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    31.07.2015   Digox optical - In-line measuring device for dissolved oxygen in beverages    ( Company news )

    Company news The Digox optical is a compact oxygen measuring device with a hygienic design that is directly installed in the beverage line.
    The measuring principle is based on the dynamic fluorescence quenching.
    The calibration is carried out in the process using a reference value without removing the sensor.

    Intelligent diagnosis functions and colour status displays support the user during the process control.

    A quick maintenance is ensured by only one wear part (sensor cap).
    The short response time and high measuring accuracy ensure a precise and reliable oxygen measurement.
    (Dr. Thiedig GmbH & Co KG)
    31.07.2015   Scotch Whisky gets strong legal protection in Botswana    ( Company news )

    Company news Recognised as a 'geographical indication' for first time in Africa

    Scotch Whisky has been recognised as a 'geographical indication' (GI) - meaning the description can only be used on whisky produced in Scotland in accordance with UK law - for the first time in an African country. This legal breakthrough in Botswana will give consumers a high level of protection against fakes.

    Scotch is leading the way in Botswana by becoming the first product to be recognised as a GI, following an application by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

    Scotch must be made in Scotland from water, cereals and yeast and matured for at least three years. Scotch is now officially recognised in the laws of over 70 countries, including the whole of the European Union. GI status is of great commercial value to the Scotch Whisky industry and gives consumers confidence in the quality and provenance of what they are buying.

    While Botswana is a relatively small export market, the value of direct shipments of Scotch last year was up 163% to £456,728 from £173,638 in 2013. A lot of the Scotch destined for Botswana also goes through distribution hubs in South Africa.

    The SWA sees great potential for Scotch across Africa as economies develop and become more urbanised. Many young professionals in Africa see Scotch as an aspirational drink of choice, according to the SWA. But as Scotch grows in popularity, attempts are often made to try to take unfair advantage of its success, for example by trying to make and sell fakes. Recognition as a GI helps protect against such illegal activities.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "We expect to see demand for Scotch increase in many African countries in coming years as economies grow. It's important that consumers have confidence in the quality of what they are buying, which this recognition of Scotch as a 'geographical indication' will help to achieve.

    "Botswana recognising Scotch as a GI - a product that must be made in Scotland - is ground-breaking as it's the first product to be given this status. It's also the first time Scotch has been successfully registered as a GI anywhere in Africa. This move will protect consumers and give a boost to the growth of Scotch exports across Africa."

    British High Commissioner to Botswana, Nick Pyle, said: "This is great news for British business in Botswana. It will give reassurance to consumers in Botswana that they are buying a quality branded product from the UK."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    30.07.2015   Diageo announces that Deirdre Mahlan is to be appointed President, Diageo North America    ( Company news )

    Company news Diageo recently announced that Larry Schwartz, President North America would retire by the end of this calendar year. Diageo has announced that Deirdre Mahlan (photo), currently Chief Financial Officer, is to be appointed President Diageo North America. Deirdre's replacement will be announced in due course and until that time she will continue in her current role as CFO of Diageo.

    Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive said:
    "Diageo North America is a strong business and we are determined to deliver on that strength. Today we announced a number of organisational changes in Diageo North America and I am delighted that we can also announce that Deirdre will be leading this change. Deirdre has been an exceptional CFO and has the skills, together with experience of the market, to lead the next stage of growth in North America".
    (Diageo plc)
    29.07.2015   Anuga Drinks - diversity for the retail and gastronomy sectors    ( Company news )

    Company news Over 450 exhibitors will present fruit juice and alcohol-free drinks, wine, beer, spirits and trend drinks

    The trend towards naturalness is growing worldwide

    Anuga Drinks, the trade fair for drinks under the Anuga umbrella, will be presenting the wide international diversity of drinks to the trade and gastronomy sectors in October in Cologne. Both target groups can once again look forward to a diversified spectrum of products. The fruit juice, water and soft drinks segment is strongly represented again this year. Energy drinks remain an important theme. Beer is represented as well as an attractively presented selection of wine in the scope of the special exhibition "Anuga Wine Special". In addition to Hall 8, the approx. 450 exhibitors will also be using parts of Hall 7. Hence, trend drinks and spirits will be bundled in Hall 7. The "Anuga Wine Special" including a tasting zone is also located in Hall 7.

    The market of alcohol-free drinks continues to grow
    With a worldwide growth rate of around four percent, alcohol-free, soft drinks continue to head the rankings in terms of consumer popularity worldwide. However, in the year 2018 it is estimated that around half of the drinks - whether alcohol-free or alcoholic - will be consumed in Asia. The last survey of the industry service Canadean also forecasts the biggest growth chances here for soft drinks, in Asia the growth rates are expected to rise by almost 13 percent in the above-mentioned period, so they could become the undisputed growth engine of the drinks sector. North America and Europe no longer play a market-leading role in this scenario, instead their growth rates lie in the lower midfield.

    The trend towards naturalness is growing worldwide
    The Asiatic consumers are in the meantime demanding a greater variety of flavours here and increasingly natural contents. This trend has been reflected in the product development of many manufacturers for some time already: The current market data of Innova Market Insights show that new introductions with natural contents have increased worldwide over the past years.
    With the trend towards "naturalness" the demand for clean label products is also growing, i.e. for food and drinks that are to a large extent or completely without additives.

    The trend towards functional food and drinks is also proving to be a strong driver of innovations. The market for products that are beneficial to health is also growing constantly worldwide. The focus here lies on the one hand on the theme of being overweight and obesity, which are become increasingly significant all over the globe. Due to the increased awareness for this problem, the demand for products with reduced calories and less sugar is growing.

    A sweetening extract from the South American Stevia plant already aroused the interest of the food and drinks industry almost twenty years ago. After Coca-Cola has in the meantime played the pioneering role here with the market introduction of Stevia-sweetened Cola, raw material producers such as Wild Flavors are now ready to offer tailor-made concepts for Cola products with Steviol glycosides. The sweetness of these innovations leads to a moderate calorie content in the end product. In this way, "Cola plus Stevia" is becoming an attractive alternative for all those, who want to enjoy the classic Cola taste, but who don't want to consume high-calorie or conventionally sweetened drinks.

    At the same time, the focus is also on drinks with functional contents that are enriched with vitamins and minerals. These include, for example, trend drinks such as vitamin water or coconut water. Here it is important that the drinks can be consumed en route, during leisure activities or at work. The decisive criterion: The consumers don't want to spend much or any time preparing them.

    The trend towards energy drinks is still ongoing. In addition to the classic versions, new flavours constantly appear on the market. Energy drinks with fruit juice contents or coffee flavoured are enhancing the diversity of this innovative segment.

    Market forecasts on the development of the global energy drink market, for example by Canadean, show: The category is growing fast and still has a large growth potential from Africa and the Middle East, to Asia and Europe through to North and Latin America.

    The criticism by consumer protection experts, who demanded a ban on the sales of energy drinks to children and youths, turned out to be a flash in the pan. In the meantime, the European authorities for food safety, EFSA, have confirmed in a report that children and youths are not the main consumers of energy drinks. Meanwhile, the advertising for classic lemonades also targets children and youths less and less. "A segment is growing up," was the title of a trade publication recently.

    The theme of wine is appropriately represented at Anuga in the scope of the "Anuga Wine Special". Wine suppliers will take the opportunity to present their wines on an attractive tasting zone.

    A seminar programme professionally put together by first-class sommeliers, among others by the Master of Wine Markus Del Monega, offers additional information on the cultivation areas and culinary highlights. The great variety of the French terroir will be addressed here as well as the wines of the "new world", in this case New Zealand, German wine culture, Italian red wines or the current trend drink in the bars and restaurants around the globe: sake. At eleven workstations, the trade visitors will receive among other things detailed information on wines from France, Portugal and Spain, but also on vegetable wines, alcohol-free sparkling fruit wine or premium water as the ideal enhancement to wine enjoyment.

    Furthermore, the "Anuga Wine Award" will be conferred in the categories silver, gold and double gold in the scope of the "Anuga Wine Special".

    Anuga is exclusively open to trade visitors from the retail and gastronomy trades from Saturday, 10 October 2015 until Wednesday, 14 October 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on all days.
    (Koelnmesse GmbH)
    29.07.2015   Britvic: Acquisition of Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos SA for R$580m (£120.8m)    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Britvic plc (“Britvic”) announces the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos SA (“ebba”).

    Photo: Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer of Britvic

    -ebba is a high quality independent soft drinks company in Brazil;
    -ebba is the number one supplier of liquid concentrates (dilutes) and the number two supplier of ready-to-drink (“RTD”) nectar drinks in Brazil; (1)
    -ebba’s key brands, Maguary and dafruta, lead the liquid dilutes category, with a growing presence in RTD nectar drinks;
    -The transaction provides Britvic with immediate access to the sixth largest soft drinks market and the largest concentrates (dilutes) market globally;
    -Britvic intends to accelerate growth in ebba by building on the existing strong platform and route to market investing behind the ebba brand portfolio, extending existing brands into new sub-categories and introducing Britvic brands to the Brazilian market;
    -ebba reported net revenue of R$437.2m and EBITDA of R$45.0m in its FY2014 financial statements;
    -Britvic’s clear ambition is to at least double ebba’s(2) EBITDA and significantly grow margins by 2020;
    -Under the terms of the Acquisition, the enterprise value of ebba is R$580m (£120.8m), with an effective acquisition cost of R$545.4m (equivalent to £113.6m), payable in two tranches(3);
    -The Acquisition will be partly funded from the proceeds of a placing of new ordinary shares.

    Rationale for the Acquisition
    In May 2013 Britvic outlined its strategy to drive long-term sustainable growth for shareholders. A core pillar of the strategy is to pursue international expansion by capitalising on global opportunities in the kids, family and adult categories, where Britvic has the leading brands in its core markets.
    The Acquisition will give Britvic immediate access to the sixth largest soft drinks market globally (R$84.3bn / £17.6bn as of 2014) which has achieved a retail sales value growth CAGR of 13.6% and a volume growth CAGR of 4.0% over the last five years. Brazil has the largest concentrates (dilutes) category globally (R$6.6bn / £1.4bn as of 2014) and a fast growing juice drinks category(4) (R$10.2bn / £2.1bn as of 2014), with a volume growth of c.9.9% over the last five years.. Brazil is an attractive market with a current population of over 200 million, which is expected to reach 218 million by 2025, with an increasingly younger and more affluent demographic(5).

    Britvic has spent a considerable amount of time analysing the Brazilian market and conducting due diligence on the Acquisition and believes that the Brazilian soft drinks market is relatively underdeveloped when compared with other markets in which Britvic operates. Specifically, the liquid dilutes category has lacked investment whilst the juice drinks category under-indexes in share(6). In addition, in Britvic’s view, the kids category is currently commoditised, whilst there is no discernible adults category and a lack of engaging soft drinks fixture in-store. Britvic is confident that these current characteristics provide a backdrop against which to drive attractive future growth.

    The ebba business has brands that enjoy high levels of awareness and relevance to consumers, similar to Robinsons in the UK and Teisseire in France. Leading national brands, broad market presence, a well established infrastructure and a strong management team are key characteristics of the ebba business today.

    Commenting, Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer of Britvic, said:
    “The acquisition of ebba represents a unique opportunity to acquire a high quality business in a substantial soft drinks market, with exciting future growth potential. ebba operates in categories where Britvic has a proven capability of building new markets, accelerating innovation and establishing brand leadership. We have been in dialogue with ebba for some time and have completed a significant amount of due diligence in assessing the value and prospects of the business and the wider marketplace.
    ebba’s brands are particularly strong, and have a relevance to Brazilian consumers similar to the ones which Robinsons, MiWadi and Teisseire enjoy in their home markets. I am particularly pleased that the management team, led by João Caetano de Mello Neto, will continue to lead the business.
    We have identified opportunities to invest behind these leading brands, introduce new brands, and harness our group capability. As a result, we are confident we have a fantastic opportunity to drive long-term growth in the kids, family and adult categories and deliver significant shareholder value over the coming years.”

    Financial profile
    The ebba management team has delivered strong growth in the past few years, with both top-line revenue and EBITDA growth. This growth has been driven by innovation and distribution gains with limited marketing investment.
    Reported net revenue has grown from R$292.4m in 2012 to R$419.7m in 2013 and R$437.2m in 2014, which represents a CAGR of 22.3% over the period. EBITDA has grown from R$30.6m in 2012 to R$43.6m in 2013 and R$45.0m in 2014, which represents a CAGR of 21.3% from 2012 to 2014. EBIT margin has remained fairly stable throughout this period, achieving 8.1% in 2012, 8.0% in 2013 and 7.5% in 2014.(7)
    As at December 2014, ebba had R$373.7m in total assets and reported a profit before tax for the full year of R$4.9m.(7)

    Outlook and potential to deliver significant shareholder value
    Britvic has clear plans to drive revenue growth and to at least double EBITDA by 2020, alongside an opportunity for significant margin expansion(2). Over the next two years, Britvic intends to accelerate growth in ebba by strengthening the business, investing in the brand portfolio and re-investing already identifiable cost savings of at least R$10m to drive future growth. As a consequence, Britvic expects EBITDA to be broadly flat in 2016 and 2017 compared to 2015 before increasing from 2018 onwards.

