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UK: Asahi Breweries launches non-alcoholic beer Peroni Libera  (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


USA: Heineken to launch 7.5% ABV Tecate beer in the US  (

Heineken will launch a 7.5% ABV Tecate beer in a single-serve 24oz can to capitalise on the sales growth of high-strength beers in US convenience stores, reported on January 9.

Tecate Titanium is said to have a distinct flavour and aroma that is the result of “an obsessive and tireless brewing process that results in higher alcohol content and refreshing drinkability”.

Heineken said the brew enters a market segment where total 6.5%+ ABV products are growing 10.1% and singles cans are growing 11.6%.

Belen Pamukoff, Tecate brand director, said: “Titanium provides an opportunity to further expand the fast-growing Mexican category with a unique high-ABV option.

“Our core target, Hispanic c-store shoppers, are currently underserved by existing high-ABV options as they are 13% less likely to have purchased than the average shopper and have spent 30% less on the segment. We are offering a superior liquid at a competitive price point, in a segment our shopper target is familiar with.

“We see a gap in the market where most of the high-ABV options are non-beers, inferior beers, or hoppy craft beers. Titanium is bold, but it’s also highly refreshing.”

Heineken said the beverage aims to capitalise on the continuing growth of Mexican imports in the US.


Japan: Major Japanese brewers aiming to win customers by promoting beerlike beverages  (

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

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

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

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

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

Suntory does not have happoshu on its product lineup.

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

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

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

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

Suntory and Sapporo also plan to launch new third-segment products to attract budget-minded consumers.

PET Blue Ocean: Plastics specialist contributes to waste reduction by offering new material ...

PET Blue Ocean: Plastics specialist contributes to waste reduction by offering new material ...  (Company news)

... with maximum recycled content

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

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

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

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

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

Like all PET materials supplied by Seufert, PET Blue Ocean can be safely added to the recycling economy as a mono film, in accordance with current practice. For a sustainable future for our environment- we’re heading in the right direction.
(Seufert Gesellschaft für transparente Verpackungen GmbH)



Condor is a latest generation multifunction robot used at the end of the line with palletisation systems. The robot is equipped with gripping heads able to handle any type of container and can be programmed to handle different products at the same time.

Condor is used in medium-low speed production lines of the food and beverage sectors. It is a robot that can move along 4 or 6 axes and can be associated with the Twisterbox, providing a complete palletisation system. The robot can aso be used as a crater or decrater. The main reason that the Condor can be integrated into a packaging line is due to the gripping heads that ACMI designs on a made to measure basis for any type of container. The gripping head can perform up to 3 functions at the same time: handling the product, inserting the interlayers and positioning the pallets. One of the most common applications for which the robot is more appropriate than a traditional palletiser is the handling of multiliners. These are lines that produce different products at the same time. Condor can handle and palletise, on different pallets, two products with packaging of different dimensions or can palletise simultaneously the packed product on one side and the loose product on the other.

The Condor robot is also used for the palletisation of loose bottles on "pallet displays". The machine is able to handle the palletisation on whole and half pallets.

Flexibility and reliability are the strengths of this machine. The flexibility is the ability to handle any format by means of suitable gripping heads. It is important to stress that the gripping head changeovers can take place fully automatically, without any operator intervention. The reliability of the machine is ensured by the strength of the materials used which also implies less maintenance. The Condor robot is a machine that does not require any further intervention once the operating cycle has been programmed. It is also possible to add new formats over the course of time through the simple re-programming and use of specific gripping heads.

One of the most interesting applications is the one that sees the Condor robot used as a crater, decrater and carton packer. In this version the robot is effectively used on returnable and non returnable glass lines, both with carton packaging and plastic crates.

The exceptional flexibility of this machine is demonstrated by the ability to handle at the same time different products from separate lines and palletise them onto dedicated pallets. In other words, the Condor can handle packs with different dimensions and palletise them is such a way as to form two identical pallets. Another interesting application is where the Condor palletises, on the one hand, loose bottles using a “tulip” head and, on the other, cartons or packs using an “openable platform” head. In this configuration, the layer of cartons or packs is prepared by the Twisterbox and the head changeover to handle the two different formats, loose bottles and cartons, takes place fully automatically.

Big Bottles
The 4 or 6 axes Condor robot can be used on a bottling line for 5 gallon bottles and for big bottles. Through a series of specially designed conveyors, the big bottles reach the work area where they are picked up by the robot and inserted into special racks or palletised onto a traditional pallet. In this type of line, the Condor can perform both palletisation and depalletisation functions, in alternating cycles, too. The products can be stored on racks and on traditional pallets without the need to change the gripping head but simply by operating the work programme. In addition to the 5 gallon containers, the Condor robot can handle big bottles such as, for example, those of 10 to 15 litres. Thanks to the multifunction heads, the robot is able to handle, during the work cycle, interlayers and pallets, too.
(ACMI spa)

TOMRA Sorting Recycling introduces AUTOSORT COLOR for separating glass from MSW

TOMRA Sorting Recycling introduces AUTOSORT COLOR for separating glass from MSW  (Company news)

New technology recovers more glass for recycling, achieving purity rates greater than 95%

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has introduced AUTOSORT COLOR, a new machine which works in combination with AUTOSORT LASER to separate glass from municipal solid waste with unprecedented effectiveness. AUTOSORT COLOR achieves purity rates greater than 95% at high throughput rates, even when input materials are wet, dusty or dirty.

Although glass waste is collected separately in many countries, a significant amount of recoverable glass nevertheless remains mixed-in with municipal solid waste (MSW) from households and businesses. Glass content in MSW across Europe typically varies from 3.5% to as much as 9.8%. And research by FEVE (the European Container Glass Federation) has revealed that the collection of glass from MSW for recycling varies considerably from nation to nation. Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Luxembourg all achieve recovery rates of 95% or higher, but across much of western Europe the rate is typically only 68% to 75% percent and in five eastern European nations the rate is below 40%.

AUTOSORT COLOR will enable sorting operations to extract and sell this glass, which would otherwise fail to make it through to the recycling process. AUTOSORT COLOR also helps sorting businesses minimize the risks of disruption, downtime and repair costs arising from damage to components in sorting machines not intended for glass.

AUTOSORT COLOR additionally enables financial savings downstream of the sorting process, because household waste containing glass can result in higher incineration costs. Extracting more glass from MSW will also reduce landfill costs.

Valerio Sama, Vice President and Head of Product Management Recycling, commented: “In most nations across the world, there is significant room for improvement in the recovery of glass from household and business waste. Separating more glass for recycling is better for the environment and better for sorting businesses’ profitability, and with AUTOSORT COLOR both of those benefits are now achievable.”
Two-machine process recovers more than 80% of glass, with 95% purity

In developing AUTOSORT COLOR, TOMRA set industry standard-setting goals of recovering a minimum of 80% of glass from MSW, with at least 95% of the recovered glass of saleable quality. These targets were consistently met over many months at four facilities in Germany and Spain, including one which separates up to 3,000 tonnes of glass annually. This success was made possible by a two-machine sorting process, first using AUTOSORT LASER, then AUTOSORT COLOR.

The first step in the process of removing glass from MSW is pre-treatment. After the MSW passes through a bag opener, conventionally the fine fraction (0-80 mm) is screened-out. This fraction is then split into three categories by a double-deck vibrating screen: fine fractions of 0-8mm diameter, such as organic waste and sand, a middle fraction of 8-60mm and an oversize fraction of 60-80 mm.

In the second step, the middle fractions, which contain the highest glass content, are subjected to density separation. This removes the lighter fractions and sends the heavier fractions to the AUTOSORT LASER unit. Here a combination of laser (LAS) and near-infrared (NIR) detection technologies enables the separation of glass from the rest of the materials.

In the third and final step of the process, the innovative AUTOSORT COLOR machine classifies the glass fractions with a high-performance camera and separates any remaining impurities from the higher-quality glass. The result is the recovery of resaleable glass with a consistently high purity of more than 95%.
(Tomra Systems ASA)

Interroll is expanding its production capacities for conveyors and sorters by adding a new site ...

