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    18.12.2018   UNITED CAPS Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone - 10 Billion of the World's Best Closures ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... produced in one year

    Special November 30th event at UNITED CAPS DUNAVARSÁNY plant attracts customers, media

    UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported that it held a successful event at its Hungarian plant to celebrate the manufacture of its 10 billionth closure this year, its innovative DOUBLEFLOW closure for edible oils. It is the first time in the company’s history that 10 billion closures have been produced in a 12 month period.

    Photo: 10 billion times this year, UNITED CAPS made the best closures, and the company is especially proud of one of them, the “one cap with dual function” called DOUBLEFLOW. It is proof of UNITED CAPS’ quality, expertise and innovation.

    Located in Dunavarsány, Hungary, the plant specializes in the production of caps and closures for edible oils and beverages. In line with UNITED CAPS ‘CLOSE TO YOU’ strategy to bring operations close to the customer where appropriate for exceptional customer service, the Dunavarsány plant is the company’s gateway to Eastern Europe. It serves a number of well-known brands in that region, including the Polish brand Wielkopolski oil from Princes Group, one of Europe’s fastest growing food and drink groups. UNITED CAPS is continuing to invest in the Hungarian plant, with a new manufacturing line already under construction.

    “We are very proud to have manufactured our 10 billionth closure,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “It is a major milestone that highlights the faith the market puts in UNITED CAPS. It’s a sign of reliability, a badge of honour. Our innovative DOUBLEFLOW closure was the 10 billionth closure. We don’t set out every year to make the most closures. But this year, we are proud that 10 billion times, we’ve set out and succeeded in making the best closures.”

    UNITED CAPS celebrated this achievement with an event at its Dunavarsány plant, where the 10 billionth closure was manufactured. The event featured talks by CEO Henckes and the Dunavarsány Plant Director Szabolcs Szili.

    “We at the Dunavarsány plant are honoured to be recognized for producing the 10 billionth closure for UNITED CAPS,” Szili said.

    DOUBLEFLOW is a precision pouring instrument for edible oils. Enhancing the user’s edible oil experience, the ingenious DOUBLEFLOW pouring spout offers variety in pouring options and exceptional control thanks to its innovative droplet shape. It’s lightweight and attractive with no compromise on spill-free performance, keeping the bottle dry and easy to handle while maintaining the quality of the contents throughout its shelf life. A wide selection of colours and printing options are available, enhancing the opportunity for brands to really break through on the shelf.

    Menno Bax, Marketing Director for Wielkopolski, added: “This is a great innovation. At Wielkopolski, we are delighted to enhance our range with the new DOUBLEFLOW to make life easier for our consumers, and to help strengthen our brand proposition and the activation plans we have with the Wielkopolski brand in the Polish market.”
    (United Caps)
     
    17.12.2018   CIBUS TEC is even bigger: A new additional hall and 60% of the area already booked    ( Company news )

    Company news PARMA | ITALY
    22 | 25 OCT.2019

    Join Cibus Tec and experience the trends that will shape the future: more than 1,000 innovative suppliers will show pioneering solutions and leading-edge production systems on 120,000 sqm of exhibitions space to 35,000 professionals of the food and beverage industry, coming from more than 100 countries.

    Cibus Tec is a complete showcase – from processing to packaging, from bottling to end-of-line – for the whole food and beverage industry.

    Cibus Tec: serving the food and food tech industry since 1939
    With an undisputed leadership - since 1939 - in showing the best processing and packaging technologies for vegetables, fruit, milk and meat, now Cibus Tec is considered one of the main events worldwide and the only technologies showcase in Italy able to offer the full range of solutions for all food and beverage industry needs.

    Experience the future of food and beverage technology at Cibus Tec 2019: more than 1,000 innovative suppliers present pioneering solutions and leading-edge production systems on 120,000 sqm of exhibition space to 35,000 professionals of the food and beverage industry, coming from 108 countries.

    A world-class showcase for innovative technologies
    Cibus Tec promotes a meeting of the best and most innovative technologies and the evolution of consumption trends, offering the most complete exhibition showcase of solutions for the food and beverage industry.
    Thanks to the extraordinary technological offer of Cibus Tec exhibitors, you are certain to find the solutions you are looking for and the answers to all your needs.

    Cibus Tec offers a perfect combination of exhibition, live demonstrations, consultancy services and workshops to answer the needs of the food industry of tomorrow.

    CIBUS TEC industry 4.0 live demonstrations
    The most advanced technologies from processing to warehouse logistics will take center stage during Cibus Tec 2019 with various highly automated and real functional lines.
    (KOELN PARMA EXHIBITIONS Srl)
     
    17.12.2018   India: Mahou India enters Bengaluru with wheat beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Mahou India, the first subsidiary of Spanish brewing major Mahou Group outside of Spain, has entered Bengaluru. The entry marks the launch of their portfolio which includes Belgian beer in wheat and lager category, the Economic Times reported on December 12.

    “We are thrilled to expand our presence to the beer lovers city of India i.e. Bengaluru. Our premium lager beers – Mahou 5 Star and Mahou Clásica have received a great response since their launch in the last three years in other parts of India and we are delighted to launch these products for the city. Mahou Maestra Wheat is the first wheat beer in India that comes with a pull-off cap in its pint bottle. Bengaluru, a city known for its beer culture, is a significant market for us,” said Fernando Bustamante, CEO of Mahou India that is headquartered in Gurugram (Haryana).

    Mahou India is a 100% subsidiary of Mahou Group, which is a Spanish-owned family company and market leader in Spain with a production share of 34%. The firm’s history dates back to more than 128 years, beginning with the birth of Mahou in 1890.

    India is the first country for Mahou Group where it has a fully owned subsidiary outside of Spain. The company has its brewery located in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan. The group entered the Indian market in August 2012.
     
    17.12.2018   Ireland: Price of alcohol could rise significantly in case of no deal Brexit    ( E-malt.com )

    The price of alcohol could rise "significantly" for Irish and British customers if the EU-UK Brexit backstop deal fails to make it through a Westminster vote and a no deal crisis occurs, BreakingNews.ie reported on December 3.

    On Tuesday, December 4 the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland is expected to warn "immediate" tariffs on beer, cider, glass bottles and other items will be introduced at the end of March if the deal collapses, in addition to customs check delay "additional costs" and extra VAT expenses.

    In an opening statement to the Oireachtas agriculture committee, the ABFI will say that according to the Central Statistics Office the alcohol trade between Britain and Ireland was worth €364 mln last year.

    However, if a no-deal situation occurs, it will warn all of these exports will be unable to avoid strict tariffs on products being sent from both countries - a situation the group said will "damage" the sector and hit customs in the pocket.

    "The ABFI would urge all parties to seek to ensure that a withdrawal agreement is concluded and that a no-deal Brexit is avoided. A no-deal Brexit would be seriously damaging to the Irish and UK economy, including the all-island drinks industry. The potential consequences of a no deal Brexit include immediate tariffs on barley, malt, glass bottles, apples, finished cider and other supply chain inputs; regulatory and customs checks at the Irish border leading to significant delays and additional costs, and requirement for up-front VAT payments on cross-border trade," the group will say.

    The ABFI is also expected to note that any introduction of a hard border or customs checks will force trucks carrying alcohol-related goods to face up to 23,000 hours in delays crossing the border from next March.

    In such a situation, it will say the likely extra travelling cost per truck could be €100 - a new expense which may be pushed onto customers.

    At the same agriculture committee this afternoon, the Food Drink Ireland organisation will issue a similar warning, saying food and alcohol prices will "rise significantly" unless a Brexit deal is secured.

    Highlighting many of the same concerns, the second group will say a number of Irish industries have genuine "exposure" to any Brexit fallout, with 51% of beef, 24% of dairy and 62% of "prepared consumer food" Irish exports currently being sent to Britain.

    "In the event of a no-deal scenario, World Trade Organisation tariffs could increase EU food and drink export prices to the UK significantly.

    "Higher trade prices will, therefore, cause export volumes from the EU to the UK to drop significantly," it will warn.
     
    17.12.2018   UK: Non-alcoholic and low-strength beers 'incredibly important' to UK pubs    ( E-malt.com )

    Non-alcoholic and low-strength beers are now “incredibly important” to UK pubs, according to the head of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), as the no ABV category ferments in Europe.

    Brigid Simmons, CEO of the BBPA, told The Drinks Business that lower strength beers are a “really great opportunity for the beer market.”

    Simmonds’ views coincide with a report published by the Brewers of Europe on December 4, which shows that non-alcoholic beer now counts for 2% of Europe’s beer production by value. Sales of European non-alcoholic beer rose to reach nearly €900 million (£800 million) in 2017.

    A number of UK breweries have started to add low alcohol versions of their flagship beers to their portfolios. Brewer and pub giant Greene King announced plans to introduce a 0.5% ABV version of its popular ale Old Speckled Hen last month, while Suffolk-based St Peter’s brewery signed a deal with the Old Sport Company to serve its 0.0% ale Without Gold at the group’s sites in Lemington Spa and Wokingham, with other pubs in the chain set to introduce it “very soon.”

    However, a growing number of breweries are also producing lower strength beers, with an ABV between 1% and 3.5%. South London brewer Small Beer Co launched in November 2017 with a core range consisting of a Pilsner-style lager made with British malt and Saaz hops (2.1% ABV) and a dark lager (1% ABV) described as having “dark berry fruit on the nose” and a “coffee-like palate and smoky finish”.

    The BBPA boss told the drinks business that both “no alcohol and low strength will be important.”

    “There’s plenty of great tasting beers below 4%,” she said, “and we really are starting to see growth in this area.

    Kris Gumbrell, co-founder of UK pub chain Brewhouse & Kitchen, told the drinks business the move towards low strength beer is “one of the more surprisingly developments in the past 12 months.”

    “We’ve seen in the popularity of session beers that the craft beer drinkers really enjoy beers with lower alcohol contents, so the natural progression would be to expand the low and zero alcohol beers.

    “We are definitely looking into this and, with popularity growing into 2019, we and the wider craft beer market will need to respond to consumer demand.”

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) welcomed a proposal by the European Commission to extend the threshold for low alcohol beers that can benefit from reduced duty rates in May this year, from 2.8% ABV to 3.5% ABV. Simmonds is currently in Brussels working with other European industry leaders to negotiate a change in the legal requirements for taxing non-alcoholic and low-strength beers.

    “It’s currently under discussion in Brussels and we hope that change would be made.”
     
    17.12.2018   Ukraine: AB InBev Efes brings Goose Island beers to Ukraine    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev Efes has brought a first batch of U.S. craft beer by Goose Island Brewery to Ukraine, the Ukraine Open for Business portal said on December 12.

    “The company brought to the Ukrainian market world-famous American brands from the manufacturer of craft beer Goose Island Brewery: Goose IPA and URBAN WHEAT ALE. The first batch is 60 hectolitres,” the company said in a press release on December 11.

    Two brands by Goose Island Brewery are already on shelves in the Ukrainian MegaMarket, Novus and Silpo retail networks.

    As reported, the world’s largest brewing concern Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and Anadolu Efes, the largest brewing company in Turkey, completed the merger of businesses in Russia and Ukraine in equal shares in late March 2018.

    AB InBev Efes is one of the leaders of the Ukrainian brewing market, occupying 30.5% of it.

    AB InBev Efes in Ukraine owns three breweries in Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv regions.
     
    17.12.2018   USA: Analysts note craft beer sales growth within on-premise establishments this year    ( E-malt.com )

    After the boom and subsequent plateauing of craft beer sales in the US, on-premise experiential drinking establishments are managing to draw in new customers. Brewpubs, taprooms and game-based bars all saw a surge in popularity in 2018, BeverageDaily.com reported on December 10.

    Three years ago in-store craft beer sales were seeing a sales growth increase of 12.9%. In-store craft beer sales took a knock between 2017 and 2018, declining 0.2%, yet still reaching $4.9 bln. And according to Nielsen data, there are positive signs of sales growth within US on-premise establishments.

    Drinkers are now more drawn to experience-based locations for their alcohol consumption than typical bars with no extra incentives. Consumers said they have visited experiential locations 'more often' in the last year, rather than 'less often', with 43% trying out game-based bars, 42% at a brewery tasting room, 42% at rooftop bars, 42% at premium bars and 41% at groce-rants (a cross between grocery market and restaurant or cafe).

    “Despite the appeal of experiential drinking venues among the younger consumers, however, the desire to find new places to drink isn’t exclusive to Millennials. In fact, 15% of all US consumers of legal drinking age say they have visited a brewpub/taproom in the last three months, with 42% saying they had visited more than they did a year ago,” Nielsen said.

    IPAs are the best-selling type of craft beer at US bars and restaurants with 24.9% of sales. Brewpub visitors are more likely to buy IPAs in the western (52%) and southern (49%) US than the midwest (46%) and northeast (44%). Seasonal beers take the top spot in the midwest (51%) and northeast (47%).

    According to Nielsen, men (32%) are more engaged with and likely to visit local taprooms than women (26%). But overall, drinkers are showing up to brewpubs because they want to try something new and have a variety of options (55%).

    Today’s consumer demands many factors that go into a craft drinking experience. They enjoy supporting small businesses, which is perfect for local brewers. Consumers also want to know how their foods and drinks are made, and taprooms typically offer tours of their facility and brewing process. Convenience, flavor and sample tastings all play into the reasons more drinkers are turning to craft alcohol options.

    Noted turn-offs that may be keeping the masses from turning up at their local brewery include big crowds (24%), high prices (23%) and an intimidating atmosphere for the average drinker who isn’t well-versed in craft beer (17%).

    At least 50% of craft beer drinkers also visit other bars and restaurants for ‘reasons related to craft beer,’ outside of taprooms or breweries. Men and women both enjoy the craft drinking experience as something that is higher quality than other alcoholic beverages (33% vs. 23%).

    “The craft beer experience is now much more than just the physical act of drinking craft beer. Tasting rooms and brewpubs provide an opportunity for consumers to engage with the culture of craft beer, and right now, there is a golden opportunity to engage with drinkers in a memorable, meaningful and interactive way,” Nielsen said.
     
    17.12.2018   USA: Diageo planning new distillery in Kentucky    ( E-malt.com )

    Spirits giant Diageo is taking a deeper plunge into bourbon and American whiskey production with plans for a new distillery in Kentucky, the Courier Journal reported on December 14.

    The $130 million venture includes plans to build a distillery and warehousing on an approximately 144-acre site at Lebanon in Marion County, the company said Thursday. Diageo officials said the goal is to start production in 2021.

    The company whose brand lineup includes Bulleit bourbon is hoping to increasingly tap into the popularity of American whiskeys.

    "Bourbon and American whiskey are vibrant and growing categories and we are excited to expand Diageo's footprint in Kentucky to support our ambitions in this space," said Barry Becton, a senior executive at Diageo North America.

    Global trade disputes, however, are threatening to dampen the good times for American whiskey makers. Those disputes have resulted in tariffs slapped on bourbon and other American whiskeys in some key overseas markets, including the European Union — where Kentucky spirits producers exported nearly $200 million of their products in 2017.

    But in announcing its Kentucky expansion, Diageo pointed to forecasts for continued growth in the bourbon category in coming years. The Bulleit brand had double-digit growth in the U.S. in the past year, it said.

    Diageo said the new Lebanon distillery — about 65 miles southeast of Louisville — will supplement its Kentucky operations at the historic Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville and the Bulleit distillery, which began operations in 2017 near Shelbyville.

    The new distillery will be able to produce up to 10 million proof gallons per year — or 3.8 million 9-liter cases. The company said it plans to distill a variety of current and future bourbon and American whiskey brands at the new facility. The Shelbyville facility can produce up to 3 million proof gallons annually, or 1.1 million 9-liter cases, though there is room for Diageo to expand the plant.

