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Slovakia: Slovaks prefer beer to wine, research shows  (

More than one third of Slovaks (38 percent) tend to call themselves beer-drinkers instead of wine-drinkers (26 percent). The most popular is 10 percent bale beer but non-alcoholic beer and radlers are gaining popularity, as the research for the Slovak Association of Beer and Malt Producers showed.

Slovaks mainly drink beer containing alcohol. About 72 percent drink it at least once a week, more men (86 percent) than women (58 percent).

The research also showed that Slovaks prefer draught beer (44 percent) and pale 10-degree beer (44 percent).

Women prefer small draught beer (45 percent) more and more than three-fourths of men drink draught beer (84 percent). In addition to pale beer (36 percent) women like non-alcoholic beer (37 percent).

Slovak favourites also include radler, flavoured beers and non-alcoholic beer. About 56 percent of Slovaks drink flavoured beers and radlers at least once a week (60 percent of women and 51 percent of men) and 51 percent Slovaks drink non-alcoholic beer, more women (58 percent) than men (43 percent).

About 38 percent of Slovaks consider themselves to be beer drinkers more than wine drinkers (26 percent). About 16 percent of respondents do not consider themselves beer or wine drinkers, and 20 percent do not consume beer or wine.

The average Slovak drinks 72 litres of beer a year, which amounts to 144 so-called large beers.

“The increase of beer consumption could also be due to the drinking of non-alcoholic beer and radlers,” said Jana Shepperd, president of the Slovak Association of Beer and Malt Producers, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

“These variants of beer are becoming a more frequent alternative for those who drive or do sports,” she added for TASR.


South Korea: Hite Jinro to release its first new lager in six years  (

Hite Jinro said on March 13 it will release its first new lager brand in six years next week, the Korea Times reported.

The sub-brand dubbed Terra will hit domestic store shelves on March 21. The product is designed to provide a more "refreshing taste" compared to other beers already on the market.

Fine dust concentration in Korea has caused rising consumer demand for light, pure tastes in beer, according to Hite Jinro.

Terra will be marketed toward customers interested in health and wellness. Beer contains carbonic acid that forms naturally during the fermentation process.

At a press conference for unveiling Terra, CEO and President Kim In-kyu said the blonde lager brand will sharpen Hite Jinro's brand identity and restore its profitability.

"For the last few years, we were hurt by consumers' changing tastes and elevated competition with foreign beer competitors," Kim said. "The teams have worked intensively on creating Terra to revive the sales and attract customers back."

Hite Jinro, whose flagship brands include Hite beer and Chamisul Soju, said the new product has a soft, delicate maltiness with 4.6 percent alcohol content.

The product, priced the same as conventional beer, will be sold in green bottles to promote a more refreshing, pure brand image. The company added a twirl design on the bottle with an aim to make a splash in the beer industry.

"We tried to generate the best-tasting, highest-quality beer by differentiating every aspect ― from brew style to packaging," said Oh Sung-tak, marketing director of Hite Jinro. "Our target audiences would be men and women from the age of 19, but our prime target is millennials who have clear consumption habits and can generate buzz."

Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints new Head of Marketing, Sales and Production Planning...

Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints new Head of Marketing, Sales and Production Planning...  (Company news)

... at Group level

The Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding Ltd has appointed Evan Williams (photo) as the new Group-wide Head of Marketing, Sales and Production Planning with effect from 1 June 2019. He will also become a member of the Management Board.

Evan Williams, aged 52, holds a Bsc Honours graduate in business administration and applied psychology at Aston University in Birmingham UK. Born in the UK, Williams also holds an Executive MBA from Ashridge Hult International Business School. A strong negotiator, over the past 25 years, his professional focus has been glass packaging: working for O-I Europe, he headed up the marketing and sales areas across various regions and categories. His most recent position saw him assume responsibility for global cross-functional key account teams. Williams adopts a strategic and target-oriented approach and is well acquainted with the area of production planning.

Marcello Montisci, the current Head of Marketing, Sales and Production Planning, has already reduced his employment level by 50 percent at the end of February. Prior to his well-deserved retirement at the end of 2019, he will continue to be available to Vetropack Group for special projects.
(Vetropack AG)

Beviale Moscow 2019: Renewed growth and upbeat mood at Eastern Europe's trade show...

Beviale Moscow 2019: Renewed growth and upbeat mood at Eastern Europe's trade show...   (Beviale Moscow)

... for the entire beverage chain

-Exhibitor and visitor numbers and display area larger than ever
-Positive mood among all participants reflects market potential
-Supporting programme with topics from and for the industry

For the fourth time, from 19 to 21 February 2019, Beviale Moscow offered players from the Eastern European beverage industry a central platform at Moscow’s Crocus Expo. The around 6,200 trade visitors (some 5,300 in 2018) from 47 countries were in good spirits and showed a keen interest in the 164 exhibitors (146 in 2018). The trade fair for the beverage industry pursues a holistic approach and covers the entire process chain from manufacture to marketing. This year it was bigger than ever.

Following the successful event, Thimo Holst, Project Manager Beviale Moscow, voiced his satisfaction with the KPIs: “With this fourth round, Beviale Moscow has once again taken a significant step forward. It has grown even more and is bigger than ever this year!” But it is not just the size that matters. “We are delighted that despite the somewhat more difficult market conditions, more and more exhibitors are recognising and wanting to tap into the significant, undisputed potential of the Russian and Eastern European beverage industry.” This was also reflected in the many exhibition stands displaying numerous exhibits and in some cases large installations. “The good mood at the venue underscores the positive and connective nature of Beviale Moscow,” adds Holst. Some 97 percent of the exhibitors polled were satisfied with their participation in the event.

Beer, pivo – the amber nectar at its best
Beer and brewing was a key topic once again this year. The official
presentation of the Russian beer prize ROSGLAVPIVO, which was
launched at Beviale Moscow 2017 by the Barley, Malt and Beer Union in
collaboration with Private Brauereien Deutschland e. V., is set to become a
tradition on the first day of the fair. 80 breweries entered 300 different beers into the competition, that is almost twice as many as in the previous year.

The gold, silver and bronze awards were awarded in 24 categories. For
more about ROSGLAVPIVO and a list of the 2019 winners go to: The established CRAFT DRINKS CORNER, which partnered once again this year with the Association of Beer and Beverage Market to showcase the diversity of hand-crafted beverages, was well frequented. Visitors were able to taste the latest types of beer from 20 breweries and also learned about the special features of each brewing process and the manufacture of craft drinks in general. The three-day VLB Seminar for Microbrewers, which is organised by VLB, the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing and took place parallel to the trade fair for the fourth time, also focused on hand-crafted beer and specific technological and qualitative aspects of the brewing process.

Wine, soft drinks, beverage packaging – other highlights in the
supporting programme
From suitable raw ingredients and custom technologies to efficient packaging, logistics or creative marketing ideas: with its holistic approach, the trade fair offers solutions for all segments. For example, at the Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing, various wineries provided insights into cultivation, production, bottling and marketing. Each day, a different Russian wine region took centre stage: the Taman peninsula, Crimea, Dagestan. The Pavilion was organised in partnership with leading players in the Russian wine market: Union of Russian Winemakers, Simple Wine and imVino. The conference programme explored various topics including the criteria for quality wine. Another seminar focused on the statutory regulations for alcoholic drinks and discussed how the legislation can be complied with but also improved. On the topic of soft drinks, presented by the Union of Producers of Soft Drinks and Mineral Water, six speakers gave interesting talks on trends and prospects for the soft drinks market. In the Packaging Innovation Zone, the trade fair partnered with PETnology to provide visitors with food for thought, background information and proposed solutions for drinks packaging. The World Packaging Organisation also participated in the Packaging Innovation Zone. The conference programme included discussions on the future of PET, labelling and sustainable packaging.

Outlook for 2020
Project Manager Thimo Holst is already looking forward to the next round of
Beviale Moscow: “Again we already have some ideas up our sleeve for
further developing the event and aligning the concept holistically to the local beverage industry. We will now use the rest of the year to work on taking the next step forward in 2020. The next Beviale Moscow will take place in spring 2020. The exact dates will be announced as soon as possible.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

ENGEL at Plastimagen 2019

ENGEL at Plastimagen 2019  (Company news)

The ENGEL e-cap stands for maximum efficiency combined with the best-in-class product quality. At Plastimagen 2019 from 2nd to 5th April in Mexico City, the all-electric injection moulding machine will be demonstrating its high performance under genuine production conditions. An e-cap 740/160 with 1,600 kN clamping force will be producing 28 mm PCO 1881 caps for carbonated soft drinks (CSD). Another focus of the ENGEL trade fair stand in hall D is the new opportunities that digitalisation and networking are opening up for plastics processors and how they can be easily leveraged.

Photo: Maximum output with minimum energy consumption: the all-electric e-cap injection moulding machine will be producing 28 mm caps at Plastimagen 2019.

Available with clamping forces from 1,100 to 4,200 kN, the ENGEL e-cap is the only cap machine on the market providing all-electric operation in the high clamping force range. This makes it the most energy-efficient machine in its class at the same time.

A 24-cavity mould by Austrian mould maker HTW will be used at the Plastimagen. The processed material is a PEHD by Borealis (Vienna, Austria) at a shot weight of 2 grams per cavity. The peripheral units on display will include a dry air system by Eisbär (Austria). "By precisely matching the injection moulding machine, the material, the mould and the peripheral systems from the outset, we can leverage efficiency potentials to a maximum and further reduce energy consumption," as the Managing Director of ENGEL de Mexico in Querétaro, Peter Auinger, points out. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solutions provider, ENGEL, headquartered in Austria, delivers fully-integrated and automated manufacturing cells from a single source, worldwide. This also increases efficiency in project planning and after-sales service. "Our customers have just one central contact," Auinger explains. "As the general contractor, we have the overall responsibility, also for system components that we implement in collaboration with partners."

Minimum cycle times, maximum quality
ENGEL has adapted the e-cap series specifically to the requirements of beverage cap production. The high-performance machine achieves particularly short cycle times for the individual cap types. At less than 2 seconds, the shortest cycle times are achieved in the manufacture of lightweight caps for still water. For CSD caps, cycle times vary depending on the cap type. At Plastimagen, the e-cap will achieve a cycle time of 3.7 seconds for 28 mm PCO 1881 caps.

In addition to energy efficiency and productivity, precision and process stability are decisive factors when selecting a cap machine. “Caps have reached their lightweighting minimum in terms of geometry," says Auinger. "This means that they place higher requirements than ever in terms of the injection moulding machine's precision and repeatability." High-performance servo direct drives are responsible for the outstanding process stability of the e-cap injection moulding machine. They ensure the required plasticising capacity and the highest possible number of good parts even when high-strength HDPE materials are used with an MFI of below 1 g/10 min.

Self-optimising machine
inject 4.0 is the second focus at the ENGEL stand in Mexico City. "Our customers are increasingly leveraging the potential of digitalisation and connectivity," as Auinger reports. There is great demand for intelligent assistance systems that enable the injection moulding machine to continuously self-optimise during the on-going process. iQ weight control, for example, analyses the pressure profile during injection and compares the measured values with a reference cycle. The injection profile, switchover point and the holding pressure profile are adjusted to the current conditions for each individual shot, which keeps the injected volume constant during the entire production run. Fluctuations in the raw material and ambient conditions are thus compensated for before rejects are produced. "iQ assistance systems are often the first step on the way to becoming a smart factory," says Auinger. "The modular structure of the inject 4.0 program makes it easy to get started with individual, smaller solutions and then build on this to further develop the digitalisation strategy in line with needs." Other assistance systems that ENGEL will be presenting in Expert Corners during the fair are iQ clamp control for automatic determination of the optimum clamping force and iQ flow control for dynamically controlled multiple-circuit temperature control.

Enhancing machine availability
The challenge in maintaining and servicing injection moulding machines is to guarantee high availability while at the same time reducing costs. And again inject 4.0 opens up new opportunities for this. The e-connect.monitor condition monitoring solution makes it possible to check the condition of process-critical machine components during operation and reliably predict their remaining service life. In this way, unplanned downtimes can be avoided and the working life of the components fully utilised. Four modules are currently available, for plasticising screws, ball screws in high-performance electric machines such as the ENGEL e-cap, fixed displacement pumps in servo-hydraulic injection moulding machines and for hydraulic oil.

All ENGEL service products – in addition to e-connect.monitor, for example, e-connect.24 for 24/7 online support – are integrated into ENGEL's e-connect customer portal. At any time and anywhere, it provides an overview of the machine status, the condition of the monitored machine components, the processing status of service and support orders and the prices and availability of spare parts. In this way, the portal simplifies and accelerates communication between processors and the supplier, ENGEL. The associated app keeps the plant operator up to date, even if they are currently at a completely different location.

MES for newcomers and advanced users
At Plastimagen, ENGEL will also be presenting smart connectivity solutions for linking injection moulding machines and production cells within the enterprise. TIG authentig, the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) by ENGEL subsidiary TIG (Rankweil, Austria) is tailored to the specific requirements of the injection moulding industry down to the last detail. It ensures transparency in order to, for example, utilise the total capacity of the machines or correlate productivity indicators and economic objectives. The new products that TIG will be presenting in Mexico include the TIG 2go dashboard solution, which is particularly suitable for entering the MES world, and the TIG big data high-performance analysis platform for networking machinery around the globe in a central cockpit.

Present in Mexico for more than 20 years
ENGEL opened its own sales and service subsidiary in Mexico in 1996. In 2010, the Mexico City facility relocated to Querétaro and was substantially extended in the process. In Central Mexico ENGEL has its own technical centre and spare parts warehouse. To further reinforce customer proximity, ENGEL is opening a second location in the Monterrey region in the north of the country at the end of February 2019. All told, ENGEL employs some 70 staff in Mexico.

ENGEL at Plastimagen 2019: hall D, stand 514
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Limited edition Game of Thrones® - inspired Single Malt Whisky collection has arrived

Limited edition Game of Thrones® - inspired Single Malt Whisky collection has arrived  (Company news)

Ahead of the highly-anticipated return of Game of Thrones this April, we can raise a glass to the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection as it officially hits stores across certain European countries.

To celebrate the eighth and final season of the critically-acclaimed TV series, Game of Thrones, Diageo and HBO have released a limited-edition collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. The collection features eight scotch whiskies, each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

Diageo’s unparalleled diverse range of distilleries in Scotland, much like in Westeros, each have their own unique characteristics and produce a distinctive whisky representative of its local terroir. These similarities were the inspiration behind the collection, drawing an authentic storyline between each House and single malt pairing.

Commenting on the launch, Pedro Mendonca, Global Reserve Marketing & Malts Director, said:
“We’re excited that the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection will be hitting shelves in more countries around the world. We are always trying to find fun and interesting ways to introduce our scotch portfolio and what better way than partnering with Game of Thrones, one of the most successful TV series ever created. We are thrilled to be celebrating the final season of the show by toasting with whiskies that authentically pay homage to some of the greatest characters and houses.”

Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing & Retail at HBO, said:
“Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows around the globe, so we’re thrilled to be able to give fans in so many countries the chance to celebrate the final season with these fantastic whiskies. Whether they’re choosing allegiance to a House or collecting the whole range, there’s a wonderful diversity of the utmost quality thanks to Diageo’s unparalleled Scotch distilleries.”

Included within the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection are the following:
-Game of Thrones House Stark – Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost
-Game of Thrones House Tully – Singleton of Glendullan Select
-Game of Thrones House Targaryen – Cardhu Gold Reserve
-Game of Thrones House Lannister – Lagavulin 9 Year Old
-Game of Thrones The Night’s Watch – Oban Bay Reserve
-Game of Thrones House Greyjoy – Talisker Select Reserve
-Game of Thrones House Baratheon – Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
-Game of Thrones House Tyrell – Clynelish Reserve

The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection joins White Walker by Johnnie Walker another limited-edition whisky in celebration of the hit TV series. Unveiled in October, White Walker by Johnnie Walker is inspired by the most enigmatic and feared characters on Game of Thrones - the White Walkers.
(Diageo plc)

Scotch Whisky exports on the up in 2018

Scotch Whisky exports on the up in 2018  (Company news)

Official figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed a strong year for Scotch Whisky exports in 2018, with global growth by both value and volume.

In 2018, the export value of Scotch Whisky grew +7.8% by value, to a record £4.70bn. The number of 70cl bottles exported also reached record levels growing to the equivalent of 1.28bn, up +3.6%.

The United States became the first billion pound export market for Scotch Whisky, growing to £1.04bn last year. The EU remains the largest region for exports, accounting for 30% of global value and 36% of global volume.

Blended Scotch Whisky underlined its position as the bedrock of the industry with global exports of £3.04bn. There was further growth in exports of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, growing by 11.3% in 2018 to £1.30bn.

Commenting on the figures, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association Karen Betts said:
"2018 was another year of strong export growth for Scotch Whisky, attesting to its enduring popularity in different countries and among cultures right across the world. Quite simply, Scotch Whisky remains the whisky everyone wants to drink.

"These figures underscore strength of the Scotch Whisky category, which has continued to grow despite the challenges posed by Brexit and by tensions in the global trading system.

"A key driver for global growth is the growing market for premium spirits. Scotch Whisky is in a great position to take advantage of this given its unrivalled reputation for quality, authenticity and provenance.

"However, the industry does not take continued growth for granted. We operate in a competitive global marketplace and so a competitive business environment in Scotland and across the UK is vital to Scotch Whisky's success.

"For Scotch, that means fair and balanced regulation and taxes, including excise duty, to give distillers the confidence to invest in future growth. We also want to see the UK and EU agree to an open and positive future relationship, which delivers frictionless trade with the EU, and the UK to secure ambitious trading relationships with key markets around the world.

"In that context, it is important to our industry, as to many others, that the UK does not leave the EU without a deal at the end of March. We are urging the government and Parliamentarians to work together constructively and pragmatically to ensure that an agreement is reached as quickly as possible."
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)




SIG, a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging, announces its entry into the Indian market, with Kandhari Beverage being the first SIG customer on the economically rapidly growing subcontinent.

Kandhari Beverage will offer their popular mango drink brand ‘Maaza Refresh’ in combiblocXSlim carton packs (125 and 150 ml). SIG's solutions offer manufacturers a high degree of flexibility and the opportunity to bring new and exciting products to the Indian market.

Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG: "We work in partnership with our customers to bring food products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way – now also in India. We are convinced that with our portfolio of solutions, we can now help food and beverage manufacturers in India to offer consumers the perfect product and packaging solution, while boosting sales and company growth".

With almost 1.3 billion people, India is the most populous country on earth. According to OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027, India is the largest milk producer in the world with around 20 percent of global production. At the same time, consumption of non-carbonated soft drinks is rising fast.

Commenting on the market entry into India, Vandana Tandan, Country Manager India at SIG India says: "Young, middle-class urban consumers are shaping the demand for modern products in India and are thus changing the requirements of the food and beverage industry. Healthy, nutritious, and high quality beverages, that are conveniently packaged to be enjoyed on the go, are increasingly in demand. With SIG's product and packaging solutions, manufacturers have significantly more flexibility and scope to meet these requirements. In particular, our drinksplus solution and the volume flexibility of SIG’s filling machines make it possible for food and beverage manufacturers to create completely new product segments. There will be products on the market that have never been seen before in India."

Kandhari Beverage Ltd., a bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company India, is the first company to provide innovation and product differentiation in the Indian market using SIG's solutions. Kandhari Beverage has opted for a SIG high-performance filling machine CFA 1224-36 with drinksplus option, suitable for aseptically filling combiblocXSlim in up to nine different volumes ranging from 80 to 200 ml. The first product in India now available in carton packs from SIG is Maaza Refresh 125 and 150 ml.

SIG’s flexible packaging solution allows brands the ability to produce different pack sizes on the same filling machine to cater to different audiences. This also allows brands to introduce basic products for consumers with lower incomes and premium products for people with higher incomes, using the same manufacturing set-up. On a single filling machine, the package size can be flexibly adapted to consumers’ volatile purchasing power, allowing brands to operate at crucial price points. With SIG’s drinksplus option, the manufacturer can include value-adding extras such as real fruit or vegetable pieces, nuts or cereal grains to beverages in carton packs, with no preservatives.

Angela Huang, Head of New Markets for Asia Pacific, says: "Beverages with real fruit bits, dry fruits, nuts or cereals will be new experience for the Indian market. SIG’s convenient and innovative drinksplus solution enables our customers to expand their existing product portfolio and attract new consumer groups. That's a good basis for growth."

SIG is constantly innovating and introducing relevant new products such as microwaveable aseptic carton packs or the first paper straw solution in the beverage carton industry.

In the area of Product Innovation & Differentiation, SIG is a strong partner for beverage and food manufacturers. Alongside Smart Factory and Connected Pack, it is one of the pillars of value creation in the SIG Value Proposition.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

ENGEL at Plástico Brasil 2019

ENGEL at Plástico Brasil 2019  (Company news)

ENGEL is making its customers more competitive with reliable, flexible and efficient machines and automation from a single source. At Plástico Brasil 2019 from 25th to 29th March in São Paulo, Brazil, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system expert headquartered in Austria will be demonstrating what this can look like in practice with two sophisticated applications from the fields of packaging and technical moulding. It will be clearly demonstrated how digitalisation, and machine and system networking can unlock even more efficiency and quality potential.

Photo: ENGEL has consistently equipped its all-electric ENGEL e-motion injection moulding machine for high-performance operation with injection speeds of more than 500 mm per second.

Packaging: Thin-wall with IML in 2.2 seconds
Flexibility and high performance play the main roles in ENGEL's packaging exhibition space at Plástico Brasil 2019. An ENGEL e-motion 440/160 will be used to produce polypropylene ice cream cups using thin-wall technology in a 4-cavity mould with a total shot weight of 14.8 grams. Thanks to in-mould labelling (IML), the cups are ready-to-fill when they leave the integrated production cell. The cycle time is 2.2 seconds.

Two main factors are responsible for the high efficiency and economy of the production process. On the one hand, in-mould labelling makes it possible to change the decor without interrupting production. Even with very small batch sizes, this guarantees the lowest unit costs. On the other hand, ENGEL has consistently geared its all-electric ENGEL e-motion injection moulding machine for high-performance operation with injection speeds of more than 500 mm per second. The closed system for the toggle lever and spindle ensures optimum and clean lubrication of all moving machine components; the e-motion thus meets the strict purity requirements not only of the food industry, but also of the cosmetics, medical technology and pharmaceutical industries.

ENGEL is implementing this exhibit together with partners. The mould is provided by SIMON from Saint-Lupicin, France. BECK automation (Oberengstringen, Switzerland) is responsible for the IML automation. The labels come from Verstraete in Maldegem, Belgium, and the polypropylene from Borealis, who are headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

30 years of ENGEL tie-bar-less technology
Compact manufacturing cells, efficient automation and fast set-up processes: with their fully usable platen areas and free access to the mould area, tie-bar-less injection moulding machines fulfil the need for high efficiency and cost-effectiveness in production in a particularly good way. To mark the start of the 30th anniversary of ENGEL tie-bar-less technology, the machine manufacturer is presenting a tie-bar-less victory 1060/220 injection moulding machine at Plástico Brasil 2019, on which technical parts are produced in a multi-cavity mould. With its tie-bar-less technology, ENGEL still has a unique selling proposition today.

Barrier-free access to the mould area makes it possible to fully utilise the mould mounting platens up to the edges. This means that large, bulky moulds can be mounted on relatively small machines. This translates into efficiency factor, especially when multi-cavity moulds are used. Multi-cavity moulds, although large, require relatively little clamping force for the precise moulding of fairly small component surfaces. Where a tie-bar-less injection machine is deployed, therefore, the machine size is determined not by mould volume, but by the clamping force required for the moulding process. Thanks to tie-bar-less technology, much smaller injection moulding machines can be used for many applications; this keeps investment and operating costs low while facilitating compact manufacturing cells.

The patented force divider in the tie-bar-less clamping unit enables the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould exactly parallel while clamping force is building up, and ensures that the applied force is evenly distributed across the whole surface. This means both outer and inner cavities are kept closed with precisely identical force, which leads to extremely consistent wall thicknesses. Even where very low viscosity materials such as liquid silicone rubber (LSR) are used, flash is reliably prevented.

Other advantages of tie-bar-less clamping units include improved ergonomics, mould set-up time savings and highly efficient automation concepts. The robots have maximum freedom of motion and unrestricted access to the mould area from the side, thus reducing the handling times. In São Paulo ENGEL is demonstrating this with a viper linear robot.

inject 4.0: compensating for process fluctuations before rejects are produced
A third topic for ENGEL at Plástico Brasil is inject 4.0. ENGEL already offers a range of mature products and solutions for the digitalisation and connectivity of manufacturing processes, and new ones are constantly being added. The modular approach of ENGEL's inject 4.0 program makes it particularly easy for processors to take advantage of the new opportunities that industry 4.0 opens up. Even small-scale individual solutions promise considerable benefits. As an example, ENGEL will be presenting its iQ weight control assistance system in São Paulo. During the injection process, the software analyses the pressure profile in real time and compares the measured values with a reference cycle. Individually for each shot, the injection profile, switchover point and the holding pressure profile are automatically adapted to current conditions and the injected melt volume is kept consistent throughout the whole production operation. In this way, fluctuations in environmental conditions and in raw materials are automatically recognised and readjusted before even a single reject is produced.

ENGEL at Plástico Brasil 2019: stand E242
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Robinsons Fruit Creations launches exclusive price-marked packs to the convenience channel

Robinsons Fruit Creations launches exclusive price-marked packs to the convenience channel   (Company news)

Britvic is officially launching Robinsons Fruit Creations in the convenience and wholesale channels, following the product’s ongoing success within the grocery sector. To celebrate and support the rollout, price-marked packs (PMPs) will be exclusively available at £1.99 per 1-litre bottle, supported by special trade offers to support the launch.

Photo: Robinsons Fruit Creations Orange & Mango

With twice the fruit content of regular squash, and some great interesting flavours, it’s the perfect everyday premium option for adults that’s worth paying a little bit more for.

Robinsons Fruit Creations is already worth over £20 million in retail sales value, making it the biggest soft drinks launch of 20181 and already a must stock for retailers. The Robinsons Creations PMP will sit alongside the core Robinsons range as a great option for shoppers looking for something different. It will also help retailers to drive more value into the squash category by encouraging shoppers to trade up. The product’s popularity among consumers has already been proven and resulted in it winning Product of the Year 2019 in the UK’s biggest Consumer Survey of Product Innovation for the Soft Drinks category2. Over 10,000 shoppers vote annually to crown the winning products in each category to earn the red seal of approval.

Trystan Farnworth, Commercial Director, Convenience and Impulse at Britvic, comments, “The Product of the Year accolade just further cements what an incredible launch Robinsons Creations was within the soft drinks category, and just how successful it has been across the past year. The launch of the price-marked packs comes at the perfect time as the range is back on TV until March, meaning the product is front of mind for shoppers.

Robinsons Fruit Creations £1.99 PMPs will be available exclusively to convenience retailers now across the 1L Orange & Mango and Peach & Raspberry flavours. Alongside this, the Robinsons core range also has a new price-mark deal of 2 for £2.50 within the channel running across the 900ml Apple & Blackcurrant, Orange & Pineapple, Tropical, Orange and Summer Fruits flavours.
(Britvic Plc)

Natura Life goes aseptic

Natura Life goes aseptic  (Company news)

Elopak has taken another step forward in sustainable packaging by introducing an aseptic Pure-Pak® carton with Natural Brown Board, Natura Life by Stora Enso.

The launch of the aseptic carton follows the first Pure-Pak® carton with Natural Brown Board for fresh products introduced a year before. The aseptic carton expands the use of natural brown board for packaging products outside the cold chain.

The development and testing of the aseptic Pure-Pak® cartons was completed in record time during 2018. The first cartons were launched with Zumosol in Spain, and a further three customers have already started supply. The aseptic packaging enables UHT milk products, ambient juices and drinks, plus developing categories such as plant based beverages (like soy, nut, or grain based), become more sustainable, authentic and naturally different.

Natural brown wood fibre is renewable material that gives an authentic look and visible fibre structure for the carton. It has one layer less than usual, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint and reduced weight that makes this carton a sustainable choice that meets the demands for ethical, ecological and organic products. The product is fully recyclable through the existing collection, sorting and recycling facilities, is FSC certified (license code FSC™ C081801), and Elopak has chosen to add Carbon Neutral certification as a standard for this product.

"The CO2 emissions of the packaging material are neutralised using selected, certified climate protection projects outside our value chain, enabling our customers to further increase the environmental benefits of their packaging", says Paul Sweeting, Director Strategic Marketing and Product Management at Elopak.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

SIG reports strong growth and cash generation

SIG reports strong growth and cash generation  (Company news)

Full year 2018 highlights
• Core revenue up 6.4% at constant currencies to EUR1.64bn
• Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 27.5%
• Significant increase in adjusted net income to EUR149m (2017: EUR106m)
• Strong cash flow generation: adjusted free cash flow EUR257m (2017: EUR202m)
• Proposed dividend of CHF 0.35 per share to be paid from capital contribution reserves

Rolf Stangl (photo), CEO of SIG, said: "In 2018 we successfully continued our growth strategy and achieved core revenue growth of 6.4% at constant currencies, slightly exceeding our target range of 4-6%. We saw growth across our global footprint and are reaping the rewards of our steady expansion into markets outside Europe, where growth in aseptic carton packaging is being driven by mega-trends including demographics, rising disposable income and urbanisation. The Asia Pacific region in particular delivered a strong performance during the year, with robust growth in the liquid dairy segment and growing demand for premium products.
"Our broad international presence continues to provide us with promising growth opportunities. These opportunities come with exposure to currency fluctuations, which in 2018 dampened growth in adjusted EBITDA. At constant currencies, adjusted EBITDA increased by 8%. The adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 27.5%, reflecting a positive business mix and ongoing cost efficiency measures. We achieved a significant increase in adjusted free cash flow, while continuing to expand our filler base in growth markets. The cash generative nature of our business underpins our intended mid-term dividend payout ratio of 50-60% of adjusted net income. For 2018, we are proposing a Swiss franc dividend payout in 2019 equivalent to around EUR100m."

