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BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition: Launch Days offer extensive programme on

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition: Launch Days offer extensive programme on  (Company news)

Even though the BrauBeviale Special Edition is not going to take place as a physical event, industry professionals and other interested parties should still keep 10-12 November 2020 free in their calendar. The extensive supporting programme BrauBeviale@stage will be available online at during these three Launch Days and features presentations on the latest trends and challenges, discussion panels, award ceremonies, and last but not least, the German Beer Sommelier Championship. Originally planned for the on-site BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition in Nuremberg, the six themed stages will now be reproduced on the digital dialogue platform. From the beginning of November, beverage professionals and industry insiders can meet all year round on to network with one another, exchange knowledge and ideas, and get information.

The digital dialogue platform for the international beverage industry – – will go online shortly before the Launch Days in November. “Following our announcement that the BrauBeviale Special Edition would not be held on site in Nuremberg, we received a lot of support and expressions of interest from the sector. This is why we are extremely pleased to offer our customers an extensive and diverse online programme as part of the Launch Days, and we are optimistic that it will prove very popular,” says Andrea Kalrait, Executive Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse GmbH, as she looks forward with confidence to the three days in November.

The comprehensive supporting programme for BrauBeviale has always been a formative element of the industry’s annual gathering. In the current circumstances in particular, the key theme of this round of the three-year BrauBeviale cycle, the future viability of the beverage sector, plays a significant role.

BrauBeviale@stage: the industry’s thought leaders on six stages
The themed hubs – Center Stage, Exhibition Stage, Craft Beverages and brau@home Stage, Technology Stage, Special Interest Stage and Award Stage – offer plenty of diversity. Various items on the agenda will also focus on the future viability and market opportunities of the beverage industry. Right at the start, on Tuesday 10 November, the Center Stage will be the venue for a discussion on the hot topic “The coronavirus disruption and its consequences for the beverage industry”. Also on the first day, and along the same lines, K&A BrandResearch will use its marketing slot in the programme to take a look into the future: “Drinks after the crisis: What will surprise people”. The Export Forum German Beverages, which previously took place the day before BrauBeviale, will be part of the freely accessible supporting programme this year and will put the spotlight on the “new normal in foreign trade”, while a session entitled “Italian Affairs” will look specifically at the market situation in Italy.

There will be other presentations and discussion panels contributed by e.g. Private Brauereien Bayern (Bavarian Association of Private Breweries), the honorary sponsor of BrauBeviale, and other partners such as VLB – the Berlin-based research and teaching institute for brewing, Doemens Academy, Bayern Design, BV-BFGH (Association of German Beverage Wholesalers), German Packaging Institute and World Packaging Organisation, BVE (Federation of German Food and Drink Industries), SGS Fresenius and many more. Alongside the topics mentioned, issues like sustainability, energy management or raw materials will also be covered by the various stages. On Thursday 12 November 2020, the focus will also be on training and professional development. Under the banner #workforbeverages, the Center Stage will provide information and contact details for various training institutes for new recruits to the industry and young professionals.

European Beer Star winners to be announced on
Since it was established by Private Brauereien in 2004, the European Beer Star has been a permanent feature of BrauBeviale and is now one of the most important beer competitions worldwide. In 2020 the coveted award will be presented online at the BrauBeviale Special Edition as part of the Launch Days on In October, 74 jury members tasted 2,036 beers in 70 categories in just three days at the Doemens Academy in Gräfelfing in a process underpinned by a carefully considered hygiene and safety concept. On Wednesday 11 November 2020, interested participants can now join in the celebrations at the award ceremony from their own screens.

German Beer Sommelier Championship – keep your fingers crossed during the live stream
Beer sommeliers from all over Germany will gather on site in Nuremberg on Tuesday 10 November to take part in the German Beer Sommelier Championship, a competition organised and presented by the Doemens Academy. The semi-final and final will be live streamed on, so you can eavesdrop on the finalists’ presentations, keep your fingers crossed for your favourites and be there “virtually” when the winner is announced.

Time to rethink – Design Edition: special digital show by bayern design
The organisers are adopting new approaches for the BrauBeviale Special Edition. Design in the beverage sector is the key theme for the following exhibits: self-cleaning drink bottles, sustainable can carrier trays, glass design and alternative bottle materials. The special digital show featuring 20 videos can also be experienced during the Launch Days at

Craft Drinks Area: Place your order now!
Trend scouts and fans of inspiring products from the beer, spirits, water, juice and alcohol-free beverage segments do not have to miss out entirely on exciting new discoveries from the Craft Drinks Area this year, because they can simply have the beverage specialities sent to them at home. Every tasting flight ordered is presented and explained by a sommelier on, with easy access to the presentations at any time. Orders can be placed while stocks last. The information on the beverage specialities will continue to be available on after the Launch Days are over, so there is nothing to stop you enjoying a cosy tasting session at home, for example during the Christmas period.

Save the date now: Launch Days on
To strengthen dialogue in the beverage industry, the platform will go online at the beginning of November. It will provide a year-round hub that allows industry participants to meet and chat, enhance or share their knowledge, and find companies, products, solutions and suitable contacts. It will also feature interesting articles and industry information. Virtual visitors will find the complete programme for the Launch Days from 10 to 12 November 2020 at from November. They can also register in advance here and receive a reminder as soon as the platform is available live online.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

CO2 Gas warning systems from MSR-Electronic on duty in the hop refinement

CO2 Gas warning systems from MSR-Electronic on duty in the hop refinement  (Company news)

Reliable leakage monitoring in the Hallertau, Germany

Picture: CO2-gas sensor (Copyright MSR-Electronic GmbH, Germany)

When producing the Germans' favourite drink - beer - hops from the world-famous Hallertau hop-growing region are a must. Along with barley malt, yeast and water, hops are one of the 4 ingredients permitted by the German Purity Law for brewing beer. Hops season and preserve the beer in a natural way. And to ensure that there are no fluctuations in the quality of the beer, the hop refinement process standardises the bitterness of the hops. The hops also keep longer and retain their full, naturally fresh aroma. About 45 kg of hop pellets are produced from 100 kg of raw hops. Hop refinement makes transport much easier and allows better storage and freshness.

Refinement takes place after the hop harvest. During this process, the hop cone is freed from heavy material and metal. The purified mass is pulverized by means of a cutting mill and homogenised again in mixers with a capacity of approx. 3 tons, and afterwards dried in hordes. Finally, the powder reaches the pellet press where it is processed into hop pellets with the help of rollers and matrices and dried again. During the drying process CO2 is added, which is subject to permanent monitoring. This is achieved by using CO2 gas sensors from MSR-Electronic.

The exchangeable sensor (type SC2 and type MC2) with digitised measured value processing, temperature compensation and self-monitoring for continuous monitoring of the ambient air for gases and vapours protects people and plant.

In addition to the sensor element with infrared sensing technology and the measuring amplifier, the sensors contain a μController for the processing of measured values. The IR measuring principle ensures highest accuracy, selectivity and reliability despite long calibration intervals. All data and measured values of the sensor element are stored in the μController in a fail-safe way and are transmitted digitally via the local bus to the sensor board SB2 or MSB2. Calibration management is also integrated in the μController of the sensor.

Calibration is done either by simply replacing the sensor cartridge or by using the comfortable, integrated calibration routine directly at the system.

The DGC-06 Digital Gas Controller from MSR-Electronic is the central unit for the entire gas monitoring in the drying process of hop refinement. A measuring, warning and controlling device system for toxic and combustible gases.
The DGC-06 Digital Gas Controller has been developed for large systems or even for extensive connections. Everything is possible, from complex garages, breweries, large-capacity laboratories to access functions that are switched by gas alarm. The DGC-06 gas controller series is designed according to EN 50545-1 and can monitor and evaluate up to 128 gas sensors, 96 of which are digital and/or 32 analog sensors (4–20 mA). Each sensor has 4 freely adjustable alarm thresholds. For alarm messages, the controller system has up to 128 relays with potential-free change-over contact and up to 16 analog outputs with 4–20 mA signal.
(MSR Electronic GmbH)

SIG: Third quarter 2020 highlights - Broad geographic presence supporting growth

SIG: Third quarter 2020 highlights - Broad geographic presence supporting growth  (Company news)

-Core revenue up 4.5% at constant currency
-New customers drive growth in the Americas; continuing growth in EMEA
-Adjusted EBITDA margin 30.2% (Q3 2019: 27.7%): strong operating performance more than offset negative currency impact
-Adjusted net income increased to €77.4 million (Q3 2019: €53.8 million)
-Strong free cash flow generation
-Full year guidance maintained

Core revenue growth in the third quarter was driven by EMEA and the Americas. In Europe, high stocks across the supply chain that had built up during the second quarter were depleted during July and August, which had some impact on orders for SIG. However, in September, there was an increase in demand for cartons as customers continued to produce at a relatively high level and required new stock.

In Asia Pacific there were signs of improvement in China, while South-East Asia continued to be affected by pandemic-related restrictions in some areas and by the dampening effects of the COVID-19 crisis on out-of-home consumption.

The largest regional growth driver in the quarter was the Americas, where there was an increase in at-home consumption in both Brazil and Mexico. In addition, the ramping up of fillers placed with new customers in Brazil made a significant contribution to growth. Reported sales growth in the Americas has been affected by the depreciation of the Brazilian Real against the Euro.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2020 increased to €133.6 million from €123.8 million in Q3 2019, despite a negative impact from the depreciation of key currencies against the Euro. The adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 30.2% from 27.7%, reflecting top line growth, production efficiencies and lower raw material costs. In addition, SG&A costs were below the previous year’s level.

As a consequence of the strong third quarter performance, the adjusted EBITDA margin for the first nine months was slightly higher at 26.8% (26.4% for the first nine months of 2019).

EBITDA was €137.1 million compared with €119.6 million in Q3 2019, reflecting the factors described above.

Net income and adjusted net income
Adjusted net income for the first nine months of 2020 increased to €157.0 million from €134.3 million in the first nine months of 2019. In addition to the strong operating performance, adjusted net income benefited from a lower adjusted effective tax rate (24.1% compared with 28.3% for the first nine months of 2019).

Net income was €56.2 million compared with €51.7 million in the first nine months of 2019. The increase was less than for adjusted net income as a result of non-cash financing costs and unrealised currency effects on inter-company loans.

Free cash flow
With cash flow generation concentrated in the second half of the year, the third quarter of 2020 saw a significant increase compared with Q3 2019. For the first nine months, free cash flow was above the level for the same period of 2019 despite higher capital expenditure relating to the construction of a new plant in China.

Full year outlook
The Company remains cautious on the outlook for the fourth quarter following the strong performances in the Americas and in Europe for the first nine months. The year-end rally is likely to be more subdued than usual and in Europe performance will be measured against a strong fourth quarter in 2019. At group level, fourth quarter sales at constant exchange rates are expected to be broadly flat compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. For the full year, guidance of core revenue growth at constant currency within the 4–6% range is maintained.

Guidance of an adjusted EBITDA margin in 2020 at the lower end of the 27-28% range is also maintained, subject to no further major deterioration in currencies. The Company expects to generate substantial free cash flow.

Further lockdowns and other measures to contain COVID-19 remain a source of uncertainty.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

SIG Thailand awarded low carbon organization for the fourth consecutive year

SIG Thailand awarded low carbon organization for the fourth consecutive year  (Company news)

SIG Combibloc Thailand has received honorary award certificates for Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) label and Carbon Footprint Reduction (CFR), as the company is again recognized for low-carbon and sustainability for the fourth consecutive year.

The awards were granted by Jatuporn Buruspat, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment at the “A Hundred Hearts to Reduce Global Warming 2020” event, held at Berkeley Hotel in Bangkok, and organized by the Thailand Green House Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) or TGO. Miguel Gamito (Head of Operations and Supply Chain Management), Vatcharapong Ungsrisawasdi (Country Manager at SIG Combibloc Thailand) and Robert Tumiwa (Head of Marketing and Product Development AP-S) picked up the awards on behalf of SIG.

SIG, a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging as well as the first company to manufacture aseptic carton packaging in Thailand, won the awards for its commitment to contributing more to society and the environment than it takes out. SIG is responsible for making the world a better place through its responsible long-term approach.

Miguel Gamito, Head of Operations and Supply Chain Management at SIG Rayong Plant: “The whole company is very proud to receive these awards! Through SIG’s commitment and focus, we continue to produce environmentally friendly packaging in all dimensions. One of our important initiatives is to support global action on climate change by cutting the carbon footprint of our business and products at every stage of the value chain. It is a very important step in becoming a sustainable and low-carbon organization. All in all, we save 2,500 tons of carbon annually.”

SIG has set bold climate targets 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. SIG is committed to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 60% by 2030 from a 2016 base year. In addition, the company commits to reduce GHG emissions per litre packed 25% by 2030, from a 2016 base-year (target includes scope 1, scope 2 & scope 3 emissions from Purchased Goods and Services, Use of Sold Products, and End of Life Treatment).

SIG is committed to the production of packaging, as well as the sourcing of environmentally friendly raw materials. The company has also set a goal to increase green products and innovate smarter solutions with proven sustainability, across the entire lifecycle by 2030.
(SIG Combibloc Thailand Ltd)

Aptar Transforms Market with SimpliCycle™ Valve Solution

Aptar Transforms Market with SimpliCycle™ Valve Solution   (Company news)

The innovative and recyclable valve accelerates Aptar closer to its 2025 sustainability goals

Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in elastomeric flow solutions for more than 25 years, is on track to meet its 2025 sustainability commitments thanks to its new SimpliCycle™ (photo) recyclable valve technology.

Aptar’s SimpliCycle™ valve is made from a TPE material with a low density that allows the valve to float, so it is easily separated from the PET stream, and then ultimately recycled within the PP/PE olefin stream.

“Aptar is committed to using sustainable materials to create innovative flow control solutions that engage consumers and help them establish a deeper connection with their favorite brands,” Susan DeGroot, director of product marketing, said. “Our SimpliCycle™ TPE valve is one example of how we are continuously offering products that help meet both our company’s and customers’ sustainability goals while delivering on the product features the world has come to expect with Aptar valve dispensing.”

In 2019, Aptar signed the Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as part of its commitment to a circular vision in which plastic never becomes waste.

“Our partnerships with world organizations, like the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, demonstrates the commitment we have to eliminate, circulate, and innovate to meet our 2025 goals,” DeGroot added.

By 2025, Aptar has committed to take action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging; take action to move from single-use toward reuse models where relevant; have 100% of its plastic packaging be reusable, recyclable or compostable; and find solutions to increase recycled content across all plastic packaging used.

The SimpliCycle™ TPE valve offers recyclability while still maintaining all of the same advantages of Aptar’s standard and Swimming® Silicone valves, including high repeatable performance and slit versatility to fit a wide variety of applications for food, beverage, and other product applications around the world.

Maximum flow control combined with clean dispensing ensures consumers get precise amounts of product when and where they want it – avoiding drips, leaks, or spills. SimpliCycle™ is an all-in-one solution.
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

GEMÜ check valves for high and low temperatures

GEMÜ check valves for high and low temperatures  (Company news)

The valve specialist GEMÜ is expanding their product range with the GEMÜ R90 disco check valve and the GEMÜ R91 dual plate check valve. The check valves withstand media temperatures in a range of -200 to 400 °C and are therefore suitable for use in extremely high and extremely low temperatures.

Both check valves are designed for use in industrial applications, particularly in chemical engineering, water treatment, mechanical engineering or in energy and environmental technology. They can be used for liquids, gases and vapours.

In addition to the main function of the GEMÜ R90 as a non-return check, the valve can also be used as a gravity circulation check in cooling and heating circuits. For pump systems, it can be used as a short circuit check or to protect containers and piping as a vacuum breaker. Special disc guidance prevents the valve plug from tilting. The GEMÜ R90 is available in the nominal sizes DN 15 to 300 as an intermediate flange solution in accordance with the ANSI, ASME and EN standards. ATEX, FDA or KTW compliant versions are also available for the GEMÜ R90.

