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    08.02.2017   Brigl & Bergmeister – Changes in Mangement    ( Company news )

    Company news By February 28th Michael Sablatnig will retire from his position as Managing Director of Brigl & Bergmeister. He will however remain in the Roxcel Group in an advisory role and for specific projects. We thank Mr. Sablatnig for his excellent work in the last years with the B&B Group.

    Until further notice Mr. Bernhard Mayer will act as the sole Managing Director of Brigl & Bergmeister and will also take over the agenda of Mr. Sablatnig. Mr. Mayer joined the company in 1985 and was appointed as Managing Director in the technical field, for both Brigl & Bergmeister and Papirnica Vevče in July 2015.

    Mr. Norbert Peintinger will be appointed as general manager and head of sales and marketing for Brigl & Bergmeister and Papirnica Vevče. Mr. Peintinger has joined the company in 1993 and gained great experience in several roles.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    08.02.2017   Bühler invests and grows    ( Company news )

    Company news Bühler showed a healthy performance in 2016. While continuing its policy of reinvesting profits to secure future development, the company has continued its growth path. Order intake in 2016 was up 3% to CHF 2.54 billion, compared to a decline of 4% in 2015. Turnover rose by 2% to CHF 2.45 billion, and profitability remained stable at 7.1% (EBIT margin). R&D investments were significantly increased. “For a company based in Switzerland, 2016 marked a real proof point considering the Euro/Swiss franc shift a year ago,” says CEO Stefan Scheiber (photo). “In this context, we can be satisfied with these results.”

    Both businesses of Bühler, Grains & Food and Advanced Materials, contributed to the success of the Group in 2016. The strategy of two businesses that are both based on leading process technologies and services, has proven successful. The Group’s performance was strongly supported by its customer service business. Customers appreciate the local network of 92 service stations worldwide. Consequently, the service business showed higher growth and recorded a turnover of CHF 578 million, which is 7% higher than last year. The service share of turnover now accounts for 24% (previous year: 22%). On a regional level, growth in North and South America, Europe, and China overcompensated the downturns in the Middle East & Africa and South East Asia. Overall, Bühler holds a very balanced position with its global presence: Europe reported a turnover share of 30%, Asia 25%, Middle East & Africa 15%, North America 17%, South America 6%, and South Asia 6%.

    Strengthened financial position
    Net profit remained stable at CHF 143 million. Despite ongoing high investments of CHF 71 million into the worldwide asset base, net liquidity grew significantly by 18% to CHF 462 million. With an equity ratio of 47% (previous year 46%), the Group is free from all bank liabilities. The return on net operating assets (RONOA) stayed on a high level of 19% (previous year: 22%). “With this strong financial position, Bühler is well equipped to continue investing into its own future”, says CEO Scheiber.

    Sustainability further enhanced
    We are fully committed to sustainability with the ambition of contributing to a safe and secure global nutrition system as well as a responsible usage of natural resources to limit the effects of climate change. The key lever to support these efforts is innovation: With new technologies and solutions, Bühler transforms global challenges and trends into new business opportunities. With around 40 new products and technologies, Bühler proved to be a true innovation accelerator in 2016 and maintained its position as the leading technology and solution provider in its industries. R&D investments were increased significantly by CHF 7 million to CHF 109 million, corresponding to a share of turnover of 4.4%. Bühler signed a partnership with Bosch to develop future IoT (Internet of Things) solutions. The company engaged with the start-up accelerator MassChallenge and won the prestigious Nestlé Research Award. With its Networking Days held in August 2016, Bühler brought together 750 leaders of the global grain and feed industry to discuss and develop sustainable solutions that address global challenges such as malnutrition and energy efficiency.

    Strong investment in new technologies, applications, and markets
    In line with its strategy of operating “in the region for the region”, Bühler also invested substantial sums in 2016 to enter new markets, develop decentralized applications centers, and further expand and update its global manufacturing network. Eight new service stations were added to the global network for a total of 92 locations with 60 workshops. This move further increases Bühler’s proximity to customers. In Vietnam, a new factory for rice equipment was opened. New regional applications centers were established, for example, in North America, and the buildup of a new production site in China is ongoing. In Switzerland, the company launched a modernization program. In the fields of battery manufacturing and insect processing, Bühler is set to capture the massive growth potential.

    Positive outlook for for 2017
    Regardless of day-to-day variations, Bühler is excellently positioned in global growth markets – the processing of basic foods & feeds and advanced materials. With a global setup, Bühler has achieved real customer proximity and truly lives up to the motto of being “locally relevant and globally leveraged”. Today’s megatrends such as the growing global population, increasing urbanization, or enhanced environmental awareness further benefit the strategic setup of the Group and unlock additional growth potential.

    “With the accomplishments of 2016, and a strong order backlog, Bühler has a positive outlook for 2017,” says CEO Scheiber. The dynamic nature of market and technology trends, regional developments, and political conditions make predicting potential business outcomes increasingly challenging. Bühler has adjusted to new developments with flexibility, a collaborative innovation model, and strong partnerships with customers, the science community, and technology and industry. Based on its leading technologies and solutions, Bühler aims to further increase its growth rate and profitability in 2017.
    (Bühler AG)
     
    07.02.2017   Beviale Moscow opening its doors    ( Company news )

    Company news -Attractive and comprehensive supporting program
    -Premiere: presentation of the Russian Beer Award

    From 28 February to 2 March 2017, the East European beverage industry will be meeting for the second time at Beviale Moscow. The trade fair covers the entire spectrum of beverage manufacturing and marketing: from suitable raw materials through to tailor-made technologies up to efficient packaging, logistics and creative marketing ideas. 135 exhibitors (2015: 112) are presenting their solutions for alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages or even liquid dairy products to an expected total of around 4,500 trade visitors (2015: 2,667). A clearly expanded support program with exciting specialist lectures and presentations as well as special presentations on PET, refrigeration / heating technology and craft beer will provide an optimal complement to the trade fair ranges. For the first time, the Russian Beer Award ROSGLAVPIVO is being presented.

    The presentation program at Beviale Moscow picks up the currently pressing issues expressed by the beverage manufacturers, for example: how is the legislation on alcoholic drinks changing in Russia? How can we correctly train the young, up-and-coming talent in the beverage industry? How can processes be designed and organized in a sustainable and efficient way whilst saving resources? Or: which requirements and solutions are available to small and medium-sized companies? The services of top-ranking speakers from the fields of science as well as practical application areas have been acquired for the specialist conference, which is being held parallel to the trade fair.

    Premieres: special shows on PET, also on refrigeration and heating technology
    Beverages packaging is the focal point of the new “PETarena powered by PETnology” special show. There a series of companies are presenting attractive solutions for the entire PET value-added chain – for small and medium-sized companies and global players alike. Specialist lectures and presentations on the theme will round off the exhibitors’ ranges.
    In the entire beverage production process thermal processes such as cooling and heating play a great role. This begins with the storage of raw materials and ends with the logistics for the ready beverages. The theme of process refrigeration, refrigeration chain and refrigerated storage in the beverage sector will be addressed by the “Refrigeration & Heating Pavilion”, which is also being held for the first time at Beviale Moscow. The main theme on the second day of the fair is the dairy industry. The Russian dairy association will then be holding its annual conference within the Refrigeration & Heating Pavilion.

    Craft Beer in demand in Russia too
    “Craft-brewed, highly aromatic beer is increasingly in demand in Russia. The craft beer movement has arrived there too”, states Thimo Holst, Project Coordinator at NürnbergMesse. With 78 million hectolitres, the country ranks second behind Germany in terms of European beer production. It comes as no surprise then that at Beviale Moscow this year – similar to the mother fair BrauBeviale in Nuremberg – Craft Beer Corner will be celebrating its premiere. On all three days of the fair Russian beer sommeliers will be sampling and tasting beers from around 15 breweries. Interested trade visitors are warmly invited to attend.

    Continuation training for craft brewers
    Already the day before the fair, 27 February 2017, the subject will also be craft beer with the start of the three-day “VLB Seminar for Brewers”, to be more exact the technological and qualitative aspects of brewing. The Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauereien (VLB, Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing, Berlin) is organizing this continuation training event, in which, apart from imparting know-how, networks and the specialist exchange also play a very important role. The seminar is directed at proprietors and master brewers from small breweries and craft breweries as well as amateur brewers.

    Russian Beer Award initiated
    For the first time this year, the Russian Beer Award ROSGLAVPIVO will be presented at the fair – fully in keeping with the example set by the popular and extremely successful European Beer Star Award.
    30 judges from all over the world already came together at the beginning of the year in Moscow to test various beers. Up to 35 beers had been submitted in each of the 23 categories, ranging from “Pilsner German Style” through to “India Pale Ale” up to non-alcoholic and spiced beers. The winning beers will be announced on the first day of the fair at 12:30 at Beviale Moscow. The ROSGLAVPIVO Award is supported by the Russian agriculture ministry and organized by the “Barley, Malt & Beer Union” as well as the “Private Brauereien Deutschland” (Association of Private German Breweries).
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    07.02.2017   Carlsberg UK Creates ‘The København Collection’    ( Company news )

    Company news ​Carlsberg UK’s revitalization of its flagship Carlsberg brand continues with the launch of limited edition packaging for its 3.8% ABV beer – called ‘The København Collection’ – as part of a planned £15m marketing spend to connect with millennial drinkers.

    Inspired by the beautiful simplicity of Danish design, each pack in the København Collection – Danish for Copenhagen – embodies an abstract interpretation of Carlsberg beer’s ingredients: barley, hops and its legendary brewers’ yeast. The limited edition packs will be available across the UK off-trade between February and September 2017 in a variety of can and bottle formats, including a new premium 330ml-sized bottle and outer packaging. The premium 330ml-sized bottle will also be available in UK on-trade pubs, bars and restaurants.

    Liam Newton, vice president of marketing, Carlsberg UK said: “The København Collection is a bold launch for Carlsberg in the UK, marking 170 years of brewing excellence. Carlsberg has a remarkable place in the history of brewing when our founder, J.C. Jacobsen and his team of beer scientists discovered purified yeast in 1883 – which changed the quality of lager that is enjoyed to this day. These designs communicate Carlsberg’s unique place in beer in a manner that we believe will engage millennials.”

    The København Collection complements the new-look design for the brewer’s premium Carlsberg Export brand, also available from February. The brand has been transformed with a stylish design that is influenced by the iconic cross from the Danish flag, while the signature of founder, J.C. Jacobsen, and the word ‘København’ underline the brand’s roots.

    The relaunch of the Carlsberg brand will be supported by a £15m campaign incorporating media and integrated consumer activity, launching in April. The campaign will celebrate the brand’s Danish heritage and taps into consumer demand for authenticity and the trend towards premiumisation in the beer category.
    (Carlsberg UK Limited)
     
    07.02.2017   Peru: Craft brewers fighting to change disadvantageous tax laws    ( E-malt.com )

    Peru’s microbreweries are fighting to change tax laws which put them at a disadvantage against the economies of scale of SABMiller’s local monopoly, Peru Reports said on January 27.

    The small but growing craft beer industry in Peru is pushing Congress to change its excise tax scheme so small breweries which sell less than 34,000 barrels per year pay less in excise tax than large breweries. With less than 1% of Peru’s beer market, they say the tax presents an unfair barrier to growth.

    Peru’s largest brewer, Backus y Johnston, controls over 96% of the beer market, and that share is set to increase to over 99% after AB InBev completes its takeover of Backus parent company SABMiller. With almost 12 million barrels sold in 2015, the monopolist’s economies of scale allow it to pay a fraction of what the small businesses pay per litre in excise tax.

    “Without a doubt, taxes are our biggest obstacle to growth. Absolutely without a doubt,” says Ted Alexander, founder of the Sierra Andina brewery in Peru’s central city of Huaraz. “Literally every single month between the 10th and the 17th, we all have to scratch our heads and come up with $10,000 to throw to the government.”

    Under current tax law, breweries pay an excise tax of either $0.38 per liter or 30% of the retail price – whichever is higher. Consumers pay $3 on average for a 12-ounce bottle of Sierra Andina, compared to $1.25 for a 21-ounce bottle of popular Backus brand, Pilsen. Based on those prices, Sierra Andina would pay $2.75 in excise tax per liter while Backus would pay just $0.67

    According to their annual report, Backus paid $600 million in excise tax on $1.2 billion in sales in 2015, from which the company earned $360 million in net income.

    “Backus pays a tremendous amount in tax, but their beer is far less expensive than ours,” Alexander says.

    Sierra Andina pays higher production costs per unit on much smaller volume of 130 barrels per month, and it also pays more for higher-quality malt and hops than Backus does for its lighter, American-style lagers. With a smaller tax burden for his business, Alexander says the extra money would go back into Huaraz’s local economy in the form of jobs.

    Popular Force congressman Luis Galarreta recently submitted a bill to Congress which will modify Peru’s excise tax by allowing companies which brew less than 34,000 barrels per year to pay a fixed excise tax of $0.38 per liter. In 2016 elections, Keiko Fujimori claimed Popular Force would work for small businesses and tried to portray President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski as the pawn of large multinationals.

    The bill is similar to the scheme in the United States, where small breweries have enjoyed lower federal excise taxes since the 1970s. Brewers of less than 2 million barrels per year paid just $7 per barrel for their first 60,000 barrels, compared to $18 per barrel for large breweries.

    In 2015, the United States went further in lowering taxes for small brewers. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act lowers the beer excise tax to just $3.50 for the first 60,000 barrels and raises the threshold to be considered a large brewer to 6 million barrels per year. And after the first 60,000 barrels, small brewers pay only $16 per barrel in excise tax.

    Peru’s finance ministry did not comment on the proposed change.

    But Galarreta’s proposal faces opposition from unlikely sources including Comex Peru, a chamber of commerce which promotes free markets, private investment and international business. Comex Peru general manager Jessica Luna says the law will hurt competition by favoring some companies over others and weaken the rule of law.

    “This new system is discriminatory since it uses different tax regimes for products in the same category,” Luna told El Comercio. “What is even worse is that it would violate trade agreements which clearly guarantee equal treatment for domestic and foreign products.”

    Alonso Segura, the former finance minister under President Ollanta Humala, opposes the law because excise taxes are designed to discourage undesirable behaviors that create external costs borne by the state.

    “This specific measure is meant to reduce the incentive to consume, mainly in the most vulnerable groups that would tend to go to cheaper products [if taxes were reduced],” Segura told Gestion last year.

    Critics argue that the current system may promote irresponsible drinking by incentivizing beer which is inexpensive to produce in order to keep the selling price low.

    The craft brewers have an unlikely ally in Grupo Aje, one of Peru’s largest multinationals and producer of popular beverages including the Kola Real soda line, Pulp juices and Sporade sports drinks. If small brewers paid a fixed excise tax per liter, the company says it could competitively launch a beer brand to complement its portfolio of low-priced beverages.

    While the craft brewers want a less prohibitive tax for superpremium beers, Grupo Aje wants a lower tax so it can compete with Backus in the subpremium segment – the result Segura cited for his opposition to the new scheme.

    Another criticism of Galarreta’s bill comes from Segura’s deputy minister Enzo Defilippi, who told Gestion that the new excise tax would cost the government $60 million per year. But Alexander says the tax could be redesigned without forgoing revenue.

    “Instead of distributing the tax burden along the whole chain, it currently gets lumped on to the producer,” Alexander suggests. “They could distribute that excise tax along the distribution line instead of crushing the economy at its source. Have each vendor pay 10% and the government is still receiving what it needs to keep the organization afloat.”

