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BIOFACH JAPAN is back!  (Company news)

From 10 to 13 March 2020 all eyes will be on the food and drink industry at the Makuhari exhibition venue in Chiba (near Tokyo), when FOODEX JAPAN is held for the 45th time. BIOFACH JAPAN will mark its return at FOODEX JAPAN with its BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion.

“We are extremely happy to be working with FOODEX JAPAN,” says Markus Reetz, Executive Director International Exhibitions at NürnbergMesse. “Apart from BIOFACH in Nuremberg, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, BIOFACH JAPAN 2001 was our first international BIOFACH event. Since then, our global presence has expanded to include seven separate events. That is why after a period of absence it is a particular pleasure to be taking the BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion to FOODEX JAPAN in 2020. Organics is big in Japan right now, which makes FOODEX, as Japan’s largest trade fair for food and drink, the perfect platform for those taking part in our pavilion to make contact with buyers, distributors and importers. At the same time, the participating companies will provide a huge boost to the range of organic products represented at FOODEX. It’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone involved to work together!”

The BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion at FOODEX Japan is premiering in March 2020, and will take the form of an exclusive space for about 20 international exhibitors from countries like Germany, India, Italy, Austria, Pakistan, Poland, Spain and Turkey, all expanding the range of organic products on offer at FOODEX. All the participating companies meet the established admission criteria and the stringent quality requirements of the BIOFACH events around the world, and offer both security and guidance for professional buyers. Both German and international organics companies with an interest in the Japanese organics market and wishing to take part in the BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion at FOODEX JAPAN are invited to contact the exhibition team at NürnbergMesse.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Diageo launches new super-premium gin Villa Ascenti

Diageo launches new super-premium gin Villa Ascenti   (Company news)

Strengthening our world leading gin portfolio with an Italian gin made with signature ingredients from the hills of Piemonte

On May 20 we launched a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti.
Launching in May 2019, at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe, Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries.

The new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of our brand home, Villa Ascenti, in Santa Vittoria and has seen the refurbishment of a Frilli copper pot still from the 1970s. Steeped in Italian provenance, Villa Ascenti celebrates the excellence of the region in local ingredients and expertise.

Our Master Distiller, Lorenzo Rosso is a trained winemaker and distiller born and bred in the Piemonte region and has over 20 years’ experience with Diageo. Lorenzo will work with local producers and farmers in the community in Italy’s northwest Piemonte region, to source local ingredients for Villa Ascenti Gin. These include Moscato grapes, fresh mint and thyme with the herbs distilled within hours of harvest.

Moscato grapes, a signature taste of the region, are harvested in August and September when the fruit is at its best, before undergoing three distillations. During the final distillation, Moscato grapes are infused with Tuscan juniper berries in the distillery’s newly refurbished Frilli copper pot still. The resulting liquid embodies the classic flavour of gin, whilst capturing the taste of the brand’s homeland in Piemonte, to deliver a harmonious liquid with a fresh and light taste.

“We are incredibly excited to launch Villa Ascenti Gin, which will join our luxury spirits portfolio, Diageo Reserve, and enables us to really strengthen our gin portfolio which includes world class gins Gordon’s, Tanqueray, Tanqueray No. TEN and Jinzu.” Tanya Clarke, General Manager of Diageo Reserve Europe

“It has been an absolute privilege to be involved in developing Villa Ascenti Gin and to have the chance to showcase the very best of Piemonte to the world. It’s a beautiful gin with the region at its heart in its aroma and flavour, but also in how it’s best enjoyed – around the table with friends.” Lorenzo Rosso, Master Distiller for Villa Ascenti Gin at Distilleria Santa Vittoria
(Diageo plc)

Rapak® Introduces the Autokap™ 600 Bag-in-Box Filling Machine with Explosion Proof Feature...

Rapak® Introduces the Autokap™ 600 Bag-in-Box Filling Machine with Explosion Proof Feature...  (Company news)

... for Wine and Alcohol Spirits

Rapak responds to a request from an industry-leading wine and spirits company to create a semi-automatic Bag-in-Box filling machine that is intrinsically safe for filling wine and high alcohol content spirits.

Rapak North America, part of DS Smith Plastics, expands its well-known and reliable Autokap 600 series filling machine offering by creating a Bag-in-Box filler specially designed to safely handle the filling of alcohol spirits. When packaging wine or alcohol, vapors could escape during the filling process and may create a fire or explosive hazard in the surrounding area.

The Autokap 600 has been designed with electrical components and pneumatic systems housed in air-pressurized cabinets, ensuring that any released vapors will not come in contact with electrical devices. The machine is also equipped with NAMUR sensors that run at a lower voltage which is below the threshold of sparking. These features can achieve a C1D1 (Class 1, Division 1) rating.

Rapak’s small footprint Autokap 600 is a single-head semi-automatic filling machine designed for a wide range of fresh and stable liquid products. The machine features quick and simple bag size changes. Bags are manually loaded into the machine and after filling, they are released onto a roller conveyor for loading into boxes or crates.

The Autokap 600 liquid filling machine series for Bag-in-Box is part of the Rapak portfolio of reliable and cost-effective semi-automatic and fully-automatic Bag-in-Box packaging solutions.
(Rapak North America)

CIBUSTEC 2019 - An unstoppable growth

CIBUSTEC 2019 - An unstoppable growth  (Company news)

CIBUS TEC achieves record numbers:

+25% international visitors
The biggest Top Buyers Program among the the food and beverage technologies exhibitions with over 3.000 pre-qualified buyers from 70 countries

A world-class showcase for innovative technologies
CIBUS TEC, from leading event for Fruit, Vegetables and Dairy technologies, adopted a successfull expansion strategy, offering now the best solutions from Processing to End-of-line for:
-Confectionary and Snack

CIBUS TEC is among the most innovative food technology exhibitions and a complete showcase of the best solutions – from ingredients to processing technologies, from packaging to logistics – for all segments of the food and beverage industry.

Join CIBUS TEC and experience the trends that will shape the future: more than 1,000 innovative suppliers present pioneering solutions and leading-edge production systems on 120,000 sqm of exhibitions space to 35,000 professionals of the food and beverage industry, coming from 108 countries.
(Koeln Parma Exhibitions Srl)

Reaching Adventurers: Consumers love to discover new flavors

Reaching Adventurers: Consumers love to discover new flavors  (Company news)

Two out of three US consumers “love to discover new flavors’, while the same proportion say that ‘going out for dinner inspires their home cooking” (Innova Market Insights consumer survey 2018). Adventurous, daring and re-imagined flavors are emerging to entice trend-conscious consumers, who enjoy an element of the unexpected on their palates.

Flavor remains the number one factor of importance when buying food and beverages. An increasingly adventurous consumer creates opportunities for bolder, unconventional flavors and novel varieties that bring an element of surprise and the potential to create a social media buzz. Millennials and Gen Z in particular drive the trend of novel, creative, impactful foods with funky colors, shapes and flavors that are exciting to share through social media.

Globalization has sparked the curiosity of consumers to discover new food and beverage, with Innova Market Insights research indicating that three in ten US consumers ‘love to discover flavors of other cultures’.

Food and flavor trends are traveling faster than ever in today’s connected world. Consumers love to explore new flavors from different countries with and increasing range of ethnic flavors appearing across the board to satisfy culinary adventurers. Ethnic flavors proliferate, with sixty five percent growth in food and beverage launches with an ethnic flavor (Global, 2018 vs. 2014). Mediterranean and Far Eastern flavors are seeing the biggest growth in launch activity, with meat, fish and eggs and sauces and seasonings the leading categories.

People now travel the world and are connected online more than ever, getting increasingly familiar with other food cultures, flavors and experiences. To drive deeper connections with the adventurous consumer, brands satisfy their curiosity not only through exotic world flavors, but also new food experiences and telling the story behind the product. Consumers are increasingly engaged by interactive devices such as voting for favorite flavors, submitting their own flavor ideas and sharing flavor experiences with friends and/or online.

Brands also engage with consumers by telling the unique stories behind them, including greater transparency about the source and nature of their ingredients, recipes and processing. There is also rising use of limited editions to create a temporary buzz around brands, via novel and exciting flavors, shapes and concepts.
((Innova Market Insights)

ENGEL ends fiscal year with growth

ENGEL ends fiscal year with growth  (Company news)

The ENGEL Group saw out the 2018/19 fiscal year, which closed at the end of March, with a turnover of €1.6 billion. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and systems solutions provider headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, once again raised its sales, achieving a 6% increase over the previous year. “Asia and the German-speaking countries in Europe have been the primary factors behind our new sales growth,” reports Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group, at the Chinaplas plastics industry trade fair in Guangzhou, China.

Throughout the fiscal year just passed, ENGEL generated 54% of its turnover in Europe, while Asia accounted for 21% and the Americas for 24%. Christoph Steger believes that ENGEL has managed to maintain its leading global position in injection moulding machines and integrated systems solutions as a result of its strong international presence, powerful ability to innovate, and consistent focus on quality and customer service. “Custom-built systems solutions, provided by ENGEL as a one-stop global supplier, have once again grown as a share of our incoming orders. As well as our expertise in automation, investment decision-makers are focusing more and more on ENGEL’s leading role in digitalisation and the networking of injection moulding processes.”

Despite robust growth rates characterising the first half of the 2018/19 fiscal year, ENGEL has noticed a worldwide decline in production since last summer in the automotive industry, its most important target sector. It is difficult to gauge the impacts of punitive tariffs and sanctions, Brexit, and the debate around regulatory limits and bans on diesel, which has resulted globally in feelings of uncertainty and a reluctance to buy. In China, the world’s largest market for cars, the automotive industry has accounted for a significant share of the decrease in economic growth since autumn 2018, according to Gero Willmeroth, president for East Asia and Oceania at ENGEL. “Overall, we’re expecting a sideways movement for Asia for the current fiscal year.”

Electric vehicles driving innovation and growth
It is no easy task to estimate how quickly the motor industry will recover and how much the decline in car sales will ultimately affect the plastics industry, especially as the sector also includes some important drivers of growth such as electric mobility. Particularly in Asia, the market share held by electric vehicles is continuing to increase substantially, which is helping to encourage innovation in this area. ENGEL, which has its own Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies, is a preferred partner and supplier to car manufacturers all over the world in the field of lightweight construction, including in China where the company is benefiting strongly from this reputation. “We have a growing number of organomelt projects with Chinese firms,” Willmeroth says. The ENGEL organomelt process makes it possible to form fibre-reinforced, semi-finished products with a thermoplastic matrix in an integrated and fully automated process, as well as functionalising these products through injection moulding. Demand for the process has been growing heavily since large-scale application began last year thanks not only to its high processing efficiency, but also, and in particular, the consistent thermoplastic approach. This makes it easier to later recycle the composite components, helping to promote a circular economy.

Alongside composite technologies, one of the key solutions in the pursuit of lower vehicle weights in Asia is to replace glass with polymeric materials; for instance, in glazing. There is also growth in the lighting sector, in which liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is increasingly being used as a lens material. At its Chinaplas booth, ENGEL is putting on a clear demonstration of the considerable potential in this application area, manufacturing LED headlight lenses from LSR in an automated process that requires no reworking.

Among trends in Asia, another encouraging development is the burgeoning demand in Vietnam. “As a result of the automotive industry establishing itself there, there are more and more suppliers – including from Korea – setting up company premises in the vicinity of car manufacturers,” says Willmeroth.

Business unit structure established successfully in Asia
In Asia, ENGEL is expecting further impetus for growth for the current fiscal year in the medical, packaging, telecommunications and electronics markets. In the latter two areas, known jointly as teletronics at ENGEL, this growth is expected to stem from both camera lenses and LSR processing for smartphone seals. The all-electric and tie-bar-less e-motion TL injection moulding machines were developed by ENGEL for this exact market segment and have had great success establishing themselves in the teletronics industry in Asia.

ENGEL was able to acquire a series of new customers in the medical and packaging sectors during the fiscal year just passed. “The introduction of the business unit structure in Asia is now well and truly bearing fruit,” says Willmeroth. “As a result, we’ve been able to build up our specialist knowledge on the local level here in Asia, which further strengthens our customers’ trust in ENGEL, especially in industries with highly specific needs and extremely rigorous standards.”

Faster decision-making
The new global sales structure is also enhancing ENGEL’s effectiveness in the individual regions. Last autumn, ENGEL grouped its 30 subsidiaries and more than 60 representative offices in seven regions around the world and appointed regional presidents, including Gero Willmeroth as the president for East Asia and Oceania. “We’ve sped up decision-making processes thanks to this new structure,” Steger emphasises. “The regional presidents take full responsibility for sales in their region and act as the local contacts for the subsidiaries and representative offices, which prevents delays caused by time differences. In addition, their close geographic and cultural proximity often makes it easier to work in partnership.”

Adam Zhang is Gero Willmeroth’s successor as Sales and Service President at ENGEL Machinery Shanghai. Zhang has worked for ENGEL in China since 2004, playing a crucial role in developing the large-scale machine plant in Shanghai and the company’s sales structure in northern and western China. He has now assumed responsibility for all ENGEL’s sales and service activities throughout China.

New investment strengthening local large-scale machine production
ENGEL has almost completed its 2020 investment programme, the largest effort of its kind since the company was founded in 1945, a fact that Christoph Steger shared on the eve of Chinaplas. Capacity has been increased at almost all production sites, while machinery has been upgraded. All in all, ENGEL has invested more than €375 million in its plants around the globe.

The expansion of its headquarters in Schwertberg was recently completed. This involved scaling up the assembly area, adding a new customer centre with a modernised training set-up and building an even larger technology centre. “By making this investment in our customer technology facilities, we are further strengthening our competitiveness,” Steger explains. “Our customers’ need for consulting services is increasing due to new expectations, especially in the context of the digital revolution. We now have greater capacity for customer trials and joint development efforts.” The large-scale machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria, will also be home to a new, larger technology centre. Construction work at the plant will be completed next year.

Shanghai was one of the first construction projects within the 2020 programme. The new building was inaugurated within a punctual time-frame on the plant’s tenth anniversary in autumn 2017.

6,900 employees around the world
As of the start of the new fiscal year, the ENGEL Group employs 960 people in Asia, including 729 in China. There are currently 6,900 staff working at the ENGEL Group’s plants and subsidiaries worldwide, 3,900 of whom are employed at the three Austrian plants.
(Engel Austria GmbH)


Estonia: Craft brewer Tanker opens new production facility just outside of Tallinn  (

Tanker, one of Estonia's largest craft beer producers, have opened a new production plant in the town of Jüri just south of Tallinn, ERR.EE reported on May 8.

According to the company, the new plant increases their production capacity almost tenfold.

Tanker will also introduce a canning line and become the first Estonian craft beer producer to offer its drinks in cans as well as bottles.

