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GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products
 20.05.2019

GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products  (Company news)

GEA is launching its new D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve by end of April 2019. This special double-seat valve is designed with a sterile leakage chamber which is hermetically sealed from the atmosphere by two side valves.

Photo: GEA recommends the D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve for UltraClean applications where processed foods must be completely protected from the environment by a condensate barrier. Image: GEA

As with the entire aseptic D-tec® range, the outstanding sealing properties of the new valve stem diaphragm raise hygiene standards to an UltraClean level, thus increasing the shelf life of soft drinks, fruit juices, as well as milk-based and lactic acid-fermented products. If manufacturers adapt their process chain accordingly, the D-tec® can help them achieve a desired shelf life with fewer preservatives.

Equipping process plants from A to Z with D-tec®
With its D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve, GEA successfully completes its UltraClean valve range, allowing customers to now fully integrate D-tec® equipment into their production processes. “Equipping the interfaces in process plants with as few valve types as possible is often a decisive criterion to our customers. Spare parts handling and warehousing become increasingly complex when different valve types must work together,” explains Pascal Bär, Product Manager for GEA Aseptic Valve Technology. After launching the single-seat D-tec® P/DV control valve in 2018, GEA is now introducing the D/DV double-chamber valve as the final piece of the puzzle in its D-tec® range. GEA can now consistently plan greenfield projects leveraging D-tec®; a retrofit for the single-seat valve is available for existing systems.

Implementing a hygiene-driven philosophy
With the D-tec® double chamber valve, GEA now offers aseptic valves for both hygiene classes "Aseptic" and "UltraClean", which are tailored to the special conditions of the respective applications. According to its hygiene philosophy, GEA recommends this distinction: “Aseptomag®, our metal bellows technology, is the benchmark in hygienic processing, which we use for highly sensitive products such as baby food and UHT milk as they demand an uncompromising aseptic execution of processes and components,” states Bär. “However, a wide range of beverages produced by our customers are not promoted under aseptic conditions. In fact, they fall into the second highest hygiene level according to the VDMA guideline, which is hygiene class IV ‘UltraClean’. That is why our new D-tec® D/DV is meeting the process requirements of this hygiene class.” D-tec® is suitable for iced tea, fruit juice, fruit yogurt and ESL milk and products that require an increased shelf life depending on the pH value, cold chain and storage conditions.

Ensuring operational safety
When it comes to UltraClean applications, GEA systematically opts for the hermetically sealed D-tec® stem diaphragm because it provides improved contamination protection against the atmosphere and ensures microbial stability of products throughout their manufacture. The membranes are made of thermoplastics that are more flexible than stainless steel. For example, this makes them well-suited to compensate for pressure surges, says Bär. They are, to a certain extent, more forgiving to process errors. In the event of a diaphragm rupture, the leakage detection system ensures a high degree of operational safety. The product manager adds: “Our product development is directed towards ensuring equipment availability and profitability for beverage and food producers. The new double-chamber valve fulfills this: It can be used very flexibly and combines a high level of hygiene with manageable operating costs.” In addition, the maintenance-friendly design minimizes system downtimes.

Adapting demanding process conditions
Like the entire D-tec® range, the D/DV double-chamber valve is based on the tried and tested VARIVENT® assembly unit, which is characterized by its adaptability. This enables the valve to be configured according to the required process conditions. The double-seat valve is characterized by the two membranes, which hermetically seal the product interior from the atmosphere. It is available in valve sizes ranging from DN 40 up to DN 80 and OD 1.5" up to OD 3". The valve sizes DN 100 and OD 4” will be introduced within the next weeks. The valve seat can be executed as both soft and hard sealing – the latter with the popular TEFASEP® gold seal, which GEA recently introduced. In addition, D-tec® double-chamber valves can be equipped with one, two or three T.VIS® control tops of various designs. The GEA D-tec® D/DV considers all common industrial standards.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

UNITED CAPS to Attend ProPak Asia 2019 for Third Consecutive Year
 17.05.2019

UNITED CAPS to Attend ProPak Asia 2019 for Third Consecutive Year   (Company news)

International manufacturer of caps and closures also announces inauguration of new Malaysian plant to better serve Asian markets as part of its ‘Close to You’ strategy.

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported it is attending ProPak Asia for the third consecutive year. The show is scheduled for 12 to 15 June in Bangkok. UNITED CAPS will be located in the French Pavilion, Hall 103, Booth 22. The company is also celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019.

Photo: Smarter Closures - Holographic engraving integrated into a closure, forming an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment.

During the show, UNITED CAPS will offer briefings on its new manufacturing plant in Kulim, Malaysia, which will be fully operational in June 2019.

“At ProPak Asia 2019, we will be showing a number of products specific to the Asian market,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “We are also proud to announce the inauguration of our brand-new Malaysian plant as part of our CLOSE TO YOU strategy. The new plant, which is already operating ahead of its official launch in June, is key to continuing to improve our support of the Asian market. This proximity enables us to shorten delivery times and focus on products that are the most relevant to this important market region as demand for our products continues to grow.”

On Display
UNITED CAPS will exhibit a wide range of off-the-shelf and bespoke products at the show; including its Infant Nutrition, Agrochemical and SMARTER closure lines:
-Agrochemical Closures: Highly-secure, UN-approved closures are used in the packaging of liquid and powdered herbicides, insecticides, pesticides and fungicides. This includes a unique moulded and patented tamper evidence (TE) band that sets the standard in Europe and the U.S.; a dedicated selection of child-resistant closures that combine child resistance with TE; and standard caps that enable safe and efficient transportation when containers are stacked.
-Infant Nutrition Closures: As the market reference for snap caps and scoops for tins of infant milk powder for more than 70 years, UNITED CAPS continues to develop and improve its line of infant nutrition closures. This includes our popular PROTECSCOOP flip-top hinged closure whose innovative design allows one-handed preparation of infant feeding bottles. Its contamination-free foil-sealed chamber protects the included scoop until use, and an integrated hook keeps the scoop handy for further use.
-SMARTER Closures: With an estimated US$460 billion in counterfeit goods worldwide, counterfeit prevention has significant economic benefits, including protection of jobs and the prevention of deaths caused by counterfeit drugs. Two different anti-counterfeiting solutions will be on display at the show: QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that helps brands enhance consumer confidence; and holographic engraving integrated into a closure, forming an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment.

“We’re also developing several exciting new products.” added Henckes. “If visitors would like an opportunity to shape the next generation of closures for infant nutrition, and would like to take part in line trials, we want to talk to them! They will have the chance to be among the first to benefit from the latest innovations from UNITED CAPS”.

80 Years Young
Reaching our 80th anniversary is a significant milestone that UNITED CAPS will be celebrating throughout 2019. “Our long heritage in continued success in this business is a powerful endorsement of the level of knowledge and expertise we have been able to accumulate over the years,” Henckes remarked. “Our legacy is one of progress, but we are certainly not resting on our laurels. We are looking ahead to continued and significant innovation during our next 80 years with a platform designed to continue our growth and progression. We are excited for what comes next!”
(United Caps)

Aptar Food + Beverage Wins Three Marking Awards at FBIF in China
 16.05.2019

Aptar Food + Beverage Wins Three Marking Awards at FBIF in China  (Company news)

The Food & Beverage Innovation Forum (FBIF) recently announced the winners of the “Marking Awards” in China. Out of the over 500 different packaging designs from 200 different companies worldwide, three Aptar Food + Beverage solutions, BAP®, Flip Lid and Contender (photo), received awards for the category In-Market Functional Design.

A jury of 24 selected professionals from top international brands and design institutes selected the best solutions, based on the following criteria: Commerciality, Communication, Functionality, Originality, Foresight, and Design.

BAP® or Bonded Aluminum to Plastic, is an all-in-one foil-to-closure solution that provides many unique advantages to both marketers and consumers. It features an easy-to-open pull ring, and superior sealing performance, helping to deliver an enjoyable experience to consumers, and drive repeat purchase. Its innovative and versatile technology helps brands to stand out from competition and excite consumers.

FLIP LID is a uniquely simple, consumer friendly dispensing closure designed to promote post use recycling. Flip Lid remains united with the bottle through its lifecycle, making the closure more likely to be collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container. Consumers will also benefit from the patented, wide-opening hinged lid, and the audible “click” when reclosing.

Contender is a liner-less, flip-top sport cap designed for the hot fill bottling process. The closure’s innovative bi-injected sealing system delivers product protection, without the added foil liner.
This unique closure also features built-in tamper evidence, and provides increased shelf appeal for brand owners.
(AptarGroup Inc.)

Rockstar Energy adopts Ardagh Group's beverage end technologies for Rock am Ring promotion
 15.05.2019

Rockstar Energy adopts Ardagh Group's beverage end technologies for Rock am Ring promotion  (Company news)

Top energy drink brand Rockstar Energy is deploying several of Ardagh Group’s innovative beverage end features in a new and exciting range of promotional cans. As sponsors of summer rock music festival Rock am Ring, Rockstar is running a festival-branded ‘every beverage can wins’ promotion across its range of flavoured energy drinks. Seeking to maximise customer appeal at point of sale, the company has chosen to combine Ardagh’s Coloured Shell, Coloured Tab and Coded Tab technologies, resulting in a set of cutting-edge designs that truly stand out from the crowd.

The 500ml environmentally-friendly aluminium cans come in three bold designs, incorporating Rock am Ring artwork with the glamour of Rockstar’s iconic branding. One of the designs is further enhanced by Ardagh’s unique Matte Impact finish, giving the can a distinctive look and feel that invites the customer to select it from among the standard glossy cans on the shelf.

At the beverage end, Ardagh’s value-adding design options are employed to dramatic effect. A yellow tab set against a black shell is a dynamic and eye-catching combination that brings a hard-rock edge to the energy drink experience. These colour options highlight the bright tab against the dark shell, increasing customer awareness and excitement about the promotion.

It’s the tab that holds the key to Rockstar’s giveaway, so Ardagh’s Coded Tab technology is the central feature of the promotional design. A unique alphanumeric code is printed on the underside of every tab and is only revealed on opening the can, meaning that qualifying for a prize requires promotion participants to buy the product. As a result, sales are increased.

Not only does the design’s focus on the tab help to push sales by reminding consumers of the prize hidden beneath, customer loyalty is boosted by the fun and interactive moment of opening the can. As every can wins a prize – from pairs of sought-after Rock am Ring, Lollapalooza and Southside Festival tickets, to Rockstar merchandise and 2-for-1 leisure vouchers – the experience of buying and opening the product becomes associated with winning.

Rockstar Energy Brand Manager Nicole Matthias said, “We’re excited to be using Ardagh’s special technology to drive sales of our Rock am Ring promotional cans. The design aesthetics reinforce Rockstar’s powerful contemporary branding and give us an irresistible product at point of sale, while the ‘open-to-reveal’ prize-coded tabs bring a whole extra element of surprise and reward to the Rockstar Energy experience.”

Dirk Schwung, Sales Director of Ardagh Group’s European Metal Beverage division, said: “We are very pleased that Rockstar Energy is employing our custom packaging options to fantastic effect in their Rock am Ring promotion. Our visually attractive and interactive beverage end technologies will maximise customer engagement with the Rockstar Energy brand as they give away brilliant prizes, helping to drive strong cold beverage sales in the fast-approaching summer festival season.”
(Ardagh Metal Packaging Germany Weissenthurm)

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...
 14.05.2019

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...  (Company news)

... recycle are the order of the day

Picture: KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable.

KHS tackles the challenges posed by sustainable packaging and already offers market-proven systems to this end

The global debate on packaging waste, the associated use of resources and increasing regulatory pressure have further intensified the call of the beverage industry for new, alternative packaging systems. Concerns not only focus on saving on resources in the production process but chiefly on the packaging itself. PET containers and plastic packaging are currently very much in focus. One priority is to reduce and recycle the same. KHS supplies dedicated systems to meet these criteria and has at its disposal a wealth of expertise with which it strongly assists its customers in their striving towards greater sustainability.

KHS has been a partner to the beverage industry for 150 years and knows what it wants. In this sector the subject of sustainability has long been an issue. On the one hand there are climate goals to be met – or specifically a steady reduction of the carbon footprint in beverage production to be achieved through the development and use of systems which increasingly save on energy and resources. On the other ever greater importance is being attached to devising innovative packaging machinery which is of benefit to beverage producers and consumers alike. The way to produce ever more sustainable primary and secondary packaging involves two major lines of approach: recycle and reduce. In the first, packaging material is to be kept in constant circulation where possible by it being reclaimed, processed and continuously reused. In the second, many different ways are to be found of using less and less packaging material in order to save on resources and avoid waste. KHS pursues both of these objectives and offers specific technologies to this end.

FreshSafe PET®: the only fully recyclable barrier system
One big step towards engineering a strong, efficient and thus sustainable circular economy is to improve the recyclability of PET bottles to such an extent that they are suitable for bottle-to-bottle recycling. Fruit juice bottles in particular often comprise multilayer, blended or scavenger materials which are designed to protect sensitive beverages from external influences such as oxygen pickup. The aforementioned additives contained in the preforms often prove a hindrance to pure-grade recycling, however, and thus to their use in full bottle-to-bottle recycling. With FreshSafe PET® – a patented plasma coating system – KHS provides the only accredited fully recyclable barrier system to date which significantly increases recycling quotas for PET beverage packaging with enhanced product protection the world over. This has been confirmed by a number of recycling associations such as the EPBP1 and APR2. In the above process the inside of the PET container is coated with a wafer-thin protective layer of silicon oxide (SiOx) or chemically pure glass. This technology replaces the additives otherwise required. It guards sensitive products such as fruit juice and nectar against the penetration of oxygen and other substances and clearly reduces any additional loss of CO2 from carbonated beverages. The taste is retained, the beverages have a longer shelf life and full recyclability is made possible by this process.

Growing demand for rPET container systems
Another way of further improving the ecobalance is to increase the amount of recyclate or rPET used in PET containers – in some cases up to 100%. KHS provides the technology for this option. For example, in cooperation with bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser, preform manufacturer Plastipack and Berlin startup share the systems supplier has developed and successfully launched to market a 0.5-liter and 1.0-liter PET bottle made completely of recyclate. “Manufacturing a PET bottle from 100% recycled PET is possible – yet the devil lies in the detail. We have to approach this from a number of different angles,” says Arne Wiese, product manager for Bottles & ShapesTM at KHS Corpoplast in Hamburg, Germany. “Chemically recycled PET yields qualities which exactly match those of virgin PET. There are no restrictions here.” Yet much of the rPET used on the market is PET cleaned in vacuum conditions. “Here, qualities vary depending on the method of production,” explains Wiese. However, the quality of the rPET affects the bottle stability and weight. This means that the poorer the quality of the recyclate, the more stable the bottle has to be. This can be achieved by either increasing the weight of the bottle or optimizing the preform. “If a bottle is so light that it just about satisfies the requirement for stability, then any recyclate of an inferior quality means that this specification is no longer met,” Wiese states. Furthermore, at present rPET is not available in the required quality and quantity. Germany may boast the largest percentage of recyclate used in bottle-to-bottle recycling (32.6%), yet the remainder of over 65% is primarily used in the film or textiles industry. In addition, suitable pure-grade recycling systems are also largely lacking the world over.

Full concept Bottles & Shapes™
The impact the use of recyclate in different quantities and qualities has on the stability and weight of the bottle is taken on board, however, in order to positively influence the ecobalance. On the basis of various design criteria and material properties the holistic Bottles & ShapesTM consultancy program offers line-compatible bottle systems and solutions which strike the right balance between cost and sustainability issues, marketing criteria and user handling. “This calls for a wealth of expertise which we can provide with our decades of experience,” confirms Wiese. Moreover, KHS stretch blow molders have been optimized so that they can process preforms which contain up to 100% recyclate and, alternatively, biopolymer constituents3 – in other words, from renewable raw materials. “The relevance of these materials will increase considerably in the future. Here, we’ve provided the technical means of generating an increase in added value right down the line while saving on resources – such as with the new InnoPET Blomax Series V generation of stretch blow molders,” Wiese continues.

Secondary packaging with a high savings potential
The KHS Competence Center for secondary packaging systems in Kleve, Germany, has long been working on alternatives to classic shrink film. Many of these require extensive testing on the machinery. “The greatest challenge for us is the processability of the packaging materials,” says Karl-Heinz Klumpe, packaging product manager at KHS. “Shrink film made of recycled plastic demonstrates very different shrinking properties versus film made of new material. As an engineering company we can’t provide all the answers ourselves but instead have to coordinate closely with film manufacturers.” KHS stages workshops with these partners in order to do just that, where the participants aim to find out how the percentage of recyclate in film – as stipulated by the new German Packaging Law, for example – can be increased further. Changes to the chemicals or recipe of the film and adaptation of the machine equipment are among the necessary measures which need to be taken here. “The basic proviso is that there’s a standard of quality which is accepted by the big bottlers’ marketing departments. With film made of 100% recyclate the shrink results aren’t yet satisfactory. We’re continuing to rapidly drive development together here to close the gap between growing recycling requirements on the one hand and the demand for packs of ever increasing quality on the other,” Klumpe emphasizes.

