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South Korea: Giants struggling to sell whisky in South Korea  (

Following news that Edrington is closing its office in South Korea, new data reveals why spirits giants are struggling to sell Scotch in the region, The Drinks Business reported on January 17.

Whisky still makes up around 40% of the overall whisk(e)y market in South Korea, but large producers such as Pernod Ricard, Diageo and Edrington have struggled as sales declined over the past decade.

Pernod Ricard announced the sale of its Imperial Scotch brand last year, while Diageo announced plans to close its bottling plant in Incheon.

Since peaking in 2002, Scotch volumes have fallen by 75%, driven by declines in local brands aimed at the traditional on-trade (TOT) market, such as Diageo’s Windsor and Pernod Ricard’s Imperial,

Edrington confirmed to The Drinks Business it would cease its South Korean operations in March this year, though, according to Tommy Keeling, IWSR’s Research Director for Asia Pacific, this might be due to factors outside of the country’s dwindling Scotch sales.

“Edrington’s business in South Korea is focused on single malts, which is a growing category in the country,” notes Keeling.

Sales of these whiskies are driven in the traditional on-trade, in premises such as karaoke or hostess bars, but over the past 10 years, this sector has also shrunk dramatically ” due to a slower economy, stricter anti-corruption laws and a change in attitudes among younger people,” Keeling said.

“While the modern on-trade (MOT) channel, which includes venues such as high-energy clubs, western style bars and gastro-lounges, is growing, it is not at a fast-enough rate to compensate for the decline in the TOT,” he said.

As well as this, low-ABV whiskies (typically 35% to 36.5% ABV), which appeared in 2010 pioneered by Busan-based Golden Blue, have started to pick up interest with consumers in South Korea, further threatening the traditional whisky category.

In 2018, sales of low-ABV whiskies surpassed Scotch for the first time. Keeling said these products are perceived as being healthier and easier to drink, “which has made them popular with TOT hostesses who are key in driving sales in the TOT.

“While volumes have largely been restricted to the TOT, brands are increasingly bringing them into the MOT and off-trade.”


UK: UK drinks industry embarks on low-alcohol trend  (

The UK drinks industry has embarked on a detox that extends beyond January with companies racing to bring out “nolo” (no- or low-alcohol) beers, spirits and cocktails to satisfy a thirst for hangover-free drinking, The Guardian reported on January 20.

The Scottish beer giant Brewdog started this year by opening the “world’s first alcohol-free beer bar” in London. At face value the move seems counter-intuitive but sales of no- and low-alcohol drinks were worth £60 mln to the pub trade last year – a near-50% increase, according to research firm CGA. The booze-free drink market is worth at least double that if supermarket sales are taken into account as Britons try to cut their alcohol intake at home too.

With an estimated 4.2 million UK consumers trying to stick to a “dry January” pledge, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), estimates that nearly 5 mln pints of low and no-alcohol beer will be bought this month. But for many people, abstaining from booze is already a lifestyle choice with more than one in five adults teetotal, according to official figures. The world’s biggest brewers and drinks makers have been quick to spot the opportunity. Johnnie Walker owner Diageo has non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip while Budweiser owner Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken have launched dozens of low- and non-alcoholic beers. Smaller-scale and craft brewers are also trying to carve out a role; Brewdog has enjoyed success with its low-alcohol Nanny State pale ale, while London-based, alcohol-free craft brewer Big Drop is also enjoying bumper growth with a range of beers that includes lager, pale ale and IPA.

To keep up with demand, Big Drop will next month launch a £1 mln crowdfunding campaign as it looks to increase its presence in UK pubs. “The goal is to make sure Big Drop is on tap right next to your favourite craft beer. We want people to be as confident ordering Big Drop as any full-strength beer,” said its co-founder Rob Fink, a former City lawyer who started the company with his friend James Kindred.

Sales volumes of low and non-alcoholic beer have risen by about 18% in the past five years in Western Europe, according to Euromonitor, and are forecast to climb another 12% by the end of 2022. Growth has been even stronger in the UK.

Big Drop has already raised £1.3 mln from private equity and trade investors, including the founders of Camden Town Brewery, from several previous fundraising rounds. It plans to use the Seedrs investment platform to expand its presence in the UK as well as push into new markets such as the US and Australia. The company, which uses specialist brewing methods to ensure the alcohol never exceeds 0.5%, had a turnover of close to £1 mln in 2019 but hopes to hit £6 mln in two years.

Although drinkers were inundated with new no- and low-alcohol beers, wines, spirits and cocktails last year, CGA analyst Charlie Mitchell expects the trend to continue in 2020 as opting out of alcohol moves into the mainstream. Its research found that one in three adults had tried one in the previous six months.

“With even more people likely to cut back on booze after the Christmas excesses, producers, operators and suppliers are queueing up to jump on the opportunity with an ever-increasing range of no- and low-alcohol alternatives,” he explains. “With many consumers eager to trial them out of curiosity, the challenge will be to build loyalty in a market where it is increasingly hard to stand out.”

In common with Scottish brewer Brewdog, which rewarded small investors with perks, Big Drop – which does not own its own brewery – is offering investors extras such as festival tickets and discounts to encourage them to part with their cash, with £50 the smallest stake.

“We started this company because our own lifestyles had changed,” explained Fink who wants to do for alcohol-free beer what the “craft beer revolution has done for beer”.

“James and I had recently become fathers and the lower-alcohol beer we wanted just wasn’t there. We knew there were a lot of people who felt exactly the same way as we did.”


Canada: AB InBev's Labatt Breweries buys Calgary’s Banded Peak Brewing  (

Labatt Breweries of Canada – a division of multinational brewing company AB InBev – has announced that it has purchased Calgary’s Banded Peak Brewing, the Canadian Beer News reported on January 30.

Launched in 2016 by partners Alex Horner, Matthew Berard, and Colin McLean, the Banded Peak brewery and taproom is located in the city’s “Barley Belt”, an area that features ten breweries in close proximity.

“I never dreamed this (the Labatt deal) would have been possible,” said Horner in an interview with the Calgary Herald. “We obviously had lots of ambition for the brewery, we wanted to grow it and build our business, but this level of growth we never anticipated and we never saw a partnership like this as something that was possible.”

“The growth of craft beer in Alberta is actually outpacing the growth we’ve seen in the rest of Canada,” said Rob Legate of Labatt in the same report. “They (Banded Peak) have done a great job of building a very strong brand, and we can leverage our scale to provide them with investment and resources and capability and capacity to continue to nurture that growth.”

Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Waves of change in soft drinks choice

Waves of change in soft drinks choice  (Company news)

Over the past 10 to 20 years, the ripples of change in the global soft drinks market have threatened to become tidal waves, with new categories emerging constantly and genuine novelty flooding the shelves.

According to a new report from Innova Market Insights, which highlights that in the global shift in soft drinks, juices and carbonates may still be the two most active sub-categories worldwide but growth is clearly much faster in alternative areas. For example, Ready-to-drink (RTD) sports drinks saw launch numbers increase at a CAGR of 26% over 2014-2018, compared with 12% CAGR for iced tea and coffee and 10% CAGR for ‘other’ soft drinks, including novelties such as herbal drinks, jelly drinks and vinegar drinks.

Flavor trends also demonstrate the changing face of the market. The fastest growing flavors in recent years include matcha tea (+49% CAGR 2013-2018), apple cider vinegar (+21% CAGR) and kombucha (+21% CAGR), all of which are thriving concepts from Asia that are now distinguishing themselves on a global platform.

As well as the emergence of new categories, overlap between existing varieties is continuing. ‘Hello Hybrids’, one of Innova’s Top 10 Trends for 2020, is perhaps nowhere as important as in the soft drinks arena. ‘Category definitions are blurring all the time,’ says Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights. “For example, in the US, Odwalla has recently developed the Smoobucha, which is a blend of fruit smoothie with fermented kombucha.”

At the same time, as suppliers seek new platforms for success, segmentation is also changing the face of the soft drinks shelves. For example, Water+ is an established concept but is continuing to evolve beyond vitaminization and added energy, with fiber, probiotics, collagen and mood ingredients all finding their way into modern waters.
(Innova Market Insights)

Jowat SE announces new Head of Sales

Jowat SE announces new Head of Sales  (Company news)

Kay-Henrik von der Heide is to become Jowat SE’s new Head of Sales. As of 1 February 2020, the 52-year-old will take on responsibility for all direct sales activities of Jowat SE in the sales divisions “national” and “international”. In his new position, he will report directly to Klaus Kullmann, Managing Director Sales & Marketing.

Photo: Kay-Henrik von der Heide (on the right) to take over leadership role from Ulrich Schmidt. Source: Jowat SE

Von der Heide will be assuming responsibilities of previous Head of Sales Ulrich Schmidt, who is leaving Jowat after more than 20 years at the enterprise at his own request to take on a new challenge in a related sector. “We regret the decision, thank Mr Schmidt for the many years he worked for Jowat and wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” said Klaus Kullmann.

Mr von der Heide graduated from Hamburg as an engineer in Wood technology (“Dipl.-Holzwirt”). He has served in various roles in both the wood-based materials industry and in the component supply industry, gaining a broad and international expertise in sales of technical products as well as decorative interior finishing products. In his last position as Head of Sales at Westag & Getalit AG, Mr von der Heide had responsibility for the sales of decorative interior finishing products in the D/A/CH region as well as sales of plywood/formwork. Mr von der Heide was born in East-Westphalia.

Mr Kullmann is convinced: “With Mr von der Heide, we have gained an experienced sales specialist who is already well connected with the wood and furniture industry, one of our key markets. We wish him a good start and look forward to a successful cooperation.”
(Jowat SE)

KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH with new management team

KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH with new management team  (Company news)

KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH has a new management team: Dr. Michael Deilmann and Lars Lemke have been appointed as new managing directors and lead the company together with Ingo Wald.

Photo: New management team of KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH (from left): managing directors Dr. Michael Deilmann, Ingo Wald and Lars Lemke

Dr. Michael Deilmann was born in 1978 and studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Ruhr University in Bochum. After completing his doctorate, he joined KROHNE in 2008 in the Research and Development department. After holding various positions as group and department manager, he took over as head of Sensor Technology development in 2016. In 2019, he was appointed managing director of KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH and is responsible for Sensor Development and Mechanical Production.

Lars Lemke was born in 1970 and studied physics in Dortmund, Berlin and Paris. After 13 years in various management positions at Infineon Technologies, he was appointed head of the Mobile Communications LTE Firmware functional organization at Intel Mobile Communications in 2011. In 2014 he joined KROHNE in the Research and Development department. As managing director of KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH he is responsible for the Communications Technology & Integrated Systems department and Electronics Production since 2019.

Ingo Wald started at KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH as an apprentice in 1974. After successfully completing studies of business administration while working full time, he took on various management positions in the company. He has been managing director of KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH since 2006 and is responsible for Sales, Finance, Purchasing, IT and Human Resources. Ingo Wald is also member of the KROHNE Group Executive Board as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH, based in Duisburg, is a subsidiary of Ludwig Krohne GmbH & Co KG (KROHNE Group) and is responsible for sales of all KROHNE products in Germany. It is also an important production and development site for the family-run group.
(Krohne Messtechnik GmbH)

SIG wins Sustainability Leaders Award for reporting

SIG wins Sustainability Leaders Award for reporting  (Company news)

SIG has won the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award for Sustainability Reporting and Communications in recognition of its transparent reporting on social and environmental issues.

Photo: SIG CR Report 2018 - Cover Image - SIG’s Corporate Responsibility Report explores how the company is addressing major global challenges by driving progress towards its bold net positive ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.

Now in their 13th year, the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards recognise excellence in key aspects of business sustainability, including reporting and communication which is cited by expert stakeholders as one of the key drivers for leadership in sustainability.

SIG’s latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report – the company’s second full CR Report – topped a shortlist of reports from leading businesses, including established reporting leaders and former winners of the edie award. Entries were judged by an esteemed panel of sustainability experts, hand-picked for their specialist knowledge and experience in their field.

The judges said: “This report goes way beyond SIG’s strategy and highlights the company’s robust approach to sustainability. The design is fun and readable, appealing to all audiences, while the core content aligns with key frameworks and clearly shows progress against SIG’s multi-year targets. The report is also transparent about achievements and areas for improvement.”

Transparent reporting on SIG’s journey Way Beyond Good

SIG’s Corporate Responsibility Report explores how the company is addressing major global challenges by driving progress towards its bold net positive ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.

The report combines engaging content for key audiences – including infographics, visual highlights and case studies exploring what Way Beyond Good means in practice – with rigorous reporting for experts on the management of SIG’s most material issues. It was prepared in accordance with the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core option.

SIG’s commitment to transparency is evident throughout the report with visual cues highlighting not only the areas where SIG is leading the industry, but the challenges it faces too. This openness is reinforced by the inclusion of direct feedback from the company’s independent external Responsibility Advisory Group.

The report showcases a host of industry firsts, from an aseptic carton linked to 100% renewable plant-based materials and an alternative to plastic straws for aseptic carton packs to 100% renewable energy for production and certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standard. It also explains how SIG is using its technology and expertise to help communities preserve surplus food and provide school meals through its Cartons for Good flagship project.

