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The Brewers of Europe elects new President
 23.09.2020

The Brewers of Europe elects new President  (Company news)

The Brewers of Europe has elected Mr Lasse Aho (photo), CEO of Olvi plc, as the new President of The Brewers of Europe, succeeding Mr Pavlos Photiades.

Addressing The Brewers of Europe General Assembly, Mr Aho said: “This is both an extremely proud and a very humbling moment for me, knowing that my brewing colleagues from across Europe are putting their trust in me to lead their European umbrella association. After five consecutive years of growth in the European beer market, these are no doubt very challenging times as Europe’s brewers seek to reconnect with their distribution chain and ultimately their consumers in the midst of a global pandemic. My ambition is to help guide Europe’s diverse family of brewers out of this crisis, embracing the Green Recovery that is essential to ensure a robust and sustainable future for beer in Europe. I wish to thank Pavlos for the magnificent job he has done in helping to ensure The Brewers of Europe is well prepared to play this role, at the service of brewers and the wider society.”

There are currently an estimated ten thousand breweries in Europe, a fascinating mix of world-leading multinationals, medium-sized national and regional companies, centuries-long established family brewers and up-and-coming new microbreweries. With one job in a brewery creating an additional sixteen jobs in the wider economy, beer creates around 2.3 million jobs, from the grain right through to the glass. Prior to the ongoing global pandemic and the weeks-long shutdown of hundreds of thousands of bars, restaurants and cafés, one in every three beers was consumed in Europe’s hospitality sector. With a safe and sustainable reopening imperative and most establishments either operating at limited capacity or even still closed, The Brewers of Europe is continuing its campaign for targeted support to be given to these social hubs that are key to Europe’s need to reconnect.

Reflecting on his tenure at the head of the association, Mr Photiades said: “Without the commitment of the National Associations, the beer companies and the Brussels secretariat, I would not have been able to equip you with such a positive report on the last four years for Europe’s brewers. And I am really grateful for this unique cooperation. The near doubling of the number of breweries presented not just a challenge but an opportunity to ensure The Brewers of Europe could feel like home for all of Europe’s breweries. This required not just reflection, but adaptation, with the first ever European Brewers’ Forum a direct product of that strategic review. Looking back, I can also only share The Brewers of Europe’s pride for its unprecedented ambition to label ingredients and nutrition information on all beers and I would like to express my gratitude to the European Commission for its encouragements and support on this crucial dossier. It has been an immense pleasure and honour to have served as President of The Brewers of Europe. Whilst I know very well the difficult, even existential, challenges facing many brewers at this time, I have every confidence that Lasse is the right person to take the association forward, to ensure a bright and sustainable future for Europe’s brewing sector.”
(The Brewers of Europe)

BrauBeviale 2020 - Special Edition: Extensive programme bolsters future viability of sector
 22.09.2020

BrauBeviale 2020 - Special Edition: Extensive programme bolsters future viability of sector  (Company news)

Lectures by experts on current trends and challenges, discussion rounds, tastings in the Craft Drinks Areas, competitions including the European Beer Star, and also the German Beer Sommeliers Championship: exhibitors and visitors can look forward to an extensive programme at the Special Edition of BrauBeviale, scheduled for 10 to 12 November this year. Six lecture stages in the exhibition halls – BrauBeviale@stage – will provide plenty of space for everything and will combine both in-person and online experiences. Many of the items on the programme contribute to the theme of the future viability of the sector. BrauBeviale@stage can also be enjoyed online.

BrauBeviale’s extensive supporting programme has always been a defining feature of the regular industry meeting. “Gathering together, sharing knowledge, taking ideas home: recent months have shown there is a particular need in this area, and this has also been regularly drawn to our attention in our exchanges,” comments Andrea Kalrait, Executive Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse GmbH. “To meet this need and boost the dialogue in the beverage industry, we have worked with our partners to expand our supporting programme even further. The BrauBeviale Special Edition now offers six theme stages, and the sector is keen to use this platform to incorporate events that have previously taken place either before or after the main fair, such as the Export Forum German Beverages, as part of the fair itself.” This is precisely the context in which the key theme of the current BrauBeviale Triple, the future viability of the beverage industry, will play a particular role in the programme.

Craft Drinks Areas: Trends from every segment
In recent years, the Craft Drinks Area at BrauBeviale has become established as the preferred meeting place for trend scouts and people just wanting to learn more. This is the place for sampling inspiring products from the fields of beer, spirits, water, juices and non-alcoholic drinks. A smart and safe approach has been adopted to enable the extensive sampling to continue at this year’s Special Edition. Each of the three halls will have its own Craft Drinks Area covering all beverage segments. Following a short registration process, visitors can take a seat in the closed-off area, where the bartender will serve them with the tasting glasses. An exciting feature this year is that the tasting will come with digital support. A scan with the smartphone will put tasting notices, introductions and product info at the visitors’ fingertips – or they can opt to be inspired with no preconceptions!

Further highlights for the beer sector in particular include brau@home, the German Beer Sommeliers Championship, and the Beer-cross-thinker workshop. brau@home pays tribute to the growing trend among home and hobby brewers, offering lectures, information, opportunities to interact and practical hints and tips: the live brewing demonstration gives ambitious hobby brewers the chance to look into the brewing copper – while being sure to observe all the distancing rules, of course. Also on show will be the winning beer from this year’s hobby brewer competition in association with Maisel&Friends: the American Pale Ale “Hoptimism” by the hobby brewer Christoph Wolfrum. Taste, knowledge and strength of presentation are the key ingredients for up-and-coming beer sommeliers, which will be put to the test at the German Beer Sommeliers Championship, organized at the BrauBeviale Special Edition by the Doemens Academy. For the first time, both the semi-final and the final will be held in Nuremberg. Visitors can enjoy the finalists’ presentations on the Award Stage. The Beer-cross-thinker workshop, a regular event organized by the Romeis Institute, Private Brauereien Bayern and publishing house Fachverlag Hans Carl as media partner, will also be hosted at BrauBeviale for the first time this year. On Day 3 of the fair, participants can explore future opportunities offered by innovative and unique products on the Special Interest Stage.

Outstanding: European Beer Star in 70 categories
Since it was established by Private Brauereien in 2004, the European Beer Star has had its home at BrauBeviale, and has grown to be one of the world’s most important beer competitions. This coveted award will be presented once again in 2020 at the BrauBeviale Special Edition. Before the prizes are awarded, visitors will have the opportunity on Day 1 of the fair to assess all the gold-medal beers in a blind tasting session and pick the gold, silver and bronze winners for the Consumers’ Favourite award. Day 2 (11 November) is when the major award ceremony takes place in the Exhibition Centre. Visitors can share the excitement of the event either directly on-site or digitally via live transmission on the Award Stage.

BrauBeviale@stage: the sector’s leading thinkers on six stages
Center Stage, Exhibition Stage, Craft Beverages and brau@home Stage, Technology Stage, Special Interest Stage and Award Stage – there will be a lot to choose from. And many other items on the agenda will also consider the future viability and market opportunities for the beverage industry. Right on Day 1 of the fair, the Center Stage will host discussion on the Hot Topic of "The Corona Disruption and its consequences for the beverage industry". And on a similar theme, the Marketing Forum held by K&A BrandResearch on the same day will hazard a look into the future: “Drinks after the crisis: what will surprise people?” The Expert Forum German Beverages, previously positioned the day before BrauBeviale and part of the regular programme of the fair for the first time this year, will look at the “New normality in foreign trade”. And the lecture session on Italian Affairs will cast a special look at the market situation in Italy.

Further lectures and panel sessions will be held by Private Brauereien Bayern, the honorary sponsor of BrauBeviale, and other partners including VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based brewing teaching and training institute; Bayern Design; the Federal Association of German Beverage Wholesalers (Bundesverband des Deutschen Getränkefachgrosshandels); the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut); the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie, BVE); SGS Fresenius and many more. In addition to the themes mentioned, the on-stage events will also cover topics such as sustainability, energy management and raw materials. The main focus for the last day of the fair will once again be on training and professional development, with information and contacts on the Center Stage for new talents and young professionals under the banner of #workforbeverages.

BrauBeviale will take place as a Special Edition at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 10 to 12 November 2020. This special edition will observe all applicable hygiene standards and thus provide both visitors and exhibitors with a safe platform to meet, network and do business. Interested visitors can obtain their ticket for this edition – online only – from www.braubeviale.de/ticket. The digital dialogue platform “myBeviale.com” (www.mybeviale.com) will also launch in parallel with the adapted event structure in the Exhibition Centre. Among its various functions, the digital platform will bring together the analogue and digital worlds and make parts of the programme available online.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Start-up GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to launch innovative plant-based protein shakes
 22.09.2020

Start-up GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to launch innovative plant-based protein shakes  (Company news)

London-based GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to turn its innovative concept idea for a 100% natural range of plant-based protein shakes, aimed at health-conscious mobile consumers, into a commercial reality.

GROUNDED reached out to SIG for support in getting its all-natural plant-based shakes, with cocoa and plant protein, ready for market. As there is almost no start-up company that will be able to invest in its own production plant from the beginning, GROUNDED benefits from the outstanding capabilities in SIG's combiLab as well as the sponsorship of the SIGCUBATOR – SIG’s accelerator program for start-ups with innovative and promising product concepts. Working in close collaboration, SIG took GROUNDED’s initial idea on a ‘consumer-centric’ journey, from testing prototypes in its test centre in Germany, through to a successful launch to market this month.

As part of the process, the perfect packaging solution for the plant-based protein shakes was also found: SIG’s unique carton bottle combidome 500ml. Standing out from the crowd with an eye-catching design for modern, sustainable on-the-go consumption, combidome is mainly made from paperboard from the renewable raw material of wood.

Gabriel Bean, Founder at GROUNDED: “Just one small idea can change an entire industry and we identified a gap in the market for a clean, genuinely natural, plant-based shake – with no compromise on natural ingredients and packaging. We spent 6+ months sourcing the right packaging that aligned with our values, and we found the perfect fit in SIG’s combidome. It’s sustainability story and unique shape makes it the perfect option for our range. Beyond the carton, the team & people at SIG were just as aligned on values, and we couldn’t have found a better partnership with which to launch these products. They supported us all the way, from our first contact with their UK team, through to their exceptional combiLab operation in Germany. We look forward to continuing our partnership here with such professionals in their field.”

GROUNDED and other forward-thinking start-ups benefit from the outstanding capabilities at combiLab, which has three main focuses: conceptual and marketing support; advice and test-fillings in the laboratory and pilot plant areas; and added services such as additional product tests.

Anna Rabanus, Global Category Manager at SIG: “Start-ups such as GROUNDED are increasingly driving industry innovation and value creation, with differentiated product ideas for the mobile generation. We’re keen to identify and engage with them at an early stage to foster successful partnerships and maximize potential. We learn from each other and gain fresh perspective, while our expert team empower start-up businesses to take advantage of the advice and facilities on offer. The likeminded team at GROUNDED shares our vision for delivering food and beverage products that excite and improve people’s lives, in a sustainably packaged way.”

GROUNDED’s innovative 100% natural plant-based protein shakes, packed in combidome 500ml and filled at SIG’s combiLab, were launched online this month at www.grounded.co.uk and world-renowned retailer Selfridges. They will also be launching in Planet Organic in the coming weeks, as well as building out both UK and European distribution points. The partnership with GROUNDED will continue post-launch, as SIG’s extensive global co-packing network will help to define GROUNDED’s future route-to-market.

This innovative partnership leverages the potential of SIG’s Product Innovation and Differentiation platform – a drive to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy the ever-changing needs of consumers.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

UNITED CAPS Issues Interim Sustainability Report
 21.09.2020

UNITED CAPS Issues Interim Sustainability Report  (Company news)

“We didn’t inherit the planet from our parents. It is on loan from our children.”

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, recently issued an interim sustainability report outlining its sustainability targets and how its sustainability strategies inform all of its efforts, from the plant to the consumer’s hand. The update outlines priorities, and progress against them, through 2025.

“Everything that bears our name comes with our commitment to always act ethically, create products responsibility, maintain respectful workplaces, invest in communities and be good stewards of the environment,” said Benoit Henckes (photo), CEO of UNITED CAPS. “In this report, we provide updates to our sustainability strategies, our progress toward our long-term targets, and much more. Sustainability is in our DNA and so is transparency. We will continue to build on all of the programs outlined in this update, continuing our focus on being close to customers by delivering caps and closures that enable Total Packaging Solutions in a sustainable way.”

To ensure maximum focus on its sustainability targets, UNITED CAPS has appointed a Sustainability Leader from the executive team to oversee the development of goal setting and attainment in order to meet current needs without compromising the future in every aspect of the production and value chain. Rony Van Regenmortel, Chief Project Officer for UNITED CAPS, who will be filling this role, has vast experience across nearly all parts of the UNITED CAPS organisation over 35 years.

The company has established sustainability targets in two broad areas: environment and product responsibility as outlined below, with the goal of achieving them by 2025 or earlier.

Environment
o Reduce electricity consumption to 1,7 kWh/kg.
o Reduce final/ultimate waste by 30% versus 2017.
o Reduce the percent of plastic waste to 3%.
o Use minimum of two kilotons of bio-based resins in 2020.
o Establish five projects with post-consumer resin (PCR) in collaboration with customers.

·Product Responsibility
o Validate backup components for all major products/customers.
o Ensure 100% of products are recyclable by 2025.
o Evaluate 80% of all products with respect to light weighting by 2022 to optimise resin consumption.

“UNITED CAPS has already made progress against these targets as outlined in the report,” Henckes continued. “This includes successfully lowering energy consumption across our factories by 10% over the last three years, recycling 85% of production waste, and achieving a 30% reduction in waste compared to 2017. We have also reduced our own carbon footprint by 14% in the last three years, and we are using no oil or gas heating in our facilities by capturing the heat created by chillers and compressors. We are quite pleased with these results, but we also know there is much more that needs to be done. The entire UNITED CAPS team is dedicated to ensuring we meet or exceed our stated sustainability targets.”

A key effort UNITED CAPS engaged in that demonstrates this dedication was its response to the European Union directive on Single Use Plastic. Henckes stated, “In early 2018, UNITED CAPS quickly determined that challenges presented by this proposed Directive faced an entire industry and required solutions from across the whole industry. Whilst others adopted a more negative, disruptive approach to the proposed Directive, UNITED CAPS worked with like-minded organisations from throughout the supply chain to form the Association for Closure Tethering (ACT) Group. We developed superior tethered closures for a changing planet, the product of supreme collaboration, born ready to deliver maximum compliance with minimum disruption. This is just one example of our out-of-the-box thinking relative to the way we conduct our business, especially as it relates to protecting the planet.”
(United Caps)

Smurfit Kappa's Vitop tap surges past the 5 billion mark
 18.09.2020

Smurfit Kappa's Vitop tap surges past the 5 billion mark  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company and leading provider of innovative Bag-in-Box packaging solutions, has seen volumes of its Vitop® tap pass the five billion mark. The Vitop® tap forms an integral part of the Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box range, a collection of sustainable packaging solutions for liquid and semi-liquid products.

The Bag-in-Box products have a low carbon footprint throughout the lifecycle of the packaging due to the efficient use of materials and resources. There has been a series of sustainable innovations made to the product range to date including a reduction in film thickness for the bags and the introduction of a more compact Vitop® tap. A dedicated Bag-in-Box Circular Economy Team is also exploring further product innovations including the introduction of bio-based raw materials.

First designed in 1989 and produced at the Smurfit Kappa state-of-the-art facility in Alessandria, Italy, the Vitop® tap has revolutionised Bag-in-Box packaging through a combination of its tamper-proof design and high oxygen barrier that significantly contributes to extend product freshness and shelf life. Combining science, design and convenience, its success is also partly due to the fact that it is extremely easy to use.

Smurfit Kappa has seen a significant rise in demand for its Bag-in-Box products in recent years. While initially used primarily for wines, the Bag-in-Box portfolio has been extended to include solutions for a wide range of food products including fruit juice, water, dairy produce, olive oil and also non-food products such as detergent and motor oil.

Didier Pontcharraud, CEO of Vitop commented: “The success of our Vitop® taps has evolved and grown over time since its invention in 1989. Since then we have continued to develop the design, driven the product innovation and we are continually exploring new materials and technologies.

“By using the experience and expertise of our nine Bag-in-Box plants across Europe and the Americas, we are making a product with outstanding performance; it’s this in turn that has resulted in an incredible five billion Vitop® taps being produced, something as a team we are all extremely proud of.”
(Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Italia srl)

The leadership duo as the company management of WILCO AG
 17.09.2020

The leadership duo as the company management of WILCO AG  (Company news)

WILCO AG completes the company management. Since 1 September, Mr. Marco Samà has strengthened the management of WILCO AG in Wohlen. The 45-year-old, native of the Zurich Oberlanders, takes over the commercial area and, with Dr. Uwe Bräuning, forms the new management duo of the Swiss machine manufacturer for leak testing and visual inspection.

