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    21.06.2018   Meeting Millennial Needs: Pfanner wakes up the drinks market with new range using SIG's ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... combidome 500 ml carton bottle

    SIG continues to fulfil its ongoing promise to turn the challenges of food and beverage manufacturers into viable commercial solutions. Pfanner, an internationally active premium manufacturer of juices and fruit juice drinks, is progressing its close cooperation with SIG as it chooses the innovative carton bottle combidome 500 ml for its new range of ‘Supersäfte’ healthy on-the-go drinks.

    Pfanner’s recently launched Supersäfte not-from-concentrate range comprises of three unique drinks:
    -Augenöffner (Eye Opener), a stimulating multi-juice energy drink, with added Guarana and caffeine for a natural boost.
    -Pausenfüller (Pause Filler), ideal for hunger in between meals, is a mix of strengthening almonds, acerola cherries and bananas as well as other valuable fruits, with niacin to provide energy.
    -Stresskiller (Stress Killer), a relaxing mix of direct-pressed apples, sour cherries, blackcurrants, elderberries, raspberries with added hemp, fragrant cinnamon and magnesium to support normal function of the nervous system.

    Targeted at busy Millennials, who prefer to consume healthily on-the-go, Pfanner’s innovative Supersäfte range of lifestyle drinks is a stand out product that appeals to a younger, highly motivated and mobile demographic. Working jointly with SIG to create a complete product concept, from product ideas and recipes to overall marketing, the decision was made use combidome 500 ml as the perfect packaging solution. Pfanner first started to use combidome in its 1.0 litre fruit juice range back in 2016, moving from the gable-top carton for the first time in 18 years.

    An increasingly mobile generation is making food and beverage manufacturers take important NPD decisions and packaging is playing an ever more integral role. SIG aims to drive Product Innovation and Differentiation, working in partnership with producers to offer product and packaging solutions which perfectly match food and drink innovations.

    Millennials driving market change
    Millennials are looking for healthy, nutritious and convenient snacking options which can be easily consumed on-the-go, expecting great taste and high quality to fit in with their busy lifestyles. combidome perfectly complements Pfanner’s new range, with its distinctive sturdy yet slim shape and modern design. It’s perfect for commuters who can enjoy the benefits of a carton pack in terms of product protection and environmental considerations. The packaging can be easily held and be resealed and stored neatly in a bag, just like a bottle. With a 28 mm single action screw cap positioned centrally on top of the carton, it creates the perfect angle for easy drinking straight from the pack.

    Market research commissioned by Pfanner in spring 2017, with 20 to 35 age group, found that a staggering 98% of respondents thought the 500 ml packaging volume of combidome was the perfect on-the-go solution.

    Standing out from the crowd
    Pfanner also has the flexibility benefits of using the corresponding combidome filling machine, which can fill three different volumes on just one machine.

    Peter Pfanner, Managing Partner of Hermann Pfanner Getränke GmbH, commented: “Different generations have changing needs and the mobile Millennial prefers to snack on the move, rather than taking regular meals. By working closely with SIG, we were able to develop a complete product solution for this health-conscious group, who like to maximise their time by consuming on-the-go. From developing initial product and packaging ideas through to the final concept, we now believe that together we’ve achieved the ideal range of drinks for this mobile generation.”

    Pfanner continued: “combidome itself really stands out and helps us to differentiate our brand. We were able to create a dynamic, modern design, using the four display panels on the carton bottle, with fun colors and messaging which appeals to younger consumers and has excellent shelf appeal. At Pfanner, we value the reliability and high-quality production of SIG carton packs and we’re looking forward to developing our fruitful collaboration over many years to come.”

    Marketing and Testimonials
    Pfanner plans to promote its new Supersäfte on-the-go juice range on Facebook and Instagram, in a fun and engaging campaign. Influencer marketing will also be underway with target bloggers and opinion leaders. Pfanner has also implemented product tastings and sampling in 20 stores in Germany and Austria so far, with merchandised displays in many outlets.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
    20.06.2018   Insolvent Paper Manufacturer Feldmuehle Uetersen Is Reorganized    ( Company news )

    Company news -Subsidiary of Kairos Industries takes over the paper company
    -More than 95 percent of jobs have been saved
    -Employees waives ten percent of salary by the end of 2019

    The Schleswig-Holstein paper company Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH will be transferred to a subsidiary of the Berlin-based Beteiligungsgesellschaft Kairos Industries AG with effect from 15 June 2018 and will be continued in full. ‘Feldmuehle GmbH’ was founded specially for the transfer.

    As a result of the refurbishment 400 and thus more than 95 percent of 420 jobs were preserved. The insolvency administrator and restructuring expert Dr. Tjark Thies from the Hamburg law firm Reimer Rechtsanwälte had concluded an acquisition agreement with Kairos in May 2018. This agreement was under several challenging conditions, which were met this week.

    "The successful completion of this refurbishment is largely thanks to the dedication, flexibility and responsiveness of the Feldmuehle employees," says Thies. At the end of May 2018, the Feldmuehle Works Council approved a ten percent salary waiver for employees until 31 December 2019, thereby creating an essential prerequisite for the financing of the acquisition. "Such constructive and responsible behavior is not a matter of course even in insolvency proceedings," says Thies. In addition to the restructuring contribution of the employees, the trustworthy cooperation with Ruppert Fux Landmann GmbH, Ernst & Young GmbH and the GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälte mbB also contributed significantly to the successful takeover by Kairos.

    Kairos Industries AG is a specialist in takeover and operational support of German medium-sized companies in special situations, as well as Group edge activities and business units with potential for increased earnings. It was supported in the current transaction by lawyers from Morrison & Foerster LLP and Crowe Kleeberg auditing firm from Munich. The acquisition of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH is aimed at a long-term entrepreneurial commitment; and the strategic successful realignment of the company, which began at the end of 2017, will be continued.

    Founded in 1904, the traditional company Feldmuehle produces around 250,000 tons of paper annually and filed for insolvency on 24 January 2018, at the district court of Pinneberg. Feldmuehle products are mainly used worldwide for the production of classic print products and in the packaging industry.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
    19.06.2018   Cobell opens Centre of Excellence in Exeter    ( Company news )

    Company news COBELL has unveiled an upgraded Beverage Centre of Excellence in Exeter, UK. The move is part of a wider strategy by the leading supplier of juice products and taste solutions to the UK beverage industry to partner with British beverage companies via leading-edge innovation and best-in-class service.

    Photo from left to right: Andrew Clark, plant manager UK Cobell - Paul Isherwood, head of technology and quality SHS - Nick Russell, managing director Symrise UK -
    Nick Sprague, founder of Cobell

    A previous significant milestone in this strategy was the acquisition of Cobell by Symrise, a global leader in the flavor and fragrance industry, in July 2017. Nick Russell, Managing Director of Symrise UK, explained: “The UK is the most dynamic beverage market in Europe. To win in this space you need a strong local footprint to provide innovative, fit-for-market solutions quickly and effectively. This new Centre of Excellence further expands our ability to do this.”

    The upgraded Centre of Excellence includes a lab area that has doubled in size, state-of-the-art beverage application equipment and a new ambient warehouse creating room for further production enhancement.

    The ribbon was officially cut by Nick Russell and Paul Isherwood, Head of Technical & Quality at the SHS Group – a long-time customer of Symrise. During the opening event customers were invited to take a tour of the upgraded facilities, participate in a presentation and roundtable discussion on the future of craft beverages in the UK and taste consumer-validated beverage prototypes that featured Symrise code of nature® solutions.
    (Cobell Limited)
    18.06.2018   New three-year cycle kicks off with BrauBeviale 2018    ( BrauBeviale 2018 )

    BrauBeviale 2018 How time flies! The scheduled break in the BrauBeviale cycle is already over and preparations for the next three-year programme, specifically the first event in Nuremberg on 13 to 15 November 2018, are already in full swing. Visitors will follow a new route along the process chain for beverage production at the world's most important capital goods fair this year. The event sees itself as the regular meeting place for the industry, and where else if not there do you get to talk about the issues that you care about? The beverage industry is facing huge challenges. As the key platform for the sector BrauBeviale will be providing inspiration on the future viability of the industry during the event’s next three-year cycle.

    The last three-year cycle was one of the most successful in the history of BrauBeviale and because it was fully booked in 2016 an extra hall has been added in 2018. And this was a good enough reason for the exhibition team to rethink the hall configuration. “We are delighted about the huge response and that there is moderate growth from within the industry,” says Andrea Kalrait, Exhibition Director BrauBeviale. Even with nine halls, the relaxed atmosphere that is typical of BrauBeviale will be retained and the fair will be as compact as ever. How does this work? “It's quite simple. We have made it even easier for our visitors to navigate around the exhibition. From now on the exhibitors will be positioned in the order of the beverage production process chain around our exhibition park,” says Kalrait about the new concept. “However, regular visitors should still do a bit of preparation before their visit this year so that they can find the exhibitors that interest them quickly,” Kalrait recommends.

    Thinking about tomorrow today: future viability
    “In the past year we have seen again and again that the beverage industry is currently facing major challenges. These affect all companies, regardless of their size,” says Andrea Kalrait, summing up the numerous conversations held with industry players during the break year. Digitalisation, automation, changing consumer behaviour, commercialisation versus passion for the product, and scarcity of raw materials are just some of key issues that came up. And underlying is all this is the issue of future viability. But what do we need to put in place now so that we can continue to operate successfully in the market in the next five to ten years? “Of course there is no magic formula,” says Kalrait. “But BrauBeviale is the right platform for addressing and discussing these issues and providing inspiration.” The range of solutions on display and the supporting programme at the international capital goods fair for the beverage industry offer drinks manufacturers a comprehensive and informative range of ideas and approaches to equip them for the future.

    Highly satisfied regulars and curious first-time visitors expected
    The just under 38,000 trade visitors at BrauBeviale 2016, more than 16,000 of them from outside Germany, came from the technical and commercial management segments of the international beverage industry, i.e. from breweries and malt houses, companies producing and bottling alcohol-free drinks, wine and sparkling wine cellars, distilleries, dairies, specialist beverage retailers and wholesalers, the hotel and restaurant sector and service providers for the beverage sector. Trade visitors from overseas came primarily from Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Poland, the UK and France. Almost all (99%) beverage specialists were satisfied with the range of products on display. After a year's break, Andrea Kalrait is delighted to be able to finally welcome the industry back to Nuremberg again: “91 percent of industry professionals had already determined by the end of their visit in 2016 that they would be attending BrauBeviale again in 2018. We are looking forward to welcoming our regular attendees as well as first-time visitors!”

    Dates of the current three-year BrauBeviale cycle:
    BrauBeviale 2018: 13 - 15 November 2018
    BrauBeviale 2019: 12 - 14 November 2019
    BrauBeviale 2020: 10 - 12 November 2020
    (Nürnbergmesse GmbH)
    18.06.2018   Scotch Whisky Exports Analysis 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Scotch Whisky industry has posted record-breaking exports in 2017, growing in both volume and value (by 1.6% and 8.9% respectively) to a total of £4.37bn - the equivalent of 1.23bn bottles exported globally.

    This new analysis reveals that, while the UK trade deficit reduced from £166bn in 2016 to £153bn in 2017, the deficit would be 2.9% greater without Scotch Whisky exports. In 2017, of every £100 of goods exported from the UK, £1.30 was Scotch Whisky.

    The analysis also shows that exports of Single Malt Scotch Whisky continue to grow, with an increase of 14% year-on-year to £1.17bn. This is the second year in a row that exports of Single Malt have surpassed £1bn, reflecting a trend towards premium products in global markets.
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    15.06.2018   Belgium's Brouwerij Martens produces bottles for the soccer World Cup with ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Direct Print Powered by KHS™

    Design individual bottles in batches of one or implement special marketing campaigns within a very short time indeed: Direct Print Powered by KHS™ offers beverage producers great flexibility of design, thus giving them the competitive edge. The Martens brewery in Belgium is now making good use of this innovative technology and together with a French supermarket chain is placing specially designed bottles on the shelves for the soccer World Cup.

    To mark the big kick-off in Moscow Belgium’s Brouwerij Martens is offering its premium beer in 32 country-specific bottle designs on the French market. Various images of the participating nations have been printed straight onto the PET bottles using Direct Print Powered by KHS™.

    Back in 2015 the Belgian brewery was the very first beverage producer to launch directly printed bottles to market produced with the prototype of the Direct Print Powered by KHS™ system. Martens is convinced by the direct digital printing process and will also rely on the innovative technology from NMP Systems and KHS in the future, say the Belgian brewers.

    The successor Pilot 1.0 version of Direct Print Powered by KHS™, which includes many new features, is now being used on the Martens production line. Pilot 1.0 incorporates technological additions which permit an even better quality of print at high speeds and enable each individual bottle to be printed with different motifs within a very short space of time. The customer is able to decide whether the individual designs are printed onto the bottles consecutively or at random. An additionally developed printed image inspection system ensures the standard of quality at industrial performance level.

    Batches of one with individual motifs
    Regardless of whether one or one thousand different bottle designs are printed, individual motifs which are adapted for marketing campaigns or even at the customer’s specific request and produced in the shortest time are possible on the Direct Print machine, giving the beverage producer a clear competitive edge. The short time-to-market phase is particularly ideal for marketing offensives such as the current World Cup push.

    The bottles produced using the digital printing process are also 100% recyclable. This was again confirmed last year by the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) renewing the certificate granted to the process. PET bottles processed by Direct Print Powered by KHS™ have no negative impact on the rPET and are thus officially approved for bottle-to-bottle PET recycling.
    (KHS GmbH)
    14.06.2018   Budweiser Celebrates Summer with New Freedom Reserve Red Lager    ( Company news )

    Company news Budweiser unveiled the newest addition to its Reserve Collection – Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager. The new beer was specially brewed by Budweiser’s own veterans and builds on Budweiser’s long-standing support of American veterans with a portion of proceeds sold this summer benefiting Folds of Honor -- a nonprofit organization providing educational scholarships to military families. As of this year, the company has raised $14 Million in support of Folds of Honor.

    “To call Budweiser a partner would be an understatement – they are considered family to us and the 3,000 families their donations help to support,” said Major Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor. “Freedom Reserve is a great testament to their unwavering dedication and compassion for our armed forces and we salute them.”

    Freedom Reserve Red Lager is the second specialty lager to appear in Budweiser’s Reserve Collection and is inspired by George Washington’s hand-penned recipe from his personal military journal dating back to 1757. Packaged both in a vintage stubby bottle and also available in a one-pint can, the Red Lager is brewed with toasted barley grains for a slightly sweet aroma with a touch of hops, a rich caramel malt taste and a smooth finish with a hint of molasses. Marking the seventh consecutive year Budweiser is teaming up with Folds of Honor, the brand brought together a select group of Budweiser brewers who are also proud veterans to brew Freedom Reserve and their signatures are prominently featured on each bottle and can.

    We are incredibly proud of our Freedom Reserve Red Lager because it was passionately brewed by our veteran brewers who have bravely served our country,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “With Freedom Reserve we remain dedicated to our mission to support our veterans and their families through our longstanding partnership with Folds of Honor.”

    As the great American lager, Budweiser is committed to supporting U.S. veterans and their families, with the brand’s total contributions helping to benefit more than 3,000 families across the country. To help spread the message of support this summer, Budweiser will deploy a fully integrated marketing campaign for Freedom Reserve, complete with in-store displays, online advertising and digital marketing programming along with new national TV creative airing during marquee sports moments, including the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Freedom Reserve is available from May through September 30, or while limited supplies last.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)


    SIG’s targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), confirming that the company’s strategy is aligned with what climate science says is required to prevent dangerous global warming.