„We have made great strides towards our net positive ambition to go Way Beyond Good for society and the environment, but there are challenges to overcome too,” said Dr Christian Bauer, Manager Environmental Affairs and Product Related Sustainability at SIG, who received the award on behalf of SIG at the awards ceremony in London. “This award recognises our commitment to reporting our progress transparently along the way.”
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


USA: Meteoric rise of Mexican beer keeps surprising analysts  (

It's been two years since Budweiser fell out of the top three largest beers by off-premise sales in the U.S. Now, it's suffered another ignominy: After yet another year of falling sales, the one-time King of Beers has seen one of the giants of the Mexican beer craze pass it up, Nasdaq reported on January 25.

The industry analysts at IRI say that Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser saw off-premise sales fall 4% in 2019, which even at $1.8 billion, doesn't qualify for a top-five ranking. It's enough to leave the brewer crying in its beer.

The past few years have been difficult for the beer industry with U.S. sales drying up because of changing consumer preferences. Instead of a blend of barley, malt, and hops, drinkers are turning in greater numbers to light, fruity beverages like hard seltzer and tea.

But don't bemoan the decline of the mega brewer's flagship beer segment, as Anheuser-Busch still owns the two biggest beers in the country, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra. Even though sales of the former suffered a 5% decline, it remains far and away the leader with over $5 billion in sales to U.S. off-premise retailers in 2019. Off-premise sales are those made at package goods stores and convenience stores, but not at bars and restaurants.

And in a testament to Anheuser-Busch's prowess and scale, when drinker tastes changed it pumped more marketing into Michelob Ultra, engineering a better-than-18% increase in sales. Long before seltzer was being touted as the drink for athletes, Michelob Ultra was seen as the beer to drink post workout. It sports just 95 calories and 2.6 carbs, with 4.5% alcohol by volume, and has capitalized on the trend called "healthier beer."

While Michelob Ultra generated $2.3 billion in sales last year, according to IRI, that's not even the most surprising result of the beer wars. Rather, it's the meteoric rise of Mexican beer.

Anyone watching Constellation Brands knows that it has virtually owned the beer market for the past few quarters as its Corona and Modelo family of beer have seen depletions soar. Depletions are sales to distributors and retailers, and are considered an industry proxy for consumer demand.

Last quarter, Constellation reported depletions for Corona jumped 7% from the year-ago period driven higher by gains made by Corona Extra and Corona Refresca, a flavored malt beverage the alcohol distributor introduced to blunt some of the impact of hard seltzers. It's since turned into a top-five market share gainer for the high-end beer segment in the U.S. even though it launched only in the first fiscal quarter of 2020.

Which is why Constellation will be introducing its own hard seltzer soon under the Corona banner. Noting the brand is the No. 1 beer for Hispanics, it believes that unlike Anheuser-Busch's Bon & Viv, Molson Coors Henry's brand from MillerCoors, and Boston Beer's Truly, it doesn't haven't to hide from its beer roots.

IRI says Corona Extra saw a 2.4% rise in sales in 2019, enough to give it $1.8 billion in revenue, and putting it in a virtual tie with Budweiser. But it's Constellation's other Mexican import, Modelo Especial, that's the real sleeper. It had 18.8% growth last year, causing sales to surge to $2.1 billion and making it the fourth biggest beer, ahead of even Miller Lite.

Constellation reported that Modelo Especial's depletions rocketed 15% higher in the third quarter, which followed a similar rise in the second when it generated the most growth for the entire U.S. beer category, and was on top of a 17% gain in the first quarter.

The U.S. beer market continues to undergo a dramatic evolution. Even with Bud Light's massive sales, mass produced beer is no longer in favor, and even craft beer sees only middling growth. Boston Beer now produces more seltzer than it does beer.

Mexican beer, though, remains as strong as ever, and ever since acquiring Corona and Modelo from Anheuser-Busch, Constellation has steadily grown the brands. There's still a long way to go to catch Bud Light, but it shouldn't be long before Modelo Especial hits the top three.


UK & US: Diageo warns of Scottish whisky jobs threat from US-EU trade dispute  (

Spirits giant Diageo has warned that thousands of Scotch whisky jobs could be affected by the ongoing US-EU trade dispute, BBC News reported on January 30.

Diageo's global supply chain boss Ewan Andrew said tariffs had left smaller distilleries vulnerable, as well as supply chain operators such as farms.

The US imposed a 25% tariff on imports of single malt Scotch in October.

It was among measures introduced by the US in retaliation against EU subsidies given to aircraft maker Airbus.

According to industry figures, more than 10,000 people are directly employed in the Scotch whisky sector in Scotland. A further 40,000 jobs across the UK are supported by the industry - 7,000 of which are in rural areas of Scotland.

Mr Andrew told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "The important thing as we look forward is that we de-escalate on both sides and that products such as consumer goods are not tied in to something that is about the aerospace industry.

"My concern would be for the broader industry and for those smaller players in the industry.

"Right now I am sure it has had an impact on some of their businesses but if it were to escalate, that really would be difficult for Scotland.

"So what's good for Scotch is good for Scotland, and that's why we would encourage a de-escalation so that it doesn't impact thousands of jobs right out into farming and rural communities."

Mr Andrew's comments come after representatives of the UK and US whisky industries called for the end of "punitive tariffs that are wiping millions off export values every month".

The chief executives of the Scotch Whisky Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States urged the UK and US governments to "urgently find a negotiated solution to unrelated trade disputes and to remove all tariffs on distilled spirits".

In a separate development, Diageo has reported a rise in half-year profits, boosted by a strong performance in China.

However, it expects sales to grow more slowly because of "uncertainty in the global trade environment".

The company - whose brands include Smirnoff, Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray and Gordon's gin - reported that in the six months to 31 December, operating profit increased 0.5% to £2.44 bln.

In Greater China, which includes Taiwan, net sales increased 24%, with double-digit growth in both Chinese white spirits and Scotch.

Chief executive Ivan Menezes described the interim figures as "another good, consistent set of results", but warned that they had been delivered "in the face of increased levels of volatility in India, Latin America and Caribbean and travel retail".
(Diageo plc)


USA & UK: AB InBev seeing huge area of opportunity in online beer sales  (

Online purchasing makes up less than 1% of the US beer category – and therefore represents a ‘huge area of opportunity’, according to ZX Ventures, AB InBev’s global growth and innovation group, reported on February 3.

In the US, online grocery shopping is expected to more than double between 2019 and 2020. And yet a third of US shoppers looking for small formats aren’t even aware that beer can be bought online.

ZX Ventures – which is focusing on ecommerce as one of its seven global business units - surveyed 2,000 consumers in the US and UK on their online buying habits. It found five key trends in online beer buying.

And while it’s no surprise to see millennials in urban centres lead the market for online shopping, there’s also an opportunity for online retailers to offer convenience to older shoppers.

1. Awareness gap
A third (33%) of US small format shoppers still aren’t aware that you can buy beer online, according to ZX Venture’s survey. And yet there’s growing interest in buying beer online. The survey found that 30% of American beer shoppers are interested in buying beer online: up from 20% in 2017.

2. Beer can drive more purchases online
Nearly 70% of the American shoppers surveyed who had purchased beer online stated that beer was one of the major reasons - or even the only reason - driving their decision to go shopping. ZX Ventures says this indicates that beer has the opportunity to drive more online shopping missions.

3. Online: Millennials in city centres
The audience for small formats is considerably different online to in store. The online small format audience skews towards millennials and shoppers in urban areas. In addition, 32% of these consumers skip in-store small-format shopping entirely, preferring the virtual experience.

4. Craft continues to triumph
Online beer buyers are interested in craft brands: 54% of surveyed US consumers said they’d included a craft beer in their most recent online beer shop. That’s compared to 20% in-stores.

5. Brits want convenience
In the UK, the top driver of online shopping was convenience – a trend that applies across all age groups. In beer, the ease of delivery compared to the burden of physically carrying products from the store was a key factor.

And while online shopping might be associated with tech savvy millennials, this convenience benefit was particularly pronounced for shoppers over the age of 55 (56%), pointing to a potential selling point.

Regarding advice for retailers, the standout feedback among UK shoppers (24%) was keen interest in seeing offers of beer on the retailers’ homepage.

Beverage alcohol e-commerce in the US is broken down by wine (23%), spirits (32%) and beer (44%), according to figures IWSR.

And Rabobank’s latest figures estimate that US consumers spend $2.6 bln on alcohol online a year – through online liquor stores ($1.1 bln), direct-to-consumer wine online ($950 mln), online grocery ($295 mln) and alcohol marketplaces ($265 mln). But it believes this could be ‘billions more’,

Complex regulations between states can make online sales tricky. But grocers too can improve online sales by improving the user experience: such as with tasting notes, third-party ratings and filters such as price.


Australia: Beer drinkers slapped with the first of two tax hikes of this year  (

Australian drinkers on February 3 were been slapped with their first of two tax hikes of the year, thanks to an automatic CPI increase that slugs beer drinkers every February and August, The Shout reported.

For a standard beer with 4.4 per cent ABV, they are now A$1.59 for draught beer and A$2.26 for packaged beer. The volume-weighted average of those two (assuming 25 per cent is sold as draught) is A$2.09 per litre of beer.

Australians are paying the fourth highest excise tax on beer in the world and that tax quietly increases every six months, a fact that Heffernan says is “appalling”.

Speaking to the National Liquor News Industry Leaders Forum¸ Heffernan said that beer tax reform would be high on the agenda for the Brewers Association in 2020.

“It’s clear that Australians simply don’t know what or how much tax is in a beer and, when illuminated, the reaction ranges from shock to outrage. Our putting a toe in the water on this issue publicly has been instructive. We will be building on that in 2020.”

The tax on beer has gone up every six months for the last 35 years and the increase of February the 3rd is the 71st consecutive hike.

In a paper prepared for the Brewers Association of Australia, Professor Kym Anderson AC from the University of Adelaide released new analysis comparing Australian beer tax with OECD and EU countries.

All 42 of the countries reported in Anderson (2019) tax the consumption of beer. However, only three comparable advanced industrial countries – Finland, Japan and Norway – taxed beer more than did Australia in 2018-20.

The next highest taxing countries are the United Kingdom and Ireland, but their rates are about 30 per cent lower than was Australia’s average rate in 2018-20. More than half of those 42 countries had 2018 rates less than one-quarter of Australia’s, that is, below 50 cents per litre of beer.

That report also showed that Australians are paying double the tax of New Zealand (A$1.26) and 17 times more than Germany (A$0.13). And Heffernan says that it’s time for change.

“A massive 42 per cent of the retail price on a carton of beer, is tax. Of the A$52 retail price for a typical carton of beer at 4.9 per cent alcohol, A$21.84 goes to the taxman. Now it’s going up again.

“That a beer is fast becoming out of reach for everyday Aussies is simply wrong. When 42 per cent of the price of a beer is tax, eclipsing any other input cost to be the biggest cost in the price of a beer… that’s political dynamite.

“Without giving too much away, the time is right for beer tax reform. There is no legitimate reason for Australians to be paying top tier tax on a beer compared to the rest of the world. With a variety of external factors in play – cost of living pressures for one – 2020 presents opportunities to get on the front foot and drive a positive agenda for change.”

Jamie Cook, Chair, Independent Brewers Association (IBA), agrees that the alcohol taxation system needs to be modernised and says the IBA will continue to advocate for a system that is more fair to brewers and drinkers alike.

“This is another chapter in the ongoing rise of disproportionate excise tax paid in comparison to other beer drinking countries. The regime needs to be reviewed and modernised, to help assist the small businesses around Australia leading the charge in encouraging drinkers towards a more sophisticated and mature approach to alcohol.

“The IBA will be continuing to advocate for a modernisation of alcohol taxation to a system that recognises and rewards the producers and drinkers that are creating value for the economy and are fostering a more responsible and connected society.”


Canada: Beer now accounts for less than 38% of Canada’s total alcohol sales  (

Canadians are blessed with more microbreweries than ever — more than 1,000 at last count — but the nation doesn’t seem to be as enamoured by the amber brew any more, according to a new report by a food analyst.

“Only 15 years ago, beer accounted for 50 per cent of all sales of alcohol. That number is now below 38 per cent, according to AC Nielson,” wrote Dr Sylvain Charlebois, professor and senior director at Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in a new report on January 29.

“As consumers are moving away from beer, the industry is left wondering what the future holds for this very important sector of the economy,” Charlebois said, noting that beer demand fell 4 per cent in 2019 — the largest reduction since Prohibition.

The analyst believes younger consumers are more interested in “ready-to-drink mixes like vodka-and-soda” and not as attached to a cold one as the older generation that cherishes its stouts, hops and suds.

“Market shifts are forcing beer marketers to think twice about how they have sold beer to Canadians. For example, beer and hockey have always formed a natural, very effective co-branding scheme,” Charlebois noted. “Given where the market is going, that relationship will require some rethinking. With beer consumption comes context. A growing number of people drinking beer today are not necessarily hockey fans, let alone watching a hockey game.”

Beer companies such as Molson-Coors can see the writing on the wall and have already invested in cannabis companies to lessen the blow.

“As we have seen in the United States, where recreational cannabis has been legal for quite some time, brewers are likely to see their market share get hit. Canadians are slowly recognizing the virtues of CBD-infused beverages, which can provide health benefits.”

Canadian apathy towards beer couldn’t have come at a worse time as there are more than 1,000 microbreweries mushrooming across Canada that have employed thousands of workers. According to some reports, another 200 microbreweries are expected to enter the Canadian market soon.

