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    21.11.2014   Capacity increases at Brigl & Bergmeister    ( Company news )

    Company news At their Niklasdorf mill, Brigl & Bergmeister are investing in a 5,000 ton capacity increase and higher energy efficiency.
    B&B have ordered a new film press (SpeedSizer) from VOITH for their paper machine at the Niklasdorf mill, replacing the conventional size press. In addition, a non-contact energy-efficient compact infrared and air-drying combination (qDryPro) will be installed, and the steam and condensate systems as well as the air-handling system will be modified.
    These investments will increase annual capacity in Niklasdorf by 5,000 tons, at reduced energy consumption. In addition to improvements in the quality of the existing product range, this will make it possible to develop innovative speciality papers. Installation is scheduled for September 2015, as an addition to the new headbox already installed in April 2014.
    At the Vevče mill in Slovenia, too, modernisation and extension measures are being implemented, initiated in 2013 by installation of a film press. Here, development focuses, among other things, on improvement of the barrier properties of flexible packaging papers.
    Already today, wet-strength label papers in B&B quality can also be produced in Vevče. By expanding this segment at both mills, B&B seek to further expand their position as global market leaders in label papers for the beverage industry.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    21.11.2014   Green Sheep Water Separates from Flock with Ball Corporation's Alumi-Tek® Bottle    ( Company news )

    Company news Aluminum water bottles are infinitely recyclable, chill faster and are reclosable

    Being different isn't always a bad thing – especially when that difference is something you believe in. That's why Green Sheep Water – "the bottled water with a green conscience" – is launching in infinitely recyclable, 16-ounce aluminum bottles made by Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL), instead of the usual plastic, glass or carton packaging.

    "Studies show that Americans use about 1,500 plastic water bottles every second, and only about 30 percent of those bottles are recycled - the rest end up in landfills and oceans," explained Jess Page, co-founder of Green Sheep Water. "While reusable water bottles are optimal for the environment, they are not always practical in our consumers' busy lives. We chose Ball's Alumi-Tek® bottle because it is a high quality package that is reclosable, portable and part of the most recycled beverage packaging in the world – beverage cans."

    "After nearly three years of working together to create the right package, we are excited that Green Sheep is launching its water in Alumi-Tek® bottles, which are 100 percent recyclable, chill faster and are reclosable," said Bruce Doelling, vice president, sales, for Ball's metal beverage packaging division, Americas. "With sustainability at the core of the Green Sheep brand, the new bottles also have a premium look without the need for a wraparound label."

    Green Sheep Water is adding new distribution daily in the Chicagoland area, so visit www.greensheepwater.com/locations to find a retailer near you. If there isn't a retailer nearby, customers can also purchase a 12-pack through Green Sheep's online store.

    Green Sheep Water was started by cofounders Jess Page and Nicole Doucet as a bottled water company with an environmental focus. Inspired by a documentary that highlighted environmental challenges posed by plastic bottles, they found that aluminum bottles are a more environmentally friendly option.
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    20.11.2014   Diageo strengthens its global position in tequila and its leading position in Mexico through ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... transaction facilitated by the sale of Bushmills

    Diageo has agreed with Casa Cuervo the acquisition of full global ownership and control of Tequila Don Julio and the early termination of Casa Cuervo's production and distribution agreement for Smirnoff in Mexico. In return, Diageo has reached an agreement to sell Bushmills to Jose Cuervo Overseas. The transaction will result in a net payment of $408 million to Diageo upon completion, which is expected in early 2015 subject to certain approvals.
    The transaction is expected to be economic profit break-even in year 3 assuming a WACC rate of 9%. Assuming completion of the transaction in early calendar 2015 and the use of the net proceeds to reduce debt at Diageo's average rate of interest, the transaction will dilute eps by 0.6% in the year ending 30 June 2015.

    Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, commented:
    'This transaction delivers two key objectives for us. We have secured our position in the growing super and ultra-premium segments of the tequila category and further strengthened our global footprint by expanding our leading position in Mexico where the growth of spirits has great potential.
    Diageo has realised this opportunity through the breadth and depth of our portfolio. It delivers our strategy: to build our presence in the world’s fastest growing markets and lead the industry in the biggest growth opportunities. I am delighted we have reached this agreement.'

    Details of the component parts of the transaction are confidential. Smirnoff volume and net sales in Mexico in the year ended 30 June 2014 were 285,000 cases and £9 million respectively. Bushmills volume and net sales in the same period were 800,000 cases and £57 million. Tequila Don Julio had volume and net sales of 590,000 cases and £105 million, of which Diageo accounted for 345,000 cases and £75 million net sales, in the year ended 30 June 2014.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    19.11.2014   Barry-Wehmiller Taps Packaging Veteran to Lead Strategy Initiatives    ( Company news )

    Company news Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO, is pleased to announce that Carol O’Neill (photo), a respected veteran of the packaging and manufacturing industries, has been named Barry-Wehmiller’s Vice President of Strategy, Technology and Key Initiatives. In the new position for the rapidly-expanding $2+ billion global organization, O’Neill will lead the effort to examine Barry-Wehmiller’s long-term vision and the organizational and technical infrastructure needed to ensure its success.
    “We’re considering a significant number of new acquisitions which, along with anticipated organic growth, will help grow Barry-Wehmiller into a $5 billion organization in the near future,” offered CEO Bob Chapman. “This plan for targeted robust growth of both our business and our cultural initiatives calls us to make sure we remain steadfast in our commitment to our highest purpose: meaningful work and a secure future for the team members who devote their lives every day to our success. Being able to bring on someone of the caliber—both in experience and character—of Carol places the review of our long-term strategy and its impact on our people-centric culture into extremely capable hands.”
    O’Neill has extensive background in leadership, packaging and manufacturing as well as consulting and information technology. She began her career with a management consulting firm in Boston and led productivity improvement efforts at the New York City Transit Authority before entering the packaging world as Director of Performance Improvement at Sealed Air. There she played many roles including Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. O’Neill left Sealed Air to run a $300 million private food company in Chicago until enticed back into the packaging industry to run Spartech’s (now PolyOne) Packaging business. O’Neill left PolyOne to join Barry-Wehmiller as a consultant to support the acquisition and integration of Arcil, the Paris-based fresh dairy packaging firm acquired by Barry-Wehmiller in December of 2013.
    “I have been tied to the Barry-Wehmiller organization for almost a decade now and have always felt a powerful affinity for its culture and values,” O’Neill said. “Over the years I have challenged Bob and his team to do everything possible to ensure that those values and the culture they’ve carefully nurtured pervade this organization for generations to come. I am thrilled to be in a position to directly contribute to that effort as a part of the Barry-Wehmiller team.”
    O’Neill has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and master’s degrees in business administration and food research from Stanford University.
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
     
    19.11.2014   Directly printed PET bottles in Nature MultiPacksTM win German Packaging Award 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Each year under the patronage of the German Ministry for Economy and Energy the German Packaging Award is presented to only the very best ideas and innovations in the packaging industry. This year a specialist jury of 16 selected nominees from a total of 230 submitted entries. One of the prizewinners for 2014 is NMP Systems GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of KHS GmbH, which convinced the expert team with its new Direct Print and Nature MultiPackTMdevelopments – both currently at the prototype stage and which won the award as an overall concept. In combination they produce a multipack where information is printed directly onto individual PET bottles bonded together by dots of adhesive, thus producing a packaging system which is not only completely new but also extremely sustainable.

    Brilliant print quality
    In the direct digital printing process PET bottles are decorated with non-migrating UV inks, thus doing away with the need to apply labels. The containers are printed with CMYK process inks, white and – if required – special colors with an optical resolution of 1,080 x 1,080 dpi. The result is a brilliant color image. The UV inks dry within milliseconds and have an outstanding adhesion, therefore perfectly retaining the quality of the decoration during further processing of the bottles on the line, shipping to the retail outlet and handling by the consumer. Extensive research has confirmed that KHS' direct digital printing process is completely safe for the printing of food packaging. The printed PET bottles are of course also bottle-to-bottle recyclable.

    Focus on flexibility, sustainability and cost reduction
    Companies which utilize the Direct Print process profit from a very high level of flexibility indeed, as the required print images can be transfered straight to the bottle. Compared to the classic labeling system the time to market intervals are much shorter. The system is also especially sustainable and cuts costs. Labeling materials and adhesive are now completely superfluous. At the same time no more logistics are needed for label procurement, thus reducing costs for logistics and also CO2 emissions. If we assume, for example, that a classic labeling machine applies 36,000 labels per hour on 220 days of the year in two-shift operation, around 60 metric tons of labeling materials plus the necessary adhesive can be saved when the Direct Print system is used.

    The two buzzwords "sustainability" and "cost reduction" are equally applicable to the newly developed Nature MultiPackTM. Here, PET bottles are simply bonded together by dots of specially developed adhesive which ensures very good pack stability. Consumers simply twist the individual bottles off from the rest of the pack. Compared to conventional multipacks, where containers are wrapped in film, it has been proved that the Nature MultiPackTM requires up to 85% less packaging material and saves up to 67% energy during production. The new packaging system can be applied not only to PET bottles but also to glass bottles and cans.

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS GmbH, says, "We've taken new paths with Direct Print and Nature MultiPackTM, giving our customers the chance to be innovative leaders on their markets. The German Packaging Award 2014 once again underlines the viability of these two systems for the future. We're very pleased that a team as highly qualified as the expert jury for the German Packaging Award has specifically voted for this new and sustainable packaging system."
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    18.11.2014   Coca-Cola Life Arrives On Shelves Nationwide    ( Company news )

    Company news Following initial summer roll out, The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced-calorie sparkling beverage sweetened with cane sugar and stevia leaf extract now available across U.S.

    Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola (35 percent fewer calories than leading colas: 8 fl oz. glass bottle – 60 Calories; 12 fl oz. – 90 calories; 20 fl oz. – 160 calories. ) to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero.

    Coca-Cola Life underscores The Coca-Cola Company’s global commitment to provide an expanded selection of reduced, low- and no-calorie beverage options. With 35 percent fewer calories than leading colas, Coca-Cola Life fits any occasion with just the right amount of sweet celebration and refreshment.

    “People that love our brands want more choices in flavors, package sizes and sweetener options. With Coca-Cola Life we’re meeting those needs while serving up a delicious beverage that complements our broader portfolio,” said Andrew McMillin, Vice President, Coca-Cola Brands, Coca-Cola North America. “As we continue to follow our consumers, we are working ultimately to become a leader in this interesting and emerging category.”

    Coca-Cola Life will be available in 6-packs of the iconic 8 fl oz. glass contour bottle, 6-packs of 12 fl oz. cans, Fridge Pack 12-packs of 12 fl oz. cans, individual 20 fl oz. bottles, and 2-liter bottles. Packaging and availability will vary by location.

    Coca-Cola Life further extends a varied portfolio in North America, which includes more than 750 beverages including more than 200 low- or no- calorie options. It is one of more than 45 beverages in The Coca-Cola Company’s global portfolio currently sweetened in whole or in part with stevia leaf extract.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    18.11.2014   High performance with a small footprint    ( Company news )

    Company news Sustainable, clean and powerful: at the Arabplast 2015 trade show from January 10 to 13 in Dubai, ENGEL, together with Uni-Cap and other partners, will be presenting its high competence in system solutions. One area of focus will be the packaging industry. An all-electric ENGEL e-cap injection moulding machine will be producing 1881-type caps live at their exhibit.

    “Sustainability is very important when it comes to investment decisions in the Arab countries, and the significance of environmentally friendly technology will continue to increase," says Andreas Leitner, Sales Director Middle East at ENGEL AUSTRIA. "All-electric injection moulding machines are becoming increasingly popular for the production of beverage caps." Uni-Cap in Dubai is also a pioneer in this area. The largest cap manufacturer in the Gulf States has been producing on ENGEL e-cap machines since 2009. In addition to the high energy efficiency of the machines, Bassam Hajjar, the CEO of Uni-Cap, is particularly interested in cleanliness. "The bottlers expect to receive absolutely hygienic products from us. With all-electric machines, we can definitely rule out any contamination with hydraulic oil. Thus, the usage of hydraulic oil is superfluous and cooling capacity is saved at the same time, the carbon footprint can be decreased significantly.”
    While the one-piece 1881 cap for carbonated soft drinks has already become established in most parts of the world, the GCC countries has long remained the exception. Only the newest, state-of-the-art processing technology has allowed one-piece caps to also be used in regions with extreme temperatures of more than 50 °C. Uni-Cap will be the first manufacturer in the region to produce this type of cap. They plan to achieve an annual capacity of 300 million caps with the ENGEL e-cap machine presented at the Arabplast. Currently, Uni-Cap produces altogether 4.5 billion caps per year.

    50 percent less overhead for cooling
    It is above all the melt flow rate of as low as 1.5 g/10 min of the poor-flow types of HDPE required to achieve the specified cap characteristics that define the high demands put on the injection moulding machine. Thanks to its direct drive unit, the ENGEL e-cap achieves the precision and performance needed for this application. Beyond that, its increased ejection and clamping force help it attain very short cycle times.
    Outstanding process stability and precision maximise the number of good parts. This is due to the servo drive units, among other things. "With the ENGEL e-cap, we were able to markedly reduce the overhead for mould maintenance," says Bassam Hajjar. During the trade show, a system from IMDvista (Brügg, Switzerland) for the fully automatic 100 percent quality control will be employed for cap inspection.
    Even with such impressively high performance values, the ENGEL e-cap achieves considerable savings on energy and cooling water, thereby cutting unit costs significantly. "In comparison to hydraulic machines, we need 50 percent less resources for cooling," says Hajjar.
    Finally, a third decisive criteria – after sustainability and performance – for the Uni-Cap CEO is the after-sales service. "We achieve a high degree of machine availability. Spare parts are also made available on site very quickly."