Unique Nature MultiPackTM system
With the development of the Nature MultiPack™ KHS already has a film-free pack in its portfolio which is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. This reduced form of secondary packaging even makes conventional shrink film on multipacks completely redundant. Here, PET bottles or cans are held together by nothing more than several strong dots of adhesive which are easy to remove. A self-adhesive carrying handle readies the pack for transportation. The dots of adhesive themselves do not impair the quality of the material to be recycled in any way whatsoever as they are easily removed during the recycling process. The Nature MultiPack™ was launched to market as a six pack of cans by the Carlsberg Group under the name of Snap Pack in 2018. Danone Waters first made successful use of this packaging system in 2016 when it launched its Prestige PET bottle for Evian. With it plastic waste is completely avoided as there is no more film packaging to be disposed of.

“The current debate on packaging waste has clearly further heightened our awareness for environmentally-friendly packaging systems,” says Klumpe. KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable. “We all take the public discussion seriously and are working directly with all those companies involved on further developments in an attempt to curb the pollution of our environment by plastic as much as we can with the help of our expert knowledge and expertise,” he adds. “In the end we’re all consumers and all of us bear clear responsibility for our own personal actions.”
(KHS GmbH)

SIG: Continued growth momentum
 13.05.2019

SIG: Continued growth momentum  (Company news)

First quarter 2019 highlights
-Core revenue up 5.4% at constant exchange rates; up 7.3% as reported
-Adjusted EBITDA slightly higher; adjusted EBITDA margin 23.6% (Q1 2018: 24.7%)
-Significant increase in adjusted net income to €29.1 million (Q1 2018: €4.0 million) reflecting lower financing costs post-IPO
-Full year guidance unchanged

In the first quarter of 2019, core revenue increased by 5.4% at constant currency, within the target range for the full year of 4 - 6%. Growth was driven in particular by Asia Pacific which, after a strong performance throughout 2018, continued to show good momentum for liquid dairy products across the region. Growth was also robust in the Americas, with business in Brazil benefiting from volume growth with key customers and from recent filler deployments. Sales in Europe increased reflecting new customer wins, more than offsetting a lower contribution from the Middle East joint venture within the EMEA region.

EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 0.6% to €85.9 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin was 23.6% (Q1 2018: 24.7%), reflecting the impact of a lower dividend from the Middle East joint venture. The adjusted EBITDA margin is generally below the full year average in the first quarter, which is typically the quarter with the lowest sales level.
EBITDA increased by 20.2% to €88.3 million. The increase was largely due to an unrealised gain on derivatives compared with a loss in Q1 2018.

Net income
Adjusted net income increased to €29.1million compared with €4.0 million in Q1 2018. The increase reflected an improvement in net income, which moved from a loss of €32.1 million in Q1 2018 to a profit of €4.7 million in Q1 2019. The improvement is a consequence of lower net finance expense following the reduction and re-financing of debt at the IPO.

Full year outlook
SIG continues to implement its growth strategy and its 2019 guidance of core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currency and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 27 - 28% is unchanged.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Domino Printing Sciences appoints new CEO
 10.05.2019

Domino Printing Sciences appoints new CEO  (Company news)

After 22 years of success at technology manufacturer Domino Printing Sciences – including managing the sale of the FTSE250 company to Brother Industries in 2015 – CEO Nigel Bond, 61, has passed on the management baton following his retirement at the end of March 2019. Robert Pulford (photo), previously Managing Director of Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions Division, has been appointed by the company to take over the CEO role.

Under Bond’s leadership, industrial printer developer and manufacturer Domino won numerous Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Export and grew from a stock value of £75million to a £1billion business at the time of the sale to Brother. Presiding over 20 acquisitions, Bond also oversaw the integration into the Domino business of technology manufacturers such as Sator Laser and Citronix, and former distribution partners Domino Sweden and Domino MarqueTDI in Portugal. As part of the Brother deal, he also secured significant investment in Digital Printing and Coding & Marking products and services, supporting long-term growth targets and offering greater flexibility.

“I’ve had over 20 memorable years with Domino,” says Bond. “I am proud to have led such a committed and talented team that has driven innovation and produced ground-breaking and award-winning technologies.”

He continues, “I’m delighted that Robert will be taking over as Domino’s new CEO. Robert is a strong leader with a proven track record of success both within and outside Domino.”

With Domino for 23 years, Pulford has been part of Domino Group’s executive management team for 14 years and has led the company’s Digital Printing Solutions division for the last six years. He has been responsible for driving the growth of digital printing products into direct printing, label and packaging markets, as well as other broader industrial applications. Joining as a Service Manager, and later becoming General Manager within the UK Domestic business, Pulford’s other roles at Domino have included Group Product Management, Group Marketing and General Manager of Domino’s European businesses, as well as leading the New Product Development programme for Domino’s i-Tech products, and the integration of a number of acquisitions.

Speaking about his appointment, Pulford says: “I’m honoured to be taking up the position of CEO and look forward to carrying on Nigel’s legacy. My goal is to support the wider team to drive business growth in all areas and build on Domino’s reputation as a leading provider of coding and marking and digital printing equipment.”
(Domino UK Ltd)

Nestlé Waters joins Consortium to boost recyclability of PET plastic
 10.05.2019

Nestlé Waters joins Consortium to boost recyclability of PET plastic  (Company news)

Nestlé Waters is joining Carbios, L’Oreal, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe (SBFE) to bring enhanced recycling technology designed and developed by CARBIOS to market on an industrial scale.

CARBIOS has developed an innovative process that breaks down PET plastic waste into its original components, which can be used to produce high quality PET plastic, equivalent to virgin PET. This proprietary technology can pave the way for 100% recycled PET content in new products and offers the potential to recycle PET plastics repeatedly.

Massimo Casella, Head of R&D Nestlé Waters, adds, “We are pleased to be joining the Consortium in supporting the development of this new technology. It can help us to achieve Nestlé’s goal of increasing the amount of recycled plastic content in our bottles without compromising on quality and contribute to creating an environmentally sustainable world for the next generation.”
(Nestlé Schweiz AG)

Symrise Trading Update January - March 2019
 09.05.2019

Symrise Trading Update January - March 2019  (Company news)

Symrise posts strong growth of 9.3 % in the first quarter
• Group sales rise to € 848.8 million
• Organic growth, adjusted for exchange rate effects, of 8.2 %
• Company reaffirms 2019 guidance and long-term targets until the end of 2025

The Symrise Group remains on track for strong growth in the fiscal year 2019 with a high sales increase by 9.3 % to € 848.8 million (Q1 2018: € 776.9 million) in the first quarter. All segments benefited from good demand. Organic sales growth in the first quarter was up 8.2 %.

"We are off to a dynamic start into the year and consider ourselves very well positioned with our strong market presence," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. "Our targeted capacity expansion measures continue to pay off. This has been accompanied by consistently good demand from our customers. Once again, all segments achieved gains and contributed to the growth of the Group. Despite the cautious economic outlook, we are confident about the development of our business in the coming months. We have substantiated our full-year guidance and our long-term ambitions with the updated targets. Extending through to 2025, they call for an annual organic growth of 5–7 % (CAGR)."

Scent & Care with high sales growth in particular for Fragrances
The Scent & Care segment achieved a very good sales increase of 10.7 % to € 367.3 million (Q1 2018: € 331.8 million). Organic sales growth was 9.1 %.

The Fragrance division saw a significant increase in sales, driven primarily by the Fine Fragrances application area and the new area of Consumer Fragrances, which combines Beauty Care and Home Care applications. In both application areas, sales were up by double-digit percentages, resulting from a combination of strong demand and price increases. The Oral Care business unit achieved high single-digit organic growth, especially in the EAME region and in North America.

Sales growth was also very strong in the Cosmetic Ingredients division, above all in the North America and Asia/Pacific regions.

The Aroma Molecules division benefited from robust demand for fragrance ingredients and menthol, especially in the EAME and Asia/Pacific regions.

Flavor segment reports sales growth in all application areas
In the Flavor segment – the business activities with flavors for foods and beverages – sales increased by 8.3 % to € 315.6 million (Q1 2018: € 291.2 million). All application areas and regions had increases in sales volumes. Adjusted for exchange rate effects, organic growth amounted to 6.7 %.

In EAME, applications for beverages and savory products delivered the biggest increases, especially in the national markets of Germany, Russia, Ireland and the UK.

The Asia/Pacific region achieved with applications for beverages and savory products high single-digit or even double-digit percentage growth rates. The trends were especially pleasing in Indonesia, Thailand and India.

Sales growth in the Beverage business unit was particularly healthy in North America, mainly as a result of new business with global and regional customers.

Business in Latin America also showed dynamic growth, with double-digit percentage gains in all application areas. Demand for beverages was particularly strong in the national markets of Brazil and Mexico.

Nutrition shows dynamic trend in Pet Food and Probiotics
The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division with Food, Pet Food applications, as well as Probiotics, achieved a 7.9 % increase in sales to € 165.9 million (Q1 2018: € 153.8 million). In local currency the organic growth was even higher, at 8.8 %.

Demand for Food applications increased at a more moderate pace in the first quarter. The Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions achieved good growth in the national markets of Australia, Indonesia and Mexico.

The Pet Food business unit showed a highly dynamic trend in the first quarter, with double-digit organic growth driven by rising customer demand and price adjustments. North America in particular performed very well.

The application area Probiotics also posted double-digit growth, especially in EAME.

Looking ahead to current fiscal year with confidence
After a dynamic start to the year, Symrise confirms its targets for the current fiscal year. The group intends to significantly exceed the anticipated worldwide market growth rate for 2019, projected by experts to lie in the range of 3–4 %.

Under its updated long-term targets, Symrise aims to increase sales to around € 5.5 to 6.0 billion by the end of 2025. This increase is to be achieved through annual organic growth of 5–7 % (CAGR) and additional targeted acquisitions.

In January Symrise announced the planned acquisition of the US-American company ADF/IFD, a meat and egg-based protein specialist. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2019.
(Symrise AG)

Five times SACMI: Chinaplas 2019 draws nearer
 08.05.2019

Five times SACMI: Chinaplas 2019 draws nearer  (Company news)

Major Asian fair to showcase SACMI’s very latest continuous compression moulding (CCM) technology, the global industry standard becoming ever-more popular on the Chinese market. Also on show will be the innovative SACMI CBF container manufacturing solution plus a wide range of systems for total quality control at every stage along the line

Five good reasons to visit the SACMI stand at the 33rd edition of Chinaplas, China's biggest international fair dedicated to food&beverage production technology (Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex, 21-24 May 2019).

The first reason: to get a close, first-hand look at continuous compression moulding by SACMI, the world's leading provider of manufacturing technology to the beverage industry. Existing and potential customers visiting the SACMI stand (156 m2, hall 4.1, booth C41) will, in fact, be able to admire a CCM 48 SD press, one of no less than 37 solutions recently supplied to Chinese package giant Hebei Red Hat Plastic Co., Ltd.

Completing SACMI's PET Closures&Containers range is the advanced IPS platform for manufacturing PET preforms and, downstream, a full range of filling, labelling and bottling solutions. Then there is CBF, the container-making solution that uses compression technology: ideal for the dairy and pharma industries, CBF combines the very best characteristics of alternative technologies. This is why – and the second good reason to meet with us at Chinaplas - SACMI stands out as the world's only competitor capable of providing solutions for each stage of the beverage production line.

Third: total quality control is the hallmark of the SACMI range, as all solutions incorporate camera inspection systems to maximise the performance of every single machine. More specifically, Chinaplas will see SACMI showcase the BVS (Bottle Vision System), part of a range of vision systems developed by the Group's Quality&Process Control Division. Technological solution able to simultaneously inspect the container with or without the external decoration (label).

Fourth: another key SACMI trait is its far-reaching international presence. In China, SACMI Shanghai, which works alongside manufacturing facility Foshan Nanhai, has provided the local market with close support for over twenty years. Thanks to these local branches, customers can count on comprehensive assistance before, during and after the sale. Additional guarantees stem from the fact that SACMI has been operating as a completemould maker since 1994 and has, to date, sold no less than 2200 original mould sets.

Fifth: following the establishment of the Customer Service Division, which works in close concert with the SACMI Global Network, we also provide cutting-edge remote assistance services to ensure customers always get the best from their investment in SACMI technology. For example, via SACMI S.P.A.C.E. (Sacmi Portal for Aftersales and Customer service Excellence), the Customer Service Division provides an advanced services package that - in addition to Daily Lifetime Support - can extend support throughout and even beyond the working life of the machine. Moreover, customers can count on training via e-Learning platforms and subsequent production management support through dedicated maintenance engineering services.

Visit our stand (hall 4.1, booth C41) at Chinaplas 2019.

Save the date! 21-24 May 2019, Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex.
(Sacmi Imola S.C.)

FrieslandCampina sells Creamy Creation to Wagram Equity Partners
 07.05.2019

FrieslandCampina sells Creamy Creation to Wagram Equity Partners  (Company news)

The Dutch investment company Wagram Equity Partners (Wagram) will become the new owner of cream liqueur manufacturer Creamy Creation in Rijkevoort (the Netherlands). This was agreed between the investment company and Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.

The transaction includes the production of cream liqueurs in Rijkevoort and sales office in Paramus (the United States of America). FrieslandCampina Ingredients wants to focus more on nutritional and functional solutions with its ingredients. It was also agreed between parties that Wagram will start producing canned cream for FrieslandCampina in Rijkevoort.

Since its establishment in 1979, Creamy Creation has developed itself into a successful player in the segment of alcoholic cream liqueurs. The company has 84 employees. Creamy Creation will continue to develop and sell distinguishing cream liqueurs.

Wagram Equity Partners is an independent investment company with a long-term perspective. Its business is making investments in private companies through controlling ownership positions. Wagram will focus on long-term growth of Creamy Creation.

The transaction is subject to the usual conditions, including the required regulatory approvals. We expect to complete the transaction in the last quarter of this year.
(Creamy Creation B.V.)

BERICAP and Thinfilm Partner to Implement Advanced Closure Technology
 06.05.2019

BERICAP and Thinfilm Partner to Implement Advanced Closure Technology  (Company news)

BERICAP, a supplier of world-class high value-added plastic caps and closures for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and industrial markets, and Thin Film Electronics ASA, the global leader in near field communications (NFC) solutions, have signed a Letter of Intent for an exclusive joint partnership to develop fully integrated digital authentication solutions for closures in over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and industrial applications.

Photo: Closures for Carbonated Soft Drinks & Carbonated Water

BERICAP, based in Budenheim, Germany, and Thinfilm, with global headquarters in San Jose, California, have established a strategic partnership encompassing innovation, integration, and implementation of Thinfilm’s NFC-enabled solutions. The collaboration will embed advanced chips into the closures to create dependable and cost-effective solutions for brand protection and authentication purposes.

“This partnership with Thinfilm allows us to offer another important security and marketing tool for our customers in a range of markets,” said Jörg Thiels, Chief Executive Officer of BERICAP Industrial Products. “Smart and anti-counterfeiting packaging solutions are fast developing requirements and Thinfilm’s technology and software platform is a perfect fit to further extend BERICAP's extensive assortment of closures.”

“BERICAP is an important strategic partner for us,” said Kevin Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Thinfilm. “Fake products are not only a menace but also a safety risk and a danger to a brand’s reputation and its consumer relationships. We are looking forward to joining forces in developing product closure solutions that will help thwart the global problem of counterfeiting, refill fraud, tampering, and diversion. These solutions will add differentiation, interactivity, and relevance to BERICAP’s current customer offering.”

The two companies have begun to integrate NFC into injection-molded plastic closures, enabling consumers to easily interact with products and ensure authenticity, while providing brands with unique insights. The solution provides BERICAP’s customers with an easy-to-implement, integrated closure that supports brand protection, supply chain visibility, and direct consumer engagement. BERICAP and Thinfilm will work with brands to integrate and scale NFC-integrated closures onto high-value products in an efficient and economical manner.

Currently, BERICAP manufactures more than 84 billion plastic closures and dispensers every year. Thinfilm’s unique technology will offer BERICAP and its customers a new dimension in brand protection solutions that will add value to an already broad portfolio of closures. Together, the companies will help customers stay one step ahead of counterfeiters while adding connectivity for a variety of customer needs.
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

Guinness removes plastic packaging from its beer packs
 03.05.2019

Guinness removes plastic packaging from its beer packs  (Company news)

Plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap will be removed from multipacks of our beer brands including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s

We’re investing £16million to reduce the amount of plastics used in our beer packaging, which will see:
-The introduction of 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard to replace plastic
-A reduction of plastic waste that is the equivalent of removing 40 million 50cl plastic bottles from the world which, if laid out in a row, would reach from London to Beijing (8,136km)

Photo: Multi-can packs will be replaced by cardboard packs, which are sustainably sourced, recyclable and fully biodegradable

The new sustainable beer packs will be on shelves on the island of Ireland from August 2019 and from Summer 2020 in Great Britain and other international markets. Individual cans are fully recyclable, including the widget which is contained inside cans of Draught Guinness.

Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer, Baileys and Smirnoff:
“For 260 years Guinness has played a vital role in the communities around us. We already have one of the most sustainable breweries in the world at St. James’s Gate and we are now leading the way in sustainable packaging. This is good news for the brand, for our wider beer portfolio and for the environment.”

David Cutter, Chief Sustainability Officer and President, Global Supply & Procurement:
“Great packaging is essential for our products. Consumers expect our packs to look beautiful, be functional, and sustainable. I am proud to announce this investment, through which we have been able to combine all three. We have been working tirelessly to make our packaging more environmentally friendly and I’m thrilled with this outcome for Guinness and our other global beer brands.”



Currently, under 5% of our total packaging around the world is plastic and in 2018, we announced new plastics targets from 2025 and beyond.

We’re continuously looking for ways to work with our suppliers, customers and consumers to make our packaging more sustainable and our targets ensure that 100% of plastics used are designed to be widely recyclable, or reusable/compostable.

Our global plastics targets for 2025
-Ensure 100% of our plastic use is designed to be widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable), using plastics that allow for increased consumer recycling rates
-Achieve 40% average recycled content in our plastic bottles - and 100% by 2030
-Continue to invest in circular economy opportunities and other sustainable packaging breakthroughs
-Accelerate our support for recycling by increasing collaboration, particularly where we have influence, and engaging with Governments, peers and consumers to facilitate improved recycling.
(Diageo plc)

Beviale Moscow to be held in new location in March 2020
 02.05.2019

Beviale Moscow to be held in new location in March 2020  (Beviale Moscow)

-New venue: Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre
-Comprehensive concept to be continued
-Registration open now

Beviale Moscow is set to move to a new venue next year. From 24 to 26 March 2020, Eastern Europe’s first and to date only trade show for the entire beverage chain will welcome experts and interested visitors to the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre. The exhibition grounds are centrally located in the middle of one of Moscow’s major parks. The trade fair for the beverage industry covers the entire process chain from manufacture to marketing and was bigger than ever this year. The change of location offers even more opportunities for organisers and exhibitors.

Project Manager Thimo Holst announced some new ideas and the next step forward at the end of the event in February 2019. And now it’s official: from 2020, Beviale Moscow will take place at Moscow’s Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre. This also means that the event will be rescheduled. Instead of taking place at the end of February, the show will now be held a month later. From 24 to 26 March 2020, Eastern Europe’s beverage fair for the entire production chain will welcome exhibitors and visitors to the centre of one of Moscow’s major parks. “For Beviale Moscow, this change of venue is an important step towards further development,” says Thimo Holst about the reasons for the move. “As organisers, we now have the opportunity to offer even more service quality and stable prices to our exhibitors.” In future, the beverage fair will take place in halls 4 and 4.1 at the Sokolniki Centre. Holst describes the advantages thus: “This will allow us to further refine the comprehensive concept and make it easier for exhibitors and visitors to navigate.” The new location is accessible by
underground rail and also has good transport connections to trams and
buses. Shuttle buses will travel regularly between the Sokolniki
underground rail station and the exhibition venue during the event.

Comprehensive concept to be continued
The renewed growth and upbeat mood at the fourth round of the event in February 2019 have also confirmed the effectiveness of comprehensive concept for Beviale Moscow, so it will be continued at the new venue. As Eastern Europe’s first and to date only trade fair for the beverage industry, it covers the entire process chain. From suitable raw ingredients and custom technologies to efficient packaging, logistics or creative marketing ideas, Beviale Moscow offers solutions for all beverage segments.

The new premises will also reinforce the character of the fair. Beer and brewing will continue to be a major focus in the supporting programme, for example, with the popular CRAFT DRINKS CORNER at the heart of the trade fair action, and through the presentation of the Russian beer prize ROSGLAVPIVO. The VLB Seminar for Microbrewers, which is organised by VLB, the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing, will remain a permanent feature of the event. There was a lot of interest in the Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing, so wine will be another key area at the next show and will also be reflected in various events. The issue of beverage packaging will continue to be highlighted in a variety of ways to provide food for thought and potential solutions. “After four years in the market we are benefiting meanwhile from a very broad and diverse network of partners and local and international multipliers,” says Holst. “This means we always have direct contact with the market and can constantly adapt the supporting programme to the latest requirements.”

An interesting option for German – and specifically Bavarian – companies is to strengthen their international competitiveness by taking part in the Bavarian Pavilion. Subsidies are provided by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the pavilion is organised in conjunction with project partners Bayern International and the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Registration now open
Interested exhibitors can now register for Beviale Moscow 2020.
Registration documents are available from the following link:
www.beviale-moscow.com/en/application. As in previous years, exhibitors can choose any stand location in the existing floor plan but these are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. If you book promptly by 1 June 2019 you will enjoy an early bird discount of 10 percent. To be able to provide even better support to exhibitors in respect of the Russian market and their trade fair appearance, the organisers of Beviale Moscow
are planning to address specific questions in a series of webinars and also
publish participation guidelines.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Pernod Ricard to acquire Malfy super-premium Italian gin brand
 02.05.2019

Pernod Ricard to acquire Malfy super-premium Italian gin brand   (Company news)

Pernod Ricard is delighted to announce the signing of the agreement with Biggar & Leith for the acquisition of the Italian super-premium gin brand Malfy.

Malfy is a range of super-premium gins distilled by the Vergnano family in the Italian region of Moncalieri, and already present in several international markets such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Each gin in the Malfy range is distilled using genuine Italian ingredients such as Italian juniper, coastal grown Italian lemons and Sicilian blood oranges and pink grapefruits. The range includes 4 different variants: Originale, Con Limone, Con Arancia and Gin Rosa.

For Christian Porta, Managing Director in charge of Global Business Development of Pernod Ricard: “This acquisition is true to our long-standing strategy of investing in brands with strong potential in growing categories. In line with the launch of our “Transform and Accelerate” strategic plan, we will continue actively managing our fantastic portfolio of brands”.

Elwyn Gladstone, Founder of Biggar & Leith, said: “We are excited to see Malfy gin move to the Pernod Ricard family of brands. We believe that with their stewardship and expertise in building super-premium spirits brands, Malfy will continue to flourish.”

With this acquisition, Pernod Ricard expands its portfolio further into the fast growing super premium and flavoured gins categories, following the partnership with Monkey 47 in 2016 and the acquisition of Ungava in 2018.

This transaction is expected to close shortly.
(Groupe Pernod Ricard)

01.05.2019

UK: Czech lager Pardal enters UK's on-trade  (E-malt.com)

Budweiser-Budvar-owned Pardal lager is making its first appearance on the UK on-trade through Signature Brands, Imbibe reported on April 19.

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Pardal is a session lager with an abv of 3.8%. By adding Pardal to its portfolio, Signature Brands is aiming to tap into the rising trend towards lower-abv beers.

‘As the desire for low-alcohol beer increases, licensed venues should be looking at their offerings, ensuring that they are reacting to and catering for any changes in consumer demand,’ said Nic Ponticakis, head of Signature Brands.

Pardal pours slightly darker than most low-abv counterparts; it’s made with water sourced from a local artesian well, Saaz and Agnus hops and Budweiser-Budvar’s own yeast strain. The brewing process lasts for 11 days while the maturation lasts for up to a month.

Pardal joins Signature Brands’ beer portfolio which includes Cruzcampo from Spain, Dortmunder from Germany, Birra Morena from Italy and Lucky Buddha from China.

Pardal is now available through Signature Brands’ largest distribution partner LWC-Drinks. Trade prices start from £75/30lt ex-VAT, and the beer is also available in 50-litre kegs.

01.05.2019

Croatia: Kaltenberg beer to be brewed in Croatia again  (E-malt.com)

After 25 years, Kaltenberg beer has returned to Croatia. Namely, in Kukuljanovo near Rijeka, a production facility has been opened which should, together with a nearby restaurant, revive the popularity which this Bavarian beer had in the 1990s, especially in southern Croatia, Večernji List reported on April 21.

At the time when the production was located at the Jadranska Pivovara brewery, the Kaltenberg beer had the status of being a locally-produced beer. However, the business decision of Laško Pivovara brewery which bought Jadranska Pivovara led to the virtual disappearance of Kaltenberg from the Croatian market. That lasted until recently when Kaltenberg started constructing a 50,000-hectolitre-a-year plant, together with Ludwig's Gastro Pub, a restaurant right next to the brewery. The restaurant has 150 seats for guests, offering Kaltenberg as well as beers by the Austrian brewery Hirter, whose distributor for Croatia is Kaltenberg Adria.

The investment is worth 10 million euro, according to Kaltenberg Adria CEO Gordan Putanec, and the company currently employs 55 people. “Our main ambition is to return to the role of a big player in Dalmatia, where we were once the number one brewery, and we have similar ambitions for the rest of southern Croatia. That is why we have decided to start the production of the first Rijeka beer Tars, which we want to use to compete with mainstream brewers. The backbone of our offering are beers made according to the original recipes, including the Kaltenberg Hefeweissbier. We have also introduced Ludwig's Session with which we want to compete with the craft beer segment. I want to point out that the water from Rječina is great and makes our beers better,” said Putanec, pointing out that Kaltenberg's lager beer is produced according to the Bavarian law on beer purity, Reinheitsgebot, issued in 1516.

The beer produced in Rijeka will also be sold in Italy, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Interestingly, this is the only plant owned by Kaltenberg outside of Bavaria. The beer is sold in 20 countries, but it is produced by licensees everywhere except in Kukuljanovo.

Kaltenberg is a brand owned by König Ludwig International, which has more than 30 years of experience in beer production, knowledge creation and brand licensing. The company is managed by His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, a member of the Bavarian royal family Wittelsbach.

The goal of the company is no secret. In three to five years, they want to become the most profitable middle-sized brewery in Croatia, with an EBIT margin of more than 20 per cent, which would justify one of the most significant investments in the Croatian beer industry in the last few years.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Names Nestlé Waters North America as 2019 Design...
 30.04.2019

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Names Nestlé Waters North America as 2019 Design...  (Company news)

... for Recycling Award Winner

Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle is only major nationally distributed bottled water made using 100 percent recycled plastic

In recognition of its innovative use of recycled plastic, and its product design centered on recycling, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) names Nestlé Waters North America as its 2019 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award winner. The DFR Award is ISRI’s most prestigious award given annually to the most innovative contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. Nestlé Waters has received the award specifically for the design of its Nestlé® Pure Life® 700ml bottle made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic (rPET).

“The Design for Recycling Award recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated its principles into products and processes,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Through innovative thought and design, Nestlé Waters is demonstrating the positive value of recycled plastics. There are obvious invaluable environmental benefits to using recycled plastics as feedstock in the manufacturing process to which Nestlé Waters has shown a commitment. On top of that, the design of the labeling process also takes into account improving the quality of the recycling stream. Through every stage of the manufacturing process, Nestlé Waters has shown a clear dedication to designing for recycling, and it is an honor to present them with this year’s award.”

In addition to the Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle being made entirely from recycled content, its design also takes into account end-of-life processing. For instance, the bottle features a state-of-the-art, pressure-sensitive label. Unlike traditional adhesive labels that may not release from the PET flakes during the recycling process, potentially damaging the recycling stream, these new labels will release easily during the wash stage of the recycling process so the material can be used to make new bottles again and again.

“Bottles like this are the future of recycling, and so to be recognized with this award is particularly significant. Made from 100 percent recycled plastic, and 100 recyclable, this Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle is proof that a fully circular economy is within our reach,” said Fernando Mercé, president and chief executive officer of Nestlé Waters North America. “We take great care here at Nestlé Waters to design our packaging with recycling in mind, and we’re proud to have this bottle, from our namesake brand, inspiring consumers to recycle and join us on this journey to take the ‘single’ out of ‘single-use’ plastic bottles.”

Nestlé Waters North America has been incorporating recycled plastic into its packaging since 2011. In fact, since 2017, all single-serve bottles of the company’s Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water produced in California have been made using 50 percent recycled plastic. Most recently, the company also announced that it is on track to nearly quadruple its use of recycled PET plastic (rPET) in less than 3 years, with an ambition to reach 50 percent recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2025.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

29.04.2019

Ireland: Beer remains Ireland's most popular drink of choice  (E-malt.com)

Ireland’s most popular alcoholic drink of choice has been revealed and there are no prizes for guessing what’s come out on top, the Irish Post reported on April 11.

Beer remains the tipple of choice on the Emerald Isle, according to a new report published by Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) and Dublin City University (DCU).

The report reveals beer made up 45.2% of all alcohol purchased over the past year.

That represents a 2.7% increase in consumption levels compared with figures for the previous year.

Wine came in a distant second, with an overall share of 26.7%, which represents a 2% decline on the year before.

Spirits are an increasingly popular choice, with whiskey and the like accounting for 20.5% of all the alcohol imbibed in Ireland last year.

That represents an impressive 5.6% increase on last year.

This means that of all alcohol imbibed last year, 20.5% of it was whiskey, vodka, gin and other popular spirits.

Cider remained someway off the pace, despite a 0.4% increase, with pints of Strongbow and other such tipples accounting for just 7.5% of all booze drunk.

Commenting on the report, Rosemary Garth, chairwoman of DIGI and director of communications and corporate affairs at Irish Distillers, noted that increasing popularity of spirits suggests drinkers are “choosing quality over quantity”.

“There were four active distilleries in Ireland in 2013, now there are 24 in operation, with a further 24 in development,” she said,

“An increase of 5.6% in the market share of spirits is no surprise and proves the determination of Irish distilleries.”


29.04.2019

India: AB InBev planning to launch two non-alcoholic beers in India  (E-malt.com)

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is planning to launch two non-alcoholic beers in India, Mint reported. The Belgian beverage maker is set to launch Budweiser 0.0 and Hoegaarden 0.0 in the next three months. Till then, the products will be imported into India, the report stated.

The new drinks are for "those who don't want to drink alcohol, but want to socialise and that’s a way for them to be included in the beer category," Ben Verhaert, Business Unit President, South Asia, AB InBev, told the newspaper.

AB InBev’s plan comes six months after United Breweries (UBL) launched two non-alcoholic beverages in India - lemon-based drink Radler and non-alcoholic beer Heineken 0.0.

According to Statista, the beer market generated $3.8 billion in revenue in 2018 and is expected to grow eight percent annually from 2019-23.

On the subject of craft beer, Verhaert told the newspaper, "As a company we are always open to these opportunities. The only point is you need to bet on the right future trends. Today, we have a large portfolio that we can leverage. I would say we are looking at any kind of future trends that could actually pop-up."

AB InBev has been trying to boost its presence in the non-alcoholic beverages market. In 2017, the company acquired Hiball, which makes energy drinks and sparkling juices.

29.04.2019

USA: Heineken hoping for its zero alcohol beer to win Americans over  (E-malt.com)

Americans are drinking less beer. Heineken has a plan to fix that, CNN reported on April 15.

Over the past four years, American beer consumption slid 5%, according to research firm Mintel. A quarter of US beer drinkers said in August that they consume less beer now than they did a year ago, Mintel added.

American drinkers are more focused on health and wellness, but they also want quality beer, wine and liquor that tastes good. Some are swapping out beer for pricey liquor: Spirits stole market share from beer and wine for the ninth straight year in 2018, with the more expensive liquors leading the way. Those who are still drinking beer are reaching for premium options.

Heineken thinks its zero alcohol product, Heineken 0.0, will appeal to people who value health and flavor. The company hopes the new brew, which took about five years to develop, will win people over.

"Making a brilliant non-alcoholic beer is really hard," Jonnie Cahill, Heineken USA's chief marketing officer, told CNN Business. When you remove alcohol from beer, you tend to remove flavor and aroma with it. But with 0.0 "we've cracked the technology."

The company wants to stop people from ditching beer and keep Heineken top of mind for consumers. The non-alcoholic product is designed to appeal to people who love how beer tastes, and sometimes crave it at times when they don't want a buzz. With 0.0, Heineken wants to make non-alocholic beer a treat, rather than a lesser alternative to regular beer.

Non-alcoholic beer is just a small sliver of America's $112 billion beer market. But Heineken, which launched 0.0 in the United States earlier this year, is betting the zero alcohol sector will grow.

The 155-year old Dutch beer company first launched Heineken 0.0 in the Netherlands and Germany in 2017, where it has attracted a "younger, more urban, more premium demographic," said Cahill. "Can you see this inhabiting an apartment where there's a Peloton? Absolutely."

In the past, non-alcoholic beer has been "a distress category," Cahill said. "It's often been about what you couldn't do — I can't have a beer because I'm driving, I can't have a beer because I'm on medication, I can't have a beer because I have a big day tomorrow. Our belief is, well, now you can."

