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The Czech Republic: Molson Coors buys Czech brewer Pardubicky Pivovar  (

Molson Coors has bought Pardubicky Pivovar in the Czech Republic for an undisclosed sum, the Drinks Insight Network reported on July 18.

The acquisition, along with that of the London-based Hop Stuff Brewery, form part of the company’s strategy to expand its beer portfolio.

Molson Coors acquired an 89% stake in 148-year-old brewer Pardubicky Pivovar through its subsidiary Staropramen.

The Pardubicky brewery, which produces brands such as Pernštejn, Taxis and Porter, will continue to operate as a different business entity.

The deal with Pardubicky also includes its Slovakian distribution company.

In a recent note to employees, Molson Coors Europe CEO Simon Cox and Molson Coors Europe Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary managing director Petr Kovarik said: “Our goal is to layer on a strong craft portfolio to our current portfolio of traditional brands such as Staropramen, giving us a scaled operation with an enriched portfolio of regional and new-wave craft brands and new capabilities built into our current business.”

Cox and Kovarik further explained that the company is planning to invest millions into the brewery to double production within a decade.


The Netherlands: AB InBev launches Bud in the Netherlands  (

AB InBev has launched its U.S. brand, Bud, on the Dutch market, The Brussels Times reported on July 22.

According to the giant Belgian beer consortium, Bud is the sector’s strongest brand on the world market. It stands out among those sold in the Netherlands, such as Jupiter, Leffe, Hertog Jan and Corona, the local branch of AB InBev argues, noting that it is mostly associated with after-work pints and festivals, so its target public is between 18 and 35 years old.

Market studies conducted by AB Inbev have found that the Dutch drinking public is happy at the arrival of a new actor on the beer scene, seeing it as a response to a real demand.

After its launch in hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants, the Bud, which will be competing with the national number-one beer, Heineken, will be available in shops and stores from autumn.

Known as Budweiser at home in the United States, where it appeared in the 19th century, the brand shortened its name to Bud in Europe due to a complaint filed by the Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar. It became a subsidiary of AB InBev in 2008.

Bud destined for the market will be brewed soon in Leuven, but there is no yet any plan to market it in Belgium.


UK: Diageo concerned over impact of US-Europe trade dispute on Scotland's whisky industry  (

A senior executive at spirits giant Diageo has expressed concern over the impact a trade dispute between the US and Europe could have on Scotland's whisky industry, BBC News reported on July 25.

This month, the US threatened to impose tariffs on a range of European Union imports, including Scotch whisky.

Diageo Europe president John Kennedy said his company would be "ready to handle whatever comes".

But he added he was concerned about the impact on Scotch whisky's supply chain.

Mr Kennedy's comments came as Diageo announced a 9% rise in operating profit, to £4bn, for the year to 30 June.

He told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "We are not immune from a trade war or the impact of tariffs in the short term, but we are used to dealing with volatility in global trade and we are resilient as we operate across over 180 countries at almost every price point with all of our brands, so we feel like we're fit and agile and will be ready to handle whatever comes.

"What I would say though is, we are concerned about the potential impact of tariffs on Scotch whisky and the industry in Scotland, not just for us.

"We are a big company, we can handle many changes. However, there is a big supply chain of smaller enterprises across Scotland that participate in Scotch whisky that would be negatively affected, so we are hoping that both sides participate in getting to a resolution."

The US has threatened to impose tariffs on European Union imports worth up to $4 bln (£3.2 bln), although it is not known when tariffs would be imposed.

Meanwhile, Mr Kennedy said he was hopeful a pay row with Scottish employees will be resolved.

The Unite and GMB unions are set to ballot workers at Diageo sites across Scotland over strike action after pay talks at arbitration service Acas broke down.

On July 24, GMB Scotland said Diageo's latest offer of a 2.8% pay rise fell short of its members' aspirations.

The union, which has nearly 1,000 members across Diageo's Scottish operations, said its ballot would run from 29 July to 16 August.

It added that any action would disrupt production of brands such as Johnnie Walker, Gordon's and Smirnoff.

Mr Kennedy said: "We did improve our offer. That wasn't accepted but we remain open and expect to continue talks to get to an acceptable resolution.

"We feel good about how we operate as an employer in Scotland. We pay in the upper quartile versus other manufacturers in the country and have a wide range of strong benefits, so we expect those conversations to continue and hope to get to a resolution."

On July 25, Diageo reported that sales for the year rose by 5.8% to £12.8 bln on the back of growth "across regions and categories".

Diageo said sales remained strong in Europe, pushed higher by a particularly strong performance in the UK and Ireland.

The company's chief finance officer, Kathryn Mikells, said that the "gin phenomenon" has continued to drive sales globally, but particularly in continental Europe and the UK.

Brands Tanqueray and Gordon's both reported double-digit growth in Europe as they were boosted by new product releases, such as Gordon's pink gin.

Diageo also hailed strong growth for Johnnie Walker, which saw sales rise by 7%, although in Europe Scotch sales were largely flat as this was offset by weaker sales of J&B.

UNITED CAPS Honoured with Prestigious IMDA Award

UNITED CAPS Honoured with Prestigious IMDA Award  (Company news)

Company lives up to its PERFORM commitment with MORPHOTONIX collaboration and award for Best Technical Achievement: Holographic Closure Technologies

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported it was honoured with an IMDA award for Best Technical Achievement: Holographic Closure Technologies, for a holographic in-mold label jointly developed with MORPHOTONIX, a high-tech brand protection company.

Photo: Unique holographic UNITED CAPS anti-counterfeiting closure developed in collaboration with MORPHOTONIX.

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) is a trade association representing molders, label printers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers and others committed to the development and growth of in-mold labeling and decorating products, technologies and markets.

To create this unique and secure bio-inspired and sustainable closure design. MORPHOTONIX nano-engraved steel cavities with 130,000 dpi precision custom diffractive holograms, which were replicated by UNITED CAPS into the closures via injection molding. The cavities are seamlessly integrated in the molding line, and the closures are produced at standard speeds, with zero additional consumables. The irremovable security designs provide immediate verification without scanning.

“We also showed this innovative approach to security closures at ProPak Asia 2019 last month, where it received rave reviews due to its unmatched anti-counterfeiting performance and its attractive, attention-drawing appearance,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “With an estimated US$460 billion in counterfeit goods worldwide, counterfeit prevention has significant economic benefits, including protection of jobs and prevention of deaths due to counterfeit drugs. This holographic solution is one of two SMARTER anti-counterfeiting solutions we have demonstrated at ProPak Asia and other recent shows; the other one is QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that helps brands enhance consumer confidence. It’s another example of how we leverage our market-driven pillars for differentiated total packaging solutions: RELATE – PERFORM - SUSTAIN. In this case, as an element of our PERFORM pillar, we have improved usability for consumers and productivity for customers by making it easier to quickly identify a genuine product.”
(United Caps)

Symrise continues growth in Russia – new production line for liquid flavoring range

Symrise continues growth in Russia – new production line for liquid flavoring range  (Company news)

• Liquid taste solutions supplement the production of dry applications
• Regional customers benefit from solutions for sweet, dairy and beverage products

Symrise is launching a production line for liquid flavorings in the Russian town of Rogovo, south of the capital city of Moscow, where the company began producing its own dry taste solutions a few years ago. On July 11, 2019, the Holzminden-based company opened the expanded production site with an inaugural ceremony. Russian customers will now receive regionally produced taste solutions for sweet and dairy products as well as beverages. These supplement the range of dry taste solutions for snacks and ready meals.

Photo: Ribbon cutting from left to right: Dirk Bennwitz - President Flavors Division EAME, Alexander Blagov - Deputy Prefect New Moscow Administration, Stephan Schulte - Managing Director & Divisional Manager Flavors GUS OOO „Symrise Rogovo“

Representatives from industry, politics and local dignitaries attended the inaugural ceremony. The head of management of the Rogovo site gave a speech in which he highlighted, among other things, the special neighborly relationships the site has. Representatives from the German Embassy, the German Chamber of Foreign Trade and the press also took part in the ceremony. Symrise in turn used the opportunity to greet customer representatives who will benefit from use the products from the new line. “We invited our guests on a tour through the plant, where we were also able to inspire them with our culinary offerings. Together, we tasted samples that contain our liquid flavorings,” says Nelli Tazina, plant manager at Symrise Rogovo.

Improved production line

The liquid flavorings from the new production facility can be used by the consumer goods industry in sweets, dairy products and beverages. This expands the target customer group, which until now mostly comprised suppliers of snacks and ready meals. At the same time, Symrise is optimizing its processes with the new production line, which manufactures products sequentially preventing cross-contamination and guaranteeing high purity in the final taste solution. The plant will produce around 1,800 tons of flavorings per year, in containers ranging from 100 kilograms to 4,000 kilograms.

Symrise opened its first representative office in Russia in 1995 and has been operating an application lab in Moscow since 2002. In 2011, the company was the first in the industry to start up local production in Russia, which it expanded in 2015 with a fifth production line. Now, another line is being added in the same building – with a new product offering. The technological factory equipment installed was sourced from Russia and other European countries. “This investment clearly demonstrates our commitment to the region and the country. We strongly believe in the positive development of the Russian economy,” says Stephan Schulte, Managing Director of Symrise Rogovo. “Our company got involved in the growing market early on and has successfully developed its business in Russia. Local customers have already had positive experiences with dry taste solutions from Symrise.”
(Symrise AG)

Givaudan and Bühler partner to fast-track market access and innovation for start-ups

Givaudan and Bühler partner to fast-track market access and innovation for start-ups   (Company news)

-Two leading Swiss companies join forces to accelerate global customer access to food industry start-ups
-Development programme offers start-ups world-leading expertise and capabilities through Swiss innovation centres

Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, and Bühler, global leader for food processing solutions, have today announced a development partnership to accelerate market access for food start-ups in Switzerland.

Photo: Givaudan's Zurich Innovation Centre, inside view

The aim is to support start-ups which offer solutions that deliver safe, affordable, nutritious and delicious food that, if scaled globally, will contribute to feeding 10 billion people by 2050.

Through this new partnership, Givaudan and Bühler aim to intensify access to knowledge, capabilities and global platforms for food start-ups, by hosting and mentoring entrepreneurs at their respective, newly-opened world class innovation centres in Switzerland. By offering their expertise in complementary areas, Givaudan and Bühler hope to provide all the support a start-up needs to scale-up and commercialise disruptive new solutions.

“As part of our strategy of collaborative innovation, we are delighted to partner with Bühler to help food start-ups succeed in bringing to market solutions that address our global food challenges. Our brand new Zurich Innovation Centre provides the perfect environment for outstanding start-ups to collaborate and access Givaudan’s world leading technology, expertise and capabilities,” said Givaudan’s Head of Flavours Science & Technology, Fabio Campanile.

Of particular interest are solutions in the fields of alternative proteins, sustainable animal feed, food safety, food fraud, authenticity, natural ingredients for food applications (colours, preservatives), flavours, nutrition (particularly fibre, sugar, fat and salt reduction), ingredients with proven health and nutrition benefits, and gentle processing.

Bühler’s Chief Technology Officer, Ian Roberts, said: “Our recently inaugurated innovation campus, the CUBIC, with collaboration spaces, laboratories and technology and scale-up facilities complements the new Givaudan facility. With our global presence, sales networks, digital platforms and brand strength we are convinced that, together, we can offer an unrivalled scale up partnership for start-ups. We consider that Switzerland can be a global leader in the food and agricultural space and we see this latest collaboration as an example of how we can achieve this.”
(Bühler AG)

Ardagh Group: Food & Specialty Metal Packaging to Combine with Exal to form ...

Ardagh Group: Food & Specialty Metal Packaging to Combine with Exal to form ...  (Company news)

... Trivium Packaging (“Trivium”)

Trivium to become a leading global metal packaging producer

Ardagh Group (“Ardagh”) announces that it has entered into an agreement to combine its Food & Specialty Metal Packaging business (“Food & Specialty”) with the business of Exal Corporation (“Exal”), a leading producer of aluminum containers, to form Trivium Packaging (“Trivium”), a global leader in metal packaging.

The combination of Food & Specialty with Exal, currently controlled by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (“Ontario Teachers’”), will create one of the largest metal packaging companies in the world. Trivium will be headquartered in the Netherlands and will operate 57 production facilities, principally across Europe and the Americas, employing approximately 7,800 people. Pro forma revenues and Adjusted EBITDA in the twelve months ended March 31, 2019 were $2.7 billion and $469 million respectively. In addition, Trivium expects to derive net combination benefits of approximately $40 million over the next few years, from the pursuit of commercial and operational excellence opportunities.

Trivium will serve a diverse range of leading multinational, regional and local customers operating in a wide array of end markets, including food, seafood, pet food, nutrition, beauty and personal care, household care and premium beverages.

This complementary transaction will combine Food & Specialty’s leading presence in Europe and North America, principally focused on tin-plate steel packaging, with Exal’s leadership in Americas aluminum aerosol packaging. Trivium will produce an extensive and sustainable product range, backed by dedicated research and development resources, underpinning the businesses’ reputation for customer service, quality and innovation.

Paul Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Ardagh, will be Chairman of Trivium. Michael Mapes, CEO of Exal, will be CEO and will lead a highly experienced team drawn from across both businesses. Upon completion of the transaction, Ardagh will hold a 43 per cent stake in Trivium, with 57 per cent controlled by Ontario Teachers’. Ardagh will also receive approximately $2.5 billion in cash proceeds.

Completion of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and confirmation of the participation of certain Ardagh European entities in the transaction, which remains subject to works councils’ consultation. Completion is also subject to closing of the debt financing expected to be announced by Trivium later today. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Paul Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Ardagh and Chairman of Trivium said;
“Ardagh is delighted to partner with Ontario Teachers’ as shareholders in Trivium, a combination of two highly complementary and well-invested businesses. Trivium has the products, customers, innovation capabilities and leadership team to deliver continued growth and success, as brand owners and consumers increasingly seek sustainable packaging solutions.”