    System partnerships are cornerstones of success
    Service and training are integral elements of the ENGEL system philosophy. ENGEL delivers turnkey system solutions worldwide that are individually tailored to the specific needs of their customers and combine highest performance with maximum efficiency and sustainability. System partnerships with leading international companies and local suppliers are cornerstones for joint success. A point that will be underlined at Arabplast. In the area of packaging, one of the companies who will be presenting themselves at the ENGEL stand in Dubai is Corvaglia. The supplier for the international beverage industry with headquarters in Eschlikon, Switzerland, fabricated the 48-cavity mould for Uni-Cap, which together with the ENGEL e-cap will inaugurate new era in caps and closures technology in the Gulf States at Arabplast 2015.

    ENGEL at Arabplast 2015, hall 4, stand G110
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    17.11.2014   Australia: Coopers Brewery reports first profit drop in three years    ( E-malt.com )

    South Australian brewer Coopers Brewery has seen its first profit drop in three years as costs associated with a new bottling line and beer sales shifting from kegs to less profitable packaged beer formats squeezed earnings, The Australian reported on November 6.

    However, the family-owned Coopers said it continued to enjoy ongoing growth during the 2013-14 financial year with record sales and turnover figures.

    Coopers, which is the largest Australian-owned brewer following the foreign takeovers of Lion and Foster’s, said on November 6 that full-year net profit dipped 9.1 per cent to A$28 million for fiscal 2014 from A$30.8 million recorded in 2013.

    Coopers managing director, Tim Cooper, said total bulk or kegged beer sales fell 1.5 per cent during the year, while packaged beer sales were up 10.3 per cent.

    “Total beer sales in 2013-14 grew 8.1 per cent to 75.3 million litres, continuing the steady growth Coopers has enjoyed since 1994,” Dr Cooper said.

    Turnover for the year reached a record A$231 million, 6.9 per cent better than the A$216 million in 2012-13.

    Dr Cooper said sales in South Australia — its home market — fell 0.8 per cent during the year, but it remained Coopers’ largest market, accounting for 26.8 per cent of total beer sales.

    Sales in NSW grew 8.2 per cent in the same period and now accounts for 26 per cent of Coopers’ volume.

    In the other states, Victoria sales were up 15.3 per cent for the year, Queensland sales rose 14.4 per cent and sales in Western Australia were up 12 per cent.

    The brewer said sales of the international beers distributed by Coopers — Sapporo, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg 1664, Kronenbourg Blanc and Mythos — rose 44 per cent in volume and now represented 9.8 per cent of Coopers total beer volume.

    The profit retreat is unusual for the tightly controlled brewer which has managed to build year-on-year profit growth despite the downturn in the Australian beer market as drinkers turn to other beverages such as cider or wine.

    Dr Cooper said Australian sales for 2013-14 fell about 1 per cent, the fifth year in a row total volume has fallen. He said a substantial factor in this decline has been the twice yearly indexation of beer excise, which put downward pressure on sales.

    “It is now reaching the stage that the excise rises are counter-productive with the additional tax raised being offset by a drop in overall sales.”

     
    17.11.2014   Egypt: The story of Egyptian beer industry's resilience    ( E-malt.com )

    “Without a doubt, every group of people needs a distraction. For example, there’s arak in Turkey and Lebanon. We wish for beer to become the popular drink in Egypt," Ismaʿil Hafez, a Muslim Egyptian employee of Pyramid Brewery said to then-Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in a brief conversation at the inaugural Egyptian Industrial and Agricultural Fair Jan. 3, 1960.

    Hafez added, "It is my pleasure to inform you that it was the ancient Egyptians who first manufactured beer."

    Hafez was not speaking on behalf of an upstart company, but for one that had flourished in Egypt in various incarnations for more than 70 years, Al-Monitor reported.

    This company, now called Al-Ahram (Arabic for "pyramid") Beverage Company, still exists today in Egypt, although its public visibility has diminished. While the contemporary trend of Islamic religiosity makes it hard to imagine, there was a time when a flashing sign for Stella, the company’s flagship brand, could sit atop a Cairo building.

    Despite the Islamic theological arguments against alcohol, beer in majority-Muslim Egypt was an industrial product that tracked the country’s twentieth-century economic and technological development through its production, sale and management.

    From its first days, the Egyptian beer industry was a transnational venture. In 1897, Belgian businessmen, attracted by the British courtship of foreign investment, founded Crown Brewery in Alexandria. A year later, the same group of entrepreneurs founded Brasserie des Pyramides (Pyramid Brewery) in Cairo. Both companies very quickly came to rely on Egyptians and long-term expatriates in executive positions and the general workforce.

    Although ownership of the companies changed over the years, going from Swiss industrialists in the 1920s to French entrepreneurs in the 1930s, Dutch brewers representing Heineken in the 1940s and finally to the Egyptian government in the 1960s, the Crown and Pyramid breweries dominated the Egyptian beer market. The firms were linked from their founding, as their owners learned early on that it was easier to work together than to compete against one another, although they were not fully united until the Nasser government nationalized and conglomerated them in 1963.

    Despite their close relationship, both firms were ferociously protective of their autonomy. Until the day they were nationalized, both breweries sold a beer called “Stella” with entirely different recipes — one geared primarily toward the Cairo market, the other to Alexandria.

    Stella as a brand came together in the 1950s, when these two major breweries decided to label their beers with the Italian word for “star.” Although the type of beer, a light lager, had been a feature of the Egyptian beer market since at least the 1920s, Stella did not reach its zenith as the beer of Egypt until after Heineken bought into both companies in 1937. Stella is still bought and sold in Egypt today, a triumph that testifies to the successful record of the Egyptian beer industry.

    Heineken was not a passive investor, but used its resources as a multinational corporation to craft the best Egyptian beer it could. The company planted Heineken-trained employees throughout the management of the companies and gave control of the brewing operations to a Dutch brewmaster. It applied cutting-edge technology — including, for example, refrigeration techniques — to every step of the brewing process, which enabled the production of a consistently high-quality and remarkably uniform product. The imported brewmaster was able to breed a strain of barley perfectly suited for Egypt’s growing conditions, allowing the company to make beer using native barley, rice and water, importing only hops and yeast.

    Heineken’s involvement also allowed the Crown and Pyramid breweries to stave off another entrant in the Egyptian beer industry: Nile Brewery, founded in 1951. Unfortunately for Nile, the two breweries were too established and too well funded to compete with, and the new company ended in bankruptcy and a Pyramid buyout in less than five years.

    Under Heineken’s control, the beer industry in Egypt took on a hybrid identity, neither truly Egyptian nor foreign. While Heineken became ever more involved, Pyramid took on an Arabic name and both the executive level and the production of Pyramid and Crown became even more Egyptian. Men like Muhammad Ahmad Farghaly and Aziz Abaza, who came to manage Pyramid and Crown, respectively, in the 1930s and 1950s, enabled the companies to flourish during a period of “Egyptianization,” that is, the nationalist policy of increasing native Egyptian representation relative to permanent resident “foreigners.” This policy of Egyptianization, the result of new laws like the Company Law of 1947, changed the structure of the Egyptian workforce.

    Heineken’s control of the company, in its guise as Al-Ahram, proved to be short lived. In 1963, the Nasser-headed government, as part of its ideology of Arab Socialism, nationalized and conglomerated the Egyptian beer enterprise. Fortunately for Stella and Egyptian beer drinkers, the government tasked Ismaʿil Omar Foda, a Berkeley-trained microbiologist, to keep up the profitable domestic and foreign markets of the company. He worked successfully, in often less than ideal conditions, to maintain high product quality and profits until the 1980s.

    In the 1980s and late 1990s, Stella hit a nadir, becoming more famous for the detritus found in its bottles than its quality. However, when enterprising Egyptian Ahmed Zayat privatized the company, he updated work practices and expanded the company’s portfolio to include nonalcoholic beverages. Heineken, seeing his good work, bought back into Al-Ahram Beverage Company in 2002.

    The sustainability of the Egyptian beer industry, like everything else in Egypt’s future, remains in question. However, its long and profitable history is undeniable and attests to the popular and steady appeal of beer in Egypt since local industrial production of the beverage began in 1897.
     
    17.11.2014   EU: Non-alcoholic beer enjoys growing demand in Europe    ( E-malt.com )

    One in seven British drinkers bought a non-alcoholic beer last year, highlighting improvements in taste and quality of alcohol-free alternatives, according to new figures from global research firm Mintel.

    Across Europe, Mintel statistics show that consumers are gaining a thirst for non-alcoholic beer with Spanish drinkers the top consumers, followed by drinkers in Germany, Italy, Poland and France.

    However, despite the strong consumer demand for non-alcoholic beer, these launches accounted for just 3% of all global beer launch activity so far in 2014, less than the 4% in 2011 and significantly less than the 10% in 1999.

    In the UK, 2014 has seen only 4% of new beer innovations which are non-alcoholic.

    Jonny Forsyth, global drinks analyst at Mintel, said: “Non-alcoholic beer has huge long-term sales potential, both in Muslim-dominated regions and health-conscious but beer-loving Western markets. This is an area of innovation which all major brewers should be focusing on – as consumers want reassurance of product quality, something trusted brands can provide.

    “The greatest influence on recent sales is their improved taste. Whilst NABs were pushed heavily in the late-1990s and early 2000s, this failed to translate into global sales because the product was widely viewed as inferior. Yet, the modern varieties – especially in Germany – are much closer to the taste of full alcohol beer and make an ideal adult or premium ‘soft drink’ option.”

    Furthermore, Mintel’s research shows that the popularity of non-alcoholic beer is strongest amongst older consumers and women.

    Forsyth said this would be critical in attempt to reverse flat beer sales in Western market and non-alcoholic beers will be a key pillar of strategies to attract different demographics into the beer category.

    Mintel’s research also shows the continued uptake of low-alcoholic beers, especially beer mixes/Radlers which tend to be fruit-flavoured beers mixed with juices at an ABV of around 2-3%.
     
    17.11.2014   SENSIENT FLAVORS INTRODUCES AUTHENTIC FLAVORS OF AUTUMN-HARVESTED FRUITS     ( Company news )

    Company news New range of natural flavors responds to the trend for comfort food and enables manufacturers to create beverages with a seasonal twist

    Autumn is a time when a great variety of fruits are at their best – Sensient’s Seasonal Selection captures the authentic taste profiles of many popular Autumn-harvested fruits. The new range is ideal for creating seasonal and limited editions that target consumers during the colder months. Thanks to their deliciously comforting appeal, the flavors will also provide authentic fruit pleasures throughout the year. With the “forgotten fruit” flavors of rosehip, quince and sloeberry, for example, manufacturers can tap into the trend for nostalgic indulgence.

    To address this interest, Sensient has created seven natural flavors for beverage applications:
    blackberry, elderberry, pear, plum (photo), quince, rosehip and sloeberry share the typical flavors of autumn. The rosehip flavoring, for example, is characterized by its aromatic, woody and herbal notes while the plum variant scores with its rich, sweet and juicy flavor profile.

    “It has been scientifically proven that smells trigger the areas of the brain that control our emotions and our memories. This is why it only takes the smell of a ripe plum to catapult us back into our childhood, sitting at our grandma’s table and eating her delicious plum pie,” explains Hans-Juergen Sachs, General Manager Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe. “Our new range will fuel the growing trend for comfort food by offering flavors that have a powerful effect on consumers at a deeper level than they may realize.”

    The natural flavorings are suitable for use in iced teas, carbonated soft drinks as well as still drinks.
    (Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe)
     
    17.11.2014   South Korea: Oriental Brewery launches premium all-malt beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Oriental Brewery, South Korea’s largest beer manufacturer, launched a new premium all-malt beer in a move to increase its stake in the fast-growing premium beer market, The Korea Herald reported on November 11.

    At a news conference on November 11, it unveiled The Premier OB, a thick all-malt beer made of German noble hops and premium yeast.

    “The Premier OB is the combined result of OB’s 80-year brewing history and its devotion to creating better taste,” said OB CEO Chang In-soo.

    The new product is an upgraded version of OB’s Golden Lager, which is currently the third best-selling beer in Korea. The Premium OB also benchmarked rival all-malt beer brands such as Hite Jinro’s Max and Lotte Liquor’s Kloud.

    “The Premier OB was created by applying a long-term aging technology to our OB Golden Lager to get a denser flavor and richer aroma,” said OB chief marketing officer Alex Song.

    The company also used a different fort and logo for The Premier OB to distinguish it from OB Golden Lager, Song said.

    “Korean consumers used to prefer light-flavored beer, but their palates seem to have changed and diversified over the years,” Song said. “Our No. 1 brand Cass fits the existing conventional customer needs, but it also reflects our efforts to break new ground, which is why we came up with a stronger-tasting product.”

    As an all-malt beer, The Premier OB is manufactured in accordance to the Reinheitsgebot, the German Beer Purity Law ― a regulation which states that beer should only be made using water, barley, hops and yeast.

    “We insist that the hops and yeast used in The Premier OB precisely follow the traditional recipe of the Bavarian Imperial House beer,” Song said.

    Despite the high costs and technology involved, OB’s newest product will be priced at the same level as its Golden Lager. This is because OB is aware that it is a late-mover in the segment.

    “In order to overcome disadvantages and better promote our brand image, we decided our key strategy would be to offer good tastes at good prices,” the chief marketing officer said.
     
    17.11.2014   USA: AB InBev to launch tequila-flavoured Oculto beer next year    ( E-malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is launching a tequila-flavoured beer called Oculto in the U.S. next year, hoping to attract younger consumers who increasingly choose liquor and Mexican beers, The Wall Street Journal reported on November 5.

    Oculto, which will make its debut next spring, will be made with blue agave—the same plant used to make tequila—blended with beer aged with wood from tequila barrels.

