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    15.09.2014   New: Birkner's Beverage Wold.Com 2014/2015    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The two organisers, Messe München (drink technology India) and Messe Düsseldorf (International PackTech India) as well as their Indian subsidiaries, expect approximately 8,500 trade fair visitors, including high-level managers, technicians, engineers and users from mid-level management at the third event of this trade fair duo.
    19.09.2014   Multifunctional transducer MFU    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The multifunctional transducers MFU 12/14 from AFRISO are used, for example, in the food and beverage industries (dairies, breweries, mineral water filling) for temperature and level monitoring and for controlling and signalling limit values. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    If control projects involve both analogue measured values for detecting and controlling pressure, temperature and level and limit values for signalling, monitoring and controlling, multifunction transducers (MFUs) are the ideal solution. They are used in many industrial processes as well in applications such as plant engineering, well measurement, dosing and pressure control, filling systems, level and temperature monitoring, heating systems and air conditioning, laboratories, test facilities and control cabinet/switch rooms.

    The new digital multipurpose transducers MFU 12 and MFU 14 from AFRISO are freely programmable digital transducers with two analogue outputs and 2 or 4 voltage-free relays, depending on the version. The standard version of the transducers and additional options allow you to implement solutions for almost all tasks involved in modern evaluation systems. The parameters are set either directly at the transducer or via the optional configuration software MFU 03-S, which is available with interface cable and USB adapter. The inputs are bipolar current and voltage inputs and a potentiometer input (3-wire technology). In addition, a 2-/3-wire transmitter supply is integrated. All inputs are galvanically isolated from the voltage and the current / voltage outputs. The two analogue outputs can be scaled separately and used simultaneously. For switching tasks, MFU 12 features 2 relay outputs; MFU 14 has 4 relay outputs (voltage-free changeover contacts, max. switch rating 250 V AC, 2 A and 50 V DC, 2 A). Selectable functions include energising/de-energising, hysteresis, window or trend as well as delays for energising/de-energising. The transducer MFU 12/14 has a DIN rail housing with integrated multicolour (R/G/B) lit LC display for the various operating modes. The lighting can be switched off. The values to be measured can be selected from a list including specification of range and unit or they can be configured and scaled as a user-defined unit with ranges from 0 to 9999 digits. The input resolution is 13 bits, the output resolution 10 bits. In addition, linearisations are possible via 24 free X/Y points and the modes "table, cylinder, sphere". Available user interface languages are English, French and German. The following additional functions are available: Error alarm in the case of missing or defective sensor, zoom function, spread, inverted mode, trend indication, learning mode measuring range, automatic or manual simulation, configuration lock, measurement signal monitoring with up to 4 freely adjustable limit values and programming interface. The new MFU 12/14 operates reliably in all supply voltage ranges AC (DC) 20-253 V, features plug-in, codeable terminal blocks and responds to numerous challenges in universal, safe measured value acquisition.
    18.09.2014   USA: Miller Lite may be able to overcome sliding sales thanks to new 'old' packaging    ( )

    U.S. sales of Miller Lite had been sliding since 2009, trailing Bud Light, Coors Light, and Budweiser. Revenue dropped 7 percent in just 2013, according to Beer Marketer’s Insights. So in January, in an effort to create some buzz, MillerCoors released a limited-edition version of its original 1975 white Miller Lite can, promoted with an Anchorman 2 movie tie-in. Sales of the cans rose so quickly that the company has decided to expand the white label to bottles and taps permanently, Businessweek reported on September 11.
    Miller Lite tried numerous bottle redesigns. “All our package innovation tested terrible,” says Ryan Reis, senior director for Miller’s family of brands. But when it returned to the brand’s original graphics, people loved it. In 2012, the company decided to rerelease the beer in the 1975 packaging. “But we needed a reason to do it, otherwise it’d feel too out of the blue,” Reis adds.
    Miller Lite’s sports and entertainment marketing department hooked Reis up with Paramount Pictures (VIA), which needed a beer sponsor for Anchorman 2. “We said, ‘Wait, it’s set in 1979? Miller Lite was the hottest beer in the country in 1979!’ ” he says. (Even better: Bud Light didn’t exist yet.) Anchorman 2 came out in December 2013; the new Miller Lite hit shelves on Jan. 1. Within a few months, the company decided to make the change permanent.
    In 2014, Miller Lite has already sold 32 million more cans than it had by this time in 2013—not enough to bring the beer’s overall sales out of the red, but the year isn’t over. In some markets, sales of the white can are up as much as 18 percent. White-label bottles are hitting stores now, and MillerCoors is working with a small Wisconsin company to create vintage-inspired wooden beer-tap handles to replace its blue ones, which, Reis says, “are made overseas out of who knows what.”
    The label’s success took Miller Lite by surprise. “We asked people, ‘Why do you feel this way about this can?’ ” Reis says. Millennials liked it because it seemed iconic and old—which is also why they like Pabst Blue Ribbon. Their parents liked it because it reminded them of what they used to drink. Strangely, customers started telling the company its “new” beer tasted better even though they were still drinking the same old thing.
    18.09.2014   Vietnam: Ministry of Industry and Trade tries to control beer production and consumption but ...    ( )

    ... province authorities encourage people to drink local beer

    While Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) attempts to control beer production and consumption, the leaders of many provinces and cities are encouraging people to drink beer, VietnamNet Bridge reported on September 8.
    In a draft decree on beer production and consumption, MOIT stipulates that the activities of selling beer at schools, hospitals, offices, on the pavement, or to those who show “signs of getting drunk”, pregnant women, breast-feeding women, or to those who have abuse alcohol, will be considered illegal.
    The ministry believes that if the beer production and market can be controlled with measures suggested in the draft decree, the brewery industry will develop well and increase revenue from beer for the state budget.
    It estimates that once the decree takes effect, taxes will increase by VND3.1 trillion a year. The fee expected to be collected from beer production licensing would be about VND3.5 billion.
    The draft decree which has been opened for public opinion has been described as “impractical” and “unfeasible”.
    Phan Chi Dung, director of the MOIT’s Light Industry Department, admitted that it is difficult to clarify “the people with signs of getting drunk”, “pregnant women” and “breastfeeding women”.
    He said that the enforcement of the decree, if it is approved, will depend on people’s awareness, and that the same difficulties with such sales have occurred in many other countries.
    He also said that the intention of prohibiting to sell beer on the pavement has faced the strongest opposition from the public, especially from beer shop owners.
    In fact, pavement beer shops are still allowed in many countries, but regulations on security and food hygiene are respected. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, these standards are often not met.

    17.09.2014   Molson Coors Named To Dow Jones Sustainability Index For Third Consecutive Year    ( Company news )

    Company news Recognition Reinforces Company’s Commitment to Environment, Communities, Employees, and Alcohol Responsibility

    Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP) has maintained its listing on the World Index for the third consecutive year and North America Index for the fourth consecutive year. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index recognizes the top 10 percent of global companies, making Molson Coors one of just eight food and beverage companies listed.

    “Every day at Molson Coors, we work to delight the world’s beer drinkers, not just with the products we make but in how we run our business,” says Peter Swinburn, Molson Coors president and chief executive officer. “Our continued recognition by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is a testament to our commitment to continue improving Our Beer Print.”

    The DJSI follow a best-in-class approach, including companies across all industries that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics. RobecoSAM invites over 3,000 publicly traded companies, including 800 companies in emerging markets, to report annually on their sustainability practices. The Corporate Sustainability Assessment provides an in-depth analysis of financially material economic, environmental and social practices, such as innovation or supply chain management, climate strategy and stakeholder engagement.

    DJSI North America tracks the performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 largest Canadian and United States companies in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index that lead the field in terms of sustainability, while the World Index tracks the performance of the top 10 percent of the 2,500 largest companies.

    This year Molson Coors launched its 2020 Sustainability Strategy which integrates how the company manages energy, greenhouse gas emissions and water and solid waste to achieve its 2020 targets of zero waste to landfill, 25 percent energy reduction, and 15 percent reduction in both carbon and water intensity.
    - Molson Coors exceeded its 2013 energy efficiency goals, reducing energy intensity by 2.6 percent compared to a 2.3 percent target.
    - The company achieved a 2.4 percent water intensity reduction over 2012 and global alignment around a 2020 zero waste to landfill target.
    - Molson Coors has committed to reducing the weight of its primary packaging by 4 percent by 2015, and achieved a 6 percent reduction in 2013.
    (Molson Coors Brewing Company (Canada))
    16.09.2014   Barry-Wehmiller International (Formerly BWIR) Announces Its New Identity    ( Company news )

    Company news Vasant Bennett, Managing Partner of Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR), announced a new identity for the organization, which will now be called Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI). Along with the new name, the organization also proudly unveiled a new logo, color palette and a re-designed website. These new changes emphasize the organization’s global reach and people- centric values without losing its strong association with the Barry-Wehmiller family of companies.

    The company’s global reach is embodied in the logo’s circular design, while the three segments of the arrow represent B-WI’s defining elements: Enterprise, Engineering and Technology. In combination with the white dot, the arrow forms the “I” for “International”, another nod to its global focus. The signature blue color represents B-WI’s depth and stability, while the gray represents reliability and professionalism.

