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Weener Plastics Group appoints Adrian Whitfield as new CEO

Weener Plastics Group appoints Adrian Whitfield as new CEO  (Company news)

Weener Plastics Group announced the appointment of Adrian Whitfield as its Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Anthonie Zoomers on January 27, 2020, who has served as interim CEO for the past six months.

Adrian Whitfield has 30 years of experience in senior roles across numerous industrial sectors, including packaging, specialty chemicals and engineering. He has a highly successful track record of delivering profitable growth in internationally competitive markets. Prior to joining Weener Plastics Group, Adrian Whitfield was CEO of Wilmcote Holdings which has a strong focus on specialty chemicals assets. From 2006 to 2015, he was CEO of Synthomer. During his tenure he transformed the company into a world leading speciality chemicals company, approximately doubling the turnover and quadrupling the profitability of the Group. Before that, he was the founding CEO of DS Smith's Plastics Division, a fast-growing international plastic packaging producer.

Niall Wall, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Weener Plastics Group, said: "We are delighted that Adrian is joining the Group as CEO. Given his track-record, he brings the perfect combination of skill set and experience to execute on strategic and operational initiatives to give new momentum to Weener Plastics' profitable growth and to further strengthen the company's position as market leader for innovative packaging solutions."

Niall Wall, continued: "We would like to thank Anthonie Zoomers for his strong commitment and the contribution as interim CEO. In a relatively short period of time, he was able to further develop Weener Plastics Group while enabling us to take the time necessary to find a successor. We wish Anthonie all the best and continued success for his future career."

Weener Plastics Group has developed very well in recent years establishing itself as innovation leader in its core product segments. Under the helm of Adrian Whitfield, Weener Plastics Group strives to accelerate its profitable growth.
(Weener Plastics Netherlands BV)

ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA expands its presence in Israel

ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA expands its presence in Israel  (Company news)

Agreement on strategic alliance with process technology and packaging specialist DrinkTech

Picture: Florian Schneider, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH (on the left) and Alon Tikotzky, DrinkTech Ltd., who will be responsible for the brewing, beverage and liquid food industry in Israel for ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA

For ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH, Israel has developed into an important growth market. In order to expand their presence and thus to further optimize the sales structure, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA has agreed upon a strategic alliance with Alon Tikotzky and his company DrinkTech Ltd. DrinkTech is a process technology and packaging specialist in the beverage, food, brewing, dairy and pharmaceutical industry, which is very successful in Israel.

„Alon is an experienced and well connected expert & networker, who now helps us to intensify the contact with our existing customers. But new segments, such as the growing craft beer scene, will also benefit from our collaboration. Of course, Alon will also access the portfolio of our sister company DME Process Systems, which covers the area of smaller brewhouses and cold blocks with extraordinarily attractive solutions,” explained Florian Schneider, Sales Director EMEA and APAC of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH.
(Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH)

Latest Portman Group-YouGov survey provides update on public's view on how alcohol containers...

Latest Portman Group-YouGov survey provides update on public's view on how alcohol containers...  (Company news)

...shape consumption

The Portman Group’s latest survey conducted by YouGov shows that the British public have strong views on how alcohol container choice shapes drinker perceptions and influences perceptions of how products are consumed.

The survey of 2,010 adults across Britain is largely consistent with previous surveys conducted in 2016 and 2014, and shows that the public believe:
-Larger products with higher ABVs are designed to be decanted into a glass and shared and / or consumed over multiple sittings.
-Smaller products with lower ABVs are designed to be consumed straight from the container by one person in one sitting.
-However, beers and ciders with an ABV of 8% in a 500ml can are seen as designed to be consumed by one person in one sitting straight from the can.

The research was conducted on behalf of the Independent Complaints Panel to inform their understanding of the British public’s perception of alcohol packaging and immoderate drinking. This forms part of an evidence-based approach to considering complaints brought forward on the naming packaging, promotion and sponsorship of alcoholic drinks under the sixth edition of the Portman Group’s Codes of Practice. This Code and its associated guidance came into force in September 2019. The guidance to the Code advises that single-serve, non-resealable containers should not be more than 4 units, although mitigating factors for products up to six units such as premium status, pricing, and share messaging may be taken into account by the Panel.

Commenting, Portman Group Chief Executive John Timothy said:
“Our survey results should act as a useful reminder to producers that their choice of container and its size has a real impact on consumer perceptions and how a product is enjoyed. In order to avoid the impression of encouraging immoderate consumption certain products with a higher ABV may have to work harder to communicate to consumers that it is designed to be shared and/or consumed over multiple sittings.”
(Portman Group)

SIG drives climate agenda with ambitious new 1.5°C target

SIG drives climate agenda with ambitious new 1.5°C target  (Company news)

SIG has set a bold new climate target that is one of the first in its industry to be approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) as being in line with the latest climate science to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent the worst effects of climate change. SIG is committed to cutting its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 60% by 2030 (from the 2016 baseline).

„It’s clear the world urgently needs to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to tackle the harmful effects of climate change,” said Ian Wood, Chief Supply Chain Officer at SIG. „SIG’s stretching new target will accelerate climate action to dramatically cut our emissions and enhance our contribution to a lower-carbon food supply system.”

Leading the climate agenda
The ambitious new target places SIG among an elite group of companies leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the global Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

Around 300 companies have targets approved by the SBTi. Fewer than 100 are currently approved as being in line with the 1.5°C goal. SIG is one of the first in its industry to have a 1.5°C target approved by the SBTi.

SIG’s new target compresses the timeline to achieve a 60% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by a full 10 years compared with its previous target, which was already approved by the SBTi as in line with keeping global warming well below 2°C.

A strong focus on renewable energy underpins the company’s efforts to achieve this target. SIG has already switched to 100% renewable electricity for global production and is exploring opportunities to expand on-site renewables, such as its award-winning rooftop solar array in Thailand.

Supporting wider global efforts
SIG is not only committed to cutting emissions from its own operations. The company also commits to reduce value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 25% per litre packed by 2030 (from the 2016 baseline). This target includes scope 1, scope 2 & scope 3 emissions from Purchased Goods and Services, Use of Sold Products, and End of Life Treatment.

SIG’s aseptic beverage cartons have a 28% to 70% lower carbon footprint than alternative packaging, such as plastic and glass bottles, pouches and cans (as shown by independent lifecycle assessments). They are made mainly from renewable materials – from sustainably-managed forests that absorb carbon as they grow. And they preserve food without the need for refrigeration.

The focus on cutting climate impact is part of SIG’s ambition to go Way Beyond Good by partnering to create a net positive food supply system that will nourish a growing global population while putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Buxton goes 100% recycled plastic

Buxton goes 100% recycled plastic  (Company news)

The entire range of Buxton bottles will be made of 100% rPET by 2021

Buxton Natural Mineral Water has launched 75cl and 1 litre bottles made from 100% recycled PET plastic. The new bottles are manufactured entirely from used plastic significantly reducing the amount of virgin plastic in circulation.

The UK launch of rPET bottles is the latest in Nestlé Waters’ efforts to increase the use of recycled plastic to 35% worldwide by 2025. The rest of the Buxton range, currently made with a minimum of 20% recycled plastic, will follow by end 2021.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to put our commitments to sustainability into practice” said Michel Beneventi, Business Executive Officer for Nestlé Waters UK. “The high-quality recycled material retains the same all-important properties as PET, resulting in a product that is lightweight, durable, resilient and still 100% recyclable.”

This year Nestlé laid out its vision that none of its product packaging, including plastics, should end up in landfill or as litter, including in seas, oceans and waterways and that all 100% of its packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025. Buxton is ahead of the target with this announcement.
(Nestlé Waters UK Ltd)

Electric, efficient, eSy – valves with new motorized eSy actuators

Electric, efficient, eSy – valves with new motorized eSy actuators   (Company news)

Ingelfingen-based valve specialist GEMÜ is further expanding its product range of motorized diaphragm, globe and diaphragm globe valves.

For several years now, the processing industry has been increasingly looking for alternatives to pneumatic actuators. Electric valves are an option. These have particular appeal on account of their cost efficiency and performance. The reduced risk of contamination and the application in a wide variety of plants are also positives in favour of electrically operated valves. The valve manufacturer GEMÜ is responding to these customer requirements by further expanding its selection of motorized valves with the launch of the GEMÜ eSyLite, eSyStep and eSyDrive valves.

A low-cost plastic diaphragm valve for simple and cost-sensitive applications is available in the form of the GEMÜ R629 eSyLite. It constitutes a cost-effective alternative to solenoid valves made of plastic or motorized plastic ball valves.

The GEMÜ eSyStep valves are designed for standard open/close and simple control applications. With regard to the actuator, this is a compact spindle actuator with step motor. Via the interface in the housing cover, the valve can be extended with additional accessories such as diverse electrical position indicators or travel sensors to provide extra functions. GEMÜ eSyStep valves are available in globe valve, angle seat globe valve and diaphragm valve versions made of metal and plastic but adapting to M-block valves is also possible.

The GEMÜ eSyDrive valves are available for variable and complex open/close and control applications in conjunction with high requirements on performance and service life. The actuator is based on the hollow shaft principle. Both the Ethernet-based eSy-web interface, in conjunction with an integrated web server, and the Modbus-TCP communication interface, enable the exchange of parametrization and diagnostics data and the networking of several devices. If necessary, users can also benefit from a range of integrated functions such as stroke limiters and speed settings.

This provides customers with a wide product range of electric valves both for industrial processes and for applications with particularly high purity and hygiene requirements. With the different GEMÜ eSyLite, eSyStep and eSyDrive ranges, valve solutions are available for every price and function segment.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)


Australia: Balter Brewing Company purchased by Carlton & United Breweries  (

The founders of Balter Brewing Company called it “a massive day” as it announced the craft brewery had been bought by Carlton & United Breweries, the Food & Drink Business reported on December 6.

Balter started on the Gold Coast in 2016. Co-founders include Bede Durbidge, Scott Hargrave, Josh Kerr, Stirling Howland, Mick Fanning, Ant Macdonald, Sean Ronan and Joel Parkinson.

In an open letter to its customers, the founders said it had been “a massive day. We’re rapt to say we’ve just finalised a deal to become a part of the Carlton & United Breweries family”.

They reassured drinkers the beer would stay the same and Scotty (Scott Hargrave) would remain as head brewer.

Balter CEO and co-founder Ant Macdonald said: “We’re proud to have grown the business to this point and we see the benefits this new partnership will bring as Balter enters its next growth phase.

“This deal will help us achieve our sustainability goals, upgrade capacity and hospitality at our Gold Coast brewery and create new jobs.

CUB CEO Peter Filipovic said: “In a few short years Balter has become a craft leader through its commitment to quality and by building a brand that appeals to all beer lovers.

Filipovic said: “We will help manage Balter’s strong growth through our willingness to invest, our world-class beer expertise and our customer relationships. And the terms of the deal mean the Balter team is not changing and management is staying on, which will ensure the business retains its identity and everything else that helped drive its success.

“The deal also means we’re expanding our presence in Queensland, where we already have a significant economic footprint with our Yatala brewery employing more than 250 people.”

Media reports said the deal was worth as much as $200 million but Food & Drink Business could not confirm this by press time.

Macdonald said: “We refused to compromise on our culture or our beer as part of this deal. It’s a testament to CUB that they didn’t want us to. They have an amazing track record of allowing craft brands to thrive while keeping their identity and we’re thrilled to join the CUB stable.”

On its website, the company said the biggest change would be its availability. For the company, it would mean more resources and “therefore less stress at night knowing the lights will stay on”.

CUB bought wine disruptor Riot Wine Co in September and already owns craft breweries 4 Pines and Pirate Life.

Asahi Group Holdings’ proposed acquisition of CUB from Anheuser-Busch InBev for A$16 billion in July is waiting on a decision from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on whether Asahi will need to make divestments for the buyout to go ahead. It is expected to report next week.


India: United Breweries Limited launches specialty beer Ultra Witbier  (

India’s largest brewer, United Breweries Limited (UB), on December 4 announced the rollout of speciality beer - Ultra Witbier - under its flagship Kingfisher brand, riding on the growing popularity of craft brews in India’s top metros, LiveMint reported.

Ultra Witbier that has been rolled out in Karnataka and Goa, is the brand's first non-lager beer. Available in 3 SKUs (stock keeping units), a 330ml bottle, a 500ml can and a 650ml bottle, the brew is priced at ₹110, ₹150 and ₹185, respectively in Karnataka.

UB will subsequently sell the brand in Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana.

Over 18-24 months in the making, the Kingfisher Ultra Witbier comes at a time when the Indian market has seen a rise of new-age beer brands that appeal to urban millennials with their light brews and hip branding. As a result, brands such as Bira, Simba, The White Owl, among others, have seen a surge in popularity in the country's top cities. Ultra Witbier 330 ml is priced at par with Bira White and Simba Jungle Wheat in Bengaluru.

Currently, the company brews the brand in its brewery in Karnataka with orange, coriander, spices sourced from Belgium and hops sourced from the US. Its ABV or alcohol by volume is less than 5%.

“This is the first unique offering from the UB house in to the speciality and variety beer market. A lot of such beers exist and they all have their unique tone," Debabrata Mukherjee, chief marketing officer, United Breweries Limited said in an interview to Mint. The brand will help widen the company’s “footprint and provide another innovative beverage option in the beer category," he added. "We wanted to anchor it under a brand that has got a national appeal," he said when asked about the company's decision to launch it under the Kingfisher Ultra brand.

India is traditionally a large whiskey and rum drinking market, but the world’s largest beer companies such as Ab InBev, Carlsberg, and Heineken have a strong presence in the market where the per capita consumption of beer is 2 litres. And UB is the largest player in India’s beer market.

Here, strong beers, with alcohol content between 6% and 8%, dominate the market accounting for over 85% of the total beer consumed in India. But the trend has been shifting over the last few years as discerning urban Indians flock to breweries, pubs, and bars and look for more choices across beverages they consume.

As a result, over the last few years brands such as Bira beer, Simba, The White Owl, Kati Patang, among others, have found a niche audience in urban consumers, shaking the dominance of strong beer makers.

Analysts who track the market said the launch is an important one as it helps UB, the market leader in beer, fill a gap in its portfolio. “UB’s distribution muscle makes the launch a win for the company. Also it can cross subsidize new launch in terms of dealer margins and ad spends due to its huge size and number one position," said Abneesh Roy, research analyst, and executive vice president, Institutional Equities, Edelweiss Securities Limited.

