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    29.01.2018   UK: AB InBev, Molson Coors confirm beer prices hikes for this year    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev and Molson Coors will raise beer prices to above inflation over the next 12 months in the UK, making some beers and ciders up to 3.9% more expensive than in 2017, The Morning Advertiser reported on January 21.

    Inflation currently sits at 3%, according to the Office For National Statistics, but the Bank of England believes it will fall back to 2% this year.

    While inflation dipped from 3.1% (a six-year high) in November to 3% in December, AB InBev and Molson Coors are set to raise product prices by between 3% and 3.9%, The Morning Advertiser has learned.

    AB InBev, which produces Bass, Boddingtons, Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, will increase prices by 3.9% across its portfolio. A spokesperson said this reflected ongoing pressure on the beer industry and the UK economy.

    A spokesperson said: “We have communicated to our customers that from 1 February 2018 we will be increasing our wholesale price by 3.9% across our portfolio (excluding duty).

    “This increase is part of our regular price reviews and reflects ongoing pressure in the beer industry and the UK economy.”

    The spokesperson added: “We always look to keep any increases to a minimum for our customers, maintaining an increase lower than the retail price index (RPI), despite this having more than doubled versus last year.”

    Molson Coors will increase its prices, with the average rise in the cost of its beers and ciders ranging between 3% and 3.2%.

    The brewer said the price hike was due to increasing costs. A spokesperson added: “At Molson Coors, we are constantly working to manage the variety of different costs associated with the production and supply of our beers.”

    They added: “However, increases in the cost of packaging materials, utilities and raw ingredients have meant it is necessary to increase our prices.

    “The price increase has been kept to the minimum level required to enable us to continue to invest in our business and customers, and to deliver great customer service and well-supported beer brands.

    “The price increase varies from brand to brand, however, the average increase is between 3% and 3.2% across our portfolio.”

    Other brewers are yet to reveal any 2018 price changes to The Morning Advertiser.
     
    29.01.2018   USA: Budweiser passed by Miller Lite as the nation's third-best selling beer    ( E-malt.com )

    The King of Beers keeps falling farther off the throne. Budweiser was passed by Miller Lite as the US third-best selling beer, according to newly released 2017 year-end sales figures from Beer Marketer's Insights. Bud Light still has a strong grip on the top spot, followed by Coors Light.

    But the competition among America's top brews has devolved into a contest of who can fall the slowest, rather than actually grow, as craft beers and spirits continue to give big brands problems. At the same time, Michelob Ultra and Modelo Especial have surged, while Corona continues to make steady gains.

    Bud's fall to fourth continues a long-running slump since the so-called King of Beers peaked in the late 1980s. It lost its second-place spot in 2011 to Coors Light.

    Anheuser Busch InBev can take solace in the fact that while Bud is falling in the U.S., it continues to post strong global growth.

    Bud Light finished 2017 with 15.4 percent market share measured by shipments, well above Coors Light's 7.6 percent share, according to Beer Marketer's. But Bud Light's share is down from 16.2% in 2016 as the brand suffered its biggest yearly volume drop ever—a 5.7 percent decline, according to Beer Marketer's. The brand's "Dilly Dilly" campaign has stirred new interest, but that has yet to translate into sales. Budweiser fell even more, with volume down 6.8 percent. Miller Lite's volumes fell 2.8 percent.

    A MillerCoors spokesman declined comment on January 22, but parent company Molson Coors has been foreshadowing Lite's move to third in public presentations. "We're very pleased with our performance on Miller Lite," Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter said on a Nov. 1 earnings call. "It's doing well in a declining segment."

    Lite last summer shifted creative advertising duties to DDB Chicago from 180LA. The brand has been going squarely after Bud Light with spots that tout Lite as having "less calories" and "half the carbs" of its larger competitor.

    Budweiser in recent months has shifted away from using Anomaly as its core agency in the U.S., instead relying on a group of shops that includes VaynerMedia, David and Mosaic. The three shops pitched work for Bud's Super Bowl ad, but Anheuser Busch InBev has yet to reveal details on the spot. Recently Bud has spent much of its marketing energy promoting its limited-edition 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager.

    Budweiser U.S. VP Ricardo Marques in a statement said: "Budweiser remains the leader of the classic lager segment—and continues to see consistent improvements in brand health and consideration, with consideration being the number one indicator of future sales. Budweiser is in a strong position for the future, and we are very confident in our current plans and the year ahead of us."

    But there's no question the brewer's star brand is Michelob Ultra, whose shipment growth surged 21.3% in 2017, ranking it as the nation's sixth-largest beer, right behind Corona, which is owned by Constellation Brands. Constellation's Modelo Especial continues to soar, with its shipments growing 17.4 percent, according to Beer Marketer's, putting it in seventh place.
     
    29.01.2018   USA: Constellation Brands brewing up growth regardless of slowing craft beer sales    ( E-malt.com )

    Craft beer sales in the US have slowed to a crawl and the overall beer industry remains stagnant, if not in decline, but Constellation Brands continues to brew up growth regardless, the Motley Fool reported on January 25.

    The company was able to chart a path higher on the basis of its Mexican beer portfolio, which saw depletions jump 9% and drove 80% of total U.S. beer category growth. Even so, although beer represents nearly 60% of its total revenue and 80% of its operating profit, this was the first time in the past 10 quarters that Constellation didn't beat Wall Street expectations. While part of the decline was a result of exiting the Canadian wine business, it can't get past that it wasted money buying two craft breweries.

    Constellation Brands no longer even talks about its craft-beer acquisitions. In 2015 it bought Ballast Point Brewing for $1 billion, and it used to extol how fast the acquisition was growing, though that seems to have been more about its being distributed to more markets than it was about actual organic growth. That realization hit hard last year, as sales suddenly slowed and forced Constellation to write down the carrying value of the brand by $86 million.

    That's a clear indication it overpaid for the brewery, but that didn't stop it from also buying Florida-based craft brewer Funky Buddha Brewing. While the purchase price was exceptionally cheap compared with the Ballast Point acquisition -- Funky Buddha and limited-production fine-wine vintner Schrader Cellars together went for $130 million -- virtually all of the purchase price was assigned to goodwill, which means it basically paid for the names of the company and not any real sales. Disappointment may loom there in the future, too.

    Where Constellation hasn't been disappointed is by its Mexican beer purchases. It acquired the U.S. rights to the Mexican Modelo brand and its Corona beer label when Anheuser-Busch InBev bought SABMiller, and sales have soared since. It subsequently also bought the Obregon brewery from Modelo, which allowed it to become fully independent of a supply agreement it had with the brewer before the purchase.

    The Brewers Association said import beers grew 6.8%, surpassing craft beer as a whole, and market-research company IRI reports that the trend continued in 2017, with dollar sales increasing 8.4% to more than $6.5 billion. On the strength of its Modelo portfolio, Constellation was the only beer company among the top five to post increases in both dollar sales and volume sales, rising 14.1% and 12.5%, respectively.

    Flush with growth, Constellation is now preparing to take on the industry's leading players by launching a new low-calorie beer called Corona Premier. Supported by a $35 million investment, the brewer plans to take advantage of the trouble the mass brewers are experiencing.