Since September 1, 2020, Marco Samà completes the management of WILCO AG in Wohlen. Together with Dr. Uwe Bräuning he forms the new management team. In order to support the sustainable growth strategy of WILCO AG, Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Hagen Gehringer has strengthened the management of the company. With this step, "Our goal is to make WILCO even more efficient, customer-oriented, responsive and innovative", explains Dr. Hagen Gehringer.

Marco Samà, as Managing Director, will be in charge of the commercial departments with the focus on sales, finance, HR, IT and after sales. Dr. Uwe Bräuning ,as Managing Director, will be responsible for the technical areas with a focus on Research & Development, Engineering and Production.

Marco Samà completed his studies in economics at the University of Zurich and holds an MBA in Economics and Finance. He worked for several years in the field of company acquisitions and most recently held various management positions both for large companies and start-ups. "We are convinced that his skills and experience make him the ideal addition to our management team and will lead WILCO AG successfully into the future together with Dr. Uwe Bräuning," stated Dr. Hagen Gehringer.

Dr. Uwe Bräuning and Marco Samà will be available to customers, partners and suppliers for questions and suggestions. They are looking forward to their contact.
(Wilco AG)

Feldmuehle strengthens Management
 16.09.2020

Feldmuehle strengthens Management   (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully completed the restructuring process, that began in 2018, in January 2020.

In addition to various structural process improvements, the extensive restructuring measures have also significantly strengthened Feldmuehle's financial resilience to external unplanned incidents.

The company result in 2020 has been above plan in all planning references - especially in terms of operating result and cash flow - since the beginning of the year despite the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

During the restructuring phase Feldmuehle GmbH was led by the Managing Directors Heiner Kayser and Steffen Liebich.

In August 2020, the company's shareholders appointed Bernd Weber to the Management with sole power of representation. As the company's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bernd Weber is responsible for Accounting, IT, Human Resources and Treasury.

The Management of Feldmuehle GmbH expects latent consolidation pressure in the market medium and long termed with simultaneously increasing pressure to innovate on the product side and has aligned its strategic business planning accordingly.

By appointing Bernd Weber to the Management, the Management's ability to act and communication with our financial partners will be significantly strengthened.

Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen is one of the leading manufacturers of label and flexible packaging papers.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

15.09.2020

France: France’s more than 2,000 independent brewers offer an astonishing ...  (E-Malt.com)

... range of flavours

With more than 2,000 independent brewers, France is the European leader in the business of craft beer, with an astonishing range of flavours available. The industry uses raw materials like stale bread and coffee grounds, and is to be found in the most unlikely places, RFI reported on September 5.

What would you say to a glass of Phoenix? A dark brown brew based on stale bread (from a top-class local baker) and coffee pulp from a Peruvian blender just around the corner.

Or an Alabama, light brown with its own hint of coffee? Or prune beer? Perhaps one based on black wheat from Brittany?

Don't rush – there are over 300 different styles of craft beer to choose from, all of them produced by French enthusiasts who have decided to reject the standardised product offered by the big multinational brewers.

"I don't know how anyone can drink IPA," Pascale, a frequent visitor to the tiny Goutte d'Or brewery in the northern Paris neighbourhood, told Journal du Dimanche, referring to the hop-heavy India Pale Ale style.

Another customer agrees that it's hard to return to commercially brewed beer once you've tried the output of the microbreweries. "There's less sugar. You can taste the ingredients, the grains, the spices... It's a bit more expensive, but it's well worth it!"

The Goutte d'Or has reported a 20 percent increase in volume of sales every year since opening in 2012.

Beer consumption has been declining in France for the past three decades. In the 1980s, there were fewer than 30 operational breweries for the whole country.

Pale beer with a low alcohol content became the norm, with huge companies like Heineken and Kronenbourg dominating the market.

That domination is far from over, with craft beer accounting for just 7 percent of French sales last year. But the big companies are clearly worried, buying out many small breweries and launching their own so-called "craft" products in an effort to attract an increasingly demanding population of drinkers.

And the brewers are making efforts to interest the French restaurant sector in their remarkably varied range of flavours.

"Young chefs are now finding ways of blending their flavours with those of the brewers," says French beer specialist Hervé Marziou. "A pale ale with hints of citrus goes very well with seafood, and you can't beat a fine brown beer with a caramel fondant."

15.09.2020

New Zealand: Beer sales data shows NZ$200 mln loss to pubs due to Covid-19  (E-Malt.com)

An analysis of the latest beer sales data in New Zealand has revealed a revenue hole of NZ$200 mln for bars, pubs and restaurants caused by the COVID closures, the Australian Brews News reported on September 7.

Combining information from Stats NZ and Nielsen Scan shows on-premise beer sales dropped significantly in first half of 2020 but the slack for brewers was to some extent picked up by sales in supermarkets and bottle stores.

The data shows that craft beer sales have bounced back from an initial Covid-19 kick and there was also a small lift in classic styles as Kiwis moved their drinking from the pub to the home.

Stats NZ data shows that, for the first six months of 2020, total beer available for consumption was 125.2 million litres. The was down 8 mln litres on the same period last year when 133.3 mln litres was available for consumption.

Overlaying Nielsen Scantrack data for the same periods shows a big uplift in grocery sales to compensate for pubs being closed, and then while working on reduced patronage from March to late May.

Beer volume in grocery (supermarkets and bottle stores) for the first half of 2020 totalled 105.5 million litres compared with 96 million litres in 2019, a jump of 9.4 per cent in the pandemic window.

The numbers mean the damage to on-premise sales thanks to Covid-19 was a decline of around 16 million litres – a revenue hole of NZ$200 mln for bars, pubs and restaurants. Given craft makes up about 30 per cent of on-premise sales, it means a production drop of around 5 million litres of beer in that sector.

The figures mirror the situation in Australia where this week the Australian Hotels Association (Victoria) suggested hotels were losing NZ$2000 a day due to continued lockdowns.

Craft also suffered a heavy blow at the start of lockdown when supermarkets were forced to reduce the range of alcohol they supplied to keep their under-pressure supply chains operating. During a period when Kiwis indulged in some panic buying, preference was given to bigger brands.

The good news for New Zealand’s smaller breweries is that despite craft sales dipping when New Zealand moved to Level 4 lockdown in late March, there was a strong bounce back when things settled down in April and May. Nielsen scan data shows craft sales jumped 20 per cent in the 13 week period until the end of June.

That bounce-back allowed craft to maintain its recent annual growth of around 12 to 13 per cent, with sales up 14 per cent in the first six months of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

What Nielsen calls “classic” beer – everything from Steinlager to Tui, Speight’s and DB Export – grew 5 per cent in the first half of 2020, well ahead of its recent performance. Much of this growth was attributed to mainstream drinkers being forced to shift their consumption from the pub to home.

There was also a period where alternative choices were limited.

The real winner in the period – and continuing its recent star status – were beers in the “lighter” section, specifically low carb options. This sector jumped a massive 39 per cent in the six-month pandemic period, up from around 7m litres to 10m litres.

There was a spike of 50 per cent in the 13 weeks to end of June. Overall, this light beer category is not far behind craft in total sales.

International lager grew 7.7 per cent in the period.

The only loser in the first half of 2020 was flavoured beer which fell 4.4 per cent.

15.09.2020

Vietnam & New Zealand: Vietnamese craft beers to be brewed and released in New Zealand  (E-Malt.com)

A range of Vietnamese craft beers will be brewed and released in New Zealand as of later this year, Inside FMCG reported on September 7.

The move is the result of a partnership between Saigon-based Heart of Darkness and Auckland brewery Behemoth Brewing, which extends to nationwide distribution.

“Giving people a taste of Vietnamese craft beer in New Zealand is going to be a fun journey for us and Behemoth to work together on,” said Heart of Darkness founder John Pemberton.

“I know that Andrew and his team are going to have a great time brewing our beers and we hope the New Zealand craft beer drinker is going to get a lot of enjoyment from having fresh Heart of Darkness brews available to them.”

“About a year ago, whilst at the Seabrew conference in Thailand, we started talking about whether there was an opportunity to do something together in New Zealand,” said Behemoth founder Andrew Childs.

“Then Covid lockdowns hit both our businesses, and although it delayed a few things, we realised over lots and lots of Zoom calls that brewing something exotic from overseas might go some way to help the homebound situation we currently have in New Zealand.”

Behemoth will initially brew two beers from Heart of Darkness’ core offering (Kurtz’s Insane IPA and Some Sorcerer Hazy IPA), offered in both cans and kegs. The release will be followed by regular seasonal beers.

15.09.2020

USA: Boston Beer to launch a craft non-alcoholic brew in early 2021  (E-Malt.com)

Boston Beer plans to launch a craft non-alcoholic brew in early 2021 with Samuel Adams Just the Haze. The company said in a statement it spent two years researching and brewing to create its hazy IPA, the Food Dive reported on September 11.

Just the Haze will be sold in 12-ounce cans, six packs and single cans. Boston Beer said the brew has an upfront citrus aroma with hints of grapefruit, tangerine and lime, as well as tropical and stone fruit notes including pineapple, guava, melon and peach.

The non-alcoholic beer space has been rapidly growing, with Boston Beer being the latest company to introduce a product. Earlier this year, Anheuser-Busch released its first zero-proof beer under the Budweiser brand called Budweiser Zero.

While some brewers may have been reluctant to enter the non-alcoholic beer space, its rapid growth in recent years has prompted some to take the plunge anyway.

“I may have once said that we would never brew a non-alcoholic (NA) beer, but I’ve learned over the years never to say never,” Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams, said in a statement.

While non-alcoholic offerings represent a small slice of the American beer market — just 0.37% of dollar sales in grocery, convenience, liquor and other chain stores, according to IRI data cited by Goodbeerhunting — more companies are making sure they have a product in the space. AB InBev plans to have 20% of its global beer volumes coming from no- and low-alcohol beers by 2025.

It's no surprise, considering major beer companies have seen a multi-year slide in sales of their large brands. Efforts to expand into hard seltzers, ciders and even coffees haven't been enough to offset the decline. Overall, according to IWSR, beer volume slipped 2.3% in 2019, its fourth straight year of declines. This was led by a 3.6% drop in domestic brews. At the same time, Global Market Insights estimated the non-alcoholic beer market would top $25 billion by 2024.

In many cases, beer companies are mirroring what plant-based meat companies are doing when they introduce a product that simulates hamburger, chicken or another animal product It's not enough to just to eschew meat; the substitute needs to have the same taste, look and texture as the real thing. Boston Beer and other companies introducing non-alcoholic brews are going to great lengths to tout how similar they are to real beer.

Global Market Insights noted more than 25% of the European people prefer the taste of non-alcoholic beer over the conventional version. This underscores the need for "launching products with enhanced taste [that] will stimulate product adoption," the firm said.

Boston Beer noted it has been keeping a watch on the international non-alcoholic beer space for years, "recognizing its significant growth as a wellness option." Rather than rushing ahead with an offering, Boston Beer visited nonalcoholic breweries to learn about the technology, and reviewed hundreds of yeast strains to create an offering that had the flavors of a craft beer.

As more companies enter the space to satisfy growing consumer demand, the pressure will be on to create different styles of beer with unique flavors and names, much like what craft players have done during the last decade. So far, most of the non-alcoholic beers have come from large companies. Boston Beer's Just the Haze could be just the beginning of more products coming on tap from craft and smaller-sized beer companies.

15.09.2020

USA: Alcohol market must increase volumes by 19% in off-trade to offset on-trade losses  (E-Malt.com)

The US alcohol market must increase volumes by 19% in the off-trade to offset losses in the on-trade, which is unlikely to return to the same level as pre-Covid for some time, the IWSR Drinks Market Analysis has predicted.

According to research from the IWSR, around 80% of alcohol sales in the US were typically made in the off-trade, while the remaining 20% came from the on-trade.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the on-trade alcohol landscape, the IWSR said, with the balance between the two channels shifting as consumers move to at-home consumption.

The significant increase in US off-trade alcohol volumes is not enough to offset the losses in the on-trade, the IWSR said.

According to IRI measured channels cited by the IWSR, total alcohol volume sales for the off-trade rose by 9.3% in the year ending 16 August 2020. To overcome the losses in the on-trade, which is estimated to be down by approximately 75%, the off-trade would need to increase volumes by 19%, the IWSR has estimated.

Sales of alcohol through e-commerce channels are predicted to be up more than 300% year-on-year through July 2020. The IWSR said this is driven by convenience.

The IWSR said spirits and ready-to-drink products have been performing strongly enough to bring the total industry to a 0.6% volume increase on a rolling 12-month basis from June 2020.

“Value growth will likely suffer substantially due to the on-premise mark-ups, while volume growth will be dictated by at-home consumption rates,” said Brandy Rand, IWSR’s chief operating officer for the Americas. “People are also investing in making their home environment more comfortable and functional in lieu of going out – outdoor spaces, technology and entertainment, and items for cooking and making cocktails.”

The IWSR also noted that a full return to the on-trade will mainly rely on the development of a vaccine, along with returning consumer confidence. Until there’s a vaccine, the closure of bar and restaurants are imminent, the IWSR warned.

Data from the IWSR in the past has shown that the off-trade has benefitted following economic recession. The IWSR said: “For now, it appears as if the days of an 80% off-premise and 20% on-premise volume split in the US are long gone, and it will likely take a while for the premise split to return to these levels.”

The IWSR said there is an opportunity for brands to meet the immediate needs of new at-home drinking occasions.

The IWSR also looked a number of factors behind what is driving the at-home occasion. One factor found was that in the past two decades in the US, off-trade alcohol consumer expenditures have outpaced the on-trade.

The IWSR believes the US on-trade is unlikely to return to the same level as before coronavirus for some time. As such, the industry will need to adapt and continue offering options such as meal kits and takeaway drinks.

Between 2000 and 2020, on-trade prices have increased across all categories by between 2.5% and 3%, or above inflation (2% in the same period), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Off-trade prices have also increased, but at lower rates than the on-trade, the IWSR said. Off-trade prices across all categories rose between 0.6% and 2.1% in the same 20-year period.

In addition, the number of on-trade venues serving alcohol in the US has dropped by 20% from 2001 to 2019.

Looking at the at-home drinker by demographic, the IWSR said men consume spirits at home slightly more than women.

The 25 to 34 year old age bracket are the top consumers of beer and spirits, while those aged over 65 mainly consume wine. Drinkers aged between 21 and 24 prefer spirits, beer and then wine.

Truss launches line of cannabis-infused beverages across Canada
 15.09.2020

Truss launches line of cannabis-infused beverages across Canada  (Company news)

Truss Beverage Co., the joint venture between Molson Coors and Hexo Corp., is releasing its line of cannabis-infused beverages across Canada.

Truss is an early entrant to the nascent market, which has been growing following the legalization of ingestible cannabis products in Canada late last year. The joint venture between Molson Coors and Gatineau, Quebec-based Hexo began in 2018, and marks a further extension of Molson Coors’ beyond-beer ambitions.

“Molson Coors has been innovating in beverages for centuries. As it broadens out beyond beer, non-alcohol cannabis beverages are an exciting new frontier in Canada, and Truss has developed some incredible brands and beverages that are sure to be leaders in that marketplace,” says Pete Marino, a member of Truss’ board of directors and president of Molson Coors’ emerging growth division.

With the launch of five new brands, Truss has established one of the broadest cannabis beverage portfolios in the Canadian market, says Truss marketing lead Chaman Sandhu.

“Truss has a cannabis beverage for multiple beverage occasions, and we want to encourage Canadians of legal age to start exploring and enter our world of wonder,” she says. “This is a whole new beverage category, not just a cannabis category. With the backing of Hexo and Molson Coors, we have that expertise in beverage as well as in cannabis to bring forward a premium product.”

Infused with varying levels of CBD and THC, Truss’ newly released non-alcoholic beverages include:

House of Terpenes: Limonene and Myrcene flavored sparkling tonics, made with botanically sourced terpene flavors.

Little Victory: Naturally flavored, light tasting, bubbly beverages available in Dry Grapefruit and Dry Lemon, and two fruit flavor forward sparkling beverages in Dark Cherry and Blood Orange.

Mollo 2.5 and Mollo 5: Crisp-tasting cannabis beverages with a light hoppy finish.

Veryvell: A lineup of products that support self-care, including Strawberry Hibiscus and Sicilian Lemon-Flavored Sparkling Waters; Lemon Black Iced Tea; and Cannabis Extract Drops.

XMG: Non-carbonated, high-intensity flavored beverages in Mango Pineapple and Tropical Fruit flavors.

Sold individually, the beverages began hitting cannabis retailers nationwide this month and can also be purchased online via provincial boards. Truss beverages, produced in Belleville, Ontario, are currently available in Ontario and Quebec, and will continue their nationwide rollout over the next several months.

Truss enters the market as a growing number of Canadians are embracing cannabis in ingestible forms. According to research conducted by DIG Insights, 71% of legal-age Canadians cite smoking as the primary reason they do not consume cannabis, with 74% saying the smell of cannabis on their clothing is an issue. A Truss consumer survey found a growing percentage of legal-age Canadians tried a cannabis-infused beverage so that they could consume cannabis without smoking it.

“Consumers are looking for alternatives at this point,” says Sandhu. “Truss offers something to meet all occasions across the board; we believe that there’s a brand for all Canadian consumers of legal age.”