    The business case has been developed whilst recognising the impact of the current economic environment in Brazil. In the short-term, Britvic expects that current economic weakness will translate into lower revenue and EBITDA in 2015 as compared to 2014. It is anticipated that in 2015 revenue will be lower by c.5% and EBITDA c.10%, reflecting the challenging market conditions being currently experienced.

    Looking forward GDP growth in Brazil is expected to recover from next year whilst the total soft drinks market volume is forecast to grow 3.1% CAGR and juice drinks volume forecast to grow 9.1% CAGR from 2014 – 2019(4). In addition, Britvic anticipates there will be positive consumer trends with increasing demand for Stills and “better for you” products and increased emphasis on differentiation and sophistication in brands, product and packaging innovation.

    Whilst Britvic’s future ambitions for ebba are built on the expectation of a moderately improved macro backdrop, with both the economy and the soft drinks market forecast to deliver future growth, Britvic believes that the major driver of growth will come from self-help initiatives including introducing Britvic’s brands into Brazil, cost savings and improved market execution.

    Leveraging previous international experience
    Building on the experience gained from the acquisitions in Ireland and, more recently, France, Britvic’s plans are expected to be achieved by a clear framework that will:
    -Focus on developing the kids, family and adult categories;
    -Re-invest cost savings in marketing, A&P, people and infrastructure;
    -Deploy Britvic best practise – marketing, category and revenue management expertise;
    -Extend brands into new sub-categories; and
    -Introduce existing Britvic brands into the market, including “new to market” concepts.

    ebba will operate as a standalone business unit and João Caetano de Mello Neto, ebba’s CEO, will sit on Britvic plc’s Executive Committee. A clear integration plan will be put in place focussed on marketing, innovation and category management; supply chain; delivery of cost savings; and legal, risk and financial governance. A dedicated programme management office will oversee delivery of the integration, having proven capability in delivering strategic cost initiatives.

    Principal Terms and Financing of the Acquisition(3)
    The headline enterprise value of R$580m (£120.8m), which through the use of a forward contract to satisfy the deferred consideration tranche, reduces to an effective enterprise value of R$545.4m at current R$:£ exchange rate of 4.80 (equivalent to £113.6m). The enterprise value comprises two stage payments each of R$193.8m, with second payment two years from completion and repayment of ebba debt of R$192.5m. This represents an effective 2014 EV/EBITDA multiple of 12.1X and a multiple of 12.9X based on headline enterprise value. The Acquisition is subject to fulfilment of closing conditions and it is anticipated the Acquisition will complete by the end of September.

    The consideration for the Acquisition, associated transaction costs, working capital and investment in the business will be partly funded from the proceeds of a non-pre-emptive cash placing (the “Placing”) of up to 12,361,455 new ordinary shares in the Company (representing up to 4.97 per cent of Britvic's existing issued ordinary share capital).

    The Acquisition incorporating the effects of the placing is expected to be marginally dilutive to EPS in the first two years of ownership. Thereafter the Acquisition is then expected to become EPS accretive from year 3. It is also expected to exceed the Britvic WACC from year 4 onwards.

    Following the Placing, the impact on expected leverage at the 2015 year end is anticipated to be broadly neutral taking into account completion of the Acquisition and the payment of the initial consideration, repayment of existing ebba debt and associated transaction costs.

    Britvic will acquire ebba from members of the Tavares de Melo family, a group of industrialists with numerous business interests in Brazil.
    (Britvic Plc)
    28.07.2015   SABMiller confirms Domenic De Lorenzo as Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news The board of SABMiller plc intends to appoint Domenic De Lorenzo (photo) as an executive director and as Chief Financial Officer with effect from the conclusion of the forthcoming annual general meeting, to be held on 23 July 2015.

    Domenic, currently Director of Group Strategy and Corporate Development and a member of the Group’s executive committee, has been the acting Chief Financial Officer since 19 February 2015.

    John Manser, Chairman, said: “The board considered a number of high quality internal and external candidates, and concluded that Domenic was the best-qualified for the role. He has a strong track record in his previous positions within the group, which has given him deep experience of developing our business and our people, and shaping our strategy. He is a highly capable executive and will be a valuable addition to the board.”

    Alan Clark, Chief Executive, said: “Dom proved an outstanding candidate for appointment as chief financial officer and will hit the ground running after a strong five months acting in the role. He has quickly made a positive impact and built a high level of credibility and community in our finance team, and with our senior business leaders, our executive committee, and our board. I look forward to continuing to work with Dom as we pursue our vision to make SABMiller the most admired beverage company in the world.”

    Domenic De Lorenzo assumed responsibility in August 2014 for group strategy alongside his previous responsibilities as Director of Corporate Finance and Development. He is a chartered accountant by training, and has been closely involved in the Group’s finance strategy since his appointment to the Group’s executive committee in 2011. He is a 19-year veteran of the group, having originally joined SABMiller's corporate finance team in 1996 from UAL Investment Bank in South Africa. During his career with SABMiller, he has been involved in many of its key transactions, including Pilsner Urquell, Miller Brewing Company, Peroni, Bavaria, Grolsch, the formation of the MillerCoors joint venture and the Foster’s acquisition.

    Domenic De Lorenzo is not currently a director of any listed company. There is no information required to be disclosed pursuant to LR 9.6.13 (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules.
    -Domenic’s remuneration on appointment as an executive director will be set in accordance with the company’s approved remuneration policy. Further details will be disclosed following confirmation of his appointment on 23 July 2015 after a board meeting to be held that day.
    -In accordance with the company’s articles of association, Domenic will submit himself for election by shareholders at the company’s next annual general meeting in July 2016.
    (SABMiller plc)
    27.07.2015   Ardagh Group Debuts 64 Ounce Growler    ( Company news )

    Company news Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a division of Ardagh Group and a leading producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the United States, announced the debut of its American made 64oz Growler.

    Brewpubs, breweries and grocery stores around the country are cashing in on the growing popularity of growlers, a term that dates back to the 19th Century when fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one's home in a small galvanized pail. According to BeerAdvocate, the Growler term originated from the sound CO2 made when it escaped from the lid as the beer sloshed around, making a growling sound.

    Unique within the craft beer industry, Ardagh Group’s Growler has a three-finger handle for gripping ease. Additionally, it has a fill-line capacity indicator, noting the appropriate six percent headspace allotment to help prevent overfilling.
    (Ardagh Glass Inc.)
    27.07.2015   Asia: Thailand moves further in countering growing demand for alcohol    ( )

    Thailand will ban alcohol sales near universities and technical colleges, putting the nation at the forefront of efforts in Asia to curb consumption, Bloomberg reported on July 23.

    Under amendments to the Alcohol Control Act endorsed by the government on July 22 and to be implemented nationwide late next month, bars, clubs and retailers will be prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages within a 300-meter (328 yards) radius of colleges. The measures are aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and tackling alcohol-related problems, including underage sex, the Ministry of Public Health said.

    Thailand is moving further than other governments in countering growing demand for alcohol in Asia and the Pacific, the fastest-growing beer market for brewer Heineken NV. The World Health Organization has called for a 10 percent reduction in the harmful use of alcohol by 2025 from 2010 levels, implicating it in more than 200 diseases and injury conditions that the UN agency says kill about 3.3 million people a year.

    “Thailand has the strongest tradition of trying to curb alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related harms,” said Juergen Rehm, professor and chair of addiction policy at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

    Thailand’s government has a taxation mechanism that “enables them to tax the hell out of any beverage which is attractive to youth,” said Rehm, who has worked with Thai authorities on alcohol programs for the past decade.

    Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, China and some states of India have also introduced policies over the past few years to sap alcohol demand. Beer sales in Vietnam have been climbing at at least double the pace of gross domestic product growth the past five years and have averaged 6.2 percent annually across the region since 2009, according to Euromonitor International.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world’s largest brewer, opened a brewery near Ho Chi Minh City in May, bolstering its supplies of Budweiser and Beck’s beer.

    “Asia Pacific is now the third largest zone of AB InBev in terms of volume, and Vietnam is considered the next turning point for us in Southeast Asia,” said Michel Doukeris, the Belgian brewer’s Asia-Pacific president, at an opening ceremony. The plant will eventually produce as much as 1 million hectolitres a year of the amber liquid.

    Asia-Pacific will contribute more than 70 percent of global beer growth in the next five years, Heineken’s regional president, Roland Pirmez, told a conference in March 2014, citing Canadean projections.

    Per-capital alcohol consumption averaged 29 litres in the region in 2013, compared with 59 litres in Europe and 48 litres in the rest of the world, presenting “untapped growth potential,” Pirmez said. The Amsterdam-based company increased its stake in United Breweries Ltd., India’s biggest beermaker, to 42.1 percent on July 7, less than a week before opening a $60 million brewery near Yangon.

    Myanmar has no national policy or action plan to tackle alcohol and there is no legal requirement that alcohol advertisements and containers carry health warnings, the WHO said in its 2014 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health. Worldwide, more than a dozen countries had no legal minimum age for the consumption of alcohol.

    “This task of creating or strengthening a regulatory framework for alcohol turns out to be a task that countries ignore to their economic peril,” said David Jernigan, director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. The school was renamed in 2001 in honor of Bloomberg LP founder Michael Bloomberg, a major donor. “Alcohol can be a serious risk not just to health, but to development given that in much of the world it’s the leading cause of death and disability for people ages 15 to 49.”

    Thailand recognized this years ago and is now considered a “model worldwide” for its ability to combine research and community mobilization to “strengthen the national public health voice,” Jernigan said in an interview.

    Even still, the sales restrictions announced on July 22 may do little to stop people from enjoying a tipple if they really want one, and may have a “limited” impact on sales volumes, said Philip Gorham, an equities analyst with Morningstar Inc. in Amsterdam. Under existing regulations, retailers are also prohibited from selling alcohol between midnight and 11 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    “I see them essentially as PR stunts by governments attempting to appear to be doing something good for public health,” Gorham said in an e-mail. “The broader point, however, is that developing markets are catching up on the regulatory front, or at least making efforts to.”

    Taxation on alcohol has been used effectively in developed markets to limit consumption and “disruptive tax increases would be a risk to emerging market volumes,” Gorham added.

    After growing steadily for about 25 years, alcohol consumption plateaued in Thailand after the 2008 release of a national policy on alcohol that helped persuade more than two-thirds of Thais to abstain from booze, WHO data show.

    The Philippines introduced a so-called sin tax on cigarettes and alcohol in 2012 that’s increased the price of a litre of premium beer by 22 pesos (50 cents).

    India’s Kerala state in August enacted a law that would put it on the path to almost-complete prohibition in 10 years, the Press Trust of India reported in August. In mandates that only luxury hotels can sell liquor, and the number of state-run liquor and beer outlets will be cut by 10 percent a year. At least 400 bars attached to smaller hotels have already been shut after being denied licenses, and 300 may close soon.

    The regulatory and tax challenges in India are increasing, Gilles Bogaert, chief financial officer of Pernod Ricard SA, told analysts on a conference call in February. “The Indian market is not easy from a regulation and tax standpoint,” he said.

    Alcohol laws are becoming “more stringent” worldwide, said Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst with Euromonitor International, who sees the biggest risk for beverage companies coming from any further reduction in consumption in mature markets, where sales are flagging.

    “Any additional measures to cut down consumption will perhaps have a much bigger effect than in emerging markets, which are anyway moving in a more-or-less positive direction, as middle classes are advancing and consumers are trying to emulate Western drinking habits,” Malandrakis said.
    27.07.2015   Belgium & USA: Breweries Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. to ...    ( )

    ... combine operations

    Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will combine their U.S. operations, USA Today reported on July 17.

    “Many breweries team up to make collaboration beers, but Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker Brewing are making a full-scale, long-term collaboration by combining, but not integrating their organizations,” Duvel Moortgat USA president Simon Thorpe said in a statement accompanying the announcement.

    Paso Robles-based Firestone Walker Brewing will continue to make its own beers and operate independently under founders David Walker and Adam Firestone. The companies signed an agreement earlier this week and the transaction is expected to close later this year. Both firms are privately-owned; no financial details were disclosed.

    "The Firestone Walker Brewing and Duvel Moortgat families have combined forces to broaden their capacity and scope as brewers," said Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker Brewing in a joint statement. "Long admirers of each other's beers, culture and breweries, the two teams saw the perfect fit for an alliance. The partnership will allow Firestone Walker Brewing to develop our capacity across the US in a conservative and thoughtful way by consummating a lifelong tie with this family-owned international craft brewer, who continues their commitment to participating in the American Craft Revolution."

    This is the latest in several U.S. craft brewery acquisitions for Duvel Moortgat. The Belgian beer conglomerate acquired Boulevard Brewing Co. based in Kansas City and Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown.