    “The new identity is a result of the company’s journey, which began 20 years ago in the United States and in India, and has resulted in a total transformation. To move ahead on this remarkable journey, there emerged a need for a new identity which represents who we are today – a trusted, global, people-centric, ‘Total Solutions’ provider with a rich heritage in manufacturing,” said Bennett.

    “Today we are able to provide solutions that meet the strategic business needs of our customers by increasing profitability, revenue growth and sustainable competitiveness at the enterprise level and enhancing productivity, efficiency and customer lifetime value at a functional level,” said Senthilkumar Devasigamany, Executive Partner responsible for the Engineering Services Business Unit.

    From humble beginnings as an IT and engineering service provider to its parent company Barry-Wehmiller, B-WI’s history is marked with imposing milestones. The organization’s first major milestone occurred in 2002, when it expanded its client base beyond Barry-Wehmiller to offer services to third-party manufacturing companies. More recently, in 2011, the company transformed itself to a total solutions provider through multiple organic and acquisition initiatives.

    “Barry-Wehmiller International has become who we are today thanks to a strong manufacturing focus and the expertise gained by supporting our parent, Barry-Wehmiller,” said Balachandran Anantharama, the Executive Partner responsible for Enterprise Consulting.

    Over the last 20 years, Barry-Wehmiller International has touched over 1200 satisfied manufacturing companies from across 25 different countries. The new identity positions the company to further expand on these feats and reach for newer heights.
    (BWIR Barry-Wehmiller International Resources)
    15.09.2014   Pinnacle® Vodka Taps Lifestyle Experts to Ease the Stress of Home Entertaining    ( Company news )

    Company news Your turn to host the next girls’ get-together and feeling unprepared? Neighbors pop over without a moment’s notice? Make entertaining look easy with Pinnacle® Vodka and the brand’s new “5 on Friday” program! Each Friday, from September 5 through October 17, 2014, a series of special guest lifestyle experts will team up with Pinnacle Vodka to provide five simple and stylish tips for an array of home entertaining scenarios that will ensure Pinnacle Vodka fans everywhere are the hottest hostesses on the block.

    A recent national poll of 1,000 legal drinking age Americans found that while almost half (47%) entertain at home a few times a year, the vast majority (83%) would entertain more frequently if it weren’t for the time and prep work involved. In response, Pinnacle Vodka enlisted a group of home entertaining experts including DIY expert and founder of LilyShop™, Jessi Jane, and food/travel writer and founder of What’s Gaby Cooking?™, Gaby Dalkin, to create a series of essential tips to ease entertaining concerns and take the guess work out of party prep.

    “Pinnacle Vodka fans love to spend quality time with their friends and family, and they are looking for ways to keep these occasions – like their cocktails – fun and simple,” said Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodkas at Beam Suntory. “We’ve partnered with the most creative lifestyle experts we know to give our fans the perfect entertaining tips for any occasion, which of course includes serving up simple, delicious Pinnacle Vodka cocktails.”

    Launching through Pinnacle Vodka’s pic-packed Pinterest page, the “5 on Friday” tips will cover an assortment of home entertaining themes including: Next Level Brunch, Girls Game Night In, Sunday Funday, Book Club Social, and more. Each set of tips will be paired with a signature cocktail highlighting some of Pinnacle Vodka’s most popular products, including Original, Peach, Cinnabon®, Raspberry and Whipped®. Pinnacle Vodka’s line-up of stylish, accomplished experts includes:
    - Alison Deyette, National broadcast entertaining expert
    - Gaby Dalkin, Food/travel writer and founder of What’s Gaby Cooking?™
    - Jenny Steffens Hobick, Décor/lifestyle expert and founder of Everyday Occasions™
    - Jessi Jane, DIY expert and founder of Lilyshop™
    - Kelly Lyden, Lifestyle expert and founder of the Party Dress™
    - Limor Suss, National broadcast entertaining expert
    - Niccole Trzaska, mixologist and Pinnacle® Vodka brand ambassador
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
    12.09.2014   Jim Beam® Unveils Latest Expressions of Ultra-premium Jim Beam® Signature Craft Innovations    ( Company news )

    Company news Jim Beam®, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, announces the release of two rare, ultra-premium expressions as part of its Jim Beam® Signature Craft line – Jim Beam® Signature Craft Quarter Cask and Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™. The Jim Beam Signature Craft line is a series of innovative, limited released, small batch bourbons that showcases some of the finest hand-crafted and rare liquids to come from the Jim Beam distillery.

    “With the newest batch expressions in our ultra-premium line of craft products, we are honoring traditions of the past while charting new waters for bourbon distilling,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. “I’m very proud of these new expressions and am eager to continue experimenting and innovating in search of future batches for the Jim Beam Signature Craft line.”

    Jim Beam® Signature Craft Quarter Cask
    Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask is the third edition from the Jim Beam Signature Craft line and second limited-edition expression. This full-bodied Kentucky Straight Bourbon is bottled at 86 proof, starts with premium Jim Beam Bourbon aged at least five years and is finished with a variety of fine quarter cask bourbons, and all aged at least four years in smaller barrels. By building on a base of mature liquid and finishing it with quarter cask aged liquid, the inspired distillers at Jim Beam were able to craft just the right balance of rich vanillas of a mature bourbon profile and the extra oak notes of the quarter cask bourbon.

    Perfect for whiskey drinkers who enjoy trying unique expressions, this bourbon is an excellent addition to the Jim Beam Signature Craft family. Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask joins Jim Beam Signature Craft 12-Year, the permanent expression in the line, which was released in September 2013.

    Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask is now available in select bars and retailers nationwide and has a suggested retail price of $39.99 for 750mL.

    Jim Beam® Signature Craft Harvest Bourbon Collection™
    In 2003, a group of daring distillers at Jim Beam thought “outside the barrel” and experimented with a variety of obscure grains and non-traditional recipes and ultimately settled on a range of harvest grains such as Brown Rice and Soft Red Wheat (among others) to complement the majority grain of corn. These innovative distillers, many of whom have since currently retired, distilled a handful of liquids and laid them down in rackhouses to rest, untouched, for years…until now. More than a decade later, Fred Noe discovered these lost barrels and gave them a taste; and while a few batches from the lot did not make the cut, he was delighted to find six delicious bourbons, ready to be bottled and released.

    Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection is a series of six hand-crafted bourbons that celebrate the distinctive tastes imparted by the distillation of different grains. More than 11 years of aging have brought out the nuances of these unique ingredients to create some of the rarest, most unique whiskey expressions to ever leave a Jim Beam rackhouse.

    The first two grain representations – Soft Red Wheat and Brown Rice – are being released in extremely small quantities beginning today. The four remaining expressions – Whole Rolled Oat, Triticale, High Rye and Six Row Barley – will be released with limited quantity throughout 2015.

    Jim Beam® Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat Bourbon

    - Bottled at 90 proof, Jim Beam Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat is a light-bodied and very approachable bourbon that has been aged for 11 years

    - The finest Soft Red Wheat from Kentucky and Indiana gives this bourbon a gentle spice with a slight, light brown sugar sweetness and a light-bodied finish that is best enjoyed straight (neat or on-the-rocks)

    - Jim Beam Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat has a slight and soft aroma with mild oak notes, and has a range of color from golden honey to amber

    Jim Beam® Signature Craft Brown Rice Bourbon

    - Also bottled at 90 proof, Jim Beam Signature Craft Brown Rice is a full-bodied bourbon that has lasting flavor from its 11 years of aging

    - This bourbon contains a taste of toasted grain with sweet oak and rich vanilla flavors and is best enjoyed straight (neat or on-the-rocks)

    - Jim Beam Signature Craft Brown Rice has an aroma with notes of sweet potato and brown sugar with a slight oaky spice and a deep, rich amber color

    Jim Beam Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat and Brown Rice are now available in select bars and retailers nationwide and have a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375mL
    Beam Suntory Inc.)
    11.09.2014   Coca-Cola Great Britain To Adopt UK Government's Voluntary ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labbelling Scheme

    Latest Action from Coca-Cola Great Britain in Support of the Government's Health Responsibility Deal to help people lead healthier lives

    Coca‑Cola Great Britain (CCGB) announced it is adopting the UK Government’s voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labelling scheme, which combines nutrient amounts and percentage Reference Intakes (RIs) with colour coding to show how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and energy (calories) is in a product.

    Coca‑Cola Great Britain has long been committed to providing consumers with clear nutritional information and has featured Guideline Daily Amount (now known as Reference Intake) labelling on the front of its cans and bottles in Great Britain since 2007. The adoption of the voluntary, colour coded front-of-pack scheme in Great Britain is consistent with The Coca‑Cola Company’s global commitment to provide consumers with transparent nutrition information on the front of its packs.

    Having gauged British consumers’ views on the scheme, the company has decided to introduce the new labelling on all of the brands it sells in Great Britain2 to help make it easier for people to make choices that support a more balanced diet at-a-glance whilst shopping.

    Jon Woods, General Manager of Coca‑Cola UK & Ireland, said: “The increased choice of products available in stores today is great news for shoppers and we believe that front-of-pack nutritional labelling can help people choose a balanced diet. We have monitored the labelling scheme since it started to appear in-store and asked shoppers in Great Britain for their views. They told us they want a single, consistent labelling scheme across all food and drink products to help them make the right choices for them and their families. That is why we have decided to adopt it across our full range of brands.”

