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The new Alfa Laval ThinkTop revolutionizes valve sensing and control units, reengineered ...

The new Alfa Laval ThinkTop revolutionizes valve sensing and control units, reengineered ...  (Company news)

... to meet customer needs

Picture: The Alfa Laval ThinkTop® V50 and V70 sensing and control units for hygienic valves have been rethought to improve production on hygienic process lines

Alfa Laval has unveiled a refreshed, rethought version of the Alfa Laval ThinkTop®, the company’s best-selling valve sensing and control unit for hygienic valves used in the dairy, food, beverage, brewery and pharmaceutical industries. The Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70, the second-generation of premium control units, have been reengineered to meet customer needs while incorporating the latest advances in technology.

“We have listened carefully to what customers want from a valve sensing and control unit,” says René Stietz, Product Management Valves & Automation, Hygienic Fluid Handling, Alfa Laval. “The changes we’ve made to the ThinkTop are highly responsive to customer needs and therefore highly relevant – for instance, faster and more intuitive setup without compromising durability and reliability.”

Reengineered to meet customer needs
For the first time, the rethought Alfa Laval ThinkTop offers customers fast and intuitive setup and commissioning; enhanced 360° LED visual status indication, a repositioned Gore Vent, a more compact and aesthetic design, burst seat clean functionality, and a QR code for easy online access to support materials and direct support.

Fast and intuitive
The new auto setup feature offers manufacturers quick, easy commissioning – up to 90% faster than the previous generation. Plus, the live setup feature coupled with true valve recognition ensures the perfect match during any-and-all setups.

Adaptable and smart
The new ThinkTop fits on any Alfa Laval valve, making it perfect for all retrofits. What’s more, it is smart. It features 24/7 self-diagnostics, checking and remedying operations when required, and an enhanced 360° LED visual status indication so that operators can clearly see the valve status no matter where they are on the production floor.

Durable and reliable
The new ThinkTop is as long-lasting and dependable as the first generation. However, repositioning the Gore Vent makes the ThinkTop more durable and more reliable than before, equalizing the enclosure pressure in the unit while eliminating the risk of water ingress.

Aesthetic design
Highly practical, the new minimalist industrial exterior with its strict lines, no cover screws and uncompromising geometry is 30% more compact than the previous version yet has the same height, making the new ThinkTop suitable for tight installations. Inside one sensor target control board packed with functionality handles all valve functions and communication; no adapter is required.

Burst seat cleaning
Take advantage of the highly effective burst of CIP liquid during the opening moment of seat lift and seat push. These optimized valve activations drastically reduce water consumption during Cleaning-in-Place and save up to 90% in cleaning agent costs.

Evolutionary thinking
The Alfa Laval ThinkTop was launched in 2000 as a technological breakthrough that revolutionized hygienic valve sensing and control technology. Nearly 20 years on, Alfa Laval has now incorporated evolutionary measures to a proven workhorse, radically changing its appearance and functionality to meet customers’ changing needs and demanding requirements.

The new Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70 series cover all valve requirements and are selected based on the number of solenoid valves required. The ThinkTop V50 series matches the requirements of the Alfa Laval DV-ST, butterfly, single seat and double seal valves while the ThinkTop V70 series matches the requirements of all these valves plus Alfa Laval double seat and special valves.

In addition, the new Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70 meet the protection class IP66, IP67 and IP69K.

To learn more about the Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70, visit
(Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)

Lecta to Showcase Its Latest Label Innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Lecta to Showcase Its Latest Label Innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2019  (Company news)

Lecta will add another dimension to its specialty papers for adhesive products in Brussels from September 24 to 27

Continuing with its strategy of broadening its multiproduct offer, for four days Lecta will be showing its new products and innovations in specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging, offering this sector the deep versatility and all the high-quality adhesive possibilities of its Adestor, Metalvac, Creaset, Termax and Eurokote ranges.

Lecta extended its offer of materials for labels with the recent launch of the new rubber-based Adestor Hot-Melt adhesive product line that will be on display at the trade fair: Adestor HM100 and Adestor HM300, developed for labeling under chilled or frozen conditions for the food sector, and Adestor HM200L, developed for labelling the most frequently used surfaces in logistics and retail applications.

Lecta will also be highlighting its Adestor BC500 acrylic permanent adhesive, developed specifically for non-recyclable wine, spirits, sparkling wine and other glass containers. The product’s high moisture resistance ensures perfect adhesion on bottles being submerged in ice and water.

Metalvac, Lecta’s high-vacuum recyclable metallized paper with a high gloss finish and excellent printing results, will be exhibited as the ideal solution for all personal care and high-end beverage products.

Creaset, Lecta’s range of one-side coated paper for labels and flexible packaging, will also be on display in Brussels with its countless number of possible applications.
The product line includes Creaset HWS for labels on returnable bottles and Creaset GP greaseproof paper for labels on olive oil bottles.

Lecta will also be showing its Termax range of thermal papers for direct thermal printing that guarantee optimum bar code definition on self-adhesive applications widely used in the food, logistics and distribution sectors and in industry in general.

With Eurokote, Lecta’s cast-coated high gloss paper with high whiteness and
smoothness, the extraordinary possibilities of this range for cosmetics, perfume, food and beverage labels will also be featured.

Without a doubt, Lecta’s extensive offer of high-quality specialty papers adds another dimension to labels, an essential and attrractive component in all adhesive application sectors.

We invite you to come and discover all this and much more at Hall 5 – Lecta Stand D15 from September 24 to 27.

UPM Raflatac showcases sustainable labeling solutions that help reduce, recycle and renew at ...

UPM Raflatac showcases sustainable labeling solutions that help reduce, recycle and renew at ...  (Company news)

...Labelexpo Europe 2019

UPM Raflatac will be showcasing its sustainable labeling solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels from September 24-27. UPM Raflatac’s innovative solutions can help printers and brand owners reach beyond their sustainability goals by offering solutions to reduce, recycle and renew.

The company’s thinner and lighter film materials reduce the use of raw materials. The UPM Raflatac PP Lite range combines a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive and a lighter backing which makes them incredibly lightweight and optimizes the use of raw materials and resources. Ultrathin UPM Raflatac Vanish™ PCR labels are another good example, featuring 90 percent recycled content face and liners.

The company optimizes the recycling process of plastic packages by ensuring that labels can be easily removed. UPM Raflatac wash-off adhesive is an excellent way to enable the recyclability of PET containers. Turning waste into a resource is a key concept in the circular economy and an important part of UPM Raflatac’s approach to sustainability. The RafCycle® by UPM Raflatac recycling programme supports this by offering a new life for label waste.

In addition, UPM Raflatac helps to reduce the use of fossil raw materials by offering renewable options, such as certified materials and other bio-based alternatives. UPM Raflatac’s revolutionary new Forest Film™ is the industry’s first wood-based polypropylene film material. Another innovative labeling material that will be showcased at the exhibition is UPM Raflatac Fossil-Free Adhesive – a renewable multipurpose solution, which together with other responsibly sourced label materials like the forest positive UPM Raflatac RAFNXT+, forms a comprehensive solution making each layer of labeling even more sustainable.

Visit stand 5D41 in Hall 5 to find out more about UPM Raflatac’s sustainable labeling solutions.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

Berlin Packaging Acquires Vincap and Adolfse Packaging in Holland

Berlin Packaging Acquires Vincap and Adolfse Packaging in Holland  (Company news)

Berlin Packaging Continues European Expansion with Acquisition of Vincap and Adolfse Packaging in the Netherlands

Strategic acquisition benefits customers around the world and augments company’s position as largest packaging distributor in Europe.

Berlin Packaging, the largest full-service supplier of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures, announced the acquisition of Vincap B.V. and Adolfse Packaging B.V. (jointly, Vincap & Adolfse), an important packaging supplier strategically located in Utrecht, Netherlands. Vincap & Adolfse brings extensive experience in food and beverage closures and pharmaceutical packaging and well-established, customer-thrilling operations in Northern Europe.

Berlin Packaging is a $2.6 billion global supplier of rigid packaging products and services to customers of all types across all sectors. The company has a stronghold in North America, where it has operated since 1898, and a rapidly expanding global footprint, including operations in China, South Africa, and five European countries. Berlin Packaging operates in Europe through its Bruni Glass division, headquartered in Milan, Italy and its Bruni Erben division, headquartered in Hadleigh, England.

As a significant supplier of plastic, cork, and metal closures and plastic packaging in the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) for 20+ years, Vincap & Adolfse offers a broad array of products and packaging expertise for customers of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to established food and beverage brands across Northern Europe. See more at

Vincap & Adolfse, which will be integrated into the Bruni Glass organization, marks Berlin’s tenth overall acquisition since 2010 and the fourth in Europe since 2016. Considering Berlin Packaging’s track record of seamless integrations and history of strong organic growth, customers and suppliers of both companies will reap significant benefits from the combined operations of Europe’s largest packaging distributor.

Berlin and Bruni customers now benefit from Vincap & Adolfse’s deep expertise in the closure market, with added product depth and breadth and expanded geographic coverage across the Benelux. Vincap & Adolfse’s customers can avail themselves of a dramatically larger European impression, a wide array of containers (in glass, plastic, and metal), and Berlin’s unique suite of income-boosting services that are offered at no charge in exchange for new packaging business; these services include world-class design and innovation centers on two continents, quality consulting, and capital lending.

Suppliers of packaging also benefit by tapping into the combined company’s 200+ person sales force, an integral part of the company’s 1,100+ global work force. This team, in conjunction with Berlin’s multi-channel marketing efforts, targets every market that uses rigid packaging, including food, beverage, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical, personal care, household care, and industrial.

“As Berlin Packaging continues to acquire companies that share our commitment to quality, service, and bottom line growth for our customers, we further separate ourselves from the competition with a tremendous global footprint, an unparalleled product and service offering, and a long history of double-digit organic growth,” said Andrew Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. “

“We are excited to become part of the Berlin Packaging family and to embrace our new Bruni Glass colleagues. We are proud of what we have built, and we know this new partnership will bring much more opportunity for our customers, suppliers and employees,” said Paul Devilee and Joost Wurth, Owners of Vincap & Adolfse

“The Vincap & Adolfse integration will strengthen our business proposition and support our growth across Northern Europe, said Paolo Recrosio, CEO of Bruni Glass, a Berlin Packaging Company. “With the combined expertise in so many vertical markets and in so many packaging types, we are extremely optimistic about the future.”

The deal has closed, integration planning is already underway.
(Berlin Packaging LLC)

How about a drink from the fully automatic robot bartending system?

How about a drink from the fully automatic robot bartending system?  (Company news)

Thanks to a special attachment, it can pour up to 20 glasses of beer per minute – without spilling a drop: In the fully automatic bartending and mixing system from BAIER Engineering GmbH, a KUKA KR CYBERTECH robot reliably and precisely prepares drinks just like a bartender.

KR CYBERTECH is being used in the world’s only robot bar
With the bartender robot, BAIER Engineering GmbH has developed the world’s first fully automatic bartending system. The system is the result of a collaboration with Aalen University and specialists from the beverage industry. A KUKA KR CYBERTECH robot is used as a bartender. The bar robot mixes cocktails, pours drinks, serves and collects payment. “The bartender robot is an eye-catcher and a barkeeping professional all rolled into one,” notes Thomas Baier, founder and CEO of BAIER Engineering, in describing the special characteristics of the professional robot bar.

KUKA robot as a bartender that mixes cocktails
The software and technology for the bartending system come from BAIER Engineering, the robot arm is provided by KUKA. Behind the bar stands a robot from the KR CYBERTECH series. As soon as the order comes in via the touch screen, the robot arm grips the appropriate glass. It then fills it and serves the drink at the counter. Cocktails, draft beer, non-alcoholic soft drinks – the range of drinks can be individually programmed according to the event. Payment is made using special chip cards – which the bar robot also simultaneously uses to check whether the guest is of age for the selected drink.

Robot bar is ready at a moment’s notice
The advantages of the bartending system are clear. Whether for three days at a trade fair or for the night shift at a company event, the KUKA robot can be used around the clock as a bartender. At the same time, its performance does not wane. “Our bartending robot mixes cocktails and pours beer of consistent quality. It works cleanly, reliably and efficiently,” explains Baier. And since the bartending system comes on a single-axle trailer, it is very mobile. Refrigerated storage is integrated and only a power connection is required. Thanks to the design of the trailer, operational safety is also ensured. The robot bar can be used for all kinds of occasions – from event catering to special birthday parties and even festivals.
(KUKA Roboter GmbH)

Milacron Launching Wide Range of New and Upgraded Mold-Masters Solutions at K 2019

Milacron Launching Wide Range of New and Upgraded Mold-Masters Solutions at K 2019  (Company news)

Milacron Holdings Corp. Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN), a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry announces additional key technologies for K 2019, the world’s largest plastics trade fair. K 2019 will take place October 16th-23rd in Düsseldorf, Germany. Milacron will be displaying its Advanced Plastics Processing Technologies (APPT) featuring Milacron and Ferromatik product branded injection, and extrusion offerings, as well as Milacron’s Melt Delivery and Control Systems (MDCS). Displays will feature Milacron’s product brands: Mold-Masters, DME, TIRAD, and CIMCOOL in Hall 1, Booth C05.

Photo: NEW SeVG+ - a servo-driven system that provides absolute control and precision over individual valve pin opening and closing actuation profiles

Mold-Masters is excited at the opportunity to showcase to customers a selection of innovative new products as well as enhanced engineering to improve the performance, quality and technical capabilities of our customers. This is the first time many of this is being shown in Europe and there are even a few Global Product Launches in store. Much of this is just a sneak peek. Keep an eye out for future K-Show press releases for more information.

Fusion-Series G2
A completely pre-assembled and pre-wired system that allows for quick and easy one-step drop-in installation and connection. Ensures your mold is back into production as quickly as possible. Focused on high-quality economical production of medium to large parts it is the ideal system for automotive, appliance, logistic and many other similar applications.

-NEW Protective Heater Sleeves easily install over the nozzles to provide an extra layer of protection to the nozzles during handling while improving system aesthetics. The protective sleeves install quickly and easily by sliding down the nozzle and are secured in place with the lock click at the nozzle tip.
-NEW Waterless PN Actuator will be on display which utilizes Mold-Masters Passive Actuator Cooling Technology. This special design eliminates traditional actuator cooling lines by being in positive contact and passively transferring heat to the clamping plate. Effectively taking advantage of the molds existing cooling system.
-NEW Valve Pin Adjustment & Quick Release is available on Fusion-Series G2 actuators. Pin adjustments can now be made much more quickly and easily than current designs. A quick-release mechanism disconnects the valve pin to simplify and speed up maintenance.

The ideal hot runner system for consistent, high-quality production of automotive lens components that demand exceptional clarity. Engineered to perform with today’s challenging resins it is Compatible with corrosive resins such as PC, PC-ABS & PMMA. Dura+ remains the clearest choice for automotive lens molding applications.

-NEW Drop-In, Connect & Inject. Dura+ is now available pre-assembled and pre-wired. It allows molders to get back into production faster and more efficiently.

Introducing the industry’s newest hot runner system specifically engineered for producing exceptionally high-quality thin wall packaging products and offers a wide process window. Incorporating new MasterSHIELD Technology, ThinPAK-Series has the strength and durability to mold with complete reliability in high-pressure applications up to 2,800 Bar. ThinPAK-Series is compatible with all common packaging resins.

-NEW Centi Nozzle Size broadens ThinPAK’s part weight application capacity to include everything from small in mold labeled containers to large pails.
-NEW Stack Mold Capabilities increases productivity and profitability.

The industries’ simplest in-line design minimizes downtime and improves processing capabilities. Tips are secured by a single bolt which allows molds to be serviced up to 85% faster than before. This can save up to 5hrs of downtime on a 64-cavity system. A demo assembly unit will be on hand in the booth to allow users to try it for themselves.

This new design also improves processing capabilities. Featuring Mold-Masters Brazed Heater Technology, Melt-CUBE EVO was shown to operate with a precise thermal profile. In testing, Melt-CUBE EVO showed only 1°C delta from tip to tip for consistent production capabilities. Brazed Heater Technology on Melt-CUBE EVO also minimizes the number of control zones required and therefore allows a simpler and more cost-effective controller to be used with the application, saving significant investment in additional support equipment.

Lastly, it features Gate Located Tips, which are fixed to the cavity insert meaning the tips are not affected by thermal expansion. This maintains tip to gate concentricity which is the critical requirement for ensuring the highest gate quality. It also offers superior reliability even with high MFI materials.

Our full selection of Side Gating products will be on display including Melt-CUBE, Melt-DISK, and Tit-Edge.

Mold-Masters Co-Injection, formerly KORTEC, will also be on display at K-Show. Mold-Masters Co-Injection Technology is used for placing barrier layers in a wide range of parts including coffee capsules, beverage containers of all kinds, preforms and more in a single step. These high-performance barriers extend shelf life by up to 5x, lower production costs and offer greater design flexibility. Mold-Masters is the #1 name in Co-Injection (by installed base).

