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    22.02.2019   Annatto Color Certified Organic for IFF’s Frutarom Division    ( Company news )

    Company news With consumer demand for fair trade, sustainable and organic products growing fast, Frutarom Natural Solutions Ltd., a division of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) (Euronext Paris: IFF) (TASE: IFF), has received organic certification for that its natural annatto color. The ingredient was granted organic certifications from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The European Organic Certifiers Council. Annatto seeds and extracts have been used for more than a century in Europe and North America to provide a yellow to reddish color to foods and beverages, thus becoming the second most economically important natural colorant worldwide.

    To support the certification, Frutarom registered and trained more than 50 annatto seed farmers in the Quillabamba Valley in Cuzco, Peru and in Codo del Pozuzo in Puerto Inca, Peru. The division also meets all organic regulations while ensuring fair salaries to the growers. Frutarom maintains full traceability on the growing and harvesting processes to provide a pure, organic annatto color.

    “Organic colors are an integral part of the established clean label trend, meaning that the colors support our customers’ efforts to satisfy consumer needs,” says Yoni Glickman, President, Natural Product Solutions of IFF Frutarom “Organic certification has become the standard of the industry, especially as it involves all aspects of growing, harvesting, extracting, and maintaining full traceability of the ingredient, from seed to final product.”

    Frutarom has carefully selected agricultural land free of prohibited chemical inputs for its Natural Solutions Products business. The farmers it works with use non-GMO seeds, and do not use synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, pesticides, or hormones. “It is all about caring and staying loyal to consumers’ expectations for better-for-you products that are also eco-friendly and help us to protect the environment,” notes Ilanit Bar-Zeev, VP, Natural Product Solutions of IFF Frutarom.

    Frutarom works to create natural and organic solutions that are affordable and accessible to the marketplace. “There is a delicate balance in providing natural, organic color with responsible sourcing, while still keeping it cost effective,” explains Bar-Zeev. Frutarom is committed to expanding its portfolio of better-for-you and better-for-the-Earth ingredients that manufacturers and consumers can trust.
    (Frutarom Industries Ltd)
     
    22.02.2019   More flexibility, precision and ease of maintenance for filling processes    ( Company news )

    Company news The ever-increasing variety of beverages, liquid foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals presents major challenges for plant operators and plant designers. Manufacturers are placing more and more emphasis on customized solutions when it comes to container shapes, in order to stand out from the competition. This also applies to plant design. Maximum flexibility is often incompatible with low conversion and maintenance costs.

    The valve specialist GEMÜ is reacting to these increased requirements by bringing an innovative filling valve platform to the market. It is based on the GEMÜ PD design that won the "ACHEMA Innovation Award". This new sealing concept comprises a highly resistant plug diaphragm (PD) made of modified PTFE (TFMTM). This enables hermetic separation of the actuator parts and the product area, a high number of switching cycles and extremely precise dosing. At the same time, the patented cartridge spare parts system makes maintenance very simple and fast, eliminating long downtimes. The valves are FDA- and USP Class IV-compliant and meet the requirements of "Hygienic Design" and the Food Contact Materials Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. The GEMÜ filling valve platform currently comprises a pneumatically operated GEMÜ F40 filling valve and a motorized GEMÜ F60 filling valve.

    The pneumatically operated GEMÜ F40 filling valve meets the high standards expected of an aseptic valve for use in the pharmaceutical and foodstuff industries. High Kv values and precise, fast activation in conjunction with a compact design mean that the GEMÜ F40 filling valve is suitable for any pneumatically operated filling processes. Where necessary, a variety of accessories from GEMÜ's wide range, such as a stroke limiter or positioner, can be adapted for use with the GEMÜ F40 filling valve.

    The GEMÜ F60 filling valve can be actuated in real time and is controlled electronically, meaning that it will be significantly easier for users to adjust or rearrange the filling machine when changing the medium or filling container in the future. By precisely following freely programmable filling curves, it is possible to implement optimal quantity control and filling speed for each medium and filling container. The servo actuator is particularly impressive thanks to its high positioning accuracy of up to 10 µm and a travel speed of up to 200 mm/s. A controller can be used to connect the motorized filling valve directly to the software-controlled central machine control for the filling machine. This makes it particularly suitable for use in linear or circular fillers, for filling medicinal products or for filling infusion bags. The GEMÜ F60 filling valve generates no exhaust air; as a result, it can even be used in cleanrooms or insulators.

    Together, the GEMÜ F40 and GEMÜ F60 filling valves represent the foundations of the new GEMÜ filling valve platform. The range is currently being individually expanded in order to create a modular platform that can be combined with individually designed filling stations.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    21.02.2019   SACMI taking the North African packaging industry to the next level    ( Company news )

    Company news Once again, the Group will be exhibiting at the Djazagro fair in Algiers. In the spotlight: beverage, closures and preform technology alongside the integrated SACMI Packaging&Chocolate range for the confectionery industry.

    In 2019 SACMI will renew its long-standing participation at Djazagro, the annual Algiers-held fair that brings together the world's leading Process & Conditioning, Bakery-Pastry, Food & Beverage, Ingredients & Food Service protagonists in what is North Africa's leading economy. SACMI will be in Algiers from 25 to 28 February 2019, bringing with it an expert Beverage – Closures & Preform team and showcasing the latest technology from SACMI Packaging&Chocolate, heir to the historical Carle&Montanari, OPM and FIMA brands.

    Visitors will thus have a great opportunity to visit the SACMI stand and get a close look at the multiple technological developments being presented by the SACMI Group, world leader and primary partner to the entire North African packaging-beverage industry. These include the CCM presses, a flexible, efficient plastic closures production solution with the lowest running costs on the market.

    Capable of providing individual solutions and complete plants covering every stage along the beverage line, SACMI will be at Djazagro to showcase a renewed plant engineering range that now includes integrated solutions upstream (caps and preforms) and downstream from the bottling line (stretch-blowing, filing, labelling). All, of course, supported by a full range of inspection systems designed to ensure total quality control.

    The year 2019 will see SACMI attending key fairs in the industry to present its 'new' Packaging&ChocolateDivision. The latter merges the Group's unrivalled skill and knowledge in the fields of chocolate preparation and moulding (Carle&Montanari), primary and secondary packaging (OPM) and wrapping technology for chocolate and other confectionery products (FIMA and, again, Carle&Montanari). The Algiers-held event will provide the perfect showcase for an array of technological developments in different fields, all characterised by flexibility, user-friendliness and efficient management of all product types. SACMI Packaging&Chocolate, in fact, is the perfect partner for both start-ups and established chocolate producers looking for a reliable, skilled, sole supplier. SACMI Packaging&Chocolate provides valuable initial guidance and close support throughout the process, from raw material mixing to refinement, conching, tempering and moulding, up to and including packaging processes (wrapping, flow-pack and all secondary packaging).

    Present on the strategic North African market with three branches headed by SACMI North Africa, the company will also be at Djazagro to highlight its capacity to provide customers with close support and dedicated solutions right from the design stage. Indeed, further support is provided by the SACMI Customer Service Division, with an advanced software package ensuring customers can count on daily assistance - also remotely - from a specialised SACMI technician. Visit the Group stand (CT F 065) at Djazagro 2019. SACMI, leading the way, worldwide.
    (Sacmi Imola S.C.)
     
    20.02.2019   Zumosol partners with Elopak and switches from plastic bottles to sustainable beverage cartons    ( Company news )

    Company news Zumosol in Spain has re-launched its organic juices in 1 litre aseptic Pure-Pak® Sense cartons with Natural Brown Board from Elopak. In a switch from plastic packaging, the premium juice manufacturer found the new more natural and sustainable cartons a perfect fit for its organic portfolio.

    First launched in December 2017, in plastic bottles the Zumosol range of three organic juices, are now going to be relaunched in cartons with Natural Brown Board. The aseptic Pure-Pak® cartons have one less layer and thereby retain the natural brown colour of the wood fibres which gives a visible fibre structure. This also results in reduced carbon footprint and reduced weight, providing a naturally different, sustainable and authentic package that meets demands from growing trends in ethical, ecological and organic products.

    “Our ecological range is made entirely from organic crops, with both ingredients and process adhering to the highest standards of respect for the environment. As one of the leading brands for these types of products, we are constantly looking to improve their sustainability,” explains Laura Rueda from Zumosol.

    “The new carton has the natural look and its clear benefits for the environment that supports organic values, provides outstanding differentiation on shelf and strengthens the Zumosol brand commitment to sustainability.”

    As with all Pure-Pak® cartons, the Natural Brown Board is fully recyclable through the existing collection, sorting and recycling facilities. “We have seen an increased awareness in the market of sustainable packaging, leading to a demand for more environmental solutions,” adds Marina Bortoletto, Marketing Director in Elopak for South Europe. “The benefits of this latest carton enable our customers to further increase the environmental benefits of their packaging. We believe that, from the market feedback, this is a good solution which is sustainable from the inside – to the outside.”

    The new cartons of Zumosol will soon be on shelves nationally in Spain. The organic range features orange, mango orange, red-fruits varieties packaged in 1 litre Pure-Pak® Sense cartons with Natural Brown Board.
    (Elopak AS)
     
    19.02.2019   Givaudan opens new state-of-the-art Flavours manufacturing facility in Pune, India    ( Company news )

    Company news - Investment of CHF 60 million further supports Givaudan’s growth ambitions in Asia Pacific
    - Facility makes important contributions to Company’s Climate Action Agenda

    Givaudan, the world’s leading flavour and fragrance company, officially inaugurated a new Flavours manufacturing facility in Pune, India. The CHF 60 million plant is the Company's largest investment in India and further proof of its commitment to leverage growth potential in Asia Pacific.

    Designed to deliver a superior level of flavour and taste solutions, the new 40,000 square metre facility will enable Givaudan to meet growing demand from customers in the food and beverage and health care segments. The new facility will complement the Company’s existing plant in Daman, strengthening its capabilities in liquids compounding, powder blending, emulsions, process flavours and spray drying for the India, Nepal and Bangladesh markets. Givaudan expects to employ about 200 people at the new site.

    Givaudan’s Chief Executive Officer, Gilles Andrier said: “We are delighted to open this world-class flavours manufacturing facility in Pune as the latest example of Givaudan’s long-term heritage and commitment to India and our strategic focus on the high growth markets of Asia Pacific. Our new plant will enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver differentiated solutions and great taste experiences to the dynamic Indian market.”

    The new facility is also making important contributions to Givaudan’s Climate Action Agenda by becoming the Company’s first Zero Liquid Discharge site which ensures all waste water is purified and recycled at the end of the treatment cycle. Energy efficient LED lighting technology has also been fitted throughout the site to reduce CO2 emissions and plans are under development to incorporate solar panels, contributing towards Givaudan’s 100% renewable energy target. Over 1,100 trees have also been planted to support the preservation of the local ecosystem.

    Givaudan’s APAC Commercial Head, Flavours, Monila Kothari, underlined the growing importance of the Indian market: “Over the last few years, there has been tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry in India and we have seen sustainable growth in this market. Given this rapid transformation, we need to be agile to address the needs of these markets and this new manufacturing facility in India is designed to cater to this.”

    The opening ceremony held in Ranjangaon near Pune, Maharashtra was attended by Givaudan top management including Chief Executive Officer Gilles Andrier and President Flavour Division Louie D’Amico, alongside dignitaries and regional management members.
    (Givaudan SA)
     
    18.02.2019   100% Sustainable Fruit Juices: Eckes-Granini signs Sustainability Covenant    ( Company news )

    Company news The Eckes-Granini Group GmbH, the international corporate group specialized in non-alcoholic fruit beverages under the umbrella of Eckes AG, is now stepping up its commitment to sustainability once again. On February 12, Sidney Coffeng, Senior Vice President and CFO, Finance, IT, Procurement, Merger & Acquisitions, and Dr Karl Neuhäuser, Director Quality & Sustainability, handed the signed “Sustainable Juice Covenant” to David Black from the sustainable trade initia-tive IDH at Group headquarters in Nieder-Olm. As a party to the agree-ment, Eckes-Granini joins other international beverage producers and suppliers in committing itself to increase the relative share of sus-tainable juices and smoothies continuously with the goal of reaching 100% by 2030.

    Capture: Sidney Coffeng (left), Senior Vice President and CFO, Finance, IT, Procurement, Merger & Acquisitions, and Dr Karl Neuhäuser (right), Director Quality & Sustainability, hand the signed “Sustainable Juice Covenant” to David Black (middle) from the sustainable trade initiative IDH. © Eckes-Granini

    The Sustainable Juice Covenant (SJC) is a global initiative devoted to sustainability in procurement, production and marketing of fruit and vegetables juices, purees and concentrates. With the support of the European Fruit Juice Association AIJN, the participating organizations strive for continuous optimization and regular certification of their delivery chains. They also initiate and promote projects concerned with social and environmental sustainability issues, such as the involvement of small farmers, their working conditions, the use of fertilizers and pesticides, soil preservation and climate protection. The SJC is coordinated by IDH, a sustainable trade initiative based in Utrecht, Netherlands.