    The new lager won’t contain tequila, but it will have an alcohol content of 6%, more than the 4% to 5% typical of American beers. The product targets a U.S. market that AB InBev has had trouble pursuing since it bought Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo SAB de CV for $20.1 billion in 2013.

    Mexican beers are among the most rapidly expanding parts of the beer industry. This year’s shipments of brands such as Modelo Especial and Dos Equis to the U.S. were up 17% through September, according to Beer Marketer’s Insights, a trade publication. Corona is the top-selling import.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev Global Headquarters)
    When AB InBev bought Modelo, it had to agree to forgo U.S. import rights for that company’s most prominent Mexican beers—Corona, Modelo Especial and Pacifico—to allay antitrust concerns. When it sold the U.S. distribution rights to Constellation Brands Inc., it was left without a Mexican beer in the U.S. market. AB InBev markets Modelo brands in Mexico and other markets worldwide.

    Earlier this year, the company began limited U.S. distribution of Montejo, a Mexican lager made by a Modelo subsidiary. Oculto will be the second beer with a Mexican profile in AB InBev’s U.S. portfolio.

    In 2012 AB InBev also launched Bud Light Lime-a-Rita, a flavored malt beverage designed to taste like a margarita, and which has 8% alcohol content. It has since rolled out several flavor variations.

    The tequila-flavored Oculto will feature a label printed directly onto a clear bottle similar to Corona. The name Oculto is etched into a white skull that recalls the style of Mexican “Day of the Dead” art. The logo turns fluorescent and the skull’s empty eyes glow green when the bottle is cold.

    Oculto means “hidden” in Spanish, and each bottle will have a secret message, according to a person who attended an AB InBev gathering of distributors late last month. Details of the brand’s launch date, marketing campaign and will be formally announced next year.

    Earlier this year, Heineken USA began selling a tequila-flavored beer in Florida and Georgia called Desperados, which its parent company, Heineken Holding NV, makes and sells overseas. The company, which also sells Mexican beers Dos Equis and Tecate, plans to release Desperados nationally in 2015.

    The tequila beers are aimed at beer drinkers that have been defecting to cocktails. U.S. sales volumes of spirits have grown at an annual rate of 2.4% over the past five years while beer has fallen 1.2%, according to Euromonitor.
     
    17.11.2014   World: Heineken plans to market Belgian Affligem abbey beer as a global brand    ( E-malt.com )

    The Dutch brewer Heineken has plans to market the Affligem abbey beer as a world brand beside its existing Heineken pilsner, expatica.com reported on November 13.

    Across the globe, demand for pilsner is falling as interest in special beers grows.

    In addition to Affligem Heineken also hopes to promote Desperados - a beer with a tequila taste - and Radler - a mixture of beer and lemonade - as world brands.

    Heineken's marketing chief Alexis Nasard pointed to the rich history of Belgian abbey beers and their enormous credibility.

    Affligem is expected to go head-to-head against AB InBev's Leffe. Affligem takes its name from the Benedictine abbey founded in the Flemish municipality of Affligem in 1072.

    The monks stopped brewing beer in 1940.

    From 1956 onwards the beer was brewed by outside companies including De Smet of Opwijk in which Heineken took a majority stake in 2000. The brewery then changed its name to Affligem Brewery.

    Affligem exists in a blond, double and triple version as well as Patersvat and Affligem 950 Cuvée. The beer recipes are still owned by the Abbey of Affligem.
     
    14.11.2014   BrauBeviale 2014: brilliant start for triple    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 -More visitors: some 37,000 experts, 40 per cent international
    -Almost 43,000 m2 of space: larger than ever before
    -Trend theme Culture of Craft Brewing just what the sector wants

    Some 37,000 experts – as many as a good 4,000 more than in 2012 – visited BrauBeviale 2014, this year’s most important capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry. The three-day exhibition closed its doors in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg today. With 42,781 m2 of display space, BrauBeviale 2014 was the biggest in the over 50-year history of the event. 1,133 exhibitors – both world market leaders and newcomers– presented all the ingredients for a successful beverage mix: high-grade raw materials, sophisticated technologies, efficient logistics and creative marketing ideas.

    “We’ve looked forward to this year’s BrauBeviale with great excitement and I must say, I’m more than satisfied with this impressive start to the triple,” sums up Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibitions. “The revised concept has been very well received – by exhibitors and visitors. The positive mood on the stands reflects an innovative and creative sector.”

    Approx. 40 per cent of the visitors travelled from abroad, especially from the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The product spectrum attracted a good response: some 98 per cent of the beverage specialists were satisfied, according to the result of the survey by an independent institute. The exhibitors were pleased about the high qualifications of the visitors on their stands. A good 90 per cent of the visitors are involved in investment decisions in their company. The exhibitors came from 47 nations, headed by companies from Germany (over 600), Italy, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland.

    A complete success: trend theme Culture of Craft Brewing
    The trend theme was just what the sector wants and many attractions were offered on the culture of craft brewing: from the European MicroBrew Symposium the day before the exhibition and well-known international speakers from the beer world to the extremely popular and well attended Craft Beer Corner. Fans could not only enjoy unusual beer specialities in the exhibition centre, but also at the “Nürnberg BeerExperience” in the city.

    European Beer Star 2014 – Consumers’ Favourite
    The European Beer Star 2014 is one of the biggest international beer competitions and BrauBeviale has been the competition’s exhibition home since 2004. The visitors chose their favourite beer from the 52 Gold Medal winners by blind tasting on the first day of the exhibition.

    The next dates for BrauBeviale:
    BrauBeviale 2015: 10–12 November
    BrauBeviale 2016: 8–10 November
    (Nürnbergmesse GmbH)
     
    14.11.2014   Cavitus picks up the tempo in Africa    ( Company news )

    Company news Representatives of Cavitus who attended the Propak Cape 2014 trade show held recently in Cape Town, South Africa, were delighted with the number and level of enquiries received at this 3 day event.
    The trade show which is one of the largest in the region and showcases the latest trends, innovation and technology, was extremely successful and attracted hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors from all over the African continent and beyond. It provided Cavitus with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of Cavitus’ ultrasonic technology solutions across a wide range of applications in the food and beverage industry.
    Managing Director of Cavitus Europe, Middle East and Africa, Tobias Leischner commented, “Cavitus offers a number of sound wave solutions to those in the bottling industry and to dairy manufacturers. Our Beverage Line Efficiency system offers several options including BLE -Defoaming for CSDs, juices, sparkling wine and beer, BLE-De-aeration for pulp fruit juices, flavoured milks, teas and coffees and the recently introduced BLE-Fobber a completely non-invasive system to create beer fobbing without the use of water or CO2.
    Our Spray Drying Efficiency technology used by the dairy industry, not only reduces energy costs and the carbon footprint, which is a hot topic in the region, but increases throughput for many plants and adds significantly to the bottom line.”
    Mr Leischner continued, “Cavitus has already built strong relationships with customers in Nigeria, Egypt and Ethiopia and our attendance at Propak Cape has provided us with a valuable introduction to manufacturers from other parts of Africa who are interested in improved productivity and profits. Our technology was new to many of the visitors to our stand and created a high level of interest. Of course it’s always more accurate to judge the real success of a show once orders start coming in, however my feeling is that our presence here has opened many new doors in this important part of the world. We are looking forward to a productive and successful 2015.”
    As part of a strategic plan to harness opportunities in new markets, over the last six months Cavitus has attended successful trade shows in Brazil, Japan, China, the US, South Africa and most recently Germany.
    (Cavitus Europe AG)
     
    13.11.2014   Bett Sistemi: components, systems and solutions for flexible automation and safety    ( Company news )

    Company news Turning our customer's needs into standard production: this is the mission of Bett Sistemi, a manufacturing company based in the heart of the Packaging Valley, home to world leading manufacturers of packaging and bottling machinery, as well as cradle and drive for the best innovations in the industry.
    The ideal location to play an active role in the technology transfer process: the company has always designed and developed top of the range components and industrial automation systems for its customers, such as safety guards and systems, conveyors, machine frames, size changeover units and lean production solutions.
    The excellent business reputation, its extensive know-how and the in-house design and manufacturing facilities allow the company to promptly satisfy the customers' requirements, delivering both individual components and kits. These come assembled as customised solutions by Bett Service, which provides tailor-made service and consultancy, going from design to production of turnkey solutions.
    The wide range of products available and Bett Service’s assistance provide effective solutions to meet current and future customer' requests, arising in connection with the great trust placed in Bett Sistemi and in its vocation as developer of new benchmark standards.
    Founded in 1994, Bett Sistemi is ISO 9001 (since 1997) and ISO 14001 (since 2003) certified. It steers and controls the B-Group network, a group of small-sized companies with specific skills and know-how, which collaborate to create unique synergies resulting in the well-known “Original
    Components”.
    (Bett Sistemi S.r.l.)
     
    12.11.2014   Coca-Cola Wins Top Brazilian Packaging Award for Use of Tetra Pak Cartons with Bio-based Plastic    ( Company news )

    Company news Coca-Cola’s Del Valle Reserva brand of juice won the Technology in Beverage Packaging prize at the 2014 ABRE Awards for being the first brand to use Tetra Pak cartons with bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films derived from sugar cane.

    “​Tetra Pak has been characterized by its expertise and leadership in renewable resources. The packaging with green technology is part of that. Our participation in this innovative process, with Del Valle, is also the result of the environmental vision already incorporated into the DNA of Coca-Cola. The partnership with Tetra Pak puts us, once again, in front of the most modern and sustainable in the packaging sector," said Rino Abbondi, Technics & Logistics Vice-President at Coca-Cola Brazil.

    The award winning Del Valle juice in Tetra Prisma® Aseptic​ 1000 reaches more than 200 million Brazilian consumers every year.

    Following the successful pilot with Coca-Cola’s Del Valle brand at the beginning of the year, Tetra Pak has introduced cartons with bio-based LDPE to all 150 customers that source from Tetra Pak Brazil since April, a total of more than 13 billion packs every year. Combined with paperboard, the use of bio-based LDPE increases the content of renewable materials to 78% in the Tetra Prisma Aseptic package used by Coca-Cola.

    “We are delighted that Coca-Cola has won this award, which stands as testimony to their vision and their commitment to drive the sustainability and performance of their packaging through the use of renewable materials,” said Charles Brand, Vice President Marketing & Product Management at Tetra Pak. “We will continue to work with both customers and suppliers to find innovative ways to increase the renewable content of our packaging - which currently averages 70% across our portfolio - because we strongly believe this is the best way to protect the sustainable future of the packaging industry.”

    Produced by Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, bio-based LDPE used in Tetra Pak cartons has the same physical and chemical properties as the traditional fossil-fuel derived polyethylene.
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
     
    12.11.2014   Emerson introduces new System Plast NG Evo chain for dry, high-speed conveying ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in beverage processing

    Picture: PN Gold w End Cap

    New product is lower-friction, tougher and more elastic than original NG chain. Extensive array of corrosion resistant bearings exhibited as well.

    Emerson's Power Transmission Solutions business will introduce its new System Plast NG™ Evo conveyor chain at Brau Beviale, and will also exhibit a wide variety of bearings engineered for beverage industry applications.

    The new NG Evo chain is made from a proprietary, low-friction material for dry high-speed conveying. "NG Evo builds on the success of original NG chain, which is already widely used in the bottling industry," said Jeff Himes, System Plast Senior Product Manager. "The new chain provides a higher breaking load, greater elasticity, lower coefficient of friction and much greater abrasion resistance than the original. All of the physical properties of the original NG chain have been enhanced. NG Evo significantly expands options for dry conveying to meet sustainability and water conservation goals, which will grow in importance for beverage processors worldwide. Beverage handling conveyors are typically lubricated with soap and water that uses two to three times more water than goes into the finished product. There are obvious costs for this, but the hidden cost for wet conveyor is in the slip hazard, pumps, leaks and premature failure of bearings, sensors and other conveyor components. NG Evo chain also reduces the costs and energy for water reclamation and treatment, and eliminates the wear paste buildup caused by mineral-oil-based dry lubricants."

    The companion Nolu®-S wear strips and guides enable reduced-lubrication or lubrication-free, high speed conveyor operation. They are made of a unique resin with a solid lubricant that dramatically reduces the coefficient of friction. Nolu-S helps reduce noise, energy consumption, squeaking, and chain pull/belt fatigue. The combination of NG Evo chain and Nolu-S wear strips can reduce a conveyor’s energy requirements by up to 30 percent, with service life as much as five times greater.

    Corrosion resistant bearings for beverage industry
    CRES bearings (Corrosion Resistant Engineered Solutions) from Power Transmission Solutions are engineered to meet beverage industry requirements for higher speeds, tough environments and low maintenance. Brands include SealMaster® roller and ball bearings, McGill® Camrol® cam follower bearings, Rollway stainless steel bearings and System Plast mounted bearings for washdown.

    SealMaster PN Gold Mounted Ball Bearings and RPB-CR Corrosion Resistant Performance Mounted Tapered Roller Bearings meet both CIP (Clean in Place) and SIP (Steam in Place) sanitation requirements. SealMaster PN Gold bearings – with 316 stainless steel housing or high strength composite housing – have high phosphorous, electroless nickel plated inner and outer races. High Performance triple-lip contact seals provide multidirectional sealing to help exclude contaminants and retain lubrication. They are factory filled with H1 food grade lubricant. PN Gold bearings are available with features like bolt-on end caps and backside shields that enable them to deliver industry-leading Service life and performance.

    SealMaster RPB-CR Corrosion Resistant Performance Mounted Tapered Roller Bearings include a fluoropolymer coated housing and locking collars, stainless steel grease fittings, single lip contact seal and GoldPlex®-FG (NSF H1) food grade grease for corrosion resistant applications.

