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    11.04.2017   USA: The Brewers Association reports craft beer industry results for 2016    ( E-Malt.com )

    The Brewers Association (BA) — the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers — on March 28 released 2016 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. With over 5,300 breweries operating during the year, small and independent craft brewers represent 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry.

    In 2016, craft brewers produced 24.6 million barrels, and saw a 6 percent rise in volume on a comparable base and a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value. Retail dollar value was estimated at $23.5 billion, representing 21.9 percent market share. By adding 1.4 million barrels, craft brewer growth outpaced the 1.2 million barrels lost from the craft segment, based on purchases by large brewing companies. Microbreweries and brewpubs delivered 90 percent of the craft brewer growth.

    “Small and independent brewers are operating in a new brewing reality still filled with opportunity, but within a much more competitive landscape,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “As the overall beer market remains static and the large global brewers lose volume, their strategy has been to focus on acquiring craft brewers. This has been a catalyst for slower growth for small and independent brewers and endangered consumer access to certain brands. Small and independent brewers were able to fill in the barrels lost to acquisitions and show steady growth but at a rate more reflective of today’s industry dynamics. The average brewer is getting smaller and growth is more diffuse within the craft category, with producers at the tail helping to drive growth for the overall segment.”

    Additionally, in 2016 the number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 16.6 percent, totaling 5,301 breweries, broken down as follows: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large or otherwise non-craft brewers. Small and independent breweries account for 99 percent of the breweries in operation. Throughout the year, there were 826 new brewery openings and only 97 closings. Combined with already existing and established breweries and brewpubs, craft brewers provided nearly 129,000 jobs, an increase of almost 7,000 from the previous year.
     
    10.04.2017   For the first time in Spain: CO2-reduced carton pack combibloc EcoPlus now at Carrefour    ( Company news )

    Company news Distribution chain opts for combibloc EcoPlus

    Carrefour, one of the biggest distribution chains in Europe, is offering three
    different types of UHT milk in the combibloc EcoPlus 1,000 ml aseptic carton pack in Spain. This carton pack consists of the EcoPlus structure from SIG Combibloc, which generates less CO2 compared to a conventional 1-litre carton pack of the same format.

    The CO2 saving of up to 28 per cent (depending on the opening solution) with combibloc EcoPlus – compared to the conventional 1-litre carton pack of the same format from SIG Combibloc – is due to the material composition: the main component of combibloc EcoPlus, at more than 80 per cent, is unprocessed cardboard, which is made from the renewable and entirely bio-based FSCTM-certified raw material wood, and gives the carton stability. A razor-thin polyamide layer serves as a barrier to protect the product from flavour loss and external odours. Added to this are fine polyethylene layers, inside and out. The inner layer forms a liquid barrier for the product; the outer layer keeps moisture out. The environmental benefit of combibloc EcoPlus, based on the life cycle of the carton from the production of the raw materials right up to the final manufactured carton pack, has been verified in an independent, ISO-compliant life-cycle assessment.

    Xavier Appy, Product Optimization Director at Carrefour: “Thinking sustainably and, even more importantly, acting sustainably is a fundamental part of our corporate principles. We’ve created a number of initiatives for this purpose to putting responsible, sustainable consumption within reach of customers. The most important aspects are: elimination of unnecessary packaging, reduction of raw materials; optimisation of packaging sizes and logistics and the increased use of recycled and recyclable materials. In this context, the design of more than 350 products has been optimised last year alone. The launch of the CO2-reduced combibloc EcoPlus carton pack is a good example of this. We’re confident that in terms of the environment, our environmental performance and also the consumer,
    we’ve made the right decision”.

    Carrefour is committed to the environment and innovation. The company works on
    policies in the areas of environmental protection, quality, prevention, health, food safety and product safety. The CSR approach bases on three pillars: promoting biodiversity protection, working together with business partners to evolve together, and fighting against any form of wastage. In this last point some of the most important strategic pillars are: the avoidance of unnecessary packaging, the reduction of raw material in packages and packaging material, the optimization of the packaging size, as well as to use less vehicles for their transport, and to promote the use of sustainable, recycled and recyclable
    material.

    Ana Ruiz del Arbol, Marketing Manager at SIG Combibloc Spain: “With the launch of
    UHT milk in combibloc EcoPlus, Carrefour is taking a stand for the environment, and is leading the way in the Spanish market as a company that acts sustainably and responsibly”.

    Full cream, semi-skimmed and low-fat milk will be sold under Carrefour’s private label. The products are filled by Leche Celta, one of Spain’s leading suppliers of high-quality dairy products. The company belongs to the Lactogal Group.
    (SIG Combibloc SA)
     
    07.04.2017   Beverage Can Makers Europe and European Metal Packaging merge to form Metal Packaging Europe     ( Company news )

    Company news Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and European Metal Packaging (Empac) lately announced that they have merged to become Metal Packaging Europe. Together, they produce some 85bn units every year for the beverage, food, health & beauty, household and industrial markets.

    The new structure will combine the best of both former associations, creating a more efficient and powerful organisation. Based in Brussels, Metal Packaging Europe will fully represent the interests of all members in the most progressive and positive manner. The membership covers more than 450 manufacturing sites, employing over 65.000 people.

    “This is an historical moment for our industry,” said Martin Reynolds, VP External & Regulatory Affairs – CROWN Europe, and Chairman of Metal Packaging Europe. “Bringing all activity under one roof is an ambitious move that will allow the industry to develop and promote the multiple advantages of rigid metal packaging in an even more focused manner, particularly on unique benefits such as the permanent materials concept.”

    Martin Reynolds will be supported by Colin Gillis (Ball Beverage Packaging Europe) and Francisco Rodrigues (Colep) as vice-chairmen. Other corporate members on the Board are Ardagh Group, ASA Group, Blechwarenfabrik Limburg, Glud & Marstrand, HUBER Packaging Group, Massilly Holding, Sarten, Silgan Metal Packaging, and APEAL, the association of European producers of steel for packaging.

    Metal Packaging Europe will host industry commissions working on topics common to all sectors including communications, food contact, packaging legislation, and sustainability. There will also be specific market focused commissions, led by member companies, for aerosol, beverage, food and general line.

    “With the creation of one dedicated organisation, we will punch our industry weight more effectively and ensure the one voice of rigid metal packaging producers is heard across Europe,” commented Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac and now of the new structure.

    “Through joint marketing, environmental and technical initiatives, we will continue to promote metal packaging to make it the first choice for consumer and industrial packaging,” added Ellen Wauters, Managing Director of BCME, who will be playing a leading role in both the beverage and communications activities of Metal Packaging Europe.

    The public affairs activity of the industry will be led by Lena Nover, and will be a focal point of the new organisation. This allows members to take full ownership of the opportunities and challenges presented by the Circular Economy Package and beyond. As a permanent material that recycles forever, metal can make a decisive contribution to help close the material loop and support the creation of a circular economy.

    The industry’s Country Groups and National Associations will remain the voices of Metal Packaging Europe’s Members at national level.
    (Metal Packaging Europe GIE)
     
    06.04.2017   UPM Raflatac launches RafShrink PETG TDO 45 HS shrink sleeve labeling film    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac is expanding its range of high-performance shrink sleeve labeling films with the introduction of RafShrink PETG TDO 45 HS. RafShrink films can wrap any shape of container, increasing the design possibilities for labeling without compromising productivity. RafShrink PETG TDO 45 HS has a maximum shrinkage of 79% and offers enhanced opportunities for heat shrink sleeve printers in the bestselling shrink sleeve product category. It is available from UPM Raflatac’s MEGA 4000 service, for quick delivery of all order quantities starting from 4000 m2 and is ideal for labeling products in the home and personal care, food and beverage categories.

    “The RafShrink product portfolio combines the design benefits of traditional shrink sleeve films with the high level of recyclability and sustainability now demanded by both brands and consumers.” says Erkki Nyberg, Director, Shrink Sleeve Films. “We can support you through label printing and application trials, offer recommendations for inks, and provide you with sustainability and environmental services. Our delivery service is quick, with low minimum order quantities, making small print runs possible and affordable. We also have an extensive slitting and distribution network, guaranteeing short lead times for all orders,” Nyberg continues.
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    05.04.2017   Canada: Number of licenced breweries more than doubles between 2010 and 2015    ( E-malt.com )

    Canada’s craft beer industry is developing rapidly, with the number of licensed breweries having more than doubled from 310 to 644 between 2010 and 2015, according to the latest statistics from industry association Beer Canada.

    On an annual basis, Canadians drink more than 22,700,000 hectolitres of beer - enough to fill at least 900 Olympic-size swimming pools.

    On average, Canadians’ annual per capita consumption of beer is about 79 litres. At the provincial level, it’s highest in Newfoundland and Labrador at about 95 litres, followed by Quebec and Alberta at around 88 and 84 litres, respectively. Yukon boasts the largest annual per capita consumption of beer - about 128 litres, equivalent to 374 bottles per year.

    When it comes to annual per capita consumption of beer internationally, Canadians rank 25th in the world, just behind New Zealand and the U.K. But it’s a far cry from No. 1 ranked Czech Republic, which has an annual per capita consumption rate of 140 litres.

    On average, 99 per cent of beer bottles sold in Canada are returned. Retail prices for beer in Canada increased 4.9 per cent in 2015, while spirits rose by 0.9 per cent and wine bubbled up 0.6 per cent.
     
    05.04.2017   Traypacker Chain offers unrivalled benefits to food and beverage industry    ( Company news )

    Company news Tsubaki has developed a special chain for the tray packing machinery widely used in the food and beverage industry. It is internally lubricated so that it is clean in use and does not need regular re-lubrication.

    Tsubaki Traypacker Chain is a development of the company's Lambda solution, which uses a special sintered oil-impregnated bush. Like the latest generation of Tsubaki Lambda Lube Free chain, the Traypacker is impregnated with NSF-H1 food grade lubricant as standard.

    Tray packing machinery is common in the food and beverage industry and fits cardboard trays or boxes to items, often to create 'multi-packs', before distribution. Naturally, hygiene is paramount and standard lubricated chain can cause contamination of the machine, floor and end product, possibly resulting in increased maintenance requirements, damaged products and reduced profit. Furthermore the lubricated chain itself gets contaminated by dust, glue and paper particles, preventing lubrication to reach the critical areas.

    To prevent such problems lubrication can be minimized or completely shut off. But this can cause chain stiffness and uneven elongation of the chain strands, which may lead to production errors and early replacement of the chain.

    With Tsubaki Traypacker Chain, the internal lubrication cannot transmit to products, which eradicates contamination. Also the consistent internal lubrication combats the risks of uneven wear and elongation, and does away with the need to apply expensive food grade lubricants.

    Significantly Tsubaki Traypacker Chain is slightly narrower than standard Lambda chain, a requirement for most tray packing machines. Further, the machines require pushers to be fitted to the transport chain and for this Tsubaki's designers have developed a bespoke solution in which the attachments are mounted by an engineered extended pin that allows flexible spacing so that different packing configurations can be accommodated.

    Additionally, Traypacker Chain is supplied with Tsubaki's Match & Tag Service to guarantee a minimum length tolerance between chain strands that run parallel for conveyance purposes in for instance packaging machinery. Multiple case studies prove that even in the most demanding 24/7 production processes Tsubaki Traypacker Chain shows an absolute minimum in elongation making its performance unsurpassed and offering unrivalled benefits year by year.
    (Tsubakimoto Europe B.V.)
     
    04.04.2017   Canada: Government ties hikes in beer excises to the Consumer Price Index    ( E-malt.com )

    Beer drinkers in Canada are going to pay more to slake their thirst every year going forward now that the federal government has tied hikes in the excise tax for beer to the Consumer Price Index, The Chronicle Herald reported on March 23.

    In the federal budget announced on March 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government slapped a two-per-cent hike on the excise tax for beer, wine and liquor.

    That alone is likely going to hike the cost of a case of 24 beers by about a nickel. But industry insiders say the federal government’s decision to tie future excise tax increases on beer to the Consumer Price Index, starting April 1 next year, will mean the cost of a case of beer will keep going up every year.

    “It’ll be passed right on to consumers,” Matthew Stewart, an associate director with the Conference Board of Canada, said in an interview on March 23. “The consumer will pay in the form of higher beer prices.”

    At Nova Scotia’s largest brewer, Oland Brewery, the financial blow of this year’s two-per-cent excise tax increase on beer is likely to be about C$375,000 per year. The brewer cranks out the equivalent of 15 million cases of a dozen every year.

    “It’s a significant cost . . . when you think of Oland Brewery and how much beer we produce,” Wade Keller, a spokesman for Oland Brewery, said in an interview on March 23.

    In Nova Scotia, breweries typically sell their product to the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, which then retails the beer to consumers. On March 23, spokespeople for Oland and the NSLC were still trying to figure out what the hike in the excise tax on beer would mean for consumers and the price they will pay for their suds.

    “It’s too soon to tell,” Jennifer Gray, a spokeswoman for the NSLC, said in an interview on March 23. “We’ll have to meet with our pricing partners . . . to determine what that will mean for pricing. The supplier could choose to absorb some or we could choose to absorb some.”

