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    25.04.2017   GEBO CERMEX TO SHOW ITS VISION OF THE “SMART MACHINE” AT INTERPACK     ( Company news )

    Company news Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group and world leader in packaging line engineering solutions, is introducing its latest advanced performance systems and innovative packaging line solutions at Interpack 2017 (4-10 May). On booth C47 (Hall 13), the company is demonstrating its portfolio for the beverage and food, home and personal care (FHPC) customers based on its Agility 4.0™ program. ‘Smart’ equipment is the focus at this year’s exhibition, with a comprehensive packing solution at the company’s booth.

    Marc Aury, President & Managing Director of Gebo Cermex, explains: “As a key player in the Factory of the Future movement with our Agility 4.0™ program, at Interpack this year we are excited to give visitors a preview of our vision of the 'Smart Machine', with a comprehensive robotic/cobotic case packing solution embedding advanced and connected systems.” A ‘Smart Machine’ is so much more than a piece of machinery. Featuring the latest motion technology, robotics and cobotics, auto adjustment and auto feeding, as well as being a connected machine, it establishes itself as a forward looking comprehensive solution. Aury continues: “It is no longer a case packer simply putting products in a case. It’s a 360° integrated approach using the latest technologies to deliver all functionalities.”

    The ‘smart packing machine’ on the Gebo Cermex booth at Interpack 2017 will feature four main innovative modules.

    CareSelect - new shaped bottle infeed system to preserve product integrity
    As a global launch at Interpack 2017 will be CareSelect™ - Gebo Cermex’s patented universal and modular shaped-bottle infeed and collating system for robotic or traditional case packers. Utilizing Rockwell Automation’s iTRAK® technology and capable of achieving speeds of up to 400 products per minute depending on package size, shape and weight, the CareSelect system easily surpasses traditional ‘endless screw’ collation systems in terms of bottle integrity and protection. It delivers shaped bottles to the packing machine with precision and care in the correct orientation and pitch, turning each bottle 90°. Even unstable shaped products are smoothly and individually handled via independent movers. To eliminate contact between products, flow is managed without accumulation at the infeed and ‘friction time’ between the bottle and the system - when the bottles come into contact with machine parts - is dramatically reduced (by at least 20 times) compared to an endless screw infeed system.

    In response to the demand of customers for flexibility and reduced downtime when managing production of different batches, CareSelect™ offers fully automatic changeovers in less than one minute, with no need for mechanical adjustments. Additionally, adaptation of movers and product guides is carried out automatically, without involving any manual intervention. Unlike the previous screw infeed which required the manipulation of heavy parts, CareSelect™ needs no tools or parts to implement the changes. As a result, storage space for cranes and other kinds of equipment is also saved.

    Fenceless cobotic FlexiLoad for automatic magazine loading
    Featured on booth C47 (Hall 13) too, will be FlexiLoad™, the reliable robotic solution for magazine loading, suitable for any case packing system regardless of type and speed. This eliminates the need for time-consuming, manual corrugated board magazine feeding and, importantly, the potential for operators’ musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Exhibited for the very first time on this year's booth will be the latest version, enabling a completely fenceless unit as it embeds the world’s strongest collaborative robot, the Fanuc CR35 with a 35 kg payload. This represents a further testament to the leading role played by Gebo Cermex with the implementation of cobots in packaging applications, helping make previous manual ancillary tasks fully automatic while enabling complete interactive human/machine relationships. Comprising also a universal gripping tooling and PC based software, this latest version delivers a compact solution fitting in the same space as when the task is carried out manually. Yet, having no fence, the system ensures easy circulation around the magazine loading equipment and leaves operators free to carry out more skilled work.

    WB46 Wrap-Around packing technology
    With a large installed base worldwide, the WB46 offers excellent performance in terms of flexibility, hygiene and ergonomics. This is due mainly to a new automation platform, thermoplastic polyurethane timing belts and quick-release systems for format changeovers.

    Now, and exclusively for Interpack, Gebo Cermex will be revealing a new on-the-fly robotic product loading station, which reduces the overall footprint of the machine by eliminating the need for a pre-collating system. This latest version of the WB46 will feature the company’s brand-new, user-friendly human machine interface (HMI), which is based on an intuitive, tablet-approach navigation and offers rich media tools for preventive maintenance procedures. On the booth, visitors will also have a hands-on experience of a format changeover on the WB46, via virtual reality, demonstrating a new approach to operators’ training.

    State-of-the-art digital connectivity and simulation
    Also available as part of the smart packing solution, is the company’s Equipment Smart Monitoring (ESM) system which connects to the machine in order to read, transmit and organize performance data into a coherent dashboard. This system helps customers maximize the efficiency of component machines within their packaging lines (OEE): by operating at individual machine level and collecting a continuous stream of data via a connected measuring device, ESM gathers and analyses data to generate a number of key indicators. Based on these, engineers at Gebo Cermex are able to come up with recommendations tailored to clients’ exact requirements, to maintain and improve the efficiency of their installed base.

    Marc Aury concludes: “With Agility 4.0™ Gebo Cermex is proposing a unique integration business model, offering enhanced performance, cost-effectiveness, high productivity and greater agility for today and tomorrow. This programme brings Smart Factories to life in order to create a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience driven by packaging mass customization and product diversity. At Interpack, visitors to our booth will see an end-to-end approach on an intelligent, efficient, integrated packing solution, giving its full potential at all levels.”
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    24.04.2017   Water Category to be Refresh’d with Robinsons    ( Company news )

    Company news With innovation a continued focus, Britvic Soft Drinks has announced a new product that will offer consumers a tasty way to keep their thirst quenched on-the-go from the No. 1 GB Squash brand1, Robinsons. Launching at the end of March, Robinsons Refresh’d is made using 100% naturally sourced ingredients, containing spring water mixed with real fruit, and will be aimed at busy consumers looking for something different to drink immediately.

    Available in three tasty flavour combinations - Raspberry & Apple, Orange & Lime and Apple & Kiwi – Robinsons Refresh’d will appeal to consumers looking for more interesting and lower sugar fruit drink options, with real fruit and no added sugar. The variants have been developed to pair perfectly with water, delivering a refreshing burst of flavour. At just 55kcal per 500 ml serving and with no artificial colours, flavourings, sweeteners or preservatives, this low sugar product offers a new solution to health-conscious consumers looking to stay refreshed throughout the day.

    Kevin McNair, GB Marketing Director at Britvic, commented on the launch: “We know that Healthy Hydration is the fastest growing segment in soft drinks2, so the opportunity for retailers to stock new innovative options in this area is clear. Found in at least 4 out of 10 British households3, we’re bringing the trusted Robinsons brand name to an on-the-go audience with this exciting launch that is set to shake up the category. From our research, we know that Robinsons Refresh’d is the tastiest way for busy consumers to stay refreshed on-the-go4, so retailers should stock up now to boost their soft drink sales with the latest innovation from this leading brand.”

    The launch will be supported by a dedicated marketing investment including TV, OOH, digital and sampling activity. In-store activation materials and POS will also be available to customers to help drive visibility of the new launch and inspire purchase.

    As part of the soft drinks company’s longstanding history of healthy innovation, full sugar Robinsons variants were removed from the market in 2015. This bold step forms part of Britvic’s ongoing commitment to leading the industry in helping consumers make healthier choices.

    Robinsons Refresh’d will be available in single 500ml PET bottles from the end of March in cases of 12 and 24, including PMP formats. The suggested retail price is £1.29.
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    21.04.2017   Asia: Kirin Holdings to export its 'craft' beers around Asia    ( E-malt.com )

    Kirin Holdings Co. plans to export its premium “craft” beers around Asia, starting with Taiwan in mid-May, and have regional demand account for 10 percent of overall sales of the series this fiscal year, Asahi Shimbun reported on April 11.

    The beverage giant, citing the products’ high reputation among foreign visitors to Japan, intends to further tap into the overseas market with three products that are part of Grand Kirin series launched in 2012.

    One of the beers, Japan Pale Lager (JPL), which went on sale in Japan in March this year, boasts a gorgeous flavor through the use of domestically produced malt and hops, Kirin said.

    The JPL’s bottle is covered with cherry blossom designs to give it a Japanese appearance.

    A 330-milliliter bottle of JPL will be priced at about 320 yen ($2.90) in Taiwan, twice the cost of Kirin’s mainstay Ichiban Shibori draft beer that is already available on the island.

    Despite the higher price, Kirin expects to expand its market around Asia, where rich people, younger customers and others have shifted to alcoholic beverages that boast distinctive tastes and consist of well-selected ingredients.

    Kirin plans to start exporting the beers to South Korea and China by around summer. Southeast Asian countries, such as Singapore and Vietnam, could also be export destinations.

    The brewer plans to use convenience stores in those countries as the main marketing channel and eventually attract bars and Japanese-style restaurants as clients.
     
    21.04.2017   South Korea: Government recognizes necessity of efforts to support local craft breweries    ( E-malt.com )

    As the soaring popularity for imported beer among South Korean consumers is seeing the shelves of supermarkets filled with the likes of Heineken, Asahi and Stella Artois, the government is ramping up its efforts to support South Korean beer makers in the hope of winning back the hearts of beer drinkers in the country, The Korea Bizwire reported on April 14.

    South Korea’s latest move to cultivate its own brand of craft beer will see the government introduce reforms that will loosen current restrictions on beer production and distribution to boost the competitiveness of homegrown craft beers, Vice Minister of Strategy and Finance Choi Sang-mok said on April 13.

    Speaking to staff members during a visit to the Playground microbrewery in Gyeonggi Province, Choi said, “Over the last five years, sales of imported beers have increased 250 percent and continue to grow. As consumers desire superior quality and taste, more microbreweries need to open and grow.”

    Choi’s visit, which included a meeting with officials from a craft beer association to discuss ideas, follows in the footsteps of government plans to ease the restrictions on beer production and encourage investment in brewing that were announced at a trade investment promotion meeting last February.

    Last year, around $1.8 billion worth of beer was imported into South Korea, up from $72 million in 2012. The market share of imported beers in South Korea also swelled from 3.4 to 10.5 percent over the same period.

    The government’s latest reforms, which will redesign the landscape of the beer industry in both production and distribution, are thought to be in response to the growing threat from international brewing companies facing homegrown beer makers.

    When the new reforms take place, beers from small brewing companies will be permitted to be sold through supermarkets and other retail stores, with more ingredients authorized for use in beer production.

    As the government pledges to create a business environment where South Korean microbreweries can grow, Choi pled with enterprises in the industry to invest more to invigorate the market.
     
    21.04.2017   Thailand's largest Beverage company banks on Netstal's PET-LINE    ( Company news )

    Company news - The Thai Beverage brewery group invests in the PET-LINE from Netstal
    - The leading beverage corporation in the ASEAN region
    - PET-LINE offers maximum added value for the PET beverage industry

    The Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (“Thai Beverage”) is one of the largest beverage companies in Thailand and the ASEAN region. Thai Beverage has decided to set up its own PET-preform production and, as a result, its subsidiary BevTech Co., Ltd. invested in state-of-the-art and highly efficient PET-LINE machine technology from Netstal. The contract signing ceremony took place in Bangkok.

    Investment in modern machine technology for the production of preforms
    Thai Beverage Public Company Limited has decided to set up its own PET-preform production lines and, as a result, its subsidiary BevTech Co., Ltd. invested in state-of-the-art and highly efficient machine technology from Netstal. After a call for bids, Thailand's largest beverage company made a decision in favor of the high-performance PET-LINE injection molding systems of the Swiss premium manufacturer. "After careful examination of all options, we decided to set up our own preform production with the Netstal systems," explained Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, President and CEO of Thaibev.

    The largest beverage bottler in Thailand and ASEAN
    Sirivadhanabhakdi welcomed Netstal CEO Renzo Davatz to Bangkok for the contract signing ceremony. "It's a great honor to be invited to the ceremony and to represent Netstal as a reliable machine partner of Thai Beverage and Bev Tech," Davatz said after he signed the contract. "We are happy that we were able to beat off the competition with our technology that is superior with regard to performance and energy efficiency," Davatz added. Thai Beverage is not just one of the largest beverage bottlers in Thailand but also in the entire ASEAN region. It sells many beer, liquor, soft drink and water brands that are popular in the region.

    Added value for the PET beverage industry
    Netstal's PET-LINE is a state-of-the-art production system for PET preforms and stands for maximum profitability and efficient production. The systems have many industry-leading features that offer users the best cost/performance ratio on the market. Preform manufacturers worldwide benefit from low unit costs and excellent, continuously high quality. The PET-LINE also impresses with an outstanding system stability and high value retention. Netstal is known for its excellent application and system competence and supports its customers not just when developing applications, but also during the planning and installation process of a product line.
    (Netstal-Maschinen AG)
     
    21.04.2017   UK: BrewDog sells 22% stake to private equity house    ( E-malt.com )

    Early investors in “punk” beer firm BrewDog will be able to bank a hefty profit this week. An injection of cash from a private equity house valued the company at £1 bln, 10 years after it began life in its co-founder’s mother’s garage, The Guardian reported on April 9.

    San Francisco-based TSG Consumer Partners agreed to buy 22% of BrewDog, whose idiosyncratic beers and international network of bars have won it a cult following, in a deal worth £213 mln.