The GEMÜ R91 dual plate check valve comes with two semicircular plates and is distinguished by its low flow resistance. The dual plate check valve can be used as a non-return check in piping systems or also as a short circuit check for pump systems. The GEMÜ R91 check valve also has the advantage that the dual-plate design with springs guarantees a controlled open pressure of the plates. The GEMÜ R91 also has WRAS approval for use up to + 60 °C and is available in the nominal sizes DN 50 to 600 as an intermediate flange solution in accordance with the ANSI, ASME and EN standards.
Both check valves have standardized lengths in accordance with DIN EN 558-1, Series 49 or DIN EN 558-1, Series 16. Different materials are available for selection, depending on the customer requirement.

With soft-seated sealing, the new check valves in accordance with EN 12266-1/P12 achieve leakage rate A.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)

China Brew China Beverage: a strong signal for the beverage industry

China Brew China Beverage: a strong signal for the beverage industry  (drinktec)

- CBB: Asia’s biggest trade fair in the beverage and liquid food industry
- International participation despite restrictions due to the coronavirus
- 519 exhibitors, 31.781 visitors, 60,000 m²

The need for B2B networking and information was high – it was palpable at the world’s second-largest trade fair in the beverage and liquid food industry. CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE (CBB) took place from October 13 to 16, 2020 in Shanghai. Due to the coronavirus, the trade fair had a largely national focus, although 101 exhibitors were from other countries.

“The fact that the CBB took place successfully sends a positive signal for our global drinktec network, as well as the trade fair industry as a whole,” explains Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Managing Director of Messe München. “Especially in difficult times, it is important to maintain your business, stay informed and search out new opportunities. CBB has once again confirmed its position as a leading trade fair in the Asian market.” Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director at drinktec, adds, “To us, CBB is an important milestone on the way toward the world’s leading trade fair drinktec 2021 in Munich, with many exhibitors having already firmly booked. This shows that the industry is confident and committed to planning the industry gathering in Munich.”

China remains important sales market
“China remains one of the most important sales markets for suppliers of machinery and systems for the production, filling and packaging of beverages”, emphasizes Richard Clemens, Managing Director VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association. “Against the background of the global corona pandemic and the associated travel restrictions, investments in machinery and equipment are temporarily lower than in previous years. The China Brew & China Beverage 2020 trade fair shows that there is a high level of interest in technologies for efficient, hygienic and flexible beverage production. The CBB has sent important signals and we hope that the investment projects discussed can be implemented soon”, says Richard Clemens.

A new start for the industry in the Southeast Asia region
CBB was seen by many decision makers in the industry as a chance to re-start their business. The trade fair attracted 31.781 visitors comprising around 30 delegations, including those from the National Food Management Center of China Light Industry, the China National Research Institute of Food & Fermentation Industries and the Guangdong Beer Association.

418 Chinese exhibitors and 101 international companies presented their innovations and products – with the latter largely represented by their subsidiaries in China. International industry giants such as ABC Compressor, Alfa Laval, Anton Paar, Arol, Atlas Copco, Barth Haas, Endress+Hauser, Fermentis, GEA, Heuft, Kalsec, KHS, NORD, ocme, Pall, Pentair, Pressco, Schneider, SEW Eurodrive, SMI, Yakima Chief Hops and Ziemann Holvrieka were represented across 60,000 m2.

There, a German Pavilion was set up for companies such as BBull, Hottinger Baldwin, Jasbos, Lechler, ProLeit, WiKa and Xispek.

Among others, the national exhibitors included Best Crown, Diron, E-STAR, GDXL, GsPak, HGM, Kelang, Lehui, Newamstar, Precise, Talos, Tech-Long, Tiantai, VANTA, YoungSun, YueDong, ZhongChen and Zhongya.

Valuable platform for business opportunities
The exhibitors were relieved that CBB was able to offer them an efficient platform again. Ivan Liu,General Manager of Beverage and Filling Technology, GEA China, states: “CBB is an influential large-scale exhibition for the beverage industry in Asia. It has greatly contributed to the liquid food processing and packaging industry in China. Although the current market is unsteady owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, we still decided to take part in this exhibition as scheduled. The prevention measures and exhibition preparation work are very impressive and professional. The results have exceeded our expectations.” Christian Blatt, General Manager of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA Asia Co., emphasizes: “This year our business was also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but CBB was a big help for our communication with Chinese customers. Since CBB moved to Shanghai, the show facilities have highly improved, and it is also very professional. I hope that in two years’ time, once the international situation has changed, CBB will continue to bring new opportunities for the liquid and beverage industry in other countries and regions.”

Varied supporting program
The supporting program offered an attractive knowledge platform. During the “CBB International Forum” organized by Doemens e.V. for example, experts spoke about trends, requirements and challenges in the South Asian beverage and liquid food industry, while visitors had the opportunity to taste different beers under the guidance of a beer sommelier during the “Doemens Tasting Class.”
(Messe München GmbH)

Berlin Packaging expands its presence in Northern Europe with the acquisition of Vinkova,...

Berlin Packaging expands its presence in Northern Europe with the acquisition of Vinkova,...  (Company news)

... Dutch leaders in glass packaging

The acquisition strengthens the glass packaging offer throughout Northern Europe

Berlin Packaging, leader in the supply of glass, plastic and metal containers and closures, acquired on 6th October Vinkova B.V., important supplier of food products and drink glass packaging solutions, based in Bussum, the Netherlands.

With more than 50 years of experience, Vinkova offers a huge range of tailored solutions and products to a large customer base on the Dutch market, boasting solid industry know-how and strong relations with some of Europe’s most important glass producers.

The strategic joining of Vinkova is, for Berlin Packaging, the completion of the range offered on the Dutch market, supplementing the innovative plastic and metal solutions and innovative closures already marketed on the territory since 2019.
(Vinkova B.V.)
Berlin Packaging is a global player supplying packaging solutions and services to customers of all types, across the globe, in all industrial sectors. The company is based in North America, where it has been operating since 1898, and boasts a global footprint that is expanding rapidly, with more than 130 offices and warehouses worldwide.

Vinkova is the eighth acquisition to be made in Europe since 2016. Customers and suppliers of both companies will benefit significantly from this acquisition and the combined operations of Europe’s most important packaging distributor.

Starting today, Vinkova’s customers can enjoy the exclusive design and innovation services guaranteed by Bruni Glass Innovation Center in Italy and by the One Eleven Studio in the United States of America.

“We are extremely enthusiastic to become a part of the Berlin Packaging family and are certain that this new partnership will benefit our customers, suppliers and employees enormously”, André Rombout, General Manager of Vinkova, commented. “We are a solid company and will become even more so”.

“This is great news for our company, and for all our business partners too, adds Ruben van der Zouw, Vinkova’s commercial director. They will all benefit from the strong capabilities the Berlin Packaging Group has to offer. The Vinkova team is ready to start this new chapter in our history.”

“The acquisition of a solid glass packaging supplier in the food & beverage industry allows us to further extend the presence of Berlin Packaging on the European glass packaging market, completing the range of glass-plastic-closure products”, Paolo Recrosio underlined, CEO of Berlin Packaging Europe. “It also offers us huge business opportunities, thereby confirming the validity of our strategy and the consistency of our project”.

“In addition to consolidating our positioning in Northern Europe, this acquisition allows us to support customers of all sizes and from all market segments, strengthening our commercial relations and the range of extremely high-quality services”, declared Bill Hayes, CEO and President of Berlin Packaging.

Fully in line with the Berlin Packaging acquisitions strategy, the workforce and structure of Vinkova will not change in any way: all employees will remain with the company, as confirmation of the growth and development objectives in Europe.
(Vinkova B.V.)


India: AB InBev and Indian Hotels Company open their first microbrewery in Bengaluru  (

Anheuser Busch InBev (Ab InBev) and Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) opened their first microbrewery, 7Rivers Brewing Co, at Taj MG Road, Bengaluru, on September 25, reported.

The microbrewery opens almost a year after Tata-owned IHCL announced the deal, on October 4, 2019, to open 15 microbreweries over the next five years.

"The brewpub, spread across 2700 sqft, will offer beer inspired by the quintessential flavours of the region, as well as those made from the finest locally sourced ingredients and crafted by experienced international and Indian brewmasters," IHCL said.

Kartikeya Sharma, President- South Asia, AB InBev, said, "We are thrilled to unveil our first 7Rivers microbrewery through our exclusive partnership with IHCL, in the beer capital of India. We are constantly exploring avenues to offer the best beer experience to delight our consumers, as we see a growing trend towards artisanal beers in the country."

Among the world's top brewers, AB InBev sells beers including Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois and Hoegaarden.

The 7Rivers Brewpub will also launch tours for guests to experience the brewing process and the craft that goes into making a glass of beer.

"7Rivers Brewpub at Taj MG Road is an innovative offering, which we believe will add an interactive dynamic to the city’s vibrant social and entertainment culture," said Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL.

The next brewpub will open up at a Taj property in Goa followed by one in Mumbai.

"So Goa is next, so is Bombay, on the cards. Looking at this initial feedback that we received, we could very well be on course for those 15 of our brewpubs in the next five years" Prabhat Verma, Executive Vice President, operations, South India, International & Ancillary Businesses, IHCL told Mint.


Japan & Taiwan: Kirin choses Taiwan as first destination for its craft beer export  (

Kirin Holdings, a leading Japanese brewery, is set to start exporting craft beer using its small dispenser units, known as Tap Marche, which can serve up to four kinds of craft beer at a time, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on October 10.

The company has chosen Taiwan as the first destination for the export of Tap Marche. It aims to have its beer dispensers installed in 100 restaurants in Taiwan within the year by lending them free of charge.

Five different varieties of craft beer from Kirin's Spring Valley Brewery subsidiary will be offered at local Japanese, Taiwanese and other restaurants on the island. A serving, of almost 300 millilitres, will be priced at about 180 New Taiwan dollars ($6), which is about $1 more expensive than the beer of major local manufacturers.

Kirin, which is considering further overseas expansion, is currently carrying out market research focused mainly on Southeast Asia, and looking for the right time to make its next moves.

It hopes to harness demand among Taiwanese consumers, who have shown a strong appetite for new products. Imported beer and craft beer are popular in Taiwan, with imports accounting for 30% of the island's beer market.

Craft beer, which features various unique flavors and aromas, holds a small but growing portion of Taiwan's 550,000 kilolitre annual beer market. In 2019, craft beer accounted for 5% of the island's beer market, or 28,000 kilolitres, which is higher than the 1% seen in Japan.

Craft beer's share of the Taiwanese market has risen by a percentage point over each of the past five years, with more than 20 breweries now producing craft beer.

Kirin serves its Ichiban Shibori lager at about 350 restaurants in Taiwan, where its 20-30 sales representatives will be responsible for marketing the Tap Marche dispensers. The company emphasizes that craft beer goes very well with Taiwanese cuisine, especially pork, squid, or other seafood fried with red pepper, as well as boiled dishes.

Tap Marche was rolled out in the Tokyo Metropolitan area in April 2017 and has been expanded across Japan since 2018. Beer dispensers usually hold kegs of 10 litres or more, but Tap Marche dispensers use three-litre plastic bottles of each beer, which makes it easy to refill and allows restaurants to store multiple types in small quantities. The system had been installed in more than 13,000 restaurants in Japan by the end of 2019.

As of September, Kirin had 28 brands of craft beer from 15 breweries in its year-round product line-up. It plans to expand sales of these beers to countries and regions with higher potential demand by touting its original tapping system that features a variety of products in small bottles.

Children drive growing household interest in sustainability despite COVID-19

Children drive growing household interest in sustainability despite COVID-19  (Company news)

The latest research from GfK shows that shoppers are increasingly changing their behavior as a result of their concerns about the environment. Four in 10 (42 percent) of European households say they are personally affected by environmental problems. In Europe, it is children that are the most persuasive in influencing household shopping behavior, and both manufacturers and retailers need to address this younger generation’s concerns if they are to remain relevant.

When it comes to attitudes to sustainability, more than one in three households in Europe has stopped purchasing services and/or products because of their impact on the environment or society. In other words, sustainability and caring for the planet has become – in some countries it is already – a mainstream consumer concern. No brand can afford to ignore it.

In 2019 when this survey started, the environment was of particular concern to the young, and "Fridays for Future" demonstrations amongst youth were sweeping the globe. In 2020, as consumers locked down and faced the threat of a global pandemic from their homes, it seemed that the environment might fall off our agendas, but instead, it has remained at the top of many household agendas. It’s the younger members of our families that are having the most influence on family shopping trends. In Europe, household managers are influenced in their behavior primarily by their children (45 percent), followed by their nearest and dearest: friends (42 percent), spouse (37 percent) and parents (19 percent). They may be young, but children are more persuasive than politicians (14 percent), media influencers (13 percent) and celebrities (9 percent).

Consumers believe their shopping behavior can make a difference
The 2020 data shows that shoppers increasingly believe that their buying behavior can make a positive difference to the environment. At 40 percent, manufacturers are still regarded as being able to have the biggest impact on the control and limitation of environmental damage, followed by governments at 35 percent. At only 5 percent, retailers are the least responsible.

Three out of 10 households make sure items they buy are not wrapped in plastic. In the era of COVID-19, when hygiene standards can save lives, it is all the more remarkable that so many consumers want to avoid packaging waste, and this is reflected in their shopping behavior.

As Jan-Fredrik Stahlbock, Consumer Insights expert at GfK says: ”The proportion of the shoppers who actively avoid plastic waste does differ widely across the countries in this latest study. However, it is evident that eco-active shoppers – those who feel responsible and are making active steps to reduce their plastic waste – are everywhere, and their numbers are growing in some countries at double-digit rates. Manufacturers need to stay ahead of the game and clearly differentiate which measures to prioritize. Retailer need to recognize that shoppers are actively looking for solutions - not offering them would be fatal in the medium and long term. So it’s also an important category management task.”
(GfK SE)

The world's first carbon-neutral rPET

The world's first carbon-neutral rPET   (Company news)

Production using green electricity and offsetting of unavoidable emissions with carbon certificates

Global manufacturer of plastic packaging and recycling specialist the ALPLA Group is unveiling the world’s first carbon-neutral recycled PET.

ALPLA switched its PET Recycling Team plants in Wöllersdorf, Austria, and Radomsko, Poland, to a mix of electricity from renewable sources in order to produce carbon-neutral rPET (= recycled polyethylene terephthalate). ‘This step has already had a big impact on the carbon footprint of our food-grade regranulate – according to the calculations, emissions are cut by up to 90 per cent compared with virgin material. The feedback from the market regarding this further development has been very good,’ explains Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA.

The company is now offering its customers carbon-neutral rPET based on the purchase of certificates. The remaining, unavoidable emissions relating, for example, to delivery of the input material to the plants, are then offset with carbon certificates. ‘The world’s first carbon-neutral regranulate can make a significant contribution to climate protection and highlight the value of used plastics,’ says Lässer.

Carefully selected projects with a social background
ALPLA has selected specific projects in cooperation with the climate neutrality alliance Klimaneutralitätsbündnis 2025 and the NGO Helioz. A reforestation project in Nicaragua is being supported. In China, traditional coal-fired stoves are being replaced with ovens run on biomass. These not only vastly reduce emissions, but also prevent the health implications caused by harmful exhaust air. In Ethiopia, 5,000 household packages (modern stoves, vegetable seeds, seedlings, training) are being financed. In regions in Asia and Africa, ALPLA is supporting the organisation Helioz, which provides solar devices that monitor water disinfection using PET bottles.

Recycling for climate protection
Based on life cycle assessments, packaging types containing a high proportion of recycled material have the least impact on the climate. With the world’s first carbon-neutral rPET, ALPLA is helping its customers to achieve their sustainability goals. ‘We are once again demonstrating that close collaboration between packaging developers, packaging manufacturers and recycling experts can lead to solutions which set an example for the industry as a whole,’ Lässer concludes affirmatively.
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)


Saint Lucia: Non-alcoholic Heineken® 0.0 now available in St Lucia  (

Heineken® Beer, which is produced locally by Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL), presented its latest addition to its beer portfolio, Heineken® 0.0, a non-alcoholic lager brewed with a unique recipe, distinct balanced taste – and only 69 calories per 33cl bottle to the Saint Lucian market this week, the Loop News St Lucia reported on October 1.