Jane Rowe, Executive Managing Director, Equities, Ontario Teachers’ commented;
“In forming Trivium we are bringing together two leading businesses to create a global packaging company that is well-positioned to capitalise on current market trends. We are pleased to establish a partnership with Ardagh and believe our alignment on long-term value creation will be a critical driver for future success of the enterprise.”

Michael Mapes, CEO of Trivium said;
“I am honoured to lead Trivium, which combines two great organizations with a history of customer service and innovation derived from exceptional people and long-term customer relationships. Trivium establishes a focused global leader at a time when metal packaging is poised to provide a compelling solution to help address the sustainability concerns facing consumers, brand owners, and governments. I’m very excited about Trivium’s prospects for future success.”

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We expect our performance in the second quarter of 2019 to be as follows:
Revenue of $557 million to show a decrease of $37 million on the second quarter of 2018 (which was $594 million). Excluding currency translation effects of $34 million, revenue decreased by $3 million, principally due to the closure of a facility in North America in late-2018, offset by the pass through of higher input costs.

Adjusted EBITDA of $85 million to show a decrease of $2 million on the second quarter of 2018 (which was $87 million). Excluding adverse currency translation effects of $5 million, Adjusted EBITDA increased by $3 million compared with the second quarter of 2018, as favourable IFRS 16 effects were partly offset by lower volumes due to the closure of a facility in North America in late-2018.

Citigroup acted as exclusive financial adviser to Ardagh and Shearman & Sterling LLP was lead legal adviser to Ardagh.

Evercore Group LLC and BMO Capital Markets acted as financial advisers to Ontario Teachers’ and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP was lead legal adviser to Ontario Teachers’.
(Ardagh Group)

BillerudKorsnäs and The Paper Straw Co to launch the first U-Bend paper straw

BillerudKorsnäs and The Paper Straw Co to launch the first U-Bend paper straw  (Company news)

Together with the Paper Straw Co, BillerudKorsnäs has developed the first functional 180° U-Bend straw, made out of paper. The straw is made to be used for individual drink cartons such as juice, milk and water. The long term market potential as well as positive sustainability impact is extensive.

BillerudKorsnäs has just filed a patent of the U-Bend paper straw in cooperation with The Paper Straw Company, who will produce the straw in Manchester, England and in the US. The end-users will be consumers buying individual drink cartons filled with juice, milk or water. Made out of FibreForm, a uniquely shapable paper patented by BillerudKorsnäs, the U-Bend paper straw is durable and recyclable. The straw based on materials from sustainably sourced forests is also biodegradable, resulting in a positive impact on pollution and littering compared to plastic straws.

”The U-Bend straw is the first paper straw that is 180° bendable. It can be used together with existing drink packaging. Today many billion bendable straws are produced in a year which means that the potential for our business and our contribution to a more sustainable packaging world is, to say the least, considerable.” says Emma Hellqvist, Formable Solutions at BillerudKorsnäs.

At this moment, we are ready to go into industrial trials with the goal to be able to commercialise by the end of this year. The key to success lies in the efforts of innovation, collaboration and strong partnerships - in this case with The Paper Straw Co owned by Hoffmaster Group. Aardvark® Straws is part of Hoffmaster Group and will enable the production of the U-Bend paper straw for the US-market.

“We are excited to expand our line of paper straw offerings with the patent pending U-Bend paper straw.” Says Geert Pijper, Co-Founder The Paper Straw Co.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment  (Company news)

Sidel has recently been announced as a new signatory of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. This worldwide initiative was launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment in October 2018 with the goal of addressing the plastic waste and pollution crisis at its source and keeping plastics within the economy. Today, it unites more than 400 organisations on its common vision of a circular economy for plastics.

Sidel has long based its sustainability efforts on eight strong pillars. These include product-focused aspects such as food safety, sustainable packaging and equipment – striving to avoid all waste, minimise greenhouse gas emissions, reduce water and energy consumption – and sustainable lifecycle management of their customers’ assets. “By signing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Commitment, we have undertaken another important step towards a more sustainable future. Together with our clients and business partners we want to continue playing a key role when it comes to addressing the increasing challenges of packaging, food safety and environmental impacts”, says Luc Desoutter, Sustainability Officer at Sidel.

Better recycling needs focus on collection
The consumption of packaged beverage alone shows a continuous growth trend at 2.5% per annum globally and at 1.3% per annum in Europe. To a large degree, this green trajectory is supported by the usage of PET as primary packaging. Due to its unique properties in terms of food safety, convenience, design flexibility, transparency, cost and especially closed loop recyclability, approximately 37% of all beverage volume is packaged in PET.

The vision behind the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment includes ambitious goals: for instance, taking action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging – through redesign, innovation and new delivery models – as well as embracing reuse models with the aim of 100% of all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

“Technologically and industrially, PET, can and glass can all be recycled. There is also an economical value in doing so: the value of a bale of PET bottles can range between 300 and 600 Euros per tonne, depending on its quality. PET can be brought back into the value chain, it shouldn’t be considered part of the problem”, Desoutter explains. “We are witnessing a significant shift in attitudes towards how PET is recycled and we want to use our engagement as part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to support and promote this development towards maximum collection and recycling rates.”

Beyond the bottle – Sidel’s End to End approach
As far as the image of plastics and especially PET is concerned, Sidel has long been collaborating with different leading industry associations to continuously promote the unique properties of PET packaging and to develop designs for its recycling standards. Accordingly, having signed the commitment among the suppliers to the plastic packaging industry, Sidel has also formulated an ambitious set of their own additional targets.

Those are centred on the company’s End to End approach, which considers packaging and equipment from a 360° perspective, taking into account the impacts created upstream and downstream in the value chain. As Desoutter highlights, “When looking at packaging, not only do we need to take into account primary, secondary and tertiary packaging but also their interaction with the equipment in the factory. We do that by always bearing in mind interests and expectations carried by the industry players, the consumers and the civil society.”
(Sidel International AG)

Innovative technology meets traditional craftsmanship: KHS’ Innofill Can C ...

Innovative technology meets traditional craftsmanship: KHS’ Innofill Can C ...  (Company news)

... can filler has British craft brewer Magic Rock convinced

Since its launch in 2017 the KHS Innofill Can C can filler has successfully established itself on the market. Over 30 craft brewers worldwide are already benefitting from this new development from KHS.

- Wide range of products and beer styles
- High level of hygiene for craft beer
- Compact machine design for smaller breweries

Since its launch in 2017 the KHS Innofill Can C can filler has successfully established itself on the market. Over 30 craft brewers worldwide are already benefitting from this new development from KHS. The Innofill Can C is designed for low to medium outputs depending on the can size, enabling between 10,000 and 40,000 cans to be filled per hour.In addition to quick commissioning and maximum hygiene the system is convincing with its exceptionally low oxygen pickup and faster format changeovers. Magic Rock in West Yorkshire is just one example of the successful reception it has had to date.

In their search for great taste and exotic alternatives, for a number of years now British consumers have been distancing themselves from the traditional lager brands. Craftsmanship and premium products are finding increasing favor on the British beer market. This is backed up by a study carried out by Euromonitor International in 2019, for instance. It is also a development Magic Rock helped pioneer and is now profiting from. Thanks to the great demand for craft beer the brewery from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire recently extended its production facilities to include a KHS Innofill Can C can filler. With its 21 filling and three seaming stations the can filler has enabled the company to quadruple its previous output. “Crafted beers like the ones we produce have a good reputation and stand for quality. With the Innofill Can C we can guarantee the desired quality,” says Duncan Sime, manager of Retail, Media and Events at Magic Rock, explaining why the business procured its KHS machinery.

According to the Brits, their beers are characterized by their vibrant taste and attention to detail. In order to meet their own requirements, the brewery regularly modernizes its machines. Their investment in the KHS can filler, convincing with its modern technology packed into the smallest of spaces, is just one logical consequence of this. Magic Rock was able to integrate the system into its existing line without the need for any elaborate installation measures and commission it in the shortest possible time.

High demands made of hygiene and product quality
Making and filling beer is an art in itself – even more so for craft brewers like Magic Rock who make beers which are unpasteurized. During production the amount of oxygen pickup must be extremely low; at the same time the demands made of hygiene and product quality are very high. All of these criteria are fully met by the Innofill Can C. The bells on the filling valves are sealed without gaps by PTFE expansion joints. This does away with the need for the external water lubrication system usually required. The entire system is designed to ensure an extremely high standard of hygiene. At the same time cleaning is also considerably eased and optimum product quality obtained. For example, a super hoppy beer still tastes amazing many months after canning.

Wide range of products without flavor carryover
At the time of writing Magic Rock makes 15,000 hectoliters of beer per year and exports to 25 countries. “True to our motto of ‘same but different’ we offer our customers not only a distinctive core range but an ever-changing lineup of craft beers with an innovative, quality-driven approach,” Sime confirms. Whether IPA, pale ale or Surreal Stout, the brewery’s large assortment of beers is its unique selling point. This was also a reason why the brewers opted for the KHS can filler. The Innofill Can C is designed to allow flexible format setups and quick product changeovers. At the same time the computer-controlled, volumetric filling system ensures uniform fill levels and thus achieves a high filling accuracy when processing the 330- and 500-milliliter cans.

Economy plus sustainability
“With our compact can filler Magic Rock hasn’t just secured itself an economic advantage but an ecological one as well,” states Andy Carter, director of Sales UK & Ireland at KHS. Because of the patented purging process during filling this system has both extremely low oxygen pickup and low CO2 consumption. And last but not least, Carter adds, aluminum cans are one of the most widely recycled materials in Great Britain.
(KHS GmbH)

Fizzy coffee in a can

Fizzy coffee in a can  (Company news)

With the help of Ardagh Group’s sustainable beverage cans, Cafeahaus AG has launched Goldbrew, the ready-to-drink (RTD), cold brew coffee range in cans in the German market. Their flavoured carbonated versions ‘Goldbrew ginger & lemon’ and ‘Goldbrew grapefruit & lemon’ are filled in Ardagh’s 250ml slim cans and are a first in the German market.

Goldbrew cold brew coffee is made from 100 percent sustainable Arabica coffee beans to serve a naturally refreshing and energising drink. Next to its sparkling flavoured coffees, Cafeahaus complements its Goldbrew range with a nitro original cold brew coffee, which comes in Ardagh’s unique Nitro Can. Nitro coffee, which now enjoys widespread popularity, is a cold brewed beverage that's steeped for longer than its hot water counterpart to give it a richer taste; the nitrogen, meanwhile – which is introduced to the coffee through a beer tap – creates tiny bubbles whose relative insolubility in water means that they persist from the first sip to the last, giving the drink its full-bodied texture and lasting head.

Now Ardagh, a world leader in innovative packaging products, has succeeded in recreating the chemistry and theatre of this barista-made beverage in its Nitro Can. Ardagh’s Nitro Can provides the perfect packaging solution for Cafeahaus’ original cold brewed coffee: “The can’s nitrogen-charged widget brings the Goldbrew to life, first by carrying the coffee’s aroma, then by infusing its black body with that characteristic cascade of bubbles, and finally by topping it off with a tan-coloured head,” says Adriana Escobar, Product Manager at Ardagh Group’s European Metal Beverage division.

While the Nitro Can offers the consumer a sensational drinking experience, for Cafeahaus AG - a wholly owned subsidiary of DEK Berlin, and producer of liquid coffee extracts and cold brew coffee concentrate for industrial customers – it delivers packaging that is both safe and responsible: “We’ve been very pleased to work with Ardagh in the introduction of RTD cold brew coffee in cans,” says Marco Beran, Sales Director at DEK Berlin. “In use, Ardagh’s aluminium beverage cans provide a shelf-stable environment for the coffee, even without refrigeration, while preserving the cold brew coffee's full-bodied taste. And the Nitro Can adds an exciting experience on top!”
(Ardagh Group Oss)




Picture: The latest sustainable innovation from SIG hits the market: Aseptic cartons with ASI-certified foil will be available to consumers for the first time in partnership with B-Better®, a start-up brand from Unilever’s Future Platform. Photo: SIG

SIG is making aseptic cartons with ASI-certified aluminium foil available to consumers for the first time in partnership with B-Better®, a start-up brand from Unilever’s Future Platform.

Martin Herrenbrück, SIG’s President & General Manager, Europe: “SIG was the first in the industry to achieve certification to the ASI standard and we are delighted that the first cartons with ASI-certified aluminium foil will soon be hitting the supermarket shelves. ASI certification adds to the extensive portfolio of solutions we offer to help customers meet growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging.”

Responsible aluminium sourcing
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard is designed to enhance traceability and responsibility in the aluminium supply chain. SIG is promoting responsible sourcing throughout the value chain by using aluminium from ASI-certified sources for the ultra-thin layer of foil in its packs.

ASI certification adds value for customers by further enhancing the sustainability credentials of their packaging in the eyes of consumers. Customers can now choose to include the ASI logo on their packs alongside the FSCTM logo for responsibly-sourced paper board which has been available on any SIG pack since 2016.

The first market launch for SIG’s ASI-certified cartons will be in Belgium by the B-Better brand.

Hélène Esser, Brand Manager Future Platforms and Co-founder B-Better: “SIG’s ASI certification demonstrates that the aluminium in its packs comes from responsible sources. Referring to ASI on our packs, we’re showing consumers that we are making a responsible choice on packaging.”

SIG’s commitment to responsible sourcing is part of the company’s bold ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.

Fiona Solomon, CEO of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative: "It is exciting to see SIG promoting responsible sourcing of aluminium through to a consumer market for the first time, in partnership with B-Better. ASI's vision is to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society, and increased understanding of the importance of responsible supply chains benefits all stakeholders.”
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)


India: AB InBev, Heineken launching non-alcoholic beer to compete with soft drinks makers  (

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken, the world’s biggest brewers, are launching non-alcoholic beer of their flagship brands in India that will compete with beverages of cola giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo on supermarket shelves and restaurants, the Economic Times reported on June 28.