    Luke Harford, the president of Beer Canada, says the industry was taken completely by surprise by the Trudeau budget.

    “It’s ridiculous what they’ve prepared,” Harford said in an interview on March 23. “They’ll be putting their hands in Canadians’ pockets every year without telling them about it.”

    A so-called escalator clause, which ties the excise tax on beer to the CPI, is expected to bring an additional C$11.7 million into the federal government’s coffers from beer sales in the first year alone.

    In the second year, that amount in new revenues is likely to grow by another C$11.9 million, to C$23.6 million, because the growth in the excise tax on beer will be applied to a growing excise tax base of C$584 million per year, said Stewart.

    This isn’t the first time a Trudeau government has tried to tie the excise tax on beer to the Consumer Price Index, claims Harford.

    “Trudeau Sr. introduced a similar thing in 1981 and it was repealed because of the damage it was doing to the beverage industry,” he said.

    The Beer Canada president also noted on March 23 the excise tax on beer has been increased substantially in the past, by 44 per cent in 1991 and then by another 11.6 per cent in 2006.

    With this year’s excise tax hike, consumers picking up a case of 24 are likely to pay even more than the extra nickel-per-case cost brewers will have to shoulder because other taxes are then applied to the price of beer.

    “The excise tax floats up through all the mark-ups at the liquor board and the HST and everything,” said Harford. “It will result in higher beer prices and lower sales . . . The brewers are very disappointed. Fifty per cent of the price of beer is taxes and now they want more.”

    With beer sales generally flat across the country, the president of the industry association is worried this tax hike will hurt sales and make the Canadian beer industry less competitive.

    “Federal excise taxes in Canada are double what they are in the United States,” said Harford. “If they want us to compete internationally and build our businesses, taxing us is not the way to go… It’s not going to be very positive.

    “It’s like death by a thousand cuts,” he said.

    At the Conference Board of Canada, though, Stewart said small price increases on beer probably won’t make much of a dent in beer drinkers’ buying habits. The think tank’s studies show a one-per cent increase in the price of beer only results in a tenth of a percentage point drop in consumption.

    “Beer is considered an inelastic good,” said Stewart. “People will not respond to small price increases. They will drink the same amount and cut on other things.”
     
    04.04.2017   GEBO CERMEX BRINGS SMART FACTORIES TO LIFE VIA AGILITY 4.0 PROGRAM AT INTERPACK     ( Company news )

    Company news At the international packaging fair, Interpack 2017 (4 - 10 May) in Düsseldorf, Gebo Cermex, world leader in packaging line engineering and material handling, will be demonstrating the latest advanced performance systems and innovative solutions for the beverage, food, home and personal care markets. As a key player in the Factory of the Future movement, the company will again be underlining its commitment to help producers embrace Industry 4.0 opportunities by demonstrating a portfolio completely based on its Agility 4.0™ program. Agility 4.0 encompasses smart machines, system and data intelligence, digital connectivity and powerful simulation tools, all within a philosophy of sustainable production. It brings Smart Factories to life in order to create a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience driven by packaging mass customization and product diversity.

    “At Interpack, we will be showing how our approach is able to ensure high performance, cost-effectiveness, high productivity and greater agility for packaging lines of today and tomorrow,” explains Marc Aury, President & Managing Director of Gebo Cermex. "Our Agility 4.0 program is based on a unique integration business model and uses high-precision simulation and modelling tools to allow customers to visualize and forecast to keep Operating Expenditure (OPEX) to an absolute minimum. It has helped to globally position us as the right performance partner all along the line lifecycle. We are bringing Smart Factories to life through the five pillars of Agility 4.0: virtual factory; smart factory systems; the connected factory; eco-friendly efficiency; the extended factory."

    During the event, Gebo Cermex will be showcasing several innovative, advanced and connected systems helping to build smart, comprehensive solutions. These include:
    - CareSelect™ - global launch at Interpack 2017 - the universal and modular shaped-bottle infeed system for robotic or traditional case packers, surpassing traditional ‘endless screw’ collation systems in terms of bottle integrity and protection
    - Fenceless cobotic version of FlexiLoad® - also exhibited for the very first time - the latest development of the reliable cardboard magazine loading solution, now enhanced via the world’s strongest collaborative robot with 35 kg payload
    - Latest version of the WB46 Wrap Around case packer – featuring a more compact footprint due to an innovative, “on the fly” robotic product-loading station and a brand new, user friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI)

    Gebo Cermex will also be presenting many other new solutions developed to make Industry 4.0 opportunities a reality for packaging producers today, in areas such as line design, services and asset optimization. As Gebo Cermex leads the packaging industry in the use of virtual reality, the company’s booth will offer great immersive and interactive experiences to visitors. These will particularly demonstrate innovative ways of training operators and maintenance personnel, as well as providing an insight into how the future of packaging lines will look via an engaging virtual tour of a production facility.

    Marc Aury continues: “Gebo Cermex always keeps pace with the latest automation, robotic and cobotic technologies thanks to the company’s strong partnerships with industry-leading players such as Rockwell Automation, Fanuc, Siemens and Schneider.”

    However, the most exciting news by Gebo Cermex at Interpack this year - and the most significant - is an announcement concerning the company's new solution in accumulation systems, AQ-Flex.
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    03.04.2017   Press the “refresh button” on    ( Company news )

    Company news Frutarom Health brings a selection of technologies that target today’s driving health concerns. Four new product groups make it easy for brands to find solutions to consumers’ unique wellness needs. Even better: Each product reflects Frutarom Health’s commitment to science, quality and innovation.

    Plant Branded: Frutarom Health built its reputation on quality, branded plant extracts with proprietary science supporting their safety and efficacy. Consumers aiming at key conditions will recognize these ingredients by name.

    Plant Standard: In today’s market, if you’re not standardized, you’re not credible. Frutarom Health’s standardized plant extracts are derived from select source species and produced via extracting technologies that lock in important qualities. Traditional Mediterranean ingredients like citrus, olive and rosemary are now reliable, traceable, functional health solutions.

    Bioscience: Frutarom Health understands, offering customers only the minerals, vitamins, marine-derived compounds and unique ingredients it trusts—and that have proprietary research behind them.

    Pharma: Pharmaceutical standards set a high bar that Frutarom Health’s pharma-grade herbal extracts clear. Produced according to cGMP guidelines, they’re key to helping brands build a sustainable natural Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) supply chain.

    Experience these innovations in action. Try Frutarom Health’s ingredients in craveable confections and beverages designed to appeal to consumers across the spectrum.

    Visit us at Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, May 9-11, 2017, Booth B20.
    (Frutarom Industries Ltd)
     
    31.03.2017   PureCircle Completes $42m Stevia Plant Expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Doubles Capacity to Extract High Quality, Sustainable Stevia

    PureCircle (LSE: PURE), the world’s leading producer of high-purity stevia ingredients for the global food and beverage industry, today marked the completion of a $42 million expansion of its stevia plant in Malaysia with a ceremony attended by the Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

    PureCircle has a deep commitment to making stevia a mainstream ingredient and is the only company that has this type and scale of production facility in the stevia industry. This major expansion of PureCircle’s facilities will enable the Company to double its production capacity and focus on even more efficient extraction and processing from sustainably grown stevia leaf and purification for its next generation of pioneering stevia ingredients.

    Innovations that have been incorporated into the new facilities include a dedicated line, specifically designed for PureCircle’s Zeta Family ingredients – these are comprised of the most sugar-like steviol glycosides, such as Reb M and Reb D, and allow for the deepest calorie reductions by food and beverage companies.

    This investment will ensure that PureCircle remains at the forefront of innovation to deliver the best tasting products, at a scale that fits with the needs of global brands, as well as benefiting farmers and their communities. The fully automated expansion in Enstek, Malaysia, will bring the employment of the full facility to almost 600 people.

    Commenting on this major milestone in the Company’s history, PureCircle’s Group CEO Magomet Malsagov, said:
    “PureCircle is committed to a substantial ongoing investment programme to ensure that our customers – global food and beverages brands – have year-round access to the highest quality stevia leaf extract that is consistent, sustainably grown and made from the best tasting stevia plant varieties. The expansion of our extraction and processing operations will benefit not only of our customers but also our employees, the farmers and communities we work with, and our end consumers around the world.”

    The Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, added:
    “PureCircle is a significant force for good on the global stage for not only reducing calories but also in the overall fight against obesity. The Company’s investment in their cutting-edge facilities will also create hundreds of new jobs in Malaysia. It will be a hive of innovation, the product of which will be exported around the world. We are very proud to have PureCircle’s production and R&D facilities in Malaysia. They are a key employer in the region and I commend what they are doing as global leaders in their field.”
    (PureCircle Corporate Headquarters)
     
    30.03.2017   Redd's Apple Ale announces new flavor lineup for 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Redd's grows the family with two year-round flavor additions and two "limited pick" beers

    Redd’s Apple Ale adds more variety to its refreshing beer lineup by introducing new flavors and bringing back fan favorites. Redd’s Blueberry Ale (photo) returns by popular demand to the Redd’s family, joining the new Redd’s Raspberry Ale. Each flavor will be available year-round. The Redd’s “Limited Pick” series also returns with new limited-edition flavors kicking off with the new Redd’s Peach Ale.

    Similar to the original Redd’s Apple Ale, all new flavors are five percent alcohol by volume, and each adds a unique twist to the signature crisp apple taste Redd’s is known for:
    -Redd’s Blueberry Ale boasts a delicately balanced apple and blueberry aroma, while offering a taste that delights with ripe blueberry tones and a satisfying apple finish. Redd’s Blueberry Ale is available since February.
    -Redd’s Raspberry Ale delivers juicy raspberry notes with hints of apple, providing the perfect balance of floral sweetness with Redd’s crisp apple finish. Redd’s Raspberry Ale is a brand new flavor that is available since March.

    The 2017 “Limited Pick” special releases will feature two new, exciting beers to be released over the course of the year. First up is Redd’s Peach Ale, a beer that leads with ripe peach notes balanced with Redd’s gratifying apple taste. Stay tuned for more information on the “Limited Pick” series second flavor.

    “There are two things we know our beer drinkers love: trying new things and flavor variety. This is why we’re excited to bring different ingredients together and turn them into new refreshing beers,” said Lisa Rudman, Redd’s Family of Brands marketing manager. “We always strive to deliver the best quality beer and this year is no different for Redd’s Apple Ale, as the 2017 product line-up is filled with new flavors and surprises.”

    In addition to the new beer offerings, Redd’s will also be shaking up its look with revamped packaging and ad campaign. Redd’s will be releasing new TV spots in March and entirely updated packaging in May. The brand might be getting a new look, but the beer will continue to be the crisp and refreshing ale fans have come to know and love.

    All new flavors will be available nationwide at most grocery and convenience stores in 6-pack 12 oz. bottles and 16-ounce cans and in the Variety Pack. Redd’s Blueberry Ale and Redd’s Raspberry Ale will also be available in 12-pack 12 oz. bottles.
    (MillerCoors LLC)
     
    29.03.2017   Beviale Family planning offspring in Brazil    ( BrauBeviale 2018 )

    BrauBeviale 2018 -Contract signed: Beviale Family and Secretaria de Turismo de Blumenau/Parque Vila Germanica (PVG) conclude cooperation
    -International expertise in the beverage sector further confirmed

    At the beginning of March 2017, within the framework of the Feira Brasileira da Cerveja in Blumenau, the future cooperation between NürnbergMesse GmbH and the Secretaria de Turismo de Blumenau/Parque Vila Germanica (PVG) was officially declared. As a result, the Beviale Family is extending its international growth strategy to include a new market: Brazil.

    With the Parque Vila Germanica (PVG), Blumenau – the “Beer capital of Brazil” – not only has the largest event centre of Santa Catarina, Brazil, but is also the venue for the “Feira Brasileira da Cerveja” beer festival. There, on 8 March 2017, the future cooperation between NürnbergMesse GmbH and PVG was concluded within the framework of a press conference. The content of the cooperation is the mutual support through sales and marketing measures between the Beviale Family and PVG. The Feira Brasileira da Cerveja will therefore be “supported by BrauBeviale” from 2018.

    “We are delighted to also welcome Brazil in our global network through this cooperation”, says Rolf Keller, Member of the Management Board NürnbergMesse. “As a result, the Beviale Family is also growing in Brazil.”

    NürnbergMesse: international expertise in the beverage industry
    The NürnbergMesse Group is demonstrating its expertise with regards to the beverage industry on an international stage. In addition to the traditional parent trade fair BrauBeviale in Nuremberg (Germany), which will take place again in November 2018 with more than 1,100 exhibitors and about 38,000 trade visitors, the Group also organizes exhibitions in important growth markets around the world under the “Beviale Family” umbrella: In addition to Beviale Moscow, which successfully took place for the second time in 2017 from 28th February to 2nd March, the Group will also be hosting CRAFT BEER CHINA from 17th to 19th May 2017 in Shanghai as well as CRAFT BEER ITALY, which will celebrate its premiere from 22nd to 23rd November 2017 in Milan. Other projects are currently being planned.
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    29.03.2017   Russia: Baltika Breweries expands capacity for production of non-alcoholic beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Russia-based Baltika Breweries, part of the Carlsberg Group, has expanded its capacity for production of non-alcoholic beer, the Drinks Business Review reported on March 16.