“We are proud to have the biggest non-alcoholic beer brand in the world right here in Saint Lucia. Heineken® 0.0 has an incredible taste and creates new opportunities for Saint Lucians to come together and enjoy a great tasting non-alcoholic beer in many occasions.

As a local producer and distributor of alcoholic beverages, we remain committed to the responsible consumption of alcohol and will continue to use the power of the global Heineken® brand and we are happy to also bring now Heineken® 0.0 to give St Lucians a great tasting proposition for any occasion, starting with, but not limited to, those when moderate consumption is the best choice,” stated Thibault Mesqui, Managing Director, WLBL DBC.

Heineken® 0.0 has been successfully launched in Europe and other countries around the world, providing an alternative to consumers who want a refreshing beer without the alcohol.

Heineken® 0.0 is available for purchase in both on and off-trade in different retail channels.


Thailand & USA: Thailand’s Boon Rawd Brewery to launch brewery in Miami  (

Thailand’s Boon Rawd Brewery Company Limited, which produces Singha and Leo beers, is bringing its first U.S. outpost of EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery and Kitchen (701 South Miami Ave, Unit 412A) to Brickell, Miami this November. Located on the fourth floor of Brickell City Centre, the new outpost features an extensive covered outdoor patio, bar, restaurant, and brewery housed in the interior of the restaurant, Eater Miami reported on October 6.

EST. 33 is an homage to the original brewery by the company in Bangkok in 1933, and the menu will continue that legacy with a variety of items that mix Asian flavors with American barbecue. Think dishes like steamed buns filled with lemongrass chicken or Thai-spice rubbed beef brisket, beef jerky, shrimp pot stickers, Thai-spice crab cake croquetas, cauliflower with tamarind peanut jam, and more.

Of course, plenty of beers are also on the menu as the space will house seven fermation vessels in addition to seven serving tanks. Brews like the light and golden Legend Lager, the Vienna-style One and Only Kopper, the summer wheat Aromatic Snowy, and the namesake 33 Pale Ale will all be found on the menu.

The interior will feature an industrial design with tall ceilings, greenery, and natural elements, with the brew tanks serving as the centerpiece of the space. It will feature 93 seats indoors and an expansive covered outdoor patio with 62 seats overlooking Brickell City Centre’s atrium.

EST. 33 will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.


Canada: Beer sales bounce back and area close to last year’s numbers  (

After a decline in beer purchases early this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sales have bounced back and are close to last year’s numbers, the Lethbridge News Now reported on October 7.

Beer sales dropped by 2.4 per cent in March, 4.8 per cent in April and 2.5 per cent in May. It was the result of the closure of restaurants and bars and the cancellation of sporting events.

There was a big turnaround with service businesses reopening and the return of warmer weather. Beer Canada reports domestic sales of 10.4 million hectolitres which is an increase of 0.1 per cent.

Canadian Malting Barley Technical managing director Peter Watts said national beer sales in June were up 3.6 per cent with July at 3.5 per cent.

“We saw a quicker recovery than many people may have expected so that’s really positive news for our industry domestically and of course for Canadian brewers,” he said. “It will be interesting to see what happens with future beer consumption with fewer outdoor patios and decks.”

As consumers adjusted to the changes they turned to home deliveries in a way to make it easier for people to purchase beer.

“The beer industry has been innovative over the last four or five months and I expect them to do so as we move into winter,” Watt said.

It is estimated 149,000 jobs are supported by beer in the brewery, transportation, hospitality, or agriculture sectors. There has been a lot more awareness in recent years particularly with the rapid growth of the craft brewing industry, according to Watts.


UK: AB InBev reduces ABV of packaged and draught Stella Artois and ...  (

... Stella Artois Gluten Free

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I has reduced the ABV of packaged and draught Stella Artois and Stella Artois Gluten Free from 4.8% to 4.6%, Namnews reported on October 9.

The AB InBev-owned brewer stated that the change was in line with its commitment to responsible drinking, addressing the consumer need for moderation by giving people greater choice in how they can moderate alcohol intake without having to sacrifice on the taste of their favourite beers.

Dorien Nijs, Brewmaster at the Stella Artois Brewery in Leuven, commented: “We know that taste and quality remain the number one priority for Stella Artois drinkers, and we also recognise an ongoing health and wellness trend through moderation. We are proud that we can now deliver the same Stella Artois taste people know and love, with an ABV of 4.6%.”

The brand highlighted that the 4.6% ABV bracket has been the fastest growing in premium beer in the UK, more than doubling in size over two years.

The 4.6% product has begun rolling out in all formats in the on and off-trade.


Portugal: Super Bock adds gluten-free beer variant to its range  (

Portuguese beer brand Super Bock has launched a gluten-free beer variant, which it says is one of the first to be approved by the Portuguese Coeliac Association (APC), ESM reported on October 12.

The new Super Bock Sem Glúten has been certified by the AOECS Standard for gluten-free foods and is now part of the permanent Super Bock range.

According to estimates from the Portuguese Coeliac Association (APC), about 1% of the Portuguese population, or approximately 100,000 people, have the condition.

The beer is made of all the natural ingredients used in other Super Bock beers, such as water, barley malt, unmalted cereals, and hops.

During the manufacturing process, the addition of a special enzyme separates and eliminates the potentially inflammatory nature of gluten, the company added.

The Super Bock Sem Glúten is the result of a joint research collaboration between the master brewers of the Super Bock Group and specialists from the Portuguese Coeliac Association, the company added.

The gluten-free beer is available in packs of 33cl across Portugal, in hypermarkets, supermarkets, and the HoReCa channel.


India: Latambarcem Brewers launch bottled craft beer brand MAKA di  (

Latambarcem Brewers of Goa has launched its bespoke bottled craft beer brand MAKA di, The Hindu BusinessLine reported on October 12.

The brewery has the capacity to produce 10,000 cases of beer a month, which would make it the largest ‘truly’ Indian craft beer producer. The brewery is unique with a first of its kind in-house R&D lab where the brewmasters work on 50-odd recipes at any given point of time.

MAKA di offers five different beer variants – Belgian Blanche, American Lager, Belgian Triple, Honey Ale and the Bavarian Keller. The ingredients for these have been sourced meticulously from various regions they are best known for. The sweet oranges in the Belgian Blanche come from the orange capital of the world - Valencia in Spain, the malts are sourced from Finland, Britain, and Germany, and the wild organic honey for the Honey Ale is sourced from the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. The Triple Ale has been curated exclusively in partnership with Lupulus Brasserie in Belgium.

The label design with astronauts as the mascot is reflective of the playful and easy style of the beer.

Co-founder and CEO of Latambarcem Brewers, Aditya Ishan Varshnei, said, “The idea is to have 10 new craft beer styles every year. When my brother and I (Anish Varshnei, co-founder and Chief Production Officer) moved from the US, we wanted to bring into the Indian market the same high-quality beer that is being produced across the world today. India is fast becoming a mature market, even for craft beer, with many breweries experimenting with producing quality beer. We feel the time is right to start looking at producing craft beer in a commercial capacity because demand is set to increase from here.”

Says co-founder and Chief Production Officer, Anish Varshnei, “Craft does not define size. There are no boundaries. We make truly craft beer because we have no boundaries when it comes to ensuring quality based on innovation. We would also like to educate that any style of beer that is not a lager is not necessarily crafted. In fact, the craft is defined by technique, innovation, and quality. Over the next few months, we will create new recipes. We could even do combinations, which no one has tried before.”


UK: Coors Light beer to be rebranded as Coors  (

Molson Coors Beverage Company is to rebrand its Coors Light beer as Coors in the UK, paving the way for the launch of Coors Original next year, the Bar Magazine reported on October 12.

The company has announced a multi-million-pound investment that will build on the success of the ‘Keep it Fresh’ campaign.

It will be supported by new packaging and point of sale material, along with new glassware and dispense assets, which will be introduced to every outlet by the end of 2021.

Molson Coors will use the rebrand as a platform to expand the Coors family in the UK and across the rest of Western Europe.

Next year will see the launch of a new Coors product from the US, with the introduction of Coors Original, a “rich, golden lager” with a “more complex, fuller flavour”.

Sophie Jamieson, marketing controller for the Coors Family of brands at Molson Coors, said: “Coors has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, becoming the leader of the premium 4% beer category, known for being a great tasting beer that always delivers on refreshment.

“Having reflected on the unique strengths of the brand, we saw an opportunity to maximise its potential. Our testing has shown that consumers love the new branding, finding it more distinctive and appealing, and by changing to simply ‘Coors’, we can build further momentum in the premium 4% beer category, while continuing to champion our refreshing great taste which is a clear point of difference for consumers.

“It also gives us the opportunity to introduce some incredibly exciting new products from the Coors family, starting with Coors Original later in the year.

“Our ambition is not only to propel Coors into the UK’s Top 5 beers, which is why we’ve put significant spend behind the brand, but also to continue to scale our presence and expand our portfolio throughout what looks to be a very exciting year in 2021.”

Resilient to crisis: KHS supports its customers with digital systems and solutions during the...

Resilient to crisis: KHS supports its customers with digital systems and solutions during the...   (Company news)

..corona pandemic

-Smart remote maintenance system ReDiS prevents long production downtimes
-Line efficiency tracked virtually by Basic Line Monitoring
-Augmented Reality Service with data goggles assists customers in day-to-day production

Photo: With its 24/7 Service HelpDesk KHS is available round the clock to assist its customers with spare parts inquiries and any technical problems.

Digital communication and processes can never fully replace personal contact or the human factor. Just how helpful virtual solutions can be, however – when face-to-face encounters are suddenly impossible – is illustrated by the current pandemic. KHS is a reliable and supportive partner to its customers during these challenging times. With its various digital systems and solutions, such as the intelligent ReDiS remote maintenance system and Basic Line Monitoring, the Dortmund engineering company ensures that production processes are efficient. Customers also benefit from fast, uncomplicated technical support through KHS’ Augmented Reality Service and 24/7 Service HelpDesk.

The world has stood still since the beginning of the corona pandemic: travel and international trade are restricted, large-scale events such as trade shows and congresses are only possible in a streamlined form and social distancing rules have to be adhered to. For many companies this means that the usual services performed on site, such as overhauls or maintenance, are only possible to a certain extent or even not at all. This can have dire consequences: downtime, production stops, loss of productivity and turnover and considerable extra expenditure to maintain production capability.

Remote maintenance
In an attempt to combat the negative impact this has, during these difficult times KHS offers its customers a whole host of digital systems and solutions that were in place long before the pandemic. These include its Remote Diagnostic Service or ReDiS, a tried-and-tested remote maintenance system for KHS lines and machines. It allows engineers to quickly, easily and securely access registered KHS components worldwide through a network connection at any time. “This means that we can analyze and remedy line faults or transfer software updates and modified system parameters to the local system,” explains Ingo Hackler, head of Remote Services. “For us, ReDiS is an established model of success. We started developing the software for it at KHS as far back as in 2002; more than 2,500 customer projects are now already plugged into the system.”

For the digital monitoring of entire lines the Dortmund systems supplier provides its web-based Innoline MES Basic Line Monitoring (BLM) module. This setup assesses a line’s efficiency and pinpoints any possible errors. In doing so, BLM helps to make ramp-up more efficient and also facilitates quick identification of any weak points in the operation of the line for the customer.

Four eyes better than two
With today’s highly complex machines, it is often helpful to have additional support when troubleshooting. KHS has risen to this challenge with itsAugmented Reality Service (ARS) , an audiovisual solution. “Here, the operator wears data goggles,” Hackler tells us. “This enables our specialists to gain a clear picture of the situation on site according to the principle of ‘I see what you see’.” With the help of these goggles KHS headquarters can clearly mark objects or display them to the operator. The latter has both hands free and can carry out the necessary work in real time while a KHS expert looks over their shoulder – virtually, of course! Images or entire video sequences can also be transmitted and clear instructions issued through parallel audio communication. ARS is compatible with data goggles produced by various manufacturers.

During the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the significance of ARS for customer support has continuously increased. “Our smart service is becoming more and more the norm,” says Hackler. It was possible to carry out format conversions at a customer plant in Greece using this service, for example. The ramp-up phase on a returnable glass line in Mozambique was also initiated using this technology; complete lines have even been installed and commissioned in this time, such as a high-speed canning line in Nigeria.

Always contactable
KHS also proves itself to be a reliable partner with its 24/7 Service HelpDesk that is available round the clock for spare parts inquiries, processing technical problems and help when machines stop. The number of hotline personnel has been increased during the corona pandemic – a precautionary measure that has turned out to be unnecessary so far thanks to the robustness of KHS’ plant engineering; even in times of crisis KHS lines and machines continue to run reliably and without any trouble. The supply of spare and wear parts is constantly assured – and thus the high availability of the machines.

The corona crisis has proved that once again customers can rely on the fast and uncomplicated support of KHS – also in times of great difficulty.
(KHS GmbH)

New CEO for Helvetia Packaging AG

New CEO for Helvetia Packaging AG  (Company news)

Seven years after its foundation, Helvetia Packaging AG is a company that has been successfully launched onto the market. In view of the forthcoming capacity expansion, the company founder Rolf Ostmann appointed a new CEO, Mr Maik Lucas, from the beginning of October, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr Maik Lucas started as CFO at Helvetia Packaging AG as early as 1 February 2020.

Mr. Maik Lucas is 49 years old, a Swiss and German citizen and holds a degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim. With his many years of leadership and management experience, his international background and his strong assertiveness, Mr. Maik Lucas is ideally equipped to lead Helvetia Packaging AG successfully into the future.

"I am delighted that I have been able to find a very experienced successor to continue our successful business strategy," said Rolf Ostmann. Rolf Ostmann is retiring from his executive role but will remain a member of the Board of Directors and will devote himself in particular to cultivating customer relations.
(Helvetia Packaging AG)

Poland Spring Joins Forces with the University of Maine to Explore Bio-Based Materials ...

Poland Spring Joins Forces with the University of Maine to Explore Bio-Based Materials ...  (Company news)

...for Packaging

This collaboration supports the development of technologies to identify and assess viable alternative materials that will reduce the environmental impact of packaging

Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water announced a collaboration with the University of Maine and its Forest Bioproducts Research Institute to evaluate and develop bio-based solutions that could serve as alternative packaging for Poland Spring products. As part of the collaboration, the University of Maine will explore new possible uses of materials derived from sustainably harvested Maine wood, an effort that has the potential to advance the circular economy by contributing to the total utilization of this renewable resource.

“UMaine is grateful for Poland Spring’s support of our world-leading research, development, and commercialization in this area,” said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, University of Maine President. “Forestry is a cornerstone of Maine’s economy, and the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute was created to provide and promote technology validation and partnerships that will meet societal needs for materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner. This collaboration serves that important mission, leveraging the expertise of our faculty and staff, and facilitating the engagement of our students in cutting-edge research with important implications for our state and the wider world.”

Poland Spring is initiating this collaboration with the University of Maine to assess biomaterial technologies that could serve as alternatives to petroleum-derived non-renewable materials. This joint effort evolved after Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) sponsored a two-day bioplastics summit at the University of Maine in May 2019 that brought together stakeholders representing all sectors of Maine’s forest economy to discuss and explore these issues.

“It’s great to see one of Maine’s strongest brands working with Maine’s flagship research university to look at new opportunities that are beneficial to both the environment and the economy of the state,” said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. “Any time Maine’s natural resources, the basis of our heritage industries for generations, are looked at with fresh eyes to promote innovation, it is a benefit to the entire state. Maine further secures a position in the global economy, and the industry is given an option that is better for the planet. This a great example of a strong private-public partnership.”

“The University of Maine is pioneering new renewable and sustainable wood-based materials and processes that can be used as an alternative to petroleum-derived products, making them the ideal collaborator as we strive for a low carbon, waste-free future,” said David Tulauskas, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America, parent company of Poland Spring. “Their innovative work is already showing how a Maine-based circular economy is possible, and this project will identify additional potential uses for the state’s wood fiber byproducts as sustainable packaging or other products. We look forward to the potential innovative advances in packaging and other sustainability areas that may be enhanced and discovered through this collaboration benefitting the environment, the forest industry and the great state of Maine.”