    Jane Ellison, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, said: "I am delighted that Coca‑Cola Great Britain has adopted this Government’s voluntary front of pack labelling scheme. It will help consumers make informed choices and lead a healthier lifestyle. We want all businesses to give people clear and consistent information about their food and drink.”

    Professor Susan Jebb, University of Oxford and Chair of the Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network, said: "I really welcome this announcement that Coca‑Cola Great Britain are signing up to the Responsibility Deal pledge on Front of Pack Labelling. Together with their other work to decrease the sugar content of their products, introduce lower calorie options and reduce portion size, it represents a real step forward for the company in recognising their responsibilities for public health and supporting their customers to make healthier choices and control their calorie intake."

    This is the latest in a series of actions Coca‑Cola Great Britain is taking in support of the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal and as part of its broader efforts to help people lead healthier lives. In the past 18 months, it has reduced the calorie content of Sprite by 30%, introduced a small, 250ml can of Coca‑Cola, Diet Coke and Coca‑Cola Zero and launched Coca‑Cola Life – a lower calorie cola with a third less sugar and a third fewer calories than regular cola.

    Coca‑Cola Great Britain is also investing £20m in community based physical activity projects to inspire one million people to get more active by 2020.

    Today, the company has 23 brands in Great Britain and all its major brands have a low or no calorie option. More than 40% of the cola it sells in GB is no sugar, no calorie – either Diet Coke or Coca‑Cola Zero – and in the last six years it has also reduced the calorie content of Fanta Orange by 30%, Oasis by 35% and Lilt by 56%.

    The necessary supply chain changes are being made now and the new, colour coded labelling scheme will appear on packs in-store within the first half of next year.
    (Coca-Cola Great Britain)
    10.09.2014   Focusing on naturalness     ( Company news )

    Company news At this year’s SIAL, WILD will present ideas which satisfy consumer demands for natural products while also offering additional opportunities for growth. The portfolio at the trade fair includes concepts for energy drinks, ready-to-drink (RTD) teas, soft drinks, beverages with malt, mixed beers and drinks with juice as well as new flavors for confectionery products in the food sector. All of these products can be adapted to regional and local preferences.

    Driving growth forward among energy drinks and tea
    Energy drinks are developing a wider appeal and attracting more and more target markets. WILD is a leading international supplier of ingredients for these popular beverages. At SIAL, the company will present established classics in the Energy Plus Juice sector as well as new opportunities for remarkable taste sensations in this steadily growing segment. WILD is also stirring things up with RTD teas: it will share its refreshing options, such as teas with a hint of mint and premium tea concepts featuring freshly brewed teas.

    Winning ideas for CSD, malt drinks and beer-mix drinks
    In addition to its classics for soft drinks, malt beverages and beer-mix drinks, WILD’s portfolio features new creations with a winning flavor and purely natural ingredients. Sunwin SteviaTM is an intelligent solution that the Great Taste Expert developed to lower the calorie content of beverages naturally.

    Fruity enjoyment
    One highlight of WILD’s current product palette is ideas for beverages with fruit, including seasonal drinks and cocktail options. WILD is the industry’s premier partner for both still drinks and juices. Another popular option in the portfolio is concepts for beverages with a distinctive mouthfeel: these are especially popular in the Middle East and Africa.

    New flavors for confectionery
    Last but not least, WILD is presenting innovations for food applications at SIAL 2014. The company will be displaying its fruity flavors for the confectionery and baked goods industries: the Ingredients Expert’s new raspberry product range, for example, is a selection of natural raspberry flavors which have the authentic sensory profile of the fresh fruit in nuances ranging from floral to jammy. Other treats in the portfolio included wafers with flavored milk cream filling as well as a blend of fruit and cream for hard candies. All of the flavors are halal.

    In Paris, visitors to the trade fair will experience WILD’s wide ranging palette of compelling flavors and colors first hand. The company has decades of experience in the fields of colors and flavors. Thanks to ongoing research and development, WILD is a reliable partner and stays on the cutting edge when it comes to new trends and product options.

    Visit WILD at SIAL 2014: Hall 5B, Booth G 031
    (Rudolf Wild GmbH & Co. KG)
    10.09.2014   Hungary: Beer sales below targets this summer because on lack of continuously hot weather    ( )

    Beer sales were below targets this summer, as there was no period of continuously hot weather, Hungarian Brewery Association leader Klara Kovacs said in an interview to on September 3.

    If the autumn weather is mild, then September and October sales could help to produce 1-2% sales growth this year, she added.

    Beer consumption fell 4.5% in 2013, but this year the football World Cup and music festivals helped, but were not enough to offset the cold weather.

    10.09.2014   Ireland: Guinness announces release of two new beers    ( )

    Guinness has just announced the release of two new beers, inspired by authentic recipes from Guinness brewers’ historic diaries from 1796 and 1801, IrishCentral reported on September 4.

    Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter are the first releases from a new brewing project at the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin. ‘The Brewers Project’ gives Guinness’ enterprising brewers license to collaborate, reinterpret old recipes and explore new ones.

    The new Guinness Dublin Porter is sweet and smooth with malt and dark caramel notes. Originating from the diary entry of a Guinness brewer from 1796, the recipe is inspired by the ‘golden age’ of porter – the 1800s workingman’s beer in Dublin and London, where after a long day at work, this Guinness stout porter was always the choice.

    The new Guinness West Indies Porter is hoppy with notes of toffee and chocolate, described as “complex yet mellow.” The recipe originates from an 1801 diary entry about brewing specifically to maintain freshness while Guinness is transported from one country to another. To guarantee the fresh quality, brewers created a porter with more hops and a higher gravity.

    The new flavors came to life right inside Dublin’s St. James’s Gate, where some of the world’s most skilled brewers have been working away on refining their technique since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

    Guinness’ Head of Innovation Nick Curtis-Davis noted in a recent press release that the new porters combine a rich heritage of 255 years of brewing with a legacy of innovation:

    “As beer lovers’ tastes and the beer landscape itself evolves, it is important we continue to stay at the forefront of beer innovation.

    “Our brewers at the core of the project are passionate about pushing boundaries whilst keeping true to the Guinness quality our customers know and love.”

    This is an exciting time for stout lovers; the new porters, with their distinctive tastes, offer a fresh take on ‘the black stuff’ that’s been enjoyed for centuries, and only 255 years into the Dublin brewery’s 9,000-year lease, more innovative flavors are bound to come.

    Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter will be available in selected pubs and retailers around Ireland starting October 1.
    10.09.2014   Japan: Three major brewers simultaneously launch new “happoshu” beer products    ( )

    Three major brewers simultaneously launched new “happoshu” low-malt quasi-beer products on Tuesday, September 2 that contain no purine bodies or carbohydrates, The Japan News reported.

    In the unusual move to release similar products at the same time, Kirin Brewery Co., Suntory Liquors Ltd. and Asahi Breweries Ltd. hope to catch up with Sapporo Breweries Ltd.’s “Goku Zero,” which has been popular among consumers since its July launch.

    Purine bodies contained in beer can be transferred into uric acid, which causes gout, while an excessive intake of carbohydrates is said to trigger lifestyle-related diseases.

    In the shrinking Japanese beer market, health products are one of the few growth areas. The brewers believe consumers have a growing interest in products free from purine bodies and carbohydrates, with over 10 million people facing the risk of developing gout.

    Takayuki Fuse, president of Kirin Beer Marketing Co., distributed Kirin Brewery’s new “Tanrei Platinum Double” happoshu to shoppers free of charge at a supermarket in Tokyo.

    “People’s health-consciousness grows year by year and we have had a considerable response from consumers,” Fuse said, expressing confidence in achieving the sales target of 1.2 million cases by the end of the year.

    Each case contains the equivalent of 20 633-milliliter bottles.

    The sales target is set at one million cases for Suntory’s “Oishii Zero” and 400,000 cases for Asahi’s “Super Zero.”

    Sales of Sapporo’s Goku Zero topped one million cases in the first six weeks of sale, a number that the company hopes will reach 2.6 million cases by the end of the year.

    Before July’s launch, Goku Zero enjoyed popularity as a so-called “third-segment” beer-like alcoholic beverage subject to a lower liquor tax rate.

    But the unit of Sapporo Holdings Ltd. stopped sales of the product after tax authorities questioned whether it qualified as third-segment quasi-beer. The brewer later relaunched the product as a happoshu with a higher tax rate but fewer constraints on how to make it.
    10.09.2014   UK: Growing interest in locally brewed products helps revive UK’s ale industry    ( )

    Discerning beer drinkers are increasingly turning to locally brewed products, helping to revive an ale industry hit by rising duty, pub closures and the growth of supermarket sales, The Financial Times reported on September 4.

    At the beginning of the century, the UK was home to about 500 breweries, but by last year that figure had risen to 1,442, after increasing by a further 190 in 2012, according to figures released by the British Beer and Pub Association.

    The growth in demand for cask ale and the sprouting of craft beer makers has been a notable feature of the beer industry in recent years.

    “It has stimulated an enormous amount of interest in beer,” said Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA.

    Creating your own brewing business is helped by a tax break that gives a 50 per cent discount on duty to those who brew less than 5,000 hectolitres – almost 900,000 pints – a year.