Business Performance
Core revenue rose by 6.4% at constant currencies (+3.4% at reported rates), which was ahead of the target range of 4 - 6%. Growth was driven in particular by the Asia Pacific region which, after an exceptional first half, continued to show good momentum throughout the second half. Sales in EMEA were lower owing to instability in some Middle Eastern markets, which affected sales to the joint venture there, more than offsetting underlying growth in the European business. The Americas achieved growth at constant exchange rates despite political and economic uncertainty in Brazil in the second half.
Total revenue increased by 0.7% at reported rates. Total revenue includes sales of laminated board to the Middle East joint venture, which ceased in the second quarter of the year as part of our internal supply chain strategy, and sales of folding box board to third parties, which will be phased out.

Adjusted EBITDA
At constant currencies, adjusted EBITDA increased by 8%. At reported rates, adjusted EBITDA was 1% higher. The adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 27.5% despite the negative impact from currencies, notably the Brazilian Real, as well as higher raw material costs. The improvement reflects strong top line growth, production efficiencies and lower SG&A costs following the launch of combismile in 2017. In addition, the opening of a new regional Tech Center in China is allowing the company to conduct R&D closer to the market at a lower cost. Significant savings have also been achieved by locating a Business Service Center in Romania, amongst other re-organization measures.

Adjusted net income and earnings per share
Adjusted net income increased from EUR106 million in 2017 to EUR149 million in 2018. Adjusted earnings per share were EUR0.62 compared with EUR0.49 in 2017.
On a pro forma basis, adjusting for the reduction in interest expense post IPO and related tax effects, net income increased from EUR198 million to EUR213 million in 2018. Pro forma adjusted earnings per share were EUR0.66 compared with EUR0.62 in 2017.

Capital expenditure
Gross capital expenditure was EUR214 million in 2018. Net capital expenditure (net capex), after deduction of upfront cash for fillers received from customers, was EUR143 million compared with EUR164 million in 2017, which was a year of high filler investments.
The ratio of net capex to revenue was reduced from 9.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018. The adjusted EBITDA less net capex margin increased from 17.5% in 2017 to 19.0% in 2018.

Adjusted free cash flow
Adjusted free cash flow increased from EUR202 million in 2017 to EUR257 million in 2018, reflecting an increase in net cash from operating activities, including a positive contribution from net working capital. Cash conversion increased from 64% in 2017 to 69% in 2018.
Adjusted free cash flow per share was EUR0.80 per share compared with EUR0.63 in 2017.

Dividend distribution payable out of capital contribution reserves
The Board of Directors proposes a distribution out of capital contribution reserves of CHF 0.35 per registered share in cash for the 2018 financial year. The payment of the cash distribution is scheduled for 25 April, 2019.

2019 outlook
Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG, said: "For 2019, we are targeting core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currencies. We also target an adjusted EBITDA margin of 27 - 28%, taking account of a lower dividend payment by our Middle East joint venture in view of the challenging conditions in some of its markets. Net capital expenditure is forecast to be in the range of 8 -10% of revenue and we expect to generate substantial free cash flow.
"In the mid-term we expect our business to continue to demonstrate its resilience. This is underpinned by our exposure to non-discretionary consumption of food and beverages, our ongoing expansion in growth markets and the excellent environmental profile of our products. We maintain our medium-term targets of core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currencies and an adjusted EBITDA margin of around 29 percent. Net capital expenditure is expected to remain within the 8 -10% of revenue range. We plan a dividend payout ratio of 50 - 60% of adjusted net income for years after 2018, while reducing net leverage towards 2x."
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Dairy Free Options Dominate Plant-Based Surge

Dairy Free Options Dominate Plant-Based Surge  (Company news)

The arrival of alternatives for almost everything in food and beverages has been driven by a number of factors, but health remains the leading reason. According to Innova Market Insights, 1 in 2 US consumers reportthat health is a reason for buying alternatives to meat or dairy, compared with 36% who cite variety in their diets, 18% who are interested in novelty and 17% in sustainability.

Alternatives to All is one of Innova Market Insights’ Top Trends for 2019, reflecting the rise of replacement foods and ingredients. Dairy alternatives have benefited particularly from this, with 18% average annual growth in food and beverage dairy free launches (Global, CAGR 2014-2018). Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights reports, “More consumers are adoptingvegan or lactose free diets, while others are turning to plant-based foods for other perceived healthbenefits. In thewestern world, in particular, the market is evolving rapidly and has diversified beyond dairy alternative drinks to include alternatives to yogurt, cheese and ice cream, while at the same time, the range of ingredients used to replace milk continues to expand and advance.”

NPD in dairy alternatives has been increasing across the board, with double-digit CAGRs in launch numbers between 2013 and 2018. The market was largely pioneered by and continues to be led by beverages, with dairy alternative drinks accounting for over 7.6% of global dairy launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in 2018. Spoonable non-dairy yogurt has also seen strongly rising levels of interest, but from a smaller base, taking its share of dairy launches from less than 0.5% in 2012 to 1.7% in 2018.

In the move to offer something new, an increasing variety of non-soy plant-based ingredients are appearing, including cereals such as rice, oats, and barley. We are also seeing an increase in nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, and macadamias, as well as coconut and more unusual options such as lupin, hemp, and flaxseed.

Dairy alternatives are thriving across North America and Western Europe but positioning and formulation choices can vary from country to country and national knowledge remains vital to development. For example, some countries are increasingly influenced by a rise in veganism, while others are still driven primarily by lactose concerns.

Williams concludes,“Product choice has never been so diverse and innovators are continuing to deliver more complex, convenient and indulgent options. Key opportunities include the use of a wider range of plant-based ingredients, greater segmentation with the more mainstream, and the development of more indulgent options, while one of the key challenges may be improving sustainability credentials in some instances”.
(Innova Market Insights)

Pernod Ricard: FY19 Half-year Sales and Results

Pernod Ricard: FY19 Half-year Sales and Results  (Company news)




Sales for H1 FY19 totalled €5,185m, with organic growth of +7.8% and reported growth of +5.0%, due to negative FX.

Growth continued to be dynamic, thanks to the consistent implementation of the medium-term growth and operational excellence roadmap:
-good diversified growth
-strong price / mix, in particular on the Strategic International Brands
-positive impact of earlier Chinese New Year⁵ which will unwind in H2
-significant progress on FY16-20 Operational Excellence roadmap: expectation is to complete €200m P&L savings by end June 2019, one year ahead of plan

Strong dynamism reflected consistent long-term investment:
-Americas: robust growth +4%, with USA growing broadly in line with market
-Asia-Rest of World: strong acceleration +16%, thanks to China and India (with both markets further enhanced by technical factors5) and Africa Middle-East
-Europe: stable overall, with continued momentum in Eastern Europe but contrasted performance in Western Europe

Very strong performance across portfolio, with strong price/mix at +2.3%:
-Strategic International Brands: +10%, strong growth driven by Martell, Jameson, Scotch, Gin and Champagne and very good price/mix effect (+5.9%)
-Strategic Local Brands: +11%, acceleration thanks to Seagram’s Indian whiskies (including positive pricing)
-Specialty Brands: +11% with very strong growth of Lillet, Monkey 47 and Altos
-Strategic Wines: -8%, due to implementation of value strategy and high comparison basis on Campo Viejo (+23% in H1 FY18.)

Q2 Sales were €2,798m, with +5.6% organic growth (+3.2% reported), following a Q1 that was enhanced by phasing and the comparison base.

H2 growth is expected to moderate due to Martell sustainable growth management, wholesaler inventory optimisation in USA and a commercial dispute in France and Germany.

H1 FY19 PRO¹ was €1,654m, with organic growth of +12.8% and +10.6% reported. For full-year FY19, the FX impact on PRO is estimated at c. +€30m⁵.

The H1 organic PRO margin was up very significantly, by +148bps, thanks to:
-Very strong topline growth
-Gross margin expansion +71bps, partially favoured by earlier CNY
---improved pricing driven by Martell, Seagram’s Indian Whiskies, Chivas, Jameson and Perrier-Jouët
---negative mix impact due to acceleration of Seagram’s Indian Whiskies, although their margin is improving
---COGS inflationary pressure mostly offset by Operational excellence initiatives
-A&P: +5% with reduction in A&P ratio due to H1/H2 phasing
-Structure cost discipline: +5%.

H2 margin to be softer due to managing Martell growth sustainability, finished goods’ inventory optimisation in USA and A&P phasing.

The H1 FY19 corporate income tax rate on recurring items was c.25%; the rate is expected at c. 26% for full-year FY19.

Group share of Net PRO¹ was €1,105m, +11% reported vs. H1 FY18, thanks mainly to excellent improvement in PRO.

Group share of Net profit was €1,023m, -11% reported vs. H1 FY18, despite excellent improvement in PRO due to lapping positive non-recurring items in H1 FY18 (one-off Scotch bulk sale, tax reimbursement and re-evaluation of deferred tax pursuant to the USA tax reform.)

Free Cash Flow was €585m, in decline vs. H1 FY18, due to positive non-recurring one-offs in H1 FY18.

Net debt decreased by €152m vs. H1 FY18 to €7,223m at 31 December 2018 despite the €93m increase in the dividend payment. The Net Debt/EBITDA ratio at average rates³ was down significantly to 2.6x at 31 December 2018.

The average cost of debt was 3.8% for H1 FY19 and expected at c. 3.9% for full year FY19.

“Transform & Accelerate” started in FY19 with the objective of embedding dynamic growth and improving operational leverage, in line with the objective of maximising long term value creation.

FY19-21 ambition:
- +4% to +7% topline growth, leveraging key competitive advantages and consistent investment behind key priorities
- focus on pricing and building on operational excellence initiatives, with new plan aiming at delivering additional savings of €100m by FY21
- strong A&P investment, maintained at c.16% of Sales, with careful arbitration to support must-win brands and markets while stimulating innovation
- discipline on Structure costs, investing in priorities while maintaining agile organisation, with growth below topline growth rates
- Operating leverage of c.50-60 bps, provided topline is in +4 to +7% bracket.

-progressively increase dividend distribution to c. 50% of Net profit from Recurring Operations by FY20 (NB FY18 dividend at 41%)
-commitment to active portfolio management and value-creating M&A while retaining investment grade rating.

As part of this communication, Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, declared,:
"H1 FY19, the first semester of our new Transform & Accelerate 3-year plan, was very strong. While enhanced by phasing, it confirms the acceleration of our growth, resulting from our long-term investment strategy. For full year FY19, in an environment that remains uncertain, we aim to continue dynamic and diversified growth across our regions and brands. By the end of June 2019, we will have completed our operational excellence plan announced in 2016, delivering €200m of P&L savings one year ahead of plan. We are increasing our guidance for FY19 organic growth in Profit from Recurring Operations to between +6% and +8% while improving operating leverage by c. 50bps. We will continue to roll out our strategic plan, focused on investing for sustainable and profitable long-term growth."
(Groupe Pernod Ricard)

Verallia 2018 annual Results - Continued operating improvements leading to EBITDA growth and ...

Verallia 2018 annual Results - Continued operating improvements leading to EBITDA growth and ...  (Company news)

...further deleveraging

Highlights of the year
-Reported revenue of €2,416 million in 2018
-Solid 5.7% revenue growth at constant foreign exchange rates and excluding IFRS15 impact
-Meaningful adjusted EBITDA growth at €544 million, i.e. +7.8% year-on-year (14.4%at constant foreign exchange rates)
-Adjusted EBITDA margin expansion reaching 22.5%, up 210 bps compared to 2017, up 150 bps excluding IFRS15
-Further deleveraging at 3.1x adjusted EBITDA through positive operating cash flow generation of €301 million and good level of cash conversion at 58.6%

Reported revenue is down 2.3% year-on-year. However, at constant exchange rates and excluding IFRS15, Verallia posted a solid 5.7% growth between 2017 and 2018. This growth was driven by volume/mix improvement, supported by selling price increases necessary to mitigate rising energy costs and other inflationary impacts.
-In Europe, reported revenue decreased by -0.3% but increased by 3.8% year-on-year excluding exchange rates and IFRS15 impact. Growth was driven by volume/mix improvement and higher selling prices in all countries.
-In South America, reported revenue decreased by -17.1% due to the negative foreign exchange rate variations essentially coming from Argentina. At constant exchange rates and excluding IFRS15, the growth is compelling at 19.1% led by a good level of activity, notably in Brazil, as well as higher selling prices (consequence of a high inflationary environment mainly in Argentina).

Adjusted EBITDA, at €544 million, was up significantly by 7.8% (14.4% at constant exchange rates), driven by a combination of robust revenue growth and continuous reduction of the cost base despite rising energy costs.
-In Europe, adjusted EBITDA, at €467 million, increased by 11.1% (11.8% at constant exchange rates). Performance in Europe was driven by overall improvements in revenues and increased productivity at plant level.
-In South America, adjusted EBITDA decreased from €84 million to €77 million between 2017 and 2018 (-8.4%). This is the consequence of the negative currency conversion impact from the very significant depreciation of the Argentinean Peso and to a lesser extent of the Brazilian Real. However, at constant exchange rates, South America delivered a compelling 27.9% adjusted EBITDA increase, supported by a good level of activity in Brazil, selling price increases to mitigate high inflation as well as overall improvement of Verallia’s manufacturing performance.

Operating cash flow was strong and reached €301 million compared to €328 million in 2017. This minor decrease compared to prior year is essentially due to a slight increase in operating working capital primarily driven by higher inventories during the second half of the year.

Verallia has been pursuing its deleveraging effort. Net debt over last 12 months was reduced by €141 million to €1,708 million and adjusted EBITDA leverage reached 3.1x at end of year 2018, compared to 3.7x at end of year 2017.

2018 strategic initiatives
On May 3rd, Verallia Italy has sold Alver, its Algerian subsidiary. On October 26th, Verallia has successfully completed the sale of its minority stake in the IVN joint venture (Brazilian company named “Indústria Vidreira do Nordeste”).

“2018 has been a very good year for Verallia with improvements in the service provided to our customers and stronger productivity. This joint effort in sales contribution and costs base reduction has enabled a solid increase in adjusted EBITDA both in value and in margin. We expect continuing improvements in 2019.” commented Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Verallia.