    The company increased the number of sites where innovative non-alcoholic brewery equipment is installed.

    Baltika-Samara brewery became the fourth brewery where the first edition of non-alcoholic beer Baltika 0 was produced.

    Baltika said in the recent years there has been a significant growth in the non-alcoholic beer industry in Russia.

    Non-alcoholic beer segment witnessed a growth of 12% in the country, while the total beer market saw a decline between 1-2%.

    To cater to the increasing demand for the segment, Baltika has invested in the equipment and is poised in bringing an alcohol-free beer to the market at an affordable price.

    Baltika Breweries Marketing vice president Maxim Lazarenko said: "Recently we noted strengthening trend of growth of alcohol-free beer category in our country. And this is to be expected: in Russia, the segment takes no more than 1% of market, while in Germany it amounts to 5% and to 15% in Spain.

    “With the development of beer consumption culture, the structure of Russians preferences is also gradually approaching the common European one. Therefore, we made a decision to extend the geography of production of Baltika 0 leading on the market of alcohol-free beer brands in 2017 and moved to the east of our country.”

    The company said the process of producing non-alcoholic beer is more expensive compared to alcoholic beer. It says the non-alcoholic beer should meet the requirements which are imposed on soft drinks.

    The calorific value of Baltika 0 is claimed to be lower than apple juice and the beer also has low glycemic index similar to fat-free kefir.

    One of the major reasons for the increase in demand for non-alcoholic beer has been the popularisation of healthy lifestyle in public. The company claims that it has been a pioneer in non-alcoholic beer in the country with a 60% market share.

    Presently, Baltika 0 is not only consumed in Russia, but is being exported to 47 countries.
     
    29.03.2017   Save up to 60% time and 70% water with this new powerful tank cleaning machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Fast and cost effective cleaning
    Saving time and water are some of the KPIs which have the most attention in the hygienic industries. The new Alfa Laval TJ40G rotary tank cleaning machine uses a high-impact jet stream to effectively clean tough tank residues and minimize the risk of product contamination. This four-nozzle rotary jet head also cleans tanks 60% faster than static spray ball technology, which increases production uptime. And because it cleans faster, this new device uses less water and less cleaning agents thereby reducing operating costs by up to 70%.

    The Alfa Laval TJ40G is capable of handling tough tank residues as well as solids up to 1mm in the cleaning fluid in tank sizes 50-1000 m³. This is particularly important for demanding process lines, such as applications within the brewhouse, where both the size and the amount of particles may be re-circulated in cleaning media before completing the cleaning cycle.

    Complete self-cleaning system
    Not only does the Alfa Laval TJ40G rotary tank cleaning machine provide spotless cleaning of the tank interior, it also cleans itself – inside and out.
    Its hygienic self-cleaning construction ensures that the flow of the cleaning fluid reaches the exterior surfaces of the rotary jet head, as well as the critical interior components such as all bushings, bearings and inner surfaces. This minimizes the risk of product contamination and ensures a high product quality.

    Alfa Laval's rotary tank cleaning machines are designed with numerous of features to ensure self-cleaning of the machine, such as directional flow from small jets in the hub that cleans the exterior of the machine. A low pressure loss over the machine provides increased cleaning efficiency compared with other tank cleaning machine running at same inlet pressure. This result in lower cleaning cost as the unit can run at lower pressure/flow compared to other tank cleaning machines.

    All Alfa Laval rotary tank cleaning devices comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
     
    29.03.2017   The Czech Republic: Budvar reports record beer output in 2016    ( E-malt.com )

    Production of Budvar beer, which has been embroiled in a lengthy legal dispute with U.S. giant Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, reached a record in 2016, ABC News reported on March 17.

    Budejovicky Budvar NP, a Czech state-owned brewery, said its output rose 0.8 percent to 1.615 million hectolitres (42.66 million gallons) of beer, the highest volume in its 120-year history. It did not disclose exact export figures but said it sells about 60 percent of its production abroad.

    The brewery says it's been close to reaching its production capacity since 2015 and is investing 2 billion Czech crowns ($79.5 million) to expand output to up to 2 million hectolitres a year.
     
    29.03.2017   UK: Britain's largest supermarket scraps more than half of Heineken range in response to ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... brewer’s plan to hike prices

    Tesco has scrapped more than half of its Heineken beer and cider range, after the brewing giant unveiled plans to hike prices in response to the pound's decline following the Brexit vote, the International Business Times reported on March 22.

    According to the Times, Britain's largest supermarket has reduced the number of Heineken products on its shelves from 53 at the start of the year to 22. Tiger, Amstel, Sol and Kingfisher are among the beers to have disappeared from Tesco's stores.

    A spokesman for the company was quoted as saying the decision was motivated by the intent to better match the range of beers and ciders to customers' needs.

    In January, Heineken said it would raise prices by an average of 6p per pint, blaming its decision on "prevailing economic conditions", chief among them being sterling's 16% drop in the months following Britain's vote in favour of leaving the European Union.

    A weaker pound makes imports more expensive and even though the majority of beers brewed in Britain are made with home-grown ingredients, brewers have been hit by higher transport and energy costs.

    It is not the first time Tesco and one of its major suppliers has become embroiled in a price row.

    In October last year, a squabble blew up between the retailer and Unilever, when the Anglo-Dutch firm raised wholesale prices by 10% forcing the supermarket to cover the rising costs of goods made abroad since June's Brexit vote.

    However, Tesco, which has a 28% share of the UK grocery market, refused to pay, pulling popular Unilever products such as Marmite, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Persil detergents off its online shopping platforms.

    The corporate row, dubbed Marmitegate at the time, was soon resolved and Unilever products returned to all Tesco stores but only after the government was forced to intervene.
     
    28.03.2017   Rising Number of Microbrewers Propelling the Growth in Global Demand for Specialty Malts    ( Company news )

    Company news In parallel with the rise in global consumption of alcoholic beverages, local entrepreneurs from all corners of the world have begun treading the waters of brewing businesses. A considerable rise in the number of microbreweries being set up across the globe is stimulating the growth in consumption of specialty malts – a key ingredient for making alcoholic beverages such as beer. Innovations in brewing techniques has further consolidated the application of specialty malts in production of flavoured alcoholic beverages.

    A new research report from Future Market Insights reveals that the global market for specialty malts, which is currently valued at an estimated US$ 2.16 billion, is expected to soar at a steady CAGR of 6.4% and bring in revenues worth over US$ 4 billion by 2026 end.

    Since the growth in demand for specialty malts continues to remain contingent upon global alcoholic beverage consumption, more than one million tonnes of specialty malts are anticipated to be consumed through 2026. Incidentally, this will also shore up the global production of barley, wheat, corn, soybean and other grains used for deriving specialty malts. By lending a unique flavour, texture, and colour, the application of specialty malts continues to gain significance in production of beverages, revenues from which will impose nearly 90% share on global specialty malts market value throughout the forecast period. The research reveals that revenue share of alcoholic beverages in the global specialty malt market will remain consistent at nearly 82% through 2026. Meanwhile, about 130,000 tonnes of specialty malts were globally consumed for production of non-alcoholic drinks & beverages in 2016.

    Western Europe – Largest Consumer of Specialty Malts
    When it comes to consuming flavoured alcoholic beverages, consumers in Western European countries such as Germany, France or Belgium will certainly not shy away. By the end of the forecast period, more than 500,000 tonnes of specialty malts will be consumed across Western Europe, making it the largest consumer of specialty malts in the world. With respect to production, the demand for specialty malts will register stellar growth in the Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region. The APEJ specialty malts market will register the highest value CAGR of 7.8%, and procure over US$ 1 billion revenues during the projected period. North America and Latin America are anticipated to account for a collective share of more than 24% in global specialty malts revenues through 2026.

    In the report, titled “Specialty Malts Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026,” Future Market Insights discloses that global demand for caramelised malts will incur a decline in 2017 and beyond. While their dominance on global market revenues will be retained through 2026, the rate at which caramelised specialty malts are consumed in the world will be outpaced by surging consumption of roasted malts. By the end of forecast period, more than US$ 1.5 billion worth of roasted specialty malts are being projected to be sold in the world. Over two-third of global specialty malts production will be sourced from barley grain produce. Although, advancing farming techniques will also increase the production of specialty malts from wheat and rye grains. Likewise, dry extracts of specialty malts will dominate the global specialty malts revenues by accounting for a steady share of 69%. On the other hand, liquid and malt flour extracts will lose market presence in the years to come, exhibiting a marginal dip in their global revenue share.
    (Future Market Insights)
     
    27.03.2017   Constantia Flexibles Partners with Coca-Cola for Launch of New ROYAL BLISS Product Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Coca-Cola Spain surprised top restauranteurs and bar owners with a presentation of Royal Bliss, a new product line exclusively for the HORECA industry. The 8-flavor line of premium mixers launched Feb 1, 2017. This is Coca-Cola’s first new local brand in Spain in 10 years and is backed by a 22 million Euro investment. Currently only planned for Spain’s HORECA sector, Royal Bliss gives the bartender a portfolio of flavors to create exciting new drinks.

    Jorge Garduño, CEO of Coca-Cola for Spain and Portugal, called Royal Bliss one of their “big bets for 2017”. To bring this product line to market, Coca-Cola partnered with Constantia Flexibles for the front labels. Constantia Flexibles created a wash-off pressure sensitive label. This label consists of a 45 micron clear shrinkable film that was gravure printed with 7 colors using their Thermowash technology. This technology ensures that the inks and adhesive are completely extracted in the bottle washing process. They also created a pressure sensitive label using screen/flexo print for non-returnable bottles.

    Coca-Cola Spain is very pleased with the look and efficiency of the label. “We are committed to HORECA and we want to give those thousands of customers a range of products with which they can continue to amaze their customers,” said Paloma Cruz Caridad, Sparkling SD Brand Director Iberia at The Coca-Cola Company.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    24.03.2017   Henry's Hard Grape is Here - Henry's Hard Soda Welcomes 4th Flavor to the Family    ( Company news )

    Company news Henry’s Hard Soda gives fans the flavor they’ve been craving, Henry’s Hard Grape Soda. People have been asking for it, and now they can finally enjoy their favorite flavor with an adult kick. Hard Grape can be picked up along with the rest of the Henry’s family: Hard Ginger Ale, Hard Orange and Hard Cherry Cola.

    Henry’s Hard Grape Soda is 4.2 percent alcohol by volume and offers a refreshing grape taste with citrus undertones; the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

    It’s been a great first year for Henry’s Hard Soda, and we could not be more excited to welcome Hard Grape into to the family. It’s a flavor that our fans have been calling for, and one we are thrilled to give them,” said Josh Wexelbaum, MillerCoors marketing director of emerging brands. “We continue to stay on-top in the hard soda category because we are committed to bringing Generation-Xers an adult spin on flavors they know and love.”

    With the launch of Hard Grape, Henry’s Hard Soda continues to solidify its position as the No. 1 hard soda brand, showcasing its commitment to taste and flavor exploration as it continues to bring drinkers a modern and adult twist on their favorite flavors.

    Henry’s Hard Grape is not the only news for the Henry’s family of brands in 2017. In March, Henry’s launched an extension line of sparkling, low carb, under 95 calorie adult beverages to the mix.

    Henry’s Hard Soda is available nationwide at most grocery, liquor and convenience stores in 6-pack 12-ounce bottles. Select flavors are offered in 16-ounce single cans.
    (MillerCoors LLC)
     
    23.03.2017   Ball Intends to Cease Production at its Beverage Packaging Facilities in Recklinghausen, Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Ball Corporation announced that it intends to cease production at the company’s Recklinghausen, Germany, facilities at the end of July 2017 and only after due negotiation and agreement with the Works Council. Customers currently supported by the Recklinghausen beverage container and end plants will be supplied by other Ball facilities in Europe.

    “Given the regional market environment, we need to ensure that we remain cost competitive for the long term,” said Colin Gillis, President, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe. “While closing plants is always difficult, our goal is safeguarding the long-term success of the business for all of our stakeholders, including our 3,900 employees in Europe.”

    The Recklinghausen site opened in 1968. The beverage can and end facilities employ approximately 360 people. Ball intends to carry out the proposed closure in a respectful and socially acceptable way, and to support employees through various measures.
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    22.03.2017   KEG barrel washing and filling machines    ( Company news )

    Company news KEG barrel washers and fillers are intended for internal washing and filling of KEG barrels. KEG washers and fillers are made according to customer´s wishes in different versions that are fit for washing and filling different keg barrel types or other small containers. Their separate functions enable KEG barrel washing and filling operations to be performed simultaneously.