United Breweries (UB), controlled by Heineken, is launching Heineken 0.0, a zero-alcohol version of the beer brand, while AB InBev will roll out Budweiser 0.0 next week across the country.

“There is a movement towards consuming less of carbonated sugary drinks and a need for a non-alcoholic cold refreshment in a country like ours,” said Shekhar Ramamurthy, managing director at UB which launched its first non-alcoholic beer brand Kingfisher Radler last year in Gujarat, a state where making, selling and drinking alcohol is banned since 1960.

“Adults, aged above 16-17 years, perhaps have moved out of the carbonated soft drinks category and are seeking something less sugary for refreshment,” he said.

While beer contains 1.2% to 8% alcohol by volume (ABV), non-alcoholic beer mostly has 0.05% or less ABV.

Zero alcohol beers also tend to be more profitable in the country because beer is subject to high taxes that make up for more than half the retail price.

Alcohol is prohibited in Bihar, Gujarat and Nagaland, besides the union territory of Lakshadweep.

While brewers look to enter such prohibitive and completely untapped markets with zero-alcohol beer, their new launches are also driven by changing consumption trends and rising demand from teenagers due to stringent laws on drinking age.

“Beer is a drink of moderation and our objective is to offer our consumers various choices to enjoy beer freely and responsibly,” said Ben Verhaert, president – South Asia at AB InBev. “Many don’t drink alcohol because of religion and abstinence. We want to be inclusive.”

AB InBev will import Budweiser 0.0 from China and will roll it out across urban centres including Gujarat, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad.

AB InBev, which sells Budweiser, Hoegaarden and Beck's brands in the low or no-alcohol space, has a global mission to have 20% of its total sales from such products by 2025, up from about 8% now.

Globally, non-alcoholic beer market is projected to surpass $25 billion by 2024, according to a research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. In India, such products account for less than 1% of the overall beer market.


Germany & USA: German brewer Gilde planning massive US production facility  (

This time, German beer is coming directly to the U.S. beer market, rather than the other way around. According to an exclusive in Charlotte, NC’s The News & Observer on June 27, German brewery Gilde, based in Hannover, Germany, is planning a massive U.S. production facility in the city, which would have up to a 500,000 barrel capacity. That would apparently be almost 25 times the production ceiling of Charlotte’s biggest current brewery, the similarly German-themed Olde Mecklenburg.

Gilde is one of Germany’s oldest breweries, in operation since the 16th century, but it still doesn’t seem to be particularly well known throughout the country. Despite reportedly having a massive, 850,000 barrel brewery in Hannover, the beer somehow still doesn’t make it that far from its home city, indicating that the city must drink one hell of a lot of Gilde. Primary exports appear to be light lager styles, pilsners and additional styles such as hefeweizen. The official Gilde website highlights a few more, such as a bottled radler, a grapefruit beer, a helles and several pilsner substyles.

The brewery planned to eventually open in Charlotte would be truly huge—100,000 square feet in size, according to the News & Observer. However, before the company gets to work on that giant facility, they plan to open a smaller microbrewery called “the Embassy” in the area, priming the local market with a venue that will only brew a few thousands barrels per year in small batches. At the same time, Gilde will begin importing its German products via Charleston, with production on the huge flagship brewery intended to begin “two to three years down the line.” You’ll have to forgive us if that falls into the “we’ll believe it when we see it” territory for us, at the moment.

Still, it’s fascinating to see a German brewer of traditional lager styles eyeing the U.S. market as a good fit for a large expansion. In recent years, this is a story that has largely been reversed, with U.S. breweries exporting their beer to Germany, or brewers such as Stone launching costly (and ultimately unsuccessful) brewing ventures in the country.


USA: Beer drinking not dead – Constellation Brands CEO  (

Long live the iced cold cerveza.

“Beer [drinking] is not dead,” said Constellation Brands CEO Bill Newlands in an interview with Yahoo Finance.

Newlands — who leads the maker of the well-known high-end suds Corona and Modelo and a sizable top-shelf wine portfolio — certainly has data on his side to prove 21-year-olds drinking hard seltzer and canned rosé haven’t derailed the beer industry.

That is provided the beer is on the premium side of the equation and plays into some form of health and wellness trend.

Constellation Brands is fresh off reporting its first fiscal quarter sales and operating profit in its beer business rose 7.4% and 11.7%, respectively. The company said shipment volume growth was above its expectations in the quarter, fueled by interest in premium options such as Modelo and new lower carb Corona Premier.

Meanwhile, the company was successful in passing through higher prices to offset its increased costs. The beer segment’s performance was far away better than Constellation Brands’ wine and spirit portfolio.

The stock popped 5% on June 28 in response to the better-than-expected quarter and outlook.

According to Newlands, Constellation Brands is just out-working rivals such as Anheuser-Busch, Boston Beer, and Molson Coors to win with fickle consumers.

“Our beer business is performing well. I think one of the key reasons around it is our share of voice and advertising. We are spending more on advertising year on year against our business. But not everyone in the category is doing that. So our share of voice with beer drinking consumers is going up,” Newlands explained.

Count this proud millennial as one who has been inundated in recent months with TV spots for Modelo and Corona Premier.

Newlands points to growth in Modelo outside of its core hispanic community as a key driver. Corona Premier, Newlands says, is “on trend” with health-conscious consumers who are looking for a low-carb option.

“We are really broadening our reach,” Newlands adds.

That much is for sure.

Constellation Brands’ overall beer portfolio sales for the 52 weeks ended June 15 has increased an impressive 10.6%, according to Nielsen data. That ranks it first in terms of growth among all its rivals in the beer industry, powered by strong growth in Modelo, Corona Premier and Pacifico.

No small feat in such a competitive consumer category.

Sales for the beer category as a whole during that same stretch has fallen 0.1%, per Nielsen data. Anheuser-Busch, Miller Coors, Heineken, Pabst, and the once mighty craft beer king Boston Beer have seen sales decline during the past 52 weeks.

“We continue to be impressed by Constellation Brands’ beer performance (especially Modelo Especial), illustrating Constellation’s command of the high-end beer segment, which drives the lion’s share of category growth,” wrote veteran Wells Fargo beverage analyst Bonnie Herzog following Constellation’s latest results.

The next frontier for Newlands and his team: getting the word out about the new Corona ReFresca. Think hard seltzer meets tropical wine cooler from the early ‘90s, but with a name everyone knows.


South Korea: Hite Jinro's new Terra beer sales surpass 100 mln bottles in just 100 days after launch  (

Hite Jinro said on July 2 that Terra's sales, which marks its 100th day since its launch, have surpassed 100 million bottles, the Korea IT Times reported.

Terra sales reached 3.34 million boxes (330 ml) and 101.39 million bottles as of June 29 . This is 11.6 bottles sold per second, and 2.4 bottles per Korean adult (20 years of age or older, based on 42.04 million people) were consumed.

Hite Jinro sold more than 1 million boxes of Terra in 39 days, recording the fastest sales among beer brands in the early stages of its launch. It has since accelerated, selling 2 million boxes in 72 days and 3 million boxes in 97 days, which is about 1.4 times faster than the sales speed of 1 million boxes.

What's notable is that the launch of Terra has not resulted in the erosion of existing beer brands. Along with Terra, the existing brands such as Hite and Max synergized, up about 5 percent year-on-year in June this year, the company said.

Hite Jinro expects the figure, which had been on a steady decline since 2015, to shift upward this year, with the green light for its turnarounds in the beer sector.

Hite Jinro is planning to launch Terra draft beer to continue Terra's early popularity and target the summer market.

"This year will lead to another success story in the domestic liquor market by combining the changing landscape of the beer market, which starts with FiLite and leads to Terra, and the soju market, which has become more solid," said Kim In-kyu, CEO of Hite Jinro.


Ireland: Diageo working on non-alcoholic version of Guinness  (

Diageo’s global head of innovation, Michael Ward, has admitted that the company has been working on a non-alcoholic version of Guinness, although he said that developing such a product posed "a lot of challenges to work through", CampaignLive reported on June 2.

"You would certainly expect that we would," Ward said, after being put on the spot over the question. "[But] it needs to be a no-compromise proposition." He was at pains to state the difficulty of achieving acceptable quality in no- or low-alcoholic formulations.

Ward was speaking at a media event focusing on Diageo’s ongoing innovation across beer and spirits that took place on June 2.

The company is determined not to rush new products, he said. For example, it has not expanded the scope of its early 2018 test launch of a 0.5% ABV lager under the Guinness brand, called Pure Brew, in 250 pubs in Ireland.

"There are many ways of reducing alcohol," Luca Lupini, global head of research and development, said. "In Pure Brew, we ferment it right down to 0.5%. There's no post-processing. We don't heat it up, we don't evaporate it, we don't put it through a kit. And what you end up with is a much truer representation; the hop stays fresh."

Pure Brew will not be taken mass market, Ward said, but he added that it is helping Diageo "learn our way in to the non-alcoholic beer market… from a consumer, technical and production standpoint" and there would be "more to come".

The latest statistics on the growth of no- and low-alcohol beer in the UK, in a report released by Marston’s last week, show off-trade volume is up by 60% since 2017 and up by 30% in on-trade since 2016.

Guinness has been standing by while rivals such as Heineken, Budweiser and San Miguel have been promoting mainstream no- and low-alcohol offerings. That’s if you ignore the 2014 launch of a 0% ABV Guinness in Indonesia – which, to be fair, everyone outside Indonesia has.

However, Guinness recently made a major nod to the idea that its consumers might be looking to reduce their alcohol consumption. In February, it launched a TV ad, created by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, for spoof drink Guiness Clear, which was revealed to be a reponsible-drinking message normalising ordering water for rugby fans.

Last month, the work picked up a gold at the Cannes Lions in the Brand Experience & Activation category.

This week’s event also touched on the inroads low-alcohol drinks are making into Diageo’s spirits offering, such as a no-alcohol Gordon’s gin in Britain and Spain that is being tested elsewhere in Europe.

In addition, the Smirnoff Infusions and Ketel One Botanicals ranges offer consumers a lower-strength way to enjoy vodka, while Diageo retains an interest in Seedlip, the alcohol-free brand in which it invested in 2016.

"We doing a lot of long-term research in this space, but the most valuable lessons we're getting are from having products out in the market and learning live from consumers. This is a great start; there’s much more to come from us," Lupini said.

In relation to Guinness, a Diageo spokesperson said: "We are always considering a wealth of new innovation ideas – but don’t comment on speculation or have any news to report."


UK: UK's Trappist brewers struggling with demand  (

The only monks in the UK to brew an officially recognised Trappist beer say they are unable to satisfy demand, BBC reported on July 7.

The brewery at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, near Coalville, Leicestershire, was set up one year ago.

Since then, it has produced about 30,000 bottles of Tynt Meadow but there have been worldwide requests for more.

The brewery is one of only 14 in the world allowed to call itself a Trappist brewery - where all the money raised is used to fund the monastery.

The beer - named after the meadow where monks settled in 1835 - is sold at the abbey shop and by some local retailers, but about a third is sold through a distribution company. It is proving particularly popular in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The monks also drink it themselves on a Sunday.

Father Joseph Delargy said: "We haven't had any difficulty in selling it. What we produce, we can sell.

"We have a pattern of regular production and regular sales so now, after this first year, we're in a position where we're quite happy."

Abbott of the monastery, Erik Varden, said they had been approached by retailers around the world wanting to stock the beer including in the US, Russia and New Zealand.

However, with the monks' way of life having to take priority, he said they were "unable to satisfy the demand".

He hopes enough money can be raised from beer sales over the next two years to replace a leaky roof on a section of the abbey.

A Leicester documentary maker is producing a film about the monks which he said covers "the transition of their lifestyle as farmers to brewers". It is due to be released in autumn.

What is Trappist beer?
• According to the International Trappist Association, beer must be brewed within the abbey by the monks or under their supervision
• The brewery's activities must be secondary in importance to the monastery's work and way of life
• It should not be run as a profit-making venture, with funds going to fund the monks' living expenses and grounds and to help charitable causes
• Six of the 14 Trappist breweries are based in Belgium, two are in The Netherlands and there are one each in Spain, France, Austria, Italy, UK and the US
• Some Trappist monasteries also make bread, cheese, chocolate and other products
• Other alcoholic products made by different orders of monks include French liqueur Chartreuse and controversial tonic wine Buckfast, which is made in Devon


New Zealand & India: DB Breweries acquires licensing rights for India's Kingfisher beer  (

Auckland brewing company DB Breweries has acquired the licensing rights for Kingfisher beer from Bangalore-based United Breweries for an undisclosed sum, the New Zealand Herald reported on July 8.

From 2020, Kingfisher beer sold in New Zealand and Australia will be manufactured and distributed exclusively by DB Breweries, adding the popular beer brand owned by South India-based conglomerate to its portfolio which already includes international beer brands Tiger and Heineken.

Kingfisher beer sold in this country has been produced in New Zealand for more than a decade. DB Breweries will take over licensing from Independent Liquor, owned by parent company Asahi Beverages, in February.

DB Breweries sales director Paul Millward said the company was still "working through" where in the country it would produce Kingfisher beer but said it had the ability to do so with its current infrastructure.

Millward said DB Breweries was now focused on how it could manage the brand and grow its distribution across the country.

"Kingfisher, in terms of dollars of the beer category in New Zealand, [makes up] 1.5 per cent of the beer category so this is quite a significant brand. It's also the largest and fastest growing Asian beer brand in New Zealand," Millward said.

"We're pretty rapt with the win."

Any brand that was bigger than a share point in the market was considered significant, he said.

Kingfisher sales in New Zealand exceeded NZ$16 million last year.