    Some £100 mln will be invested in the business while TSG, which also owns US brewer Pabst, also spent £113 mln buying shares from existing investors, according to the Sunday Times.

    Founders James Watt and Martin Dickie are understood to have made £100 mln between them as a result of the deal, a decade after they used a £20,000 bank loan to start brewing in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

    BrewDog’s army of nearly 50,000 “Equity Punks”, its name for investors in four previous rounds of crowdfunding, will be able to sell up to 15% of their shares from this week, the company said.

    Watt told investors that they stand make a return of 2,800% if they were among those who bought in at the first opportunity in 2010.

    That fundraising effort valued the company at just £26 mln, but the brewer has grown rapidly since then by capitalising on the growing popularity of so-called “craft” beers, tending towards strong hop flavours and higher alcohol content.

    It now employs 800 staff, is opening BrewDog bars across the world and has begun building a brewery in Columbus, Ohio, as a launchpad for a bid to conquer America.

    TSG’s investment values the company, which posted a £7 mln pre-tax profit on £71 mln of revenues last year, at £1 bln. The valuation means that even late-stage investors who bought equity last year could make a 177% return if they choose to sell.

    Shareholders cleared the way for the investment by approving changes to BrewDog’s capital structure at a meeting on 29 March, the company said, with 95% voting in favour. The changes include the award of preference shares to TSG, which confer the right to an annual return of 18% if the company is bought or lists on the stock market, according to reports.

    “Ever since we first started this journey in Martin’s mum’s garage, BrewDog has existed to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are,” said Watt, adding: “We remain more laser focused on that goal than ever before.

    “We’re not going to let the deal go to our heads, but Martin did buy himself a new jumper.”

    The company also told its annual meeting that turnover rose 60% last year and predicted even better growth for 2017.

    BrewDog’s decision to accept investment from a private equity group drew some comment in the light of its repeated efforts to cast itself in the role of a “punk” upstart skeptical of major corporations.

    The brewer has also recently battled allegations of behaving just like the big businesses it claims to scorn, after the Guardian revealed that it threatened legal action against two small businesses it said were infringing its trademarks.

    Dozens of punk rock bands recently signed an open letter questioning the firm’s right to use the term.

    James Watt and Martin Dickie have said that they started brewing because “basically, we couldn’t find anything we really wanted to drink”. The pair, who were at school together in Aberdeenshire, started Brewdog in 2007 with the help of a bank loan, savings and a grant from the Prince’s Trust. Ten years later they are a household name, thanks to tie-ups with major retailers and a series of headline-making controversies.

    It was Dickie who had the technical beer-making nous at the outset – he is a graduate of the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and spent two years working at a brewery in Derbyshire called Thornbridge. Meanwhile, Watt studied law and economics at the same university before a stint as a fisherman.

    In their spare time they brewed and in 2006 they were advised to give up the day jobs by beer writer Michael Jackson. The next year, at the age of 24, they took on the lease of a building in Fraserburgh and invested in some equipment to launch their brand.

    Dickie has told how in the beginning all they did was work: “Seven days a week and in the brewery – probably 18 to 20 hours a day. It was nothing but a lot of hard work and belief.”

    After realising the power of publicity they responded to criticism of their stronger beers with the 1.1% ABV Nanny State, and produced another, The End of History, at a staggering 55% ABV, which was presented inside dead animals. In 2016 the Queen’s birthday honours list included MBEs for the pair.
     
    21.04.2017   UK: Heineken to invest £20 mln to transform pubs across the UK    ( E-malt.com )

    Heineken has announced a £20 mln investment to transform pubs across the UK, the Development Finance Today reported.

    The funds will be used to upgrade Heineken’s Star Pubs & Bars estate, with around half the money earmarked for rural and suburban pubs.

    Among the changes will be new kitchens, comfortable outdoor spaces and areas for events.

    Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs & Bars, said: “Vibrant pubs are an affordable, fun place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together.

    “But as consumer demands have changed, pubs that struggled to keep pace have closed.

    “We believe pubs run by skilled operators and backed by transformational investment can thrive in their role at the heart of communities.”

    Some 70% of the funding will be spent on transformational projects over £100,000.

    Star will also spend nearly £3 mln on maintenance and repairs this year.

    Heineken’s decision follows research which found that 62% of pub goers want their local to offer good food, 37% look for a nice pub garden and 20% want to watch live sport on TV.

    Over the past five years, the company has invested around £100 mln in transforming pubs across the country.

    John Longden, chief executive of licensee advice organisation Pub Is the Hub, added: “Pubs are increasingly being recognised as important social hubs for communities, driving local economies and supporting local employment.

    “Many communities are lacking investment so Heineken’s ongoing commitment to revive and refurbish their pubs in order to deliver the services and activities communities need, is very good news for everyone.”
     
    21.04.2017   USA: Boston Beer's Jim Koch laments the effect of acquisitions by big brewers on the ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ...craft beer industry

    A beer battle is brewing between Sam Adams and Miller Lite, Fortune reported on April 10.

    The companies that make those beers, Boston Beer and Molson Coors respectively, have found themselves in a war of words after The New York Times published an op-ed by Boston Beer founder Jim Koch in which the brewer lamented the effect Big Beer mergers have had on the craft beer industry. According to Koch, mergers and acquisitions led by Molson Coors' subsidiary MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBev have led to $2 billion in higher prices annually, thousands of lost jobs, and a more restrictive wholesaler channel that favors Big Beer over craft upstarts.

    "I worry that yet another major shift in the beer landscape is upon us — and this time, American consumers will be the losers," writes Koch in a Times op-ed entitled "Is It Last Call For Craft Beer?" That piece comes shortly after the trade organization Brewers Association—which advocates for the craft industry—reported 2016's volume increased a fairly modest 6%, partly due to Big Beer binging on craft rivals at a rapid pace. When large-scale beer concerns buy craft brewers like Ballast Point and Lagunitas, sales of their ales are no longer deemed "craft"—though they are often still marketed and stocked as a craft brewer. The craft industry had previously reported double-digit annual volume growth, but those heady days appear to be over.

    Koch is particularly upset that the Justice Department allowed Big Beer to bulk up, first by approving the merger of Anheuser Busch and InBev and then by allowing Molson Coors to take full control of the MillerCoors joint venture when SABMiller got acquired by AB InBev. And since then, both of those big brewers have been on a buying spree in the craft world, further muddling the industry as consumers aren't always aware that their beloved Ballast Point, Goose Island and Elysian beer are owned by "Big Beer."

    MillerCoors, however, is disputing much of what Koch has claimed. In a blog posted on April 10, the big brewer says craft continues to grow—becoming an industry of more than 5,300 players versus just over 1,500 in 2008. Craft also has 26.9% of shelf space as of 2016, up from 23.2% two years early, MillerCoors alleges.

    "It's true craft has changed," said MillerCoors' content writer James Arndorfer. "It's become more fragmented, more local and the proliferation of brewpubs is giving people a new way to enjoy and experience beer." MillerCoors also strongly alludes that Koch's sour feelings about the state of craft may have to do with the fact that Sam Adams' franchise is suffering from a sales slowdown. As Fortune has reported, larger national craft brands like Sam Adams have found themselves squeezed by local, craft upstarts and Big Beer, resulting in sales softness.

    AB InBev also responded to the piece, saying in a prepared statement, "We understand Boston Beer sales are hurting right now and it is easy to blame the bigger brewers. But with 5,300 breweries out there, the numbers don't stack up, and we only see positive, exciting things ahead for our industry and for craft in particular, certainly not its demise!"

    Both Molson Coors and AB InBev took issue with the accuracy of Koch's piece. One major sticking point for Molson: Koch described the brewer as "foreign-owned" but Molson files financials jointly from Denver and Montreal.
     
    20.04.2017   Jägermeister appoints new Executive Board Member     ( Company news )

    Company news Mast-Jägermeister SE has appointed a third member to complete its Executive Board. From 1 May 2017, Christopher Ratsch (40) will join the Executive Board and assume responsibility for finance, production and administration. Michael Volke (CEO), Denis Schrey and Christopher Ratsch will then constitute the three-man Executive Board of the spirits manufacturer.

    Ratsch, a Business Administration graduate, is joining the company after ten years in senior roles at LSG Group (a Lufthansa subsidiary) in Frankfurt. At LSG group he was most recently Managing Director Finance Germany and Vice President Finance, Procurement & Admin Europe. In this international role, he was also responsible for finance, procurement, legal affairs and IT. Before that, he worked at KPMG, one of the world’s leading accountancy firms, for four years.

    "We are delighted, Christopher will join Jägermeister. His considerable international experience and expertise will make a major contribution to the continued dynamic growth of our global business," said the Chairman of the Mast-Jägermeister SE Supervisory Board, Florian Rehm.

    The Wolfenbüttel-based, family owned company produces the world's best-selling liqueur, Jägermeister. For many years the brand has been ranked the top 10 global premium spirits in the leading Impact International ranking. Jägermeister, which consists of 56 herbs, flowers, roots and fruits, is the only German spirit to feature in the top 90 of the industry ranking. Jägermeister is sold today in over 120 countries. Exports account for approximately 80 per cent of total sales.
    (Mast-Jägermeister SE)
     
    19.04.2017   Britvic innovators develop a bottle made of wood fibre in R&D challenge to champion ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... sustainability goals

    Britvic’s annual sustainability report highlights packaging innovation, alongside waste and water reduction achievements as part of the FTSE 250’s £240m supply chain investment programme

    Britvic, the owner of major soft drinks brands including Robinsons squash, J20 and Fruit Shoot, and the PepsiCo bottler in the UK, has taken significant steps towards exploring wood fibre bottles as a viable packaging option for multiple sectors.

    In partnership with Innovate UK and Natural Resources (2000) Ltd, the soft drinks manufacturer has been working to revolutionise packaging across multiple sectors with sustainably sourced, renewable wood fibre materials which are fully recyclable.

    Investigating the new wood fibre packaging technology formed part of Britvic’s broader R&D work stream within the sustainability strategy in 2016. It is early days and the bottle forms one of a number of potential solutions at this point. More importantly, the research process into fibre and pulp has provided essential information for Britvic’s R&D team to explore further alternative packaging solutions going forward.

    Clive Hooper, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Britvic commented: “At Britvic, we know that to be a successful business in the long term we must be a sustainable business and this means listening to the needs of our consumers, our customers, our communities, and our employees.

    “We understand that packaging and the environmental impact of waste is a major concern and we’re committed to working collaboratively with others to explore innovative solutions. The wood fibre bottle is a great example of what potentially can be done and its development has provided great insight into what will and won’t work in terms of quality standards and mass production in the future. We’re now working hard to take our learnings from the fibre bottle to investigate fibre-based sustainable packaging materials further.”

    As well as investment in R&D, Britvic’s sustainability strategy places environmental initiatives at the heart of the business. Britvic is currently half way through a £240m supply chain investment programme to maximise efficiency across its manufacturing sites, reduce waste and improve its environmental footprint.

    As part of this programme, £25m was invested at the Leeds plant, which employs over 200 people, to create a new high-speed bottling line, resulting in a 22% reduction in water use and a 45% reduction in energy consumption relative to production volumes. The upgrades have also allowed the Pepsi bottler to access the latest in packaging technology, allowing Britvic to blow and fill lighter bottles, thereby reducing the amount of plastic packaging needed per year by 155 tonnes, the equivalent weight of over ten double decker buses.

    Meanwhile, Britvic has invested in upgrading equipment and processing techniques to deliver greater water efficiency, resulting in a reduction in total water consumption of 0.4% despite a 0.7% increase in production volumes. This saving is equivalent to the volume of water needed to fill five Olympic swimming pools.

    Finally, as part of Britvic’s commitment to reducing waste, Britvic sent zero waste to landfill in GB, and maintained a recycling rate of nearly 92%. As part of its community outreach, the company also partnered with RECOUP - member based plastics recycling organisation - to encourage 25,000 festival goers at Liverpool’s Fusion Festival to recycle their plastic bottles, which resulted in the collection and recycling of over 10,000 plastic bottles, saving the equivalent of nearly half a tonne of carbon.
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    19.04.2017   With Yards Brewing Company, Ziemann Holvrieka is able to win a great craft brewer as a new customer     ( Company news )

    Company news Tom Kehoe, founder and brewmaster of Yards Brewing Company, has decided to execute his new brewery project together with ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH. With the largest craft brewery in Philadelphia, the brewing technology specialist from Ludwigsburg, Germany, was able to win an important new customer.

    Two LOTUS lauter tuns for ultimate flexibility
    The order placed with ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA includes one complete brewing line including the raw material handling. The brewhouse is designed for twelve brews per day. The planned cast out wort volume with an original wort content of 15.5° Plato amounts to 120 hectoliters per brew. The brewhouse will be equipped with the innovative mash agitator COLIBRI as well as with two LOTUS lauter tuns with diameters of 2.3 and 4.8 meters. This dual solution allows Yards Brewing Company to effectively process even brews with a volume of less than 25 hectoliters or lauter a very strong brew simultaneously with two lauter tuns. For this purpose, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA will also install an external wort boiler, which is ideally suited for small batches. Another special feature of the brewhouse is a fully automatic dosing system for cone hops. In addition, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA will supply six cylindro-conical 1,000-hl tanks including dome covers and a catwalk system. A special feature of the tanks is that they will be installed at such a height that below the tanks there is space for a beer garden. ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA will also be responsible for the planning and supervision of the installation.

