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Excellent: Kuemmerling Herbal Liqueur is chosen as "Best Spirit in the Herbal and Spice...

Excellent: Kuemmerling Herbal Liqueur is chosen as "Best Spirit in the Herbal and Spice...  (Company news)

... Liqueur Category" in the DLG test

With its spicy Kuemmerling semi-bitter herb liqueur, the Kuemmerling brand can look forward to the popular "Best Spirit Drink 2020" award from the German Agricultural Society (DLG). Kuemmerling was the clear winner in the category "Herbal and Spiced Liqueurs".

"We are delighted that we were able to convince the DLG jury of experts so effectively with our Kuemmerling herbal liqueur," summarizes Jan Rock, Global Head of Corporate Communications at Henkell Freixenet. "We know how strict the evaluation criteria of the DLG are. All the more this confirms our high craftsmanship - quality standards that consumers should always be able to rely on."

In the DLG quality test, the test criteria include not only a sensory analysis but also a laboratory analysis. Only if the tested spirits meet all criteria, they receive such an award as the best spirit in a category.
(Henkell Freixenet)

New European joint study HESPER-HEALTH investigates positive health effects of orange juice...

New European joint study HESPER-HEALTH investigates positive health effects of orange juice...  (Company news)

...consumption and the plant substance hesperidin contained in it on the cardiovascular system

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Scientists from three leading research institutions in their disciplines will start the clinical research project HESPER-HEALTH in spring 2021. The project will investigate how regular consumption of orange juice can help maintain normal blood pressure and improve cardiovascular function.

To carry out the project, the expertise of various research institutions was brought together. The clinical part of the study will be conducted at the University Hospital in Clermont-Ferrand, France, while the French National Institute for Agronomy Research (INRAE) in Clermont-Ferrand and the Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences will provide state-of-the-art analytical methods to gain new insights into the health benefits of consuming plant foods.

The Franco-German research team ties thereby to preceding studies, by which the plant material Hesperidin contained in oranges and orange juice already moved into the focus of the nourishing research. Recently, for example, strong evidence was found that hesperidin could improve the functionality of blood vessels and thus be helpful in maintaining normal blood pressure. In addition, orange juice is rich in potassium. The EU has already authorized a "health claim" for this mineral with regard to its supporting effect on normal blood pressure, i.e. this effect may also be advertised on food packaging above a certain potassium content.

High blood pressure is a risk factor for various cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke. In a study recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition with more than 34,000 Dutch adults, it was shown that the consumption of a glass of fruit juice (0.33 L) could reduce the risk of stroke by 24 percent and the risk of coronary heart disease by 20 percent. Two other clinical studies published in summer 2020 by British and Spanish universities also demonstrated that daily consumption of orange juice led to improved blood values for a marker of vasodilation regulation (FMD) functionality.

In the new HESPER-HEALTH study, healthy adults with existing cardiovascular risk factors are now being recruited for the first time to drink either a small glass of orange juice or one of two placebo drinks developed in Geisenheim every day for six weeks. Through the so-called cross-over design, each subject will consume all three drinks in successive, randomized phases - a procedure that meets the highest clinical quality standards. One of the two placebo soft drinks will contain the same sugar content as the orange juice, but will also contain added pure citrus citrus citrus hesperidin from oranges. This is intended to find out whether the observed health effects are causally attributable to this substance.

In addition to investigating short- and medium-term effects on the cardiovascular system, the study will also observe possible changes in the composition of the naturally occurring colon bacteria (microbiome) of the test persons. In previous studies it was reported that even a short-term consumption of orange juice has a positive effect on the microbiome. If this effect is confirmed over a 6-week period by HESPER-HEALTH, further positive health effects of orange and orange juice consumption could be explained, especially since the intestinal microbiota is an important front for the defense of the human body against pathogenic bacteria and viruses.

In HESPER-HEALTH novel analytical techniques are used. The INRAE researchers in Clermont-Ferrand are using an approach called "nutrigenomics". This approach allows the identification of genes and metabolic pathways activated by the consumption of orange juice or hesperidin, thus providing unique, in-depth insights into the underlying mechanisms of action. Using this technique, the researchers there have already demonstrated earlier that hesperidin influences various metabolic processes in white blood cells in a beneficial way.