Growth in the craft beer category was slowing slightly while growth in the premium segment continued which meant acquiring the rights to Kingfisher in New Zealand and Australia would work in DB Breweries favour, Millward said.

PepsiCo Advances Circular Economy for Plastics; Announces LIFEWTR® Packaging ...

PepsiCo Advances Circular Economy for Plastics; Announces LIFEWTR® Packaging ...  (Company news)

... with 100% Recycled Plastic and Elimination of Plastic Bottles for bubly™

PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) announced that LIFEWTR will be packaged in 100% rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate), and bubly will no longer be packaged in plastic. The company's AQUAFINA® water brand will also offer aluminum can packaging in U.S. food service outlets, while the brand tests the move in retail. The changes, which all go into effect next year, are expected to eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and approximately 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, representing the latest ambitious steps in the company's sustainability journey and pursuit of a circular economy for plastics. They reinforce and advance PepsiCo's goals to by 2025 make 100% of its packaging recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable and use 25% recycled plastic content in all its plastic packaging.

"Tackling plastic waste is one of my top priorities and I take this challenge personally," PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta. "As one of the world's leading food and beverage companies, we recognize the significant role PepsiCo can play in helping to change the way society makes, uses, and disposes of plastics. We are doing our part to address the issue head on by reducing, recycling and reinventing our packaging to make it more sustainable, and we won't stop until we live in a world where plastics are renewed and reused."

Naked Juice, a category leader in premium fruit and veggie juices and smoothies, has been working since 2009 to ensure its bottles are made of 100% rPET and can be turned into bottles again and again. By making its bottles with rPET, the brand also uses about 25% less energy than if it used virgin plastic.

PepsiCo is one of the largest users of food-grade recycled PET in the world, and the company is also working to help reliably increase the supply needed to meet its packaging goals. In tandem with current suppliers and partners like The Recycling Partnership, Loop Industries, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, and World Economic Forum's Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), PepsiCo is aiming to both increase recycling rates and improve the plastic recycling infrastructure. Learn more about our sustainable packaging vision here.

"We are really excited to evolve our packaging across PepsiCo's water portfolio to make a positive impact," says Stacy Taffet, Vice President Water portfolio for PepsiCo. "We created LIFEWTR to be an inspirational and purpose-driven brand, and we're expanding that vision by using recycled packaging to deliver our premium water. At the same time, bubly, our sparkling water brand that is full of flavor and personality, has already shaken up the sparkling water category and will continue to do so with this bold move."
(PepsiCo Inc.)




Nomination recognizes industry first for recycled PET liner launched in Europe

Picture: PET bottles are recycled and used as content for rPET liner. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR427)

Global materials science and manufacturing company Avery Dennison has been shortlisted for the Environmental and Sustainability Award of the Label Industry Global Awards 2019.

One of three finalists, Avery Dennison is the first pressure sensitive label material supplier to introduce liner made from recycled PET, available commercially in Europe. The liner, which uses 30% PET post-consumer waste, meets technical qualifications while maintaining quality and performance for label design, printing, and application.

Life cycle analysis of the recycled PET liner shows that use of one million square meters of Avery Dennison recycled PET23 liner in place of virgin PET23 liner reduces:
- Use of fossil fuel by 30% — or the equivalent of saving 60 barrels of oil
- Energy use by 23% — or the equivalent of saving energy of 17 households per year
- Water use by 20% — or the equivalent of saving drinking water for 123 people per year

“Avery Dennison’s rPET liner is a great example of how innovative thinking and collaboration across the label and packaging value chain are resulting in new ways to replace virgin resources with recycled alternatives. This is in line with our 2025 Sustainability Goals, where we want to introduce more products that contain recycled content and/or enable recycling of end use packaging,” said Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager Label and Graphic Materials EMEA.

Since the product was introduced in late 2018, adoption of the rPET liner continues to accelerate with additional ClearIntent™ products launched since then, including the CleanFlake™ portfolio and ClearCut™ adhesive.

“Conversion and application speeds are helping to drive an ongoing rise in demand for PET liners. We have been careful to retain those benefits, while also supporting converters and end users as they make the transition from glassine,” said Rob Groen in ‘t Wout, senior marketing manager, films.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

New from Alfa Laval - Efficient Self-priming Pumps for Improved Performance

New from Alfa Laval - Efficient Self-priming Pumps for Improved Performance  (Company news)

Picture: Alfa Laval’s LKH Prime 40 is the latest new addition to the range of efficient, hygienic and versatile pumps, achieving a flowrate up to 110 m3/hr and head of 115m

Alfa Laval’s LKH Prime 40 is the latest new addition to the range. Not only does the hygienic, self-priming pump offer high energy efficiency and versatility, it also allows for significantly reduced noise levels and easy maintenance. In utilizing the Alfa Laval LKH Prime 40, performance is greatly increased, including the ability to reach a flowrate up to 110 m3/hr and head of 115m.

Improved energy efficiency
Using the combination of advanced air-screw technology, optimized impeller and casing geometry, Alfa Laval LKH Prime exceeds industry expectations for efficient operation, reduced energy consumption and CO₂ footprint. Alfa Laval LKH Prime is engineered to meet the most stringent requirements of the hygienic industries. It is EHEDG certified and authorized to carry the 3-A symbol.

A highly versatile solution
Characterized by reliability for improved operational productivity and designed for Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) duties containing entrained air, Alfa Laval LKH Prime can also pump product, potentially reducing the capital investment when designing process systems - whatever the industry.

Significantly reduced noise levels
Quiet in operation, Alfa Laval LKH Prime reduces sound pressure levels by 80% when compared to pumps using traditional pump technologies for CIP/entrained air applications. This noise reducing feature is a smart way to improve the working environment and plant safety for employees.

Easy to maintain
The pump is easy and cost effective to service and maintain. By sharing common parts with the Alfa Laval LKH pump range, LKH prime offers low cost of ownership and increased uptime, backed up by the security that comes from Alfa Laval’s global service network.
(Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)

Global naturalness study first unveils APAC insights for food and beverage companies

Global naturalness study first unveils APAC insights for food and beverage companies  (Company news)

- Enhance understanding of consumer attitudes on naturalness
- Identify targeted levers to capture opportunities in natural flavour solutions
- Strengthen partnership with food and beverage companies

In the last two years, Symrise has conducted a global study on the perception of naturalness covering Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Africa and Middle East as well as Latin America. More than 13,500 consumers have been engaged globally in five field researches run by the Sensory and Consumer Insights department at Symrise. The studies have explored the attitude and perception of consumers around naturalness in foods and beverages. A first outlook on the results gives insights into the preferences related to naturalness in the Asia Pacific Region.

Consumers in Asia too, love the taste of nature and are increasingly demanding more naturalness. Food and beverage companies are catering to this need with natural product solutions and find it often challenging to best meet consumer's expectations and comply with a complex regulatory environment. Tapping on the key competences of Symrise Global Sensory and Consumer Insights in Asia, Symrise has decoded the key consumer wishes to help its customers create and deliver relevant, great tasting natural products supported by its code of nature® solutions.

This dedicated approach helped us to understand the relevance of impactful natural taste solutions for consumers in China, Japan, Australia and Thailand. Having conducted its customized consumer study in Q4/2018, Symrise Asia Pacific (APAC) was aiming at decoding the natural dimensions of four product segments: flavored water, ready to drink (RTD) tea, drinking yogurt and ready meals. Symrise selected these countries and segments based on their relevance and potential for food and beverage companies in APAC.

Key insights from Symrise Asia Pacific Customized Consumer Naturalness Study
In APAC as in other regions, the new era of naturalness is evolving fast and in diverging directions. While a broad variety of aspects contribute to a natural product perception, consumer expectations on what “natural” means to them can also differ from region to region. It ranges from knowing exactly the type of ingredients, where the ingredients in their food come from and the preparation method.

To receive a general picture first, the APAC study has summed up the market segments that are potentially more willing to pay a premium for products with natural taste solutions. They include ingredient source seekers, quality seeking affluents, health conscious shoppers and ultimate truth seekers. They represent a large portion of consumers: 49 % in Japan, 42 % in Australia, 35 % in Thailand, 27 % in China. The remaining market belongs to the profile of budget or brand conscious, with the latter still ranking the attribute “source of ingredients” very high, in all categories and countries.

In all countries, “no additives” is one in the top 3 attributes driving naturalness perception in all categories, except for drinking yogurt in Thailand, for which “health attributes” prevail. The second most frequent desired attribute cross-country and cross-category is “contains real ingredients” (e.g. fruit extracts or natural fruit juice).

China is the country where natural taste solutions show the biggest potential for food and beverages, with consumers asking for safety and health credential while taste remains a priority.

Among the different categories, Beverage is the one where the potential to leverage naturalness as a purchase driver is larger, especially in Flavored Water, with high opportunities in all countries.

Both in Japan and Australia the size of opportunity looks high for flavored water and medium for RTD tea. Flavored waters are particularly expected to be safe for long term consumption, with strong interest for “organic” and “low/no sugar claims”. In RTD tea, there is a lot of emphasis on “taste authenticity” (e.g. “freshly brewed taste”) and on “organic”, especially among ingredient source seekers and health conscious premium.

“Symrise aims to work with our customers to decode the full insights from the study and to combine them with their brands and needs to deliver winning products, to unlock their business potential in Asia Pacific with Symrise code of nature® solutions. For this reason, Symrise continues to strongly invest in Asia Pacific and works to bring to market natural solution that consumer loves” said Mr Lionel Flutto, President, Flavor, Asia Pacific, Symrise.
(Symrise AG)

Turnkey system for the water market: Armenian bottler grows with KHS technology

Turnkey system for the water market: Armenian bottler grows with KHS technology   (Company news)

Armenia's biggest mineral water spring continues to grow. With the help of KHS the Jermuk Group CJSC has expanded its PET and glass bottle water bottling capacity and is now able to react more quickly to the growing demands of the domestic and international markets.

- Market leader Jermuk invests in glass and PET lines
- Modern labeling equipment for greater reliability
- New bottle design thanks to KHS Bottles & Shapes™

Armenia's biggest mineral water spring continues to grow. With the help of KHS the Jermuk Group CJSC has expanded its PET and glass bottle water bottling capacity and is now able to react more quickly to the growing demands of the domestic and international markets. The water of the same name has long been available in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Due to poor labeling quality a special chapter has now been added to the success story that began many years ago.

Bottled water is becoming available to more and more people worldwide. This, in addition to increasing health awareness, is one of the main reasons for the move apparent on virtually all continents towards still and carbonated mineral water. This is a trend from which the Jermuk Group CJSC, Armenia's largest bottler, is also benefiting. With a population of three million inhabitants, this comparatively small market is an example of the development in many countries of Eastern Europe and Asia. With a share of up to 90% and more, bottling in PET bottles plays a major role on these markets. The remaining 10% is almost entirely distributed over the glass bottle segment.

Market leader in quantity and quality
As one of the most well-known brands in Armenia Jermuk feels responsible for bottling water. "It's not just a matter of growing as an enterprise," says Ashot Arsenyan, president of the Jermuk Group. "We also want to offer top-quality water, bottled under ideal conditions with the help of state-of-the-art technology." This is why he has been relying on KHS PET and glass bottle filling systems ever since construction of Jermuk’s new production facilities in 2010. Further expansion became necessary in 2017 to keep pace with the growing market. The Dortmund-based systems provider was once again able convince the customer of the merits of its plant engineering. In addition to filling and stretch blow molding technology Jermuk also purchased palletizing technology, CIP and blending systems and a shrink packer from KHS.

In addition the holistic Bottles & Shapes™ consulting program provided optimized bottle designs. However, problems developed in the wake of restructuring. While virtually the entire line was supplied by KHS, Jermuk had initially opted for another manufacturer to supply its labeling technology – and was not satisfied with the results.

Line from a single source
The labeling quality did not live up to the bottler's expectations of a premium product. Although the labels themselves and the bottles were flawless, damaged labels were a frequent occurrence. Together with KHS those responsible quickly realized that the third-party labeling technology was neither reliable nor precise enough for the paper labels being used. In accordance with their own determination to provide superior quality the people at Jermuk rectified their decision and commissioned a KHS Innoket Neo labeler on each of the two lines at the beginning of 2018. "The problem was solved as soon as the two labelers were put into operation. The quality of the packaging is now 100% compatible with our special product," says Arsenyan.

“The project in Jermuk is of particular interest to us as a systems provider because of its overall performance,” says Oliver Schneider, vice-president of the Eastern Europe sales region. “All components are perfectly matched to each other when we configure a complete line." Accordingly, the levels of availability and efficiency of the Jermuk system are high. At up to 25,000 bottles per hour for the glass line and a maximum of 20,000 for the PET line, for KHS the project is more in the low capacity range; the chances of further growth in Armenia are thus good.
(KHS GmbH)

15th International Exhibition 'UzProdExpo-2019' 27-29 November 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

15th International Exhibition 'UzProdExpo-2019' 27-29 November 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan  (Company news)

From 27 to 29 November 2019 at the National Exhibition Center «Uzexpocentre», held in the central pavilion of the 15 th International Exhibition of food industry «UzProdExpo-2019».

Traditionally, the exhibition «UzProdExpo» became a meeting place for industry professionals in the exhibition actively participate domestic farmers, specialists from the CIS and foreign countries.