    Designed for mechanical automation or linear motion systems, Camrol CRES cam follower bearings are ideal for case packers, palletizers, fillers, cappers, unscramblers and similar food/beverage equipment. Camrol CRES bearings utilize a 400-series corrosion-resistant stainless steel, LUBRI-DISC®+ Seals, and H1 food grade grease.

    Rollway stainless steel ball bearings are ideal for high-speed general-purpose applications where there is moisture, water, steam and alkali exposure. They are pre-lubed with a lithium soap multipurpose grease, and special greases are available on request. All metal components are stainless steel, including the backing ring used on the nitrile rubber seals.

    System Plast mounted bearings for the beverage industry are built with corrosion resistant thermoplastic housings of reinforced polyamide. A variety of popular housing styles is available, including pillow block, flanged, tapped base, hanger and take-up, with 400-series stainless steel or 52100 bearing quality steel inserts, packed with H1 food grade grease. Optional end caps and backside seals provide added protection for wash-down applications.

    Special for Brau Beviale 2014. See Emerson in Hall 7, Stand 629
    (Emerson Electric Co. )
     
    11.11.2014   Cavitus bursts the excess air cost bubble    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 Using patented ultrasound technology, the Cavitus De-aeration system improves product quality, reduces waste and saves beverage manufacturers in the bottling industry, thousands in costs.
    Cavitus has introduced a new way to solve excess air/oxygen issues for beverage filling lines through its patented Beverage Line Efficiency (BLE) De-aeration system. It provides a cost effective and reliable solution to the aeration problems faced by companies involved in the production of fruit juice, smoothies, flavoured milks, coffees and teas.
    The Cavitus BLE De-aeration system effectively addresses the issues of excess foam which can result in spoilt product, inconsistent fill volumes, increased bottle rejects, foam crystallisation, inefficient nitrogen dosing and cap seal contamination. Collectively these issues can cost a plant up to an additional 15% in production costs.
    By removing any excess air trapped in the product prior to bottling, it reduces the risk of separation, especially of pulp products, improves product appearance thereby increasing customer confidence and minimises the threat of a reduction in overall sales as a result of poor product presentation.
    Already providing ultrasonic solutions at plants worldwide, to those in the carbonated soft drinks and dairy markets, Cavitus’ non-invasive BLE De-aeration technology removes nothing from the product except excess air/oxygen. It is suitable for Aseptic and hot-fill applications, is clean, green and energy efficient, can be custom designed to suit specific beverage lines and is supplied as bolt-on retrofit technology, thereby involving minimal downtime for installation.
    “No other product can provide such a cost-effective and easy to install solution,” said Dr Darren Bates, Cavitus’ founder and Chief Technology Officer. “The payback period for manufacturers is less than 1 year and Cavitus provides a performance guarantee. For beverage filling lines that are experiencing aeration problems, there is no easier way to increase productivity, reduce waste, improve quality and increase profits.”

    For customers interested in learning more about this sound investment, Cavitus will be introducing the BLE De-aeration system at:
    Stand number 148, Hall 5 at Brau Beviale Nuremberg, Germany from 11-13 November, 2014.
    Members of the press who would like to find out more about Cavitus’ sound technology are also welcome to attend.
    (Cavitus Pty Ltd)
     
    11.11.2014   Costa Rica: Craft beer industry enjoying great success and growth    ( E-malt.com )

    Great success and growth has taken place for the craft beer brewing industry in Costa Rica. This is obvious through data received from craft beer festivals that have taken place in the country, The Costa Rica News reported on October 28.

    For the first festival in 2012, only 350 tickets were sold and 500 people were left out of the event. In the second, participation increased to 750 entries. For the 2014 event, 1,100 tickets were sold, and the fairgrounds eventually hosted a total of 3,000 people that came.

    The distribution companies are unable to cope with the new beer demand that’s growing faster than they can keep up with. Several are incorporated; among these are Costa Rica Craft, The Brotherhood and Treintaycinco Meadery, to name a few. However, there are many others in the process of legalization as well as many bars or pubs that offer their own beer onsite, such as Volcano Brewing and Bribri Springs.

    Costa Rica Craft pioneered the craft beer market in the country. It was created in 2010, but it was not until January 2011 that they began to market their beers. They currently produce 13,000 litres of beer per month but since this does not meet the demand of their customers, they are moving to Cartago to work with their clients that are currently on the waiting list. They handle about 250 outlets in Costa Rica. They believe that the craft brew industry in Costa Rica is in a time of change, so they prefer to be cautious about the future growth of the company.

    Treintaycinco Meadery is another craft brewery that entered the market in 2012. The company was founded by three partners whose friends told them they were crazy for wanting to do a brewery. Thus the name treintaycinco was born, which is code for “crazy” on police radios. They have grown exponentially, from a production of 200 litres per month to a current capacity of 10,000 litres per month.

    Unlike Costa Rica Craft which focuses on two beers, Treintaycinco maintains 10 beers in permanent production.

    “Demand is going faster than us. We are in a good moment and craft beer is in vogue,” Castro said. They plan to move to a larger factory in which they hope to eventually produce 2 million litres annually.
     
    11.11.2014   Xylem: Visit us at Brau Beviale 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news This week Xylem will present its brewing and beverage offering at this year’s Brau Beviale exhibition being held in Nuremburg, Germany.

    As well as a range of hygienic pumping solutions, UV sanitation and ozone generation equipment, commonly used in the processing arena, Xylem will also show a range of analytical instrumentation also dedicated to delivering quality beverage product from process to dispense!

    Instrumentation will include the latest MultiLine® three channel meters that are capable of measuring pH, conductivity & dissolved oxygen from a single high quality hand held device; ideal for use in wet brew-houses for measuring wort and acid content. The pHotoFlex® colorimeter with optional turbidity & pH that combines modern measuring techniques with recognized methodology including EBC color, bitterness, etc. will also be on show as well as the world leading RFM340+ refractometer used to determine the Brix or sugar content of soft drinks and the TitroLine® titrator for controlling diet beverages.

    Covering food safety, Xylem will feature the EBI-11 data-loggers. EBI-11's are used to ensure critical temperatures, or PU Values, are achieved during the wash cycle of returnable beer bottles.

    OPTi digital hand held refractometers for brewing, beverage and and dispense applications will also be on-show.

    Brau Beviale 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany
    In Hall 6, Booth 131 from 11-13th November
    (Bellingham + Stanley Ltd.)
     
    10.11.2014   The Coca-Cola Company Announces Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Joe Tripodi to Retire; ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Marcos De Quinto to Become Chief Marketing Officer

    The Coca-Cola Company announced that after more than seven years of distinguished leadership and service as the Company’s Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Joe Tripodi (photo) will retire from the Company at the end of February 2015.

    Tripodi will be succeeded by Marcos De Quinto, a seasoned and respected Company veteran who is currently President of the Iberia Business Unit & Vice President, Europe Group.

    “During his tenure, Joe has successfully led our Company’s worldwide marketing and commercial organization, and played a vital role in building and leveraging our marketing capabilities and talent around the globe,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “I want to thank Joe for his leadership, dedication and many contributions to our business, and wish him and his family much happiness in his retirement.”

    Under Tripodi’s leadership, The Coca-Cola Company launched one of its most successful global campaigns for brand Coca-Cola, Open Happiness. The Company was named the Cannes Lions Creative Marketer of the Year in 2013, while Trademark Coca-Cola continued its multi-year run among the top of Interbrand’s Most Valuable Global Brand List. In addition, The Coca-Cola Company’s marketing strategies and innovative consumer engagement work earned it a place among Fast Company magazine’s Top 15 Most Innovative Companies in the World in 2013. The Company was also recognized as Advertising Age Marketer of the Year and Mobile Marketing Association Marketer of the Year. Earlier this year, Tripodi was inducted into the American Marketing Association Hall of Fame.

    Tripodi joined Coca-Cola in 2007 from Allstate Insurance Company, where he was Chief Marketing Officer. He also served in Chief Marketing Officer roles for The Bank of New York, Seagram Spirits & Wine, and MasterCard International.

    De Quinto will succeed Tripodi as Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 1, 2015.

    “Over his tenure with Coca-Cola, Marcos has been known for his ardent passion for our brands, our business and our system, as well as his strategic capabilities,” said Mr. Kent. “Although Marcos’ DNA is that of a marketer, he has held a number of leadership roles throughout his career and he will bring a global view with strong operational experience to this key role. Through Marcos’ leadership, the Iberia Business Unit has become one of our best marketing centers of excellence worldwide. Our global marketing organization will benefit greatly from Marcos’ proven track record of success and his unique combination of world-class operational and marketing expertise.”

    De Quinto has been in his current role since 2000. Previously, De Quinto held various Division Marketing roles across Spain, Southeast & West Asia, Germany, as well as general management roles in Singapore & Malaysia.
    De Quinto has a Bachelor of Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Masters in Business Administration from the Instituto de Empresa.
    Over the next several months, Tripodi and De Quinto will work in partnership to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    07.11.2014   Diageo: Interim management statement for the three months ended 30 September 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Performance in the three months ended 30 September 2014 was in line with expectations, with organic net sales down 1.5% and volume down 3.5%, as Diageo again drove good mix from the stronger performance of its reserve brands, up 10%.

    Photo: Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo

    On a reported basis, net sales declined 1.7% in the quarter as a result of the organic movement; negative foreign exchange, mainly in respect of the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar against the rate used in the first half last year, offset by the effect of full consolidation of United Spirits Limited (USL) from 2 July 2014; and the termination of the transitional arrangements following the disposal of Jose Cuervo.

    Commentary on the quarter ended 30 September 2014:

    In North America, consumer trends are broadly unchanged and the performance in the quarter reflects the comparison against a very strong first quarter last year in US Spirits & Wines, partially offset by sale of bulk stocks and a modest rise in stock levels which will be reversed in the next quarter.

    Performance in Europe was impacted by declining net sales in Russia and Eastern Europe as a result of weak consumer confidence and the uncertainty arising from events in Ukraine. In Western Europe net sales declined 1%. Consumer trends across the region were broadly unchanged, however the quarter was affected by a weaker performance in Benelux, following price increases there and continued weakness in Germany which is not expected to improve until the second half.

    In Africa, although Nigeria was weak, performance was strong in Diageo's Africa Regional Markets and East Africa. Underlying growth in South Africa was also good, however net sales growth was affected by the transfer of production of Smirnoff Ice Double Black Guarana to Diageo's DHN joint venture.

    Latin America and Caribbean delivered a good performance in the main domestic markets, however net sales in Brazil declined in the quarter as price increases were taken in some states to align prices across the country. This short term negative impact will strengthen the long term performance of the market. The border zone business in West LAC declined as currency weakness continued, leading to both lower trade confidence and lower consumer demand.

    In Asia Pacific, the weak performance in the quarter reflects the decision to reduce inventory levels in South East Asia and the continued challenging trading environment in mainland China, although organic net sales decline there has moderated to around 20% in the quarter. In contrast India and Global Travel Asia and Middle East delivered good growth.

    Net assets increased £0.8 billion from £7.6 billion at 30 June 2014 to £8.4 billion at 30 September 2014, primarily as a result of the profit for the period and the full consolidation of USL, which was partly offset by the accrual for the final dividend payable in respect of the year ended 30 June 2014.

    Net borrowings increased £1,997 million from £8,850 million at 30 June 2014 to £10,847 million at 30 September 2014, primarily as a result of the £1,107 million consideration paid for an additional 26% investment in USL and the consolidation of net borrowings of USL estimated at £765 million.

    Exchange rate movements are estimated to adversely impact operating profit for the year ending 30 June 2015 by £95 million, with no impact on finance charges, based on current exchange rates of £1= $1.61 and £1= €1.27. This guidance excludes the impact of IAS 21 and 39. Assuming the current SICAD II exchange rate of $1= VEF49.96 (£1= VEF80.43) it is estimated that the hyperinflation charge for the year ending 30 June 2015 will be approximately £50 million.

    Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo commented:
    "Consumer trends in most markets are unchanged and our first quarter performance is in line with our expectations given the prior year comparison of the performance of our US Spirits & Wines business and the destock we have implemented in South East Asia.

    In North America, consumer demand for mainstream brands is still constrained by weak consumer confidence in average income households while our reserve brands and our innovations continue to perform well, as they do globally. Western Europe is now stable and I continue to expect full year performance to be flat although there will be quarterly fluctuations around that level.

    Emerging markets' performance remains weak with further currency weakness in a few markets and specific geopolitical situations in some areas. However our brand performance has been strong in many markets including Turkey, East Africa, India and Colombia.

    We expect full year top line growth to improve on last year's performance. Our focus on our six performance drivers continues to build our capabilities and deliver the cultural change I want to see across the business. I am confident we are on the road to realise our full potential."
    (Diageo plc)
     
    06.11.2014   A kit to adjust the product control contact levers to the format changeover height    ( Company news )

    Company news The ideal accessory for our pantograph format changeover positioning systems, the new product feeler unit adjuster kit completes and expands its benefits in terms of practicality, flexibility and reliability.

    The systems enables precise stopping of product feed on all rows or only the row in which a turnover has been detected.

    The up/down synchronised motion of the two cylinders is guided by two racks connected by a hexagonal transmission shaft.

    The movement can be adjusted with a simple lever and the drive cylinder is equipped with a vibration damping brake.

    The feelers, which are compatible with both inductive sensors and photocells, are easy to adjust horizontally without the use of tools, and are precisely positioned by a ball grub screw.
    (Bett Sistemi S.r.l.)
     