According to CEO Jaanis Tammela, the new brewery was long overdue, as Tanker ran out of space soon after it started its business in 2014.

So far a unique addition on the Estonian craft beer scene is Tanker's new canning line, made by Cask Global Canning in Canada.

According to Tammela, cans have several advantages. "First of all, the beer is better preserved in cans because oxygen and UV light can't get to the product. Secondly, the use of cans significantly reduces the ecological footprint, as metal is almost 100 percent recyclable and significantly easier to transport compared to glass bottles. In a situation where more than half of the company's output is exported, the use of cans is the only conceivable solution," Tammela said.

The capacity of the new factory is about 440 hectolitres of canned beer per month, while Tanker's older brewery in Vaida still runs at 160 to 190 hectolitres per month. The old location will remain in operation, to be used mainly for the production and storage of sour beers, the company said.

Bühler opens its CUBIC innovation campus

Bühler opens its CUBIC innovation campus  (Company news)

After a construction period of 20 months and an investment of about CHF 50 million, a few days ago Bühler Group has officially opened its CUBIC innovation campus with eight Application Centers. “We are with this driving forward our strategy of innovation, training, and development,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “Together with our customers, partners from industry and science, academia, and start-ups, we are using the CUBIC to conduct research into new and sustainable solutions that we can apply to successful business ventures. And, we are taking a step forward here in providing modern training and development,” says Scheiber.

Photo: Chocolate and Coffee Application Center

The global challenges associated with nutrition and mobility are becoming increasingly urgent. How can we sustainably feed and provide mobility for a population of nearly 10 billion in 2050? Addressing these issues and responding to them with sustainable, commercially attractive solutions is the goal of the innovation campus. “This is our contribution to transforming the urgent global challenges of our time into solid business solutions together with customers, partners, academia, and start-ups,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “In this campus, we are also promoting new professional skills and competencies, modern learning and working methods, and collaborating with our partners.” Every year, the company invests a sum in the three-digit millions in research and development (R&D). In 2018, this amounted to CHF 145 million or 4.4% of turnover.

The three-story CUBIC is designed to accommodate up to 300 people, and is, in itself, a model of sustainability and innovation. The building uses 15% less energy than comparable structures of its size. Its smart electrochromic glass facade was coated on equipment from Bühler Leybold Optics. This enables Bühler to slash energy consumption for heating and air-conditioning by as much as 50%. Building sensors measure carbon dioxide levels, air humidity, temperature, and flow of people to continuously fine-tune the functionality and energy consumption of the CUBIC. On the basis of this smart building concept, Bühler expects to be able to sustainably optimize the operation of the building. The CUBIC complies with the sustainability standards of Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design), which certified the structure by awarding it a gold rating.

In terms of its design concept, the new innovation campus is integrated into the Bühler site in Uzwil as the bridge that links the development, engineering, and design teams with the modernized Application Centers and the factory. This enables Bühler to develop solutions together with customers, start-ups, and industry and research partners up to the point of market maturity with much higher speed and efficiency. The CUBIC represents Bühler’s purpose of “Innovations for a better world” and it focuses on promoting new training and development methods. Among other things, it embraces the dual education system of Switzerland, housing apprentices and academics, as well as youth and experience.

Project teams from all Bühler business areas currently reside in the CUBIC. Many of them are developing digital solutions, including Bühler Insights, a cloud-based IoT platform for digital services, which was created in close partnership with Microsoft. About 20% of the R&D budget went into the development of digital solutions in 2018.

“The CUBIC campus will become the epicenter of our collaborative ecosystem,” says CTO Ian Roberts. “It embodies our innovation spirit and culture, where we will inspire, discuss, understand, and derive actions that will support us as an industry to create more sustainable value chains, while contributing to addressing the burning environmental and societal challenges of our time.”

Shorter time to market thanks to the Application Centers
Vital elements of the new innovation campus are its eight modernized Application Centers. The ideas of customers and prototypes are tested in the Application Centers, where they are refined up to the point of market maturity.

In the Battery Lab, researchers are continuing their efforts to develop a new, continuous process for mixing electrode slurries applied in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. In the Grinding & Dispersing Application Center, Bühler is developing wet grinding and dispersion solutions, for example for making printing inks. In the Die Casting Application Center, five die-casting cells are installed for training operators and for conducting customer tests. Many of these developments are already incorporated into modern applications for the e-mobility industry.

In the Pasta Application Center, the latest pasta is being developed, for example high-protein pasta containing flour from pulses or products with a proportion of microalgae. The Grain Technology Center, at 3,000 square meters, is the world’s largest Grain Milling Application Center. It also has its own Analytics Lab. Among other things, the Nutrition Application Center develops textured vegetable proteins –alternatives for the growing number of flexitarians. Together with customers, the Bakery Innovation Center develops wholesome, fresh bakery products.

In the Chocolate Application Center, new flavors and novel processes for cocoa-based products are tested. In the Coffee Application Center, customers test low-energy roasting processes to develop new taste variants.

The CUBIC and the Application Centers will be presented to Bühler’s partners from industry and academia on the occasion of the Bühler Networking Days 2019. On August 26 and 27, 2019, Bühler expects to welcome nearly 800 guests from process industries around the world to this event.
(Bühler AG)



SIGNATURE PACK from SIG, the world’s first aseptic carton pack 100 % linked to plant-based renewable materials, has won the prestigious international WorldStar Packaging Award, in the ‘Packaging Materials and Components’ category.

One of the major events held by the WPO (World Packaging Organization), the renowned awards – which have been running for nearly 50 years – are judged by a distinguished panel of international WPO representatives, plus an International Packaging Press Organization member.

SIGNATURE PACK is a key milestone in the aseptic packaging sector, driving the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels by certified and sustainable plant-based polymers, which are used to laminate the paperboard and to make the closure without compromising on the quality of barrier protection.

SIG carton packs contain on average 70-80 % paperboard from renewable wood sources. Additionally, in SIGNATURE PACK the polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the closure are linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system. This means that for the polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers.

One of the key attributes that elevated SIGNATURE PACK to the top of the judge’s shortlist was the use of tall oil – a by-product of paper production – as the bio-based feedstock going into the polymers via mass balancing, as it doesn’t affect staple food crops. To ensure the integrity of this process, the mass balancing is certified through internationally recognised third-parties.

Ace Fung, Global Product Manager at SIG, received the WorldStar Packaging Award on behalf of SIG: “This award is another great accolade for SIG and its ongoing commitment to going ‘Way Beyond Good’ and to becoming a net-positive business. SIGNATURE PACK uses tall oil as the bio-based feedstock because it is a by-product of paper production, rather than a crop which requires land to grow. In doing this the polymer used to laminate SIGNATURE PACK has a 100% link to plant-based material. This is a world first for aseptic carton packs and also a drive for a more sustainable future in the global packaging industry.”

SIGNATURE PACK is a stand-out carton pack both in terms of providing added value to the beverage industry and satisfying growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions.
SIGNATURE PACK is one of the most pivotal innovations supporting SIG’s Way Beyond Good ambitions to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions and to becoming a net positive business by contributing more to society and the environment than it takes out – across the value chain.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)



Former Logoplaste CEO and Smurfit Kappa CEO of Europe to lead CANPACK Group

Giorgi Global Holdings, Inc. and the CANPACK Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Roberto Villaquiran as Chief Executive Officer of the CANPACK Group and President of the Management Board of Can-Pack S.A.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Roberto will be joining our team effective June 1, 2019, as CEO of CANPACK,” said Peter Giorgi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Giorgi Global Holdings, owner of the CANPACK Group. Giorgi continued: “Roberto’s impeccable track record of leadership of multi-national, multi-cultural packaging companies coupled with his un-paralleled business acumen and intense focus on both the commercial and operational sides of the business are the perfect combination of skills and qualities needed to not only continue but to accelerate CANPACK’s impressive growth trajectory and strategic focus on flexible and agile manufacturing, innovation, corporate sustainability and responsibility, as well as customer focus.”

Prior to joining CANPACK, Roberto served as CEO of Logoplaste, a global packaging manufacturer headquartered in Portugal and majority owned by the Carlyle Group. Roberto was instrumental in implementing a new management structure at Logoplaste, focusing the organization on operational excellence, building a strong world-class team, and creating a sustainable platform for future growth. Prior to joining Logoplaste, Roberto spent 30 years in multiple roles at Smurfit Kappa Group, a Dublin, Ireland headquartered FTSE 100 company and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world with operations in over 30 countries. Roberto’s last role at Smurfit Kappa was as CEO of Europe.

Commenting on his appointment, Roberto said: “CANPACK is a great global group with talented people and an admirable culture. I thank Peter Giorgi, and the Giorgi Global Holdings and CANPACK leadership teams for the trust they have placed in me, and I am confident that together we will continue to build on CANPACK’s great heritage and track record of impressive growth while serving CANPACK’s customers and engaging CANPACK’s impressive and dedicated global workforce.”
(Can-Pack S.A.)

SIG and SO+MA House launch innovative programme to reward recycling in Brazil

SIG and SO+MA House launch innovative programme to reward recycling in Brazil  (Company news)

SIG’s innovative initiative with social enterprise SO+MA House Brazil is promoting recycling by enabling people in the city of Curitiba to exchange waste packaging for reward points they can use to pay for food and other essentials.

Rewarding recycling
Changing behaviour is critical to enable lasting positive change for the environment and the SO+MA House initiative aims to stimulate a change in attitudes by demonstrating the value of recycling to individuals and communities.

Officially opened by the Mayor of Curitiba at the beginning of May, SIG’s SO+MA House partnership has already encouraged scores of local people to bring in used packaging for recycling. Over six tonnes of material has been collected since the pilot programme began in December 2018.

Isabela De Marchi, SIG’s sustainability coordinator in South America, said: “We know it will only be possible to increase packaging recycling rates with the support of consumers. The partnership with SO+MA House is helping us show people the value of recycling on a personal level, as well as bringing wider environmental and socio-economic benefits.”

Socio-economic benefits
SO+MA House is the only loyalty programme in Brazil that is available to low income people free of charge. Reward points are earned based on the weight of waste collected. They can be exchanged for food or other essentials, or used to pay for training courses.

This innovative model to promote recycling not only brings environmental benefits, but also socio-economic benefits by offering people in low-income communities an opportunity to improve their quality of life by saving money on essentials or learning skills to open the door to new job opportunities.

Rafael Greca, the Mayor of Curitiba, said: “The idea of rewarding people is very clever. It is an innovative green exchange. We are launching a solution that is adding value for people, offering vocational courses that will help families, young people and the unemployed advance and improve their quality of life. I want to promote the power of recycling among Curitibanos and save our planet.”

Contributing to the circular economy
SIG’s partnership with SO+MA House is a great local example of how the company is going Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out. Partnering with stakeholders to support the collection and recycling of beverage cartons around the world is part of this commitment.

Recycling helps to avoid environmental impacts from landfill and support the circular economy by making more materials available to be used again to make new products. But recycling after use is just one aspect of the company’s contribution to the circular economy, which begins at the start of the product life-cycle in the use of mainly renewable materials and the design of the packs to be fully recyclable.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


UK: UK drinking less volume but more alcohol  (

It’s often said that the UK is consuming less when it comes to the volume of drinks, but the country may be imbibing more alcohol, The Drinks Business reported on April 30.

Those in the UK trade will know well the phrase, “less but better” when it comes to the world of alcoholic drinks, which is regularly used to sum up an overall trend of reducing alcohol consumption, but a move to more upmarket products.

Such a shift may be within categories, such as from lager to craft beers, blush rosé to dry Provençal pink, light Chianti to juicy Malbec, or cheap vodka to artisanal gin, and in all cases, there is move up in terms of price as well as alcohol by volume (ABV).

But more recent trends have also shown a switch across categories, with British drinkers moving from lighter drinks such as beer and wine to spirits, above all gin.

And it is this latter development that may mean that overall the UK is now drinking more pure alcohol than it was a decade ago.

As a result, having considered the major trends in the UK market at a Vinexpo briefing earlier this year, Mark Meek, who is CEO of the IWSR, said that he believed the country was consuming more ABV.

“Everyone says that the UK is drinking ‘less but better’, and that’s true if you look at the volume, but if you consider the ABV, then the UK is drinking more in terms of pure alcohol,” he said.

In support of such a statement, he added, “People are switching from 5% beer to 30-40% spirits.”

In terms of numbers revealed by Meek at the Vinexpo press briefing, he produced a bar chart (see below) to show that gin, whisky and tequila have grown by 1.688 million cases (2016-2017), while the still wine market has declined by 3.037m cases, in part offset by a rise in sparkling volumes over the same period of 0.582m cases.

Even though this ensures the overall volume of consumption across drinks has declined, the growth in spirits could mean that the UK is drinking 4-5% more pure alcohol, according to Meek.

Looking ahead, he forecast that the market for spirits will continue to grow in the UK, led by more premium expressions, above all in the gin category.

In contrast, he said that the UK still wine market is forecast to gradually decline towards 2022, although sparking will continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, and driven by Prosecco, which, he noted, will expand at the expense of Champagne and Cava.

New Managing Director at the packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG

New Managing Director at the packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG  (Company news)

As of 1st May 2019, Kai Rössig (photo) joins the Management Board at Karl Knauer KG. The 52-year-old Westphalian succeeds Joachim Würz (65), who is retiring after 17 years of service. “On behalf of the entire workforce, we would like to thank Joachim Würz for his outstanding commitment and exemplary work for our company. We have always greatly appreciated the many years of trust and cooperation and are therefore very pleased that he will be staying with us until September to act as a contact person for his successor,” explains Richard Kammerer, Spokesman for the Management Board.

His successor, Kai Rössig, as a graduate engineer specialising in manufacturing technology, has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer industry as well as sound expertise in the areas of plant management production, engineering and contract manufacturer/quality management. He has already been part of the Karl Knauer team since 1st October 2018 and has been able to get an overview of the company and both of its locations. “I am looking forward to making a significant contribution to shaping the future of this great company right away. The packaging industry is currently facing enormous challenges, which must be addressed. However, with our team of motivated, highly qualified specialists to rely on, I am certain that we will continue to position ourselves successfully in the market,” Rössig says, looking ahead.
(Karl Knauer KG)

The gin world champion comes from the Black Forest: BOAR Gin is the world's ...

The gin world champion comes from the Black Forest: BOAR Gin is the world's ...  (Company news)

..record award-winning gin

The story of a small family distillery in the Black Forest sounds like a fairy-tale: the finest spirits have been produced by hand in a small valley here since 1844. Now, their gin is drawing great attention worldwide.

BOAR Gin from the Black Forest is being awarded gold medals in renowned completions around the world. The Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft(DLG)[German Agricultural Society] awardedit the gold and certified it as being the best gin in Germany. At the Global Spirit Awards in Las Vegas, BOAR Gin was chosen as the best gin and the best clear spirit in the world. In New York, the BOAR distillery was only recently chosen as the “Distillery of the Year”.