Surveys also indicate that Canadian consumers are concerned about their cannabis product’s consistency. Truss’ beverages offer a calibrated and consistent experience, unlike many traditional edibles, Sandhu says.

“The No. 1 thing is the consumer experience. Our goal is that this new line of beverages has the best-tasting, most consistent cannabis experience available,” Sandhu says.

The Truss joint venture, and its launch of non-alcoholic cannabis beverages, is Molson Coors’ latest foray into categories beyond the beer aisle. The company rebranded itself in January to underscore its embrace of the beyond-beer products for which consumers are increasingly reaching.

The company took its first steps into the spirits category this year in Canada with the launch of Aquarelle, a vodka-based beverage. It followed that up this summer with the release of a hop-infused, non-alcohol brand called Vyne Botanicals.

Molson Coors also inched into the wine category earlier this year in the U.S. with the launch of MOVO Wine Spritzers. And it took a significant stake last year in LA Libations, which makes non-alcohol beverages aimed mostly at health-conscious consumers, such as Zico Coconut Water, Core Water and Body Armor.

And, Marino says, there’s plenty more to come from Molson Coors.

“The beyond-beer space is so rich for creativity and innovation, and we have a lot of exciting news in the pipeline,” Marino says.
(Truss Beverage Co.)

Kyle Chapman is promoted to President of Barry-Wehmiller, Michael Monarchi ...
 14.09.2020

Kyle Chapman is promoted to President of Barry-Wehmiller, Michael Monarchi ...  (Company news)

... joins as Chief Financial Officer

Picture: Kyle Chapman (l.), Barry-Wehmiller President, and Michael Monarchi (r.), Barry-Wehmiller Chief Financial Officer

Strategic leadership moves set organization up for planned growth while strengthening culture

Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc. has promoted Kyle Chapman to President, joining his father, CEO and Board Chairman Robert Chapman, in leadership of the 135-year-old, $3 billion-plus global manufacturing and engineering solutions firm. As Kyle steps into his new role after serving as Barry-Wehmiller’s Interim Chief Financial Officer for much of 2020, the organization welcomes Michael Monarchi as Chief Financial Officer.

“This is a unique two-generation opportunity to leverage my 51 years of experience and Kyle’s skills and 20 years of private equity and operating experience, with both Bank of America and BW Forsyth Partners, to steward the lives of our 12,000 team members and shape Barry-Wehmiller’s next two decades,” said Bob. “The blend of our experience and skills creates a powerful partnership, as we continue to validate that you can create economic and human value when you embrace the principles of our Truly Human Leadership culture.”

After working at Bank of America, Kyle’s tenure with Barry-Wehmiller began in 2009 when he cofounded BW Forsyth Partners, Barry-Wehmiller’s thriving $600 million-plus hybrid equity firm that unifies the best of Barry-Wehmiller’s business strategies and long-term orientation, with the best private-equity investment strategies. His involvement with Barry-Wehmiller has continued to grow over time, as he served as a strategic financial advisor from 2015 to 2019 to the company’s leadership team, while co-leading BW Forsyth Partners. When the COVID-19 pandemic and related global market uncertainty escalated shortly after being appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer, Kyle’s instincts and actions, in collaboration with Barry-Wehmiller’s senior leadership team, helped preserve the health of the organization.

Kyle said: “In this new role as President, my focus will be to continue to build upon our foundation as a vibrant company known for our culture of care, our commitment to validating the trust our customers place in us and continuing to invest in market-driven innovation—while reinforcing our belief that the only way to lead is with people and performance in harmony.”

Barry-Wehmiller combines purposeful organic growth with a focused acquisition strategy, one that has already welcomed more than 110 companies into the organization. The firm has been led by a Chapman since 1957, when William A. Chapman became President after joining Barry-Wehmiller four years prior. Firm ownership transferred to the Chapman family in 1963, and Bill’s son, Bob, joined the company in 1969. After Bill’s sudden death in 1976, Bob became President, then CEO and Board Chairman, and will remain in those roles, leading alongside Kyle.

Chief Financial Officer Michael Monarchi joins Barry-Wehmiller from Eaton, where, as Vice President of Finance of the $2.5 billion hydraulics division, he helped drive financial and operational performance improvements, while guiding the business through a cultural transformation. Prior to Eaton, Monarchi worked for General Electric for more than 20 years, where he participated in the company’s financial management and corporate audit staff programs, and held numerous leadership positions in the power and aviation divisions. He was drawn to Barry-Wehmiller’s impressive growth trajectory, as well as its people-centric culture.

“Mike is a very forward-looking, operational finance executive, who has an incredible track record and history of success at both GE and Eaton,” said Kyle. “He will help visibly connect key strategic goals directly to our financial targets and accelerate many of our longer-term aspirations, while bringing a very human element to his role.”

“From my first interaction with Barry-Wehmiller, I’ve been really impressed with the focus on people, which is very unique in the business world,” said Monarchi. “The business is extremely well-positioned to continue on its upward trajectory, and I feel very fortunate to be part of this journey.”
(Barry-Wehmiller Design Group)

Aptar Launches ROCKET Sport Cap
 11.09.2020

Aptar Launches ROCKET Sport Cap  (Company news)

New cap offers visible safety, comfortable drinking, and sustainability benefits

Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in dispensing solutions for more than 30 years, is pleased to announce ROCKET, its next generation sport cap.

ROCKET sport cap offers visual consumer safety through a yellow-colored band that indicates whether packaging has been opened on store shelves or at home. This solution redefines beverage packaging safety standards as the first one in the market providing a visual and intuitive non-detachable tamper evidence indicator.

“Aptar is dedicated to creating solutions based directly on consumer feedback,” Augustin De Tilly, global business development director beverage, said. “ROCKET was born from consumer insights to offer visual safety that provides reassurance, in addition to an improved drinking experience that brings the comfort and convenience consumers value.”

In addition to its visible safety, ROCKET provides further safety to consumers with its “no-dust”, double wall lid design that protects the spout from external contaminants, in addition to being designed to adhere to child safety standards (BSDA & EN 71*). A large finger recess and audible closing “click” sound makes opening and closing ROCKET easy and reassuring to the consumers.

De Tilly said the design and functionality of ROCKET enhances what consumers and brands expect from a sport cap. For example, while most caps open at a 110-degree angle, ROCKET’s hinge technology offers a 180-degree angle. The hinge functionality also ensures the elimination of a lid spring-back effect. Altogether, ROCKET provides a wider opening and a more comfortable drinking experience.

“Our goal was to develop a cap that met consumer expectations in terms of safety and comfort of drinking, while also addressing the increasing demand for sustainable packaging” De Tilly said. “Consumer and brand product standards are always evolving, and ROCKET was created to stay at the forefront of these changes.”

With ROCKET, Aptar continues to focus on meeting new sustainability standards and targets. The tamper evident band is tethered to the bottle with the Stay-With system, which keeps the closure attached to the bottle through its lifecycle, and therefore increasing the likelihood of the closure being collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container. ROCKET complies with upcoming regulations, including the Single Use Plastic (SUP) directive proposal in Europe.
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

New Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Group
 10.09.2020

New Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Group  (Company news)

Stefan Scheiber (photo), CEO of Bühler Group, was elected as a new Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Holding AG at an extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on August 28, 2020. At her request, Ruth Metzler-Arnold will resign from the Board of Directors of Bühler Group in February 2021.

At the extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on August 28, 2020, the shareholders elected Stefan Scheiber unanimously as a new member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Holding AG with immediate effect. Stefan Scheiber (54) is a Swiss national, married, and lives with his family in Wil SG, Switzerland.

Stefan Scheiber started his career at Bühler in 1986 and has spent more than 30 years with Bühler in different functions. From 1988, he has worked in various international management positions within Bühler worldwide, including East and South Africa, Eastern Europe, and Germany.

In 1999, he took charge of the Brewing/Malting and Rice business units and thereafter, assumed overall responsibility for Bühler in Germany. From mid-2005, Stefan Scheiber headed the Sales & Services division as a Member of the Executive Board. In 2009, he was assigned Division Manager of the Engineered Products Division which he reorganized into the Food Processing and the Advanced Material divisions. He led the Food Processing division as of 2009.

In 2014, he integrated the Food Processing and the Grain Processing divisions, creating the Grains & Food business, which he led until 2016. Stefan Scheiber was appointed CEO of the Bühler Group on July 1, 2016. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Kistler Group and a Member of the Executive Committee of Swissmem.

Ruth Metzler-Arnold will resign in 2021
Ruth Metzler-Arnold expressed her intent to resign from her assignments as a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of Bühler Group with effect by the ordinary general shareholders’ meeting on February 11, 2021. She has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler since December 2011 and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee for the last six and a half years. Rainer E. Schulz, Member of the Board of Directors, shall succeed Ruth Metzler-Arnold as the new Chairman of the Audit Committee.

The shareholders as well as the Members of the Board of Directors express their sincere thanks to both, Ruth Metzler-Arnold as well as Stefan Scheiber for their long-time commitment and dedication to Bühler, and wish them all the very best.
(Bühler AG)

ALL4PACK 2020: Event rescheduled to 2022
 09.09.2020

ALL4PACK 2020: Event rescheduled to 2022  (Company news)

Comexposium Group, the organiser of the trade show ALL4PACK, announces the postponement to 2022 of its 2020 edition, initially scheduled for this November.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone in the ALL4PACK team has remained strongly mobilised to support companies and provide them with this much-awaited springboard for economic recovery. To enable such an international event to be held during a period of pandemic, a great many initiatives were planned to guarantee not only individual and collective safety but also the quality of business dialogue and discussions surrounding the challenges that lie ahead for packaging.

However, in view of the current public health trend and more broadly the development of the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, and given that many companies have begun to reintroduce travel restrictions, ALL4PACK has been rescheduled to November 2022.

Despite this underlying crisis, ALL4PACK will continue to fulfil its role as a source of inspiration for the future through its analysis and insight into innovations and regulations, and as a business facilitator.

“Remaining true to our mission, our intention is to remain in contact with the profession and support the business recovery and transformation of packaging and intralogistics market players. At each edition, we decipher the market and the trends in the packaging sector, and we have continually reinvented ourselves throughout the 70 years of the show’s existence. During these quite exceptional times, agility is essential. We are keen to keep our promise to support economic recovery in the industry. As such, we will offer new meetings and events from November 2020 onwards, based on the major challenges of the current and future regulatory environment, trends and innovations that are shaping the future of the packaging industry,” explains Olivia Milan, Director of ALL4PACK.

In parallel, the team is beginning to make preparations for a renewed and effective ALL4PACK 2022.
(Comexposium Group)

Siemens brings out an economical new radar antenna for level measurement
 09.09.2020

Siemens brings out an economical new radar antenna for level measurement  (Company news)

Picture: Siemens presents Sitrans LR250 PLA (polypropylene lens antenna) radar level measurement transmitter, a field-proven device delivering reliable level readings for inventory management or critical process control

- Cost-effective new antennas deliver reliable liquids level measurement at a budget-conscious price point
- High corrosion resistance polypropylene and FKM wetted materials for use in a wide range of chemicals
- For bulk liquid storage tanks, process vessels with agitators and vaporous liquids

Siemens presents Sitrans LR250 PLA (polypropylene lens antenna) radar level measurement transmitter, a field-proven device delivering reliable level readings for inventory management or critical process control. This high performing horn and lens design is a perfect fit for corrosive chemicals level measurement with a nomina pressure and temperature environment.

Sitrans LR250 is available with HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer), Profibus PA, or Foundation Fieldbus protocols to support the digitalization journey. With the graphical Quick Start Wizard, the Sitrans LR250 is operational in minutes and the infrared handheld programmer supports local programming. Process Intelligence signal processing ensures reliability and maintenance free operation. Sitrans LR250 has proven to be a reliable performer for bulk liquid storage tanks, process vessels with agitators, vaporous liquids and low dielectric media.
(Siemens AG, Process Industries and Drives, Process Automation)

BORA, the rum for gin lovers - The Cornish dry botanical rum
 08.09.2020

BORA, the rum for gin lovers - The Cornish dry botanical rum  (Company news)

Named after the Cornish word for dawn, BORA ushers in a new beginning for rum

Reinventing traditional spiced rum, BORA is distilled with British botanicals to create a light, dry, aromatic spirit. A BORA and tonic with a sprig of rosemary is a refreshing aperitif; the ideal alternative to a G&T.

With the light amber hue of the Cornish dawn, BORA is distilled with nettle, quince, and other locally sourced botanicals, creating a subtle rum that is spicy and yet smooth.

A carbon negative product, BORA is crafted sustainably, uses eco-friendly packaging, and offsets emissions by planting trees across Cornwall.
Penryn Spirits Limted

Pilsner Urquell cans get a modern makeover aimed to boost brand awareness
 07.09.2020

Pilsner Urquell cans get a modern makeover aimed to boost brand awareness  (Company news)

The Original Pilsner is getting a spiffy new look.

Pilsner Urquell, the Czech beer that set the international standard for Pilsner beers, has unveiled a new can design in the U.S. in an effort to simplify its look and feel at retail and boost on-shelf recognition.

Wrapped in a lightly textured soft cream hue to convey the 178-year-old brand’s history, the 16.9-ounce cans are punctuated by the brand’s signature red seal and stamped with “Pilsner Urquell” in its signature deep green script. A green band that encircles the top of the can labels the beer as “The original Pilsner brewed the original way.”

A box on the side of the cans gives a brief history lesson of the iconic beer, which launched the Pilsner style that has carried through to the modern-day beer market. In addition to top-selling beers like Miller Lite, Pilsners are back en vogue among American craft brewers as consumers migrate back to simplicity and sessionability.

Four-packs cold-shipped from the brewery in Pilsen to preserve freshness began trickling into retail stores in late July, replacing multicolored can designs that incorporated marks and designs used throughout the brewery’s history.

“The goal in our can redesign was to unify how the brand shows up in market, creating a more recognizable and consistent look across packages,” says Rose Osial, the brand’s marketing manager. “The team was focused on creating a design that clearly projects the brand’s heritage and tells the unique story of the beer as the Original Pilsner.”

The brand, which tends to shine in high-end bars and restaurants with its signature side-pour faucet and dimpled glassware, has been hurt by widespread closures due to the pandemic. But it has accelerated in the off-premise, turning in one of its best performances in years so far in 2020, up 16.1% year-to-date, per Nielsen all-outlet and convenience data through Aug. 8. That’s outpacing the overall imports segment, which has logged 10.8% growth year-to-date.

While cans make up only about 1/5 of total Pilsner Urquell sales, they’re growing at a higher rate than bottles as more consumers switch from glass to aluminum in at-home consumption, Osial says. And “they represent an opportunity for Pilsner Urquell and move faster than many European import competitors,” she says.

“We’re proud of our heritage as the Original Pilsner, which is still brewed the same way, in the same brewery, with the same Czech ingredients since 1842,” Osial says. “Pilsner Urquell’s new design will help continue to drive awareness for the most influential and imitated beer in history.”
(Molson Coors Brewing Company)

BASF calculates CO2 footprint of all sales products
 04.09.2020

BASF calculates CO2 footprint of all sales products  (Company news)

-BASF as the first chemical company with transparent emission data for the entire portfolio of approximately 45,000 products
-Data from the BASF Verbund and a new digital application help BASF customers to better measure and reduce their own CO2 footprint of their activities and end products
-Already today, BASF offers customers products with reduced carbon footprint based on renewable or recycled raw materials according to the mass balance approach

BASF will provide its customers with total values of CO2 emissions, so called “carbon footprints” for all of its products. The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) comprises all product-related greenhouse gas emissions that occur until the BASF product leaves the factory gate for the customer: from the purchased raw material to the use of energy in production processes.

“Sustainability and digitalization are core elements of our corporate strategy, which we are consistently implementing. By calculating the CO2 footprint, we bring both together and create much greater transparency for our customers regarding the specific emissions for each BASF product. This enables us to develop plans together with our customers to reduce CO2 emissions along the value chain up to the final consumer product,” says Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.

BASF has been calculating PCFs for individual products since 2007. With the digital solution developed in-house, BASF will be able to calculate the PCF for its approximately 45,000 sales products based on a global level. BASF will start with selected product and customer segments in the coming months and plans to make PCF data available for the entire portfolio by the end of 2021.

“Climate protection issues are also becoming increasingly important for our customers. In the future, we will be able to support them with reliable data so that they can achieve their climate targets,” said Christoph Jäkel, Head of Corporate Sustainability. “With the help of PCFs, our customers can identify where the levers for avoiding greenhouse gas emissions are. We are already offering them the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of selected products by using alternative raw materials and renewable energies”.

One example is BASF’s biomass balance approach, in which fossil resources are replaced by renewable raw materials from organic waste and vegetable oils in the production Verbund and mathematically allocated to the sales product. Another example of the application of the mass balance approach is the ChemCyclingTM project. Since 2020, BASF has been offering its customers the first commercial quantities of products for whose production chemically recycled plastic waste is used as a raw material at the beginning of the value chain. BASF’s sales products from both approaches have the same properties as products based on purely fossil raw materials – but with a lower carbon footprint.