    06.11.2014   The Coca-Cola Company Announces Actions To Drive Stronger Growth    ( Company news )

    Company news -Maintaining its long-term high single-digit EPS growth target while adjusting its net revenue target to mid single-digit growth and replacing its operating income metric with profit before tax (All long-term growth targets are on a comparable currency neutral basis)
    -Streamlining and simplifying its operating model to drive the speed and agility of the organization and provide line of sight to aligned compensation targets
    -Expanding productivity initiatives with $3 billion in expected annualized savings by 2019
    -Refocusing on its core business model of building the world’s greatest beverage brands and leading an unmatched global system of strong local bottling partners

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

    The Coca-Cola Company announced actions to reinvigorate growth. These actions support the previously announced five strategic priorities to restore momentum and the Company’s long-term growth target of high single-digit comparable currency neutral EPS.
    "We are taking decisive action to position The Coca-Cola Company to continue delivering long-term value for our shareowners," said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. "We have taken a hard look at our progress to date and realize that while the strategies we laid out at the beginning of the year are on the right track, the scope and pace of our actions must increase. In addition to announcing an expanded productivity program, we are streamlining our operations and further aligning our incentive plans to deliver against our growth objectives. We are also evolving our 2020 Vision to reflect these changes. Within this context, we are maintaining our long-term high single-digit EPS growth target, while changing our operating income metric to profit before tax and adjusting our net revenue target to mid single-digit growth.

    "While we expect the macroeconomic environment to remain challenging through 2015, we are confident in our ability to return to sustainable growth over the long term. This confidence is supported by the attractive long-term dynamics of our industry and the unparalleled reach of our brands and our global system. We are fully dedicated to strengthening our position as the world’s leading beverage company."

    KEY INITIATIVES
    The Company introduced the following initiatives to reinvigorate growth:
    -Streamlining and simplifying its operating model to speed decision making and enhance local market focus. These organizational changes, along with the previously announced changes being made to long-term incentive metrics, will empower employees and link line-of-sight accountability to business results.

    -Expanding its current successful productivity program by targeting annualized savings of $3 billion per year by 2019. This productivity program will focus on four key areas:

    • Restructuring the Company’s global supply chain, including manufacturing in North America;
    • Implementing zero-based budgeting across the organization;
    • Streamlining and simplifying its operating model; and
    • Driving increased discipline and efficiency in direct marketing investments.

    As a result of these productivity initiatives, the Company expects to fund the marketing initiatives and innovation required to deliver sustainable net revenue growth. These savings will also support margin expansion and increased returns on invested capital over time.

    Refocusing on its core business model of building the world’s greatest beverage brands and leading an unmatched global system of strong local bottling partners. This will include refranchising the majority of Company-owned North American bottling territories by the end of 2017 and a substantial portion of the remaining territories no later than 2020.

    Strategically targeting brand and growth investments that leverage its global strengths. This includes previously announced plans to improve the quantity and quality of marketing, as well as making future investments that will target markets and categories where brands remain underfunded relative to the opportunity. The Company has a disciplined strategy for incremental investments, prioritizing spending in markets where the Coca-Cola system has the right price/package architecture and execution capabilities in place. We will also continue to grow investments in our still beverages while leveraging our new partnership model.

    Focusing on driving revenue and profit growth across markets while providing local operations with a clear line of sight and aligned compensation targets. Beginning in 2015, revenue growth will be added as a metric in the Company’s incentive plans. The Company will adjust the relative importance of volume and price/mix in each market in order to drive the right behavior for each market type.

    LONG-TERM GROWTH TARGETS AND FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
    As described above, the Company is maintaining its long-term high single-digit EPS growth target, adjusting its net revenue target to mid single-digit growth, and targeting profit before tax in place of operating income to account for increased equity income growth from its new partnership model. Going forward, the Company will have a profit before tax target of 6% to 8%.
    "While investments made in recent months are yielding early signs of progress, we recognize that our five strategic priorities and the initiatives announced today will take time to produce results," Kent added. "We remain confident in the vibrancy of the nonalcoholic ready-todrink beverage industry and are determined to make the necessary changes to sustainably meet or exceed our long-term growth targets. At the same time, we are cautious in our near-term outlook given challenging macroeconomic conditions. In this context, our 2020 Vision will remain focused on delivering value growth ahead of the industry for our system."

    The Company expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target in 2014 and, based on the current outlook, does not expect comparable currency neutral EPS growth in 2015 to be significantly different from 2014. Further, the Company expects fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates to have an unfavorable impact on its results in 2015. Based on current spot rates, existing hedge positions, and the cycling of 2014 rates, the Company expects a mid single-digit headwind on profit before tax in 2015. Longer term, the Company intends to return to delivering against its stated growth targets.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    05.11.2014   COPA-DATA at BrauBeviale: Ergonomic Software Solutions for the Brewing Industry    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 COPA-DATA, software specialist for industrial automation, will be presenting solutions for ergonomic production at the BrauBeviale 2014 – from the brewing process and line management, to monitoring OEE, through to optimizing energy supply. With live demonstrations, booth visitors can also let themselves be convinced of the advantages of Multi-Touch technology in the industrial environment.

    The zenon Product Family allows companies from the beverage industry to gain full visualization, intuitive handling, efficient control and continuous optimization of complex equipment.
    "A great deal of competitive pressure, stringent compliance requirements and increasing raw material and energy costs call for companies in the beverage industry to react more flexibly and economize more efficiently", explains Emilian Axinia, Industry Manager Food & Beverage at COPA-DATA GmbH. "zenon is the key to continuous and ergonomic production, filling and packaging processes, increased line flexibility, maximum equipment availability and ultimately also reduced Total Cost of Ownership."

    zenon for Line Management and OEE
    Companies that implement zenon for line management can guarantee a continuous information flow – from the machine to the ERP system and back. They can ensure the efficient use of the raw materials as well as the equipment, that they are fulfilling quality and time standards for all their production orders, and are reducing costs in the long term and on a sustainable basis. COPA-DATA offers a universal, flexible and open platform with zenon that is geared to contribute to an increase of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

    zenon for the Management of Brewing Processes
    Breweries that implement the zenon Product Family, can fully display, comprehensively monitor and efficiently control their beverage production. Here zenon can particularly support the production process: The Batch Control Module allows processes in a batch-based production to be optimally controlled and monitored as well as ensure an unchanging high quality: With Batch Control, brew masters can create and manage master recipes themselves, which then serve as templates for recipes, the so called control recipes, used in beverage production.

    zenon for Energy Management
    With the help of zenon it is also possible for companies from the beverage industry to set up a solution for Energy Management, which not only records and clearly and extensively presents energy consumption, the use of resources and the production data, but also identifies the possibilities for optimizing energy efficiency as well as saving potential. The software thereby meets important criteria set out by the international energy standard ISO 50001. The certification body of TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH confirmed that zenon meets the defined requirements of the TÜV SÜD standard "Certified Energy Data Management".

    zenon for Multi-Touch HMI
    A further issue at BrauBeviale 2014 is the Multi-Touch technology, which is completely integrated into zenon. If companies use zenon with Multi-Touch, they can profit from intuitive handling, a minimal amount of training and induction, as well as increased operating safety, thanks to two-handed operation and gesture-based login.

    Visit COPA-DATA at BrauBeviale 2014 from November 11 – 13, 2014 in Nuremberg in Hall 7, Booth 444.
    We look forward to seeing you!
    (Ing. Punzenberger COPA-DATA GmbH)
     
    05.11.2014   Jamaica: Government welcomes Red Stripe investment in cassava production    ( E-malt.com )

    The Jamaican government said on October 29 that investment by local beer company Red Stripe in cassava production will provide a boost to the island's economy, Fox News reports.
    Finance and Planning Minister Peter Phillips told reporters on October 29 that Red Stripe will invest J$10 million over the next five years to plant and cultivate cassava for the beer-making process, helping ensure "stability in the Jamaican economy."
    He said the investment outlay by Red Stripe, the main local beer maker and a unit of multinational Diageo, is a product of the government's economic reforms.
    "What we are seeing is the result of our efforts to reduce debt, and inspire confidence in the stability of the Jamaican economy," Phillips said.
    The minister, who made a visit on October 28 to the southern coast, where Red Stripe has a plantation, said cassava production is evidence of an agricultural revolution in Jamaica.
    In January 2014, Red Stripe signed an agreement with Jamaica's Agriculture Ministry to plant and cultivate up to 2,400 acres of cassava over five years.
    The processing plant of Jamaica's most famous beer brand will begin cassava-based beer production in February, when the crops will be ready for harvesting.
     
    05.11.2014   Myanmar: Myanmar Economic Holdings wins legal fight for Myanmar Brewery ownership    ( E-malt.com )

    Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd., a conglomerate controlled by Myanmar’s military, said on October 31 it has won a legal fight to wrest full control over a brewery from its Singaporean partner, Fraser & Neave Ltd.

    An arbitration tribunal ruled that MEHL is entitled to buy Fraser & Neave’s shares in Myanmar Brewery at “fair value” under the terms of their joint-venture agreement, the Yangon-based company said in a statement. MEHL owns 45% of the brewer while the Singapore-listed firm owns the remainder.

    The two companies will jointly appoint a valuer to set the price for the acquisition, according to MEHL, which initiated arbitration proceedings in September 2013 after months of fruitless talks with its partner to resolve the spat.

    The ruling allows MEHL to claim as its own a prized asset that serves more than 80% of Myanmar’s beer market. It also followed a lengthy corporate dispute that analysts say highlights the risk of doing business with Myanmar’s state-owned enterprises and could damp confidence of investors seeking opportunities in a country still emerging from decades of secrecy and isolation under military rule.

    “The conduct of this arbitration shows our commitment to the rule of law and that we will always adhere to due process,” MEHL Managing Director Myint Aung said in the statement.

    Singapore-listed Fraser & Neave, which halted trading of its shares earlier on October 31 pending an announcement, didn’t immediately comment on the ruling. The company previously said MEHL had “no basis” for its claim.

    Myanmar Brewery, set up in 1995 as one of the country’s first joint ventures, makes Myanmar Beer, Myanmar Double Strong and Andaman Gold. The brewery is Fraser & Neave’s only beer asset, after the company sold its stake in Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd. to Dutch brewer Heineken NV in 2012.

    MEHL, previously known as the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings, first partnered APB in 1995 to set up Myanmar Brewery. APB, itself a joint venture between Fraser & Neave and Heineken at the time, transferred its stake in Myanmar Brewery to the Singaporean firm in 1997.

    The dispute started after Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi took control of Fraser & Neave last year in a multibillion-dollar debt-fueled acquisition. Arbitration over the spat took place in Singapore, with hearings held in June and July, MEHL said in its statement.

    While MEHL is controlled by Myanmar’s military, its precise ownership is ambiguous even to its foreign partners. The company remains on a U.S. Treasury blacklist because of its military ties, even though the U.S. lifted the bulk of its sanctions against Myanmar in 2012.

    With far-ranging interests including in transportation and tourism, MEHL and its subsidiaries are popular partners for many foreign investors seeking access to Myanmar’s nascent market.
     
    05.11.2014   UK: Diageo delays capacity expansion for Scotch whisky because of declining sales    ( E-malt.com )

    Diageo has delayed plans to expand production capacity for Scotch whisky after the world’s thirst for the drink started to drop this year, OffLicence News reported on October 30.
    Scotch exports dropped 11% in the first half of 2014 as the Scotch Whisky Association blamed “economic headwinds and uncertainty” for hampered growth in several markets.
    Diageo, the world’s leading producer, announced in 2012 it would invest more than £1 billion over five years to keep up with rising global demand.
    But now that demand is cooling off Diageo, which supplies Johnnie Walker, J&B, Talisker, Bell’s and the David Beckham-fronted Haig Club, has decided to delay expansion plans.
    “The weaker global economic environment has impacted the growth of Scotch in certain markets and therefore Diageo will continue to review and adjust the timing of the next phase of our investment programme to manage our Scotch whisky inventory and to retain the alignment between growth in production volumes and growth in demand,” a Diageo spokesman said.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    04.11.2014   VTT on a mission to develop new taste sensations for beer lovers    ( Company news )

    Company news VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland was commissioned to analyse the bottles of beer salvaged from the 1840s shipwreck found near the Åland Islands in 2010. Living bacteria found in the bottles were subject to further tests to find out how the cells had survived for so long in the wreck. VTT also develops new brewery processes and beers. VTT was founded in 1942, and beer and brewery research is one of the institute’s oldest research areas.

    Both beer lovers and breweries are always looking for new taste sensations. New beer flavours can be created by developing new yeast cultures and by making use of naturally occurring yeast and bacteria. New kinds of yeast are needed, for instance, in the manufacture of non-alcoholic beers. The lager yeast Saccharomyces pastorianus is a natural hybrid of two yeast strains. One of VTT’s most recently introduced research areas relates to the development of new hybrid yeast strains that have new kinds of taste profiles or a better ability to turn sugar into alcohol than the currently available lager yeasts.

    Lactic acid bacteria found in shipwreck beer bottles subject to further tests
    The Åland-based brewery Stallhagen has embarked on a quest to recreate the 170-year-old recipe and start reproducing the beer. Both the product development process and the brewing technique were selected based on the thorough physico-chemical and microbiological analyses carried out at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
    One of VTT’s triumphs was isolating living lactic acid bacteria from the bottles. This type of bacteria plays an important role in the brewing of the recreated beer. The production process was developed in collaboration with Stallhagen and the Belgian university KU Leuven, a frontrunner in yeast and bacteria fermentation.
    “We are probably talking about the oldest living non-spore forming bacteria ever found in beer. The beer brewing techniques used in the old days typically caused these kinds of bacteria to grow alongside yeast”, explains Key Account Manager Annika Wilhelmson from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
    What scientists now want to know is how the lactic acid bacteria differ from “modern” organisms of the same kind and how they survived in such extreme conditions. VTT and the University of Saskatchewan are studying the DNA of the bacteria to find some answers to these questions. Bacterial strains isolated from the bottles could prove useful to the food and drinks industry in the future.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
     
    03.11.2014   Energy-efficient glass furnace opens    ( Company news )

    Company news Nampak’s new energy-efficient glass furnace was officially opened in Roodekop, Gauteng by South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, and Nampak’s Chief Executive Officer, André de Ruyter.

