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Environmental impact study confirms cartons compare favourably with reusable glass bottles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... in São Paulo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diageo: 2019 Preliminary Results, year ended 30 June 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Increased sales revenue and profits for Interroll

Increased sales revenue and profits for Interroll  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

BrauBeviale 2019: inspiration for a successful future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cibus Tec: More halls, more buyers, more sectors

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

The Show is sold out 3 months from the opening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BrauBeviale Forum 2019 – all the diversity of the beverage industry on one stage

BrauBeviale Forum 2019 – all the diversity of the beverage industry on one stage  (BrauBeviale 2019)

- Opening with keynote address
- Hot topics on stage
- Key issues in the beverage sector
- Awards and prize ceremonies

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

As well as an official opening and various awards ceremonies, the popular BrauBeviale Forum offers its audience information, inspiration and the opportunity for interaction. The opening ceremony including presentation of the Bavarian Beer Order by the Bavarian Association of Private Breweries, the honorary sponsor of the exhibition, is a great way to kick off the event. Professor Markus Hengstschläger, Director of the Institute of Medical Genetics at the Medical University of Vienna, will explore exciting ideas in his keynote address: “The challenge of the future – how do we use the resource of talent” and provide ingenious suggestions and food for thought for industry players grappling with the issue of future sustainability.

Hot topics on stage
The BrauBeviale Forum highlights include high-calibre panel discussions with the who’s who from the beverage industry and political sphere on two topics that are also hotly debated by the wider public. On the afternoon of the second day, we are expecting an especially lively discussion on an issue that is highly topical and controversial.

That issue is “bottle deposits”. Breweries in particular are faced with the problem that not enough empty bottles are making their way back to them, so they don’t have enough bottles for their beer. Purchasing new returnable bottles is a costly business, and some small and mid-sized breweries are already worrying about their viability. According to Private Brauereien Bayern, the honorary sponsor of BrauBeviale, the deposits are too low to provide an incentive for people to actually return the empties. This is why the organisation has invited the major associations from the sector to take to the stage of the BrauBeviale Forum to discuss this issue. As well as the German Private Brewers Association, Independent Brewers, Association of German Brewers, Federal Association of Beverage Wholesalers and representatives of beverage logistics companies and the food industry, all representatives of the deposit system supply chain will have a say.
Under the heading “Mineral water – a problem not a pleasure?” the topical issue of mineral water versus tap water will be put under the microscope. Highly praised for decades for their healthy product and globally unique system of returnable bottles, mineral spring operators are now suddenly being pilloried. Is tap water now supposed to be actually better than mineral water? And who actually defines what good water is? What are the criteria, and what roles do tap water and mineral water play? What are the requirements of legislators, associations, producers and consumers that need to be reconciled? Representatives from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Reactor Safety, German Environmental Action (DUH), the Bavarian Nature Protection Society, the Association of German Mineral Springs and leading mineral spring operators will come together to seek shared responses and propose solutions.

The key issues in the beverage sector
The BrauBeviale Think Tank also reflects the key themes covered in the BrauBeviale Forum such as raw ingredients, technologies, packaging, marketing and entrepreneurship. What distinguishes “generation Z” from its predecessors and what are the resulting challenges for beverage manufacturers and their marketing? In the Marketing Forum, organised by K&A BrandResearch, enlightening answers will be sought and provided to current questions. On the afternoon of the first day of the trade fair, the example of the beverage market and its players will be put under the microscope. The forum will explore exceptional company concepts and the “hidden champions in the beverage market”. JOSEFS Brauerei Olsberg, Premium Cola and Lauffener Weingärtner are just a few of the companies that will be featured.

Digitalisation is a buzzword that is making its presence felt in numerous industries, divisions and departments, and the beverage industry is no exception. So what progress is being made with Digital development in the beverage industry? What can Big Data, algorithms and artificial intelligence do for producers and retailers? On the morning of the second day of the fair, interested visitors can learn about current examples and gain inspiration from beverage industry experts. This panel is organised by logistics and digital transformation consultancy Huesch & Partner. Discussions on the topic continue in the subsequent slot by the BVE (Federation of German Food and Drink Industries). The buzzword issues under the spotlight are digitalisation, automation, individualisation, batch size 1 and blockchain in beverage logistics.

On the last day of the show, the topic of climate will dominate the morning session in the BrauBeviale Forum. Under the heading “Future risk climate: developments and consequences for raw brewing ingredients”, renowned industry players will discuss the possible consequences of climate change for malting barley, hops and water. The afternoon of the last day is devoted entirely to the “Next Generation”. There are lots of aspects to be considered when preparing the ground for a successful future, including promoting young talent, recruiting and keeping skilled professionals, and managing company succession strategies.

Awards and prize ceremonies
BrauBeviale is the key platform this year for the international beverage industry, so the famous award ceremonies in the BrauBeviale Forum are sure to attract a lot of attention. Yet again, the World BEVERAGE Innovation Award by FoodBev Media acknowledges outstanding innovative ideas in 25 different categories, all of which cover aspects of the beverage sector. The overarching categories are products, packaging, manufacture and marketing. The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture will reach a wide public when it uses the BrauBeviale Forum to present the awards for the “German Hops Champion 2019” competition organised by the Association of German Hop Growers in partnership with the Bavarian State Research Centre for Agriculture/Hop Research Centre Hüll. The Ludwig-Narziss Award for Brewing Science, named after Professor Emeritus Ludwig Narziss, long-time holder of the Chair of Brewing Technology I (now Department of Brewing and Beverage Technology) at the Technical University of Munich, recognises an outstanding paper, whose results are relevant to brewing practice, published in a volume of the scientific journal “BrewingScience”. Another accolade for the next generation of skilled specialists is the IGL Innovation Prize Technical University of Munich. This competition for innovation in food and drinks, organised by the Faculty of Brewing and Food Technology, offers students the opportunity to realise one of their own innovative ideas in the field of food or beverages.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Engel Austria: Full process overview

Engel Austria: Full process overview  (Company news)

At the K 2019 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, between October 16th and 23rd, ENGEL is starting a completely new chapter in the development of intelligent assistance with its iQ process observer. To date, assistance systems have been used to optimise individual steps in the injection moulding process, such as injection and cooling. But the new iQ process observer goes several steps further, providing an overview of the entire process for the whole batch. This makes it possible to identify changes in the process at an early stage, allowing operators to determine their causes and find a solution more quickly.

The iQ process observer continually analyses several hundred process parameters across all four phases of the injection moulding process – plasticising, injection, cooling and demoulding. The results, split into the four phases, are immediately visible in an easy-to-understand overview on both the injection moulding machine’s CC300 control unit and the ENGEL e-connect customer portal.

Maximising the potential for efficiency and quality
The software automatically detects drifts by continually checking the results against the previous cycles, as well as comparing certain process parameters with a set reference condition. Furthermore, the system notifies the machine operator of counterproductive process settings and conditions, in addition to possible causes via text message. This helps the user to optimise their processes and, when necessary, to resolve errors. All the functions run automatically. The iQ process observer requires zero set-up effort to use.

“By using the iQ process observer, process technicians can maximise the potential for efficiency and quality offered by the injection moulding machine and production cell,” says Paul Kapeller, product manager for digital solutions at ENGEL AUSTRIA. “The iQ process observer is currently the only assistance system on the market based on live data, which actively indicates changes in the process and counterproductive settings, helping to improve stability throughout the process.”

Modular approach paves the way for smart factory
Permanent adaptation of quality-relevant process parameters based on real-time data is an essential feature of the smart factory. In this spirit, by offering the strictly modular approach of its inject 4.0 range, ENGEL is making it particularly easy for processors to benefit from the opportunities presented by ongoing digitalisation. Even individual solutions such as the iQ products promise considerable benefits. And it is thanks to these same solutions that the first steps towards the smart factory are being taken on many shop floors.