    Ms Simmonds is wary of the view that craft ale could be the saviour of the industry. It still comprises only a small proportion of the sector and the tax system is putting pressure on medium-sized breweries, she said.

    Still, growth in the business of brewing is at least a fillip to an industry battered by years of rising beer duty, which have pushed prices up and led to numerous pub closures.

    Nationally, Britons are consuming less alcohol. Consumption per head fell 1.7 per cent last year, according to the BBPA – the third consecutive year of decline, leaving the UK’s alcohol consumption level lower than in 1990.

    According to Mike Tye, who as chief executive of Spirit Pub Company is responsible for 1,200 pubs, people are now more discerning about what they drink.

    “Overall, consumers are drinking less, but at the same time they are drinking a higher-quality product, which is why value is dropping far less than volume,” said Mr Tye.

    Britons are also buying almost as much beer in supermarkets and off-licences as they are in pubs. It is inevitable that off-trade sales will overtake licensed sales in the coming years, said the BBPA.

    Pub closures are continuing at a rapid pace. Another 1,400 disappeared last year, cutting the total number of pubs to 48,000. A decade ago, there were 59,000.

    But Ms Simmonds sees the glass as half full. “I think we have reached a tipping point in terms of beer sales. We have had an unprecedented two consecutive quarters of growth, and good pubs are doing well in this climate,” she said.
    09.09.2014   Cargill to manufacture synthetic dielectric fluid in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news “Europe is home to some of the best and largest transformer manufacturers in the world,” said Dave Roesser, CIS dielectric fluids global general manager. “By expanding production of Envirotemp 200 to Turkey, we can do a better job of providing our European customers with cost-effective and reliable access to a regionally manufactured product, and the full depth and breadth of product and technical support we have been providing to our customers for the last decade.”

    Ester technology offers several advantages over mineral oil. Both natural and synthetic esters are classified as less flammable, are biodegradable and can help protect transformer insulation systems, thereby extending the insulation and asset life of the transformer. Cargill’s customers can choose which ester technology best suits their particular needs. In most cases, FR3 natural ester fluid is the fluid of choice because of its superior high temperature capability, environmental benefits and high flash point and fire point. However, for some applications—such as train-traction transformers or free-breathing transformers—synthetic esters are typically a better choice due to their low viscosity and oxidation stability.

    To date, CIS has ester manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. and Brazil. At the end of 2014, CIS plans to expand manufacturing capabilities to India and, soon thereafter, to Mexico.

    “Expanding our manufacturing capabilities in Turkey is a logical next step in growing our global footprint to serve our customers’ needs, region by region,” added Roesser. “Rather than simply serving as the supplier of a useful product, we can also offer our customers support from a team with deep knowledge in ester technology, along with a proven global supply chain.”

    CIS dielectric fluids are being used in more than 600,000 installations globally, both in power generation and distribution, including more than 100 U.S. utility companies. Brazil’s largest privately owned energy company (CPFL Energia) announced in 2013 that it would begin transitioning its entire distribution network to natural-ester-fluid-filled transformers. And, earlier this year, India’s largest integrated power company (Tata Power) announced that it will use a natural ester fluid in all of its new packaged substations across its Mumbai distribution area.

    “Step-by-step, we’re establishing a global footprint that will enable us to provide customers with the right dielectric fluid product, at the right time, anywhere in the world,” Roesser concluded.
    (Cargill Flavor Systems Europe)
    08.09.2014   Doehler launches natural Herb & Spice Extracts and natural Blossom Flavours on the market    ( Company news )

    Company news Doehler is meeting the rapidly increasing demand for botanical flavours in the food and beverage industry with a new portfolio of natural herb & spice extracts and natural blossom flavours. Although herbs and spices are found in every kitchen these days, they still offer plenty of scope for new and attractive taste creations. That is why herb and spice notes are becoming increasingly popular in every segment of the food and beverage industry – including some previously untouched ones – and top the list of trendy flavours. There are no limits on the creative options! As a provider and producer of natural ingredients and ingredient systems, Doehler has proved this with a whole series of innovative application examples. The wide variety of products ranges from Prosecco with a strawberry-basil taste to refreshing soft drinks with a fine rosemary note.

    “It is easy to explain the reason behind the success of these flavours. For instance, cardamom from the Himalayas, oregano from Italy or coriander from Morocco all transport consumers to far-away worlds of taste. This results in both interesting taste combinations and great product positionings,” says Daniel Courtehoux, Head of Business Unit Flavours at Doehler. However, not every type of herb and spice is suitable for producing authentic, natural extracts and flavours - no matter how tasty they may be when fresh. For this reason, Doehler has identified the very best raw materials for its products. At its own facilities, the company thus obtains a wide range of premium quality extracts characterised by a particularly pure and intense taste. The portfolio contains FTNS* flavours from oregano, rosemary, coriander, caraway, cardamom, marjoram, chilli, pepper, sage, thyme and basil.

    The new Doehler botanical range also includes a selection of natural blossom flavours such as rose, violet, lavender, lotus blossom and hibiscus. In many cultures, flowers are a symbol of beauty, naturalness and health. In the past, it was predominantly the cosmetics, fragrance and pharmaceuticals industries that knew how to use these properties for emotional product positionings. Blossoms have recently been rediscovered for culinary indulgence – and not only in haute cuisine. Food and beverages with a hint of rose, lavender or hibiscus are all real trendsetters today. 2013 saw around 70 new soft drinks with the taste of rose alone, introduced to the global market** – an increase of over 100% compared to the previous year. Hibiscus and elderflower have enjoyed similar success. “Blossom flavours also unlock exciting product concepts – and not only in the wellness segment or in products targeted at women. As a provider of integrated solutions, Doehler has developed inspirational product concepts for the beverage and food industry. The company's product developments are always built around a multi-sensory product experience,” explains Daniel Courtehoux.
    05.09.2014   Austria: Poll shows more than half of Austria’s population regularly drink beer    ( )

    In news that will surprise almost no one, a recent poll shows that Austrians really like beer, The Local Austria reported on August 27.

    Austrians are avid beer drinkers: more than half, namely 58.4 percent, regularly drink beer.

    Only one in six of these prefer non-alcoholic beer.

    These are the findings of online market and opinion research institute, who interviewed 1,700 people aged 16 to 69 years about their beer consumption.

    Six out of ten beer drinkers at least once a week crack open a bottle or can.

    Most beer drinkers like to do so at a barbecue, followed by going out for a beer.

    Two thirds of beer drinkers prefer to stick to one brand of their choice. The Styrian beer brand "Gösser" is perceived as the most traditional beer, while "Stiegl" is seen as having the best quality.
    05.09.2014   Belgium: Legendary Westvleteren beer may be forced to list ingredients on labels instead of caps    ( )

    Westvleteren, a legendary Belgian Trappist beer, has fallen foul of European Union labelling rules, The Telegraph reported on August 26.

    The West Flemish beer, often voted the "best beer in the world" by experts, has come in unlabelled bottles since 1945, a simplicity that has become a mark of its authenticity and rarity.

    Currently Westvleteren’s three beers – a Blonde, the darker 8 and internationally famous 12 brew – list their basic ingredients on the crown cap of bottles that are sold by Monks of Saint Sixtus Abbey on a restricted basis but that turn up illicitly in bars, it is reported.

    But under EU legislation from next year, the beer must also give the origin of ingredients meaning that a label will have to go on the bottle because there is not room on the cap.

    "That's a whole level of new information. For the time being, we could get rid of all the required info on the Crown Cap. Not anymore, we must now paste on a label," said a brewery spokesman.

    Many fear that the renowned Westvleteren 12 "will never be the same" once the bottles are labelled although the full-bodied dark beer will remain strong, at 10.2 per cent ABV, and scarce with a restricted production of 63,000 cases a year.

    In a rare interview last week, Manu Van Hecke, the Abbot of Westvleteren, lamented the modern world's commercial pressures on the monks to step up production to capitalise on their beer's fame.

    "In this society, growth is the mantra. People say to me: 'If there is such a high demand for your beer, then you'll just brew some more'. We could do that but then you get into a whole other dynamic, with lay people in the brewery and more commercial responsibilities. Then the process will no longer be in our own hands," he told De Tijd newspaper on August 18.

    05.09.2014   Cost efficiency in CFRP lightweight engineering    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: At the ENGEL Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies in St. Valentin, Austria, various production cells are available for joint research projects, mould trials and contract work

    This year, ENGEL is – for the first time – presenting its expertise in lightweight composite technologies at the Composites Europe trade fair, which takes place from 7th to 9th October in Düsseldorf, Germany. The manufacturer of injection moulding machines and automated system solutions, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, is one of the preferred suppliers to the international automotive industry. At its own centre for lightweight composite technologies, ENGEL co-operates with partner enterprises on developing economical processes for serial production of innovative CFRP-components.

    Lightweight construction and injection moulding have long become inseparable key concepts for meeting the increasing mobility demands. Integrated plastics solutions contribute towards reducing vehicle weight, while at the same time empowering economical processes for high-volume serial production. The objective of the ENGEL AUSTRIA Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies, founded in 2012 in St. Valentin, Austria, is to accelerate the development and market launch of new manufacturing processes. With its high levels of system solution and automation expertise, ENGEL already offers one success factor that is crucial for this. ENGEL's understanding of the Technology Centre is above all that of a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration with partner enterprises and universities. "One important precondition for successful CFRP projects is that the materials, design and production process mesh in the best possible way. This can only work if enterprises bundle their expertise along the value chain. Composite engineering needs 'composite' development", says Peter Egger, Director of the ENGEL Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies.

