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    23.06.2017   Südzucker increases result substantially in fiscal year just ended    ( Company news )

    Company news Südzucker AG confirms last fiscal year’s preliminary numbers released on 24 April 2017. Südzucker group consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016/17 (1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017) came in at EUR 6,476 (previous year: 6,387) million. The consolidated group operating result rose considerably to EUR 426 (previous year: 241) million during the same period. All segments contributed to the increase, but especially the sugar segment. Group consolidated net income climbed to EUR 312 (previous year: 181) million.

    Dividend proposal
    The executive and supervisory boards will recommend to shareholders at the annual general meeting on 20 July 2017 that a dividend of EUR 0.45 (previous year: 0.30) per share be paid for fiscal 2016/17. Based on 204.2 million shares in circulation, the total dividend distribution will be EUR 91.9 million. Last year the total distribution was EUR 61.3 million.

    Sugar segment revenues fall but operating result clearly positive
    The sugar segment’s revenues declined to EUR 2,776 (previous year: 2,855) million, due especially to lower quota sugar volumes, but also falling non-quota sugar volumes because of the weaker 2015 harvest. Rising sugar sales revenues over the course of the fiscal year more than offset the lower volumes starting the second half of the year.

    The operating result improved substantially, to EUR 72 (previous year: -79) million, driven mainly by higher quota sugar sales revenues. Moderately rising prices since the beginning of October 2015 initially impacted the result at the beginning of the fiscal year. In addition, spot market income continued to rise in an overall positive market environment during the remainder of the year. This factor has now been driving all markets higher since October 2016.

    Expanded cultivation area and better yields lead to higher sugar production levels
    A significantly expanded cultivation area and an above average beet yield led to a higher total beet volume of 28.6 (previous year: 23.7) million tonnes in 2016/17. Production performance was almost the same as the year prior and the average campaign duration for all factories was 107 (previous year: 89) days. Thanks to mild, dry weather, the campaign progressed mostly problem free at all factories right into the winter months. Dry weather did hamper sugar beet pulling at some locations, which adversely affected factory deliveries, but only at the very start of the campaign.

    The group’s total sugar production rose to 4.7 (previous year: 4.2) million tonnes, of which 4.4 (previous year: 3.8) million tonnes was sugar produced from beets and 0.23 (previous year: 0.43) million tonnes sugar refined from raw sugar cane.

    Special products segment's revenues and operating result higher
    The special products segment's revenues rose from EUR 1,791 to 1,819 million. The increase was driven in part by the startup of the wheat starch plant at the Zeitz site, but above all, steady volume growth, so that declining sales income, caused in part by currency exchange factors, could be more than offset. Depreciation of the British pound following the BREXIT vote had a particularly negative impact on a number of the segment’s companies.

    The operating result was up again, to EUR 184 (previous year: 171) million, even beating last year's exceptionally high number. The continued sales volume growth in almost all business units was higher than the adverse impact of the startup of the starch plant in Zeitz and declining sales income.

    CropEnergies segment reports also higher revenues and operating result
    The CropEnergies segment's revenues rose to EUR 726 (previous year: 658) million, driven mainly by higher bioethanol production volumes, as well as food and animal feed, as a result of the restart of the plant in Wilton. This more than offset the reduced trading volumes due to higher in-house production and lower ethanol sales revenues.

    The division’s operating result again improved considerably despite declining ethanol sales revenues, beating last year's unusually strong result and hitting a record of EUR 98 (previous year: 87) million. Key drivers were sharply higher production and sales volumes and declining net raw material and energy costs.

    Fruit segment benefits especially from higher sales revenues for fruit juice concentrates
    The fruit segment's revenues rose to EUR 1,155 (previous year: 1,083) million. This increase was driven by slightly higher volumes, and especially higher sales revenues for apple juice concentrates.

    The segment's operating result improved year over year, rising to EUR 72 (previous year: 62) million. This increase is due to higher sales revenues and margins, combined with volume growth in the fruit juice concentrates division. However, the positive impact of volume and sales revenue growth in the fruit preparations division was not enough to completely offset higher costs.

    Workforce expands slightly
    The number of persons employed by Südzucker Group as of 28 February 2017 was 16,908 (previous year: 16,486), up 2.6 percent from last year's record date. The special products segment's higher headcount was mostly attributable to the Freiberger and starch divisions. For example, over 200 new jobs were created at the British pizza factory in Westhoughton, as capacity utilization expanded. Campaign operations at the sugar factories and in parts of the special products segment, together with the seasonality of the fruit business, cause the size of the workforce to fluctuate over the course of the fiscal year.

    Südzucker named favorite food products sector employer
    In a survey titled "Deutschlands beste Arbeitgeber im Vergleich" [comparing Germany's best employers], conducted by the German news magazine FOCUS in cooperation with Statista GmbH and Kununu, Südzucker placed second in the "food and luxury items, animal feed and drugstore products, medical consumables" category. First place went to a company outside the food products sector. The evaluation considered the following parameters, among others: opinion of the company's own employees, opinion of other workers in the same sector and employer rating as captured by the kununu.com website.

    Outlook for the current 2017/18 fiscal year
    Südzucker is forecasting consolidated group revenues of EUR 6.7 to 7.0 billion (fiscal 2016/17: 6.5) for the current 2017/18 fiscal year (1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018). We expect the sugar and fruit segment’s revenues to increase moderately and the special products segment’s to rise slightly. Südzucker expects the CropEnergies segment's revenues to range between EUR 725 and 800 (fiscal 2016/17:726) million.

    Südzucker expects the operating result to rise further. It should come in at between EUR 425 to 500 (fiscal 2016/17: 426) million, driven mainly by better sugar segment results. After the records set in 2016/17, the company expects a significant retreat in both the special products and CropEnergies segments. Südzucker expects a year-over-year increase in the fruit segment.
    (Südzucker AG)
     
    23.06.2017   Symrise expands presence in British beverage market through acquisition of Cobell Limited    ( Company news )

    Company news - Cobell as number one supplier for juices in Great Britain ideally complements Symrise’s activities
    - Symrise to increase customer proximity in the British beverage market segment
    - Cobell and Symrise to become the leading single source for beverage ingredients and formulations

    Symrise AG will strengthen its position in the British market segment for beverages. The Company has signed an agreement to acquire Cobell Limited from the Managing Partners. Cobell, which was established in 1999, is the largest supplier of processed fruit and vegetable juices in Great Britain and a leading supplier across Europe. Cobell ideally complements the activities and will enhance Symrise’s local presence and customer proximity.

    "Knowhow meets innovation – this is the guiding principle of our acquisition of Cobell. The Group is firmly anchored in the British market and operates with extremely high customer orientation. It thus represents an ideal match for Symrise. In recent years, we have seen increased demand for innovative beverage solutions. Together with Cobell we prepare the ground for accelerated growth and expand our footprint. By combining Cobell’s impressive application and manufacturing capacities with our strong portfolio of natural flavors and our joint technological knowhow we will become a driving force. In addition, we will significantly enhance our customer proximity and act as single source for beverage ingredients and formulations in Great Britain,” said Dirk Bennwitz, President Flavor Segment EAME.

    Symrise has been active for more than five decades in Great Britain and is a highly valued supplier to the Food and Beverage industry. After significantly growing the sweet and savory activities in the past, Symrise now aims to further drive growth in the British beverage market category which comprises annual sales potential of more than £ 100 million. Cobell’s state-of-the art manufacturing sites will play a decisive role in reducing lead times and make Symrise a partner that is even closer to its customers.

    Cobell runs a modern plant in Exeter covering the full production cycle from sourcing ingredients, developing customer-specific recipes to blending and packaging products on an aseptic basis. The product range comprises juices, purees, cordials, concentrates and alcoholic drinks. Cobell generated sales of about £ 50 million (€ 58 million) in 2016 and employs 56 people. Symrise will continue to run Cobell’s activities under the well-established Cobell brand.

    "We are delighted to have found a strong new owner for Cobell. Symrise shares the same mindset culturally and from a business perspective. Cobell will benefit from Symrise’s strong access to an impressive range of natural ingredients, as well as additional technologies, such as in taste modulation. Symrise on the other hand will be able to enhance its local supply chain and benefit from Cobell’s specialist sourcing and global supply base. Together we will be able to significantly increase our offering and differentiate ourselves in the market with tailor made solutions that fully respond to local consumer needs," said Nick Sprague, Chairman and founder of Cobell.

    Both parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the acquisition. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place at the beginning of July 2017.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    22.06.2017   Collaboration and innovation recognised as Amcor secures three awards in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...DuPont Packaging Awards 2017

    Amcor’s customer-focused approach and accomplishment in collaboration and innovation has been recognised three times over by the 2017 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

    The global packaging company received a gold award in the Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging categories for its Vento™ coffee packaging; silver for the 20-ounce Vitaminwater® bottle in the Responsible Packaging category; and – in partnership with Crown Holdings Inc. – a gold award for Peelfit™ in the Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging categories.

    “Our global expertise is regularly producing packaging that is more functional, appealing, and cost effective for our customers and their consumers, and more sustainable for the environment,” said Brian Carvill, Vice President of Research, Development and Advanced Engineering for Amcor’s Rigid Plastics business.

    Dr. Carvill said it was an honour to have three Amcor products recognised this year by the DuPont Awards.
    “These products reflect Amcor’s commitment to collaboration and innovation with our customers, and demonstrate the company’s deep knowledge of customer processing and supply chain needs,” he said.

    The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Vitaminwater bottle uses two Amcor innovations to improve performance, while weighing less than conventional hot-fill containers. The base of the bottle features Amcor’s PowerStrap™ technology to strengthen its structure and increase vacuum absorption during filling. The sidewall incorporates the company’s ActiveHinge™ technology to further improve rigidity. Besides reducing the weight of the package, these technologies also improve labelling efficiency and stacking strength.

    A second award was given for Vento, Amcor’s high-performance laminate for ground coffee and whole beans. The innovative packaging allows coffee producers to capture the flavour and aroma of freshly roasted coffee without the need for hard valves, extra machinery, and extra processing steps, explains Luca Zerbini, Vice President of Marketing, R&D and Sustainability for Amcor's Flexibles division in Europe.

    “Coffee roasters want to reduce the cost and complexity of packaging while increasing the speed of their operations,” said Mr. Zerbini. “The Vento degassing system is integrated into the laminate, provides more packaging design flexibility, runs on all coffee packing machines, and can increase the speed of the packaging process.”

    Vento maintains barrier integrity and product freshness, weighs less, and has a reduced carbon footprint compared to coffee packaging with hard valves. It removes the need to purchase and apply traditional valves, and allows coffee to be packed immediately after roasting with no additional equipment or steps.

    The third honoured product, Peelfit™ was developed by Crown Holdings Inc. using Amcor’s CanSeal Pro. Peelfit is designed for dry-food markets to address demands for greater convenience, reduced packaging weight, and increased product protection.

    “Peelfit is the result of work by Crown’s talented designers and engineers with our strategic packaging partner Amcor,” said Olivier Aubry, Business Development and Marketing Director, Crown Food Europe.

    Amcor’s CanSeal Pro is a revolutionary flexible membrane, which allows Peelfit™ to use less metal while maintaining performance and functionality. Sustainability benefits include the elimination of the rigid steel ring typically required in double seaming applications, making the container 16 percent lighter than conventional foil seam cans.

    The DuPont Awards for Packaging is an international, independently-judged competition that honors innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes throughout the entire packaging value chain. The judging panel evaluated more than 140 entries from 24 countries.

    Amcor has won DuPont Awards for a number of packaging solutions in recent years, including Formpack® Ultra, cold form blister packaging for the pharmaceutical industry, and a PET bottle for Method Products which contains 100-percent post-consumer recycled PET resin.
    (Amcor Limited)
     
    21.06.2017   UK: Carlsberg UK releases this year's Crafted portfolio and handbook    ( E-malt.com )

    Carlsberg UK has released this year’s Crafted portfolio and handbook featuring a new selection of craft beers including ‘Your beer, here?’ winner, Toast Ale, The Drinks Business reported on June 5.

    This year, Carlsberg UK has worked with beer writer Pete Brown to create its craft beer offering and accompanying handbook, Crafted. It boasts 65 beers and ciders, including five new draught beers and 12 new packaged world, craft and speciality beers.

    Toast Ale, launched in January 2016 on Channel 4’s Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty’s Friday Night Feast, uses unsold bread from bakeries and sandwich makers to brew beer. The UK’s first ‘bread to beer’ ale, it replaces a third of the barley used in the traditional beer production process with bread, while all profits are given to Feedback, a charity that aims to eradicate food waste. Toast Ale was awarded a ‘special commendation’ in last year’s Green Awards, impressing the judges with its striking business concept that highlights the importance of recycling.

    ‘Your beer, here?’ was launched by Carlsberg UK in February to give craft brewers and importers the opportunity to have one of their brews listed in Crafted 2017. This in turn made the winning beer available to be stocked in thousands of pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK for a year.

    Rob Wilson of Toast Ale, commented: “We are thrilled to have won Carlsberg UK’s first Your beer, here? competition. Although we are a relatively young company, we are ambitious and see this as a fantastic chance to share our brew and message with an established and wide network of national contacts.

    “Although we have formed a strong and loyal customer base in the off-trade, we hope our new partnership with Carlsberg UK will create an opportunity for us to conquer the on-trade”.

    Crafted 2017 also includes beers from Brooklyn Brewery following its partnership with Carlsberg UK. In addition to Brooklyn’s Lager and East India Pale Ale, Crafted features four new beers (American Ale, Sorachi Ale, ½ Ale, and Scorcher IPA) in packaged and draught formats.

    Adrian Rigby, marketing manager for Crafted at Carlsberg UK, commented: “We are incredibly excited about the fantastic range of craft beers that make up this year’s Crafted portfolio. We are committed to developing and growing the craft beer category, which has seen huge growth in popularity over recent years.

    “Through significant investment and innovation, Carlsberg UK has successfully attracted new drinkers to the broader beer category.”

    “We couldn’t be happier that Toast Ale is the winner of our Your beer, here? competition. It’s a unique beer that embodies and reflects our values and ambition at Carlsberg UK”.
     
    20.06.2017   GEBO CERMEX TO ANSWER NEEDS OF SMART BEVERAGE FACTORIES AT DRINKTEC    ( Company news )

    Company news Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, will showcase a range of innovative material handling solutions at Drinktec 2017 (stand A6.330), including the latest developments in automation and connectivity to help secure greater performance from bottling lines in evolving and demanding markets.

    Ludovic Tanchou, Vice President Strategy, Products and Innovation at Gebo Cermex, said – “Producers operating in the beverage market need performance across their supply chains which delivers in several areas: reliability and predictability, flexibility and agility, low total costs, product and brand quality, low resource use and environmental impact. At Drinktec we will be demonstrating how Gebo Cermex can help customers secure performance over time via future-proof solutions and market-tailored innovations.”

    Among the latest developments on show at Drinktec (11-15 September) are:
    - AQ Flex® - a breakthrough universal all-in-one conveying solution which delivers unprecedented packaging line performance, unrivalled output speed and unique agility.
    - EvoFilm™ - a robust, high speed, flexible modular shrink-wrapping solution. It meets today’s sustainability and energy-saving challenges, while ensuring product integrity and finished pack quality.
    - The cobotic version of FlexiLoad™ - a magazine loading solution that ensures automatic, flexible and safe corrugated magazine feeding on any case packer and erector, to reduce the source of musculoskeletal disorders while allowing natural interactions between the fenceless machine and the operators.
    - Cobots on Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) - cobots add high precision and cost-effectiveness to simple and repetitive tasks, thus increasing the added value operators can bring. By making them “mobile” - implementing them on AGVs - their efficiency will be spread across the line.
    - EIT™ - the Efficiency Improvement Tool that uses comprehensive line monitoring to accurately detect the causes of unplanned stoppages and help increase operators’ responsiveness.
    - OptiFeed™ - a new crown and cap feeder which optimizes cap/crown availability at the capper through its unrivalled efficiency, in addition to ensuring the quality of the caps and their compliance with the relevant specifications.

    Tanchou continues – “The packaging industry is looking to find new ways to realize the potential of the fourth industrial revolution by creating a digital factory that can increase performance while reducing non-productive sequences and keep costs to a minimum. As part of our award-winning Sidel Group Agility 4.0™ programme, we will show how manufacturers can achieve this and meet consumer demands for more customized products, shifting from mass production to mass customization and gaining the many benefits of Industry 4.0, without compromising on key performance criteria such as overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), total cost of ownership (TCO) and sustainability.”
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    19.06.2017   Financial statements 2016/2017: Nordzucker ready for challenges of the market    ( Company news )

    Company news Earnings improved significantly / Financial position further strengthened / Continued growth expected

    Photo: Axel Aumüller(Chief Operating Officer ), Hartwig Fuchs(Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer), Dr. Michael Noth(Chief Financial Officer ), Dr. Lars Gorissen(Chief Agricultural Officer)

    ·Net income improves considerably to EUR 99 million
    ·Revenues up by 6 per cent to EUR 1,708 million
    ·Equity ratio increases further to 65 per cent
    ·Dividend proposal of EUR 1.10 per share

    Significant increase on the previous year: Nordzucker closed the 2016/2017 financial year with net income of EUR 99 million. Increased sales and improved prices for sugar were contributing factors. Cost savings from the efficiency programme also had a positive impact once again. The sugar producer expects earnings to at least be at the same level again in the coming financial year.

    Nordzucker generated consolidated revenues of EUR 1,708 million in the 2016/2017 financial year (reporting date: 28 February), 6 per cent higher than in the previous year (EUR 1,607 million). The operating result (EBIT) came to EUR 131 million (previous year: EUR 16 million) and consolidated net income improved considerably year on year to EUR 99 million (previous year: EUR 15 million).

    As expected, the overall earnings position is significantly better than in the previous year. The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board of Nordzucker AG will propose a dividend of EUR 1.10 per share (previous year: EUR 0.10) to the Annual General Assembly. Speaking at the press conference on the financial statements in Braunschweig, CEO Hartwig Fuchs said: “We’ve achieved a lot, even if we haven’t accomplished everything yet. Nordzucker shares can once again be described as an investment that pays off. And we are very pleased about this.”

    Nordzucker takes advantage of upturn in sugar market
    Global sugar consumption exceeded production in both the 2015/2016 and the current marketing year (each of which runs from 1 October to 30 September). This deficit has led to a fall in sugar stocks, causing sugar prices on the global market to increase significantly over the past year.

    EU market prices eventually rose as well. Nordzucker was able to benefit from this and increase its volumes sold as a result of successful sales activities.

    Recovery in animal feed
    Revenues from animal feed produced from beet were virtually unchanged overall. The difficult situation on the dairy market impacted on sugar beet pellets and cossettes in the first half of the financial year. The situation stabilized in the second half of the year, allowing prices and sales to recover.

    Sales of molasses were stable in terms of volume. However, cheap imports put pressure on prices. Molasses is used primarily in the yeast and alcohol industries as well as for animal feed.

    Bioethanol
    Prices of bioethanol fuel were subject to strong volatility in the past financial year. Since Nordzucker produces bioethanol exclusively from sugar beet, the company was able to respond flexibly to the prices.

    Efficiency programme on track
    The company continued to successfully optimize its processes throughout the Group in the past financial year. The programme is generating cost savings in all areas, with a focus on procurement and administration, for example. The FORCE efficiency programme has already led to cost savings of more than EUR 30 million over the last two years. The target is EUR 50 million.

    Solid capital resources for growth and investment
    Nordzucker has a stable net assets and financial position. Equity rose to EUR 1,375 million (previous year: EUR 1,278 million). The equity ratio also improved to 65 per cent (previous year: 63.5 per cent), which is well above the target figure of 30 per cent. The company remains debt-free, and its net capital investments went up significantly to EUR 308 million.

