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Fizzy coffee in a can

Fizzy coffee in a can  (Company news)

With the help of Ardagh Group’s sustainable beverage cans, Cafeahaus AG has launched Goldbrew, the ready-to-drink (RTD), cold brew coffee range in cans in the German market. Their flavoured carbonated versions ‘Goldbrew ginger & lemon’ and ‘Goldbrew grapefruit & lemon’ are filled in Ardagh’s 250ml slim cans and are a first in the German market.

Goldbrew cold brew coffee is made from 100 percent sustainable Arabica coffee beans to serve a naturally refreshing and energising drink. Next to its sparkling flavoured coffees, Cafeahaus complements its Goldbrew range with a nitro original cold brew coffee, which comes in Ardagh’s unique Nitro Can. Nitro coffee, which now enjoys widespread popularity, is a cold brewed beverage that's steeped for longer than its hot water counterpart to give it a richer taste; the nitrogen, meanwhile – which is introduced to the coffee through a beer tap – creates tiny bubbles whose relative insolubility in water means that they persist from the first sip to the last, giving the drink its full-bodied texture and lasting head.

Now Ardagh, a world leader in innovative packaging products, has succeeded in recreating the chemistry and theatre of this barista-made beverage in its Nitro Can. Ardagh’s Nitro Can provides the perfect packaging solution for Cafeahaus’ original cold brewed coffee: “The can’s nitrogen-charged widget brings the Goldbrew to life, first by carrying the coffee’s aroma, then by infusing its black body with that characteristic cascade of bubbles, and finally by topping it off with a tan-coloured head,” says Adriana Escobar, Product Manager at Ardagh Group’s European Metal Beverage division.

While the Nitro Can offers the consumer a sensational drinking experience, for Cafeahaus AG - a wholly owned subsidiary of DEK Berlin, and producer of liquid coffee extracts and cold brew coffee concentrate for industrial customers – it delivers packaging that is both safe and responsible: “We’ve been very pleased to work with Ardagh in the introduction of RTD cold brew coffee in cans,” says Marco Beran, Sales Director at DEK Berlin. “In use, Ardagh’s aluminium beverage cans provide a shelf-stable environment for the coffee, even without refrigeration, while preserving the cold brew coffee's full-bodied taste. And the Nitro Can adds an exciting experience on top!”
(Ardagh Group Oss)




Picture: The latest sustainable innovation from SIG hits the market: Aseptic cartons with ASI-certified foil will be available to consumers for the first time in partnership with B-Better®, a start-up brand from Unilever’s Future Platform. Photo: SIG

SIG is making aseptic cartons with ASI-certified aluminium foil available to consumers for the first time in partnership with B-Better®, a start-up brand from Unilever’s Future Platform.

Martin Herrenbrück, SIG’s President & General Manager, Europe: “SIG was the first in the industry to achieve certification to the ASI standard and we are delighted that the first cartons with ASI-certified aluminium foil will soon be hitting the supermarket shelves. ASI certification adds to the extensive portfolio of solutions we offer to help customers meet growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging.”

Responsible aluminium sourcing
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard is designed to enhance traceability and responsibility in the aluminium supply chain. SIG is promoting responsible sourcing throughout the value chain by using aluminium from ASI-certified sources for the ultra-thin layer of foil in its packs.

ASI certification adds value for customers by further enhancing the sustainability credentials of their packaging in the eyes of consumers. Customers can now choose to include the ASI logo on their packs alongside the FSCTM logo for responsibly-sourced paper board which has been available on any SIG pack since 2016.

The first market launch for SIG’s ASI-certified cartons will be in Belgium by the B-Better brand.

Hélène Esser, Brand Manager Future Platforms and Co-founder B-Better: “SIG’s ASI certification demonstrates that the aluminium in its packs comes from responsible sources. Referring to ASI on our packs, we’re showing consumers that we are making a responsible choice on packaging.”

SIG’s commitment to responsible sourcing is part of the company’s bold ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.

Fiona Solomon, CEO of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative: "It is exciting to see SIG promoting responsible sourcing of aluminium through to a consumer market for the first time, in partnership with B-Better. ASI's vision is to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society, and increased understanding of the importance of responsible supply chains benefits all stakeholders.”
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)


India: AB InBev, Heineken launching non-alcoholic beer to compete with soft drinks makers  (

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken, the world’s biggest brewers, are launching non-alcoholic beer of their flagship brands in India that will compete with beverages of cola giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo on supermarket shelves and restaurants, the Economic Times reported on June 28.

United Breweries (UB), controlled by Heineken, is launching Heineken 0.0, a zero-alcohol version of the beer brand, while AB InBev will roll out Budweiser 0.0 next week across the country.

“There is a movement towards consuming less of carbonated sugary drinks and a need for a non-alcoholic cold refreshment in a country like ours,” said Shekhar Ramamurthy, managing director at UB which launched its first non-alcoholic beer brand Kingfisher Radler last year in Gujarat, a state where making, selling and drinking alcohol is banned since 1960.

“Adults, aged above 16-17 years, perhaps have moved out of the carbonated soft drinks category and are seeking something less sugary for refreshment,” he said.

While beer contains 1.2% to 8% alcohol by volume (ABV), non-alcoholic beer mostly has 0.05% or less ABV.

Zero alcohol beers also tend to be more profitable in the country because beer is subject to high taxes that make up for more than half the retail price.

Alcohol is prohibited in Bihar, Gujarat and Nagaland, besides the union territory of Lakshadweep.

While brewers look to enter such prohibitive and completely untapped markets with zero-alcohol beer, their new launches are also driven by changing consumption trends and rising demand from teenagers due to stringent laws on drinking age.

“Beer is a drink of moderation and our objective is to offer our consumers various choices to enjoy beer freely and responsibly,” said Ben Verhaert, president – South Asia at AB InBev. “Many don’t drink alcohol because of religion and abstinence. We want to be inclusive.”

AB InBev will import Budweiser 0.0 from China and will roll it out across urban centres including Gujarat, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad.

AB InBev, which sells Budweiser, Hoegaarden and Beck's brands in the low or no-alcohol space, has a global mission to have 20% of its total sales from such products by 2025, up from about 8% now.

Globally, non-alcoholic beer market is projected to surpass $25 billion by 2024, according to a research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. In India, such products account for less than 1% of the overall beer market.


Germany & USA: German brewer Gilde planning massive US production facility  (

This time, German beer is coming directly to the U.S. beer market, rather than the other way around. According to an exclusive in Charlotte, NC’s The News & Observer on June 27, German brewery Gilde, based in Hannover, Germany, is planning a massive U.S. production facility in the city, which would have up to a 500,000 barrel capacity. That would apparently be almost 25 times the production ceiling of Charlotte’s biggest current brewery, the similarly German-themed Olde Mecklenburg.

Gilde is one of Germany’s oldest breweries, in operation since the 16th century, but it still doesn’t seem to be particularly well known throughout the country. Despite reportedly having a massive, 850,000 barrel brewery in Hannover, the beer somehow still doesn’t make it that far from its home city, indicating that the city must drink one hell of a lot of Gilde. Primary exports appear to be light lager styles, pilsners and additional styles such as hefeweizen. The official Gilde website highlights a few more, such as a bottled radler, a grapefruit beer, a helles and several pilsner substyles.

The brewery planned to eventually open in Charlotte would be truly huge—100,000 square feet in size, according to the News & Observer. However, before the company gets to work on that giant facility, they plan to open a smaller microbrewery called “the Embassy” in the area, priming the local market with a venue that will only brew a few thousands barrels per year in small batches. At the same time, Gilde will begin importing its German products via Charleston, with production on the huge flagship brewery intended to begin “two to three years down the line.” You’ll have to forgive us if that falls into the “we’ll believe it when we see it” territory for us, at the moment.

Still, it’s fascinating to see a German brewer of traditional lager styles eyeing the U.S. market as a good fit for a large expansion. In recent years, this is a story that has largely been reversed, with U.S. breweries exporting their beer to Germany, or brewers such as Stone launching costly (and ultimately unsuccessful) brewing ventures in the country.


USA: Beer drinking not dead – Constellation Brands CEO  (

Long live the iced cold cerveza.

“Beer [drinking] is not dead,” said Constellation Brands CEO Bill Newlands in an interview with Yahoo Finance.

Newlands — who leads the maker of the well-known high-end suds Corona and Modelo and a sizable top-shelf wine portfolio — certainly has data on his side to prove 21-year-olds drinking hard seltzer and canned rosé haven’t derailed the beer industry.

That is provided the beer is on the premium side of the equation and plays into some form of health and wellness trend.

Constellation Brands is fresh off reporting its first fiscal quarter sales and operating profit in its beer business rose 7.4% and 11.7%, respectively. The company said shipment volume growth was above its expectations in the quarter, fueled by interest in premium options such as Modelo and new lower carb Corona Premier.

Meanwhile, the company was successful in passing through higher prices to offset its increased costs. The beer segment’s performance was far away better than Constellation Brands’ wine and spirit portfolio.

The stock popped 5% on June 28 in response to the better-than-expected quarter and outlook.

According to Newlands, Constellation Brands is just out-working rivals such as Anheuser-Busch, Boston Beer, and Molson Coors to win with fickle consumers.

“Our beer business is performing well. I think one of the key reasons around it is our share of voice and advertising. We are spending more on advertising year on year against our business. But not everyone in the category is doing that. So our share of voice with beer drinking consumers is going up,” Newlands explained.

Count this proud millennial as one who has been inundated in recent months with TV spots for Modelo and Corona Premier.

Newlands points to growth in Modelo outside of its core hispanic community as a key driver. Corona Premier, Newlands says, is “on trend” with health-conscious consumers who are looking for a low-carb option.

“We are really broadening our reach,” Newlands adds.

That much is for sure.

Constellation Brands’ overall beer portfolio sales for the 52 weeks ended June 15 has increased an impressive 10.6%, according to Nielsen data. That ranks it first in terms of growth among all its rivals in the beer industry, powered by strong growth in Modelo, Corona Premier and Pacifico.

No small feat in such a competitive consumer category.

Sales for the beer category as a whole during that same stretch has fallen 0.1%, per Nielsen data. Anheuser-Busch, Miller Coors, Heineken, Pabst, and the once mighty craft beer king Boston Beer have seen sales decline during the past 52 weeks.

“We continue to be impressed by Constellation Brands’ beer performance (especially Modelo Especial), illustrating Constellation’s command of the high-end beer segment, which drives the lion’s share of category growth,” wrote veteran Wells Fargo beverage analyst Bonnie Herzog following Constellation’s latest results.

The next frontier for Newlands and his team: getting the word out about the new Corona ReFresca. Think hard seltzer meets tropical wine cooler from the early ‘90s, but with a name everyone knows.


South Korea: Hite Jinro's new Terra beer sales surpass 100 mln bottles in just 100 days after launch  (

Hite Jinro said on July 2 that Terra's sales, which marks its 100th day since its launch, have surpassed 100 million bottles, the Korea IT Times reported.

Terra sales reached 3.34 million boxes (330 ml) and 101.39 million bottles as of June 29 . This is 11.6 bottles sold per second, and 2.4 bottles per Korean adult (20 years of age or older, based on 42.04 million people) were consumed.

Hite Jinro sold more than 1 million boxes of Terra in 39 days, recording the fastest sales among beer brands in the early stages of its launch. It has since accelerated, selling 2 million boxes in 72 days and 3 million boxes in 97 days, which is about 1.4 times faster than the sales speed of 1 million boxes.

What's notable is that the launch of Terra has not resulted in the erosion of existing beer brands. Along with Terra, the existing brands such as Hite and Max synergized, up about 5 percent year-on-year in June this year, the company said.

Hite Jinro expects the figure, which had been on a steady decline since 2015, to shift upward this year, with the green light for its turnarounds in the beer sector.

Hite Jinro is planning to launch Terra draft beer to continue Terra's early popularity and target the summer market.

"This year will lead to another success story in the domestic liquor market by combining the changing landscape of the beer market, which starts with FiLite and leads to Terra, and the soju market, which has become more solid," said Kim In-kyu, CEO of Hite Jinro.


Ireland: Diageo working on non-alcoholic version of Guinness  (

Diageo’s global head of innovation, Michael Ward, has admitted that the company has been working on a non-alcoholic version of Guinness, although he said that developing such a product posed "a lot of challenges to work through", CampaignLive reported on June 2.

"You would certainly expect that we would," Ward said, after being put on the spot over the question. "[But] it needs to be a no-compromise proposition." He was at pains to state the difficulty of achieving acceptable quality in no- or low-alcoholic formulations.

Ward was speaking at a media event focusing on Diageo’s ongoing innovation across beer and spirits that took place on June 2.

The company is determined not to rush new products, he said. For example, it has not expanded the scope of its early 2018 test launch of a 0.5% ABV lager under the Guinness brand, called Pure Brew, in 250 pubs in Ireland.

"There are many ways of reducing alcohol," Luca Lupini, global head of research and development, said. "In Pure Brew, we ferment it right down to 0.5%. There's no post-processing. We don't heat it up, we don't evaporate it, we don't put it through a kit. And what you end up with is a much truer representation; the hop stays fresh."

Pure Brew will not be taken mass market, Ward said, but he added that it is helping Diageo "learn our way in to the non-alcoholic beer market… from a consumer, technical and production standpoint" and there would be "more to come".

The latest statistics on the growth of no- and low-alcohol beer in the UK, in a report released by Marston’s last week, show off-trade volume is up by 60% since 2017 and up by 30% in on-trade since 2016.

Guinness has been standing by while rivals such as Heineken, Budweiser and San Miguel have been promoting mainstream no- and low-alcohol offerings. That’s if you ignore the 2014 launch of a 0% ABV Guinness in Indonesia – which, to be fair, everyone outside Indonesia has.

However, Guinness recently made a major nod to the idea that its consumers might be looking to reduce their alcohol consumption. In February, it launched a TV ad, created by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, for spoof drink Guiness Clear, which was revealed to be a reponsible-drinking message normalising ordering water for rugby fans.

Last month, the work picked up a gold at the Cannes Lions in the Brand Experience & Activation category.

This week’s event also touched on the inroads low-alcohol drinks are making into Diageo’s spirits offering, such as a no-alcohol Gordon’s gin in Britain and Spain that is being tested elsewhere in Europe.

In addition, the Smirnoff Infusions and Ketel One Botanicals ranges offer consumers a lower-strength way to enjoy vodka, while Diageo retains an interest in Seedlip, the alcohol-free brand in which it invested in 2016.

