display velocities for the measured values are ideal for very fast measuring processes (for example, detection of valve switching points, etc.). All measured values can be displayed in nine different units (mbar, Pa, hPa, kPa, mmWC, mmHg, inWC, psi, bar). Minimum and maximum values can be set prior to the measurement; if these values are reached, visual or audible alarms are triggered. The series S4600 ST pressure measuring instrument comes with an absolute pressure sensor for barometric pressure measurement; it is available in six (differential) pressure measuring ranges (±20/ ±150/ ±1000/ ± 5000/ ±8000/ ±18000 mbar).

    S4600 ST provides an easy-to-use menu system with numerous options (such as time, date, language, signals, units, etc.) and features manual and automatic zero calibration as well as automatic instrument checks. A zoom function facilitates readings from a distance. MicroSD/SDHC cards can be used for system-independent storage of measurement logs. The Android and iOS apps "EuroSoft mobile" allow for transfer of measurement results to smartphones and tablets via QR code and for the visualisation of such results. Wireless printer connection via infrared or Bluetooth Smart is also possible. This allows the user to send measurement logs via e-mail. The new pressure measuring instrument S4600 ST is available in five TÜV-tested versions; except for the 18000 mbar measuring instrument, all versions are approved as per EN 50379-2. Optional measurement functions such as data logger, database memory and Pitot measuring program round off the functionality of the devices.

    The new S4600 ST pressure measuring instrument can be used, for example, for measurement of chimney draft, measurement of inlet pressure, flow pressure and nozzle pressure, pressure drop in flowing gases, filter inspection, ventilation systems or ducts, production and extraction facilities, vacuum measurement (laboratory), check of the connection pressure (natural gas supply pipes), burner pressure check, inspection of tanks for liquids (inlet and outlet pressure). The optional Pitot measuring program also allows for flow measurement in laboratory extraction systems or cabinets for handling hazardous substances.
    30.09.2015   ENGEL at Andina-Pack 2015 in Bogotá    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Thanks to the barrier-free access to the mould area, the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory injection moulding machines make it possible to realise particularly efficient production concepts.

    The injection moulding machine manufacturer with headquarters in Schwertberg, Austria, will be demonstrating an automated and fully integrated production solution for the fabrication of polypropylene stacking boxes on an ENGEL victory 500/120 spex injection moulding machine with an ENGEL e-pic robot. "In order to boost productivity, the packaging manufacturers in Colombia are increasingly relying on high-performance, energy-efficient injection moulding machines and on automation," emphasises Dr. Christoph Steger, Chief Sales Officer at ENGEL.

    High performance with a small footprint
    The tie-bar-less clamping unit of ENGEL victory injection moulding machine pulls almost all the stops for increased efficiency. For example, the barrier-free access to the mould area accelerates mould set-up, increasing availability and simplifying automation because the robot can access the mould directly from the side without having to circumvent any obstacles. In addition, the tie-bar-less injection moulding machine makes it possible to realise particularly compact production cells, thus increasing productivity per floor space. Because the platen surface can be fully used right up to the edge, much larger moulds can be mounted than on machines of the same clamping force with tie bars. This advantage is particularly great when producing three-dimensionally complex components, when multi-cavity moulds are used, and in multi-component injection moulding. What these applications have in common is that they require bulky moulds, but the required clamping force is comparatively low.

    Consistent high quality without post-processing
    The patented design concept of the tie-bar-less clamping unit provides high precision. Thanks to the Force Divider flexlink, the moving platen follows the mould precisely while clamping force is being built up and distributes the force evenly across the entire cross section of the mould mounting platen, which leads to very high wall thickness consistency and burr-free components. In addition, the stable machine frame and the precise linear guidance of the moving mould mounting platen make fast, low-friction movements possible and also ensure high platen parallelism while the mould is opening and closing as well as excellent mould protection.

    Cost-effective automation
    The ENGEL e-pic is the most recent addition to the ENGEL robot family. During the four days of the trade fair, it will be removing the 160 x 90 x 70 mm boxes from the mould and discharging them. The goal in developing the pick-and-place robot was to combine maximum performance with maximum economy. The totally new kinematics makes a decisive contribution towards achieving this, combining linear movements with a swivel arm and thus taking up very little space. Another efficiency factor is the use of weight-optimised parts which keep the accelerated masses low. In this way, the servomotor-driven robot can achieve the shortest possible take-out cycles, and it only has low energy requirements. In comparison with linear robots of the same size, the ENGEL e-pic only needs half the amount of energy or even less.

    When ENGEL supplies both the injection moulding machine and the robot as an integrated solution, the robot is integrated into the injection machine's control unit. The robot and machine then access a shared database, thus enhancing process reliability and operator convenience, while achieving efficiency optimisations in production sequences.

    Market insight meets industry expertise
    As the degree of automation and process complexity are increasing, the need for competent and fast service on site are also increasing. Training and service are therefore fixed components of the ENGEL system philosophy. Thanks to Sinemco, ENGEL is positioned optimally for this in Colombia. The long-year distribution partner with headquarters in Bogotá provides not only engineering, application technology consulting, process optimisation and servicing, it also has its own training centre where schooling for machines, robots and technologies take place regularly.

    The experts at Sinemco work closely with the packaging business unit at ENGEL headquarters in Austria, which bundles the experience gained from projects in the packaging industry across the globe. Thanks to its outstanding expertise in system solutions, many years of experience in the industry and its strong global presence, ENGEL is a reliable partner worldwide for all development and production processes.
    ENGEL at Andina-Pack 2015: hall 18-23, stand 2728
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    30.09.2015   New UNITED CAPS strategy well received by international press    ( Company news )

    Company news The company revealed its new name, logo and strategy for growth at an exclusive event that was well attended by journalists from leading trade press and other media from around the world.

    The announcement by UNITED CAPS, the global industry reference for the design and production of highly-performant plastic caps and closures, of its new name and logo, as well as its new robust strategy for growth, was made at an invitation-only press event on 17 September 2015. The event took place at one of the company’s recently refurbished and extended manufacturing facilities in Hoboken, Belgium. 25 journalists from some of the industry’s most recognised online and print publications, as well as other general media representatives, were present to witness and report on this significant change.

    Journalists from 9 countries were present at the event. In addition to having the scoop on this industry-exclusive, they had the opportunity to gain an understanding of the company’s growth strategy going forward and how it will support UNITED CAPS’s ambition of becoming the reference in the plastic caps and closures business, close to customers, as presented by CEO Benoît Henckes.

    UNITED CAPS is looking to expand its portfolio, further increase its innovative capabilities, enter new markets and extend customer proximity. Henckes outlined a number of the initiatives already launched and those planned for the future to achieve these goals.

    UNITED CAPS’s vast innovative capabilities were showcased by Philippe Thivet, recently appointed Chief Innovation and Coaching Officer. He explained the firm’s unique approach to innovation and co-creating with customers and other partners, and wowed the audience with five of the firm’s product-defining solutions.

    Journalists also had the unique opportunity to see how these and other reliable UNITED CAPS closures are manufactured during a tour of the company’s Hoboken plant. During the visit, plant director Steve Daems, who led the tour, explained how the plastic is manipulated, and the ultramodern modern equipment and advanced processes that turn the raw material into the innovative solutions for which the company is known.
    (United Caps)
    29.09.2015   Revolutionary innovation in the area of level switches    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO USG 20 ultrasonic level switch allows for non-invasive measurements from the outside through the walls of plastic tanks or pipes.

    The German measuring and control specialist AFRISO has launched a revolutionary innovation in the area of level switches. The measuring principle of the level switch uses is based on ultrasonic technology, a technology so far primarily used in costly, high-end medical equipment. The level switch allows for non-invasive measurements from the outside through the walls of plastic tanks or pipes which breaks new ground in process engineering applications.

    The new AFRISO SonarFox USG 20 ultrasonic level switch is designed for detecting limit levels and monitoring liquids in tanks or pipes with a maximum dynamic viscosity of 10,000 mPa • s. SonarFox USG 20 is ideal for applications in which vibration level switches cannot be used due to the interfering contour "vibration fork". USG 20 offers decisive benefits. Since the device is flush with the inside wall of the tank or the pipe, it has no interfering contours and is predestined for use in pipes with small cross sections, for example as overflow protection or dry run protection. The measuring instrument is also used in hygienic processes: as opposed to vibration level switches, USG 20 is piggable so that it can be used as a measuring point in systems with CIP or SIP. The measuring instrument also allows for non-invasive measurements from the outside through plastic tanks or plastic pipe walls. USG 20 is available with a wide range of process connections (G1/2, G3/4, G1, Tri-Clamp, dairy fitting, VARIVENT, weld-in socket, etc.). Compatible mechanical and electrical connections enable easy retrofitting and replacement of vibration level switches with vibration forks.
    28.09.2015   The new AFRISO flue gas analyser    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Picture: The new AFRISO EUROLYZER STx flue gas analyser is designed for measuring oil, gas and pellets fired heating systems and CHP systems as well as for checking gas fired systems for CO leaks. In conjunction with the free app EuroSoft mobile, the unit provides for modern data communication.

    The new AFRISO EUROLYZER STx flue gas analyser is designed for measuring small and medium-sized oil, gas and pellets fired heating systems and modulating CHP systems as well as for checking gas fired systems for CO leaks. The new EUROLYZER STx already uses the latest generation of O2 measuring cells (ECO sensors) on the market. ECO sensors excel with very short calibration and response times, are resistant to biogenous fuels and have a long service life.

    The measuring instrument can be equipped with up to the measuring cells (O2, COH2, NO) and can be used for flue gas analysis, (differential) pressure measurement and (differential) temperature measurement. The device features colour-coded menus (green/flue gas, blue/temperature, yellow/pressure) and a touchpad for maximum ease of use. Depending on the optional equipment and configuration, the device can log all measurement data, perform Pitot measurements and measure and display the following parameters: gas analysis (O2, CO, CO2, NO, NOx), temperature/pressure measurement, differential pressure, draft, efficiency, excess air and automatic pressure drop.

    Data is transmitted via Bluetooth Smart and USB interfaces. Bluetooth Smart is also used for communication with the pressure and temperature probes. A standard microSDHC card allows for system-independent data storage. An infrared interface for the EuroPrinter lets the user create printed records of the measurement directly at the customer's site. All measurement logs can be archived as HTML files without any additional software and opened with a Web browser. It is also possible to convert the measurement logs to QR codes so that they can be scanned by smartphones and transferred to management software. In conjunction with the iOS and Android app EuroSoft mobile, the unit offers numerous functions such as live visualisation of measured value as a line chart for modern data communication. The new all-rounder EUROLYZER STx is approved as per German BImSchV, KÜO (TÜV By RgG 190) and as per DIN EN 50379-2; it is available in three different sets.
    25.09.2015   Feldmuehle Uetersen continues to implement its successful longterm strategy by making its ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...debut appearance as an independent papermaker at FachPack 2015

    Feldmuehle Uetersen, a paper mill with a rich heritage located northwest of Hamburg, has made great progress since becoming independent in February 2015. Products from the company’s segments Board Solutions, Liner Options, Labelling Applications and Flexible Packaging will be showcased at the FachPack 2015 trade fair.