Climate protection is an important part of BASF’s strategy. BASF has set itself the goal of keeping production-related emissions constant until 2030 despite further growth. BASF is pursuing a three-pronged approach consisting of increasing its production and process efficiency, purchasing electricity from renewable sources and developing fundamentally new and low-emission processes.

Comparable standards necessary
BASF has been using sustainability assessment methods for 25 years. This includes the collection and processing of data for the measurement of sustainability contributions, as is currently used, for example, in SEEBalance® or Sustainable Solution Steering. BASF’s PCF calculation is based on substantial data from the collection of emissions in its own production network and high-quality average data for purchased raw materials and purchased energy. The methodology follows general standards for life cycle analysis such as ISO 14044 and ISO 14067 as well as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard.

BASF is committed to the introduction of product-specific guidelines for the calculation of PCFs in the chemical industry in order to create an industry-wide level playing field and comparability for products. “We are working with various partners to promote standardization,” says Jäkel.
(BASF SE)

COVID-19 pandemic impacts Vetropack in the first half of 2020: impressive results ...
 03.09.2020

COVID-19 pandemic impacts Vetropack in the first half of 2020: impressive results ...  (Company news)

...nonetheless thanks to swift and effective action

Like many other businesses, the Swiss-based Vetropack Group was also affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of the year under review. Net sales came to CHF 323.8 million, down 10.4% on the same period last year (2019: CHF 361.2 million) or 5.6% after adjust-ing for currency effects. EBIT fell by 14.8% to CHF 40.9 million (2019: CHF 48.0 million*). Consolidated operating profit re-mained virtually the same as last year, while reported profit rose to CHF 46.3 million (2019: CHF 37.9 million*) thanks to the sale of a property not required for operations.

In the first half of the year, Vetropack Group sold 2.35 billion units of glass packaging, 9.3% fewer than last year (2.59 billion units). Consolidated net sales from goods and services were down by 10.4% at CHF 323.8 million (2019: CHF 361.2 million). After adjusting for currency effects, however, this only amounted to a 5.6% reduction. Since this drop in sales mainly affected lower-priced products such as glass bottles for beer, mineral water and soft drinks, the average price of the glass packaging sold actually increased.

With capacity being actively reduced, Vetropack Group produced 725,000 tonnes in the first half of the year (2019: 730,000 tonnes). The effects of COVID-19 pushed stock levels up to CHF 16.1 million during this period.

Vetropack Group responded swiftly and effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic: measures to protect staff were coordinated across the Group and implemented locally. Efforts were also made to guarantee the supply of raw materials and the delivery of glass containers. Thanks to the Vetropack network, with eight production facilities and a committed workforce, we were able to keep the production process going safely and without any interruptions. Stringent cost control measures were also introduced. This, along with lower energy prices, meant that savings could be made across all areas. For example, accrued staff overtime and untaken leave were reduced and delivery costs were optimised. Thanks to these extensive measures, Vetropack Group achieved a consolidated EBIT of CHF 40.9 million (2019: CHF 48.0 million). The EBIT margin amounted to 12.6% (2019: 13.3%).

The consolidated semi-annual profit of CHF 46.3 million (2019: CHF 37.9 million*) was up 22.2% on the previous year’s figure. The profit margin amounted to 14.3% (2019: 10.5%). A property in the Swiss canton of Zurich that was not required for operations was sold in the first half of 2020, generating one-off proceeds before tax of CHF 11.7 million.

Cash flow came to CHF 75.5 million (2019: CHF 81.6 million*), while the cash flow margin amounted to 23.3% of net sales (2019: 22.6%). Vetropack Group employed a workforce of 3,414 people during the period under review (2019: 3,346).

Outlook for the second half of 2020
In view of the pandemic and the continued uncertainty surrounding its impact on the economy as a whole and on demand for glass packaging in particular, it is difficult to predict the outlook for the coming months. As things stand, and taking the reopening of restaurants and catering outlets into account, we expect Vetropack Group’s sales volumes to increase slightly in the second half of the year compared to the first six months. Production capacity will be actively reduced further in the second half of 2020 to bring the high stock levels down, which will impair production efficiency. This will have an adverse impact on performance in the second half of the year. We are therefore expecting the operating profit margin for 2020 as a whole to fall slightly short of last year.
(Vetropack AG)

SIG Announces Management Changes
 02.09.2020

SIG Announces Management Changes  (Company news)

SIG announced that Markus Boehm (photo), Chief Market Officer and member of the Group Executive Board, has decided to leave the company at his own request in view of upcoming organisational changes. Certain responsibilities of the Chief Market Officer will be devolved to the regional heads in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, while the remainder will be redistributed to other members of the Group Executive Board. Ian Wood, currently Chief Supply Chain Officer, will become Chief Technology Officer and, in addition to his current responsibilities, will assume leadership of the global technology and R&D functions. Samuel Sigrist, Chief Financial Officer, will assume overall responsibility for commercial operations, including filler investments and solutions pricing, in addition to his current responsibilities. Consequently, the number of Group Executive Board members will be six instead of seven. These changes are effective from 1 September 2020.

In an unrelated development Martin Herrenbrück, President & General Manager Europe, has decided to take up a position outside SIG and will leave the Company at the end of 2020. His replacement will be announced in due course.
Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG Combibloc, said: "I would like to thank both Markus and Martin for their contributions to the success of SIG over many years. Markus has driven major innovations such as combismile, now being rolled out globally, and has taken sustainable packaging to a new level with recent launches including SIGNATURE PACK. Under Martin's leadership we have gained share in Europe and have returned to a growth path in the region.

The organisational changes announced today take account of the global nature of SIG's business and the scale that our operations have attained in all regions. It makes sense for many commercial decisions to be made in the regions and close to our customers. Globally, Samuel's leadership will ensure that we continue to leverage our razor-razorblade business model and to optimise return on investment. Similarly, Ian will oversee the allocation of R&D resources and will ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of technology in the aseptic carton packaging industry."
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Molson Coors expands into Nicaragua with Miller Lite
 02.09.2020

Molson Coors expands into Nicaragua with Miller Lite  (Company news)

Miller Lite will expand into Nicaragua this year as part of a multiyear agreement signed this week between Molson Coors Beverage Co. and Nicaragua’s largest brewer, Companía Cervecera de Nicaragua S.A.

Under the licensing deal, Managua-based CCN will brew, market and distribute the Original Light Beer throughout Nicaragua as a premium international brand starting in the fourth quarter of 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal marks the first significant step by Molson Coors into Nicaragua as it expands its presence in Latin America. The company’s brands are available throughout much of the region, with a focus in Mexico, Panama, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.

“We’re excited about expanding further into Nicaragua and continuing to grow throughout the region,” says Chris Wensel, vice president of Latin America for Molson Coors. “With this deal, we’re able to close a white space in our footprint, and we’re able to team up with the strongest beer partner possible.”

CCN, which was founded in 1926, makes brands such as Victoria Frost, Mytos and its flagships, Toña and Toña Light. It is by far the Central American country’s largest brewer. Molson Coors had an existing relationship with the company to contract brew Miller Lite for export to Honduras.

Also key to the deal, Wensel says: Miller Lite plays a strategic role in CCN’s portfolio and helps the brewer develop its premium international segment.

While the deal is small relative to the Molson Coors global business, “it’s an important step for us here,” Wensel says. “There’s just so much opportunity for us in Latin America. The runway is long.”
(Molson Coors Brewing Company)

Kyrö Distillery: The perfect label material for both gin and whisky
 01.09.2020

Kyrö Distillery: The perfect label material for both gin and whisky  (Company news)

Kyrö Distillery never compromises quality for its rye whisky and gin. And the same can be said about their product labels. To learn about consumers’ preference for different label materials in these categories, UPM Raflatac joined forces with them to set up a study. What is perceived as high or low quality? Authentic or artificial?

TAKEAWAYS
1. Labels are at the core of successful packaging. The material really matters for consumers’ attitudes towards brand and perception of quality.

2. There is a big difference between the gin and whisky categories and how consumers perceive label materials. This made the study even more interesting – to find one material that applies throughout the categories.

Think about famous spirits brands – do you know what is common among them all? They all have products from just one category, whether brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whisky. There are a lot of differences between these categories, which may be one reason many brands focus on only one. Kyrö Distillery, a Finnish company, produces both gin and whisky and they are ready to do things differently by breaking the “silly dogmas.”

The company wanted to use the same label material across the categories and have the Kyrö-feeling. As nobody had done it before, we decided to set up a study together. As a premium supplier of label materials and provider of industry-leading expertise, UPM Raflatac understood the needs and challenges. With the combination of Kyrö Distillery’s entrepreneurial ambition and learnings from the study, we could find the best solutions for Kyrö to express themselves and stand out.

A collaborative study to find the perfect label material for gin and whisky
The study was conducted by a package testing and research company Sense N Insight. The study was a way of understanding how different label materials affect consumers’ attitudes towards a brand. In the study, we applied our plain label materials in both whisky and gin packaged in Kyrö design bottles with wooden caps. We asked consumers to touch and feel the different labels and rank them according to quality and authenticity.

According to the study, there is a big difference between the categories of how consumers perceive gin and whisky label materials. For example, the colour of the liquid inside the bottle has a great impact on how the label material looks and feels. It was found that people associate cold-toned colors and shiny label material with high-quality gin, as in whisky cold-toned labels were associated with low-quality. When the products were evaluated according to authenticity, warm-toned labels were preferred both for gin and whisky. Label design is often a compromise, especially if you have several product attributes to communicate.

The material picked to indicate the highest quality gin was UPM Raflatac Opalux Ice Premium and the material chosen to indicate the highest quality whisky was UPM Raflatac Soft Touch Black. The material picked to indicate the most authentic gin and whisky was UPM Raflatac Rustrel WSA PCR.

Based on the study, we made two suggestions to Kyrö Distillery: UPM Raflatac Antique White and Sabrage Ice Premium. Both materials have a natural white color, which gives the label a premium vintage appearance. In the study, these materials were described as “the label that communicates authentic roots and expert impressions” and “natural, yet stylish.” Antique White is a multifaceted, versatile material that gives an ability to express elegance, authenticity and a certain environmental awareness through its warm white. While Sabrage Ice Premium is the refinement of a material that shows itself to you little by little: pure white, cloudy, and cottony.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

Vyne Botanicals hop-infused sparkling water bolsters Molson Coors' non-alc portfolio in Canada
 31.08.2020

Vyne Botanicals hop-infused sparkling water bolsters Molson Coors' non-alc portfolio in Canada  (Company news)

Hops, the magical flower that enhances the flavor of beer, is being unleashed in a new liquid: water.

Vyne Botanicals, the new non-alcoholic hop-infused sparkling water from Molson Coors Beverage Company, is now available at premium grocers across Canada. The bubbly refreshment made with all natural flavors is gluten free, verified vegan friendly, with zero calories and sugar. It comes in 355-mililiter slim cans featuring a design that highlights the inextricable link between humans and nature, weaving some vitality into your everyday H2O.

“Our flavors are going to meet your taste expectations because of the natural ingredients. It’s refreshment revitalized,” says Faye Houston, Molson Coors’ beyond beer brand manager. “There’s nothing artificial about Vyne, from the ingredients and taste to the intricate can design and branding.”

While hops are the key bittering agent in beer, they play a more subtle role in Vyne, says Houston.

“People don’t really know what to expect with hops outside of beer, but they’ll have a completely unique experience with Vyne,” she says. “Tasting is believing.”

The first-to-Canada hop-infused sparkling water, Vyne comes in three flavors: The Citrus One offers a bright citrus taste and aroma, with hints of lemon-lime and grapefruit; the Herbal One has a subtle herbal character, with an inviting blend of tropical fruits, rosemary and spice; and the Floral One is a delicate and subtle blend of rose and hibiscus with fresh, green notes.

“Each flavor gives you a very different experience,” Houston says. “One of the first things you’re going to experience is the aroma. Hops are such an interesting botanical; when you crack open a can you’re going to taste first with your nose, awakening the senses even before it hits your tastebuds.”

With a national distribution footprint at premium grocer Sobey’s, Vyne will soon be available at IGA in Quebec, and at Metro and Loblaws locations. The alcohol-free beverage is also available for delivery on Amazon.

As with many new brands introduced during a time when the coronavirus pandemic made in-person sampling impossible, Vyne found an innovative way to get the brand in front of consumers. A partnership with meal-kit service Hello Fresh put Vyne alongside healthy ingredients, delivered to home chefs.

Now the brand is working with a set of health-conscious influencers on Instagram, as well.

As Molson Coors augments its beer portfolio, flavorful beyond-beer products like Vyne are becoming a larger part of its product mix. In Canada, it has beefed up marketing around Aquarelle, its vodka-based drink that comes in still and sparking water varieties. And retailers have seen a blistering response to AriZona Hard Green Tea, a 5% alcohol-by-volume hard tea made with premium vodka that rolled out across Ontario and Western Canada in April.

Molson Coors’ recent U.S. launches of Vizzy Hard Selzter, MOVO Wine Spritzer and Leinenkugel’s Spritzen are complemented by partnerships in the U.K. to distribute Bodega Bay hard seltzer and canned drinks from Miami Cocktail Company. The long-awaited Coors Seltzer is expected to hit shelves soon, as well.

“This is a big step for Molson Coors,” Houston says. It’s very different, and very exciting.”
(Molson Coors Brewing Company (Canada))

Karl Knauer and Krones revolutionise secondary beverage packaging
 28.08.2020

Karl Knauer and Krones revolutionise secondary beverage packaging  (Company news)

Goodbye shrink wrap

Think big – when it comes to reducing plastic packaging in food retail, the beverage sector holds the greatest potential. An innovation recently presented by Black Forest-based packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG and Krones AG, a system supplier to the beverage industry from Neutraubling, could revolutionise secondary packaging in the beverage segment. The internationally patented “LitePac Top” cardboard carrier makes the conventional shrink wrap used for packs superfluous and therefore avoids unnecessary packaging, pack after pack. The savings potential for Western Europe alone, which uses 60,000 to 80,000 tonnes of shrink wrap per year, is enormous.

Cardboard instead of shrink wrap:
A massive increase in environmental protection, efficiency and convenience
Between 1.5 and 2 billion returnable PET beverage bottles are still being sold each year in Germany alone despite the agreed upon targets for banning the use of single-use plastic products. 2 litre, 1.5 litre and 0.5 litre PET bottles are, and will continue to be, the most popular form of packaging in the beverage segment. As retailers find these disposable plastic bottles easier to manage than glass, i.e. returnable bottles, the number used is set to remain high in coming years. This makes it all the more important to avoid every single gram of extra plastic, i.e. secondary packaging, around these bottles. Until now, standard 4 or 6 packs have been held together by shrink wrap packaging made from shrink film. However, this film is made using non-renewable raw materials and is consequently being viewed more and more critically by consumers.

Two heavyweights in the packaging industry have now joined forces to offer retailers and bottlers an alternative to such conventional film solutions. Black Forest-based packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG and Krones AG, a system supplier to the beverage sector from Neutraubling, have worked together to create the “LitePac Top”, a sustainable packaging solution made from cardboard. Instead of shrink wrap, a sturdy cardboard carrier securely holds 6 packs of 0.5 to 2 litre PET bottles or beverage cans together. The LitePac Top, adapted to the bottle’s or can’s design, is simply attached at the top and firmly holds the half dozen beverage containers together. In addition, a 100 % paper strap is wrapped around 1.5 and 2 litre packs to ensure stability. What sounds simple is in fact simple and therefore offers several advantages.

Handling and perception advantages
Thanks to the LitePac Top’s integrated handle, the nine-kilogram pack of six 1.5 litre PET bottles is comfortable to carry, even over longer distances, without cutting painfully into the hand. The can version offers finger holes to ensure a secure grip for transport. “When developing the product, it was important to us to ensure that the packaging remains stable, even when individual bottles or cans are removed. We achieved this by making the bottles and cans removable from the packaging with a simple twist,” explains Michael Weber, Key Account Manager at Karl Knauer. “Even if the packaging only contains a couple of bottles, it can still be transported safely.”

Therefore, in terms of transport stability, the LitePac Top is superior to shrink packs. There are also two additional advantages to the cardboard version. Firstly, if there isn’t any (film) packaging to be torn open, there isn’t any waste. This drastically reduces the volume of waste within retail – a spatial and visual win for the retail trade.

Secondly, consumers perceive cardboard packaging as significantly more sustainable and therefore evaluate it positively. “In this way, even people who reach for drinks in disposable packaging can contribute in a small way towards reducing plastic. And this positivity pays off for the manufacturer as it can contribute to building customer loyalty,” says Michael Weber with confidence.