    Light beer has established itself as the country's favorite. Just recently, Miller Lite surpassed Budweiser as the third most popular beer in the U.S., which now makes the top three beers all light beer: Bud Light still ranks as No. 1, Coors Light is No. 2, and now Miller Lite is third.

    Corona Premier will come in with 90 calories, positioning it favorably against all three leaders, and Corona Light has 99 calories. What should worry the megabrewers most is that premiumization is the primary trend in beer right now, and Corona Premier will be targeted to drinkers looking to trade up from traditional mass-produced light-beer fare.

    Mexican beer remains on a growth tear, and Constellation Brands is capitalizing on one of the industry's strongest segments. Although the brewer's stock has jumped 47% over the past year, it's quite possible it has tapped into a new vein of opportunity that will lead it even higher.
     
    26.01.2018   NORD DRIVESYTEMS auf der ANUGA FOODTEC 2018    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews nsd tupH: Korrosionsbeständige Oberflächenveredelung für Aluminiumantriebe – vom 20. bis 23. März 2018 stellt NORD DRIVESYSTEMS auf der ANUGA FOODTEC seine Aluminiumantriebe für die Lebensmittel- und Getränkeindustrie aus.

    Diese sind dank einer besonderen Oberflächenveredelung extrem robust und langlebig: NORD Oberflächenschutz nsd tupH.
    Für den Einsatz in anspruchsvollen Umgebungen bietet NORD für Aluminiumantriebe die überaus leistungsstarke Antikorrosionsbehandlung nsd tupH. Bei dem Verfahren wird das Material bis unter die Oberfläche gehärtet. Die Oberflächenveredelung erzeugt eine permanent mit dem Grundwerkstoff verbundene Schutzschicht. Sie basiert auf einem elektrolytischen Prozess und macht Aluminium ähnlich korrosionsfest wie Edelstahl. Die kratzfeste Oberfläche wird mehr als siebenmal so hart wie unbehandelte Aluminiumlegierungen. Selbst die Reinigung der Antriebe mit Hochdruckdampfstrahlern oder der Kontakt mit aggressiven Medien sind ohne Weiteres möglich.

    Aluminiumantriebe in der Austernzucht
    Zum Einsatz kommen die nsd tupH-Modelle von NORD unter anderem in zahlreichen Förderstrecken eines Austernzuchtbetriebes. Während Grauguss-Getriebemotoren durch die fortschreitende Korrosion in dieser rauen, salzwasserhaltigen Umgebung nur ein bis zwei Jahre einsatzfähig bleiben, bieten die Aluminiumantriebe aus Norddeutschland eine beständige und kostengünstige Lösung, die den rund 10-jährigen Lebenszyklus der von ihnen angetriebenen Förderbänder meist komplett überdauern. Somit spart der Anwender viel Zeit und Aufwand bei der Wartung und Instandhaltung seiner Anlage.

    Eine variantenreiche und kostengünstige Alternative
    nsd tupH-Antriebe stellen demnach eine robuste, langlebige und kostengünstige Alternative zu lackierten Getriebemotoren aus Grauguss oder Edelstahlvarianten dar. Eine nsd tupH-Behandlung ist für alle NORD-Produkte aus Aluminium verfügbar – anders als bei Edelstahlantrieben, die von vielen Herstellern nur in wenigen Ausführungen angeboten werden. DIN- und Normteile sowie die Abtriebswellen sind bei nsd tupH-Aluminiumantrieben standardmäßig aus Edelstahl ausgeführt. Die lüfterlosen Glattmotoren tragen nicht zur Verbreitung von Keimen bei und gewährleisten zudem eine hohe Laufruhe. Sie sind als Synchron- und Asynchronmotoren erhältlich und erfüllen die Effizienzklassen IE2 und IE3 (asynchron) und IE4 (synchron).

    Neben den robusten und korrosionsbeständigen Getriebemotoren für die Lebensmittel- und Getränkeindustrie präsentiert NORD DRIVESYSTEMS auf der ANUGA FOODTEC 2018 in Köln natürlich auch sein weiteres umfangreiches Produktportfolio.

    Sie finden NORD in Halle 10.1 an Stand B061.
    (Getriebebau Nord GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    26.01.2018   Papierhersteller Feldmuehle in Uetersen beantragt Insolvenz    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews - Produktion, Vertrieb und weiterer Geschäftsbetrieb laufen uneingeschränkt weiter
    - Tjark Thies von Reimer Rechtsanwälte zum vorläufigen Insolvenzverwalter bestellt
    - Gehälter der 420 Beschäftigten sind bis 31. März 2018 abgesichert

    Die schleswig-holsteinische Papierfabrik Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH hat am 24. Januar 2018 beim Amtsgericht Pinneberg Insolvenzantrag gestellt. Zum vorläufigen Insolvenzverwalter hat das Gericht den Hamburger Sanierungsexperten Dr. Tjark Thies von Reimer Rechtsanwälte benannt.

    Das 1904 gegründete Traditionsunternehmen stellt mit rund 420 Beschäftigten westlich von Hamburg jährlich rund 250.000 Tonnen Papier her. Die Produkte werden weltweit überwiegend für die Herstellung klassischer Printprodukte und in der Verpackungsindustrie eingesetzt.

    "Der Geschäftsbetrieb wird uneingeschränkt fortgeführt. Das betrifft die Produktion genauso wie Einkauf, Vertrieb, Marketing und Logistik", sagt Tjark Thies. Heiner Kayser, Geschäftsführer von Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH ergänzt: "Unsere Kunden können sich darauf verlassen, weiterhin pünktlich beliefert zu werden." Lieferanten könnten bei Neubestellungen sicher sein, ihr Geld zu erhalten, so Kayser weiter.

    Auch die Beschäftigten werden weiterhin für ihre Arbeit entlohnt: Ihre Gehälter werden bis Ende März 2018 über das Insolvenzgeld der Bundesagentur für Arbeit abgesichert.

    Aktuell erstellen Tjark Thies und ein Expertenteam von Reimer Rechtsanwälte gemeinsam mit dem Münchner Restrukturierungsberater Ruppert Fux Landmann GmbH (RFL) sowie dem Feldmuehle-Management eine Bestandsaufnahme. "Feldmuehle besitzt erstklassige Produkte, Produktionsanlagen und Prozesse sowie eine hoch motivierte Belegschaft und eine führende Marktposition. Wir dürfen das aktuelle Verfahren also berechtigt als Chance für das Unternehmen begreifen", sagt Thies.

    "Die Feldmuehle wird die begonnene strategische Neuausrichtung mit den insolvenzrechtlichen Mitteln fortführen. Wir werden in den kommenden Tagen und Wochen insbesondere prüfen, inwiefern diese wirtschaftliche Sanierung ganz aus eigener Kraft in Frage kommt", so Unternehmensberater Ruppert. Eine denkbare Alternative dazu sei die Übernahme durch einen Investor.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
     
    26.01.2018   Pumpenqualität und Sicherheit: „Im Dunkeln ist gut munkeln“    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Wer Schmutzwasserpumpen einkauft, sollte nicht allein auf Fördermenge und -höhe achten: Ob die Pumpe durchhält, entscheiden vor allem Bauart und Bauteile – und die liegen verborgen im Inneren. Welche Anzeichen stutzig machen sollten.