The traditional distillery is breaking new ground in the production of fine distillates in terms of flavour and quality. It refines and harmonises its BOAR Gin with mountain spring water rich in minerals and the rare Black Forest truffle. This worldwide unique production process confers this London Dry Gin a mild and complex flavour profile and a particular identity.

In 2011, a small monkey made the Black Forest world-famous as a gourmet region. Now,one of the best gins of the world has returned from the Black Forest and still impresses juries in 34 international competitions on many continents today.

“At our Black Forest distillery, we distil with our hearts, hands and wood from our own forest”, says Markus Kessler, the great-great-great-grandson of Andreas Kessler, who founded his distillery 175 years ago.The eponym and icon of the BOAR gin is a real native of the pristine forests of the Black Forest - the wild boar (the male wild pig).

Excerpt of awards
-Frankfurt International Trophy 2019–Big Gold –Best London Dry Gin
-World Spirits Competition San Francisco 2017–Gold
-New York Spirits Competition 2018 -Distillery of the Year
-DLG -Gold 2018 + 2019 (Black Edition)
-DLG –BestGin 2018 + 2019 (Black Edition)
-Meininger International Spirit Award 2018 -Gold
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 –Double Gold
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 -Best Gin
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 –Best white Spirit
-SIP Awards USA 2018 -Platin
-Concours de Lyon 2018 –Gold (Black Edition)
-Frankfurt International Trophy 2018 -Gold
-CWSA Hong Kong2018–Double Gold
-Los Angeles Spirits Competition 2017 -Gold
-New York Spirits Competition 2018 -Gold
-World Spirit Awards Wien 2017–Gold
(BOAR Distillery im Schwarzwald)

Symrise announces Califormulations, LLC: A unique platform to foster beverage innovation

Symrise announces Califormulations, LLC: A unique platform to foster beverage innovation  (Company news)

— End-to-end beverage concepts for the North American market
— A new 100,000 sq ft innovation campus located in Georgia
— Integrated access to Symrise locations
— Focused innovation with high degree of agility and flexibility

Symrise has announced the company’s investment in and the creation of a strategic partnership with Califormulations, LLC, a unique platform designed to deliver end-to-end beverage innovation to consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and their brands. Califormulations, LLC combines the expertise of Symrise, including its Beverage Innovation Centers in Laguna Beach and Teterboro, with the offering of The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TGOD).

Paul Graham, President, Symrise Flavor North America, stated, “Major packaged goods companies put their focus on agile innovation to help fuel growth around their core brands. Agile venturing and creative innovation sprints will replace the traditional and often time-consuming ‘stage gate’ innovation funnel and are changing innovation sustainably.”
Califormulations, LLC fully embraces this approach. The company is run by an industry experienced management team and built on a business model that is designed for speed, agility, flexibility and focused innovation, with each investor harnessing specialized expertise.

The new platform combines beverage expertise and innovation capabilities with the ability to quickly develop shelf-ready, scalable products. Customers will have access to the expertise located at three locations: the newly formed Califormulations, LLC location in Columbus, Georgia, with 100,000 sq ft for beverage development, multi-purpose production, pilot scale flexible bottling and shelf-ready, scalable packaging; Symrise’s regional headquarters in Teterboro, New Jersey, providing global expertise in flavor solutions, including taste for sugar reduced products; and the specialized Symrise Beverage Center in Laguna Beach, California, to inspire creativity in beverage product concepts.

Utilizing the expertise located at these three locations, Califormulations, LLC in cooperation with Symrise will deliver a rapid innovation approach composed of four integrated parts: Insights & Design, Prototyping & Evaluation, Development & Production and the Activation Ecosystem.

The Symrise team brings a proven reputation in beverage innovation and incubation, a comprehensive portfolio of consumer insights, a strong footprint in beverage and CPG accounts including core listings with global brands. TGOD adds a new element to the business through their expertise in producing premium organic cannabinoids. Using sustainable growing practices, TGOD offers organic CBD and other organic cannabinoids where allowed by local laws and regulations. The end result is a unique, agile, end-to-end approach to innovation with full project management across every step.

Paul Graham concluded, “The complementary capabilities of Califormulations, LLC will foster innovation and scale new, successful brands quickly.”
(Symrise AG)


China: China's consumers looking for better brews  (

In a country that loves its hot beverages, beer is one thing most Chinese enjoy cold. But as of late, beer has been on a hot streak, as evidenced by national sales figures. And the target market in China has gradually shifted to middle and high-end drinkers, with more quality brewed into every sip, CGTN reported on May 6.

Whether it tastes great or is less filling, China's beer drinkers now want a better brew. In the past, the buzz was all about cheaper domestic brands. But now, consumers have more options in buying, Bi Chaojiao, the general manager of sales & marketing center at China Resources Snow Breweries said.

"Our previous strategy was to earn the highest sales in the Chinese market, so we would produce a beer that was suitable for most drinkers in China. But now, because young people have new likes, we develop products according to their taste," said Bi.

v, one of the nation's biggest beer companies, now has beers specifically for the middle and high-end market. Brave the World Super X, Craftsmanship, and Marrs Green are some of their newest brands. At eight to 15 yuan per bottle, many people wonder, has the quality gone up with the price?

"We have further designed wheat consistency, alcohol, flavor, taste, and color, so that these products will standout, personalized and different from the previous ones," said Bi.

Bi revealed that CRSB's total income in 2018 increased by almost eight percent over the year. Total sales of middle and high-end beers have increased by nearly five percent, while total sales of traditional cheaper ones decreased three to four percent.

"It's a trend that every beer company in China should grasp. If they fail to do so, they will lose out in the competition down the road," said Bi.

While many Chinese enjoy middle and high-end beers at home, at most bars, the cheaper ones remain the life of the party.

"Our cheaper beers sell more. The expensive ones can be more expensive in the bars and most people cannot accept the prices," said Yang Zi, the barkeeper of Yi Pinchang Bar.

Yang adds that price is still an essential factor for young people when it comes to buying beer.

"The cheaper ones I usually go for. I'm a student. Tsingtao is usually cheap. I can get a Tsingtao for up to five kuai (yuan)," said Sam Tufft, a student from Suzhou.

But no matter how China's beer economy plays out, experts agree that more options are always better for consumers.


Canada: Wild Rose Brewery agrees to be acquired by Sleeman Breweries  (

Alberta’s Wild Rose Brewery Ltd. (“Wild Rose”) officially announced on May 10 that it has been acquired by Sleeman Breweries Ltd. (“Sleeman”). The sale was approved on May 9 by Wild Rose shareholders and marks the beginning of a partnership between the two organizations which will allow both parties to strategically leverage their strengths and complementary portfolios as they continue to accelerate their growth in Alberta. The deal will be finalized on May 31, 2019.

Since it was established by two local entrepreneurs in 1996, Wild Rose has made a name for itself brewing exciting beer. Over the years, the business has expanded operations from its humble beginnings in a garage to its current 40,000 square foot Calgary brewing facility. Wild Rose now produces a number of different brands and styles in bottles, cans and kegs available to beer lovers in pubs, restaurants and liquor outlets all across Alberta. In addition to the brewery, Wild Rose also operates a Taproom where consumers can experience its finely crafted beers, including signature crowd pleasers like Velvet Fog and Wraspberry Ale, while enjoying a variety of food offerings.

“We know that this partnership will bring a wealth of opportunities for us to succeed together as we move forward with the support of Sleeman’s resources and industry insights,” says Bill McKenzie, CEO at Wild Rose Brewery. “We feel there is a strong connection between the way we’ve crafted our culture and the way Sleeman does business, and we are excited about our new joint vision for taking the growth of the Wild Rose brand to the next level.”

This is not the first acquisition for the company founded by John Sleeman in 1988. Sleeman began as a small craft brewery and has since grown exponentially, in part, through the purchase of small local craft brewers. Sleeman’s success has also been fueled by strategic industry partnerships that have been established over time, allowing the organization to invest with confidence in companies like Wild Rose. Sleeman’s acquisition strategy has been to seek partners with similar values, portfolios that are complementary and facilities that support growth expectations. Having met this criteria, Wild Rose is now well positioned to continue to accelerate its expansion as a new organization.

“We recognize that Alberta is a province with high growth potential and see a number of synergies between Wild Rose and Sleeman that make this partnership extremely exciting for both organizations,” says Jesse Hanazawa, President and CEO of Sleeman Breweries. “Not only do our businesses share a passion for craft beer, but we also share the drive to achieve industry excellence while maintaining a winning organizational culture. We look forward to working closely with the Wild Rose team to ensure both they and Sleeman are able to reap the many benefits of this strategic partnership.”

Wild Rose Brewery is an award-winning, Albertan brewery that has been at the forefront of the province’s brewing industry since 1996. The brewery has an evolving arsenal of innovative yet approachable products and a well-established, bustling Taproom in the Currie Barracks of Calgary.

Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is the third largest brewing company nationwide. The company has built an impressive portfolio of beer brands in Canada that includes well-loved Canadian brands such as Sleeman, Okanagan Spring and Unibroue, along with world-class beers including Sapporo and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Sapporo Breweries Ltd., known for its rigorous Japanese brewing standards, acquired Sleeman in 2006. The company now markets and/or distributes world-class domestic and imported products and is home to 1,000 employees nationwide.


Nigeria: Heineken Nigeria to raise prices to offset tax increase  (

Heineken NV’s Nigerian unit plans to raise prices this year to offset a sharp increase in taxes, Bloomberg reported on May 7.

Nigerian Breweries Plc expects excise duties to jump about 67 percent to 35 naira ($0.10) per liter in the second half of the year, as the government phases in tax increases on alcoholic beverages, Chairman Kolawole Jamodu said a statement handed to reporters.

“We need to increase prices to compensate for inflation pressure and the impacts of excise tax,” Managing Director Jordi Borrut Bel told reporters on May 7 in Lagos, the commercial capital.

The Lagos-based company signed an agreement with CrossBoundary Energy to supply 650 kilowatts of solar power to its plant in Ibadan, in the southwest of the country to replace more expensive diesel generators, Bel said. Solar power will also be installed at its Lagos brewery and other plants “if it’s successful at Ibadan”, he said.

The nation’s biggest brewer sources 57 percent of its raw materials locally and plans to increase that to 60 percent by 2020, Bel said.


Canada: Number of breweries reaches all-time high of 995 last year  (

Brewery trade organization Beer Canada has announced the release of Industry Trends 2018, its latest annual update that looks at the domestic and international beer market and details growth in the number of breweries, changes in sales, trends in packaging, and more.

2018 proved to be another exciting and challenging year in the Canadian beer industry, the association said. The number of brewing facilities increased by 21.8% from 817 in 2017 to an all-time high of 995. Most of Canada’s breweries are small, local operations with 93% producing less than 15,000 hectolitres (hl) of beer in 2018. Nationally, from 2017 to 2018 the number of brewing facilities per 100,000 drinking age adults increased by 20.9% from 2.8 to 3.4. Provincially, New Brunswick led the way with 8.0 breweries per 100,000 drinking age adults, followed by Nova Scotia with 7.7 and PEI with 7.4, while Manitoba at 1.1 had the lowest rate.

Overall, although the number of breweries in Canada is growing, domestic beer production and sales are not keeping pace. In 2018, domestic production decreased by 3.4% to 21.65 million hl and domestic sales rose modestly by 0.3%. From 2017 to 2018 import sales declined by 3.4%. In total, national beer sales declined by 0.3% in 2018 to a total of 22.1 million hl.

A recent Conference Board of Canada study found beer to have a substantial impact on Canada’s economy. Beer supports 149,000 Canadian jobs, with a labour income of C$5.3 billion while contributing C$13.6 billion to Canada’s GDP. This impact is due in large part to the domestic nature of Canada’s beer industry. In 2018, 85% of the beer consumed in Canada was brewed in Canada, which is a stark contrast when compared to wine in spirits. In 2018, 33% of the wine and 55% of the spirits consumed in Canada were made here.

In 2018, Canadians of legal drinking age drank on average 210 cans of beer, a decline of 1.2% from 2017. Provincially in 2018, Newfoundland had the highest per capita consumption at 93.4 litres of beer, followed by Quebec with 83.3 and P.E.I with 79.8 litres. Ontario had the lowest per capita consumption of all provinces at 69.1 litres.

From a packaging perspective, cans continue to assert their dominance over bottles. In 2018, national can sales rose by 4.6%, while bottle sales declined by 9.3% and keg sales declined by 1.9%. In 2018, cans accounted for 62% of national beer sales, followed by bottles with 28% and kegs with 10%. This is a sharp contrast from just five years ago, when bottles accounted for over 40% of total beer sales.


UK: Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine, spirits at record high in the UK  (

Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits are at a record high in the UK with increasing numbers of London producers looking to make the most of the £100 million industry, the Evening Standard reported on May 14.

Figures from market researchers Nielsen indicate sales of some categories are up by over a third. Britons spent a record £57 million in the 12 months to April on low or non-alcoholic beers — an increase of 39 per cent and the equivalent of 12.5 million pints consumed.

They also spent £48 million on low or no-alcohol wines over the same period. Non-alcoholic spirits, a market only three years old, is now worth £5 million.

Gemma Cooper, from Nielsen, said the demand for non- and low-alcohol drinks was not exclusively driven by the “health conscious”, adding there was “across-the-board” interest from all consumers who increasingly want ways to “cut down”.

She said: “Our data shows that just over one in 10 shoppers say they are looking to cut down their alcohol consumption. And while most are doing this by simply drinking less, some are turning to low or no-alcohol products.”

She added that having a wide selection of non-alcoholic cocktails in venues such as the American Bar at The Savoy was boosting the trend.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association said the low-alcohol wine and beer market had increased “ten times since 2009 and the wider and non-alcoholic spirit alternatives are following suit”. Selfridges said sales of non-alcoholic spirits were up 50 per cent year on year and Waitrose said sales of its low-alcohol products were “exceeding expectations”.

It comes as World Health Organisation data found Britons are on average drinking less alcohol, with consumption falling from 12.6 litres of pure alcohol a year per adult in 1990 to 11.4 litres in 2017.

A 2018 study involving nearly 10,000 young people aged 16 to 24 found the number who said they never drink alcohol increased from 18 per cent in 2005 to 29 per cent in 2015. Several celebrities have now gone teetotal, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Blake Lively.

Peroni, Becks and Heineken are among the global brands making zero-alcohol beers, along with east London Nirvana Brewery.

The non-alcohol spirit market was launched in 2015 with Seedlip, brainchild of former London graphic designer Ben Branson, who has taught model Moss how to make non-alcoholic cocktails. He also has non-alcohol aperitifs.

Funkin’ Cocktails founder Alex Carlton and ex-London music exec Jack Horner have launched Stryyk’s Not Gin, Not Rum and Not Vodka, sold by Ocado and Amazon.


