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    22.02.2018   BALANCING HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN 2018!    ( Company news )

    Company news There’s something in the air: consumers are seeking out healthier lifestyles. Consequently, they are adopting consumption habits that are having a huge impact on the food products market. They want to eat well while enjoying themselves, too. They like new things, but can’t bring themselves to let go of the classics.

    The ultimate goal of their pursuits is balance. When it comes to new flavor sensations, manufacturers have to be constantly overflowing with ideas in order to entice consumers.

    Here’s a sneak peak at the four main flavor categories we can expect to see in the grocery aisle this next year.

    POWER THROUGH THE DAY
    Seaweed is in! The nutrition craze has given rise to more products with flavors taken from foods that are valued for their health benefits. This is why we saw many products with “functional flavors,” such as coffee, maple syrup, and wild berry over the past year. For this same reason, seaweed, blue corn, and coffee berries will soon be a part of this craze. Water, functional beverages, and even salty snacks will have flavors inspired by these up-and-coming superfoods.
    Fuel flavors: Coffee fruit & Pomegranate - Prickly Pear - Raspberry & Pink Pepper - Maple & Blueberry

    OVER THE TOP
    Even though healthy nutrition is preferred, having a real dessert every so often is allowed. The decadent dessert trend has never been stronger in the tasty treats section. The variations are endless: waffles, brownies, cakes, ice creams, and more. Ever-more adventurous combinations with multiple layers and all sorts of toppings are being offered. Chopped nuts, salted chocolate chunks, sour candies, toasted marshmallows, cookie crumble, whipped cream… the extreme flavor combinations are limitless!
    Crazy Sweet flavors: Choco-Coco Tornado - Super Crazy Breakfast - Triple Pie Cake Fantasy - Hazelnut-Choco Dream Waffle - Candy Storm

    WHEN CITRUS AND LUXURY COLLIDE
    Increasingly exposed to travel, consumers are more open to and curious about foods from distant places. They want to experiment! This year, classic lemon is taking a back seat to its more exotic cousins: new citrus. From California to Asia, the range of citrus fruits is piquing consumers’ curiosity and allowing them to travel with their taste buds. Just one sip of lemonade made with pink lemons—with their flavor that is floral, sour, and fruity all at once—will transport them to a sunny patio in San Diego. New citrus flavors promise warmth, wonder, and most of all, something worldly.
    New Citrus flavors: Yuzu - Etrog Citrus - Lime Finger - Blood Orange

    SIMPLICITY AT ITS FINEST
    Every year, new flavors steal the spotlight with their striking originality. Bold consumers are enticed by the newest popular flavor. But sometimes, out of caution or a need for something familiar, they simply prefer looking to a classic, a sure thing that will never disappoint them. The following traditional flavors have made a strong comeback: mom’s comforting tomato sauce, the refreshing taste of sliced cucumbers as a snack, the creaminess of avocado on a sandwich… Some flavors just can’t be outdone!
    Simple Flavors: Creamy avocado – Rhubarb – Banana - Cucumber
    (Foodarom GmbH)
     
    22.02.2018   Estonia: Roughly one third of all beer consumed in Estonia last year was bought in Latvia    ( E-malt.com )

    Though producers only publish their numbers for the previous year in the second half of February, Estonia’s two biggest beer producers, Saku and A. Le Coq, confirmed to ERR's Estonian news portal last week that taking into account the amount of beer that was brought in from Latvia, domestic consumption of the drink has increased, and roughly a third of all beer consumed in Estonia last year was bought in Latvia, ERR News reported.

    A. Le Coq's CEO, Tarmo Noop, told ERR that in the second half of 2017 more than a third of their production was sold to shops at the southern border. In December, the company sold more than 40 percent of its total volume there, which Noop said is a new record.

    At the beginning of the year that share had been at 10-11 percent, Noop added.

    A. Le Coq are not the only ones seeing a boom: Saku's sales director, Jaan Härms, told ERR's Vikerraadio that the share of cross-border trade in their business is still growing at a quick pace.

    Credit card statistics confirm this as well, with the amount of money spent across the border in Latvia growing every month, also peaking in December.

    Stores on the Latvian side of the border are reacting to the increasing demand and making more space available. The two main border crossing points in Ikla and Valga now each have two sizeable stores. According to the producers, by now they cover roughly a third of Estonia's total alcohol consumption.

    Though in terms of beer sales Estonia currently is in the low season, Saku are currently sending four or five truckloads of beer a day to the shops south of the border. According to a prognosis by Härms, this could increase to 30 truckloads in summer this year, once the high season starts.

    Though Latvia is planning an excise hike for March this year, price differences are likely to remain the same, as Estonia's alcohol excise duty picked up again last month as well.

    With stores having doubled their space, people are still waiting in line. Whoever went and saw with their own eyes what the price difference really is typically ends up going back, Härms said. And demand will keep growing, he added.

    If the government hoped to apply the higher excise duties as a preventive measure, there is now little hope for this ever working. As Härms confirms, the effect on the producers has been positive, and consumption in Estonia is up. The only difference is that a large share of what Estonians drink is now bought in Latvia.

    Another feature of the current run on cheap booze is that Estonian traders hardly stocked up before the higher excise duty entered into effect, as they were afraid that they might have trouble selling drinks at substantially higher prices.

    All things considered, the government's excise policy has been a complete failure, at least in the eyes of the Estonian beer producers. Instead of consumer behaviour staying the same and excise revenue going up, there is now an €88-million hole in the state's revenue, €55 million of which are due to people's changed behaviour when buying alcohol, including the number of Finnish visitors to Estonia having gone down and excise revenue in the North dropping as well.

    Estonia's alcoholic beverages producers are demanding that the government not only suspend the next excise increase announced for 2019, but revert the current rate to what it was before the new policy entered into effect.

    According to the producers' estimates, in this way the state could count on enough excise revenue to make up for its 2017 loss within about a year. The numbers as currently included in the government's budget strategy are hopelessly unrealistic, Härms said.
     
    22.02.2018   The Singleton whisky launches 'Forgotten Drop Series'    ( Company news )

    Company news The Singleton Glendullan 40 Year Old is the first release from the distillery’s Forgotten Drop Series, which will include limited edition whiskies drawn from reserves uncovered by The Singleton’s Master of Malts Maureen Robinson.

    The rare spirit is the oldest liquid ever released from the Speyside distillery since its founding in 189. The special limited release of only 600 bottles is available exclusive to Travel Retail outlets in Changi and Taiwan.

    “The Singleton Forgotten Drop Series is an exciting collection to curate. We have been exploring the deepest corners of our warehouse to find hidden treasures that, due to the stocks, we could never release widely. The amount of time these liquids spent maturing in this type of cask makes it so precious. It’s whisky for whisky lovers and The Singleton Glendullan 40 Year Old is a stunning liquid to launch with.”, says Maureen Robinson, Master of Malts for The Singleton.

    The distillery, with its large, uniquely shaped stills and light distillation technique creates an incredibly fresh and delicate spirit, resulting in a sweet and spicy profile featuring hints of honey and a gingery sweetness, finishing with a spiced, lightly salted nutted oak.

    Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director of Diageo Global Travel, commented: “The Singleton Glendullan ‘Forgotten Drop Series’ will offer a collection of limited releases for our whisky connoisseurs in Travel Retail. We’re delighted to introduce this series and work with our Master of Malts Maureen Robinson to unveil such a rare and perfectly crafted single malt.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    22.02.2018   USA: Mexican brands continues to dominate US beer imports    ( E-malt.com )

    Corona and Dos Equis lovers made Mexico the supplier of more than two out of three imported beers in the U.S. last year, Bloomberg reported on February 15.

    Mexico exported a staggering 712 million gallons to its northern neighbor. That’s the most among exporting nations, according to data from the Beer Institute. The Netherlands came in second place, exporting 145 million gallons for a market share of almost 14 percent. Belgium, Canada and Germany followed with single-digit market-share figures.

    The most popular Mexican brands include Corona Extra and Modelo Especial, both manufactured for the U.S. market by Constellation Brands, and Dos Equis and Tecate, produced by Heineken NV’s Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma unit.
     
    21.02.2018   Glenmorangie plans expansion of historic Distillery    ( Company news )

    Company news Glenmorangie has announced plans for an expansion of its historic Distillery to position it for further growth. The new still house is expected to be completed in 2019.

    In conjunction with Glenmorangie’s 175th anniversary celebrations the Scottish distiller has announced an exciting milestone in its history with the creation of a new still house, located in the heart of the historic Distillery in Tain, in the far northeast of Scotland. The new still house will allow Glenmorangie to increase capacity to meet continually rising global demand and prepare for the Distillery’s growth.

    Marc Hoellinger, President and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “This planned expansion of the Distillery is a testament to the success of Glenmorangie, and to the exceptional expertise of our ‘Men of Tain’, that we are able to plan with confidence for the future.”

    The new facility will showcase two more of Glenmorangie’s signature copper stills, the tallest in Scotland. It is expected to be completed in 2019 and will work in tandem with the existing still house.
    (Glenmorangie plc)
     
    20.02.2018   Halewood Wines & Spirits see profits double    ( Company news )

    Company news Halewood Wines and Spirits has reported a 100% increase in net profits in the year ending 1 July 2017 and are planning further acquisitions.

    The financial year saw profits grow to £3.9 million (US$5.3m) from £1.7m (US$2.3m) in 2016.

    The steep sales growth can be attributed to the new management team, with successful supermarket listings for mid-priced and premium spirits around the world, as well as increased exports – with special emphasis on Asia, particularly in China and Thailand.

    “Halewood has delivered a second year of profit as the impact of the successful restructuring and change in corporate strategy delivers sustainable margin growth. We have seen particular success with our range of premium gins and Whitley Neill Gin is now the third largest premium gin by value in the grocers.”
    says Stewart Hainsworth, group chief executive.

    Recent acquisitions have included the City of London Distillery, which has “added strength” to the portfolio.

    There are also plans for further acquisitions and internal invest in distilling and brewing capabilities to “enhance the premium craft spirits portfolio”.
    (Halewood Wines and Spirits)
     
    20.02.2018   SCHÄFER Container Systems appoints Carsten Dirk Sauer as the new DACH sales director    ( Company news )

    Company news From March 1st, Carsten Dirk Sauer will be in charge of SCHÄFER Container Systems’ sales for the so-called DACH region: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The 55-year-old’s previous role at the SCHÄFER Werke division was Key Account Manager KEG International, where he successfully applied his expertise gained in the metal packaging industry, as well as in pharmaceutical packaging. Sauer is the successor of Uwe Herzog, who will be taking on a new role within the company.

