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    24.08.2017   Michel Giannuzzi will take over from Jean-Pierre Floris at the head of Verallia Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Verallia Packaging S.A.S. has announced the appointment of Michel Giannuzzi as Chairman and Chief Executive officer (“CEO”) of the Group starting from September 1, 2017. He will take over from Jean-Pierre Floris, who is appointed as Honorary Chairman and will continue to serve the company as Independent Board Member.

    Aged 52 years old, Michel Giannuzzi served as CEO of Tarkett, a worldwide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, from 2007 to 2017. During his tenure at Tarkett, Michel Giannuzzi pursued a profitable and sustainable growth strategy, which led to a successful IPO in 2013. Prior to that, Michel Giannuzzi held several leading positions within the Michelin Group and Valeo Group. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique.

    Jean-Pierre Floris declared: “I am honoured to have led the team that established the independence of Verallia and that implemented the business plan developed in partnership with Apollo and Bpifrance. Today marks the beginning of a new phase for Verallia. I am delighted with the choice of Michel Giannuzzi, which I supported. He has all the qualities and the experience necessary to guarantee the deployment of our company’s business strategy. I wish Verallia and Michel Giannuzzi every success and I want them to know that they have my full support. I would like to thank our shareholders, our 10,000 customers, and the 10,000 employees of Verallia, with whom I had a great pleasure to work.”

    “I am very excited to join Verallia and partner with both Apollo and Bpifrance. Verallia is a leader in its industry and Jean-Pierre Floris has built an exceptional team with years of experience in glass packaging manufacturing, which will lay the foundation for a successful future”, said Michel Giannuzzi.

    “We would like to thank Jean-Pierre Floris for his service to the company and his efforts to successfully transition Verallia to a standalone entity. We look forward to continuing to serve Verallia alongside him in his new capacity as Honorary Chairman and Independent Board Member”, stated Robert Seminara, Senior Partner of Apollo and Sébastien Moynot, Board Member of Verallia representing Bpifrance. “We are delighted to welcome Michel Giannuzzi to Verallia, who brings the unique combination of entrepreneurial spirit and proven leadership that will be instrumental to continue the successful development that the company enjoyed under Jean-Pierre Floris’ leadership.”
    (Verallia Packaging SAS)
     
    24.08.2017   Perfect Motion for Liquid Products     ( Company news )

    Company news At drinktec 2017, Baumüller will introduce complete solution packages and industry-specific components

    Picture: The direct drive DST2 80 is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning

    From September 11-15, 2017, Baumüller will participate in drinktec 2017, the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich. In hall B3 at stand 321, the Nuremberg-based drive and automatization specialist will present its specific industry solutions for the beverage industry: From a drive with an aseptic surface for transport tasks in the food sector to compact local drive technology for minimum wiring effort. In addition, a compact high-torque motor with extremely low self-heating as well as a stainless steel flange for easy cleaning will be presented.

    Increased productivity due to the intelligent overall solution
    The drive system ETAŋ drive will be the highlight at the Baumüller stand. The motor-gear combination achieves degrees of efficiency of up to 90 percent and is also ideally suited for aseptic applications, like in the beverage industry, duet o its surface properties. The ETAŋ drive will be in use on a transport and conveyor belt for beverage bottles at drinktec. Minimal overall installed size and high system efficiency characterize the gear motor ETAŋ drive, which was specially developed for the food and beverage industry. The drive system is equipped with an aseptic, completely enclosed housing and is therefore particularly suitable for transport tasks in the food sector.

    Service 4.0: Digitization Increases Availability
    An innovation in the field of service is BAUDIS IoT, a system for the process optimization and for the predictive maintenance system of existing and new machines. BAUDIS IoT is the consistent enhancement of the BAUDIS diagnostic system developed by Baumüller, which has successfully been in use for more than 20 years. BAUDIS increases the process reliability and availability of production and is successfully used worldwide in machines and plants.

    BAUDIS IoT, the latest version, is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication system that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of data. The networked version benefits from the long-standing expertise of a successful system. The system can be used independently of the manufacturer of the automation components and the sensors and therefore can easily be retrofitted and upgraded. It is therefore equally suitable for greenfield and brownfield plants, i.e. for the digitization of new and existing production facilities.

    BAUDIS IoT allows for the continuous monitoring of automation components and machine states, data recording and analysis and the generation and output of a recommendation for action. The evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms. The system is thus continuously made more intelligent and uses algorithms to develop independent solutions (machine learning). By avoiding production errors, productivity increases and does so automatically through a self-regulating process.

    Product Highlights
    The b maXX 2500 decentralized drive, which combines the converters from the b maXX 3300 series with robust DSD, DSC and DSP servomotors, is especially suitable for filling systems with many individual drives. This compact drive with integrated electronics is suitable for a power range up to about 6.5 kW and includes integrated safety technology with the degree of protection IP 65. Thanks to a variety of supported fieldbus systems and flexibility in terms of its installation location, the b maXX 2500 offers mechanical engineers with a high degree of design freedom and allows for the realization of optimally adapted machine solutions.

    A new feature in drive technology is the extremely compact high-torque motor DST2 80, which among other things is used as a drive of starwheel columns for container transport in filling machines in the beverage industry. The direct drive is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning.

    The networking of man, machine or sensors is increasing in the industrial sector. To protect industrial security, Baumüller offers a secure solution for the remote maintenance of machines and systems with Ubiquity: The state of machines can thus be monitored worldwide and quickly responded to in a targeted manner if necessary. This capability of quick and accurate diagnostics and troubleshooting saves time and money. Ubiquity thus increases the productivity and efficiency of machines. The Ubiquity runtime environment is pre-installed in all Windows-based HMIs from Baumüller and can be used without separate hardware.

    Lifecycle management 4.0 worldwide
    In addition to developing and manufacturing automation components, Baumüller as a corporate group also covers numerous services for machine and systems construction as well as for machine operators. Starting with the project planning, design and commissioning all the way to maintenance, retrofitting and relocation, Baumüller offers support throughout the entire life cycle of machines and systems.

    Mechanical engineers and machine operators at drinktec will have the opportunity to be consulted by service experts from the Baumüller subsidiaries Nürmont and the Baumüller repair facility on such topics as manufacturer-independent repair, servicing, relocation and installation. With over 40 branches worldwide, Baumüller is a globally reliable service partner with decades of local worldwide experience.
    (Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH)
     
    23.08.2017   Agr International Inc. to feature the latest container quality management products at drinktec 2017    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 At the 2017 drinktec show, Agr International, Inc. will be exhibiting an array of products for managing the production and quality of beverage containers. Featured at this year’s show will be Agr’s latest developments for advanced blowmolder management, shelf-life control, and pressurized container testing.

    Photo: The Agr PPT3000 offers a versatile solution for measuring volume expansion and pressure performance of containers manufactured from PET

    Blowmolder management
    The Process Pilot® with CrystalView® automated blowmolder management system is ideal for beverage producers that self-manufacture PET bottles. The Process Pilot product group offers precise material thickness distribution management on PET bottles, while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot system offers producers the ability to aggressively light weight bottles to the absolute minimum while providing the confidence that material is distributed appropriately, with proper thickness in all critical areas, on every bottle produced. Not only does this product simplify and stabilize the production of PET bottles, but it also provides the versatility to manage bottle production in a manner most suitable to the product and application. Whether the goal is to make the lightest bottle possible, process preforms of mixed lineage, improve bottle shelf-life and performance characteristics, save energy or just run a stable process 24/7, the Process Pilot product group offers a means to realize this goal profitably and with confidence.

    Shelf-life
    Shelf-life management is an important but tedious measurement. Agr will feature several products that provide immediate determination of the permeability and shelf-life performance of newly produced PET bottles. These products make it possible to effectively manage (in real-time) a bottle’s shelf-life performance for oxygen ingress, CO2 or water loss.

    Pressure and volume
    Whether your final product is packaged in a PET bottle, PET keg, aluminum bottle or glass bottle, accurate volume and proper pressure performance is paramount to the efficacy of the finished beverage container. Agr offers several testing products designed to aid bottle makers and beverage producers manage pressure and volume. The Agr PPT3000 offers a versatile solution for measuring volume expansion and pressure performance of containers manufactured from PET. Unlike other pressure testers, The PPT3000 actually simulates the rapid rise pressure profile that a container experiences during the filling cycle, providing valuable data that can be used to prevent filling line downtime due to premature pressure breaks. The SPT2, Agr’s latest addition to its product group, is an automated glass bottle testing system that performs precision volume measurement as well as pressure testing up to 1000 psi. Configurations are available for automated laboratory applications or along the production line as part of an automated sampling station.

    Visit Agr in Hall A4, stand 336.
    (AGR International Inc.)
     
    23.08.2017   Belgium & UK: Belgian brewers entering the UK market despite Brexit uncertainties    ( E-malt.com )

    The U.K.’s impending departure from the European Union has been blamed for weakening the pound, putting London banking jobs in danger and curtailing economic growth. Now it’s putting at risk a fledgling attempt to bring the complexities of Belgian beer to British drinkers, Bloomberg reported on August 16.

    Twenty beer makers from Belgium, which is home to six of the world’s 11 Trappist breweries, descended on London last month to showcase their brands at the inaugural Ales Tales Belgian Beer Festival, where they are seeking to strengthen their foothold in the U.K. market.

    About a thousand people lined up to taste the hops and barley concoctions just four months after the U.K. announced its intention to leave the bloc, which precipitated a 5 percent drop in the pound and the longest fall in consumer spending in more than four years. And since negotiations still haven’t started on Britain’s future relationship with the EU, businesses are left guessing what a trade partnership would look like, raising the spectre of new tariffs and questioning the reliability of international supply chains. But some brewers are still willing to take the risk.

    “I have no clue about what will happen, but it makes no sense to wait,” said Yvan De Baets, co-owner of Brasserie de la Senne, which was an exhibitor at the festival. “The U.K. and the EU are not that stupid and I’m sure they will negotiate something that both parties will be happy with and exports both ways will still be easy.”

    In beer-crazy Belgium, a country of about 11 million people and 1,500 different beers produced by some 224 breweries, craft production has a special status like wine-making in France or the distillation of whiskey in Scotland. UNESCO even added Belgian beer to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. As such, these niche producers in a founding member of the EU may prove a gauge for the post-Brexit appeal of the continental consumer products.

    While these producers operate in the shadow of industrial giants Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Duvel Moortgat NV, the challenges they face highlight the economic uncertainties arising from the U.K.’s plan to quit the EU in 2019.

    “It may not be the best time to try and start exporting to England, as nobody knows what is going to happen, and the pound is going down making our beers for the British people more and more expensive,” said Jef Van Den Steen, who turned from beer journalism to brewing 15 years ago. “But it will not stop me from trying.”
    He is already exporting 80 percent of the 15,000 hectolitres of unfiltered beer he makes at De Glazen Toren in the town of Erpe-Mere, halfway between Brussels and Ghent, mostly to the U.S. and Italy.

    “I was a bit scared when I started organizing the festival with a shadow of Brexit and thought brewers would be reluctant, saying ‘let’s wait for two years before we start looking at the U.K.’,” Nicolas Tondeur, the organizer of the Belgian Beer Festival and a banker at BNP Paribas in London, said in an interview. “None of them mentioned it when we met.”

    With the fall in sterling, U.K. consumers cut back on spending for a third month in July, with food being among the worst hit, according to a report from IHS Markit and Visa. This comes as the Bank of England downgraded its economic outlook and Governor Mark Carney warned that Brexit uncertainty is weighing on business and households.

    Belgium’s 3 billion-euro-a-year ($3.5 billion) beer industry is keeping a close eye on the U.K. market even though it’s only the eighth biggest export destination globally after France, the Netherlands, U.S., Germany, China, Italy and Canada, according to the Belgian Brewers’ Association. Its share of U.K. imports rose to 6.5 percent in 2015 from 4.4 percent in 2010, according to the British Beer & Pub Association.

    Earlier this year, the Belgian Brewers Association submitted their views on Brexit to the Belgian Cabinet of Ministers, according to its president Jean-Louis Van de Perre, an InBev and KPMG veteran.

    “Will the U.K. increase import tariffs, will it change something with respect to product specification, have a system favoring local beers to protect domestic production?” Van de Perre said, speaking from his office in a centuries-old Brewers’ House in Brussels’ Grand Place. “I hope it doesn’t happen as if the U.K. wants to export their own beers to the EU, they will get a similar reaction.”

    Jonny Garrett, a spokesman for Cave Direct beer merchants, which imports beers to the U.K., remains sanguine.

    Brexit “was a real blow to our business and has really squeezed our margins,” Garrett said. “We hope in the long run that a good deal will be struck for trade with the EU and will campaign for it if necessary. In the meantime we have adjusted our pricing and continue to grow our Belgian and German brands really well.”
     
    23.08.2017   Inspirational New Closures from UNITED CAPS at drinktec 2017 in Munich    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 Beverage manufacturers are increasingly focused on developing Differentiated Total Packaging Solutions that allow their brand to stand out on crowded shelves.

    UNITED CAPS are known for their ability to enable those solutions with breakthrough closures that provide not only a first class gateway to the product experience but also enhance brand storytelling.

    At Drinktec, UNITED CAPS will be present in Hall A4, Stand 535, and will demonstrate how their market-driven approach, supported by the strategic pillars of RELATE, PERFORM & SUSTAIN, fosters the development of outstanding closures that perform as well in the plant as they do in the hand.

    With a healthy 50/50 split between customised and non-bespoke solutions, UNITED CAPS will also showcase the latest in customised solutions like the innovative Wattwiller closure, which features a petal-flower design that is not only eye-catching but allows end users to open bottles with very little effort.

    The complete beverage and dairy standard portfolio has recently been enhanced by significant acquisitions and growth. True to the principle that “Less is More” - UNITED CAPS outstanding design capability has reduced the need for product line complexity. It encompasses solutions for the entire industry, everything from PET to glass bottles across an impressive range of neck sizes. The optimised product lines on display constitute a comprehensive collection wide enough to meet industry needs but simple enough to avoid overwhelming with unnecessary choice.

    New closures developed to answer the requirements of the latest industry trends will be also available to experience at the show.

    Enhancing this portfolio are differentiated finishing processes such as the cutting edge UNITED CAPS Bi-Injection process which yield exciting design possibilities and inspiration for brand owners.

    Experts from R&D, production and technical service will be on hand to explain how UNITED CAPS helps customers to deliver Differentiated Total Packaging Solutions.
    (United Caps)
     
    23.08.2017   Russia: Craft brewing expanding in Russia    ( E-malt.com )

    Pint by frothy pint, a hoppy revolution is brewing in Russia, the Associated Press reported on August 14.