    “The laws were created for big industrial beer, and it works if you have massive volume. It was probably created by the big industrial beer lobbyists to keep other industrial beers from being able to take foot. You can’t come into Peru without massive volume unless you’re going to operate at a loss for five years.”

    In fact, Alexander supports his family with his first business, a mountaineering guide and tourism agency in Huaraz. But he does not see Backus as a competitor neither in the market nor in getting the new tax scheme implemented. He points out that their attempts to launch craft beers have failed, but they know that Peru’s consumers will ultimately follow global trends.

    “With 99% of the market they don’t have anywhere to go. They need one of us to develop the craft market so they can then buy somebody out. But that can’t happen as long as taxes are impeding growth.”

    While the craft segment grew an estimated 50% in 2016, Backus’s beer sales grew just 5%.
     
    06.02.2017   All apples are not the same: when it comes to juice, people want a range of options    ( Company news )

    Company news SIG’s filling flexibility eases market entry with ‘favourite apples’

    People who like wine usually develop a preference for a particular grape variety. A similar thing could soon happen with juice drinkers: ‘variety’ is the current catchword for fruit juice specialists such as Amecke GmbH & Co. KG and the Maspex Group with their brand Tymbark. Because all apples are not the same. Both companies are bringing out juices made from specific varieties, to cater to the tastes of discerning consumers and encourage them to drink juice.

    Photo: Amecke – Mein Lieblingsapfel: In addition to its traditional apple juice range, in Germany Amecke now also has the unmixed variants Golden Delicious (‘velvety and balanced’), Idared (‘powerful & original’) and Cripps Pink (‘temptingly fruity’) on shelves.

    In Europe, the market for juice and juice drinks is largely saturated. And it is a highly competitive market: beverage manufacturers try to differentiate themselves from the competition with new products, to secure market shares. Ariana Amecke-Moennighof, Product Manager at Amecke: “The apple juices you find on supermarket shelves today are generally blends of juices from different apple varieties. The ratio of ingredients depends on availability. However, we believe unmixed premium juices have potential – especially in markets that demand high standards for food and beverages. That’s exactly where we’re placing our range of ‘Mein Lieblingsapfel’ (My Favourite Apple) products, which we’ve incorporated into our premium assortment”.

    In addition to its traditional apple juice range, in Germany the company now also has the unmixed varieties Golden Delicious (‘velvety and balanced’), Idared (‘powerful & original’) and Cripps Pink (‘temptingly fruity’) on sales shelves. Ariana Amecke-Moennighof: “The conventional types are on sale, as usual, in 1-litre carton packs. For the ‘Mein Lieblingsapfel’ range, we’ve opted for the 750 ml variant. Both these volumes can be filled on one and the same SIG Combibloc filling machine, which makes us very flexible in production”.

    A recent consumer survey by market intelligence agency Mintel confirms this approach: in Germany, more than a quarter of respondents aged over 16 would buy juices made from specific fruit varieties. A similar picture emerged in France and Spain, where 23 per cent of those polled are interested in variety-specific juice; in Italy the figure is 21 per cent and in Poland around 30 per cent.

    Older varieties very popular right now
    That is a good basic prerequisite for the Maspex Group in Poland. The company has now added apple juices made from the varieties Antonowka, Champion and Jonagold to its Tymbark brand range. Dorota Liszka, Corporate Communication Manager at Maspex Group: “For our new variety-specific, not-from-concentrate juices, we only use apple varieties that are popular with Polish consumers right now. Antonowka is an old Russian apple variety – sweet and sour in flavour. The Champion is full of flavour, and is characterised by a very low acid content. In comparison, the Jonagold has quite a subtle, delicately fruity taste. With this variety of options on offer, each consumer can find the juice he likes best”.

    Juice from local, traditional apple varieties in particular gives consumers the reassuring feeling that they are buying natural, healthy, high-quality products with a transparent and traceable source. Norman Gierow, Head of Global Product Management Market at SIG Combibloc: “For many consumers, transparency in respect of a product’s source reassures buyers, and is an indication of high quality. Variety-specific juices with regional provenance are a very good example of how manufacturers can make use of the potential associated with prevailing consumer values. The packaging can contribute to consumers identifying products as authentic and high quality”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    03.02.2017   inject: the injection moulding forum, from March 7th to 8th in Schwertberg    ( Company news )

    Company news inject, the injection moulding forum organised by ENGEL AUSTRIA, will take place for the second time on March 7th and 8th in Schwertberg, Austria. Following on from the highly successful premiere of the new forum series in the spring of 2016, the injection moulding machine manufacturer expects visitor numbers to be high. The aim of the event is to enable injection moulders to harness the latest research and development findings faster, and to promote the mutual exchange of experiences.

    The two-day forum, which will be held in German, is aimed at injection moulders, plastics technicians, process optimisation specialists, quality managers, production managers and company directors. Many of those participants who attended last year have already registered for the follow-up event in early March. “Those who attended were struck by the many new ideas and tips they were able to take back to their businesses with a view to resolving specific challenges,” says Robert Brandstetter, head of ENGEL’s training department, referring to the highly positive feedback generated by inject 2016. “In 2017, we want to bridge the gap once again between basic development and practical, day-to-day challenges. It is precisely this aspect that sets inject apart from other forums in the sector.”

    Food for thought, live demonstrations and space for networking
    This year’s presentations and short contributions will focus on the design of injection moulding machines and moulds, process optimisation and production monitoring. The aim is to impart knowledge while providing food for thought and encouraging exchanges of experience. Developers and product managers from ENGEL will speak alongside experts from partner companies. Topics on the agenda will include:
    -The selection of injection moulding machines and plasticizing units,
    -Energy calculation tools,
    -New possibilities for intelligent temperature control,
    -Close-contour cooling,
    -Hot runners,
    -Intelligent assistance systems for more consistent processes and
    -Condition monitoring.

    Live demonstrations in the ENGEL technology centre will build directly on the presentation topics, illustrating the practical usages of the innovative products and technologies. For example, sample parts will be produced on an all-electric, tie-bar-less ENGEL e-motion 80 TL injection moulding machine to demonstrate how the potential of smart machines can be exploited. The machine’s CC300 control unit enables users to simulate fluctuating process conditions and track automatic readjustment by intelligent iQ systems.

    The injection moulding forum will also provide ample opportunity for networking away from the live demonstrations, during breaks and at the evening function.

    Access to knowledge ensures competitiveness
    As it continues to invest heavily in research and development, ENGEL is setting its sights not only on application-based challenges, but also the fundamentals. “There is still significant room for improvement in the field of standard injection moulding technology. We are continually exploiting that potential through new developments and opening it up to injection moulding businesses,” emphasises Professor Georg Steinbichler, Senior Vice President of Technologies Research and Development at ENGEL AUSTRIA and Director of the Institute of Polymer Injection Moulding and Process Automation at Johannes Kepler University Linz. “For injection moulders, access to that knowledge is a key factor in securing competitiveness.”

    "inject – the injection moulding forum" takes place on March 7th and 8th, 2017 at ENGEL's technology centre in Schwertberg, Austria. The event will be held in German and the attendance fee is EUR 490.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    02.02.2017   Major sustainability goal achieved: SIG Combibloc switches all production sites to green electricity    ( Company news )

    Company news Reduce CO2 emissions, promote the use of renewable resources, and thus counteract climate change – these are three of SIG Combibloc’s current environmental and sustainability targets. Now, the manufacturer of carton packaging and filling machines can announce an important interim goal at the start of 2017: from January onwards, all SIG Combibloc sites in Europe, South America, China and the Asia-Pacific region will be supplied 100 per cent with so-called ‘green electricity’. This electricity can be proven to come from renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, hydropower, biomass or biogas.

    Picture caption: Green Electricity – Production Plant Brazil: SIG Combibloc achieved an important interim goal at the start of 2017: from January onwards, all SIG Combibloc sites in Europe, South America, China and the Asia-Pacific region will be supplied 100 per cent with so-called ‘green electricity’ from renewable sources (wind, sun, hydropower, biomass or biogas). The picture shows the packaging materials plant at Campo Largo near Curitiba, Brazil.

    In Europe and America, renewable electricity can be procured on the free market. In Asia, SIG obtained green electricity from local suppliers certified according to the recognised ‘GoldPower®’ standard. This includes, for instance, biogas plants in Thailand, in which methane from wastewater is extracted and converted to electricity. In addition to climate-friendly power generation, the local population also benefits from the project, in the form of cleaner air, improved water quality, and employment and training opportunities.

    “Obtaining source-identified green electricity in Asia is a huge achievement, as these capacities are very scarce and up to now have been acquired almost exclusively by large multinationals”, says Arnold Schuhwerk, who as Global Category Manager is responsible for energy procurement at SIG Combibloc. “We’re delighted to have reached this goal so quickly”.

    Feasibility studies are currently being carried out at several of SIG Combibloc’s sites in Asia to check whether building own solar power plants are possible – from both the environmental and economical point of view.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    01.02.2017   India: Heineken unable to remove chairman Vijay Mallya despite owning higher stake in ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... United Breweries

    Dutch beer maker Heineken International is caught in a bind as it is unable to remove chairman Vijay Mallya from its Indian joint venture United Breweries (UB) despite owning a higher stake. The beleaguered billionaire is causing reputational risks to United Breweries due to his legal battles with lenders and investigation by government agencies for misappropriation of funds, the Economic Times reported on January 24.

    Though Heineken owns a much higher stake than its partner at 42.4%, the Articles of Association (AoA) between the two shareholders states that Mallya will be entitled to be the lifelong chairman apart from a non-retiring director unless he voluntarily steps down and nominates one.

    According to an agreement in 2009 between the two, Mallya has the right to choose his successor. A change in the AoA needs an approval from 75% of the shareholders.

    Mallya’s financial problems and legal battles are posing reputational risks to United Breweries, said an official close to the development. “The board had earlier tried to convince Mallya to step down in the long-term interests of the organization.’’ Mallya had said he would not step down from the board until he is proven guilty in an Indian court.

    Heineken declined to comment while Mallya did not respond to an emailed questionnaire. Heineken has been hiking its stake in the company from 37.5% in 2003 by purchasing shares in block trades from the stock market. Heineken, which also has the first right of refusal, is also open to a hostile takeover of the company. In 2016, Heineken purchased shares from ECL Finance, with whom Mallya pledged shares, in block trades.

    Analysts said a complete takeover is ideal for Heineken and there are no concerns as the Dutch beer maker is in the driving seat with key financial position with them. “Though Mallya is termed as a ‘’defaulter’’ and wanted by the law, there is a professional team running the organisation,’’ an analyst tracking the consumer sector said. “Heineken is already in the driver’s seat in the company and focused on growing the business in India,’’ the analyst said.

    “If it takes complete management stake it would be an ideal situation… However, there are no concerns even with the current leadership team since Mallya is not running the show,” he added.
     
    01.02.2017   SIDEL STARLITE TROPICAL BRINGS INCREASED RESISTANCE AND STABILITY TO ALL ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... PET BOTTLES FOR CSD

    This latest addition to StarLite™ range of bottle bases ensures better performance of PET bottles for carbonated soft drinks (CSD) produced and distributed in extreme environmental conditions.

    The new Sidel StarLite Tropical base is enlarging the family of StarLite bottle solutions originally developed by Sidel packaging experts. This latest addition to the range is designed to offer a flexible solution for CSD, in all packaging sizes from 0.25 to 3 litres. Additionally, it is applicable to the different standard levels of carbonation. It is specifically designed for CSD bottles undergoing harsh conditions - for instance when produced and distributed in the supply chain at very high temperatures or in environments which are particularly humid. The end result is a PET bottle that offers improved resistance in terms of stress cracking and creeping, as well as better stability throughout the supply chain. It also avoids material waste during production and storage while offering a great consumer experience and – importantly - not compromising on the safety standards of the beverage inside.

    Improved bottle resistance and stability, tested by in-house experts
    The StarLite Tropical base has been designed to improve performance in terms of resistance. Its optimised geometry reinforces all the zones which are more susceptible to stress cracking due to mechanical constraints. This avoids potential breaking of the PET bottle walls and base which can be caused by interactions with fluids or chemicals during the conveying stage.

    The base has been evaluated and qualified under rigorous test protocols which are internationally recognised. It successfully completed a very demanding creeping test conducted over 72 hours under 38°C and 50% moisture conditions. This proved a good base roll-out resistance when the bottle is under pressure at high temperature and demonstrated that it is less likely to burst during production or to deform during transportation. Also, Sidel packaging experts conducted various trials through computer simulations, followed by real-world physical tests, to achieve optimum bottle strength. In those tests the StarLite Tropical design resulted in improved bottle stability and – again - more resistance to extreme temperatures (hot and cold). Vincent Le Guen, Vice President, Packaging at Sidel says, “The Sidel StarLite Tropical base is already in production in far-eastern countries by Sidel customers who have trialled the base and achieved great performance results, including significant improvements in resistance to stress cracking.”

    The improved bottle stability is achieved through the enhanced base standing surface. High surface contact of the base’s feet ensures easy bottle transportation and smooth conveying, an efficient solution for even high-output lines. This prevents bottles falling when passing through machine interfaces within the PET bottling line and results in a higher production uptime. As Le Guen adds, “The new StarLite Tropical base takes all the benefits of the original StarLite base, enlarging them to all producers of carbonated soft drinks. Now, they can incorporate the large and stable base to their containers’ designs, to greatly improve bottle performance throughout the supply chain.”

    Base moulds for all production configurations
    Having an enhanced venting design, the new Sidel StarLite Tropical base moulds are offering an optimised cooling capacity to further improve bottle base performances. Available for all Sidel moulds, they are easy to implement in PET production lines and can even be retrofitted to existing Sidel CSD moulds to adapt bottle designs. The new base can be applied to all lines equipped with any generation of Sidel blowers, in standalone - with an additional post-mould cooling base device - or Combi configurations. Line conversion is quick and, in some cases, only needing a simple adjustment to filling-levels.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    01.02.2017   The Czech Republic: AB InBev invests USD15 mln in Samson brewery    ( E-malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) group continues with the modernisation of Samson brewery in České Budějovice. The investment into the new machine room, fermenting tanks, filtering tanks, warehouses, pasteurisation gear or cleaning and hygienic station totals USD15 mln, Prague Monitor reported on January 24.

    The spokesperson for AB InBev, Kathleen Van Boxelaer, said the group will continue to invest into the brewery in the next two years as part of the biggest upgrade in more than 20 years.
     
    01.02.2017   UK: Carlsberg and Heineken announce beer price increases for this year    ( E-malt.com )

    Britain’s beer drinkers could soon shell out more for a pint of their favourite ale, as some of the biggest brewing companies plan to put prices up this year, The Sun reported on January 24.

    Carlsberg and Heineken have become the latest brewers to unveil beer price increases for 2017, affecting many of the most popular brands on the market.

    Trade magazine The Morning Advertiser reported on January 23 that Carlsberg prices were going up by 2.6 per cent on average across the board, affecting brands like Tuborg, Tetley’s, Holsten Pils, Skol and San Miguel.

    Heineken also confirmed that it would see an average price increase of 6p per pint across its brands, with a 6.6p increase for Foster’s.

    As well as Heineken, its brands include Desperados, Kronenbourg, Deuchers IPA and John Smith’s.

    While the companies have confirmed that wholesale prices are going up by an average of 6p a pint, it is not yet clear how much more drinkers will have to pay at their local pub.

    It’s likely, though, that a rise in wholesale prices will impact the price at the pump.
     