For 2019, Verallia expects further top-line growth and margin expansion, in spite of the challenges that the glass packaging industry may face due to (i) rising energy and raw material costs; and (ii) potential macro-economic and geopolitical uncertainties, in particular in South America. Despite these headwinds, Verallia continues to roll-out its strategy which translates into the following objectives (*): (i) positive organic sales growth and adjusted EBITDA increase; (ii) additional adjusted EBITDA margin expansion; (iii) disciplined capex spending with recurring capex amount around €200 million (ca. 8% of revenue) and (iv) stronger cash flow generation.
(Verallia Packaging SAS)

Bühler appoints Mark Macus as new CFO effective September 1, 2019

Bühler appoints Mark Macus as new CFO effective September 1, 2019  (Company news)

Andreas Herzog (61), who has held the CFO position for 17 years, will retire for age reasons effective September 1, 2019. His successor is Mark Macus (47, photo), who was employed at Bühler before for five years and who currently serves as CFO of the Vitra Group.

Andreas Herzog has made a substantial contribution to professionalizing and globalizing the financial organization of Bühler. “Withdrawing from the CFO position of Bühler after 17 years is an emotional moment for me. Bühler is a unique organization, in which the family spirit is still alive. But the company must renew itself permanently, and this also impacts my own function,” says Andreas Herzog. In the future, Herzog plans to devote his time and energy to various board mandates and to supporting Bühler in its efforts to develop new business models and its commitment to start-ups. “We thank Andy cordially for his untiring and passionate commitment, to which Bühler owes much of its success,” says Chairman of the Board Calvin Grieder.

Mark Macus will take charge of the CFO function of Bühler effective September 1, 2019. Aged 47, married and a father of three, Mark Macus holds a PhD degree (Dr. oec HSG) from the University of St. Gallen and is a certified auditor. Following his education at the University of St. Gallen and the Wharton School, he worked for six years at KPMG, was employed for three years in corporate controlling of the Holcim Group, and headed the corporate controlling unit of Bühler for five years. He has been the CFO of the Vitra Group in Birsfelden, Switzerland, since April 2018. “Mark Macus is the ideal successor for us,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber. “He possesses vast experience, knows the challenges of the capital goods industry, and is thoroughly familiar with Bühler. We are glad to have found Mark Macus for this task and look forward to welcoming him back,” says Scheiber.
(Bühler AG)

ISH Energy: Enter a digital networked future with Bosch

ISH Energy: Enter a digital networked future with Bosch   (Company news)

At ISH Energy, the world's leading trade fair for sanitary, building, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energies, Bosch is continuing to promote digitalisation and networking in the commercial and industrial sectors. Fast, simple, unbureaucratic and agile – customers in project business have high expectations for reaction times, flexibility and planning support. Bosch therefore relies on smart tools and uses intelligent configurators. One brand new example is the automatic preparation of project-specific 3D data and P&I diagrams. Being available in very early stages of projects this makes work simpler for planners and plant engineers. This enables them to perform more precise calculations and avoid later changes.

Bosch is launching their new planning guide for steam boiler systems as an interactive digital version. The fundamental idea: Make planning of complex process heat systems easier and make expert knowledge comprehensively available. With programmed calculation tools, checklists and practical error prevention information, the new interactive document is more than a typical planning handbook. "It doesn't just provide beginners with the information they need – it also serves as an efficient working tool for experienced planners," emphasises Daniel Gosse, Head of Marketing and Academy at Bosch Industrial.

Smart control technology and AI assistants for Industry 4.0 applications
Preventing production downtimes and reducing energy costs to a minimum are key drivers for businesses and industries. The energy management solutions from Bosch Energy and Building Solutions enable overall optimisations including energy generation, distribution and whole production lines. The Energy Platform at the trade fair booth gives you a live view of selected Bosch production sites. Recorded energy and process data is transformed into significant figures in order to increase energy and resource efficiency. What's more, Bosch Rexroth is presenting control solutions for this type of future-proof automation system for buildings and factories.

With artificial intelligence specifically designed for industrial boilers, the digital efficiency assistant MEC Optimize really stands out from the crowd. Predictive maintenance features monitor and present operating data. Additionally, the smart algorithms interpret the data and inform users in advance about potential downtime risks. With individually determined information and recommended actions, system operators are assisted in maximising their system availability and minimise their energy costs.

Product innovations for steam, heat, power and compressed air
Highly efficient, compact and easy to operate – at the ISH trade fair, Bosch will present the new CSB Universal steam boiler (compact steam boiler), which is available in a power range from 300 to 5,200 kilograms steam per hour. The CSB steam boiler will be presented at the Bosch trade fair booth as a complete boiler system with low-NOx burner, modules for waste heat recovery and the compact steam control CSC mounted on the boiler. The boiler achieves a high efficiency of more than 95 per cent and enables sustainably low emissions. Its innovative design additionally provides easy accessibility for servicing and maintenance work.

At the ISH 2019 the Bosch booth features the largest boiler of the entire trade fair. The ZFR double-flame tube boiler generates up to 55 tons of steam or up to 38 megawatts hot water. Visitors can actually step inside the boiler or even go upstairs to the VIP lounge on its top floor. Besides the process heat systems, Bosch will also present innovative combined heat and power systems. In this sector, the customer focus is also on digitalisation through control technology or remote access in order to optimise reliability and operating costs. At their ISH booth, Bosch will show a combined heat and power unit from the latest motor generation. It is optimised to provide particularly high overall efficiency and future-proof low emissions. The compressed air and heat system is another highlight. It produces compressed air using a natural gas motor and simultaneously provides waste heat for additional processes and heating applications. This enables CO2 emissions savings of up to 50 per cent and lowers operating costs.

International industry solutions
Bosch offers reliable energy solutions in more than 140 countries worldwide. Typical applications include the food and beverage industry, production industry, energy suppliers and large buildings or public facilities. Availability, efficiency and seamless integration into the customer's processes are essential. Bosch demonstrates these qualities at the ISH trade fair at different information points. Additionally, visitors can see real boiler houses and energy centres from a range of industries using a 360° virtual reality headset.
(Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)

Rothaus takes the next step in glass filling with KHS

Rothaus takes the next step in glass filling with KHS  (Company news)

-Innofill Glass DRS with numerous improvements
-Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG first customer for the new system
-Patented system monitors the filling process and ensures beer quality

Better on all counts: Rothaus recently opted for the KHS Innofill Glass DRS filler and is now benefitting from a number of important new features. This is because KHS has made a number of specific further developments to its glass filler. For the brewery this means reliable, high-performance beer bottling.

Photo: 132 filling stations - The unique DIAS diagnostic assistance system carefully logs the filling process. Pressure sensors in every single filling valve monitor the pressure, time and step sequences without interruption.

The name is not new. For many years now KHS has provided its customers with an established glass bottler in the Innofill Glass DRS which has been frequently adapted to include new features in order to satisfy user requirements. The version of the filler now up and running at Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG is quite special, however. The flexible inline machine with its 132 filling stations for up to 50,000 bottles per hour provides hygienic filling with low CO2 and product consumption. KHS has considerably improved no less than four areas of the machine, drawing on its 150 years of expertise in brewery machines.

Rothaus fills 0.5-liter and 0.33-liter bottles on its new investment. Fast format part changeovers ensure a high level of flexibility during production planning and line efficiency. To this end KHS provides its hygienic QUICKLOCK fast-acting locking system as the new standard. Bottle guide parts can be exchanged with a few manual adjustments and remain securely in place thanks to the positive fit between the mount and the format part. The conversion time for fillers with a crowner is thus cut by up to 33% to just 15 or 20 minutes. “Simple lever knobs not only release and lock parts; they’re also robust and can withstand broken glass or chemicals,” states Ludwig Clüsserath, head of Filling Technology Development at KHS.

Clever technology in a compact form
In order to prevent bottle breakages from the outset, the Innofill Glass DRS is also equipped with the SOFTSTOP system which is registered as patent pending. This compact, hygienic bottle flowgate is activated at full power. Here, a light barrier measures the distances of the containers as they are fed into the filler. A brake wedge then gently decelerates the bottle flow so that the filling process and foaming take place at a constantly high output. This ensures stable filling quality. No conversions to other formats are necessary and the new braking ramp means that there is no additional scuffing1 and less noise.

Unique selling point for more quality
During the subsequent filling process the unique DIAS diagnostic assistance system carefully logs the filling process. Pressure sensors in every single filling valve monitor the pressure, time and step sequences without interruption. In this way any deviations from the target values are immediately recognized. A further special mention should be given to the fact that the evacuation and CO2 purging processes are monitored to ensure low oxygen pickup. Broken bottles are consistently detected across the entire processing angle and a bottle burst routine2 triggered. The sensor data can be invoked as a pressure graph on the monitor. "This gives operators the chance to detect any faults as quickly as possible," states Clüsserath. In practice this not only makes fast, targeted repairs possible and relieves operator workloads but also provides a basis for preventive maintenance. This data enables results to be statistically evaluated, with the help of which future sources of error can be eradicated in advance. This in turn ensures consistent quality and the continuation of ongoing operation.

Another significant feature is the camera-controlled OPTICAM HPI control system. The foam generated by HPI3 displaces the residual oxygen from the bottle and is thus of great importance for the quality of the beer. As the foaming is dependent on various parameters in the filling process, however, with its new OPTICAM system KHS enables the head of foam to be constantly monitored and regulated irrespective of the machine operator. This means that Rothaus can not only prevent undue beer loss due to excessive foaming but also detect and reject bottles with insufficient foaming. If the beer error rate becomes too high, production is stopped and the operators can read off the cause of the fault from a clear analysis report.

With the inclusion of the SOFTSTOP, DIAS und OPTICAM options the entire KHS system at Rothaus safeguards the quality of the beer throughout the entire filling process with these mechanical and digital system solutions.
(KHS GmbH)

Ardagh Group S.A. - Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

Ardagh Group S.A. - Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results  (Company news)

Ardagh Group S.A. (NYSE: ARD) announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018.

-Revenue increased by 6% to $9.1 billion for the full year, with constant currency growth of 3%;
-Adjusted EBITDA for the full year of $1,478 million (2017: $1,508 million);
-Loss per share of $0.40 for the year, with Adjusted earnings per share of $1.69 (2017: $1.84);
-Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth of 4% for the fourth quarter at constant currency;
-Volume/mix growth of 1% for the full year and 2% for the fourth quarter;
-Global beverage can volume growth of 8% for the quarter and 5% for the year;
-Glass packaging volume/mix growth of 2% in Europe for the quarter, offset by a 3% decline in North America;
-Beverage can strategic projects completed on plan; short payback project spending of $65 million in 2018;
-Adjusted free cash flow of $441 million in 2018 3;
-Leverage reduced to 5.0x at December 2018, with no maturities before late-2022;
-2019 outlook: Full year Adjusted EBITDA of at least $1.5 billion, with Adjusted free cash flow of approximately $450 million3 and Adjusted earnings per share of $1.60 – $1.75. First quarter Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $350 million.

Paul Coulson, Chairman and Chief Executive, said “Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA increased in the quarter, despite an adverse currency headwind, with volume growth in three of our four divisions. Metal packaging performed well in the quarter, with Adjusted EBITDA growth of 12% and notable strength in beverage can demand during both the quarter and full year. Glass packaging in Europe delivered another strong performance in 2018, with broad-based volume growth. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased by 5% and market conditions are positive. In Glass North America, our ongoing initiatives to improve financial performance are proceeding as planned.”
(Ardagh Group)

SIG leads the beverage carton industry with the first paper straw solution

SIG leads the beverage carton industry with the first paper straw solution  (Company news)

SIG is the first in the industry to offer a market-ready alternative to plastic straws, announcing today that a paper straw solution will be delivered to first customers in the first quarter of 2019.

With growing concern about the environmental impact of plastic straws, the food and beverage industry urgently needs an alternative solution. SIG’s new paper straw offers such a solution.

Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG, said: “We saw an opportunity to address concerns about marine litter and offer added value to our customers by helping them meet consumer and regulatory demand to scrap plastic straws. This win-win is a great example of how our commitment to go Way Beyond Good for the environment is delivering real business benefits.”

Nestlé is the first customer to introduce SIG’s paper straw solution and has already tested the market launch in the Dominican Republic.

Michael Schwan, Manufacturing Manager RTD - Dairy Strategic Business Unit at Nestlé said: “We are committed to improving the environmental performance of our packaging and addressing the critical issue of single-use plastics is an important part of that. We need effective, scalable solutions and SIG’s new paper straw has the potential to meet that need.”

Seeking a solution
SIG does not make straws, but some of its portion-size packs are designed to be used with a straw for convenience on the go and the company has been working with suppliers to develop alternatives.

Paper is renewable and recyclable. This forest-based material already makes up 70-80% of SIG’s cartons on average, and the look and feel of paper also visibly reinforces its environmental credentials to consumers.

SIG worked closely with a manufacturing partner to develop an innovative and exclusive solution that makes the paper straw robust enough to pierce the closed straw hole of SIG’s aseptic cartons. The wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to help prevent litter by remaining attached to the pack to be recycled along with the rest of the carton.

The new paper straws will be made of paperboard from FSCTM (Forest Stewardship CouncilTM)-certified forests or other controlled sources. Customers can already include the FSC label on any SIG carton and they will be able to add the label to the paper straws once the manufacturing partner has completed FSC Chain-of-Custody certification, which is expected during the second half of 2019.

The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The initial volume of paper straws will be limited during the launch phase, as SIG ramps up capacity with its manufacturing partner. SIG is also continuing to invest in new ways to apply this alternative straw solution to a wider variety of packaging formats.

SIG is determined to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to find new approaches to reduce single-use plastics, foster recycling and minimise waste. Helping customers improve the sustainability of their products is an important part of the company’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

BERICAP shows innovative products and new corporate design at Packaging Innovations

BERICAP shows innovative products and new corporate design at Packaging Innovations  (Company news)

For the seventh time in a row, BERICAP, one of the world’s leading plastic closure manufacturers, will be exhibiting at the Packaging Innovations Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 27th to 28th February 2019.

Photo: DS 26/14 SFB CSD 7046

The clear focus will be laid on the broad range of innovative products that have recently been developed. BERICAP DIN 60 TAP, for example, a safe, convenient and time-saving capping system for the industrial sector, offers a unique one-step tap application that avoids the need for tools and is highly consumer convenient. It is no longer necessary to remove the closure to apply the tap. The protective membrane breaks without falling into the filled product when the tap is applied. Since the closure does not come into contact with any other items like a drill, the closure and the filled product remain absolutely clean and hygienic.