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

BrauBeviale 2019: where beer variety comes to life

BrauBeviale 2019: where beer variety comes to life  (BrauBeviale 2019)

- 7th European MicroBrew Symposium
- Craft Drinks Area
- Artisan und Craft Beer Equipment, brau@home
- European Beer Star

Preparations are in full swing and it won’t be long till Nuremberg is once again the hub for the international beverage industry. From 12 to 14 November 2019, the sector will come together for the world’s most important capital goods fair this year for beverage production and marketing. The products and solutions showcased by the around 1,100 exhibitors cover the entire beverage process chain, including all segments like beer, cider, spirits, sparkling wine, wine, water, juices, soft drinks and liquid dairy products. As tradition demands, the topic of beer continues to be a major focus and can be experienced in all its diversity in the exhibition itself and the supporting programme.

It’s indisputable that BrauBeviale has its origins in beer. It started off as an exhibition running alongside a training course for brewers but soon became a social event for the sector. By 1978 it was so popular that more space was needed and so it was held for the first time in the Nuremberg exhibition halls. From an industry get-together for brewers it then evolved into an international gathering for the entire beverage sector. Last year the event was bigger and more international than ever. BrauBeviale has never lost sight of its social component, and as always the topic of beer will be well covered.

This starts on the day before the exhibition at the 7th European MicroBrew Symposium hosted by the VLB, the Berlin-based Research and Training Institute for Brewing. As well as an overview of international market trends in this segment, the symposium will focus above all on the technical and technological aspects of craft beer production, like general concepts for small breweries, the wide product diversity and the necessary quality control. Malt will be another focus area this year. The symposium is directed at international craft brewers, brewpub operators
and maltsters and will therefore be held in English.

In the Craft Drinks Area there will tastings of beer and other beverage
specialities, led by independent experts. At a total of eight themed bars,
visitors can experience an unprecedented range of tastes: five beer bars
featuring beer specialities from various countries as well as alcohol-free
and low-alcohol beers, a spirits bar, a bar for water and innovative alcoholfree drinks and a bar where visitors can learn how the quality of the glass plays a key role in the sensory attributes of the beverage. Last year, some 10,000 visitors, including drinks manufacturers, specialist distributors and wholesalers and restaurateurs, immersed themselves in a world of unimagined taste sensations and gained inspiration in the process.
The continuously increasing number of small and microbreweries and a
steadily growing craft beer scene have been influencing and changing the
beer sector in Germany and throughout the world. This has also made
BrauBeviale a major port of call for small and microbreweries and home
and hobby brewers who are able to find expert partners to provide
comprehensive information relevant to their interests at the themed pavilion Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment and the special display area
brau@home. The associated Speakers’ Corner is also a source of
professional expertise, valuable suggestions and discussion. Another
highlight for home and hobby brewers, and especially for one called Heiko
Müller, will be the presentation of Müller’s “Kaminfeuer” cellar beer, which won over the tasting panel in the second Hobby Brewer Competition
organised by Maisel & Friends and BrauBeviale.

Naturally, the European Beer Star, which has had a home at BrauBeviale
since its “birth year” in 2004, will once again be presented at the event.
Now one of the most important beer competitions worldwide, it was initiated
by the German Private Breweries Association, the honorary sponsor of the
trade fair, and the German and European umbrella organisation. On the
first day of the fair, BrauBeviale visitors will vote for their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners – the Consumers’ Favourite 2019 in gold, silver and bronze. Last year the European Beer Star once again enjoyed record-breaking participation: In 2018, 2,344 beers from 51 countries faced the verdict of the 144-strong panel of experts. This year, beers could be submitted in 67 categories, including the new categories “Stout” and “Nonalcoholic wheat yeast (top fermented)”.

In addition, the Forum BrauBeviale will offer talks, presentations and
panel discussions on topics relevant to the future of the beverage industry, naturally including specific issues relating to beer. The Export Forum German Beverages on the day before the fair is also an important source of inspiration for breweries and other beverage producers and provides a neutral platform for high-calibre knowledge-sharing with export specialists.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

SIG Combibloc Group: Strong performance in growth markets

SIG Combibloc Group: Strong performance in growth markets  (Company news)

First half year 2019 highlights
• Core revenue up 6.9% as reported: up 5.1% at constant exchange rates
• Adjusted EBITDA up 3.9%; adjusted EBITDA margin 25.6% (H1 2018: 25.9%)
• Significant increase in adjusted net income to EUR80.5 million (H1 2018: EUR48.4 million) reflecting higher profits from operating activities and lower financing costs post-IPO
• Full year guidance unchanged
• Expansion of demand in APAC: new plant to be constructed in China

Rolf Stangl (Foto), CEO of SIG, said: "In the first half of 2019, we saw good top line growth driven in particular by the growth markets in Asia Pacific and the Americas, which have been the focus of our investment in recent years. Core revenue growth at constant currency of 5.1% is within our target range for the full year of 4-6%. Profitability improved in the second quarter and the H1 adjusted EBITDA margin was only slightly below the H1 2018 level, despite a reduction in the dividend from our Middle East joint venture.
Growth in Asia Pacific has been driven by robust demand for liquid dairy products, augmented in many South East Asian countries by consumption of non-carbonated soft drinks. In order to meet growing demand for our packs we will construct a new plant at the Suzhou Industrial Park in China, close to our existing facilities. The investment will be partly lease-financed and does not change our guidance for net capital expenditure. Following on from the opening of our new SIG Tech Centre in Suzhou in Q4 2018, the new plant will further expand our footprint and our ability to win share in Asia Pacific, the world's largest growth region for aseptic carton packaging."

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 3.9% to EUR205.5 million despite the impact from the Middle East joint venture dividend, which was EUR4m lower than in H1 2018. The adjusted EBITDA margin was 25.6% (H1 2018: 25.9%), Revenue growth and currencies made a positive contribution to EBITDA, offsetting higher SG&A costs which include investments in growth markets and additional costs as a result of being a listed company.
EBITDA increased by 16.5% to EUR202.0 million. The increase compared with adjusted EBITDA was largely due to an unrealised gain on derivatives, compared with a loss in H1 2018, and to lower transaction-related costs.

Net income and adjusted net income
Adjusted net income increased to EUR80.5 million compared with EUR48.4 million in H1 2018. The increase reflected an improvement in net income, which moved from a loss of EUR47.6 million in H1 2018 to a profit of EUR25.2 million in H1 2019. The improvement is a consequence of higher profit from operating activities and lower net finance expense following the reduction and re-financing of debt in connection with the IPO.

Capital expenditure
Gross capital expenditure was EUR86.7 million in H1 2019 (H1 2018: EUR112.9 million). Net capital expenditure (net capex), after deduction of upfront cash for fillers received from customers, was EUR61.2 million compared with EUR88.1 million in H1 2018.

Capacity expansion
In the light of strong demand in Asia Pacific, SIG has decided to expand its production network in the region with the construction of a new plant located at the Suzhou Industrial Park in China. The plant will benefit from operational and overhead synergies with SIG's existing factory in Suzhou and is expected to achieve world class environmental and safety performance and productivity. A total investment of EUR180 million will be partly lease-financed with a Chinese partner. The project will benefit from government subsidies. Guidance for net capex of 8-10% of revenue in 2019 and over the mid-term is unchanged. The plant is expected to come onstream early in 2021.

Free cash flow increased from EUR2.0 million in H1 2018 to EUR36.8 million in H1 2019, reflecting higher profits from operating activities, lower financing costs and lower capital expenditure, partially offset by higher working capital.
The Company generates most of its free cash flow in the second half of the year due to business seasonality.