By offering consumers a new option, the product can help give Heineken a competitive edge. "The beer market is extremely crowded," said Caleb Bryant, senior beverage analyst for Mintel. "If you can carve out that niche by having a non-alcoholic option, it gives you a leg up."

It's also strengthening the beer sector overall, Cahill added. "The more you can invite people to stay in your category, the better it is for all of us," he said.

Plus, 0.0 is helping Heineken boost its brand.

Though 0.0 has only been on the market for a few years in Europe, it’s already giving Heineken a boost.

Internationally, the product has been "just flying," Cahill said. In the United Kingdom, Heineken 0.0 makes up 5% of Heineken sales. In Spain, that figure is 7%, and in Russia it's 20%, according to Cahill.

During the company's most recent earnings report, Heineken CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer said that "the ongoing success of Heineken 0.0" helped deliver the strongest growth by volume to the Heineken brand in over a decade.

Heineken's not the only big company jumping on Europe's non-alcoholic beer trend. Anheuser-Busch, Asahi and Guinness all sell non-alcoholic beers internationally.

For the most part, those companies have stayed away from the American market, where adoption is much lower. According to the Beer Institute, a group that represents the beer industry, non-alcoholic beer represented about 0.3% of the US beer supply in 2018.

Cahill said that the American non-alcoholic beer space is promising because in the United States, health and wellness trends are prevalent. Heineken decided that January was the right time to bring 0.0 to the United States.

Americans may well be warming to the idea of a premium non-alcoholic beer. In the first three months of 2019, sales of non-alcoholic beer grew 6.6% compared to the same period last year, according to Nielsen.

Although US consumers drink far less zero-alcohol beer than their European counterparts, "there's a big opportunity for explosion of non-alcoholic beer" in the United States, said Bryant.

American brewers that make zero-alcohol beer, including Wellbeing Brewing, Surreal Brewing and Athletic Brewing, have been springing up across the country in recent years. This month, Pabst Blue Ribbon announced the launch of its non-alcoholic brew, noting in a release that "the next generation of America" has a "greater focus on health and wellness."

Bryant said that the "it's really going to boil down to product development." If non-alcoholic beer is truly comparable to craft beer in terms of taste, American consumers may well go for it. If not, the trend could fizzle out.

29.04.2019

China & South Korea: China Resources Beer debuts new brand on South Korea's market  (E-malt.com)

The China Resources Beer Corp. (CRB), China's top brewer, debuted a new beer brand in South Korea to cater to rising demand for diversified flavors and high quality, its local distributor said on April 17.

The Beijing-based brewer showcased a new lager called Super X with a 3.8 percent alcohol content in South Korea to target young people, following its launch in China in March 2018.

Hyunwon Korea, its local distribution channel, will start selling the beer at local discount chains and convenience stores next month, with plans to target local restaurants later this year.

China's No. 1 brewer made a foray into the Korean market as Chinese alcohol has enjoyed growing popularity in Chinese restaurants here. Tsingtao is the most famous Chinese beer brand in South Korea, as it is considered a good pairing for lamb skewers.

"Although some say the Korean imported beer market is already saturated, we will make efforts to satisfy local consumers with deep flavors," Kim Jung-young, CEO of Hyunwon Korea, said in a press briefing.

CRB's flagship Snow Beer is the world's top brand with a 6.1 percent market share by volume, but it is mostly sold in mainland China with a 26 percent share in the nation as of 2017.

According to the Korea Customs Service, South Korea's imports of Chinese beer reached $37.4 million in 2018, the second largest among foreign brands.

29.04.2019

UK & Ireland: Big brewers betting big on non-alcoholic beer  (E-malt.com)

Beer drinking is so ingrained in British (and Irish) life that any mention of choosing non-alcoholic versions of the stuff provokes ire. What is the point of drinking beer without booze in it, the sceptics ask, while others rail against the supposedly bad taste, the Irish Times reported on April 18.

Yet when Anna Brown, a 26-year-old consultant living in London, goes to the pub with colleagues, her drink of choice is a non-alcoholic lager called St Peter’s Without. “I still get to take part in the fun without compromising on things that are important to me,” she said, referring to her desire to avoid hangovers and cut back on calories.

While beer purists may recoil, more people are opting for low- and no-alcohol brews, and Europeans in particular have taken to the stuff.

Alcohol consumption is on the decline in many western countries as people seek healthier lifestyles and all things “wellness” remain firmly in fashion. In the UK, nearly a quarter of 16- to 24-year-olds say they do not drink alcohol, up from 19 per cent in 2005, and the increase is even greater among 25- to 44-year-olds, according to the Office for National Statistics. In the US, alcohol sales by volume have been falling since 2016.

Spotting a growth opportunity in an otherwise mature market, the world’s biggest brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken have launched dozens of low- and non-alcoholic beers in the past three years. They are creating new versions of their biggest brands, such as Beck’s Blue and Heineken 0.0, and throwing marketing muscle behind them.

Smaller craft brewers are also getting into the game: Scotland’s BrewDog has had success with its aptly named low-alcohol Nanny State pale ale, while UK newcomer Big Drop Brewing Co has a popular stout with only 0.5 per cent alcohol.

Supermarkets in Paris and Amsterdam now have entire shelves devoted to non-alcoholic beers, which typically have less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV), and their low-alcohol cousins, which have under 3.5 per cent ABV. In the UK, Ocado and Tesco sell roughly 20 types for sale online.

Sales volumes of low and non-alcoholic beer have risen nearly 18 per cent in the past five years in Western Europe, according to Euromonitor, and are forecast to climb another 12 per cent through 2022. Growth has been even stronger in the UK.

Companies are betting that non-alcoholic brews will not only lure new customers, but also retain beer drinkers who are simply consuming less. Another attraction of non-alcoholic beers is that they have one-third to half the calories of traditional brews.

There is an extra bonus for brewers. Non-alcoholic beers tend to be more profitable, because in many countries beer is subject to taxes that are built into the retail price, so removing or reducing the alcohol means less duty is owed, thus improving margins.

Yet many consumers remain sceptical. Although non-alcoholic beers have existed for decades, surveys showed that people thought they tasted quite bad, and were merely a default option for those who could not drink the real stuff, such as pregnant women or drivers.

To overcome the negative perceptions, both Heineken and AB InBev gave their master brewers a similar mission: find a way to make a non-alcoholic beer that tastes as good as the original.

David De Schutter, AB InBev’s head of innovation in Europe, was initially doubtful it could be done. “You have to turn your brewing process upside down and think of it all from all angles,” he said. “Normal beer has over one thousand aroma components, which gives it a complex taste and feeling in your mouth.”

The typical beer brewing process relies on four ingredients - malt barley, hops, yeast and water - that can be combined in myriad ways to create vastly different beers. The yeast feeds on the grains and, via fermentation, produces alcohol. To make non-alcoholic beer, you either have to stop or slow the fermentation process, or remove the alcohol after it is formed, usually by heating it because alcohol has a lower boiling point than the rest of the beer. Both approaches can render the beer either too sweet, too acidic, or not bubbly enough.

It took Heineken nearly a year before it had a zero alcohol version of its eponymous beer that it was ready to launch. Ilaria Lodigiani, Heineken’s global director for its low- and no-alcohol division, said the next challenge was convincing people to drink it.

The Dutch brewer’s strategy was simple but bold: build huge distribution quickly, and then back the launch with major multimedia advertising campaigns. “Non-alcoholic beers used to be seen as the uncool version of your brand, so they didn’t get a lot of marketing dollars,” Ms Lodigiani admitted. But for Heineken 0.0, the company spent big, she said, recommending that countries spent up to 25 per cent of their marketing budgets on the product.

Lastly, Heineken devoted more marketing spend than usual to sampling, so consumers could actually taste the beer. It targeted people at moments not normally associated with drinking, such as athletic events and lunch spots. A television ad with the slogan “Now You Can” drove home the point that Heineken 0.0 could be enjoyed anytime by showing people drinking it at the office, the gym and in a parked car, prompting surprised looks from onlookers.

The tactics seem to be working: Heineken 0.0, which launched in 2017 in 14 markets, has been rolled out to 50 markets globally, including the US last year.

The roll-out helped Heineken achieve a 7.7 per cent increase in sales by volume last year for the group’s flagship brand, its best growth rate in more than a decade. Heineken has about 159 products in its 0.0 range up from 78 only two years ago, and has launched non-alcoholic versions of Birra Moretti, Tiger, and Sol.

“I really believe this can be something very big,” said Ms Lodigiani.

29.04.2019

Mexico: Mexico City could ban sales of cold beer in convenience stores  (E-malt.com)

Mexico City residents may have to slake their thirsts with warm beer after a local lawmaker introduced a motion on April 24 to ban the sale of the cold beverage in convenience stores, The Guardian reported.

The motion – met with incredulity on social media – would modify Mexico City’s commerce laws to ban selling beer or beverages of 7% or less alcohol content, which are “refrigerated or in different conditions than the ambient temperature.”

Stores would also be required to post signs warning patrons of stiff penalties for public drinking. Mexico City’s ubiquitous mom-and-pop stores often sell cold beer in big bottles – previously promoted as family-sized – and provide plastic cups, which people use to consume the product on-site.

The motion’s author Lourdes Paz Reyes posited the new rules would rid the city of so-called “chelerías,” which sell litres of beer in seedy settings for low prices.

Many Mexicans reacted with ridicule to the prospect of buying warm beer, especially given the frequently high temperatures. The hashtag #ConLasCervezasNo (Don’t mess with our beers) trended on Twitter.

“It’s incredible that our lawmakers think of so many stupidities without previously resolving the true and serious problems in CDMX and all of Mexico,” railed one tweet.

“If they want to disincentive the consumption of alcohol, would it not be preferable to increase the corresponding tax?” asked another tweet.

Some proponents of banning cold beer sales complain the country is awash in cheap alcohol– and say convenience stores will still sell hard liquor of questionable quality for rock bottom prices. Mexico’s consumer watchdog has warned 45% of the bottled spirits sold in the country are adulterated.

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...
 29.04.2019

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...  (Company news)

... recycle are the order of the day

KHS tackles the challenges posed by sustainable packaging and already offers market-proven systems to this end

Picture: share water bottle (source: share/Victor Strasse): In cooperation with bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser, preform manufacturer Plastipack and Berlin startup share KHS has developed and successfully launched to market a 0.5-liter and 1.0-liter PET bottle made completely of recyclate.

The global debate on packaging waste, the associated use of resources and increasing regulatory pressure have further intensified the call of the beverage industry for new, alternative packaging systems. Concerns not only focus on saving on resources in the production process but chiefly on the packaging itself. PET containers and plastic packaging are currently very much in focus. One priority is to reduce and recycle the same. KHS supplies dedicated systems to meet these criteria and has at its disposal a wealth of expertise with which it strongly assists its customers in their striving towards greater sustainability.

KHS has been a partner to the beverage industry for 150 years and knows what it wants. In this sector the subject of sustainability has long been an issue. On the one hand there are climate goals to be met – or specifically a steady reduction of the carbon footprint in beverage production to be achieved through the development and use of systems which increasingly save on energy and resources. On the other ever greater importance is being attached to devising innovative packaging machinery which is of benefit to beverage producers and consumers alike. The way to produce ever more sustainable primary and secondary packaging involves two major lines of approach: recycle and reduce. In the first, packaging material is to be kept in constant circulation where possible by it being reclaimed, processed and continuously reused. In the second, many different ways are to be found of using less and less packaging material in order to save on resources and avoid waste. KHS pursues both of these objectives and offers specific technologies to this end.

FreshSafe PET®: the only fully recyclable barrier system
One big step towards engineering a strong, efficient and thus sustainable circular economy is to improve the recyclability of PET bottles to such an extent that they are suitable for bottle-to-bottle recycling. Fruit juice bottles in particular often comprise multilayer, blended or scavenger materials which are designed to protect sensitive beverages from external influences such as oxygen pickup. The aforementioned additives contained in the preforms often prove a hindrance to pure-grade recycling, however, and thus to their use in full bottle-to-bottle recycling. With FreshSafe PET® – a patented plasma coating system – KHS provides the only accredited fully recyclable barrier system to date which significantly increases recycling quotas for PET beverage packaging with enhanced product protection the world over. This has been confirmed by a number of recycling associations such as the EPBP and APR . In the above process the inside of the PET container is coated with a wafer-thin protective layer of silicon oxide (SiOx) or chemically pure glass. This technology replaces the additives otherwise required. It guards sensitive products such as fruit juice and nectar against the penetration of oxygen and other substances and clearly reduces any additional loss of CO2 from carbonated beverages. The taste is retained, the beverages have a longer shelf life and full recyclability is made possible by this process.

Growing demand for rPET container systems
Another way of further improving the ecobalance is to increase the amount of recyclate or rPET used in PET containers – in some cases up to 100%. KHS provides the technology for this option. For example, in cooperation with bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser, preform manufacturer Plastipack and Berlin startup share the systems supplier has developed and successfully launched to market a 0.5-liter and 1.0-liter PET bottle made completely of recyclate. “Manufacturing a PET bottle from 100% recycled PET is possible – yet the devil lies in the detail. We have to approach this from a number of different angles,” says Arne Wiese, product manager for Bottles & ShapesTM at KHS Corpoplast in Hamburg, Germany. “Chemically recycled PET yields qualities which exactly match those of virgin PET. There are no restrictions here.” Yet much of the rPET used on the market is PET cleaned in vacuum conditions. “Here, qualities vary depending on the method of production,” explains Wiese. However, the quality of the rPET affects the bottle stability and weight. This means that the poorer the quality of the recyclate, the more stable the bottle has to be. This can be achieved by either increasing the weight of the bottle or optimizing the preform. “If a bottle is so light that it just about satisfies the requirement for stability, then any recyclate of an inferior quality means that this specification is no longer met,” Wiese states. Furthermore, at present rPET is not available in the required quality and quantity. Germany may boast the largest percentage of recyclate used in bottle-to-bottle recycling (32.6%), yet the remainder of over 65% is primarily used in the film or textiles industry. In addition, suitable pure-grade recycling systems are also largely lacking the world over.

Full concept Bottles & Shapes™
The impact the use of recyclate in different quantities and qualities has on the stability and weight of the bottle is taken on board, however, in order to positively influence the ecobalance. On the basis of various design criteria and material properties the holistic Bottles & ShapesTM consultancy program offers line-compatible bottle systems and solutions which strike the right balance between cost and sustainability issues, marketing criteria and user handling. “This calls for a wealth of expertise which we can provide with our decades of experience,” confirms Wiese. Moreover, KHS stretch blow molders have been optimized so that they can process preforms which contain up to 100% recyclate and, alternatively, biopolymer constituents – in other words, from renewable raw materials. “The relevance of these materials will increase considerably in the future. Here, we’ve provided the technical means of generating an increase in added value right down the line while saving on resources – such as with the new InnoPET Blomax Series V generation of stretch blow molders,” Wiese continues.

Secondary packaging with a high savings potential
The KHS Competence Center for secondary packaging systems in Kleve, Germany, has long been working on alternatives to classic shrink film. Many of these require extensive testing on the machinery. “The greatest challenge for us is the processability of the packaging materials,” says Karl-Heinz Klumpe, packaging product manager at KHS. “Shrink film made of recycled plastic demonstrates very different shrinking properties versus film made of new material. As an engineering company we can’t provide all the answers ourselves but instead have to coordinate closely with film manufacturers.” KHS stages workshops with these partners in order to do just that, where the participants aim to find out how the percentage of recyclate in film – as stipulated by the new German Packaging Law, for example – can be increased further. Changes to the chemicals or recipe of the film and adaptation of the machine equipment are among the necessary measures which need to be taken here. “The basic proviso is that there’s a standard of quality which is accepted by the big bottlers’ marketing departments. With film made of 100% recyclate the shrink results aren’t yet satisfactory. We’re continuing to rapidly drive development together here to close the gap between growing recycling requirements on the one hand and the demand for packs of ever increasing quality on the other,” Klumpe emphasizes.

Unique Nature MultiPackTM system
With the development of the Nature MultiPack™ KHS already has a film-free pack in its portfolio which is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. This reduced form of secondary packaging even makes conventional shrink film on multipacks completely redundant. Here, PET bottles or cans are held together by nothing more than several strong dots of adhesive which are easy to remove. A self-adhesive carrying handle readies the pack for transportation. The dots of adhesive themselves do not impair the quality of the material to be recycled in any way whatsoever as they are easily removed during the recycling process. The Nature MultiPack™ was launched to market as a six pack of cans by the Carlsberg Group under the name of Snap Pack in 2018. Danone Waters first made successful use of this packaging system in 2016 when it launched its Prestige PET bottle for Evian. With it plastic waste is completely avoided as there is no more film packaging to be disposed of.