    This new generation of craft brewers began sprouting in the vodka capital of the world as foreign beers became too expensive and beer fans sought alternatives to mass-produced lagers. From juicy IPAs to velvety stouts and lip-smacking sours, beers served at breweries that opened in recent years in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg offer visitors and locals alike the styles popularized in the last two decades by the craft beer boom in the U.S. and Europe.

    Many breweries started after the currency collapse of 2014, when imported beer prices skyrocketed and supply fell.

    “There was almost nothing being brought from outside,” said Alex Korobkov, co-owner of the Zagovor brewery and the RULE Taproom in central Moscow. “So people decided to brew something they had tried outside of Russia.”

    Korobkov and a group of friends started Zagovor — which translates to “Conspiracy” in Russian — in 2014.

    Today, there are over 100 craft breweries in Russia, said Nikita Filippov, co-founder of AF Brew in St. Petersburg, founded in 2012 and one of the craft beer pioneers in Russia. But Filippov said only around two dozen breweries have their own production capacities or long-term contractual base.

    “If nothing dramatic happens in the Russian economics, hops and malt import policies, or beer restriction legislation, the future for craft beer in Russia is promising,” said Filippov.

    All ingredients have to be imported — hops from the U.S. or Germany, grains from several European countries — and there are only a few facilities with the necessary equipment that serve as contract brewers.

    Craft beer still represents a tiny segment of the beer market in Russia — around 1 percent, according to Dmitry Drobyshevsky, who runs the Russian beer trade news site Profibeer and analyzes the market.

    Drobyshevsky said the market for Russian craft beers is expanding beyond its borders, to Europe and China.

    “The Russian brewery Jaws (from Yekaterinburg) started selling beer in China in May,” he said. “Russian bars are starting to appear there, too.”

    The surge in Russian craft beer is perfectly timed for the expected tourism bonanza when the country hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Hundreds of thousands of foreign fans, many of them from the U.S. and Western Europe, will visit the 11 host cities.

    And few things pair better with beer than soccer.

    “They will find a country which is million miles away from old stereotypes about Russia. They will find people who don’t have vodka with caviar every meal but have the offer and knowledge in fine foods, fine spirits and craft beers,” said Filippov. “They will be greatly welcome to our country by a community of craft beer brewers and drinkers.”
     
    22.08.2017   India: United Breweries introducing five imported beer brands from parent Heineken in India    ( E-malt.com )

    United Breweries Ltd, the maker of Kingfisher beer, is in the process of introducing five imported beer brands from its Dutch parent Heineken NV in India, challenging Anheuser-Busch InBev—currently the market leader for imported beers, Livemint reported on August 10.

    UB has introduced these brands—Sol, Edelweiss, Affligem, Dos Equis and Desperados—in select markets a month ago and is now expanding to other markets, marketing head Samar Singh Sheikhawat said.

    “We are very hopeful that with these five brands, we will have a solution for a consumer set who is looking for these offerings and did not find an answer in the UB portfolio. There is a growing market for this, a profitable market,” Sheikhawat.

    UB—India’s largest beer maker—aims to capture a fourth of India’s imported beer market with these five brands, Sheikhawat said. Before these brands were launched, UB had no presence in that segment.

    The new brands are expected to help UB expand its portfolio, enter a fast-growing segment, and partially offset the slowdown in the wider beer market. Of the five beers, Sol will take on Corona from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

    Apart from Corona, which has a market share of around 49% in imported beers, Anheuser-Busch InBev also sells Hoegaarden (about 27%) and Stella Artois (5%) imported beers in India.

    UB’s new beer brands will be priced between Rs240 and Rs290 a bottle. Alcohol by volume content in these brands ranges from 4.5% to 6.9%. They will all be imported and not manufactured or bottled in India.

    Heineken owns a 43% stake in UB. Anheuser-Busch InBev operates as Crown Beers India Ltd.

    According to UB, the market for imported beers is a tiny one, with almost a million cases selling every year.

    However, it is growing in double digits while the overall beer market is stagnant. It has expanded from 650,000 cases to 950,000 cases between 2013 and 2016, according to a combination of the company’s internal estimates and customs data.

    Imported lager was a three-million litre market by volume in 2016, according to data from Euromonitor International, which provides numbers only for imported lagers and not other kinds of imported beers. The total beer market clocked volume of 2.92 billion litres in 2016.

    UB’s new beer brands will be priced between Rs 240 and Rs 290 a bottle. Alcohol by volume content in these brands ranges from 4.5% to 6.9%. They will all be imported and not manufactured or bottled in India.

    “Price is not the chief determinant for this segment – provenance, story, heritage, beer experience etc is. Europe is associated with the best quality beers in the world, especially Belgian beers. Affligem is Belgian, Desperados is French and Edelweiss is Austrian,” Sheikhawat said.

    Sol and Dos Equis are both beers from Mexico and the former is UB’s answer to Corona, which also originates in Mexico. The new brands will be available in markets like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Goa, Chennai and Hyderabad and are targeted at the young and affluent urban population.

    “These are people who hang out, the affluent, for whom drinking is a casual, social pastime and they are heavily influenced by beers and in trying out new labels. That category is not too fussed about the price point and it is a growing market,” said Sreedhar Prasad, partner at KPMG in India.
     
    22.08.2017   Latvia: Aldaris brewery's turnover down 1.5% due to market contraction last year    ( E-malt.com )

    Latvian brewery Aldaris closed 2016 with EUR 25.857 million in turnover, down 1.5% from a year before, while its losses expanded by 21.6% year-on-year to EUR 3.178 million, writes LETA, according to information available at Firmas.lv.

    The company’s management put down the turnover decrease to the 6.2% contraction of the Latvian beer market. The growth of the company’s losses was also blamed on the reduced market and the decision to give up the rights to distribute products of the Baltika brand.

    In 2016, Aldaris commanded 26.1% of the Latvian beer market, according to the management’s report. Last year, Aldaris sold 42.6 million litres of beer, down 1.4% from 2015.

    At the same time, Aldaris has been strengthening its position in other beverage segments like beer cocktails, cider, alcoholic cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. “One of the main non-beer brands is Somersby cider, which has been showing great success across the world,” the Aldaris management said.

    In 2015, Aldaris reported a turnover of EUR 26.244 million, down 8.3% from 2014, and cut its loss by 23.3% to EUR 2.614 million.

    In 2013 Aldaris decided to focus on premium class and craft beer production, and moving production of cheaper or PET-bottled beers to other Carlsberg group breweries in Lithuania and Estonia.

    Aldaris, founded in 1865, is the largest brewery in Latvia and one of the biggest in the Baltics. It is part of the Carlsberg group, one of the world's largest beer makers.
     
    22.08.2017   Vietnam: Analysts believe now is the right time for government to sell its stake in Sabeco    ( E-malt.com )

    Analysts believe that now is the right time for the state to divest Sabeco shares because the shares are going for a good price, VietNamNet Bridge reported on August 10.

    Sabeco will step up selling the State capital in this firm in 2017 as requested by the Government.

    A representative of Sabeco, the largest brewer in Vietnam, said Sabeco has chosen a consultancy firm for the process.

    Nguyen Hoang Hai, deputy chair of the Vietnam Association of Financial Investors (VAFI), commented that the state’s divestment would only partially depend on the consultant, as it is the sales method that will determine the success of the transaction.

    Sabeco should implement equitization quickly to grab the opportunity to sell at high prices, he said. If the State remains undecided, it will lose billions of dollars.

    "It is necessary to organize auctions and sell its stake soon,” Hai added.

    “If the State wants to sell its stake at high prices, it should sell all the 90 percent stake once. The sale must be done in a transparent and open way which will attract the highest possible number of buyers,” he said.

    Hai stressed the principle of transparency in selling the state’s stake, i.e. shares will be sold to those who pay the highest prices.

    To ensure transparency, it would be better to make public the share auctions and allow investors interview the enterprise before they make decisions.

    Hai repeatedly stressed that the state should sell the stake once to avoid loss of the state’s property.

    In general, state agencies don’t want to sell immediately because Sabeco is so valuable. However, an analyst said if the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) sells in dribs and drabs, 10 percent each time, Sabeco won’t be able to attract strategic shareholders.

    “Strategic investors always want an ownership ratio high enough for them to join the board of directors of enterprises. The small lots of shares won’t attract them,” he explained.

    “They won’t inject money into enterprises if the state still holds the controlling stake,” he said.

    Hai from VAFI estimated that the state would get several billion dollars if all of its stake was sold at one time. The amount of money will be useful, because the state lacks sufficient money for development and investment.

    Institutional investors from Australia, Japan and the US have shown great interest in Sabeco.
     
    22.08.2017   Łomża Beer Presents a Premium New Glass Bottle    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of a new communication strategy, Łomża Brewery, has launched the Łomża Jasne beer in a premium new bottle design, introducing modern features to the sleek bottle that consumers love. The new design emphasises the slim shape, and the neck of the bottle has been embossed with the brewery’s logo, reflecting Łomża brand’s history.

    The design brief was to create glass packaging that captured Łomża’s historic identity while retaining key brand icons and features. Working in collaboration with Ardagh Group in Poland, in-house designers used their creativity and technical expertise to develop a range of different bottle designs to meet the brief, from which the final shape was selected.

    "The bottle’s fresh look is achieved using two design techniques: traditional embossing and debossing. It has a 500ml capacity and is tall and imposing, giving it real shelf stand-out", explains Roman Sobecki from the design department of Ardagh OEG Design, Gostyń glassworks.

    “Łomża beer has been on the market for 49 years. During that time, we have gained a well-established position in the beer market and have captured the hearts of successive generations of beer lovers. The new communication strategy shows that we listen to our consumers and are responding with a stunning, premiumised new bottle "says Maciej Dymalski, Brand Marketing Manager of Van Pur – Łomża’s brand owner.

    Łomża beer is an alternative to both mass market and craft beers. “We embrace the authenticity of traditional beer brewing, which we know guarantees a quality product. We don’t mass-produce, nor do we over-complicate the process as some craft beers do. We want to make Łomża the best regional beer in Poland, hence the rebranded image that responds to consumer interest in authentic products" explains Maciej Dymalski.
    (Ardagh Glass Gostyn S.A.)
     
    21.08.2017   Historic collaboration between Tennent's Lager and DS Smith    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith’s UK packaging division has partnered with the Scottish lager brand, Tennent’s, to help launch a limited edition ‘heritage pack’ inspired by artefacts from the brand’s 130 year history.

    The concept behind Tennent’s Lager Heritage Series pack was to celebrate and draw upon the brands ‘experience and expertise’, with the label and pack design taking inspiration from the original bottles, including the very first Tennent’s can.

    To achieve the complex pack design, it was vital that the print quality was high to replicate the historic Tennent’s logo. Using the latest print technology, the packaging strategists were able to print the final design using corrugated post print, allowing for colour consistency with the brands logo throughout the range of label designs.

    Alan McGarrie, Head of UK Brand Marketing at Tennent’s Lager said, ‘Our limited edition bottle pack provides a great platform for us to celebrate the history and character of Tennent’s Lager. The work DS Smith put into producing the pack for us is fantastic, and ultimately consumers love the pack when they see it on the shelves.’

    Simon Hamer, Print Director at DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division, commented: ‘The Heritage Series is a great example of collaboration between customers and suppliers when working on pack design. We are proud to deliver a product that not only upholds Tennent’s reputation for iconic packaging, but is also recognised for the highest quality print.

    We invest in the latest printing technology at an early stage to ensure our customers have unrivalled access to quality and the widest range of printing techniques, helping products to stand out at the moment of truth in store.’

    The Heritage Series was recently awarded Gold at the European Flexographic Industry Awards 2017 for its innovative design, style and production.
    (DS Smith Packaging)
     
    21.08.2017   KHS Innoket Roland 40: new, compact labeler for craft breweries and spirits bottlers    ( Company news )

    Company news With the Innoket Roland 40 (photo) the KHS Group is launching a compact labeler to market.

    -Compact table machine for the low capacity range
    -High-quality mechanical design based on the Innoket Neo
    -Many expansion options for individual requirements

    With the Innoket Roland 40 the KHS Group is launching a compact labeler to market. The machine will be premiered at this year’s drinktec trade show in Munich, Germany. The KHS Innoket Neo’s little brother has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 bottles per hour and is thus specifically tailored to the requirements of craft breweries and spirits bottlers. The Innoket Roland 40 can be fitted with various labeling stations and is characterized by its ease of use and the accustomed high standard of quality offered by KHS.

    “The new machine is specially geared towards lines with a smaller output,” explains Cornelius Adolf, labeling product manager at KHS. During development particular attention was paid to simple operation and a high degree of economy. The table machine is not only of interest to craft breweries but also to companies in the food and non-food industries, such as manufacturers of canned food, pet food or shampoo.

    In its standard version the Innoket Roland 40 comes with two cold glue stations. This allows shoulder and neck labels to be applied at two levels by the first station, for instance, with the second station affixing back labels to the bottles. Alternatively, self-adhesive stations, a combination of cold glue and self-adhesive technology and hot melt labeling processes can be used.

    Proven components from the high-capacity range
    Inside the Innoket Roland 40 are countless quality-determining components taken from the established high-performance KHS Innoket Neo labeling machine. These include the carousel, infeed and discharge stars, folding doors, installation and format parts and guides and on the cold glue station the gripper cylinder and label magazine. The servo feed screw found on the Innoket Neo has also been applied and integrated here, permitting gentle bottle stops.

    Plenty of upwards scope
    The new KHS development also provides many different opportunities for extension, enabling individual labeling tasks to be realized. It is possible, for example, to equip the Innoket Roland 40 with the KHS VarioDrive electronic bottle plate control system. Other options include mechanical alignment by side or base notch or swing-top closure in the infeed star and the fitting of traveling applicators, the latter used for cap or lid labels. L- and U-shaped labels – such as for the tax revenue stamps on spirits bottles – can also be labeled and rolled on. Optional sensors check for the presence of labels at certain points, for example in the label magazine or on the gluing roller, and for other factors such as broken bottles. With its many expansion options the KHS Innoket Roland 40 is thus perfectly suited to cater for all requirements in the small capacity range.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    17.08.2017   AQ IS THE NEW IQ! MEET AQFLEX AT DRINKTEC 2017 - IT'S THE INTELLIGENT, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... ALL-IN-ONE PRODUCT HANDLING SOLUTION

    With the packaging industry facing increasingly sophisticated consumption trends that present various challenges to the production and distribution of goods, Gebo Cermex is responding to these complexities with the introduction of AQFlex® - a breakthrough product handling technology. Thanks to its radically new approach of conveying and accumulation, AQFlex delivers unprecedented packaging line performance. It offers this, together with unique agility and smooth contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a very compact space. This is a significant first step towards bringing the factory of the future to life and will be on show at Drinktec 2017.