"We doing a lot of long-term research in this space, but the most valuable lessons we're getting are from having products out in the market and learning live from consumers. This is a great start; there’s much more to come from us," Lupini said.

In relation to Guinness, a Diageo spokesperson said: "We are always considering a wealth of new innovation ideas – but don’t comment on speculation or have any news to report."


UK: UK's Trappist brewers struggling with demand  (

The only monks in the UK to brew an officially recognised Trappist beer say they are unable to satisfy demand, BBC reported on July 7.

The brewery at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, near Coalville, Leicestershire, was set up one year ago.

Since then, it has produced about 30,000 bottles of Tynt Meadow but there have been worldwide requests for more.

The brewery is one of only 14 in the world allowed to call itself a Trappist brewery - where all the money raised is used to fund the monastery.

The beer - named after the meadow where monks settled in 1835 - is sold at the abbey shop and by some local retailers, but about a third is sold through a distribution company. It is proving particularly popular in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The monks also drink it themselves on a Sunday.

Father Joseph Delargy said: "We haven't had any difficulty in selling it. What we produce, we can sell.

"We have a pattern of regular production and regular sales so now, after this first year, we're in a position where we're quite happy."

Abbott of the monastery, Erik Varden, said they had been approached by retailers around the world wanting to stock the beer including in the US, Russia and New Zealand.

However, with the monks' way of life having to take priority, he said they were "unable to satisfy the demand".

He hopes enough money can be raised from beer sales over the next two years to replace a leaky roof on a section of the abbey.

A Leicester documentary maker is producing a film about the monks which he said covers "the transition of their lifestyle as farmers to brewers". It is due to be released in autumn.

What is Trappist beer?
• According to the International Trappist Association, beer must be brewed within the abbey by the monks or under their supervision
• The brewery's activities must be secondary in importance to the monastery's work and way of life
• It should not be run as a profit-making venture, with funds going to fund the monks' living expenses and grounds and to help charitable causes
• Six of the 14 Trappist breweries are based in Belgium, two are in The Netherlands and there are one each in Spain, France, Austria, Italy, UK and the US
• Some Trappist monasteries also make bread, cheese, chocolate and other products
• Other alcoholic products made by different orders of monks include French liqueur Chartreuse and controversial tonic wine Buckfast, which is made in Devon


New Zealand & India: DB Breweries acquires licensing rights for India's Kingfisher beer  (

Auckland brewing company DB Breweries has acquired the licensing rights for Kingfisher beer from Bangalore-based United Breweries for an undisclosed sum, the New Zealand Herald reported on July 8.

From 2020, Kingfisher beer sold in New Zealand and Australia will be manufactured and distributed exclusively by DB Breweries, adding the popular beer brand owned by South India-based conglomerate to its portfolio which already includes international beer brands Tiger and Heineken.

Kingfisher beer sold in this country has been produced in New Zealand for more than a decade. DB Breweries will take over licensing from Independent Liquor, owned by parent company Asahi Beverages, in February.

DB Breweries sales director Paul Millward said the company was still "working through" where in the country it would produce Kingfisher beer but said it had the ability to do so with its current infrastructure.

Millward said DB Breweries was now focused on how it could manage the brand and grow its distribution across the country.

"Kingfisher, in terms of dollars of the beer category in New Zealand, [makes up] 1.5 per cent of the beer category so this is quite a significant brand. It's also the largest and fastest growing Asian beer brand in New Zealand," Millward said.

"We're pretty rapt with the win."

Any brand that was bigger than a share point in the market was considered significant, he said.

Kingfisher sales in New Zealand exceeded NZ$16 million last year.

Growth in the craft beer category was slowing slightly while growth in the premium segment continued which meant acquiring the rights to Kingfisher in New Zealand and Australia would work in DB Breweries favour, Millward said.

PepsiCo Advances Circular Economy for Plastics; Announces LIFEWTR® Packaging ...

PepsiCo Advances Circular Economy for Plastics; Announces LIFEWTR® Packaging ...  (Company news)

... with 100% Recycled Plastic and Elimination of Plastic Bottles for bubly™

PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) announced that LIFEWTR will be packaged in 100% rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate), and bubly will no longer be packaged in plastic. The company's AQUAFINA® water brand will also offer aluminum can packaging in U.S. food service outlets, while the brand tests the move in retail. The changes, which all go into effect next year, are expected to eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and approximately 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, representing the latest ambitious steps in the company's sustainability journey and pursuit of a circular economy for plastics. They reinforce and advance PepsiCo's goals to by 2025 make 100% of its packaging recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable and use 25% recycled plastic content in all its plastic packaging.

"Tackling plastic waste is one of my top priorities and I take this challenge personally," PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta. "As one of the world's leading food and beverage companies, we recognize the significant role PepsiCo can play in helping to change the way society makes, uses, and disposes of plastics. We are doing our part to address the issue head on by reducing, recycling and reinventing our packaging to make it more sustainable, and we won't stop until we live in a world where plastics are renewed and reused."

Naked Juice, a category leader in premium fruit and veggie juices and smoothies, has been working since 2009 to ensure its bottles are made of 100% rPET and can be turned into bottles again and again. By making its bottles with rPET, the brand also uses about 25% less energy than if it used virgin plastic.

PepsiCo is one of the largest users of food-grade recycled PET in the world, and the company is also working to help reliably increase the supply needed to meet its packaging goals. In tandem with current suppliers and partners like The Recycling Partnership, Loop Industries, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, and World Economic Forum's Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), PepsiCo is aiming to both increase recycling rates and improve the plastic recycling infrastructure. Learn more about our sustainable packaging vision here.

"We are really excited to evolve our packaging across PepsiCo's water portfolio to make a positive impact," says Stacy Taffet, Vice President Water portfolio for PepsiCo. "We created LIFEWTR to be an inspirational and purpose-driven brand, and we're expanding that vision by using recycled packaging to deliver our premium water. At the same time, bubly, our sparkling water brand that is full of flavor and personality, has already shaken up the sparkling water category and will continue to do so with this bold move."
(PepsiCo Inc.)




Nomination recognizes industry first for recycled PET liner launched in Europe

Picture: PET bottles are recycled and used as content for rPET liner. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR427)

Global materials science and manufacturing company Avery Dennison has been shortlisted for the Environmental and Sustainability Award of the Label Industry Global Awards 2019.

One of three finalists, Avery Dennison is the first pressure sensitive label material supplier to introduce liner made from recycled PET, available commercially in Europe. The liner, which uses 30% PET post-consumer waste, meets technical qualifications while maintaining quality and performance for label design, printing, and application.

Life cycle analysis of the recycled PET liner shows that use of one million square meters of Avery Dennison recycled PET23 liner in place of virgin PET23 liner reduces:
- Use of fossil fuel by 30% — or the equivalent of saving 60 barrels of oil
- Energy use by 23% — or the equivalent of saving energy of 17 households per year
- Water use by 20% — or the equivalent of saving drinking water for 123 people per year

“Avery Dennison’s rPET liner is a great example of how innovative thinking and collaboration across the label and packaging value chain are resulting in new ways to replace virgin resources with recycled alternatives. This is in line with our 2025 Sustainability Goals, where we want to introduce more products that contain recycled content and/or enable recycling of end use packaging,” said Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager Label and Graphic Materials EMEA.

Since the product was introduced in late 2018, adoption of the rPET liner continues to accelerate with additional ClearIntent™ products launched since then, including the CleanFlake™ portfolio and ClearCut™ adhesive.

“Conversion and application speeds are helping to drive an ongoing rise in demand for PET liners. We have been careful to retain those benefits, while also supporting converters and end users as they make the transition from glassine,” said Rob Groen in ‘t Wout, senior marketing manager, films.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

New from Alfa Laval - Efficient Self-priming Pumps for Improved Performance

New from Alfa Laval - Efficient Self-priming Pumps for Improved Performance  (Company news)

Picture: Alfa Laval’s LKH Prime 40 is the latest new addition to the range of efficient, hygienic and versatile pumps, achieving a flowrate up to 110 m3/hr and head of 115m

Alfa Laval’s LKH Prime 40 is the latest new addition to the range. Not only does the hygienic, self-priming pump offer high energy efficiency and versatility, it also allows for significantly reduced noise levels and easy maintenance. In utilizing the Alfa Laval LKH Prime 40, performance is greatly increased, including the ability to reach a flowrate up to 110 m3/hr and head of 115m.

Improved energy efficiency
Using the combination of advanced air-screw technology, optimized impeller and casing geometry, Alfa Laval LKH Prime exceeds industry expectations for efficient operation, reduced energy consumption and CO₂ footprint. Alfa Laval LKH Prime is engineered to meet the most stringent requirements of the hygienic industries. It is EHEDG certified and authorized to carry the 3-A symbol.

A highly versatile solution
Characterized by reliability for improved operational productivity and designed for Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) duties containing entrained air, Alfa Laval LKH Prime can also pump product, potentially reducing the capital investment when designing process systems - whatever the industry.

Significantly reduced noise levels
Quiet in operation, Alfa Laval LKH Prime reduces sound pressure levels by 80% when compared to pumps using traditional pump technologies for CIP/entrained air applications. This noise reducing feature is a smart way to improve the working environment and plant safety for employees.

Easy to maintain
The pump is easy and cost effective to service and maintain. By sharing common parts with the Alfa Laval LKH pump range, LKH prime offers low cost of ownership and increased uptime, backed up by the security that comes from Alfa Laval’s global service network.
(Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)

Global naturalness study first unveils APAC insights for food and beverage companies

Global naturalness study first unveils APAC insights for food and beverage companies  (Company news)

- Enhance understanding of consumer attitudes on naturalness
- Identify targeted levers to capture opportunities in natural flavour solutions
- Strengthen partnership with food and beverage companies

In the last two years, Symrise has conducted a global study on the perception of naturalness covering Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Africa and Middle East as well as Latin America. More than 13,500 consumers have been engaged globally in five field researches run by the Sensory and Consumer Insights department at Symrise. The studies have explored the attitude and perception of consumers around naturalness in foods and beverages. A first outlook on the results gives insights into the preferences related to naturalness in the Asia Pacific Region.

Consumers in Asia too, love the taste of nature and are increasingly demanding more naturalness. Food and beverage companies are catering to this need with natural product solutions and find it often challenging to best meet consumer's expectations and comply with a complex regulatory environment. Tapping on the key competences of Symrise Global Sensory and Consumer Insights in Asia, Symrise has decoded the key consumer wishes to help its customers create and deliver relevant, great tasting natural products supported by its code of nature® solutions.

This dedicated approach helped us to understand the relevance of impactful natural taste solutions for consumers in China, Japan, Australia and Thailand. Having conducted its customized consumer study in Q4/2018, Symrise Asia Pacific (APAC) was aiming at decoding the natural dimensions of four product segments: flavored water, ready to drink (RTD) tea, drinking yogurt and ready meals. Symrise selected these countries and segments based on their relevance and potential for food and beverage companies in APAC.

Key insights from Symrise Asia Pacific Customized Consumer Naturalness Study
In APAC as in other regions, the new era of naturalness is evolving fast and in diverging directions. While a broad variety of aspects contribute to a natural product perception, consumer expectations on what “natural” means to them can also differ from region to region. It ranges from knowing exactly the type of ingredients, where the ingredients in their food come from and the preparation method.

To receive a general picture first, the APAC study has summed up the market segments that are potentially more willing to pay a premium for products with natural taste solutions. They include ingredient source seekers, quality seeking affluents, health conscious shoppers and ultimate truth seekers. They represent a large portion of consumers: 49 % in Japan, 42 % in Australia, 35 % in Thailand, 27 % in China. The remaining market belongs to the profile of budget or brand conscious, with the latter still ranking the attribute “source of ingredients” very high, in all categories and countries.

In all countries, “no additives” is one in the top 3 attributes driving naturalness perception in all categories, except for drinking yogurt in Thailand, for which “health attributes” prevail. The second most frequent desired attribute cross-country and cross-category is “contains real ingredients” (e.g. fruit extracts or natural fruit juice).

China is the country where natural taste solutions show the biggest potential for food and beverages, with consumers asking for safety and health credential while taste remains a priority.

Among the different categories, Beverage is the one where the potential to leverage naturalness as a purchase driver is larger, especially in Flavored Water, with high opportunities in all countries.

Both in Japan and Australia the size of opportunity looks high for flavored water and medium for RTD tea. Flavored waters are particularly expected to be safe for long term consumption, with strong interest for “organic” and “low/no sugar claims”. In RTD tea, there is a lot of emphasis on “taste authenticity” (e.g. “freshly brewed taste”) and on “organic”, especially among ingredient source seekers and health conscious premium.

“Symrise aims to work with our customers to decode the full insights from the study and to combine them with their brands and needs to deliver winning products, to unlock their business potential in Asia Pacific with Symrise code of nature® solutions. For this reason, Symrise continues to strongly invest in Asia Pacific and works to bring to market natural solution that consumer loves” said Mr Lionel Flutto, President, Flavor, Asia Pacific, Symrise.
(Symrise AG)

Turnkey system for the water market: Armenian bottler grows with KHS technology

Turnkey system for the water market: Armenian bottler grows with KHS technology   (Company news)

Armenia's biggest mineral water spring continues to grow. With the help of KHS the Jermuk Group CJSC has expanded its PET and glass bottle water bottling capacity and is now able to react more quickly to the growing demands of the domestic and international markets.

- Market leader Jermuk invests in glass and PET lines
- Modern labeling equipment for greater reliability
- New bottle design thanks to KHS Bottles & Shapes™

Armenia's biggest mineral water spring continues to grow. With the help of KHS the Jermuk Group CJSC has expanded its PET and glass bottle water bottling capacity and is now able to react more quickly to the growing demands of the domestic and international markets. The water of the same name has long been available in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Due to poor labeling quality a special chapter has now been added to the success story that began many years ago.

Bottled water is becoming available to more and more people worldwide. This, in addition to increasing health awareness, is one of the main reasons for the move apparent on virtually all continents towards still and carbonated mineral water. This is a trend from which the Jermuk Group CJSC, Armenia's largest bottler, is also benefiting. With a population of three million inhabitants, this comparatively small market is an example of the development in many countries of Eastern Europe and Asia. With a share of up to 90% and more, bottling in PET bottles plays a major role on these markets. The remaining 10% is almost entirely distributed over the glass bottle segment.