    The Lebanon distillery is expected to create 30 new full-time jobs, the company said.

    The facility will be on the southern tier of the state's main bourbon production belt in central Kentucky.

    Marion County officials cheered news of the new whiskey production venture coming to town.

    "With Marion County's rich history in the bourbon industry, we are proud and humbled to add Diageo's name to this evolving legacy," said Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw.

    Kentucky economic development officials said on December 13 that Diageo is in line for performance-based tax incentives of up to $4 million from the state as a result of the venture.

    Kentucky distillers produce about 95 percent of the world's bourbon supply, according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

    Last year, overall spirits production in Kentucky — mostly bourbon — surpassed 1.7 million barrels for just the second time since 1968, an increase of 129,000 barrels from 2016, the industry group said

    Diageo's other bourbon and American whiskey brands include Blade & Bow, I.W. Harper, Cascade Blonde, Orphan Barrel and Seagram's 7 Crown, but not all its products in those categories will be produced at the new Kentucky distillery, it said.

    American whiskeys account for just a fraction of Diageo's overall net sales. The company's most prominent brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and Guinness.
     
    17.12.2018   World: China's Tsingtao beer now exported to more than 100 countries    ( E-malt.com )

    Chu Liangjing still remembers when his company did business overseas 30 years ago, and had no idea where its products were sold, the China Daily reported on December 6.

    "It was like a 'blind' sale without knowing the other end of an order. There seemed to be several walls between the sellers, overseas dealers and consumers," said Chu, deputy general manager of Tsingtao Brewery International.

    Chu started working at the international department of Tsingtao Brewery, based in Qingdao, Shandong province, in 1986.

    At a time when China was dominated by a planned economy, the brewery didn't have the right to directly export products. Instead, beer products were supplied to a designated foreign trade corporation under the administration of the provincial government.

    Founded in 1903 by German and British merchants, Tsingtao Brewery bears the name of its birth place. It had gained some renown by the 1980s, but was still far from being a world-leading beer maker.

    Things changed after Tsingtao Brewery was granted the right to export directly in April 1987.

    Chu said he was told it should shift its focus to real customer needs and ought to learn how to compete in global markets.

    "Hearing that team talk, I was almost petrified, but I quickly came back to myself and realized it was time for a tremendous transformation," he said.

    In 1992, Tsingtao Brewery launched its first overseas office in Italy and then sent staff members to wholesale agencies in countries such as Canada and France. By establishing joint sales companies, the brewery quickly expanded its overseas business.

    Now the company has become one of the world's largest breweries in terms of output, with products exported to more than 100 countries and regions.

    "As a participant, witness and beneficiary of the country's reform and opening-up policy, Tsingtao is also an active explorer and practitioner of China's successful market-orientated economy, enterprise capitalization and internationalization," Chu said.

    Statistics from the Centre for International Communication Studies last year showed Tsingtao has acquired more than 90 percent brand recognition in many developed countries in Europe and North America.

    "Tsingtao will continue to resonate with the country's development and social progress and make efforts to enhance the global influence of Chinese brands," Chu said.
     
    14.12.2018   Sidel BoostPRIME opens the door to premiumisation and revenue generation for hot-filled beverages...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...in PET

    BoostPRIME™ is a unique PET packaging solution, offering a great alternative for hot-filled beverages in PET bottles. It expands the opportunities for product premiumisation and revenue generation with no compromise on packaging performance and consumer experience. This patented solution is addressing the single serve market of JNSDIT (juice, nectar, soft drink, isotonics, tea) filled in PET bottles of up to 1.2L at a temperature of 85-88°C.

    The BoostPRIME packaging solution removes the need for restrictive vacuum panels or gas addition into PET bottles normally required for the containers to resist hot-filling temperatures. The final bottle shape is achieved with an active base inversion and relies on three key features with minor impact on the packaging manufacturing line layout:
    • The packaging design requires specific base geometry and specifications.
    • The Base OverStroke System (BOSS) allows the mechanical forming of the bottle base during the blowing process.
    • The inverter contributes to the base inversion. This step takes place after filling and capping, tilting and cooling and before labelling. It balances the negative pressure induced by the beverage cooling in the bottle from 85°C to ambient temperature.

    Premiumisation: increased packaging appeal to stand out on the shelf
    The removal of the technical constraints of the bottle vacuum offers total freedom of shape in order to attain premium and distinctive PET bottles. It allows a uniform look and feel for hot and aseptically-filled bottles for consistent brand image. Any iconic bottle shape with panels can be easily adapted without impacting the consumer perception. Besides that, it enlarges the branding opportunities as the bottles labelling surface with no vacuum panel is smoother and contributes to a greater and more impactful look and feel. The labelling quality for both roll-fed labels and sleeve labels is highly improved due to an inner bottle pressure during label application.

    Revenue generation: a very cost-effective solution with significant savings
    The BoostPRIME packaging solution significantly reduces consumption of PET resin: it can decrease the current heat resistant (HR) bottle weight by up to 30% compared to regular HR PET bottles. It also allows producers to save on label material by enabling to switch from a sleeve to a roll-fed label application. All the process parameters – air blowing pressure, air cooling – are optimised at maximum mechanical speed. When investing in the BoostPRIME solution for a new hot-fill PET line to produce a 1L hot-filled bottle, beverage producers can very quickly reach a one-year payback when considering the additional investment versus a traditional line configuration. By shifting from regular HR bottles with vacuum panels decorated with sleeve labels to lightweighted BoostPRIME bottles decorated with roll-fed labels, the bottle lightweighting potential is estimated to be between three and seven grams, complemented with a ten time reduction in label costs.

    Top bottle quality and expanded package performances
    The complete packaging solution ensures a very consistent blowing process and final bottle base profile for a top bottle quality and a great consumer experience. Although it is light, the bottle is just as strong when cooled because the inner bottle pressure stemming from the base inversion reduces risk of deformation. The quality of the label application is especially optimised as the container is stronger and the bottle wall surface is smoother. Additionally, the large seating diameter of the base improves the bottle’s stability through the packaging line and on the pallet, thus contributing to line efficiency.

    The first successful BoostPRIME hot-fill PET lines are running in Mexico
    The Sidel BoostPRIME packaging solution has been validated with a key customer in Mexico, where the industrial production has successfully started early this year. With nearly 50 SKUs in production, this beverage producer already achieved tremendous bottle weight savings up to 32%. Those hot-filled drinks including juice, tea and isotonics are produced by using a variety of production configurations: off-line and in-line production, existing and new Sidel blowing and filling equipment, stand-alone Sidel blower and Sidel integrated blow-fill-cap Combi, SBO Universal and SBO Sidel Matrix™ blower ranges, contact filling and flow meter filling, applying roll-fed and sleeve labels. All the lines configured for BoostPRIME can also produce standard heat-resistant bottles with or without panels, which increases the versatility of this packaging solution.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    13.12.2018   Extended actuator and nominal size range of GEMÜ 567 BioStar control valve     ( Company news )

    Company news The aseptic GEMÜ 567 BioStar control valve is now available up to a nominal size of DN25, thus allowing a maximum flow rate of 15 m³/h. At the same time, the selection of motorized actuators for this valve has also been extended.

    In order to expand the product range of valves for hygienic, sterile and aseptic applications to include a highly precise control and regulating valve, GEMÜ, one of the world's leading manufacturers of valves, measurement and control systems, first developed a completely new sealing technology that provides the optimal addition to the established aseptic GEMÜ valve range. With 567 Biostar control, based on GEMÜ PD design, this novel generation of valves has been designed specifically for the control of small flow rates in the pharmaceutical, food, and biotech sectors.
    The PD design means that the moving parts of the actuator are hermetically separated from the product area. This hermetic separation also enables the actuator to be replaced under pressure, with no risk of media contamination.

    In addition to existing commercially available versions with manual and pneumatic actuators, the new motorized versions have now been fully developed for the market. The motorized version of the GEMÜ 567 Biostar control valve is the world's first real-time-enabled control valve. The combination of PD design and electric actuator as a stainless steel version makes this valve a top choice for the control of small volumes in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, in applications without compressed air, or particularly for applications with stringent precision and speed requirements. The running times of the plants can be greatly extended thanks to the long service life of the PD diaphragm (more than 7 million cycle duties), the low-maintenance design and the operator replacement when medium is present. With the expansion of the range of nominal sizes to include DN 25, GEMÜ has now extended the kv range up to approx. 15 m³/h.

    The GEMÜ 567 Biostar control valve is intended for all control processes in hygienic and sterile areas, right up to aseptic plants in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and food and beverage industries, as well as for industrial processes and corrosive media. The PTFE seal system means it is perfectly suited and completely harmless to be used with media containing oil and fats. The valve is suitable for the precise control of small quantities in medical and food engineering (milk, yoghurt, cheese production), the pharmaceutical industry, and in cosmetics. Due to the wide variety of combination possibilities of actuators, bus systems and controls, it can also be adapted for all possible processes according to customer requirements, including real-time applications.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    12.12.2018   Britvic adds BrandOpus to its global agency roster    ( Company news )

    Company news Leading soft drinks company Britvic is delighted to announce the addition of BrandOpus to its brand design agency roster, to work across a selection of its global portfolio of brands, kicking off with Thomas & Evans.

    BrandOpus will partner with Britvic on all aspects of brand strategy, visual identity and architecture, as well as packaging design and development – ensuring consistency across all platforms and markets.

    Matt Barwell, Chief Marketing Officer at Britvic said: “We are delighted to have BrandOpus on board. We were impressed with their understanding of our business goals, and they are an ideal fit for the Britvic business as we continue our journey to be the most creative, dynamic and trusted soft drinks company in the world. BrandOpus will play a key role in the development, evolution and creative stewardship of our stable of iconic brands and we look forward to kicking off our new partnership.”

    Nir Wegrzyn, Chief Executive Officer at BrandOpus, added: “We are thrilled to be appointed to work with such an influential company like Britvic – owner of some of the world’s best loved brands. We are excited to be able to play a part in growing their influence and be able to help them connect meaningfully with consumers around the world.”

    Britvic’s brand portfolio includes its home-grown GB brands such as Robinsons, J2O, Purdey’s, and Tango, its portfolio in Ireland (including Club and Ballygowan), France (Teisseire, Pressade) Brazil (Maguary and DaFruta) as well as super-premium brands from Britvic’s incubator company, WiseHead Productions.

    The appointment has been made following a competitive pitch process led by Britvic. BrandOpus joins Britvic’s brand design agency roster which also includes Bloom.
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    12.12.2018   Feldmuehle strengthens its core competence and focuses on wet-strength label papers and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... flexible packaging papers Feldmuehle GmbH will focus on the production of specialty papers in the future, i.e. wet- and alkali-resistant label papers as well as flexible packaging papers. On November 19, 2018, Feldmuehle GmbH filed for an application with the competent local court in Pinneberg to open insolvency proceedings under its own administration pursuant to Sections 270, 270 a para. 1 InsO (German Insolvency Act). Following the management's application, the Pinneberg local court ordered the provisional self-administration on the same day (71 IN 38/18). Dr. Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as provisional administrator. The restructuring of the company in the context of self-administration provides for all necessary measures to improve the profitability and thus sustainable competitiveness of the company. The focus is the concentration on the product sector specialty papers, i.e. wet- and alkali-resistant label papers as well as flexible packaging papers. The production of graphic papers is discontinued. In this connection, the paper machine 2 is shut down. The new business model requires staffing, i.e. the workforce is reduced to around 180 employees. The employees leaving the company are offered to switch to a transfer company in order to further qualify for the job market. The management presented the overall concept on December 7, 2018, as part of an employee meeting with simultaneous commencement of the negotiation of the social plan with the works council. (Feldmuehle GmbH)
     
    11.12.2018   KHS Corpoplast introduces the latest innovation in PET packaging at in-house exhibition    ( Company news )

    Company news - Over 150 industry experts get information in Hamburg
    - Focus on saving resources and recycling
    - Impressive KHS FreshSafe-PET® coating process

    Around 150 participants gathered information about new and further developments in PET packaging systems at KHS Corpoplast's innovation event this year in Hamburg.

    Photo: Positive was the guests' response to InnoPET FormFill ™ powered by LiquiForm ™ concept which molds and fills plastic containers in just one step. This revolution in processing will reach the serial production stage at the end of 2019.

    The market for PET packaging continues to grow, emphasized Burkhard Becker, Chairman of the Executive Management Board of KHS (who handed over the office to Kai Acker on October 15, editor's note) in his brief statement. The share of all packaging types was already 42% in 2018 and will increase again by 2022. In addition to the light, handy and single-serve formats, the environmental friendliness of this packaging plays an ever greater role. At the same time, the relevance of the packaging design to remove the contents from the packaging as simply and completely as possible continues to increase, for example. The systems offered by KHS for these areas today and tomorrow were demonstrated by the machinery and systems manufacturer at its in-house exhibition - first in talks and then with a tour of the factory.

    Sustainability with the Smart Line concept
    The focus of the Smart Line concept is primarily on innovations in the following areas: easy-to-use machines, concepts for parallel filling of several products on one line, simpler, faster and more reliable format changeover and conservation of resources in the production process.

    The KHS FreshSafe-PET® coating process in particular attracted a lot of attention. This glass interior coating for PET bottles is of growing importance for local juice and nectar bottlers in light of new Packaging Act, which comes into effect on 1 January 2019 in Germany. To date, conventional packaging in these segments has been difficult to recycle because of the addition of additives. In the future beverage producers are threatened with having to pay what is known as a participation fee. Using the KHS Plasmax glass inner coating makes bottle-to-bottle recycling possible and thus creates a solution to reduce the marketing of non-recyclable disposable PET bottles in the medium to long term.

    Great Interest in the InnoPET FormFill™ concept powered by LiquiForm™
    Also positive was the guests' response to InnoPET FormFill ™ powered by LiquiForm ™ concept which molds and fills plastic containers in just one step. This revolution in processing will reach the serial production stage at the end of 2019 when it will be delivered to a customer for the first time. It stands out in particular with regard to resource savings in the production process. The energy consumption for stretch blow molding is reduced even further by up to 50% compared to current BloFill systems. In addition, the compact machine design allows more flexibility and space savings of more than 40% versus machines of comparable capacities.

    Another topic of the in-house exhibition was the service that KHS has recently expanded worldwide. Dr. Martin Koschmieder, Head of Service, emphasized the Bottles & Shapes ™ program with which the company provides customers holistic advice on the design, engineering, optimization and production of PET bottles. "We reduce material consumption by optimizing the weight and thus decrease the cost of production as well as the cost of secondary packaging," said Koschmieder and illustrated the advantages for customers with an example: "Based on the production of 270 million 0.5-liter bottles of highly carbonated water per year, cost savings of up to €770,000 result by reducing the weight from 12.5 to 9.9 grams."

    Managing director Thomas Karell also had words of praise for the innovations and the good work of all colleagues during the past years. He has been managing KHS Corpoplast since 2011. The success of the Hamburg site is demonstrated alone by the growing workforce: the number of employees at KHS Corpoplast has increased by more than 30% between 2008 and 2017. The development of the site is driving the company forward with further investments, including a new production hall, a technology center, increasing order picking capacities and new measuring and laboratory equipment.
    (KHS Corpoplast GmbH)
     
    10.12.2018   Founders Brewing New Beer Release: Panther Cub    ( Company news )

    Company news What’s porter, vanilla and barrel-aged all over? The fourth release in our taproom Mothership Series, of course!

    Developed after reflecting on youthful dalliances of yore, Panther Cub is a small porter aged in a combo of BLIS maple syrup bourbon barrels and regular bourbon barrels. This fierce cat has been aging in barrels for over two years with whole vanilla beans (just for fun). Tasty maple and vanilla notes plus surprisingly deep character make this rare special release one to look upon fondly. 8.7% ABV 30 IBUs.