    Tom Kehoe explains the decision in favor of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA: “For the solution chosen by us, it was very important to visit reference breweries and during a test brew in their pilot brewery in Ludwigsburg, we could assess for ourselves the performance of their equipment and technology”. The shipment of the components is scheduled for the beginning of July and the installation for August / September 2017. The first brew in the new brewhouse of the Yards Brewing Company shall be produced at the end of September 2017.
    (Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH)
     
    18.04.2017   Pepsi MAX® announces new flavour: Pepsi MAX ginger now available in the UK    ( Company news )

    Company news Pepsi MAX®,the beverage known for its great cola taste with no sugar, announces the addition of an exciting new flavour: Pepsi MAX Ginger; the first cola and ginger combination to hit the UK market.

    Pepsi Max, always on the hunt for new trends, taps into cola fans’ desire for big, bold and interesting flavours. Pepsi MAX Ginger is a distinct new flavour that provides a genius combination of refreshing no sugar cola paired with an invigorating and warming ginger taste.

    Packaged in a distinct black and golden bronze design, the Pepsi MAX Ginger line-up will include 330ml cans, 500ml, 600ml, 1.5L, 2L, 6x330ml cans and 8x330ml cans to be sold in Grocery, discounters and convenience from 6th March.

    The launch of Pepsi MAX Ginger will be supported by a high-investment marketing campaign, focusing on the brand’s New Taste strapline. Throughout June and July, Pepsi MAX Ginger will be part of a Pepsi MAX Taste Campaign featured on TV, Outdoor and Digital. A nationwide sampling campaign will also deliver close to £1million perfect serves of Pepsi Max Ginger, raising awareness and driving further trial. Within Grocery accounts, Pepsi MAX Ginger will be promoted with full in-store path to purchase, driving trial with standout creative linked to the TV advert.

    Kevin McNair, Marketing Director at Britvic GB, which distributes PepsiCo-owned Pepsi in the UK, says: “Of the 16million people buying cola in the UK, 16% of them also buy ginger-flavoured drinks, so the opportunity Pepsi MAX Ginger provides for our trade customers in the UK is huge. Great taste is integral to the brand so it was vital to get the flavour right with this innovative new product and we’re delighted with the end-result. Not only does it taste great on its own and in mixed drinks, it also contains no sugar just like the other drinks in the Pepsi MAX range, giving added appeal to consumers looking for great tasting refreshment without a high sugar or calorie content. We’re confident Pepsi MAX Ginger is going to bring some real excitement to the cola category and we’re looking forward to seeing how Pepsi MAX Ginger helps our customers in the Grocery channel to boost their sales in the coming months.”
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    13.04.2017   Vetropack Group 2016: net sales up 8%    ( Company news )

    Company news Vetropack Group generated net sales from goods and services of CHF 601.7 million in the 2016 fiscal year, 8% more than in 2015. Unit sales rose by 4.9% to 4.87 billion units of glass packaging. These increases are attributable to the Group's newest subsidiary Vetropack Italia S.r.l., which was consolidated for a full year for the first time in 2016.

    Financial key figures for 2016:
    • Net sales: CHF 601.7 million (2015: CHF 557.0 million)
    • EBIT: CHF 49.3 million (2015: CHF 50.3 million)
    • EBIT margin: 8.2% (2015: 9.0%)
    • Consolidated profit: CHF 42.6 million (2015: CHF 42.1 million)
    • Net liquidity: CHF 16.9 million (2015: CHF 11.2 million)
    • Cash flow: CHF 105.1 million (2015: CHF 103.7 million)
    • Cash flow margin: 17.5% (2015: 18.6%)
    • Equity ratio: 72.0% (2015: 74.4%)

    In the 2016 fiscal year, Vetropack Group generated net sales from goods and services of CHF 601.7 million (2015: CHF 557.0 million), selling a total of 4.87 billion units of glass packaging, up 4.9% year on year (2015: 4.64 billion units). On the whole, the domestic markets – which now include Italy – accounted for 56.5% of unit sales, with the export markets making up 43.5%.

    Consolidated EBIT came to CHF 49.3 million (2015: CHF 50.3 million). This slight fall was due to scheduled furnace repairs in Switzerland, Austria and Ukraine. The EBIT margin stood at 8.2% (2015: 9.0%).

    The consolidated profit increased slightly to CHF 42.6 million (2015: CHF 42.1 million), while cash flow remained largely stable at CHF 105.1 million (2015: CHF 103.7 million). The cash flow margin amounted to 17.5% (2015: 18.6%). Net liquidity was CHF 16.9 million (2015: CHF 11.2 million).

    Vetropack Group invested a total of CHF 95.8 million (2015: CHF 65.0 million) in 2016. This was focused on modernising the furnaces and production facilities in Austria and Ukraine, repairing the roof of the furnace in Switzerland, expanding the cullet processing plant in the Czech Republic and the new Group-wide training centre for production ¬specialists at the Pöchlarn site in Austria.

    At the end of the reporting year, Vetropack Group employed 3,243 members of staff (31 December 2015: 3,228).

    Outlook for the 2017 fiscal year
    Moderate economic growth is on the horizon in the countries where Vetropack Group operates. In Ukraine, some indicators are suggesting that the long-awaited stabilisation of the economy is not far off. Whether this positive trend leads to an increase in demand as early as 2017 remains to be seen. One thing is certain, however – prices will continue to be squeezed.

    However, Vetropack Group has no extensive modernisation work planned for 2017, which should have a positive effect on business performance. Therefore, a slight increase in net sales and performance is expected.
    (Vetropack AG)
     
    12.04.2017   Bright end to 2016 lifts aluminium foil deliveries to new record level    ( Company news )

    Company news A strong performance from European aluminium foil rollers in the last half of the year has lifted deliveries above pre-economic crisis levels for the first time in a decade. Domestic deliveries showed a marked improvement (+1.5%) compared with a year earlier, and exports performed better than expected, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).

    While Q3 saw flat demand, generally the October- December period returned to solid growth, enabling overall production to reach 874,480 tonnes, an increase of 1.5% on the previous twelve months. This is an all-time high, as the last time it approached this level was ten years earlier when production hit 865,870t in 2006.

    Thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, ended the full year 0.5% higher, thanks to a very strong result (+4.0%) in European markets for Q4. Thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, have been performing better for most of the year and ended 3.4% ahead, returning to a 1.4% increase in the final three months, after a dip the previous quarter.

    Exports, were less impacted by overseas competition, recording an increase of 1.3% compared to 2015. Although the final quarter saw a decline, it was not enough to push deliveries into negative territory following strong growth in Q1 and Q3. In particular, thicker gauges were up by more than 20%.

    EAFA’s Executive Director, Guido Aufdemkamp, said he was pleased with the figures but warned that it was too early to say the upward trend was established. “To have exceeded the previous all-time high is very encouraging. But we have seen volatile swings in demand patterns quarter on quarter for both thinner and thicker gauges through the last years. While the overall performance is very robust we will remain alert to continuing changes in market circumstances.”
    (EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)
     
    11.04.2017   Craft beverage labels: tell your story and stand out from the crowd    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac has launched a range of label materials for the fast-growing and highly competitive craft beverage market. The European range includes textured, colored, and metalized papers, as well as ultra-clear and white film materials, all designed to increase the shelf appeal of craft beverages and offer even greater branding flexibility. When decorated with embossing for papers or foiling for films, these new products offer a host of new design possibilities. UPM Raflatac also offers specially formulated adhesives that resist whitening during the pasteurization process.

    This new portfolio of high quality self-adhesive labels is ideal for all types of craft beverages –beers, ciders, high-end soft drinks, and spirits. The range of material and texture options will help producers to create a label that attracts and intrigues.

    Self-adhesive labeling from UPM Raflatac offers a number of advantages over wet-glue labeling, including faster changeovers, less waste, and a cleaner packaging process. Self-adhesive labels are also flexible, allowing varying label sizes, shapes, and designs, especially on short labeling runs.

    “We want to help brands tell their story and reflect their craft roots with high performance labels that give a natural, authentic, and distinctive look. Our label materials give producers a graphic canvas that shows their company’s commitment to artisanship,” says Jay Betton, Business Segment Manager, Wine, Spirits, and Craft Beverages, EMEIA.
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    11.04.2017   Mexico & USA: Mexican farmers asking US President to stop Constellation Brands ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... building brewery in Mexicali

    Brewery news
    Mexican farmers are asking President Trump for help stopping a local brewery's new plant, News 10NBC reported on March 31.

    Victor-based Constellation Brands is planning a $1.4 billion plant in Mexicali, Mexico. But, according to the Wall Street Journal, local farmers are afraid the plant would use too much water in an area with an already naturally low water table.

    Dry conditions there have already forced farmers to stop using thousands of acres of farmland.

    "We haven't been able to do a second planting in years, but we're inviting in a company that's going to consume a ton of water," farmer Pablo Rangel tells the journal. "It doesn't make sense."

    The farmers have protested the company, hoping President Trump will bring it back to the states.
     
    11.04.2017   Romania & Hungary: Heineken settles row with small Romanian brewer out of court    ( E-Malt.com )

    A row between Heineken and a small Romanian brewer backed by the Hungarian government looked to be over on March 27, just days after Budapest threatened to ban the Dutch giant's famous red star logo, Bizcommunity.com reported.

    Heineken and Lixid Project, based in Transylvania, a region in Romania with a large ethnic Hungarian population, said in a joint statement that their dispute had been settled out of court. "Both companies now look forward to (focusing) on what they do best and enjoy most: brewing beer," said the statement seen by AFP.

    The deal appears to have ended a bitter dispute framed by the Hungarian government as a "David and Goliath" battle against a multinational firm "abusing its power" over a small company run by ethnic Hungarians.

    The dispute escalated after the Dutch firm's Romanian subsidiary won a brand-name dispute against Lixid Project in January. A court ruled that their Hungarian-language "Csiki" beer was too similar to Heineken's Romanian-language "Ciuc" range and infringed trademark rights.

    Budapest slammed the decision as "undignified, unjust and anti-Hungarian" and supported calls to boycott Heineken products. Then draft legislation brought to parliament by senior government officials this month proposed a ban on the commercial use of "symbols of totalitarian dictatorships" like the red star.

    Heineken insisted its logo had "no political meaning whatsoever" and that it dated back to medieval European brewers. When the symbol became associated with communism after World War II, the brewer swapped it for a white star before reverting back to the original following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    In a separate statement sent to AFP, Heineken said it "recognises the importance and emotional value of the Csiki brand-name to its brewers and consumers," as well as to its "stakeholders in both Romania and Hungary".

    "Rest assured that similarly Heineken will always, everywhere and with all means defend what is at its own core since the early days of the company: the Heineken trademark, including its iconic red star," it said.

    Nandor Csepreghy, a senior Hungarian government official, said that the case shows "that where there is a will, then David can defeat Goliath".

    Lixid Project thanked its supporters, consumers, the local community "and last but not least, the Hungarian government".
     
    11.04.2017   Russia: Russians developing new taste for alcohol-free beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    Russians are among the biggest drinkers of alcohol in the world, yet are developing a new taste for alcohol-free beer, which could help save a brewing industry that has stalled under government initiatives to discourage drinking, Reuters reported on March 30.

    Sales of zero-alcohol beer jumped 12 percent last year even as the broader Russian market shrank by 2 percent, according to research firm Nielsen, extending a 40 percent slide in beer sales since the government tightened regulations in 2008.

    Anheuser Busch InBev plans to promote the alcohol-free version of its Bud brand as a sponsor of soccer's FIFA World Cup when Russia hosts it next year. Carlsberg's Russian unit Baltika, which has the largest share of Russia's alcohol-free beer market, said this month it was making new investments in zero-strength beer.

    The trend, say people in the industry, is being driven by a move towards healthier lifestyles among Russian consumers, nudged by government measures that include restrictions on alcohol sales and tougher penalties for drunk-driving.

    "This market is absolutely undeveloped in Russia. We plan to expand our range, we want more," said Dmitry Shpakov, head of AB InBev's Russian business, which markets alcohol-free versions of its international Bud, Stella Artois and Hoegaarden brands as well of some of its Russian brands.

    Last year AB InBev saw double-digit growth in Russian sales of its alcohol-free beers, and it expects to achieve a similar pace this year.

    The segment is growing from a low base. Alcohol-free beer accounts for around 1.2 percent of Russia's beer market, according to Nielsen. That, said Shpakov, compares to 5 percent of the German beer market and 13 percent in Spain.

    AB InBev has a global aim for weak and alcohol-free beer to account for 20 percent of its total sales by 2025.

    "I'm not saying it can't be 20 percent in Russia. It certainly can. We are thinking about a number of very strong initiatives, which can drive this process," Shpakov told Reuters in an interview. "It's a very important focus."