Roy, however, warned that the equity built by first movers such as Bira will be hard to win back. “Die-hard fans of Bira will be tough to win back, so from here, it will be a war in terms of ad spends and dealer targetting for all craft beer."

UB’s Mukherjee added that competition in the market is helping “widen the footprint of beer in India and getting new users in to the market. It is not a share game but a market building game."

In 2018-19, Kingfisher Ultra sold over 5 million cases, the company said in its annual report.

Over the last two to three years, United Breweries has stepped up launches of beer in the domestic market, leveraging Heineken’s—a shareholder in the company — international portfolio to introduce beer brands such as Amstel, El Sol, among others, in India. In 2017, it launched Kingfisher Storm, while Dutch beer brand Amstel was launched in May 2018. Last year, it added a non-alcohol variant — Radler - under the Kingfisher brand.


USA: Brewers Association highlights continued growth of craft beer sector in 2019  (

As 2019 comes to a close, the Brewers Association (BA) — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers — takes a retrospective look at the contributions and major milestones of the country’s craft brewing community during the past year. Continued growth, record brewery count, and craft beers’ museum debut are a few of the highlights from a memorable year for the industry.

“Small and independent breweries continue to be essential contributors to communities across the country, finding new ways to innovate and thrive amid evolving consumer preference and a competitive and maturing beverage market,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “It’s been an exciting year for both brewers and beer lovers alike and we look forward to celebrating new beerworthy moments in 2020.”

Of note in 2019:
Growth Amidst Competition: Craft brewing production grew in 2019, but as with 2018, the continued increase in breweries meant that the market also grew more competitive, particularly in widely distributed channels. The BA 2019 midyear survey measured 4% production growth year-over-year for small and independent brewers, slightly down from 5% in 2018. IRI Group scan data numbers through mid-November showed 2% growth for BA-defined craft brewers, similar to 2018 during the same period, and given reports in the second half of the year, 4% overall growth again seems likely for 2019.

Small Beer’s Big Impact: Brewery growth has driven tremendous job growth as well. The BA’s Economic Impact Report, a biennial analysis featuring economic data of craft brewing for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, showed that craft brewers contributed $79.1 million to the U.S. economy in 2018, a 4% increase from 2017. Craft brewers were responsible for more than 550,000 full-time equivalent jobs, an 11% increase from 2017, with 150,000 of those jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs.

Record Brewery Count: Although final 2019 numbers are still being compiled, it is certain that more than 8,000 American breweries operated in 2019, a record number for the United States. At the same time, the competitive market led to more closures, and an estimated 300 breweries will have closed in 2019.

Certified Independent: More than 4,700 brewing companies have adopted the independent craft brewer seal, representing nearly 80% of craft beer brewed in the United States. In October, Delaware’s 21 small and independent craft breweries became the first state with 100% adoption of the seal.

Beer is Bipartisan: 324 representatives and 74 senators co-sponsored the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act in the 116th Congress, resulting in unprecedented bipartisan support. The BA has been a key player in moving forward this legislation that seeks to permanently recalibrate the federal excise tax for the nation’s brewers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.


Spain: Low and zero-alcohol beer accounts for 13% of total beer sales in Spain  (

While American publications herald the arrival of “the New Sobriety” on the backs of part-time teetotalers and alcohol-free bars, Spaniards have been drinking low and zero-alcohol beer since the 1970s, reported.

According to the Asociación de Cerveceros de España, the country’s brewers association, these beers account for 13 percent of total beer sales. Today, Spaniards are the world’s largest consumers of alcohol-free and low-alcohol beer.

“In our country, beer is consumed cold with friends and family, in hospitality, during the whole week and almost always with something to eat,” Cristina de Aguirre, director of public affairs at the brewers association, says. “These moderate consumption patterns explain that non-alcoholic beer, while maintaining the flavor of the traditional variety, is considered by Spanish consumers as an excellent alternative when, due to different circumstances, they cannot, should not, or do not want to consume beverages with alcohol content.”

And there are plenty of places to do just that. Spain has the highest concentration of bars in the E.U., according to a study done by La Caixa Economic Yearbook. With over 280,000 bars, it shakes out to one bar for every 165 people. Bar culture in Spain differs significantly from the U.S., though. Bars are popular destinations for long lunches, and many close mid-afternoon for siesta.

While brewing in Spain is 5,000 years old, non-alcoholic beers, called sin beers (sin means “without” in Spanish), have been around since the 1970s. The category was not officially recognized by the Spanish government until 1995, when it was voted a Royal Decree-Law.

Cervesas Ambar, a brewery owned by Grupo Agora in Zaragoza in northeast Spain, is said to have released the first sin beer. According to Antonio Fumanal Sopena, master brewer at Ambar, the decision to make a low-alcohol beer was inspired by customer demand.

“For a beer with a traditional alcohol content much lower than wine, it looked like a less attractive proposition, but alcohol risk awareness was becoming stronger even for beer,” Sopena says. “The company decided to add its non-alcoholic beer to expand beer culture to these new values.”

Stricter drunk driving laws also had an impact on category growth. A zero-tolerance policy for offending drivers, one of the toughest laws in the E.U., and national campaigns to promote safe driving, all create the market for Spaniards to partake without consuming alcohol.

Despite its name, a beer labeled “sin” is not necessarily 100 percent alcohol-free. “A beer can be named ‘sin’ when the alcohol level is under 1 percent alcohol volume,” Sopena says. “Since alcohol is a potent flavoring agent, this less-than-1-percent level allows a better matching to regular beer taste.”

Beers with no trace of alcohol are labeled “0.0.,” which is not an official designation but is increasing in popularity. While some breweries will produce both sin and 0.0., Ambar has committed to releasing 0.0 beers and has phased out sin beer entirely.

In the autonomous community of Galicia in northwest Spain, Estrella Galicia, owned by Hijos de Rivera, is focused on the brewery’s expansion into America to capitalize on the interest in healthy-seeming options and non-alcoholic drinks. “We have a lot of expertise in 0.0 lagers. So, we believe we have a great product to offer to the U.S. market,” Gonzalo Brey Canedo, international brand manager, says.

The team at Estrella Galicia Rams, which will launch its 0.0 in the U.S. in January 2020, believes motivation to drink less alcohol is different for Spaniards and Americans.

“The feeling that I have is that the trends are toward healthier options,” Xabier Cubillo, Estrella Galicia’s master brewer, says. “I think light beers in America are [popular], and this here is a category with even lower calories, [for a] healthier and a different lifestyle.”

What’s next for 0.0 beers? As craft beer is expanding in Spain, many brewers see a market for different types of sin. “On the one hand, [consumers] are looking for a real beer taste; but they like to have some new taste choices,” Sopena says. “It is common to see flavored alcohol-free beers and beer styles beyond traditional lagers.”

Meanwhile, Ambar is looking beyond beers being alcohol-free, but also gluten-free, and is focused on accommodating the evolving needs of the Spanish drinker.

“We were able to prove that our 0.0 percent beer, full of slow absorption carbohydrates, can improve insulin resistance among sensitive consumers that suffer T2 diabetes or are close to it,” Sopena adds. “Society is getting older, and its nourishment should address these emerging needs quickly.”

Brewers see growth within the category as well. “People are starting to launch 0.0 dark lagers into the market,” Estrella Galicia’s Cubillo says. “So it’s evolving and getting more complex. It’s growing because everyone is investing in it.”


UK: Carlsberg 0.0 brand gives way to Carlsberg Nordic  (

Danish brewer Carlsberg has once again swapped out a member of its beer portfolio for a Pilsner, this time without the alcohol, The Drinks Business reported on January 10.

Liam Newton, VP Marketing at Carlsberg UK, said the AF category “has seen huge growth in the last few years as consumers seek to moderate their consumption without comprising on the taste of their beer.

As a result, more people are opting for alcohol-free drinks, but they don’t want their choices to be limited. That’s why we are delighted to bring them a new choice for 2020 that is uncompromising on taste, quality and enjoyment.”

Newton added the alcohol-free beer has already had a successful launch in Denmark, “so we are confident it will be equally successful in the UK.”

Replacing the existing Carlsberg 0.0 brand, Carlsberg Nordic will be listed in over 170 Tesco stores across the UK starting this week, with wider roll out planned later in the year. The launch will coincide with a social and digital campaign running across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

The beer swap echoes a £20 million marketing campaign Carlsberg launched last year when the brewer discontinued its flagship lager and replaced it with a “Danish Pilsner”.

The beer giant attracted attention in April by promoting a series of tweets from its brand account likening the original lager to “stale breadsticks” and “p*ss”, and followed up with a marketing campaign that highlights a focus on “quality, not quantity.”

Carlsberg launched its original 0.0% beer in 2015. A spokesperson said it is likely to be phased out by mid-2020.


South Korea: Korean brewers compete for more market share in absence of Japanese beer  (

South Korean beer producers are scrambling to fill the vacuum created in the local beer market after Japanese beer suffered a massive loss in market share due to a recent boycott movement against all things Japanese, The Korea Bizwire reported on January 9.

CU, a major South Korean convenience store chain, announced on January 8 that sales of Japanese beers dropped by more than 90 percent since July of last year due to faltering Korea-Japan relations.

In response, South Korean beer producers began to expand their share of the market, going from 1 to 5 percent growth early last year to more than 30 percent by the year’s end.

Microbreweries, in particular, achieved exponential growth based on differentiated brand strategy, growing by 159.6 percent in July, and 306.8 percent last December.

Microbrewery sales, in turn, expanded to comprise 5.6 percent of all South Korean beer sales in 2019, up from 1.9 percent in the previous year.

CU speculates that microbrewery products, which have been suffering from high production costs after the introduction of new legislation on liquor taxation, will now become available at more affordable prices, which will further boost their popularity.


Germany: Tap and retail beer prices expected to rise in Germany in 2020  (

Beer drinkers in Germany can expect higher prices for tap and in some cases retail beer this year, The Local Germany reported on January 9.

In many cases, draught beer is slated to become more expensive for the catering trade – a change expected to trickle down to customers.

The leading German beer producer, the Radeberger Gruppe, is raising the price of draught beer for most of its products at the beginning of March, a spokeswoman for the Radeberger Gruppe told DPA on January 8.

The Group owns more than 40 beer brands in Germany, and is also raising retail prices for a smaller portion of its bottled beers, including Schöfferhofer Weizen, Berliner Pilsner and Ur-Krostitzer.

The private brewery Krombacher is also raising its draught beer prices in the new year, according to a company spokesperson. Krombacher is the beer brand that's most consumed in Germany, according to a ranking by the industry magazine "Inside".

Initially, the increases are only higher sales prices of the breweries to beverage wholesalers, gastronomy or retail.

But "Inside" publisher Niklas Other expects higher prices for beer drinkers in pubs and restaurants.

"But the beer price in Germany is very low by international standards," he explained. Despite declining sales, beer remains one of the most important sources of revenue for restaurateurs.

Last year, sales of alcoholic beer fell by 2.5 percent to 8.52 billion litres by the end of November, according to data from the Federal Statistical Office.

Brewers see the main reason for this as being that, as in all of Europe, older and more elderly people drink less beer than younger people.

According to industry estimates, the price gap between draught beer and bottled beer will continue to widen in the new year.

The fact that draught beer is usually significantly more expensive than bottled beer is not necessarily helpful for the catering trade, said Other. He assumes that more brewers will increase the draught beer price.

Can beer, at least for the time being, is largely exempt from the price spike: Krombacher, the largest brand of canned beer, decided against an announced price increase for canned beer, the company spokesman confirmed.

The bulk buyer of canned beer in Germany is the discounter Aldi.

"How the restaurateur deals with rising costs is solely in his hands,” the German Hotel and Restaurant Association stated.

"The fact is that draught beer is very popular in many of our establishments. The guests appreciate a freshly tapped beer."

Excluded from the Radeberger higher prices are, above all, the group's Kölsch draught beer and draught beer of the Stuttgarter Hofbräu brand, the spokeswoman said.

The Frankfurt-based company has not yet issued a statement, however, of how much they plan to raise prices for the gastronomy industry.

The Radeberger Gruppe justified the price hike by pointing to steady cost increases that could no longer be compensated for internally.

Among other things, it cited higher logistics, energy and packaging costs, investments in the reusable system and tariff increases.

The Radeberger Gruppe, which belongs to the Oetker Group, last raised prices for bottled beer around two years ago.

On the go: Ceresana analyzes the European market for plastic caps and closures

On the go: Ceresana analyzes the European market for plastic caps and closures  (Company news)

Changing lifestyles and new consumer generations revolutionize the packaging market. “The uninterrupted trend towards on-the-go products, for example, is boosting the demand for resealable packaging, especially in the food sector,” explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. “On the other hand, more and more countries try to reduce waste and promote reusable bottles or recycling.” For the third time, Ceresana has analyzed the European market for plastic caps and closures, from beverages and food items, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals (OTC) to household chemicals and other applications. Various subcategories and closure types are examined in detail. With regard to the number of units sold, Ceresana expects an increase in European sales of lids, overcaps, flip-top closures, dispensers, and other closures of around 2.4 % per year until 2026.

Closures for flexible packaging
Plastic caps and closures are becoming increasingly popular on the market for flexible packaging. Stand-up pouches are light, handy, save raw materials, and offer versatile design and print options. In the beginning, they were lacking practical spout openings and could not be resealed. By now, however, there is a wide array of suitable stand-up pouches with integrated and resealable spouts for liquids, viscous materials, creams, and other applications. Due to the small size of these closures alone, manufacturers have to meet different requirements than those for traditional screw caps.

Unquenched thirst for mineral water
Each application area requires specific closure properties. This also has an effect on the design, raw material, and choice of cap. In addition to the change in packaging types such as the trend towards stand-up pouches, other factors also influence the demand for plastic caps and closures. Consumer health concerns and state taxes on sugary beverages inhibit the demand for carbonated soft drinks or fruit juices in many countries. By contrast, demand for packaged water will likely continue to show high growth rates in the coming years. In the food sector, ready meals and other convenience foods in particular constitute expanding markets. However, the individual parameters and the resulting market dynamics can vary considerably from region to region.

Strong growth for lids and overcaps in the food sector
This market study examines the demand for the following types of plastic closures in 22 countries (e.g. Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey): “screw caps”, “flip-top and disc-top closures”, “dispensers and sprays”, as well as “lids and overcaps”. Plastic lids and overcaps are recording high growth rates, especially in the food sector. A wide range of ready meals, which are often made for consumption on the go, are equipped with these types of closures. The trend towards convenience products currently leads to a significant increase in demand - with no end in sight for this development.