    31.01.2017   UK: Kingfisher Beer Europe to distribute Indonesian lager Bintang in the UK    ( E-malt.com )

    Kingfisher Beer Europe is set to launch popular Indonesian lager Bintang in the UK on-trade, the Morning Advertiser reported on January 18.

    The company acquired UK marketing and distribution rights from owner Multi Bintang Indonesia, which is part of the Heineken company, with an eye to expanding the brand beyond restaurants and into pubs and bars.

    Kingfisher CEO Damon Swarbrick said: “The brand is ideally positioned to capitalise on the burgeoning pan-Asian restaurant sector so we will initially be seeding it here.

    He added: “However, we believe it has much wider potential and we have already secured a number of high-profile bar listings in London and Manchester.”

    The beer, which has an ABV of 4.7%, will be available in 24x330ml and 12x620ml bottles this month.

    Swarbrick added: “While the industry continues to explore craft beer, there is clearly significant demand for premium, authentic, easy-drinking world beers. We believe Bintang is perfectly suited to meet this demand.”

    Heineken recently launched H41, a new lager made with ‘wild’ Patagonian yeast, to the UK on-trade.

    The beer, a 5.3% ABV lager, was launched exclusively into Laine Pub Company sites in London and Brighton in December with an eye to expanding its presence further in the future.

    The beer’s name is a nod to the co-ordinates of the mountain range where its yeast was found.

    Heineken brand director David Lette previously said: “We are in perfect position to explore different tastes and flavours while remaining true to our iconic product.
     
    31.01.2017   USA: Total number of permitted breweries raises to record high of 7,190 in 2016    ( E-malt.com )

    For the third straight year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued more than 1,000 new brewery permits, bringing the total number of permitted U.S. breweries to a record high of 7,190 in 2016, Brewbound.com reported on January 17.

    According to recent TTB data published by National Beer Wholesalers Association chief economist Lester Jones, the number of permitted U.S. breweries has tripled from 2,343 over the last six years.

    The government agency issued 1,110 new permits in 2016, down slightly from the 1,142 new permits issued in 2015.

    Permitted breweries include brick and mortar facilities and alternating proprietorships while excluding contract brewers. It also includes brewers who may have recently shut down their brewing operations but have not yet been “delisted” by the TTB.

    As of December 31, 2016, California had the most permitted breweries in the U.S., at 927, and Washington, D.C., had the fewest with 13.

    According to Jones, California’s 927 permitted breweries is “almost as many as the entire U.S. total of 974 permits in 1995.”

    Similarly, the TTB counted 264 total permitted breweries in Florida last year, which is 14 more than the 1990 national count of 250, according to Jones.

    On a national basis, there are now 2.2 breweries per 100,000 residents, up from 0.7 per 100,000 residents in 2010. And, at the state level, Vermont has the highest number of breweries per capita, at 11.7, followed by Maine (7.7), Montana (7.6) and Colorado (7.0), Jones reported.

    “Around the country, per capita brewery measures in many states have more than tripled since 2010,” he wrote.

    But as overall beer consumption continues decline, Jones said he believes the increasing number of permitted breweries will only create stiffer competition in an already crowded beer category.

    “With continued declines in per capita consumption of beer on the books for 2016, this year’s beer market is gearing up for another highly competitive, innovative and dynamic battle for share for consumer’s mind, wallet and stomach,” he wrote.
     
    30.01.2017   Carlsberg Group appoints new Executive Vice President for Supply Chain     ( Company news )

    Company news Carlsberg Group announces that Philip A. Hodges (photo) will join Carlsberg Group as EVP Supply Chain and member of the Group’s Executive Committee (ExCom) from 1 February 2017, replacing Peter Ernsting who left the company at the end of last year.

    Phil brings extensive experience in supply chain and finance from various international positions. He last served as Senior Vice President for Integrated Supply Chain Europe at the global food and beverage company, Mondélez.

    Previously, Phil has held numerous senior executive and management roles in supply chain, general management, finance and strategy in various countries, amongst them the US, UK, Italy and Singapore.

    Carlsberg Group CEO, Cees ´t Hart says:
    “Philip A. Hodges brings a wealth of international experience from very senior supply chain roles at reputable, global companies, and I am sure he will add significant value and new insights to the Group.”

    Philip A. Hodges says:
    “Carlsberg is a fantastic company with a rich heritage, iconic brands and strong potential. The Carlsberg people have been great and very welcoming. They have embarked on an important journey of integrating all Supply Chain functions into a truly End to End approach aimed at optimising performance. I look forward to joining the team and together taking that process to the next level.”

    Phil holds a BSc in Management Science and Geology from Keele University (UK), and he started his professional career at Citigroup Investment Banking in 1987. He will be based in Ziegelbrücke, Switzerland.
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)
     
    27.01.2017   Howard G. Buffett to Retire from The Coca-Cola Company Board of Directors    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company announced that Howard G. Buffett, 61 (photo), will not stand for re-election to the Board at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareowners in April 2017. Buffett has chosen to retire from the Board to focus more time on his work as Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which focuses on advancing sustainable agricultural practices and conflict mitigation throughout the world.

    “I’ve enjoyed my more than 17 years of combined service to the boards of Coca-Cola Enterprises and The Coca-Cola Company and have the utmost respect and admiration for the work the Company is doing to sustainably grow its business around the world,” Buffett said. “Under the long-time leadership of Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, joined recently by President and COO James Quincey, the Company has exciting plans for the future and is poised to deliver even greater value to its many stakeholders in the years to come.”

    Buffett joined The Coca-Cola Company’s Board of Directors in December 2010 and has served as a member of the Public Issues and Diversity Review Committee since 2011. From 1993-2004 he served as a director on the Board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., which at the time was the largest bottler of Coca-Cola beverages in North America and Western Europe.

    In addition to his role with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Buffett serves as President of Buffett Farms, a commercial farming operation in Nebraska, and, since 1993, has served as a director of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. From 1995 to January 2016, Buffett also served as a director of Lindsay Corporation.

    “On behalf of everyone at Coca-Cola, I extend our heartfelt gratitude to Howard for his years of exemplary service to our Board and our system,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company. “Howard has provided valuable guidance as we have worked to imbed sustainability as a core value in our system while continuing to grow our business globally. We have all benefitted greatly from his wisdom and wise counsel.”
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    26.01.2017   Sierra Nevada Underscores Its Commitment To Quality -- Replaces Select Beer On Store Shelves    ( Company news )

    Company news Voluntary recall for select Sierra Nevada beer including Beer Camp Golden IPA, Pale Ale (photo), Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, Nooner, Hop Hunter, Otra Vez and Torpedo Extra IPA in 12-ounce bottles

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced a voluntary recall of select 12-ounce bottles that may contain a glass packaging flaw. This recall comes after quality inspections at the company's Mills River, North Carolina, brewery detected a very limited number of bottles with a flaw that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, creating a risk for injury. The recall applies to product purchased in the Midwest, Southern and East Coast states listed below.

    "While we believe this concern impacts roughly 1 in every 10,000 (0.01%) of our bottles packaged during this time," says Mike Bennett, Chief Supply Chain Officer, "Sierra Nevada has set the standard for quality in the craft brewing industry since 1980 and we have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our consumers. To date, we have not received any consumer reports of injuries resulting from the potentially affected bottles and we are working with our supplier to determine the root cause of the issue."

    The beer affected by this recall includes those brands listed below with a packaging date that falls within the range with a code of "M" (Mills River) and not "C" (Chico), which is all information that can be found printed on the packaging or shoulder of the bottle:

    Pale Ale 12-ounce bottles in 6-, 12- and 24-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/8/17
    Beer Camp Golden IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Sidecar Orange Pale Ale 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Torpedo Extra IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Tropical Torpedo 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Nooner 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Hop Hunter 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Otra Vez 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17

    The recall applies to product purchased in the following Midwest, Southern and East Coast states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

    Sierra Nevada has stopped distributing all affected beer. The company is actively working with distributor and retail partners to remove this beer from retail shelves and hold any further shipments. Consumers who have purchased beer within the scope of this recall will be eligible for full compensation of the purchase price and are advised not to drink it and to dispose of the beer. A website has been set up for updates on the recall and to report purchase at sierranevada.com/qualitymatters.

    No other Sierra Nevada products are affected by this recall.
    (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.)
     
    25.01.2017   SIDEL PET COMPLETE WATER SOLUTION: IMPROVING EVERY ASPECT OF PRODUCTION ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... FROM LIGHTWEIGHTING THROUGH TO PERFORMANCE AND HYGIENE

    Success for producers bottling still and sparkling water requires a focus on output and efficiency, combined with an uncompromising commitment to food safety. By taking a holistic view of the production cycle, a fully connected line can be optimised through a combination of lightweight packaging, great efficiency and hygiene, always keeping the total cost of ownership (TCO) as low as possible.

    Water is a precious commodity. Increasing urbanisation in developing countries - and the resulting need for regular access to drinkable water, and the move away from sugary beverages in more mature markets has driven a growth in demand for bottled water around the world. Global sales climbed in volume by 6.7% between 2014 and 2015 to reach 193 billion litres with still water accounting for 86% of this total . The material of choice in this growing market is PET, covering 86% of all projected bottled water packaging sales in 2016.

    With more than 40 years’ experience with complete line solutions and the world’s largest installed base of Combi integrated blow-fill-cap systems, Sidel has helped producers to reach and exceed their targets, time after time.

    "Smarter solutions and innovations are essential to meeting the needs of the rapidly expanding and ever-changing bottled water market. A complete line approach recognises the roles that lightweight and safe packaging, top quality equipment, optimised line design, smart automation and ongoing services all have to play in meeting the market challenges. It offers producers full control and transparency throughout the bottling process,” says Simone Pisani, Category Marketing Director Water at Sidel.

    Value adding innovations by in-house experts
    With the aim of improving bottle strength and performance while reducing costs and ensuring the brand stands out on the shelves, Sidel scientists and in-house packaging designers work on more than 250,000 new bottle concepts every year. At 5 packaging centres and 4 in-house R&D laboratories around the world, they help producers to qualify and industrialise specific packaging solutions that satisfy consumer needs and help to differentiate products on the shelf. Creating and evaluating bottle samples and performing many different laboratory tests, they take care of the safety and quality of customers’ beverages, as well as of the best product’s performance throughout the supply chain, and enhance their value proposition to consumers.

    One of Sidel’s many recent innovations within bottled water production is the development of the Sidel Rightweight™ bottle. This design reduces bottle weight and energy consumption during production, while improving the container’s performance across the entire supply chain and delivering a superior consumer experience. The resulting 0.5 litre bottle weighs 35% less than the average commercial alternative, yet achieves 32% greater top-load performance than the lightest commercial bottle, resulting in cost savings of up to EUR 1.74 million per year .

    Sidel has also developed a new PET base for still water. Sidel StarLite™ has a unique shape that significantly increases base resistance and stability. Through this solution - which can even be applied to existing lines - overall package weight is lowered without affecting beverage quality.

    With StarLite, bottles for sparkling water can also benefit from improved protection against stress-cracking, a similar reduction in base-weight and improved bottle performance.

    Compact and reliable water solution
    Sidel’s fully integrated, hygienic and innovative solutions - gained from extensive cooperation with leading water brands - help producers to optimise uptime and operating costs. The portfolio includes a range of modular equipment and components, able to increase line efficiency and speed while ensuring food safety and hygiene.

    The Sidel Matrix™ Combi, offering blowing, filling and capping processes in one machine, optimises the production line layout with a smaller footprint. It efficiently combines the benefits of the Sidel Matrix blower with those of the SF100 FM filler for still water or the SF300 FM filler for sparkling water. By eliminating intermediate conveyors and reducing the volume of the production environment to be kept under control, hygiene and food safety are improved. Additionally, the Combi offers faster changeovers with savings in power consumption, labour, raw materials, maintenance time and spare parts, lowering operating costs by up to 12%. More importantly, Combi systems offer high performance with efficiency levels up to 4% better than standalone machines.

    Integration of carbonating and filling processes
    The Sidel Matrix Combi also features Sidel’s Blendfill configuration, combining carbonator and filler in a single system for top quality sparkling water. Utilising the Sidel Matrix Carbonator SM100 beverage tank as a shared tank with the filler, the configuration avoids redundant pressure and level control functions, while reducing consumption of CO2 as well as the footprint of the equipment.

    Optimised cleaning while saving resources
    Smart cleaning technology also reduces energy and chemical use by up to 70%. Sidel’s compact Integrated Cleaning System (ICS) is a simple and hygienically designed solution that, combined with the filler skid, ensures quick preparation of cleaning agents so that all equipment parts that come into contact with the water are effectively cleaned.

    Reduced waste for improved safety and hygiene
    As many factors can affect the amount of product splashing within a filling process - speed, bottle shape, neck dimensions, fill-level to name but a few - Sidel uses all its expertise and in-house simulation tests to help producers overtake the issue. Virtual modelling and real-life testing help avoid any splashing and maintain safety of the filling environment, especially at very high speeds.

    Giving the final package a memorable look
    Labelling is an essential factor to ensuring a product stands out on supermarket shelves. Roll-fed technology uses plastic labels, which have physical and functional qualities making them very attractive to consumers and beneficial for beverages producers. The Sidel Matrix SL70 efficient roll-fed labelling station delivers precise and controlled handling and application for containers of any shape. It is capable of outputs of up to 60,000 bottles per hour. With shorter changeover times for containers of different shapes and dimensions, this ergonomic and reliable system maximises operator safety, uptime and productivity by reducing maintenance time by 40%, while enhancing sustainability as it uses up to 40% less power.

    Flexible pack configurations, quick changeovers and optimised transportation
    The secondary packaging - the finished pack that the consumer sees at the point of sale - represents a strong opportunity to reinforce brand recognition and so needs to be appealing, durable and functional to catch attention. Carrying the labelled bottles onto the secondary packaging process, Sidel’s smart conveyors can be automatically adjusted to handle different formats. Gently feeding the bottles to maintain consistency and quality, the packers also protect them from elements such as weather, pressure and temperature change. To minimise overall costs, they also optimise the use of heat, glue, cartons and film. All Sidel’s packers ensure quick changeovers for flexible handling of multiple stock keeping units (SKUs).

    Sidel palletisers allow easy changeovers in layer formation to organise the right number of single bottles onto - for example - trays, dollies or packs onto pallets. In this way they achieve smart pallet patterns of various sizes and formats of bottles, in order to optimise efficiency during transportation and storage.

    Maximum uptime and minimum TCO
    Once a line is up and running, Sidel Services™ offers a tailored portfolio to help maintain, regain and even improve performance throughout the equipment’s lifetime. From customised maintenance, through to line improvement, to spare parts and logistics services, the company combines customer proximity with global experience to shorten lead times and improve customers’ efficiency.

    However, it is difficult to improve what is not being measured. The market is looking for systems with “built-in intelligence” capable of translating raw data into actionable information. Sidel's Efficiency Improvement Tool (EIT™) handles production issues to meet ongoing challenges and also anticipates them through trends and forecasts based on historical and multi-plant analysis.

    “By taking a global view of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and the entire working life of a production line, as new technologies and solutions are developed, Sidel offers existing line owners options and upgrades, line conversion and training services to ensure that installed equipment does not get left behind, while strengthening operators’ skills. In this way the company is always working to help producers optimise operating costs and reach the lowest possible TCO" adds Simone Pisani.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    24.01.2017   FATwater - a revolution in refreshment    ( Company news )

    Company news Extracted from the most potent part of the coconut, Brain Octane® oil enhances cognitive performance and puts your brain on full blast without weighing you down!