    “We are very pleased that in Carsten Dirk Sauer we have found a competent in-house solution to continue extending our strategic direction. Without any doubt, his work for Container Systems up to now and his previous business career qualify him for his new role as sales director for the DACH region“, says Business Unit Sales Director Guido Klinkhammer, the man with overall responsibility for KEG sales at SCHÄFER Container Systems. Prior to joining SCHÄFER, Sauer’s last position was Area Sales Manager at LC Packaging, where he oversaw the sale of FIBCs (big bags) in South Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
     
    19.02.2018   Cans Are the Most Recycled Drinks Package in the World    ( Company news )

    Company news Aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled drinks package in the world, according to a new analysis by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS).

    Commissioned by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and Abralatas in Brazil, the study used global recycling data to calculate and validate the global recyclability rates for aluminum, PET and glass beverage containers. The study established a global weighted average recycling rate for aluminum at 69 percent, compared to PET at 43 percent and glass at 46 percent.

    The study prioritized markets with accessible recycling data and then verified and validated the data for 82 percent of the aluminum can global market (representing 21 countries), 79 percent of the PET bottle global market (representing 23 countries), and 79 percent of the glass bottle global market (representing 22 countries). The study identified aluminum recycling rates at 98 percent in Brazil, 79 percent in Poland, 77 percent in Japan, 72 percent in Italy and 55 percent in the United States.

    Speaking on the results of the study, RRS Vice President Anne Johnson said, "Data on beverage container recycling rates for 25 countries, representing 80 percent of the global market, were reviewed and validated by the RRS Data Analytics Team. Even with factoring in the data reliability for each container type by comparing high and low error ranges, RRS determined that aluminum beverage containers remain the most recycled container globally. A key finding of the RRS data review is that much could be done to improve the reporting of recycling data in most markets, through more harmonized definitions of recycling and reporting methods."

    “Aluminum beverage cans are, by far, the leader of beverage container recycling in the United States,” said CMI President Robert Budway. “Although we have always felt confident about making a global claim, we wanted third-party certification. We hope that beverage companies and consumers around the globe will recognize the importance of continuing to recycle this valuable material.”

    Gordon Shade, CEO of Metal Packaging Europe, the association created through the merger of BCME and Empac, said, “This is a welcome confirmation of the aluminium can's premium status in recycling. It is especially good news for consumers as, through their conscientious and responsible behaviour, they ensure the preservation of the material for future use.”

    Renault Castro, CEO of Abralatas in Brazil, noted, “It comes as no surprise that this important study confirms this outstanding feature of the can, certifying that our packaging has a true competitive and environmental advantage over our competitors. In times of global warming this is a huge benefit to society.”

    Aluminum is recycled again and again. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today, which is a testament to its characteristic as a permanent material and its legacy as a commodity that is actually recycled into new products. While this report is extremely encouraging, there remains work to further consolidate our leadership position and enhance our environmental credentials. This includes being fully recognized by consumers as the model for real recycling.
    (CMI Can Manufacturers Institute)
     
    16.02.2018   ENGEL to present innovative process technologies at Chinaplas 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news “Innovation is key to the future” – this is the motto of Chinaplas 2018 from 24 to 27 April in Shanghai. At its booth, ENGEL will be presenting many exciting applications and technology solutions to demonstrate how innovative injection moulding technologies can help build competitive advantage and secure future viability. When it comes to challenging plastic products, the injection moulding machine producer and systems solution provider based in Austria is among the preferred suppliers of the plastics processors in Asia.

    Photo: Thanks to its free accessible clamping unit, the tie-bar-less e-victory injection moulding machine unlocks major potential for high-efficiency LSR processing.

    Chinaplas 2018 is all about growth. “The investment climate in China is on a new high,” reports Gero Willmeroth, President Sales and Service of ENGEL Machinery Shanghai, in the run-up to Asia’s most important plastics trade show. “Chinaplas will give a further boost to this trend.” Growing competition among the local producers of plastic components is another factor contributing to this positive development. Investment is being made in modernising machinery and new technologies that help to raise production efficiency and product quality.

    Economical injection moulding of thick-walled lenses
    The exhibition space dedicated to Automotive at the ENGEL booth reflects the trend towards the use of innovative process technologies. This is the first time that ENGEL is presenting a complex multi-component process with interlinked injection moulding machines at Chinaplas. Two duo injection moulding machines will produce LED lenses made of PMMA with a thickness of 22 mm for vehicle headlamps.

    Plastic is increasingly being used to produce high-quality optical components. The polymer materials are lighter than glass and offer product designers more freedom. The challenge, however, is to combine high optical quality with highly efficient production. The optimelt multilayer technology developed and patented by ENGEL with external cooling meets precisely that challenge.

    Initially, a preform is produced and further layers of the same material added to it in subsequent stages. Overmoulding compensates for any sink marks in the surface of the previous layer and achieves high optical quality. Optical tests have shown that the boundary between the layers has no influence on the performance and function of the lighting optics.

    Because the cooling time in injection moulding increases with the square of the wall thickness, the multilayer technology significantly improves efficiency especially in the production of thick-walled components. Several thin layers cool in total faster than one thick layer. If, in addition, the base body of the lens is removed from the mould to cool, the cycle time is shortened further. Cooling in the air takes longer than in the mould, but it does not affect the cycle time.

    During Chinaplas, the lens base bodies will be produced on a duo 1060/400 injection moulding machine in a 4-cavity mould. An easix articulated robot is integrated in the production cell and removes the four parts and passes them to an external cooling station. From there the robot takes four already sufficiently cooled preforms at a time and transfers them to the 4+4-cavity mould of the duo 600H/600H/500 combi multi-component machine with rotary table. There, two more PMMA layers are applied successively before easix removes the finished lenses. The cycle time is significantly lower than 3 minutes, although the preforms take around 30 minutes to cool. The cooling time can be controlled via the number of cooling positions in the external cooling station.

    The combination of a standard injection moulding machine and a two-component machine is synonymous with very high production flexibility. Both machines can also be utilised independently of the other with different moulds.

    ENGEL is presenting the exhibit jointly with system partners including Skymould (Ningbo/China), HRSflow (San Polo di Piave/Italy), Innolite (Aachen/Germany), Opsira (Weingarten, Germany) and Gimatic (Shanghai, China). In order to integrate other peripheral units and moulds alongside its own robots and process technologies, ENGEL has established a worldwide network of system partners. “We have very strong partners locally in China who, like us, are very familiar with the demands of local processors and translate them into optimal solutions,” explains Willmeroth. “By working with local suppliers, we can also guarantee high cost efficiency for challenging applications and keep the delivery time short for the complete plant.”

    Innovative lightweight concepts from a single source
    Material substitution to reduce component weight is an important trend in the automotive industry, also in China, where electric vehicles are very much on the increase. There are four main areas the processors in Asia are looking at here: LED lenses made of PMMA, glazing systems made of polycarbonate, foam injection moulding, and composite technologies.

    ENGEL is dedicating an Expert Corner of its booth to composite technologies. At its Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies in Austria, the machine manufacturer works with partner companies and universities to develop especially economical processes that will help composite technologies become established in automotive series production faster. From HP-RTM and SMC, through processing of thermoplastic semi-finished products such as organic sheets and tapes, to reactive thermoplastic technologies such as in-situ polymerisation (T-RTM), ENGEL’s developers are exploring all the current cutting-edge technologies and have already achieved several internationally significant milestones. A central success factor in that process has been ENGEL’s expertise in automation and systems solutions. At the same time, ENGEL also offers in its v-duo a machine series that is specifically developed for the demands of the composites industry.

    Processing liquid silicone rubber, no reworking required
    Electric mobility relies not only on new processing technologies but also new design solutions. For example, electric vehicles require a greater variety of grommets to lead wires safely from the engine compartment into the vehicle interior than those with a combustion engine. During Chinaplas, ENGEL is producing wire grommets made of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) for individual wires with a corresponding fine structure. A tie-bar-less e-victory 50/80 injection moulding machine with electric injection unit is used to process the extremely low-viscosity LSR with high precision and high efficiency. On the ENGEL tie-bar-less injection moulding machines, the patented force-divider ensures that the moving mould mounting platen follows the mould exactly while the clamping force is building up distributing the clamping force evenly across the platen face. This keeps all the cavities closed with exactly the same force, which ensures consistent compression of the mould and consistently high product quality. “Burr-free manufacturing with no reworking required is the only way high-tech components can be produced economically from LSR in injection moulding,” Willmeroth stresses. LSR is used increasingly in China. Besides seals for diverse applications, a growing number of microcomponents, for example for mobile phones or medical technology, are also made from LSR on tie-bar-less ENGEL machines.

    ENGEL is presenting LSR processing with its partner Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH (Oftering, Austria). In this application, the 4-cavity mould and the LSR dosing system, which can be integrated in the CC300 control of the e-victory machine, come from Elmet.

    A cleanroom solution with a tiny footprint
    Another premiere is in Medical, where ENGEL is presenting a highly integrated production cell for manufacturing pipette tips under cleanroom conditions. This exhibit too, is the result of cooperation between Europe and China. ENGEL, Waldorf Technik (Engen, Germany) and Wellmei Mold (Dongguan, China) have combined their know-how and experience with medical precision parts and tailored the system solution exactly to the specific requirements of the Chinese processors.

    Because the pipette tips are used in fully automated analytical systems in medical diagnosis, reproducible product quality is the highest priority. As mass-produced parts, however, they are also under especially high cost pressure. To achieve a stable process and high economic efficiency, the system partners integrate a tie-bar-less e-victory injection moulding machine from ENGEL with a 32-cavity hot runner precision mould from Wellmei and high-speed automation from Waldorf Technik in an extremely compact space. The free accessibility of the mould area makes it possible to move the automation particularly close to the clamping unit of the e-victory injection moulding machine.

    The electric injection unit on the hybrid machine ensures very high precision when injecting the plastic melt. To additionally compensate for fluctuations in the ambient conditions and raw material, iQ weight control is also used. The assistance system from the ENGEL inject 4.0 programme analyses the pressure in real time during the injection process and compares the measured data with a reference cycle. For every shot, the injection profile, the switchover point and the holding pressure are automatically adjusted to the current conditions and the injected melt volume kept constant throughout production. This is a proactive way of preventing rejects.

    The automation is another key to constantly high product quality in this application. The automation solution developed by Waldorf Technik removes 32 pipette tips from the mould in sync with the injection moulding process and loads groups of 96 pipette tips, sorted by cavity, into racks. Every 18 seconds, 96 pipette tips are discharged from the production cell, which is enclosed to create a cleanroom environment.

    In practice, subsequent steps such as quality control or packaging are increasingly taking place immediately after the injection moulding stage. In place of the many different downstream processes, during Chinaplas a Sawyer collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics (Boston, USA) retrieves the loaded racks at the end of the production process. A special feature of collaborative robots is that they require no protective enclosure and can operate safely hand in hand with employees.

    inject 4.0: consistent quality without specialist knowledge
    With intelligent assistance systems such as iQ weight control, ENGEL makes it especially easy for its customers to ensure consistently high product quality, even without specialist knowledge. The iQ systems continually analyse critical process parameters and readjust them automatically, shot for shot. The result is a self-optimising injection moulding machine.