Interroll is expanding its production capacities for conveyors and sorters by adding a new site ...  (Company news) Germany

Interroll announces that it is creating additional capacities in order to be well-equipped for a growing customer and user demand for conveyors and sorters, as well as for additional products. A new factory is being developed in Kronau, Germany, in the greater Karlsruhe area, with a production area of approximately 15,000 square meters. The company is investing a total of around €40 million in stages, and completion of the factory is planned by the end of 2020.

In addition to already successful solutions such as the Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP), Interroll will launch innovative products and solutions in the area of conveyors and sorters in the first quarter of 2019, thereby creating a positive outlook.

"Interroll is taking into account the high growth momentum for conveyors and sorters by choosing to develop a second, significantly bigger factory in Kronau. In this way, we are securing fast delivery times for our customers and end users well into the future," says Jens Strüwing, Executive Vice President Products and Technology in the Interroll Group. Effective emergency measures have been introduced at the Sinsheim site in order to increase production capacities; these measures will remain in place until the new factory opens in Kronau.

The planned investment volume will be provided in stages and will amount to approximately €40 million. The project comprises a new production area of around 15,000 square meters and 1,700 square meters of office space.

"With the new factory, we are not only creating new capacities. We are also completely restructuring our production priorities," says Strüwing. "This means that we are doubling our production space for conveyors and sorters in Europe and investing specifically in a higher level of automation."

According to the plan, conveyors, such as the MCP, which has already been extremely successful around the world and is currently assembled in the Sinsheim factory, will be assembled in Kronau. The capacities that this frees up in Sinsheim will then be directed toward the expanded production of sorters. The new factory will also be home to the global Center of Excellence for conveyors.

The new site will be part of the "A5 Quarter" construction area in Kronau. The municipal council in Kronau has already decided in favor of the acquisition of this property. It offers excellent links to the transport network and to international airports and is located close to both the existing Interroll factory in Kronau and the Sinsheim site, which will only have positive effects on the established delivery chains.

"Even though we are moving, our employees will remain in the same region, which offers an excellent environment for us as an industrial company. There is a high level of education and in the market there is a perfect mix of skilled employees for future growth on-site," says Bernhard Kraus, Managing Director of Interroll Automation GmbH in Sinsheim. Kraus is responsible for planning the new factory.
(Interroll (Schweiz) AG)

Coca-Cola Announces New Investments in Enhanced Recycling as Part of 'World Without Waste' Vision

Coca-Cola Announces New Investments in Enhanced Recycling as Part of 'World Without Waste' Vision  (Company news)

Coca-Cola is taking steps to be at the forefront of the enhanced recycling movement, which can potentially turn packages such as colored PET bottles that may have been excluded from certain recycling streams into brand-new PET bottles.

The Coca-Cola system recently announced two investments to speed the development and deployment of breakthrough enhanced recycling technologies that will convert recycled plastic into food-grade PET for use in the company’s beverage bottles. Unlike mechanical recycling, enhanced recycling allows recovery and reuse of PET plastic without material degradation.

“Our aspiration – as part of our World Without Waste vision – is to close the loop on our packaging by helping turn more old bottles into new ones,” explains Scott Pearson, senior director, Global R&D Engineering, The Coca-Cola Company. “And enhanced recycling is the next big step in that direction.”

The company is extending a loan to Ioniqa Technologies to support the development of its technology for PET upcycling, which uses the process of depolymerization to recycle plastics of different colors, qualities and conditions into purified building blocks which can then be made into clear, high-quality PET, bringing the vision of a circular economy one step closer to reality. Ioniqa is building its first PET plastic upcycling factory in the Netherlands.

Additionally, the Coca-Cola system’s procurement collaboration has established a framework with Loop Industries, Inc., for authorized bottlers to purchase 100% recycled Loop PET. Coca-Cola European Partners is the first bottler to enter into a multi-year supply agreement with Loop for use in its packaging across Western Europe by 2020. This framework agreement will allow the Coca-Cola system to accelerate the increased use of recycled content in its plastic bottles.

These agreements support The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste vision, which focuses on the entire packaging lifecycle – from how bottles and cans are designed and made, to how they’re recycled and repurposed. The holistic, three-pillar plan (Design, Collect and Partner) includes ambitious goals to create packaging made of at least 50 percent recycled material by 2030; to help to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030; and to partner with industry, governments and local communities to tackle the global issue of plastic waste. The Ioniqa and Loop agreements support the Design pillar.

“These two agreements represent exciting opportunities for a real step change in our move towards a circular economy by bringing low-quality PET waste back to virgin-quality, food-grade PET,” said Robert Long, chief innovation officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “We are committed to ongoing investment in developing the right partnerships and initiatives to support our goal of a World without Waste.”

Long adds, “We have clear targets in place to support this goal. To achieve these will require far-reaching collaborations, partnerships, as well as innovation and investments, both to support a better collection and recycling infrastructure globally and to help develop new sustainable packaging solutions for the future.”

Mechanical recycling is the process of collecting and sorting used plastic bottles, separating clear PET from colored material, then cutting the clear material into small pieces so it can be effectively cleaned and washed. These pieces can then be melted down and blown into new bottles again.

Enhanced recycling uses the process of depolymerization, where the PET plastic (polymer) is converted back into its original building blocks (monomers), which are easier to purify. The monomers can then be repolymerized into the plastic resin creating high-quality PET material. “Using these more efficient enhanced recycling processes we can help reduce the high losses of PET we see in mechanical recycling and because we are reforming the polymer to perform like new every time we go through the recycling process we can truly start to create a closed loop for PET recycling,” Pearson said. “Enhanced recycling is truly upcycling: materials that would have been wasted or used to make carpets or textiles can be converted to bottles, again and again.”

“Enhanced recycling is one technology needed to drive a circular economy,” Pearson said. “It’s a big next step... but it’s not the only step. We still want to minimize use of virgin plastics and continue to lightweight our packaging and use as little material as possible. All of this work ladders up to our destination to close the loop on our packaging materials.”

Earlier this year, the company joined the industrial advisory board for DEMETO, developers of the gr3n technology for enhanced recycling, a European Project financed by the European Community into the framework of the Horizon 2020.

The investments are part of Coke’s multi-faceted approach to help create a circular plastics economy. The company has also pioneered and continues to evaluate the upscaling of new bio-based solutions, including bio-based technologies such as the fully recyclable PlantBottle® packaging made from up to 30 percent plant-based materials, which launched in 2009.

Coca-Cola also has taken several steps recently in support of the Partner pillar of its World Without Waste plan. The company recently announced an investment in Circulate Capital, a venture loan fund established to address ocean plastics in South Asia and Southeast Asia, including the $15 million contribution from The Coca-Cola Company. Circulate Capital aims to incubate and finance companies and infrastructure that prevent ocean plastic.

The company also signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment. The commitment, unveiled on Oct. 29 at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, has been signed by more than 250 organizations. It calls on participants to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reuse packaging models; innovate to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025; and reduce plastic produced by significantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products.
(The Coca-Cola Company)

Ball Corporation Agrees to Sell Chinese Beverage Can and End Manufacturing Facilities

Ball Corporation Agrees to Sell Chinese Beverage Can and End Manufacturing Facilities  (Company news)

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) announced an agreement to sell its metal beverage packaging facilities in China to ORG Technology Co. Ltd. (SZSE:002701), a leading Chinese metal packaging company, for approximately $225 million total transaction consideration including cash, plus potential additional consideration related to the relocation of an existing facility over the next several years, which the company currently expects to be in the range of $50 million to $75 million. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the second half of 2019.

Assets included in the sale are beverage can and end plants in Beijing, Foshan, Hubei and Qingdao, China, and associated contracts and other related assets. As part of the transaction, Ball also will license its beverage can and end technology to ORG in China, and reinvest approximately $50 million, largely from the anticipated relocation proceeds, in ORG's shares, while agreeing to cooperate on future commercial opportunities with mutual customers by leveraging the expertise of ORG in China and Ball in the markets it serves.

"This arrangement allows each party to leverage its own geographic strengths, while allowing Ball to continue our disciplined approach to capital allocation by freeing up capital that does not generate our required returns," said John A. Hayes, chairman, president and CEO.

Ball will continue to serve the growing demand for sustainable aluminum beverage packaging in other parts of Asia from its wholly owned Myanmar facility and joint ventures located in Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan.