    Responding to the ever-changing needs of the industry
    With packaging quality playing a key role in brand recognition and ever-increasing production diversity, a growing number of stock keeping units (SKUs) and even product and secondary packaging personalisation now possible, manufacturers are looking for improved flexibility and responsiveness from their existing packaging systems. Easy re-engineering of existing lines is also important if producers are to easily adapt to big changes in demand.

    Producers and brand owners are therefore becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to their line requirements. They cannot afford to compromise on extended performance in terms of production uptime, efficiency and reliability, always paying close attention to keeping total cost of ownership (TCO) as low as possible. As a consequence, they look for packaging solutions that are space-saving, easy to maintain, ergonomic in design, simple to use and sustainable.

    In face of these ever changing demands, Gebo Cermex – part of the Sidel Group and world leader in packaging line engineering solutions – has reinvented the design of packaging lines thanks to a breakthrough product handling technology. The company decided on a system that would help manufacturers meet all their current performance objectives, as well as prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.
    "After spending 50 years in pioneering conveying solutions and line regulation systems, we believe this introduction to be the culmination of our innovation processes," says Ludovic Tanchou, Vice President Strategy, Products and Innovation at Gebo Cermex. He goes on to explain: “AQFlex is the new IQ in product handling, encompassing all the advantages given by the existing conveying machines in a much smarter way."

    Freeing product innovation thanks to total flexibility
    AQFlex is designed by Gebo Cermex as a new concept in packaging solutions that accommodates any product, whatever the application, whatever the market, in all container materials, formats and shapes, full or empty, while also enabling automatic changeovers via an intuitive and user-friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI).

    Care of product integrity is completely ensured by the single-lane, contact-free product handling and accumulation system that is able to process even fragile, unstable or premium containers.

    High performance via unprecendented capability
    More proof of the unprecedented packaging line performance of AQFlex is its ability to operate at any speed, from 1,000 to 100,000 containers per hour, delivering energy savings of up to 60%, without compromising high efficiency (99.5% even at high speeds) or sustainability.

    This is ensured by high line performance regulation, together with a high accumulation performance to maintain continuous product flow - at any speed with the use of advanced robotics based on a proven logic motion technology and a centralised system architecture ensures the accurate synchronisation of motion control for all the servo axes of the equipment.

    Tanchou continues: "Moreover, for greater product traceability and continuous control of production quality, the solution works according to a ‘first-in, first-out’ (FIFO) operating principle.”

    Extremely compact, smart design offers up to 40% space saving
    All the conveying functions of AQFlex, including contactless accumulation and multilane machine infeed, are cleverly regrouped into this single, universal, handling solution. As all conveying and accumulation is carried out as a single-file process, the usual peripheral conveying functions associated with mass accumulation - such as deceleration, de-grouping, combining and laning - are completely eliminated.

    For minimised TCO and optimised operability, the solution from Gebo Cermex offers the best accumulation/space ratio on the market. Its compact design provides up to 40% space savings compared to traditional solutions and, as a result of its compact footprint, AQFlex is easily integrated into existing production lines. The solution has a clear and open design that gives full accessibility at floor level for enhanced ergonomics and easy cleaning. Having only a few added mechanical parts compared to a conveyor, maintenance of AQFlex is comparable to that of a standard conveyor - without the need for any lubrication.
    Discover why AQ is the new IQ at Drinktec 2017.
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    16.08.2017   Alessandro Paini is the new General Manager of the Sacmi Beverage Division    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Alessandro Paini

    With extensive international experience in product development and global sales coordination, Mr. Paini takes over from Vezio Bernardi, who now goes on to head the Group's Closures & Containers Division

    Alessandro Paini is the new General Manager of Sacmi Beverage, the company Division that, since 2009, has covered all areas concerning the design and manufacture of machines and complete plants for beverage packaging. A mechanical engineer - and previously a key figure in a leading international Group that designs in-PET liquid packaging solutions - Mr. Paini has extensive Product Management experience, his past duties ranging from coordination of R&D and global product portfolio management to development and implementation of new sales strategies.

    The new Sacmi Beverage General Manager takes over from Vezio Bernardi, who led the Division for nearly five years. During that time the Division strengthened its role as global partner to the industry (thanks to a far-sighted policy of horizontal and vertical integration among Sacmi Group providers of packaging-beverage solutions) while exploring new business avenues, as exemplified by the recent takeover of Defranceschi Italia, intended to ensure solid, all-round Group positioning in the wine-making sector.

    With the arrival of Alessandro Paini, who officially took over as head of the Beverage Division on Monday 10th July 2017, Vezio Bernardi now moves on to head Sacmi's other packaging 'pillar', the Closures & Containers Division; the latter, via which the Sacmi Group is the world's leading provider of beverage closure manufacturing machines, is ever-more focused on integrating the various stages of container production, from preform to bottle.

    Also facing a new challenge is Giuseppe Lesce. Currently General Manager of the Closures&Containers Division, Mr. Lesce shall soon be taking over as General Manager of the newly-formed Customer Services Division, a unit that Sacmi has established to coordinate the SACMI network and develop aftermarket services for all Group businesses and Divisions. The challenge is to link the various Business Units by supplying excellent training, technical assistance, spare parts, overhauls and maintenance engineering and, more generally, comprehensive customer care services that also focus on Industry 4.0.
    (Sacmi Imola S.C.)
     
    15.08.2017   Wine, sparkling wine, spirits: trends demand ideas and the means to make them a reality - ...    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ...discover them at drinktec 2017

    As the World's Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry, drinktec has always offered technologies for producers of wine, sparkling wine, and spirits. Thanks to the cooperation with SIMEI, it is now possible to address winegrowers and wine producers in a more targeted manner. For the first time, SIMEI@drinktec—the international exhibition for winery and bottling machinery—will take place as part of drinktec. It will be offering solutions exclusively for the wine industry in two halls (C2 and C3) across an exhibition area of 20,000 square meters. Over 200 exhibitors will be presenting all kinds of machine technology and equipment for wine production and wine processing, including packaging solutions.

    Through the collaboration with SIMEI and its organizers, Unione Italiana Vini, drinktec's hall surface area is growing to over 150,000 square meters. SIMEI thus completes drinktec's offering with specific solutions exclusively for the wine industry. At SIMEI@drinktec, you will be able to find large wineries, who live mainly off exports, just as much as small winegrowers, who are more likely to produce for regional demand.

    Although drinktec has already been offering technologies for the wine industry up to now, “this has been more about bottling and packaging technology on a large scale. Equipment that is designed for large volumes and can be used not exclusively but simply also for the wine industry,” explains Petra Westphal, the project group leader responsible for drinktec 2017. “SIMEI is the perfect extension to our current offer. We therefore have more than 500 exhibitors, whose offer is completely or at least partly geared to the wine industry."

    But what are the key trends that are influencing the wine industry? Let us start by taking a look at the volume segment in Europe: here, the wine's origin plays a rather subordinate role for consumers, who put their full and complete trust in the brand. Global sourcing is thus gaining in significance in order to further reduce costs in this highly competitive market. This gives new opportunities to winegrowers who have not yet been brought to the attention of the general public, for example the East, if they can provide the desired quality and quantity of bulk wine.

    Premium wine: authenticity and sustainability are in vogue
    In the premium market, authenticity and sustainability are becoming increasingly important. The central brand messages include keywords such as “wine culture” and “tradition.” However, for the customer, sustainability and environmental protection go hand in hand—This applies, for example, to organic wine grape cultivation as well as to water or energy saving. So it is all the more beneficial for trade visitors that drinktec, as a “full-range supplier,” also showcases global, state-of-the-art offerings in these segments.

    As authenticity is popular, consumers' first step in this direction could be native wines. Native can mean “indigenous” or “homegrown”—a native grape variety grows in the place where it originally existed. Examples include the Elbling on the Moselle or the Grüner Veltliner throughout Austria. This territorial uniqueness is a very promising USP, particularly for consumers who want to deliberately rule out the global Chardonnays or Cabernets.

    A second step towards authenticity brings us to orange wines and natural wines. They are still a tiny niche, but it is these wines that are served in the hippest locations and most passionately discussed in social network forums. In most cases, bio-organically or bio-dynamically operating businesses are behind “natural” wines. The wines themselves are usually spontaneously fermented, i.e. without selected yeast. They are also not sulfurized and filtered, or only to a slight degree. As little technology as possible is the motto. As a result, the white wines have a gold or even an orange shimmer to them. In terms of taste, the wines are completely out of the ordinary. Due to the high levels of tannin and lees they are slightly bitter and have herbaceous undertones. Also, they have no or a very low amount of primary fruit aromas. This is the sign of real authenticity according to the natural scene movement.

    Craft spirits are conquering the market
    While craft beer has already taken the global market by storm, craft spirits are now following suit in all their diversity. According to the market researchers at Mintel, spirits have already increased their product launches worldwide by 265 percent between 2011 and 2015.

    Christoph Witte, Head of Product Management B2C at Döhler GmbH, states that many start-ups are also participating in the current market trends: “Alcoholic cold brew coffee specialties, innovation around the drink of the moment gin, or even the fusion of various symbiotic beverage categories—these are just a few examples of inspirations for alcoholic beverages, which we will be presenting at drinktec.”

    The study carried out by Mintel shows that it is mainly generation Y, born between 1982 and 2000, which is stimulating the demand for craft spirits and craft cocktails. Their brand loyalty is as small as their interest in entirely new countries of origin and experimental styles is great. Christoph Witte explains: “A true pioneering spirit has broken out in the alcohol industry: classic spirits, wine, and sparkling wine are getting more and more unusual tastes through botanical extracts, exotic fruits, tea, coffee, and even vegetables.” Even champagne is part of this trend: Veuve Clicquot, who recently introduced really sweet champagnes, Rich and Rich Rosé, is seeking to penetrate the world of cocktails. Recommended ingredients for mixing with this include cucumber, celery, paprika, ginger, pineapple, hibiscus blossoms, and grapefruit zest.

    Millennials are interested in the story behind the brand
    Meanwhile, what is particularly interesting to the generation of millennials when it comes to wine is the story behind the brand. The concept wines or signature wines of young winegrowers are therefore also the success story of recent years. Instead of focusing on the place of origin, grape variety, or how the wine has been produced in communications, they let pictures, labels, and names speak for themselves and tell a story. This fits perfectly into the social media age, in which the power of images is brought to our attention on a daily basis.

    In general, social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, apps, and blogs are becoming increasingly important in marketing. Consumers look for information, tasting notes, recommendations, and ranking lists. Online trade is also growing. Compared to other industries, however, the traditional channels are still of central importance for wine. According to a British study, for instance, the millennials view wine as a social drink, which they prefer to consume in bars or restaurants. But even traditional trade has moved a long way down paths that lean on Internet search engines: In Holland, for example, merchants no longer arrange their wines according to the country of origin, but according to the taste and drinking occasion, making it easier for customers to find their perfect wine. Of course, this idea can also be taken up by producers: a wine that began as a cuvée that goes well with asparagus could turn into an accompaniment to salmon or a delight to savor on a summer's night. By the way, the international wine, sparkling wine and spirits industry can also find all the necessary tools such as labels or advertising materials at drinktec.

    New markets due to aging society
    There is also a second population group which will increasingly influence the wine market. In 2050, about 28 percent of the European population is set to be 65 and older. For comparison: this figure was 19 percent in 2015. This aging society in Europe is opening up new markets for packaging solutions. People are looking for smaller volumes and packaging that keeps the content fresh for longer. The reason being that they like to drink wine regularly, but in smaller quantities.

    These new packaging solutions can be made of glass, which still dominates the wine sector. However, the opportunities for alternative packaging such as disposable PET or bag-in-box are getting better and better.

    SIMEI supporting program
    In addition to the presentations of around 200 SIMEI@drinktec exhibitors, the transfer of knowledge between professionals is a second mainstay of SIMEI. The extensive program of the SIMEI Knowledge & Innovation Area with highly specialized seminars and workshops includes contributions from outstanding stakeholders from industry and science as well as representatives from renowned institutions from all over the world.

    In the SIMEI Sensory Bar, visitors will be introduced to an exquisite selection of wines and other known products of Italian cuisine in tastings and educational sessions on sensory analysis. In addition, the head chef of RISAMORE will present tricks through an exciting live performance and introduce interesting new recipes.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    15.08.2017   Z-ITALIA AT THE DRINKTEC FAIR 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news On the occasion of the DrinkTec 2017 that will take place in Munich (Germany) on September 2017, Z-Italia will exhibit a rotary labelling machine Z-Adhesive and a rotary Z-Roll reel labelling machine RollFed.

    In addition we will exhibit a ColdGlue labelling module for high speeds.
    The adhesive labelling machine has the adhesive group, intentionally oversize, in order to guarantee a maximum precision during the application of the labels on the bottle.

    The adhesive labelling machine is equipped with the optic orientation with fiber for logo in glass on the bottle.

    On particular interest is the cutting of the labels of the labelling machine Rollfed which ensures a cut of over 200.000.000 labels without the replacement of the knives.

    In addition to Z-Adhesive and Z-Rollfed, Z-Italia completes its series of labelling machines with the following models:
    - Z-ColdGlue: rotary labelling machines for partial cold glue paper labels
    - Z-HotMelt: rotary labelling machines for wrap around paper labels

    Z-Italia labelling machines series are ideal for glass and plastic bottles and cans with a speed from 5.000 to 60.000 bph.
    (Z-Italia srl)
     
    14.08.2017   O-I Launches Website for Online Bottle Sales    ( Company news )

    Company news Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) recently launched a new e-commerce platform, O-I On Demand, to sell glass bottles to craft beverage and food producers in the U.S. The website makes it easy and convenient for craft producers to purchase high-quality bottles directly from the world’s leading glass packaging manufacturer.

    At launch, O-I On Demand is focused on the U.S. craft beer market, featuring 10 amber colored bottles ranging from 12 and 22 ounce designs to 32 and 64 ounce growlers. Customers can order in quantities as low as one half-height pallet, pay with a credit card, and receive their glass 3-5 days. All bottles are made in the United States.

    Over time and based on market demand, the beer category offering, as well as offerings in other beverage and food market segments, will continue to expand.

    O-I On Demand can be found online at https://ondemand.o-i.com/.