    “Sustainability is a fixed component of our strategy, which is why we have defined concrete goals for sustainability in the areas of products, supply chain and people,” Coffeng explains. “With our commitment to the Sustainable Juice Covenant we are now expanding our effective reach in-to the field of fruit cultivation as well.” Eckes-Granini has been reporting on progress in the area of sustainability regularly and systematically since 2014. A team composed of members from different departments is tasked with ensuring that the majority of projects are promoted and realized not only in Germany, but by all national subsidiaries as well.

    “We are proud that Eckes-Granini, a significant player in the European juice sector and a leader in sustainability, has joined our initiative,” said David Black from IDH. “With its commitment, the Eckes-Granini Group underscores the significance of this valuable sector platform and emphasizes the importance of the production of socially and environmen-tally sustainable fruits.”
    (Eckes Granini Deutschland GmbH)
     
    18.02.2019   Japan: Kirin to beef up whiskey production in Japan    ( E-malt.com )

    Kirin Co. said on February 7 it will beef up whiskey production in Japan to address its short supply amid the popularity of highball, or whiskey mixed with soda, Jiji Press reported.

    An affiliated whiskey maker in the central prefecture of Shizuoka will invest some 8 billion yen to double the production capacity of unblended whiskey and increase the capability to house whiskey barrels by 20 pct. The expanded production will start in June 2021.

    The move came after a decision by Kirin, a unit of Kirin Holdings Co., to stop selling a domestically produced whiskey brand, Fuji Sanroku Tarujuku Genshu 50, last year, due to a shortage of unblended whiskey.

    In a similar move, Suntory Spirits Ltd., a unit of Suntory Holdings Ltd., has suspended shipments of its mainstay Hakushu 12 Years Old and Hibiki 17 Years Old whiskey brands.

     
    18.02.2019   Luxembourg: Brasserie Nationale sees increase in both production and sales of beer in 2018    ( E-malt.com )

    The Brasserie Nationale, Luxembourg’s largest beer maker, saw an increase in both its production and sales of beer in 2018, RTL Today reported on February 14.

    In total, the brewery brewed around 15,500,000 litres of peer (155,000 hectolitres), which marks an increase of over 700,000 litres. To look at it another way, the brewery produced an additional 3 million half-pints of beer compared to 2017.

    This also was reflected in the brewery's turnover, which, having increased by 4%, lay at €10.7 million.

    It is likely, the brewery benefited from the long period of hot and dry weather over the summer, as its profits before tax rose by 2.5% to €4 million.

    Given Luxembourgish residents' beer habits, it is hardly a surprise that the Brasserie Nationale performed well.
     
    18.02.2019   Nigeria: Big brewers competing for Nigerian consumers    ( E-malt.com )

    Gigantic billboards advertising beer now dominate the skyline of Nigeria's megacity, Lagos, signalling the escalating battle between multinational brewers for drinkers in Africa's most populous country, the Daily Nation reported on February 10.

    So far it's a largely untapped market, with Nigerians consuming on average just nine litres (around 16 British pints) of beer a year, well below South Africans' 57 litres, according to market research firm Euromonitor.

    But with more than half of Nigeria's 190 million people aged under 30 — and the population expected to grow to 410 million by 2050 — the world's biggest beer companies are looking to elbow in.

    For years, Nigerian Breweries has dominated the sector with brands including Gulder, Star and top-of-the-range Heineken.

    However its iron grip on the market is under threat from mega-brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev.

    It recently opened a new factory outside Lagos and launched Budweiser to face off against Heineken, in a fierce contest for millennial drinkers being played out across Africa.

    Promotions have become an arms race among the beer companies as they host concerts, fashion weeks and boat parties to win over customers.

    Restaurant and club owners say they are being courted by the beer companies with unprecedented amounts of cash.

    "The big guys started noticing there was a new sheriff in town," AB InBev plant manager Tony Agah told AFP.

    "It's the beer wars."

    Agah walks through AB InBev's new factory, the largest in West Africa, located in a lush plot of land in Ogun state earmarked for industrial development.

    Green bottles of Trophy and brown bottles of Budweiser whizz by on automated production lines in a labyrinth of gleaming stainless steel.

    When AFP visited it was humid — the air conditioning had yet to be installed — with a smell like sweet breakfast cereal, a side-effect of fermentation.

    AB InBev built the factory to overcome significant logistical hurdles in Nigeria from potholed roads to spasmodic electricity and reach the neighbouring Lagos market.

    Outside, six generators produce 12 megawatts of electricity.

    "In a normal world I make beer but here I make beer and power," quipped Agah.

    Yet the biggest constraint in the eyes of executives isn't infrastructure but erratic government policy.

    Two years ago, there was a severe dollar shortage after the price of oil tanked and Nigeria tipped into a recession.

    At the height of the crisis, the government decided to introduce a currency peg, making matters worse for multinationals who have to import many raw materials.

    Add to that arbitrary rule changes and a tangle of red tape and you have what Nigerian financial journalist Ugo Obi-Chukwu described as a "regulatory onslaught".

    In November, for example, the National Lottery Regulatory Commission sealed the offices of Nigerian Breweries for running illegal lottery operations as part of a marketing promotion.

    But for all the headaches, the promise of Nigeria is too great to pass up.

    "The thing about the Nigerian market is that, long term, there are huge opportunities," said Nigerian Breweries marketing director Emmanuel Oriakhi.

    "There is a massive home brew category with people making all sorts of alcohol in their backyard, beer is an opportunity to premiumise their experience."

    Oriakhi is sanguine about AB InBev's investment in Nigeria.

    "We're very comfortable in any battle," he said with the confidence of having around 60 percent of the market share.

    "They're welcome and it makes the market interesting," he said with a smile.
     
    18.02.2019   UK: Carlsberg UK to launch a 'new, better': Carlsberg Danish Pilsner    ( E-malt.com )

    Carlsberg UK is set to launch a “new, better” Carlsberg Danish Pilsner variant, in a move designed to “improve the consumer drinking experience and minimise its environmental impact”, the Talking Retail reported on February 12.

    The variant will be available from 1 March in:
    Small packs – 6x330ml snap pack cans, 4x500ml cans, 4x568ml cans and 4x330ml bottles
    Medium packs – 10x330ml cans, 15x330ml cans and 12x330ml bottles
    Large packs –18x440ml cans and new 18x330ml bottle packs

    The new formula will have the same 3.8% ABV but has been “re-brewed from head to hop to deliver a smoother, fuller mouth-feel and a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness”.

    The new packs will feature a new font, a cap that removes oxygen from the bottles and environmentally friendly ink.

    The launch will be supported by a multi-million pound investment including a TV, digital and out-of-home advertising campaign running from April.

    Consumer research from Carlsberg found that the new Danish Pilsner has driven a significant shift in perceptions, with 68% of UK lager drinkers suggesting they prefer the taste of Carlsberg Pilsner to the current UK number one mainstream lager.

    It said the preference for pilsner was most significant among younger and more affluent consumers.

    Liam Newton, vice president of marketing at Carlsberg UK, said: “Some of the most popular and recognisable beers, like Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, will continue to represent the biggest segment in UK beer in five years’ time and therefore remains crucial to the health of the beer category overall.”
     
    15.02.2019   New unique puntmark for Verallia worldwide    ( Company news )

    Company news A new puntmark, common to all countries, will appear under the bottles and jars produced by the Verallia Group’s 32 glass production facilities located in 10 countries.

    Through this initiative, Verallia wishes to facilitate the identification of the Verallia brand throughout the world, a brand synonymous with quality, innovation and excellence. The Verallia Group has decided to standardize the puntmark under the bottles and jars it produces throughout the world, in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

    From now on, a "V" marking will appear on the production of all Verallia Group plants, regardless of the country in which they are located, followed by the country's letter. The first productions with this new logo were carried out in the Verallia factories in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

    An international group that is very close to its markets, Verallia is known for its leadership in innovation and design for its customers in the still and sparkling wine, spirits, beer, soft drinks and food segments. This project for a new unique puntmark aims to facilitate the identification of Verallia bottles and jars throughout the world.
    (Verallia Packaging SAS)
     
    14.02.2019   Bühler strengthens its strategic position and continues to grow     ( Company news )

    Company news The Bühler Group continued its positive development in 2018. All businesses achieved organic growth. Haas was successfully integrated into the Bühler Group in 2018 and contributed to Bühler’s success. Group turnover increased by 22% to CHF 3.3 billion. The Bühler Group has further strengthened its strategic position by establishing a third business pillar, Consumer Foods. Its new, most advanced factory in Changzhou, China, is fully operational, and construction of its CUBIC innovation campus in Uzwil, Switzerland is nearing completion. To drive digitalization, the company entered a partnership with Microsoft.

    “We are satisfied with the 2018 overall results. Volumes developed well, but profits were below our objectives. Despite risks such as trade conflicts, we are well positioned with our portfolio and our global organization, and look to the future with confidence,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber (photo). The 2018 business year was characterized by continued organic growth in all businesses with a gain in market share, increased order intake, and higher turnover.

    Turnover grew for Grains & Food by 9.2% to CHF 2.2 billion, for Advanced Materials by 5.6% to CHF 705 million, and Haas contributed CHF 373 million. As a result of the Group’s combined organic and acquisitional growth, Bühler increased its order intake by 17% to CHF 3.3 billion and its turnover by 22% to CHF 3.3 billion, which resulted in an order backlog of CHF 1.9 billion (+5.9%). Regionally, Europe (+28%) and Asia (+40%) were the markets showing the strongest turnover growth.

    Financial position remains strong
    EBIT increased in absolute terms by 13% to CHF 231 million, which represents an EBIT margin of 7.1% (previous year: 7.6%). Profitability was impacted by necessary adjustments at our Changzhou, China site. After years of over-proportional growth in China, this move ensures its alignment with Bühler’s global standards and systems and sets the foundation for further expansion. Without this one time effect, EBIT margin would have reached 8%. With a slightly improved tax rate of 20.1% (previous year: 20.2%) and a financial result of CHF 4.6 million (previous year: CHF 13 million), net profit grew by 9% and reached CHF 188 million (previous year CHF 173 million).

    Operating cash flow increased by 28% to CHF 202 million. Net liquidity remained at a high level of CHF 445 million (+1.1%, excluding corporate bond of 420 million in previous year) despite high investments. The equity ratio decreased slightly to 42.2% (previous year: 44.5%), mainly due to effects from the Haas acquisition.

    New strategic pillar Consumer Foods
    Following the successful integration of Haas in 2018, Bühler decided to strengthen its leading position in the consumer foods market with the creation of a new strategic pillar beginning in 2019. With the new Consumer Foods business, the Bühler Group will increase its focus on this important global growth market. From the very beginning, this step generated positive momentum among employees and customers. “This encouraged us to accelerate the full integration and new setup of our food businesses,” says Bühler CEO Scheiber. Consumer Foods stands from January 2019 alongside Grains & Food and Advanced Materials. Under the leadership of Germar Wacker, Haas achieved CHF 382 million in order intake and CHF 373 million in turnover. This represents the best result in the history of Haas, driven mainly by the Wafer and Biscuit business units.

    Strengthening our global setup
    Investments in the asset base rose to CHF 118 million (+18%), driven by spending on the new CUBIC innovation campus and application centers, the ongoing modernization of the Swiss locations, and the ramp-up of sites in China. In addition to the acquisition of Haas and US-based Sputtering Components Inc., the funds were used for the development of new digital technologies and process solutions, as well as for strengthening our innovative capabilities. The new factory and R&D facility for the feed industry in Changzhou, China was opened in 2018 and is in full operation. Bühler also expanded its global production network with the opening of a new battery application lab in Wuxi, China; the move of Bühler’s Die Casting revision business to a new site in Brescia, Italy, and the modernization and expansion of the Uzwil site.

    The CUBIC innovation campus in Uzwil is nearing completion. The official inauguration of the fully operational campus is scheduled for spring. The CUBIC combines research and development with seven renewed application centers, which will be available to customers for conducting tests and trial series together with Bühler. The considerable investment of about CHF 50 million over a period of three years underscores Bühler’s commitment to innovation, technology, and the workplace Switzerland.

    Harnessing the power of digital
    Spending on research and development amounted to CHF 145 million (4.4% of turnover). The Group introduced more than 20 digital products, achieved sizable initial turnover, and entered a partnership with Microsoft in April 2018. Currently, customers can choose from a digital portfolio of over 30 digital services. A further 30 will be launched during 2019. In September, another milestone was reached with the launch of the Bühler Insights digital platform – our secure, high-performance, and reliable platform for all of our digital services. These initiatives create new potential for improving safety, quality, efficiency, and traceability across production value chains. Today, more than 85 % of our solutions can be connected to the platform. It offers numerous interfaces with standard industry automation and control systems, thus enabling the connection of a wide range of technologies.

    Outlook
    Bühler faces the future with confidence. The Group is aware of the accelerated changes in our digital age and is keeping a watchful eye on the current global developments that bring about a degree of uncertainty – including the geopolitical situation, currencies, interest rates, or trends counteracting free trade. New business opportunities arise time and again, for example in emerging African markets, in South America, or in connection with China’s new Silk Road. The combined Consumer Foods business is also expected to address new market potential. Bühler is convinced that its opportunities outweigh the risks.
    (Bühler AG)
     
    13.02.2019   SIG OPENS STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY    ( Company news )

    Company news NEW SIG TECH CENTRE EXPEDITES NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FOR FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

    SIG has opened a new Tech Centre, close to its packaging plant in Suzhou in China, which will bring a new dimension in supporting customers with the development and implementation of new product concepts and market-ready packaging solutions.