“The expanded use of forest-based biomass in areas such as packaging, infrastructure, equipment, novel materials and even biofuels is a key development objective for the Maine forest sector, and this initiative between Poland Spring and UMaine is a great start,” said Patrick Strauch, Executive Director of the Maine Forest Products Council. “Diversifying the uses of Maine-harvested biomass is essential to the growth and sustainability of our state’s forest economy. UMaine is a longstanding partner in these efforts and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them on this project.”

In addition to exploring alternative packaging, Poland Spring’s parent company, NWNA, has committed to achieve 25% recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2021 and reach 50% by 2025. As NWNA’s most iconic brand, Poland Spring has called Maine home for 175 years and announced it would be the first major bottled water brand in the U.S. to reach 100% recycled plastic across its still water portfolio by 2022. Poland Spring 1-liter, 1.5-liter, 700-mL and 20-ounce bottles are already available in 100% recycled plastic.

Over the last decade, Poland Spring has given more than $9 million to local Maine community organizations, causes and events through its Good Neighbor Grant Program and donated more than 800,000 bottles a year to fire and rescue departments, non-profits and communities in need. As the state’s fifth largest manufacturing employer, Poland Spring proudly employs nearly 900 Mainers across three bottling facilities, Poland, Hollis and Kingfield, plus ReadyRefresh®, the direct-to-consumer home and office delivery teams.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

Coca-Cola Triumph at German Packaging Award 2020 with KeelClip™

Coca-Cola Triumph at German Packaging Award 2020 with KeelClip™  (Company news)

KeelClip™, an innovative packaging technology utilized by Coca-Cola as part of its move to replace plastic packaging on its multi-pack cans, has triumphed in the design and finishing category of the German Packaging Award 2020.

The solution, supplied by market leader in paper-based packaging solutions, Graphic Packaging International (“Graphic Packaging”), was recognized for its ‘Driving the Circular Economy – Accelerating Towards a World Without Waste’ entry in the prestigious awards, organized by the German Packaging Institute (DVI).

By switching to solutions such as KeelClip, CCEP has made progress on its “Action on Packaging”- strategy, which includes the aim to remove all unnecessary or hard-to-recycle plastics from its packaging portfolio.

Ralf Peters, vice president procurement, for Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “Innovation is a critical part of finding the most sustainable ways of delivering our drinks to consumers and we’re delighted that the KeelClip solution was recognized in this award. Innovative solutions such as KeelClip will help us to achieve our goal of moving from shrink to board for our multipack cans.”

The KeelClip solution is the first of its kind to work on all can sizes, diameters and multipack configurations (up to a 10 pack), making the solution easily scalable for brand owners with large range offerings to pack.

The innovative design features a central ‘keel’ for enhanced stabilization and the large surface area covering the can tops offers up enhanced branding opportunities, while addressing consumer hygiene concerns.

Steve Gould, new product development and marketing director of the beverage division at Graphic Packaging, added: “Taken at face value, KeelClip is a breakthrough innovation as it provides a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging. However, KeelClip’s potential is truly unleashed when you factor in its scalability and ability to meet the speed and efficiency demands of today’s fastest filling lines on all can sizes and configurations. This is a huge advantage for brands looking for a consistent, one-stop solution to meet sustainability requirements, while focusing on brand premiumization, now and over the coming years.”
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition to take place exclusively in digital form

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition to take place exclusively in digital form  (Company news)

Following extensive discussions and critical observation of the current situation, NürnbergMesse, in close cooperation with customers and partners, has decided not to hold the physical BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition trade fair as planned and to move the program exclusively to the digital world. The reasons for this are the current national and global developments of the corona pandemic, the rapidly increasing number of infections, and the associated massive restrictions on business travel in companies. Exhibitors and visitors will be able to meet virtually all year round on the digital dialog platform, where the extensive supporting program BrauBeviale@stage will be online from 10 – 12 November 2020. The next BrauBeviale will take place again in 2022 at Messe Nuremberg.

With BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition, NürnbergMesse aimed to fulfil the beverage industry’s desire to finally meet and exchange ideas in person again. Numerous intensive discussions with exhibitors, partners, and visitors have led to this decision. In coordination with the responsible authorities, safety and hygiene protection concepts were developed to ensure smooth and safe participation in the trade fair for all. Right up to the end, the BrauBeviale Special Edition has received a lot of encouragement and support from the industry. “We had a lot of patience and would have maintained this patience until November – for our exhibitors, visitors, and partners. Unfortunately, the industry is now being deprived of the last opportunity for a physical meeting this year,” regrets Andrea Kalrait, Executive Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse. “However, despite all our commitment, we obviously cannot close our eyes to the latest developments.
We owe this to our customers and partners. We were well prepared, but must be realistic about the current situation. In this respect, we are now continuing to work at full speed on our online offering and are delighted to unite the beverage industry virtually on our digital dialog platform starting in November.”

The beverage industry meets digitally:
Coming together, sharing knowledge, taking ideas with you: This is what exhibitors and visitors expect from BrauBeviale. In order to strengthen the dialog in the beverage industry, the digital dialog platform ( will be launched in early November. A more comprehensive supporting program than ever before had already been planned for the physical event. BrauBeviale@stage, with six theme stages, will also be available online. Andrea Kalrait would like to thank all customers who have supported BrauBeviale, also as a Special Edition: “Strong partners in difficult times are irreplaceable. We are continuing to work together with equal commitment to provide the international beverage industry with a virtual and year-round platform. We look forward to seeing you again online and, at the latest, in 2022 again at Messe Nuremberg!”
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

651,000 Jobs Supported by U.S. Beer Industry to be Lost Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

651,000 Jobs Supported by U.S. Beer Industry to be Lost Due to COVID-19 Pandemic  (Company news)

By year’s end, the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a $22 billion drop in beer sales

Lately, the Beer Institute, the Brewers Association, the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the American Beverage Licensees released a report from a leading economic firm showing more than 651,000 jobs supported by the U.S. beer industry will be lost by the end of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These job losses include more than 3,600 brewing jobs, 1,800 distributing jobs and 400,000 retail-related jobs.

The report forecasts the COVID-19 pandemic will result in retail beer sales declining by more than $22 billion.

“Although millions of Americans continue to enjoy beer responsibly every day, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beer industry has seen a dramatic decline both in sales and jobs that rely on our nation’s most popular alcohol beverage,” said Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute. “We hope policymakers consider that our nation’s brewers and beer importers are having to make difficult decisions to adjust for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of Congress should pass legislation to ensure our nation’s beer industry does not face a $154 million annual tax increase next year, and state legislatures should not raise taxes on the beer industry to resolve budget shortfalls. These tax increases will only result in additional job losses for our nation’s brewers and beer importers and the millions of American’s whose livelihood depends on them.”

“Small and independent craft brewers, brewpubs, and tap rooms are in nearly every congressional district across the nation and are vital contributors to their communities, and they directly employ more than 160,000 workers,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “Right now, these small businesses are struggling under severe financial and operational limitations to make payroll, continue production and serve their customers. Making a bad situation worse, these businesses face a second looming crisis: an increase to their federal excise taxes in 2021 – less than four months from now! If Congress doesn’t enact the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1175/S. 362), businesses that are already struggling will face higher federal excise taxes, causing some businesses to close their doors permanently and threatening tens of thousands of jobs.”

“America’s beer distributors have been working nonstop to keep the nation’s supply chain and economy moving while facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Craig Purser, president and CEO of the National Beer Wholesalers Association. “The abrupt, forced shutdown of bars, restaurants, hotels, arenas and more during the busy spring season left at least $1 billion of perishable draft beer stranded in the marketplace and unable to be sold. In addition to this significant financial loss, beer distributors have seen their operating costs skyrocket as they have made substantial investments to keep their workforce and customers safe during this global health crisis. The beer industry will continue to face difficult headwinds as we navigate this crisis that is still unfolding.”

“Even though the vast majority of bars and package stores have diligently followed COVID-19 regulations and guidelines so they can continue to serve their customers and communities, the unfortunate truth is many beer retailers have been forced to lay-off employees or close their doors altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John Bodnovich, executive director of American Beverage Licensees. “Bars & taverns that have been allowed to reopen are fighting to simply stay in business in the face of occupancy and hours of operation restrictions that have many teetering on the brink of collapse. These local businesses need Congress’ support and additional COVID-19 relief to survive, not the threat of tax increases on their industry.”

In 2018, the Beer Serves America study concluded America’s beer industry supports more than 2.1 million jobs, contributing more than $328 billion to the U.S. economy. The beer industry pays annually nearly $59 billion in taxes, meaning—on average—taxes account for 40% of the cost of a beer.
(BI Beer Institute)

SIG's technology provides Olympia Dairy with unmatched flexibility combined with speed

SIG's technology provides Olympia Dairy with unmatched flexibility combined with speed  (Company news)

Olympia Dairy has opened the retail distribution channel as a second strategic pillar to offer its liquid dairy products by becoming the first Belgian dairy company to choose packaging and filling technology from SIG.

Olympia has always supplied the food service industry by offering products in large sized plastic and glass bottles to hotel and catering establishments. Now with the installation of its first fast and flexible CFA 812 filling machine from SIG, the company will be able to launch their products in the retail sector while flexibly meeting the needs of retailers and environmentally conscious consumers for sustainable packaging that fits perfectly into everyday lives. Olympia will benefit from the perfect combination of maximum flexibility and speed that enables the company to offer an unmatched variety of packaging options.

‘If we do it, we do it right’ is Olympia’s approach, which puts convenience and sustainability at its core. Its forward-looking team is fully convinced by the key arguments in favor of carton packaging. Olympia now has the option to use industry-leading sustainable packaging material options from SIG such as EcoPlus, an innovative composite structure without aluminium and with less environmental impact compared to the conventional carton, as well as SIGNATURE packaging material, which is 100% linked to plant-based renewable material and lowers the carbon footprint of the carton pack even further.

Kris Huygh, CEO at Olympia Dairy: “Our new partnership with SIG opens up many opportunities in the retail sector and will put Olympia Dairy in a strong position within the European dairy market. By choosing the most forward-looking, futureproof and sustainable packaging, we can provide our modern consumers with the very best in terms of sophistication, convenience and minimal environmental impact. We now have the flexibility to stay one step ahead in retail with so many options available on one filling machine.”

SIG’s filling technology provides high flexibility without compromising on speed and output. The number of packaging options on one SIG CFA 812 filling machine for ‘square base format’ aseptic cartons is a multiple of any other such filling machine on the market. One single CFA 812 filling machine provides customers with more than 70 different packaging options – combining different packaging formats, volume sizes, openings and packaging materials – all with an output of 12,000 packs per hour.

Volker Bubacz, Head of Market Area UK & BeNeLux at SIG: “We are delighted to welcome Olympia as our first Belgian dairy customer and we’re looking forward to developing our close partnership to launch new and exciting products. We will support Olympia in offering the most innovative and sustainable product and packaging solutions and bring a fresh impetus to the Benelux dairy market.”

SIG’s close cooperation with Olympia Dairy offers true 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.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

DASANI bottle caps made with recycled plastic launch in California

DASANI bottle caps made with recycled plastic launch in California  (Company news)

Coca-Cola North America is bringing a new twist to sustainable packaging by using caps made from recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic – a beverage industry first – on DASANI bottles.

Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling recently piloted and commercialized the resealable closures, which include 30% recycled content, on 20-oz., half-liter and 1-liter PET bottles of DASANI throughout California. The pioneering innovation supports The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste vision to collect and recycle the equivalent of a bottle or can for everyone it sells globally by 2030; to make all packaging fully recyclable by 2025; and to make bottles and cans with 50% recycled material by 2030.

“We’ve continued to make progress on long-term goals to reduce waste. Even through this challenging pandemic, we’ve been able to introduce innovations to help improve the sustainability of our packaging,” said Bruce Karas, VP of Environment, Sustainability & Safety, Coca-Cola North America.

The process of producing plastic closures like twist-off caps is challenging from both a manufacturing and regulatory standpoint. Threading inside an FDA-approved cap must fit perfectly with threading on the neck of the bottle to ensure an air-tight seal.

Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Bottling Sales and Services worked closely with resin and closure suppliers to develop a cap made with recycled HDPE – the type of plastic used to make milk jugs and detergent containers – while meeting all technical and food safety requirements.

“This is not a small achievement,” Karas added, noting that most caps in the market are produced with virgin plastic. “Closures and labels are often missed in the overall context of sustainable packaging, but they’re just as important as bottles and cans. Using recycled content in caps is a clear example of how World Without Waste is challenging us to rethink existing models.”

Suzana Keller, chief procurement officer, Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales and Services Company (CCBSS), added, “We couldn’t be any more excited about this work, as it brings to our consumers the full innovative capacity of the Coca-Cola system – from a sustainability perspective. Additionally, we will continue our work by raising recycling awareness within the communities we serve in order to improve collection rates. This will bolster our efforts by allowing us to further leverage post-consumer curbside recycled materials.”

The breakthrough development won the coveted Plastics News' 2020 Plastics Caps & Closures Innovation Award for being the first beverage closure made from post-consumer recycled content. The California pilot also included a monolayer label for DASANI bottles with 40% less plastic than existing labels. These new labels separate more easily in the recycling stream, which means bottles can be more easily recycled and used to make new bottles.

These developments will drive demand for recycled material, supporting a circular, job-creating economy.

“Every time recycled material is used, we are reducing our carbon footprint and helping create an end-market for our PET bottles and our HDPE caps, which is very positive,” said Karas.

Coca-Cola North America has continued to invest in community recycling during the pandemic to drive increased collection of its bottles and cans. The company has provided grants to local organizations like the Conservation Corp. of Long Beach and I Love a Clean San Diego in California, and national collaborations with The Recycling Partnership and The Closed Loop Fund to support curbside collection programs. In 2019, Coca-Cola joined the American Beverage Association in establishing a $100 million fund to support recycling infrastructure and educational programming for communities in 10 major cities.

“As people spend more time at home, we are recognizing an opportunity to do even more to help ensure that people have a means to recycle at the curb,” Karas said.

DASANI has been at the forefront of sustainable packaging innovation since 2009 with the launch of PlantBottle, the first fully recyclable bottle made partially from plants. In 2018, the brand became the first major water brand to debut a package-less water dispensing unit with DASANI PureFill. DASANI plans to remove the equivalent of 1 billion virgin PET bottles from its U.S. supply chain in the next five years.
(The Coca-Cola Company)

New Alfa Laval Fluid Handling Application & Innovation Centre opens in Denmark

New Alfa Laval Fluid Handling Application & Innovation Centre opens in Denmark  (Company news)

Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – is opening a state-of-the-art Application & Innovation Centre in Kolding, Denmark. The centre will reinforce the company’s technology leadership within hygienic fluid handling and put Alfa Laval squarely at the forefront of customer engagement, product innovation and optimization of customers’ processes.

Investing in the new 1,600-square-metre Application & Innovation Centre supports Alfa Laval’s strategic focus of accelerating product innovation and driving customer preference for Alfa Laval pumps, valves, and cleaning and mixing equipment used in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

“It’s all about taking our customers’ production to the next level,” says Mikkel Nordkvist, Vice President, Hygienic Fluid Handling, Head of Industry Management. “Customers can see – either in person or by live link – how Alfa Laval equipment performs under their actual operating conditions. Conducting trials with Alfa Laval industry experts provides verification of higher yield, improved hygiene, and sustainable cost reductions by saving energy, water and cleaning media. It’s a golden opportunity to validate overall performance.”

“The centre provides a unique environment to develop tomorrow’s fluid handling technologies and equipment. Multiple testbeds with advanced hardware and software enable us to drive innovation by conducting rigorous proof-of-concept experiments on new equipment for the food and pharma industries at many duty points under close-to-actual conditions,” says Rikke Kau Breinholt, Vice President, Hygienic Fluid Handling, and Head of Research & Development, Alfa Laval. “Moreover, with insights from customer trials, we can further refine our equipment and are able to introduce new customer-centric products and product enhancements to the market faster than before. Accelerating product development and innovation, in turn, means that we can deliver more value to our customers.”