    Nordzucker continues to invest heavily, spending EUR 84 million in the past financial year. The capital expenditure was focused on areas that affect customers directly – such as service, quality, logistics and IT – as well as on further improving the plants’ performance and energy efficiency. Capital expenditure of EUR 87 million is planned for the current financial year.

    With its capital resources, Nordzucker is well prepared for further growth; even in the difficult market environment, the company can gain market share and take advantage of growth opportunities.

    Outlook: ready for a new era
    The end of the European sugar market regime in its current form in October 2017 will herald a sea change.

    CEO Hartwig Fuchs is looking to the future with optimism: “We need good ideas and courage. We have these, and we are certain that beet has a future and will remain competitive. Increased sugar yields and flexible growing conditions beyond 2017 will ensure a solid economic foundation for farms in the long term. Together with our growers, we have laid the groundwork for the future success in a free market.”

    Nordzucker is in an excellent position and will continue to systematically pursue its course of growth: “Demand in the EU is stagnating. We will play an active role in shaping consolidation within the European sugar market and seize opportunities on the global market – step by step and acting with good judgement,” says Fuchs, and emphasizes: “With sustainable production and a high level of service and quality, we can provide our European and international customers with genuine added value. We will take advantage of our specific export opportunities and open up international markets.”

    The changes in the market make it more difficult to predict future earnings. However, Nordzucker expects its overall earnings in the current financial year to be at least on a par with the previous year’s level.
    (Nordzucker AG)
     
    19.06.2017   Mild sweetness combined with the benefits of fiber    ( Company news )

    Company news Vitafoods 2017: Taiyo introduced new Sunfiber® varieties

    During Vitafoods, Taiyo presented new varieties of its all-natural, soluble dietary fiber Sunfiber®, which can now also be used as a sweetener. At the same time, the company showed solutions that contribute to balanced blood sugar levels. The sugar-like, mild taste profile of Sweet-Sunfiber® and Sunfiber®-Matcha honey, as well as their special technological properties, give end products a pleasant sweetness and texture. In addition, consumers benefit from the health-boosting advantages of the prebiotic fiber.

    The Sweet-Sunfiber® compound combines Sunfiber® with isomalto-oligosaccharide, a natural component of honey or sugar cane, which provides foods with a sugar-like sweetness profile. Due to its non-cariogenic properties, isomalto-oligosaccharide is tooth-friendly and convinces with a low glycemic index. It gets metabolized more slowly than normal sugar, which is why blood glucose levels rises less sharply too. This healthy alternative to conventional sugars helps to reduce blood sugar spikes and decrease the amount of insulin released in the body. Especially important for diabetic patients, a lower insulin reaction is also a prerequisite for effective weight management.

    In addition, the fiber in the functional compound has various prebiotic properties, promoting the growth of short-chain fatty acids in the colon, which, in the long-term helps to prevent nutrition-related diseases.

    The Sunfiber® range also offers optimized technological benefits. The ingredients are highly water soluble, stable at different pH levels and temperatures, and can therefore be used for a variety of applications, such as dairy and bakery products, meats and sausages, beverages, ice-creams and confectioneries.

    The bio-certified Sunfiber®-Matcha Honey convinces with an exciting mixture of sweetness and a refreshingly herbal green tea flavor. In addition, it is a healthy alternative to saccharose; Matcha is known for its antioxidant activity, whereas honey has antibacterial properties.

    Dr Stefan Siebrecht, Managing Director of Taiyo GmbH, comments: "Whether for health reasons or as a part of a diet, more and more consumers are reducing their sugar consumption. As a result, the demand for reduced sugar products or foods with alternative sweetening solutions is increasing. Taiyo recognizes these consumer demands and now offers sweet Sunfiber® varieties, functional ingredients that have a balanced sweet profile. At the same time, they provide well-tolerated dietary fibers and can be used in many applications."

    The Sunfiber® portfolio qualifies as an organic material, is non-GMO and a 100% gluten-free product. It is Kosher and Halal certified and perfectly suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
    (Taiyo GmbH)
     
    16.06.2017   Japan & Taiwan: Japan's largest craft brewer Yo-Ho Brewing enjoys strong sales in Taiwan    ( E-malt.com )

    Fresh off the success of a limited-time partnership with 7-Eleven in Taiwan, Japan's Yo-Ho Brewing plans to make its Yona Yona Ale and other signature beers available in all of the chain's convenience stores on the island. Permanently, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 4.

    It is also collaborating with a local craft brewer to create a beer just for Taiwan.

    Yo-Ho, Japan's largest craft brewer, enjoyed strong sales in Taiwan during last year's trial run. The success prompted the chain to ask Yo-Ho to supply beer to all 5,000 or so of the republic's 7-Elevens year-round. The brewer has decided to acquiesce to this request, perhaps by the end of this year.

    Other products in the range include Aooni India pale ale and Suiyoubi no Neko Belgian White.

    Masafumi Morita, in charge of brewing at Yo-Ho, explained the brewer's popularity in Taiwan. "In addition to a feeling of trust in made-in-Japan products," he said, "many [Taiwanese] buy our beers for the distinctive packaging."

    The company is also developing a special beer with Taihu Brewing, a Taiwanese craft brewer.

    One recipe under consideration calls for Japanese hops and yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit, as well as a native Taiwanese citrus called liu ding.

    "Japan-grown hops are rare in foreign countries," Morita said. "So it will be a good chance for us to promote Japanese craft beer."

    In Taiwan, craft beer accounts for less than 1% of all beer sales. But the popularity of these flavorful alternatives to corporate brews is spreading, mainly among young people, allowing more small brewers to take a crack at the market.

    It is a market in which one brand, Taiwan Beer, accounts for some 80% of all sales. "The current situation is similar to that in Japan a few years ago," Morita said. "That's when a huge number of Japanese began seeing craft beer as a fresh concept."

    Other small Japanese beer makers - such as Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, known for its Hitachino Nest Beer, and Niigata-based Echigo Beer - have started exporting their beverages to Taiwan.

    These brewers appear to be slaking a thirst for little-known Japanese beers.
     
    16.06.2017   Symrise Launches New Asia-Pacific Innovation and Technology Centre    ( Company news )

    Company news — Innovation-centric expansion to boost regional and local food manufacturing
    capabilities
    — To contribute to Singapore’s vision of becoming Asia’s regional food & nutrition hub

    Global leader in flavors and fragrances, Symrise AG, on 23 May 2017 unveiled its new Asia-
    Pacific Flavor Innovation and Technology Centre. It was officially opened by Dr Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. The Centre marks the completion of the company’s over 30 € million expansion of its regional headquarters in Singapore, which aims to boost local food manufacturing capabilities and to contribute to Singapore‘s vision of becoming Asia’s regional food & nutrition hub. Partners, customers and guests from around Asia attended the event.

    “Asia is fast becoming one of the main global sources of influence and inspiration for innovative food products. And major centres for business, lifestyle, technology, health and nutrition like Singapore will be at the heart of this megatrend“, said Dr Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, Chief Executive Officer of Symrise AG. “Similarly, Singapore will continue to be within the heart of our growth story and I believe the new research and innovation facilities will ignite greater collaboration, connectivity and creativity among industry stakeholders. That will further develop Singapore’s food research and manufacturing industry
    capabilities“. Based in the company’s new state-of-the-art regional HQ building, the centre houses several facilities that have been designed in accordance with Symrise’s R&D strategy which focuses on connecting megatrends, consumer needs, customer requirements, sustainability, innovation and cost efficiency.

    “Recognising that Asian consumer tastes are the future drivers of the global flavor industry, I am pleased to announce that Symrise will be the first major firm to base its Global Sensory and Consumer Insight function and teams in Asia,” added Mr Lionel Flutto, President, Flavor, Asia Pacific, Symrise. “This emphasises both, our commitment to Asia, and forming the foundation of our future innovations research, technology and development.”

    Helping local and regional firms decipher evolving Asian tastes
    The Flavor Innovation and Technology Centre is the latest Symrise initiative to help food manufacturing, FMCG, nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical companies gain insights into the tastes and preferences of Asia’s increasingly influential consumers. Research and technology capabilities will be applied to discover new flavor compounds, create new natural and sustainable products that meet the preferences and cultural requirements of Asian consumers and to demonstrate how these new products can be applied in shelf-stable manufactured foods. This research will be applied to develop both, food flavor innovation for customers in Asia, and also to support innovationdriven projects for key global customers.

    The intention is to evolve industry expertise within Symrise Asia Pacific to a level that will allow the creation of new technologies for Singapore and regional customers. With the launch of the new Centre, Symrise Asia Pacific will also be able to mirror the capabilities available at the company’s global headquarters in Germany, and accelerate the development of new products for Singapore companies
    looking to grow across Asia.

    Looking to the Future
    The next phase in the expansion and enhancement of Symrise regional operations here in Singapore will focus on the expansion and restructuring of Scent and Care (S&C) innovation, creation, oral care, life essentials and aroma molecules. The expansion will allow for the establishment of a new S&C Consumer Insights Centre. This centre will enable S&C to develop deeper market understanding, in order to create commercially effective branding campaigns, which is one of S&C’s core competencies.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    15.06.2017   Belgium: Belgian beer officially gains UNESCO World Heritage status    ( E-malt.com )

    Belgian beer is drinking to its recent success. The UNESCO representative in Brussels, Paolo Fontani, on May 19 gave to ministers having responsibility for culture in Belgium a certificate attesting to recognition of the production of Belgian beer. As a consequence, this is now considered to have UNESCO intangible cultural world heritage status, The Brussels Times reported.

    An official ceremony took place in the Brussels Town Hall. Present were Alda Greoli (of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation), Isabelle Weykmans (of the German-speaking community) and Sven Gatz (from the Flemish community).

    All participants stressed the strong collaboration upon this issue of these three Belgian communities. UNESCO made its official decision on November 30th last year.

    The nomination of Belgian beer had been launched two years ago, by the intervention of the German-speaking community. This thus avoided the long queue of applications, which the nomination would have stuck in if it had been introduced by Belgium as a nation.

    The Belgian request was backed up by the entire brewing sector: the Belgian Brewers association, professional brewers and tasters, and industry training institutions.

    Those who wrote the UNESCO application say that it is the unmatched diversity of the art of Belgian brewing and the intensity of the actual beer production that are vital. These “make it both an integral part of our daily life and all of our country's celebrations,” thus leading to this recognition, when compared to other beer-producing countries.

    The next major event for Belgian beer and Brussels will involve the opening of a so-called “Beer Temple” in the La Bourse building (the old Brussels Stock Exchange). The Alderman for Tourism, Philippe Close, emphasised that this is scheduled to take place in 2020.
     
    15.06.2017   Cambodia: Cambodia's Kingdom Breweries now contract-brewing for a dozen companies ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ...in Southeast Asia

    As the craft beer craze sweeps from West to East amid intensifying demand for diverse, flavorful beers, a microbrewery in Phnom Penh is positioning itself as one of the leading producers in the region, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 5.

    Kingdom Breweries, launched in 2010 alongside the Tonle Sap river in the Cambodian capital, has gone from producing own-brand craft beers for the domestic market and Bruntys cider for local brand Asia Pacific Cider to making around 30 beverages for a dozen companies in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and the Philippines that lack their own breweries.

    In Thailand, where strict rules block independent brewing, beer makers are increasingly looking to contract brewers to cope with expanding demand and to legitimize their operations.

    "Going to Kingdom allows us to bring beer and sell it legally," said Mike Roberts, founder of Outlaw Brewing, which launched in 2015 as a brewpub in Thailand's northeastern Loei province and recently contracted Kingdom to produce its American-style India Pale Ale.

    "A lot of us are getting busy, so we need to take the steps for volume, and brew at a proper brewery," said Roberts. He currently produces around 1,000 litres a month at his brewpub, but recently contracted Kingdom to make an additional 3,000 to 3,500 litres a month to cope with brisk demand.

    Kingdom recently ramped up total production to around 100,000 litres a month, about 50% of which is brewed for other companies, making it the leading craft beer producer in Southeast Asia, according to Lawrence Mackhoul, Kingdom Breweries CEO.

    "We want to be Southeast Asia's brew hub for quality beers," said Mackhoul, who is also an associate partner at Leopard Capital, a private equity firm that has a 55% stake in Kingdom and investments in Asia and Haiti. The remaining 45% is owned by a trio of Hong Kong-based private investors.

    In Cambodia, the company controls a negligible share of the beer market. But regionally, Kingdom has become the leading craft brewery, producing more than double the beer volume achieved by its main competitors in Hong Kong and Taiwan, Mackhoul told the Nikkei Asian Review.

    "For Southeast Asia, we are most likely contract brewing more than any other contract brewer," he said, estimating that there are about five contract craft brewers in the region. Mackhoul declined to reveal financial details about the company, but said it was "financially sound."

    The big shift in the company's operations comes as the craft beer revolution, which began in the U.S. and Europe about 30 years ago, gains ground in Asia. "Tastes are changing, people are more receptive to new flavors, to bolder tasting beers," said Mackhoul.

    Cambodia's beer and bar industries are showing signs of diversity with the arrival of brewpubs such as Hops Brewery, Botanico and Cerevisia Craft Brewhouse in Phnom Penh. But when Kingdom launched, the country's beer scene was uninspiring and dominated by huge breweries, reflecting none of the excitement around beer in places such as Singapore and Bangkok.

    Mackhoul said Kingdom was not trying to compete with mass-market beers such as Angkor, made by Cambrew, part of the Carlsberg group, and Anchor, brewed by Heineken Asia Pacific, formerly Asia Pacific Breweries, which also produces the Heineken and Tiger brands.

    But the big brewers' aggressive marketing and pricing strategies have made it difficult to win over the palates and purses of consumers used to paying 2,000 to 8,000 riel ($0.50 to $2) for a glass of beer. Kingdom's own-brand bottled beers, which include its flagship Kingdom Pilsner, a dark lager, and IPA brands, sell for around $3 or more.

    "The big guys will give the bar a contract to put their beers on tap," Mackhoul said. In return, the bars get sponsorship deals and other promotions. "They make it challenging to get into certain bars."

    Makkara Iv Thoun, owner of Barbados, a Phnom Penh bar popular with expatriates, said she stopped stocking Kingdom after buying a consignment about four years ago. Makkara said that "not enough customers asked for it," while locals "never drink it." However, she said awareness of Kingdom was low at the time, and its prices prohibitively expensive.

    Mackhoul said the company's entry into the Cambodian market may have been a little early, but its potential was stifled more by management woes than market forces. "The idea was there; we had a good product; the timing was perhaps a little bit early, but the biggest issues were management."

    In those early years, the company was being steered toward economy and standard products in a "deviation from our strategy," Mackhoul said.

    In 2014 Leopard put its stake in Kingdom up for sale as part of its investment strategy to exit funds after a certain period. The offer drew a few interested buyers, and the company came close to sealing the deal with one party that was given a period of exclusivity in which to make the purchase. "But they were not able to come up with the full amount of funding required for the buyout in the allotted time," said Mackhoul.

    After the deal fell through Kingdom decided to take the company off the market and overhaul its management. Leopard hired British brewmaster Ian Leigh, who had more than 30 years' experience at big breweries including Scottish & Newcastle and Carlsberg China. Leopard also installed Mackhoul as Kingdom CEO. He scrapped the low and mid-range products, and turned the company's focus back to the premium segment.

    With an established factory kitted out with top-of-the-range German equipment, a seasoned brewer, and a booming industry, offers soon began flooding in for contract brewing.

    Brian Bartusch, co-founder of Bangkok's largest craft beer importer, Beervana, said Asia's beer industry is "very young and fresh, but far from its infancy," with Kingdom in a key position to capitalize on this growth if it can continue to produce high quality beers at reasonable prices.

    Bartusch said Kingdom must also be open to "more experimental recipes beyond classic lagers," adding that, "a flexible brew house, qualified labor, easy shipping and [the liberal] tax and export restrictions of Cambodia are all factors" for success.

    In the last couple of years, Kingdom has been pushing its own beer in Australia and Europe, with the U.K. now its biggest market after Cambodia. About 90% of the beer Kingdom produces is exported.

    While there are still plans to crack more of Asia, entering new markets depends on finding good distributors and executing good marketing campaigns. "There is still a long way to go and a huge untapped market, further afield and in the small shops and rural areas where the cost of craft beer is still very prohibitive," Mackhoul said.

    Most importantly, the company needs to find a partner that "believes in the brand," he said.
     
    15.06.2017   Canada: Brewers lobby group Beer Canada upset about new taxing ways    ( E-malt.com )

    Beer Canada, the brewers lobby group that styles itself as “the national voice of beer,” is not happy with the federal government and its taxing ways, Maclean’s reported on June 8.

    In its recent 2017 budget, Ottawa hiked excise taxes on beer, wine and spirits by two per cent. No big deal there. Canadians are used to sin tax hikes at budget time. What’s new is that the federal Liberals have now given themselves the right to increase this tax every year by the rate of inflation—without the bother of having to include the future tax hikes in subsequent budgets.

    “We weren’t expecting this at all,” says Luke Harford, president of Beer Canada, of the permanently escalating tax. “It’s pretty cynical.”

    Nearly 50 per cent of the price of beer in Canada, on average, is tax: either federal or provincial excise and sales taxes, or provincial liquor board markups. It’s one of the highest overall beer tax rates in the world. And now Ottawa’s take is going up automatically every year on April 1. Forever.

    On a cash basis, the amounts involved appear modest. That two-per-cent increase is about 5 cents more per case of 24 beers. But Harford is quick to point out that due to the “tax on tax on tax” feature of beer pricing, the effective total government haul is doubled. Plus, it all adds up: Over the next five years, Ottawa projects it will raise an additional C$470 million from its inflation-adjusted alcohol excise tax hike.

    Unlike sales taxes, excise taxes are imposed at the manufacturer level. And inflation-indexing of such taxes have caused big problems in the past. A similar policy in the early 1980s led to widespread shut-downs in the Canadian distillery business during a period of high inflation, and hobbled the domestic spirits industry for decades.

    This time around, the beer industry is worried the ever-increasing tax will exacerbate headwinds already affecting their own market segment. “We’ve seen an 11 per cent decline in per capita beer consumption in Canada over the past ten years,” says Harford. “And taxes are a big part of that.” Wine consumption in particular has been growing strongly at beer’s expense. (Wine from Canadian-grown grapes is exempt from the federal excise tax.) And with competition from a legalized marijuana industry looming, brewers are getting nervous about their future share of Canadian’s relaxation budget.

    The entire alcohol industry has also latched on to the notion of parliamentary responsibility in making its case against the inflation escalator. Building in perpetual increases for excise taxes allows Ottawa to avoid public scrutiny in future budgets while reaping the reward of higher revenues. “Canadians will never again have a chance to talk about this tax increase,” says Harford. It’s a legitimate concern. To head off this possibility, Beer Canada has been lobbying federal senators of all parties to encourage them to exercise their new-found independence by rejecting the inflation adjustment aspect of the tax. A possible Senate v. House of Commons showdown over beer taxes could come later this month.

    Whatever happens, however, Canadian beer drinkers shouldn’t fool themselves into thinking this battle has anything to do with them, or how much they pay for beer.

    That’s because while the “national voice of beer” is leading the crusade against this particular inflationary beer tax, Beer Canada is also a longtime supporter of a larger and even more pernicious form of government-mandated beer price increases—what’s known as social reference pricing.