    The R1,2 billion furnace, which is the third at Nampak Glass, will increase the plant’s capacity to 295 000 tons per annum and create about 140 direct jobs. Nampak has already secured long-term contracts to supply customers with a mix of glass bottles and jars.

    “Of the R1,2 billion invested in the third furnace, 50% was spent on developing the building in South Africa and the balance was used to buy the furnace equipment in Europe,” said André de Ruyter, CEO of Nampak. The Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) section 12I tax allowance incentive on brownfields investment has been a key enabler for the third furnace project. “This is a great example of a truly dynamic public-private partnership” added André.

    Since it was established in 1984, the Nampak Glass factory has received significant investment capital to upgrade its infrastructure and manufacturing processes and increase its capacity. In 2010, Nampak opened a R160 million cullet processing plant, which processes about 80 000 tons of cullet a year, procured from 4 000 SMMEs. Once production at the third furnace ramps up so too will demand for cullet, creating a virtuous cycle of opportunity for SMMEs and informal waste collectors alike, while limiting the impact of waste on the environment. Currently cullet replaces up to 55% of the requirement for virgin raw material at the factory.

    The third furnace is one of the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced of its kind in the world. Emissions, energy, waste and water are all managed efficiently, with improved flexibility in terms of colour, shape and light-weighting of final products. Specific features include cullet batch preheating from waste gases, a closed-loop water purification system and an ESP filter that reduces emissions. One of South Africa’s largest Rotary Uninterrupted Power Supply (RUPS) has also been installed on the site, removing the risks of power outages and surges.

    “In the past year alone, Nampak has spent approximately R2,5 billion on a number of capital projects, the majority of which were in South Africa. More will be spent in the future, mainly on refurbishing and upgrading existing operations in order for us to remain competitive in the face of increasing competition and cost pressure” said André.
    (Nampak Glass)
     
    03.11.2014   Gerd Liebig is leaving ENGEL; Management Board and owners express thanks and wish him well ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...for the future

    “We are very sorry that Gerd Liebig (photo) has decided to take this step,” says Dr. Peter Neumann, CEO of ENGEL Holding GmbH. “Over the past nine years, Mr. Liebig has enhanced our global sales and marketing structure considerably. Through his great commitment, talent for dealing with people and sure sense of our markets, he has delivered a contribution to the success of the ENGEL group – and for that we are very grateful.”

    Gerd Liebig leaves the company at his own request: he will remain in the plastics industry, accepting a wider scope of duties and greater responsibility in his new position.

    “We can look back on a very productive and enjoyable working relationship,” says Neumann. “We would like to wish Mr. Liebig all the best for his future.”
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    31.10.2014   SABMiller CEO Alan Clark sets out long-term vision for superior growth    ( Company news )

    Company news At an investor seminar in London, Alan Clark (photo), Chief Executive SABMiller plc, outlined the company’s long term strategy for growth, including plans to expand beer’s appeal in mature markets. Nick Fell, Marketing Director SABMiller plc, covered the brewer’s plans to build a position for beer outside its traditional role as the favourite drink for men in pubs and bars, with flavours and styles that attract more consumers on more occasions.

    Alan Clark said: “SABMiller has always been about strong growth and performance. To ensure we continue on this trajectory in the future, we’ve sharpened our strategy to focus on three key elements: driving superior topline growth, becoming more efficient and concentrating on the highest growth opportunities.
    “Our long experience of operating in emerging markets means we are well-positioned to capture the opportunities from these high-growth markets. But in the more mature and fragmented markets, we need a new approach. We have a long-term vision to push out the boundaries of the beer category, appealing to more consumers on more occasions through innovation and challenging traditional perceptions of beer."

    Nick Fell said: “We know there’s untapped potential in beer and it’s time to change the image of beer as just a drink for guys watching sport. Why shouldn’t beer be a great choice with food or something that has much more appeal for women?
    “Achieving this will take time but it can be done. Just look at coffee. What was previously a one-dimensional drink has become everything from an inexpensive cup of instant at home to a premium-priced speciality drink in a coffee shop with a huge range of exotic flavours and styles. We have the same opportunity and vision for beer.
    “We are already seeing good results from strengthening our core lager brands and expanding our portfolios into new areas such as radlers, flavoured beers and ciders. Our new strategy for beer takes us further. We believe our unrivalled local market insights - as the most local of the global brewers - combined with our size and scale will allow us to really shape the future of beer in new and interesting ways.”

    Chris Ritchie, MD for SABMiller in Panama, and Andrew Highcock, MD for SABMiller in Poland presented case studies, illustrating how plans to expand the beer category will work in their markets.
    Mr Clark, Mr Fell, Mr Ritchie and Mr Highcock will deliver their seminar again tomorrow, October 7th, in New York.

    Highlights from the presentations
    Alan Clark
    Strategic choices:
    -Drive superior topline growth with an insight-based long-term growth strategy for the beer category:
    -Extending occasions when consumers may choose beer;
    -Offering beers as alternatives to wine and spirits;
    -Improving premium mix;
    -Ensuring affordability in emerging markets
    -Liberate resources to win in market and reduce costs:
    -Cost reduction and efficiency programmes, including the introduction of global business service centres; enhancements across global supply chain; and increased scope of SABMiller Procurement
    -These programmes liberate resources to re-invest in front-line execution
    -Shape global footprint to contribute to superior growth
    -Focus resources on highest growth opportunities
    -Where the right opportunities arise M&A remains a core component of growth strategy
    -Deliver superior performance in soft drinks operations, where SABMiller has an increasing focus as a complement to beer operations

    Nick Fell
    SABMiller beer category strategy:
    -Beer currently has the largest value share at 28% of the global packaged beverages universe
    -To date, beer’s heartland has been masculine consumer occasions. To grow share of the global packaged beverages space, beer must become increasingly relevant to a broader range of consumers on more occasions

    Long-term strategy to achieve this:
    -Define consumer occasions to target, using deep local consumer insights; identify those where beer is underrepresented, e.g. evening meal occasions, formal and informal mixed-gender occasions, family relax occasions, etc.
    -Understand the benefits consumers are seeking from drinks on these occasions, including taste, premium feel, affordability, packaging, etc.
    -Align a beer beverage that will meet these criteria, delivering the benefits that suit a specific occasion
    -This will include positioning of new and existing styles of beer using new and existing brands and packaging, with a focus on premiumisation, e.g. radlers, ciders, wheat beers, sharing packs, etc.
    (SABMiller plc)
     
    30.10.2014   Clear sky signals a bright future for Cavitus    ( Company news )

    Company news Beijing, a city often in the news for its polluted skies, offered plenty of blue sky for global ultrasonic technology company Cavitus during the 4 day China Brew China Beverage 2014 exhibition held in Beijing from 13 – 16 October. Through exhibiting at the event, Cavitus raised its profile in China and attracted much local interest.
    Since its introduction in 1995, this international processing technology and equipment expo has focussed on the growing market in the Asia Pacific region and offers the brewing and beverage industry the latest information about manufacturers’ achievements and innovations.
    The event was attended by Cavitus CEO Nigel Hall and General Manager of Cavitus Malaysia, Warwick Bagnall.
    “China Brew was a well organised show which provided an excellent platform for Cavitus to consolidate our connection with existing major corporate customers in the region,” stated Mr Bagnall.
    “Although we were slightly disappointed with the overall attendance numbers, we attracted the attention of several machine manufacturers who showed great interest in our ultrasonic solutions. Our stand was in the perfect location, close to other significant international exhibitors. This provided us with the opportunity to engage with regional beverage manufacturers who have local hero status and also to build on our existing relationships with the markets big brand owners. Our presence at the trade show provided them with valuable insights into the problems we can solve, the value we can add to their production and enabled them to see our patented de-foaming unit in action.” he continued.
    Mr Hall agreed. “We have been treated to a week of clear air and blue sky in Beijing and there was plenty of blue sky opportunity for Cavitus at the show! We received lots of enquiries from companies interested in representing Cavitus as distributors which indicates the large appetite for our product in the Chinese market. As well as attracting a lot of attention from local Chinese beverage manufacturers we were also able to engage with the local representatives of some of our global clients and advance the adoption of our productivity enhancing technology on a worldwide basis. Overall the CBB was a success for Cavitus and reinforced our belief that China offers massive potential for us.”
    Around 700 exhibitors filled over 80,000 square meters during the 4 day event.
    (Cavitus Pty Ltd)
     
    29.10.2014   PROCAP reveals larger and more modern production and warehouse facility in Hoboken    ( Company news )

    Company news Future-ready, the new site ensures the Group’s capacity to meet increasing customer needs and fulfil strategic growth ambitions.

    PROCAP, a major European player in the plastic caps and closures industry, announces the complete opening of its new production and storage facility in Hoboken, Belgium. The new premises more than doubles the company’s warehouse and production space. With far greater capacity, PROCAP Hoboken is now ideally positioned to increase market share in line with the Group's strategic growth ambitions.
    The larger space has room for over 50 injection machines and around 40 lining/assembly machines to ensure PROCAP can meet increased customer demand for caps and closures that add real value to their business. The facility is BRC (British Retail Consortium) certified, meaning that it meets the high standards for manufacturing required by the food industry, an important sector for PROCAP and one of the largest growing industries for caps and closures.
    Chemical and agro chemical closure solutions currently represent the biggest part of turnover at the Hoboken site. With the BRC certification, PROCAP Hoboken is now fully prepared to serve all other industries and the company expects turnover growth of 3 million euros over a period of three years.
    The plant and warehouse were built on the site of PROCAP’s former Hoboken facility as well as neighbouring land purchased by the company to enable the expansion. Construction of the ultra-modern facility began two years ago and was carried out in three phases to ensure that it remained operational throughout the build.
    The facility represents a significant investment for PROCAP and underscores the company’s commitment to better serve customers. The entire production facility has been upgraded with more modern machinery. At Group level, PROCAP has made a number of commitments to sustainability one of which is to replace hydraulic injection machines with electrical ones that use significantly less energy. With new dressing rooms as well as a cafeteria and terrace, the new Hoboken facility also improves comfort levels for employees. Automated palletising will be introduced in the near future, replacing the need for manual stacking which will further improve employee wellbeing. It will also enhance customer service by ensuring products are correctly palletised.
    In all locations in which it operates, PROCAP strives to be a good neighbour and support the local community. The Hoboken facility is more aesthetically pleasing than the former building and will offer greater employment opportunities. Located in a dedicated green area, PROCAP Hoboken partners with Natuurpunt, the society for the protection of nature and wildlife in Flanders, to help sustain the surrounding environment. The company’s environmental policy is supported by ISO 14001 certification.
    (Procap Wiltz SA)
     
    29.10.2014   The Czech Republic: Microbreweries and craft brands reviving Czech beer industry    ( E-malt.com )

    Only in the Czech Republic – where the population leads the world in beer consumption at an annual 144 litres per capita – can a brewer become a media star, The Financial Times reported on October 7.

    Stanislav Bernard, a flamboyant, 59-year-old former electrical engineer, has become a household name with his eye-catching advertisements. A recent campaign depicted the tousled haired entrepreneur in uniform by a sentry box, replete with the slogan: “Be on your guard against Eurobeer”.

    Intended to stress Mr Bernard’s commitment to ‘genuine’ Czech brews made according to traditional methods – as opposed to mass-produced industrial lager – the hoardings send an important marketing message, raise a chuckle from passing motorists and, most importantly, increase sales.

    Buying a near-derelict, state-owned brewery in the small town of Humpolec after the Velvet Revolution, his small team sold 107,000 hectolitres in 1992 – four times the previous year’s volume.

    “The beer they had been making lacked character,” Mr Bernard says. “We decided to have our own Pilsner-taste, but full-bodied and bitter, from Czech ingredients, and with no short cuts. It remains one of our core beliefs.”

    This year, sales from the Bernard Family Brewery are expected to top 250,000 hectolitres.

    While this is but 1.5 per cent of the 16 mln hectolitres downed annually by beer-quaffing Czechs, it puts Mr Bernard at the forefront of what aficionados see as a healthy rise in the local ‘craft brewery’ culture – in the face of an otherwise fast consolidating industry over the past 25 years.

    “Although not a brewer by profession, Stanislav Bernard is an exceptional personality,” says Tomas Erlich, president of the Friends of Beer – a 1,400-strong association of Czech beer lovers.
    He says Mr Bernard not only saved the Humpolec brewery, but his lobbying in parliament in the 1990s reduced the excise tax for smaller breweries, which encouraged the growth of small and micro producers. Indeed, the Czech Republic has seen an explosion of independent producers in recent years, most notably microbreweries located in restaurants.

    “In 1992, there was only one microbrewery in the country. Today, we estimate there are 250-260,” says Vladimir Balach, executive director at the Czech Beer and Malt Association.

    Mr Erlich accuses the big brewers of closing down multiple sites and giving Czechs “very ordinary” beer.

    Such charges smart with Plzensky Prazdroj – the Pilsner Brewery group – which has almost 50 per cent of the domestic market and is owned by SABMiller, the world’s second-largest beer producer.

    “We are very sorry to hear such rumours. No brewery on the Czech market has been closed by SABMiller, and there are no such plans for the future,” Katerina Krasova, spokesperson for Plzensky Prazdroj, said.

    Moreover, she insists that the group, which owns the famed Pilsner Urquell Brewery, has striven to raise quality at every opportunity, while guaranteeing the use of Czech ingredients and traditional procedures in the production process.