Cash and cash equivalents were lower at 30 June 2019 compared with 31 December 2018 owing to the payment of the dividend in April 2019 for a total amount of EUR99 million. This has resulted in a slight increase in leverage at 30 June 2019 which is expected to reverse in the second half with the higher level of cash generation.

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

The Absolut Company and Ardagh Group sign 10-year partnership

The Absolut Company and Ardagh Group sign 10-year partnership  (Company news)

Ardagh Group in Limmared, Sweden has signed a 10-year agreement with The Absolut Company, owned by Pernod Ricard, the world's second largest wine-and spirits producer. The agreement sees Ardagh supply The Absolut Company with glass bottles for their Absolut Vodka brand. At its core, the partnership will focus on sustainability, innovation and future growth. Both companies are committed to keeping their environmental impact as low as possible and the agreement will ensure that carbon emissions are further reduced in the production of the iconic glass bottles.

The Absolut Company is Sweden's single largest exporter in the food sector accounting for approximately 10 percent of its food exports. Sustainability is at the core of The Absolut Company's operations and its distillery in Åhus is carbon neutral with the residue product, stillage, reused for animal feed. "It is very exciting to see the result of a cooperation between two companies located in small Swedish towns; The Absolut Company in Åhus and Ardagh Group in Limmared, reach out to more than 120 markets around the world," said Anna Malmhake, CEO of The Absolut Company. "The great thing about this long-term partnership is that we can act on a world leading level when it comes to innovation and sustainability, throughout the whole supply chain."

Ardagh's production facility in Limmared is the largest supplier of the Absolut Vodka bottle since the brand’s launch 40 years ago. Ardagh produce more than 100 million Absolut Vodka bottles every year in Sweden's oldest operating glassworks, founded in 1740. Today, Ardagh Limmared employs approximately 480 people and is extremely proud to produce one of the world's most admired beverage bottles. The Absolut Vodka bottles are produced using more than 40 percent recycled glass. In fact, 60 percent of all Swedish recycled clear glass is used in the production of Absolut Vodka bottles.

"We are delighted The Absolut Company have renewed their trust in Ardagh to consistently deliver quality, sustainable packaging," said Bo Nilsson, Operations Director Nordic, Ardagh Group. "Our team at Limmared has worked in partnership with Absolut for 40 years, consistently delivering premium, innovative products. Ardagh shares their commitment to sustainable packaging and, with this latest agreement, looks forward to cooperating on further advances for many years in the future."

The agreement lasts until 2029 and is The Absolut Company's largest supplier agreement. It not only secures capacity for future growth but will also provide access to world-class innovation and quality.
(Ardagh Glass Limmared)

Sidel acquires COMEP, further establishing their moulds and tooling offering

Sidel acquires COMEP, further establishing their moulds and tooling offering   (Company news)

On July 18, Sidel announced the acquisition of Cognac Moules Emballages Plastiques (COMEP), a French producer and designer of moulds for PET, adding further strength to the group in the manufacturing of moulds and tooling. “We are confident that Sidel’s and COMEP’s complementary expertise will bring us more commercial opportunities while offering customers an optimal choice of partners, who are able to make their requirements a reality,” states Pavel Shevchuk, Executive Vice President Services, Sidel.

COMEP was created in 1998 to focus on the design and manufacturing of moulds for PET bottles. Based in Salles-d’Angles, France, with more than 20 years of experience in this industry, COMEP produces over 4,000 moulds per year for customers around the world. With around 60 employees, they were a first mover in the low blowing pressure technologies.

Expansion for a continued focus on packaging excellence
“With this move, we are continuing on the journey we started back in October 2018. Then, we enriched Sidel by acquiring PET Engineering, which provides brand strategy and design consultancy, packaging design as well as line conversion services and moulds to the beverage industry.” Pavel continues, “Today, by acquiring COMEP, we enlarge our set of capabilities even further and extend our mould and tooling portfolio to offer complete packaging solutions to our clients. Packaging, indeed, is a key differentiator for our customers. COMEP is also perfectly complementing Sidel’s strong mould-manufacturing know-how.”

COMEP and Sidel will remain set on their current focuses with a strong, adapted go-to-market strategy to leverage their respective capabilities, while offering a full set of packaging services to companies bottling their products in PET. “We are confident that each company’s expertise will prove key in meeting the growing need for complete packaging solutions this industry is showing. We, in turn, are joining a leading, global player in the packaging design and manufacturing industry,” adds COMEP’s CEO Christophe Amarant.

COMEP will represent a separate channel to market for moulds and tooling. This means that COMEP and Sidel will take distinct commercial approaches while sharing best practices and capitalising on efficiencies whenever possible. “The acquisition of COMEP is an exciting opportunity for Sidel to continue to grow along our journey and further improve our customer offering,” Pavel Shevchuk concludes.
(Sidel International AG)

Valvert launches water bottle made of 100% recycled plastic, a first for Nestlé in Europe

Valvert launches water bottle made of 100% recycled plastic, a first for Nestlé in Europe  (Company news)

On July 10 natural mineral water brand Valvert in Belgium launched its new bottle made entirely from recycled PET (rPET), a first for Nestlé in Europe. This innovation is a step further towards meeting Nestlé's commitment to increase the rPET content in its water bottles to 35% globally by 2025.

Valvert only uses already used bottles to produce the new bottle, and no new virgin PET needs to be created. Valvert has been able to secure a reliable supply of the high-quality, food grade rPET that is required for bottled water. This will allow not only the launch of the 100% rPET bottle of 150cl, but also a 50% rPET bottle of 50cl at the same time. The goal is to have the 50cl bottle also made entirely of rPET by the end of 2019.

"We believe the new Valvert 100% rPET bottle is a gamechanger in the next generation of sustainable packaging, stimulating a bottle-to-bottle circular economy", said Emmanuel Gruffat, General Manager of Nestlé Waters Benelux.

The launch of Valvert rPET bottle is an important milestone in Nestlé's innovative approach to tackling packaging waste and commitment to a circular economy.

"At Nestlé we want to take up our responsibility towards our consumers and help shape a more sustainable future", said Michel Mersch, CEO Nestlé Belgilux. "We are determined to look at every option available to help solve the plastic waste challenge and we are embracing multiple solutions that can have an impact now such as developing new materials, improving collection and recycling schemes and driving new behaviors. R&D is in our DNA and we intend to leverage this expertise to serve this goal. We are therefore proud to launch the new Valvert 100% rPET bottle as another milestone in achieving a circular economy and in our journey towards sustainability."

Last year, Nestlé Pure Life with 100% rPET bottles were launched in North America. America’s spring water brand Poland Spring also announced its plan to convert its portfolio to recycled plastic by 2021.
(Nestlé Waters Benelux)

Plug and Play collaboration expands SIG’s leading role as innovation pioneer

Plug and Play collaboration expands SIG’s leading role as innovation pioneer  (Company news)

As a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic carton packaging, SIG is collaborating with one of the world’s largest start-up accelerators, Plug and Play, to connect with visionary entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry.

The partnership with Plug and Play will ensure a structured and focused approach to scout and select upcoming start-ups that support SIG’s future business strategies. Start-ups are increasingly driving industry innovation and value creation, and SIG is keen to identify and engage with them early to foster successful partnerships.

The collaboration with Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play will enable SIG to explore new and exciting opportunities, as it connects with Plug and Play’s ecosystem across industry-specific accelerator programs.

Internally, SIG has also been motivating its employees to come forward with innovations. In 2018 the company set up a Venture Capital Board to offer staff the opportunity to promote their entrepreneurial ideas independently.