    Since July 2015, Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH and Kämmerer Osnabrück GmbH are owned by FK Paper Beteiligungen GmbH and Querino GmbH. With the acquisition of both companies emerges a new, significant and long-standing market participant in the German paper industry.
    The change of ownership, which includes all the shares of Feldmuehle, represents a significant step forward towards an even more sustainable and stable future for the papermaker.
    Dr. Christopher Höfener, Managing Director of Querino GmbH, is delighted to sustainably continue the business as a privately owned company.
    As a partner in the Munich-based Perusa GmbH, Dr. Höfener helped to procure and manage the business.
    This step was motivated by his passion for papermaking and its numerous future possibilities in packaging and in technical specialty papers. “The company will continue to implement its successful strategy. We will focus on continuity,” says Höfener.

    In connection with the transaction, the shareholder Dr. Klaus Freihube has now been appointed Managing Director of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH. With this step, the new shareholders are personally taking charge of the further development of the company and actively support the long-term growth strategy drawn up for the economy.

    Uetersen’s strategy is paying off:
    Thanks to the excellent reputation of Feldmuehle and the quality of the products, several new customers have been gained since Stora Enso gave up its ownership, and both paper machines currently have a high utilisation rate. The number of sales personnel has increased significantly, and Feldmuehle continues to expand its operations.

    An exceptionally high service level, ‘Made in Germany’ quality, and a product portfolio fine-tuned to the expectations of the packaging and graphical industries are part of the credo of Feldmuehle Uetersen.
    The product portfolio includes SBS boards, liners, label papers, flexible packaging papers, technical speciality papers as well as two-side multicoated art papers.

    The Board Solutions segment consists of MediaCard, an SBS board featuring an
    excellent high-white, bright and silky smooth surface. It is ideal for a wide
    range of packaging and graphical applications, including folding boxes, playing cards, shopping bags, cards and covers.

    The Liner Options segment features MediaLiner, a bright-white graphical topliner for corrugated board packaging, sales trays, displays and other lamination applications.
    MediaLiner’s uniqueness lies in its suitability for both offset and flexography printing and its usability for pre-print and direct printing using either sheets or reels.

    As a label paper producer, Feldmuehle Uetersen has for decades been the
    Labelling Application partner of the beverage, food and non-food industries. The company offers a broad portfolio for both returnable and non-returnable packaging containers, including LabelSet – the leading high wet strength and alkaline resistant label paper.

    The Flexible Packaging segment includes the one-side coated LennoFlex, the versatile all-rounder for various flexible packaging applications, as well as LennoKraft, a white coated kraft paper for end uses such as single- and multi-
    wall bags and sacks.

    The Technical Specialities segment consists of tailor-made solutions designed jointly with the customer for specific requests or requirements.

    The Graphical Printing segment offers Exceo, a white, bright, two-side multicoated, woodfree art paper with glossy or silky surface designed specifically for the needs of publishers and printing houses.

    The mill has a track record of comprehensive expertise and extensive experience. The location, within the metropolitan area of Hamburg, is ideal for flexible deliveries, even on short notice, to the core markets of Central Europe, particularly Germany, as well as overseas thanks to the excellent sea link offered by the port of Hamburg.
    The size and modernity of the paper machines and other equipment furthermore provide excellent capability to quickly adapt to market conditions and customer needs. It is flexibility, customer service and quality that make Feldmuehle Uetersen a reliable partner.

    “The Feldmuehle strategy has a clear focus on profitable growth and innovation in all product segments,” says Director Sales & Marketing Eckhard Kallies. The traditionally strong business areas of labelling and art papers have been complemented with packaging during the last few years. Thus Feldmuehle already
    has a significant market share in graphic liners for corrugated board, SBS
    board and flexible packaging papers, and its market position will be further expanded and strengthened in the future. “The divestment from a large corporation left some hurdles that still need to be overcome. Particularly the cost pressure in raw materials requires even better and more efficient processes, but also inevitably calls for price increases in all product segments.” To accomplish this, says Kallies, “We will, on the one hand, offer customer benefits through standardisation and, on the other hand, we will start invoicing special transactions and services. An extra cost will be charged for special formats and roll widths, for example, and also for ‘fast deliveries’. Furthermore, we will enforce minimum purchase quantities. The implementation of these measures requires negotiations with customers, which will take place during the fourth quarter.”

    Visit Feldmuehle Uetersen at FachPack 2015 in Nuremberg, stand 432, hall 7A.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
    25.09.2015   Rexam releases 2015 Sustainability Report to news of further recognition     ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam today publishes its 2015 Sustainability Report. This week also saw the publication of the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and Rexam has again been listed as an industry leader in sustainability. The index is published by RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainability investing. Rexam has improved its score in 10 categories within the 2016 index, and is overall industry leader in Risk & Crisis Management, Human Capital Development and Labour Practice Indicators & Human Rights.

    Rexam’s Sustainability Report demonstrates how the business has embedded sustainability to achieve these results. The report also details the company’s progress against its 2020 commitments, including targets such as the reduction of each can’s carbon footprint by 25% and the reduction of water intensity by 10%. Rexam has achieved 16 of the 20 sustainability targets the business set itself in 2010. The report highlights Rexam’s distinctive approach of collaborative working with its customers and suppliers to tackle a range of challenging sustainability issues.

    John Revess, Director of Sustainability at Rexam says, “As a manufacturer of more than 60 billion beverage cans a year, it is our job to produce those cans as efficiently, profitably and sustainably as possible, so that our customers can attract and retain the loyalty of the people who consume their products. We invite our stakeholders and customers to collaborate with us on this journey. We are incredibly proud that our efforts have been recognised by an establishment as rigorous in their benchmarking as RobecoSAM.”

    Other third parties have also recognised Rexam’s recent sustainability efforts. Rexam is currently a constituent of MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes, FTSE4Good and the Ethibel Sustainability Index. Rexam’s world-class standards of operations have also been recognised by The Shingo Institute – a global reviewer of operational excellence – who has awarded recognition to eight plants (unmatched by any other company in the world).

    The Sustainability Report, available online only, details updated targets set following a materiality study conducted last year and which will carry the business through to 2020.

    Split into three areas of focus (products, operations and people), the report uses case studies to illustrate initiatives that Rexam is currently engaged in to ensure its goals are achieved. Working with Magna Parva, a joint venture partner, to drive lightweighting and reduce energy consumption, engaging with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative to address issues related to everything from extraction of the raw material to recycling, and collaborating with Carlsberg on their Circular Community initiative all go towards making Rexam a leader in sustainability within global industry.
    (Rexam Beverage Can Deutschland GmbH)
    25.09.2015   Training proves key in new greenfield Myanmar project    ( Company news )

    Company news A brand new beverage production facility built on a greenfield site in Myanmar has demonstrated the importance of training in achieving a fast and effective line start-up.

    Key to the project was an innovative Greenfield Competence Development Programme created by the Sidel Services™ business unit. The programme enabled the provision of training at each phase of the equipment installation, including in the period prior to equipment delivery, to ensure the start-up could meet the challenging timeframe of the project in what is a rapidly developing country.

    The new facility, created specifically for the production of soft drinks, features a complete production line from Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging. It includes a Sidel SBO20 blower, a Sidel Matrix™ filler SF 300 FM, a Sidel Matrix Combi and a Sidel Rollquattro Evolution labeller. That line is now capable of producing three different formats of carbonated drinks - 425ml, 500ml, and 1,250ml - at speeds of up to 45,000 bottles per hour (bph) for single-serve and 36,000 bph for multi-serve products.

    Accelerated timeline
    Production was scheduled to target Myanmar's peak hot season during the months of March to June 2014, to begin a significant marketing campaign of the beverage products. To do so required an expansion of local production via an accelerated timeline for the project. Construction of the new production line was completed by Sidel within a very fast schedule of only 17 weeks. The company's delivery of the equipment to Myanmar was equally swift and faultless, taking only eight weeks. The new line was then commissioned and the first saleable bottle was validated at the beginning of March, 2014. As a result, the facility is now producing and distributing products in all formats.

    Innovative approach to training to meet specific challenges
    Myanmar is opening up to the world through structural reform and is a rapidly evolving country. Growth in Myanmar's gross domestic product (GDP) figure for the fiscal year 2014 is estimated at 7.7%.[1] This expansion of the economy is expected to increase, with forecasts of 8.3% for 2015 and similar for 2016. This brings challenges in terms of developing the country's human resources to provide the skills necessary to sustain this growth. To achieve the technical capabilities required from the local workforce and given the short timescales involved in the project, Sidel and the facility owners determined to adopt a totally new approach which involved providing customised training programmes at different phases of the installation of equipment - starting even before the line was delivered. This radical approach was called a 'Greenfield Competence Development Audit' because, at the start and end of each training session, the technical skills and competences of each trainee is assessed by auditors. Consequently, the Sidel Services training team is then able to adapt the following programme to the level reached by the group as a whole.

    Sidel's participation in the Myanmar training process began with the recruitment of employees for technical and operational roles, for which the company provided practical and theoretical questionnaires that proved invaluable in the search for suitable candidates. The first stage of training of those chosen, entitled 'Equipment Fundamentals' and undertaken long before the Sidel equipment was available on site, involved 24 Myanmar employees spending a month training in India. When this stage had been completed and operators had been given a basic knowledge and understanding of Sidel machinery, auditors from Sidel attended the training in order to evaluate the levels reached by the trainees. The following programme was called 'Advanced Operation and Advanced Training Maintenance' and was given at the site in Myanmar following commissioning of the line. The final phase of training - the 'Final Competence Audit' - took place after approximately five months of production. In all, 73 days of tuition were delivered by Sidel's trainers over the course of 12 months to ensure the required level of competence is met. During the sessions, Sidel trainers established a strong rapport with the trainees by building up an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding.

    Industry benchmark
    Sidel delivered a training solution that met the customer's different needs in project coordination, manufacturing and overall operation. The project demonstrated how the approach of Sidel's Greenfield Competence Development Audit can be customised to meet the individual demands of different beverage producers, with the audit being described as "…a benchmark in the industry". Assessing an operating team's skills with competence audits clearly reveals performance levels and any shortfalls in requirements. If a team is found lacking in any way, then further training and subsequent assessment sessions can be organised to ensure that every team is operating as proficiently as possible at all times.

    Hari Purnomo, Regional Commercial Director for Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia at Sidel, comments - "This was a challenging project which required an innovative approach to training. It was the first complete Greenfield Competence Development Audit delivered by the Sidel training team. The customised training programmes developed for the different phases, with assessment of the resulting competences and technical skills at each stage, enabled a quick vertical start-up and sustainable production to be achieved."

    Training can add value throughout a beverage production operation, from achieving a fast line start-up to faster detection of potential issues, minimising downtime, improved product quality, greater efficiencies and more.