“The current debate on packaging waste has clearly further heightened our awareness for environmentally-friendly packaging systems,” says Klumpe. KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable. “We all take the public discussion seriously and are working directly with all those companies involved on further developments in an attempt to curb the pollution of our environment by plastic as much as we can with the help of our expert knowledge and expertise,” he adds. “In the end we’re all consumers and all of us bear clear responsibility for our own personal actions.”
(KHS GmbH)

BREWDOG GETS ITS PAWS ON GERMAN EXPANSION
 26.04.2019

BREWDOG GETS ITS PAWS ON GERMAN EXPANSION  (Company news)

Independent Scottish brewer, BrewDog, has stepped up its mission to take the craft beer revolution global, with the acquisition of a brewery and tap room (photo) in the heart of Berlin.

-The brewery is located in the Mariendorf neighbourhood of Berlin and contains a 100HL state of the art system, a 10HL pilot system. It also features a 2,500m2 tap room and 5,000m2 of outdoor gardens for enjoying beer outside.
-BrewDog moves in on 1st May, and will later host an AGM in 2019 for Equity Punks to kick things off in true BrewDog style.
-The history and camaraderie of Stone and BrewDog goes all the way back to 2007 with a collaboration beer at BrewDog’s original brewery in Fraserburgh followed by several partnerships since.
-BrewDog is the largest craft brewer in Europe and the only company to appear as one of the UK’s fastest growing businesses for seven consecutive years. This is part of ongoing expansion plans to extend the craft beer empire further worldwide.
-Also revealed today is the birth of the ‘Berlin Craft Collective’, which will see BrewDog hand over the new brewery keys to the independent craft brewers of Berlin, helping them on their craft beer journey by providing full access to the 10HL Pilot system.
-BrewDog will also showcase their beers in all of its German bars.
-Community-owned BrewDog’s global commitment to craftsmanship and innovation spans over 80 bars in 60 countries, bringing good beer to good people, whatever language they speak.
-BrewDog already provides a home for craft-beer lovers in Berlin at the BrewDog Berlin Mitte bar which boasts 30 draft lines of beer with another BrewDog bar due to open in Hamburg in June.

James Watt, Captain of BrewDog, said:
‘We are really excited to become a small part of the craft beer movement in Germany and the German beer scene overall and we are also really excited to be part of the Mariendorf community. Beer, people and community have always been the foundations of our business and that is what we will be focussing on in Berlin too as we look to share our passion for craft beer with as many people as we can.’

Greg Koch, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Stone Brewing Co. said:
Ultimately the project turned out to be too big, too bold and too early in our growth curve in Europe. Sure, in hindsight maybe we should have started smaller, aimed for the treeline instead of the stars. Today we lick a few wounds, but count our successes too. We are not leaving Germany. Or Europe. We’ve met a whole new country and continent of craft beer fans! Our distribution to more than 30 European countries will continue to grow. Stone Brewing Tap Room – Prenzlauer Berg is still very much open, and pints will still flow. We stand proud, and are heartened that we can pass the Mariendorf beer temple into the capable hands of our friends at BrewDog. They will do great things. And from time to time, as we’ve done in the past, we’ll do some of those great things together.
(BrewDog PLC)

SIG Annual General Meeting approved all proposals of the Board of Directors
 25.04.2019

SIG Annual General Meeting approved all proposals of the Board of Directors  (Company news)

At the first Annual General Meeting after the IPO in September 2018, the shareholders of SIG voted in favour of all the Board of Directors' proposals by a large majority.

261,763,766 votes or about 81.8 percent of the share capital were represented at SIG's Annual General Meeting ("AGM"), which was held at the BBC Arena in Schaffhausen on 11 April 2019. At the first AGM following SIG's return to SIX Swiss Exchange, Chairman Andreas Umbach warmly welcomed the new shareholders and, together with CEO Rolf Stangl (photo) and CFO Samuel Sigrist, looked back on a successful year. SIG has continued its geographic and product expansion and sees multiple further growth opportunities based on resilient end markets, differentiated technology and innovation.
The AGM approved all proposals, including a cash dividend of CHF 0.35 per registered share for the year 2018, to be paid out of capital contribution reserves. The dividend distribution is scheduled for 25 April, 2019.
The AGM also approved the Compensation Report 2018 as well as the compensation of the Board of Directors until the 2020 AGM and of the Executive Board for the financial year 2020.

The AGM further elected all nominees for the Board of Directors and Compensation Committee and re-elected Andreas Umbach as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

150 years AFRISO
 24.04.2019

150 years AFRISO  (Company news)

Anniversary year of AFRISO - rich in tradition and family-run

The history of AFRISO began in the year 1869 when Adalbert Fritz founded a business for the "construction of thermometers" in Schmiedefeld, Thuringia at the age of 23 - laying the cornerstone of a company that has developed into a corporation with activities all over the globe. With initially two "glassblowers" and a "scribe", he produced glass thermometers, hydrometers, laboratory glass instruments and later also medical glass instruments for various industries in Europe and America.

Caption: 1920: Presentation of the AFRISO product range - back then, a few tables pushed together were sufficient for that.

When Adalbert Fritz died in 1918, his son Franz become his successor. The company name was changed to "Adalbert Fritz und Sohn" with the telegraphic address AFRISO and the first company logo was created.

Due to food shortages in the post-war years of World War I, products were needed that helped to increase food production. AFRISO provided a complete range of instruments for the operation and monitoring of incubators and warming cabinets: thermometers, temperature controllers, humidity meters, heating elements, fans, signalling devices and monitoring devices such as egg candlers which simplified incubation of eggs.

In 1924, a small, thin-walled, circular and concentrically shaped metal sheet completely changed the AFRISO world. Two diaphragm half shells form a capsule element which expands or contracts depending on the pressure. This pioneering invention, the capsule pressure gauge, became the foundation for a host of innovative products: Precision pressure gauges, blood pressure measurement instruments and diaphragm type temperature controllers became the most important products for the time up to 1945 and the new beginning after that.

In 1935, Franz Fritz invested in a new plant for the production of front motors for bicycles. The petrol-powered engines could be mounted on a bicycle within minutes and reach speeds comparable to those of small motorcycles. In 1940, the company was expropriated.

After the Second World War, Franz Fritz and his family fled from Thuringia homeland, because the considerable reprisals were expected from the Soviet occupation forces. His son Georg, born in 1922, who experienced World War II as a fighter pilot, transported valuable business assets across the border in daring actions. The family first settles in Eltmann/Main in Bavaria, but Kleingartach and Güglingen (Baden-Wurttemberg) offer a more favourable location so family Fritz moves again. Georg Fritz started an entirely new ear: Pneumatic level indicator were developed on the basis of pressure measurement instruments, primarily for fuel oil storage tanks.
This was followed by overfill prevention systems, leak detectors and leak monitoring systems for the safe storage of mineral oil products. AFRISO became the market leader in this sector – technologies and products for environmental protection became the credo and mission for the entire product portfolio. The company started to systematically gear all processes towards groundwater protection, conservation of resources and energy saving. This took place at a time when environmental protection played virtually no role in Germany and there was hardly any coverage of the subject in the media. In the early 1960s, the first sales and production companies were founded Western European countries. As a result of the
Europeanisation, the name AFRISO was changed AFRISO-EURO-INDEX.

The oil crisis of 1973/1974 entailed a profound paradigm change in the world economy. For AFRISO, the crisis marked the starting point for the development of a broad range of products for the economical and environmentally friendly operation of heating systems. The increasing pollution of air by pollutants from coalfired, gas-fired and oil-fired systems became the catalyst for the German Federal Immission Control Act
(BImSchG) of 1974, which serves as the basis for air pollution control. In response to this, AFRISO developed the RGT 01, the world's first flue gas tester. This allowed heating system engineers and chimney sweeps for the first time to effectively inspect and optimise oil burners and gas burners in a single go directly on site. The device immediately gained an outstanding reputation as ideal equipment for inspection and service work and won a major market share. Its successor RGT 02 G still attests to a technological innovation in the Deutsches Museum in Munich as an exhibit in the "Power Machines" collection.

In 1981, AFRISO succeeds as the first manufacturer to produce a compact, light-weight plastic manifold which meets the demanding requirements of underfloor heating systems in terms of temperature behaviour, service life and robustness. This pioneering achievement and the reorientation on the market and of the original equipment manufacturers is mainly attributable to Günther Blasinger, managing director for many years, who developed the OEM business into a separate division. Today, AFRISO manufactures and delivers plastic manifolds for leading global vendors of underfloor heating systems as well as heating and cooling systems. For decades, experts from the fields of heating, ventilation and air conditioning have been working with AFRISO products under the brands of leading system providers.

In 1986, Georg Fritz resigned from the operative business at the age of 64; his son Elmar took over the management. In 1992, Elmar's brother joined the company. Since then, the two brothers have been leading the company as the fourth Fritz generation. Georg Fritz died in 2004 at the age of 82.

With ideas, innovations and products, AFRISO was a key driver on the heating system market from the very beginning on and secured an exceptional position on the German market. HVAC experts and other specialised companies value AFRISO products for their quality and reliability - in more and more basements, you can now find equipment from AFRISO.

In 1992 - at this stage, AFRISO already is a provider of a complete range of pressure gauges for domestic technology - a site for R&R and production is established in Amorbach (Bavaria). The new plant was optimised with the production requirements for pressure gauges and thermometer in mind. The investment in a new site served as the basis for a high-quality range of pressure measuring instruments for industrial applications. After the political change in Eastern Europe, Elmar and Jürgen Fritz founded the first subsidiaries in Poland, the Czech Republic, the rest of Eastern Europe and in Russia, starting in 1992. A new production site was set up in Bucharest that has been manufacturing measuring instruments with a
superior price/performance ratio for standard applications ever since.

The next two decades were characterized by steady expansion and growth, for example, new subsidiaries were in South Africa, China and India. Production companies such as Systronik and Gampper were acquired and integrated into the AFRISO. Today, the group comprises 19 members with a staff or more than 1,100; it is represented in more than 65 countries. In Germany, AFRISO currently offers 550 employees secure workplaces and training positions.

Since 2012, AFRISO has made massive investments in digitisation:
-With the multiprotocol AFRISO Smart Home system, specialised companies can offer their customers tailored solutions for apartments and buildings in terms of indoor climate, comfort and security. Existing smart home components can be integrated.
-The modular CAPBs probe system allows users to upgrade their handheld AFRISO measuring instruments to multi-purpose measuring systems. They provide Bluetooth communication. In addition, smartphones or tablets can be used instead of the handheld measuring instruments so that existing IT
equipment can be used. This considerably reduces the efficiency of specialised companies.
-AFRISO also plays an important role in the area of "air pollution control". AFRISO emission monitoring systems monitor the limit values of exhaust gas cleaning systems on maritime vessels to reduce the emissions of pollutants.

The company history is backed by a clearly defined customer and company philosophy. It is based on environmental awareness and responsibility. In addition, people with their needs and competencies take centre stage in this philosophy. The company values of "reliability", "flexibility" and "independence" are not just promises in terms of performance, but clear values and the foundation of all activities of the company and its people. The value of a handshake still applies at AFRISO in a figurative sense, and this is something everyone can count on – every customer, every supplier and every employee.
(AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)

Poland Spring Begins Purchasing Water from Rumford Water District; ...
 24.04.2019

Poland Spring Begins Purchasing Water from Rumford Water District; ...  (Company news)

...Launches Community Benefit Fund

-Company to make $1.2 million investment into “Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund”
-Ellis Spring becomes tenth spring source for brand

Poland Spring announced that it has begun purchasing spring water from the Rumford Water District in Rumford, Maine. As part of the water purchase agreement, Poland Spring’s parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, has created the “Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund,” which will invest $1.2 million over four years to provide funding for projects identified by the community.

“Since first identifying Rumford as a potential spring water source, we have worked with the local community to determine mutual needs, concerns, and priorities,” said Mark Dubois, Natural Resource Manager for Poland Spring. “We are pleased to be making the initial investment in the Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund, and the town has set up the structure so that a board of local citizens can determine how best to allocate funding to support projects important to the Town and residents of Rumford.”

A mechanism to request funding for projects through the Fund is in the process of being developed and, once determined, will be announced to the public so that project proposals can begin to be accepted.

“Furthermore, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to this effort, from our early exploration to our detailed testing and examination of the source, to the construction of the load station,” added Dubois. “We are pleased that we were able to contract with so many Maine-based companies throughout this project.”

Ellis Spring is the newest water source to be used for Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water and is the tenth spring water source in the state for the 174-year-old Maine-based company. Water from the spring is being piped to Poland Spring’s newly-constructed Rumford load station on Route 2 in Rumford Point, and from there is transferred into tankers, which then transport the water to various Poland Spring bottling plants based upon demand.

“Rumford is happy to have a long-term business partner like Poland Spring in our community, and we have heard from a number of residents who are pleased with the look of the new facility. Poland Spring’s completed facility is a great improvement for the property and it allows the community to be part of a legacy company that has had such a positive impact on the state of Maine,” said Chris Brennick, Chair of the Rumford Select Board.

Poland Spring is a customer of the Rumford Water District, purchasing sustainable spring water at rates set forth by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Poland Spring is also paying $12,000 per month to the Rumford Water District to lease the land for its spring sources. This additional revenue can help the Rumford Water District fund long-term improvements, replace old pipes, and replace aging infrastructure. Poland Spring has also purchased recharge protection land to help protect the springs and Rumford Water District’s customers.

Poland Spring undertakes an extensive process to locate new springs in rapidly renewable aquifers. The company searches for areas that have the same kind of geologic features as its existing spring sources in order to meet taste and quality standards. In addition, all the water that Poland Spring sources must meet stringent regulations to be considered 100% natural spring water.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

drink technology India South - strong impression at premiere show
 23.04.2019

drink technology India South - strong impression at premiere show  (drinktechnology India 2019)

- dti-South hits the nerve: the show satisfies high demand from Bengaluru and South markets
- Strong areas: non alcoholic beverages and beer
- buyer seller forum: leading brands and more than 500 meetings

Picture: Full hallways at the first dti-South in Bengalore: more than 90 brands and over 4,000 visitors took part in the fair

drink technology India South (dti-South), which took place for the first time in Bengaluru from April 10 to 12, has established a strong position on the South Indian market. With more than 90 brands, 6,481 visitors and an extensive supporting program, the dti family further expands its footprint to the southern region of India.

“We are delighted that the first edition of dti-South in Bengaluru was so compelling. With it we have created an especially customized platform best suited to address the needs of our participants with even better networking opportunities with relevant buyers of the region.,” says Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director of Messe München. The local approach is intended in particular to address those sectors that are represented locally. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, explains: “In this region of India, non alcoholic beverages as well as beer are predominant segments. Key exhibitors addressing these sectors, such as Ambicon Breweries, DVKSP, Goma Engineering and Hilden Packaging, presented their solutions and were able to get the most out of the visitor potential in the metropolitan region.” This is also reflected by the positive response of the exhibitors as expressed by Mr. Jeetendra C Rane, Aquapuro Equipment Pvt. Ltd.: “For the first time we are targeting the South Region and the idea behind participating in dti-South was to target the Bengaluru and South Market: We are not only happy with the number but also with the quality of visitors. We will be participating in all the upcoming editions of drink technology India.”

Supporting program: Buyer-Seller Meetings and beer trends
With over 500 meetings, the Buyer-Seller forum was very well received. Prior to the trade fair, potential customers were able to register for the meetings in order to meet specific exhibitors and initiate new business relationships. These included Amrut Distilleries, Hindustan Coca Cola, John Distilleries, Kaveri Industries,Marico Limited, Mondelez International, Mother Dairy, Pepsi, Pernod Ricard, and United Breweries, to name a few. Vijaya Kumar, Team Leader- Quality Assurance, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. one of the key buyer quoted: “The purpose of our visit to drink technology India-South was to understand the new technologies in the market. This event was organized very well. We were able to sense some of the new technologies which we can engage in our organization and we would like to thank the organizers for this beautiful event. The quality of the meetings were very good at the buyer seller forum.”

From trends and ingredients for brewing to craft beer variations: In addition to the Buyer-Seller Meetings, the place2beer and the Brewer World Seminars provided insights into future topics of the industry. Representatives of microbreweries, medium-sized and industrial breweries as well as suppliers for the brewing industry used the place2beer for networking and knowledge exchange. In addition to this platform, where even Indian beer was tasted, the Brewer World Seminars took place on the first and second days of the trade fair. There, experts discussed topics such as quality assurance of raw materials and ingredients and global trends in beer brewing.

dti-North
dti-North will take place in New Delhi in December of this year in conjunction with pacprocess and food pex India from Messe Düsseldorf India. “We are pleased to host the trade fairs at Pragati Maidan from December 12 to 14, 2019,” says Mr. Singh. In North India, the focus is on dairy, soft drinks and beer.

drink technology India continues to be the international hub for beverages, dairy and liquid food industry in India. The next event will take place from December 9 to 11, 2020 in Mumbai.
(Messe München GmbH)

Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker named as two of the greatest British brands in luxury
 23.04.2019

Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker named as two of the greatest British brands in luxury  (Company news)

Two of Diageo’s iconic spirit brands – Johnnie Walker (photo) and Tanqueray - have been recognised in the annual list of Great British Brands for 2019.

