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    12.03.2018   DNP and SIG create joint venture in Japan    ( Company news )

    Company news Tokyo-based Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) and SIG have signed a joint venture agreement which will bring new value added carton packaging and filling technology solutions to the Japanese food and beverage industry. The 50-50 joint venture will be established as of April 1, 2018, under the name of DNP • SIG Combibloc Co., Ltd., located in Tokyo.

    Photo: A joint venture has now been signed: Souichiro Nishitani, Corporate Officer and General Manager of Packaging Operations at DNP (left), and Rolf Stangl, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SIG.

    More differentiation
    The main focus of the partnership is to provide greater differentiation and added value in the field of carton packaging, technology and services for the food and beverages industry in Japan.

    Souichiro Nishitani, Corporate Officer and General Manager of Packaging Operations at DNP said: “The huge variety offered by the packaging system from SIG will enrich the Japanese market and offer clear added value for beverage manufacturers and consumers alike. The aim of our joint venture is to be Japan’s number 2 in aseptic carton packs by 2022.”
    Rolf Stangl, Chief Executive Officer at SIG added: “It is an exciting moment in our company's history. For many years we’ve looked into entering this big and promising market together with a perfect partner. We’ve now found this with DNP. Together with DNP, we are bringing innovative solutions to the food and beverage industry in Japan for current and next generation products.”

    Throughout its history DNP, one of the world’s largest printing industry manufacturers, has successfully established a multitude of business operations. For example, DNP has been developing and marketing carton packs and filling systems for alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in Japan since 1978. Many food and beverage manufacturers are also using DNP’s aseptic PET filling system. The company is ideally positioned in Japan, with substantial experience in the field of aseptic technology through its network of highly-qualified service technicians and established connections with all major companies in the food and beverage industry.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    09.03.2018   Customer portal e-connect goes live in North America    ( Company news )

    Company news ENGEL's new e-connect customer portal will be launched in North America in time for NPE2018: e-connect will simplify and speed up communication between processors and ENGEL while providing an overview of the machinery, the processing status of service and support orders and the price and availability of spare parts – any time, anywhere. From May 7 through 11, 2018, the Austria-based injection molding machine manufacturer and system solution provider will be demonstrating at its trade show booth W3303 in Orlando, Florida, how the new version of the customer portal is also ideally suited to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0.

    Photo: Fastest link to the world of ENGEL: the new version of the e-connect customer portal is even clearer.

    e-connect facilitates entry into the world of ENGEL and opens up new opportunities for injection molders to produce even more efficiently. “With the new software, we can now provide customers with more specific information at any time and independently of their location, establish contact with them even faster, and provide the best possible support to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0,” as Wolfgang Degwerth, Vice President Sales and Service at ENGEL Machinery Inc. in York, Pennsylvania, explains. "From now on, e-connect will be an important hub in the cooperation with our customers."

    From the first order, all machines and system solutions supplied by ENGEL are stored in the system, with the current status also shown. For the best possible overview, users can reproduce the structure of their individual machinery in the system and even assign production lines to different halls or departments online.

    No time to waste in support and service cases
    Making support and service enquiries online is not only convenient for users, but also speeds up order processing significantly. As soon as a customer makes a request, it is automatically forwarded to the service team so that they can start looking at it immediately. Since customers and service technicians use the same data, they have the same knowledge base at all times. In many cases, the system history this contains makes it easier to find a solution. This is also why each new service call is fully documented in e-connect. The portal makes all details relating to the service call transparent for the user, and store the service report. With sites on three continents, ENGEL ensures qualified service technicians from its internal workforce are available around the clock.

    In particular, e-connect facilitates the procurement of spare parts. As price and availability are stored on the system, the customer can directly request and download a quotation from the platform. Customers can also track the spare part online up to its arrival at their plant.

    Condition-based, predictive maintenance included
    e-connect supports all service products in ENGEL's inject 4.0 program. In addition to online support and remote maintenance, this includes e-connect.monitor for predictive, condition-based maintenance. The aim is to utilize the full lifespan of machine components while avoiding unscheduled system downtimes. To ensure this, sensors monitor the condition of components and residual life is calculated on the basis of mathematical models. While the condition of plasticising screws is determined in the course of regular servicing, spindles are subject to automatic online monitoring; in both cases, the results of the evaluation are stored in e-connect; they can be called up and processed by the customer at any time.

    ENGEL will also be integrating future service products for the smart factory into its customer portal. “We have structured the platform so that we can quickly implement further demands of advancing digitalization,” says Wolfgang Degwerth.

    More clarity, simpler navigation
    In addition to new functions, e-connect now offers greater clarity and transparency and even simpler navigation. The platform provides users with a constant wealth of information, from product descriptions and event news to latest reports from the world of ENGEL and the details of contact persons. A calendar contains the dates of trade fairs and booked seminars, while ENGEL’s e-learning platform is just one click away via e-connect.

    ENGEL at NPE2018: West Hall, Booth W3303
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    09.03.2018   GualapackGroup to open a new plant in Chile    ( Company news )

    Company news GualapackGroup, the World Leader of premade spouted pouches, continues its expansion in LATAM countries with the start of a brand new facility in Chile. Located close to Santiago, the new plant will be dedicated to pouches and spouted pouches production. “That new investment will strengthen our position in LATAM, a strategic area for our Group and, together with our existing subsidiaries in Costa Rica and Brazil, will consolidate our production platform on the Central and South American continent. Our vision remains, just like we did in Europe within the last 5 years, to invest in regional production sites in order to provide our local partners the best logistics and a proximity service” said Michele Guala, The GualapackGroup’s CEO.

    The new facility shall achieve its full production capacity by spring 2018.
    (Gualapack S.p.A.)
     
    08.03.2018   3rd European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit on 14th & 15th March 2018 in Amsterdam    ( Company news )

    Company news Venue of the Summit:
    Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
    Damrak 1-5, 1012 LG
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Key Topics Include:
    • Market trends for sustainable packaging in 2018 and beyond
    • Latest innovations in design, manufacturing, additive and convertor technology
    • Case studies from retailers/brands on packaging and design needs in the food & beverage industry
    • What does the European Commission circular economy package mean for the plastics packaging supply chain
    • Expectations and targets of EU waste legislation on packaging and packaging waste
    • Analysis and comparison of performance materials in different applications
    • Advancing plastics converters and manufacturer's capabilities and technologies
    • Life cycle assessments and environmental impact

    Why You Can't Miss this Event?
    ACI's 3rd European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging will take place on 14th & 15th March 2018 in Amsterdam.
    This edition will focus on the best strategies for sustainable packaging including recycling and packaging performance, with a stronger focus on the brands and retailers, who will share their thoughts and information on consumer experience and demands for next generation of packaging.

    Furthermore, the conference will also explore the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, and its impact in the entire supply chain dynamics as well as use of bioplastics, biodegradable & compostable plastics, as well as the latest innovations in the market for printing and labelling. Join us in Amsterdam to hear latest case studies from industry leaders, take part in interactive panels discussions & benefit from excellent networking opportunities.
    (Active Communications International (ACI Europe))
     
    08.03.2018   UPM Raflatac expands Lite range of ecodesigned labeling solutions with new PP Silver Lite film    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac has expanded its PP Lite range of labeling solutions for the European market with the introduction of a new clear film, PP Silver Lite. The face materials, adhesives, and backing used in the PP Lite range offer brands new ways to achieve their sustainability objectives.

    PP Lite label materials offer brand owners the opportunity to differentiate themselves from the competition by becoming a leader in sustainable product labeling while boosting productivity across the value chain at the same time. By combining a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive, and a lighter backing, products in the PP Lite range optimize raw material use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, and waste.

    In line with the PP Lite concept, PP Silver Lite is a multi-purpose label material suitable for labeling rigid containers with smooth surfaces in beverage and home and personal care applications.

    "Our Label Life demonstrates that by replacing conventional PP label materials with our PP Lite solutions, brand owners can optimize raw material use and make sustainability gains through a lower environmental footprint," explains Jan Hasselblatt, Director, Global Business Development, UPM Raflatac. "With the addition of PP Silver Lite, the range allows brands to take their packaging designs one step further while improving productivity and demonstrating their commitment to sustainable packaging."
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    07.03.2018   CRAFT DRINKS INDIA: the newest member of the Beviale Family     ( Company news )

    Company news The global network of the Beviale Family is constantly growing. The latest addition to the beverage production segment is CRAFT DRINKS INDIA, which will take place for the first time on 4 and 5 July 2018 at the White Orchid Convention Center in Bangalore. The event is primarily designed for brewers, microbrewers, craft brewers and distributors, but also for newcomers seeking advice and inspiration. International manufacturers and suppliers will present their solutions at the trade fair, the focus of which will be the production of craft beer, craft spirits and wine. VLB, the Berlin-based Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing, has partnered with us to develop the conference programme. CRAFT DRINKS INDIA will be organised by NürnbergMesse India in conjunction with Indian exhibition company PDA Trade Fairs, and is tailored to the needs and interests of the fast-growing beverage market in India.

    The Indian market for alcoholic drinks is developing rapidly and is one of the fastest growing beverage markets worldwide. In particular, the number of microbreweries and craft breweries is increasing steadily by around 7.5 percent a year. Whereas according to BMI Research, which is cited by the All India Brewing Association, there were just two micro-breweries registered in 2008, by 2016 there were more than 80. “Compared with Germany or the rest of Europe the numbers are still relatively low,” explains Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibition BrauBeviale and international product manager for the Beviale Family. “But we are really noticing the momentum in the market and our new Beviale Family member is designed to take account of this. We are really looking forward to the premiere in July.” Bangalore, the cosmopolitan metropolis in the south of India, is regarded as the heart of the country's craft beer and craft drinks scene. “This makes it the ideal venue for this new member of the Beviale Family,” Kalrait says confidently.

    PDA Trade Fairs is also looking forward to the premiere in July. “The synergies between NürnbergMesse India and PDA Trade Fairs are a strong driver making CRAFT DRINKS INDIA a complex event that covers numerous aspects of the sector and therefore promises to be highly relevant to all participants.”
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    07.03.2018   SIG and ProLeiT offer integrated solutions for smart and automated factories     ( Company news )

    Company news SIG has partnered with ProLeiT, a leading provider of automation and process control systems, to co-create innovative manufacturing solutions for food, beverage and dairy producers.

    Photo: SIG and ProLeiT confirm their partnership - from left: Stefan Mergel (SIG), Torsten Stollenwerk (SIG), Dr. Daryoush Sangi (SIG), Dr.Thomas Wunderlich (ProLeiT), Rudi Lippert (ProLeiT).

    SIG is one of the world’s leading solution providers for the food and beverage industry within the field of carton packs and filling technology, and with its new partnership with ProLeiT will be able to offer producers advanced production technology and integrated software solutions.

    ProLeiT is an expert within the field of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), enabling manufacturers to automate and control their production processes. This new partnership will allow both companies to combine their expertise for the joint development of innovative MES products for the food and beverage industry.

    SIG’s new strategic collaboration supports its commitment to build smarter, more automated plants as part of its Smart Factory segment. This solution-driven and value-added platform is helping SIG to deliver IoT-enabled systems and technical services that transform filling plants into connected factories securing the highest efficiency, flexibility and quality.

    “Digitisation is an important issue for all companies today, and the Internet of Things is constantly increasing in scope and relevance,” said Dr. Thomas Wunderlich, Vice President Sales, Dairies & Beverages, ProLeiT AG. “It’s therefore crucial for us to work with partners who develop innovative technologies and strategies together with us when implementing new application scenarios.”

    “With our partnership with SIG, we combine industry knowledge, an understanding of our customers' requirements and the solution portfolio of both providers to create a strong presence in the market. We look forward to opening a new chapter in MES development together with SIG."

    Dr. Daryoush Sangi, Head of Production Engineering & Strategic Partnerships at SIG, added: "We chose this partnership because we are convinced that with ProLeiT we have found a highly competent partner for MES solutions to offer our customers complete data processing solutions in the context of a Smart Factory.”
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    06.03.2018   KHS Innoket Roland 40: compact labeling machine for the beverage and food industries    ( Company news )

    Company news With the Innoket Roland 40 the KHS Group has launched a compact labeler to market. The KHS Innoket Neo’s little brother has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour and is thus specifically tailored to the requirements of the food industry.

    -Space-saving table machine for the low capacity range
    -High-quality mechanical design based on the Innoket Neo
    -Many expansion options for individual requirements

    Photo: The Innoket Roland 40 is the little brother of the Innoket Neo, suitable for outputs of between 2,500 and 25,000 containers per hour.

    Dortmund, February 13, 2018 – With the Innoket Roland 40 the KHS Group has launched a compact labeler to market. The KHS Innoket Neo’s little brother has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour and is thus specifically tailored to the requirements of the food industry. The Innoket Roland 40 can be fitted with various labeling stations and is characterized by its ease of use and the accustomed high quality offered by KHS.

    “The machine is specially geared towards lines with a low output,” explains Cornelius Adolf, labeling product manager at KHS. During development particular attention was paid to simple operation and a high degree of economy. The table machine is not only of interest to craft breweries but also to companies in the food sector, such as manufacturers of canned food, sauces or dressings./p>

    In its standard version the Innoket Roland 40 comes with two cold glue stations. This allows shoulder and neck labels to be applied at two levels by the first station, for instance, with the second station affixing back labels to the bottles. Alternatively, self-adhesive stations, a combination of cold glue and self-adhesive technology and hot melt labeling processes can be used.

    Proven components from the high-capacity range
    Inside the Innoket Roland 40 are countless quality-determining components taken from the established high-performance KHS Innoket Neo labeling machine. These include the carousel, infeed and discharge stars, folding doors, installation and format parts and guides and on the cold glue station the gripper cylinder and label magazine. The Innoket Neo servo feed screw has also been applied and integrated here, permitting gentle bottle stops.