Saeed Amidi, CEO & Founder at Plug and Play: “As the leading innovation platform connecting the best start-ups and entrepreneurs to large corporations, our latest cooperation with SIG continues to open up true innovation opportunities to everyone globally. The portal is now open to drive exciting future food and beverage developments and successful business partnerships.”

Markus Boehm, CMO at SIG: “To keep one step ahead we must continually innovate in this fast-paced and rapidly changing world, delivering differentiated products to consumers. To achieve this, we strongly believe in fostering entrepreneurial culture and look forward to working closely with forward thinking start-up companies to identify tomorrow’s trends, while paving the path to the future. Working together, we can learn from each other gaining a fresh perspective, while empowering start-ups to take advantage of SIG’s global expertise in the food and beverage industry. Our collaboration with Plug and Play will open up opportunities for dynamic partnerships and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

SIG’s corporate culture is characterized by cooperation with global partners to bring consumer-centric new food and beverage innovations to market. As part of its Value Proposition, SIG aims to drive Product Innovation and Differentiation in the food and beverage industry.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)




B-Better®, an innovative water start-up brand from Unilever’s Future Platform, is launching a range of on-trend water beverages in SIG’s unique combidome carton bottle, offering all the advantages of an aseptic carton pack and all the benefits of a bottle shape – a perfect fit for B-Better.

SIG’s carton bottle, fully recyclable and mainly made from FSCTM-certified paper board, provides the best CO2-performance compared to other packaging solutions. And it gets even better: B-Better is the first company to use combidome with SIGNATURE packaging material, where the polymers are linked to wood-based renewable materials through mass balancing. Added to this is an ultra-thin aluminium foil certified to Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard – another world-first from SIG.

B-Better is a range of 10 on-trend water beverages, including still, flavored and functional, which are enriched with B vitamins. Initial launch of the combidome 750ml carton bottles will be in Belgium, with 1% of revenues going to regional environmental causes.

The decision to use the combidome carton bottle is a major move forward in finding solutions to reduce single-use plastic, even more when it comes with SIGNATURE packaging material with polymers linked to wood-based material.

Hélène Esser, Brand Manager Future Platforms, Co-founder B-Better: “The strong name for our young caring brand says it all – Be good to yourself and better for the planet. It was vital that with combidome we found the most sustainable packaging solution for our water products, not just in its unmatched environmental profile, but also its appeal and convenience for the forward thinkers looking for healthy refreshment. Our messages are clearly conveyed at first sight, mirroring B-Better’s strapline ‘It’s a start for less plastic and a better planet’.”

As well as combidome’s strong environmental credentials, the uniquely convenient carton bottle design also complements the new water brand by immediately standing out on shelf to younger consumers, looking for true innovation to enjoy during their busy daily routine.

With the best features of both a carton pack and a bottle, combidome is the ideal alternative to single-use plastic bottles, guaranteeing exceptional sustainable convenience and differentiation. To make even more of a positive impact on the planet, opting for combidome with SIGNATURE packaging materials, makes the best possible environmental choice.

Martin Herrenbrück, SIG’s President & General Manager, Europe: “Our pioneering cooperation with Unilever’s Future Platform start-up B-Better brand, focuses on our longer terms goals of giving more to society and the environment than we take out and on always acting sustainably and responsibly. Working together we are proud to launch an innovative water range in a game changing packaging solution, that will make a real difference for both consumers and the planet.”

In partnering with SIG, Unilever has been provided with product innovation and differentiation as part of SIG’s Value Proposition, which aims to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


Australia: Asahi's takeover of CUB could help revive beer sales in Australia  (

The A$16 billion takeover of Carlton & United Breweries by Japan's Asahi could help revive beer sales in Australia after a multi-year slump, industry executives say, as the competition regulator confirmed it would investigate the blockbuster deal, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), the maker of some of the country's biggest and best-known beers including Carlton Draught, Victoria Bitter, Great Northern and Pure Blonde, was sold by its former multinational parent company Anheuser Busch InBev in a landmark transaction announced on July 19.

In his first public comments since the deal was announced, CUB chief Peter Filipovic on July 21 said his company, which runs the Abbotsford brewery, Hobart's Cascade brewery and Yatala brewery near Brisbane, would benefit from the tie-up. "We look forward to growing the business and the beer category with Asahi," he said.

"Not only will we continue to brew our famous beers such as VB and Carlton Draught in Australia, but we'll join a company that has fantastic beers such as Asahi and Peroni."

The proposed tie-up of Asahi and CUB will trigger a review by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission scrutinising the amount of market share the combined company would control.

The ACCC said it had been notified of the proposed transaction and would begin a public review once it received a submission.

"Because it’s a A$16 billion acquisition, they will give it quite a good look," said McCullough Robertson partner John Kettle, a competition lawyer with experience in international beer industry consolidation. "It’s a lot of money in a market in which beer drinking may have topped out, but people obviously still see enough yield in it."

But Mr Kettle said he believed the proposal was unlikely to face regulatory hurdles due to the market share of Lion and the strength of the country's craft beer market.

Tim Cooper, the managing director of Australia's largest independent family-owned brewery, Coopers, said the Asahi deal would be beneficial to the broader national beer market.

"Japanese companies by and large take a long-term view," he said, "and we believe Asahi will look to invest for the long term."

Mr Cooper said he believed Asahi would invest in its brands through capital expenditure, sales and marketing instead of the "short-term, transactional" operating model he said had been the approach of CUB parent AB InBev, which had included aggressive discounts. He said Coopers' sales dropped 11 per cent last month, as CUB slashed prices.

CUB is Australia's biggest brewer with nearly 50 per cent market share. Its closest competitor, Lion, owned by Japan's Kirin Holdings, has about 40 per cent.

The proposed sale of CUB, was announced by Anheuser Busch InBev to the Belgian stock exchange on July 19. The multinational brewer has previously flagged plans to float its Asian assets. The sale of CUB to Asahi will also require approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board.

It comes as the popularity of mass-produced beer brands continues to plunge in Australia and around the world. The trend has been attributed to consumers' rising health consciousness, preferences for more complex craft beers and take-up of other alcoholic drinks such as cider, wine and spirits.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest figures show that overall alcohol consumption among people over the age of 15 has continued on a downward trend that began in 2010 and, in 2016-17, reached a 55-year low.

Britvic Q3 Trading Statement - 'Confident of achieving market expectations for the full year'

Britvic Q3 Trading Statement - 'Confident of achieving market expectations for the full year'  (Company news)

Britvic reports third quarter revenue of £360.1m, a decrease of 1.5% (constant currency and excluding SDIL/SSDT*) on last year. Revenue in GB grew despite the market** declining in value and volume. Brazil and International continued to deliver solid revenue growth, while performance in France and Ireland remained more challenging with a further softening since the half-year.

Simon Litherland (photo), Chief Executive, commented:
“Overall we have delivered a solid performance against a more challenging backdrop in quarter three. We remain confident of achieving market expectations for the full year, underpinned by the strength of our brand portfolio, exciting commercial plans and a tight focus on cost control.”
(Britvic Plc)

Engel Austria: Success story with a bright future ahead

Engel Austria: Success story with a bright future ahead  (Company news)

When it comes to the unparalleled success story of ENGEL’s tie-bar-less technology, the numbers speak for themselves, with more than 70,000 machines in the hands of around 10,000 customers. It was first released 30 years ago at the K show in 1989 and is currently enjoying a true resurgence. ENGEL’s tie-bar-less injection moulding machines are able, like no other machine design, to combine cost-effectiveness and efficiency with minimal resource consumption.

Photo: With perfect platen parallelism, excellent clamping force distribution and top-quality mould protection, tie-bar-less ENGEL injection moulding machines offer the highest levels of flexibility for moulding, automation and operation.