The Mold-Masters Co-Injection CONNECT unit on display allows molders to quickly and easily convert their existing single-shot Injection Machine to allow for Co-Injection capabilities. The simplest package we offer includes a Mold-Masters Co-Injection hot half, E-Multi Auxiliary Injection Unit and E-Multi Co-Injection Controller. This package has the potential to reduce capital investment requirements by up to 84%.

Introducing our most advanced actuation control system to date. SeVG+ is a servo-driven system that provides absolute control and precision over individual valve pin opening and closing actuation profiles. Users can fully adjust pin position, acceleration, velocity, stroke, timing and sequence of each pin independently from the next. Critical capabilities that greatly enhance molded part quality for demanding applications. Available for all applications including large automotive parts.

NEW TempMaster M3

Of course, you’ll also be able to get your hands on our other popular TempMaster controller models including:
-TempMaster M2+
-TempMaster M1+
-TempMaster M-Ax

TIRAD, mold and frames supplier with more than 25 years tradition, will showcase its fully machined mold plate 1396 x 646 x 96 mm with DME accessories.

TIRAD is working with accuracy +/- 0,008/1.000 mm and sizes up to 2300 x 1500 x 1000 mm and is able to run paperless production from 3D only at their modern fully climate-controlled plant in Zeletava, Czech Republic.

Their customer base includes leading manufacturers from all fields of the industry: Medical & Pharmaceutical, Caps & Closures, Cosmetic & Personal Care, Thin Wall Packaging, PET Preforms, and Technical Parts. In cooperation with DME, TIRAD can deliver fully-assembled custom mold base including components.

TIRAD offers its customers top service and wide range of benefits:
Precision & accuracy
-Extensive selection of steel-grades
-Possibility to design and produce more complex parts
-Optimum control of wall thickness
-Reduction of cycle time
-Longer mold life

Hear about our Technology – Milacron Invites Trade Press to Press Conference October 17th at 2:00 pm (14:00) –Hall 1, Booth C05
Milacron’s Mac Jones, President of APPT Americas and Europe, will welcome the esteemed press to the Milacron booth and provide a business overview. Andy Stirn, Director of New Product Development and Product Management, and Kurt Waldhauer, Vice President of Extrusion Sales, will be providing an update on Advanced Plastics Processing Technologies (APPT). Hans Hagelstein, Mold-Masters President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, An Heid, Mold-Masters President Americas and Asia, and Peter Smith, DME President will provide an update on Milacron’s Melt Delivery and Control System business. A Q&A session will follow the formal presentation and attendees will be encouraged to take a personalized tour with the Milacron team.
(Milacron Co-Injection Systems)

iQ weight control opens recycled material the door to a wide application range

iQ weight control opens recycled material the door to a wide application range  (Company news)

At K 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, between October 16th and 23rd, for the first time anywhere in the world, ENGEL is exhibiting its iQ weight control intelligent assistance system for injection moulding processes with a recycled material application, making the great potential inject 4.0 offers for the circular economy a reality.

Photo: By processing fully recycled ABS, ENGEL will be clearly demonstrating iQ weight control’s great potential for the circular economy.

iQ weight control individually adjusts the quality-related process parameters for each shot during injection to suit the prevailing conditions. Since 2014, the system has been used to great effect to process virgin material. However, recycled material naturally yields greater batch variations than virgin material. The software’s ability to also operate reliably under these circumstances was thoroughly put to the test by ENGEL and recycling specialist Erema. Using different recycling technologies, heavily soiled geotextiles made of polypropylene were salvaged, pelletised and put through an injection moulding process while using iQ weight control. “The tests confirmed that iQ weight control maintains a constant melt volume throughout the production process, even when processing recycled material,” Paul Kapeller, product manager for digital solutions at ENGEL AUSTRIA, says. “By offering this solution, we’re opening the door to a significantly wider range of applications for recycled material, making an important contribution to the circular economy.”

Compensate material fluctuations reliably
At K, ENGEL will be clearly demonstrating iQ weight control’s great potential to close the loop for recyclables by processing fully recycled ABS on an ENGEL victory 120 injection moulding machine. To simulate realistic conditions, it will use recycled material from two different companies, MGG Polymers and Bage-Plastics. “Many processors have multiple suppliers for their recycled material,” Kapeller explains. “As a result, the raw materials’ flow characteristics can vary so dramatically that the part no longer gets completely filled after a material change. iQ weight control steps in at the first shot, adapting the parameters to the new circumstances so that good parts are consistently produced regardless of the recycled material supplier.”

The state of the art in smart production
The victory 120 injection moulding machine represents the state of the art in smart production. Alongside iQ weight control, all other iQ products from ENGEL’s inject 4.0 program are installed. Permanent adaptation of quality-relevant process parameters based on real-time data is an essential feature of the smart factory.

ENGEL at K 2019: hall 15, stand C58
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Exports lead the way as European aluminium foil production levels remain flat

Exports lead the way as European aluminium foil production levels remain flat   (Company news)

At the half way mark in 2019 European aluminium foil production is showing a modest increase of close to 1% compared to 2018. While European demand remains soft, exports to markets outside the area are powering ahead. So far this year overseas sales have increased by 34.6%, more than double the figure seen in the whole of 2018, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).

Year to date total deliveries of thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, declined by 1%. Thicker gauges, typically utilized for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, were ahead by 4.2%, maintaining the positive trend for this category. However overall domestic demand decreased by 4.1% compared to the same period last year.

Shipments in the three months April to June 2019 totalled 245,300 tonnes, advancing 2.9% on Q2 production in 2018. Thinner gauges reversed recent declines with an increase of 2.4%, while thicker gauge products added 3.9%. A positive export performance saw deliveries increase by 58% in the quarter.

Bruno Rea, President of EAFA believes the outlook remains hard to predict. “The fact that production levels are ahead of 2018 is encouraging. But export markets are notoriously volatile, particularly in current circumstances, when continuing trade disputes are weighing on international trade,” he said.

“We would like to see European demand improve as it has been in decline during 2019. This could be due to a number of factors, such as de-stocking or cautious ordering patterns because of the uncertainties in the marketplace. There is a dramatic increase of foil inflow from China, severely impacting domestic production levels - the impact on the European supply and demand balance by imports from outside Europe is continuing to hurt the European Foil Roller industry. The fundamentals for our European customers remain positive in our opinion and we do see the likelihood of an improvement in orders in the next six months,” according to Rea.

“Meanwhile we are happy that the quality of our foil means it is in strong demand from our overseas customers,” he added.
(EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)

SCHÄFER Container Systems at BrauBeviale 2019

SCHÄFER Container Systems at BrauBeviale 2019  (Company news)

KEGs, beer tasting and competitions

This year, too, SCHÄFER Container Systems will be attending the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg. From the 12th to 14th November, the manufacturer and supplier of reusable container systems (KEGs) and stainless steel IBCs will be presenting its full range of products and services at its 182 m2 exhibition stand (no. 107 in hall 4). As a highlight, visitors will have the chance to win KEGs in their national colours in the SCHÄFER prize draw.

One of SCHÄFER’s classic exhibits is the ECO KEG, consisting of a stainless steel liner with robust top and bottom rings of polypropylene (PP). Its low weight makes this KEG a popular choice for beer, wine, soft drinks and water. The iF award-winning design is sounded off by a variety of branding possibilities. An equally popular exhibit is the PLUS KEG, whose stainless steel liner is bonded to a robust PU foam coating in an elaborate procedure. This has the benefit of significantly reducing the KEG’s noise level, as well as providing a shock absorber effect.

This year, the company will once again be offering both customers and exhibition visitors a special attraction: by handing in their competition ticket, they have the chance to win a KEG decorated in their own national colours. The ticket is being sent by post along with the trade fair invitation prior to the event and can be handed in at the SCHÄFER stand. Tickets can also be obtained at the stand itself and the draw for the prizes will take place on the final day of the fair.

“As an innovator and manufacturer, the trade fair slogan of securing the future viability of the beverages industry is something we can wholeheartedly support. For 40 years, we have been dealing with the most sustainable type of beverage packaging there is, improving and developing it constantly and offering our customers countless KEG-related benefits. The fact that our low-resource reusable KEGs are fully in line with the increasing attention that’s being paid to environmental protection is reflected in the very positive atmosphere at our stand. And as always, we’ll be supported by beer sommelier world champion Karl Schiffner, who’ll this time be presenting beer specialities from America, so there’ll be no shortage of flavours to enjoy”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

Radioactive-free vodka produced from crops in Chernobyl

Radioactive-free vodka produced from crops in Chernobyl   (Company news)

Scientists now want to produce the artisan vodka and give 75 per cent of profits back to the affected community

A radioactive-free vodka produced from crops in Chernobyl’s abandoned zone has been brewed by a team of scientists.

Photo: The artisanal vodka is one of the results of a project led by Professor Smith, a leading expert on Chernobyl.

Professor Jim Smith, at the University of Portsmouth, described the artisan vodka – branded ATOMIK – as possibly the most important bottle of spirits in the world.

He and colleagues in Ukraine, where vodka is traditionally brewed, hope it will help the region recover economically.

In a report, Professor Smith and colleagues in the UK and Ukraine present the results of a three-year research project into the transfer of radioactivity to crops grown in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Professor Smith now wants to produce the artisan vodka made from grain grown near Chernobyl, and give 75 per cent of the profits back to the affected community.

He said: “I think this is the most important bottle of spirits in the world because it could help the economic recovery of communities living in and around the abandoned areas.

“Many thousands of people are still living in the Zone of Obligatory Resettlement where new investment and use of agricultural land is still forbidden.”

The team found some radioactivity in the grain: strontium-90 is slightly above the cautious Ukrainian limit of 20 Bq/kg. But, because distilling reduces any impurities in the original grain, the only radioactivity the researchers could detect in the alcohol is natural Carbon-14 at the same level you would expect in any spirit drink.

They have diluted the distilled alcohol with mineral water from the deep aquifer in Chernobyl town, 10km south of the reactor, which has similar chemistry to groundwater in the Champagne region of France - and is also free from contamination.

They are setting up a social enterprise “The Chernobyl Spirit Company” to begin to produce and sell “ATOMIK”, a high quality home-made vodka or “moonshine”.

We don’t think the main Exclusion Zone should be extensively used for agriculture as it is now a wildlife reserve,” said Professor Smith. “But there are other areas where people live, but agriculture is still banned.”

“33 years on, many abandoned areas could now be used to grow crops safely without the need for distillation.

“We aim to make a high-value product to support economic development of areas outside the main Exclusion Zone where radiation isn’t now a significant health risk.”

The report has been positively received by the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management.

Mr Oleg Nasvit, First Deputy Head, said: “We welcome this initiative to use abandoned lands to help local communities. It is important that we do everything we can to support the restoration of normal life in these areas whilst always putting safety first.”

Mr Nasvit added: “I’d call this a high quality moonshine - it isn’t typical of a more highly purified vodka, but has the flavour of the grain from our original Ukrainian distillation methods – I like it.”

There are some legal issues to be completed first, but The Chernobyl Spirit Company is hoping to begin small scale experimental production of “ATOMIK” grain spirit sometime this year.

Analytical tests of the water and distillate alcohol were conducted by the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute, the University of Southampton GAU-Radioanalytical, the University of Portsmouth Geological and Environmental Laboratories and an independent wine and spirits testing laboratory.

The artisanal vodka is one of the results of a project led by Professor Smith, a leading expert on Chernobyl, which was given funding to find out when and if it is safe to start using some of the abandoned land for growing crops.

He was awarded £100,000 by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to work with the Ukraine government and other partners including the Ukrainian State Agency for Exclusion Zone Management, the Chernobyl ECOCENTRE, the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute, the Ukrainian Institute for Agricultural Radiology and the Institute of Geological Sciences of Ukraine. UK partners are the University of Salford and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

The 4,200 square kilometre human exclusion zone around Chernobyl was put in place due to chronic radiation fall-out following the accident in 1986.

Radiation was detected across Europe. About 300,000 residents were permanently evacuated from their homes after the accident.
(University of Portsmouth)

Smithers Pira forecasts global rigid plastic packaging market to reach $222.4 billion by 2024

Smithers Pira forecasts global rigid plastic packaging market to reach $222.4 billion by 2024  (Company news)

The rigid plastic packing industry is reacting to new challenges around competition with innovative flexible packaging designs, and the exploration of new markets in transition economies.

Smithers Pira’s latest market report, ‘The Future of Rigid Plastic Packaging to 2024’ forecasts rigid plastic packaging sales to grow from a projected $181.1 billion in 2019 at an annual rate of 4.2% during 2019–24 to reach $222.4 billion in 2024. Economic, demographic and lifestyle trends are key drivers of rigid plastic packaging market growth.

With shifts in end-use demands increasing at a fast rate across the five years to 2024, ‘The Future of Rigid Plastic Packaging to 2024’ identifies the following key drivers and trends for the rigid plastic packaging industry today:

Lifestyle and social influences – Are driving consumer demand for convenience products packed in rigid plastic packaging.

Cost and availability of materials – The cost and availability of standard thermoplastics has a major impact on the profit margins of rigid plastic packaging processors.

Rigid plastics replace traditional packaging materials - Rigid plastic packaging will continue to benefit from the drive to replace materials like glass and metal with lightweight, cost-effective, and high-performance plastic materials in various markets.

Rigid plastic packaging challenged by flexibles - Flexible packaging has gradually taken market share from rigid pack formats in many different end-use applications.

Sustainable packaging - Brand owners and retailers are responding to consumer demand for more sustainable packaging in order to reduce the environmental impact of packaging.

Consumer concern about food waste and food safety – The packaging industry has introduced various active and intelligent packaging technologies in response to this concern.

Regulatory developments for packaging and packaging waste - The European Union has introduced regulations in relation to food contact, recycling of packaging waste and greater use of recycled plastics in product packaging.

Smithers Pira’s latest report, ‘The Future of Rigid Plastic Packaging to 2024’ provides analysis of rigid plastic packaging market trends for the period 2014–19 and presents consumption forecasts for 2019–24 by material, end-use sector, packaging product, and production process. It also presents consumption and market value forecasts for geographic markets, including a detailed analysis for 13 major countries.
(Smithers Pira)

Symrise researches optimal vanilla cultivation methods in Madagascar

Symrise researches optimal vanilla cultivation methods in Madagascar  (Company news)

• The project aims to ensure higher yields and the best possible quality
• The goal is to increase the income and improve the living conditions of farmers

Symrise generates insights on the best cultivation conditions for vanilla in specifically designed fields in northern Madagascar. The results shall help increase yields and ensure consistent premium quality. As an integral part of Symrise’s work and partnership approach, Symrise will share the expertise gained from the tests with local partner farmers. This shall improve their income and living situation.

Photo: Vanilla plant

For many years, Symrise has worked directly with vanilla farmers in northeastern Madagascar. The aim is to safely source natural high-quality vanilla, providing full traceability of the vanilla beans and their related flavors. Symrise currently works with around 7,000 smallholder farmers in 90 villages. “Thanks to our close cooperation with farmers and our permanent presence, we understand the working and living conditions of local farmers in detail,” says Alain Bourdon, Country Director at Symrise Symrise Madagascar. “We want to sustainably improve their living conditions and consider this an integral part of our approach to supporting farmers and their families. We want them to become more resilient and have already achieved encouraging results with the work we have been doing in the field. Now we have started another chapter, which aims to better understand the vanilla plants our partner farmers work with and the conditions under which the precious plant grows best.” Symrise’s year-round presence on the island and the close collaboration between company experts and local communities is a key success factor in this.

The results of the project will allow Symrise to understand how the yield and quality of vanilla can be further improved. Also, the company wants to deduce how farmers can efficiently apply this knowledge to their vanilla cultivation and thereby improve their standard of living. “We believe in a sustainable value chain from start to finish. That starts with supporting the farmers we work with and their families such that they are able to thrive and produce the best beans. Beans that go through the best processing methods, for the best extracts for the best brands,” says Yannick Leen, Global Taste Competence Director Vanilla at Symrise.

The vanilla fields lie close to the Symrise factory in Benavony. As part of the project, researchers combine different growth environments for vanilla. These cover a wide range of different agroforestry systems. Others incorporate a shady greenhouse area with meticulously controlled parameters like temperature, light and humidity.

What does vanilla need?
At the beginning of the research project in 2018, Symrise first focused on the conditions that allow vanilla seedlings to grow healthily. The employees then looked for the best possible conditions in the soil structure with regard to nutrients, permeability and ventilation, for example.

At the end of last year, the plants completed their first stage of growth, which allowed Symrise to begin their phenotyping – that is, the quantitative analysis and measurement of their appearance. In the next step, they reported the ideal conditions for the growth of the flowers, such as the amount of water applied, temperature regulation and the trimming of plants to stimulate their flowering. For the project, Symrise put together a team of permanent experts to supervise the entire process: agricultural researchers with experience in agroforestry, and who focus on the rainforest, assisted and are assisting with their expertise.

Sharing this knowledge with the local small-scale farmers will lead to the increased yield of vanilla, which is coveted all over the world, will also make an important contribution toward sustaining their livelihood. This takes place in conjunction with the sustainability objectives of the United Nations. Of these, Symrise places particular importance on number 17 – “Partnerships to achieve goals.” The vanilla cultivation project is a good example of this.