    In every province except Alberta, there exists a provincially mandated floor price for beer—based on a standard case of 24 bottles, inclusive of tax and deposit—that ranges from C$26.83 in Manitoba to C$45.58 in Prince Edward Island. These minimum prices are intended to protect Canadians from our own baser instincts; making beer expensive is supposed to prevent us from over-indulging on cheap suds. It’s a holdover from the Prohibition era that enjoys broad support from politicians, lobby groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving—and big beer companies.
    For the vast majority of Canadians who enjoy beer in a responsible manner, however, it’s a punitive and regressive policy.

    The beer industry happily backs social reference pricing because it avoids nasty price wars, reduces competition and keeps profits up. What’s more, Beer Canada thinks adjusting minimum beer prices annually to account for inflation is a great idea.

    A July 2015 report from Canada’s National Alcohol Strategy advisory committee—a document that features Harford’s name on the cover, by the way—specifically recommends that “social reference prices need to be updated annually to keep pace with inflation.” In fact, government-mandated minimum beer prices tend to rise even faster than inflation.

    In Ontario, for example, the minimum price for 24 bottles of beer was an even C$24 in 2008; today, it’s C$30.70. That’s an increase of 28 per cent over a time when the cumulative inflation rate has been less than 15 per cent. When it comes to making Canadians pay more for beer, the federal excise tax hasn’t a patch on minimum pricing policies.

    Asked about Beer Canada’s position on social reference pricing, Harford says, “we are not opposed to it. It’s a policy that governments use to encourage moderation.” Of course, you could say the same thing about excise taxes.

    To recap: the beer industry is upset over Ottawa’s inflation-adjusted tax hike of approximately 10 cents per case. But they’re “not opposed” to other government policies that raise the price of beer by much bigger amounts, and which already include annual inflation adjustments. Both measures force consumers to pay more for their beer. But only one improves beer industry profitability.
     
    15.06.2017   Germany & UK: Germany’s Radeberger Group entering the UK market    ( E-malt.com )

    Germany’s biggest brewer, the Radeberger Group, is entering the UK market with its best-selling Pilsner, which distributor Copestick Murray said had the potential to be “huge” in the UK market, the Drinks Business reported on June 6.

    Radeberger Pilsner was established in 1872 and is brewed by the Frankfurt-based Radeberger Group, Germany’s largest brewery, which has a 14.7% share in the German beer market and reported a total group turnover of around €2 billion in 2016.

    The beer brand is one of the top five Pilsners in the German market, but until now has not attempted to enter the competitive UK market, despite building “substantial” sales in the domestic market, the US, Canada, Europe and being in a total of 87 export markets. But its UK distributor Copestick Murray said it was the “perfect time” to launch the brand in the UK, and it was the “natural partner” to take it to the UK market. The German brewery group is owned by the Oetker Group, and is a sister company of Copestick’s parent company Henkell & Co, the Oetker Group’s sparkling wine, wine and spirits division.

    “As with wine, people are drinking less but better, so there is a trend of people trading up to a slightly more premium beer,” Copestick said. “This is a new beer [to the UK, but comes] with a massive heritage, so there is that immediate trust, and the best of both worlds.”

    The Pilsner was unveiled by Copestick Murray at the London Wine Fair last month ahead of its UK launch.

    Beer consumption in Germany has fallen from around 145 litres per capita in 1980 to around 105 litres per head in 2015, according to statistics database Statistica and the market is historically very fragmented. Despite the company’s size in Germany (it is the biggest brewery in Germany with an output of around 11.8 million hl in 2015), it ranked 23rd in the global beer market the Barth Report of global brewing 2015-16 (down from 21st the previous year), with a 0.6% share of the total global beer production, compared to AB InBev and SABMiller’s combined market share of 31.8%.

    But Copestick said the pilsner had the backing and potential to be “huge” in the UK, adding that the launch strategy and route-to-market for the beer in the UK would be slightly different to that of Copestick’s wine portfolio, which includes the ‘I heart wine’ brand, due to the fact that “beer has different rules”.

    “If you are starting a new wine brand, it is such a congested playing field it would be difficult to break through,” he noted. “In wine, with something like I heart, you would chose to go the multiple route, and therefore not the specialists, but beer can cross every channel if you price everything properly, so I see the same beer products in Tesco as I do in my local wine merchant or restaurant.”

    Copestick said it would be a case of managing the brand “properly”.

    “We are not excluding any players, but we will put a lot of emphasis on brand management and building the brand up. Because Radeberger is such a successful company, we are under no pressure to sell 200 million cases to justify our existence, their biggest concern is that we build the brand properly, make a slow start and build the brand the right way.”

    “But if we have success, they will back us all the way,” he added.

    There were, he said, a number of on-trade, premium and convenience retailers already interested in stocking the German pilsner, but it was also looking at the UK off-trade.

    “One thing that has helped Copestick Murray is that we are not classed as an agent anymore, more of a brand owner and direct supplier, so when it comes to Mionetto or Radeberger Pilsner, it is part of our company. In the same way that you would only go to Accolade Wine to get Mud House, you’d only come to us to get Mionetto, and Radeberger fits with that,” he said.

    Speaking about the wider company, Copestick said it had not ruled out further acquisition or expansion.

    “We have ambitious growth targets, and that might be by acquisition or just through organic growth,” he told db. “One thing we want to do is more in the on-trade and we have created an on-trade division with wines only available to the on-trade, such as Survivor, which we had before. But it is growing quickly. And we have gone into premium mixers (with the Indi botanical range) and spirits (with Wint Gin) and will be selling Radeburg Pilsner too which could be very big.”
     
    15.06.2017   Japan: Government move to protect small liquor shops could further damage Japan's beer market    ( E-malt.com )

    A move by a group of lawmakers to protect small neighborhood liquor shops could end up further drying out the beer market in Japan, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 2.

    The revised liquor tax law took effect on June 1, leading to higher beer prices at some major retailers and triggering much grumbling among beer lovers.

    One supermarket in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward raised the price of a six-pack of 350-milliliter cans of beer by 150 yen ($1.35).

    “The situation facing beer is a very severe one because sales stop suddenly when prices rise even by a few yen,” said the employee in charge of alcoholic beverages at the supermarket.

    An 80-year-old woman who buys three six-packs of beer a week said the law might force her to switch to the harder stuff.

    “I am searching for the cheapest beer by going to different supermarkets in the neighborhood,” she said. “I may cut back on beer and change to shochu.”

    The revised liquor tax law is designed to help small mom-and-pop retailers compete against large supermarkets and discount liquor shops that have attracted customers with lower prices.

    The revisions essentially ban sales of beer products at prices that are less than the costs involved in retailing them. Business operators that egregiously violate the law will not only be publicly named and fined, but some could also lose their liquor sales licenses.

    And to show it is not messing around, the National Tax Agency plans to establish a specialist post in July to monitor liquor sales in connection with the revised law.

    Major breweries have paid rebates to retailers to encourage them to sell their beer at discounted prices. Some breweries have already cut back on these rebates in light of the revised law.

    At the same time, ambiguities in the law have retailers scratching their heads over what would constitute an illegally low price.

    For example, personnel costs must be included in calculating the sales price. That calculation might be easy for neighborhood shops but not for major supermarkets with various sales corners.

    A group of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers bent on protecting neighborhood liquor shops pushed for the revisions. The bill was passed in May 2016, a few months before the Upper House election.

    Beer lovers may feel that they and their wallets are being unfairly targeted.

    The Anti-Monopoly Law already contains provisions that ban sales at prices below cost.

    Other retail sectors, such as grocers and electronic shops, face competitive pressure from major outlets that regularly offer large discounts. But those sectors have not received the same protection offered to neighborhood liquor shops.

    Some beer retailers have managed to offer low prices by engaging in normal business practices, such as finding new wholesalers or supply routes. But such efforts to lower prices could also end up being targeted by the revised law.

    The higher prices will do little to turn around the fortunes of the beer market.

    Sales have fallen for 12 straight years in the beer sector, which included real beer, low-malt “happoshu” and zero-malt third-category beer.
     
    15.06.2017   Japan: Japan's brewers racing to develop new uniquely flavoured beers ahead of changes in tax laws    ( E-malt.com )

    Japan’s craft beer makers and major brewers are racing to develop new uniquely flavored malt beverages to take advantage of pending changes in the nation’s tax law governing alcohol production, The Japan Times reported on June 9.

    The use of fruits, spices and other ingredients such as dried bonito will be allowed in beer production starting in April 2018, following a change under the liquor tax law defining of what constitutes an alcoholic beverage.

    Currently, beer ingredients are limited mainly to malt, hops, corn and rice. Beverages that include other materials are currently available, but they have to be labeled happoshu (quasi-beer).

    Under the new definition, products using newly permitted ingredients can be categorized as beer unless the proportion of the ingredient to the amount of malt exceeds 5 percent.

    Both regional craft beer makers, many of which are experienced at making unique products, and major brewers are moving to take advantage of the expanded definition, at a time when the domestic beer market has been slumping.

    After the deregulation, “Suiyoubi No Neko,” a beverage made by Yo-Ho Brewing Co. in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, using orange peel and coriander seeds will likely be reclassified as beer from happoshu.

    “Labeling has effects on sales and brand images,” Yo-Ho Brewing President Naoyuki Ide said, welcoming the upcoming change.

    Prices of products undergoing such reclassification are expected to remain almost unchanged, as many of these beverages use a lot of malt and will thus continue to be treated as beer in terms of taxation, industry sources said.

    Kirin Brewery Co. also believes that diversity in beer ingredients will be a boon for the industry.

    The company currently sells Daydream, a happoshu product using yuzu citrus fruit and sansho pepper.

    “We want to make beverages with interesting tastes from such ingredients as konbu kelp and dried shiitake mushroom that are used to make dashi broth,” said Tomohiro Tayama, master brewer at Kirin Brewery.

    The planned change in the definition of beer is aimed at encouraging new products using local specialties as a tool for revitalizing regional economies.

    “We want brewers to try to make beer offering a wide variety of tastes,” a Finance Ministry official said.
     
    15.06.2017   Pro Mach Strengthens Decorative Labeling Capabilities with Acquisition of P.E. Labellers    ( Company news )

    Company news Integrated packaging solutions leader Pro Mach, Inc. announced it has acquired global high-speed labeling solutions provider P.E. Labellers SpA. The addition of Italy-based P.E. Labellers expands Pro Mach’s capabilities to provide high-speed decorative labeling and integrated solutions worldwide. All global subsidiaries and management teams of P.E. Labellers join the Pro Mach team.

    P.E. Labellers has been a technology leader in automatic high-speed rotary and linear labeling equipment for more than 40 years and provides a wide range of innovative labelers and solutions for consumer and industrial packaged goods companies from more than 10 facilities worldwide. P.E. Labellers’ solutions are completely modular and include self-adhesive, hot melt, cold glue, roll-fed, and sleeve labeling technologies. Full modularity and a universal machine body give users flexibility to easily install and swap different labeling systems depending on need and production environment. P.E. Labellers’ innovative ADHESLEEVE technology, which uses pre-glued films, has received industry-wide acclaim for its reliability, efficiency, sanitary design, and overall environmental friendliness, as well as reduction of costs and downtime. P.E. Labellers has more than 10,000 rotary and linear labelers installed worldwide.

    “We’re pleased to welcome P.E. Labellers founder Bruno Negri and his global team to Pro Mach,” says Mark Anderson (photo), Pro Mach President and CEO. “With the addition of P.E. Labellers, Pro Mach now has a very complete labeling solutions portfolio for almost any customer. Along with our other industry leading brands NJM Packaging, Weiler Labeling Systems, Axon, EPI Labelers, and ID Technology we now have a full-range of primary, secondary, and tertiary labeling solutions for virtually any application, including high-speed production lines, custom packaging, e-commerce, and complex pharmaceutical requirements.”

    Bruno Negri, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of P.E. Labellers, along with Nicola Schinelli, Vice Chairman of P.E. Labellers, will continue to lead the P.E. Labellers team, spanning over 400 employees across the world.

    “Pro Mach and P.E. Labellers bring together a great deal of experience and success in complementary and diverse markets,” says Mr. Negri. “Together we have many outstanding opportunities to better serve our mutual customers and introduce new ones to some of the packaging industry’s most innovative solutions across the entire packaging line. We remain fully committed to providing the global marketplace with the best labeling technology and customer support and I firmly believe with Pro Mach we have the ideal partner to help us continue our tremendous growth. We share a common strategic vision for the long-term future and will be adding new facilities to help us continue our focus and commitment to actively improving our already exceptional quality and service. I very much look forward to continuing to lead the P.E. Labellers team as we enter the next chapter of our story.”

    Pro Mach has grown rapidly into a leading single-source provider of high-performance packaging lines and integrated solutions. It continues to add complementary packaging and processing machinery solutions and engineering services to advance its integrated systems capabilities worldwide. Since 2010, Pro Mach’s installed base of machinery solutions has more than doubled and sales outside of the United States have more than tripled. Pro Mach supports a global customer base with operations in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. With more than 30 equipment brands sold around the world, Pro Mach continues to look at opportunities in global markets to strengthen its position as the preferred supplier of complete high-performance packaging lines.

    “Many of our global customers want a single source provider of machinery solutions and integrated systems that will help them simplify line development, achieve optimum performance, reduce risks, and better manage costs,” says Barry Heiser, Pro Mach President, Global Filler and Integrated Solutions. “The core keystone systems that many of our high production customers want to integrate first are filling, capping, and labeling. The addition of P.E. Labellers advances our high-speed capabilities and helps us better serve these customers worldwide.”
    (Pro Mach Inc.)
     
    15.06.2017   USA: Molson Coors signs deal to import and distribute Heineken's Mexican Sol beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Molson Coors has tapped Heineken to ensure the Big Beer producer behind Miller Lite and Coors Light can participate in swelling American interest for Mexican-produced ales.

    On June 5, Molson Coors announced that it signed a 10-year import deal to allow it to import, market and distribute the Mexican-made Sol brand to the U.S. market beginning this fall. Sol, which is a brand that was established in 1899, is a pale lager with an ABV of 4.5% that has been part of Dutch brewer Heineken's U.S. portfolio since 2004. Heineken has owned the brand outright since 2010, when it paid $7.6 billion to buy a handful of Mexican beer assets including Dos Equis and Tecate.

    "Given the steady growth of the Mexican import segment in the US over the past few years, the addition of Sol represents a key addition to our portfolio," Molson Coors CEO and President Mark Hunter said in a statement.

    The deal will give Molson Coors access to a strong-performing Mexican beer import business that has benefited both Heineken and Corona and Modelo Especial maker Constellation Brands. Mexican-made beers have been strong sellers in recent years because they are easy to drink, much like many U.S.-made light lagers, but don't stir the same scorn that some beer drinkers have for domestic beer brands like Bud Light and Miller Lite. As a result, they've done a stellar job stealing market share. Industry tracker IWSR last week reported consumption of Mexican beer imports rose 6% in 2016, while the overall beer business declined.

    Until the deal with Heineken, Molson Coors had not yet participated in the Mexican import business, making it the only major Big Beer company to compete in the U.S. that didn't compete in the space. Market leader Anheuser-Busch InBev last year began to sell Estrella Jalisco to the U.S. market, a move that came after AB InBev sold some key Mexican beer import assets to Constellation Brands to win U.S. approval for a deal to buy Mexico's Grupo Modelo. That deal has helped Constellation Brands report the strongest beer growth among the "Big Four" brewers.

    Molson Coors says the Sol deal will benefit both brewers: it will combine Sol's existing brand equity with Molson's sales, marketing and distribution arms. Heineken, meanwhile, can focus more resources on the two fast-growing Mexican beers it has already placed a big bet on (Tecate and Dos Equis). Sol will continue to be brewed in Mexico. After the completion of the 10-year pact between the Big Beer companies, Heineken will have the rights to reacquire the import rights for Sol. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
     
    14.06.2017   drinktec 2017 breaking new ground in visitor services with Solution Directory and ...    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ... Innovation Guide - Innovations go directly to your smartphone

    drinktec 2017, the World's Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry, and the VDMA Association for Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery are offering two new digital services that are unique in this form: the Solution Directory and the Innovation Guide. Both online tools help the user to quickly find the exact solutions and new developments that they are looking for and are tailored to suit the industry's specific needs. That gives drinktec's exhibitors and visitors significant added value.

    What is it about?
    Plenty of visitors are familiar with the situation: You have a problem and are looking for a suitable solution. In many cases, your only alternative is to tediously go from one exhibitor's stand to the next. Conventional product directories don't get the desired results if visitors don't know which products to even consider. And if the problems or requirements are complex, only system solutions—not individual products—will do.

    When it comes to innovations, the situation is quite similar: Every visitor attending the fair looks for them, but in actual practice, they are difficult to identify in the trade-fair “jungle”—at least the ones that are tailored to application requirements and could be just what you're looking for. On top of that, many (potential) customers have their doubts when it comes to exhibitor announcements in flowery “marketing speak.”

    drinktec developed the new services based on these considerations as well as surveys and interviews with experts and customers (exhibitors and visitors). They are digital, mobile and immediately available. The Solution Directory and the Innovation Guide, which are linked to one another, will further improve networking between exhibitors and visitors.

    Solution Directory
    What are solutions?
    Together with the VDMA Association for Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery, drinktec defined approximately 50 solution criteria that exhibitors can select from. Examples include:
    - Switching products flexibly and easily
    - Processing and filling products with care (e,g. vitamin content)
    - Efficient, sustainable use of water
    - Conserving packaging materials
    - “Free of” ingredients (allergen free, gluten free, lactose free, GMO free, dairy free)

    How does the Solution Directory work?
    Exhibitors select the categories that apply to the solutions that they offer. They are then listed as a provider under the respective category both in the online catalog (Exhibitor Directory) and in the new Matchmaking tool. Those who want to quickly find exhibitors that are relevant to their needs can search the entire range of exhibits according to solutions.

    What are the advantages for exhibitors?
    - Having an entry in the Solution Directory ensures that your areas of expertise are visible in the respective category.
    - Visitors who are interested in the solutions in your portfolio will find you more easily.
    - More contacts and more potential customers at your stand.

    What are the advantages for visitors?
    - You find exhibitors who have solutions for your application sector more quickly.
    - You can contact the respective exhibitors directly.
    - The Solution Directory is also available to you after the fair is over.

    Innovation Guide
    What are innovations?
    Together with the VDMA Association for Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery and other industry representatives, drinktec identified corresponding criteria for innovations.
    - They are based on ideas, developments and/or inventions.
    - They facilitate improvements and/or new developments.
    - They may be related to products, techniques, processes, technologies, services or business models.
    - They are successful on the market and benefit the customer economically.
    - They take social trends into account and may offer the end consumer added value.

    How does the Innovation Guide work?
    The Innovation Guide is part of the drinktec App. It allows exhibitors to indicate what innovations they have available and are exhibiting at drinktec. The innovations of a given exhibitor are not visible to visitors until they enter the hall in question. This prevents information about the exhibitors' innovations from being released before the fair.

    What are the advantages for exhibitors?
    - The innovation entry can be linked to a sector, solution category or product category. This makes it possible to find specific exhibitors more quickly.
    - Exhibitors can market their innovations on a mobile device and contact interested customers directly at the fair.
    - Exhibitors have more contacts and more potential customers at their stands.
    - Exhibitors who have an entry in the Innovation Guide also get an “Innovation Icon” in the online catalog.
    - Exhibitors' innovations are only visible to visitors who have actually been in the respective hall at the fair.