Great and enduring success was by no means assured for tie-bar-less technology. When ENGEL was the first injection moulding machine manufacturer in the world to exhibit an injection moulding machine with a tie-bar-less clamping unit in Düsseldorf, Germany, the innovation was met with both widespread astonishment and deep scepticism. There seemed to be many reasons to doubt this new method. Until then, it was regarded as an unshakable design principle that an injection moulding machine had to have four tie bars.

The idea for the new solution came from the processors themselves. Especially when using large moulds, the tie bars would curb the creative freedom of mould manufacturers. Mould mounting and dismounting through the four tie bars is rather complicated. “Even back in the 1980s, these restraints could not be reconciled with the demand for more efficiency in manufacturing,” stresses Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group.

As a result, the highly flexible mould area and simple mould changing offered by the tie-bar-less machine even tempted the sceptics to try out the unconventional design method – and they were impressed by the results. Interest from the industry was soon so great that the tie-bar-less machine became the predominant design at ENGEL’s main production plant in Schwertberg, Austria. Within a few years, it turned into a full machine series, which was dubbed “victory” on account of its victorious triumph.

Saving resources with smaller machines
“The market quickly recognised that this barrier-free clamping unit does more than just make mould set-up simpler,” reports Gerhard Dimmler, senior vice president of product research and development at ENGEL AUSTRIA. “Other benefits of tie-bar-less technology include improved ergonomics for all manual work in the mould area, more flexible automation solutions with the robot able to directly reach the cavities from the side, and more compact production cells with lower capital investment and operating costs.” The particularly large mould-mounting platen areas are the key to boosting productivity per unit of area. Since there are no tie bars in the way, the platens can be utilised completely up to the very edge. This means that large moulds can fit on relatively small machines. “In many cases, you can pick a machine that ranks one or two levels lower in terms of clamping force than would be necessary for the mould on a conventional machine with tie bars,” emphasises Franz Pressl, product manager for hydraulic tie-bar-less machines at ENGEL AUSTRIA. “By needing to use less energy and coolant, a smaller machine significantly helps to conserve resources. Another plus-point is the ideal utilisation of production floor space, given that shop floors often have to accommodate several machines. “It is impressive how many of our customers are using tie-bar-less technology to its full potential, giving them a substantial competitive advantage,” Engleder says.

For instance, there is particularly high potential for efficiency with multi-cavity moulds, multi-component processes with in-mould core-pulls and sliders, and ENGEL’s foammelt structural foam moulding, all of which require little clamping force for their respective mould volumes.

Even surface pressure throughout the mould mounting platen
Thanks to the consistent patent protection for tie-bar-less technology and all its improvements, it has remained a unique selling proposition for ENGEL to this day. One area in which some important milestones have been achieved is the joint on the moving mould mounting platen, which is known as the force divider in the current generation of machines. The force divider ensures that the moving platen follows the mould in a perfectly parallel manner during clamping force build-up and guarantees that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the entire platen area. This way, the parting lines of cavities at the edge experience the same surface pressure as cavities in the centre, which prevents flash, even when processing low-viscosity liquid silicone rubbers.

Efficient standards to meet specialised needs
ENGEL’s tie-bar-less technology is continually adapting to the changing needs of processors. Key milestones along the way have included the 2004 launch of the e-victory hybrid machine featuring an electric injection unit, the servohydraulic ecodrive introduced in 2008 which has since been included as a standard feature, and the current generation of injection units which has been taking the processing precision and efficiency of hydraulic machines to the next level since 2016.

ENGEL has also been offering all-electric tie-bar-less solutions since 2013. The second generation of injection moulding machines in the all-electric e-motion TL series was engineered specifically for the production of high-precision optical and electronic components. These machines have had great success establishing themselves in the consumer electronics industry, including for smartphone lenses and seals.

“We’re taking a strongly application-focused approach to the further development of all-electric tie-bar-less technology,” Dimmler reveals. “Thanks to flexible solutions for highly specific products and materials, we will be further improving cost-effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability in production through the use of tie-bar-less injection moulding machines. In this context, there is an increasing focus on smart technologies such as intelligent assistance systems.”

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



SIG’s SIGNATURE PACK 100 – the world’s only aluminium-free aseptic carton pack with polymers linked to plant-based renewable material – is being launched in France for the first time by Candia, part of the leading French dairy cooperative SODIAAL. It is the first aluminium-free carton pack on the French ambient liquid dairy market.

Yves Legros, General Manager of Candia: “Candia has always set itself apart through innovation and now we are taking a major step on our roadmap for sustainable food products. By working with SIG we have succeeded in launching a new organic milk in the first aluminium-free UHT milk carton onto the French market, Candia is offering a new solution to consumers who want to cut the use of fossil fuels and buy organic milk in a more sustainable packaging.”

A key innovation for French dairy market
SIGNATURE PACK 100 from SIG is the natural choice to contribute to Candia’s goal to minimise fossil resources in the production of packaging, while preserving the safety and nutritional product quality.

The pack is made of 75% FSCTM-certified renewable paperboard from sustainably-managed forests. The polymers (protective layers and closure) that make up the rest of the pack are linked to forest-based renewable material through a certified mass balance approach.

SIG chose to use a by-product from the paper industry known as tall oil for the plant-based feedstock rather than an agricultural crop to avoid using land and resources that could be used to produce food.

SIGNATURE PACK 100’s innovative design protects the milk and maintains the shelf life performance expected in France for UHT milk without the need for an aluminium barrier layer. By removing the aluminium layer and linking the polymers to renewable rather than fossil-based material, SIGNATURE PACK 100 has a 58% lower carbon footprint than a standard SIG carton pack (based on a Europe-wide LCA – available at

Like all SIG packs, SIGNATURE PACK 100 is recyclable. It marks an important step towards SIG’s long-term objective to offer packaging that is 100% renewable and still recyclable.

Melanie Revolte, Marketing Manager France at SIG: “We are very proud that Candia has chosen to launch its new organic milk in SIGNATURE PACK as part of its commitment to more sustainable packaging. This market launch in France will promote the use of renewable materials and reduce the carbon footprint of packaging without compromising functionality or recyclability.”

Martin Herrenbrück, SIG’s President & General Manager Europe: “SIGNATURE PACK 100 offers customers a clear value add by meeting consumer demand for more sustainable packaging. It’s a great example of how we are making big strides towards our ambition to go Way Beyond Good for society and the environment.”

SIGNATURE PACK 100 supports SIG’s net positive ambition to partner to create a net positive food supply system that will nourish a growing global population while putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


The Czech Republic: Molson Coors buys Czech brewer Pardubicky Pivovar  (

Molson Coors has bought Pardubicky Pivovar in the Czech Republic for an undisclosed sum, the Drinks Insight Network reported on July 18.

The acquisition, along with that of the London-based Hop Stuff Brewery, form part of the company’s strategy to expand its beer portfolio.

Molson Coors acquired an 89% stake in 148-year-old brewer Pardubicky Pivovar through its subsidiary Staropramen.

The Pardubicky brewery, which produces brands such as Pernštejn, Taxis and Porter, will continue to operate as a different business entity.

The deal with Pardubicky also includes its Slovakian distribution company.

In a recent note to employees, Molson Coors Europe CEO Simon Cox and Molson Coors Europe Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary managing director Petr Kovarik said: “Our goal is to layer on a strong craft portfolio to our current portfolio of traditional brands such as Staropramen, giving us a scaled operation with an enriched portfolio of regional and new-wave craft brands and new capabilities built into our current business.”

Cox and Kovarik further explained that the company is planning to invest millions into the brewery to double production within a decade.