    This device is equipped with a heated cleaning detergent reservoir that can be heated to 80°C by using a thermostatically controlled heating element. A manometer provides pressure control in the connected circle. A stainless steel pump is installed because of the aggressive environment. KEG barrel washers and fillers are also equipped with steam, CO2 and water connections and can fill 10-16 50L kegs in an hour. The washing process is comprised of removing all residual beer from the barrels, washing, discharging the waste water, circulation of the chemical cleaning solution, providing a final rinse, steam sterilization, cleaning and pressurization and final preparation of the kegs for filling. KEG barrels may only be released for filling once they have been washed and cooled to an appropriate temperature.

    Advantages:
    -Simple and efficient use for washing and beer refilling of KEG barrels
    -Smooth barrel washing
    -Fabrication of the equipment according to customer´s requirements depending on the size and type of KEG barrels used
    -Supply of washing and filling heads according to customer´s request
    -Possibility of parallel washing and filling of KEG barrels
    -Design manufactured from high-quality stainless steel material
    -Providing sanitary use of the equipment and meeting the highest hygienic standards
    -Easy and simple operation
    (PSS Svidnik a.s.)
     
    22.03.2017   Leading competence through permanent research and development     ( Company news )

    Company news Vitafoods 2017, booth I12: Kaneka Pharma Europe presents Kaneka Ubiquinol™ and Glavonoid™ – two ingredients with scientifically proven functions for use in health-improving and sports supplements

    At this year’s Vitafoods, Kaneka Pharma Europe will showcase Kaneka Ubiquinol™, the most active form of coenzyme Q10. Used as a nutritional supplement, the ingredient helps to prevent several diseases associated with aging. Thanks to its confirmed benefits on muscle performance and recovery, a number of professional athletes have already adopted Kaneka Ubiquinol™ as part of their training schedule. The company will also highlight the visceral fat-reducing and Novel Food-approved licorice root extract Glavonoid™, which has great promise for sports and fitness applications.

    Besides Ubiquinol’s essential role in energy production, it is the only endogenously synthesised lipid-soluble antioxidant and therefore protects cell membranes from free radical damage. Its high bioavailability and bio accessibility enables Ubiquinol to be taken up by the body more quickly and efficiently than oxidized coenzyme Q10. Ubiquinol is scientifically proven to counteract several age-related ailments. Recently, in one of the largest ever studies, involving 1,911 subjects, Dr Frank Döring was able to demonstrate the function of Ubiquinol in gene expression: “People with low levels of Ubiquinol have higher levels of BNP and CRP, which are essential molecules of inflammatory processes and play an important role as risk factors for heart disease.” Ubiquinol is also vital for improving recovery in healthy individuals. The latest products target active “Best Agers” who want to stay healthy, as well as athletes who are keen to optimise their immune defences and muscular capabilities. Several European sports professionals have already started to use Kaneka Ubiquinol™, and its activity for athletes is backed by various scientific studies. Having thus far been mainly available in capsule form, Kaneka has now developed a stabilized Ubiquinol powder for use in powdered and liquid applications.

    Furthermore, Kaneka will present the Novel Food-approved plant extract Glavonoid™, which was originally developed to prevent metabolic syndrome. Derived from licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra L.), Glavonoid™ has been proven to be completely safe and is approved by the European authorities with Novel Food ingredient status. An advanced, patented extraction process ensures that the ingredient does not contain any glycyrrhizinic acid, making it free from the unwanted side-effects of licorice. Glavonoid™ is able to increase the body’s own fat burning ability, while at the same time decreasing fat synthesis by down-regulating genes that are involved in fatty acid development. Since 2015, Glavonoid™ has been approved for extended use in foods for medical purposes and energy-restricted diets for weight reduction. A food supplement containing Glavonoid™ was now submitted for the Nutraingredients Award for best new weight management supplement of the year.

    A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in 2016 verified that Glavonoid™ can also increase skeletal muscle mass in humans in combination with exercise. During the study, male American Football athletes ingested 300 mg Glavonoid™ per day over 8 weeks of training. Ultrasound imaging analysis revealed that the muscle thickness of the anterior thighs and anterior brachial regions in the Glavonoid™ group were both significantly increased by 2.5% at week 8 in comparison to baseline. There was no such increase in the placebo group. Abdominal muscle thickness increased in both groups, but the increase was 1.8 times greater in the Glavonoid group than in the placebo group (p<0.05). It can therefore be seen that Glavonoid™ is ideal for inclusion in products aimed at the sports and fitness market.
    (Kaneka Pharma Europe N.V.)
     
    21.03.2017   GLASS PACK 2017 awaits you on June 8th in Pordenone    ( Company news )

    Company news We are pleased to present GLASS PACK 2017, the first B2B event completely dedicated to glass container design and production management. The event covers every aspect of design, production, decoration, closures, labels, packing, storage, etc. The event will take place on June 8th, 2017 at Pordenone Exhibition Centre.

    The event provides a large exhibition space together with high-powered international seminar and workshop sessions.

    GLASS PACK 2017 will foster business meetings between glassworks, decorators, service providers, designers, glass bottle and container dealers accessory suppliers, specialist design studios, and their buyers.

    The seminars will focus on specific topics across the entire spectrum of the glass packaging industry for the beverage, spirits and food sectors.
    Because of its one-day light formula, GLASS PACK 2017 is a unique opportunity to develop and maximize business in this field through networking.

    GLASS PACK 2017 is a fair and conference organized by Smartenergy, the leading service company for communication and promotion in the container and flat glass sectors. Smartenergy publishes the magazine Glass Machinery Plants & Accessories, the annual directory World Glass Directory and www.glassonline.com, the leading global website dedicated to the glass industry, along with a daily news service.
    (Smartenergy S.r.l.)
     
    21.03.2017   Second Beviale Moscow a complete success    ( Company news )

    Company news -Growth in all three trade fair figures
    -Comprehensive supporting programme proved to be very popular
    -Premiere: ROSGLAVPIVO Russian Beer Prize awarded

    The second edition of Beviale Moscow was a complete success. Growth in all three trade fair figures, the very well-received supporting programme and the well-attended product presentations form the excellent summary that the trade fair for the beverage industry in Eastern Europe can take away from the three successful days. From 28th February to 2nd March 2017, 3,984 trade visitors came to the trade fair (2015: 2,667) to find out more about current issues along the beverage production value-added chain from the 130 exhibitors (2015: 112) and in the special trade fair areas. The segments of raw materials as well as technologies and machines in particular have grown significantly in comparison to last year’s trade fair and have made a contribution to ensuring that Beviale Moscow now covers a total exhibition area of 1,630m2 (2015: 1,248m2).

    “Beviale Moscow 2017 was a fantastic success and the second edition gave us some idea of the kind of potential which may be exploited in the Russian market”, reports Thimo Holst, Project Manager at NürnbergMesse. “We are thrilled with the growth of more than 30 percent in the exhibition area and 50 percent in the number of visitors”, Holst continues. “But even more impressive for me was the positive atmosphere and the intensive exchange of ideas and experiences between exhibitors and visitors across the three days of the event. Beviale Moscow is little by little becoming the central meeting point for the Russian beverage industry and we are already looking forward to taking our energy and momentum forward to the next Beviale Moscow in 2018.”

    The exhibitors agree – they could not be happier
    Tosner Brno, Commercial Manager, Destila s.r.o: “We really liked the organization – it was excellent. It is the well-known German feature that you come to your stand and everything is set up for you. The mood at the exhibition was very good as well.” Beviale Moscow serves as a door-opener to the growth markets in Russia and its neighboring countries, something which was affirmed by Jan Nevelos, Technical Sales Manager CEE, LALLEMAND UK LIMITED: “Beviale Moscow is a great event with plenty of visitors. We were busy all the time and are getting more and more contacts.” The exhibitors came from a total of 18 countries, mainly from Russia and its neighboring countries, but also from Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy in order to provide solutions for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Jean-Jacques Bourdallé, Sales Director Europe, Fermentis Lesaffre for Beverages was extremely satisfied with the number of visits to his stand: “Beviale Moscow is a great opportunity to meet our customers, to develop our market visibility and to promote products for the Russian market.”

    Interested trade visitors discussed individual solution approaches
    3,984 trade visitors showed great interest in directly exchanging ideas and experiences relating to specific trade questions. They traveled from 34 different countries, but primarily from Russia itself as well as Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Experts from breweries and malthouses, from the beverage trade, from the catering and restaurant trade, from the fields of wine, soft drinks, fruit juice, mineral water and milk, as well as from the tertiary sector and research institutes discussed individual solution approaches in all segments of the beverage industry with regional and international providers and suppliers.

    Supporting programme and special shows met with keen interest
    Alongside the intensive exchange of expertise, the focus of the second Beviale Moscow was also firmly on a significantly expanded supporting programme with thrilling product presentations. High profile speakers from academia and practice provided the interested visitors with input. The discussions not only revolved around beverage production itself; individual process steps, in particular, were also examined. The special areas dedicated to PET as well as refrigeration and heating technology celebrated their premieres and were met with keen public interest. Whilst beverage packaging took center stage at the new “PETarena powered by PETnology” special show, the topics of process refrigeration, cold chain and cold storage, in particular, were in the limelight at the “Refrigeration & Heating Pavilion”. Both mid-sized traders and global players certainly got their money’s worth.

    Craft Beer Movement arrived in Eastern Europe
    It has long since not been a secret that craft-brewed, aroma-rich beer is becoming more and more popular in Russia, too. It was thus no surprise that the Craft Beer Corner, which was part of Beviale Moscow for the first time, was also a complete success. Several hundred visitors took the opportunity to try the different beers produced by approximately 15 breweries and to learn about the specifics of the brewing process of these particular beers from the Russian beer sommeliers. For those who wanted to properly immerse themselves in the Craft Beer Scene, they were in good hands at the three-day “VLB Seminar for Brewers”. The continuing education event at which the technological and qualitative aspects of brewing were discussed and analyzed was organized by the long-established conference partner in Russia, the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin (VLB – Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing). Besides imparting pure factual knowledge, great emphasis was placed on establishing networks and exchanging ideas and expertise.

    Russian Beer Prize awarded for the first time
    Following the example of the acclaimed and successful European Beer Star Award, the ROSGLAVPIVO Russian Beer Prize was awarded at the trade fair for the first time. The beers were separated into 23 different categories – from “Pilsner German Style”, through “India Pale Ale”, to non-alcoholic and flavored beers. The ROSGLAVPIVO prize was supported by the Russian Ministry for the Food Industry and organized by the Barley, Malt & Beer Union together with the Private Brauerien e.V. (Association of Private Breweries e.V. in Germany).

    To be continued:
    The next Beviale Moscow will take place in spring 2018 in Moscow.
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    21.03.2017   Walter Brambilla supports SCHÄFER Container Systems in Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news New Sales Representative for Italy

    On February 1st. 2017, Mr Walter Brambilla took up his post as SCHÄFER Container Systems’ new sales representative for Italy, thus reinforcing the sales activities of the well-know manufacturer of reusable container systems for beverages (KEGs) and IBCs and special containers in stainless steel.

    Brambilla, whose most recent position was Business Development Manager, can look back on over 25 years of sales experience. With his new position, SCHÄFER will be strengthening their local presence on the Italian market. “We are extremely pleased that we were able to fill this strategically important position with Mr Bramibilla and provide the growing Italian beverage industry, and in particular the beer and wine sector, with a strong and competent partner on the ground”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems. The company offers beverage producers a wide-ranging KEG portfolio that can be configured to accommodate specific customer wishes. In future, this is also expected to increasingly benefit the Italian craft brewing sector.
    (SCHÄFER WERKE GMBH)
     
    20.03.2017   USA: Russian River Brewing Company opts for ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA     ( Company news )

    Company news The Russian River Brewing Company has chosen ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH to supply brewhouse and tank technology for its greenfield project in Windsor, California. Thus yet another leading American craft brewer has opted to go with the well-known Ludwigsburg company.

    Photo Front row (left to right): Klaus Gehrig, CEO and COO of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA, Natalie Cilurzo, Co-Owner and President, Vinnie Cilurzo, Co-Owner and brewer (both of Russian River Brewing Company), Ralph Gehlhar, CCO of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA. Back row (left to right): Floris Delee, Kathinka Engineering Inc., Nadine Vossler, Order Processing, Michael Kurzweil, Vice President Sales for Tanks, Hanspeter Geigle, Project Manager, Jürgen Rohrbach, Lead Engineer (all from ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA).

    The brewhouse supplied by ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA for the greenfield project will achieve a capacity of 88 hectoliters (75 bbl) per brew. Among other equipment, it will have a Colibri mash agitator, a Lotus lauter tun, a Shark boiler and a T-Rex milling unit. Another noteworthy feature is a special hopping system that will enable the brewery to produce a wide spectrum of aroma profiles. The brewhouse, which is a showpiece in every respect, will be a key element of the Russian River Brewing Company’s marketing strategy when completed. In addition to the brewhouse technology, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA will be delivering 17 cylindro-conical fermentation and storage tanks and six pressure tanks for the cold block, which is being built at the same time.