    What are the advantages for visitors?
    Linking innovations to sectors, product categories and solution categories allows visitors to search for specific exhibitors that meet their needs before the fair even begins.
    - However, visitors do not find out which concrete innovations an exhibiting company has in its portfolio until they enter the hall in question. When they do, innovation entries are sent to their smartphones and they can experience the innovations directly at the stands.
    - Predefined innovation routes are visible on a virtual hall diagram before the fair begins, which makes its easier for visitors to plan their visit to the fair.
    - In the online catalog (Exhibitor Directory), an “Innovation Icon” appears next to the entries of exhibitors who have innovations on display at the fair.
    - Exclusively for drinktec visitors: Only those who attend drinktec are actually informed about innovations directly.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    14.06.2017   Scotch Whisky exports return to growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Optimistic outlook for Scotch, but uncertainties around Brexit

    Scotch exports increased last year by 4% to more than £4 billion, with the value of Single Malts exceeding £1bn for the first time. This success marks a return to growth for Scotch exports, following a few years of levelling off and small declines as a result of economic headwinds and political uncertainty in some markets.

    Last year, Scotch remained the biggest net contributor to the UK's balance of trade in goods. In 2016, without the impact of Scotch Whisky, the UK trade in goods deficit would have been 2.8% larger at almost £139bn. Scotch Whisky accounts for over a fifth of the UK's total food and drink exports.

    Scotch also continues to lead the way for the rest of Scotland's food and drink sector. The 'national drink' makes up 73% of total Scottish food and drink exports.

    The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has analysed the reasons for the resurgence of exports and the outlook for the future.

    While the industry is optimistic about renewed demand for Scotch, there are challenges as well as opportunities on the horizon, including the seismic changes that Brexit brings to an increasingly competitive global marketplace. The weakness of sterling, for example, had a significant impact on exports in the second half of last year. This short-term positive currency impact should be seen in the context of continuing uncertainties around Brexit in the longer term.

    Scotch Whisky exports - key facts
    -Up 4% in customs value on 2015 to £4,008,927,149 - worth £127 per second
    -Volume up almost 5% to more than 1.2 billion bottles - almost 39 bottles exported every second
    -Single Malt Scotch exports worth more than £1bn for the first time - up almost 12% to £1.02bn. This is the equivalent of 113m bottles shipped overseas
    -Scotch was directly exported to 182 countries, up from 174 - showing its truly global nature

    What categories of Scotch Whisky are growing?
    All categories of Scotch Whisky grew last year, but Bottled Blended Scotch Whisky is still by far the biggest. It accounted for 69% of all Scotch volumes and values exported in 2016. Bottled Blended Scotch has traditionally been the largest category of Scotch and last year value increased for the first time since 2012 by 1.4% to £2.75bn.

    Single Malt was a stand-out performer last year. With Single Malt exports growing at a faster rate than that of Scotch overall, market share is increasing. It now makes up just over a quarter of the total value of Scotch exports.

    Markets
    Scotch Whisky is popular across the globe and demand is from a diverse range of markets. In terms of regions, the European Union remains the top destination for exports, worth around £1.2bn of the total. North America is the second largest, taking exports worth more than £1bn, followed by Asia with shipments of £768m.

    The USA remains the number one market by value, growing 14% to reach £865m. Consumers are seeking out premium products and Single Malts benefited from such trends - value was up 22% to £267m.

    There was increased demand from a number of larger European markets, including Spain, the fourth biggest market, up almost 10% to £167m; Germany, the number five market, up 13% to £164m and Poland, up 19% to £63m. This reflects some improved economic performance and continued growing popularity of Scotch across parts of Europe.

    India is becoming increasingly significant with value of exports up almost 14% to £97m to make it the ninth biggest market for Scotch. But its full potential will not be realised until its 150% import tariff is reduced. The SWA is encouraging the UK Government to pursue a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), including measures to cut the tariff, with India as priority after Brexit. Exports to China increased 0.5% to £41m with the market continuing on an upward trend following some decline due to austerity and political decisions.

    We are also calling on the Government to secure existing EU trade deal benefits, such as the South Korea FTA and the Colombia/Peru agreement that have created a more level playing field for Scotch in those markets. Some £87m of Scotch was exported to Korea last year and Colombia grew 14% to £27m

    Outlook
    This is an uncertain time for all business with a UK General Election on 8 June and Brexit negotiations getting underway. While we expect demand for Scotch Whisky to grow in markets around the globe, we need support from governments at home and abroad. The industry's continued success cannot be taken for granted by government and policy makers.

    The Scotch Whisky industry was, for example, disappointed by the near 4% increase on spirits duty excise announced in the spring UK Budget and is calling for fairer treatment in future fiscal statements. The SWA would like to see an overhaul of the domestic excise system when the UK leaves the EU.

    The industry has set out five key objectives for Brexit:
    -As open a trade policy as possible, securing existing EU trade deal benefits and developing an ambitious agenda of new and refreshed FTAs.
    -Robust legal protection of Scotch Whisky in the UK, EU and global markets.
    -Business certainty and consistency by transposing EU single market legislation of relevance to Scotch Whisky into UK law.
    -Scoping out opportunities where a distinct UK approach could benefit domestic industry
    -A domestic tax and regulatory agenda that delivers a platform for international growth.

    Julie Hesketh-Laird, Scotch Whisky Association acting chief executive, said: "With Scotch Whisky exports returning to growth and rising to more than £4 billion, and Single Malts exceeding £1bn for the first time, we're feeling optimistic about the future. Demand is rising in mature markets, such as the USA, and newer markets, including China. This confidence is reflected in the number of new distilleries - 14 have been opened in the last few years and we know of about another 40 in at various stages of planning.

    "However, we have to be alert to the challenges, as well as the opportunities, of Brexit and political changes in the UK and across the globe. Industry success can't be taken for granted and we need both the UK and Scottish Governments to work in partnership with us to deliver a business environment - at home and overseas - that supports sustainable growth. At home, for example, we are calling for a 'sector deal' for Scotch as the new UK industrial strategy develops, recognising our economic significance to communities across the country. And we have clearly set out our objectives for Brexit to support jobs and growth in the industry in an increasingly competitive global market."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    13.06.2017   BRINGING SMART FACTORIES TO LIFE AT PROPAK ASIA 2017 - GEBO CERMEX PRESENTS ITS ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...AGILITY 4.0 PROGRAM

    As a key player in the Factory of the Future movement, Gebo Cermex - world leader in packaging line engineering and material handling - will be returning to ProPak Asia 2017, demonstrating the latest advanced performance systems and innovative solutions for the beverage, food, home and personal care markets.

    On booth BW01 (Hall 104) at Asia’s leading processing and packaging event that takes place 14 - 17 June in Bangkok, the company will be demonstrating its portfolio based on its Agility 4.0™ Advanced Production System program.
    Guido Ceresole, Zone VP SEAP for Gebo Cermex, comments “With our recently unveiled program, Agility 4.0™, we are bringing the 'Smart Factory' to life in order to create a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience driven by packaging mass customization and product diversity.”

    Encompassing 'Smart Machines', system and data intelligence, digital connectivity and powerful simulation tools, Agility 4.0™ is designed to enable producers to manufacture small production batches at cost levels typically associated with mass production, without compromising on key performance criteria such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and sustainability.
    A main focus for the ProPak Asia booth will be the leading role that Gebo Cermex plays in the implementation of cobots in packaging applications, helping make previous manual ancillary tasks fully automatic while enabling complete interactive human/machine relationships. These developments in collaborative robots - demonstrated by a cobot operating on the booth - provide reliability and, importantly, eliminate the potential for operators’ musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). As Gebo Cermex leads the packaging industry in the use of virtual reality, the booth will also offer a great immersive and interactive experience to visitors. The main purpose will be to demonstrate innovative ways of training operators and maintenance personnel, as well as providing an insight into how the future of packaging lines will look via an engaging tour of a production facility.

    Other innovative modules covered on the Gebo Cermex booth at ProPak Asia 2017, will include:
    • Connected machines that are easy to operate and manage across the whole organization via user-friendly design interfaces
    • EIT™ - the Efficiency Improvement Tool that uses comprehensive line monitoring to accurately detect the causes of unplanned stoppages and help increase operators’ responsiveness.
    • Remote video assistance, which - in the event of breakdown - uses video and audio technology with augmented reality to allow Gebo Cermex experts to view the line as if on-site, to secure a rapid recovery

    In Bangkok, Gebo Cermex will be presenting many new solutions developed to make Industry 4.0 opportunities a reality for packaging producers within the South East Asia Pacific region, in areas such as line design, services and asset optimization. Ceresole explains: “One of the key aspects of the Agility 4.0™ program is the ability to use high-precision simulation and modelling tools to allow customers to both visualize and forecast, so that they can make all the right decisions and thus keep their Operating Expenditure (OPEX) to an absolute minimum. At ProPak Asia this year, we will be showing how our approach – based on a unique integration business model – is able to ensure high performance, cost-effectiveness, high productivity and greater agility for packaging lines of today and tomorrow.”
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    13.06.2017   Trouble-free recycling: Nature MultiPack™ granted interim approval by the EPBP    ( Company news )

    Company news Following tests on the Nature MultiPack™ the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) has confirmed that it can be fully recycled.

    -European PET Bottle Platform tests Nature MultiPack™
    -Recyclability of adhesive dot bottles confirmed
    -Adhesive has no impact on rPET quality

    Following tests on the Nature MultiPack™ the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) has confirmed that it can be fully recycled. The adhesive specially developed and supplied by NMP Systems and KHS has thus been granted interim approval for further market tests in Europe until June 30, 2019. The adhesive on the unique Nature MultiPack™ packaging system has no adverse effect on the rPET. Further tests shall be run to enable permanent approval to be granted.

    As a form of packaging for PET bottles which does not require any visible secondary film packaging, Nature MultiPack™ attracted much attention during its presentation. The PET bottles are held together by dots of adhesive; there is thus no film obstructing the view of the bottle. In 2016 the system won the German Design Award for outstanding communication design and sustainable packing. Considerable savings in materials and practical handling distinguish the pack from all other existing packaging variants. With the interim approval granted by the EPBP an independent body has now also confirmed that in tests the specially developed adhesive for the dots of glue on the bottles has no negative impact on the quality of the recycled PET.

    The tests showed that the dots of adhesive are removed as intended by friction during the washing process. The adhesive is then separated from the PET flakes as it floats to the surface of the cleaning medium. EPBP’s interim approval is valid until June 30, 2019. Further tests which are to culminate in the issue of permanent approval will follow in the coming months.

    The EPBP is a voluntary, industry-related initiative which provides PET bottle design guidelines for recycling, among other information. It assesses new PET packaging systems and technologies as regards their effect on the recycling process and tests and certifies these according to strict guidelines.- It thus supports the European PET value chain with respect to economic and ecological sustainability.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    12.06.2017   Britvic PLC 2017 Interim results    ( Company news )

    Company news “A strong first half performance, confident of meeting market expectations for FY17”

    Group Financial Headlines:
    -Revenue increased 11.5% to £756.3m
    -Pre-exceptional EBITA* increased 6.7% to £73.6m
    -Organic revenue* increased 3.7% and organic pre-exceptional EBITA* increased 5.1%
    -Profit after tax decreased 4.9% to £38.6m, impacted by £5.8m of exceptional and other items
    -Adjusted earnings per share* increased 9.2% to 18.9p
    -Interim dividend per share of 7.2p, an increase of 2.9%

    Strategic highlights:
    -Strong revenue growth, with all business units in growth compared to last year
    -Organic pre-exceptional EBITA margin* increased 10bps
    -Successful management of cost inflation through disciplined revenue management and cost efficiency
    -Actions taken to deliver £5m overhead savings in FY17
    -Complementary bolt-on acquisition of Bela Ischia completed in Brazil, integration underway and on track to deliver R$10m of cost synergies
    -Building quality distribution of Fruit Shoot in the USA
    -Business Capability Programme, on track to deliver substantial cost benefits and commercial flexibility

    Simon Litherland (photo), Chief Executive Officer commented:
    “Britvic has delivered a strong first half performance driven by organic revenue growth in all our markets and successful management of input cost inflation. We have continued to make progress delivering our strategic priorities and have exciting commercial plans for the second half of the year. I am confident that we will deliver full year performance in line with market expectations.”
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    12.06.2017   Study shows effects of soda on appetite     ( Company news )

    Company news A recent study on the effects of carbonated drinks on human weight by Biology and Biochemistry professor Johnny Stiban (photo) indicates that carbonated beverages lead to increased food consumption in mammals, resulting in excessive weight gain in comparison to flat drinks.

    Stiban, who heads the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at Birzeit University and is the director of the MA program in Environmental Biology, said that the research was carried out with students Dureen Samandar Eweis and Fida’ Abed. The study was carried out on male rats in the university laboratories.

    The experiment, published in Obesity Research and Clinical Practice Journal, looked at the effects of carbon dioxide on the secretion of the hormone ghrelin in male rats and humans. Male rats were fed different categories of drinks and evaluated for over a year. Experiments were undertaken to evaluate the amount of ghrelin secreted with different beverage treatments.

    Rats that consumed carbonated beverages over a period of approximately one year gain weight at a faster rate than control rats given flat beverages or tap water, due to elevated levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin and a resulting greater food intake. The study showed an increase in liver lipid accumulation among rats treated with carbonated drinks as opposed to control rats treated with flat beverages or tap water.

    After doing the experiment on rats, 20 male students were tested for their ghrelin levels after ingesting different beverages, thereby proving the study’s results. “The result of the study implicates carbon dioxide gas in soft drinks as playing a major role in inducing weight gain and the onset of obesity via ghrelin release and stimulation of the hunger response in male mammals,” found the research.
    (Birzeit University)
     
    09.06.2017   Sale of brewing & brands business by Charles Wells Ltd to Marston's    ( Company news )

    Company news Charles Wells Ltd has on 18 May 2017 agreed terms to sell its brewery and brand sales interests to Marston’s PLC for a cash consideration of £55 million, plus working capital adjustments.

    The other Charles Wells assets – pubs in the UK and France, are not included in the sale.

    The Bedford brewery site is the home of leading ale brands Bombardier, Courage, and McEwan’s and the sale also includes the UK distribution rights for Kirin Lager, Estrella Damm, Erdinger and Founders and the exclusive global license of the Young’s brand. In addition, Cockburn & Campbell, the wine merchants, will also transfer. Charlie Wells and John Bull beers will remain part of Charles Wells Ltd. Employees at the brewery in production, national sales, and brands marketing will transfer to Marston’s.

    In the next couple of years Charles Wells will invest in a small new, Bedford based, brewery to supply beers to its pub customers in the UK and Europe, and brewing and supply agreements will be made with Marston’s for interim brewing and longer term exclusive pub distribution services. The Charles Wells pub estate will have the benefit of the wider beer and wine range available from Marston’s.

    The strategy of Charles Wells has been to develop specialty ale and lager brands and a high-quality pub estate which is either tenanted or managed according to location. Today’s announcement signals an exit from higher volume national sales in favour of a more local and smaller scale brewing future in Bedford. The key focus will become the expansion of the managed pub businesses in the UK and France through acquisition, alongside additional investment in the leased and tenanted estate.

    Justin Phillimore, Chief Executive of Charles Wells Ltd, commented: “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Marston’s to acquire our brewery and become a close trading partner. After a detailed review of our strategy we had decided to re-balance the company more towards retail investment and that meant finding a partner we could work with for the future. There are opportunities for both companies in this deal and we look forward to bringing them to life”

    Ralph Findlay, Chief Executive Officer of Marston’s PLC, commented: “Marston’s is delighted to have reached this agreement with Charles Wells and is absolutely committed to the future of brewing in Bedford. This agreement offers us opportunities to extend our trading area into new areas. The acquisition of the Charles Wells brewing business builds on Marston’s established brewing prowess and is a further step in our objective to develop the leading premium beer business in the UK market, something that Bedford’s Eagle Brewery will play an important part in.”
     
    08.06.2017   Z-ITALIA: POST EXHIBITION INTERPACK 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news On the occasion of the exhibition Interpack 2017 that took place in Düsseldorf (D) on April 2017, Z-Italia exhibited a rotary labelling machine Z-Adhesive and a reel labelling machine RollFed rotary Z-Roll.

    The adhesive labelling machine Z-Adhesive has an adhesive group, intentionally oversize, in order to guarantee a maximum precision during the application of the labels in the bottle.

    The adhesive labelling machine exhibited is equipped with the optic orientation with fiber in order to direct the logo in glass on the bottle.

    It is particularly interesting is the cutting group of the labels of the labelling machine RollFed which ensures a cut of over 200.000.000 labels without the replacement of the knives.

    In addition to the Z-Adhesive and Z-RollFed labelling machines, Z-Italia completes its series of labelling machines with the following models:
    - Z-ColdGlue: rotary labelling machines for partial cold glue paper labels
    - Z-HotMelt: rotary labelling machines for wrap around paper labels

    Z-Italia labelling machines series are ideal for glass and plastic bottles and cans with a speed from 5.000 to 60.000 bph.
    (Z-Italia srl)
     
    07.06.2017   THE NEW STEADYEDGE PET CONTAINER BASE BY SIDEL COMBINES CREATIVE ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE

    SteadyEDGE™ is a unique, patented base solution which offers Food, Home and Personal Care (FHPC) producers enhanced brand differentiation options together with maximum production efficiency.

    The use of PET is steadily gaining market share in FHPC markets traditionally dominated by HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) and PP (Polypropylene). In 2016, PET packages accounted for 29 billion units for Food, 7 billion units for Personal Care and 8 billion units for Home Care . These figures are expected to grow by an average of 3% for all three sectors until 2020. Within these highly competitive markets, Sidel's new SteadyEDGE base offers chances to accelerate the take-up of PET containers. Along with innovative and attractive PET package design variants it ensures stable and cost-efficient production.

    Creative and distinctive package
    With SteadyEDGE, brands will appear exactly as intended. The new base technology is designed to meet the challenge of producing flat, oval and rectangular containers in PET, which all require a specific production process that delivers the optimum material distribution of PET to achieve a top quality package. “It makes it possible to achieve premium-quality containers in PET, with sharper edges which have a radius as little as only 1mm, compared to a previous minimum of 2.5mm,” explains Pierrick Protais, Packaging Innovation Leader at Sidel. These sharper edges actually increase design freedom and facilitate the production of more elegant containers with bases which are less curved. Also, they open up particular marketing opportunities for containers with complex shapes and large labelling surfaces. The technology also ensures maximum container quality by way of accurate processing, optionally reinforced by a monitoring system of visual control of base movement on individual blowing stations.

    More stable package for optimum uptime
    The sharper edges possible on the package are used to effectively flatten and increase the 'standing ring' area of the base. “In this way the package is much more stable, preventing unwanted rocking and reducing the possibility of containers being knocked over," adds Protais. "The application of SteadyEDGE to any design can enhance the package's stability by as much as 35%.” This is beneficial on the supermarket shelf and also in the home, as well as improving reliability on the production line. As packages are far less likely to fall while they are being conveyed between various machines, this results in fewer costly stoppages and greatly improved uptime.

    Cost-efficient and sustainable production
    This innovative packaging solution optimises productivity and low total cost of ownership (TCO) while product quality and reliability are maintained to a high standard. Benefits include lightweighting possibilities of up to 10% through the improved material stretch on the base. A reduction in blowing pressure decreases energy consumption by up to 20% during production when limitation is linked to base design. The solution has been achieving higher output rates which are also up to 10% faster - from 1,800 bottles per hour per mould for flat containers with a standard base to 2,000 bottles per hour per mould with SteadyEDGE. Such greatly improved line performance typically contributes to a return on investment (ROI) in less than a single year.

    Smarter blowing and quick changeover
    The specific sharp base design is achieved using the new Sidel patented base mould system: the Base OverStroke System (BOSS). BOSS is a piston activated in the blowing phase to stroke the base. This mechanical element allows for the raising and lowering of the base during the bottle-forming process independent of the opening and closing of the two half-shells of the mould.