    Like its two predecessors in the series, Panther Cub originated as an immensely popular taproom release. This marks the first time the beer will be bottled.

    Panther Cub will be available exclusively in our Detroit and Grand Rapids taprooms beginning on December 1 in 6-pack bottles and on draft. It will have a suggested retail price of $14.99/6-pack. Panther Cub is preceded by Red’s Rye IPA, Sleeper Cell and MF Donkey Stout in the Mothership Series.
    (Founders Brewing Co.)
     
    07.12.2018   Three Ardagh Group Customers Win Clear Choice Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a division of Ardagh Group and a leading producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the United States, is pleased to announce that three of its customers were awarded Clear Choice Awards by the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI).

    Ardagh Group manufactures the award-winning glass packaging for Wicked Weed Brewing’s 500ml Sour, McIlhenny Company’s TABASCO® brand Diamond Reserve Pepper Sauce and Monster Energy Company’s Caffé Monster.

    For the second consecutive year, Wicked Weed Brewing has won a Clear Choice Award. This year, the unique beer bottle Ardagh Group manufactured for Wicked Weed Brewing won GPI’s Clear Choice Award in the Beer, Cider and Flavored Alcoholic Beverage category. The Wicked Weed 500ml Sour collection captures the perfect blend of a classic Belgian beer bottle and a champagne bottle, with a 29mm cap and neck that accommodate a wine cork to finish the presentation. The long neck, beveled base and deep punt help set this innovative beer package apart from the pack, and showcase the brand’s premium spot on the shelf.

    The elegant glass bottle Ardagh Group manufactured for McIlhenny Company won GPI’s Clear Choice Award in the Food category. An American tradition since 1868, McIlhenny Company has a rich history of packaging its TABASCO® Sauce in glass containers. For the brand’s 150th anniversary, McIlhenny selected the finest peppers on Avery Island, mashed with a small amount of salt, then aged – some for up to 15 years – and blended with sparkling white wine vinegar, resulting in its TABASCO® brand Diamond Reserve Pepper Sauce. To celebrate this exceptional sauce, it is packaged in a 187ml sparkling wine Champagne Green glass bottle. The TABASCO® brand Diamond Reserve Pepper Sauce bottle is finished with gold label decoration and a gold foil seal, and packaged in a special-edition sealed gold box to make this a collectible.

    The Newcomer to Glass Packaging category was awarded to the unique glass bottle Ardagh Group manufactured for Monster Energy Company. Monster Energy Company shook up the category with the first sleek, 13.7oz premium glass bottle for Caffé Monster. The coffee has a “take no prisoners” attitude with a glass package to back it up. The tall, slender, square glass bottle delivers on market differentiation, and the traditional coffee house chalkboard font on the label provides a premium, unique look on the shelf. Both the label and cap feature the Monster Claw to ensure consumers that this coffee is brewed with killer Monster flavor and supercharged with Monster Energy blend.

    The winning glass containers were selected by an independent panel of food and beverage packaging professionals, including Tom Bobak, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, American Craft Beer LLC; Anne Marie Mohan, Senior Editor, Packaging World; and Denise Purcell, Head of Content for the Specialty Food Association.

    “Ardagh Group is proud to have earned more than 90 Clear Choice Awards during the last 29 years,” said Alex Robertson, Chief Commercial Officer of Ardagh Group’s North American Glass division. “We continue to demonstrate our commitment to innovation and new product development, and are pleased that many of the world’s leading brands continue to choose glass packaging because of its ability to preserve product integrity, its beautiful shelf appeal and its endless recyclability.”

    Since 1989, the Clear Choice Awards has honored consumer product goods manufacturers who find unique ways to use glass packaging to tell the story of their brand, create glass packaging designs that stand out on the shelf, and help brands meet sustainability goals.

    “The 2018 Clear Choice Awards bring into focus the connection brands can make with consumers through eye-catching, sustainable and innovative glass packaging,” said Joe Cattaneo, Acting Executive Director, GPI. “Every year, the vast majority of new products launched in beer, wine and spirits are packaged in glass containers, and these Awards celebrate the design leaders.”

    The Clear Choice Awards are sponsored by the Glass Packaging Institute, the trade association representing the North American glass container manufacturers.
    Awards were presented during BRANDPACKAGING's Packaging That Sells Conference in Chicago.
    (Ardagh Glass Inc.)
     
    06.12.2018   O-I : EXPRESSIONS wins a World Beverage Innovation Award    ( Company news )

    Company news A new service from the world’s largest glass packaging container manufacturer Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) has been named best bottle in glass at the World Beverage Innovation Awards 2018.

    Unveiled early September this year, O-I : EXPRESSIONS (www.discoverexpressions.com) allows brands to turn their glass packaging into a canvas through digital printing, responding to the growing customer demand for late-stage differentiation. It offers customers the opportunity to create highly personalised and customised glass packaging at flexible volumes, industrial speeds and affordable value with a wide variety of colour and design possibilities.

    The technology is ideal for producing packaging for short campaigns, such as seasonal promotions or limited editions. It also enables customers to build brand engagement, consumer satisfaction, loyalty and demonstrate premium value.

    These capabilities are expanded by a premium version of the service, O-I : EXPRESSIONS RELIEF, which enables brands to apply customised tactile digitally printed effects, including embossing and coloured embossing with speed and ease. This takes a step beyond what was previously thought possible in terms of glass customisation and premiumisation.

    O-I received the “Best Bottle in Glass” award on 14 November at the World Beverage Innovation Awards ceremony held at Brau Beviale, the world’s most important capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry. The World Beverage Innovation Awards celebrates excellence and innovation of brands, products and suppliers across every category of the global beverage industry.

    Arnaud Aujouannet, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of O-I, said: “We are delighted to be recognised with this international award, which recognises the positive reaction across the beverage industry to this latest O-I innovation. O-I : EXPRESSIONS presents a valuable step in our commitment to become even more relevant and agile in serving our customer’s needs. We look forward to using this new service to help our customers differentiate themselves in the increasingly competitive beverage market.”

    The O-I : EXPRESSIONS service is the result of O-I’s investment in direct2glass industrial digital printing. This technology facilitates contactless direct printing through a Drop-on-Demand process, which only generates an ink drop when it is required for printing. The use of UV inks enables fast and reliable curing, while the CMYK model opens the door to the spectrum of Pantone hues. All inks used by the service are organic, ensuing all glass remains recyclable and fully sustainable.

    The O-I : EXPRESSIONS services will be made commercially available by mid-2019 in Europe and shortly after in the US.
    (O-I Europe Headquarters)
     
    05.12.2018   Fillbee®, a Returnable Beverage Pack Designed to Eliminate Consumer Waste    ( Company news )

    Company news Waste prevention is the most efficient way to reduce CO₂ emissions. Fillbee is a ‘mini crate’ was designed to fit in a closed loop deposit scheme and meets all the requirements to minimize environmental impact: combined with reusable glass or PET bottles, they are 100% reusable and 100% recyclable, eliminating consumer waste completely. Furthermore, DS Smith Plastics has the technique to produce crates and Fillbees out of 100% post-consumer waste.

    Perfect Retail and Shelf Ready Packaging
    The shelf ready packaging that can be designed for any shape of bottle fits in the crates. It is easy to take home, easy to store and easy to return empty bottles to the store. The durable packaging can be stacked when full thanks to the unique feature at the bottom of the pack that prevents direct pressure on the crowns of the bottles to avoid CO₂ loss. Furthermore, the large, recyclable IML labels allow for easy branding at POS and the application of barcodes to scan the products.
    (DS Smith Plastics)
     
    04.12.2018   European aluminium foil deliveries power ahead on all fronts     ( Company news )

    Company news The third quarter of 2018 saw demand for Europe’s aluminium foil surge to record levels, and well ahead of the same period in 2017. This was principally led by a continued spectacular performance in overseas markets. Deliveries in Q3 reached 237,700 tonnes, an increase of 6.4% on the same period of 2017. Domestic demand has remained solid throughout 2018 and continued to reflect (+0.5%) a steady recovery in consumption.

    Year to Date (YTD) figures are even more impressive. In marked contrast to the first nine months of 2017 the export performance is 28.8% ahead. Thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, rose by 4.8%. Thicker foils, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications added 1.9%, moving into positive territory after a small decline in the first half of this year. Overall the YTD deliveries, at 718,000 tonnes are 3.7% better than last time (692,500t).

    Remarking on the figures Guido Aufdemkamp, Executive Director of EAFA said, “These good results are based on a unique combination of improved domestic demand and particularly high demand from outside Europe. The international trade flows of aluminium foil have been changed significantly due to the trade actions in the USA and elsewhere. These unusual circumstances may not continue in the long term.”

    “While the European sector remains satisfied with the current situation, it is very cautious about the effects of a volatile global political situation, which is impacting directly on the industry at present. But we remain confident that the current year will set another record for deliveries from European foil rollers,” he added.
    (EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)
     
    04.12.2018   New Decorative Finishes from Crown Help Beverage Brands Boost Shelf Presence, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Build Consumer Loyalty

    Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com), has been debuting several decorative finishes at BrauBeviale 2018 to help beverage brands enhance visual appeal and foster greater interaction with consumers. The finishes are an extension of Crown’s “Colourful World” technology portfolio, which addresses the need for greater differentiation at the point of purchase and helps brands push the boundaries of functionality and creativity.

    The new additions to the family include:
    -MattTactile and TactileEdge™ are advancements of the Company’s Tactile finish and run at extreme energy levels, without loss of line speed;
    -MirrorGloss is the next generation of the Company’s existing gloss varnish;
    -Frost gives cans a dewy look;
    -Sparkle, which features actual sparkling elements, is ideal for adding a premium look to packaging.

    At the show, Crown has also been featuring its Reactinks™ technology – an ink that reacts to, and changes color at each stage of consumption, for maximum consumer engagement. Affected by both temperature and sunlight, the Reactinks™ technology will reveal the amount of cold beverage left in a can, as well as display different colours in the areas shaded from light, for example, where a consumer holds the can.

    To demonstrate the impact that decorative finishes can have, Crown’s booth includes several recent commercial launches. Among them there are Coca-Cola Turkey’s thermochromic summer designs featuring thermochromic inks as well as new cans created for Mountain Dew that utilize fluorescent ink. After introducing a brighter colored bottle to the market, Mountain Dew duplicated the neon effect on a special edition can range across the Middle East.

    Other innovative technologies that were featured at Crown’s booth include:
    -Emprint™ – Crown’s latest finish that creates a ‘micro-embossed’ effect on the surface of the can. Emprint™ enables features such as a premium tactile feel or grip on the can as well as helps accentuate a selected part of the design. The light refracted by the textured surface offers the container new dimensions by creating a matt, gloss or 3D effect.
    -ClickerCrown – A modernization of the original crown cork (also known as the bottle cap) developed by the Company’s founder, William Painter, in 1892. The twist off crown cork produces a fresh ‘click’ sound when opened, providing visual, audible and tactile interaction during the opening experience.
    -CrownConnect™ – Developed in conjunction with EVRYTHNG, a GS1 US Solution Partner, the technology made its commercial debut with FACT water and its Almond Blockchain platform. CrownConnect™ serves as the enabler by providing the scannable codes necessary for access. In addition to helping brands building loyalty through rewards and contests, the platform also delivers critical purchasing data that can help to shape future marketing and promotional campaigns.

    “Our goal at Crown is to help beverage brands continue to find exciting ways to innovate and adapt to the changing demands of consumers and retailers,” comments Florian Combe, Marketing Manager NDP at Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East. “From initial concept to the final stages of a project, Crown is a dedicated partner every step of the way, helping brands excel in a competitive marketplace. We listen to our customers’ needs, strive to understand their vision and deliver the packaging that best serves their products through our design and industry expertise.”
    (CROWN Bevcan Europe & Middle East)
     
    03.12.2018   SIG's SIGNATURE PACK receives the 'Environmental Award of the Year' at Gulfood Manufacturing     ( Company news )

    Company news SIGNATURE PACK from SIG has won another important industry award: the Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards which have now been announced at the Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai. SIGNATURE PACK, the world's first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials, was honoured with the ‘Environmental Award of the Year’. With this award the jury acknowledges the importance this exceptional packaging provides to the food and beverage industry.

    Photo: Min-Kin Mak, Deputy Vice President Corporate Development and Digital Transformation at SIG, and Ghassan Elassi, Chief Human Resource Officer at SIG Combibloc Obeikan (JV between SIG & Obeikan Investment Group), received the award on behalf of SIG at the Gulfood Manufacturing. "Sustainable and renewable packaging highlights our company's commitment to contribute more to society and the environment than we take out. We are very proud that our SIGNATURE PACK is recognized once again to be an exceptionally eco-friendly packaging. It drives the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels to certified and sustainable plant-based sources. This is the 3rd environmental-based award for SIGNATURE PACK and proves that our packaging adds value for the industry and our society – at an international level," said Min-Kin Mak.

    The Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards rewards best practices and innovations within the value chain of the food manufacturing industry. The expert jury members are international representatives of the food processing and packaging industries, graphics experts, equipment suppliers, scientists, the trade press, the government as well as environmental and trade organizations.

    The jury's verdict states: "SIGNATURE PACK is an excellent innovation in reducing aluminum and plastics use in packaging – great for the environment!”

    Value-added packaging solution
    SIGNATURE PACK is a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations for more environmentally responsible products. It is one of the latest innovations from SIG as it strives to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions as part of its mission to go Way Beyond Good. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the closure of the SIGNATURE PACK are 100% linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system, whereby plant-based raw materials are mixed in with conventional fossil raw materials to produce the polymers. This means that for the polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers. The amount of plant-based material is certified by recognised and audited certification schemes to ensure strict traceability and accountability.

    Sustainability and responsibility are becoming increasingly important in the MEA region. SIGNATURE PACK provides a consistent answer to reducing the use of fossil raw materials as well as reducing the carbon footprint. While most companies are still in the concept phase with their ideas, SIGNATURE PACK is a solution ready for the market.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    30.11.2018   Vetropack plans a new glassworks in Boffalora sopra Ticino, Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news Vetropack, a leading Swiss Company in the European glass packaging industry, has signed a preliminary purchase agreement to buy a plot of land in Boffalora sopra Ticino to construct a new leading-edge glassworks. It will replace the existing plant in Trezzano by the end of 2021. Vetropack plans to invest around Euro 200 million during these three years.

    The Vetropack Group operates eight glassworks in Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine and Italy. Vetropack Italia, the latest subsidiary, was acquired in 2015 and is based in Trezzano sul Naviglio. In the future, however, the plant will no longer be able to meet the increasing demand and technical requirements, as well as the planned growth targets. “We have therefore decided not to upgrade the existing facility at the end of its furnaces’ service life in 2021, especially as the size of the plot would not support further expansion,” says Johann Reiter, CEO of the Vetropack Group. “We have looked for a larger site for a new plant nearby. We have found one in the industrial area of Boffalora sopra Ticino.” The area identified is a former paper mill and owned by RDM Group. The glassworks in Trezzano will be closed once production is under way in Boffalora sopra Ticino. The current workforce will be transferred to the modern glassworks.

    “Building Vetropack’s first greenfield site in Italy is key for our Group strategy. The Italian markets play a significant role in developing our future success,” explains Claude R. Cornaz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding. “With this unique project, we are continuing to permanently improve the efficiency and quality capabilities of our production. Highly customized packaging glass and efficient mass productions will allow us to satisfy our current and future customers.”