    Brewhouse and Tanks for Greenfield Project in Windsor
    “We are very happy that the Russian River Brewing Company, one of the most creative craft brewers in the USA, will be using our technologies and products,” says Ralph Gehlhar, CCO of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH. Russian River is known as the originator of famous brews like the strongly hopped Double and Triple IPAs (India Pale Ales), which are popular throughout the United States. One example is the Triple IPA called Pliny the Younger, which is available only for two weeks each year, and in pub draft only. This year more than 16,000 beer lovers came to the presentation. Another specialty of the company is its Belgian inspired sour beers, which are fermented with Brettanomyces yeasts. Ground breaking will be in March 2017, and the brewery will go into operation in June 2018.
    (Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH)
     
    17.03.2017   A breathe of folklore    ( Company news )

    Company news The Ukrainian company OLYMP has launched a new 0.375 litre bottle for Malinovka vodka. It is made from flint glass and produced by Vetropack Gostomel.

    If you want to turn your humdrum dinner into a celebration, then Malinovka vodka adds the perfect finishing touch. OLYMP distils this spirit according to a traditional recipe consisting of entirely natural ingredients: “Lux”-grade grain and flavoured alcohols, water and honey. The vodka is triple-distilled to give it a rich, full-bodied taste. “Lux” quality means that no more than 0.02 per cent of the pure alcohol can be methyl alcohol, a substance released in small amounts during the production of spirits.

    On the reverse of the 0.375 litre vodka bottle are engravings of traditional motifs and the slogan “Malinovka. Always holiday time”. The elegant embossed elements, the simple label and the screw-in stopper marry beautifully together and enhance the bottle’s celebratory appearance. Produced by Vetropack’s Ukrainian plant in Gostomel, the flint glass bottles were designed by the Allberry agency in Kiev, which is well-known for its work on wine and spirit bottles in Ukraine.
    (Vetropack Gostomel JSC)
     
    16.03.2017   Discover the benefits of a no-label look for your beverage bottles    ( Company news )

    Company news Transparent labels give packaging a premium look, as if the letters and images are printed directly on the bottle. UPM Raflatac is now launching a new, thinner film product for clear labeling in beverage applications, especially beer bottle labeling. RafBev Clear TC 40 offers a clear, no-label look for companies aiming to replace wet glue with a PSA solution.

    For the ultimate clear-on-clear look choose the RP76E adhesive and a PET23 HS liner. Because water resistance is paramount in these applications, the good water whitening performance of RP76E makes it the perfect choice. Additionally, the adhesive paired with the PET23 HS liner is ideal for the newest and fastest dispensing and beverage bottling lines due to its clean and stable performance.

    RafBev Clear TC 40 is also built thinner, meaning that less raw material is needed in the production, transportation costs are reduced from a lighter load, and less waste is produced. Additionally, in printing and dispensing there are fewer reel changes, which further reduces waste and increases productivity.

    A clearer choice at every step
    “Beverage bottles undergo many humidity and temperature challenges throughout their lifetime,” says Päivi Knihti, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA. “RafBev Clear TC 40 is designed to maintain its appearance and performance throughout, giving a premium no-label look with more flexibility than printing directly on the bottle. The no-label look is a clear winner with consumers – and brands are finding it provides excellent shelf appeal.”
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    15.03.2017   drinktec cluster and fairtrade sign a marketing cooperation    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 The aims of this cooperation are clear: a broader range of products and services to offer exhibitors and visitors and more targeted acquisition of market participants—for the events in the drinktec cluster of Messe München, and for those of fairtrade, a German organizer of food and beverage technology trade fairs. Messe München´s drinktec cluster includes international subsidiary trade shows in South Africa, India and China, and fairtrade organizes specialist trade fairs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Iran. With immediate effect, the two cooperation partners aim to mutually support their respective trade fairs through corresponding marketing and sales activities. With their combined expertise in beverage, food and packaging technology, the intention is to expand and strength the individual events of both partners.

    Both trade show organizers have excellent networks in the industry. This cooperation agreement draws together the offer of the individual exhibition platforms, which represent the entire process chain of the food, beverage and packaging industry. “We complement each other perfectly with regard to industries and country portfolios: the drinktec cluster can strengthen its presence on the African continent and further expand the range of fdt Africa with our partner's food technology and Africa expertise. In turn, fairtrade benefits from our global reputation and expertise in the beverage and liquid food industry. Together, we can combine the respective multipliers, partners and media into a global network for the food, beverage and packaging industries, thus guaranteeing our customers trade show platforms with even greater reach,” explains Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director of the drinktec cluster. “I am delighted that with this cooperation, we are offering further value to our exhibitors and visitors,” continues Westphal.

    Paul März, Exhibition Director at fairtrade, adds: “Having worked in Iran since 1994 and on the African continent since 1997, we have a solid knowledge of these markets. Combined with the expertise of the drinktec cluster, this results in valuable synergies in order to achieve joint growth opportunities in the food and beverage industry. We very much look forward to the cooperation.”

    Richard Clemens, Managing Director of VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, sees significant benefits from the cooperation for exhibitors and visitors: “This partnership will ensure a positive development for all the events. Through this cooperation, we can sustainably expand the trade-fair platforms abroad, in particular on the African continent. This enhances the attractiveness of the events for both exhibitors and visitors.”

    The following events will be held this year: agrofood Nigeria, from March 28 to 30, 2017 in Lagos; iran food + bev tec from May 23 to 26, 2017 in Tehran; drinktec, from September 11 to 15, 2017 in Munich; agrofood West Afrcia, from December 5 to 7, 2017 in Accra; and drink technology India, from October 24 to 26, 2018 in Mumbai.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    15.03.2017   KATZ STARTS UP NEW PACKING LINE    ( Company news )

    Company news The KATZ Group has invested in a new 30-meter long packing line at its Weisenbach site. The line was symbolically started up by managing director Daniel Bitton and printing plant manager Ralf Korz on 19 January 2017.

    Much of the work of packing bundles of coasters onto pallets was previously carried out manually, but in the future this will all be handled by the automated packing line, which packs the finished beer mats onto pallets and then wraps each pallet in stretch film. The line is controlled via a touch panel which stores the arrangement of the coaster packs on the pallets. KATZ personnel control and monitor the whole system and can summon up the list of current orders at the touch of a button.

    The new packing line even has a name: “Konrad”. It is named after Konrad Merkel, the former head of electrical maintenance who took well-deserved retirement at the end of 2016 after 47 years working for KATZ. He was the one who encouraged the purchase of the new system back in 2013.

    It took around nine weeks to assemble the packing line, and now it is finally up and running at the Weisenbach plant.
    We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved in the project, both at the plant and at the planning department in Oberkirch. The project could never have been completed so quickly without their tremendous commitment and support.
    (Katz GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    15.03.2017   SIDEL OPENS NEW OFFICE IN POLAND TO BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS IN ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

    Picture: Polish Office Reception Area

    Sidel has opened a new office in Wrocław, Poland, to offer an improved service to customers in the Central and Eastern Europe area. Known for its global experience, the leading provider of production equipment and services for liquids in PET, can and glass is equally committed to ensuring genuine local sales and support as part of its continued efforts to build long-term business partnerships. The company’s Poland-based teams moved to the new office in December 2016 and this relocation is already proving a success with existing and potential customers within the area.

    Sidel understands the importance of working in close proximity with customers in the regions in which it operates and in having dedicated offices where the company’s local representatives are permanently located and can readily be contacted. This is part of Sidel’s commitment to better understanding its customers’ products and the markets and value chains in which they operate. It provides the opportunity for more tailored solutions, combining technology, services and expertise to help producers to meet the specific requirements of the local market and its consumer trends. Wrocław, the largest city in western Poland, is recognised as a growing business centre. It stands on the River Oder, with good road and motorway connections to the rest of the country and other parts of the region. The new facility covers approximately 500 square metres and houses 25 of the company’s sales, field services, IT and finance employees.

    Paweł Warszawski, Sales Director DACH, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS for Sidel says: “We are always looking to improve our offering to customers. This move to bigger premises will provide many benefits including the opportunity to offer an even better support service. We are looking forward to maintaining our high standards while accelerating our growth in Poland and throughout Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Europe and Central Asia proved to be one of several regions in which we over-achieved order intake growth in 2016 and the relocation to this new facility provides an excellent foundation to develop our capabilities even further.”

    In its search for additional growth in the CEE region, Sidel recognises Poland as one of the most dynamic prospects. The packaging market in the country is anticipating a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 4.4% for drinks bottled in PET over the four-year period from 2016 to 2020, with glass and can forecast to grow respectively by 2.7% and by 1.0% over the same period . In the food, home and personal care market (FHPC), a CAGR of 1.6% is forecast for PET packaging from 2016 to 2020 . From its transparency, which allows the consumer to see the bottle’s contents clearly, to the material’s design flexibility and its strength to survive the supply chain and still provide a great consumer’s experience, PET simply delivers a great, all-around performance. Making it possible to substantially reduce the amount of material needed to produce strong, efficient and innovative bottles, PET offers producers significant cost and sustainability benefits through its capacity for lightweighting. Light yet robust, flexible and easy to transport, it offers the producer several valuable benefits, from preventing beverage and food waste to high levels of sustainability through its complete material recyclability.

    Visitors to Sidel’s new premises in Wrocław, Poland, will also be able to learn more about the company’s latest available packaging innovations, equipment and services. This includes Sidel Services Online, a web interface which enables fast online ordering of Sidel original spare parts. Originally introduced in Europe and Central Asia - where it continues to increase its uptake – the tool will be rolled out soon to other regions. Additionally, Sidel acknowledges the many different, seemingly contradictory demands that producers face – for example, the need to increase the number of stock keeping units (SKUs) manufactured while keeping production simple, efficient and reliable. This is why the company is committed to help them reap the benefits of Industry 4.0, especially when it comes to improve line operations in terms of speed, efficiency, flexibility and versatility. This is leading to the increased use of smart machines, system and data intelligence, digital connectivity and powerful simulation tools, all within a philosophy of sustainable production.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    14.03.2017   Ardagh Group Announces Investment in Rugby Plant    ( Company news )

    Company news Ardagh Group announced an important investment in its Rugby manufacturing plant for the purpose of converting its beverage can production capabilities from steel to aluminium. This venture will serve to support committed partnership agreements with some of the most well-established beverage brands in the world. The timeline for the conversion involves project commencement in Q4 2017 and with an anticipated completion in Q1 2018.

    The investment in the UK plant’s manufacturing capabilities signals a clear intent from Ardagh Group in the continued development of its recently acquired beverage can business. “We look at this conversion as a key move in furthering Ardagh’s overall footprint and are confident it will be welcomed by our customers, the Rugby plant and our other key stakeholders,” said Oliver Graham, CEO Ardagh Metal Beverage.

    The Rugby UK plant was first established in 1989 as a two-line aluminium plant. In 1996, the plant was converted to steel to support customer needs at that time. Processes within the plant are currently being optimised via Ardagh’s Wrexham plant and other locations across Europe to ensure that customer expectations continue to be met during the plant’s downtime.

    Metal is a permanent material meaning it can be infinitely recycled without loss of quality. Universally recognised for its protective qualities, versatility and environmental credentials, metal has the strongest recycling rates of all packaging materials in Europe, thus effectively contributing to the fundamental principles of a circular economy.
    (Ardagh Group)
     
    14.03.2017   Cambodia: Cambodia Brewery Limited expands and adds Heineken to its production line    ( E-malt.com )

    Cambodia Brewery Limited (CBL) on March 6 officially unveiled a $100 million major brewery expansion and announced the addition of Heineken to its production line, the Khmer Times reported.

    Frans Eusman, president of Heineken Asia-Pacific, said his company began operations in Cambodia in 1994 as a joint-venture between Asia Pacific Brewery Limited and Progress Import-Export Company, which is owned by the Vattanac Group, and invested about $56 million to build a brewery in Cambodia.

    Mr. Eusman said the decision to expand the brewery was due to an increasing demand for their products in Cambodia. He said the company invested more than $100 million into the expansion, which was completed by the end of 2016.

    He added that the brewery’s capacity to produce beer is from 80 million to 300 million litres per annum or about 27,000 to 100,000 cases of beer per day.

    Now Cambodia Brewery Limited has been granted authorization from Heineken Company to produce Heineken beer in Cambodia after CBL took up the rights as exclusive distributor of Heineken in Cambodia in 2015,” Mr. Eusman said.

    Industry and Handicraft Ministry secretary of state Sat Samy said that CBL and Asia Pacific Brewery had invested about $56 million on a brewery to produce, import and sell ABC Stout, Tiger, Anchor, Gold Crown and Gold Crown Stout for local consumption since 1994.

    He added that the stability of the economy and politics as well as a solid potential investment climate pushed CBL to expand its operations and start producing Heineken.

    “The expansion project took about two years and was completed by the end of 2016,” Mr. Samy said.

    “The site is about 10,964 square meters. The new production chain can produce about 20,000 bottles of beer per hour and 60,000 cans of beer per hour to supply the domestic market,” he added, saying that the new factory has added nearly 460 jobs.

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, who presided over the grand opening on March 6, welcomed the expansion. He said he was at the ceremony more than two decades ago when CBL invested $56 million to build its initial brewery.