    Plenty of upwards scope
    The KHS development also provides many different opportunities for extension to cater for individual labeling tasks. It is possible, for example, to equip the Innoket Roland 40 with the KHS VarioDrive electronic bottle plate control system. Other options include mechanical alignment by side notch in the infeed star and the fitting of traveling applicators, the latter used for cap or lid labels. U-shaped labels – as tamper-evident seals for twist-off caps, for instance – can also be labeled and rolled on. Optional sensors check for the presence of labels at certain points, for example in the label magazine or on the gluing roller, and for other factors such as broken bottles. With its many expansion options the KHS Innoket Roland 40 is thus perfectly suited to cater for all requirements in the low capacity range.

    At Anuga FoodTec the Innoket Roland 40 demonstrates its perfect suitability for the food industry through its point of display alone. The technology can be viewed live not at the KHS booth but at Florin Gesellschaft für Lebensmitteltechnologie mbH at booth E20/F29 in hall 10.1 where the system designed for an output of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour will be exhibited.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    05.03.2018   Massive Increase In StarLeaf™ Stevia Planting: PureCircle Plans Massive Increase ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... In StarLeaf™ Stevia Planting This Year

    Company Significantly Boosting Supply Capacity Of Its Proprietary StarLeaf™ Stevia Plant That Yields High Amounts of Best-Tasting Stevia Sweeteners

    PureCircle (LSE: PURE), the world’s leading producer and innovator of great-tasting stevia sweeteners for the global beverage and food industries, announces that it will vastly increase the amount of StarLeaf™ stevia it plants in 2018. It plans to plant nearly 16,000 tons in 2018, an increase of about 200% over the prior year. As with any agricultural crop, these plans are subject to various conditions such as weather.

    PureCircle’s StarLeaf™ is a proprietary non-GMO stevia plant that yields roughly 20 times more of the newest and best-tasting stevia leaf sweeteners than conventional stevia varieties. These stevia sweeteners make it far easier for food and beverage companies to deliver great-tasting, sugar-reduced and sugar-free products across a wide range of food and beverage categories. And it allows them to do that with a plant-based sweetener.

    With the planned increases in planting, the company estimates that 80% of the stevia plants it uses this year will be StarLeaf™ — likely increasing to 90% next year. Expanding the planting and use of its proprietary StarLeaf™ stevia leaf will enable the company to meet the increasing demand of food and beverage industries for the best-tasting – and most sugar-like – zero-calorie, stevia sweeteners.

    PureCircle utilizes a wide and expanding global agricultural network for its stevia supply, sourcing it from an increasing number of countries around the world. Part of the dramatic increase in StarLeaf™ planting this year is the result of our new farming partnerships in North Carolina. Some farmers there – working with PureCircle — are starting to use land that once grew tobacco, to grow StarLeaf™ plants. Planting stevia enables them to grow and sell a highly-sought after crop, the demand for which is growing, and to productively use their farming acreage.

    The food and beverage industry has seen a steady increase in product launches featuring stevia as an ingredient, as evidenced by the 10% increase in 2017 as compared to 2016 according to Mintel. In 2017 alone, about 3,500 products launched with stevia. Since the first regulatory green light in the U.S. in 2008 for use of stevia leaf ingredients in foods and beverages, it has been utilized in more than 16,000 products globally. Consumer awareness of stevia is growing, and stevia is viewed favorably by consumers, who continue to seek out stevia as their preferred plant-based, zero-calorie sweetener.

    James Foxton, Vice President of Agriculture Operations at PureCircle, said:
    “We are excited about our StarLeaf™ stevia expansion program. It is a testament to our world-class agronomy program, and is enabling PureCircle to deliver the best-tasting stevia varieties on a global scale. Products from this leaf are revolutionizing the way our customers work with and adopt stevia. We look forward to providing food and beverage companies access to the most sugar-like content from the leaf, at a scale which has never before been possible.”

    By way of background, the story of stevia is evolving. Not long ago, it was a little known, plant-based zero-calorie sweetener – basically one ingredient — that worked well in some beverage and food applications.

    But today, due largely to PureCircle’s research, development and innovation, we offer a range of stevia-based sweetener ingredients with sugar-like taste and zero calories. These from-nature sweeteners — often used in combinations with each other — work well in a wide variety of beverages and foods, and that is advantageous for beverage and food companies. They have an increasing need for just such an ingredient, because consumers, health experts and governments have become increasingly concerned about obesity and diabetes, and have also become increasingly health and wellness conscious.

    PureCircle has developed solutions for food and beverage producers both to enhance their use of stevia for best taste and also to simplify their work with stevia. PureCircle offers tailored combinations of stevia ingredients designed to address the unique sweetening needs of various food and beverage categories. That makes the food and beverage producers’ formulation work easier. PureCircle’s production capability enables us to quickly meet global customer demands.
    (PureCircle Corporate Headquarters)
     
    02.03.2018   Tanqueray Rangpur gets refreshed look as it launches into new markets    ( Company news )

    Company news TANQUERAY, the bartenders’ favourite gin, has unveiled a stunning new look for TANQUERAY Rangpur alongside the news that it’s extending its distribution into new markets.

    Named after an exotic lime which originated from India, TANQUERAY Rangpur is a light, easy-drinking gin with a juicy citrus taste, making it the perfect gin for the summer.

    Since it first launched in 2006, TANQUERAY Rangpur has been winning top awards, including Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition and is already an established favourite in most of Europe, USA and Canada. Now, due to popular demand, it will be available in Brazil, Australia, Colombia and Greece from January 2018.

    To celebrate this announcement, a new bottle design will also hit the shelves across all markets, shining a light on the zesty flavour and rich, innovative heritage of TANQUERAY Rangpur. Through citrus imagery as well as a delicate, Raj-inspired, border in classic TANQUERAY green, it tells a visual story of its signature ingredient, Rangpur, a lime which originated from India. For the first time it also introduces the signature of the brand’s founder – Charles Tanqueray.

    TANQUERAY Global Marketing Manager, Joanna Segesser said, “It’s an extremely exciting time for gin. It’s a category which is growing at a phenomenal rate with TANQUERAY at the forefront. This is the reason why we are refreshing the look and extending the reach of TANQUERAY Rangpur into new countries.

    “Like our founder, who searched the globe for the perfect ingredients, we believe that ‘It’s what you put in’ that matters and TANQUERAY Rangpur is no different. Distilled with rare Rangpur limes, the result is a distinctive zesty flavour.”

    “Our new look bottle reflects this rich heritage and its exotic flavour, while paying homage to the ultimate gin pioneer – Charles Tanqueray.”

    As TANQUERAY Rangpur continues to reach more consumers, TANQUERAY Ginstorian, Jo McKerchar explained that attention to quality and ingenuity has always been at the heart of this brand from the beginning:
    “TANQUERAY’s founder, Charles Tanqueray, was an innovator in the world of gin. In 1830 he set out to make the world’s finest gin. He poured his heart into it, creating over 300 recipes in pursuit of the definitive gin. It was that same dedication and experimentation that led to the creation of TANQUERAY Rangpur in 2006.

    “As other younger brands begin to experiment with their gin recipes, we are proud of our successful legacy of innovation and experimentation that spans nearly two centuries.”

    TANQUERAY Rangpur joins the award-winning portfolio of TANQUERAY that includes TANQUERAY London Dry and TANQUERAY No. Ten as well as limited editions such as Malacca, Old Tom and Bloomsbury.

    TANQUERAY Rangpur has an ABV of 41.3%.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    01.03.2018   Fewer rejects and greater energy efficiency    ( Company news )

    Company news At the launch in North America, ENGEL will be demonstrating iQ flow control live at NPE2018, from May 7th to 11th in Orlando, Florida. The integrated temperature-control solution improves the stability of injection molding processes, reduces rejects and boosts energy efficiency.

    Photo: Thanks to the e-temp temperature control units, ENGEL has become a system solutions provider in the field of temperature control of injection molding processes.

    "Most rejects in injection molding are the result of temperature control errors," says Joachim Kragl, Director of Advanced Molding Systems and Processing at ENGEL Machinery Inc. in York, Pennsylvania. "This explains why the processors' focus is increasingly shifting to mold temperature control." With flomo, ENGEL laid the groundwork for more transparency and consistency in the temperature control process as one of the pioneers in this field back at K 2010. ENGEL flomo, an electronic temperature control water manifold system, replaces the maintenance-intensive cooling water distributors and even the basic version can individually monitor and document all cooling and temperature control circuits. The next generation e-flomo is further able to actively control either the flow rates or the temperature difference (ΔT) in all individual circuits. The advantage of ΔT control is the automatic setting of the individually required flow rate for each temperature control circuit.

    On-demand pump control
    iQ flow control sees ENGEL taking the next step. The software networks the temperature control units and the injection molding machine to create a single unit and, based on the measured values determined by e-flomo, controls the pump speed in the temperature control units on demand. While e-flomo increases the process stability which consequently reduces the risk of rejects, automatic speed adjustment ensures that temperature control requires substantially less energy.

    Since the pump operates on-demand rather than at maximum output all the time, stress on moving parts is reduced and temperature control units have a longer service life, which makes it possible to extend the maintenance cycles. This allows for further substantial savings. In conventional operations, regular maintenance of the temperature control units, including the downtime associated with it, is a major cost factor.

    As an integrated solution, the entire temperature control process can be set up, monitored and centrally logged at the CC300 machine control display while the ideal operating point for the particular temperature control unit is determined and set automatically. This allows injection molding shops to fully leverage their injection molding machines' potential without the system operators needing special training.

    Self-optimizing machine
    To integrate the temperature control units with the CC300 control unit on the injection molding machine, ENGEL collaborated with temperature control unit manufacturer HB-Therm (St. Gallen, Switzerland), to develop the temperature control unit series known as e-temp. The extremely compact devices are networked with the injection molding machine via OPC UA (Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture). With its service-oriented, platform-independent and freely scalable structure, this communications model offers great flexibility. A high degree of data security is guaranteed by the technical safety features that are an integral part of the architecture.

    OPC UA is becoming increasingly popular in the plastics industry for networking injection molding machines, peripherals, sensors and applications and is an important component of the inject 4.0 platform by ENGEL. Thanks to inject 4.0, ENGEL is helping clients pave the way to the smart factory, with continuously self-optimizing production processes. Self-regulating systems such as iQ flow control play a key role in creatring smart machines.

    ENGEL at NPE2018: Hall West, Stand W3303
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    28.02.2018   PepsiCo/Marvel Studios: Black Panther packaging stages the worldwide movie launch    ( Company news )

    Company news When the US-American Marvel Studios launched their new blockbuster "Black Panther" world-wide on 15 February, a package played the lead role: With a particularly exciting promotion in the shape of a spectacular package for Brisk Iced Tea, sponsor PepsiCo (USA) pitched the event to the opinion leaders. Designed to perfectly match the look & feel of the cult movie, the packaging showcases the "Black Panther character" with all the senses. The company Karl Knauer, packaging specialist with headquarters in Biberach/Germany, produced the package that is worthy of an Oscar.

    "This extraordinary project tops everything we ever developed and produced before," says Martin Glatz, Head of Marketing at Karl Knauer. "Together with PepsiCo and Marvel Studios and supported by a network of strong partners, such as "buch exklusiv“ and "Highlight Media", we set off a firework of finishing techniques."

    Everybody who gets the chance to see the package will immediately understand Martin Glatz's enthusiasm: Produced in a 3D printer with high-end finishing, a can of the PepsiCo brand "Brisk" designed to look like the movie hero "Black Panther" is set up on a small "stage" with side parts that fold out, making it resemble the interior of their hi-tech stealth ships. The surprising stage effect occurring when the all-black packaging is opened was created by means of embossing in all facets, 20 seconds of light choreography, and sophisticated folding mechanisms.

    Illumination orchestration with HiLight-smart LEDs® technology
    Obviously, you need plenty of technology and know-how to implement this marvel. This is why Karl Knauer, known as the innovator of the industry, was awarded the contract: Implemented with the newly developed and patented HiLight-smart LEDs® technology, a spectacular illumination orchestration in the form of an ultra-thin layer was integrated in the three rear walls. When the Black Panther logo is pressed, the light show starts in five separately controlled zones. The light show can be re-started at any time and gives a perfect taste of the magic of the movie.

    The robust packaging which contains high-quality rigid box material, finished with 3D UV paint on uncoated paperboard, provides a touch and feel that perfectly represents the native setting of “Wakanda” in the movie. In terms of appearance and functionality, the technically fully mature package is a treat.

    As a bonus, a replica of the characters prized Kimoyo beads are included, packaged in high-finish rigid box material with a laser-cut styrofoam bed.
    Additionally, the entire set is also environmentally friendly! The batteries can be removed from their easy-to-open compartment and disposed of properly, or exchanged for continued enjoyment of the illumination. "The illuminated Black Panther package is unique in all aspects. I reckon that it will become a highly coveted object immediately, and will certainly be a sought-after collector's item," says Martin Glatz.
    (Karl Knauer KG)
     
    28.02.2018   Scotch Whisky industry to phase out use of plastic straws    ( Company news )

    Company news The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is to phase out the use of plastic straws and stirrers as part of the industry's continuing commitment to environmental sustainability.

    The SWA's Environmental Strategy - first launched in 2009 and the only one of its kind covering an entire Scottish sector - set a series of ambitious targets, including a commitment that by 2020 all product packaging will be 100% recyclable.

    The commitment of the SWA to phase out the use of plastic straws and stirrers and replace them with new environmentally friendly biodegrable alternatives is a logical extension of that goal. The SWA will also encourage members to follow suit, and Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Bacardi have already announced that they will takes steps to use biodegradable alternatives across their businesses.

    Commenting, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said:
    "The Scotch Whisky industry takes sustainability very seriously. Through our Environment Strategy, the industry is taking steps to reduce its impact on the environment, including action to reduce non-fossil fuel use, increase recycling and ensure efficient use of water.

    "Our commitment to phasing out the use of all plastic straws and stirrers from all our offices, industry and events is yet another signal of our commitment to the environment.