    The growing intelligence of the machine control is a key feature of the smart factory, the goal of Industry 4.0. Networking of production systems and systematic use of machine, process and production data additionally help to raise the productivity, quality and flexibility of manufacturing. Under the name of inject 4.0, ENGEL already offers a series of mature products and solutions for digitalising and networking injection moulding production that have proven themselves in practice many times. These generate considerable benefits both in isolation and as part of a digitalisation strategy encompassing the entire production operation. “Step by step towards the smart factory, that is our customers’ strategy,” Willmeroth says.

    ENGEL is demonstrating the great potential of the inject 4.0 solutions in the production of inject 4.0 logos on a tie-bar-less and fully electric e-motion 80 TL injection moulding machine. The CC300 machine control is capable of simulating process fluctuations so that the automatic readjustments by the intelligent assistance systems can be tracked on the display. While iQ weight control maintains consistent injected melt volume throughout the injection moulding process, iQ clamp control monitors the mould breathing in order to calculate and automatically adjust the optimal clamping force. “With the self-optimising injection moulding machine, we are making it especially easy for processors to exploit the full efficiency and quality potential of the machines and technologies,” says Gero Willmeroth. “The first machines with iQ are already in operation in China.”

    ENGEL at Chinaplas 2018: Hall 5.1, Booth E71
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    15.02.2018   10 year renewal of Scotch Whisky trademark in China announced during Prime Minister trade visit    ( Company news )

    Company news The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has renewed its collective trademarks 'SCOTCH WHISKY' and its translation '苏格兰威士忌' in China until November 2028.

    As a result, Scotch Whisky is officially protected from locally produced copies for a further 10 years.

    The announcement was made as SWA Chief Executive, Karen Betts, joined the Prime Minister on a three-day trade visit to China. Scotch Whisky exports earn the UK £127 every second, totalling more than £4bn annually.

    Twenty-five bottles of Scotch Whisky are exported to China every minute, so protecting the Intellectual Property rights of the spirit is important to both the industry and the UK's balance of trade.

    The SWA has worked closely with the British Embassy and Chinese authorities to crack down on locally produced spirits falsely described as "Scotch". Since securing trademark protection in 2008, the SWA has investigated and dealt with around 200 brands of fake "Scotch", in addition to over 100 trademarks featuring Scottish words and images which companies have applied for in bad faith for use on their Chinese made products.

    Commenting, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said:
    "The renewal of the 'SCOTCH WHISKY' trademark is an important step in securing future growth for the world's leading high-quality spirit drink in China, the world's largest spirits market. "While challenges remain, Scotch Whisky producers can be confident that the Chinese government officially recognises Scotch Whisky as a Scottish product, produced according to traditional methods, that should be given special recognition in the Chinese market.

    "The industry has enjoyed great support from the Chinese authorities, who take food fraud and IP protection seriously, in tackling fake "Scotch". We're grateful too to the British Embassy, which has provided invaluable support

    "As we approach the Chinese New Year, I'm delighted to join the Prime Minister on this trade visit to showcase the heritage, craft and quality of Scotch Whisky - which is the UK's largest food and drink export.

    "China is a key market for Scotch Whisky, both now and in the future, and legal protection is the firm foundation on which our future trade is built."

    International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said:
    "I am pleased to be in China with the Prime Minister and a diverse contingent of innovative British businesses to promote our exports and attract Chinese investment into the UK.

    "China is a key market for British goods and services with exports increasing by 25% over the last year to more than £59 billion and it is my ambition to ensure that the trade relationship between our two countries continues to grow."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    14.02.2018   Australia: Scottish craft brewer BrewDog announces location for Australian brewery    ( E-malt.com )

    After a six-month search, flamboyant Scotland-based brewery BrewDog has announced Brisbane will be the home for its new Australian brewery, Australian Brews News reported on February 6.

    Brisbane beat Newcastle to become the site of the Australian brewery, with support from the Queensland State Government and Brisbane Marketing.

    BrewDog’s local head Zarah Prior told Brews News the perceived enthusiasm from the city’s beer community had proven a decisive factor.

    “We’ve been so humbled by the support from local businesses as well as the local community who have shown a real passion for BrewDog to call Brissie home,” she said.

    “It’s a city that’s on the brink of some incredible growth, and we can’t wait to be a part of that. There are tonnes of amazing local breweries we’re looking forward to working alongside and collaborating with.

    “From local brewing pioneers Green Beacon and Newstead, through to up and coming breweries like our mates at Range Brewing.

    “We are hugely appreciative of the support we received from Brisbane Marketing, Austrade, and the Queensland Government, all of whom played a role in sealing the deal for Brisbane.”

    BrewDog said the riverfront brewery fits into Brisbane’s plans to become a new world city. The company is partnering with local developers NPD Property Group to build its state-of-the-art brewing facility in Brisbane’s Metroplex complex in Murarrie, 8km east of the CBD.

    BrewDog says the total investment in Australia may reach A$30 million, including the construction of the 50hL brewing and canning facility. The 3,000 sqm site will also feature a restaurant, taproom and visitor centre.

    The initial A$10 million brewery development will be built and owned by the developers and leased to the Scottish brewery.

    The brewer said it has then earmarked a further A$20 million for its laboratory, taproom and growing bar division, which will be spent “over time”, dependent on growth.

    The additional A$20 million investment to some extent appears to be dependent on the company’s current crowdfunding campaign, Equity for Punks, which has listed the sum of £5 million as being set aside for the Australian brewery. The sum is set aside as part the ‘stretch goal’ for the campaign, if it raises £50 million.

    The campaign was recently extended, having achieved its initial £10 million target, but at £12.26 million is currently short of that goal. BrewDog says that its local operation is not dependent on the Equity for Punks funds but will enable it to “invest more quickly” in its Australian operation.

    The project is projected to create 150 jobs over five years. A head of production position will be amongst the first to be created and advertised soon.
     
    14.02.2018   Diageo 2018 Interim Results, half year ended 31 December 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Strong performance reflects consistent and rigorous execution of our strategy

    -Reported net sales (£6.5 billion) and operating profit (£2.2 billion) were up 1.7% and 6.1%, respectively, as organic growth was partially offset by adverse exchange
    -All regions contributed to broad based organic net sales growth, up 4.2%, and organic volume grew 1.8%
    -Organic operating profit grew 6.7%, ahead of top line growth, as higher marketing investment was more than offset by efficiencies from our productivity programme
    -Cash flow continued to be strong and in line with last year, with net cash from operating activities at £1.2 billion and free cash flow at £1 billion
    -Basic eps of 82.2 pence was up 36.3%. Pre-exceptional eps was 67.8 pence, up 9.4%, driven by higher organic operating profit and lower finance charges
    -The interim dividend increased 5% to 24.9 pence per share

    Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, commenting on the results said:
    “These results demonstrate continued positive momentum from the consistent and rigorous execution of our strategy. We have delivered broad based improvement in both organic volume and net sales growth. We have increased investment behind our brands and expanded organic operating margin through our sustained focus on driving efficiency and effectiveness across the business.

    By consistently delivering on our six strategic priorities, Diageo continues to get stronger: we have better consumer insight through superior analytics, improved execution on brand and commercial plans and have embedded everyday efficiency across the business through our productivity initiatives. This has enabled continued growth, improved agility, and consistent cash flow generation.

    Our financial performance expectations for this year remain unchanged. We are confident in our ability to deliver consistent mid-single digit top line growth and 175bps of organic operating margin improvement in the three years ending 30 June 2019.”
    (Diageo plc)
     
    14.02.2018   North Korea: North Korea reportedly creates wheat beer with 'exclusive' brewing technique    ( E-malt.com )

    North Korea has reportedly created its own domestic beer with a brewing technique touted as exclusive, the BBC reported on February 6.

    The British news site quoted the reclusive country's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun, which said that the beer was brewed by local brewery Taedonggang with wheat instead of barley.

    This technique is said to be "better than existing beers in terms of taste and smell" and has already "gained positive reviews" from locals.

    The Taedonggang Beer Factory is a state-owned factory, reportedly one it bought from Britain in 2000 and shifted to Pyongyang.

    In 2009, news of an advertisement for Taedonggang beer on state TV made headlines.

    The ad for the beer, which was made of rice and contained protein and vitamin B2, was a surprise as there were said to be no TV advertisements in the country.

    A South Korean Unification Ministry official who had been monitoring the North's television for more than two decades said then that it was the first time he had seen any advertisement for food, much less beer - although he had seen shows on North Korean cuisine.

    North Korea had held a beer festival - the Taedonggang Beer Festival - in August 2016, where rice beer, dark beer and other varieties of the brew from the Taedonggang Beer Factory were presented.

    However, last year's edition of the festival was abruptly cancelled. Reports quoted tour companies that said they received news of the cancellation, but no official reason was given for the change in plans.

    Beijing-based Koryo Tours said a looming drought could have been the reason for it, CNN reported in July last year.

    Media outlets in North Korea are already counting the launch of the beer as a win for leader Kim Jong Un, who apparently has plans to raise the standards of living in the country, American publication Food & Wine magazine said in an article on Tuesday.

    State media said the beer launch is part of a larger "battle" to make life "more enjoyable for the people".
     
    14.02.2018   USA: MillerCoors targets young consumers with its new light beer line Two Hats    ( E-malt.com )

    MillerCoors has introduced a new light beer line called Two Hats, which is targeted at young consumers in the US, FoodBev.com reported on February 7.

    The Two Hats line will initially feature two light beers with subtle lime and pineapple flavours.

    The beers have an alcohol content of 4.2% and are available in four and six-packs of 16oz cans.

    A suggested retail price has not been confirmed, though Two Hats claims the price of packs will “be about five dollars nationwide.”

    Two Hats says the combination of a refreshing flavour and its low price point will make the range an attractive option for young consumers.

    Justine Stauffer, Two Hats brand manager said: “We want to give 21- to 24-year-old drinkers, who don’t consider beer to be great-tasting and affordable, an option they can get on board with.

    “As soon as people realize that a beer this good is about five dollars, their immediate reaction is, ‘Wait, what?'”

    David Kroll, MillerCoors’ chief marketing office added: “We know that people who choose beer when they become of legal drinking age are two times more likely to continue drinking beer throughout their lifetime, and as an organization, we have an opportunity to regain ground with this group.