Great British Brands is an annual list that uniquely showcases 150 of the greatest names in British luxury; those that are held in the highest regard for their impact and influence both in the UK and around the globe.

Johnnie Walker
Johnnie Walker, which was praised for the second consecutive year, was noted for its ground-breaking partnerships with Blade Runner and Game of Thrones, as well as for its recent special editions, including the release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen.

In this year’s list, the iconic Scotch is described as ‘much more than a whisky brand: it defines celebration and brings people together through its rich and diverse 200-year heritage, ensuring its place within popular culture for centuries to come’.

Tanqueray
Tanqueray, meanwhile, garners praise for ‘executing everything it does faultlessly - from the crafting of botanicals and product design to setting up convivial summer terraces, where stylish Tanqueray cocktails are served to an enthusiastic audience of gin aficionados’.

The award-winning gin brand’s expansion into new markets and creation of innovative flavour profiles including Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla and the limited-edition Tanqueray Lovage also received a special mention.
(Diageo plc)

Levissima, leading Italian water brand, trusts Sidel's new EvoDECO Roll-Fed Labeller ...
 22.04.2019

Levissima, leading Italian water brand, trusts Sidel's new EvoDECO Roll-Fed Labeller ...  (Company news)

...to secure line performance and label quality

Levissima, part of Sanpellegrino Group (Nestlé Waters), needed to address the growing demand for bottled water in Italy with a new complete line, producing its re-designed 1.5 litre bottle of pure, Alpine water. With the help of its long-standing partner, Sidel, Levissima was able to improve the quality of its label application while simultaneously increasing the output capacity. This is an achievement that took advantage of the new EvoDECO Roll-Fed, the latest addition to Sidel’s labelling portfolio.

The inhabitants of Cepina in the heart of the Northern Italian Alps have always enjoyed the purest water. In the early 1900s, doctors, surgeons and distinguished professors started to appreciate the therapeutic properties of this water: it is pleasant to drink, easy to digest, and remarkably diuretic. As such, it quickly became well-renowned beyond the boundaries of the valley and – in the 1930s – it started to be sold under the name of Levissima, from the Latin adjective levis, meaning “light”.

Today, Levissima is the favourite natural mineral water for over ten million families in Italy , as such ranking among the top three bottled water brands in the country, both in terms of value and volume. Through the modern production plant in Cepina, Levissima water is bottled as pure as it flows from the spring.

Growing demand for healthy bottled water in Italy

Overall, bottled water in Italy – traditionally consumed to accompany meals and throughout the day – is expected to continue to grow in the future. Due to local consumers’ search for healthier lifestyles and convenient prices, bottled water – containing no sugar or calories and having functional characteristics – is outperforming other types of soft drinks and is projected to reach 10.6 billion litres by 2022.

This is why Levissima needed to increase its production capacity for still water, while handling a re-designed 1.5L bottle, now with a shorter neck but still in the brand’s iconic squared shape, produced at a high output speed of more than 46,000 bottles per hour (bph). “We were familiar with the high quality and hygienic standards provided by the Sidel equipment. The competences and the customer-centric approach shown by their team during the commissioning and the installation phases, together with smooth project management were helping further to reconfirm our trust in the company”, explains Franco Simoncini, Plant Manager at Levissima. The long-standing partnership between Sidel and Nestlé Waters also contributed to the success of the installation. Most importantly, Sidel could offer the Italian water bottler the ideal solution with its new EvoDECO Roll-Fed, equipped with two labelling stations, able to combine the output speed required with a precise label application on a squared 1.5L bottle.

Top productivity and a sustainable footprint to protect the brand

Launched in March 2018, Levissima’s new corporate identity is brought to life in the re-designed bottle and label of the leading Italian water brand. The pure and light mineral water has its origins in an extraordinary natural environment, coming from the ancient glaciers in the heart of the Alps. The top of the Alps are present on Levissima’s new logo and label , which is now designed on transparent film. The colour of the logo is reflected on the new green cap, shaped ergonomically and therefore easy to open for consumers.

To tackle Levissima’s specific challenges connected to the new bottle and label, Sidel installed an EvoDECO Roll-Fed labeller with two stations, running on every other bottle, handling lightweight containers and ultra-thin labels. The ergonomics of the entire solution have been optimised for performance and efficiency, with all main components fully visible and accessible during production. With no need to disengage the station, this open design is particularly beneficial during changeover and maintenance. The label application on Levissima’s new squared bottles is carried out with a pad-to-pad transfer, ensuring a very stable and accurate process, even at high speeds, thus addressing the two most important points for the water producer: excellent label application and high reliability.

The new labeller is equipped with unique features leading to improved uptime: the cleaning of the EvoDECO Roll-Fed is performed automatically during production by a system installed on the vacuum drum, which is built in lightweight sectors for easy changeover and maintenance operations. This system removes any glue residuals for an overall higher performance. The labeller also comes with an automatic label extraction system, protected by a Sidel patent, ensuring that no downtime occurs due to a missing bottle or labels not being properly applied on the bottles, thus supporting a smooth and consistent flow of production. With the new, patented vertical melter and the laser engraved glue roller, glue is melted on demand and circulated at a precise temperature. This reduces glue consumption for better overall quality and improved sustainability.

Combining food safety with high performance

As Levissima wanted to significantly increase performance and production capacity, with no compromises on food safety, the Sidel Matrix™ Combi came as the natural choice. Integrating blow moulding, filling and capping processes into a single system, the Combi reduces operating costs and uses up to 30% less floor space compared with traditional standalone equipment. Using fewer component machines, the solution offers up to 4% higher efficiency levels than standalone machines, on top of lower energy consumption and faster format changeovers. This results in a reduction of operating costs by up to 12%, saving labour, raw materials and spare parts.

The Combi supplied to the Cepina site is equipped with a Sidel SF100 no contact filler, ensuring optimum uptime and the highest productivity. The reduced filler enclosure allows for utmost hygiene, while minimising use of water and chemicals during the external cleaning process. This is how the solution achieves full food safety – a highly important factor for Nestlé Waters.

Contributing to energy savings and optimised uptime

The Sidel Matrix Combi at Levissima’s site also features OptiFeed® – a cap feeder that is based on a patented waterfall technology, combining elevation, orientation and high-speed feeding with energy savings. The latter is achieved due to the individual cap-elevating system that eliminates the need for compressed air during cap extraction for better quality caps and reduced environmental footprint. With ease of operations and maintenance at its core – due to the reduced height, easier accessibility and durable materials – OptiFeed also features an integrated inspection system, ensuring 100% caps quality.

The highly flexible EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool) is also part of the solutions Sidel supplied to the leading Italian water brand. Automatically recording 24/7 raw production data, EIT calculates a wide array of KPIs to help measure performance, analyse production issues, detect efficiency loss sources, and perform root cause analyses. It is designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, reduce waste and costs, and increase Levissima’s output. By giving employees at all levels of the organisation real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues, it makes sure that the quality of the water as well as the line capacity stays on the desired level.
(Sidel International AG)

Aqua Libra introduces sparking new flavour and refreshed pack design
 19.04.2019

Aqua Libra introduces sparking new flavour and refreshed pack design   (Company news)

Britvic is introducing a refreshing new flavour to its infused sparkling water brand, Aqua Libra, from early April, supported with a new pack design across the range, to add fizz to retailers’ summer sales. Aqua Libra Cucumber, Mint & Lime (photo) appeals to consumers’ changing tastes and habits and will help retailers to drive growth in the water plus segment, currently worth £297m.

Complementing the existing Raspberry & Apple and Grapefruit & Pineapple flavours, Cucumber, Mint & Lime combines a range of on-trend flavours and is crisp and refreshing for the summer months – a crucial period for retailers’ soft drinks sales. With 85% of the population trying to be healthier and 53% stating that sparkling flavoured water is a good alternative to traditional carbonated soft drinks, the UK market is at the beginning of its promising journey into the infused water market, following its explosion in the US.

Phil Sanders, GB Commercial Director At Home at Britvic, comments: “Aqua Libra challenges the rules of soft drinks. It has no sugar, no sweeteners, and no calories, and so is the perfect choice for people who prioritise health but don’t want to compromise on a great taste. Following the introduction of the soft drinks industry levy, we’ve seen a significant uplift in people switching from full sugar drinks into low and no added sugar alternatives across the board, demonstrating that consumers are not afraid to try new low or no calorie drinks.”

Aqua Libra is also introducing a new pack design across the range which will go live in stores from May and help to drive retailers’ sales by increasing visibility on shelves. The new packaging will further highlight that Aqua Libra contains no sugar, no sweeteners, and no calories.

The 330ml Cucumber, Mint & Lime flavour ise available since early April. The campaign will be supported by in-store activation, events sampling and digital.
(Britvic Plc)

Digitization and ideas for the future at KHS - Technology for tomorrow
 18.04.2019

Digitization and ideas for the future at KHS - Technology for tomorrow  (Company news)

Picture: KHS is currently pushing ahead with numerous research projects, particularly in the fields of line optimization and digital networking

Industry pioneers such as Lorenz Adalbert Enzinger and Theo Seitz bear witness to the long tradition research and development enjoys at KHS. Like them today’s KHS engineers don’t always go with the flow but pursue many different paths in order to stay at the helm of progress.

For several years now a new acronym has been repeatedly bandied by economists and politicians: VUCA. It defines a world which is being increasingly characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Rapid fluctuation and high risk create challenging conditions for strategic corporate management – and for further technological development in industry. This naturally also applies to mechanical Industry pioneers such as Lorenz Adalbert Enzinger and Theo Seitz bear witness to the long tradition research and development enjoys at KHS. Like them today’s KHS engineers don’t always go with the flow but pursue many different paths in order to stay at the helm of progress. engineering and to KHS in particular, as the beverage industry, to which the Dortmund company is one of the leading systems suppliers, is subject to extremely dynamic cycles of change.

In order to survive in this VUCA world and prepare for the future, a certain agility of thought and action is required. For KHS, for instance, this means focusing on the relevant issues in research and development. While a manufacturer presents its customers with something new on its own initiative in what’s known as a technology push, a market pull primarily denotes an action triggered by the sales market.

Focus on requirements
Within its company strategy KHS has decided to focus on the fast-changing requirements of beverage producers. At the moment considerable effort is being invested in aligning the portfolio more specifically to target markets with a strong potential, for example. More than ever before the company has its ear to the market and aims to exploit the proximity of its sales and service organization to its customers. In order to successfully learn with and from its customers, established, trusting business relations are called for which KHS enjoys with many partners worldwide. Only within these is it possible to brave new technologies with realistic expectations and without bias as to the results. This includes openly discussing both problems and progress in a kind of ‘protected environment’ in order to be successful together – but also that those involved recognize when it no longer makes any sense to continue with a project.

Joint development
The partnership with the French food group Danone is a good example of this type of cooperation. This has resulted in the film-free Nature MultiPack™, first presented as a concept at drinktec in 2013, was readied for serial production and then launched to market with the Evian mineral water brand. The same technological principle was adapted together with Carlsberg for the beverage can and launched to the british and norwegian market in 2018.

New projects have to satisfy two requirements: the concept of effectiveness dictates that the right things are done, that is that the correct emphases are placed so as to come as close as possible to the market and yield the greatest possible benefits for the customer. The second requirement of efficiency demands that things are done correctly, in other words that maximum productivity is assured in the product development process from the initial idea to the rollout. This doesn’t prove successful when innovation is merely treated from a technological point of view. Greater priority is to be given to customer benefits through even closer dovetailing of and constant coordination between the Design Engineering, Production and Sales departments. More intensive communication between customers, KHS Sales and KHS Technology is to ensure that specifications can be better recorded and more directly implemented in the various system solutions.

To KHS networking and cooperation with external partners are of great importance as major drivers of progress. Not only customers but also suppliers are included here – for example those who provide measurement technology, components or software – as well as research institutes and universities. Two of the research projects KHS is currently involved in are dedicated to the application of new manufacturing technologies. One disruptive approach is the 3D printing of parts which can barely be produced cost effectively in the classic manner or whose geometric shapes are far superior to the doubles produced conventionally, for instance.

Digital pioneer
KHS takes a clear stance on the hype surrounding digitization which is often quoted when talking about the future viability of the industry: beyond the buzzwords and a number of interesting trends the sole criterion for the implementation of ideas based on digital technologies is the added value for the customer. Incidentally, KHS has every right to be confident here as it is a pioneer in many fields – such as in 3D line design which the company has been practicing for over ten years.

In addition to its digital projects KHS is concentrating on two more future issues. One of them isn’t new: this is the total cost of ownership (TCO) factor, including all measures which enable the beverage industry to keep its overall operating costs down to the absolute minimum. It covers aspects such as lightweighting, i.e. reducing the weight of PET bottles, material, media and energy consumption, an increase in productivity and simpler operation.

Efficient configurations
The other topic for the future which KHS has been committed to for a long time now encompasses modularity and standardization. Here, the aim is to provide as much variety as possible externally while producing with the lowest possible variance in house. A limited number of modules with tried-andtested functions forms the basis for this, with which the maximum possible number of configurations can be efficiently made. A system such as this permits lower lead times in production and faster commissioning. This approach is already being adopted in the field of aseptics, for instance. The result is a configured system with a manageable risk and a very high quality – and this is a foundation customers can build on.
(KHS GmbH)

Vetropack publishes 2018 Sustainability Report
 17.04.2019

Vetropack publishes 2018 Sustainability Report  (Company news)

Sustainability is a top priority for Vetropack Group, which is why it publishes a report designed to inform its business part-ners, customers and the general public about its economic, environmental and social activities. The 2018 Sustainability Report is in line with the GRI G4 Reporting Guidelines – option “core”.

Environmentally sustainable business management forms an integral part of Vetropack’s corporate philosophy. Continuous improvement enables the Group to meet its stakeholders’ expectations and strengthen its market position.

To provide its customers with crystal-clear transparency, Vetropack undertakes “cradle-to-cradle” life cycle analyses of its products and enables customers to evaluate a range of scenarios. The traceability of individual products is becoming an increasingly sought-after attribute.

In its efforts to reduce the eco-footprint of its products and services, Vetropack Group is sending out a clear message: investments are being made in product development, logistics, measures to raise the percentage of cullet in its melted material and the energy consumption of the melting furnaces.

In 2018, the percentage of recycled glass used in producing green glass was 61 per cent, while amber and flint glass containers consisted of 50 per cent and 43 per cent used glass respectively. In some glassworks, used glass makes up as much as 83 per cent of the raw material. Overall, 2,499 GWh of energy was consumed in 2018. Thermal energy for the furnaces accounted for more than 60 per cent of the total greenhouse gas emissions generated during production.

Benefiting from mutual exchanges
The close and candid dialogue with customers helps Vetropack to develop and improve its products on a continual basis. All customer feedback serves as impetus for a learning process. Quality is very important to Vetropack here and, in addition to the finished product, also incorporates the quality awareness established across the Group and encapsulated in the corporate principle “one brand, one quality”. In 2018, Vetropack focused on a 360-degree analysis of all quality processes with the objective not of establishing more processes throughout the Group, but rather bringing about optimised ones. Product quality and safety are an essential part of Vetropack Group’s quality management, as is environmental management. For large customers in particular, information about the environmental footprint of their glass packaging is increasingly important. Customers are setting ever greater store by the principle of sus-tainability because today’s consumer is more conscious of health and environmental issues.

Vetropack Group is one of the leading manufacturers of glass packaging for the food and beverage industry in Europe. It operates sites in Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Italy.
(Vetropack AG)

SIG is first to offer aseptic cartons using ASI-certified aluminium foil
 16.04.2019

SIG is first to offer aseptic cartons using ASI-certified aluminium foil  (Company news)

SIG is the first in the industry to enable customers to demonstrate their commitment to responsible aluminium sourcing using the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification.

Added value through responsible sourcing
From today, SIG will offer the world’s first aseptic carton packs that use foil certified to the ASI standard. This will add value for customers, brands and retailers by promoting responsible sourcing throughout the value chain – from suppliers all the way through to consumers.

SIG customers will also have the option to include the ASI label on packs to show consumers that SIG sources responsibly the aluminium it uses in the cartons – in the same way they can already include the FSCTM label on any SIG pack to show that the liquid paper board comes from responsible sources.

Ian Wood, Chief Supply Chain Officer at SIG: “SIG is once again leading the industry in offering customers new ways to demonstrate their commitment to responsible packaging. Achieving ASI certification across Europe takes us another important step towards our target to source 100% of our key materials from certified sources.”

First certification for responsible aluminium
SIG was the first in the industry – and one of the first companies in the world – to achieve certification to the ASI Performance Standard Material Stewardship Principle at the corporate level, together with the ASI Chain of Custody certification for its production site in Austria. The company has now extended ASI Chain of Custody certification to all its carton sleeve production sites in Europe.

The ASI certification enables companies to audit the aluminium supply chain against strict standards on a broad range of ethical, environmental and social topics. Previously, there was no such certification available to certify the ultra-thin layer of aluminium foil used in SIG packs. SIG’s ASI Chain of Custody certification has made it possible for the ASI Standard to be put into practice for the first time in aseptic carton packs.