    Philip Gorham, analyst at Morningstar, said the Russian government's push to curb drinking would help the segment: "Per capita (alcohol) consumption has been declining. If that continues, I do think there is room for non- and low-alcohol alternatives to act as a substitute."

    Brewers pioneered non-alcoholic beer in the 1980s and 1990s, but with only limited success, partly because consumers did not like the taste. Since then, changes to the production process have made it taste more like regular beer.

    "I think the stigma attached to drinking non-alcoholic beer is less today than it used to be. Ten years ago, non-alcoholic beer was rare whereas today there is greater consumer acceptance, partly helped by the much-improved taste profile," said Ed Mundy, analyst at Jefferies.

    "Do I think that the 1 percent beer share of Russian beer can that grow? Yes I think so. As consumers come to accept that the product offering is much improved."

    Alcohol-free beer is a rare bright spot for a Russian brewing industry which Euromonitor estimates was worth an estimated $15 billion in 2016, but which shrank as the government has sought to reduce drinking.

    The average Russian over the age of 15 consumed the equivalent of 15.1 liters of pure alcohol per year in 2008-2010, according to the most recent figures from the World Health Organization. That was a liter less than five years earlier, but still among the highest in the world: only the citizens of two other ex-Soviet republics, Belarus and Lithuania, consumed more.

    While spirits still account for 51 percent of the alcohol consumed in the birthplace of vodka, beer's share rose rapidly after 2000 as international brewers invested heavily.

    But beer sales tumbled after 2008 when Russia started to increase the excise tax on it, tightened rules on its advertising and banned its sale in street kiosks. Brewers have since shut 12 plants.

    AB InBev has closed five plants, and Shpakov said the firm's remaining five were running at between 40 and 90 percent of capacity last year depending on season and regions they serve.

    The industry had hoped to halt the slide this year, but a new ban on beer in popular plastic bottles larger than 1.5 liters has again hurt sales. Shpakov said he expects the market to fall a further 5 percent in 2017.

    None of the new regulations affect beer without alcohol, and increasingly Russians see it as a safer way to enjoy their traditional drinking culture. Alexander Bumagin, a 40-year-old self employed Muscovite, said he has not drunk alcohol for more than 10 years, but likes an alcohol-free beer to wash down prawns, a typical Russian "zakuska", or drinking snack.

    He drinks it "for the sake of the process," he said.
     
    11.04.2017   UK & Ireland: Cans of Guinness could be an unexpected casualty of Brexit    ( E-Malt.com )

    Cans of Guinness could be an unexpected casualty of Brexit if a new customs border or tariffs are introduced between the Republic and Northern Ireland when the UK leaves the European Union, it has emerged.

    Guinness is one of Ireland’s most famous exports but Brexit will have a direct impact on its production as the black stuff crosses the Irish border twice before being shipped from Dublin to Britain and beyond, The Guardian reported on April 7.

    The stout is made at the St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin. The drink is then pumped into tankers, known as “silver bullets”, and driven 90 miles to east Belfast where it is canned and then sent back to Dublin Port for onward distribution.

    Diageo, the Guinness owner, confirmed in a Bloomberg report on April 7 that it had estimated a so-called “hard border” could cause delays of between 30 minutes and an hour, costing an extra €100 (£85) for each lorry-load of Guinness.

    Each year the company makes 13,000 beer-related border crossings in Ireland and Guinness contingency plans estimate the delays could amount to €1.3 mln in additional costs a year.

    Diageo would either be forced to absorb that cost or pass it on to the consumer by raising the cost of a pint.

    All Guinness consumed in Britain has been produced in Dublin since Diageo closed the Park Royal operation in north-west London 12 years ago.

    Another brand owned by Diageo, Baileys liqueur, is also of concern in Ireland as some of its ingredients cross the border with Northern Ireland three times before its journey to Britain.

    The majority of cream from dairy milk in Baileys is produced in the Republic but Diageo confirmed that some comes from farms in Northern Ireland. The finished product is then sent to Belfast for bottling before returning to Dublin for export.

    There is political backing for maintaining a relatively open border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, with Irish, British and European leaders supporting the unique status of Ireland in the Brexit process.

    However, the European Union has admitted there is no firm plan for how to achieve this, saying “flexible and imaginative solutions will be required” to square the legal circle, which requires the Republic to operate customs of what will become an external border between the UK and the EU when Britain leaves the union.

    All-island Irish businesses that have flourished since the disappearance of the border when the single market came into being in 1993 are now facing up to the cost of Brexit.

    The Northern Ireland director for Dairy UK told the Northern Ireland affairs committee this year that farms would “go out of business” if barriers to trade on the island were introduced.

    About 25% of Northern Irish milk goes south of the border to be processed, with cheese from the Republic going north to be packaged and exported again through Dublin Port. If tariffs are introduced those journeys may no longer be viable with margins so tight in the food sector.

    The Freight Transport Association in Belfast says nearly all food exports in Northern Ireland will impacted because so much of the produce from the six counties is exported through Dublin Port to Holyhead, the gateway for Britain and beyond.

    It is favoured by fresh food producers across Northern Ireland because it offers the quickest route to food processors in Wales and the midlands or supermarket shelves in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

    “We have suppliers here who have meat which leaves here at 6.30pm and is in south east England at 6.30am the next day,” said Seamus Leheny, head of policy for Northern Ireland for the FTA.

    “Some of these suppliers are now having to consider whether they can continue withe meat processing here or whether they move it to the UK.”

    Kegs of draft Guinness being exported to the UK will also be impacted with customs expected to be reintroduced at Holyhead.

    Like all big name exporters, however, they are expected to continue with “trusted trader” status which will rule out random customs checks.
     
    11.04.2017   UK: Britain's largest supermarket scraps more than half of Heineken range in ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... response to brewer’s plan to hike prices

    Brewery news
    Tesco has scrapped more than half of its Heineken beer and cider range, after the brewing giant unveiled plans to hike prices in response to the pound's decline following the Brexit vote, the International Business Times reported on March 22.

    According to the Times, Britain's largest supermarket has reduced the number of Heineken products on its shelves from 53 at the start of the year to 22. Tiger, Amstel, Sol and Kingfisher are among the beers to have disappeared from Tesco's stores.

    A spokesman for the company was quoted as saying the decision was motivated by the intent to better match the range of beers and ciders to customers' needs.

    In January, Heineken said it would raise prices by an average of 6p per pint, blaming its decision on "prevailing economic conditions", chief among them being sterling's 16% drop in the months following Britain's vote in favour of leaving the European Union.

    A weaker pound makes imports more expensive and even though the majority of beers brewed in Britain are made with home-grown ingredients, brewers have been hit by higher transport and energy costs.

    It is not the first time Tesco and one of its major suppliers has become embroiled in a price row.

    In October last year, a squabble blew up between the retailer and Unilever, when the Anglo-Dutch firm raised wholesale prices by 10% forcing the supermarket to cover the rising costs of goods made abroad since June's Brexit vote.

    However, Tesco, which has a 28% share of the UK grocery market, refused to pay, pulling popular Unilever products such as Marmite, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Persil detergents off its online shopping platforms.

    The corporate row, dubbed Marmitegate at the time, was soon resolved and Unilever products returned to all Tesco stores but only after the government was forced to intervene.
     
    11.04.2017   USA: The Brewers Association reports craft beer industry results for 2016    ( E-Malt.com )

    The Brewers Association (BA) — the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers — on March 28 released 2016 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. With over 5,300 breweries operating during the year, small and independent craft brewers represent 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry.

    In 2016, craft brewers produced 24.6 million barrels, and saw a 6 percent rise in volume on a comparable base and a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value. Retail dollar value was estimated at $23.5 billion, representing 21.9 percent market share. By adding 1.4 million barrels, craft brewer growth outpaced the 1.2 million barrels lost from the craft segment, based on purchases by large brewing companies. Microbreweries and brewpubs delivered 90 percent of the craft brewer growth.

    “Small and independent brewers are operating in a new brewing reality still filled with opportunity, but within a much more competitive landscape,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “As the overall beer market remains static and the large global brewers lose volume, their strategy has been to focus on acquiring craft brewers. This has been a catalyst for slower growth for small and independent brewers and endangered consumer access to certain brands. Small and independent brewers were able to fill in the barrels lost to acquisitions and show steady growth but at a rate more reflective of today’s industry dynamics. The average brewer is getting smaller and growth is more diffuse within the craft category, with producers at the tail helping to drive growth for the overall segment.”

    Additionally, in 2016 the number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 16.6 percent, totaling 5,301 breweries, broken down as follows: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large or otherwise non-craft brewers. Small and independent breweries account for 99 percent of the breweries in operation. Throughout the year, there were 826 new brewery openings and only 97 closings. Combined with already existing and established breweries and brewpubs, craft brewers provided nearly 129,000 jobs, an increase of almost 7,000 from the previous year.
     
    10.04.2017   For the first time in Spain: CO2-reduced carton pack combibloc EcoPlus now at Carrefour    ( Company news )

    Company news Distribution chain opts for combibloc EcoPlus

    Carrefour, one of the biggest distribution chains in Europe, is offering three
    different types of UHT milk in the combibloc EcoPlus 1,000 ml aseptic carton pack in Spain. This carton pack consists of the EcoPlus structure from SIG Combibloc, which generates less CO2 compared to a conventional 1-litre carton pack of the same format.

    The CO2 saving of up to 28 per cent (depending on the opening solution) with combibloc EcoPlus – compared to the conventional 1-litre carton pack of the same format from SIG Combibloc – is due to the material composition: the main component of combibloc EcoPlus, at more than 80 per cent, is unprocessed cardboard, which is made from the renewable and entirely bio-based FSCTM-certified raw material wood, and gives the carton stability. A razor-thin polyamide layer serves as a barrier to protect the product from flavour loss and external odours. Added to this are fine polyethylene layers, inside and out. The inner layer forms a liquid barrier for the product; the outer layer keeps moisture out. The environmental benefit of combibloc EcoPlus, based on the life cycle of the carton from the production of the raw materials right up to the final manufactured carton pack, has been verified in an independent, ISO-compliant life-cycle assessment.

    Xavier Appy, Product Optimization Director at Carrefour: “Thinking sustainably and, even more importantly, acting sustainably is a fundamental part of our corporate principles. We’ve created a number of initiatives for this purpose to putting responsible, sustainable consumption within reach of customers. The most important aspects are: elimination of unnecessary packaging, reduction of raw materials; optimisation of packaging sizes and logistics and the increased use of recycled and recyclable materials. In this context, the design of more than 350 products has been optimised last year alone. The launch of the CO2-reduced combibloc EcoPlus carton pack is a good example of this. We’re confident that in terms of the environment, our environmental performance and also the consumer,
    we’ve made the right decision”.

    Carrefour is committed to the environment and innovation. The company works on
    policies in the areas of environmental protection, quality, prevention, health, food safety and product safety. The CSR approach bases on three pillars: promoting biodiversity protection, working together with business partners to evolve together, and fighting against any form of wastage. In this last point some of the most important strategic pillars are: the avoidance of unnecessary packaging, the reduction of raw material in packages and packaging material, the optimization of the packaging size, as well as to use less vehicles for their transport, and to promote the use of sustainable, recycled and recyclable
    material.

    Ana Ruiz del Arbol, Marketing Manager at SIG Combibloc Spain: “With the launch of
    UHT milk in combibloc EcoPlus, Carrefour is taking a stand for the environment, and is leading the way in the Spanish market as a company that acts sustainably and responsibly”.

    Full cream, semi-skimmed and low-fat milk will be sold under Carrefour’s private label. The products are filled by Leche Celta, one of Spain’s leading suppliers of high-quality dairy products. The company belongs to the Lactogal Group.
    (SIG Combibloc SA)
     
    07.04.2017   Beverage Can Makers Europe and European Metal Packaging merge to form Metal Packaging Europe     ( Company news )

    Company news Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and European Metal Packaging (Empac) lately announced that they have merged to become Metal Packaging Europe. Together, they produce some 85bn units every year for the beverage, food, health & beauty, household and industrial markets.

    The new structure will combine the best of both former associations, creating a more efficient and powerful organisation. Based in Brussels, Metal Packaging Europe will fully represent the interests of all members in the most progressive and positive manner. The membership covers more than 450 manufacturing sites, employing over 65.000 people.

    “This is an historical moment for our industry,” said Martin Reynolds, VP External & Regulatory Affairs – CROWN Europe, and Chairman of Metal Packaging Europe. “Bringing all activity under one roof is an ambitious move that will allow the industry to develop and promote the multiple advantages of rigid metal packaging in an even more focused manner, particularly on unique benefits such as the permanent materials concept.”

    Martin Reynolds will be supported by Colin Gillis (Ball Beverage Packaging Europe) and Francisco Rodrigues (Colep) as vice-chairmen. Other corporate members on the Board are Ardagh Group, ASA Group, Blechwarenfabrik Limburg, Glud & Marstrand, HUBER Packaging Group, Massilly Holding, Sarten, Silgan Metal Packaging, and APEAL, the association of European producers of steel for packaging.

    Metal Packaging Europe will host industry commissions working on topics common to all sectors including communications, food contact, packaging legislation, and sustainability. There will also be specific market focused commissions, led by member companies, for aerosol, beverage, food and general line.