    “Two Hats is meant to serve as an easy entry point into beer and an introduction to the rest of our portfolio.”
    (MillerCoors LLC)
     
    13.02.2018   555th KHS InnoPET Blomax goes to Japanese food group Meiji    ( Company news )

    Company news -InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch blow molder (photo) successful worldwide for many years
    -Meiji benefits from less maintenance effort and low media consumption
    -Reduced bottle weight cuts costs and saves on resources

    The 555th Series IV stretch blow molder from KHS has gone to the Land of the Rising Sun, where InnoPET Blomax technology is now proving itself in practice for Japanese producer of milk products, Meiji Co., Ltd. With its new stretch blow molder the international group is benefitting from greater performance coupled with lower energy consumption.

    “On the Japanese market, which takes high technical requirements and flexibility for granted in conjunction with great reliability, energy efficiency is a decisive argument,” explains Matthias Gernhuber, head of Area Sales and Product Management for Asia-Pacific at KHS Corpoplast GmbH. The key factors influencing a customer’s decision to buy are thus high capacity plus the lowest possible energy consumption. The extremely energy-efficient InnoPET Blomax Series IV, which produces 48,000 PET bottles per hour in Japan, satisfied the hygiene specifications required by Meiji’s milk beverages.

    “Meiji has outstanding success with its premium products,” states Tetsuya Kobayashi, representative of KHS’ trading partner for stretch blow molding technology in Japan, Marubeni Techno Systems, and goes on to describe what prompted Meiji to purchase plant machinery from KHS. “The machines installed to date for the low capacity range were no longer able to meet the growing demand. The local manufacturer, who up to now had been Meiji’s chosen supplier, had to pass when it came to supplying more powerful equipment.” When deciding which high-performance systems supplier to commission, the Japanese milk beverage producer opted for KHS. The determining factor here was that KHS technology had already established and proven itself on the local market and has had a leading role in this sector for many decades. “The decision-makers visited reference companies in Japan and spoke to the operators. Durability, reliability and savings in resources clearly spoke for Meiji’s investment in the new InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder,” explains Kobayashi.

    Energy savings made easy
    With its new investment Meiji also wished to cut production costs, an endeavor which chiefly entails using resources such as energy and packaging materials efficiently. To this end, the bottler first optimized the consumption of materials together with KHS, reducing it by over 30% – which in turn also lowered the amount of energy used. “As a sustainable company saving on resources is a central component in Meiji’s corporate activities,” says Kobayashi.

    A KHS success: InnoPET Blomax
    It is no coincidence that KHS has now sold the 555th Series IV Blomax. “Developed to focus on energy efficiency, this machine is very popular the world over,” smiles Gernhuber. Its flexible design means that it can cope with a whole range of production specifications. Its modular construction makes part stockpiling easier and shortens maintenance times and personnel training. Thanks to its space-saving layout and optimized mechanical sequences of motion customers like Meiji profit from fewer moving parts. This results in cost-effective maintenance and significantly higher production times and thus better line availability.

    Further projects planned
    Gernhuber stresses that there is a very productive atmosphere between Meiji, Marubeni Techno Systems and KHS. “A long and good relationship between a customer and machine supplier considerably helps both parties to find the right solution for special production requirements together and builds up trust on both sides.” The cooperation to date has been so successful for both companies that Japan is already preparing for further projects. “In the future, too, KHS and Meiji will continue to work on reducing production costs,” concludes Gernhuber.
    (KHS Corpoplast GmbH)
     
    12.02.2018   Feldmuehle Completes Portfolio with Standard Label Paper EmbaSet    ( Company news )

    Company news - Excellent printing results for standard labels
    - Product developments are continued despite filed insolvency
    - Company announces further innovations

    Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH continues its operations unimpeded during the provisional insolvency proceedings. This is evidenced by the introduction of the new product EmbaSet – a high-quality and high-gloss paper for standard labels. The product development at the paper mill continues to operate at full speed and has announced further innovations for the current business year.

    „We are continuing the restructuring process that has already begun at the end of 2017. Our filed insolvency proceedings of 24 January are not the end of a path, but rather mark the turn into a more economically successful future,” says Heiner Kayser, Managing Director. „Suppliers, customers and employees remain loyal to us. New orders and deliveries are received every day.”

    With more than 50 years of expertise Feldmuehle is one of the world's leading manufacturers of label papers and is now offering also a non wet strength paper. “EmbaSet is suitable for standard labels for non-returnable containers in the food and non-food industry. The high white and high gloss surface of the paper ensures excellent printing results,” says Martin Mönke who is responsible for the Labelling Applications business area at Feldmuehle. At the same time, EmbaSet stands for exceptional efficiency and reliability in processing: thanks to its great runnability, it allows for the highest speeds in printing and labelling, and is distinguished by its excellent lay-flat and high strength.

    "With the introduction of EmbaSet, we can now offer our customers a complete range of label papers suitable for every application", says Kayser. With more than 30 products on offer the company presents the most comprehensive portfolio available on the market. EmbaSet is available in basis weights of 80 and 90 g/m², and is suitable for offset, flexographic and rotogravure printing.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
     
    09.02.2018   SPIRITED London – London's new unmissable drinks event!    ( Company news )

    Company news The Spirits Business magazine is proud to announce the launch of Spirited, a new London-based spirits fair designed to showcase the world of cocktails and pioneering spirits.

    Situated at Nine Adam Street in central London and taking place on Thursday 15 March 2018. The trade session will start at 12:00 to 16:00 and consumer session at 17:00 to 22:00. The event will provide access to the very best companies involved in the burgeoning craft spirits and cocktail scene.

    A series of Educational Masterclasses will be held exclusively for the trade, exploring cutting-edge trends and products.
    A World Bar will offer a selection of classic cocktails inspired by different countries and cultures across the globe, while a Craft Spirits Zone will showcase some of the best products from smaller producers.
    A New Products Zone will highlight the new brands and expressions making waves in the industry, and a dedicated Ultra-Premium Zone will give guests the opportunity to sample higher-end offerings.

    Spirited will also celebrate some of the top scorers in The Global Spirits Masters, a blind-tasting competition held by The Spirits Business, with its Taste Masters Zone.

    There will be a number of product placement opportunities available for brands at Spirited’s Bars – a superb opportunity to raise the profile of your products at this unique event.
    (The Spirits Business)
     
    08.02.2018   40 years of SCHÄFER KEGs    ( Company news )

    Company news SCHÄFER Container Systems celebrate their 40th birthday

    Celebrations in the SCHÄFER Group: the PLUS KEG turns 40. Container Systems, a business division of SCHÄFER Werke, has been manufacturing this polyurethane (PU) coated reusable Keg since the unit was set up in 1978. The KEG’s special features have meanwhile made it one of the most popular containers for beers, soft drinks, wines and non-sparkling beverages. To mark the jubilee, SCHÄFER Container Systems will this year also be organising competitions and launching a blog all about subject of KEGs.

    Before presentation of the first PLUS KEGs at the INTERBRAU 1978 in Munich, beer barrels were usually made of aluminium. Without today’s standard fitting systems, cleaning and filling these barrels wasn’t easy. So, SCHÄFER Werke then took on the task of developing the idea of Bavarian inventor Friedrich Feller into a marketable product in its newly created division, SCHÄFER Container Systems, and produced the cylindrical KEG with a liner of stainless steel.

    One reason behind its popularity and worldwide use today lies in its beneficial branding features. The KEG’s PU coating can be produced in any colour at all and by using in-mould coating and in-mould labelling processes, a great variety of decor possibilities can be realised. Thanks to a shock-absorber effect provided by the PU, PLUS KEGs are more robust than steel KEGs, for example, and can be used in all sectors of the beverage industry. Fall tests from a height of over 1 metre at an angle of 45 ° prove that the PU-coating cushions the impact of the fall.

    “This new generation of beverage container systems launched our success story. Other KEGs followed, including the stainless steel KEG, the ECO KEG, the Party-KEG, and even self-sufficient dispensing systems like freshKEG or smartDRAFT. 40 years later, our constant endeavour to provide new ideas, combined with our extensive KEG family, has gained us the reputation of being the beverage sector’s leading innovators. On top of this, we offer beverage bottlers the opportunity to configure their own KEGs on a KEG App. To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we will soon be launching a blog, organising various competitions for customers and young breweries and putting an appropriate focus on our jubilee at this year’s BrauBeviale”, says SCHÄFER Container Systems’ Business Unit Sales Director Guido Klinkhammer.
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
     
    08.02.2018   Tetra Pak on the Supplier Climate A List by CDP​    ( Company news )

    Company news Tetra Pak has on Monday 29th January​ been named on the CDP Supplier Climate A list for the second time, as well as being announced as a CDP Forests A list in December, also for the second time. We have been reporting to the CDP Supplier Climate programme since 2009 and to the Forests programme since it was first established in 2015. Reporting to CDP highlights Tetra Pak’s commitment to transparency and measurement of its sustainability positioning.

    In the Supplier Climate programme Tetra Pak has been recognised for implementing a range of actions to mitigate climate change by receiving an A score. Only 2% of companies participating to the programme achieved an A score.

    The factors that have enabled us to achieve this are:
    -Transparency and quality of disclosure
    -Emissions inventory validated by a third party
    -Approved Science Based Targets
    -Use of internal price for carbon
    -Highest responsibility for climate change lies with the Tetra Pak board

    Mario Abreu, Vice President Environment Tetra Pak, adds: “Sustainability is an integral part of the business decisions we make and the actions we take. That’s why we’re proud that ​Tetra Pak was one of only six companies to make the CDP Forests A-list, for the second year in a row, and now also the Supplier Climate A-list. Across the company, we understand the tangible business benefits of disclosing our activities to our customers and third parties. Among other things it helps us measure and improve on our performance across the whole value chain.”
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
     
    07.02.2018   First in Finland for natural brown paperboard     ( Company news )

    Company news The first gable top packaging made from unbleached board has been launched in Finland, with the introduction by Arla of Naturally Pure-Pak® cartons for its organic milk.

    Launched in early October, the introduction in Finland follows the launch of Naturally Pure-Pak® in September by Arla Foods Sweden for its EKO milk range. Naturally Pure-Pak® was developed by Elopak in collaboration with Stora Enso. The new paperboard, Natura Life™ by Stora Enso, retains the brown colour of the wood fibres, and has a visible fibre structure for a uniquely distinctive, natural look and feel.

    The natural brown paperboard is in line with emerging trends. “Natural packaging materials are increasingly used to communicate organic values and enhance the sustainability of products,” says Juha Oksanen, Managing Director Elopak, Finland and Baltic. “Milk is one of the most widely used organic ingredients in Finland, and the new packaging of our organic milk is an ecological innovation that reduces impact on the environment,” adds category manager, Sanna Heikfolk, Arla.