Feldmuehle - Sales receives reinforcement

Feldmuehle - Sales receives reinforcement  (Company news)

On January 1, 2020, Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen welcomed Peter Čechal (photo) as a new member of the sales team headed by Sales Director Martin Moenke, thus broadening his team of experts for customers.

With Peter Čechal, the company has gained a professional with 25 years of professional experience in the label industry looking for a new challenge in label papers and specialty papers. From the beginning of 2020, the proven expert Peter Čechal should ensure fresh momentum and even more improved customer proximity with his market knowledge and in-depth know-how. In the future, Feldmuehle will be able to respond even more closely to customer requests in the development of new products, such as a new product based on recycling. With this cooperation, Feldmuehle will secure its market leadership in the field of wet-strength label papers and build new markets in specialty papers.

This will be a further step towards the positive development and market expansion of the Feldmuehle.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

ALPLA joins cross-industry consortium for chemical recycling

ALPLA joins cross-industry consortium for chemical recycling  (Company news)

ALPLA Group, an international plastic packaging and recycling specialist, joins a new consortium for chemical recycling of PET. The consortium intends to speed up the commercialisation of enhanced recycling technology, BP Infinia, which turns opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste into recycled feedstocks.

Leading companies operating across the polyester packaging value chain – including businesses involved in the manufacture, use, collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic packaging – today announced they have formed a new consortium that aims to help to address the problem of plastic waste by accelerating the commercialisation of BP Infinia enhanced recycling Technology.

The consortium intends to combine the capabilities and experience of its members – packaging and recycling specialist ALPLA; food, drink and consumer goods producers Britvic, Danone and Unilever; waste management and recycling specialist Remondis; and energy and petrochemicals producer BP – to develop a new circular approach to dealing with PET plastic waste.

Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA said: ‘ALPLA is delighted to join this cross-functional project with partners from the entire value chain. It completes our intense activities besides mechanical recycling and focuses on post-industrial PET waste, difficult-to-recycle PET packaging and PET thermoform trays. With BP in the lead, we have a very strong and highly experienced partner that contributes with knowledge about virgin polyester production.’

Rita Griffin, BP Chief Operating Officer Petrochemicals said: ‘BP is experienced in developing and scaling up technology and we’ll do this again with our innovative BP Infinia process. But we know we cannot create circularity on our own. That’s why we are thrilled to be working together with industry leaders to develop and prove a practical business model that can hopefully contribute to making all types of polyester waste infinitely recyclable.’

Avoid downcycling as well as landfill and incineration
PET is a plastic widely used for rigid food packaging and drinks, personal care and homecare bottles. It is a lightweight, durable and versatile material and one of the most collected and recycled types of plastic. Of the PET plastic bottles collected globally, more than 75 per cent are recycled, but only 12 per cent of those collected make it back into new bottles. The remainder is currently lost from the bottle-to-bottle loop, as it is used for other applications which are usually disposed of directly after use to landfills or incinerators, due to lack of separate collection.

The consortium members believe by joining forces they can speed up the commercialisation of the technology, infrastructure and demand needed to process billions of opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET bottles and food trays that are currently disposed of each year, including those that are difficult to recycle by current conventional recycling methods.
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)

Flextra™ Adhesives are Glymo-free, says H.B. Fuller

Flextra™ Adhesives are Glymo-free, says H.B. Fuller  (Company news)

H.B. Fuller (NYSE: FUL) announced that it has launched a series of products free of epoxy silane commonly known as e.g. Glymo, within its Flextra™ range of adhesives for flexible packaging. The leading adhesive provider also confirmed that this range does not contain organotin or BPA and specific grades are free of cyclic esters.

This modification gives converters and food manufacturers complete confidence that when they use one of H.B. Fuller's Flextra™ adhesives for their flexible packaging, they are choosing a compliant and food safe adhesive solution that will give them the performance they're looking for.

This reassurance is key at a time when converters and food manufacturers face growing regulation and increased pressure from consumers.

The Flextra™ range includes both solvent-based and solvent-free products for medium and high performance applications. Individual solutions also offer additional benefits such as room temperature curing, fast curing and PAA decay, as well as the option to use an aliphatic system to avoid PAA altogether.

The announcement from H.B. Fuller is in line with recommendations from FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, for members to replace Glymo in food packaging adhesives before mid-2020. This follows guidance from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that Glymo, which is typically used to improve adhesion to inorganic surfaces such as aluminium or SiOx coated films, has a genotoxic potential. It is expected that the regulatory classification will change from 10ppb to 0.15ppb shortly.
(H. B. Fuller Europe GmbH)

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully ended insolvency proceedings in self-administration on ...

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully ended insolvency proceedings in self-administration on ...  (Company news)

... January 2, 2020

Feldmuehle GmbH, one of the leading European specialty paper manufacturers, has successfully completed the self-administration insolvency proceedings that began at the end of 2018.

After the unanimous approval of all creditors on December 16, 2019 to the insolvency plan submitted by the management, the competent court in Pinneberg suspended the insolvency proceedings on January 2, 2020. The insolvency proceedings are now over.

The company has concluded an extensive financing package with its financial partners, which ensures long-term financing of the business.

In addition to financing, Feldmuehle GmbH has prepared itself through the restructuring measures implemented in 2019 to act actively in a market environment that is still expected to be challenging. The company has the scope to consistently take advantage of any growth opportunities that arise. In addition to concentrating on the label product area, investments were made in the production machinery and facilities as part of the restructuring.

Green footstep is part of the corporate strategy
In October, the company started programs to reduce primary energy and use alternative energies in production, sustainably reduce resource consumption - particularly water - and use consumption-optimized logistics. These programs are latently updated in corporate planning.

Feldmuehle is working on the development of new products
Feldmuehle started a project for the use of waste paper in September 2019, while the company is working on special products for flexible packaging. We would like to thank all of our business partners for the trust placed in the company and support in the restructuring process and wish them a successful 2020.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

Britvic joins consortium to tackle plastic waste

Britvic joins consortium to tackle plastic waste  (Company news)

Building on Britvic’s existing work to protect the environment, the company has joined forces with other global businesses to promote a ground-breaking recycling technology that will help bring about a circular economy for plastics.

The new technology is called BP Infinia and means opaque and difficult to recycle PET plastic waste can be made into new plastic again and again, with no loss in quality. The new cross-industry consortium announced today will work together to make BP Infinia mainstream.

BP Infinia has the potential to revolutionise the plastic packaging industry and prevent millions of tonnes of plastic from entering landfill. BP is already investing $25 million in the technology and, as part of the consortium pushing for the technology’s adoption, Britvic will contribute to the creation of a practical business model to ensure its successful adoption.

Trystan Farnworth, Director of Sustainability at Britvic, said, “To truly reinvent Britvic’s packaging, we must innovate with new low-impact packaging. This consortium is a cornerstone to delivering that pledge.

“A challenge in creating a truly circular economy for PET is the fact that, as it stands, it is not infinitely recyclable. We have to solve this to become truly circular – it is not an option.

“That’s why we are excited to announce our active role in the consortium, collaborating to achieve a circularity breakthrough for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

Britvic will be teaming up with companies operating across the polyester packaging value chain to address the problem of plastic waste head on and is delighted to be joining forces with packaging and recycling specialist ALPLA; consumer goods producers Danone and Unilever; waste management and recycling specialist REMONDIS; and energy and petrochemicals producer BP.

As a leading soft drinks supplier, Britvic wants to help find solutions to ensure that no plastic packaging becomes waste and has already taken a number of steps to reduce the impact of its own packaging.

Since 2017, it has removed more than 1,500 tonnes of plastic from its supply chain; 100% of its plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans are recyclable; and the company is a founding signatory of The UK Plastics Pact.

Last month Britvic entered into a long-term agreement with Esterform, one of the UK’s leading producers of recycled PET (rPET), investing £5m into the construction of new recycled plastic facilities in the UK. This deal with Esterform secures Britvic’s access to locally sourced rPET long into the future.

Britvic is committed to working collaboratively to reduce its impact and, earlier this year, signed up to science-based targets, joining more than 310 companies worldwide that are committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a large scale. Britvic now has independently verified company-wide emissions targets in line with climate science to help prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C and is the first UK soft drinks company to do so.

Britvic’s active involvement in the Infinia consortium is just part of its efforts to ensure that it is a responsible and sustainable business and it looks forward to sharing its knowledge and expertise to help further protect the environment that it relies on as a business.
(Britvic Plc)

Scotch Whisky secures GI protection in Cambodia

Scotch Whisky secures GI protection in Cambodia  (Company news)

Cambodia has become the latest country in which Scotch Whisky’s Geographical Indication (GI) has officially been registered, further securing its reputation and protection around the world.

A product with geographical indication is one whose origin and method of production is recognised as being integral to its reputation. Scotch Whisky’s GI states that it must be distilled using three ingredients (cereals, yeast and water), and matured in Scotland in oak casks for a minimum of three years.

Scotch Whisky joins Champagne in becoming one of very few overseas products registered as a GI in Cambodia. The Scotch Whisky Association’s Legal team works to secure GI agreements in all markets where Scotch Whisky is sold, as part of its remit to drive the best possible global business environment for Scotch by ensuring its legal protection. Cambodia is now one of over 100 other countries which have officially recognised Scotch as a Scottish product, produced according to traditional methods, and deserving of special protection.

Lindesay Low, Deputy Director for Legal Affairs at the SWA said:
“We are pleased that Scotch Whisky’s GI has now officially been registered in Cambodia. Southeast Asia is a market for Scotch Whisky that has seen strong growth in recent years, with huge potential to continue as knowledge increases around Scotland’s national drink. Securing GI protection is a significant milestone in ensuring that consumers know they are drinking authentic Scotch Whisky.”

Tina Redshaw, UK Ambassador to Cambodia, said:
“We are very pleased that the registration which will protect the geographical indication of Scotland's national drink has been concluded. GIs are a vital signifier of quality and reputation of a product and its country of origin. This announcement in Cambodia is an important step in creating a better environment for business through recognition of Scotch Whisky’s provenance."
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

Verallia invests €33million to modernize its Spanish plant in Burgos

Verallia invests €33million to modernize its Spanish plant in Burgos  (Company news)

• On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Burgos plant in Spain, Verallia is celebrating the reconstruction of one of the site's two furnaces.

• Through this reconstruction, the plant's production capacity has increased by 7% to 600 million glass bottles per year, making it the largest of the 7 plants the Group owns in Spain and Portugal.

• In 2020, Verallia will invest an additional €10million to renovate the second furnace at the same plant, marking the Group's ongoing commitment to Spain and the growth prospects that the Group expects.

Verallia, one of the world's leading glass packaging companies for beverages and food products, in November inaugurated a €33million investment in its Spanish plant in Burgos. Following its reconstruction, the furnace has become one of the largest in Europe. By combining the capacities of its two furnaces, the plant now produces 600 million glass bottles each year, mainly for the wine and spirits markets.

The export capacity of Verallia's Spanish customers and the growing sensitivity of consumers to glass make Spain a strategic country for the Group. For this reason and because of the site's proximity to one of the largest wine-growing regions (Castile and Leon, La Rioja and Castilla-La Mancha), the Burgos plant is perfectly positioned to serve the many vineyards that are increasing their production.

The €33 million investment increases the plant's production capacity from 560 to 600 million bottles per year to meet the growing demand for glass packaging in Spain. It also makes the factory more flexible: the 7 production lines are capable of simultaneously manufacturing up to 8 different models, standard or customized. This makes it possible to offer "more quickly, tailor-made solutions to our customers", said Paulo Pinto, General Manager of Verallia in Spain and Portugal during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Burgos plant where the new furnace was inaugurated.

The latest technologies and materials have been used in the reconstruction to improve the plant's energy efficiency and environmental impact. This contributes to reducing fossil fuel consumption and minimizing CO2 emissions, in line with Verallia's environmental commitments. These renovations also improve the ergonomics and safety of the Burgos plant and thus the working conditions of its employees.

Michel Giannuzzi, Chairman and CEO of Verallia, said: "With this new furnace, the Burgos plant has state-of-the-art technology for the manufacture of glass bottles mainly for the wine and spirits markets. Our policy of sustained investment in Spain and in all our plants enables us to improve the operational excellence of our industrial facilities in order to become the preferred supplier of glass packaging.”

Verallia in Burgos
Verallia established operations in Burgos in 1965. With its two furnaces, the plant currently produces nearly 1.7 million bottles a day, mainly for the wine, spirits and sparkling wine markets. The site directly employs more than 230 people from Burgos and the surrounding area. It also generates about a hundred indirect jobs.
(Verallia España)

Colors & Flavors – Superheroes of Product Success

Colors & Flavors – Superheroes of Product Success  (Company news)

The role of colors and flavors is highly significant in the development of successful new products as consumers aim to balance tastiness, clean eating, transparency, and a stronger personalized approach to fit their lifestyles.

In the Innova Trends Survey 2019, 74% of global consumers agreed or strongly agreed that they loved to discover new flavors, while 57% thought it was important to consume foods and beverages that were good for their bodies.

As a result, it is perhaps no surprise that functionally flavorful concepts are increasingly focusing on health and natural ingredients. For instance, botanicals are seeing rising levels of interest across many food and beverage categories, with floral flavors particularly in evidence. Although spice/seed, as well as herb flavors, are also gaining rising levels of use. One in two consumers in Innova Market Insights research associated floral flavored drinks with freshness and herbal flavored drinks with healthiness.

As eating green is moving mainstream, brands are also ‘greening up’ their portfolios in order to attract the growing health-minded consumer group. This has seen ‘earthy’ flavors spread across the industry with ingredients such as matcha, seaweed, and mushroom. On the other hand, bitter flavors are also on trend as consumers seek to reduce sugar intake and increase consumption of green vegetables.

Flavors such as spinach, kale, celery, and Brussels sprouts are increasingly in evidence across a whole range of food and beverage launches. Bitter-toned beverages are also on trend, with gins particularly popular over the past few years, and now seeing further differentiation via a growing variation in flavors, colors and formats.

The search for something new, different and exciting is also driving flavor developments in food and beverages. Adventurous and reimagined options are sought by trend-conscious consumers, who also enjoy an element of surprise on their plates and palates.

Consumers are on a large-scale, broad journey of discovery, moving out of their comfort zones to explore new food and beverage experiences, with flavor playing a major part in this.

This is illustrated by the fact that six out of ten US and UK respondents in an Innova Market Insights survey agreed with a statement that they love to discover flavors of other cultures, although there is also ongoing activity in products of more local origin, with local ingredients and local recipes.

Brands are also increasingly launching mystery flavors, as well as reinventing classics with novel twists, alongside developing new and more unusual flavors and combinations.