    "It is encouraging to see Scotch Whisky producers taking steps to phase out unnecessary plastics. We hope that this SWA commitment will lead to the industry uniting behind biodegradable alternatives so that Scotch Whisky cocktails can continue to be enjoyed without discarded plastics continuing to have a damaging impact on land as well as at sea."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    27.02.2018   Australia: AB InBev's Pirate Life to build the largest craft brewery in South Australia    ( E-malt.com )

    Craft brewer Pirate Life has announced it will develop a A$15 mln site at Port Adelaide, creating the largest craft brewery in the state of South Australia, the Business Chief Australia reported on February 13.

    The company was recently acquired by the world’s largest beer producing company, Belgium’s AB InBev, and it appears its mammoth spending power is being put into practice.

    Pirate Life wants to nearly quadruple its output from 3 mln to 11 mln litres annually. It currently produces a range of different beer, from stouts and IPAs to golden ale and American-style hoppy pale ales.

    Set up in 2014, Pirate Life has grown enormously in a short time, shown by the fact it produced just 600,000 litres in its first year compared to the 11 mln litres it now wants to make.

    Co-founder Red Proudfoot told ABC: “We've been looking around for a new site for quite a while, looked at a number of locations, loved the Port and identified this gorgeous old wool store.”

    He was joined in setting up the company by two fellow Western Australians, who decided that South Australia was the best base to grow the company from. Pirate Life already exports to the likes of New Zealand and the UK.
     
    27.02.2018   Hong Kong: Gweilo Beer ready to launch its new US$5 mln brewery    ( E-malt.com )

    The transformation of Hong Kong craft beer company Gweilo Beer, from humble beginnings operating in a spare bedroom to a purpose-built, 1,300-square-metre (14,000-square-foot), US$5 million brewery, is almost in the can, the South China Morning Post reported on February 14.

    Brewing trials began on February 8 and tests are almost complete on a state-of-the-art, US$1.2 million Italian canning machine, capable of producing 6,000 cans per hour. The facility in Fo Tan, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, will be Hong Kong’s largest craft-beer brewery and one of  Asia’s most advanced. Full-scale production is slated to start at the end of this month.

    Moving to its own brewery is necessary because Gweilo – which Ian Jebbitt, 33, co-founded in 2015 with his wife, Emily, 34, and their friend Joe Gould, 35, who are all British – could not meet rising demand at the shared premises it was using.

    Ian Jebbitt says: “There’s growing interest in craft beers – beer with no additives or preservatives, made in smaller batches with traceability, and created with a bit of love and passion.”

    Since October, brewing equipment from Canada, a bottling machine from Germany capable of producing 3,000 bottles an hour, a centrifuge from Sweden, a  custom-made chiller from the US and the Italian canning machine, have been shipped and installed.

    “The project has almost doubled in budget and we have had delays but come the end of February, we will be ready to showcase our new line-up – and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Ian Jebbitt, an intellectual-property lawyer who first brewed beer at the age of seven at home with his father.

    The new brewery has been built in conjuction with BCI Engineering, who American Scott Powrie, Jebbitt’s friend and fellow home brewer from Mui Wo on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, works for. CLI Engineering is an industrial accelerator whose owners also have a passion for craft beer.

    Powrie, 39, says: “We’ve had equipment coming from all four corners of the world and this is the first project of this size and scale in Hong Kong. “We were in unchartered territory, as a lot of the contractors had never done things on this scale before.”

    The South China Morning Post had a sneak preview of the facility, where teams have worked around the clock  to build walls, install new electricity and gas supplies, and tip up 17 tanks,  including 12  that are more than six metres tall, which will hold the company’s expanded range of beers.

    “There were a few scared faces when the chain block broke as we tipped up one 14,000-litre tank and she rocked backwards and forwards before finally settling in place,” Emily Jebbitt says.

    She says the team has spared no expense to create the best possible beers and has shipped ingredients from the US, Britain, Vietnam, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and Thailand in preparation for the new beer range.

    “Gweilo will have some of the most sophisticated equipment in Asia. We’ve gone all out with the equipment we’ve bought, the ingredients we will be using and the team we’ve hired,” Emily Jebbitt says.

    “We all love Hong Kong and have made it our home; we want to help elevate the craft-beer scene in Hong Kong and really put the city on the world map,” as a great beer-producing area.

    American Matt Walsh, formerly head brewer at Modern Times Beer, Lost Coast, Speakeasy and Karl Strauss in the US, has joined the company and been busy finalising recipes. Walsh, 43, says: “The great thing about working for a smaller brewery like Gweilo is I have much more freedom to be creative. They actively encourage me to go wild.”

    A major focus in the future for Gweilo’s expanded team of 13 staff will be to lead the shift from bottles to cans. 

    American assistant brewer Justin Jackson, 36, is a former physics teacher, owner of Back to School Brewing and chairman of the Home Brew Association. 

    “Cans are the way forward. They protect the beer by completely blocking out damage caused by light … [and] keep dissolved oxygen levels – the main enemy of a brewer – extremely low, which leads to fresher beer for longer. They are also more environmentally friendly,” Jackson says.

    Ian Jebbitt says: “In hiring Justin, not only have we hired a great assistant brewer, but also someone that can help us connect with and support Hong Kong’s growing home brewing community.”

    Gould says the Gweilo brand has been refreshed, too, with the  dictionary definition of gweilo – Cantonese slang for Westerner – given a new place on its label.

    The current Gweilo IPA and Gweilo Pale recipes will stay the same, but as the brewer is introducing a limited-edition 1,000-litre experimental  range, it has changed its Gweilo Wit recipe, and stopped using mango and kaffir lime. 

    The Gweilo Brewery is capable of producing 6,000 cans per hour at its premises in Fo Tan. It plans to offer a big choice of beers, including core, quarterly seasonal, collaboration and sour-beer ranges and a barrel-ageing programme, in addition to the 1,000-litre range.

    “With the 1,000-litre range, we aim to make as many batches of limited-edition beers as the market will consume to help educate people on the different styles that exist and push the boundaries, to test  their  perception of what craft beer is and can be,” Ian Jebbitt says.

    “We want to use the 1,000-litre range as a testing ground to try and make a style of beer which becomes  synonymous  with Hong Kong.”
     
    27.02.2018   What's Happening to Diet Coke®? Oh, Nothing. And Everything.    ( Company news )

    Company news Diet Coke — the same crisp, iconic taste launched in 1982 O.G. Diet Coke — isn’t changing. (You don’t mess with a good thing.)

    But the Diet Coke you think you know is history. We’re re-launching with a bold new look, a fresh attitude, and four delicious new flavors, which join the iconic original.

    Why?
    Because every good icon knows that evolution is everything. That’s why we’re rolling out a modern design and adding new sleek cans – still 12 ounces with that old-school Diet Coke vibe and great taste.

    Because after speaking to more than 10,000 people and spending years exploring all kinds of combinations like tropical, citrus and even botanical notes, we found magic. Introducing Diet Coke Ginger Lime, Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, Diet Coke Zesty Blood Orange and Diet Coke Twisted Mango into the Diet Coke family. Trust us when we say, you haven’t tasted anything like this before.

    And finally, we’re switching things up because change is delicious and because we can.

    So whether you’re a longtime fan, or just the type who’s down to try new things, give Diet Coke a taste and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    26.02.2018   Oh Hi! Meet bubly™ Sparkling Water And #CrackASmile    ( Company news )

    Company news PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP) announced the launch of bubly, a new sparkling water that combines refreshing and delicious flavors with an upbeat and playful sense of humor to shake up the sparkling water category while keeping it real with no artificial flavors, no sweeteners, and no calories.

    Available across the U.S. beginning February 2018, bubly is available in eight crisp flavors that are as fun to say as they are to drink: limebubly, grapefruitbubly, strawberrybubly, lemonbubly, orangebubly, applebubly, mangobubly and cherrybubly. Each bubly flavor features bright, bold packaging, unique smiles for every flavor, and comes with its own witty greeting on the tab (like "Hey u," "hiii," and "yo") and personal messages on the can (such as "I feel like I can be open around u," "hold cans with me," and "love at first phssst"), for maximum enjoyment and smiles. To meet a variety of ready-to-drink packaging options, bubly will be available in 12oz. cans (eight and 12 packs), as well as 20oz. single-serve bottles – perfect for every consumer lifestyle and occasion.

    The introduction of bubly comes just one year after the launch of PepsiCo's premium bottled water LIFEWTR, and further validates the company's commitment to its water portfolio. This is also a direct reflection of the organization's Performance with Purpose goals, one of which is that at least two-thirds of the global beverage portfolio volume will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugars per 12oz serving by 2025.

    "When we looked at the sparkling water category, we saw an opportunity to innovate from within by building a new brand and product from the ground up to meet consumer needs. We created bubly to provide consumers with a great-tasting, flavorful, unsweetened sparkling water in a fun, playful, and relevant manner that is unlike anything we've seen in the sparkling water category today," said Todd Kaplan, Vice President, Water Portfolio – PepsiCo North America Beverages. "This is an exciting addition to our PepsiCo portfolio, which is why we're committed to make bubly one of our biggest product launches to date and are introducing the new brand to the world during the Academy Awards."

    bubly is set to make its official TV debut with two ads airing during the 90th Oscars® broadcast on March 4. The 30-second spot builds excitement for the entire bubly portfolio of products while bringing to life the fun personality of the brand.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    22.02.2018   BALANCING HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN 2018!    ( Company news )

    Company news There’s something in the air: consumers are seeking out healthier lifestyles. Consequently, they are adopting consumption habits that are having a huge impact on the food products market. They want to eat well while enjoying themselves, too. They like new things, but can’t bring themselves to let go of the classics.

    The ultimate goal of their pursuits is balance. When it comes to new flavor sensations, manufacturers have to be constantly overflowing with ideas in order to entice consumers.

    Here’s a sneak peak at the four main flavor categories we can expect to see in the grocery aisle this next year.

    POWER THROUGH THE DAY
    Seaweed is in! The nutrition craze has given rise to more products with flavors taken from foods that are valued for their health benefits. This is why we saw many products with “functional flavors,” such as coffee, maple syrup, and wild berry over the past year. For this same reason, seaweed, blue corn, and coffee berries will soon be a part of this craze. Water, functional beverages, and even salty snacks will have flavors inspired by these up-and-coming superfoods.
    Fuel flavors: Coffee fruit & Pomegranate - Prickly Pear - Raspberry & Pink Pepper - Maple & Blueberry

    OVER THE TOP
    Even though healthy nutrition is preferred, having a real dessert every so often is allowed. The decadent dessert trend has never been stronger in the tasty treats section. The variations are endless: waffles, brownies, cakes, ice creams, and more. Ever-more adventurous combinations with multiple layers and all sorts of toppings are being offered. Chopped nuts, salted chocolate chunks, sour candies, toasted marshmallows, cookie crumble, whipped cream… the extreme flavor combinations are limitless!
    Crazy Sweet flavors: Choco-Coco Tornado - Super Crazy Breakfast - Triple Pie Cake Fantasy - Hazelnut-Choco Dream Waffle - Candy Storm

    WHEN CITRUS AND LUXURY COLLIDE
    Increasingly exposed to travel, consumers are more open to and curious about foods from distant places. They want to experiment! This year, classic lemon is taking a back seat to its more exotic cousins: new citrus. From California to Asia, the range of citrus fruits is piquing consumers’ curiosity and allowing them to travel with their taste buds. Just one sip of lemonade made with pink lemons—with their flavor that is floral, sour, and fruity all at once—will transport them to a sunny patio in San Diego. New citrus flavors promise warmth, wonder, and most of all, something worldly.
    New Citrus flavors: Yuzu - Etrog Citrus - Lime Finger - Blood Orange

    SIMPLICITY AT ITS FINEST
    Every year, new flavors steal the spotlight with their striking originality. Bold consumers are enticed by the newest popular flavor. But sometimes, out of caution or a need for something familiar, they simply prefer looking to a classic, a sure thing that will never disappoint them. The following traditional flavors have made a strong comeback: mom’s comforting tomato sauce, the refreshing taste of sliced cucumbers as a snack, the creaminess of avocado on a sandwich… Some flavors just can’t be outdone!
    Simple Flavors: Creamy avocado – Rhubarb – Banana - Cucumber
    (Foodarom GmbH)
     
    22.02.2018   Estonia: Roughly one third of all beer consumed in Estonia last year was bought in Latvia    ( E-malt.com )

    Though producers only publish their numbers for the previous year in the second half of February, Estonia’s two biggest beer producers, Saku and A. Le Coq, confirmed to ERR's Estonian news portal last week that taking into account the amount of beer that was brought in from Latvia, domestic consumption of the drink has increased, and roughly a third of all beer consumed in Estonia last year was bought in Latvia, ERR News reported.

    A. Le Coq's CEO, Tarmo Noop, told ERR that in the second half of 2017 more than a third of their production was sold to shops at the southern border. In December, the company sold more than 40 percent of its total volume there, which Noop said is a new record.

    At the beginning of the year that share had been at 10-11 percent, Noop added.

    A. Le Coq are not the only ones seeing a boom: Saku's sales director, Jaan Härms, told ERR's Vikerraadio that the share of cross-border trade in their business is still growing at a quick pace.

    Credit card statistics confirm this as well, with the amount of money spent across the border in Latvia growing every month, also peaking in December.

    Stores on the Latvian side of the border are reacting to the increasing demand and making more space available. The two main border crossing points in Ikla and Valga now each have two sizeable stores. According to the producers, by now they cover roughly a third of Estonia's total alcohol consumption.

    Though in terms of beer sales Estonia currently is in the low season, Saku are currently sending four or five truckloads of beer a day to the shops south of the border. According to a prognosis by Härms, this could increase to 30 truckloads in summer this year, once the high season starts.

    Though Latvia is planning an excise hike for March this year, price differences are likely to remain the same, as Estonia's alcohol excise duty picked up again last month as well.

    With stores having doubled their space, people are still waiting in line. Whoever went and saw with their own eyes what the price difference really is typically ends up going back, Härms said. And demand will keep growing, he added.

    If the government hoped to apply the higher excise duties as a preventive measure, there is now little hope for this ever working. As Härms confirms, the effect on the producers has been positive, and consumption in Estonia is up. The only difference is that a large share of what Estonians drink is now bought in Latvia.