    The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Vetropack glassworks is scheduled for the end of 2019 and the grand opening at the end of 2021. Vetropack plans to invest around Euro 200 million during these three years.
    (Vetropack AG)
     
    29.11.2018   NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... with wide-ranging application

    World’s first PET aerogels cut plastic waste, and are suitable for heat and sound insulation, oil spill cleaning, carbon dioxide absorption, as well as fire safety applications

    Researchers from the the National University of Singapore (NUS) have made a significant contribution towards resolving the global issue of plastic waste, by creating a way to convert plastic bottle waste into aerogels for many useful applications.

    Photo: A team led by researchers from the National University of Singapore has found a way to turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) aerogels that are suitable for various applications, including heat insulation and carbon dioxide absorption.

    Plastic bottles are commonly made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the most recycled plastic in the world. The PET aerogels developed by the NUS-led research team using plastic bottle waste – a world’s first – are soft, flexible, durable, extremely light and easy to handle. They also demonstrate superior thermal insulation and strong absorption capacity. These properties make them attractive for a wide range of applications, such as for heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning, and also as a lightweight lining for firefighter coats and carbon dioxide absorption masks that could be used during fire rescue operations and fire escape.

    This pioneering work was achieved by a research team led by Associate Professor Hai Minh Duong and Professor Nhan Phan-Thien from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering. The technology to produce PET aerogels was developed in collaboration with Dr Xiwen Zhang from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

    Recycling plastic bottle waste
    Plastic waste is toxic and non-biodegradable. Such waste often ends up in oceans and landfills, affecting marine life and causing problems such as groundwater contamination and land scarcity. Globally, the annual consumption of plastic bottles has been rising steadily, and it is expected to exceed half a trillion tons per year by 2021.

    “Plastic bottle waste is one of the most common type of plastic waste and has detrimental effects on the environment. Our team has developed a simple, cost-effective and green method to convert plastic bottle waste into PET aerogels for many exciting uses. One plastic bottle can be recycled to produce an A4-sized PET aerogel sheet. The fabrication technology is also easily scalable for mass production. In this way, we can help cut down the harmful environmental damage caused by plastic waste,” said Assoc Prof Duong.

    Versatile PET aerogels
    The research team took two years (from August 2016 to August 2018) to develop the technology to fabricate PET aerogels. This work was published in the scientific journal Colloids and Surfaces A in August 2018.

    “Our PET aerogels are very versatile. We can give them different surface treatments to customise them for different applications. For instance, when incorporated with various methyl groups, the PET aerogels can absorb large amounts of oil very quickly. Based on our experiments, they perform up to seven times better than existing commercial sorbents, and are highly suitable for oil spill cleaning,” added Prof Nhan.

    Lighter and safer firefighter coats
    Another novel application is to harness the heat insulation property of the PET aerogels for fire safety applications.

    Existing firefighter coats are bulky and they are often used with other breathing and safety equipment. This could take a toll on firefighters, especially during extended operations.

    When coated with fire retardant chemicals, the novel lightweight PET aerogel demonstrates superior thermal resistance and stability. It can withstand temperatures of up to 620 degree Celsius – this is seven times higher than the thermal lining used in conventional firefighter coats, but weighs only about 10 per cent of the weight of conventional thermal lining. The soft and flexible nature of the PET aerogel also provides greater comfort.

    Prof Nhan explained, “By adopting PET aerogels that are coated with fire retardants as a lining material, firefighter coats can be made much lighter, safer and cheaper. It is also possible to produce low-cost heat-resistant jackets for personal use.”

    2-in-1 mask that absorbs harmful carbon dioxide and dust particles
    When coated with an amine group, the PET aerogel can quickly absorb carbon dioxide from the environment. Its absorption capacity is comparable to materials used in gas masks, which are costly and bulky. To illustrate this application, the team embedded a thin layer of PET aerogel into a commercial fine particle mask to create a prototype mask that can absorb both dust particles and carbon dioxide effectively.

    Prof Nhan said, “In highly urbanised countries like Singapore, the carbon dioxide absorption masks and heat-resistant jackets made using PET aerogels can be placed alongside fire extinguishers in high-rise buildings to provide added protection to civilians when they escape from a fire.”

    “Masks lined with amine-reinforced PET aerogels can also benefit people living in countries such as China, where air pollution and carbon emission are major concerns. Such masks can be easily produced, and can also potentially be made reusable,” added Assoc Prof Duong.

    NUS researchers are also looking into making simple surface modification to the PET aerogels for absorption of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, which is the deadliest component of smoke.

    In their earlier work, the research team had successfully converted paper and fashion waste into cellulose and cotton aerogels respectively. Coupled with this latest innovation involving the recycling of plastic bottle waste into aerogels, the NUS team was recently awarded first place in the Sustainable Technologies category of the 2018 Create the Future Design Contest by Tech Briefs.

    Next steps
    The research team has filed a patent for its novel PET aerogel technology, and will continue to enhance the performance of the PET aerogels and explore new applications. The NUS researchers are also keen to work with companies to bring the technology to market.
    (National University of Singapore)
     
    28.11.2018   Henkel process helps beer barrel manufacturer improve product quality     ( Company news )

    Company news Henkel has helped Envases Técnicos Zaragoza S.L. (Entinox), a leading Spanish manufacturer of stainless steel beer barrels (“kegs”), set up an innovative pickling and passivating line using a nitric acid-free Bonderite process. Benefits include superior HSE performance and bath life over traditional mixed acid pickling systems as well as outstanding corrosion resistance.

    Photo: The new keg production plant of Entinox at Zaragoza, Spain, has a capacity for 450,000 barrels per year, made from austenite stainless steel with a surface of 2 square meters per barrel. (Photo: Entinox, PR057)

    The challenge in pickling solutions for stainless steel lies in removing all scale, iron contamination and welding oxides for achieving a fully passivated surface with an even, clean and aesthetic finish. In the food industry and for key products such as beer kegs, the surface must also be absolutely free from any traces of pickling agents after the process. In addition, manufacturers face increasingly strict health, safety and environmental (HSE) regulations with regards to the release of potentially harmful substances, such as NOx emissions in air and nitrate effluents in water.

    “In our state-of-the-art keg plant at Zaragoza, we decided to implement Henkel’s Bonderite C-CP 1300 pickling and passivating process because of its excellent combination of high productivity and uncompromising sustainability,” states José Enrique Gerona, General Manager of Entinox. “Moreover, Henkel’s experts were instrumental in helping us set up and optimize the process.”

    Bonderite C-CP 1300 is the latest generation of Henkel’s established nitric acid-free cleaning technologies that were originally developed several years ago. In contrast to common mixed acid pickling systems, which are still used in many stainless steel segments today, it contains no HNO3 (nitric acid), while delivering excellent pickling and passivating results. Furthermore, its absence of citric compounds also addresses the growing concern among beer brewers about residual flavors in the barrels.

    “Our Bonderite C-CP 1300 process was developed with a clear target to eliminate the risks associated with HNO3 in traditional mixed acid pickling systems,” explains Ronald Elemans, Business Development Manager for Cleaners at Henkel. “Nitrogen oxide emissions from these systems can entail significant neutralization costs, and there is practically no feasible way of removing nitrate effluents in waste water. Both factors also limit the possibility of increasing the productivity of the pickling process without heavy investments for NOx and NO3 ion removal.”

    Bonderite C-CP 1300 can be used in spraying or immersion lines and is suitable for almost any stainless steel grades based on austenite, ferrite, martensite or duplex, including high-chromium AISI/SAE 4XX qualities. The system includes a starter (ST) for bath make-up, two components (R & Z) to maintain the acidity of the bath as well as the oxidizing and passivating capacity of the pickling solution, and an optional accelerator (TO) for use in tough to pickle materials or in applications with limited contact times.

    Entinox’s kegs are normally made from 1.4307 (AISI 304L) grade stainless steel sheet, which is one of the most widely used austenitic chromium-nickel steel alloys. After bending, forming and welding, each keg has a surface of 2 square meters. Prior to pickling, the barrels are cleaned and degreased using a Bonderite C-AK product in a spray washer. The Bonderite C-CP 1300 R and Z mix is then applied in another spraying step. The manufacturer’s new Zaragoza plant has a production capacity for up to 450,000 barrels per year and offers kegs in standard sizes of 20 to 50 liters as well as 7.75 and 15.5 U.S. gallons, including various customized options.

    “The pickling quality and efficiency that we achieve with Henkel’s process is outstanding,” comments Angel Roche, Technical Manager for Entinox. “While the resulting corrosion resistance is on par with that provided by mixed nitric acid-based systems, Bonderite C-CP 1300 provides a significantly longer bath life. Moreover, as a more environmentally friendly nitric acid-free solution, it also eliminates the risk of nitric fumes within the production area. And the absence of hexavalent chromium means that all effluents can be treated in our existing waste water plant.”

    Apart from kegs for transportation of beer to bars and restaurants, Bonderite C-CP 1300 has a wide potential for leveraging similar cost and environmental benefits in many other markets where stainless steel is processed. Examples span from heat exchangers and chemical process equipment to stainless steel devices and machines in the food and beverages industry as well as in the pharma and semiconductor segments.

    Bonderite is a registered trademark of Henkel and/or its affiliates in Germany and elsewhere.
    (Henkel AG & Co. KGaA)
     
    28.11.2018   UPM Raflatac offers extreme-strength for durable labeling    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac is introducing a new solvent-free RX adhesive family for durable labeling applications. The RX family is made up of two high-tack products: RX15 for polar surfaces such as metal and glass, and RX18 for non-polar surfaces such as PP and PE plastics. As these adhesives have been specially developed for these specific substrates, they ensure the highest bonding and durability performance - even in the challenging conditions experienced in automotive, industrial, and consumer electronics applications.

    Both materials in the RX family work hard to ensure that vital information stays in place for the entire lifetime of the label. These extreme-strength adhesives withstand extreme conditions and are resilient to chemicals, and UV light. Furthermore, this high performance is achieved without solvents, making RX adhesives a safer, more sustainable choice for durable labeling applications.

    "The adhesives in our new RX product family provide extremely strong and enduring adhesion without resorting to solvents, which not only reduces the environmental impact of producing the labels, but also makes them a more ecodesigned choice for product labeling," explains Jouni Iiskola, Segment Manager, UPM Raflatac. "With RX15 for polar surfaces like metal and glass and RX18 for non-polar surfaces like PP and PE plastics, a targeted adhesive can be chosen according to the substrate, leading to excellent product performance, extreme bonding, and life-long durability."
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    27.11.2018   Belgium: AB InBev to raise prices of most of its beers in January    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev’s Belgian business will slightly raise the price of most of its beers on 1 January. Supermarkets and the Horeca sector could make consumers cover this increase, Het Laatste Nieuws reported on November 17.

    "We often advise to do so, although this should not necessarily be done immediately," Raf Peeters, from Horeca Vlaanderen Association, comments. According to him, the Alken-Maes Group might also review its prices upwards.

    AB InBev - which owns Stella Artois, Jupiler, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Belle-Vue and Corona, among others - evokes a "slight increase in prices.’’ A barrel of Jupiler intended for Horeca will come to 153.84 euros, excise taxes and VAT included. For the consumer, "this equates to an average increase of 0.016 euros per glass of beer," AB InBev’s Laure Stuyck asserts.

    The world's largest brewer will also sell its beer to supermarkets at an average higher price of 0.015 euros per bottle.

    This price increase was expected because of the drought and the consequent higher grain prices.

    AB InBev had claimed, however, three months ago that it did not plan to raise prices.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
     
    27.11.2018   Cyprus: Beer sales up 3.6% in January-October    ( E-malt.com )

    Beer deliveries during January to October 2018 reached 37.10 million litres, recording an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to the same period of 2017, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service on November 13 shows.

    The increase is mainly attributed to local consumption, which is in turn connected to the number of tourists visiting the island. Local consumption during the period was 36.14 million litres, recording an increase of 3.71 per cent on an annual basis.

    On the contrary, beer exports for the same period recorded a small drop of 0.60 per cent compared to the previous year and fell to 0.96 million litres.

    Total beer deliveries (local consumption and exports) in October 2018 reached 3.58 million litres, which constitutes a historic record high, an 18.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

    Exports in October however recorded a great drop reaching only 55,606 litres of beer compared to 92,410 in October 2017 and recording a drop of 40 per cent.

    July saw the highest beer deliveries in Cyprus, during which a total of 5.36 million litres were delivered. In 2017 June was the month with the highest beer deliveries reaching 5.46 million litres.
     
    27.11.2018   Symrise continues dynamic growth track     ( Company news )

    Company news • Strong organic sales growth of 8.8 %
    • Group sales including acquisitions up 10.3 %
    • EBITDA margin at a healthy 20.0 %
    • Entering the age of digital perfume creation with Artificial Intelligence
    • Symrise increases targets for 2018 again: organic growth of more than 8 % expected

    Following a very dynamic first half of the year, Symrise AG successfully continued its growth course in the third quarter. All segments and regions contributed to this positive trend. The Group achieved an organic sales increase of 8.8 % in the first nine months of the year. Taking portfolio and exchange rate effects into account, sales in reporting currency were up 4.6 % to € 2,382.6 million (9M 2017: € 2,278.4 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to € 475.7 million (9M 2017: € 485.2 million). The EBITDA margin remained at a good level of 20.0 %. Based on the positive nine-month development, Symrise raises its sales objective, which had already been increased at mid-year. Symrise aims at outperforming market growth and at achieving organic sales growth of more than 8 % in Fiscal Year 2018.

    "Symrise held its course extremely well in the third quarter, despite the headwinds from volatile exchange rates, raw material shortages and increased raw material prices. We fully utilized growth opportunities and reliably supplied our customers. Based on our strong nine-month performance we are optimistic for the remaining weeks of the year and raise our sales guidance. We are committed to making 2018 yet another successful year for Symrise and its customers and will work with full dedication during the remaining weeks. Moreover, we are already laying the foundation for our future growth and are consistently implementing our investment programs. After putting additional capacity for Cosmetic Ingredients into operation in the USA, we have just a few days ago opened a new production facility for natural Food Ingredients. We will continue to manufacture our products close to our customers which allows us to maintain a direct presence in key customer markets and to make best possible use of growth opportunities," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.

    Strong organic growth in sales
    In the first nine months of the year, Symrise increased its sales in local currency by 10.3 %. Organic growth (excluding acquisitions) amounted to 8.8 %. Considering portfolio effects, such as the contribution from the recently acquired companies Cobell and Citratus, and exchange rate effects, sales grew by 4.6 % to € 2,382.6 million (9M 2017: € 2,278.4 million). Symrise was thus once again one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry. All segments and regions experienced strong demand and contributed to the positive business performance. As in the first six months of the year, the sales trend in reporting currency was impacted by unfavorable exchange rates, in particular by the appreciation of the euro against the US dollar.

    As before, Latin America was the key growth driver at the regional level, with organic sales growth of 19.2 %. In the third quarter, the region increased sales by even 25.2 %. In the Asia/Pacific region, sales grew by 12.9 % in the first nine months, followed by North America and EAME with growth rates of 5.7 % and 5.5 %, respectively. In Emerging Markets, sales increased by 12.8 %. These markets, which are characterized by dynamic growth, contributed 43 % to total sales.

    Profitability at a good level despite challenging environment
    In the first nine months of 2018, Symrise generated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of € 475.7 million (9M 2017: € 485.2 million). This result is impacted by increased expenditures for strategic growth projects such as the new Diana site in Georgia. Additionally, significantly higher costs for key raw materials and unfavorable exchange rate effects impacted profitability. Moreover, the result reflects a one-off effect: The production of menthol and cosmetic ingredients at the US-site in Charleston, South Carolina had to be temporarily suspended due to Hurricane Florence. Despite the challenging environment, Symrise operated with good profitability and delivered an EBITDA margin of 20.0 % which is well within the medium-term target corridor of 19 to 22 % (9M 2017: 21.3 %).