With more focus on the beauty of food, often inspired by, celebrity chefs, food bloggers, and influencers, there is also a growing role for more colorful food and beverage products. Companies can also use colorful online marketing strategies to inspire interest. Apart from bright or unusual colors, including those not normally associated with that product, some color-changing options are also being introduced.

While Innova Market Insights research indicates that the top color for food and beverage launches featuring colorings in both North America and Europe were red and brown, the fastest growing options over the 2014 to 2018 period were red and yellow in North America, but orange and purple in Europe.

AB InBev's GITEC team is Pioneering New Tech to Revolutionize Labeling

AB InBev's GITEC team is Pioneering New Tech to Revolutionize Labeling  (Company news)

For those who think that the beer bottle is in its prime - the world’s leading brewer, AB InBev, wants you to think again. Using newly developed technology from the Tattoo Alpha Plant in Haasrode, in Leuven, Belgium, AB InBev is working to evolve from using paper labels on beer bottles to imprinting branding on the bottles themselves. “Direct object printing” allows AB InBev to “tattoo” its designs directly onto its bottles using only ink and varnish that wraps around the glass. It is also embossed for tactile effect. This new process could one day replace plastic labels and allow for potential environmental and economic benefits.

An initial release of 200,000 bottles are being launched in the U.K. as part of a limited edition run of Beck’s Artist Series in collaboration with AB InBev’s Global Innovation and Technology Center (GITEC) and six up and coming artists. There will be nine different bottles developed as part of the collection. While the technology has been tested previously in small batches, this is the first time the innovation will be used in the broader mass market. If successful, the technology could be expanded from the U.K. globally.

The Global Innovation and Technology Center (GITEC) team partners across AB InBev innovating alongside multiple product and process development teams, in addition to packaging innovation. Farida Bensadoun, one of AB InBev’s Front End Innovation and Material Science Engineers who is working on the beverage packaging of the future gave a glimpse into her role and responsibilities and what it means to be at the forefront of new products and technologies.
(Anheuser Busch InBev Global Headquarters)

SIG carton packs debut in Japan

SIG carton packs debut in Japan  (Company news)

Tokyo-based 50-50 joint venture DNP • SIG Combibloc Co., Ltd has announced that pioneering dairy manufacturer Moriyama is the first customer in Japan to run commercial production using SIG filling technology and the first to offer premium ready-to-drink (RTD) products in SIG carton packs locally filled in Japan.

Japan is one of the most competitive and highly developed markets for food and beverages in the world, with innovation being the key to success. Food safety and quality is of paramount importance with extremely high requirements on both aseptic and industrial standards. SIG’s market entry in Japan with Moriyama clearly demonstrates such high-quality standards, for both filling technology and packaging.

Moriyama’s new premium RTD products, in combifitMidi and combiblocMidi 1000 ml aseptic carton packs from SIG, will be filled at the company’s production plant in Kanagawa Prefecture on a CFA 812 filling machine from SIG. The new products, including cocoa, organic tea and organic coffee, and packaging fit perfectly within Moriyama’s extensive and diverse product portfolio, offering a high level of differentiation in such a mature and challenging environment.

Motoo Ohkaku, Joint General Manager Marketing Division & Business Promotion Division IV at Moriyama: “Our company goal is to constantly provide differentiation and innovation to the RTD market. We will keep aiming for this, as well as focusing on sales and growth through our close relationship with DNP and SIG. Using filling technology from SIG, we will continue to launch product concepts which meet the highest quality levels of the Japanese market, offering true innovation via advanced filling and processing technology to keep up with ever-changing consumer needs.”

Moriyama is also an important co-packer within the Japanese market and the new filling technology from SIG will benefit this side of its business, helping to expand its market position in the longer term.

Lawrence Fok, President and General Manager Asia-Pacific at SIG: “The main focus of our joint venture with DNP is to provide greater differentiation and added value in carton packaging, technology and services in the food and beverage industry in Japan. With SIG's product and packaging solutions, manufacturers will have significantly more flexibility to meet current and future market and consumer demands. In particular, our drinksplus solution and the volume flexibility of SIG’s filling machines make it possible for food and beverage manufacturers to create completely new product segments. With drinksplus, manufacturers can include value-adding extras such as real fruit or vegetable pieces, nuts or cereal grains to beverages in carton packs. Moriyama is our perfect Japanese market entry customer, having built up such an excellent reputation in the RTD sector, also with wide multichannel distribution. We’re excited at the innovation to come, as we continue to work closely with the forward-thinking team at Moriyama.”

DNP • SIG Combibloc Co., Ltd and Moriyama work together on product innovation and differentiation as part of SIG’s Value Proposition, which aims to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs.
(DNP-SIG Combibloc Co. Ltd)

KHS FormFill in final acceptance: technology combines stretch blow molding and filling unit

KHS FormFill in final acceptance: technology combines stretch blow molding and filling unit  (Company news)

-Revolutionary technology ready for operation before end of 2019
-Efficiency and high savings generated by single unit
-KHS readies system for market in less than two years since initial concept

Following the presentation of the future-oriented FormFill concept in 2017 the first system had been undergoing final acceptance in time for this year’s BrauBeviale. The new KHS technology combines the forming and filling of plastic bottles in just one process step. Operators benefit from considerable energy savings and a smaller machine footprint.

KHS first presented its FormFill concept at drinktec in 2017. Back then the ambitious plan was to sufficiently mature the technology in a good two years, enabling the first customer to then profit from its particular benefits. “We’ve learned a lot from the initial concept to the production of the market-ready system,” says Frank Haesendonckx, head of Technology at KHS Corpoplast in Hamburg, Germany. “We’re proud that we’re right on schedule. FormFill is the next stage in development for container forming and filling.”

With its technology KHS combines two processes that were previously separate. On present machinery two individual function modules stretch blow mold the PET preform and then fill the resulting bottle in separate stages. With KHS FormFill bottlers can now form and at the same time fill containers made of PET or rPET on a single machine. The system therefore takes up 40% less space than the standard stretch blow molder/filler blocks common to date. The time saved by the form/fill wheel has even enabled parts of the capping process to be integrated at this point. This then results in the machine being able to prevent product loss during container conveying.

Flexible formats for a range of products
The current tried-and-tested system has been configured for still water. However, the technology is just as suitable for liquid soap and laundry detergent and a whole range of hot fill applications. The current container formats vary from bottles with a volume of 500 milliliters to those holding 1.5 liters. “For the market launch in the coming year we’re focusing on outputs of 12,000 to 24,000 bottles maximum per hour,” states Haesendonckx. KHS subsequently aims to also provide this technology for the medium and high performance ranges. “Here, we’re engaging in active discussion with our clients so that we can also satisfy specific customer requirements.”

Efficient and low on space
“Taking all of the savings into account, FormFill consumes up to 60% less energy compared to a current stretch blow molder/filler block,” Haesendonckx smiles. As in standard plastic container processing to date, the machine first heats the PET preforms. However, instead of compressed air a controlled volume flow of product forms the preforms into containers. This procedure has several advantages: as the inside skin of the containers cools faster than with the standard method through direct filling, FormFill produces containers of greater stiffness with the same wall thickness, thus permitting preform material to be saved. What is known as the ‘water hammer’ effect makes design details such as logos more prominent, attracting a great deal of attention at the point of sale even without the presence of bottle labels. In a traditional compressed air process a blow pressure of up to 40 bar would be required to produce the same quality of container.

Another particular advantage is that after capping the trapped gas escapes from the product, creating a slight positive pressure in the container. “This also increases stability which has a positive effect on lightweight bottles especially,” explains Haesendonckx. Maintenance costs are also cut by the use of fewer components and format parts.
(KHS GmbH)

Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen successfully completed the restructuring in 2019

Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen successfully completed the restructuring in 2019   (Company news)

On December 16, 2019, the creditors of Feldmuehle GmbH unanimously approved the insolvency plan submitted by the company as part of a voting appointment at the district court in Pinneberg/Germany. This ensures the continuation of the company. The insolvency proceedings will be cancelled this year.

Feldmuehle GmbH, one of the leading providers of specialty papers in Europe, has thus successfully completed the restructuring that began at the end of 2018. In the ongoing restructuring process, the company has latently implemented cost adjustments and improvements in effectiveness and already achieved operating profitability in summer 2019. In addition, various investments were made to increase energy efficiency, sustainability of all operational processes and environmental balance. By adopting the plan, the recently strengthened company in sales has created the basis for sustainable competitiveness.

We thank our business partners for their trust and guarantee that Feldmuehle will continue to be a reliable and innovative business partner.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

When the answer to your anti-plastics challenge is in fact, plastic

When the answer to your anti-plastics challenge is in fact, plastic  (Company news)

I’ve spent many years at Belu engaging with customers around the environmental challenges we all face. At times, this has been with limited success. And understandably when running a restaurant or hotel business, there is always something more pressing to do. Add this to a challenging trading environment with costs of goods rising along with competition for good people, it’s easy to understand why many Belu customers have been delighted to take our products as ‘best in class from an environmental perspective’, take our social impact with WaterAid as a bonus and carry on. After all, sales of mineral water can be a huge contributor to the bottom line, keeping businesses trading profitably and sustainable in themselves.

Belu planet
So when the ‘Blue Planet II’ effect hit at the start of 2018, it was music to our ears.

We’ve had much better discussions with many of our customers, made huge progress with our Filter Initiative and helped all our customers who could remove a non-revenue generating single-use product from their costs. What hasn’t been quite so easy is the frustration of seeing many (usually not Belu customers I might add) make kneejerk reactions to something they have been sold as ‘better’, purely to quieten their boss or their own guilt as the anti-plastic noise surrounds them.

If we were a regular ‘for profit’ company driven by shareholders, we would have taken a very different view. We would have said ‘hey, customers want cans… let’s make them cans and charge then a stack more than we do for plastic. At first, like many, we thought it could be a solution, and then logic and the motivation to do the right thing kicked in.

Cans are not the solution
Having put a lot more analysis and thinking behind our logic, our position on cans remains clear.

Aluminium may have many benefits, especially that they’re easily recyclable. But to manufacture cans requires a vast amount of electricity to create the raw materials. Aluminium is produced from bauxite which is strip-mined, leading to a wide range of environmental issues including acid mine drainage, heavy metal contamination, air and water pollution, and impacts on drinking water and quality of life of nearby communities.

The recycling process requires heavy blocks to be exported before being rolled into sheet and reimported. Add all that up in terms of carbon emissions, to make a can would incur at least three times that of a plastic bottle of water (versus one that is made from 50% recycled plastic). So as a business that thinks environment-first, to encourage consumers to swap from drinking water from a plastic bottle to a can would simply be unethical.

And neither are cartons
So, having ruled-out cans, we also looked at cartons. Complexities of layers in the material including a plastic (polyethylene) coating mean that these products aren’t part of the circular economy we so firmly believe in (and if you haven’t already read every word on Ellen McArthur’s website we highly recommend it). While an increasing number of local authorities will collect cartons for recycling, only 37% of all cartons[1] sold in the UK are recycled here due to inconsistent collection and the fact that they are only processed at a dedicated carton recycling plant. This too has to change, but even then, we’re a long way from plastic or aluminium-free cartons and that’s before we consider how to hold in bubbles in our sparkling water.

If we dared to place cans or cartons in front of our customers as a better solution, then yes we could make more profit, and we could transform more lives. But we would also be greenwashing and misleading our customers. And our customers are intelligent people, many have already figured this out from themselves. Take Pure, for example, who made the brave decision earlier this year to publish a blog detailing their response to the plastics debate.

Use a refillable bottle instead
Look, we run a bottled water company, so if we can say it, everyone can.

The only way to get rid of using plastic in single-use products is to get rid of the product completely. Don’t buy it, use a refillable water bottle instead. And when you do, use a UK-made plastic one too because guess what, a metal one has two to three times the carbon footprint of a reusable plastic one. You only need to use a Belu refillable five times to have made a carbon improvement on buying single-use bottles.

But, if you have forgotten your refillable, and you’re looking for the next best alternative, we’re clear there is only one thing for you to do.

Choose a bottle made 100% from recycled plastic
As it is in every product sector if you can’t remove it, buy less and buy better. So, what does better look like?

You take a plastic bottle and you remove all of the fossil fuel element of the raw material. You make it 100% recycled plastic. A bottle made completely from bottles. And you don’t just do it to some of your product, you do it on all product lines. That’s exactly what we have done. From right now even though this comes with a significantly increased cost to our businesses (one that we have decided NOT to pass on to our customers), all Belu plastic bottle products will be made from 100% recycled plastic. And as with all Belu products, 100% of profits go to WaterAid to help transform lives worldwide with clean water.

We’ve spent the last year battling to secure enough supply of recycled plastic. The irony of this being what has slowed down progress is not lost on any of us. Because if we can contain all plastic waste, treat it as a resource and reuse it well, we’re making the lowest carbon footprint decision we can make.
What should you do?

Quite simply, we all need to do the same: use less.

As consumers, we should strive to remove as much of all format single-use from our lifestyles – bottles, cans, cartons, trays and bags. And when it comes to water, if you do forget that refillable, or if filtration isn’t yet a viable option for your business, this doesn’t make you a bad person. Just ensure you avoid making changes with unintended consequences of higher carbon emissions, and incrementally improve your product choice at every opportunity.
(By Karen Lynch, CEO of Belu Water Limited)

Feldmuehle - Products based on pulp and recycling fibres from one source in 2020

Feldmuehle - Products based on pulp and recycling fibres from one source in 2020  (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, leading manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, launched already in 2009 the new development of a label paper with 40 percent waste paper content - LabelSet PCW (photo).

As part of Feldmuehle’s realignment and the discussion on sustainability, work is underway to develop new papers based on recycling fibres. I.e. from the second quarter of 2020, the portfolio will be expanded by another wet-strength label paper and will be available to the market.

The high-quality label paper with recycled fibres will be equivalent to pulp products in terms of whiteness, opacity and appearance and will also provide good runnability and print quality.

The Feldmuehle also meets the increased market requirements and offers customers products based on pulp and recycling fibres from one source.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

Diageo launches new AI Whisky Selector to help people discover their favourite Single Malt Scotch

Diageo launches new AI Whisky Selector to help people discover their favourite Single Malt Scotch  (Company news)

‘What’s Your Whisky’ uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyse people's flavour preferences and matches them with their perfect whisky.

'What's Your Whisky' is an innovative digital experience which can be accessed via any mobile or internet-connected device. On launching the experience, people are asked eleven questions to understand their individual flavour preferences, such as “how often do you eat bananas?” and “how do you feel about chillies?”.