    Caption: SIG has committed to reduce its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 – and 60% by 2040 – from a 2016 base-year. This includes direct emissions from its own operations (scope 1) and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy (scope 2).
    The company has also committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions per litre packed 25% by 2030 from a 2016 base-year (including scope 1 and 2, as well as scope 3 emissions from purchased goods and services, use of sold products and end-of-life treatment).

    SIG is one of an elite group – currently around 100 companies worldwide – to have its targets approved by the SBTi, a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

    Climate change is one of the world’s biggest challenges and a concerted global effort is required to keep global warming below 2oC above pre-industrial levels – the point at which experts predict the worst effects will take hold. The SBTi aims to help companies determine how much they must cut their greenhouse gas emissions to do their part and support the aims of the Paris Agreement.

    Alexander Liedke, WWF Germany’s Sustainable Business & Markets Manager and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee said: “By setting a science-based target, SIG is getting ahead in the transition to the new low-carbon economy, and doing their part to tackle climate change. As a packaging company, they play a key role in global supply chains and can support their customers with their own carbon reduction targets – something major purchasers are increasingly prioritizing. We congratulate SIG on being a sustainability leader in their industry.”

    Targeting ambitious reductions
    SIG has committed to reduce its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 – and 60% by 2040 – from a 2016 base-year. This includes direct emissions from its own operations (scope 1) and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy (scope 2).
    The company has also committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions per litre packed 25% by 2030 from a 2016 base-year (including scope 1 and 2, as well as scope 3 emissions from purchased goods and services, use of sold products and end-of-life treatment).

    SIG chose ‘per litre of food packed’ as the comparator for the value chain metric, rather than revenue or number of packs produced, to better reflect its corporate purpose to get food products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way – regardless of the size of the pack or the company turnover.

    Rolf Stangl, CEO at SIG, said: “Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is at the heart of our commitment to halve our value chain environmental impacts and go Way Beyond Good. Receiving validation of our targets from the Science Based Targets initiative confirms that we are on track to support global efforts to tackle climate change. We have a clear roadmap to help us get there and I’m confident that we will achieve these targets by engaging with suppliers and applying our strong engineering capabilities. Doing so will not only help to protect the planet, it will also present new opportunities for our business and help us continue to deliver what our customers need.”

    Measuring SIG’s value chain footprint
    SIG built on its experience with product lifecycle assessments to develop an inventory of the organisation’s carbon footprint following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Corporate and Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standards.

    A first estimate of total greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain was published in the company’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report. Since then, SIG has refined the inventory and recalculated the base-year inventory accordingly. The company has also been exploring potential opportunities to reduce emissions, through a review of its own business activities and dialogue with key suppliers, to develop reduction targets that are both ambitious and achievable.

    Jonas Harth, scientist at the Institut für Energie und Umweltforschung (IFEU/Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) said: “We have been working with the team at SIG for a number of years to develop robust methodologies for assessing the lifecycle environmental impacts of its products in line with recognised standards. SIG has adopted the same rigour in its approach to assessing its carbon footprint across the value chain and setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

    The metrics accompanying SIG’s greenhouse gas reduction targets are included in its key performance indicators for measuring progress towards its Way Beyond Good ambitions. Performance will be disclosed annually through the company’s corporate responsibility reporting, alongside other metrics that support SIG’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by contributing more to society and the environment than it takes out.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
    12.06.2018   R.White's attempts a world record on a Penny Farthing as part of its summer marketing push     ( Company news )

    Company news R.White’s, the premium lemonade brand owned by Britvic, is putting its 173 year heritage at the centre of its new £1 million marketing campaign, which kicks off in June and includes an attempt to break a world record on a Penny Farthing at the World Cycling Revival in London.

    As one of the lead sponsors of the festival (14th – 16th June), which claims to be the greatest celebration of the bicycle the world has ever seen, R.White’s has partnered with long distance cyclist Mark Beaumont to attempt to beat the 132 year-old Penny Farthing Hour Record.

    Known for his ultra-endurance cycling challenges and for being the first person in history to cycle around the world in less than 80 days, Beaumont will attempt to beat the record of 22 miles 150 yards (over 35.5km) in one hour on a Raspberry R.White’s branded Penny Farthing bicycle at the Herne Hill Velodrome, London – a record originally set by WA Rowe in 1886.

    Kevin McNair, GB Marketing Director at Britvic said: “The Penny Farthing is synonymous with the R.White’s brand which is rooted in Victorian history, having grown from humble beginnings in South London in 1845 into a much-loved British household name. We’re extremely proud of our heritage, and with the World Cycling Revival celebrating the bicycle’s 200th year this year, what better way to kick off our summer campaign.”

    The marketing campaign, rolling out in June, will also include outdoor advertising, in store and in outlet activations highlighting the brand’s taste credentials and premium flavours which launched in 2017: Pear & Elderflower, Raspberry and Traditional Cloudy Lemonade, in response to the growing demand for adult premium soft drinks. Since launch, the new flavours have added £3.1 million retail sales value (RSV) to the lemonade category and are the number one, two and three biggest NPD launches in lemonade over the past 12 months. Each flavour contains real fruit juice and is a maximum of 56 calories per 330 ml.

    McNair continues: “Adults who are choosing soft drinks want to feel like they’re enjoying an indulgent, innovative and exciting experience. Our focus is on continuing to appeal to evolving consumer preferences and continuing to play a leadership role in offering consumers healthier choices while innovating to provide great taste and quality.”
    (Britvic Plc)
    11.06.2018   Georg Steinbichler rewarded for services to plastics technology in Austria    ( Company news )

    Company news Professor Georg Steinbichler, Senior Vice President of R&D Technologies at ENGEL AUSTRIA, has been awarded the gold badge of honour by the VÖK association of Austrian plastics processors. In conferring the award, the VÖK has acknowledged Steinbichler’s contribution to the development of plastics technology in Austria. The award was made at a celebratory presentation evening on the premises of the ÖGV Austrian Industry Association at Palais Eschenbach in Vienna.

    Photo: Prizewinner Professor Georg Steinbichler (2nd left) with Senator Ernst Pöcksteiner, Chairman and Honorary President of the VÖK, VÖK President Dr. Michael Pöcksteiner and Professor Walter Friesenbichler, who presented the award (left to right).

    “Georg Steinbichler is a globally recognised expert in injection moulding technology. His name has not only been associated with numerous technical and scientific innovations, he also set up the faculty of Polymer Engineering Technologies at Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Having dedicated his life’s work to injection moulding technology, he is a worthy winner of the VÖK gold badge of honour,” declared Professor Walter Friesenbichler in his laudation. Professor Friesenbichler, head of the chair of injection moulding of polymers at the University of Leoben, has worked with the prizewinner for more than 30 years.

    After studying plastics engineering at Leoben, Georg Steinbichler embarked on his career in 1982 as an application engineer at injection moulding machine manufacturer ENGEL. He was soon given responsibility for process and technology development. In 2008, he completed his doctoral thesis on "Methods and processes for optimizing component development for Injection Molding” at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.

    With the introduction of the polymer engineering technologies discipline at Johannes Kepler University in Linz in 2009, Steinbichler was appointed chairman of the Institute of Polymer Injection Moulding and Process Automation alongside his role at ENGEL. Since then, he has played a major role in expanding the range of university-level education for plastics engineers in Austria while strengthening university-based research in the field of plastics technology. The most recent milestone was the establishment of LIT Factory in Linz, a research factory for the production of thermoplastic lightweight composites and the digitalisation of plastics processing procedures.

    Even before his appointment at the University of Linz, Georg Steinbichler was committed to education. He taught at the TGM in Vienna and lectured at technical academies in Esslingen/Stuttgart in Germany as well as Sarnen in Switzerland.

    Since 1971, the VÖK has honoured personalities in the spheres of industry, business, science and public life who have made outstanding contributions to the development of plastics technology in Austria. Irene and Georg Schwarz and Dr. Peter Neumann of ENGEL also received the VÖK gold badge of honour prior to Professor Georg Steinbichler.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    11.06.2018   Südzucker successfully closes fiscal 2017/18    ( Company news )

    Company news As announced on 26 March 2018, Südzucker AG was able to increase consolidated group revenues by 7.8 percent to EUR 7.0 (previous year: 6.5) billion in the fiscal year 2017/18 just ended. Higher revenues from the sugar, special products and CropEnergies segments all contributed to the growth, while the fruit segment's revenues were about the same as last year.

    The consolidated group operating result came in at EUR 445 (previous year: 426) million, slightly higher than the published preliminary number. The year-over-year operating result increase was driven mainly by the sugar segment, but the fruit segment also contributed. As expected, the CropEnergies and special products segments’ results were lower than last year's high numbers.

    Recommended dividend for fiscal 2017/18
    The executive and supervisory boards will jointly recommend at the annual general meeting on 19 July 2018 that the dividend paid for fiscal 2017/18 remain unchanged at EUR 0.45 per share. Based on 204.2 million shares issued, the total dividend distribution will thus be EUR 91.9 million.

    Sugar segment's revenues rise and operating result up significantly
    Driven by higher sugar volumes – especially for export – the sugar segment’s revenues rose to EUR 3,017 (previous year: 2,776) million. In the first half year, sugar sales revenues were higher than last year, but due to the strong decline in the second half, average annual sales revenues were lower than the year prior.

    Despite considerably lower sales revenues since October 2017, the segment’s operating result rose to EUR 139 (previous year: 72) million, driven by the increase in sugar sales revenues in the first half year right up to September 2017. To date during the new sugar marketing year, which began in October 2017, sales revenues for both EU and export volumes have declined steadily, which is weighing more and more heavily on the result trend despite lower production costs.

    More sugar produced during the 2017 campaign
    The group’s total sugar production rose to 5.9 (previous year: 4.7) million tonnes, of which 5.7 (previous year: 4.4) million tonnes was sugar produced from beets and 0.2 (previous year: 0.3) million tonnes sugar refined from raw sugar cane.

    The significantly expanded cultivation area together with clearly higher than average beet yields drove total beet volume to 36.0 (previous year: 28.6) million tonnes. Processing time at the various factories ranged between 75 days at Falesti in Moldova and 161 days at Cagny in France. The overall average campaign duration for all factories was 133 (previous year: 107) days, considerably higher than the new target of more than 120 days.

    Special products’ segment result declines as expected
    The special products segment was able to grow revenues year-over-year to EUR 1,997 (previous year: 1,819) million. In addition to steady volume growth in almost all product categories, contributions from frozen pizza producer Richelieu Foods Inc., Braintree, Massachusetts, USA, acquired 1 December 2017, and HASA GmbH, Burg, Germany, purchased in July 2017, were included for the first time.
    As expected, the segment’s operating result was down from last year's extraordinary high level, falling to EUR 158 (previous year: 184) million. The result improvement from volume and revenue gains was more than absorbed by significantly higher depreciations and above all, higher raw material prices compared to the prior year.

    CropEnergies segment’s result declines, but continues to range at a high level
    CropEnergies was able to increase revenues to EUR 808 (previous year: 726) million in fiscal 2017/18 just ended, driven especially by significantly higher production and sales volumes during the first half year due to the restart of the production plant in Wilton, Great Britain, during the second quarter of 2016/17. This was enough to more than offset sharply lower ethanol sales revenues in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in the prior year.

    The CropEnergies segment’s operating result was significantly less than last year, coming in at EUR 72 (previous year: 98) million. The decline is mainly due to the fourth quarter result, which was substantially lower than last year's extraordinary high number. The fourth quarter fiscal 2017/18 drop was driven by the steep slide in ethanol sales revenues. Furthermore, the improved results from higher volumes were not enough to offset higher net raw material costs and the now full-year operating costs of the plant in Wilton, together with maintenance work and inspections at all of the production locations.

    Fruit segment’s result up slightly
    After declining in the first half year, the fruit segment’s revenues began rising again in the second half and at the end of fiscal 2017/18 were slightly higher than last year at EUR 1,161 (previous year: 1,155) million. Lower fruit juice concentrates volumes were more than offset by higher fruit preparations volumes.
    The fruit segment's operating result rose to EUR 76 (previous year: 72) million. The result was driven by higher margins and volumes in the fruit preparations division, which more than offset the volume and margin declines in the fruit juice concentrates division.

    Acquisitions drive employee headcount up sharply
    The number of Südzucker Group employees as of the 28 February 2018 balance sheet date was up 9.5 percent to 18,515 (previous year: 16,908). This strong increase was attributable mainly to the special products and fruit segments. The main contributors were the special products segment’s Freiberger division and the fruit segment’s fruit preparations division. Almost 900 employees were added to Südzucker Group when Freiberger acquired Germany’s HASA GmbH and the American company Richelieu Foods Inc. In fruit preparations, an additional 400 employees were hired on fixed-term employment contracts in Mexico and Morocco to process the significantly higher processing volumes. The size of the sugar and CropEnergies segments’ workforces remained almost unchanged.

    Outlook for the current fiscal 2018/19 year confirmed
    Südzucker confirms the current fiscal year 2018/19 forecast published on 26 March 2018: consolidated group revenues are expected to range between EUR 6.8 and 7.1 billion. The sugar segment’s revenues are expected to drop sharply. The CropEnergies segment's revenues should range between EUR 760 and 820 million. The special products and fruit segments’ revenues are expected to rise substantially.
    The consolidated group operating result is expected to decline considerably to between EUR 100 and 200 million, driven mainly by the sugar segment’s substantially lower results. The severe drop in sugar prices to a historic low can by no means be offset by lower production costs and higher sales volumes. As a result, the sugar segment is expected to post an operating loss ranging between EUR -100 and -200 (2017/18: 139) million. The forecast for the sugar segment is marked by a high degree of uncertainty in a profoundly changing market environment. On the other hand, the special products and fruit segments are expected to report significantly improved results. The CropEnergies segment’s operating result is expected to range between EUR 30 and 70 million.
    (Südzucker AG)
    08.06.2018   Nordzucker Financial statements 2017/2018: rapid drop in the price of sugar overshadows earnings ...    ( Company news )

    Company news the past financial year

    · Significant decline in earnings expected in 2018/2019
    · Net income of EUR 118 million
    · Revenues down by 3 per cent to EUR 1,650 million
    · Equity ratio of 66 per cent roughly matches previous year’s level
    · Dividend proposal of EUR 1.20 per share

    Nordzucker closed the 2017/2018 financial year with net income of EUR 118 million. As well as savings generated by the efficiency programme, stable market prices in the first three quarters of the year in particular contributed to the improved earnings figure. The rapid price drop in the final quarter of the 2017/2018 financial year has already negatively affected earnings for 2017/2018 and will result in a significant decline in earnings in the current financial year.

    Nordzucker generated consolidated revenues of EUR 1,650 million in the 2017/2018 financial year (reporting date: 28 February), three per cent lower than in the previous year (EUR 1,708 million). The operating result (EBIT) came to EUR 154 million (previous year: EUR 131 million) and consolidated net income continued to improve year-on-year to EUR 118 million (previous year: EUR 99 million).

    Overall, the earnings position in the past year of transition from a regulated market to a free market was significantly better than in the previous year, as expected. The Annual General Meeting of Nordzucker AG will be proposed a dividend of EUR 1.20 per share (previous year: EUR 1.10).

    The Speaker of the Executive Board, Dr Lars Gorissen, commented at the press conference on the financial statements in Braunschweig: “Thanks to cost discipline and increased efficiency, we have established a solid basis to support us through volatile times. We see opportunities during this transition period with low prices which we will resolutely exploit.”

    Oversupply results in price decline
    The market environment changed significantly following the end of the sugar market regime on 30 September 2017. Predicted global sugar production surpluses have resulted in a drastic decline in prices. Increased acreage in the EU and an associated significant rise in the volume of sugar production have further increased the level of competition and price pressure.