Charlebois says the market will need to dictate which companies deserve to survive and thrive, without any interference from public agencies.

“Other than getting rid of our ridiculous interprovincial barriers, governments across country should think twice before making market conditions conducive to allowing more players on the market.”


Japan: Suntory unveils limited-edition 55-year-old Yamazaki single malt whisky  (

Japan’s Suntory Holdings on January 30 unveiled a limited edition 55-year-old Yamazaki single malt whisky, which it will sell for 3 million yen ($27,347.31) a bottle, aiming to bolster its credentials as a premium whisky maker, Reuters reported.

Only 100 bottles will be sold from June 30, and buyers will be chosen by lottery, the company said.

Suntory and other premium whisky makers have been faced with depleted stocks of aged whiskies after an unexpected surge in popularity of single malts in the past decade. Many have turned to blends without age statements to manage supply.

The company, for example, ended sales of its popular 17-year Hibiki, which appeared in the film “Lost in Translation”, in 2018. In the past few years, Suntory has issued more no-age blends and has depended on strong sales of much cheaper whisky highballs for growth.

But many whisky aficionados still seek out aged single malts, and Kengo Torii, head of Suntory’s whisky division, said it wanted to shore up its reputation as a premium manufacturer.

“We were concerned that we had not been able to deliver anything new for a long time regarding the Yamazaki brand,” he said.

Blended from whisky matured in mizunara and white oak casks, the edition will be the oldest version of Yamazaki, Suntory’s flagship single malt produced at Japan’s first malt whisky distillery in Osaka.

Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo described the taste as sweet and woody, with a mature, fruity aroma and long aftertaste.

The company in 2005 sold a limited edition of a 50-year-old Yamazaki for 1 million yen. One of them auctioned by Bonhams in Hong Kong in 2018 fetched HK$2.695 million.


India & UK: Indian craft brewer Bira 91 rolling out its craft beers in the UK  (

Independent Indian craft brewer Bira 91 is rolling out its range of craft beers, including Blonde Lager, White Ale and Indian Pale Ale, across the UK, the Bar Magazine reported on February 4.

Brewed in India with Belgian recipes, Bira 91 is on a mission to “drive the global shift in craft beer towards more colour and flavour”.

The three-strong portfolio begins with Blonde Lager, a “vibrant, crisp and clean” 4.5% ABV lager made with American-grown Cascade hops and Mandarina Bavaria hops, a new German hop variety out of the hops research centre at Hüll in Bavaria, featuring aromas of mandarin orange.

White Ale (4.7% ABV) is Bira 91’s modern take on a Belgian-style wheat beer. Brewed with orange peel, which gives the beer a “citrus burst with a soft, fruity finish”, it has a low bitterness and can be paired with salads, cheese and fish.

Making up the trio is the brand’s Indian Pale Ale. Described as “tropical, balanced and bright”, the 4.5% ABV IPA is brewed with toasted and caramel malts, new age hops and finished with pomelo fruit, one of the largest citrus fruits in the world. The “easy drinking” beer offers “subtle sweetness and nuttiness”, and can be matched with an array of spicy food.

All three Bira 91 beers are currently available UK-wide in 330ml bottles, with cans in development and Blonde Lager available on draft, to order in a 30L keg.

Bira 91 founder Ankur Jain said: “Consumers opting for a more fun, relaxing beer-drinking experience that doesn’t compromise on quality, taste and experience will be pleased with the way Bira 91 bridges the gap between macro and craft beers with a playful brand that is intimately local yet universal and full of flavour.

“Bira 91 extends the craft beer market’s reach to UK millennials, who have quickly fallen in love with the playful brand around the world.”


India: Tribunal allows AB InBev to resume beer sales in New Delhi for now  (

A tribunal in New Delhi has put on hold a sales ban imposed last year on Anheuser-Busch InBev, an order seen by Reuters showed, allowing the world’s largest brewer to resume sales of its beer products in the city for now.

Authorities in New Delhi barred AB InBev in July from selling its beer products for three years over allegations related to the evasion of state taxes, which the company had denied. The ban was later reduced to 18 months.

The company’s appeal against the ban was rejected in December by a judge of the Delhi High Court, who directed AB InBev to approach the city tribunal for further relief.

The tribunal issued a one-page order on Feb. 4 saying the ban was being “stayed” as it continues to hear the company’s appeal. The order, a copy of which was seen by Reuters on February 6, did not elaborate on the reasons.

AB InBev continues to argue against the ban saying it must be quashed as the company was not given adequate notice beforehand, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The next tribunal appeal hearing is on Feb. 25, the order said.

An official from the Delhi government said it would continue to defend its ban order.

New Delhi authorities had found that SABMiller, bought by AB InBev in 2016, used duplicate barcodes on beer bottles supplied to city retailers, allowing it to pay lower levies.

The Delhi tribunal’s stay order will come as a major relief for AB InBev, which was already battling a separate Indian antitrust probe concerning alleged beer price fixing by SABMiller and other companies.

A spokesman for AB InBev India told Reuters the company was encouraged by the stay order, but added it would not comment further during the ongoing appeal process.

“We are committed to operating with integrity and ethics and remain excited about our business in India,” he added.

AB InBev, whose beers include Budweiser and Hoegaarden, is the second biggest player in India’s $7 billion market, with a 17.5% share, IWSR Drinks Market Analysis estimates.

Buzz Builds as Coca-Cola Energy Rolls Out Nationwide

Buzz Builds as Coca-Cola Energy Rolls Out Nationwide  (Company news)

The first-ever energy drink under the Coca-Cola brand hits stores across the United States this week following months of buzzworthy buildup.

Coca-Cola Energy, Coca-Cola Energy Cherry and their zero-calorie counterparts are now available nationwide in 12-oz. sleek cans. All four varieties include 114 mg of caffeine per 12-oz. serving, plus guarana extracts and B-vitamins – giving fans both the boost they want and the refreshing, uplifting Coke taste they love.

“We’re making energy drinks more accessible and approachable to more people,” said Brandan Strickland, brand director, Coca-Cola Trademark. “We recognized an opportunity to meet an unmet need in the category and give more people even more reasons to reach for a Coke.”

While energy drinks are one of the fastest-growing nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverage categories in the U.S. – with sales growing around 5% annually – household penetration has slowed. Research shows that Americans are open to trying energy drinks, but are hesitant because of unfamiliar brands touting unfamiliar ingredients.

Coca-Cola Energy pushes Coca-Cola into new territory, Strickland said, while staying true to its core values.

“As we think about where we want to go as a total beverage company, we know that consumers need to lead the way,” he added. “Shoppers today are choosing beverages less based on category and more based on need states. And Coca-Cola is and always has been about refreshment and uplift – both emotional and physical uplift – and Coca-Cola Energy honors that. We’re letting this insight guide our innovation process because we never want to do anything that feels inauthentic. We want to deliver products that enhance what our brand already stands for in the hearts and minds of consumers.”

In September, Coca-Cola North America offered a first taste of the category-crossing innovation at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) expo in Atlanta – a logical launchpad considering the convenience retail channel accounts for more than 70% of energy drink sales in the U.S.

The team then seeded Coca-Cola Energy with 200 influencers and celebrities spanning the sports, entertainment and pop culture spectrum, who helped generate buzz on social media.

Coca-Cola Energy – which debuted in 2019 in Spain and Hungary, and is currently available in 25 countries – continues the Coke brand’s recent track record of innovation in the U.S. Last year, Coca-Cola Orange Vanilla and Coca-Cola Orange Vanilla Zero successfully emerged as the trademark’s first new flavor extensions in over a decade, and Coca-Cola Cinnamon made a limited-edition appearance during the holiday season. Coca-Cola Cherry Vanilla and Cherry Vanilla Zero will keep the streak going next month.
(The Coca-Cola Company)

Symrise receives international “A” rating from CDP for outstanding environmental protection

Symrise receives international “A” rating from CDP for outstanding environmental protection  (Company news)

- Water rating from CDP awards Symrise a place on the non-profit organization’s prestigious A-list
- Forest protection measures also recognized with a “Leadership A-” rating
- Leading position in the three CDP rating categories of climate, water and forests
- Performance among the best of more than 8,400 companies reporting worldwide

The renowned nonprofit organization CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) has recognized Symrise once again for its exemplary efforts in the protection of water and forests. The Holzminden-based group achieved the highest rating in the water protection category, and thus a place on the prestigious A-list, in this year's annual assessment of companies and governments. Symrise also achieved an “A-” in the forest protection category, an excellent result that places it among the leading companies in the area of sustainable responsibility. The assessment is based on goals, programs and results related to ecological responsibility, which were submitted to CDP by more than 8,400 companies as well as numerous countries, regions and cities.

Symrise has a long history of employing ambitious measures for the conservation of natural resources and serves as an outstanding role model for other companies. Its contributions toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) play a decisive role in this context. In concert with the content of SDG 6, Symrise considers the availability of fresh, high-quality water to be absolutely essential for its activities. The company is dedicated to using water efficiently and reducing wastewater volumes and emissions at all its sites worldwide. Symrise aims to reduce both chemical oxygen demand in water and sensitive waste by 60 % as compared with 2010 levels.

These comprehensive measures have now been recognized by the renowned nonprofit organization CDP every year since 2016. With its outstanding performance, Symrise ranks among the leading companies worldwide in matters of environmental conservation. “Sustainable innovations are a fundamental part of our sustainability strategy,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise. “We emphasize cutting-edge technologies so we can manufacture in a way that protects water resources and forests. In doing so, we also assume responsibility for future generations. Earning top ratings from CDP motivates us to maintain this course.”

Numerous criteria involved in CDP assessment
Each year, the nonprofit organization examines and assesses the completeness of disclosed data and the management of environmental risks by participating companies and organizations. A further criterion is evidence that the organization plays a pioneering environmental role, such as setting ambitious goals. Based on the results, CDP classifies the participants into four categories from A, the highest, to D. The water and forest data submitted by Symrise rank among the best of over 8,400 analyzed companies.

In mid-January 2020, CDP also awarded Symrise an A for its sustained dedication to climate protection.
(Symrise AG)

PepsiCo To Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity In The U.S.

PepsiCo To Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity In The U.S.  (Company news)


Some of America's favorite snacks and beverages – from Lay's and SunChips to bubly, Gatorade and Pepsi – will soon be made using electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) recently announced plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. direct operations this year. The U.S. is the food and beverage company's largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.

PepsiCo's efforts in the U.S. build upon its global progress in switching to renewable electricity around the world. For example, nine countries in PepsiCo's European direct operations already meet 100% of their electricity demand from renewable sources. Additionally, in 2018, 76% of the electricity needs of the PepsiCo Mexico Foods business were delivered via wind energy.

"We have entered a decade that will be critical for the future of our planet's health," said Ramon Laguarta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo. "PepsiCo is pursuing 100% renewable electricity in the U.S. because the severe threat that climate change poses to the world demands faster and bolder action from all of us."

PepsiCo's shift to renewable electricity in the U.S. this year is expected to deliver a 20% reduction in company-wide direct operations (Scopes 1 and 2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to a 2015 baseline. This represents a significant contribution to the company's goal of reducing absolute GHG emissions across its global value chain by 20% by 2030 against a 2015 baseline.

"As an industry leader, we have a responsibility to help spur the use of renewable energy in the U.S., while encouraging the kind of systemic change that can build a more sustainable food system. This is another step forward in that journey," said Simon Lowden, Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo.

To achieve 100% renewable electricity, PepsiCo plans to target a diversified portfolio of solutions. These include Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs), which finance the development of new renewable electricity projects such as solar and wind farms, as well as renewable energy certificates (RECs), which are credits certified by independent third parties that support existing green electricity generation from renewable sources. In 2020, PepsiCo's portfolio will feature more RECs, then will gradually move toward PPAs and VPPAs by 2025.

Alongside these measures, PepsiCo continues to expand its onsite renewable electricity. The company recently installed new solar panels at its global headquarters in Purchase, N.Y., complementing other solar energy installations throughout the country. These include Frito-Lay facilities in Modesto, CA and Casa Grande, AZ, as well as PepsiCo beverage facilities in Fresno, CA and Tolleson, AZ, among others.
(PepsiCo Inc.)

Nestlé Waters North America Expands ReadyRefresh® by Nestlé® Beverage Portfolio

Nestlé Waters North America Expands ReadyRefresh® by Nestlé® Beverage Portfolio  (Company news)

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) announced that its ReadyRefresh® by Nestlé® delivery service has expanded its beverage portfolio as part of ReadyRefresh’s mission to deliver healthy, convenient and great-tasting hydration to its customers. ReadyRefresh offers an easy-to-shop website, flexible delivery options, and growing portfolio of beverage products.

“We take pride in understanding the types of products our customers want and taking action to meet their needs,” said Henrik Jelert, Executive Vice President, ReadyRefresh. “That is why we’re introducing new and innovative beverages that excite our customers and complement our healthy hydration options. With just a click, our customers can quench their thirst with products delivered directly to their door or office.”

In November 2019, ReadyRefresh started to offer Vita Coco’s coconut water, and in the coming months, ReadyRefresh customers will be able to order hellowater’s fiber-infused flavored waters, RISE Brewing Co.’s nitro cold brew coffee cans, and UPTIME’s energy drinks.