    The objective of Sidel's training programmes is to enable customers to become experts on their own production lines. Practical training is therefore key, with the potential to train on site in the customer's own production environment, at one of Sidel's seven dedicated Technical Training Centres located around the world or a combination of both.

    Training is part of the Sidel Services™ portfolio, which also includes Maintenance, Line Improvement, Spare Parts & Logistics, Line Conversions & Moulds, and Packaging. Further information on training, including a copy of the new 2015 Sidel Technical Training Catalogue, is available at
    (Sidel International AG)
    24.09.2015   Ecolean’s award winning packaging solutions on display at Gulfood Manufacturing    ( Company news )

    Company news At this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing October 27-29th in Dubai, Ecolean will put the spotlight on the company’s latest innovations in packaging solutions. The new transparent Ecolean Air Aseptic Clear and the award winning reclosing device SnapQuick, will both be featured prominently under the theme “Welcome to a Lighter World”.

    According to leading international market research firm Smithers Pira, the market for stand up pouches, such as Ecolean’s, is estimated at 6.0 billion units in MEASA, with an annual growth rate of 7.2%. Making this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai an excellent opportunity for Ecolean to put its products on display, and all the visitors to experience first-hand the company’s extensive range of packaging solutions for chilled and ambient distribution.

    “The MEASA region is one of the most dynamic in the world and we are determined to be a major force in the continued long term growth that is quite visible in the flexible packaging segment. And we are confident that our Lighter World theme will make a lasting impact at Gulfood Manufacturing”, says Anna Annerås, Marketing Director Ecolean Group.

    Ecolean’s theme at Gulfood Manufacturing, “Welcome to a Lighter World”, not only reflects the inherent lightness of Ecolean’s packaging solutions and the ease of use for consumers. It also addresses the global production challenges of material reduction, lower packaging weight and problems associated with food waste.

    You will find Ecolean in stand Z-B20 at Gulfood Manufacturing, where you will be able to experience our total packaging range for chilled and ambient distribution. We will also be showing off our award winning reclosing device SnapQuick, and explaining all the advantages of our brand-new aseptic filling system EL4+.
    (Ecolean AB)
    24.09.2015   From the development concept to the success story – variable technical set-up    ( Company news )

    Company news SIG Combibloc’s combiLab: Test scenarios to enhance practice

    Picture: In combiLab’s filling machine pilot plant, new product developments, reworkings and further enhancements to do with the aseptic filling system are tested under real conditions. Photo: SIG Combibloc

    Packaging products successfully – for SIG Combibloc, that means offering carton packs and filling machines that enable customers from the food and beverage industry to manufacture their products reliably and efficiently, and at the same time to open up new opportunities. The services offered by SIG Combibloc’s combiLab provide valuable support to help turn product ideas into success stories – for internal research and development projects, and for customers’ innovation projects.

    Norman Gierow, Head of Global Product Management Market at SIG Combibloc: “The service features of SIG Combibloc’s combiLab have three main focuses: conceptual and marketing support, advice and test fillings in the laboratory and pilot plant areas, and added services such as additional product tests with partners from the food industry”.

    A wide range of departments within the company, along with customers from all over the world, benefit from the know-how of the staff, the expertise and the technical set-up in the combiLab, and from the resultant opportunities. The test fillings take place mainly at the German site in Linnich, west of Cologne and Dusseldorf. This specialist division focuses on quick and flexible testing of prototypes of packaging materials, filling machines, carton packs and new product concepts. They perform targeted test series and carry out test fillings to quickly provide scientifically sound information on the entire packaging system and the filling process, internally and for customers of SIG Combibloc.

    Ideas with potential
    One example of this is the latest joint project with major Chinese dairy group Mengniu Dairy. The lessons learned from a comprehensive series of pilot tests in the combiLab have contributed to the speedy and technically advanced design of the product, and developing the right recipe and the appropriate modules for processing and filling a new premium milk containing real grains and seeds. With this product, Mengniu has opened up a new product category in China: the milk meal you can drink. Products like these have huge potential in China’s up-and-coming dairy market.

    “The project with Mengniu and systems process developer GEA is a good example of how the operations in our combiLab involve working hand in hand with others. In innovation projects of this sort, which our Competence Pool Filling and Package Material undertakes jointly with customers from the food industry and well-known raw materials suppliers and systems process
    developers, we can prove our strengths”, says Rudolf Flörke, Head of Aseptic Technology at SIG Combibloc. Döhler, Agrana, Kölln and CPKelco can be named here as examples of ingredients manufacturers.

    In combiLab’s filling machine pilot plant, new product developments, reworkings and further enhancements to do with the aseptic filling system are tested under real conditions. To do this, in addition to an extensive fleet of equipment for the product processing, a range of filling machines – including an alternating selection – for the aseptic filling of beverages and food products is available; applicators for closures and downstream packaging systems are also on hand.

    The staff of the combiLab comes from the fields of food technology, packaging technology, manufacturing systems engineering and chemistry, and they oversee the processes from raw materials testing to the packaged end product. One of these staff members is Werner Trautwein, food technologist and Professional Expert Aseptic in the Competence Pool Product Processing. He has been working in SIG Combibloc’s combiLab for more than 25 years: “With the equipment in our combiLab, test fillings can be carried out with dairy and juice beverages, and also with very viscous and chunky food products. In the combiLab, we’re also perfectly equipped for testing new product concepts in the field of the innovative drinksplus technology.
    With drinksplus technology, beverages with up to ten per cent particulate content can be filled on standard beverage filling machines. Test fillings for product quantities in the range of 500 to 1,000 kilograms can be simulated under production conditions. Here, it’s not about developing recipes, but rather the implementation of the process technology. We run tests for the qualification of new systems and their components, or examine issues such as what effect the product processing and filling has on the quality of new products. The possibilities are enormous”.

    “Improvisation is our strength”
    In addition to the technical equipment and infrastructure, in particular the combiLab’s central location within the company and its interface function are of fundamental importance, says Bruno Schmidt, Coordinator Expert Aseptic, another staff member who has worked in the Competence Pool Product Processing for more than 25 years. Schmidt: “Improvising is our strength. A significant advantage is that the machine construction engineers, packaging and food technologists are physically located very close to one another and are available at a moment’s notice. That’s enormously important if, for instance, as a result of the experience from the test fillings, modifications need to be made to machine components. It enables us to use the technology very flexibly”.

    The services offered by the combiLab also include checking packaging in respect of its suitability for a product. The possible test series include assessment of the microbiological status of the raw materials and filling goods, analyses of changes to the packaging and products as a result of heat treatment and aseptic filling, shelf-life tests to determine the storage life of foods packaged in the carton packs (nutritional value, discolouration, etc), and the sensory testing of foods. The close contact with external institutes and parallel studies enable us to verify results. In doing so, combiLab has access to the support of experts from the fields of food law, environment and food technology.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
    23.09.2015   Festlicher Auftritt auch ohne Geschenkpapier: Edle „Tropfen“ zum Verschenken für jeden Geschmack     ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Advent und Nikolaus, Weihnachten und Silvester – die Zeit der vielen Feste zum Jahresende nähert sich. Und damit die Gelegenheit, lieben Menschen eine Freude zu machen oder einen Dank auszusprechen. Bleibt die Frage: „Was schenke ich nur?“ Doch die ist schnell beantwortet. Hier findet sich für jeden Geschmack ein passendes Präsent. Ergänzt durch ein originelles Extra, z. B. einen Gutschein für ein Candle Light Dinner, Karten für einen heiß ersehnten Konzertabend oder ein Schmuckstück, erhält das Geschenk eine ganz persönliche Note.

    Fürst von Metternich – zwei fürstliche Geschenkideen
    Prickelnd unkonventionell – das ist Fürst von Metternich Chardonnay, jüngster Zugang der Fürst von Metternich- Familie. Elegante Fruchtigkeit der Chardonnay-Rebe und aromatische Fülle zeichnen den exklusiven, sortenreinen Sekt aus Trauben der beliebten weißen Rebsorte aus. In edler, schneeweiß lackierter Flasche ist Fürst von Metternich Chardonnay auch optisch ein Highlight zu den Feiertagen. Dekoriert mit Engelsflügeln wird es sogar noch festlicher: So wird der Premiumsekt zum Extra-Hingucker unterm Weihnachtsbaum.

    Je größer das Präsent, desto größer die Freude – diese Formel ist keine Garantie. Aber auf Fürst von Metternich Riesling Sekt Trocken, den Klassiker und Liebling unter Deutschlands Premium-Sekten, der zum Fest auch in der 1,5-l-Geschenkverpackung erhältlich ist, trifft dies immer zu. Wie innen, so außen: Edler Sekt in fürstlichem Outfit – so verschenkt man Genuss und Freude vor und nach dem Auspacken.

    Henkell – weiße Weihnacht oder Doppelmagnum
    White Christmas, darauf ist mit Henkell Blanc de Blancs White Edition Verlass: Die prickelnd-fruchtige Premiumcuvée ist ein elegant-prickelndes Sektvergnügen mit ausgewogenem Geschmack. Und da es zu festlichen Anlässen gern etwas Besonderes sein darf, gibt es jetzt für kurze Zeit die White Edition: Henkell Blanc de Blancs in edler weiß lackierter Flasche – ein echtes Liebhaberstück in limitierter Auflage.

    Henkell Trocken ist nicht umsonst Deutschlands meistexportierte Sektmarke. Der beliebte Sekt verbindet französische Cuvéekunst und deutsches Kellermeisterhandwerk in perfekter Harmonie. Wenn der Anlass passt, darf es gern einmal mehr sein: Die 3-Liter-Doppelmagnum-Flasche garantiert ein Vielfaches an Glamour, Lebensfreude und zeitlos kultiviertem Sektgenuss – „Henkell. So prickelnd kann Trocken sein.“

    Prosecco Mionetto MO Cartizze DOCG – Design für’s Auge, Genuss für den Gaumen
    Der ist reserviert für besondere Momente: Der Premium-Spumante Mionetto MO Cartizze DOCG aus dem norditalienischen Prosecco- Anbaugebiet zeigt schon auf den ersten Blick, dass er höchste Ansprüche erfüllt. An der außergewöhnlichen dunklen MODesignflasche bleiben alle Augen hängen. Der Inhalt hält, was das Outfit verspricht: Mit facettenreichem Bouquet und lang anhaltendem Perlen lädt der edle Premium-Spumante ein zum Feiern, Lachen, Leben.

    Champagne Alfred Gratien – innen wie außen echte Meisterstücke
    Wenn es richtig feierlich wird, ist ein feiner Champagner gerade gut genug. Champagne Alfred Gratien ist die höchste Stufe der Kellermeisterkunst: Denn von Hand hergestellte Champagner sind inzwischen eine Rarität. Ob Brut, Brut Rosé, Blanc de Blancs oder Brut Millésimé 2000 – hier ist für jede Geschmacksvorliebe etwas dabei. Und weil eine edle Verpackung die Vorfreude weckt, kommen die exklusiven Champagner zum Fest noch feiner daher: Hochwertig bedruckte Geschenkkartons mit edler Prägung, farblich abgestimmt auf die Halsschleife der jeweiligen Variante, machen Geschenkpapier überflüssig. Wer andere mit Champagne Alfred Gratien erfreuen will, lässt auf den ersten Blick wissen: Der Inhalt ist etwas ganz Besonderes.