Dr. Fiona Solomon, CEO at ASI: “SIG’s leadership in achieving this duel ASI Certification sends a strong signal that responsible aluminium sourcing is an important strategy for the packaging sector. The option of on-pack labelling will also offer the opportunity to get the message on responsible aluminium out to consumers.”

Europe-wide ASI certification is an important step towards SIG’s target to source 100% of its key materials from certified sources as part of its ambition to go Way Beyond Good for the environment and society.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

DS Smith Showered With Praise at the EFIA Print Awards 2019
 15.04.2019

DS Smith Showered With Praise at the EFIA Print Awards 2019  (Company news)

"Splashing Fruits” Win Silver.

A total of 13 awards went to DS Smith’s display and packaging strategists at this year’s Print Awards by the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA). The silver medallists included DS Smith Germany with their printed image for the multivitamin-12 juice drink by the Christinen brand. The photo-realistic image of fruit splashing into mineral water showcases DS Smith’s excellence in flexographic post-printing down to the very last halftone detail. When placed on the shelves, this high-impulse printed image on the corrugated board packaging becomes an unmistakeable brand ambassador and sales driver. Brilliant colours, smoothly flowing lines, and razor-sharp image details convey a visual quality which whets one’s thirst for this naturally healthy refreshing drink by the Bielefeld-based beverage group Gehring-Bunte.

Caption: DS Smith Packaging Germany won silver at this year’s EFIA Print Awards for the sophisticated printed image of the shelf packaging for the multivitamin-12 juice drink by Christinen.

The family-owned company Gehring-Bunte was founded in 1895 on the values of tradition and innovation. Their Christinen brand stands for premium mineral water of certified organic quality: Obtained from the untouched rock layers more than 400 metres deep, the naturally pure mineral waters, spritzers, and soft drinks by Teutoburger Mineralbrunnen GmbH & Co. KG are by now sold in more than 15 countries in Europe.

The multivitamin-12 juice drink, which comes in various sizes and bottles, is one of those drinks. The corrugated board packaging realised by DS Smith for the sale of the convenient 0.5-litre PET bottles helps to put the goods on adequate display on the shelves. The brand values of the drink — natural, fruity, refreshing — are conveyed perfectly in the photo-realistic image of fruit splashing into sparkling water. Realised in flexographic post-printing with 24 lines per centimeter in five colours, the shelf packaging distinguishes itself through extraordinarily brilliant colours, razor-sharp image details, and delicate colour gradients.

“The major beverage brands cannot afford to leave anything to chance in the fierce competition for the consumers’ favour”, says Anja Röhrle, Marketing & Communication Manager at DS Smith. Displays for secondary placement, seasonal editions, and eye-catching shelf packaging are supposed to push sales. “Natural-looking photo-realistic printed images which convey the taste adventure down to the very last detail and thus trigger a buying impulse in the shopper are in great demand, of course. A procedure to realise impressive print results on corrugated board which is both quick and cost-efficient is flexographic post-printing.” But technology isn’t everything, as Ms Röhrle points out. “Excellent know-how is required to achieve the best possible print. Our colleagues from the printing area know their craft, as attested by our success at this year’s EFIA Print Awards.”
(DS Smith Packaging Division, Display/Packaging/Service)

Tetra Pak and ABB pioneer digital energy assessment programme to help food producers ...
 12.04.2019

Tetra Pak and ABB pioneer digital energy assessment programme to help food producers ...  (Company news)

...reduce their environmental impact and cut costs

Tetra Pak has announced it is developing an energy assessment programme in collaboration with ABB to help food and beverage producers lower their environmental impact and cut costs. These solutions have been showcased in the Swedish Pavilion at Hannover Messe 2019 between April 1st and 5th.

​The programme provides an assessment of the entire plant, helping customers minimise their environmental impact and maximise profitability. Based on this analysis, Tetra Pak provides recommendations for food producers on opportunities to reduce energy consumption and help them make informed decisions about how resources are used in their plants.

​Based on pilot projects in the Americas, the programme can potentially reduce carbon emissions for food and beverage manufacturing and cut energy cost by between 15% and 25%.

​The strategic collaboration will combine the strengths of ABB Ability™ digital solutions and Tetra Pak’s unique expertise in food manufacturing, and build on both companies’ global installed base, deep domain and digital transformation expertise. Johan Nilsson, Vice President at Tetra Pak, said: “There is a sense of urgency for all industries to reduce their environmental impact across their operations, and we are developing programmes together with our partners to reduce this impact for our customers and the overall industry. The plant assessment programme is an excellent example of an area where we have found and created opportunities for environmental savings.”

​“With this strategic collaboration, Tetra Pak and ABB will create and drive a leading manufacturing ecosystem to provide Tetra Pak’s customers with the most advanced digital solutions and services,” said Visar Krasniqi, Group Vice President, Digital Transformation at ABB. “Additionally, this will enable Tetra Pak’s customers to run ABB’s digital solutions and their operations with improved overall efficiency, flexibility and sustainability.”
(Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)

ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs to join forces to pioneer paper bottles for a sustainable future
 11.04.2019

ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs to join forces to pioneer paper bottles for a sustainable future  (Company news)

Plastic packaging solutions provider ALPLA and paper packaging materials- and solutions provider BillerudKorsnäs announced that they will embark on a joint venture. They do so with the vision to develop a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle.

ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs announced that they will form a joint venture in the Danish paper bottle company ecoXpac. When the transaction has been completed, ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs will own equal parts of ecoXpac. A minority post will be held by the founder family. BillerudKorsnäs is currently the majority owner and has been a shareholder in the company since 2015. BillerudKorsnäs has been a driving force in the ongoing development of a paper bottle, which was started by ecoXpac in 2010 and with Carlsberg Group since 2015.

ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs share the ambition to drive packaging innovation in a sustainable direction. The two companies intend to leverage the development by combining their resources, competencies and strengths to support scaling ecoXpac in the commercialisation of a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle.

In late 2016, Carlsberg Group revealed a first physical prototype of a paper bottle, the Green Fiber Bottle, and the first generation of paper bottles has since then been in a testing phase. The plan now is to continue the development to be able to launch and then scale up production. Following generations will be both fully biobased and have biodegradable barriers thereby fully realising the vision and enabling consumers all over the world to live more sustainably. It is to realise this vision the two companies come together on this journey of innovation.

-“With BillerudKorsnäs we have found an ambitious partner creating a new packaging market segment that offers a complementary consumer experience to our current rigid packaging solutions. ALPLA is sharing the passion for technical challenges and innovation. I want to emphasise the long-term vision of the joint venture to introduce fully biobased paper bottles. ALPLA is contributing capital as well as technical know-how to the joint venture to accelerate the development and market introduction of the paper bottle”, says Günther Lehner, CEO of ALPLA.

-“I believe that with our shared and honest ambition to break new ground, ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs now make an important commitment to contribute to a more sustainable future. The question is not ‘if’ but rather ‘how soon’ this joint venture will introduce a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle to the market. And when we do, it will enable a significant shift in consumer behaviour globally,” says Petra Einarsson, CEO and President BillerudKorsnäs.

-“EcoXpac was founded with a strong vision for the future. Today we are privileged to have the best players in their fields sharing our vision. It makes me proud of what we have achieved so far. The vision has never felt closer to reality than today,” says Martin Grosen Petersen, CEO of ecoXpac.

The formation of the joint venture is subject to customary regulatory approvals such as merger control clearances. It is expected that the transaction is completed in Q3 2019.
(ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG)

SIG REPORTS KEY MILESTONES ON ITS JOURNEY WAY BEYOND GOOD
 11.04.2019

SIG REPORTS KEY MILESTONES ON ITS JOURNEY WAY BEYOND GOOD  (Company news)

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT PUBLISHED

Picture: SIG’s Corporate Responsibility Report for 2018 highlights the progress the company has made towards its bold ambition to go Way Beyond Good – and explores what this means for the environment, society and SIG. Photo: SIG

Published today, SIG’s Corporate Responsibility Report for 2018 highlights the progress the company has made towards its bold ambition to go Way Beyond Good – and explores what this means for the environment, society and SIG.

Milestones on the journey
SIG set out to become a net positive company three years ago. Since then, the company has achieved a host of industry firsts:
- First to enable customers to include the FSCTM label on any of its packs – by the end of 2018, 96% of SIG packs carried the FSCTM logo
- First to offer an aseptic carton linked to 100% renewable plant-based materials – SIGNATURE PACK 100 has a 58% lower carbon footprint than SIG’s standard packs in the world’s first ISO-conformant life-cycle assessment for a mass balance product
- First to source all the energy used to make its packs from renewable sources – 100% of electricity and gas for production came from renewable sources in 2018, either directly or indirectly through GoldPower® certified renewable energy projects
- First to achieve certification to the new Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standard – in 2018, SIG became one of the first companies in the world to achieve this certification to enhance traceability and responsibility in the aluminium supply chain
- First to offer a market-ready alternative to plastic straws for use with aseptic carton packs – SIG’s paper straw solution was launched in early 2019 and Nestlé has already tested the market launch in the Dominican Republic.

In addition, SIG recently celebrated the launch of its Cartons for Good flagship project in Bangladesh, where its unique mobile filling machine is helping farmers preserve surplus food and providing children with school meals.

Rolf Stangl, SIG CEO said: “I am very proud of the progress we have made since we embarked on our responsibility roadmap in 2016. We are leading the industry by pioneering sustainable innovations that will help to deliver scalable, systemic net positive impacts – for society, the environment and our business.”

Transparent reporting
SIG’s latest Corporate Responsibility Report combines narrative on the company’s progress with detailed reporting on the management of its most material environmental and social issues. It was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core option. GRI requirements are clearly signposted throughout the document, together with relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Visual cues throughout the document highlight areas where SIG is leading the industry, as well as tracking progress towards its goals and acknowledging key challenges as part of the company’s commitment to transparency.

SIG’s external Responsibility time in 2018 and direct feedback from members of the RAG is published in the report, together with the company’s response. Quotes from other stakeholders add further credibility and selected data points have been externally assured. The report shows how corporate responsibility is built into the company strategy and every aspect of the business as SIG strives to go Way Beyond Good.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

FreshSafe PET® from KHS: Association of Plastic Recyclers recognizes recyclability achievement
 10.04.2019

FreshSafe PET® from KHS: Association of Plastic Recyclers recognizes recyclability achievement  (Company news)

Picture: FreshSafe PET®: a wafer-thin layer of glass on the inside wall of the PET bottle combines product protection with the option of full bottle-to-bottle recycling.

- Technology combines product protection with recyclability
- Better barrier properties than composite materials
- Growing demand for clean recycling systems for PET bottles

The public demand for more sustainability is growing stronger. As a result the industry is increasingly concentrating on the recyclability of PET bottles. However, this type of packaging often contains composite materials which considerably hinder simple, pure-grade recycling. KHS’ FreshSafe PET® technology offers the beverage and food industries a unique alternative. A wafer-thin protective layer of chemically pure glass on the inside wall of the PET container combines product protection with full bottle-to-bottle recycling. This has now been officially acknowledged by North America’s Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR): this recognizes PET bottles coated using Plasmax barrier technology as meeting or exceeding APR’s most stringent Critical Guidance criteria for recyclability.

“Plastics are being subjected to increasingly critical questioning. People want more sustainable solutions from the industry,” says Jon Elward, head of Plastic Packaging at KHS USA, Inc. “The demand for clean recycling systems in particular is steadily gaining in significance.” The gradual ousting of mixed material PET bottles which are hard to recycle is progressively opening up the market to packaging systems which are easy to recycle. In this context KHS’ FreshSafe PET© technology provides a suitable alternative and has now been classified as meeting APR’s [1] most stringent Critical Guidance criteria for recycling. The wafer-thin glass coating applied to the inside wall of the bottle is washed off during the recycling process, producing pure PET. “We’ve fully satisfied the strict specifications and critical demands of the recognition process,” states Elward. “This again proves that FreshSafe PET® is the only sustainable technology on the market and a reference for the recyclability of PET bottles without composite materials.” With it sensitive products such as juice, wine, sauce and liquid food are protected from oxidation and carbonated beverages from carbon dioxide loss. Furthermore, compared to standard composite materials the coating process provides a much better barrier quality and ensures much longer product shelf lives.

APR aims to improve recycling quality of PET bottles
“This technology considerably facilitates recycling and at the same time improves the barrier properties of PET bottles,” confirms Steve Alexander, executive director of the APR. Through its recognition program the organization aims to improve the recycling quality of plastic bottles. According to Elward, interest among bottlers is growing in the system which has already been tried and tested many times over on the market. “There is an increasing demand for sustainable packaging.” With the recognition issued by the APR bottlers and recyclers can be more confident the technology supports the American PET recycling market. “This is a significant step in further establishing this technology,” Elward believes.

The EPBP also gives FreshSafe PET® top marks. In its design guidelines the platform rates the materials used with regard to their recyclability using a traffic light system. The SiOx coating is described as being the only fully compatible barrier technology.

KHS calculates individual TCO
Beverage producers of course incur additional overheads when they invest in FreshSafe PET© yet these quickly pay off as the overall operating costs at the plant are reduced. When they use this system bottlers can switch to less expensive standard PET preforms, relieving them of the obligation to source preforms from a specific manufacturer. KHS offers plant operators an individual consideration of the total costs accrued when using its barrier coating technology. “Measured against the huge benefit of additional product protection and longer product shelf lives in particular, the costs per bottle are actually lower than when conventional composite materials are used,” smiles Elward.
(KHS GmbH)

09.04.2019

Luxembourg: Brewers invest in modernizing seeing growth potential in the market  (E-malt.com)

Beer is one of the few industries which has weathered the last century and even put Luxembourg on the world map. Delano examines how Luxembourg’s brewing industry is securing its future.

Luxembourg has a long brewing tradition dating back to at least 1300. At the industry’s height in the 1950s, the country boasted some 12 breweries. While today, that number has fallen to three large breweries and a handful of micro-breweries, brewers certainly see this industry as a “glass half-full” activity, investing millions in modernising their operations.

Belgian beer giant AB InBev inaugurated a new brewing facility in Diekirchfor the Mousel and Diekirch pils brands on March 15. This €25 mln project, of which €12 mln went into constructing the new brewery building, was to provide a facility “for the next 100 years,” operational director Pierre Van Vynckt told Delano on March 15. The brewery was first founded in 1871 and continued a tradition begun by monks. Its founders purchased land close to the station in 1880 to expand its production and then constructed an entirely new industrial brewery in 1930. As the country is gripped in a housing shortage, the old brewery site will be transformed into flats and commercial space.

Most of the operations will be moved to the new building where the first batch of beer was started at the end of 2018. The facility, which has a capacity for brewing up to 250,000 hectolitres per year, has enabled the complex to increase its brewing operations team, from 22 to 25, in an overall workforce of 54. The biggest gain in the new facility will be in sustainability. High-tech equipment, modern installations, insulation and other features mean the brewery uses 10% less water, and will reduce electricity consumption by 15%, and its carbon footprint by 75%. The Luxembourg State was able to help subsidise some of these features but the majority of the bill was picked up by the parent company. It is not the only brewery to make its operations more efficient.

The Brasserie Nationale in Bascharage (Battin, Bofferding and Funck-Bricher ranges) announced in February that in 2018 it made water, electricity and gas savings equivalent to the consumption of 30 family homes. And further savings are expected, thanks to a €800,000 investment in two new vats. The vats allow for the automation of cleaning, collecting waste and adding yeast.

Other changes in the industry have been in the habits of consumers. “People are drinking less beer, but they are drinking better,” Diekirch general director Gilles Nackaerts said on March 15. In 2017, global beer consumption declined by 1.9 mln hectolitres, while the volume of beer brewed in Luxembourg fell from 273,671 hectolitres in 2017 to 368,221 in 2018. That has forced brewers to be more innovative about their range of products and how they market them. Both Brasserie Nationale and Diekirch have non-alcohol or zero alcohol beers in their ranges. And their lager or pils ranges have benefited from a global trend that is bringing lagers back in vogue.

Another factor shaking up the beer industry in Luxembourg is the rise of the microbrewery making craft beers. Brasserie Nationale sees the trend as a win-win for the sector, suggesting that the quality and diversity microbreweries bring to the market bring a sophistication to the product that in the past was only associated with wine-drinking.

In the past decade around a dozen microbreweries have sprung up in Luxembourg including Fox Beer, Nowhere Brewing and Brauerei Stuff.

Producing smaller volumes and with less capital to invest in machinery, these brewers have to focus on the quality produce and variety to secure their future in the industry.

Like larger scale brewing operations, microbreweries are impacted by a growing trend for drinking at home. But they also face their own challenge, namely the distribution of bar licences in Luxembourg.

"95% of bar licenses are owned by the big breweries to ensure small businesses and bar owners are sometimes forced to go through the big breweries to be able to sell alcohol. When this happens, they are then limited by what they can sell. i.e not competing brands," Stuff Brauerei’s Joseph Hallack-Wolff told Delano on March 18.