Using new artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, ‘What’s Your Whisky’ analyses people's preferences for a variety of sweet, fruity, spicy and smoky flavours found in Single Malt whiskies to create their personal “Flavour Print” and recommend a Single Malt whose flavour profile most closely matches the individual's taste.

‘What’s Your Whisky’ helps people to find their perfect whisky, based on their preferences for certain flavours

The whisky selector experience is launching in nine European countries (GB, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands) and will be available in 6 languages.
(Diageo plc)

Increased IT security requirements: KHS provides customer-oriented HMI upgrades

Increased IT security requirements: KHS provides customer-oriented HMI upgrades  (Company news)

-Systems safeguarded against malware attacks
-KHS enables long-term availability of spare parts
-KHS ReDiS remote maintenance option

Photo: KHS provides customer-oriented HMI upgrades. The Dortmund systems supplier thus enables a long-term supply of spare parts and meets increased IT security requirements.

Many older operator consoles (HMIs) have been discontinued by the manufacturers. As a result operators are anxious about the lack of available spare parts and the threat posed by security flaws in old systems. KHS solves this problem by offering HMI upgrades with increased customer benefits. The Dortmund systems supplier thus enables a long-term supply of spare parts and meets increased IT security requirements.

“We’re seeing a clear trend towards IT security in customer inquiries for HMI upgrades. Besides the availability of spare parts our customers also expect additional options which safeguard their lines and machines against the threat of malware,” says Matthias Jansen, head of the Technical Support Service Division. KHS offers suitable systems and solutions to meet these demands.

During an upgrade to the current 2.0 version of the KHS HMI, which includes a ReDiS remote maintenance option, the engineering company takes the customer’s individual initial situation into account so that he or she can also safely operate his or her plant machinery in the future.

Whitelisting for old and new HMI versions
In order to block any potential malware attacks, KHS has introduced a special whitelisting system for old and new versions of the HMI. For machines with a version 1.0 HMI KHS provides whitelisting as a way of safeguarding systems against threats by installing a software upgrade. KHS goes one step further with the hardware upgrade which includes a current operating system to improve performance. “One major benefit is that both whitelisting and the HMI hardware upgrade can be installed in just under two hours,” explains Jansen. Installation or replacement is thus possible during the course of regular maintenance. “With our systems and solutions we offer operators a high level of security and availability for their KHS lines and machines which have been running reliably for years,” Jansen concludes.
(KHS GmbH)

Feldmuehle to increase prices for wet strength label paper qualities by 5% as of Jan 2020

Feldmuehle to increase prices for wet strength label paper qualities by 5% as of Jan 2020  (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, leading manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, will increase prices for wet strength label paper qualities by 5% as of Jan 2020.

Photo: LabelSet PCW – The Wet Strength Recycler

The move is driven by a continued reduction of stock levels in conjunction with rising demand. The ecological measures on recycling have decreased the common uses of plastic based products in order to be substituted by paper-based options, less harmful for the environment. Paper pulp’s based materials and uses are now even more diversified. Raw material costs of pulp, chemicals and other materials are still on high level. Energy and transportation cost are further increasing.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

SIGNATURE PACK from SIG launched with Candia wins famous French packaging award 2019

SIGNATURE PACK from SIG launched with Candia wins famous French packaging award 2019  (Company news)

SIGNATURE PACK from SIG, the world’s first aluminium-free aseptic carton pack that is 100% linked to plant-based renewable materials via a mass balance system, has won the prestigious French packaging award in the ‘environmental’ category.

SIG’s SIGNATURE PACK 100 – the world’s only aluminium-free aseptic carton pack with polymers linked to plant-based renewable material – was launched on the French market earlier this year with Candia, part of the leading French dairy cooperative SODIAAL. Photo: SIG

SIGNATURE PACK was launched on the French market earlier this year with Candia, part of the leading French dairy cooperative SODIAAL. This famous French packaging award recognises SIG’s continued commitment to developing packaging innovations that add real value for consumers and the beverage industry, as well as Candia’s thought leadership in driving tangible and innovative solutions in the drinking milk market.

Laura Garrot, CSR Manager at Candia: "Receiving the Packaging Award for our new eco-designed organic milk carton is a real honour for Candia and a true recognition for the teams and farmers, who are very proud of this motivating project for the entire company. This Packaging Award is the result of our cooperation with our partner SIG to launch this innovation to serve both our customers and consumers. Since the summer we have been offering a new organic UHT milk packaged in a carton that no longer contains aluminium and that contributes to developing a forest-based polymers supply chain through a certified mass balance system with the aim of gradually reducing the use of fossil resources. This is a concrete response for consumers who are looking for products with more environmentally friendly and recyclable packaging.”

Gérald Saada, Director of Marketing and R&D at Candia, adds: "We are delighted with this fine recognition, which rewards the hard work of the Candia and SIG teams. We are enthusiastic about the future because the eco-designed carton pack is well received by our customers and consumers, who are more and more sensitive to environmental issues. With this technology and its innovative design, Candia's eco-designed organic cartons represent significant progress in the area of milk.”

The SIGNATURE PACK is a step towards replacing fossil fuel-based materials by renewable plant-based ones. The pack is mainly made of FSCTM-certified renewable paperboard from sustainably-managed forests. The polymers (protective layers and closure) that make up the rest of the pack are linked to forest-based renewable material through a certified mass balance system. This means for the polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers.

Melanie Revolte, Marketing Manager France at SIG: “We’re proud to receive this important accolade within the environment category in partnership with our customer Candia. Our aluminium-free carton pack is linked to a by-product from the paper industry known as tall oil for the plant-based feedstock rather than to an agricultural crop, thus avoiding the use of land and resources that could be used to produce food. Working closely with Candia to launch SIGNATURE PACK, both companies have set a real example for the environment on the French dairy market.”

SIGNATURE PACK is a stand-out carton pack both in terms of providing added value to the beverage industry and satisfying growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions.

SIGNATURE PACK is one of the most pivotal innovations supporting SIG’s Way Beyond Good ambitions to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions and to becoming a net positive business by contributing more to society and the environment than it takes out – across the value chain.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Aptar Food + Beverage Will Exhibit at Pacprocess Hall 11 F 20

Aptar Food + Beverage Will Exhibit at Pacprocess Hall 11 F 20  (Company news)

Aptar Food + Beverage will be exhibiting at Pacprocess, India’s leading exhibition for the processing and packaging industry. The show will take place December 12 - 14, at Pragati Maiden in New Delhi.

During this event, Aptar will present its most innovative dispensing solutions for the food and beverage markets. Discover closures with our Simplisqueeze® valve for sauces and condiments, fitments for flexible packagings, solutions for infant nutrition, and sport closure for a superior drinking experience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover Aptar Food + Beverage’s most advanced innovations.
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

Symrise opens creative center in Egypt

Symrise opens creative center in Egypt  (Company news)

• Group inaugurates modern development and application laboratories for taste solutions
• The facility meets the company's global development and technology standards

Symrise has inaugurated its Creative Center in Egypt on November 26, 2019. The subsidiary in the outskirts of Cairo comprises modern development and application laboratories for the categories Beverages, Confectionery, Dairy, Culinary and Snacks. Dirk Bennwitz, President Flavor EAME at Symrise, officially opened the new facilities. They meet the company's global technology and development standards and are intended to strengthen the company's reach in the AME region and its collaboration with strategic customers. Partners, customers and guests attended the ceremony.

Photo: Ibrahim Wagdy & Dirk Bennwitz

Symrise has equipped its development and application laboratories with state-of-the-art technology. Within the Creative Center, employees will develop customized product solutions and applications and adapt existing products for the market. Compared to its facilities so far, the new creative center offers a number of advantages. Modern consumer and market analysis and quality assurance procedures guarantee authentic and relevant products for customers and consumers in the region.

"By investing in the new Creative Center, our strong team of food technologists and flavorists can make a significant contribution to the growth in the region in the future," says Dirk Bennwitz, President Flavor EAME at Symrise. "We are convinced of the strategy, because our location in Cairo offers us proximity to customers and markets in Africa and the Middle East. In the future, we will be able to better serve demand in the region and optimally align our business with our customers, thus contributing to the company’s growth."

Customers benefit from tailor-made developments
In the future, the Symrise team will have access to all the technologies and innovations available in the Group in the Creative Center. This will make it easier to meet customer demand. In addition, customers benefit from knowledge of the region and the increased use of local raw materials. This helps to meet the diverse wishes of consumers. Another advantage is that Symrise can work with its customers in a time- and cost-efficient manner.

"We use a wide range of manufacturing technologies in Egypt to supply all of Africa and the Middle East," says Ibrahim Wagdy, responsible Managing Director of Symrise in Egypt. "We are now expanding these capacities with our modernized site thereby increasing the attractiveness for our customers in the region.

Egypt is an important location for Symrise. On the one hand, because the country's location in the AME region makes it easy to exchange information with customers from Africa and the Middle East. On the other hand, the industrial and agricultural infrastructure provides valuable advantages for the production and development of flavors for the local market.
(Symrise AG)

Roberts PolyPro Introduces ICHA180 Can Handle Applicator

Roberts PolyPro Introduces ICHA180 Can Handle Applicator  (Company news)

Roberts PolyPro, a ProMach product brand, introduced the ICHA180 inline can handle applicator at Pack Expo Las Vegas booth #C-3414. Ideal for craft beer and distilled spirits, this compact system applies Robert PolyPro’s eye-catching HDPE #2 handles to four- and six-packs of beverages in 12 and 16 oz. aluminum cans. The ICHA180 is an economical, fully-automated solution handling speeds up to 180 cpm. Compared to manual and semi-automated application, it minimizes labor and achieves faster speeds.

“The growing craft beer and distilled spirits markets are competitive, and our attractive multi-pack handles help products stand out on crowded retail shelves. When choosing a way to apply them, small producers need a high quality system that fits their budget. The ICHA180 hits that sweet spot – it’s a fully-automated solution at a great price,” said Roy Tetreault, Vice President and General Manager at Roberts PolyPro. “Craft brewers and distillers are passionate entrepreneurs who want to make beer and spirits, not worry about machinery. The ICHA180’s plug-and-play design makes it a snap to install. It’s simple, easy to use and gets the job done.”

The ICHA180 is a space-efficient solution with a footprint that’s only 24 inches wide and 60 inches long (61cm wide and 152cm long). The applicator, installed inline after the can seamer, features a two-lane conveyor that transports cans side by side. As cans enter the ICHA180, a sensor detects the presence of 12 cans and an air-activated flow gate extends across the conveyor. With 12 cans in position, the system applies either two sets of six-pack handles per cycle or three sets of four-pack handles per cycle. Then, the flow gate releases the multi-packs, which are discharged to downstream case or tray packing.

To change between four- and six-packs, the ICHA180 requires only a simple adjustment to the handle magazine and swapping out the handles, which can be achieved in less than three minutes without tools or change parts. When changing between 12- and 16-oz cans, no system adjustments are needed since the applicator stroke automatically accommodates either size can. The ICHA180 runs for approximately five minutes at 180 cpm before the handle magazine needs to be refilled.

Roberts PolyPro’s injection-molded HDPE #2 handles have a striking appearance, superior holding capabilities and a practical tab design. They are available in 32 standard colors and with optional color matching in any PMS color. In addition to being 100 percent recyclable, the handles use up to 30 percent less plastic than competitive injection-molded handles. The open top eliminates moisture from accumulating between the can top and handle. The tab design allows fast and easy application, either manually or with a semi- or fully-automated applicator like the ICHA180 or the higher volume THA240.
(Pro Mach Inc.)

Nestlé announces industry-leading push to use Nutri-Score in Europe

Nestlé announces industry-leading push to use Nutri-Score in Europe  (Company news)

Nestlé announced that it will use Nutri-Score nutrition labeling in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, starting in the first half of 2020. The company will implement Nutri-Score across brands of its wholly-owned businesses over a two-year period.

Cereal Partners Worldwide, the international breakfast venture between Nestlé and General Mills, will also implement Nutri-Score on its product packaging in the same countries.

In total, more than 5000 products in the five countries will feature Nutri-Score.

Nutri-Score is a voluntary front-of-pack scheme that classifies foods and beverages according to their nutritional profile. It is a color-coded system with a scale ranging from A (healthier choices) to E (less healthy choices).

Marco Settembri, CEO of Nestlé for Europe, Middle East and North Africa said: "Our ambition is to have one of the healthiest options in every product category we offer. Nutri-Score will motivate us and help track our progress. I am proud that Nestlé is the first company to roll out Nutri-Score at this scale in Europe. We now want to move quickly as we are sure this is the right way forward."

Nestlé and Cereal Partners Worldwide are beginning the roll-out of Nutri-Score in those European countries that already support the system. The two companies are ready to implement it in further countries that request it or notify it to the European Commission.

David Clark, President and CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide said: "Our pursuit of a better breakfast is never finished. As leaders in the breakfast cereal sector, we can help everyone have a healthy, nutritious, and tasty start to the day with our cereals. Our consumers are at the heart of this quest – past, present, and future. That’s why we’re using Nutri-Score to guide the development and communication of the nutritional value of our products."

Nestlé brands on which Nutri-Score will appear include plant-based products from Garden Gourmet, Nesquik chocolate-flavored milk, Buitoni pizzas, Nescafé coffee, Maggi culinary products and KitKat chocolate. Cereal Partners Worldwide will use Nutri-Score on its breakfast cereals, including Fitness and Chocapic. Some products such as infant formula are out of scope or fall under separate regulations.

Monique Goyens, Director-General of BEUC said: "BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, applauds Nestlé’s decision to broadly roll out Nutri-Score. Research conducted in several countries demonstrate indeed that Nutri-Score is currently the best-performing scheme in aiding consumers to make healthier choices. Therefore, we consider Nutri-Score to be a major tool to contribute to tackling the obesity crisis. We can only recommend that other companies follow Nestlé's excellent example and display Nutri-Score on their products. Moving forward, we believe that all European consumers should benefit from Nutri-Score. This is why several consumer organisations, who are members of the BEUC network, have launched a petition* asking the European Commission to make Nutri-Score mandatory across Europe."

The ambitious implementation plan follows on from Nestlé’s announcement in June 2019 expressing support for Nutri-Score in continental Europe, to support European and local public health agendas.

Marco Settembri said: "With Nutri-Score, we want to enable people to make informed decisions for healthier diets. We are also speeding up the transformation of our products and launching more products that have a better environmental footprint and contribute to a balanced diet. This includes more plant-based food and beverage options."
(Nestlé Deutschland AG)

European Glass Packaging Industry to Boost EU Glass Collection for Recycling to 90% ...