    Wodka Gorbatschow Platinum 44 – wärmt von innen an frostigen Tagen
    Eine feine Spirituose ist zu vielen Gelegenheiten ein passendes Präsent. Wodka-Freunden macht die Premium-Variante von Deutschlands Nummer Eins, Wodka Gorbatschow Platinum 44, eine besondere Freude. Das feine Destillat mit einer Trinkstärke von 44 % vol. wird, wie alle Produkte aus der Wodka Gorbatschow-Markenfamilie, in einem speziellen Kälteverfahren gefiltert. Dieser Behandlung verdankt Wodka Gorbatschow Platinum 44 seine preisgekrönte Weichheit und Bekömmlichkeit. Passend zum Winter-Weihnachtszauber: die coole gefrostete Flasche, die dazu einlädt, des Wodkas reine Seele eiskalt zu genießen.

    Cardenal Mendoza – in Gelassenheit außergewöhnlichen Geschmack erfahren
    Ein Brandy der Spitzenklasse ist der feine Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real. Was mindestens ein Vierteljahrhundert an Zeit erhält, um langsam und sorgfältig in amerikanischen Eichenholzfässern zu reifen, kann nur ein besonders exklusiver Tropfen sein. Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real, anlässlich des Millenniumwechsels eingeführt, überrascht durch sein außergewöhnliches Bouquet. Die Anzahl des nur in kleinen Mengen produzierten Brandys ist streng limitiert. Jede einzelne Flasche, verpackt in hochwertiger Metallgeschenkhülle, trägt eine Seriennummer. Damit ist er ein fast einzigartiges Präsent – für die, die es sich ganz besonders verdient haben.

    Auch Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva, der eine Lagerung von immerhin 15 Jahren genießt, macht unter dem Weihnachtsbaum eine gute Figur: Denn es gibt ihn zur Saison 2015 wieder in einer hochwertigen Geschenkpackung mit zwei edlen Brandy-Gläsern on top.
    (Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG)
    23.09.2015   Jim Beam ® 'Makes History' as First Whiskey to Partner with Snapchat    ( Company news )

    Company news Jim Beam officially announces a new partnership with Snapchat, becoming the first whiskey brand to leverage the app for marketing efforts. Beginning immediately, branded Jim Beam video content, targeted exclusively at consumers of legal drinking age, will appear throughout various Snapchat Live Stories. The partnership and branded content will run in the U.S. through the end of October, coinciding with existing marketing efforts supporting new Jim Beam® Apple, Apple Liqueur with Bourbon – the latest flavored whiskey from the world’s No. 1 bourbon.

    When Snapchat users watch select Live Stories – curated streams of user submitted Snaps from various locations and events – those 21 years and older will see vertical, video ads, viewable for 10 seconds, featuring the brand’s Signature Serve cocktail, “Jim Beam® Apple and Soda.” The crisp, refreshing new cocktail mixes Jim Beam® Apple and club soda over ice, with a wedge of lemon, for a delicious, refreshing cocktail all year round.

    “We are thrilled to be partnering with Snapchat who provides us an excellent opportunity to create buzzworthy awareness to our fans on a relevant age-gated platform with significant reach,” said Andrea Javor, Senior Director Media at Beam Suntory. “We take pride in staying at the forefront of innovation, not only with our product offerings but also through our marketing efforts, and we consider Snapchat an excellent strategic partner to bring our crisp, refreshing new product to market.”

    From a brand marketing objective standpoint, Snapchat is currently the fastest growing platform for the Jim Beam® Apple target – legal drinking age Millennials – and aligns with the brand’s priority on mobile marketing to connect with Millennial consumers where they’re consuming information. Jim Beam is also able to strategically drive contextual relevancy for the new apple-flavored whiskey through the partnership by inserting the brand into specific Snapchat Live Stories that connect with refreshment occasions.

    In addition to Snapchat, Jim Beam is taking another refreshing approach toward marketing with the execution of a three-dimensional (3D) sound program for on-premise sampling and trial in key markets across the country. The interactive experience features audio content, which walks fans through the experience of making and enjoying the new Jim Beam Apple and Soda cocktail through depth and dimensional effects. The immersive 3D-sound interaction is expected to reach nearly 85,000 consumers at bars through 650 sampling events in 13 markets nationwide this fall.

    Both programs are currently in-market and the next proof-point that Jim Beam continues to Make History® not only with its rich, 220-year heritage of bourbon production, but also in being a leader by its marketing executions.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
    22.09.2015   Over 66 billion PET bottles recycled in Europe in 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Petcore Europe report on collection and recycling of post-consumer PET in Europe reveals success and challenges

    The equivalent of 66 billion 1.5L PET bottles were collected and recycled in 2014, representing 57% of bottles and containers placed in the market.

    This conclusion comes from a report carried out by PCI PET Packaging Resin & Recycling Ltd for Petcore Europe from a Europe-wide survey among actors involved in the collection, sorting and recycling of PET.

    “PET collection and recycling continue to increase and to be a success story over the last 25 years. PET is by far the most recycled plastic material in Europe. However, we can do even better and actively contribute to the European Circular Economy, especially as PET now penetrates new applications” explains Petcore Europe Executive Director Patrick Peuch.

    The results will be presented during the Petcore Europe Conference in Brussels on 24 November (

    PET collection rates in Europe

    Looking at the 2014 collection rates in Europe shows that with 1,8 million metric tons of bottles and containers, PET collection has grown by 6.8% compared to 2013. Comparing this number to an estimated 3,1 million metric tons demand for bottles and containers placed in the market during this period suggests a 57% collection rate. In 2014, the growth in PET demand itself increased by 4.8%.

    “Although the collection rate increased by 1.3% points over the 2013 rate, it clearly illustrates the need for a two-sided approach,” outlines Patrick Peuch. ”On one hand, our industry has to work together to align the collection processes to deliver increased recycling objectives. On the other hand, consumers have to be more engaged. Raising consumers’ awareness on the importance of collection and the value of recycling, especially in the context of the European Commission Circular Economy approach, and their own role in the process are key.”

    Furthermore, the collection rates vary considerably across Europe, with a number of Member States exceeding the average 57% while several others are still lagging behind where much more can be done and should be done.

    PET recycling rates in Europe

    In 2014, 1,7 million metric tons of PET were recycled in Europe. With an installed processing capacity estimated of circa 2,1 million metric, the recycling industry operating rate reached only 79%, lower than the 83% rate of 2013. This decrease illustrates the challenges that the PET industry had to face in 2014, in particular the pricing throughout the RPET (recycled PET) chain and pressure from low virgin PET resin prices that occurred during the last quarter of the year.

    Furthermore, the processed PET volume in 2014 was also below the collection volume. According to the survey participants, this difference is due to process losses, maintenance shut downs as well as shift programmed and production schedules adjusted to available bale supplies. The latter, issues related to bale supplies, was cited as one of the main contributing factors to lower productivity in 2014. The evolution of PET resin pricing and demand for recycled PET remain uncertain for the future.
    (Petcore PET Container Recycling Europe)
    21.09.2015   BrauBeviale 2015: the fair that connects    ( BrauBeviale 2015 )

    BrauBeviale 2015 - Craft meets high-tech – Marketing meets creativity
    - Retail meets manufacturers – Craft Beer meets Streetfood

    From 10 to 12 November the who’s who of the international beverages trade world will come together once again for BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, this year's most significant equipment show for the sector. Around 1,150 exhibitors of raw materials, technology, logistics and marketing will be presenting their innovations and newly developed products to the visitors (2014: 37,200). BrauBeviale is a must and at the same time a trend barometer for the sector. It presents creative ideas and solution concepts for everyone who is involved in the beverages industry.

    The range of products on display at BrauBeviale covers the entire process chain in the beverages industry. “This attracts experts from all areas of the sector to Nuremberg”, states Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibitions BrauBeviale. “Brewers and maltsters, but also the producers of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages along with experts from the machinery and plant engineering sector, the packaging industry, retail and catering sectors – in the eight exhibition halls they will all find everything they require for operating their daily business.”

    Craft meets high-tech
    Quality and efficiency are particularly close to the heart of every beverages producer. At BrauBeviale they find what they are looking for: from the right raw materials through to the technology up to logistics and marketing. Exhibitors discuss the customers’ individual requirements with them. Be it machinery and plant engineering for beverages production, filling and packaging beverages or logistics within the company and beyond – together they produce perfectly-tailored solutions for every specific requirement. Ambitious brewers will be participating in the European MicroBrew Symposium the day before the fair. The much-in-demand further training event is jointly staged by NürnbergMesse along with the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei (VLB, Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing, Berlin).

    Questions covering all aspects of the PET value-added chain will be answered by PET@BrauBeviale in the form of the PET PASSION WEEK, presented by BrauBeviale and PETnology. The event will be opened by an international, two-day Congress on 9 and 10 November. Of interest to small and medium-sized companies and global players alike: in the PETarena under the motto “connecting comPETence”, companies will be presenting their range of products and services for attractive solutions across the entire PET value-added chain. Information on the theme of PET recycling will be provided by the Gütegemeinschaft Wertstoffkette PET-Getränkeverpackungen (Quality Assurance Association Recycling Chain for PET Drinks Packaging).

    Marketing meets creativity
    The visit is also worthwhile for marketing experts and sales specialists: in the specialist range of services they can expect to find sparkling ideas covering all aspects of marketing, advertising and services in the beverages sector. In addition, every visitor in the Forum BrauBeviale can quench their thirst for know-how, ask questions, obtain answers or simply just briefly immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of the fair. Numerous renowned sector partners have created a diverse program. On the marketing theme the audience will for example receive creative impulses on “New brand experiences - Beverage brands that strike a chord (with the consumers)”, “Brand experience through design” right up to “Online marketing” and “Wine for beer, what can I recommend you? What can we still learn from wine marketing?”. But the forum will also be presenting talks, explanations and discussions on further themes of great importance to the market: “Energy in the beverages sector”, “Packaged Water”, “Craft Distilling/Craft Spirits” – and let's not forget the aspect of training and further training. The opening will also take place once again in the Forum. The Private Brauereien Bayern (Bavarian Private Breweries Association), honorary sponsor of BrauBeviale, will be discussing a very topical theme with leading representatives from the sector to mark the 2016 anniversary: “500 years of the German Purity Law: Opportunity or straightjacket”.

    Retail meets manufacturers
    In addition to the comprehensive specialist range, in its support program BrauBeviale is offering numerous interesting points of contact for visitors from the food retail, beverages specialist trade and the catering sector. The effect will be strengthened this year through the cooperation with PRO FachHANDEL/GES eG, which aims to promote the direct exchange between the breweries visitor target group and the specialist retail.