ReadyRefresh is capable of reaching more than 80% of the U.S. population. With access to ReadyRefresh’s expansive delivery network, Vita Coco, hellowater, RISE Brewing Co., and UPTIME are able to reach new customers directly in addition to their own distribution channels.

“It’s our mission to make better-for you-beverages, like coconut water, more accessible and conveniently available to people,” said Charles van Es, Chief Sales Officer of Vita Coco. “ReadyRefresh is a great platform for new consumers to discover the brand from the convenience of their homes and explore how coconut water can fit into their daily routine.”

“Being able to deliver our products through ReadyRefresh is an amazing opportunity to help continue our goal of connecting with millions of people to inspire health,” said Tom Bushkie & Rusty Jones, Co-Founders at hellowater. “We believe our zero sugar, low calorie, prebiotic fiber-infused beverages will be a great complement to the portfolio and the white glove service ReadyRefresh provides their loyal customers.”

“Launching with ReadyRefresh is one of RISE’s most exciting partnerships to date,” said Grant Gyesky, RISE Brewing Co. Co-Founder & CEO. “Not only does it allow RISE to be accessible to the majority of the U.S. population, but it also brings us full circle from our founding when we would order 5-gallon containers from ReadyRefresh to brew our nitro cold brew coffee.”

“We are thrilled to join the ReadyRefresh family of superior beverages with our premium energy drink which is designed to bring mental clarity and focus,” said Benjamin Kim, CEO of UPTIME Energy, Inc. “Our customers absolutely love our sugar-free options and to kick off the New Year, ReadyRefresh will offer our Original Citrus, Blood Orange and White Peach Lemonade flavors.”

Vita Coco’s Original and Pressed Coconut waters are currently available for purchase on Customers will soon be able to order hellowater’s Mixed Berry, Orange Mango and Cucumber Lime flavored waters, all four coffee flavors from RISE Brewing Co., and UPTIME’s Original Citrus, Blood Orange and White Peach Lemonade energy drinks.

These new beverage options build on ReadyRefresh’s portfolio of leading bottled water brands such as Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Deer Park® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Nestlé® Pure Life®, Perrier® and S.Pellegrino® as well as flavored waters and sparkling fruit beverages. These water brands are available in a range of sizes – from 8 ounces to 5 gallons – to fit customers’ various hydration needs.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

Tofusan and SIG team up to launch Thailand’s first organic UHT soymilk in aseptic carton packs

Tofusan and SIG team up to launch Thailand’s first organic UHT soymilk in aseptic carton packs  (Company news)

Start-up company Tofusan, founded by Suranam Panichakarn in 2011, and SIG team up to launch Thailand’s first organic UHT soymilk in aseptic carton packs. After enjoying rapid growth to become the market leader in pasteurized soymilk, with a 65% market share in Thailand, Tofusan has now launched its first premium organic UHT soymilk in original flavour and low sugar varieties in combiblocMini aseptic carton packs from SIG.

Tofusan approached SIG as they strongly believed their unique ‘less is more’ natural premium soymilk, made only from organic USDA-certified soybeans and organic sugar without emulsifiers and stabilizers or creamer and oil, deserved a packaging solution that perfectly matched.

Working in close collaboration with the expert team at SIG to find the most convenient and modern, yet sustainable, packaging solution, Tofusan opted for combiblocMini aseptic carton packs and flexible filling technology from SIG for its first organic UHT soymilk range. This forward-looking aseptic packaging choice, which blocks out light and air, provides Tofusan with all the benefits of safe long-life storage and transportation, without the need for refrigeration or preservatives.

This unique product and packaging combination opens up new opportunities, both domestically and overseas, to bring Tofusan’s value-added next generation products to market quickly and safely, while appealing to busy, health-conscious Millennials. These lightweight and durable carton packs have super-trendy designs that immediately catch the eye of the consumer.

Suranam Panichakarn, founder of Tofusan: “Thanks to SIG we have found the perfect packaging solution and technology to build and market our UHT product line of premium soymilk. SIG is a reliable partner for us in all matters relating to aseptic filing of innovative and differentiated products. Our close cooperation helps us to secure a stronger business and to meet constantly changing consumer demands.”

Vatcharapong Ungsrisawasdi, Country Manager Thailand at SIG: “What differentiates Tofusan’s organic soymilk is its high-quality natural ingredients that taste as good as traditional homemade soymilk. Opting for our aseptic filling technology and carton pack ensures premium quality, taste and aroma of the soymilk, while retaining natural nutrients. We’re looking forward to continuing our cooperation with Tofusan to give consumers in Thailand and beyond a traditional homemade soymilk experience.”

Both SIG and Tofusan have worked together on product innovation and differentiation as part of SIG’s Value Proposition, which aims to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Symrise receives top score of A in international climate protection rating

Symrise receives top score of A in international climate protection rating  (Company news)

• Prestigious nonprofit organization CDP awards Symrise highest ranking
• Key climate figures from the Holzminden-based Group among the best of more than 8,400 analyzed companies from around the world
• Symrise reduces greenhouse gas emissions by one-third ahead of schedule

Symrise is setting the standard in sustainability around the world with its ambitious climate protection measures. This has once again been honored by the prestigious nonprofit organization CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project). In the annual CDP evaluation of companies and governments, the Holzminden-based Group achieved an A-list climate protection rating. The rating is based on environmental data provided to CDP by more than 8,400 companies and over 920 states, regions and cities.

Sustainability is an integral component of the Symrise corporate strategy. The Holzminden-based company wants to take responsibility for future generations and is thus setting a good example in the transition to a resource-conserving economy. To fulfill this aspiration, the company has developed a climate protection strategy. Symrise has even achieved the goal of improving environmental efficiency in terms of CO2 by a third compared to 2010 ahead of its 2020 deadline.

The numerous measures carried out have now once again earned the CDP’s top score in its climate protection rating. The nonprofit organization evaluates the completeness of the published data as well as the operational management of environmental risks, among other things. A further criterion is evidence of a pioneering environmental role, for example, through setting and achieving ambitious goals. Based on the results, the CDP classifies the participants into four categories: from A, the highest, to D. The key climate figures submitted by Symrise are some of the best from over 8,400 analyzed companies.

“As a company, we want to make a palpable contribution to climate,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, Chief Executive Officer of Symrise AG. “That’s why we pursue ambitious goals. We are pleased that the CDP has recognized our efforts. It shows that we are on the right path.”

Symrise wants to be climate-positive starting 2030
Symrise has committed to further reducing its environmental footprint along the entire value chain in the future. The next milestone will be improving environmental efficiency by 2025 in terms of harmful emissions by 60 percent compared to 2016. And starting in 2030, the Holzminden-based Group intends to be climate-positive.

“We have decided on concrete measures to achieve these goals,” explains Bertram. “We want to continue to improve the energy efficiency of all our production sites and to obtain all of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In addition, we will support high-grade climate protection projects around the world by acquiring emission certificates.”

A further step is concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Germany, i.e., electricity supply contracts that are usually entered into on a long-term basis between a producer and a buyer. By hedging market price risks, these agreements can promote the economical generation of electricity through renewable energy sources. The background for this is that the government subsidies for renewable energy production provided by the German Renewable Energy Act will end in 2021. PPAs are one way of ensuring that the facilities continue to be used after the state-funded period ends.

Symrise also expects its suppliers to commit to more climate protection in the future. Those who supply raw materials accounting for at least 80 % of its total purchasing volume are required by the company commit to their own climate targets by 2020.
(Symrise AG)

drink technology India strengthens its position as business and knowledge platform ...

drink technology India strengthens its position as business and knowledge platform ...  (drinktechnology india 2019)

... for the Indian beverage, dairy and liquid food industry

- New Delhi edition of drink technology India registers a 30 percent increase in space
- Record number of business deals negotiated at the fair

9,925 visitors, 201 exhibitors and a total floorspace of 11,400 square meters (gross)—these are the figures achieved by drink technology India (Messe München), co-located with pacprocess and food pex India (Messe Düsseldorf). The growth of drink technology India remains strong. The trade fair that is taking place in a yearly rotation between Mumbai and New Delhi is now well established in the Indian Capital. The supporting program was expanded and addressed all segments and topics of the beverage, dairy and liquid food industry in conferences and seminars. Together with its partners, drink technology India underlines its status as India’s leading knowledge platform.

Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Messe München, is very pleased with how the trade fair went: “The event’s sizable growth demonstrates the fact that the trade fair has also become the most important industry event for solutions, networking and knowledge sharing at its location in New Delhi.” “This confirms our strategic decision of organizing drink technology India every year at alternating locations—Mumbai and New Delhi—to cover the Indian market,” adds Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director at Messe München. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India, comments: “The 30 percent increase in exhibition floorspace is proof that companies are responding to the continued high demand in India for machinery for producing, processing and packaging beverages, dairy and liquid food products.”

Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA’s Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, also confirms the importance of the event: “Demand amongst Indian consumers is growing across all segments of the beverage and liquid food industry and is expected to have risen by around 89 percent by 2022 according to market researchers. Indian suppliers are therefore importing systems and machinery in order to be able to meet this demand. This represents a great opportunity for international companies wishing to gain a foothold in the Indian market.”

At drink technology India, international exhibitors accounted for 12 percent, with China being the most represented country, followed by other international exhibitors from Germany, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

Supporting program—A 360 degree view of the industry’s topics
Avisha Desai, Group Project Director of Messe München India, is pleased with the new value added for customers: “drink technology India has been successful in setting up valuable partnerships with associations from all the industry’s segments. All the areas from the beverage, dairy and liquid food industry were covered by exhibitors as well as by the trade fair’s supporting program.”

The Packaging Design Innovation & Technology Conference was held for the first time at the trade fair. Companies operating in the consumer goods industry presented interesting solutions and thought-provoking impulses relating to packaging design, sustainability, food safety and smart packaging. The supporting program also included the Indian Dairy Association’s Conference, which showcased packaging solutions for the dairy industry, as well as the FSSAI seminar, which highlighted regulations and initiatives as part of India’s “Eat Right Movement”. The Oil Technologists’ Association of India (OTAI) hosted a seminar on oils and fats. Special focus was given to food and non-food-related uses of palm oil. The place2beer and the Buyer Seller Meetings, which were with more than 400 business talks extremely popular again, are now firm fixtures of drink technology India.

drink technology India, pacprocess and food pex India
drink technology India is staged yearly in conjunction with the pacprocess and food pex India trade fairs of Messe Düsseldorf. Exhibitors and visitors can benefit from the advantages given by this unique combination of three trade fairs as this means they can leverage synergies given by the co-location. The three trade fairs cover the entire bandwidth of the beverage, dairy and liquid food technology (drink technology India), packaging and related processes (pacprocess India) as well as food and confectionery processing and packaging (food pex India) all under one roof and is unrivaled in the region.

drink technology India alternates every year between Mumbai and New Delhi. The next drink technology India will take place in Mumbai from December 9 to 11, 2020.
(Messe München GmbH)

Precise temperature monitoring in systems and piping with new temperature sensor ...

Precise temperature monitoring in systems and piping with new temperature sensor ...  (Company news)

... in the GEMÜ range

The new GEMÜ 3240 temperature transducer/switch now allows precise temperature monitoring in systems and piping across an even broader measuring range.

Photo: Temperature sensor GEMÜ 3240 with various process connections of metal and plastics

The GEMÜ 3240 temperature transducer/switch supersedes the existing GEMÜ 3220 product range with immediate effect. The new sensor's high-quality measuring cells are able to withstand media temperatures of between -40 °C and +150 °C and operating pressures of up to 160 bar while maintaining an accuracy of 0.35% FSO.
In addition to the considerably broader measuring scope, the new series scores highly in terms of its wide range of features. For demanding acid/alkali applications, all media wetted parts are available with PVDF encapsulation, for example.

IO-Link for intelligent networking
With an IO-Link interface, the GEMÜ 3240 temperature transducer/switch can be used centrally to automate and monitor processes. This is beneficial for system networking, for example, as it makes components compatible with one another and facilitates parameterization and data transmission.
The rotatable LED display is another advantage: The 4-digit display allows the current operating parameters to be viewed in any installation position.

The new GEMÜ 3240 temperature transducer/switch can be used for a wide variety of applications. The sensor is a reliable temperature measurement and control instrument for use in cooling circuits or for monitoring sterilization processes. It is suitable for a huge variety of media, such as highly viscous or contaminated media. In addition, the high-quality material from which the sensor is made means that it is able to withstand even chemically corrosive media.

With its 3140-series pressure transducer/switch, which it launched back in 2018, GEMÜ has already been able to boast state-of-the-art measurement systems for measuring and controlling pressure. This device is now joined by the new temperature sensor, which broadens the scope of the measurement and control systems range.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)

Michael König appointed to Symrise Supervisory Board

Michael König appointed to Symrise Supervisory Board   (Company news)

• Dr. Thomas Rabe left the Supervisory Board at his own request on 31 December 2019
• New member Michael König has extensive experience in various leadership roles

Michael König (56, photo), CEO of Elkem ASA, is joining the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG. The Hildesheim District Court has named Michael König to the Supervisory Board effective as of 15 January 2020. He will stand for election by the shareholders at the Symrise Annual General Meeting on 6 May 2020. Mr. König will succeed Dr. Thomas Rabe (54), who stepped down at his own request and on amicable terms on 31 December 2019.