    The Technology Centre's current focus is on processing semi-finished thermoplastic products (thermoplastic fabrics and tapes), and on reactive technologies that use thermosets and thermoplastic systems, such as HP-RTM and in-situ caprolactam polymerisation. With sample parts, presentations and videos, ENGEL will be giving trade fair visitors a peek behind the scenes into ongoing research work, and successful customer projects.

    Tailor made for BMW in Leipzig
    The BMW i3 is probably the best-known electric vehicle on the market right now. Its shell components are made on ENGEL duo injection moulding machines. Two large-scale ENGEL duo machines with a clamping force of 40,000 kN are integrated as a twinned system. In master/slave mode, both machines can be synchronised to injection mould and complete two components at the same time. This manufacturing principle makes sure both components undergo exactly the same material aging process and the high quality requirements are met. Parts are handled by multiple axis robots, which ENGEL integrates into the production solution as the general contractor. ENGEL's most recent delivery to the BMW plant in Leipzig was in March this year.

    New ENGEL v-duo reduces machine footprint
    In the summer of 2014, the BMW plant in Landshut also commissioned a new ENGEL production cell. On an ENGEL v-duo vertical machine, the plant manufactures large-scale, structural, fibre-plastic composite components using the HP-RTM process. BMW is one of the earliest adopters of the new ENGEL v-duo series, which was specifically designed for fibre composite applications. The ENGEL v-duo enables very compact production cells with comparatively low investment costs. The machines are far more compact than the presses traditionally used for fibre composite applications. Additionally, the machine weight is significantly lower, which reduces the foundation building overhead. Because the ENGEL v-duo completely does without hydraulic accumulators and instead already comes with the ENGEL ecodrive servo-hydraulic system as a factory standard, it also sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency for large-scale machines.

    Composite brake pedal now in production
    At the K trade fair 2013, ENGEL collaborated with ZF Friedrichshafen to set an important milestone in lightweight design by manufacturing composite brake pedals, which are now entering series production for the first time. Using the ENGEL organomelt process, thermoplastic fabrics are heated, preformed in the mould, and immediately overmoulded with polyamide. The production cell that ENGEL exhibited at K included a vertical ENGEL insert injection moulding machine, an ENGEL easix multiple axis robot and infrared oven for heating the infinite fibre reinforced, semi-finished products. In designing the brake pedal, the layer structure in the thermoplastic fabric was modified to handle the load. This enabled the component weight to be reduced by around 30 percent compared to conventional steel brake pedals without impairing component properties. Moreover, the lightweight construction method renders many manufacturing process steps obsolete, which increases productivity and cuts unit costs.

    Seamless system solutions
    ENGEL is a one-stop source for tailored system solutions: from automation, process engineering and mould project engineering, through to training and services. In turn-key business, all the plant components are precisely matched right from the outset. This means that efficiency potentials can be made full use of, resulting in the lowest possible unit costs and improved competitiveness. Integrating robots, process engineering, testing equipment and other peripherals with the control technology also facilitates the use and control of more complex processes, thus making a decisive contribution towards greater reproducibility and process reliability. As the general contractor, ENGEL has overall responsibility for the production cell, and this includes system components that are implemented in collaboration with partners. ENGEL works with the global leaders in their respective fields.

    Global proximity to the processor
    The dynamic markets in the plastics industry require a high level of innovation in the enterprise, and ENGEL delivers this on a daily basis. Besides the automotive industry, the electronics, telecommunications, domestic appliance and household goods, medical technology and packaging industries are all important target markets.

    Customer proximity is very important to ENGEL. Eight production plants in Europe, America and Asia, 29 sales and service subsidiaries and 60 representatives guarantee expert advice, fast service response and shorter lead times worldwide.

    ENGEL achieved a global turnover of 935 million euros in the 2013/2014 financial year. Of ENGEL’s 4400 staff, 2700 are employed at the Austrian plants in Schwertberg, St. Valentin and Dietach.

    Since it was founded in 1945, ENGEL has been 100 percent family-owned; this has meant stability, security and a dependable long-term perspective for customers and partners alike. ENGEL at Composites Europe 2014: Hall 8b, Booth H30
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    05.09.2014   Japan: Beer taxes may be revised under a new tax plan    ( )

    Beer prices might drop and near-beer might rise under a tax plan being considered by Japan’s government and the ruling bloc, The Japan Times reported on August 23.

    The changes might come during a review of tax rates set to kick off next month to prevent liquor tax revenues from falling further.

    Japan hopes to wrap up tax system revisions for fiscal 2015 starting next April so they can be compiled at year’s end, but discussions are expected to be difficult because the decision will directly affect product prices.

    Tax rates on beer and quasi-beer products are split into three categories, depending on malt content and production method.

    A 350-ml can of beer carries a tax of ¥77, while beerlike products enjoy much lower rates, such as ¥47 for “happoshu” low-malt drinks and ¥28 for “third segment” beverages, which are made from such ingredients as soybeans and peas instead of malt, or produced with the addition of spirits.

    When consumption tanked after the bubble economy imploded in 1991, Japanese brewers launched cheap happoshu in the 1990s and even cheaper third-segment drinks in the 2000s to dodge the high tax on real beer, which is defined by the ingredients. The subsequent popularity of quasi-beer products, however, started eating into tax revenues — at least until the government started taxing the innovative new beverages.

    Overall liquor tax revenue, including from alcoholic beverages other than beer and quasi-beer, came to ¥1.37 trillion in fiscal 2013, or just over 60 percent of the peak logged in fiscal 1994.

    In July, Sapporo Breweries Ltd. relaunched its popular Goku Zero, previously classified as a third-segment beverage, as a new happoshu after tax authorities questioned whether it qualified as a third-segment quasi-beer.

    Inside the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, New Komeito, there are persistent calls for simplifying the liquor tax regime, perhaps by abolishing the new classification, to avoid confusion.

    At the end of 2013, the two parties announced a plan to review tax rates on alcoholic beverages, with an eye on beer and beer like products.

    The industry has consistently called for a sizable cut in the tax on beer. Meanwhile, due to the differing levels of reliance on third-segment drinks among brewers, it will not be easy to reach a consensus on raising the rate on these products, an official from the Brewers Association of Japan said.
    05.09.2014   UK: AB InBev launches two new variants of Belgian Leffe beer    ( )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced the launch of two new variants for the Leffe Belgian Abbey beer brand in the UK, adding to its existing two products. The new Ruby and Nectar variants are available in 750ml bottles in beer aisles nationwide, KamCity reported on August 29.

    Leffe says Ruby offers subtle traces of red fruit and rosewood suitable for those with a sweeter tooth, while Nectar is rich and full-flavoured with aromatic honey flavours and a wild floral bouquet. They are currently available at Tesco and Morrisons stores in the UK.

    Emily Kraftman, Senior Brand Manager for Leffe at AB InBev UK, comments: “Both Leffe Ruby and Leffe Nectar join our existing range to offer consumers new flavour options and a different alternative to the more traditional abbey beers. Our history of expert brewing is at the core of these new variants and with Leffe as the market leading Abbey beer, combined with the fact that flavoured and fruit beers are continuing to prove popular in the UK, we’re confident both Leffe Ruby and Nectar will prove popular amongst consumers.”
    04.09.2014   Natural performance backed by science - Ubiquinol and Glavonoid™ offer natural ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... efficacy and safety

    Picture: Ubiquinol powder and capsules

    HiE, Amsterdam, 2nd – 4th December, booth K20 – Kaneka Pharma Europe highlights functional ingredients to support health for body and mind. The focus will be on the scientifically backed and naturally produced ingredients Ubiquinol and Glavonoid™. Ubiquinol, the active form of coenzyme Q10 with higher bioavailability, is essential for the body’s energy production and furthermore protects cells from oxidative damage. The licorice extract Glavonoid™ helps to reduce visceral fat. Both substances can be used in single ingredient supplement applications as well as in functional food combinations.

    Ubiquinol is found in every human cell and is an essential part of the respiratory chain, which produces more than 95 percent of the energy the body needs to sustain its vital functions. It is also the only naturally occurring lipid soluble antioxidant that counteracts the aging process and protects cells from free radical damage. Ubiquinol is therefore crucial for a healthy body and high level performance – mentally as well as physically. Due to its high bioavailability and its ready-to-use form, Ubiquinol has a more rapid and better effect than coenzyme Q10, which has to be converted by the body before it can be used. Filip Van hulle, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kaneka Pharma Europe, comments: “Backed by numerous scientific studies, Ubiquinol offers a huge variety of health benefits. This allows manufacturers of nutritional supplements and functional foods to target a broad spectrum of consumers.” One example is Ubiquinol Omega-3 Aktiv-Formula capsules from the German company Biogenial. These have been inspired by findings that Inuit, whose natural diet is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as well as coenzyme Q10, have a low prevalence of heart disease. By combining omega-3 fatty acids of marine origin and Ubiquinol, the capsules can contribute to the normal function of the heart. Kaneka QH™ Ubiquinol is suitable for use in soft gel capsules, pellets and sticks, as well as in foodstuffs.