Exhibition is officially supported:
-Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan
-The Council of Farm, Dekhkan Enterprises and Owners of Homestead Land Plots of Uzbekistan
-Holding company «Uzbekozikovkatholding»
-Khakimiyat of city Tashkent
-With organizing support of NEC «Uzexpocentre»

Uzbekistan - the second populated country in the CIS (after Russia)
• Population: 33 million people
• Tashkent - 2.5 million people
• Area - 448,900 km ²

- Meat and fish processing equipment
- Equipment for milk processing and dairy production
- Equipment for oil and fat production
- Equipment for the confectionery industry
- Bakery equipment
- Equipment and technology for the production of precooked and frozen foods
- Refrigeration Compressors
- Equipment for processing of fruits and vegetables and fruit and vegetable production canned
- Equipment for filling
- Equipment for the production of child and dietary
- Shop Equipment
- Test and Measurement, weight equipment

- Equipment and production lines for food packaging
- Packaging machines for fruit and vegetables
- Protective Technologies, bar coding, drawing, painting, marking,
- Machines for the manufacture of PET blowing and Forms
- Shrink wrapping
- Labels and labeling equipment
- Plastic containers, wood, paper cardboard, glass, metal industrial and domestic purposes

- Meat, fish and poultry
- Dairy products and ice cream
- Fat products
- Confectionery and bakery products
- Grocery
- Canned Food
- Frozen Food
- Finished Products
- Baby and dietetic food
- Drinks

- Equipment and materials for restaurants, cafes, hotels, chain stores
- Equipment for minibakeries, confectionery mini shops
- Equipment for juices, Ice Cream
- Vending coffee, tea, juices, drinks
- Dishwashers
- Distribution lines, salad bars
- Bar Equipment
- Utensils, equipment, accessories
(IEG Uzbekistan)

Scotch Whisky distillery visits reach 2 million

Scotch Whisky distillery visits reach 2 million  (Company news)

Scotch Whisky tourism saw record numbers of visitors in 2018, with over 2 million visits to Scotch Whisky distilleries from tourists for the first time.

The annual survey compiled by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) revealed visits were up 6.1% year on year and 56% more than in 2010.

The survey also showed spending at visitor centres was up by 12.2% to £68.3m - additional £7.4m compared with 2017 and 154% more than in 2010 – a result of the continued industry investment in world-class tourist centres.

Over 20 different nationalities visited distilleries last year, with Germany and the USA providing the largest number of Scotch Whisky tourists. Increased visits from France, Spain, and the Netherlands were also reported, as well as India and China.

Collectively, Scotch Whisky distilleries remain the third most visited attraction in Scotland.

Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted that Scotch Whisky distilleries have become such popular places to visit.

“The growing number of visitors to distilleries reflects in part the growth in tourism in Scotland in general, and people coming to Scotland want to see our local crafts and sample our local food and drink.

“But it also reflects a growing curiosity about Scotch Whisky. Today’s consumers want to understand and experience how their favourite blends and malts are made, to meet the people who make them, and to see which part of Scotland’s beautiful landscape they call home.

“Distilleries offer something of an antidote to today’s fast-paced world, where visitors can see the slow, careful craft, rooted in a distinct sense of place, that creates Scotch Whisky.

“The growth in whisky tourism is also playing a crucial role in Scotland’s rural economy, with more stays at hotels, more bookings at restaurants, and more customers for local businesses, helping communities to grow and prosper.

“The industry has invested a great deal in creating fabulous visitor facilities. That investment has been fostered by the more stable tax environment created by recent freezes in excise duty. We hope the government will continue this policy, which has both boosted the revenues available to fund public services and helped the industry to continue to invest in world-class visitor attractions.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP welcomed the survey results. She said: “I am pleased to see so much interest in our whisky tourism sector, with total spend increasing by 12.8% to over £68 million in 2018 and over 2 million visits to Scotch whisky distilleries.

“Tourism is one of our key sectors and the spending and jobs associated with visitor centres and distilleries boost our economy, especially in more remote, rural areas.

“With investment across Scotland, from major firms such as Diageo in the new Johnny Walker experience in Edinburgh, to Rosebank in Falkirk and Brora in the Highlands, it’s a really exciting time for the whisky tourism sector. The Scottish Government is committed to working with partners like the Scotch Whisky Association to increase our tourism offer and encourage more people to visit our distilleries.”

Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, said: “It is great news that the whisky industry continues to make such a very significant contribution to Scottish tourism. This is in large part a result of the industry continuing to invest in excellent tourist centres.

“Today’s figures are a real boost to communities across Scotland who welcome the many visitors who are keen to sample a fine dram in spectacular scenery and find out more about Scotland’s distilling heritage.

“I am very pleased that the UK Government has done much to support the whisky industry in recent years, including a continued freeze on spirits duty.”
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

EyeVision HotGlue – Thermal Imaging Inspection for adhesive points

EyeVision HotGlue – Thermal Imaging Inspection for adhesive points  (Company news)

The HotGlue Inspector inspects, if the adhesive points between cardboard surfaces of boxes are present and hot enough to glue the cardboard box together. With up to 60 boxes per second (which amounts to 3600 boxes per minute).

Picture: EyeVision HotGlue Inspection of adhesive joints

Inspects adhesive joints for presence and temperature
The cameras can be arranged so that the sides with the adhesive points are in the field of view of the thermal imaging camera. The EyeVision HotGlue Inspector checks if the glue has been applied to all adhesive joints and if the temperature of the glue at the joint is inside the threshold. Therefore it si guaranteed that the cartons are glued together at the joints and are not falling apart and causing the bottles to tumble out of the box during transportation, neither during the transportation from production site to the shop nor when transported by a customer.

If a glue is missing at an adhesive joint, because either a nozzle is blocked or the glue has not been fed, then this is detected automatically. It will be also detected, if the temperature of the glue is not hot enough. This can happen, when the heating is defect or due to a delay in the plant. In case only one ore more adhesive joints are showing a temperature that is not hot enough, then the error can be matched to the respective glueing device. Therefore it can be easily determined, where a repair is necessary. And when all adhesive joints show a temperature which is too low then the carton can be ejected completely.

Trackerboard and Interface selection with EyeVision HotGlue
The EyeVision HotGlue system has digital interfaces to allow for an autonomous operation on a plant. This can be carried out via a Profinet interface in the EyeVision software. And an integration into an existing PLS is therefore very easily achieved.

To run the system in a broader context, the EyeVision HotGlue Inspector has a standard tracker interface. A connection to a transport system, as well as a delayed ejection of goods is therefore possible. The tracker interface can be adjusted to the common standard tracker boards.

Graphical Setup of the HotGlue Inspector
The setup of the test facility for the HotGlue Inspector is carried out completely graphical. The threshold for each adhesive joint can be either specified globally, for groups or for each adhesive joint separately. Therefore it is easily possible to detect the faulty adhesive joint and to repair the respective glueing device. Therefore a reduction of plant downtime is guaranteed.

Due to a flexible amount of the applied cameras, the EyeVision HotGlue system can be optimally adjusted to the application at hand. When the adhesive joints should only be inspected on one side, then a system with only one camera is sufficient. When more than one side should be inspected then two sides can be inspected with only one camera, which means two cameras are sufficient. Or four cameras – one camera for each of the four sides – can be used.

Support of different cameras
In case large adhesive points should be inspected on the joints, then a cost-effective thermal imaging camera with 291 x 190 pixel resolution can be applied. But if several small adhesive points should be inspected, a camera with 640 x 480 pixel resolution is necessary, to detect the hot glue points.

The use of the EyeVision HotGlue Inspector allows an optimized hardware selection, adjusted to the respective application. The graphically programmable EyeVision software offers an easy adjustment to the different inspections of adhesive joints. The system can be used with different inspection programs. Those can contain the temperature thresholds and the amount of adhesive points that should be detected.

Remote-System with the Embedded Mode
The integration of the system into a complex plant is supported by the embedded mode. This means that the system has a protocol implemented, which allows the setup as well as the operation from any desired remote system. The results of the measurements and the evaluation images are therefore immediately available for the line control.

The EyeVision HotGlue system is avaible in different speed levels, depending on the applied cameras. The basic system can inspect 10 containers per second, whereas the high end system can inspect up to 60 containers per second.

Additional standard 2D cameras
In addition the HotGlue system can be equipped with standard 2D cameras. Those can then read codes (bar code, DMC, QR, OCR/OCV) on the outside of the packaging, to guarantee a complete tracking of the production.
(EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH)

Gin in Style: New Siegfried bordbar ready for take-off

Gin in Style: New Siegfried bordbar ready for take-off  (Company news)

Rheinland Distillers – makers of the most highly awarded gin in the world – and the manufacturing company bordbar present their first mini bar airplane trolley for perfect gin delight

"Fine Spirits Meet Exclusive Design Furniture“ – this is a match made in heaven for gin and design lovers. Rheinland Distillers and bordbar have created and brought the world’s first Siegfried bordbar to market maturity.

How did this cooperation start out?
The partners were introduced to each other in Rhineland, Germany last year and during this first meeting they already came up with the idea to enter this unique cooperation: “bordbar has always been a company we admired. Their high standard of quality is ideally suited to our brand essence here at Siegfried. We realised during our first meeting that there is no such thing as a mobile mini bar that is designed for perfect gin enjoyment as well as a pleasure to the eye. We decided then and there that it had to become a reality”, say Raphael Vollmar and Gerald Koenen, CEOs of Rheinland Distillers.

The Siegfried bordbar was developed with lots of love and attention to detail. The partners on both sides came together to share and combine their expertise – the two spirit-innovators contributed their knowledge and experience regarding the ideal equipment and bordbar took care of the design and production of this new model series.

“Rethinking and taking spirits astep further” – this is the Siegfried makers’ passion. The launch of the non-alcoholic alternative Wonderleaf in 2018 has changed the face of the bar scene since and become market leader in the German speaking parts of the world. The Bonn-based enterprise has found the ideal partner for a cooperation in bordbar, who share their love for premium quality, style and trend awareness. This can be seen and felt in the exclusive workmanship of a Siegfried bordbar: the materials are sourced from the aviation industry and are therefore subject to the most stringent of standards. Manually applied rivets join the aluminium and stainless steel. Clever tools and equipment, which are must-havesfor gin perfection according to Rheinland Distillers, round off this functional trolley model.

Who is the Siegfried bordbar intended for?
“We have created the perfect mini bar for gin fans and design lovers”, says Raphael Vollmar of Rheinland Distillers. The target audience are people with an eye for premium quality and smart design who like to celebrate the finer things in life. Valentin Hartmann, CEO of bordbardesign GmbH, adds: “It is our mission to consistently set new benchmarks with our trolley expertise. We have been toying with the idea of a mini bar for a while now and this perfect symbiosis with Siegfried has allowed our ideas to become a reality. We have created yet another one of a kind bordbar. Who knows – maybe one day it will be a design classic that can be found in many home bars.”
(Rheinland Distillers GmbH)

The Battalion - Mezcal & Tequila Influenced Blended Irish Whiskey

The Battalion - Mezcal & Tequila Influenced Blended Irish Whiskey  (Company news)

The Battalion is named in honour of the Battalion San Patricos, (Saint Patrick’s Battalion) a group of Irish men who fought for Mexico in the Mexican/American War of 1846-1848. The Battalion was comprised mainly of Irish Immigrants, many from the West Coast of Ireland, who had defected from the American side to fight for Mexico.

The Battalion, a blended Irish Whiskey with mezcal and tequila cask influence. A meticulous blend of 60% 9 Year old Grain and 40% 13 Year old Malt Blend bottled at 41% in 500mls with an SRP of £60. J.J. Corry Battalion is the world’s first Irish whiskey made using tequila and mezcal casks to influence its flavour. Batch 1 will consist of an edition of 700 bottles.

As modern whiskey bonders we do exactly as J.J. Corry would have done, use the casks at his disposal to impart unique flavours in his blends. J.J. had access to rum, Bordeaux & sherry casks, we are lucky enough to be able to look as far afield as Mexico and beyond for flavours that work with Irish Whiskey. At JJ Corry, we take inspiration from the work of artisanal spirit producers around the world. The best Mezcal & Tequilas are, at their heart, produced in rural locations by families, with whom we share a significant affinity with given our approach to whiskey making on our family farm on the West coast of Ireland.
(The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company Ltd)

Cost-effective, compact level transmitter with intelligent processing for improved accuracy

Cost-effective, compact level transmitter with intelligent processing for improved accuracy  (Company news)

- Improved accuracy and repeatability
- Increased asset utilization and decreased operational waste
- Wide range of applications in environmental, chemical, and food and beverage industries
- Hart 7 communications

Sitrans Probe LU240's four-button user interface or remote configuration with Simatic PDM ensures fast and easy setup. Operators will save time and maintenance costs with Sitrans Probe LU240's transparent lid: in manual observations, users can observe values directly instead of by removing the device's lid. For those applications requiring process temperature data, Sitrans Probe LU240 now gives users both level and temperature readings. The device is also battery and solar-power friendly due to a low start-up current of 3.55 mA and minimum 10.5-volt operation.

In dirty applications or those with buildup, the transmitter's maintenance-free active face technology keeps the sensor clean and is also unaffected by wind, rain, snow or temperature changes. And for rugged applications in harsh environments, it is IP68 fully potted and encapsulated with a PVDF sensor resistant to corrosion, chemicals, and extreme shock.

Digitalization integrates critical field data into a plant's entire operations, unlocking new opportunities to analyze processes and identify areas for improvement. By connecting Sitrans Probe LU240 to a control system, operators can monitor level measurements from the comfort of the control room or on the go using a solution from the suit of Siemens automation or remote products.
(Siemens AG)


AETNA GROUP ACQUIRES OCME 100%  (Company news)

A further step has been taken in building an integrated Group, world leader in packaging and logistics technologies.

The consolidation strategy of the two industrial companies, ROBOPAC AND OCME, has been implemented in advance to allow AETNA GROUP to optimize the technical, industrial and commercial synergies to face new challenges. The Group is a world leader in the production of end-of-line machines and plants in the packaging sector, with headquarters in Emilia Romagna and a deep international presence. Indeed, the company counts over 1,500 employees, more than 700 of them are established abroad in production plants in the United States, Brazil and China. Additionally, there are 15 subsidiaries that provide excellent technical assistance and spare parts services in the main countries of the world like France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Russia, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, China, Thailand, South Africa...

The size of the Group and the integration of products and processes, encourage a further boost of investment in technological and industrial innovation.
(Aetnagroup S.p.A.)