    Scent & Care segment
    The Scent & Care segment, which includes applications for fragrances and cosmetic ingredients, achieved a high 9.2 % organic sales increase in the reporting period. Even with the continuing tense situation of the raw material markets, especially with the supply of important fragrance substances, the segment sustained its dynamic development of the first six months. Sales in Scent & Care were up 7.4 % in the third quarter as compared to the strong Q3 figures of the previous year. Taking into account negative exchange rate effects and the portfolio effect from the acquisition of Citratus, the segment posted a 4.0 % sales increase to € 998.6 million (9M 2017: € 960.1 million) in reporting currency for the nine-month period.

    Symrise has seen the strongest growth in the Cosmetic Ingredients and Aroma Molecules divisions, which both reported double-digit organic growth. In the Cosmetic Ingredients division, demand was strong above all in the Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions. Sales were up significantly, especially in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico as well as China and India. The Aroma Molecules division achieved strong increases in the high single-digit or even double-digit percentage range in all regions, with strong impetus coming especially from the Fragrance Ingredients application area.

    The Fragrance division also performed well and posted high single-digit increases. The failure of important suppliers to deliver fragrance raw materials – a situation, which began already in the first half of the year – and the overall rise in price levels for raw materials impacted the third quarter as well. Scent & Care benefited from its comprehensive backward integration and did not experience any supply disruption. After the price increases already implemented in the previous quarters, Symrise continued to engage in close customer dialogues in the third quarter regarding the pass-on of price increases. The continuing trend of rising raw material costs will require further price adjustments and Symrise will therefore continue talks with its customers.

    At the same time, the Group is driving forward research and development. In partnership with IBM Research, Symrise has developed a method to create perfumes based on digital fragrance models supported by Artificial Intelligence. The project combines human expertise with computer intelligence to compose novel scents. The first fragrances created with this new, data-based approach will be brought to market in 2019.

    In the reporting period, Scent & Care recorded an EBITDA of € 191.8 million. That figure was down slightly as compared to the same period a year earlier, mainly due to the higher raw material prices (9M 2017: € 196.2 million). The EBITDA margin amounted to 19.2 % (9M 2017: 20.4 %).

    Flavor segment
    The Flavor segment, which includes taste applications, achieved organic growth of 10.2 % in the first nine months. With exchange rate effects and the acquisition of Cobell taken into account, the segment experienced 8.3 % growth in reporting currency in the period under review and sales of € 912.5 million (9M 2017: € 842.6 million).

    The Latin America region achieved the strongest organic growth, with sales increases well within the double-digit percentage range over the course of the year. This strong development was supported in particular by new business wins with global customers in the beverages application business. Significant contributions came especially from Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico. The North America region benefited from strong demand for flavorings for the beverage industry. The EAME region showed a very positive development as well. Growth impetus was delivered by Western Europe and Russia, where demand was strong, especially for applications in sweet and dairy products. The Asia/Pacific region showed a very dynamic trend as well, delivering double-digit organic growth in all application areas. Strong year-on-year sales increases were seen especially in China, India and Vietnam.

    The earnings situation in the Flavor segment was affected by the overall rise in raw material costs. In addition, the lower margin of Cobell had an impact. Nevertheless, the segment increased the EBITDA by € 3.6 million to € 187,0 million (9M 2017: € 183.4 million). The EBITDA margin stood at a solid 20.5 % (9M 2017: 21.8 %). As in the previous months, the segment Flavor remains also engaged in close dialogues with its customers regarding the pass-on of price increases.

    Nutrition segment
    The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division with applications for food, pet food and baby food as well as probiotics, achieved organic growth of 5.7 % in the first nine months. In the third quarter, organic growth in sales reached even 10.0 %. Taking into account exchange rate effects, the segment achieved sales of € 471.4 million in reporting currency after € 475.7 million in the prior year period. The slight decline reflects the announced destocking by a major customer of Probi in the first half of the year. In the third quarter, the order intake for probiotics normalized to a large extent.

    The Pet Food application business again experienced strong organic growth in the high single-digit percentage range, benefitting especially from strong growth impetus from the Latin American region, above all from Mexico, Chile and Colombia. Dynamic growth was also seen in food applications, with the North America region posting particularly strong increase.

    Nutrition generated an EBITDA of € 96.9 million in the reporting period (9M 2017: € 105.6 million). The temporary decline mainly reflects the lower sales contribution from Probi in the first six months and ramp-up costs for the new Diana site in the USA. Despite these one-off effects, the EBITDA margin stood at a good 20.5 % (9M 2017: 22.2 %).

    Symrise again increases sales target for 2018
    Against the background of the strong development in the first nine months and a promising start into the fourth quarter, Symrise is optimistic for the remaining weeks of the current fiscal year. The Group once more increases its 2018 sales target which had already been raised in August. For the Fiscal Year 2018, Symrise now expects an organic sales increase of more than 8 %. With this growth rate Symrise would again significantly outperform the market which is expected to grow between 3 to 4 %.

    In addition to ongoing strong demand Symrise expects growth to be driven by the various investments in capacity expansions and the enhancement of innovation.

    The Group expects the shortage of raw materials to persist in the remaining weeks of 2018. Symrise considers itself well positioned to compensate for the market shortages on the basis of its own backward integration. The Group will prevent non-delivery of supplies through access to its own sources of key raw materials. Nevertheless, Symrise expects the purchase costs for raw materials to remain on a higher level.

    Symrise intends to remain one of the most profitable companies in the industry in 2018 with an EBITDA margin of around 20 %.

    The medium-term targets through to the end of the 2020 fiscal year remain in full effect, including a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 5 to 7 % range and an EBITDA margin between 19 and 22 %.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    27.11.2018   UK: Innis & Gunn to build new brewery in Edinburgh    ( E-malt.com )

    One of the UK’s leading craft brewers has announced plans to build a new brewery in Edinburgh which could create up to 30 jobs, BBC reported on November 16.

    Innis & Gunn said it is expanding to meet growing demand, and support its aim of achieving a turnover of £40 mln by 2021.

    Its core range of craft lager, IPAs and barrel-aged beers will be produced at the new brewery, which would have a capacity of 400,000 hectolitres.

    The site has not been revealed and is subject to planning permission.

    Its existing brewery in Perthshire, which the firm acquired when it purchased Inveralmond Brewery in 2016, will continue to brew the Inveralmond Brewery range of cask and bottled ales as well as focusing on experimentation and limited edition barrel-aged beers.

    Dougal Gunn Sharp, founder and master brewer at Innis & Gunn, told shareholders of the plans at the company's AGM in Glasgow.

    He said: "Building a new brewery will cement our Edinburgh heritage as well as creating a focal point for our beers in the capital.

    "It provides the brewing, packaging and warehousing capacity we need as we continue to strive to meet the surging demand for our lager.

    "For me, putting the brewery in Edinburgh, where we first brewed Innis & Gunn, feels like we have come home as a business."
     
    27.11.2018   UK: Study finds low and no-alcohol beer is becoming more socially acceptable    ( E-malt.com )

    A new study commissioned by Carlsberg UK has found that more than half of UK consumers believe that low or no-alcohol beer is becoming more socially acceptable, the Drinks Insight Network reported on November 19.

    Carried out by OnePoll, the study investigated the drinking habits of 2,000 adults in the country with a particular focus on low or no-alcohol beer.

    The study found that 59% of respondents consumed low or no-alcohol drinks, while 52% agreed that the beverages had become more socially acceptable in the last year or two.

    Around 28% of the respondents said that they would consider drinking an alcohol-free beer as an alternative to alcohol, and 26% said they would consider it over an alternative soft drink.

    Carlsberg UK’s marketing vice-president Liam Newton said: “The UK has long been a nation known for its love of beer but we have seen a step-change in people’s attitudes towards moderation when it comes to drinking.

    “Through our consumer research, we’ve been aware of this trend for some time, and as a result, we are increasing the number of low or no-alcohol alternatives in our range.”

    The study also found that there are differences in attitudes toward alcohol between men and women. Around 35% of respondents identifying as female said they have become more conscious about their alcohol intake over the last one to two years, compared with 30% of men.

    It also found that 70% of millennials enjoy the taste of alcohol, while 24% are likely to try an alcohol-free beer.

    Carlsberg UK’s current collection of low and no-alcohol beers include Carlsberg 0.0% and San Miguel 0.0%. The company is aiming to offer these alcohol-free alternatives in all locations that currently sell its alcoholic options by 2030 to expand customer choice.

    The company’s commitment is part of its sustainability programme Together Towards Zero, which aims to reduce irresponsible drinking, carbon footprint and water waste, as well as create a zero-accidents culture in its workplace.

     
    26.11.2018   A highly efficient canning line and a shorter time to market: how HEINEKEN Vietnam is boosting...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...beer production thanks to its partnership with Gebo Cermex

    As a leading player in the domestic beer market, HEINEKEN Vietnam was looking to significantly increase the beer production output of its Tien Giang site, located in the south of the country. And they needed to do it quickly. Long-term partner and expert in turnkey solutions for beer players, Gebo Cermex, supported this ambitious goal with a complete line project, featuring among other highly efficient and high-performing solutions the new Sidel filler, EvoFILL Can.

    A subsidiary of the HEINEKEN Group, HEINEKEN Vietnam is the second largest brewer in Vietnam, employing around 3,000 people, while operating six breweries across the country. With a focus on high-output and high-efficiency lines, they produce the most famous international and local brands through dedicated ‘single-format’ lines.

    A proven partnership resulting in a successful complete can line project
    In Tien Giang, the brewer was looking to increase its production output. Paul Bleijs, Supply Chain Director at HEINEKEN Vietnam Brewery, explains, “We wanted to buy a new complete can line, doubling the capacity of the existing ones. However, a typical challenge is that you have to install the equipment while the brewery is in operation. This is why you have to look at the layout very well but – thanks to the experienced line design team from Gebo Cermex – we overcame this obstacle.”

    Gianmatteo Bigoli, Strategic Account Director for HEINEKEN at Gebo Cermex, comments, “We ensure that a stable expert team is supporting the customer on all their projects in Vietnam to capitalise on customer proximity, to easily grab their requirements, and to quickly implement the right solution for them. What cemented our cooperation through the past 13 years is also our continuous focus on innovations: this is key for a global leader like HEINEKEN.” Paul continues: “From line design through installation up to the commissioning phase, the Gebo Cermex team helped us take each step very quickly.” This was instrumental in starting production seven days ahead of schedule. Gebo Cermex’s vertical start-up programme, including a dedicated training that was specifically developed for the HEINEKEN team, reduces time-to-market by 40%, while securing ongoing efficiency of line operations.

    High performance paired with optimal sustainability
    Sustainability is absolute key for HEINEKEN. In 2017, the leading brewery was recognised as the most sustainable manufacturing company in Vietnam by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), based on the annual Corporate Sustainability Index. Paul comments: “Besides good productivity levels, this line is consuming less energy and water, thus contributing to a very good return on investment for us.”

    Ha Minh Thanh, Packaging Manager at HEINEKEN Vietnam, values the design of the can filler, “The ergonomics and safety architecture of the solution are great: it is very easy to operate, to maintain, and to clean.”

    “A job well done”
    Sustainability, coupled with performance, was also high on the agenda when Gebo Cermex engineered SWING®. Top-quality treatment in an equipment that is simple-to-operate and maintain, makes SWING the ideal solution for pasteurising, heating or cooling cycles for cans of all formats and sizes. Moreover, it allows significant resource savings.

    Increased output paired with consistently high product quality and optimal resource savings are now all achievable for HEINEKEN Vietnam thanks to the new complete canning line. Paul concludes: “Let the result speak for itself: if you can run four weeks after starting the first canning, in three shifts, at a good OPI (Operational Performance Indicators) level, that means the job was well done.”
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    23.11.2018   Making climate change financially measurable    ( Company news )

    Company news Symrise one of 513 supporters around the globe of the climate change report
    — Task Force demands more climate transparency in corporate reports

    Symrise is one of the 513 companies all over the world that supports the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and is thus committed to protecting the global climate. The Task Force has dedicated itself to having companies disclose the financial impact of climate change on their companies in their annual reports. The committee has therefore developed recommendations for action. Symrise, a global manufacturer of fragrances and flavorings, advocates the goals of the initiative and already shares extensive climate data in its annual Corporate Report.

    How can you make the impact of climate change on a company’s business activities more transparent? Having considered this question during the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the Financial Stability Board founded the TCFD. The criteria it developed were introduced for the first time on September 26, 2018, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and One Planet Summit in New York. The TCFD thanked Symrise, among other companies, for its commitment to protecting the global climate.

    The idea behind the TCFD is to uncover the risks and opportunities of climate change and identify their impact on companies and financial markets. “It’s more important than ever that companies assume a leadership role. They need to gain a better understanding of risks and respond to them, as well as acknowledge the opportunities they provide. The goal is to develop a strong, resilient and sustainable global economy,” says Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Task Force Chairman. Their criteria regarding climate-related financial information comprise four topic areas. Companies share information about their governance, the effects on business activities and strategy, and opportunity and risk management, and they pursue their goals based on the key figures provided. The recommendations focus on the opportunities and risks resulting from the transition to a low-carbon economy. The TCFD also recommends explaining the potential effects of climate-related risks based on a variety of scenarios, such as global warming of 2°C.

    In the 2018 status report presented, the Task Force assessed the reports of 1,800 companies, most of which already publish climate-related data that conforms with the TCFD recommendations. According to TCFD Chairman Bloomberg, the efforts thus far have paid off: “The more informed companies are about the risks they face, the faster and more effectively they can respond to them. We will gain more supporters and the global economy will become more resilient and invest more in projects designed to help reduce emissions and protect people from harm.”

    About the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)
    Founded by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the TCFD Task Force develops voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies. This information can then be incorporated into companies’ annual reports and thus made available to creditors, insurance companies, investors and other interest groups. The first status report was presented at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and One Planet Summit in New York on September 26, 2018.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    22.11.2018   Sidel’s two complete PET lines help Almarai benefit from booming juice market ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in Saudi Arabia

    Almarai, the leading producer of liquid dairy and juice products in the Middle East, recently approached the Sidel Group to increase its production capacities around orange juice distributed via cold chain. With high speed and reliability of the line coupled with great product quality among the top requirements from this customer, the global provider of equipment and services for the liquid packaging industry was the ideal partner for the job.

    Since its founding in 1977, Almarai has grown via strategic investments, becoming the largest producer and distributor of food and drink in the Middle East with a market capitalisation exceeding $12.5 billion. The company’s main objective has always been the commitment to consumer satisfaction, maintained by the drive for constant innovation. In fact, Almarai’s production, marketing, and distribution structure enables the daily distribution of products to over 110,000 retail outlets across the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, plus Egypt and Jordan.

    Bold consumer preference for juice drinks
    When Almarai recently reached out to Sidel, they needed to increase the production capacity around the single-serve format of its orange juice (200ml) bottled in PET and handled under cold chain distribution. This opportunity was especially driven by the great consumer preference around it: part of a range offering twenty taste possibilities, as such perfectly reflecting the major trends impacting the beverage market in Saudi Arabia. There, the search for more healthy and natural formulations is expected to influence juice sales considerably.

    With the leading position in the juice market, Almarai decided to install two new Sidel PET complete lines, each one handling 54,000 bottles per hour (bph), in the Al Kharj central processing plant (CPP).