    „Leider ist die Güte eines Aggregats für viele Anwender nicht unmittelbar erkennbar“, sagt Stefan Himmelsbach. Das wüssten auch zweifelhafte Hersteller, und agierten frei nach der Devise „Im Dunkeln ist gut munkeln“. Der Technikexperte beim Baupumpenmarktführer Tsurumi in Düsseldorf zeigt eine dreiste Fälschung aus Fernost: Selbst Kenner können sie auf dem ersten Blick nicht vom Original unterscheiden. Zwar geht der marktführende Hersteller juristisch gegen Produktpiraten vor, damit die Kopien gar nicht erst nach Deutschland kommen. Schwierig werde es jedoch bei Pumpen mit eigenem Marken-Charakter. „Der Preis ist bereits ein Hinweis, dass diese vielleicht nicht halten, was sie versprechen“.

    Ohne CE keine Zulassung
    Himmelsbach empfiehlt, sich zunächst das Typenschild genau anzuschauen. „Jede in der EU vertriebene Pumpe muss eines haben“. Es gibt fünf Mindestangaben: Hersteller, Bezeichnung der Maschine, Typ ggfs. mit Seriennummer, Baujahr und CE-Kennzeichen. „Viele Billiganbieter aus dem Ausland kennen die Anforderungen nicht“. Falschangaben seien kein Lapsus: Fehle etwa das CE-Logo, sei die Pumpe nicht zugelassen. Auf die Daten, beispielsweise zur elektrischen Leistung, sei dann auch kein Verlass. „Nicht allen Käufern ist klar, dass sie haften, wenn daraus Unfälle resultieren“.

    Ohnehin sei die Elektrik ein neuralgischer Punkt. Schon beim Kabel fange es an. „Wir und andere namhafte Hersteller verwenden Kabel, die vom VDE zertifiziert und sicher sind“, unterstreicht Himmelsbach. Ein Blick auf die Mantelkennzeichnung könne oft schon Klarheit verschaffen. Er verweist auf die Webseite des Verbands, die beanstandete Komponenten und deren Hersteller auflistet: „Dort sind die schwarzen Schafe der Branche namentlich gelistet“.

    Kopierte Komponenten verbaut
    Tsurumi selbst betreibt einigen Aufwand, um seine Produkte bis ins Detail bestmöglich abzusichern. Die Verwendung zugelassener Komponenten sei obligatorisch. Ein Beispiel für Bestrebungen, die darüber hinausgehen, sind die einzeln (!) vergossenen elektrischen Leiter in der Kabeleinführung: Elektrische Schäden wie ein Kurzschluss durch Kriechfeuchte sind mit dieser hermetischen Versiegelung ausgeschlossen.

    Top-Hersteller, wenngleich nicht alle, würden auch bei „unsichtbaren“ Komponenten auf Qualität setzen, so Himmelsbach. Die elementar wichtige Gleitringdichtung der Pumpenwelle etwa bezieht Tsurumi in doppelt innen liegender Ausführung vom marktführenden Hersteller dieser Bauteile. Wenig überraschend: „In Billigpumpen haben wir 1:1 Kopien dieser Dichtungen gefunden“, erzählt Himmelsbach. „Aus minderwertigem Material, optisch allerdings sehr ähnlich“. Das Problem der sogenannten „bogus parts“ kennen auch Maschinenbauer anderer Branchen. „Daraus können erhebliche Gefahren entstehen“.

    Bekannte Marken bieten Sicherheit
    Manche Bauteile stellen die Domäne der jeweiligen Hersteller dar. Bei Tsurumi unter anderem der selbst entwickelte und zum Patent angemeldete Ölverteiler, der die Pumpe in jeder Lage optimal schmiert. Diese Schlüsseltechnologie hat sicher auch dazu beigetragen, dass Tsurumi zum weltgrößten Hersteller bei Baupumpen aufgestiegen ist. Himmelsbach rät: „Anwender sollten nur im Fachhandel kaufen, nach ausführlicher Beratung“. Auch sekundäre Faktoren wie der Umfang des Lieferprogramms (bei Tsurumi 800 Pumpentypen), die Reparaturfreundlichkeit (Modulbauweise) und das Servicenetz (250 Händler allein in Deutschland) seien maßgeblich. Seine Quintessenz: „Sind Zuverlässigkeit, Unfallschutz und Service wichtig, immer einen bekannten Markenanbieter wählen“.
    (Tsurumi (Europe) GmbH)
     
    25.01.2018   NEU: Rotbäckchen Mama Stillsaft – Von Anfang an Bestes weitergeben    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Der neue Mehrfruchtsaft mit Anis-, Fenchel- und Kümmeltee von Rotbäckchen unterstützt Mutter und Kind mit wertvollen Vitaminen und Mineralstoffen und fördert mit dem enthaltenen Tee eine harmonische Stillbeziehung

    Rotbäckchen-Säfte stehen von Anfang an für natürlich gesunde Ernährung und das Bewusstsein, das Beste an die nächste Generation weiterzugeben. Das gilt besonders für die Kleinen und Kleinsten unter uns, deren Entwicklung und Schutz einer besonderen Aufmerksamkeit bedarf. Mit Rotbäckchen Mama widmet sich die traditionsreiche Saftmarke der Aufgabe, schwangeren und stillenden Müttern etwas Gutes zu tun, damit diese voll und ganz für ihre Kleinen da sein können. Rotbäckchen Mama Stillsaft ist ein mild-fruchtiger Fruchtsaft in Direktsaftqualität und versorgt Frauen während der Stillzeit mit wichtigen Vitaminen und Mineralstoffen. Die Nährstoffformel aus Eisen, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Iod und Zink wird dabei mit Anis-, Fenchel- und Kümmeltee kombiniert. So erhalten Mutter und Kind, was während der Stillzeit wichtig ist.

    Denen Gutes tun, die wir schützen müssen
    Die harmonisch aufeinander abgestimmte Kombination aus mildem Apfelsaft, rotem Traubensaft, Anis-, Fenchel- und Kümmeltee, Aroniasaft und Holundersaft sorgt für einen lecker-fruchtigen Geschmack, der durch Vitamin C, Eisen(II)gluconat, Vitamin B12, Kaliumjodid und Zinkgluconat zusätzlich mit wichtigen Nährstoffen abgerundet wird. Eisen trägt zur normalen Blutbildung bei, während das enthaltene Vitamin C dabei hilft, die Eisenaufnahme zu verbessern. Vitamin B12 trägt zur Verringerung von Müdigkeit und Erschöpfung bei. Jod wiederum unterstützt die normale Funktion der Schilddrüse, während Zink einen Beitrag zur Erhaltung normaler Haut, Haare und Nägel leistet. Zusätzlich fördern Anis-, Fenchel- und Kümmeltee eine harmonische Stillbeziehung.