European Glass Packaging Industry to Boost EU Glass Collection for Recycling to 90% ...  (Company news)

... by 2030 and “Close The Glass Loop”

The European glass packaging industry sets in motion “Close the Glass Loop” – a major stewardship programme to boost glass ‘collection for recycling’ rates to 90% by 2030 in the EU. The move comes as a proactive response to new EU rules to increase net recycling targets for glass packaging to 75% by 2030.

Today, over 76% of glass packaging placed on the European market is collected for “bottle to bottle” recycling, already putting the circularity of glass in a league of its own.

Industry CEOs have unanimously agreed to set up the “Close the Glass Loop” programme with the common ambition to achieve an EU-wide 90% collection for recycling target for glass packaging by 2030. The programme will be shaped in the coming months with value chain partners with initial discussions on collaboration already ongoing. The official platform launch is planned in June 2020.

“Our goal is to keep increasing the sustainability credentials of the glass packaging solutions we provide to our customers and consumers,” stated FEVE President Michel Giannuzzi. “We are proud to lead ‘Close the Glass Loop’, an industry-wide initiative that will have real benefits for the market and our planet alike: it is our call for action to deliver an ambitious Circular Economy Action Plan for glass.”

This initiative will bring together the different stakeholders of the glass collection and recycling loop under a common European platform with a twofold objective of closing the collection gap and improving the quality of recycled glass (cullet), so that resources remain productive in a bottle-to-bottle manufacturing loop. More availability of good quality cullet means a more resource-efficient production process, providing a premium level, safe and truly recycled packaging material.

It all starts with collection. The “Close the Glass Loop” programme will boost collection and involve the many committed European and national partners, from municipalities, to glass processors and industry customers, including the Extended Producer Responsibility schemes operating across EU Member States. “To be successful, we need to work locally in every EU Member State, while sharing best practices and raising ambitions via a European platform. We don’t believe in a single European model for glass collection, but we do believe in a single ambition,” stressed Michel Giannuzzi.

“We are very proud to have been able to set the foundations for such an ambitious programme, which has a very strong support inside the membership and perfectly matches the objectives of both the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the European Green Deal of the new European Commission,” stated Adeline Farrelly, Secretary General of FEVE.

The production of glass packaging for food, beverages as well as in the pharmaceutical, perfumery and cosmetics sector with an endlessly recyclable, reusable and permanent material translates to less consumption of natural resources, less waste and less use of energy in line with the Sustainable Consumption and Production Goal (SDG 12). At the same time, glass recycling directly allows the industry to dramatically reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, in line with the Climate Action Goal (SDG 13).
(FEVE The European Glass Container Federation)

Aptar Food + Beverage Receives 'Best Closure' Award for Flip Lid at the ...

Aptar Food + Beverage Receives 'Best Closure' Award for Flip Lid at the ...  (Company news)

...World Beverage Innovation 2019 Awards

The World Beverage Innovation Awards, in association with BrauBeviale, was designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across numerous categories within the beverage industry. At the 2019 Award Ceremony, Aptar Food + Beverage was recognized with the Best Closure Award for Flip Lid.

A panel of nine judges considered entries from over 33 countries in 24 different categories. Aptar is proud to announce that Flip Lid was recognized by this jury as a “very innovative concept that goes in line with today’s main concerns about packaging disposal and recycling” and is “a consumer friendly closure”.

Aptar Food + Beverage has re-invented packaging for tethered closures to enhance the consumer drinking experience.

Aptar’s Flip Lid closure, was designed to promote post use recycling – since the tethered closure remains attached to the bottle throughout its life cycle – while also improving the consumer drinking experience. A critical technical parameter for ease of opening is the closure’s protruding element, which aids in gripping and lifting the lid, allowing for one-handed experience. This closure also offers consumers a wide opening for drinking comfort, and an audible click when the hinge is fully open, and fully closed. In addition, Flip Lid gives brands the opportunity to reduce amount of plastic being used, by pushing the limits on light weighting the bottleneck, without compromising the consumer experience.

Ryan Kenny, Aptar’s President Food+Beverage EMEA on stage to receive the Award, comments:
“We are honored to have our Flip Lid product win the World Beverage Innovation Award for “Best Closure”. Receiving such an award is excellent recognition for the dedicated team behind the development of Flip Lid, and only further reinforces Aptar Food + Beverage as the leading provider of innovative and sustainable solutions that address the changing requirements for our customer, without compromising the convenience and intuitive use expected by the consumer.”
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

SIG launches first-ever integrated asset performance and field service management solution

SIG launches first-ever integrated asset performance and field service management solution  (Company news)

SIG is set to deliver the first integrated APM (asset performance management) and FSM (field service management) digital solution for the food and beverage industry. Developed in partnership with GE Digital, the Plant 360 Asset Management will feature a range of on-demand digital services designed to help manufacturers reach new levels of efficiency, productivity and connectivity in their operations.

SIG Plant 360 Asset Management is being co-developed with GE Digital in response to increasing demands in the food and beverage industry, particularly the need for higher productivity, quality and uptime. With this innovative and integrated solution comprised of GE Digital’s APM and ServiceMax’s FSM software, SIG will offer state-of-the-art digital tools to help its customers boost production, reduce downtime and ensure even greater quality to meet ever-changing consumer needs.

“Equipment manufacturers like SIG are increasingly leveraging Industrial Internet of Things solutions to differentiate themselves through superior after-sales service,” said Dan Lohmeyer, SVP Digital Product Management at GE Digital. “GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management and ServiceMax’s Field Service Management software help OEMs ensure their installed base of equipment is performing optimally, and their field service resources are managed efficiently. Our integrated solution allows SIG to detect and correct potential equipment issues in advance, before they result in unplanned customer downtime, delighting end-customers through improved OEE and driving improved NPS scores for SIG.”

A modular solution for maintenance
Plant 360 Asset Management is a modular solution designed to improve filling line reliability and availability while reducing costs. The Connector module enables the collection of digital data, which is loaded into the Predix Cloud – GE Digital’s cloud platform. From here, the data can be retrieved and evaluated at any time by SIG’s reliability engineering team. This module can also be used for SIG’s other Smart Factory solution, Plant 360 Controller, which enables manufacturers to monitor, control and optimise every angle of their filling plant operations.

The Smart Maintenance module is based on a software-supported holistic process called Maintenance & Asset Data Analytics as well as an Asset Management Cockpit. This ensures customers have one data source for all maintenance-related activities. The third module is called Smart Performance and is based on Asset Health Monitoring and Predictive Asset Data Analytics, which will provide an optimal platform for predictive maintenance in the future.

Optimising assets at every stage
Together, the three modules will enable higher asset reliability and availability. The solution ensures a direct link between condition-based and predictive maintenance alerts in APM and the work being scheduled for field-service engineers in FSM. This helps translate alerts into efficient action on the ground and ensures field service teams receive as much advance notice as possible of an issue, which they can address before it impacts a customer’s operations. For example, defined wearing parts will no longer be replaced at fixed maintenance intervals. Instead, they will only be replaced when the data indicates a certain degree of wear.

“With Plant 360 Asset Management, any changes to equipment strategies – for example, changing service intervals or maintenance steps – can be quickly reflected in new FSM work,” said Klaus Andresen, Senior Vice President Global Technology at SIG. “This improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall SIG maintenance process. Data captured by field-service workers is immediately available for analysis by APM and the global SIG reliability engineering team, allowing us to better and more quickly detect emerging issues and trigger preventative steps.”

SIG Plant 360 Asset Management is being launched for the first time in the Middle East with Almarai, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest food and beverage producers, as start of the global rollout.

Robert Ross, Manufacturing Manager Dairy and Juice at Almarai: “Digital Solutions are vital for us to analyse exactly what is happening in our plant and going forward to produce reliably. The aspirational partnership with SIG & GE will greatly help us in root cause analysis and in providing valid answers. This will ensure reliable production and to improve our OEE. We are very proud to be an early adopter of this cutting-edge solution.”

Plant 360 Asset Management is one of several value-added solutions within SIG’s Smart Factory segment, which is designed to help manufacturers meet the challenge of increasing output and driving down costs in today’s competitive environment. The solution-driven Smart Factory platform aims to deliver IoT-enabled systems and technical services that transform filling plants into connected factories that offer the highest efficiency, flexibility and quality.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Basic Line Monitoring from KHS: web-based app increases line efficiency

Basic Line Monitoring from KHS: web-based app increases line efficiency   (Company news)

-Simplified monitoring and evaluation of the line efficiency
-Faster identification of reasons for loss in performance
-Simple, intuitive user interface

With Basic Line Monitoring KHS offers its customers a web application which supplies data to assess the efficiency of a production line. It is based on the modular Innoline MES production management system. The module’s intuitive and convenient user interface simplifies production monitoring. This boosts line efficiency and provides safe access to performance data also outside the customer’s own network.

Photo: The web application captures key process data, among other things, which allows conclusions to be drawn as to the product quality, and consumption meters are also logged, with the help of which the total cost of ownership (TCO) can be lowered.

Innoline MES is a software program which is tailored to meet the requirements of the beverage industry and provides greater transparency in line monitoring and order management. It also performs control functions on the line. The IT system includes six modules with various functions which can either operate as stand-alone units or be used in combination.

Key process data captured
KHS has developed its Basic Line Monitoring (BLM) app based on Innoline MES which has successfully established itself on the market. It is the first product to be placed on a new, web-based Innoline MES 2.0 platform – a further development which requires less configuration effort. BLM only focuses on the data points which are actually needed to assess line efficiency and detect any sources of loss. The system makes it easier for customers to quickly identify weak points or causes of any loss in performance. It captures key process data, among other things, which allows conclusions to be drawn as to the product quality, and consumption meters are also logged, with the help of which the total cost of ownership (TCO) can be lowered. Wolfgang Heßelmann, the product manager responsible for Innoline MES at KHS, considers BLM to be useful on two levels. “On the one hand, the line can be brought up to capacity more quickly if operators can quickly identify where the bottlenecks are and react promptly and accordingly. On the other, an immediate analysis can be made on all devices that support the display of the web client as to the impact a fault has on performance.”

A web-based user interface makes the app convenient to use and means that data is visible both on mobile devices and on the machine monitor. The product is also intuitive in its operation thanks to the clearly structured menu.

Security of plant engineering networks a major issue for KHS
In addition to its user friendliness BLM is also convincing when it comes to digital security. “Because the module is web based, you don’t have to install any software on the computer. All the customer needs is a link to a website; he or she can then control who has access to the data and who doesn’t,” Heßelmann explains. With this the system can also be viewed outside the line in coordination with the customer’s IT setup.

OT security, the safety of plant engineering networks, has been a major issue for KHS for some years now. The systems supplier continuously analyzes potential weak spots and implements technical and organizational security measures. “We have to work closely together with the customer to effectively counteract OT security risks,” says Meike Schulz from Line Engineering Product Support at KHS. “Our security measures help to minimize the risk of a cyberattack and provide production systems with suitable protection. They help support a holistic security concept.”
(KHS GmbH)

Natural foods are particularly popular in Germany

Natural foods are particularly popular in Germany  (Company news)

• Studies show how important naturalness is for consumers around the world
• Chinese market offers the greatest potential for food manufacturers

Compared to the rest of Europe, Germans attach particular importance to naturalness when buying food. Only taste and consumer friendliness are more important to German citizens. Consumers in France and the UK also pay particular attention to these two factors, followed by value for money and naturalness. In the future, the demand for natural foods could increase, especially in China. These are the results of six studies carried out by Symrise over the past two years. The Group surveyed around 15,000 consumers ages 16 to 70 from 12 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America.

The importance of naturalness differs greatly from country to country. At the same time, the researchers also identified overarching common aspects. They found that the explicit use of the word “natural” has a great influence on the perception and acceptance of a product or its ingredients. In addition, consumers around the world reject ingredients with scientific-sounding names because they do not perceive them as natural. In order for the consumer to understand and trust the content of the label, it needs concrete and transparent information. Another finding was that consumers prefer familiar methods of food preparation. Artificial sweeteners are also considered unhealthy and too sweet.

“Many consumers today want to buy the most natural food possible,” says Stefanie Hartwig, Global Marketing Engagement Manager at Symrise. “At Symrise, we respond to this preference with our code of nature® platform. This means that we value natural ingredients, gentle processing and authentic taste in our products.”

Germans want understandable ingredients
Especially in Europe, consumers are very interested in the ingredients of food. They thoroughly read even long lists of ingredients as long as they can understand them. In general, respondents attach importance to ingredients they know. On the other hand, they mostly reject unfamiliar ingredients. This also applies to very general disclosures such as the ones on vegetables. Concrete content information significantly improves acceptance. The disclosure of food additives in the form of E numbers, as practiced in the European Union, is also poorly received by consumers, especially in Germany.

In Asia, the proportion of consumers interested in natural foods varies relatively widely. While in Japan almost half of consumers prefer natural raw materials, in Thailand the proportion is about a third and in China about a quarter. China holds the greatest future potential. There are particularly good prospects in the yogurt drink and flavored water categories, if manufacturers simultaneously consider the need for health and safety.

“Natural foods offer an enormous growth market with great opportunities for manufacturers,” says Mathias vom Weg, SVP Global Purchasing Flavor at Symrise. “The challenge is to ensure naturalness throughout the value chain. We focus on transparency and traceability. With clear guidelines, we ensure that our suppliers meet our requirements for naturalness.”

Similar perception of naturalness in North America and Latin America
In the USA, consumers particularly expect naturalness in the yogurt (68 percent), soup (55 percent) and flavored water (50 percent) product categories. Respondents there primarily associate naturalness with the terms “fresh,” “natural,” “local ingredients” and “free of additives and preservatives.” This also applies to Latin America. Consumers there understand naturalness as describing a product that is real and pure without additives. Especially in beverages, Latin American consumers value natural taste, natural sweeteners and a healthy product.
(Symrise AG)

KHS and Ferrum agree cooperation for can seamers

KHS and Ferrum agree cooperation for can seamers   (Company news)

In November 2019 KHS GmbH and Ferrum AG are to start a can seaming cooperation. This will focus on beverages for the American market. The aim is to intensify their successful partnership of many years. By cooperating more closely the two companies wish to benefit from one another’s expertise, particularly in the fields of research and development as well as service.