    “With the creation of one dedicated organisation, we will punch our industry weight more effectively and ensure the one voice of rigid metal packaging producers is heard across Europe,” commented Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac and now of the new structure.

    “Through joint marketing, environmental and technical initiatives, we will continue to promote metal packaging to make it the first choice for consumer and industrial packaging,” added Ellen Wauters, Managing Director of BCME, who will be playing a leading role in both the beverage and communications activities of Metal Packaging Europe.

    The public affairs activity of the industry will be led by Lena Nover, and will be a focal point of the new organisation. This allows members to take full ownership of the opportunities and challenges presented by the Circular Economy Package and beyond. As a permanent material that recycles forever, metal can make a decisive contribution to help close the material loop and support the creation of a circular economy.

    The industry’s Country Groups and National Associations will remain the voices of Metal Packaging Europe’s Members at national level.
    (Metal Packaging Europe GIE)
     
    06.04.2017   UPM Raflatac launches RafShrink PETG TDO 45 HS shrink sleeve labeling film    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac is expanding its range of high-performance shrink sleeve labeling films with the introduction of RafShrink PETG TDO 45 HS. RafShrink films can wrap any shape of container, increasing the design possibilities for labeling without compromising productivity. RafShrink PETG TDO 45 HS has a maximum shrinkage of 79% and offers enhanced opportunities for heat shrink sleeve printers in the bestselling shrink sleeve product category. It is available from UPM Raflatac’s MEGA 4000 service, for quick delivery of all order quantities starting from 4000 m2 and is ideal for labeling products in the home and personal care, food and beverage categories.

    “The RafShrink product portfolio combines the design benefits of traditional shrink sleeve films with the high level of recyclability and sustainability now demanded by both brands and consumers.” says Erkki Nyberg, Director, Shrink Sleeve Films. “We can support you through label printing and application trials, offer recommendations for inks, and provide you with sustainability and environmental services. Our delivery service is quick, with low minimum order quantities, making small print runs possible and affordable. We also have an extensive slitting and distribution network, guaranteeing short lead times for all orders,” Nyberg continues.
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    05.04.2017   Canada: Number of licenced breweries more than doubles between 2010 and 2015    ( E-malt.com )

    Canada’s craft beer industry is developing rapidly, with the number of licensed breweries having more than doubled from 310 to 644 between 2010 and 2015, according to the latest statistics from industry association Beer Canada.

    On an annual basis, Canadians drink more than 22,700,000 hectolitres of beer - enough to fill at least 900 Olympic-size swimming pools.

    On average, Canadians’ annual per capita consumption of beer is about 79 litres. At the provincial level, it’s highest in Newfoundland and Labrador at about 95 litres, followed by Quebec and Alberta at around 88 and 84 litres, respectively. Yukon boasts the largest annual per capita consumption of beer - about 128 litres, equivalent to 374 bottles per year.

    When it comes to annual per capita consumption of beer internationally, Canadians rank 25th in the world, just behind New Zealand and the U.K. But it’s a far cry from No. 1 ranked Czech Republic, which has an annual per capita consumption rate of 140 litres.

    On average, 99 per cent of beer bottles sold in Canada are returned. Retail prices for beer in Canada increased 4.9 per cent in 2015, while spirits rose by 0.9 per cent and wine bubbled up 0.6 per cent.
     
    05.04.2017   Traypacker Chain offers unrivalled benefits to food and beverage industry    ( Company news )

    Company news Tsubaki has developed a special chain for the tray packing machinery widely used in the food and beverage industry. It is internally lubricated so that it is clean in use and does not need regular re-lubrication.

    Tsubaki Traypacker Chain is a development of the company's Lambda solution, which uses a special sintered oil-impregnated bush. Like the latest generation of Tsubaki Lambda Lube Free chain, the Traypacker is impregnated with NSF-H1 food grade lubricant as standard.

    Tray packing machinery is common in the food and beverage industry and fits cardboard trays or boxes to items, often to create 'multi-packs', before distribution. Naturally, hygiene is paramount and standard lubricated chain can cause contamination of the machine, floor and end product, possibly resulting in increased maintenance requirements, damaged products and reduced profit. Furthermore the lubricated chain itself gets contaminated by dust, glue and paper particles, preventing lubrication to reach the critical areas.

    To prevent such problems lubrication can be minimized or completely shut off. But this can cause chain stiffness and uneven elongation of the chain strands, which may lead to production errors and early replacement of the chain.

    With Tsubaki Traypacker Chain, the internal lubrication cannot transmit to products, which eradicates contamination. Also the consistent internal lubrication combats the risks of uneven wear and elongation, and does away with the need to apply expensive food grade lubricants.

    Significantly Tsubaki Traypacker Chain is slightly narrower than standard Lambda chain, a requirement for most tray packing machines. Further, the machines require pushers to be fitted to the transport chain and for this Tsubaki's designers have developed a bespoke solution in which the attachments are mounted by an engineered extended pin that allows flexible spacing so that different packing configurations can be accommodated.

    Additionally, Traypacker Chain is supplied with Tsubaki's Match & Tag Service to guarantee a minimum length tolerance between chain strands that run parallel for conveyance purposes in for instance packaging machinery. Multiple case studies prove that even in the most demanding 24/7 production processes Tsubaki Traypacker Chain shows an absolute minimum in elongation making its performance unsurpassed and offering unrivalled benefits year by year.
    (Tsubakimoto Europe B.V.)
     
    04.04.2017   Canada: Government ties hikes in beer excises to the Consumer Price Index    ( E-malt.com )

    Beer drinkers in Canada are going to pay more to slake their thirst every year going forward now that the federal government has tied hikes in the excise tax for beer to the Consumer Price Index, The Chronicle Herald reported on March 23.

    In the federal budget announced on March 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government slapped a two-per-cent hike on the excise tax for beer, wine and liquor.

    That alone is likely going to hike the cost of a case of 24 beers by about a nickel. But industry insiders say the federal government’s decision to tie future excise tax increases on beer to the Consumer Price Index, starting April 1 next year, will mean the cost of a case of beer will keep going up every year.

    “It’ll be passed right on to consumers,” Matthew Stewart, an associate director with the Conference Board of Canada, said in an interview on March 23. “The consumer will pay in the form of higher beer prices.”

    At Nova Scotia’s largest brewer, Oland Brewery, the financial blow of this year’s two-per-cent excise tax increase on beer is likely to be about C$375,000 per year. The brewer cranks out the equivalent of 15 million cases of a dozen every year.

    “It’s a significant cost . . . when you think of Oland Brewery and how much beer we produce,” Wade Keller, a spokesman for Oland Brewery, said in an interview on March 23.

    In Nova Scotia, breweries typically sell their product to the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, which then retails the beer to consumers. On March 23, spokespeople for Oland and the NSLC were still trying to figure out what the hike in the excise tax on beer would mean for consumers and the price they will pay for their suds.

    “It’s too soon to tell,” Jennifer Gray, a spokeswoman for the NSLC, said in an interview on March 23. “We’ll have to meet with our pricing partners . . . to determine what that will mean for pricing. The supplier could choose to absorb some or we could choose to absorb some.”

    Luke Harford, the president of Beer Canada, says the industry was taken completely by surprise by the Trudeau budget.

    “It’s ridiculous what they’ve prepared,” Harford said in an interview on March 23. “They’ll be putting their hands in Canadians’ pockets every year without telling them about it.”

    A so-called escalator clause, which ties the excise tax on beer to the CPI, is expected to bring an additional C$11.7 million into the federal government’s coffers from beer sales in the first year alone.

    In the second year, that amount in new revenues is likely to grow by another C$11.9 million, to C$23.6 million, because the growth in the excise tax on beer will be applied to a growing excise tax base of C$584 million per year, said Stewart.

    This isn’t the first time a Trudeau government has tried to tie the excise tax on beer to the Consumer Price Index, claims Harford.

    “Trudeau Sr. introduced a similar thing in 1981 and it was repealed because of the damage it was doing to the beverage industry,” he said.

    The Beer Canada president also noted on March 23 the excise tax on beer has been increased substantially in the past, by 44 per cent in 1991 and then by another 11.6 per cent in 2006.

    With this year’s excise tax hike, consumers picking up a case of 24 are likely to pay even more than the extra nickel-per-case cost brewers will have to shoulder because other taxes are then applied to the price of beer.

    “The excise tax floats up through all the mark-ups at the liquor board and the HST and everything,” said Harford. “It will result in higher beer prices and lower sales . . . The brewers are very disappointed. Fifty per cent of the price of beer is taxes and now they want more.”

    With beer sales generally flat across the country, the president of the industry association is worried this tax hike will hurt sales and make the Canadian beer industry less competitive.

    “Federal excise taxes in Canada are double what they are in the United States,” said Harford. “If they want us to compete internationally and build our businesses, taxing us is not the way to go… It’s not going to be very positive.

    “It’s like death by a thousand cuts,” he said.

    At the Conference Board of Canada, though, Stewart said small price increases on beer probably won’t make much of a dent in beer drinkers’ buying habits. The think tank’s studies show a one-per cent increase in the price of beer only results in a tenth of a percentage point drop in consumption.

    “Beer is considered an inelastic good,” said Stewart. “People will not respond to small price increases. They will drink the same amount and cut on other things.”
     
    04.04.2017   GEBO CERMEX BRINGS SMART FACTORIES TO LIFE VIA AGILITY 4.0 PROGRAM AT INTERPACK     ( Company news )

    Company news At the international packaging fair, Interpack 2017 (4 - 10 May) in Düsseldorf, Gebo Cermex, world leader in packaging line engineering and material handling, will be demonstrating the latest advanced performance systems and innovative solutions for the beverage, food, home and personal care markets. As a key player in the Factory of the Future movement, the company will again be underlining its commitment to help producers embrace Industry 4.0 opportunities by demonstrating a portfolio completely based on its Agility 4.0™ program. Agility 4.0 encompasses smart machines, system and data intelligence, digital connectivity and powerful simulation tools, all within a philosophy of sustainable production. It brings Smart Factories to life in order to create a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience driven by packaging mass customization and product diversity.

    “At Interpack, we will be showing how our approach is able to ensure high performance, cost-effectiveness, high productivity and greater agility for packaging lines of today and tomorrow,” explains Marc Aury, President & Managing Director of Gebo Cermex. "Our Agility 4.0 program is based on a unique integration business model and uses high-precision simulation and modelling tools to allow customers to visualize and forecast to keep Operating Expenditure (OPEX) to an absolute minimum. It has helped to globally position us as the right performance partner all along the line lifecycle. We are bringing Smart Factories to life through the five pillars of Agility 4.0: virtual factory; smart factory systems; the connected factory; eco-friendly efficiency; the extended factory."

    During the event, Gebo Cermex will be showcasing several innovative, advanced and connected systems helping to build smart, comprehensive solutions. These include:
    - CareSelect™ - global launch at Interpack 2017 - the universal and modular shaped-bottle infeed system for robotic or traditional case packers, surpassing traditional ‘endless screw’ collation systems in terms of bottle integrity and protection
    - Fenceless cobotic version of FlexiLoad® - also exhibited for the very first time - the latest development of the reliable cardboard magazine loading solution, now enhanced via the world’s strongest collaborative robot with 35 kg payload
    - Latest version of the WB46 Wrap Around case packer – featuring a more compact footprint due to an innovative, “on the fly” robotic product-loading station and a brand new, user friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI)

    Gebo Cermex will also be presenting many other new solutions developed to make Industry 4.0 opportunities a reality for packaging producers today, in areas such as line design, services and asset optimization. As Gebo Cermex leads the packaging industry in the use of virtual reality, the company’s booth will offer great immersive and interactive experiences to visitors. These will particularly demonstrate innovative ways of training operators and maintenance personnel, as well as providing an insight into how the future of packaging lines will look via an engaging virtual tour of a production facility.

    Marc Aury continues: “Gebo Cermex always keeps pace with the latest automation, robotic and cobotic technologies thanks to the company’s strong partnerships with industry-leading players such as Rockwell Automation, Fanuc, Siemens and Schneider.”

    However, the most exciting news by Gebo Cermex at Interpack this year - and the most significant - is an announcement concerning the company's new solution in accumulation systems, AQ-Flex.
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    03.04.2017   Press the “refresh button” on    ( Company news )

    Company news Frutarom Health brings a selection of technologies that target today’s driving health concerns. Four new product groups make it easy for brands to find solutions to consumers’ unique wellness needs. Even better: Each product reflects Frutarom Health’s commitment to science, quality and innovation.

    Plant Branded: Frutarom Health built its reputation on quality, branded plant extracts with proprietary science supporting their safety and efficacy. Consumers aiming at key conditions will recognize these ingredients by name.

    Plant Standard: In today’s market, if you’re not standardized, you’re not credible. Frutarom Health’s standardized plant extracts are derived from select source species and produced via extracting technologies that lock in important qualities. Traditional Mediterranean ingredients like citrus, olive and rosemary are now reliable, traceable, functional health solutions.

    Bioscience: Frutarom Health understands, offering customers only the minerals, vitamins, marine-derived compounds and unique ingredients it trusts—and that have proprietary research behind them.