    The Craft Beer Corner, which had its premiere last year, is being further extended. With no worries about the sales and marketing pressure from the suppliers, retailers and caterers can sample new beer specialties here and obtain ideas for extending their own range. At various bars, in a neutral and professional approach, renowned beer sommeliers, among others Sylvia Kopp, world champion Oliver Wesseloh and Markus Del Monego, will be presenting beers in the hops, malt, yeast and special categories with extra slots for products from the USA, England and Italy. And because the glass shape also influences the sensual experience, this will be impressively and tastefully demonstrated at a further bar. But not only beer has such a diversity and various facets to offer, that is why this year’s BrauBeviale is dedicated to exceptional drinking enjoyment in general. The motto: “Creative Beer Culture meets Premium Spirits”. Fully in keeping with this, tasting sessions extending beyond beer will also be held. Internationally recognized spirits experts will be familiarizing interested trade visitors with the diversity of whisky, rum, gin and craftsman’s brewed fruit brandies. Last but not least, it is not only about alcoholic beverages – the so-inclined visitor can also put his or her taste buds to the test with a water-sampling session and test the right water for the retailers’ and caterers’ product portfolio. The driving force behind the trend theme is and remains however the European Beer Star, which has already had its trade fair home at BrauBeviale since 2004. It is part of the fine tradition that on the first day of the fair the visitors choose their favourite beer from the gold medal-winners: the Consumers’ Favourite in gold, silver and bronze.

    Craft Beer meets Streetfood
    Eating and drinking inevitably belong together. Here it stands to reason that exceptional drinking pleasure should be paired with unconventional food. A promising look beyond the own horizon or rim of the glass is promised for beverages producers, marketing experts and caterers by the SFC Street Food Convention, which is being held within the framework of BrauBeviale for the first time – initiated and organized by the “father of the food truck scene” Klaus P. Wünsch. Andrea Kalrait sees clear synergies here: “This is a terrific opportunity for the visitors at both events to enter into discussion with each other and to get networked. Street food is unconventional – similar to Creative Beer Culture, the trend theme at BrauBeviale.” Both scenes are linked by the “Craft concept” – strongly characterized by a healthy portion of creativity and a good deal of courage and optimism. In a meeting point on the “mobile culinary art” theme, already established operators will be entering into an exchange in the SFC Street Food Convention and informing interested parties about all aspects of the business involving food trucks, street food & co. The two-day event will start on Thursday, the last day of BrauBeviale, and open its doors to the public on Friday afternoon with a Street Food Market.
    (Nürnbergmesse GmbH)
    21.09.2015   Reto Bamert appointed Head of PET Business Unit at Netstal    ( Company news )

    Company news Reto Bamert has been appointed as Head of the PET Business Unit, consequently taking over from Markus Dal Pian, Vice President Sales & Marketing, who had temporarily filled the post.

    Longstanding experience as a plastics expert
    "I am delighted we have acquired such a long-term, experienced employee and plastics expert like Reto Bamert to head our PET Business Unit. His excellent personal and technical qualifications and longstanding customer contacts will certainly contribute to strengthening and developing the global market position in this important business sector for Netstal," stated Markus Dal Pian, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Netstal.

    Reto Bamert joined the PET Business Unit in March 2005 as the project manager for PET order processing. Following longstanding regional responsibility for Eastern Europe, he was appointed sales manager of the PET Business Unit on January 1, 2014. "Reto Bamert has managed numerous successful projects over recent years. As a qualified sales and marketing manager he also has sound technical expertise extending beyond his own field of operation. I wish him all the best and every success in his new role," concluded Dal Pian.
    (Netstal-Maschinen AG)
    18.09.2015   Andreas Herber - New Member of the BENEO Board    ( Company news )

    Company news Leading functional ingredients company, BENEO, is pleased to announce that Andreas Herber is the new member of the executive board of directors at BENEO GmbH.

    Andreas will oversee the areas of production and operations, new business development, as well as nutrition science, regulatory affairs and food application (BENEO-Institute and BENEO-Technology Center). He will also be responsible for corporate communications, HR and IT. Andreas takes up his position on the board of directors following the departure of Matthias Moser, who left the company earlier this year to take on new challenges.
    Andreas joined the Südzucker Group (BENEO’s parent company) in 1998.

    In his former position, he was head of Südzucker’s corporate development department, being responsible for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the management of non-core investments. He holds a degree in business administration and international management from the Trier University, Germany and from Institut Commercial de Nancy, France.

    Andreas Herber, member of the executive board at BENEO GmbH comments: "I am very pleased to be welcomed onto the BENEO board of directors, as I have been watching with great interest BENEO’s development as a company over the years. It is also exciting to be involved in a mission as strong and forward thinking as ‘connecting nutrition and health’. I am convinced that BENEO will continue its sustainable, long-term growth, because it has the strong foundation of having scientifically proven benefits combined with expert knowledge that makes a significant difference to the market."

    Company news ... AND REDUCING COSTS

    Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, will be introducing for the first time in the UAE its Sidel Matrix™ Combi system, after being selected by Dubai Crystal Mineral Water and Refreshments LLC to upgrade its factory. The Sidel Matrix Combi, based on the most cost-effective technology of the latest generation of Sidel Matrix systems, will contribute to delivering high level performance and production safety, along with reduced costs and a low environmental footprint. Dubai Crystal Mineral Water and Refreshments is a HACCP and ISO certified company involved in multi-faceted activities with manufacturing and distribution facilities in Iran and UAE for the Crystal and Hatta Mineral Water brands.

    The Sidel Matrix Combi will help the Emirati bottler to produce PET water bottles in 330ml and 500ml formats at a speed of 22,500 bottles per hour (bph) and 1.5l format at a speed of 16,000bph.

    Along with the Sidel Matrix Combi system, Dubai Crystal Mineral Water and Refreshments will integrate Sidel’s recently launched Sidel StarLite™ base packaging technology which gives added durability, stability, and overall resistance to the PET bottles. It offers a more energy efficient method of production, allowing producers to achieve significant savings on energy and the amount of PET used in the overall production process.

    “We have been looking to upgrade our factory with the latest solutions in packaging and bottling innovation, and we chose Sidel because of their proven capabilities and proficiency. With versatility and production savings for PET bottles, Sidel was the best option for us, and we are very certain that our consumers will feel the same,” said Shahram Raheb, Managing Director of Dubai Crystal Mineral Water and Refreshments.

    Line Flexibility, Innovative Designs, and Lightweighting

    The Sidel Matrix Combi system integrates the blow-fill-cap function in one single enclosure, with neck-handling and positive transfer of bottles, which avoids limitations imposed by air conveyors.

    It brings together all the benefits of blowing and filling innovations in an integrated solution which delivers outstanding energy efficiency while simultaneously cutting costs. The machine offers savings in raw materials with light or ultra-lightweight bottles, as well as reduced consumption of air, water, chemicals and energy.

    “The Combi's overall efficiency, its compact size, ergonomic design, easy maintenance and lower energy consumption can all contribute to further reductions in producers' costs. We are confident that the line will help Crystal Water meet their objectives in the market and achieve operational excellence,” said Harbinder Kathuria, Regional Commercial Director of Greater Middle East at Sidel.

    The beverage sector is expected to continue growing in the UAE across various categories. In 2014, the consumption of water, the most consumed beverage item, stood at around 1.05 billion litres and is due to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5 per cent over the next four years to reach 1.35 billion litres by 2018.
    (Sidel International AG)
    17.09.2015   HEINEKEN enters into partnership with leading U.S. craft brewer Lagunitas    ( Company news )

    Company news Heineken N.V. has announced the acquisition of a 50% shareholding in the Lagunitas Brewing Company, the fifth largest craft brewer in the United States by volume. Lagunitas owns a stable of award-winning brands, including Lagunitas IPA. Lagunitas IPA is the largest India Pale Ale brand in the United States and has become a benchmark for the category. The transaction will provide HEINEKEN with the opportunity to build a strong foothold in the dynamic craft brewing category on a global scale, whilst it provides Lagunitas with a global opportunity to present its beers to new consumers in a category that is showing exciting international growth opportunities.

    Founded in California in 1993, Lagunitas is estimated to sell c. 1 million hectolitres of beer in 2015 from its two world-class breweries in Petaluma, California, and Chicago, Illinois. A third brewery is currently under construction in Azusa, California. The brewer has a strong track record of growth, with 2012 – 2014 revenue CAGR at 58%. Its other leading brands include A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, Daytime, Pils, Sucks, Hop Stoopid and Maximus. Lagunitas has a nationwide presence in the United States and the brewer has expanded into a number of other markets including the UK, Canada, Sweden and Japan, offering strong potential for continued growth outside the United States.

    In the United States, craft beer continues to outperform the overall beer market, and now represents 11% of total volumes. Within the craft segment, IPA is the fastest growing category.

    Lagunitas will continue to be led by Tony Magee, its founder and Executive Chairman, alongside the existing management team and the company will continue to operate as an independent entity.

    The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to complete in the 4th quarter of 2015. Financial terms are not disclosed.

    Commenting, Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of HEINEKEN said: “We are very excited to partner with Lagunitas. We recognise and respect the tremendous success of Tony and his team in building one of the great U.S. craft beer brands. We look forward to that same team partnering with us to expand Lagunitas globally, so it can reach parts of the world that other craft beer brands have not.”

    Tony Magee, founder and Executive Chairman of Lagunitas, added: “This venture will create a way for Lagunitas to let HEINEKEN participate in the growing craft beer category across its global distribution network in places from Tierra Del Fuego and Mongolia to the far-flung Isle of Langerhans. Lagunitas will share in the best quality processes in the world and enjoy access to opportunities that took lifetimes to build. This alliance with the world’s most international brewer represents a profound victory for U.S. craft. It will open doors that had previously been shut and bring the U.S. craft beer vibe to communities all over the world.”
    (Heineken USA Corporate Headquarters)
    16.09.2015   Extended portfolio of motorized actuators for quarter turn valves    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: GEMÜ 9428

    Motorized quarter turn actuators are used, amongst other things, to actuate butterfly valves and ball valves. They can perform simple open/close movements and, depending on the version, also carry out control tasks.

    The GEMÜ 9428 and GEMÜ 9468 series have already been established for some time now and boast a robust and reliable design. The special feature of these actuators, in addition to a solid and low-wear design, is the way in which power is transmitted to the shaft of the respective valve.

    More specifically, this means that the torque in the end positions with a constant motor load increases and the speed at a constant motor speed decreases simultaneously. This special design feature brings the nominal torque of the actuator into line with the closing characteristic curve of a quarter turn valve. This not only achieves a constant load on the electric motor being used by avoiding peak loads, it also improves controllability.