Market leader in quantity and quality
As one of the most well-known brands in Armenia Jermuk feels responsible for bottling water. "It's not just a matter of growing as an enterprise," says Ashot Arsenyan, president of the Jermuk Group. "We also want to offer top-quality water, bottled under ideal conditions with the help of state-of-the-art technology." This is why he has been relying on KHS PET and glass bottle filling systems ever since construction of Jermuk’s new production facilities in 2010. Further expansion became necessary in 2017 to keep pace with the growing market. The Dortmund-based systems provider was once again able convince the customer of the merits of its plant engineering. In addition to filling and stretch blow molding technology Jermuk also purchased palletizing technology, CIP and blending systems and a shrink packer from KHS.

In addition the holistic Bottles & Shapes™ consulting program provided optimized bottle designs. However, problems developed in the wake of restructuring. While virtually the entire line was supplied by KHS, Jermuk had initially opted for another manufacturer to supply its labeling technology – and was not satisfied with the results.

Line from a single source
The labeling quality did not live up to the bottler's expectations of a premium product. Although the labels themselves and the bottles were flawless, damaged labels were a frequent occurrence. Together with KHS those responsible quickly realized that the third-party labeling technology was neither reliable nor precise enough for the paper labels being used. In accordance with their own determination to provide superior quality the people at Jermuk rectified their decision and commissioned a KHS Innoket Neo labeler on each of the two lines at the beginning of 2018. "The problem was solved as soon as the two labelers were put into operation. The quality of the packaging is now 100% compatible with our special product," says Arsenyan.

“The project in Jermuk is of particular interest to us as a systems provider because of its overall performance,” says Oliver Schneider, vice-president of the Eastern Europe sales region. “All components are perfectly matched to each other when we configure a complete line." Accordingly, the levels of availability and efficiency of the Jermuk system are high. At up to 25,000 bottles per hour for the glass line and a maximum of 20,000 for the PET line, for KHS the project is more in the low capacity range; the chances of further growth in Armenia are thus good.
(KHS GmbH)

15th International Exhibition 'UzProdExpo-2019' 27-29 November 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

15th International Exhibition 'UzProdExpo-2019' 27-29 November 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan  (Company news)

From 27 to 29 November 2019 at the National Exhibition Center «Uzexpocentre», held in the central pavilion of the 15 th International Exhibition of food industry «UzProdExpo-2019».

Traditionally, the exhibition «UzProdExpo» became a meeting place for industry professionals in the exhibition actively participate domestic farmers, specialists from the CIS and foreign countries.

Exhibition is officially supported:
-Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan
-The Council of Farm, Dekhkan Enterprises and Owners of Homestead Land Plots of Uzbekistan
-Holding company «Uzbekozikovkatholding»
-Khakimiyat of city Tashkent
-With organizing support of NEC «Uzexpocentre»

Uzbekistan - the second populated country in the CIS (after Russia)
• Population: 33 million people
• Tashkent - 2.5 million people
• Area - 448,900 km ²

- Meat and fish processing equipment
- Equipment for milk processing and dairy production
- Equipment for oil and fat production
- Equipment for the confectionery industry
- Bakery equipment
- Equipment and technology for the production of precooked and frozen foods
- Refrigeration Compressors
- Equipment for processing of fruits and vegetables and fruit and vegetable production canned
- Equipment for filling
- Equipment for the production of child and dietary
- Shop Equipment
- Test and Measurement, weight equipment

- Equipment and production lines for food packaging
- Packaging machines for fruit and vegetables
- Protective Technologies, bar coding, drawing, painting, marking,
- Machines for the manufacture of PET blowing and Forms
- Shrink wrapping
- Labels and labeling equipment
- Plastic containers, wood, paper cardboard, glass, metal industrial and domestic purposes

- Meat, fish and poultry
- Dairy products and ice cream
- Fat products
- Confectionery and bakery products
- Grocery
- Canned Food
- Frozen Food
- Finished Products
- Baby and dietetic food
- Drinks

- Equipment and materials for restaurants, cafes, hotels, chain stores
- Equipment for minibakeries, confectionery mini shops
- Equipment for juices, Ice Cream
- Vending coffee, tea, juices, drinks
- Dishwashers
- Distribution lines, salad bars
- Bar Equipment
- Utensils, equipment, accessories
(IEG Uzbekistan)

Scotch Whisky distillery visits reach 2 million

Scotch Whisky distillery visits reach 2 million  (Company news)

Scotch Whisky tourism saw record numbers of visitors in 2018, with over 2 million visits to Scotch Whisky distilleries from tourists for the first time.

The annual survey compiled by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) revealed visits were up 6.1% year on year and 56% more than in 2010.

The survey also showed spending at visitor centres was up by 12.2% to £68.3m - additional £7.4m compared with 2017 and 154% more than in 2010 – a result of the continued industry investment in world-class tourist centres.

Over 20 different nationalities visited distilleries last year, with Germany and the USA providing the largest number of Scotch Whisky tourists. Increased visits from France, Spain, and the Netherlands were also reported, as well as India and China.

Collectively, Scotch Whisky distilleries remain the third most visited attraction in Scotland.

Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted that Scotch Whisky distilleries have become such popular places to visit.

“The growing number of visitors to distilleries reflects in part the growth in tourism in Scotland in general, and people coming to Scotland want to see our local crafts and sample our local food and drink.

“But it also reflects a growing curiosity about Scotch Whisky. Today’s consumers want to understand and experience how their favourite blends and malts are made, to meet the people who make them, and to see which part of Scotland’s beautiful landscape they call home.

“Distilleries offer something of an antidote to today’s fast-paced world, where visitors can see the slow, careful craft, rooted in a distinct sense of place, that creates Scotch Whisky.

“The growth in whisky tourism is also playing a crucial role in Scotland’s rural economy, with more stays at hotels, more bookings at restaurants, and more customers for local businesses, helping communities to grow and prosper.

“The industry has invested a great deal in creating fabulous visitor facilities. That investment has been fostered by the more stable tax environment created by recent freezes in excise duty. We hope the government will continue this policy, which has both boosted the revenues available to fund public services and helped the industry to continue to invest in world-class visitor attractions.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP welcomed the survey results. She said: “I am pleased to see so much interest in our whisky tourism sector, with total spend increasing by 12.8% to over £68 million in 2018 and over 2 million visits to Scotch whisky distilleries.

“Tourism is one of our key sectors and the spending and jobs associated with visitor centres and distilleries boost our economy, especially in more remote, rural areas.

“With investment across Scotland, from major firms such as Diageo in the new Johnny Walker experience in Edinburgh, to Rosebank in Falkirk and Brora in the Highlands, it’s a really exciting time for the whisky tourism sector. The Scottish Government is committed to working with partners like the Scotch Whisky Association to increase our tourism offer and encourage more people to visit our distilleries.”

Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, said: “It is great news that the whisky industry continues to make such a very significant contribution to Scottish tourism. This is in large part a result of the industry continuing to invest in excellent tourist centres.

“Today’s figures are a real boost to communities across Scotland who welcome the many visitors who are keen to sample a fine dram in spectacular scenery and find out more about Scotland’s distilling heritage.

“I am very pleased that the UK Government has done much to support the whisky industry in recent years, including a continued freeze on spirits duty.”
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

EyeVision HotGlue – Thermal Imaging Inspection for adhesive points

EyeVision HotGlue – Thermal Imaging Inspection for adhesive points  (Company news)

The HotGlue Inspector inspects, if the adhesive points between cardboard surfaces of boxes are present and hot enough to glue the cardboard box together. With up to 60 boxes per second (which amounts to 3600 boxes per minute).

Picture: EyeVision HotGlue Inspection of adhesive joints

Inspects adhesive joints for presence and temperature
The cameras can be arranged so that the sides with the adhesive points are in the field of view of the thermal imaging camera. The EyeVision HotGlue Inspector checks if the glue has been applied to all adhesive joints and if the temperature of the glue at the joint is inside the threshold. Therefore it si guaranteed that the cartons are glued together at the joints and are not falling apart and causing the bottles to tumble out of the box during transportation, neither during the transportation from production site to the shop nor when transported by a customer.

If a glue is missing at an adhesive joint, because either a nozzle is blocked or the glue has not been fed, then this is detected automatically. It will be also detected, if the temperature of the glue is not hot enough. This can happen, when the heating is defect or due to a delay in the plant. In case only one ore more adhesive joints are showing a temperature that is not hot enough, then the error can be matched to the respective glueing device. Therefore it can be easily determined, where a repair is necessary. And when all adhesive joints show a temperature which is too low then the carton can be ejected completely.

Trackerboard and Interface selection with EyeVision HotGlue
The EyeVision HotGlue system has digital interfaces to allow for an autonomous operation on a plant. This can be carried out via a Profinet interface in the EyeVision software. And an integration into an existing PLS is therefore very easily achieved.

To run the system in a broader context, the EyeVision HotGlue Inspector has a standard tracker interface. A connection to a transport system, as well as a delayed ejection of goods is therefore possible. The tracker interface can be adjusted to the common standard tracker boards.

Graphical Setup of the HotGlue Inspector
The setup of the test facility for the HotGlue Inspector is carried out completely graphical. The threshold for each adhesive joint can be either specified globally, for groups or for each adhesive joint separately. Therefore it is easily possible to detect the faulty adhesive joint and to repair the respective glueing device. Therefore a reduction of plant downtime is guaranteed.

Due to a flexible amount of the applied cameras, the EyeVision HotGlue system can be optimally adjusted to the application at hand. When the adhesive joints should only be inspected on one side, then a system with only one camera is sufficient. When more than one side should be inspected then two sides can be inspected with only one camera, which means two cameras are sufficient. Or four cameras – one camera for each of the four sides – can be used.

Support of different cameras
In case large adhesive points should be inspected on the joints, then a cost-effective thermal imaging camera with 291 x 190 pixel resolution can be applied. But if several small adhesive points should be inspected, a camera with 640 x 480 pixel resolution is necessary, to detect the hot glue points.

The use of the EyeVision HotGlue Inspector allows an optimized hardware selection, adjusted to the respective application. The graphically programmable EyeVision software offers an easy adjustment to the different inspections of adhesive joints. The system can be used with different inspection programs. Those can contain the temperature thresholds and the amount of adhesive points that should be detected.

Remote-System with the Embedded Mode
The integration of the system into a complex plant is supported by the embedded mode. This means that the system has a protocol implemented, which allows the setup as well as the operation from any desired remote system. The results of the measurements and the evaluation images are therefore immediately available for the line control.

The EyeVision HotGlue system is avaible in different speed levels, depending on the applied cameras. The basic system can inspect 10 containers per second, whereas the high end system can inspect up to 60 containers per second.

Additional standard 2D cameras
In addition the HotGlue system can be equipped with standard 2D cameras. Those can then read codes (bar code, DMC, QR, OCR/OCV) on the outside of the packaging, to guarantee a complete tracking of the production.
(EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH)

Gin in Style: New Siegfried bordbar ready for take-off

Gin in Style: New Siegfried bordbar ready for take-off  (Company news)

Rheinland Distillers – makers of the most highly awarded gin in the world – and the manufacturing company bordbar present their first mini bar airplane trolley for perfect gin delight

"Fine Spirits Meet Exclusive Design Furniture“ – this is a match made in heaven for gin and design lovers. Rheinland Distillers and bordbar have created and brought the world’s first Siegfried bordbar to market maturity.

How did this cooperation start out?
The partners were introduced to each other in Rhineland, Germany last year and during this first meeting they already came up with the idea to enter this unique cooperation: “bordbar has always been a company we admired. Their high standard of quality is ideally suited to our brand essence here at Siegfried. We realised during our first meeting that there is no such thing as a mobile mini bar that is designed for perfect gin enjoyment as well as a pleasure to the eye. We decided then and there that it had to become a reality”, say Raphael Vollmar and Gerald Koenen, CEOs of Rheinland Distillers.

The Siegfried bordbar was developed with lots of love and attention to detail. The partners on both sides came together to share and combine their expertise – the two spirit-innovators contributed their knowledge and experience regarding the ideal equipment and bordbar took care of the design and production of this new model series.

“Rethinking and taking spirits astep further” – this is the Siegfried makers’ passion. The launch of the non-alcoholic alternative Wonderleaf in 2018 has changed the face of the bar scene since and become market leader in the German speaking parts of the world. The Bonn-based enterprise has found the ideal partner for a cooperation in bordbar, who share their love for premium quality, style and trend awareness. This can be seen and felt in the exclusive workmanship of a Siegfried bordbar: the materials are sourced from the aviation industry and are therefore subject to the most stringent of standards. Manually applied rivets join the aluminium and stainless steel. Clever tools and equipment, which are must-havesfor gin perfection according to Rheinland Distillers, round off this functional trolley model.

Who is the Siegfried bordbar intended for?
“We have created the perfect mini bar for gin fans and design lovers”, says Raphael Vollmar of Rheinland Distillers. The target audience are people with an eye for premium quality and smart design who like to celebrate the finer things in life. Valentin Hartmann, CEO of bordbardesign GmbH, adds: “It is our mission to consistently set new benchmarks with our trolley expertise. We have been toying with the idea of a mini bar for a while now and this perfect symbiosis with Siegfried has allowed our ideas to become a reality. We have created yet another one of a kind bordbar. Who knows – maybe one day it will be a design classic that can be found in many home bars.”
(Rheinland Distillers GmbH)

The Battalion - Mezcal & Tequila Influenced Blended Irish Whiskey

The Battalion - Mezcal & Tequila Influenced Blended Irish Whiskey  (Company news)

The Battalion is named in honour of the Battalion San Patricos, (Saint Patrick’s Battalion) a group of Irish men who fought for Mexico in the Mexican/American War of 1846-1848. The Battalion was comprised mainly of Irish Immigrants, many from the West Coast of Ireland, who had defected from the American side to fight for Mexico.

The Battalion, a blended Irish Whiskey with mezcal and tequila cask influence. A meticulous blend of 60% 9 Year old Grain and 40% 13 Year old Malt Blend bottled at 41% in 500mls with an SRP of £60. J.J. Corry Battalion is the world’s first Irish whiskey made using tequila and mezcal casks to influence its flavour. Batch 1 will consist of an edition of 700 bottles.