    Packaged in 1 litre Naturally Pure-Pak® cartons are Arla’s organic milk skimmed milk, semi-skimmed milk and whole milk, and vitamin D-saturated skimmed milk. “Arla wants to provide its customers with as much choice as possible. Here is a more ecological option offering both a more natural and sustainable product and package,” adds Juha Oksanen. “The Naturally Pure-Pak® carton with the natural brown paperboard achieves a new level of climate responsible packaging and is the perfect tool to communicate organic values.”
    (Elopak AS)
     
    06.02.2018   ENGEL at the Plastics & Rubber Vietnam 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news The packaging industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in Southeast Asia, and a key driver of innovation. The pressure on costs is greater in this sector than almost any other. Competitive production is only possible when maximum throughput, a stable process and a high degree of process integration all come together. At Plastics & Rubber Vietnam, which takes place from March 20th to 22nd, 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, ENGEL will manufacture food containers to demonstrate how these demands can be met in practical situations.

    Photo: iQ weight control compensates for process fluctuations before rejects are produced.

    The injection moulding machine manufacturer, based in Austria and with a wholly-owned subsidiary in Vietnam, enables customers to overcome their specific challenges and secure competitive advantages by means of custom-made system solutions – and supplying system solutions from a single source plays a part in this. “It is only possible to maximise efficiency and quality potential where all components in a manufacturing cell are perfectly coordinated from the start,” points out Nguyen Hieu, Head of ENGEL VN in Ho Chi Minh City. Injection moulding machines, automation and process technologies are developed and manufactured in-house. To integrate other peripheral units and moulds, ENGEL has established a global network of system partners. “In Asia we have very strong partners who can implement ideal solutions because they also understand the needs of local processing firms intimately,” says Kurt Hell, Manager of ENGEL’s Packaging and Medical Business Units in Asia. “By working with Asian suppliers, we guarantee high cost efficiency even for most demanding applications while keeping delivery times short across the whole system.” Last year, ENGEL appointed dedicated business unit managers for Asia based in Shanghai, China. With this new structure, ENGEL can support its customers in various industries even more targeted in solving their very individual challenges.

    All-electric e-mac: stable and efficient in continuous use
    At the Plastics & Rubber Vietnam event, ENGEL will use an e-mac 440/180 injection moulding machine on its stand to produce oval bowls typically used for ready meals. Thanks to in-mould labelling (IML), ready-to-use packaging leaves the production cell. “IML makes high quality decoration affordable while facilitating the efficient production of small batch sizes,” says Hieu. The two system partners involved with the exhibit are based in Taiwan. IML automation is provided by JET Engine Automation, while the 4-cavity mould is provided by CNN Plastic System.

    Since high productivity requires a dependable, high performance injection moulding machine, the all-electric e-mac is solely equipped with very powerful servomotors. The ejection and clamping are also handled servo-electrically. This guarantees the best possible precision and process stability while maximising the effectiveness of the machine as a whole. In continuous use, the highly energy efficient machine guarantees stable production around the clock.

    With the CC300 control unit, the e-mac offers full flexibility for the integration of robots and other peripherals as well as the deployment of intelligent assistance systems from ENGEL’s inject 4.0 range.

    Self-optimising injection moulding machine
    inject 4.0 is ENGEL’s answer to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, also referred to as Industry 4.0. The aim is to realise the smart factory, in which production processes continually self-optimise through the networking of production systems; the systematic usage of machine, process and production data; and the deployment of intelligent assistance systems. In this way processing firms can increase the productivity and quality of their production operations while responding to demands – which are changing ever more quickly – with maximum flexibility.

    ENGEL is already offering a whole series of advanced and proven products for digitalisation and networking, and continues to develop the range. The modularity of the inject 4.0 concept makes it easy for plastics processing firms to harness the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0. Even individual solutions promise considerable benefits.

    At the trade event, the e-mac injection moulding machine will underline this point. Equipped with the iQ weight control assistance system, the machine identifies fluctuations in environmental conditions and the raw material, automatically compensating for these shot for shot. Throughout the process, it keeps the injected melt volume constant and thereby stops rejects being produced.

    ENGEL will be taking another assistance system to Ho Chi Minh City: iQ clamp control software, which calculates mould breathing in order to determine ideal clamping force and adapt it automatically.

    Launch for new e-connect customer portal
    ENGEL is introducing its new e-connect customer portal to Asia: it will be available in Vietnam from April 2018. “The aim in this development was to provide customers with more specific information, establish contact with them even faster and provide the best possible support to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0,” says Hieu.

    From the first order onwards, all machines and system solutions supplied by ENGEL are stored in the system, with the current status also shown. For the best possible overview, users can reproduce the structure of their individual machinery in the system and even assign production lines to different halls or departments online. Making support and service enquiries online is not only convenient for users, but also speeds up order processing. As soon as a customer makes a request, it is automatically forwarded to the service team so that they can start looking for the cause immediately.

    The new customer portal assists with online support and remote maintenance as well as further service products in ENGEL’s inject 4.0 range, including e-connect.monitor for condition-based, pre-emptive maintenance.

    ENGEL at Plastics & Rubber Vietnam 2018: Hall A, stand M1
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    05.02.2018   Canada: Heineken's alcohol-free beer now available in Canada    ( E-malt.com )

    Heineken announced on January 29 that its alcohol-free beer is now available in Canada, Canadify reported.

    Heineken 0.0 is an alcohol-free lager brewed from scratch with a unique recipe using natural flavours for a beverage that offers a balanced taste with fruity notes and a soft malty body, the company said.

    Available in over 16 international markets, Canada is the first country in North America to offer Heineken 0.0.

    Featuring 69 calories per 330ml bottle or can, the brand’s iconic green Heineken label has been replaced with a new blue version associated with the alcohol-free category.

    Heineken 0.0 can be found at grocers and select retailers across Canada in 330ml cans and bottles, 6 packs of 330ml cans and 6 packs of 330ml bottles.
    (Heineken N.V.)
     
    05.02.2018   Robinsons and Saatchi & Saatchi London launch Fruit Creations campaign    ( Company news )

    Company news Robinsons, owned by Britvic, and Saatchi & Saatchi London released ‘Listen Up’, a multi-million-pound, multi-channel brand campaign to launch Fruit Creations, the first in a new range of Robinsons products designed especially for grown-ups.

    The protagonist of the fast-paced 40” hero TVC is a young girl who charmingly introduces the benefits of the new range to surprised grown-ups in a series of adult scenarios: a boardroom, swimming pool and courtroom all feature.

    Fruit Creations has twice the fruit content of core Robinsons and exciting new flavour combinations including Peach and Raspberry and Pear and Blueberry.

    The “40 advert and “20 cut down will run throughout the year on TV and VOD in the UK and Ireland. The campaign will also be supported by Facebook and social activations with additional PR and experiential support.

    “Listen up” is the first work created by Saatchi & Saatchi London since winning the Britvic kids and family portfolio account in August 2017, and marks a new direction for the brand. The next stage of the campaign starts in March with the launch of Robinsons Fruit Cordial.

    Matt Barwell, chief marketing officer at Britvic said, “With a rich heritage dating back to 1823, Robinsons squash remains a firm favourite for families, bought by four in 10 households across the nation. Kids are currently seen as the main consumers of squash, so the creative is designed to help land the new adult proposition in a way that’s new for Robinsons and entertaining for adults, using the disarming wisdom of children. With a staggering three million glasses of Robinsons squash being drunk every day in Britain, who better than our child squash experts to educate adults about the great taste of new Robinsons Fruit Creations?”

    With a heritage dating back to the 19th century, and famed for its links with Wimbledon championships where Robinsons Barley Water was first invented in 1935, today Robinsons is a much-loved household name and maintains its position as the no.1 squash brand in Great Britain.

    Kate Stanners, global chief creative officer, added, “As such an iconic, well-loved staple in British households it’s been fun turning the category on its head by using the real experts in squash to sell Robinson’s new adult portfolio. It’s about time we listen to our real bosses –kids!”
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    05.02.2018   South Korea & China: Oriental Brewery looking to export its Cass beer to China    ( E-malt.com )

    Oriental Brewery (OB), a South Korean beer company, plans to export one of its flagship alcohol beverages to China this year, using the marketing and sales networks of its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) in the region, the company said on January 30.

    The beer brand OB will be introducing to Chinese consumers will be Cass, which will be more expensive than Tsingtao and Harbin, but cheaper than AB InBev's Budweiser.

    It seeks to use its export momentum in Japan, Hong Kong and Mongolia to extend its reach to mainland China, the world's second largest economy, it added.

    OB's Blue Girl, which is distributed by Jebsen in Hong Kong, has been the No. 1 beer brand in the Chinese city since 2007.

    The premium beer may be 50 percent more expensive than other alcohol beverages in Hong Kong, but it was able to surpass San Miguel's market share.

    This is because OB used a localization strategy by making and distributing Blue Girl tailored to Hong Kong consumers.

    OB's Cass is the No. 1 beer in Mongolia with a 40 percent market share, the company added.

    It began marketing and selling Cass in Mongolia in December 1998 through its unique delivery system in which the beer can be transported unfrozen in extreme cold weather.

    OB also has Barreal in Japan.

    The company mainly makes its beers through an original design manufacturing system to appeal to regional consumers. They are distributed by OB's regional partners.

    "With our momentum in Mongolia and other Asian markets, OB will continue to move forward with differentiated marketing strategies to boost our exports," said an OB official.

    OB's beer exports account for about 65 percent of total beer shipped abroad.

    AB InBev reacquired OB in April 2014, and unveiled its plan to further boost the brand value of Cass in Asia.
     
    05.02.2018   USA: Beer industry's first round of consolidation is largely over    ( E-malt.com )

    The beer industry’s first round of consolidation is largely over as macro US brewers have slowed their pace of craft brewery acquisitions, making way for other types of deals that offer small brewers new paths forward, says Rabobank.

    While craft beer brands are still registering consistent steady growth of roughly 5%-6%, the years of double-digit gains appear to be over and competing on price will become an important “strategic lever,” Rabobank senior beverages analyst, Jim Watson, says.

    “Price competition in craft still isn’t as explicit, but it’s definitely increased,” Watson told BeverageDaily, adding that new, smaller craft beer brands are using price as one of their major selling points to crack into the market.

    “We believe craft brewers need partners in order to survive in this new market.”

    Recent deals including minority stake investments, cross-country craft alliances, and private equity deals are positioning small brewers for future growth while keeping their craft credibility intact, according to Rabobank.

    “The competing forces of local vs. scale are seemingly at odds, but breweries are finding many ways around the contradiction,” Watson continues.

    Deals such as Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel’s 30% stake in Avery Brewing Co. and Founders Brewery Co. help support the breweries’ growth while maintaining their regional identity.

    “Because it’s (Mahou San Miguel) not a well-known brewery; it really didn’t come across as a 'sell out' to consumers and they (Avery and Founders) still get straight up capital right away,” said Watson.