    Pharma: Pharmaceutical standards set a high bar that Frutarom Health’s pharma-grade herbal extracts clear. Produced according to cGMP guidelines, they’re key to helping brands build a sustainable natural Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) supply chain.

    Experience these innovations in action. Try Frutarom Health’s ingredients in craveable confections and beverages designed to appeal to consumers across the spectrum.

    Visit us at Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, May 9-11, 2017, Booth B20.
    (Frutarom Industries Ltd)
     
    31.03.2017   PureCircle Completes $42m Stevia Plant Expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Doubles Capacity to Extract High Quality, Sustainable Stevia

    PureCircle (LSE: PURE), the world’s leading producer of high-purity stevia ingredients for the global food and beverage industry, today marked the completion of a $42 million expansion of its stevia plant in Malaysia with a ceremony attended by the Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

    PureCircle has a deep commitment to making stevia a mainstream ingredient and is the only company that has this type and scale of production facility in the stevia industry. This major expansion of PureCircle’s facilities will enable the Company to double its production capacity and focus on even more efficient extraction and processing from sustainably grown stevia leaf and purification for its next generation of pioneering stevia ingredients.

    Innovations that have been incorporated into the new facilities include a dedicated line, specifically designed for PureCircle’s Zeta Family ingredients – these are comprised of the most sugar-like steviol glycosides, such as Reb M and Reb D, and allow for the deepest calorie reductions by food and beverage companies.

    This investment will ensure that PureCircle remains at the forefront of innovation to deliver the best tasting products, at a scale that fits with the needs of global brands, as well as benefiting farmers and their communities. The fully automated expansion in Enstek, Malaysia, will bring the employment of the full facility to almost 600 people.

    Commenting on this major milestone in the Company’s history, PureCircle’s Group CEO Magomet Malsagov, said:
    “PureCircle is committed to a substantial ongoing investment programme to ensure that our customers – global food and beverages brands – have year-round access to the highest quality stevia leaf extract that is consistent, sustainably grown and made from the best tasting stevia plant varieties. The expansion of our extraction and processing operations will benefit not only of our customers but also our employees, the farmers and communities we work with, and our end consumers around the world.”

    The Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, added:
    “PureCircle is a significant force for good on the global stage for not only reducing calories but also in the overall fight against obesity. The Company’s investment in their cutting-edge facilities will also create hundreds of new jobs in Malaysia. It will be a hive of innovation, the product of which will be exported around the world. We are very proud to have PureCircle’s production and R&D facilities in Malaysia. They are a key employer in the region and I commend what they are doing as global leaders in their field.”
    (PureCircle Corporate Headquarters)
     
    30.03.2017   Redd's Apple Ale announces new flavor lineup for 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Redd's grows the family with two year-round flavor additions and two "limited pick" beers

    Redd’s Apple Ale adds more variety to its refreshing beer lineup by introducing new flavors and bringing back fan favorites. Redd’s Blueberry Ale (photo) returns by popular demand to the Redd’s family, joining the new Redd’s Raspberry Ale. Each flavor will be available year-round. The Redd’s “Limited Pick” series also returns with new limited-edition flavors kicking off with the new Redd’s Peach Ale.

    Similar to the original Redd’s Apple Ale, all new flavors are five percent alcohol by volume, and each adds a unique twist to the signature crisp apple taste Redd’s is known for:
    -Redd’s Blueberry Ale boasts a delicately balanced apple and blueberry aroma, while offering a taste that delights with ripe blueberry tones and a satisfying apple finish. Redd’s Blueberry Ale is available since February.
    -Redd’s Raspberry Ale delivers juicy raspberry notes with hints of apple, providing the perfect balance of floral sweetness with Redd’s crisp apple finish. Redd’s Raspberry Ale is a brand new flavor that is available since March.

    The 2017 “Limited Pick” special releases will feature two new, exciting beers to be released over the course of the year. First up is Redd’s Peach Ale, a beer that leads with ripe peach notes balanced with Redd’s gratifying apple taste. Stay tuned for more information on the “Limited Pick” series second flavor.

    “There are two things we know our beer drinkers love: trying new things and flavor variety. This is why we’re excited to bring different ingredients together and turn them into new refreshing beers,” said Lisa Rudman, Redd’s Family of Brands marketing manager. “We always strive to deliver the best quality beer and this year is no different for Redd’s Apple Ale, as the 2017 product line-up is filled with new flavors and surprises.”

    In addition to the new beer offerings, Redd’s will also be shaking up its look with revamped packaging and ad campaign. Redd’s will be releasing new TV spots in March and entirely updated packaging in May. The brand might be getting a new look, but the beer will continue to be the crisp and refreshing ale fans have come to know and love.

    All new flavors will be available nationwide at most grocery and convenience stores in 6-pack 12 oz. bottles and 16-ounce cans and in the Variety Pack. Redd’s Blueberry Ale and Redd’s Raspberry Ale will also be available in 12-pack 12 oz. bottles.
    (MillerCoors LLC)
     
    29.03.2017   Beviale Family planning offspring in Brazil    ( BrauBeviale 2018 )

    BrauBeviale 2018 -Contract signed: Beviale Family and Secretaria de Turismo de Blumenau/Parque Vila Germanica (PVG) conclude cooperation
    -International expertise in the beverage sector further confirmed

    At the beginning of March 2017, within the framework of the Feira Brasileira da Cerveja in Blumenau, the future cooperation between NürnbergMesse GmbH and the Secretaria de Turismo de Blumenau/Parque Vila Germanica (PVG) was officially declared. As a result, the Beviale Family is extending its international growth strategy to include a new market: Brazil.

    With the Parque Vila Germanica (PVG), Blumenau – the “Beer capital of Brazil” – not only has the largest event centre of Santa Catarina, Brazil, but is also the venue for the “Feira Brasileira da Cerveja” beer festival. There, on 8 March 2017, the future cooperation between NürnbergMesse GmbH and PVG was concluded within the framework of a press conference. The content of the cooperation is the mutual support through sales and marketing measures between the Beviale Family and PVG. The Feira Brasileira da Cerveja will therefore be “supported by BrauBeviale” from 2018.

    “We are delighted to also welcome Brazil in our global network through this cooperation”, says Rolf Keller, Member of the Management Board NürnbergMesse. “As a result, the Beviale Family is also growing in Brazil.”

    NürnbergMesse: international expertise in the beverage industry
    The NürnbergMesse Group is demonstrating its expertise with regards to the beverage industry on an international stage. In addition to the traditional parent trade fair BrauBeviale in Nuremberg (Germany), which will take place again in November 2018 with more than 1,100 exhibitors and about 38,000 trade visitors, the Group also organizes exhibitions in important growth markets around the world under the “Beviale Family” umbrella: In addition to Beviale Moscow, which successfully took place for the second time in 2017 from 28th February to 2nd March, the Group will also be hosting CRAFT BEER CHINA from 17th to 19th May 2017 in Shanghai as well as CRAFT BEER ITALY, which will celebrate its premiere from 22nd to 23rd November 2017 in Milan. Other projects are currently being planned.
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    29.03.2017   Russia: Baltika Breweries expands capacity for production of non-alcoholic beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Russia-based Baltika Breweries, part of the Carlsberg Group, has expanded its capacity for production of non-alcoholic beer, the Drinks Business Review reported on March 16.

    The company increased the number of sites where innovative non-alcoholic brewery equipment is installed.

    Baltika-Samara brewery became the fourth brewery where the first edition of non-alcoholic beer Baltika 0 was produced.

    Baltika said in the recent years there has been a significant growth in the non-alcoholic beer industry in Russia.

    Non-alcoholic beer segment witnessed a growth of 12% in the country, while the total beer market saw a decline between 1-2%.

    To cater to the increasing demand for the segment, Baltika has invested in the equipment and is poised in bringing an alcohol-free beer to the market at an affordable price.

    Baltika Breweries Marketing vice president Maxim Lazarenko said: "Recently we noted strengthening trend of growth of alcohol-free beer category in our country. And this is to be expected: in Russia, the segment takes no more than 1% of market, while in Germany it amounts to 5% and to 15% in Spain.

    “With the development of beer consumption culture, the structure of Russians preferences is also gradually approaching the common European one. Therefore, we made a decision to extend the geography of production of Baltika 0 leading on the market of alcohol-free beer brands in 2017 and moved to the east of our country.”

    The company said the process of producing non-alcoholic beer is more expensive compared to alcoholic beer. It says the non-alcoholic beer should meet the requirements which are imposed on soft drinks.

    The calorific value of Baltika 0 is claimed to be lower than apple juice and the beer also has low glycemic index similar to fat-free kefir.

    One of the major reasons for the increase in demand for non-alcoholic beer has been the popularisation of healthy lifestyle in public. The company claims that it has been a pioneer in non-alcoholic beer in the country with a 60% market share.

    Presently, Baltika 0 is not only consumed in Russia, but is being exported to 47 countries.
     
    29.03.2017   Save up to 60% time and 70% water with this new powerful tank cleaning machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Fast and cost effective cleaning
    Saving time and water are some of the KPIs which have the most attention in the hygienic industries. The new Alfa Laval TJ40G rotary tank cleaning machine uses a high-impact jet stream to effectively clean tough tank residues and minimize the risk of product contamination. This four-nozzle rotary jet head also cleans tanks 60% faster than static spray ball technology, which increases production uptime. And because it cleans faster, this new device uses less water and less cleaning agents thereby reducing operating costs by up to 70%.

    The Alfa Laval TJ40G is capable of handling tough tank residues as well as solids up to 1mm in the cleaning fluid in tank sizes 50-1000 m³. This is particularly important for demanding process lines, such as applications within the brewhouse, where both the size and the amount of particles may be re-circulated in cleaning media before completing the cleaning cycle.

    Complete self-cleaning system
    Not only does the Alfa Laval TJ40G rotary tank cleaning machine provide spotless cleaning of the tank interior, it also cleans itself – inside and out.
    Its hygienic self-cleaning construction ensures that the flow of the cleaning fluid reaches the exterior surfaces of the rotary jet head, as well as the critical interior components such as all bushings, bearings and inner surfaces. This minimizes the risk of product contamination and ensures a high product quality.

    Alfa Laval's rotary tank cleaning machines are designed with numerous of features to ensure self-cleaning of the machine, such as directional flow from small jets in the hub that cleans the exterior of the machine. A low pressure loss over the machine provides increased cleaning efficiency compared with other tank cleaning machine running at same inlet pressure. This result in lower cleaning cost as the unit can run at lower pressure/flow compared to other tank cleaning machines.

    All Alfa Laval rotary tank cleaning devices comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
     
    29.03.2017   The Czech Republic: Budvar reports record beer output in 2016    ( E-malt.com )

    Production of Budvar beer, which has been embroiled in a lengthy legal dispute with U.S. giant Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, reached a record in 2016, ABC News reported on March 17.

    Budejovicky Budvar NP, a Czech state-owned brewery, said its output rose 0.8 percent to 1.615 million hectolitres (42.66 million gallons) of beer, the highest volume in its 120-year history. It did not disclose exact export figures but said it sells about 60 percent of its production abroad.

    The brewery says it's been close to reaching its production capacity since 2015 and is investing 2 billion Czech crowns ($79.5 million) to expand output to up to 2 million hectolitres a year.
     
    29.03.2017   UK: Britain's largest supermarket scraps more than half of Heineken range in response to ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... brewer’s plan to hike prices

    Tesco has scrapped more than half of its Heineken beer and cider range, after the brewing giant unveiled plans to hike prices in response to the pound's decline following the Brexit vote, the International Business Times reported on March 22.

    According to the Times, Britain's largest supermarket has reduced the number of Heineken products on its shelves from 53 at the start of the year to 22. Tiger, Amstel, Sol and Kingfisher are among the beers to have disappeared from Tesco's stores.

    A spokesman for the company was quoted as saying the decision was motivated by the intent to better match the range of beers and ciders to customers' needs.

    In January, Heineken said it would raise prices by an average of 6p per pint, blaming its decision on "prevailing economic conditions", chief among them being sterling's 16% drop in the months following Britain's vote in favour of leaving the European Union.

    A weaker pound makes imports more expensive and even though the majority of beers brewed in Britain are made with home-grown ingredients, brewers have been hit by higher transport and energy costs.

    It is not the first time Tesco and one of its major suppliers has become embroiled in a price row.

    In October last year, a squabble blew up between the retailer and Unilever, when the Anglo-Dutch firm raised wholesale prices by 10% forcing the supermarket to cover the rising costs of goods made abroad since June's Brexit vote.

    However, Tesco, which has a 28% share of the UK grocery market, refused to pay, pulling popular Unilever products such as Marmite, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Persil detergents off its online shopping platforms.

    The corporate row, dubbed Marmitegate at the time, was soon resolved and Unilever products returned to all Tesco stores but only after the government was forced to intervene.
     
    28.03.2017   Rising Number of Microbrewers Propelling the Growth in Global Demand for Specialty Malts    ( Company news )

    Company news In parallel with the rise in global consumption of alcoholic beverages, local entrepreneurs from all corners of the world have begun treading the waters of brewing businesses. A considerable rise in the number of microbreweries being set up across the globe is stimulating the growth in consumption of specialty malts – a key ingredient for making alcoholic beverages such as beer. Innovations in brewing techniques has further consolidated the application of specialty malts in production of flavoured alcoholic beverages.