Another pioneering innovation presented at Packaging Innovations is BERICAP’s Ring Peel Liner - the new generation of induction heat seal discs, in conjunction with BERICAP IHS screw caps. Ring Peel Liner provides sealing at its best - with accurate IHS-weld seals on (PE) container necks. The innovative design overcomes the problem of opening conventional seals - both the PE layer and the aluminum foil remain on the bottle neck when the closure is opened. This Ring Peel Liner is easy to tear off by lifting up a PE ring. A residual portion of the PE layer remains on the bottle neck as a gasket when the closure is applied again and works as a reliable reseal feature after first opening - while providing protection from leakage at the same time. Thanks to the easy tear-off, no additional tools such as a screwdriver, key or knife is needed to remove the foil - and fingers keep clean. Both significantly erases user convenience.

Besides these innovations, BERICAP will also be showing its broad range of light-weight, consumer-friendly closures for the beverage sector that are an example of the company’s innovative spirit. The closure specialist is well-known for solutions that surpass the usual packaging standards. “Manufacturing and supplying plastic closures for food, beverage and industrial markets, we aim to contribute to the success of all our customers based on strong innovation, concentration on quality and efficiency, technical service and a global manufacturing platform”, Steve Kerridge, Sales Director at BERICAP UK explains.

Furthermore, the new BERICAP stand located at J47 presents the company’s recently refreshed corporate design reflecting the well-received new website which includes accessible company and product information and an easy-to-use Cap Finder.

The UK has been one of the company’s growth markets in the past few years. Both factory production and personnel capacity increased considerably. The expansion was built upon the success BERICAP UK has enjoyed in the last decade - not only within the beverage sector, where the company today holds the market leading position, but also in a diverse range of product sectors such as the “Industrial” division, including products for the food and non-food markets manufactured in the UK.

Packaging Innovations is the UK's leading event for primary and secondary packaging, offering a unique mixture of suppliers, innovative products and educational content. From leading global brands and retailers, to innovative start-ups, exhibitors and packaging procurement experts can meet and find out the best and most innovative packaging solutions. As a cooperation between BERICAP UK and other BERICAP sites, experts across all business units will be welcoming prospective and established business partners to support them with the latest information on innovative and high-quality closures. Visit the BERICAP stand to see the other new products on offer.

BERICAP at Packaging Innovations, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
February 27th - February 28th, stand J47
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

Robinsons wins soft drink product of the year

Robinsons wins soft drink product of the year   (Company news)

Britvic is proud to announce that one of its latest innovations, Robinsons Fruit Creations has come out on top of the soft drinks category at the ‘Product of the Year’ awards for 2019, the UK’s largest consumer survey of product innovation based on a survey of more than 10,000 consumers carried out by Kantar TNS.

As lifestyles change and consumer trends evolve, Britvic has put the consumer at the heart of its innovation strategy to achieve long-term sustainable growth. In 2015 the Robinsons brand launched Squash’d to target consumers on the go followed by the launch of Refresh’d, a ready to drink product made from naturally sourced ingredients in 2016. Robinsons Fruit Creations was the next stage of this innovation journey introducing a more premium option targeted at health-conscious adults.

Bruce Dallas, GB Marketing Director at Britvic comments; ‘We are really proud to have been recognised amongst such an impressive line-up of brands. Healthy innovation stole the show at this year’s Product of the Year ceremony and it’s fantastic to see Robinsons’ latest innovation coming out on top in the soft drinks category, as we continue our focus on offering consumers heathier choices that are not only better for you, but taste great too. I’m really proud of the work the Robinsons team have put in’.

Robinsons Fruit Creations has also been nominated for two CIM Marketing Excellence awards celebrating outstanding marketing by organisations.

Britvic continues to focus on offering consumers healthier choices whilst maintaining taste. The company has removed over 20 billion calories from GB diets on an annualised basis since 2013 and is proud to have 99% of its GB owned brands under the sugar levy.
(Britvic Plc)

More flexibility, precision and ease of maintenance for filling processes

More flexibility, precision and ease of maintenance for filling processes  (Company news)

The ever-increasing variety of beverages, liquid foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals presents major challenges for plant operators and plant designers. Manufacturers are placing more and more emphasis on customized solutions when it comes to container shapes, in order to stand out from the competition. This also applies to plant design. Maximum flexibility is often incompatible with low conversion and maintenance costs.

The valve specialist GEMÜ is reacting to these increased requirements by bringing an innovative filling valve platform to the market. It is based on the GEMÜ PD design that won the "ACHEMA Innovation Award". This new sealing concept comprises a highly resistant plug diaphragm (PD) made of modified PTFE (TFMTM). This enables hermetic separation of the actuator parts and the product area, a high number of switching cycles and extremely precise dosing. At the same time, the patented cartridge spare parts system makes maintenance very simple and fast, eliminating long downtimes. The valves are FDA- and USP Class IV-compliant and meet the requirements of "Hygienic Design" and the Food Contact Materials Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. The GEMÜ filling valve platform currently comprises a pneumatically operated GEMÜ F40 filling valve and a motorized GEMÜ F60 filling valve.

The pneumatically operated GEMÜ F40 filling valve meets the high standards expected of an aseptic valve for use in the pharmaceutical and foodstuff industries. High Kv values and precise, fast activation in conjunction with a compact design mean that the GEMÜ F40 filling valve is suitable for any pneumatically operated filling processes. Where necessary, a variety of accessories from GEMÜ's wide range, such as a stroke limiter or positioner, can be adapted for use with the GEMÜ F40 filling valve.

The GEMÜ F60 filling valve can be actuated in real time and is controlled electronically, meaning that it will be significantly easier for users to adjust or rearrange the filling machine when changing the medium or filling container in the future. By precisely following freely programmable filling curves, it is possible to implement optimal quantity control and filling speed for each medium and filling container. The servo actuator is particularly impressive thanks to its high positioning accuracy of up to 10 µm and a travel speed of up to 200 mm/s. A controller can be used to connect the motorized filling valve directly to the software-controlled central machine control for the filling machine. This makes it particularly suitable for use in linear or circular fillers, for filling medicinal products or for filling infusion bags. The GEMÜ F60 filling valve generates no exhaust air; as a result, it can even be used in cleanrooms or insulators.

Together, the GEMÜ F40 and GEMÜ F60 filling valves represent the foundations of the new GEMÜ filling valve platform. The range is currently being individually expanded in order to create a modular platform that can be combined with individually designed filling stations.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)

Annatto Color Certified Organic for IFF’s Frutarom Division

Annatto Color Certified Organic for IFF’s Frutarom Division  (Company news)

With consumer demand for fair trade, sustainable and organic products growing fast, Frutarom Natural Solutions Ltd., a division of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) (Euronext Paris: IFF) (TASE: IFF), has received organic certification for that its natural annatto color. The ingredient was granted organic certifications from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The European Organic Certifiers Council. Annatto seeds and extracts have been used for more than a century in Europe and North America to provide a yellow to reddish color to foods and beverages, thus becoming the second most economically important natural colorant worldwide.

To support the certification, Frutarom registered and trained more than 50 annatto seed farmers in the Quillabamba Valley in Cuzco, Peru and in Codo del Pozuzo in Puerto Inca, Peru. The division also meets all organic regulations while ensuring fair salaries to the growers. Frutarom maintains full traceability on the growing and harvesting processes to provide a pure, organic annatto color.

“Organic colors are an integral part of the established clean label trend, meaning that the colors support our customers’ efforts to satisfy consumer needs,” says Yoni Glickman, President, Natural Product Solutions of IFF Frutarom “Organic certification has become the standard of the industry, especially as it involves all aspects of growing, harvesting, extracting, and maintaining full traceability of the ingredient, from seed to final product.”

Frutarom has carefully selected agricultural land free of prohibited chemical inputs for its Natural Solutions Products business. The farmers it works with use non-GMO seeds, and do not use synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, pesticides, or hormones. “It is all about caring and staying loyal to consumers’ expectations for better-for-you products that are also eco-friendly and help us to protect the environment,” notes Ilanit Bar-Zeev, VP, Natural Product Solutions of IFF Frutarom.

Frutarom works to create natural and organic solutions that are affordable and accessible to the marketplace. “There is a delicate balance in providing natural, organic color with responsible sourcing, while still keeping it cost effective,” explains Bar-Zeev. Frutarom is committed to expanding its portfolio of better-for-you and better-for-the-Earth ingredients that manufacturers and consumers can trust.
(Frutarom Industries Ltd)

SACMI taking the North African packaging industry to the next level

SACMI taking the North African packaging industry to the next level  (Company news)

Once again, the Group will be exhibiting at the Djazagro fair in Algiers. In the spotlight: beverage, closures and preform technology alongside the integrated SACMI Packaging&Chocolate range for the confectionery industry.

In 2019 SACMI will renew its long-standing participation at Djazagro, the annual Algiers-held fair that brings together the world's leading Process & Conditioning, Bakery-Pastry, Food & Beverage, Ingredients & Food Service protagonists in what is North Africa's leading economy. SACMI will be in Algiers from 25 to 28 February 2019, bringing with it an expert Beverage – Closures & Preform team and showcasing the latest technology from SACMI Packaging&Chocolate, heir to the historical Carle&Montanari, OPM and FIMA brands.

Visitors will thus have a great opportunity to visit the SACMI stand and get a close look at the multiple technological developments being presented by the SACMI Group, world leader and primary partner to the entire North African packaging-beverage industry. These include the CCM presses, a flexible, efficient plastic closures production solution with the lowest running costs on the market.

Capable of providing individual solutions and complete plants covering every stage along the beverage line, SACMI will be at Djazagro to showcase a renewed plant engineering range that now includes integrated solutions upstream (caps and preforms) and downstream from the bottling line (stretch-blowing, filing, labelling). All, of course, supported by a full range of inspection systems designed to ensure total quality control.

The year 2019 will see SACMI attending key fairs in the industry to present its 'new' Packaging&ChocolateDivision. The latter merges the Group's unrivalled skill and knowledge in the fields of chocolate preparation and moulding (Carle&Montanari), primary and secondary packaging (OPM) and wrapping technology for chocolate and other confectionery products (FIMA and, again, Carle&Montanari). The Algiers-held event will provide the perfect showcase for an array of technological developments in different fields, all characterised by flexibility, user-friendliness and efficient management of all product types. SACMI Packaging&Chocolate, in fact, is the perfect partner for both start-ups and established chocolate producers looking for a reliable, skilled, sole supplier. SACMI Packaging&Chocolate provides valuable initial guidance and close support throughout the process, from raw material mixing to refinement, conching, tempering and moulding, up to and including packaging processes (wrapping, flow-pack and all secondary packaging).

Present on the strategic North African market with three branches headed by SACMI North Africa, the company will also be at Djazagro to highlight its capacity to provide customers with close support and dedicated solutions right from the design stage. Indeed, further support is provided by the SACMI Customer Service Division, with an advanced software package ensuring customers can count on daily assistance - also remotely - from a specialised SACMI technician. Visit the Group stand (CT F 065) at Djazagro 2019. SACMI, leading the way, worldwide.
(Sacmi Imola S.C.)

Zumosol partners with Elopak and switches from plastic bottles to sustainable beverage cartons

Zumosol partners with Elopak and switches from plastic bottles to sustainable beverage cartons  (Company news)

Zumosol in Spain has re-launched its organic juices in 1 litre aseptic Pure-Pak® Sense cartons with Natural Brown Board from Elopak. In a switch from plastic packaging, the premium juice manufacturer found the new more natural and sustainable cartons a perfect fit for its organic portfolio.

First launched in December 2017, in plastic bottles the Zumosol range of three organic juices, are now going to be relaunched in cartons with Natural Brown Board. The aseptic Pure-Pak® cartons have one less layer and thereby retain the natural brown colour of the wood fibres which gives a visible fibre structure. This also results in reduced carbon footprint and reduced weight, providing a naturally different, sustainable and authentic package that meets demands from growing trends in ethical, ecological and organic products.

“Our ecological range is made entirely from organic crops, with both ingredients and process adhering to the highest standards of respect for the environment. As one of the leading brands for these types of products, we are constantly looking to improve their sustainability,” explains Laura Rueda from Zumosol.

“The new carton has the natural look and its clear benefits for the environment that supports organic values, provides outstanding differentiation on shelf and strengthens the Zumosol brand commitment to sustainability.”

As with all Pure-Pak® cartons, the Natural Brown Board is fully recyclable through the existing collection, sorting and recycling facilities. “We have seen an increased awareness in the market of sustainable packaging, leading to a demand for more environmental solutions,” adds Marina Bortoletto, Marketing Director in Elopak for South Europe. “The benefits of this latest carton enable our customers to further increase the environmental benefits of their packaging. We believe that, from the market feedback, this is a good solution which is sustainable from the inside – to the outside.”

The new cartons of Zumosol will soon be on shelves nationally in Spain. The organic range features orange, mango orange, red-fruits varieties packaged in 1 litre Pure-Pak® Sense cartons with Natural Brown Board.
(Elopak AS)

Givaudan opens new state-of-the-art Flavours manufacturing facility in Pune, India

Givaudan opens new state-of-the-art Flavours manufacturing facility in Pune, India  (Company news)

- Investment of CHF 60 million further supports Givaudan’s growth ambitions in Asia Pacific
- Facility makes important contributions to Company’s Climate Action Agenda

Givaudan, the world’s leading flavour and fragrance company, officially inaugurated a new Flavours manufacturing facility in Pune, India. The CHF 60 million plant is the Company's largest investment in India and further proof of its commitment to leverage growth potential in Asia Pacific.

Designed to deliver a superior level of flavour and taste solutions, the new 40,000 square metre facility will enable Givaudan to meet growing demand from customers in the food and beverage and health care segments. The new facility will complement the Company’s existing plant in Daman, strengthening its capabilities in liquids compounding, powder blending, emulsions, process flavours and spray drying for the India, Nepal and Bangladesh markets. Givaudan expects to employ about 200 people at the new site.

Givaudan’s Chief Executive Officer, Gilles Andrier said: “We are delighted to open this world-class flavours manufacturing facility in Pune as the latest example of Givaudan’s long-term heritage and commitment to India and our strategic focus on the high growth markets of Asia Pacific. Our new plant will enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver differentiated solutions and great taste experiences to the dynamic Indian market.”

The new facility is also making important contributions to Givaudan’s Climate Action Agenda by becoming the Company’s first Zero Liquid Discharge site which ensures all waste water is purified and recycled at the end of the treatment cycle. Energy efficient LED lighting technology has also been fitted throughout the site to reduce CO2 emissions and plans are under development to incorporate solar panels, contributing towards Givaudan’s 100% renewable energy target. Over 1,100 trees have also been planted to support the preservation of the local ecosystem.

Givaudan’s APAC Commercial Head, Flavours, Monila Kothari, underlined the growing importance of the Indian market: “Over the last few years, there has been tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry in India and we have seen sustainable growth in this market. Given this rapid transformation, we need to be agile to address the needs of these markets and this new manufacturing facility in India is designed to cater to this.”