As modern whiskey bonders we do exactly as J.J. Corry would have done, use the casks at his disposal to impart unique flavours in his blends. J.J. had access to rum, Bordeaux & sherry casks, we are lucky enough to be able to look as far afield as Mexico and beyond for flavours that work with Irish Whiskey. At JJ Corry, we take inspiration from the work of artisanal spirit producers around the world. The best Mezcal & Tequilas are, at their heart, produced in rural locations by families, with whom we share a significant affinity with given our approach to whiskey making on our family farm on the West coast of Ireland.
(The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company Ltd)

Cost-effective, compact level transmitter with intelligent processing for improved accuracy

Cost-effective, compact level transmitter with intelligent processing for improved accuracy  (Company news)

- Improved accuracy and repeatability
- Increased asset utilization and decreased operational waste
- Wide range of applications in environmental, chemical, and food and beverage industries
- Hart 7 communications

Sitrans Probe LU240's four-button user interface or remote configuration with Simatic PDM ensures fast and easy setup. Operators will save time and maintenance costs with Sitrans Probe LU240's transparent lid: in manual observations, users can observe values directly instead of by removing the device's lid. For those applications requiring process temperature data, Sitrans Probe LU240 now gives users both level and temperature readings. The device is also battery and solar-power friendly due to a low start-up current of 3.55 mA and minimum 10.5-volt operation.

In dirty applications or those with buildup, the transmitter's maintenance-free active face technology keeps the sensor clean and is also unaffected by wind, rain, snow or temperature changes. And for rugged applications in harsh environments, it is IP68 fully potted and encapsulated with a PVDF sensor resistant to corrosion, chemicals, and extreme shock.

Digitalization integrates critical field data into a plant's entire operations, unlocking new opportunities to analyze processes and identify areas for improvement. By connecting Sitrans Probe LU240 to a control system, operators can monitor level measurements from the comfort of the control room or on the go using a solution from the suit of Siemens automation or remote products.
(Siemens AG)


AETNA GROUP ACQUIRES OCME 100%  (Company news)

A further step has been taken in building an integrated Group, world leader in packaging and logistics technologies.

The consolidation strategy of the two industrial companies, ROBOPAC AND OCME, has been implemented in advance to allow AETNA GROUP to optimize the technical, industrial and commercial synergies to face new challenges. The Group is a world leader in the production of end-of-line machines and plants in the packaging sector, with headquarters in Emilia Romagna and a deep international presence. Indeed, the company counts over 1,500 employees, more than 700 of them are established abroad in production plants in the United States, Brazil and China. Additionally, there are 15 subsidiaries that provide excellent technical assistance and spare parts services in the main countries of the world like France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Russia, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, China, Thailand, South Africa...

The size of the Group and the integration of products and processes, encourage a further boost of investment in technological and industrial innovation.
(Aetnagroup S.p.A.)

Bühler Group: Rainer Schulz elected unanimously to Board of Directors

Bühler Group: Rainer Schulz elected unanimously to Board of Directors  (Company news)

Rainer Schulz (photo), former CEO of the global REHAU Group, has been elected unanimously to Bühler Group’s Board of Directors last Friday.

At last Friday’s extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting, Rainer Schulz was elected to Bühler Group’s Board of Directors in a unanimous decision. He will assume his position with immediate effect. With his appointment, the Board of Directors has won an experienced business expert with an impressive industrial track record who will ensure continuity in the further development of Bühler.

Rainer Schulz is a Swiss national, married, and lives with his family in the region of Emmental in Switzerland. After obtaining a degree in production technology, for which he was awarded the promotion prize of the Association of German Engineers VDI, Rainer Schulz first held various materials management and production supply chain positions in the electronics and mechanical engineering industries.

Since 1995, Rainer Schulz has acted as head of production and later as general head of purchasing in charge of global procurement at the jet engine builder BMW Rolls-Royce AeroEngines. In 2001, Rainer Schulz moved on to the global REHAU Group. As Chief Operating Officer, he was in charge within the context of the company management of the engineering, production, and materials management functions. In 2010, Rainer Schulz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the REHAU Group, a position he held until mid-2018.
(Bühler AG)

Nordson Corporation Names Sundaram Nagarajan as President and Chief Executive Officer, ...

Nordson Corporation Names Sundaram Nagarajan as President and Chief Executive Officer, ...  (Company news)

...Effective August 1, 2019

Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ-NDSN) announced that Sundaram Nagarajan (Naga, photo) has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2019. Mr. Nagarajan succeeds Michael F. Hilton, who previously announced his plans to retire. Upon Mr. Nagarajan’s start date, Mr. Hilton will become Senior Advisor to the Company and remain on the board of directors until he retires on December 31, 2019.

Mr. Nagarajan joins Nordson following a 23-year career with Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company. He is currently the Executive Vice President, Automotive OEM Segment, for ITW, a $3.3 billion business segment. Under his leadership, the Automotive OEM segment has a proven track record of delivering profitable revenue growth through both organic and acquisitive means. Mr. Nagarajan has been focused on creating value for his customers through innovation and industry leading excellence in quality and delivery. He also has prioritized building strong, diverse and global leadership teams to sustain this above-market business performance.

“After a comprehensive search, we are excited to name Naga as Nordson’s next President and CEO. Naga’s passion for technology-driven innovation, knowledge of global industrial markets, and outstanding record of improving the financial results of the businesses he has run by focusing on customer intimacy, operational excellence, and employee development, make him a perfect fit for Nordson,” said Michael Merriman, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“Throughout my career, I’ve thrived in driving growth and profitability by focusing on the customer while also prioritizing innovation and talent development. I am very honored to join Nordson, which has always put its customers and employees first, and as a result has grown into a market-leading enterprise with an outstanding reputation. I look forward to building on this success with the Nordson team,” said Mr. Nagarajan.

Added Mr. Merriman, “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Mike Hilton for his outstanding leadership of Nordson over the past ten years. We appreciate his commitment to supporting Naga in this important transition, and the Board and I look forward to his counsel as Senior Advisor to the Company.”

The terms of Mr. Nagarajan’s employment agreement will be described in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by the Company.

About Sundaram Nagarajan

In 1991, Mr. Nagarajan started his career at Hobart Brothers where he was engaged in the design and development of welding consumables. The company was acquired by ITW in 1996, and Mr. Nagarajan continued to grow and take on greater responsibility over the next 23 years. He was promoted to Group Vice President, ITW Welding Group in 2006 and Group President, Welding International in 2008. From 2010 – 2014, he served as Executive Vice President, Welding, where he led ITW’s $1.9 billion group of welding and related industrial businesses worldwide. In 2015, he was promoted to his current role as Executive Vice President, Automotive OEM Segment, reporting to the Chairman and CEO.

Mr. Nagarajan holds a BS degree from South Gujarat University, India; an MBA from Wright State University, Ohio; and an MS and Ph.D. in materials science from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Mr. Nagarajan is a member of the Board of Directors of Sonoco Products Company, Past Trustee of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Advisory Board Member of IACS, member of the Executive Club, member of the Economics Club of Chicago, Former Trustee of AWS Foundation Inc. and Co-Chair of ITW’s National United Way Campaign (2013 and 2014).
(Nordson Corporation)

Footprint Introduces Compostable Six-Pack Can Ring With Colorado Native Craft Beer

Footprint Introduces Compostable Six-Pack Can Ring With Colorado Native Craft Beer  (Company news)

Footprint, a leader in manufacturing environmentally friendly packaging solutions, is introducing a plastic-free, fiber-based six-pack ring for beverage cans. These eco-friendly, biodegradable rings are now being tested on a selection of Colorado Native beers. Colorado Native is the first brand to test Footprint’s fully compostable and recyclable six-pack ring solution. Colorado Native is brewed by AC Golden, an incubator brewery within Coors Brewing Company that is charged with developing and nurturing small above premium malt beverages.

The rings are made from post-industrial recycled fiber and are 100 percent bio-based, recyclable and compostable in commercial composting facilities. Footprint’s new fiber materials free customers from confusion at the bin, because no matter what bin–they win. Unlike plastic, where if it is incorrectly handled, the plastic ends up as a contaminate in the waste stream and potentially in the environment.

Plastic pollution and its long-term effects on our natural ecosystem and to our food chain are a much-discussed environmental concern. As a result, global organizations, governments and companies are looking for solutions to limit the production and use of single-use plastics, which are major contributors to the waste problem. Footprint and AC Golden are working together to introduce a six-pack ring that does not contribute to global plastic pollution.

“As a company, environmental stewardship is incredibly important from the ingredients grown in the field to the packaging on our products. It was very important that we find a packaging solution that can perform at the same standards our retailers and customers expect with the current plastic ring. In this case, we are pleased with both the durability and environmental performance we’ve achieved with Footprint,” explains David Coors, president of AC Golden Brewing Company.

In order to ensure the product met the performance standards of AC Golden, Footprint conducted and built custom testing procedures and apparatus to demonstrate the durability of the fiber six-pack rings. The new fiber rings were tested under extreme conditions which exposed them to a high humidity environment for 24 hours before conducting standard transit testing.

“After months of testing that demonstrates real-world distribution and usage, we’re confident this six-pack ring will perform as well as plastic,” says Jeff Bassett, vice president of marketing at Footprint. “Our goal is always to find the best ways to eliminate the need for plastic in common-use products. With the introduction of Footprint’s six-pack ring, we are changing the game for beverage packaging and distribution by delivering a plastic-free solution that is applied in high volume and performs. We’re very excited that MillerCoors put its trust in us to roll it out with Colorado Native.”
(Footprint LLC)

drinktec and SIMEI forge ahead with their successful collaboration

drinktec and SIMEI forge ahead with their successful collaboration  (Company news)

Messe München and the Italian wine association UIV (Unione Italiana Vini) continue their successful collaboration. At the next editions of drinktec in Munich in 2021 and 2015, respectively, wine technology will be displayed under the label “powered by SIMEI”. In addition, the agreement provides that SIMEI, the leading international exhibition for enological and bottling equipment, will take place in Milan every two years as in the past.

The two partners have agreed to support each other with the aim to strengthen both brands, drinktec and SIMEI. Therefore, drinktec will be present at the next SIMEI event in Milan from November 19 to 22, 2019 with a booth of its own. Likewise, SIMEI will fly the flag at drinktec in Munich and be present there. The label “powered by SIMEI” will appear in all places where drinktec presents process technology especially designed for wine. It documents the ongoing close relationship between Messe München and UIV.

“In this way, we express that we continue collaborating and closing ranks“, states Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer (photo), Managing Director of Messe München in charge of drinktec. “Our intention is to continue implementing a strong presence for wine technology at drinktec and to offer UIV members a worldwide audience as well.”

“The domestic market is extremely important for SIMEI. Since the Munich events calendar does not allow moving the dates of drinktec into November, an edition of SIMEI in Italy can offer Italian wine growers a meeting place at the right time, namely after the grape harvest, every two years. That is how both brands can best profit from one another“, stated the UIV Secretary General Paolo Castelletti.

“By taking this decision, Messe München and UIV have responded to market needs and thus have done everything correctly“, said Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Trade Association within the VDMA.
(Messe München GmbH)

New Natura enhanced with MFC – making the most out of our renewable materials

New Natura enhanced with MFC – making the most out of our renewable materials  (Company news)

New Natura™ by Stora Enso is a liquid packaging board enhanced with micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) for extra strength and lower weight. It was introduced in milk cartons in 2015, but now the material is available for any customers who want to reduce the weight and improve the sustainability of their packaging.

“New Natura enhanced with MFC delivers the best in product protection as well as printing, converting and filling performance but at a lower weight. It helps packaging manufacturers and consumer brands to use fewer raw materials, create less waste and lower their package weights. For consumers, the carton remains similar and easy to recycle, which is very important for today’s eco-aware consumers,” says Vesa-Pekka Aaltonen, Product Manager.

Stora Enso runs the world’s largest MFC production facilities at its Imatra Mills in Finland. MFC has the same basic chemistry as cellulose fibres but consists of smaller particles called micro fibrils, which improve the strength of the board.

“Stora Enso has been a pioneer in the development of MFC for decades, and today we can tailor the fibres to fit for purpose. Our MFC makes the fibre mesh stronger, so we can reduce weight without compromising the stiffness, strength or other board properties that are vital for the packaging performance. This saves raw material and makes New Natura even more sustainable, renewable and recyclable raw material for beverage cartons,” says Aaltonen.

New Natura enhanced with MFC can be used for any gable top liquid packaging application: dairy products, juice, other beverages, soups and spices. It is available with PE or high-barrier coating, depending on the product packed and the barrier properties required to protect it.
(Stora Enso Packaging Papers)

SWA welcomes UK-South Korea trade continuity

SWA welcomes UK-South Korea trade continuity  (Company news)

The UK has signed a joint statement for trade continuity with Korea, removing the prospect of tariffs on Scotch Whisky.

Commenting on the joint statement for trade continuity between the United Kingdom and South Korea, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts (photo) said:
“Scotch Whisky is a global success story, with more than 1.2bn bottles exported last year.

“Our export success is based on free trade and open markets. By reducing tariffs and other trade barriers, Scotland’s national drink can continue to increase its global reach, in turn creating jobs and investment across the UK.

“This agreement removes the prospect of tariffs being reintroduced in South Korea - an important market for Scotch Whisky worth £70 million in shipment value in 2018.”
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

UPM Raflatac announces portfolio of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for Americas market

UPM Raflatac announces portfolio of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for Americas market  (Company news)

UPM Raflatac, the world's most sustainable labeling company, is pleased to announce a new range of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for the Americas market. This announcement takes UPM Raflatac one step closer to achieving its target of sourcing wood fiber from 100 percent certified sources by the year 2030.

The new FSC certified products include paper wine label materials, semi-gloss, thermal transfer, direct thermal, and more. With more and more brands unveiling ambitious sustainability targets for their packaging materials, UPM Raflatac's portfolio of FSC certified products can support them in achieving targets for sourcing paper products from certified sustainably managed forests.

FSC certification by the Forest Stewardship Council(TM) is an internationally recognized mark of well-managed and sustainable forest operations. UPM Raflatac has supplied FSC certified products since 2008 and actively co-operates with the organization around the world. The aim is to increase the use of certified wood in the label production processes and to promote awareness of the forest certification and related responsibility issues.

"Only about 10 percent of the world's forests are certified today and much work remains to be done to promote responsible sourcing," says Tyler Matuseveich, Sustainability Manager, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "UPM Raflatac is continuously striving to have the most sustainable label materials portfolio in the industry. In offering a new range of high quality face stocks on FSC certified papers for the Americas market, we can assure our customers we always know the origin of fiber and can trace it back to the forest it came from. We invite you to partner with us to achieve your sustainability targets for sustainably sourced packaging materials."