    Rotbäckchen Mama Stillsaft ergänzt das bestehende Rotbäckchen Mama Sortiment optimal und die „Rotbäckchen Qualitätsgarantie“ gewährleistet, dass der Mama Stillsaft – wie alle Produkte der Marke Rotbäckchen – unter strengsten Qualitätsrichtlinien hergestellt wird, die weit über die Vorgaben des Gesetzgebers hinausgehen.
    (Haus Rabenhorst O. Lauffs GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.01.2018   Ooho! - Water you can eat    ( Company news )

    Company news Skipping Rocks Lab is an innovative sustainable packaging start-up based in London. We are pioneering the use of natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed, to create packaging with low environmental impact.

    Our first product, Ooho, will revolutionise the water-on-the-go market. The spherical flexible packaging can also be used for other liquids including water, soft drinks, spirits and cosmetics, and our proprietary material is actually cheaper than plastic.

    The consumption of non-renewable resources for single-use bottles and the amount of waste generated is profoundly unsustainable. The aim of Ooho is to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact.

    What is Ooho?
    -It is 100% made of Plants & Seaweed
    -Biodegradable in 4-6 weeks, just like a piece of fruit
    -Edible, can be flavoured and coloured
    -Fresh (shelf life of a few days)
    -5x less CO₂, 9x less Energy vs PET
    -Cheaper than plastic

    Where can you find us?
    At the moment Ooho is mostly being sold at events, while we get our fully-automated production machine up and running. We’ve done events in London, San Francisco and Boston, including private functions, conferences, festivals and even the odd pop-up of our own!
    (Skipping Rocks Lab)
     
    24.01.2018   Deutschlands Brauer blicken zurück auf ein verregnetes Jahr    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Bierabsatz 2017 mit leichtem Minus – Alkoholfrei und Craft setzen Impulse

    Nachdem sich der deutsche Biermarkt in den vergangenen drei Jahren relativ stabil gezeigt hatte, mussten die Brauer 2017 erstmals wieder einen leichten Absatzrückgang verbuchen. Die deutschen Brauereien haben im vergangenen Jahr insgesamt rund 94 Millionen Hektoliter Bier abgesetzt. Damit konnte das Vorjahresergebnis von 96 Millionen Hektolitern nicht erreicht werden. Im Rahmen seiner vorläufigen Jahresbilanz blickte der Deutsche Brauer-Bund (DBB) als Spitzenverband der Brauwirtschaft gleichwohl optimistisch in die Zukunft: „Die Zahl der Brauereien in Deutschland und die Vielfalt der Biere wird in den kommenden Jahren weiter wachsen, auch dank der Craft-Bewegung. 2018 werden große Sportereignisse wie die Fußball-WM für die Branche Impulse bringen. Außerdem entwickelt sich die Nachfrage nach alkoholfreien Bieren, die nicht Teil der amtlichen Bierstatistik sind, positiv“, so Dr. Jörg Lehmann, Präsident des Deutschen Brauer-Bundes.

    Nachdem der deutsche Biermarkt sich ab 2014 weitgehend stabilisiert hatte, machte den Brauern das regenreiche Jahr 2017 mit einem durchwachsenen Sommer einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Gerade die zweite Jahreshälfte wird als besonders verregnet in die Wetterchronik eingehen. Biergarten-Besuche fielen oftmals ins Wasser. Hinzu kommt, dass der Export deutscher Biere gerade nach Übersee, der in den letzten Jahren wichtige Impulse gesetzt hatte, im vergangenen Jahr ebenfalls rückläufig war.

    Die Herausforderungen für die Brauwirtschaft seien in den vergangenen Jahren nicht geringer geworden, sagte Holger Eichele, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Deutschen Brauer-Bundes: „Neben weiter steigenden Produktionskosten und den Folgen des demografischen Wandels haben die Brauereien mit dem hohen Wettbewerbsdruck und einem unverantwortlichen Preiskampf des Handels zu kämpfen. Daneben gibt es neue Herausforderungen wie die Digitalisierung, denen sich die Braubranche zu stellen hat.“

    Nach Schätzungen des DBB werden in Deutschland mittlerweile mehr als 6.000 verschiedene Biermarken angeboten. Damit haben die Verbraucherinnen und Verbraucher mehr Auswahl denn je zuvor. Nach wie vor dominieren bei Bier umweltfreundliche Glas-Mehrwegflaschen, deren Anteil gegenwärtig bei rund 80 Prozent liegt. In dieser Zahl ist der Anteil von Mehrwegfässern, die in der Gastronomie eingesetzt werden, nicht enthalten. Die Dose kommt im Handel bei Bier aktuell auf nur 5 Prozent, die PET-Flasche auf knapp 10 Prozent Marktanteil.

    Die beliebteste Biersorte der Deutschen ist und bleibt Pils mit einem Marktanteil von mehr als 50 Prozent. Export und das immer populärere Helle liegen jeweils bei etwa 6 Prozent, Weizen knapp darüber bei 7 Prozent. Daneben steigt seit einigen Jahren der Absatz von traditionellen regionalen Bierspezialitäten, etwa unfiltrierten Keller-, Land- und Zwickelbieren.

    Alkoholfreie Biere stehen bei den Konsumenten hoch im Kurs und erreichen in Deutschland mittlerweile einen Anteil von über 6 Prozent – Tendenz weiter steigend. Besonders alkoholfreie Biermischgetränke wie Radler alkoholfrei konnten im vergangenen Jahr deutlich zulegen. Allein von den alkoholfreien Pils- und Weizenbieren gibt es auf dem deutschen Markt aktuell mehrere hundert Marken. Immer öfter werden auch Kölsch und sogar Craft-Stile wie India Pale Ale (IPA) alkoholfrei angeboten. Nahezu jeder 15. in Deutschland gebraute Liter Bier ist alkoholfrei.
    (Deutscher Brauer-Bund e.V. - DBB)
     
    24.01.2018   Diet Coke Launches Into 2018 With Full Brand Restage in North America    ( Company news )

    Company news After 35 years, America’s No. 1-selling zero-calorie beverage brand is entering a new era.

    (And no, the one-and-only Diet Coke is not being reformulated. It continues to be available nationwide.)

    With an updated look, sleek new packaging, the debut of four bold, new flavors and a new campaign, The Coca-Cola Company is re-energizing and modernizing Diet Coke for a new generation of drinkers – and offering its millions of current fans a new look and more flavors.

    “Diet Coke is one of the most iconic brands loved by millions of fans in North America,” said Rafael Acevedo, Coca-Cola North America’s group director for Diet Coke. “Throughout this relaunch journey, we wanted to be bold, think differently and be innovative in our approach. And most importantly, we wanted to stay true to the essence of Diet Coke while recasting the brand for a new generation.”

    He continued, “We know Diet Coke has all kinds of fans – from people who have loved its great taste since it launched in 1982 to Millennial men and women who are always looking to try new things. We’re modernizing what has made Diet Coke so special for a new generation. The same unapologetic confidence still comes through and the same great Diet Coke taste people love is here to stay, but we’re making the brand more relatable and more authentic.”'