    BOSS provides flexible and versatile production with the option to implement quick mould changeovers and ensure maximum production uptime. A BOSS-to-BOSS changeover can be performed in just 3 minutes; BOSS-to-other can be performed in 11 minutes. Easy to implement and to retrofit, Sidel's new BOSS solution is fully compatible with Sidel Universal blowing machines. It is currently in use by customers in different parts of the world, with over 200 million containers already produced, and will shortly also be available for Sidel Matrix™ blowing machines.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    06.06.2017   UNITED CAPS to Open Manufacturing Facility in Malaysia    ( Company news )

    Company news UNITED CAPS, a global reference for the design of high performing plastic caps and closures, announced an investment in the development of manufacturing capabilities in Malaysia. The company will be building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to meet increasing customer demand in the region for its advanced caps and closures.

    “We are experiencing significant growth in Southeast Asia,” said Benoît Henckes, CEO. “In keeping with our ‘Close to You’ strategy, this expansion of manufacturing capabilities allows us to continue to capitalise on the dynamic growth opportunities in the region and better serve our local customers. Localising production of our pioneering closure technologies in the Southeast Asian marketplace is the next logical step in our business expansion.”

    UNITED CAPS conducted an extensive search and determined that property in the Kulim High Tech Park provided an optimum location for the new manufacturing facility, expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2018. “This investment will initially create more than 20 new jobs in the region,” Henckes added, “and enable the local production of about 300 million closures in the first year. We are excited about the opportunity to bring our advanced technology to the new facility, and also to support the local community with jobs and other opportunities.”
    (United Caps)
     
    02.06.2017   drinktec 2017: Highlights from the supporting program    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 drinktec, the “World's Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry”, has much to offer, not just in terms of the presentations by the exhibitors. The specialist supporting program explores the future of the sector, picks up on key current themes and offers exhibitors and visitors a great deal of real added value—all free of charge and right in the middle of the action at the show. Below is a preview of the conferences, forums, special exhibitions and networking platforms, competitions and awards to expect in this supporting program:

    Special Area New Beverage Concepts
    In Hall B1 and a part of Hall B2 drinktec 2017 is dedicating over 11,000 square meters of exhibition space to the section on raw materials, ingredients, agents and additives. Located in this environment is the Special Area on “New Beverage Concepts”. Here manufacturers present sweetening, coloration and aroma strategies as well as ingredients (fortification) and recipes. The Special Area New Beverage Concepts is directed at product and brand managers and marketing responsibles. Here they can try out the innovative ingredients and beverage concepts and look for new ideas from the flavor experts. This area is designed in an open and interactive way. The exhibitors´ booths are grouped around a “marketplace”, and the bar area in the middle ensures communication and exchange while also offering a tasting area for products.

    Innovation Flow Lounge
    The Innovation Flow Lounge, which was a big hit at its very first presentation at drinktec 2013, is a kind of discussion and information-exchange platform especially for visitors from the sales and marketing area (12,000 of them attended drinktec 2013). For drinktec 2017 the Special Area “New Beverage Concepts” and the Innovation Flow Lounge will share a common communication and bar area in Hall B1. Beverages manufacturers will be reporting on future themes from the sector in the field of product innovation, packaging and marketing. The themes scheduled for discussion in the Innovation Flow Lounge include:
    -Influencing the influencers—Use social networks for brand success
    -Augmented Reality—Sales support on new pathways
    -Digitally driven drinks—How digital transformation will change beverage markets
    -How to sell European beverages in Far East Asia
    -How national brands become globally successful

    Further exchange and networking opportunities are provided by a range of action modules, from the “Talking Table” to a “Speakers Corner”. The language of the lectures and for exchange is English.

    drinktec Forum
    For the fifth time, the drinktec Forum in Hall A2 will be an integral and important part of the supporting program.

    Independent experts from research and development will be providing answers and presenting groundbreaking ideas and practical solutions.

    The overall themes are:
    -Process technology for safe beverages
    -New raw materials
    -Industry 4.0
    -Batch size 1

    The themes and speakers are listed in detail at drinktec.com. The last day of the Forum is dedicated to the theme of milk. All the lectures in the Forum are included in the price of an entry ticket to drinktec, and simultaneous interpretation (German/English) is provided at all of them.

    5 o’ Clock Theme
    A special new highlight takes place each day of the fair, at the end of the day in the Forum: The 5 o’ Clock Theme. Here, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at 17:00, visitors can experience visionary keynote lectures on future scenarios. The speakers include some of the most innovative minds in the industry. Among them, for example, is the German trend researcher Sven Gábor Jánszky, Director of 2b AHEAD ThinkTank, speaking on “Rule Breaker—How people think whose ideas change the world”. Kishor Sridhar, bestselling author, management consultant and CEO of Verum Unternehmensentwicklung GmbH, will give a talk on the topic “One Step Ahead: Success is made by execution.” Furthermore: Sahar Hashemi, founder of the British coffee bar chain “Coffee Republic” and author of the book “Anyone can do it”.

    This is a great opportunity for drinktec visitors to gather fresh ideas for developing their own market and business strategies.

    water-technology@drinktec Symposium
    The water-technology@drinktec Symposium takes account of the increasing importance of water technology and water management for sustainable beverage production—a topic that has a strong focus at drinktec. The symposium features lectures, panel discussions and information about the subject of water on all days of the exhibition. Here trade fair visitors will find out more about innovative solutions, integrated concepts and practical examples for sustainable water management in the brewing, beverage and liquid food industry. Exhibitors, representatives from the manufacturing companies and experts from research and development will be giving the audience the benefit of their knowledge and expertise in short lectures and panel discussions. The symposium is organized by the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, the conceptual sponsor of drinktec.

    Beer highlights
    place2beer: place2beer is a new format, a conceptual development from the Brewers’ Meeting Point, which was introduced at drinktec 2013. In Hall B1, on around 500 square meters of exhibition space, the place2beer is a gathering place for brewers and all those who are involved in the world of beer.

    A place to experience, experiment and interact—with tastings of beer from all over the world, with lectures (e.g. on the themes of food and beer, packaging and branding), panel discussions and presentations by start-up companies. At the place2beer visitors can also try the next generation of “Orange Spirit”—a beer brewed by none other than the drinktec team!

    Home & Craft: In Hall C1, this new section of the exhibition, designed for craft and hobby brewers, showcases equipment, ingredients and trends. In short: Everything craft and hobby brewers need to brew beer. Lectures on techniques and raw materials round off this offering.

    European MicroBrew Symposium: This event specifically addresses brewpubs and craft breweries. It is held on September 11, in the Internationales Congress Center München (ICM). The topics covered there mainly deal with the technical and technological aspects of brewing craft beer. The organizer is VLB.

    PETnology Europe Technical Conference
    This conference takes place at the same time as drinktec, in the adjacent ICM, and focuses on topics along the entire value chain for PET technology. PET innovations and developments are presented and discussed in detail there. More than 30 international speakers from the suppliers’ and end-users’ sides will be delivering lectures on themes such as: Saving materials and energy; Technology and convenience for bottles and closures; Decoration of bottles and closures; Direct printing; and Recycling technology. The focus will be on the top trends of digitalization and the circular economy. The organizers is PETnology/tecPET GmbH.

    Championships, competitions and awards
    European Beer Star: One of the toughest competitions in the sector.

    The three best beers in 57 different categories will be selected. The audience tasting is held on September 12, the presentation of the awards on September 13, 2017.

    World Beverage Innovation Awards @ drinktec: Celebrating excellence and innovation across every category of the global beverage industry. The categories range from finished products and packaging to technology, marketing and sustainability. The award ceremony takes place on September 14, 2017.

    World Cup for Beer Sommeliers: Crowning the world´s best beer experts. The World Cup takes place ahead of drinktec, on September 10, 2017 at the exhibition center. The final six participants who have won through the international rounds, will be pitting their skills against each other in the final in front of a high-caliber jury.

    Events as part of SIMEI@drinktec
    SIMEI Knowledge & Innovation Area: The European viticulture association CEEV (Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins) will present the results of an initiative to establish new rules regarding the product environmental footprint (PEF) of wine products. The latest developments that pertain to bottle filling lines and food contact compliance rules will be presented and discussed by the Glass Experimental Center research team. The “Maremma—Land of Wine” project shows how wine producers can have themselves and their products certified by adopting an innovative approach.

    SIMEI Innovation Challenge: Launched by the Unione Italiana Vini (UIV), this challenge is aimed at promoting innovation and technological creativity in wine growing. On September 12, exhibitors in SIMEI@drinktec will be competing against each other with their state-of-the-art systems, products and machinery. The winners will be presented with the Lucio Mastroberardino Innovation Award.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    02.06.2017   ENGEL grows worldwide    ( Company news )

    Company news ENGEL continues to grow. The Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer, automation expert and systems supplier has increased its annual revenues for the third time in a row. The group of companies closed fiscal 2016/2017 at the end of March with sales of 1.36 billion euros, 8.6 percent up on the previ-ous year. It started the new business year 2017/2018 with a workforce of 5,900 – another new record.

    Photo: “Asia developed faster than average in fiscal 2016/2017,” says Dr Christoph Steger, Chief Sales Of-ficer of the ENGEL Group.

    “The markets in Asia have played a big role in the success of the ENGEL Group,” say the directors of ENGEL at the start of the Chinaplas 2017 trade fair, where ENGEL traditionally announces its annual results. “Asia grew faster than average in the last fiscal year, primarily due to China. On top of this, we are benefiting from the strong momentum in Southeast Asia,” says Chief Sales Officer Dr. Christoph Steger in Guangzhou. At the same time, growth in Europe continues unchecked and demand in North America increases further. The directors of the ENGEL Group expect further growth in the new business year, albeit at a somewhat lower level than in the recent past.

    Main growth driver: customised solutions
    ENGEL delivers both individual injection moulding machines as well as integrated turnkey solutions worldwide, the latter accounting more and more for incoming orders around the globe. “Customised solutions are currently our main driving force for growth,” says Steger. “Here, too, Asia, and China in particular, grow at above-average rates.” Apart from injection moulding machines, robots and other automation solutions, the system solutions tailor-made to meet the requirements of the respective applications include process technologies, periph-eral systems, moulds as well as software solutions for digitalisation and networking. ENGEL unlocks the potentials for efficiency and quality particularly well by adapting all components in the manufacturing cell to each other exactly right from the start, thereby strengthening the competitiveness of its customers.

    Increased industry expertise in America and Asia
    The development of customised injection moulding solutions necessitates not only especially deep technological know-how, but also an understanding of the particular industry, which ENGEL ensures with its business unit structure. At its headquarters in Austria, ENGEL main-tains separate teams dedicated wholly to the requirements of the automotive, technical moulding, teletronics, packaging and medical industries respectively.

    More than two years ago, ENGEL also started to entrench industry-specific know-how locally at its customers’. In a first step, unit managers were appointed in North America for the five business units, and at present ENGEL is introducing a business unit structure in Asia. “We will then also have industry know-how available to us for Asia at our site in Shanghai, thereby enabling us to grow our market position in the five business units further,” says Gero Willmeroth, Sales and Service President at ENGEL Machinery Shanghai. “This is an im-portant step in our efforts to strengthen our technological expertise here in Asia.” “The global trends in manufacturing and increasing process integration or Industry 4.0 mean that we work ever-more intensively with our customers over the complete lifecycle of the machines and manufacturing cells,” Christoph Steger underlines. “More and more, we are becoming part-ners in the endeavour of continuous process optimisation. We are implementing our new structures to meet the needs of this development.”

    Remote maintenance and condition-based predictive maintenance are just two of the possibil-ities leading to closer cooperation in after-sales. At Chinaplas, ENGEL presents both its estab-lished as well as new innovative smart service solutions. “Industry 4.0 is rapidly gaining im-portance here in China,” says Willmeroth. “The major international players have been tackling this issue for a long time and have first successes to show. Many other companies still find it difficult to deal with digitalisation and networking. This is where we see our role to support our customers with their very special problems to enable them to make full use of the fourth in-dustrial revolution and to accompany them on their road to becoming smart factories.” ENGEL has fully developed products that have proven themselves time and again around the world for all three parts of the smart factory – smart machine, smart production and smart service – thereby enabling it to fall back on vast experience in this field.

    Bigger service teams
    ENGEL is changing its organisational structure and hiring new staff worldwide not only in its sales department, but also in service. It appointed a service manager for Southeast Asia for the first time as of 1 April. Dave Lock comes from Great Britain, has lived in Thailand for five years and has a wealth of experience in production in both Asia as well as Central America and Europe to contribute to his new role. He will henceforth coordinate the service teams in the various countries of Southeast Asia and remain in constant contact with headquarters in Austria.

    ENGEL has realigned itself completely in Southeast Asia and established a regional hub in Bangkok to this end. “The new structure has already produced successes,” says Steger. “We have been able to strengthen our position in Southeast Asia further in the last months.” One important task of the hub is to supply customers with spare parts. The new spare-parts store started work in May. “We now have spare parts worth 8 million euros in stock on site in Southeast Asia,” says Steger. “We can deliver stock parts to the important industrial centres of the ASEAN region within 24 hours.” In the past, spare parts for Southeast Asia came main-ly from China. The new concept of a Free Trade Warehouse Zone (FTWZ) has eliminated trade barriers in operational business. In this way ENGEL will achieve significant time and cost benefits for its customers.

    100 million euros annually for extension of plants
    ENGEL is currently investing more than 100 million euros per year in the extension and mod-ernisation of its plants. One of its largest projects worldwide is the expansion of its headquar-ters in Schwertberg. Additional space of 10,000 square metres has been erected in the south-ern part of the premises. It includes offices, a childcare centre for the children of staff mem-bers and an even bigger and more modern apprenticeship workshop. In the next step, the production shop at the northern end of the factory site, built in 2013, will be expanded and a new customer technology centre built.

    At the same time, the two large-scale machine plants in St. Valentin and Shanghai will be en-larged. “Building work in Shanghai progressed well over the winter,” says Willmeroth. “We plan to inaugurate the new production hall together with our customers and partners in Sep-tember.” This is already the second major expansion since ENGEL Machinery Shanghai was established exactly 10 years ago. A new apprenticeship workshop has also been built in Shanghai as part of the expansion project. At present, 45 apprentices are training there as CNC, mechatronic and plastics technicians.

    Workforce to top 6,000 soon
    ENGEL is counteracting the increasing lack of skilled labour worldwide effectively by training young people in technical jobs. Around 180 young men and women are currently in appren-ticeships in the company’s Austrian plants. In addition to this, ENGEL trains its own upcoming stock of skilled workers in China, the Czech Republic and Germany and is increasing its in-volvement in the advanced education and training of graduates with a special international sales trainee programme.

    Towards the end of fiscal 2016/2017, ENGEL employed more than 5,900 personnel world-wide, more than ever before in the company’s history. The workforce has grown by 10 per-cent on average over the last three years. “We will pass the 6,000 mark in the first quarter of the new business year,” Christoph Steger announces. ENGEL is increasing its workforce to meet the needs from growing sales and changing requirements in the plastics industry. “In-dustry 4.0 means we will need more highly qualified personnel in future,” said Steger.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    02.06.2017   Sinalco now delivering to retailers in Greece    ( Company news )

    Company news Until now consumers in Greece could only refresh themselves with a cool Sinalco in one of the many hotels on the Aegean Islands. But from this month the Cult soda is available throughout the country.

    The Georgos Marvrikos distillery began producing Sinalco drinks as bag-in-box concentrates for hotels and restaurants in 2006. The brand is now a firm favourite in major hotel chains on the Greek islands. And it is fitting that the cult thirst-quencher is most popular where people from all over the world are at home on holiday. What could be better than an ice-cold Sinalco by the pool or on the beach?
    Because the brand has been so well received, distribution has been expanded to country. This required a major investment: building a bottling plant for PET bottles on Rhodes.

    The new factory has been built with expansion in mind. The launch – on time for the 2017 tourist season – is being made with Sinalco Cola, Sinalco Orange and Sinalco Lemon. These three classic varieties can be enjoyed in 0.5 litre bottles for quick refreshment, or 1.5 litre bottles to take home.
    The first extensions to the range have already been decided. Calorie-aware Greek consumers will soon discover sugar-free Zero varieties of Sinalco Cola, Sinalco Orange and Sinalco Lemon on the shelves next to their classic cousins.

    “Mr. Mavrikos has fulfilled a dream by building his own Sinalco factory,” says Mongi Goundi, Managing Director of Sinalco International Brands. “The first step was reached in 2006, when his company became a Sinalco partner and invested in machinery required to produce bag-in-box concentrates. Now Mr. Mavrikos has taken the next step and is launching Sinalco throughout Greece.”

    Negotiations with major retailers are well underway and the first listings have already been agreed. Tastings are being organised throughout the country to introduce consumers to Sinalco. The launch is being supported primarily by various point-of-sale activities to help draw attention to Sinalco where it is being sold.

    “We are very happy that we are well prepared in time for the summer season,” explains Mongi Goundi. “Greece is an important market with demanding and discerning consumers. We aim that our high quality and great flavour will convince them.”
    (Sinalco International GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    01.06.2017   Adestor Metal HG WS for Glossier Self-Adhesive Labels    ( Company news )

    Company news New wet-strength high gloss metallized facestock.

    Adestor Metal HG WS is a high gloss metallized self-adhesive facestock with wet strength properties. It has been designed for high-end labelling applications such as cava, champagne, wine, beer and liqueurs, decorative labels and labels for luxury cosmetics and perfume brands.​

    Lecta's new grade has been developed to be the ideal partner for labelling refrigerated bottles for coolers as well as recoverable containers. Adestor Metal HG WS ensures the label will be in tip-top condition protecting the image of the final product in all its applications.

    It is suitable for printing in conventional offset, UV offse​t, flexo (solvent, UV, water) and letterpress (solvent and UV).

    All Adestor products are manufactured under ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards and ISO 50001 energy efficiency, ISO 9001 quality and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. They are also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certification upon request.
    (LECTA)
     
    01.06.2017   Global leading competence for well grounded health ingredients    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

    A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in 2016 verified that Glavonoid™ can also increase skeletal muscle mass in humans in combination with exercise. During the study, male American Football athletes ingested 300 mg Glavonoid™ per day over 8 weeks of training. Ultrasound imaging analysis revealed that the muscle thickness of the anterior thighs and anterior brachial regions in the Glavonoid™ group were both significantly increased by 2.5% at week 8 in comparison to baseline. There was no such increase in the placebo group. Abdominal muscle thickness increased in both groups, but the increase was 1.8 times greater in the Glavonoid group than in the placebo group (p<0.05). It can therefore be seen that Glavonoid™ is ideal for inclusion in products aimed at the sports and fitness market.
    (Kaneka Pharma Europe N.V.)
     
    31.05.2017   GEBO CERMEX WINS BEST MODULAR MACHINE AWARD AT INTERPACK    ( Company news )

    Company news Following a global launch at Interpack 2017, Gebo Cermex has announced that its CareSelect™ bottle infeed system has won the ‘Modular Machines’ category of the ‘Best Future Machine Award’ sponsored by Rockwell Automation.

    CareSelect™ is a patented universal and modular shaped-bottle infeed and collating system for robotic or traditional case packers, powered by Rockwell Automation’s iTRAK® technology.

    Commenting on winning the category, one of five in the Best Future Machine Award’s scheme, Marc Aury, President & Managing Director of Gebo Cermex, said, “We are naturally delighted to receive this global recognition by a jury comprising some of the world’s leading brands. This demonstrates we are rightfully placing our emphasis where it matters most: to bring Smart Factories to life, to create a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience driven by packaging mass customization and product diversity.”