Bühler Group: Rainer Schulz elected unanimously to Board of Directors

Bühler Group: Rainer Schulz elected unanimously to Board of Directors  (Company news)

Rainer Schulz (photo), former CEO of the global REHAU Group, has been elected unanimously to Bühler Group’s Board of Directors last Friday.

At last Friday’s extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting, Rainer Schulz was elected to Bühler Group’s Board of Directors in a unanimous decision. He will assume his position with immediate effect. With his appointment, the Board of Directors has won an experienced business expert with an impressive industrial track record who will ensure continuity in the further development of Bühler.

Rainer Schulz is a Swiss national, married, and lives with his family in the region of Emmental in Switzerland. After obtaining a degree in production technology, for which he was awarded the promotion prize of the Association of German Engineers VDI, Rainer Schulz first held various materials management and production supply chain positions in the electronics and mechanical engineering industries.

Since 1995, Rainer Schulz has acted as head of production and later as general head of purchasing in charge of global procurement at the jet engine builder BMW Rolls-Royce AeroEngines. In 2001, Rainer Schulz moved on to the global REHAU Group. As Chief Operating Officer, he was in charge within the context of the company management of the engineering, production, and materials management functions. In 2010, Rainer Schulz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the REHAU Group, a position he held until mid-2018.
(Bühler AG)

Nordson Corporation Names Sundaram Nagarajan as President and Chief Executive Officer, ...

Nordson Corporation Names Sundaram Nagarajan as President and Chief Executive Officer, ...  (Company news)

...Effective August 1, 2019

Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ-NDSN) announced that Sundaram Nagarajan (Naga, photo) has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2019. Mr. Nagarajan succeeds Michael F. Hilton, who previously announced his plans to retire. Upon Mr. Nagarajan’s start date, Mr. Hilton will become Senior Advisor to the Company and remain on the board of directors until he retires on December 31, 2019.

Mr. Nagarajan joins Nordson following a 23-year career with Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company. He is currently the Executive Vice President, Automotive OEM Segment, for ITW, a $3.3 billion business segment. Under his leadership, the Automotive OEM segment has a proven track record of delivering profitable revenue growth through both organic and acquisitive means. Mr. Nagarajan has been focused on creating value for his customers through innovation and industry leading excellence in quality and delivery. He also has prioritized building strong, diverse and global leadership teams to sustain this above-market business performance.

“After a comprehensive search, we are excited to name Naga as Nordson’s next President and CEO. Naga’s passion for technology-driven innovation, knowledge of global industrial markets, and outstanding record of improving the financial results of the businesses he has run by focusing on customer intimacy, operational excellence, and employee development, make him a perfect fit for Nordson,” said Michael Merriman, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“Throughout my career, I’ve thrived in driving growth and profitability by focusing on the customer while also prioritizing innovation and talent development. I am very honored to join Nordson, which has always put its customers and employees first, and as a result has grown into a market-leading enterprise with an outstanding reputation. I look forward to building on this success with the Nordson team,” said Mr. Nagarajan.

Added Mr. Merriman, “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Mike Hilton for his outstanding leadership of Nordson over the past ten years. We appreciate his commitment to supporting Naga in this important transition, and the Board and I look forward to his counsel as Senior Advisor to the Company.”

The terms of Mr. Nagarajan’s employment agreement will be described in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by the Company.

About Sundaram Nagarajan

In 1991, Mr. Nagarajan started his career at Hobart Brothers where he was engaged in the design and development of welding consumables. The company was acquired by ITW in 1996, and Mr. Nagarajan continued to grow and take on greater responsibility over the next 23 years. He was promoted to Group Vice President, ITW Welding Group in 2006 and Group President, Welding International in 2008. From 2010 – 2014, he served as Executive Vice President, Welding, where he led ITW’s $1.9 billion group of welding and related industrial businesses worldwide. In 2015, he was promoted to his current role as Executive Vice President, Automotive OEM Segment, reporting to the Chairman and CEO.

Mr. Nagarajan holds a BS degree from South Gujarat University, India; an MBA from Wright State University, Ohio; and an MS and Ph.D. in materials science from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Mr. Nagarajan is a member of the Board of Directors of Sonoco Products Company, Past Trustee of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Advisory Board Member of IACS, member of the Executive Club, member of the Economics Club of Chicago, Former Trustee of AWS Foundation Inc. and Co-Chair of ITW’s National United Way Campaign (2013 and 2014).
(Nordson Corporation)

Footprint Introduces Compostable Six-Pack Can Ring With Colorado Native Craft Beer

Footprint Introduces Compostable Six-Pack Can Ring With Colorado Native Craft Beer  (Company news)

Footprint, a leader in manufacturing environmentally friendly packaging solutions, is introducing a plastic-free, fiber-based six-pack ring for beverage cans. These eco-friendly, biodegradable rings are now being tested on a selection of Colorado Native beers. Colorado Native is the first brand to test Footprint’s fully compostable and recyclable six-pack ring solution. Colorado Native is brewed by AC Golden, an incubator brewery within Coors Brewing Company that is charged with developing and nurturing small above premium malt beverages.

The rings are made from post-industrial recycled fiber and are 100 percent bio-based, recyclable and compostable in commercial composting facilities. Footprint’s new fiber materials free customers from confusion at the bin, because no matter what bin–they win. Unlike plastic, where if it is incorrectly handled, the plastic ends up as a contaminate in the waste stream and potentially in the environment.

Plastic pollution and its long-term effects on our natural ecosystem and to our food chain are a much-discussed environmental concern. As a result, global organizations, governments and companies are looking for solutions to limit the production and use of single-use plastics, which are major contributors to the waste problem. Footprint and AC Golden are working together to introduce a six-pack ring that does not contribute to global plastic pollution.

“As a company, environmental stewardship is incredibly important from the ingredients grown in the field to the packaging on our products. It was very important that we find a packaging solution that can perform at the same standards our retailers and customers expect with the current plastic ring. In this case, we are pleased with both the durability and environmental performance we’ve achieved with Footprint,” explains David Coors, president of AC Golden Brewing Company.

In order to ensure the product met the performance standards of AC Golden, Footprint conducted and built custom testing procedures and apparatus to demonstrate the durability of the fiber six-pack rings. The new fiber rings were tested under extreme conditions which exposed them to a high humidity environment for 24 hours before conducting standard transit testing.

“After months of testing that demonstrates real-world distribution and usage, we’re confident this six-pack ring will perform as well as plastic,” says Jeff Bassett, vice president of marketing at Footprint. “Our goal is always to find the best ways to eliminate the need for plastic in common-use products. With the introduction of Footprint’s six-pack ring, we are changing the game for beverage packaging and distribution by delivering a plastic-free solution that is applied in high volume and performs. We’re very excited that MillerCoors put its trust in us to roll it out with Colorado Native.”
(Footprint LLC)

drinktec and SIMEI forge ahead with their successful collaboration

drinktec and SIMEI forge ahead with their successful collaboration  (Company news)

Messe München and the Italian wine association UIV (Unione Italiana Vini) continue their successful collaboration. At the next editions of drinktec in Munich in 2021 and 2015, respectively, wine technology will be displayed under the label “powered by SIMEI”. In addition, the agreement provides that SIMEI, the leading international exhibition for enological and bottling equipment, will take place in Milan every two years as in the past.

The two partners have agreed to support each other with the aim to strengthen both brands, drinktec and SIMEI. Therefore, drinktec will be present at the next SIMEI event in Milan from November 19 to 22, 2019 with a booth of its own. Likewise, SIMEI will fly the flag at drinktec in Munich and be present there. The label “powered by SIMEI” will appear in all places where drinktec presents process technology especially designed for wine. It documents the ongoing close relationship between Messe München and UIV.

“In this way, we express that we continue collaborating and closing ranks“, states Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer (photo), Managing Director of Messe München in charge of drinktec. “Our intention is to continue implementing a strong presence for wine technology at drinktec and to offer UIV members a worldwide audience as well.”

“The domestic market is extremely important for SIMEI. Since the Munich events calendar does not allow moving the dates of drinktec into November, an edition of SIMEI in Italy can offer Italian wine growers a meeting place at the right time, namely after the grape harvest, every two years. That is how both brands can best profit from one another“, stated the UIV Secretary General Paolo Castelletti.

“By taking this decision, Messe München and UIV have responded to market needs and thus have done everything correctly“, said Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Trade Association within the VDMA.
(Messe München GmbH)

New Natura enhanced with MFC – making the most out of our renewable materials

New Natura enhanced with MFC – making the most out of our renewable materials  (Company news)

New Natura™ by Stora Enso is a liquid packaging board enhanced with micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) for extra strength and lower weight. It was introduced in milk cartons in 2015, but now the material is available for any customers who want to reduce the weight and improve the sustainability of their packaging.

“New Natura enhanced with MFC delivers the best in product protection as well as printing, converting and filling performance but at a lower weight. It helps packaging manufacturers and consumer brands to use fewer raw materials, create less waste and lower their package weights. For consumers, the carton remains similar and easy to recycle, which is very important for today’s eco-aware consumers,” says Vesa-Pekka Aaltonen, Product Manager.

Stora Enso runs the world’s largest MFC production facilities at its Imatra Mills in Finland. MFC has the same basic chemistry as cellulose fibres but consists of smaller particles called micro fibrils, which improve the strength of the board.

“Stora Enso has been a pioneer in the development of MFC for decades, and today we can tailor the fibres to fit for purpose. Our MFC makes the fibre mesh stronger, so we can reduce weight without compromising the stiffness, strength or other board properties that are vital for the packaging performance. This saves raw material and makes New Natura even more sustainable, renewable and recyclable raw material for beverage cartons,” says Aaltonen.

New Natura enhanced with MFC can be used for any gable top liquid packaging application: dairy products, juice, other beverages, soups and spices. It is available with PE or high-barrier coating, depending on the product packed and the barrier properties required to protect it.
(Stora Enso Packaging Papers)

SWA welcomes UK-South Korea trade continuity

SWA welcomes UK-South Korea trade continuity  (Company news)

The UK has signed a joint statement for trade continuity with Korea, removing the prospect of tariffs on Scotch Whisky.

Commenting on the joint statement for trade continuity between the United Kingdom and South Korea, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts (photo) said:
“Scotch Whisky is a global success story, with more than 1.2bn bottles exported last year.

“Our export success is based on free trade and open markets. By reducing tariffs and other trade barriers, Scotland’s national drink can continue to increase its global reach, in turn creating jobs and investment across the UK.

“This agreement removes the prospect of tariffs being reintroduced in South Korea - an important market for Scotch Whisky worth £70 million in shipment value in 2018.”
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

UPM Raflatac announces portfolio of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for Americas market

UPM Raflatac announces portfolio of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for Americas market  (Company news)

UPM Raflatac, the world's most sustainable labeling company, is pleased to announce a new range of FSC(TM) certified paper face stocks for the Americas market. This announcement takes UPM Raflatac one step closer to achieving its target of sourcing wood fiber from 100 percent certified sources by the year 2030.

The new FSC certified products include paper wine label materials, semi-gloss, thermal transfer, direct thermal, and more. With more and more brands unveiling ambitious sustainability targets for their packaging materials, UPM Raflatac's portfolio of FSC certified products can support them in achieving targets for sourcing paper products from certified sustainably managed forests.

FSC certification by the Forest Stewardship Council(TM) is an internationally recognized mark of well-managed and sustainable forest operations. UPM Raflatac has supplied FSC certified products since 2008 and actively co-operates with the organization around the world. The aim is to increase the use of certified wood in the label production processes and to promote awareness of the forest certification and related responsibility issues.

"Only about 10 percent of the world's forests are certified today and much work remains to be done to promote responsible sourcing," says Tyler Matuseveich, Sustainability Manager, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "UPM Raflatac is continuously striving to have the most sustainable label materials portfolio in the industry. In offering a new range of high quality face stocks on FSC certified papers for the Americas market, we can assure our customers we always know the origin of fiber and can trace it back to the forest it came from. We invite you to partner with us to achieve your sustainability targets for sustainably sourced packaging materials."

Expanding the portfolio of FSC certified materials in the Americas is a significant milestone towards UPM Raflatac's aim to supply products that are sustainable over their lifecycles, and to increase the range of eco-labeled products.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

Flexible, compact and gentle on resources: KHS now also labels cans

Flexible, compact and gentle on resources: KHS now also labels cans  (Company news)

-Systems supplier expands its labeling portfolio
-Compact machine with low energy consumption
-Flexible marketing options through self-adhesive labeling

Most decisions to buy are made directly at the point of sale: the significance of product presentation is growing, with an attractive visual appearance becoming ever more important. KHS is therefore now also offering its successful Innoket Neo labeling series (photo) for cans to manufacturers of small batches and producers with a high brand variety. The machine opens up new avenues in product marketing and flexibility in production. Warehouse capacities are reduced and energy is saved.

Images of production shops filled with pallets of differently printed empty cans will soon be a thing of the past. Says Cornelius Adolf, labeling product manager for KHS, “We’ve expanded our existing portfolio to include can labeling to give the customer more design options and enable these designs to be implemented faster with smaller warehouse capacities.” This is because minimum order quantities and long delivery times for empty cans limit flexibility. It is now possible to order unprinted cans within a much shorter period and to label them using the KHS Innoket Neo, thus simplifying logistics processes.

Wrap-around labels with optical alignment
The Innoket Neo can be used to apply self-adhesive film or paper labels. Here, the container can be either partly or fully wrapped with a label – including optical alignment. “The look and feel are unique”, is how Adolf explains the results of the self-adhesive labeling method. With this technology beverage producers can also respond much more rapidly and flexibly to the steadily growing variety of products and labels on the market. With this system the design or logo can be changed within a few hours and the cans dressed with suitable motifs. “Customers can even print their own labels. This considerably shortens the time to market. An attractive product is a clear distinguishing criterion at the point of sale," says Adolf. As no cans with varying motifs have to be ordered, costs are also cut as higher numbers of unprinted containers can be purchased.