Dr. Winfried Steeger, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG, said: "On behalf of the Supervisory Board I would like to thank Dr. Rabe for the fruitful and trusting working relationship. We wish him the very best in his future career and personal life. We are also pleased to welcome Michael König. With his deep roots in the chemical industry and his many years' experience gained through management roles both in Germany and internationally, he represents an outstanding addition to our Supervisory Board."

Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG, added: "Dr. Rabe played a decisive role in shaping the successful development of Symrise AG in recent years. I would therefore like to express our sincere appreciation on behalf of the entire company for his excellent work. At the same time, we are delighted to have recruited Michael König as a highly competent new member to our Supervisory Board. With his extensive experience, we are confident that he will make valuable contributions to Symrise AG."

Michael König is the CEO of the stock-listed Elkem ASA, a leading global supplier of silicon-based advanced materials with headquarters in Oslo. Before joining Elkem he spent four years as the CEO of China National Bluestar, a supplier of new chemical materials and animal nutrition. He began his career in 1990 at Bayer AG, where he held a number of management positions in Germany and China for 25 years, ultimately serving from 2013 to 2015 as a member of the Board of Management responsible for technology, human resources and sustainability and the Asia/Pacific, Africa and Middle East regions.

Michael König has a degree in chemical process engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund. He is married and has two children.
(Symrise AG)

EcoFloat™ Sleeve Solution

EcoFloat™ Sleeve Solution  (Company news)

With high performing 360° Sleeves we offer design freedom and strong visual impact at the Point of Sale. Utilising our established expertise in the field of film manufacturing, CCL has developed a solution to support customers’ sustainability targets with maximum cost- efficiency.

CCL created a sustainable TD sleeve material enabling our customers in meeting their recycling targets. This EcoFloat™ material complies with all CCL conformity standards and has been engineered to improve the sink/ float separation process relating to PET bottles.

Maximum PET recycling performance
Meeting the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) standards in the US and the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) standards in Europe is becoming increasingly important. EcoFloat™ was designed to meet economic and environmental sustainability goals while enhancing the look & feel of the product.

Technical Features
Clear polyolefin film material specifically developed for PET bottle-to-bottle recycling
– Polyolefin based
– TD shrink >60%
– Thickness 50μ
– Same process conditions as other TD films
Specific Gravity: <0.93 g/cm³ material floats with ink
Supports PET bottle-to-bottle recycling process
(CCL Label Corporate Office)

Drygate's Shred - Alcohol-free Citrus Pale Ale

Drygate's Shred - Alcohol-free Citrus Pale Ale  (Company news)

Our new alcohol-free citrus pale ale. Shred is brewed with orange peel, fragrant aroma hops, and loads of wheat and oats. Light, dry, zesty and refreshing - everything you want from a beer, any time, any place.

Pale, hazy straw. White, frothy head.
Fresh grassy hop, with light and fragrant citrus aromas.
Subtle pale ale profile, with zesty orange peel.
Light body, dry, long finish.

Blood orange + fennel ceviche
Crepe Suzette

Style: Alcohol-free Citrus Pale Ale
Malts: Pale, Dextrin, Oats, Wheat
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Galaxy
Alcohol By Volume: 0.5%
Adjuncts: Orange peel
(Drygate Brewing Co.)

Ocean Spray Launches Brew, a Superfruit Juice with Cold Brew Coffee

Ocean Spray Launches Brew, a Superfruit Juice with Cold Brew Coffee  (Company news)

Brew Features Naturally-Sourced Energy From 100% Colombian Coffee With Antioxidant Vitamin C

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 farmer families, introduces Ocean Spray® Brew, a first-of-its kind hybrid drink made with real fruit juice and cold brew coffee. With its nearly 90-year old, iconic Ocean Spray® brand, the cooperative is relentlessly driving innovation to accelerate Ocean Spray's evolution toward health and wellness. The launch of Brew builds on a pipeline of innovation coming from the cooperative, bolstering its mission of connecting farms to families for a better life by delivering a new beverage that is both nutritious and provides natural energy. Brew marks yet another expansion for Ocean Spray into a new category of coffee, and Ocean Spray will continue to drive future growth opportunities for the cooperative this year.

Ocean Spray® Brew will be available in two flavors, Cranberry Lemonade with Cold Brew Coffee and Cranberry Blueberry with Cold Brew Coffee. Brew features 100% Colombian Coffee, with each 8 oz serving containing 40 milligrams of naturally sourced caffeine from green coffee beans, which is equal to a 1/2 cup of coffee. In addition, Brew contains antioxidant vitamin C, as well as vitamin B and real fruit juice, with no added sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial flavors or colors.

"Consumers are looking for natural ways to increase their energy, and Ocean Spray® Brew provides an option to reap other health benefits while having their caffeine. We're bringing together the benefits of both health and energy in a delicious and innovative way," said Rizal Hamdallah, Chief Global Innovation Officer at Ocean Spray. "Brew is another example of Ocean Spray's commitment to accelerate innovation and focus on building a health and wellness portfolio as part of our farmer-owned cooperative's transformation."

Ocean Spray® Brew will be on-shelf nationwide this month in Target, Stop & Shop, Shaw's, Albertsons, Vons, and Safeway, and will continue to expand to more stores throughout the year.
(Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.)

Nestlé creates market for food-grade recycled plastics, launches fund to boost ...

Nestlé creates market for food-grade recycled plastics, launches fund to boost ...  (Company news)

...packaging innovation

Nestlé recently announced that it will invest up to CHF 2 billion to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.

Building on its 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, Nestlé will reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period whilst working with others to advance the circular economy and endeavor to clean up plastic waste from oceans, lakes and rivers.

Food quality and safety are paramount, and packaging plays a major role in assuring this. Most plastics are difficult to recycle for food packaging, leading to a limited supply of food-grade recycled plastics. To create a market, Nestlé is therefore committed to sourcing up to 2 million metric tons of food-grade recycled plastics and allocating more than CHF 1.5 billion to pay a premium for these materials between now and 2025. Nestlé will seek operational efficiencies to keep this initiative earnings neutral.

Packaging innovation, including new materials, refill systems and recycling solutions, is another key challenge on the path towards a waste-free future. In addition to its significant inhouse research through the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, the company will launch a CHF 250 million sustainable packaging venture fund to invest in start-up companies that focus on these areas.

These two initiatives come in addition to Nestlé’s major ongoing efforts in research, sourcing and manufacturing to make its packaging recyclable or reusable and contribute to its goal to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As part of the company’s packaging commitment and to increase transparency, Nestlé will continue to outline further initiatives and provide regular progress updates.

"No plastic should end up in landfill or as litter," said Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé. "Making recycled plastics safe for food is an enormous challenge for our industry. That is why in addition to minimizing plastics use and collecting waste, we want to close the loop and make more plastics infinitely recyclable. We are taking bold steps to create a wider market for food-grade recycled plastics and boost innovation in the packaging industry. We welcome others to join us on this journey."

"We are pleased to see Nestlé commit a CHF 2 billion investment toward creating a circular economy for plastics, alongside a reduction of its use of virgin plastic in packaging by one third by 2025. By eliminating the plastics we don’t need, innovating in areas like reuse models and new materials, and circulating the plastics we do need — also in more challenging food grade applications — we can create an economy where plastic never becomes waste. Achieving the commitments announced today will significantly contribute towards realizing this vision," said Andrew Morlet, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
(Nestlé Schweiz AG)

ProWein 2020 sets the Trends in the International Spirits and Craft Beer Community

ProWein 2020 sets the Trends in the International Spirits and Craft Beer Community  (Company news)

“same but different”: the success story goes on

The international spirits and craft beer scene is as lively and diverse as ever: alcohol-free spirits, gin that changes colours when mixed, craft drinks from exotic lands or classics revisited – the spectrum of craft spirits, craft beer and cider is getting wider and more colourful year on year, while the creative, quality-conscious handling of natural resources plays a prominent role at the same time. The urban hospitality and bar business but also beverage and food retail benefit from this development. ProWein, the world’s biggest and most important trade fair for wines and spirits from 15 to 17 March 2020, provides a great stage for these themes with its trend show “same but different” – and this for the third year now. “Our exhibition hall 7.0 will once again become the epicentre of the international craft community. To the tune of 120 exhibitors from 24 countries will be presenting “hand-picked” spirits, beer and cider here,” explains Nicole Funke, Senior Project Manager ProWein. With some 400 suppliers the spirits segment has always played a pivotal role at ProWein. International brands as well as small, refined distilleries have been an important product segment for our trade visitors from retail and gastronomy for decades now. “The trend show “same but different” was the consistent step in the right direction with a view to covering the complete spectrum of spirit themes thereby also reaching out to new target groups. Here a trendy stage is set especially for small producers who can apply to showcase their ware here,” says Funke.

Celebrating premieres this year will be the “same but different” bar with a comprehensive programme and the “education school“. The education school, in particular, should meet with avid interest among ProWein trade visitors. Here several times a day international guest bar tenders will present current trends in the craft sector explaining the practical “to do’s” for spirits, beer and cider – so these “classrooms” therefore offer a perfect opportunity to explore this theme, especially for newcomers. At the central bar international bar tenders will dazzle visitors with their skills.

The by far biggest part of the Trend Show will come care of the spirits suppliers with about 90 exhibitors. The line-up of countries ranges from “A” for Australia to “U” for the USA. Asia is represented with China as is Latin America with Argentina, Mexico and Peru or Europe with a line-up of 18 countries. Low-alcohol and/or non-alcoholic beverages, so-called Low ABV drinks, are increasingly in demand. The non-alcoholic segment is gradually developing into a genuine “delicacy”. And even niche products – such as Aquavit, Vermouth, cereal-based liquor, Mezcal or cider – are gaining increasing exposure being offered in new twists.
(Messe Düsseldorf GmbH)

Frank Ohle new CEO to Van Genechten Packaging

Frank Ohle new CEO to Van Genechten Packaging  (Company news)

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Frank Ohle (photo) has taken up the role of Chief Executive Officer to Van Genechten Packaging.

He succeeds undersigned, who as Board member had been acting as CEO ad interim since December 2018.

Dr. Ohle has a profound experience in the packaging sector and has been working in the European carton industry for more than 15 years. He is perfectly familiar with the fluted and compact folding carton business and has a strong and broad strategic view on our challenging market.

He joined our industry in 2006, mostly in the position of CEO, supporting several family companies in strategic and turnaround situations. He led the Germany-based STI Stabernack Group till 2013 and steered RLC I Packaging Group from 2016 till 2019.

Dr. Ohle adds: “The Van Genechten Packaging Group is one of the leading innovative packaging companies in Europe. I am very proud to be part of this Company and eager to contribute to the long-term sustainable success“.
(Van Genechten Packaging N.V.)

Brazilian dairy producer reaps the rewards of SIG's pioneering solutions in connected packaging

Brazilian dairy producer reaps the rewards of SIG's pioneering solutions in connected packaging  (Company news)

With the support of SIG’s Connected Pack solutions, Brazilian dairy producer Languiru Cooperative has become one of the leading market players in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul at a time of increasing competition and growing consumer demands. And to reaffirm its ongoing partnership with SIG, Languiru has commissioned another filling line from SIG.

Since implementing SIG’s pioneering digital solutions in 2017, Languiru has experienced a number of achievements. These include greater consumer trust and quality perception in their products, improvements in productivity, and now a market share growth that puts Languiru in the region’s top three largest dairy producers, according to Kantar WorldPanel. Before its traceability project with SIG, Languiru was the fifth largest dairy producer in Rio Grande do Sul.

Languiru operates in an environment where consumers are demanding more transparency in business, more product information, and more digital communication with their brands of choice. Alongside this, food and beverage producers like Languiru need to reliably manage products in their supply chain, and ensure visibility at all times to guarantee efficiency, control and safety.

As a response to these market challenges, Languiru set out to create a new dairy concept: Qualidade do início ao fim, which translates as “Quality from beginning to end”. But in order to realise this promise, the producer needed a solution that not only makes product data easily accessible, but can also drive consumer engagement, trust and brand recognition.

Quality from beginning to end
To technically realise its vision of “Quality from beginning to end”, Languiru turned to SIG’s integrated Connected Pack platform – a drive to deliver unique digital coding technologies and track-and-trace solutions that ensure 100% connectivity and transparency together with greater digital interaction and engagement.

“Languiru has always stood out for the quality of its products, and the use of SIG’s innovative Connected Pack technology has enabled us to strengthen this perception and show consumers that Languiru milk is truly differentiated,” said Languiru Cooperative president, Dirceu Bayer.

As of May 2017, Brazilian consumers of five different Languiru milk products can access quality data, brand information and interactive quizzes directly on their smartphones by scanning a unique on-pack QR code. This QR code system was unprecedented in the food industry when it launched and proved SIG’s early commitment to the connected packaging trend.

"We have no doubt that with SIG we have a greater competitive advantage within the market compared to many other brands,” added Languiru’s Bayer. “SIG understood our demands and developed a tailor-made solution for Languiru that demonstrates quality and therefore adds value to our brand.”

Adding value throughout the supply chain
With a direct link to consumers, Languiru also has the opportunity for digital marketing activities, such as games, quizzes and promotions. In addition to this, in-line monitoring capabilities and vast data collection in the product journey has enabled Languiru to optimise production and logistics, and manage quality risks more proactively. The process of product traceability in the supply chain has now been reduced from five hours to five minutes, making recalls significantly easier. And in 2018, Languiru recorded a productivity improvement of more than 5% at its dairy plant, resulting in less waste and improved costs.