Japan: Competition intensifies in Japan's beer-like beverages segment  (

Competition has been intensifying again in Japan’s market of “third-segment” beer-like beverages, The Japan News reported on May 17.

Last year, combined shipments of beer and “happoshu” low-malt quasi-beer declined for the 14th straight year, but third-segment beverages with little or no malt content saw their shipments rise 3.7 percent, the first increase in five years.

Popularity of the third-segment drink was reignited by Honkirin, released by Kirin Brewery Co. in March 2018.

More than 10 million cases of Honkirin were sold in the first 10 months since the product hit store shelves. A case contains the equivalent of 20 633-milliliter bottles.

The product mimics the taste and feel of beer, but its 350-milliliter can sells about ¥80 cheaper than authentic beer products of the same size. Honkirin is luring consumers in their 40s and 50s.

Other breweries followed suit with their own new releases of third-segment beverages. In January this year, Asahi Breweries Ltd. launched the Gokujo Kireaji, which performed so well that the maker raised the annual sales target in April from 3 million cases to 4 million.

Suntory Beer Ltd. revamped its flagship Kinmugi series for the first time in 13 years in January. In particular, the Kinmugi Gold Lager, a new product, drew strong demand because of its rich taste.

As a result, the company lifted its annual sales target by 30 percent to 4.4 million cases.

In April, Sapporo Breweries Ltd. put into market Honkaku Karakuchi, which features high gas pressure.


Malaysia: Carlsberg Malaysia pledges not to increase prices  (

Carlsberg Malaysia has pledged not to increase the prices of any of its beers for the rest of this year, as the company prepares for the country’s impending sugar tax this July, FoodNavigator-Asia reported on May .

Carlsberg Malaysia Managing Director Lars Lehmann told FoodNavigator-Asia that: “We do not have any plan to adjust product prices to distributors and retailers this year, after the last adjustment that took effect on April 1st.

“The upcoming sugar tax will only impact our Nutrimalt and Jolly Shandy brands, which is relatively minimal.”

He added that ‘barring any unforeseen regulatory or macroeconomic factors’, any future price adjustments would be ‘kept at a minimum’ to ensure product affordability and competitiveness.

Carlsberg Malaysia had raised its product prices by 3% to 6% earlier this year on April 1, the initial date that the country’s sugar tax was supposed to be enforced before it was postponed by three months to July 1.

Back then, the main reason cited for the price hike was escalating malt and barley prices, which remain chief concerns for the company currently, though it appears that no problems are foreseen with their supply for the rest of 2019.

“We have seen a significant increase in the costs of packaging and raw materials. Packaging and raw materials are the highest contributor to rising costs with malt prices increasing due to bad barley harvests in Europe and Australia caused by exceptionally bad droughts and heat waves in 2018,” said Lehmann.

“Other factors include increased electricity costs and a rise in minimum wages which drove up contract labour costs.”

According to the company, malt prices increased 15% to 20% year-on-year in 2019.

At the company’s annual general meeting last month, other challenges highlighted included the country’s smoking ban implemented on January 1 this year at all food service outlets, as well as the continued issue of contraband beer.

According to Lehmann: “The smoking ban is not helping our industry and that is a bit of a new phenomenon this year that is also impacting consumption in outlets where there is food.”

As of last month, contraband beer still made up 25% of the total beer consumption market share in Malaysia.

That said, Carlsberg Malaysia still announced robust growth results for FY2018, with its best-known Carlsberg beer seeing volume growth of 12%, its premium brands Kronenbourg, Somersby, Asahi and Connor’s seeing 20% volume growth, and its Brooklyn Lager brand growing 178%.

Responding to queries about intentions to expand into the zero or non-alcoholic beer market, Lehmann said that the company was ‘exploring’ this area.

“Our global sustainability ambition towards ZERO Irresponsible Drinking includes the availability of alcohol-free brews in the market,” he said.

“While beer provides a quality low-alcohol choice, there are occasions when consumers also look for options that do not contain alcohol. For this reason, we are exploring non-alcoholic beverages as part and parcel of our on-going product innovations.”

He added that Carlsberg Malaysia’s main focus and growth over the past three years had been reinvestment, brand innovation and consumer activation-focused, and that this path would be similar in 2019.

Lecta at the Milan Packaging Première Fair 2019

Lecta at the Milan Packaging Première Fair 2019  (Company news)

Lecta will be presenting its extensive range of specialty papers for premium packaging.

Lecta will participate in the upcoming edition of this exclusive event devoted to luxury packaging, to be held in Milan from May 28 to May 30. At this international exhibit, which brings together designers, manufacturers and top brands in the premium packaging industry worldwide, Lecta will showcase its wide range of papers for select packaging with numerous possibilities for applications.

We invite you to visit us at Hall 4 - stand E45 at the Packaging Première, where you will discover the outstanding quality of Lecta's range of specialty papers for high-end packaging:

Diva Art: one-side double-coated cardboard with a silk finish specially designed for creative uses of graphic and luxury packaging.

Metalvac: 100% high-vacuum metallized paper designed for premium labels and flexible packaging, graphic applications and luxury packaging.

Eurokote: cast-coated paper for wine, spirits, sparkling wine and water bottles, premium packaging and advertising.

Creaset: one-side coated papers for different label and packaging end uses.

Adestor: Lecta's range of pressure-sensitive paper and film for premium labels (wine, spirits, sparkling wine and beer).

Coral Bag and Creaset Bag: uncoated and one-side papers, respectively, for shopping bags.

Efficient packaging production

Efficient packaging production  (Company news)

In mid-April, more than 80 attendees accepted their invitation to the 2019 ENGEL Packaging Day in Shanghai. The aim of the event was to discuss ongoing trends with guests and inform them about the latest technologies. The injection moulding machine manufacturer hosted live demonstrations to highlight innovative and intelligent solutions for efficient packaging production.

Photo: Cup with a kink: functional packaging with high-quality decoration is in great demand in China.

“In China, there are increasingly high standards expected for the quality of products and, in turn, packaging – especially in the food industry,” says Kurt Hell, Director of ENGEL’s packaging business unit in Asia. “Special designs and functional properties are in demand, as is high-quality decoration with in-mould labelling. Multi-coloured and multi-component applications for food and non-food closures are also becoming increasingly popular.” The packaging sector in China is a stable market experiencing constant growth and evolution. “Within the Chinese plastics industry, the production of packaging parts is an important segment with highly specific needs,” Hell explains.

An exciting morning saw presentations by ENGEL and its partner companies Pass Card, Wetec, Borouge and Verstraete, as well as long-standing ENGEL customer Menshen. And the show went on in the afternoon with two live demonstrations at ENGEL’s location in Shanghai, where the injection moulding machine manufacturer demonstrated how a two-compartment yoghurt cup with IML decoration from Verstraete can be produced economically and efficiently on an all-electric e-mac 180 injection moulding machine. Pass Card’s two-cavity hot runner precision mould and Wetec’s high-speed automation were both the work of Taiwan-based companies and the product of European-Asian cooperation.

Pooling knowledge and experience
ENGEL has established a global network of system partners to create a one-stop shop for its proprietary automation solutions and process technologies, along with other peripheral units and moulds. ENGEL, Pass Card and Wetec have pooled their specialist knowledge and experience around packaging solutions to tailor the relevant systems solution to the specific needs of the processors in Asia. By working with local suppliers, ENGEL can guarantee high cost efficiency even for the most demanding applications while keeping delivery times short across the whole system. “There is growing demand for integrated systems solutions in China,” Hell reports. “In particular, the automation of processes is becoming more important.”

In a second live demo, ENGEL showcased closures production on a tie-bar-less victory machine, an impressive demonstration of how the barrier-free clamping unit ensures particularly efficient production processes. This year marks the 30th anniversary of ENGEL’s tie-bar-less technology.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Symrise presents nature's taste at PLMA 2019

Symrise presents nature's taste at PLMA 2019  (Company news)

• Focus on tasty solutions for natural and health-conscious nutritional trends
• Ideas for products based on alternative and plant proteins
• Presentation at private label trade show in Amsterdam

Visitors can "Experience Nature's Taste" at the Symrise stand at the PLMA private label trade show in Amsterdam. The company will also present concepts that food manufacturers can use to offer conscious nutrition with full flavor. At Stand F-8105 in Hall 8, Symrise will demonstrate what variety on supermarket shelves can look like for conscious consumers: low- or non-alcoholic variants of popular beverages; modern, low-calorie ready meals, and snacks and solutions for products with alternative and plant proteins.

PLMA, the Association of Private Label Manufacturers, will hold its European trade show in Amsterdam from May 21 to 22, 2019. Symrise will attend with natural and exciting creations that pick up on and develop current nutrition trends. In concrete terms, the company will present its natural offerings in various product categories, in keeping with the slogan "Experience Nature's Taste." In doing so, Symrise is responding to the growing demand for natural and authentic food and beverage products, going beyond taste with its comprehensive, sustainable approach.

Celebration without remorse
Teenagers and young adults are increasingly turning to non-alcoholic drinks when they spend time together. A reason is their increased health-consciousness and awareness of their own images on social media. Beverage manufacturers can expand their product range to reach this customer group, winning them over with ideas about natural, non-alcoholic and low-alcohol flavors. Symrise offers various solutions for celebration without intoxication. This is particularly interesting with regard to the highly popular special – and often regional – craft beers, since non-alcoholic variants of these beverages are difficult to produce.

Symrise's natural hop extracts make non-alcoholic beers possible that have the characteristic bitter-tart flavor of an Indian Pale Ale. Lovers of cocktails will also find what they're looking for: With its long experience in distillation and flavor extraction processes, Symrise has created a juniper-based raw material that affords a gin and tonic flavor even when the beverage contains little or no gin.

Meat-free alternatives
Products based on alternative and vegetable proteins are very popular. Consumers want to reduce their meat consumption while eating a diet that is high-protein, nutritionally conscious and sustainable. At the same time, all components such as taste, consistency and appearance must meet consumers' requirements for meat-free or meat-reduced foods. When it comes to vegetarian and vegan foods, Symrise is taking innovative paths by creating compelling taste profiles for meatless meatballs, falafel, etc. Symrise is thus satisfying the global demand for meat-free alternatives and providing taste profiles with an enjoyment factor.

Organic convenience foods on the advance
Organically grown and processed products are currently among the most important nutritional trends. Across Europe, the market for animal, vegetable and environmentally-friendly food products grew by 22 percent from 2016 to 2017. The market for organic convenience foods is also showing strong growth of four to five percent annually in Germany and France, and eight to nine percent in Italy and Spain. Symrise brings its expertise in the processing of herbs and vegetables to bear with its vegetable couscous, creating an intense, healthy and pleasurable experience that requires simple preparation and has an all-natural taste.

Snack variety
What applies to main meals has also reached the world of snacks. The demands of many customers are increasing, and foods with less sugar and more flavor varieties are very popular. Crackers with coconut and sesame seeds with a sugar and salt glaze provide an unexpected and well-rounded combination that is made from all-natural ingredients. Symrise is also rethinking the classic granola bar: the carrot-orange bar contains 30 percent less sugar than comparable products and is also a proven provider of vitamin A.

Symrise will present a broad spectrum of further ideas, concepts and products at the trade show that enable food and beverage manufacturers to align their product range with the growing demand for natural and healthy products.
(Symrise AG)

SIG partnership showcases recycling in action at Mexico fun park

SIG partnership showcases recycling in action at Mexico fun park  (Company news)

Raising Awareness To Increase Recycling In Mexico

SIG has teamed up with soft drink producer Sociedad Cooperativa Trabajadores de Pascual (SCTP) and fun park operator Ventura Entertainment to raise awareness of the importance of recycling through special collection bins made from recycled carton packs at La Feria de Chapultepec amusement park in Mexico.

Picture Collecting bin: Salvador Torres Cisneros, President of the Administration Board at SCTP, shows how it works: Empty carton packs should be placed in the collection bins made from recycled carton packs. Photo: SIG.

Salvador Torres Cisneros, President of the Administration Board at SCTP, said: “We’re dedicated to producing natural, healthy and nutritious beverages and we want to contribute to the overall wellbeing of the world. SIG shares our commitment to protecting the environment and now we’re working together to go a step further for the planet by encouraging consumers to recycle their cartons so the materials can be reused.”

Brand power to raise awareness
SIG’s aseptic beverage cartons are 100% recyclable, but the rate of packs recycled remains low in Mexico due to low awareness of the value of recycling and a lack of suitable waste collection systems.

The new Coopera Recycling Campaign from SIG, SCTP and Ventura Entertainment aims to use the power of popular brands to raise awareness of the value of recycling among consumers of all ages. SCTP is one of Mexico’s largest soft drinks producers and the name behind Boing!® fruit drinks. Ventura Entertainment is one of the country’s biggest attractions operators and its La Feria de Chapultepec fun park attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year.

In the first phase of the campaign, SIG will provide 15 recycling containers to be placed around the park. Each is made out of a mix of polymer and aluminium that comes from around 7,000 recycled carton packs, providing a tangible example of recycling in action. Accompanying signs promote recycling and Ventura Entertainment will offer discounts on ticket prices for amusement activities for visitors who use the recycling bins. The empty cartons will be recycled by specialist company Alcamare.

Ricardo Carrillo, Commercial Director for Mexico and Central America at SIG said: “SIG partners with local stakeholders to support collection and recycling of beverage cartons around the world. In Mexico, we came up with the idea of a recycling campaign in a fun park so we could raise awareness among young people, who are the consumers of the future. Having a big brand like Boing!® involved will help us get the message across to even more people.”

Keeping high-quality materials in use
Encouraging consumers to recycle beverage cartons supports the circular economy by returning more materials into the value chain to produce new products. SIG’s cartons are made from mainly renewable materials in the first place so recycling them keeps high-quality renewable materials in circulation.

Contributing to the circular economy by using renewable content, optimising use of materials and promoting recycling after use is part of the company’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products

GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products  (Company news)

GEA is launching its new D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve by end of April 2019. This special double-seat valve is designed with a sterile leakage chamber which is hermetically sealed from the atmosphere by two side valves.

Photo: GEA recommends the D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve for UltraClean applications where processed foods must be completely protected from the environment by a condensate barrier. Image: GEA

As with the entire aseptic D-tec® range, the outstanding sealing properties of the new valve stem diaphragm raise hygiene standards to an UltraClean level, thus increasing the shelf life of soft drinks, fruit juices, as well as milk-based and lactic acid-fermented products. If manufacturers adapt their process chain accordingly, the D-tec® can help them achieve a desired shelf life with fewer preservatives.