    The new platform complements and expands upon O-I’s existing product and service offerings. With more than 100 years in the industry, O-I combines extensive expertise in glass packaging with flexibility and service to cater to the needs of customers both large and small. In addition to a variety of stock bottles in a range of colors and finishes, O-I also offers comprehensive custom glass bottle design, manufacturing and decoration services, backed by industry-leading quality assurance.
    (O-I Owens-Illinois Glass Containers)
     
    11.08.2017   Australia: Lion to stop brewing Knappstein Reserve Lager, ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... close brewery in South Australia

    Lion has decided to stop brewing Knappstein Reserve Lager and will close the Enterprise Brewery in Clare, South Australia, the Australian Brews News reported on August 2.

    Lion said in a statement that production of Knappstein will cease on August 11. This reportedly followed a review of the business after Knappstein brewer Mel Fettke announced plans to leave for a winemaking role.

    “As a result, the Enterprise Brewery in Clare, South Australia (where Knappstein Reserve Lager is brewed) will also cease brewing beer until a future use for the brewery site and brewery kit is decided,” said Lion.

    “This is due to declining volume of the brand over the last few years and the brewery operating significantly below capacity.

    “None of our people are impacted by this decision, as they will continue to work throughout our brewing network.”

    Lion no longer owns the Enterprise Brewery site, having sold Knappstein and all its other wine brands to Accolade Wines in November last year.
     
    11.08.2017   Brazil: Heineken to end distribution of products with Coca-Cola bottlers, ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... use Kirin Brazil’s distribution routes for its products

    Mexico's Coca-Cola Femsa, the world's largest Coke bottler, said on July 24 it is poised to lose a key distribution contract in Brazil, sending its shares down 5 percent, even as it reported an 11.5 percent jump in quarterly net profit, Reuters reported.

    Coke Femsa said Dutch brewer Heineken, which holds a stake in its parent company Femsa, had told the company it would end its distribution of products with bottlers of the Coca-Cola system in Brazil from Oct. 31.

    Shares in Coke Femsa slumped 5.25 percent to 151.71 pesos as of 1 p.m. local time, and were the biggest drag on Mexico's benchmark stock index.

    It was not clear exactly when the distribution contract with Heineken will end, said Hector Trevino, chief financial officer at Coca-Cola Femsa.

    Heineken maintains the contract can be terminated with six months' notice, but Coke Femsa disagrees, Trevino said.

    "We firmly believe that the contract terminates in 2022," he said.

    Heineken acquired the Brazilian breweries of Japan's Kirin Holdings Co Ltd earlier this year. The Dutch company will use Kirin Brazil's distribution routes to bring Heineken products to market in the region going forward, Heineken spokesman John-Paul Schuirink said in a statement.

    "As Heineken, Femsa and the Brazilian Coca-Cola bottlers are still in discussions we are not commenting in more detail," Schuirink said.

    The loss of the contract represents a blow to Coke Femsa, said Vector Casa de Bolsa analyst Antonio Montañez, who estimates that beer distribution represents about 5 percent of the company's revenue in Brazil.

    Nevertheless, Coke Femsa expressed confidence for its prospects in Brazil as inflation eases. Sales volumes in Brazil increased in June after more than a year of monthly declines, Trevino said.

    "We have hit the bottom, and from here on, we will see better performance in Brazil," he said.

    Negative currency fluctuations in Venezuela and higher interest rates in Mexico took a toll on Coke Femsa's results, Credit Suisse wrote in a note to investors.

    Saying it expected the shares to react negatively, Credit Suisse described the performance in Mexico and South America as weak and also saw the Heineken announcement as negative.

    The company said net income was 2.232 billion pesos ($123 million) compared with 2.001 billion pesos in the same quarter last year. Revenue for the quarter at Coke Femsa rose 25.5 percent to 50.1 billion pesos.

    It earned 1.07 pesos per share, the company said.
     
    11.08.2017   Ireland: New legislation allows craft breweries and distilleries to sell their ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... products to visitors

    Brewery news
    The Irish government has approved legislation that will allow craft breweries and distilleries to sell their products to their visitors, BBC reported on July 27.

    The legislation, first proposed by the Labour Party, will now have to work its way through the Irish parliament.

    It would allow microbreweries sell their drinks on their premises between 10:00 and 18:00.

    Visitors would have to complete a guided tour of the brewery before they could buy its alcohol.

    Up until now, craft breweries and distilleries have needed a pub licence to sell their products to visitors.

    Under the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, they will have to apply to the courts for a certificate before licences are granted.

    The licences will be subject to annual renewal.

    Alan Kelly, the Labour TD who introduced the bill, insists the move will encourage the growth of 'craft beer tourism' across the country.

    "I believe it's very important for Irish tourism to create a real visitor experience," he said.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said allowing visitors who have completed a craft brewery or distillery tour to purchase alcohol on the premises would "add to the visitor experience".

    "As was once the case many years ago, nearly every town now has its own craft brewery," he added.

    "Some craft breweries and distilleries admit visitors for guided tours of their premises, which attracts tourists to the area and creates local employment opportunities."
     
    11.08.2017   Japan & USA: Sapporo Holdings acquires San Francisco’s iconic Anchor Brewing Company    ( E-Malt.com )

    Japan’s Sapporo Holdings Limited on August 3 announced that it would acquire iconic San Francisco craft beer maker, Anchor Brewing Company. The news was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The deal, financed through a combination of “own capital [and] external borrowings,” is worth $85 million, according to Sapporo’s second quarter financial statements. It is expected to close on August 31.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Sapporo Holdings will acquire “all of the equity interest of Anchor Brewing Company,” which is controlled by a parent company “Anchor Brewers & Distillers.”

    Anchor Distilling Company is not included in the deal.

    Anchor Brewers & Distillers was formed in 2010 when former Skyy Spirits executives Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio purchased the brewery via the Griffin Group investment and consulting company from Fritz Maytag, who is widely regarded as one of the earliest pioneers of craft microbrewing.

    The 121-year old Anchor Brewing Company, known for its Anchor Steam Beer, ranked as the 22nd largest craft brewing company in the US last year, according to industry trade organization the Brewers Association. The company produced 135,000 barrels of beer in 2016, but sales declined 4 percent versus the previous year.

    In a press release announcing the purchase, Sapporo said Anchor’s annual sales totaled about $33 million in 2016. The $85 million deal represents about 2.5 times total sales and is significantly smaller than other recent California craft brewery purchases.

    In 2015, Ballast Point sold to Constellation Brands for $1 billion. The San Diego-based company made about 277,000 barrels that year. Also in 2015, Heineken purchased a 50 percent stake in Petaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Company, which made about 791,000 barrels that year. That deal was said to be worth $500 million, and Heineken has since acquired the remainder of the company.

    Much of Anchor’s value lies in real estate, however. It owns the property where the brewery resides, as well as a building across the street, a source familiar with the company told Brewbound.

    In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Greggor said the deal had been in the works for a year, and the company held exploratory talks with several larger strategics about purchasing the brewery.

    “When you take a brand like Anchor, its very soul exists in the heart of San Francisco,” Greggor told the outlet. “Of all the people we spoke to, (Sapporo) respected Anchor the most, what it stood for and the importance of its connection with San Francisco.”

    Anchor will continue its brewing operations at its Potrero Hill production facility, and the company plans to open a new public taproom inside on De Haro Street, the Chronicle reported.

    “Sapporo committed to investing in the Potrero Hill brewery until we exceed capacity of that brewery, but I have no idea when that would be,” Greggor told the outlet. “We are currently running at about 55 to 60 percent of that capacity.”

    Plans for a second Anchor Brewing facility on San Francisco’s Pier 48 as part of the $1.6 billion Mission Rock Development project appear to have stalled completely after more than four years of delays, although the brewery wouldn’t comment, according to the Chronicle.

    Anchor’s management told the Chronicle that selling complete ownership of Anchor to Sapporo — which was founded in 1876 and is Japan’s oldest beer brand — will strengthen the brewery’s long-term future and enable its continued international expansion. The brewery already exports beer to 20 countries.

    In financial filings, Sapporo said the Anchor deal falls into its long-term management plan, “Speed 150,” which is aimed at building a portfolio of “highly unique” alcoholic beverage, food and soft drink brands from around the world. The company said it is prioritizing expanding its North American business.

    “The addition of Anchor’s strong brand power and network to the Sapporo Group’s US beer business portfolio through the conclusion of this agreement is expected to generate further synergies and accelerate the growth of the Group’s US business,” the company said.

    Sapporo previously acquired Canadian beer company Sleeman Breweries Ltd., which includes the Unibroue, Sleeman and Okanagan Spring brands, for $400 million in 2006.

    Sapporo is the latest Japanese beer company to show interest in the U.S. market at a time when beer consumption in its home country are at an all-time low, according to Reuters. Last October, Kirin Holdings purchased a 24.5 percent stake in Brooklyn Brewery.
     
    11.08.2017   MAKING INDUSTRY 4.0 OPPORTUNITIES A REALITY - A PRIME FOCUS FOR ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... SIDEL GROUP AT DRINKTEC

    With Sidel and Gebo Cermex exhibiting together on Stand A6.330 at Drinktec 2017, the companies - part of the Sidel Group - will be showcasing their Agility 4.0TM programme. The initiative is helping manufacturers and brand owners shift from mass production to mass customisation, and gain the many benefits of Industry 4.0, while boosting Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and sustainability and minimising Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

    While consumers want more customised products, they also want them fast and at the right price. This has contributed to the rise of Industry 4.0, the adoption of intelligent cyber-physical solutions and increased automation in production plants.

    Commenting on the role of Agility 4.0 and its focus at Drinktec (11- 15 September), Frederic Sailly, Executive Vice President for Product Management and Development, Sidel explains: “The Agility 4.0 programme is an award-winning , proven and pragmatic approach to manufacturing that we have developed with a view to achieving three overall benefits: improved understanding, enhanced performance, and product mass customisation together with traceability."

    "The programme provides tangible answers to liquid packaging producers’ needs, ranging from faster changeovers to reduced maintenance, less storage, less waste, higher product quality and faster time to market - all of which increase performance and reduce costs.”

    The tools and solutions of Agility 4.0 are grouped around the programme’s five pillars:

    Virtual Factory
    The main principle of the virtual factory is to accurately simulate and test daily operations in a production plant before execution. This can be a computer model simulation of a new line to evaluate its performance, a digital twin to optimise the assets in real time or computer training of operators using virtual reality to let them practice on computer-generated equipment. Such simulation allows producers to both visualise and forecast to increase the likelihood of successful implementation and to minimise expenditure, as they can be reassured they only invest in exactly what they need.

    Smart Factory
    The smart factory leverages digital technologies, such as robots, cobots and intelligent kinematics, to improve performance. This includes assisting operators working on repetitive tasks to increase operations reliability over time and to allow human intelligence be used for tasks that can keep line performance as high as possible. The new generation of Human Machine Interface (HMI) makes operation easier by being intuitive to use with in-built tutorials and other manuals that further improve efficiency and reduce machine downtimes. This combination of machine and human intelligence is at the heart of the smart factory solutions.

    Connected Factory
    By connecting and integrating the equipment on a plant, data generated can be used to optimise performance and predict any need for maintenance. Data can also be integrated upstream to ensure a constant stream of ingredients and downstream to keep distribution smooth and avoid overstocking or unnecessary storage. Advanced analytics can be run to sustain highest performance over time and assist in decision making at all levels of the organisation. Furthermore, remote assistance and augmented reality secure increased asset utilisation and improved maintainability.

    Sustainable Factory
    Eco-friendliness is one of Agility 4.0’s core pillars. By making it possible to produce smaller batches closer to consumer centres, manufacturers reduce their need to distribute over long distances, contributing to a more sustainable approach. By reducing energy and water consumption, using new lightweight materials as well as 3D-printed components, this framework also helps customers minimise OPEX.

    Extended Factory
    Focusing on intralogistics and deployed through the dematerialised layout, this portfolio of solutions offers manufacturers access to enhanced flexibility and asset utilisation, increasing their capability to introduce new products. For instance, shuttles or Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) can digitally connect all machines in a production environment.

    Elaborating on this last point, Ludovic Tanchou, Vice President of Strategy, Products and Innovation, Gebo Cermex comments: "When it comes to answering customers’ needs in the Industry 4.0 era, the extended factory represents the Sidel Group vision. Instead of using a traditional conveyor to simply take the product from A to B in a linear production process, mobile handling can now be used to move the semi-finished or finished items from any filler, to any labeller to any packing machine. This flexible shop floor layout can even be used alongside dedicated lines with their physical connections. It will, of course, greatly enable the goal of mass customisation rather than mass production."

    He summarises by saying: “A result of the group’s strong partnerships with industry-leading players in robotics, automation and smart systems, the Agility 4.0 programme from the Sidel Group is designed to be future-proof, helping producers and brand owners face the fourth industrial revolution. It does so by creating a digital factory that can improve performance - even in a fast changing environment, while reducing non-productive sequences and minimising costs.”
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    11.08.2017   Portugal: Beer consumption up 10% in January – June this year    ( E-Malt.com )

    Beer consumption in Portugal has increased by 10% year-on-year during the first half of 2017, according to data from Nielsen.

    If volume sales continue to increase at this pace, 2017 could be the year with the highest level of growth in the last decade, said Nielsen’s client development manager Tiago Aranha.

    He added that both hospitality and retail channels registered double-digit growth during the first six months of the year. Around three million households consumed beer at home over the last year, which represents 76% of the total in Portugal.

    After a period of declining consumption in recent years, "the penetration of beer in homes recovered in 2017, with significant increases in the frequency and quantity of consumption", said Aranha.

    He pointed out that the three key factors to ensure further growth are the recovery of the economic situation, the increase in the number of consumers, and favourable weather conditions. The seasonality of the market is one of the barriers preventing increased consumption in Portugal, as almost half of the volumes are sold in the summer months

    Beer is mostly consumed by individuals between the ages of 26 and 45, mainly men, although Nielsen says that an increase in beer consumption among women is evident.
     
    11.08.2017   Taiwan & Vietnam: Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp to debut in Vietnam ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... with three beers in October

    Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp (TTL) is to make its market debut in Vietnam by introducing three beers in October, as the company taps into the Southeast Asian market in line with the government’s New Southbound Policy, Taipei Times reported on July 28.

    The overseas expansion follows its entry into the Philippine market in January. Its previous expansion in Southeast Asia was in Singapore in 2011, the company said.

    “We are accelerating our pace to expand our reach in Southeast Asia,” TTL vice president Chang Lei-min told reporters on July 26 after the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Expo in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Vietnam is the biggest market for beers in Southeast Asia and the third-largest in Asia. The nation’s beer consumption reached 3.8 billion litres last year, TTL said.

    As international and domestic beer companies are boosting their presence in Vietnam, TTL selected three products — Golden Medal Taiwan Beer, Taiwan Beer Sweet Touch and its pineapple flavored beer — to differentiate itself from the competition, Chang said.