    In consequence, EU sugar prices likewise fell rapidly in the fourth quarter, in line with the trend on the world market. However, Nordzucker maintained its market position in overall terms.

    Animal feed prices stable, slight decline for bioethanol
    Overall, sales and price levels for animal feed produced from beet remained stable. Sales of molasses also remained stable in volume terms, even if prices declined slightly. Bioethanol production was flexible, in line with the market conditions, and prices fell slightly.

    Efficiency programme successfully completed
    In the past financial year, the company completed its long-term efficiency programme FORCE and almost reached its target level of EUR 50 million. This programme generated savings in every area of the company, with a particular focus on procurement, production planning and process optimization.

    Solid capital resources for growth and investment
    Nordzucker continues to have a stable net assets and financial position. Equity increased to EUR 1,429 million (previous year: EUR 1,375 million). The equity ratio also continued to rise to 66 per cent (previous year: 65 per cent). The company remains debt-free, and its net capital investments are at EUR 301 million almost at the same level as in the previous year (EUR 308 million).

    The EU remains Nordzucker’s core market. The company’s capital resources provide it with security and open up opportunities to exploit the tense market phase and to secure and expand market shares.

    Nordzucker also has an eye on the growing global sugar market: “We will gradually become a company that operates globally,” says Dr Gorissen, and emphasizes: “In doing so, we will rely upon exports as well as production locations in other parts of the world.”

    Nordzucker is continuing to make substantial investments to ensure the company’s future viability: in the past financial year, EUR 89 million was invested, above all, in cutting energy consumption and improving logistics, in measures to increase service and quality levels and in the optimization of processes and IT. Capital expenditure of EUR 110 million is planned for the current financial year.

    Safeguarding yield increases for beet cultivation
    Efficiency in beet cultivation and sustained yield increases will safeguard the competitiveness of the sugar produced in the EU. Restrictions on pesticide use due to recently approved bans or other bans in the pipeline will hinder this trend while directly affecting beet and sugar yields. “We have already launched a programme and are focusing on crop protection in our trials and our cultivation advice. Our growers urgently require alternatives,” the Speaker of the Executive Board reiterates.

    Outlook: getting through and exploiting the challenging market phase
    Worldwide, a significant sugar surplus is once again envisaged for 2018/2019, together with associated price pressure. Nordzucker therefore anticipates a significant decline in earnings for the current financial year and is seeking to avoid a loss. Nonetheless, the company sees itself as being strongly positioned in the competitive environment: “We have a sound financial basis and will get through this low-price phase and exploit it,” remarks Dr Lars Gorissen and continues: “Transition to a free market entails tough competition and a huge decline in prices. A new balance will result on the market. The way ahead will mean a shake-out of the EU market.”
    (Nordzucker AG)
    07.06.2018   UNITED CAPS Brings Innovative Standard and Bespoke Closure Solutions to Asian Market ...    ( Company news )

    Company news Propak Asia

    UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, announced that it will be exhibiting for the second time at Propak Asia, scheduled for 13-16 June 2018 at the Bangkok International Trade Exhibition Centre. UNITED CAPS will be located in the French Industrial Pavilion at the show, where visitors will be treated to a wide range of innovative caps and closure solutions.

    “With the upcoming opening of our new manufacturing plant in Malaysia (photo),” said Benoît Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS, “we are looking forward to having an increased presence in the Asian market, and Propak is an excellent venue to introduce ourselves to new customers and catch up with existing ones. We will be demonstrating a range of closures for infant nutrition and agrochemicals that will be locally produced in the Malaysia plant, scheduled to open at the end of 2018. Our Asian customers will, of course, have access to the entire UNITED CAPS portfolio, as well as our renowned bespoke development services. We look forward to greeting visitors during the show and learning more about their business requirements for caps and closures, as well as sharing our story and our ‘Close to You’ strategy.”

    At the Show
    While UNITED CAPS will have its full portfolio on display at the show, visitors will want to spend extra time with three especially innovative standard closures that will be highlighted at the show. These include:

    -Produces nearly double the capping speeds of traditional closures.
    -Is the lightest snap closure on the market.
    -Has a superior surface finish that makes it successful, especially in the Asian markets.

    50 and 63 PROSLIT
    -Superb stress cracking resistance in this UN-compliant closure with standard PE foam and induction heat seal (HIS) liner.
    -Full PA/PET chemical barrier, making it a safe and reliable closure for all chemical products.
    -Innovative 360° wheel design offering outstanding grip for easier opening.
    -“Flexband” tamper evidence ensures end user confidence and authenticity of all chemical products.
    -Wide variety of branding options for maximum shelf standout.

    -Flip-top hinged closure whose innovative design allows one-handed preparation of feeding bottles.
    -Contamination-free foil-sealed chamber protects the included scoop until use; an integrated hook keeps the scoop handy for further use. The scoop’s thumb-shaped handle makes it easy to use.
    -Standard scoop with dosing range from 8 to 13 ml; no restriction on scoop shape.
    -The incorporated levelling device ensures precise dosing of milk powder.
    -Recently named by market research firm Euromonitor International as one of the two best baby food closure solutions available in the market.

    “I’m pleased to be sharing the UNITED CAPS story with Propak attendees,” states Sebastienn Hottlet, Business Director APAC at UNITED CAPS. “We are in the process of expanding our sales and distribution channels in the Asian market to better serve the region, and we will look forward to inviting new and potential customers to our Malaysian operation for a plant tour following its opening late this year. It is a very exciting time for us, and we truly believe our ‘Close to You’ strategy will receive a warm welcome at the show and into the future. Attendees will also learn how our lighter weight closures are greener, designed to meet customer needs while ensuring optimum productivity at the filling line. These lighter weight but fully functional closures use less material, which is ultimately good for the environment. At UNITED CAPS, we will continue to pursue additional sustainability initiatives into the future.”
    (United Caps)
    06.06.2018   Indonesia & South Korea: Indonesia's PT Multi Bintang starts exports of its flagship beer ...    ( )

    ... to South Korea

    Indonesian alcoholic beverage producer v has officially exported its most renowned beer Bintang to South Korea, reported on May 15.

    Multi Bintang Indonesia President Director Michael Chin revealed that the company has prioritized the South Korean market this year in hope of having its brand accepted by the Korean society despite not specifically mentioning the company's export target and volume.

    “We believe that the demand can grow in South Korea, however, we cannot reveal the export value since it is a sensitive subject,” said Michael at the company’s factory in Tangerang, Banten, on May 14.

    Furthermore, Multi Bintang Indonesia has started to export its product after it was able to meet the quality standards requested by the South Korean importer. This deal was made possible thanks to the partnership between Multi Bintang and South Korean Heineken.

    However, the export volume is still in its early stage which represents 5 percent of the company’s total production that adds up to 2 million hectolitres or 200 million litres.

    Other than South Korea, Bintang was also exported to several other countries in 2017 such as Japan, Singapore, Timor Leste, Australia, the Netherlands, and England.
    06.06.2018   New filling valve platform with innovative PD design    ( Company news )

    Company news Valve specialist GEMÜ based in Ingelfingen, Germany is laying the cornerstone for the latest generation of filling valves with the F40 (photo) and F60 valve types.

    Thanks to close contact and communication with plant engineers and operators working in the area of filling processes, GEMÜ has been able to build up considerable expertise in this field over time. This has meant that we have been able to develop solutions to the widest variety of challenges relating to this area in years gone by. GEMÜ is continuing this tradition with the introduction of a new filling valve platform.

    The use of the GEMÜ PD design has made it possible to securely isolate the moving parts of the actuator hermetically from the product area while simultaneously achieving a high number of switching cycles. This means that what has become known as the lift effect, in which the remains of the product are transported through the inserted spindle into areas in the actuator which are not to be cleaned, is excluded. In addition to the improved ease of cleaning of the media-wetted area, the valve stands out thanks to its extremely compact design and the ability to quickly and easily replace worn parts. Besides the conventional pneumatic variants, a motorized version with an innovative generation of drives is also available.

    Both the GEMÜ F40 and GEMÜ F60 valves have a number of areas of application in virtually all filling processes in the hygienic and aseptic sector. Due to the one-piece PTFE seal that is used, the two valve types are also suitable for media containing oil or fat.

    Both of the first valve types of the new filling valve platform will be presented to the public later in the year, at the ACHEMA trade fair in June.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    06.06.2018   Singapore & Japan: Tiger Beer launches in Japan with a pop-up bar    ( )

    Singapore's homegrown brand Tiger Beer launched in Japan on Wednesday, May 30 with a pop-up bar, The Straits Times reported.

    The brand, which dates back to 1932, was officially launched in Tokyo's Roppongi district.

    As part of the launch, Tiger Beer created a pop-up bar called Tiger Yuki, with musical performances and street foods from both Singapore and Japan.

    For the event, owner of Yishun Park Hawker Centre's Ah Tan Wings, Mr Tan Wee Yang, whipped up his signature har cheong kai or prawn paste chicken.

    He also worked with Japanese chef Shoichi Ueda to create har cheong kai rice burgers.

    Mr Tan was a recipient of the Tiger Street Food Support Fund, an initiative by the brand to promote Singapore's street food culture by disbursing funds to new and aspiring hawkers.

    Brewed with malt, hops and yeast in a process that takes more than 500 hours, Tiger Beer is sold in more than 75 countries.
    06.06.2018   USA: Beer industry shrinking and not expected to show growth this year    ( )

    The US beer industry keeps shrinking. Drinkers haven't been bellying up to the bar for years, and last year sales volumes were down another 1.2%, the Motley Fool reported on June 1.

    But while megabrewers like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors continue to see overall sales shrink, craft beer at least can say its business is still growing. While the heady double-digit growth rates of the past decade are probably a thing of the past, sales volumes still rose 5% in 2017 for craft brewers, and small and independent brewers account for nearly 13% of the total market by volume, according to a report in The Washington Post.

    That's cold comfort for Boston Beer, the second-biggest craft brewer and arguably still the face of the craft beer industry. Even as it reports growth in sales of its hard cider, tea, and seltzer, its flagship Samuel Adams brand hasn't posted a single quarter of higher depletions in over three years. (Depletions are an industry benchmark for consumer demand that measures sales to distributors and retailers.)

    Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things are going to get any better for beer overall this year, and craft beer's fortunes may soon take a turn for the worse, too.

    A recent series of tweets from the chief economist of the Beer Institute brewing trade association, Michael Ulrich, suggests how trends are working against the industry.

    While beer is still the alcoholic beverage of choice in the U.S., at 49.7% of servings versus 15.4% for wine and 34.9% for hard liquor, it is the lowest share of servings it has ever commanded, according to the Beer Institute's 2017 state of beer presentation. More worrisome is that the only beer segment that actually did better in 2017 than the year before was the "economy" segment, and that was only because brewers engaged in discounting and rolling out larger pack sizes.

    The 15-pack case is increasingly becoming a favored size for craft brewers, and though still small at the moment, it has the potential to one day replace the 12-pack as the industry standard. But with the larger size comes a lower price per unit, which could serve to lower brewer revenue and pressure profits.

    Boston Beer founder and Chairman Jim Koch said last year on a conference call with analysts that he didn't think there would be a price war among craft brewers given their limited ability to absorb price cuts. "... I think the primary downward pressure on pricing at this point is the advent of 15 packs into craft beer ... And the consumer may or may not look at that as price degradation because they may be looking at the cans and thinking, well, that's kind of equivalent to a 12-pack bottles except I'm getting three free beers."

    Even the megabrewers are getting in on it, with MillerCoors transitioning all of its economy brands to the new size, but also moving its Blue Moon brand to it as well. Anheuser-Busch says it will utilize 15-packs as well as 18-pack cases, which of course, with its greater financial resources, allows it to push prices even lower.

    Ulrich tweeted that even though U.S. consumer spending on beer grew 0.7% last year, it was much lower than in recent years and shows resistance to the price hikes brewers -- including Boston Beer -- made in the first quarter. A bigger problem for craft beer may be where its growth is coming from.

    The Brewers Association trade group for "small and independent craft brewers" notes there were more than 6,370 breweries operating last year, almost all of them craft, up 16% from the 2016 number. Ulrich noted that taprooms and brewpubs -- on-premises locations where breweries sell their beer -- and other direct sales counted for all the growth in volume that the craft industry experienced last year.

    There are now over 2,250 brewpubs in business, according to the Brewers Association, almost double the number that existed just five years ago. Although that could be a healthy sign for the industry, and even Boston Beer is opening up a series of taprooms, it could very well be that as occurred with the explosion of craft beer labels on store shelves, too many brewpubs will mean everyone's glass ends up less full.

    Ultimately, Ulrich sees 2018 being another down year for the beer industry, and it's easy to extrapolate the troubles the megabrewers are facing to the craft beer industry itself. Production continues to expand, but the beer market is in decline, and it may find that not nearly enough people will be bellying up to the bar.
    05.06.2018   Diageo Scotch portfolio wins top honours at San Francisco World Spirits Competition and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... World Whiskies Awards

    Our Scotch brands, including Talisker, Lagavulin and Singleton, picked up 46 awards in total across the two prestigious competitions.

    San Francisco World Spirits Competition
    Founded in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition has grown to become the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world, with winners judged by carefully selected panels of spirits-industry experts. The competition awards brands with Double Gold, Gold, Silver or Bronze accolades.

    See our Best in Class, Double Gold and Gold medal winners below. Visit the competition website for a full list of winners:

    Best In Class (Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – Up to 12 Years)
    -Talisker 10 Year Old (photo)

    Double Gold
    -Buchanan’s Master Blended Scotch Whisky
    -Buchanan’s Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky
    -Johnnie Walker Red Label
    -Lagavulin 8 Year Old
    -Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    -Talisker Storm

    -Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
    -Oban 18 Year Old
    -Singleton of Glendullan 12 Year Old
    -Singleton of Glendullan 18 Year Old

    World Whiskies Awards
    The World Whiskies Awards, part of the wider World Drinks Awards, is a global spirits competition which selects, rewards and promotes the very best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.

    Entries come from across the globe and the whiskies are tasted in groupings where liquids of a similar style and process of whisky production compete against each other.

    World’s Best Blended
    -Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

    Best Scotch Lowlands Single Malt
    -Glenkinchie 12 Years Old

    Category Winners
    -Buchanan’s Deluxe 12 Years Old
    -Haig Club Clubman
    -Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years
    -Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old

    -Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
    -Johnnie Walker Double Black
    -Talisker 10 Years Old
    -Talisker Port Rulghe
    (Diageo plc)
    04.06.2018   Tailored program for India’s beverage industry    ( drinktechnology India 2018 )

    drinktechnology India 2018 - In 2019 the trade fair will be held in Bangalore for the first time
    - dti will now be represented in all metropolitan regions of the continent
    - Market penetration through regional focus

    drink technology India (dti), the central and leading platform for the beverage, dairy and liquid food industry in India, is further expanding its reach. In the future, the trade fair will be held twice during odd-numbered years: in the spring in Bangalore (February 28–March 2, 2019) and in the winter in New Delhi (December 5–7, 2019). Mumbai will remain the meeting place for the industry during even-numbered years. Focal topics will be set for the segments at the three venues and aimed at the market potential of the regions.

    The trade fair changed its annual format last year as a way of responding to the market’s regional needs. dti is taking another step forward by holding two trade fairs in odd-numbered years. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India, said: “India is a huge country. By applying the new local approach to dti, we will reach relevant visitor groups in the regions in a more systematic manner. Tapping this potential is a key value-added factor for our customers.”