For many years now KHS has offered its customers can seamers from Ferrum, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of seaming machines. In entering into a cooperation with the aforementioned the German systems supplier aims to broaden its expertise in this product area. “Both KHS and Ferrum are enterprises which have a long company history and vast expertise,” explains Martin Resch (photo), CFO at KHS. “With our shared knowledge we wish to further develop this product area and further optimize our systems and solutions while providing everything from a single source. This means that our customers also benefit from the partnership.”

With the cooperation the Dortmund engineering company and Ferrum plan to develop even more efficient can seamers and fillers which always satisfy operators’ growing demand for sustainability and efficiency. To this end the partners aim to pool their expertise in a joint company in the USA. The overriding aim is to develop a powerful and robust block which combines can filling and seaming. Furthermore, smart services are to be developed and launched to market for customers of KHS and Ferrum.
(KHS GmbH)

New, innovative tear-off solution for cardboard-plastic packaging

New, innovative tear-off solution for cardboard-plastic packaging  (Company news)

Cardboard-plastic combinations have already made a strong impression for a number of years, delivering a positive environmental impact thanks to their recyclability and extremely ecofriendly properties. To make it even easier for consumers to separate the cardboard and plastic, Greiner Packaging teamed up with cardboard packaging and labeling firm Offsetdruckerei Schwarzach to develop a new tear-off system, which makes recycling even more intuitive.

K3® packaging consists of just two parts: an unprinted, white or transparent plastic cup, along with a cardboard wrap – which, if necessary, can also be made of recycled material. The new, patent-pending tear-off system makes separating and recycling these two components clean and intuitive. “Cardboard-plastic combinations are extremely environmentally friendly compared to other packaging solutions. But it’s important that the two components are actually separated and properly disposed of, too,” stresses Jens Krause, Sales Director Switzerland at Greiner Packaging. “With that in mind, we’ve put a lot of effort into developing a new tear-off system in recent months that makes their separation even more intuitive and, most importantly, is impossible to miss.” When the cardboard and plastic are separated, the packaging is 100 percent recyclable, making it a perfect example of a circular economy product.

One package, many advantages
While the life cycle assessment of a product was the ultimate measure in years past, ready recyclability is now viewed as the most important criterion. Sustainability, on the other hand, involves making sensible use of resources (including waste as a raw material) in addition to achieving minimal environmental impact. A product’s recyclability and its environmental impact must both be considered throughout its life cycle. And by that measure, cardboard-plastic combinations excel. As a result, Greiner Packaging is focusing on K3® packaging, which offers a variety of benefits:
-A K3® cup with a diameter of 95 millimeters and a capacity of 500 milliliters achieves a 17 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with a conventional direct-printed, thermoformed cup of the same size.
-Viewed over its entire lifespan, K3® is undoubtedly the most environmentally friendly packaging material. When the cardboard and plastic are separated, the packaging is 100 percent recyclable. At the same time, a K3® cup uses up to 33 percent less plastic compared with a direct-printed, thermoformed cup of the same size.
-When separated, the individual components of K3® packaging are 100 percent recyclable, too. These components are properly identified at waste sorting facilities and assigned to the appropriate material stream. An unprinted, white or transparent plastic cup is the basic ingredient for a successful circular economy.
(Greiner Packaging GmbH)

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Wine, sparkling wine, cider and spirits

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Wine, sparkling wine, cider and spirits  (BrauBeviale 2019)

According to IWSR (international wine and spirit research), worldwide consumption of alcohol declined by 1.6 percent in 2018. However, this downturn is set to be temporary. For the next five years the market research institute forecasts further growth and the continuation of the trend toward increasingly higher-quality alcoholic beverages.

Gin – the front-runner
Within the alcoholic beverage market, sales of gin enjoyed the greatest growth in the last year. According to IWSR, this category of spirits grew by 8.3 percent worldwide, with more than 72 million 9-litre cases sold. In the UK alone, the growth rate was 32.5 percent. By 2023, global gin sales are expected to reach 88.4 million 9-litre cases. The key markets are regarded as the UK, Germany, Italy, France, the Philippines, South Africa, Uganda, Canada, Australia and Brazil. Following a doubling of gin sales in Brazil in 2018 the country is already being treated as the new “gin hotspot”.

Despite the currently booming gin market, market research institute Mintel predicts that the gin trend will be overtaken by a vermouth trend. Here too, smaller craft brands are fuelling growth. One example is a sweet vermouth made from cascara, an infusion of coffee cherry husks that are generally regarded as waste that therefore also allows the vermouth to meet the criterion for sustainability.

Whisky soon to be produced by AI as well
IWSR says that the spirit category of whisky also enjoyed strong growth last year, with sales up 7 percent worldwide. By 2023, an average annual increase of 5.7 percent is expected. If this happens, around 580 million 9-litre cases of whisky will be sold by 2023. One interesting development is that an award-winning Swedish whisky distillery is currently working with Microsoft and a Finnish technology company to produce what will supposedly be the world’s first whisky designed and created by artificial intelligence. It should be available from autumn 2019. The idea is that although the whisky will be created by the AI it will still be curated by a human being.

Mixed drinks up, vodka, liqueurs and cane spirits in decline
Other IWSR data show that consumption of alcoholic mixed drinks increased by 5.0 percent in 2018. By 2023, the market research institute predicts an annual consumption in this segment of around 597 million 9-litre cases worldwide. By contrast, vodka, liqueurs and cane spirits are probably likely to continue become less popular in the next few years.

Per capita consumption of spirits in Germany is 5.4 litres
According to preliminary data from the German Federal Bureau of Statistics, there were around 713 million 0.7-litre bottles of spirits for sale on the German market in 2018. The per capita consumption was 5.4 litres. “In 2019, the trend is again expected to be toward strong German brands of spirits, imported products, craft spirits and higher-quality products in general,” says Thomas Ernst, president of the BSI (Federal Association of the German Spirits Industry and Importers). In terms of volume, the biggest market shares in 2018 were held by clear spirits (around 38.1 percent), liqueurs (around 34.9 percent) and brandies/cognac (around 9.5 percent).

Increased expenditure on wine
Following significant growth, global wine consumption declined; according to data from the German Wine Institute (DWI) and the International Organisation of Wine and Vine (OIV) it reached 244 million hectolitres in 2017. The IWSR reports a global decline in volume of 1.6 percent in 2018, primarily because less wine was consumed in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and China. In the wine segment too, there is a global trend in favour of higher quality wines. As a result, increasing expenditure on wine can be expected worldwide in future. By 2023 it is projected to be USD 224.5 billion, up from USD 215.8 billion in 2018. The sparkling wine category is likely to be even more dynamic and there is talk of an annual sales growth of 1.17 percent, fuelled above all by sales of prosecco. IWSR also predicts a significant increase globally in alcohol-free and low-alcohol wines.

Alcohol-free wines on the up?
German content marketing agency Carta recently carried out a survey with the University of Heilbronn and the Heilbronn Institute for Applied Market Research on the level of familiarity, actual consumption and expected potential of alcohol-free wine. The survey confirmed the potential of alcohol-free wine, at least for the German market. Some of the findings from the survey were that 72 percent of respondents had already heard of alcohol-free wine and just under 30 percent had already drunk it, while 51.0 percent of respondents rated the taste of alcohol-free wine as very good or good and 33 percent said it was mediocre.

Germany prefers dry wines
According to the DWI (German Wine Institute), German wine consumption declined from 20.9 to 20.5 litres per head in 2018. In the last year, 46.0 percent of all wines sold were white, 44.0 percent red and 10.0 percent rosé. The proportion of wines of certified origin and quality (Qualitätsweine) and wines with special attributes (Prädikatsweine) was over 48.0 percent, one percent higher than in the previous year. In the case of Sekt (German sparkling wine), per capita consumption decreased by 0.2 litres to 3.3 litres. Germans consumed a total 19.8 million hectolitres of wine and sparkling wine in 2018.

Cider still predominantly a Western European drink
The cider market continues to be largely based in Western Europe. The fact is that the Western European share of the global cider market has declined continuously over the years. Whereas in 2005 it was still at 79 percent, the European Cider and Fruit Wine Association (AICV) reported a 55.1 percent share for 2017 in its report “European Cider Trends 2018”. Africa held a 13.3 percent of the global cider market in 2017, North America 10.9 percent, Australasia 7.8 percent, Eastern Europe 7 percent, Latin America 4.6 percent and Asia 1.2 percent. In 2017 global cider sales totalled around 2.6 billion litres, according to AICV (European Fruit Wine and Cider Association) data. In Germany, the VdFw (Association of German Fruit Wine Producers) reports that in 2018 cider continued to be one of the best-selling products in the sector, recording an increase of 9.3 percent. Domestic sales were up from 46.3 million litres to 50.6 million litres.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

HEINEKEN UK to remove plastic from all multi-pack cans by 2021

HEINEKEN UK to remove plastic from all multi-pack cans by 2021   (Company news)

-Over 500 tonnes of plastic to be removed annually through the elimination of plastic rings and shrink wrapping by the end of 2021
-Innovative cardboard topper to replace plastic rings across the entire portfolio of beer and cider multi-pack cans, including Heineken®, Foster’s and Strongbow
-£22 million investment will be split across Manchester, Tadcaster & Hereford sites

HEINEKEN UK is eliminating plastic rings and shrink wrapping from its entire portfolio of beer and cider multi-pack cans, removing 517 tonnes of plastic annually from the supply chain – the equivalent of 94 million plastic bags a year.

Part of a £22 million investment, HEINEKEN has today announced a scalable innovation to replace plastic rings – a 100% plastic-free topper for multi-packs that uses sustainably sourced cardboard.

The new packaging was designed to not only remove plastic but to minimise the use of materials and reduce waste. The cardboard topper is 100% recyclable and compostable and importantly for shoppers, is robust and easy to grip.

This innovation will be rolled out across Heineken®, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 multi-pack cans and made available in UK retailers from April 2020. This will be followed by all HEINEKEN brands in multi-pack cans, including Strongbow, Bulmer’s and John Smith’s by the end of 2021.

Cindy Tervoort, UK Marketing Director, HEINEKEN, said: “The effect of single-use plastic is having on our planet can’t be ignored. Creating an eco-friendly solution that eliminates plastic while still meeting the demands of our beer and cider drinkers has been a big focus in our business. Now, after years in development and huge investment, we’re extremely pleased to announce our recyclable and compostable topper innovation, a significant milestone in our journey to eliminate all single-use plastic.”

The £22 million investment will be split between HEINEKEN’s Manchester, Tadcaster and Hereford sites, with the technology piloted at the Manchester brewery before the end of the year. The company already sells over half of its beers and ciders on draught in pubs around the country through refillable kegs that can be used for up to 30 years.

The pledge to eliminate plastic rings from the UK is the latest commitment in HEINEKEN’s ambitious ‘Brewing a Better World’ strategy which challenges the company to innovate in a sustainable way. During the past three years, HEINEKEN UK has employed several creative approaches to delivering this goal, including ‘light-weighting’ glass bottles and aluminium cans, trialling deposit return schemes at festivals to encourage recycling and decreasing CO2 by 68% since 2008 through investments in new technology.
(Heineken UK Limited)

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Non-alcoholic drinks

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Non-alcoholic drinks  (BrauBeviale 2019)

The non-alcoholic drinks sector continues to fascinate, wherever in the world you are. Especially because the creative machinery keeps on turning. Ideas follow ideas – and while some are just passing, others take hold and stay. If new non-alcoholic drinks pick up on a current trend, they have every chance of developing further. There is a particular focus on questions of health-consciousness, sustainability, convenience, and the combination of tradition and innovation.

Forward looking trends
For 2019 and beyond, market research agency Mintel perceives three forward looking trends that will determine the dynamics of global beverage innovations. The keywords here are “evergreen consumption”, “through the ages” and “elevated convenience”. “Evergreen consumption” is geared toward the growing demand for sustainable products as part of a 360-degree approach. The desired sustainability initiatives include improved access to recycling, in the same way, by implication, as the development of beverages with ingredients cultivated in accordance with regenerative agricultural practices. “Through the ages” focuses particularly on the desire for a healthy old age. Beverages must make a specific contribution in this regard. And under the heading of “elevated convenience”, the challenge is on beverage manufacturers to supply their products to best suit the relevant consumer situation in each case. Heading the list of the 2019 Top Ten Trends from Innova Market Insights is the “adventurous consumer”, which means it is increasingly important to think about appealing to consumers interested in new discoveries and experiences when developing new products.

The exotic and the familiar
In general, consumers demand natural ingredients, and imaginative combinations are always popular. Vegetable extracts from ginger to turmeric, vegetable-based ingredients such as those based on almonds, coconuts, oats and rice, and botanicals like basil, lemongrass and mint, play a key role, as do new fruit taste nuances. Mintel recently identified asparagus extract, baobab fruit and maqui berries as functional ingredients with the potential to become a trend. For the European non-alcoholic beverage market, tropextrakt views fruits like calamansi, yuzu and mangosteen as rising stars. The company acknowledges that exotic fruits with special tastes or functions tend to be particularly successful if they harmonise well with familiar ingredients.

Focus on additional benefits
There are many examples of innovative beverages with additional benefits around the world. One company in the USA, for example, markets a coconut and mango drink containing chia seeds in a 296 ml glass bottle, so the chia seeds are clearly visible to the consumer. Another company offers Melon Rosé, a watermelon drink with lemon, mint, rose water and baobab in a 355 ml PET bottle, described as “Beauty”. Australia is home to a probiotic kombucha drink with a pomegranate flavour in a 250 ml glass bottle. A company in the Philippines markets its speciality, a still water flavoured with calamansi, in a 500 ml PET bottle. And in Singapore, tapped birch water comes in a range of flavours, including blueberry and cranberry juice, in a 250 ml carton.

There are all kinds of interesting creations on the European market. One British company, for example, has put new vegetable-based drinks in almond, oat, hazelnut and rice, and coconut and rice flavours on the cooler shelf. These contain spring water and a little sea salt, in addition to the above ingredients, and are marketed in 750 ml PET bottles containing at least 30.0 percent recycled PET. The same company recently added fruit juice mixtures with trendy ingredients like spirulina extract and extra vitamins to its range. A German start-up recently introduced a carbonated soft drink containing vegetable extracts, vitamins and bioactive Q10 in a reusable 200 ml glass bottle. Other ingredients are passionfruit, lemon, grapefruit, ginger, turmeric and pepper. Another German brand markets a ginger and apple shot in rose hip, chokeberry and orange; turmeric, orange and pepper; and beetroot and pear varieties in a 60 ml glass bottle. And from a further German beverage manufacturer comes a new herbal lemonade with the brand name “Kräuterbraut” in three flavours: coca and cardamom, mint and nettle, and sage and tonka bean.