Did you know that…Alfa Laval has several global competence and test centres, including four in Denmark; in Soborg (decanters for food and water applications), in Aalborg (marine applications), in Nakskov (membrane filtration applications), and now in Kolding (fluid handling)?
(Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)

Coca-Cola: A world without waste

Coca-Cola: A world without waste  (Company news)

Join us on our journey towards a World Without Waste. We're doing our part to ensure that the future is more sustainable than ever.

Food and beverage packaging is an important part of modern life, but discarded packaging is taking its toll on our beaches, oceans and the communities we live in. In 2018, the Coca-Cola system announced an industry-first goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can we sell worldwide by 2030. Here are our commitments globally:

The rise in litter on streets, beaches and in the oceans is an increasingly urgent issue. Food and drinks packaging is a significant part of this worldwide problem and Coca-Cola has a responsibility to help solve it. By investing in our planet and our packaging through our World Without Waste programme, we can help tackle this global challenge.

Our global ambition
“Consumers around the world care about our planet. They want and expect companies like ours to be leaders and help make a litter-free world possible,” says James Quincey, president and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company.

“Through our World Without Waste vision, we are investing in our planet and in our packaging to help make the world’s packaging problem a thing of the past.”

At the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Quincey said the company will continue to focus on developing 100% recyclable packaging and reducing the amount of plastic in our bottles.

With our drinks’ packaging among the waste that ends up littering our countryside, communities and beaches, we know we’ve got a real responsibility to address the world’s packaging problem. We’re setting ourselves a massive global ambition: by 2030 we aim to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every single one we sell.

"If something can be recycled, it should be recycled. So we want to help people everywhere understand how to do their part.” James Quincey, president and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

So, how will we reach this global ambition?
For every bottle or can we sell globally, we aim to take one back and recycle it, making sure it has more than one life. 2030 is the end goal.

Because we work in local communities across the world, and in over 200 countries, we’re able to share best practices and help develop effective recycling methods in a wide range of communities. We want to make recycling easier and more accessible for everyone.

Making our packaging 100% recyclable is only part of the answer to the world’s packaging problem – we also have a responsibility to help people everywhere understand how they can do their part. We know that plastic, glass and aluminum should be reused and given a second or third life, and we want to help spread the message.

“We believe every package – regardless of where it comes from – has value and life beyond its initial use,” Quincey said. “If something can be recycled, it should be recycled. So we want to help people everywhere understand how to do their part.”

“Plastic, glass and aluminum should be reused and given a second or third life – we want to help spread that message.”
(The Coca-Cola Company)

KHS: Coated PET bottles protect sensitive beverages and the environment

KHS: Coated PET bottles protect sensitive beverages and the environment   (Company news)

Mandatory deposit on containers in Germany: no more exceptions
The Bundesrat (upper house of German parliament) recently voted in favor of extending the mandatory deposit on containers to cover all non-returnable plastic bottles and beverage cans. This is good news for the protection of the environment. For besides yielding a higher quota of returns, a high recycling rate has a positive impact on the ecobalance of beverage packaging. Implementing this would present a lot of juice producers with a number of challenges, however. Their problem is that owing to the composition of their materials most plastic bottles filled with sensitive products such as juice cannot be collected by type and recycled to make new bottles. Barrier technologies already established on the market provide an answer here; these protect the liquid food from gas exchange with the help of a wafer-thin layer of chemically pure glass. Dortmund manufacturer of filling and packaging systems KHS is a pioneer in this field. Since 2002 the corporate group has provided a glass coating technology that enables full bottle-to-bottle recycling under the name of FreshSafe PET®.

Photo: The Beyond Juice bottle by KHS is a fully recyclable PET bottle made entirely of recycled materials. Thanks to the FreshSafe PET® barrier system it provides outstanding product protection.

Plastic bottles should be returned to a deposit machine. However, as is so often the case, unfortunately there are exceptions to this rule. While a deposit is levied on apple spritzer in non-returnable PET bottles, there is no such obligation for apple juice in the same type of packaging. Juice bottles are thus collected through dual waste disposal systems and cannot be recycled to make new PET bottles in the sense of a circular economy. For consumers, this rule is confusing. Regarding the protection of the environment, too, the current legislation is also hard to fathom. Due to the limitations of the mandatory deposit system, about 10% of all PET bottles each year are lost to the closed recycling loop according to a study by packaging market research institute GVM from 2018. This amounts to approximately 40,000 metric tons of plastic per annum that cannot be reused to make food packaging. The German federal state of Hesse has since recognized this problem and together with Baden-Württemberg applied to widen the scope of the compulsory deposit on beverage containers in the upper house of German parliament – with success. This recently voted in favor of extending the mandatory deposit system to cover all non-returnable plastic bottles.

Juice bottles: the problem of recyclability
This recommendation is cause for concern to many German juice producers who fill their products into non-deposit one-way PET bottles. Unlike water or a lot of carbonated soft drinks these sensitive beverages have to be protected against external influences such as oxygen pickup. To ensure this protection, juice and nectar bottles made of PET often contain additives with oxygen absorbers. These additives make them more difficult to recycle than a normal PET bottle as despite being subjected to elaborate processes the various materials cannot be separated during recycling and cause discoloration of the recyclate, for example. This complicates pooled recycling with the conventional non-returnable PET containers in the deposit system and renders global bottle-to-bottle recycling, for which 100% pure rPET is required, practically impossible.

One environmentally-friendly alternative is to use an oxygen barrier made of chemically pure glass. The wafer-thin coating on the inside of the PET bottle not only effectively protects the juice from oxygen pickup but is also fully recyclable. During the standard recycling process the coating is hydrolyzed using hot caustic and thus removed from the inside bottle wall. It then goes into solution and the pure PET can be collected by type.

Solution available
The KHS Group is a pioneer in the field of interior glass coating for PET bottles. For about 15 years now the systems manufacturer and packaging specialist has offered its customers in the food and beverage industries a fully recyclable system for juice bottles. Bottlers of renown such as Eckes-Granini have been using the ecofriendly packaging system named FreshSafe PET® for many years.

The manufacture of the recyclable PET bottle differs only slightly from that of a conventional juice bottle. In both cases a standard PET preform is used as the basic material. These plastic containers that look like a test tube with a screw top are turned into bottles on a stretch blow molding machine. Here, the preform can be made of new plastic or of recycled material – or what is known as recyclate.

In the FreshSafe PET® system the bottle is then fed to a downstream coating machine. KHS provides this in a number of different versions and with various capacity ranges. The KHS InnoPET Plasmax 20QS, for example, outputs up to 48,000 bottles per hour. The turnkey supplier’s extensive portfolio also includes two compact block systems. The InnoPET FreshSafe block linked up to a KHS stretch blow molder produces empty coated PET bottles. The KHS InnoPET FreshSafe TriBlock comprising a stretch blow molder, coating machine and filling unit blows, coats and fills the bottles on a single machine before these are then sealed.

From pharmaceuticals to food and beverages
The bottles are coated using the PICVD method, a process first used in the pharmaceutical industry. In this process a reaction gas mixture is introduced into the PET bottle in a fine vacuum and this subsequently transformed into a plasma state by microwaves. In this state SiOx or chemically pure glass is deposited on the inside of the bottle.

The interior glass coating is transparent and has a thickness of less than 0.1 µm. It is thus flexibly and chemically bonded to the inside wall of the juice bottle. This prevents the glass coating from being accidentally removed when force is applied to the PET bottle, for instance; it can only be separated during the recycling process. Thanks to this particular property the FreshSafe PET® bottle from KHS is 100% bottle-to-bottle recyclable. This has also been recognized by trade associations such as the European PET Bottle Platform and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (USA). Furthermore, the bottle’s suitability for use with foods has also been officially proven. In many countries including the USA and the whole of Europe the KHS system has food-grade approval.

For consumers and the environment: FreshSafe PET® has many benefits
After coating the FreshSafe PET® bottle can be filled with product and provides full protection against both oxygen pickup and loss of CO2 and water vapor. In this way the Plasmax coating prevents the quality of the sensitive beverage from being compromised and means that the product keeps up to ten times longer than in uncoated plastic bottles.

In addition, glass-coated PET juice bottles have a number of further benefits – both for the consumer and the environment. For instance, plastic bottles are much lighter than glass bottles. This has a positive impact on the amount of CO2 emitted by trucks as fewer bottles or lower load weights mean less gas consumption. Plastic bottles are also unbreakable and flexible.

In addition to environmental aspects and the protection of the product, economy is also important. On the one hand, thanks to the glass coating the amount of plastic used compared to containers with oxygen absorbers is lower, thus yielding cost savings. On the other, bottlers can work with standard PET preforms, further reducing the cost per bottle.

KHS promotes the closed recycling loop
The greatest advantage of the FreshSafe PET® system, however, lies in its ability to be fully recycled to produce pure PET. With this the KHS Group supports efforts to create a closed PET recycling loop and facilitate bottle-to-bottle recycling. This is essential if plastic bottles are to have a positive ecobalance, as the ALPLA LCA Packaging study carried out last year illustrates.

In order to continue to boost the high recycling rate of about 93% for PET bottles in Germany and further strengthen the bottle-to-bottle recycling loop, the KHS Group recently introduced an innovative bottle concept for sensitive beverages. Its Beyond Juice bottle is a fully recyclable PET bottle made entirely of recycled materials. Thanks to the FreshSafe PET® barrier system it provides outstanding product protection. Environmental service provider Interseroh has issued the container with its Made for Recycling seal of quality. The Beyond Juice bottle is the first PET bottle ever to score a full 20 out of 20 points in this rating system.

With the new bottle concept juice producers can save more than 1,500 metric tons of raw materials at a production of 50 million bottles a year. In doing so they are greatly helping to improve the ecobalance of plastic packaging. The Beyond Juice bottle is even more environmentally friendly in combination with Nature MultiPackTM from KHS, a container system that holds bottles together with dots of adhesive which are strong and secure yet easy to remove. With the help of this tried-and-tested packaging variant the plastic film otherwise used to form PET bottles into packs of six, for example, is no longer required. This reduces the amount of packaging waste by up to 90%. Like the coated PET juice bottles, the dots of adhesive are also fully recyclable.
(KHS GmbH)

Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints new Chief Technical Officer for ...

Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints new Chief Technical Officer for ...  (Company news)

...Engineering and Production division at Group level

The Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding Ltd has appointed Dr Guido Stebner (photo) as the new Group-wide Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for the Engineering and Production division with effect from 1 January 2021. He will also become a member of the Management Board.

Dr Guido Stebner, 54, studied Metallurgy at the Clausthal Zellerfeld University of Technology in Germany. In 1997, he completed his doctoral thesis on the “Design of coated rollers for casting steel according to the twin-roll process” with distinction at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. After concluding his studies, his professional career path led him to the steel industry. He held management positions in research, production and technology at what is now the ThyssenKrupp Group, and his ever-growing field of work took him to Germany, France, Italy and the United States of America. In 2013, after Finnish steel group Outokumpu took over the steel operations of ThyssenKrupp, Stebner became responsible for production at Outokumpu Stainless USA and was promoted to a member of the Management Board. In 2016, he moved to Swiss Steel AG, part of the Swiss Schmolz + Bickenbach Group, where he headed up the Production and Technology division. He took over management of the Technology division of Deutschen Edelstahlwerke, also part of the Schmolz + Bickenbach Group, in 2018 in the role of Chief Operations Officer.

The current CTO Engineering and Production, Günter Lubitz, will embark on his well-deserved retirement as of 30 September 2020. Until his successor takes over on 1 January 2021, Johann Reiter, CEO of Vetropack Group, will manage this division on an interim basis.
(Vetropack AG)

Kerry Unveils Unique Citrus Extract Technology

Kerry Unveils Unique Citrus Extract Technology   (Company news)

Kerry’s advanced New! Citrus Extract technology is much more effective than traditional methods at retaining the great aroma and flavour characteristics of fresh citrus

Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company, is pleased to introduce an advanced citrus extract technology — brand-named New! Citrus Extract — that delivers all of the flavour benefits and impact of traditional natural citrus products but can be labelled a “Natural Extract”. This best-in-class extraction technology can be applied to a variety of citrus fruit, and has many different applications, including refreshing beverages such as sparkling and still flavoured waters, ready-to-drink teas, juice drinks, isotonic and energy drinks, and craft carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), as well as alcoholic beverages such as hard seltzers, malt beverages, mocktails and flavoured beers and spirits. Initially, citrus tonalities include lime, lemon, orange and tangerine, with more to come.

Based on Kerry’s broad technical capability, the New! Citrus Extract portfolio was developed with the support of Kerry’s non-thermal liquid/liquid extraction process that delivers highly concentrated extracts with a greatly reduced level of terpenes and sesquiterpenes. This creates a taste profile that has been described as fresh, clean, vibrant, juicy, aromatic and intense, with a clean lingering effect. The process also allows for excellent solubility in water and stability.

This breakthrough technology is important because it is more effective than current methods at retaining the superior aroma and flavour of citrus, as well as providing an extended, more full-bodied finish. All products are completely water-soluble and colourless in the finished application, allowing the product developer to replace a natural citrus flavour with a natural citrus extract, i.e., providing a cleaner ingredient label.

“Citrus flavours and extracts have been used in foods and beverages for centuries. By enabling producers to retain the wonderful aroma and flavour of authentic citrus and deliver a fresh, intense, full-bodied citrus taste, our technology represents a major step forward from traditional extract processing,” said Ton Mesters, Global Product Director Citrus, of Kerry. “Our extracts deliver all of the benefits of a natural flavour, but can be labelled a ‘natural extract’, enabling food and beverage developers to clean up their ingredient labels. This new technology enables our customers to offer advanced vibrant flavours for new and unique market products.”

Citrus is a leading taste in new launches, especially in the case of beverages: since 2017, 47% of flavoured waters have contained citrus profiles. In addition, the same year, citrus was included in 38% of sports and energy drinks, 34% of carbonated soft drinks, 30% of flavoured alcoholic beverages, 29% of RTD iced teas and 26% of juices. In 2019, the use of extracts in beverages increased to 19% in all launches. Kerry’s New! Citrus Extracts can be included in many different sub-categories of non-alcoholic and alcohol-based beverages.

“People love the delicious and refreshing taste of citrus, so it’s not surprising the global food and beverage industry continues to use this iconic taste in new products,” added Mesters. “With Kerry’s advanced extraction technology available in four flavor tonalities (and more on the way), product designers have access to an expanded range of citrus extract options to enhance their design palettes.”
(Kerry Group plc)

Fiorito Limoncello Tonic: looking sharp

Fiorito Limoncello Tonic: looking sharp  (Company news)

A new mixologist-quality ready to drink (RTD) cocktail from Dutch beverage company Fiorito B.V. is set to turn heads in an impressive can with a unique and contemporary ‘watermark’ design made possible by the expertise and commitment of Ardagh Group’s Graphics team.

Limoncello Tonic is the latest addition to a range of drinks made from Fiorito’s award-winning limoncello, based on an old recipe from the founders’ family in Sicily. At 5% ABV and flavoured with basil and natural lemongrass, the cocktail sees Fiorito enter the fast-growing RTD category – and thanks to its clever design, the 250ml slim Ardagh can in iridescent golden yellow is bound to make a splash.

Fiorito’s distinctive vision for the packaging for its first canned drink was a bright and shining yellow aesthetic, suggesting a hot summer day, with a background of sophisticated geometric lines to enhance the feel of quality – like a watermark. The design challenge was to achieve the sweet spot between pin-sharp colour contrast and the subtle simplicity Fiorito was looking for.

Presented with a chance to innovate, Ardagh’s renowned Graphics team decided to use the same yellow in two shades to achieve the watermark effect, using a plate with wide open lines to print a second layer and achieve a main can colour that is darker than its ‘background.’ This approach also eliminated the chance of any registration problems. Finished with a matte over-varnish, the resulting pack looks crisp, sharp and sophisticated, beautifully expressing the sparkling, slightly bitter lemon-tonic cocktail inside.

Ardagh’s Graphics teams are located in several European countries, in close proximity to customers with the benefit of speaking their local language. Benno Fiorito, Director of Fiorito B.V., says: “We wanted a premium, no-nonsense look for the can, to reflect the simplicity of our drinks. We worked very closely with Ardagh’s Graphics team who helped us select the right colours, and it was great to be able to test the designs on the can directly.”