    “Over the past 11 years, we have invested more than Kc 18 bln (€652 mln) in developing our breweries, our brands and our employees. Together with Czech farmers, service providers, suppliers of goods, pub and restaurant owners, we significantly contribute to Czech economic growth.”

    However, the expansion of microbreweries aside, there is no doubt that the trend towards consolidation within the sector has led to closures elsewhere.

    Of the 80 or so breweries in the Czech lands in 1989, about 48 survive today, of which 19 are owned by the big breweries, according to Pavel Prchal, director of the Zemsky Pivovar, a small industrial brewery. “Three have closed in Prague alone in that time,” he says.

    Mr Prchal, who is working to open the first new brewery in the Czech capital for 113 years, says the fightback by craft breweries and their popularity among the public has redrawn the market.

    “2005-2007 was probably the high point for the big brewery conglomerates, when they had something upwards of 90 per cent market share,” he says.

    Today, with the likes of Mr Bernard and the Czech-owned Lobkowicz group showing the way, he puts the share of domestic consumption held by corporate breweries as “down to about 80 per cent”, meaning the independents have doubled their volumes.

    The big brewery groups have responded, both by introducing their own unfiltered brands and by boosting exports – at 3.5 mln hectolitres last year, a 17 per cent rise on 2010.

    It is all welcome news for Mr Erlich and friends. True, not all the new microbreweries can be recommended unconditionally, he says. “Some don’t have the heartfelt passion or knowledge; it’s just a way to earn money. But, fortunately, most offer quality, and that’s good for diversity and for craft beer”.
     
    28.10.2014   ENGEL e-flomo improves process stability and economy    ( Company news )

    Company news The trend towards complete process monitoring has now reached mould temperature control. The typical, legacy water manifolds are thus increasingly being replaced by state-of-art flow monitoring systems, such as ENGEL flomo. ENGEL e-flomo sees ENGEL take this one step further. The flow control system does not just monitor the relevant parameters, but keeps them constant throughout the production run.

    Mould temperature control has a significant influence on productivity of the manufacturing process and on the quality of the moulded parts, but despite this, it did not attract a great deal of attention for a long time. ENGEL prompted a rethink when it developed ENGEL flomo in 2010. The injection moulding machine-integrated, compact and manually adjustable water manifold system improves process reliability and facilitates process optimisation. For Fakuma 2014, ENGEL has taken the step from process monitoring to process control. The newly developed ENGEL e-flomo also features electrical control valves, which allow the flow rates to be adjusted and controlled in a fully-automated process.

    Automatically compensating for fluctuations in the water quantity
    The available volume of water can fluctuate during production, for example, if filters clog, or system pressure changes are caused by different levels of load on the production equipment. In a production environment, these influences often go unnoticed for a longer period of time, resulting – in the worst case – in the production of scrap. Even the manually adjustable ENGEL flomo water manifold can prevent this thanks to its monitoring feature. The new ENGEL e‑flomo does not just monitor, it automatically adjusts the settings. If the system notices a flow rate dropping in one of the flow circuits, the corresponding control valve is automatically opened to a position where the desired target value is reached again.

    Keeping the temperatur under control
    The temperature control device is responsible for keeping a constant media temperature. Since a certain amount of heat loss is typical between the temperature control unit and the mould, the ENGEL e-flomo also monitors the supply water temperature throughout the entire production run. At the same time, other parameters can be included for monitoring; for example, the return temperature or the temperature difference between the supply and return sides.
    ENGEL e-flomo is designed for water temperatures up to 120 °C. Shut-off valves in the central supply and return lines allow for fast and easy activation and deactivation of the individual manifold units. Just like the ENGEL flomo, the new ENGEL e-flomo is characterized by its resistance to soiled water.
    Thanks to its functionality, ENGEL e-flomo improves the economy of the production process by fast mould set-up, higher machine availability, and reducing scrap.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    28.10.2014   H2O for fine dining    ( Company news )

    Company news Inspired by the shape of a cosmetics flacon, both customer and developer wasted no time at all in finding a solution for the new premium mineral water range from Rhäzünser/Arkina.

    The development of the new premium range of mineral water for fine dining is a prime example of the concept of “less is more”. Developing a new product – from the initial idea through to its arrival on the shelves – often takes well over a year. However, since Rhäzünser/Arkina’s wishes coincided with the suggestions of the designer at Vetropack Switzerland, Jean-Franck Haspel, right from the start, the new premium bottles were realised within just a year.

    The two new creations hold 40 cl and 80 cl water, in still and sparkling versions. These sizes are in keeping with the market trend, as is the simplicity of the design, which pushes the premium product into the spotlight. Since last December, the flint glass bottles have been produced by Vetropack Austria at the Pöchlarn plant.
    (Vetropack AG)
     
    28.10.2014   WakeUp® Post-Lunch Drink Wins CPG Editors’ Choice at SupplySide West    ( Company news )

    Company news WakeUp® drink targets the US market

    The “WakeUp Post-lunch Waker”® drink was announced the winner of the SupplySide West CPG Editors’ Choice Awards 2014 in the Energy Drink category.

    Unlike other energy drinks, “WakeUp Post-lunch Waker” is a patented, safe and clinically tested beverage formulation with no added caffeine, chemicals or any stimulants that can impact heart rate or blood pressure. WakeUp drink is not a typical energy drink; rather it opens a revolutionary new product category, scientifically proven to overcome fatigue after lunchtime (known as “Post-Lunch Dip Syndrome”) embedded in everyone’s biological clock.

    “The out-of-the box thinking displayed by the companies on the short list in each category made selecting just one winner a challenge for our editorial team,” said Heather Granato, vice president, content, in Informa’s Health & Nutrition Network. “We’re excited to celebrate their innovation and market vision as CPG industry leaders.”

    “After we won the ‘Best Functional Drink’ award last year in Europe, we consider the CPG Editors’ Choice Award to be our ‘admission ticket’ to the US beverage market,” says Eli Faraggi, CEO of Inno-Bev and founder of “WakeUp post-lunch waker.” “Consumer awareness of an inner biological clock, and growing recognition of Post-Lunch Dip Syndrome as part of it, has increased dramatically, especially in fast-paced economies. WakeUp is uniquely positioned to address this rapidly growing tiredness crisis.

    WakeUp is now actively seeking to partner in the U.S. with leading retail, Internet and MLM nutritional beverage brands. “We believe our innovative, scientifically-supported approach will revolutionize the American energy category,” adds Faraggi. "We should remember that children who grew up on caffeine energy drinks are now in their late 30s and still struggle to keep pace with the demands of home and work, all while maintaining an active, healthy life.”

    Why are we always tired?
    - Physiology - the 24-hour circadian cycle is a natural biological process in which the body is controlled by a seven-hour cycle: fatigue, elevation, and peak again. About 7-8 hours after waking, our systems slow down and decrease their rhythms. Blood pressure decreases, blood glucose rises and we have a slight drop in body temperature.
    - Nutrition – Post-lunch dip occurs whether we eat or not. However, a heavy meal can increase the symptoms, especially if it is rich in carbohydrates.

    WakeUp is backed up by strong research and provides a healthy, flavorful alternative to energy drinks in the market today. It designed to combat tiredness after lunch time. The Inno-Bev Ltd. business model offers different options for licensing the patented science and formulation.” By drinking just 100ml of WakeUp drink, you, your managers, and employees can improve performance and awareness without impact on your blood pressure,” notes Faraggi.
    (Inno-Bev Ltd)
     
    27.10.2014   Amcor wins Climate Disclosure Award with perfect score    ( Company news )

    Company news Amcor has received the highest Climate Disclosure rating of companies listed in the ASX200, being awarded a perfect score of 100% for its Climate Disclosure and winning the CDP ASX200 Best Climate Disclosure Award.

    Photo: David Clark, Amcor’s head of Safety Environment and Sustainability

    CDP is the world’s only global climate disclosure program. The Climate Disclosure Award recognises Amcor’s robust carbon measurement and management, climate change strategy, risk management processes and outcomes, and commitment to transparently reporting on our performance.
    Amcor’s head of Safety Environment and Sustainability, David Clark said: “We are delighted to accept the CDP Award which is testament to our ongoing commitment to transparent reporting and continually looking for new and better ways to reduce carbon emissions, waste to landfill and water use across our global operations.
    “We track this through our global EnviroAction program which delivers real and tangible environmental and social benefits. Since the start of Amcor’s five year EnviroAction plan in 2010/11, the Company has reduced green house gas emission intensity by 19%; waste to landfill intensity by 53%; and water use intensity by 16%. In addition, last year over 40 of our sites reported zero waste to landfill and all 180 sites reduced their waste contributing to a more sustainable environment,” concluded Mr Clark.
    (Amcor Ltd)
     
    27.10.2014   France: AB InBev’s Leffe now owns 10% market share in France    ( E-Malt.com )

    AB InBev’s Leffe brand is celebrating the achievement of a 10% market share by value in France, AC Franchise reports.

    The brand managed to grow by 3.5% over the past six years. Two years ago, Leffe entered the ranks of brands which sell more than 1 mln hl in France, which translates into more than 13 glasses of 25 cl consumed every second.

    According to analysts, the brand owes its success to the premiumisation strategy implemented on the French market by its owner, the world’s largest brewer AB InBev.

     
    27.10.2014   Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff Named as Two of Interbrand's 2014 'Best Global Brands'    ( Company news )

    Company news Diageo brands again included on prestigious list that measures brand investment and management.

    Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, is once again represented on the Interbrand “Best Global Brands” list by two of its core brands, Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff. This ranking of the top 100 most valuable global brands contains only six brands in the Alcohol sector, including the two from Diageo. With a brand value of $4,823 million according to Interbrand, up two percent from the 2013 report, Johnnie Walker was recognized for “its versatility and its strategy rooted in innovation, leadership and storytelling.” Smirnoff’s brand value increased by eight percent, from the 2013 report, to $4,609 million in recognition of its standing as the world’s leading premium vodka. Interbrand released the fifteenth annual report last week, and presented the awards at a ceremony held at the New York Stock Exchange.

    Johnnie Walker, the number one Scotch whisky in the world (Impact Databank 2014) was identified as the “world’s most powerful drinks brand” (Spirits Business June 2014), with the strength of its global presence among the reasons Interbrand selected it. The Johnnie Walker Houses – Diageo now has four in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Chengdu – are mentioned as an effective medium to “communicate the brand’s authenticity” (a particular brand strength according to the report) and “educate consumers on its intense flavor blends and brand history.” The Johnnie Walker trademark is also recognized for the breadth of its portfolio with the different variants enabling the brand to access different consumers and occasions. Innovation, successful partnerships and relevance to emerging market consumers were also listed as key factors contributing to Johnnie Walker’s performance in this year’s report. Johnnie Walker was ranked #86 on the 2014 “Best Global Brands” list.

    Smirnoff, the number one premium vodka in the world (Impact Databank 2014) is mentioned in the report as “one of the most recognizable spirits brands” renowned for its “playful personality, sustained consistency, differentiation, and relevance” that are vital in the fiercely competitive drinks category. Referencing the successful launch of the new “Exclusively for Everybody” campaign, Smirnoff is lauded as a brand that “has the appeal of a premium brand without being pretentious or elitist.” Smirnoff is also quoted in the report as “having innovation in its DNA” while “taking pride in continuing to refine the filtration methods of its founder.” And the report concludes: “If Smirnoff continues to innovate, increase relevance, and grow in new markets, the good times will continue.” Smirnoff was ranked #90 on the 2014 “Best Global Brands” list. "John Walker and Pyotr Smirnov were two pioneering entrepreneurs who created brands of exceptional quality that would be known and trusted for nearly two centuries," said Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo Plc. " For Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff to be recognized on the Best Global Brands list is a tribute to the vision of their founders and to the marketing teams all over the world who keep them fresh and relevant today.”

    Interbrand publishes the ranking of the top 100 brands based on a unique methodology analyzing the many ways a brand touches and benefits an organization, from attracting top talent to delivering on customer expectations. Three key aspects contribute to a brand’s value: the financial performance of the branded products or services, the role of brand in the purchase decision process and the strength of the brand to command a premium price or secure earnings for the company.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    27.10.2014   Russia: Duma approves beer duty freezing bill in first reading    ( E-Malt.com )

    Russia’s State Duma on October 21 approved in the first reading a bill freezing excise duties on beer and strong alcohol, The Union of Russian Brewers reported.

    Thus, excises on beer and strong alcoholic drinks will not increase until 2017.

    Industry experts have already called the freeze a “not absolutely perfect but reasonable measure”.
     
    27.10.2014   Sierra Leone: Heineken subsidiary cuts operations because of Ebola outbreak    ( E-Malt.com )

    Heineken NV’s unit in Sierra Leone has sent staff home and halted expansion plans as it joins a growing number of companies cutting operations in the West African nations hit hardest by an outbreak of Ebola, Bloomberg reported on October 20.

    “The Ebola virus disease has severely affected our operations in terms of sales, production and manpower,” said Aminata Kasim-Carew, spokeswoman for Sierra Leone Brewery Ltd. Sales have dropped 70 percent, she said, without giving details. “Most of our staff has been sent on leave.”

    The outbreak, which has killed 4,400 people mainly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since it was first reported in December, is the deadliest on record. Airlines including British Airways halted flights, mining and agriculture companies delayed production and governments have slashed economic growth forecasts as they battle to contain the disease.

    Sierra Leone needs as much as $1 billion to cover Ebola expenses and the growth outlook for this year was cut to between 7 percent and 8 percent from an earlier forecast of 14 percent, Finance Minister Kaifala Marah said in an interview with Bloomberg TV Africa on Oct. 11.

    President Ernest Bai Koroma ordered nightclubs and video centers to close on Aug. 7 because of Ebola.