    CareSelect™ is capable of achieving speeds of up to 400 products per minute depending on package size, shape and weight, easily surpassing traditional ‘endless screw’ collation systems in terms of bottle integrity and protection. The system delivers shaped bottles to the packing machine with precision and care in the correct orientation and pitch, turning each bottle 90°. Even unstable shaped products are smoothly and individually handled via independent movers. To eliminate contact between products, flow is managed without accumulation at the infeed and ‘friction time’ between the bottle and the system - when the bottles come into contact with machine parts - is dramatically reduced (by at least 20 times) compared to traditional infeed systems. It also offers fully automatic changeovers in less than one minute, with no need for mechanical adjustments.

    Didier Saussereau, Product Manager at Gebo Cermex, said – “We have received an excellent response at Interpack to the “Smart Machine” concept that we are demonstrating on our booth. CareSelect™ is part of Gebo Cermex’s Agility 4.0™ program, which is already helping producers achieve the benefits of Industry 4.0, by making packaging manufacturing plants more connected, flexible and responsive. This award demonstrates that we have a role to play in the Industry 4.0 movement and we look forward to continuing to contribute to this journey.”
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    31.05.2017   GLASS PACK – THE NEW FAIR FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE GLASS CONTAINER INDUSTRY...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... OPENS AT FIERA PORDENONE

    The first trade fair dedicated to the safest, most eco­friendly and highest quality food and beverage glass packaging (from fruit and vegetable preserves to wines, beers and fruit juices) will open in Pordenone for sector associations, leading glass producers, accessory makers, specialist service suppliers, and designers. A significant presence will be major users of glass packaging, such as Valbona preserves, Cielo e Terra (with an annual Freschello wine production of ten million bottles), and the ever growing global producers of prosecco and “Made in Italy” beers.

    GLASS PACK, the newest trade fair dedicated to glass packaging opens at Pordenone Fiera on 8 June with forty exhibitors and a rich conference program. GLASS PACK is the first fair in Europe dedicated to this complex sector that ranges from the conceptualization and design of the containers (jars, customized packaging and bottles of every shape and size), through production, use, and eventual recycling – historically, glass has led the way in the consumer world to today’s circular
    economy.

    Organised by Smartenergy in collaboration with Pordenone Fairs, GLASS PACK brings
    together a “fundamental component” of the crucial “Made in Italy” field: food and drink.

    The preserves, extra virgin olive oil, wine, vinegar, beer, mineral waters, liqueurs that are exported all over the world would be inconceivable without a glass container to protect and present them as examples of excellence.
    Numerous studies down the years have shown that glass is the best material for preserving the taste and fragrance of food and drink while ensuring that they are safe to consume after shipping and storage. Moreover, the presentation of a food product in a glass container confers an image of quality that other materials cannot match. This is demonstrated by the universal use of glass bottles for mineral water in restaurants and by the success of typically Italian liqueurs such as grappa, where the bottle is both a unique identifier and guarantor of quality of the various brands on offer. Quality and distinction cannot be guaranteed only by glass alone, but require suitable closures and stoppers, and labeling that is at the same time attractive and informative, with shapes and decorations that instantly confer personality on the product, whether on the shelf or on the table.

    GLASS PACK will include more than forty large and small producers and distributors, manufacturers of accessories (stoppers, closings, labels, second/level packaging), designers and service suppliers. Sector associations and research and support agencies of the industry will also be present. An absolute
    must is the Product Display Area, where the exhibitors focus the visitors’ attention on their top products.

    Supporting the exhibition is a rich conference program which will provide extension and reflection on current themes, with the participation of sector associations, leading glass container producers and some exemplars of excellence and supply chain trend setters.

    The convention commences with the glass container, its qualities, and its place in the circular economy, which cannot but be collaborative as is illustrated by some participants.

    There is then a section dedicated to the personalization of the container, crucial for the majority of users in the eternal battle of the shelves as a channel for attracting the attention of the consumer and communicating the message and value of the product.

    The first afternoon session is devoted to innovation in the shape and intrinsic qualities of the glass container (e.g. weight and function) as well as in the information and message that can be sent to the consumer via the container.
    The program closes with a workshop organised by the Glass Research Station, which
    elaborates, using more technical content, the advantages of glass containers in the wine and liqueur field, and describes innovative techniques developed to overcome criticalities, such as the occurrence of invisible micro­fractures in the production and movement phase.

    Participation in GLASS PACK and the conferences is free but restricted to operators in the sector.
    (Smartenergy S.r.l.)
     
    30.05.2017   REFRES NOW INCREASES PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY 40% WHILE HALVING ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... ENERGY CONSUMPTION, BY CHOOSING SIDEL MATRIX COMBI

    Following a significant investment in the biggest-ever Sidel Combi for CSD (carbonated soft drinks) in 2011, Refres Now, the Argentinian producer of the Manaos brand of beverages, has recently installed a further blow-fill-cap solution. With the new Sidel Matrix™ Combi, Refres Now can expect comparable savings of 45% in its energy consumption. It also anticipates a significant decrease in water consumption and an improvement of 40% in the plant's total production output.

    The Sidel Matrix Combi is part of a new line, installed as an extension of the company’s production facility in La Matanza. This expansion of the Manaos plant is the result of a 12 million dollar investment, which covers also the opening of a new warehouse for finished product storage. It was officially inaugurated by Argentina's President, Mauricio Macri, at a special event.

    The company's working relationship with Sidel first began back in 2005 when Refres Now was originally founded. In 2011 came a world record, when the Argentinian beverage producer turned to Sidel for what was, at that time, the world's largest Sidel Combi ever built for filling carbonated soft drinks. It was a high-tech solution for bottling family pack sizes, which were in great demand locally. Looking back to that experience, Marcos Pilati, Sales director for Mexico and North Hispanic zones at Sidel, comments – “Refres Now has benefitted from the performance of our integrated solution. The resulting top quality bottles were better suited to withstand the pressures of transportation and the challenges of the entire supply chain. Despite the difficult economic situation within the South American country over recent years, the equipment we have installed has been helping Refres Now over-perform their objectives. As a result, they now see Sidel as a strategic partner in their bottling operations.”

    Consequently, Sidel was the first choice when the beverage company needed to increase production capacity. The new Sidel Matrix Combi installed at the Manaos plant marks two milestones. Via the savings made possible by the Sidel Matrix blower, it allowed Refres Now to cut energy consumption by 45%. This is important to many beverage producers, both in terms of sustainability and the often-significant cost savings it represents, but vital for the Argentinian manufacturer given the energy issues within the country. Additionally, it features a Sidel Matrix SF300 FM filler with 162 valves - one of the biggest electronic fillers in the world that boasts an output speed of 32,000 bph (bottles per hour). The integrated solution also includes Sidel’s Blendfill configuration, combining mixer and filler in a single system for top quality carbonated soft drinks. Utilising the mixer’s beverage tank as a shared tank with the filler, the configuration avoids redundant pressure and level control functions, while reducing consumption of CO2 as well as the footprint of the equipment. To answer the customer’s needs as for flexibility and efficiency, the Combi can produce multiple bottle sizes - ranging from 0.6 to 3.0 litres.

    The Sidel Matrix Combi is a flexible and hygienic solution offering an extensive range of configurations. It is an integrated blow-fill-cap solution within a single, small controlled production environment in which intermediate conveyors and equipment are eliminated to deliver outstanding hygiene performance while simultaneously cutting costs. With efficiency levels up to 4% higher than standalone machines, the Combi cuts operating costs by up to 12%, offering faster format changeovers, lower energy consumption and savings in labour, raw materials, maintenance time and spare parts. Furthermore, it uses up to 30% less floor space, compared with traditional standalone equipment.

    The company now relies on Sidel, its equipment and its services, including, notably, the professional advice and support provided regularly by its personnel. Walter Canido, Operations Director and one of the company owners of Refres Now, said: “We celebrate the start-up of our line number 9, and for us every new line means a great success. Sidel has an impeccable trajectory in technology for the bottling industry, but above all, the magic ingredient for the equation to work is its people and for us that is more important than the machine itself. Our next step is line number 10, and the future ... is infinite."

    Refres Now already has the largest bottling plant in Latin America and one of the largest soft drinks production sites in the world. The company manufactures the Manaos brand in five different flavours: cola, orange, lemon-lime, apple, and grapefruit. In a daily production output of over 3.5 million litres, it also produces many more other leading products, which include sodas, waters and flavoured waters.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    29.05.2017   Aptar Food + Beverage and GualapackGroup Partner to Launch a Premade No-Spill ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Spouted Pouch Solution

    Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in innovative dispensing solutions for the on-the-go drinks market, and GualapackGroup, a leader in premade spouted pouches, are pleased to announce that they are partnering to launch their first premade no-spill spouted pouch solution for the European beverage market. The two leaders entered a strategic agreement to introduce this unique product and technological solution to the market.

    Introduced in early May at Interpack in Dusseldorf, Germany, the innovative no-spill pouch fitment offers the safety and convenience of Aptar’s SimpliSqueeze® valve in GualapackGroup’s squeezable, eye-catching and easy-to-use spouted pouch called Cheerpack®. Aptar’s SimpliSqueeze® valve is a top-selling valve system worldwide with billions of units sold in the market. The Cheerpack® premade pouch is also a top-selling solution. Combining their expertise and consumer-trusted products into one unique packaging solution, this new product provides an innovative beverage delivery package for juices, flavored water or drinkable yogurts, among others. These can be efficiently filled and closed using GualapackGroup’s system of premade pouches, caps and filling lines.

    "The result is a unique package that intends to deliver the ultimate convenience and peace of mind for busy families and consumers of all ages," said Gael Touya, President, Aptar Food + Beverage. "They will enjoy the easy 'squeeze and drink' capabilities of a product designed not leak when tipped or held upside down, a first for the European pouched beverage market."
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
     
    29.05.2017   Precision pressure transducer with EX approval     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO DMU 14 DG/FG Ex pressure transducer was developed for pressure measurement with high measuring accuracy and long-term stability and is ideal for applications in the process industry. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    The new AFRISO DMU 14 DG/FG Ex pressure transducer is designed for electronic pressure measurement in applications requiring high measuring accuracy (< ± 0.1 % FSO) and long-term stability (< ± 0.1 % FSO/year). Due to the turn down range of 1:5 (measuring accuracy ± 0.2 % FSO), it is the ideal solution for special measuring tasks in the process industry.

    The measuring instrument converts the pressure of liquid or gaseous media in the ranges from 0/400 mbar to 0/600 bar into a proportional 4-20 mA signal. The DMU 14 DG/FG Ex transducer features ATEX approval and HART communication and is suitable for temperatures of the medium of -30 °C to +125 °C and for (Ex) ambient temperatures from -20 °C to +(60)70 °C. The measuring instrument is supplied with DC 12-28 V and features a G1/2B process connection. The integrated display has main and supplementary indication. DMU 14 Ex is available with two housing versions: a stainless steel field housing (FG) for the pharmaceutical and food industries and an aluminium die cast housing (DG) for rough conditions in the process industry. The new pressure measuring instrument is optionally available without display, with other process connections and in a high temperature version up to 300 °C. The robust transducer was developed for high long-term stability and a long service life.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    26.05.2017   Chemical seal for corrosive media     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO MD 11 diaphragm seal is a highly reliable chemical seal system that can be used in conjunction with Bourdon tube pressure gauges or pressure switches in installations with waste water, fertilisers, corrosive media and a wide variety of chemicals.

    The new AFRISO MD 11 diaphragm seal, plastic version, can be used for pressure measurement in conjunction with a Bourdon tube pressure gauge and for switching tasks in conjunction with a pressure switch, for example, in installations with waste water, fertilisers, corrosive media and a wide variety of chemicals.

    Chemical seals prevent direct contact of the measured medium with the measuring instrument. Depending on the application, PVC, PP or PVDF process connections (connection threads G ½ or G¼) and media connections (connection threads G ½ or G¼, PP GF 30) are possible. The MD 11 chemical seals feature TFM-coated, internal EPDM diaphragms with a very thermal and chemical resistance and elasticity. Glycerine (FM 03) is used as pressure transmission liquid. At nominal pressure PN 10, the pressure ranges cover 0/1 bar to 0/10 bar. Depending on the process connection, the operating temperature ranges are 0 to 60 °C (PVC), -10 to 80 °C (PP) and -20 to 100 °C (PVDF). Other process connections are optionally available. MD 11 is an excellent solution for systems with polluted waste water and for outdoor applications in rough conditions requiring high resistance to atmospheric conditions and ozone.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    24.05.2017   Level measurement with guided micropulse technology from AFRISO    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Pomace is the solid remains of grapes, carrots, tomatoes, apples and other fruit. Pomace is processed for a variety of purposes, for example, to produce brandy, fodder or fertiliser. In addition, pomace is used by biogas companies for renewable energy

    Pomace is the solid remains of grapes and other plants after pressing. Even though it is mainly associated with winemaking, pomace also remains when carrots, tomatoes or apples are pressed. Pomace is processed for a variety of purposes, for example, to produce brandy, fodder or fertiliser. In addition, pomace is used by biogas companies for renewable energy.

    The weighing system in the pomace silo (height 20 m, capacity 80 t) of a fruit juice manufacturer exhibited increasing failure rates and kept delivering incorrect measurements as it was dated. As a result, often there was more pomace in the silo than expected so that a considerable portion of the pomace blown into the silo via a pipe landed on the roof. An AFRISO measuring system consisting of the guided micropulse level indicator PulsFox PMG 10 MF plus the digital display unit DA 14 turned out to be a reliable and professional solution for the fruit juice manufacturer. Without having made a major investment, the company can now exactly plan the supply and removal of pomace based on the precise tonnage indication. And remains on the roof are a thing of the past.

    The series PulsFox PMG 10 guided micropulse measuring instruments have been designed to accurately measure the level of high-viscosity or low-viscosity, adhesive, conductive or isolating liquids or bulk solids, for example in storage or process containers, silos or tanks. Regardless of high or low tanks, disturbing installations, small distances or conductive foam on the medium to be measured - there is a suitable probe for virtually any application. The accuracy is neither influenced by turbulent, steaming or dusty surfaces nor impaired by changes in density, pressure or temperature. The measuring instruments feature an aluminium die cast housing and are suitable for rough ambient conditions. The instruments have no moving parts and operate with high reliability and precision.

    The DA 14 digital display unit is used to display measured values and to evaluate and control signals from electronic transducers, in particular in level measurement applications. Bearing charts for all standard cylindrical, horizontal tanks and spherical tanks are pre-programmed. In addition to pre-programmed units, it is possible to set up custom display units (tonne t). The entire range of devices (DA 10, DA 12, DA 14) features rack mounting housings and can be supplied with 20–253 V DC/AC. Depending on the device version DA 12 or DA 14, the units feature up to 4 voltage-free relay outputs as limit switches (e.g. for pumps, valves, etc.) and 2 galvanically isolated analogue outputs.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    23.05.2017   SUBWAY® Stores to cut almost Four Billion calories from GB diets    ( Company news )

    Company news From July 2016 to July 2017 SUBWAY® stores will have removed around 3.7 Billion calories from Great British diets, after converting to Britvic and PepsiCo beverages. This new partnership provides all customers with a broader product range whilst significantly reducing their overall calorie and sugar intake.

    The dynamic design of the new drinks fountains and fridge displays encourages customers to choose more low/no sugar options. This has led to an increase in customers choosing to purchase no sugar Pepsi Max® or Diet Pepsi® over full sugar cola in stores. The stores have also switched from full sugar Lemon Lime carbonated soft drink to only offering 7Up Free, ‘no sugar’ as a dispensed option as well as switching from a full sugar orange choice to Britvic’s lower sugar Orange Tango.

    As well as nudging consumers towards healthier choices of carbonated favourites, the SUBWAY® brand has added Britvic’s iconic no added sugar Robinsons squash to the dispense options, enabling customers to enjoy their favourite household drink on the go for the first time in the UK. Britvic’s no added sugar Fruit Shoot and low calorie Drench also provide no/low sugar options for kids and adults.

    By choosing Britvic and PepsiCo’s portfolio of beverages, the SUBWAY® brand has achieved an overall 30% reduction in calorie consumption in total, which can be extrapolated out, on average, of a removal of almost Two Million (1,702,327) calories per store annually.

    In addition, the brand has launched a new low/no sugar beverage trial across 12 hospital sites. This inaugural trial will help SUBWAY® stores and beverage partners Britvic and PepsiCo determine the shift in customer behaviour and sales impact that removing high sugar beverages and switching to no sugar and Reduced Sugar dispensedivor bottledvoptions only, will have in these environments.

    Peter Dowding, Country Director for the for the SUBWAY® brand UK and Ireland said: “The Partnership with PepsiCo and Britvic has enabled us to offer our customers healthier drink options without compromising on quality or taste, reinforcing the strong healthier-for-you food-on-the-go credentials the brand already has in place. It further demonstrates our commitment to providing a better food environment and choice to our customers whilst aiding franchisees to build better businesses.”

    Sacha Clark, Marketing Director for the SUBWAY® brand UK and Ireland commented “We’re proud that we have successfully removed almost four Billion calories from GB diets. It proves that our customers are open to lower sugar and healthier diet options so we will continue with initiatives and partnerships that aim to reduce calorie and sugar consumption in GB.”

    Paul Graham, GB Managing Director of Britvic comments: “The removal of 3.7 Billion calories from SUBWAY® stores clearly shows the major impact we can deliver for our customers and consumers, both with our own brands and as the bottler for PepsiCo in the UK. We’re proud to see our industry-leading low and no sugar portfolio in action to drive change and nudge consumers towards healthier choices. Having started out in the 1930s as the British Vitamin Company, bringing an affordable source of vitamins to British people, health is in our DNA and this deal demonstrates our continued commitment to making life’s every day moments healthier and more enjoyable.”

    Mark Elwell, General Manager of PepsiCo Beverages UK added: “With a shared ambition and singular focus on encouraging healthier consumption habits, we have partnered with the SUBWAY® brand to harness the expertise and innovation of our no sugar brands Pepsi MAX® and 7Up Free® to encourage people to switch from full sugar to low/no sugar beverage alternatives.

    “We strongly believe there are still further significant opportunities for PepsiCo and Britvic to do in nudging SUBWAY® stores’ consumers to make healthier choices both through product and dispense innovations and bespoke and powerful Pepsi MAX® marketing campaigns.”

    All SUBWAY® stores in GB carry the following information:
    - Calorie labelling on menu panels
    - Nutritional posters displayed in-store highlighting calories, fat, saturates, sugars and salt
    - Low Fat logo next to Low Fat Subs
    - Heart Research UK ‘heart’ logo, which supports a customer’s choice of a Low Fat Sub
    - 2 of your 5 a day apple logo
    - Messaging that all Subs can be made into a salad
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    23.05.2017   Two exhibition halls exclusively for the wine industry    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 For the first time, SIMEI, the world´s leading exhibition for wine technology, will be held in Munich from September 11 to 15 within the context of drinktec, the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry. On a designated "SIMEI@drinktec” exhibition space in halls C2 and C3, leading manufacturers will present all kinds of machinery and equipment for winemaking and wine processing and packaging solutions on 20,000 square meters of space. As a result, the world's leading trade fair drinktec, which aims to cover all beverage areas, will also be "the place to be" for the international wine industry.

    With the cooperation of SIMEI, exhibition space at drinktec is increasing to more than 150,000 square meters. As a result, SIMEI rounds out the range of drinktec with specific solutions exclusively for the wine industry. Large wineries, which mainly depend on exports, as well as small wine growers, who are more likely to produce for regional demand, will find what they are looking for at SIMEI@drinktec.

    drinktec also had technologies for the wine industry in its offer in the past, "but this rather concerned filling and packaging technologies on a large scale. Technology that was designed for large volumes, but also for the wine industry among others,” Petra Westphal said, Project Group Leader responsible for drinktec 2017. "SIMEI is the perfect complement to our existing range of offers. We have more than 500 exhibitors with it, whose offering is completely or at least partially aimed at the wine industry."