    “We have not seen fruit-flavored beer in [Vietnam]. This is an opportunity for us to grow in the market,” he said.

    TTL will gradually increase its product portfolio in the Vietnamese market, he said.

    The company aims to sell 380,000 tonnes of beer annually and secure a 1 percent share of the market in three years, he said.

    TTL products will be sold at similar prices to those of Heineken or Budweiser at NT$30 to NT$35 per can, he added.

    The company will choose a local distribution agent early next month and start product shipments to Vietnam in early October, he said.

    TTL plans to outsource production to a local brewery next year at the earliest and is also considering setting up a local brewery in the longer term to save on taxes, he said.

    As Vietnam is part of the ASEAN Free Trade Area, TTL plans to establish a subsidiary in Vietnam next year to be able to export its products tariff-free to other ASEAN members, company president Tseng Chun-kai said in May.
     
    11.08.2017   Thailand & Cambodia: Thailand’s craft beer revolution currently brewed abroad    ( E-Malt.com )

    From a small, unassuming factory in the Cambodian outpost town of Koh Kong, a couple of rebel Thai brewers are leading a craft beer revolution, Channel NewsAsia reported on July 30.

    Nestled strategically close to the Thailand border, Stone Head is a company in a unique form of exile with beer being brewed by mavericks.

    With small-scale beer production prohibited in their home country, this is ostensibly a beer start-up taken across international borders for the purpose of survival.

    On site, there is a distinct earthy aroma of boiling malt and hops in the air and a dozen or so polished silver fermenting tanks are slowly transforming raw ingredients into a variety of first-class craft creations.

    The modest set-up looks similar to other boutique breweries growing in abundance around the world, but here each drop is being forged out of defiance.

    On the final product, the words “First Thai legal craft beer” are emblazoned. It is clear that these brewers are the obstinate type. “The name Stone Head, it means we are stubborn,” explains one of the group’s founders, Dusadee Thummarat.

    The slogans on his t-shirt further explain the attitudes of the Stone Head crew.

    “They tried to bury us – They didn’t know we were seed,” reads his shirtfront.

    The craft beer industry has been made essentially illegal in Thailand. The law states that beer manufacturers must have a minimum output of ten million litres per year, which amounts to about 30,000 bottles. As an indicator, Stone Head produces about 2 per cent of that target annually.

    Companies must also have about US$300,000 in upfront capital, an almost impossible requirement for budding brewers. If they continue to produce, as many do in secret, they face jail time or fines from authorities.

    “Making beer is illegal for a small-scale producer like us, so everyone who is doing it, is doing an illegal thing. So we thought that we needed to find a place to do it legally,” Dusadee said.

    It forced their move across to Cambodia where operations eventually began two years ago.

    Stone Head is now producing beers that have never been seen before, using ingredients sourced from the local region like lemongrass, galangal and butterfly peas. The latter is normally used in sweet tea but has been modified to create a bright violet wheat beer.

    So too the Black Bean Bock, which has a strong aroma of vanilla, butter and black beans, inspired by a traditional Thai dessert served with sticky rice. The result is a complex, full-bodied beer with a lingering sweetness.

    Head brewer Sermsak Tangsiripatpron studied herbal medicine before plunging into beer making under the tutelage of Wichit Saiklao, considered Thailand’s chief craft beer revolutionary. Sermsak was one of the beer master’s first students.

    He says the unconventional taste of some of his experimentation is not for everyone, particularly Thais accustomed to mainstream lagers. The craft beer scene is in its infancy: Many Thais have never heard of such brews, let alone tried them.

    “It’s more popular among hipsters who want something different. The trend has only emerged in the past two or three years and the number of producers is increasing a lot,” he said.

    The branding and labelling of their beers is creative and seemingly heavily influenced by hipster culture, a subset that has eagerly embraced craft beer around the world. Think trendy minimalism, pug dogs in sunglasses and names like “Space Craft”.

    There is nothing superficial about the taste however, and as the Stone Head crew load up their refrigerated containers with stacks of beer ready for export, they are starting to witness a national change in palette.

    The Thai beer market continues to be dominated by Boon Rawd Brewery and ThaiBev, the makers of the ubiquitous Singha and Chang labels, respectively. Despite their duopoly, the law protects these giants and prevents small homegrown operators from entering the fray.

    The reasoning is to ensure fledgling beer makers cannot dodge paying tax from selling their products, as well as to uphold hygiene standards.

    “With beer in Thailand, the variety is not wide. I thought it shouldn’t be a problem if I should emerge as a small-scale operator. I wanted to make it legal,” Dusadee said.

    But that does not appear likely any time soon, prompting criticism of what some consider a long out-dated law that blocks enterprise.

    "The government cannot run or catch up with the trend, with the movement of culture and society. The government is using out-of-date laws and it’s not properly applicable to the modern society,” said Asst Prof Charoen Charoenchai from Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, and also an independent consultant to alcohol producers.

    Others like Wichit Saiklao – also one of the founders of Stone Head – lead the resistance from within Thailand. His island paradise for beer lovers at On Ko Kret, fitted with a brewing academy, has become legendary, despite the inherent unwelcome attention he gets from authorities.

    “Beer is part of something that I think is a tool to express yourself,” he said.

    "I’m so optimistic. The reason that I say that is because when I started it, I looked at the world trend, I compared how craft beer started in each country and it’s a world trend. Once it becomes a world trend, nobody can stop it, right?"

    National beer sale figures appear to back up his sentiment. Craft beer sales are on the rise, albeit from a low base, at a time when Thailand’s overall beer consumption is declining.

    Feeding the growing niche market though from overseas remains a challenge for the likes of Stone Head. Import tax issues, beer storage, hiring local staff and transport costs make their business far less viable than if it was in Thailand.

    Yet despite some initial hurdles, which led to a 12-month wait to begin operations, and issues with reliable water and electricity supply in Koh Kong, Cambodia has been a welcome landscape to ignite Stone Head’s aspirations.

    “Here it’s fun, it’s like an adventure,” Dusadee said. And they are far from alone, in looking overseas to escape Thai restrictions. Many of the country’s recognised craft brands are brewed overseas, including Happy New Beer (Australia), Sandport Bang Bang (Taiwan), Phuket Lager (Cambodia) and Golden Coins (Vietam).

    Stone Head also supports other small operations looking to make their first steps in the industry. They have taken on brewing contracts for more than ten clients, including 25-year-old Chetsada Buntathong who has created Yaksa Pale Ale.

    “Pale ale is quite limited in Thailand so that's why we want to produce to make it more accessible to people. It’s easy to drink, refreshing, can be drunk every day,” he said.

    “Five to six of us got together into a group because we wanted to produce craft beer but because of the legal restraints in Thailand we couldn’t set up a brewery. But we knew there was a Thai brewery here so we were interested.”

    Despite the competition in a sector that boasts only an estimated 100,000 keen craft beer consumers, Sermsak says there is solidarity among those who toil abroad to create quality products.

    “Most of our clients are our friends. We started brewing at home. We have grown up together,” he said.

    They all have another goal in mind – eventually have their beer brewed on home soil. Like a good lager or ale, it will take plenty of patience.
     
    11.08.2017   USA: Craft beer output up 5% in H1 2017    ( E-Malt.com )

    Small and independent craft brewers demonstrated continued, but slowed, growth, according to new mid-year metrics released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. American craft beer production volume increased five percent during the first half of 2017.

    “The growth pace for small and independent brewers has stabilized at a rate that still reflects progress but in a more mature market. Although more difficult to realize, growth still exists,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “The beer world is highly competitive and there is certainly a mixed bag in terms of performance. Some breweries are continuing to grow, whereas others are having to evolve their position and nurture new opportunities to ensure they keep pace. Many brewers are benefiting from on-premises and taproom sales, and recent state-based reforms have the potential to help brewers in new regions capitalize on this growth.”

    As of June 30, there were 5,562 operating breweries in the U.S., an increase of 906 from the same time period the previous year. Additionally, there were approximately 2,739 breweries in planning. Craft brewers currently employ an estimated 128,768 full-time and part-time workers in a variety of roles including numerous manufacturing jobs, all of which contribute significantly to the U.S. economy.

    “Craft brewers are beacons of innovation, revitalization and collaboration,” added Watson. “Their contributions to not only the brewing community, but the overall economy, are significant and invaluable. From reforming the federal excise tax to ensuring the right to free and fair market access, opportunities exist to help craft brewers continue to thrive.”

    Craft brewer definition: An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.
     
    10.08.2017   SIGNATURE: World first aseptic pack 100% linked to plant-based renewable material    ( Company news )

    Company news SIG has developed the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials – a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations.

    There are many global drivers that are shaping the food and beverage industry today. Two main factors which consumers are demanding are environmentally friendly products and packaging that is sustainable. Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG Combibloc: “Sales of consumer goods from brands with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability are growing much stronger than those without. These factors have been focal points for developing our SIGNATURE PACK. This is an important milestone in aseptic carton packaging, and we’re proud to present a genuine global innovation catering to these consumer needs”.

    The SIGNATURE PACK drives the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels with certified and sustainable plant-based polymer materials. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the spout originate from renewable European wood sources and are certified according to ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) or CMS 71 (TÜV SÜD certification standard), respectively, via a mass balance system. 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.

    Ace Fung, Global Product Manager at SIG Combibloc: “Developing an aseptic carton pack fully linked to renewable plant materials is quite a challenge. Aseptic packages, where the product can be stored without refrigeration over a long period, have higher barrier requirements than chilled packages”.


    The SIGNATURE PACK solution is an important step on SIG’s net-positive journey. The company is focusing on three core areas in which it can do the most for society and the environment. Responsibility is at the centre of this – dictating how SIG runs the company, sources its materials, and manufactures its products. Markus Boehm: “We want to offer the most sustainable packaging solutions available in the market. Carton packs from SIG are already composed of up to 82% wood, a renewable resource. The SIGNATURE PACK is a logical next step towards replacing fossil fuel-based materials by renewable plant-based ones. We’ve achieved a new landmark on our Way Beyond Good, and can offer our customers and the world’s consumers this more sustainable, innovative solution which better cares for the environment. It’s another world first by SIG”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    09.08.2017   Henkel closes acquisitions of Darex Packaging Technologies and Sonderhoff Group    ( Company news )

    Company news -Expanding strong market position
    -Acquired businesses perfectly complement existing technology portfolio

    With the successful closing of the acquisitions of the global Darex Packaging Technologies business and the Sonderhoff Group, Henkel strengthens its Adhesive Technologies business and complements its technology portfolio.

    Darex is based in Cambridge, MA, USA and supplies high-performance sealants and coatings for the metal packaging industry around the world. It serves various global customers producing beverage, food or aerosol cans. The acquisition was announced at the beginning of March. The purchase price amounted to 1,050 million US dollars (around 919 million euros) on a cash and debt free basis.

    The Sonderhoff Group, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of innovative foamed-in-place gasketing solutions and has broad expertise in developing and manufacturing customized dosing equipment. The acquisition of Sonderhoff was announced in May. Both parties agreed to not disclose financial details of the transaction.

    “Strengthening our portfolio through targeted acquisitions is part of our strategy. Closing both transactions will allow us to expand the position of our Adhesive Technologies business as a global market and technology leader,” said Henkel CEO Hans Van Bylen.

    “The Darex and Sonderhoff Group businesses will complement our existing technology portfolio in an excellent way. Both companies serve attractive markets with substantial growth opportunities and both businesses provide customer-specific, high-impact solutions with an outstanding technical expertise,” said Jan-Dirk Auris, Executive Vice President Adhesive Technologies at Henkel.

    “We will finance the transactions with a combination of cash and debt. In addition to the 600 million Eurodollar bond placed end of May at attractive conditions, cash and the existing commercial paper programs will be used,” said CFO Carsten Knobel.

    In fiscal 2016, Darex Packaging Technologies generated sales of 309 million US dollars (around 290 million euros). Darex has about 700 employees and 20 sites in 19 countries.

    The Sonderhoff Group generated sales of about 60 million euros in 2016. The company employs around 280 people worldwide. Sonderhoff is headquartered in Germany and has subsidiaries in Austria, Italy, the US and China.

    In fiscal 2016, Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit generated sales of around 9 billion euros, making Henkel the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings.
    (Henkel AG & Co. KGaA)
     
    09.08.2017   New managing director at Baumüller    ( Company news )

    Company news Reinhold Rückel (photo) takes responsibility for the commercial operations of the Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH

    On July 1, 2017 Mr. Reinhold Rückel took over the position of the commercial director of the Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH and together with Mr. Andreas Baumüller is now managing the Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH. Furthermore, he will be acting as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Baumüller group.

    „With Reinhold Rückel we recruited an experienced professional. I look forward to cooperating with him and wish him success for his new position“, Andreas Baumüller, CEO at Baumüller comments.
    (Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH)
     
    08.08.2017   PureCircle Unveils Stevia Cocoa and Vanilla Flavor Enhancers    ( Company news )

    Company news Cost-effective, sustainable solutions to bolster customer supply of cocoa and vanilla ingredients to respond to consumer demand

    PureCircle (PURE.LSE), the world’s leading producer and innovator of great-tasting stevia sweeteners for the global beverage and food industry, notifies the market that it is launching new stevia leaf-based flavor enhancers. These flavor enhancers significantly augment both vanilla and cocoa flavors, enabling companies to produce products at a manageable price point.

    The new products can be labelled as natural flavors on product ingredient labels. These breakthroughs build on PureCircle’s extensive range of flavors which allows them to enhance key benefits such as mouthfeel, sweetness quality and different tonalities across a wide range of applications.

    Consumer demand for natural cocoa and vanilla ingredients has never been stronger. As evidenced by global new product launches from Mintel*, new products containing cocoa have grown +16% over the past 5 years, and vanilla has increased +31% over the same time period (2011 to 2016).

    PureCircle’s new flavor enhancers bolster companies’ supply of limited cocoa and vanilla ingredients, and thereby diversify risk strategies by introducing a plant-based solution. These new products will allow developers to reduce the amounts of cocoa and vanilla alongside sugar without compromising taste.

    Commodity markets for cocoa and vanilla can be highly volatile. In 2016, cocoa prices fluctuated between $2,000 and $3,000 per metric ton. Following much publicized flooding and other issues, experts have estimated that vanilla will exceed $500/kg.

    These new stevia leaf discoveries enable PureCircle to engage with customers active in the $12bn cocoa market and $1bn vanilla market (based on current prices).