Proceeds from the sale will support Ball's ongoing global growth initiatives and multi-year share repurchase program. Today's announcement will have an immaterial effect on Ball's 2019 goals of $2 billion of comparable EBITDA and free cash flow in excess of $1 billion.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to Ball Corporation, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as Ball Corporation's legal counsel.
(Ball Corporation)

KHS now expands Bottles & Shapes™ consulting program to include bottles and cans

KHS now expands Bottles & Shapes™ consulting program to include bottles and cans  (Company news)

Machinery and systems manufacturer KHS expands its container development services

-Comprehensive advice on the entire value chain
-Cost savings for customers by optimizing material usage
-Format conversions implemented within up to eight weeks

Photo: KHS has expanded its services as indicated by the new Bottles & Shapes™ logo.

Individual design that combines functionality and efficiency: The KHS Group is expanding its Bottles & Shapes™ program and is now also offering its holistic consulting expertise in container development and optimization for cans and glass bottles. Customers have already benefited to date from decades of know-how gained by the PET bottle specialists. System provider KHS supports customers at an early stage starting from the idea up to market maturity, thus ensuring planning reliability and a smooth process of synchronizing the new product with the existing line. KHS also continues to assume responsibility for sustainable actions: besides making optimal use of raw materials, additional energy-saving measures also reduce the consumption of resources for bottlers.

The design of the glass bottles and cans should be oriented to the product and target group, the containers should be easy to handle, cost-efficient, sustainable and as easy and reliable as possible to process on the line: the requirements in the development of containers are initially numerous and often vague. This is exactly where this service comes into play with the consulting expertise from KHS. "When a bottler approaches us with a request to develop a new or improve an existing container, we have the overall process in mind right from the start," says Armin Wille, head of Bottles & Shapes™ at KHS. As a system provider, KHS focuses on rapid and individually coordinated project planning and implementation.

"We do this by discussing ideas with our customers, giving advice on individual design and, at the same time, identifying the efficiency potential throughout the entire line. Even in this first step, the high requirements for aesthetics and uniqueness of the containers is taken into account and are optimally combined with technical functionality in the best possible way," says Wille. KHS relies on digital 3D animation to develop containers with Bottles & Shapes™. "This enables us to make an initial assessment of the bottle shape and then systematically optimize it."

Production of precisely fitting format parts
Together with global partners, the experts carry out detailed technical evaluations in advance and check whether the cans or glass bottles can be filled without difficulty on customer machines. The new format parts are then produced to exactly fit the existing lines. By quickly assembling the corresponding format parts and the corresponding customization conversions on the system, KHS ensures that new products can be launched smoothly. Bottling plants are thus able to profit from high production reliability.

"Our turnkey system offers comprehensive project management extending from receipt of the order to commissioning," explains Wille. After completion of the technical clarification, machinery and systems manufacturer KHS implements the format conversions for filling cans, glass and PET bottles in the line within a maximum period of only eight weeks. Through integrated planning with the help of Bottles & Shapes™, KHS makes it possible to seamlessly launch new products to the market and ensure a reliable time to market and at the same time focus on material and energy savings by developing lightweight cans and glass bottles. Bottlers profit from reduced costs once the production launch is successfully completed.
(KHS GmbH)

Ampack Technikum opens its doors

Ampack Technikum opens its doors  (Company news)

Bosch competence center for filling and packaging of liquid and viscous food

• Testing customer products and packaging materials prior to market launch
• Development of filling and sealing machines to match individual product needs
• Research on sustainable solutions for clean, ultra-clean and aseptic applications

Bosch Packaging Technology unveils its first technical research, development and testing center for filling and sealing liquid and viscous products in Koenigsbrunn, Germany. At the official opening event on 30th November, guests could explore the 450-square meter building and experience the three dedicated test rooms for food products, production lines and packaging materials first-hand.

“With over 40 years’ experience in hygienic pre-made cups and bottles filling, we want to share our knowledge and help our customers address market needs and industry trends at this state-of-the-art facility, as well as further improving product safety and production performance,” said Rico Randegger, general manager at Ampack GmbH, Centre of Competence at Bosch Packaging Technology for aseptic filling. “To emphasize the importance of innovation and knowledge, we have employed a doctoral student at our Technikum who will work with our experts and external partners.”

Dedicated facility to meet growing customers’ needs
The Ampack Technikum is divided into three separate sections, each dedicated to a different stage of testing and analysis based on the customer’s products, production and packaging needs. The first is a microbiological laboratory for chemical and technical assessments, as well as the evaluation of the sterility of selected packaging materials and machine components. “By evaluating the sterility of containers of different types (cups, trays and bottles) we can find the ideal decontamination method that ensures the maximum safety for customer-specific products,” explains Randegger. The Ampack team runs several sterilization tests, for example with hydrogen peroxide or pulsed light, and carries out research on new decontamination methods for sustainable packaging materials.

“In the second room, our team runs mechanical tests, including the inspection of the dosing and sealing process in sterile conditions. At this stage, we technically fine-tune the dosing and sealing process with customer products to ensure an optimum dosing result and sealing quality. Additionally, customers can fill product samples for advertising and marketing purposes (such as consumer tests) on our aseptic lab filler,” adds Randegger.

The last room is a typical research and development center, where Bosch professionals complete the testing phase and develop new functions for the selected packaging materials, machine modules or applications. “Here we have enough space to test run a complete filling machine to validate machine performance under realistic conditions,” said Randegger. Additionally, we optimize the production process with regard to handling and usability, and offer other services, such as hands-on training for improved maintenance.”
(AMPACK GmbH Abfüll- und Verpackungsmaschinen)

ENGEL at Interplastica 2019

ENGEL at Interplastica 2019  (Company news)

ENGEL is making its customers more competitive with flexible and efficient machine concepts along with automation from a single source. The system expert headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, will demonstrate what this means in practical terms at Interplastica 2019, from January 29th to February 1st in Moscow, Russia, by manufacturing lids for food containers including in-mould labelling. Another focus of the ENGEL trade fair stand in hall 2.1 is the new opportunities that digitalisation and networking are opening up for plastics processors and how they can be easily leveraged.

At Interplastica, ENGEL will be demonstrating how economical IML concepts can also be implemented for small batch sizes with one-shot production of ready-for-sale decorated lids for food packaging. To do so, ENGEL will be combining an e-motion 740/220 injection moulding machine equipped with a viper 20 linear robot with an IML uniLINE by TMA AUTOMATION. The viper robot removes the label from the IML cell, places it in the mould of the injection moulding machine, simultaneously removes the last moulded finished part and transfers it back to the uniLINE for ejection. Thanks to its standardised system concept, the compact IML cell is particularly easy to integrate. Within a very short time, the injection moulding machine can be flexibly converted for other tasks – with or without in-mould labelling. "We are thus also making IML attractive for the general purpose sector," stresses Olaf Kassek, Managing Director at OOO ENGEL in Moscow. "TMA's automation solutions can be combined just as easily with ENGEL e-mac and servo-hydraulic ENGEL victory injection moulding machines."

The ENGEL e-motion presented at Interplastica is often the first choice when it comes to producing of food packaging. With its closed system for toggle levers and spindles the injection moulding machine ensures optimum and clean lubrication of all moving machine com-ponents at all times, thus complying with the strict requirements of both the food and medical industries.

TMA AUTOMATION, based in Gdynia, Poland, is a new ENGEL partner specialising in the automation of IML and downstream processes, such as assembly, quality assurance and palletising, in the general-purpose sector for a wide range of industries. Especially in Eastern Europe, the automation expert can point to numerous well-known references. As the general contractor, ENGEL handles coordination with the automation partner for its customers and supplies the complete production cell from a single source. This also increases efficiency, as fewer interfaces often mean faster project planning.

Intelligent assistance prevents rejects
inject 4.0 is the second focus at the ENGEL stand in Moscow. "Our customers are increasingly leveraging the potential of digitalisation and connectivity," as Kassek reports. There is specific demand for intelligent assistance systems that enable the injection moulding machine to continuously self-optimise during the on-going process. iQ weight control, for ex-ample, analyses the pressure profile during injection and compares the measured values with a reference cycle. The injection profile, switchover point and the holding pressure profile are adjusted to the current conditions for each individual shot, which keeps the injected volume constant during the entire production run. Fluctuations in the raw material and ambient conditions are thus compensated for before rejects are produced. "The iQ assistance systems are often the first step on the way to becoming a smart factory," as Kassek reports. "The modular structure of the inject 4.0 program makes it easy to get started with individual, smaller solutions and then further develop the digitalisation strategy in line with needs."