    There's purified water and then there's deionized water. It's an entirely new level of purity. Add B vitamins for mental focus and natural flavors and you're ready to go.

    ENERGY AND HYDRATION
    You don’t need sugar to get energy. A better fuel for your body is the unique high-energy fat from coconuts in Bulletproof Brain Octane® oil. Sugary sports drinks spike insulin levels, leaving you tired, cranky and craving more. That’s no fun. And, unlike sugar, studies show that the high-energy fat in Brain Octane® supports weight management.

    KEEPING YOU FUELED
    Brain Octane® increases athletic performance by giving your body sustained energy, without the crash. The fats in Brain Octane® are easier to digest than the more common long chain triglycerides. The fat in Brain Octane® helps you perform by giving you immediate and sustained energy that lasts rather than crashes.

    HEALTHY INSIDE, HEALTHY OUTSIDE.
    Clean burning energy from quality fats, purified water, and natural flavoring with only 15 calories. Staying hydrated is key to health. FATwater™ is a revolution in refreshment. We made water fun.
    (Bulletproof 360 Inc.)
     
    24.01.2017   The Czech Republic: Sale of Plzeňský Prazdroj to Asahi Group questioned by Pilsen-based ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... association Právovarečné měšťanstvo

    The Pilsen-based association Právovarečné měšťanstvo is questioning the sale of the Czech brewery Plzeňský Prazdroj to the Japanese company Asahi Group Holdings, the news site iDnes.cz has reported.

    The group has appealed to European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestagler, asking her to suspend the sale, arguing that it has been leading a legal dispute over the ownership of part of its property. Karel Svoboda, the head of the Právovarečné měšťanstvo association, told the news site that they were very concerned about the issue.

    Právovarečné měšťanstvo is demanding its property rights for the Měšťanský pivovar brewery in Pilsen, which was built by the association back in 1842 and which is today part of the Plzeňský Prazdroj company, are recognised.

    Asahi Group Holdings, Japan’s biggest brewery group, has won the bidding competition to acquire the biggest Czech beer producer in December 2016.

    The Group has provisionally picked up the Czech brewer as part of a package of Central European beer makers put up for sale by the multinational SABMiller. This also comprised breweries in Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia with the price tag for the job lot put at 7.3 billion euros (around 197 billion Czech crowns).

    The sell-off was forced on SABMiller by the European Commission as part of the price for its takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which Brussels feared would create dominant positions and curb competition on a series of European markets while commanding around 27 percent of the world beer market.

    If the Japanese offer completes the course, then Asahi Group Holdings would, according to sources, appear to have comfortably outbid a rival offer for the brewery by the richest Czech, Petr Kellner, of the PPF group in partnership with the Czech-Slovak bank J&T.

    Asahi earlier picked up some of SABMiller’s assets as part of the group divestment, for example, the Italian beer brand Peroni and Dutch brand Grolsh. This was already seen by analysts as a indication that Asahi was willing to spend freely and pick up European assets as part of its worldwide expansion.

    In the past, Asahi was reported as one of the potential bidders for Prague’s Staropramen brewery, the second biggest in the country, when it was put up for sale in 2012. The eventual winner of that contest was Molson Coors. Staropramen though is licensed to Asahi dry to sell on European markets, it’s one of the Japanese brewery’s biggest and best selling brands.

    Asahi is reckoned to have exhausted most of the beer market possibilities on its Japanese domestic market by the late 1990s. It has since expanded into drinks, snacks, and food in Japan, and has expanded abroad through an aggressive merger and acquisition policy. It began life in 1889 after borrowing largely from German beer know-how and technology.

    Plzeňský Prazdroj’s profits for last year, ending in March, rose five percent to 3.7 billion crowns with turnover climbing slightly slower to around 14.4 billion crowns. SABMiller had pinpointed Plzeňský Prazdroj to become one of its major brands worldwide, though many analysts believed that all the promotion and marketing promises were only partially fulfilled.

    The Plzeň brewer has been in Japanese hands before, though these are not likely to be happy memories. Plzeňský Prazdroj’s majority owner was at one stage in the hands of the investment group Nomura, though it always openly admitted that this was never a long-term strategic investment and that it would quit once the price for getting out was right. The latest transaction should be completed by December 2017.
     
    24.01.2017   UK: First wave of UK brewers unveil price increases for this year    ( E-malt.com )

    The first wave of the UK brewers have unveiled their price increases for 2017, highlighting the ongoing pressures on the beer industry, the Morning Advertiser reported on January 13.

    Molson Coors said it had raised the wholesale selling price on the majority of its draught products by 2.4% from Monday, 9 January. It said it had been working to manage production costs and had worked hard to keep its rises to a minimum.
    The brewer boasts beers including Doom Bar, Carling, Staropramen and Coors

    A spokesman for the brewer said: “At the headline level, we will be raising the published wholesale selling prices on the majority of our draught products by approximately 2.4% as of 9 January 2017.

    “At Molson Coors, we are constantly working to manage the variety of different costs associated with the production and supply of our beers, and will continue to do so.

    “We are dedicated to managing all production costs and offering a high-quality and good-value product to our customers. The price increase has been kept to the minimum level required to enable us to continue to invest in our business and customers, and to deliver great customer service and well-supported beer brands.”

    AB InBev, which produces Budweiser, Corona, Bass, Boddingtons and Stella Artois, has increased its prices by 2.3% on average. It said this reflected the ongoing pressure on the beer industry.

    James Rowe, head of pricing and revenue management at AB InBev UK & Ireland said: “We have communicated to customers that from 1 February 2017 we will be increasing our wholesale price by an average of 2.3% across our portfolio (duty inclusive). This is part of our regular price reviews and reflects ongoing pressure in the beer industry.

    “We always look to keep any increases to a minimum for our customers, while ensuring we maintain the right balance between costs and revenues so we can continue to invest in our brands and support our company’s long-term future.”

    Other brewers are yet to reveal any pricing changes for 2017.
     
    23.01.2017   Corvaglia Closures Eschlikon AG has a new General Manager    ( Company news )

    Company news The former General Manager of Corvaglia Closures Eschlikon AG, Franco Bischof, has gone into retirement at the end of 2016. His successor, Reto Graf (photo), has been Manager IT & Controlling at the corvaglia group until now.

    corvaglia would like to thank Franco Bischof for many successful years and for his great dedication to the company. He managed both Closures plants in Mexico and Switzerland, and played a major role in ensuring that both business segments grew to become successful market players. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the corvaglia group. Franco Bischof will retain this position at the company also in future.

    corvaglia is pleased to have found an internal successor for the position of General Manager. Reto Graf has been part of the corvaglia team since 2013. Thanks to his previous experience, he is already familiar with the key areas of Corvaglia Closures Eschlikon AG. corvaglia wishes him all the best and a great deal of success in this challenging role.
    (Corvaglia Closures Eschlikon AG)
     
    20.01.2017   The Coca-Cola Company Announces Senior Leadership Succession Plan    ( Company news )

    Company news James Quincey to Succeed Muhtar Kent as Chief Executive Officer in May 2017 Kent to Continue as Chairman

    The Coca-Cola Company announced that its Board of Directors has approved unanimously the recommendation of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent for an evolution of the company’s senior leadership structure. Under the new structure, company veteran James Quincey, President and Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Kent as CEO, effective May 1, 2017. Kent will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    The Board intends to nominate Quincey to stand for election as a director at the 2017 Annual Shareowners Meeting in April.

    “Managing The Coca-Cola Company to ensure our long-term growth requires a thoughtful and orderly succession planning process,” said Muhtar Kent. “I have been engaged with our Management Development Committee and the full Board on talent development and succession discussions throughout my tenure as CEO. We are certain that James Quincey is prepared for these new responsibilities and is the absolute right choice to lead our company and system into the future.

    “One of our Board’s key priorities is developing the next generation of leaders and James is a perfect example of our talent pipeline in action,” added Kent. “Having worked closely with James during the past 10 years of his 20-year career with our company, I know that his vast industry knowledge, expertise with our brands, values and system, coupled with an acute understanding of evolving consumer tastes, make him the ideal candidate to effectively lead our company and bottling system. James has the strategic vision and inspirational leadership to usher in the next phase of growth for our great business.

    “It has been the most wonderful and unique privilege to serve as Chairman and CEO of our great company over the past eight years,” Kent continued. “This transition comes at a time of important evolution for The Coca-Cola Company. Our journey to refocus on our core business model of building strong global brands, enhancing sustainable customer value and leading a strong, dedicated franchise system is well under way. During James’ time as President and COO, he has further demonstrated his deep understanding of the dynamics of our business and what it takes to win in the marketplace.”

    Sam Nunn, Independent Lead Director of The Coca-Cola Company’s Board of Directors said, “On behalf of the Board, we thank Muhtar for his outstanding leadership and dedication as the Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. Muhtar has been a true visionary who led the company through sustained growth and set the stage for the tremendous opportunity that lies ahead. Muhtar has consistently put the next decade in front of the next quarter and laid a solid foundation for his successor and the shareowners. Among his many achievements, Muhtar has built a world-class leadership team and we are fortunate to have a leader with James’ capabilities as our next CEO.”

    Nunn expressed the Board’s confidence in the appointment of Quincey: “James is a proven leader who is passionate about developing people, building strong teams and creating winning cultures everywhere he has been. He has the ideal combination of skills, ability and experience and we believe that there is no person more capable of leading The Coca-Cola Company.”

    Warren Buffett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said, “As Chairman and CEO, Muhtar has been an excellent steward of Coca-Cola’s business over the last eight years and I am thankful for the leadership he has provided to put in place the right vision, strategy and thoughtful succession plan for long-term success. I know James and like him, and believe the company has made a smart investment in its future with his selection.”

    “I am truly honored and humbled to lead this great company into the future,” said Quincey. “Muhtar has been a catalyst for change at The Coca-Cola Company – driving the transformation of our global bottling system, expanding our product portfolio and making sustainability a business imperative. I am committed to continuing my strong partnership with Muhtar, our talented management team and associates, and our valued bottling partners to continue this momentum and capture the enormous opportunities in front of us.”

    Quincey, 51, was named The Coca-Cola Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer in August 2015. Earlier this year, he put in place a new international operating structure and leadership team to make the company more efficient and effective at the local levels, helping our operating units become faster and more agile. Throughout his career at Coca-Cola, Quincey has shown leadership in addressing consumer changes by expanding product offerings, introducing smaller package sizes, and most recently, driving systematic portfolio reformulation to reduce added sugar with over 200 initiatives in progress.

    Prior to this role, Quincey served as President of The Coca-Cola Company’s Europe Group. Under his leadership, the Europe Group was the company’s most profitable operating group as it strategically expanded its brand portfolio and improved execution across the geography.

    Quincey served as President of the Northwest Europe & Nordics Business Unit (NWEN) from 2008 to 2012. Among Quincey’s many accomplishments during this time was his leadership during the acquisition of innocent juice in 2009, which is now sold in more than 14 countries and is well on its way to becoming one of the company’s billion-dollar brands.

    From 2005 to 2008, Quincey was President of the Mexico Division. During his tenure in Mexico, he grew market share for brand Coca-Cola and expanded the company’s portfolio with the relaunch of Coca-Cola Zero and the acquisition of Jugos de Valle, one of the company’s 20 brands that generates more than a billion dollars in annual revenues and is now sold in 16 countries.

    Quincey joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1996 as Director, Learning Strategy for the Latin America Group, and went on to serve in a series of operational roles of increased responsibility in Latin America, leading to his appointment as President of the South Latin Division in 2003. During his time in South Latin, Quincey was instrumental in developing and executing a successful brand, pack, price and channel strategy, which has now been replicated in various forms throughout The Coca-Cola Company’s global system.

    Prior to joining Coca-Cola, he was a Partner in strategy consulting at The Kalchas Group, a spin off from Bain & Company and McKinsey. Quincey, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, received a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Liverpool.

    “We are fortunate that Muhtar will continue as Chairman and James has agreed to run the business as President and CEO,” said Nunn. “The combination will ensure the continued success their partnership has brought to the company over the last 16 months.”
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    19.01.2017   What 2017 holds for Scotch    ( Company news )

    Company news The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) looks forward to the New Year when it will continue to work to maintain Scotch Whisky's place as the world's leading high-quality spirit drink.

    Scotch Whisky is an iconic industry and a vital part of the UK economy. It:
    • Supports 40,000 jobs across the UK
    • Adds value of £5 billion each year to the economy
    • Generates exports worth around £4 billion annually and is the largest net contributor to the UK's balance of trade in goods.

    Brexit
    The landmark vote in the middle of 2016 for the UK to leave the EU is one of the biggest changes to face the country for years. Scotch Whisky, like other industries, will undoubtedly face a number of opportunities and challenges as a result of this decision.
    Since the vote in June, we have been analysing what Brexit will mean by consulting with members and talking to governments. As 2017 unfolds, Article 50 will be triggered and we will learn more about the UK Government's plans for exiting the UK.
    Some things won't change for Scotch Whisky: we will not face a tariff on exports to EU because of WTO rules and we will continue to benefit from zero tariffs in other major markets, such as the USA, Canada and Mexico. A high priority will remain 'grandfathering', or maintaining other benefits already secured - including lower tariffs and protection of the Scotch Whisky 'geographical indication' - through the existing network of EU trade deals.
    Looking ahead, the SWA wants the UK to have an open and ambitious trade policy, to put transitional arrangements in place that minimise trade disruption after Brexit, and to negotiate better global arrangements than we currently have. An even more trade-focused British embassy network around the world will be needed to make this happen.
    We are hopeful the UK can secure favourable bilateral trade deals with key export markets. India, for example, is a growing market for Scotch but exports are being held back by a 150% import tariff. EU talks with India have proved challenging for a decade now and we hope the UK will now take a fresh approach to securing an ambitious trade agreement.

    The UK should be a voice for open markets globally. The more open the market, the more Scotch Whisky exports will grow to the benefit of the wider economy.

    UK market for Scotch
    During this time of change, the SWA would like to see even more support for the strategically-important Scotch Whisky industry in its domestic market - the world's third biggest market for Scotch.
    But, despite the scrapping of the alcohol duty escalator - the policy of increasing excise by inflation plus an additional two percent - in the 2014 Budget, a 2% cut in excise on spirits in 2015 and a freeze this year, the level of tax remains unfair and this issue should be addressed. The tax burden on an average priced bottle of Scotch is 77%*. More favourable tax treatment would support all parts of the Scotch Whisky industry and be fairer for consumers, whilst supporting higher tax revenues for government.**
    Scotch Whisky suffers from one of the highest tax burdens of any UK-produced consumer good. At a time of uncertainty economic following the Brexit vote, it is vital that the UK government supports this industry of strategic importance to the UK economy and puts in place measures that promote investment and competitiveness.

    Investment
    Fairer tax would also support new entrants to the Scotch Whisky industry, as well as established companies who are investing in the UK. In that last couple of years more than 10 Scotch Whisky distilleries have opened across Scotland. At the same time, larger producers are investing in facilities, such as warehouses, visitor centres and expanding production. This trend is set to continue next year, but government support would help underpin future success.

    Exports
    Scotch Whisky exports of £4 billion make it of vital importance to the UK's economic performance.
    In recent years, there has been a slowdown in exports due to some economic and political headwinds. We have started to see an improvement in performance. Volume of Scotch Whisky exports was up by 3% in first half of year to 533 million bottles. While value was down slightly by 1% from £1.71bn to £1.7bn, this was much smaller than the 3% decline in first half of 2015. And, anecdotally, Scotch exports have received a boost from the weakness of Sterling since the Brexit vote.
    Despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, we are optimistic that Scotch exports will be positive. Our 2016 figures will be published in the spring and this will give us a good indication of the direction of exports.