Fiorito’s Limoncello Tonic RTD is targeted at on-the-go Millennials who appreciate the freedom of enjoying a delicious cocktail either straight from the cooled can or over ice.

The pack is filled by Avandis and available now in Albert Heijn, JUMBO and other outlets in the Netherlands, with Israel next on the list as distribution expands.
(Ardagh Glass Group plc)

KHS at BrauBeviale: reliable technology and digital service for the beverage industry

KHS at BrauBeviale: reliable technology and digital service for the beverage industry   (Company news)

By taking part in BrauBeviale from November 10 to 12 in Hall 7A, KHS demonstrates that a trade show can also be successful for exhibitors even under difficult circumstances.

- KHS’ participation underlines its claim as reliable partner to the beverage industry
- Numerous further developments in filling technology
- Digital systems prevent downtime and production loss

Picture: Dr. Johannes T. Grobe, “As an exhibitor of many years we value BrauBeviale as a venue that strengthens our customer relations in the long term, encourages technical discussion and the transfer of knowledge and provides us with the perfect opportunity to present our innovations to a specialist public,” explains Dr. Johannes T. Grobe, CSO for the KHS Group.

By taking part in BrauBeviale from November 10 to 12 in Hall 7A, KHS demonstrates that a trade show can also be successful for exhibitors even under difficult circumstances. As a reliable partner to the beverage industry the Dortmund engineering company continues to be on site in person for its customers in these trying times – while observing all of the currently valid hygiene and social distancing rules, of course. The exhibition focus will be on KHS’ new and further developments in filling technology, especially those for the can and glass bottle segments. The KHS Group will also be presenting its broad portfolio of digital services that give customers numerous benefits, particularly in view of the current social and travel restrictions.

“As an exhibitor of many years we value BrauBeviale as a venue that strengthens our customer relations in the long term, encourages technical discussion and the transfer of knowledge and provides us with the perfect opportunity to present our innovations to a specialist public,” explains Dr. Johannes T. Grobe, CSO for the KHS Group. Particularly in challenging times such as the current corona pandemic, it is extremely important to maintain personal contact with business partners, he continues. “We continue to endeavor to be at our customers’ side as a partner they can depend on. Our taking part in the show this year underlines this all the more.”

A conscious decision has been made not to exhibit any machinery. “In doing so we’re adhering to the hygiene and social distancing rules currently in force and protecting our customers, business associates and employees,” is how Grobe justifies this move.

Numerous optimizations in filling technology
With its further developments for beverage cans KHS is meeting the growing market demand for this container segment. For instance, the KHS Innofill Can DVD can now fill beverages while they are warm. Another important upgrade is the new pneumatic lowering device for the centering bells that further boosts the standard of hygiene already inherent on the can filler. ‘Little brother’ Innofill Can C, on the other hand, has had its production capacity optimized. Instead of 5,000 to 15,000 cans an hour, the machine can now process up to 50,000 containers in the same time.

Furthermore, with its Innofill Glass platform KHS is expanding its portfolio for the filling of sensitive beverages such as beer and fruit juice. The long-tube filler is especially convincing here with its high degree of flexibility and modular design.

Digital systems prevent production loss
When social distancing and travel restrictions greatly hamper the maintenance and repair of machinery, creative solutions are called for. “With our comprehensive range of digital services we’re showing which efficient measures can help minimize downtimes and prevent production stops,” Grobe states. Thanks to its proven ReDiS remote diagnostic service and augmented reality service KHS also reliably helps its customers to remedy faults quickly and directly by remote access – without a KHS service engineer having to be on site. The digital monitoring of entire lines is just as smart, this made possible by the web-based Basic Line Monitoring software that assesses the line’s efficiency and pinpoints any possible errors. The German turnkey supplier also proves a reliable partner to its clients with its 24/7 Service HelpDesk. This is available round the clock for spare parts inquiries and to process any technical problems that might arise.

The KHS Group will be in Hall 7A at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 10 to 12, 2020.
(KHS GmbH)

Symrise brings customers and consumers closest to the source of vanilla from Madagascar

Symrise brings customers and consumers closest to the source of vanilla from Madagascar  (Company news)

- Ensuring the highest quality of vanilla and security of supply
- Creating certainty through a transparent, traceable value chain
- Strengthening local communities by sharing value with farmers, as we create enjoyment of great taste for our customers and their consumers

By bringing customers and consumers closest to the source, Symrise creates sustainable value for its value chain partners and particularly vanilla farmers. The local team is living and working year-round in the heart of the SAVA region where 80 % of the world’s vanilla is grown. Symrise nurtures direct partnerships with over 7,000 vanilla farmers in 84 villages. This brings growth and benefits to over 34,000 people in the vanilla communities as well as transparency, traceability, safety and much-needed security of supply to customers and consumers.

Closest to the Source
As the only company in its industry, Symrise maintains such a strong presence in the SAVA region. It engages with the vanilla farming communities on a daily basis. The company and its team work on securing the best quality vanilla through its continued investments in the region. Building meaningful and sustainable relationships with farmers puts Symrise and its customers closest to the source of vanilla. Symrise knows and respects the farmers, how they operate and what concerns them. The farmers in turn know and respect Symrise, and understand its need for quality vanilla. This collaboration adds transparency to the products’ origin and growing conditions, mitigates risk and provides certainty in a highly volatile and rapidly changing market.

This holistic approach of working directly with known and trusted farmers across the SAVA region in Madagascar and by owning the full transformation process from bean to flavor adds both precision and certainty. The approach benefits the food and beverage industry clients and consumers alike. They are increasingly looking for safe sources of ingredients that conform to the highest standards and come with a commitment to responsible production and consumption, thus contributing towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Quality and sustainability are becoming increasingly important to create healthy and resilient supply chains,” says Yannick Leen, Global Competence Director, Vanilla Symrise. ”Vanilla ranks high among our strategic raw materials. With its complete backward integration, Symrise brings clear benefits to its partners at all stages of the production process. The benefits stretch across the entire value chain, from the vanilla farmers and their local communities, through producers of foods and beverages, who receive premium vanilla for their products, to the consumers who appreciate the superior taste and quality of our products and reassured by the transparency with which they are sourced.”

Fully integrated value chain for quality, sustainability and risk mitigation
To bring customers and consumers closest to the source of premium vanilla, Symrise runs the complete transformation process from bean to extract. This includes the Symrise vanilla curing facility in Antalaha, Madagascar, where Symrise carefully produces vanilla beans according to the traditional curing process. The Symrise vanilla factory and research center in Benavony, Madagascar provides facilities for the extraction of vanilla and other materials carefully grown and harvested by partner farmers. The in-country facilities are unique and enable distillation of essential oils as well as vanilla extraction and a quality control laboratory for fast, local analysis according to international standards.

Closest to the source also means closest to communities
By going closest to the source, Symrise guarantees security of supply of high-quality vanilla to its customers and consumers, and it also brings significant benefits to the farming communities. The company’s activities empower farmers to better care for their environment and allows their communities to become more resilient for the future.

“We have implemented the sustainable development program in 2012 with the objective of securing supply, in terms of volume as well as quality”, says Alban Bonnet, Sustainable Development Manager in Madagascar. “From the very beginning, we have considered it key to create and maintain a trusting relationship with the farmers. What I love about this approach – I work directly with the farmers without any intermediaries. We move forward together, we improve together.”
(Symrise AG)

Returnable bottle for fritz-kola Brand

Returnable bottle for fritz-kola Brand  (Company news)

Ardagh Group has worked closely with fritz-kola to produce a new long-neck 200 ml flint bottle for its rebellious cola brand, created for the hospitality industry. Founded by two friends in Hamburg in 2003, fritz-kola was created to deliver a range of premium quality, great-tasting drinks in the most sustainable and responsible way. 100% recyclable, returnable and reusable glass packaging was the obvious choice to maintain the product’s quality and taste and is key to their sustainability strategy.

The new bottle has been designed to reflect the brand’s values. Ardagh worked with the design agency to bring their creativity to life with unique design features. These include embossing the message: ‘den wachen gehört die welt’ - ‘The world belongs to the awake’, referring to waking people up to making positive change in the world. The wording is embossed in reverse on the bottom of the bottle, which is then mirrored and revealed through the top of the empty bottle once the drink has been finished.

The bottle is designed to be returned and refilled up to 20 times, before being recycled. Mirco Wolf Wiegert, founder and CEO of fritz-kola explains: "In times of climate and resource protection, reusable glass is a priority for the people behind fritz-kola. Our new bottle will be more beautiful with every use in the next few years. Friction rings and scratches will tell the stories of every bottle that avoids disposal by being reused."

As a beverage manufacturer, fritz-kola takes care to work with regional suppliers and bottlers to keep their environmental footprint as small as possible. They are constantly developing ideas for re-using their bottles after drinking as well as encouraging consumers to return them for refill.
(Ardagh Glass Group plc)

Symrise Division Diana Food launches the first clean label, organic and Fair Trade ...

Symrise Division Diana Food launches the first clean label, organic and Fair Trade ...  (Company news)

...acerola powder

• Supports increasing consumer demand for clean and healthy ingredients
• Sourced from the highest quality raw material from Brazil
• First ingredient supplier to offer fair trade certified acerola powder

In response to increased consumer demand for natural and healthy products to support their well-being, Diana Food has announced the availability of clean label, organic, and Fair Trade certified acerola powder for nutritional products.

Diana Food has obtained the Fair Trade “Fair for Life” (FFL) certification, extending its range with a new, clean label, organic, and fair trade acerola powder that addresses the market’s need for immunity-boosting solutions, while adding environmental and social value to the product. Diana Food is the first ingredient supplier to offer Fair Trade certified acerola powder to the market. Suitable for tablets, beverages, and functional foods – as well as in savory or bakery for food preservation in some countries – this acerola powder contains a high level of antioxidants, is as clean as dried-on acacia fiber, and offers the distinctive benefits of FFL certification.

While consumer demand for natural and healthy products has been an ongoing trend, it has further accelerated due to an increased emphasis on wellness and clean living caused by the COVID19 pandemic. In the current dynamic, consumers are more and more likely to adopt preventive health behaviors, with immunity boosting cited as a major concern. According to Mintel, 35% of US consumers are motivated to purchase nutrition products or meal replacement drinks that support immune health.

Diana Food has spent the last twenty-plus years building and enhancing its expertise in sourcing acerola from Northeast Brazil. With its proximity to farmers and its team of in-house agronomists, Diana Food has established a strong foothold in the region, which is well known for the quality and efficacy of its acerola due to its native rich Vitamin C content.

Nuria Macias, Global Sustainability Manager at Diana Food, further explained that “Achieving Fair Trade certification is a serious accomplishment. It means that our company and our facilities have been audited by a third party for quality, traceability, food safety, social, and environmental performance. Our Fair Trade certification demands a long term engagement with our suppliers so acerola growers have the certainty that the projects they undertake will receive ongoing support from us in the long run.”

This certification will be submitted to FFL label auditors’ visits on a yearly basis to assess and control the positive impact of partnering with our growers on the product quality, the environment and the local community.

The launch of our new fair trade certified acerola powder represents a significant step forward in our sustainability approach, which is focused on delivering trust to our direct and non-direct stakeholders through high performing products that are clean labeled and respectful of both the environment and our community.
(Diana Food)

Certa pump proves ideal for yeast transfer at major independent brewery

Certa pump proves ideal for yeast transfer at major independent brewery  (Company news)

-Certa pump serves several tanks at Steam Whistle brewery in Canada
-High viscosity, low shear and low pulsation capabilities ideal for yeast transfer
-Further applications now being planned

Yeast is arguably the most important ingredient in the brewing process. This single-cell organism takes simple sugars such as glucose and maltose, and produces alcohol and carbon dioxide – the latter giving beers like Pilsners its essential fizz. With these thoughts in mind, when yeast is pumped around a brewery, the utmost care is required so as not to cause any damage that could degrade its effect.

One such brewery aware of this important fact is Steam Whistle, where a MasoSine Certa pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) is being put to good use. The Certa 100 was originally supplied to the Toronto-based brewery as part of a brewhouse designed by global leaders in brewing equipment Esau & Hueber. It has now been repositioned for use as a portable pump solution for the effective and reliable transfer of yeast.

By their inherent design, MasoSine Certa pumps do not damage the all-important yeast cell, improving the fermentation and therefore the overall quality and taste of the beer. Taste is very important with the consumer and provides breweries with their market differentiation. As a result, breweries require a process that ensures the overall taste does not change from barrel to barrel.
Steam Whistle story

Over the past two decades, Steam Whistle has grown from a dream hatched by the fireside into one of Canada’s largest and most loved independent breweries. Steam Whistle’s Pilsner is brewed at the historic John Street Roundhouse, near the base of Toronto’s famous CN Tower. The Roundhouse once served as Canadian Pacific Rail’s steam locomotive repair facility, powering the trains that helped pioneer the nation, and thus inspiring the brewery’s name.
As a point of note, Steam Whistle is one of the only remaining Pilsners in the world that still adheres to the strict standards of the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516. There is no corn syrup, no foam enhancers and no artificial preservatives; the company brews using only pure spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

The challenges of pumping yeast
There are certain challenges associated with the pumping of yeast. For instance, pumps should be low-shear types to prevent possible yeast damage. Here, MasoSine pumps supplied by WMFTG are proven to be very effective. Fortunately for Steam Whistle, one such pump was close to hand.

The three-vessel Esau & Hueber brew house on site at Steam Whistle offers a rate of 125 hl @ 12.0°P for wort treatment, water balance and CIP. Designed and engineered in accordance with ULc, CSA and TSSA-CRN regulations, the latest brew house technology is deployed to ensure optimum wort quality and efficiency.

Supplied as part of the brew house package, the MasoSine Certa 100 was seen as being useful for yeast transfer duties in other parts of the Steam Whistle brewery. With support from WMFTG Canada and Senior sales engineer Fabio Martino, who have worked together to deliver numerous successful process and flow solutions to Steam Whistle in the past, including the servicing of a Bredel hose pump, the highly efficient Certa 100 is now fully portable. Steam Whistle’s specially designed cart also features a variable frequency drive (VFD) to help optimise energy efficiency even further.

Low shear, low pulsation
At Steam Whistle, the pump is used to transfer viscous yeast from multiple tanks located around the brewery as and when required. This activity has been in progress for the past 18 months and is proving superior to using diaphragm pumps. For instance, the air consumption associated with diaphragm pumps is avoided, lowering energy consumption and cost. In addition, smooth, low shear pumping is assured, while cleaning and maintenance is far easier.

MasoSine Certa pumps are purpose-designed for low shear, superior viscous product handling with virtually no pulsation. Unlike traditional pumps with rotors that cut through the fluid, Certa’s sinusoidal rotor gently carries fluid through the pump to dramatically reduce shear, while reducing power consumption by up to 50% when transferring high viscosity substances such as yeast. Ideal for the food and beverage sector, Certa pumps offer EHEDG Type EL Class I and 3A aseptic certification as standard. The Certa 100 is the smallest in a range of seven pumps that offers flow rates to 99,000 l/h and pressures to 15 bar.

Further applications
Such has been the success of the Certa 100 for yeast transfer that it has now been identified for use in a further application at Steam Whistle, with viability assessments currently in progress.

Elsewhere at the company, a long-serving Bredel hose pump is being deployed as part of a diatomaceous earth (DE) process, a cost effective and flexible filtration technology used for clarifying beer. DE can be highly abrasive, for which Bredel hose pumps are ideally suited.
(Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group)

Yuengling, Molson Coors form joint venture to expand geographic footprint of Yuengling's beers

Yuengling, Molson Coors form joint venture to expand geographic footprint of Yuengling's beers  (Company news)

Molson Coors Beverage Company and D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. have formed a joint venture to oversee and execute the westward expansion of Yuengling beer into states beyond its existing 22-state footprint and New England, the two companies said lately.

The partnership will bring beers from America’s Oldest Brewery to millions more drinkers in 25 states outside its mostly East Coast distribution territory. Brands like Yuengling Traditional Lager, Black & Tan and Flight are expected to reach into new markets in the second half of 2021.