Other microbrewers like Bouneweger Brauerei, have found a way around this by combining brewing with bar or tap room (Craft Corner, in Bonnevoie).

Larger breweries are meanwhile following the wave for craft beer with Brasserie Nationale recently reviving the Funck-Bricher brand (first founded in 1764), which it merged with in 1975, to produce an organic vegan beer. Wiltz-based brewery Simon has, meanwhile, spearheaded much of the organic beer brewing trend as well as producing craft beer ranges using local produce like Ourdaller.

ENGEL opens second location in Mexico
 09.04.2019

ENGEL opens second location in Mexico  (Company news)

Together with customers and partners, ENGEL de Mexico opened a second location in Mexico in San Pedro near Monterrey. "We are thus shortening the distance to our customers in the very important industrial region in the north of the country," emphasizes Peter Auinger, Managing Director of ENGEL in Mexico.

Photo: Two sales experts and four service technicians are the initial team: ENGEL has opened a second location in Mexico in San Pedro near Monterrey.

ENGEL de Mexico SA de CV is headquartered in Querétaro near Mexico City in the centre of the country, where numerous companies in the plastics industry are also based. There are 800 km between the two industrial regions. "This is precisely why we decided to establish a permanent ENGEL team in the north," says Auinger. Two sales experts and four service technicians are the initial team. In addition to offices, they have at their disposal a large conference room with state-of-the-art presentation technology, which is also used for customer training courses. At the inauguration of the site, Peter Auinger demonstrated the new possibilities with a live broadcast to Querétaro. Via the ENGEL service tool e-connect.24, he switched to an injection moulding machine in the technical centre of the central Mexican branch. The CC300 control surface was transferred in real time to the monitor in San Pedro and the machine was remotely controlled from there.

Machine training directly on the machine
For training courses and workshops directly on the machine, ENGEL works together with a partner in the north of the country. In its technical centre in Monterrey, this partner has machine capacities available for ENGEL customers.

"We are increasingly becoming a partner for our customers over the entire life cycle of our injection moulding machines and system solutions," explains Auinger. “The demands placed on our consulting services are increasing, and we are working more and more closely with our customers. The geographic proximity becomes even more important." In the Monterrey region, the automotive industry in particular is strongly represented. In addition, ENGEL de Mexico has many customers in the packaging, telecommunications and consumer electronics industries.

Present in Mexico for more than 20 years
Injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solutions provider ENGEL, headquartered in Austria, has had its own sales and service subsidiary in Mexico since 1996. In 2010, the premises were moved from Mexico City to Querétaro and significantly expanded. ENGEL has its own machine technology centre and spare parts warehouse in central Mexico. All in all, ENGEL employs almost 70 people in Mexico.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Robinsons gets set for summer with new limited edition Cordial
 08.04.2019

Robinsons gets set for summer with new limited edition Cordial   (Company news)

Britvic is expanding its Robinsons Fruit Cordial range in time for summer, with the addition of a new Strawberry, Cucumber & Mint flavour (photo). The limited edition cordial will help retailers capitalise on a key season for the soft drinks industry and drive sales through the brand’s close association with Wimbledon. The new addition will be unmissable with a £3m Wimbledon campaign to support the launch, including in-store activation and sampling.

As a brand, Robinsons is going from strength to strength. In addition to being the number one low or no sugar squash brand in the UK, it is growing ahead of the squash sector at an impressive +13.1%. As Wimbledon’s official soft drinks partner, sales of Robinsons do spike during the tournament, with last year seeing over 1.9m more households purchase the brand than during the same time period in 2017.

Looking specifically at the Robinsons Fruit Cordials range, this has already been tried by over 1.5m households, gaining more shoppers than the number one premium cordial brand. With combinations of real fruit and botanical flavours, the new Robinsons Strawberry, Cucumber & Mint cordial has no artificial colours or flavourings, and will include the Wimbledon logo on-pack to drive further relevance among shoppers.

Phil Sanders, GB Commercial Director, At Home at Britvic comments: “Our Cordials range has performed really well to date and the continued appetite for Robinsons demonstrates that it’s the perfect time for the introduction of a new seasonal flavour. We know that summer is a key trading period for soft drinks, so a premium product and flavour like Strawberry, Cucumber & Mint is set to help retailers drive additional sales and encourage shoppers to trade up. Following the success of a limited edition winter flavour at the end of last year, we’re confident this variant will be a hit with shoppers. Our support campaign and partnership with Wimbledon will drive awareness of the brand, and the product is perfect for summer themed fixtures of Wimbledon displays in-store.”

The versatile cordial can be mixed with still or sparkling water and also makes a great base for mocktails, appealing to those looking for a non-alcoholic alternative this summer. The limited edition is available in a 500ml bottle with an MRSP of £2.50.
(Britvic plc)

05.04.2019

Spain & China: Spanish brewers increase shipments to China  (E-malt.com)

Beer brewed in Spain has been exported in ever increasing volumes to China during the last 10 years, the Director of Cerveceros de Espana, Jacobo Olalla, explained to Xinhua in an exclusive interview. This organization represents the interests of Spanish brewers.

Although Spain has always been associated with wine production, the long hot summers mean that the Spanish also have a long tradition of drinking beer. However, Spanish beer export is a relatively recent phenomenon.

Olalla explained that the breakthrough came with the 2008 economic crisis: "Over the past decade, the Spanish brewing sector has made a big effort in the export market with spectacular results. During the last 10 years, we have seen exports grow by 250 percent," he said.

The crisis had led to a downturn in domestic beer consumption, and breweries turned to the export market to help compensate for lower domestic sales.

"First we looked to countries around us, such as Portugal or countries with a beer drinking tradition, such as the UK, but then the chance to export to China appeared," explained Olalla.

According to data supplied by Cerveceros de Espana, Spanish beer exports to China increased 672 times in value and 628 times in volume between 2008 and 2018.

"China is an enormous market, with a great deal of potential for growth and a lot of consumers. It is also a powerful economy and all the time there are more people there who want quality products, such as Spanish beer," continued Olalla, adding that 22.12 percent of Spain's beer exports now go to China.

Last year saw 54.22 million litres of beer worth 49.8 million euros (56.45 million U.S. dollars) exported from Spain to China, with only Portugal and the UK importing more.

"Spanish beer is a product of tremendous quality: Spain is a massive producer of cereals, such as wheat and barley, which are vital for brewing good beer and perfect for making lager, which is a style of beer that is usually light, not too alcoholic and easy to drink," explained the director of Cerveceros de Espana. He added that cultural factors have also worked in favor of enabling the Chinese to develop a taste for Spanish beer.

"All the time our relationship with China is expanding. Beyond trade, we also see more Chinese tourists in Spain, and there are more Chinese people living and working here now," he said, adding that while in Spain, more and more Chinese people try and get to like Spanish beer.

ENGEL signs New Plastics Economy Global Commitment
 05.04.2019

ENGEL signs New Plastics Economy Global Commitment  (Company news)

In mid-March 2019, the injection moulding machine manufacturer ENGEL AUSTRIA was one of the first plastic machine manufacturers to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to create a circular economy. In cooperation with more than 350 other companies, universities and organisations, ENGEL has committed itself to actively contributing to the transfer of plastics into closed material cycles.

“As a member of the international plastics industry, we are not only responsible for our own products, but also for the products that are produced on our machines," stresses Dr Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria. “It is important to us to utilise our experience and knowledge to ensure that people in all regions of the world will handle plastics responsibly and that the conditions are created for plastic products to be returned to the material cycle at the end of their useful life. As an individual company, our influence is limited. This is precisely why we are involved in the New Plastics Economy Initiative. It networks the global players and makes our common concern more heard."

In concrete terms, the initiative founded in 2018 is about avoiding unnecessary packaging and ensuring that by 2025, all plastic packaging will be reused, recycled or composted. Each member company is asked to set individual goals and report regularly on its progress to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Creating new applications for recycled materials
As a supplier to the plastics processing industry, ENGEL supports its customers in designing and producing packaging according to the rules of the circular economy and in opening up a wider range of applications for recycled materials. In this regard, the focus is on the following topics:
-To guarantee a high process consistency and to prevent rejects with the help of intelligent assistant systems, even when the raw material is subject to strong quality fluctuations, as is often the case with recycled materials.
-To further increase the proportion of recycled material in sandwich components with the aid of innovative processing technologies.
-Working closely with processors in the course of product development with the goal of reducing material usage and enabling the subsequent recycling of products.
-To further strengthen the consulting services in the area of upstream processes in order to optimize the processing of recycled materials for injection moulding.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is one of the leading global drivers of the circular economy. Since 2010, the organisation founded by British sailor Ellen MacArthur has been committed to a sustainable, resource-saving economy.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

04.04.2019

The Czech Republic & UK: Budejovicky Budvar worrying about Brexit impact  (E-malt.com)

The Budejovicky Budvar brewery in the Czech Republic managed to survive a decades-long trademark battle over whether it could call its beer Budweiser. But now it faces another potential threat: Brexit, The Washington Post reported on March 18.

The United Kingdom is one of the brewer’s top five markets, though it won’t say exactly how much beer it sends there. Like many other businesses, it’s concerned about what will happen if Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement governing trade.

That exit is due to happen on March 29, though with political wrangling still very much underway, a delay looks likely.

That’s meant worrying uncertainty for businesses like Budvar that rely on being able to send their goods to Britain without inspection delays at borders.

“It’s about two weeks to Brexit and nobody knows anything,” said Budvar director Petr Dvorak. “We’re now waiting for what happens because it’s going to be uncertain till the last moment.”

Budvar’s business has been growing — it increased exports by 8.5 percent to reach 1.075 million hectoliters (28.4 million gallons) last year. The brewer reached its production capacity in recent years and has been expanding to be able to produce more.

Still, a loss of UK business would be a blow, Dvorak said.

“It might threaten our positions in bars and restaurants if we’re not able to supply the market in the long term,” he said.

Budvar is also among the major Czech brewers that in recent years started to deliver beer in tanks in an effort to keep it fresher. That unpasteurized beer expires after 21 days, meaning big problems if trucks get stuck at customs posts can’t get it to the UK in a timely fashion.

“The last thing we need for our beer is to get stuck somewhere on the border,” Dvorak said.

Among the few things Budvar can do is to stockpile as much beer as possible in Britain in hopes that a deal will be reached soon. But that’s a short term solution that works only for beer in barrels, bottles and cans.

Budejovicky Budvar and U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch have been in a trademark dispute over the Budweiser brand since 1906. Anheuser-Busch joined AB InBev in 2008.

Budejovicky Budvar holds exclusive rights to sell Budweiser beer in most major European markets, including Germany. But in the UK, both Budvar and AB InBev can sell Budweiser after a court ruled that consumers can tell the difference between the two. AB InBev is significantly bigger.

Brexit won’t change anything about that arrangement. So might British customers start drinking American Budweiser if they can’t get Budvar after Brexit? Dvorak thinks the two beers are different enough that they won’t.

“In the meantime, we can only hope that the British government has a plan because it is, of course, in the interest of the British government to allow free trade,” he said.

04.04.2019

Malaysia: Heineken to hike prices despite very positive results last year  (E-malt.com)

Heineken Malaysia will be raising its product prices as a response to the ‘challenging environment’ in in country, despite reporting very positive results in its 2018 year-end financial report, BeverageDaily.com reported on March 20.

The company said that it was being ‘cautious’ about moving forward, citing factors such as intense competition, the new Sales and Service Tax (SST) being implemented last September, and a continued contraband beer concern.

“The external environment remains challenging,” Heineken Malaysia Managing Director Roland Bala said.

“Amidst slowing global growth rates, currency volatility and uncertainty in the commodity markets, we will need to adopt a cautious approach in cost management.”

Amongst these cost management actions is a hike in the company’s products, which it confirmed would be raised by a maximum of 5% by April 1.

This was in response to increases in operational costs, which would include raw materials and packaging prices.

Heineken Malaysia owns and operates many of the major beer and beverage brands in the country, including Heineken, Tiger, Guinness, Kirin and Kilkenny.

That said, Heineken announced commendable results in its 2018 financial report, with revenue rising to RM2.03 bln from RM1.87 bln the previous year, a growth of 8.3%.

Net profit also increased 4.6% to hit RM283 mln from RM270 mln in 2017.

This was attributed to an ‘increase in sales volume, [previous] price adjustments on 15 April 2018, and the implementation of SST [last September].

“[We] remain focused on the sustainability of our business from barley to bar [and] continue to promote sustainable growth [via our people, brands and environmental conservation efforts],” said Bala.

Heineken was not the only beer company to have raised its product prices in Malaysia in recent months.

Last September also saw its main local competitor Carlsberg Malaysia raise prices by some 5.5% following the implementation of SST in the country.

“We expect the implementation of SST to impact consumer spending on beer negatively,” Carlsberg Malaysia managing director Lars Lehmann previously told us.

“[This is especially so] in on-trade which is exposed to double-taxation from both 10% sales tax on products at a manufacturer level and 6% service tax at the retail level such as restaurants and bars with annual revenue above RM 1.5 million.”

“While off-trade sales are no longer subject to 6% GST, our customers may pass on their additional tax and business costs from the implementation of SST.”

Contraband beer is a major issue within the Malaysian beer industry, and one that Heineken views as a ‘significant’ problem.

“[The] illicit alcohol issue [causes] significant revenue loss to both Government and Industry,” added Bala.

“There have been positive steps [taken], including the increase of minimum penalties against those found dealing in illicit products, [and we will continue to support the government with these efforts].”

04.04.2019

India: United Breweries expects disruption to sales due to general elections  (E-malt.com)

United Breweries, India's largest beer maker, expects demand and operations to be disrupted during the general elections as sale and consumption of liquor will be banned on and around the voting days, the Economic Times reported on March 18.

“Election is a big disruptor simply because there are a huge amount of restrictions on hours of operations, outlet closures and dry days. So it makes the business of alcohol much more complicated," said Shekhar Ramamurthy, managing director of Heineken-controlled UB.

The April 11-May 19 Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's bicameral Parliament) election will overlap with the Indian Premiere League cricket matches and the summer months, which have traditionally boosted demand for beer in the country. “It is not a question of dip in sales. It is a question of complexity in operations. For beer, the issue is that if the elections come in peak summer season, it is even a bigger disruptor,” Ramamurthy said.

The maker of Kingfisher beer controls half of the country’s beer market, which saw double-digit growth in 2018, helped by a favourable base year that was volatile due to the highway ban and the implementation of GST. UB now expects the industry to have a lower growth rate of 7-8% during the year, but maintained the event will not affect its strategy in terms of product launches.

While increase in “dry days” during elections is not new, polling will overlap with the label registration cycle this time, something that can directly impact operations and supply chain, say experts. “No new licences will be issued and no new product labels will be registered or granted during the period. Our industry will be in cold storage for about three months,” said Rahul Singh, founder of The Beer Cafe chain. "During the general elections of 2014, when the economy was down, we had lesser number of outlets. While the economy is booming now, the impact of the elections will be far more disruptive this time."

A month ago, United Spirits, the country's biggest liquor maker, and French spirits firm Pernod Ricard also flagged concerns about the general election disrupting sales in the next quarter. "Excise officials, many of them who are posted in our factories, are co-opted for election duty. So, sometimes you don’t have the excise people there to open the factory and shut the factory and supervise the factory during the day," United Spirits managing director Anand Kripalu had said at an investor call for December-quarter earnings.

Analysts, however, feel liquor companies will be more insulated during elections compared with beer makers. "Election related disruptions can affect the crucial summer season sales in 1QFY20. While United Spirits is also likely to be affected due to elections, the impact should be significantly lower as beer consumption is more skewed towards summers, unlike spirits," Krishnan Sambamoorthy and Vishal Punmiya, analysts at Motilal Oswal wrote in a recent investor note.

04.04.2019

Italy: Birra Peroni closes 2018 with 6.4% production increase  (E-malt.com)

Italian brewery Birra Peroni closed 2018 with a 6.4% of growth in production compared to the previous year, to six million hectolitres, ESM reported on March 22.

Over the last four years, beer production at the firm rose by 19.46%, while CO2 emissions decreased by 11.94%, the company said.

Exports of Birra Peroni increased by 11% in 2018 compared to 2017, with an overall value of 2.1 million hectolitres.

More than half (60%) of exports went to Great Britain, which is the main export market for the Italian brewery.

The group's Rome factory reported the strongest growth in production, seeing an increase of 10.7% compared to 2017 and reaching a high of 2.5 million hectolitres.

According to Roberto Cavalli, integrated supply chain director of Birra Peroni, the company boasts great industrial experience, enabling it to distinguish itself in both national and international markets.

The positive performances of the Italian brewery also coincide with the company's commitment to sustainability, Cavalli added.

Due to a number of investments in its production facilities, CO2 emissions at Peroni decreased from 5.19 Kg CO2/Hl in 2015 to 4.57 Kg CO2/Hl in 2018.

The company also reported that electricity and water consumption has dropped steadily over the past four years.

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