    To sum up
    Scotch Whisky is a highly successful industry, and the linchpin of many local economies. It is an iconic product loved across the globe. While we are confident about the future of Scotch, there will be further challenges to address in 2017 and the SWA looks forward to working with government and others to support jobs and growth.
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    18.01.2017   Filter optimization with LOEHRKE BEADS    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: LOEHRKE Beads – optimum throughflow

    LOEHRKE expands its portfolio by a brand new product in the field of water filtration for the beverage and foodstuffs industry – the LOEHRKE BEADS.

    In November of last year LOEHRKE BEADS were presented to an expert audience at the European exhibition for the beverage industry “BrauBeviale” in Nuremberg for the first time. The audience pursued the improvements in the water preparation with the utmost interest.

    The innovative filter material consists of high-quality glass beads, which are used as an effective alternative to gravel for product and process water preparation. Conventional filter material such as quartz sand or granulate is extremely susceptible to attack by fungus, bacteria, grams, algae and calcification due to its porous, irregular structure. Pollution and contamination establish themselves in the unevenness of the coarsely porous surfaces of the filter materials, proliferate unchecked and without limits. They are also never completely removed by the back-flushing process and accumulate in the filter medium over time.

    By using LOEHRKE BEADS the hydraulic and hygienic properties of the filter bed can be improved significantly. The advantages of a clearly increased dirt holding capacity and thereby extended service life, drastically decreased operating and consumption costs and nearly unlimited lifetime lead to an extremely attractive new product.
    (Jürgen Löhrke GmbH)
     
    17.01.2017   Belgium: AB InBev to hike lager prices as per February 1    ( E-malt.com )

    World’s No. 1 brewer AB InBev has announced an increase in its lager prices in Belgium as from February the 1st, Het Nieuwsblad reported on January 6.

    According to the newspaper, the HoReCa price for AB InBev’s lagers will increase by EUR0.014/bottle. In the retail sector, the price of a beer cask will rise by 37 eurocents, which equals to an increase of EUR0.015 per bottle.

    The global beer giant said the increase was necessary to finance long-term investments on the Belgian market.
     
    17.01.2017   Canada: Molson Coors Toronto brewery workers go on strike    ( E-malt.com )

    No beer shortages are expected, at least for the short term, after workers at the Molson Coors plant in Toronto walked off the job when labour negotiations between the union and the beer giant broke down this week, Globalnews.ca reported on January 13.

    Around 320 employees at the Carlingview Drive brewery in Toronto hit the picket line at noon on Thursday, January 12 when both sides couldn’t reach a deal.

    The Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers Local 325, the union which represents the workers, said the company wants to cut wages, pensions and benefits by 7 per cent.

    The union rejected a “settlement offer” in December after members voted 100 per cent against it.

    A statement released by Molson Coors Canada said the company is disappointed the deal fell apart but are committed to reaching a “globally competitive agreement.”

    “At Molson Coors Canada, we are disappointed that our union partners have rejected a deal that is fair to employees, allows the company to be more efficient, and is similar to collective agreements with unionized employees in other Canadian breweries,” VP of Corporate Affairs at Molson Coors Canada Gavin Thompson said.

    The company said the labour disruption will not interfere with the distribution of beer to consumers in the “short-term.”

    “We have a comprehensive contingency plan in place that prioritizes employee safety and operations while avoiding interruptions to our customer’s businesses and ultimately our great beer drinkers,” said Thompson. “This plan was prepared months ago when negotiations began and will ensure our products are available to customers and consumers.”

    Workers at the plant have been without a contract since the end of last year.
     
    17.01.2017   Kyrgyzstan: All-woman craft brewery little short of revolution in Bishkek's drinking culture    ( E-malt.com )

    Tucked away in an unlikely spot, wedged between a domino club popular with Turks and a Soviet-built apartment block, is a treat for beer-lovers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, EurasiaNet reported on December 9.

    Save the Ales, a microbrewery set up by a Kyrgyz-Kazakh pair, Aida Musulmankulova and Arzu Kurbanova, may be small and spartan. But what it is doing to Bishkek’s drinking culture is little short of revolutionary. While bland imported lagers and watery local brews have long been the norm, Save the Ales is turning out its own homemade craft brews, borrowing from a trend that has established deep roots in the United States and elsewhere.

    “Wherever we have traveled, we have always tried good beer,” said Musulmankulova.

    Around three years ago, she and her partner, Kurbanova, decided to take the plunge.

    “We decided to brew it [ourselves]. We learned everything from the Internet. It wasn’t as difficult as we thought.”

    Craft beers tend to be more experimental than classic European-style lagers and pilsners, and are brewed in kegs rather than casks, as is the case with traditional British real ale. And it is not cheap either. Save the Ales charges an eye-watering $2.80 per glass, a sum way out of reach for most people outside the bar’s target market of upwardly mobile Bishkek urban types and expats.

    Musulmankulova and Kurbanova say they are spending the profits on developing their fledgling business and reinvesting.

    The bar has been a stop-and-start affair. Save the Ales first opened in May, quickly gaining a strong following, but it had to shut for almost a month in late September due to an electrical fault. The dedicated aficionados of the pair’s high-strength India Pale Ale, stout and fruit-flavored beers finally got their bar back in October.

    A noticeable emphasis is placed on providing the real deal at Save the Ales. Bishkek has no shortage of novelty theme pubs that are low on character and often focus their efforts to lure in customers on big TV screens and loud music.

    In established markets, craft beer is a big business. According to the US Brewers Association, the sector’s retail dollar value in the United States was estimated at $22.3 billion for 2015, representing just over one-fifth of the country’s beer market.

    Beer is increasingly popular in Kyrgyzstan, but drinkers are prone to quote the old Russian saying “beer without vodka is money [thrown] to the wind.” The market share for craft beers is statistically insignificant, but the mission of Save the Ales, where the beer is brewed on-site, for now is to slowly cultivate more refined tastes and habits. Unlike almost all Bishkek beer bars, Save the Ales served no food until recently, although it did finally relent by providing lite bites.

    Kurbanova and Musulmankulova say that over half their sales are to expats, although the share of young, urban middle-class barflies is growing. And the contingent of baikes — a term denoting “elder brother” in Kyrgyz, but also synonymous with portly middle-aged men — is creeping up too.

    “I remember one time this guy walked into the pub,” said Sumsarbek Mamyraliev, who owns a production studio and is a friend of the owners. “He said, ‘Get me a beer. Where is the shashlik? Where is the chechel [smoked cheese]? Where are the owners? How do your husbands let you brew beer? This will never work!”

    When the new client tried the beer, however, “his attitude changed completely,” Mamyraliev recalled.

    “He was this patriarch with a gold chain. He said: ‘You girls have put all the men in Kyrgyzstan to shame. If you ever have any problems with anyone, just call me.’”

    Musulmankulova and Kurbanova for their part have nothing against hiring a male staffer, especially since brewing can sometimes be physically taxing.

    “But friends told us we should keep on as we started out,” Kurbanova told EurasiaNet.org. “So when we advertised on Facebook for a helper, we asked for a ‘pomoshnitsa’ (a female assistant), which caused a stir.”

    Mamyraliev argues the success of the tiny brewery pub points to an emerging start-up culture in Kyrgyzstan, which has Central Asia’s most vibrant civil society. According to the World Bank’s Doing Business index, Kyrgyzstan remains the easiest country in the region in which to register a new business.

    Alan Laing, a British customer who works in international development, agrees the pub is “a hidden gem”.

    “It’s unlike any other bar in Bishkek,” he said, referencing various theme pubs in the city. “[Save the Ales] could be a bar in Brooklyn or Shoreditch (in London) before they became uber-trendy. It is simple, unfussy and all about the beer.”

    Kurbanova attributes their beer’s popularity to a maximalist approach to brewing. They spare no expense in bringing in ingredients from Germany and the United States, in contrast to the cost-cutting attitude typical to other breweries.

    That has led to invitations to serve beer at arts festivals and music nights, which the pair have accepted, as well as offers from admiring competitors to purchase their beer or even buy out the business completely. So far, they have resisted all such overtures.

    “They come to us and say, we want to see your beer in our restaurant,” Kurbanova told EurasiaNet.org. “We tell them: join the queue.”
     
    17.01.2017   Ukraine: Beer export increases in volume but declines in money terms in 2016    ( E-malt.com )

    Ukraine’s beer export totalled USD 19.14 mln in money terms last year, which is 13% less than in 2015, Finance.UA reported on January 11 citing the State Fiscal Service.

    In volume terms, the nation’s beer exports increased by 2% to 0.769 mln hl. Ukraine mostly exports beer to Moldova, Belarus, and Algeria.

    Beer imports in the country declined by 24% to 0.22 mln hl but grew by 5.2% in money terms – to USD24.93 mln. Main beer exporters to Ukraine are Belgium, Mexico, and Germany.
     
    17.01.2017   USA: Legalisation of marijuana does not curb beer sales – new report    ( E-malt.com )

    The legalisation of marijuana in several US states has not curbed beer sales, according to new research, as Americans managed to find room in their social schedules for both, the Guardian posted on January 13.

    Analysts at investment firm Bernstein said fears that the brewing industry would be sent into chronic decline by red-eyed revellers reaching for joints instead of beers have proved unfounded.

    “At first sight, one would regard marijuana and alcohol in general as clear rivals and that every extra dollar spent on weed meant a dollar less on booze,” they said.

    But rather than swapping Budweiser for bud-smoking, the legalisation of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes has in some cases corresponded with an uptick in beer consumption.

    In states where medical marijuana is legal, beer consumption was down 0.6% on average in the three years leading up to legalisation, but rose 0.1% in the three years after.

    Bernstein admitted its analysis was based on a relatively small number of states over just a few years but said: “Our analysis indicates that the legalisation of medical marijuana had a positive impact on beer volume trends.”

    It said this suggested “beer and weed are complements rather than substitutes”.

    The picture was more mixed in states where recreational marijuana use has been legalised, but showed no signs that beer was losing out in favour of weed.

    The surprising results could be down to smokers having more money in their pockets to spend on beer, thanks to a fall in the price per gram of marijuana since legalisation, said Bernstein.

    In the state of Washington, habitual tokers paid around $10 per gram in March 2016, down from $25 in September 2014.

    While the budding legal weed industry faces higher costs from taxes and regulation, Bernstein said retail prices had still fallen because black-market dealers require a premium to offset the risk of imprisonment.

    “This would imply that previous users of marijuana now have more disposable income to spend on either more booze or more weed,” they said.

    The report, put together by a team of 10 analysts, also highlighted anecdotal evidence suggesting a degree of overlap in the cultures surrounding marijuana and craft beer.

    It pointed to what has become known as the “St Patrick’s Day massacre”, when police raided an event staged by the Lagunitas beer brand, at which pot-smoking was commonplace.

    Lagunitas later produced a brand of beer commemorating the event, while its annual production figures still make reference to 420, a number commonly used as shorthand for marijuana culture.

    Its published beer output figures for the years 2010 to 2014 all ended in the figures 420.

    Fellow craft beer brand Oskar Blues even printed instructions on its cans, indicating how to turn them into a bong for smoking weed.

    The brand is based in Colorado, America’s highest state (by elevation) and also one of the first two, along with Washington, to legalise marijuana for recreational use in 2012.

    “One does not need to look far into popular culture to see that beer and weed cultures can be highly complementary,” said Bernstein.

    The investment firm also highlighted several other industries that stood to benefit from marijuana legalisation, mainly companies likely to benefit from an onset of the munchies.

    They include Domino’s Pizza, Mexican food chain Chipotle and salty snacks firm Frito Lay.

    California became the first state to legalise medical marijuana in 1996, but a wave of states have since followed suit.

    There are currently 28 states whose citizens can reach for a joint to ease their suffering and eight where its use is allowed for recreational purposes.
     
    16.01.2017   LOGOPLASTE ACHIEVES FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENT SOLUTION FOR ORIGINAL ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... SPARE PARTS HANDLING WITH SIDEL SERVICES ONLINE

    Logoplaste – a leading global manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging in the food and beverage, personal and household care, oil and lubricants sectors – is benefiting from Sidel Services Online. This new, user-friendly web interface maximises line uptime by providing fast, easy and reliable online searching for Sidel original spare parts. The interface also gives customers a comprehensive online view of their existing Sidel equipment with access to technical documents and e-catalogues.

    Logoplaste: a pioneering approach
    Logoplaste, founded in 1976 and headquartered in Portugal, has pioneered in-house manufacturing with its ‘Through The Wall’ concept. This approach involves supplying plastic packages "just-in-time" from plants installed directly in the sites of its clients, where the products are manufactured. In this way, Logoplaste is fully integrated in the supply chain process.

    For over 40 years, the company has been building its reputation in the packaging business by establishing a close working relationship with its customers’ base, in such a way that the two parties effectively become partners. This is made possible by ‘Through the Wall’ - installing the packaging line directly within the customer’s production site and fully integrating it into its production line and supply chain process. In doing so, the company delivers the required output just-in-time according to production demands, as well as making an important contribution to sustainable production, with the environmental implications and costs of transportation kept to an absolute minimum. Aligning its industrial activity to the development in packaging design and engineering under the umbrella of Logoplaste Innovation Lab, the company's mission is to be the “natural choice in the supply of rigid plastic packaging solutions” for new and existing customers.

    As a result, the absolute optimisation of productivity, performance and uptime is a vital factor in Logoplaste’s solutions offering.

    A long-term partnership with Sidel
    Currently, the majority of the Logoplaste’s stretch blow moulding installed base comprises Sidel blowers, as a proof of a winning business relationship between the two companies begun in 1989. Before the implementation of the Sidel Services Online web interface, the Logoplaste site or plant manager, maintenance manager and internal procurement personnel or buyers would manage their spare parts following several steps: ask Sidel for the appropriate manuals, search for the correct identification codes of spare parts, check if existing parts had been superseded by new components etc.

    “Today all fifteen Logoplaste plants in Europe are already connected to Sidel Services Online, with each plant having an average of 2 or 3 users,” explains Diogo Cortez, Industrial Buyer at Logoplaste. “Our decision to adopt Sidel Services Online is part of the company’s strategy to embrace the digital revolution and the way it continues to change business in depth. Given the amount of references for spare parts we are handling in each region around the world - approximately 27,000 - the tool increases the potential of our plants so that they operate in a much more efficient way.”

    “After a test-phase conducted at our plants in Portugal and the UK, we have found Sidel Services Online to be a faster and easier way to handle our spare parts needs,” adds Cortez. “Our personnel can now quickly consult online catalogues, where available information is standardised, through easy identification and selection of the right parts from both drawings and parts lists. Streamlining the whole procedure and optimising resources, our spare parts handling, as a result, is simpler, faster and more efficient,” he continues.

    Available in six languages, Sidel Services Online provides Sidel customers with a full overview of their installed equipment with real-time information on parts availability and price. With all relevant technical documentation and detailed e-catalogues easily accessible through intuitive navigation for spare parts search and identification, it offers one-stop shopping for ordering and requesting offers of original Sidel spare parts. With the possibility of accessing their installed base independently, proving particularly popular with users is the capacity to locate parts and view their function online. “The Sidel Services Online interface is very user-friendly. Nevertheless, online training was supplied by Sidel to explain to Logoplaste users how to get the most out of the system,” comments Cortez. “Then dedicated sessions between the two companies helped to further expand on the complete functionality of the system. We are benefiting from this innovative approach and – considering this spectacular tool – we look forward to exciting developments in the coming months” he added.