Equipping process plants from A to Z with D-tec®
With its D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve, GEA successfully completes its UltraClean valve range, allowing customers to now fully integrate D-tec® equipment into their production processes. “Equipping the interfaces in process plants with as few valve types as possible is often a decisive criterion to our customers. Spare parts handling and warehousing become increasingly complex when different valve types must work together,” explains Pascal Bär, Product Manager for GEA Aseptic Valve Technology. After launching the single-seat D-tec® P/DV control valve in 2018, GEA is now introducing the D/DV double-chamber valve as the final piece of the puzzle in its D-tec® range. GEA can now consistently plan greenfield projects leveraging D-tec®; a retrofit for the single-seat valve is available for existing systems.

Implementing a hygiene-driven philosophy
With the D-tec® double chamber valve, GEA now offers aseptic valves for both hygiene classes "Aseptic" and "UltraClean", which are tailored to the special conditions of the respective applications. According to its hygiene philosophy, GEA recommends this distinction: “Aseptomag®, our metal bellows technology, is the benchmark in hygienic processing, which we use for highly sensitive products such as baby food and UHT milk as they demand an uncompromising aseptic execution of processes and components,” states Bär. “However, a wide range of beverages produced by our customers are not promoted under aseptic conditions. In fact, they fall into the second highest hygiene level according to the VDMA guideline, which is hygiene class IV ‘UltraClean’. That is why our new D-tec® D/DV is meeting the process requirements of this hygiene class.” D-tec® is suitable for iced tea, fruit juice, fruit yogurt and ESL milk and products that require an increased shelf life depending on the pH value, cold chain and storage conditions.

Ensuring operational safety
When it comes to UltraClean applications, GEA systematically opts for the hermetically sealed D-tec® stem diaphragm because it provides improved contamination protection against the atmosphere and ensures microbial stability of products throughout their manufacture. The membranes are made of thermoplastics that are more flexible than stainless steel. For example, this makes them well-suited to compensate for pressure surges, says Bär. They are, to a certain extent, more forgiving to process errors. In the event of a diaphragm rupture, the leakage detection system ensures a high degree of operational safety. The product manager adds: “Our product development is directed towards ensuring equipment availability and profitability for beverage and food producers. The new double-chamber valve fulfills this: It can be used very flexibly and combines a high level of hygiene with manageable operating costs.” In addition, the maintenance-friendly design minimizes system downtimes.

Adapting demanding process conditions
Like the entire D-tec® range, the D/DV double-chamber valve is based on the tried and tested VARIVENT® assembly unit, which is characterized by its adaptability. This enables the valve to be configured according to the required process conditions. The double-seat valve is characterized by the two membranes, which hermetically seal the product interior from the atmosphere. It is available in valve sizes ranging from DN 40 up to DN 80 and OD 1.5" up to OD 3". The valve sizes DN 100 and OD 4” will be introduced within the next weeks. The valve seat can be executed as both soft and hard sealing – the latter with the popular TEFASEP® gold seal, which GEA recently introduced. In addition, D-tec® double-chamber valves can be equipped with one, two or three T.VIS® control tops of various designs. The GEA D-tec® D/DV considers all common industrial standards.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

UNITED CAPS to Attend ProPak Asia 2019 for Third Consecutive Year

UNITED CAPS to Attend ProPak Asia 2019 for Third Consecutive Year   (Company news)

International manufacturer of caps and closures also announces inauguration of new Malaysian plant to better serve Asian markets as part of its ‘Close to You’ strategy.

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported it is attending ProPak Asia for the third consecutive year. The show is scheduled for 12 to 15 June in Bangkok. UNITED CAPS will be located in the French Pavilion, Hall 103, Booth 22. The company is also celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019.

Photo: Smarter Closures - Holographic engraving integrated into a closure, forming an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment.

During the show, UNITED CAPS will offer briefings on its new manufacturing plant in Kulim, Malaysia, which will be fully operational in June 2019.

“At ProPak Asia 2019, we will be showing a number of products specific to the Asian market,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “We are also proud to announce the inauguration of our brand-new Malaysian plant as part of our CLOSE TO YOU strategy. The new plant, which is already operating ahead of its official launch in June, is key to continuing to improve our support of the Asian market. This proximity enables us to shorten delivery times and focus on products that are the most relevant to this important market region as demand for our products continues to grow.”

On Display
UNITED CAPS will exhibit a wide range of off-the-shelf and bespoke products at the show; including its Infant Nutrition, Agrochemical and SMARTER closure lines:
-Agrochemical Closures: Highly-secure, UN-approved closures are used in the packaging of liquid and powdered herbicides, insecticides, pesticides and fungicides. This includes a unique moulded and patented tamper evidence (TE) band that sets the standard in Europe and the U.S.; a dedicated selection of child-resistant closures that combine child resistance with TE; and standard caps that enable safe and efficient transportation when containers are stacked.
-Infant Nutrition Closures: As the market reference for snap caps and scoops for tins of infant milk powder for more than 70 years, UNITED CAPS continues to develop and improve its line of infant nutrition closures. This includes our popular PROTECSCOOP flip-top hinged closure whose innovative design allows one-handed preparation of infant feeding bottles. Its contamination-free foil-sealed chamber protects the included scoop until use, and an integrated hook keeps the scoop handy for further use.
-SMARTER Closures: With an estimated US$460 billion in counterfeit goods worldwide, counterfeit prevention has significant economic benefits, including protection of jobs and the prevention of deaths caused by counterfeit drugs. Two different anti-counterfeiting solutions will be on display at the show: QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that helps brands enhance consumer confidence; and holographic engraving integrated into a closure, forming an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment.

“We’re also developing several exciting new products.” added Henckes. “If visitors would like an opportunity to shape the next generation of closures for infant nutrition, and would like to take part in line trials, we want to talk to them! They will have the chance to be among the first to benefit from the latest innovations from UNITED CAPS”.

80 Years Young
Reaching our 80th anniversary is a significant milestone that UNITED CAPS will be celebrating throughout 2019. “Our long heritage in continued success in this business is a powerful endorsement of the level of knowledge and expertise we have been able to accumulate over the years,” Henckes remarked. “Our legacy is one of progress, but we are certainly not resting on our laurels. We are looking ahead to continued and significant innovation during our next 80 years with a platform designed to continue our growth and progression. We are excited for what comes next!”
(United Caps)

Aptar Food + Beverage Wins Three Marking Awards at FBIF in China

Aptar Food + Beverage Wins Three Marking Awards at FBIF in China  (Company news)

The Food & Beverage Innovation Forum (FBIF) recently announced the winners of the “Marking Awards” in China. Out of the over 500 different packaging designs from 200 different companies worldwide, three Aptar Food + Beverage solutions, BAP®, Flip Lid and Contender (photo), received awards for the category In-Market Functional Design.

A jury of 24 selected professionals from top international brands and design institutes selected the best solutions, based on the following criteria: Commerciality, Communication, Functionality, Originality, Foresight, and Design.

BAP® or Bonded Aluminum to Plastic, is an all-in-one foil-to-closure solution that provides many unique advantages to both marketers and consumers. It features an easy-to-open pull ring, and superior sealing performance, helping to deliver an enjoyable experience to consumers, and drive repeat purchase. Its innovative and versatile technology helps brands to stand out from competition and excite consumers.

FLIP LID is a uniquely simple, consumer friendly dispensing closure designed to promote post use recycling. Flip Lid remains united with the bottle through its lifecycle, making the closure more likely to be collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container. Consumers will also benefit from the patented, wide-opening hinged lid, and the audible “click” when reclosing.

Contender is a liner-less, flip-top sport cap designed for the hot fill bottling process. The closure’s innovative bi-injected sealing system delivers product protection, without the added foil liner.
This unique closure also features built-in tamper evidence, and provides increased shelf appeal for brand owners.
(AptarGroup Inc.)

Rockstar Energy adopts Ardagh Group's beverage end technologies for Rock am Ring promotion

Rockstar Energy adopts Ardagh Group's beverage end technologies for Rock am Ring promotion  (Company news)

Top energy drink brand Rockstar Energy is deploying several of Ardagh Group’s innovative beverage end features in a new and exciting range of promotional cans. As sponsors of summer rock music festival Rock am Ring, Rockstar is running a festival-branded ‘every beverage can wins’ promotion across its range of flavoured energy drinks. Seeking to maximise customer appeal at point of sale, the company has chosen to combine Ardagh’s Coloured Shell, Coloured Tab and Coded Tab technologies, resulting in a set of cutting-edge designs that truly stand out from the crowd.

The 500ml environmentally-friendly aluminium cans come in three bold designs, incorporating Rock am Ring artwork with the glamour of Rockstar’s iconic branding. One of the designs is further enhanced by Ardagh’s unique Matte Impact finish, giving the can a distinctive look and feel that invites the customer to select it from among the standard glossy cans on the shelf.

At the beverage end, Ardagh’s value-adding design options are employed to dramatic effect. A yellow tab set against a black shell is a dynamic and eye-catching combination that brings a hard-rock edge to the energy drink experience. These colour options highlight the bright tab against the dark shell, increasing customer awareness and excitement about the promotion.

It’s the tab that holds the key to Rockstar’s giveaway, so Ardagh’s Coded Tab technology is the central feature of the promotional design. A unique alphanumeric code is printed on the underside of every tab and is only revealed on opening the can, meaning that qualifying for a prize requires promotion participants to buy the product. As a result, sales are increased.

Not only does the design’s focus on the tab help to push sales by reminding consumers of the prize hidden beneath, customer loyalty is boosted by the fun and interactive moment of opening the can. As every can wins a prize – from pairs of sought-after Rock am Ring, Lollapalooza and Southside Festival tickets, to Rockstar merchandise and 2-for-1 leisure vouchers – the experience of buying and opening the product becomes associated with winning.

Rockstar Energy Brand Manager Nicole Matthias said, “We’re excited to be using Ardagh’s special technology to drive sales of our Rock am Ring promotional cans. The design aesthetics reinforce Rockstar’s powerful contemporary branding and give us an irresistible product at point of sale, while the ‘open-to-reveal’ prize-coded tabs bring a whole extra element of surprise and reward to the Rockstar Energy experience.”

Dirk Schwung, Sales Director of Ardagh Group’s European Metal Beverage division, said: “We are very pleased that Rockstar Energy is employing our custom packaging options to fantastic effect in their Rock am Ring promotion. Our visually attractive and interactive beverage end technologies will maximise customer engagement with the Rockstar Energy brand as they give away brilliant prizes, helping to drive strong cold beverage sales in the fast-approaching summer festival season.”
(Ardagh Metal Packaging Germany Weissenthurm)

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...  (Company news)

... recycle are the order of the day

Picture: KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable.

KHS tackles the challenges posed by sustainable packaging and already offers market-proven systems to this end

The global debate on packaging waste, the associated use of resources and increasing regulatory pressure have further intensified the call of the beverage industry for new, alternative packaging systems. Concerns not only focus on saving on resources in the production process but chiefly on the packaging itself. PET containers and plastic packaging are currently very much in focus. One priority is to reduce and recycle the same. KHS supplies dedicated systems to meet these criteria and has at its disposal a wealth of expertise with which it strongly assists its customers in their striving towards greater sustainability.

KHS has been a partner to the beverage industry for 150 years and knows what it wants. In this sector the subject of sustainability has long been an issue. On the one hand there are climate goals to be met – or specifically a steady reduction of the carbon footprint in beverage production to be achieved through the development and use of systems which increasingly save on energy and resources. On the other ever greater importance is being attached to devising innovative packaging machinery which is of benefit to beverage producers and consumers alike. The way to produce ever more sustainable primary and secondary packaging involves two major lines of approach: recycle and reduce. In the first, packaging material is to be kept in constant circulation where possible by it being reclaimed, processed and continuously reused. In the second, many different ways are to be found of using less and less packaging material in order to save on resources and avoid waste. KHS pursues both of these objectives and offers specific technologies to this end.

FreshSafe PET®: the only fully recyclable barrier system
One big step towards engineering a strong, efficient and thus sustainable circular economy is to improve the recyclability of PET bottles to such an extent that they are suitable for bottle-to-bottle recycling. Fruit juice bottles in particular often comprise multilayer, blended or scavenger materials which are designed to protect sensitive beverages from external influences such as oxygen pickup. The aforementioned additives contained in the preforms often prove a hindrance to pure-grade recycling, however, and thus to their use in full bottle-to-bottle recycling. With FreshSafe PET® – a patented plasma coating system – KHS provides the only accredited fully recyclable barrier system to date which significantly increases recycling quotas for PET beverage packaging with enhanced product protection the world over. This has been confirmed by a number of recycling associations such as the EPBP1 and APR2. In the above process the inside of the PET container is coated with a wafer-thin protective layer of silicon oxide (SiOx) or chemically pure glass. This technology replaces the additives otherwise required. It guards sensitive products such as fruit juice and nectar against the penetration of oxygen and other substances and clearly reduces any additional loss of CO2 from carbonated beverages. The taste is retained, the beverages have a longer shelf life and full recyclability is made possible by this process.

Growing demand for rPET container systems
Another way of further improving the ecobalance is to increase the amount of recyclate or rPET used in PET containers – in some cases up to 100%. KHS provides the technology for this option. For example, in cooperation with bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser, preform manufacturer Plastipack and Berlin startup share the systems supplier has developed and successfully launched to market a 0.5-liter and 1.0-liter PET bottle made completely of recyclate. “Manufacturing a PET bottle from 100% recycled PET is possible – yet the devil lies in the detail. We have to approach this from a number of different angles,” says Arne Wiese, product manager for Bottles & ShapesTM at KHS Corpoplast in Hamburg, Germany. “Chemically recycled PET yields qualities which exactly match those of virgin PET. There are no restrictions here.” Yet much of the rPET used on the market is PET cleaned in vacuum conditions. “Here, qualities vary depending on the method of production,” explains Wiese. However, the quality of the rPET affects the bottle stability and weight. This means that the poorer the quality of the recyclate, the more stable the bottle has to be. This can be achieved by either increasing the weight of the bottle or optimizing the preform. “If a bottle is so light that it just about satisfies the requirement for stability, then any recyclate of an inferior quality means that this specification is no longer met,” Wiese states. Furthermore, at present rPET is not available in the required quality and quantity. Germany may boast the largest percentage of recyclate used in bottle-to-bottle recycling (32.6%), yet the remainder of over 65% is primarily used in the film or textiles industry. In addition, suitable pure-grade recycling systems are also largely lacking the world over.

Full concept Bottles & Shapes™
The impact the use of recyclate in different quantities and qualities has on the stability and weight of the bottle is taken on board, however, in order to positively influence the ecobalance. On the basis of various design criteria and material properties the holistic Bottles & ShapesTM consultancy program offers line-compatible bottle systems and solutions which strike the right balance between cost and sustainability issues, marketing criteria and user handling. “This calls for a wealth of expertise which we can provide with our decades of experience,” confirms Wiese. Moreover, KHS stretch blow molders have been optimized so that they can process preforms which contain up to 100% recyclate and, alternatively, biopolymer constituents3 – in other words, from renewable raw materials. “The relevance of these materials will increase considerably in the future. Here, we’ve provided the technical means of generating an increase in added value right down the line while saving on resources – such as with the new InnoPET Blomax Series V generation of stretch blow molders,” Wiese continues.