    The cooperation of the SIMEI also contributes to the fact that by far the largest visitor growth of recent years has come from the field of wine, champagne and spirits. In 2013, this segment already amounted to 16 percent of the visitors to drinktec, which translates in numbers to more than 10,000: an increase of 83 percent compared to 2009. "And we are certain to increase the proportion of visitors from the wine industry significantly thanks to SIMEI," Ms. Westphal added. This is especially so, because wine producers from around the world have the opportunity at drinktec to look outside the box and inform themselves about innovations from other sectors such as the beer and spirits industries. The extensive supporting program on the subject of wine provides further added value for wine producers, among other things with the SIMEI Knowledge & Innovation Area as well as the SIMEI Sensory Bar. The exhibitors at SIMEI@drinktec can also look forward to international visitors from more than 180 countries. It provides you with the opportunity to tap new markets and make valuable new contacts. "A classic win-win situation for all parties involved,” according to Ms. Westphal.

    At the parallel event PRO FachHANDEL, wine producers can meet competent partners for all topics related to trade and specialist dealers. Vegetable and animal oils and fats are the focus at the highly specialized trade fair oils+fats. One of many interesting topics deals with the processing technologies of olive oils. PRO FachHANDEL and oils+fats will be held in halls B0 and C1 directly adjacent to the SIMEI@drinktec halls C2 and C3.

    Richard Clemens, Managing Director of VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery, sees only winners in the collaboration between SIMEI and drinktec: "drinktec exhibitors get additional visitor potential from the strong wine countries in Europe and overseas. On the other hand, the collaboration provides visitors from the wine segment with clear added value thanks to the great range of offers." Dr. Jörg Möller, Managing Director at Erbslöh Geisenheim AG and an expert in both worlds, also expressly welcomed the collaboration: "drinktec has always been a preferred and popular platform for us—as an international manufacturer of beverage treatment products—for presenting our new products in the beer and fruit processing industries. Together with SIMEI, it is even a more interesting platform for us. For the first time, we have the opportunity to meet our customers from all business sectors, including the wine sector, at the same time for exchanging information and presenting our latest innovations."

    High expectations for wine producers from all over the world
    The combination drinktec/SIMEI is already generating high expectations among wine producers from all over the world. "The collaboration provides us wine producers with the unique opportunity to meet suppliers from all over the world in one place at the same time and obtain information about technologies and innovations," explained Fernando Vaquer from the Zuccardi winery in Argentina. "We will have the opportunity to compare technological solutions from different sectors, which could take wine processing to a completely new level." Diana Muntenau, Marketing Director of Maurt, one of the biggest wine producers in Moldova, is of a similar opinion: "SIMEI@drinktec provides an overview of the current state of wine technology in just a few days. In addition, you can exchange experiences with other winemakers from the whole world there." Edegar Scortegagna, President of the Brazilian Wine Trade Association, also expects a great deal from the combination of SIMEI and drinktec: "SIMEI is unique because it is possible to get together with other wine producers from all over the world and exchange ideas and thoughts. I expect even more from SIMEI@drinktec, especially with regard to new technologies and innovations, not only in the wine sector, but also for other beverages that we produce." Sergio Dagnino from Caviro's agricultural cooperative in Italy sees "the opportunity [for wine producers] to experience two major trade fairs at the same time. Not being there would mean missing a great opportunity."

    Alcohol management in focus
    However, what are the technological trends, and about what will the specialists at SIMEI@drinktec provide information? "Among other things, I think they will look for ways to produce wines with less alcohol,” Prof. Monika Christmann, Head of the Institute of Oenology at Geisenheim University, predicted. The background: wine drinkers feel the effects of climate change on their tongues and in their heads. Even white wines such as German Riesling increasingly contain more alcohol, but less acid and complex aroma components. This is not even to mention red wines with alcohol contents that were formerly only suspected in strong dessert wines. Sparkling wine production is also being increasingly affected: If the base wine already has 14 percent, then the finished sparkling wine has 15 or 16 percent alcohol after the second fermentation. This is clearly too much for an increasing number of consumers. Globally, winemakers are reacting to consumers’ desire for less alcohol with corresponding cellar technology. They either separate sugar from the must before fermentation or remove alcohol from the finished wine. "There are relatively new membrane processes for reducing sugar in must that are approved for use in Germany,” Prof. Christmann explained. Tried and tested membrane or thermal processes are available for the separation of alcohol after fermentation. With one restriction: "In Germany, a reduction of the existing alcohol is only possible up to 20 percent. Only then can the original wine still be marketed as a wine," Prof. Christmann said. An alternative is alcohol-free wine or sparkling wine, which is currently gaining in importance as is alcohol-free beer. Winemakers can also decide to produce beverages mixed with wine, which are also becoming more popular thanks to the reduced alcohol content.

    Alternatives are being sought for proven applications
    This selective management of unwanted "too many or too few" substances will be reflected at SIMEI@drinktec, but not only with respect to alcohol. Today, it is possible to separate acids and even individual ions from wine selectively with membrane processes. A further example in this context is represented by trichloroanisole and tribromanisole, which are responsible for the unwanted cork taint. Filter layers have been developed in the meantime, with which these components can be selectively removed. Another hot potato in winemaking is the search for alternatives for very proven applications. For example, sulfur is no longer permitted for tank sterilization. Animal classics such as gelatin, isinglass and casein glue are also being subject to bench tests. The global trend towards vegan nutrition is behind this. However, corresponding vegan alternatives will also be shown at drinktec 2017.

    Trend to packaging diversity continues
    Keyword packaging: In the search for optimal closure of a wine bottle, it is no longer just a question of whether cork, plastic, glass, crown cork or screw cap. But instead – one as well as the other. The trend towards diversity according to the purpose is continuing in packaging. The "bag-in-box" has already become widespread and is becoming increasingly popular. Wine is now also bottled in PET bottles. PET bottles are being tested for airlines, among other places. Weight savings compared to glass bottles play a major role there.

    The end of the spirits monopoly reshuffles the deck
    And what is currently happening in the field of spirits? In Germany, small distillers are certainly paying close attention to the expiry of the spirits monopoly in the drinktec year. The reason is that they can only supply a quota of alcohol to the German Alcohol Monopoly until the end of 2017, alcohol which is then subsequently exploited as industrial alcohol. They can do this at a guaranteed price, which is above the global market level. This is a secure and reliable source of revenue. Starting from 2018, these quantities will have to be sold on the open market. This means first of all: The quality of the products must be high. And secondly: In most cases, it is important to develop a functioning self-marketing system. drinktec has just the right thing for visitors in this context, because it is not only technology platform, but also a marketing one.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    22.05.2017   Boston Beer Reports First Quarter 2017 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) reported first quarter 2017 net revenue of $161.7 million, a decrease of $27.1 million or 14% from the same period last year, mainly due to a decline in shipments of 15%, partially offset by price increases. Net income for the first quarter was $5.7 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, a decrease of $1.3 million or $0.08 per diluted share from the first quarter of 2016. This decrease was primarily due to decreases in net revenue and a decrease in gross margin that were only partially offset by decreases in operating expenses and a tax benefit of $0.28 per diluted share resulting from the adoption of the new Accounting Standard "Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting" ("ASU 2016-09"), which was effective for the company on January 1, 2017.

    Highlights of this release include:
    -Depletions decreased 14% from the comparable 13-week period in 2016.
    -Full-year depletion and shipment change continues to be estimated at between minus 7% and plus 1%. The 2017 fiscal year includes 52 weeks compared to the 2016 fiscal year which included 53 weeks.
    -First quarter gross margin was 47.2% compared to 48.5% in the first quarter of 2016 and the Company maintains its full year gross margin target of between 51% and 52%.
    -Advertising, promotional and selling expenses in the first quarter decreased $5.5 million or 9% compared to the first quarter of 2016, primarily due to lower point-of-sale spending and freight to distributors.
    -Based on current spending and investment plans, estimated full year 2017 earnings per diluted share remains at between $4.20 and $6.20, excluding the impact of ASU 2016-09.

    Jim Koch (photo), Chairman and Founder of the Company, commented, "Our total company depletions continued to decline in the first quarter. These declines were mostly caused by weakness in the Samuel Adams brand, especially our seasonal beers, and a general softening of the craft beer category that continues to be very competitive. New craft brewers continue to enter the market and existing craft brewers are expanding their distribution and tap rooms, with the result that drinkers are seeing more choices. During the quarter, we introduced several new beers, including our second spring seasonal, Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles, Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA and a refreshed Samuel Adams Rebel IPA. We are currently rolling out our summer seasonal, Samuel Adams Summer Ale, which is now in its twenty-second year and is still the leading summer seasonal beer in the craft industry. We believe that we are well positioned to meet the longer-term challenges of this competitive environment, through the quality of our beers, our innovation capability and our sales execution strength, coupled with our strong financial position that enables us to invest in growing our brands. Our leadership team is making strides to address these challenges and, in our search to find a successor to Martin, who has announced plans to retire in 2018, our Board is focused on identifying someone to lead this team who will be able to harness and accelerate the positive steps that we are taking. I am excited by the opportunities ahead of us and continue to be optimistic about our future."

    Martin Roper, the Company's President and CEO stated, "Our depletions decline in the first quarter was primarily due to decreases in our Samuel Adams and Angry Orchard brands that were only partially offset by increases in our Twisted Tea and Truly Spiked & Sparkling brands. We are excited that Twisted Tea continues to grow distribution and pull, and that Truly Spiked & Sparkling is well positioned as a leader in the emerging segment of hard sparkling water. Most of our volume declines for the quarter resulted from the underperformance of our 2017 spring seasonals, Samuel Adams Hopscape and Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles, compared to Samuel Adams Cold Snap last year. The weakness in our two new spring seasonals seems to have resulted from a combination of drinker confusion at retail, acceptability of these seasonal beer styles and the timing of our seasonal transitions compared to last year. We took our learnings from Hopscape and applied them to Fresh as Helles and saw improved pull, but still significantly lower volumes than our seasonal volumes during those same weeks last year. The Angry Orchard and cider category trends, while declining, continue to improve and we have maintained our high share of off-premise tracked channels. The second quarter will see several investments including new and increased Angry Orchard media, Samuel Adams Summer Ale specific media and programming, significant media investment for Truly Spiked & Sparkling, and tactical pricing in key markets to address competitor initiatives and secure key holiday activation. The trends for larger craft beer brands and the cider category remain very difficult to predict and, as a result, we have maintained our broad guidance on full year depletion volumes and earnings. We are optimistic for future craft beer and cider category growth and we are taking steps to ensure that we are well positioned to benefit from that growth. We are committed to investing in the opportunities that we see with all our brands and remain prepared to forsake short-term earnings, as we invest to return to long-term profitable growth."

    Mr. Roper continued, "Our priorities for 2017 remain unchanged. Our number one priority is returning both Samuel Adams and Angry Orchard to growth through continued packaging, innovation, promotion and brand communication initiatives, while maintaining Twisted Tea's momentum. Our second priority is a focus on cost savings and efficiency projects to fund the investments needed to grow our brands, including the increased investments planned in the second quarter. We have adjusted our organization to the new volume environment, while preserving the capability to innovate and return to growth. This includes adjusting short-term brewery capacity, organizational alignment behind brand and market priorities, changes to our spending policies and behaviors, and significant improvement in yields and efficiency across our supply chain. Based on these efforts, we are maintaining our previously stated goal of increasing our gross margins by about one percentage point per year over the next three years, before any mix or volume impacts, while preserving our quality and improving our service levels. Our third priority is long-term innovation, where our current focus is ensuring that Truly Spiked & Sparkling maintains its leadership position in its segment and reaches its full potential."
    (The Boston Beer Company)
     
    19.05.2017   7 good reasons to schedule a visit to GLASS PACK 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news We are delighted to invite you to GLASS PACK 2017, the Fair/Convention exclusively dedicated to food & beverage producers, to distributors, to the ho.re.ca. world, to companies involved in promotion and to all those who use glass containers as packaging.

    GLASS PACK 2017 is the one-day fair where you will be able to meet the protagonists of the worlds of packaging, glassworks, distribution, design and agencies, and in which you will be able to see market innovations, new trends and decoration motifs, and new directions in marketing and logistics, etc.
    Moreover, you will be able to meet and network with the leading figures in your field and with the suppliers of glass packaging: companies that supply turn-key products, decorators, producers of caps & closures, labels, packers, wood, control systems, machinery, etc.

    Here, therefore, are 7 good reasons to schedule a visit to GLASS PACK 2017:
    1 - To meet the national and international leaders in your field and in glass packaging.
    2 - To see and to try out new design solutions, new technologies and services.
    3 - To take an active part in highly-focused conferences and seminaries on topics specifically dedicated to the entire range of food & beverage, and glass packaging.
    4 - To concentrate everything into a light one-day formula.
    5 - To take advantage of a venue well served by efficient infrastructure.
    6 - To extend your stay to sample the attractions that the surrounding area offers.
    7 - To participate in an important event with entry reserved to operators in the field and costing no more than online registration.
    (Smartenergy S.r.l.)
     
    19.05.2017   The Coca-Cola Company Reports First Quarter 2017 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news On Track to Deliver Full Year Targets
    -Net Revenues Declined 11%, Reflecting Unfavorable Impacts from Structural Changes of 10% and Foreign Currency of 1%
    -Organic Revenues (Non-GAAP) Were Even, Which Included the Impact of Two Fewer Days in the Reporting Calendar and the Shift of the Easter Holiday
    -Price/Mix Grew 3% with Balanced Contribution Across the Operating Segments
    -Operating Margin and Comparable Currency Neutral Operating Margin (Non-GAAP) Expanded More than 90 Basis Points and More than 220 Basis Points, Respectively
    -EPS of $0.27 and Comparable EPS (Non-GAAP) of $0.43
    -On Track to Deliver Full Year Organic Revenue (Non-GAAP) and Comparable EPS (Non-GAAP) Targets
    -Expanding Our Existing $3 Billion Productivity and Reinvestment Program to Capture an Incremental $800 Million in Annualized Savings by 2019

    The Coca-Cola Company reported first quarter 2017 operating results. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, said, "The first quarter performance was in line with our plan, and we remain on track to deliver our underlying revenue and profit targets for the full year. As anticipated, revenues in the quarter were adversely impacted by two fewer days and the shift of the Easter holiday. Most importantly, we continue to execute against the long-term strategic transformation plan for the Company – a plan that I am confident will deliver even greater shareowner and stakeholder value in the years to come."

    "Next week I will proudly hand over the CEO reins to James Quincey with full confidence that he will complete the Company's transformation and lead our aggressive growth agenda. His vision of accelerating The Coca-Cola Company's evolution into a total beverage business with a focus on driving sustainable growth across a broad portfolio is exciting for all stakeholders, and he has my full support," Kent continued.

    President and Chief Operating Officer James Quincey said, "We are rapidly evolving our growth model to make changes that will result in an even more consumer-centric portfolio that meets people's changing tastes and preferences. Importantly, these portfolio changes will help our consumers moderate the amount of added sugar they consume. In addition, as we approach the end of our refranchising and implement our new, more agile operating model, we are expanding our productivity program. Our revamped portfolio, a stronger global bottling system, and a leaner enterprise structure will allow us to capture an increasing share of the vibrant value growth available in the beverage industry and to deliver value for our shareowners. It will be an honor and a privilege to lead the organization as CEO, and I look forward to working with our people around the world to accelerate our growth."
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    18.05.2017   drinktec is the world´s No. 1 for the brewing industry    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 The global beer market continues to surprise

    Around 44 percent of the visitors to the last drinktec came from the brewing business. Which shows that drinktec 2017, the “World´s Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry”, is continuing to be the most important international trade fair for the brewing sector. Between September 11 and 15, 2017, all those involved in the production of beer will be coming together at the Messe München exhibition center: brewers big and small, local and regional producers, craft brewers, micro-brewers and amateur brewers. And here they will find all they need to produce excellent beer.

    Currently the global thirst for beer is lessening. For the first time brewers worldwide saw the market fall in two successive years—in 2014 by 0.5 percent and in 2015 by 1.5 percent. The main reasons for this are thought to be the difficult general economic conditions and increasing political unrest. And: The world beer market is now strongly consolidated. According to Statista, the five biggest brewing groups accounted for just over half of all beer sales, a market that stands at 1.93 billion hectoliters. It will become even more important for each individual brewery to be able to produce efficiently and flexibly. For that, they need the right technology, energy-saving brewing processes, plus continuous investment in the business, in line with the motto “A brewery that stops building, will soon stop brewing.”

    drinktec: Solutions for brewers big and small
    For the brewing sector drinktec 2017 is offering everything that is needed for producing and marketing beer. Tailor-made solutions can be found here for both amateur brewers and craft brewers, as well as family-owned firms and large-scale breweries. Overall around 80 percent of the drinktec exhibitors are offering solutions and technology for the brewing world. The exhibitors will be showcasing product-specific process technology for beer from the brewhouse via filtration through to the necessary analytical equipment in Hall B2. Raw materials from malthouses and from hop suppliers are presented in Hall B1 and restaurant and catering supplies as well as dispensing systems are on show in Hall A1. There is a new section called Home & Craft in Hall C1, where small-scale and amateur brewers can find the right equipment. drinktec is thus reacting to a trend that is gaining ground in Germany. There are now an estimated 17,000 amateur brewers in Germany, and the borderline between production for home consumption and commercial activity is not a clear one. The adjacent display called drinktec@SIMEI in Halls C1 and C2, where machinery, technology and equipment for wine production and processing is on show, will also be of interest to craft brewers who occasionally like to fill their special beers in fine, large wine bottles or who think more in terms of overall numbers than hectoliters.

    Craft beer—a success story
    Of course in the brewing industry not everything is measured in terms of size. Small and medium-sized breweries are generally well placed to find their niche and to fill it. The ever stronger craft beer wave is advancing across almost all continents. In Europe, Asia and Australia lots of small breweries are starting up. In the US, the “mother land” of the craft brewing movement, the market in craft brewing increased by almost 13 percent (in sales) and 16 percent (in revenue) in 2015, according to the Brewers Association, this against the background of an overall market that was stagnating. These small breweries now account for over 12 percent of the second-largest beer market worldwide. What an amazing success story! Thanks to craft beer, new dynamism is being injected into hop markets worldwide, which have suffered years of standstill. Years ago US-American hop farmers had started to grow new varieties of hop, and craft brewers experimented with different taste nuances. Now other regions are following suit. For example, the Hallertau region in Bavaria is producing new German varieties with highly aromatic nuances.

    Turbulent Asia-Pacific region
    In the Asia-Pacific Region the market for beer has been very turbulent in recent years. Slightly lower growth, high competitive pressure and the increasing presence of foreign breweries on the one hand, and the increased popularity of craft beer breweries, higher spending power and generally consumption-oriented consumer behavior on the other will continue to influence the market in future: AsiaBriefing is expecting that the beer market in Asia-Pacific in 2020 will reach a volume of 220 billion US dollars, an immense figure. The Chinese beer market has been the biggest in the world since 2002 in terms of production and overall consumption. China has for many years been a very fragmented, heterogeneous market. The golden years with sometimes double-digit growth rates seem for now to be over, following a noticeable tailing off in 2014 and 2015. However: “It´s too early for a swan song,” says Meik Forell from corporate consultants Forell&Tebroke in an analysis of the Chinese beer market.