    Another feature of the current run on cheap booze is that Estonian traders hardly stocked up before the higher excise duty entered into effect, as they were afraid that they might have trouble selling drinks at substantially higher prices.

    All things considered, the government's excise policy has been a complete failure, at least in the eyes of the Estonian beer producers. Instead of consumer behaviour staying the same and excise revenue going up, there is now an €88-million hole in the state's revenue, €55 million of which are due to people's changed behaviour when buying alcohol, including the number of Finnish visitors to Estonia having gone down and excise revenue in the North dropping as well.

    Estonia's alcoholic beverages producers are demanding that the government not only suspend the next excise increase announced for 2019, but revert the current rate to what it was before the new policy entered into effect.

    According to the producers' estimates, in this way the state could count on enough excise revenue to make up for its 2017 loss within about a year. The numbers as currently included in the government's budget strategy are hopelessly unrealistic, Härms said.
     
    22.02.2018   The Singleton whisky launches 'Forgotten Drop Series'    ( Company news )

    Company news The Singleton Glendullan 40 Year Old is the first release from the distillery’s Forgotten Drop Series, which will include limited edition whiskies drawn from reserves uncovered by The Singleton’s Master of Malts Maureen Robinson.

    The rare spirit is the oldest liquid ever released from the Speyside distillery since its founding in 189. The special limited release of only 600 bottles is available exclusive to Travel Retail outlets in Changi and Taiwan.

    “The Singleton Forgotten Drop Series is an exciting collection to curate. We have been exploring the deepest corners of our warehouse to find hidden treasures that, due to the stocks, we could never release widely. The amount of time these liquids spent maturing in this type of cask makes it so precious. It’s whisky for whisky lovers and The Singleton Glendullan 40 Year Old is a stunning liquid to launch with.”, says Maureen Robinson, Master of Malts for The Singleton.

    The distillery, with its large, uniquely shaped stills and light distillation technique creates an incredibly fresh and delicate spirit, resulting in a sweet and spicy profile featuring hints of honey and a gingery sweetness, finishing with a spiced, lightly salted nutted oak.

    Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director of Diageo Global Travel, commented: “The Singleton Glendullan ‘Forgotten Drop Series’ will offer a collection of limited releases for our whisky connoisseurs in Travel Retail. We’re delighted to introduce this series and work with our Master of Malts Maureen Robinson to unveil such a rare and perfectly crafted single malt.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    22.02.2018   USA: Mexican brands continue to dominate US beer imports    ( E-malt.com )

    Corona and Dos Equis lovers made Mexico the supplier of more than two out of three imported beers in the U.S. last year, Bloomberg reported on February 15.

    Mexico exported a staggering 712 million gallons to its northern neighbor. That’s the most among exporting nations, according to data from the Beer Institute. The Netherlands came in second place, exporting 145 million gallons for a market share of almost 14 percent. Belgium, Canada and Germany followed with single-digit market-share figures.

    The most popular Mexican brands include Corona Extra and Modelo Especial, both manufactured for the U.S. market by Constellation Brands, and Dos Equis and Tecate, produced by Heineken NV’s Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma unit.
     
    21.02.2018   Glenmorangie plans expansion of historic Distillery    ( Company news )

    Company news Glenmorangie has announced plans for an expansion of its historic Distillery to position it for further growth. The new still house is expected to be completed in 2019.

    In conjunction with Glenmorangie’s 175th anniversary celebrations the Scottish distiller has announced an exciting milestone in its history with the creation of a new still house, located in the heart of the historic Distillery in Tain, in the far northeast of Scotland. The new still house will allow Glenmorangie to increase capacity to meet continually rising global demand and prepare for the Distillery’s growth.

    Marc Hoellinger, President and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “This planned expansion of the Distillery is a testament to the success of Glenmorangie, and to the exceptional expertise of our ‘Men of Tain’, that we are able to plan with confidence for the future.”

    The new facility will showcase two more of Glenmorangie’s signature copper stills, the tallest in Scotland. It is expected to be completed in 2019 and will work in tandem with the existing still house.
    (Glenmorangie plc)
     
    20.02.2018   Halewood Wines & Spirits see profits double    ( Company news )

    Company news Halewood Wines and Spirits has reported a 100% increase in net profits in the year ending 1 July 2017 and are planning further acquisitions.

    The financial year saw profits grow to £3.9 million (US$5.3m) from £1.7m (US$2.3m) in 2016.

    The steep sales growth can be attributed to the new management team, with successful supermarket listings for mid-priced and premium spirits around the world, as well as increased exports – with special emphasis on Asia, particularly in China and Thailand.

    “Halewood has delivered a second year of profit as the impact of the successful restructuring and change in corporate strategy delivers sustainable margin growth. We have seen particular success with our range of premium gins and Whitley Neill Gin is now the third largest premium gin by value in the grocers.”
    says Stewart Hainsworth, group chief executive.

    Recent acquisitions have included the City of London Distillery, which has “added strength” to the portfolio.

    There are also plans for further acquisitions and internal invest in distilling and brewing capabilities to “enhance the premium craft spirits portfolio”.
    (Halewood Wines and Spirits)
     
    20.02.2018   SCHÄFER Container Systems appoints Carsten Dirk Sauer as the new DACH sales director    ( Company news )

    Company news From March 1st, Carsten Dirk Sauer will be in charge of SCHÄFER Container Systems’ sales for the so-called DACH region: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The 55-year-old’s previous role at the SCHÄFER Werke division was Key Account Manager KEG International, where he successfully applied his expertise gained in the metal packaging industry, as well as in pharmaceutical packaging. Sauer is the successor of Uwe Herzog, who will be taking on a new role within the company.

    “We are very pleased that in Carsten Dirk Sauer we have found a competent in-house solution to continue extending our strategic direction. Without any doubt, his work for Container Systems up to now and his previous business career qualify him for his new role as sales director for the DACH region“, says Business Unit Sales Director Guido Klinkhammer, the man with overall responsibility for KEG sales at SCHÄFER Container Systems. Prior to joining SCHÄFER, Sauer’s last position was Area Sales Manager at LC Packaging, where he oversaw the sale of FIBCs (big bags) in South Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
     
    19.02.2018   Cans Are the Most Recycled Drinks Package in the World    ( Company news )

    Company news Aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled drinks package in the world, according to a new analysis by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS).

    Commissioned by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and Abralatas in Brazil, the study used global recycling data to calculate and validate the global recyclability rates for aluminum, PET and glass beverage containers. The study established a global weighted average recycling rate for aluminum at 69 percent, compared to PET at 43 percent and glass at 46 percent.

    The study prioritized markets with accessible recycling data and then verified and validated the data for 82 percent of the aluminum can global market (representing 21 countries), 79 percent of the PET bottle global market (representing 23 countries), and 79 percent of the glass bottle global market (representing 22 countries). The study identified aluminum recycling rates at 98 percent in Brazil, 79 percent in Poland, 77 percent in Japan, 72 percent in Italy and 55 percent in the United States.

    Speaking on the results of the study, RRS Vice President Anne Johnson said, "Data on beverage container recycling rates for 25 countries, representing 80 percent of the global market, were reviewed and validated by the RRS Data Analytics Team. Even with factoring in the data reliability for each container type by comparing high and low error ranges, RRS determined that aluminum beverage containers remain the most recycled container globally. A key finding of the RRS data review is that much could be done to improve the reporting of recycling data in most markets, through more harmonized definitions of recycling and reporting methods."

    “Aluminum beverage cans are, by far, the leader of beverage container recycling in the United States,” said CMI President Robert Budway. “Although we have always felt confident about making a global claim, we wanted third-party certification. We hope that beverage companies and consumers around the globe will recognize the importance of continuing to recycle this valuable material.”

    Gordon Shade, CEO of Metal Packaging Europe, the association created through the merger of BCME and Empac, said, “This is a welcome confirmation of the aluminium can's premium status in recycling. It is especially good news for consumers as, through their conscientious and responsible behaviour, they ensure the preservation of the material for future use.”

    Renault Castro, CEO of Abralatas in Brazil, noted, “It comes as no surprise that this important study confirms this outstanding feature of the can, certifying that our packaging has a true competitive and environmental advantage over our competitors. In times of global warming this is a huge benefit to society.”

    Aluminum is recycled again and again. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today, which is a testament to its characteristic as a permanent material and its legacy as a commodity that is actually recycled into new products. While this report is extremely encouraging, there remains work to further consolidate our leadership position and enhance our environmental credentials. This includes being fully recognized by consumers as the model for real recycling.
    (CMI Can Manufacturers Institute)
     
    16.02.2018   ENGEL to present innovative process technologies at Chinaplas 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news “Innovation is key to the future” – this is the motto of Chinaplas 2018 from 24 to 27 April in Shanghai. At its booth, ENGEL will be presenting many exciting applications and technology solutions to demonstrate how innovative injection moulding technologies can help build competitive advantage and secure future viability. When it comes to challenging plastic products, the injection moulding machine producer and systems solution provider based in Austria is among the preferred suppliers of the plastics processors in Asia.

    Photo: Thanks to its free accessible clamping unit, the tie-bar-less e-victory injection moulding machine unlocks major potential for high-efficiency LSR processing.

    Chinaplas 2018 is all about growth. “The investment climate in China is on a new high,” reports Gero Willmeroth, President Sales and Service of ENGEL Machinery Shanghai, in the run-up to Asia’s most important plastics trade show. “Chinaplas will give a further boost to this trend.” Growing competition among the local producers of plastic components is another factor contributing to this positive development. Investment is being made in modernising machinery and new technologies that help to raise production efficiency and product quality.

    Economical injection moulding of thick-walled lenses
    The exhibition space dedicated to Automotive at the ENGEL booth reflects the trend towards the use of innovative process technologies. This is the first time that ENGEL is presenting a complex multi-component process with interlinked injection moulding machines at Chinaplas. Two duo injection moulding machines will produce LED lenses made of PMMA with a thickness of 22 mm for vehicle headlamps.

    Plastic is increasingly being used to produce high-quality optical components. The polymer materials are lighter than glass and offer product designers more freedom. The challenge, however, is to combine high optical quality with highly efficient production. The optimelt multilayer technology developed and patented by ENGEL with external cooling meets precisely that challenge.

    Initially, a preform is produced and further layers of the same material added to it in subsequent stages. Overmoulding compensates for any sink marks in the surface of the previous layer and achieves high optical quality. Optical tests have shown that the boundary between the layers has no influence on the performance and function of the lighting optics.

    Because the cooling time in injection moulding increases with the square of the wall thickness, the multilayer technology significantly improves efficiency especially in the production of thick-walled components. Several thin layers cool in total faster than one thick layer. If, in addition, the base body of the lens is removed from the mould to cool, the cycle time is shortened further. Cooling in the air takes longer than in the mould, but it does not affect the cycle time.

    During Chinaplas, the lens base bodies will be produced on a duo 1060/400 injection moulding machine in a 4-cavity mould. An easix articulated robot is integrated in the production cell and removes the four parts and passes them to an external cooling station. From there the robot takes four already sufficiently cooled preforms at a time and transfers them to the 4+4-cavity mould of the duo 600H/600H/500 combi multi-component machine with rotary table. There, two more PMMA layers are applied successively before easix removes the finished lenses. The cycle time is significantly lower than 3 minutes, although the preforms take around 30 minutes to cool. The cooling time can be controlled via the number of cooling positions in the external cooling station.

    The combination of a standard injection moulding machine and a two-component machine is synonymous with very high production flexibility. Both machines can also be utilised independently of the other with different moulds.

    ENGEL is presenting the exhibit jointly with system partners including Skymould (Ningbo/China), HRSflow (San Polo di Piave/Italy), Innolite (Aachen/Germany), Opsira (Weingarten, Germany) and Gimatic (Shanghai, China). In order to integrate other peripheral units and moulds alongside its own robots and process technologies, ENGEL has established a worldwide network of system partners. “We have very strong partners locally in China who, like us, are very familiar with the demands of local processors and translate them into optimal solutions,” explains Willmeroth. “By working with local suppliers, we can also guarantee high cost efficiency for challenging applications and keep the delivery time short for the complete plant.”

    Innovative lightweight concepts from a single source
    Material substitution to reduce component weight is an important trend in the automotive industry, also in China, where electric vehicles are very much on the increase. There are four main areas the processors in Asia are looking at here: LED lenses made of PMMA, glazing systems made of polycarbonate, foam injection moulding, and composite technologies.

    ENGEL is dedicating an Expert Corner of its booth to composite technologies. At its Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies in Austria, the machine manufacturer works with partner companies and universities to develop especially economical processes that will help composite technologies become established in automotive series production faster. From HP-RTM and SMC, through processing of thermoplastic semi-finished products such as organic sheets and tapes, to reactive thermoplastic technologies such as in-situ polymerisation (T-RTM), ENGEL’s developers are exploring all the current cutting-edge technologies and have already achieved several internationally significant milestones. A central success factor in that process has been ENGEL’s expertise in automation and systems solutions. At the same time, ENGEL also offers in its v-duo a machine series that is specifically developed for the demands of the composites industry.

    Processing liquid silicone rubber, no reworking required
    Electric mobility relies not only on new processing technologies but also new design solutions. For example, electric vehicles require a greater variety of grommets to lead wires safely from the engine compartment into the vehicle interior than those with a combustion engine. During Chinaplas, ENGEL is producing wire grommets made of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) for individual wires with a corresponding fine structure. A tie-bar-less e-victory 50/80 injection moulding machine with electric injection unit is used to process the extremely low-viscosity LSR with high precision and high efficiency. On the ENGEL tie-bar-less injection moulding machines, the patented force-divider ensures that the moving mould mounting platen follows the mould exactly while the clamping force is building up distributing the clamping force evenly across the platen face. This keeps all the cavities closed with exactly the same force, which ensures consistent compression of the mould and consistently high product quality. “Burr-free manufacturing with no reworking required is the only way high-tech components can be produced economically from LSR in injection moulding,” Willmeroth stresses. LSR is used increasingly in China. Besides seals for diverse applications, a growing number of microcomponents, for example for mobile phones or medical technology, are also made from LSR on tie-bar-less ENGEL machines.