Languiru has also commissioned a third SIG filling machine. This new line ensures that 100% of Languiru’s long-life milk and chocolate milk product Chocolan has surgical traceability with unique QR codes securing end-to-end traceability for consumers and Languiru.

"For SIG, our greatest achievement is the success of our customers. Being part of the growth of Cooperativa Languiru and its consolidation as a market leader in long-life milk in Rio Grande do Sul is very gratifying and shows SIG's commitment to be not only a supplier but a solution partner," said Ricardo Rodriguez, CEO of SIG Combibloc Americas.

Traceability from the start for Origem
In August, Languiru launched a new premium milk called Origem. The milk is produced by only five farms, which all have the Good Practices of the Farm seal – a local initiative recognising dairy farms with best practices and processes – and are filled within 24 hours. The originating milk doesn’t have stabilizers, which maintains its purity, freshness and flavour characteristics.

With SIG's Connected Pack technology, consumers can obtain information about the milk and the farm where it was produced, as well as information from producers, time of collection and satellite images of the farms.

Unique QR codes tied to the originating milk, as well as Languiru’s regular line, offer detailed information on factory quality tests and support traceability all the way to the shelf. This means Languiru can offer consumers an even more premium product with differentiation for those seeking a product of proven quality.

SIG’s Connected Pack is one of three value-adding segments that are part of its Value Proposition to help food and beverage producers meet increasing industry demands. Other solution-driven segments available include Product Innovation & Differentiation, and Smart Factory.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Budweiser will be brewed 100% renewable

Budweiser will be brewed 100% renewable  (Company news)

AB InBev beers, including Budweiser, the world’s most valuable beer brand, will soon be brewed with renewable electricity throughout Europe as AB InBev inks a deal with global renewable energy developer, BayWa r.e., to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its European brewing operations.

The 10-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) will see power supplied from two solar farms with a combined power output of almost 200 megawatts of which AB InBev will be supplied with over 130 megawatts.

This makes it the largest Pan-European corporate solar power deal in history, covering AB InBev’s 14 breweries in Western Europe and over 50 brands brewed and sold across 12 countries*, including global brand Budweiser.

BayWa r.e. will fund and develop two new solar sites in Spain, one of which will be called the Budweiser Solar Farm, which will provide 250 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity per year for AB InBev’s breweries. Over the duration of the PPA, this is enough to power the equivalent of almost 670,000 European homes, or 100,000 stadium football matches.

AB InBev’s European brewing operations produce over 55 million kegs of beer each year and around five million bottles of Budweiser each week. Budweiser is now AB InBev’s biggest brand in Europe, following its launch in France and the Netherlands last year.

The new solar capacity is expected to be added and connected by BayWa r.e. by March 1st 2022. Before these solar sites are up and running, BayWa r.e. will provide AB InBev with 75 gigawatt hours of Guarantees of Origin from its wind farm “La Muela” in Zaragoza, Spain – the equivalent power to produce enough beer for 18 Oktoberfests.

Once all Budweiser in Western Europe is brewed renewably, the brand will feature a new symbol on pack to encourage consumers to choose a beer brewed with 100% renewable electricity.

The symbol, which is rolling out across Budweiser in the UK and the US, following solar and wind power deals in those markets, is available for other businesses to use, in a move that the brewer hopes will help to shift consumer choice.

Jason Warner, Zone President for Europe at AB InBev, said:“As a brewer, we rely on natural ingredients – water, hops, barley and yeast – to make our beers, so we know that sustainability is not just part of our business, it is our business. From recycling CO2 released in the brewing process to eliminating plastic from our packaging, we are constantly looking to not only reduce our environmental impact but to have a net positive effect.

“This is why we are hugely excited today to announce this partnership with BayWa r.e. to build the Budweiser Solar Farm, add new European solar capacity and brew our beers across Western Europe with renewable electricity. As we welcome the new European Green Deal, we now ask our consumers, customers, colleagues, business partners and fellow companies to join us in shifting towards renewable power – we are making our 100% renewable electricity symbol available for any brands that are produced with renewables. This symbol is about driving positive change in what people buy in their weekly shop, order at the bar or drink with friends.”

Matthias Taft, CEO at BayWa r.e., said:“Consumers increasingly want to make ‘green’ choices with the products they buy. Leading brands, like Budweiser, are showing the way and we are proud to be supporting AB InBev in their own renewable energy transition. Corporations are the new driving force in this transition and, within the retail sector, it means consumers can help play a part in combatting climate change through the buying decisions they make. In addition, AB InBev is able to source affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.”

As part of its 2025 Sustainability Goals, AB InBev has committed that all of its purchased electricity will come from renewable sources. The company is making progress in shifting to renewable electricity in its operations around the world, including in the UK, Russia, Mexico, the United States, Australia, China and India. This global commitment will make AB InBev the largest corporate buyer of renewable electricity in the consumer goods industry.
(BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH)

Weener Plastics Group appoints Adrian Whitfield as new CEO

Weener Plastics Group appoints Adrian Whitfield as new CEO  (Company news)

Weener Plastics Group announced the appointment of Adrian Whitfield as its Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Anthonie Zoomers on January 27, 2020, who has served as interim CEO for the past six months.

Adrian Whitfield has 30 years of experience in senior roles across numerous industrial sectors, including packaging, specialty chemicals and engineering. He has a highly successful track record of delivering profitable growth in internationally competitive markets. Prior to joining Weener Plastics Group, Adrian Whitfield was CEO of Wilmcote Holdings which has a strong focus on specialty chemicals assets. From 2006 to 2015, he was CEO of Synthomer. During his tenure he transformed the company into a world leading speciality chemicals company, approximately doubling the turnover and quadrupling the profitability of the Group. Before that, he was the founding CEO of DS Smith's Plastics Division, a fast-growing international plastic packaging producer.

Niall Wall, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Weener Plastics Group, said: "We are delighted that Adrian is joining the Group as CEO. Given his track-record, he brings the perfect combination of skill set and experience to execute on strategic and operational initiatives to give new momentum to Weener Plastics' profitable growth and to further strengthen the company's position as market leader for innovative packaging solutions."

Niall Wall, continued: "We would like to thank Anthonie Zoomers for his strong commitment and the contribution as interim CEO. In a relatively short period of time, he was able to further develop Weener Plastics Group while enabling us to take the time necessary to find a successor. We wish Anthonie all the best and continued success for his future career."

Weener Plastics Group has developed very well in recent years establishing itself as innovation leader in its core product segments. Under the helm of Adrian Whitfield, Weener Plastics Group strives to accelerate its profitable growth.
(Weener Plastics Netherlands BV)

ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA expands its presence in Israel

ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA expands its presence in Israel  (Company news)

Agreement on strategic alliance with process technology and packaging specialist DrinkTech

Picture: Florian Schneider, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH (on the left) and Alon Tikotzky, DrinkTech Ltd., who will be responsible for the brewing, beverage and liquid food industry in Israel for ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA

For ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH, Israel has developed into an important growth market. In order to expand their presence and thus to further optimize the sales structure, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA has agreed upon a strategic alliance with Alon Tikotzky and his company DrinkTech Ltd. DrinkTech is a process technology and packaging specialist in the beverage, food, brewing, dairy and pharmaceutical industry, which is very successful in Israel.

„Alon is an experienced and well connected expert & networker, who now helps us to intensify the contact with our existing customers. But new segments, such as the growing craft beer scene, will also benefit from our collaboration. Of course, Alon will also access the portfolio of our sister company DME Process Systems, which covers the area of smaller brewhouses and cold blocks with extraordinarily attractive solutions,” explained Florian Schneider, Sales Director EMEA and APAC of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH.
(Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH)

Latest Portman Group-YouGov survey provides update on public's view on how alcohol containers...

Latest Portman Group-YouGov survey provides update on public's view on how alcohol containers...  (Company news)

...shape consumption

The Portman Group’s latest survey conducted by YouGov shows that the British public have strong views on how alcohol container choice shapes drinker perceptions and influences perceptions of how products are consumed.

The survey of 2,010 adults across Britain is largely consistent with previous surveys conducted in 2016 and 2014, and shows that the public believe:
-Larger products with higher ABVs are designed to be decanted into a glass and shared and / or consumed over multiple sittings.
-Smaller products with lower ABVs are designed to be consumed straight from the container by one person in one sitting.
-However, beers and ciders with an ABV of 8% in a 500ml can are seen as designed to be consumed by one person in one sitting straight from the can.

The research was conducted on behalf of the Independent Complaints Panel to inform their understanding of the British public’s perception of alcohol packaging and immoderate drinking. This forms part of an evidence-based approach to considering complaints brought forward on the naming packaging, promotion and sponsorship of alcoholic drinks under the sixth edition of the Portman Group’s Codes of Practice. This Code and its associated guidance came into force in September 2019. The guidance to the Code advises that single-serve, non-resealable containers should not be more than 4 units, although mitigating factors for products up to six units such as premium status, pricing, and share messaging may be taken into account by the Panel.

Commenting, Portman Group Chief Executive John Timothy said:
“Our survey results should act as a useful reminder to producers that their choice of container and its size has a real impact on consumer perceptions and how a product is enjoyed. In order to avoid the impression of encouraging immoderate consumption certain products with a higher ABV may have to work harder to communicate to consumers that it is designed to be shared and/or consumed over multiple sittings.”
(Portman Group)

SIG drives climate agenda with ambitious new 1.5°C target

SIG drives climate agenda with ambitious new 1.5°C target  (Company news)

SIG has set a bold new climate target that is one of the first in its industry to be approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) as being in line with the latest climate science to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent the worst effects of climate change. SIG is committed to cutting its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 60% by 2030 (from the 2016 baseline).

„It’s clear the world urgently needs to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to tackle the harmful effects of climate change,” said Ian Wood, Chief Supply Chain Officer at SIG. „SIG’s stretching new target will accelerate climate action to dramatically cut our emissions and enhance our contribution to a lower-carbon food supply system.”

Leading the climate agenda
The ambitious new target places SIG among an elite group of companies leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the global Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

Around 300 companies have targets approved by the SBTi. Fewer than 100 are currently approved as being in line with the 1.5°C goal. SIG is one of the first in its industry to have a 1.5°C target approved by the SBTi.

SIG’s new target compresses the timeline to achieve a 60% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by a full 10 years compared with its previous target, which was already approved by the SBTi as in line with keeping global warming well below 2°C.

A strong focus on renewable energy underpins the company’s efforts to achieve this target. SIG has already switched to 100% renewable electricity for global production and is exploring opportunities to expand on-site renewables, such as its award-winning rooftop solar array in Thailand.

Supporting wider global efforts
SIG is not only committed to cutting emissions from its own operations. The company also commits to reduce value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 25% per litre packed by 2030 (from the 2016 baseline). This target includes scope 1, scope 2 & scope 3 emissions from Purchased Goods and Services, Use of Sold Products, and End of Life Treatment.

SIG’s aseptic beverage cartons have a 28% to 70% lower carbon footprint than alternative packaging, such as plastic and glass bottles, pouches and cans (as shown by independent lifecycle assessments). They are made mainly from renewable materials – from sustainably-managed forests that absorb carbon as they grow. And they preserve food without the need for refrigeration.

The focus on cutting climate impact is part of SIG’s ambition to go Way Beyond Good by partnering to create a net positive food supply system that will nourish a growing global population while putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Buxton goes 100% recycled plastic

Buxton goes 100% recycled plastic  (Company news)

The entire range of Buxton bottles will be made of 100% rPET by 2021

Buxton Natural Mineral Water has launched 75cl and 1 litre bottles made from 100% recycled PET plastic. The new bottles are manufactured entirely from used plastic significantly reducing the amount of virgin plastic in circulation.

The UK launch of rPET bottles is the latest in Nestlé Waters’ efforts to increase the use of recycled plastic to 35% worldwide by 2025. The rest of the Buxton range, currently made with a minimum of 20% recycled plastic, will follow by end 2021.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to put our commitments to sustainability into practice” said Michel Beneventi, Business Executive Officer for Nestlé Waters UK. “The high-quality recycled material retains the same all-important properties as PET, resulting in a product that is lightweight, durable, resilient and still 100% recyclable.”

This year Nestlé laid out its vision that none of its product packaging, including plastics, should end up in landfill or as litter, including in seas, oceans and waterways and that all 100% of its packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025. Buxton is ahead of the target with this announcement.
(Nestlé Waters UK Ltd)

Electric, efficient, eSy – valves with new motorized eSy actuators

Electric, efficient, eSy – valves with new motorized eSy actuators   (Company news)

Ingelfingen-based valve specialist GEMÜ is further expanding its product range of motorized diaphragm, globe and diaphragm globe valves.

For several years now, the processing industry has been increasingly looking for alternatives to pneumatic actuators. Electric valves are an option. These have particular appeal on account of their cost efficiency and performance. The reduced risk of contamination and the application in a wide variety of plants are also positives in favour of electrically operated valves. The valve manufacturer GEMÜ is responding to these customer requirements by further expanding its selection of motorized valves with the launch of the GEMÜ eSyLite, eSyStep and eSyDrive valves.