Customer portal e-connect in Russian for the first time
One special highlight at Interplastica is the ENGEL customer portal e-connect, which will be presented in Russian for the first time. At any time and anywhere, it provides an overview of the machine status, the processing status of service and support orders and the prices and availability of spare parts. In this way, the portal simplifies and accelerates communications between processors and ENGEL as the supplier.

All service products from the inject 4.0 program are integrated into e-connect, including the new e-connect.monitor for condition-based predictive maintenance and e-connect.24 for 24/7 online support. "In a country as large as Russia, online support and remote maintenance are often decisive competitive factors," as Kassek emphasizes. Qualified ENGEL service technicians are available around the clock and help users to troubleshoot faults in the shortest possible time, thus minimising downtime. If so desired by the user, the machines can independently send an electronic call for help to ENGEL so that the specialists can start processing without any loss of time. The associated app keeps the plant operator up to date, even if they are at a completely different location many miles away.

MES for newcomers and advanced users
At Interplastica, ENGEL will also be presenting smart connectivity solutions for linking injection moulding machines and production cells within the company. TIG authentig, the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) by ENGEL subsidiary TIG (Rankweil, Austria) is tailored to the specific requirements of the injection moulding industry down to the last detail. It ensures transparency in order to, for example, utilise the total capacity of the machines or correlate productivity indicators and economic objectives. The new products that TIG will be presenting for the first time during the trade fair in Russia include the TIG 2go dashboard solution, which is particularly suitable for entering the MES world, and the TIG big data high-performance analysis platform for networking machinery around the globe in a central cockpit.

ENGEL at Interplastica 2019: hall 2.1, stand 1B23
(Engel Austria GmbH)

The Perfect Wave

The Perfect Wave  (Company news)

Gear motors, pumps and stirring units keep process material in constant motion in the process industry’s production facilities. A large number of shaft seals are used at drive shafts to keep liquids securely within the equipment. But leaks may be more likely to occur if the pressure acting on the seals becomes too great. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a new rotary seal, the Gerromatic, which has a wave-shaped sealing lip. This increases the maximum amount of pressure that can be applied. The sinusoidal contact path also reduces friction and provides self-cleaning, which extends operating life.

In the process industry, including the food and beverage sector, shaft seals used in equipment mostly have a rotation-symmetrical seal lip, which abuts the rotating shaft with a groove-like contact pattern. During wet-running, this can cause the medium to be displaced at the contact surface. The seal then runs in a more or less dry condition, leading to increased friction and higher temperatures. The increased friction increases wear and reduces the efficiency of the equipment. The accompanying rise in temperature is not desirable, especially when the process media are temperature-sensitive. If the seal lip is also exposed to high temperatures at high rotational speeds – for example, due to a process material that applies pressure to the seal lip in a vessel with a stirring unit below it – the lip can fold down on the low-pressure side, which would result in immediate leakage and the seal’s failure.

Wave-shaped sealing lip instead of a rotation-symmetrical design
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a new rotary seal, the “Gerromatic,” for wet-running applications and pressures up to 8 bar. It is equipped with a wave-shaped sealing lip, not a rotation-symmetrical design. This results in a sinusoidal contact pattern. As the shaft rotates, each point of the seal lip repeatedly coats a different area of the shaft, moistening it with the medium. This reduces friction and the usual temperature rise at the sealing area. The contact zone of the undulated seal lip, alternating between flat and linear, has the ability to distribute high pressure so the seal lip’s performance is maintained. It lies securely against the shaft and does not fold down, even across a wide range of pressures. Furthermore, the sinusoidal path provides self-cleaning: If small particles, perhaps from the process material, settle under the seal lip at times, they are quickly rinsed out of the contact zone. This reduces wear and increases the operating life of the seal.

In a Freudenberg Sealing Technologies testing facility, experts have already demonstrated the new seal’s special features. In a test, the Gerromatic displayed a temperature rise that was 20°C less than the increase for a standard seal. The test was a standard wet-running trial that ran for 96 hours at 5 bar and a circumferential speed of 5 meters per second. Its leakage behavior is even more impressive: Under the same conditions, only a vanishingly small leakage rate could be detected over the entire test route of more than 1,700 kilometers.

High resistance to cleaning and sterilizing media
The new Gerromatic rotary seal from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is made of PTFE and produced in various versions. PTFE is a thermoplastic polymer consisting of fluorine and carbon and is available with food authorizations in accordance with EU 10/2011 and FDA as well as pharmaceutical approvals in accordance with the U.S. standard USP Class VI.

The material stands out for its resistance to temperatures ranging from -80°C to +200°C. Another advantage of the PTFE materials now being used is their high resistance to the media usually used for cleaning and sterilizing closed equipment in the process industry. With a pressure resistance of up to 8 bar and a circumferential speed of up to 25 meters per second, the new seal is especially suited for partially and fully immersed applications with aqueous media where above-average pressure development must be taken into account.
(Freudenberg Sealing Technologies GmbH & Co. KG)

KHS Innopro ECOSTAB: flexible, resource-saving beer stabilization

KHS Innopro ECOSTAB: flexible, resource-saving beer stabilization  (Company news)

-The result of 150 years of experience in beer stabilization
-ECOSTAB series has advantages over conventional systems
-Compact machine saves water and concentrate

In 1878 Lorenz A. Enzinger, heralded by the trade as the “Einstein of beer”, registered the first filter machine with the Imperial Patent Office. His innovative filter technology has had a lasting impact on the brewing industry. As the successor company to L.A. Enzinger KHS looks back on 150 years of experience in the filtration and stabilization of beer. Today’s beer stabilization systems in the ECOSTAB machine series are state of the art.

Photo: The KHS Innopro ECOSTAB permits reliable beer stabilization using PVPP.

In view of the increase in the number of exports beer stabilization is now also an important factor for medium-sized breweries. This is the only way they can ensure a long product shelf life which is essential on long transportation distances. Nowadays beer is usually stabilized by reducing either the number of proteins or tannins in the product. If the brewer filters a sufficient quantity of one of these substances out of the beer, the hazing is delayed. Using stabilizing agent polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (PVPP) in particular has major benefits as it is regenerative and can thus be utilized several times.

Resource-saving production with ECOSTAB B
KHS is setting standards in regenerative beer stabilization with PVPP with its ECOSTAB B technology. The system is based on the tried-and-tested KHS ClearLine frame design. All of the relevant components, such as pumps, control cabinet and stabilizing columns, are on one rack, with only the PVPP storage vessel in a separate unit. The modular design permits a flexible layout, with the low total system weight suitable for platform installation.

The ECOSTAB B has an output of 75 to 240 hectoliters of beer per hour. Thanks to its modular design the performance or capacity can later be extended at any time. The machinery is also distinguished by its low cost of investment. Furthermore, compared to standard systems the ECOSTAB B consumes up to 70% less PVPP. The high flux of up to 45 hectoliters per square meter through the filter strainers results in a very small system volume which in turn yields further benefits as regards water and concentrate savings, reduced blending amounts and setup times. The technological values demanded by the market, such as an oxygen pickup of under 10 ppb and PVPP losses of below 0.5%, are easily achieved with the ECOSTAB B.

Blocked filter elements a thing of the past
During production the system doses the pre-defined, recipe-controlled quantity of PVPP proportionally into the beer flow. The PVPP is deposited on the inside of the filter elements; the beer flows through these, is stabilized and fed to the downstream machine. Following production the PVPP is extracted and fed to the storage vessel and the filter elements are cleaned by rotating spray heads. Blockages on the filter surfaces are therefore practically eliminated.

Like the ECOSTAB B the continuous ECOSTAB C variant is also based on the tried-and-tested KHS ClearLine frame design. Three stabilizing modules form the heart of the system, with two always in production and one in regeneration mode. With a capacity range of 150 to 600 hectoliters per hour in continuous stabilization operation the ECOSTAB C series meets all market requirements.