Symrise is one of the most important suppliers of vanilla worldwide. The company has been active in Madagascar, where 80 percent of the world’s vanilla is grown, since 2005. “Our vanilla activities there are the best proof that commercial success and sustainability go hand in hand,” says Heinrich Schaper, President of the Flavor division at Symrise.
(Symrise AG)

BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC: Best prospects for trade fair and market

BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC: Best prospects for trade fair and market  (Company news)

-US market: Organic revenues at record levels
-International product show with varied supporting programme

The international organic sector will gather at the Baltimore Convention and Exhibition Center from 12 to 14 September 2019 for BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC. Held in parallel with Natural Products Expo East on the east coast of the US, the show offers businesses from all around the world the opportunity to present both raw materials and new developments in the food and non-food areas. About 1,600 exhibitors, including about 200 organics companies, and about 30,000 visitors are expected. Once again, the public can look forward to an event with a highly international flavour: Bosnia and Herzegovina will be there with its own pavilion for the first time. Argentina will also have its own national pavilion, and the German pavilion, sponsored by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), will be larger this year.

Developments on the US organic market have been gratifying for a number of years, and new record values are even more pleasing. According to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the US organic market passed the $50 billion mark for the first time in 2018, with record revenue of $52.5 billion. This represents an increase of 6.3 per cent compared to the previous year. Revenue from organic foodstuffs grew by 5.9 percent to reach $47.9 billion. The rate of growth for organics is still very high compared to general market conditions: in 2018, total foodstuffs revenue in the US increased by 2.3 percent. “Organics is big in the US right now, and this positive market development is also evident at BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC,” comments Markus Reetz, Executive Director International Exhibitions at NürnbergMesse. “Organics companies can benefit from this upturn, and there are still good opportunities for them to gain a foothold in the US organic market. We are happy to prepare the way and provide access to this market with our sector gathering, and we are looking forward with pleasure to the 17th event in the BIOFACH AMERICA series.”

Larger German pavilion and half-booth area
Once again in 2019, BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC will be celebrating its variety and making attractive offers to encourage a broad range of exhibitors. The German Pavilion, sponsored by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), will put in a second appearance this year accordingly. A total of ten German exhibitors will take advantage of the larger exhibition area to highlight their innovative products and businesses. The ‘half-booth area’ will also offer some inspiring inputs, giving new international exhibitors in particular an opportunity to participate in the trade fair and enjoy plenty of attention at a reasonable cost.

Platform for trading and networking with a varied supporting programme
A further highlight is the three-day Education Conference, where visitors can look forward to many presentations on the latest trends and themes, including CBD and hemp products, packaging and online trading. The keynote by international best-selling author Shawn Achor on the Friday of the trade fair will be a big drawcard. A Harvard graduate, he is known for his advocacy of positive psychology and the connection between happiness and success. The presentation on “The Future of Organic: Relevance & Scalability” should also be on everyone’s watch list. This expert session will discuss the future opportunities and challenges presented by a rapidly developing organic market. It will also offer fascinating insights into the latest food trends and the way they are marketed, as well as industry knowledge on the latest technologies, innovations and fields of research that are shaping the future of the organic sector.

The combined trade fair event not only provides a platform for the organic community while the event itself is being held, but also scores thanks to networking events that encourage communication both before and after the fair. The popular Harvest Festival, for example, provides a nicely coordinated lead-in to the large international sector gathering on the US East Coast the following day.

NürnbergMesse has proven expertise in the field of organic foodstuffs. In February every year, the international organic sector gathers in Nuremberg at BIOFACH, the world’s leading fair for organic food products. The comprehensive range of certified organic products on display shows their diversity – from fresh products like dairy and cheese, fruit, vegetables, dry products like grains and pulses, nuts and confectionery to beverages. The international patron of BIOFACH is IFOAM – Organics International, while the national honorary sponsor is the German Federation of Organic Food Producers (BÖLW). An integral part of this world-leading fair is the BIOFACH Congress, a knowledge-sharing platform that is unique worldwide. With another six BIOFACH events in China, India, Japan, South America, Thailand and, the USA, BIOFACH World has a global presence and year for year brings together more than 4,000 exhibitors and 150,000 trade visitors.

The next BIOFACH events:
BIOFACH, Nuremberg: 12-15 February 2020
BIOFACH AMERICA, Baltimore: 12-14 September 2019
BIOFACH INDIA, Delhi-NCR: 7-9 November 2019
BIOFACH JAPAN, Chiba (Tokio) 10-13 March 2020
BIOFACH CHINA, Shanghai: 13-15 May 2020
BIOFACH AMERICA LATINA, São Paulo: 17-20 June 2020
BIOFACH SOUTH EAST ASIA, Bangkok: 9-12 July 2020
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)


USA: Pernod Ricard to acquire alcohol manufacturer Castle Brands  (

Pernod Ricard has entered into an agreement to acquire alcohol manufacturer and marketer Castle Brands for approximately $223 million, reported on August 29.

As part of the deal, Pernod will add brands such as Jefferson’s Bourbon, Brady’s Irish Cream and Clontarf Irish Whiskey to its portfolio.

In its full-year results published in June, Castle Brands saw its net sales reach $95.8 million as it was boosted by the “continued growth” of Jefferson’s.

Alexandre Ricard, Pernod Ricard CEO, said: “Through this acquisition, we welcome this great brand portfolio, in particular, Jefferson’s Bourbon whiskey, to the Pernod Ricard family. Bourbon is a key category in the US, which is our single most important market.

“This deal aligns well with our consumer-centric strategy to offer our consumers the broadest line-up of high-quality, premium brands. As with our American whiskies Smooth Ambler, Rabbit Hole and TX, we would provide Jefferson’s a strong route to market and secure its long-term development, while remaining true to its authentic and innovative character.”

Castle Brands CEO Richard J. Lampen added: “We are very pleased to reach an agreement with Pernod Ricard, which is the result of months of planning and deliberation by our board of directors.

“We are confident that this transaction, upon closing, will deliver immediate and substantial cash value to our shareholders.”

Earlier this month, Pernod Ricard secured a deal to acquire Texas-based Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co, which produces the TX brand of whiskey and bourbon.

The company said that with the deal – which follows its acquisition of a majority stake in Kentucky-based Rabbit Hole Whiskey earlier in the year – it is expanding its portfolio to include brands with “unique and comprehensive value propositions”.

Aptar Partners with Nippon Closures to Provide Innovative Tethered Beverage Closure Solutions

Aptar Partners with Nippon Closures to Provide Innovative Tethered Beverage Closure Solutions  (Company news)

AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in dispensing, drug delivery and active packaging solutions, and Nippon Closures Co., Ltd. (NCC), a leading company in Japan for bottle closures, announced that they have entered into an exclusive partnership to cross-license technology for tethered beverage closures. This is the first cross-license, registered intellectual property exchange between NCC and Aptar. The companies intend to expand this exchange into other areas as well.

Photo: Photo: Marc Prieur, President of Aptar Food + Beverage and Hisashi Nakajima, President Nippon Closures Co., Ltd.

Together, Aptar and NCC are working to continuously improve the consumer drinking experience, while also creating solutions for beverage closures that are better for the environment.

Flip Lid by Aptar is a consumer friendly dispensing closure designed to promote post use recycling as the closure remains united with the bottle throughout its lifecycle, making it more likely to be collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container.

NCC’s innovative StrapBand solution is also a tethered solution available for today’s flat caps which provides a hinge functionality with a wide opening angle and a click sound when tethered. The StrapBand solution can be applied to flat caps and sports caps, for both still and carbonated beverages.

“We are pleased to partner with NCC on the cross-licensing of registered intellectual property for tethered beverage closures as we look to grow our portfolio of dispensing closures that are more convenient for consumers and more sustainable for the environment. Aptar and NCC are committed to keeping beverage caps attached to the bottle to promote better recyclability and we look forward to working together to bring even more innovative solutions to market,” said Marc Prieur, President, Aptar Food + Beverage.

“We are delighted to start our partnership with Aptar with a cross-license agreement between our tethered beverage closures (Flip Lid and StrapBand) which provide the value of being environmentally friendly and convenient to use. We believe that, in the future, our cooperation will allow us to further develop innovative technologies beyond tethered beverage closures to help solve social environmental problems with more eco-friendly, easy to use and resource-energy saving products,” explained Hisashi Nakajima, President, Nippon Closures Co., Ltd.

Flip Lid and StrapBand meet the requirements of the single-use plastics (SUP) regulation in Europe, that introduced design requirements to connect caps to bottles, thereby increasing the number of closures which are collected and recycled, and the AB 319 California proposal in the US, which intended that plastic closures remain attached to containers. Aptar and NCC remain committed to reducing their impact on the planet while creating top quality, sustainable products.
(AptarGroup Inc.)


USA: AB InBev passes on option to acquire full control of Craft Brew Alliance  (

Anheuser-Busch InBev has passed on its longstanding option to acquire full control of US craft beer partner Craft Brew Alliance.

The global brewer confirmed on August 23 it will not make an offer to buy the shares it does not already own in CBA. An option for AB InBev to buy the shares runs out on August 23, with the group agreeing instead to make a one-off US$20m payment to the craft collective.

AB InBev owns a 31.3% stake in CBA, a craft beer group comprising breweries including Kona Brewing, Redhook Ale Brewery and Widmer Brothers Brewery. In October last year, the group acquired Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers and Wynwood Brewing Co. AB InBev's option to buy CBA formed part of a 2016 agreement strengthening the relationship between the two companies.

Mika Michaelis, president of AB InBev's US craft beer unit, the Brewers Collective, said: "The long-standing and strong partnership we have with CBA is extremely valuable to Anheuser-Busch. While we are not making an offer to purchase the remaining shares of CBA, our existing commercial partnership with CBA continues to be a key complement to our industry-leading craft portfolio and we look forward to working together for many years to come."

In a subsequent statement, CBA's CEO, Andy Thomas, added: "While disappointing, with this decision made, management can turn its attention to refining strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value. Over the past several years, we have built a sustainable infrastructure, optimised our footprint, and amassed a diversified portfolio of brands to support future profitable growth anchored by robust growth in the Kona brand and the addition of our three newly-acquired brands.

"Looking to the future, we are optimistic that our healthy balance sheet, bolstered by the $20m payment, and strategic investments in innovation and increased brand awareness will enable us to deliver long-term shareholder value."

Earlier this year, a shareholder in CBA called for the US brewer to seek a sale to AB InBev because it would be difficult to find a buyer that would offer more money. Midwood Capital Management, which said it is the eighth-largest stakeholder in CBA with a 2% holding, cautioned that if a sale to AB InBev did not happen then CBA should "immediately announce a strategic alternatives process with a plan to sell the company".

Commenting on the option pass, Cowen & Co beverage analyst Vivien Azer said that gaining approval for a CBA purchase was perhaps a "more onerous endeavor than A-B InBev cares to undertake". Azer highlighted the Budweiser brewer's "multiple headwinds", including the debt from its SABMiller purchase, challenges for in the US for Bud Light and Budweiser and the recently shelved IPO for its Asia-Pacific business.

Speaking after meeting with CBA management, Azer said potential uses for the $20 mln payment from AB InBev include debt paydown, incremental investment spend behind Kona or "new innovation beyond beer". The analyst said that alongside CBA's new 2%-abv Pacer and 4%-abv Omission seltzers, the brewer will launch a Kona hard seltzer on draught in Hawaii.


Ghana: Guinness Ghana launches new Guinness Smooth beer  (

Guinness Ghana Breweries PLC (GGBPLC) has launched its latest stout - Guinness Smooth - made from 70 per cent natural ingredients from Ghana, reported on August 14.

Brewed with fruity, butterscotch flavour to provide a distinctive and perfect bittersweet taste of smoothness and refreshment, the latest addition was crafted with the Ghanaian consumer in mind, and is a new expression of Guinness, developed by the Guinness master brewers.

Speaking during an exclusive revel, Samuel Dery, Marketing Manager for Stouts, Adult Premium Non-Alcoholic Drinks (APNADs) and Ready-to-Drink (RTD), Guinness Ghana, noted that, the local brewing team in Ghana worked closely with the international brewers in Dublin, the home of Guinness, to deliver an exciting and stand out beer that has refreshment of a lager but bold character of Guinness for casual social occasions.

“This is an important addition to our beverage portfolio. At Guinness Ghana, innovation is critical to our business, we wanted to create a unique beer with Ghanaian consumers in mind. This demonstrates our Commitment to innovation and bring to the Ghanaian consumer a flavourful beer which they can always enjoy.”

“It has been a really exciting project and the team who have worked together on the product are so passionate about bringing it to the market. We really believe this is the perfect beer that stands out from the rest for Ghanaians to enjoy,” he added.

Guinness Smooth is currently available in the Greater Accra Region in 33cl bottles at GHS3.50 only.

There are plans to expand its availability to other parts of Ghana later in the year. It can be bought at any mainstream bar, wholesale and retail outlets.


Latvia: Craft beer accounts for 26.4% of total beer production in H1 2019  (

Latvia’s small craft brewers produced 11 mln litres of beer in the first half of this year, or 26.4% of the nation’s total beer output over the reporting period, reported on August 22 citing data by the State Revenue Service.

As of the end of June, 55 companies had the status of ‘small brewery’ in Latvia.

The nation’s total beer production in January – June amounted to 41.73 mln litres, which is 4.1% more than over H1 2018.

A recent poll by retail chain Maxima showed 94% of Latvians preferred domestic beers.


Australia: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission assessing Asahi's purchase of ...  (

... Carlton & United Breweries

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is assessing Asahi’s proposed purchase (A$16 billion) of Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) which, if the deal closes, would affect more than half of Australia’s beer market, the Trailer Magazine reported on August 26.

The proposed acquisition was announced 19 July 2019 and involves Asahi acquiring CUB by way of a share acquisition.

The ACCC said in a request for submissions dated 23 August 2019 that its investigation is focused on the impact on competition, specifically: whether Asahi and CUB compete closely for the supply of beer, cider and spirits products; the likely impact on prices; and the extent to which large customers, such as supermarket chains, hotel groups or distributors, could sponsor entry or expansion by a rival supplier if the proposed acquisition were to result in a price increase.

Submissions are open until 6 September 2019. The provisional date for the announcement of the ACCC’s findings is expected to be 31 October 2019.

The ACCC is testing section 50 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 which prohibits acquisitions that are likely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market.

The Australian Financial Review claims that a combined Asahi-CUB would likely comprise more than 50 per cent of Australia’s beer market which could make divestment for some of the smaller brands a possibility.

Asahi manufactures and sells alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and food products in Japan and internationally. In Australia, Asahi manufactures and supplies a range of international and domestic beer brands, ciders and spirits.

CUB is owned by the Belgium-headquartered, multinational brewing company AB InBev. CUB, based in Victoria, is an Australian brewing company which produces beer, cider and spirit products.

CUB operates six breweries in Yatala (Queensland), Abbotsford (Victoria), Hobart (Tasmania), Brookvale (New South Wales) and Port Adelaide and Hindmarsh (South Australia).

In other news, Linfox’s BevChain partnered with CUB to provide warehousing and metropolitan transport in Brisbane.


Portugal: Supermarket chain Mercadona adds two new blonde beer brands to its assortment  (

Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona has added two new blonde beer brands to its drinks assortment in Portugal, ESM reported on August 27.

It includes A Minha (Mine), a lager beer with intense flavour, and A Tua (Yours), a mild blonde beer with a more subtle and a bitter taste.

Both beers are 100% natural and do not contain any additives such as dyes or preservatives.

The new products were developed specifically for Portuguese consumers by Mercadona's co-innovation centre in Matosinhos.

The retailer analysed the tastes and consumption habits of Portuguese consumers for three years before developing the new beverages.

The two beers are being produced by Mercadona’s cider supplier, Totaler Font Salem.

Mercadona opened its first four supermarkets in Portugal in July, with an assortment that caters to the tastes of Portuguese consumers.


Russia: Carlsberg's alcohol-free drinks getting warm welcome in Russia  (

Carlsberg A/S is getting a warm welcome in Russia for its alcohol-free brewed drinks as high taxes weigh on customers’ thirst for beer, Bloomberg reported on August 28.

Sales of nonalcoholic beverages have been gaining by double-digit percentages, reaching more than 10% of the Danish brewer’s revenue in the land of vodka over the past two years, Lars Lehmann, executive vice president for Eastern Europe, said in an interview. Russia, Carlsberg’s second-biggest market, has been raising beer taxes gradually since 2009, which has cut sharply into sales.

Carlsberg recently began Russian production of Barley Bros, a brewed soft drink sold in flavors including lemon with mint and apple with green tea. The company’s Baltika 0 Grapefruit alcohol-free beer, a new variety of its Baltika 0 line, is also picking up sales there, according to Lehmann.

The offering is “for refreshment,” Lehmann said, “not just a beer for those who can’t drink alcohol.”

The products are riding a health-consciousness movement. While still a hard-drinking culture, Russia had one of the world’s sharpest decreases in alcohol consumption over the 12 years that ended in 2016, according to the World Health Organization.