    Duvel Moortgat will help Firestone Walker Brewing - the 16th largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association - as it expands its production and distribution. "The most important thing that we can do for Firestone Walker Brewing is to help David and Adam manage the exponential growth that their team and their brewery is experiencing right now by providing financial and production capacity to support them," said Duvel Moortgat USA president Simon Thorpe in a statement accompanying the release.

    “Duvel Moortgat, Boulevard Brewing, Brewery Ommegang and Firestone Walker Brewing will be able to collaborate at their various locations in the U.S.,” said Michel Moortgat, the CEO of Duvel Moortgat. "We share the same values; have a great mutual respect for each other's achievements and a deeply-held belief in exceptional quality as a platform for long-term success," Moortgat said. "Bringing Firestone Walker Brewing together with Boulevard Brewing, Brewery Ommegang, Duvel Moortgat and the other craft breweries in our family creates a stronger platform in the USA for us both."

    In a post on the Firestone Walker Brewing’s web site, the joint founders said that "Duval Moortgat’s investment is an elegant solution that will enable us to grow within a framework that meets our standards — all without losing focus on the trains that got us here."

    Well-respected Firestone Walker Brewing has increased production and distribution. David Walker said in an email that "we have our hands full in the West and pick our markets outside the West carefully. Our new partnership will help us visualize the future with a national footprint one day but that is still a long way off. Sales have been brisk for us the last few years."
    27.07.2015   Hong Kong: San Miguel Brewery’s Hong Kong subsidiary to develop and promote existing and ...    ( )

    ... new products following loss of distribution contract with AB InBev

    San Miguel Brewery’s Hong Kong-listed subsidiary will continue to develop and promote existing and new products to cushion the impact of the expiration and non-renewal of its distribution agreement with Anheuser-Busch, the world’s largest brewer, its parent company said.

    “The company will continue its current efforts in developing and promoting products under its own principal brands as well as the new premium/craft brands being distributed by the company,” San Miguel Brewery Inc. said.

    The Hong Kong-listed unit told its shareholders that in the first half of the year, it has incurred a consolidated net loss due to lower volume as a result of the termination of the agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev China Sales Co. Ltd and Anheuser-Busch InBev International.

    The company also attributed the loss to the fact that “the operating costs associated with the sales and marketing operations of the affected products are sustained, redirected and reinvested in the development of new premium/craft brands in the company’s portfolio. It is a key business strategy of the company to maintain a broad portfolio of brands.”

    The end of the distribution agreement, which was announced last year, closes more than 15 years of partnership between San Miguel and Anheuser-Busch.

    Anheuser-Busch has selected as its exclusive distributor Jebsen Beverage Co. Ltd, a Hong Kong-based distribution and marketing company that distributes imported premium beer brands in the Greater China region, the company said.

    With the end of the agreement, San Miguel no longer distributes Anheuser-Busch products under the brand names “Budweiser” and “Harbin” after Nov. 17 and “Beck’s,” “Boddingtons,” “Hoegaarden,” “Leffe,” “Lowenbrau” and “Stella Artois.”

    “The company is in the process of finalizing the interim results of the group for the six months ended June 30, 2015. The information contained in this announcement is only based on a preliminary assessment by the company on the unaudited consolidated management accounts of the group for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and the information currently available to the company which may be subject to further amendments. The company expects to announce its consolidated interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2015 on Aug. 5, 2015,” the Hong Kong unit said in its profit warning.
    27.07.2015   New Zealand & Brazil: New Zealand’s craft brewer Moa celebrating increase ...    ( )

    ... in shipments to Brazil

    A former AC Milan footballer is helping Brazil become a major growth market for New Zealand craft beer brewer Moa, reported on July 19.

    Moa has traditionally focused on New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Asian markets but Brazil has become a star performer for New Zealand's only NZX-listed brewer.

    Moa chief executive Geoff Ross said so far seven shipping containers carrying 200,000 bottles of Moa have been exported to Brazil.

    Moa's first exported to Brazil in 2012 but demand was now gathering pace with four containers sent since May.

    And the firm can thank former AC Milan footballer Marconi Albuquerque for the sales growth in what is South America's most populous country.

    Albuquerque's company, Oceania Group, acts as the Brazilian distributor for Moa.

    "He's hiring some young sales guys to hit the streets and he's getting some good wins," Ross said.

    Ross said Albuquerque was well connected and well funded.

    It was almost bemusing when the first container was sent to Brazil, he said.

    "But when it turned into seven containers it got our attention and we realized it was a proper distribution relationship."

    Moa had granted Albuquerque the rights to trade as Moa Brazil giving him greater credibility when selling to customers, Ross said.

    Albuquerque said he discovered Moa while living in New Zealand.

    After moving back to his homeland of Brazil and seeing the growth of the craft beer market there he identified an opportunity to sell Moa, particularly in the capital Rio de Janeiro, he said.

    "Brazil has a fascination with New Zealand, with so few New Zealand brands in Brazil," Albuquerque said.

    The craft beer segment in Brazil was expected to grow from 1.5 per cent to 5 per cent of total beer sales by 2020 and Brazil was the third largest consumer of beer in the world, Albuquerque said.

    Brazilian supermarket sales had driven the growth, with Moa being sold in high end chains Zona Sul and Super Prix, he said.

    Bars in beach destinations Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon were also serving Moa.

    Ross said Moa's Breakfast Beer had proven the most popular drop because it was a refreshing brew during the heat of the day.

    The Reserve Range and South Pacific IPA were also selling well, he said.

    Moa is also the official beer of the New Zealand Olympic team for Rio 2016 and will be the exclusive beer sponsor at the New Zealand Club in the Sheraton Hotel.

    The New Zealand Club would be where the New Zealand Olympic Committee host VIPs and dignitaries and where athletes would carry out official media duties and interviews, Ross said.

    Moa was the beer of the New Zealand Olympic team for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Sochi Winter Olympics.

    In London it took more than 21,000 bottles of Moa to Kiwi House.

    Ross said Australia was still the company's largest export market but Brazil was closing in on that.

    "It's not going to be far away if it keeps going like this.
    "We see it building, especially through to the Olympics next year."

    Ross said it was not until Albuquerque approached Moa to discuss a distribution deal that Brazil became a likely growth export market for the company.

    "It was never a target so yes it has come as a surprise."
    27.07.2015   USA & UK: Alltech purchases two UK brewers    ( )

    Alltech, the Nicholasville, Kentucky-based global nutritional giant, announced on July 16 a major expansion of its brewery division into the European market, Business Lexington reported.

    The company said it had purchased The Station Works Brewery in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, and Cumberland Breweries Ltd. in Great Corby, Cumbria, England. Officials said it is the first major expansion of Alltech’s brewing division outside the U.S.

    “We want to be one of the top 50 craft brewers in the world,” Alltech founder and CEO Pease Lyons, who was born in Ireland, said in a statement announcing the acquisitions.

    Alltech’s main business is related to animal nutrition and, increasingly, farm and livestock management. But the company has leveraged the company’s bedrock knowledge and expertise working with yeast, a main component of its feed products, into a leading role in the burgeoning craft brewing and distilling scenes.

    Alltech produces a variety of beer and spirits, including Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Town Branch Bourbon. With the new purchases come several new labels, including Finn Lager and Foxes Rock Ale.

    “These new purchases will allow us to develop already established European brands while at the same time introducing our Kentucky Ale range to new markets,” said Lyons.
    27.07.2015   World: SABMiller could attract larger AB InBev bid if it sells its stake in MillerCoors - analysts    ( )

    In the flurry of speculation over a possible acquisition of beer giant SABMiller by fellow brewing behemoth Anheuser-Busch InBev, many analysts assumed AB InBev would have to sell SABMiller’s stake in MillerCoors to make the deal palatable to regulators, St. Louis Business Journal posted on July 21.

    But not if SABMiller beats them to the punch.

    That idea was recently put forth by Harry Schuhmacher of Beer Business Daily. In a recent note, long time beverage industry analyst Caroline Levy of investment banking firm CLSA describes the idea of a pre-emptive sell-off of MillerCoors by SABMiller as “interesting” and writes that it could help the brewer negotiate a better price for itself if AB InBev ever does come calling with an offer.

    SABMiller owns a 58 percent stake in MillerCoors, the second biggest beer player in the U.S. market. A tie up with AB InBev, owner of the Budweiser brands, would combine the two largest U.S. players, which is why common wisdom has held that SABMiller’s stake in MillerCoors would have to be sold.

    But as Levy describes Schuhmacher’s thinking, if SABMillers sells its stake on its own, "it would have better leverage to negotiate an attractive price than in the forced sale that would come about in a potential ABI acquisition of SAB, with the incremental proceeds to SAB itself.”

    Levy points out that the risk to SABMiller comes if a buyout never comes from AB InBev. In that case, SABMiller would be left without a cash generator in the U.S.

    The merger buzz around AB InBev and SABMiller has died down considerably since its height last fall. Many pronounced the deal doomed after Brazilian private equity firm 3G announced in March a merger deal with Heinz-Kraft, whose size, analysts said, would make a deal for SABMiller financially difficult. 3G Capital co-founder Jorge Paulo Lemann is a board member and controlling shareholder in AB InBev. Morningstar analyst Philip Gorham wrote at the time, “We think it is unlikely that 3G would be willing and able to execute simultaneously on two substantial deals both from a financial and strategic perspective.”

    Analysts have thrown out various possibilities for an alternate mega merger for AB InBev, which is based in Belgium and has its North American headquarter in St. Louis. Among the alternatives discussed are liquor-and-beer seller Diageo and soft drink giant Pepsi.
    27.07.2015   World: SABMiller working on PET bottle that can increase beer shelf life    ( )

    Since September 2012, beer maker SABMiller has engaged with Trinity College Dublin to pursue research on a new type of PET bottle that can increase the shelf life of beer and keep it ‘fresh’, reported on July 21.

    Although the technology is being developed, the brewer believes commercialization will take another five years.

    Further, the brewer has also roped in CRANN – a nanoscience institute at the university to develop a new nanomaterial. The nanomaterial can stop oxygen ingress and the escape of CO2 which can prolong the shelf life of beer in plastic bottles.

    When this nanomaterial is added to plastic bottles, it makes them more impervious. This also aids in cost saving in terms of quantity of material required for manufacturing, and reduces the environmental impact of PET bottles.

    PET bottles for beer has been well received by customers due to its ease of use, lightweight and reclosable.
    24.07.2015   Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Ball's proposed acquisition of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... beverage can manufacturer Rexam

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed acquisition of Rexam (UK) by Ball Corporation is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the proposed transaction may reduce competition in the beverage can and aluminium bottle manufacturing industry in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Commission now has 90 working days, until 25 November 2015, to investigate in-depth the proposed acquisition and determine whether these initial concerns are founded. The opening of an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation.

    Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (photo), in charge of competition policy, commented: "Very many of us buy drinks in cans – they are convenient and used everywhere. It is therefore very important that the Commission makes sure that Ball's takeover of Rexam does not restrict effective competition and so risk price increases that could be passed on to consumers".

    Rexam and Ball are, respectively, the first and second largest beverage can manufacturers in the EEA and also the two market leaders worldwide. After the proposed takeover, their combined market shares would be very high at both EEA and regional level and only two other players would remain on the market. The Parties are also the two suppliers with the most extensive network of plants across the EEA. After the transaction, the Parties would own approximately two thirds of the plants located in Europe.

    The Commission’s concerns relate to the supply of beverage cans and aluminium bottlesthroughout the EEA. Customers of Ball and Rexam include both large and small manufacturers of beer, carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, juices and water as well as bottlers working under contract with drinks manufacturers.

    After its initial investigation the Commission considers that the remaining competitors would not pose a sufficient competitive constraint on the merged entity. The investigation also suggests that the ability to compete effectively requires both a certain minimum size and a widespread network of production facilities.

    Moreover, the industry is characterised by high entry barriers because of the need to ensure sufficiently large customer orders and the significant investment required to build a plant. This makes entry and expansion difficult in a relatively short period of time. The combination of the two largest players is therefore likely to result in price increases for customers and ultimately for consumers.

    The Commission will now investigate in depth the proposed transaction to determine whether these initial concerns are confirmed. The Commission will in particular examine the importance of having a sufficiently wide network of production facilities across the EEA and the barriers to entry and expansion.

    The transaction was notified to the Commission on 15 June 2015.
    (European Commission)
    24.07.2015   PepsiCo Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results and Increases Full Year Earnings Outlook    ( Company news )

    Company news Organic/core results
    -Organic revenue grew 5.1 percent
    -Core gross margin expanded 115 basis points
    -Core EPS was $1.32
    -Core constant currency EPS increased 11 percent

    Reported (GAAP) results
    -Net revenue declined 6 percent reflecting a 10-percentage-point impact of adverse foreign currency translation
    -Gross margin expanded 105 basis points
    -EPS increased 3 percent to $1.33

    2015 outlook
    Core constant currency EPS growth target raised to 8 percent (previously 7 percent)
    -Foreign exchange translation expected to adversely impact core earnings per share by 11 percentage points
    -On track to deliver approximately $1 billion productivity savings and $8.5 to $9 billion cash returns to shareholders

    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) reported organic revenue growth of 5.1 percent and core earnings per share of $1.32 for the second quarter.