    In the 17,500 square meter building, a team of SIG experts will develop and manufacture filling technology, conduct filling tests for customers and offer training. By focusing on product innovation and differentiation, the new Tech Centre fits in perfectly with SIG's Value Proposition, which aims to create added value for customers and consumers alike.

    SIG’s Tech Centre accommodates a state-of-the-art test and training centre, with the latest filling machines, upstream food processing equipment and UHT systems, which can process products with a wide range of viscosities and pieces. SIG will work closely with customers and offer professional support on aseptic filling tests and product concepts. The Training Centre is the second largest worldwide for SIG and is suited to both internal and external technical training on aseptic filling machines and downstream lines. The Tech Centre also hosts SIG’s Asian filler and applicator assembly operation and two Global Technology departments: Research & Development and Engineering & Application.

    SIG’s Tech Centre has the highest standard as a green building and SIG is only the ninth industrial company with onsite manufacturing in China to earn the LEED Platinum standard with a total of 83 points – the second highest score in the entire country.

    Rolf Stangl, CEO at SIG: “Asia is a vital market for SIG and our new Tech Centre will ensure our customers can realize opportunities much faster, working with our expert team to choose the right product and packaging concept to meet consumer demand and grow their business. At our new Tech Centre, we can expedite packaging solution development for our customers and carry out test fillings on a weekly basis, to ensure products are launched to market more quickly than ever before. Providing the best technical expertise will deliver end to end solutions in a timely manner required to gain competitive advantage.”
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    12.02.2019   Gold for Symrise: sustainability management honored    ( Company news )

    Company news • Rating agency EcoVadis awards Symrise maximum ratings for sustainable management for the 6th time in a row
    • Group among the best 1 % of all rated companies in the chemical sector worldwide

    Photo: Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer of Symrise AG

    The sustainability rating agency EcoVadis has once again honored Symrise for its outstanding performance in sustainability management. For the sixth time in a row, the fragrance and flavor manufacturer has achieved EcoVadis Gold status for its proven sustainability performance. According to the rating, the company's ecological, social and ethical responsibility is exemplary: The Holzminden-based company once again met the constantly increasing requirements of the rating agency this year and maintained its leading position in the global chemical sector again.

    Compared to the previous year, Symrise once again improved its overall result with 73 out of a possible 100 points. The performance achieved convinced again, especially in ecological sustainability management and sustainable procurement, even with stricter auditing standards.

    Comprehensive sustainability assessment at all levels of action
    Ecovadis uses 21 environmental, social, ethical and sustainability criteria in the supply chain to compare the performance of companies in different sectors. On this basis, the integration of essential sustainability criteria into Symrise AG's strategy, business model and management system can be evaluated comprehensively and systematically. The result of this rating serves stakeholders as the basis for their cooperation with the company on the basis of criteria of sustainable management.

    Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer of Symrise AG, explains: "Our customers, employees and investors have high expectations of our sustainability management in particular. As a key company in the food and consumer goods sector, we must fully live up to these expectations in order to secure and expand our outstanding competitive position in the future. The award of our commitment with the best rating by the rating agency EcoVadis is therefore a very special distinction that spurs us on to consistently pursue our successful sustainability strategy".
    (Symrise AG)
     
    11.02.2019   Avery Dennison recycled PET (rPET) liners now available across Europe in four constructions    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Avery Dennison recycled PET (rPET) liners now available across Europe in four constructions. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR413)

    The recent launch, by Avery Dennison, of a portfolio using recycled PET (rPET) liners has received another important boost, with four labelling constructions now available across Europe.

    Georg Müller-Hof, vice president marketing LPM Europe, said that using post-consumer waste (PCW) to manufacture label liners represents a step change in sustainability:
    “Avery Dennison is focused on real-world sustainability improvements, which ultimately means ‘closing the loop’ and using post-consumer waste to create new products. These four new labelling materials not only use a liner with more than 30% recycled PET bottle content, but they are also part of our CleanFlake™ and ClearCut™ portfolios – which offer important additional sustainability gains in their own right.”

    Three CleanFlake materials are now available on a thin rPET23 liner. The ‘switchable’ CleanFlake adhesive is designed to separate cleanly from PET bottles during the recycling process so that contamination of PET flakes is avoided – an important factor in ensuring that recycled PET can be recycled rather than downcycled. A fourth material – a high clarity ClearCut PP50 TOP CLEAR-S7000-rPET23 construction – is considerably thinner than today’s market reference (PP60 with PET30), and offers high speed conversion and dispensing using the same thin rPET23 liner.

    The rPET liner has been designed to convert in the same way as a conventional PET liner, with no noticeable differences in performance.

    Müller-Hof said that more will follow: “We are committed to managing waste across the value chain - in line with our 2025 Sustainability Goals and to meet the needs of our customers. Moving forward, we look forward to introducing rPET liner in an expanded range of products, as well as offering products that contain recycled content and/or enable recycling of end use packaging.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    08.02.2019   Diageo 2019 Interim Results, half year ended 31 December 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news Delivering our strategy through strong consistent performance

    -Reported net sales (£6.9 billion) was up 5.8% with organic growth partially offset by unfavourable exchange. Reported operating profit (£2.4 billion) was up 11.0%, driven by organic growth
    -All regions contributed to broad based organic net sales growth, up 7.5%, with organic volume up 3.5%
    -Organic operating profit grew 12.3%, ahead of top line growth, as cost inflation and higher marketing investment were more than offset by improved price/mix and efficiencies from our productivity programme
    -Cash flow continued to be strong, with net cash from operating activities at £1.6 billion, up £356 million and free cash flow at £1.3 billion, up £317 million
    -Basic eps of 80.9 pence was down by (1.6)%. Pre-exceptional eps was 77.0 pence, up 13.6%, driven by higher operating profit and lower finance charges, which more than offset an increased tax charge largely as a result of lapping the positive impact of US tax reform in the prior period
    -The interim dividend increased 5% to 26.1 pence per share

    Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, commenting on the results said:
    Diageo delivered broad-based volume and organic net sales growth across regions and categories. We continue to expand organic operating margins while increasing investment in our brands ahead of organic net sales growth.

    These results are further evidence of the changes we have made in Diageo to put the consumer at the heart of our business, to embed productivity and to act with agility to enable us to win sustainably.

    At £1.3 billion, we delivered another period of strong free cash flow. As a result the board approved an incremental share buyback of £660 million, bringing the total programme up to £3.0 billion for the year ending 30 June 2019.

    This half has benefitted from some one-time and phasing gains in both organic net sales and operating profit, and therefore we continue to expect to deliver mid-single digit organic net sales growth for the year and to expand operating margins in line with our previous guidance of 175 bps for the three years ending 30 June 2019.

    As we deploy our strategy, we remain focused on building the long-term health of our brands and ensuring we grow our business in a consistent and sustainable way.”
    (Diageo plc)
     
    07.02.2019   Feldmuehle - Restart after restructuring    ( Company news )

    Company news Insolvency proceedings in self-administration have been commenced on 28 January 2019

    Feldmuehle GmbH announced on December 7, 2018 that it would concentrate on the production of Specialty Papers in the future, i.e. wet and alkali resistant Label Papers as well as Flexible Packaging Papers. In this context, the production of graphic papers was discontinued and the paper machine 2 was shut down at the end of 2018.

    On January 28, 2019, the management and the works council signed a reconciliation of interests and social plan as part of the restructuring plan. The majority of the employees accepted the company's offer to switch to a transfer company on February 01, 2019 in order to further qualify for the job market. Feldmuehle GmbH will continue its business operations from February 01, 2019, with around 200 employees.

    The new Specialty Paper business model includes all necessary measures to improve profitability and thus sustainable competitiveness of the company. Feldmuehle GmbH will continue to serve international markets by producing high-quality label and flexible packaging papers with an annual volume of approx. 75,000 tons.

    Also on January 28, 2019, the insolvency proceedings over the assets of Feldmuehle GmbH were opened at the Pinneberg District Court (IN 238/18) in accordance with the management's proposal. As in the preliminary proceedings Dr Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwaelten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as solicitor.

    The process continues to be self-administered. The management is working on an insolvency plan, which should be implemented by summer 2019. All previous restructuring steps were implemented according to plan and the company complies with its current business plan.
    (Feldmuehle GmbH)
     
    07.02.2019   Lecta presents its new Creaset HG HWS paper for high wet-strength refillable bottles    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta continues developing its Creaset​ one-side coated paper line, designed for the label and flexible packaging sector, with its new Creaset HG HWS paper for the beverage industry.

    Creaset HG HWS is a high wet-strength, alkali-resistant high gloss paper. It is particularly suitable for all types of refillable containers that need to be recovered in caustic soda baths.

    Creaset HG HWS is ideal for beer and wines, whose labels require high-resistance to low temperatures and ice water, guaranteeing a flawless image throughout their useful life. It also offers excellent performance on labeling lines, adapting to the bottle perfectly and, thanks to its anti-moisture treatment, avoiding raised borders, blistering and creasing of labels.

    The new Creaset HG HWS paper is designed for high-speed printing given its stiffness and fast ink penetration. It is suitable for offset, flexographic and rotogravure printing.

    It is available in 65, 68, 70, 75 and 80 g/m2 in plain finish.

    The entire Creaset line is manufactured with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp. It is manufactured to ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standard, ISO 9001 quality standard and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standard. It is also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications upon request.
    (LECTA)
     
    06.02.2019   New Tetra Pak CEO appointed​    ( Company news )

    Company news The Tetra Laval Group Board has appointed Mr Adolfo Orive, President & CEO of Tetra Pak effective April 1, 2019. The appointment follows the decision by Mr Dennis Jönsson to step down from his position after 14 years as President & CEO and 36 years with the company.

    Adolfo Orive, presently Cluster Vice President North Central and South America, joined Tetra Pak in 1993. Prior to his present position he has had several managerial positions in the Group, including Managing Director of Colombia, Spain and Cluster Vice President North and Central Europe. He joined the Tetra Pak Global Leadership Team in 2014.

    Mr Orive, who is 55 years old, has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Ibero-American University (IBERO), Mexico and a Master’s in Business Administration at Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM), Mexico.​
    (Tetra Pak GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    05.02.2019   Beverage competition: Symrise taste helps propel aloe vera and curry sodas to the winner's podium    ( Company news )

    Company news • Jury assesses concept and sensory impressions
    Symrise supports student innovation competition

    At the IGL innovation competition for food and beverages, which the Technical University of Munich organizes, the winners in the “Beverages” category used Symrise taste components in their creations. The “Hallo eVera” aloe vera soda concept took first place in the competition, while “Cärry” curry soda clinched second place. The jury assessed the beverages based on the criteria of “innovation/concept,” “sensory impressions” and “overall product.” Held at the Academic Faculty of Brewing and Food Technology at the Weihenstephan Science Center, the competition awards beverages and foods developed by students.

    Photo: The winning Symrise beverages in the IGL TUM contest

    “We’re delighted that the students who used our products won gold and silver in the ‘Beverages’ category,” says Wilhelm Resanovic, Global Account Manager Beverages at Symrise and on-site mentor at the IGL. “Symrise would like to continue to be a strong partner to students in the future and help them with their training through the IGL competition.” The company also plans to support students in the years to come with technical expertise, market data and figures, marketing information and sensory and formula-based product solutions.

    Employers are interested in IGL participants
    In addition to their regular lectures, students can also participate in the innovation competition. They have a period of one year to develop their own beverage or food, and must take into account every aspect of the value chain – from taste to production. In one concept, they also put a great deal of thought into their target group and sales. During a “preliminary tasting round,” a jury of 50 samples and evaluates the concepts and analyzes the first prototype for its sensory impact. The jury then invites the groups with the most promising product ideas to the final round.

    Student participants and winners of the IGL can now look forward to some special attention: Employers take notice of the event. The competition has also become something of a platform for product creators, having led to five spin-offs over the past two years, including the “BABO blue” mixed beer drink, which is now sold throughout Germany.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    05.02.2019   South Korea: Local brewers complaining of tax disadvantages compared to foreign distributors    ( E-malt.com )

    Sets of four to six imported beers sold at 10,000 won ($8.85) are one of the hottest deals at local convenience stores in South Korea, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported on January 25.

    Their popularity is driving the rapid growth of imported beer in Korea.

    However, Korean beer companies are complaining that they face a tax disadvantage compared to foreign distributors.

    The controversy started when the Korea Customs Service started investigating whether Heineken misreported its production costs to escape taxes.

    Korean beer companies claim that the reason for the boom of foreign beers is because of the unfair tax system. They advocate a per-unit tax where the tax is imposed not on the price of the drink but at the volume of the drink and percentage of alcohol in it.

    Currently, a liquor tax, education tax and value-added tax are imposed on beer produced in Korea.

    If the factory price of a beer is 1,000 won, the liquor tax is 720 won, education tax is 216 won and added-value tax is 194 won, leading to a total price of 2,130 won. For imported beer, the beer is taxed at a similar rate as Korean beer, plus possible tariffs, but it is based on the reported production price by the importer.