Carlsberg has also been helped by sales of Flash Up, which it said was the leading energy drink in Russia with 20% of that market in the first half of the year.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is catching up to Carlsberg in Russian beer sales after having joined forces with Turkey’s Anadolu Efes. Alcohol-free drinks could also add to the Danish brewer’s profits amid high levies on traditional beers, according to Lehmann.


Spain & USA: Mahou San Miguel acquires majority stake in Michigan's Founders Brewing Co.  (

Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel has reached a deal to acquire a majority stake in Michigan’s Founders Brewing Co., according to a report by

Mahou already owned 30% of the fast-growing Grand Rapids-based craft brewery following a 2014 transaction valued at more than $96 million. The company will now hold 90% of Founders following the latest deal, which is expected to close in January, MiBiz reported, citing a filing with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission last week. Founders Brewing co-founders Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers will each retain 5% of the business.

The latest deal will buy out more than two dozen minority shareholders.

“To see the kind of return on the dollar that they’re able to enjoy, it really is very satisfying and rewarding, coming from a place of just a couple homebrewers — and quite frankly, I was the opposite of wealth,” Stevens told MiBiz. “It is the American Dream.”

Stevens did not return a call seeking comment.

MiBiz, citing a Freedom of Information Act request, reported that as part of the 2014 transaction, Mahou had an option to purchase the remainder of Founders on the 5-year anniversary of the deal for a price between 10- and 13-times EBITDA. However, Founders’ chief corporate counsel Tony Barnes told the outlet that the “old deal went away” and the new deal is a separate arrangement.

The latest transaction comes as portfolio-wide, off-premise dollar sales of Founders Brewing products are up 12.8%, to $71.6 million, and volume sales are up 12%, through August 11, according to market research firm IRI. However, both dollar sales (3.6%) and volume sales (3.3%) have slowed during to single-digit growth over the last four weeks.

Driving the majority of the off-premise dollar sales growth is Founders’ flagship offering, All Day IPA, the sixth best selling off-premise craft beer this year. That label’s sales are up 11.1%, to nearly $43 million, while volume sales are up 10.8%, year-to-date, IRI reported. However, All Day’s dollar sales (4.3%) and volume sales (3.9%) have both slowed to single-digit growth over the last four weeks, too.

Compare those numbers to 2018, when Founders produced 563,179 barrels of beer, according to the Brewers Association. Founders’ portfolio-wide dollar sales grew 32.4% and volume sales grew 37.8% in 2018, IRI reported. All Day IPA grew off-premise dollar sales 31.4%, while volume sales grew 32.1%, in 2018.

Stevens told MiBiz that Mahou taking controlling interest in Founders will help the company withstand industry headwinds such as slower growth, while also helping the company “reinvent what beer looks like” for a new generation of beer consumers.

“We really have to start looking beyond craft and beyond that industry,” he told the outlet. “We are starting to see a slow down there, but there is so much opportunity out there when you really start to look at it and evaluate the beer industry. Eighty percent of the beer drinking public does not drink craft. What does that mean? It means there’s a sea of opportunity. That opportunity is going to take a lot of resources — resources greater than any craft brewery in our industry has. We look at this opportunity with Mahou as our opportunity together to break into a much larger segment of the beer industry.”

Earlier this year, Mahou teamed with Founders to acquire a 40% stake in Boulder, Colorado’s Avery Brewing, which Mahou already owned 30% of following a 2018 deal. As part of that acquisition, Founders shifted some production of All Day IPA to Avery’s facility.

Meanwhile, after adding sales in Hawaii, Founders announced last month the completion of a 50-state distribution footprint.

Founders issued the following statement on August 29:

“Since 2014, we’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Mahou Group. We’re fortunate to have a partner with whom we can exchange brewing knowledge and business strategy, who also reflects our values as a company. Day-to-day operations will continue to be led by the existing Founders team. We’ll continue to make the beers we love and have a partner in Mahou Group, who is just as passionate about beer and the future of Founders as we are.

“Founders will remain autonomous in managing its business, products and teams. Engbers and Stevens will continue to be shareholders in Founders and have no intention of leaving. Their commitment to the brewery will remain and their roles and responsibilities will continue as they are now.”

The company included an FAQ, noting that Mahou has no plans to buy out the company, there are no plans to combine Founders and Avery, and there are no plans to brew Mahou’s brands in Michigan.

Standing out from the crowd: Maspex chooses SIG's innovative carton bottle to refresh ...

Standing out from the crowd: Maspex chooses SIG's innovative carton bottle to refresh ...  (Company news)

...popular Tymbark brand

Maspex Wadowice Group, one of the biggest food manufacturers in Central and Eastern Europe, continues its close partnership with SIG, as it rejuvenates its popular juice brand Tymbark, using the innovative combidome carton pack. This is the first time the unique carton bottle has been launched in Poland.

Looking for stand out on-shelf differentiation, Maspex has realized the opportunity to refresh consumer appeal for its natural Tymbark fruit juice range, with a packaging innovation never been produced in Poland before.

Consumer preference
A recent consumer survey showed a clear preference for combidome, with the carton performing four times better than a competitor package. Participants in the survey highlighted the convenient grip and centrally located spout that ensures an outstanding pouring experience – a feature highly valued by consumers.

With a heritage that spans 85 years, the Tymbark brand is renowned for premium taste and quality, not only in its homeland of Poland but in many other European countries. The brand’s premium juice range requires a perfectly matched packaging solution, to impact on consumer purchasing decisions by standing out on shelf and providing clear usage benefits.

Maspex has a close relationship with SIG that goes back 20 years, which ensures the right product and packaging decision is made. This time combidome has been chosen for Maspex’ renowned Tymbark juice range.

As increasingly mobile consumers become more discerning about quality and convenience, packaging is playing more of an essential role. SIG relentlessly aims to drive Product Innovation and Differentiation, working in partnership with producers like Maspex to offer product and packaging solutions which perfectly match food and drink developments.

combidome convenience and on-shelf appeal
combidome perfectly complements Tymbark’s juice range, with its sturdy yet slim shape and modern design. The carton’s in store appeal, including a shelf ready tray, provides a point of difference to busy shoppers, clearly depicting the product’s premium quality and image. combidome also ensures safe product protection and consumers can benefit from its strong environmental credentials, plus secure reclosing and storage.

Bogdan Tyrybon, General Director SCM, VP at Maspex Group, commented: “Tymbark is an expert in providing the highest quality juices, using specially chosen and mature fruit, to our valued consumers. We want their entire drinking experience to be an enjoyable one, from the healthy juice they drink, to the premium packaging it is consumed from. combidome sets our brand apart, providing excellent on-shelf appeal, ultimate usage convenience and a modern design, using the four display panels to display our ‘love of life’ brand messages in a fun and informative way.”

Bogdan Tyrybon continued: “Offering Tymbark juice in combidome will ensure we stay ahead of our competition and continue to give our consumers the best product and packaging combination available.”

Carsten Haerup Christensen, Vice President Cluster Europe at SIG: “In our close cooperation throughout the last two decades, this is another important step towards a continued close and trusting partnership with Maspex. We’re looking forward to many more product launches in the years to come.”
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

International Specialized Exhibition 'Beer and Soft Drinks Industry – 2019'

International Specialized Exhibition 'Beer and Soft Drinks Industry – 2019'  (Company news)

Ukrainian-German joint venture “Agroinkom” under support of Ministry of agrarian policy of Ukraine, Ukrainian academy of agrarian sciences would like to invite you to take part in the traditional action –27 specialized exhibition “The Beer and Soft Drinks Industry’ 2019”, within the framework of exhibition “Hop exposition” with an annual participation of over 120 companies from Ukraine, Europe and CIS countries, which will be held on September 17-19, 2019 at the exhibition hall NC "Expocenter of Ukraine",1, Acad. Hlushkov Ave, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Exhibition purposes are further deepening of existing contacts and establishment of new business contacts, commercial agreements signing, scientific and technical achievements demonstration, assistance in culture of drinks consumption improvement.

Subjects of specialized exhibition “The Beer and Soft Drinks Industry’ 2019”:
-manufacturers and suppliers of beer and soft drinks
-mineral waters and juices
-tea and coffee
-processing equipment
-equipment and settings: for beer, malt and soft drinks production
-cleaning, filling and packaging of drinks
-refrigeration systems
-machines, mechanisms and armatures
-industrial and laboratory equipment
-container and packing
-glue and labels
-hop and malt
-raw materials
-industry accessories and accompanying goods
-technologies for manufacturing, specialized transport and furniture
-advertising and polygraphic services
-specialized editions
-quality monitoring devices
-accessories and cookery, - «Pub Club»

During exhibition there will be carried out conferences, seminars, presentations, professional tasting competitions of beer, soft drinks, mineral waters, juices etc., various competitions and program shows.

While preparing exhibition we are envisaging it’s attending by potential customers of the displayed production (including food industry and other industries) and large-scale advertising campaign promotes that.
The participation in the exhibition will allow you to establish personal links with partners and conclude commercial contract.

We invite you, to take part in the exhibition, which will be held on September, 17-19. 2019 on NC "Expocenter of Ukraine"1, Acad. Hlushkov Ave, Kyiv, Ukraine.
(J.V. Agroinkom)

Pack Peel Scan - intelligent measuring device

Pack Peel Scan - intelligent measuring device  (Company news)

Visit us from 16-23 October 2019 at K 2019, the international fair for the plastics and rubber industry in Düsseldorf.

There we will be presenting our new "Pack Peel Scan" device for effective measurement of the force required to open easy-opening packaging. The opening forces for peelable, thermofomed packaging are measured and tested in accordance with the relevant standards.

"Pack Peel Scan" possesses artificial intelligence which provides prognoses and prevents process errors via machine learning. For example, relevant information can be passed to the process control system or to the machine operator for performing specific actions. Flexible adaptation of the packaging contour and packaging height enable any desired formed packaging to be used and effectively and reliably measured and tested.

We can be found in Hall 7 at Stand 70SC01.
(Fraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik IVV und Verpackung)

First one then two  - Two block systems for Silver Springs and RealPure Bottling

First one then two - Two block systems for Silver Springs and RealPure Bottling  (Company news)

Kane Richmond was so pleased with his first KHS InnoPET TriBlock in Mississippi that he immediately procured a second one for his plant in Florida. The stretch blow molder/labeler/filler block is part of what’s now the family business’ eleventh KHS line and marks a new high point in their long-term partnership with KHS.

Photo: The Silver Springs facility in Ocala in the heart of Florida is the Richmonds’ control center: from here they also manage three other water bottling plants.

The Richmonds from Florida are real pioneers: when in 1991 Karl and his wife Margaret acquired the Silver Springs Bottled Water Company, founded six years previously in Ocala, Florida, bottled water in the United States was still a total niche market. The Richmonds firmly believed in the future potential of Nature’s very own thirst-quencher, however – at a time when the favored refreshment of the regular consumer in the land of Pepsi and Coke was the sweetened soda pop. The couple’s boldness was rewarded: water may not have topped sugary soft drinks in popularity in the USA until 2016 yet in the many years en route to this success the Richmonds have enjoyed growth rates of 20% and more. Where at the outset they managed to meet demand with just six employees, in the meantime several hundred people work for the com pany at its now four sites dotted along the east coast. The business keeps the whole family busy: father Karl turns up for work every day despite his grand age of 85 and sons Kirk, Keith and Kane share the tasks of executive management and responsibility for the various production facilities. With grandsons Kiel and Mason the third generation of the family has also long been bottling water, with them now running one of the biggest independent bottling operations in the United States.

Technical foresight
The Richmonds’ instinct for market opportunities isn’t the only factor which has paved the way for their success; they have also demonstrated plenty of technical foresight and been lucky in their choice of reliable partners. “Our companies have been working very closely together for almost 20 years,” says Alcides Vieira, Vice President of Sales & Marketing KHS USA, when describing the strong relationship the two businesses have. He’s had close ties to the Richmonds since working for packaging specialists Kisters which became an important part of the Dortmund engineering company in 2005. “For as long as we’ve known each other, the Richmonds have always been among the very first to opt for our new technologies. In 2008, for instance, they invested in KHS’ latest InnoPET BloFill stretch blow molder/filler block. And in 2017 they were the first to commission the KHS InnoPET TriBlock with a labeler integrated between the stretch blow molder and filler.” Besides a certain amount of the aforementioned pioneering spirit, this also requires a high degree of trust on the part of the customer – and a convincing performance by the line supplier.

This is confirmed by Kane Richmond, CEO of Silver Springs. “We of course work in a people’s business where mutual trust and long-term relations play a central role. What we especially value in KHS above and beyond this, however, is their absolute determination to innovate and their flexibility in finding solutions when special challenges sometimes have to be met.”

First skeptical, then convinced
This often goes hand in hand with the launch of new technologies. This was also true of the installation of the first InnoPET TriBlock at the RealPure Bottling Company in Magee, Mississippi, acquired by the family in 2017. The new pre-glued method used here prevents open bottles from coming into contact with hot melt vapors as in conventional labeling as the prepared labels are already coated in adhesive. The operators were at first skeptical of the new process yet were quickly convinced by the stable procedure –and by the fact that there was no longer any need for regular maintenance involving the arduous removal of residue adhesive. Any workforce is ultimately pleased with innovations which make their work easier.

Kane Richmond of course also has the key eco nomic figures in focus, such as his return on investment and overall operating costs. “Every cent counts – especially for us as a supplier to the major sales markets,” he emphasizes. “And for a company which produces 24/7 our priority is how reliably the system can be operated with the least cost and effort. In this respect all of our KHS lines are distinguished by their enormously high degree of availability.”

This also considerably eases the work of plant man ager John Bickerstaff who for 13 years now has worked for the RealPure Bottling Company founded in 1917. “The labeling process is a composite part of the TriBlock and must run at the absolute highest level of availability, effectiveness and quality,” he states. “Also regarding ease of maintenance and production reliability along the entire line we’ve had top results right from day one with the pre-glued technology.” He puts this down not just to the innovative labeling method but also primarily to the continuous neck handling of the lightweight bottles which protects them from mechanical stress during production.

Lightweighting record
The Richmonds are also eager to attain further pioneering status when it comes to sustainability. One of their chief concerns is that they reduce their bottle weights and thus the amount of PET used. “With the help of the experts from KHS’ Bottles & ShapesTM program and our preform manufacturer Plastipak we’re setting a new lightweighting record with practically every new product we introduce,” smiles Kane Richmond. “In Magee we’ve been using 500-milliliter PET bottles which weigh just 7.8 grams since 2017 and on the brand new TriBlock in Ocala the containers only clock up seven grams on the scales.” Kane admits that with a recycling rate of a mere 30% the USA is no trailblazer when it comes to cutting down on plastic waste. However, the growing health awareness of his fellow countrymen and women, who are turning to bottled water with ever greater frequency, is being echoed by an increased sensitivity to the issue of sustainability. Of this he is convinced. He even suspects that the recycling rate among people who buy water is already much higher than among those who purchase sweetened beverages. At his company Kane does what he can. This includes recycling his own PET waste – where he’s soon to achieve a quota of 100%.

Atlas Copco launches revolutionary plug and play Variable Speed Drive Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump

Atlas Copco launches revolutionary plug and play Variable Speed Drive Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump  (Company news)

Atlas Copco has announced a new breakthrough in the world of Liquid Ring Vacuum technology with the launch of its LRP 700-1000 VSD+ range of intelligent liquid ring vacuum pumps. A huge departure from the classic liquid ring pumps available in the market today, the LRP VSD+ is a compact, high performance, energy efficient system enclosed in a strong, noise-containing canopy.

With one of the smallest footprints for a pump in its class, the LRP VSD+ is delivered in a single neat enclosure. The breakthrough design makes the most of the space under the canopy by optimising accessories that would otherwise require additional space, piping and installation. The same applies to functionality: this pump contains a large number of performance-optimised components that would normally be supplied as accessories.

“The LRP VSD+ not only brings energy and water savings to our customers, but also saves on space. Its compact design and small footprint allow users to save space without having to sacrifice any vacuum performance”, explains Alistair Darroch, Product Manager, Liquid Ring Vacuum Technologies.

Ideally suited to wet, humid and dirty applications with liquid and solid carry over, including filtration, food processing, conveying, ePS, drying, degassing and plastics calibration and rubber vulcanization, the LRP VSD+ is a state-of-the-art vacuum solution with unrivalled innovation and integration capabilities.

The Variable Speed Drive technology integrated into the LRP VSD+ is particularly unique. The twin VSD system operates in absolute harmony within the pump, ensuring optimal vacuum performance at all times. The primary VSD accurately maintains required vacuum levels by controlling the operating speed of the pump, matching pump performance to process demand and saving energy. The second VSD regulates the water circulation pump in response to the operating conditions seen. Optimising water flow within the pump element and providing maximum performance and stability at all vacuum levels and operating speeds.

“Intelligence is a key feature of the LRP VSD+. Our patented features and unique algorithms balance the operation of the water pump with the speed of the main motor. This guarantees that the pump always delivers peak performance while maintaining maximum energy efficiency,” comments Darroch.