    "PepsiCo achieved strong financial performance in the second quarter. We delivered mid-single digit organic revenue growth, strong gross margin expansion and double-digit core constant currency EPS growth. Based on our year-to-date results and positive momentum in the businesses, we are increasing our full-year core constant currency EPS growth target to 8 percent," said Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi (photo).

    "Our results also reflect our keen focus on innovation, brand building and marketplace execution. Through scientific R&D and strategic insights, we are developing sustainable innovation to offer consumers the range of food and beverage choices they're looking for and creating a powerful platform for growth. As a result, we continue to drive growth for our retail partners. Notably, in the second quarter, PepsiCo was once again the largest contributor to retail sales growth in the U.S., our largest market, among all food and beverage manufacturers, with over $400 million of retail sales growth in all measured channels.

    "The macroeconomic environment around the world remains volatile and foreign exchange headwinds persist in many of our international markets. The steps we are taking to manage our businesses responsibly - such as taking pricing actions and optimizing our global sourcing - are clearly contributing to high-quality top and bottom-line year-to-date results and position us well for the remainder of 2015.

    "Additionally, our emphasis on productivity continues to help fund investments in our business while also contributing to our margin improvement. We remain on track to deliver our 5 year, $5 billion productivity savings through 2019.

    "We believe we have the right strategies in place to continue delivering strong constant currency operating results and healthy cash returns to shareholders."
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
    24.07.2015   Why truth feels better: New DMA Generation M density meters    ( Company news )

    Company news “Truth Feels Better”. With this theme, Anton Paar launches a new version of the company’s flagship product family – the DMA Generation M density and concentration meters. The systems’ world-leading accuracy and operating concept have now been enhanced by an entirely new user-friendly look and feel.

    Density and concentration meters have been a point of pride at Anton Paar ever since the company produced the world’s first digital density meter in 1967. Decades of development later, Anton Paar now offers the world’s most accurate density meter, DMA 5000 M. Building on this, the focus in developing the latest DMA Generation M models was on offering users even more convenience and safe operation. The following benefits are unique to DMA 4100 M, DMA 4500 M and DMA 5000 M.

    PCAP touchscreen
    The 10.4” touchscreen employs projected capacitive technology (PCT/PCAP) for a state-of-the-art user experience. Operation is easy, even when wearing gloves. One main screen tells users what they need to know even from a distance, thanks to adaptable font sizes.

    DMA Generation M density meters automatically detect filling errors or bubbles in the sample in real time, alert users and document the incident. Correct sample filling is ensured, regardless of the conditions.

    Users can check their sample filling process via a high-quality image of the whole measuring cell on the instruments’ screen or recall stored images of the entire filled-in sample at any later time. The stored images allow users to later verify correct sample filling and measurements, particularly when using automatic sampling systems.

    ThermoBalance™ eliminates the need for multi-temperature calibrations and allows for quick and accurate measurements at very different temperatures. Owing to the systems’ compact mechanical setup, drifts due to temperature stress are compensated even when samples are filled at temperatures very different from the measuring temperature. Stable readings are provided over extended periods of time.

    Viscosity correction
    The sample’s viscosity causes damping of the oscillating U-Tube, which would normally reduce the achievable repeatability and accuracy of the measurement. To avoid this effect, DMA Generation M meters automatically correct the viscosity influence on the measured density over the full range of densities, viscosities and temperatures. Systematic errors due to the sample’s nature are eliminated.

    In summary, Anton Paar’s new DMA Generation M density meters embody technological leadership combined with innovative user-oriented concepts.
    (Anton Paar GmbH)
    23.07.2015   European paper and beverage carton industries welcome European Parliament's views on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...renewable and recyclable materials

    European paper and beverage carton industries welcome European Parliament’s views on renewable and recyclable materials

    On Thursday 9 July, the European Parliament gave a clear message to the European Commission to address crucial issues in an ambitious circular economy package. These include ending the landfill and incineration of recyclable waste, applying mandatory separate collection schemes and making the bio-economy an integral part of the circular economy.

    The European paper and beverage carton industries have called upon the European Commission for a long time to support the industry’s efforts in further improving recycling, but also to extend the scope of the circular economy package from reducing waste to including measures that foster responsible sourcing of raw materials and particularly promote the use of responsibly sourced renewable materials.

    Marco Mensink (photo), CEPI Director General says: “The European Parliament has now given a clear mandate for making the bio-economy an integral part of the circular economy. Renewability is nature’s way of circularity, clearly recognized by MEPs in their vote.”

    Bertil Heerink, ACE Director General adds: “A well-functioning circular economy will benefit from an increased use of renewable resources. We therefore welcome Thursday’s vote that underlines the importance of shifting from finite to renewable resources. We are looking forward to a constructive dialogue with the European Parliament on all topics related to the circular economy.”
    (CEPI aisbl)

    Company news ... GROWING MARKET DEMAND

    Carbonated soft drinks growth in Oman brings investment in Sidel Matrix™

    To meet the two-digit market growth from carbonated soft drinks consumers, Oman Refreshment Company (ORC), a franchisee of PepsiCo International, has recently acquired a new production line from Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, which will enable the Omani bottler to increase its production capacity.

    ORC operates in different categories of the food and beverage market in Oman. The carbonated soft drinks category is the company’s main focus, which includes Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7UP, to name but a few. ORC has an 89% market share of this category. According to industry estimates, carbonated soft drinks were the most consumed beverage items in Oman with 362.4 million litres recorded at the end of 2014, and a projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.3 per cent over the next five years.

    Since February 2015, ORC has been operating a Sidel MatrixTM Combi12 line which produces carbonated soft drinks in a 2.25 litre format at a speed of 18,000 bottles per hour. The new complete line, based on the cost-effective technology of the latest generation of Sidel Matrix equipment, will help the Omani company increase its bottling capacity through the reliable and proven Sidel Matrix system. “Our collaboration with Sidel started around 16 years ago. Since then, we have built a strong relationship based on mutual trust, reliability and efficiency,” said Youssef Ezzikhe, General Manager of ORC. “With the growing local demand for our products and carbonated soft drinks in general, we approached Sidel again to obtain a production line which will enable us to increase production, and eventually achieve a stronger competitive edge.”

    “One of the driving factors in our decision to choose Sidel again was the efficiency with which their machines operate and prompt response on after sales service. By using their machines, we will be able to increase production, cut cost and potentially reduce raw material consumption,” said Rosel Ocampo, Head of Operations at Oman Refreshment Company. Challenging the conventions of PET container production, the modular Sidel Matrix platform includes major technological improvements to meet the needs of the liquid packaging industry. It offers a wide range of possible configurations to cover any possible need, with each configuration delivering a high level of performance, along with a low environmental footprint.

    The line also offers significant potential to reduce the consumption of raw materials and costs, particularly in terms of the amount of PET material required to produce the bottles. Despite the challenges presented by the carbonation process in terms of the bottle format, lightweighting has been applied to the 2.25 litre bottles by Sidel’s Packaging Services team, part of the Sidel Services™ business unit. To produce the lightweighted bottles at high speed, an integrated blow-fill-cap solution - the Sidel Matrix Combi - was the obvious solution. Because of the neck-handling and positive transfer of bottles between blow moulding and filling, the Sidel Matrix Combi is not bound by the limitations imposed by air conveyors. Moreover, its overall efficiency, its compact size, ergonomic design, easy maintenance and lower energy consumption all contribute to cost reductions.

    “In order for us to extend our equipment and services to a wider audience, we’ve established a solid presence in the region, and we are delighted to see the continuous success and growth that our customers are achieving. By providing innovative solutions, we are enabling beverage producers to keep up with the growth in the industry in their local markets and also at the regional and global levels,” said Harbinder Kathuria, Regional Commercial Director, Greater Middle East and Africa Zone at Sidel.
    (Sidel International AG)

    Company news The difference between water and people is that water needs no encouragement at all to turn its energy into work! All you need is someone with the will to harness that energy. That's why hydro power is one of the longest established, most widely used, and indeed most reliable forms of renewable energy production.

    With the completion of major refurbishments to its hydro power plants, The KATZ Group has confirmed its commitment to a sustainable corporate strategy. Even before the modernization work, the company was covering 34 percent of its energy needs with its own renewable sources – so people are already enthusiastically awaiting the new figures! The KATZ Group expects its four highly efficient Kaplan turbines and generators to boost the amount of electricity produced by 1.23 million kilowatt hours a year, a figure roughly equivalent to the power consumption of some 300 homes.

    As well as installing new technology, the company has made further efforts to improve the ecology of the River Murg by making alterations designed to help fish navigate up and down the river. The 3.8 million euro investment has created a cost-effective and eco-friendly basis for meeting the challenges that lie ahead.

    Enthusiasm for the high quality of the project came from various bodies, including the Karlsruhe local government office, Rastatt district administration, and the municipality of Weisenbach, which owns the stretch of water. They expressed particular praise for the changes made to help fish navigate up and down the Murg, which have improved the overall ecology of the river.

    There was widespread satisfaction among the project participants with the skilful way in which the challenges of the project had been overcome.
    "That's why I would like to express my thanks to everyone involved – it was thanks to them that the project ran so smoothly and successfully," says Daniel Bitton.
    (Katz GmbH & Co. KG)
    22.07.2015   Neuschwansteiner - An exceptional beer. Cast in an elegant bottle    ( Company news )

    Company news SUBTLY EXPRESSIVE
    The exterior is subtly understated. But inside it’s a totally different story; Neuschwansteiner is a complex, expressive and thoroughly noble Edelmärzen. Its natural pureness is enhanced by a special refinement process: Handed down over generations, and adapted many times over the years, the Méthode Royale perfectly balances traditional purity and technical capabilities with an unprecedented taste experience.

    An outstanding beer. For an inspiring taste experience.
    Noble heritage, selected ingredients, specific refinements – Neuschwansteiner is an extraordinary Edelmärzen, created to enjoy in some of the world’s most exclusive locations.
    Combining effortlessly tradition and unconventionality, it creates an exceptional taste experience, not only meeting the highest demands, but exceeding them at the first sip.

    Neuschwansteiner is brewed to be enjoyed by discerning persons in aspirational places: at cultural events, star-rated restaurants and famous bars as well as in intimate circles of friends or at exuberant parties. Always where the action is, Neuschwansteiner stays true to itself. Just like you.
    (The World of Neuschwansteiner Holding GmbH & Co. KG)
    21.07.2015   HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, raises a toast to the 200th anniversary of his ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... favourite single malt at Laphroaig’s Islay distillery

    His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, recently visited the world famous Laphroaig Distillery on Islay in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the brand. Laphroaig, owned by Beam Suntory, is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bear a Royal Warrant and is known to be a firm favourite of the Prince, who led a toast to the anniversary by raising a dram of limited-edition Laphroaig 15 Year Old Single Malt.

    The visit is the third that the Duke has paid to Laphroaig over the last 25 years. The Royal Warrant was bestowed personally when he visited the distillery in 1994, and he returned as part of his 60th birthday celebrations in 2008.

    The Duke, who in Scotland uses his official Scottish title the Duke of Rothesay, was hosted by John Campbell, Distillery Manager of Laphroaig, Patrick Loudon McIain Stewart, Lord Lieutenant of Argyle & Bute and Mick Ord, Director of Scotch and Irish Whiskies at Beam Suntory. During the visit, he met a number of Laphroaig employees, filled, bunged and signed an ex-bourbon cask and was given a tour of the distillery. He also unveiled a plaque in the Friends of Laphroaig’s field to officially open a cairn (a traditional Scottish monument made of rough stones) commemorating the 200th anniversary. At the end of the tour, the Prince was presented with gifts, including branded ‘Friends of Laphroaig’ wellington boots and bottles of Laphroaig 15 Year Old.

    The Duke’s visit also marks the launch of The Laphroaig Legacy Fund, a charitable initiative aimed at supporting Islay’s people, community and environment in 2015. The Legacy Fund has been created to both celebrate the distillery’s past and help to secure the future of its community by supporting local projects and businesses that are promoting the sustainability of Islay living. This year, bottles and casks of 40 Year Old whisky signed during the Prince’s last visit will be auctioned to raise money for the fund. A corporate donation from Beam Suntory and £1 donation from every bottle of Laphroaig 21 Year Old and Cairdeas sold through the Laphroaig Visitor Centre and Online Shop in 2015 will also be put towards the fund. Following an application and selection process, a series of targeted grants will be issued to the successful beneficiaries; these could include community projects, environmental sustainability programmes or initiatives that enhance the skills sets of islanders.

    Laphroaig is also celebrating its 200th anniversary with limited edition commemorative releases of Laphroaig 15 Year Old, Laphroaig 32 Year Old, and Laphroaig 21 Year Old.