Expanding the portfolio of FSC certified materials in the Americas is a significant milestone towards UPM Raflatac's aim to supply products that are sustainable over their lifecycles, and to increase the range of eco-labeled products.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

Flexible, compact and gentle on resources: KHS now also labels cans

Flexible, compact and gentle on resources: KHS now also labels cans  (Company news)

-Systems supplier expands its labeling portfolio
-Compact machine with low energy consumption
-Flexible marketing options through self-adhesive labeling

Most decisions to buy are made directly at the point of sale: the significance of product presentation is growing, with an attractive visual appearance becoming ever more important. KHS is therefore now also offering its successful Innoket Neo labeling series (photo) for cans to manufacturers of small batches and producers with a high brand variety. The machine opens up new avenues in product marketing and flexibility in production. Warehouse capacities are reduced and energy is saved.

Images of production shops filled with pallets of differently printed empty cans will soon be a thing of the past. Says Cornelius Adolf, labeling product manager for KHS, “We’ve expanded our existing portfolio to include can labeling to give the customer more design options and enable these designs to be implemented faster with smaller warehouse capacities.” This is because minimum order quantities and long delivery times for empty cans limit flexibility. It is now possible to order unprinted cans within a much shorter period and to label them using the KHS Innoket Neo, thus simplifying logistics processes.

Wrap-around labels with optical alignment
The Innoket Neo can be used to apply self-adhesive film or paper labels. Here, the container can be either partly or fully wrapped with a label – including optical alignment. “The look and feel are unique”, is how Adolf explains the results of the self-adhesive labeling method. With this technology beverage producers can also respond much more rapidly and flexibly to the steadily growing variety of products and labels on the market. With this system the design or logo can be changed within a few hours and the cans dressed with suitable motifs. “Customers can even print their own labels. This considerably shortens the time to market. An attractive product is a clear distinguishing criterion at the point of sale," says Adolf. As no cans with varying motifs have to be ordered, costs are also cut as higher numbers of unprinted containers can be purchased.

The space-saving machine with its 14 can plates driven by servomotors comes from the established Innoket Neo module system and gives manufacturers of small batches and producers with a great variety of brands many benefits. At high machine availability up to 35,000 full or empty cans in all standard sizes can be labeled per hour. The machine can be positioned upstream or downstream of the filler. Format changeovers are quick and do not require any additional tools. The labeler also has a high level of energy efficiency, with a power consumption of just five kilowatts per hour.

Suitable can filler supplement
BrewDog, which claims to be the biggest independent brewery in Scotland, is already using the new labeling technology in combination with the KHS can filler already successfully established on the market. “Both machines supplement one another perfectly,” smiles Adolf. “We draw on decades of experience when developing systems for our customers and take heed of the changed demands and conditions governing the entire filling and packaging process.”
(KHS GmbH)

Michael Traxler heads Mould Technology division of ENGEL

Michael Traxler heads Mould Technology division of ENGEL  (Company news)

Michael Traxler (photo) has been appointed head of ENGEL’s Mould Technology division. Together with his team, the experienced toolmaker will continue to expand the consulting services internationally to further strengthen the systems business of the injection moulding machine manufacturer worldwide.

The share of integrated system solutions in ENGEL’s order volume is increasing globally. In addition to the injection moulding machine, automation and other peripheral devices, the mould is often part of the overall scope. Therefore, an in-house department at ENGEL’s headquarters in Austria has been involved in the project planning of injection moulds for more than ten years. The team of experts combines the experience and know-how gained from worldwide projects to develop a mould solution that is precisely tailor-made for the product and the production process in partnership with a mould manufacturer. In addition, ENGEL's mould technology department is contracted as a consultant, for example, when it comes to particularly demanding new product developments or feasibility studies.

Very well positioned internationally
Following the retirement of Udo Stahlschmidt, Michael Traxler has been appointed head of this strategically important division. Traxler has more than 30 years of experience in precision tool making and injection moulding. He joined ENGEL in 2015 and previously headed the Packaging business unit in North America.

“We would like to thank Udo Stahlschmidt for his many years of great commitment. With his sound expertise and keen sense of the specific requirements of the markets, he has very well positioned ENGEL’s mould technology department internationally,” says Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group. “With Michael Traxler, we are delighted to have found a successor who has already a lot of experience in this area and who will continue the work without skipping a beat. With Mr. Traxler, we will continue to advance the decentralised development of the mould technology know-how”.

ENGEL started this process in China where a new Mould Technology department was established at its Shanghai site. “The project planning of injection moulds requires a great deal of coordination and very close cooperation between us as a system solution provider and the plastics processors. That's why it's so important to be on site and speak the native language of our customers,” says Steger.

Strong partner network
ENGEL has established a strong worldwide network of system partners, each of whom is also one of the leading providers in their field. ENGEL’s mould manufacturing partners cover a wide range, from simple moulds for standard injection moulding to sophisticated high-performance precision moulds. In the systems business, ENGEL suggests the most suitable mould manufacturer for each project and advises the customer on the choice of partner.

ENGEL’s many years of extensive experience in mould technology and its strong worldwide presence are decisive factors for many customers when commissioning ENGEL as a general contractor for the complete production cell, including the mould. As a general contractor, ENGEL assumes the overall responsibility, even if other companies are involved in the project. During project planning, commissioning and after-sales, the customer has a central point of contact, which accelerates many projects and offers the customer a higher degree of safety.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Refreshingly new: O.Vine varietal wine-essence water

Refreshingly new: O.Vine varietal wine-essence water   (Company news)

Turning wine-grape waste into alcohol-free Chardonnay- and Cabernet-infused water

Wine Water, Ltd., parent company of O.Vine, Inc., launches Chardonnay- and Cabernet Sauvignon-essence water to refresh the “infused water” landscape. The two alcohol-free beverages are comprised of a unique concert of purified water and hidden nutritional benefits of upcycled wine grape residue and will be introduced at the Summer Fancy Food Show June 23-25 in New York, booth #3809.

O.Vine Wine Essence Water™ is a line of all-natural, non-alcoholic beverages that expresses the spirit of wine and sets new standards for sustainable sourcing as well as innovation. Free of preservatives and synthetic colors, its natural blush color and healthful ingredients are derived from the essence extracted from red or white wine grape skins and seeds.

The two innovative beverages are composed of the skins and seeds of single grape varieties (either Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay), bringing the distinct essence of these renowned much-loved wines to refreshing water, without intoxicating effects.

The pomace that forms the waste product from the wine making process is a valuable source of phenolic antioxidants. The reuse of this pomace effectively transforms the treasures inherent in leftovers from the winemaking process into aromatic, indulgent essence waters.

A panel of food and wine experts were recruited to choose the ideal blend of Chardonnay and Cabernet grapes for inclusion into these exclusive bottles. Only sustainably grown grapes are gathered from selected vineyards that meet the desired parameters of flavor and quality, while conforming to the same values of social responsibility and sustainability.

“We see O.Vine essence water as a big winner in the United States and these two new varietals will just make the brand stronger,” enthuses Bill Sipper, Managing Partner at Cascadia Managing Brands. “It aligns with what Millennials are seeking — products that are organic, made by companies that respect the environment. Millennials also are drinking less alcohol. This combination makes O.Vine an all-around winner.”

The grapes are sourced from select vineyards located across the Galilee hills in Israel. The Galilee is one of the most ancient wine grape-growing regions on Earth. “The environment in which the grapes are grown, the quality of the earth, and the impeccable climate are factors that determine the flavor, color, body, and aroma of wines; likewise is our fine wine water collection,” says Anat Levi, CEO and founder of Wine Water. “Chardonnay grapes grown in different locations will inherit distinctive characteristics that are very different from one another.”

“The new beverage duo emanates from single grape varieties,” adds Levi. ”The Cabernet has a dark, red fruity character with a note of chocolate and a gentle tart twist. The Chardonnay imparts more tones of lime and apple, with notes of caramel. Both are equally refreshing and delicious.”

Consumer awareness toward sustainability and health as integral part of their lifestyle is growing at an accelerated rate. Nielsen reports that sustainability continues to drive sales across the CPG landscape and that the US sustainability market is expected to reach $150 billion by 2021.

O.Vine’s beverages come to the market as the company marks one year since it debuted the award-winning wine grape water infusions. The line consists of red, white, still, and sparkling, non-alcoholic beverages sourced from a variety of grapes and continues to spark growing global interest. Last year, O.Vine received the “Best New Water” concept award at the prestigious Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian, France.

The company’s original collection is currently available both online, on the Beverage Universe site, and in-store at Neiman-Marcus, New York. The refreshing beverages are slated to appear on shelves of higher-end retail stores this summer as the company signs new contracts with a US-based brand management company. The beverages also will be launching in the UK and France. “O.Vine inspires consumers who are seeking new and innovative beverages to complement their way of life, and in line with the latest trends for alcohol-free and all-natural beverages. This was the driving force behind O.Vine’s creation of the new niche of wine water in the marketplace,” Levi concludes.

Visit us at the Summer Fancy Food Show June 23-25 in New York, booth #3809.
(O.Vine Inc.)

Diageo brands earn top honours at 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Diageo brands earn top honours at 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition  (Company news)

Recognised for quality, craftsmanship and overall excellence, our brands were awarded a total of 101 medals including 2 Best in Class, 10 Double Gold and 29 Gold.

Now in it's 19th year, the prestigious annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition featured almost 3,000 entries from around the world.

The 40-strong judging panel, consisting of some of the most respected and experienced experts in the spirits industry, awarded our brands 101 medals including:

Best in Class
-Johnnie Walker 18-Year-Old – Best Blended Scotch (photo)
-Lagavulin 9-Year-Old, Game of Thrones House Lannister – Best Distillers’ Malt Scotch, Up to 12 Years

Double Gold
-Buchanan’s 18-Year-Old Special Reserve
-Bundaberg Master Distillers’ Collection Solera Rum
-Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection (packaging)
-Johnnie Walker 18-Year-Old
-Johnnie Walker Double Black Label
-Lagavulin 12-Year-Old
-Lagavulin 9-Year-Old, Game of Thrones House Lannister
-Mortlach 16-Year-Old
-Singleton 12-Year-Old
-Talisker 10-Year-Old
-Talisker Distiller’s Edition

Scotch brands performed particularly well, winning 43 of the total 101 medals. Several medals were awarded to our American Whiskey brands, with Bulleit, George Dickel, and Orphan Barrel all securing Gold and above. In the Tequila, Rum, Vodka and Gin categories, 32 medals were awarded to our brands with Smirnoff and Zacapa each earning two Gold medals.
(Diageo plc)

BrauBeviale 2019 puts the spotlight on the future viability of the beverage sector

BrauBeviale 2019 puts the spotlight on the future viability of the beverage sector  (BrauBeviale 2019)

-Nuremberg plays host to the international beverage industry
-Compact hall layout covers entire beverage industry process chain
-Global Beviale Family network also inspires BrauBeviale

From 12 to 14 November 2019, Nuremberg will once again be the hub for the international beverage industry, when the who’s who of the sector gathers for this year’s most important capital goods fair for beverage production and marketing. Last year’s highly successful event, which broke new records and underscored the industry’s good economic prospects, points to equally positive outcomes for this year’s annual gathering of the beverage community. The products and solutions on display by the around 1,100 exhibitors, 53 percent of which are from outside Germany, covers the entire process chain for beverage production, from raw materials, technology and components to packaging, accessories and marketing ideas. This year too, the main theme is the future viability of the beverage industry. What are challenges being faced by both equipment suppliers and beverage manufacturers? Through its product range and supporting programme, BrauBeviale offers the key platform for knowledge-sharing and innovation, while creating momentum and providing inspiration.

“BrauBeviale 2018 was bigger and more international than ever,” says Andrea Kalrait, Exhibition Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse, looking back once again at the opening event of the current three-year cycle. “The beverage sector just seems to have been waiting to get back to Nuremberg. And this year too, we are looking forward to welcoming old friends and newbies, global players, SMEs and start-ups.” In November, the exhibitors will once again be showcasing the entire process chain for beverage production. The new route around the displays that was introduced for visitors in 2018 has proven effective and offers visitors ease of navigation in an atmosphere that is as constructive and welcoming as usual.
The various halls around the perimeter of the central lawn are grouped into thematic focus areas: raw materials and sensory attributes in Hall 1, technologies in Halls 6, 7A, 7, 8, 9, water treatment, analysis and components in Hall 6, packaging in Halls 4A and 4, and accessories and marketing in Halls 5 and 6.

Key platform for the issues currently affecting the industry
This year too, the main theme of BrauBeviale is the future viability of the beverage sector. The issues and challenges currently confronting beverage producers are generally the same across borders. Efficient and flexible technologies, diverse and high-quality raw materials and ingredients and sustainability in production are just as important as digitalisation and automation, future strategies for your own company, packaging, marketing messages and communicating with consumers and end clients. BrauBeviale not only covers these topics through the product range on display but also in the supporting programme. It appeals to all beverage producers, whether they are brewers, mineral water operations, winemakers or manufacturers of spirits or alcohol-free drinks. From July:

Two symposia held on the day before the trade fair have proven very popular: The 7th European MicroBrew Symposium organised by the Berlin-based VLB (teaching and training institute for brewing, and the Export Forum German Beverages. And of course, the European Beer Star, which has been at home at BrauBeviale since its “birth year” 2004, will also be presented again at the event. Now one of the most important beer competitions worldwide, it was initiated by the German Private Breweries Association, the honorary sponsor of the trade fair and German and European umbrella organisation. On the first day of the fair, BrauBeviale visitors will vote for their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners – the Consumers’ Favourite 2019 in gold, silver and bronze. Tastings of beer and other beverage specialities, led by independent experts, will also take place in the Craft Drinks Area. At eight themed bars, visitors can experience an unprecedented range of flavours: five beer bars with special country slots, a spirits bar, a bar for water and innovative alcohol-free drinks, and a bar where the quality of the glass plays a key role in the sensory attributes of the drink. The popular BrauBeviale Forum, as well as hosting the official opening and various award ceremonies, is also the venue for interesting lectures, presentations and panel discussions offering information, inspiration and the opportunity for interaction. The main thematic areas are also reflected by the BrauBeviale Think Tank, which explores raw materials, technologies, packaging, marketing and entrepreneurship. The attractive supporting programme is complemented by other themed pavilions and special shows: brau@home with Speakers’ Corner, Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment, Innovative Drinks Packaging, Innovation made in Germany – the subsidised pavilion for new companies from Germany – and to allow us to blow our own trumpet – a Beviale Family information booth. Details will be available shortly at:

Highly satisfied trade visitors from all around the world
More than 40,000 industry professionals visited BrauBeviale 2018, over 18,000 of them from outside Germany. They represented 132 countries, primarily Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Russia and the UK, but also Greenland, Fiji and Costa Rica. They came from the technical and commercial management segments of the international beverage industry, i.e. from breweries and malt houses, companies producing and bottling alcohol-free drinks, wine and sparkling wine cellars, distilleries, dairies, specialist beverage retailers and wholesalers, the hotel and restaurant sector and service providers for the beverage sector.