    “The progress of CBL has contributed to strengthening the national economy and reducing poverty since this company has added more than 456 jobs and pays about $100 million in taxes to the state per year,” he said.
     
    14.03.2017   The Netherlands: Heineken to launch its first alcohol-free beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Amsterdam-based brewer Heineken is to launch its first alcohol-free beer, Heineken 0.0, in the Netherlands on March 7. The beer, which has a partly blue label, will be available in Dutch bars and retail outlets ahead of an international launch, DutchNews.nl reported on March 6.

    The new product marks a change of strategy for the company, the Telegraaf reported. Late director Freddy Heineken vowed no alcohol-free beer would ever appear under the Heineken brand name, saying he felt even a light beer would damage the Heineken brand.

    But the present Heineken chief Jean-François van Boxmeer is not afraid of change and he has expanded the company considerably, the Telegraaf said.

    The Heineken brand still accounts for 30% of group profit. ‘The new brand is exciting,’ said Heineken master brewer Willem van Waesberghe. ‘It is the biggest change Heineken has made in years because it is an update of our own brand,’ he told the paper.

    Van Waesberghe, who was formerly director of research at the brewer, said Heineken worked on the formula for two years and that Heineken 0.0 had to fit into the brand’s global offering. He said the market for alcohol-free beer is growing rapidly, already accounting for 10% of beer sales in Spain.
     
    14.03.2017   UK: Special business rates protection for pubs announced in the final Spring budget statement    ( E-malt.com )

    UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced special business rates protection for pubs in England in the final Spring budget statement, Imbibe reported on March 8.

    The measures will see all pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 receive a £1,000 discount on their 2017 bill. The move is estimated to cover 90% of pubs in England.

    In the afternoon on March 8, Hammond made further business rates concessions as what he called a ‘reaction to concerns raised by businesses’. Local authorities are to receive a £300 mln fund to deliver discretionary relief to help ease the burden on individual hard cases. Furthermore, any business coming out of Small Business Rate Relief will benefit from an additional cap, that will mean their rates will not increase by more than £50 a month.

    Reacting to the news, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive Kate Nicholls welcomed the news but said that long term reform was still needed to protect the sector.

    ‘It is very encouraging to see the government acknowledge and back the valuable work being carried out by the UK’s hardworking pubs, bars and restaurants,’ she said. ‘Sector-specific relief will help those businesses hardest hit by the revaluation. This much-needed government support will save the sector over £24m and will help safeguard investment and jobs.

    ‘We are pleased to see the government acknowledge the issue and act positively to support a crucial growth champion and a sector with turnover of £60bn employing over 1.5 million. The next step is for the government to instigate the long term, root and branch reform that is needed for pubs and bars and the ALMR is keen to work closely with them to achieve this.’

    In talking about the state of the UK economy, Hammond said: ‘We are focused on keeping Britain at the forefront of the global economy. And our ambition is for the UK to be the best place in the world to start and grow a business.’

    He also conceded that there was ‘scope to reform’ the business rates system in general, with more frequent revaluations. The government will set out its ‘preferred approach’ in due course.
     
    14.03.2017   USA: Case and dollar sales of imported beers increase last year    ( E-malt.com )

    There has never been a better time for Federbräu’s in the Thai market with the premium beer segment witnessing brighter opportunities than ever, the Nation reported on March 10.

    Edmond Neo Kim Soon, CEO Beer product group, pointed out that a recent research work on premium products consumption in Southeast Asia conducted by international research company AC Nielsen shows that Southeast Asian consumers are now likely to spend more on consumer products, particularly in the premium food and beverage segment. The research ranked Indonesia first in the region for this trend, while Thailand came second with a 24 percent increase in consumption of premium foods and beverages last year. The increase is partly because consumers today are willing to pay more for better products.

    Although sales in the Thai premium beer segment currently represent only 5 percent of the entire beer market, considered a small proportion compared to other markets, the research findings clearly reflect the growth trend. Thailand has steadily seen an emergence of new imported premium beer brands. With a total economic value of Bt7.2 billion, Edmond believes Federbräu could succeed in penetrating the Thai premium beer market.

    “We decided to introduce Federbräu to the Thai premium beer market as we believe there is strong growth potential. New-generation consumers want products that help support their image, while favoring beverages with a unique and distinctive taste. Federbräu can fulfill their demands,” the CEO said.

    Toranin Kiatichai, brand director of Federbräu, said Federbräu is imbued with the art and craftsmanship of German brewing. It is produced from German Single Malt, directly imported from Germany, which provides unique flavor and aroma. The beer contains 5 percent alcohol, making it easy to drink. The primary packaging includes a 620-ml bottle, 320-ml small bottle and 320-ml sleek can.

    The word Federbräu comes from the German words of “Feder” meaning feather, and “Bräu” for brew. It reflects the ideals of the contemporary metropolitan male who is passionate about life, seeks perfection and is meticulous in every detail.

    Edmond added that another strength of Federbräu is its competitive price strategy, which he believed would drive sales.

    “Thailand and Southeast Asia are our key markets. We have distributed Federbräu across Thailand using various channels since February 2017. The product is also being distributed throughout Southeast Asia Edmond added.”
     
    13.03.2017   SIDEL PET COMPLETE SOLUTIONS FOR ASEPTIC APPLICATIONS: ENSURE ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... PRODUCT INTEGRITY, OPTIMISE UPTIME, MINIMISE COSTS

    Beverage producers are currently facing multiple challenges. Their packaging solutions need to be innovative and able to offer great consumer experiences. Also, they have to ensure product integrity to meet food safety standards. All of this, without compromising on cost effectiveness. Sidel has worked with liquid dairy products (LDP) and juices, nectars, soft drinks, isotonics and teas (JNSDIT) producers for over 50 years - developing extensive experience and expertise in aseptic packaging. This means that the company can offer all the proven benefits of reliable PET aseptic complete line solutions.

    The increasing consumption rates of JNSDIT and LDP products – growing respectively by 6% and 5% on a yearly basis - provides significant business development opportunities for producers. The use of PET in these market segments continues to increase, with an annual growth of 3% expected for the JNSDIT sector and 8% for LDP by 2020. Producers can enlarge their bottling capacity or diversify their production with more value-added products in PET to maximise this market potential.

    Whatever the industry business goals, one concern stands above all others: food safety. PET bottles offer great physical protection and food barrier benefits that maintain the product’s safety and integrity across the supply chain. Guillaume Rolland, Sensitive Products Category Director at Sidel, comments - “Worldwide, consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious and moving towards drinks with a more natural taste. This has brought a focus from producers on filling methods that protect the quality, taste and vitamin content of the beverages. Hot fill and aseptic filling solutions maintain the properties of beverages.” Using PET in aseptic packaging solutions offers great business opportunities through bottling sensitive products to be distributed at ambient temperature, preserving organoleptic properties and keeping them free from bacteria. It gives products a shelf life without pasteurisation, hot filling or the use of preservatives or sterilising agents.

    By choosing a PET aseptic complete line solution from Sidel, beverage producers can protect sensitive drinks and differentiate brands, handling a broad variety of products while reducing environmental impact and costs.

    Optimised aseptic production
    By partnering with Sidel, producers work with a single, market-leading supplier and can leverage an extensive 40 years of aseptic packaging expertise. Meeting producers' needs via fully connected aseptic lines requires an approach that is both holistic and flexible. The company’s fully integrated and technically advanced solutions employ the processing equipment and capabilities of Tetra Pak Processing Systems (TPPS) - the original inventor of aseptic technology. Over the years, Sidel and TPPS have been combining competencies and expertise to define and execute almost 100 complete lines projects.

    Sidel’s extensive experience, innovative equipment and professional services, assist customers through the entire production process. This ranges from differentiating and customised bottle and complete line design to fast production ramp-up and beyond. Tackling the challenges of sensitive beverages while maintaining cost-efficiency, the company helps producers package their products with the correct PET solution. It ensures food safety, product integrity and longevity while providing the support to build and differentiate their brand.

    Beverage and packaging solutions qualified by in-house experts
    Sensitive drinks can be affected by various factors when they are packaged – micro-organisms, light, oxygen and temperature. As well as ensuring that these do not detract from the quality of the content, PET also presents real opportunities to enhance the finished product. If Sidel’s scientific expertise on beverage packaging and industrial production is involved early in a new product packaging project, producers will be able to optimise bottle performance while ensuring product safety and quality. They will also achieve faster time to market and bottle designs which stand out on the supermarket shelves.

    Sidel experts in chemistry, microbiology, food science, filling processes and packaging materials help customers to qualify specific packaging solutions. This can involve a number of processes, including evaluating bottle samples and performing physical, chemical and sensory analyses to determine how the liquid interacts with the package. Tests are carried out under supply chain conditions to determine the optimal solution for defined distribution methods and shelf life. Based on the results, Sidel experts then make recommendations on bottle barrier material, weight, shape and type of cap, in order to ensure the product’s desired shelf life.

    Creating value from concept to customer
    At five packaging centres and four in-house R&D laboratories around the world, Sidel aims to create value in every phase of the supply chain. Based on the customer’s individual specifications, supply chain conditions and product goals, Sidel designers provide everything to turn a producer’s wish from idea to reality, creating innovative packaging to protect beverage quality and give the finished product a memorable and differentiating look. Those packaging solutions maintain optimum line performance using less material and energy, yet increasing product shelf life and always delivering a great consumer experience. Every year Sidel works on more than 250,000 new bottle concepts and 8,000 bottle designs.

    For new lines and the conversion of existing lines, the Sidel moulds for these bottles are designed for fast production and optimal performance. Made from quality aluminium or stainless steel and tested using real-world mechanical analysis and virtual stress simulations for maximum uptime, they are engineered to last. The moulds offer great freedom of design with fast, easy changeovers - and can be adapted to all generations of the company’s blowers.

    Scientifically proven dry aseptic solution
    Sidel's unique PET aseptic filling solution with dry preform decontamination ensures product integrity, production flexibility, cost efficiency and sustainability. Based on the obvious fact that it is simpler to decontaminate the preform rather than the blown bottle, Sidel patented this unique technology - Sidel Predis™ - which uses hydrogen peroxide mist to sterilise the preforms. Injected into the preforms just before they enter the oven, the peroxide mist is activated during the existing preform heating stage. The same technology is used for cap decontamination with Sidel’s Capdis™. “By integrating preform decontamination, blowing and filling functions with cap decontamination in a single enclosure, the Sidel aseptic Combi Predis ensures a completely sterile filled and capped PET bottle with a 100% dry aseptic solution”, explains Rolland.

    To ensure food safety on a line, it should be simple, because a line with few critical factors is
    managed more easily and effectively. This is achieved by minimising the sterile zone to reduce risk of contamination, continuously monitoring critical parameters and controlling potential contamination. This process ensures a high level of decontamination up to a Sterility Assurance Level (SAL) of Log 6, without need for blow moulder sterilisation. This aseptic Combi Predis uses membrane-free magnetic filling for safe, hygienic filling with flow meter control for high accuracy. It is also easy to operate and maintain.

    The end result is reliable, simple aseptic beverage production in PET bottles, ideal for products distributed at ambient temperature. Additionally, it can help to lengthen shelf life and reformulate more sensitive beverages that would otherwise need added preservatives to maintain food safety. Suitable for aseptic production ranging from 10,000 to 60,000 bottles per hour, it can handle a broad variety of drinks (still beverages or products with pulps), including those with high or low acidity such as UHT milk and soy or yak milk. “Now with multiple installations throughout the world, the Sidel Combi Predis offers producers the simplest and fastest aseptic solution embedding dry preform decontamination. Compared to traditional aseptic filling systems, it ensures maximum cost-efficiency with the highest uptime”, adds Rolland. By significantly reducing chemicals and not using any water to decontaminate the package, the savings can be substantial. It also contributes to extensive lightweighting possibilities to decrease the amount of PET used. It offers a potential output of up to 2,400 bottles per hour per mould, with a continuous aseptic run of 165 hours between cleaning and sterilisation cycles. Simple, fast and safe changeovers with limited manual intervention are possible with Bottle Switch™, the tool-free system that reduces mould changeover times to 40 seconds each. Liquid changeovers require less downtime too, with only three hours cleaning and sterilisation between bottle-to-bottle production.

    Flexible production line to build end-user engagement
    For the sensitive drinks producer, the challenge lies in ensuring product safety and quality across the supply chain. It is also important for a beverage or dairy brand to stand out on the supermarket shelf to influence consumer purchasing decisions as the choice of a product is made in a matter of seconds. The label and the pack help significantly in attracting consumers’ attention and encouraging them to select one product over another. Sidel’s complete aseptic lines are able to take advantage of a wide range of versatile, reliable labelling and packing solutions to help beverage producers to attract and differentiate, while ensuring sustainable production. Whether roll-fed or sleeve labels are required for aseptic beverages, Sidel labellers can handle any label format with fast, consistent roll-fed labelling or efficient, high-quality, heat-shrink sleeve labelling. Whether shrink-printed film, nested packs or wrap-around cartons are required, it is important to keep this layer appealing, strong and functional. Sidel flexible secondary packing systems offer reliable pack consistency and durable quality, while the company’s palletising solutions and compact robotic solutions, with high production speeds and multiple patterns, handle a variety of products, packs and layers with easy operation and greater line versatility.