    Pavel Shevchuk, Sidel’s Executive Vice President of Services, explains: “While giving a personalised online overview of customers’ equipment and details of spare parts through Sidel Services Online, Sidel Parts Administrators continue providing expert support and technical assistance worldwide. The web interface also features functionalities such as maintenance and safety lists relevant to customers’ own particular equipment to ensure maximum uptime and reduce unplanned downtime.” He concludes, “As an organisation, Sidel has a lot of belief and ambition within digitalisation of services and Sidel Services Online is already set to evolve and grow further over the coming months - to answer, and even exceed, our customers’ needs. We firmly believe that e-services will help us to continue to support our customers in ensuring great performance and productivity across the whole lifetime of their line.”
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    13.01.2017   Super Food Award 2017 for soluble powder with Sunfiber®    ( Company news )

    Company news Every year, the "Finnish Health Product Retailers Association" presents awards to quality products with health-boosting properties. In the "Super Food 2017" category, this year’s winner was Sunwic®, a drink powder produced by Valioravinto, a company that manufactures and sells food supplements in Finland. The drink powder consists of 100% Sunfiber® — a soluble fiber from Taiyo — derived from the Indian guar seed. Sunfiber® combines great taste with excellent sensory and technological properties and health-promoting effects. The ingredient has been proven to alleviate gastrointestinal disorders, such as those caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

    To participate in the Super Food Award, the products must meet strict criteria. These include well-founded research data, positive consumer feedback and reliable, high quality results. Sunwic® convinced with its easy handling and positive efficacy for people with IBS. This target group reacts particularly sensitively to foods containing high concentrations of fermentable oligo-, di- and monosaccharides (FODMAPs) because they are usually not properly metabolized.

    Sunwic® is a FODMAP-poor soluble powder and is therefore very well-tolerated by these consumers. According to studies, regular use significantly increases the number of bifidobacteria in the gut, which strengthen the digestive tract, protect the intestinal mucosa and alleviate the symptoms. Overall digestive function is subsequently improved.

    The jury also highlighted the technological and sensory properties: Sunwic® dissolves completely in liquids, does not jellify and is easy to dose. It has no impact on taste and is absolutely neutral in terms of flavor, odor and color.

    "We see the award as confirmation that our investments in research and development pay off. Sunfiber® uniquely combines naturalness, technological functionality and health benefits," said Dr Stefan Siebrecht, Managing Director of Taiyo GmbH. "We congratulate our customer Valioravinto for the success of its Sunwic® product."
    (Taiyo GmbH)
     
    12.01.2017   Beverage Cans Market Analysis By Product (Aluminum, Steel), By Application (Carbonated Soft Drinks,.    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Alcoholic Beverages, Fruit & Vegetable Juices), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA) And Segment Forecasts, 2013 - 2024

    The global beverage cans market size is expected to reach USD 60.92 billion by 2024. owing to increasing demand for compact beverage packaging solutions.

    Increasing demand for energy drinks and canned cold coffee and iced tea in Europe and Latin America is expected to drive growth over the forecast period. Increasing consumption of canned beverages in major sports tournaments such as Major League Baseball, Barclays Premier League and La Liga owing to increased convenience in handling the beverage is expected to propel the demand for beverage cans over the forecast period.

    Increasing demand for carbonated soft drinks and other flavored soda drinks in North America is expected to positively influence the demand for metal cans over the forecast period. In addition, the growth is expected to be driven by extensive promotional programs undertaken by soft drink manufacturers such as Coca-Cola is expected to have a positive impact on market growth.

    Further key findings from the report suggest
    Carbonated soft drinks application segment is expected to witness the highest growth of over 5% from 2016 to 2024 owing to growing demand for the aerated drinks in developing economies such as India, Mexico, and Thailand

    High demand for beverage cans in the distribution of fruits & vegetable juices is expected to have a positive impact on growth. Rise in consumption of packaged fruit juices owing to consumers leading a healthier lifestyle is expected to propel demand.

    Europe beverage cans market, was valued at more than USD 9 billion in 2015 which is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% from 2016 to 2024 owing to increased recycling activities undertaken by the regulatory bodies including European Commission and national governments of France, Germany, and UK

    Asia Pacific is expected to register a CAGR growth of over 5% from 2016 to 2024 owing to increased demand for carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks owing to increasing disposable income in the developing economies such as China, India, and Indonesia

    The major players in the industry adopt mergers and acquisitions as a key strategy for increasing the market presence. Crown Holdings Inc. acquired EMPAQUE; a leading aluminum can manufacturer in Mexico to expand its market share in the region.
    (Research and Markets)
     
    12.01.2017   China: Craft beer likely to continue gaining market share and enjoying remarkable performance ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ...in China - report

    Riding on a trend towards premiumisation, craft beer, though still a very small market in China, is likely to continue gaining considerable share and should enjoy remarkable performance.

    That is according to a new report by Rabobank into China’s craft beer market at a time when the traditional beer market has matured considerably and is now much more developed than in countries in Southeast Asia.

    With annual consumption above the global average at 36 litres per capita, the beer market has witnessed a significant increase in both value and profitability, though much depends on regional differences. The well-developed eastern provinces consume much more beer than the emerging west, though it has reached a ceiling with stagnant volume growth.

    Today, beer production in Beijing is lower than it was in 2006, whereas in Qinghai it is still growing and has risen by 180% over the last ten years, the Dutch agricultural bank found.

    Following a global trend towards premiumisation, mainstream beer in China has gone through a difficult time over the past five years, while super-premium beer volumes have grown by 160% and now account for 4% of the volume and 18% of the profit pool.

    As one of the segments in the super-premium category, craft beer volume is generally assumed to be considerably less than 1% of overall Chinese consumption. Yet now it is showing strong growth momentum.

    Craft is performing exceptionally well in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, Rabobank found, noting that Chinese millennial consumers have similar purchase considerations as their peers in other countries, leading to strong potential.

    “That will be great opportunities for imported craft beer, domestic craft beer that uses foreign ingredients and domestic craft beer from local ingredients,” said Francois Sonneville, a Rabobank senior food analyst.

    “Yet challenges always go with opportunities. There are a few negative factors restraining the further development of craft beer in China, including consumers’ unfamiliarity towards the product, relatively high costs of transportation, distribution and imported ingredients, logistic issues of cold chain and brewing capacity shortage.”

    Nonetheless, Rabobank expects that imported craft will benefit from improvements in logistics. For Chinese craft brands, the outlook might be even better as contract brewers solve quality issues and invest in more modern local capacity.
     
    12.01.2017   Malaysia: Hard liquor excise duty hike could possibly bring benefits to brewers    ( E-malt.com )

    The 150% excise duty hike on Malaysia-produced hard liquor effective Dec 15 could possibly perk up the performance of brewers producing beer and stout as consumers shift to these options since it’s cheaper, The Star Online reported on December 19.

    This excise duty does not impact imported hard liquor and malt liquor products (beers).

    Two brewers that stand to gain from the shift are Heineken Malaysia Bhd and Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd.

    On December 16, Carlsberg shares closed unchanged at RM13.90, with a market capitalisation of RM4.28bil, while Heineken ended 20 sen higher at RM16.90, arriving at a market value of RM5.11bil.

    CIMB Research said in its report that the increase was expected to drive prices of locally-produced hard liquor up by about 75%.

    Since it is known that consumers prefer locally produced liquor as it’s cheaper than other alcohol beverages, CIMB believed that this may result in people switching to beer and stout as cheaper options from liquor produced locally.

    “And Malaysian brewers are likely to benefit from this,” said CIMB Research, adding that this could also cause contraband alcohol to persist.

    On Dec 9, the Finance Ministry announced a 150% increase in excise duty for locally produced hard liquor from RM24/litre to RM60/litre.

    The price hike effective four days ago caused a stir among local producers, who cried foul over the matter as this increased the cost of locally made alcohol products by almost 75%.

    The recent hike could raise concerns of possibly another excise duty hike for beers.

    Recall, local brewers have witnessed excise duty hikes usually after the national budget. The last hike took place during Budget 2006, according to reports. Brewers faced a March 1 duty hike, which saw a structure of RM175 per 100% volume/litre from RM7.40/litre. The 15% ad valorem (according to value) tax was removed.

    Heineken Malaysia Bhd, meanwhile, declined to comment on its prospects next year with the recent excise duty hike on local hard liquor.

    “If another hike takes place, it would be a lose-lose situation for Malaysia’s beer industry and the government.

    “Another unprecedented excise duty hike will dampen brewers’ sales volume, leading to lower excise duty collection for the government, according to CIMB Research.

    For now, the research house was not inputting any hikes in the near term as the previous hike in March was the first in 11 years.

    CIMB liked the brewer sector due to its defensive nature and inelastic demand for malt liquor market products.

    It said the sector’s attractive dividend yield of 5.2% to 6.1% was a rerating catalyst as it offered investors a safe haven in volatile times.

    Heineken Malaysia remained CIMB Research’s top pick.

    “The downside risk is an unprecedented hike in excise duty for malt liquor products,” it added.

    While brewers have adopted different marketing strategies to target further growth in the Malaysian market amid an extremely tough operating landscape surrounding the industry, what is obvious is the sector’s earnings have been rather subdued.

    Maybank Investment Bank Research (Maybank IB) kept a “hold” call and lower target price of RM14.60, from RM14.70 previously on Carlsberg, as it forecast lower sales and higher operating expenses for the brewer.

    Carlsberg’s third quarter 2016 results came in weaker-than-expected on lower sales growth and possibly timing of advertising and promotions (A&P).

    On the back of 8% drop in revenue year-on-year (y-o-y), mainly on the divestment of its 70% stake in Luen Heng F&B Sdn Bhd, weaker sentiment and higher A&P expenses, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell 16%.

    It said higher A&P costs and price discounts to clear old inventory had caused EBITDA to fall 27% y-o-y. Pre-tax profit was weak in the third quarter due to losses from its associate Lion Brewery, which was impacted by a major flood.

    “We expect the fourth quarter to come in stronger driven by the festive period.

    “Carlsberg could also see some pre-Chinese New year stocking activities given that it falls in January,” said Maybank IB, adding that its Singapore operations could also see better margins post stock clearing exercise in the quarter.

    Maybank IB rated Heineken with a “hold” and a lower target price of RM17.40 from RM18.10 previously.

    It said the last quarter’s results fell short of expectations on weaker consumption, higher A&P costs, lower pre-tax profit and lower volume.

    “We believe the recent price hikes in July might have impacted Heineken’s malt liquor volumes.

    “Nonetheless, its coming quarter FY16 (fourth quarter calendar year 2016) should see growth quarter-on-quarter driven by the festive period,” said MaybankIB.

    Recall, Heineken had also increased prices in March after the excise duty hike.
     
    12.01.2017   South Korea: Discount chains and convenience stores to raise beer prices in response to ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... government decision to raise empty bottles subsidy

    South Korea's discount chains and convenience stores said on January 5 they will raise prices of beer and soju, a popular Korean distilled beverage, beginning next week, the Korea Times reported.

    CU, a major South Korean convenience store chain, is set to raise prices of two brands of 360 milliliter soju bottles - Hite Jinro's Chamisul and Lotte Chilsung Beverage's Chum-Churum - to 1,700 won ($1.4) from 1,600 won.

    The convenience store also plans to raise prices of Oriental Brewery's Cass and its rival Hite Jinro's Hite to 1,900 won each from 1,850 won and 1,800 won, respectively.

    GS25 and Seven Eleven, two other major convenience store chains, also plan to follow suit.

    E-Mart, the No. 1 discount store chain in South Korea, is also set to sell a 500 ml beer bottle for 1,410 won, up from 1,330 won. It will also raise soju prices to 1,220 won from 1,140 won.

    Lotte Mart, a discount store chain operated by South Korea's retail giant Lotte Group, said it will raise prices of a 640 ml beer bottle to 1,830 won from 1,750 won.

    The planned price hike came in response to a recent government decision to raise a subsidy for empty bottles of beer and soju.

    Consumers can now receive 100 won from retailers in return for handing over an empty soju bottle, compared with 40 won in the past. In case of beer, consumers can receive 130 won, up from 50 won when they return an empty bottle of beer.

    The price hike came just months after Oriental Brewery Co. and Hite Jinro raised their beer prices by an average 6 percent and 6.33 percent, respectively.
     
    12.01.2017   UK: AB InBev extends partnership with C&C Group    ( E-malt.com )

    Magners producer C&C is outsourcing the distribution of its cider portfolio through an expansion of a deal with AB InBev, The Drinks Business reported on December 12.

    The global beer giant will take on distribution of C&C’s cider brands, which includes its flagship Irish cider brand, as well as Blackthorne, its ‘craft’ cider line Chaplin & Cork’s among others.

    As part of the reciprocal agreement, C&C Group will continue brewing, kegging, bottling some of AB InBev products at the C&C Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow, including Stella Artois and Beck’s, which it will distribute across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

    The two companies have worked together since 2009 and Jason Warner, President of AB InBev UK & Ireland, said he was happy to see the strengthening of business ties in what had proved to be a “close, strategic partnership”.

    “The new and extended contracts will utilise AB InBev’s world class distribution network to bring people in England, Wales, Channel Island and the Isle of Man more choice in the cider category. This partnership will provide our customers in both the on and off-trade with a renowned, complementary portfolio including Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Goose, Camden, Magners, Chaplin & Cork’s, Blackthorn and K from AB InBev,” he said.

    C&C Group CEO Stephen Glancey the renewal and expansion of the agreement was “testament to the strength of our distribution networks and our leading positions and brands in these territories”.

    “This marks a new phase in our long term partnership with AB InBev, leveraging the manufacturing, distribution and portfolio strengths of our two businesses in the UK and Ireland,” he said, adding that he was confident the agreement would drive volumes for both companies over the longer-term.

    “We are also excited about the increased opportunities we now have for our cider brands in England, Wales, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, where AB InBev’s distribution capabilities are strong,” he added.

    The cider company is looking to deliver €15 mln of cost savings and efficiency gains, and caused outrage in January when it announced it was to ceasing cider production in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet – whose cider-making tradition stretches back to 1770 – and moving production to Ireland. The firm’s bottling line was sold to local firm Brothers Cider in April for €9m, and in October the family firm confirmed it was also taking over production at the cider mill, continuing to make kegged Blackthorne cider and Olde English for C&C, who retained ownership of the brands, the orchards producing the apples and the Kilver Street mill itself, according to Unite the Union, with production of the canned drinks moving to Ireland.

    In the six months to 31st August, Magners grew 11%, the company’s half year results reported, with growth also coming from its premium cider portfolio. However operating profit before exceptional items in the first half were down 7.9% to of €55.1 mln, down 7.9%, which the company attributed partly to a boost to marketing invesment (+€3.6 mln in core brands) and price support, but also due to the falling value of sterling in the wake of the Brexit vote, which had hit operating profits by €2.8 mln and revenues by €24.4 mln.
     
    12.01.2017   UK: Guinness becomes the biggest selling ale and stout brand in the UK    ( E-malt.com )

    Guinness has overtaken John Smith’s to become the biggest selling ale and stout brand across the UK, The Sun reported on December 19.

    With demand soaring, sales of Diageo’s traditional Irish ‘Black Stuff’ have grown by £3.3 million in the past year, taking its value to around £69.1 million, figures by Nielsen reveal.