    Along with these flavor enhancer discoveries, PureCircle’s innovative stevia sweeteners continue to see heavy adoption as they enable low-calorie and zero-calorie formulations of food and beverages. PureCircle is continuing its leadership role in the research, development and innovation to produce a growing supply of multiple varieties of stevia sweeteners.
    (PureCircle Corporate Headquarters)
     
    07.08.2017   Carlsberg Group and Brooklyn Brewery to establish new brewery in Lithuania    ( Company news )

    Company news The Carlsberg Group and Brooklyn Brewery are collaborating to establish a new brewery in Klaipėda, Lithuania, following recently announced joint ventures in Hong Kong and London.

    The new brewery will be installed at the site of Švyturys Brewery (photo), part of the Carlsberg Group, and will see its brewers collaborate with those from Brooklyn Brewery to create a range of small-batch classic and experimental beers.

    The new range is scheduled to launch at the end of this year, following completion of the construction of the new Švyturys Brewery building.

    Rolandas Viršilas, CEO of Švyturys-Utenos Alus, said:
    “Brooklyn Brewery has become a synonym for high quality craft beer, and the fact that they are coming to work in Lithuania is evidence of our robust beer market and our passionate consumers.
    “We have noticed that our consumers’ habits have been changing: the beer-drinking culture and the level of knowledge about beer is rising; and the demand is growing for diverse flavours and new, versatile beers. The partnership with Brooklyn Brewery will allow us to satisfy this growing demand by offering numerous new, exclusive and experimental beers”.

    Eric Ottaway, CEO of Brooklyn Brewery, said:
    “By investing in Klaipėda, we are expanding our collaboration with the Carlsberg Group in Europe, and we believe that our work with the Lithuanian brewers will help both parties to grow. We are equally excited to work closely with the great local beer enthusiast community, and look forward to exploring all kinds of new flavours together with them.”

    This is the first investment by Brooklyn Brewery in Eastern Europe and represents its latest collaboration with the Carlsberg Group. In June, HK YAU - a new beer brand exclusive to Hong Kong was launched, while it was announced last week that Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery, and will operate the business in a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery.
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)
     
    07.08.2017   NETZSCH presents new design of the TORNADO® hygienic rotary lobe: New design offers ...    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ... further advantages for cleaning

    The new design of the TORNADO® rotary lobe T.Sano® has a completely smooth housing compared to the previous model, which attracts barely any dirt or dust. In addition to materials and cleanability of the pump area, great emphasis is placed on the outer contours of the components in the production process of the food and hygiene industries. To ensure that no dust can accumulate, the pump housing must also be designed without superfluous corners, edges and dead spaces.

    The range of the TORNADO® rotary lobe pump T2 all-metal is interesting for food manufacturers due to its lack of dead space and also due to its oil-free design and operation. This pump is driven by a tooth belt drive, whereby the lobes are simultaneously synchronized. This technology is absolutely oil-free and maintenance-free. With this technology, NETZSCH offers the real full-service-in-place (FSIP®).

    NETZSCH will present the new T.Sano® hygienic rotary lobe pump at the Drinktec trade fair in Munich, from September 11 to 15, 2017 in hall B3 at booth 538.
    (NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH)
     
    04.08.2017   Ball to Showcase Latest Can Range and Innovations at Drinktec    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 This September, Ball, the world’s leading can manufacturer, will be returning to Drinktec. Ball’s dynamic stand with feature the latest additions to the product range, interactive displays, samples, and opportunities for visitors to discuss innovative packaging solutions with experts.

    The stand will showcase the ground-breaking innovations on which Ball’s reputation is built, including its unique Strawster™ can (photo), distinctive aluminium bottles and Dynamark® variable printing. Visitors will learn how to maximize the design impact of cans using special print effects, and find out about Ball’s world-class graphic and design centre capabilities. Ball will showcase its extended range of can sizes, including brand new sizes such as the 90-centiliter King can, 25-centiliter Sleek can and the 45-centiliter Super Sleek can – all displayed on the one-of-a-kind ‘Can-Shi bar’.

    Each day, Ball also will be hosting ‘Happy Hour’ events, which will focus on beverage categories including craft beer, water, juice, tea and coffee. Discussing recent successful case studies such as Garden Brewery and SKIWATER, the events are aimed at those wishing to launch their beverage in cans, or add cans to their existing packaging mix. The sustainability and infinite recyclability of the can also will be highlighted.

    Marketing Director Ana Neale said: “We are very excited about our presence at Drinktec this year. Drinktec gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase our entire product range, to demonstrate the sustainability of the can, and to feature our innovative technologies. We very much look forward to discussing with potential customers about how cans will help grow their brands”.

    Held in Munich from the 11th-15th of September, Drinktec is the leading world fair for the beverage and liquid food industry. To visit Ball at Drinktec, please find them at stand 348, Hall A1.
    (Ball Packaging Europe GmbH)
     
    03.08.2017   New published study provides evidence for the naturality of high-purity Stevia ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...leaf extract sweeteners

    New research published in the International Journal of Food Science and Technology found steviol glycosides, the sweet components present in the leaves of the stevia plant, are not altered during the extraction and purification process to make high-purity stevia extract. The study, published on June 19, 2017, was conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany, and provides further evidence for the naturality of stevia, a zero-calorie, plant-based sweetener.

    To date, more than 40 different steviol glycosides have been identified in the stevia plant. All 40 plus steviol glycosides have US GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status, have been approved by Health Canada, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), and most recently by the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). While the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is evaluating the approval of all 40 plus, they currently specify the use of 11 steviol glycosides in high-purity stevia leaf extracts.

    This is the first study to systematically determine whether steviol glycosides are modified by the typical commercial extraction and purification processes used to obtain high-purity steviol glycoside sweeteners. The study investigated whether commercial-scale extracted and purified steviol glycosides contain the same steviol glycoside pattern that is found in untreated leaves and the first water extract of stevia leaves, focusing on the nine steviol glycosides in the original JECFA specification (JECFA, 2010).

    Samples of three independent commercial-scale batches of stevia leaf, provided by PureCircle, Ltd., were examined in the study. Each batch contained the original dried stevia leaf, the first water extract, and a final 95 percent purity stevia leaf extract end-product.

    The samples were analyzed using ultra-violet high-performance liquid chromatography (UV-HPLC), and high-performance liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC/ESI-MS/MS) to separate, identify and quantify the individual steviol glycoside molecules.

    “Our results show that the commercial powders of extracted steviol glycosides provided by PureCircle, Ltd., contain the same nine steviol glycosides analyzed as the dried stevia leaves and their hot water extracts. Our results also show a similar distribution pattern from the three very different stages of the process, clearly demonstrating that the nine steviol glycosides examined are not modified by the extraction or purification process,” said lead researcher Dr. Ursula Wölwer-Rieck, a food chemist in the Department of Nutritional and Food Sciences at the University of Bonn, Germany. “These findings are significant because the natural authenticity of stevia sweetener has been questioned due to the purification process it undergoes. The fact that there is no change of the nine steviol glycosides in the provided samples from the original plant to extracted sweetener provides support for the natural authenticity of stevia sweeteners.”

    Stevia is extracted and purified from the stevia plant into a powdered sweetener form. The extraction process involves steeping the dried leaves of the plant, like a tea, and then separating and purifying the best tasting sweet compounds, the steviol glycosides.

    High-purity stevia leaf extract is approved in more than 150 countries, and over 200 studies support stevia’s science and safety. Since 2008, more than 10,000 products have launched globally with stevia. In 2016 alone, close to 3,000 products launched globally with stevia, with the beverage category growing by 20 percent and the food category growing by 9 percent.

    “Given the growing global concerns about obesity and diabetes, as well as the new U.S. labeling regulations which require ‘Added Sugars’ to be listed on food labels in the near future, stevia is poised to help food and beverage companies reduce sugar and calories in their products,” said Dr. Priscilla Samuel, Director of the Global Stevia Institute. “Consumers’ desire for a natural-origin, plant-based, zero calorie sweetener and ‘clean’ labels have contributed to the growth of stevia. The research of the University of Bonn clearly supports the naturality of the steviol glycosides tested.”
    (Global Stevia Institute)
     
    03.08.2017   What does it mean to truly care?    ( Company news )

    Company news The EU is creating an increasingly strict environmental framework. Meanwhile, we are also fully aware of how plastics can impact our environment and pollute our oceans. So, it’s no surprise that leading brands are switching to paperboard for various applications: consumer eco-consciousness is reaching a tipping point too.

    To truly care
    But, producing truly sustainable packaging means being transparent about its complete production chain, and making it fully recyclable – leaving no traces in our environment.

    Folding carton delivers – without compromises:
    -100 % renewable resources
    thanks to sustainable forestry
    -100% recyclable
    and re-usable
    -produces less waste
    transparent carbon footprint
    -suitable for all markets and applications
    including multipacks for beer & beverages,
    dairy,
    fruit & vegetable trays,
    skin packaging for meat and fish,
    ready-meals,
    airline catering,
    full carton blister packs,
    and many more ...

    A fully recyclable water fountain?
    Done. With folding carton. Its 5L container can be replaced. No maintenance or electricity required. All bacteriological risks eliminated. Paper cups included. Ideal to be custom branded. This is the result of a wonderful collaboration between Fontaine Jolival, EB Concept and Van Genechten Packaging.

    Expect more sustainable packaging projects to come your way.
    (Van Genechten Packaging N.V.)
     
    02.08.2017   The big specialist for small quantities – GEMÜ 567 BioStar control    ( Company news )

    Company news The GEMÜ 567 BioStar control valve is the new, safe solution for media controls from 0.08 to 4.1 m³/h.

    The sealing takes place via a PTFE diaphragm with PD technology (plug diaphragm), which combines the advantages of a diaphragm valve with those of a globe valve. This valve is available with linear control characteristics and with equal-percentage control characteristics.

    Aseptic diaphragm valves are frequently used as control valves for sterile applications. This means that small volumes can only be controlled with an inadequate level of accuracy, or not at all. The new 2/2-way diaphragm globe valve with regulating needle or regulating cone fills these gaps. The actuator is sealed by an FDA-compliant and USP Class VI compliant PTFE diaphragm. In combination with a spring washer, this ensures that the seal is permanently temperature-resistant, meaning that the diaphragm need not be re-tightened. In comparison with bellows valves, cleaning the valve is significantly improved by the hygienic construction.

    Further special features include the optional integration of a bypass function and the potential installation of the diaphragm globe valve in a multi-port valve block (GEMÜ M-block). In the bypass version, the angle valve body can be designed with a manually operated bypass or with a pneumatically operated bypass. Both versions allow for easier cleaning and greater flows.

    If the GEMÜ 567 BioStar control is integrated into an M-block®, several functions can be implemented in the smallest of spaces. In addition, the space requirement is reduced considerably, and the installation and welding effort are reduced.

    The valve is also optimally equipped when it comes to hygienic safety: It meets both the standards of the EHEDG cleaning test and the standards in accordance with the American 3A definition.
    The control valve is used, for example, for dosing small quantities in the beverage industry for in-line mixers (for example, for vitamins, dyes and other additives), for controlling sterile steam and air (for example, for DIP processes) or for controlling the inflow and outflow of bioreactors in the pharmaceutical industry

    The GEMÜ 567 BioStar control is available in the nominal sizes DN 8 to DN 20. The body is manufactured, as standard, from block material with a grade of surface finish of Ra 0.4 µm. In addition to the PTFE diaphragm, another seal made from FKM is used. One exception here is the 3A version, for which the complete sealing and control element consists of one piece or material (PTFE).
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    02.08.2017   USA: Heineken partners with U.S. Beverage to expand offer of specialty brands to the US market    ( E-malt.com )

    Beer importer U.S. Beverage will now serve as the U.S. importer of certain specialty brands owned by Heineken N.V. via a new deal the two companies announced July 19, CSPDailyNews,com reported.

    "After an extensive review of our U.S. importation organizations and as a result of the evolution of the U.S. market, we are excited to partner with U.S. Beverage in our strategy to build our extensive portfolio of specialty international brands," said Jose Luis Lopez Portillo, export director of Heineken Americas Export.

    Initially, U.S. Beverage will bring eight beers from around the world to the United States. They include:

    Dragon Stout (Jamaica)
    Krusovice (Czech Republic)
    Zagorka (Bulgaria)
    Gosser (Austria)
    Bintang (Bali, Indonesia)
    Zajecarsko (Serbia)
    Cruzcampo (Spain)
    Alfa (Greece)

    Other brands may be added over time and “may include brands from Europe, Latin America, South America and [Southeast] Asia.” The deal does not include brands that are handled by Heineken USA or its affiliate Five Points Trading Co.

    "Heineken has partnered with U.S. Beverage in part for a number of years and has proven itself as a builder of premium brands throughout the United States,” Portillo said. “We are quite confident and excited that our partnership will provide national growth in the important U.S. market."

    Justin Fisch, vice president, general manager, for U.S. Beverage, added, "We are honored to continue our relationship with Heineken Americas Export and their superb team of managers. We are very excited by the opportunity to take these extraordinary brands to new levels of success in the United States."

    U.S. Beverage is a premium craft- and imported-beer sales and marketing company located in Stamford, Conn. Its brands include Innis & Gunn, Moosehead, Sonoma Cider, Malibu Beer and others.

    Amsterdam-based Heineken N.V. has a portfolio of more than 250 international, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders, many of which are not available in the United States.
     
    01.08.2017   rPET packaging trend: Manufacturers count on energy-saving add-on technology from EREMA ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... – including food contact compatibility

    One year ago EREMA announced the relaunch of the Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) at the Discovery Day. Since then, the trend towards the food contact grade direct processing of PET products has continued to grow. More and more customers are enhancing their existing extrusion plant by adding the attribute of food contact compliance.

    Some 1.3 million tonnes of PET are already recycled every year around the world with VACUREMA technology from EREMA. The end products include food contact compliant preforms for the beverage industry, thermoforming sheet, fibres and strapping.

    The order figures at EREMA show that the trend in PET recycling is clearly towards direct processing. This does without pellet production as an intermediate step and post-consumer PET flakes or PET production waste are processed directly and in one step to make end products. Twenty-four of these VACUREMA Inline systems have been shipped in the last 15 months alone and, additionally, a new process for the direct production of food contact grade preforms from post-consumer bottle flakes has been presented.

    EREMA also offers the MPR, a highly efficient crystallisation dryer, for customers who are converting their existing PET extrusion plants for food contact compliant end products. The decontamination, drying, dedusting and crystallisation of different PET input materials takes place in just one step in preparation for extrusion.