    State-of-the-art packaging solutions for top efficiency
    For Almarai, quality is the founding principle, upholding the company’s commitment to achieving the highest standards on behalf of its consumers and hence its motto: ‘Quality you can trust’. With Sidel pioneering PET production for more than 35 years and leveraging a longstanding expertise as a complete line provider, they looked perfectly established to partner with Almarai in the quest for exceptional manufacturing and processing capabilities. The largest food manufacturer and distributor in the Middle East strives to operate to the highest standards of international best practice, starting from the processing step: the two new PET complete lines installed at the Al Kharj production site – the first ones Almarai awarded to Sidel – employ the processing equipment and capabilities of Tetra Pak Processing Systems (TPPS). This represents a further testament of a successful cooperation, benefitting from experience and learnings gained in nearly 100 joint complete line projects from around the world. The TPPS process equipment captures the natural taste of the product and ensures it is safe to drink.

    Anurag Sharma, Sidel Sales Manager in Saudi Arabia, explains, “The key challenge was to find a solution able to ensure greater efficiency, so as to strengthen profitability and optimise Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). All of this without compromising top product quality, a must-have for Almarai considering the great sales performance of its orange juice. To address this within the two complete lines, Almarai opted for the Sidel Combi. Integrating blow moulding, filling and capping processes into a single system, the Combi reduces operating costs and uses up to 30% less floor space compared to traditional standalone equipment. Using fewer component machines, the solution offers up to 4% higher efficiency levels than standalone machines, on top of lower energy consumption and faster format changeovers. This results in a reduction of operating costs by up to 12%, saving labour, raw materials, and spare parts.”

    The two Combis supplied to the Al Kharj site are equipped with a Sidel SF100 filler, ensuring optimum uptime and the highest productivity. Its ‘dual speed’ valve allows consistent performance and the best drink quality, especially when handling beverages with pulps. Additionally, both magnetic flowmeters and filling valves are equipped with plungers, leading to higher accuracy and more efficient filling and cleaning. In fact, the system allows for no clogging and an easier removal of pulp residual. For greater product safety and ease of operations, the tight enclosure with HEPA filter allows for top hygiene, while Cleaning In Place (CIP) requires no intervention from operators thanks to the automatic dummy bottles.

    Sidel’s proven and versatile RollQUATTRO Evo labeller complements the Combi. Primarily using wrap-around Roll-Fed technology to apply either paper or plastic labels with hot glue, it delivers all the flexibility needed to match Almarai’s needs when processing lightweighted containers and extremely thin labels at very high speed.

    A high performance end-of-line system for greater flexibility and pack quality
    Benefitting from Sidel Group’s expertise as a full solution partner, Almarai went for Gebo Cermex’s solutions to optimise its end-of-line performance. Two shrink-wrapping systems have been installed to manage three different pack configurations: 6x4, 2x3 and 2x3 bottles as clusters. For additional flexibility at a very high speed (67,500 bph in overspeed), a shrink-wrapper is handling single squared bottles in mass flow, putting them in tray plus film, while the other one is managing both single bottles and cluster packs of bottles through special selection fingers with rollers identifying the clusters according to product grouping or batch. To ensure a consistent and reliable output for greater pack quality – a challenging objective considering the small diameter of the bottle – the machine has been suitably equipped with a 3D inspection camera, detecting missing containers in the tray before shrink-wrapping them. Moreover, the shrink-wrapper’s extractable injection table allows for easy maintenance and stable film handling.

    To guarantee greater energy savings and up to 10% TCO reduction, the shrink-wrapping systems are combined with two Gebo Cermex EvoFlex® palletisers, offering unparalleled flexibility and efficiency even with high-speed applications. The only palletising system with a low-level infeed capable of running at up to 12 layers per minute, EvoFlex offers significant advantages in terms of ergonomics, energy consumption, and safety. The solution is equipped with AxoSmart, the layer preparation system designed by Gebo Cermex to meet the need for more eco-friendly packaging (lightweight bottles and less secondary packaging) and a wide product portfolio. With a modular design allowing for smooth adaptation to various line speed requirements, AxoSmart offers the possibility to handle a high number of pack types in the same cycle; all of that, without compromising on optimal stability and reliability.

    Operational intelligence to support continuous improvement
    The two PET complete lines installed at the Al Kharj plant are featuring Sidel Group’s EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool), a market-leading data acquisition and plant intelligence system. It automatically records 24/7 raw production data, calculates a wide array of KPIs to help measure performance, analyses production issues, detects efficiency loss sources, and performs root cause analyses. Currently installed in more than 70 countries, it is designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, reduce waste and costs, and increase the plant’s output as it gives employees at all levels of the organisation real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues. As an additional bonus feature, the EIT version leveraged by Almarai comes with the ECO module, monitoring and measuring energy and utilities consumption at equipment and line level. On top of providing energy cost per produced unit, the system establishes correlations between consumptions trends (including power, water, steam or compressed air) and line events or production phases for improving performance over time.

    The two lines started to work in the last quarter of 2017, both beyond 98% of efficiency, with products available in the market as of the same period. Given the remote location where the Al Kharj plant is based, Almarai benefitted from Sidel’s fast reaction time and expertise, key for replacing spare parts and solving technical issues. Based on this positive experience, Almarai recently established monthly technical visits to properly control and monitor the line’s performance.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    21.11.2018   Feldmuehle files for insolvency under self-administration    ( Company news )

    Company news Feldmuehle GmbH, which in the spring of 2018, took over the business operations of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH through acquisition of all substantial assets, has been adversely and unforeseeably affected this current year by unexpected increased energy costs and procurement prices for raw materials. During the current year, management has implemented extensive measures to increase operating profitability. Despite these efforts, the latently rising variable costs could not be offset by implemented price increases, partly due to the company's lower-than-expected revenues in September and October 2018.

    Considering these circumstances, the management has decided to carry out the necessary reorganization/restructuring of the company within the framework of insolvency proceedings under its own administration and, on November 19, 2018, filed for an application with the competent local court in Pinneberg to open insolvency proceedings under its own administration pursuant to Sections 270, 270 a para. 1 InsO (German Insolvency Act).

    Following the management's application, the Pinneberg Local Court ordered the provisional self-administration on the same day. Dr. Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as provisional administrator. The provisional administrator shall examine the economic situation and supervise the management. However, the company's management retains power of disposition.

    Restructuring within the framework of self-administration gives the company's management the opportunity to undertake and respectively implement all necessary measures to improve profitability and thus to take measures towards the company's sustainable competitiveness.

    At the same time, an application to the Pinneberg Local Court has been filed that future deliveries and ervices ordered by Feldmuehle GmbH shall be paid as mass liabilities. Business operations will be continued.
    (Feldmuehle GmbH)
     
    21.11.2018   WORLD’S FIRST ISO-CONFORMANT LIFECYCLE ASSESSMENT FOR MASS BALANCE PRODUCTS ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... CONFIRMS ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF INNOVATIVE SIGNATURE PACK FROM SIG

    SIG’S LATEST INNOVATION PAVES THE WAY FOR MORE LINKS TO RENEWABLE MATERIALS THROUGH MAINSTREAM POLYMER PRODUCTION

    Picture: The environmental benefits of SIGNATURE PACK from SIG have been confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA) – the world’s first for a mass balance product. The carbon footprint of SIGNATURE PACK is – on average across Europe – 66% lower than the carbon footprint of a standard SIG 1-litre carton pack of the same format across its lifecycle, based on the Europe-wide LCA. Photo: SIG

    The environmental benefits of SIGNATURE PACK from SIG have been confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA) – the world’s first for a mass balance product.

    The SIGNATURE PACK from SIG is the world’s first aseptic carton pack linked to 100% plant-based renewable materials. The LCA showed significant reductions in environmental impacts across all 10 categories as a result of the substitution of fossil-based polymers with mass balance plant-based polymers made from tall oil (a by-product of paper manufacturing).

    The carbon footprint of SIGNATURE PACK is – on average across Europe – 66% lower than the carbon footprint of a standard SIG 1-litre carton pack of the same format across its lifecycle, based on the Europe-wide LCA.

    Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability & Affairs at SIG, said: “The environmental impacts of every product innovation at SIG are evaluated through Europe-wide LCAs that conform with the rigorous requirements of recognised ISO standards. The results for SIGNATURE PACK show that SIG’s innovative mass balance approach has significant environmental benefits.”

    World’s first ISO-conformant LCA for a mass balance product
    The polymers in SIGNATURE PACK are 100% linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system, whereby plant-based raw materials are mixed in with conventional fossil raw materials to produce the polymers. The amount of plant-based material included in the mix is equivalent to the amount needed for the polymers used in SIGNATURE PACK and the totals are balanced through recognised and audited certification schemes to ensure strict traceability and accountability.

    The SIGNATURE PACK LCA is the first ISO-conformant LCA to take into account the inclusion of materials via a mass balance system. LCAs are traditionally based on the physical contents of a product and the environmental impacts associated with each stage of its production.

    The independent, critically reviewed LCA of SIGNATURE PACK was conducted in accordance with recognised international standards, ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 by the Institut für Energie und Umweltforschung (IFEU/Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) in Germany.

    IFEU agreed to conduct the LCA when it became clear how valuable SIG’s mass balance approach could be in making mainstream polymer production more sustainable.

    Frank Wellenreuther, Project Manager at IFEU, commented: “The application of the mass balance approach in the production of polymers is an important driver to facilitate an increasing substitution of fossil resources by biogenic resources for the production of polymers. To model the examined products strictly on their physical properties would fail to acknowledge this function of the mass balance approach.”

    Driving more sustainable plastics
    SIG chose a mass balance approach because it supports a wider transition from fossil to bio-based raw materials within the conventional and highly efficient polymer industry, instead of using niche small scale producers with a limited number of plastic grades.

    Felten said: “With the mass balance approach, SIG offers customers the environmental benefits of linking to 100% plant-based renewable materials, alongside the product quality and functionality which come from grades of polymer that are only available through mainstream production.”

    The polymers are supplied by plastic producers, Sabic and BASF, using plant-based renewable material from European wood sources. Tall oil was selected as the feedstock because, as a by-product of paper production, it is a waste material rather than an agricultural crop that requires land and resources to grow.

    IFEU’s Wellenreuther said: “The implementation of polymers based on tall oil via a mass balance system is recommended. The demand for mass balance polymers from SIG could act as a driver to achieve a more significant physical share of plant-based input materials for the production of polymers.”

    The SIGNATURE PACK is a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations for more environmentally responsible products. It is one of the latest innovations from SIG as it strives to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions as part of its mission to go Way Beyond Good.
    (SIG Combibloc Group AG)
     
    20.11.2018   Symrise invests Euro 50 million in new site for natural food ingredients in Georgia, USA    ( Company news )

    Company news — Production facility emphasizes commitment to the US-American market
    — Expansion of business with natural ingredients for the food industry
    — Product innovations with an integrated, sustainable supply chain

    The Symrise AG has opened a site for high-quality natural food ingredients in Banks County, near Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, on October 30, 2018. The Group invests Euro 50 million in the facility. It follows high technological and sustainable standards. The step reinforces the pioneering role of Symrise on the US market and emphasizes its aspiration to further expand within growth regions.

    “This advantageous location in the USA’s well-developed agricultural South-East enables us to strategically grow on the market for natural and sustainable food ingredients. With the new site in Georgia we show that we consistently implement our investment program. For example, only a couple of weeks ago, also in the USA, we have opened a plant for cosmetic ingredients in Charleston, South Carolina. The expansion of our capacities is and continues to be an important growth factor. We are strengthening our competitiveness for the traditionally largest market in our industry. In addition, we are strategically developing our backwards integration focusing on agriculturally produced raw materials. By working closely with our farmers, we are ensuring high product quality and deliverability”, says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.

    The plant will manufacture products for the business units Food Ingredients, Symrise Flavor and Pet Food. Symrise’s customers use these natural ingredients for example in culinary applications as well as in premium pet food. Symrise aims to continue its growth in the US market for natural food ingredients and wants to successively expand the site in Georgia until 2020.

    Natural ingredients match consumers’ tastes all around the world

    Natural and nutritionally valuable product solutions play worldwide an increasingly important role, as consumers pay more attention to a conscious diet. This applies to North American as well as global consumers and their desire for natural ingredients. Many food ingredient suppliers and farmers are located in Georgia. The state belongs to the dynamic growing economic regions in the country. Symrise therefore built the new plant for the production of natural food ingredients specifically in this environment on its 40-hectare site. The workforce currently comprises 50 employees and will be further increased to 100 employees with future expansion of the plant.

    Numerous representatives from politics and business accepted the invitation of the CEO Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram. Together with the Symrise management team the participants gave the starting signal for the successful launch of the production.

    Focused on the future
    Symrise has many decades of experience in the manufacturing of natural products from a sustainable supply chain. High standards of product safety and quality assurance have been achieved during this time. With this comprehensive expertise, the company also efficiently and sustainably shapes the product flows of the new plant. The plant meets the latest technical standards of production of natural food ingredients.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    20.11.2018   USA & UK: AB InBev's Goose Island Beer Co opens London brewery    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev-owned Goose Island Beer Co has opened its first European brewpub in Shoreditch, east London, as the struggle to dominate the capital’s increasingly valuable ‘craft’ beer market heats up, Imbibe reported on November 8.

    This is the second attempt by AB InBev to establish a beachhead for the brand in London after its Vintage Ale House in Balham closed earlier this year. The company also owns Camden Town Brewery.

    The brewpub, on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street, had its soft opening last week. It has 12 keg and two cask beers on the bar, with includes four beers from other breweries. There is also a line using the Rack AeriAle system, which allows beers to be poured directly from the barrel.

    The interior is not unlike a Brewdog bar, with exposed pipes and neon signage. Andrew Walton, who previously worked at Fourpure, has taken up the mantle of brewer and the 5hl brewkit sits behind glass at the back of the venue.

    ‘I know London has always held a special place in Goose Island’s history, and I can’t wait for us to make our mark on British beer culture,’ says Walton, who recently spent a month training with Goose Island in Chicago.
     
    19.11.2018   100% recyclate: KHS and startup share develop unique PET bottle    ( Company news )

    Company news -Bottle designed using Bottles & Shapes™
    -Systems provider supports concept of sustainability
    -Products filled into PET bottles made of 100% recyclate

    Berlin startup share is the first beverage producer in Germany to sell its water in PET bottles made of 100% recyclate. With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the KHS group supported the company by helping to design and develop the bottle in a very short time indeed.

    Photo: With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the KHS group supported share in the design and development of the bottle. (Picture source: share / Victor Strasse)

    The plans are ambitious: in 2019 share wants to fill water into about a million bottles a month made entirely of recycled PET and thus save over 200 metric tons of plastic waste a year, according to the company. For several weeks now the product has been on sale at Germany’s supermarket chain REWE and drug store dm and has caused quite a stir in the media. “It took a long time for the original idea to be implemented,” says Iris Braun, head of Product and Social Projects at share. “Finalizing the technology and obtaining certification are both lengthy processes. Your partners are thus crucial.” Besides the two aforementioned retailers share’s other partners are bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser and preform manufacturer Plastipack, which is also the world’s biggest converter. KHS Corpoplast was also largely instrumental in the implementation of the project.

    Experience from over 4,000 realized bottle designs
    The German engineering company supported the startup in several ways, including in the development of the recyclate bottle design, states Marc Eysel, who is responsible for sales in Northern Europe at KHS Corpoplast. “We implemented the development very quickly and worked on a suitable design together,” he says. Thanks to its holistic Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the systems supplier was able to contribute to the share project experience drawn from over 4,000 designed bottles. “KHS developed the bottle very quickly for us which was enormously helpful,” says Braun. Eysel states that there were no unusual hurdles or challenges to be overcome through the use of 100% recyclate. “Manufacture is actually simpler as the material’s darker color makes the preforms easier to heat than PET bottles made of virgin material.” Besides providing advice on the bottle design KHS also helps with production. share’s still and carbonated water is bottled at the Allgäuer Alpenwasser bottling plant in Oberstaufen using KHS technology. The bottles are blown on an InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder, with no special adaptations to the system necessary, according to Eysel.