The ergonomic design of the LRP 700-1000 VSD+, along with market leading HMI, ensures the optimum operator ease when controlling the vacuum pump. In addition, inlet, outlet and mains cable points are positioned on the top of the pump for straightforward installation.

The soundproof housing significantly reduces noise pollution in the immediate working environment. Indeed, with operating noise in the range of 65dB(a) the LRP VSD+ is an extremely quiet liquid ring pump. Along with noise reduction, the IP54 rated wet/dry canopy and cubicle ensure that the pump and internal electronics are effectively protected against dust and water. This feature qualifies the LRP 700-1000 VSD+ series for the harshest industrial applications – extending the lifetime of the electronic components as well as the service intervals.
(Atlas Copco Kompressoren und Drucklufttechnik GmbH)

Diageo acquires majority shareholding in Seedlip, the world's first distilled non-alcoholic spirit

Diageo acquires majority shareholding in Seedlip, the world's first distilled non-alcoholic spirit  (Company news)

Diageo announces the acquisition of a significant majority shareholding in Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand. Seedlip was launched by Ben Branson in 2015 to solve the dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking®’. Ben set out to change the way the world drinks and continue his family’s 320-year-old farming legacy. Ben will remain actively involved as a shareholder and director and will work with the Seedlip team and Diageo to continue to support Seedlip’s future success.

In June 2016, Seedlip announced a minority investment from the Diageo-backed accelerator programme Distill Ventures. Independently run, Distill Ventures receives funding from Diageo to support entrepreneurs as they launch and grow innovative drinks brands. Seedlip is the first non-alcoholic brand acquired by Diageo through Distill Ventures.

In the last three and a half years, Seedlip has grown from Ben’s kitchen to a presence in more than 25 countries. Seedlip’s three variants (Spice 94, Garden 108 and Grove 42) are stocked in over 7,500 of the world’s best bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers, including the majority of the world’s 50 best cocktail bars and over 300 Michelin Star restaurants.

Ben Branson, Founder of Seedlip:
“We want to change the way the world drinks and today’s news is another big step forward to achieving this. Distill Ventures’ and Diageo’s shared belief in our vision has enabled us to build a business that’s ready for scale and I’m excited to continue working with Diageo to lead this movement.”

John Kennedy, President Europe, Turkey and India at Diageo:
“Seedlip is a game-changing brand in one of the most exciting categories in our industry. Ben is an outstanding entrepreneur and has created a brand that has truly raised the bar for the category. We’re thrilled to continue working with him to grow what we believe will be a global drinks giant of the future.”

Shilen Patel, Co-Founder and Non-Alcoholic Lead of Distill Ventures:
“It has been a privilege to collaborate with an entrepreneur as inspiring as Ben in launching Seedlip and we look forward to watching Seedlip continue to thrive around the world. Supporting the vision of founders is what Distill Ventures was set up to do, and we're proud of the impact Ben has had on our industry in such a short period of time."
(Diageo plc)

Trend-setting PET concepts: KHS focuses on circular economy at the K Show

Trend-setting PET concepts: KHS focuses on circular economy at the K Show  (Company news)

-New PET bottle combines relevant sustainability aspects
-Practical line solutions contribute to environmental protection
-KHS looks toward positive business development

Photo: With its extensive PET portfolio KHS covers the entire value chain, ranging from innovative bottle design to energy and resource-efficient production processes.

KHS presents a new PET concept at the K Show based on the juice bottle as an example. It combines individual environmentally friendly packaging solutions in one container and thereby supports the theory of circular economy. The system provider shows how efficiency and sustainability go hand in hand by offering further line-compatible container solutions in addition to its Bottles & ShapesTM service offering. With these technologies, KHS provides its customers support in the conversion to an environmentally friendly and resource-conserving packaging portfolio.

The defining theme of the K Show in Düsseldorf in October will be how to combine process efficiency and sustainability. Kai Acker, CEO of KHS, emphasizes the continuously growing demand in the food and beverage industry for packaging solutions that support efficient production processes and at the same time contribute to the protection of the environment while maintaining a high level of product protection. "We already offer forward-looking concepts today. Our extensive PET portfolio covers the entire value chain, ranging from innovative bottle design to energy and resource-efficient production processes." As a system provider, KHS always has its finger on the pulse of the times with its topics, asserts Acker. "We provide support for conversion to environmentally friendly and resource-conserving types of packaging. Our portfolio offers concrete solutions for further promoting the concept of sustainability." With its innovative products and services Acker therefore sees KHS well positioned for the current financial year. "Against the backdrop of the company group's overall positive business development for KHS during the first half of this year, we are focusing on consistently developing our products, processes and solutions."

Trade show exhibit centers on the new bottle concept
With this in mind, a new PET bottle was developed, which will be presented for the first time at the K Show. The company combines various disciplines of its extensive know-how to create a unique container unparalleled to date. With this concept, KHS is consistently pursuing its strategy of reduction, recycling and reuse and for this purpose has concluded a partnership with an environmental service provider.

Compared to conventional PET containers, the system provider's new approach ensures a high level of product protection and a longer shelf life, in particular for sensitive beverages. Moreover, these bottles are completely recyclable and conserve on additional resources. "Our goal was to design a container with the smallest possible ecological footprint and we are consistently developing the circular economy approach further on this basis," says Acker.

Holistic line concept
The fact that system provider KHS at the same time designs the entire process chain efficiently and sustainably is also demonstrated by its line solutions for PET processing. These systems are not only able to effectively process recycled plastic, they are also hallmarked by energy and resource efficiency - from the stretch blow molder to palletizer.

With the Bottles & ShapesTM program, KHS is also furthering its developments along the entire production chain. Not only the initial ideas, drawings and 3D animations are developed for the desired bottle, but also prototypes, individual sample bottles and durable blow molds. Here again, reducing the use of materials and thus protecting the environment in cooperation with the customer is one of the company's central aims.

KHS will be exhibiting at the K Show in Düsseldorf from 16 to 23 October in Hall 13, Booth A75.
(KHS GmbH)

Cost-Effective, Reliable Performance is Easily Achieved with Alfa Laval’s New Optilobe ...

Cost-Effective, Reliable Performance is Easily Achieved with Alfa Laval’s New Optilobe ...  (Company news)

... Rotary Lobe Pumps

Picture: Alfa Laval OptiLobe rotary lobe pumps are cost-effective, reliable and versatile alternatives for general applications requiring gentle product treatment and easy serviceability.

To meet the requirements of lower flow rates and higher production capacities, the addition of the Alfa Laval OptiLobe 10 and OptiLobe 50 adds 4 new pump sizes to the product range. These new pumps will also provide the possibility of having heating/cooling front covers for processes, where products tend to harden at low temperatures.

Gentle, hygienic product treatment
Alfa Laval OptiLobe's high precision rotors and low-shear operation ensure gentle handling of delicate products. With full cleanability, the OptiLobe also complies with the world's leading hygienic standards.

Designed for cleanability
Seal faces in the OptiLobe have direct contact with high-velocity product media. This ensures a fast and secure Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) process, reducing both cleaning time and contamination risk. Engineered for use within the food, dairy, beverage and home-personal care industries, these positive displacement pumps conform to CE directives and EHEDG, 3-A and FDA hygienic standards.

Efficient and quiet operation
The OptiLobe pumps are engineered with a wide performance envelope, due to an advanced rotor shape design and a rotor case that incorporates cusps. In addition to maximizing pump efficiency, these designs feature reduced pulsation and noise emissions. The OptiLobe pumps are also reducing the possibility of product damage by internal product recirculation.

Easy maintenance
Factory-set shimming simplifies maintenance by making the process of changing the rotor quick and smooth, with no further adjustment or retrimming needed. Alfa Laval's high-precision components also allow for full interchangeability of spare parts.
(Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)

Etipack S.p.A. becomes part of the Possehl Group

Etipack S.p.A. becomes part of the Possehl Group   (Company news)

The shareholders of Etipack S.p.A. signed a notarized contract with Possehl Mittelstandsbeteiligungen GmbH as they have acquired all shares of the company based in Cinisello Balsamo, northern Italy.

Photo: Executive Board of L. Possehl & Co. mbH - Mario Schreiber, Joachim Brenk (CEO), Henning von Klitzing

Etipack was founded in 1978; in more than 40-year history the previous shareholders, through targeted and sustained internal and external growth, have succeeded in developing the company into a leading manufacturer of industrial labeling solutions both on the domestic and foreign markets. In addition to the leading company based in Italy, with its two production plants in Cinisello and Soncino, there are five further subsidiaries and affiliates in Europe and America. With around 100 employees, sales of just under € 17 million were achieved in 2018.

Possehl is a globally operating diversified group of companies with more than 13,000 employees and a most recently consolidated turnover of Euro 3.8 billion. The Possehl Group consists of nine distinct and separate divisions, one of which is the labeling systems business unit called Possehl Identification Solutions. With around 750 employees, this division generates annual sales of around € 150 million and operates with independent companies in ten countries around the world. Most recently, in 2017, Italy-based Eidos S.p.A., a specialist in digital thermal transfer printing, was taken over by the rapidly growing Possehl Identification Solutions division.

For Etipack, membership in the international Possehl Group and cooperation with the other labeling companies opens up many opportunities for further development and growth. “We see Possehl as the ideal successor to our company, with its long-term and sustainability-oriented corporate concept. Throughout the sales process, we have come to know Possehl as an extremely reliable and determined partner “, says Davide de Ferrari, representing all the retired shareholders and adds:” We are also aware and pleased of the fact that the sole shareholder of the Possehl Group is a charitable foundation”.

The project carried on by Possehl relies on continuity and reliability, demonstrated by the fact that – as with all companies in the Group – the company name as well as the registered office of the company are preserved. Marco Parretti, former sales director, is the new managing director responsible for the operative business of the company.
(L. Possehl & Co. mbH)

KHS is driving the digital revolution in the beverage industry

KHS is driving the digital revolution in the beverage industry  (Company news)

Systems supplier researches networking and line optimization

Picture: KHS is currently actively involved in a good number of research projects which focus specifically on line optimization and digital networking

The entire sector is talking about digitization and Industry 4.0 – but what do these oft-cited terms actually mean for the beverage industry? One thing is clear: their potential is vast. Digital technologies simplify processes, intelligently network systems with one another and relieve operator workloads. At the same time the digital revolution presents beverage producers and engineering companies with many mighty challenges. As one of the leading systems suppliers KHS is well aware of the significance these complex change processes hold for the success of a business. The Dortmund machine and systems manufacturer is thus driving a number of research and development projects which specifically focus on digital networking and line optimization.

For KHS, one goal of its group strategy is to boost line efficiency and cut down on the amount of resources used such as materials and energy. “When deciding whether we implement an idea or not, it’s the added value for the customer that counts for us,” states Dr.-Ing. Matthias Schopp, head of Engineering Systems at KHS. The Dortmund systems provider thus finds it prudent to enter into close cooperative partnerships with its clients to this end. “These provide the perfect conditions in which to approach new technologies with realistic expectations and with an open mind as to their outcome,” says Schopp. “This is demonstrated by our various sponsorship projects, for instance, where we can experiment with new technologies in a kind of ‘protected space’. This can definitely be referred to as a platform which enables our developers, together with experts outside the company, to try out new ideas that carry a certain risk of implementation.”

Networking and cooperation with research institutes and universities
KHS believes one vital driver of progress to be networking and cooperation with external research institutes and universities. At the time of writing, for example, KHS is involved in a project for additive production in maintenance logistics managed by a research consortium comprising scientists from the TU Dortmund, Ruhr University in Bochum and Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML). In this process, which is also described as 3D printing, components are produced layer by layer. Among other things, this form of manufacture permits complex component structures to be fabricated that cannot be made using conventional methods and are to simplify the production of machines in the future. The 3D printing process also speeds up the supply of spare parts as production is much faster than conventional manufacture. At the moment the selected projects focus on networking, digitization and process optimization, however. “The overriding aim of our research activities is to make our lines and machines even more energy efficient and gentler on resources so that our customers also profit from these projects in the future,” Schopp explains.

Faster filling processes thanks to self-optimizing systems
One research project KHS recently brought to a successful conclusion with its partners bears the name DnSPro. This acronym describes the development of a filling system that is equipped with various sensors and an intelligent logic controller. “The results from this project can form the basis for future filling machines where the machine can perfectly adjust itself to a new project automatically, with the automated variation of filling parameters replacing manual setup procedures,” is how Schopp describes the benefits of the self-optimizing filling system. This development centers on the application of machine learning for perfect adaptation to the bottle form, making the filling process quicker and more efficient.

The project has evolved from a cooperation between five industrial companies and the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Ruhr University in Bochum. “Both the cooperation and interdisciplinary development of the machinery were exemplary in this project and will make a major contribution to future product developments,” claims Schopp.

KHS line optimization makes major contribution to sustainability
When developing new products KHS attaches special importance to the subject of efficiency. Significant aspects here include saving on materials, media and energy and the optimization of lines and machines. KHS is constantly working to make its systems even more efficient. Each component, however small, is therefore seen as an important part of the whole. “New functions in individual assemblies are successively changing our systems and machinery. We’re constantly working on giving all components the maximum efficiency and perfectly coordinating them with one another,” Schopp claims.

KHS is also hoping to gain new impetus for this endeavor from the EnAP project. The goal here is to devise energy-saving concepts and line optimization processes that can be used in pneumatic and electrical handling systems. The project, funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, not only intends to help save energy and resources but also to enable the beverage industry to keep its overall operating costs down to a minimum.

Digital technologies relieve operator workloads
Another primary future concern for KHS is the interaction between man and machine. “Our aim must be to make the operation of the increasingly complex technology demanded by growing market requirements easier for human operators. With the help of artificial intelligence we want to engineer self-learning and self-optimizing systems,” explains Schopp.

At the moment KHS is examining the main basic principles in this area under the umbrella of the CyProAssist project. The objective is to develop an assistance system for production which supports optimum human machine operation. “We want to help machine operators so that operating errors are avoided and error states corrected as quickly as possible to permit high line availability,” Schopp explains.

Badische Staatsbrauerei profits from digital KHS technology
KHS’ cooperation with Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus shows that the use of digital technology in the beverage industry is no longer a vision for the future but very much a present-day commodity. The systems engineer from Dortmund recently supplied its long-standing customer with an Innofill Glass DRS glass bottler which includes many additional digital functions, such as a camera-controlled high-pressure injection control system called OPTICAM. This produces a fine jet of water which displaces the residual oxygen from the filled bottle and is thus of great importance for the quality and shelf life of the beer. With this new development KHS allows the head of foam to be continuously monitored and regulated without the need for operator intervention. In this way Rothaus can not only reduce the beer loss due to excessive foaming but also detect and reject bottles with insufficient foaming.

The newly developed DIAS diagnostic assistance system also has a positive effect on the filling process. Sensors in every single filling valve ensure constant monitoring and visualization during filling. This means that any deviations from the target values are immediately recognized. A further special mention should be given to the fact that the evacuation and CO2 purging processes are monitored to ensure low oxygen pickup. Broken bottles are consistently detected and damaged bottles automatically rejected. The sensor data can be retrieved at any time and used to statistically evaluate results, with the help of which future possible sources of error can be detected and eradicated in advance. In practice this not only makes fast, targeted repairs possible and relieves operator workloads but also provides a basis for maintenance work.

KHS considers cooperation with partners in research and industry future proof
KHS has been developing pioneering lines and machines for more than 150 years and thus had a lasting impact on the beverage industry – as it still does. During this time cooperation with partners from industry and research has been and still is a major aspect of KHS’ key to success. Successfully concluded projects such as DnSPro, which give KHS and its customers real added value, are manifestations of the success of this intensive cooperation. “All told, we can observe that our current sponsored projects lie in the right fields of research and are yielding results that are directly tangible. Besides these, our projects are also having a positive influence on the expertise gleaned by our employees. After all, we all also learn as we work,” Schopp sums up.
(KHS GmbH)

Environmental impact study confirms cartons compare favourably with reusable glass bottles

Environmental impact study confirms cartons compare favourably with reusable glass bottles  (Company news)

A state-of-the-art environmental lifecycle assessment (LCA) has confirmed that single-use beverage cartons compare favourably with reusable glass bottles – and outperform single-use PET bottles – across the fresh milk, juice and UHT milk market segments.

The results of the critically reviewed LCA study are based on an in-depth analysis of the German beverage packaging market, with expert review and oversight by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

The conclusions are globally relevant and support the findings of previous critically reviewed LCAs that beverage cartons offer environmental advantages to alternative forms of packaging for liquid dairy and juices.

SIG Chief Executive Officer Rolf Stangl commented: “The latest LCA confirms once again that beverage cartons are the preferred environmental choice for milk and juice packaging. The high proportion of renewable content in single-use beverage cartons puts them on a par even with glass bottles that can be reused multiple times. These results are based on standard beverage cartons that are around 75% renewable and SIG already offers customers innovative products that are linked to up to 100% renewable content.”

Rigorous assessments for informed decision-making
SIG is a member of the German Beverage Carton Association FKN, which commissioned the LCA study to support informed decisions on packaging by food producers, consumers and policymakers based on a robust scientific comparison of environmental impact.