Impressively efficient and sustainable:
from production to use and recycling
Switching to secondary packaging made from cardboard also pays off financially for the suppliers. Because in addition to creating a positive brand message and providing a comfortable carrying experience, the LitePac Top also offers significantly better environmental performance in terms of the bottling and packing process. “We produced multiple LitePac Tops in a highly cost-efficient way, tested the product at all stages of the supply chain and had it put through its paces by one of the leading beverage bottlers. Even we were impressed by the results as they exceeded all our expectations,” summarises Martin Glatz, Head of Sales, Marketing, Research and Development at Karl Knauer. “For example, compared to shrink wrap packaging, power consumption is reduced from approx. 120 kW/h down to only 10 kW/h, i.e. 92 percent! Applied to a single packaging unit, energy consumption can be reduced from 17 W/per pack to only 2.5 W. And the reduction in CO2 emissions by using the LitePac Top solution instead of shrink packs, is a further plus for our new cardboard carrier. If both the material and the packaging process are taken into account, we can save 30.4 percent of CO2 – in other words, almost a third. However, in the context of an even broader assessment of sustainability by means of the Material Circularity Indicator (MCI) scoring tool, which functions as a circular economy indicator, the figures are even more impressive. With the LitePac Top’s value of 0.867, we come impressively close to the target value of 1, which would signify a fully circular economy. This is a significant improvement on the shrink pack value of only 0.301."

The mono-material of the LitePac Top consists of 100 percent renewable raw materials from FSC® or PEFC™-certified forests and fibres from agricultural waste. This means that the packaging can be easily disposed of using the usual paper recycling option and can be recycled up to seven times. Thanks to its special fibre structure, it even improves the quality of paper waste and therefore has a positive impact on the recycling process.

Following the ban on plastic bags and single-use plastic, it is only a matter of time before secondary plastic packaging is no longer permitted in the EU. Therefore manufacturers like Krones and Karl Knauer, who have already patented innovative and sustainable products such as the LitePac Top, are highly likely to see an increase in demand in the near future. A win for those responsible and for the environment too.
(Karl Knauer KG)

HEINEKEN UK eliminates plastic from millions of cans as it rolls out innovative sustainable ...
 27.08.2020

HEINEKEN UK eliminates plastic from millions of cans as it rolls out innovative sustainable ...   (Company news)

...packaging across thousands of UK retailers, despite COVID-19 challenges

-New innovative cardboard topper replacing plastic rings on Heineken®, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 launches in UK retailers this summer, eliminating plastic from supermarket shelves
-Despite COVID-19, HEINEKEN UK is on track to achieve its goal to remove this type of plastic from supermarket shelves by the end of 2021

This summer, despite major operational obstructions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HEINEKEN UK rolls out its innovative 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers. The topper will feature on Heineken®, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 multi-pack cans before rolling out across its entire beer and cider portfolio. The company’s commitment to innovate sustainably during this unprecedented time has kept the business on track to eliminating this type of plastic from supermarket shelves by the end of 2021.

The new packaging not only removes plastic but minimises the use of materials and reduces waste. The combination of the new topper, dubbed Green Grip, and the removal of shrink wrapping on consumer packs will eliminate over 517 tonnes of plastic annually – the equivalent of 94 million plastic bags.

With the installation of the new packaging machinery set to take place at the same time as travel restrictions were implemented across Europe, HEINEKEN UK overcame a significant logistical hurdle by using virtual technology to partly help install the machinery at its brewery in Manchester. The team in Manchester used smart glasses to collaborate with Italian engineers on the installation process and receive virtual training on how to operate the machinery safely, allowing fewer people on the shop floor to support social distancing guidelines.

Michael Gillane, marketing director, HEINEKEN UK, said: “This is a game changer – for so long, the plastic pack rings on cans of beer and cider have been rightly scrutinised. We have been working on a solution for several years – one that is durable, totally recyclable, and completely plastic free. Importantly, this is an innovation that can be used at scale on hundreds of millions of cans every year.

“After announcing our intention in November last year, we’re extremely pleased to launch Green Grip – our plastic free, recyclable and compostable topper in UK supermarkets this summer, especially during such a challenging time. The easy decision would have been to postpone the launch, but that was never an option. The use of innovative technology, combined with the hard work of our team in Manchester, meant we stay on track to achieve our ambition to eliminate single-use plastic on our products from supermarket shelves. This is a significant milestone in our journey, and we look forward to rolling the innovation out across the rest of our beer and cider portfolio in 2021.”

James Bull, Head of Packaging at Tesco said, “We have plans to remove all non-recyclable and excess packaging from our business and are working with a number of brands to achieve this. It’s great to see HEINEKEN UK eliminate plastic from its cans of beer – our customers want to use less plastic, so I’m sure they’ll appreciate this change.”

Commenting on overcoming challenges posed by Covid-19 in commissioning the Green Grip line Brewing & Operations Director, Matt Callan said: “Introducing a brand new technology is challenging at the best of times, but doing so at a time of social distancing measures and when we’ve adapted our operations to meet heightened supermarket demand is a testament to the adaptability and determination of our brewery and project teams. We continue to look at further options to eliminate single-use plastic, including in our logistics and distribution network as we remain committed to eliminating unnecessary plastic in our total supply chain.”

Heineken®, Foster’s, and Kronenbourg 1664 are being rolled out now ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

This scalable bespoke innovation was piloted at HEINEKEN UK’s Manchester brewery, with its Tadcaster and Hereford sites to follow in March 2021.
(Heineken UK Limited)

Vetropack purchases glassworks in Moldova
 26.08.2020

Vetropack purchases glassworks in Moldova  (Company news)

Vetropack, a leading Swiss corporate group in the European glass packaging industry, has signed an agreement to take over a glassworks in Moldova.

With the acquisition of the Moldovan glassworks in Chișinău, the Vetropack Group is continuing its expansion strategy. This new addition to the Vetropack group, which comprises two separate operational units (Glass Container Company and Glass Container Prim), will enhance Vetropack’s market position in Central and Eastern Europe.

"With this acquisition, we continue to expand in a region with which we are very familiar – a region where we have almost three decades of glass making experience", states Johann Reiter, CEO of the Vetropack Group. Vetropack’s unrivalled experience in the Central and Eastern Europe region makes it a natural choice to grow the existing Moldovan glassworks. Vetropack’s strategy has always been to integrate its acquisitions within the wider Vetropack Group and yet preserve their local characteristics and identity.

The new Vetropack glassworks in Chișinău produces annually approximately 100,000 tonnes of glass packaging for the food and beverage industry, which is sold both on a growing domestic and export market. The Moldovan glassworks currently employs around 450 members of staff and generated a turnover of approximately EUR 40 million in 2019.

This acquisition marks another step within Vetropack’s expansion and growth strategy and will allow a lasting and valuable contribution to the Vetropack Group as a whole.

Closing is planned in November 2020, subject to the approval of the competition authorities. The parties involved in the acquisition have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
(Vetropack AG)

Sonoco Acquires Sustainable Paper Can Solutions Producer
 25.08.2020

Sonoco Acquires Sustainable Paper Can Solutions Producer  (Company news)

Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, announced it has acquired Can Packaging, a privately owned designer and manufacturer of sustainable paper packaging and related manufacturing equipment, based in Habsheim, France, for total consideration of €41.7 million, or approximately $49 million.

Photo: GREENCAN® cans, © Can Packaging

Founded by George Sireix in 1989, Can Packaging operates two paper can manufacturing facilities in France along with a research and development center where it designs and builds patented packaging machines and sealing equipment. Can Packaging is projected to produce sales of approximately €23 million or $27 million in 2020 and provides sustainable paperboard packaging to a number of large consumer food brands distributed across Europe. The business has approximately 60 associates.

“We are extremely pleased to have Can Packaging joining Sonoco’s growing portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions,” said Howard Coker, president and chief executive officer. “This strategic acquisition provides us many new innovations, including patented technology to produce a recyclable, high performance all-paper package, that can be made round, square, rectangular, oval, oblong or triangular. These innovations will complement our global Rigid Paperboard Container franchise and add to our EnviroSense™ sustainable packaging portfolio.”

Sean Cairns, division vice president and general manager of Sonoco’s European Consumer Products Division, said, “Adding Can Packaging’s innovation center, intellectual property and proprietary manufacturing capabilities will allow Sonoco to leverage and enhance our strong material science and engineering capabilities to develop more recyclable, mono-material paper packaging solutions that will have a wide range of food barrier properties for our customers in Europe. We also see using Can Packaging’s unique, low-cost machine technology to expand our consumer products offering into growth markets.”

Cairns added that Sireix will remain as a consultant to Sonoco and his son, Guillaume, who leads technology and engineering for Can Packaging, will remain as an innovation leader of the Company’s European Consumer Products Division. There will be no changes to operations or customer relationships.
(Sonoco Products Co)

New dimensions in versatile level measurement
 25.08.2020

New dimensions in versatile level measurement  (Company news)

AFRISO presents a new generation of devices based on capacitance and ultrasound, as well as on the "guided micropulse" measuring principle

Whether chemical industry, food production, agriculture, power plants, drinking water systems or private households: Tanks and silos are required in countless application areas. One of the key questions is always: How much is "left"? The latest generation of AFRISO level indicators provides reliable answers. The products have been completely optimized and redesigned, feature latest electronics and have become even more compact than the previous generation.

Measuring the level or detecting maximum or minimum levels: This is a challenge in a wide variety of applications and with media that, in some cases, are highly demanding with regard to the measurement technology, for example, food, acids or chemicals. The new AFRISO range meets the requirements of numerous industries. At the same time, it is highly versatile so that customised solutions can always be implemented. "You name the requirement, we can do it" is the motto of the AFRISO engineers, who support users with outstanding expertise. In this way, even demanding measurement tasks such as monitoring a pellet storage plant can be reliably implemented.

New generation with four high-performance devices
The new AFRISO generation of level measurement devices include the CapFox® EFT 20 capacitance level transmitter, the CapFox® ENT 21 capacitance level switch, the PulsFox® PMG 20 guided micropulse level indicator and the SonarFox® UST 20 ultrasonic transmitter. At first glance, the new, contemporary design with more compact dimensions catches the eye. The attractive range is based on a holistic design concept and allows for compelling solutions, in particular, for silos and tank facilities. Needless to say that the products also meet special requirements, for example, high pressures of up to 100 bar or high temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius.

Capacitance level measurement for numerous applications
The CapFox® EFT 20 level transmitter in 2-wire or 3-wire technology is easy to adjust be means of a magnetic pin, feature degree of protection IP 68 with fixed cable installation and can already be used a tank heights as low as 100 mm - with bulk solids and liquids. The CapFox® ENT 21 capacitance level switch, also with degree of protection IP 68, is designed for temperatures of the medium of 300 °C. It is particularly suitable for applications in the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries and for level detection of bulk solids such as sand, gravel, cement and granular material stored in open or closed containers. Fully or partially insulated rigid probes or flexible probes are available, depending on the medium and the application. Fully insulated electrodes are used for level detection of adhesive, corrosive or electrically conductive media.

The micropulse measuring principle works independently of the medium
The PulsFox® PMG 20 guided micropulse level indicators on the basis of the guided micropulse principle (TDR, time domain reflectometry). They allow for high-precision level measurements that are unaffected by changes in pressure, temperature or density – even in the case of foam, dust or turbulent surfaces. The robust housing is specially designed for harsh environmental conditions; the device is also maintenance-free and free from wear and tear. FEP-coated and PFA-coated probes are available for corrosive, highly clean media or food. The device is also suitable for pressurised or vacuum tanks. New and highly useful: The device can be easily adjusted by means of the programming display with user-friendly menus; it also serves as a local display.

Measurement based on ultrasound
The SonarFox® UST 20 ultrasonic transmitter also features a robust housing for use under demanding environmental conditions. It serves for continuous, non-contact level measurement in open or closed containers, tanks or silos with liquid, mushy and pasty media – ideal for sludge, adhesives, resins and waste water.

Display for adjustment via and menus and for local indication
New and highly useful: The device can be easily adjusted by means of the programming display PD 20 with user-friendly menus; it also serves as a local display. This is possible even when the tank is empty. The display is designed to be device-independent and can therefore be used for adjustments and displaying the measured values of PMG 20 and UST 20 – resulting in a considerable savings effect when multiple devices are used in a tank system.
(AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)

IFAT impact Business Summit: Food packaging with environmental perspectives
 24.08.2020

IFAT impact Business Summit: Food packaging with environmental perspectives  (IFAT)

- Stimuli from recycling rates and consumer desires
- Sustainable packaging, new multi-use concepts
- Digital IFAT impact Business Summit, September 8–10, 2020

In recent years, the environmental aspects of food packaging have become even more important. On the one hand through regulatory measures, such as the Packaging Act, which came into force in Germany in 2019 and requires higher recycling rates. On the other hand by consumers, who increasingly wish for less complexly packed or unpacked food.

The requirements of food and beverage manufacturers thus got tougher. “For the food industry, it is also important to ensure that the packaging used is designed for recycling and to ecologically and economically consider what share of recyclates can be used,” says Peter Feller. According to the Deputy Managing Director of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE), there are also conflicting goals with regard to resource conservation that need to be mastered. “For example, smaller portion packs counteracts food waste, but requires a relatively higher material input,” says Feller. “However, consumer health protection is not negotiable: packagings must comply with the food law in order to avoid effects on the product and thus on the health of the consumer.”

Disposable PET bottles: share of recyclates already high
Currently, there is only one recyclate from industrial recycling sources that is approved for food packaging, namely PET from the one-way deposit system. According to a study by the German Society for Packaging Market Research (GVM), German one-way PET bottles contain an average of 26 percent recycled materials. With the quality mark “Wertstoff PET Getränkeverpackungen” (recyclable PET berverage packaging), the German RAL Quality Assurance Association has set the goal of achieving an average recyclate content of 50 percent by 2022. However, there are already a number of bottlers who use bottles made from 100 percent recycled waste material. Bad Dürrheimer Mineralbrunnen GmbH is one of the pioneers in this field.

Technically feasible: more recyclates in raw material quality
“Over the next years, PET’s unique position can be overcome thanks to chemical, enzymatic or solvent-based recycling,” Peter Désilets is sure. The Managing Director of Pacoon GmbH, a Munich-based design agency for sustainable packaging solutions, continues: “These technologies allow for a quality that is comparable with fresh batches and can also be used for food packaging. However, policy-makers and jurisdiction still view this approach with concern. In addition to the industrial recycling standards, we therefore also need an appropriate legal framework.”

Paper bottles
Renewable raw materials are another approach to more environmentally friendly food packaging. One of the trending materials is paper. For example, the spirits producer Diageo recently announced that, starting next year, it will for the first time sell its whiskey Johnny Walker in bottles that are entirely made of paper and biological material. The Carlsberg brewery group also pursues the paper bottle concept and presented two prototypes of the “Green Fibre Bottle” in 2019.

Bioplastics: new opportunities, new questions
Materials made from renewable resources also include bio-based plastics, which primarily use starch and cellulose as basic materials. “Some of these were developed decades ago, but have not really got off the ground yet, because petroleum-based plastics are cheap, easy to use. And the responsibility for the disposal of mineral oil-based packaging was transferred to the Dual Systems with the license fee,” reports Désilets. According to his observation, these old/new solutions receive a strong boost as plastics are now increasingly tried to be avoided—and at the same time raise questions: How can the non-mineral oil-based materials be disposed of or recycled? What does the carbon dioxide or ecological balance look like? Do the raw materials come from reliably certified, ecologically acceptable sources? And what is the footprint in nature if bioplastics are not disposed of properly?

Disruption through multi-use food packaging?
Another alternative to current practice is a new, international system of reusable food packaging as currently established by Pacoon GmbH and its partners. In this approach, products such as chips, gummy bears, nachos, noodles, rice or legumes come in reusable boxes for which a deposit return system is to be installed. Pacoon’s Managing Director Désilets: “We see a holistic, disruptive approach of the existing multiple-use system in order to increase the potential for optimization. The envisioned result is a simple system for the consumer as well as significant cost and material savings for the manufacturers.”

IFAT impact Business Summit from September 8–10
Waste recovery, recycling and raw materials management are core topics of the environmental technology trade fair IFAT, where the food industry finds products and solutions for sustainable packaging. In September, the digital three-day IFAT impact Business Summit will bring together the global environmental industry and its customers. This event will be all about environmental technologies used in the industry—from the chemical, food to the construction sector—and in local authorities. Participation is free of charge for visitors; the platform will go live at the end of August.
(Messe München GmbH)

Interroll's second plant in Atlanta starts operation
 24.08.2020

Interroll's second plant in Atlanta starts operation  (Company news)

Interroll has completed construction on its second plant on their campus in Hiram (Atlanta) Georgia. The 11 million dollar investment gives Interroll a substantial increase in capacity for the region.

At Interroll, the Americas region continues to see a high level of project activities. At the same time, the company is quickly introducing innovative solutions to the markets. Key business drivers such as increased automation for warehouses as well as the rise of e-commerce and high demand in the courier, express and parcel business continue to support this positive mid-term outlook in the Americas region and worldwide.

“We have raised capacities in order to ensure low lead times for our customers and end users in the North American market in the years to come”, says Richard Keely, Executive Vice President of the Americas region and member of the Group Management. "We continue to see high demand for Interroll solutions in the areas of conveyors and sorters. Therefore we have increased our fabrication footprint while creating several new lean agile assembly cells.”

The new building provides 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) of manufacturing and warehousing area are as well as 25,000 sq ft (approx. 2,300 m2) of offices. It also includes training facilities as well as a Kaizen room and employee facilities such as a gym.