    ENGEL is presenting LSR processing with its partner Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH (Oftering, Austria). In this application, the 4-cavity mould and the LSR dosing system, which can be integrated in the CC300 control of the e-victory machine, come from Elmet.

    A cleanroom solution with a tiny footprint
    Another premiere is in Medical, where ENGEL is presenting a highly integrated production cell for manufacturing pipette tips under cleanroom conditions. This exhibit too, is the result of cooperation between Europe and China. ENGEL, Waldorf Technik (Engen, Germany) and Wellmei Mold (Dongguan, China) have combined their know-how and experience with medical precision parts and tailored the system solution exactly to the specific requirements of the Chinese processors.

    Because the pipette tips are used in fully automated analytical systems in medical diagnosis, reproducible product quality is the highest priority. As mass-produced parts, however, they are also under especially high cost pressure. To achieve a stable process and high economic efficiency, the system partners integrate a tie-bar-less e-victory injection moulding machine from ENGEL with a 32-cavity hot runner precision mould from Wellmei and high-speed automation from Waldorf Technik in an extremely compact space. The free accessibility of the mould area makes it possible to move the automation particularly close to the clamping unit of the e-victory injection moulding machine.

    The electric injection unit on the hybrid machine ensures very high precision when injecting the plastic melt. To additionally compensate for fluctuations in the ambient conditions and raw material, iQ weight control is also used. The assistance system from the ENGEL inject 4.0 programme analyses the pressure in real time during the injection process and compares the measured data with a reference cycle. For every shot, the injection profile, the switchover point and the holding pressure are automatically adjusted to the current conditions and the injected melt volume kept constant throughout production. This is a proactive way of preventing rejects.

    The automation is another key to constantly high product quality in this application. The automation solution developed by Waldorf Technik removes 32 pipette tips from the mould in sync with the injection moulding process and loads groups of 96 pipette tips, sorted by cavity, into racks. Every 18 seconds, 96 pipette tips are discharged from the production cell, which is enclosed to create a cleanroom environment.

    In practice, subsequent steps such as quality control or packaging are increasingly taking place immediately after the injection moulding stage. In place of the many different downstream processes, during Chinaplas a Sawyer collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics (Boston, USA) retrieves the loaded racks at the end of the production process. A special feature of collaborative robots is that they require no protective enclosure and can operate safely hand in hand with employees.

    inject 4.0: consistent quality without specialist knowledge
    With intelligent assistance systems such as iQ weight control, ENGEL makes it especially easy for its customers to ensure consistently high product quality, even without specialist knowledge. The iQ systems continually analyse critical process parameters and readjust them automatically, shot for shot. The result is a self-optimising injection moulding machine.

    The growing intelligence of the machine control is a key feature of the smart factory, the goal of Industry 4.0. Networking of production systems and systematic use of machine, process and production data additionally help to raise the productivity, quality and flexibility of manufacturing. Under the name of inject 4.0, ENGEL already offers a series of mature products and solutions for digitalising and networking injection moulding production that have proven themselves in practice many times. These generate considerable benefits both in isolation and as part of a digitalisation strategy encompassing the entire production operation. “Step by step towards the smart factory, that is our customers’ strategy,” Willmeroth says.

    ENGEL is demonstrating the great potential of the inject 4.0 solutions in the production of inject 4.0 logos on a tie-bar-less and fully electric e-motion 80 TL injection moulding machine. The CC300 machine control is capable of simulating process fluctuations so that the automatic readjustments by the intelligent assistance systems can be tracked on the display. While iQ weight control maintains consistent injected melt volume throughout the injection moulding process, iQ clamp control monitors the mould breathing in order to calculate and automatically adjust the optimal clamping force. “With the self-optimising injection moulding machine, we are making it especially easy for processors to exploit the full efficiency and quality potential of the machines and technologies,” says Gero Willmeroth. “The first machines with iQ are already in operation in China.”

    ENGEL at Chinaplas 2018: Hall 5.1, Booth E71
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    15.02.2018   10 year renewal of Scotch Whisky trademark in China announced during Prime Minister trade visit    ( Company news )

    Company news The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has renewed its collective trademarks 'SCOTCH WHISKY' and its translation '苏格兰威士忌' in China until November 2028.

    As a result, Scotch Whisky is officially protected from locally produced copies for a further 10 years.

    The announcement was made as SWA Chief Executive, Karen Betts, joined the Prime Minister on a three-day trade visit to China. Scotch Whisky exports earn the UK £127 every second, totalling more than £4bn annually.

    Twenty-five bottles of Scotch Whisky are exported to China every minute, so protecting the Intellectual Property rights of the spirit is important to both the industry and the UK's balance of trade.

    The SWA has worked closely with the British Embassy and Chinese authorities to crack down on locally produced spirits falsely described as "Scotch". Since securing trademark protection in 2008, the SWA has investigated and dealt with around 200 brands of fake "Scotch", in addition to over 100 trademarks featuring Scottish words and images which companies have applied for in bad faith for use on their Chinese made products.

    Commenting, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said:
    "The renewal of the 'SCOTCH WHISKY' trademark is an important step in securing future growth for the world's leading high-quality spirit drink in China, the world's largest spirits market. "While challenges remain, Scotch Whisky producers can be confident that the Chinese government officially recognises Scotch Whisky as a Scottish product, produced according to traditional methods, that should be given special recognition in the Chinese market.

    "The industry has enjoyed great support from the Chinese authorities, who take food fraud and IP protection seriously, in tackling fake "Scotch". We're grateful too to the British Embassy, which has provided invaluable support

    "As we approach the Chinese New Year, I'm delighted to join the Prime Minister on this trade visit to showcase the heritage, craft and quality of Scotch Whisky - which is the UK's largest food and drink export.

    "China is a key market for Scotch Whisky, both now and in the future, and legal protection is the firm foundation on which our future trade is built."

    International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said:
    "I am pleased to be in China with the Prime Minister and a diverse contingent of innovative British businesses to promote our exports and attract Chinese investment into the UK.

    "China is a key market for British goods and services with exports increasing by 25% over the last year to more than £59 billion and it is my ambition to ensure that the trade relationship between our two countries continues to grow."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    14.02.2018   Australia: Scottish craft brewer BrewDog announces location for Australian brewery    ( E-malt.com )

    After a six-month search, flamboyant Scotland-based brewery BrewDog has announced Brisbane will be the home for its new Australian brewery, Australian Brews News reported on February 6.

    Brisbane beat Newcastle to become the site of the Australian brewery, with support from the Queensland State Government and Brisbane Marketing.

    BrewDog’s local head Zarah Prior told Brews News the perceived enthusiasm from the city’s beer community had proven a decisive factor.

    “We’ve been so humbled by the support from local businesses as well as the local community who have shown a real passion for BrewDog to call Brissie home,” she said.

    “It’s a city that’s on the brink of some incredible growth, and we can’t wait to be a part of that. There are tonnes of amazing local breweries we’re looking forward to working alongside and collaborating with.

    “From local brewing pioneers Green Beacon and Newstead, through to up and coming breweries like our mates at Range Brewing.

    “We are hugely appreciative of the support we received from Brisbane Marketing, Austrade, and the Queensland Government, all of whom played a role in sealing the deal for Brisbane.”

    BrewDog said the riverfront brewery fits into Brisbane’s plans to become a new world city. The company is partnering with local developers NPD Property Group to build its state-of-the-art brewing facility in Brisbane’s Metroplex complex in Murarrie, 8km east of the CBD.

    BrewDog says the total investment in Australia may reach A$30 million, including the construction of the 50hL brewing and canning facility. The 3,000 sqm site will also feature a restaurant, taproom and visitor centre.

    The initial A$10 million brewery development will be built and owned by the developers and leased to the Scottish brewery.

    The brewer said it has then earmarked a further A$20 million for its laboratory, taproom and growing bar division, which will be spent “over time”, dependent on growth.

    The additional A$20 million investment to some extent appears to be dependent on the company’s current crowdfunding campaign, Equity for Punks, which has listed the sum of £5 million as being set aside for the Australian brewery. The sum is set aside as part the ‘stretch goal’ for the campaign, if it raises £50 million.

    The campaign was recently extended, having achieved its initial £10 million target, but at £12.26 million is currently short of that goal. BrewDog says that its local operation is not dependent on the Equity for Punks funds but will enable it to “invest more quickly” in its Australian operation.

    The project is projected to create 150 jobs over five years. A head of production position will be amongst the first to be created and advertised soon.
     
    14.02.2018   Diageo 2018 Interim Results, half year ended 31 December 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Strong performance reflects consistent and rigorous execution of our strategy

    -Reported net sales (£6.5 billion) and operating profit (£2.2 billion) were up 1.7% and 6.1%, respectively, as organic growth was partially offset by adverse exchange
    -All regions contributed to broad based organic net sales growth, up 4.2%, and organic volume grew 1.8%
    -Organic operating profit grew 6.7%, ahead of top line growth, as higher marketing investment was more than offset by efficiencies from our productivity programme
    -Cash flow continued to be strong and in line with last year, with net cash from operating activities at £1.2 billion and free cash flow at £1 billion
    -Basic eps of 82.2 pence was up 36.3%. Pre-exceptional eps was 67.8 pence, up 9.4%, driven by higher organic operating profit and lower finance charges
    -The interim dividend increased 5% to 24.9 pence per share

    Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, commenting on the results said:
    “These results demonstrate continued positive momentum from the consistent and rigorous execution of our strategy. We have delivered broad based improvement in both organic volume and net sales growth. We have increased investment behind our brands and expanded organic operating margin through our sustained focus on driving efficiency and effectiveness across the business.

    By consistently delivering on our six strategic priorities, Diageo continues to get stronger: we have better consumer insight through superior analytics, improved execution on brand and commercial plans and have embedded everyday efficiency across the business through our productivity initiatives. This has enabled continued growth, improved agility, and consistent cash flow generation.

    Our financial performance expectations for this year remain unchanged. We are confident in our ability to deliver consistent mid-single digit top line growth and 175bps of organic operating margin improvement in the three years ending 30 June 2019.”
    (Diageo plc)
     
    14.02.2018   North Korea: North Korea reportedly creates wheat beer with 'exclusive' brewing technique    ( E-malt.com )

    North Korea has reportedly created its own domestic beer with a brewing technique touted as exclusive, the BBC reported on February 6.

    The British news site quoted the reclusive country's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun, which said that the beer was brewed by local brewery Taedonggang with wheat instead of barley.

    This technique is said to be "better than existing beers in terms of taste and smell" and has already "gained positive reviews" from locals.

    The Taedonggang Beer Factory is a state-owned factory, reportedly one it bought from Britain in 2000 and shifted to Pyongyang.

    In 2009, news of an advertisement for Taedonggang beer on state TV made headlines.

    The ad for the beer, which was made of rice and contained protein and vitamin B2, was a surprise as there were said to be no TV advertisements in the country.

    A South Korean Unification Ministry official who had been monitoring the North's television for more than two decades said then that it was the first time he had seen any advertisement for food, much less beer - although he had seen shows on North Korean cuisine.

    North Korea had held a beer festival - the Taedonggang Beer Festival - in August 2016, where rice beer, dark beer and other varieties of the brew from the Taedonggang Beer Factory were presented.

    However, last year's edition of the festival was abruptly cancelled. Reports quoted tour companies that said they received news of the cancellation, but no official reason was given for the change in plans.

    Beijing-based Koryo Tours said a looming drought could have been the reason for it, CNN reported in July last year.

    Media outlets in North Korea are already counting the launch of the beer as a win for leader Kim Jong Un, who apparently has plans to raise the standards of living in the country, American publication Food & Wine magazine said in an article on Tuesday.

    State media said the beer launch is part of a larger "battle" to make life "more enjoyable for the people".
     
    14.02.2018   USA: MillerCoors targets young consumers with its new light beer line Two Hats    ( E-malt.com )

    MillerCoors has introduced a new light beer line called Two Hats, which is targeted at young consumers in the US, FoodBev.com reported on February 7.

    The Two Hats line will initially feature two light beers with subtle lime and pineapple flavours.

    The beers have an alcohol content of 4.2% and are available in four and six-packs of 16oz cans.

    A suggested retail price has not been confirmed, though Two Hats claims the price of packs will “be about five dollars nationwide.”

    Two Hats says the combination of a refreshing flavour and its low price point will make the range an attractive option for young consumers.

    Justine Stauffer, Two Hats brand manager said: “We want to give 21- to 24-year-old drinkers, who don’t consider beer to be great-tasting and affordable, an option they can get on board with.

    “As soon as people realize that a beer this good is about five dollars, their immediate reaction is, ‘Wait, what?'”

    David Kroll, MillerCoors’ chief marketing office added: “We know that people who choose beer when they become of legal drinking age are two times more likely to continue drinking beer throughout their lifetime, and as an organization, we have an opportunity to regain ground with this group.

    “Two Hats is meant to serve as an easy entry point into beer and an introduction to the rest of our portfolio.”
    (MillerCoors LLC)
     
    13.02.2018   555th KHS InnoPET Blomax goes to Japanese food group Meiji    ( Company news )

    Company news -InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch blow molder (photo) successful worldwide for many years
    -Meiji benefits from less maintenance effort and low media consumption
    -Reduced bottle weight cuts costs and saves on resources

    The 555th Series IV stretch blow molder from KHS has gone to the Land of the Rising Sun, where InnoPET Blomax technology is now proving itself in practice for Japanese producer of milk products, Meiji Co., Ltd. With its new stretch blow molder the international group is benefitting from greater performance coupled with lower energy consumption.

    “On the Japanese market, which takes high technical requirements and flexibility for granted in conjunction with great reliability, energy efficiency is a decisive argument,” explains Matthias Gernhuber, head of Area Sales and Product Management for Asia-Pacific at KHS Corpoplast GmbH. The key factors influencing a customer’s decision to buy are thus high capacity plus the lowest possible energy consumption. The extremely energy-efficient InnoPET Blomax Series IV, which produces 48,000 PET bottles per hour in Japan, satisfied the hygiene specifications required by Meiji’s milk beverages.