    A new research report from Future Market Insights reveals that the global market for specialty malts, which is currently valued at an estimated US$ 2.16 billion, is expected to soar at a steady CAGR of 6.4% and bring in revenues worth over US$ 4 billion by 2026 end.

    Since the growth in demand for specialty malts continues to remain contingent upon global alcoholic beverage consumption, more than one million tonnes of specialty malts are anticipated to be consumed through 2026. Incidentally, this will also shore up the global production of barley, wheat, corn, soybean and other grains used for deriving specialty malts. By lending a unique flavour, texture, and colour, the application of specialty malts continues to gain significance in production of beverages, revenues from which will impose nearly 90% share on global specialty malts market value throughout the forecast period. The research reveals that revenue share of alcoholic beverages in the global specialty malt market will remain consistent at nearly 82% through 2026. Meanwhile, about 130,000 tonnes of specialty malts were globally consumed for production of non-alcoholic drinks & beverages in 2016.

    Western Europe – Largest Consumer of Specialty Malts
    When it comes to consuming flavoured alcoholic beverages, consumers in Western European countries such as Germany, France or Belgium will certainly not shy away. By the end of the forecast period, more than 500,000 tonnes of specialty malts will be consumed across Western Europe, making it the largest consumer of specialty malts in the world. With respect to production, the demand for specialty malts will register stellar growth in the Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region. The APEJ specialty malts market will register the highest value CAGR of 7.8%, and procure over US$ 1 billion revenues during the projected period. North America and Latin America are anticipated to account for a collective share of more than 24% in global specialty malts revenues through 2026.

    In the report, titled “Specialty Malts Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026,” Future Market Insights discloses that global demand for caramelised malts will incur a decline in 2017 and beyond. While their dominance on global market revenues will be retained through 2026, the rate at which caramelised specialty malts are consumed in the world will be outpaced by surging consumption of roasted malts. By the end of forecast period, more than US$ 1.5 billion worth of roasted specialty malts are being projected to be sold in the world. Over two-third of global specialty malts production will be sourced from barley grain produce. Although, advancing farming techniques will also increase the production of specialty malts from wheat and rye grains. Likewise, dry extracts of specialty malts will dominate the global specialty malts revenues by accounting for a steady share of 69%. On the other hand, liquid and malt flour extracts will lose market presence in the years to come, exhibiting a marginal dip in their global revenue share.
    (Future Market Insights)
     
    27.03.2017   Constantia Flexibles Partners with Coca-Cola for Launch of New ROYAL BLISS Product Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Coca-Cola Spain surprised top restauranteurs and bar owners with a presentation of Royal Bliss, a new product line exclusively for the HORECA industry. The 8-flavor line of premium mixers launched Feb 1, 2017. This is Coca-Cola’s first new local brand in Spain in 10 years and is backed by a 22 million Euro investment. Currently only planned for Spain’s HORECA sector, Royal Bliss gives the bartender a portfolio of flavors to create exciting new drinks.

    Jorge Garduño, CEO of Coca-Cola for Spain and Portugal, called Royal Bliss one of their “big bets for 2017”. To bring this product line to market, Coca-Cola partnered with Constantia Flexibles for the front labels. Constantia Flexibles created a wash-off pressure sensitive label. This label consists of a 45 micron clear shrinkable film that was gravure printed with 7 colors using their Thermowash technology. This technology ensures that the inks and adhesive are completely extracted in the bottle washing process. They also created a pressure sensitive label using screen/flexo print for non-returnable bottles.

    Coca-Cola Spain is very pleased with the look and efficiency of the label. “We are committed to HORECA and we want to give those thousands of customers a range of products with which they can continue to amaze their customers,” said Paloma Cruz Caridad, Sparkling SD Brand Director Iberia at The Coca-Cola Company.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    24.03.2017   Henry's Hard Grape is Here - Henry's Hard Soda Welcomes 4th Flavor to the Family    ( Company news )

    Company news Henry’s Hard Soda gives fans the flavor they’ve been craving, Henry’s Hard Grape Soda. People have been asking for it, and now they can finally enjoy their favorite flavor with an adult kick. Hard Grape can be picked up along with the rest of the Henry’s family: Hard Ginger Ale, Hard Orange and Hard Cherry Cola.

    Henry’s Hard Grape Soda is 4.2 percent alcohol by volume and offers a refreshing grape taste with citrus undertones; the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

    It’s been a great first year for Henry’s Hard Soda, and we could not be more excited to welcome Hard Grape into to the family. It’s a flavor that our fans have been calling for, and one we are thrilled to give them,” said Josh Wexelbaum, MillerCoors marketing director of emerging brands. “We continue to stay on-top in the hard soda category because we are committed to bringing Generation-Xers an adult spin on flavors they know and love.”

    With the launch of Hard Grape, Henry’s Hard Soda continues to solidify its position as the No. 1 hard soda brand, showcasing its commitment to taste and flavor exploration as it continues to bring drinkers a modern and adult twist on their favorite flavors.

    Henry’s Hard Grape is not the only news for the Henry’s family of brands in 2017. In March, Henry’s launched an extension line of sparkling, low carb, under 95 calorie adult beverages to the mix.

    Henry’s Hard Soda is available nationwide at most grocery, liquor and convenience stores in 6-pack 12-ounce bottles. Select flavors are offered in 16-ounce single cans.
    (MillerCoors LLC)
     
    23.03.2017   Ball Intends to Cease Production at its Beverage Packaging Facilities in Recklinghausen, Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Ball Corporation announced that it intends to cease production at the company’s Recklinghausen, Germany, facilities at the end of July 2017 and only after due negotiation and agreement with the Works Council. Customers currently supported by the Recklinghausen beverage container and end plants will be supplied by other Ball facilities in Europe.

    “Given the regional market environment, we need to ensure that we remain cost competitive for the long term,” said Colin Gillis, President, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe. “While closing plants is always difficult, our goal is safeguarding the long-term success of the business for all of our stakeholders, including our 3,900 employees in Europe.”

    The Recklinghausen site opened in 1968. The beverage can and end facilities employ approximately 360 people. Ball intends to carry out the proposed closure in a respectful and socially acceptable way, and to support employees through various measures.
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    22.03.2017   KEG barrel washing and filling machines    ( Company news )

    Company news KEG barrel washers and fillers are intended for internal washing and filling of KEG barrels. KEG washers and fillers are made according to customer´s wishes in different versions that are fit for washing and filling different keg barrel types or other small containers. Their separate functions enable KEG barrel washing and filling operations to be performed simultaneously.

    This device is equipped with a heated cleaning detergent reservoir that can be heated to 80°C by using a thermostatically controlled heating element. A manometer provides pressure control in the connected circle. A stainless steel pump is installed because of the aggressive environment. KEG barrel washers and fillers are also equipped with steam, CO2 and water connections and can fill 10-16 50L kegs in an hour. The washing process is comprised of removing all residual beer from the barrels, washing, discharging the waste water, circulation of the chemical cleaning solution, providing a final rinse, steam sterilization, cleaning and pressurization and final preparation of the kegs for filling. KEG barrels may only be released for filling once they have been washed and cooled to an appropriate temperature.

    Advantages:
    -Simple and efficient use for washing and beer refilling of KEG barrels
    -Smooth barrel washing
    -Fabrication of the equipment according to customer´s requirements depending on the size and type of KEG barrels used
    -Supply of washing and filling heads according to customer´s request
    -Possibility of parallel washing and filling of KEG barrels
    -Design manufactured from high-quality stainless steel material
    -Providing sanitary use of the equipment and meeting the highest hygienic standards
    -Easy and simple operation
    (PSS Svidnik a.s.)
     
    22.03.2017   Leading competence through permanent research and development     ( Company news )

    Company news Vitafoods 2017, booth I12: Kaneka Pharma Europe presents Kaneka Ubiquinol™ and Glavonoid™ – two ingredients with scientifically proven functions for use in health-improving and sports supplements

    At this year’s Vitafoods, Kaneka Pharma Europe will showcase Kaneka Ubiquinol™, the most active form of coenzyme Q10. Used as a nutritional supplement, the ingredient helps to prevent several diseases associated with aging. Thanks to its confirmed benefits on muscle performance and recovery, a number of professional athletes have already adopted Kaneka Ubiquinol™ as part of their training schedule. The company will also highlight the visceral fat-reducing and Novel Food-approved licorice root extract Glavonoid™, which has great promise for sports and fitness applications.

    Besides Ubiquinol’s essential role in energy production, it is the only endogenously synthesised lipid-soluble antioxidant and therefore protects cell membranes from free radical damage. Its high bioavailability and bio accessibility enables Ubiquinol to be taken up by the body more quickly and efficiently than oxidized coenzyme Q10. Ubiquinol is scientifically proven to counteract several age-related ailments. Recently, in one of the largest ever studies, involving 1,911 subjects, Dr Frank Döring was able to demonstrate the function of Ubiquinol in gene expression: “People with low levels of Ubiquinol have higher levels of BNP and CRP, which are essential molecules of inflammatory processes and play an important role as risk factors for heart disease.” Ubiquinol is also vital for improving recovery in healthy individuals. The latest products target active “Best Agers” who want to stay healthy, as well as athletes who are keen to optimise their immune defences and muscular capabilities. Several European sports professionals have already started to use Kaneka Ubiquinol™, and its activity for athletes is backed by various scientific studies. Having thus far been mainly available in capsule form, Kaneka has now developed a stabilized Ubiquinol powder for use in powdered and liquid applications.

    Furthermore, Kaneka will present the Novel Food-approved plant extract Glavonoid™, which was originally developed to prevent metabolic syndrome. Derived from licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra L.), Glavonoid™ has been proven to be completely safe and is approved by the European authorities with Novel Food ingredient status. An advanced, patented extraction process ensures that the ingredient does not contain any glycyrrhizinic acid, making it free from the unwanted side-effects of licorice. Glavonoid™ is able to increase the body’s own fat burning ability, while at the same time decreasing fat synthesis by down-regulating genes that are involved in fatty acid development. Since 2015, Glavonoid™ has been approved for extended use in foods for medical purposes and energy-restricted diets for weight reduction. A food supplement containing Glavonoid™ was now submitted for the Nutraingredients Award for best new weight management supplement of the year.

    A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in 2016 verified that Glavonoid™ can also increase skeletal muscle mass in humans in combination with exercise. During the study, male American Football athletes ingested 300 mg Glavonoid™ per day over 8 weeks of training. Ultrasound imaging analysis revealed that the muscle thickness of the anterior thighs and anterior brachial regions in the Glavonoid™ group were both significantly increased by 2.5% at week 8 in comparison to baseline. There was no such increase in the placebo group. Abdominal muscle thickness increased in both groups, but the increase was 1.8 times greater in the Glavonoid group than in the placebo group (p<0.05). It can therefore be seen that Glavonoid™ is ideal for inclusion in products aimed at the sports and fitness market.
    (Kaneka Pharma Europe N.V.)
     
    21.03.2017   GLASS PACK 2017 awaits you on June 8th in Pordenone    ( Company news )

    Company news We are pleased to present GLASS PACK 2017, the first B2B event completely dedicated to glass container design and production management. The event covers every aspect of design, production, decoration, closures, labels, packing, storage, etc. The event will take place on June 8th, 2017 at Pordenone Exhibition Centre.

    The event provides a large exhibition space together with high-powered international seminar and workshop sessions.

    GLASS PACK 2017 will foster business meetings between glassworks, decorators, service providers, designers, glass bottle and container dealers accessory suppliers, specialist design studios, and their buyers.

    The seminars will focus on specific topics across the entire spectrum of the glass packaging industry for the beverage, spirits and food sectors.
    Because of its one-day light formula, GLASS PACK 2017 is a unique opportunity to develop and maximize business in this field through networking.

    GLASS PACK 2017 is a fair and conference organized by Smartenergy, the leading service company for communication and promotion in the container and flat glass sectors. Smartenergy publishes the magazine Glass Machinery Plants & Accessories, the annual directory World Glass Directory and www.glassonline.com, the leading global website dedicated to the glass industry, along with a daily news service.
    (Smartenergy S.r.l.)
     
    21.03.2017   Second Beviale Moscow a complete success    ( Company news )

    Company news -Growth in all three trade fair figures
    -Comprehensive supporting programme proved to be very popular
    -Premiere: ROSGLAVPIVO Russian Beer Prize awarded

    The second edition of Beviale Moscow was a complete success. Growth in all three trade fair figures, the very well-received supporting programme and the well-attended product presentations form the excellent summary that the trade fair for the beverage industry in Eastern Europe can take away from the three successful days. From 28th February to 2nd March 2017, 3,984 trade visitors came to the trade fair (2015: 2,667) to find out more about current issues along the beverage production value-added chain from the 130 exhibitors (2015: 112) and in the special trade fair areas. The segments of raw materials as well as technologies and machines in particular have grown significantly in comparison to last year’s trade fair and have made a contribution to ensuring that Beviale Moscow now covers a total exhibition area of 1,630m2 (2015: 1,248m2).