The LCA was conducted by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) in accordance with the recognised ISO 14040/44 international standards. It is the first study to meet the new requirements stipulated by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) for beverage packaging life cycle assessments in Germany.

Benedikt Kauertz, Scientific Director at IFEU said: “IFEU supported the UBA in developing its minimum requirements for LCAs for beverage packaging. The study commissioned by FKN is the first to implement these requirements and adopt such a robust approach. The results show that beverage cartons for milk and juice are advantageous compared with single use PET bottles. For milk, beverage cartons are even better than the reference system, reusable glass bottles, and for juices beverage cartons perform on a par with the reference system. For UHT milk, where no reusable packaging option is available, beverage cartons perform better than the single-use PET bottle alternative.”

Environmental advantages of cartons confirmed
Reusable packaging options, such as glass bottles that are returned to food or beverage producers to be used again, are often assumed to be the best option for the environment. That is why reusable options, where available for a particular market, are used as the reference system for comparison.

Based on an in-depth analysis of all three market segments – fresh milk, juices and UHT milk – the beverage carton performs at least as well, or in the case of fresh milk, even better than reusable glass bottles. The latest study also confirms that both beverage cartons and reusable glass bottles outperform PET bottles for fresh milk, juice and UHT milk. Where no re-usable system is installed, beverage cartons are clearly advantageous.

Cartons perform significantly better than the alternatives on climate change – the category given highest ecological priority by the UBA. The climate impact results for cartons are 78% lower than reusable glass bottles for fresh milk, 37% lower than reusable glass bottles for fruit juices and 71% lower than PET bottles for UHT milk (for which no reusable options are available).

The high proportion of renewable material used to make beverage cartons – 75% on average – contributes to their strong environmental performance, together with their highly efficient design which reduces impacts from transport and distribution. The favourable results are underpinned by the industry’s commitment to sourcing from responsibly-managed forests.

LCAs support responsible product innovation
LCA is fundamental to SIG’s robust approach to product responsibility and informs the focus of the company’s product innovation.

This latest study confirms the important contribution that renewable materials make to the excellent environmental performance of beverage cartons and SIG is working to increase the proportion of renewable content in its packs. SIG’s EcoPlus pack is 82% renewable and its SIGNATURE PACK 100 is the only aseptic beverage carton to be linked to 100% forest-based materials, using an innovative mass balance approach.

These innovations are part of SIG’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Clear commitment from exhibitors across the industry for new INTECHTRA trade fair

Clear commitment from exhibitors across the industry for new INTECHTRA trade fair  (Company news)

... in São Paulo

Thanks to clear commitment from exhibitors across the industry, plans for INTECHTRA, the new trade fair for the beverage, food and packaging industries in South America, are progressing at full speed. INTECHTRA will make its debut next year, opening its doors for the veryfirst time between March 31 and April 3, 2020 at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo. The event is being organized by Messe München and its subsidiary, Messe München do Brasil.INTECHTRA will be held every two years and will be a new and welcome addition to the global network of drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich. “drinktec worldwide” links drinktec with the trade fairs drink technology India (dti), CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE (CBB), and food & drink technology Africa (fdt).

INTECHTRA is now set to be part of that network. “This commitment in Brazil represents a major step in the global expansion of Messe München abroad andthe implementation of the industry-specific drinktec cluster strategy,” explains Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, who continues: “For INTECHTRA, we are able to count on the broad support of the industry and the local expertise of our subsidiary. We are therefore very much looking forward to the debut event and are certain that it will be a huge success.” “Through INTECHTRA, Messe München is expanding its international cluster in the beverage, liquid food and packaging segment and creating a new platform for the industry in the important South American market,” adds Cluster Director Petra Westphal.

Over 80 national and international companies are expected to take part in the new trade fair. INTECHTRA will be held in the Green Hall, whereapprox. 12,000 m2of floor space have been reserved. The Expo Center Norte located in the north of São Paulo can be reached just as easily with public transport as via the city’s main arterial roads. The international airport is also just 18 kilometers away. The convention center boasts a total capacity of approx. 80,000 m2 of floor space. It has five large exhibition halls and 22 conference rooms for a total of 4,500 people. The exhibitors will be from the following segments: filling and packaging technology, packaging materials and PET, process technology and automation, components, raw materials, ingredients, additives and logistical solutions.

Numerous industry representatives have already pledged clear commitment for INTECHTRA, for example:
Oscar Braune, Managing Partner of Vebratec, Brazil: “We need an event like INTECHTRA -one that is geared towards market needs and provides an opportunity to launch new products and services every two years. There has never been a platform of this kind in South America which is why INTECHTRA has our full support.”Kim Iegoroff, Marketing & Events, Masipack Group, Brazil:“The quest to come up with innovative products and services is not just limited to the product development process but spans the entire process chain. INTECHTRA is therefore important, especially in a highly competitive market such as Brazil. We will use the trade fair to bolster Masipack’s presence on the global stage.”

Volker Kronseder, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Krones AG and President of the Advisory Board of the world-leading trade fair drinktec: With its expertise in organizing leading trade fairs all around the world and its experience as the coordinator of drinktec, Messe München is the perfect partner for organizing a trade fair for the beverage, food and packaging industries in Latin America.”

Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA’s Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association:“Brazil is an important market for members of the VDMA, all the more so on account of the MERCOSUR agreement. The industry association therefore welcomes Messe München’s plans.”INTECHTRA will attract visitors from all over South America, from the food and beverage industry as well as from the confectionery, bakery and non-food industries right through to the cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and industrial goods industries. Of all the South American countries, Brazil provides the perfect market conditions for hosting INTECHTRA. It is one of the world’s 10 largest economies. The Brazilian food and beverage industry is worth approx. USD 160 billion a year, which accounts for around 7% of GDP. There are around 31,000 companies working in this industry, of which 6,000 are located in São Paulo alone. The Brazilian packaging industry is worth approx. USD 34 billion, 75% of which relates to the food and beverage industry. (Source: Space Global analysis and estimates)

Messe München do Brasil will be supported by the internationally successful drinktec team in Munich and a strong network of industry experts in South America for INTECHTRA. In addition, INTECHTRA will benefit from the cross-industry knowledge of Messe München, which organizes leading trade fairs such as analytica, AUTOMATICA and IFAT to name but a few.

With INTECHTRA, Messe München will once again be providing a local source for customized solutions and a first-rate platform for innovation.
(Messe München)


Argentina: Argentina's first single malt whisky distillery to release new field-to-bottle whisky  (

Argentina’s first single malt whisky distillery, La Alazana based in Patagonia, is to release another first for the country – a field-to-bottle whisky made using barley grown and malted on site.

Speaking to The Drinks Business, co-founder of La Alazana, Lila Serenelli, said the distiller’s next launch would be the 100% Patagonia edition which would be unveiled in a “couple of years”.

“For this edition we are working together with the government agriculture institute (INTA) and our technology institute IPATEC – CONICET (UNCo) for which we are using wild Patagonian yeast during fermentation as well as our barley which is grown and malted on site.”

Serenelli explained that Argentina was a major producer of malting barley, however the varieties grown are those used in the production of beer. As such, for the production of its whisky, La Alazana must import malt from the UK.

This inspired Lila and her husband Nestor to attempt to grow their own crop.

“We are also pioneers in growing and malting whisky varieties of barley and have already had two seasons of excellent crops,” Serenelli added.

“The spirit for our 100% Patagonia whisky is already maturing. It was a big challenge for us, but we are moving along very well with it.

“Patagonia is an ideal place to produce single malt whisky. We have got the purest water source one could imagine, and the Andes mountain valley in which we chose to build our distillery has got a mild climate with no extreme seasonal temperature variations. This is what guarantees that the wood extraction is in perfect balance with the evolution within the casks, so that maturation is perfectly and elegantly balanced.”

As for other future plans, Serenelli is keen to expand the malting facility at the distillery in order for it to be able to “malt most, if not all, of our barley”. She said this will also include peated varieties, made using the local Patagonian peat.

“We also are on an expansion project for the distillery. Our distillery at this point is at the end of the first stage, which was to concentrate on quality and positioning of the brand. Our second stage, which is now underway, is to expand in size whilst maintaining the quality we have achieved.

La Alazana, which was founded in 2011, currently sells all its whiskies from its distillery, with Serenelli noting that customers have been known to take a two-hour flight down from Buenos Aires just to pick up a bottle.

“As our objective is to have a standard expression that is no younger than eight years old, our bottlings are very limited and we are selling our limited editions exclusively at the distillery,” Serenelli noted.

La Alazana has released two standard expressions: its Classic (matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks) and its Haidd Merlys (sweet barley in Welsh, a reference to the region’s Welsh heritage) which is matured in ex-Bourbon casks and is lightly peated.

In addition to these whiskies, the distillery also has a Chardonnay cask finished, lightly peated whisky; a Sherry cask matured whisky; an organic malt whisky matured in virgin oak; a limited-edition Cognac cask matured whisky bottled at 54% ABV; and a more heavily peated whisky, which is still maturing.

After setting up a successful business which is now run by his sons, Nestor Serenelli inspired by his family’s grain-growing and distilling heritage, decided to move out to the country to distill whisky. Lila, meanwhile, studied at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland where she completed her Diploma in Brewing and Distilling before transferring to the Masters programme. The couple make regular trips to Scotland in order to visit their suppliers and research projects for their distillery.

Diageo: 2019 Preliminary Results, year ended 30 June 2019

Diageo: 2019 Preliminary Results, year ended 30 June 2019  (Company news)

Delivering our strategy through strong consistent performance
-Reported net sales (£12.9 billion) increased 5.8% with organic growth partially offset by acquisitions and disposals. Reported operating profit (£4.0 billion) increased 9.5%, driven by organic growth
-All regions contributed to broad based organic net sales growth, up 6.1%, with organic volume up 2.3%
-Organic operating profit grew 9.0%, ahead of top line organic growth, driven by improved price/mix and productivity benefits from everyday cost efficiencies, partially offset by cost inflation and higher marketing investment
-Cash flow continued to be strong, with net cash from operating activities at £3.2 billion, up £164 million and free cash flow at £2.6 billion, up £85 million
-Basic eps of 130.7 pence increased by 7.4%. Pre-exceptional eps grew 10.3% to 130.8 pence, driven by higher operating profit and lower finance charges, which more than offset an increased tax charge as a result of higher profit
-On 25 July the Board approved plans for a further return of capital up to £4.5 billion to shareholders for the period F20 to F22
-The final dividend increased 5% bringing the full year dividend to 68.57 pence per share

Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, commenting on the results said:
Diageo has delivered another year of strong performance. Organic volume and net sales growth was broad based across regions and categories, with new product innovation being a strong contributor. We expanded organic operating margin ahead of our guidance and increased investment behind our brands ahead of organic net sales growth.

Fiscal 19 has been another year of strong free cash flow delivery at £2.6 billion and we have returned £2.8 billion to shareholders via share buybacks. The Board has approved plans for an additional return to shareholders of up to £4.5 billion over Fiscal 20 to Fiscal 22.

Our focus on quality sustainable growth is backed by a culture of everyday efficiency that enables us to invest smartly in marketing and growth initiatives while expanding margins.

These results reflect the steady progress we are making and as we look ahead we see attractive opportunities to deliver consistent growth and create shareholder value. In the medium term I expect Diageo to maintain organic net sales growth in the mid-single digit range and to grow organic operating profit ahead of net sales in the range of 5%-7%.”
(Diageo plc)

Increased sales revenue and profits for Interroll

Increased sales revenue and profits for Interroll  (Company news)

In the first half of 2019, conveyor system specialist Interroll once again recorded strong growth in sales revenue of 8.4 percent (+10.4 percent in local currencies) and a disproportionately strong increase in operating result (EBIT) of 23.3 percent.

In short:
-Order intake was CHF 299.0 million (-7.9%), following record growth in the same period of the previous year.
-Net sales revenues climbed to a record level of CHF 260.8 million (+8.4%), driven by the Americas and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.
-Two product groups enjoyed particularly strong growth in the first half of 2019: Conveyors & Sorters (+17.5%) and Rollers (+7.3%).
-EBIT was CHF 31.2 million (+23.3%), while net profit was CHF 23.1 million (+24.2%).
-Operative cash flow increased by 29.9% to CHF 40.6 million (previous year: CHF 31.2 million), while free cash flow even rose by 62.6% to CHF 29.2 million (previous year: CHF 18.0 million).

Boosted by a particularly strong first quarter in 2019, net sales revenue increased by +8.4% compared to the previous year to a new high of CHF 260.8 million in the first six months of 2019 (+10.4% in local currencies).

Interroll managed to once again disproportionately increase the EBIT by 23.3% compared to the half-year value for 2018. In addition to the net sales revenue growth, high discipline regarding costs and investment also contributed to this.

At CHF 299.0 million, the orders intake was 7.9% below the previous year's record levels in 2018 (-6.0% in local currencies). Large orders received in the previous year were virtually fully replaced in the first half of 2019.

"In the first half of 2019, Interroll was able to drastically increase its net sales revenues once again," states Paul Zumbühl (photo), CEO of Interroll Holding AG. "EBIT and net profit also grew disproportionately."

Strong product business, potential through demand for projects
The consolidated sales revenue of CHF 58.7 million was once again 7.3% above the record of CHF 54.7 million set in the previous year in the Rollers product group. On a consolidated basis, the number of incoming orders increased by 2.8% to CHF 57.2 million (previous year: CHF 55.7 million). In the first six months of 2019, the increase in orders was driven by the EMEA (+7.5%) and Americas regions (+30.5% compared to the same period of the previous year).

The Drives product group recorded an increase of 6.7% to CHF 90.1 million in the first half of the year (previous year: CHF 84.4 million). The consolidated order intake fell slightly by 1.5% to CHF 86.5 million, compared to CHF 87.8 million in the same period of the previous year. RollerDrive in particular recorded increased sales revenue with a growth of 19.9%.

The Conveyors & Sorters product group recorded consolidated sales revenue of CHF 83.9 million in the first half of 2019, which represents a 17.5% increase over the previous year (CHF 71.4 million). At CHF 128.3 million, the order intake was 12.7% lower than the record levels achieved in the same period of the previous year (CHF 147.0 million). In the first half of 2019, Interroll received a follow-up order for the delivery of a 13.8-kilometer-long Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP) conveying system for the distribution center of an e-commerce customer in South Korea.

At the end of the first half of 2019, Interroll recorded a 6.8% decrease in consolidated sales revenue to CHF 28.1 million in the Pallet & Carton Flow product group (previous year: CHF 30.2 million). The consolidated order intake fell by 21.0% to CHF 26.9 million (previous year: CHF 34.1 million). Major projects in the comparison period from the previous year could not be fully replaced.

At the end of the first half of the year, Interroll's share of total sales revenues in EMEA is just below 60%; in the Americas, it is 30%; and in Asia-Pacific, it is 10%.

In the EMEA region, the strong growth of recent years continued into the first half of 2019. Sales revenues were CHF 156.0 million and were therefore 6.8% higher than in the same period of the previous year (CHF 146.1 million). Central, western and eastern Europe and South Africa saw increases in their sales revenues. After the record levels recorded in the same period of the previous year in 2018, the order intake fell by 8.7% compared to the previous year, dropping to CHF 166.9 million.

Sales revenues in the Americas region were CHF 78.2 million and therefore 22.4% higher than in the same period of the previous year (CHF 63.9 million). The reason for this positive development is the strong demand in e-commerce, food and distribution centers. In the United States, Interroll decided to build a second plant in Atlanta during the reporting period. By the end of 2019, Interroll's fourth production plant in the US will therefore be complete. After the record levels reached in the previous year, the order intake fell by 6.4% to CHF 81.7 million. In the same period of the previous year, a one-time large order was received.

After record growth in the same period of the previous year, Interroll's sales revenue in the first half of 2019 fell by 13.3% in the Asia-Pacific region, dropping to CHF 26.6 million at the end of the first six months of this year (same period of the previous year: CHF 30.7 million). Interroll recorded receipt of a major follow-up order from a South Korean e-commerce company for its MCP and spiral lifts in the low tens of millions Swiss francs. The consolidated order intake fell by 7.8% to a total of CHF 50.4 million after extremely strong growth in the first half of 2018.

Results enjoying disproportionate growth
Interroll increased its EBITDA by 22.4% to CHF 43.5 million in the first half of the year (previous year: CHF 35.5 million). The EBITDA margin was 16.7% (previous year: 14.8%). In addition to the net sales revenue growth, high discipline regarding costs and investment also contributed to this.

EBIT rose by 23.3% to CHF 31.2 million (previous year: CHF 25.3 million). The EBIT margin, in turn, was 11.9% (previous year: 10.5%). Net profit increased by 24.2% to CHF 23.1 million (previous year: CHF 18.6 million). The net profit margin reached 8.8% (previous year: 7.7%).

Less investment
Gross investment reached CHF 11.7 million and has thereby decreased in comparison to the previous year (CHF 15.6 million) by CHF 3.9 million. The Interroll Group's own first production plant in Southeast Asia was completed, specifically in Thailand.