    “Meiji has outstanding success with its premium products,” states Tetsuya Kobayashi, representative of KHS’ trading partner for stretch blow molding technology in Japan, Marubeni Techno Systems, and goes on to describe what prompted Meiji to purchase plant machinery from KHS. “The machines installed to date for the low capacity range were no longer able to meet the growing demand. The local manufacturer, who up to now had been Meiji’s chosen supplier, had to pass when it came to supplying more powerful equipment.” When deciding which high-performance systems supplier to commission, the Japanese milk beverage producer opted for KHS. The determining factor here was that KHS technology had already established and proven itself on the local market and has had a leading role in this sector for many decades. “The decision-makers visited reference companies in Japan and spoke to the operators. Durability, reliability and savings in resources clearly spoke for Meiji’s investment in the new InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder,” explains Kobayashi.

    Energy savings made easy
    With its new investment Meiji also wished to cut production costs, an endeavor which chiefly entails using resources such as energy and packaging materials efficiently. To this end, the bottler first optimized the consumption of materials together with KHS, reducing it by over 30% – which in turn also lowered the amount of energy used. “As a sustainable company saving on resources is a central component in Meiji’s corporate activities,” says Kobayashi.

    A KHS success: InnoPET Blomax
    It is no coincidence that KHS has now sold the 555th Series IV Blomax. “Developed to focus on energy efficiency, this machine is very popular the world over,” smiles Gernhuber. Its flexible design means that it can cope with a whole range of production specifications. Its modular construction makes part stockpiling easier and shortens maintenance times and personnel training. Thanks to its space-saving layout and optimized mechanical sequences of motion customers like Meiji profit from fewer moving parts. This results in cost-effective maintenance and significantly higher production times and thus better line availability.

    Further projects planned
    Gernhuber stresses that there is a very productive atmosphere between Meiji, Marubeni Techno Systems and KHS. “A long and good relationship between a customer and machine supplier considerably helps both parties to find the right solution for special production requirements together and builds up trust on both sides.” The cooperation to date has been so successful for both companies that Japan is already preparing for further projects. “In the future, too, KHS and Meiji will continue to work on reducing production costs,” concludes Gernhuber.
    (KHS Corpoplast GmbH)
     
    12.02.2018   Feldmuehle Completes Portfolio with Standard Label Paper EmbaSet    ( Company news )

    Company news - Excellent printing results for standard labels
    - Product developments are continued despite filed insolvency
    - Company announces further innovations

    Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH continues its operations unimpeded during the provisional insolvency proceedings. This is evidenced by the introduction of the new product EmbaSet – a high-quality and high-gloss paper for standard labels. The product development at the paper mill continues to operate at full speed and has announced further innovations for the current business year.

    „We are continuing the restructuring process that has already begun at the end of 2017. Our filed insolvency proceedings of 24 January are not the end of a path, but rather mark the turn into a more economically successful future,” says Heiner Kayser, Managing Director. „Suppliers, customers and employees remain loyal to us. New orders and deliveries are received every day.”

    With more than 50 years of expertise Feldmuehle is one of the world's leading manufacturers of label papers and is now offering also a non wet strength paper. “EmbaSet is suitable for standard labels for non-returnable containers in the food and non-food industry. The high white and high gloss surface of the paper ensures excellent printing results,” says Martin Mönke who is responsible for the Labelling Applications business area at Feldmuehle. At the same time, EmbaSet stands for exceptional efficiency and reliability in processing: thanks to its great runnability, it allows for the highest speeds in printing and labelling, and is distinguished by its excellent lay-flat and high strength.

    "With the introduction of EmbaSet, we can now offer our customers a complete range of label papers suitable for every application", says Kayser. With more than 30 products on offer the company presents the most comprehensive portfolio available on the market. EmbaSet is available in basis weights of 80 and 90 g/m², and is suitable for offset, flexographic and rotogravure printing.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
     
    09.02.2018   SPIRITED London – London's new unmissable drinks event!    ( Company news )

    Company news The Spirits Business magazine is proud to announce the launch of Spirited, a new London-based spirits fair designed to showcase the world of cocktails and pioneering spirits.

    Situated at Nine Adam Street in central London and taking place on Thursday 15 March 2018. The trade session will start at 12:00 to 16:00 and consumer session at 17:00 to 22:00. The event will provide access to the very best companies involved in the burgeoning craft spirits and cocktail scene.

    A series of Educational Masterclasses will be held exclusively for the trade, exploring cutting-edge trends and products.
    A World Bar will offer a selection of classic cocktails inspired by different countries and cultures across the globe, while a Craft Spirits Zone will showcase some of the best products from smaller producers.
    A New Products Zone will highlight the new brands and expressions making waves in the industry, and a dedicated Ultra-Premium Zone will give guests the opportunity to sample higher-end offerings.

    Spirited will also celebrate some of the top scorers in The Global Spirits Masters, a blind-tasting competition held by The Spirits Business, with its Taste Masters Zone.

    There will be a number of product placement opportunities available for brands at Spirited’s Bars – a superb opportunity to raise the profile of your products at this unique event.
    (The Spirits Business)
     
    08.02.2018   40 years of SCHÄFER KEGs    ( Company news )

    Company news SCHÄFER Container Systems celebrate their 40th birthday

    Celebrations in the SCHÄFER Group: the PLUS KEG turns 40. Container Systems, a business division of SCHÄFER Werke, has been manufacturing this polyurethane (PU) coated reusable Keg since the unit was set up in 1978. The KEG’s special features have meanwhile made it one of the most popular containers for beers, soft drinks, wines and non-sparkling beverages. To mark the jubilee, SCHÄFER Container Systems will this year also be organising competitions and launching a blog all about subject of KEGs.

    Before presentation of the first PLUS KEGs at the INTERBRAU 1978 in Munich, beer barrels were usually made of aluminium. Without today’s standard fitting systems, cleaning and filling these barrels wasn’t easy. So, SCHÄFER Werke then took on the task of developing the idea of Bavarian inventor Friedrich Feller into a marketable product in its newly created division, SCHÄFER Container Systems, and produced the cylindrical KEG with a liner of stainless steel.

    One reason behind its popularity and worldwide use today lies in its beneficial branding features. The KEG’s PU coating can be produced in any colour at all and by using in-mould coating and in-mould labelling processes, a great variety of decor possibilities can be realised. Thanks to a shock-absorber effect provided by the PU, PLUS KEGs are more robust than steel KEGs, for example, and can be used in all sectors of the beverage industry. Fall tests from a height of over 1 metre at an angle of 45 ° prove that the PU-coating cushions the impact of the fall.

    “This new generation of beverage container systems launched our success story. Other KEGs followed, including the stainless steel KEG, the ECO KEG, the Party-KEG, and even self-sufficient dispensing systems like freshKEG or smartDRAFT. 40 years later, our constant endeavour to provide new ideas, combined with our extensive KEG family, has gained us the reputation of being the beverage sector’s leading innovators. On top of this, we offer beverage bottlers the opportunity to configure their own KEGs on a KEG App. To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we will soon be launching a blog, organising various competitions for customers and young breweries and putting an appropriate focus on our jubilee at this year’s BrauBeviale”, says SCHÄFER Container Systems’ Business Unit Sales Director Guido Klinkhammer.
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
     
    08.02.2018   Tetra Pak on the Supplier Climate A List by CDP​    ( Company news )

    Company news Tetra Pak has on Monday 29th January​ been named on the CDP Supplier Climate A list for the second time, as well as being announced as a CDP Forests A list in December, also for the second time. We have been reporting to the CDP Supplier Climate programme since 2009 and to the Forests programme since it was first established in 2015. Reporting to CDP highlights Tetra Pak’s commitment to transparency and measurement of its sustainability positioning.

    In the Supplier Climate programme Tetra Pak has been recognised for implementing a range of actions to mitigate climate change by receiving an A score. Only 2% of companies participating to the programme achieved an A score.

    The factors that have enabled us to achieve this are:
    -Transparency and quality of disclosure
    -Emissions inventory validated by a third party
    -Approved Science Based Targets
    -Use of internal price for carbon
    -Highest responsibility for climate change lies with the Tetra Pak board

    Mario Abreu, Vice President Environment Tetra Pak, adds: “Sustainability is an integral part of the business decisions we make and the actions we take. That’s why we’re proud that ​Tetra Pak was one of only six companies to make the CDP Forests A-list, for the second year in a row, and now also the Supplier Climate A-list. Across the company, we understand the tangible business benefits of disclosing our activities to our customers and third parties. Among other things it helps us measure and improve on our performance across the whole value chain.”
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
     
    07.02.2018   First in Finland for natural brown paperboard     ( Company news )

    Company news The first gable top packaging made from unbleached board has been launched in Finland, with the introduction by Arla of Naturally Pure-Pak® cartons for its organic milk.

    Launched in early October, the introduction in Finland follows the launch of Naturally Pure-Pak® in September by Arla Foods Sweden for its EKO milk range. Naturally Pure-Pak® was developed by Elopak in collaboration with Stora Enso. The new paperboard, Natura Life™ by Stora Enso, retains the brown colour of the wood fibres, and has a visible fibre structure for a uniquely distinctive, natural look and feel.

    The natural brown paperboard is in line with emerging trends. “Natural packaging materials are increasingly used to communicate organic values and enhance the sustainability of products,” says Juha Oksanen, Managing Director Elopak, Finland and Baltic. “Milk is one of the most widely used organic ingredients in Finland, and the new packaging of our organic milk is an ecological innovation that reduces impact on the environment,” adds category manager, Sanna Heikfolk, Arla.

    Packaged in 1 litre Naturally Pure-Pak® cartons are Arla’s organic milk skimmed milk, semi-skimmed milk and whole milk, and vitamin D-saturated skimmed milk. “Arla wants to provide its customers with as much choice as possible. Here is a more ecological option offering both a more natural and sustainable product and package,” adds Juha Oksanen. “The Naturally Pure-Pak® carton with the natural brown paperboard achieves a new level of climate responsible packaging and is the perfect tool to communicate organic values.”
    (Elopak AS)
     
    06.02.2018   ENGEL at the Plastics & Rubber Vietnam 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news The packaging industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in Southeast Asia, and a key driver of innovation. The pressure on costs is greater in this sector than almost any other. Competitive production is only possible when maximum throughput, a stable process and a high degree of process integration all come together. At Plastics & Rubber Vietnam, which takes place from March 20th to 22nd, 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, ENGEL will manufacture food containers to demonstrate how these demands can be met in practical situations.

    Photo: iQ weight control compensates for process fluctuations before rejects are produced.

    The injection moulding machine manufacturer, based in Austria and with a wholly-owned subsidiary in Vietnam, enables customers to overcome their specific challenges and secure competitive advantages by means of custom-made system solutions – and supplying system solutions from a single source plays a part in this. “It is only possible to maximise efficiency and quality potential where all components in a manufacturing cell are perfectly coordinated from the start,” points out Nguyen Hieu, Head of ENGEL VN in Ho Chi Minh City. Injection moulding machines, automation and process technologies are developed and manufactured in-house. To integrate other peripheral units and moulds, ENGEL has established a global network of system partners. “In Asia we have very strong partners who can implement ideal solutions because they also understand the needs of local processing firms intimately,” says Kurt Hell, Manager of ENGEL’s Packaging and Medical Business Units in Asia. “By working with Asian suppliers, we guarantee high cost efficiency even for most demanding applications while keeping delivery times short across the whole system.” Last year, ENGEL appointed dedicated business unit managers for Asia based in Shanghai, China. With this new structure, ENGEL can support its customers in various industries even more targeted in solving their very individual challenges.

    All-electric e-mac: stable and efficient in continuous use
    At the Plastics & Rubber Vietnam event, ENGEL will use an e-mac 440/180 injection moulding machine on its stand to produce oval bowls typically used for ready meals. Thanks to in-mould labelling (IML), ready-to-use packaging leaves the production cell. “IML makes high quality decoration affordable while facilitating the efficient production of small batch sizes,” says Hieu. The two system partners involved with the exhibit are based in Taiwan. IML automation is provided by JET Engine Automation, while the 4-cavity mould is provided by CNN Plastic System.

    Since high productivity requires a dependable, high performance injection moulding machine, the all-electric e-mac is solely equipped with very powerful servomotors. The ejection and clamping are also handled servo-electrically. This guarantees the best possible precision and process stability while maximising the effectiveness of the machine as a whole. In continuous use, the highly energy efficient machine guarantees stable production around the clock.

    With the CC300 control unit, the e-mac offers full flexibility for the integration of robots and other peripherals as well as the deployment of intelligent assistance systems from ENGEL’s inject 4.0 range.

    Self-optimising injection moulding machine
    inject 4.0 is ENGEL’s answer to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, also referred to as Industry 4.0. The aim is to realise the smart factory, in which production processes continually self-optimise through the networking of production systems; the systematic usage of machine, process and production data; and the deployment of intelligent assistance systems. In this way processing firms can increase the productivity and quality of their production operations while responding to demands – which are changing ever more quickly – with maximum flexibility.

    ENGEL is already offering a whole series of advanced and proven products for digitalisation and networking, and continues to develop the range. The modularity of the inject 4.0 concept makes it easy for plastics processing firms to harness the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0. Even individual solutions promise considerable benefits.

    At the trade event, the e-mac injection moulding machine will underline this point. Equipped with the iQ weight control assistance system, the machine identifies fluctuations in environmental conditions and the raw material, automatically compensating for these shot for shot. Throughout the process, it keeps the injected melt volume constant and thereby stops rejects being produced.

    ENGEL will be taking another assistance system to Ho Chi Minh City: iQ clamp control software, which calculates mould breathing in order to determine ideal clamping force and adapt it automatically.