    John Campbell, Distillery Manager of Laphroaig, says, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Prince back to Laphroaig to commemorate what is a momentous year for our distillery and brand. We are extremely grateful for his ongoing support over the years, which has helped enable us to preserve the unique heritage of the Scottish whisky industry and to give back to our community. Our 200th anniversary is an opportunity for us to continue to support the region through The Laphroaig Legacy Fund, celebrate our position as an integral part of the local economy, and help ensure that the community of Islay can prosper into the future.”
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
    20.07.2015   Barry‐Wehmiller working to acquire the paper processing group of Bielomatik    ( Company news )

    Company news Barry‐Wehmiller Cos., Inc., capital equipment and engineering solutions leader, is moving toward acquiring the Bielomatik group associated with the paper processing product line of Bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG. They signed a letter of agreement this week, and expect the sale to be finalized in the upcoming months, once approval conditions are met.

    Bielomatik’s paper processing product line that cuts, binds, finishes and wraps paper will merge with BW Papersystems, headquartered in the USA, a global supplier to the paper and board sheeting; paper converting; and corrugating industries. BW Papersystems incorporates many of the successful brands: Will‐Pemco, MarquipWardUnited, SHM, Wrapmatic, Kugler‐Womako and Curioni.

    Bielomatik is globally known for its paper processing equipment including sheeters, and machines for wrapping, stacking and packing. Their paper processing group additionally manufactures stationery and binding machines incorporating all binding technologies used for the production of exercise books, in schools and business around the world.

    BW Papersystems offers state of the art technology for folio, cut size and digital sheeting and packaging machines, plus stationery, passport production and specialized paper converting applications. For the corrugating industry, customers can continue to rely on the well‐known brands MarquipWardUnited, Curioni and VortX. With manufacturing plants in USA and Europe, parts and service centers in the USA, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Shanghai plus an effective global team of aftermarket parts and field service, BW Papersystems offers a lasting commitment to its customers.

    BW Papersystems, with Bielomatik, will employ over 1,600 team members worldwide and is expected to generate revenue in excess of $400 million.
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
    20.07.2015   Beviale Moscow 2015: Start in new markets    ( Company news )

    Company news • For the first time: international trade fair with focus on the Eastern European beverages market
    • Unique: exhibition in Russia presents the entire value-added chain for the beverages industry
    • Note the date: 6 to 8 October 2015, Crocus Expo, Moscow

    Na sdorowje! That will be the message in early October in Moscow at the newly created Beviale Moscow from NürnbergMesse. The new offshoot of BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, the world’s most important trade fair for investment goods in the beverages industry this year, is concentrating on the Eastern European market and will be held for the first time from 6 to 8 October 2015 at the Crocus Expo Exhibition Centre in Moscow. The specialist range of products and services extends across the entire value-added chain of beverages production: from high-quality raw materials through to innovative technologies and tailor-made logistics up to creative marketing ideas. For the trade visitors from the Eastern European region Beviale Moscow offers the ideal platform enabling them to find individual solutions for their requirements at the event.

    “The new Beviale Moscow is unique in Eastern Europe”, says Thimo Holst, Project Coordinator, Beviale Moscow at NürnbergMesse. “It clearly sets itself apart from the previous beverages fairs in this market, as it covers the complete value-added chain of production in all the beverages segments. Up to now there has been no such event.” The Eastern European market is ready for a comprehensive exhibition of this kind. Edgar-George Petsche, Manager Market Zone Europe/CIS, KHS GmbH: “Every market has its highlight – and Beviale Moscow promises to be the trade fair highlight in Russia. For us it is clear that we must be part of this and are looking forward to meeting our customers in their market.”

    Eastern Europe the focal point
    Beviale Moscow sees itself as the gateway to the growth markets of Russia and its immediate neighbours. International and Russian suppliers – global players as well as small and medium-sized companies – make use of the three compact trade fair days in Moscow to present solutions covering all beverages segments in the areas of raw materials, technology, logistics and marketing to their customers at the event.

    NürnbergMesse is an experienced organizer in the international beverages industry. In 2014, BrauBeviale with 1,128 exhibitors and 37,200 visitors, was once again the meeting place for the European beverages specialist world. NürnbergMesse is thus bundling its know-how with the expertise of the honorary sponsors of Beviale Moscow, the Barley, Malt and Beer Union, Russia, and the Private Brauereien Deutschland e. V. (German Private Breweries Association). With this new trade fair it is offering the best possible opportunity for companies to position themselves within the Eastern European market in good time. Those companies, who would like to take the first step into the market, can also seize their opportunity and participate in the Beviale Pavilion with an all-in-one service package.
    20.07.2015   Z-Italia Labelling Machines    ( Company news )

    Company news Z-Italia offers a series of Roll Fed labelling machines with a capacity of 60,000 bottles/hour for wrap around labelling, with plastic labels on PET containers, glass or cans. Many features distinguish our company, such as:

    The shaft holding the knife rollers is a fusion of the same material of the outer support structure.
    This allows the elimination of differential thermal problems caused by temperature degradation.
    Z-Italia guarantees a perfect cutting efficiency with changes in temperature including a low use of knives.
    Z-Italia guarantees 200.000.000 cuts without replacing knives.

    Tension control of film is produced by a linear tensioner driven by a pneumatic actuator that controls the changes of a sledge positioned on bearings surrounded by spheres.
    This is an accurate system that maintains a constant tension over the entire range of change, even with very thin films with low heights.
    The minimum voltage variation are recorded and transmitted immediately to the brushless motors that adjust the performance of the reels.
    (Z-Italia srl)
    17.07.2015   APPE Sale to Plastipak Confirmed    ( Company news )

    Company news Plastipak Packaging confirms that following the approval granted by the European Commission under the EU Merger Act on June 11th, the sale of APPE to Plastipak Packaging Inc. is now complete. APPE is rebranded Plastipak Packaging with immediate effect.

    William C. Young (photo), CEO of Plastipak Packaging, stated “Plastipak is pleased to welcome APPE under the banner of Plastipak Packaging. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Plastipak’s position in Europe and provide a solid platform for further growth into surrounding regions. Our competitive advantage includes Packaging Innovation Centers which supply and service our Direct Object Printing systems, ThermoShape and ThermaLite technologies, multi-layer barrier containers and E-Pet with fully integrated handles, to name only a few.” He went on to say, “The combination of the strong leadership teams of both companies, positions Plastipak to be the global leader in rigid packaging, through engaged hearts and minds.”

    Martin Hargreaves is appointed Managing Director, Europe which now comprises fifteen (15) production facilities, spanning twelve (12) countries throughout the Europe region. Martin’s leadership has been effective in driving Organizational Capabilities and has navigated APPE through challenging conditions.

    Frank Pollock, Plastipak’s President of International Operations and CCO stated “Through combining APPE’s strong technical innovations and the global technology reach of Plastipak, we will better serve our customers’ global product needs and facilitate our expansion into new markets. Our commitment is to bring overall value to our customers through material efficiency, container design, innovative products and unlimited options for the use of recycled products.”

    We wish to thank our customers as well as the APPE and Plastipak management teams who have worked so hard to make our two companies become one.
    (Plastipak Holdings Inc.)
    17.07.2015   Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news From a boiler manufacturer to a system supplier

    This year Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary. The company started as a small boiler manufacturer under the Loos family name. In the past decades it developed to a the leading global system supplier for industrial boilers. Since its foundation the company time and again revolutionised the heat and process energy technology in the large performance range: New and further developments continuously improved the efficiency and the durability of boiler systems.

    The product range today comprises in addition system combinations with integration of combined heat and power units and renewable energies as well as products for waste heat utilisation. Internally developed, intelligent controls and web-based remote functions facilitate a higher energy efficiency and provide for an optimum interaction of different energy generators. Passion for power – this is our guiding principle. "We are building on a solid foundation that we have created in the past decades. For the future it is of high importance to use and to network energy much more efficiently. To achieve this we are developing concepts, we are offering system solutions and we are conducting research and development," explains Markus Brandstetter, managing director of Bosch Industriekessel GmbH.

    The history of the company begins in 1865, when Philipp Loos founded the "Dampf-Kessel-Fabrik PH. LOOS" in Neustadt an der Weinstraße (Palatinate). In 1917 today's headquarters in Gunzenhausen (Bavaria) came into being in order to develop a series production of vertical steam and hot water boilers. The boilers from Loos proved to be successful on the market. New production locations were established in Schlungenhof near Gunzenhausen in 1958 and four years later in Bischofshofen, Austria.

    Advantage through innovation
    In 1952 Loos developed and patented the horizontal three-pass flame tube/smoke tube boiler with internal water-flushed rear flue gas reversing chamber – today market standard worldwide. During the course of its history the boiler manufacturer brought further innovations on the market that today still are setting benchmarks in the industry. In 1977, for example, the company developed a fully automatic water level control for a 72-hour operation without permanent supervision. Further procedures and boiler system modules e.g. for water treatment, heat recovery and PLC-based control technology followed. These components optimised not only boiler operation but also greatly facilitated system planning and installation.

    High quality boilers from Germany and Austria
    In the past, boiler pressure vessels were laboriously joined with rivets. The introduction of the welding technique at the beginning of the 20th century lead to significant quality improvements and optimised working processes. In 1966 Loos introduced automation into production and as the world's first boiler manufacturer the company used an numerically controlled flame cutting machine for plate cutting. Today state-of-the-art-manufacturing and testing facilities, welding robots, laser cutting machines and X-ray chambers in connection with the expertise of the specially trained employees ensure the highest in quality and perfection. Up to 1 800 customised industrial boilers per year with transportation weights of up to 108 tons leave the production facilities in Germany and Austria.

    Globally active
    Over 115 000 systems in more than 140 countries: When Bosch Industriekessel talks about its market today, then this is a trip around the world. In the 1980s already first sales subsidiaries were established outside Europe, for example in Asia. Due to the continuous expanison of our sales and service networks at home and abroad the export share currently makes up more than 60 percent.

    The 150th anniversary – a joint success
    150 years after the foundation of the company Bosch Industriekessel looks back with pride on this eventful history, characterised by technical revolutions and innovations. The partnership and the trustful cooperation with planners and plant construction companies as well as the expertise and the passion of around 700 employees have significantly contributed to this success.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
    17.07.2015   Innovation award for KHS    ( Company news )

    Company news The KHS Group is heralded as one of the most innovative companies in Germany. On June 26 the international manufacturer of filling and packaging systems was rewarded for its successful innovation management at the 2015 German SME Summit [Deutscher Mittelstands-Summit] in Essen. The Top 100 Award was ceremoniously presented to the company during a festive event staged at the Colosseum Theater.

    Photo: Award mentor and well-known scientific journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar (center) presents the Top 100 Award to Rolf Staab, head of KHS' Central Human Resources Division (right), and Dr. Peter Stelter, head of Technology Management for KHS (left).

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS GmbH, says, "We're very pleased to be named a top innovator of 2015. Innovation management enjoys a very high status at KHS and is of great importance for the success of our company group worldwide. Here, we always also rely on the ideas and commitment of our employees. I would like to voice my thanks to them for their large part in the award we've now won."

    Personnel development strengthens innovative power
    KHS believes it is very important to create a climate within the company which encourages innovation. Certain groups of employees, for instance, are able to use 10% of their work time to develop their own ideas. Inventor compensation and premiums act as additional incentives and are intended to encourage personnel to submit suggestions for improvements and innovations. The many topics covered by KHS campus, the further training platform for KHS employees, include personnel development courses on various innovation skills, such as seminars on creativity techniques and method expertise.

    KHS' international Engineer4Future trainee program also offers extensive schooling on products and projects and provides expertise designed to encourage thought and action across the corporate interfaces. The program is primarily geared towards engineering graduates with a PhD who have studied electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information technology or similar subjects. Right from the start trainees gain international practical experience and an overall understanding across the departments for the demands made of KHS products and services, enabling them to build up a personal network. The key competence they gain during the course is a win/win situation for both sides: the trainees benefit and KHS' global competitiveness is increased. One of the program's current team projects deals with the development of a crowd sourcing concept destined to strengthen the management of knowledge, ideas and innovation throughout the company.

    Pioneering technological feats
    There are many examples of innovative power and innovative success to be found within the KHS Group. One major issue is lightweighting which has resulted in the design of pioneering beverage packaging. For instance, extremely lightweight PET bottles yield many benefits for both beverage producers and consumers with their optimum combination of economy, market acceptance and product quality. Another future-proof KHS innovation of note is the Nature MultiPack™ packaging system which has won the National German Sustainability Award. It does away with the need for film materials for beverage packs, thus enabling resources to be conserved and the amount of waste produced by consumers to be reduced in the long term.

    The company is also a technological pioneer with its KHS everywhere app. With it customers can retrieve information on the status of their filling and packaging lines or single machines on their smartphone – at any time and wherever they are in the world.
    (KHS GmbH)
    16.07.2015   Sprite Cans Sport Lyrics from Hip-Hop Legends    ( Company news )

    Company news Sprite has been thinking of a master plan, one that will share the message with their fans to know yourself, know your worth and that the world is yours. The Sprite “Obey Your Thirst” campaign is back with refreshed packaging that features inspiring lyrics and a campaign that is supposed to lyrically represent its involvement in hip-hop culture.