    Kaneka will also be presenting its Novel Food-approved licorice extract Glavonoid™. Because of its patented manufacturing process, the extract is free from glycyrrhizinic acid and therefore free from any associated cortisone-like side effects. Glavonoid™ offers a unique dual action in fighting visceral fat, thanks to its ability to activate the body’s fat metabolism and suppress fat synthesis. Studies have demonstrated that an intake of 100 mg Glavonoid™ per day burns 130 kcal of body fat. The extract can be processed in food supplements and beverages based on milk, yogurt, fruit and vegetables. Suitable for all kinds of weight management products, it can also be included in products aimed at the sports and fitness market, as well as healthy aging.
    (Kaneka Pharma Europe N.V.)
    03.09.2014   Aspartame-free sweeteners on the rise – Doehler MultiSweet® Plus ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... offers sweet alternatives with balanced sensory profiles!

    Around 12,000 new products with “reduced-sugar” or “sugar-free” claims are introduced to the global food and beverages market every year, and this figure is set to rise even further. Although they are not harmful to health, some sweeteners such as aspartame and cyclamate receive a negative press and are only reluctantly accepted by consumers. Doehler offers innovative sweetening systems under its MultiSweet® Plus brand, including a series of alternatives that allow aspartame and cyclamate to be replaced. One of these is advantame – a sweetener that has only recently been approved in Europe. Depending on the application, it is up to 20,000 times sweeter than sugar and 100 times sweeter than aspartame, as well as being characterised by a particularly balanced sweetness profile. In contrast to aspartame, products with advantame do not have to be labelled as a source of phenylalanine. This is particularly important for consumers suffering from the metabolic disorder phenylketonuria, who have to maintain a low-phenylalanine diet. The EFSA gave the go-ahead for the aspartame derivative back in July 2013.

    Besides advantame, Doehler's portfolio also includes other aspartame-free sweetening systems, such as those based on neotame, sucralose and acesulfame K. The company also offers a sweetening system with a natural origin – MultiSweet® Stevia. The sweetening stevioglycosides it contains are extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant.

    Because the sweeteners all display varying sensory behaviours in different foods and beverages, Doehler customises each sweetener to the individual requirements of the customer formulas and develops application-specific combinations of various sweetening components. The sweeteners' taste profiles can also be improved using special flavour technologies such as Doehler's sweetness improving technology (SIT). With its sweetening solutions, Doehler supports its customers in the food and beverage industry in meeting consumer demands for “perfect indulgence with no regrets”.
    03.09.2014   ENGEL at Interplas 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The ENGEL easix can be fully integrated into the CC300 control unit of the injection moulding machine

    With highly integrated and automated system solutions from a single source ENGEL increases product quality, manufacturing efficiency and thus its customers' competitiveness. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system supplier will demonstrate how this can be translated to practice with two innovative applications at Interplas 2014 in Birmingham from 30th September to 2nd October. Further highlights at the trade fair stand will be the multi-axis industrial robot ENGEL easix, the new machine control unit CC300 and the range of service products and services, ENGEL plus.

    More productivity per square metre of production space
    In the automotive sector, the material substitution is progressing increasingly quickly. A growing number of functional components too is being manufactured from plastics. The advantages are in the lower component weight, a more efficient manufacturing process and often in increased sustainability. During the three days of the fair, ENGEL will show an example by manufacturing clutch pedals on a tie-bar-less ENGEL victory 1800/220 injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 12 linear robot. Thanks to the targeted formation of a hollow structure by means of the water injection technology ENGEL watermelt, raw material is saved, the component weight decreases and the cycle time drops. Furthermore, the injection of water into a cavity partially filled with plastic melt ensures a uniform wall thickness throughout the clutch pedal and no sink marks despite the complex part geometry. This also results in a very precise part surface.

    Together with its system partner PMEfluidtec (Ettenheim, Germany) ENGEL offers tailor-made turn-key solutions for water injection technology worldwide. Other partners for the manufacturing cell demonstrated at Interplas are Moldetipo (Leiria, Portugal) and Akro Plastic (Niederzissen, Germany).

    The tie-bar-less technology, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, contributes greatly to the high efficiency of the manufacturing cell. Due to the size and the complex geometry of the clutch pedal, the mould is relatively large, whereas the necessary clamping force is comparatively low. The barrier-free clamping unit of the ENGEL victory machines allows selecting the machine size based on the clamping force required in the injection moulding process rather than the mould size. "Particularly in manufacturing technical parts, we can often fall back on a smaller machine, which significantly increases the overall efficiency," says Graeme Herlihy, Managing Director of ENGEL UK in Warwick. "The purchasing cost of a smaller machine is lower. It requires less energy and most importantly takes up less space. Thus the productivity per square metre of production space increases, which in the meantime has become a key figure in our customers' businesses."

    Maximum reliability with excellent efficiency
    Using the example of a medical technology application ENGEL demonstrates how maximum efficiency can be reconciled with maximum process reliability. An all-electric ENGEL e motion 110 T injection moulding machine will be manufacturing polystyrene needle holders for safety hypodermics using a 16-cavity precision mould by Fostag, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland. The moulded parts are taken off the mould and deposited sorted by cavity in less than 0.5 seconds, thanks to a high-speed handling system which ENGEL developed together with its partner Hekuma (Eching, Germany). In this way defect mould cavities can be switched off individually without disturbing the balance of the complete system.
    In order to transfer the specific requirements of the medical technology industry, such as maximum product safety, absolute cleanliness and precision as well as full documentation, to efficient injection moulding processes, ENGEL dedicates an entire business line to this industry. On the basis of its in-house clean room and a series of resulting machine concepts for clean room use, the injection moulding machine manufacturer has acquired extensive experience in the medical field and competence with clean rooms.

    Complex processes under control
    Process integration and automation are crucial to increasing efficiency in injection moulding production. At the same time, however, they make the manufacturing processes more and more complex. Making the operation of highly integrated and automated production processes easier, more comfortable and safer was therefore ENGEL's goal when developing the new control unit generation CC300, which ENGEL will present at Interplas for the first time in Great Britain.

    The new features include the extra-large 21" multitouch display with a new and even clearer structure, separate views for each task, which eliminate operator errors in full-feature scope, and the central control button e-move that gives the operator a feeling for the machine in spite of the multitouch functionality. By turning, e-move can precisely control the speed and path of all machine and robot movements.

    "The CC300 is setting a new trend," says Herlihy. "We transferred user technologies that have since become standard to the demands of the injection moulding processes – for example, the intuitive gesture controls found in smartphones. This makes it very easy for machine operators to find their way in the new control unit. Furthermore, we retained basic principles that operators appreciated in the previous model."

    ENGEL viper linear robots and ENGEL easix multi-axis robots are fully integrated into the new control unit. This means that the entire production cell can now be controlled and monitored centrally from the injection moulding machine's control panel. The layout of the robot pages has been adapted to the new design of the CC300, ensuring a consistent operating system and uniform presentation. The full robot integration facilitates especially the use of multi-axis robots. Many tasks that previously required calling in a programmer can now be handled by the machine operators themselves, thus improving the availability of the production cell. Another advantage of the control unit integration is that both the injection moulding machine and the robot access the same database and can thus precisely coordinate their move sequences to achieve a higher overall efficiency.

    More than a machine
    The ENGEL customer service division will be present at the fair under the name of ENGEL plus. Training and service are firm features of ENGEL's system philosophy. Even for pre-existing machines, robots, and system solutions they continue to offer new optimising potential in the course of the entire machine life cycle. ENGEL plus comprises on-site support with spare parts logistics, remote services and a 24/7 hotline, maintenance and repair contracts at fixed prices, retrofitting options and optimisation tools, application engineering consultancy, and professional training and eLearning offers.

    ENGEL offers seminars and forums to its customers also at the Warwick site. Furthermore, the technical centre is available to customers for mould proving and customer trials. ENGEL is the largest supplier of injection moulding machines in the United Kingdom and leading in the field of challenging injection moulding application, thanks to its know-how of system solutions.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    03.09.2014   Pressure transducers DMU 02 Vario with field housing     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO pressure transducer DMU 02 Vario with field housing can now also be used in rough ambient conditions. Typical application areas include plant engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering, food and pharmaceutical industries. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    The new AFRISO pressure transducer DMU 02 Vario with field housing can now also be used in rough ambient conditions. The non-wetted parts are designed in such a way as to allow for easy cleaning of the transducer in the process environment. DMU 02 Vario excels with superior dynamics and high long-term stability as well as outstanding resistance to vibrations and pressure. Seals are not required since the measuring cell is directly welded to the process connection. Versions with an open process connection do not need hydraulic transfer fluid so that DMU 02 Vario is the perfect solution for oil- and grease-free applications as well as pressure measurements of fluids. If flush pressure connections are required in the process, a second diaphragm is mounted in front of the measuring cell. The Vario diaphragm systems are filled with special transfer liquids, depending on the application; they are also hermetically sealed by means of welding. The possibility of diffusion of the transfer liquid out of the system or of the measured medium into the system is excluded.