The Netherlands: AB InBev launches Bud in the Netherlands  (

AB InBev has launched its U.S. brand, Bud, on the Dutch market, The Brussels Times reported on July 22.

According to the giant Belgian beer consortium, Bud is the sector’s strongest brand on the world market. It stands out among those sold in the Netherlands, such as Jupiter, Leffe, Hertog Jan and Corona, the local branch of AB InBev argues, noting that it is mostly associated with after-work pints and festivals, so its target public is between 18 and 35 years old.

Market studies conducted by AB Inbev have found that the Dutch drinking public is happy at the arrival of a new actor on the beer scene, seeing it as a response to a real demand.

After its launch in hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants, the Bud, which will be competing with the national number-one beer, Heineken, will be available in shops and stores from autumn.

Known as Budweiser at home in the United States, where it appeared in the 19th century, the brand shortened its name to Bud in Europe due to a complaint filed by the Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar. It became a subsidiary of AB InBev in 2008.

Bud destined for the market will be brewed soon in Leuven, but there is no yet any plan to market it in Belgium.


UK: Diageo concerned over impact of US-Europe trade dispute on Scotland's whisky industry  (

A senior executive at spirits giant Diageo has expressed concern over the impact a trade dispute between the US and Europe could have on Scotland's whisky industry, BBC News reported on July 25.

This month, the US threatened to impose tariffs on a range of European Union imports, including Scotch whisky.

Diageo Europe president John Kennedy said his company would be "ready to handle whatever comes".

But he added he was concerned about the impact on Scotch whisky's supply chain.

Mr Kennedy's comments came as Diageo announced a 9% rise in operating profit, to £4bn, for the year to 30 June.

He told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "We are not immune from a trade war or the impact of tariffs in the short term, but we are used to dealing with volatility in global trade and we are resilient as we operate across over 180 countries at almost every price point with all of our brands, so we feel like we're fit and agile and will be ready to handle whatever comes.

"What I would say though is, we are concerned about the potential impact of tariffs on Scotch whisky and the industry in Scotland, not just for us.

"We are a big company, we can handle many changes. However, there is a big supply chain of smaller enterprises across Scotland that participate in Scotch whisky that would be negatively affected, so we are hoping that both sides participate in getting to a resolution."

The US has threatened to impose tariffs on European Union imports worth up to $4 bln (£3.2 bln), although it is not known when tariffs would be imposed.

Meanwhile, Mr Kennedy said he was hopeful a pay row with Scottish employees will be resolved.

The Unite and GMB unions are set to ballot workers at Diageo sites across Scotland over strike action after pay talks at arbitration service Acas broke down.

On July 24, GMB Scotland said Diageo's latest offer of a 2.8% pay rise fell short of its members' aspirations.

The union, which has nearly 1,000 members across Diageo's Scottish operations, said its ballot would run from 29 July to 16 August.

It added that any action would disrupt production of brands such as Johnnie Walker, Gordon's and Smirnoff.

Mr Kennedy said: "We did improve our offer. That wasn't accepted but we remain open and expect to continue talks to get to an acceptable resolution.

"We feel good about how we operate as an employer in Scotland. We pay in the upper quartile versus other manufacturers in the country and have a wide range of strong benefits, so we expect those conversations to continue and hope to get to a resolution."

On July 25, Diageo reported that sales for the year rose by 5.8% to £12.8 bln on the back of growth "across regions and categories".

Diageo said sales remained strong in Europe, pushed higher by a particularly strong performance in the UK and Ireland.

The company's chief finance officer, Kathryn Mikells, said that the "gin phenomenon" has continued to drive sales globally, but particularly in continental Europe and the UK.

Brands Tanqueray and Gordon's both reported double-digit growth in Europe as they were boosted by new product releases, such as Gordon's pink gin.

Diageo also hailed strong growth for Johnnie Walker, which saw sales rise by 7%, although in Europe Scotch sales were largely flat as this was offset by weaker sales of J&B.

UNITED CAPS Honoured with Prestigious IMDA Award

UNITED CAPS Honoured with Prestigious IMDA Award  (Company news)

Company lives up to its PERFORM commitment with MORPHOTONIX collaboration and award for Best Technical Achievement: Holographic Closure Technologies

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported it was honoured with an IMDA award for Best Technical Achievement: Holographic Closure Technologies, for a holographic in-mold label jointly developed with MORPHOTONIX, a high-tech brand protection company.

Photo: Unique holographic UNITED CAPS anti-counterfeiting closure developed in collaboration with MORPHOTONIX.

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) is a trade association representing molders, label printers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers and others committed to the development and growth of in-mold labeling and decorating products, technologies and markets.

To create this unique and secure bio-inspired and sustainable closure design. MORPHOTONIX nano-engraved steel cavities with 130,000 dpi precision custom diffractive holograms, which were replicated by UNITED CAPS into the closures via injection molding. The cavities are seamlessly integrated in the molding line, and the closures are produced at standard speeds, with zero additional consumables. The irremovable security designs provide immediate verification without scanning.

“We also showed this innovative approach to security closures at ProPak Asia 2019 last month, where it received rave reviews due to its unmatched anti-counterfeiting performance and its attractive, attention-drawing appearance,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “With an estimated US$460 billion in counterfeit goods worldwide, counterfeit prevention has significant economic benefits, including protection of jobs and prevention of deaths due to counterfeit drugs. This holographic solution is one of two SMARTER anti-counterfeiting solutions we have demonstrated at ProPak Asia and other recent shows; the other one is QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that helps brands enhance consumer confidence. It’s another example of how we leverage our market-driven pillars for differentiated total packaging solutions: RELATE – PERFORM - SUSTAIN. In this case, as an element of our PERFORM pillar, we have improved usability for consumers and productivity for customers by making it easier to quickly identify a genuine product.”
(United Caps)

Symrise continues growth in Russia – new production line for liquid flavoring range

Symrise continues growth in Russia – new production line for liquid flavoring range  (Company news)

• Liquid taste solutions supplement the production of dry applications
• Regional customers benefit from solutions for sweet, dairy and beverage products

Symrise is launching a production line for liquid flavorings in the Russian town of Rogovo, south of the capital city of Moscow, where the company began producing its own dry taste solutions a few years ago. On July 11, 2019, the Holzminden-based company opened the expanded production site with an inaugural ceremony. Russian customers will now receive regionally produced taste solutions for sweet and dairy products as well as beverages. These supplement the range of dry taste solutions for snacks and ready meals.

Photo: Ribbon cutting from left to right: Dirk Bennwitz - President Flavors Division EAME, Alexander Blagov - Deputy Prefect New Moscow Administration, Stephan Schulte - Managing Director & Divisional Manager Flavors GUS OOO „Symrise Rogovo“

Representatives from industry, politics and local dignitaries attended the inaugural ceremony. The head of management of the Rogovo site gave a speech in which he highlighted, among other things, the special neighborly relationships the site has. Representatives from the German Embassy, the German Chamber of Foreign Trade and the press also took part in the ceremony. Symrise in turn used the opportunity to greet customer representatives who will benefit from use the products from the new line. “We invited our guests on a tour through the plant, where we were also able to inspire them with our culinary offerings. Together, we tasted samples that contain our liquid flavorings,” says Nelli Tazina, plant manager at Symrise Rogovo.

Improved production line

The liquid flavorings from the new production facility can be used by the consumer goods industry in sweets, dairy products and beverages. This expands the target customer group, which until now mostly comprised suppliers of snacks and ready meals. At the same time, Symrise is optimizing its processes with the new production line, which manufactures products sequentially preventing cross-contamination and guaranteeing high purity in the final taste solution. The plant will produce around 1,800 tons of flavorings per year, in containers ranging from 100 kilograms to 4,000 kilograms.