    Maximised uptime today and tomorrow
    Even if the ideal packaging solution is implemented, the reality with any production line is that, over time, performance will decline without intervention. “The goal is to maintain and improve an aseptic line’s productivity, efficiency and performance levels throughout its lifetime. Similarly, it is important to upgrade the existing line with new technologies that can boost productivity to new levels and help to lower total cost”, concludes Rolland. The dedicated Sidel Services team offers producers a tailored portfolio that can increase the safety and value of an aseptic production line for long-term success. They will monitor line equipment, plan for downtime and reduce unexpected costs. As Sidel continuously develops and upgrades aseptic solutions to reduce the need for energy, water and raw materials, lowering total cost and improving environmental footprint, producers of LDP or JNSDIT products can ensure their equipment is not left behind. These new technologies - along with Sidel line conversion, training and proactive spare parts management - can also optimise costs and deliver the flexibility to keep up with changes in consumer demand.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    10.03.2017   International Trade Fair for Metal Packaging: World's Leading Fair METPACK Breaks Exhibitor Record     ( Company news )

    Company news More Manufacturers Than Ever Before at Messe Essen from May 2 to 6

    With 263 registered exhibitors at present, the world's leading fair for metal packaging METPACK is achieving a new record. Numerous manufacturers have confirmed their participation. After the past METPACK set standards with an investment volume in billions, Messe Essen will greet more than 60 new exhibitors this year.

    With 29 exhibitor nations, the trade fair will set another record. Over 80 percent of the exhibitors will originate from abroad - METPACK will thus highlight its orientation as one of the most international fairs in Germany. The spectrum of the companies will extend from the highly specialised medium-sized enterprise to the market leader with worldwide activities. Sustainable and cost-efficient solutions for the manufacture, refinement and recycling of metal packaging will determine the range on offer at the trade fair in 2017. Thus, METPACK will present innovations along the entire value added chain in the sector. The best of these will be honoured with the METPACK Innovation Award.

    Exhibition Area is Growing Further
    This year, METPACK is progressing with regard to the marketed exhibition area, too: Until now, Messe Essen has rented out 20 percent more than for the past event. For the first time, not only Halls 1 and 3 but also Hall 2 will be open on the occasion of METPACK. Admission will continue to take place via the proven entrances in the South and West of Messe Essen. Reasons for joy will be supplied not only by the growth with regard to the exhibitors and the area: This year, METPACK will celebrate its 25th birthday: On this occasion, a lot of small and large surprises will await the exhibitors and the visitors.

    International, Innovative and Sustainable: METPACK at Messe Essen
    METPACK is the world's leading fair for metal packaging and takes place at Messe Essen every three years. It is the largest and most significant international trade fair for the manufacturers of metal packaging. With its eighth edition, METPACK impressively confirmed its position as the undisputed number one in the worldwide sector: 243 exhibitors from 27 nations and 7,100 trade visitors from around 100 countries came to Essen in May 2014.
    (Messe Essen GmbH)
     
    09.03.2017   China Supplies DMDC (E 242) – cold sterilant for beverage and wine    ( Company news )

    Company news Preservation has always been a big topic in beverage industry. The application of Dimethyl Dicarbonate (DMDC, INS No. E 242) is approved for a wide range of soft drinks as well as wines in more than 90 countries. With its wide spectrum of application, DMDC technology provides a new alternative sterilization solution for many drinks bottlers and winemakers.

    In comparison to normal physical or chemical preservation DMDC is non-persistent and outstanding with its high cost-efficiency and zero negative effects on the taste, odor or color. In addition, it is compatible with all known forms of packaging materials such as PET and glass bottles, metal. Furthermore, it can be used in a wide spectrum of beverages and wines, including fruit drinks, iced teas, energy drinks as well as the non-carbonated and carbonated flavored waters. It is very flexible for low temperature filling and especially suitable for mobile or multi-purpose bottling lines.

    Recently, companies in China have successfully manufactured high quality and high purity DMDC and thus offer new choices of DMDC supplier for beverage and wine industries. Duessel H Limited is the global distributor representing the manufacturer of DMDC in China with advanced technology in producing DMDC.
    (Duessel H Limited)
     
    09.03.2017   Tetra Pak to open a new closures production facility in Asia​​​    ( Company news )

    Company news ​Tetra Pak is to build a new plant at its Rayong site in Thailand, dedicated to producing closures for carton packaging.​​​

    Photo: Blue cap with Tetra Pak logotype, DreamCap™ 26

    The €24 million investment, which will create around 60 jobs when it opens early in 2018, will be capable of producing more than 3 billion closures every year.

    With demand for well-designed closures on beverage cartons rising all the time, the new facility will provide much-needed local production and essential extra capacity.

    Michael Zacka, Cluster Vice President, Tetra Pak South Asia, East Asia and Oceania (SAEA&O), said: “The new production facility will ensure faster delivery for customers across the region, offering a broad range of exciting closures that meet consumer demand for functionality and convenience.”​​​

    “It’s another sign of the confidence we have in this region, and our commitment to putting our customers’ success at the heart of everything we do. Together with the packaging material factory that we will open in Vietnam in 2019, our fourth in southern Asia alone, our ability to serve customers in this exciting part of the world is growing stronger all the time.”​​​​

    The new production facility will be located within the company’s existing Straws and Strips Plant in Rayong.​​​
    (Tetra Pak AB)
     
    08.03.2017   60 years and Elopak is ready for more growth     ( Company news )

    Company news Elopak celebrated 60th Anniversary on 11th February 2017

    Elopak (European Licensee of Pure-Pak®) was founded on 11th February 1957 by Johan Andresen Snr. who invested in the vision of Norwegian engineer Christian August Johansen to bring the Pure-Pak® carton license to Europe from the U.S. and to build Pure-Pak® filling machines.

    Today Elopak has developed and expanded to more than 30 countries with over 40 office sites including eleven manufacturing plants and three Pure-Pak® associates, and operates in over 80 markets. During its growth over the last 60 years Elopak has revolutionized the functionality, convenience and shape of the Pure-Pak® carton alongside industry-leading developments in filling technology and systems.

    The traditional Pure-Pak® carton has grown into a portfolio of cartons meeting changing consumer demands. Elopak has developed carton features and closures to enhance convenience and secure food safety and system quality. On the environmental footprint of its systems the company is constantly working to lead the way and exceed any regulatory requirements. Its wide range of carton packaging includes the greenest Pure-Pak® carton ever - a virtually 100% renewable carton from Elopak as a Carbon Neutral Company.

    Elopak has developed the Pure-Pak® Aseptic System to meet market demands for high speed and high quality filling equipment for long shelf life applications. In 2011 Elopak opened a new state-of the-art filling machine manufacturing plant in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Within a couple of years a new technology platform for modular designed filling machines was constructed and brought to market meeting the highest hygienic standards and efficiency requirements.

    In 2013 Elopak successfully started the production of Roll Fed aseptic packaging material and is ramping up the business with both new and existing customers.

    “For over six decades Elopak has developed both the Pure-Pak® carton and filling machine technology with foresight, innovation and a culture of team work and collaboration. All of this is increasing the value of our products and services for the best of our customers and the consumers. We are continuously developing and expanding our product offerings and will pursue further possibilities by making packaging count and showing how much our customers matter. As we celebrate our 60th anniversary and our many achievements – we are ready for reaching out to even more consumers,” says Niels Petter Wright, CEO of Elopak.
    (Elopak AS)
     
    07.03.2017   China: Shanghai's Boxing Cat craft brewer bought by AB InBev    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev, the world's biggest beer brewer, has acquired a significant stake in one of China's best known craft brewers, in a move that shakes up the country's tiny but booming craft beer scene and, the slumping beer giant hopes, its own bottom line, Fortune reported on March 2.

    The company's quarterly earnings announcement on March 2 disappointed investors, who sent the stock falling 3% after AB InBev missed analyst estimates for the seventh quarter in a row. The sluggish results provided further explanation for why AB InBev was willing to spend $103 billion to buy rival SABMiller and why it is pushing hard for growth in markets like China. AB InBev has also been investing in craft brands, buying nine U.S. craft brewers over the past six years.

    Boxing Cat Brewery in Shanghai wasn't the city's first craft brewer when a trio of businessmen - one American, one Canadian, one Chinese - opened it in 2008. But it has survived to become the city's longest lasting. Last year it became the first Chinese microbrewery to win a medal at the World Beer Festival. Its beers share the pugilist theme of its brand name: There's a Ringside Red, Sucker Punch Pale Ale, and Standing 8 pilsner.

    AB InBev confirmed the purchase on March 2, after it had been rumored in China's craft beer circles for a week and reported by the website Drink. "We see great potential for Boxing Cat Brewery to continue to grow and further progress the small craft beer market currently in China," the company said in a statement.

    Boxing Cat's brewmaster and partners said they would remain at the microbrewery. Neither acquirer nor target disclosed financial terms of the deal or the size of AB InBev's stake.

    AB InBev has made inroads in China's small but fast-growing craft beer market, which analysts say may account for as little as 0.1% of the country's $80 billion a year in beer sales, but which may also be growing at triple-digits in the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. China's overall beer market has declined since 2014.

    Goose Island, the Chicago-based craft brand AB InBev acquired in 2011, is popping up in bars across Beijing and Shanghai. Meanwhile, AB In Bev is negotiating with distributors and bars to expand it further. AB InBev is hiring top craft industry talent in China, offering bars free or discounted beer, and leaning on those distributors to only carry AB InBev beers.

    It's all part of the beer giant's push to get Chinese (and the rest of the world) to drink more expensive beer. China ranks dead last among the world’s top beer markets for profitability; brewers eke out $2 of profit per hectoliter of beer sold. (Domestic beers sold in America earn profits of $30 per hectolitre.)

    Some of AB InBev's moves have attracted contempt from China's craft beer community, who see it as a deep-pocketed brewer intent on grabbing market share in China after it missed the rise of craft's popularity in the U.S. But others, including Boxing Cat's brewmaster Michael Jordan, say a deep-pocketed investor is just what the tiny market needs. "We wanted and needed a partner that shared our vision for growing the craft community as well as having the resources available to do it with the same emphasis and quality that we have always strived to maintain as a brand," Jordan wrote to Fortune. "I'm hoping this will help tremendously not only for our brand but for the craft market development moving forward as a whole."
     
    07.03.2017   Greece: Greek brewery sues Heineken for abusing position of power in Greece    ( E-malt.com )

    Greek brewery Macedonian Thrace Brewery is claiming 100 million euros from Heineken in a lawsuit filed with the court in Amsterdam. According to the Greek brewery, the Dutch beer giant abused its position of power in Greece, NU.nl reported on February 24.

    Officially the lawsuit is filed against Athenian Brewery, Heineken's Greek subsidiary. Macedonian Thrace Brewer claims that Heineken stalled the competition in the Greek beer market for years by making exclusive deals with retailers. The brewer claims that it could not achieve its growth potential due to Heineken's unfair competition.

    Macedonian Thrace Brewery wants the court to hold Heineken responsible for disrupting the Greek beer market and order the Dutch company to stop its disruptive competitive practices. And to pay 100 million euros in compensation.

    Macedonian Thrace Brewery produces about 200 thousand hectolitres of beer per year. It is a very small player in the market compared to Heineken, which produces about 200 million hectolitres of beer per year.
     
    07.03.2017   UK: AB InBev making second attempt to introduce Bud Light to the UK    ( E-malt.com )

    Bud Light will appeal to young drinkers seeking a lower-alcohol beer with a more contemporary image, according to AB InBev, which is making a second atempt to introduce the US's number one beer brand to the UK, CampaignLive reported on February 24.

    Launching in retailers this weekend, and in pubs from March, the brand will supported by a campaign from lead creative agency Wieden & Kennedy London across TV, digital out of home and social media, that aims to announce the arrival of the brand and introduce its personality.

    "Bud Light is what we call the younger kid brother of Budweiser, with a bit more of a fun personality," said Andre Amaral, senior brand manager for Bud Light.

    "You can expect to see a tone of voice that’s youthful, light hearted, playful, easy going." He confirmed this meant it would shy away from the kind of bold humour and loud personality often employed by Budweiser.

    The drink, said Amaral, was targeted at what he called "aspirers": largely 18- to 24-year-olds who are very urban, like premium brands, are interested in travel and are heavy social media users. He said this set the brand apart from most other lower-alcohol lagers – such as Carling and Foster’s – and meant it was filling a gap in the market.

    Bud Light was previously available in the UK from 1998 to 2000, but sales failed to take off. Amaral said that "a lot has changed since last time we tried to introduce the brand here."

    The version being introduced here is just 3.5% alcohol (compared to 4.2% in the US) and could tap into the current trend for more moderate drinking.

    "The functional proposition of Bud Light is something that is much more catered to the consumer now," said Amaral. "But from the brand point of view, we know that people are looking for brands with a cool and contemporary image."