    The series DMU 02 Vario pressure transducers feature stainless steel housings and stainless steel connections; they are available for the ranges -1/0 bar and 0/250 mbar up to 0/2,000 bar. The pressure transducers are supplied with 12 to 32 V DC, they are suitable for temperatures of the measured medium from -40 to 125 °C and they supply 4-20 mA or 0-10 V output signals. Other electrical connections or output signals as well as customer-specific and industry-specific process connections are available as options. Typical application areas of the pressure transducers include engineering, process technology, food and pharmaceutical industries as well as ultra-pure gas applications.
    02.09.2014   Netherlands: Innovative carton pack from SIG Combibloc hits the sales shelf    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The American Package Design Competition is sponsored by Graphic Design USA, a news magazine published for the graphic arts industry that embraces all aspects of design. The American Package Design Competition is part of a national contest that embraces all aspects of design and includes advertising agencies, design firms, publishers and digital marketing companies. More than 9,000 entries are received from the entire graphic arts industry.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
    02.09.2014   Proven to be absolutely reliable: The new rainwater system centre RWSC II    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: In conjunction with all standard rainwater storage tanks, the new AFRISO rainwater system centre RWSC II can be used as a fully automatic rainwater harvesting system to water the garden, flush toilets and do the laundry. RWSC II complies with DIN 1988, DIN 1989, EN 12056 and EN 1717 as well as the DVGW directives and excels with superior robustness and reliability. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    The new AFRISO rainwater system centre RWSC II is a further development of RWSC, a complete solution for rainwater harvesting which was launched in 2005 and convinced the market with its superior performance and robustness. The new version RWSC II features a servo-controlled diaphragm valve with a vertical linear guide to ensure maximum reliability, superior durability and a long service life. RWSC II can be used as a fully automatic rainwater harvesting system together with plastic and concrete rainwater storage tanks as well as rainwater storage tanks converted from fuel oil tanks. RWSC II primarily uses rainwater from the cistern to water the garden, flush toilets and do the laundry. If there is not enough rainwater in the rainwater storage tank, RWSC II automatically switches over to mains water backup and supplies drinking water (probe-controlled).

    A short rain shower is usually sufficient for RWSC II to switch back to rainwater mode (standard mode). RWSC II is a robust unit that combines all components such as a three-way valve, pump, pressure switch, processor unit and display on top of the backup tank. The new RWSC II is available with a centrifugal pump for a distance to the rainwater storage tank of 15 m or with a jet pump for a distance of between 15 and 40 m. The system is fast and easy to install and commission. RWSC II is used in single- and two-family homes as well as in small and medium-sized companies and industrial operations. It provides an efficient and environmentally friendly way of counteracting rapidly increasing drinking water and waste water costs.
    01.09.2014   Collect and check data on the spot     ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

    Picture: KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ... market share of above-premium beers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In addition to the Limonata mentioned above, Doganay Gida produces many other non-alcoholic beverages. The sales volume in 2013 totaled about 40 million liters. The company's flagship product yet ahead of Limonata is Salgam, a vegetable drink made from the juice of fermented red turnips. Doganay Gida's market share of the Salgam consumption in Turkey is currently close to 95%. The range of products includes not only orange juice, pomegranate syrup, and lemon juice but also various vinegar products. Doganay Gida also distributes its products beyond Turkey's border and is active in more than 30 countries on all continents.
    (KHS GmbH)
    22.08.2014   Grolsch switches to lightweight bottle caps    ( Company news )

    Company news - 19% less steel used for Grolsch bottle caps -

    In October, beer brewer Grolsch will start using a lightweight bottle cap for all of its returnable bottles. The new bottle caps are 17% lighter and contain 19% less steel. In this way, Grolsch will save over 100,000 kg of steel per year. The switch will also cut transport costs within the chain and reduce Grolsch's environmental impact. This measure is a sustainable solution that maintains the high quality that Grolsch is famous for. Today, Grolsch published its results in the field of sustainability and social responsibility over the past year. The report, which includes a detailed explanation of the various result areas, can be found at .
    Packaging protects the products and ensures that consumers perceive the brand in the desired way. Grolsch wants to project the premium quality of its beer while minimising its impact on the environment. For this reason, Grolsch is making efforts to design sustainable, lightweight packaging, to reuse bottles and to encourage recycling. Grolsch piloted these bottle caps for SABMiller and will be one of the first SABMiller breweries to switch to the lightweight bottle caps.

    Swing-top bottle: most sustainable
    Over the past year, in addition to a number of concrete projects relating to optimisation of packaging, Grolsch has also been busy conducting a life-cycle analysis (LCA) of its packaging. This analysis gives a detailed picture of a number of Grolsch packaging. The entire production process, from raw materials, transport, storage, cooling, water & energy consumption and CO2 emissions to the return of the bottles (if applicable), is put under the microscope. The analysis indicates which areas offer the most potential for lessening environmental impact. Furthermore, the research showed that the swing-top bottle was the most sustainable of all of our packaging! Based on these results, Grolsch is working to develop even more sustainable packaging and production methods.

    Four priorities
    In order to operate sustainably and responsibly, Grolsch works in accordance with SABMiller's sustainability strategy entitled 'Ten Priorities. One Future'. Based on this, Grolsch has specified four main priorities. In addition to reduction and recycling packaging, Grolsch also actively promotes responsible alcohol consumption, water saving & recycling, and reduction of energy use & CO2 emissions. In the results published by Grolsch today, you can find information on all developments relating to these four priorities over the past year.
    (Koninklijke Grolsch N.V.)
    22.08.2014   Rexam announces new VP of Operations for Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam, a leading global beverage can maker, announces the appointment of Jason Ramskill as Vice President (“VP”) of Operations for its beverage can business in Europe. Moving from being General Director of Rexam’s business in Russia, Ramskill replaces Gary Clark who has retired after 15 years with Rexam.

    Jason has been with Rexam for 13 years, starting as Assistant Plant Manager of Rexam’s Wakefield Plant becoming Plant Manager a year later. In 2007 he moved to our European head office as Operations Director and became Vice President of Can Manufacturing in 2011, before relocating to Russia as General Director.

    Speaking about his new role, Jason said, “I am delighted to be appointed to lead Rexam’s European operations where we are the leading beverage can manufacturer with 22 can and end plants. Operational excellence lies at the heart of our approach to low cost manufacturing and sustainable value creation and I am looking forward to building and delivering, with the support of my team, the next stage in our operational excellence journey in Europe.”
    (Rexam Beverage Can Europe)
    21.08.2014   ENGEL at Plastex 2014 in Brno    ( Company news )

    Company news At Plastex 2014, which takes place from 29th September to 3rd October in the Czech city of Brno, ENGEL will showcase its system solutions know-how for the injection moulding sector by means of an LSR application on a tie-bar-less injection moulding machine. In many applications it is ENGEL's tie-bar-less technology – marking its 25th anniversary this year – that makes the decisive contribution to lowering unit costs; and this quality makes it more relevant than ever today.

    Picture: ENGEL develops and produces conveyor systems for bulk goods, boxes, pallets and trays in-house.

    The main demands as regards the processing of liquid silicone (LSR) are that it must be fully automatic, waste-free, low in burrs and require no reworking. At the trade fair, a tie-bar-less ENGEL e‑victory 200H/80W/120 combi injection moulding machine – automated with an ENGEL viper 20 linear robot – will impressively show that ENGEL system solutions not only meet these requirements fully, but also handle multi-component processes with LSR securely and efficiently. A mould provided by ACH solution (Fischlham, Austria) will be used to produce sensor housings for flow measurement with integrated seals. Using servo-powered injection units guarantees maximum precision, which would normally call for special solutions in the LSR field where very small injection unit volumes are involved but which in this case is provided by a standard unit. The system utilises iQ weight control software developed and patented by ENGEL, which recognises and automatically compensates for fluctuations in melt quantity during the injection process.

    Minimal footprint, maximum efficiency
    Tie-bar-less technology offers many advantages in the case of multi-component processes involving silicone. Given that mould mounting platens can be used to the hilt, relatively small injection moulding machines can be fitted with large and complex multi-component moulds. This raises overall efficiency as smaller machines require less energy and, most importantly, less floor space. The outstanding platen rigidity of tie-bar-less machines provides better support to moulds, which reduces burr formation and thus raises product quality. Free access to the mould area also facilitates the most effective possible automation concepts. The integrated ENGEL viper robot quickly accesses the mould area from the side to remove the housing halves.

    Maximum productivity throughout the lifecycle
    The machine manufacturer will devote a special area of its stand to ENGEL plus, the name of the new umbrella brand for all ENGEL service products. The display will include the ENGEL flomo temperature-control water distribution system, which continuously and electronically monitors all cooling and temperature control circuits, thus rendering high-maintenance cooling water distributors with sight glasses superfluous. Thanks to vortex sensors, ENGEL flomo works with no moving parts or water filters. In addition, all the components are made of premium stainless steel. The temperature-control water distribution system is one of the smallest water distribution systems with manual settings and electronic monitoring on the market. It can be mounted in very close proximity to the mould, which minimises heat loss.