INFO: Why stabilizing the tannin in beer with PVPP is worthwhile
During regenerative stabilization with PVPP the beer is stabilized in a system installed downstream of the clarifying filtration apparatus. This construction prevents the PVPP from collecting in the precoat filter vessel as a further solid – as is the case in non-regenerative stabilization – for the vessel can only absorb a certain amount of solids. In the regenerative variant it is thus not necessary to temporarily halt filtration once this maximum has been reached.

As less filter media has to be disposed of, the cost of using regenerative PVPP is also much lower than for setups which apply non-regenerative PVPP. In addition, the service life of the diatomaceous earth filter is significantly lengthened, with a return on investment of well under two years not unusual.
(KHS GmbH)

Drench launches new citrus variant alongside a full range refresh

Drench launches new citrus variant alongside a full range refresh   (Company news)

Britvic is launching a new tasty citrus addition to its popular Drench range, with a Mandarin & Lemon flavour. Scoring highly for its natural and refreshing taste during consumer testing, the new product is available since 9th November and offers retailers the chance to stock a truly unique flavour within the juice drinks category. The full Drench range has also undergone a packaging refresh with a bold new design, creating further stand out on-shelf.

Health is becoming an increasingly important factor for consumers, with low and no sugar soft drinks worth £2.4bn and having grown +12.8% in the last year. The new Mandarin & Lemon flavour combines a bold tasting juice flavour with crisp spring water and contains no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours or flavourings. In addition to the new launch, Britvic has revamped the rest of the Drench range to also be free of preservatives. With two out of three adult consumers rating Mandarin & Lemon as the most ideal flavour for them from the entire range3, this latest innovation from Britvic is set to drive both sales and footfall.

Phil Sanders, GB Commercial Director At Home at Britvic, commented on the launch: “As innovators in the soft drinks category, we believe it’s key to expand on popular existing ranges, as well as focusing on launching new products. We’re always on the lookout for something fresh, that’s why we are introducing our newest Drench flavour, Mandarin & Lemon, bringing a bold tasting product to the juice drinks market that provides consumers with a refreshing option for a variety of occasions.”

The Drench Mandarin & Lemon flavoured juice drink will have an MRSP of £1.39 and will be available in 500ml bottles. The launch will be supported with PR, heavyweight shopper marketing and national consumer sampling. The sampling will entail a ‘Win Your Lunch’ game, accessed by scanning a QR code displayed on POS via a consumer’s mobile device. The player must ‘spin to win’ and match three of the same icons to win cash prizes to spend on their lunch, with everyone rewarded with a free bottle of Drench.
(Britvic Plc)

The next generation: KHS presents the InnoPET Blomax Series V

The next generation: KHS presents the InnoPET Blomax Series V  (Company news)

-KHS improves all areas of its successful stretch blow molder
-More sustainable and efficient system for PET bottles
-World premiere at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany

In the development of stretch blow molders KHS can look back on over 40 years of experience in PET processing. It is therefore not without good reason that the InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder has been setting standards in the production of PET bottles since its conception. KHS is now offering its customers a new milestone with the Series V (photo). The Dortmund systems supplier celebrated the world premiere thereof at this year’s BrauBeviale in Nuremberg from November 13 to 15.

The InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder is one of the most reliable and efficient machines of its kind. At the end of the year, for the first time the general public will be able to preview the fifth generation which thanks to numerous innovations constitutes the most sustainable and powerful InnoPET Blomax to date. “We’ve always listened closely to what our customers have to say and work this into the continuous improvement of our stretch blow molder. In this series the greatest technological advance came with the development of the machine’s new heating concept, however,” smiles Marco Böhnke, product manager for block and stretch blow molding technology at KHS. “With the new Series V generation of machines we want to define just what a stretch blow molder can do.”

With the InnoPET Blomax Series V users opt for sustainable and powerful technology. The machine produces up to 90,000 PET bottles an hour holding between around 0.2 and 3.0 liters. It manufactures lightweight or premium variants just as reliably as individual bottles and containers. Depending on requirements six to 36 blow stations are possible, each of which has a capacity of up to 2,500 bottles per hour. Thanks to the machine’s quick-change system format changeovers involve only a few manual adjustments performed in a very short time indeed, ensuring permanently high line availability. The new generation of stretch blow molders seamlessly ties in with the KHS Group’s blocked machine strategy and can be combined with a filler, labeler or Plasmax barrier technology or with several modules at once.

Innovative features for more sustainability
The Series V saves up to 40% in energy compared to its predecessor through the implementation of a completely new heating concept. The near infrared heater centrally installed in the closed reflector tunnel forms the nucleus of this. In the heater the preforms pass the centrally arranged heating units to both the left and right. This means that the preforms have a very small pitch of 18 millimeters instead of the previous approximately 37 millimeters. KHS has thus been able to reduce the number of heater boxes by up to 40% which not only results in such vast energy savings but also cuts down on the amount of radiation loss.

New cooling concept saves even more energy
In the new DuoCooling cooling concept an external cooler supplies two cooling circuits with different temperatures. One of these is for the base mold and the other for the stretch drives, outer mold shells and, if required, the control cabinet cooling unit. This efficient cooling system prevents condensation from forming on the outer mold shells, for example, and further reduces energy consumption by up to 15%.

In the Series V KHS has supplemented its patented AirbackPlus air recycling system for an up to 40% saving in compressed air with its new EcoDry air management system. This uses the residual air from the blowing and recycling process to replace a separate air drier in the base mold area and in the blow wheel. In combination with DuoCooling this means that the entire blow mold is free of condensation and corrosion even in unfavorable climatic conditions. This enables operators of the EcoDry system to save approximately €50,000 at 5,000 hours of production per annum. “We’re proud to again be setting new standards with the InnoPET Blomax Series V and to pass these benefits on to our customers, allowing them to enjoy even more efficient and sustainable production,” states Böhnke.
(KHS GmbH)

Symrise is Germany's most sustainable large corporation

Symrise is Germany's most sustainable large corporation  (Company news)

-Fragrance and flavoring manufacturer wins the German Sustainability Award 2019
-Commitment to sustainability in the supply chain recognized

Symrise’s consistent commitment to sustainability was awarded first place in the category “Germany’s most sustainable large corporations 2019.” In addition to Symrise’s commitment to climate protection, the decisive factors were mainly its efforts to preserve biodiversity and to support the living conditions of small-scale farmers along the supply chain who consistently meet the highest ecological and social standards. After receiving an award in 2012 and being a finalist in 2016, Symrise has now received the coveted prize for a second time.

In a ceremony attended by 1,200 top-ranking guests from politics, industry, cities, research and society, Symrise’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram accepted the German Sustainability Award from Environmental Minster Svenja Schulze at a gala event on December 7, 2018, in Düsseldorf. Further laudators included Economics Minister Peter Altmaier, Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Dr. Katarina Barley, Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller, all representatives of the German Federal Government, and the patron of the event, former Federal President Christian Wulff.

Globally successful with sustainable supply chains
“Symrise not only uses its significant influence to secure bio-based raw materials for its own needs. At the same time, it supports threatened ecosystems with comprehensive sustainability management that has been implemented in all core processes of the company,” the jury noted in its decision. The company realized early on that the need for natural and sustainably produced raw materials is constantly growing, and that these materials are also threatened by climate change and the decline of biodiversity.

For the approximately 10,000 raw materials that Symrise uses, the company predominantly draws on plant-based materials. These come in part from sensitive ecosystems, such as the Amazon rainforest, which Symrise is helping to protect with its approach to sustainability. For years now, the pioneering company based in Holzminden has been active in its growing regions across all continents and has supported the local populations. Projects of special note include sustainable vanilla cultivation in Madagascar and responsible sourcing of bio-based raw materials for cosmetic ingredients in the Amazon region of Brazil, in the context of which the company supports 5,500 local small-scale farmers. In these and other regions, Symrise educates farmers in environmentally effective cultivation practices, grants microcredits and invests in educational and professional opportunities, all of which demonstrably improve the socioeconomic conditions of the small-scale farmers.