A low-cost plastic diaphragm valve for simple and cost-sensitive applications is available in the form of the GEMÜ R629 eSyLite. It constitutes a cost-effective alternative to solenoid valves made of plastic or motorized plastic ball valves.

The GEMÜ eSyStep valves are designed for standard open/close and simple control applications. With regard to the actuator, this is a compact spindle actuator with step motor. Via the interface in the housing cover, the valve can be extended with additional accessories such as diverse electrical position indicators or travel sensors to provide extra functions. GEMÜ eSyStep valves are available in globe valve, angle seat globe valve and diaphragm valve versions made of metal and plastic but adapting to M-block valves is also possible.

The GEMÜ eSyDrive valves are available for variable and complex open/close and control applications in conjunction with high requirements on performance and service life. The actuator is based on the hollow shaft principle. Both the Ethernet-based eSy-web interface, in conjunction with an integrated web server, and the Modbus-TCP communication interface, enable the exchange of parametrization and diagnostics data and the networking of several devices. If necessary, users can also benefit from a range of integrated functions such as stroke limiters and speed settings.

This provides customers with a wide product range of electric valves both for industrial processes and for applications with particularly high purity and hygiene requirements. With the different GEMÜ eSyLite, eSyStep and eSyDrive ranges, valve solutions are available for every price and function segment.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)


Australia: Balter Brewing Company purchased by Carlton & United Breweries  (

The founders of Balter Brewing Company called it “a massive day” as it announced the craft brewery had been bought by Carlton & United Breweries, the Food & Drink Business reported on December 6.

Balter started on the Gold Coast in 2016. Co-founders include Bede Durbidge, Scott Hargrave, Josh Kerr, Stirling Howland, Mick Fanning, Ant Macdonald, Sean Ronan and Joel Parkinson.

In an open letter to its customers, the founders said it had been “a massive day. We’re rapt to say we’ve just finalised a deal to become a part of the Carlton & United Breweries family”.

They reassured drinkers the beer would stay the same and Scotty (Scott Hargrave) would remain as head brewer.

Balter CEO and co-founder Ant Macdonald said: “We’re proud to have grown the business to this point and we see the benefits this new partnership will bring as Balter enters its next growth phase.

“This deal will help us achieve our sustainability goals, upgrade capacity and hospitality at our Gold Coast brewery and create new jobs.

CUB CEO Peter Filipovic said: “In a few short years Balter has become a craft leader through its commitment to quality and by building a brand that appeals to all beer lovers.

Filipovic said: “We will help manage Balter’s strong growth through our willingness to invest, our world-class beer expertise and our customer relationships. And the terms of the deal mean the Balter team is not changing and management is staying on, which will ensure the business retains its identity and everything else that helped drive its success.

“The deal also means we’re expanding our presence in Queensland, where we already have a significant economic footprint with our Yatala brewery employing more than 250 people.”

Media reports said the deal was worth as much as $200 million but Food & Drink Business could not confirm this by press time.

Macdonald said: “We refused to compromise on our culture or our beer as part of this deal. It’s a testament to CUB that they didn’t want us to. They have an amazing track record of allowing craft brands to thrive while keeping their identity and we’re thrilled to join the CUB stable.”

On its website, the company said the biggest change would be its availability. For the company, it would mean more resources and “therefore less stress at night knowing the lights will stay on”.

CUB bought wine disruptor Riot Wine Co in September and already owns craft breweries 4 Pines and Pirate Life.

Asahi Group Holdings’ proposed acquisition of CUB from Anheuser-Busch InBev for A$16 billion in July is waiting on a decision from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on whether Asahi will need to make divestments for the buyout to go ahead. It is expected to report next week.


India: United Breweries Limited launches specialty beer Ultra Witbier  (

India’s largest brewer, United Breweries Limited (UB), on December 4 announced the rollout of speciality beer - Ultra Witbier - under its flagship Kingfisher brand, riding on the growing popularity of craft brews in India’s top metros, LiveMint reported.

Ultra Witbier that has been rolled out in Karnataka and Goa, is the brand's first non-lager beer. Available in 3 SKUs (stock keeping units), a 330ml bottle, a 500ml can and a 650ml bottle, the brew is priced at ₹110, ₹150 and ₹185, respectively in Karnataka.

UB will subsequently sell the brand in Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana.

Over 18-24 months in the making, the Kingfisher Ultra Witbier comes at a time when the Indian market has seen a rise of new-age beer brands that appeal to urban millennials with their light brews and hip branding. As a result, brands such as Bira, Simba, The White Owl, among others, have seen a surge in popularity in the country's top cities. Ultra Witbier 330 ml is priced at par with Bira White and Simba Jungle Wheat in Bengaluru.

Currently, the company brews the brand in its brewery in Karnataka with orange, coriander, spices sourced from Belgium and hops sourced from the US. Its ABV or alcohol by volume is less than 5%.

“This is the first unique offering from the UB house in to the speciality and variety beer market. A lot of such beers exist and they all have their unique tone," Debabrata Mukherjee, chief marketing officer, United Breweries Limited said in an interview to Mint. The brand will help widen the company’s “footprint and provide another innovative beverage option in the beer category," he added. "We wanted to anchor it under a brand that has got a national appeal," he said when asked about the company's decision to launch it under the Kingfisher Ultra brand.

India is traditionally a large whiskey and rum drinking market, but the world’s largest beer companies such as Ab InBev, Carlsberg, and Heineken have a strong presence in the market where the per capita consumption of beer is 2 litres. And UB is the largest player in India’s beer market.

Here, strong beers, with alcohol content between 6% and 8%, dominate the market accounting for over 85% of the total beer consumed in India. But the trend has been shifting over the last few years as discerning urban Indians flock to breweries, pubs, and bars and look for more choices across beverages they consume.

As a result, over the last few years brands such as Bira beer, Simba, The White Owl, Kati Patang, among others, have found a niche audience in urban consumers, shaking the dominance of strong beer makers.

Analysts who track the market said the launch is an important one as it helps UB, the market leader in beer, fill a gap in its portfolio. “UB’s distribution muscle makes the launch a win for the company. Also it can cross subsidize new launch in terms of dealer margins and ad spends due to its huge size and number one position," said Abneesh Roy, research analyst, and executive vice president, Institutional Equities, Edelweiss Securities Limited.

Roy, however, warned that the equity built by first movers such as Bira will be hard to win back. “Die-hard fans of Bira will be tough to win back, so from here, it will be a war in terms of ad spends and dealer targetting for all craft beer."

UB’s Mukherjee added that competition in the market is helping “widen the footprint of beer in India and getting new users in to the market. It is not a share game but a market building game."

In 2018-19, Kingfisher Ultra sold over 5 million cases, the company said in its annual report.

Over the last two to three years, United Breweries has stepped up launches of beer in the domestic market, leveraging Heineken’s—a shareholder in the company — international portfolio to introduce beer brands such as Amstel, El Sol, among others, in India. In 2017, it launched Kingfisher Storm, while Dutch beer brand Amstel was launched in May 2018. Last year, it added a non-alcohol variant — Radler - under the Kingfisher brand.


USA: Brewers Association highlights continued growth of craft beer sector in 2019  (

As 2019 comes to a close, the Brewers Association (BA) — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers — takes a retrospective look at the contributions and major milestones of the country’s craft brewing community during the past year. Continued growth, record brewery count, and craft beers’ museum debut are a few of the highlights from a memorable year for the industry.

“Small and independent breweries continue to be essential contributors to communities across the country, finding new ways to innovate and thrive amid evolving consumer preference and a competitive and maturing beverage market,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “It’s been an exciting year for both brewers and beer lovers alike and we look forward to celebrating new beerworthy moments in 2020.”

Of note in 2019:
Growth Amidst Competition: Craft brewing production grew in 2019, but as with 2018, the continued increase in breweries meant that the market also grew more competitive, particularly in widely distributed channels. The BA 2019 midyear survey measured 4% production growth year-over-year for small and independent brewers, slightly down from 5% in 2018. IRI Group scan data numbers through mid-November showed 2% growth for BA-defined craft brewers, similar to 2018 during the same period, and given reports in the second half of the year, 4% overall growth again seems likely for 2019.

Small Beer’s Big Impact: Brewery growth has driven tremendous job growth as well. The BA’s Economic Impact Report, a biennial analysis featuring economic data of craft brewing for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, showed that craft brewers contributed $79.1 million to the U.S. economy in 2018, a 4% increase from 2017. Craft brewers were responsible for more than 550,000 full-time equivalent jobs, an 11% increase from 2017, with 150,000 of those jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs.

Record Brewery Count: Although final 2019 numbers are still being compiled, it is certain that more than 8,000 American breweries operated in 2019, a record number for the United States. At the same time, the competitive market led to more closures, and an estimated 300 breweries will have closed in 2019.

Certified Independent: More than 4,700 brewing companies have adopted the independent craft brewer seal, representing nearly 80% of craft beer brewed in the United States. In October, Delaware’s 21 small and independent craft breweries became the first state with 100% adoption of the seal.

Beer is Bipartisan: 324 representatives and 74 senators co-sponsored the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act in the 116th Congress, resulting in unprecedented bipartisan support. The BA has been a key player in moving forward this legislation that seeks to permanently recalibrate the federal excise tax for the nation’s brewers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.


Spain: Low and zero-alcohol beer accounts for 13% of total beer sales in Spain  (

While American publications herald the arrival of “the New Sobriety” on the backs of part-time teetotalers and alcohol-free bars, Spaniards have been drinking low and zero-alcohol beer since the 1970s, reported.

According to the Asociación de Cerveceros de España, the country’s brewers association, these beers account for 13 percent of total beer sales. Today, Spaniards are the world’s largest consumers of alcohol-free and low-alcohol beer.

“In our country, beer is consumed cold with friends and family, in hospitality, during the whole week and almost always with something to eat,” Cristina de Aguirre, director of public affairs at the brewers association, says. “These moderate consumption patterns explain that non-alcoholic beer, while maintaining the flavor of the traditional variety, is considered by Spanish consumers as an excellent alternative when, due to different circumstances, they cannot, should not, or do not want to consume beverages with alcohol content.”

And there are plenty of places to do just that. Spain has the highest concentration of bars in the E.U., according to a study done by La Caixa Economic Yearbook. With over 280,000 bars, it shakes out to one bar for every 165 people. Bar culture in Spain differs significantly from the U.S., though. Bars are popular destinations for long lunches, and many close mid-afternoon for siesta.

While brewing in Spain is 5,000 years old, non-alcoholic beers, called sin beers (sin means “without” in Spanish), have been around since the 1970s. The category was not officially recognized by the Spanish government until 1995, when it was voted a Royal Decree-Law.

Cervesas Ambar, a brewery owned by Grupo Agora in Zaragoza in northeast Spain, is said to have released the first sin beer. According to Antonio Fumanal Sopena, master brewer at Ambar, the decision to make a low-alcohol beer was inspired by customer demand.

“For a beer with a traditional alcohol content much lower than wine, it looked like a less attractive proposition, but alcohol risk awareness was becoming stronger even for beer,” Sopena says. “The company decided to add its non-alcoholic beer to expand beer culture to these new values.”

Stricter drunk driving laws also had an impact on category growth. A zero-tolerance policy for offending drivers, one of the toughest laws in the E.U., and national campaigns to promote safe driving, all create the market for Spaniards to partake without consuming alcohol.

Despite its name, a beer labeled “sin” is not necessarily 100 percent alcohol-free. “A beer can be named ‘sin’ when the alcohol level is under 1 percent alcohol volume,” Sopena says. “Since alcohol is a potent flavoring agent, this less-than-1-percent level allows a better matching to regular beer taste.”

Beers with no trace of alcohol are labeled “0.0.,” which is not an official designation but is increasing in popularity. While some breweries will produce both sin and 0.0., Ambar has committed to releasing 0.0 beers and has phased out sin beer entirely.

In the autonomous community of Galicia in northwest Spain, Estrella Galicia, owned by Hijos de Rivera, is focused on the brewery’s expansion into America to capitalize on the interest in healthy-seeming options and non-alcoholic drinks. “We have a lot of expertise in 0.0 lagers. So, we believe we have a great product to offer to the U.S. market,” Gonzalo Brey Canedo, international brand manager, says.

The team at Estrella Galicia Rams, which will launch its 0.0 in the U.S. in January 2020, believes motivation to drink less alcohol is different for Spaniards and Americans.

“The feeling that I have is that the trends are toward healthier options,” Xabier Cubillo, Estrella Galicia’s master brewer, says. “I think light beers in America are [popular], and this here is a category with even lower calories, [for a] healthier and a different lifestyle.”

What’s next for 0.0 beers? As craft beer is expanding in Spain, many brewers see a market for different types of sin. “On the one hand, [consumers] are looking for a real beer taste; but they like to have some new taste choices,” Sopena says. “It is common to see flavored alcohol-free beers and beer styles beyond traditional lagers.”

Meanwhile, Ambar is looking beyond beers being alcohol-free, but also gluten-free, and is focused on accommodating the evolving needs of the Spanish drinker.

“We were able to prove that our 0.0 percent beer, full of slow absorption carbohydrates, can improve insulin resistance among sensitive consumers that suffer T2 diabetes or are close to it,” Sopena adds. “Society is getting older, and its nourishment should address these emerging needs quickly.”