Secondary packaging with a high savings potential
The KHS Competence Center for secondary packaging systems in Kleve, Germany, has long been working on alternatives to classic shrink film. Many of these require extensive testing on the machinery. “The greatest challenge for us is the processability of the packaging materials,” says Karl-Heinz Klumpe, packaging product manager at KHS. “Shrink film made of recycled plastic demonstrates very different shrinking properties versus film made of new material. As an engineering company we can’t provide all the answers ourselves but instead have to coordinate closely with film manufacturers.” KHS stages workshops with these partners in order to do just that, where the participants aim to find out how the percentage of recyclate in film – as stipulated by the new German Packaging Law, for example – can be increased further. Changes to the chemicals or recipe of the film and adaptation of the machine equipment are among the necessary measures which need to be taken here. “The basic proviso is that there’s a standard of quality which is accepted by the big bottlers’ marketing departments. With film made of 100% recyclate the shrink results aren’t yet satisfactory. We’re continuing to rapidly drive development together here to close the gap between growing recycling requirements on the one hand and the demand for packs of ever increasing quality on the other,” Klumpe emphasizes.

Unique Nature MultiPackTM system
With the development of the Nature MultiPack™ KHS already has a film-free pack in its portfolio which is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. This reduced form of secondary packaging even makes conventional shrink film on multipacks completely redundant. Here, PET bottles or cans are held together by nothing more than several strong dots of adhesive which are easy to remove. A self-adhesive carrying handle readies the pack for transportation. The dots of adhesive themselves do not impair the quality of the material to be recycled in any way whatsoever as they are easily removed during the recycling process. The Nature MultiPack™ was launched to market as a six pack of cans by the Carlsberg Group under the name of Snap Pack in 2018. Danone Waters first made successful use of this packaging system in 2016 when it launched its Prestige PET bottle for Evian. With it plastic waste is completely avoided as there is no more film packaging to be disposed of.

“The current debate on packaging waste has clearly further heightened our awareness for environmentally-friendly packaging systems,” says Klumpe. KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable. “We all take the public discussion seriously and are working directly with all those companies involved on further developments in an attempt to curb the pollution of our environment by plastic as much as we can with the help of our expert knowledge and expertise,” he adds. “In the end we’re all consumers and all of us bear clear responsibility for our own personal actions.”
(KHS GmbH)

SIG: Continued growth momentum

SIG: Continued growth momentum  (Company news)

First quarter 2019 highlights
-Core revenue up 5.4% at constant exchange rates; up 7.3% as reported
-Adjusted EBITDA slightly higher; adjusted EBITDA margin 23.6% (Q1 2018: 24.7%)
-Significant increase in adjusted net income to €29.1 million (Q1 2018: €4.0 million) reflecting lower financing costs post-IPO
-Full year guidance unchanged

In the first quarter of 2019, core revenue increased by 5.4% at constant currency, within the target range for the full year of 4 - 6%. Growth was driven in particular by Asia Pacific which, after a strong performance throughout 2018, continued to show good momentum for liquid dairy products across the region. Growth was also robust in the Americas, with business in Brazil benefiting from volume growth with key customers and from recent filler deployments. Sales in Europe increased reflecting new customer wins, more than offsetting a lower contribution from the Middle East joint venture within the EMEA region.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 0.6% to €85.9 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin was 23.6% (Q1 2018: 24.7%), reflecting the impact of a lower dividend from the Middle East joint venture. The adjusted EBITDA margin is generally below the full year average in the first quarter, which is typically the quarter with the lowest sales level.
EBITDA increased by 20.2% to €88.3 million. The increase was largely due to an unrealised gain on derivatives compared with a loss in Q1 2018.

Net income
Adjusted net income increased to €29.1million compared with €4.0 million in Q1 2018. The increase reflected an improvement in net income, which moved from a loss of €32.1 million in Q1 2018 to a profit of €4.7 million in Q1 2019. The improvement is a consequence of lower net finance expense following the reduction and re-financing of debt at the IPO.

Full year outlook
SIG continues to implement its growth strategy and its 2019 guidance of core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currency and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 27 - 28% is unchanged.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Domino Printing Sciences appoints new CEO

Domino Printing Sciences appoints new CEO  (Company news)

After 22 years of success at technology manufacturer Domino Printing Sciences – including managing the sale of the FTSE250 company to Brother Industries in 2015 – CEO Nigel Bond, 61, has passed on the management baton following his retirement at the end of March 2019. Robert Pulford (photo), previously Managing Director of Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions Division, has been appointed by the company to take over the CEO role.

Under Bond’s leadership, industrial printer developer and manufacturer Domino won numerous Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Export and grew from a stock value of £75million to a £1billion business at the time of the sale to Brother. Presiding over 20 acquisitions, Bond also oversaw the integration into the Domino business of technology manufacturers such as Sator Laser and Citronix, and former distribution partners Domino Sweden and Domino MarqueTDI in Portugal. As part of the Brother deal, he also secured significant investment in Digital Printing and Coding & Marking products and services, supporting long-term growth targets and offering greater flexibility.

“I’ve had over 20 memorable years with Domino,” says Bond. “I am proud to have led such a committed and talented team that has driven innovation and produced ground-breaking and award-winning technologies.”

He continues, “I’m delighted that Robert will be taking over as Domino’s new CEO. Robert is a strong leader with a proven track record of success both within and outside Domino.”

With Domino for 23 years, Pulford has been part of Domino Group’s executive management team for 14 years and has led the company’s Digital Printing Solutions division for the last six years. He has been responsible for driving the growth of digital printing products into direct printing, label and packaging markets, as well as other broader industrial applications. Joining as a Service Manager, and later becoming General Manager within the UK Domestic business, Pulford’s other roles at Domino have included Group Product Management, Group Marketing and General Manager of Domino’s European businesses, as well as leading the New Product Development programme for Domino’s i-Tech products, and the integration of a number of acquisitions.

Speaking about his appointment, Pulford says: “I’m honoured to be taking up the position of CEO and look forward to carrying on Nigel’s legacy. My goal is to support the wider team to drive business growth in all areas and build on Domino’s reputation as a leading provider of coding and marking and digital printing equipment.”
(Domino UK Ltd)

Nestlé Waters joins Consortium to boost recyclability of PET plastic

Nestlé Waters joins Consortium to boost recyclability of PET plastic  (Company news)

Nestlé Waters is joining Carbios, L’Oreal, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe (SBFE) to bring enhanced recycling technology designed and developed by CARBIOS to market on an industrial scale.

CARBIOS has developed an innovative process that breaks down PET plastic waste into its original components, which can be used to produce high quality PET plastic, equivalent to virgin PET. This proprietary technology can pave the way for 100% recycled PET content in new products and offers the potential to recycle PET plastics repeatedly.

Massimo Casella, Head of R&D Nestlé Waters, adds, “We are pleased to be joining the Consortium in supporting the development of this new technology. It can help us to achieve Nestlé’s goal of increasing the amount of recycled plastic content in our bottles without compromising on quality and contribute to creating an environmentally sustainable world for the next generation.”
(Nestlé Schweiz AG)

Symrise Trading Update January - March 2019

Symrise Trading Update January - March 2019  (Company news)

Symrise posts strong growth of 9.3 % in the first quarter
• Group sales rise to € 848.8 million
• Organic growth, adjusted for exchange rate effects, of 8.2 %
• Company reaffirms 2019 guidance and long-term targets until the end of 2025

The Symrise Group remains on track for strong growth in the fiscal year 2019 with a high sales increase by 9.3 % to € 848.8 million (Q1 2018: € 776.9 million) in the first quarter. All segments benefited from good demand. Organic sales growth in the first quarter was up 8.2 %.

"We are off to a dynamic start into the year and consider ourselves very well positioned with our strong market presence," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. "Our targeted capacity expansion measures continue to pay off. This has been accompanied by consistently good demand from our customers. Once again, all segments achieved gains and contributed to the growth of the Group. Despite the cautious economic outlook, we are confident about the development of our business in the coming months. We have substantiated our full-year guidance and our long-term ambitions with the updated targets. Extending through to 2025, they call for an annual organic growth of 5–7 % (CAGR)."

Scent & Care with high sales growth in particular for Fragrances
The Scent & Care segment achieved a very good sales increase of 10.7 % to € 367.3 million (Q1 2018: € 331.8 million). Organic sales growth was 9.1 %.

The Fragrance division saw a significant increase in sales, driven primarily by the Fine Fragrances application area and the new area of Consumer Fragrances, which combines Beauty Care and Home Care applications. In both application areas, sales were up by double-digit percentages, resulting from a combination of strong demand and price increases. The Oral Care business unit achieved high single-digit organic growth, especially in the EAME region and in North America.

Sales growth was also very strong in the Cosmetic Ingredients division, above all in the North America and Asia/Pacific regions.

The Aroma Molecules division benefited from robust demand for fragrance ingredients and menthol, especially in the EAME and Asia/Pacific regions.

Flavor segment reports sales growth in all application areas
In the Flavor segment – the business activities with flavors for foods and beverages – sales increased by 8.3 % to € 315.6 million (Q1 2018: € 291.2 million). All application areas and regions had increases in sales volumes. Adjusted for exchange rate effects, organic growth amounted to 6.7 %.

In EAME, applications for beverages and savory products delivered the biggest increases, especially in the national markets of Germany, Russia, Ireland and the UK.

The Asia/Pacific region achieved with applications for beverages and savory products high single-digit or even double-digit percentage growth rates. The trends were especially pleasing in Indonesia, Thailand and India.

Sales growth in the Beverage business unit was particularly healthy in North America, mainly as a result of new business with global and regional customers.

Business in Latin America also showed dynamic growth, with double-digit percentage gains in all application areas. Demand for beverages was particularly strong in the national markets of Brazil and Mexico.

Nutrition shows dynamic trend in Pet Food and Probiotics
The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division with Food, Pet Food applications, as well as Probiotics, achieved a 7.9 % increase in sales to € 165.9 million (Q1 2018: € 153.8 million). In local currency the organic growth was even higher, at 8.8 %.

Demand for Food applications increased at a more moderate pace in the first quarter. The Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions achieved good growth in the national markets of Australia, Indonesia and Mexico.

The Pet Food business unit showed a highly dynamic trend in the first quarter, with double-digit organic growth driven by rising customer demand and price adjustments. North America in particular performed very well.

The application area Probiotics also posted double-digit growth, especially in EAME.

Looking ahead to current fiscal year with confidence
After a dynamic start to the year, Symrise confirms its targets for the current fiscal year. The group intends to significantly exceed the anticipated worldwide market growth rate for 2019, projected by experts to lie in the range of 3–4 %.

Under its updated long-term targets, Symrise aims to increase sales to around € 5.5 to 6.0 billion by the end of 2025. This increase is to be achieved through annual organic growth of 5–7 % (CAGR) and additional targeted acquisitions.

In January Symrise announced the planned acquisition of the US-American company ADF/IFD, a meat and egg-based protein specialist. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2019.
(Symrise AG)

Five times SACMI: Chinaplas 2019 draws nearer

Five times SACMI: Chinaplas 2019 draws nearer  (Company news)

Major Asian fair to showcase SACMI’s very latest continuous compression moulding (CCM) technology, the global industry standard becoming ever-more popular on the Chinese market. Also on show will be the innovative SACMI CBF container manufacturing solution plus a wide range of systems for total quality control at every stage along the line

Five good reasons to visit the SACMI stand at the 33rd edition of Chinaplas, China's biggest international fair dedicated to food&beverage production technology (Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex, 21-24 May 2019).

The first reason: to get a close, first-hand look at continuous compression moulding by SACMI, the world's leading provider of manufacturing technology to the beverage industry. Existing and potential customers visiting the SACMI stand (156 m2, hall 4.1, booth C41) will, in fact, be able to admire a CCM 48 SD press, one of no less than 37 solutions recently supplied to Chinese package giant Hebei Red Hat Plastic Co., Ltd.

Completing SACMI's PET Closures&Containers range is the advanced IPS platform for manufacturing PET preforms and, downstream, a full range of filling, labelling and bottling solutions. Then there is CBF, the container-making solution that uses compression technology: ideal for the dairy and pharma industries, CBF combines the very best characteristics of alternative technologies. This is why – and the second good reason to meet with us at Chinaplas - SACMI stands out as the world's only competitor capable of providing solutions for each stage of the beverage production line.

Third: total quality control is the hallmark of the SACMI range, as all solutions incorporate camera inspection systems to maximise the performance of every single machine. More specifically, Chinaplas will see SACMI showcase the BVS (Bottle Vision System), part of a range of vision systems developed by the Group's Quality&Process Control Division. Technological solution able to simultaneously inspect the container with or without the external decoration (label).

Fourth: another key SACMI trait is its far-reaching international presence. In China, SACMI Shanghai, which works alongside manufacturing facility Foshan Nanhai, has provided the local market with close support for over twenty years. Thanks to these local branches, customers can count on comprehensive assistance before, during and after the sale. Additional guarantees stem from the fact that SACMI has been operating as a completemould maker since 1994 and has, to date, sold no less than 2200 original mould sets.

Fifth: following the establishment of the Customer Service Division, which works in close concert with the SACMI Global Network, we also provide cutting-edge remote assistance services to ensure customers always get the best from their investment in SACMI technology. For example, via SACMI S.P.A.C.E. (Sacmi Portal for Aftersales and Customer service Excellence), the Customer Service Division provides an advanced services package that - in addition to Daily Lifetime Support - can extend support throughout and even beyond the working life of the machine. Moreover, customers can count on training via e-Learning platforms and subsequent production management support through dedicated maintenance engineering services.

Visit our stand (hall 4.1, booth C41) at Chinaplas 2019.

Save the date! 21-24 May 2019, Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex.
(Sacmi Imola S.C.)

FrieslandCampina sells Creamy Creation to Wagram Equity Partners

FrieslandCampina sells Creamy Creation to Wagram Equity Partners  (Company news)

The Dutch investment company Wagram Equity Partners (Wagram) will become the new owner of cream liqueur manufacturer Creamy Creation in Rijkevoort (the Netherlands). This was agreed between the investment company and Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.

The transaction includes the production of cream liqueurs in Rijkevoort and sales office in Paramus (the United States of America). FrieslandCampina Ingredients wants to focus more on nutritional and functional solutions with its ingredients. It was also agreed between parties that Wagram will start producing canned cream for FrieslandCampina in Rijkevoort.

Since its establishment in 1979, Creamy Creation has developed itself into a successful player in the segment of alcoholic cream liqueurs. The company has 84 employees. Creamy Creation will continue to develop and sell distinguishing cream liqueurs.