    Another emerging trend is the alignment of multiple craft brewers to grow sales regionally and expand marketing efforts to gain proper attention from distributors and retailers. For example, Victory, Southern Tier, and Artisanal Brewing Ventures combined operations to form a new holding company. Additionally, Brooklyn Brewery has taken a minority stake in Funkwerks and 21st Amendment breweries.

    “It’s going to be hard for a New York-based brewery to necessarily have terrific distribution and scale in states on the other side of the country, by forming an alliance they can each help each other in their core markets,” Watson said.

    Lastly, private equity (PE) deals allow brewers to stay independent in the consumer’s eyes while still gaining access to funding and operational expertise, according to Watson.

    PE funds like Fireman and Ulysses have taken stakes in multiple craft breweries such as Dogfish Head and Oskar Blues.

    “Most consumers are completely blind to who has invested in capital and I don’t think PE [investment] sets off any alarms in a way an Anheuser-Busch takeover would, but you might not get that direct brewing knowledge,” Watson added.

    The US craft segment will continue to expand and produce a new wave of entrants each year -- 1,100 permits for breweries were issued last year, according to the Brewer’s Association.

    Therefore, new and existing brewers will need to strike the right partnership structure that provides access to resources and expertise, according to Watson.
     
    02.02.2018   KHS presents new chunk dosing unit and compact systems at Anuga FoodTec    ( Company news )

    Company news At Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, Germany, the KHS Group will have compact and flexible systems specially designed for the beverage, food and dairy industries on display.

    -Compact systems for the food and dairy sector
    -Individuality and modularity meet market demands
    -Trend for PET systems still in focus

    Photo: Innoket Roland 40 labeler

    The new KHS chunk dosing unit for functional milk beverages permits gentle filling of chunks measuring up to 10 x 10 x 10 millimeters. The systems supplier from Dortmund will also be highlighting its further new innovations for sensitive beverages. KHS will be exhibiting its systems at booth A60/A68 in hall 8.1 at Anuga FoodTec.

    “Users gain many benefits when fillers can be combined with our Blomax stretch blow molder to form a compact block system,” says Thomas Redeker, sales director for Dairy Europe at KHS. The flexible and compact filling and packaging systems from the KHS Group cut down on space, are safer and more reliable and provide greater energy efficiency. For sensitive applications the new block systems can be provided as rotary or linear setups. Here, the sustainable filling technology can be expanded to suit customer requirements and is thus rapidly available on the market. This in turn caters for current trends: whether yoghurt drinks or breakfast on-the-go, the demand is for increasingly diverse products and packaging.

    Flexible systems for all applications
    In this context “sensitive” refers to an extremely gentle non-carbonated filling process. Here, it is not important whether fruit juices, dairy or liquid food products are to be filled, whether ultraclean filling, extended shelf lives or aseptic filling are required. Should an additional function be required at any time in the future, this can be easily retrofitted with the modular systems from KHS. “We’ve rounded out our portfolio for the sensitive segment and provide systems for many types of application,” states Redeker. Customers thus immediately profit from an even greater range of options.

    When it comes to chunk filling KHS has extended its portfolio to include its own chunk dosing unit which enables pulp with chunks measuring 10 x 10 x 10 millimeters to be gently filled. The new dosing unit can be installed on all linear systems and supplements the existing filling system. This new innovation will be on display in Cologne. Another focus of the trade show will be the individual production of PET packaging, also in combination with the FreshSafe PET® coating system, which unites the advantages of both glass and plastic in one bottle to protect the product.

    Focus on sustainability and resource efficiency
    “There is a clear consumer trend towards PET,” explains Redeker. “In the food sector, too, where glass filling was standard to date, manufacturers are increasingly favoring flexible, lightweight plastic.” KHS has a special system for the flat, oval PET containers which are frequently used for products such as ketchup or edible oil: for containers like these a special heating method known as preferential heating ensures optimum material distribution and bottle quality. Very precise neck orientation is even possible specific to the application.

    With its Bottles & Shapes™ program KHS also provides individual support to all those looking for the best possible PET packaging for their products. In addition to the lightweight bottles for still water recently produced or the PET bottle with a screw cap for highly carbonated beverages, KHS has convinced the market with its 1.0-liter bottle for milk and mixed milk beverages which weighs just 20 grams. Together with the University of Applied Sciences in Münster KHS has also developed a number of future-proof bottle design concepts.

    Service concept further developed
    In order that everything runs like clockwork for customers also after their purchase, KHS attaches great importance to outstanding service too. To this end its preventive maintenance concept for aseptic machines, which offers fixed maintenance modules at fixed prices, has been optimized and further developed. This has the advantage that the customer can plan and calculate its costs even better.

    Also on show at Anuga FoodTec – but not at the KHS booth – is the KHS compact Innoket Roland 40 labeler. It can be fitted with various labeling stations to dress a whole range of containers from food cans and jars to glass bottles. The Innoket Roland 40 is characterized by its ease of use and the accustomed high standard of quality offered by KHS. The system, which outputs 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour, can be viewed at Florin Gesellschaft für Lebensmitteltechnologie mbH at booth E20/F29 in hall 10.1.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    01.02.2018   Award: Symrise Makes Excellent Contribution to Environmental Protection Worldwide    ( Company news )

    Company news - CDP praises sustainability efforts of Symrise AG in the areas of water resources and climate protection
    - Managing climate and environmental risks along the supply chain increasingly important

    Its strategies to overcome ecological sustainability challenges have made Symrise AG one of the global market leaders. The renowned nonprofit organization Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked the Holzminden-based company among the top two percent of outstanding A-list suppliers. The supplier of fragrances and flavorings was particularly lauded for the categories climate and water.

    Symrise is paving a path for other companies to an energy and resource-efficient future. “Their executives are always one step ahead in seizing opportunities for environmental protection that arise,” said Paul Simpson, Chairman of the nonprofit global disclosure platform CDP, about the A-list ranking of the fragrance and flavoring manufacturer. CDP analyses how companies and governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use water responsibly and protect forests. The companies are divided into four different categories based on these results, from A – the highest – to D. Symrise earned an A rating for both climate protection and water protection for their activities in cooperation with their primary suppliers.

    Environmental responsibility along the entire supply chain
    Symrise AG was also mentioned for its responsible handling along the entire supply chain in the supply chain report. A total of 100 companies achieved an A rating in the recently published “CDP Global Supply Chain Report 2018.” This CDP ranking is based on an analysis by the business consulting firm McKinsey & Company. A total of 4,800 companies around the world provided their environmental data in this recent disclosure to the supply chain report. McKinsey’s analysis found that environmental risks are increasingly important for companies; 76 percent of suppliers surveyed identified risks for their business that are caused by climate change. 52 percent reported that they have already integrated global warming as a factor into their business strategy.

    “Climate and environmental protection have the highest priority for us as a global company, especially in our sourcing processes and supplier relationships,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “This is evident, for example, in the nomination of our sustainable sourcing of vanilla for the Supply Chain Management Award or our dedication to sustainable cultivation of the Amazon.” These renewed accolades from the CDP make it clear that Symrise is already on a good path and bolster its plans to pursue this further.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    31.01.2018   Beviale Moscow: Further growth expected for third edition    ( Company news )

    Company news -Significant growth expected in all three key trade show figures
    -Attractive supporting programme on industry topics of current interest
    -Central platform for the beverage industry in eastern Europe

    Beviale Moscow is gearing up for the third time to be the central platform for the beverage industry in Eastern Europe. The organisers expect its success story to continue again from 27 February to 1 March this year, when the doors will be open at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center. Some 145 exhibitors (2017: 130) will have solutions on display covering the entire beverage manufacture and marketing process chain. Trade visitors (2017: about 4,000) looking for the right raw materials or efficient technology will get results, just like those with their eyes peeled for the perfect packaging or seeking inspiration from zappy marketing ideas. An extensive supporting programme covering wine, beer, PET and more will accompany the main event with its presentations, seminars and competitions.

    “We are more than happy with how Beviale Moscow has progressed,” reports Thimo Holst, Project Manager Beviale Moscow, in the lead-up to the third edition. “There are good signs that we will enjoy significant growth in all three key trade show figures again this year – in other words, exhibitor and visitor numbers and floor area. We are looking forward to three vibrant days at the trade fair! The holistic approach to Beviale Moscow will continue in 2018. The focus for visitors will be on manufacturers from all beverage segments, from alcoholic drinks like beer, wine and spirits to non-alcoholic drinks such as soft drinks, juices and mineral water, and also liquid dairy products. The extensive supporting programme on industry topics of current interest is aimed at decision-makers in the beverage industry. In addition to presentations and discussion rounds on specific questions relating to non-alcoholic drinks and mineral water and regulations governing beverage manufacture, trade visitors will find a wealth of information and suggestions in the areas of wine, beer and PET.

    Premiere: an introduction from the Russian wine industry
    This is the first time that wine, its cultivation and processing, will be expressly included at Beviale Moscow. The Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing, established in conjunction with the honorary sponsor, Russia’s largest wine-producers’ association (the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia), reflects the dynamic development this segment is undergoing in the Russian market. The result is a targeted platform for decision-makers from wineries and beverage professionals from Russia and the CIS countries. A competition for young Russian vintners is also being held in collaboration with the Worldskills organisation, where they can demonstrate their craft skills, especially in laboratory analysis, distilling, blending and filtration. The wine theme will be rounded out with a number of top-level presentations on state-of-the-art wine production in Russia.

    Beer production, tasting and competition
    With a total of 78 million hectolitres, Russia is second only to Germany in European beer production. The craft beer movement is also well established there. Visitors to the trade fair can enjoy not only beer but also other craft beverages at the Craft Drinks Corner in the presence of the respective makers. The tasting zone is a collaborative effort with partner entity Association of Beer and Beverage Market. Craft beers are also the focus of the two-day VLB Seminar for Modern Brewing Technologies, organised by the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauereien (VLB, Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing, Berlin), one of the international sponsors of the Beviale Family. The seminar is aimed at owners and master brewers from small-scale and craft breweries, as well as hobbyists, and offers many opportunities for further training, networking and professional discussion. Following its successful debut at Beviale Moscow 2017, the Russian ROSGLAVPIVO beer prize will be awarded again on the first day of the fair in 2018. Instituted by the honorary sponsors, the Barley, Malt and Beer Union and Private Brauereien Deutschland e. V. (Private Breweries Germany), this prize is awarded to the best of the approximately 200 beers entered in 23 categories, from “German-style light Kellerbier” to “New Style Pale Ale” and “Special Honey Beer”, and also alcohol-free beers.