“Yuengling’s iconic beers are beloved by those who live in a state fortunate enough to have their brands and desired by those who are visiting. And just as was the case with a certain brand out of Golden, Colo., more than a few people have smuggled Yuengling across state lines in the trunk of their car. But soon, millions of fans won’t have to resort to such tactics,” said Gavin Hattersley, president and chief executive officer at Molson Coors.

“Our new partnership is a huge growth opportunity for Yuengling. It’s a huge growth opportunity for Molson Coors. And at the end of the day, we’re going to make a whole lot of Yuengling fans out west really happy,” he said.

The new entity will be governed by a six-member board of directors evenly split between Yuengling and Molson Coors family members and executives, with Yuengling holding the chairmanship. A leader for the new enterprise has not yet been named. Yuengling will retain the rights to its brands and trademarks and remain a family-owned business. Its existing 191-year-old company will operate separately from its joint venture with Molson Coors.

Under terms of the deal, Yuengling beers will be brewed and packaged in select Molson Coors’ breweries under Yuengling brewers’ supervision, and distributed into new markets — largely in the western half of the United States.

The pace of expansion is expected to be measured and methodical, following the disciplined and steady approach the company has followed for more than 190 years, said Wendy Yuengling, a sixth-generation family member and chief administrative officer of Pottsville, Pa.-based D.G. Yuengling & Son.

“We are excited to launch this partnership with the team at Molson Coors. Like Yuengling, Molson Coors has an established commitment to quality and rich history of family brewing excellence,” Wendy Yuengling said. “This partnership is a great opportunity for us to grow our distribution footprint for the long-term, while continuing to support our existing markets and the communities in which we operate.”

The additional capacity offered by Molson Coors breweries will allow for Yuengling to expand into additional states while continuing to operate its breweries in Pottsville, Pa., Mill Creek, Pa., and Tampa. The joint venture does not change Yuengling’s existing operations, breweries, family of employees, or distributor partnerships within its 22-state footprint.

“Fans can expect the same Yuengling recipes and great taste they have come to love for more than 190 years,” said Jennifer Yuengling, sixth-generation family member and vice president of operations of D.G. Yuengling & Son. “But remember, it took our company 190 years to open 22 states along the East Coast. This new venture will follow the same steady pace and discipline that has brought our family brewery success for all these years, opening one market at a time.”

For Molson Coors, the deal is the latest in a string of moves aimed to solidify and fortify its core of American lagers. Since embarking on a sweeping restructuring and revitalization plan late last year, the company has made several noteworthy moves, including taking a significant minority stake in non-alcohol beverage incubator and developer L.A. Libations; launching a slate of new products, including the top new beer innovation in 2020 and one of the fastest-growing hard seltzers in the U.S.; and a line of cannabis beverages in Canada via a joint venture called Truss; and new campaigns behind its biggest brands, Miller Lite and Coors Light.

Yuengling is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States. Established in rural Pennsylvania in 1829 by German immigrant David Yuengling, the company has grown to become America’s largest craft brewer, according to the Brewers Association definition.

Much of its growth has taken place under the watch of Dick Yuengling, who took over as president in 1985. Two years later, the brewery reintroduced an amber lager, Yuengling Traditional Lager, that has grown to become Yuengling’s flagship beer and accounts for the majority of the company’s sales.

To help meet growing demand for its beers along the East Coast and beyond, Yuengling would go on to add a brewery in Tampa in 1999 and a second production brewery in Mill Creek, Pa., which is near its home in Pottsville. It now ships more than 2.5 million barrels of beer annually.

The company’s new partnership with Molson Coors will allow it to continue marching west with distribution, and both companies are betting that pent-up demand beyond Yuengling’s existing footprint will be just as fruitful.

“There are millions of fans who regularly ask when they’ll be able to enjoy Yuengling’s great beers without having to hop on an airplane or smuggle them across state lines,” said Wendy Yuengling. “Launching this partnership will allow us to bring our portfolio of iconic American beer to even more consumers and markets.”
(Molson Coors Brewing Company)

Crown Holdings: Taking Sustainability to the Next Level with Twentyby30

Crown Holdings: Taking Sustainability to the Next Level with Twentyby30  (Company news)

Sustainability has always been a core aspect of our business—present in the products we make and the way we operate. Now, the launch of our new Twentyby30 program will accelerate our efforts across all three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, social and governance. Designed to address issues of critical global concern, Twentyby30 outlines 20 measurable goals to be achieved by 2030 or sooner, with each goal falling within one of the following pillars of action:

-Climate Action
-Resource Efficiency
-Optimum Circularity
-Working Together
-Never Compromise

With these focus areas, we are pledging to raise our global performance around energy, water, waste, material use efficiency, recycling, employee health and safety (EH&S), Diversity & Inclusion, responsible and ethical sourcing, food contact and chemical safety and other topics. All program pillars are underpinned by responsible governance and ethics, which guide every business decision we make.

Our strategy is based on several objectives, some of which include setting science-based targets around our greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations and our supply chain, transitioning to 100% renewable electricity and advancing the Circular Economy. The program’s goals also represent areas in which we feel we can make the greatest impact and reflect the priorities of our stakeholders, including customers, investors, communities and employees. Our priorities are also informed by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations so our actions can contribute to a greater collective impact.

The Twentyby30 objectives mark the next chapter of our sustainability journey. They will be measured against a 2019 baseline and involve many new initiatives for our global business. This sets the new Twentyby30 program apart from our first set of formal sustainability goals, which we are on track to meet by the end of 2020 as planned.

With this comprehensive new roadmap in place, we are ready to embark on a decade of meaningful progress against measurable targets. The ultimate goal? Maximizing our impact while reducing our footprint.

Achieving these goals will require us to evaluate all aspects of our operations and identify areas where we can enhance the efficiency of our products and processes and be a better steward of resources. While our goals are ambitious, we know our global team is up for the challenge.

We will report on performance annually through a combination of formal sustainability reports, third-party reporting standards including CDP and ESG ratings systems including Sustainalytics and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. These reports and other news will be available in the sustainability section of our Corporate website.

We are excited about the next phase of our sustainability journey and look forward to keeping you informed about our progress.
(Crown Holdings Inc.)

CO2 gas monitoring during the production of Ukrainian wheat beer

CO2 gas monitoring during the production of Ukrainian wheat beer   (Company news)

Reliable safety from CO2 poisoning and O2 deficiency by using gas sensors from MSR-Electronic.
The modern RADOMYSHL brewery, west of Kiev, ranks among the most famous in the Ukraine. Not least because of its gold medal success in the most prestigious beer competitions, the American World Beer Cup® and the European Brewing Industry International Awards in recent years.

In addition to Ukrainian wheat beer in the Bavarian weiss beer style with a total capacity of 2.3 million liters per year, the brewery also produces juices, nectar and kvass, the latter being mainly popular in the Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro and the Baltic States. Kvass is produced by fermentation of bread and is therefore also known as bread drink. It is comparable with malt beer and is now also known in Europe. Basically you need old bread or malt, rye flour as well as kvass yeast or sourdough to produce kvass.

Whether beer, juices or kvass - CO2 is generated in the fermentation process during the production of the entire beverage portfolio. Digital gas sensors and controllers from MSR-Electronic reliably monitor the air quality in the production rooms in order to warn and protect employees in the event of an increased carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration.

Properties and effect of carbon dioxide. CO2 is extremely dangerous and can be lethal in two ways: either by releasing carbon dioxide, which quickly leads to suffocation, or by the poison itself. The danger of poisoning starts at 0.5 Vol % of CO2, while a concentration of more than 10 Vol % can lead to death. Since carbon dioxide is one of the odourless and colourless gases, the danger is mostly only recognised when it is too late.

Use of exchangeable CO2 sensors with possible calibration on site.
For continuous monitoring of the ambient air for increased carbon dioxide concentrations, CO2 gas sensors from MSR-Electronic with a measuring range of 0-5 Vol % are used in breweries or wineries, beverage bottling plants or CO2 extinguishing systems in warehouses and production halls.

The infrared measuring principle with integrated temperature and drift compensation stands for highest accuracy, selectivity and reliability - despite a calibration interval of 5 years and the long lifetime of the sensor. The digital infrared sensor has a standard analog output (0) 4–20 mA or (0) 2–10 V DC and an RS-485 interface. Two 2 relays with adjustable switching thresholds are also possible. Calibration can be carried out by simply replacing the sensor cartridge or by using the integrated, convenient calibration routine directly at the system.
(MSR Electronic GmbH)

The Brewers of Europe elects new President

The Brewers of Europe elects new President  (Company news)

The Brewers of Europe has elected Mr Lasse Aho (photo), CEO of Olvi plc, as the new President of The Brewers of Europe, succeeding Mr Pavlos Photiades.

Addressing The Brewers of Europe General Assembly, Mr Aho said: “This is both an extremely proud and a very humbling moment for me, knowing that my brewing colleagues from across Europe are putting their trust in me to lead their European umbrella association. After five consecutive years of growth in the European beer market, these are no doubt very challenging times as Europe’s brewers seek to reconnect with their distribution chain and ultimately their consumers in the midst of a global pandemic. My ambition is to help guide Europe’s diverse family of brewers out of this crisis, embracing the Green Recovery that is essential to ensure a robust and sustainable future for beer in Europe. I wish to thank Pavlos for the magnificent job he has done in helping to ensure The Brewers of Europe is well prepared to play this role, at the service of brewers and the wider society.”

There are currently an estimated ten thousand breweries in Europe, a fascinating mix of world-leading multinationals, medium-sized national and regional companies, centuries-long established family brewers and up-and-coming new microbreweries. With one job in a brewery creating an additional sixteen jobs in the wider economy, beer creates around 2.3 million jobs, from the grain right through to the glass. Prior to the ongoing global pandemic and the weeks-long shutdown of hundreds of thousands of bars, restaurants and cafés, one in every three beers was consumed in Europe’s hospitality sector. With a safe and sustainable reopening imperative and most establishments either operating at limited capacity or even still closed, The Brewers of Europe is continuing its campaign for targeted support to be given to these social hubs that are key to Europe’s need to reconnect.

Reflecting on his tenure at the head of the association, Mr Photiades said: “Without the commitment of the National Associations, the beer companies and the Brussels secretariat, I would not have been able to equip you with such a positive report on the last four years for Europe’s brewers. And I am really grateful for this unique cooperation. The near doubling of the number of breweries presented not just a challenge but an opportunity to ensure The Brewers of Europe could feel like home for all of Europe’s breweries. This required not just reflection, but adaptation, with the first ever European Brewers’ Forum a direct product of that strategic review. Looking back, I can also only share The Brewers of Europe’s pride for its unprecedented ambition to label ingredients and nutrition information on all beers and I would like to express my gratitude to the European Commission for its encouragements and support on this crucial dossier. It has been an immense pleasure and honour to have served as President of The Brewers of Europe. Whilst I know very well the difficult, even existential, challenges facing many brewers at this time, I have every confidence that Lasse is the right person to take the association forward, to ensure a bright and sustainable future for Europe’s brewing sector.”
(The Brewers of Europe)

BrauBeviale 2020 - Special Edition: Extensive programme bolsters future viability of sector

BrauBeviale 2020 - Special Edition: Extensive programme bolsters future viability of sector  (Company news)

Lectures by experts on current trends and challenges, discussion rounds, tastings in the Craft Drinks Areas, competitions including the European Beer Star, and also the German Beer Sommeliers Championship: exhibitors and visitors can look forward to an extensive programme at the Special Edition of BrauBeviale, scheduled for 10 to 12 November this year. Six lecture stages in the exhibition halls – BrauBeviale@stage – will provide plenty of space for everything and will combine both in-person and online experiences. Many of the items on the programme contribute to the theme of the future viability of the sector. BrauBeviale@stage can also be enjoyed online.

BrauBeviale’s extensive supporting programme has always been a defining feature of the regular industry meeting. “Gathering together, sharing knowledge, taking ideas home: recent months have shown there is a particular need in this area, and this has also been regularly drawn to our attention in our exchanges,” comments Andrea Kalrait, Executive Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse GmbH. “To meet this need and boost the dialogue in the beverage industry, we have worked with our partners to expand our supporting programme even further. The BrauBeviale Special Edition now offers six theme stages, and the sector is keen to use this platform to incorporate events that have previously taken place either before or after the main fair, such as the Export Forum German Beverages, as part of the fair itself.” This is precisely the context in which the key theme of the current BrauBeviale Triple, the future viability of the beverage industry, will play a particular role in the programme.

Craft Drinks Areas: Trends from every segment
In recent years, the Craft Drinks Area at BrauBeviale has become established as the preferred meeting place for trend scouts and people just wanting to learn more. This is the place for sampling inspiring products from the fields of beer, spirits, water, juices and non-alcoholic drinks. A smart and safe approach has been adopted to enable the extensive sampling to continue at this year’s Special Edition. Each of the three halls will have its own Craft Drinks Area covering all beverage segments. Following a short registration process, visitors can take a seat in the closed-off area, where the bartender will serve them with the tasting glasses. An exciting feature this year is that the tasting will come with digital support. A scan with the smartphone will put tasting notices, introductions and product info at the visitors’ fingertips – or they can opt to be inspired with no preconceptions!

Further highlights for the beer sector in particular include brau@home, the German Beer Sommeliers Championship, and the Beer-cross-thinker workshop. brau@home pays tribute to the growing trend among home and hobby brewers, offering lectures, information, opportunities to interact and practical hints and tips: the live brewing demonstration gives ambitious hobby brewers the chance to look into the brewing copper – while being sure to observe all the distancing rules, of course. Also on show will be the winning beer from this year’s hobby brewer competition in association with Maisel&Friends: the American Pale Ale “Hoptimism” by the hobby brewer Christoph Wolfrum. Taste, knowledge and strength of presentation are the key ingredients for up-and-coming beer sommeliers, which will be put to the test at the German Beer Sommeliers Championship, organized at the BrauBeviale Special Edition by the Doemens Academy. For the first time, both the semi-final and the final will be held in Nuremberg. Visitors can enjoy the finalists’ presentations on the Award Stage. The Beer-cross-thinker workshop, a regular event organized by the Romeis Institute, Private Brauereien Bayern and publishing house Fachverlag Hans Carl as media partner, will also be hosted at BrauBeviale for the first time this year. On Day 3 of the fair, participants can explore future opportunities offered by innovative and unique products on the Special Interest Stage.

Outstanding: European Beer Star in 70 categories
Since it was established by Private Brauereien in 2004, the European Beer Star has had its home at BrauBeviale, and has grown to be one of the world’s most important beer competitions. This coveted award will be presented once again in 2020 at the BrauBeviale Special Edition. Before the prizes are awarded, visitors will have the opportunity on Day 1 of the fair to assess all the gold-medal beers in a blind tasting session and pick the gold, silver and bronze winners for the Consumers’ Favourite award. Day 2 (11 November) is when the major award ceremony takes place in the Exhibition Centre. Visitors can share the excitement of the event either directly on-site or digitally via live transmission on the Award Stage.

BrauBeviale@stage: the sector’s leading thinkers on six stages
Center Stage, Exhibition Stage, Craft Beverages and brau@home Stage, Technology Stage, Special Interest Stage and Award Stage – there will be a lot to choose from. And many other items on the agenda will also consider the future viability and market opportunities for the beverage industry. Right on Day 1 of the fair, the Center Stage will host discussion on the Hot Topic of "The Corona Disruption and its consequences for the beverage industry". And on a similar theme, the Marketing Forum held by K&A BrandResearch on the same day will hazard a look into the future: “Drinks after the crisis: what will surprise people?” The Expert Forum German Beverages, previously positioned the day before BrauBeviale and part of the regular programme of the fair for the first time this year, will look at the “New normality in foreign trade”. And the lecture session on Italian Affairs will cast a special look at the market situation in Italy.