    Local brewers are suspicious that importers are reporting lower production costs to lower the taxes on them. The reported production price of Heineken beer is around 500 won for a 500 millilitre can. The factory price is half the price of an average Korean beer, or 1,065 won.

    “The import price is lowered as much as possible so they pay lower taxes and get 1,500 to 2,000 won worth of profit in the delivery process. That’s why they get more,” said a source from a Korean beer manufacturing company. However, not every imported beer’s reported production cost is as low as this. Among imported beers, expensive ones are taxed proportionately to their price.

    A reform to Korea’s liquor tax system, introduced in 1969, has been discussed for years. The alternative outlined in 2018 was imposing a tax based on the volume imported and the alcohol percentage.

    “Since the production of beer in Korea was disadvantageous, it was decided that, in the past, among Budweiser or Hoegaarden sold in Korea, the cans should be imported,” said a source from Oriental Brewery. “If the system changes to a per-unit tax, the [local] production of these kinds of products would restart.”

    The craft beer industry largely supports this change. Craft beer is often made with more expensive ingredients in small amounts, so it is hard for brewers to lower the price.

    “If the system changes, the craft beers can compete on a fairer playing field,” said Kim Jin-man, the head of an association of Korean craft brewers. “If so, the craft beers can market a set of four craft beers for 10,000 won.”

    However, many claim that discussing a change to the liquor tax only for beer is unfair. They say that if taxes are based on the percentage of alcohol, taxes on other types of alcohol, like soju, will increase.
     
    05.02.2019   The Czech Republic: Budvar's output rises last year to second-highest level in its history    ( E-malt.com )

    Beer production at Budvar, which has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. giant Anheuser-Busch over use of the "Budweiser" brand, increased last year to the second highest level in the brewer's 123-year history.

    Budejovicky Budvar NP, a Czech state-owned brewery, said on January 31 that its output rose 3.6 percent in 2018 to 1.602 million hectolitres (42.32 million gallons).

    The output growth followed a 4-percent decline in 2017 that was caused by shifting production to a premium brand.

    Budvar says its revenues hit a record high last year, reaching 2.6 billion crowns ($114 million), up 7.3 percent from 2018. Other financial results, including profit and export figures, have not been released.
     
    05.02.2019   UK: Diageo able to cope with any possible disruption in case of no-deal Brexit - CEO    ( E-malt.com )

    As Pernod Ricard revealed that it has begun stockpiling ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit, Diageo very firmly emphasised that it too will be able to cope with any possible disruption without “material effect” on the company, The Drinks Business reported on January 31.

    Ivan Menezes, Diageo’s chief executive, went out of his way to say that the world’s biggest premium spirits company “is very keen to get a deal done.”

    “We don’t see a material impact for the company as a result of Brexit but we very definitely want a deal and we are working very closely with government and actively supporting the need to get to a deal,” he said.

    “Diageo is in a relatively privileged position when I compare us to other industries and sectors in terms of the impact of Brexit for us.

    “Our supply chains are more indigenous and simpler. When you think of what we make in Scotland it is water, barley, peat, men, women and lots of time…. so our ability to manage supply chains relative to other industries is very much better.

    “Second, our trade with Europe will be tariff free under WTO [World Trade Organisation] conditions.” They will come into force after March 29 if Britain leaves the EU without an agreement. “We won’t face a sudden penalty when trading into Europe; Johnnie Walker will go to Germany tariff free regardless of the Brexit outcome.

    “There are sectors with many more challenges than us out there,” Menezes said.

    “Longer term, depending on how Britain sets up trading relationships, there are potential upside opportunities in terms of new free trade agreements. Also the return of duty free trade to the UK will present a new opportunity.

    “There are also some countries with which the EU has free trade agreements where we are working very closely with the UK government and the UK government is working with those countries to ensure that the UK gets the same arrangements as exist today through the EU.

    “Should those not happen, they are still manageable. They are not on a scale to be material to the company.”

    David Cutter, Diageo’s president of global supply and procurement, said: “We constantly look at stock and where it goes and we are very comfortable that we have the right processes in place to manage any short-term disruption. We are also very comfortable with our stock levels.”

    “Our stock levels are appropriate”, said Menezes. “We face volatility in markets around the world all the time so we take in our stride our ability to adjust stock levels. It [Brexit] is not a disruptive factor for Diageo.”

    “If we look at our stock levels around the world,” said Cutter,” we manage all forms of volatility. Nothing out of the ordinary is in place for us. We ship to warehouses around the world to satisfy the needs of what is coming out so there’s nothing over and above that [to prepare for a hard Brexit].

    “We continually look at our supply chain to make sure we’ve got the right safety stock level including raw material and packaging so our “mitigation plans” are just to manage our supply chain to handle any small term disruption and volatility. There’s nothing major [to handle a hard Brexit].”

    Menezes said: “We go out of the ports in the North – Grangemouth, Liverpool – we don’t go down South so we are comfortable we will be able to handle our shipments, including gin, which we produce in Scotland.”

    “We have great relationships with all the shippers,” said Cutter, “and we are very confident of getting our products out. That includes Guinness which we brew in Ireland but pack both in Northern Ireland and the UK. We are very comfortable with our Guinness production plans. Stock levels will be fine.”

    In Paris Pernod Ricard said it has taken “progressive” steps in some markets in recent months. “In some markets, we’ve already done it [ship extra stocks], in some markets, no,” the Pernod spokesman said, without giving details. “There is no panic. It’s just a plan to avoid any disruption of our distribution.”

    Pernod, which includes Chivas Bros, the second largest producer of scotch whisky after Diageo, said it had not rented any new warehouses to stockpile products. Like Diageo, it hopes a divorce deal will be agreed between Brussels and London, echoing other firms in the drinks industry.

    Earlier on January 31, Diageo released its H1 results for the six months ending 31 December 2018, reporting a 5.8% increase in its net sales, which rose to £6.9 billion, while operating profits rose by 11% to £2.4 billion.
     
    05.02.2019   USA: Irish whiskey sales hold strong despite decline in alcohol consumption    ( E-malt.com )

    Irish whiskey sales in the U.S. have held strong despite a decline in alcohol consumption, new data reveals.

    Preliminary figures from International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR), show that Irish whiskey sales rose 13.5 percent to 4.65 million cases last year, the IrishCentral reported.

    Irish whiskey, which comprises six percent of the total US whiskey market, was the second fastest growing brown spirit after Japanese whiskey, which saw a 23.1 percent increase in 2018. Japanese whiskey represents 0.1 percent of the market.

    Overall whiskey sales were up 4.1 percent but were outdone by other spirits such as tequila (up 8.5 percent) and mescal (up 32.4 percent).

    Although Irish whiskey continues to record double-digit growth in the U.S., there is a concern that the rise in sales is slowing, The Irish Times reports. In 2015, growth in Irish whiskey sales hit 19 percent, when more than 3 million cases were sold.

    For the third year in a row, alcohol consumption in the U.S. has continued to decline, with figures showing that total consumption dropped 0.8 percent to 3.345 billion cases.

    The Irish Times has reported that rival whiskey producers have banded together to access EU funding in hopes of carving out opportunities in China and Japan so as to ease their dependence on the U.S., which has been their biggest market, for exports.

    “Spirits and wine showed slight growth in 2018, but those category increases weren’t as high as previous years. It’s clear that Americans are drinking less overall, which is likely a result of the continued trend toward health and wellness,” said Brandy Rand, IWSR’s US president.
     
    04.02.2019   Nestlé Waters North America Purchases Bottling Facility in High Springs, Florida    ( Company news )

    Company news Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) announced that it has acquired a bottling facility in High Springs, Florida from Ice River Springs Marianna LLC. The 300,000 square foot facility will be NWNA’s third manufacturing location in Florida, including its operations in Madison and Pasco counties. The transaction closed on December 28, 2018, and there will be a brief mutually agreed upon post-close transition. Purchase terms were not disclosed.

    “We are evolving our operations to better support the future needs of our business and position the company for long-term success,” said Alex Gregorian, Nestlé Waters North America Executive Vice President, Technical and Production. “This strategically located facility will enable us to more efficiently serve current and future customers of our popular Zephyrhills® Natural Spring Water and Nestlé® Pure Life® bottled water brands. We look forward to being a part of the High Springs community.”

    “Nestlé Waters North America has a strong track record of water stewardship and springs protection, making it a great home for the business as it continues to grow the bottled water industry here in High Springs,” said Sandy Gott, Co-Owner, Ice River Springs. “Over the past six years, the High Springs team and facility has been a great success for our company. Ice River Springs will transition our Florida business to our new plant in Miami.”
    (Nestlé Waters North America)
     
    01.02.2019   SIG Creates a New Monitoring and Control Solution to Optimize Every Angle of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Filling Operations

    With food and beverage manufacturers facing a new level of production challenges, SIG has developed Plant 360 Controller (photo) – a new digital monitoring and control solution to optimize every angle of filling plant operations.

    Today’s filling plants are operating on an unprecedented scale with higher demands, growing competition, and ever-shorter production cycles. But with multiple systems running independently, an increasing number of data sources, and equipment from several different suppliers, these plants are becoming increasingly complex to manage.

    SIG Plant 360 Controller is a modular solution that can be scaled to suit a manufacturer’s exact needs. It features open software that’s compatible with equipment and machinery from any supplier, meaning manufacturers have complete freedom of choice over their technology partners.

    With SIG Plant 360 Controller, manufacturers can gradually integrate all horizontal plant processes and systems into one platform, while also adding more functionalities to grow vertically. This ensures they can gain a full overview of their entire production – from raw material reception to warehouse, and from shop floor to top floor.

    Modules scaled to every operation
    SIG Plant 360 Controller consists of three core modules: Connector, Performer and Governor. These ensure manufacturers have a scalable integrated information and control solution that can be customized to their specific operations.

    The Connector module starts by ensuring full connectivity in a manufacturer’s plant, no matter what equipment, supplier or PLC is used. OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) enables horizontal machine-to-machine and vertical communication, from shop floor to top floor, within the entire plant.

    “It’s very important that it’s easy and fast to integrate the Connector because our customers’ lines and plants have to continually run,” said Stefan Mergel, SIG’s Senior Product Manager Equipment. “That’s why we do most of the groundwork at SIG so we can deliver a plug-and-play solution, which is integrated within the equipment, connected to the PLC and can go live within a day.”

    The Performer module is a Plant Monitoring System (PMS) that offers a platform on which all connected equipment can share information. This creates a transparent database that monitors an entire plant in real time, analyzes historical data to find process bottlenecks and presents intelligent insights in visual dashboards. This helps improve plant efficiency (OEE) and quality, and, with digital reporting, achieve a paperless plant.

    “Customization is very important to ensure our customers get what they need,” added Mergel. “With the Performer module, we have a basis module that covers all key functionalities but we also have a large toolbox where customers can choose the tools and modules they need related to issues such as performance, quality and energy. This ensures they always get what they need.”

    The Governor module provides a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that enables complete control of a plant, from top floor to shop floor. This means seamless communication between all layers of operations – from Enterprise-Resource-Planning (ERP) to individual machines and back. And, with modular solutions powered by digital workflows, such as material handling, operations planning, or batch track-and-trace, manufacturers can optimize all operations.

    “Potential cost savings from the Governor module are obviously dependent on the customer but from our experience we have some proven key figures,” said Mergel. “We know you can improve OEE by an average of 5% while plant capacity can be improved by 10%. For a milk customer in Asia Pacific, SIG Plant 360 Controller is an end-to-end solution that enables yearly savings of over €1M.”

    SIG Plant 360 Controller is one of several value-added solutions within SIG’s Smart Factory segment, which is designed to help manufacturers meet the challenge of increasing output and driving down costs in today’s competitive environment. The solution-driven Smart Factory platform delivers IoT-enabled systems and technical services that transform filling plants into connected factories securing the highest efficiency, flexibility and quality.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    31.01.2019   BEVERAGE INDUSTRY TO BENEFIT FROM DOUBLING OF HPP CAPACITY    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Deli 24’s new 420-litre HPP machine

    The UK’s largest provider of High Pressure Processing (HPP) services to the beverage industry has announced an investment programme that has doubled the company’s processing capacity.

    Deli 24 is based in Milton Keynes in the UK and has made a £2 million investment in a new 420-litre HPP machine from Hiperbaric to operate alongside the company’s existing 420-litre and 135-litre machines. The new machine came on-stream in December 2018, after several weeks of installation, commissioning and testing at Deli 24’s 5,400 square metre purpose-built processing facility at the heart of the UK’s motorway network.

    HPP (or Pascalisation as it is sometimes known) is based on a concept first found to be beneficial in extending food shelf life in the 1890’s but it has only been able to develop on an industrial scale in the last 20 years or so. The technology relies on the effect that ultra-high-pressure water surrounding the food product has on the cell wall structure of living organisms. HPP processing results in the inactivation of food spoilage organisms and pathogens whilst flavour and nutrition remain unaffected, enabling production of premium quality, safer, more natural products. The water pressure applied is up to 87,000 psi (6,000 Bar), the equivalent of being 60 km under the sea and with the earth’s deepest ocean trench being a mere 11km, it is understandable that living things struggle to survive such processing conditions.