Ambitious climate goals
“We see the confirmation of our strategy through the German Sustainability Award as a great honor, and this motivates us to continue,” Bertram says. “As Germany’s most sustainable large corporation, we take our position as a role model seriously. We support biodiversity in our growing regions and support local farming communities. In the process, environmental aspects also play a decisive role. In the regions of origin of our raw materials and in our production sites, we are implementing comprehensive measures to protect the environment. And it has paid off. For example, in 2016 we had already reached the goals for our environmental footprint that we had set for 2020. That’s why we have now defined even more ambitious sustainability objectives for ourselves. For example, by 2030 we want to reduce our total CO2 emissions by 18 percent.” In 2017, Symrise was the first company in its sector to commit to a climate strategy that meets the strict criteria of the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI), whose participants commit to setting a science-based climate goal aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to a figure well below 2°C. The jury of the most important sustainability award in German-speaking countries especially commended the dedication of the company management within the supply chain and the company’s continual improvements in its own operations.
(Symrise AG)

ENGEL at Arabplast 2019

ENGEL at Arabplast 2019  (Company news)

Optimum efficiency, maximum performance and consistent quality: ENGEL, the Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solution provider, will be demonstrating how tailor-made interplay between the injection moulding machine, automation, and the mould can reconcile these demands cost-effectively and sustainably at the Arabplast 2019 fair from January 5th to 8th in Dubai, United Arabic Emirates. ENGEL’s information stand in hall 6 will focus on innovative products and applications for the construction, logistics and packaging industries.

As the dynamic development of the plastics industry in the United Arab Emirates continues, it is not least Expo 2020, the upcoming world exhibition in Dubai, that is inspiring the region. The construction, logistics and packaging sectors in particular are benefiting from the preparations for several million additional visitors. "Plastics processors in these industries are increasingly investing in the modernisation and expansion of their machinery," reports Andreas Leitner, Sales Director Middle East at ENGEL in the run-up to Arabplast. "Demand is particularly high for solutions that lead to greater efficiency and further increase sustainability." As an innovation-driven company with a high level of automation and expertise in system solutions, ENGEL is one of the preferred suppliers in the region. "If we precisely tune all components of the production cell from the outset, we can fully exploit both efficiency and quality potential," says Leitner. In addition to injection moulding machines, ENGEL develops process technologies, robots and special automation solutions in-house and also collaborates with partner companies that are also leaders in their respective fields. One of these partners, Otto Hofstetter, is exhibiting along with ENGEL in Dubai. Among other capabilities, the Swiss toolmaker is one of the world's leading suppliers of thin-walled packaging. The two partners have many joint reference projects in the United Arab Emirates.

Packaging: maximum performance – minimal energy consumption
During the four days of the fair, ENGEL and Otto Hofstetter will be presenting a whole range of different thin-walled containers – from small food containers to larger paint buckets – which are manufactured using in-mould labelling (IML) at particularly low unit costs. IML makes it possible to produce highly decorated, ready-to-fill packaging in a single production step. For this purpose, a decorative film is automatically inserted into the mould and back-moulded with thermoplastic material. The high-performance machines in ENGEL's e motion series ensure that even extremely thin-walled containers are highly stable in these applications. With its closed system for toggle levers and spindles, the all-electric e-motion ensures optimum and clean lubrication of all moving machine components at all times, thus complying with the strict requirements of the food industry.

In the manufacture of caps, efficiency is also still the most important driver of innovation. The e-cap, which ENGEL developed specifically for cap production, is the only cap machine on the market providing all-electric operation with a clamping force range as high as 4,200 kN. At the same time, it is the most energy-efficient machine in its class. To manufacture 26 mm caps made of high density polyethylene in a 72-cavity mould, for example, an e-cap 2440/380 requires only 0.4 kWh of electricity per kilogram of pellets with a cycle time of less than 2 seconds. Because it is all-electric, the e-cap also saves cooling water. "The lowest possible energy and cooling water consumption values are crucial in the United Arab Emi-rates," says Leitner. "The trend in cap production is therefore clearly towards all-electric machines."

Construction: compact solutions for voluminous moulds
In the construction industry, it is mainly fittings which are produced in large quantities and place high demands on suppliers. As a rule, fitting production requires a large number of core-pulls and slide valves, thus leading to particularly large moulds. To avoid the size of the injection moulding machine being determined by the mould volume, and instead by the clamping force required for the injection moulding process, increasing numbers of fitting manufacturers are opting for tie-bar-less ENGEL victory machines. Because there are no tie bars in the way, the mould mounting platens can be fully used up to their very edges. In this way, large moulds fit on comparatively small machines, which keeps investment costs low and saves a huge amount of energy over the entire production period. The ENGEL ecodrive servo-hydraulic system, which is part of the the victory series' standard scope of supply, makes a further contribution to high energy efficiency.

Further advantages of the tie-bar-less clamping unit are faster set-up processes and more efficient automation, as the robots move close to the clamping unit and can reach the cavities without needing to work around the interfering edges. The trend towards integrating work steps downstream of the injection moulding process is leading to a further increase in the degree of automation. In the manufacture of fittings, for example, ENGEL viper linear robots automatically place seals in the component.

Logistics: reliable processing of recycled materials
The trend towards greater sustainability is particularly evident in the area of logistics. Companies in the Middle East would like to completely do without wooden pallets in the long term. Plastic pallets do not require environmentally hazardous chemicals such as pesticides and fungicides and are lighter, while offering greater stability and rigidity, making them ideal for air freight. In addition, they are neither hygroscopic nor flammable and do not splinter. "Pallets are increasingly being produced from recycled packaging waste," says Leitner, describing an important milestone. "The circular economy trend is leading to more and more high-quality applications being developed for recycled materials, which we support as machine manufacturer and system solution provider." With their very powerful plasticising units, compact, dual-platen, large-scale machines by ENGEL duo series are optimally equipped for processing recycled material.

To achieve full automation even for larger dimensions, ENGEL offers its viper robots with a nominal payload capacity of up to 120 kg. With a mould take-off stroke of 3000 mm and a reach of 3550 mm, the ENGEL viper 120 is expanding the horizon of linear robotics.

Master complex processes easily
From the standardised robot cell to the tailor-made special automation solution, ENGEL precisely meets individual handling requirements. One special feature with ENGEL is that the robot control is a component of the injection moulding machine's CC300 control. This guarantees uniform operating logic throughout the entire production cell and exploits further efficiency potential. As the machine and robot access a common database, their movements can be coordinated precisely, which cuts cycle times in many applications.

The whole process is very easily and clearly visualised via the CC300 control panel of the injection moulding machine and can be controlled centrally using the panel. With the increasing complexity of manufacturing processes, this aspect is becoming increasingly important. Control integration reduces complexity and makes it easy, even for a machine operator with little experience, to master the process reliably and produce consistently high quality. "The shortage of skilled workers in the United Arab Emirates continues to worsen," Leitner reports. "With our Simplicity approach, we are helping our customers to further boost their competiveness."

New service base in Dubai
A deep understanding of local markets and individual customer requirements is a prerequisite for developing tailor-made injection moulding solutions. To ensure close proximity to its customers worldwide, ENGEL is continuously expanding its sales and service network. In the Middle East, the service team in particular has recently been expanded. Dubai now also has its own service base. Within the ENGEL Group, ENGEL has been able to recruit a very experienced technician for the emirate.

ENGEL at Arabplast 2019: hall 6, stand C110
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Fully recyclable: glass-coated PET bottles resolve juice production challenge

Fully recyclable: glass-coated PET bottles resolve juice production challenge  (Company news)

-Classic non-returnable PET bottles with composite materials currently difficult to recycle
-FreshSafe PET® from KHS provides sustainable solution
-With it beverage producers contribute to effective recycling process

Photo: At the moment PET juice bottles with a scavenger barrier are difficult to recycle and should therefore not enter the recycling system together with other non-returnable PET bottles. Glass bottle coating from KHS provides a system for pure-grade recycling.

Priority for fully recyclable PET bottles: when the German Packaging Law comes into effect on January 1, 2019, the new legislation will set down binding rules to increase recycling quotas. The amendment will levy higher fees for packaging which is difficult to recycle. This includes non-returnable PET bottles with composite materials for juice and nectar, among other products. Juice and nectar producers are thus currently looking for solutions which will help them to avoid the ensuing increase in costs. Here, FreshSafe PET® technology from KHS presents a viable alternative as it combines product protection with bottle-to-bottle recyclability. In view of the European Strategy for Plastics and other national legislation in countries outside Germany, KHS’ unique barrier technology is also gaining in significance at an international level.