    "The MPR is becoming increasingly popular for customers who have a conventional crystalliser and pre-dryer and are confronted with long process times and high operating costs. With energy consumption at only 0.1 kWh/kg, the MPR is a crystalliser and pre-dryer at the same time, making it the economically interesting alternative," says Christoph Wöss, Business Development Manager for the bottle sector at EREMA. Input materials such as washed PET bottle flakes, ground PET flat sheet waste and virgin PET material plus mixtures of them are decontaminated and therefore already food contact compliant before extrusion. "The list of alternative suppliers of these PET extruders without pretreatment is long and tempting. However, later investments in dryers or high-maintenance decontamination modules reduce the profits of the PET producers in the end," warns Christoph Wöss.

    Ideal addition for existing extrusion
    On the one hand the relaunch of the MPR last year aroused the interest of new customers and, on the other hand, is confirmation for many existing customers to count on EREMA technology in the future, too. "We at Sky-Light place our trust in the MPR from EREMA when it comes to the food contact compliance of PET – and this is already the second time. In the new expansion of our production capacity we once again added an MPR to the twin screw extruder," says Sky-Light owner Søren Larsen. "The growth in output through the increase of the bulk density of PET flakes and flat sheet waste and the stable IV value are more than convincing from the point of view of an entrepreneur." Sky-Light is a specialist for individual packaging solutions. The Danish company produces several hundred million snap-on lids, cups, inserts, blister and transport trays for customers in the food, electronics and pharmaceutical industry.

    The technical and economical improvements in the course of the relaunch include being able to reduce the connected load by over 30 per cent while maintaining output. "The calculable operating costs in combination with the reliable output performance make for a foreseeable and short amortisation period," says Alimpet President Roberto Alibardi. The Italian company – as part of the Aliplast Group – makes thermoforming sheet from post-consumer PET which is then used to make thermoforming containers for the food industry, for example. Besides two MPRs the Aliplast Group also has VACUREMA systems from EREMA to produce food contact grade PET recyclates.

    Additionally, the relaunch came with a higher degree of automation and improved ease of maintenance with the vacuum system. The process water tank has been replaced by a utility-free vacuum pump which reduces operating costs. The compactness of the system has in general been reworked, which can be seen in a 20 per cent saving in space.
    (EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H.)
     
    31.07.2017   Ball Corporation's Naro Fominsk Ends Plant Wins Prestigious Shingo Prize    ( Company news )

    Company news Ball’s beverage end manufacturing plant in Naro Fominsk, Russia, received the coveted Shingo Prize for 2017. Awarded by the Shingo Institute, the Shingo Prize represents the highest standard of operational excellence in the world.

    Ken Snyder, Executive Director of the Shingo Institute, congratulated the Naro Fominsk end manufacturing plant: ‘I’d like to commend you on your outstanding achievement. You are truly leading the way in this new era of enterprise excellence. Not only do your efforts distinguish you as a member of an elite group doing world-class work, you are also changing the world and we are honored to have you with us on the journey.’

    Ray Howcroft, Lean Enterprise Manager at Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, explains that: ‘After a journey that started in 2003, the Naro Fominsk ends plant have made a fantastic representation of Ball’s Lean Enterprise culture by winning the most coveted award in Lean: the Shingo Prize.’

    Fergal O’ Brien, Operations Director Ends Group, recalls that: ‘After being introduced to the Shingo model for operational excellence by Ray Howcroft, we were immediately convinced of its value to our business and all of the ends plants in Europe are now following the Shingo model.’

    Among the things that impressed the Shingo Institute were the plant’s safety culture, and the focus on people development. A Shingo examiner stated that: “The Ball Naro Fominsk team has truly created an employee culture that should be an inspiration to other companies.” Other achievements that were highlighted include:
    • Zero accidents for six consecutive years since 2010
    • Electric power consumption reduced by 25.8 percent over the last 5 years
    • Plant efficiency increased by 8.3 percent

    Plant Manager Sergey Kruzhkov concludes that: ‘The Shingo audit became a kind of Olympics for us, and our result showed us we are the champions. Yet, the most important is that preparation for the audit made us stronger and better in all respects. There is a strong alignment between the Shingo principles and our Drive for 10 culture, which encourages us to always look for efficiencies, pay attention to details, and put our customers at the heart of everything we do.’
    (Ball Corporation Naro-Fominsk)
     
    28.07.2017   Module and depth filter housing with hygienic clamping unit    ( Company news )

    Company news The clamping mechanism for filter inserts in many commercially available module filter housings cause problems for the user with spring pre-tensioning and cleanability of the clamping mechanism.

    Sommer & Strassburger has developed a module filter housing that uses an external pneumatic cylinder to clamp the filter inserts. This ensures reliable and even clamping of the filter elements independent of operating temperature. Moreover, the clamping force can be corrected and adjusted at any time from the outside. Wetted stainless steel components are available in 1.4404 stainless steel in the standard version and in 1.4435 stainless steel on request. The material of the seals is EPDM with FDA certificate or, alternatively, USP-Class VI and BSE certificate. The specified operating pressure is -1 to +10 bar at a max. temperature of 140 °C. Surfaces can be manufactured to Ra 0.4 µm and electro polished. This new generation of module filter housing is available in four different lengths.

    The housing design is registered with Deutsches Patent- and Markenamt (German Patent and Trade Mark Office) under Registered Design number DE: 20 2016 107 339.

    Please contact us for a detailed quote. 3D models (STEP) and further dimensional specifications are available on request.

    The product will be officially launched at Drinktec on 11 to 15 September in Munich and at POWTECH in Nuremberg on 26 to 28 September 2017.
    (Sommer + Strassburger GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    27.07.2017   Constantia Flexibles sells Labels division to Multi-Color    ( Company news )

    Company news Constantia Flexibles has signed an agreement to sell its Labels division to Multi-Color Corporation (“Multi-Color”) for an enterprise value of approximately €1.15 billion ($1.3 billion). The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

    The majority of the transaction is payable in cash, while Constantia Flexibles will also receive 3.4 million shares in Multi-Color stock. On completion of the transaction, the flexible packaging company will hold 16.6% of Multi-Color, thereby becoming its largest shareholder. Two representatives of Constantia Flexibles will join Multi-Color’s Board of Directors.

    Constantia Labels is a global supplier of labels to the beverage, food and home & personal care industries(HPC), with long-standing customer relationships with leading brands. It has 23 plants in 14 countries and has roughly 2,800 employees. The Labels division achieved sales of 605 million euro in 2016.

    Established in 1916, Cincinnati, Ohio-based Multi-Color is one of the largest label companies in the world serving some of the most prominent brands in the following market segments: Healthcare, HPC, Food & Beverage, Specialty (Automotive & Consumer Durables), and Wine & Spirits. With approximately 5,500 employees, it operates 45 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Multi-Color achieved sales of $923 million in fiscal year 2017.

    This value-creating transaction will bring together Constantia Labels’ leading food and beverage business with Multi-Color’s strong wine and spirits and home & personal care platforms. It will also widen the joint Group’s geographical footprint and create long-term synergies that will benefit all parties involved. Mike Henry, current CEO of Constantia Labels, will become CEO-elect of Multi-Color, and will work closely with the current CEO Vadis Rodato, who will retire in early 2018 after a transition period. Nigel Vinecombe will remain in his current role as Chairman of Multi-Color. After completion of the transaction, Multi-Color will generate pro forma sales of roughly $1.6 billion and EBITDA of $300 million, before synergies.

    Alexander Baumgartner, CEO of Constantia Flexibles: “Following a detailed strategy review, we decided that our top-performing Labels division would be better suited with another partner, which will support its ongoing growth story. At the same time, Constantia Flexibles will participate in the future success story of Multi-Color through its shareholding. Constantia Flexibles will use proceeds from the transaction todeleverage its balance sheet and enable further acquisitions in the dynamic and consolidating flexible packaging industry. We will also focus on innovative products and services, as well as new technologies to strengthen our existing Food and Pharma divisions.”

    Nigel Vinecombe, Executive Chairman of Multi-Color: “The acquisition of Constantia Labels marks a major milestone in the evolution of Multi-Color. We are bringing together complementary talents in markets and geographies, diversifying our business and creating a global leader with a transaction that is financially attractive, which will better help us serve our customers. I welcome Mike Henry to the executive team and representatives from Constantia Flexibles to the Board of Directors of Multi-Color.”

    Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as legal advisor to Constantia Flexibles for the transaction.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    27.07.2017   PureCircle Announces First Stevia Antioxidant Product for Food & Beverages    ( Company news )

    Company news PureCircle (PURE.LSE), the world’s leading producer and innovator of great-tasting stevia sweeteners and flavors for the global beverage and food industry, announces it has developed the first commercially viable stevia antioxidant product providing food and beverage companies new access to health and wellness ingredients for their consumers.

    While researchers have known that antioxidants are present in stevia plants, PureCircle is the first company to be able to extract them from the stevia leaf for use in food and beverage products. PureCircle has created a unique process for extracting and purifying this plant- based antioxidant ingredient at a global scale.

    The company’s antioxidant product has a clean taste profile with a hint of sweetness. PureCircle is currently sampling the new product with customers with full rollout expected after anticipated US regulatory approval in 2018.

    Experts believe antioxidants help inhibit and slow down the damage caused by free radicals in the body. Consumers’ desire for these health benefits has driven an increase in product launches with antioxidant claims by +18% over the past five years.*

    This new stevia antioxidant will extend PureCircle’s portfolio beyond its innovative flavor modifiers and great-tasting sweeteners. This product enables PureCircle to broaden its offerings, providing customers with a spectrum of plant-based stevia ingredients.

    Commenting on the announcement, Faith Son, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation, said:
    “Stevia as an antioxidant will further support beverage and food companies in providing their customers with health benefits and great-tasting products containing compounds commonly found in ‘superfoods’ such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. Although it has been known that stevia plants contain antioxidants, the ability to extract is a major commercial advance.”
    (PureCircle Corporate Headquarters)
     
    26.07.2017   Innovation from SIG addresses key demands of today’s consumers    ( Company news )

    Company news SIGNATURE: World first aseptic pack 100% linked to plant-based renewable material

    Picture: SIG has developed the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials – a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations. Photo: SIG Combibloc

    SIG has developed the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials – a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations.

    There are many global drivers that are shaping the food and beverage industry today. Two main factors which consumers are demanding are environmentally friendly products and packaging that is sustainable. Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG Combibloc: “Sales of consumer goods from brands with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability are growing much stronger than those without. These factors have been focal points for developing our SIGNATURE PACK. This is an important milestone in aseptic carton packaging, and we’re proud to present a genuine global innovation catering to these consumer needs”.

    The SIGNATURE PACK drives the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels with certified and sustainable plant-based polymer materials. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the spout originate from renewable European wood sources and are certified according to ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) or CMS 71 (TÜV SÜD certification standard), respectively, via a mass balance system. 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.

    Ace Fung, Global Product Manager at SIG Combibloc: “Developing an aseptic carton pack fully linked to renewable plant materials is quite a challenge. Aseptic packages, where the product can be stored without refrigeration over a long period, have higher barrier requirements than chilled packages”.

    The SIGNATURE PACK solution is an important step on SIG’s net-positive journey. The company is focusing on three core areas in which it can do the most for society and the environment. Responsibility is at the centre of this – dictating how SIG runs the company, sources its materials, and manufactures its products. Markus Boehm: “We want to offer the most sustainable packaging solutions available in the market. Carton packs from SIG are already composed of up to 82% wood, a renewable resource. The SIGNATURE PACK is a logical next step towards replacing fossil fuel-based materials by renewable plant-based ones. We’ve achieved a new landmark on our Way Beyond Good, and can offer our customers and the world’s consumers this more sustainable, innovative solution which better cares for the environment. It’s another world first by SIG”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    25.07.2017   Australia: Craft brewers not locked out of bars by big brewers – competition watchdog    ( E-malt.com )

    Australia’s competition watchdog on July 13 found craft brewers were not being locked out of bars because the likes of Carlton United Breweries and Lion were strong-arming publicans through exclusivity provisions and volume requirements, The West Australian reported.

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation looked at 36 venues in NSW and Victoria and found deals between those businesses and the big brewers were not likely to substantially lessen competition.

    The complaints stemmed from allegations Lion and CUB were forcing bars to devote four beer taps out of five to name brands in exchange for cheap beer and other incentives.

    “Although some venues had exclusivity arrangements, most pubs and clubs said they did not feel constrained from allocating taps to smaller brewers and could make taps available for craft beer if necessary,” ACCC deputy chairman Michael Schaper said.

    “While some craft brewers may have been refused access to taps by certain venues, our investigation found that the venues were responding to consumer demand for certain beer brands, rather than restrictions imposed by the big brewers.”

    “In fact, over half of the venues contacted by the ACCC indicated that customer preference was the key factor in determining the brands, types of beer and number of craft beers offered by the venue.”
     
    25.07.2017   FIVE YEARS OF SOLID GROWTH FOR TWELLIUM INDUSTRIAL IN AFRICA    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2013, Twellium took its first steps into the beverage market in Ghana with a PET line from Sidel. The company was incorporated on 4 February, 2013 and commenced production in February, 2014. Recently it invested in two new complete lines making Twellium a major beverage player in the West African sub-region with a total of five production lines – all supplied by Sidel.

    Twellium brings beverages - such as still water, carbonated soft drinks (CSD) and sensitive products which have proven popular among European and American consumers - to the African region. Its formula for success is to combine its own pure and natural mineral water with European technology and international standards in the manufacturing process, as well as meeting all the certification and safety standards of the Food and Drugs Authority in Ghana. The award-winning company produces a wide variety of drinks, including Verna Natural Mineral Water, Rasta Choco Malt, Dr. Malt and the Easy range of products. Other products such as Rush Energy Drink, American Cola, Planet and Bubble Up are all produced by Twellium as a franchise of Monarch Beverage Company, a global company headquartered in Atlanta (US).

    Over the years Sidel and Twellium have forged a close working relationship based on continual improvement and cooperation. As well as supplying new lines as Twellium has grown, Sidel – with more than 40 years of experience in complete lines for CSD – has also worked on optimising the existing lines and solutions in terms of energy savings and through maintenance support.

    A wide product range requires flexibility
    As African consumers increasingly enjoy a variety of beverages, Twellium needed to increase production capacity while still securing high flexibility. Hassan Kesserwani and Hussein Kesserwani, Chairmen of Twellium Industrial Company, explain - “Flexibility is imperative for the company because of the variety of drinks we produce – from carbonated soft drinks to juice drinks with preservatives and the non-alcoholic malt drinks that are popular in the region. In Ghana, our recent investment in a Sidel Matrix™ PET complete line has fulfilled these needs by offering faster changeovers and the ability to handle many different bottle formats.”

    In terms of equipment life cycle, the Sidel Matrix range can be easily adapted to meet future production needs and its upgradeable platform allows Twellium to take advantage of any technological developments. All Matrix equipment offers high levels of performance with minimal downtime and easy maintenance. This high efficiency means a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), which, for a fast-growing company like Twellium, was important.