    Deli 24 was formed in 2010 as a private business, employing a team comprising individuals with extensive multi-disciplinary food industry experience. This provides a collective strength in depth, with a particular focus on commercial and food safety expertise. Since the formation of the business, in just eight years the plant has doubled in size. From the initial 135-litre HPP machine, in 2014 the first 420-litre machine was installed, followed now by the addition of another 420-litre machine.

    Jeff Winter, Deli 24 Managing Director, comments – “We have seen a substantial growth in the number of products which are benefitting from the considerable advantages afforded by HPP. Juices have proved a particularly important developing market with the opportunity that HPP offers to extend the shelf life of a fresh juice, for example, from five days to 120 days while retaining the all-important fresh individual taste and colour which is often not the case with heat treatment or the addition of preservatives.

    Recently we have also seen functional drinks aimed at the burgeoning wellness market using our toll-based HPP services, recognising the benefits of a process which extends the shelf life while having no effect on the flavour or the nutritional properties of the product. HPP is now even being used by many as a marketing opportunity, with companies actively promoting the fact that their products are HPP treated on their packaging.”

    Paul Winter, Deli 24 Director, continues – “we offer a contract service to companies across the globe. Some countries are more accustomed to the benefits of HPP than others but we are seeing growth in both domestic and export activities. This is from existing customers whose HPP treated products are achieving sales growth, as well as new customers who we are introducing to HPP as a process and helping them with their products and packaging to enable them to maximise the opportunities it presents. This investment in another machine has been made to allow us to meet this increase in demand.”
    (Deli24 Ltd)
     
    30.01.2019   Now Open! Ballast Point Brewing Company in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort    ( Company news )

    Company news We are celebrating the grand opening of Ballast Point Brewing Company! On January 10, the popular San Diego-based craft brewer officially opened the first-ever brewery in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

    The upper story 7,000-sq. ft. restaurant and bar offers several unique seating areas, including an open-air bar and expansive outdoor patio, all with views of the Downtown Disney District.

    World-Class Beer: Ballast Point Brewing Company brings more than 50 high quality, innovative beers across 100 taps. Their on-site three-barrel brewing system is ideal for creating limited-edition brews exclusive to the Downtown Disney District, along with Ballast Point favorites: the flagship Sculpin IPA, Fathom IPA and Victory at Sea. From grain to glass, Ballast Point Brewing Company is dedicated to the craft of its production, from selecting raw materials to the brewing process, which includes 300-plus quality testing touch points.

    Brewpub-Style Dishes: The whole family is sure to enjoy Ballast Point Brewing Company’s creative and fun brewpub-style menu, offering plates to share, salads and flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers and desserts, with gluten free and vegetarian options. A few favorites to note are the soyrizo and roasted cauliflower tacos, duck confit nachos, glazed pork belly appetizer, “Black Marlin” BBQ flatbread and “Victory at Sea” s’mores. Little ones will love the kids’ menu choices of crispy chicken tenders, corn tortilla quesadilla and grilled cheese. Ballast Point will donate $1 for every kids meal ordered at the Downtown Disney District to No Kid Hungry, a national organization providing children with nutritious food options.

    Nautical Vibes: Décor is inspired by a love of the sea and the nod to the nautical is cleverly apparent in the restaurant’s design. The logo graphic of the sextant “anchors” the look — being a navigational tool that measures the longitude, latitude and altitudes with the sun, moon and stars — is Ballast Point’s “reminder to keep on the journey to seek out new ideas and new flavors.” The main bar wall is inspired by the hull of a ship. In the entry, the beer bottle chandelier is a signature piece, and the wall of tap handles illustrate many of Ballast’s inventive brews. A black and white bistro wall of sketches from Ballast Point’s resident artist Paul Elders illustrate labels of notable beers over the years, from haunting seaworthy skeletons to a mystical octopus.

    Take a bit of Ballast Point home with you! Men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and novelties featuring Ballast Point artwork are available in the restaurant’s merchandise section.

    The opening of Ballast Point is the latest in an exciting line-up of newly unveiled restaurants, shops and entertainment venues in the Downtown Disney District. This includes the reimagined World of Disney, Salt & Straw scoop shop, the re-designed Wetzel’s Pretzels, renovated Naples Ristorante e Bar and Napolini Pizzeria, with Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes coming soon!
    (Disneyland® Resort)
     
    29.01.2019   Symrise updates long-term targets and aims to further expand its business until 2025    ( Company news )

    Company news • Target corridor of 5 to 7 % for average annual sales growth (CAGR)
    • Increased profitability with EBITDA margin in the range of 20 to 23 % from 2020 onward
    • Continuation of successful strategy
    • Expansion of portfolio and sharpening the product mix: focus on high-margin applications
    • Updated targets for sustainability balance planned

    Symrise AG announces its new long-term targets until 2025 for the first time at its Investors' Day in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The Company aims to increase its sales to € 5.5 to 6 billion. This target is supposed to be achieved with an average annual organic sales growth (CAGR) of 5 to 7 % and strategic acquisitions. During that period, profitability is planned to be further increased at a high level. From 2020 onward, Symrise intends to generate an EBITDA margin within the target corridor of 20 to 23 %. At the same time, Symrise will remain fully committed to its proven strategy. As in the past, the Company will focus closely on customer and consumer needs and convert market trends into concrete business opportunities at the earliest possible stage. Existing strengths such as the comprehensive product portfolio should be used and expanded in a targeted manner. Symrise plans to focus in particular on innovative and high-margin applications. The Company intends to identify and enter growth opportunities in the areas of naturalness and health. Digital business processes will also contribute to the growth strategy.

    “We look back on the development of Symrise with pride. We have achieved dynamic growth and doubled our sales from 2008 to 2017 to € 3 billion. For 2025, we have set the target to increase sales to € 5.5 to 6 billion. Our strategy, with its three pillars growth, efficiency and portfolio, has proven its worth. It is the foundation for our long-term, profitable growth”, said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. “We will make even more systematic use of our strengths and enter adjacent growth areas, concentrating on the expansion of our global presence and our portfolio in high-margin business areas. We will also consistently expand our product mix, in particular with natural and health-related applications.”

    Olaf Klinger, CFO of Symrise AG, added: "With our targeted investments in future growth and our reinforced focus on cash flow, we will create a solid basis for the Symrise stock to remain an attractive investment for our shareholders. We will further keep an eye on our healthy capital base."

    Securing long-term profitable growth
    Symrise has built its updated, long-term plan on a strong foundation. With targeted investments, the Company intends to expand in high-growth business areas and to broaden its own natural raw material base. Symrise plans to further develop especially high-demand application areas such as Menthol, Cosmetic Ingredients, Food and Pet Food at an accelerated pace. The Company has largely completed its current capacity expansions. It will continue to maintain a balanced customer portfolio, comprising one-third each of globally, regionally and locally active customers. In addition, Symrise remains committed to the target of generating more than half of its sales in the fast-growing Emerging Markets.

    Symrise already today has a broad portfolio that is unique in the industry. The Company expanded its strategic footprint beyond the conventional Fragrance and Flavor Business at an early stage. Today, Symrise generates one third of its sales through non-traditional applications, such as pet food and baby food, probiotics, active cosmetic ingredients and functional, health-supporting ingredients. By 2025, it aims to further increase that share. Natural product solutions for body care and foods are also playing an increasingly important role, as consumers attach greater importance to conscious nutrition choices and personal care.

    Timely commercialization of innovations and focus on digitization
    Symrise will further intensify its closely linked cooperation with its customers in the coming years. Therefore, the Company is fully committed to the increasing transition from a product developer and manufacturer to a comprehensive solution provider. Through digitized and networked processes, customer needs can be precisely identified and served across the entire supply chain.

    Moreover, Symrise aims to rapidly commercialize its innovation leadership. Innovative approaches, for example using Artificial Intelligence for the creation of fine fragrances, should lead to new, market-ready products. The Company also wants to stronger cross-link the various application areas of its portfolio and use the knowledge transfer to drive innovation.

    Outlook – long-term targets for 2025
    Symrise intends to achieve its long-term targets through to the end of the fiscal year 2025 with targeted investments in additional organic growth and strategic acquisitions. The Company aims to increase sales to € 5.5 to 6 billion. The average annual organic sales growth is targeted in the range of 5 to 7 %. Symrise remains committed to generating more than half of its sales in Emerging Markets. With its favorable product mix and efficiency improvements, Symrise aims to generate an EBITDA margin in the range of 20 to 23 %. Most of the major investment projects will be completed by 2022. As a result, the Company aims to lower CAPEX to the range of 4 to 5 % by 2025. The Company will continue to create sustainable value for its investors and retain a dividend policy with a pay-out ratio of 30 to 50 %. In all aspects of its business activities, Symrise will remain committed to its sustainability targets and will therefore strive to reduce its ecological footprint by 50 %.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    28.01.2019   SACMI heads for Upakovka 2019 to reinforce its leadership on the Russian market    ( Company news )

    Company news Drawing on a vast product range - spanning from compression presses to a comprehensive set of bottling solutions - key industry players have installed dozens of lines.

    SACMI has strengthened its leadership in Russia, one of the world's largest, most dynamic packaging&processing markets. Over 50 CCM presses have been sold to key plastic-closures players, underscoring the outstanding reliability of a technology that offers high performance and the lowest running costs on the market.

    This technology and much more besides will soon be showcased at Upakovka-Interplastica, Russia's number one packaging&processing technology fair, set to take place at the Expocenter Trade Fairground in Moscow from 29 January to 2 February 2019.

    Thanks to a far-reaching presence in the country (SACMI has been operating in Russia for decades through its liaison office and SACMI MOSCOW branch), the Group will be attending the fair with the aim of illustrating its technology which, together with CCM presses, provides complete solutions and plants for preform production, stretch-blow moulding, filling and labelling.

    Being one of just a handful of competitors on the planet capable of providing a high-level response for all stages of beverage production, SACMI offers numerous advantages. Customers can count not just on the benefits of a sole, reliable, skilful provider who ensures close support right from the design phase, but also on the integrated plant engineering that SACMI sees as pivotal to the attainment of greater efficiency on the consumption, logistics and quality fronts.

    A broad selection of inspection systems can be installed across the entire machine range, ensuring total quality control. What's more, SACMI supplies customers with further added value through its Customer Service Division (e.g. advanced software featuring a cutting-edge teleassistance system that provides customers with support from a specialised SACMI technician, anywhere in the world, any time).

    We look forward to seeing you at the SACMI stand (FO C 59). The SACMI Moscow team will be there to show you all the latest.
    (Sacmi Imola S.C.)
     
    25.01.2019   SWA secures GI protection for Scotch Whisky in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news Scotland's national drink has secured enhanced legal protection in Indonesia after the Scotch Whisky Association's application to register "Scotch Whisky" as a Geographical Indication (GI) was successful.

    GI recognition means the description "Scotch Whisky" can only be used on whisky produced in Scotland in accordance with strict production and labelling requirements. Requirements include that Scotch only be made from the raw materials of water, cereals and yeast and matured in Scotland for at least three years in oak casks.

    The granting of GI status for "Scotch Whisky" greatly enhances the basic protection in Indonesia, which previously did not have a legal definition of Scotch Whisky. Indonesia now joins more than 100 other countries which have officially recognised Scotch as a Scottish product, produced according to traditional methods, and deserving of special protection.

    Lindesay Low, Legal Deputy Director of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: "Scotch Whisky is a truly global drink enjoyed in over 180 countries across the globe, and securing GI protection in Indonesia is another important step in delivering future success for Scotland and the UK's most important Food and Drink export.

    "Gaining increased protection for Scotch Whisky is fundamental to ensuring that consumers have confidence in the quality, provenance and history of what they are buying.

    "Our successful application to register "Scotch Whisky" as a GI in Indonesia gives the industry a much greater level of legal protection and represents another important milestone for Scotch Whisky as its popularity continues to rise in new and diverse markets."

    HE Mr Moazzam Malik, British Ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste said: "Indonesia is a rapidly developing G20 economy, the largest in South East Asia.

    "Clear intellectual property protections and geographical indications will help British companies to expand their business and partnerships in Indonesia.

    "We thank the Indonesian Government for creating a better environment for business through the recognition of Scotland's national drink."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    24.01.2019   Beviale Moscow: Final preparations for the central platform for the beverage industry ...    ( Beviale Moscow )

    Beviale Moscow ... in eastern Europe

    It’s all systems go as preparations continue for the fourth Beviale Moscow, to be held at the city’s Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center from 19 to 21 February 2019. Beviale Moscow, the central platform for the beverage industry in eastern Europe, achieved impressive record figures in 2018, and the organizers are expecting strong interest from the industry again in 2019. The trade fair adopts a comprehensive approach, reflecting all aspects of the process chain. In special shows as well as the accompanying conference programme, it will also focus on key points such as wine production in Russia, the Soft Drinks and Craft Drinks segments, and also beer and packaging solutions.