    Comprehensive product range
    The new version of the GEMÜ 9428 actuator with a nominal torque of 55 Nm completes the two series. With this extension to the portfolio, we now offer a comprehensive product range with nominal torques from 6 Nm up to 400 Nm. Depending on the version, travel times of between 4 and 29 seconds can be implemented. The actuators feature an optical position indicator as standard, as well as a manual override. The end positions of the quarter turn valve can be adjusted via a microswitch. In addition to an emergency power supply, there is also an option to activate different signalling devices using two potential-free limit switches. A control module can also be integrated.

    The GEMÜ 9428 and 9468 motorized quarter turn actuators feature a compact design and can be used not only for GEMÜ butterfly valves and ball valves, but for all valves with a travel range of 90° and a standard flange in accordance with EN ISO 5211. The motor and gearbox are housed in a weather-resistant plastic housing. Both quarter turn actuators are designed for DC and AC operating voltages and can be supplied with different electrical connection options depending on the applications.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    15.09.2015   SABMiller appoints Group Human Resources Director    ( Company news )

    Company news SABMiller has appointed Johann Nel as Group Human Resources Director with effect from 14 September 2015, in succession to Tony van Kralingen, whose intended retirement was announced in April 2015.
    Johann is currently running his own human resources and organisational design consulting practice, and was previously SABMiller’s Human Resources Director from 2002 until he retired from the group in 2008.

    Alan Clark, Chief Executive, said:
    “I'm really pleased to welcome such a capable executive as Johann back to SABMiller. Johann previously made a significant contribution to the group, and his extensive experience in leading organisational design and change management will serve us well as we continue to build a globally integrated organisation to optimise resource, win in market and reduce costs.”

    As announced in April, Tony van Kralingen’s current role as Director of Integrated Supply and Human Resources is being split into two new positions on SABMiller’s Executive Committee. Tony will continue as Director of Integrated Supply, pending the appointment of his successor, and as a member of the group’s Executive Committee until his intended retirement at the end of December 2015.
    (SABMiller plc)
    14.09.2015   Fachpack 2015: Craemer presents new multi-talent    ( Company news )

    Company news As one of the leading developers and manufacturers of high-quality plastic pallets, Craemer is known for its high development competence and innovative strength. At Fachpack 2015 (hall 7, stand 7-154), the company will present its latest product innovation: The CS plastic pallet, the new multi-talent.

    The new CS plastic pallet will be available in euro and industrial size and rounds off the existing comprehensive product portfolio. With its almost completely closed top deck, this load carrier convinces with a robust construction and the combination of various proven product characteristics.
    -Welded runners ensure high running smoothness on roller conveyors and a high standard of hygiene.
    -Optionally available with 7 or 22 mm rims for optimised load safety.
    -RFID transponders for improved pallet traceability, initially integrated or easily retrofittable at any time.
    -Equipped with up to four corrosion-protected reinforcement profiles, for load capacities of up to 1250 kg in high racking.

    The use of plastic pallets is already widespread in many industry sectors. From food processing or retail logistics operations to the automotive industry: companies from a variety of industries are becoming increasingly interested in durable, hygienic material handling solutions that prove their worth in daily handling. The market is growing and with it, the demands placed on load carriers. With its own in-house tool making facility and decades of experience in plastics processing, Craemer has the expertise to react to these developments and present new solutions. The CS pallet family closes a gap in the company’s price-performance profile. The load carrier is flexible and suitable for numerous industries and applications, both food and non-food areas, and particularly suited for handling bagged goods, cardboard packaging and other packed goods.

    The presentation of the CS plastic pallet is the start to a number of new product developments that will be launched in the near future. Next to this latest innovation Craemer will of course also present its entire range of plastic pallets at Fachpack 2015 (29 September - 1 October). Interested visitors are cordially invited to an individual conversation in hall 7, stand 7-154.
    (Paul Craemer GmbH)
    11.09.2015   Bright future in Viet Nam    ( Company news )

    Company news I last blogged on Viet Nam in 2013 and thought I would return to the topic following the announcement last month that the European Union and Viet Nam have concluded their Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.

    Looking back to 2013, I said that the prospect of concluding the agreement in 2014 was unlikely. That proved to be correct, but the negotiators came pretty close. Although there are some final technical issues still to be tied up, the deal should be completely done by the end of this year. The FTA will not come into force until it is ratified by both sides. In the case of the EU, that includes the agreement of the European Parliament, which is required for every international agreement that the EU signs. Generally, that process takes around two years, so we can expect EU/Viet Nam to come into force - and for the market opening agreed by both parties to begin - in late 2017/early 2018, just about what I thought might happen back in 2013.

    This is an interesting development, not because it demonstrates my soothsaying powers, but due to what it says about both sides' commitment to trade liberalisation. The negotiations started in June 2012 and have effectively concluded three years later. By the standards of trade negotiations, that's pretty quick. It's particularly impressive when you realise that the Vietnamese negotiators I met a couple of years ago were also representing Viet Nam in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks and the long running WTO Doha Development Agenda talks.

    What drove this commitment was the understanding that this FTA will deliver significant economic benefits for both sides. For Viet Nam, the FTA opens up new opportunities for its agricultural goods, textiles and manufactured goods, while the EU sees opportunities for services and consumer goods including, of course, Scotch Whisky. The 45% import tariff on EU spirits, including Scotch, will be eliminated, Scotch Whisky will be recognised as a geographical indication in Viet Nam, complementing our existing registration under the Vietnamese system, while a number of more technical issues experienced by our industry in the market will be addressed in the detail.

    While many commentators focus on the BRICS as exciting potential markets for EU exporters - and rightly so - I often feel that Southeast Asia can be forgotten. And yet this is a region of over 600 million people with a combined GDP this year of US$2.6 trillion. To put that in context, if it were it one country this would put it just behind the UK as the seventh largest economy worldwide. While it is a region that is home to economies at differing stages of development, the commitment to open markets as the driver of economic growth and development more generally is shared by all. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is leading an ambitious regional integration process to liberalise trade within the region, while increasingly other ASEAN governments are looking to emulate the success of Singapore and now Viet Nam in agreeing an FTA with the EU.

    Open markets are delivering rapid economic growth across the region. And as consumers' spending power increases, so does their interest in premium consumer goods, such as Scotch Whisky. EU/Viet Nam should deliver a bright future for our products in the market in the medium term.
    (Martin Bell, SWA deputy director of global affairs)
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    10.09.2015   New in carton packs from SIG Combibloc: 'Sunkist' smoothies with bits of fruit    ( Company news )

    Company news drinksplus beverages hit the spot in Korea – more products on the market

    drinksplus beverages containing pieces of real fruit are well received – in
    Korea, for instance. Korean producer Haitai Beverage has now launched two ‘Sunkist’ brand premium smoothies in the aseptic carton pack combiblocMini 200 ml. Part of the ‘My Real Smoothie’ range, the drinks are available in Apple/Mango with apple bits, and Strawberry with peach bits. The pieces of fruit give the smoothies a very special texture and authenticity, and offer an unusual drinking experience. The beverages are made possible using the drinksplus technology from SIG Combibloc.

    With the market launch of these smoothies, Haitai Beverage is introducing Korea to another premium product in the new product category of drinksplus products with perceptible added value. In late 2014, the company Dr Chung’s Food got the ball rolling in the country with a UHT soy drink with apple mango juice that also contains bits of nata de coco and peach.
    The smoothies from ‘Sunkist’, a well-established global brand, see further beverages appearing on the market which are in line with the current consumer demand for health harmonised with enjoyment.
    Seo Jun Oh, deputy brand manager at Haitai Beverage: “The bits of fruit emphasise the high-quality, natural character of our smoothies. Consumers notice them immediately, because the combination of premium juices and bits of real fruit produces a completely new drinking sensation. The unusual product texture is best experienced when the beverage is drunk through a straw. The straws have a large, six-millimetre diameter, so the smoothies can be enjoyed with an even consistency”.

    The basis for products of this type is the drinksplus technology from SIG Combibloc, which allows manufacturers to aseptically fill innovative products with up to ten per cent natural particulate content in carton packs, using standard filling machines for beverages. This opens up the possibility for us to create a wealth of innovative on-trend products, quickly and cost-efficiently. To make drinksplus products such as the new Sunkist smoothies, the SIG Combibloc standard filling machines for liquid dairy products and non-carbonated soft drinks are simply fitted with an upgrade set. The easy-to-install ‘drinksplus kit’ includes valves, valve stems and filling nozzles which are tailor-made to ensure an ideal product flow when filling innovative beverages containing particulates. Individual bits can be up to six
    millimetres in length and width.

    Premium beverages growing in popularity
    Patrizia Wegner, Head of Cluster Marketing Asia-Pacific South at SIG Combibloc: “Healthy premium juices with 100 per cent fruit content, packaged in handy carton packs, are in growing demand in Korea. At the moment, it’s still mostly fruit beverages with a relatively low fruit content that are available there in carton packs. With new premium beverages such as the smoothies from Haitai Beverage, a significant change is taking place. The
    ‘Sunkist’ brand name by itself promises the highest quality, which is confirmed when people start drinking the innovative products. And the design of the carton pack – modern, colourful and cheerful – completes the product concept and grabs people’s attention. We’re confident that beverages such as these will really enliven and enrich the non-carbonated soft drink market in Korea”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)


    PT.Hokkan has installed the first Sidel dry aseptic line in Indonesia and in doing so has expanded its production capacity as a co-packer of non-carbonated healthy soft drinks for the growing Indonesian beverage market. The investment follows the success of the first Sidel line installed at the company - a wet aseptic Combi line - with the two lines now working alongside each other to offer the company increased flexibility in production.

    Indonesia is one of the best-performing emerging countries with a GDP growth in 2013 of 5.8% . This continuing growth in the economy, together with an increasing population, has led to a significant jump in the consumption of beverages in Indonesia over recent years. For example, from 2012 to 2017, the forecast CAGR (compound annual growth rate) in Asian Speciality Drinks is 8.4%, representing a growth of almost 50% over the whole period. As Indonesia’s growing “middle-class” with more expendable income is looking for new experiences and tastes, the global trend of urbanisation - with more people living within the main urban areas of major cities - is reflected in the country’s consumption patterns which are expected to continue to grow.

    PT.Hokkan Indonesia is part of the Japanese Hokkan Group and is a co-packer for the beverage industry, specialising in PET bottles of up to 500ml. The company’s bottle manufacturing facility is located in Bogor in the West Java Province of Indonesia some 50 kilometres south of Jakarta. It benefits from supplies of fresh natural water drawn from wells and is also close to Sukabumi city with its established distribution network in nearby Jakarta. With the commissioning of its second Sidel Combi line in March 2015, the plant has more than doubled its potential production capacity. The aseptic process makes it possible to manufacture high quality products with a long shelf life packaged in flexible and lightweight bottle designs. PT.Hokkan Indonesia is currently investing further in its research and development (R&D) laboratory services to extend its offering to potential customers located in the region.