But it’s not just the quantity but the quality of trade visitors that speaks for itself and underscores the relevance of the exhibition: around 90 percent of trade visitors are involved in the investment decisions taken at their companies. “The really important decision-makers were in attendance,” said the Exhibitor Advisory Board following the successful conclusion of BrauBeviale 2018. “As 99 percent of trade visitors polled were satisfied by what was offered by the fair, and no less than 95 percent stated that they would like to come back again in 2019, we are already looking forward to welcoming them, and new participants as well, to our annual gathering,” says Andrea Kalrait with a view to the next round in the autumn.

She explains the large international contingent (45 percent) among visitors as being partly due to increasing familiarity with and importance of the Beviale Family – NürnbergMesse’s global network with events covering the manufacture and marketing of drinks. As well as BrauBeviale, other members of the Beviale Family are Beviale Moscow in Russia, Beviale Mexico, CRAFT BEER events in China and Italy, CRAFT DRINKS in India and collaborations with BeerX in the UK, Expo Wine + Beer in Chile, Feira Brasileira da Cerveja in Brazil, KIBEX in South Korea and SEA Brew in Southeast Asia.

Remaining dates in the current BrauBeviale three-year cycle:
BrauBeviale 2019: 12 – 14 November 2019
BrauBeviale 2020: 10 – 12 November 2020
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

A toast to the 'Raining Champions'!

A toast to the 'Raining Champions'!  (Company news)

What better way to educate football fans about urgent water challenges and celebrate a phenomenal season for Manchester City than by toasting the club with a limited-edition beer brewed with purified rainwater from the Etihad Stadium?

To celebrate City’s epic Premier League title win, we’re excited to team up with Manchester City and Heineken Manchester to produce ‘Raining Champions’ – a bespoke beer made from purified rainwater collected on the rooftop of City’s home ground.

With Manchester averaging about 152 rainy days per year, challenges like water scarcity may seem a world away but the reality is that these issues are closer than we think.

A staggering 3.6 billion people – almost half the global population – currently live in areas that are water-scarce at least one month per year and, by 2050, projections estimate that more than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages. Recycled water is one long-term, sustainable solution to water scarcity.

The ‘Raining Champions’ beer was brewed using rainwater from the Etihad, purified with advanced, proven treatment technologies that produce safe clean drinking water to the highest standards.
(Xylem Inc.)

FachPack: Special show 'Enviromentally friendly premium packaging'

FachPack: Special show 'Enviromentally friendly premium packaging'  (Company news)

During FachPack 2019, NürnbergMesse and bayern design will present the special show Environmentally-Friendly Packaging in the Premium Sector in hall 8. The exhibition will illustrate how packaging design enables sustainable packaging design through conception, realization and other different approaches.

The packaging industry is developing, thanks to the public interests innovative ideas and concepts for packaging, demonstrating new opportunities and ways to accommodate the trend and the dynamics of sustainable packaging. This creates new forward-looking and creative designs that inspire visitors.

The exhibits are divided into five categories, which provide an overview of different approaches to Environmentally-Friendly Packaging in the Premium Sector. They aim to show how a successful brand identity, first-rate design and sustainable packaging can help to achieve harmony. The curated exhibition will follow these five guiding themes:
-Recycling packaging
-Resource-saving materials
-Reusable packaging and systems
-New) environmentally-friendly processes
-Design as added value

The presented innovations describe new trends and impulses from the packaging industry and are divided into the areas material, value, processes and idea creator.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ portfolio wins FINAT Recycling & Sustainability award 2019

Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ portfolio wins FINAT Recycling & Sustainability award 2019  (Company news)

An innovation from Avery Dennison that enables closed-loop PET recycling has won this year’s FINAT Recycling and Sustainability award. The CleanFlake™ portfolio (video) enables production of high quality recycled PET (rPET) from post-consumer bottles while maintaining all-important visual impact and food contact approval. The portfolio is further reducing environmental impact by using recycled PET liner material.

Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager EMEA, said that the award is a great recognition of Avery Dennison's continued focus on sustainable innovation: “FINAT is an important organisation representing our customer base and we are delighted with this win. CleanFlake technology is one example of the many initiatives we are introducing to reduce material use and waste. Generating clean PET flakes, free of label and ink contamination, is a difficult task for recyclers. We worked to develop a label that would separate from bottles completely in a conventional recycling facility, and CleanFlake can close the loop – generating high quality rPET suitable for making new PET bottles or other food packaging.”

The portfolio meets many application needs, with a clear ‘no label look’ rigid facestock, a cavitated white version, and flexible facestocks that can adapt to semi-squeezable containers or dimensional changes in freshly blown bottles, eliminating or significantly reducing label wrinkle defects.
Jenny Wassenaar, sustainability and compliance director, said that the environmental benefits are substantial, including the sustainability gains available from the option of a rPET23 liner which contains 30% post-consumer waste: “Our analysis shows that using a million square metres of rPET23 reduces fossil fuel use by 30% (60 barrels of oil), energy use by 23% (equivalent to 17 households for a year) and water by 20% (123 people’s annual consumption).”

Extensive collaboration has ensured that the portfolio meets widely varying recycling standards in many countries. CleanFlake adheres to EPBP design guidelines and delivers 100% wash-off when following the in Petcore PET tray recycling protocol. It is also approved by Returpack (Sweden) and Infinitum (Norway).

Jenny Wassenaar said that such widespread testing is important: “A recycling washer can operate at anything from 65 to 85 degrees, and CleanFlake performs well either way. This initiative has shown how much can be achieved when manufacturers, suppliers, recyclers and converters all work together on sustainability improvements.”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water to Use 100% Recycled Plastic by 2022

Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water to Use 100% Recycled Plastic by 2022  (Company news)

Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, America’s leading spring water brand, announced that it has started transitioning its packaging to recycled plastic (rPET), and plans to be the first major bottled water brand to reach 100% recycled plastic across its still water portfolio by 20221 . This month, the brand’s 1-liter bottles will begin being made using 100% rPET. In April, the brand launched a premium offering, Poland Spring® ORIGIN in 900mL bottles, which are also made entirely of recycled plastic.

“As a company, we’ve already put our stake in the ground when it comes to taking the ‘single’ out of ‘single-use’ plastic bottles,” says Fernando Mercé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters North America. “As we begin to transform Poland Spring, our most iconic brand, to 100% recycled plastic packaging, we will begin to bring this commitment to life for our consumers in a tangible way. Bottles like these, which are made from 100% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable, are proof that a fully circular economy is within our reach.”

This initiative comes just months after Poland Spring’s parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, announced that it will achieve 25% recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2021. The company plans to continue expanding its use of recycled materials in the coming years, further setting an ambition to reach 50% recycled plastic by 2025.

Poland Spring’s current packaging, which is predominantly made using PET plastic, is already 100% recyclable, and the company views its push toward using more recycled materials to be the next phase in making its packaging more sustainable and addressing the issue of plastic waste. Using recycled plastic helps keep plastic out of landfills and oceans, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to using virgin plastic.

However, as recycling rates in the United States still hover around 30%, Poland Spring recognizes that in order to fulfill its commitment to use recycled plastic in its packaging, it must also invest in initiatives that help plastic bottles get back in the recycling bin in the first place. That’s why Poland Spring, along with its parent company, is collaborating with organizations like Closed Loop Fund to help increase recycling infrastructure. The brand is also expanding How2Recycle labels across all of its packaging, to remind consumers to empty the bottle, replace the cap and recycle when they’re done.

“To achieve a circular economy, we, as brand owners, need to inspire people to think and act differently when it comes to plastic,” said David Tulauskas, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. “I cannot think of a more meaningful way to connect with our consumers than to bring to market a more sustainable bottle that they themselves helped to create simply by recycling.”
(Nestlé Waters North America)

Beviale Mexico 2020: Latin America's first comprehensive beverage exhibition

Beviale Mexico 2020: Latin America's first comprehensive beverage exhibition  (Company news)

-The Beviale Family is adding another Beviale event to its portfolio
-Congress dates: 28 to 29 July 2020 Exhibition dates: 29 to 31 July 2020
-Partnership with the Mexican craft beer association ACERMEX

The Beviale Family, the NürnbergMesse Group’s global network for the beverage industry, is adding another event to its portfolio. Beviale Mexico will open its doors in Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex for the first time from 29 to 31 July 2020. Beviale events feature a specialised programme spanning the entire process chain for beverage production, from raw materials and technologies to components and logistics as well as marketing ideas. The programme also covers all segments – alcohol-free and alcoholic beverages and liquid milk products: water, soft drinks, juice, beer, wine and spirits, such as the Mexican specialties tequila and mezcal. Mexico City will have lots to offer the world of beverages in 2020: A congress will begin the day before the exhibition, although the real kick-off will happen in April when ACERMEX (Asociación de Cerveceros Artesanales de México) stages a beer festival. The Mexican craft beer association is a partner of Beviale Mexico.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer another comprehensive beverage exhibition in our international portfolio by adding Beviale Mexico,” notes Andrea Kalrait, who is in charge of the Beviale Family. “More than 124 million residents and good consumer trends make this market appealing to beverage manufacturers. We cannot wait for the first Beviale event in the Americas.”

Mexico is an attractive economic market with stable growth in key industries, including beverages and packaging. The food industry is among the country’s fastest growers. According to the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, Mexico’s beverage sector breaks down into 60 per cent alcoholic and 40 per cent alcohol-free beverages. Soft drinks, water and beer are the main revenue earners. Mexican families spend about four per cent of their money on alcoholic drinks. Seventy per cent of families prefer to drink beer, but national and international spirits are also popular. For instance, tequila revenues jumped 15.7 per cent in the first half of 2018 alone compared with the same stretch in 2017, according to the industry information service Información Sistematizada de Canales y Mercados (ISCAM). Developments in the Mexican craft beverages segment are following the global trend, which is clearly reflected in the growth posted by smaller breweries but also by spirits makers. According to ACERMEX, Mexico had 1,400 breweries in 2018 – and this number is rising. From a global
standpoint, Mexico is also in the premier league when it comes to beverages: Mexico is the world’s fourth-largest beer producer with beer production of 110 million hl (2017), coming after China, the US and Brazil. Mexico even takes first place globally when it comes to bottled water with per capita consumption of 254 litres, ahead of Thailand and Italy (International Bottled Water Association).

The focus is on Central and Latin America
The steadily growing beverage market is creating stronger demand for beverage equipment. Beviale Mexico views itself as an intermediary between national and international beverage manufacturers and suppliers to the beverage industry.
Kalrait feels that significant opportunities exist for international exhibitors in particular: “The political climate and still low exchange rates lead us to believe that beverage production will continue to grow in Mexico. Another factor that is certainly interesting for equipment suppliers is that engineering is not very developed at all in the country and beverage manufacturers import nearly all of their equipment. With Beviale Mexico, we are offering the industry a promising platform to reap the rewards of growing consumer spending and to find partners to ensure that technology and components are produced in the country.”

Products on display:
-Raw materials and sensory refinement
-Machinery and installations for beverage production
-Machinery and installations for filling and packaging beverages
-Packaging, closure systems, labelling and packaging ancillaries
-Automation and IT
-Operating and laboratory equipment, process and auxiliary materials
-Installations for energy, compressed air/gases, industrial safety,
environmental technologies
-Logistics and intralogistics
-Marketing and catering equipment
-Services, institutes, training institutes and media
(NürnbergMesse Group)


The Netherlands: Heineken buys minority stake in craft brewery Oedipus  (

Heineken bought a minority share in Amsterdam craft brewery Oedipus, the NL Times reported on June 6.

Specific details about the deal - like how big the Heineken share is and what the Dutch beer giant paid for it - were not revealed, ANP reports.

Oedipus was established in an Amsterdam kitchen in 2011. In 2015 the company opened its own brewery, with a bar attached. Oedipus will remain an independent brewery with its owners leading the business. But Heineken's shares mean that the small craft brewery can make use of Heineken's knowledge on beer and brewing techniques.

"Dreams need investments and we felt the time was right to make an active choice about our future", Oedipus said in a press release. The founders' dreams include a "modern, sustainable farm brewery in or around Amsterdam", and a new bar that pays attention to beer, food, music and culture, according to the news wire.

Large brewers are increasingly interested in craft beers. Heineken itself already acquired the American Lagunitas and owns an online store called Beerwulf that sells various craft beers.

Wynkoop Releases First Cans of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Wynkoop Releases First Cans of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout  (Company news)

Alright, it’s official: we have released a hand-canned version of our world-famous Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.

This is another seminal moment in our 25 years of small-batch liquid art.

As you may recall, RMOS Stout made its debut during last year’s Great American Beer Festival. The draft-only beer earned press and consumer interest from around the world and led to long lines for the beer at our GABF table.

The new hand-canned version of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is being sold in unique twopacks of labeled 12-ounce cans. It’ll be available at select retailers in our Denver distribution area.

We’re certain that this is the ballsiest canned beer in the world. We believe it’s also the nation’s first twopack of cans.

The beer is made in tiny 8-barrel batches (instead of our usual, already small 20-barrel batch) and is the first in our new Even Smaller Batch Series of beers. (A barrel of beer equals 31 gallons and two standard 15.5 gallon kegs.)

Head brewer Andy Brown developed the beer’s recipe.

A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive, viscous stout with a rich brown/black color, a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts. The beer sports a savory, umami-like note and a roasty dry finish.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is 7.5% ABV and 3 BPBs. (That’s balls per barrel.)

The beer came to life last fall after the enthusiastic response to our 2012 April Fools Day spoof video in which we claimed to have made the beer. I got the video joke idea and wrote up the script after sampling a traditional oyster stout (made with ocean-grown kind) by the fine folks at Odell Brewing.