    The right raw materials and technologies, efficient packaging, logistics and creative marketing ideas … the comprehensive approach adopted by Beviale Moscow is aimed at beverage manufacturers and dealers, who will find every aspect of the beverage manufacturing process chain reflected there. For the eastern European market, the trade fair offers solutions for every segment: from alcoholic beverages like beer, wine and spirits to non-alcoholic drinks like soft drinks, fruit juices and mineral water, as well as liquid dairy products. Companies from Bavaria, in particular, have the opportunity to expand their international competitiveness by participating in the Bavarian pavilion. “Beviale Moscow is beeing included in Bavaria’s official foreign trade fair programme for the first time in 2019,” says Thimo Holst, Project Manager for Beviale Moscow. Participation is sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the pavilion is being run in conjunction with project partners Bayern International and the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing
    The Russian wine industry is one of the most dynamic parts of Russia’s beverage industry, which led to the launch of the Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing at Beviale Moscow 2018. This year, too, the trade fair will work with leading players in Russia’s wine market – Union of Russian Winemakers, Simple Wine and imVino – to present a special show and conference where topics of current interest will be discussed and new solutions presented. A key theme will be “Future of Winemaking/Wine 4.0”, in other words, digitalisation in the wine industry. “The use of new areas, the restocking of old areas, and the change being made to row lengths in vineyards, all result in a greater need for state-of-the-art technologies for cultivation and processing,” Holst explains.

    Packaging Innovation Zone
    The Packaging Innovation Zone is where Beviale Moscow offers thought-provoking inspiration, background information and proposed solutions for all aspects of beverage packaging. “PET has become an essential part of the Russian beverage industry, but still generates lively discussion,” comments Holst. “Even so, other forms of beverage packaging are playing a greater and greater role. We are working with a skilled partner in the form of PETnology, which is very open to the changes in the market. We are deliberately opening up this topic this year, and other packaging solutions will also have a place in the Packaging Innovation Zone.” The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) will be there, and will introduce the winners of the WORLDSTAR AWARDS as well as appearing in the conference programme.

    Highlights in the supporting programme: craft drinks, soft drinks, the Russian beer prize and professional development
    The CRAFT DRINKS CORNER is an established feature, and will once again display the wide range of beverages produced using craft methods, in collaboration with partner entity Association of Beer and Beverage Market. Smaller breweries and manufacturers of spirits will present their drink specialities and provide opportunities for tasting. The accompanying conference programme will include information for interested parties about the situation on the market and administrative aspects relating to breweries in Russia and eastern Europe, and will offer tips on setting up one’s own business in the beverage industry. The subject of soft drinks is also an important element in the conference: the Russian Union of Soft Drinks and Mineral Water Producers will report on legislation and legal conditions governing production in Russia, standards and quality aspects of production, and promotion for Russian soft drink exports.

    The Russian beer prize ROSGLAVPIVO, first presented at Beviale Moscow 2017 by the Barley, Malt and Beer Union in collaboration with Private Brauereien Deutschland e.V., will once again be awarded on the first day of the trade fair in 2019. The most recent occasion saw 172 beers from 37 breweries submitted. There will be two new awards this year: “ROSGLAVPIVO – Beer Quality Mark” and “ROSGLAVPIVO – Double Gold”. Breweries that obtain three or more gold medals in the competition will be awarded the “ROSGLAVPIVO – Beer Quality Mark”. In turn, the “ROSGLAVPIVO – Double Gold” award is reserved for just one brewery, the one whose beer receives the maximum score in all categories from the jury of experts.

    Professional development will once again be a key topic at Beviale Moscow in 2019: this will be the fourth occasion that the three-day VLB Seminar for Microbrewers will be held, organized by the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauereien (VLB, Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing, Berlin). It will overlap with the trade fair, from 18 to 20 February 2019, and will be devoted to specific technological and qualitative aspects of the brewing industry. The focus will be on imparting knowledge, networking, and professional discussion on the subject of craft beer.
    (Nürnbergmesse GmbH)
     
    24.01.2019   Japan: Craft breweries and distilleries investing into their own unique take on whiskey    ( E-Malt.com )

    As inventories at Japan's big whisky makers run dry on a surge in demand, craft breweries and distilleries nationwide are making heavy investments to fill the gap with their own unique take on the spirit, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on January 12.

    Many of these companies have never made whisky before, but they see big opportunities in the market.

    Niigata Beer is spending 50 million yen ($450,000) to turn its warehouse into a whisky distillery, complete with its own still. The Niigata Prefecture-based company even bought 50,000 sq. meters in northern Japan to grow oak for casks.

    "Our selling point will be a unique taste developed by a brewery," President Ken Usami said.

    Kinryu, which makes shochu spirits in Yamagata Prefecture, kicked a new distillery into full gear in November. The facility produces whisky using the famed spring water from nearby Mount Chokai, aging the alcohol at least three years before it hits the shelf as early as 2021.

    Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki Prefecture is renovating a former community hall for 400 million yen, with plans to start whisky production there around June. It will use locally grown wheat and rice to craft a product with a distinct regional character.

    Domestic shipments of Japanese whisky declined for many years after peaking in 1983 at roughly 380,000 kiloliters. But Suntory Holdings breathed new life into the market with its canned highballs. Shipments grew for the ninth straight year in 2017 to about 160,000 kl, more than double the 2008 figure.

    Whisky needs to be aged before it can be sold, so companies now are tapping stock they produced based on projections from lean years. Soaring demand has prompted Suntory to devote nearly 20 billion yen through 2020 to boost its aging capacity by 20%, while Asahi Breweries has invested 6 billion yen to lift production capacity by 80% compared with 2015. But those spirits cannot be bottled for years.

    In 2015, Asahi stopped selling its Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts with age confirmation statements. Suntory has discontinued its Hakushu 12 Year Old and Hibiki 17 Year Old. Smaller companies are taking advantage of this vacuum to build their brand. Growing interest in craft beers and other small-batch alcohol also works in their favor.

    "Highballs have introduced more people to whisky, leading to varied tastes," said Toshiaki Yamada of the Sakebunka Institute. "More people have grown particular about where their whisky is produced and how long it is aged."

    With whisky more established abroad than shochu, aspiring distilleries also have a shot at expanding beyond Japan if they can prove their products' worth. Japan is now considered one of the world's top five producers of the liquor, and its spirits are highly regarded across the globe.

    Food importer Kenten opened a distillery on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido in 2016. It plans to build two more storehouses for casks in the next six years or so, and will start full-scale shipments of 3-year-old bottles as early as summer 2020. The company also wants to increase exports.

    Venture Whisky, located in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo, was among the first newcomers in the field. Since beginning operations in 2008, its Ichiro's Malt has won various awards worldwide. The company is opening a new distillery this spring.

    But whisky is a risky business. It takes years to put a product on the market, meaning it also takes years before a company sees any return on investment. Companies need to commit for the long term.

    And if these new players end up selling subpar products, Japan's position in the industry could suffer.

    "We cannot hurt the global reputation for Japanese whisky that big companies have built," Kenten President Keiichi Toita said.
     
    24.01.2019   Rothaus takes the next step in glass filling with KHS    ( Company news )

    Company news - Innofill Glass DRS with numerous improvements
    - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG first customer for the new system
    - Patented system monitors the filling process and ensures beer quality

    Picture: 132 filling stations - The unique DIAS diagnostic assistance system carefully logs the filling process. Pressure sensors in every single filling valve monitor the pressure, time and step sequences without interruption
    (Copyright: KHS Group)

    Better on all counts: Rothaus recently opted for the KHS Innofill Glass DRS filler and is now benefitting from a number of important new features. This is because KHS has made a number of specific further developments to its glass filler. For the brewery this means reliable, high-performance beer bottling.

    The name is not new. For many years now KHS has provided its customers with an established glass bottler in the Innofill Glass DRS which has been frequently adapted to include new features in order to satisfy user requirements. The version of the filler now up and running at Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG is quite special, however. The flexible inline machine with its 132 filling stations for up to 50,000 bottles per hour provides hygienic filling with low CO2 and product consumption. KHS has considerably improved no less than four areas of the machine, drawing on its 150 years of expertise in brewery machines.

    Rothaus fills 0.5-liter and 0.33-liter bottles on its new investment. Fast format part changeovers ensure a high level of flexibility during production planning and line efficiency. To this end KHS provides its hygienic QUICKLOCK fast-acting locking system as the new standard. Bottle guide parts can be exchanged with a few manual adjustments and remain securely in place thanks to the positive fit between the mount and the format part. The conversion time for fillers with a crowner is thus cut by up to 33% to just 15 or 20 minutes. “Simple lever knobs not only release and lock parts; they’re also robust and can withstand broken glass or chemicals,” states Ludwig Clüsserath, head of Filling Technology Development at KHS.

    Clever technology in a compact form
    In order to prevent bottle breakages from the outset, the Innofill Glass DRS is also equipped with the SOFTSTOP system which is registered as patent pending. This compact, hygienic bottle flowgate is activated at full power. Here, a light barrier measures the distances of the containers as they are fed into the filler. A brake wedge then gently decelerates the bottle flow so that the filling process and foaming take place at a constantly high output. This ensures stable filling quality. No conversions to other formats are necessary and the new braking ramp means that there is no additional scuffing and less noise.

    Unique selling point for more quality
    During the subsequent filling process the unique DIAS diagnostic assistance system carefully logs the filling process. Pressure sensors in every single filling valve monitor the pressure, time and step sequences without interruption. In this way any deviations from the target values are immediately recognized. A further special mention should be given to the fact that the evacuation and CO2 purging processes are monitored to ensure low oxygen pickup. Broken bottles are consistently detected across the entire processing angle and a bottle burst routine triggered. The sensor data can be invoked as a pressure graph on the monitor. "This gives operators the chance to detect any faults as quickly as possible," states Clüsserath. In practice this not only makes fast, targeted repairs possible and relieves operator workloads but also provides a basis for preventive maintenance. This data enables results to be statistically evaluated, with the help of which future sources of error can be eradicated in advance. This in turn ensures consistent quality and the continuation of ongoing operation.

    Another significant feature is the camera-controlled OPTICAM HPI control system. The foam generated by HPI displaces the residual oxygen from the bottle and is thus of great importance for the quality of the beer. As the foaming is dependent on various parameters in the filling process, however, with its new OPTICAM system KHS enables the head of foam to be constantly monitored and regulated irrespective of the machine operator. This means that Rothaus can not only prevent undue beer loss due to excessive foaming but also detect and reject bottles with insufficient foaming. If the beer error rate becomes too high, production is stopped and the operators can read off the cause of the fault from a clear analysis report.

    With the inclusion of the SOFTSTOP, DIAS und OPTICAM options the entire KHS system at Rothaus safeguards the quality of the beer throughout the entire filling process with these mechanical and digital system solutions.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    24.01.2019   The Czech Republic: Beer in Prague the cheapest among all major cities in Europe    ( E-Malt.com )

    Beer is Prague is half as expensive as in Berlin and is the cheapest in any major city in Europe, Prague.tv reported on January 9.

    At the same time, Czechs are the highest consumers of beer in the world, and are also among the highest spenders by percent of consumption expenditure on alcohol in Europe.

    In Prague restaurants, beer is often cheaper than water on the menu. “While in Prague we have an average of more than five beers for Kč 200, in other major European cities it is often a maximum of two beers,” Adéla Denková, head of the analytical project Evropa v datech, said, according to daily Metro. The data was drawn from an analysis by Deutsche Bank.

    “In the second place behind Prague was Warsaw with four pints and in third was Lisbon with three and a half. In Berlin you get about two and a half beers for [the equivalent of] Kč 200,” Denková added.

    According to a recent survey of the Center for Public Opinion Research (CVVM), beer is consumed by 86 percent of Czech men and 49 percent of Czech women. Male drinkers consume it about three and a half times a week and drink about 7.6 half-liters per week on average. Women on average drink twice a week and drink about 2.7 beers per week on average. Over the last several years, this has been dropping for men. It was as high as 9.5 half-liters in 2007. Figures for women have been more steady, ranging between 2.1 and 2.7 half-liters since 2004.

    The Czech Association of Breweries and Malt Houses (ČSPS) says the year-on-year consumption of beer has been dropping, but additional research shows that Czechs are moving to stronger specialty beers and also to other beverages such as radlers, which are mixed beer drinks, and other mixed drinks.

    So while the volume of beer consumed may be down a bit, the amount of alcohol consumed is not.

    The Czech Republic has led the world in beer consumption for almost a quarter century, with 143.3 liters per person according to the most recent comparison.

    Recent figures from Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Union, showed that in 2017, Czechs were in fifth place in the EU for the percentage of their total consumption expenditure on alcoholic beverages. Czechs spend 3.3 percent, while the EU average was 1.6 percent. Estonia was highest with 5.2 percent. The figures do not include spending in hotels and restaurants.

    Across the EU this represented a total expenditure of over €130 billion, equivalent to 0.9 percent of EU GDP or over €300 per EU inhabitant, Eurostat stated.
     
    24.01.2019   USA: Alcohol consumption drops 0.8% last year    ( E-Malt.com )

    Americans are drinking less alcohol, Bloomberg reported on January 17.

    Total cases of beer, wine and spirits consumed in the U.S. dropped 0.8 percent to nearly 3.35 billion in 2018, the third consecutive year of declining volumes, according to a report from IWSR, which studies the beverage market.

    The main culprit is the beer slump, with consumption down 1.5 percent last year as more drinkers gravitated to spirits and wine. It was the 24th straight year that wine gained volume in the U.S. according to IWSR, with prosecco a standout. Mezcal, meanwhile, drove growth in spirits.