Symrise opened its first representative office in Russia in 1995 and has been operating an application lab in Moscow since 2002. In 2011, the company was the first in the industry to start up local production in Russia, which it expanded in 2015 with a fifth production line. Now, another line is being added in the same building – with a new product offering. The technological factory equipment installed was sourced from Russia and other European countries. “This investment clearly demonstrates our commitment to the region and the country. We strongly believe in the positive development of the Russian economy,” says Stephan Schulte, Managing Director of Symrise Rogovo. “Our company got involved in the growing market early on and has successfully developed its business in Russia. Local customers have already had positive experiences with dry taste solutions from Symrise.”
(Symrise AG)

Givaudan and Bühler partner to fast-track market access and innovation for start-ups

Givaudan and Bühler partner to fast-track market access and innovation for start-ups   (Company news)

-Two leading Swiss companies join forces to accelerate global customer access to food industry start-ups
-Development programme offers start-ups world-leading expertise and capabilities through Swiss innovation centres

Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, and Bühler, global leader for food processing solutions, have today announced a development partnership to accelerate market access for food start-ups in Switzerland.

Photo: Givaudan's Zurich Innovation Centre, inside view

The aim is to support start-ups which offer solutions that deliver safe, affordable, nutritious and delicious food that, if scaled globally, will contribute to feeding 10 billion people by 2050.

Through this new partnership, Givaudan and Bühler aim to intensify access to knowledge, capabilities and global platforms for food start-ups, by hosting and mentoring entrepreneurs at their respective, newly-opened world class innovation centres in Switzerland. By offering their expertise in complementary areas, Givaudan and Bühler hope to provide all the support a start-up needs to scale-up and commercialise disruptive new solutions.

“As part of our strategy of collaborative innovation, we are delighted to partner with Bühler to help food start-ups succeed in bringing to market solutions that address our global food challenges. Our brand new Zurich Innovation Centre provides the perfect environment for outstanding start-ups to collaborate and access Givaudan’s world leading technology, expertise and capabilities,” said Givaudan’s Head of Flavours Science & Technology, Fabio Campanile.

Of particular interest are solutions in the fields of alternative proteins, sustainable animal feed, food safety, food fraud, authenticity, natural ingredients for food applications (colours, preservatives), flavours, nutrition (particularly fibre, sugar, fat and salt reduction), ingredients with proven health and nutrition benefits, and gentle processing.

Bühler’s Chief Technology Officer, Ian Roberts, said: “Our recently inaugurated innovation campus, the CUBIC, with collaboration spaces, laboratories and technology and scale-up facilities complements the new Givaudan facility. With our global presence, sales networks, digital platforms and brand strength we are convinced that, together, we can offer an unrivalled scale up partnership for start-ups. We consider that Switzerland can be a global leader in the food and agricultural space and we see this latest collaboration as an example of how we can achieve this.”
(Bühler AG)

Ardagh Group: Food & Specialty Metal Packaging to Combine with Exal to form ...

Ardagh Group: Food & Specialty Metal Packaging to Combine with Exal to form ...  (Company news)

... Trivium Packaging (“Trivium”)

Trivium to become a leading global metal packaging producer

Ardagh Group (“Ardagh”) announces that it has entered into an agreement to combine its Food & Specialty Metal Packaging business (“Food & Specialty”) with the business of Exal Corporation (“Exal”), a leading producer of aluminum containers, to form Trivium Packaging (“Trivium”), a global leader in metal packaging.

The combination of Food & Specialty with Exal, currently controlled by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (“Ontario Teachers’”), will create one of the largest metal packaging companies in the world. Trivium will be headquartered in the Netherlands and will operate 57 production facilities, principally across Europe and the Americas, employing approximately 7,800 people. Pro forma revenues and Adjusted EBITDA in the twelve months ended March 31, 2019 were $2.7 billion and $469 million respectively. In addition, Trivium expects to derive net combination benefits of approximately $40 million over the next few years, from the pursuit of commercial and operational excellence opportunities.

Trivium will serve a diverse range of leading multinational, regional and local customers operating in a wide array of end markets, including food, seafood, pet food, nutrition, beauty and personal care, household care and premium beverages.

This complementary transaction will combine Food & Specialty’s leading presence in Europe and North America, principally focused on tin-plate steel packaging, with Exal’s leadership in Americas aluminum aerosol packaging. Trivium will produce an extensive and sustainable product range, backed by dedicated research and development resources, underpinning the businesses’ reputation for customer service, quality and innovation.

Paul Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Ardagh, will be Chairman of Trivium. Michael Mapes, CEO of Exal, will be CEO and will lead a highly experienced team drawn from across both businesses. Upon completion of the transaction, Ardagh will hold a 43 per cent stake in Trivium, with 57 per cent controlled by Ontario Teachers’. Ardagh will also receive approximately $2.5 billion in cash proceeds.

Completion of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and confirmation of the participation of certain Ardagh European entities in the transaction, which remains subject to works councils’ consultation. Completion is also subject to closing of the debt financing expected to be announced by Trivium later today. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Paul Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Ardagh and Chairman of Trivium said;
“Ardagh is delighted to partner with Ontario Teachers’ as shareholders in Trivium, a combination of two highly complementary and well-invested businesses. Trivium has the products, customers, innovation capabilities and leadership team to deliver continued growth and success, as brand owners and consumers increasingly seek sustainable packaging solutions.”

Jane Rowe, Executive Managing Director, Equities, Ontario Teachers’ commented;
“In forming Trivium we are bringing together two leading businesses to create a global packaging company that is well-positioned to capitalise on current market trends. We are pleased to establish a partnership with Ardagh and believe our alignment on long-term value creation will be a critical driver for future success of the enterprise.”

Michael Mapes, CEO of Trivium said;
“I am honoured to lead Trivium, which combines two great organizations with a history of customer service and innovation derived from exceptional people and long-term customer relationships. Trivium establishes a focused global leader at a time when metal packaging is poised to provide a compelling solution to help address the sustainability concerns facing consumers, brand owners, and governments. I’m very excited about Trivium’s prospects for future success.”

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We expect our performance in the second quarter of 2019 to be as follows:
Revenue of $557 million to show a decrease of $37 million on the second quarter of 2018 (which was $594 million). Excluding currency translation effects of $34 million, revenue decreased by $3 million, principally due to the closure of a facility in North America in late-2018, offset by the pass through of higher input costs.

Adjusted EBITDA of $85 million to show a decrease of $2 million on the second quarter of 2018 (which was $87 million). Excluding adverse currency translation effects of $5 million, Adjusted EBITDA increased by $3 million compared with the second quarter of 2018, as favourable IFRS 16 effects were partly offset by lower volumes due to the closure of a facility in North America in late-2018.

Citigroup acted as exclusive financial adviser to Ardagh and Shearman & Sterling LLP was lead legal adviser to Ardagh.

Evercore Group LLC and BMO Capital Markets acted as financial advisers to Ontario Teachers’ and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP was lead legal adviser to Ontario Teachers’.
(Ardagh Group)

BillerudKorsnäs and The Paper Straw Co to launch the first U-Bend paper straw

BillerudKorsnäs and The Paper Straw Co to launch the first U-Bend paper straw  (Company news)

Together with the Paper Straw Co, BillerudKorsnäs has developed the first functional 180° U-Bend straw, made out of paper. The straw is made to be used for individual drink cartons such as juice, milk and water. The long term market potential as well as positive sustainability impact is extensive.

BillerudKorsnäs has just filed a patent of the U-Bend paper straw in cooperation with The Paper Straw Company, who will produce the straw in Manchester, England and in the US. The end-users will be consumers buying individual drink cartons filled with juice, milk or water. Made out of FibreForm, a uniquely shapable paper patented by BillerudKorsnäs, the U-Bend paper straw is durable and recyclable. The straw based on materials from sustainably sourced forests is also biodegradable, resulting in a positive impact on pollution and littering compared to plastic straws.