The opening ceremony held in Ranjangaon near Pune, Maharashtra was attended by Givaudan top management including Chief Executive Officer Gilles Andrier and President Flavour Division Louie D’Amico, alongside dignitaries and regional management members.
(Givaudan SA)


Nigeria: Big brewers competing for Nigerian consumers  (

Gigantic billboards advertising beer now dominate the skyline of Nigeria's megacity, Lagos, signalling the escalating battle between multinational brewers for drinkers in Africa's most populous country, the Daily Nation reported on February 10.

So far it's a largely untapped market, with Nigerians consuming on average just nine litres (around 16 British pints) of beer a year, well below South Africans' 57 litres, according to market research firm Euromonitor.

But with more than half of Nigeria's 190 million people aged under 30 — and the population expected to grow to 410 million by 2050 — the world's biggest beer companies are looking to elbow in.

For years, Nigerian Breweries has dominated the sector with brands including Gulder, Star and top-of-the-range Heineken.

However its iron grip on the market is under threat from mega-brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev.

It recently opened a new factory outside Lagos and launched Budweiser to face off against Heineken, in a fierce contest for millennial drinkers being played out across Africa.

Promotions have become an arms race among the beer companies as they host concerts, fashion weeks and boat parties to win over customers.

Restaurant and club owners say they are being courted by the beer companies with unprecedented amounts of cash.

"The big guys started noticing there was a new sheriff in town," AB InBev plant manager Tony Agah told AFP.

"It's the beer wars."

Agah walks through AB InBev's new factory, the largest in West Africa, located in a lush plot of land in Ogun state earmarked for industrial development.

Green bottles of Trophy and brown bottles of Budweiser whizz by on automated production lines in a labyrinth of gleaming stainless steel.

When AFP visited it was humid — the air conditioning had yet to be installed — with a smell like sweet breakfast cereal, a side-effect of fermentation.

AB InBev built the factory to overcome significant logistical hurdles in Nigeria from potholed roads to spasmodic electricity and reach the neighbouring Lagos market.

Outside, six generators produce 12 megawatts of electricity.

"In a normal world I make beer but here I make beer and power," quipped Agah.

Yet the biggest constraint in the eyes of executives isn't infrastructure but erratic government policy.

Two years ago, there was a severe dollar shortage after the price of oil tanked and Nigeria tipped into a recession.

At the height of the crisis, the government decided to introduce a currency peg, making matters worse for multinationals who have to import many raw materials.

Add to that arbitrary rule changes and a tangle of red tape and you have what Nigerian financial journalist Ugo Obi-Chukwu described as a "regulatory onslaught".

In November, for example, the National Lottery Regulatory Commission sealed the offices of Nigerian Breweries for running illegal lottery operations as part of a marketing promotion.

But for all the headaches, the promise of Nigeria is too great to pass up.

"The thing about the Nigerian market is that, long term, there are huge opportunities," said Nigerian Breweries marketing director Emmanuel Oriakhi.

"There is a massive home brew category with people making all sorts of alcohol in their backyard, beer is an opportunity to premiumise their experience."

Oriakhi is sanguine about AB InBev's investment in Nigeria.

"We're very comfortable in any battle," he said with the confidence of having around 60 percent of the market share.

"They're welcome and it makes the market interesting," he said with a smile.


Japan: Kirin to beef up whiskey production in Japan  (

Kirin Co. said on February 7 it will beef up whiskey production in Japan to address its short supply amid the popularity of highball, or whiskey mixed with soda, Jiji Press reported.

An affiliated whiskey maker in the central prefecture of Shizuoka will invest some 8 billion yen to double the production capacity of unblended whiskey and increase the capability to house whiskey barrels by 20 pct. The expanded production will start in June 2021.

The move came after a decision by Kirin, a unit of Kirin Holdings Co., to stop selling a domestically produced whiskey brand, Fuji Sanroku Tarujuku Genshu 50, last year, due to a shortage of unblended whiskey.

In a similar move, Suntory Spirits Ltd., a unit of Suntory Holdings Ltd., has suspended shipments of its mainstay Hakushu 12 Years Old and Hibiki 17 Years Old whiskey brands.


UK: Carlsberg UK to launch a 'new, better': Carlsberg Danish Pilsner  (

Carlsberg UK is set to launch a “new, better” Carlsberg Danish Pilsner variant, in a move designed to “improve the consumer drinking experience and minimise its environmental impact”, the Talking Retail reported on February 12.

The variant will be available from 1 March in:
Small packs – 6x330ml snap pack cans, 4x500ml cans, 4x568ml cans and 4x330ml bottles
Medium packs – 10x330ml cans, 15x330ml cans and 12x330ml bottles
Large packs –18x440ml cans and new 18x330ml bottle packs

The new formula will have the same 3.8% ABV but has been “re-brewed from head to hop to deliver a smoother, fuller mouth-feel and a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness”.

The new packs will feature a new font, a cap that removes oxygen from the bottles and environmentally friendly ink.

The launch will be supported by a multi-million pound investment including a TV, digital and out-of-home advertising campaign running from April.

Consumer research from Carlsberg found that the new Danish Pilsner has driven a significant shift in perceptions, with 68% of UK lager drinkers suggesting they prefer the taste of Carlsberg Pilsner to the current UK number one mainstream lager.

It said the preference for pilsner was most significant among younger and more affluent consumers.

Liam Newton, vice president of marketing at Carlsberg UK, said: “Some of the most popular and recognisable beers, like Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, will continue to represent the biggest segment in UK beer in five years’ time and therefore remains crucial to the health of the beer category overall.”


Luxembourg: Brasserie Nationale sees increase in both production and sales of beer in 2018  (

The Brasserie Nationale, Luxembourg’s largest beer maker, saw an increase in both its production and sales of beer in 2018, RTL Today reported on February 14.

In total, the brewery brewed around 15,500,000 litres of peer (155,000 hectolitres), which marks an increase of over 700,000 litres. To look at it another way, the brewery produced an additional 3 million half-pints of beer compared to 2017.

This also was reflected in the brewery's turnover, which, having increased by 4%, lay at €10.7 million.

It is likely, the brewery benefited from the long period of hot and dry weather over the summer, as its profits before tax rose by 2.5% to €4 million.

Given Luxembourgish residents' beer habits, it is hardly a surprise that the Brasserie Nationale performed well.

100% Sustainable Fruit Juices: Eckes-Granini signs Sustainability Covenant

100% Sustainable Fruit Juices: Eckes-Granini signs Sustainability Covenant  (Company news)

The Eckes-Granini Group GmbH, the international corporate group specialized in non-alcoholic fruit beverages under the umbrella of Eckes AG, is now stepping up its commitment to sustainability once again. On February 12, Sidney Coffeng, Senior Vice President and CFO, Finance, IT, Procurement, Merger & Acquisitions, and Dr Karl Neuhäuser, Director Quality & Sustainability, handed the signed “Sustainable Juice Covenant” to David Black from the sustainable trade initia-tive IDH at Group headquarters in Nieder-Olm. As a party to the agree-ment, Eckes-Granini joins other international beverage producers and suppliers in committing itself to increase the relative share of sus-tainable juices and smoothies continuously with the goal of reaching 100% by 2030.

Capture: Sidney Coffeng (left), Senior Vice President and CFO, Finance, IT, Procurement, Merger & Acquisitions, and Dr Karl Neuhäuser (right), Director Quality & Sustainability, hand the signed “Sustainable Juice Covenant” to David Black (middle) from the sustainable trade initiative IDH. © Eckes-Granini

The Sustainable Juice Covenant (SJC) is a global initiative devoted to sustainability in procurement, production and marketing of fruit and vegetables juices, purees and concentrates. With the support of the European Fruit Juice Association AIJN, the participating organizations strive for continuous optimization and regular certification of their delivery chains. They also initiate and promote projects concerned with social and environmental sustainability issues, such as the involvement of small farmers, their working conditions, the use of fertilizers and pesticides, soil preservation and climate protection. The SJC is coordinated by IDH, a sustainable trade initiative based in Utrecht, Netherlands.

“Sustainability is a fixed component of our strategy, which is why we have defined concrete goals for sustainability in the areas of products, supply chain and people,” Coffeng explains. “With our commitment to the Sustainable Juice Covenant we are now expanding our effective reach in-to the field of fruit cultivation as well.” Eckes-Granini has been reporting on progress in the area of sustainability regularly and systematically since 2014. A team composed of members from different departments is tasked with ensuring that the majority of projects are promoted and realized not only in Germany, but by all national subsidiaries as well.

“We are proud that Eckes-Granini, a significant player in the European juice sector and a leader in sustainability, has joined our initiative,” said David Black from IDH. “With its commitment, the Eckes-Granini Group underscores the significance of this valuable sector platform and emphasizes the importance of the production of socially and environmen-tally sustainable fruits.”
(Eckes Granini Deutschland GmbH)

New unique puntmark for Verallia worldwide

New unique puntmark for Verallia worldwide  (Company news)

A new puntmark, common to all countries, will appear under the bottles and jars produced by the Verallia Group’s 32 glass production facilities located in 10 countries.

Through this initiative, Verallia wishes to facilitate the identification of the Verallia brand throughout the world, a brand synonymous with quality, innovation and excellence. The Verallia Group has decided to standardize the puntmark under the bottles and jars it produces throughout the world, in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

From now on, a "V" marking will appear on the production of all Verallia Group plants, regardless of the country in which they are located, followed by the country's letter. The first productions with this new logo were carried out in the Verallia factories in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

An international group that is very close to its markets, Verallia is known for its leadership in innovation and design for its customers in the still and sparkling wine, spirits, beer, soft drinks and food segments. This project for a new unique puntmark aims to facilitate the identification of Verallia bottles and jars throughout the world.
(Verallia Packaging SAS)

Bühler strengthens its strategic position and continues to grow

Bühler strengthens its strategic position and continues to grow   (Company news)

The Bühler Group continued its positive development in 2018. All businesses achieved organic growth. Haas was successfully integrated into the Bühler Group in 2018 and contributed to Bühler’s success. Group turnover increased by 22% to CHF 3.3 billion. The Bühler Group has further strengthened its strategic position by establishing a third business pillar, Consumer Foods. Its new, most advanced factory in Changzhou, China, is fully operational, and construction of its CUBIC innovation campus in Uzwil, Switzerland is nearing completion. To drive digitalization, the company entered a partnership with Microsoft.

“We are satisfied with the 2018 overall results. Volumes developed well, but profits were below our objectives. Despite risks such as trade conflicts, we are well positioned with our portfolio and our global organization, and look to the future with confidence,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber (photo). The 2018 business year was characterized by continued organic growth in all businesses with a gain in market share, increased order intake, and higher turnover.

Turnover grew for Grains & Food by 9.2% to CHF 2.2 billion, for Advanced Materials by 5.6% to CHF 705 million, and Haas contributed CHF 373 million. As a result of the Group’s combined organic and acquisitional growth, Bühler increased its order intake by 17% to CHF 3.3 billion and its turnover by 22% to CHF 3.3 billion, which resulted in an order backlog of CHF 1.9 billion (+5.9%). Regionally, Europe (+28%) and Asia (+40%) were the markets showing the strongest turnover growth.

Financial position remains strong
EBIT increased in absolute terms by 13% to CHF 231 million, which represents an EBIT margin of 7.1% (previous year: 7.6%). Profitability was impacted by necessary adjustments at our Changzhou, China site. After years of over-proportional growth in China, this move ensures its alignment with Bühler’s global standards and systems and sets the foundation for further expansion. Without this one time effect, EBIT margin would have reached 8%. With a slightly improved tax rate of 20.1% (previous year: 20.2%) and a financial result of CHF 4.6 million (previous year: CHF 13 million), net profit grew by 9% and reached CHF 188 million (previous year CHF 173 million).

Operating cash flow increased by 28% to CHF 202 million. Net liquidity remained at a high level of CHF 445 million (+1.1%, excluding corporate bond of 420 million in previous year) despite high investments. The equity ratio decreased slightly to 42.2% (previous year: 44.5%), mainly due to effects from the Haas acquisition.

New strategic pillar Consumer Foods
Following the successful integration of Haas in 2018, Bühler decided to strengthen its leading position in the consumer foods market with the creation of a new strategic pillar beginning in 2019. With the new Consumer Foods business, the Bühler Group will increase its focus on this important global growth market. From the very beginning, this step generated positive momentum among employees and customers. “This encouraged us to accelerate the full integration and new setup of our food businesses,” says Bühler CEO Scheiber. Consumer Foods stands from January 2019 alongside Grains & Food and Advanced Materials. Under the leadership of Germar Wacker, Haas achieved CHF 382 million in order intake and CHF 373 million in turnover. This represents the best result in the history of Haas, driven mainly by the Wafer and Biscuit business units.

Strengthening our global setup
Investments in the asset base rose to CHF 118 million (+18%), driven by spending on the new CUBIC innovation campus and application centers, the ongoing modernization of the Swiss locations, and the ramp-up of sites in China. In addition to the acquisition of Haas and US-based Sputtering Components Inc., the funds were used for the development of new digital technologies and process solutions, as well as for strengthening our innovative capabilities. The new factory and R&D facility for the feed industry in Changzhou, China was opened in 2018 and is in full operation. Bühler also expanded its global production network with the opening of a new battery application lab in Wuxi, China; the move of Bühler’s Die Casting revision business to a new site in Brescia, Italy, and the modernization and expansion of the Uzwil site.

The CUBIC innovation campus in Uzwil is nearing completion. The official inauguration of the fully operational campus is scheduled for spring. The CUBIC combines research and development with seven renewed application centers, which will be available to customers for conducting tests and trial series together with Bühler. The considerable investment of about CHF 50 million over a period of three years underscores Bühler’s commitment to innovation, technology, and the workplace Switzerland.

Harnessing the power of digital
Spending on research and development amounted to CHF 145 million (4.4% of turnover). The Group introduced more than 20 digital products, achieved sizable initial turnover, and entered a partnership with Microsoft in April 2018. Currently, customers can choose from a digital portfolio of over 30 digital services. A further 30 will be launched during 2019. In September, another milestone was reached with the launch of the Bühler Insights digital platform – our secure, high-performance, and reliable platform for all of our digital services. These initiatives create new potential for improving safety, quality, efficiency, and traceability across production value chains. Today, more than 85 % of our solutions can be connected to the platform. It offers numerous interfaces with standard industry automation and control systems, thus enabling the connection of a wide range of technologies.

Bühler faces the future with confidence. The Group is aware of the accelerated changes in our digital age and is keeping a watchful eye on the current global developments that bring about a degree of uncertainty – including the geopolitical situation, currencies, interest rates, or trends counteracting free trade. New business opportunities arise time and again, for example in emerging African markets, in South America, or in connection with China’s new Silk Road. The combined Consumer Foods business is also expected to address new market potential. Bühler is convinced that its opportunities outweigh the risks.
(Bühler AG)




SIG has opened a new Tech Centre, close to its packaging plant in Suzhou in China, which will bring a new dimension in supporting customers with the development and implementation of new product concepts and market-ready packaging solutions.