    “It’s clear that Americans are drinking less overall, which is likely a result of the continued trend toward health and wellness,” Brandy Rand, IWSR’s U.S. president and global chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “We’ve also seen for some time now that consumers aren’t necessarily loyal to just one category.”
     
    24.01.2019   USA: Trouble brewing in craft beer industry over government shutdown    ( E-Malt.com )

    There's trouble brewing in the craft beer industry over the government shutdown, NBCNEws.com reported on January 12.

    Because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been furloughed by the partial government shutdown, breweries have been unable to secure necessary approvals from the agency's tax and trade bureau — ranging from permits for new facilities to new labels on cans.

    In a business dependent on releasing and marketing new beers regularly to quench its customers' expectations for novelty, those delays could potentially be financially devastating.

    "It’s really that question mark that’s the scary part, because we don’t have that end in sight," Mariah Scanlon, brand manager for Smuttlab, a line from Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, New Hampshire, told NBC News.

    "You can’t develop a contingency strategy without knowing how long [the shutdown] is going to go on."

    To ship beer over state lines, breweries need certificates of label approvals from the ATF's trade bureau for any new packaging or beer branding. Last year alone, the government agency processed 34,166 label applications for malt beverages, an average of 93.6 a day, according to the trade group, the Brewers Association.

    Brewers producing new recipes that fall outside the bureau's pre-approved list also require a formula approval.

    As the shutdown lingers, a backlog of those requests continue to pile up, ensuring that the approval delays will stretch even after the bureau gets back to work.

    “It’s tough being a small owner and the craft beer industry is a tough industry to be in," said Rob Burns, co-founder and president of Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Massachusetts.

    "Business is really so unpredictable and fragile and things that are completely out of control can have a big impact on us," Burns said.

    "It’s not just us that gets hurt, it’s also the retailers and bar owners. I think the damage of this situation is going to be really hard to calculate and far reaching.”

    Particularly hard-hit have been those waiting for the processing of "brewer’s notices," permits for new breweries or expansions of existing facilities. The latter has left a bad taste in the mouths of the ownership of the Alementary Brewing Company in Hackensack, New Jersey.

    Co-owner Michael Roosevelt told "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt on Thursday that the company recently invested $1 million in capital equipment and other costs to lease a new facility across the street from its current brewhouse to increase production.

    Without official approval, it's become little more than an anchor threatening to submerge the company deep into debt.

    "I'm feeling the pinch right now because ... I was expecting that approval this month," Roosevelt said. "I'm spending about a thousand dollars a day between my lease, utilities and the equipment and I was expecting to start seeing some revenue in the next couple of weeks.

    "With the shutdown continuing for who knows how long I don’t know when I'm going to get some revenue which means that I'm going to quickly get to a point where I don't have a thousand dollars a day to keep spending."

    In a sign of how much the lapse in appropriations is slowing down the ATF, a representative told NBC News that the agency is no longer officially responding to requests for comment on any subjects not related to national security.

    "There is one part of the TTB that is still operational: They’re still collecting beverage excise taxes," said Jen Kimmich, co-owner of Alchemy Beer, the maker of Heady Topper, a favorite of IPA connoisseurs, referring to the tax and trade bureau.

    While the permits are necessary for breweries across the industry, the bureaucratic standstill is hitting midsize companies particularly hard, said Burns. Smaller breweries that just serve their beer in taprooms or at local bars do not need the approvals, and the larger industry titans, like Anheuser-Busch, can easily absorb the financial hit with their signature brands. It's the mid-tier breweries that have taken the biggest hit.

    "The craft beer industry accounts for more than 23 percent of the $111.4 billion U.S. beer market, and small breweries and beermakers introduce new and seasonal products with less lead time than larger breweries, making delays in permits are particularly impactful,” Brewers Association President and CEO Bob Pease said in a statement.

    Many of the affected breweries have been forced to improvise.

    Cape May Brewing Co. had drawn up plans months ago to introduce a new beer called Eminently Drinkable at Boston's prestigious Extreme Beer Festival — down to the recipe, the design and the label. Once the shutdown threw the applications in limbo, however, the brewery scrambled to come up with a Plan B in time.

    "We did have a brand-approved label for a Beer Name Ale that was originally just meant to be a placeholder," says marketing director Alicia Grasso. "So now we're going to Boston under that name."

    "We were going to go to that festival no matter what," she said.
     
    23.01.2019   GEMÜ honoured as 'Global Market Leader' for 2018 – the third year in a row    ( Company news )

    Company news The Ingelfingen-based specialist in valves has been awarded the title of "Global Market Leader" for yet another year, earning the distinction for 2018 as part of the global market leader index of the University of St. Gallen and the Academy of German Global Market Leaders.

    For the third time in succession, the German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche has awarded the family-owned enterprise GEMÜ Gebrüder Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG the WirtschaftsWoche quality seal of "Global Market Leader", declaring them "champions" of 2018. In doing so, WirtschaftsWoche has recognised GEMÜ's inclusion in the global market leader index in the segment "Valves and automation components: Valves, Process and Control systems for sterile applications".

    The global market leader index is compiled under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr Christoph Müller of the HBM Unternehmerschule (school for entrepreneurs) at the University of St. Gallen, in cooperation with the Academy of German Global Market Leaders (ADWM). In doing so, objective selection criteria and transparent selection processes are developed to determine the actual global market leaders. The information acquired is then scientifically evaluated and the results are published in a condensed form.

    The researchers designate companies as "Global Market Leader Champions" where they are – among other criteria – represented on at least three continents with their own production and/or sales companies, have an annual turnover of at least €50 million, are first or second in the relevant market segment, and can demonstrate an export share or foreign share of at least 50% of their turnover. Another important criterion for a company to obtain the accolade of "Global Market Leader Champion" is to be (owner-)managed with headquarters in the German-speaking region (Germany, Austria or Switzerland).

    As a family-owned, owner-managed business headquartered in Ingelfingen-Criesbach (in the German state of Baden-Württemberg), with 27 subsidiaries as well as six manufacturing sites in Germany, Switzerland, China, Brazil, France and the USA, GEMÜ fully satisfies these requirements. In addition to these prerequisites, it was the cutting-edge technology and market leadership in the field of valves, process and control systems for sterile applications that served as a crucial factor for WirtschaftsWoche in awarding the accolade and WirtschaftsWoche quality seal of "Global Market Leader 2018 – Champions" to GEMÜ.

    "We are proud to be represented as a global market leader in the current index and for the third year in a row. This award from WirtschaftsWoche has shown and confirmed to us that it is truly worth focusing on customer requirements, product quality and the continuous further development of our product range," says Gert Müller, Managing Partner at GEMÜ. "As it is based on scientific methods," he adds,"this award serves as confirmation of GEMÜ's worldwide success and its dominance of the technological market."
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    22.01.2019   Beverage Carton companies launch EXTR:ACT platform to boost recycling    ( Company news )

    Company news The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) announced that it has launched a new platform to drive the industry’s engagement in carton recycling across Europe. The platform, named EXTR:ACT – Driving Value for mulitmaterial recycling, has been set up by ACE members BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak Tetra Pak to foster recycling of beverage cartons, including the non-paper components, such as polymers and aluminium.

    With this new platform beverage carton industry takes additional measures to increase recycling of its packages, scale and drive value for recycling solutions and secure their long-term sustainability. It will also coordinate and drive initiatives to enhance beverage carton collection across Europe. Heike Schiffler, President of EXTR:ACT said the new platform reflected the industry’s commitment to the circular economy. “We have come a long way to reach our current recycling rate of 48% in Europe, despite the absence of a specific recycling target for beverage cartons in the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. With this new initiative and partnerships, we are confident we will be able to achieve a significantly increased collection and recycling rate by 2025,” she said.

    Sustainable recycling programmes require collaboration both in and beyond our own industry. EXTR:ACT aims to work in partnerships with stakeholders with similar needs in recycling of composite packaging.
    (ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))
     
    21.01.2019   Nestlé creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda    ( Company news )

    Company news Nestlé announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the Company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

    Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider (photo) said, "We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products. To achieve this, we are enhancing our research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions. Through this, we hope to address the growing packaging waste problem, in particular plastics. We aim to minimize our impact on the natural environment while safely delivering to our consumers healthier and tastier products."

    The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, which is part of Nestlé’s global research organization, will be located in Lausanne, Switzerland. It will employ around 50 people and include a state-of-the-art laboratory complex as well as facilities for rapid prototyping.

    In close collaboration with the Company’s global R&D network, academic partners, suppliers and start-ups, the institute will evaluate the safety and functionality of various sustainable packaging materials. Research focus areas will include recyclable, biodegradable or compostable polymers, functional paper, as well as new packaging concepts and technologies to increase the recyclability of plastic packaging. The new solutions will be tested in various product categories, before they are rolled out across Nestlé’s global portfolio.

    Nestlé Chief Technology Officer Stefan Palzer said, "Packaging plays a crucial role in helping us deliver safe and nutritious products to our consumers. The new Institute of Packaging Sciences will enable us to accelerate the redesign of our packaging solutions. Cutting-edge science as well as a close collaboration with globally leading academic institutions and industrial partners will deliver a pipeline of highly performing environmentally friendly packaging solutions."
    (Nestlé Schweiz AG)
     
    18.01.2019   The KATZ Group has a new CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Even though Karsten Beisert (photo) originally hails from Lower Saxony, he has now grown extremely fond of Baden. “Every valley here is home to a global market leader,” he said. He is now taking over responsibility for the global market leader for beer coasters as CEO, replacing Daniel Bitton, who had been responsible for operations at The KATZ Group for the past nine years.

    Professionally, the friendly 51-year-old comes from a completely different background, having worked in the textiles industry for the past 20 years. But he not only brings to his new role an analytical mindset coupled with a wealth of experience in customer relationship management from this time, but also the desire to successfully grow and enhance a business. “I am obviously focused on earnings and performance,” he said, but highlighted the importance of working together. “I want to work with my team to enhance The KATZ Group in order to meet the challenges of the future.” And he believes that the underlying conditions for this are excellent.

    “The parent company is well positioned, which is an important factor,” he said. A company also needs to have certain structures in place to be successful, which he also assumes is the case. Mr. Beisert is looking forward to his new role. This also has to do with the fact that he can now remain in Baden after his last stint in Karlsruhe. “I’m proud of where I’m from, but I’m an honest guy,” he said, and summed up: “The food is better, the wine is better, and the residents of Baden are able to enjoy it better.”

    Kai Furler, CEO of Koehler, which owns The KATZ Group, is pleased to have acquired Mr. Beisert as CEO. “In Karsten Beisert, we were able to find the addition to our team that we wanted,” he said. At the same time, he also thanked Daniel Bitton, who has turned to new challenges after nine years at the head of the company.
    (Katz GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    17.01.2019   School 'eco-canteen' gives used cartons a new lease of life in Thailand    ( Company news )

    Company news SIG is showcasing how companies and communities can come together to turn waste into value through an innovative ‘eco-canteen’ made almost entirely from used beverage cartons at a school in Thailand.

    Opened in September 2018, the canteen is a shining example to encourage more recycling by demonstrating the value it can bring to communities. The 170 children at the school can now drink their milk from cartons in a canteen made of cartons, taking a clear message on recycling home to their families.

    Chatramol Intrasorn, School Director at Nikom Sang Ton Eang school said: “The eco-canteen is a great way to bring recycling to life by showing children – and their parents – what happens to the cartons after they drink their milk. Helping children understand how recycling can help the environment is really important because they are the consumers of tomorrow.”

    From cartons to canteen
    SIG teamed up with Kasetsart University, the food manufacturer Ampol Foods and the Fiber Pattana recycling plant to design and rebuild the canteen at the Nikom Sang Ton Eang primary school near the company’s production site in Rayong, Thailand.

    Together with Kasetsart University, one of the leading public universities in Thailand, SIG ran a competition to design a fully functional school canteen built from used and recycled beverage cartons. The next challenge was to source the materials ready for construction.

    More than 1.4 million cartons went into the canteen. Fiber Pattana supplied the tiles for the roof and panels for the walls, made out of aluminium and polymers from used carton packs collected mainly from schools. The chipboard tables and chairs were produced from cartons recycled by Ampol Foods, a SIG customer that runs its own recycling plant for beverage cartons.

    Increasing recycling rates is part of SIG’s mission to go Way Beyond Good – to put more into the environment and society than it takes out – and awareness raising is a key focus for the company’s community engagement activities.

    Navapol Chuensiri, Head of Cluster Asia-Pacific South at SIG, said: “The eco-canteen serves as a model for SIG’s cartons and collaborative approach to bring benefits to communities and raise awareness of how recycling can help the environment. This innovative approach offers exciting opportunities for similar projects to extend positive impacts in other regions.”
    (SIG Combibloc Group AG)
     
    16.01.2019   At the request of the exhibitors - drink technology India in Bengaluru: Event date postponed    ( drinktechnology India 2019 )

    drinktechnology India 2019 - dti postponed from February to April
    - Organizers responding to the industry’s request

    drink technology India (dti), the most important event for India's beverage and liquid food industry, has been postponed at the request of the exhibitors. The trade fair will now take place from April 10 to 12, 2019. The Bangalore International Expo Centre will remain the exhibition venue. The second event date of dti in 2019, in New Delhi, remains unchanged.