    With Guinness taking the top spot, sales of Heineken’s John Smith’s dwindled by 2.1 per cent to £68.5 million in the year to October, Nielsen’s report shows.

    Diageo said Guinness had succeeded in tapping into the country’s growing taste for craft alcohol by emphasising the Irish brew’s “story, provenance and ingredients.”

    Guy Dowdell, off-trade sales director at Guinness-owner Diageo, said: “Consumer excitement for products created with craftmanship and character has brought a new energy into the world of beer.”

    Hitting back, a spokesman for John Smith’s told The Sun Online: “Any beer lover will know that stouts and classic ales are very different drinks.

    “John Smiths’ is still the UK’s biggest selling ale by a mile, loved by millions of drinkers across the country.”

    In 2015, John Smith’s suffered a 5.7 per cent drop in UK sales, wiping £4.3 million off its value, Nielsen’s data reveals.

    Craig Clarkson, Heineken’s off-trade marketing director, said the clawback in sales was the result of “increased investment, an updated look, new ads and a digital campaign.”

    In the ale and stout market as a whole, while Guinness and John Smith’s took the top and second spot in the sales stakes, Old Speckled Hen came third, with sales topping £46 million.

    Hobgoblin took fourth spot in the sales stakes, with total sales of £22 million. With £1 million fewer sales than Hobgoblin, Sharp’s Doom Bar took fifth place.

    In the spirits sector, recent data from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association revealed that UK gin sales reached the £1 billion mark for the first time this year.

    With its popularity surging, sales of gin in pubs, bars and restaurants increased by 19 per cent in the past year, the WSTA said.

    In supermarkets, shops and off-licences, gin sales rose by 13 per cent to around £437 million.

    Earlier this month, a report revealed that the cost of Champagne has gone down by 7 per cent since June.

    Embroiled in a price war, some of the country’s biggest supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and Morrison’s, have been applying deep discounts to their Champagne in the run up to Christmas.
     
    12.01.2017   USA: AB InBev invests in growing its craft beer brands domestically and abroad    ( E-malt.com )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev is making a number of sizable investments to grow its acquired craft beer brands both domestically and abroad, according to recent reports.

    The world’s largest beer company is planning a large-scale international expansion for its biggest craft offering, Goose Island, and making significant investments to scale production capabilities for its Blue Point and Karbach Brewing brands in their respective home markets of New York and Texas.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, Goose Island’s global strategy will begin to materialize in 2017, as it begins operating outposts in six countries, including:
    •Sao Paulo, Brazil,
    •Seoul South Korea,
    •Shanghai, China
    •Monterrey, Mexico
    •Toronto, Canada
    •London, England

    “It’s plain and simple — if we don’t do it, somebody else is going to,” Goose Island President Ken Stout told the Tribune.

    In addition to increased product availability and the potential to brew large-scale batches of Goose Island beer at AB InBev breweries abroad, physical expansion takes three forms: Goose Island Brewhouses, Vintage Ale Houses and branded Goose Island pubs.

    According to the Tribune, brewhouses in Sao Paolo, Seoul and Shanghai were set to open this month. The company’s Vintage Ale House concept also opened this month in London and a branded pub serving Goose Island beer opened in Mexico. Brewhouse openings in Toronto and Philadelphia are planned for early-to-mid 2017.

    Meanwhile, AB InBev is also making considerable investments to expand distribution and production capabilities at two of its other U.S. craft breweries: Blue Point and Karbach.

    Since purchasing Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing in 2014, AB InBev has expanded distribution of that company’s products from 15 to 46 states, and the final four are slated to come online in 2017, according to Newsday.

    Production of Blue Point products has increased 75 percent, Newsday noted, and Blue Point president Todd Ahsmann said the company plans to grow volumes by 20 percent in 2017.

    Blue Point is currently in the midst of relocating to downtown Patchogue, where it was founded, as part of a $35 million expansion effort. The company is taking over a 53,000 sq. ft. building previously occupied by Briarcliffe College. Plans call for increased production capabilities, a restaurant and at least 20 new hires, according to Newsday.

    A similar expansion at recently acquired Karbach Brewing is also on tap in Texas, the Houston Business Journal reported Monday.

    Karbach will expand into more than 43,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and 8,200 sq. ft. of office space as part of a planned $4.5 million project that is expected to be completed next summer.

    The new location, adjacent to its current facility, will expand Karbach’s canning operations and feature additional space for storage and barrel-aging.

    Karbach expects to produce upwards of 150,000 barrels by 2019, according to the outlet.
     
    11.01.2017   Smurfit Kappa's Pouch Up wins Oscar de L'Emballage award     ( Company news )

    Company news The Pressade “La Fabrique à jus” has won an Oscar de L'Emballage award for its convenience and ability to keep the product fresher for longer.

    Smurfit Kappa developed a new Pouch-Up® packaging solution for Pressade to help with their goal of making juice a more integral part of the family breakfast routine.

    With a brand new 3 litre size, the eye-catching La Fabrique à jus is easy to store and the handy tap means that children can easily use it without spilling.

    The juice keeps fresh for three weeks versus four or five days for more traditional packaging for ambient juices.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    10.01.2017   EUROTECH SOLID BREWERY    ( Company news )

    Company news The new Eurotech Solid offers a unique and modern design that is based on the characteristic design elements of PSS SVIDNÍK, a.s.

    The brewhouse can be made out according to customer requirements in a stainless steel, copper or combined, stainless steel-copper execution. This unique and sophisticated mechanism is characterized by space-saving design that is maximally adjusted to the current needs and meets the highest quality production criteria of different beer types.

    All hygienic, safety and technical regulations are met when working on this system. Individual technological elements of the brewhouse are built-in into a base, where they are protected against any external damage. The device fits well into restaurants and pubs because of its pleasant design and easy operation.
    (PSS Svidnik a.s.)
     
    09.01.2017   2nd European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit    ( Company news )

    Company news Following a successful inaugural event of ACI’s European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit in 2016, we are returning to Berlin, Germany, on 8th – 9th February 2017, aiming to will bring together brand owners, retailers, leading sustainability experts, packaging converters and manufacturers, plastic collectors and reclaimers and major global organisations involved in the Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging sector.

    This year, the event focus will look at the various best strategies for sustainable packaging including recycling, including a stronger focus on the brands and retailers, who will share their thoughts and information on consumer demands for next generation packaging whilst considering sustainability goals.

    Furthermore, we will also focus more on the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, and what this means for the entire supply chain dynamics. Furthermore, we will discuss the properties and use of Bioplastics & Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics, as well as the use of cartonboard and plastic in F&B products to achieve the latest design demands. Finally, we will take a look at the technology & process management throughout the entire supply chain to examine best business practices and capabilities are being achieved.
    (ACI Poznan)
     
    06.01.2017   drink technology India, PackTech India, FoodPex India surpass all expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news • Approximately 40-percent increase in exhibition space
    • More than 25-percent increase in number of exhibitors
    • Number of visitors up by more than 18 percent

    The fourth and so far the largest event consisting of drink technology India (dti), PackTech India and FoodPex India closed its doors at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, having seen nearly 12,100 visitors, an increase of more than 18 percent. A total of 298 exhibitors (2014: 231 exhibitors) presented the latest technologies and solutions for the Indian market on more than 40 percent more exhibition space. Exhibitors included international and domestic companies. As a result, the exhibition trio set new records with regard to space, exhibitors and visitors in 2016.

    Markus Kosak, Exhibition Director of drink technology India, is pleased about the event's success: “These results take this event to an entirely new level. dti has developed into the number one event for the beverage and liquid food industry in India.” Kosak continues: “The success of this event will also benefit drinktec in Munich, where we now expect an increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors from India.”

    “Our objective is to establish interpack alliance exhibitions as number one events on their respective markets. Fortunately, we have managed to significantly improve our leading position in India. Above all, the new FoodPex India and the PDIT conference, in which our SAVE FOOD initiative played a significant role, have helped us to achieve that objective,” commented Malte Seifert, Senior Project Manager at Messe Düsseldorf.

    Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association, drew a positive conclusion about the event: “The increases in the amount of exhibition space and the number of exhibitors and visitors underscores how important this event is for India. It showcases solutions to the challenges currently facing the country and brings together supply and demand on the Indian market. It also demonstrates that this event is now an indispensible part of the Indian food, packaging and beverage market.”

    This is the fourth time that drink technology India and PackTech India were held within the scope of a combined event. However, an additional element was added to the partnership in 2016: FoodPex India is a new exhibition that focuses on processing and packaging solid foods of all kinds. As a result, the three Indian exhibitions depict sectors that revolve around three main themes, i.e. packaging and related processes, beverage technology and liquid food, and food processing and packing—all under a single roof. The combination is a unique exhibition program for India and makes this event more attractive than ever. A fact verified by the numbers: A total of 298 exhibitors participated in the three-day event—146 in drink technology India, and 152 in International PackTech India/FoodPex India.

    Economic growth in India also effects exhibition
    The 2016 exhibition was larger than ever, occupying 14,000 square meters of space, a 40-percent increase over 2014. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India, explains: “The driving force behind this growth is societal change and significant economic growth.” Thomas Schlitt, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf India, elaborates: “The growing middle class is increasing demand for hygienically processed foods, dairy products and packaged beverages. Producing these products calls for suitable plants and machinery that are on display here.

    First-rate supporting program
    The Packaging Design, Innovation and Technology (PDIT) Conference that was organized together with partner IPPStar and held in conjunction with International PackTech India and FoodPex India for the first time ever, was very well received among visitors. The central theme of the conference, which was booked to capacity, was SAVE FOOD. Launched in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations during interpack 2011, the conference addresses the problem of food losses and food waste. Among other things, it focuses on ways that the packaging industry can use its know-how to improve the situation. For the first time ever, the results of a field study on food losses in India were presented at the conference. The objective of the scientific study was to find ways to avoid food losses in India and, in doing so, to allow companies with corresponding solutions to make sustainable investments to benefit everyone involved. The conference program was rounded out by topics such as improving efficiency, sustainability, traceability and intelligent packaging.

    The first-rate program of events that accompanied the exhibition also allowed visitors attending drink technology India to gathering information about current and future trends in the food, beverage and liquid-food industry and about packaging and related processing technology in general. The roundtable talks, which were booked to capacity on both days, were extremely well received. Notable representatives of the beverage and liquid-food industry made presentations on the topic “Beverage manufacturing, food processing and product packaging in India: Lifestyle, trends, challenges and future concepts.” Dr. Keshab Nandy from Tilaknagar Industries Ltd. summed up the results on behalf of the other participants: “The roundtable talks at dti 2016 were extremely well organized. The experts' professional presentations also verified that fact. I was particularly impressed by the quality of the audience members. They discussed important challenges and issues facing the food and beverage industry in India with great intensity and presented solutions.” Attendance at the drink technology India Exhibitor Forum was very high. Exhibitors presented their product solutions for the beverage and food market in India. Heidelberg publisher hbmedia and the trade journal PETplanet are responsible for organizing the Exhibitor Forum and the roundtable talks.

    Other new items on the agenda included buyer-seller meetings that drink technology India organized for the first time to promote the exchange between exhibitors and the industry's leading executives, which were also very well received. That also applies to the MicroBrew Symposium India, which is organized by the Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing in Berlin. The MicroBrew Symposium India revolved around technological and quality-related aspects of brewing beer.

    drink technology India is organized by Messe München India, a subsidiary of Messe München. International PackTech India and FoodPex India are organized by Messe Düsseldorf and its subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf India. Thanks to the VDMA Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association, a proven partner to drinktec in Munich and to interpack in Düsseldorf was also involved in the three shows.

    The next edition of the three Indian exhibitions will take place at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center in Mumbai from October 24 to 26, 2018—as a quartette together with IndiaPack, the leading trade fair for packaging materials and packaging-material production in India, which was previously organized by the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP). In that quartette, International PackTech India will be replaced by its successor exhibition pacprocess India. In the future, IndiaPack and pacprocess will be developed, marketed and organized by Messe Düsseldorf and its Indian subsidiary. They will be held for the first time in New Delhi in October 2017.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    05.01.2017   GEBO CERMEX WINS MAJOR INDUSTRY RECOGNITION FOR INDUSTRY 4.0 INITIATIVES    ( Company news )

    Company news - Vitrine Industrie du Futur awarded by the Alliance Industrie Du Futur (AIF)
    - Company’s award-winning project is presented at key Franco-German conference
    - Audience included industrial and political leaders including François Hollande and Angela Merkel

    Gebo Cermex, a world leader in innovative packaging line solutions, has received the official mark “Vitrine Industrie du Futur", awarded by the Alliance Industrie Du Futur (AIF) in recognition of its efforts to introduce, develop and implement Industry 4.0 initiatives at its plant in Saint Laurent sur Sèvre, France.

    Following the announcement of the award in early December by French Secretary of State in charge of Industry, Christophe Sirugue, the company was invited to present its award-winning Virtual Commissioning Project at the 2nd Franco-German Conference on Digitalization (Deutsch-Französische Digitalkonferenz) held on 13 December 2016 in Berlin. The conference was attended by 300 high-ranking representatives of start-ups, international companies and public institutions, including top ministers and the leaders from both countries.

    Vitrine Industrie du Futur
    This mark is awarded by AIF to companies that implement new tools such as digital data exchange and advanced robotics to drive the transformation of business models and organisations as well as design and marketing methods.

    Gebo Cermex has been actively working along these lines and this award recognises the significant contribution made by its Virtual Commissioning project – which was led by the team based in Saint Laurent sur Sèvre. Key achievements – which helped the company to meet in full the requirements listed by AIF – included a 20-30% decrease in lead times and production costs; a long-term approach towards zero defects, dramatically improving quality and accuracy; and increased reliability, due to the ability to show customers, in advance, details about the performance of their equipment.

    Gebo Cermex was selected by AIF as the only award-winning French SME to be championed at the meeting in Berlin: this initiative is part of a long-standing and close partnership between France and Germany, to drive forward the digital transformation of their economies. In all only 3 companies were invited to showcase their projects to the exclusive audience attending the 2nd Franco-German Conference on Digitalization.

    Laurent Filliaudeau, St Laurent Site Director, said: “To be able to present our project to both François Hollande and Angela Merkel was an honour for me and for the entire team which has been working on this project with dedication and commitment.”

    Highlighting the importance of investing in Industry 4.0 possibilities to build long term competitive advantage, Marc Aury, President and Managing Director at Gebo Cermex, added: “Industry 4.0 is currently a much-discussed topic in manufacturing. With people now showing different consumer behaviours that influence their purchasing decisions, and distribution looking for more customised delivery methods and increased responsiveness, the packaging industry needs to find new ways to improve line operations in terms of speed, efficiency, flexibility and versatility, to protect its competitiveness in a global, fast-changing market and to help secure the future of European businesses. We see this award as a clear recognition of our efforts, as the first SME (Small Medium Enterprise) to offer Virtual Commissioning to its customers.”

    Virtual Commissioning Project
    Earlier this year, Gebo Cermex unveiled its Agility 4.0™ programme, designed to enable producers to manufacture small production batches at cost levels typically associated with mass production, without compromising on key performance criteria such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and sustainability, to name but a few. It represents a proven, pragmatic approach to make the benefits of Industry 4.0 possible: from initial virtual design to total mastery of the extended factory. The Agility 4.0 programme encompasses smart machines, system and data intelligence, digital connectivity and powerful simulation tools, all within a philosophy of sustainable production.