In the 17,500 square meter building, a team of SIG experts will develop and manufacture filling technology, conduct filling tests for customers and offer training. By focusing on product innovation and differentiation, the new Tech Centre fits in perfectly with SIG's Value Proposition, which aims to create added value for customers and consumers alike.

SIG’s Tech Centre accommodates a state-of-the-art test and training centre, with the latest filling machines, upstream food processing equipment and UHT systems, which can process products with a wide range of viscosities and pieces. SIG will work closely with customers and offer professional support on aseptic filling tests and product concepts. The Training Centre is the second largest worldwide for SIG and is suited to both internal and external technical training on aseptic filling machines and downstream lines. The Tech Centre also hosts SIG’s Asian filler and applicator assembly operation and two Global Technology departments: Research & Development and Engineering & Application.

SIG’s Tech Centre has the highest standard as a green building and SIG is only the ninth industrial company with onsite manufacturing in China to earn the LEED Platinum standard with a total of 83 points – the second highest score in the entire country.

Rolf Stangl, CEO at SIG: “Asia is a vital market for SIG and our new Tech Centre will ensure our customers can realize opportunities much faster, working with our expert team to choose the right product and packaging concept to meet consumer demand and grow their business. At our new Tech Centre, we can expedite packaging solution development for our customers and carry out test fillings on a weekly basis, to ensure products are launched to market more quickly than ever before. Providing the best technical expertise will deliver end to end solutions in a timely manner required to gain competitive advantage.”
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Gold for Symrise: sustainability management honored

Gold for Symrise: sustainability management honored  (Company news)

• Rating agency EcoVadis awards Symrise maximum ratings for sustainable management for the 6th time in a row
• Group among the best 1 % of all rated companies in the chemical sector worldwide

Photo: Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer of Symrise AG

The sustainability rating agency EcoVadis has once again honored Symrise for its outstanding performance in sustainability management. For the sixth time in a row, the fragrance and flavor manufacturer has achieved EcoVadis Gold status for its proven sustainability performance. According to the rating, the company's ecological, social and ethical responsibility is exemplary: The Holzminden-based company once again met the constantly increasing requirements of the rating agency this year and maintained its leading position in the global chemical sector again.

Compared to the previous year, Symrise once again improved its overall result with 73 out of a possible 100 points. The performance achieved convinced again, especially in ecological sustainability management and sustainable procurement, even with stricter auditing standards.

Comprehensive sustainability assessment at all levels of action
Ecovadis uses 21 environmental, social, ethical and sustainability criteria in the supply chain to compare the performance of companies in different sectors. On this basis, the integration of essential sustainability criteria into Symrise AG's strategy, business model and management system can be evaluated comprehensively and systematically. The result of this rating serves stakeholders as the basis for their cooperation with the company on the basis of criteria of sustainable management.

Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer of Symrise AG, explains: "Our customers, employees and investors have high expectations of our sustainability management in particular. As a key company in the food and consumer goods sector, we must fully live up to these expectations in order to secure and expand our outstanding competitive position in the future. The award of our commitment with the best rating by the rating agency EcoVadis is therefore a very special distinction that spurs us on to consistently pursue our successful sustainability strategy".
(Symrise AG)

Avery Dennison recycled PET (rPET) liners now available across Europe in four constructions

Avery Dennison recycled PET (rPET) liners now available across Europe in four constructions  (Company news)

Picture: Avery Dennison recycled PET (rPET) liners now available across Europe in four constructions. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR413)

The recent launch, by Avery Dennison, of a portfolio using recycled PET (rPET) liners has received another important boost, with four labelling constructions now available across Europe.

Georg Müller-Hof, vice president marketing LPM Europe, said that using post-consumer waste (PCW) to manufacture label liners represents a step change in sustainability:
“Avery Dennison is focused on real-world sustainability improvements, which ultimately means ‘closing the loop’ and using post-consumer waste to create new products. These four new labelling materials not only use a liner with more than 30% recycled PET bottle content, but they are also part of our CleanFlake™ and ClearCut™ portfolios – which offer important additional sustainability gains in their own right.”

Three CleanFlake materials are now available on a thin rPET23 liner. The ‘switchable’ CleanFlake adhesive is designed to separate cleanly from PET bottles during the recycling process so that contamination of PET flakes is avoided – an important factor in ensuring that recycled PET can be recycled rather than downcycled. A fourth material – a high clarity ClearCut PP50 TOP CLEAR-S7000-rPET23 construction – is considerably thinner than today’s market reference (PP60 with PET30), and offers high speed conversion and dispensing using the same thin rPET23 liner.

The rPET liner has been designed to convert in the same way as a conventional PET liner, with no noticeable differences in performance.

Müller-Hof said that more will follow: “We are committed to managing waste across the value chain - in line with our 2025 Sustainability Goals and to meet the needs of our customers. Moving forward, we look forward to introducing rPET liner in an expanded range of products, as well as offering products that contain recycled content and/or enable recycling of end use packaging.”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Diageo 2019 Interim Results, half year ended 31 December 2018

Diageo 2019 Interim Results, half year ended 31 December 2018  (Company news)

Delivering our strategy through strong consistent performance

-Reported net sales (£6.9 billion) was up 5.8% with organic growth partially offset by unfavourable exchange. Reported operating profit (£2.4 billion) was up 11.0%, driven by organic growth
-All regions contributed to broad based organic net sales growth, up 7.5%, with organic volume up 3.5%
-Organic operating profit grew 12.3%, ahead of top line growth, as cost inflation and higher marketing investment were more than offset by improved price/mix and efficiencies from our productivity programme
-Cash flow continued to be strong, with net cash from operating activities at £1.6 billion, up £356 million and free cash flow at £1.3 billion, up £317 million
-Basic eps of 80.9 pence was down by (1.6)%. Pre-exceptional eps was 77.0 pence, up 13.6%, driven by higher operating profit and lower finance charges, which more than offset an increased tax charge largely as a result of lapping the positive impact of US tax reform in the prior period
-The interim dividend increased 5% to 26.1 pence per share

Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, commenting on the results said:
Diageo delivered broad-based volume and organic net sales growth across regions and categories. We continue to expand organic operating margins while increasing investment in our brands ahead of organic net sales growth.

These results are further evidence of the changes we have made in Diageo to put the consumer at the heart of our business, to embed productivity and to act with agility to enable us to win sustainably.

At £1.3 billion, we delivered another period of strong free cash flow. As a result the board approved an incremental share buyback of £660 million, bringing the total programme up to £3.0 billion for the year ending 30 June 2019.

This half has benefitted from some one-time and phasing gains in both organic net sales and operating profit, and therefore we continue to expect to deliver mid-single digit organic net sales growth for the year and to expand operating margins in line with our previous guidance of 175 bps for the three years ending 30 June 2019.

As we deploy our strategy, we remain focused on building the long-term health of our brands and ensuring we grow our business in a consistent and sustainable way.”
(Diageo plc)

Lecta presents its new Creaset HG HWS paper for high wet-strength refillable bottles

Lecta presents its new Creaset HG HWS paper for high wet-strength refillable bottles  (Company news)

Lecta continues developing its Creaset​ one-side coated paper line, designed for the label and flexible packaging sector, with its new Creaset HG HWS paper for the beverage industry.

Creaset HG HWS is a high wet-strength, alkali-resistant high gloss paper. It is particularly suitable for all types of refillable containers that need to be recovered in caustic soda baths.

Creaset HG HWS is ideal for beer and wines, whose labels require high-resistance to low temperatures and ice water, guaranteeing a flawless image throughout their useful life. It also offers excellent performance on labeling lines, adapting to the bottle perfectly and, thanks to its anti-moisture treatment, avoiding raised borders, blistering and creasing of labels.

The new Creaset HG HWS paper is designed for high-speed printing given its stiffness and fast ink penetration. It is suitable for offset, flexographic and rotogravure printing.

It is available in 65, 68, 70, 75 and 80 g/m2 in plain finish.

The entire Creaset line is manufactured with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp. It is manufactured to ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standard, ISO 9001 quality standard and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standard. It is also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications upon request.

Feldmuehle - Restart after restructuring

Feldmuehle - Restart after restructuring  (Company news)

Insolvency proceedings in self-administration have been commenced on 28 January 2019

Feldmuehle GmbH announced on December 7, 2018 that it would concentrate on the production of Specialty Papers in the future, i.e. wet and alkali resistant Label Papers as well as Flexible Packaging Papers. In this context, the production of graphic papers was discontinued and the paper machine 2 was shut down at the end of 2018.

On January 28, 2019, the management and the works council signed a reconciliation of interests and social plan as part of the restructuring plan. The majority of the employees accepted the company's offer to switch to a transfer company on February 01, 2019 in order to further qualify for the job market. Feldmuehle GmbH will continue its business operations from February 01, 2019, with around 200 employees.

The new Specialty Paper business model includes all necessary measures to improve profitability and thus sustainable competitiveness of the company. Feldmuehle GmbH will continue to serve international markets by producing high-quality label and flexible packaging papers with an annual volume of approx. 75,000 tons.

Also on January 28, 2019, the insolvency proceedings over the assets of Feldmuehle GmbH were opened at the Pinneberg District Court (IN 238/18) in accordance with the management's proposal. As in the preliminary proceedings Dr Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwaelten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as solicitor.

The process continues to be self-administered. The management is working on an insolvency plan, which should be implemented by summer 2019. All previous restructuring steps were implemented according to plan and the company complies with its current business plan.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

New Tetra Pak CEO appointed​

New Tetra Pak CEO appointed​  (Company news)

The Tetra Laval Group Board has appointed Mr Adolfo Orive, President & CEO of Tetra Pak effective April 1, 2019. The appointment follows the decision by Mr Dennis Jönsson to step down from his position after 14 years as President & CEO and 36 years with the company.

Adolfo Orive, presently Cluster Vice President North Central and South America, joined Tetra Pak in 1993. Prior to his present position he has had several managerial positions in the Group, including Managing Director of Colombia, Spain and Cluster Vice President North and Central Europe. He joined the Tetra Pak Global Leadership Team in 2014.

Mr Orive, who is 55 years old, has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Ibero-American University (IBERO), Mexico and a Master’s in Business Administration at Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM), Mexico.​
(Tetra Pak GmbH & Co. KG)


USA: Irish whiskey sales hold strong despite decline in alcohol consumption  (

Irish whiskey sales in the U.S. have held strong despite a decline in alcohol consumption, new data reveals.

Preliminary figures from International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR), show that Irish whiskey sales rose 13.5 percent to 4.65 million cases last year, the IrishCentral reported.

Irish whiskey, which comprises six percent of the total US whiskey market, was the second fastest growing brown spirit after Japanese whiskey, which saw a 23.1 percent increase in 2018. Japanese whiskey represents 0.1 percent of the market.

Overall whiskey sales were up 4.1 percent but were outdone by other spirits such as tequila (up 8.5 percent) and mescal (up 32.4 percent).

Although Irish whiskey continues to record double-digit growth in the U.S., there is a concern that the rise in sales is slowing, The Irish Times reports. In 2015, growth in Irish whiskey sales hit 19 percent, when more than 3 million cases were sold.

For the third year in a row, alcohol consumption in the U.S. has continued to decline, with figures showing that total consumption dropped 0.8 percent to 3.345 billion cases.

The Irish Times has reported that rival whiskey producers have banded together to access EU funding in hopes of carving out opportunities in China and Japan so as to ease their dependence on the U.S., which has been their biggest market, for exports.

“Spirits and wine showed slight growth in 2018, but those category increases weren’t as high as previous years. It’s clear that Americans are drinking less overall, which is likely a result of the continued trend toward health and wellness,” said Brandy Rand, IWSR’s US president.


South Korea: Local brewers complaining of tax disadvantages compared to foreign distributors  (

Sets of four to six imported beers sold at 10,000 won ($8.85) are one of the hottest deals at local convenience stores in South Korea, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported on January 25.

Their popularity is driving the rapid growth of imported beer in Korea.

However, Korean beer companies are complaining that they face a tax disadvantage compared to foreign distributors.

The controversy started when the Korea Customs Service started investigating whether Heineken misreported its production costs to escape taxes.

Korean beer companies claim that the reason for the boom of foreign beers is because of the unfair tax system. They advocate a per-unit tax where the tax is imposed not on the price of the drink but at the volume of the drink and percentage of alcohol in it.

Currently, a liquor tax, education tax and value-added tax are imposed on beer produced in Korea.

If the factory price of a beer is 1,000 won, the liquor tax is 720 won, education tax is 216 won and added-value tax is 194 won, leading to a total price of 2,130 won. For imported beer, the beer is taxed at a similar rate as Korean beer, plus possible tariffs, but it is based on the reported production price by the importer.

Local brewers are suspicious that importers are reporting lower production costs to lower the taxes on them. The reported production price of Heineken beer is around 500 won for a 500 millilitre can. The factory price is half the price of an average Korean beer, or 1,065 won.

“The import price is lowered as much as possible so they pay lower taxes and get 1,500 to 2,000 won worth of profit in the delivery process. That’s why they get more,” said a source from a Korean beer manufacturing company. However, not every imported beer’s reported production cost is as low as this. Among imported beers, expensive ones are taxed proportionately to their price.

A reform to Korea’s liquor tax system, introduced in 1969, has been discussed for years. The alternative outlined in 2018 was imposing a tax based on the volume imported and the alcohol percentage.

“Since the production of beer in Korea was disadvantageous, it was decided that, in the past, among Budweiser or Hoegaarden sold in Korea, the cans should be imported,” said a source from Oriental Brewery. “If the system changes to a per-unit tax, the [local] production of these kinds of products would restart.”

The craft beer industry largely supports this change. Craft beer is often made with more expensive ingredients in small amounts, so it is hard for brewers to lower the price.

“If the system changes, the craft beers can compete on a fairer playing field,” said Kim Jin-man, the head of an association of Korean craft brewers. “If so, the craft beers can market a set of four craft beers for 10,000 won.”

However, many claim that discussing a change to the liquor tax only for beer is unfair. They say that if taxes are based on the percentage of alcohol, taxes on other types of alcohol, like soju, will increase.


The Czech Republic: Budvar's output rises last year to second-highest level in its history  (

Beer production at Budvar, which has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. giant Anheuser-Busch over use of the "Budweiser" brand, increased last year to the second highest level in the brewer's 123-year history.

Budejovicky Budvar NP, a Czech state-owned brewery, said on January 31 that its output rose 3.6 percent in 2018 to 1.602 million hectolitres (42.32 million gallons).

The output growth followed a 4-percent decline in 2017 that was caused by shifting production to a premium brand.

Budvar says its revenues hit a record high last year, reaching 2.6 billion crowns ($114 million), up 7.3 percent from 2018. Other financial results, including profit and export figures, have not been released.


UK: Diageo able to cope with any possible disruption in case of no-deal Brexit - CEO  (

As Pernod Ricard revealed that it has begun stockpiling ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit, Diageo very firmly emphasised that it too will be able to cope with any possible disruption without “material effect” on the company, The Drinks Business reported on January 31.