    Mumbai is the international hub for India’s beverage and liquid food industry. In even-numbered years, visitors from all parts of India will continue to see the latest innovations developed by companies from India and all other parts of the world, in areas that range from the production, filling and packaging of all types of beverages to liquid food. In New Delhi and Bangalore, Indian exhibitors will primarily meet visitors from these metropolitan areas. The trade fairs held in these two cities will also cover the entire product chain of the beverage and liquid food industry. But a focus will be placed on particular segments in a reflection of the different presence of individual industries. The focus of the New Delhi metropolitan region is beer, soft drinks and dairy products. Bangalore will more closely highlight juices, beer, hard liquor and food. Thanks to this regional position and the focal topics, dti will be an ideal meeting place for each particular region. Visitor potential will be optimally tapped in the process.

    The Indian beverage and liquid food market
    The Indian food and beverage market is growing very dynamically. Sales produced by the sectors for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages like beer, wine and hard liquor are climbing sharply. The German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) / Euromonitor International forecasts growth of more than 100 percent by 2021 for soft drinks and about 35 percent for alcoholic beverages during the same period. Sales of dairy products are expected to climb by more than 20 percent. Oils and fats will jump by about 70 percent by 2021, according to the forecast. This growth is being fueled by social change and strong economic growth.
    (Messe München GmbH)
    01.06.2018   The quest for better packaging - Rethinking the future of plastics     ( Company news )

    Company news How many pieces of packaging do you recycle every year?
    You may have no idea, but there are few more important questions for the future of our planet.

    From the oceans to the deserts, the world depends on our ability to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. It depends on our ability to create a world in the very near future where every single piece of packaging is recyclable or reusable.
    And it depends on our ability to create a world where rubbish isn’t sent to landfill, but is turned into something new.

    Nestlé’s ambition is that 100% of our packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2025.

    Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans, rivers and waterways every year. And although plastic packaging is vital for keeping food safe and fresh, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure less is used, what is used is fully recyclable and that recycling systems are available around the world.

    The packaging of the future
    Doing his part to help protect the environment is motivation for Xavier Caro as he works to develop new packaging materials at Nestlé’s Product Technology Centre in Germany. He has dedicated his career to making more environmentally-friendly packaging.

    His starting point is to question whether packaging for a product is absolutely necessary. If the answer is yes, Xavier then looks at all of the options for reusing and/or recycling. In his laboratory he meticulously peels back the three layers of a powdered soup packet, assessing the need for the inner layer of plastic, alongside the aluminium foil and the outer plastic laminate.

    However, most packaging cannot be avoided altogether. It is essential to protect food from damage, germs or pests when being transported. And the packaging also carries important information about the food’s ingredients and nutritional value.

    New technologies and innovations are making a wider choice of packaging materials and more environmentally friendly formats available. Each time a new prototype for packaging is made, it is tested to see how easy and convenient it is for customers to use and store. But, at the end of the day, if its environmental performance is not better than the original version, it will be not be used. Xavier will return to the drawing board in his quest to make something better.

    Transforming the plastics economy
    Developing new packaging that is environmentally friendly and fully recyclable is only part of Xavier’s challenge.

    "It’s not good enough just to design the pack and make it recyclable," he says. "It is important to establish how this packaging will be collected and recycled too."

    In Europe that is a relatively straightforward process, he explains, because companies can work alongside established recycling schemes. But in less developed countries the company needs to work with local partners to ensure recycling is a reality as well as a mere possibility.

    Single-serve product packaging makes up a large portion of plastic waste in the environment. It’s an issue that companies like Nestlé are working to address. The company is a participant in the New Plastics Economy, which advises developing countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines where marine litter is a significant problem.

    The initiative, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, aims to rethink the future of plastics by applying the principles of the circular economy. It brings together key stakeholders to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging.

    Around the world, people like Nestlé’s Xavier Caro are taking up that challenge. They are working to make sure our food is packaged in a way that keeps it safe and meets human needs – and ensures the natural world and the animals that live in it are not harmed by waste plastic.

    By 2025, Nestlé’s commitment to 100% recyclable and reusable packaging will be contributing significantly to that ambition.
    (Nestlé Waters North America)
    31.05.2018   The Beverage Carton Industry launches a platform to increase recycling across Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, welcomes the final adoption of the revised legislative package on waste by the Council of the EU.

    ACE members believe that the provisions included in the new legislation - in particular mandatory separate collection of all packaging which is a precondition to recycling - provide a strong foundation on which Member States can build to move towards a more circular economy.

    Kristian Hall, ACE President, said: “Our industry is committed to supporting increased recycling of its packages and securing long-term sustainable recycling solutions. Hence, the members of ACE, BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak, have decided to launch a dedicated platform to drive and coordinate the industry’s engagement in beverage carton recycling, including the non-paper components of our packages across Europe.”

    The new platform will be based in Frankfurt and complement ACE, the industry’s voice towards EU policy stakeholders. It will also closely collaborate with national carton industry associations, member company initiatives and other stakeholders.

    Hall continues: “Recognising that sustainable recycling programs require collaboration within and beyond our own industry, the new platform will actively seek alliances and partnerships with industry actors sharing similar needs to optimise recycling solutions.”
    “We have come a long way to reach our current recycling rate of 47% in Europe, despite the absence of a specific recycling target for beverage cartons in the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. With this additional initiative and partnerships, we are confident we will be able to achieve the Directive’s overall recycling rate objective of 55% by 2025 and 65% by 2035.”
    (ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))
    30.05.2018   Naturally Delicious and Sustainable: Symrise Inspires Private Labels at PLMA     ( Company news )

    Company news • Trendy samples for private label concepts
    • Drink, feast and snack naturally
    • Concepts for products with reduced sugar and salt, as well as sustainable packaging

    At the “World of Private Label” (PLMA) international trade show, Symrise shows its natural offerings for the private label business. Large, medium and small retailers’ brands are riding this trend, and clearly benefit from it. On May 29 and 30, 2018, Symrise introduces its offerings around its code of nature® platform. Guests discover how concepts such as naturally delicious, environmentally friendly packaging and reduced sugar and salt work in and for food. At booth F-8105 in Hall 8 at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, visitors may try hip beverages, snacks and fresh concepts for the BBQ season, all while learning more about the raw materials used.

    PLMA makes it clear: Consumers today want their food to be produced as naturally and sustainably as possible. Symrise understands this desire, and it has made naturalness for taste in food one of its core competencies, resulting in the development of its strategic platform code of nature®. This builds on four pillars: transparency, best natural, technology, and consumer value. “At PLMA in Amsterdam, we are showing how we develop sustainable and natural products for the private label industry. This plays a decisive role for all, the consumer, the economy and the environment as well,” says Dr. Alexander Lichter, Vice President Sales, Flavor Division EAME.

    PLMA Concept Presents code of nature® for More Naturalness and Sustainability
    At booth F-8105 in Hall 8, Symrise entices visitors with an assortment of unique drinks and snacks to taste test, like craft cola, alcohol-free beer, yogurt salad dressing and “homemade” potato crisps. With the help of its code of nature®, the company demonstrates how it is mindful of naturalness and sustainability along the entire value chain – from cultivation to the end consumer. Only the manufacturers who offer their customers the most natural products possible can be long-term leaders in their field.

    Thanks to its four-pillar strategy, code of nature® individually meets customer and consumer demands. Fully transparent, the consumer can tell at first glance whether a product is made from responsibly sourced materials. With its carefully selected range of raw materials, Symrise delivers products with pure, natural ingredients. The company also ensures that, thanks to modern technology, its raw materials are processed as sustainably as possible. And, lastly, Symrise is committed to environmentally friendly packaging, such as glass bottles, and makes it possible to provide easily understood labeling of ingredients in order to win and maintain the trust of consumers.
    (Symrise AG)
    30.05.2018   Take it further with Alfa Laval at ACHEMA 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news Today’s process industry is changing rapidly, as businesses strive for new levels of competitiveness and sustainability. With more than 130 years of experience, Alfa Laval is at the forefront, bringing customers the best in heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. New applications of these technologies – and many innovations within them – are taking customers further than ever before.

    At ACHEMA 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, 11–15 June, Alfa Laval will share proven solutions and bold innovations for chemicals, biopharma and industrial wastewater treatment. Whether minimizing energy use, boosting productivity, maximizing uptime or recovering waste streams, Alfa Laval helps customers meet and exceed their goals.

    Photo: Alfa Laval T25 plate heat exchanger

    “Alfa Laval’s mission is to optimize the performance of our customers’ processes,” says Magnus Edmén, Head of Service, Business Unit Gasket Heat Exchanger at Alfa Laval. “Not just once, but time and time again. That’s really the thinking behind our ‘Take it further’ theme. Through technology, knowledge and partnership, we are working constantly to keep our customers and their processes moving forward.”

    The Alfa Laval stand (D4 in Hall 4.0) will display a wide range of products and be staffed with solution experts. Focus areas will include:
    -Energy efficiency - Energy use is a critical factor, both for the environment and for process economy. Alfa Laval heat exchangers and other solutions offer many ways to reduce energy footprint and to optimize the cost of energy-intensive processes.
    -Productivity - Productivity is more than increasing production. Through innovations, online platforms, connected services and more, Alfa Laval helps customers maximize yields and create more efficient process cycles – all while reducing operating costs.
    -Waste reduction - Managing wastewater and other waste streams is a constant challenge for process industry. Alfa Laval provides smart ways to reclaim resources and minimize waste volumes, often turning the latter into value.
    -Maintenance - Achieving the lowest total cost of ownership takes collaboration throughout the product life cycle. Alfa Laval works closely with customers not only to maximize uptime and availability, but also to strengthen product performance.

    Products on display
    Visitors will be able to see many products at Alfa Laval’s ACHEMA stand, including:
    The world’s most modern gasketed plate heat exchangers
    Alfa Laval is bringing the most modern gasketed plate heat exchangers for industrial applications to the market. Our engineers and application experts will be at ACHEMA to present the latest addition to this high performing gasketed plate heat exchanger range: the Alfa Laval T25.

    Packed full of innovations and features, the design is truly challenging the status quo of gasketed plate heat exchangers. With a development process entirely driven by the needs and feedback of customers, Alfa Laval can even better meet the demands for a reliable, more efficient heat exchanger that is also easy to maintain. The increased thermal efficiency also translates well to the increased focus on improving worker safety and reduced environmental impact of operations providing a compact unit and more sustainable energy usage.

    Alfa Laval Culturefuge
    Alfa Laval’s Culturefuge centrifugal separator is the market-leading solution for harvesting of fragile mammalian cells in biotechnology applications. At Achema, we will display the new UniDisc™ discs for the Culturefuge range and show how they improve hygiene by minimizing the number of dead legs. The UniDisc™ design also makes it possible to increase the total separation area and improve separation efficiency.

    New centrifugal separator
    Targeting industrial fermentation applications, the new centrifugal separator combines high separation area with continuous solids discharge, making it the perfect choice for high-density broths. Its hermetic design ensures very gentle product handling, high separation efficiency and low energy consumption. The new centrifugal separator is suitable for mid-sized batches, and completes Alfa Laval’s wide range of separators for bio-based chemicals production.
    (Alfa Laval Mid Europe GmbH)
    29.05.2018   Changes to the KHS Executive Management Board concerning the Sales and Service Division    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS in Dortmund, Germany, international manufacturer of lines and machines for applications in the beverage filling and packaging industry with over 5,000 employees, belongs to the Salzgitter Group’s high-growth technology business unit. As part of its Strategy 2021 program Salzgitter AG plans to further expand its technology business unit.

    In order to follow KHS’ own growth strategy while simultaneously strengthening its inner performance KHS is implementing its company-wide KHS Future action plan. As part of the KHS realignment process Prof. E.h. Dr.-Ing. Johann Grabenweger, responsible for Sales and Service, is leaving the company by mutual consent. The Supervisory Board would like to thank Prof. Grabenweger for his 13 years of successful work in Production, Research and Development and, most recently, Sales and Service which has grown by about a third in the last few years.

    Until a final decision has been reached regarding the appointment of a successor, Management Board responsibility for the Sales and Service Division shall be assumed by chairman of the KHS Executive Management Board Burkhard Becker.
    (KHS GmbH)
    29.05.2018   China: Corona becomes China's No 1 imported beer brand    ( )

    Mexican beer brand Corona, which is owned by Grupo Modelo, is taking on the international market since its beer brand has become the number one import in China, the Mexico News Today reported on May 15.

    Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, parent company of Grupo Modelo says, “The brand continues to grow rapidly in the super premium segment in China where it recently became the number one imported beer brand.”

    The brand had a 25.1 percent growth in revenues within Mexico, while outside the country it has seen a 40.3 percent increase.

    “The opportunity we see with Corona is that it has a market share of 3 percent or more in only three countries where we have the brand. Chile, Australia and Mexico.

    “With the brand that continues to grow at double digits throughout the world, we are still far from reaching its maximum potential,” added Brito.

    During the first quarter of 2018, beer volumes increased by 0.5 percent mainly due to the performance in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina, which was counteracted by the US and Brazilian markets.

    Revenues increased around 4.7 percent in that quarter, mainly due to the premium category, according to the company’s financial report.

    Grupo Modelo in Zacatecas supplies Mexico and the rest of the world with Corona beer, as well as Modelo and Bud Light, among others.

    In that plant, 30 percent of the production is exported globally, particularly to European countries, while the remaining 70 percent supplies the Mexican market
    29.05.2018   India: United Breweries launches Amstel beer in India    ( )

    United Breweries Ltd (UBL), the maker of Kingfisher beer, on May 24 launched Amstel in India from its Dutch parent Heineken NV’s stable, to take on Carlsberg Elephant in the super-premium strong beer segment, Livemint reported.

    The company will now have four beers in the super-premium beer market—two mild (Heineken and Kingfisher Ultra) and two strong (Kingfisher Ultra Max and Amstel). The target is to take UBL’s market share in the super-premium beer segment to 50% over the next two years with these four brands, the company’s marketing head Samar Singh Sheikhawat said.

    The company estimates that it currently has an about 20% market share in the super-premium beer segment.

    Amstel will first be available in Karnataka and Pondicherry. In the next quarter, it will be launched in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, followed by most markets in the west in the following quarter and then the north in the third quarter.

    This is only the second brand from Heineken’s portfolio, apart from the Dutch company’s eponymous beer label, launched by UBL that will be bottled in India. Amstel will be brewed and bottled locally out of a brewery near Mysuru in Karnataka.

    Amstel, which has its roots in Amsterdam, will be priced at par with Carlsberg Elephant. A 650ml bottle of Amstel will cost about Rs140 in Karnataka, while the 500ml can will be priced at Rs95. Carlsberg Elephant costs around Rs140 for a 650ml bottle and Rs100 for the 500ml can.

    “The one gap that existed in our portfolio was we didn’t have an international super-premium strong beer. We have super-premium strong beer with Ultra Max but that’s domestic, not international. There’s a certain audience that wants an international super-premium strong beer and the two options that they have today are Carlsberg Elephant and Budweiser Magnum,” Sheikhawat said.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Budweiser Magnum and UBL’s Kingfisher Ultra Max are both priced higher than Amstel and Carlsberg Elephant. While Amstel will still, in some ways, compete with UBL’s own brands—from Kingfisher Strong and Storm to Ultra Max—the company expects to grab share mainly from Carlsberg Elephant.

    “At the end of the day, every strong beer competes with every other strong beer depending on occasion, budget, brand. It’s not a watertight compartment. The reality is that people who are drinking Tuborg Strong, Knockout, Hayward’s 5000 and even Kingfisher Strong will also upgrade,” Sheikhawat said, adding that the company wanted to fill its portfolio gap nevertheless.

    It also decided to fill that gap from its Dutch parent rather than create something within because within the super-premium market, beers with an international heritage and ingredients and branding are growing at faster rates than their domestic counterparts.