    Sprite will kick off the summer with the introduction of the “Obey Your Verse” Lyrical Collection featuring 16 limited-edition collectible cans boasting popular and inspirational lyrics from hip-hop artists Drake, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Rakim. Through the collector’s series, the brand is celebrating well-known artists who have followed their own path and stayed true to themselves.

    The rap superstars' inspirational lyrics will appear on individual 12- and 16-ounce cans, 20-ounce bottles, and 12-, 20- and 24-packs of 12-ounce cans, which are available now in stores nationwide through the end of summer.

    The Sprite “Obey your Verse” Lyrical Collection will mark the latest evolution in its Obey Your Thirst® campaign, which originated in 1994. As a pioneer, Sprite has been a longstanding supporter of hip-hop culture as one of the first brands to recognize and fuel the voice of the popular genre. Over the years, campaign creative has featured hip-hop icons like A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Grand Puba, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, as well as contemporary greats like Drake, Nas, Missy Elliott, Common and Fat Joe. Through its creative, Sprite continues to celebrate those that demonstrate “Obey Your Thirst” through their own journeys.

    “Sprite recognized and respected the power of hip-hop early, and it became a part of the brand's essence decades ago," said Kimberly Paige, Vice President, Sprite Brands and Flavors, Coca-Cola North America. "By honoring and recognizing great lyricism from some of the genre's biggest icons on our product packaging, we're demonstrating how Sprite continues to support hip-hop artists that remain true to themselves.”

    With more exciting plans on the way, Sprite has a jam-packed summer to continue to salute those that demonstrate “Obey Your Thirst” through their own journeys.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
    16.07.2015   Standard systems for complex control tasks    ( Company news )

    Company news At present, control valves are increasingly becoming the focus of a wide variety of applications. In order to provide the customer with a simple selection guide, GEMÜ has now summarized all the relevant components of a control system under the term Process Control System, or PCS.

    The PCS type combines the standard GEMÜ control valves with mounting kit, piping system and positioner. In this way, the customer has the option of ordering the appropriate control system and all the necessary components quickly and without error. Each nominal size has two regulating cones (linear and equal-percentage) to choose from as standard.
    The operators for the GEMÜ 554 (plastic), GEMÜ 514 (aluminium) and GEMÜ 550 (stainless steel) series are available in the form of actuators.
    GEMÜ 1434, 1435 and 1436 have been integrated into the PCS as controllers. The standard versions of each controller are regarded as basic versions. The GEMÜ 514, 530, 532, 534, 550 and 554 series contain the nominal size range of DN 15 to DN 50. The GEMÜ 536 globe valve covers the nominal size range of DN 65 to DN 150.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    15.07.2015   Differential pressure gauge for process engineering    ( Company news )

    Company news The new AFRISO magnetic piston pressure gauges MAG 80 I Dif and MAG 100 I Dif are designed for differential pressure measurement at very high static pressure up to PN 400. They can be used with gaseous and liquid, non-adhesive media which are not highly viscous as well as with critical, corrosive media. The pressure gauges are suitable, for example, for monitoring filter elements and pumps in process engineering applications. The magnetic piston pressure gauge MAG 80/100 I Dif (Ø 80 mm or 100 mm) with degree of protection IP 65 features a very compact, robust stainless steel measuring system. The pressure gauges are highly leak-resistant since the pressure chamber and the display are mechanically completely separated. The massive connection block has two lateral female G¼ standard connections; other connection types and process connections can also be provided. The differential pressure gauge can be factory-equipped with an adjustable electrical contact (Reed contact). MAG 80/100 I Dif is suitable for ambient temperatures from 0 °C to 80 °C and for temperatures of the medium of up to 80 °C. The measuring ranges reach from 0/0.25 bar to 0/70 bar; the accuracy is ± 2 % of the full scale value. MAG 80/100 I Dif is available with an optional 3-hole fixing bezel for panel mounting, a mounting plate for wall mounting and a fixing clamp for 2" pipes. MAG 80/100 I Dif can be further customised, for example with an acrylic glass window pane, brass, stainless steel or Monel connection blocks, glycerine filling, maximum pointer, special scales, other seal materials or a filter in the plus connection. On request, the dial comes with a customer logo.
    15.07.2015   KHS continues to grow in 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news -Service business expanded further
    -Countless innovations ready for market
    -Positive outlook for 2015

    KHS GmbH can look back on a very successful business year; in 2014 the manufacturer of filling and packaging systems for the beverage, food and non-food industries increased its sales by 5.8% to €1.08 billion. This was chiefly thanks to the expansion of its service business which the company is continuing to build up this year. With many innovations KHS also cemented its position as one of the market and technology leaders in the last year.

    „We're very pleased with how the last business year has gone and will continue to set course for innovation and growth," states Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer (photo), CEO of KHS GmbH. Business was especially good in Europe, with the company generating 35.3% of sales on its home continent (previous year: 32.8%). Other regions throughout the world also helped to promote growth at KHS, with the Middle East and Africa making up a 15.7% share of total sales, Asia and Pacific accounting for 23.8% and USA and Latin America for 25.2%. The total order entry was still at a high level of about €1.1 billion as of December 31, 2014.

    This renewed growth is not just attributable to KHS' project business but also to the fact that the systems manufacturer has expanded its service business. Thanks to the establishment of the new KHS World Logistics Center with its larger stock in Dortmund, Germany, KHS customers are now profiting from a higher availability of spare parts, faster logistics and shorter delivery times. The company also increased its warehousing capacities at other locations, such as Shanghai, in order to further optimize the international supply of spare parts. The new local presence of various KHS companies – KHS East Africa Ltd. in Kenya, KHS Panamericana SpA. in Chile and the service base in Dubai, to name but three – also increases worldwide coverage by KHS service engineers.

    Innovations cement market leadership
    With such a positive corporate development behind it KHS is continuing to strive towards its vision of becoming technological leader. One pioneering invention in the company portfolio is the world's lightest 0.5-liter PET bottle for highly carbonated beverages with a screw cap and a weight of just 10.9 grams. In mass production a reduction in weight and material of this magnitude soon yields a financial saving that goes into six figures (in €). This technology is being successively transfered to other segments, too; recently a 1-liter bottle for milk and mixed milk beverages weighing just 20 grams was readied for market. "This approach is of great interest to both existing and new customers, as our rising number of inquiries shows," explains Niemeyer.

    The high level of the research and development work being carried out by KHS is not least manifested in the company being presented with the 2014 German Packaging Award. The innovations to win the prize were the Direct Print Powered by KHSTM bottle printing process, currently at the prototype stage, and the sustainable Nature MultiPackTM packaging system. At the beginning of the year the KHS Innofill Glass bottling system again received the internationally coveted certificate for energy-efficient machines and systems from TÜV SÜD in Munich, Germany, in accordance with TÜV SÜD's energy and media efficiency standard. A further highlight of 2014 is the newly developed Plasmax+ coating technology process which gives beverages and liquid foods with a higher pH of 4.5 or more better long-term stability.

    Positive outlook for 2015
    KHS is expecting further growth with its future-oriented technologies in 2015. One of the projects KHS is forging ahead with is its Bottles & Shapes™ program, for instance. This holistic service for the development of bottle designs is aimed at increasing product quality and economy when bottling beverages. Bottles & Shapes™ was in especially great demand from KHS customers in 2014, echoed in the record growth in blow mold production of 25% compared to 2013. Other established systems, such as the Innofill Can DVD can filler with an output of 132,000 cans per hour, are also seen as growth factors for the future.
    (KHS GmbH)
    14.07.2015   Beam Suntory to launch new premium bourbon: Jim Beam Kentucky Dram    ( Company news )

    Company news Beam Suntory is to launch Jim Beam Kentucky Dram, a premium bourbon infused with highland Scotch whisky. Inspired by the brand’s adventurous forefathers, the distillers who travelled from Scotland, Jim Beam Kentucky Dram is a limited edition which will drive interest in premium bourbons, a focus for growth in the category.

    The new product, which is to be released exclusively in global travel retail and appear in store from July, is made with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey expertly blended with a touch of peaty Highland Scotch, resulting in the time-honoured taste of Jim Beam with a hint of something new. At 40% ABV, the smokey flavour of the Scotch enriches the smooth vanilla and oaky notes of the bourbon. It is recommended to be served neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, such as a Dram Manhattan.

    Encased in a premium gift tin, Jim Beam Kentucky Dram commands standout on shelf and introduces consumers to the seven generations of Jim Beam master distillers since 1795. The packaging tells the story of T Jeremiah Beam who took on the family business in 1943 and travelled the world, fulfilling his ambition to bring a taste of home to Americans stationed abroad, transforming the brand forever.

    Beam Suntory’s Marketing Director, Michael Cockram says: “We are committed to inspiring consumers to discover the rich history of Jim Beam, the #1 bourbon in the world. Jim Beam Kentucky Dram celebrates Jim Beam’s globetrotting heritage, honouring in particular its Scottish ancestry.

    “Bourbon is growing at a phenomenal rate across the globe and with our retail partners we are committed to building the category, focusing on premiumisation, enhancing the shopping experience and educating drinkers on bourbon’s heritage.

    “The launch of this product will provide not only something unique for consumers in travel retail but also elevate bourbon, by inviting consumers who already enjoy it to explore the category at a higher level.”

    Beam Suntory has one of the largest whisk(e)y portfolios globally, comprising leading brands across bourbon, Japanese, Irish and Canadian whiskies and Scottish malts and blends.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
    14.07.2015   GEA acquires leading supplier of hygienic pumps    ( Company news )

    Company news GEA has acquired Hilge, a leading supplier of hygienic pumps, especially stainless steel pumps for food and beverage applications. The company is based at Bodenheim, Germany and generated with about 150 employees revenues of more than EUR 35 million in fiscal year 2014. Hilge’s product range is complementary to the offering of GEA’s flow components portfolio. The transaction remains subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities.

    “With the acquisition of Hilge, we continue implementing our M&A strategy to fill technological gaps by acquiring accretive specialist companies which complement our product portfolio”, commented Juerg Oleas (photo), CEO of GEA. “Hilge strengthens our position as a leading supplier of equipment and provider of solutions in hygienic and aseptic process environments.”

    “Hilge has been a part of the Grundfos Group since 2004. Nevertheless, the increased focus for Grundfos on core business has led to the conclusion that the sanitary business is not a strategic focus area. GEA is a strong strategic fit for Hilge with strong synergies expected given GEA’s focus on the processing industry, including food and beverage. Everyone wins! GEA expands in its focus area, Grundfos concentrates on its core business, and Hilge joins an organization where it will play a strong strategic role”, says Executive Vice President Lars Aagaard, Head of Business Development of Grundfos.
    (GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)
    13.07.2015   Brazil: Ambev announces acquisition of craft brewer Colorado    ( )

    Ambev SA, Brazil's largest drinks company, said on July 7 it had bought craft brewer Colorado for an undisclosed sum, continuing its new strategy of buying premium brands amid stagnant sales volumes in South America's biggest beer market.

    Ambev, the Brazilian unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, snatched up Brazilian craft brewer Wäls in February, folding it into its higher-end Bohemia division. In May, Ambev bought Colombia's largest craft brewer, the Bogotá Beer Company.

    Shares of Ambev retreated 0.2 percent to 19.10 reais on July 7. The stock is up 23 percent this year.

    Colorado is based in the interior of Brazil's Sao Paulo state and exports its beers, often flavored with coffee, honey or nuts, to France and the United States. The brewer, which was founded in 1996 by businessman Marcelo Carneiro, had revenue of about 19 million reais ($5.96 million) last year, according to analysts.
    13.07.2015   Level indicator TankControl 10    ( Company news )

    Company news The new AFRISO TankControl 10 level indicator is designed for continuous level measurement in fuel oil, diesel and water tanks with liquid levels from 1 to up to 4 m. The level indicator consists of a control unit with a graphical display and a submersible probe with pressure measuring cell. The level is measured, stored and converted on a daily basis. This allows for monitoring current consumption values and evaluating consumption behaviour over the last 5 years. The archived data give the user the opportunity to respond acyclically to fuel price fluctuations and refuel when prices are falling. The high-resolution graphical display shows the consumption, the current volume of liquid in the tank (litres, m³, % or liquid level), the last re-fuelling date and and how long the remaining supplies are likely to last. In conjunction with an optional second submersible probe, the system can also be used in communicating tanks (for example, in battery tanks). If an adjustable level difference between probe 1 and probe 2 is exceeded, the system triggers an alarm to help avoid inadvertent overfilling of a tank. When the level falls below or exceeds an adjustable minimum or maximum value, the control unit triggers visual and audible alarms (must be acknowledged). Commissioning is fast and easy since the system is operated via clear menus and standard tank shapes are stored in the device. The control unit can be mounted at a distance of up to 15 m away from the tank; it is supplied with AC 230 V. Two relays are provided to transmit the signals to level controllers or additional alarm equipment such as the AFRISO EMS 220/442 event reporting systems or for integration into building control systems. For additional minimum/maximum or backflow alarms, for example in rainwater harvesting systems, you can also connect a floating probe. The new hydrostatic level indicator is suitable for fuel oil EL, L, diesel fuel, FAME 100 % as biodiesel (EN 14214), water (no drinking water) and similar liquids; it can be used in flood hazard areas.
    13.07.2015   Portugal: Carlsberg launches 6% ABV Carlsberg Nox    ( )

    Danish beer giant Carlsberg has launched Carlsberg Nox, a new beer with 6% alcohol content based on a specific variety of hops, known as Polaris, in Portugal, ESM reported on July 9.