    Cutting energy costs while expanding design options
    An example of how energy costs have been reduced is the Sidel Matrix blower which consumes less compressed air and electrical power, resulting in energy savings of up to 45%. The Eco Oven technology – patented by Sidel – can be used to upgrade existing blowers and cut energy costs because it uses fewer lamps for heating the preforms. This reduction in energy consumption was particularly welcome because Ghana has faced considerable rises in energy costs.

    In addition, Twellium trusted Sidel’s PET packaging expertise and decided to adopt the StarLite™ base design. This award-winning and patented base enables bottle weight to be reduced by 20% for 0.5 L bottles, while improving stability and protecting against stress damage during production and transport.

    “This was an important consideration for Twellium as logistics in the African region can be a challenge. With the StarLite base, the company saves on raw materials and also on energy as the container can be blown using less air pressure,” says Dominique Martin, Sidel Africa & Maghreb Sales Director.

    The importance of service
    Throughout the past five years, Sidel has delivered the service necessary to keep all the lines running optimally: from delivering spare parts promptly in order to avoid expensive downtime to ensuring Twellium could take full advantage of options and upgrades that improve the lines.

    Consumers in the African region continue to enjoy greater spending power and the Twellium brands have become firmly established in the market. This puts the company in the best position to achieve even greater success.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    25.07.2017   India: AB InBev banking on Budweiser to extend reach to smaller Indian cities    ( E-malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, is banking on its popular Budweiser brand of beer to extend its reach to smaller Indian cities in the second phase of expansion, Livemint reported on July 17.

    “Budweiser is the brand that helps us lead our overall play here in India,” AB InBev marketing director Kartikeya Sharma said in an interview. “I think I can say Budweiser will continue to be a big bet. India has started to become one of the biggest markets for Budweiser globally.”

    AB InBev, which operates as Crown Beers India Ltd, began selling Budweiser in India in 2007, positioning the beer as a premium American pale lager, in contrast to its college-student popular image in the US.

    The firm, which started manufacturing Budweiser in India in 2010, reported a revenue of Rs238 crore in FY15, according to data from the Registrar of Companies (RoC). This is a long way from its initial revenue of Rs3.49 lakh in FY08, as per its first reported set of financials according to data from the RoC.

    However, the company is yet to turn profitable, posting an operational loss of nearly Rs60 crore in FY14-15, and a total loss of nearly Rs200 crore (after adding loss carried forward from the previous fiscal), as per the company’s latest filings with RoC.

    After nearly a decade in the country, Sharma said, the brand’s strategy of focusing on only major urban centres is finally paying off.

    “Our strategy dates back to nearly 2008-09, when we finally found our footing and got more active,” Sharma said. “We have resisted being pulled into the very natural appeal of a country as big as India with so many markets and so many consumers.”

    AB InBev focused on the top metropolitan cities—primarily Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru—to help grow the Budweiser brand among the “aspirational” young consumers. Sharma declined to share sales and revenue numbers for Budweiser beer in India.

    The brewer is now banking on the new manufacturing facilities and distribution muscle that the company’s acquisition of SABMiller India brings.

    AB InBev acquired rival SABMiller Plc in 2015 to create the world’s largest brewer. The acquisition was completed at end of 2016 in India.

    “This is a very natural consequence of the coming together of two very successful companies,” Sharma said.

    “Our brewing facilities are fairly evenly spread out and they (will) allow us to expand beyond the two facilities from where Budweiser is being sourced right now,” he added. “This will in time allow us to brew from many of other facilities we acquired as part of this integration, and will allow us to meet the demand coming in from the North-East, from the south, from central India, (with) a lot more ease than we had in the past.”

    With the acquisition of SABMiller, AB InBev will own other large beer brands, including the hugely popular Haywards 5000 and Foster’s that have a larger reach. “We now have a very complementary footprint from geographical and portfolio standpoint,” Sharma said. “Look at brands like Haywards, a brand like Fosters that have obviously been around longer than Budweiser have also taken their distribution to far beyond the urban centres where Budweiser is involved in.”

    AB InBev also sells other beer brands in India, including Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Corona, which are relatively niche in reach and distribution as compared to Budweiser.

    However, the company is choosing to focus its energies on Budweiser and rolling out the next phase of the brand’s targeted city-wise expansion. It is considering expanding the brand to “secondary urban centres” such as Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, and Puducherry.

    Its strategy is to market Budweiser through sponsorship of events such as music festivals and other niche local events. These include events involving global firms such as Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival, along with home-grown EDM events like The Boiler Room.

    “We identify music and sports as major passion points for our consumers,” Sharma said. “In India, we believe that music is going to be the biggest emerging passion point,” he said.

    While the market share of UB Group, the maker of India’s largest beer brand Kingfisher, has remained largely stagnant since 2014, market shares of other beer makers have risen. Carlsberg A/S, on the strength of its Tuborg and Carlsberg brands, jump the most from 4.7% to 6.8% in the alcoholic drinks market.

    In 2013, AB InBev held merely 0.8% of the Indian market for alcoholic drinks, as per Euromonitor data. While this grew to 1.2% in 2016, the company gained SABMiller’s market share which was 10.7% of the market in 2016, allowing it to zoom past Carlsberg and be at nearly half of UB Group’s share.

     
    25.07.2017   UK: Heineken offers to sell 30 pubs as part of planned takeover of Punch Taverns    ( E-malt.com )

    Dutch brewing giant Heineken is to serve up 30 pubs for sale as part of its planned takeover of Punch Taverns, the Telegraph reported on July 11.

    The £403 mln deal is being investigated by competition authorities, which raised fears about a dampening of competition in 33 local areas if the acquisition went through unchallenged.

    The Competition and Markets Authority said Heineken would need to offer a solution to prevent an in-depth phase 2 investigation which can last up to six months.

    Now Heineken has identified 30 pubs which it has pledged to sell if its acquisition is given the go-ahead by the CMA.

    Most of the pubs on the slate are in the north of England or Scotland with half being from Heineken’s own Star Pubs & Bars estate and the other half being from Punch’s.

    The competition watchdog now has until August 22 to decide whether it is satisfied with the offer from Heineken but said it “has no material doubts” about the proposal which Heineken has put forward.

    The CMA has the power to extend the deadline to October 17 though if it feels it needs time to give the offer extra scrutiny.

    Heineken, whose Star Pubs business has approximately 1,100 sites is buying roughly 1,900 pubs from Punch.

    The deal would make the Dutch brewer the third largest UK pub group after Greene King and Enterprise Inns.

    The bid was lower than a rival one from Emerald Investment Partners, a vehicle set up by Punch’s co-founder and former finance director Alan McIntosh, but was still favored by the board.
     
    25.07.2017   UK: UK's Society of Independent Brewers calls for greater clarity over true craft beer    ( E-malt.com )

    The UK’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has called for “greater clarity” over the true craft credentials of brewers, following a multitude of buyouts of previously independent craft brewers by multinational brewers, The Drinks Business reported on July 11.

    As the craft beer category has grown, so too has interest in its brewers by large global companies eager to get a slice of its success. Most recently, London Fields Brewers was bought by Carlsberg in a deal worth £1 billion, following similar deals that saw AB InBev snap up Camden Town Brewery for £85 mln in 2015 and Japanese brewer Asahi acquire Meantime in 2016.

    While the success of small brands growing into larger companies is commendable, it has led to increasing confusion over the term ‘craft’, with brands typically thought of as ‘craft’ due to their independent nature and small production sharing the term with huge global brewers.

    “Buyouts such as that of London Fields by global beer company Carlsberg are made in the hope of capturing the original customers and target market of an established, previously independent craft beer brewery – Customer bases which were built on the back of the brewery being relatively small, independent and brewing quality, flavoursome beer,” said Mike Benner, SIBA chief executive.

    “Consumers deserve to know that what they are buying is a genuine craft-brewed beer as research clearly shows that most beer drinkers believe craft beer to be produced by relatively small, independent brewers.”

    Market research commissioned by SIBA in 2016 showed that 46% of beer drinkers regard craft beer as “made by small brewers rather than large corporations”, although one in ten beer drinkers are unsure what the term means. 35% regard craft breweries as ‘artisanal’ with 22% associating the term with ‘small’ and 14% with ‘local’.

    Across the pond, the US Brewer’s Association – which represents small and independent American craft brewers – is also concerned about this shift, launching a new seal last month to identify beers brewed by independent brewers.

    The new seal, accredited by the BA, signals that the brew has been produced by a brewery that is independently owned and “free of influence from other alcohol beverage companies which are not themselves craft brewers”.

    “As Big Beer acquires former craft brands, beer drinkers have become increasingly confused about which brewers remain independent,” Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association said at the time of its launch.

    “Beer lovers are interested in transparency when it comes to brewery ownership. This seal is a simple way to provide that clarity – now they can know what’s been brewed small and certified independent.”

    Likewise, SIBA has launched its own “Assured Independent British Craft Brewer” seal for the UK craft beer industry.

    “London’s thriving independent craft beer scene has been built on the passion, investment, sweat and tears of genuine independent brewers and we know that beer drinkers care about the provenance of their beer, ” said SIBA‘s south east regional director Ed Mason, who also runs Five Points Brewing Co in London.

    “The purchase of the ‘London Fields’ brand by Carlsberg raises a number of questions about genuine independence and ethics in the brewing industry. SIBA’s AIBCB ‘Assured Independent Brewers’ seal will help ensure that customers can tell which beers are truly independent.”
     
    25.07.2017   USA & Mexico: Constellation Brands moving forward with plans to build a brewery in Mexico ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... despite opposition

    Plans by a U.S. company to construct a state-of-the-art brewery in the Baja California capital of Mexicali are moving forward — despite opposition of a group of local farmers and the cancellation of a state aqueduct project to supply water to the future facility, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on July 19.

    A spokesman for Constellation Brands, which supplies Mexican-made Corona and Modelo beers to the U.S. market, said on July 19 that the company is building its own water delivery system to the plant, located south of Mexicali off the road the San Felipe.

    The project, set to launch operations in late 2019, represents an investment of more than $1 billion. Though endorsed by the Baja California state government, the project has been fiercely opposed by a group of Mexicali farmers who say the water is earmarked for agricultural use, and should not be diverted to industry.

    The group, Comité Ciudadano de Defensa del Agua en Baja California, claims that the water targeted for Constellation Brands would have come from an aquifer that is overdrawn. “The aquifer needs to recover before these investments can be approved,” said Rigoberto Campos, the committee’s leader.

    Constellation Brands said it is undeterred by the cancellation of the state’s 30-mile aqueduct project, and is proceeding with its own plans. The company expects to use about 7 million cubic meters of water per year once the plant is at full capacity, and says that the volume represents less than one percent of the supply for the Mexicali Valley, an important agricultural region that produces alfalfa, cotton, and winter vegetables.

    Constellation Brands’ vice president for corporate communications, Michael McGrew, said the project promises significant economic benefits to the Mexicali region with the creation of 750 permanent jobs and 3,000 to 4,000 more while the facility is under construction.

    “We are one of the biggest investors in Mexicali, if not the biggest investor,” McGrew said.

    By the end of 2019, Constellation Brands expects to open the plant with a capacity for producing five million hectolitres per year, he said; that is the equivalent of 58 million cases of beer, with each case representing 24 12-ounce bottles.

    McGrew said the plan is to double that capacity to 10 million hectolitres, with the possibility of producing up to 20 million hectolitres annually.

    Based in New York state, Constellation Brands is the third largest U.S. beer producer, with facilities in two other northern Mexico border states—Coahuila and Sonora. Mexicali’s proximity to the U.S. border was an important factor in the company’s decision to locate there, as all of its product will destined for the U.S. consumers.

    Opponents of the state’s planned aqueduct filed suit to block construction of the aqueduct, alleging that the government had not obtained an environmental permit for the project.

    It was cancelled last month by the Baja California Water Commission. Gov. Francisco Vega de Lamadrid said Tuesday that the cancellation was as a result of “the company’s lack of a water quota,” but added that “I imagine there has to be other alternatives to supply water” to Constellation Brands and other companies in the area.

    “But it is a federal issue,” he said, adding that the state does not determine water quotas.

    The state’s cancellation of the aqueduct “has no bearing on the project,” McGrew said.
    Constellation Brands “is investing its own funds” to build the needed infrastructure, he said, and has a commitment for the water from the Baja California Public Service Commission for Mexicali, an agency known as CESPM.
     
    25.07.2017   USA: Beer remains the preferred alcoholic beverage in Gallup's trend    ( E-malt.com )

    Americans who drink alcohol continue to say they most often choose beer (40%) over wine (30%) and liquor (26%). Beer has typically been the preferred alcoholic beverage in Gallup's trend, Gallup reported on July 19.

    The latest results are from a July 5-9 update of Gallup's annual Consumption Habits poll. Gallup has found that beer is most popular among men; this year, 62% of male drinkers say they prefer beer, compared with 19% of female drinkers. Less-educated and middle-income Americans also tend to choose beer.

    For the past two decades, at least three in 10 drinkers have said they prefer wine, peaking at 39% in 2005. Wine was slightly less popular in the early to mid-1990s. Women are significantly more likely than men to prefer wine, at 50% vs. 11%, respectively. This beverage is also preferred more among college-educated adults.

    The 26% of drinkers who name liquor as their beverage of choice is the highest in Gallup's 25-year trend, but similar to the 24% recorded in 2004. The percentage naming liquor has typically been closer to 20%. Future measurements will help determine whether the current figure marks the beginning of a trend toward an increased preference for liquor.

    The majority of American adults consume alcohol at least occasionally, with the current 62% figure nearly matching the 63% historical average in Gallup's trend dating back to 1939. The percentage of Americans who drink has been fairly steady over nearly eight decades, with a few exceptions. The drinking percentage held near 70% in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The figure dipped below 60% at several points between the 1930s and 1950s, as well as in select polls from 1989 to 1996.

    Meanwhile, 38% of U.S. adults totally abstain from alcohol. That figure has remained below 40% since 1997.

    Americans are about as likely to consume alcohol as they have been for the past eight decades. Many of the Founding Fathers enjoyed beer, and it remains the most popular alcoholic beverage in the U.S. today. The brewing industry has seen tremendous growth in recent decades. Americans have thousands of breweries to choose from in 2017, compared with fewer than 100 in the early 1980s.

    According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, spirits increased their market share in 2016 compared with 2000, which may reflect the slightly increased preference for liquor in this year's poll. Continued tracking of Americans' consumption will determine if this is a momentary fad or a turn toward a greater preference for liquor over wine and beer.
     


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