The new building provides assembly lines for the Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP), as well as for all sorters, including the new high-performance crossbelt sorter (HPCS) as well as sorter chutes. In the near future, it will also house a production line for Modular Pallet Conveyor Platforms (MPP).

“Over the last few months, capacity is more and more critical as supply chains are challenged with lockdowns and other restrictions. Through this challenging period, we have continued to see new opportunities because of our commitment to short delivery times” says Keely. “Our team is fully committed to keeping this climate of excellence and looks forward to convincing more customers with our delivery performance in the future.”
(Interroll (Schweiz) AG)

Hydro enters strategic partnership with drinks producer HELL
 21.08.2020

Hydro enters strategic partnership with drinks producer HELL  (Company news)

Hydro’s plants in Germany will start supplying Hydro CIRCAL recycled aluminium to the HELL ENERGY Group, a producer of energy and soft drinks with own production of beverage cans in Hungary. This marks the entrance of Hydro CIRCAL into the beverage can industry.

Photo: Shredded aluminium is remelted at Hydro's UBC (used beverage cans) line in Neuss, Germany, for manufacturing new cans. (Photo: Hydro/Michael Rennertz)

“We are pleased to bring Hydro CIRCAL into the beverage can industry and start this strategic partnership with the HELL ENERGY Group. With Hydro CIRCAL, we enable them to offer beverage can users the opportunity to enjoy their drink with a historically low CO2 footprint,” says Boris Kurth, Head of Hydro’s Can business.

The Hydro CIRCAL 75R aluminium for HELL will come from Hydro’s state-of-art recycling line in Neuss for used beverage cans and then cast, rolled and finished to can stock at the rolled products facilities nearby.

Hydro is the first aluminium producer supplying prime-quality end-of-life recycled aluminium with a certified content of 75% or more recycled post-consumer scrap. Demand for Hydro CIRCAL is on the rise, with new industries looking for material and solutions that can help meet their sustainability targets.

The HELL ENERGY Group is producing energy and soft drinks, as well as milk-based ice-coffees. Its flagship brand HELL ENERGY is available in more than 50 countries. Vertically integrated, HELL has been running their own aluminium beverage can production, QUALITY PACK in Hungary, since 2017. This plant makes 4.5 million 250-milliliter aluminium cans daily.

“We are excited and proud to be the first energy and soft drink manufacturer to launch the most sustainable beverage packaging with a certified content of minimum 75% recycled aluminium, We aspire to lead the market and be the global benchmark by providing sustainable packaging for our consumers,” says Barnabas Csereklye, Managing Director of HELL ENERGY and CEO of QUALITY PACK.

Hydro CIRCAL has become a key part of Hydro’s product portfolio, with increased demand from customers and various industries.

Hydro CIRCAL has already established a strong presence in the building and construction sector and will continue to focus on expanding product reach. With Hydro CIRCAL, Hydro provides aluminium with a carbon footprint that fits well with the most demanding sustainability requirements.
(Hydro Aluminium Deutschland GmbH)

Extremely light and fully recyclable: KHS and ALPLA Group develop returnable PET bottle
 20.08.2020

Extremely light and fully recyclable: KHS and ALPLA Group develop returnable PET bottle   (Company news)

-Focus on weight reduction and conservation of resources
-Packaging weighs just 55 grams thanks to optimized base and neck
-Returnable bottle containing up to 35% recyclate

Photo: The new 1.0-liter returnable PET bottle from KHS and ALPLA is made of up to 35% recyclate.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle”: for the KHS Group these three pillars of sustainability are a composite part of its corporate philosophy. The manufacturer of filling and packaging technology consistently focuses on resource-saving, recycling-friendly systems and solutions. Together with Austrian packaging expert ALPLA KHS has now developed a returnable PET container that at 55 grams is extremely light. The 1.0-liter bottle’s high recyclate content of 35% also has a very positive effect on its overall ecobalance.

For decades the KHS Group has been heralded as a technological leader in returnable container systems, chiefly driven by its great innovative strength and striving to develop sustainable, future-proof plant engineering. The various partnerships it has formed with innovative figures in the industry have proved a further recipe for success. Together with ALPLA KHS has now developed a returnable PET bottle that is impressive with its low weight and high recyclate content. With this development the engineering company adheres to its maxim of “reduce and recycle”, states Arne Wiese, Bottles & Shapes product manager at the KHS Group. “We aimed to produce a returnable container system that’s as environmentally friendly as possible. Two parameters are of prime importance here: low weight and a high percentage of recyclate.”

Environmentally friendly: returnable bottle’s low weight convincing
By optimizing the bottle base and neck the packaging experts managed to considerably cut down on weight compared to conventional returnable PET containers. At 55 grams, on average the 1.0-liter bottle is ten grams lighter than its standard counterparts. Compared to glass containers it clocks up just a tenth of the weight on the scales. “This optimization means that the amount of material used is much lower. At the same time, fuel consumption and thus also CO2 emissions drop during transportation,” Wiese explains. Both have a positive effect on the bottle’s ecobalance.

Despite less use of materials the returnable system is ideal for a high circulation. The PET bottle has good resistance to caustic, meaning that its quality and appearance are maintained even after numerous washing cycles.
Sustainable: packaging system with high recyclate content

The aspects of easy recyclability and the use of recyclate also played a major role in the bottle’s development. The environmentally-friendly returnable container is not only fully recyclable and thus remains in the recycling loop; its high recyclate content is also compelling. “We’ve had outstanding test results with preforms made of up to 35% recycled materials; preforms containing 50% recyclate are also feasible for some brands,” states Wiese. The PET system devised by KHS and ALPLA therefore more than satisfies the European Commission’s requirement that one-way PET bottles comprise 30% recyclate by 2030.

The optimized preforms can be blown on all KHS stretch blow molders for returnable containers. These include the particularly resource-saving InnoPET Blomax Series V. The new packaging system is suitable for all types of beverage in the returnable container segment. “We’re convinced that we can place our ecofriendly PET bottle on the market quickly and successfully. Our aim is to implement the market launch in close cooperation with bottling companies,” Wiese concludes.
(KHS GmbH)

Britvic: Sale of Three Bottling Facilities in France
 19.08.2020

Britvic: Sale of Three Bottling Facilities in France  (Company news)

Britvic is pleased to confirm that full clearance has been received from the French Competition Authority for the sale of juice assets in France to Refresco.

The sale includes the three juice manufacturing sites, related private label juice business and the Fruité brand. Britvic will retain ownership of the Pressade and Fruit Shoot brands, which will be manufactured by Refresco as part of a long-term partnership arrangement. The transaction will not affect the Teisseire and Moulin De Valdonne brands or the private label syrups business, which are all manufactured at the remaining site in Crolles.

Following clearance, it is anticipated that the transaction will now close in the Autumn.
(Britvic Plc)

nutpods launches new oat creamers in combidome packaging from SIG
 18.08.2020

nutpods launches new oat creamers in combidome packaging from SIG  (Company news)

nutpods, an industry-leading coffee creamer company, has recently introduced a new product line: zero sugar oat creamer. Available in two varieties, Original and Cinnamon Swirl, these flavors follow a successful online-only launch of shelf-stable oat Original and French Vanilla, and are part of a rapidly increasing number of oat-based alternative dairy products. The new oat creamers available in combidome, the carton bottle from SIG, will hit shelves in the coming months at the three largest natural retailers: Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Fresh Thyme.

“We knew that oat as a base ingredient would be a great complement to our nut-based creamers, with its neutral taste and incredible frothability. It has grown even faster than we anticipated,” says nutpods founder & CEO Madeline Haydon. “While retailers have slowed resets due to Covid-19, they are still excited about the growth and potential of oat creamers.”

In the past four weeks, oat has become the number two driver of dollar growth in the category. The grain continues to win American consumers with its low environmental impact compared to other non-dairy alternatives, but most notably, its effective ability to mimic dairy.

Stand Out from the Crowd

Original and Cinnamon Swirl Oat Creamers are nutpods’ first appearance in a new carton pack, the 16 oz combidome carton bottle from SIG. Consumers will also start to see the company’s core line of refrigerated almond coconut blend creamers, in Original, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Caramel, in combidome cartons starting in July. The new artwork reflects a modernization of nutpods’ look, maintaining their iconic green logo but introducing brighter color blocks and simplified messaging. Check out their new look here.

The combidome carton bottle, that combines the best features of a carton pack with the best features of a bottle, demonstrates clear differentiation on the shelf. With fully printable display surfaces, nutpods has plenty of space to highlight and convey their messaging and new design. Its convenient handling features make it a winner for consumers as well. The centrally-located single-action domeTwist screw cap and wide opening makes it easy to open and to pour. The closure also enables a controllable product flow without dripping.

More importantly, combidome carton bottles are recyclable and have a very good environmental footprint. The lightweight cartons carry the FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council™) label confirming that wood from FSC-certified, responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources is used for the manufacture of the unprocessed cardboard.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Tate & Lyle launches new SWEETENER VANTAGE™ sweetener solution design tools
 17.08.2020

Tate & Lyle launches new SWEETENER VANTAGE™ sweetener solution design tools  (Company news)

Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, is pleased to announce the launch of SWEETENER-VANTAGE™ Expert Systems, a set of new and innovative sweetener solution design tools, together with an education programme, which are designed to help formulators create sugar-reduced food and drink using low calorie sweeteners.

Developed in response to customer demand for more predictive tools to support product performance and reduce development time, SWEETENER-VANTAGE™ Expert Systems will enable formulators to more efficiently solve their formulation challenges.

The SWEETENER-VANTAGE™ suite of tools includes sweetener maps and selection tools, and WikiSweet™, Tate & Lyle’s proprietary encyclopedia of formulation challenges and solutions, which Tate & Lyle scientists use with formulators to help them to differentiate between and select suitable sweeteners. A new three-module webinar series, Sweetener University™, developed by scientists for scientists, provides a forum for formulators to hear about and discuss the latest science and trends relating to sweeteners. The first module in the Sweetener University™ series will be delivered on 22 July 2020 by two of Tate & Lyle’s leading sweetener experts. Registration is free and accessible via this link.

Shawn Erickson, Senior Principal Scientist, at Tate & Lyle, who co-developed the curriculum and will co-host the first Sweetener University™ webinar next week, said: “We developed the SWEETENER-VANTAGE™ Expert Systems to meet high demand for accessible expert guidance and tools that simplify and expedite the product development process. Through this suite of tools, Tate & Lyle shares 160-years of sweetening expertise to help formulators of all experience-levels build their knowledge of the latest sweetener science, understand variations in sweetener offerings, and deepen formulation expertise.”

Jim Carr, Director of Global Ingredient Technology for Sweeteners at Tate & Lyle, who also developed and will deliver the curriculum, added: “Low and no calorie sweeteners are a vital tool in today’s formulation toolbox, especially with the heightened focus on developing great-tasting, healthier products with less sugar and calories. By sharing our product and application knowledge, we are working to help the industry create next generation products that address health challenges in society, delivering our purpose of Improving Lives for Generations.”

SWEETENER-VANTAGE™ builds on Tate & Lyle’s successful TEXTURE-VANTAGE® education programme, with a webinar series that has attracted thousands of registered participants since its 2018 launch.
(Tate & Lyle PLC)

No beverages without water
 14.08.2020

No beverages without water  (drinktec)

- Water supplies fall as demand rises – a focus on treatment
- Membrane process for residual-free water emerges as a trend
- Intelligent recycling strategies moving to the forefron

Picture: Sustainable wastewater technology: A fruit juice manufacturer generates biogas from production wastewater. Source: EnviroChemie GmbH

Stress level rising globally – state-of-the-art water treatment and intelligent water management will become even more important in the future.

According to the United Nations, water consumption has been rising by about one percent annually since the 1980s. This rise is fueled in part by growing populations, socioeconomic development and changing consumption habits. Water demand around the world is expected to continue rising at this level until 2050 – an increase of 20 to 30 percent above today’s consumption levels.

Today, more than two billion people live in countries that are experiencing high water stress and water scarcity. About four billion people struggle with severe water scarcity for a period of at least one month every year. Given the growing demand for water and the increasing impact of climate change, the United Nations expects the stress level to continue to rise. For this reason, water supplies and management have become increasingly important issues for the brewing, beverage and liquid food industries.

The World Resources Institute and the Future Directions International Pty Ltd. have identified the areas that will run short of water in 2040 and 2050. Water will become a particularly precious resource in Asia: The study found that 14 of the 33 countries that would experience severe water scarcity in the future are in the Middle East. The countries that are considered to be particularly vulnerable are Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Other threatened regions include northwestern China, northern and eastern India, Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. In Europe, water is expected to become a scarce resource in Spain and Greece. The northern section of Africa is projected to suffer from water shortages as well. In South America, Chile and Peru are particularly vulnerable. Water is also expected to become scarce in North America. The U.S. state of California has already shown how uncertain access to sufficient amounts of water can be. In Australia, forest fires have resulted from continuing periods of drought during summer months. Many islands in Oceania lack drinking water due to climate change. Frequent flooding has contaminated water supplies there as well.

But the researchers also said some regions in the northern parts of North America, Eurasia and India would be able to draw on increased water reserves during the forecast period thanks to climate change. These rising levels can be attributed to increasing rainfall as well as melting glaciers and polar caps, among other reasons.

Falling supply, rising demand, increased consumption
These trends are fundamental to the global brewing and beverage industries – water is, after all, their most important ingredient. In beverage production, water also performs many other important functions such as processing, cleaning and providing energy. For this reason, water must be reasonably and sparingly used in all process steps.

In December 2018, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) issued a study that covered the resource use levels for beer, mineral water, wine, spirits and carbonated soft drinks. The study collected and analyzed the consumption levels of nearly 2,000 companies around the world. The results of the study for the water-product ratio are shown in table one. One clear finding is the dependence based on company size. Table two shows this in terms of beer brewing.

As a result of future conditions, supplies are expected to fall while demand and consumption rise. For this reason, beverage and liquid food producers will have to comprehensively examine their use of water. There are many good reasons for them to do so: First, every liter of water and wastewater generates costs, which are expected to rise. Second, global players are working to create standardized production – designing processes with water use in mind. Third, new sources must be searched for and developed in response to water scarcity and the need to protect deep water. Fourth, water is an aspect of corporate social responsibility. And, last but not least, the careful use of resources has affected consumers’ purchasing behavior and approval processes for new and expansion investments for a long time, as a recent example from Mexico shows: Following a referendum of residents in the city of Mexicali, a brewing operation that is owned by the U.S. company Constellation Brands and is 65 percent complete, was prohibited from going into operation. A total of 76.1 percent of voters spoke out against the start of production because the brewery could draw off water that the arid region so desperately needs.

Growing demands for residual-free water
At the same time, demands for residual-free water, for bottled water, brewing water, mixing water and dilution water are growing. No undesired substances may be found by state-of-the-art analytical systems, regardless of the source of the water. It is a tremendous challenge in times when even the groundwater can contain residual amounts of medication, herbicides like atrazine and the ever-present nitrates. New or stricter thresholds like those that cover uranium, bromate and perfluorinated compounds are being introduced as well.

The demand for “residual free” is increasingly being met through technologies such as membrane-separation processes based on ultra- or nano-filtration and reverse osmosis. In these processes, all substances are almost quantitatively separated and then brought to the desired quality level with high purity salts or blending water in accordance with technological or internal company guidelines.

Other technologies like ion exchangers or lime precipitation continue to serve their purpose as well. An exchanger is an appropriate way to remove individual ions like nitrate or uranium. Lime precipitation is a very low-cost method for the appropriate raw water composition and produces very little wastewater. Lime is also a product of nature. For this reason, lime precipitation can be an attractive alternative for companies that must meet tough organic guidelines or for tradition-conscious craft brewers. Selective adsorbers that can be used to systematically remove arsenic are another option, too.

Let’s turn now to membrane processes: They are increasingly seen as a solution in other usage areas. This includes the protection of organic water quality in addition to wastewater treatment or water degassing. After all, the use of chlorination – an important and necessary step in many regions – can produce byproducts, and ozonization converts bromide into bromate. The corresponding threshold in the EU is 0.010 mg/l. But many international companies apply even tougher quality standards. This is where ultra-filtration with its log rate of six comes into play. This reduces germ levels by 99.9999 percent in treated water. Afterward, no additional sterilization work by producers is necessary or they only have to treat the headspace of the bottle with ozone. The threat of bromate formulation is also reduced.

Intelligent recycling strategies moving to the forefront
Modern water management is more than just ensuring sufficient amounts of fresh water. It also involves separating resources from wastewater streams and reintroducing them to the cycle. Intelligent recycling strategies are thus becoming increasingly important.

In principle, there are two practical ways to recycle water: In the first approach, water is collected in a pH- or impurity-based manner and reused in comparable areas. The second approach is the end-of-pipe solution. All wastewater is centrally collected and is anaerobically cleansed. The biogas created in the process can be used to meet 20 to 30 percent of a brewery’s energy needs. Another possibility would be a downstream zero liquid discharge step in which about 95 percent of wastewater can be returned to an operation.