    Hopeful signs
    There are also hopeful signs. Germany´s engineering federation, the VDMA, is predicting annual growth in the entire beverages industry in the Asia-Pacific Region to be 4.6 percent. 2016 was the first year in the 13th Five Year Plan in China. The aim with this plan is to facilitate economic change, encourage consumption and strengthen innovations. The two new concepts of “Industry 4.0” and “Made in China 2025” are providing the basis for new, smart ideas, also for the beverages industry. And the brewing supplies industry will also profit from this. CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE (CBB), International Trade Fair for Brewing and Beverage Technology, is regarded as the most important sector event in China and Asia. Messe München has been the co-organizer of CBB since 2011. It takes place on a two-year cycle, the next event being from October 23 to 26, 2018 in Shanghai.

    Vietnam, too, is turning into a growth market for beer in the Asia-Pacific Region. The country is now the biggest beer consumer in the ASEAN Region and the third-largest in Asia, after China and Japan. India is primarily a market for spirits, but beer consumption is slowly rising. In particular high-priced beers are in demand. For the beer market in India, analysts from TechNavio are forecasting an annual growth in volumes of around 15 percent up until 2018. According to Euromonitor International imports of premium beer will rise by 11 percent per year through until 2018. Craft breweries, too, have shot up out of the ground in the large urban centers in India. drink technology India (dti), International Trade Fair for the Beverage and Food Industry, takes place each year in India, its venue alternating between Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. This event is organized by Messe München and its subsidiary MMI India. So just a few weeks after drinktec the sector comes together in New Delhi, from October 26 to 28, 2017. Together with International PackTech India and FoodPex India—both held concurrently with dti—this trio of events form the most important platform in India for these sectors.

    drinktec—Supporting program specially for brewers
    As well as the broad spectrum of products and services on show at the exhibitors booths, drinktec 2017 in Munich has a whole lot more to offer brewers:

    - For example, the world championships for beer sommeliers, which takes place every two years. In 2017 the date will be 10 September, one day before the start of drinktec. On that day the world´s best beer connoisseur will be crowned for the fifth time. The championships are organized by the Doemens Academy. The champion beer sommelier is selected from a total of over 2,000 hopefuls.
    - The European Beer Star will also be awarded at drinktec—on September 13. This competition picks out the best beers from all over the world, and it is regarded as one of the most important international beer competitions. The European Beer Star is organized by Private Brauereien Bayern e.V.
    - The place2beer with beer tastings, success stories and a mix of lectures on diverse themes will be a popular gathering place for brewers, beer lovers and all those involved in the world of beer. Hall B1 is the place to be for start-ups, SMEs and craft brewers.
    - The Microbrew Symposium on the first day of the show is directed at the special-beer and craft beer movement. The themes focus primarily on technology and quality aspects of professional craft beer brewing.
    - Also, Orange Spirit, the beer specially brewed for drinktec, will be available again this year, with a slightly adapted recipe: “drinktec is mainly a trade fair for breweries. And of course we will again be brewing a special beer for drinktec: the Orange Spirit with eight weeks maturing period,” said Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl from Doemens Academy.
    - The very well received Innovation Flow Lounge will be continued at drinktec 2017, but with a new concept: It will share a communication platform and bar space with the Special Area New Beverage Concepts in Hall B1, which will give rise to synergies. For example via the IDEArena for the presentation and exchange on trends and innovations in the sector, the “Talking Table” and its chaired discussion sessions, and the “5 o‘Clock Theme” with visionary keynote speeches to round off each day of the fair.

    Every brewer, large or small, will find something to interest them in the wide variety of solutions and themes presented at drinktec.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    18.05.2017   SIDEL'S COMPLETE PET LINE SOLUTIONS FOR CSD PRODUCTION IMPROVES ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... FLEXIBILITY AND BEVERAGE CONSISTENCY

    Producers of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) today require production lines that are flexible and smart, without compromising on quality, speed and efficiency. These solutions allow for optimised production uptime, reduced resource consumption and quick stock keeping unit (SKU) changes, while keeping the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) consistent. Such an approach is the key to winning the challenges of today’s CSD market, effectively recognising the roles that packaging, equipment, line design, clever automation, smart data management and on-going services all have to play.

    With a growing global population and increasing urbanisation, changes in demand include a preference for smaller, on-the-go sizes to fit in with consumers’ busier, urban lifestyles. Worldwide, increasing concern for personal diet, health and fitness is also driving a move from traditional sugary soft drinks to healthier options. Consequently, many CSD producers are now investing in a wider choice of new beverages with natural, low-calorie sweeteners, sports drinks and carbonated juices, as well as beverages targeting local and traditional tastes. Meeting production needs in such a fragmented and evolving market requires smarter solutions and innovations. “Rapidly shifting conditions and the demands the industry is currently experiencing mean that manufacturers need flexibility from their PET bottling lines,” explains Damien Fournier, Category Marketing Director CSD at Sidel. “The ability to adapt production quickly and effectively while still ensuring top beverage quality and the best consumer experience when launching new products is essential if producers are to capitalise on opportunities that arise.”

    With more than 40 years of experience in complete solutions for carbonated soft drinks and the world’s largest installed base of integrated blow-fill-cap systems, Sidel provides producers with full control and transparency throughout the process. “Successful CSD production requires a focus on flexibility and overall efficiency, as well as branding opportunities” adds Fournier. “This is why innovative packaging solutions, which are able to perform optimally across the supply chain and ensure high quality and the expected shelf life, are an essential consideration when choosing the right equipment supplier for a bottling line.”

    Innovative solutions and optimised bottle performance, validated by in-house experts
    With the aim of improving bottle strength and performance while reducing costs and ensuring the brand stands out on the shelves, Sidel scientists and in-house packaging designers work on more than 8,000 new bottle designs and drawings every year. At 5 packaging centres and 4 in-house R&D laboratories around the world, they help producers to define, qualify and industrialise the packaging solutions that fit best with consumer expectations. This often leads to customers and partners relying on Sidel’s expertise, tools and processes to develop their packaging solutions and related validation procedures. Creating and evaluating bottle samples and performing many different tests, the Sidel laboratories take care of the safety and quality of the beverages, as well as ensuring great product performance throughout the supply chain, ultimately enhancing the consumer’s experience.

    The company’s expertise led to the recent development of Sidel StarLite™, the unique PET base design that increases bottle resistance and stability while lowering both package weight and energy consumption. Through this solution - which can even be applied to existing lines - overall costs are lowered without affecting beverage quality. Sidel's StarLite Tropical base - recently added to the range of the StarLite bottle designs - is designed for CSD containers subjected to harsh environmental conditions, such as those produced and distributed under high temperatures or in humid climates. Its optimised geometry reinforces all the zones that are more susceptible to stress cracking. Offering a flexible solution for CSD in sizes from 0.25 to 3 litres and with all standard levels of carbonisation, the end result is a PET bottle that offers improved resistance as well as better stability throughout the supply chain.

    Moreover, carbonated soft drinks represent one of the main beverage applications for which the company developed Sidel Actis™ (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) - a pioneering, plasma-coating barrier technology for PET bottles to extend beverage shelf life while offering the potential for package lightweighting. The barrier solution was designed for smaller size or single-serve PET containers (typically less than 700 ml), which are especially susceptible to gas exchanges such as those involving the ingress of oxygen (O2) and the loss of carbon dioxide (CO2).

    Compact and flexible production
    Sidel’s fully integrated, hygienic and innovative solutions help producers to optimise uptime and operating costs. The portfolio includes a range of modular equipment and components, able to increase line efficiency and speed while ensuring food safety, flexibility and hygiene.

    However, every production line has its own individual requirements in terms of location, utilities, processes and packaging. Sidel designs PET production lines with a focus on functionality, efficiency, ergonomics and productivity, taking care to ensure they all work together seamlessly to create a solution that meets each customer’s specific needs. The company’s engineering capability is a multidisciplinary combination of specialists, experts, proven methods and processes - with design and simulation tools developed to deliver the optimum PET line productivity and performance.

    The Sidel Matrix™ Combi, offers blowing, filling and capping processes in one machine, optimising the production line layout with a smaller footprint. It efficiently combines the benefits of the Sidel Matrix blower with those of the electronic volumetric SF300 FM filler. By offering faster changeovers with savings in power consumption, labour, raw materials, maintenance time and spare parts, the Combi lowers operating costs by up to 12%. More importantly, the solution provides high performance with efficiency levels up to 4% better than standalone machines.

    More accurate, consistent and sustainable mixing
    For controlled mixing, over 2,000 Sidel blenders have been installed and certified worldwide, delivering great taste profiles and long-lasting and homogeneous carbonation in soft drinks. The Sidel Matrix SM500 mixer allows for improved beverage quality, delivering premium drinks which fully respect the original recipe. For increased flexibility, it is based on a modular platform enabling several configurations, such as a single or double water deaeration, and optional upgrades.

    Additionally, the mixer can be combined with the Sidel Matrix SF300 FM filler via the Blendfill configuration, for excellent carbonated soft drinks quality. Using the mixer beverage tank as a shared tank with the filler, this solution consumes less CO2. Also, it allows for reductions in costs, beverage waste and footprint, as well as quicker recipe changes without compromising on consistent quality of the beverages.

    Designed for optimal hygiene and low consumption
    Sidel PET complete lines for CSD are engineered with food safety and sustainability in mind. Clean-in-place (CIP) dummy bottles help to automate the cleaning process, while the external beverage tank is easy to clean, offering savings in both time and associated costs. External cleaning (with self-draining surfaces) is designed and built to ensure effectiveness and requires a low consumption of both water and chemical agents, further reducing costs and improving safety and sustainability of production. Hygiene is also optimised by the reduced filling enclosure, some 80% smaller than traditional solutions and whose volume is under controlled conditions.

    Giving the final package a memorable look
    Labelling is an essential factor to ensuring a product stands out on supermarket shelves. Roll-fed technology uses thin plastic labels, which have physical and functional qualities making them very attractive to consumers and beneficial for beverage producers. The Sidel Matrix SL70 efficient roll-fed labelling station delivers precise and controlled handling and application for containers of any shape. With 30% faster changeover times for containers, this ergonomic system maximises uptime and productivity. It uses up to 40% less power and also reduces maintenance time by 40%.

    Flexible pack configurations, quick changeovers and optimised transportation
    The secondary packaging - the finished pack that the consumer sees at the point of sale - represents a strong opportunity to reinforce brand recognition and so needs to be appealing, durable and functional to catch attention. Carrying the labelled bottles onto the secondary packaging process, Sidel’s smart conveyors can be automatically adjusted to handle different formats. Gently feeding the bottles to maintain consistency and quality, the packers also optimise the use of heat, glue, cartons and film. This minimises overall costs, as well as ensuring that protection of the product throughout the supply chain from changes in weather, pressure and temperature is not compromised. All Sidel’s packers ensure quick changeovers for flexible handling of multiple SKUs.

    Sidel palletisers, both traditional and robotic, allow fast and easy SKU changeovers in layer formation to organise the right number of single bottles onto - for example - trays or dollies, or packs onto pallets. To supplement and further enhance its palletising solutions, Sidel offers Place & Pal Designer™ - user-friendly software to automate configuration of the palletisation platform, with two different integration options available to maximise flexibility. It can be directly integrated into the palletisation island’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) or, alternatively, through automatic connection on the supervisor server in remote mode. Adopting the software as part of the palletisation process offers a number of benefits, optimising the choice of existing patterns and making it easier and quicker to develop new and potentially more efficient ones. It enables the creation and management of a dedicated database with the capability to make direct entries of new formats. The programming of new patterns is accelerated through the capacity to refer to previously stored patterns while the software also automatically checks the suitability and stability of pallets for chosen patterns. In this way smart pallet patterns of various sizes and formats of bottles can be achieved, in order to optimise efficiency during transportation and storage.

    Maximum uptime and minimum operational costs
    Once a line is up and running, Sidel Services™ offers a tailored portfolio to help build maintain, regain and even improve performance throughout the equipment’s lifetime. From customised maintenance, through to line improvement, to spare parts and logistics services, the company combines customer proximity with global experience to shorten lead times and improve customers’ efficiency.

    However, it is difficult to improve what is not being measured. The market is looking for systems with “built-in intelligence” capable of proactively translating raw data into actionable information. Sidel's Efficiency Improvement Tool (EIT™) handles production issues to meet ongoing challenges and also anticipates them through trends and forecasts.

    “By taking a global view of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness and the entire working life of a production line, as new technologies and solutions are developed, Sidel offers existing customers options and upgrades, line conversion and training services. This ensure that installed equipment does not get left behind, while strengthening operators’ skills in order to boost performance. In this way the company is always working to help producers optimise operating costs and reach the lowest possible TCO, as well as ensuring sustained performance over time" adds Damien Fournier.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    17.05.2017   GEBO CERMEX HELPS CAROLA ACHIEVE MAJOR PET LINE UPGRADE IN ONLY THREE WEEKS    ( Company news )

    Company news Carola, one of the largest producers of mineral water in France, is producing a new, lighter PET bottle and, in doing so, has also increased output speed by 3,000 containers per hour. It follows a line upgrade by Gebo Cermex, with installation and ramp-up to full speed production achieved in less than three weeks. The world leader in packaging line engineering and material handling, part of the Sidel Group, answered Carola’s need for an extensive upgrade to meet the company’s industrial, commercial and economic objectives.

    Following the buy-out of the company by Spadel, the international group focused on the bottling and marketing of natural mineral waters and a varied range of refreshing drinks, a new investment strategy called for a complete overhaul of the Ribeauvillé PET line facility, in Alsace (France). The ageing line was causing problems because of its limited flexibility, restricted accumulation capacity, reduced speed due to the limitations of certain machines within the line and poor working conditions. More importantly, the performance of the line was preventing Carola from keeping pace with the fast-changing beverage market and the fluctuations in consumer demand. The company was also eager to minimise the weight of the bottles it was producing and to switch to more modern packaging formats. The new owners’ investment strategy included a plan for the reduction of production costs.

    Renewed partnership built on proven experience
    Gebo Cermex was selected to undertake the modernisation work following the success of a project previously executed at Carola. Thierry Klein, Director of Production Maintenance at Carola-Ribeauvillé, explains: “We have tested Gebo Cermex capabilities around a returnable glass line and we have been especially impressed by their expertise in line automation and project management. That positive experience convinced us to trust the company again for this upgrade, because we knew their skills would be priceless for our new PET line.”

    Within this type of installation, which covers everything from bottle conveyors right through to the palletiser, the connection between the line’s various pieces of equipment is vitally important. Output performance is largely determined by the efficiency with which the line handles increases in speed as well as stoppages. The project at the Carola-Ribeauvillé factory presented the team in Gebo Cermex with several other challenges. On one hand, the company had to change everything within a complete production line without creating a supply problem for the water producer. This meant that Gebo Cermex had to replace all the equipment and get the entire line back in operation at full speed in all formats in no more than 21 days. On the other hand, the customer had to upgrade the line, taking up no more room in a facility where floorspace was already at a premium.

    Meeting targets and surpassing expectations
    José Lefort, Industrial Manager at Carola-Ribeauvillé comments: “It’s clear that this project has been a success. It’s more than lived up to our expectations. The line productivity target has been met - and speed and line regulation have been optimised for all packaging formats.”

    The new line has increased output rates by 3,000 bottles per hour for all packs’ formats. This increased productivity means that Carola can now produce greater volumes to tighter deadlines, enabling the company to respond to spikes in demand while reducing the stock managed for this purpose by an external storage provider. Lefort continues: “Increasing output speeds by around 3,000 bottles per hour for all formats has allowed us to switch to two, eight-hour shifts - with barely any production now taking place at night.”

    Challenging schedule proves no interruption to customer supply
    The most crucial stage of the project, the dismantling of the existing line and the assembly of the new equipment, took place well within schedule and the restart proved successful for all formats, which now includes packs of 6, 8 and 24 bottles. Production speed was quickly ramped up and within a month the whole line was running at 75% line efficiency. All the machines and conveyors were reinstalled as close as possible to the ground so that they were directly accessible with no need to climb up on walkways - unlike the previous line. Line control is one of the major strengths of the new system, not least the advanced management of stoppages and restarts on the conveyors and the accumulation tables between the machines. Format changeovers on the new line are also much more efficient than they used to be.

    Lefort concludes: “We’ve had no problems at all. Thanks to this project, we’ve been able to introduce a new and lighter bottle design. All the new bottles are perfectly stable on the conveyors. That meant that we were able to deliver our clients’ orders without interruption - while offering them new packaging options.”
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    16.05.2017   Belgium: AB InBev's alcohol-free Jupiler 0.0% beer surpasses sales of its predecessor    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev’s alcohol-free beer, Jupiler 0.0%, is a resounding success, surpassing its predecessor’s annual volume by the end of the month, Retail Detail Europe reported on May 12.

    “Our Jupiler 0.0% sales in the January – April period are already 2.5 times higher than our Jupiler NA’s sales in the same period of last year,” AB InBev’s spokesperson Korneel Warlop said.

    With 75% of sales from stores, the beer easily outperforms other beer brands in that area. Jupiler 0.0% is currently available in about 5,500 catering businesses as well.

    AB InBev’s Belgian market share for non-alcoholic beers is up to 83.5%, although it only represents 2.2% of the overall beer market. Germany and Spain do much better in that regard, with 10.4 and 17.7% respectively. The company’s goal is to bring its non-alcoholic (or light alcoholic) drink volume up to 20% of its overall beer volume.
     
    16.05.2017   Brazil: Brazil's antitrust authorities approve Heineken's purchase of Brasil Kirin    ( E-malt.com )

    Brazil’s Administrative Council of Economic Defense (CADE) has approved the purchase of Brasil Kirin by Heineken, ESM reported on May 8.

    The Brazilian antitrust authority ruled that the operation, announced in February, does not generate competitive concerns, reported daily O Estado de Sao Paulo.

    In its ruling, CADE stated that the acquisition does not cause concentration greater than 20% in the national market nor more than 50% in regional markets.

    Brazilian brewery and beverage company Brasil Kirin owns the Devassa, Schin, Baden Baden, Cintra and Glacial beer brands and is also active in the sector of soft drinks and mineral water.

    Heineken, which has five breweries in Brazil, paid R$ 2.2 billion (€32.9 million) for Brasil Kirin’s network of 12 factories.

    With Kirin, Heineken now becomes the second largest brewer in the country (behind Ambev) with 19% of the national market, according to figures from research company Canadean.
     
    16.05.2017   Romania: United Romanian Breweries Bereprod to invest EUR1.2 mln in making unpasteurized beer    ( E-malt.com )

    Romanian beer producer United Romanian Breweries Bereprod (URBB) will invest EUR 1.2 million in making unpasteurized beer under the Skol brand, local Wall-street.ro reported on May 11.

    This is its first major investment this year. The company started working on this project at the end of 2015. The investment will generate a 6% increase in the production capacity or 150,000 hectolitres.

    The company has hired 50 people since the beginning of this year for this project. URBB current team includes more than 750 employees.

    “We will produce annually between 50,000 and 100,000 hectolitres of unpasteurized Skol beer,” said Shachar Shaine, URBB president.

    He gave the example of the Carlsberg beer brand, which in Poland managed to have great results on the unpasteurized beer segment. “In five years, they’ve managed to increase the sales five times for that brand. The unfiltered beer sales account there for 20% of the market of 40 million hectolitres. I see the same potential for the Romanian market,” Shachar Shaine told Wall-street.ro.

    URBB is the second local producer that starts making unpasteurized beer, after Ursus launched unpasteurized beer under the Timisoreana brand earlier this year. The unpasteurized Skol will be officially launched on the market in the next two weeks.

    URBB, which produces the Tuborg and Carlsberg brands, aims to double its investments this year and exceed the EUR 120-130 million sales threshold.
     


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