    Following the market launch of the recyclate bottle, interest is now also growing among other beverage producers, emphasize Braun and Eysel. “A number of bottlers wishing to increase the amount of recycled PET they use have now contacted us,” claims Eysel. “The protection of the environment also plays an important role at KHS. We support this by providing resource-saving plant engineering and also by developing sustainable PET bottles.” share hopes that it has provided the right incentives for more sustainability, states Braun. “In the end it’s the consumer who decides.”
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    19.11.2018   Australia: Lion to take over sales and marketing of Brooklyn Brewery beers in Australia    ( E-malt.com )

    Lion will take over the marketing, sales and distribution of Brooklyn Brewery beers in Australia in a new agreement signed with the US brewer, Beer & Brewer reported on November 8.

    In addition the new deal will also see Little Creatures Geelong brew Brooklyn Brewery Lager under licence, with the broader range of Brooklyn Brewery beers continuing to be imported for distribution.

    Speaking about the agreement Lion’s General Manager Craft, Gordon Treanor, said: “Brooklyn Brewery is one of the world’s most iconic craft breweries and has played a fundamental role in the growth of craft beer in the United States and across the globe.

    “We are excited to welcome Brooklyn Brewery into Lion’s craft portfolio. We see strong potential to grow Brooklyn Brewery Lager and their full range of fantastic, flavoursome beers.”

    The venture will build on the success of Brooklyn Brewery’s partnership with Premium Beverages in Australia and Robin Ottaway, President of Brooklyn Brewery, said: “We are thrilled to begin working with Lion and take the next step in Brooklyn Brewery’s evolution in Australia.

    “They’ve got an outstanding track record over the last two decades of building successful craft brands. We are also very appreciative of the work that Coopers has done in successfully establishing the Brooklyn brand in Australia.”

    The new agreement will commence on 17 December 2018, and Brooklyn Brewery stock will be available for trade to order through Lion from that date. Brooklyn Brewery beers will be distributed through Malt Shovel.
     
    19.11.2018   Cyprus: Beer sales up 3.6% in January-October    ( E-malt.com )

    Beer deliveries during January to October 2018 reached 37.10 million litres, recording an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to the same period of 2017, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service on November 13 shows.

    The increase is mainly attributed to local consumption, which is in turn connected to the number of tourists visiting the island. Local consumption during the period was 36.14 million litres, recording an increase of 3.71 per cent on an annual basis.

    On the contrary, beer exports for the same period recorded a small drop of 0.60 per cent compared to the previous year and fell to 0.96 million litres.

    Total beer deliveries (local consumption and exports) in October 2018 reached 3.58 million litres, which constitutes a historic record high, an 18.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

    Exports in October however recorded a great drop reaching only 55,606 litres of beer compared to 92,410 in October 2017 and recording a drop of 40 per cent.

    July saw the highest beer deliveries in Cyprus, during which a total of 5.36 million litres were delivered. In 2017 June was the month with the highest beer deliveries reaching 5.46 million litres.
     
    19.11.2018   South Korea: Brewers concerned about stricter advertising regulations    ( E-malt.com )

    South Korea’s brewers are expressing concerns over a government move to more strictly regulate alcohol advertising, company officials said on November 14.

    The stricter rules are feared to adversely affect their bottom lines at a time when they're suffering from falling profits due to the growing popularity of imported beer, they said.

    According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, liquor makers will be banned from showing celebrity endorsers drinking alcoholic beverages or making "ahh" sounds in their ads.

    Starting from 2020 at the earliest, songs offering alcoholic beverages will be prohibited from ads as well.

    Also, alcohol advertising will not be broadcast before and after TV programs for minors.

    Digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) and internet protocol television (IPTV) operators will be subject to a regulation that bans alcohol advertising from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., as radio and television broadcasters currently are.

    As for print ads, brewers and distillers will be unable to put their ads up at subways, sea ports and airports.

    The stricter regulations are expected to deal a severe blow to domestic beer makers, which have tried to appeal to young consumers with ads that show K-pop idols and celebrities enjoying their products, amid the intensifying competition with beer importers.

    For example, Hite Jinro hired Kang Daniel to promote the Hite Extra Cold beer to attract his fans worldwide.

    In the company's TV commercial, the K-pop star drenched in sweat empties a glass of beer and makes an "ahh" sound, after beating drums enthusiastically.

    Data compiled by Statistics Korea showed spending on alcohol advertising increased to 285.4 billion won ($252 million) in 2017 from 76.7 billion won in 2000.

    "We have already faced various regulations regarding alcohol advertising, so we have aired a limited amount of ads to comply with the rules," said a liquor industry official, who declined to be named.

    "The stricter regulations will weigh more on local breweries which have struggled to win in the competition with beer importers amid tax discrimination."

    Another industry insider expressed concerns about possible difficulties in finding alternative ways to promote new products, although she added liquor makers will wait and see whether lawmakers really pass the revised bill within the next two years.

    In Korea, attempts to regulate alcohol advertising have ended in failure in recent years.

    When figure skater Kim Yuna appeared in a HiteJinro beer ad in July 2012, then lawmaker Lee Ailesa of Saenuri Party proposed a bill prohibiting celebrities under the age of 24 from advertising alcohol.

    The controversial bill was also dubbed the "IU law," because the popular female singer-songwriter, who had an endorsement deal with Hite Jinro's Chamisul soju, could have been banned from ads for alcohol, if lawmakers had passed the bill.

    Back then, lawmakers pointed out the bill was unconstitutional as it infringed on freedom of occupation.
     
    19.11.2018   UK: AB InBev relaunching Bass pale ale in the UK    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev is relaunching Bass pale ale in a bid to “reignite the premium ale category”, the Drinks Retailing News reported on November 12.

    The brewer said 35.5cl bottles of the 5.1% abv ale will be available through selected retailers and pubs from December.

    Bass is described as “the world’s first pale ale”, and it was first brewed in 1777 by William Bass in Burton on Trent.

    AB InBev is now looking to bring the historical brand back to the UK to invigorate the premium ale category. Bass has long been brewed in the UK but much of the volume has been exported internationally as a super-premium ale. It is particularly popular in Japan.

    The beer is clear and coppery in colour with a creamy, off-white head. The pale ale is dry, with tasting notes of malt, caramel and light pine hops.

    A spokesperson for the brewer said: “Bass is a pale ale pioneer and we can’t wait to reintroduce shoppers to this historic brand, whose name lives on as a hallmark of great-tasting beer. The pale ale category has many good players, but Bass is the only one who can say that it has been on board the Titanic, flew on the Concorde and embarked with Shackleton to the ends of the earth.”
     
    19.11.2018   UK: Heineken resumes brewing its flagship lager in the UK    ( E-malt.com )

    Heineken has resumed brewing its flagship lager in the UK. The brewer said the decision was nothing to do with Brexit but had been planned for some time as part of its global commitment to more sustainable brewing, Inapub reported on November 15.

    It is now brewing 60 per cent of UK volumes of Heineken in its Manchester brewery.

    Back in 2003 Heineken took the decision to pull its 3.4 per cent ABV UK version of Heineken, which was brewed here, and sell only the higher strength version of the lager brewed in the Netherlands and imported.

    A spokesperson for the brewery said: "In an exciting development, under the expert guidance of Heineken master brewers, we now have the expertise and specialist brewing equipment to brew some of our high quality, great tasting Heineken lager in the UK as we do in Zoeterwoude in The Netherlands.

    "We began brewing small volumes in March this year, and now brew approximately 60 per cent of the UK volume. This supports our ongoing commitment to finding more sustainable brewing solutions, as globally we seek to 'Brew A Better World.' Importantly, the multi million pound investment in Manchester cements our commitment to the city – benefitting the community, and local and national economy.

    "To be able to brew Heineken to the high quality standard needed, has required well over three years of meticulous planning."

    Heineken already brews its Foster's and Kronenbourg 1664 beers at the Manchester brewery, in which it invested £50 mln back in 2015 to increase capacity and upgrade facilities.
     
    16.11.2018   German Sustainability Award: Symrise reaches the finals     ( Company news )

    Company news Holzminden-based company among the top three in contest for Germany’s Most Sustainable Large Corporation
    • Jury recognizes comprehensive sustainability management and local investments

    After receiving the award in 2012 and reaching the final round in 2016, global manufacturer of fragrances and flavorings Symrise has made it into the finals of the German Sustainability Award for the third time. As a pioneer in sustainability, the Group has developed high benchmarks in its industry, and these have been integrated into all decision-making and production processes. For years now, the company based in Holzminden has also been active in its growing regions across all continents and supported the local populations. Its comprehensive sustainability management has now been acknowledged in the final round of the category Germany’s Most Sustainable Large Corporation. The presentation ceremony will be held in Düsseldorf on December 7, 2018.

    Symrise produces some 30,000 products from around 10,000 primarily natural raw materials. The company recognized early on that its business model requires the intact diversity of raw materials, while the demand for sustainably produced raw materials is on the rise. Pollution and extensive use of resources threaten the biodiversity in cultivation areas around the world, which is why Symrise utilizes its leading market position, is committed to sustainable protection of ecosystems and defines new standards along the way. The aim is to minimize the company’s environmental footprint while maximizing sustainability in terms of products and employees and along the supply chains.

    Sustainability and Symrise – a success story
    In this context, the jury is recognizing in particular the level of commitment along the supply chain as well as ongoing improvements in the company’s operations. For example, all suppliers are evaluated and selected based on strict internal and external standards. With the “green factory” concept, the Holzminden-based company places great value on climate-friendly construction methods when building new production sites, which includes using renewable energies and byproducts and promoting concepts such as upcycling.

    The dedication of the Holzminden employees has long been successful and can also be expressed in numbers. Over the years, the company has significantly reduced its carbon emissions, hazardous waste and wastewater. More than 5,500 small-scale farming operations in the company’s cultivation areas have received training in sustainable cultivation methods. More than 33,000 small-scale farmers still benefit from these projects to this day, and Symrise’s commitment has demonstrably improved their socioeconomic conditions. Symrise also supports the future of small-scale farmers: Investments in teachers and the infrastructure of schools have improved the education situation for some 20,000 schoolchildren.

    Symrise continues its commitment to sustainability
    “Having reached the finalist round again is an outstanding confirmation of our sustainability-focused corporate philosophy,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “This success inspires us. We constantly pursue our sustainability goals, and we want to reduce our absolute carbon emissions by 18 percent by 2030, among other things,” adds Gliewe. Symrise would also like to guarantee one hundred percent traceability of its key raw materials as of 2020. As a result of the Paris Climate Agreement, Symrise is also involved in the Science Based Targets initiative. Participating companies want to limit global warming to a figure well below 2°C. Symrise is the first company in its industry to have had its climate strategy approved by the initiative committee.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    15.11.2018   CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE 2018 confirms its character as leading trade fair in Asia    ( CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE )

    CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE - Increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors
    - CBB enhances its character as the leading trade fair in Asia
    - The industry discusses the key issues of sustainability and digitalization

    One of the major trends in Asia’s beverage and liquid food market is: “quality, not quantity.” As incomes rise, people prefer to consume better products instead of more products. At the same time, demand for production systems and machines remains high. As the leading trade fair for the industry, CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE (CBB) provided a far-reaching overview of the market with the exhibitors’ presentations and its comprehensive supporting program. The CBB showed what is driving the industry today and will drive it tomorrow. In the process, it underscored its position in Asia.

    Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, is extremely satisfied with the results of CBB: “We are following up on the successes of the last event: We had a total of 869 exhibitors, an increase of nine percent. The trade fair used eight halls, including two that were used by 256 international exhibitors. That represents a growth rate of six percent. CBB is thus enhancing its importance as the leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food indus try in the Asia-Pacific region.” The chief executives of international market leaders praised the large number of visitors from such Asian countries as Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam who visited their stands. Hong Shen, General Manager at Zhongqing Heli International Exhibition Co., Ltd., organizer of CBB, highlights the event’s added value: “CBB is the only trade fair in Asia that showcases the entire process chain for all areas of the beverage and liquid food industry and presents new generations of machines. This was also acknowledged by the approximately 56,000 participants in the eight fully booked halls.”

    Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, believes CBB is crucial for international companies to successfully gain a foothold in the Chinese market. “Closeness to customers is vital for developing and implementing tailored solutions, as well as for providing ideal after-sales service. CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE is the most important trade fair – not only in China, but for Southeast Asia as a whole,” is Clemens’ assessment.

    CBB Forum with the key issues of sustainability and digitalization
    The beverage industry is undergoing a shake-up in the wake of digitalization. The CBB Forum’s program included a presentation by Professor Sylvain Charlebois from Dalhousie University, Halifax, on how blockchain technologies “can help many companies protect their brand equity.” Use of the technology in the beverage industry is still at the beginning, but he recommends “companies should see that as an opportunity and address the issue early on.” In the view of the VDMA, Chinese consumers in particular are very open to digital solutions. That also harbors potential for companies from the beverage industry. That is because “customized premium products that can be configured and ordered online have far greater growth potential than in Europe,” says Clemens.

    The industry also discussed the issue of sustainability intensively. For example, Professor William Chen, from the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the NTU Food Science & Technology Program at Nanyang Technological University, believes that sustainable beer brewing offers advantages for companies and consumers alike: “Sustainable brewing processes and upcycling of waste and by-products, such as to make biodegradable packaging, deliver enormous benefit for the industry. At the end of the day, that might also be reflected in lower product prices for consumers,” states the scientist.

    Visitors and exhibitors were inspired by the CBB Forum and the wealth of information. CBB plays a major role in helping information be shared within the industry and enables an extensive overview of the beverage and liquid food market.

    Successful premiere for the Round Table Talks
    Apart from sustainability and digitalization, the future of the PET segment was also a hotly debated topic. The newly introduced Round Table Talks gave visitors the chance to learn more about this and other issues in the beer and beverage market. What are key concerns in the industry now and in the future? Industry experts from companies such as AB InBev, Snow, Suntyech Process Engineering, Tsingtao and Voss (Hubei) Water & Beverage provided insights. The other items on the agenda, such as the International Beer Smart Factory & Brewing Technology Forum or the Exhibitor Technology Seminar, were also very popular among visitors.

    CBB in figures
    More than 56,000 participants came to Shanghai to attend CBB - an increase of six percent over the last trade fair (2016: 53,183). A total of 869 exhibitors showcased their products and innovations. This represents an increase of nine percent compared with 2016. The exhibitors occupied a gross exhibition area of 92,000 square meters. The next CBB will be held in October 20 20 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC).
    (Messe München)
     
    14.11.2018   Smart steam boiler technology from Bosch - Digitisation and networking in a traditional brewery    ( Company news )

    Company news Heiko Doppler, a Bosch customer service engineer, and Thomas Steffes, Project Leader at Kramer & Best, have recently handed over a new steam boiler system to André Ködel, master brewer of Park & Bellheimer's brewery in Pirmasens, south-west Germany. Park & Bellheimer expects to save around €80,000 a year in energy costs by installing this upgrade. Furthermore, the brewery in Rhineland-Palatinate is employing an Industry 4.0 solution in the form of MEC Optimize, meaning that in future it will benefit from digitised data collection, intelligent analysis and maximum energy transparency.

    MEC Optimize from Bosch is a digital efficiency assistant that helps boiler attendants and operators to locate potential energy losses quickly and suggests concrete measures to address them. The efficiency assistant even detects critical situations immediately and analyses the state of components based on the operating mode. The reliable prognoses enable Ködel, who is also Head of Operations at the Pirmasens plant, to schedule maintenance timely according to the brewery's capacity. Leading-edge predictive maintenance is consequently being brought into a traditional brewery while making its workers, machines and processes more efficient.