Theoretically, the final volume produced by the zero liquid discharge step could be treated until it reached process water quality. As purified process water, it could replace some of the drinking water used in widely established brewing processes. Like the use of rainwater in households, brewers would need a separate process water network for this step. A new facility would certainly have more space for such a system than an existing building would. This option also leaves one general problem unsolved: If the frequency of water use rises, the electricity consumed as part of processing and transport will increase, too.

On the way to a brewing utopia
A working group on water technology in the department of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science at the Technical University of Munich has come up with a completely new way to treat wastewater: fuel cells. The “brew cell” enables wastewater to be treated and electricity to be generated at the same time. The process uses exoelectrogenic bacteria to evaluate organic substances in wastewater and to transfer the electrons gained in the process to an electrode. The electrons will then flow through external resistance on their way to a cathode. Under the presence of previously obtained protons (H+), hydrogen is reduced to water. The “brew cell” has already made the jump from the lab. The first pilot unit went into operation at a major German brewer in the fall of 2019. The findings that researchers have gained there will be one of the topics covered at drinktec 2021. Other relevant aspects of water as a resource will be presented first hand to the international brewing, beverage and liquid food industries at the world’s leading trade fair, drinktec, from October 4 – 8, 2021.
(Messe München GmbH)

New PLANT+WATER by BUXTON™ is an uplifting plant polyphenol infusion with magnesium
 14.08.2020

New PLANT+WATER by BUXTON™ is an uplifting plant polyphenol infusion with magnesium  (Company news)

Put a spring in your step this summer with the launch of PLANT+ WATER by BUXTON™.

This new range of products has been expertly crafted by the team behind the BUXTON® brand with a refreshing blend of spring waters, plant polyphenols, and magnesium* to give you a gentle uplift.

Nature and plants have been celebrated by ancient cultures for their positive impact on wellness and mood. It’s no surprise, then, that the trend for plant-infused waters is blooming.

It’s also why PLANT+ WATER by BUXTON™ is infused with plant polyphenols and other ingredients from natural origin.

Each PLANT+WATER by BUXTON™ product balances polyphenols with spring water, natural fruit and herb flavours, lemon juice, and a drop of magnesium – proven to help reduce tiredness and fatigue – to pick you up throughout the day.

Infused with natural fruit and herb flavours, PLANT+WATER by BUXTON™ is a great taste in every drop. Try one of the following three refreshing fruit and herb flavoured water infusion: Lemon, Lime & Sage, Pomegranate & Basil and Blood Orange & Rosemary.

PLANT+ WATER by BUXTON™ can be found in 500ml bottles and is available to be purchased exclusively from selected Boots stores nationwide.
(Buxton Mineral Water Co Ltd)

13.08.2020

USA: Molson Coors to stop production of light craft lager Saint Archer Gold  (E-malt.com)

Brewer Molson Coors said it will stop production of its light craft lager Saint Archer Gold, which began rolling out nationwide earlier this year, due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Tribune reported on July 13.

In a memo to distributors and employees sent July 10, Molson Coors Chief Marketing Officer Michelle St. Jacques said “the effects of the coronavirus on our industry caused an immediate loss of momentum for the brand.”

At the same time, the company said it is increasing investment in hard seltzer brands like Vizzy and its Blue Moon LightSky ale. Molson Coors also is focusing on the national launch of its Coors Seltzer brand later this year.

Molson Coors, the nation’s second largest beer company, began introducing Saint Archer Gold to other markets earlier this year to compete with Anheuser-Busch’s Michelob Ultra after initially launching in four test markets last year.

The Chicago-based brewer said Saint Archer Gold performed well with consumers earlier this year, but plans to offer samples in liquor and grocery stores across the U.S. to introduce more drinkers to the brand were disrupted by the pandemic.

St. Jacques said in the memo that the company will sell its existing inventory of Saint Archer Gold and will cut off marketing for the brand.

Molson Coors bought San Diego-based Saint Archer Brewing Co. in 2015 for an undisclosed amount. Saint Archer will continue to produce other beers like Hazy IPA, Tropical IPA and its 50/50 multipack franchise, St. Jacques said in the memo.

13.08.2020

UK: Government to change tax rules for craft breweries  (E-malt.com)

The UK’s beer industry has been divided over a government proposal to change the way it taxes smaller breweries, The Drinks Business reported on July 22.

The reform has divided brewers in the UK.

The UK government has lowered the threshold for breweries to stop receiving some tax breaks on the beer they produce.

This announcement comes as part of a wider shake-up of business rates, which involves asking hospitality businesses for evidence and a pledge to reform the UK’s alcohol duty rates, which are some of the highest in Europe.

Small Breweries’ Relief was introduced in 2002, and was meant to help newer breweries become profitable and compete with big players like Heineken or AB InBev. The relief gives any brewer producing less than 5,000 hectolitres (about 880,000 pints) annually a 50% discount on beer duty. Once a brewer starts making more than 5,000hl, the relief rate is lowered on a sliding scale.

Critics of the scheme claim it discourages smaller brewers from expanding, as they have to pay a substantially higher rate of duty once they go over the threshold.

Now, the government is lowering the threshold from 5,000hl to 2,100hl, adding it is intended to “support growth, boost productivity, and remove ‘cliff edges”.

A group of mid-sized breweries have been lobbying for the changes for a number of years, which also originally included raising the upper level of relief to 200,000 hl.

The tax reform came into effect after a number of smaller, but more established breweries, in the UK lobbied the government, under the name the Small Brewers Duty Reform Coalition.

According to Matt Jackson of Lancaster Brewery, the coalition has been campaigning for changes to the tax rules for 15 years.

“Hopefully we can now unify as an industry to move on together and have fewer restraints to growth,” he said.

Mark Gordon, founder of South London’s Wimbledon Brewery, said the review is “very welcome news for all breweries like our own that have strong growth ambitions. It will undoubtedly lead to an increase in investment in the sector.”

Simon Theakston, executive director of T&R Theakston said the reform will “encourage breweries of all sizes to grow, which is also excellent news for the future sustainability of the overall UK beer industry.”

Sales of cask ale, which traditional brewers tend to specialise in, have been in decline for some years. Tim Dewey, the chief executive of West Yorkshire-based Timothy Taylor’s Brewery, hoped the reform will encourage consumers to buy more cask beer.

“Despite a challenging economic environment, the government has recognised the genuine concerns our industry has with the distortions and disincentives within the Small Brewer’s Relief scheme and has acted to address these,” he said.

“There are some very positive steps in the right direction here for all of us who want a great future for cask ale.”

Jonathan Price of Exmoor Ales, which is known for its traditional bottled ales, said that revising the duty curve and correcting the unintended consequences of the SBR regime is “fundamental to the survival and future development of the British brewing industry.

“Now sensible consolidation and growth can happen.”

As it stands, the changes mean that very small commercial breweries, which often operate on tight margins and rely heavily on SME tax benefits, would have to pay more duty on the beer they make. More details on the tax reform will be revealed in autumn this year, according to the Treasury.

James Calder, the chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), said without more information about the duty reform, “we are unable to evaluate accurately who will win and who will lose, and by how much.”

According to SIBA’s research, 83% of SIBA members say SBR is ‘extremely important’ to their business.

“There are around 150 breweries in the UK who, pre-Covid, sat between 2,100hl and 5,000hl of production volume, who will, under the proposals announced today, see the beer duty they pay go up,” Calder said.

While the reform is designed to encourage craft brewers to scale up their business, it could have the opposite effect on those producing very small batches.

Andy Parker, who runs the popular Berkshire-based Elusive Brewing, told the drinks business it doesn’t seem “viable” to expand.

“It won’t necessarily hurt us as it is, we’re producing way below even 2,000hl, but it does make us look at the viability of growing.”

“Breweries in that kind of 4,000-5,000hl bracket will be most hit by that immediate change,” he added.

With more details expected to be announced in the autumn, Calder said it is “vital” that the countries’ craft brewers mobilise and start lobbying MPs themselves to make sure they are well represented.

Paul Jones, the owner of cult favourite Cloudwater in Manchester, said his brewery wouldn’t have been able to start selling beer nationwide and export to Europe if he’d had to pay more tax in the early stages.

“The UK already imposes one of the highest tax rates on beer in the world,” he said. “Frankly if we had to spend more money on duty up to this point, I cannot see how we would have been able to afford to grow the way that we have grown.”

There are also fears that jobs could be lost due to higher overheads in an already beleaguered craft brewing industry. James Beeson, a freelance beer writer and social media consultant, was recently made redundant from a job at a craft brewery in south London as they couldn’t afford to keep some staff on amid the coronavirus fallout.

Beeson said the change to the tax rule will “lead to job losses at the smaller end of the beer and brewing industry, and less choice on the taps for British beer drinkers.”

“The proposals, which also originally included raising the upper level of relief to 200,000hl and combining merged breweries volume relief, will lead to larger breweries buying up smaller ones, and using the duty relief to undercut the remaining small producers in the marketplace.”

13.08.2020

World: Global craft beer market value expected to reach $186 mln by 2025  (E-malt.com)

The global craft beer market was valued at $108,912 million in 2018 and is projected to reach $186,590 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 8.0% from 2018 to 2025. The rise in demand for different types of craft beers drives the growth of the global craft beer market, Trend Market Research analysts said.

In past decade, there has been a surge in the worldwide consumption of beer. According to the Brewers Association, beer represents nearly 75% of the global market share of alcoholic beverages with India, China, the U.S., Brazil, Russia, Germany, and Mexico being the key markets. When it comes to craft beer, Europe and North America are the dominant markets. These regions have witnessed rise in demand for different types of craft beers such as porter, stout, brown ale, lager, and cream ale. As a result, these regions play an important role in the growth of the market, in terms of value.

However, over consumption of beer causes many health hazards such as high blood pressure, heartburn, and intoxication. It also increases sugar level of the consumers. Furthermore, drinking inadequately distilled alcoholic beverages can lead to severe health disorders and death in few cases. Imposing high taxes on such beverages is one way to curb the availability of cheap alcohol. These factors are expected to restrain the market growth.

In addition, stringent government regulations imposed on the beer market acts as a restrain for the market. Apart from this, import duty for imported products, excise duty, and value-added tax for locally produced products are on rise, which further impends the market growth.

Millennials play an important role in driving the demand for the global craft beer market. There is an increase in the off-premise spending on beer due to the rise in pub and night life culture among millennials. Also, factors such as occasions, motivators, and product preferences play an important role while buying and consuming craft beer. Smooth taste and different flavor are the major factors that drive the growth of the market among millennials.

The global craft beer market is segmented on the basis of product type, distribution channel, age group, and region. By product type, the lager segment accounts for a higher value share due to the rise in demand for different types of traditional beers.

13.08.2020

Portugal: Lidl Portugal launches a range of craft beers  (E-malt.com)

Lidl Portugal has announced the launch of a range craft beers in partnership with a local brewery, ESM reported on July 22.

The Tuga brand, consisting of three varieties of craft beer, has been developed exclusively for Lidl Portugal by Praxis, a family-owned company from Coimbra and one of the oldest producers of craft beer in Portugal.

Of the three, Xico Esperto is a pilsner beer made with barley malt, with a slightly bitter taste and stands out for its aromatic hops.

Gingão, based on the same pilsner hop concept, has the same characteristics as black beer, featuring a toasted flavour, slightly bitter and more intense aroma. The beer is more robust due to the use of oats as its key ingredient.

Finally, Loirinha is lighter and refreshing, as it has less hops and is less carbonated. In addition to barley malt, it includes wheat malt and orange peel.

One of Praxis' distinguishing ingredients used for the three beers is water from the Upper Mondego River, which features a neutral pH and is therefore ideal for brewing.

Tuga joins Lidl Portugal's Steam Brew craft beer range, which consists of three varieties of beer in 0.5L cans: IPA, Red and Stout.

13.08.2020

USA: Craft beer volumes estimated to have declined around 10% in January-June  (E-malt.com)

The Brewers Association 2020 Midyear Survey shows both the variety of market challenges for craft brewers during the pandemic and the challenges of gathering accurate survey data. The Brewers Association (BA), a trade association that represents craft brewers by its definition and is always a great resource for info regardless of what you think of that definition, recently released another survey of its membership, trying to capture a sense of industry growth or decline in what was still a thriving market in 2019, the Craft Brewing Business reports.

Last year, craft brewers collectively produced 26.3 million barrels of beer and realized just under 4 percent total growth, increasing craft’s overall beer market share by volume to 13.6 percent, according to other BA info. But, how’s the first half of 2020 been? As one might expect, not great. Bart Watson, economist for the BA, explained:

'Based on the results of our midyear survey, it appears that craft volumes declined around 10% in the first half of 2020 versus the same period in 2019.

'Yet, there is still optimism in the industry. In the same survey, it’s noted that most brewers forecasted modest growth in the second half.

'One final piece we asked about was brewers predictions for the second half of 2020. Obviously we received a fair number of answers like “no clue.” But most brewers provided an estimate, and on aggregate, those forecasts averaged out to 4% growth in the second half of the year (versus the same period in 2019).

'That’s encouraging, but everyone’s definitely guessing right now. Watson is quick to note that his volumes decline number of 10% took a bit of theorizing.

'… it is clear we need to assign bigger error bars to that statement than in the past, due to increased variation in brewer performance, greater challenges in aggregating sources such as scan data, and a lack of accurate tax data to fill in the gaps. Simply put, in normal years, when I use various methods to triangulate on midyear growth, they generally end up fairly close; this year they are all over the place.

'For instance: The May 2020 unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid shipments by beer brewers is 14,216,000 barrels or bbls, a decrease of 6.6 percent vs. May 2019 removals of 15,216,000. Of course, everyone is expecting significant revisions for March 2020, April 2020, May 2020 and future months’ tax estimates as TTB Industry Circular 2020-2 has postponed reporting requirements for filing and payment due dates for up to 90 days. Even with these types of hurdles, Watson tries to share some market trends. Here a few important ones.'

As of June 30, the Brewers Association database showed 8,217 active craft breweries, up from 7,480 during a comparable time frame last year. Adding in large and other non-craft brewers brought the U.S. total to 8,341. That is a deceleration from mid-year 2019.

While it remains possible that closings will accelerate as 2020 continues, through the end of June, the BA’s database only shows 112 closings. That’s only 4 percent higher than the number found during the same time period last year.

In contrast, the BA has only counted 301 openings. A number that is about 20 percent lower than the opening count through the first six months of 2019 (found by this point last year).

On course for growth: Cawingredients relies on can technology from KHS
 13.08.2020

On course for growth: Cawingredients relies on can technology from KHS  (Company news)

Picture: The extremely flexible Innopas SX pasteurizer permits very fast product changeovers and can be expanded at a later date thanks to its modular design

Efficient machines and exemplary service: British contract filler is convinced of partnership with KHS

Andrew Cawthray, joint founder of British contract filler Cawingredients, looks back on a turbulent past. He wants to generate lots of positive turbulence in the future as well – preferably with KHS, from whom he has now procured his very first can filler after 42 years in the business.

Listening closely to customers, quickly analyzing new situations and acting accordingly are just a few aspects of the philosophy adopted by Cawingredients, one of the biggest contract fillers in the United Kingdom. Up to the start of ist new canning line the company had only produced soft drinks in PET bottles – even if Cawthray stresses that it had always been his ambition to enter the market for cans. Just one year has passed since he realized this dream yet he can hardly believe the incredible success his company has achieved with this move. It looks set to continue to build on this success with further new contracts in the can.

The company invested about £22 million in what was to be their fourth line at Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire – including £5 million for the new production shop built especially for this purpose. Maximum flexibility is of prime importance to Cawingredients in this project, as indeed it is in all aspects of its production operation. The bottler ultimately wants to be able to satisfy all of the possible requirements its customers may have regarding both the can format and secondary packaging. Cawthray has great expectations of the new container. “When we started planning, I was convinced that this could lead us down new avenues if we did things properly. And I was not disappointed!”

The best way to ‘do things properly’ is to work with KHS – for Cawthray another new experience. The Dortmund systems provider was chiefly known to him through ist first-class can fillers and packaging systems – and not without good reason, as he was to find out. Seemingly calm and collected on the exterior, the 62-year-old waxes positively lyrical about the first result of this new partnership – although in his opinion the two companies only find themselves at the very start of an exciting shared journey as he sees it.

Early pioneers
‘Exciting’ is also the right word to describe Andrew Cawthray’s career to date. His family started up in the beverage industry as far back as in 1835 when his great great-great-grandfather George Barraclough opened a company in Bradford in North England. In the 1960s and 1970s the family business became a real pioneer in its sector under Cawthray’s father Bernard. It all began with the launch of the first non-returnable glass bottle in cooperation with Morrisons, one of Britain’s largest national supermarket chains. At the end of the 1970s the bottler began selling the first plastic bottles in the British Isles and a little later was party to the successful launch of beverage cartons, operating one of the first two such lines in the UK.