Wagram Equity Partners is an independent investment company with a long-term perspective. Its business is making investments in private companies through controlling ownership positions. Wagram will focus on long-term growth of Creamy Creation.

The transaction is subject to the usual conditions, including the required regulatory approvals. We expect to complete the transaction in the last quarter of this year.
(Creamy Creation B.V.)

BERICAP and Thinfilm Partner to Implement Advanced Closure Technology

BERICAP and Thinfilm Partner to Implement Advanced Closure Technology  (Company news)

BERICAP, a supplier of world-class high value-added plastic caps and closures for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and industrial markets, and Thin Film Electronics ASA, the global leader in near field communications (NFC) solutions, have signed a Letter of Intent for an exclusive joint partnership to develop fully integrated digital authentication solutions for closures in over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and industrial applications.

Photo: Closures for Carbonated Soft Drinks & Carbonated Water

BERICAP, based in Budenheim, Germany, and Thinfilm, with global headquarters in San Jose, California, have established a strategic partnership encompassing innovation, integration, and implementation of Thinfilm’s NFC-enabled solutions. The collaboration will embed advanced chips into the closures to create dependable and cost-effective solutions for brand protection and authentication purposes.

“This partnership with Thinfilm allows us to offer another important security and marketing tool for our customers in a range of markets,” said Jörg Thiels, Chief Executive Officer of BERICAP Industrial Products. “Smart and anti-counterfeiting packaging solutions are fast developing requirements and Thinfilm’s technology and software platform is a perfect fit to further extend BERICAP's extensive assortment of closures.”

“BERICAP is an important strategic partner for us,” said Kevin Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Thinfilm. “Fake products are not only a menace but also a safety risk and a danger to a brand’s reputation and its consumer relationships. We are looking forward to joining forces in developing product closure solutions that will help thwart the global problem of counterfeiting, refill fraud, tampering, and diversion. These solutions will add differentiation, interactivity, and relevance to BERICAP’s current customer offering.”

The two companies have begun to integrate NFC into injection-molded plastic closures, enabling consumers to easily interact with products and ensure authenticity, while providing brands with unique insights. The solution provides BERICAP’s customers with an easy-to-implement, integrated closure that supports brand protection, supply chain visibility, and direct consumer engagement. BERICAP and Thinfilm will work with brands to integrate and scale NFC-integrated closures onto high-value products in an efficient and economical manner.

Currently, BERICAP manufactures more than 84 billion plastic closures and dispensers every year. Thinfilm’s unique technology will offer BERICAP and its customers a new dimension in brand protection solutions that will add value to an already broad portfolio of closures. Together, the companies will help customers stay one step ahead of counterfeiters while adding connectivity for a variety of customer needs.
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

Guinness removes plastic packaging from its beer packs

Guinness removes plastic packaging from its beer packs  (Company news)

Plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap will be removed from multipacks of our beer brands including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s

We’re investing £16million to reduce the amount of plastics used in our beer packaging, which will see:
-The introduction of 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard to replace plastic
-A reduction of plastic waste that is the equivalent of removing 40 million 50cl plastic bottles from the world which, if laid out in a row, would reach from London to Beijing (8,136km)

Photo: Multi-can packs will be replaced by cardboard packs, which are sustainably sourced, recyclable and fully biodegradable

The new sustainable beer packs will be on shelves on the island of Ireland from August 2019 and from Summer 2020 in Great Britain and other international markets. Individual cans are fully recyclable, including the widget which is contained inside cans of Draught Guinness.

Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer, Baileys and Smirnoff:
“For 260 years Guinness has played a vital role in the communities around us. We already have one of the most sustainable breweries in the world at St. James’s Gate and we are now leading the way in sustainable packaging. This is good news for the brand, for our wider beer portfolio and for the environment.”

David Cutter, Chief Sustainability Officer and President, Global Supply & Procurement:
“Great packaging is essential for our products. Consumers expect our packs to look beautiful, be functional, and sustainable. I am proud to announce this investment, through which we have been able to combine all three. We have been working tirelessly to make our packaging more environmentally friendly and I’m thrilled with this outcome for Guinness and our other global beer brands.”

Currently, under 5% of our total packaging around the world is plastic and in 2018, we announced new plastics targets from 2025 and beyond.

We’re continuously looking for ways to work with our suppliers, customers and consumers to make our packaging more sustainable and our targets ensure that 100% of plastics used are designed to be widely recyclable, or reusable/compostable.

Our global plastics targets for 2025
-Ensure 100% of our plastic use is designed to be widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable), using plastics that allow for increased consumer recycling rates
-Achieve 40% average recycled content in our plastic bottles - and 100% by 2030
-Continue to invest in circular economy opportunities and other sustainable packaging breakthroughs
-Accelerate our support for recycling by increasing collaboration, particularly where we have influence, and engaging with Governments, peers and consumers to facilitate improved recycling.
(Diageo plc)

Beviale Moscow to be held in new location in March 2020

Beviale Moscow to be held in new location in March 2020  (Beviale Moscow)

-New venue: Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre
-Comprehensive concept to be continued
-Registration open now

Beviale Moscow is set to move to a new venue next year. From 24 to 26 March 2020, Eastern Europe’s first and to date only trade show for the entire beverage chain will welcome experts and interested visitors to the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre. The exhibition grounds are centrally located in the middle of one of Moscow’s major parks. The trade fair for the beverage industry covers the entire process chain from manufacture to marketing and was bigger than ever this year. The change of location offers even more opportunities for organisers and exhibitors.

Project Manager Thimo Holst announced some new ideas and the next step forward at the end of the event in February 2019. And now it’s official: from 2020, Beviale Moscow will take place at Moscow’s Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre. This also means that the event will be rescheduled. Instead of taking place at the end of February, the show will now be held a month later. From 24 to 26 March 2020, Eastern Europe’s beverage fair for the entire production chain will welcome exhibitors and visitors to the centre of one of Moscow’s major parks. “For Beviale Moscow, this change of venue is an important step towards further development,” says Thimo Holst about the reasons for the move. “As organisers, we now have the opportunity to offer even more service quality and stable prices to our exhibitors.” In future, the beverage fair will take place in halls 4 and 4.1 at the Sokolniki Centre. Holst describes the advantages thus: “This will allow us to further refine the comprehensive concept and make it easier for exhibitors and visitors to navigate.” The new location is accessible by
underground rail and also has good transport connections to trams and
buses. Shuttle buses will travel regularly between the Sokolniki
underground rail station and the exhibition venue during the event.

Comprehensive concept to be continued
The renewed growth and upbeat mood at the fourth round of the event in February 2019 have also confirmed the effectiveness of comprehensive concept for Beviale Moscow, so it will be continued at the new venue. As Eastern Europe’s first and to date only trade fair for the beverage industry, it covers the entire process chain. From suitable raw ingredients and custom technologies to efficient packaging, logistics or creative marketing ideas, Beviale Moscow offers solutions for all beverage segments.

The new premises will also reinforce the character of the fair. Beer and brewing will continue to be a major focus in the supporting programme, for example, with the popular CRAFT DRINKS CORNER at the heart of the trade fair action, and through the presentation of the Russian beer prize ROSGLAVPIVO. The VLB Seminar for Microbrewers, which is organised by VLB, the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing, will remain a permanent feature of the event. There was a lot of interest in the Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing, so wine will be another key area at the next show and will also be reflected in various events. The issue of beverage packaging will continue to be highlighted in a variety of ways to provide food for thought and potential solutions. “After four years in the market we are benefiting meanwhile from a very broad and diverse network of partners and local and international multipliers,” says Holst. “This means we always have direct contact with the market and can constantly adapt the supporting programme to the latest requirements.”

An interesting option for German – and specifically Bavarian – companies is to strengthen their international competitiveness by taking part in the Bavarian Pavilion. Subsidies are provided by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the pavilion is organised in conjunction with project partners Bayern International and the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Registration now open
Interested exhibitors can now register for Beviale Moscow 2020.
Registration documents are available from the following link: As in previous years, exhibitors can choose any stand location in the existing floor plan but these are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. If you book promptly by 1 June 2019 you will enjoy an early bird discount of 10 percent. To be able to provide even better support to exhibitors in respect of the Russian market and their trade fair appearance, the organisers of Beviale Moscow
are planning to address specific questions in a series of webinars and also
publish participation guidelines.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Pernod Ricard to acquire Malfy super-premium Italian gin brand

Pernod Ricard to acquire Malfy super-premium Italian gin brand   (Company news)

Pernod Ricard is delighted to announce the signing of the agreement with Biggar & Leith for the acquisition of the Italian super-premium gin brand Malfy.

Malfy is a range of super-premium gins distilled by the Vergnano family in the Italian region of Moncalieri, and already present in several international markets such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Each gin in the Malfy range is distilled using genuine Italian ingredients such as Italian juniper, coastal grown Italian lemons and Sicilian blood oranges and pink grapefruits. The range includes 4 different variants: Originale, Con Limone, Con Arancia and Gin Rosa.

For Christian Porta, Managing Director in charge of Global Business Development of Pernod Ricard: “This acquisition is true to our long-standing strategy of investing in brands with strong potential in growing categories. In line with the launch of our “Transform and Accelerate” strategic plan, we will continue actively managing our fantastic portfolio of brands”.

Elwyn Gladstone, Founder of Biggar & Leith, said: “We are excited to see Malfy gin move to the Pernod Ricard family of brands. We believe that with their stewardship and expertise in building super-premium spirits brands, Malfy will continue to flourish.”

With this acquisition, Pernod Ricard expands its portfolio further into the fast growing super premium and flavoured gins categories, following the partnership with Monkey 47 in 2016 and the acquisition of Ungava in 2018.

This transaction is expected to close shortly.
(Groupe Pernod Ricard)


UK: Czech lager Pardal enters UK's on-trade  (

Budweiser-Budvar-owned Pardal lager is making its first appearance on the UK on-trade through Signature Brands, Imbibe reported on April 19.

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Pardal is a session lager with an abv of 3.8%. By adding Pardal to its portfolio, Signature Brands is aiming to tap into the rising trend towards lower-abv beers.

‘As the desire for low-alcohol beer increases, licensed venues should be looking at their offerings, ensuring that they are reacting to and catering for any changes in consumer demand,’ said Nic Ponticakis, head of Signature Brands.

Pardal pours slightly darker than most low-abv counterparts; it’s made with water sourced from a local artesian well, Saaz and Agnus hops and Budweiser-Budvar’s own yeast strain. The brewing process lasts for 11 days while the maturation lasts for up to a month.

Pardal joins Signature Brands’ beer portfolio which includes Cruzcampo from Spain, Dortmunder from Germany, Birra Morena from Italy and Lucky Buddha from China.

Pardal is now available through Signature Brands’ largest distribution partner LWC-Drinks. Trade prices start from £75/30lt ex-VAT, and the beer is also available in 50-litre kegs.


Croatia: Kaltenberg beer to be brewed in Croatia again  (

After 25 years, Kaltenberg beer has returned to Croatia. Namely, in Kukuljanovo near Rijeka, a production facility has been opened which should, together with a nearby restaurant, revive the popularity which this Bavarian beer had in the 1990s, especially in southern Croatia, Večernji List reported on April 21.

At the time when the production was located at the Jadranska Pivovara brewery, the Kaltenberg beer had the status of being a locally-produced beer. However, the business decision of Laško Pivovara brewery which bought Jadranska Pivovara led to the virtual disappearance of Kaltenberg from the Croatian market. That lasted until recently when Kaltenberg started constructing a 50,000-hectolitre-a-year plant, together with Ludwig's Gastro Pub, a restaurant right next to the brewery. The restaurant has 150 seats for guests, offering Kaltenberg as well as beers by the Austrian brewery Hirter, whose distributor for Croatia is Kaltenberg Adria.

The investment is worth 10 million euro, according to Kaltenberg Adria CEO Gordan Putanec, and the company currently employs 55 people. “Our main ambition is to return to the role of a big player in Dalmatia, where we were once the number one brewery, and we have similar ambitions for the rest of southern Croatia. That is why we have decided to start the production of the first Rijeka beer Tars, which we want to use to compete with mainstream brewers. The backbone of our offering are beers made according to the original recipes, including the Kaltenberg Hefeweissbier. We have also introduced Ludwig's Session with which we want to compete with the craft beer segment. I want to point out that the water from Rječina is great and makes our beers better,” said Putanec, pointing out that Kaltenberg's lager beer is produced according to the Bavarian law on beer purity, Reinheitsgebot, issued in 1516.

The beer produced in Rijeka will also be sold in Italy, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Interestingly, this is the only plant owned by Kaltenberg outside of Bavaria. The beer is sold in 20 countries, but it is produced by licensees everywhere except in Kukuljanovo.

Kaltenberg is a brand owned by König Ludwig International, which has more than 30 years of experience in beer production, knowledge creation and brand licensing. The company is managed by His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, a member of the Bavarian royal family Wittelsbach.

The goal of the company is no secret. In three to five years, they want to become the most profitable middle-sized brewery in Croatia, with an EBIT margin of more than 20 per cent, which would justify one of the most significant investments in the Croatian beer industry in the last few years.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Names Nestlé Waters North America as 2019 Design...

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Names Nestlé Waters North America as 2019 Design...  (Company news)

... for Recycling Award Winner

Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle is only major nationally distributed bottled water made using 100 percent recycled plastic

In recognition of its innovative use of recycled plastic, and its product design centered on recycling, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) names Nestlé Waters North America as its 2019 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award winner. The DFR Award is ISRI’s most prestigious award given annually to the most innovative contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. Nestlé Waters has received the award specifically for the design of its Nestlé® Pure Life® 700ml bottle made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic (rPET).

“The Design for Recycling Award recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated its principles into products and processes,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Through innovative thought and design, Nestlé Waters is demonstrating the positive value of recycled plastics. There are obvious invaluable environmental benefits to using recycled plastics as feedstock in the manufacturing process to which Nestlé Waters has shown a commitment. On top of that, the design of the labeling process also takes into account improving the quality of the recycling stream. Through every stage of the manufacturing process, Nestlé Waters has shown a clear dedication to designing for recycling, and it is an honor to present them with this year’s award.”

In addition to the Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle being made entirely from recycled content, its design also takes into account end-of-life processing. For instance, the bottle features a state-of-the-art, pressure-sensitive label. Unlike traditional adhesive labels that may not release from the PET flakes during the recycling process, potentially damaging the recycling stream, these new labels will release easily during the wash stage of the recycling process so the material can be used to make new bottles again and again.

“Bottles like this are the future of recycling, and so to be recognized with this award is particularly significant. Made from 100 percent recycled plastic, and 100 recyclable, this Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle is proof that a fully circular economy is within our reach,” said Fernando Mercé, president and chief executive officer of Nestlé Waters North America. “We take great care here at Nestlé Waters to design our packaging with recycling in mind, and we’re proud to have this bottle, from our namesake brand, inspiring consumers to recycle and join us on this journey to take the ‘single’ out of ‘single-use’ plastic bottles.”