    Ready for consumers’ switch to healthy beverages in PET
    PT.Hokkan Indonesia recognised the potential that the Indonesian market represents for growth in healthy beverages. Following the current global trend, Indonesian consumers are becoming more health-conscious, a trend that is set to continue, with younger people in particular already demanding conveniently packaged, healthy products. Dairy products, such as drinkable yoghurts, are already one area that has been positively influenced by the emerging trend, with single-serve, “on-the-go”, rigid plastic formats performing particularly well. PT.Hokkan Indonesia is therefore focusing its business development on milk based products, including milk tea, milk coffee and ‘Matcha’, a popular drink in Indonesia based on a finely ground powder produced from specially grown and processed green tea plants. Matcha, one of the beverages currently produced on the Sidel wet aseptic Combi line, is an excellent example of a product which meets the increasing demands for healthier alternatives. Growing the plants in the shade gives Matcha a higher theanine content which contributes to improved mental focus, while the antioxidant catechine delivered by green tea leaves also provides positive health benefits.

    Safe aseptic production for optimum quality
    The philosophy driving PT.Hokkan Indonesia is the pursuit of the best possible quality for its customers. The transfer of the experience and knowledge of aseptic production gained by the Hokkan Group in Japan was seen as key in providing safe packaging technology and optimum product quality in the new plant in Indonesia. Rather than gaining market share from existing suppliers to the Indonesian market, the Hokkan Group sees itself attempting to create a new aseptic market, in which it strongly believes, for the Indonesian consumer. “From our experience in Japan, we know that aseptic technology can achieve lightweight bottles, a flexible bottle design and long product shelf life. Aseptic technology offers us numerous opportunities for making quality products,” said Masaaki Ikezawa, President Director of PT.Hokkan Indonesia.

    The Hokkan Group felt comfortable that Sidel fully understood its focus on product quality and that the Sidel aseptic PET lines could match their food safety requirements. Cost, of course, was important although not its priority, as the Group was intent on quality and fast start-up of the installation. Being a co-packer, flexibility of the line - especially in the design and format of the bottles produced - was also an important consideration.

    Dry preform decontamination brings additional benefits
    When PT.Hokkan Indonesia originally looked to extend its production capacity in the aseptic market they turned to Sidel and selected a Sidel PET aseptic line which included a wet aseptic Combi Sensofill FMa, combining blow moulding, filling and capping in a single integrated system. Based on the success of this line, the company then looked to further extend its production capacities and in 2014 again turned to Sidel for recommendations. Recognising the potential that dry preform decontamination technology provides for further cost savings as well as the benefits it offers in environmental terms, Sidel proposed its Sidel Predis™ dry system which replaces wet bottle sterilisation. Sidel Predis provides 100% decontamination of all preforms using hydrogen peroxide mist, removing the need for water and requiring only small amounts of chemicals. It protects the integrity and safety of any beverage - either high or low acidity - distributed at ambient temperatures.

    With the Sidel Combi Predis FMa the preform decontamination, blowing, filling and capping functions are housed in a single production enclosure. Predis enhances production flexibility and helps to protect liquid packaging from micro-organisms, preserving sensitive drink integrity and lengthening shelf life.

    Sidel demonstrated the advantages of the Predis system and, having thoroughly researched the options, PT.Hokkan Indonesia decided to adopt this technology for its second Sidel aseptic line. This line has now been successfully installed and validated to the exact microbiological standards specified by the Hokkan Group. Ikezawa continues - “Our wet aseptic line currently produces milk coffee, milk tea, Matcha, isotonic beverages and teas in six different bottle shapes and in sizes ranging from 250ml to 500ml (a total of 15 stock keeping units). The dry aseptic line will produce the same product range, with the ultimate intention of being able to run all bottle sizes on both lines to maximise the flexibility in production. With both lines able to run at speeds of up to 40,000 bottles per hour on all formats, this has more than doubled our total annual production capacity.”

    PET bottle designs to match Indonesian culture
    PT.Hokkan Indonesia has also been working closely with the Sidel team on the design and development of new bottles. This includes a focus on lightweighting opportunities, with the collaboration ongoing for the 500ml bottle to further reduce its weight. “We let the professionals do the job of bottle design. At PT.Hokkan Indonesia we liaise with our customers to identify their requirements in terms of what they want from the bottle and then we work with Sidel to ensure we meet those requests with an optimised solution for the final bottle design,” said Ikezawa.
    The customer alone could not have researched local market trends and the most practical designs to fulfil consumer demand due to time and cost implications. However, Sidel had the experience and expertise to respond quickly in handling the research and turning around the designs in a relatively short time. The supplier did so successfully, meeting the different cultural approaches and needs of the market to deliver a professional solution. The finished designs were evaluated and tested well before production started.

    Training support at key stages
    Training is also an important element in maximising the efficiencies of a bottling line and Sidel continues to work closely with PT.Hokkan Indonesia to ensure the company’s employees are equipped with the skills and competence to excel. A combination of onsite training for all the equipment supply and commissioning, with classroom based training on the filling and blowing technologies, has already been provided. Advanced training at the Bogor production facility of PT.Hokkan Indonesia is now being planned.

    Future market development
    Although the purchase of healthy beverages, such as sour milk drinks and sports and energy drinks, is not yet common practice among Indonesian consumers other than the younger generation, increasing awareness of health issues, accompanied with rising disposable income, is stimulating a change in habits. PT.Hokkan Indonesia expects naturally healthy products, including speciality Asian drinks, powder concentrates, fruit and vegetable juices, functional drinks and teas to grow significantly in sales over the coming years. Packaging formats in the country tend to be ‘single-serve’ now, with most drinks packaged in PET bottles. Demand for returnable glass bottles has declined substantially in recent years, mainly through one producer switching production from glass to one-way PET bottles. The increasing use of PET is down to a number of factors: its 100% recyclability, excellent barrier material properties that allow extended shelf life, bottle design freedom and the greater brand recognition possibilities offered by the package transparency. Being re-sealable, light and compact, the PET bottles are also more convenient for the customer as they do not have to be consumed at one time and are far more suited to the dynamic urban lifestyles of younger Indonesian consumers. The addition of the second aseptic PET bottling line to its production facility will enable PT.Hokkan Indonesia to maximise the opportunities that these market trends offer.

    Providing the right solutions
    Globally there is growing concern about the costs - both financial and environmental - of raw materials and energy consumption. The Hokkan Group, like other beverage producers and co-packers, therefore looks to Sidel to provide solutions in reducing the use of materials and energy, in increasing savings, extending the possibilities of lightweighting, retaining quality and extending the shelf life of its sensitive products. “In our view, Sidel is a company that leads the field of innovation, bottle design, flexibility and services. We will continue to work with them to find ways to further reduce energy consumption and they have presented a highly innovative solution for using recycled PET material. At PT.Hokkan Indonesia, we appreciate this partnership,” said Ikezawa.
    (Sidel International AG)

    09.09.2015   Z-Italia at Simei 2015     ( Company news )

    Company news On the occasion of the Simei Fair 2015 that will be held in Milan - Italy from November 3rd until November 6th 2015, Z-Italia will exhibit a rotary adhesive labelling machine for body adhesive stick label and back-label, especially designed for Wine and Spirits industry. The Roll Fed labelling machine for wrap around label is suitable for Beverage industry.

    Particularly interesting is the Adhesive group, intentionally oversized, in order to guarantee a maximum precision during application of the label on the bottle. The adhesive labelling machine to be exhibited has an automatic reel change system without stopping the production.

    In addition to the RollFed and Adhesive labelling machine, Z-Italia series consists of the following models:
    -Z-ColdGlue. Rotary labelling machines for partial paper labels with cold glue
    -Z-HotMelt. Rotary labelling machines for wrap around paper labels

    Z-Italia series labelling machines are perfect for glass, plastic bottles and cans and can reach a speed from 5.000 upto 60.000 bph
    For more information please visit us at Hall 11 - Stand E01 G14
    (Z-Italia srl)
    08.09.2015   Sugar reduced drinks with all the taste     ( Company news )

    Company news Sensient Flavors: new flavoring solution compensates for sensory drawbacks when cutting sugar in beverages / Suitable for various starting brixes

    New from Sensient Flavors, APSS Plus is an innovative natural functional flavoring that compensates for the sensory drawbacks that occur when sugar is reduced in beverages. The natural flavoring enables manufacturers to cut sugar significantly without having to use additional sweeteners. It provides sugar-reduced beverages with harmonized and full-bodied sensory profiles and is particularly suitable for the production of mid-calorie beverages that are free from additional sweeteners and therefore have shorter on-pack ingredients lists.

    Acting as neutral building blocks, APSS Plus flavor allows the sensory profile of the sugar “gold” standard to be maintained, even if the sugar content in the beverage is cut dramatically. What makes the functional flavoring unique is the fact that it can be used with different types of drinks with various starting brix. Internal trials with cola, strawberry-flavored water and RTD peach ice tea have shown that APSS Plus enables sugar reduction of up to 30 per cent. The results also clearly demonstrated that in all cases, the new flavoring successfully compensates for loss of sweetness, body, flavor, longevity and aroma intensity while also improving fruity and fleshy notes.

    APSS Plus is fully soluble and can be used across all flavor tonalities to rebalance the sensory profile when sugar has been reduced. A vital component are Sensient Natural Origins® extracts, which are derived via state-of-the-art extraction technologies from the finest raw materials. The resulting extracts are characterized by key volatiles that evoke the perception of sweetness associated with sugar. In creating APSS Plus, Sensient has chosen carefully selected Sensient Natural Origins® extracts from naturally sweet ingredients.

    “Every beverage provides its own challenges. When it comes to reducing sugar in already low brix beverages in particular, it is a challenge to create well balanced taste profiles,” explains Stefano Asti, Technical Director at Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe. “However, our flavoring expertise has enabled us to create an advanced line of ingredients which offer manufacturers the perfect solution for every kind of drink and every starting brix.”
    (Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe)
    07.09.2015   Vetropack: Sales level maintained, revenue in local currency increased    ( Company news )

    Company news In the first half of 2015, Vetropack Group maintained the record level of sales achieved in the previous year with a sales volume of 2.36 billion units of glass packaging. It also increased revenue in local currency by 5.8%. Negative exchange rate effects pushed consolidated gross revenue down by 12.4% to CHF 272.8 million.

    Two factors proved particularly influential for Vetropack Group in the first six months of the fiscal year:
    -The depegging of the Swiss franc from the euro has not only had a negative impact on consolidation in Swiss francs, but it has also made competition even more intense for the Swiss plant in St-Prex. In order to withstand import pressure, Vetropack Ltd was forced to reduce market prices for its glass packaging considerably. Although running costs were converted to euros where possible, the negative effects on performance could not be fully offset.
    -The economic situation in Ukraine has been faced with high inflation and a sharp fall in production output and consumption. The value of the local currency, the hryvnia, plummeted by around 50% in the period under review alone.

    The volume of sales for the first half of 2015 matched the record level achieved a year earlier. This remained unchanged at 2.36 billion units of glass packaging (2014: 2.36 billion). Consolidated gross revenue came to CHF 272.8 million (2014: CHF 311.4 million). This reduction was due to exchange rate effects, triggered particularly by the strong Swiss franc and the fall of the Ukrainian hryvnia. Adjusted for currency effects, consolidated gross revenue increased by a creditable 5.8%.