Further lectures and panel sessions will be held by Private Brauereien Bayern, the honorary sponsor of BrauBeviale, and other partners including VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based brewing teaching and training institute; Bayern Design; the Federal Association of German Beverage Wholesalers (Bundesverband des Deutschen Getränkefachgrosshandels); the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut); the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie, BVE); SGS Fresenius and many more. In addition to the themes mentioned, the on-stage events will also cover topics such as sustainability, energy management and raw materials. The main focus for the last day of the fair will once again be on training and professional development, with information and contacts on the Center Stage for new talents and young professionals under the banner of #workforbeverages.

BrauBeviale will take place as a Special Edition at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 10 to 12 November 2020. This special edition will observe all applicable hygiene standards and thus provide both visitors and exhibitors with a safe platform to meet, network and do business. Interested visitors can obtain their ticket for this edition – online only – from The digital dialogue platform “” ( will also launch in parallel with the adapted event structure in the Exhibition Centre. Among its various functions, the digital platform will bring together the analogue and digital worlds and make parts of the programme available online.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Start-up GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to launch innovative plant-based protein shakes

Start-up GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to launch innovative plant-based protein shakes  (Company news)

London-based GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to turn its innovative concept idea for a 100% natural range of plant-based protein shakes, aimed at health-conscious mobile consumers, into a commercial reality.

GROUNDED reached out to SIG for support in getting its all-natural plant-based shakes, with cocoa and plant protein, ready for market. As there is almost no start-up company that will be able to invest in its own production plant from the beginning, GROUNDED benefits from the outstanding capabilities in SIG's combiLab as well as the sponsorship of the SIGCUBATOR – SIG’s accelerator program for start-ups with innovative and promising product concepts. Working in close collaboration, SIG took GROUNDED’s initial idea on a ‘consumer-centric’ journey, from testing prototypes in its test centre in Germany, through to a successful launch to market this month.

As part of the process, the perfect packaging solution for the plant-based protein shakes was also found: SIG’s unique carton bottle combidome 500ml. Standing out from the crowd with an eye-catching design for modern, sustainable on-the-go consumption, combidome is mainly made from paperboard from the renewable raw material of wood.

Gabriel Bean, Founder at GROUNDED: “Just one small idea can change an entire industry and we identified a gap in the market for a clean, genuinely natural, plant-based shake – with no compromise on natural ingredients and packaging. We spent 6+ months sourcing the right packaging that aligned with our values, and we found the perfect fit in SIG’s combidome. It’s sustainability story and unique shape makes it the perfect option for our range. Beyond the carton, the team & people at SIG were just as aligned on values, and we couldn’t have found a better partnership with which to launch these products. They supported us all the way, from our first contact with their UK team, through to their exceptional combiLab operation in Germany. We look forward to continuing our partnership here with such professionals in their field.”

GROUNDED and other forward-thinking start-ups benefit from the outstanding capabilities at combiLab, which has three main focuses: conceptual and marketing support; advice and test-fillings in the laboratory and pilot plant areas; and added services such as additional product tests.

Anna Rabanus, Global Category Manager at SIG: “Start-ups such as GROUNDED are increasingly driving industry innovation and value creation, with differentiated product ideas for the mobile generation. We’re keen to identify and engage with them at an early stage to foster successful partnerships and maximize potential. We learn from each other and gain fresh perspective, while our expert team empower start-up businesses to take advantage of the advice and facilities on offer. The likeminded team at GROUNDED shares our vision for delivering food and beverage products that excite and improve people’s lives, in a sustainably packaged way.”

GROUNDED’s innovative 100% natural plant-based protein shakes, packed in combidome 500ml and filled at SIG’s combiLab, were launched online this month at and world-renowned retailer Selfridges. They will also be launching in Planet Organic in the coming weeks, as well as building out both UK and European distribution points. The partnership with GROUNDED will continue post-launch, as SIG’s extensive global co-packing network will help to define GROUNDED’s future route-to-market.

This innovative partnership leverages the potential of SIG’s Product Innovation and Differentiation platform – a drive to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy the ever-changing needs of consumers.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

UNITED CAPS Issues Interim Sustainability Report

UNITED CAPS Issues Interim Sustainability Report  (Company news)

“We didn’t inherit the planet from our parents. It is on loan from our children.”

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, recently issued an interim sustainability report outlining its sustainability targets and how its sustainability strategies inform all of its efforts, from the plant to the consumer’s hand. The update outlines priorities, and progress against them, through 2025.

“Everything that bears our name comes with our commitment to always act ethically, create products responsibility, maintain respectful workplaces, invest in communities and be good stewards of the environment,” said Benoit Henckes (photo), CEO of UNITED CAPS. “In this report, we provide updates to our sustainability strategies, our progress toward our long-term targets, and much more. Sustainability is in our DNA and so is transparency. We will continue to build on all of the programs outlined in this update, continuing our focus on being close to customers by delivering caps and closures that enable Total Packaging Solutions in a sustainable way.”

To ensure maximum focus on its sustainability targets, UNITED CAPS has appointed a Sustainability Leader from the executive team to oversee the development of goal setting and attainment in order to meet current needs without compromising the future in every aspect of the production and value chain. Rony Van Regenmortel, Chief Project Officer for UNITED CAPS, who will be filling this role, has vast experience across nearly all parts of the UNITED CAPS organisation over 35 years.

The company has established sustainability targets in two broad areas: environment and product responsibility as outlined below, with the goal of achieving them by 2025 or earlier.

o Reduce electricity consumption to 1,7 kWh/kg.
o Reduce final/ultimate waste by 30% versus 2017.
o Reduce the percent of plastic waste to 3%.
o Use minimum of two kilotons of bio-based resins in 2020.
o Establish five projects with post-consumer resin (PCR) in collaboration with customers.

·Product Responsibility
o Validate backup components for all major products/customers.
o Ensure 100% of products are recyclable by 2025.
o Evaluate 80% of all products with respect to light weighting by 2022 to optimise resin consumption.

“UNITED CAPS has already made progress against these targets as outlined in the report,” Henckes continued. “This includes successfully lowering energy consumption across our factories by 10% over the last three years, recycling 85% of production waste, and achieving a 30% reduction in waste compared to 2017. We have also reduced our own carbon footprint by 14% in the last three years, and we are using no oil or gas heating in our facilities by capturing the heat created by chillers and compressors. We are quite pleased with these results, but we also know there is much more that needs to be done. The entire UNITED CAPS team is dedicated to ensuring we meet or exceed our stated sustainability targets.”

A key effort UNITED CAPS engaged in that demonstrates this dedication was its response to the European Union directive on Single Use Plastic. Henckes stated, “In early 2018, UNITED CAPS quickly determined that challenges presented by this proposed Directive faced an entire industry and required solutions from across the whole industry. Whilst others adopted a more negative, disruptive approach to the proposed Directive, UNITED CAPS worked with like-minded organisations from throughout the supply chain to form the Association for Closure Tethering (ACT) Group. We developed superior tethered closures for a changing planet, the product of supreme collaboration, born ready to deliver maximum compliance with minimum disruption. This is just one example of our out-of-the-box thinking relative to the way we conduct our business, especially as it relates to protecting the planet.”
(United Caps)

Smurfit Kappa's Vitop tap surges past the 5 billion mark

Smurfit Kappa's Vitop tap surges past the 5 billion mark  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company and leading provider of innovative Bag-in-Box packaging solutions, has seen volumes of its Vitop® tap pass the five billion mark. The Vitop® tap forms an integral part of the Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box range, a collection of sustainable packaging solutions for liquid and semi-liquid products.

The Bag-in-Box products have a low carbon footprint throughout the lifecycle of the packaging due to the efficient use of materials and resources. There has been a series of sustainable innovations made to the product range to date including a reduction in film thickness for the bags and the introduction of a more compact Vitop® tap. A dedicated Bag-in-Box Circular Economy Team is also exploring further product innovations including the introduction of bio-based raw materials.

First designed in 1989 and produced at the Smurfit Kappa state-of-the-art facility in Alessandria, Italy, the Vitop® tap has revolutionised Bag-in-Box packaging through a combination of its tamper-proof design and high oxygen barrier that significantly contributes to extend product freshness and shelf life. Combining science, design and convenience, its success is also partly due to the fact that it is extremely easy to use.

Smurfit Kappa has seen a significant rise in demand for its Bag-in-Box products in recent years. While initially used primarily for wines, the Bag-in-Box portfolio has been extended to include solutions for a wide range of food products including fruit juice, water, dairy produce, olive oil and also non-food products such as detergent and motor oil.

Didier Pontcharraud, CEO of Vitop commented: “The success of our Vitop® taps has evolved and grown over time since its invention in 1989. Since then we have continued to develop the design, driven the product innovation and we are continually exploring new materials and technologies.

“By using the experience and expertise of our nine Bag-in-Box plants across Europe and the Americas, we are making a product with outstanding performance; it’s this in turn that has resulted in an incredible five billion Vitop® taps being produced, something as a team we are all extremely proud of.”
(Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Italia srl)

The leadership duo as the company management of WILCO AG

The leadership duo as the company management of WILCO AG  (Company news)

WILCO AG completes the company management. Since 1 September, Mr. Marco Samà has strengthened the management of WILCO AG in Wohlen. The 45-year-old, native of the Zurich Oberlanders, takes over the commercial area and, with Dr. Uwe Bräuning, forms the new management duo of the Swiss machine manufacturer for leak testing and visual inspection.

Since September 1, 2020, Marco Samà completes the management of WILCO AG in Wohlen. Together with Dr. Uwe Bräuning he forms the new management team. In order to support the sustainable growth strategy of WILCO AG, Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Hagen Gehringer has strengthened the management of the company. With this step, "Our goal is to make WILCO even more efficient, customer-oriented, responsive and innovative", explains Dr. Hagen Gehringer.

Marco Samà, as Managing Director, will be in charge of the commercial departments with the focus on sales, finance, HR, IT and after sales. Dr. Uwe Bräuning ,as Managing Director, will be responsible for the technical areas with a focus on Research & Development, Engineering and Production.

Marco Samà completed his studies in economics at the University of Zurich and holds an MBA in Economics and Finance. He worked for several years in the field of company acquisitions and most recently held various management positions both for large companies and start-ups. "We are convinced that his skills and experience make him the ideal addition to our management team and will lead WILCO AG successfully into the future together with Dr. Uwe Bräuning," stated Dr. Hagen Gehringer.

Dr. Uwe Bräuning and Marco Samà will be available to customers, partners and suppliers for questions and suggestions. They are looking forward to their contact.
(Wilco AG)

Feldmuehle strengthens Management

Feldmuehle strengthens Management   (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully completed the restructuring process, that began in 2018, in January 2020.

In addition to various structural process improvements, the extensive restructuring measures have also significantly strengthened Feldmuehle's financial resilience to external unplanned incidents.

The company result in 2020 has been above plan in all planning references - especially in terms of operating result and cash flow - since the beginning of the year despite the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

During the restructuring phase Feldmuehle GmbH was led by the Managing Directors Heiner Kayser and Steffen Liebich.

In August 2020, the company's shareholders appointed Bernd Weber to the Management with sole power of representation. As the company's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bernd Weber is responsible for Accounting, IT, Human Resources and Treasury.

The Management of Feldmuehle GmbH expects latent consolidation pressure in the market medium and long termed with simultaneously increasing pressure to innovate on the product side and has aligned its strategic business planning accordingly.

By appointing Bernd Weber to the Management, the Management's ability to act and communication with our financial partners will be significantly strengthened.

Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen is one of the leading manufacturers of label and flexible packaging papers.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)


France: France’s more than 2,000 independent brewers offer an astonishing ...  (

... range of flavours

With more than 2,000 independent brewers, France is the European leader in the business of craft beer, with an astonishing range of flavours available. The industry uses raw materials like stale bread and coffee grounds, and is to be found in the most unlikely places, RFI reported on September 5.

What would you say to a glass of Phoenix? A dark brown brew based on stale bread (from a top-class local baker) and coffee pulp from a Peruvian blender just around the corner.

Or an Alabama, light brown with its own hint of coffee? Or prune beer? Perhaps one based on black wheat from Brittany?

Don't rush – there are over 300 different styles of craft beer to choose from, all of them produced by French enthusiasts who have decided to reject the standardised product offered by the big multinational brewers.

"I don't know how anyone can drink IPA," Pascale, a frequent visitor to the tiny Goutte d'Or brewery in the northern Paris neighbourhood, told Journal du Dimanche, referring to the hop-heavy India Pale Ale style.

Another customer agrees that it's hard to return to commercially brewed beer once you've tried the output of the microbreweries. "There's less sugar. You can taste the ingredients, the grains, the spices... It's a bit more expensive, but it's well worth it!"

The Goutte d'Or has reported a 20 percent increase in volume of sales every year since opening in 2012.

Beer consumption has been declining in France for the past three decades. In the 1980s, there were fewer than 30 operational breweries for the whole country.

Pale beer with a low alcohol content became the norm, with huge companies like Heineken and Kronenbourg dominating the market.

That domination is far from over, with craft beer accounting for just 7 percent of French sales last year. But the big companies are clearly worried, buying out many small breweries and launching their own so-called "craft" products in an effort to attract an increasingly demanding population of drinkers.

And the brewers are making efforts to interest the French restaurant sector in their remarkably varied range of flavours.

"Young chefs are now finding ways of blending their flavours with those of the brewers," says French beer specialist Hervé Marziou. "A pale ale with hints of citrus goes very well with seafood, and you can't beat a fine brown beer with a caramel fondant."


New Zealand: Beer sales data shows NZ$200 mln loss to pubs due to Covid-19  (

An analysis of the latest beer sales data in New Zealand has revealed a revenue hole of NZ$200 mln for bars, pubs and restaurants caused by the COVID closures, the Australian Brews News reported on September 7.

Combining information from Stats NZ and Nielsen Scan shows on-premise beer sales dropped significantly in first half of 2020 but the slack for brewers was to some extent picked up by sales in supermarkets and bottle stores.

The data shows that craft beer sales have bounced back from an initial Covid-19 kick and there was also a small lift in classic styles as Kiwis moved their drinking from the pub to the home.

Stats NZ data shows that, for the first six months of 2020, total beer available for consumption was 125.2 million litres. The was down 8 mln litres on the same period last year when 133.3 mln litres was available for consumption.

Overlaying Nielsen Scantrack data for the same periods shows a big uplift in grocery sales to compensate for pubs being closed, and then while working on reduced patronage from March to late May.

Beer volume in grocery (supermarkets and bottle stores) for the first half of 2020 totalled 105.5 million litres compared with 96 million litres in 2019, a jump of 9.4 per cent in the pandemic window.

The numbers mean the damage to on-premise sales thanks to Covid-19 was a decline of around 16 million litres – a revenue hole of NZ$200 mln for bars, pubs and restaurants. Given craft makes up about 30 per cent of on-premise sales, it means a production drop of around 5 million litres of beer in that sector.

The figures mirror the situation in Australia where this week the Australian Hotels Association (Victoria) suggested hotels were losing NZ$2000 a day due to continued lockdowns.

Craft also suffered a heavy blow at the start of lockdown when supermarkets were forced to reduce the range of alcohol they supplied to keep their under-pressure supply chains operating. During a period when Kiwis indulged in some panic buying, preference was given to bigger brands.

The good news for New Zealand’s smaller breweries is that despite craft sales dipping when New Zealand moved to Level 4 lockdown in late March, there was a strong bounce back when things settled down in April and May. Nielsen scan data shows craft sales jumped 20 per cent in the 13 week period until the end of June.

That bounce-back allowed craft to maintain its recent annual growth of around 12 to 13 per cent, with sales up 14 per cent in the first six months of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

What Nielsen calls “classic” beer – everything from Steinlager to Tui, Speight’s and DB Export – grew 5 per cent in the first half of 2020, well ahead of its recent performance. Much of this growth was attributed to mainstream drinkers being forced to shift their consumption from the pub to home.

There was also a period where alternative choices were limited.

The real winner in the period – and continuing its recent star status – were beers in the “lighter” section, specifically low carb options. This sector jumped a massive 39 per cent in the six-month pandemic period, up from around 7m litres to 10m litres.

There was a spike of 50 per cent in the 13 weeks to end of June. Overall, this light beer category is not far behind craft in total sales.

International lager grew 7.7 per cent in the period.

The only loser in the first half of 2020 was flavoured beer which fell 4.4 per cent.

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