The space-saving machine with its 14 can plates driven by servomotors comes from the established Innoket Neo module system and gives manufacturers of small batches and producers with a great variety of brands many benefits. At high machine availability up to 35,000 full or empty cans in all standard sizes can be labeled per hour. The machine can be positioned upstream or downstream of the filler. Format changeovers are quick and do not require any additional tools. The labeler also has a high level of energy efficiency, with a power consumption of just five kilowatts per hour.

Suitable can filler supplement
BrewDog, which claims to be the biggest independent brewery in Scotland, is already using the new labeling technology in combination with the KHS can filler already successfully established on the market. “Both machines supplement one another perfectly,” smiles Adolf. “We draw on decades of experience when developing systems for our customers and take heed of the changed demands and conditions governing the entire filling and packaging process.”
(KHS GmbH)

Michael Traxler heads Mould Technology division of ENGEL

Michael Traxler heads Mould Technology division of ENGEL  (Company news)

Michael Traxler (photo) has been appointed head of ENGEL’s Mould Technology division. Together with his team, the experienced toolmaker will continue to expand the consulting services internationally to further strengthen the systems business of the injection moulding machine manufacturer worldwide.

The share of integrated system solutions in ENGEL’s order volume is increasing globally. In addition to the injection moulding machine, automation and other peripheral devices, the mould is often part of the overall scope. Therefore, an in-house department at ENGEL’s headquarters in Austria has been involved in the project planning of injection moulds for more than ten years. The team of experts combines the experience and know-how gained from worldwide projects to develop a mould solution that is precisely tailor-made for the product and the production process in partnership with a mould manufacturer. In addition, ENGEL's mould technology department is contracted as a consultant, for example, when it comes to particularly demanding new product developments or feasibility studies.

Very well positioned internationally
Following the retirement of Udo Stahlschmidt, Michael Traxler has been appointed head of this strategically important division. Traxler has more than 30 years of experience in precision tool making and injection moulding. He joined ENGEL in 2015 and previously headed the Packaging business unit in North America.

“We would like to thank Udo Stahlschmidt for his many years of great commitment. With his sound expertise and keen sense of the specific requirements of the markets, he has very well positioned ENGEL’s mould technology department internationally,” says Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group. “With Michael Traxler, we are delighted to have found a successor who has already a lot of experience in this area and who will continue the work without skipping a beat. With Mr. Traxler, we will continue to advance the decentralised development of the mould technology know-how”.

ENGEL started this process in China where a new Mould Technology department was established at its Shanghai site. “The project planning of injection moulds requires a great deal of coordination and very close cooperation between us as a system solution provider and the plastics processors. That's why it's so important to be on site and speak the native language of our customers,” says Steger.

Strong partner network
ENGEL has established a strong worldwide network of system partners, each of whom is also one of the leading providers in their field. ENGEL’s mould manufacturing partners cover a wide range, from simple moulds for standard injection moulding to sophisticated high-performance precision moulds. In the systems business, ENGEL suggests the most suitable mould manufacturer for each project and advises the customer on the choice of partner.

ENGEL’s many years of extensive experience in mould technology and its strong worldwide presence are decisive factors for many customers when commissioning ENGEL as a general contractor for the complete production cell, including the mould. As a general contractor, ENGEL assumes the overall responsibility, even if other companies are involved in the project. During project planning, commissioning and after-sales, the customer has a central point of contact, which accelerates many projects and offers the customer a higher degree of safety.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Refreshingly new: O.Vine varietal wine-essence water

Refreshingly new: O.Vine varietal wine-essence water   (Company news)

Turning wine-grape waste into alcohol-free Chardonnay- and Cabernet-infused water

Wine Water, Ltd., parent company of O.Vine, Inc., launches Chardonnay- and Cabernet Sauvignon-essence water to refresh the “infused water” landscape. The two alcohol-free beverages are comprised of a unique concert of purified water and hidden nutritional benefits of upcycled wine grape residue and will be introduced at the Summer Fancy Food Show June 23-25 in New York, booth #3809.

O.Vine Wine Essence Water™ is a line of all-natural, non-alcoholic beverages that expresses the spirit of wine and sets new standards for sustainable sourcing as well as innovation. Free of preservatives and synthetic colors, its natural blush color and healthful ingredients are derived from the essence extracted from red or white wine grape skins and seeds.

The two innovative beverages are composed of the skins and seeds of single grape varieties (either Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay), bringing the distinct essence of these renowned much-loved wines to refreshing water, without intoxicating effects.

The pomace that forms the waste product from the wine making process is a valuable source of phenolic antioxidants. The reuse of this pomace effectively transforms the treasures inherent in leftovers from the winemaking process into aromatic, indulgent essence waters.

A panel of food and wine experts were recruited to choose the ideal blend of Chardonnay and Cabernet grapes for inclusion into these exclusive bottles. Only sustainably grown grapes are gathered from selected vineyards that meet the desired parameters of flavor and quality, while conforming to the same values of social responsibility and sustainability.

“We see O.Vine essence water as a big winner in the United States and these two new varietals will just make the brand stronger,” enthuses Bill Sipper, Managing Partner at Cascadia Managing Brands. “It aligns with what Millennials are seeking — products that are organic, made by companies that respect the environment. Millennials also are drinking less alcohol. This combination makes O.Vine an all-around winner.”

The grapes are sourced from select vineyards located across the Galilee hills in Israel. The Galilee is one of the most ancient wine grape-growing regions on Earth. “The environment in which the grapes are grown, the quality of the earth, and the impeccable climate are factors that determine the flavor, color, body, and aroma of wines; likewise is our fine wine water collection,” says Anat Levi, CEO and founder of Wine Water. “Chardonnay grapes grown in different locations will inherit distinctive characteristics that are very different from one another.”

“The new beverage duo emanates from single grape varieties,” adds Levi. ”The Cabernet has a dark, red fruity character with a note of chocolate and a gentle tart twist. The Chardonnay imparts more tones of lime and apple, with notes of caramel. Both are equally refreshing and delicious.”

Consumer awareness toward sustainability and health as integral part of their lifestyle is growing at an accelerated rate. Nielsen reports that sustainability continues to drive sales across the CPG landscape and that the US sustainability market is expected to reach $150 billion by 2021.

O.Vine’s beverages come to the market as the company marks one year since it debuted the award-winning wine grape water infusions. The line consists of red, white, still, and sparkling, non-alcoholic beverages sourced from a variety of grapes and continues to spark growing global interest. Last year, O.Vine received the “Best New Water” concept award at the prestigious Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian, France.

The company’s original collection is currently available both online, on the Beverage Universe site, and in-store at Neiman-Marcus, New York. The refreshing beverages are slated to appear on shelves of higher-end retail stores this summer as the company signs new contracts with a US-based brand management company. The beverages also will be launching in the UK and France. “O.Vine inspires consumers who are seeking new and innovative beverages to complement their way of life, and in line with the latest trends for alcohol-free and all-natural beverages. This was the driving force behind O.Vine’s creation of the new niche of wine water in the marketplace,” Levi concludes.

Visit us at the Summer Fancy Food Show June 23-25 in New York, booth #3809.
(O.Vine Inc.)

Diageo brands earn top honours at 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Diageo brands earn top honours at 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition  (Company news)

Recognised for quality, craftsmanship and overall excellence, our brands were awarded a total of 101 medals including 2 Best in Class, 10 Double Gold and 29 Gold.

Now in it's 19th year, the prestigious annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition featured almost 3,000 entries from around the world.

The 40-strong judging panel, consisting of some of the most respected and experienced experts in the spirits industry, awarded our brands 101 medals including:

Best in Class
-Johnnie Walker 18-Year-Old – Best Blended Scotch (photo)
-Lagavulin 9-Year-Old, Game of Thrones House Lannister – Best Distillers’ Malt Scotch, Up to 12 Years

Double Gold
-Buchanan’s 18-Year-Old Special Reserve
-Bundaberg Master Distillers’ Collection Solera Rum
-Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection (packaging)
-Johnnie Walker 18-Year-Old
-Johnnie Walker Double Black Label
-Lagavulin 12-Year-Old
-Lagavulin 9-Year-Old, Game of Thrones House Lannister
-Mortlach 16-Year-Old
-Singleton 12-Year-Old
-Talisker 10-Year-Old
-Talisker Distiller’s Edition

Scotch brands performed particularly well, winning 43 of the total 101 medals. Several medals were awarded to our American Whiskey brands, with Bulleit, George Dickel, and Orphan Barrel all securing Gold and above. In the Tequila, Rum, Vodka and Gin categories, 32 medals were awarded to our brands with Smirnoff and Zacapa each earning two Gold medals.
(Diageo plc)

BrauBeviale 2019 puts the spotlight on the future viability of the beverage sector

BrauBeviale 2019 puts the spotlight on the future viability of the beverage sector  (BrauBeviale 2019)

-Nuremberg plays host to the international beverage industry
-Compact hall layout covers entire beverage industry process chain
-Global Beviale Family network also inspires BrauBeviale

From 12 to 14 November 2019, Nuremberg will once again be the hub for the international beverage industry, when the who’s who of the sector gathers for this year’s most important capital goods fair for beverage production and marketing. Last year’s highly successful event, which broke new records and underscored the industry’s good economic prospects, points to equally positive outcomes for this year’s annual gathering of the beverage community. The products and solutions on display by the around 1,100 exhibitors, 53 percent of which are from outside Germany, covers the entire process chain for beverage production, from raw materials, technology and components to packaging, accessories and marketing ideas. This year too, the main theme is the future viability of the beverage industry. What are challenges being faced by both equipment suppliers and beverage manufacturers? Through its product range and supporting programme, BrauBeviale offers the key platform for knowledge-sharing and innovation, while creating momentum and providing inspiration.

“BrauBeviale 2018 was bigger and more international than ever,” says Andrea Kalrait, Exhibition Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse, looking back once again at the opening event of the current three-year cycle. “The beverage sector just seems to have been waiting to get back to Nuremberg. And this year too, we are looking forward to welcoming old friends and newbies, global players, SMEs and start-ups.” In November, the exhibitors will once again be showcasing the entire process chain for beverage production. The new route around the displays that was introduced for visitors in 2018 has proven effective and offers visitors ease of navigation in an atmosphere that is as constructive and welcoming as usual.
The various halls around the perimeter of the central lawn are grouped into thematic focus areas: raw materials and sensory attributes in Hall 1, technologies in Halls 6, 7A, 7, 8, 9, water treatment, analysis and components in Hall 6, packaging in Halls 4A and 4, and accessories and marketing in Halls 5 and 6.

Key platform for the issues currently affecting the industry
This year too, the main theme of BrauBeviale is the future viability of the beverage sector. The issues and challenges currently confronting beverage producers are generally the same across borders. Efficient and flexible technologies, diverse and high-quality raw materials and ingredients and sustainability in production are just as important as digitalisation and automation, future strategies for your own company, packaging, marketing messages and communicating with consumers and end clients. BrauBeviale not only covers these topics through the product range on display but also in the supporting programme. It appeals to all beverage producers, whether they are brewers, mineral water operations, winemakers or manufacturers of spirits or alcohol-free drinks. From July:

Two symposia held on the day before the trade fair have proven very popular: The 7th European MicroBrew Symposium organised by the Berlin-based VLB (teaching and training institute for brewing, and the Export Forum German Beverages. And of course, the European Beer Star, which has been at home at BrauBeviale since its “birth year” 2004, will also be presented again at the event. Now one of the most important beer competitions worldwide, it was initiated by the German Private Breweries Association, the honorary sponsor of the trade fair and German and European umbrella organisation. On the first day of the fair, BrauBeviale visitors will vote for their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners – the Consumers’ Favourite 2019 in gold, silver and bronze. Tastings of beer and other beverage specialities, led by independent experts, will also take place in the Craft Drinks Area. At eight themed bars, visitors can experience an unprecedented range of flavours: five beer bars with special country slots, a spirits bar, a bar for water and innovative alcohol-free drinks, and a bar where the quality of the glass plays a key role in the sensory attributes of the drink. The popular BrauBeviale Forum, as well as hosting the official opening and various award ceremonies, is also the venue for interesting lectures, presentations and panel discussions offering information, inspiration and the opportunity for interaction. The main thematic areas are also reflected by the BrauBeviale Think Tank, which explores raw materials, technologies, packaging, marketing and entrepreneurship. The attractive supporting programme is complemented by other themed pavilions and special shows: brau@home with Speakers’ Corner, Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment, Innovative Drinks Packaging, Innovation made in Germany – the subsidised pavilion for new companies from Germany – and to allow us to blow our own trumpet – a Beviale Family information booth. Details will be available shortly at:

Highly satisfied trade visitors from all around the world
More than 40,000 industry professionals visited BrauBeviale 2018, over 18,000 of them from outside Germany. They represented 132 countries, primarily Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Russia and the UK, but also Greenland, Fiji and Costa Rica. They came from the technical and commercial management segments of the international beverage industry, i.e. from breweries and malt houses, companies producing and bottling alcohol-free drinks, wine and sparkling wine cellars, distilleries, dairies, specialist beverage retailers and wholesalers, the hotel and restaurant sector and service providers for the beverage sector.

But it’s not just the quantity but the quality of trade visitors that speaks for itself and underscores the relevance of the exhibition: around 90 percent of trade visitors are involved in the investment decisions taken at their companies. “The really important decision-makers were in attendance,” said the Exhibitor Advisory Board following the successful conclusion of BrauBeviale 2018. “As 99 percent of trade visitors polled were satisfied by what was offered by the fair, and no less than 95 percent stated that they would like to come back again in 2019, we are already looking forward to welcoming them, and new participants as well, to our annual gathering,” says Andrea Kalrait with a view to the next round in the autumn.