    Adjusted for currency effects, EBIT stood at CHF 30.8 million, which was slightly below the figures of the previous year. Reported EBIT reached CHF 24.1 million (2014: CHF 32.2 million). The EBIT margin stood at 8.9% (2014: 10.3%).

    Consolidated net profit, which amounted to CHF 14.2 million (2014: CHF 28.2 million), was very heavily affected by unrealised exchange rate losses on euro-denominated credit balances at Vetropack Holding Ltd, to the tune of more than CHF 5 million.

    At CHF 48.4 million (2014: CHF 58.6 million), cash flow fell by 17.4% on the same period in the previous year. The cash flow margin therefore remained high, at 17.7% of gross revenue (2014: 18.8%).

    The acquisition of the Italian glassworks in Trezzano sul Naviglio, which was announced at the beginning of June 2015, was completed at the end of July and is therefore not included in the semi-annual figures.

    Outlook for the second half of 2015
    Vetropack is not expecting any substantial changes over the next six months. The political and economic course of events in Ukraine, the strength of the Swiss franc against the euro and the closely related performance of Vetropack Ltd in Switzerland will remain crucial to the Group’s performance.
    While the newly acquired company will have a five-month impact on the consolidated figures in Italy, consolidated revenue and earnings will remain below the previous year's figures owing to currency effects.


    Sidel, the world’s leading provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, has supported PepsiCo in Ukraine to save 42% energy in its beverage production and PET bottling processes. This was achieved by upgrading two of its blowers to the energy-efficient ecoven supplied by Sidel’s dedicated line improvement team, part of the company’s Sidel Services™ business unit. This reduced both costs and resource use, with a significant reduction in the consumption of electricity and compressed air, contributing to PepsiCo’s commitment to a strong and determined sustainability programme.

    New blowers assist in large scale production
    From two plants located in the Mykolayiv region of Ukraine, PepsiCo produces almost half a billion packs of juice products annually, with a daily capacity of three million units. One of the Mykolayiv plants features two Sidel Combi 16 blow moulding machines and the new upgrade saw the original ovens replaced with the new Sidel ecovens. The line improvement programme was designed to save energy and improve sustainability, with PepsiCo committing to sustainability initiatives in the Ukraine, just as it does throughout the world.

    The project demonstrates Sidel’s commitment to staying close to customers, reviewing existing lines and providing tailor-made solutions that can be upgraded with new technologies as they emerge.

    42% energy savings contribute to sustainability agenda
    Depending on the format of the bottle being produced, the new ecovens can achieve savings of up to 50% on the electricity being consumed. This represents significant savings in production costs, as well as improving the environmental footprint of the production process.

    Commenting on the new ecovens, PepsiCo’s Production Director, Vladimir Egorenko, says: “Finding ways to optimise our energy use is an important part of our sustainability agenda which is a real focus for PepsiCo as a business. One of the reasons for our growth in market share is the company’s commitment to investing in innovative technologies. The introduction of the ecovens is a good example of this and they are already making a significant contribution, both in environmental terms and in reducing our total cost of ownership through the cost savings represented by the resulting energy consumption.”
    Compared to previous ovens on its blow moulding equipment, Sidel’s ecoven technology reduces the consumption of electricity. Each blowing module has fewer oven modules and lamps, with the heating time of preforms lowered by up to 15%.

    PepsiCo – a leader in the Ukrainian market
    PepsiCo in Ukraine is represented by “Sandora” and “Wimm-Bill-Dann Ukraine” and is one of the leaders in the Ukrainian food and beverages market. The company holds the leading position in the market of juices and juice products with brands such as “Sandora”, “Sadochok”, “Sandorick” and “Bonus”, along with others. The brand portfolio also includes carbonated beverages - Pepsi, 7UP, Mirinda; cold tea Lipton Ice Tea; the mineral waters “Essentuki” and “Aqua Minerale”; and the energy drink Adrenaline Rush.
    (Sidel International AG)
    04.09.2015   Systematic machine safety    ( Company news )

    Company news Schmersal is presenting innovative safety technology solutions for the packaging industry at FachPack

    Visit Schmersal between 29/09 and 01/10/2015 at FachPack in Nuremberg: Hall 4A, Stand 505

    At FachPack 2015, the Schmersal Group is presenting innovative safety technology system solutions for the packaging industry, including the new PROTECT PSC1 safety controller (photo) and the company’s comprehensive ASi safety portfolio.

    The benefits of these system solutions: They provide a high level of flexibility, intelligent monitoring functions with high levels of manipulation protection, hygiene-compliant design and easy fitting.

    High unit numbers and demand from the trade and consumers for a wide range of products and packaging represent a real challenge for machine constructors: This is why filling and packaging machines are often modular in design in order to react quickly to constant changes in market requirements. This also allows simple and efficient format changes for a wide range of packaging sizes. The new Schmersal PROTECT PSC1 programmable safety controller is therefore expandable on a modular basis and can be simply adjusted to individual machine configurations. Because of the optional SD Bus Gateway which can be integrated, up to 31 sensors with expanded diagnostics functions can be connected directly to the PSC1 compact controller and analysed. This significantly reduces cabling work and the space required in the control cabinet. The SD-BUS connecting cables and y-junctions are now also fitted with stainless steel nuts. The cables, which are now often laid in open cable ducts, are more resistant to detergents.

    The safety light curtains and light grids in the SLC/SLG 440 range from Schmersal are now available with built-in interfaces for the “AS-Interface Safety at Work” bus system (AS-i Safety).

    The AS-i Safety programme from Schmersal allows extraordinarily flexible adjustment of safety functions to the application. Safety sensors and switchgear with AS-i interfaces are connected to master monitor combinations. In the Safety Separated variant, the constant incorporation of the safety circuit into the standard controller simplifies diagnostics and reduces downtimes. A Safety Integrated variant is also available. The two versions give machine operators the benefit that once it is installed, the system can be amended or expanded at any time. This applies to expansion with additional safety switchgear and to the configuration of switchgear (e.g. safety connections, stop category, filter times, etc.).
    (K. A. Schmersal Holding GmbH & Co. KG)
    03.09.2015   DFK opts for Egemin AGVs    ( Company news )

    Company news Delmenhorster Kork-Fabrik Arthur Linck GmbH (DKF) produces up to 5,000 crown corks per minute in three daily shifts. This kind of volume is only feasible with structured production process sequences. To make sure the business is equipped for the future, DKF has opted for an automation solution from Egemin Automation.
    Systems integrator Egemin Automation is installing an automated guided vehicle (AGV) system to convey empty and full cages, octabins and cartons to their process points. This means that DKF can boost production volume even further, improve process transparency and deliver to customers – mainly breweries – right on time.

    “Our main aim in terms of automation was an organised, reliable, transparent material flow system. Egemin’s solution meets those requirements and more,” says Edgar Linck, DKF Managing Partner. He runs the company with his brother, Andreas. The family firm, founded in 1924, is already in its third generation.

    The AGVs are used for conveying empty containers to a filling station and collecting them once the production machines have filled them. Each machine currently produces between 3,000 and 5,000 crown corks per minute. A cage or octabin takes between 330,000 and 370,000 corks. This means that each AGV can collect up to a ton of materials from the filling system. From there they are taken to a newly installed central station where items are checked, hygienically sealed and labelled. The AGVs then take the containers to the adjacent warehouse. When they are not in use, the vehicles independently travel to the automatic battery-charge point.

    The AGVs utilize dual laser-inertial navigation. In other words, they are laser-controlled at all points where their scanners can see the reflectors. In the warehouse, where reflector paths can be obstructed by stacks of containers, they are controlled by magnets in the floor instead.
    The benefit for DKF, a medium-sized enterprise, is not only transparent, traceable production processes, but also higher machine availability. In summary, Mr Linck states, “Our customers are as enthusiastic about this modernisation project as we are, because it also means we are playing a big part in helping to comply with food safety standards.”
    (Egemin International N.V.)
    03.09.2015   Price increase with effect from 01/01/2016    ( Company news )

    Company news Brigl & Bergmeister announces that with effect from 01/01/2016, selling prices will be increased by 10 to 15 per cent – as compared to 01/01/2015 – depending on the market and type of product.

    This measure is absolutely necessary to achieve a minimum level of profitability again.

    Over the past three years, B&B has tried to keep prices for label papers stable despite increasing costs. Only part of this could be compensated by efficiency increases in production, so that now the company's earnings have eroded already.

    In 2015, raw materials for the paper industry have become considerably more expensive, and this upward trend is not expected to come to an end soon. Wood pulp, the largest cost item by far, is traded in US dollars on the world market. Due to a strengthening of the dollar with respect to the euro at a rate of approx. 25% during the past 12 months, the company's results have dramatically deteriorated.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
    03.09.2015   The economic and sustainable choice    ( Company news )

    Company news Efficient and cost-effective cleaning
    When higher cleaning efficiency is required, it is easy to upgrade from static spray balls to the Alfa Laval Toftejorg SaniMidget SB Rotary Spray Head technology. Simply unclip the static spray ball and replace it with a new clip-on rotary spray head, which uses a spray pattern ensuring dynamic and effective distribution of rinse water to the inner tank surfaces in delivering the best cleaning results.

    As the spray head rotates, its fans produce an impact on the tank wall and a well distributed falling film without the cascading flow that can be experienced with static spray balls. The result is better cleaning performance than a static spray ball.

    Its perfectly flushed bearings and crevice-free design optimize cleaning procedures. Self-draining and self-cleaning, both inside and out, its spray head complies with current Good Manufacturing Practices and delivers up to 70% savings on water, chemicals and energy.

    Performance reliability and long service life
    Designed with minimal pressure loss, the Alfa Laval Toftejorg SaniMidget SB Rotary Spray Head starts to rotate at pressures of less than 0.1 bar. It is made of safe, non-reactive and hygienic materials to ensuring product quality and they hold the 3A and EHEDG certifications. Rotary spray head technology has proven successful in providing reliable and repeatable cleaning performance and a long service life.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)

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      Measurement and control technology, misc.
      Containers, tanks and accessories
      Fittings and pumps
      Disinfection and cleaning equipment, CIP systems
      Laboratory equipment
      Drive components, drives, couplings
    Energy management, working and packaging materials
      Energy management: supply and disposal
      Process materials
      Labelling, packing materials and aids
      Beverage containers and packages
      Environmental protection, recycling and industrial safety
    Catering equipment
      Dispensing systems and vending machines
      Catering furniture and accecories
      Tents and accessories
    Transport and sales vehicles
      Dispensing and sales vehicles
      Transport vehicles and equipment
    Organization and advertising
      Organization, logistics, EDP and consulting services
      Advertising media and promotional articles
    Trade press, associations, institutes, institutions
      Trade journals
      Associations, institutes, institutions

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