    The two-year innovation process was fueled by consumer research pointing to younger Americans’ affinity for big, yet refreshing and great-tasting, flavors in their favorite foods and beverages – from hoppy craft beers to spicy sauces.

    “Millennials are now thirstier than ever for adventures and new experiences, and we want to be right by their side,” Acevedo continued. “We’re contemporizing the Diet Coke brand and portfolio with sleek packaging and new flavors that are appealing to new audiences.”

    The company spoke to more than 10,000 people from across the country to get their ideas and inputs on potential flavor extensions, packaging updates and more. From these insights, Coca-Cola’s R&D team developed and tested more than 30 Diet Coke flavor combinations, featuring tropical, citrus and even botanical notes. Ultimately, Diet Coke landed on four flavors that received the most positive consumer responses.

    Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange and Twisted Mango bring more variety to the trademark by complementing the unique, crisp taste of Diet Coke with unexpected-yet-delicious tastes. They aim to satisfy adventurous fans’ thirst for bolder tastes and more dynamic and uplifting experiences.

    (And the company has heard fans loud and clear on one thing: the same great Diet Coke taste loved by millions of fans is not changing!)

    Acevedo said Diet Coke and its new flavors complement the brand’s no-calorie cousin, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. “Diet Coke and Coke Zero Sugar are two delicious, no-calorie sparkling choices – it’s just a matter of personal preference. For people looking for an option that tastes like a Coca-Cola, Coke Zero Sugar is a great choice. Diet Coke and its expanded flavor portfolio provide a crisper taste and bolder flavors,” he explained.

    Diet Coke and the new flavors will be packaged in sleek 12-oz. cans and sold as on-the-go singles and in eight-packs. Diet Coke also will continue to be offered in all existing package sizes, such as standard 12-oz. cans, mini cans, glass bottles and more. All new packaging and flavors hit store shelves this month.

    New Packaging, New Look

    The sleek cans – the same shape and size DASANI Sparkling fans know and love – will give Diet Coke a more contemporary feel. A refreshed visual identity, meanwhile, lives up to Diet Coke’s new flavors and packaging.

    “For a design team, the opportunity to rethink such an iconic brand with the scale and reach of Diet Coke – to build on its heritage and create a visual language that will help write its next chapter – is a rare brief,” said James Sommerville, vice president, Coca-Cola Global Design. “This visual evolution elevates the brand to a more contemporary space, while still using at its foundation the recognizable core brand visual assets.”

    Anchored by the brand’s iconic silver color, the new look-and-feel has a simplified color palette focused on silver and red with accents of bold color to represent the new flavors. A slightly refined typography simultaneously preserves Diet Coke’s heritage, yet presents it in a more progressive manner.

    The new look also features a dynamic asset Sommerville and his team named the “High Line” – a vertical red band that flows through Diet Coke packaging and into all communications, from outdoor advertising to social media.

    “The ‘High Line’ is a Coca-Cola red disc that has gone for a walk,” Sommerville explains. “It visualizes how the Diet Coke brand, the innovation – and the consumers who love Diet Coke – are continually on the move, with confidence.”

    He adds, “With a brand recast, designers are challenged with determining how far is too far, and how close is not far enough. We set out to demonstrate progressive change and innovation with a look that would appeal to a consumer seeking bolder flavors, but without alienating the loyal Diet Coke fan base.”

    A Personality Evolution and a Brand Rejuvenation
    Together, the new packaging designs and visual identity represent a personality evolution – a brand rejuvenation – for Diet Coke. A robust integrated marketing campaign launching later this month will celebrate the delicious, uplifting taste of Diet Coke and express an unapologetic, emboldened point of view for the brand.

    Acevedo concluded, “We continue to believe and invest in Diet Coke because it’s a great-tasting, zero-calorie beverage loved by millions. While the low- and no-calorie beverage category has been under pressure, its performance has been improving recently, and Diet Coke remains an incredibly strong brand. Following the double-digit growth we’ve seen from Coke Zero Sugar since its introduction last fall and with this full Diet Coke brand relaunch, we believe we can continue to re-energize and strengthen our no-calorie business. We’re building a portfolio for the future with great-tasting options people want.”
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    23.01.2018   Canada: Beer remains Canada's most popular alcoholic drink despite decline in per capita consumption    ( E-malt.com )

    Despite a decline in per capita consumption, beer remains Canada’s most popular alcoholic beverage and accounted for C$13.6 bln (US$11 bln) in economic activity in 2016.

    Canadians bought the equivalent of 223 bottles of beer per person at beer and liquor stores and other retail stores, while the beer economy supported nearly 149,000 jobs in the country.

    Federal and provincial taxes and liquor board mark-ups account for nearly 47% of the average beer price in Canada, with beer consumption generating C$5.7 bln (US$5 bln) in annual tax revenues for federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments.

    The figures have been released by The Conference Board of Canada, which has analyzed the economic footprint of the beer industry in a study funded by Beer Canada.

    Per capita consumption of beer in Canada has declined by 10% over the past ten years, thanks to demographic changes, increased competition from other alcoholic beverages such as wine, and competition from non-alcoholic drinks such as coffee and tea.

    Economic factors such as higher input costs and increases in provincial beer taxes have also contributed to the decline.

    However, beer still makes up 40% of total alcohol sales through liquor boards and other retail outlets, making it the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country. On a per capita basis, Yukon is the largest consumer of beer.

    “Despite declining per capita consumption, the quest for drinking a “cold one” is a very Canadian tradition that is deeply entrenched in history and continues to this day,” says the report.

    “In fact, Canadians bought nearly 23 million hectolitres of beer in stores (liquor authorities and other retail outlets) during 2016—the equivalent of 223 bottles per person.”

    Although per capita consumption, production and sales volumes have all declined; the number of brewing facilities has increased (up 20.3% from 644 in 2015 to a historical high of 775 in 2016).

    In 2016, a total of 3.2 billion cans, 2.1 billion bottles and 41.1 million kegs of beer were sold in Canada.

    Most beer (85%) is brewed domestically, although sales of imported beer are on the rise.

    Over half of Canadian breweries are located in Ontario or Quebec.

    The majority of beer consumed by Canadian households is purchased directly from liquor authorities and other retail outlets: in 2016, this was estimated at just under C$9.1 bln (US$7.3 bln).

    Beer sales from licensed establishments such as restaurants, pubs, concerts and sporting events is estimated at just over C$4.5 bln (US$3.6 bln).

    Canada’s beer economy was responsible for C$13.6 bln (US$11 bln) of spending by consumers in 2016, equivalent to 0.7% of the overall Canadian economy. This takes into account indirect jobs such as services that support breweries and restaurants.

    It supports 149,000 jobs, which makes up 0.8% of employment in Canada.

    “Compared with the findings outlined in our 2013 report, the number of jobs supported by the beer economy has declined 8% due to softer domestic sales, an increase in the market share of imported beer, and weaker exports.

    “Meanwhile, the current economic impact analysis suggests that the tax impact attributable to Canada’s beer economy in 2016 exceeded C$5.7 bln [US$5 bln], with C$1.9 bln [US$1.53 bln] going toward the coffers of the federal government, C$3.5 bln [US$2.8 bln] to provincial/territorial governments, and C$378 mln [US$305 mln] to various municipal governments across the country.”
     