    Launch for new e-connect customer portal
    ENGEL is introducing its new e-connect customer portal to Asia: it will be available in Vietnam from April 2018. “The aim in this development was to provide customers with more specific information, establish contact with them even faster and provide the best possible support to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0,” says Hieu.

    From the first order onwards, all machines and system solutions supplied by ENGEL are stored in the system, with the current status also shown. For the best possible overview, users can reproduce the structure of their individual machinery in the system and even assign production lines to different halls or departments online. Making support and service enquiries online is not only convenient for users, but also speeds up order processing. As soon as a customer makes a request, it is automatically forwarded to the service team so that they can start looking for the cause immediately.

    The new customer portal assists with online support and remote maintenance as well as further service products in ENGEL’s inject 4.0 range, including e-connect.monitor for condition-based, pre-emptive maintenance.

    ENGEL at Plastics & Rubber Vietnam 2018: Hall A, stand M1
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    05.02.2018   Canada: Heineken's alcohol-free beer now available in Canada    ( E-malt.com )

    Heineken announced on January 29 that its alcohol-free beer is now available in Canada, Canadify reported.

    Heineken 0.0 is an alcohol-free lager brewed from scratch with a unique recipe using natural flavours for a beverage that offers a balanced taste with fruity notes and a soft malty body, the company said.

    Available in over 16 international markets, Canada is the first country in North America to offer Heineken 0.0.

    Featuring 69 calories per 330ml bottle or can, the brand’s iconic green Heineken label has been replaced with a new blue version associated with the alcohol-free category.

    Heineken 0.0 can be found at grocers and select retailers across Canada in 330ml cans and bottles, 6 packs of 330ml cans and 6 packs of 330ml bottles.
    (Heineken N.V.)
     
    05.02.2018   Robinsons and Saatchi & Saatchi London launch Fruit Creations campaign    ( Company news )

    Company news Robinsons, owned by Britvic, and Saatchi & Saatchi London released ‘Listen Up’, a multi-million-pound, multi-channel brand campaign to launch Fruit Creations, the first in a new range of Robinsons products designed especially for grown-ups.

    The protagonist of the fast-paced 40” hero TVC is a young girl who charmingly introduces the benefits of the new range to surprised grown-ups in a series of adult scenarios: a boardroom, swimming pool and courtroom all feature.

    Fruit Creations has twice the fruit content of core Robinsons and exciting new flavour combinations including Peach and Raspberry and Pear and Blueberry.

    The “40 advert and “20 cut down will run throughout the year on TV and VOD in the UK and Ireland. The campaign will also be supported by Facebook and social activations with additional PR and experiential support.

    “Listen up” is the first work created by Saatchi & Saatchi London since winning the Britvic kids and family portfolio account in August 2017, and marks a new direction for the brand. The next stage of the campaign starts in March with the launch of Robinsons Fruit Cordial.

    Matt Barwell, chief marketing officer at Britvic said, “With a rich heritage dating back to 1823, Robinsons squash remains a firm favourite for families, bought by four in 10 households across the nation. Kids are currently seen as the main consumers of squash, so the creative is designed to help land the new adult proposition in a way that’s new for Robinsons and entertaining for adults, using the disarming wisdom of children. With a staggering three million glasses of Robinsons squash being drunk every day in Britain, who better than our child squash experts to educate adults about the great taste of new Robinsons Fruit Creations?”

    With a heritage dating back to the 19th century, and famed for its links with Wimbledon championships where Robinsons Barley Water was first invented in 1935, today Robinsons is a much-loved household name and maintains its position as the no.1 squash brand in Great Britain.

    Kate Stanners, global chief creative officer, added, “As such an iconic, well-loved staple in British households it’s been fun turning the category on its head by using the real experts in squash to sell Robinson’s new adult portfolio. It’s about time we listen to our real bosses –kids!”
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    05.02.2018   South Korea & China: Oriental Brewery looking to export its Cass beer to China    ( E-malt.com )

    Oriental Brewery (OB), a South Korean beer company, plans to export one of its flagship alcohol beverages to China this year, using the marketing and sales networks of its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) in the region, the company said on January 30.

    The beer brand OB will be introducing to Chinese consumers will be Cass, which will be more expensive than Tsingtao and Harbin, but cheaper than AB InBev's Budweiser.

    It seeks to use its export momentum in Japan, Hong Kong and Mongolia to extend its reach to mainland China, the world's second largest economy, it added.

    OB's Blue Girl, which is distributed by Jebsen in Hong Kong, has been the No. 1 beer brand in the Chinese city since 2007.

    The premium beer may be 50 percent more expensive than other alcohol beverages in Hong Kong, but it was able to surpass San Miguel's market share.

    This is because OB used a localization strategy by making and distributing Blue Girl tailored to Hong Kong consumers.

    OB's Cass is the No. 1 beer in Mongolia with a 40 percent market share, the company added.

    It began marketing and selling Cass in Mongolia in December 1998 through its unique delivery system in which the beer can be transported unfrozen in extreme cold weather.

    OB also has Barreal in Japan.

    The company mainly makes its beers through an original design manufacturing system to appeal to regional consumers. They are distributed by OB's regional partners.

    "With our momentum in Mongolia and other Asian markets, OB will continue to move forward with differentiated marketing strategies to boost our exports," said an OB official.

    OB's beer exports account for about 65 percent of total beer shipped abroad.

    AB InBev reacquired OB in April 2014, and unveiled its plan to further boost the brand value of Cass in Asia.
     
    05.02.2018   USA: Beer industry's first round of consolidation is largely over    ( E-malt.com )

    The beer industry’s first round of consolidation is largely over as macro US brewers have slowed their pace of craft brewery acquisitions, making way for other types of deals that offer small brewers new paths forward, says Rabobank.

    While craft beer brands are still registering consistent steady growth of roughly 5%-6%, the years of double-digit gains appear to be over and competing on price will become an important “strategic lever,” Rabobank senior beverages analyst, Jim Watson, says.

    “Price competition in craft still isn’t as explicit, but it’s definitely increased,” Watson told BeverageDaily, adding that new, smaller craft beer brands are using price as one of their major selling points to crack into the market.

    “We believe craft brewers need partners in order to survive in this new market.”

    Recent deals including minority stake investments, cross-country craft alliances, and private equity deals are positioning small brewers for future growth while keeping their craft credibility intact, according to Rabobank.

    “The competing forces of local vs. scale are seemingly at odds, but breweries are finding many ways around the contradiction,” Watson continues.

    Deals such as Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel’s 30% stake in Avery Brewing Co. and Founders Brewery Co. help support the breweries’ growth while maintaining their regional identity.

    “Because it’s (Mahou San Miguel) not a well-known brewery; it really didn’t come across as a 'sell out' to consumers and they (Avery and Founders) still get straight up capital right away,” said Watson.

    Another emerging trend is the alignment of multiple craft brewers to grow sales regionally and expand marketing efforts to gain proper attention from distributors and retailers. For example, Victory, Southern Tier, and Artisanal Brewing Ventures combined operations to form a new holding company. Additionally, Brooklyn Brewery has taken a minority stake in Funkwerks and 21st Amendment breweries.

    “It’s going to be hard for a New York-based brewery to necessarily have terrific distribution and scale in states on the other side of the country, by forming an alliance they can each help each other in their core markets,” Watson said.

    Lastly, private equity (PE) deals allow brewers to stay independent in the consumer’s eyes while still gaining access to funding and operational expertise, according to Watson.

    PE funds like Fireman and Ulysses have taken stakes in multiple craft breweries such as Dogfish Head and Oskar Blues.

    “Most consumers are completely blind to who has invested in capital and I don’t think PE [investment] sets off any alarms in a way an Anheuser-Busch takeover would, but you might not get that direct brewing knowledge,” Watson added.

    The US craft segment will continue to expand and produce a new wave of entrants each year -- 1,100 permits for breweries were issued last year, according to the Brewer’s Association.

    Therefore, new and existing brewers will need to strike the right partnership structure that provides access to resources and expertise, according to Watson.
     
    02.02.2018   KHS presents new chunk dosing unit and compact systems at Anuga FoodTec    ( Company news )

    Company news At Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, Germany, the KHS Group will have compact and flexible systems specially designed for the beverage, food and dairy industries on display.

    -Compact systems for the food and dairy sector
    -Individuality and modularity meet market demands
    -Trend for PET systems still in focus

    Photo: Innoket Roland 40 labeler

    The new KHS chunk dosing unit for functional milk beverages permits gentle filling of chunks measuring up to 10 x 10 x 10 millimeters. The systems supplier from Dortmund will also be highlighting its further new innovations for sensitive beverages. KHS will be exhibiting its systems at booth A60/A68 in hall 8.1 at Anuga FoodTec.

    “Users gain many benefits when fillers can be combined with our Blomax stretch blow molder to form a compact block system,” says Thomas Redeker, sales director for Dairy Europe at KHS. The flexible and compact filling and packaging systems from the KHS Group cut down on space, are safer and more reliable and provide greater energy efficiency. For sensitive applications the new block systems can be provided as rotary or linear setups. Here, the sustainable filling technology can be expanded to suit customer requirements and is thus rapidly available on the market. This in turn caters for current trends: whether yoghurt drinks or breakfast on-the-go, the demand is for increasingly diverse products and packaging.

    Flexible systems for all applications
    In this context “sensitive” refers to an extremely gentle non-carbonated filling process. Here, it is not important whether fruit juices, dairy or liquid food products are to be filled, whether ultraclean filling, extended shelf lives or aseptic filling are required. Should an additional function be required at any time in the future, this can be easily retrofitted with the modular systems from KHS. “We’ve rounded out our portfolio for the sensitive segment and provide systems for many types of application,” states Redeker. Customers thus immediately profit from an even greater range of options.

    When it comes to chunk filling KHS has extended its portfolio to include its own chunk dosing unit which enables pulp with chunks measuring 10 x 10 x 10 millimeters to be gently filled. The new dosing unit can be installed on all linear systems and supplements the existing filling system. This new innovation will be on display in Cologne. Another focus of the trade show will be the individual production of PET packaging, also in combination with the FreshSafe PET® coating system, which unites the advantages of both glass and plastic in one bottle to protect the product.

    Focus on sustainability and resource efficiency
    “There is a clear consumer trend towards PET,” explains Redeker. “In the food sector, too, where glass filling was standard to date, manufacturers are increasingly favoring flexible, lightweight plastic.” KHS has a special system for the flat, oval PET containers which are frequently used for products such as ketchup or edible oil: for containers like these a special heating method known as preferential heating ensures optimum material distribution and bottle quality. Very precise neck orientation is even possible specific to the application.

    With its Bottles & Shapes™ program KHS also provides individual support to all those looking for the best possible PET packaging for their products. In addition to the lightweight bottles for still water recently produced or the PET bottle with a screw cap for highly carbonated beverages, KHS has convinced the market with its 1.0-liter bottle for milk and mixed milk beverages which weighs just 20 grams. Together with the University of Applied Sciences in Münster KHS has also developed a number of future-proof bottle design concepts.

    Service concept further developed
    In order that everything runs like clockwork for customers also after their purchase, KHS attaches great importance to outstanding service too. To this end its preventive maintenance concept for aseptic machines, which offers fixed maintenance modules at fixed prices, has been optimized and further developed. This has the advantage that the customer can plan and calculate its costs even better.

    Also on show at Anuga FoodTec – but not at the KHS booth – is the KHS compact Innoket Roland 40 labeler. It can be fitted with various labeling stations to dress a whole range of containers from food cans and jars to glass bottles. The Innoket Roland 40 is characterized by its ease of use and the accustomed high standard of quality offered by KHS. The system, which outputs 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour, can be viewed at Florin Gesellschaft für Lebensmitteltechnologie mbH at booth E20/F29 in hall 10.1.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    01.02.2018   Award: Symrise Makes Excellent Contribution to Environmental Protection Worldwide    ( Company news )

    Company news - CDP praises sustainability efforts of Symrise AG in the areas of water resources and climate protection
    - Managing climate and environmental risks along the supply chain increasingly important

    Its strategies to overcome ecological sustainability challenges have made Symrise AG one of the global market leaders. The renowned nonprofit organization Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked the Holzminden-based company among the top two percent of outstanding A-list suppliers. The supplier of fragrances and flavorings was particularly lauded for the categories climate and water.

    Symrise is paving a path for other companies to an energy and resource-efficient future. “Their executives are always one step ahead in seizing opportunities for environmental protection that arise,” said Paul Simpson, Chairman of the nonprofit global disclosure platform CDP, about the A-list ranking of the fragrance and flavoring manufacturer. CDP analyses how companies and governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use water responsibly and protect forests. The companies are divided into four different categories based on these results, from A – the highest – to D. Symrise earned an A rating for both climate protection and water protection for their activities in cooperation with their primary suppliers.

    Environmental responsibility along the entire supply chain
    Symrise AG was also mentioned for its responsible handling along the entire supply chain in the supply chain report. A total of 100 companies achieved an A rating in the recently published “CDP Global Supply Chain Report 2018.” This CDP ranking is based on an analysis by the business consulting firm McKinsey & Company. A total of 4,800 companies around the world provided their environmental data in this recent disclosure to the supply chain report. McKinsey’s analysis found that environmental risks are increasingly important for companies; 76 percent of suppliers surveyed identified risks for their business that are caused by climate change. 52 percent reported that they have already integrated global warming as a factor into their business strategy.

    “Climate and environmental protection have the highest priority for us as a global company, especially in our sourcing processes and supplier relationships,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “This is evident, for example, in the nomination of our sustainable sourcing of vanilla for the Supply Chain Management Award or our dedication to sustainable cultivation of the Amazon.” These renewed accolades from the CDP make it clear that Symrise is already on a good path and bolster its plans to pursue this further.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    31.01.2018   Beviale Moscow: Further growth expected for third edition    ( Company news )

    Company news -Significant growth expected in all three key trade show figures
    -Attractive supporting programme on industry topics of current interest
    -Central platform for the beverage industry in eastern Europe

    Beviale Moscow is gearing up for the third time to be the central platform for the beverage industry in Eastern Europe. The organisers expect its success story to continue again from 27 February to 1 March this year, when the doors will be open at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center. Some 145 exhibitors (2017: 130) will have solutions on display covering the entire beverage manufacture and marketing process chain. Trade visitors (2017: about 4,000) looking for the right raw materials or efficient technology will get results, just like those with their eyes peeled for the perfect packaging or seeking inspiration from zappy marketing ideas. An extensive supporting programme covering wine, beer, PET and more will accompany the main event with its presentations, seminars and competitions.