Note the stellar performances by Andy, our former brewer Brad Landman (he’s now at Vine Street Pub) and the rest of our staff. Gabe Dohrn (a part-time Wynkoop staffer and founder of Avavision Media) was the video wizard behind the camera and did the exceptional edit job for the piece.

Folks who got the video joke thought it was a hilarious idea. Many of those who missed the joke were eager to try the beer. So we figured the only way we could top the humor of the video and make those stout drinkers happy was to actually create the beer.

We canned approximately 100 cases of the beer in this initial canning run of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. The beers are hand canned on a table-top canning machine from Cask Brewing Systems.

We’ve packaged RMOS in blank, unprinted aluminum cans that we label with a two-part label akin to those used on glass bottles. This method enables us to produce super-small batches of canned beer and avoid the 95,000 can minimum for painted cans from our can supplier.

Look for these nutty new twofers in our best Denver area stores. Have a ball!
(Wynkoop Brewing Company)

2050 vision for Scotch Whisky set out at annual conference

2050 vision for Scotch Whisky set out at annual conference  (Company news)

The Scotch Whisky industry will couple future global growth with action to ensure the environmental sustainability of the industry, delegates at the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) conference.

The annual gathering in Edinburgh heard speeches from SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts as well as Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work Derek MacKay MSP.

Scotch Whisky is the UK's largest food and drink export, accounting for 21% of all food and drink exports, and a recent report underlined the value of the industry to the UK economy – generating £5.5bn in GVA. Industry employees also contribute significantly to the productivity of the economy, producing over £200,000 GVA per employee.

SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts set out her 2050 vision for the industry – securing Scotch Whisky’s position as the number one internationally traded spirit while working towards net-zero emissions.

Speaking after the Conference, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said:
“The strength of our export markets remain key to the strength of the industry, driving productivity at home and underpinning investment in our communities.

“Our markets of the future are our established markets in Europe and North America as well as today’s emerging markets, in which we expect to see significant growth over the coming years. India, China and Brazil, alongside other buoyant markets in these regions, are key to future growth overseas and prosperity at home.

“Looking to 2050, our ambition is to secure Scotch Whisky’s position as the world’s number one internationally traded spirit. To do this, our companies will need to constantly work to improve their export markets alongside successful work in partnership with governments at home and overseas to ensure that the right trading and regulatory conditions foster growth.

“Increasing free trade globally has benefitted our industry enormously in the last 30 years. It is critical to us that, over the next 30 years, global trade does not go into retreat.

“The industry is determined to achieve this growth in a sustainable way. We will continue to work hard to ensure our environmental sustainability and play our full part in Scotland’s efforts to tackle climate change.

“Our industry depends on natural resources and our distilleries are set in some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. So we are investing significant time, energy and money in moving our industry towards net-zero.

“This will involve working ever more closely with the Scottish Government to ensure future regulation enables us to achieve both export growth and emission reductions while remaining competitive globally. Improving Scotland’s infrastructure is key so, as we grow, Scotch Whisky can be moved from distillery to bottling plant to ports in carbon-neutral ways.

“We look forward to working with Derek Mackay and others to achieve our shared aims.”

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work Derek Mackay MSP said: “Scotch Whisky is one of our most important Industries. The direct impact of Scotch Whisky on the economy is estimated to be £3.8billion with additional indirect and induced effects of a further £1.7 billion .

“It is a major contributor to Scotland’s economy and we will continue to support the sector to grow sustainably and inclusively through both the Scottish Government’s ‘A Trading Nation’ strategy, as well as the food and drink industry-led ‘Ambition 2030’.”
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)


Australia: Proportion of Australians drinking alcohol down from 2014  (

In an average four week period, 67.5% of the Australian population aged 18 and over consume at least one type of alcoholic drink. This represents a gradual decline over the last five years from 70.1% recorded in 2014. All major categories of alcoholic drinks showed declines in incidence over this period, apart from cider which increased, Roy Morgan Research reported on May 24.

These are some of the latest findings from Roy Morgan’s ‘Alcohol Consumption Currency Report March 2019’ which is based on in-depth interviews conducted face-to-face with over 50,000 consumers per annum in their homes, including detailed questioning of over 15,000 regarding their alcoholic drinking habits.

Wine is consumed by 42.8% of the Australian population aged 18+ over an average four week period, ahead of beer with 38.2% and spirits on 26.3%. Cider is now consumed by 11.4% which has increased from 11.1% five years ago, making it the only type of alcohol to increase. The incidence of cider drinkers is now ahead of RTD (10.8%), Liqueurs (6.5%) and Fortified Wine (4.9%).

Over the last five years the biggest decline was for wine (down 2.3% points), followed by liqueurs (down 1.2% points), RTD (down 0.9% points). Beer showed a decline of 0.6% points and as a result closed the gap marginally to wine as Australia’s most widely drunk type of alcohol.

Although wine is the most popular alcoholic drink in terms of the number of drinkers, beer is clearly the top in terms of volume (based on glasses). The following chart shows that beer accounts for 45% of the volume of alcoholic drinks consumed more than wine (29.1%) and spirits (13.2%) combined.

However, since 2014 gains in share of volume were seen for wine (up 2.4% points), cider (up 0.8% points) and spirits (up 0.6% points). Losses in share were greatest for beer (down 2.8% points) and RTDs (down 1.1% points).

There are big differences between the alcohol preferences of women and men in Australia however the vast bulk of alcohol drunk in Australia is by men (66.6%) almost double the overall volume of alcohol drunk by women (33.4%).

The most popular alcohol by volume for women is easily wine which accounts for 48.2% of the volume of alcohol drunk by women. Well behind is beer which comprises 18.3% of the volume of alcohol drunk by women, spirts (15.2%), RTD (7.5%), Cider (5.8%), Liqueurs (2%), Fortified Wine (1.1%) and Other types of alcohol (1.9%).

For men it is beer which takes all before it taking a 58.4% share of the volume of alcohol men consume. The second most popular type of alcohol drunk by men is wine which comprises 19.5% of the volume of alcohol drunk by men, followed by spirits (12.2%), RTD (4.9%), Cider (2.6%), Liqueurs (1%), Fortified Wine (0.8%) and Other types of alcohol (0.6%).

Michele Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Morgan says:

“Alcohol has often been considered to have a central role in the social life of many Australians however the latest research from Roy Morgan shows that a declining proportion of Australians are now drinking alcohol. Now just over two-thirds of Australians (67.5%) drink alcohol in an average four weeks, down 2.6% points from five years ago (70.1%).

“As was the case five years ago it is wine which edges out beer as the most widely drunk type of alcohol, although a smaller proportion of Australians are drinking each than five years ago. Now 42.8% of Australians drink wine in an average four weeks, down 2.3% points from 2014, while 38.2% now drink beer, down only 0.6% points.

“The proportion of Australians drinking other types of alcohol including spirits, RTD, Liqueurs and Fortified Wine has fallen over the last five years but there is a bright spot with 11.4% of Australians now drinking cider in an average four weeks, up 0.3% points on 2014.

“Although wine is more widely drunk, it is beer which dominates the overall volume of alcohol drunk in Australia. Beer comprises a 45% share of the volume of alcohol drunk in Australia compared to 29.1% for wine, 13.2% for spirits, 5.8% for RTD and 3.7% for cider. However, as we’ve highlighted, the drinking habits of Australians are changing and beer’s share of the volume has declined 2.8% points from five years ago while wine’s share has increased 2.4% points.

“In large part the success of Australia’s alcohol retailers and brands rides on the drinking habits of Australian men who drink around two thirds (66.6%) of all alcohol drunk in Australia while women drink the remaining 33.4%.

“Perhaps unsurprisingly it is men who drink the bulk of beer consumed in Australia and the traditional favourite comprises a huge 58.4% share of all alcohol consumed by men by volume compared to only 19.5% for second-placed wine. However, a deeper analysis of the beer-drinking habits of Australian men reveals the tradition may be on a long-term decline.

“Today beer comprises only 46.7% of the volume of alcohol drunk by 18-24 year old men compared to 51% five years ago in 2014 and an even higher 62.1% a decade ago in 2009. Over the same time period the share of cider for this age group has increased from only 1.3% in 2009 to 5.9% today.

“In contrast to Australian men the drinking habits of Australian women are dominated by the consumption of wine which comprises a dominant 48.2% of all alcohol consumed by women by volume compared to only 18.3% for second-placed beer and 15.2% for spirits.”


Finland: High taxes make beer lovers shop abroad  (

Higher taxes on beer in Finland have once again spurred consumers to bring in more from Estonia, the Federation of the Brewing and Soft Drinks Industry (Panimoliitto) said on May 20.

Last year people returning from Finland's southern neighbour, Estonia, brought back significantly less beer after the Baltic country raised its alcohol taxes.

But since Finland hiked its taxes on beer at the beginning of this year, the trend has again reversed with imports rising in the February-through-April period, according to a study carried out by the Research and Analysis Center (TAK) for the industry group.

The drinks federation says it is worried by this development.

"The tax hike can be seen in the import figures for the early part of the year in a clear, unfortunate manner. This should not be the goal of a single Finnish legislator. We are losing; specifically in tax revenue to the state and in Finnish employment as well as the livelihood of a primary production industry, says the head of the drinks industry lobby, former MEP Riikka Pakarinen.

In the February-through-April period, the amount of beer brought back from visits to Estonia jumped by some 40 percent compared to a year earlier. Personal imports of cider and pre-mixed alcopop drinks also rose.

Estonia, which joined the EU nearly a decade after Finland, has traditionally been a shopping and getaway destination for Finns due to lower prices, especially on alcohol and food. However the price difference between Helsinki and Tallinn has narrowed significantly in recent years.

Domestic beer consumption has declined throughout this decade, sliding by more than seven percent, the industry group says.

The TAK study also points to other changes in consumer behaviour. Two years ago, just over one fifth of travellers said that they never brought alcoholic beverages back to Finland from trips abroad. According to this year's data, that proportion is now up to one third of travellers.

On the other hand, a smaller group of heavy users is importing more than ever. The study looked those who bring in more than 100 litres of alcohol annually. It found that they visit Estonia an average of five times a year and account for about 38 percent of all alcohol carried into Finland by visitors to Estonia.

These avid buyers are also travelling further afield in search of cheaper booze. For instance nearly a quarter of the alcoholic drinks brought into Finland in luggage originated in low-tax Latvia, Estonia's southern neighbour.

And nearly four out of 10 heavy importers said they bought alcohol elsewhere than of Estonia.

Latvia's capital Riga is four or five hours south of Tallinn by bus or car. The Estonian capital can be reached from Helsinki within a couple of hours by ferry.


South Korea: Beer tax system to be altered for the first time in half a century  (

South Korea on June 5 decided to alter the tax system on beer for the first time in half a century in a move to address imbalances in taxes between imported and domestic beer, the Korea Times reported citing the finance ministry.

The change - the first since 1968 - calls for a tax system based on amount rather than an ad valorem, a charge levied on prices of beer, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Currently, South Korea imposes a 72-percent liquor tax on beer. But the tax base for domestic beer includes manufacturing costs, profit as well as selling, general and administrative expenses.

In contrast, for imported beer, the tax base is only import prices, which do not include any other costs.

In 2018, the average liquor tax for domestic beer was estimated at 848 won (US$0.70) for a litre while that of imported beer is believed to be 709 won.

The imbalances have led to an increased share of imported beers in South Korea in recent years. Imported beers are estimated to have accounted for 20.2 percent in the local beer market in 2018, up from 8.5 percent in 2015.

Under the change, South Korea will uniformly levy 830.3 won in tax for a liter for either local or imported beer while collecting liquor tax of 41.7 won per litre of "makgeolli," a Korean rice brew.

Currently, South Korea imposes a five-percent liquor tax on makgeolli.

The ministry said prices of imported beers are unlikely to go up due to fierce competition in South Korea.

Three beer makers in South Korea - Oriental Brewery Co., HiteJinro Co. and Lotte Liquor - have indicated that they will not raise beer prices as a decreased tax burden of domestic beer is offset by an increased tax burden of foreign beer, according to the ministry.

The change could lead to the resumption of domestic production of some foreign brand beers in South Korea.

"We expect increased beer production in South Korea to create jobs in related industries and lead to new facility investments," Hong Nam-ki, the minister of economy and finance, said in a meeting with key officials of the ruling Democratic Party.

Oriental Brewery had produced canned Budweiser and Hoegaarden in South Korea before shifting to import of the two beers from the U.S. and Belgium, respectively, in 2017.

"We will consider producing canned Budweiser and Hoegaarden in South Korea again if the liquor tax is changed," Baek Joo-hwan, a spokesman for Oriental Brewery, said.

The ministry said it will reflect the change in its revision to liquor tax and submit it to parliament for approval.

Baek said the new liquor tax system would remove disadvantages of domestic beer production.

AB InBev, the world's largest beer producer, purchased Oriental Brewery Co., South Korea's biggest brewer, in 2014.

HiteJinro and Lotte Liquor, which imports beers, said they have no plan to produce foreign brand beers in South Korea.


USA: More Americans choosing zero-alcohol beers  (

This summer when it comes time to celebrate with friends, it’s more likely someone in the group will be raising a glass with a beverage that doesn’t have alcohol, CNBC reported on June 1.

The trend coincides with changing consumer tastes, as more Americans try to eat and drink healthier and follow low-carb diets like keto. The term “sober curious” has become popular as a way to identify those who want to stop or reduce their alcohol intake for wellness reasons.

Alcohol consumption across the globe fell 1.6% in 2018 to 27.6 billion cases, according to data from IWSR, which tracks alcohol trends. Non-alcoholic beverages other than soda, which has also seen its consumption fall, offer restaurants and drink makers the opportunity to capitalize on a trend that could otherwise hurt their bottom line.

Mocktails have been around for decades, and non-alcoholic beers have been around even longer, thanks to Prohibition. But more players are entering the market as the trend gathers steam with younger generations. According to IWSR data, the most frequent consumers of low- and no-alcohol drinks are between 21 to 44 years old — an age bracket that mostly includes millennials, with some Generation X consumers — and male.

In the U.K., low- and no-alcohol brands only represent 1.3% of the country’s total beverage alcohol market, according to IWSR. In the U.S., that number is even smaller: 0.5%. More popularity overseas means that most companies launching a no- or low-alcohol drink start there.