    While the domestic strong beer market is growing in the single-digits, according to the company, the international strong beer space has clocked a three-year compound annual growth rate of 40%.
    29.05.2018   Japan: Some whiskeys in short supply due to increasing popularity overseas    ( )

    Some Japanese whiskeys are in short supply due to their increasing popularity in overseas markets and a recent domestic boom of highballs, or whiskey and soda, The Japan News reported on May 21.

    Under such circumstances, Suntory Spirits Ltd., an affiliate of Suntory Holdings Ltd., announced plans to suspend sales of two of its whiskeys — Hakushu 12 Years and Hibiki 17 Years — from June. While makers are preparing to increase production, the shortage will likely last for some time because of the lengthy whiskey aging process.

    Since the suspension of sales of Hibiki and Hakushu was reported, customers have flocked to the whiskey corner at the Kintetsu department store flagship shop at the Abeno Harukas commercial complex in Osaka. “I’m shocked as they are my favorites,” said a 43-year-old company employee, who had looked in vain for the products at several stores.

    The suggested retail prices are set at ¥8,500 for the Hakushu 12 Years and ¥12,000 for the Hibiki 17 Years, both excluding consumption tax. The department store has restricted the sale of the Hakushu 12 Years to one bottle per customer over the past few years and began refusing to accept reservations for the product about a month ago.

    In an online auction, the price for Hakushu 12 Years, which has been in short supply, has surged to several tens of thousands of yen or higher since the suspension of sales was reported.

    Whiskey can be made by blending different types of unaged whiskey. Of the whiskeys that Suntory sold in Japan last year, Hakushu and Hibiki accounted for 1 percent, respectively, while their lower-priced brands made up larger proportions, with Kakubin accounting for about 50 percent and Torys for about 20 percent. Because unaged whiskeys are currently scarce, other brands could also be forced to suspend sales.

    Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., an affiliate of Asahi Breweries Ltd., ended sales of bottles with age statements for Taketsuru in 2014, as well as Yoichi and Miyagikyo in 2015. Kirin Brewery Co., which sells Fuji-Sanroku and other brands, is finding it increasingly difficult to meet the growing demand.

    The domestic whiskey market reached its peak in 1983 but shrunk until bottoming out in 2008. The market has been expanding since then, triggered by a surge in the popularity of highballs that boosted whiskey consumption.

    Additionally, Japanese products have received high international praise, as illustrated by Hibiki 21 Years Old, which won the Supreme Champion Spirit at last summer’s International Spirits Challenge 2017, a competition held in Britain. Exports of Japanese whiskeys stood at ¥13.6 billion in 2017, an over tenfold increase over the past decade.

    However, it takes several years to age whiskey, and makers are finding it difficult to meet the demand. Unaged whiskey that was produced when demand for the drink was low is being used to make the whiskeys that are currently available on the shelves: The rapid increase in demand for the drink had not been anticipated.

    Makers have already begun working to boost production. Suntory will invest a total of about ¥29 billion in expanding facilities for distilling and storage from 2013 to 2018. Last year, Asahi Breweries increased production by 80 percent compared to two years ago.

    “It takes time to age whiskey, which means it’s difficult to resolve the shortage issue immediately,” said Hideki Katsuda, a professor at Kindai University and an expert on the liquor industry. “On the other hand, it’s hard to make accurate forecasts for future demand, and makers could make massive capital investment [for boosting production] in vain.”
    29.05.2018   Romania: Ursus Breweries launches Japan's Asahi Super Dry beer in Romania    ( )

    Ursus Breweries launches Asahi Super Dry, Japan’s number one beer in the world and beer number one in Japan, a fine and refreshing beer, perfected by Japanese technology, the Business Review reported on May 23.

    Asahi Super Dry is the first product of the Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd. portfolio launched on the Romanian market under the license that complements the Ursus Breweries super premium brand portfolio.

    Asahi Super Dry is a non-pasteurized blonde beer with a complex flavor made from the finest ingredients that gives it a sophisticated flavor, fine, fresh and refreshing (Super Dry). In addition to the basic ingredients, water, malt, hops and yeast, Asahi Super Dry also contains a unique ingredient specific to Japanese culture, namely rice, which gives it a delicate taste and complements the flavor of the product.

    ”Known as Karakuchi in Japanese, the Super Dry and Refreshing Super Dry is certainly the distinguishing feature of the Asahi Super Dry brand on the Romanian market. In 1987, when it was launched in Japan, it produced a revelation in the beer category due to its unique taste and especially because it was easy to drink and could be enjoyed by any type of food, even fish or seafood, specific to Japanese culture. Consumers immediately appreciated this, and Asahi Super Dry soon became not only beer no. 1 in Japan, but also the best-selling Japanese beer in the world, already present in approx. 70 countries. We are delighted to be launching Asahi Super Dry in Romania in the super premium segment, where consumers are looking for fresh and sophisticated tastes. We believe that this completely new type of beer, which also contains a unique ingredient – rice, will fully satisfy its curiosity and needs,” says Cristina Gherman, global brands director at Ursus Breweries.
    29.05.2018   South Africa: Budweiser beer is now brewed in South Africa    ( )

    Budweiser, one of the world’s most iconic beers, is now being brewed in South Africa at SAB’s Rosslyn Brewery, outside of Pretoria, the Media Update reported on May 14.

    "We are tremendously excited that South Africans are now able to enjoy this beer. A true global icon, and one of the most valuable beer brands in the world, Budweiser is distributed in 73 countries, including South Africa," says Alastair Hewitt, brand director for Budweiser at SAB and AB InBev Africa.

    Hewitt adds, "Budweiser is a brand that's full of energy, and it thrives in the world’s great cities. It is a brand that stands out in the crowd and embodies the ambition and contagious energy of cosmopolitan locations and people across the planet."

    "Whether it be the energy ignited at a music festival or through the excitement of sporting events, Budweiser champions our dream to bring people together for a better world," says Hewitt.

    According to SAB and AB InBev, the arrival of Budweiser in South Africa could not come at a better time, as the brand takes up its 32nd year as the official beer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    "As a company, our dream is to bring people together for a better world. Therefore, there is no other event on the planet that brings this many people together and unites them around a shared passion," says Hewitt.

    AB InBev unveiled its new global campaign, 'Light Up the FIFA World Cup™', which aims to encapsulate the energy of the sporting event and Budweiser’s passion for energising audiences as they watch and celebrate their favourite players, moments and teams throughout the tournament.

    Highlights of the campaign include global advertising featuring the largest beer delivery to date, the deployment of eight million noise-activated Red Light Cups that light up in response to fan cheering, and a variety of integrated, experiential, digital and social programmes launching in more than 50 countries.

    The campaign AB InBev’s largest to date, and aims to demonstrate how the company is bringing together audiences from around the world over beer and their shared passion for football.

    The campaign also aims to capture the celebratory, upbeat and premium experience of the Budweiser brand.

    Budweiser has several activities planned for the South African market during the FIFA World Cup™, aiming to ensure that South Africans feel part of the festivities throughout the tournament.

    "Although South Africa didn’t qualify to take part in the tournament, we remain passionate about the sport, which is why Budweiser takes great pride in making sure South African fans will be able to watch all 64 fixtures, plus events, leading to the run-up of the tournament on DStv and SABC channels. As a platinum sponsor, we’re pleased to give our local fans a chance to get behind African teams," adds Hewitt.

    A limited number of noise-activated Red Light Cups will be available in South Africa. South Africans will be given the opportunity to toast each match in limited edition, collectable aluminium 473ml bottle released especially for the FIFA World Cup™.

    At stadiums in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Mpumalanga and Polokwane, Budweiser will team up with Metro FM to host parties where guests will have the opportunity to win one FIFA World Cup™ ticket.

    The brand is also giving South Africans a chance to win 30 tickets to the games in Russia when they purchase 330ml or 660ml Budweiser bottle. In addition, two-million Rand's worth of airtime is up for grabs if individuals purchase a 660ml bottle.

    Budweiser will be teaming up with Hisense and Adidas to host Fanfests in Johannesburg and Cape Town, while individuals in Polokwane and Durban can join in at special Budweiser Hotel Events. There will also be a number of promoter events hosted at various outlets around the country.
    29.05.2018   Thailand & Vietnam: Fifa World Cup expected to boost on-trade beer sales in Thailand and Vietnam    ( )

    The Fifa World Cup competition is expected to boost on-trade sales and consumption of Thai Beverage’s beers, not only in Thailand but also in Vietnam, say analysts.

    “We expect the World Cup event happening in June and July to stimulate on-trade consumption,” says RHB Securities while CGS-CIMB Securities says it is hopeful that World Cup festivities could catalyse beer sales in 3Q18.

    To recap, ThaiBev’s results for the 2Q18 ended March have improved sequentially, held up by a recovery in spirit volumes sold in Thailand as well as acquisitions in the spirits and food segments, the Edge Singapore reported on May 16.

    However, on-trade beer consumption reportedly remains weak, especially in the upcountry areas. As such, volumes were negatively impacted.

    Earnings contributions from the acquisition of Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp (Sabeco) were also eroded by acquisition and finance costs.

    Meanwhile, spirits segment continues to be resilient due to higher proportion of off-trade demand. The proportion of brown spirit sales has also increased relative to white spirits.

    “We are optimistic on this trend, since brown spirits have a higher price point per bottle and could drive revenue growth faster than white spirits,” says RHB analyst Juliana Cai.

    Phillip Securities analyst Soh Lin Sin says ThaiBev’s existing alcoholic beverages segment disappointed, hit by double whammy of protracted weak demand and implementation of a new excise tax. Since Jan 26, all alcoholic beverages have been slapped with an additional 2% of excise tax by law to contribute to the Elderly Fund.

    Management attributed weaker beer demand to the stagnant purchasing power of the rural economy - which is its main clientele - due to soft household income, says CGS-CIMB analyst Cezzane See.

    To recap, Thaibev’s 1H18 core net profit came in at THB11.6 billion ($485.4 million) or 42.1% of consensus FY18 estimates. Acquired businesses contributed THB2.94 billion to group’s 1H18 revenue and profit, respectively.

    PATMI from spirits rose 2.8% y-o-y driven by contribution from Grand Royal while Sabeco contributed THB1.61 billion or 13.7% to the group’s 1H18 net profit, offsetting lower net profit from its existing spirits business.

    For Food, Spice of Asia restaurants, KFC restaurants under subsidiary QSA and Havi Logistics contributed THB111.3 million or 34.1% to the group’s 1H18 net profit.

    ThaiBev’s share price has tumbled 13.6% year-to-date on uncertainties relating to the Sabeco acquisition and elevated balance sheet risks.

    “We believe the downside risks are priced in; hence, we upgrade our call to ‘Add’ from ‘Hold’ previously with an unchanged SOP-based target price of $0.98,” says See of CGS-CIMB.

    “Maintained ‘buy’ with unchanged SOTP-derived target price of $1.05,” says analyst Soh of Phillip Capital.

    “Maintain ‘buy’ with unchanged target price of $1.06 with 33% upside,” says RHB’s Cai.
    29.05.2018   USA: Miller Lite picks up market share and posts sales and volume growth in four weeks to May 12    ( )

    Along with picking up market share, the Miller Lite brand posted sales and volume increases during the four weeks ending May 12, according to a post on the MillerCoors Behind the Beer blog.

    The post says Miller Lite sales dollars increased 0.9 percent and volume increased 0.3 percent, citing data from Nielsen. The brand’s market share also increased 0.6 points.

    “I don’t want to make too much of a four-week trend, but I’m really encouraged by the momentum we have for this brand,” said Anup Shah, vice president for the Miller family of brands. “While we have been outpacing the segment for a long time, the narrative was always that we were gaining share of a declining category. Here we’re outpacing the total industry, which is a great sign.”

    The Behind the Beer blog attributed the gains to increasing volume in the dollar store and convenience store channels and outperforming the industry, despite a decline, at grocery stores.

    MillerCoors, the U.S. business of parent company Molson Coors, has been challenged in recent years by declining volumes as consumers shift away from big beer brands towards craft beer, wine and spirits. The company is pushing to achieve flat overall volumes this year and total volume growth in 2019.
    28.05.2018   The end of Zima is near... again     ( Company news )

    Company news Everyone’s favorite 90s drink is back on shelves. Zima, arguably the greatest flavored malt beverage of all-time, will make its triumphant return to stores nationwide this summer, but stock up your fridge because it’ll be gone before you can say “I want to get frosted tips.”

    When Zima first debuted in 1994, the first-of-its-kind malternative gave people something refreshingly different and inspired countless other crystal-clear beverages. By 2008, Zima bounced from shelves only to resurface shortly last summer, leaving fans wondering if it would ever return again.

    “Last summer, Zima was the ultimate comeback kid,” said Dilini Fernando, senior marketing manager, innovation. “People were picking up a six-pack to relive their 90s memories, to stock up for theme parties, or to just see what all the fuss was about. So, when it was time to decide if we were going to bring it back, we thought ‘why wouldn’t we?’”

    This year, Zima is back, and it’s bringing Z2K along with it. Unlike Y2K, an overblown panic over whether or not computers could handle changing ‘1999’ to ‘2000’, Z2K means Zima will be available in stores today and then poof! It’ll be gone (again). Luckily, fans can follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for Z2K updates and share how they are preparing for the end by using hashtag #Z2K. Fans should also be on the lookout for Z2K Snapchat geo filters popping up in mysterious places across the country.

    “Everyone needs to try Zima once – it is a novelty. If it’s not for the crystal-clear appearance and familiar citrus taste, it’s the iconic fluted bottle. So, if you didn’t get your hands on a six-pack last year, now is the time to see what all the hype is about and stock up,” said Fernando.
    (MillerCoors LLC)
    25.05.2018   ENGEL at Plast 2018 with two elastomer exhibits    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Plast 2018 and the integrated Rubber Show from May 29 to June 1 in Milan, Italy, the injection moulding machine manufacturer ENGEL presents its high degree of system solution competency for the elastomer industry. For the single component processing of rubber, thermoplastic elastomers, liquid or solid silicones, as well as for multi-component injection moulding in connection with thermoplastic materials, from a single source ENGEL offers fully automated and integrated system solutions for the economical production of premium elastomer products.

    Image: Thanks to its barrier-free clamping unit, the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory injection moulding machine for multi-component processes using LSR represents a huge efficiency potential.

    Fully automated and rework-free processing is a prerequisite for the economical production of high-tech elastomer products. With two applications, one at its own trade fair booth in Hall 24 and another with partner company Mesgo in Rubber Hall 11, in Milan ENGEL shows the wide range of use of its injection moulding machines and system solutions for elastomer applications in the automotive, teletronics, technical moulding and medical industries. This clarifies how the perfect interplay between injection moulding machine, automation and periphery makes it possible to fully utilise efficiency and quality potentials.

    Tie-bar-less for high-precision multi-component processes with LSR
    In many applications, the integrated injection moulding process is a prerequisite to bonding thermoplastics and silicone in stable layers. One example of this are coupling cushions made of PBT and LSR, which serve as windshield fasteners for rain sensors. At the ENGEL trade fair stand and using the ENGEL combimelt process, these demanding dual-component parts will be produced on a tie-bar-less victory 200H/200L/160 combi injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 40 linear robot. The 4+4 cavity mould for the parallel processing of PBT and LSR is by Rico (Thalheim, Austria). The all-electric LSR dosing system is a new development by Dopag (Cham, Switzerland), and the LSR for this application is a product of Wacker in Burghausen, Germany.