    PETarena powered by PETnology
    PET is a very popular topic in the Russian market, which is why it is once again on the agenda in 2018 at Beviale Moscow, the central platform for the Russian beverage industry. Following its successful debut in 2017, PETarena powered by PETnology will once again present attractive solutions covering the entire PET value chain this year. This topic arises in many presentations by leading companies in the PET packaging area aimed at both small and medium-sized industries and global players alike.
    (NürnbergMesse Group)
     
    30.01.2018   New MTN DEW ICE™ Brings an Ice Cold Charge to Dew® Nation with a Clear, Refreshing, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Lemon-Lime Flavored DEW

    Mountain Dew is introducing MTN DEW ICE, a crisp, clear, carbonated soft drink made with a splash of real juice that will keep Dew Nation charged and refreshed. MTN DEW ICE is a marquee addition to the PepsiCo portfolio and the answer for those looking for a thirst-quenching lemon-lime flavored beverage to keep them invigorated throughout the day.

    "We're thrilled to introduce a new product to the Mountain Dew portfolio and give Dew Nation a clear, refreshing, lemon-lime DEW. We know we can deliver an incredible beverage that hits on the crisp and refreshing cues people want," said Roberto Rios, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Carbonated Soft Drinks – PepsiCo North America Beverages. "True to our brand, MTN DEW ICE represents the bold lifestyle of Dew Nation, and we'll be there to help them refresh, recharge and fuel their pursuits."

    To launch MTN DEW ICE in a bold way, Mountain Dew will host a one-of-a-kind event in Brooklyn on Jan. 18. The immersive activation will feature an interactive ice installation with a bucket-list worthy payoff: a surprise iHeartRadio performance by one of the biggest names in hip-hop. Dew Nation can score tickets to the performance starting tomorrow on the iHeartRadio website or participate in the action by tuning into the livestream at www.iHeart.com. A 360-degree marketing program will follow the launch of MTN DEW ICE.

    MTN DEW ICE drops in retail stores nationwide on Monday, Jan. 15 in 20 oz. bottles, 2 liter bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and a variety of other single and multipack sizes, with 100 calories per 12 ounces. MTN DEW ICE charges your senses as a lemon-lime flavored carbonated soda with caffeine.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    29.01.2018   South Korea: Beer imports up 44.9% by value in 2017    ( E-malt.com )

    The beer trade deficit surpassed $100 million for the first time in South Korean history last year, as consumers are increasingly electing to imbibe foreign brews, The Korea Bizwire reported on January 22.

    Trade data collected by the Korea Customs Service showed last year’s beer imports stood at $263 million, 44.9 percent higher than in 2016.

    South Korean beers heading abroad, in comparison, amounted to less than half that figure, for a total of $112 million.

    With exports of domestic beer failing to match the surging growth of imports, the trade deficit from 2016 to 2017 exploded by 66.1 percent to reach $156.5 million.

    The trade deficit has ballooned in the last five years, following the first yearly deficit in 2012 which came in at $5.77 million.

    In another first, last July beer overtook wine and spirits to become the best-selling category of imported alcohol.

    The Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. has previously stated that there has been a shift in South Koreans’ beer drinking habits towards enjoying alcohol in the comfort of their own home as opposed to dining out.

    Both the quantity and quality of imported beers are on the rise, as there is 2.5 times more variety of options that in 2016.

    As foreign beers have gained ground, domestic beers have been forced to make concessions on their home turf. Previously published research by the Rural Development Administration found that the major domestic labels (Cass, Hite, Cloud, Max, OB) saw their share of beer sales drop from 80 percent in 2012 to below 60 percent in only five years.

    Over the same time period, imported competitors have steadily gobbled up domestic market share.

    With the government removing tariffs imposed on U.S. beers starting this month and from European products in July, the fight for South Korea’s beer market is expected to become even more competitive.
     
    29.01.2018   The Coca-Cola Company Announces New Global Vision to Help Create a World Without Waste    ( Company news )

    Company news The Coca-Cola Company announced that it is fundamentally reshaping its approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030.

    This goal is the centerpiece of the Company’s new packaging vision for a World Without Waste, which the Coca-Cola system intends to back with a multi-year investment that includes ongoing work to make packaging 100% recyclable. This begins with the understanding that food and beverage containers are an important part of people’s modern lives but that there is much more to be done to reduce packaging waste globally.

    “The world has a packaging problem – and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it,” said James Quincey, President and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “Through our World Without Waste vision, we are investing in our planet and our packaging to help make this problem a thing of the past.”

    The Company and its bottling partners are pursuing several key goals:

    Investing in the planet: By 2030, for every bottle or can the Coca-Cola system sells globally, we aim to help take one back so it has more than one life. The Company is investing its marketing dollars and skills behind this 100% collection goal to help people understand what, how and where to recycle. We will support collection of packaging across the industry, including bottles and cans from other companies. The Coca-Cola system will work with local communities, industry partners, our customers, and consumers to help address issues like packaging litter and marine debris.
    Investing in packaging: To achieve its collection goal, The Coca-Cola Company is continuing to work toward making all of its packaging 100% recyclable globally. The Company is building better bottles, whether through more recycled content, by developing plant-based resins, or by reducing the amount of plastic in each container. By 2030, the Coca-Cola system also aims to make bottles with an average of 50% recycled content. The goal is to set a new global standard for beverage packaging. Currently, the majority of the Company’s packaging is recyclable.

    World Without Waste is the next step in the Company’s ongoing sustainability efforts, building off success in replenishing an estimated 100% of the water it uses in its final beverages. The Company achieved and exceeded its water replenishment goal in 2015, five years ahead of expectations. These efforts are part of the Company’s larger strategy to grow with conscience, by becoming a total beverage company that grows the right way.

    “Bottles and cans shouldn’t harm our planet, and a litter-free world is possible,” Quincey said. “Companies like ours must be leaders. Consumers around the world care about our planet, and they want and expect companies to take action. That’s exactly what we’re going to do, and we invite others to join us on this critical journey.”

    The Coca-Cola Company will work to achieve these goals with the help of several global partners: the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, The Ocean Conservancy/Trash Free Seas Alliance and World Wildlife Fund (The Cascading Materials Vision and Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance). Coca-Cola will also launch efforts with new partners at the regional and local level and plans to work with its key customers to help motivate consumers to recycle more packaging.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    29.01.2018   UK: AB InBev, Molson Coors confirm beer prices hikes for this year    ( E-malt.com )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mexican beer remains on a growth tear, and Constellation Brands is capitalizing on one of the industry's strongest segments. Although the brewer's stock has jumped 47% over the past year, it's quite possible it has tapped into a new vein of opportunity that will lead it even higher.
     
    26.01.2018   German Paper Producer Feldmuehle Uetersen Files for Insolvency Proceedings    ( Company news )

    Company news -Production, sales, and business operations to continue unimpeded
    -Tjark Thies of Reimer Rechtsanwälte appointed as preliminary insolvency administrator
    -Salaries of the 420 employees are secured through March 31, 2018

    The Schleswig-Holstein paper mill, Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH filed for insolvency at the Pinneberg district court on January 24, 2018. The court has appointed the Hamburg attorney-at-law and restructuring-expert Dr. Tjark Thies of Reimer Rechtsanwälte as the preliminary insolvency administrator.

    Founded in 1904, the company has approximately 420 employees and produces around 250,000 tonnes of paper a year at its paper mill just west of Hamburg. Its products are used worldwide, mainly for the production of classic print products and in the packaging industry.

    “Business operations will continue unimpeded. This goes for production as well as purchasing, sales, marketing and logistics,” says Tjark Thies.

    Heiner Kayser, Managing Director of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH says: “Our customers can count on continuing to receive on-time deliveries,” and adds that suppliers can rest assured that they will receive their money when new orders are placed.”

    Employees will continue to be paid for their work: through the end of March 2018, their salaries will be covered by the Federal Employment Agency's insolvency allowance.

    Tjark Thies and a team of experts from Reimer Rechtsanwälte are currently working on a stocktaking, together with the Munich-based restructuring consultancy Ruppert Fux Landmann GmbH (RFL) and Feldmuehle's management.

    “Feldmuehle has first-class products, production facilities, and processes as well as a highly motivated workforce and holds a leading market position. So we are justified in seeing the current proceedings as an opportunity for the company,” says Thies.

    “Feldmuehle will continue the strategic reorganisation it has begun with the funds available to it under insolvency law. In particular, we will use the days and weeks ahead to review the extent to which the company could manage the economic rehabilitation just by itself,” says management consultant Ruppert. One conceivable alternative to this would be its acquisition by an investor,” he adds.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
     
    26.01.2018   NORD DRIVESYTEMS at ANUGA FOODTEC 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news nsd tupH: Corrosion-resistant surface treatment for aluminium drive units – from 20 to 23 March, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS will be exhibiting its aluminium drive units for the food and beverage industry at ANUGA FOODTEC.

    These are extremely robust and durable thanks to a special surface treatment: NORD nsd tupH surface protection. For use in demanding environments, NORD offers the extremely effective nsd tupH anti-corrosion treatment for aluminium drive units. With this process, the material is hardened below the surface. The surface treatment creates a protective layer which is permanently bonded to the substrate material. It is based on an electrolytic process and gives aluminium corrosion resistance properties which are similar to those of stainless steel. The scratch-resistant surface is more than seven times harder than untreated aluminium alloy. The drives can easily withstand high pressure steam washing or contact with aggressive media.

    Aluminium drives in oyster farming
    Among other applications, NORD nsd tupH modules are used in the many conveyor systems which are used in oyster farming. While cast iron geared motors only remain operational for one or two years due to corrosion by the salty environment, the aluminium drive units from Northern Germany offer a durable and economical solution, which usually completely outlives the 10 year life cycle of the conveyor belts which they drive. Therefore, users save time and expense for the maintenance and repair of their systems.

    An economical alternative with many variants
    nsd tupH drive units are a robust, durable and economical alternative to painted cast iron geared motors or stainless steel versions. The nsd tupH treatment is available for all NORD aluminium products, unlike stainless steel drives, which are only offered in a small number of versions by other manufacturers. For nsd tupH aluminium drive units, all DIN and standard components, including drive shafts, are made from stainless steel. The fanless smooth motors do not spread germs and also run very quietly. They are available as synchronous and asynchronous motors and fulfil efficiency classes IE2 and IE3 (asynchronous motors) and IE4 (synchronous motors).

    In addition to robust and corrosion-resistant geared motors for the food and beverage industry, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS will of course also present other products from its comprehensive range of drives and drive electronics at ANUGA FOODTEC 2018 in Cologne.