    “Beviale Moscow 2017 was a fantastic success and the second edition gave us some idea of the kind of potential which may be exploited in the Russian market”, reports Thimo Holst, Project Manager at NürnbergMesse. “We are thrilled with the growth of more than 30 percent in the exhibition area and 50 percent in the number of visitors”, Holst continues. “But even more impressive for me was the positive atmosphere and the intensive exchange of ideas and experiences between exhibitors and visitors across the three days of the event. Beviale Moscow is little by little becoming the central meeting point for the Russian beverage industry and we are already looking forward to taking our energy and momentum forward to the next Beviale Moscow in 2018.”

    The exhibitors agree – they could not be happier
    Tosner Brno, Commercial Manager, Destila s.r.o: “We really liked the organization – it was excellent. It is the well-known German feature that you come to your stand and everything is set up for you. The mood at the exhibition was very good as well.” Beviale Moscow serves as a door-opener to the growth markets in Russia and its neighboring countries, something which was affirmed by Jan Nevelos, Technical Sales Manager CEE, LALLEMAND UK LIMITED: “Beviale Moscow is a great event with plenty of visitors. We were busy all the time and are getting more and more contacts.” The exhibitors came from a total of 18 countries, mainly from Russia and its neighboring countries, but also from Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy in order to provide solutions for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Jean-Jacques Bourdallé, Sales Director Europe, Fermentis Lesaffre for Beverages was extremely satisfied with the number of visits to his stand: “Beviale Moscow is a great opportunity to meet our customers, to develop our market visibility and to promote products for the Russian market.”

    Interested trade visitors discussed individual solution approaches
    3,984 trade visitors showed great interest in directly exchanging ideas and experiences relating to specific trade questions. They traveled from 34 different countries, but primarily from Russia itself as well as Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Experts from breweries and malthouses, from the beverage trade, from the catering and restaurant trade, from the fields of wine, soft drinks, fruit juice, mineral water and milk, as well as from the tertiary sector and research institutes discussed individual solution approaches in all segments of the beverage industry with regional and international providers and suppliers.

    Supporting programme and special shows met with keen interest
    Alongside the intensive exchange of expertise, the focus of the second Beviale Moscow was also firmly on a significantly expanded supporting programme with thrilling product presentations. High profile speakers from academia and practice provided the interested visitors with input. The discussions not only revolved around beverage production itself; individual process steps, in particular, were also examined. The special areas dedicated to PET as well as refrigeration and heating technology celebrated their premieres and were met with keen public interest. Whilst beverage packaging took center stage at the new “PETarena powered by PETnology” special show, the topics of process refrigeration, cold chain and cold storage, in particular, were in the limelight at the “Refrigeration & Heating Pavilion”. Both mid-sized traders and global players certainly got their money’s worth.

    Craft Beer Movement arrived in Eastern Europe
    It has long since not been a secret that craft-brewed, aroma-rich beer is becoming more and more popular in Russia, too. It was thus no surprise that the Craft Beer Corner, which was part of Beviale Moscow for the first time, was also a complete success. Several hundred visitors took the opportunity to try the different beers produced by approximately 15 breweries and to learn about the specifics of the brewing process of these particular beers from the Russian beer sommeliers. For those who wanted to properly immerse themselves in the Craft Beer Scene, they were in good hands at the three-day “VLB Seminar for Brewers”. The continuing education event at which the technological and qualitative aspects of brewing were discussed and analyzed was organized by the long-established conference partner in Russia, the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin (VLB – Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing). Besides imparting pure factual knowledge, great emphasis was placed on establishing networks and exchanging ideas and expertise.

    Russian Beer Prize awarded for the first time
    Following the example of the acclaimed and successful European Beer Star Award, the ROSGLAVPIVO Russian Beer Prize was awarded at the trade fair for the first time. The beers were separated into 23 different categories – from “Pilsner German Style”, through “India Pale Ale”, to non-alcoholic and flavored beers. The ROSGLAVPIVO prize was supported by the Russian Ministry for the Food Industry and organized by the Barley, Malt & Beer Union together with the Private Brauerien e.V. (Association of Private Breweries e.V. in Germany).

    To be continued:
    The next Beviale Moscow will take place in spring 2018 in Moscow.
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    21.03.2017   Walter Brambilla supports SCHÄFER Container Systems in Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news New Sales Representative for Italy

    On February 1st. 2017, Mr Walter Brambilla took up his post as SCHÄFER Container Systems’ new sales representative for Italy, thus reinforcing the sales activities of the well-know manufacturer of reusable container systems for beverages (KEGs) and IBCs and special containers in stainless steel.

    Brambilla, whose most recent position was Business Development Manager, can look back on over 25 years of sales experience. With his new position, SCHÄFER will be strengthening their local presence on the Italian market. “We are extremely pleased that we were able to fill this strategically important position with Mr Bramibilla and provide the growing Italian beverage industry, and in particular the beer and wine sector, with a strong and competent partner on the ground”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems. The company offers beverage producers a wide-ranging KEG portfolio that can be configured to accommodate specific customer wishes. In future, this is also expected to increasingly benefit the Italian craft brewing sector.
    (SCHÄFER WERKE GMBH)
     
    20.03.2017   USA: Russian River Brewing Company opts for ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA     ( Company news )

    Company news The Russian River Brewing Company has chosen ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH to supply brewhouse and tank technology for its greenfield project in Windsor, California. Thus yet another leading American craft brewer has opted to go with the well-known Ludwigsburg company.

    Photo Front row (left to right): Klaus Gehrig, CEO and COO of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA, Natalie Cilurzo, Co-Owner and President, Vinnie Cilurzo, Co-Owner and brewer (both of Russian River Brewing Company), Ralph Gehlhar, CCO of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA. Back row (left to right): Floris Delee, Kathinka Engineering Inc., Nadine Vossler, Order Processing, Michael Kurzweil, Vice President Sales for Tanks, Hanspeter Geigle, Project Manager, Jürgen Rohrbach, Lead Engineer (all from ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA).

    The brewhouse supplied by ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA for the greenfield project will achieve a capacity of 88 hectoliters (75 bbl) per brew. Among other equipment, it will have a Colibri mash agitator, a Lotus lauter tun, a Shark boiler and a T-Rex milling unit. Another noteworthy feature is a special hopping system that will enable the brewery to produce a wide spectrum of aroma profiles. The brewhouse, which is a showpiece in every respect, will be a key element of the Russian River Brewing Company’s marketing strategy when completed. In addition to the brewhouse technology, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA will be delivering 17 cylindro-conical fermentation and storage tanks and six pressure tanks for the cold block, which is being built at the same time.

    Brewhouse and Tanks for Greenfield Project in Windsor
    “We are very happy that the Russian River Brewing Company, one of the most creative craft brewers in the USA, will be using our technologies and products,” says Ralph Gehlhar, CCO of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH. Russian River is known as the originator of famous brews like the strongly hopped Double and Triple IPAs (India Pale Ales), which are popular throughout the United States. One example is the Triple IPA called Pliny the Younger, which is available only for two weeks each year, and in pub draft only. This year more than 16,000 beer lovers came to the presentation. Another specialty of the company is its Belgian inspired sour beers, which are fermented with Brettanomyces yeasts. Ground breaking will be in March 2017, and the brewery will go into operation in June 2018.
    (Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH)
     
    17.03.2017   A breathe of folklore    ( Company news )

    Company news The Ukrainian company OLYMP has launched a new 0.375 litre bottle for Malinovka vodka. It is made from flint glass and produced by Vetropack Gostomel.

    If you want to turn your humdrum dinner into a celebration, then Malinovka vodka adds the perfect finishing touch. OLYMP distils this spirit according to a traditional recipe consisting of entirely natural ingredients: “Lux”-grade grain and flavoured alcohols, water and honey. The vodka is triple-distilled to give it a rich, full-bodied taste. “Lux” quality means that no more than 0.02 per cent of the pure alcohol can be methyl alcohol, a substance released in small amounts during the production of spirits.

    On the reverse of the 0.375 litre vodka bottle are engravings of traditional motifs and the slogan “Malinovka. Always holiday time”. The elegant embossed elements, the simple label and the screw-in stopper marry beautifully together and enhance the bottle’s celebratory appearance. Produced by Vetropack’s Ukrainian plant in Gostomel, the flint glass bottles were designed by the Allberry agency in Kiev, which is well-known for its work on wine and spirit bottles in Ukraine.
    (Vetropack Gostomel JSC)
     
    16.03.2017   Discover the benefits of a no-label look for your beverage bottles    ( Company news )

    Company news Transparent labels give packaging a premium look, as if the letters and images are printed directly on the bottle. UPM Raflatac is now launching a new, thinner film product for clear labeling in beverage applications, especially beer bottle labeling. RafBev Clear TC 40 offers a clear, no-label look for companies aiming to replace wet glue with a PSA solution.

    For the ultimate clear-on-clear look choose the RP76E adhesive and a PET23 HS liner. Because water resistance is paramount in these applications, the good water whitening performance of RP76E makes it the perfect choice. Additionally, the adhesive paired with the PET23 HS liner is ideal for the newest and fastest dispensing and beverage bottling lines due to its clean and stable performance.

    RafBev Clear TC 40 is also built thinner, meaning that less raw material is needed in the production, transportation costs are reduced from a lighter load, and less waste is produced. Additionally, in printing and dispensing there are fewer reel changes, which further reduces waste and increases productivity.

    A clearer choice at every step
    “Beverage bottles undergo many humidity and temperature challenges throughout their lifetime,” says Päivi Knihti, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA. “RafBev Clear TC 40 is designed to maintain its appearance and performance throughout, giving a premium no-label look with more flexibility than printing directly on the bottle. The no-label look is a clear winner with consumers – and brands are finding it provides excellent shelf appeal.”
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    15.03.2017   drinktec cluster and fairtrade sign a marketing cooperation    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 The aims of this cooperation are clear: a broader range of products and services to offer exhibitors and visitors and more targeted acquisition of market participants—for the events in the drinktec cluster of Messe München, and for those of fairtrade, a German organizer of food and beverage technology trade fairs. Messe München´s drinktec cluster includes international subsidiary trade shows in South Africa, India and China, and fairtrade organizes specialist trade fairs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Iran. With immediate effect, the two cooperation partners aim to mutually support their respective trade fairs through corresponding marketing and sales activities. With their combined expertise in beverage, food and packaging technology, the intention is to expand and strength the individual events of both partners.

    Both trade show organizers have excellent networks in the industry. This cooperation agreement draws together the offer of the individual exhibition platforms, which represent the entire process chain of the food, beverage and packaging industry. “We complement each other perfectly with regard to industries and country portfolios: the drinktec cluster can strengthen its presence on the African continent and further expand the range of fdt Africa with our partner's food technology and Africa expertise. In turn, fairtrade benefits from our global reputation and expertise in the beverage and liquid food industry. Together, we can combine the respective multipliers, partners and media into a global network for the food, beverage and packaging industries, thus guaranteeing our customers trade show platforms with even greater reach,” explains Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director of the drinktec cluster. “I am delighted that with this cooperation, we are offering further value to our exhibitors and visitors,” continues Westphal.

    Paul März, Exhibition Director at fairtrade, adds: “Having worked in Iran since 1994 and on the African continent since 1997, we have a solid knowledge of these markets. Combined with the expertise of the drinktec cluster, this results in valuable synergies in order to achieve joint growth opportunities in the food and beverage industry. We very much look forward to the cooperation.”

    Richard Clemens, Managing Director of VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, sees significant benefits from the cooperation for exhibitors and visitors: “This partnership will ensure a positive development for all the events. Through this cooperation, we can sustainably expand the trade-fair platforms abroad, in particular on the African continent. This enhances the attractiveness of the events for both exhibitors and visitors.”

    The following events will be held this year: agrofood Nigeria, from March 28 to 30, 2017 in Lagos; iran food + bev tec from May 23 to 26, 2017 in Tehran; drinktec, from September 11 to 15, 2017 in Munich; agrofood West Afrcia, from December 5 to 7, 2017 in Accra; and drink technology India, from October 24 to 26, 2018 in Mumbai.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    15.03.2017   KATZ STARTS UP NEW PACKING LINE    ( Company news )

    Company news The KATZ Group has invested in a new 30-meter long packing line at its Weisenbach site. The line was symbolically started up by managing director Daniel Bitton and printing plant manager Ralf Korz on 19 January 2017.

    Much of the work of packing bundles of coasters onto pallets was previously carried out manually, but in the future this will all be handled by the automated packing line, which packs the finished beer mats onto pallets and then wraps each pallet in stretch film. The line is controlled via a touch panel which stores the arrangement of the coaster packs on the pallets. KATZ personnel control and monitor the whole system and can summon up the list of current orders at the touch of a button.

    The new packing line even has a name: “Konrad”. It is named after Konrad Merkel, the former head of electrical maintenance who took well-deserved retirement at the end of 2016 after 47 years working for KATZ. He was the one who encouraged the purchase of the new system back in 2013.

    It took around nine weeks to assemble the packing line, and now it is finally up and running at the Weisenbach plant.
    We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved in the project, both at the plant and at the planning department in Oberkirch. The project could never have been completed so quickly without their tremendous commitment and support.
    (Katz GmbH & Co. KG)
     


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