    Manufacturing two-component parts optimally leverages the efficiency potential of the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory machine. The tie-bar-less technology allows for the mounting of large, complex multi-component moulds on comparatively small machines. Automation is a second efficiency factor. The ENGEL linear robot can reach the cavities directly from the side and operate safely without having to circumvent any protruding edges. Thirdly, the extremely high process consistency constructively ensured by the tie-bar-less clamping unit factors significantly into the high degree of overall efficiency. The patented force divider enables the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould exactly while clamping force is building up and ensures that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the platen face. Both the outer and inner cavities are therefore kept closed with exactly the same force, reducing mould wear and raising product quality.

    iQ weight control is used to ensure a consistent process and consistently high parts quality in spite of fluctuations in the environmental conditions and the raw material batch. The intelligent assistance system from ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme adjusts the injection profile as well as the switchover point and the holding pressure profile for each individual shot to the respective conditions, thus compensating for external influences before a reject is produced.

    ENGEL flexseal for maximum efficiency and precision
    During the four days of the fair, Hall 11 is where the elastomer processors will meet. At Booth C61/D62, Mesgo (Gorlago, Italy) is presenting the fully automated production of membrane seals on an ENGEL flexseal 500/300. The especially compact and energy efficient flexseal injection moulding machine was specifically adapted to the requirements of O-ring and flat seal manufacturers. In the production of very large volumes, the servo-hydraulic machine guarantees the highest efficiency and highest precision. Mesgo will present an especially demanding application. Thermoplastic PBT inserts will be overmoulded with solid silicone and the components will be inspected by camera inline immediately following production. ENGEL is providing the completely integrated system solution for this. The parts will be handled by an ENGEL easix articulated robot, which, in this application, is being combined with an Anyfeeder for the first time. The ENGEL roto feeder will be used for the material feed. The rotating funnel with a counter-directional screw continuously transports the solid silicone, free of bubbles and at consistent pressure, thus ensuring a very high degree of process security. System partners for this application are the tool manufacturers ORP Stampi (Viadanica, Italy) and Giasini (Grassobio, Italy), as well as Proplast Plastic Innovation Pole (Rivalta Scrivia, Italy), who provided the CAD-Design.

    ENGEL at Plast 2018 in Milan: Hall 24, Booth B81/C82 and at Mesgo, Hall 11, Booth C61/D62
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    24.05.2018   Proven a million times over! SCHÄFER Container Systems has now produced over 25 million KEGs    ( Company news )

    Company news SCHÄFER Container Systems, the manufacturer of beverage container systems (KEGs) and stainless steel IBCs and special containers, has produced its 25 millionth KEG, consolidating its position as the sector’s leading innovators. The reason behind the high demand for these containers for beers, soft drinks, wines and non-carbonated beverages are the great diversity in the product range, brand-supporting advertising potential and individual KEG configuration, both in analogue form or digitally with an App.

    Whatever you need, the large KEG family can provide the right solution: the PU (polyurethane) coated PLUS KEG, the classical stainless steel KEG, the lightweight ECO KEG with PP (polypropylene) top and bottom rings, the Party-KEG for tapping own draught beer, as well as the professional self-sufficient dispensing systems smartDRAFT and freshKEG. The volumes also vary, depending on the KEG, from 5 to 60 litres.

    Also dependent on the type, coating and shape, the KEGs themselves can be flexibly designed to comply with individual customer wishes, thanks to countless branding possibilities. These include in-mould coating and in-mould labelling processes, coloured top and bottom rings, embossing or silk screening, laser printing or electrochemical signature. The KEG App - which enables users to customize SCHÄFER KEGS and order them in their own corporate design - provides a great insight into the optical and technical possibilities available, including the range of different fittings and other accessories.

    “We are constantly working on new concepts. By doing so we aim not only to satisfy demand with our great product variety, but also, through a constant stream of fresh ideas, to illustrate just how diverse the entire sector is. So, we’ve launched our jubilee blog to provide creative space for users’ stories and contributions from people who know the sector from the inside. Also, this year, we’ve not only manufactured our 25 millionth KEG, we’ll be celebrating our 40th birthday as well,” says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
    24.05.2018   Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages    ( Company news )

    Company news Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste.

    Photo: Girls drinking milk from a portion size carton

    Straws play an integral functional role on portion packages, but if not disposed of properly​​, they then become p​art of the plastics waste problem. The company has been working to encourage consumers to push straws “back in the pack” once empty, so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now, work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages.

    “It sounds simple enough,” concedes Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality, there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.”

    “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.”

    On average, Tetra Pak packages are about 75% paperboard; paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio.​​
    (Tetra Pak AB)
    24.05.2018   World's oldest surviving beer revived in QVMAG collaboration    ( Company news )

    Company news The City of Launceston's Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) has partnered with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and LION's James Squire Brewery to develop a beer from yeast found in a ship wrecked off Tasmania more than two centuries ago.

    The Sydney Cove was a merchant ship travelling from India to the British Colony of Port Jackson when it was wrecked off Preservation Island in Bass Strait in November, 1797. The Sydney Cove's contents included tea, rice and tobacco plus more than 30,000 litres of highly-prized alcohol. The icy waters of Bass Strait allowed yeast in these sealed bottles of beer to stay alive for far longer than any previously known yeast.

    Following excavation of the wreck between 1977 and the 1990s, QVMAG obtained the ship's objects including beer bottles for its collection, many of which are now on display at Inveresk. Years later the contents in the bottles was re-examined and QVMAG worked with scientists at the AWRI to isolate the yeast. Using skills honed working with wine yeast, the AWRI identified its genetic make-up and found it was a rare hybrid strain which differs from modern ale strains. The yeast was then taken back to the laboratory where experimental brews were born and the journey to commercialise the product began. Completing the final piece of the puzzle, QVMAG is excited to announce it has partnered with James Squire to produce a special limited edition beer made from the 220 year-old yeast, aptly named The Wreck - Preservation Ale.

    Brewers at James Squire's Malt Shovel Brewery rose to the challenge of creating a beer from yeast that had a mind of its own. After some trial and error using modern brewing techniques to craft the centuries-old yeast, the team has delivered a Porter-style beer with hints of blackcurrant and spices, giving it a rich and smooth taste. The Wreck - Preservation Ale will be officially launched at the upcoming Great Australian Beer Spectacular in Melbourne and Sydney. The product will be available on tap at James Squire brew houses around the country from June.

    Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said a percentage of profits will come back to fund further QVMAG research into the Sydney Cove collection. "This exciting commercial opportunity wouldn't have been possible without our staff's meticulous conservation of the Sydney Cove collection, which we hope to now build upon."
    "Congratulations to QVMAG, the AWRI and James Squire on bringing a 220 year-old ale back to life for beer-lovers across the country to enjoy. This collaborative effort is sure to add a new, intriguing chapter to the nation's history of beer."
    (Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery)
    23.05.2018   Britvic signs up to world leading pact to tackle plastic pollution    ( Company news )

    Company news - 100% Britvic’s PET plastic bottles are fully recyclable in the UK recycling system
    - Britvic removed 308 tonnes of primary plastic bottle packaging from the supply chain in 2017

    Britvic has joined forces with UK retailers, manufacturers, recyclers and NGOs to sign The UK Plastics Pact; a pioneering agreement which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

    The UK Plastics Pact was launched today by sustainability experts WRAP to address the growing issue of plastic waste. It is a unique and bold collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with the UK government and NGOs to set ambitious targets. Britvic is one of 42 businesses signing up to the Pact.

    Matt Barwell, Chief Marketing Officer at Britvic, said: “This is an extremely important issue and we take our responsibility to help protect the environment incredibly seriously. By signing up to this Pact, we are committing to work collaboratively with our industry peers, government and the waste management sector to make meaningful and essential changes now.

    “Already, all our PET plastic bottles are fully recyclable in the UK recycling system and carry the on-pack-recycling-label to encourage our consumers to recycle. In 2017 we removed 308 tonnes of primary plastic bottle packaging from our supply chain by moving products onto our new bottling lines and accessing lighter weight bottles.

    “Looking to the future of packaging, we are currently trialling the use of recycled plastic (rPET) in our bottles to help us achieve our aim of significantly increasing the amount of rPET we use. At the same time, we continue to invest in R&D to investigate the use of alternative sustainable materials to package our products.”

    Optimising packaging for a circular economy is an important part of Britvic’s sustainability programme, ‘A Healthier Everyday’, which puts healthier people, healthier communities and a healthier planet at the heart of its business. The programme builds on the company’s commitment to help consumers make healthier choices, support the well-being of communities, and help secure our planet’s future. For further information about Britvic’s ‘A Healthier Everyday’ programme, please visit

    The Pact’s members have committed to hit a series of ambitious targets by 2025:

    - Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models.
    - 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
    - 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
    - 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging

    Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP, said: “We are delighted to have Britvic on board as a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact. Through our first-of-a-kind Pact we will work together with governments, citizens and business to transform the way we make, use and dispose of plastic so that we retain its value, particularly in reducing food and drink waste, but prevent it from polluting the environment.”

    The UK Plastics Pact, led by WRAP, is the first of its kind in the world. It will be replicated in other countries to form a powerful global movement for change as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. For more information about the UK Plastics Pact, please visit
    (Britvic Plc)
    22.05.2018   Can logistics: lighter, greener and more efficient    ( Company news )

    Company news The benefits of the beverage can are well established: lightweight, easily stackable, strong, ... The logistical merits are less obvious, but no less real: from delivery to fillers, retailers and recycling units, and from in store to the consumer’s home.

    Photo: Can bodies can be stored four pallets high, and each pallet can hold up to 23 layers of 33cl beverage cans.

    1. In transit
    Cans in transit from manufacturer to filler offer environmental and economic advantages in two ways. Firstly, the cubic efficiency in transport and warehousing is unmatched. Can bodies can be stored four pallets high, and each pallet can hold up to 23 layers of 33cl beverage cans (subject to transport height constraints).

    Secondly, other producers of packaging containers have made progress in making them lighter, but metal cans still weigh much less. Each pallet load may weigh under 200kg, including the weight of the pallet itself.

    The lighter, compact packaging means a big saving in shipping costs as well as huge benefits in reducing the environmental impact of transporting beverages. A 2016 study by ICF International found that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the transportation and refrigeration of beverages in aluminium cans were reduced by 7% and by up to almost 50% in some cases, depending on the size of the cans and the final destination.

    Where can-maker and filler are situated together, cans are much more amenable to carriage on fast-moving conveyors. Some companies have a policy of “wall-to-wall” production, where the cans are manufactured and filled on the same site, enabling the company to save on transport and curb its associated harm to the environment.

    Cube utilisation is one of the main elements in optimising the supply chain performance in transport. It helps to keep the transport cost under control and, more importantly, has a significant, positive impact on reducing carbon emissions. Pallet layer optimisation and stacking height on pallets in containers or in warehouses are the key factors in reducing supply chain costs and energy consumption, while increasing handling efficiency.

    2. In storage
    The cost of storage space at canmakers and fillers is also a vital consideration, as cubic efficiencies kick in at the beginning of the process. A pallet can accommodate four times as many filled cases of cans as other alternatives, a major saving for small and town-centre retailers facing high rental costs. In addition, up to 2.5 times as much beverage may be carried on a lorry in metal cans.

    3. Material reduction
    Canmakers have reduced the amount of aluminium and steel used to produce cans by around 50% in the past 40 years: a 500ml aluminium can now weighs around 16 grams, while a steel can weighs around 30 grams. Transport costs are a function of weight, so this further reduces outgoings and also CO2 emissions. The can is the only container that is fully protected from light and is oxygen-tight, helping to protect the beverage inside. This also makes it easier and cheaper to transport and store. Where the product is to be sold chilled, the metal can and its contents can be cooled more quickly and efficiently than the alternatives.

    4. A complex route to market
    A beverage’s route to market may be a complex one. From a bulk warehouse via primary transport – road, rail or even waterway – to a retailer’s distribution centre and secondary transport (usually on the road). Retail outlets receive, store, move to aisles and stock shelves and merchandise units. The consumer then transports the product from the shelf, through the checkout and then home, where he’ll happily enjoy it. At every point the can scores well.

    High stackability reduces the number of forklift operations in loading and unloading, high cubic efficiency maximises the use, and minimises the number of trucks and rollcages, and both combine to minimise floor space in warehousing. Cans also optimise use of merchandise units and retail shelves. For manual replenishment of retail space, cases of cans are lightweight, easier to move and stack, and far more forgiving of any clumsiness – the customer too enjoys these advantages.

    Overall, the superior performance of the metal can in the logistics chain is clear. The ease of handling, cost efficiencies and the comparative environmental benefits combine to make the can the perfect package for today’s refreshing beverages.
    (Metal Packaging Europe GIE)
    21.05.2018   GEMÜ strengthens its industrial business and acquires new sales markets    ( Company news )

    Company news When we think about GEMÜ, we often – justifiably so – have a picture in mind: Aseptic stainless steel diaphragm valves. The family-owned enterprise from Baden-Württemberg in Germany has enjoyed a prominent position as market leader in sterile applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for many years. GEMÜ is very much at the cutting edge of these sectors worldwide. However, the manufacturer's expertise in valves, measurement and control systems goes far beyond this.

    Plastic valves are inextricably linked with GEMÜ. One of the first valves was made from PVC and has proven to be extremely resistant for over 50 years. Even if the robust range of products, comprising butterfly valves, ball valves as well as globe and diaphragm valves, was rarely at the forefront, it was always there in the background: GEMÜ products have been working reliably in the broad industrial market too for decades – all around the globe.

    With an advanced, international growth strategy and associated goal to acquire new sales markets in the area of industrial applications, GEMÜ has therefore undergone organisational restructuring. "Our orientation in the market – starting with sales, but also covering product advice right through to product management – has in the past not been sufficiently focused on the industrial market.
    However, this has now changed," explains Joachim Brien, Head of the Industry Business Unit. "Since 2017, we have been pooling our strengths into one business area in order to be able to better meet our customers' various requirements. By interlinking our sales activities with the specialists from the application and engineering areas, we are creating a competence centre for customer-orientated valves and controls solutions."

    But what does this mean specifically? If we want to offer genuine advantages, we need to put ourselves in the customer's situation. Only in this way can we offer application-specific, integrated solutions. This is why an international team of 100 engineers and developers, design engineers, product managers and sales employees are working closely together in the Industry Business Unit and specializing in new markets. Industrial water treatment, the chemical industry, surface finishing, mechanical engineering as well as power generation and environmental engineering are the key sectors in which GEMÜ will increase its attention in the medium and long term. All activities here revolve around professional project monitoring by specialists in technical advice and sales. The Industry Business Unit team knows both the markets and the requirements of the customers and uses this knowledge to lay the foundations for innovative, intelligent valve solutions.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    18.05.2018   Climate Goals: Symrise Among Globally First 100 SBT-Certified Companies    ( Company news )

    Company news • Symrise is one of three German companies to meet the ambitious targets of the Science Based Targets initiative
    • Global fragrance and flavor company exceeds its own climate protection goalsActive contribution to meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

    The number of companies with scientifically recognized climate targets exceeded 100 for the first time in April 2018. The global Science Based Targets initiative (SBT) certifies the climate targets of interested market participants according to whether they are in line with current research and are working to reduce CO2 emissions on par with the standards of the Paris Climate Agreement. Symrise, the globally active manufacturer of fragrances and flavorings, is one of twelve German companies that have participated so far. The Holzminden-based company is ahead of its own schedule when it comes to implementation.

    In order to have their scientifically based climate targets recognized, the companies submit their plans to the Science Based Targets initiative, whose experts examine them in detail. So far, 389 large companies have undergone this test, including many world-renowned brands. In April 2018, the SBT confirmed the 100th of these plans. Companies from 23 countries are now pursuing science-based climate protection targets.