    “We are more than happy with how Beviale Moscow has progressed,” reports Thimo Holst, Project Manager Beviale Moscow, in the lead-up to the third edition. “There are good signs that we will enjoy significant growth in all three key trade show figures again this year – in other words, exhibitor and visitor numbers and floor area. We are looking forward to three vibrant days at the trade fair! The holistic approach to Beviale Moscow will continue in 2018. The focus for visitors will be on manufacturers from all beverage segments, from alcoholic drinks like beer, wine and spirits to non-alcoholic drinks such as soft drinks, juices and mineral water, and also liquid dairy products. The extensive supporting programme on industry topics of current interest is aimed at decision-makers in the beverage industry. In addition to presentations and discussion rounds on specific questions relating to non-alcoholic drinks and mineral water and regulations governing beverage manufacture, trade visitors will find a wealth of information and suggestions in the areas of wine, beer and PET.

    Premiere: an introduction from the Russian wine industry
    This is the first time that wine, its cultivation and processing, will be expressly included at Beviale Moscow. The Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing, established in conjunction with the honorary sponsor, Russia’s largest wine-producers’ association (the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia), reflects the dynamic development this segment is undergoing in the Russian market. The result is a targeted platform for decision-makers from wineries and beverage professionals from Russia and the CIS countries. A competition for young Russian vintners is also being held in collaboration with the Worldskills organisation, where they can demonstrate their craft skills, especially in laboratory analysis, distilling, blending and filtration. The wine theme will be rounded out with a number of top-level presentations on state-of-the-art wine production in Russia.

    Beer production, tasting and competition
    With a total of 78 million hectolitres, Russia is second only to Germany in European beer production. The craft beer movement is also well established there. Visitors to the trade fair can enjoy not only beer but also other craft beverages at the Craft Drinks Corner in the presence of the respective makers. The tasting zone is a collaborative effort with partner entity Association of Beer and Beverage Market. Craft beers are also the focus of the two-day VLB Seminar for Modern Brewing Technologies, organised by the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauereien (VLB, Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing, Berlin), one of the international sponsors of the Beviale Family. The seminar is aimed at owners and master brewers from small-scale and craft breweries, as well as hobbyists, and offers many opportunities for further training, networking and professional discussion. Following its successful debut at Beviale Moscow 2017, the Russian ROSGLAVPIVO beer prize will be awarded again on the first day of the fair in 2018. Instituted by the honorary sponsors, the Barley, Malt and Beer Union and Private Brauereien Deutschland e. V. (Private Breweries Germany), this prize is awarded to the best of the approximately 200 beers entered in 23 categories, from “German-style light Kellerbier” to “New Style Pale Ale” and “Special Honey Beer”, and also alcohol-free beers.

    PETarena powered by PETnology
    PET is a very popular topic in the Russian market, which is why it is once again on the agenda in 2018 at Beviale Moscow, the central platform for the Russian beverage industry. Following its successful debut in 2017, PETarena powered by PETnology will once again present attractive solutions covering the entire PET value chain this year. This topic arises in many presentations by leading companies in the PET packaging area aimed at both small and medium-sized industries and global players alike.
    (NürnbergMesse Group)
     
    30.01.2018   New MTN DEW ICE™ Brings an Ice Cold Charge to Dew® Nation with a Clear, Refreshing, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Lemon-Lime Flavored DEW

    Mountain Dew is introducing MTN DEW ICE, a crisp, clear, carbonated soft drink made with a splash of real juice that will keep Dew Nation charged and refreshed. MTN DEW ICE is a marquee addition to the PepsiCo portfolio and the answer for those looking for a thirst-quenching lemon-lime flavored beverage to keep them invigorated throughout the day.

    "We're thrilled to introduce a new product to the Mountain Dew portfolio and give Dew Nation a clear, refreshing, lemon-lime DEW. We know we can deliver an incredible beverage that hits on the crisp and refreshing cues people want," said Roberto Rios, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Carbonated Soft Drinks – PepsiCo North America Beverages. "True to our brand, MTN DEW ICE represents the bold lifestyle of Dew Nation, and we'll be there to help them refresh, recharge and fuel their pursuits."

    To launch MTN DEW ICE in a bold way, Mountain Dew will host a one-of-a-kind event in Brooklyn on Jan. 18. The immersive activation will feature an interactive ice installation with a bucket-list worthy payoff: a surprise iHeartRadio performance by one of the biggest names in hip-hop. Dew Nation can score tickets to the performance starting tomorrow on the iHeartRadio website or participate in the action by tuning into the livestream at www.iHeart.com. A 360-degree marketing program will follow the launch of MTN DEW ICE.

    MTN DEW ICE drops in retail stores nationwide on Monday, Jan. 15 in 20 oz. bottles, 2 liter bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and a variety of other single and multipack sizes, with 100 calories per 12 ounces. MTN DEW ICE charges your senses as a lemon-lime flavored carbonated soda with caffeine.
    (PepsiCo Inc.)
     
    29.01.2018   South Korea: Beer imports up 44.9% by value in 2017    ( E-malt.com )

    The beer trade deficit surpassed $100 million for the first time in South Korean history last year, as consumers are increasingly electing to imbibe foreign brews, The Korea Bizwire reported on January 22.

    Trade data collected by the Korea Customs Service showed last year’s beer imports stood at $263 million, 44.9 percent higher than in 2016.

    South Korean beers heading abroad, in comparison, amounted to less than half that figure, for a total of $112 million.

    With exports of domestic beer failing to match the surging growth of imports, the trade deficit from 2016 to 2017 exploded by 66.1 percent to reach $156.5 million.

    The trade deficit has ballooned in the last five years, following the first yearly deficit in 2012 which came in at $5.77 million.

    In another first, last July beer overtook wine and spirits to become the best-selling category of imported alcohol.

    The Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. has previously stated that there has been a shift in South Koreans’ beer drinking habits towards enjoying alcohol in the comfort of their own home as opposed to dining out.

    Both the quantity and quality of imported beers are on the rise, as there is 2.5 times more variety of options that in 2016.

    As foreign beers have gained ground, domestic beers have been forced to make concessions on their home turf. Previously published research by the Rural Development Administration found that the major domestic labels (Cass, Hite, Cloud, Max, OB) saw their share of beer sales drop from 80 percent in 2012 to below 60 percent in only five years.

    Over the same time period, imported competitors have steadily gobbled up domestic market share.

    With the government removing tariffs imposed on U.S. beers starting this month and from European products in July, the fight for South Korea’s beer market is expected to become even more competitive.
     
    29.01.2018   The Coca-Cola Company Announces New Global Vision to Help Create a World Without Waste    ( Company news )

    Company news The Coca-Cola Company announced that it is fundamentally reshaping its approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030.

    This goal is the centerpiece of the Company’s new packaging vision for a World Without Waste, which the Coca-Cola system intends to back with a multi-year investment that includes ongoing work to make packaging 100% recyclable. This begins with the understanding that food and beverage containers are an important part of people’s modern lives but that there is much more to be done to reduce packaging waste globally.

    “The world has a packaging problem – and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it,” said James Quincey, President and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “Through our World Without Waste vision, we are investing in our planet and our packaging to help make this problem a thing of the past.”

    The Company and its bottling partners are pursuing several key goals:

    Investing in the planet: By 2030, for every bottle or can the Coca-Cola system sells globally, we aim to help take one back so it has more than one life. The Company is investing its marketing dollars and skills behind this 100% collection goal to help people understand what, how and where to recycle. We will support collection of packaging across the industry, including bottles and cans from other companies. The Coca-Cola system will work with local communities, industry partners, our customers, and consumers to help address issues like packaging litter and marine debris.
    Investing in packaging: To achieve its collection goal, The Coca-Cola Company is continuing to work toward making all of its packaging 100% recyclable globally. The Company is building better bottles, whether through more recycled content, by developing plant-based resins, or by reducing the amount of plastic in each container. By 2030, the Coca-Cola system also aims to make bottles with an average of 50% recycled content. The goal is to set a new global standard for beverage packaging. Currently, the majority of the Company’s packaging is recyclable.

    World Without Waste is the next step in the Company’s ongoing sustainability efforts, building off success in replenishing an estimated 100% of the water it uses in its final beverages. The Company achieved and exceeded its water replenishment goal in 2015, five years ahead of expectations. These efforts are part of the Company’s larger strategy to grow with conscience, by becoming a total beverage company that grows the right way.

    “Bottles and cans shouldn’t harm our planet, and a litter-free world is possible,” Quincey said. “Companies like ours must be leaders. Consumers around the world care about our planet, and they want and expect companies to take action. That’s exactly what we’re going to do, and we invite others to join us on this critical journey.”

    The Coca-Cola Company will work to achieve these goals with the help of several global partners: the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, The Ocean Conservancy/Trash Free Seas Alliance and World Wildlife Fund (The Cascading Materials Vision and Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance). Coca-Cola will also launch efforts with new partners at the regional and local level and plans to work with its key customers to help motivate consumers to recycle more packaging.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    29.01.2018   UK: AB InBev, Molson Coors confirm beer prices hikes for this year    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev and Molson Coors will raise beer prices to above inflation over the next 12 months in the UK, making some beers and ciders up to 3.9% more expensive than in 2017, The Morning Advertiser reported on January 21.

    Inflation currently sits at 3%, according to the Office For National Statistics, but the Bank of England believes it will fall back to 2% this year.

    While inflation dipped from 3.1% (a six-year high) in November to 3% in December, AB InBev and Molson Coors are set to raise product prices by between 3% and 3.9%, The Morning Advertiser has learned.

    AB InBev, which produces Bass, Boddingtons, Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, will increase prices by 3.9% across its portfolio. A spokesperson said this reflected ongoing pressure on the beer industry and the UK economy.

    A spokesperson said: “We have communicated to our customers that from 1 February 2018 we will be increasing our wholesale price by 3.9% across our portfolio (excluding duty).

    “This increase is part of our regular price reviews and reflects ongoing pressure in the beer industry and the UK economy.”

    The spokesperson added: “We always look to keep any increases to a minimum for our customers, maintaining an increase lower than the retail price index (RPI), despite this having more than doubled versus last year.”

    Molson Coors will increase its prices, with the average rise in the cost of its beers and ciders ranging between 3% and 3.2%.

    The brewer said the price hike was due to increasing costs. A spokesperson added: “At Molson Coors, we are constantly working to manage the variety of different costs associated with the production and supply of our beers.”

    They added: “However, increases in the cost of packaging materials, utilities and raw ingredients have meant it is necessary to increase our prices.

    “The price increase has been kept to the minimum level required to enable us to continue to invest in our business and customers, and to deliver great customer service and well-supported beer brands.

    “The price increase varies from brand to brand, however, the average increase is between 3% and 3.2% across our portfolio.”

    Other brewers are yet to reveal any 2018 price changes to The Morning Advertiser.
     
    29.01.2018   USA: Budweiser passed by Miller Lite as the nation's third-best selling beer    ( E-malt.com )

    The King of Beers keeps falling farther off the throne. Budweiser was passed by Miller Lite as the US third-best selling beer, according to newly released 2017 year-end sales figures from Beer Marketer's Insights. Bud Light still has a strong grip on the top spot, followed by Coors Light.

    But the competition among America's top brews has devolved into a contest of who can fall the slowest, rather than actually grow, as craft beers and spirits continue to give big brands problems. At the same time, Michelob Ultra and Modelo Especial have surged, while Corona continues to make steady gains.

    Bud's fall to fourth continues a long-running slump since the so-called King of Beers peaked in the late 1980s. It lost its second-place spot in 2011 to Coors Light.

    Anheuser Busch InBev can take solace in the fact that while Bud is falling in the U.S., it continues to post strong global growth.

    Bud Light finished 2017 with 15.4 percent market share measured by shipments, well above Coors Light's 7.6 percent share, according to Beer Marketer's. But Bud Light's share is down from 16.2% in 2016 as the brand suffered its biggest yearly volume drop ever—a 5.7 percent decline, according to Beer Marketer's. The brand's "Dilly Dilly" campaign has stirred new interest, but that has yet to translate into sales. Budweiser fell even more, with volume down 6.8 percent. Miller Lite's volumes fell 2.8 percent.

    A MillerCoors spokesman declined comment on January 22, but parent company Molson Coors has been foreshadowing Lite's move to third in public presentations. "We're very pleased with our performance on Miller Lite," Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter said on a Nov. 1 earnings call. "It's doing well in a declining segment."

    Lite last summer shifted creative advertising duties to DDB Chicago from 180LA. The brand has been going squarely after Bud Light with spots that tout Lite as having "less calories" and "half the carbs" of its larger competitor.

    Budweiser in recent months has shifted away from using Anomaly as its core agency in the U.S., instead relying on a group of shops that includes VaynerMedia, David and Mosaic. The three shops pitched work for Bud's Super Bowl ad, but Anheuser Busch InBev has yet to reveal details on the spot. Recently Bud has spent much of its marketing energy promoting its limited-edition 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager.

    Budweiser U.S. VP Ricardo Marques in a statement said: "Budweiser remains the leader of the classic lager segment—and continues to see consistent improvements in brand health and consideration, with consideration being the number one indicator of future sales. Budweiser is in a strong position for the future, and we are very confident in our current plans and the year ahead of us."

    But there's no question the brewer's star brand is Michelob Ultra, whose shipment growth surged 21.3% in 2017, ranking it as the nation's sixth-largest beer, right behind Corona, which is owned by Constellation Brands. Constellation's Modelo Especial continues to soar, with its shipments growing 17.4 percent, according to Beer Marketer's, putting it in seventh place.
     


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