The company was also a trailblazer when it comes to PET. In 1979 Barraclough obtained the first license in Europe for the five-point petaloid bottle base in partnership with US concern Continental. The petal-shaped projections and recesses on the base give bottles stability and enable them to stay upright. Back then this meant that the relatively heavy base tray made of a different plastic previously required could now be done away with. However, the company soon discovered that the single-piece PET bottles weren’t yet ready for market; stress cracks kept appearing in the new bases. Many of the containers were therefore useless – which turned out to be a serious problem. The financial consequences were immense; the company eventually had to be sold in late 1987.

Exploring new avenues
Even if the passageway outside his office is adorned with countless photos and artifacts which document his family and company history, Andrew Cawthray is someone who looks to the future. Instead of becoming trapped in the past, he soon showed himself eager to tackle new challenges. In 1990 he founded Macaw Softdrinks, a factory for carbonated beverages measuring 3,000 square meters and employing 27. He mortgaged his house to raise the start-up capital of £180,000. This paid off – 15 years later his company occupied 46,000 square meters of space and had five filling lines and a workforce of 430. He thus built up one of the biggest bottling plants in Great Britain.

In 2005 Andrew Cawthray sold his company for £76 million to Canada’s Cott Corporation. “I had a heart attack before I was even forty,” explains Cawthray. “And after we’d already gone through one serious family crisis, I now wanted to give my wife and two daughters financial security.” He thinks for a moment and then adds, smiling: “And I’d had enough of the UK supermarkets. Apart from our biggest customer at the moment, Aldi, we don’t do business with any UK retailer anymore.” The indomitable entrepreneur, who describes himself as being upstanding yet argumentative, is not a man to compromise. “We never wanted to be the cheapest but have always tried to become the best.”

He couldn’t escape soft drinks, however; in 2010 Cawthray decided to again take fate into his own hands. This time he wanted to combine his job with a more pleasant way of life. He thus established a new business under the name of Cawingredients in Leeming Bar just half-an-hour’s drive from his home. He received much support from all quarters. “The retail trade, our suppliers and the regional administration have done a lot for us. Some of my former managers even left Cott to join us on our new adventure.” His two sons-in-law are also part of the team. One of them is Richard Harrison. Ten years in the company, the 40-year-old is now partner and CEO of Cawingredients and has thus long started to tread in Cawthray’s footsteps. The latter still continues to work as chairman and joint CEO.

Rapid new start
Cawthray’s latest bottling enterprise has also undergone an astounding development – both in terms of size and money. In 2013 Cawingredients was one of the fastest-growing companies of Great Britain. To date there have been no signs whatsoever of this aggressive growth being stunted. “In 2018 we had a turnover of £57 million; this year we’re forecasting £80 million,” states Richard Harrison. Despite this, the two partners are not about to rest on their laurels. “We’re benefiting from the fact that more and more big brands in Europe appear not to want to continue production themselves,” Harrison says. “We’re thus confident that we’ll double our turnover in the next five years.” His father-in-law adds, by way of summary, “We’re simply in the right place at the right time.”

Cawingredients’ two bosses have certainly done everything right regarding their successful start in the canning business. The new KHS line has Cawthray positively ecstatic. To start with, the beverage industry pro is extremely pleased with the technology. “The top-class quality of each and every component simply has us bowled over,” he smiles. “Concerning the filler, one of my experienced colleagues, my former production director (now a consultant to the company), has even said that it’s the best he’s ever seen. That just about says it all.” KHS also earns high praise for the smooth coordination of its processes. “I’ve never seen such fast and efficient installation and commissioning,” emphasizes Cawthray. This could be construed as an excellent introduction for the Dortmund plant engineers. However, what Cawthray almost finds most significant are the close personal ties between the two companies. “We have very high expectations,” he explains. “It’s enormously important to me that we have fast and competent help should any problems arise. And we need short reaction times, especially with service, so that our plant keeps on running and we can satisfy our customers.”

Passion and trust
“When you rely on a new partner, you have to have a common understanding, a common way of working,” claims Harrison. “This is a complex challenge: we want to understand how KHS works, for example, regarding first-level support, with spare parts or conversions. In return KHS has to understand the dynamism of our business and the fact that we’re dyed-in-the-wool entrepreneurs who run their company with passion." In the course of just one year a sense of trust has been formed upon which both partners wish to base and build up their future relations.

Volker Borngräber, head of Regional Center Northern Europe for KHS, is personally committed in this respect. “Andrew knows that he can reach me literally day and night. He’s only taken advantage of this once or twice so far,” he smiles. “And when he rang, I was already so well informed that I could help him out immediately.” The Brits have received Borngräber’s message loud and clear. “We keep our promises. Right from the very start the system supplied all the data and key figures agreed upon in the contract. For KHS, too, the first canning line in Leeming Bar is a particularly successful and pleasing project on all counts.”

“With our new line we’re achieving a performance of 99.9% day in, day out,” Cawthray says happily. “We couldn’t be more pleased – even more so as the system has been running at full capacity right from day one.” As Cawingredients obviously has a good feel for the trends and requirements of the market, the new production shop has been planned and built to allow plenty of room for further expansion – and additional customers.

As long as the clients are queuing up at Cawingredients, one project that keeps having to be postponed owing to lack of capacity will again have to wait: the launch of Cawingredients’ very own product brand.

A new canning line for Cawingredients: Excerpt from the machine list
- Depalletizer - Innopal ASH
- Filler - Innofill Can DVD
- Pasteurizer - Innopas SX
- ShrinkPacker - Innopack Kisters PSP for pads Innopack Kisters TSP for trays
- Non-returnables palletizer - Innopal PB1NF
(KHS GmbH)

12.08.2020

Japan & USA: Suntory to enter the US beer market with non-alcoholic products  (E-malt.com)

Japanese beverage maker Suntory Holdings will enter the U.S. beer market with non-alcoholic products, as it tries to gain ground on top brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on July 17.

The push into the U.S., which will begin in late July, is the latest attempt by a Japanese drinks company to expand overseas in response to shrinking demand for beer at home.

The market for non-alcoholic beer has grown more than fourfold in Japan over the past decade, while demand for regular brews shrank in 2019 for the 15th straight year.

In U.S. as well, more people are drinking alcohol-free beer, with demand rising 14.5% in 2019 on the year in volume terms, according to data from Euromonitor International. The market researcher predicts consumption will expand 63% between 2019 and 2024 to 172.5 million litres.

Suntory, the world's third-largest spirits maker, made a brief foray New York and California in 1987 with its beer but the latest move will be its first full-scale entry into the U.S. market.

Suntory will aim its All-Free non-alcoholic beer at health-conscious millennials, who are generally open to trying new products. The brew will mainly be sold through e-commerce channels such as Amazon at first, but the company plans to sell at brick-and-mortar stores later. The Japanese beverage maker hopes to reach U.S. sales of 15,000 cases per month by the end of the year. Over the next three to five years, it aims to raise its annual sales to 1.5 million cases.

"The number of consumers unwilling to drink alcohol, or who are becoming more health-conscious, is increasing," the Japanese beverage maker said in a statement on Friday. Suntory chose the U.S. market for its expansion drive because it "expects positive ripple effects on markets in other countries," it said.

Suntory will be competing with Anheuser-Busch InBev, which controls 56.1 % of the U.S. non-alcoholic beer market by sales, with Heineken holding 7.2% in 2019, according to Euromonitor. Heineken's non-alcoholic brew, Heineken 0.0, came out early last year and is one of the few imported, fast-growing brands in the U.S. There are no big Asian brands in the alcohol-free segment, the research company's data shows.

Apart from the two leading brewers, Suntory will be fighting for market share with U.S. craft brands that have been leading growth in the market. Aga Jarzabek, a research associate at Euromonitor, told the Nikkei Asian Review that "small craft brewers, such as Athletic Brewing and Wellbeing Brewing, are advertising their drinks as a responsible, health-conscious alternative to alcoholic drinks aimed at younger consumers, a part of the 'mindful drinking' trend."

The coronavirus pandemic, which has led to "fewer opportunities for human contact, and the introduction of telework," has also affected the growth of the non-alcoholic beer market, said Tatsuya Hiramoto, a partner at consultancy EY Japan.

"People started drinking non-alcoholic beer out of concern for their health, rather than being in high spirits. That is not necessary at home," Hiramoto said.

The growth of non-alcoholic beer drinking in the U.S. will also be driven by rising home consumption, Hiroaki Ando, a senior manager at EY, told Nikkei. The company expects growth in home consumption of 56.3% by 2024, compared with 2019.

Last year Suntory's revenue rose 2% to 2.3 trillion yen ($21 billion), thanks to strong sales of its coffee drinks and spirits.

But despite that growth, the beverage company is worried by the aging of drinkers in its home market. That is putting pressure on its bottom line, in addition to COVID-19, which has shut down bars and restaurants worldwide.

In the past decade, Suntory's share of overseas sales doubled to 42% of the total, thanks to its purchase of U.S. whiskey maker Beam in 2014. It hopes to nearly double its global sales to 4 trillion yen over the medium to long term.

Rivals such as Asahi Group Holdings, Japan's largest brewer, are also concerned about domestic consumption trends in Japan. Asahi bought Anheuser-Busch InBev's European business for over $10 billion in 2016 and 2017. In 2019, the brewer paid $11 billion for Australia's Carlton & United Breweries, also from InBev.

Japan's second-largest brewer, Kirin Holdings, meanwhile, is diversifying into the health care business, resisting pressure from a U.K.-based activist investor to focus on its core beer business.

Kirin bought a 30.3% stake in cosmetics and health food maker Fancl, and took over Kyowa Hakko Bio's biochemical business in 2019, seeing opportunities for growth in the health sector as Japan grays.

12.08.2020

Bulgaria: Beer sales in restaurants drop by 60% in H1 2020  (E-malt.com)

The Covid-19 crisis hit beer sales in Bulgaria hard in the first half of 2020, slashing sales of beer via restaurants by about 60 per cent, the Union of Brewers in Bulgaria said on July 20.

Restrictive measures by Bulgaria’s government saw restaurants and bars closed for several weeks, with their outdoor sections allowed to re-open in early May, while full re-opening was allowed later.

The Covid-19 crisis reversed previous positive trends in the brewing industry, the Union of Brewers said, noting that draught beer – kegs – in the first six months of 2020 accounted for only two per cent of the beer market.

Diminished purchasing power of consumers, the stagnation of sales through restaurants and the greatly reduced tourist numbers saw sales of beer in glass bottles reduced and sales of beer in plastic bottles grow.

“The pandemic of 2020 has posed a number of challenges to businesses and people,” Ivana Radomirova, executive director of the Union of Brewers in Bulgaria, said.

“It is therefore not surprising that for the first half of 2020, beer sales through restaurants fell sharply by about 60 per cent, while the volumes sold through the store network are almost at last year’s levels.”

Radomirova said that in spite of the crisis situation and the plummeting turnover, no workers at breweries that are members of the union had been laid off.

Bulgaria’s brewing industry employs 2100 people. Because of the complexities of the manufacturing process and the innovations introduced yearly, 510 are managers and specialists with higher education.

A total of 780 are applied specialists with a bachelor’s degree and technicians with the highest professional qualification. Only 30 people have professions that do not require special qualifications.

The union said that according to a national poll done in Bulgaria in June 2020, beer is the most commonly consumed beverage after water in the summer. Fifty-five per cent of Bulgarians polled said that they drank beer once a week.

The largest group of beer lovers in Bulgaria are the 30-39 and 40-49 age groups. Those who most frequently drink beer are in Rousse, 14 times a month, followed by Pleven, 12 times and Varna, 11 times.

The union said that more than 150 different brands and styles of beer are produced in Bulgaria, with three large companies and 28 small and medium enterprises operating in the country.

According to the union, sales of beer in Bulgaria in 2019 amounted to 5.4 million hectolitres, and last year the portfolio of brewing companies expanded with 25 new brands.

More than 10 million litres of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beer was consumed in Bulgaria in 2019, the union said, noting that this was a trend that was rising yearly.

Citing Customs Agency data, the union said that revenue from excise duty on beer in Bulgaria in 2019 was 78.8 million leva, about 2.7 per cent less than in 2018, a result of a slight decrease in the volume of beer sold.

12.08.2020

Ireland: Beer consumption drops to just over 4 mln hl in Q2 2020  (E-malt.com)

According to Ireland tax body's provisional figures, beer consumption dropped from 4.9 million litres in the second quarter of 2019 to just over 4 million in the same period this year, the Irish Examiner reported on July 30.

Spirits declined from 2.2 million in the second quarter of 2019 to 1.8 million in 2020.

Wine however saw a spike in consumption, with almost 26.3 million litres compared to almost 23.9 last year.

Cider fell by almost 1.8 million litres to 16.3 million in 2020.

Beer receipts brought in almost €87.8m in excise, compared to €106.2m in the same three-month period in 2019, while wine excise increased to €103.5m in the second quarter compared with €93.4m a year earlier.

There was a mixed reaction to the figures.

Alcohol industry group Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) called the drop in sales "stark", while anti-alcohol misuse group Alcohol Action Ireland said it was a "modest reduction" considering the measures that had been put in place during lockdown.

DIGI chairperson Rosemary Garth said: "The alcohol clearance figures released by the Revenue Commissioner, confirm the dramatic impact the pandemic has had on the hospitality sector. For the 210,000 people who depend on pubs, hotels, restaurants and manufacturers for their livelihoods, the implication is stark.

“As it stands, over half of the country’s pubs remain closed. For those who have reopened, they are doing so at capacity levels which are half of what they had pre Covid-19. Even if guidelines change, we anticipate the second half of the year will see a reduction in sales by as much as 50% in the sector. We estimate that over 20,000 jobs are vulnerable."

However, Alcohol Action Ireland's Eunan McKinney said it indicates that Ireland’s alcohol users substituted most of their drinking from regulated licenced premises to largely unregulated consumption in the home.

"While this data on alcohol receipts is provisional, it does however confirm precisely what has been our concern - that people are drinking a great deal more at home now.

"The failure to introduce meaningful measure to curb this excessive consumption, at a time when there should have a significant reduction, will prove consequences as many will find that temporary lifestyles change become permanent habits."

12.08.2020

UK: Alcohol consumption during lockdown period drops by almost half  (E-malt.com)

Brits consumed 1.3 billion litres of alcohol during the UK’s lockdown period, which was almost half the 2 billion litres recorded during the same period last year, according to data from Nielsen Scantrack and CGA. This is despite UK consumers spending an additional £1.9 billion on alcohol in supermarkets since lockdown began, as consumers shifted spend from pubs and restaurants, Drinks Retailing News reported on July 30.

Nielsen data shows that in the 17-week period covering lockdown to July 11 2020, UK consumers spent £7.7 billion on alcohol in UK supermarkets, this is an additional £1.9 billion compared to the same time last year. However the lack of on-trade purchases - alcohol bought from restaurants, pubs and cafes - has led to a lower volume of alcohol sold overall.

In this same period, Nielsen data shows that beer was the most popular drink of the lockdown period, with sales totalling £2.2 billion during the full 17-week period. This is an additional £737 million spent overall on beer in supermarkets compared to the same time last year.

Beer has become the drink of lockdown, with Nielsen data showing that in the week ending May 30 2020 - which covered the bank holiday weekend - sales for beer skyrocketed to £167 million, surpassing all weekly sales figures recorded in the last three years.

The increased demand for beer throughout the lockdown period is likely attributed to the relatively cheap price point and that it’s easy to store, allowing Brits to easily bulk buy and stock up on trips to the supermarket. The same can be said for cider, which followed a similar pattern, with sales increasing by 48% to £537 million in the 17-week lockdown period, compared to the same time last year.

Though the standard lager offerings remain in stable growth (+£164 million) Nielsen data shows that UK shoppers have been trading up to more premium lager brands during the lockdown period. Premium beer sales are growing at a much faster rate (+£452 million) which suggests that shoppers have been treating themselves during lockdown to more expensive brands.

In other alcohol categories, Nielsen data shows that UK shoppers have also spent £2.4 billion on wine, £516 million more the same time last year. Sales of spirits have also increased during lockdown to £1.9 billion, totalling almost £450 million more than last year. In contrast, sales of Champagne fell by £9 million.

With Champagne being largely reliant on supermarket promotions, this decline in sales is likely a result of supermarkets cutting back on their promotions during the peak of the stockpiling period, whilst the economic difficulties as a result of the pandemic has also likely led to consumers having less to celebrate in lockdown.

Gemma Cooper, Senior Client Business Partner at Nielsen, said: “With an average of 46% of all alcohol spend typically going towards on-trade retailers such as pubs and restaurants, many consumers have shifted some of this spend to supermarkets during the lockdown period.

“While there is a perception that lockdown has been a boozy one and that we’re consuming more alcohol than normal, this is far from the case. Without being able to go out or socialise with others during the peak of the pandemic, and no access to dine-in pubs or restaurants, we have seen a natural decline in alcohol consumption even as at-home drinking increased.”

She added: “Beer has unequivocally been the drink of lockdown, and UK consumers have also enjoyed exploring beyond their usual brands and opting for more premium options. Now that many pubs and restaurants have reopened, it will be interesting to see how consumers’ alcohol spending adapts. While some will be desperate for the comfort of the local pub or the atmosphere of a restaurant, many are likely to remain cautious for the time being, choosing to drink at home with friends and family for a little while longer.”

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