    23.01.2018   Introducing the latest limited edition Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Whisky    ( Company news )

    Company news Johnnie Walker, the world’s No. 1 Scotch Whisky Brand and the biggest selling spirits brand in travel retail has added an exciting new innovation to the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch series: Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish.

    Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskies are the result of more than a hundred ongoing experiments that deliver unique flavours and amazing serves. Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is the seventh release from this series and the first to launch exclusively in travel retail.

    Behind these Blenders' Batch whiskies is a small team of 12 expert whisky makers, who consistently prove that Johnnie Walker can push the boundaries of what’s possible for flavour in blended Scotch whisky.

    For over a hundred years, the iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label has been crafted with an element of sherry cask maturation. Drawing inspiration from this, and driven by the pursuit of flavour, this new Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whisky has been matured in sherry casks, enhancing the fruity flavours to create an exceptionally rich and sweet Scotch.

    Created with whiskies from distilleries such as Blair Athol, Cardhu and Strathmill, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish, aged 12 years, is a smooth-sipping dark whisky with notes of sweet vanilla, smoke, raisins and a warming finish of dark chocolate.

    Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director of Diageo Global Travel commented “This is a special launch for Diageo Global Travel because it’s exclusive to our customers. You won’t get your hands on this whisky anywhere else, making it the perfect purchase for travellers who want to gift something truly special.

    “Travellers are looking for brands that have discovery, authenticity, craftsmanship and real human stories behind them, and there is none better than Johnnie Walker. We are excited to offer a glimpse into the constantly shifting world of flavour exploration from the biggest spirits brand in the channel.”
    (Diageo plc)
     
    23.01.2018   Marc Kerger wird neuer Director Marketing & Ontrade Sales und Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Zum 01. März 2018 wird Marc Kerger (Bild) neuer „Director Marketing & Ontrade Sales“ der Hardenberg-Wilthen AG und damit Teil der Geschäftsleitung. In dieser neu geschaffenen Position ist der 45-jährige dafür verantwortlich, das Unternehmen im Wettbewerb gut zu positionieren und nachhaltiges Wachstum zu erzielen.

    „Mit Marc Kerger haben wir einen Marketing- und Vertriebs-Fachmann mit fundiertem Wissen, Innovationsgeist und hoher Motivation gefunden, der perfekt in unser Team passt und mit dem wir gemeinsam unseren Weg in die Zukunft gestalten können,“ so Nicolaus Fehling, Vorstand der Hardenberg-Wilthen AG.

    Kerger ist seit 2011 bei der MAST Jägermeister SE in Wolfenbüttel tätig, zuletzt als "Nationaler Leiter Trend- und Szenegastronomie & Promotion AD". Von 2008 bis 2011 arbeitete er als "National Brand Ambassador/Brand Manager Ontrade“ im Marketing bei Pernod Ricard GmbH in Köln.
    (Hardenberg-Wilthen AG)
     
    23.01.2018   New Zealand: New Zealand adds craft beer to basket of goods monitored to measure inflation    ( E-malt.com )

    New Zealand has added craft beer to the basket of goods it monitors to measure inflation, reflecting changing tastes and consumer spending in the South Pacific nation, Bloomberg reported on January 12.

    “New Zealand used to be called a country of rugby, racing and beer but spending patterns are changing,” Jason Attewell, senior manager at Statistics New Zealand in Wellington, said on January 12. “Kiwis are increasingly keen on craft beer, body massages at beauty spas and football club memberships.”

    Craft beer has surged in popularity in New Zealand, while high-speed internet has encouraged new web-based services like Netflix at the expense of older technologies. The statistics agency said DVD players and sewing machines were among items removed from the Consumers Price Index after its three-yearly review, and Uber rides and Airbnb accommodation were among services added.

    Attewell said the agency was "introducing the sharing economy to the CPI to keep it relevant for New Zealand."

    "We added the electric lightbulb to the basket in the 1920s, televisions and record players in the 1960s, microwaves and car stereos in the 1980s, and MP3 players and digital cameras in the 2000s,” he said. “As these items go out of fashion they are removed from the basket."

    As well as components of the basket, Statistics New Zealand reviews the relative contribution of the main categories within the CPI. Food now makes up 19.3 percent of the gauge, up from 18.8 percent, due to increased spending at restaurants and rising prices, the agency said.

    Inflation was 1.9 percent in the year through September, near the midpoint of the 1-3 percent range the central bank targets. The fourth-quarter report is due Jan. 25.
     
    23.01.2018   UK: Super-premium beer market expected to continue to grow in the UK    ( E-malt.com )

    The super-premium beer market will continue to grow in the UK as consumers’ willingness to spend more on “beer worth paying for” kicks up a level, according to Asahi UK’s new managing director Tim Clay.

    The proliferation of premium drinks in the on-trade will play into the hands of breweries like Asahi UK and other alcohol suppliers in 2018 and the foreseeable future, Clay told The Morning Advertiser.

    Clay officially became the head of Asahi UK this month, taking over from Gary Haigh who retired last year after overseeing the transfer of SABMiller's Miller Brands Unit to Asahi in 2016.

    Asahi acquired the Miller Brands portfolio, which consists of Peroni, St Stefanus, Pilsner Urquell, Kozel, Tyskie, Lech and Asahi among others.

    Asahi bought out Miller Brands when SABMiller was sold to global beer giant AB InBev in 2016.

    The group’s premium beer portfolio currently accounts for roughly a sixth in value share of the premium beer market, said Clay.

    The UK on-trade’s best-selling premium lager is Peroni Nastro Azzuro in both value and volume terms, according to The Morning Advertiser’s 2018 Drinks List: Top Brands To Stock.

    In the 12 months to 12 August 2017, more than 735,000hl of Peroni were sold in the on-trade, according to CGA data.

    Premium lagers, though not as large as the likes of Carling, Foster’s and Carlsberg, are among the top 10 best-selling lager brands.

    “Compelling brands with the credentials that have authenticity will succeed in the future and if you tell the right story and produce the right brand then you can command a higher price in the marketplace,” added Clay.

    Over the next three years, the brewer would focus on its premium portfolio – particularly Asahi and Peroni – in light of a decline in sales of mass-market beer.

    Though standard lagers would still hold a large slice of the beer market, it was premium and craft that would continue to see growth in the future, he believed.

    When asked whether the brewer would add to its portfolio through acquisition, Clay said: “There are no immediate plans to buy out beers or brewers.

    “We hold about 15.3% value share of the premium lager category and we are in growth, according to CGA.”

    A new three-year plan has just been set out by Asahi UK, which would see the business focus more on premium.

    The Japanese parent company has also seen the value in Asahi UK’s focus and was allowing Clay and his team the autonomy to pursue the market, he added.

     
    23.01.2018   USA: Major whisky brands celebrate strong year 2017    ( E-malt.com )

    With consumers eagerly exploring across multiple brown spirits categories, it comes as little surprise that 2017 was a strong year for the U.S. market’s major whisk(e)y brands. As the connoisseur set continues to seek out new upscale launches and limited releases, leading players like Crown Royal, Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam and others are broadening their appeal and winning new drinkers with flavored expressions, the Shanken News Daily reported on January 18.