Ivan Menezes, Diageo’s chief executive, went out of his way to say that the world’s biggest premium spirits company “is very keen to get a deal done.”

“We don’t see a material impact for the company as a result of Brexit but we very definitely want a deal and we are working very closely with government and actively supporting the need to get to a deal,” he said.

“Diageo is in a relatively privileged position when I compare us to other industries and sectors in terms of the impact of Brexit for us.

“Our supply chains are more indigenous and simpler. When you think of what we make in Scotland it is water, barley, peat, men, women and lots of time…. so our ability to manage supply chains relative to other industries is very much better.

“Second, our trade with Europe will be tariff free under WTO [World Trade Organisation] conditions.” They will come into force after March 29 if Britain leaves the EU without an agreement. “We won’t face a sudden penalty when trading into Europe; Johnnie Walker will go to Germany tariff free regardless of the Brexit outcome.

“There are sectors with many more challenges than us out there,” Menezes said.

“Longer term, depending on how Britain sets up trading relationships, there are potential upside opportunities in terms of new free trade agreements. Also the return of duty free trade to the UK will present a new opportunity.

“There are also some countries with which the EU has free trade agreements where we are working very closely with the UK government and the UK government is working with those countries to ensure that the UK gets the same arrangements as exist today through the EU.

“Should those not happen, they are still manageable. They are not on a scale to be material to the company.”

David Cutter, Diageo’s president of global supply and procurement, said: “We constantly look at stock and where it goes and we are very comfortable that we have the right processes in place to manage any short-term disruption. We are also very comfortable with our stock levels.”

“Our stock levels are appropriate”, said Menezes. “We face volatility in markets around the world all the time so we take in our stride our ability to adjust stock levels. It [Brexit] is not a disruptive factor for Diageo.”

“If we look at our stock levels around the world,” said Cutter,” we manage all forms of volatility. Nothing out of the ordinary is in place for us. We ship to warehouses around the world to satisfy the needs of what is coming out so there’s nothing over and above that [to prepare for a hard Brexit].

“We continually look at our supply chain to make sure we’ve got the right safety stock level including raw material and packaging so our “mitigation plans” are just to manage our supply chain to handle any small term disruption and volatility. There’s nothing major [to handle a hard Brexit].”

Menezes said: “We go out of the ports in the North – Grangemouth, Liverpool – we don’t go down South so we are comfortable we will be able to handle our shipments, including gin, which we produce in Scotland.”

“We have great relationships with all the shippers,” said Cutter, “and we are very confident of getting our products out. That includes Guinness which we brew in Ireland but pack both in Northern Ireland and the UK. We are very comfortable with our Guinness production plans. Stock levels will be fine.”

In Paris Pernod Ricard said it has taken “progressive” steps in some markets in recent months. “In some markets, we’ve already done it [ship extra stocks], in some markets, no,” the Pernod spokesman said, without giving details. “There is no panic. It’s just a plan to avoid any disruption of our distribution.”

Pernod, which includes Chivas Bros, the second largest producer of scotch whisky after Diageo, said it had not rented any new warehouses to stockpile products. Like Diageo, it hopes a divorce deal will be agreed between Brussels and London, echoing other firms in the drinks industry.

Earlier on January 31, Diageo released its H1 results for the six months ending 31 December 2018, reporting a 5.8% increase in its net sales, which rose to £6.9 billion, while operating profits rose by 11% to £2.4 billion.

Beverage competition: Symrise taste helps propel aloe vera and curry sodas to the winner's podium

Beverage competition: Symrise taste helps propel aloe vera and curry sodas to the winner's podium  (Company news)

• Jury assesses concept and sensory impressions
Symrise supports student innovation competition

At the IGL innovation competition for food and beverages, which the Technical University of Munich organizes, the winners in the “Beverages” category used Symrise taste components in their creations. The “Hallo eVera” aloe vera soda concept took first place in the competition, while “Cärry” curry soda clinched second place. The jury assessed the beverages based on the criteria of “innovation/concept,” “sensory impressions” and “overall product.” Held at the Academic Faculty of Brewing and Food Technology at the Weihenstephan Science Center, the competition awards beverages and foods developed by students.

Photo: The winning Symrise beverages in the IGL TUM contest

“We’re delighted that the students who used our products won gold and silver in the ‘Beverages’ category,” says Wilhelm Resanovic, Global Account Manager Beverages at Symrise and on-site mentor at the IGL. “Symrise would like to continue to be a strong partner to students in the future and help them with their training through the IGL competition.” The company also plans to support students in the years to come with technical expertise, market data and figures, marketing information and sensory and formula-based product solutions.

Employers are interested in IGL participants
In addition to their regular lectures, students can also participate in the innovation competition. They have a period of one year to develop their own beverage or food, and must take into account every aspect of the value chain – from taste to production. In one concept, they also put a great deal of thought into their target group and sales. During a “preliminary tasting round,” a jury of 50 samples and evaluates the concepts and analyzes the first prototype for its sensory impact. The jury then invites the groups with the most promising product ideas to the final round.

Student participants and winners of the IGL can now look forward to some special attention: Employers take notice of the event. The competition has also become something of a platform for product creators, having led to five spin-offs over the past two years, including the “BABO blue” mixed beer drink, which is now sold throughout Germany.
(Symrise AG)

Nestlé Waters North America Purchases Bottling Facility in High Springs, Florida

Nestlé Waters North America Purchases Bottling Facility in High Springs, Florida  (Company news)

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) announced that it has acquired a bottling facility in High Springs, Florida from Ice River Springs Marianna LLC. The 300,000 square foot facility will be NWNA’s third manufacturing location in Florida, including its operations in Madison and Pasco counties. The transaction closed on December 28, 2018, and there will be a brief mutually agreed upon post-close transition. Purchase terms were not disclosed.

“We are evolving our operations to better support the future needs of our business and position the company for long-term success,” said Alex Gregorian, Nestlé Waters North America Executive Vice President, Technical and Production. “This strategically located facility will enable us to more efficiently serve current and future customers of our popular Zephyrhills® Natural Spring Water and Nestlé® Pure Life® bottled water brands. We look forward to being a part of the High Springs community.”

“Nestlé Waters North America has a strong track record of water stewardship and springs protection, making it a great home for the business as it continues to grow the bottled water industry here in High Springs,” said Sandy Gott, Co-Owner, Ice River Springs. “Over the past six years, the High Springs team and facility has been a great success for our company. Ice River Springs will transition our Florida business to our new plant in Miami.”
(Nestlé Waters North America)

SIG Creates a New Monitoring and Control Solution to Optimize Every Angle of ...

SIG Creates a New Monitoring and Control Solution to Optimize Every Angle of ...  (Company news)

...Filling Operations

With food and beverage manufacturers facing a new level of production challenges, SIG has developed Plant 360 Controller (photo) – a new digital monitoring and control solution to optimize every angle of filling plant operations.

Today’s filling plants are operating on an unprecedented scale with higher demands, growing competition, and ever-shorter production cycles. But with multiple systems running independently, an increasing number of data sources, and equipment from several different suppliers, these plants are becoming increasingly complex to manage.

SIG Plant 360 Controller is a modular solution that can be scaled to suit a manufacturer’s exact needs. It features open software that’s compatible with equipment and machinery from any supplier, meaning manufacturers have complete freedom of choice over their technology partners.

With SIG Plant 360 Controller, manufacturers can gradually integrate all horizontal plant processes and systems into one platform, while also adding more functionalities to grow vertically. This ensures they can gain a full overview of their entire production – from raw material reception to warehouse, and from shop floor to top floor.

Modules scaled to every operation
SIG Plant 360 Controller consists of three core modules: Connector, Performer and Governor. These ensure manufacturers have a scalable integrated information and control solution that can be customized to their specific operations.

The Connector module starts by ensuring full connectivity in a manufacturer’s plant, no matter what equipment, supplier or PLC is used. OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) enables horizontal machine-to-machine and vertical communication, from shop floor to top floor, within the entire plant.

“It’s very important that it’s easy and fast to integrate the Connector because our customers’ lines and plants have to continually run,” said Stefan Mergel, SIG’s Senior Product Manager Equipment. “That’s why we do most of the groundwork at SIG so we can deliver a plug-and-play solution, which is integrated within the equipment, connected to the PLC and can go live within a day.”

The Performer module is a Plant Monitoring System (PMS) that offers a platform on which all connected equipment can share information. This creates a transparent database that monitors an entire plant in real time, analyzes historical data to find process bottlenecks and presents intelligent insights in visual dashboards. This helps improve plant efficiency (OEE) and quality, and, with digital reporting, achieve a paperless plant.

“Customization is very important to ensure our customers get what they need,” added Mergel. “With the Performer module, we have a basis module that covers all key functionalities but we also have a large toolbox where customers can choose the tools and modules they need related to issues such as performance, quality and energy. This ensures they always get what they need.”

The Governor module provides a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that enables complete control of a plant, from top floor to shop floor. This means seamless communication between all layers of operations – from Enterprise-Resource-Planning (ERP) to individual machines and back. And, with modular solutions powered by digital workflows, such as material handling, operations planning, or batch track-and-trace, manufacturers can optimize all operations.

“Potential cost savings from the Governor module are obviously dependent on the customer but from our experience we have some proven key figures,” said Mergel. “We know you can improve OEE by an average of 5% while plant capacity can be improved by 10%. For a milk customer in Asia Pacific, SIG Plant 360 Controller is an end-to-end solution that enables yearly savings of over €1M.”

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



Picture: Deli 24’s new 420-litre HPP machine

The UK’s largest provider of High Pressure Processing (HPP) services to the beverage industry has announced an investment programme that has doubled the company’s processing capacity.

Deli 24 is based in Milton Keynes in the UK and has made a £2 million investment in a new 420-litre HPP machine from Hiperbaric to operate alongside the company’s existing 420-litre and 135-litre machines. The new machine came on-stream in December 2018, after several weeks of installation, commissioning and testing at Deli 24’s 5,400 square metre purpose-built processing facility at the heart of the UK’s motorway network.

HPP (or Pascalisation as it is sometimes known) is based on a concept first found to be beneficial in extending food shelf life in the 1890’s but it has only been able to develop on an industrial scale in the last 20 years or so. The technology relies on the effect that ultra-high-pressure water surrounding the food product has on the cell wall structure of living organisms. HPP processing results in the inactivation of food spoilage organisms and pathogens whilst flavour and nutrition remain unaffected, enabling production of premium quality, safer, more natural products. The water pressure applied is up to 87,000 psi (6,000 Bar), the equivalent of being 60 km under the sea and with the earth’s deepest ocean trench being a mere 11km, it is understandable that living things struggle to survive such processing conditions.

Deli 24 was formed in 2010 as a private business, employing a team comprising individuals with extensive multi-disciplinary food industry experience. This provides a collective strength in depth, with a particular focus on commercial and food safety expertise. Since the formation of the business, in just eight years the plant has doubled in size. From the initial 135-litre HPP machine, in 2014 the first 420-litre machine was installed, followed now by the addition of another 420-litre machine.

Jeff Winter, Deli 24 Managing Director, comments – “We have seen a substantial growth in the number of products which are benefitting from the considerable advantages afforded by HPP. Juices have proved a particularly important developing market with the opportunity that HPP offers to extend the shelf life of a fresh juice, for example, from five days to 120 days while retaining the all-important fresh individual taste and colour which is often not the case with heat treatment or the addition of preservatives.

Recently we have also seen functional drinks aimed at the burgeoning wellness market using our toll-based HPP services, recognising the benefits of a process which extends the shelf life while having no effect on the flavour or the nutritional properties of the product. HPP is now even being used by many as a marketing opportunity, with companies actively promoting the fact that their products are HPP treated on their packaging.”

Paul Winter, Deli 24 Director, continues – “we offer a contract service to companies across the globe. Some countries are more accustomed to the benefits of HPP than others but we are seeing growth in both domestic and export activities. This is from existing customers whose HPP treated products are achieving sales growth, as well as new customers who we are introducing to HPP as a process and helping them with their products and packaging to enable them to maximise the opportunities it presents. This investment in another machine has been made to allow us to meet this increase in demand.”
(Deli24 Ltd)

Now Open! Ballast Point Brewing Company in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

Now Open! Ballast Point Brewing Company in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort  (Company news)

We are celebrating the grand opening of Ballast Point Brewing Company! On January 10, the popular San Diego-based craft brewer officially opened the first-ever brewery in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

The upper story 7,000-sq. ft. restaurant and bar offers several unique seating areas, including an open-air bar and expansive outdoor patio, all with views of the Downtown Disney District.

World-Class Beer: Ballast Point Brewing Company brings more than 50 high quality, innovative beers across 100 taps. Their on-site three-barrel brewing system is ideal for creating limited-edition brews exclusive to the Downtown Disney District, along with Ballast Point favorites: the flagship Sculpin IPA, Fathom IPA and Victory at Sea. From grain to glass, Ballast Point Brewing Company is dedicated to the craft of its production, from selecting raw materials to the brewing process, which includes 300-plus quality testing touch points.

Brewpub-Style Dishes: The whole family is sure to enjoy Ballast Point Brewing Company’s creative and fun brewpub-style menu, offering plates to share, salads and flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers and desserts, with gluten free and vegetarian options. A few favorites to note are the soyrizo and roasted cauliflower tacos, duck confit nachos, glazed pork belly appetizer, “Black Marlin” BBQ flatbread and “Victory at Sea” s’mores. Little ones will love the kids’ menu choices of crispy chicken tenders, corn tortilla quesadilla and grilled cheese. Ballast Point will donate $1 for every kids meal ordered at the Downtown Disney District to No Kid Hungry, a national organization providing children with nutritious food options.

Nautical Vibes: Décor is inspired by a love of the sea and the nod to the nautical is cleverly apparent in the restaurant’s design. The logo graphic of the sextant “anchors” the look — being a navigational tool that measures the longitude, latitude and altitudes with the sun, moon and stars — is Ballast Point’s “reminder to keep on the journey to seek out new ideas and new flavors.” The main bar wall is inspired by the hull of a ship. In the entry, the beer bottle chandelier is a signature piece, and the wall of tap handles illustrate many of Ballast’s inventive brews. A black and white bistro wall of sketches from Ballast Point’s resident artist Paul Elders illustrate labels of notable beers over the years, from haunting seaworthy skeletons to a mystical octopus.

Take a bit of Ballast Point home with you! Men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and novelties featuring Ballast Point artwork are available in the restaurant’s merchandise section.

The opening of Ballast Point is the latest in an exciting line-up of newly unveiled restaurants, shops and entertainment venues in the Downtown Disney District. This includes the reimagined World of Disney, Salt & Straw scoop shop, the re-designed Wetzel’s Pretzels, renovated Naples Ristorante e Bar and Napolini Pizzeria, with Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes coming soon!
(Disneyland® Resort)

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