For example, Heineken launched its alcohol-free beer, Heineken 0.0, first in Barcelona. Then it rolled out elsewhere in Europe, including the U.K., before hitting the U.S. at the beginning of the year — just in time for Dry January.

“The United States was poised for a product like this, with health and well-being being a larger consumer trend. It’s really taken off, and people are really excited to have something like this,” Ashleigh Phelps, the Heineken brand manager who led 0.0′s U.S. launch, said in an interview.

Heineken has been marketing 0.0 to beer drinkers who enjoy the taste of a Heineken but aren’t always in the mood or setting to consume alcohol. Part of that strategy includes putting Heineken 0.0 right next to other Heineken products in retailers, not in the alcohol-free beer section that is usually more difficult to locate.

For now, though, the best known alcohol-free beer in the U.S. remains Anheuser-Busch InBev’s O’Doul’s.

The sober curious movement is also pushing bars to get creative by adding mocktails to their menus. The Tao Group, known for its blend of nightlife and dining, is planning on offering at least one mocktail at all of its locations, with help from Owen’s Craft Mixers. Mocktails are more profitable for restaurants and bars than a seltzer water or soda, a distinction that matters in an industry with razor-thin profit margins.

Owen’s sells mixers like its Ginger + Lime so bars, restaurants and consumers can mix up cocktails like a Moscow mule without much fuss. But co-founder Josh Miller has noticed that some drink it straight from the bottle without any added alcohol.

“I think that mocktails are great for people who want to be comfortable holding something in that nightlife setting that looks like a drink with alcohol,” Miller said. “Fundamentally, you don’t want to alienate a crowd because they don’t drink.”

Some of the world’s largest spirits makers are getting into non-alcoholic liquors, a category that is expected to grow by 7.1% annually between 2018 and 2022. Pernod Ricard inked a deal to distribute Cedars, a South African alcohol-free gin, in the U.K. Campari Group, the Italian alcohol-maker that made the Aperol Spritz last summer’s hottest drink, also sells an alcohol-free aperitif called Crodino.

Start-ups are also trying to take advantage of the trend. Seedlip, a London-based start-up makes non-alcoholic spirits, has gotten funding from the venture arm of Smirnoff maker Diageo.


Australia & China: XXXX beer named one of top five most recognized Australian brands in China  (

XXXX beer has been named one of the top five most recognised Australian brands in China, despite the company saying it has put no resources into the market, the Australian Brews News reported on June 6.

Instead Lion, which owns the Queensland-based brand, has attributed the awareness to tourism exposing Chinese visitors to the brand, as well as its ‘lucky’ branding.

The Australian Brands in China 2019 Index was undertaken by researchers from Monash University and Digital Crew, an Australian-Chinese digital agency.

They surveyed 9,000 Chinese men and women aged between 24 and 67 across two Chinese cities, according to the Australian Financial Review.

The researchers found that XXXX was number four in the top 10 Australian brands recognised by Chinese consumers, in a list consisting largely of hospitality and alcohol brands.

Amy Darvill, Brand Director at Lion, spoke to Brews News about the “pleasant surprise” of seeing XXXX make the list for the first time.

She said that Lion has not invested any marketing spend in China, and they do not track sales in the country.

However she put XXXX’s brand recognition in the notoriously difficult Chinese market to several factors.

“[Firstly] the significant number of Chinese tourists who experience the scale of the XXXX brand when visiting Australia.

“As Australia’s largest beer brand, XXXX GOLD certainly has a huge market presence and is very hard to miss, especially in QLD and regional Australia.

“There is no doubt that many tourists would have tried a few GOLD’s when visiting, or at least experienced how loved the brand is here in Australia

“Secondly, we can’t escape the symbolism of our colours. To my understanding both gold and red are considered lucky colours in China – and as key assets of our brand I am sure this contributes to our popularity.”

Darvill said there were no plans yet to invest further in the Chinese market, saying that Lion has a global markets team which focuses on expanding Lion’s craft beer footprint internationally, rather than exporting domestic mainstream brands.

The Chinese beer market is the biggest in the world, according to American multinational investment bank J.P. Morgan, with a 22.4 per cent share of global consumption.

AB InBev commissioned a report on international markets for its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange which found that the five top brewers in the county are CR Snow Breweries Tsingtao, AB InBev, Yanjing and Carlsberg. Combined they accounted for 70.4% of the total Chinese beer market by volume in 2018.

Budweiser (licenced by AB InBev in that market) and Carlsberg are some of the bigger international beer brands.

According to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, China is Australia’s largest trading partner, but it is also a “complex and challenging” market, affected by an often uncertain regulatory environment.

Austrade said it was a “heavily regulated” market with stringent regulations in place for food quality, labelling and product testing.

The Australian Brands in China Index found that the number one brand was Adina Apartment Hotels, followed by Qantas Airways, Mantra Hotels, with XXXX coming in fourth.

In terms of alcohol brands, Lindeman’s Wines, Bundaberg Rum, Hardy’s and Burch Family Wines also feature in the top 10.


The Czech Republic: Brewers seeking to lure consumers with new concept bars  (

For generations, Czechs have consumed world-beating volumes of beer in the smoky, wood-panelled rooms of their local pubs, all but indistinguishable from each other bar the brand of lager flowing from the taps.

But tastes are changing, Reuters reported on June 5.

Czechs are increasingly shunning fusty old watering holes and draft beer sales are sliding, so the world-famous brewers of pilsner are looking to inject some pizzazz into the traditional pub and attract younger patrons looking for a hip, modern feel.

“I don’t remember the last time I was in a traditional Czech pub,” said Marcel, a 35-year-old IT worker sipping a beer in Prague’s upcoming Karlin neighborhood which is crammed with trendy bars, cafes and restaurants.

People like Marcel are the kinds of drinkers with disposable income that breweries such as Plzensky Prazdroj, the maker of Pilsner Urquell, are seeking to lure back with new concept bars designed to recharge the traditional Czech pub.

The brewery, owned by Japan’s Asahi, plans to open its first “Pilsnerka” bar catering to the hipster crowd in the capital Prague in the coming months. It also plans to launch about 20 pubs this year tied to other beers in its portfolio such as Kozel, the company said.

The designs put more emphasis on space and lighter materials to create a brighter pub atmosphere that the company hopes will appeal to the younger generation, as well as women and families.

Two-thirds of the beer drunk by Czechs is now consumed at home, a figure that has grown steadily since 2003. With margins on supermarket sales far lower than for draft beer, getting people back into pubs is seen as key for the breweries.

“Consumers are changing so this is a big opportunity to bring something new to the market,” said Tomas Mraz, sales director at Plzensky Prazdroj.

“When you go to a standard pub you might get an old guy serving you beer. With the new concept you are more likely to get somebody young with tattoos serving the beer,” he said.

Since 2009, Czechs have consumed more beer at home than in pubs, according to the Czech Beer and Malt Association. Last year, pub sales hit their lowest level in at least a quarter of a century after declining steadily from a peak in 2003.

“Breweries are going all out to make their draft beers and pubs attractive to younger consumers who have many more choices these days,” said Martina Ferencova, who heads the Czech Beer and Malt Association.

The Czech Republic still leads the world in beer consumption, downing 141 litres per person per year, but the shift away from drinking in pubs is a problem for brewers as the margins on bottled beer drunk at home are far lower.

“Breweries are investing in new pub concepts primarily due to the annual decline in on-trade, draft beer,” said Ferencova. “Consumers are also demanding more.”

Besides the shift to home drinking, partly boosted by a ban on smoking in 2017, traditional pubs are also up against more wine and cocktail bars favored by some younger drinkers.

A new electronic ordering system introduced in 2016 to track sales - and make sure pubs and restaurants paid all taxes due - also forced a number of pubs to go under.

Currently, around 65 percent of the beer sold in the Czech Republic is in stores, a figure on the rise and one Prazdroj and other breweries believe will continue to increase.

With domestic consumption tepid, breweries have looked to foreign markets to offset declines at home and exports jumped nearly 12 percent in 2018. But getting Czechs back to the pub remains key, beer makers and industry officials say.

“I don’t need to sit on golden chairs or old carved creaky furniture,” said Zdenek Borecky while sipping a beer at one of Prazdroj’s new “Plzenka” pubs which hew more closely to tradition than the Pilsnerka concept being rolled out this year.

It’s not just the big brands looking to showcase their beers in the pub, where breweries say they can present their products best to customers.

Local brewery Bernard said discounts and promotions were boosting sales in supermarkets but turning bottled beers into unprofitable products.

As a result, it and other small breweries are focusing on selling beer in branded restaurants and launching concept bars.

The brewery has seven branded pubs and is looking to expand outside the Czech Republic with a location in Slovakia. It is also launching a more modern design called Bernard Bar in the capital Prague and two other Czech cities in 2019.

“Every economically strong brewery is trying to build branded restaurants because it is a direct way to reach customers,” said Ales Pavlik, Bernard brewery’s head of franchising.

Increasingly demanding consumers and a shifting beer landscape is also spurring Staropramen, the pioneer of the country’s first branded pub, to branch out from its Potrefena Husa chain launched 20 years ago to showcase its beers.

Staropramen, which is owned by Molson Coors and now has 45 pubs connected to four of its brands, is working on a new bar concept but declined to go into further details.

“Consumers are more demanding than before, they have less time and once they decide to visit a pub or restaurant they expect a certain standard,” said Jan Trochta, head of the company’s branded pub division.


BIOFACH JAPAN is back!  (Company news)

From 10 to 13 March 2020 all eyes will be on the food and drink industry at the Makuhari exhibition venue in Chiba (near Tokyo), when FOODEX JAPAN is held for the 45th time. BIOFACH JAPAN will mark its return at FOODEX JAPAN with its BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion.

“We are extremely happy to be working with FOODEX JAPAN,” says Markus Reetz, Executive Director International Exhibitions at NürnbergMesse. “Apart from BIOFACH in Nuremberg, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, BIOFACH JAPAN 2001 was our first international BIOFACH event. Since then, our global presence has expanded to include seven separate events. That is why after a period of absence it is a particular pleasure to be taking the BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion to FOODEX JAPAN in 2020. Organics is big in Japan right now, which makes FOODEX, as Japan’s largest trade fair for food and drink, the perfect platform for those taking part in our pavilion to make contact with buyers, distributors and importers. At the same time, the participating companies will provide a huge boost to the range of organic products represented at FOODEX. It’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone involved to work together!”

The BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion at FOODEX Japan is premiering in March 2020, and will take the form of an exclusive space for about 20 international exhibitors from countries like Germany, India, Italy, Austria, Pakistan, Poland, Spain and Turkey, all expanding the range of organic products on offer at FOODEX. All the participating companies meet the established admission criteria and the stringent quality requirements of the BIOFACH events around the world, and offer both security and guidance for professional buyers. Both German and international organics companies with an interest in the Japanese organics market and wishing to take part in the BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion at FOODEX JAPAN are invited to contact the exhibition team at NürnbergMesse.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Diageo launches new super-premium gin Villa Ascenti

Diageo launches new super-premium gin Villa Ascenti   (Company news)

Strengthening our world leading gin portfolio with an Italian gin made with signature ingredients from the hills of Piemonte

On May 20 we launched a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti.
Launching in May 2019, at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe, Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries.

The new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of our brand home, Villa Ascenti, in Santa Vittoria and has seen the refurbishment of a Frilli copper pot still from the 1970s. Steeped in Italian provenance, Villa Ascenti celebrates the excellence of the region in local ingredients and expertise.

Our Master Distiller, Lorenzo Rosso is a trained winemaker and distiller born and bred in the Piemonte region and has over 20 years’ experience with Diageo. Lorenzo will work with local producers and farmers in the community in Italy’s northwest Piemonte region, to source local ingredients for Villa Ascenti Gin. These include Moscato grapes, fresh mint and thyme with the herbs distilled within hours of harvest.

Moscato grapes, a signature taste of the region, are harvested in August and September when the fruit is at its best, before undergoing three distillations. During the final distillation, Moscato grapes are infused with Tuscan juniper berries in the distillery’s newly refurbished Frilli copper pot still. The resulting liquid embodies the classic flavour of gin, whilst capturing the taste of the brand’s homeland in Piemonte, to deliver a harmonious liquid with a fresh and light taste.

“We are incredibly excited to launch Villa Ascenti Gin, which will join our luxury spirits portfolio, Diageo Reserve, and enables us to really strengthen our gin portfolio which includes world class gins Gordon’s, Tanqueray, Tanqueray No. TEN and Jinzu.” Tanya Clarke, General Manager of Diageo Reserve Europe

“It has been an absolute privilege to be involved in developing Villa Ascenti Gin and to have the chance to showcase the very best of Piemonte to the world. It’s a beautiful gin with the region at its heart in its aroma and flavour, but also in how it’s best enjoyed – around the table with friends.” Lorenzo Rosso, Master Distiller for Villa Ascenti Gin at Distilleria Santa Vittoria
(Diageo plc)

Rapak® Introduces the Autokap™ 600 Bag-in-Box Filling Machine with Explosion Proof Feature...

Rapak® Introduces the Autokap™ 600 Bag-in-Box Filling Machine with Explosion Proof Feature...  (Company news)

... for Wine and Alcohol Spirits

Rapak responds to a request from an industry-leading wine and spirits company to create a semi-automatic Bag-in-Box filling machine that is intrinsically safe for filling wine and high alcohol content spirits.

Rapak North America, part of DS Smith Plastics, expands its well-known and reliable Autokap 600 series filling machine offering by creating a Bag-in-Box filler specially designed to safely handle the filling of alcohol spirits. When packaging wine or alcohol, vapors could escape during the filling process and may create a fire or explosive hazard in the surrounding area.

The Autokap 600 has been designed with electrical components and pneumatic systems housed in air-pressurized cabinets, ensuring that any released vapors will not come in contact with electrical devices. The machine is also equipped with NAMUR sensors that run at a lower voltage which is below the threshold of sparking. These features can achieve a C1D1 (Class 1, Division 1) rating.

Rapak’s small footprint Autokap 600 is a single-head semi-automatic filling machine designed for a wide range of fresh and stable liquid products. The machine features quick and simple bag size changes. Bags are manually loaded into the machine and after filling, they are released onto a roller conveyor for loading into boxes or crates.

The Autokap 600 liquid filling machine series for Bag-in-Box is part of the Rapak portfolio of reliable and cost-effective semi-automatic and fully-automatic Bag-in-Box packaging solutions.
(Rapak North America)

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