    While the brewery’s workers who were sent home are being paid, some 24,000 jobs are at risk when distributors, transporters and other contractors are factored in, Kasim-Carew said in an Oct. 16 interview in Freetown, the capital. The company also works with 600 sorghum farmers, she said.

    Heineken, based in Amsterdam, owns about 83 percent of the beer maker. Africa and the Middle East accounted for about 14 percent of the company’s revenue in the first half of the year from 13 percent in the same period a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    The Sierra Leonean brewer, which produces Star and Heineken brand lagers, planned to invest 52.9 billion leones ($12 million) in operations including machinery, Kasim-Carew said. Projects that were started are now on hold, she said.

    “When we started installing these plants, Ebola came in and so we had to put on hold all these installation projects,” she said. Last month, the brewery donated 633 million leones to the government to fight the disease, she said. “Ebola is scary for investment. We hope the country can find a solution.”
     
    27.10.2014   USA & UK: US beer exports at their highest value since 2002 owing to craft brands    ( E-Malt.com )

    US beer exports to the UK have increased tenfold in the past decade and are at their highest value since 2002, according to US trade data. The trend is driven in part by the rise of small craft brewers, who make stronger-tasting beers, The Financial Times reported on October 19.

    The renaissance in beer brewing in the US has been nothing short of remarkable.

    Small brewers promising relief from weak, mainstream lagers have moved from the realms of hobbyists to 15 per cent of the market by value in the US, according to the Brewers Association, a US trade group. There are now over 4,500 breweries in the US, more than double the number in 2004.

    “The craft ale scene in the US is incredibly vibrant,” says Simon Emeny, chief executive of Fuller’s, a UK brewery. In March this year, the company became the UK distributor for Sierra Nevada, the second-largest US craft beer producer.

    The UK is the third-biggest destination for US craft beer after Canada and Sweden, but as a proportion of overall UK sales it is still a niche market.

    “Although it only represents 2.5 per cent of total beer sales, it has provided a degree of invigoration to the [market], with a heady combination of hype, relevance and genuine differentiation,” says Tom Lynch, commercial director at CGA Strategy, a food and drink consultancy.

    The UK has its own, older, beer movement championing “real ale”, generally defined as beer that continues to ferment in the cask or bottle.

    It is also distinguished by strong flavours and it lacks the artificial fizz of lagers. Camra, the UK real ale campaign group, makes it clear that much US craft beer does not meet its standards.
    However, proponents of both types of beer share a disdain for mainstream beers and a sense of plucky determination against larger, better-funded brewers. “Most real ales and the US craft beer that’s coming in have literally no advertising behind them. It’s almost an underground movement,” says Colin Valentine, Camra chairman.

    Craft beers have been boosted by changing drinking habits. Although the UK has a reputation for heavy drinking, the number of people who say they drink or drink frequently has been in decline since at least 2005.

    At the same time, drinkers have become more discerning and willing to pay more for “premium” beers, according to Mintel, a market research company.

    It is a trend that craft brewers have been keen to capitalise on, with the Brewers Association promoting the motto “Savour the Flavour”.

    “Drink a little slower, maybe drink a little less, but really savour and explore the flavours you’re experiencing,” says Bob Pease, BA president.

    When he began promoting US craft beers to overseas buyers in the early 2000s, they laughed at him.

    “They’re not laughing now,” he says.
     
    24.10.2014   Multi-sensory experiences at BRAU Beviale: Doehler showcases natural ingredients and product ideas .    ( BrauBeviale 2014 )

    BrauBeviale 2014 ... that appeal to all senses!

    At BRAU Beviale in Nuremberg, Doehler is inviting its visitors to take a multi-sensory journey of discovery through the world of food and beverages. The company is showcasing a broad portfolio of natural ingredients and ingredient systems, as well as innovative ideas for food and beverages in which all the ingredients are in perfect harmony! Guided by the principle “WE BRING IDEAS TO LIFE.”, the partner for integrated food and beverage solutions is presenting around 100 innovative ideas for food and beverages that range from refreshing carbonated soft drinks and juicy energy drinks to aqua plus and malt beverages, juices and nectars, up to wine, cider and beer mixes. All these innovations are based on the extensive product portfolio of natural ingredients, consisting of flavours, colours, health & nutrition ingredients, cereal ingredients, dairy ingredients, speciality ingredients, fruit & vegetable ingredients and ingredient systems. As well as a range of taste-giving and functional plant extracts, the top ingredient innovations also include efficient ingredient solutions especially for the brewing industry.

    Sensory added value and functional building blocks: Cereal & Malt ingredients
    Doehler is presenting an extensive portfolio of cereal and malt ingredients with a wide range of benefits at BRAU Beviale. Cereal and malt extracts are characterised by their distinct flavour profile and are also premium nutritional building blocks. This makes them the ideal basis for innovative non-alcoholic beverages with a wide range of positioning options: from light, refreshing malt beverages to halal-suitable non-alcoholic beers and even dark malt beverages. By combining natural raw materials with state-of-the-art production technologies, Doehler is in a position to offer cereal and malt extracts that ensure the maximum added value in the final applications.
    Doehler is also exhibiting efficient solutions for breweries in Nuremberg. Special extracts and concentrates make it possible to simplify brewing processes, reduce investment and continually improve the products. Another highlight are the new wort and sour wort concentrates, which are being presented to the trade professionals for the first time at BRAU Beviale.

    Producing premium beers in a consistent quality is a big challenge for breweries today. To help them achieve this goal, Doehler offers a cost-efficient solution for reducing the pH of mash and wort naturally: a sour wort concentrate that is produced from traditionally-manufactured sour wort and concentrated using a gentle process. Doehler's sour wort concentrate is proven to be superior to acidified malt and improves the taste stability and “drinkability” of beer significantly.
    In addition, the all-round partner for the brewing industry is showcasing a wort concentrate that has been specially tailored to the requirements of the modern brewing process with regard to an ideal wort composition and minimal thermal load. Doehler wort concentrate has comparable properties to those of a conventionally-produced wort and makes consistently high quality possible for a wide range of beer types. At the same time, it offers the brewer plenty of creative leeway to develop an individual beer taste. That makes Doehler wort concentrate the perfect alternative for commercial brewers, home brewers and those who want to become one!

    Healthy tastes better
    Once again in 2014, the number of new product launches shows that reduced-calorie products and products with healthy additional benefits are on trend around the world. Thanks to an extensive portfolio of health & nutrition ingredients – including functional ingredients and a wide range of sweetening systems – combined with a high level of application expertise, Doehler brings together the crucial competencies under one roof. At BRAU BEVIALE, the company is demonstrating this with various product ideas, offering innovative and functional product positionings. Furthermore, products that bring together the two mega trends of “naturalness” and “health” in one item are enjoying a particularly high level of acceptance among consumers. Doehler is reacting to this trend with a broad-based ingredient portfolio that ranges from fermented, reduced-calorie juices to MultiSweet® Stevia sweeteners and “Botanical” extracts. The latter provide an outstanding option for highlighting health-related product positionings in an emotional way. Thanks to a joint venture in South Africa with Afriplex, a leading supplier of natural extracts, Doehler is also able to exhibit a wide variety of premium quality extracts from fruits and plants native to that country. The key focus here is on rooibos, baobab, moringa and aloe ferox.

    When taste becomes a real experience
    Many “Botanicals” are of great interest not only thanks to the wide range of positionings they allow, but also because of the extraordinary taste experience they deliver. When it comes to flavours, extraordinary is right on trend at the moment – blossom notes, herbs and spices are particularly popular. Cardamom, coriander, rose, violet and hibiscus provide a hint of the exotic and stimulate innovation.
    Low in calories yet rich in ingredients that are valuable to the body – that is what vegetable juices are known and loved for! This is a key reason why vegetable flavours are a big trend in soft drinks at the moment. In order to meet the growing demand for vegetable ingredients, the specialist for fruit & vegetable ingredients has expanded its portfolio significantly in recent years. Using myriad extraordinary product applications, ranging from juice beverages and flavoured water to tea beverages, Doehler proves that vegetables are not just healthy, but also extremely delicious, refreshing and unique-tasting when combined with fruit, tea, spice or herb ingredients.

    More than “just” natural
    Naturalness is the word of the moment in the food industry, and the guiding principle behind Doehler's entire portfolio – but naturalness alone is often not enough.
    Some natural colours, such as carmine and caramel colouring, have fallen into disrepute and are usually replaced. Alternatives on display at Doehler's BRAU Beviale stand include natural red tones in the Red Brilliance range and colouring concentrates made from malt and apple. In addition, the company is exhibiting its extensive range of natural colours, stretching from red, yellow, orange, green and blue to brown tones.
    Food intolerances are also causing people to avoid some natural ingredients in foods and beverages, such as cereals. While this presents the industry with challenges, it also unlocks market opportunities, as so-called “free-from” products move increasingly from a niche market into the mainstream. For these products Doehler is showcasing its new portfolio of gluten-free malt extracts at BRAU.
    Even the market for alcoholic products is now falling under the trend for naturalness. As well as providing a special taste, the use of fruit juices in alcoholic beverages also allows them to move into the premium segment. However, not every fruit juice can be combined with alcohol; precipitation, sedimentation and therefore an impaired look in the final product are all potential pitfalls. Doehler has developed a range of special juice concentrates that are tailor-made for use in alcoholic beverages – they do not cause cloudiness or sedimentation even at high juice contents. These juice concentrates are ideal both for low-alcoholic beverages like ciders and wine mixes and for high-proof spirits.
    For every innovative product development and product application, Doehler's main focus is always on the multi-sensory product experience, based on appealing harmoniously to all senses. Thanks to this holistic sensory approach, Doehler is able to guarantee its customers an important building block to success – helping them to stand out from the crowd.
    Hall 1, Stand 303
    (DöhlerGroup)
     
    24.10.2014   Tour de Fall Pale Ale    ( Company news )

    Company news New Belgium's love for beer, bikes and benefits is best described by being at Tour de Fat. Our love for Cascade and Amarillo hops is best tasted in our Tour de Fall Pale Ale. We're cruising both across the country during our favorite time of year. Hop on and find Tour de Fall Pale Ale in fall 2014.

    Visual:
    Deep amber colored and bright with billowy foam.
    Aroma: Hops dominate with pine, floral, tangerine, lemon rind and tropical fruit notes, honey bread malt character balances out the hop aroma bouquet.
    Flavor: Bitter upfront, becomes balanced with malty sweetness, finishes with some light bitterness and fruity sweetness.
    Mouthfeel: Round mouthfeel that finishes crisp.
    Body: Medium body.

    Beer Facts
    ABV: 6.0
    IBU: 38
    Yeast: House Ale Yest
    Calories: 170
    Hops: Target, cascade
    Malts: Pale, Chocolate Rye, Caramel 80
    Special Processing: Dry hopped with amarillo and cascade
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
     
    23.10.2014   Fast, flexible and compact    ( Company news )

    Company news The ENGEL e-pic was celebrating its world premiere at Fakuma 2014 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. "The level of automation is continuing to increase rapidly worldwide. In Europe, we will not be producing off-mould parts in the long term," said Dr Stefan Engleder, CTO with ENGEL AUSTRIA, when introducing the new development at the fair. This statement unequivocally confirms the fact that, in addition to tailored automation solutions, the need for flexible and, at the same time, standardised robots for simple handling tasks is growing. This new development now sees ENGEL cover the complete spectrum of handling requirements in injection moulding in an even better way, from simple part removal, depositing, and sprue separation, through sophisticated insert-placing and take-out, to combining various process steps in a highly-integrated production cell.

    Linear motion with integrated swivel arm
    The objective in this product development was to combine maximum performance with maximum economy. The totally new kinematics makes a decisive contribution towards achieving this by combining linear movements with a swivel arm. Another important efficiency factor is the use of weight-optimised parts which keeps the accelerated masses low. In this way, the servomotor-driven robot can achieve the shortest possible take-out cycles, and it only has low energy requirements. In comparison with linear robots of the same size, the ENGEL e-pic only needs half the amount of energy.
    The compact design also contributes to its excellent efficiency. When deployed on injection moulding machines with an integrated conveyor belt, the ENGEL e-pic works inside the machine's safety gate without needing extra space. And it needs far less vertical space than comparable third-party robots.

    Immediately ready for action
    Equipped with its own control unit, the ENGEL e-pic robot can be deployed not only on ENGEL injection moulding machines, but also third-party machines without needing any machine-specific customisation. A separate base is not required, nor is an external switch cabinet. The electronics are completely integrated with the mechanical superstructure.
    In combination with an ENGEL injection moulding machine, the robot can be easily integrated with the CC300 machine control unit. The robot and machine then access a shared database, thus enhancing process assurance and operator convenience, while achieving efficiency optimisations in production sequences.
    The robot control unit supports intuitive control via the touch panel. When installed on a new or existing machine, the robot can immediately be commissioned, without programming skills. The control unit converts the rotary motion of the robot swivel arm into a linear movement. Those who are used to working with linear robots have no need to learn new skills.
    The ENGEL e-pic is designed for horizontal and vertical part removal and handling of small parts and sprues with a load-bearing capacity of up to 2 kg. It is deployed on injection moulding machines with clamping forces up to 2,200 kN.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    23.10.2014   Tetra Pak launches industry’s first package made entirely from plant based, renewable ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...packaging material

    Tetra Pak announces the launch of the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ™) certified paperboard.​

    Photo: Tetra Rex® carton package with TwistCap OSO34

    “Environment excellence is one of Tetra Pak’s strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities,” said Charles Brand, VP Marketing & Product Management at Tetra Pak. “Together with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, we are leading the industry towards 100% renewable packaging. We believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage in the overall environmental profile of their products.”

    Developed in partnership with Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, the new Tetra Rex package will be commercially available in early 2015. Tetra Pak customers using the standard 1 litre Tetra Rex with TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the new version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.​
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
     


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