    The data for MEC Optimize is collected and saved locally by an industrial computer built into the control cabinet. Bosch offers two different systems for transferring and visualising data, which make use either of standardised interfaces to a process control system or of a PC/tablet via WLAN. At the brewery in Pirmasens, authorised persons can view the statistics and analyses via the central control station, gleaning all the important information about the system's energy consumption, load profile and performance, and digitally entering the results of the boiler tests at the same time. Being networked with the secure Bosch MEC Remote monitoring system enables data to be called up from any location, including outside of the brewery. A further advantage of remote access is that, if requested by the operator, Bosch experts can assist with troubleshooting, parametrisation and programming – cost effectively and without having to travel to the site. "Uninterruptible yet economical process heating is absolutely essential to running our brewery," says Ködel. The networked solutions from Bosch will help to make response times faster and make work more productive overall.

    The new Bosch boiler system supplies the brewing house with steam for processes such as mashing and boiling – up to five tonnes of steam per hour are available. Components for heat recovery, a modulating natural gas burner, speed-controlled fans and various items of automation equipment help to provide the steam in a flexible and energy-saving way. The new system was planned and installed by Kramer & Best Anlagenbau GmbH in collaboration with Bosch Industriekessel GmbH.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
     
    13.11.2018   BrauBeviale 2018: International beverage industry meets in Nuremberg    ( BrauBeviale 2018 )

    BrauBeviale 2018 -Moderate growth: one hall added
    -Even more international exhibitors
    -Future viability of the beverage industry a key topic

    From 13 to 15 November, the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg will be focusing on all things beverage manufacturing. Following the scheduled year off, 1,095 exhibitors will show their new products at the world’s most important capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry this year. The expected 38,000 trade visitors will find out about raw materials, technology, components, packaging, and marketing. Key topic: the future viability of the beverage industry.

    BrauBeviale has become even more international: 582 exhibitors – an increase of 53 percent (2016: 48 percent) – will arrive from 46 countries, primarily Italy, the Czech Republic, China, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. The 513 companies from Germany won’t have far to travel. Ten German start-ups will also be showing their product ideas to people from the industry for the first time at the subsidised pavilions stands for young, innovative companies in Halls 1 and 6.

    BrauBeviale 2016 was completely sold out, so Hall 8 has been added to this year’s mix, bringing the total to nine halls. Visitor flow has been restructured as a result. “We have now grouped the exhibitors around the exhibition centre park in a way that reflects their position in the beverage production process chain,” explains Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibition. “That will keep BrauBeviale just as compact and manageable as people have always found it to be.”

    Exhibitors expect trade visitors from technical and business management in the beverage industry – meaning they will come from breweries, malting plants, companies that produce or bottle water, soft drinks, juices, and spirits, wine and sparkling wine cellars, and dairies, as well as marketing, the trade, and catering. They travelled to the last exhibition in 2016 from 127 countries: in addition to Germany, primarily Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

    Future viability of the beverage industry
    The beverage industry faces major challenges, which will affect small and medium sized companies as well as global players. Among the buzzwords are automation, digitalisation, changing consumer behaviour, and corporate management. BrauBeviale, the central platform for the industry, is of course addressing these questions: how should beverage manufacturers lay the groundwork to ensure they will still be able to operate successfully on the market in the future? BrauBeviale’s new magazine WissensDurst offers skilled support and entrepreneurial inspiration. It aims to encourage, fascinate, and support readers using unusual examples.

    Supporting programme: stimulate and inspire
    Inspiration is also a key word for BrauBeviale’s comprehensive supporting programme. There will be three continuing educational events at the exhibition venue the day before the exhibition starts: the Export Forum German Beverages offers support for all issues related to export as a strategic business area for German beverage manufacturers. This is the sixth time the European MicroBrew Symposium, intended for international craft brewers and brewpub operators, will be held by VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing. The Heirloom & Terroir Barley and Malt Symposium by RMI Analytics promises to cover historic malting barley, and will also include the Heirloom Brewing Award.

    The BrauBeviale Forum in Hall 1 offers the proven mix of talks, presentations, podium discussions, and award ceremonies for those who want to listen in as well as those who prefer to participate in discussions. Topics range from marketing and communication to technical issues related to beverage manufacturing, containers, and logistics, all the way to beverage innovations and the subject of recruiting. Prize-giving ceremonies such as the “Hop-Champion” and World Beverage Innovation Awards round out the programme. The Forum also includes the opening ceremony on the first day of the exhibition with a keynote speech by the food trend researcher Hanni Rützler and awarding of the Bavarian Beer Award. Also on the first day, attendees are welcome to watch the live finals of the German beer sommelier championship at 16:00.

    The European Beer Star is traditionally awarded at BrauBeviale. It is one of the most important beer competitions in the world, and participation has surpassed previous records, with 2,344 beers from 51 countries on every continent vying for this year’s prize. It was created by the association Private Brauereien, the honorary sponsor of the exhibition, as well as the German and European umbrella associations. Visitors to the exhibition also have a voice: in the NCC Mitte entrance area, on the first day of the exhibition they are invited to choose their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners, to be designated the Consumers‘ Favourite 2018 in Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

    A highlight for those seeking the variety and enjoyment of specialty beverages is the Craft Drinks Area in Hall 9 with its eight bars where visitors can participate in independent guided tastings of specialty drinks. They include beer specialities, alcohol-free and reduced-alcohol beers, craft spirits, water, and alcohol-free specialty drinks, as well as the effect of the glass on sensory experience. Visitors can sample “Twin Peaks,” the beer that won the hobby brewing competition of Maisel & Friends and BrauBeviale, at one of the bars every day between 15:00 and 15:30.

    Small breweries, microbreweries, home brewers, and hobby brewers will find detailed information about equipment and ingredients, as well as skilled contacts, in Hall 9 at the Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment and brau@home themed pavilions. Brewing is done daily on different equipment in the area for demonstration brewing, with discussions about the differences between the various systems. Technical input is also provided during power presentations at the Speakers’ Corner. Subjects include tips and tricks related to raw materials (water, yeast, hops, etc.), hygiene, dispensing systems, and legal issues.
    Other special shows and themed pavilions are devoted to “Sustainable water management in the beverage industry” (Hall 6), “Innovative drinks packaging,” including the winners of the World Packaging Award (Hall 4A) and “PET Recycling” (Hall 4A).

    Thursday will come under the banner of “Generation Future”. That’s the day the BrauBeviale Forum will turn to questions and answers related to recruiting and promoting new talent. Many exhibitors plan to have the heads of their HR departments available at their stands on Thursday to serve as contacts for potential applicants.

    To keep body and soul together, people also need regular meals along with their drinks. That makes it a natural to hold the SFC Street Food Convention at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg on 14 and 15 November, at the same time as BrauBeviale. This is the fourth time that players and people interested in street food, food trucks, mobile catering, and the visionary food culture will gather. Visitors to BrauBeviale will have free access to the accompanying sponsor exhibits and to the food trucks in the exhibition park.

    Beviale Family: international skills in the beverage industry
    From Nuremberg to the world: the international beverage industry will be meeting at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg for these few days. But at the same time the product family of the beverage industry, the Beviale Family, is also extremely active internationally. “Two years after the family was established, the results are already positive,” says Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibition BrauBeviale and International Product Manager for Beviale Family. “Our family is growing and thriving. We are active with different event formats tailored to the target market and cooperative marketing ventures in many countries: Russia, Italy, China, India, Brazil, the UK, and Southeast Asia.” Further additions to the family are planned. Beviale Family will be on display at its own stand at the NCC Mitte entrance.

    Global beverage consumption constantly growing
    Worldwide consumption of packaged beverages totalled 979 billion litres in 2017, 23 billion litres more than in 2016. Experts predict that consumption will continue to increase, with estimates calling for 3 percent average annual growth up to 2022. The regions Middle East/Africa (35 percent) and Asia/Pacific with China and Japan (roughly 23 percent) are most responsible for the global increase. Experts in Europe calculated 5 percent for Western Europe and as much as 9 percent for Eastern Europe. The ratio of alcohol-free drinks to beverages containing alcohol was about 70 to 30 percent worldwide in 2017 (Euromonitor International 2018).

    The consumption of beverages (including coffee, tea, and milk) in Germany declined somewhat in 2017, with every German drinking 750 litres on average, 10 litres less than in the previous year. A detailed analysis of that 10 litres shows that it is roughly made up of 3 litres of beer, 4 litres of soft drinks, 1 litre of fruit juice, and smaller amounts of wine, water, tea, and milk. Total consumption of drinks containing alcohol decreased from 134.3 litres in 2016 to 131.0 litres in 2017, with Germans also drinking 303.0 litres of alcohol-free drinks per capita in 2016 but only 297.7 litres in 2017 (beverage industry associations).

    Beverage technology – greater efficiency thanks to digitalisation
    German beverage technology still occupies the leading position on the world market thanks to innovative machine designs, custom services, and comprehensive information technology. Digitalisation allows remote service concepts using remote diagnosis, as well as a seamless flow of information throughout all parts of a beverage operation. Basic, quick, or preventive interventions ensure greater efficiency, including for environmentally relevant consumption.

    VDMA, the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, estimates that German manufacturers supply about one-third of world exports of beverage packaging machines and about half of all exports of brewery machines. For statistical purposes, beverage technology is allocated to VDMA. The approximately 600 enterprises in this sector were responsible for production volume of at least €14 billion in 2017 (2016: €13.4 billion), two-thirds of which was for packaging machines. Based on the available data through late July 2018, an uptick of 3 to 4 percent in the production volume is anticipated this year.

    The export market for food processing and packaging machines is estimated to be about €41 billion worldwide, of which Germany accounts for the largest share of the export value: 21 percent or €8.5 billion. The U.S. and China are major customers, followed by the large countries of the European Union. This market benefits from the megatrends population growth, urbanisation, and a growing middle class, particularly in Asia.
    (Nürnbergmesse Messe GmbH)
     
    13.11.2018   SIG OFFERS MANUFACTURERS A NEW REMOTE SERVICES SOLUTION TO MAXIMISE ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... FILLING LINE UPTIME

    As part of its expanding Digital Service portfolio for customers, SIG has launched Remote Services, offering food and beverage manufacturers a smarter way to service their filling machines and to generate more filling line uptime.

    Remote Services from SIG is a new digital service that can instantly connect a customer or service engineer to an SIG service expert from anywhere in the world. By using video-enabled smart glasses, SIG can provide a secure live-feed to an SIG expert who can guide users through solving any fault or issue.

    SIG developed Remote Services in response to new customer challenges and demands. With the food and beverage industry facing higher competitive pressures, operational complexity and shorter production cycles, manufacturers can no longer afford long waiting times for support and the risk of downtime.

    Remote Services ensures SIG’s customers receive fast response times, an improved first-time fix rate, more data insights and analysis, and ultimately more filling line uptime. In addition, Remote Services can help reduce costly travel times, expenses and CO2 emissions.

    “Many companies develop digital solutions just to have them in their portfolio,” said Dr. Christian Grefrath, SIG’s Global Service Product Manager and Project Lead for Remote Services. “But we listened to our customers and matched their needs with new possibilities arising from digitalisation. Now we have a new solution that fosters our customers’ success by bringing our expertise much faster to the place where it’s needed. We will continuously build up our Digital Service portfolio while always having our customers’ demands in mind.”

    Remote Services is part of SIG’s value-adding Smart Factory platform – a commitment to deliver smarter filling line solutions and technical services that help transform customer filling plants into intelligent and connected factories.

    As part of the Remote Services solution, SIG smart glasses provide a live-feed from the customer plant to an SIG Remote Services expert. This remote service creates a secure data connection and enables the SIG expert to see exactly what the onsite customer or service engineer sees. The Remote Services expert can then send detailed instructions or technical drawings and guide them through resolving the issue. At the same time, the Remote Services expert can identify any parts that need replacing and order them for fast delivery and repair.

    “We tested Remote Services together with one of our customers and could instantly help them more quickly and effectively when they had a technical issue,” said Ferdinand Schneller, Head of Technical Service for SIG in North America. “We are very confident that Remote Services by SIG is a solution our customers are looking for.”
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    12.11.2018   Gebo Cermex Wins Innovative Robotics Solution Category at PPMA Industry Awards     ( Company news )

    Company news A world leader in line engineering and material handling solutions, Gebo Cermex was announced as the winner of the highly coveted Best Innovative Robotics Solution Award for its CoboAccess™_Pal at the PPMA Industry Awards 2018 on September 25th.

    The award was open to robot or automation manufacturers, systems integrators, manufacturers or end users who have engineered or adopted an innovative robotics solution that has led to a significant productivity improvement and/or a cost reduction. In the category of Best Innovative Robotics Solution, judges especially acknowledged creative solutions, the smart use of robotics and software to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety.

    Marc Daniel, VP Global Sales Equipment and Services Gebo Cermex, comments, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for our CoboAccess_Pal. This robust cobotic palletiser – particularly suited for low-speed applications – underlines our company’s commitment to help producers embrace Industry 4.0 opportunities. Moreover, CoboAccess_Pal embeds Gebo Cermex’s high safety and industrial standards: this ultra-compact, fenceless palletising cell is designed to perfectly match the needs of very demanding production environments, where reliability is absolute key. It is worth noticing that the extreme safety of our CoboAccess_Pal has also been objectively certified , in addition to the equipment’s full compliance with European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.”

    Gebo Cermex is an expert in palletising/depalletising solutions with more than 5,000 machines installed around the world and more than ten years of experience in driving the implementation of collaborative robotics in end-of-line solutions.

    The PPMA is the UK’s trade association for suppliers of processing and packaging machinery to the UK market and represents over 500 member and associate companies. Its principle objective is to promote sales of machinery, both at home and abroad, through various projects and services of mutual benefit to both members and their customers by providing free technical and machinery information and advice.
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    09.11.2018   UNITED CAPS Seeks to Build New Manufacturing Plant in Alençon to Further Its 'Close to You' Strategy    ( Company news )

    Company news UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, will build a new plant in Normandy, France, in addition to the eight existing plants in Europe and the two future extensions in Malaysia and in the UK.

    Photo: Messia was the first French plant in UNITED CAPS history… Now, an additional one is needed to answer to the growing demands from the market!

    UNITED CAPS announced that it is seeking to construct a new manufacturing plant in the Valframbert Business Park of Alençon, France, as part of the company’s ‘Close to You’ strategy. UNITED CAPS is currently working with the Communauté Urbaine d’Alençon (CUA - Urban Community of Alençon) and with Orne Développement (a service of the Orne Department Council) to negotiate the purchase of 25,000 square meters of land upon which a purpose-built factory will be constructed, with a first construction phase of 4,000 square meters. This project represents an investment of €12 million and is expected to employ 15 staff in two years.

    “The Valframbert Business Park is an ideal location for us,” says Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “With our ‘Close to You’ strategy, we seek to place our factories as close to our customers as possible, as shown by the two new factories that will open next year, in Malaysia and the UK. We are especially interested in building a factory in Alençon because of its proximity to customers, who will have access to our full portfolio of solutions, and will also benefit from the proximity to our R&D centre in Messia (Jura, France) if customization or bespoke development is required. We also like the fact that the Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d’Alençon (ISPA - Institute of Plastics and Composites) is located nearby, ensuring a source of highly skilled staff.”

    The decision of UNITED CAPS was really appreciated by the Communauté Urbaine d’Alençon, Orne Développement, and the Agence de Développement pour la Normandie (the Regional Agency for Economic Development in Normandy), as this exciting project will bring new jobs to the area, as well as provide career opportunities for Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d’Alençon (ISPA - Institute of Plastics and Composites) graduates.
    (United Caps)
     


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