”The U-Bend straw is the first paper straw that is 180° bendable. It can be used together with existing drink packaging. Today many billion bendable straws are produced in a year which means that the potential for our business and our contribution to a more sustainable packaging world is, to say the least, considerable.” says Emma Hellqvist, Formable Solutions at BillerudKorsnäs.

At this moment, we are ready to go into industrial trials with the goal to be able to commercialise by the end of this year. The key to success lies in the efforts of innovation, collaboration and strong partnerships - in this case with The Paper Straw Co owned by Hoffmaster Group. Aardvark® Straws is part of Hoffmaster Group and will enable the production of the U-Bend paper straw for the US-market.

“We are excited to expand our line of paper straw offerings with the patent pending U-Bend paper straw.” Says Geert Pijper, Co-Founder The Paper Straw Co.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment  (Company news)

Sidel has recently been announced as a new signatory of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. This worldwide initiative was launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment in October 2018 with the goal of addressing the plastic waste and pollution crisis at its source and keeping plastics within the economy. Today, it unites more than 400 organisations on its common vision of a circular economy for plastics.

Sidel has long based its sustainability efforts on eight strong pillars. These include product-focused aspects such as food safety, sustainable packaging and equipment – striving to avoid all waste, minimise greenhouse gas emissions, reduce water and energy consumption – and sustainable lifecycle management of their customers’ assets. “By signing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Commitment, we have undertaken another important step towards a more sustainable future. Together with our clients and business partners we want to continue playing a key role when it comes to addressing the increasing challenges of packaging, food safety and environmental impacts”, says Luc Desoutter, Sustainability Officer at Sidel.

Better recycling needs focus on collection
The consumption of packaged beverage alone shows a continuous growth trend at 2.5% per annum globally and at 1.3% per annum in Europe. To a large degree, this green trajectory is supported by the usage of PET as primary packaging. Due to its unique properties in terms of food safety, convenience, design flexibility, transparency, cost and especially closed loop recyclability, approximately 37% of all beverage volume is packaged in PET.

The vision behind the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment includes ambitious goals: for instance, taking action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging – through redesign, innovation and new delivery models – as well as embracing reuse models with the aim of 100% of all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

“Technologically and industrially, PET, can and glass can all be recycled. There is also an economical value in doing so: the value of a bale of PET bottles can range between 300 and 600 Euros per tonne, depending on its quality. PET can be brought back into the value chain, it shouldn’t be considered part of the problem”, Desoutter explains. “We are witnessing a significant shift in attitudes towards how PET is recycled and we want to use our engagement as part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to support and promote this development towards maximum collection and recycling rates.”

Beyond the bottle – Sidel’s End to End approach
As far as the image of plastics and especially PET is concerned, Sidel has long been collaborating with different leading industry associations to continuously promote the unique properties of PET packaging and to develop designs for its recycling standards. Accordingly, having signed the commitment among the suppliers to the plastic packaging industry, Sidel has also formulated an ambitious set of their own additional targets.

Those are centred on the company’s End to End approach, which considers packaging and equipment from a 360° perspective, taking into account the impacts created upstream and downstream in the value chain. As Desoutter highlights, “When looking at packaging, not only do we need to take into account primary, secondary and tertiary packaging but also their interaction with the equipment in the factory. We do that by always bearing in mind interests and expectations carried by the industry players, the consumers and the civil society.”
(Sidel International AG)

Innovative technology meets traditional craftsmanship: KHS’ Innofill Can C ...

Innovative technology meets traditional craftsmanship: KHS’ Innofill Can C ...  (Company news)

... can filler has British craft brewer Magic Rock convinced

Since its launch in 2017 the KHS Innofill Can C can filler has successfully established itself on the market. Over 30 craft brewers worldwide are already benefitting from this new development from KHS.

- Wide range of products and beer styles
- High level of hygiene for craft beer
- Compact machine design for smaller breweries

Since its launch in 2017 the KHS Innofill Can C can filler has successfully established itself on the market. Over 30 craft brewers worldwide are already benefitting from this new development from KHS. The Innofill Can C is designed for low to medium outputs depending on the can size, enabling between 10,000 and 40,000 cans to be filled per hour.In addition to quick commissioning and maximum hygiene the system is convincing with its exceptionally low oxygen pickup and faster format changeovers. Magic Rock in West Yorkshire is just one example of the successful reception it has had to date.

In their search for great taste and exotic alternatives, for a number of years now British consumers have been distancing themselves from the traditional lager brands. Craftsmanship and premium products are finding increasing favor on the British beer market. This is backed up by a study carried out by Euromonitor International in 2019, for instance. It is also a development Magic Rock helped pioneer and is now profiting from. Thanks to the great demand for craft beer the brewery from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire recently extended its production facilities to include a KHS Innofill Can C can filler. With its 21 filling and three seaming stations the can filler has enabled the company to quadruple its previous output. “Crafted beers like the ones we produce have a good reputation and stand for quality. With the Innofill Can C we can guarantee the desired quality,” says Duncan Sime, manager of Retail, Media and Events at Magic Rock, explaining why the business procured its KHS machinery.

According to the Brits, their beers are characterized by their vibrant taste and attention to detail. In order to meet their own requirements, the brewery regularly modernizes its machines. Their investment in the KHS can filler, convincing with its modern technology packed into the smallest of spaces, is just one logical consequence of this. Magic Rock was able to integrate the system into its existing line without the need for any elaborate installation measures and commission it in the shortest possible time.

High demands made of hygiene and product quality
Making and filling beer is an art in itself – even more so for craft brewers like Magic Rock who make beers which are unpasteurized. During production the amount of oxygen pickup must be extremely low; at the same time the demands made of hygiene and product quality are very high. All of these criteria are fully met by the Innofill Can C. The bells on the filling valves are sealed without gaps by PTFE expansion joints. This does away with the need for the external water lubrication system usually required. The entire system is designed to ensure an extremely high standard of hygiene. At the same time cleaning is also considerably eased and optimum product quality obtained. For example, a super hoppy beer still tastes amazing many months after canning.

Wide range of products without flavor carryover
At the time of writing Magic Rock makes 15,000 hectoliters of beer per year and exports to 25 countries. “True to our motto of ‘same but different’ we offer our customers not only a distinctive core range but an ever-changing lineup of craft beers with an innovative, quality-driven approach,” Sime confirms. Whether IPA, pale ale or Surreal Stout, the brewery’s large assortment of beers is its unique selling point. This was also a reason why the brewers opted for the KHS can filler. The Innofill Can C is designed to allow flexible format setups and quick product changeovers. At the same time the computer-controlled, volumetric filling system ensures uniform fill levels and thus achieves a high filling accuracy when processing the 330- and 500-milliliter cans.

Economy plus sustainability
“With our compact can filler Magic Rock hasn’t just secured itself an economic advantage but an ecological one as well,” states Andy Carter, director of Sales UK & Ireland at KHS. Because of the patented purging process during filling this system has both extremely low oxygen pickup and low CO2 consumption. And last but not least, Carter adds, aluminum cans are one of the most widely recycled materials in Great Britain.
(KHS GmbH)

Fizzy coffee in a can

Fizzy coffee in a can  (Company news)

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


USA: Beer drinking not dead – Constellation Brands CEO  (

Long live the iced cold cerveza.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That much is for sure.

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

No small feat in such a competitive consumer category.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


UK: UK's Trappist brewers struggling with demand  (

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

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

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

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

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

The monks also drink it themselves on a Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We're pretty rapt with the win."

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

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

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

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