    NORD can be found in Hall 10.1, on stand B061.
    (Getriebebau Nord GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.01.2018   Ooho! - Water you can eat    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

    Where can you find us?
    At the moment Ooho is mostly being sold at events, while we get our fully-automated production machine up and running. We’ve done events in London, San Francisco and Boston, including private functions, conferences, festivals and even the odd pop-up of our own!
    (Skipping Rocks Lab)
     
    24.01.2018   Diet Coke Launches Into 2018 With Full Brand Restage in North America    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New Packaging, New Look

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “Travellers are looking for brands that have discovery, authenticity, craftsmanship and real human stories behind them, and there is none better than Johnnie Walker. We are excited to offer a glimpse into the constantly shifting world of flavour exploration from the biggest spirits brand in the channel.”
    (Diageo plc)
     
    23.01.2018   New Zealand: New Zealand adds craft beer to basket of goods monitored to measure inflation    ( E-malt.com )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news ... – “A Healthier Everyday”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2020 Goals:
    -Reduce carbon emissions relative to production across Britvic’s global manufacturing sites by 15% vs 2016 baseline (5% emissions reduction achieved in 2017)
    -Achieve a water ratio (water consumption relative to production) of 1.4 across its global manufacturing operations (water ratio was 2.15 in 2017)
    -Achieve zero waste to landfill across its global manufacturing sites (99% in 2017)
    -Reduce the amount of materials used across all packaging formats, introduce recycled PET (rPET) into the GB portfolio at 15% content (300 tonnes of plastic packaging eliminated in GB in 2017).
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    19.01.2018   Diageo commits to phasing out use of plastic straws and stirrers    ( Company news )

    Company news In December 2017 we confirmed a new policy in relation to the use and promotion of plastic straws and plastic drink stirrers by our business and brands.

    For over a decade, Diageo has been committed to making our packaging more sustainable – principally through increasing recycled content, reducing the weight and increasing recyclability of all product packaging.

    Our commitment to phasing out the use of all plastic straws and stirrers marks the next progressive step in reducing our environmental impact. This is alongside a broader policy on plastic packaging in general.

    We have a comprehensive approach to managing the environmental impact of our packaging - an integral part of our Diageo Sustainability & Responsibility 2020 Targets. Specifically we have committed to reduce the overall weight of our packaging, increase the level of recycled materials we use in our packaging, and ensuring all our packaging is recyclable as set out in our Diageo Supplementary Guideline on Plastics and our Sustainable Packaging Commitments.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    18.01.2018   New versions of well-known mixproof valve designed to meet your industry challenges    ( Company news )

    Company news Cover your industry specific needs with the new Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof High Alloy and UltraPure versions

    A reliable process with flexibility and sustainable advantages ensures high product quality and strengthens your competitiveness in hygienic manufacturing of food, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and home & personal care products.

    Food / Dairy / Beverage industries:
    Manufacturers of products containing high chloride concentration or low pH-levels often face corrosion challenges in their hygienic processes. A few examples:
    • Food: Soy sauce, ketchup or citrus acid extraction
    • Dairy: Lactic acid, whey and brine from cheese manufacturing
    • Beverage: Isotonic drinks, minerals dosing and hot water systems

    Meeting the demand for higher corrosion resistance, Alfa Laval's newly launched high alloy versions of its well-known Unique Mixproof valve secure superior product safety and longer equipment lifetime. The new Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof High Alloy version comes in two optional materials: Hastelloy C22 and AL6XN.

    Home & Personal Care industries:
    When producing anti-perspirant deodorants, fabric softeners and bleach type products there may be a need for equipment with high corrosion resistance in certain parts of your process.
    Products containing quats with high chloride content and aluminium chlorohydrate tend to increase pitting or crevice corrosion leading to possible equipment failure and systems leakages. The new Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof High Alloy, manufactured in either Hastelloy C22 or AL6XN, gives you two solutions for higher corrosion resistance, longer equipment life and reduced production downtime.

    Biotech & Pharmaceutical industries:
    To meet the high standards needed in the growing pharmaceutical industry, Alfa Laval has launched its well-known Unique Mixproof valve in an UltraPure version.
    Like all of our UltraPure equipment, the new Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof UltraPure comes with the Alfa Laval Q-doc package ensuring full traceability (3.1 certification) and seals with FDA, USP class VI and TSE/ADI certificates. Furthermore, the new Unique Mixproof UltraPure version will be available in high alloy materials: Hastelloy C22 and AL6XN. These alloys meet the demands for higher corrosion resistance from aggressive applications including, buffer solutions, cleaning liquids, high salt solution etc.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic A/S)
     
    17.01.2018   China: Tsingtao, China Resources Beer shares jump on inaccurate report of beer prices hike    ( E-malt.com )

    Shares in Tsingtao, China’s best-known brewer internationally, jumped on January 5 following a report that it would raise prices as much as 20 per cent, even though the company dismissed it as inaccurate, the Financial Times reported.

    The share price rose to 23 per cent in Hong Kong on January 5 before paring gains and closing 11 per cent higher, adding $814 mln to the company’s market capitalisation.

    The surge followed a report by Beijing News that Tsingtao and other breweries had raised prices on some products by 10 to 20 per cent due to higher raw material and labour costs.

    Hong Kong-listed China Resources Beer, the parent company of China Resources Snow Breweries which is China’s largest brewer by volume, rose as much as 11.8 per cent to a record high following the report.

    However, Tsingtao said in a statement to the Hong Kong exchange after market close that media reports of substantial price increases were “inaccurate”. The company added that prices of some of its products would rise due to an increase in packaging costs, but not by more than 5 per cent on average.

    Chinese beer companies generally specialise in cheaper brews, which they sell in large volumes. This model has come under pressure as higher incomes prompt consumers to upgrade to higher-end brands, leading to gains for foreign beer manufacturers.

    Japanese brewer Asahi last month agreed to sell most of its 18 per cent stake in Tsingtao to Chinese conglomerate Fosun and its subsidiaries for $844m. Tsingtao is China’s second largest brewer and was founded in 1903 by German and British merchants. It has the highest international presence of any Chinese beer brand.
     
    17.01.2018   Costa Rica: Costa Rican craft brewers working on increasing export of their products    ( E-malt.com )

    A group of Costa Rican craft beer producers has been working on creating a cluster, in conjunction with the Foreign Trade Promoter, the Promotora de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (Procomer), to export their products to new markets, Q Costa Rica News reported on January 7.

    Initially aimed at the United States, the initiative is much more ambitious and hopes to bring their craft beers to Central America, South America and Europe.

    The cluster was formed two months ago. Ignacio Castro, president of the Asociación de Cerveceros Artesanales de Costa Rica (ACACR) - Association of Craft Brewers of Costa Rica - explained that the cluster is just in a formative stage, but they expect to officially present it in February of 2018.

    The cluster must first meet the requirements for export.

    “We have more than 100 associates that are dedicated to the production of craft beer in the country, but we are grouped into chapters. In this cluster, 39 producers in the microbrewery category may participate, although they must first meet the requirements for export, so we believe that we will start with about 10 or 12 producers,” said Castro.

    The craft beer market in Costa Rica reached a level of maturity that allows it to cross the border with quality products at competitive prices in other countries.

    Johanna Davila, promoter of food sector exports at Procomer, who works closely with the country’s craft brewers, ensures that they have a high level of quality in the production processes of their drinks. “At the moment the cluster has not been developed, we are working on the creation of a strategy and the selection of companies that will be part of this group of exporters that want to take their beers to other countries,” said Davila.

    “… According to Procomer, craft brewing companies that want to be part of the cluster must meet a series of requirements, such as having an established production capacity, having all the necessary export permits and economic solvency,” added Davila.

    Castro said that those interested in joining this group of exporters should also have all the permits required in Costa Rica, have packing processes to export and be independent breweries.

    “When I speak of independents, we refer to companies that produce their own beer without the support of large conglomerates in the industry, so brewers must prove that they work in that way,” Castro said.
     
    17.01.2018   India: United Breweries shares up 6% following beer price hike    ( E-malt.com )

    United Breweries shares rallied nearly 6 percent intraday to hit a fresh record high of Rs 1,199 on Thursday, January 11 following beer price hike, Moneycontrol.com reported.

    CNBC-TV18 reports quoting Cogencis that the company has hiked its Kingfisher beer price by 7-8 percent in Mumbai.

    Meanwhile, company's gross revenues in July-September quarter grew by 24 percent and revenue net of duties increased 23 percent, driven by price increases, positive state and brand mix, as well as beer exports.

    The company had commenced direct export of beer from April 2017.

    During the quarter, United Breweries's volume growth at 11 percent was ahead of industry growth of 5 percent while operating growth was at 72 percent YoY.

    At 15:16 hours IST on January 11, the stock price was quoting at Rs 1,188.00, up Rs 56.40, or 4.98 percent on the BSE.
    (UB United Breweries (Holdings) Limited)
     
    17.01.2018   USA: US alcohol consumption estimated to have declined 0.2% last year    ( E-malt.com )

    The IWSR, the leading provider of data and analysis on the global beverage alcohol market, has released initial 2017 category results for the US market as part of its US Beverage Alcohol Review (US BAR) database, Eurasia Review reported on January 10.

    After analyzing preliminary 2017 volume, the IWSR says total US beverage alcohol consumption declined for the second consecutive year by -0.2%. This loss is more than double that of 2016, a decrease of 17.6m gallons, or 7.4m nine-liter cases.

    Beer volumes continued to slide in 2017 (-0.5%), which weighed down the performance of total beverage alcohol. The growth of spirits (+2.3%) and wine (+1.3%) were unable to make up the difference in volume due to beer’s overwhelming 79% share of total beverage alcohol.

    The decrease in total beverage alcohol consumption is directly related to the slow-building trend of moderation or not drinking at all. Signs of health and wellness permeate the industry with increasing frequency. From all-natural ingredients to low-ABV to zero-proof mocktails, consumers are clearly gravitating toward ‘healthier’ drinking experiences.

    The bright spots of 2017 were wine and spirits which stole share from beer and increased in volume. The long-term trend of premiumization has continued to spur growth. Premium-and-above offerings currently make up 33% of the spirits category and 22% of the wine category respectively (compared to just 12% and 2% in 1990).

    Within spirits, whisky showed the most momentum (+3.9%), outperforming non-whisky (+1.7%). Within the whisky category, Bourbon, rye, malt Scotch, Irish and Japanese offerings faired the best, while tequila, mezcal, brandy and Cognac led in the non-whisky segments. Still wine grew a modest 1%, while sparkling wines, especially prosecco (+23.2%), led the growth for the wine industry.

    Another key trend helping propel wine and spirits is the rise in alternative packaging and small sizes. For spirits, 50ml and 100ml offerings increased at rates of 18.1% and 13.6% respectively, while 187ml and 500ml wines experienced double-digit growth rates. The rise in the quality of boxed and canned wines has changed consumer perception. Most importantly, this trend has been a direct hit on beer occasions like sporting events and other outdoor activities.

    The information is considered preliminary data (p) and is subject to revision with the official IWSR 2017 global database release in May 2018.
     


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