Solid balance sheet, strong cash flow development
The balance sheet total grew by June 30, 2019 to CHF 453.1 million and was therefore 8.5% above the figure recorded at the end of 2018 (CHF 417.6 million). Equity capital was CHF 281.8 million, while the equity ratio was 62.2% (December 2018: 68.2%).

The intensive project activity in the Group was expressed in high inventory levels and customer advance payments on the balance sheet at the half-year point.

Operative cash flow increased by 29.9% to CHF 40.6 million (previous year: CHF 31.2 million). In light of the markedly higher cash flow and lower investment, the free cash flow increased by 62.6% to CHF 29.2 million (previous year: CHF 18.0 million).

Due to the reduced order volume compared to the record level achieved in the previous year in the Conveyors & Sorters and Pallet & Carton Flow product groups, Interroll is expecting momentum to slow down in the second half of 2019.

Interroll also sees significant long-term growth potential thanks to its strong market position, innovative products and end markets that are displaying dynamic growth (e-commerce and courier express parcel, airports, food and beverage, as well as warehousing and distribution).
(Interroll (Schweiz) AG)

Coca-Cola Reports Continued Momentum in Second Quarter; Updates Full Year Guidance

Coca-Cola Reports Continued Momentum in Second Quarter; Updates Full Year Guidance  (Company news)

-Net Revenues Grew 6%; Organic Revenues (Non-GAAP) Grew 6%
-Operating Income Grew 8%; Comparable Currency Neutral Operating Income (Non-GAAP) Grew 14%
-Operating Margin Was 29.9%; Comparable Operating Margin (Non-GAAP) Was 30.3%, Including the Impact from
-Currency Headwinds and Acquisitions
-EPS Grew 12% to $0.61; Comparable EPS (Non-GAAP) Grew 4% to $0.63, Despite a 9% Currency Headwind

The Coca-Cola Company reported strong operating results in the second quarter of 2019, driven by consumer-centric innovation, solid core brand performance and improved execution in the marketplace. Reported net revenues and organic revenues (non-GAAP) both grew 6% through balanced volume and price/mix, with all operating segments contributing to organic revenue (non-GAAP) growth. The company continued to gain global value share. The company’s performance year-to-date led to an update in full year guidance.

"Our strategy to transform as a total beverage company has allowed us to continue to win in a growing and vibrant industry," said James Quincey, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. "Our progress is positioning the company to create more value for all of our stakeholders, including our shareowners."

Quarterly Performance
-Revenues: Net revenues grew 6% to $10.0 billion. Organic revenues (non-GAAP) grew 6%. Revenue growth was driven by concentrate sales growth of 4% and price/mix growth of 2%.

-Margin: Operating margin, which included items impacting comparability, was 29.9% versus 29.4% in the prior year. Comparable operating margin (non-GAAP) was 30.3% versus 30.6% in the prior year. Strong underlying operating margin (non-GAAP) expansion was offset by an approximate 185 basis point negative impact from currency headwinds and net acquisitions.

-Earnings per share: EPS grew 12% to $0.61. Comparable EPS (non-GAAP) grew 4% to $0.63. Comparable EPS growth included the impact from a 9-point currency headwind.

-Market share: The company continued to gain value share in total nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages.

-Cash flow: Year-to-date cash from operations was $4.5 billion, up 68% largely due to strong underlying growth, working capital initiatives and the timing of tax payments. Year-to-date free cash flow (non-GAAP) was $3.7 billion, up 87%.

Company Updates
-Driving sparkling: Strong performance for the quarter was driven by sparkling soft drinks, led by 4% volume and transaction growth in trademark Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar continues to perform well, with a seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit volume growth globally. Quarterly performance was further driven by innovation, such as Coca-Cola Plus Coffee, and a modernized marketing strategy for today's consumers. The company reached a first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix to temporarily bring back 1985’s New Coke for the July 4 debut of season 3 of the hit series "Stranger Things."

-Growing coffee: During the quarter, the company launched the first-ever Costa Coffee ready-to-drink (RTD) chilled product in Great Britain, marking the first major introduction since Coca-Cola acquired Costa earlier this year. The company plans to roll out the product in additional markets in the second half of the year. The brand delivers an authentic coffee taste experience with 30% less sugar than most RTD coffees in Costa’s core market of Great Britain. The Costa Coffee brand is also expanding through a new agreement with Coca-Cola HBC AG. The agreement will address a broad range of consumer and customer needs across multiple channels and occasions, including roast and ground coffee, RTD offerings and vending. The bottler plans to introduce Costa Coffee in at least 10 markets in 2020.

-Expanding energy: The first energy drink under the Coca-Cola brand launched in select European countries during the quarter. Coca-Cola Energy features caffeine from naturally derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine, all with the great Coca-Cola taste and feeling that people know and love. The product has shown early signs of success. Coca-Cola Energy is now available in 14 countries, including recent launches in Japan, Australia and South Africa. The company expects to offer Coca-Cola Energy in 20 markets by the end of 2019, including Mexico and Brazil.

-Lifting, shifting and scaling: Since the company's initial investment in the innocent business in 2009, the innocent team has taken the business from the #1 smoothie brand in the U.K. to the #1 chilled juice brand across Europe. The brand is now expanding into Asia for the first time through a targeted rollout, starting in Tokyo. Innocent is loved by consumers who want more functional and nutritional benefits in their daily diet, in addition to those who enjoy natural, delicious and healthy juices and smoothies.

-Making progress in packaging: The company continues to make progress on its World Without Waste goals for recycling, recyclable packaging and the use of recycled materials, including these recent milestones:
- Bottlers worldwide continue to introduce more brands in 100% recycled PET (rPET) packaging. Recent launches include the green tea brand Hajime Ichinichi Ippon in Japan; the Romerquelle and Valser water brands in Austria and Switzerland, respectively; Viva water in the Philippines; and San Luis water in Peru. In Western Europe, 100% rPET bottles will be launched for smartwater, Chaudfontaine and Honest by the end of 2019.

- Coca-Cola Amatil and Coca-Cola Australia announced that 70% of all PET bottles in the market will be made from 100% rPET by the end of 2019.

- Coca-Cola European Partners and Coca-Cola Great Britain announced a switch from green to clear bottles for Sprite in their markets as a way to improve recycling. Other markets are making this change as well.

- Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the Philippines, announced that it will lead the investment in a $19 million state-of-the-art, food-grade recycling facility that will collect, sort, clean and wash post-consumer recyclable plastic bottles and turn them into new bottles using advanced technology. It is Coca-Cola’s first major investment in a recycling facility in Southeast Asia.

- Coca-Cola Vietnam led the launch of an industry-backed packaging recovery organization alongside other companies. The organization will initially focus on increasing recovery and recycling rates for three materials: PET, aluminum and Tetra Pak®.
(The Coca-Cola Company)

Symrise achieves strong revenue growth of 7.4 % in the first half of the year

Symrise achieves strong revenue growth of 7.4 % in the first half of the year  (Company news)

• Profitability at good level with an EBITDA(N) margin of 20.8 %
• Outlook 2019 specified: Normalized EBITDA margin expected to be around 21 %
• Growth target for the full year and long-term goals for 2025 confirmed

Symrise continued its dynamic business development in the first half of 2019. All segments benefited from higher customer demand and realized a pleasing increase in sales. Across the Group, Symrise increased organic sales in the first half of the year by 6.2 %. Accounting for currency translation effects, Group sales increased by an impressive 7.4 % to € 1,692 million (H1 2018: € 1,576 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to € 342 million and therefore was up 7.7 % over the previous year’s level (H1 2018: € 317 million). Adjusted for the one-time effects related to the planned acquisition of ADF/IDF, EBITDA(N) amounted to € 351 million, exceeding the previous year’s figure by € 34 million. The profitability of the Group remained at a high level with an EBITDA(N) margin of 20.8 % (H1 2018: 20.1 %). As a result of the new IFRS 16 standard, EBITDA(N) increased by € 9.8 million in the first half of 2019. The normalized net income for the period of € 153 million exceeded the previous year’s level by 7.8 % (H1 2018: € 142 million).

“After a dynamic start to the year, we continued our growth and further expanded our business,” said the CEO of Symrise AG, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram (photo). “All segments increased sales and contributed to the Group’s growth. This positive development is accompanied by continued good demand from our customers. That is why we are looking ahead to the coming months with confidence, even if the economic prospects are slowing down in some regions of the world. Symrise has proven in the past that our business remains very robust even in such times. We therefore stand by our annual goals as well as our long-term ambitions. These goals include annual organic sales growth of 5–7 % on average by 2025.”

Good demand in all segments
Symrise achieved dynamic organic sales growth of 6.2 % in the first half of 2019. All segments benefited from good demand. Including exchange rate effects, consolidated revenues increased by an impressive 7.4 %.

The Scent & Care segment
Scent & Care realized strong organic sales growth of 6.3 % in the first half of 2019. After a dynamic first quarter, the very positive sales performance continued in the second quarter. Taking currency translation effects into account, sales in the first six months were € 712 million, up 7.8 % over the same period of the previous year (H1 2018: € 660 million).

Sales in the Cosmetic Ingredients division grew by a single-digit percentage, driven by the North America and Asia/Pacific regions. The national markets in the USA and China developed particularly dynamically.

The Aroma Molecules division recorded satisfactory organic growth. The Menthols business unit achieved above-average growth in Latin America, and the Fine Aroma Chemicals business unit performed likewise in the EAME and Asia/Pacific regions.

The Fragrance division achieved a double-digit percentage increase in organic sales. Growth drivers were the Consumer Fragrances and Fine Fragrances business units. In the Consumer Fragrances business unit, growth in Asia/Pacific and North America was particularly high, especially in India and the USA. The Fine Fragrances business unit significantly increased sales in the North American and EAME regions. The Oral Care business unit grew in the low single-digit percentage range and achieved the highest growth in the Asia/Pacific region.

Scent & Care improved EBITDA by 9.7 % to € 140 million in the first half of 2019 (H1 2018: € 128 million). The segment’s EBITDA margin was 19.7 % and was despite persistently high raw material costs above the previous year’s level (19.4 %).

The Flavor segment
In the first half of 2019, Flavor achieved organic sales growth of 3.7 % over very high comparable figures from the previous year. The Savory business unit and the Asia/Pacific and EAME regions significantly increased sales. In the Sweet business unit, the increase in sales was modest after the high level of momentum in the previous year. Accounting for currency translation effects, the segment’s sales in the reporting currency grew by 5.4 % to € 637 million (H1 2018: € 605 million).

In the EAME region, the Flavor segment realized single-digit organic growth rates. Significant growth stimuli came from applications for savory products in Russia and the Middle East.

The Asia/Pacific region recorded double-digit growth rates in the Beverage and Savory products application areas. The markets of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam developed particularly well.

Latin America also was also dynamic and achieved double-digit organic growth. The application areas for savory and sweet goods did particularly well in Brazil, achieving double-digit growth.

In North America, sales growth was in the single digits. In particular, the savory products application area developed positively.

The EBITDA of the Flavor segment amounted to € 144 million in the reporting period (H1 2018: € 127 million), and grew 13.6 % compared to the prior year’s figure. The EBITDA margin improved from 21.0 % in the first half of the previous year to 22.6 % in the current fiscal year. This was mainly due to proportionally lower raw material costs.

The Nutrition segment
Nutrition achieved strong organic growth of 11 % in the first half of 2019. Accounting for currency translation effects, sales in the reporting currency amounted to € 343 million and were 10.5 % above the previous year’s level (H1 2018: € 311 million).

The Pet Food business unit achieved a very good, double-digit organic growth rate. Of particular note is the dynamic sales development in the Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions with strong growth in South Korea, Thailand, Brazil and Mexico.

In the Food business unit, the regions of Asia/Pacific and Latin America posted double-digit growth, especially in China, Australia and Mexico. Sales in the EAME and North America regions fell slightly.
Sales also developed well in the Aqua business unit. Important new business was gained here, especially in the EAME region.

Probi achieved double-digit sales growth during the reporting period. The regions of EAME and North America showed particularly good growth. In Europe, numerous new business wins were realized, and a large customer’s business stabilized in North America.

The Nutrition segment generated an EBITDA(N) of € 67 million in the first half of 2019 (H1 2018 EBITDA: € 62 million). The segment’s EBITDA(N) margin reached 19.5 %, which was below the prior-year period (H1 2018 EBITDA margin: 20.0 %). The slight decrease in margin was mainly due to production delays at Diana Food’s new site in North America and increased raw material costs at Diana Pet Food.

Operating result
As part of the planned acquisition of ADF/IDF, acquisition costs of € 9.6 million were incurred in the first half of 2019. Symrise is therefore using normalized results (EBIT(N) / EBITDA(N)) adjusted for these one-off, non-recurring specific influences.

In the first six months of 2019, the Group generated normalized earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA(N)) of € 351 million. The EBITDA(N) thus increased by 10.8 % compared to the same period of the previous year. The main driver of this development was profitable sales growth.

Net income for the period and earnings per share
The normalized net income for the first six months of 2019 amounted to € 153 million, which was € 11 million above the figure from the previous year of € 142 million. Normalized earnings per share reached € 1.14, after € 1.10 in the first half of the previous year (+4 %). Earnings per share including one-time expenses for the ADF/IDF acquisition were € 1.09.

Cash flow from operating activities
At € 141 million, cash flow from operating activities for the first half of 2019 was € 10 million lower than in the previous year (€ 151 million). The main reasons for this were an increase in working capital (in particular due to period-related lower trade payables) and higher tax payments in the reporting period, which more than offset the higher profits and lower capital expenditures than in the same period of the previous year.

Financial position
Net debt decreased by € 207 million to € 1,173 million compared to the reporting date of 31 December 2018. This was mainly due to the capital increase carried out in March and the effects of the application of IFRS 16. The ratio of net debt to EBITDA(N) thus amounted to 1.8. Including pension obligations, net debt equaled € 1,780 million, which corresponds to a ratio of net debt (including provisions for pensions and similar obligations) to EBITDA of 2.7. Pension obligations in the Group increased by € 93 million, due to a significant decline in interest rates in Germany.

Outlook: Targets confirmed and profitability specified
Following the dynamic business development in the first six months, Symrise continues to expect sales growth of 5 to 7 % for the current fiscal year. The target is once again to significantly exceed the growth of the relevant market in 2019, which is estimated to grow by 3 to 4 % worldwide. In addition, Symrise is now targeting an EBITDA(N) margin of around 21 % (including IFRS 16) despite the expected economic slowdown, persistently volatile exchange rates and tight raw material prices.

Overall, the Group is very well positioned to achieve its targets with its global presence, diverse portfolio and broad customer base. Against the background of rising demand for important raw materials, the expansion of our own backward integration will continue to play an important role.

At the beginning of the year, Symrise presented its long-term targets. They underpin the company’s ambitions and now extend to the end of fiscal year 2025. Symrise intends to increase sales to about € 5.5 to 6.0 billion by then. This increase is to be achieved through annual organic growth of 5 to 7 % (CAGR) as well as additional targeted acquisitions.
(Symrise AG)


Australia: Beer prices could go up after tax hike as from August 5  (

The cost of beer could be on the rise with the taxman set to hike up tariffs on the amber ale in Australia, 9News reported on August 3.

From August 5 the Australian Taxation Office will increase the tax on beer by 21 cents per litre on draft beer and 30 cents a litre on stubbies cans and long necks.

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald the ATO increase on the liquor follows a twice-yearly increase in indexation.

The reported quoted a study from the University of Adelaide which found the biggest cost of a typical carton of full-strength beer, including GST, is a tax equating to 42 per cent.

The study, authored by Professor Kym Anderson, revealed Australians pay around 18 times more beer tax than Germany, 37.5 per cent more than Britons and eight times more than Americans.

Australia ranks fourth in the world on beer tax behind Norway, Japan and Finland.

The Brewers Association is pushing for the federal government to ease the pain on beer lovers.

Association boss Brett Heffernan said a proposed increase to the excise-free threshold on both draught and packaged beer was an "affordable option".

"Correcting our runaway and regressive beer tax regime is relatively quick, easy, cheap and long overdue," he told the media outlet.

Beer taxes poured more than A$3.6 billion into the federal budget's bottom line last year alone.


UK & US: Beer remains most popular drink in on-trade despite general decline in consumption  (

Beer is still the most popular alcohol drink in the on-trade despite a general decline in consumption, the Morning Advertiser reported on August 1 citing a new research.

Ahead of International Beer Day on August 2 data experts CGA and its US-based consultancy Nielsen CGA found beer accounts for 48% of drinks sold in Britain and 44% sold in the US.

It discovered while cask sales have fallen by 9.8% in Britain during the past year and 9.3% in America, sales of imported beer, world beers, super premium lagers and craft beer continue to increase in both countries, led in part by the consumer demand for premium drinks.

CGA drinks expert Mark Jackson said: “Despite changing tastes and buying habits, beer is still the number one preferred beverage for the on-trade in Great Britain and the US.

“Premiumisation of the beer category has outpaced volume declines to realise an increase in dollar and pound sales value.

“We are seeing world lager in most growth in Britain and import and domestic super-premium leading the way in America.”