Nestlé Waters North America has been incorporating recycled plastic into its packaging since 2011. In fact, since 2017, all single-serve bottles of the company’s Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water produced in California have been made using 50 percent recycled plastic. Most recently, the company also announced that it is on track to nearly quadruple its use of recycled PET plastic (rPET) in less than 3 years, with an ambition to reach 50 percent recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2025.
(Nestlé Waters North America)


Ireland: Beer remains Ireland's most popular drink of choice  (

Ireland’s most popular alcoholic drink of choice has been revealed and there are no prizes for guessing what’s come out on top, the Irish Post reported on April 11.

Beer remains the tipple of choice on the Emerald Isle, according to a new report published by Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) and Dublin City University (DCU).

The report reveals beer made up 45.2% of all alcohol purchased over the past year.

That represents a 2.7% increase in consumption levels compared with figures for the previous year.

Wine came in a distant second, with an overall share of 26.7%, which represents a 2% decline on the year before.

Spirits are an increasingly popular choice, with whiskey and the like accounting for 20.5% of all the alcohol imbibed in Ireland last year.

That represents an impressive 5.6% increase on last year.

This means that of all alcohol imbibed last year, 20.5% of it was whiskey, vodka, gin and other popular spirits.

Cider remained someway off the pace, despite a 0.4% increase, with pints of Strongbow and other such tipples accounting for just 7.5% of all booze drunk.

Commenting on the report, Rosemary Garth, chairwoman of DIGI and director of communications and corporate affairs at Irish Distillers, noted that increasing popularity of spirits suggests drinkers are “choosing quality over quantity”.

“There were four active distilleries in Ireland in 2013, now there are 24 in operation, with a further 24 in development,” she said,

“An increase of 5.6% in the market share of spirits is no surprise and proves the determination of Irish distilleries.”


India: AB InBev planning to launch two non-alcoholic beers in India  (

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is planning to launch two non-alcoholic beers in India, Mint reported. The Belgian beverage maker is set to launch Budweiser 0.0 and Hoegaarden 0.0 in the next three months. Till then, the products will be imported into India, the report stated.

The new drinks are for "those who don't want to drink alcohol, but want to socialise and that’s a way for them to be included in the beer category," Ben Verhaert, Business Unit President, South Asia, AB InBev, told the newspaper.

AB InBev’s plan comes six months after United Breweries (UBL) launched two non-alcoholic beverages in India - lemon-based drink Radler and non-alcoholic beer Heineken 0.0.

According to Statista, the beer market generated $3.8 billion in revenue in 2018 and is expected to grow eight percent annually from 2019-23.

On the subject of craft beer, Verhaert told the newspaper, "As a company we are always open to these opportunities. The only point is you need to bet on the right future trends. Today, we have a large portfolio that we can leverage. I would say we are looking at any kind of future trends that could actually pop-up."

AB InBev has been trying to boost its presence in the non-alcoholic beverages market. In 2017, the company acquired Hiball, which makes energy drinks and sparkling juices.


USA: Heineken hoping for its zero alcohol beer to win Americans over  (

Americans are drinking less beer. Heineken has a plan to fix that, CNN reported on April 15.

Over the past four years, American beer consumption slid 5%, according to research firm Mintel. A quarter of US beer drinkers said in August that they consume less beer now than they did a year ago, Mintel added.

American drinkers are more focused on health and wellness, but they also want quality beer, wine and liquor that tastes good. Some are swapping out beer for pricey liquor: Spirits stole market share from beer and wine for the ninth straight year in 2018, with the more expensive liquors leading the way. Those who are still drinking beer are reaching for premium options.

Heineken thinks its zero alcohol product, Heineken 0.0, will appeal to people who value health and flavor. The company hopes the new brew, which took about five years to develop, will win people over.

"Making a brilliant non-alcoholic beer is really hard," Jonnie Cahill, Heineken USA's chief marketing officer, told CNN Business. When you remove alcohol from beer, you tend to remove flavor and aroma with it. But with 0.0 "we've cracked the technology."

The company wants to stop people from ditching beer and keep Heineken top of mind for consumers. The non-alcoholic product is designed to appeal to people who love how beer tastes, and sometimes crave it at times when they don't want a buzz. With 0.0, Heineken wants to make non-alocholic beer a treat, rather than a lesser alternative to regular beer.

Non-alcoholic beer is just a small sliver of America's $112 billion beer market. But Heineken, which launched 0.0 in the United States earlier this year, is betting the zero alcohol sector will grow.

The 155-year old Dutch beer company first launched Heineken 0.0 in the Netherlands and Germany in 2017, where it has attracted a "younger, more urban, more premium demographic," said Cahill. "Can you see this inhabiting an apartment where there's a Peloton? Absolutely."

In the past, non-alcoholic beer has been "a distress category," Cahill said. "It's often been about what you couldn't do — I can't have a beer because I'm driving, I can't have a beer because I'm on medication, I can't have a beer because I have a big day tomorrow. Our belief is, well, now you can."

By offering consumers a new option, the product can help give Heineken a competitive edge. "The beer market is extremely crowded," said Caleb Bryant, senior beverage analyst for Mintel. "If you can carve out that niche by having a non-alcoholic option, it gives you a leg up."

It's also strengthening the beer sector overall, Cahill added. "The more you can invite people to stay in your category, the better it is for all of us," he said.

Plus, 0.0 is helping Heineken boost its brand.

Though 0.0 has only been on the market for a few years in Europe, it’s already giving Heineken a boost.

Internationally, the product has been "just flying," Cahill said. In the United Kingdom, Heineken 0.0 makes up 5% of Heineken sales. In Spain, that figure is 7%, and in Russia it's 20%, according to Cahill.

During the company's most recent earnings report, Heineken CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer said that "the ongoing success of Heineken 0.0" helped deliver the strongest growth by volume to the Heineken brand in over a decade.

Heineken's not the only big company jumping on Europe's non-alcoholic beer trend. Anheuser-Busch, Asahi and Guinness all sell non-alcoholic beers internationally.

For the most part, those companies have stayed away from the American market, where adoption is much lower. According to the Beer Institute, a group that represents the beer industry, non-alcoholic beer represented about 0.3% of the US beer supply in 2018.

Cahill said that the American non-alcoholic beer space is promising because in the United States, health and wellness trends are prevalent. Heineken decided that January was the right time to bring 0.0 to the United States.

Americans may well be warming to the idea of a premium non-alcoholic beer. In the first three months of 2019, sales of non-alcoholic beer grew 6.6% compared to the same period last year, according to Nielsen.

Although US consumers drink far less zero-alcohol beer than their European counterparts, "there's a big opportunity for explosion of non-alcoholic beer" in the United States, said Bryant.

American brewers that make zero-alcohol beer, including Wellbeing Brewing, Surreal Brewing and Athletic Brewing, have been springing up across the country in recent years. This month, Pabst Blue Ribbon announced the launch of its non-alcoholic brew, noting in a release that "the next generation of America" has a "greater focus on health and wellness."

Bryant said that the "it's really going to boil down to product development." If non-alcoholic beer is truly comparable to craft beer in terms of taste, American consumers may well go for it. If not, the trend could fizzle out.


China & South Korea: China Resources Beer debuts new brand on South Korea's market  (

The China Resources Beer Corp. (CRB), China's top brewer, debuted a new beer brand in South Korea to cater to rising demand for diversified flavors and high quality, its local distributor said on April 17.

The Beijing-based brewer showcased a new lager called Super X with a 3.8 percent alcohol content in South Korea to target young people, following its launch in China in March 2018.

Hyunwon Korea, its local distribution channel, will start selling the beer at local discount chains and convenience stores next month, with plans to target local restaurants later this year.

China's No. 1 brewer made a foray into the Korean market as Chinese alcohol has enjoyed growing popularity in Chinese restaurants here. Tsingtao is the most famous Chinese beer brand in South Korea, as it is considered a good pairing for lamb skewers.

"Although some say the Korean imported beer market is already saturated, we will make efforts to satisfy local consumers with deep flavors," Kim Jung-young, CEO of Hyunwon Korea, said in a press briefing.

CRB's flagship Snow Beer is the world's top brand with a 6.1 percent market share by volume, but it is mostly sold in mainland China with a 26 percent share in the nation as of 2017.

According to the Korea Customs Service, South Korea's imports of Chinese beer reached $37.4 million in 2018, the second largest among foreign brands.


UK & Ireland: Big brewers betting big on non-alcoholic beer  (

Beer drinking is so ingrained in British (and Irish) life that any mention of choosing non-alcoholic versions of the stuff provokes ire. What is the point of drinking beer without booze in it, the sceptics ask, while others rail against the supposedly bad taste, the Irish Times reported on April 18.

Yet when Anna Brown, a 26-year-old consultant living in London, goes to the pub with colleagues, her drink of choice is a non-alcoholic lager called St Peter’s Without. “I still get to take part in the fun without compromising on things that are important to me,” she said, referring to her desire to avoid hangovers and cut back on calories.

While beer purists may recoil, more people are opting for low- and no-alcohol brews, and Europeans in particular have taken to the stuff.

Alcohol consumption is on the decline in many western countries as people seek healthier lifestyles and all things “wellness” remain firmly in fashion. In the UK, nearly a quarter of 16- to 24-year-olds say they do not drink alcohol, up from 19 per cent in 2005, and the increase is even greater among 25- to 44-year-olds, according to the Office for National Statistics. In the US, alcohol sales by volume have been falling since 2016.

Spotting a growth opportunity in an otherwise mature market, the world’s biggest brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken have launched dozens of low- and non-alcoholic beers in the past three years. They are creating new versions of their biggest brands, such as Beck’s Blue and Heineken 0.0, and throwing marketing muscle behind them.

Smaller craft brewers are also getting into the game: Scotland’s BrewDog has had success with its aptly named low-alcohol Nanny State pale ale, while UK newcomer Big Drop Brewing Co has a popular stout with only 0.5 per cent alcohol.

Supermarkets in Paris and Amsterdam now have entire shelves devoted to non-alcoholic beers, which typically have less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV), and their low-alcohol cousins, which have under 3.5 per cent ABV. In the UK, Ocado and Tesco sell roughly 20 types for sale online.

Sales volumes of low and non-alcoholic beer have risen nearly 18 per cent in the past five years in Western Europe, according to Euromonitor, and are forecast to climb another 12 per cent through 2022. Growth has been even stronger in the UK.

Companies are betting that non-alcoholic brews will not only lure new customers, but also retain beer drinkers who are simply consuming less. Another attraction of non-alcoholic beers is that they have one-third to half the calories of traditional brews.

There is an extra bonus for brewers. Non-alcoholic beers tend to be more profitable, because in many countries beer is subject to taxes that are built into the retail price, so removing or reducing the alcohol means less duty is owed, thus improving margins.

Yet many consumers remain sceptical. Although non-alcoholic beers have existed for decades, surveys showed that people thought they tasted quite bad, and were merely a default option for those who could not drink the real stuff, such as pregnant women or drivers.

To overcome the negative perceptions, both Heineken and AB InBev gave their master brewers a similar mission: find a way to make a non-alcoholic beer that tastes as good as the original.

David De Schutter, AB InBev’s head of innovation in Europe, was initially doubtful it could be done. “You have to turn your brewing process upside down and think of it all from all angles,” he said. “Normal beer has over one thousand aroma components, which gives it a complex taste and feeling in your mouth.”

The typical beer brewing process relies on four ingredients - malt barley, hops, yeast and water - that can be combined in myriad ways to create vastly different beers. The yeast feeds on the grains and, via fermentation, produces alcohol. To make non-alcoholic beer, you either have to stop or slow the fermentation process, or remove the alcohol after it is formed, usually by heating it because alcohol has a lower boiling point than the rest of the beer. Both approaches can render the beer either too sweet, too acidic, or not bubbly enough.

It took Heineken nearly a year before it had a zero alcohol version of its eponymous beer that it was ready to launch. Ilaria Lodigiani, Heineken’s global director for its low- and no-alcohol division, said the next challenge was convincing people to drink it.

The Dutch brewer’s strategy was simple but bold: build huge distribution quickly, and then back the launch with major multimedia advertising campaigns. “Non-alcoholic beers used to be seen as the uncool version of your brand, so they didn’t get a lot of marketing dollars,” Ms Lodigiani admitted. But for Heineken 0.0, the company spent big, she said, recommending that countries spent up to 25 per cent of their marketing budgets on the product.

Lastly, Heineken devoted more marketing spend than usual to sampling, so consumers could actually taste the beer. It targeted people at moments not normally associated with drinking, such as athletic events and lunch spots. A television ad with the slogan “Now You Can” drove home the point that Heineken 0.0 could be enjoyed anytime by showing people drinking it at the office, the gym and in a parked car, prompting surprised looks from onlookers.

The tactics seem to be working: Heineken 0.0, which launched in 2017 in 14 markets, has been rolled out to 50 markets globally, including the US last year.

The roll-out helped Heineken achieve a 7.7 per cent increase in sales by volume last year for the group’s flagship brand, its best growth rate in more than a decade. Heineken has about 159 products in its 0.0 range up from 78 only two years ago, and has launched non-alcoholic versions of Birra Moretti, Tiger, and Sol.

“I really believe this can be something very big,” said Ms Lodigiani.


Mexico: Mexico City could ban sales of cold beer in convenience stores  (

Mexico City residents may have to slake their thirsts with warm beer after a local lawmaker introduced a motion on April 24 to ban the sale of the cold beverage in convenience stores, The Guardian reported.

The motion – met with incredulity on social media – would modify Mexico City’s commerce laws to ban selling beer or beverages of 7% or less alcohol content, which are “refrigerated or in different conditions than the ambient temperature.”

Stores would also be required to post signs warning patrons of stiff penalties for public drinking. Mexico City’s ubiquitous mom-and-pop stores often sell cold beer in big bottles – previously promoted as family-sized – and provide plastic cups, which people use to consume the product on-site.

The motion’s author Lourdes Paz Reyes posited the new rules would rid the city of so-called “chelerías,” which sell litres of beer in seedy settings for low prices.

Many Mexicans reacted with ridicule to the prospect of buying warm beer, especially given the frequently high temperatures. The hashtag #ConLasCervezasNo (Don’t mess with our beers) trended on Twitter.

“It’s incredible that our lawmakers think of so many stupidities without previously resolving the true and serious problems in CDMX and all of Mexico,” railed one tweet.

“If they want to disincentive the consumption of alcohol, would it not be preferable to increase the corresponding tax?” asked another tweet.

Some proponents of banning cold beer sales complain the country is awash in cheap alcohol– and say convenience stores will still sell hard liquor of questionable quality for rock bottom prices. Mexico’s consumer watchdog has warned 45% of the bottled spirits sold in the country are adulterated.

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