    To be approved, interested parties must show that their goals correspond to the current state of research. They must also realize the minimum savings necessary (relative to their sector and size) to meet the global objectives of the Paris Agreement. The initiative is supported by the WWF, the UN Global Compact, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the World Resource Institute – an organization that has been dedicated to environmental protection and resource conservation for more than 30 years.

    Symrise Exceeds Its Own Goals
    Fifty-seven of the 103 companies verified so far are from Europe. Only a few German companies can be found on this list. Just twelve companies from Germany have submitted their plans to the initiative and only three of them have received confirmation that their goals meet the SBT’s strict requirements. Symrise AG’s goals were approved in July 2017 as the 61st company worldwide.

    Symrise plans to reduce its own CO2 emissions by 18 percent by 2030. The calculation is based on the values from 2016. The obligation includes Scopes 1 and 2, i.e., the CO2 emissions generated within the company for energy production, as well as those resulting from the purchase of electricity. In addition, the company from Lower Saxony has pledged to ensuring that 80 percent of its suppliers commit to their own climate protection targets by 2020.

    To achieve the targeted CO2 reduction, Symrise must reduce annual emissions by 5 percent in terms of value added. A much larger step was taken in 2017 – the company’s sustainability report shows a decrease of 7.8 percent. The next interim goal is to halve CO2 emissions in relation to value added by 2030, based on the figures from 2016.
    (Symrise AG)
    18.05.2018   ENGEL at PLASTPOL 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news With two challenging applications on a servo-hydraulic and an all-electric injection moulding machine, ENGEL will clearly demonstrate how process consistency and quality can be combined with efficiency and economy at PLASTPOL 2018 from May 22nd to 25th in Kielce, Poland. The focus is on high-performance machines and automation as well as intelligent control technology that opens up additional optimisation potential for processors.

    Photo: Thanks to its closed system for toggle levers and spindles, the all-electric e-motion injection moulding machines comply with the strict requirements of the food industry.

    Power package on a small footprint
    Maximum force on a comparatively small footprint – this is what ENGEL duo dual-platen injection moulding machines stand for. In terms of footprint, the ENGEL duo 500 is one of the smallest machines in this series and, with a dry cycle time of 2.6 seconds and an opening stroke of 600 mm, the fastest dual-platen machine on the market. At PLASTPOL, an ENGEL duo 3550/500 will be manufacturing engine covers from glass-fibre and mineral-fibre reinforced polypropylene in combination with an ENGEL viper 20 linear robot.

    Equipped with a new-generation injection unit, the servo-hydraulic duo 500 achieves particularly high precision. Intelligent assistance systems from ENGEL’s inject 4.0 range are deployed to compensate for additional fluctuations in environmental conditions and the raw material. iQ weight control analyses the pressure profile during the injection process and compares the measured values with a reference cycle in order to adapt the injection profile, the switching point and the holding pressure profile to the current conditions for each shot. "This means that we can keep the injected melt volume constant over the entire production period and reliably prevent rejects," says Piotr Nachilo, Managing Director of ENGEL Polska based in Warsaw. "iQ weight control is already widely used by our customers and has proven itself in a wide variety of applications."

    iQ for consistent processes and more efficiency
    While iQ clamp control was initially only available for injection moulding machines with electrical clamping units, ENGEL is presenting the new release for use in hydraulic machines of the duo series at PLASTPOL. The software calculates mould breathing in order to determine the ideal clamping force and adapt it automatically. In the production of large-area injection moulded parts, such as engine covers, iQ clamp control opens up a great deal of potential for higher production quality. If the clamping force is too low or too high, this can lead to burn marks or flashes.

    Last but not least, the third assistance system is iQ flow control. The software networks the temperature control units and the injection moulding machine and controls the rotation speed of the pumps in the temperature control units on demand. The result is significantly reduced energy consumption and the stability of the temperature control process is also enhanced. e-flomo is capable of actively controlling the temperature difference in all individual circuits and automatically setting the required flow rate for each temperature control circuit.

    Together with its partner HB-Therm (St. Gallen, Switzerland), ENGEL has developed a series of particularly compact temperature control units for this new integrated temperature control solution. By linking the e-temp control units to the injection moulding machine via OPC UA, the development partners have established a milestone along the road to the smart factory. The OPC UA protocol facilitates powerful, platform-independent and above all secure communication, both at shop floor level and with superordinate control systems. For this reason, it is increasingly becoming the standard for the plastics industry.

    IML integration from a single source
    With a second application at PLASTPOL, ENGEL is demonstrating the great efficiency potential of integrated processes. Thanks to in-mould labelling (IML), an all-electric ENGEL e motion 440/160 injection moulding machine with integrated viper 12 linear robot, and IML automation from TMA AUTOMATION (Gdynia, Poland), produces ready-for-market decorated covers for food packaging in a single operation.

    TMA AUTOMATION is a new ENGEL partner specialising in the automation of IML and downstream processes, such as assembly, quality assurance and palletising, in the general purpose segment in a wide range of industries. Based on a standardised system concept, TMA AUTOMATION implements highly compact and at the same time very flexible solutions. The Polish company has many excellent references, particularly in Eastern Europe. "In many projects, cooperation with local partner companies helps to improve cost efficiency and reduce the lead time for the entire plant," says Walter Aumayr, Head of Automation and Peripherals at the ENGEL headquarters in Austria. As the general contractor, ENGEL handles coordination with the automation partner for its customers and supplies the complete production cell from a single source. This also increases efficiency, as fewer interfaces often mean faster project planning.

    ENGEL at Plastpol 2018: hall F, stand F4
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    17.05.2018   Henry's Hard Sparkling Water Has a Fresh New Look, No Sugar and Lower Calories    ( Company news )

    Company news Just in time for spring, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is now available in new 12-ounce slim cans at retailers nationwide. With only 88 calories and no sugar per 12-ounces, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water has the lowest calories and sugar amongst the largest players in the category.

    Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is a lightly fruit flavored hard sparkling water with bright effervescence and crystal-clear appearance. With the same alcohol content as a traditional light beer, it’s perfect for drinkers who are looking for a fun, refreshing alcoholic option they feel good about. Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water comes in three natural flavors: Lemon Lime, Passion Fruit, and new Strawberry Kiwi, which is exclusive to the 12-pack variety pack.

    “The goal is to offer the best possible hard sparkling water,” said Josh Wexelbaum, MillerCoors senior marketing director of emerging brands. “We heard from drinkers that calories and sugar matter most to them when choosing a hard sparkling beverage. So, we delivered the lowest in both so women and men can feel good, and have fun all at the same time.”

    Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is supported with a robust national marketing campaign that kicked off at the beginning of April with advertising on networks such as TBS, Food Network, Bravo, USA, TLC and HGTV, a digital presence on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, out of home, and traditional print media support.

    Fans can learn more about Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water and share their experiences with the brand by following @HenrysHardSparkling on Facebook and Instagram and using the hashtag #GoodLightFun.

    Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is available at most grocery and liquor stores in 6-pack 12-ounce slim cans and 12-pack variety packs.
    (MillerCoors LLC)
    16.05.2018   Primoreels acquires All New FA to increase printing quality and capacity with market-leading ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ... lidding solutions

    Danish packaging company, Primoreels A/S, has acquired a new FA flexo press from Nilpeter to increase printing quality, capacity, and efficiency in their production of dairy, water, and juice lids among others, and to meet growing demands from market-leading customers such as Arla Foods and Danone.

    Caption: Mads Aakjær (left) and Henrik Sahlberg (right) shake hands after Primoreels rang the bell, which marks a press sale at Nilpeter Headquarters in Slagelse, Denmark.

    Future-proof in terms of capacity and technology
    “It was natural for us to go to Nilpeter. With their facilities just 45 minutes away, we can count on quick reliable service if need be, and more importantly, we were blown away by the capabilities of the new FA,” says Henrik Sahlberg, Managing Director, Primoreels A/S. “With the new press we are future-proof in terms of capacity and technology – job change time is cut from 90 minutes to less than 10, we can insource previously outsourced jobs, enhance quality for our existing customer database, and approach exciting new markets and industry leaders. We are definitely looking up now, and very excited for what lies ahead,” he concludes.

    Press information
    Primoreels’ new FA is a 9-colour, 17’’ flexo press with a double die-cutting unit. The press is configured with three Nilpeter Automation and Application Packages: The Film Package, the Progressive Print Package, and the Automatic Register Package. Three of the printing units are fitted with colour pumps to speed-up the flow and output on the more frequently used colours. Once installed in July 2018, Primoreels will produce sealable lids on a range of flexible substrates – mainly PP and PET plastic with integrated barriers and pure thin foils (23-36 my).
    The New FA, Primoreels’ second Nilpeter press, will help increase flexibility and run sizes at the production plant west of Copenhagen. Their first Nilpeter press, an FA-2500, will remain in production.

    Successful test runs in Nilpeter’s Technology Center
    Mads Aakjær, Nilpeter Area Sales Manager, reports, “Primoreels visited our Technology Center in Slagelse in the beginning of the year, and with successful test runs of two jobs on metalized PET (23/36 my), Henrik Sahlberg and two of his printers got to experience first hand the speed, user-friendliness, and print quality of the new FA. We’re very happy with this sale – Henrik and his team have been exemplary, and we are pleased to add quality and efficiency to their operations.”
    (Nilpeter A/S)
    15.05.2018   ENGEL is growing    ( Company news )

    Company news ENGEL is continuing to grow. For the fourth time in sequence, the injection moulding machine builder and system solution provider based in Schwertberg, Austria, was able to increase its annual revenue. At the end of March, the group of companies concluded the financial year of 2017/18 with revenues of 1.51 billion euro, an increase of 11 percent versus the previous year.

    Photo: At ENGEL's company headquarters in Schwertberg, Austria, construction will continue until this autumn. The new construction will expand the northern production hall built in 2013. The new customer technology centre will be located above the assembly area.

    "The production plant in Shanghai alone sold around 20 percent more machines in the 2017/18 financial year", reports Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group, at the beginning of the Chinaplas plastics trade fair, end of April 2018 in Shanghai, where ENGEL informed the international trade press about the 17/18 financial year. Asian markets continue to have a large share in the success of the ENGEL Group, with demand especially increasing in China. "The investment climate in China is at a new high", says Steger.

    In the Shanghai plant, ENGEL is building large-scale machines of the dual platen series duo, which are used in the automotive industry, among others. "The automotive industry in China continues to be the most important driver of growth and innovation", says Gero Willmeroth, President Sales and Service at ENGEL Machinery Shanghai. ENGEL in particular has grown disproportionately in the automotive lighting area. "Our customers are increasing their investment into innovative process technologies that allow them to achieve higher efficiency, productivity and quality." One example of this is the optimelt technology, which ENGEL is presenting at its trade fair booth. In the manufacturing of thick-walled LED lenses, the patented multi-layer process with external cooling significantly reduces the cycle time, at the same time ensuring a high degree of optical quality.

    Whether lenses made of PMMA or polycarbonate glazing components, the substitution of materials in vehicle manufacturing aims primarily to reduce weight. Electric vehicles in China are on the rise and accompanied by innovative lightweight technologies. Until now, the focus of processors in China has been on substituting glass on the one hand and foam injection moulding on the other; composite technologies are still in the early stages. "Our customers use trade fairs such as the Chinaplas to learn about the possibilities of the wide-scale use of composite materials in automotive manufacturing, and to gauge the feasibility of new composite processes for the automotive large-scale series," states Willmeroth. "China is setting the direction and ENGEL is at the forefront here. Internationally, ENGEL is already one of the preferred partners of the automotive industry." In 2012, ENGEL established its own technology centre for lightweight composite technologies and since then has been able to achieve several significant milestones in cooperation with its development partners. At the Chinaplas 2018, ENGEL is introducing series-ready technologies for the economical production of composite components and, in addition, is providing insights into ongoing research projects.

    Market position in industries further expanded
    From a single source, ENGEL delivers individual injection moulding machines as well as integrated and automated system solutions, the share of which in worldwide orders continues to increase. Developing made-to-measure injection moulding solutions requires a deep understanding of both the technology and the industries, which ENGEL ensures through its Business Unit structure. ENGEL employs dedicated teams for the automotive, technical moulding, teletronics, packaging and medical industries, respectively – and this not only at the company headquarters in Austria. Last year, ENGEL also established a Business Unit structure with dedicated Business Unit managers in Asia, and has since then been continuously increasing its industry know-how locally. "With this new structure, we are continuing to expand our market position in all five business areas", reports Steger. "The feedback from our customers is very good. In many cases, we can respond even faster to requirements and requests, and support our customers in solving their very individual challenges in an even more targeted fashion."

    In addition to automotive, in Asia ENGEL has increased its sales in the medical area, with health care and diagnostics being the main growth drivers, For these applications, ENGEL delivers all-electric e-motion injection moulding machines as well as hybrid machines of the e-victory series, which are produced for the Asian markets at the ENGEL plant in Korea. "In the medical area, we are seeing a trend to multi-cavity moulds, which require larger injection moulding machines to increase throughput", reports Willmeroth.

    New training centre in Shanghai
    ENGEL is also increasing its personnel in Asia. The ENGEL Group is currently employing a total of 950 people in its Asian production plants and subsidiaries, which is more than 20 percent more than last year. ENGEL Machinery Shanghai currently has a headcount of 490 employees. In the previous financial year, new employees were added primarily in the Business Units, service and training. For the 18/19 financial year, ENGEL has posted additional vacancies in Shanghai as well as all of Asia.

    In the context of the plant expansion that was completed in September 2017, ENGEL constructed a new, larger training centre and hired a dedicated training manager. Together with his team of experienced trainers, Boris Wen is continuing to expand the seminar and workshop offering for customers in China.

    6,600 employees worldwide
    At the beginning of the new financial year 2018/19, the ENGEL Group is employing 6,600 people worldwide – more than ever before. More than half of these (3,700) are working in the three Austrian plants.

    As compared to the previous year, there has been a slight shift in the distribution of the 1.51 billion euro in worldwide revenue. America has increased by 2 percent, to 26 percent. With currently 53 percent, Europe still represents the lion's share. Asia is at 20 percent.

    From the worldwide perspective, North America – USA, Canada and Mexico – and Asia are the primary growth drivers for ENGEL, with South America also picking up speed. In Europe, Germany remains the strongest sales market and also the most important driver of innovation.

    From the perspective of the industries, the strongest growth worldwide is in the packaging area, followed by technical moulding.

    More capacity in the machine plants
    With the largest investment programme in the company's history, ENGEL is ensuring that the growth of the company extends into all regions of the world. For a total of more than 375 million euro, by 2020 production plants worldwide will be modernised and their capacities expanded.

    The expansion of ENGEL Machinery Shanghai was completed in time for the ten-year anniversary of the plant in September 2017. First of all, the existing office building was lengthened to add another 1,000 square metres of usable space. In addition, a new production hall was constructed, complementing large machine production by 1,600 square metres. The training workshop is also being newly constructed. For the apprentice workshop alone, ENGEL invested just under 1 million euro. It is equipped with state-of-the-art machines to optimally prepare the apprentices for their future profession, and it is also significantly larger than the previous one because since the beginning of ENGEL's apprenticeship programme in China, the number of apprentices has increased considerably. Currently in Shanghai, 51 young people are being trained as mechatronics engineers, CNC technicians and plastics technicians. In the summer of last year, the first apprentices of ENGEL Machinery Shanghai completed their final examinations with good results across the board and were hired as permanent employees.

    The largest construction projects are taking place in Austria. At company headquarters in Schwertberg, by the autumn of this year the northern production hall there, which was constructed in 2013, will be expanded by 11,500 square metres. In addition, a new, significantly larger customer technology centre is being built.