    Six whisk(e)y labels ranked among the top 25 spirits brands in the U.S. for 2017, and all of them were on the upswing, according to Impact Databank. Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel’s continues to lead the market at 6.46 million cases, up 3% last year, including its flavored varieties. In the six months through October, net sales for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey (+6%), Tennessee Honey (+8%), Tennessee Fire (+14%), and the brand’s RTD offerings (+15%) were all up strongly, with Tennessee Fire gaining traction in the on-premise. In September, Brown-Forman debuted Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye ($27) in a bid to garner a piece of the action in the fast-growing rye whiskey segment.

    Diageo’s Crown Royal has also seen impressive gains for its flavored offerings lately, with Regal Apple estimated at +2.5% to 1.3 million cases for 2017, and the newer Crown Royal Vanilla at a half-million cases. Counting the contribution of its flavors, the overall Crown Royal brand has averaged 8% annual growth over the past two years, reaching 6.1 million cases last year. “While we expect Crown Royal’s growth to slow in fiscal 2018 as we lap the launch of Vanilla, we’re expanding Crown Royal outside its core markets into the Northeast and establishing it as a go-to status brand for African-American consumers,” Diageo North America CEO Deirdre Mahlan recently told analysts.

    Sazerac’s Fireball also continues to make gains in the flavored whisky segment—which is now above 10 million cases in the U.S. as a whole—even after years of torrid growth. After slowing to a pace of 5% in 2016, the cinnamon whisky accelerated to a rate of 7% last year, and the shot-focused brand is likely to crack the 5-million-case mark in 2018.

    Beam Suntory is also seeing success in the flavor arena. The company’s flagship Jim Beam brand has seen strong results for its Apple variant, which debuted in 2015, and last August the line was extended with a Vanilla flavor, which received an enthusiastic reception. The core Jim Beam label continues to benefit from the Bourbon boom, and is in the midst of a production expansion that will boost output by 20%. Including its flavored extensions, Jim Beam finished 2017 at just below 5 million cases on 8.5% growth.

    Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams likewise remains on the rise in the Bourbon category—including both flavored expressions like cherry and honey and the core whiskey. With growth ongoing, Heaven Hill recently completed a $25 million expansion of its Bernheim distillery in Louisville, which the company says is now the single-largest Bourbon production site in the United States, with an annual capacity of 400,000 barrels.

    Meanwhile, Pernod Ricard-owned Jameson is driving the Irish whiskey category forward. In Nielsen channels, Jameson was the market’s fastest growing whisk(e)y by value for the year through November 4. “We think there’s so much opportunity to fill out the shelf with Jameson standard in less mature markets and with Caskmates and Black Barrel in more mature markets,” Pernod Ricard North America chairman and CEO Paul Duffy said in December.
     
    22.01.2018   Britvic continues to put health at the heart of its new sustainable business programme - ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... – “A Healthier Everyday”

    Today, leading soft drinks company Britvic plc announces the launch of “A Healthier Everyday”, its new sustainable business programme which builds on its commitment to: help consumers make healthier choices; support the well-being of communities; and minimise its impact on the planet.

    Photo: Robinsons Refresh’d, a still spring water drink made using 100% naturally sourced ingredients, no added sugar and only 55kcal per 500ml serve

    The creation of “A Healthier Everyday” follows a review by the company into how it can ensure that its sustainability programme is focused on the issues that matter most to its stakeholders, and concentrates on delivering solutions that can make a real difference. The programme is fully embedded in Britvic’s broader business strategy, and is helping to deliver the company’s overarching purpose to ‘Make Life’s Everyday Moment’s More Enjoyable’.

    “A Healthier Everyday” programme, focuses on three key areas including:
    -Healthier People: helping consumers to make healthier choices and live healthier lives
    -Healthier Communities: helping our employees and communities to thrive
    -ealthier Planet: helping to secure our planet’s future

    The programme builds on the work Britvic has undertaken for many years, in particular the bold steps the company has taken on public health. Britvic has led the industry in taking steps to help consumers make healthier choices, through a long term and extensive reformulation programme, an innovation pipeline focused on healthier products, and marketing responsibly. As a result, Britvic has removed over 20bn calories from its GB portfolio since 2013 on an annualised basis, meaning the company is well placed to respond to the soft drinks industry levy. By April 2018, 94% of its owned brands (72% of Britvic’s full GB portfolio) will be below or exempt from the levy.

    Matt Barwell, Chief Marketing Officer at Britvic, is accountable for “A Healthier Everyday”, ensuring that it is fully integrated across the business, from the supply chain and R&D to innovation and commercial execution. He commented:

    “We have been bringing enjoyment to millions of everyday moments for over a century through our much-loved brands and we are committed to continuing to make a positive difference to the world around us – helping to make it healthier, happier, and more sustainable.

    “I am particularly excited about the ‘Healthier People’ pillar of the programme. The health of our consumers is vital to us which is why we’ve long been committed to helping them make healthier choices. Back in the 1930s, when we were called the British Vitamin Company, our business was built on bringing an affordable source of vitamins to consumers at a time when diets lacked important nutrients, and to this day we are doing our best to help make sure our products taste great and are better for you.”

    Shree Datta, Consultant at King's College, London, lecturer and medical author, said: “I fully welcome the commitment Britvic have made, with a unique and timely new programme to kick off healthy eating in the new year. Their sustained reformulation of products shows their drive to reduce the sugar content in the food and drinks we buy and should be applauded. In addition, their advertising ethos shows a responsible approach towards promoting healthy eating and I hope we can build on this.

    Stuart Foster, CEO at RECOUP: “Consumers now expect leading brands to be taking responsibility for the environment, and this new programme from Britvic is a great example of what is achievable. Not only does the Healthier Everyday initiative continue to address the consumer facing activities needed to improve recycling and efficient use of resources, but it also demonstrates the continued commitment of Britvic working behind the scenes to reduce waste, save energy, and ensure they continue to set themselves ambitious environmental targets moving forwards.”

    Sustainability milestones in 2017 – a quick look back
    Healthier people:
    -Britvic removed over 20billion calories from GB diets on an annualised basis since 2013, and by next April 72% of its total portfolio and 94% of its owned brands will be below or out of scope of the soft drinks levy in Great Britain
    -In GB, c.90% of all Britvic innovation was under or exempt from the soft drinks industry levy in 2017, eg. Robinsons Refresh’d, a still spring water drink made using 100% naturally sourced ingredients, no added sugar and only 55kcal per 500ml serve. We also continued to lead Pepsi innovation through sugar-free Pepsi MAX with Pepsi MAX Ginger.
    -We’ve focused on innovation in new categories such as evolved energy with the relaunch of Purdey’s – a more natural energy drink containing multivitamins and natural botanicals to give a natural lift with no caffeine and no taurine. [retail value increased 55% in 2017]
    -Britvic continued to help its customers reduce sugar. E.G. Subway stores removed c.3.7bn calories from British diets between July 2016 and July 2017 by converting to the Britvic/PepsiCo portfolio.