    Key role in global production network
    With its range of intelligent conveyor systems, ENGEL makes sure systems as a whole – from injection moulding machine to peripherals – are precisely tailored to the specific needs of businesses, the wider sector and national markets. To give an example, ENGEL also develops and constructs GMP-compatible conveyor belts for regulated production areas of the medical technology, pharmaceutical and packaging industries.

    ENGEL at Plastex 2014: hall G1, stand 37
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    21.08.2014   KHS optimizes the Innoket 360 roll-fed labeler series    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS has extended its Innoket 360 series of roll-fed labeling machines. The Innoket 360 and extremely compact Innoket 360 S (with an output of up to 50,000 PET bottles per hour) have now been joined by the Innoket 360 Duo which has two roll-fed labeling stations and a capacity of up to 60,000 non-returnable PET bottles an hour.
    All labelers in the Innoket 360 series have also been further optimized. Brand-new developments include a servomotor-driven reel stand and an intelligent sensor which controls label cutting, reacts very quickly to new requirements and can also do without cutting marks (as an option). The Innoket 360 in particular is now even more flexible thanks to the option of integrating an extra self-adhesive labeling station and/or a tamper-evident sleever.

    The roll-fed labelers operate with a double reel stand, with film being unraveled from one reel while the other is idle. When the reel comes to an end, the speed drops momentarily and the autosplicer attaches the end of the active reel to the beginning of the waiting reel. Operation then continues without interruption. A sensor-driven web edge control ensures that the labeling material always keeps to its allocated track.

    In the past, when the film web was unreeled a mechanical control unit was responsible for yielding the given tension for precise cutting on the labeling station. A servodrive is now employed here, considerably reducing the amount of force exerted on the film web – namely by around 80%. In turn, this boosts machine tolerance to fluctuating grades of label material, making the Innoket 360 series even more robust and even more reliable. Thinner film materials than those previously used can now also be processed.

    With the classic cutting mark sensor the new label length had to be taught in on every format changeover. This is no longer necessary. The new sensor reacts to the operator simply touching the product to be processed on screen, resulting in even faster changeovers and fewer sources of error. The optional use of a sensor which no longer needs a cutting mark is another novelty. It can detect precisely where a cut is to be made by studying the label's pixel array. Label ends no longer have to be glued over unattractive cutting marks. In this manner up to 10 mm of label can be saved per labeled bottle.

    The proven highlights of KHS' roll-fed labeling machines include the cutting unit equipped with self-sharpening cutters, the slip-free vacuum drum and the induction heater in the gluing drum. The Innoket 360 labeler series thus scores not only on process quality but also on ease of operation, short changeover, maintenance and cleaning times and, as a result, a high degree of machine efficiency.
    (KHS GmbH)
    21.08.2014   Vietnam: Saigon Binh Tay Beer Joint Stock Company launches Vietnam's first non-alcoholic beer    ( )

    Saigon Binh Tay Beer Joint Stock Company introduced the first non-alcoholic beer brewed in Vietnam on August 10, reported.
    The product contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume.
    In the first phase, the company will produce five million litres per year. The price of Sagota non-alcoholic beer is equal to 50-60 percent the price of import product, which is being sold at VND20,000-35,000 per can in the Vietnamese market.
    Consumption trend of non-alcoholic beer is on the rise in the world. In Spain, it accounts for over 20 percent of total volume consumed.
    20.08.2014   Beverage World Congress 2014 - 27-28 November 2014, Delhi (Gurgaon), India     ( Company news )

    Company news Meet pre-qualified, premium importers & distributors in India

    Though a tough market to penetrate into, the success of several global Wines & Spirits' brands continues to propel in India, as it promises very high returns.
    Unlike traditional trade shows, the Beverage World Congress is a 'by-invitation only' luxury boutique congress focused in bringing together 100 pre-qualified Premium Importers from India, South East Asia & the Middle East and the world's most exclusive Wines & Spirits' Suppliers, to meet one-on-one, exchange business terms and seal deals through a special, unrivaled system that includes pre-scheduled appointments, an educational conference and state of the art networking opportunities, all over a focused two day period in Gurgaon, India.
    With importers that have a thorough understanding of the entire process to source brands from across the globe to their markets, this Luxe List of importers will scout for new and unique brands from around the world that they can introduce into their portfolio.

    Limited to ONLY 30 Suppliers of Wines & Spirits from around the world!

    Why Attend?
    •Focused on the highly lucrative Alcoholic Beverages market
    •Pre-qualified premium buyers
    •Pre-scheduled Tabletop meetings
    •Direct access to top level decision makers
    •Ultimate networking opportunities
    •Prior notification of the buyers
    •Cutting Edge Conference by experts
    •Not open to the public
    (QnA International)
    20.08.2014   UK: Great British Beer Festival expected to pour almost 1,000 different craft beers and ciders to ..    ( )

    ... more than 55,000 visitors

    This month, the Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre is hosting the Great British Beer Festival.
    Some 55,000 people will attend the event and sample almost 1,000 different real ales, craft beers and ciders, International Business Times reported on August 8.
    Scattered among the exhibitors will be up to 70 London craft breweries, demonstrating the enormous growth the sector has enjoyed in recent years.
    "Six years ago when I got here it was still a lot of mainstream lagers, ales and cask which I didn't find very interesting. Now it's grown... there were only five or 10 breweries in London. Now you're up to 60ish roughly and within the next couple of years you'll be hitting the three figures, 100, which is fantastic," Durham Atkinson, the managing director of the Hops & Glory craft beer pub on the Essex Road said.
    The pub brews a couple of its own beers to go along with the dozens of external beers it sells on premises. Atkinson is about to install a one barrel kit in the basement which will allow them to increase the amount they make and, all being well, sell their product elsewhere.
    And it doesn't seem like there will be any issue with demand.
    The research firm Mintel estimates that 23% of British people above the legal age for drinking have consumed a craft beer in the past six months. In London, the figure is 38%. That means more than two million Londoners have polished off a craft beer this year.
    "With many operators taking advantage of government tax breaks for smaller producers, there has been a boom in craft brewers over the past decade. Many of these have produced newer types of beers, often seen as premium and conducive to trading up. This trend has continued over the past year with over 100 new breweries opening and the number of brewers reaching a 70-year high,” said Chris Wisson, a drinks analyst at the firm.
    Much of the growth can be explained by the broadening of consumer demand, with UK drinkers becoming more adventurous and demanding a better quality and tastier product.
    "Compared to lager in kegs, which is just cold and fizzy, the craft keg stuff is seen as packed full of flavour but is still just cold and fizzy. People really like that especially in the summer, where do you want to be? In a park with something cold and fizzy, but now you can have that and it be tasting amazing, which is a fantastic pull," says Jon Swain, one of the founders of the Hackney Brewery which, after starting brewing in 2012, has recently invested heavily in equipment to allow it to start making kegged beers to go along with its current cask output.

    Mintel's research shows that 50% of UK beer drinkers expect craft beers to taste better than non-craft beer. Considering how relatively new the tipple is to many drinkers, that's an impressive figure.
    The beer industry is undergoing a transformation similar to that enjoyed by the food industry in the 2000s, when people wanted to reconnect with their food, opting to shop local and artisanal, often willing to spend a bit more money on a better quality product.
    This can be, in part, traced back to the global financial crisis of 2008. People became more careful with how they spent their money and demanded something that tasted better than standard lager. The local movement, whereby people wish to support those producers close to home, clearly has a standing in this: 67% of UK beer drinkers think that drinking regional or craft beers is a good way to support local producers and therefore the community at large.
    But more than anything, it's likely that London's captive market of drinkers – about six million people – are more willing to try something new than those elsewhere in the UK. Other cities, such as Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol in particular, are catching on fast. But nowhere has fallen quite so madly for craft beer than London.
    19.08.2014   Denver Beer Co. Uses Ball's Dynamark™ to Encourage Exploration    ( Company news )

    Company news Denver Beer Co. (DBC) is releasing two of its most popular brews in 12-ounce cans from Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL). DBC utilized Ball's new Dynamark™ variable printing technology to mark each can of Incredible Pedal and Graham Cracker Porter with one of 24 distinct GPS coordinates. These coordinates correspond to locations in Colorado, for a total of 24 unique secret locations. The promotion, dubbed the DBC Explorer Challenge, requires participants to visit all 24 locations and take a photo in each spot to be eligible for the grand prize – free Denver Beer Co. beer for one year.
    "DBC's customers love to be outdoors," said Charlie Berger, co-founder of DBC. "By using Ball's Dynamark variable printing technology, we were able to create a unique challenge that encourages our fans to go out and explore the state we love."
    Incredible Pedal and Graham Cracker Porter are available in 12-ounce can six-packs across the Denver metro area. Participants must fill out an online profile via the DBC Explorer webpage and upload their "selfies" to the contest site as they visit each secret location. Participants will have until Nov. 7, 2014, to visit each of the 24 locations and document their travels. A grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive "free beer for a year." Additional prizes will be awarded to other participants in the DBC Explorer Challenge.
    "Increasingly, craft brewers like DBC are utilizing Ball innovations, such as Dynamark, to engage their fans and create unique experiences," said Jay Billings, vice president, innovation, for Ball's global metal beverage packaging business. "And in addition to better protecting the quality beer that DBC brewers create by blocking out 100 percent of light and oxygen, aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable, making them the go-to package for craft beer."
    (Ball Corporation)

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