    One of the key aspects of the Agility 4.0 programme is the ability to use high-precision simulation and modelling tools to allow customers both visualise and forecast, so that they can make all the right decisions and thus keep their Operating Expenditure (OPEX) to an absolute minimum. This is particularly true in the commissioning phase, when new equipment has to be physically assembled and tested in a workshop, taking approx. 200 hours - with 46% spent in problem solving activities, and 54% covering testing and tuning. The real innovation of the Gebo Cermex Virtual Commissioning project is that it makes it possible to dramatically decrease the time and costs involved, while anticipating the challenges the equipment might face when installed in the actual production environment. In fact, the Gebo Cermex engineers use advanced tools to virtually build the full machine, checking, in parallel, even the smallest details. This allows them to export the virtual model in the simulation tool and to visualise how the equipment behaves. The virtual 3D model can be viewed, operated and animated via a Human Machine Interface (HMI). Moreover, the virtual commissioning allows for a 3D model to perform a big part of the de-bugging process ahead of installation and it is possible to simulate many scenarios in which the equipment might be working when integrated in the customer’s plant, without using the actual machine.
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    05.01.2017   Voith installs intelligent air supply system at König Ludwig Schloßbrauerei Kaltenberg    ( Company news )

    Company news In February 2016, the brewery König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schloßbrauerei Kaltenberg in Fürstenfeldbruck started up a completely new returnable glass bottle filling line with a capacity of 45,000 bottles/hour in its existing bottling hall.

    The reasons for replacing the system included seeking more energy-saving production higher efficiencies and hygiene requirements, says Technical Director, Helmut Guggeis. The same demands were also made on the hall air system. According to Guggeis, all expectations in respect of planning and execution were exceeded, from the launch of the project in May 2015 until handover of the system in February 2016. The execution, functionality and impact of the new air system have completely fulfilled the company's objective. Voith planned, supplied and installed the air system including a displacement air flow system. This is done by installing air displacement outlets near the floor for supply air intake. Thanks to close cooperation with König Ludwig brewery, the location of the air displacement outlets could be adapted on a system-specific basis. In order to meet the hygiene requirements, the supply air, for instance, is brought into the hall with low turbulence as 100% treated fresh air all year round. Even in winter there is no recirculating air operation. In consideration of the external air volumes to be exhausted at the air cleaning machine, the return air is exhausted system-oriented underneath the hall roof. The ventilation and air exhaust system is designed in accordance with VDI 6022 guidelines. A plate heat exchanger is used for heat recovery. The ventilation unit is equipped with high-quality pocket filter stages - two for the supply air and one for the return air. The filter for the return air is installed on the exhaust air side to protect the heat recovery. As the brewery is located in a residential area, particular emphasis was placed on soundproofing the outside air and outgoing exhaust air openings. The automation technology was planned and installed by Voith in accordance with the brewery's guidelines.
    (Voith GmbH)
     
    04.01.2017   Commitment to young professionals: KHS cooperates with TU Berlin    ( Company news )

    Company news The Technical University in Berlin is supplementing its laboratory facilities with the latest kegging technology from KHS.

    -KHS kegging system for research and education
    -Data analysis for further development at KHS
    -Keg processing system in operation from February 2017

    Photo: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, chairman of the KHS Executive Management Board (left), presented the keg system to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank-Jürgen Methner, head of the Department of Brewing Science at the TU Berlin (right).

    The Technical University in Berlin is supplementing its laboratory facilities with the latest kegging technology from KHS. The new Innokeg AF1C1 for the semi-automatic processing of kegs (smaller barrels for the hospitality trade and industry), which was presented for the first time at this year’s BrauBeviale trade show, will give the university plenty of scope for application. At BrauBeviale Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, chairman of the KHS Executive Management Board, presented the system to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank-Jürgen Methner, head of the Department of Brewing Science at the TU Berlin. The Innokeg prototype goes into operation on site next February.

    “Universities and graduate schools train our up-and-coming young professionals. We’re thus very pleased to be cooperating more closely with the TU in Berlin,” says Thomas Matheyka, head of the KHS Keg Product Center. Jürgen Methner, who himself worked in the industry for over 17 years, has enjoyed close contacts with the filling specialists in Dortmund, Germany for many years. He recently appealed for help in equipping the new technology facilities at the Institute of Food Technology and Food Chemistry. KHS subsequently presented the institute with the modular Innokeg AF1C1 with one filling and washing element respectively and a cleaning tank. KHS also took care of the delivery, installation, commissioning and suitable training on the new system.

    With the further developed version of the Innokeg KegBoy C2 for semi-automatic kegging, kegs made of both plastic and steel can be processed. Extra modules can also be added to the system. With the assistance of a new keg processor the TU can also precisely stipulate, record and analyze data from the filling and cleaning processes per remote control using a smartphone, tablet or PC. The Innokeg AF1C1 will be commissioned at the TU Berlin in the middle of February next year. The system will also be available on the market from this point forward.
    For both education and research

    The university is extremely pleased with the cooperation with KHS. “On the one hand our students will be trained on an ultramodern system and learn precisely how keg filling and washing function. On the other, with the help of this technology we can continue to push ahead with our research projects,” explains Methner. During their brewery and beverage technology course students will carry out filling and washing procedures on the system and test various quantities, media and cleaning cycles.

    “Applying the experience gleaned on the academic side of things we can further develop the system for our customers,” says Matheyka. This interplay of education, research and industrial application is therefore something which benefits all those involved. As a potential future employer KHS is also helping students to make initial contact with the industry. “Students are very welcome to gain experience at our plants at the start of their practical module and write their bachelor’s or master’s thesis at our company,” states Matheyka. At the moment several dozen students are working on their theses with the help of KHS.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    03.01.2017   ENGEL at Interplastica 2017 in Moscow    ( Company news )

    Company news Many different factors have an influence on unit costs, from the energy requirement and repeatability to space productivity. At Interplastica 2017, which takes place from January 24th to 27th in Moscow, ENGEL will be demonstrating how solutions precisely tailored to individual requirements can combine cost-efficiency with top quality. At its stand, the Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer will also show how the new opportunities presented by digitalisation and networking can be utilised simply for practical situations through inject 4.0.

    Photo: Free access to the mould area enables efficient automation solutions.

    For everything from single injection moulding machines to integrated and fully automated manufacturing cells, ENGEL ranks as a preferred partner to the injection moulding industry in Russia. At Interplastica 2017, ENGEL will present a tie-bar-less ENGEL e-motion 170/80 TL, an injection moulding machine which guarantees very high overall efficiency, especially in the manufacture of precision parts. Design features and innovative products in ENGEL’s inject 4.0 range both serve to achieve this.

    Efficient integration of handling robots
    Large mould mounting surfaces and free access to the mould area enable fast set-up processes, efficient automation solutions and compact manufacturing cells. The e-motion TL draws together these advantages of ENGEL tie-bar-less technology with all-electric drive technology. The machine on the ENGEL stand at Interplastica will produce sample parts. An integrated ENGEL e-pic robot will remove the parts from the mould and place them on a conveyor belt. The innovative kinematic system of the pick-and-place robot combines linear movements with a jib arm, and thus requires minimal space. The jib arm comprises a composite material which additionally raises energy efficiency and dynamism.

    Intelligent assistants for enhanced efficiency and quality
    inject 4.0 is ENGEL's answer to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The aim is to bring about the smart factory, in which production processes continually self-optimise through the networking of production systems, the systematic usage of machine, process and production data and the deployment of decentralised, intelligent assistance systems. In this way processing firms can increase the productivity and quality of their production operations while responding to demands – which are changing ever more quickly – with maximum flexibility.

    To identify and automatically compensate for fluctuations in environmental conditions and raw materials, for example, ENGEL will utilise three assistance systems at the Interplastica event: iQ weight control, iQ clamp control and iQ flow control. Visitors to the trade show will be able to track how rejects are thereby actively avoided on the live display of the CC300 control unit of the injection moulding machine.

    While iQ weight control keeps the injected melt volume consistent throughout the injection moulding process, iQ clamp control determines mould breathing in order to readjust clamping force continually.

    The new iQ flow control is based on e-flomo, the electronic temperature-control water distribution system from ENGEL which monitors and documents all cooling and temperature control circuits linked to injection moulds and autonomously regulates either flow volumes or the temperature difference as required. iQ flow control connects e-flomo to the temperature control unit so that the rotational speed of the pump in the temperature control unit is automatically adjusted to the actual requirement. This results in greater energy efficiency. ENGEL developed the integrated temperature control solution in partnership with HB-Therm of St. Gallen, Switzerland; ENGEL has boosted its level of systems expertise with the new e-temp temperature control units.

    Secure monitoring of complex processes
    The use of intelligent assistance systems is a key feature of the smart factory. As processes become more complex in the face of increasing integration and networking, the means of controlling and monitoring those processes must be simplified. This is precisely where assistance systems can be used to raise process capability and quality without the machine operator needing to acquire additional specialist knowledge.

    With its inject 4.0 range, ENGEL already offers numerous sophisticated products and solutions for all three areas of the smart factory – smart machine, smart production and smart service. These generate considerable benefits both in isolation and as part of a digitalisation strategy encompassing the entire production operation.

    Customer proximity ensures high system availability
    ENGEL opened its own sales and service subsidiary in Russia in 2006. “We have managed to expand our market share in the last few years,” says Olaf Kassek, Managing Director at OOO ENGEL in Moscow. “The field of technical injection moulding is attracting the most investment, followed by the packaging industry.” With 29 employees, ENGEL continues to play to its strengths in Russia under the prevailing economic conditions in the country. “It is very important to our customers that we reach their premises quickly when something needs servicing,” says Kassek. “That is only possible if we have the necessary manpower.” ENGEL maintains its own spare parts warehouse and runs a special service hotline in Russia. Alongside the sales and service subsidiary in Moscow, there are two service and training centres in St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod bringing ENGEL close to users.

    ENGEL at Interplastica 2017: Hall 2.1, stand A 25
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    03.01.2017   New BERICAP Sports Closure Thumb'Up Crystal    ( Company news )

    Company news Bericap has developed a new 2-piece sports closure, allowing a 2-colour look with a transparent PP shell and a coloured HDPE pourer section.

    The new sports closure is designed with a tear strip, offering tamper evidence functionality for the over-cap, but it will also be available as bridge-only - just break the bridges by moving the over-cap upward with the thumb.

    The reactive Double Galileo hinge allows an opening angle of 180° - the over-cap no longer comes into contact with the cheeks. The hinge is compliant with BSDA standards.

    Thumb’Up Crystal is available for the PCO 1881 and the 29/25 neck.
    (Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    02.01.2017   Sipsmith & Beam Suntory Join Forces To Deliver Global Growth In The Super-Premium Gin Category    ( Company news )

    Company news Sipsmith Gin announced that they have partnered with Beam Suntory to accelerate the global growth of Sipsmith and its authentic super-premium London Dry Gin.

    Sipsmith will continue to be operated by its founders, Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, and the operations will remain in London, where the business opened the city’s first gin distillery in nearly 200 years. Sipsmith’s award winning London Dry Gin will continue to be made in the traditional way, hand-crafted in small batches. Beam Suntory has a long track record of sustaining the heritage, culture and craftsmanship of businesses in which it invests.

    The Companies aim to pursue ambitious export plans for Sipsmith by leveraging Beam Suntory’s strong global routes to market. Super-premium gin is the fastest growing segment of the attractive and growing global gin category.

    “This is a momentous occasion for Sipsmith,” said Sam Galsworthy, Sipsmith Co-Founder. “As leaders of the gin renaissance in the UK, we have worked tirelessly to share our gin of the highest quality with discerning sippers. In this new chapter, we have found the perfect partners to take Sipsmith to all four corners of the globe, and do so whilst retaining our quality gin, astonishing team and Chiswick distillery in London. The team at Beam Suntory shares our values and pursuit of excellence. Fairfax and I will remain fully involved in the business, working harder than ever to achieve our vision of a gin that will stand the test of time and be sipped around the world.”

    “With incredible skill and passion, Sam and Fairfax have built an extraordinary super-premium gin that is synonymous with London and the utmost craftsmanship,” said Matt Shattock, chairman and CEO of Beam Suntory. “We’re thrilled that Sam and Fairfax will continue to lead the business and make their gin true to their brand vision. We really admire what they’ve accomplished, and we’re very excited to team up with them to maximize the global potential of Sipsmith. Sipsmith’s pioneering spirit and Beam Suntory’s strong routes to market around the world are a winning combination.”

    Sipsmith has generated strong growth since its founding in 2009, and more than two-thirds of its current sales are in the United Kingdom. Sipsmith employs traditional copper pot distillation to make its authentic, award-winning flagship London Dry Gin, as well as innovations such as V.J.O.P. (Very Junipery Over Proof Gin) and Sloe Gin.

    The transaction, which is structured to give Beam Suntory a controlling interest in the business, is expected to be completed in January. Specific terms were not disclosed.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    30.12.2016   Chopfab craft beer: a Swiss success story    ( Company news )

    Company news The number one on the Swiss craft beer scene has been on the market for less than four years. With their instantly memorable name of Chopfab or “Heads off” (Swiss-German for “Bottoms up!”) Doppelleu Brewery’s top-fermented beer styles captured the mood of the moment so well that the next logical step in their career was to invest in a powerful and flexible keg racking system from KHS.

    “Chopfab” or “Heads off” may sound rather violent but is in fact quite an innocent Swiss-German expression inviting you to flip the ‘head’ or lid off a bottle of beer before enjoying it. This friendly indigenous command inspired Philipp Bucher and Jörg Schönberg to name their new beer label Chopfab in 2012. The two young founders from Winterthur in Switzerland had little brewing experience when they started out yet were passionate beer drinkers with a background in business economics who were able to read the signs of the times. They noticed that the worldwide trend for craft beer had hit Switzerland a little late and thus set up Doppelleu Brewery, positioning themselves in the Swiss craft beer niche with Chopfab.

    Their top-fermented specialty beers are aimed at a young target group geared towards enjoyment and lifestyle. “We now offer eight beers which are not too mad but easily drinkable and perfect for those new to craft beer,” says Bucher. Seasoned craft beer aficionados can try the six more creative brews. “Here, we also use more unusual ingredients, such as orange peel, coriander or ginger, to create very special flavors."

    Philip Bucher is a sales and marketing professional with many years of experience under his belt. His concept of mouth-to-mouth propaganda and frequent visits to trade shows and events has paid off. After less than four years Doppelleu is the unchallenged number one on the craft beer scene in Switzerland. The brewery has thus had to increase its capacity an impressive three times from an initial 5,000 hectoliters to 100,000 hectoliters at the time of writing. Space therefore quickly became tight in the production shop; what the brewery needed was a powerful and flexible keg racking system – for after chiefly filling its beers into bottles and cans Doppelleu now wanted to gain a stronger foothold in the hospitality trade by selling its beer in kegs.

    The KHS Innokeg CombiKeg fitted in perfectly with Doppelleu’s business concept. The machine’s compact and modular design combined with a high level of efficiency had the young businessmen immediately convinced. The infeed and discharge conveyors for the kegs are placed next to one another to save space; not just the interior washing and racking stations but also the exterior washing stations and media tanks are integrated into the system. Another enormous plus for the Swiss in their cooperation with KHS was that the Dortmund systems supplier pulled forward production at their plant in Bad Kreuznach in Germany for the brewery’s urgent order, readying the system for operation in Winterthur within a very short time indeed. Nothing thus stands in the way of many, many more cheerful cries of “Chopfab!” – without anybody losing their head in the process!
    (KHS GmbH)
     


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