    Healthier planet:
    -100% of Britvic’s plastic bottles are recyclable
    -Recent investment in new bottling lines eliminated over 300 tonnes of plastic bottle packaging in GB
    -99% of global manufacturing waste generated was diverted from landfill
    -It achieved a 5% reduction in carbon emissions relative to production compared to 2016
    -Water ratio (water consumption relative to production) from 2016 was maintained despite the commissioning of new lines
    -Britvic was shortlisted for the 2017 GreenFleet Awards in the ‘Private Sector Fleet of the Year’ category for its work to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles across its fleet. Work included installing charging points across its sites in Great Britain, and actively engaging with employees to demonstrate the total cost/benefit of hybrid vehicles.

    Healthier communities:
    -Women are represented in 36% of leadership roles across Britvic
    -31% of employees took advantage of community giving programmes, supporting good causes
    -Britvic achieved a wellbeing score of 72% in the independent ‘Great Place to Work Survey’ which measures how employees feel about working at Britvic

    “A Healthier Everyday” – 2020 goals
    Healthier People
    ‘Healthier People’ aims to help consumers to make healthier choices and live healthier lives by providing them with a portfolio of drinks which taste great and are better for you. Britvic is doing this by reformulating its drinks with no compromise on taste or quality, weighting 70% of its Group innovation pipeline towards no and low sugar drinks, and by using the power of its brands responsibly to nudge consumers towards healthier choices.

    Every time we reformulate an added-sugar product, we will reduce the sugar content. When we reformulate our NAS drinks, we will look to reduce sweetness levels.

    2020 Goal: Reduce average calories per 250ml serve by 20% from 2013 to 28kcal (down from 35.1kcal in 2017 excluding Brazil).

    Healthier Communities
    ‘Healthier Communities’ aims to help Britvic employees and communities to thrive by supporting a better quality of life socially, economically and environmentally. It will focus on diversity and inclusion in the workplace; community support; and employee wellbeing.

    2020 Goals:
    -Women are represented in 40% of leadership roles across Britvic (up from 36% in 2017)
    -50% of employees take advantage of community support programmes (up from 31% in 2017)
    -All employees have access to wellbeing programmes that support healthier lifestyle choices and we achieve a wellbeing score of 81% in the Great Place to Work survey (up from 72% in 2017)

    Healthier Planet
    ‘Healthier Planet’ aims to help secure the planet’s future, where resources are used responsibly and the natural world is protected. The focus will be on resource efficiency, minimising the environmental impact of packaging and operating a sustainable supply chain.

    2020 Goals:
    -Reduce carbon emissions relative to production across Britvic’s global manufacturing sites by 15% vs 2016 baseline (5% emissions reduction achieved in 2017)
    -Achieve a water ratio (water consumption relative to production) of 1.4 across its global manufacturing operations (water ratio was 2.15 in 2017)
    -Achieve zero waste to landfill across its global manufacturing sites (99% in 2017)
    -Reduce the amount of materials used across all packaging formats, introduce recycled PET (rPET) into the GB portfolio at 15% content (300 tonnes of plastic packaging eliminated in GB in 2017).
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    22.01.2018   Produktinnovation in Glas 2018: Jetzt bewerben!    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Das Aktionsforum Glasverpackung verleiht in diesem Jahr bereits zum fünften Mal die Auszeichnung „Produktinnovation in Glas“. Bis zum 31. März können sich Lebensmittel und Getränke herstellende und abfüllende Unternehmen mit ihren in Glas verpackten Produkten bewerben.

    Düsseldorf. Innovative und außergewöhnliche Produkte auszeichnen, die in Glas verpackt sind: Das ist seit fünf Jahren die Idee der „Produktinnovation in Glas“. Der diesjährige Bewerbungszeitraum startete am 1. Januar und endet am 31. März 2018. Die Nominierten werden am 17. Mai 2018 im Rahmen des Trendtag Glas in Hannover bekanntgegeben. Die Gewinner werden anschließend am Abend bei dem feierlichen Get-together mit einer gläsernen Trophäe ausgezeichnet. Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos.

    Grenzenlose Kreativität in unterschiedlichen Kategorien
    Es gibt unzählig viele Lebensmittel und Getränke in Glasverpackungen: Von Mineralwasser, Limonaden und Co. über Gemüse bis hin zu Saucen oder Eis. Mit der Auszeichnung „Produktinnovation in Glas” möchte das Aktionsforum Glasverpackung außergewöhnliche und innovative Produkte ehren, die jedes Jahr neu auf den Markt kommen und in Glas verpackt sind. Bis zum 31. März 2018 können sich Lebensmittel und Getränke herstellende bzw. abfüllende Unternehmen kostenlos mit ihren Produkten bewerben, die zwischen dem 1. April 2017 und dem 31. März 2018 erstmals auf dem deutschen Markt verkauft wurden. Unternehmen mit bis zu 50 Mitarbeitern können sich in der Kategorie „Kleine Unternehmen” bewerben, Unternehmen mit mehr als 50 Mitarbeitern in der Kategorie „Mittlere und große Unternehmen”. Zusätzlich hat ein Unternehmen die Chance, die Trophäe in Form eines gläsernen Möbiusbandes in der Kategorie „Publikumsliebling” für sich zu gewinnen.

    Wahl der Gewinner durch erfahrene Jury und Trendtag-Besucher
    Eine unabhängige Expertenjury wird nach Ablauf der Bewerbungsphase alle Einreichungen kritisch bewerten, jeweils die drei besten Teilnehmer in den Kategorien „Kleine Unternehmen” sowie „Mittlere und große Unternehmen” nominieren und im Anschluss die Gewinner festlegen. Die Vorstellung der sechs Nominierten erfolgt am 17. Mai 2018 in Hannover während des Trendtag Glas – dem Branchenevent für Entscheider aus Marketing, Handel und Einkauf. Dort wählen die Teilnehmer vor Ort den dritten Gewinner – den „Publikumsliebling“. Die offizielle Preisverleihung mit der Auszeichnung der drei Gewinner und der Übergabe des gläsernen Möbiusbandes findet im Anschluss im Rahmen eines feierlichen Get-togethers im „cavallo“ in Hannover statt.

    Die bewährte und erfahrene Jury setzt sich aus den Experten der letzten Jahre zusammen: Brigitte Bähr, freie Journalistin für das packaging journal, Andrej Kupetz, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Rats für Formgebung/German Design Council, Dr. Ulrich Nehring, Geschäftsführer der Institut Nehring GmbH, sowie Achim Nieroda, Referent für Technik beim Deutschen Brauer-Bund.

    „Wir sind sehr stolz darauf, dass unsere Auszeichnung so viel positive Resonanz erzeugt und wir dieses Jahr schon unser 5-jähriges Jubiläum feiern“, sagt Dr. Johann Overath, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Bundesverbands Glasindustrie e. V. und Sprecher des Aktionsforums Glasverpackung. „Wir freuen uns sehr auf die spannenden Neuprodukte und Bewerbungen in diesem Jahr.“
    (Aktionsforum Glasverpackung)
     


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