When the new Packaging Law supersedes the present Packaging Ordinance at the start of next year as the legal framework for the German market, it not only defines a new target quota of 70% for returnable systems. The new regulations also prescribe increased recycling quotas for all types of packaging – also for plastics. As of January 58.5% of all plastic waste is to be recycled, i.e. the separate materials recovered and reused. From 2022 onwards this figure is to rise to 63%. At the moment the amount of plastic recycled in Germany totals around 36%.

In this context the dual waste disposal systems responsible for the collection of recyclable materials, such as non-returnable juice and nectar PET bottles, will be obliged to significantly increase their recycling quotas in the future. The new law allows them to reduce costs for easily and effectively recyclable materials and to charge more for packaging which is difficult to reuse. In the future the participation fees calculated on this basis will be determined by a number of ecological criteria. The better a type of packaging can be segregated and recycled, the lower the fees for beverage producers and retailers.

Additives in PET bottles complicate recycling
In particular, this rule has an effect on all those beverages whose packaging materials cannot be easily recycled as they contain additives. Juice and nectar producers especially, who fill their products into PET bottles, are affected in some areas. Non-returnable PET bottles are essentially fully recyclable; however, most of today’s juice and nectar bottles do not consist solely of PET. In many cases they contain multilayer, blended or scavenger materials which protect the sensitive beverages from external influences such as oxygen pickup.

The composition of these PET bottles is such that it does not allow the materials to be collected by type and recycled together with PET bottles which fall under the one-way deposit system, thus hindering the establishment of a global recycling process. “One quarter of the clear rPET flakes from yellow recycling sacks contain scavengers which impair the quality with their yellowish color, for example," states Herbert Snell, managing director of the MultiPet GmbH recycling company. “Mixing PET bottles like these with other beverage bottles made of PET makes it more much more difficult to use these rPET flakes for bottle-to-bottle recycling.”

This is why at the moment they cannot be included in the German deposit system for one-way packaging, says Snell. According to a current study by packaging market research institute GVM, about 10% of all non-returnable PET bottles do not carry a deposit, meaning that in 2017 38,000 metric tons of PET material bypassed the deposit system. At present the majority of such containers is used to bottle juices and nectars. If producers in this beverage segment fail to optimize their packaging portfolio with a view to full recyclability, they also face the threat of higher additional fees for placing classic PET bottles with additives on the market.

FreshSafe PET® juice bottles 100% recyclable
Beverage producers can find one alternative in the FreshSafe PET® technology provided by KHS. After the PET bottle has been manufactured, an ultra-thin glass coating is applied to its inside wall. These coated PET bottles are 100% recyclable as the coating is washed off during the recycling process, producing pure, fully segregated PET.

This is also confirmed by packaging expert Benedikt Kauertz, head of Environmental Assessment of Packaging at the independent Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu) in Heidelberg, Germany. “Glass-coated PET bottles allow juice and nectar bottles to be included in the pure PET cycle and their materials to be recycled together with other used PET bottles for water and carbonated beverages, for instance. To this end, however, the deposit-assisted return system must be extended to include these specially optimized bottles.”

97.9% of non-returnable deposit PET bottles are now recycled in this manner; juice bottles are not included in this figure. The first premium juice producers have realized this and are now already using the new FreshSafe PET® technology worldwide. This can reduce the circulation of non-returnable PET bottles which are hard to recycle in the medium to long term, acknowledges Mario Dechent, director of Research and Development for the Eckes-Granini Group GmbH. “We directed our attention to the full recyclability of PET juice bottles very early on. With FreshSafe PET® coating technology we’ve been using a sustainable system to fill our beverages for over ten years now, one which also permits pure-grade bottle-to-bottle recycling and thus increases the availability of useful recycling materials.”

Barrier costs also pay off thanks to lower fees
Beverage producers naturally incur additional costs when they invest in barrier technology. However, as the overall operating costs are reduced, the procurement pays off relatively quickly. With it juice and nectar producers can switch to less expensive standard PET preforms, relieving them of the obligation to source preforms from a specific manufacturer. Furthermore, compared to standard composite materials FreshSafe PET® provides a much better barrier quality and ensures much longer shelf lives. As they are fully recyclable, in the future FreshSafe PET® bottles prove more favorable when it comes to the calculation of participation fees.

KHS offers beverage producers an individual consideration of the total costs accrued when using this barrier technology. “Measured against the huge benefit of additional product protection and longer product shelf lives in particular, the costs per bottle are actually lower,” says Philipp Langhammer, product manager for barrier technology at KHS Corpoplast. “In view of the possible extra costs for the circulation of PET bottles which are tricky to recycle levied by the new Packaging Law, beverage producers should make their packaging portfolio future proof now and thus help to introduce a sustainable packaging system.”

Possible full ban on plastics which are difficult to recycle
Non-returnable PET bottles for juice and nectar which are difficult to recycle not only face the threat of higher fees due to their unfavorable properties. In the long term a complete ban on packaging such as the above could also even come into effect. The European Strategy for Plastics presented by the European Commission at the beginning of 2018 envisages all plastics having to be recycled by 2030. Various national initiatives in other countries of Europe are also promoting the reduction in plastic waste. In France, for example, the only plastics in use by 2025 at the latest should be recyclable. Moreover, in Great Britain new plastic packaging is to consist of an average of 30% recycled PET. International beverage producers have also begun to set themselves targets for a much higher recycling quota as a voluntary obligation.

“By steadily ousting PET bottles for juice and nectar which are hard to recycle the market is increasingly opening up to recyclable packaging systems,” emphasizes Langhammer. The growing demand for FreshSafe PET® also illustrates that barrier technology has already hit a nerve among beverage producers. With it KHS provides a system which can significantly raise recycling quotas for PET beverage packaging the world over. “The move away from composite materials which are difficult to recycle has already begun,” states Langhammer. “With the help of our technology the opportunities for processing pure PET are fundamentally increased.”
(KHS GmbH)

UEBT membership: Symrise strengthens its commitment to biodiversity conservation and ...

UEBT membership: Symrise strengthens its commitment to biodiversity conservation and ...  (Company news)

... ethical sourcing

• Admission as company member to the Union for Ethical BioTrade
• First leading Flavor & Fragrance house to join UEBT as a whole
• Reinforces the corporate implementation of global biodiversity objectives within own operations and throughout the value chain

Symrise AG has successfully passed the UEBT membership assessment and is now expanding its UEBT membership to the entire corporation. For a couple of years, Symrise Madagascar and Brazil have been members of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT). During this time, they have been successfully implementing a number of comprehensive programs. They are designed to promote sustainable cultivation and collection practices for natural raw materials and socioeconomic support for local smallholder farmers and collectors.

“We congratulate Symrise on its company-wide commitment to sourcing with respect for people and biodiversity. This is a significant milestone as Symrise becomes the first leading fragrance and flavor house to join UEBT as a whole. UEBT membership means that Symrise has become part of a growing movement of companies committed to improving their impact on biodiversity along their supply chains” says Rik Kutsch Lojenga, ED of UEBT. As a precondition to becoming a global UEBT member, Symrise has successfully passed a membership assessment where adherence of the company’s biodiversity policy commitments and its ethical sourcing system with the key indicators of the UEBT Ethical BioTrade Standard has been verified. In addition, Symrise has developed work plans to continuously improve its management systems and procedures to promote positive impact for people and biodiversity across its entire business ecosystem.

Biodiversity – an invaluable source of inspiration and innovation
With its global UEBT membership, the German based ingredient manufacturer has made another strong commitment to reinforce its ethical sourcing approach in order to further promote internationally recognized biodiversity objectives as well as fair labor conditions and human rights criteria across its business ecosystem. This approach is based on a deep understanding that biodiversity means more than a source of precious natural raw materials to Symrise. It also serves the company as an invaluable and irreplaceable source of innovation and inspiration for unique flavors, fragrances as well as cosmetic and functional ingredients. “Engaging for people and biodiversity in times of global environmental change and social transition is in the self-interest of our company. For this reason, we do everything to ensure that our sourcing systems operate well within planetary, social and ethical boundaries and continuously provide our markets with precious natural raw materials,” says Dr. Heinz Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise.