She explains the large international contingent (45 percent) among visitors as being partly due to increasing familiarity with and importance of the Beviale Family – NürnbergMesse’s global network with events covering the manufacture and marketing of drinks. As well as BrauBeviale, other members of the Beviale Family are Beviale Moscow in Russia, Beviale Mexico, CRAFT BEER events in China and Italy, CRAFT DRINKS in India and collaborations with BeerX in the UK, Expo Wine + Beer in Chile, Feira Brasileira da Cerveja in Brazil, KIBEX in South Korea and SEA Brew in Southeast Asia.

Remaining dates in the current BrauBeviale three-year cycle:
BrauBeviale 2019: 12 – 14 November 2019
BrauBeviale 2020: 10 – 12 November 2020
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

A toast to the 'Raining Champions'!

A toast to the 'Raining Champions'!  (Company news)

What better way to educate football fans about urgent water challenges and celebrate a phenomenal season for Manchester City than by toasting the club with a limited-edition beer brewed with purified rainwater from the Etihad Stadium?

To celebrate City’s epic Premier League title win, we’re excited to team up with Manchester City and Heineken Manchester to produce ‘Raining Champions’ – a bespoke beer made from purified rainwater collected on the rooftop of City’s home ground.

With Manchester averaging about 152 rainy days per year, challenges like water scarcity may seem a world away but the reality is that these issues are closer than we think.

A staggering 3.6 billion people – almost half the global population – currently live in areas that are water-scarce at least one month per year and, by 2050, projections estimate that more than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages. Recycled water is one long-term, sustainable solution to water scarcity.

The ‘Raining Champions’ beer was brewed using rainwater from the Etihad, purified with advanced, proven treatment technologies that produce safe clean drinking water to the highest standards.
(Xylem Inc.)

FachPack: Special show 'Enviromentally friendly premium packaging'

FachPack: Special show 'Enviromentally friendly premium packaging'  (Company news)

During FachPack 2019, NürnbergMesse and bayern design will present the special show Environmentally-Friendly Packaging in the Premium Sector in hall 8. The exhibition will illustrate how packaging design enables sustainable packaging design through conception, realization and other different approaches.

The packaging industry is developing, thanks to the public interests innovative ideas and concepts for packaging, demonstrating new opportunities and ways to accommodate the trend and the dynamics of sustainable packaging. This creates new forward-looking and creative designs that inspire visitors.

The exhibits are divided into five categories, which provide an overview of different approaches to Environmentally-Friendly Packaging in the Premium Sector. They aim to show how a successful brand identity, first-rate design and sustainable packaging can help to achieve harmony. The curated exhibition will follow these five guiding themes:
-Recycling packaging
-Resource-saving materials
-Reusable packaging and systems
-New) environmentally-friendly processes
-Design as added value

The presented innovations describe new trends and impulses from the packaging industry and are divided into the areas material, value, processes and idea creator.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ portfolio wins FINAT Recycling & Sustainability award 2019

Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ portfolio wins FINAT Recycling & Sustainability award 2019  (Company news)

An innovation from Avery Dennison that enables closed-loop PET recycling has won this year’s FINAT Recycling and Sustainability award. The CleanFlake™ portfolio (video) enables production of high quality recycled PET (rPET) from post-consumer bottles while maintaining all-important visual impact and food contact approval. The portfolio is further reducing environmental impact by using recycled PET liner material.

Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager EMEA, said that the award is a great recognition of Avery Dennison's continued focus on sustainable innovation: “FINAT is an important organisation representing our customer base and we are delighted with this win. CleanFlake technology is one example of the many initiatives we are introducing to reduce material use and waste. Generating clean PET flakes, free of label and ink contamination, is a difficult task for recyclers. We worked to develop a label that would separate from bottles completely in a conventional recycling facility, and CleanFlake can close the loop – generating high quality rPET suitable for making new PET bottles or other food packaging.”

The portfolio meets many application needs, with a clear ‘no label look’ rigid facestock, a cavitated white version, and flexible facestocks that can adapt to semi-squeezable containers or dimensional changes in freshly blown bottles, eliminating or significantly reducing label wrinkle defects.
Jenny Wassenaar, sustainability and compliance director, said that the environmental benefits are substantial, including the sustainability gains available from the option of a rPET23 liner which contains 30% post-consumer waste: “Our analysis shows that using a million square metres of rPET23 reduces fossil fuel use by 30% (60 barrels of oil), energy use by 23% (equivalent to 17 households for a year) and water by 20% (123 people’s annual consumption).”

Extensive collaboration has ensured that the portfolio meets widely varying recycling standards in many countries. CleanFlake adheres to EPBP design guidelines and delivers 100% wash-off when following the in Petcore PET tray recycling protocol. It is also approved by Returpack (Sweden) and Infinitum (Norway).

Jenny Wassenaar said that such widespread testing is important: “A recycling washer can operate at anything from 65 to 85 degrees, and CleanFlake performs well either way. This initiative has shown how much can be achieved when manufacturers, suppliers, recyclers and converters all work together on sustainability improvements.”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water to Use 100% Recycled Plastic by 2022

Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water to Use 100% Recycled Plastic by 2022  (Company news)

Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, America’s leading spring water brand, announced that it has started transitioning its packaging to recycled plastic (rPET), and plans to be the first major bottled water brand to reach 100% recycled plastic across its still water portfolio by 20221 . This month, the brand’s 1-liter bottles will begin being made using 100% rPET. In April, the brand launched a premium offering, Poland Spring® ORIGIN in 900mL bottles, which are also made entirely of recycled plastic.

“As a company, we’ve already put our stake in the ground when it comes to taking the ‘single’ out of ‘single-use’ plastic bottles,” says Fernando Mercé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters North America. “As we begin to transform Poland Spring, our most iconic brand, to 100% recycled plastic packaging, we will begin to bring this commitment to life for our consumers in a tangible way. Bottles like these, which are made from 100% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable, are proof that a fully circular economy is within our reach.”

This initiative comes just months after Poland Spring’s parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, announced that it will achieve 25% recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2021. The company plans to continue expanding its use of recycled materials in the coming years, further setting an ambition to reach 50% recycled plastic by 2025.

Poland Spring’s current packaging, which is predominantly made using PET plastic, is already 100% recyclable, and the company views its push toward using more recycled materials to be the next phase in making its packaging more sustainable and addressing the issue of plastic waste. Using recycled plastic helps keep plastic out of landfills and oceans, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to using virgin plastic.

However, as recycling rates in the United States still hover around 30%, Poland Spring recognizes that in order to fulfill its commitment to use recycled plastic in its packaging, it must also invest in initiatives that help plastic bottles get back in the recycling bin in the first place. That’s why Poland Spring, along with its parent company, is collaborating with organizations like Closed Loop Fund to help increase recycling infrastructure. The brand is also expanding How2Recycle labels across all of its packaging, to remind consumers to empty the bottle, replace the cap and recycle when they’re done.

“To achieve a circular economy, we, as brand owners, need to inspire people to think and act differently when it comes to plastic,” said David Tulauskas, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. “I cannot think of a more meaningful way to connect with our consumers than to bring to market a more sustainable bottle that they themselves helped to create simply by recycling.”
(Nestlé Waters North America)

Beviale Mexico 2020: Latin America's first comprehensive beverage exhibition

Beviale Mexico 2020: Latin America's first comprehensive beverage exhibition  (Company news)

-The Beviale Family is adding another Beviale event to its portfolio
-Congress dates: 28 to 29 July 2020 Exhibition dates: 29 to 31 July 2020
-Partnership with the Mexican craft beer association ACERMEX

The Beviale Family, the NürnbergMesse Group’s global network for the beverage industry, is adding another event to its portfolio. Beviale Mexico will open its doors in Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex for the first time from 29 to 31 July 2020. Beviale events feature a specialised programme spanning the entire process chain for beverage production, from raw materials and technologies to components and logistics as well as marketing ideas. The programme also covers all segments – alcohol-free and alcoholic beverages and liquid milk products: water, soft drinks, juice, beer, wine and spirits, such as the Mexican specialties tequila and mezcal. Mexico City will have lots to offer the world of beverages in 2020: A congress will begin the day before the exhibition, although the real kick-off will happen in April when ACERMEX (Asociación de Cerveceros Artesanales de México) stages a beer festival. The Mexican craft beer association is a partner of Beviale Mexico.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer another comprehensive beverage exhibition in our international portfolio by adding Beviale Mexico,” notes Andrea Kalrait, who is in charge of the Beviale Family. “More than 124 million residents and good consumer trends make this market appealing to beverage manufacturers. We cannot wait for the first Beviale event in the Americas.”

Mexico is an attractive economic market with stable growth in key industries, including beverages and packaging. The food industry is among the country’s fastest growers. According to the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, Mexico’s beverage sector breaks down into 60 per cent alcoholic and 40 per cent alcohol-free beverages. Soft drinks, water and beer are the main revenue earners. Mexican families spend about four per cent of their money on alcoholic drinks. Seventy per cent of families prefer to drink beer, but national and international spirits are also popular. For instance, tequila revenues jumped 15.7 per cent in the first half of 2018 alone compared with the same stretch in 2017, according to the industry information service Información Sistematizada de Canales y Mercados (ISCAM). Developments in the Mexican craft beverages segment are following the global trend, which is clearly reflected in the growth posted by smaller breweries but also by spirits makers. According to ACERMEX, Mexico had 1,400 breweries in 2018 – and this number is rising. From a global
standpoint, Mexico is also in the premier league when it comes to beverages: Mexico is the world’s fourth-largest beer producer with beer production of 110 million hl (2017), coming after China, the US and Brazil. Mexico even takes first place globally when it comes to bottled water with per capita consumption of 254 litres, ahead of Thailand and Italy (International Bottled Water Association).

The focus is on Central and Latin America
The steadily growing beverage market is creating stronger demand for beverage equipment. Beviale Mexico views itself as an intermediary between national and international beverage manufacturers and suppliers to the beverage industry.
Kalrait feels that significant opportunities exist for international exhibitors in particular: “The political climate and still low exchange rates lead us to believe that beverage production will continue to grow in Mexico. Another factor that is certainly interesting for equipment suppliers is that engineering is not very developed at all in the country and beverage manufacturers import nearly all of their equipment. With Beviale Mexico, we are offering the industry a promising platform to reap the rewards of growing consumer spending and to find partners to ensure that technology and components are produced in the country.”

Products on display:
-Raw materials and sensory refinement
-Machinery and installations for beverage production
-Machinery and installations for filling and packaging beverages
-Packaging, closure systems, labelling and packaging ancillaries
-Automation and IT
-Operating and laboratory equipment, process and auxiliary materials
-Installations for energy, compressed air/gases, industrial safety,
environmental technologies
-Logistics and intralogistics
-Marketing and catering equipment
-Services, institutes, training institutes and media
(NürnbergMesse Group)


The Netherlands: Heineken buys minority stake in craft brewery Oedipus  (

Heineken bought a minority share in Amsterdam craft brewery Oedipus, the NL Times reported on June 6.

Specific details about the deal - like how big the Heineken share is and what the Dutch beer giant paid for it - were not revealed, ANP reports.

Oedipus was established in an Amsterdam kitchen in 2011. In 2015 the company opened its own brewery, with a bar attached. Oedipus will remain an independent brewery with its owners leading the business. But Heineken's shares mean that the small craft brewery can make use of Heineken's knowledge on beer and brewing techniques.

"Dreams need investments and we felt the time was right to make an active choice about our future", Oedipus said in a press release. The founders' dreams include a "modern, sustainable farm brewery in or around Amsterdam", and a new bar that pays attention to beer, food, music and culture, according to the news wire.

Large brewers are increasingly interested in craft beers. Heineken itself already acquired the American Lagunitas and owns an online store called Beerwulf that sells various craft beers.

Wynkoop Releases First Cans of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Wynkoop Releases First Cans of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout  (Company news)

Alright, it’s official: we have released a hand-canned version of our world-famous Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.

This is another seminal moment in our 25 years of small-batch liquid art.

As you may recall, RMOS Stout made its debut during last year’s Great American Beer Festival. The draft-only beer earned press and consumer interest from around the world and led to long lines for the beer at our GABF table.

The new hand-canned version of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is being sold in unique twopacks of labeled 12-ounce cans. It’ll be available at select retailers in our Denver distribution area.

We’re certain that this is the ballsiest canned beer in the world. We believe it’s also the nation’s first twopack of cans.

The beer is made in tiny 8-barrel batches (instead of our usual, already small 20-barrel batch) and is the first in our new Even Smaller Batch Series of beers. (A barrel of beer equals 31 gallons and two standard 15.5 gallon kegs.)

Head brewer Andy Brown developed the beer’s recipe.

A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive, viscous stout with a rich brown/black color, a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts. The beer sports a savory, umami-like note and a roasty dry finish.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is 7.5% ABV and 3 BPBs. (That’s balls per barrel.)

The beer came to life last fall after the enthusiastic response to our 2012 April Fools Day spoof video in which we claimed to have made the beer. I got the video joke idea and wrote up the script after sampling a traditional oyster stout (made with ocean-grown kind) by the fine folks at Odell Brewing.

Note the stellar performances by Andy, our former brewer Brad Landman (he’s now at Vine Street Pub) and the rest of our staff. Gabe Dohrn (a part-time Wynkoop staffer and founder of Avavision Media) was the video wizard behind the camera and did the exceptional edit job for the piece.

Folks who got the video joke thought it was a hilarious idea. Many of those who missed the joke were eager to try the beer. So we figured the only way we could top the humor of the video and make those stout drinkers happy was to actually create the beer.

We canned approximately 100 cases of the beer in this initial canning run of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. The beers are hand canned on a table-top canning machine from Cask Brewing Systems.

We’ve packaged RMOS in blank, unprinted aluminum cans that we label with a two-part label akin to those used on glass bottles. This method enables us to produce super-small batches of canned beer and avoid the 95,000 can minimum for painted cans from our can supplier.

Look for these nutty new twofers in our best Denver area stores. Have a ball!
(Wynkoop Brewing Company)

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