    With an investment volume of 160 million euro, the expansion of the large machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria, is by far the largest construction project. In the first stage, last year an additional hall bay was constructed that contains several offices and is otherwise dedicated to machine assembly. A few weeks ago, construction began on the new administration building and the additional expansion of the assembly area, including the tecnology centre. In the course of this work, more space will also be created for the Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    15.05.2018   NWNA Achieves North America's First & Only Gold Standard Water Stewardship Certification for...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... CA Bottling Factory

    All Five California Nestlé Waters Factories Certified to Rigorous Water Sustainability Standard

    Nestlé Waters North America announced that its Cabazon and Los Angeles, Calif. factories have received certification against the rigorous Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, with the Cabazon facility achieving an AWS Gold certification – the first facility in North America to do so.

    With the certification of these factories in Cabazon and Los Angeles, all five of the company’s California factories are now certified to the AWS Standard, a priority outlined by the company late last year. California was selected as the first location for AWS certification because of the shared water challenges in the state.

    “We are extremely proud of our Cabazon factory for becoming the first and only facility in North America to achieve AWS Gold certification, and to now have all five of our California facilities certified to the most rigorous global water stewardship standard in the world – this is an exceptional validation of our commitment to water and community stewardship,” said Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. “We are committed to playing our part here in California, and wherever we operate, in protecting our shared water resources.”

    Supported by industry leaders and prominent environmental conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the AWS Standard is the first comprehensive global standard for measuring responsible water stewardship, not just in terms of environmental criteria, but also social and economic dimensions.

    “We’ve seen the AWS Standard help businesses translate global commitments into on-the-ground action, which includes working with others in a basin on shared water challenges,” said Alexis Morgan, Water Stewardship Lead at WWF. “Gold Level AWS certification signifies a deeper level of engagement and achievement in water stewardship that is sorely needed to help restore and protect threatened freshwater ecosystems for people and nature.”

    As part of the AWS certification process, auditors look at a number of factors within the groundwater basins where facilities are located, such as water quality, the availability of existing water sources, and the health of water-related areas, such as marshes, in the region. In addition, a number of internal and external community stakeholders are identified and interviewed by AWS auditors.

    Cabazon’s AWS Gold certification is reflective of the facility’s meeting of advanced-level criteria, including the site’s positive contribution to the local groundwater system, best practice of the site’s water balance, best practice of the site’s water quality, and implementation of a water education program, among others. As with all AWS certification processes, stakeholder engagement was also an essential part of Cabazon’s evaluation. To achieve this advanced certification, a consensus of stakeholders had to affirm the positive contributions that the Cabazon factory has made on water balance and the quality of the catchment.

    As part of Nestlé Waters’ ongoing efforts to improve the water efficiency of their operations, the company has implemented a number of conservation techniques and initiatives in their factories over the years, including reverse osmosis to better filter and reuse wastewater, advanced water mapping to more carefully manage the flow of water in and out of the plants, and xeriscaping to reduce supplemental irrigation on the grounds of each factory. Recent auditing, as part of the AWS certification process, of the company’s five California factories revealed a combined savings of more than 54 million gallons of water between 2016 and 2017.

    "These recent certifications in California further prove that it is possible for sustainable freshwater use to be socially, environmentally, and economically responsible," said Matt Howard, Director for AWS North America. "The AWS Standard is applicable to sites around the world, and we hope that this achievement in California continues the positive worldwide trend towards water stewardship that reflects the needs and values of all water users."

    In addition to the Nestlé Waters facilities in California, the company also announced today the certification of its bottling facility in Hope, British Columbia – the first facility in Canada to achieve AWS certification.

    “The AWS journey started for us more than two years ago, and now, to have all five of our facilities in California certified and one in Hope, BC – the first in Canada – is a real milestone. I hope it will inspire others to adopt the AWS Standard and drive deeper the principles and practices of water stewardship and sustainability into their business practices," says Switzer.
    (Nestlé Waters North America)
    14.05.2018   Anheuser-Busch Announces U.S. 2025 Sustainability Goals    ( Company news )

    Company news Launches 100% Renewable Electricity Symbol on Budweiser Packaging in U.S.

    Anheuser-Busch launched its U.S. 2025 Sustainability Goals, focused on four key areas: renewable electricity and carbon reduction, water stewardship, smart agriculture, and circular packaging. The ambitious goals, which build on the 2025 Global Sustainability Goals recently announced by the brewer’s parent company AB InBev, will guide and further Anheuser-Busch’s industry-leading sustainability efforts in the U.S. through 2025:
    -Renewable Electricity and Carbon Reduction: 100% of purchased electricity will come from renewable sources; and CO2 emissions across the value chain will be reduced by 25%
    -Water Stewardship: 100% of facilities will be engaged in water efficiency efforts; and 100% of communities in high stress areas will have measurably improved water availability and quality
    -Smart Agriculture: 100% of direct farmers will be highly skilled, connected and financially empowered
    -Circular Packaging: 100% of packaging will be made from majority recycled content or will be returnable

    Anheuser-Busch recognizes the huge opportunity it has to help protect the environment and inspire its partners to do the same. As beer is a natural product, a healthy environment is crucial to the brewing process. In fact, 98 percent of the primary ingredients used in the beers Anheuser-Busch proudly brews are grown in the U.S.

    “We take great pride in our sustainability efforts and our long history of striving to be good stewards of the environment. Now, we are challenging ourselves to do more,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “Our company has been around for 165 years, and these goals will ensure that we continue to make meaningful contributions toward building strong communities and a healthy environment for the next 165 years.”

    In conjunction with the announcement of the Goals, Budweiser today launched the 100% Renewable Electricity symbol, which will appear on its U.S. packaging beginning on Earth Day (4/22). The symbol celebrates that Anheuser-Busch, through its partnership with Enel Green Power, now secures 50 percent of its purchased electricity from wind power — more than the electricity used to brew Budweiser in the U.S. each year.

    This is just one of many examples of the progress Anheuser-Busch, together with its craft partners, has made toward building a better world:
    -The company’s 12 major breweries boast a 99.8 percent recycling rate
    -Over the past decade, Anheuser-Busch’s major breweries have reduced water usage by 46 percent —saving the equivalent of 73 billion 12oz servings of beer
    -Last year, Anheuser-Busch launched its Elevate platform through which the brewer is working with its 10 craft partners on sustainability efforts, including installing solar panels across their facilities, which will transition to 100 percent purchased renewable electricity by 2020
    -The brewer has also pioneered new barley varieties that produce high yields using 40 percent less water
    -To reduce the environmental impact of its supply chain, Anheuser-Busch last year committed to purchasing 40 Tesla electric powered trucks

    “This is a team effort — together with our wholesalers, suppliers, retailers, NGOs and government partners and more than 18,000 colleagues across the country — we’re committed to driving change, not just within our facilities, but in the broader communities where we live, work and play,” added Ingrid De Ryck, VP Procurement and Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch. “We firmly believe that investing in a more sustainable future not only brings us closer to realizing our dream of a better world, it moves our business forward.”
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
    14.05.2018   Canada: Beer remains Canada’s drink of choice but both domestic and import brands ...    ( )

    ... see volume decline last year

    The Canadian love affair with hops and barley continues, but more and more drinkers are opting for the grape, Statistics Canada announced in a report on May 9.

    And that’s not all — Canadians are falling head over heels for the apple too.

    While beer remained the drink of choice, wine and craft ciders sales grew. In fact, all alcoholic beverage sales were up 2.3 per cent from the previous year as of March 2017, the report stated.

    “Wine has become democratized or is somehow more open and inclusive,” said Nic Bird, assistant manager of Point Grey Liberty Wines store. “But at the same time, there still exists a level of sophistication.”

    Beer sales accounted for C$9 billion of C$23 billion in total alcoholic sales, which mirrored the previous year.

    But the volume of both Canadian and imported beers decreased, and in British Columbia the market share of total alcoholic sales was the lowest across the country, sitting at 34.4 per cent.

    Yet wine sales spiked almost four per cent, amounting to roughly C$7 billion. Canadian wine sales outpaced imported wine: The former rose by nearly 7 per cent, while the latter grew almost 2 per cent, the report stated.

    “Rosé sales are increasing by 50 per cent year after year. It is becoming huge,” Bird explained.

    Bird said perhaps it’s because rosé has become a cultural phenomenon. However, rosé accounted for fewer than 20 per cent of wine sales.

    But pop culture is more fixated on wine, Bird added, citing a number of sommelier shows on Netflix. In the past, wine bars would shut down after a year. Now, Bird said they now have an extended shelf life, which is a good indication of consumer behaviour.

    That wasn’t the case with barley brews: The report highlighted the volume of both Canadian and imported beer decreased from the previous year In fact, average beer sales — measured in volume — have been declining over the past decade.

    Craft beer is still a crowd-pleaser, said Adrienne Weeks, the manager at Steamworks Fine Wine and Spirits. But wine, spirits and craft ciders are a close second.

    In particular, ice wine and Canadian whisky are sought after, which Weeks attributed to the tourist season. At the national level, whisky was the most popular spirit sold and the report noted the volume of both Canadian and imported spirits rose slightly.

    But it’s the rise of locally-made craft ciders and coolers that are “huge,” Weeks added.

    “Our sales have gone up ridiculous amounts. They’re becoming more creative with all sorts of ciders,” she said, noting their top seller was lavender-infused.

    The amount of ciders, coolers and refreshment beverages marked an increase of 8.2 per cent from the previous year. The report stated it was a “small market share … with sustained and dynamic growth.”
    14.05.2018   EU: Carlsberg launches new alcohol-free beer Birell    ( )

    Carlsberg Group has launched a new alcohol-free beer brand called Birell, as the company seeks to capitalise on the growing taste for alcohol-free beverages from European consumers, reported on May 8.

    Birell was made available to consumers in Poland and Bulgaria on May 1 in two formats, Pilsner Lager and Belgian Wit, and the brand will be introduced into new markets in 2019, according to the company.

    Carlsberg says that drinks in the Birell range retain the same taste, mouthfeel and body of regular beer, and are free from artificial ingredients such as colourings and flavours.

    Figures provided by the company claim that the alcohol-free beer sector has grown 90% over the last decade, and Birell has been created to offer consumers who live an active lifestyle a new option, as the drink also contains fewer calories than regular beer.

    Shawn Gallegly, vice-president alcohol-free brews for Carlsberg said: “The alcohol-free category has seen huge growth in the last few years as consumers develop greater awareness of the food and drinks they purchase.

    “As a result, more people are opting for alcohol-free drinks, but they don’t want their choices to be limited to water or soft drinks. They are seeking a wider range of relevant and great tasting refreshment choices. That’s why we created an alcohol-free beer that is uncompromising on taste, quality and enjoyment alike.”

    “2017 was a very good year for our alcohol-free brands, and this year, without revealing the numbers, looks even more promising.

    “Bringing the Birell launch to the Carlsberg portfolio further adds to our focus on brewing for a better today and tomorrow. With Birell, it’s a positive approach on living more.

    “By giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy a great tasting alcohol-free beer, we aim to inspire consumers to fulfil their active lifestyles.”
    14.05.2018   South Korea: Whiskey maker Golden Blue signs exclusive deal to import and distribute ...    ( )

    ... Carlsberg’s lager products in Korea

    Whiskey maker Golden Blue will enter Korea’s imported beer market, a diversification by the Busan-based company known for trendy low-alcohol whiskeys such as Sappirus, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported on May 9.

    Golden Blue said on May 9 it signed an exclusive deal with Danish beer brand Carlsberg to import and distribute its lager products in Korea starting this month.

    “The beer industry is vital for Golden Blue to surge ahead as a comprehensive liquor company,” said Kim Dong-wook, CEO of Golden Blue in a statement. “Through Carlsberg, we plan on a diverse, young marketing strategy to develop Carlsberg into a representative European beer in Korea.”

    Golden Blue, which in 2009 launched whiskies with lower-than-average alcohol content, quickly became a top-tier player in Korea’s whiskey market, long dominated by imported brands.

    In 2017, Golden Blue signed an MOU with traditional liquor company Omy Nara to produce its own versions of Korean liquors.

    “Golden Blue wants to tackle Korea’s imported beer market, which has been showing continuous growth despite an overall decline in alcohol consumption nationwide,” the company said in a statement.
    14.05.2018   USA: US beer shipments forecast to decline by 1-3% this year    ( )

    The Beer Institute (BI) is forecasting U.S. beer shipments to decline between one and three percent in 2018, chief economist Michael Uhrich shared during the national trade association’s “State of the Industry” webinar on May 10.

    “We’ve been flat to down the last two years,” he said. “In 2018, I’m expecting the beer category’s total performance to fall between a range of down one and down three.”

    Uhrich admitted that the projection is “a pretty wide range,” but that’s due to “a lot of uncertainty” and headwinds facing the industry, including tariffs, increased input costs, “falling penetration rates” with new legal-drinking-age consumers between the ages of 21 and 25, and discounting by wine and liquor companies in off-premise retail accounts.

    Uhrich added that he isn’t expecting the U.S. to fall into a recession in the next two years. That’s an important prediction for beer executives because the industry typically gains about 0.25 basis points of share during a recession. However, that isn’t necessarily good for the industry, Uhrich added, noting beer typically loses about double the amount of share it gained in the years following a recession.

    According to Uhrich, inflation, which is projected to be about 2.2 percent this year, is negatively affecting beer companies as consumers may be less willing to spend. He added that the industry has likely already seen the benefits of falling unemployment rates.

    “We can’t expect continued decreases in unemployment to help us moving forward,” he said.

    However, the news wasn’t all bad. Uhrich said increases in the gross domestic product (GDP) and disposable incomes are likely to help businesses and consumers.

    “Personal incomes are growing at about double the rate that they were last year, and that’s really great,” he said. “We’re hoping that will translate into more beer spending.”

    Recapping 2017, Uhrich said beer once again lost market share to wine and spirits. Although beer still holds the majority of the share of alcohol servings (49.7 percent) versus hard liquor (34.9 percent) and wine (15.4 percent), the category lost nearly 1 percent of share in 2017.

    “We peaked in share in the mid-90s at a little over 60 percent, and now beer has fallen to slightly below 50 percent of total alcohol servings,” Uhrich said. “According to my estimation, it’s actually the lowest share of the alcohol category that beer has ever had.”

    Uhrich attributed some of those declines to wine and liquor companies discounting their products off-premise.

    On the topic of discounting, Uhrich said price cuts, along with the move from 12-packs toward 15-packs, helped “economy” offerings become the only beer segment to improve its overall performance last year.

    According to Uhrich, total craft beer volumes (including those brands owned by larger companies like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors) grew 1.6 percent in 2017. He added that it was “the slowest growth rate craft has seen in the last 10 years” and that much of the growth came within brewpubs and taprooms, where sales grew 24.2 percent.

    “The own-premise channel accounts for one in 12 [craft] beers sold,” he said. “The remainder of craft sales actually declined last year.”

    Both the craft and import segments gained share last year — 0.4 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. Those gains came mostly from the “mainstream” beer segment, which lost about 1 share point in the U.S., Uhrich noted.

    Mexican imports, Uhrich added, continued to drive import volume growth. While the segment grew 3.2 percent last year, the growth slowed compared to recent years.

    Uhrich also said U.S. exports accounted for 3.7 percent of U.S. beer production in 2017.

    “I expect it to continue growing as export markets becomes a more important part of the business model for U.S. beer suppliers,” he said.

    Nevertheless, U.S. consumer spending on beer increased about 0.7 percent last year to about $119.3 billion. However, Uhrich said the growth rate has slowed from previous years and price increases by U.S. beer companies have met some resistance.

    Meanwhile, off-premise channels gained share from on-premise channels, Uhrich said, noting that the strongest off-premise retail sales growth in 2017 came within the grocery channel. Beer sales at U.S. convenience stores also grew.

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