    Amaral denied that the launch was directly in response to the popularity of Coors Light, another US light beer that has seen sales boom in recent years on the back of an ad campaign featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

    "Regardless of what’s going on in the market, there’s a massive indication that this is the time for Bud Light," said Amaral, pointing to the brand’s consideration level among the target consumer group of 21%.

    Nick Robinson, UK marketing director at AB InBev, added: "Our intention is to inject energy and excitement into the UK beer category and we believe Bud Light is perfectly placed to do so by responding to the evolving preferences of today’s consumer.

    "It is the most popular beer brand in the USA and is vastly popular amongst drinking-age millennials, who view it as the leading lager to accompany relaxation and bonding. A high proportion of UK consumers are already aware of Bud Light and its success stateside, and we are frequently asked when it will be made available here."

     
    07.03.2017   UK: Heineken launches two new beers for 'beer-curious' drinkers    ( E-malt.com )

    Heineken has launched two beers under new brand Maltsmiths, Morning Advertiser reported on February 23.

    The two beers, a Bavarian-style pilsner and an American-style IPA (both 4.6% ABV), were brewed at the company’s Caledonian brewery but will be released under the Maltsmiths brand across the on-trade on 27 March after being unveiled at the Craft Beer Rising festival in London this week.

    Heineken said it wanted to target “beer-curious” drinkers – customers looking for an accessible entrance point into the craft beer market – with the two brews.

    It will be available on draught, in cans (330ml) and in bottles (330ml).

    Sam Fielding, new beer team director at Heineken UK, said: “It’s not for use to define what is or isn’t craft beer. We have brewed two beautiful beers that will appeal to the more curious drinker.

    ”Despite brewing the two beers at Caledonian Brewery, Heineken opted not to release them under the already-established Caledonian brand so it could focus on showcasing the company’s younger brewing talent, he added.

    “We are confident that if you put this in a pub where you haven’t already listed craft beer – it will perform very strongly,” he said.

    “We want to simplify and make this area less confusing for our customers.”

    Heineken launched H41, a lager made from ‘wild’ Patagonian yeast, into Laine Pub Company sites in Brighton and London on draught and in 330ml bottles, with an eye to expanding its presence in the sector if it performed well.

    The company’s eponymous lager was named 33rd in The Morning Advertiser's Top 100 Drinks list. It saw 13% volume and 15% value growth over the past year, reinforced by several sports sponsorships.

    The Competition Markets Authority has launched an investigation into Heineken’s upcoming takeover of 1,900 Punch pubs.

    The first phase of the investigation is scheduled to last until April and will decide whether the acquisition – a joint bid between Heineken and Patron Capital – risks jeopardising competition and consumer choice.
     
    07.03.2017   UK: Heineken to enjoy short-term Brexit benefits in the on-trade    ( E-malt.com )

    Heineken will enjoy the short-term Brexit benefits in the UK on-trade, trade marketing manager, Paul Gordon, was quoted as saying by Imbibe on March 2.

    ‘It has been an interesting 12 months, with the results of the referendum and the change that would bring,’ Gordon said. ‘Bizarrely what we have seen since is actually a pretty good set of results. We are seeing inflation staying quite low and production and manufacturing going up to the highest number in 17 years. We have seen unemployment go down and retail value go up.

    ‘In the short term it has been quite good but we also know behind that there is some other stuff round the corner. We know there is going to be an impact on inflation and the cost of goods if you are bringing things in from outside the UK. There could be an impact on living wage and availability of staff etc. So there is a lot of uncertainty still to come and we have yet to see the real impact of Brexit. It’s one to keep watching but it is one to enjoy the benefits of in the short term as well,’ he said at a Heineken briefing on March 2.

    The trade marketing controller said, for Heineken, it’s about taking all its insight and knowledge and applying it to products and ranges to make sure the company is giving customers the best possible opportunity to drive sales and drive consumers and value.

    ‘We really emphasise it’s about breadth rather than depth of range,’ Gordon said ahead of announcing a number of UK on-trade March launches. ‘We know if you look at the on-trade in the last eight years it has declined by about 13% since 2008. We know that’s been driven by the evolution of pubs and the decline of wet-led community pubs. We also know it’s been offset by the growth in the food areas as well.

    ‘What we have seen in food outlets is quite a lot of saturation. The growth has slowed and the overall decline of the wet-led pub has taken over again and put the whole on-trade into decline again,’ he said. But it’s not all doom and gloom, continuing, ‘The on-trade is very resilient. It has got good at evolving and finding new ways to get value for its consumers.’

    In terms of consumers aged 18-49, the number of categories they are drinking is increasing and their repertoire is growing. ‘What we also know, and are very aware of, is when they go out, the number of drinks they are drinking is declining, and the number of times and occasions they are going out is declining as well,’ he added.

    ‘Those are the positives of the challenges that are coming out of the on-trade at the moment and it is our job as a supplier to give our customers and their consumers the best value possible.’
     
    07.03.2017   UK: Lager accounts for 75% of total beer sales    ( E-malt.com )

    Craft and cask beer may get all the headlines but lager remains the most important style in the UK, accounting for almost three quarters of sales, inapub reported on February 22.

    75 per cent of beer sales in the UK are lager, Mintel analysts said.

    The market has plateaued in recent years but Mintel expect this to give way to "modest growth" over the next few years, with sales reaching £13.1 billion by 2020.

    Tapping into the lucrative "with food" market would help lager's fortunes further, with 30 per cent of beer drinkers already typically drinking beer, rather than wine, with food.

    Changing glassware may also generate growth, with women showing a clear preference for smaller serves and Chalice-shaped glassware, according to Mintel research.

    Classic pint glasses remain popular with other drinkers however, 27 per cent of on-trade beer drinkers saying they prefer a nonic glass and 16 per cent a tulip glass.

    The category continues to benefit from housing some of the biggest retail brands in the UK.
     
    07.03.2017   USA: Boston Beer may have outgrown the craft revolution    ( E-malt.com )

    Sam Adams brewer Boston Beer helped propel the beloved craft beer movement when it first opened for business in 1984. It may have outgrown the revolution, the Fortune reported on February 23.

    On February 22, Boston Beer reported alcoholic beverage shipments are now almost certainly expected to decline in 2017, following a 6% drop in shipments last year to about 4 million barrels as demand dropped for the core Sam Adams beer brand, Angry Orchard cider and the craftier Traveler and Coney Island Brands. With a little over $900 million in annual net revenue, the brewer only commands about 1% of the total U.S. beer market. But to some, that might be too big to be deemed "craft."

    "New craft brewers continue to enter the market and existing craft brewers are expanding their distribution and tap rooms, with the result that drinkers are seeing more choices, including a wave of new beers in all markets," said Chairman and founder Jim Koch.

    During a conference call with investors, Koch explained that retailers were cautious when it comes to buying aggressively on new styles after getting recently burned by the "hard" soda trend that quickly fizzled. Then there is the issue of too much variety: grocery, drug store and convenience stores are maxed out on how many craft brands they can stock in their coolers. Too much variety is also confusing to consumers.

    "I've heard speculation from a couple of retailers that perhaps the fact that there were too many choices has in fact turned customers away from craft," Koch said. "When they can't figure out what craft beer to have, they just say, I'll have a Corona." And in fact, Boston Beer said that 2016 was the first year in a "long time" where there was more growth from existing ales than from new innovation.

    SIG Susquehanna analyst Pablo Zuanic says the brewer's fixation on justifying itself as a craft brewer is actually hindering success. Boston Beers and others in the craft space typically make dozens of different ales each year, though only a few generate a bulk of volume. Zuanic argues Boston Beer should ramp up advertising and distribution on a few core brands, mirroring the success of Constellation Brands (STZ.B) which generates close to 90% of beer sales from Corona Extra and Modelo Especial, which are both performing well even though they are bigger volume styles.

    "We think they have to outgrow their 'craft mentality,'" says Zuanic. He says brands like Boston Lager and Rebel IPA have the most upside with the right strategy.

    Boston Beer and other larger, independent craft brewers that don't have backing from a Big Brewer are in a tough spot. They are having a harder time justifying high price points for their ales when craft beer lovers are always on the hunt for something new. They also don't pump in millions of dollars into advertising like the Big Brewers, nor do they try to compete aggressively on price. Meanwhile, big brewers are scooping up popular craft brands and boosting distribution and marketing in a way that threatens Sam Adams.

    In fact, market share declined for four of the top five "craft" brands tracked by industry watcher Beer Marketer's Insights last year. Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Craft Brew Alliance all ceded share. Only Lagunitas grew slightly, and that brand is notably backed by big brewer Heineken, which bought a 50% stake in the company in 2015. Goose Island and Ballast Point, now owned by AB InBev and Constellation Brands respectively, also grew share.

    Early sales trends in 2017 indicate that Zuanic may have a point. Boston Beer's early spring seasonal beers have posted a disappointing performance thus far. Sam Adams recently relaunched the Rebel IPA with a new packaging design and new recipe to aim to give that brand a jolt. And Koch's statements indicate he doesn't want to give up on being an innovative brewer just yet."We believe that the history, authenticity and quality of the Samuel Adams brand, our unique beers, and our ability and willingness to continue to invest behind our brand position us well for future growth and we are committed to improving our current trends," he said.
     
    07.03.2017   Vetropack: succession arrangements for the Board of Directors and Group Management    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding Ltd has appointed Johann Reiter, General Manager of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria, as CEO of Vetropack Group with effect from 1 January 2018. Claude R. Cornaz, who will continue to lead Vetropack Group as CEO until the end of 2017, is stepping back from operational business and will be proposed as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Annual General Assembly in 2018. Hans Rüegg, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vetropack Group, will stand for election for one more year at the Annual General Assembly on 10 May 2017, but will leave the Board at the Annual General Assembly in 2018, having reached the age of retirement.

    Caption: Claude R. Cornaz, CEO (left), and Johann Reiter, General Manager of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria

    The CEO designate of Vetropack Group, Johann Reiter, has been successfully in charge of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria since 1 November 2010. This division consists of the Swiss company Vetropack Ltd and Vetropack Austria GmbH. As a member of the Group Management team, he is not only very familiar with the situation in both countries, but also knows all about the international challenges facing the glass industry, especially in those countries in which Vetropack Group has a presence. The search for a successor for Johann Reiter in his present role will start immediately.

    “In Johann Reiter, we have chosen a very experienced manager and someone with extensive knowledge of our industry to succeed Claude R. Cornaz,” says Chairman of the Vetropack Board of Directors Hans Rüegg. “We deliberately opted for an internal appointment, because Johann Reiter, as head of our biggest business division, has excellent contacts in the industry and within our group. He is familiar not only with our managers and staff but also with the needs of the markets and our customers.”

    Claude R. Cornaz is to step back from operational business at the end of 2017 and will be proposed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Vetropack Group Annual General Assembly in 2018. In that role he will concentrate mainly on the company’s long-term strategic development.

    “I am very pleased to be able to hand over to Johann Reiter a financially sound Vetropack Group that is in a strategically good place and is led by a strong team,” declares Claude R. Cornaz, who has been CEO for 18 years and has steadily built up Vetropack Group over that time.
    (Vetropack AG)
     
    06.03.2017   Coca-Cola Delivers Greater Variety to Brazilian Consumers with Slimmer Format Beverage Packaging...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...From Crown

    Crown now has the largest beverage can portfolio in the country

    CROWN Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia S.A. (CROWN Brazil), a joint venture of Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com) and Évora S.A. of Porto Alegre, Brazil, has partnered with Coca-Cola to introduce a 220ml sleek style beverage can to local consumers. Produced at Crown’s plant in Cabreuva, the sleek style format addresses consumer demand for smaller portion sizes and greater product variety.

    The functional and sophisticated format will be used for Coca-Cola lines: Coke Zero, Coke Life, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Grape Fanta, Sprite and Guaraná Kuat. It joins Coca-Cola’s line of standard 355ml and 250ml size beverage cans for soft drinks.

    “Helping consumers experience our products in new ways remains a primary goal at Coca-Cola,” stated Mario Sergio Gomes, Global Procurement Director for Latin America. “Crown’s innovative 220ml beverage can format satisfies the preferences of modern Brazilian consumers while also adding noteworthy progression and variety to our product line.”

    Like all aluminum cans, the 220ml can is infinitely recyclable, provides an effective barrier against light and oxygen, and has significant shelf life properties. The can size also meets consumer preferences in terms of it being lighter, easier to hold, transportable and faster to chill than larger sizes.

    “Partnering with Coca-Cola to create a beverage package that not only gives consumers more options, but creates visual impact on the shelf and aligns with consumer demands was a win-win,” said Wilmar Arinelli, President, CROWN Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia S.A. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Coca-Cola and other regional brands to meet the evolving needs of Brazilian consumers.”

    The 220 ml sleek style beverage can brings CROWN Brazil’s portfolio to ten different sizes – the largest portfolio in the country. Other sizes available on the market are the 250ml slim style, 269ml, 310ml, 355ml and 425ml sleek style cans and 250ml, 355ml, 473ml and 550ml standard cans.
    (CROWN Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia S.A.)
     


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