    The fair had been planned for the end of February (February 28 to March 3) in Bengaluru and is mainly aimed at Indian exhibitors and visitors. The premiere of dti in the metropolis has now been postponed following close consultation with the industry.

    Numerous Indian exhibitors had requested that the event not be held at the planned date. The background to this are the production cycles and the annual statement of accounts of the companies that tie up the workforce during this period. Accordingly, the number of registrations for the new date has remained virtually unchanged: around 95 percent of the Indian exhibitors who had already registered will also attend the new date. The international companies will also remain loyal to the event in April.

    “Our goal in Bengaluru and New Delhi is to connect Indian exhibitors in particular with visitors from these metropolitan regions. By postponing dti in Bengaluru to April, at the request of the industry, we are responding to this strategic approach,” explains Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India. In view of the varying presence of the sectors in the Indian regions, the focus in Bengaluru is on fruit juices, beer, spirits, wine and liquid food.

    In 2019, dti will take place twice. After the premiere in Bengaluru, dti will be launched in New Delhi from 5 to 7 December as a combined fair with pacprocess India, indiapack and food pex India by Messe Düsseldorf. Mumbai remains the international hub for the beverage and liquid food industry in India, and the next event there will take place from December 9 to 11, 2020.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    15.01.2019   Belgium: AB InBev to launch zero alcohol version of its Leffe beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    A Belgian brewer will make history in the new year when it produces the first ever non-alcoholic version of one of the country’s celebrated and powerful abbey beers, Telegraph.co.uk reported on January 1.

    Belgium’s abbey beers, brewed either by monks or on licence from them, have long been praised as a central part of the country’s cultural heritage. They are notable for their complex taste, high alcohol content and bespoke glasses.

    Traditionalists may call sacrilege but the brewer said that the decision was a sign of changing attitudes towards beer in Belgium, where even lagers are more alcoholic than in Britain.

    Non-alcoholic lagers and wheat beers have been growing in popularity in Belgium, with a 30 percent growth in the market this year.

    A recent survey found that 62 percent of Belgians thought they drank too much and the country was horrified by the recent death of a university student in a drink-fuelled initiation game.

    AB InBev, the world’s largest brewing company, will begin selling a zero alcohol version of its Leffe beer in Belgium at the beginning of 2019.

    Normally Leffe packs a 6.6 percent punch and has a fruity bitter taste with hints of cloves, vanilla and smoky notes. The brewer has developed a de-alcoholisation technique that allows the beers to go through the usual brewing process. The alcohol is only removed after the fermentation process, which helps to preserve the taste.

    "The popularity of these beers is founded on their strength and the fuller flavour that goes with it," said Eoghan Walsh, a Belgium-based award-winning beer writer.

    "A zero percent abbey beer is a big departure from a brewing tradition you can trace back hundreds of years in a country where brewing mythology is an almost foundational part of Belgian identity," said Eoghan, who writes the Brussels Beer City blog.

    Abbey beers are similar in style to the well-known Trappist beers but do not qualify for the label for a number of reasons. For example, a proportion of profit made on Trappist beers must go to charity.

    “We are proud to have been the first to succeed, thanks to the expertise of our brewers, to produce a non-alcoholic beer that is completely faithful to the quality and authenticity of the beer of Leffe abbey, "said Arnaud Hanset, of AB InBev.

    Leffe Abbey nestles above the river Meuse in the province of Namur, in the French-speaking region of Wallonia. Ale was first brewed there in 1240.

    Leffe which is served in a distinctive chalice, is now brewed at AB InBev’s headquarters in the Flemish university town of Leuven, where Stella Artois was invented.

    AB InBev said that 20 percent of the world’s beer production volume will be non-alcoholic or low alcoholic by 2025.
     
    15.01.2019   Belgium: Local businessmen to resume production of Peeterman beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    Businessman Patrick Vanoppen will resume production of Peeterman beer at the Breda brewery, whose rights he has purchased from AB InBev, The Brussels Times reported on December 25.

    The production of the Leuven brew had been stopped in 1974.

    “With the Breda Brewery, we’ll be able to inject new life into the old Leuven beers,” said Bert Crombez, head of creation. “Thus far, we’ve been treading modestly with the Goldor pils and Blondor blond, but soon we’ll be relaunching Peeterman on the market and others will follow, like Adrianus.”

    The brewery should be in operation by 2020 in a private hotel in the Leuven city centre. In the meantime, production will be delegated to the De Kroon brewery in Flemish Brabant.

    A more or less bitter version of Peeterman beer could be manufactured. However, that decision will be left to the public which will be able to taste the two flavours at the end-of-year Corrida on the 30th of December. “The degree of acidity did, in fact, change the taste of the beer around World War II,” Crombez explained.

    Legend has it that the Peeterman, which owes its name to the nickname given to the residents of Leuven, was the preferred beer of the people of Flemish Brabant in the 18th century.
     
    15.01.2019   Japan & South Korea: South Korea now accounts for 60% of Japanese beer exports    ( E-Malt.com )

    South Korea now accounts for 60 percent of Japanese beer exports every year. Most of the imports are manufactured at three factories in Fukuoka and Oita, Japan, The Korea Bizwire reported on December 31.

    NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting channel, reported on December 27 that the volume of Japanese beer exports to South Korea has increased by more than 100 times over the last 10 years.

    As of 2017, 75,70 kl of Japanese beer were exported to South Korea, accounting for almost 60 percent of total beer exports in Japan.

    NHK pointed out four factors that led to such a dramatic increase in beer exports to South Korea. First, the geographic proximity between the two countries helps keep the beer fresh.

    The distance between Japan’s Hakata Port and South Korea’s Busan Port is more or less 200 kilometres, short enough to maintain the quality of the beer.

    Koto Consumption, a Japanese expression that refers to people who purchase goods and services for the experiences that they create, as opposed to Mono Consumption, which refers to people who purchase a product to the value found in possessing it, is becoming a trend among South Korean tourists, which has also lead to an increase in beer sales.

    At a beer factory in Fukuoka, a Korean-speaking tour guide explains the secrets of Japanese beer to South Korean tourists, after which they will head over to the popular beer tasting program.

    These tour packages are going viral on South Korean social networks.

    How to pour a beer is also one of the important factors in the sales increase. The great taste of draft beer relies heavily on how it is poured.

    Japanese beer makers have made fans out of South Koreans by providing special courses at local pubs or Korean restaurants on how to pour a beer properly.

    A 500 ml canned beer at local Japanese malls sell for around 2,500 won (US$2.25) each, which is almost as cheap as South Korean beer, which typically sells for around 2,000 won per can.

    South Korea’s recent cultural shift to focus more on balancing work and life is also a factor.

    “The recent trend of work-life balance is encouraging South Koreans to enjoy more leisure and find value in life, even if something becomes more expensive,” said Hwang Ji-hye, an expert on the South Korean beer market.

    Lee Seok-su, a local entrepreneur, said watching sports after work with a can of Japanese beer is how he frees himself from a stressful work environment.

    An NHK reporter said Japanese beer is a perfect complement to South Korea’s spicy food, adding that despite the somewhat tenuous relationship between the two countries, Japanese beer and South Korean food match exceptionally well.
     
    15.01.2019   Japan: Major Japanese brewers aiming to win customers by promoting beerlike beverages    ( E-Malt.com )

    Four major Japanese brewers are aiming to win customers this year by promoting “third-segment” beerlike beverages, which have little or no malt content and therefore are priced lower than regular beer, The Japan News reported on January 11.

    The companies are redoubling efforts to boost sales, as Japan’s consumption tax rate is set to be raised to 10 percent from 8 percent in October and the country’s beer and quasi-beer market continues shrinking partly reflecting falling demand from young consumers.

    Of the four players, Sapporo Breweries Ltd. estimates sales of its beer, “happoshu” law-malt quasi-beer and third-segment beverages this year at 44.5 million cases, down 0.3 percent from 2018.

    The other three project growth, with sales seen up 2.2 percent at 150.5 million cases at Asahi Breweries Ltd., 2.0 percent at 137.8 million cases at Kirin Brewery Co. and 3.0 percent at 64.6 million cases at Suntory Beer Ltd.

    Each case contains the equivalent of 20 633-milliliter bottles.

    Suntory does not have happoshu on its product lineup.

    Kirin will revamp Hon Kirin, a blockbuster third-segment product released in March 2018, later this month.

    The move comes as part of the firm’s efforts to keep the popularity of existing products through the renewals of their flavors and package designs, after many new products released by the company in recent years failed to sell well, according to Kirin President and Chief Executive Officer Takayuki Fuse.

    Asahi will launch a new third-segment beverage, Asahi Gokujo Kireaji, on Jan. 29, after its products in the category fared poorly last year in the face of Hon Kirin’s brisk performance.

    The new product, made with the company’s original brewing technique, offers a beerlike sensation, Asahi President Shinichi Hirano said.

    Suntory and Sapporo also plan to launch new third-segment products to attract budget-minded consumers.
     
    15.01.2019   PET Blue Ocean: Plastics specialist contributes to waste reduction by offering new material ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... with maximum recycled content

    As a manufacturer of plastic packaging, the Seufert Gesellschaft für transparente Verpackungen mbH grapples with the topic of sustainability and recycling on a daily basis. Seufert has a clear mission, and with its new PET material, the company is making its contribution to the reduction of unused material waste and to the conservation of the world’s oceans.

    The new material, which Seufert has recently offered as a sustainable alternative to the standard PET for its clear packaging range on the market is a bluish material with up to 100% recycled content in the central layer of its polyester material.

    Despite the high proportion of recycled material, it does not appear inferior, nor does it make any sacrifices in quality or visual appearance. On the contrary, thanks to its bluish tint, the material conveys freshness and purity to the consumer, setting products in an attractive light at the POS.

    The advantages also extend beyond the material’s looks: thanks to the not inconsiderable recycled waste from the pharmacy sector, it can be used without hesitation in the food and hygiene sectors, offering added value. In addition, a virgin PET-G outer layer also provides an optimal barrier to food contact.

    A further advantage of this material is its price. Now we can really say:
    ‘Sustainability at no cost!’

    Like all PET materials supplied by Seufert, PET Blue Ocean can be safely added to the recycling economy as a mono film, in accordance with current practice. For a sustainable future for our environment- we’re heading in the right direction.
    (Seufert Gesellschaft für transparente Verpackungen GmbH)
     
    15.01.2019   South Africa: AB InBev brings Leffe Blonde and Hoegaarden beers to South Africa    ( E-Malt.com )

    The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev, has brought two Belgian beers, Leffe Blonde which is the most popular beer style in the award winning Leffe beer range, and Hoegaarden, which is the most awarded wheat beer in the World Beer Cup history, to South Africa, the Independent Online reported on December 21.

    Leffe Blonde is made using the finest natural ingredients and top fermentation brewing techniques.

    High End Marketing Director, Vijay Govindsamy, said pronounced ‘Leff’ with a silent e, Leffe Blonde is an authentic blonde abbey which is full bodies and multi layered with hints of vanilla and clove, and a slight bitterness.

    “Leffe Blonde has an alcohol content of 6.6%. It pairs well particularly well with red meat, vinegary dishes, ham and cheese. It was best served in the iconic chalice glass, “which allows the essence of this beer to unveil its true elegance”,” said Govindsamy.

    He said Hoegaarden is the original Belgian Witbier, with a 600-year history.

    “Hoegaarden monks have been credited as being the first to discover the unique recipe for wheat beer around 1445, when it was used to treat people with vitamin deficiencies. Today it might not be prescribed by doctors but it is a beer brand enjoyed by both men and woman, and has become a mainstay in households across Europe, Asia and the Americas. This naturally different wheat beer with a medium light body is brewed with orange peel and coriander, which imparts a distinctive, bright and refreshing flavour. It has an alcohol content of 4.9%. It is the perfect accompaniment at the brunch or lunch table of casual light bites like Asian food, seafood and salads,” said Govindsamy.
     
    15.01.2019   UK: Asahi Breweries launches non-alcoholic beer Peroni Libera    ( E-Malt.com )

    Asahi Breweries has launched a non-alcoholic beer called Peroni Libera 0.0% in the UK, the Drinks Insight Network reported on January 2.

    Produced using a customised fermentation process and yeast strain, the new alcohol-free Peroni beer offers citrusy aromas and hoppy notes that are claimed to be similar to Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

    Peroni Nastro Azzurro’s master of mixology Simone Caporale said: “We’ve seen a change in consumers’ drinking habits in the industry; with the rise of mindfulness and well-being, people are more regularly considering low and no-alcohol drinks alternatives and currently there isn’t a premium, great-tasting beer out there for them to enjoy.

    “Peroni Libera 0.0% is the perfect alcohol-free beer option for the lower-tempo occasions, a mid-week night out with friends, or during those working lunch occasions.

    “Peroni Libera 0.0% delivers a crisp taste, a fine bitterness and a fast and clean finish, with a well-defined taste of beer, meaning those looking for an alternative to alcohol no longer have to compromise on quality or taste.”

    Peroni Libera 0.0% was launched in response to a recent trend of mindful alcohol consumption.

    Currently, the non-alcoholic beer is exclusively available at Tesco stores across the UK at a price of £5 for a four pack of 330ml bottles. It will be released across the off-trade at a later date.
     


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