Creating sustainable blueprints for the Flavor & Fragrance industry
In times of increasing consumer demands for natural products and ingredients, the value of biodiversity and natural capital increases for the consumer goods industry and its suppliers, such as Symrise. It therefore requires resolute actions from all industry actors to stop global biodiversity loss. The good practices UEBT sets through its principles and standards will increasingly serve Symrise and its suppliers as a compass on how to grow, collect and harvest natural ingredients in an utmost sustainable and ethical manner. “Our ambition is to set the standard, pace and direction for sustainable sourcing practices across the entire F&F industry. Together with likeminded partners, such as the Union for Ethical BioTrade, we want to create blueprints for our industry and expect others to follow on our journey towards making our planet a better place for people and biodiversity”, says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer of Symrise.

Besides its key role for sustainable development, the commercial relevance of biodiversity to the Flavor and Fragrance industry constitutes a decisive factor. Sascha Liese, Corporate Sustainability Manager and Biodiversity expert at Symrise explains: "Biological diversity" stands for "nature" and the "variety of life". In other terms, biodiversity ensures nutrition, delivers good taste, promotes health, supports wellbeing, creates beauty, inspires human culture, and touches the senses. And this is exactly what our business model is all about.”
(Symrise AG)

UNITED CAPS Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone - 10 Billion of the World's Best Closures ...

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

... produced in one year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Menno Bax, Marketing Director for Wielkopolski, added: “This is a great innovation. At Wielkopolski, we are delighted to enhance our range with the new DOUBLEFLOW to make life easier for our consumers, and to help strengthen our brand proposition and the activation plans we have with the Wielkopolski brand in the Polish market.”
(United Caps)


Ireland: Price of alcohol could rise significantly in case of no deal Brexit  (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Higher trade prices will, therefore, cause export volumes from the EU to the UK to drop significantly," it will warn.


World: China's Tsingtao beer now exported to more than 100 countries  (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Tsingtao will continue to resonate with the country's development and social progress and make efforts to enhance the global influence of Chinese brands," Chu said.


UK: Non-alcoholic and low-strength beers 'incredibly important' to UK pubs  (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s currently under discussion in Brussels and we hope that change would be made.”


USA: Analysts note craft beer sales growth within on-premise establishments this year  (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The craft beer experience is now much more than just the physical act of drinking craft beer. Tasting rooms and brewpubs provide an opportunity for consumers to engage with the culture of craft beer, and right now, there is a golden opportunity to engage with drinkers in a memorable, meaningful and interactive way,” Nielsen said.


USA: Diageo planning new distillery in Kentucky  (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American whiskeys account for just a fraction of Diageo's overall net sales. The company's most prominent brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and Guinness.


Ukraine: AB InBev Efes brings Goose Island beers to Ukraine  (

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

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

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

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

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

AB InBev Efes in Ukraine owns three breweries in Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv regions.


India: Mahou India enters Bengaluru with wheat beer  (

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

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

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

India is the first country for Mahou Group where it has a fully owned subsidiary outside of Spain. The company has its brewery located in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan. The group entered the Indian market in August 2012.

CIBUS TEC is even bigger: A new additional hall and 60% of the area already booked

CIBUS TEC is even bigger: A new additional hall and 60% of the area already booked  (Company news)

22 | 25 OCT.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

CIBUS TEC industry 4.0 live demonstrations
The most advanced technologies from processing to warehouse logistics will take center stage during Cibus Tec 2019 with various highly automated and real functional lines.

Sidel BoostPRIME opens the door to premiumisation and revenue generation for hot-filled beverages...

Sidel BoostPRIME opens the door to premiumisation and revenue generation for hot-filled beverages...  (Company news) PET

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extended actuator and nominal size range of GEMÜ 567 BioStar control valve

Extended actuator and nominal size range of GEMÜ 567 BioStar control valve   (Company news)

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

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

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

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

Feldmuehle strengthens its core competence and focuses on wet-strength label papers and ...

Feldmuehle strengthens its core competence and focuses on wet-strength label papers and ...  (Company news)

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

Britvic adds BrandOpus to its global agency roster

Britvic adds BrandOpus to its global agency roster  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

The appointment has been made following a competitive pitch process led by Britvic. BrandOpus joins Britvic’s brand design agency roster which also includes Bloom.
(Britvic Plc)

KHS Corpoplast introduces the latest innovation in PET packaging at in-house exhibition

KHS Corpoplast introduces the latest innovation in PET packaging at in-house exhibition  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Founders Brewing New Beer Release: Panther Cub

Founders Brewing New Beer Release: Panther Cub  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

Three Ardagh Group Customers Win Clear Choice Awards

Three Ardagh Group Customers Win Clear Choice Awards  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Clear Choice Awards are sponsored by the Glass Packaging Institute, the trade association representing the North American glass container manufacturers.
Awards were presented during BRANDPACKAGING's Packaging That Sells Conference in Chicago.
(Ardagh Glass Inc.)

O-I : EXPRESSIONS wins a World Beverage Innovation Award

O-I : EXPRESSIONS wins a World Beverage Innovation Award  (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The O-I : EXPRESSIONS services will be made commercially available by mid-2019 in Europe and shortly after in the US.
(O-I Europe Headquarters)

Fillbee®, a Returnable Beverage Pack Designed to Eliminate Consumer Waste

Fillbee®, a Returnable Beverage Pack Designed to Eliminate Consumer Waste  (Company news)

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

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

European aluminium foil deliveries power ahead on all fronts

European aluminium foil deliveries power ahead on all fronts   (Company news)

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

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

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

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

New Decorative Finishes from Crown Help Beverage Brands Boost Shelf Presence, ...

New Decorative Finishes from Crown Help Beverage Brands Boost Shelf Presence, ...  (Company news)

...Build Consumer Loyalty

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

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

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

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

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

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

SIG's SIGNATURE PACK receives the 'Environmental Award of the Year'  at Gulfood Manufacturing

SIG's SIGNATURE PACK receives the 'Environmental Award of the Year' at Gulfood Manufacturing   (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vetropack plans a new glassworks in Boffalora sopra Ticino, Italy

Vetropack plans a new glassworks in Boffalora sopra Ticino, Italy  (Company news)

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

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

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

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Vetropack glassworks is scheduled for the end of 2019 and the grand opening at the end of 2021. Vetropack plans to invest around Euro 200 million during these three years.
(Vetropack AG)

NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial ...

NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial ...  (Company news)

... with wide-ranging application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next steps
The research team has filed a patent for its novel PET aerogel technology, and will continue to enhance the performance of the PET aerogels and explore new applications. The NUS researchers are also keen to work with companies to bring the technology to market.
(National University of Singapore)

UPM Raflatac offers extreme-strength for durable labeling

UPM Raflatac offers extreme-strength for durable labeling  (Company news)

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

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

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

Henkel process helps beer barrel manufacturer improve product quality

Henkel process helps beer barrel manufacturer improve product quality   (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonderite is a registered trademark of Henkel and/or its affiliates in Germany and elsewhere.
(Henkel AG & Co. KGaA)


Cyprus: Beer sales up 3.6% in January-October  (

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

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

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

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

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

July saw the highest beer deliveries in Cyprus, during which a total of 5.36 million litres were delivered. In 2017 June was the month with the highest beer deliveries reaching 5.46 million litres.


Belgium: AB InBev to raise prices of most of its beers in January  (

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

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

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

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

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

AB InBev had claimed, however, three months ago that it did not plan to raise prices.
(Anheuser Busch InBev)


UK: Study finds low and no-alcohol beer is becoming more socially acceptable  (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


UK: Innis & Gunn to build new brewery in Edinburgh  (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"For me, putting the brewery in Edinburgh, where we first brewed Innis & Gunn, feels like we have come home as a business."

Symrise continues dynamic growth track

Symrise continues dynamic growth track   (Company news)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The medium-term targets through to the end of the 2020 fiscal year remain in full effect, including a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 5 to 7 % range and an EBITDA margin between 19 and 22 %.
(Symrise AG)

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