Global upswing in bottled water
The world of non-alcoholic beverages is growing more and more innovative and varied, while managing to retain its traditional aspect. The lion’s share of sector revenue still comes from traditional beverages. According to Euromonitor International, global per capita consumption of bottled water amounted to 36.4 litres in 2018. For 2019 it expects this figure to increase to 38.1 litres per person. This represents 32.2 litres of still water, 4.1 litres of carbonated water, and 1.8 litres of functional and flavoured waters. According to Euromonitor International forecasts, the top regions in the world for bottled water in 2019 will again be North America and Western Europe, at 104.8 and 100.7 litres per person, respectively. The provisional figures for 2019 also show an increase in per capita consumption in the regions of Asia (21.1 litres/person), Australasia (33.4 litres/person), Latin America (40.4 litres/person), and Africa/Middle East (43.2 litres/person). The water industry expects global consumption to continue growing strongly in the future. Grand View Research expects annual value-based market growth to average a healthy 7.4 percent through to 2025. Looking at the global 2019 forecasts for the categories of milk (14.5 litres/person), carbonated soft drinks (21.6 litres/person) and juice (7.9 litres/person), Euromonitor International rates these segments as largely static compared to 2018, with changes of no more than 0.1 litre/person.

Measured in terms of growth in per capita consumption, bottled water will once again record the strongest growth in the traditional non-alcoholic drinks segment in Western Europe in 2019, according to Euromonitor International: from 97.8 litres/person in 2018 to 100.7 litres/person in 2019. By comparison, forecast per capita consumption of milk for 2019 is 43.4 litres (2018: 44.1 litres); carbonated soft drinks 46.8 litres (2018: 47.0 litres); and juice 20.5 litres (2018: 20.8 litres).

Global sugar-reduction strategies
Soft drinks regularly make the headlines because they often have a high sugar content. There is currently a global focus on sugar-reduction strategies, and many countries have already introduced a tax on excessively sweetened soft drinks. Germany has already adopted the government’s “National Reduction and Innovation Strategy for Sugar”. The food and beverage industry has undertaken to achieve specific reduction targets by 2025. The Association of the German Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry (Wirtschaftsvereinigung Alkoholfreie Getränke, wafg) hopes to reduce sugar and calories in the soft drink category by 15.0 percent between 2015 and 2025.

Germany still world fruit juice champion
Provisional calculations by wafg suggest that per capita consumption of soft drinks in Germany reached 123.1 litres in 2018, thanks in part to that year’s unusually hot summer. This represents an increase of 6.3 percent compared to the previous year. In addition to lemonades, low-calorie or zero-calorie light products enjoyed particularly positive growth. Per capita consumption of bottled water grew to 151.6 litres in Germany last year, made up of 147.7 litres of mineral and curative waters, and 3.9 litres of spring and soda water. Conversely, consumption of fruit juices and fruit nectars declined to 31.5 litres/person in 2018 (2017: 32.2 litres/person). Even with these changes, Germans still retained the undisputed title of “world fruit juice champions”, followed by Norway (23.1 litres), Austria (21.8 litres) and the USA (21.3 litres).
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Conversion instead of new investment: KHS boosts efficiency and economy in bottle washing

Conversion instead of new investment: KHS boosts efficiency and economy in bottle washing  (Company news)

-Increased efficiency through use of fewer resources
-Machine adaptation a worthwhile alternative to a new investment
-Services for returnable KHS lines

Photo: By reducing the weight of the bottle pockets the ECO carrier conversion package improves the energy balance.

Thanks to their great reliability KHS machines are often in use for many decades. Even after a very long period of operation it is not always necessary to reinvest. In essence the technology on bottle washing machines, for instance, has not changed. For years now the systems supplier has thus provided a variety of conversion packages which bring older machines up to date. This not only gives bottlers benefits in economy and efficiency but also cuts down on the use of resources and therefore helps to protect the environment. German beverage manufacturer Aqua Römer is one such customer to profit from a machine makeover.

When it comes to bottle washers in particular, replacing them means investing a great amount of cost and effort. The vast dimensions of the machinery alone often require bottlers to make constructional changes to their production plant, with some even having to open up the roof. For several years now KHS has offered a range of conversion packages which provide an alternative to procuring a new machine. With these the systems supplier brings old bottle washing machines for glass and PET bottles into line with the technical and ecological state of the art – with comparably little effort. As opposed to the actual technology, what has changed over the years is the amount of water and energy a machine like this consumes – namely much less. Practically every old machine can be upgraded and modernized within the space of just a few days.

Conversions yield many benefits
With its capacity-dependent fresh water control option KHS installs a control valve to adjust the water supply, considerably reducing consumption at a lower machine capacity. Older equipment can also be fitted with KHS’ Liquid Efficiency Spraying System (LESS). This is an electricity-saving function for spray pumps which minimizes the spray pressure during downtimes. As a result the machine uses 80% less energy in standby mode. Optionally, a flexible spray pressure also enables light glass or PET bottles to be processed.

Converting the bottle washer to ECO carriers lowers the weight of the bottle pockets by 25%. This puts less mechanical load on the drive system. The refurbished machine’s lower heat absorption yields a better energy balance. Cleaning media is also saved. Using the ECO chain, a weight-optimized bottle pocket chain, and plastic bushings lengthens the service life by up to 25% while reducing the rolling friction and current consumption. KHS’ understanding of sustainability goes far beyond resource efficiency, however. “With our range of conversions we make sure that customers can operate their machines as efficiently and for as long as possible,” says Matthias Jansen, head of the Technical Support Service Division at KHS.

In the upgrade process KHS Service adapts the conversion to suit the individual requirements of the customer and finds practical solutions. Regular machine maintenance and an intact machine structure are the technical prerequisites needed for implementation of the aforementioned measures for improvement. These amount to a mere fraction of what a new investment would cost. “Within one to two weeks customers then have a machine standing in their production shop whose performance data is up to the minute,” smiles Jansen.

Aqua Römer relies on returnable PET system from KHS
Aqua Römer in Mainhardt in Southern Germany is just one customer to benefit from a KHS upgrade. The machine there has been providing reliable service for so long that even electrical components which were available for many years can in some cases now no longer be sourced as spare parts. “We thus decided to upgrade,” states Marc Böttler, head of Engineering at the Mainhardt plant. On a returnable PET bottle line from KHS the beverage producer processes up to 24,000 bottles per hour holding from 0.5 to 1.5 liters. During the conversion to servodrives for the drive system it seemed prudent to also implement various measures to improve energy and media consumption. KHS thus installed its LESS function, ECO carriers and capacity-dependent fresh water spray. Böttler is convinced by the result. “We can now circulate the bottles on the bottle washer and don’t have to run them back if there’s a disruption. The line’s generally running much better. I’m reckoning on being able to use it for at least 15 more years.” As Aqua Römer is committed to sustainable production, Böttler is also delighted with the machine’s savings in energy and media.
(KHS GmbH)

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Beer

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Beer  (BrauBeviale 2019)

The global beer market remains creative. Vital input comes from the craft beer movement, which has expanded from the USA to the rest of the world to become an essential element in the overall beer scene. Consumers are also opening up more and more to non-alcoholic beers, low-alcohol beers and beer mixes, all of which is an outgrowth of the trend toward healthy consumption.

China’s beer market shows the way
According to market research institute Plato Logic, the global beer market grew by 1.4 percent last year, compared to just 0.4 percent in 2017. Plato Logic believes this comparatively much more positive result can be attributed to growth in the Chinese beer market – the world’s largest – for the first time since 2013. It ranks China, the USA, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Japan, the UK, Vietnam and Spain as the ten largest beer markets. According to the study, the six largest beer nations, taken together, account for more than 55 percent of global beer consumption, with collective growth in 2018 of 0.8 percent.

Global per capita consumption at 26.1 litres
Global per capita consumption of beer and non-alcoholic beer reached 26.1 litres in 2018, according to Plato Logic. Broken down by region, the USA remains the leader at 59.4 litres/person, followed by Europe (56.1 litres), the Asia/Pacific (17.3 litres) and Africa/Middle East (9.6 litres). Even within Europe, there was little change in the leading positions. The Czech Republic has traditionally been well out in front. Last year, Czechs consumed an average of 153.7 litres of beer and non-alcoholic beers, with second-placed Austria well behind at 110.9 litres/person. The other top positions were held by Germany (108.0 litres), Poland (100.7 litres), Romania (95.5 litres) and Croatia (89.6 litres).

Top 5 brewery groups account for about 60 percent of global beer production
According to the Barth Report, released in mid-2019, the world’s largest brewery group is AB InBev, with a beer output of 567 million hectolitres (hl) in 2018, representing 29.8 percent of world beer production. Next in order were Heineken (233.8 million hl), China Res. Snow Breweries (121.0 million hl), Carlsberg (112.3 million hl) and Molson Coors (96.6 million hl). The top five brewery companies thus account for 59.5 percent of global beer production. The top ten, with the addition of Tsingtao Brewery Group, Asahi, BGI/Groupe Castel, Yanjing and Efes, represent 72.5 percent of global production, according to the report.

No end to craft beer trend in sight
Compared to the numbers mentioned above, the figures for craft beer do not look particularly exciting at first glance. Globally, according to Plato Logic, craft beer output came to 74.1 million hl last year, or just 3.8 percent of global beer consumption. Even so, craft beers are what add variety to the beer market. Johnny Forsyth, Associate Director Mintel Food & Drink, comments: “Craft is the ‘new premium’ in beer, and consumers are happy to pay more for smaller-batch, hand-crafted options. For these consumers, craft beer taps into their desire for new experiences with a nod to the past for inspiration, offering new beer styles that they have never drunk before.”

According to Bob Pease, President and CEO of the Brewers Association, a question increasingly asked is whether craft beer consumption is drifting toward a turning point in the USA, the very country where the craft beer movement originated. Pease comments: “There is no sign that the trend is weakening. Although increasing competition makes it harder, the market niche is still large enough for small and independent breweries with a regional focus to come onto the market and develop further.” So far, the figures back Pease’s position. Whereas the total beer volume in the USA declined by one percent in 2018, the Brewers Association notes that craft breweries grew by 4.0 percent to achieve a market share by volume of 13.2 percent, with output of 25.9 million barrels (30.4 million hl). Expressed in dollars, that represents an increase of 7.0 percent, which is higher again than the growth in sales. The market share of the US craft breweries, measured in terms of revenue, came to 24.1 percent last year. In total, there were 7,346 craft breweries in the country in 2018. One interesting aspect is the strong growth in canned craft beers in the USA, at 40.7 percent in 2018, compared to 31.5 percent in 2017.

The level of devotion to craft beer is not restricted to the USA but is a worldwide phenomenon. Every year, craft beer volumes increase on every continent, although the USA and Europe are still the drivers. The results of a Mintel study on new craft beer products in 2018 suggest that Europe is now more innovative in this area than the USA. According to this study, 54.0 percent of all new craft beers in 2017 came from Europe, compared to only 19.0 percent from North America.

Health-consciousness encourages non-alcoholic beer consumption
Another trend in the global brewery sector is the shift toward non-alcoholic and light beers. For 2018, Plato Logic reports global consumption of 43.96 million hl in this segment. This is up from 40 million hl in 2016. Europe leads the field with 27.22 million hl, followed by Africa/Middle East (7.62 million hl), the USA (4.6 million hl) and the Asia/Pacific (4.52 million hl). According to The Brewers of Europe, the international Reputation Institute performed a survey of more than 10,000 adult Europeans in twelve countries in 2018. This showed that moderate alcohol consumption was a factor in the lifestyle or drinking culture of almost half of those surveyed, and that they appreciated innovative, reduced-alcohol and non-alcoholic brewery products.

In Germany, too, demand for non-alcoholic beers is on the rise. The country now has about 500 different non-alcoholic brands. Market research company IRi reported that non-alcoholic beers achieved a market share by volume of 6.8 percent in Germany in 2018, and light beers 0.7 percent. Non-alcoholic beer mixes have also become popular. According to IRi, 16.9 percent of beer mixes purchased by consumers in 2018 were non-alcoholic varieties.

Low growth figures in German beer market
As reported by the Federal Statistics Office, breweries and beer warehouses in Germany sold about 94 million hl of beer in total in 2018. This figure does not include non-alcoholic beers or non-alcoholic malt drinks, or beers imported from countries outside the EU. Beer sales grew by 0.5 million hl compared to the previous year. But compared to overall movements in the previous 25 years, the trend is clearly downward. In 1993, for example, German beer sales were still as high as 112.1 million hl, falling to 100 million hl by 2009, and levelling off at around 95 million hl in the past five years.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Feldmuehle - Recertification successfully completed

Feldmuehle - Recertification successfully completed  (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, a leading manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, has successfully completed the recertification of the DIN EN ISO 9001: 2015, DIN EN ISO 14001: 2015 and DIN EN ISO 50001: 2011 standards.

As part of the restructuring of the company at the beginning of the year, the integrated management system was completely rebuilt and adapted to the new conditions.

With the successful recertification, Feldmuehle GmbH meets all the necessary requirements for quality, environmental and energy management.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

Smurfit Kappa works with specialty brewer Vanhonsebrouck to replace single-use plastic packaging

Smurfit Kappa works with specialty brewer Vanhonsebrouck to replace single-use plastic packaging  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has worked with a well-known Belgian specialty brewer to produce a sustainable packaging concept that eliminated the need for shrink film.

The Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck in Belgium was seeking to implement a completely circular supply chain and made a number of changes. These included using recyclable cans instead of glass, to provide an additional more future-proof packaging solution, and removing the plastic.

Smurfit Kappa made recommendations for a 100% recyclable, paper-based solution which eliminated the requirement for shrink film. The sustainable new pack was also attractively designed and featured an in-built handle to facilitate easy transportation for the consumer.

Speaking about the collaboration, Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck CEO, Xavier Vanhonsebrouck, said: “It was very nice to be able to discuss our plans with Smurfit Kappa because they also have a culture of innovation and worked with us to find the right solution. We have the perfect packaging for the future now.”

Smurfit Kappa CEO of Europe, Saverio Mayer added: “The Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck has a lot of exciting plans to expand into new markets and an ever-growing product range that we are looking forward to collaborating with them on.

“Both our companies share a deep commitment to sustainability and the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging initiative opens up a world of possibilities for us both.”

In the year following the launch of Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging, the number of customers choosing paper-based packaging as an alternative to less recyclable alternatives has grown steadily. The packaging solution created for Vanhonsebrouck is an important addition to Smurfit Kappa’s portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions for canned products.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

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