    A black 0,25 cl bottle has been chosen to further differentiate the drink, a first for the brewing industry, according to Carlsberg.

    The beer will be available at special events in Portugal sponsored by Carlsberg, such as Where’s The Party (in Portimão) and the Super Bock Super Rock festival.

    13.07.2015   USA: MillerCoors LLC makes changes to sell more beer    ( )

    MillerCoors LLC has replaced its chief marketing officer and chief of sales in an attempt to sell more Miller Lite, Redd’s Apple Ale and its other brands after five years of decline reduced its annual sales by seven million barrels, Milwaukee Business Journal reported on July 2.

    The record profits and net revenue since SABMiller PLC and Molson Coors Brewing Co. formed the joint venture in 2009 were not enough for Gavin Hattersley, the interim CEO who moved from Molson Coors Brewing Co. in May.

    “Those financial returns are certainly one indicator of success, but in today’s world, we can’t get by on financial returns alone,” Hattesley said in a release. “We must optimize our brand portfolio and take action to get Molson Coors Brewing Co. back to total volume growth.”

    The action will be led by David Kroll, who moves up to replace Andy England as chief marketing officer, responsible for shaping the sales pitch for Miller High Life, Coors Light and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. England was the joint venture's first marketing officer, hired seven years ago.

    Kroll previously served as the Molson Coors Brewing Co.’s vice president of innovation and led the commercial operations for Dyson Ltd. before joining the brewing company.

    Kevin Doyle replaces Ed McBrien as president of sales and distributor operations. Doyle started working for Miller Brewing Co. in 1983 and was most recently the chief commercial solutions officer.

    The company has 1,400 workers and its roots in Milwaukee, and the brewery in the Miller Valley produces more than seven million barrels per year.

    Hattersley’s emphasis on volume is a shift from the company’s message delivered for a Milwaukee Business Journal story in May.

    “The reality is what matters from a business point of view is net revenue and profit,” England told the Milwaukee Business Journal at that time. “Those are the metrics for which I get personally rewarded. “Volume is a minor obsession with beverage companies.”
    13.07.2015   Venezuela: Beer supplies may dry up by August because of labour dispute at Polar Industries    ( )

    Polar Industries, one of the biggest breweries in Venezuela, has recently been facing problems due to shortages of grain and other raw materials essential to keep its production flowing. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, the company is also now saddled with a serious labor dispute, which has slowed down bottling and distribution of the country’s most popular beers, El Pais reported on July 6.

    Since July 1, a small pro-government union, Sintraterricentro, has been calling work stoppages at Polar bottling plants in Caracas and Barcelona – a city in Anzoátegui state on Venezuela’s eastern coast – as well as at distribution points across the country after company officials refused to negotiate with its members.

    Polar beer is considered a staple for many Venezuelans – it is the most common brand found at bars and in restaurants throughout the country. But there is growing concern that their favorite beverage could disappear altogether in the coming months if the dispute isn’t resolved.

    Venezuela’s state-run television stations have been providing union leaders with full coverage of the labor conflict, which was initiated by Sintraterricentro. Some labor officials have made no attempt to hide their ties to the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

    The brewery is part of Polar Industries, a powerful food-distribution conglomerate that has operated in the country for more than 60 years and has become one of the targets of President Nicolás Maduro’s so-called “economic war” on speculation and shortages.

    But the shortages caused by the government’s economic policies have only made it worse for companies like Polar Industries, which are facing problems importing raw materials.

    The Venezuelan Chamber of Beer Breweries (Caveface) – which groups together Polar and another popular beer, Regional, which belongs to the powerful Cisneros Organization – reported that production is at an all-time low because of the unavailability of grain and other materials.

    Beer-makers do not receive dollars at the government’s preferential rate, which was introduced in 2003, and owed an estimated $217 million to their international suppliers at the end of 2014, according to the chamber.

    If the situation continues, Caveface believes that Venezuela will run out of beer by August, when its current inventory dries up.

    In recent speeches, President Maduro has suggested that the owner of Polar Industries, Lorenzo Mendoza, does not want to respect the rights of the workers. The president has even gone as far as insulting the food distribution magnate, calling him “hairpiece.”

    Polar officials have said that Sintraterricentro workers signed on to the collective-bargaining agreement last January with the company’s biggest union Sutraba, which has 1,400 members, and refused to negotiate with the small union because the contract is valid for two-and-a-half years.

    Polar representatives have also said that Sintraterricentro members enjoy the same benefits as the rest of the company’s workers.

    Still, the budding union has shown that it can flex some muscle. Although it represents just less than one percent of all Polar employees, it was able to drum up support among co-workers from another union at the Los Cortijos bottling plants in Caracas and in Anzoátegui to slow down production.

    Tarek William Saab, the government’s public defender, has offered to mediate in the dispute but Polar has declined, saying that he isn’t an impartial official.

    “They have made false, injurious, defamatory and other baseless accusations,” Saab wrote on his Twitter account.
    13.07.2015   World: Beer prices index shows cheapest beer in Asia can be found in Delhi    ( )

    The cheapest beer in Asia can apparently be found in Delhi and the most expensive in Hong Kong. A travel search engine focused on Europe, GoEuro, recently compiled an index of beer prices across 75 cities, including 12 in Asia (13, if Moscow is included). The index encompasses both supermarket and bar prices, basing supermarket prices on the average across five imports and one local brew and bar prices off the same beers served in three hotel chains. Far from comprehensive, the index is still interesting, given the surge in global beer consumption is driven by Asia (as well as Africa).

    According to the 2014 annual Kirin Beer University Report worldwide beer consumption rose in 2013, the 28th year of consecutive growth. Asia consumed 4.8 percent more beer in 2013 than it did in 2012 and holds 34.8 percent of the global beer market. China, alone, holds a 24 percent share of the market, double that of the United States.

    Overall, the cheapest spots (average between bar & supermarket) were, as can be expected, in Europe – Kraków, Kiev, and Bratislava topped the list – but Delhi came in fifth and Ho Chi Minh City in sixth. A beer at a bar in Delhi would set you back only $2.31, while you’d pay $10.86 in Hong Kong. According to the index, a beer at a Beijing bar costs $6.35. Singapore has an average bar price of $8.37.

    India’s beer heritage stretches back, officially, to a brewery founded in the 1820s at the foot of the Himalayas by Edward Dyer – whose son, Reginald Edward Harry Dyer, is infamous in India for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. Incorporated in 1855, what was once named Dyer Breweries lives on under the Mohan Meakin group as the oldest modern brewery in Asia.

    Still, Delhi’s per capita consumption falls at the very bottom of the index – with an average annual consumption of 6 litres per capita (only Cairo was lower, Bucharest ranked highest at 133 litres). Beer may be cheap in Delhi, but Indians don’t drink much of it.

    China, similarly, has Europe to thank for its beer. Tsingtao, based in its namesake Qingdao, has German heritage and Snow, the best selling beer in China is the product of a joint venture between China Resources Enterprise and the UK-based SABMiller.

    Asia is a growing market both globally and domestically — with Asian beer makers breaking into world markets and beers from around the world finding their way into the region.
    10.07.2015   Constantia Flexibles: Alexander Baumgartner appointed CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Wendel and Constantia Flexibles are pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Baumgartner (photo) as CEO of Constantia Flexibles. Alexander Baumgartner will join Constantia Flexibles on October 1st 2015 at the latest.

    After a transition period he will succeed Thomas Unger. As announced previously, Thomas Unger and Wendel had planned on such a move before the end of the year. Thomas Unger currently remains CEO and is fully empowered and supported by the Supervisory Board.

    Frédéric Lemoine, Chairman of the Executive Board of Wendel and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Constantia Flexibles said: “We are very pleased about the arrival of Alexander Baumgartner at Constantia Flexibles in Vienna. Alex has a strong and recognized experience in packaging. We are also pleased to have implemented a smooth transition with Thomas Unger, which creates an excellent environment for this great company to grow and develop over the coming months.”

    Since 2010, Alexander Baumgartner is President for Europe of the Beauty & Home Aptargroup division, where he played a significant role in leading the Beauty & Home reorganization and in the development and implementation of a European manufacturing strategy. He began working for Aptargroup in the legacy Seaquist Closure business as European President in 2007. Alexander Baumgartner began his career in Austria in 1990 as Marketing Manager - Automotive Industry for PCD Polymere GesmbH within the OMV group. He then joined the Mayr-Melnhof Group in 1994 first as Marketing Manager and then as Sales Manager. In 2000, he became Chief Operating Officer for the STI Group - Gustav Stabernack GmbH in Hamburg, a position he held for seven years.

    He graduated from Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna and Luigi Bocconi University in Milan.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
    10.07.2015   Sahti – an old, home-brewed Finnish beer characterized for the first time    ( Company news )

    Company news A group of experts from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland considered that it's high time to finally scientifically characterize sahti beer. The sweet and strong sahti with its exceptionally rich combination of fruity flavours has been brewed in Finland for hundreds of years.

    "Understanding the properties of sahti gives us an insight into how beers have evolved in the last 1000 years. There is a global revival of interest in classic beer styles and many rather obscure ones are being recreated by craft brewers", says Brian Gibson from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

    To successfully recreate sahti-style beer a craft brewer outside Finland should have an idea of what it should taste like. This is complicated by the fact that sahti doesn't travel well: it's prone to spoilage. This study is therefore a useful reference point.

    The study clearly shows that sahti beer differs from modern commercial beers in almost every respect.

    The twelve beers sampled were all very strong, very sweet and had flavours at concentrations as much as 10-fold greater than in the modern beers used as references. The bitterness levels were very low due to the absence of hops but they had an intense fruity flavour. For example, a compound imparting banana aroma was exceptionally high. The average alcohol level of the 12 samples was 8 %.

    The high sugar content is one of the reasons for the short shelf life. It also indirectly affects properties such as foam production: sahti, like some English ales has little or no foam.

    Sahti, uniquely, is flavoured with juniper and therefore contains flavours that don't exist in other beers. It is fermented with the help of baker's yeast rather than brewer's yeast, which adds a phenolic, clove-like taste. This property is usually only found in wheat beers.

    "The collection of samples in the study was relatively small and therefore regional differences in sahti characteristics are not easy to detect. However, according to sahti brewers there are clear differences throughout the country. There is certainly scope for further investigation", says Gibson.

    Sahti is protected by Traditional Speciality Guaranteed label by EU, implying that commercial use of the name is restricted to sahti beer produced according to the traditional, registered production method.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    09.07.2015   How Coke Zero Became a Hero: 10 Facts to Mark the Brand's 10th Birthday    ( Company news )

    Company news It's hard to believe, but Coca-Cola Zero officially turned 10 in June. When the zero-calorie cola debuted in June 2005, it became The Coca-Cola Company’s most successful new product launch since Diet Coke in 1982.
    The origins of Coke Zero can be traced back to the late 1990s, when the search for a next-generation, no-calorie Coca-Cola began. Coke’s portfolio lacked a low-calorie sparkling option for younger males who, for the most part, wanted real Coca-Cola taste with zero calories and a brand they could call their own.
    Coke Zero would eventually offer the best of both worlds. In 2007, AOL named Coke Zero the second-hottest product of the year, behind the iPhone, and the brand is currently sold in 159 countries.

    Here are 10 fun Coke Zero tidbits from its first decade on the market:
    Coke’s R&D team spent years testing and tweaking the Coke Zero formula, experimenting to make it as Coke-like as possible.

    Speed was of the essence, but getting the product right and achieving a breakthrough in taste technology was priority one. The R&D team wanted to formulate a zero-calorie cola that "punched up above its weight class", according to one senior executive. An earlier version of Coke Zero was introduced in the Nordics as Coca-Cola Light in 2001.

    Some of the first bottles of Coke Zero were sold on eBay in April 2005.

    A few months before its official launch in the U.S., a sample pack featuring six unique bottles of Coke Zero and limited-edition premiums was sold in an online auction, with all proceeds going to charity. The stunt helped generate strong buzz about the new product.

    A mid-calorie cola called C2 tentatively tabled the Coke Zero launch
    C2 debuted with great fanfare in Japan, followed by the United States, with the promise of half the sugar, calories and carbs as Coca-Cola. But the brand eventually fizzled with consumers. Although C2 was not the smash hit Coke hoped for, it yielded valuable insights and gave the company a springboard to launch Coke Zero.