Over the past 24 months, craft beer value sales in Britain have increased by a fifth (21.7%), world lager sales are also up by 26.5%.

Similar increases have been reported in the US with sales of craft beers up 4.5% and imported beers up 9.4%.

Jackson added: “Rather than buying high volumes of cheap beer, consumers here and in America are opting for lower volumes of higher quality beer.”

However, there is a big different between the UK and American when it comes to how consumers drink their beer.

Nielsen CGA beer expert Matt Drummond said: “It is also worth noting how beer sells best in each region, with one stark difference being the serve preference.

“In America, consumers reach for the bottle or can, while British consumers overwhelmingly purchase draught. Either way, International Beer Day is a great opportunity to raise a pint and celebrate the wonderful concoction of water, barley, hops and yeast.”

The research stated today’s beer drinkers across both markets generally have higher household incomes and an increased tendency to eat and drink out.

In Britain, beer drinkers earn an average household income of £41,000 with almost half (49%) of them eating out and 41% of them drinking out weekly.

In America, beer consumers earn an average of $71,000, with almost three quarters (73%) of them eating out and 35% drinking out on a weekly basis.

However, beer drinkers across both markets have an older profile (aged between 35 and over 55), with younger drinkers (18 to 34-year-olds (21 to 34 in the US)) the least engaged beer consumers and showing the most dramatic decline in beer consumption since 2017.

In Britain, younger consumers prefer to drink lager (23%) and craft beer (14%) while across The Pond, they choose craft beer (51%), domestic non-craft (51%) and imported beer (47%).

Jackson said: “As a key consumer group that is losing interest in the beer category, understanding and targeting the shifting preferences of younger drinkers is key, as is offering a wide selection of beers that are attractive to this younger population.”


USA: Craft beer output up 4% in H1 2019  (

Growth for small and independent craft brewers in the US remained steady for the first half of 2019, according to new midyear metrics released by the Brewers Association (BA) — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers.

Production volume for the craft segment increased 4 percent during the first half of 2019, the Association said on August 6.

“Growth continues to follow a similar pattern we have seen in the past few years, with steady rates in the low-to-mid single digits,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “The majority of growth continues to come from microbreweries, taprooms, and brewpubs, whereas the distribution landscape remains more challenging for regional craft brewers.”

As of June 30, there were 7,480 active craft breweries, up from 6,464 during a comparable timeframe last year. An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 breweries are in planning, based on active Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) licenses.

“Overall demand for beers from small and independent brewers continues to increase, but at levels that make it difficult for all breweries to grow simultaneously,” added Watson. “This is a sign of a maturing market that will likely continue in the coming years.”


South Africa: More South Africans turning to no- and low-alcohol beer  (

South African Breweries (SAB) said on August 5 that more South African beer drinkers are slowly taking up the growing global trend of consuming the no- and low-alcohol beer (Nablab) categories, reported.

A survey by the global market research company Nielsen found that 47 per cent of Americans were no longer as loyal to their historic adult drink of choice and that drinkers wanted to reduce their alcohol consumption to lead healthier lifestyle.

Zoleka Lisa, vice president for corporate affairs at SAB, said as an increasing number of people around the world were passing up on their traditional alcoholic beverage, South Africa was no different.

“An alcohol-free beer offers people the freedom of choice to still enjoy the taste and the sociability of a beer, and the sense of belonging of having a drink with one’s friends, but without the alcohol,” Lisa said.

“It also allows the drinker to have a safer consumption experience by practicing ‘pacing’ by combining the consumption of alcohol beers with alcohol-free beers, as a means of moderation.”

Lisa said that pacing is one important component of moderate drinking.

“The practice of pacing allows for safer and smart drinking options because a lower intake of alcohol over a longer period gives the body time to break down alcohol at a steady rate, therefore accumulating less alcohol.”

“As numbers of lighter or lower alcohol beer sales increase, it is a win-win situation for brewers and the public at large, as we grow our volumes while reduce the total alcohol consumption in South Africa, meaning a safer place for all.”

Among no- and lower- alcohol beer brands available in South Africa under the SAB stable are Castle Free and Becks’ Blue, while Hansa Golden Crisp, Flying Fish CHILL LITE, Castle Lite, and Lion Lager all contain not more than four percent alcohol.


South Korea & Japan: Import of Japanese beer to Korea nearly halves in July  (

Imports of Japanese beer to Korea nearly halved in July against the previous month as consumers voluntarily shunned Japanese brands in protest to the Tokyo export curbs targeting to hurt Korea’s mainstay electronics component industry, the Pulse News reported on August 6.

Beer imports from Japan in July totaled $4.34 million, off 45 percent from the previous month, according to the Korea Customs Service. Imports of Japanese beers came at $5.16 million in April, $5.95 million, and $7.90 million in June – on seasonal demand. But the beer imports from the neighbor country plummeted 45 percent from the previous month and 35 percent from a year earlier in July after Tokyo tightened control on three chemicals used in chip and display production bound for Korea.

The last time beer imports from Japan fell so sharply was in the aftermath of the 2011 nuclear meltdown in earthquake-hit Japan.

Japanese brands are being yanked out of the shelves as both consumers and merchants join the boycott against Japanese products following coercive trade embargo from Tokyo in apparent complaint over wartime and colonial period claims.


Slovenia: Craft brewer Pivovarna Pelicon aimes at cracking 1 million euro revenue mark this year  (

Six years after it was launched as one of the first craft breweries in Slovenia, Pivovarna Pelicon has grown into a fully-fledged company with six employees that is looking to crack the million euro revenue mark, the Total Slovenia News reported on July 23.

Posting net sales of EUR 584,000 for 2018, up over a quarter on the year before, the company expects annual revenue to rise by about 30% to roughly EUR 900,000 this year, co-founder Anita Lozar told the STA. Virtually the entire profit is reinvested.

Starting off with a single product, a pale ale, Pelicon currently offers nine types of beer and has the capacity to produce up to 250,000 litres of the hoppy beverage a year. It has also branched out from beer to produce a craft gin and a "hoppy tonic" with real quinine.

"Over these six years we've grown, seen where our shortcomings are and slowly started to tackle them. We've slowly improved our product portfolio and started bottling beer. We currently sell half the beer bottled and half on tap in pubs, which we had not been doing before," Lozar said,

About a year ago the brewery also started to work with retailers. According to Lozar, this means having to increase output, which again required production adjustments. "But these are sweet problems," she said.

100 years of Anuga - 100 years on the pulse of time

100 years of Anuga - 100 years on the pulse of time  (Company news)

The year 2019 marks the year of Anuga, because the world's most important get-together of the food and beverage industry is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion the new website "100 years of Anuga" provides insights into the most important milestones of the history of the Allgemeine Nahrungs- und Genussmittel-Ausstellung (General and Luxury Food Exhibition) - Anuga for short. Historical photos, film material and impressions document the consistent development of the trade fair and illustrate the highlights of the 100-year history of the leading global trade fair of the food industry.

An overview of the milestones
The first Anuga took place in Stuttgart in 1919 with the participation of around 200 German firms. The Stuttgart newspaper, the Neues Tagblatt, wrote on 29 September 1919: "It seems to be the right time for an exhibition where the merchants can inform themselves about the available offer." Based on the concept of an annual touring exhibition, further Anuga events were staged, among others in Munich in 1920, in Berlin in 1922 and in Cologne in 1924. With around 360 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors, the first Anuga in Cologne was the best event since its inception, which is why the organisers opted for Cologne as the permanent location. There were already eight focal exhibition sections back then: Food and luxury items, cooking and baking appliances, machines for the production of food, packing materials and packing machines, shopfitting, conveying technology, chemical and cosmetic compounds as well as promotional products.

In 1951, for the first time over 1,200 exhibitors from 34 countries took part, whereby Anuga ultimately established itself as the central international business platform for the food industry in Cologne scheduled every two years. In 1955, Konrad Adenauer also showed his enthusiasm: "This show is impressive. You can be proud of it." Over the course of time, due to the staging of leading trade fairs such as ISM and Anuga FoodTec, the trade fair advanced from being a food and processing platform into becoming a trade fair purely for food and beverages. In 2003, the Anuga "10 trade shows under one roof" concept was implemented. Today, with 7,405 exhibitors and around 165,000 trade visitors from the trade and out-of-home market, Anuga has developed into the leading global trade fair for food and beverages. It offers a representative breadth and depth of the global offer like no other trade event. Whereby the sheer size was never its only aim. The consistent development into a trade fair, the qualitative selection and the increased sophisticated bundling of commodity groups has in the course of its meanwhile 100-year history turned it into what it is today: an event that is unrivalled worldwide regarding its scope of offer.
(Koelnmesse GmbH)

The Industry of Drinks and Beer - Kyiv Ukraine September 17 – 19

The Industry of Drinks and Beer - Kyiv Ukraine September 17 – 19  (Company news)

Ukrainian-German joint venture “Agroinkom” under support of Ministry of agrarian policy of Ukraine, Ukrainian academy of agrarian sciences would like to invite you to take part in the traditional action –27 specialized exhibition “The Beer and Soft Drinks Industry’ 2019”, within the framework of exhibition “Hop exposition” with an annual participation of over 120 companies from Ukraine, Europe and CIS countries, which will be held on September 17-19, 2019 at the exhibition hall NC "Expocenter of Ukraine",1, Acad. Hlushkov Ave, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Exhibition purposes are further deepening of existing contacts and establishment of new business contacts, commercial agreements signing, scientific and technical achievements demonstration, assistance in culture of drinks consumption improvement.

Subjects of specialized exhibition “The Beer and Soft Drinks Industry’ 2019”:
-manufacturers and suppliers of beer and soft drinks
-mineral waters and juices
-tea and coffee
-processing equipment
-equipment and settings: for beer, malt and soft drinks production
-cleaning, filling and packaging of drinks
-refrigeration systems
-machines, mechanisms and armatures
-industrial and laboratory equipment
-container and packing
-glue and labels
-hop and malt
-raw materials
-industry accessories and accompanying goods
-technologies for manufacturing, specialized transport and furniture
-advertising and polygraphic services
-specialized editions
-quality monitoring devices
-accessories and cookery, - «Pub Club»

During exhibition there will be carried out conferences, seminars, presentations, professional tasting competitions of beer, soft drinks, mineral waters, juices etc., various competitions and program shows.
While preparing exhibition we are envisaging it’s attending by potential customers of the displayed production (including food industry and other industries) and large-scale advertising campaign promotes that.

The participation in the exhibition will allow you to establish personal links with partners and conclude commercial contract. We invite you, to take part in the exhibition, which will be held on September, 17-19. 2019 on NC "Expocenter of Ukraine"1, Acad. Hlushkov Ave, Kyiv, Ukraine.
(JV “Agroinkom” W. Sawatzky)

SIG set for growth with state-of-the-art production plant in China

SIG set for growth with state-of-the-art production plant in China  (Company news)


As the Asia-Pacific region continues to be one of the major growth engines for aseptic carton packaging, SIG has announced investment in the region with the construction of a second production plant in Suzhou, China.

To meet current and future customer demand, the new 120,000 square meter plant is expected to be operational in early 2021 and will be situated at the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), close to the company’s existing production facility and Tech Centre. With a total investment of EUR 180 million, the new plant will ensure exceptional delivery on outstanding opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, where most countries continue to grow significantly. The plant is expected to achieve world-class environmental, safety and operational performance right from the start.

The new production facility is testament to SIG’s strong partnership with SIP and the local government, as well as its unparalleled commitment to deliver world-class packaging, service and the most modern solutions to the rapidly growing Asian markets and to China in particular. SIG’s recently opened cutting-edge Tech Centre in Suzhou supports customer collaboration in the development and implementation of innovative product concepts and market-ready packaging solutions.

Across Asia, millions of people are only now starting to consume packaged food and beverages. The rise of new consumers, driven by increasing income, changing lifestyles and new consumption habits, represents a huge opportunity for aseptic carton packaging with its long shelf life without the need of a cooling chain.
At the same time, young and growing populations are adopting modern lifestyles in urban areas, with more on-the-go consumption, an increasing awareness of health and wellness, and a growing demand for high-quality nutritional food and beverage products.

Rolf Stangl, CEO at SIG: “The food and beverage market in Asia has seen continuous growth and is expected to continue on that path. Our new production plant will ensure we continue to excel at bringing new and exciting product and packaging concepts to market, quickly and efficiently. Together with our Tech Centre close by, the new plant is another pivotal moment for SIG in Asia. We will grow our business in the APAC region, but also expedite true beverage and dairy innovation for our customers, so they can quickly adapt to the changing lifestyle needs of Asian consumers.”
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

BrauBeviale 2019: inspiration for a successful future

BrauBeviale 2019: inspiration for a successful future  (BrauBeviale 2019)

- Export Forum German Beverages
- Beviale Family – the global beverage network
- Looking to the future: “Next Generation” and “Innovation made in Germany”

Preparations are in full swing and it won’t be long till Nuremberg is once again the hub for the international beverage industry. From 12 to 14 November 2019, the sector will come together for what will be the world’s most important capital goods fair for beverage production and marketing this year. The products and solutions showcased by the around 1,100 exhibitors cover the entire beverage process chain, including all segments like beer, cider, spirits, sparkling wine, wine, water, juices, soft drinks and liquid dairy products. This year too, the main theme of the event is the future viability of the beverage industry and it will explore the challenges facing both equipment suppliers and beverage manufacturers. Its product range and supporting programme make BrauBeviale the sector’s key platform for knowledge-sharing and innovation.

Alongside digitisation, automation and other technical buzzwords and innovations, globalisation is another key issue. In many sectors Germany is the world’s leading exporter, so it’s only logical to look into this in the beverage industry as well. Many drinks manufacturers are already doing well out of the overseas market, which is sometimes more lucrative than the German market when exporting beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, fruit juice or mineral water. This year, the Export Forum German Beverages on the day before BrauBeviale will be making its fourth appearance. This event is jointly organised by BrauBeviale, specialist publisher Fachverlag Hans Carl and KONZEPT & SERVICE marketing + eventmanufaktur. A vendor-independent, non-competitive forum, it offers a platform for gaining information, knowledge-sharing and networking. High-calibre speakers will cover a wide range of different aspects of export, including markets and sub-markets, practical organisation and implementation of export business, or financial aspects relating to international payments. This year, there will be a particular focus on Russia, Italy, the USA, Belgium and Korea. In addition, best practice examples from the spirits and wines export segment will provide interesting inspiration that is relevant not just to breweries. Interested visitors should register as soon as possible to secure their place.

Beviale Family – the global beverage network
It’s just under three years since NürnbergMesse Group announced the launch of its global network for beverage production, the Beviale Family. As a result, the existing platform for the beverage industry, the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, has been elevated to an international stage. Since then the product family has been enjoying constant growth. Through its own events and partnerships around the globe, the Beviale Family paves the way for its customers to enter major growth markets. Visitors can learn more at the Beviale Family Information Booth.

Looking to the future in the domestic market as well
To be able to continue to operate successfully on the market in future, each company needs to be able to count on its workforce. The issue of the lack of skilled employees at all levels is one that also affects the beverage industry. This is why on the last day of the fair, the afternoon session in the BrauBeviale Forum is dedicated to the theme “Next Generation”. It is directed at skilled professionals and young recruits from generations Y and Z, as well as entrepreneurs thinking about how to best manage their succession process.

Young companies from Germany that develop innovative products and processes for the beverage industry that they have already launched on the market or hope to do so in the near future, will showcase their companies and their ideas to the professional community for the first time at the “Innovation made in Germany” pavilion. Their participation is subsidised by the BMWi, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Many a former participant in this pavilion has meanwhile become a permanent fixture in the beverage industry.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Cibus Tec: More halls, more buyers, more sectors

Cibus Tec: More halls, more buyers, more sectors   (Company news)

The Show is sold out 3 months from the opening

--- +1,300 Italian and international Exhibitors, increased by 30%
--- 40,000 Visitors
--- 3,000 Top Buyers coming from 70 Countries
--- Technological innovations for the Food & Beverage sector
--- A rich agenda of workshop and demos

Be ready for Cibus Tec 2019, one of the most complete showcase from Processing to Packaging for Food and Beverage industry.

Fruit and Vegetables - Since 1939, we represent the most complete platform of technologies of this sector, from preserves to frozen foods, from juices to convenience food.

Milk and Dairy -Cibus Tec Dairy area hosts more than 600 Exhibitors, with the best available techologies and solutions for the sector.

Meat - In a year of important international events, Meat technology area in Cibus Tec grows by 20%.

Beverage - For the first time in its 80 years of history, an entire hall dedicated to technologies for Juices, Milk, Water, Soft Drinks, Beer, Spirits and Wine.

Bakery, Confectionery and Snack - Cibus Tec successfully expands its technological offer, embracing technologies for bakery, confectionery and snack.

Packaging - And a change of pace in the packaging: from primary to secondary packaging, from end-of-line to logistics with 40% growth compared to the previous edition.

- Biofilm Contamination
- Hygienic Engineering & Design
- Food Contact Materials (FCMs)
- DIU - Design for Intended Use for Food Packaging
- Logistics for Food and Beverage
- Future Trends and Technologies

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