Brewers see growth within the category as well. “People are starting to launch 0.0 dark lagers into the market,” Estrella Galicia’s Cubillo says. “So it’s evolving and getting more complex. It’s growing because everyone is investing in it.”


UK: Carlsberg 0.0 brand gives way to Carlsberg Nordic  (

Danish brewer Carlsberg has once again swapped out a member of its beer portfolio for a Pilsner, this time without the alcohol, The Drinks Business reported on January 10.

Liam Newton, VP Marketing at Carlsberg UK, said the AF category “has seen huge growth in the last few years as consumers seek to moderate their consumption without comprising on the taste of their beer.

As a result, more people are opting for alcohol-free drinks, but they don’t want their choices to be limited. That’s why we are delighted to bring them a new choice for 2020 that is uncompromising on taste, quality and enjoyment.”

Newton added the alcohol-free beer has already had a successful launch in Denmark, “so we are confident it will be equally successful in the UK.”

Replacing the existing Carlsberg 0.0 brand, Carlsberg Nordic will be listed in over 170 Tesco stores across the UK starting this week, with wider roll out planned later in the year. The launch will coincide with a social and digital campaign running across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

The beer swap echoes a £20 million marketing campaign Carlsberg launched last year when the brewer discontinued its flagship lager and replaced it with a “Danish Pilsner”.

The beer giant attracted attention in April by promoting a series of tweets from its brand account likening the original lager to “stale breadsticks” and “p*ss”, and followed up with a marketing campaign that highlights a focus on “quality, not quantity.”

Carlsberg launched its original 0.0% beer in 2015. A spokesperson said it is likely to be phased out by mid-2020.


South Korea: Korean brewers compete for more market share in absence of Japanese beer  (

South Korean beer producers are scrambling to fill the vacuum created in the local beer market after Japanese beer suffered a massive loss in market share due to a recent boycott movement against all things Japanese, The Korea Bizwire reported on January 9.

CU, a major South Korean convenience store chain, announced on January 8 that sales of Japanese beers dropped by more than 90 percent since July of last year due to faltering Korea-Japan relations.

In response, South Korean beer producers began to expand their share of the market, going from 1 to 5 percent growth early last year to more than 30 percent by the year’s end.

Microbreweries, in particular, achieved exponential growth based on differentiated brand strategy, growing by 159.6 percent in July, and 306.8 percent last December.

Microbrewery sales, in turn, expanded to comprise 5.6 percent of all South Korean beer sales in 2019, up from 1.9 percent in the previous year.

CU speculates that microbrewery products, which have been suffering from high production costs after the introduction of new legislation on liquor taxation, will now become available at more affordable prices, which will further boost their popularity.


Germany: Tap and retail beer prices expected to rise in Germany in 2020  (

Beer drinkers in Germany can expect higher prices for tap and in some cases retail beer this year, The Local Germany reported on January 9.

In many cases, draught beer is slated to become more expensive for the catering trade – a change expected to trickle down to customers.

The leading German beer producer, the Radeberger Gruppe, is raising the price of draught beer for most of its products at the beginning of March, a spokeswoman for the Radeberger Gruppe told DPA on January 8.

The Group owns more than 40 beer brands in Germany, and is also raising retail prices for a smaller portion of its bottled beers, including Schöfferhofer Weizen, Berliner Pilsner and Ur-Krostitzer.

The private brewery Krombacher is also raising its draught beer prices in the new year, according to a company spokesperson. Krombacher is the beer brand that's most consumed in Germany, according to a ranking by the industry magazine "Inside".

Initially, the increases are only higher sales prices of the breweries to beverage wholesalers, gastronomy or retail.

But "Inside" publisher Niklas Other expects higher prices for beer drinkers in pubs and restaurants.

"But the beer price in Germany is very low by international standards," he explained. Despite declining sales, beer remains one of the most important sources of revenue for restaurateurs.

Last year, sales of alcoholic beer fell by 2.5 percent to 8.52 billion litres by the end of November, according to data from the Federal Statistical Office.

Brewers see the main reason for this as being that, as in all of Europe, older and more elderly people drink less beer than younger people.

According to industry estimates, the price gap between draught beer and bottled beer will continue to widen in the new year.

The fact that draught beer is usually significantly more expensive than bottled beer is not necessarily helpful for the catering trade, said Other. He assumes that more brewers will increase the draught beer price.

Can beer, at least for the time being, is largely exempt from the price spike: Krombacher, the largest brand of canned beer, decided against an announced price increase for canned beer, the company spokesman confirmed.

The bulk buyer of canned beer in Germany is the discounter Aldi.

"How the restaurateur deals with rising costs is solely in his hands,” the German Hotel and Restaurant Association stated.

"The fact is that draught beer is very popular in many of our establishments. The guests appreciate a freshly tapped beer."

Excluded from the Radeberger higher prices are, above all, the group's Kölsch draught beer and draught beer of the Stuttgarter Hofbräu brand, the spokeswoman said.

The Frankfurt-based company has not yet issued a statement, however, of how much they plan to raise prices for the gastronomy industry.

The Radeberger Gruppe justified the price hike by pointing to steady cost increases that could no longer be compensated for internally.

Among other things, it cited higher logistics, energy and packaging costs, investments in the reusable system and tariff increases.

The Radeberger Gruppe, which belongs to the Oetker Group, last raised prices for bottled beer around two years ago.

On the go: Ceresana analyzes the European market for plastic caps and closures

On the go: Ceresana analyzes the European market for plastic caps and closures  (Company news)

Changing lifestyles and new consumer generations revolutionize the packaging market. “The uninterrupted trend towards on-the-go products, for example, is boosting the demand for resealable packaging, especially in the food sector,” explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. “On the other hand, more and more countries try to reduce waste and promote reusable bottles or recycling.” For the third time, Ceresana has analyzed the European market for plastic caps and closures, from beverages and food items, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals (OTC) to household chemicals and other applications. Various subcategories and closure types are examined in detail. With regard to the number of units sold, Ceresana expects an increase in European sales of lids, overcaps, flip-top closures, dispensers, and other closures of around 2.4 % per year until 2026.

Closures for flexible packaging
Plastic caps and closures are becoming increasingly popular on the market for flexible packaging. Stand-up pouches are light, handy, save raw materials, and offer versatile design and print options. In the beginning, they were lacking practical spout openings and could not be resealed. By now, however, there is a wide array of suitable stand-up pouches with integrated and resealable spouts for liquids, viscous materials, creams, and other applications. Due to the small size of these closures alone, manufacturers have to meet different requirements than those for traditional screw caps.

Unquenched thirst for mineral water
Each application area requires specific closure properties. This also has an effect on the design, raw material, and choice of cap. In addition to the change in packaging types such as the trend towards stand-up pouches, other factors also influence the demand for plastic caps and closures. Consumer health concerns and state taxes on sugary beverages inhibit the demand for carbonated soft drinks or fruit juices in many countries. By contrast, demand for packaged water will likely continue to show high growth rates in the coming years. In the food sector, ready meals and other convenience foods in particular constitute expanding markets. However, the individual parameters and the resulting market dynamics can vary considerably from region to region.

Strong growth for lids and overcaps in the food sector
This market study examines the demand for the following types of plastic closures in 22 countries (e.g. Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey): “screw caps”, “flip-top and disc-top closures”, “dispensers and sprays”, as well as “lids and overcaps”. Plastic lids and overcaps are recording high growth rates, especially in the food sector. A wide range of ready meals, which are often made for consumption on the go, are equipped with these types of closures. The trend towards convenience products currently leads to a significant increase in demand - with no end in sight for this development.

Feldmuehle - Sales receives reinforcement

Feldmuehle - Sales receives reinforcement  (Company news)

On January 1, 2020, Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen welcomed Peter Čechal (photo) as a new member of the sales team headed by Sales Director Martin Moenke, thus broadening his team of experts for customers.

With Peter Čechal, the company has gained a professional with 25 years of professional experience in the label industry looking for a new challenge in label papers and specialty papers. From the beginning of 2020, the proven expert Peter Čechal should ensure fresh momentum and even more improved customer proximity with his market knowledge and in-depth know-how. In the future, Feldmuehle will be able to respond even more closely to customer requests in the development of new products, such as a new product based on recycling. With this cooperation, Feldmuehle will secure its market leadership in the field of wet-strength label papers and build new markets in specialty papers.

This will be a further step towards the positive development and market expansion of the Feldmuehle.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

ALPLA joins cross-industry consortium for chemical recycling

ALPLA joins cross-industry consortium for chemical recycling  (Company news)

ALPLA Group, an international plastic packaging and recycling specialist, joins a new consortium for chemical recycling of PET. The consortium intends to speed up the commercialisation of enhanced recycling technology, BP Infinia, which turns opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste into recycled feedstocks.

Leading companies operating across the polyester packaging value chain – including businesses involved in the manufacture, use, collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic packaging – today announced they have formed a new consortium that aims to help to address the problem of plastic waste by accelerating the commercialisation of BP Infinia enhanced recycling Technology.

The consortium intends to combine the capabilities and experience of its members – packaging and recycling specialist ALPLA; food, drink and consumer goods producers Britvic, Danone and Unilever; waste management and recycling specialist Remondis; and energy and petrochemicals producer BP – to develop a new circular approach to dealing with PET plastic waste.

Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA said: ‘ALPLA is delighted to join this cross-functional project with partners from the entire value chain. It completes our intense activities besides mechanical recycling and focuses on post-industrial PET waste, difficult-to-recycle PET packaging and PET thermoform trays. With BP in the lead, we have a very strong and highly experienced partner that contributes with knowledge about virgin polyester production.’

Rita Griffin, BP Chief Operating Officer Petrochemicals said: ‘BP is experienced in developing and scaling up technology and we’ll do this again with our innovative BP Infinia process. But we know we cannot create circularity on our own. That’s why we are thrilled to be working together with industry leaders to develop and prove a practical business model that can hopefully contribute to making all types of polyester waste infinitely recyclable.’

Avoid downcycling as well as landfill and incineration
PET is a plastic widely used for rigid food packaging and drinks, personal care and homecare bottles. It is a lightweight, durable and versatile material and one of the most collected and recycled types of plastic. Of the PET plastic bottles collected globally, more than 75 per cent are recycled, but only 12 per cent of those collected make it back into new bottles. The remainder is currently lost from the bottle-to-bottle loop, as it is used for other applications which are usually disposed of directly after use to landfills or incinerators, due to lack of separate collection.

The consortium members believe by joining forces they can speed up the commercialisation of the technology, infrastructure and demand needed to process billions of opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET bottles and food trays that are currently disposed of each year, including those that are difficult to recycle by current conventional recycling methods.
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)

Flextra™ Adhesives are Glymo-free, says H.B. Fuller

Flextra™ Adhesives are Glymo-free, says H.B. Fuller  (Company news)

H.B. Fuller (NYSE: FUL) announced that it has launched a series of products free of epoxy silane commonly known as e.g. Glymo, within its Flextra™ range of adhesives for flexible packaging. The leading adhesive provider also confirmed that this range does not contain organotin or BPA and specific grades are free of cyclic esters.

This modification gives converters and food manufacturers complete confidence that when they use one of H.B. Fuller's Flextra™ adhesives for their flexible packaging, they are choosing a compliant and food safe adhesive solution that will give them the performance they're looking for.

This reassurance is key at a time when converters and food manufacturers face growing regulation and increased pressure from consumers.

The Flextra™ range includes both solvent-based and solvent-free products for medium and high performance applications. Individual solutions also offer additional benefits such as room temperature curing, fast curing and PAA decay, as well as the option to use an aliphatic system to avoid PAA altogether.

The announcement from H.B. Fuller is in line with recommendations from FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, for members to replace Glymo in food packaging adhesives before mid-2020. This follows guidance from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that Glymo, which is typically used to improve adhesion to inorganic surfaces such as aluminium or SiOx coated films, has a genotoxic potential. It is expected that the regulatory classification will change from 10ppb to 0.15ppb shortly.
(H. B. Fuller Europe GmbH)

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully ended insolvency proceedings in self-administration on ...

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully ended insolvency proceedings in self-administration on ...  (Company news)

... January 2, 2020

Feldmuehle GmbH, one of the leading European specialty paper manufacturers, has successfully completed the self-administration insolvency proceedings that began at the end of 2018.

After the unanimous approval of all creditors on December 16, 2019 to the insolvency plan submitted by the management, the competent court in Pinneberg suspended the insolvency proceedings on January 2, 2020. The insolvency proceedings are now over.

The company has concluded an extensive financing package with its financial partners, which ensures long-term financing of the business.

In addition to financing, Feldmuehle GmbH has prepared itself through the restructuring measures implemented in 2019 to act actively in a market environment that is still expected to be challenging. The company has the scope to consistently take advantage of any growth opportunities that arise. In addition to concentrating on the label product area, investments were made in the production machinery and facilities as part of the restructuring.

Green footstep is part of the corporate strategy
In October, the company started programs to reduce primary energy and use alternative energies in production, sustainably reduce resource consumption - particularly water - and use consumption-optimized logistics. These programs are latently updated in corporate planning.

Feldmuehle is working on the development of new products
Feldmuehle started a project for the use of waste paper in September 2019, while the company is working on special products for flexible packaging. We would like to thank all of our business partners for the trust placed in the company and support in the restructuring process and wish them a successful 2020.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

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