    Coke Zero debuted in the U.S. in white packaging
    When Coke Zero premiered in the U.S. in June 2005, it was not an overnight success. The brand was promoted initially with the “Everybody Chill” tagline, which confused some consumers. Coke Zero debuted in white cans and bottles to help the brand stand out on store shelves. Many young males – the target demographic – associated the white labels with feminine-leaning diet drinks. Coke Zero needed a more masculine look and message.

    Coca-Cola New Zealand pioneered the black packaging Coke Zero is known for
    A few months after the U.S. launch, Coca-Cola South Pacific introduced Coke Zero in black cans to appeal to (mostly young male) fans of the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team. The team unveiled the brand in both white and black cans and let consumers pick a favorite. The black can won in a landslide. Packaging wasn’t the only thing Australia got right. An innovative online teaser and guerilla marketing campaign called the “Zero Movement” generated a strong pre-launch buzz. And Coca-Cola Australia purchased a massive “roadblock” – simultaneous airtime on public TV networks and cable channels plus an overnight out-of-home blitz – to premiere Coke Zero’s first commercial on Australia Day in January 2006. The strategy paid off. Coke Zero – dubbed “Bloke Coke” due to its focus on young males – sold more than three times its target number of cases in its first year. The U.S. quickly took note, switching to black packaging during the holiday season and adopting more literal tagline: “Real Coca-Cola Taste and Zero Calories.”

    Humorous, irreverent advertising has played a role in Coke Zero’s success since the early days
    In a 2006 series of ads titled "Lawyers", imposter Coca-Cola brand managers attempted to recruit real Coke attorneys to sue Coke Zero for “taste infringement” – using an unexpected approach to reinforce the fact that Coke Zero tastes so much like Coke. The mock films were a hit online, prompting Coke Zero to air them on TV and extend the storyline with a series of comedic sequels that communicated the fact Coke Zero tastes like Coca-Cola.

    The brand made a big splash during the 2009 Big Game...
    “Mean Troy” Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers reprised the 1979 role of fellow Steeler “Mean Joe” Greene, who starred in what’s known as one of the greatest “Big Game” ads ever, in a humorous Coke Zero spot. The brand has also built marketing campaigns around several other sports properties, including NASCAR and ESPN College GameDay, and consumer passions like gaming and dance.

    …on the big screen…
    Coke Zero has partnered with several hit movies, too, including TRON: Legacy (2010), Quantum of Solace (2011) and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). A robust Coke Zero campaign tied to James Cameron’s epic 2009 adventure film, AVATAR, included an immersive website, augmented reality (AR)-enabled packaging and premium 3D glasses to enhance the fan experience.

    …and online
    The brand has used social media to build and entertain a legion of loyal drinkers, while never losing its signature sense of humor. In 2010, the Coke Zero Facial Profiler Facebook app allowed fans to find lookalikes around the world using advanced face detection technology. And a cheeky holiday campaign in 2013 invited tacky sweater aficionados to custom-design the go-to garment of their yuletide ensemble – down to the kitschiest of details – via the Coke Zero Sweater Generator. The 100 top vote-getters received actual hand-stitched sweaters matching their designs. The brand has produced its share of viral videos, too, including a 2012 film associated with the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall, which has been watched more than 11 million times. Coke Zero challenged unsuspecting train passengers in Antwerp, Belgium to “unlock their inner 007 in less than 70 seconds” for their chance to win exclusive tickets to the blockbuster movie.

    The brand pioneered ‘drinkable’ advertising at the 2015 NCAA Final Four
    A giant “drinkable” billboard and other first-of-their-kind advertising elements gave thirsty college basketball fans the chance to try Coke Zero on the spot in the host city of Indianapolis and across the country. A 26-by-36-ft billboard in White River State Park appeared to magically dispense ice-cold Coke Zero from a massive contour bottle through 4,500 feet of tubing that spelled out “Taste It” before carrying the caramel-colored liquid down to a free sampling station. In addition to the sign, a “drinkable” commercial encouraged viewers at home to use the Shazam app to watch a glass on their mobile device fill up with Coke Zero as it’s poured from a bottle on TV, and drinkable Stadium HD Video Boards in Lucas Oil Stadium and at White River State Park used the same technology, giving thousands of spectators the chance to score a coupon for free Coke Zero during the games and concert.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
    08.07.2015   BlueAir-ST air velocity and air mass flow meter    ( Company news )

    Company news The new AFRISO BlueAir-ST air velocity and air mass flow meter was designed to measure air mass flow, flow velocities, temperature and relative humidity. The device displays minimum, maximum and mean values and is suitable for performing adjustment, test and measuring tasks in ventilation ducts and channels, extraction ducts, air conditioning systems, fans, etc. Connections at the top of the device are provided for the optional temperature and humidity probe TFS-BA as well as the optional vane probe MiniAir20, which is available with vane diameters of 11, 22 and 85 mm. The vane probes are equipped with 1.5 m cables to allow for maximum flexibility. The measuring instrument automatically detects all probes. Due to the intuitive menu, BlueAir-ST is very user-friendly. The large TFT colour display shows four easy-to-read measured values simultaneously. The device can be equipped with an optional microSD/microSDHC card to store data. Additional features include the optional data logging function, which automatically stores measured values at adjustable intervals from 0 to 999 seconds. In addition to the classical interfaces such as USB and infrared, the device features the latest Bluetooth technology: "Bluetooth Smart". This allows for easy transfer of measurement data to external devices; pairing of and communication with additional devices, printers and pressure/temperature probes is highly energy-saving. The free Android app "EuroSoft mobile" allows for real-time transfer of measured data to smartphones and tablets and for the visualisation of such data. Measurement logs can also be send via e-mail. BlueAir-ST is available in various sets; however, the user can also select individual components from a comprehensive range of accessories. Thanks to its robustness and accuracy, BlueAir-ST can be used in HVAC applications and in laboratories.
    07.07.2015   New Zealand & Australia: New Zealand government asks for tax refunds for breweries exporting their..    ( )

    ... production to Australia

    New Zealand breweries exporting beer to Australia could get tens of thousands in tax refunds if the New Zealand Government has its way, reported on June 16.

    The Government is calling on the Australian government to let New Zealand brewers who export across the Tasman in on a brewery refund scheme which gives Australian brewers up to A$30,000 (NZ$33,300) in tax refunds a year.

    In response to an Australian tax discussion paper, the Government submitted a paper asking for an extension of the brewery refund scheme to New Zealand independent breweries in accordance with Closer Economic Relations (CER) obligations.

    The extension would be similar to benefits New Zealand wine producers receive under the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate scheme.

    Under the WET scheme more than 200 New Zealand wine companies have been claiming rebates of up to A$500,000 each a year.

    WET was initially available to all Australian wineries but under the trans-Tasman CER the agreement was extended to New Zealand wineries.

    The brewery refund scheme came into effect in Australia in July, 2012 replacing a microbrewery excise scheme.

    To be eligible for the excise duty refund exporters must operate a brewery and both be legally and economically independent of any other entity that operates a brewery and sell beer that is manufactured at the brewery, directly from the brewery.

    The Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand chief executive Denita Wawn said the rebate scheme was designed for small breweries and did not apply to brewing giants DB Breweries and Lion.

    Breweries which meet the criteria may be entitled to receive an annual refund of 60 per cent of the excise duty paid on beer, up to a maximum of NZ$30,000 year.

    Kapiti Coast's Tuatara chief executive Richard Shirtcliffe said the craft brewer's exports to Australia increased 350 per cent in the 2015.

    "It's a very important market to us and it's certainly a growth market," Shirtcliffe said.

    Assuming all else remained equal a A$30,000 tax refund would go directly to the bottom line, he said.

    "That makes the whole prospect of exporting to the Australian market that much more attractive and profitable."

    New Zealand's craft beer industry had the potential to experience the same growth the wine industry experienced 20 years ago and become a $1 billion dollar plus industry, he said.

    "That's only going to happen with all the obstacles to trade stripped away."

    In a letter to the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry the Brewers Guild of New Zealand said the brewery refund scheme would boost exports and growth for New Zealand brewers and provide a level playing field in the Australian market.

    Company news Rio Bucovina, the Romanian producer and distributor of natural mineral waters and soft drinks, recently reduced energy usage by up to 47% by installing a new Sidel SBO10 Universal 2eco blow moulder at its production facility in Vatra Dornei. At the same time, it also collaborated with the Sidel Services™ packaging team on a stylish new bottle design for its still water. Through developing the new design, which included adopting the international 29/25 short-neck bottle standard across the range of sizes, the weight of the bottles was reduced by up to 45%. Rio Bucovina is now producing the lightest bottles in the Romanian market.

    Longstanding partnership with Sidel
    Rio Bucovina is a major player in the Romanian fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market where it figures in the top three producers of natural mineral water. The company produces a wide array of beverages and foodstuffs at its two production sites. This includes the bottling of ‘Bucovina’ still and carbonated natural mineral water, and the production of ‘La Vitta’ branded water. The company also produces soft drinks under the brand names ‘Rio’, ‘La Vitta’, ‘Malibu’ and ‘BonTon’, and an energy drink with the brand name ‘Golden Horse’. Besides these, Rio Bucovina distributes a wide range of food and other items.
    Rio Bucovina has long been a customer of Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, to whom the company first turned in 1993. That was when it purchased two Sidel
    SBO16 blow moulders. One was installed at the bottling plant in Vatra Dornei, the well-known spa and ski resort in the Carpathian Mountains in north-eastern Romania, for the production of both still and sparkling water. The second Sidel SBO16 blow moulder was purchased for bottling soft drinks at the Rio Bucovina plant in Timisoara in western Romania, the third biggest city in the country in terms of population.

    Flexibility, reliability and energy savings
    Following the success of these projects and the trust built between both companies over more than 20 years, Rio Bucovina has recently acquired another Sidel blow moulder for its Vatra Dornei plant. On this occasion, the company has selected the SBO10 Universal 2eco, choosing it for its flexibility and its reliability coupled with the technical support that the company knew Sidel was capable of providing, having experienced it first-hand for the two decades of their working relationship. Cristian Serban, Business Development Director of Rio Bucovina, says: “Having worked with the company for over 20 years now, we know the good work we can expect from Sidel. The SBO Universal 2eco, along with its Ecoven, has substantially cut costs for us, reducing the new line’s energy consumption by 47% when compared to other blow moulders we might have chosen.”
    The Ecoven technology requires fewer heating modules and lamps, with the preform-heating time reduced by up to 15%. Power consumption of the ovens is therefore substantially decreased and the use of installed power lowered. As well as providing a wide process window, the Ecoven's large heating reserve and fast heating ensures there is no slow-down in production, whatever kind of preform is used. It also delivers excellent heat treatment precision, which ensures identical bottle characteristics and quality. Rio Bucovina also benefits from the air consumption reduction of the SBO Universal 2eco range due to improved efficiency in the air circuits, integrated cylinders, solenoid and flow limiters. This equates to additional savings in production costs.

    The lightest bottles on the Romanian market
    Rio Bucovina also launched redesigned Bucovina bottles, characterised by their very modern and elegant approach. Compared to the previous bottles, the attractive new designs weigh considerably less – 31.5 grams compared to 43 grams for 2 litre bottles; 24 grams compared to 39 grams for 1.5 litre bottles; and 12 grams compared to 22 grams for 0.5 litre bottles. Cristian continues: “The Sidel packaging design team listened to our branding needs for the new bottles and implemented our goals in the final shapes. Most importantly, they worked with us to optimise the lightweighting opportunity available to us. As a result, the stylish new bottles that the team optimised for us, which reflects everything we asked of Sidel, are the lightest bottles in the Romanian market – with a significant weight reduction of some 45%. The installation of the Sidel SB010 Universal 2eco has enabled us to move to the 29/25 standard – with the direct result of achieving the lightweighting benefits. This has naturally led to a more environmentally friendly production process, as well as substantial savings.”

    Bottled water dominates the Romanian market
    In Romania, bottled water is in demand because it is inexpensively priced and is perceived as a ‘natural’ soft drink. It is also seen as a much healthier and reliable option in comparison to the quality of tap water generally available throughout the country, especially in Bucharest and other large cities. Domestic manufacturers, most of whom have been supplying the country with bottled mineral water for decades, dominate the market through tradition, brand recognition and affordable pricing.
    Sales of water have been undergoing an annual growth of around 5% over the past two years, which has mainly seen the consolidation of leading brands. This moderate growth is the result of penetration into households of all income levels. Although carbonated or ‘sparkling’ water has a larger, established consumer base, mostly through the heavy consumption of traditional ‘spritz’ - the combination of carbonated water with wine - still bottled water has moved ahead in terms of volume growth over the past couple of years. However, the decrease in Romanian consumers’ spending power has led to their growing acceptance of cheaper water.
    By introducing the Sidel blow moulder, Rio Bucovina is in an excellent position to build on its already strong position in this market with a lightweight, modern and attractive bottle produced through a blowing process which is more environmentally friendly.
    (Sidel International AG)
    06.07.2015   Diageo Executive Announcement: Larry Schwartz will retire    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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