Dr. Christine Morand (INRAE), one of the lead investigators of the HESPER-HEALTH study, expressed her excitement about the imminent start: "I am very much looking forward to this two-year clinical trial, which we expect will provide further insights into the potential effects of orange juice consumption on vascular health. Many people are already familiar with the health-promoting effects of polyphenolic plant compounds, including hesperidin, from foods such as dark chocolate, olive oil or green tea. Too little is still known about polyphenols such as hesperidin in fruit juices. I hope that our new study will help to change this".

Prof. Dr. Ralf Schweiggert, Director of the Institute and Professor of Analytics and Technology of Plant Foods at the University of Applied Sciences Geisenheim, will accompany the study together with the Geisenheim polyphenol expert Dr. Christof Steingaß and added: "We are just beginning to understand the importance of hesperidin and other polyphenols from citrus fruits and the juices produced from them. With HESPER-HEALTH we will certainly learn a lot of new things about these plant substances - in the hope of being able to explain even better why a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables is as healthy as it is without a doubt. For many people, enjoying a glass of orange juice is part of this, e.g. at breakfast. However, its high sugar content is often harshly criticized. Although it is clear that the composition of orange juice is much more than that of pure "sugar water", we urgently need to learn more about the health effects of this complex mixture of vitamins, minerals and polyphenols. This is exactly what we want to achieve with HESPER-HEALTH".
(Hochschule Geisenheim University (HGU))

Fixed point on the Advent calendar: Stiegl house beer 'Christkindl'

Fixed point on the Advent calendar: Stiegl house beer 'Christkindl'  (Company news)

Even if in the exceptional year 2020, much is characterized by uncertainty, some things can be simply trusted - such as the annual "Christkindl" from the Stiegl-Hausbrauerei. And so this winter beer specialty will once again bring festive drinking pleasure to all those who want to sweeten the (pre)Christmas season in a special way.

How quickly time flies! Once again we can look forward to the Christ Child and to Christmas delights. And even if this year many things are not as usual, there is good news from the Stiegl brewery: Right on time at the beginning of the cold season, Stiegl creative master brewer Markus Trinker and his team have once again brewed the traditional and popular honey beer, thus ensuring Christmas joy for beer connoisseurs.

"Our 'Christkindl' shines copper-colored from the glass under a snow-white foam crown and, with its composition of mild honey flavor and delicate hop tones, ensures festive drinking pleasure," says Markus Trinker, describing his winter beer creation - a Honey Amber Ale brewed from the finest organic ingredients. The variety of aromas ranges from caramel to fine sponge cake and melts with a gentle hint of acacia honey. The Christmassy Stiegl house beer with 5.7 % vol. alcohol and 13.5° original wort not only sweeten the waiting time until the big party, but also ensures perfect beer enjoyment on the festive table: the "Stiegl- Christkindl" harmonizes with dishes of goose, duck and lamb and is also the perfect companion to spicy, mature cheese as well as sweet treats like gingerbread and speculoos.

Available in retail and gastronomy
Immediately to 31 December is the Stiegl Hausbier "Christkindl" on-line on and presumably starting from December again with selected partners of the catering trade and the food trade in the 0.75-Liter-Einwegflasche available. As soon as the catering trade has opened again, one can enjoy the Stiegl house beers there also freshly tapped from the barrel.
(Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH)

Strong partners: RHODIUS Mineralquellen has trusted in KHS technology since 1970

Strong partners: RHODIUS Mineralquellen has trusted in KHS technology since 1970  (Company news)

The partnership between RHODIUS Mineralquellen and KHS is just one of many examples of the excellent relations KHS enjoys with its customers. The mineral water bottling plant recently invested in a returnable glass line from the Dortmund systems supplier that posed a number of specific challenges.

Photo: The empty afri cola bottles come freshly washed from the KHS bottle washer equipped with a direct gas heater.

The special bond between RHODIUS Mineralquellen and KHS is expressed in the positioning of the two companies: both pledge to be a 'reliable partner'. Mineral water bottling plant RHODIUS meets this claim as Germany’s leading contract filler of cans, among other things, and KHS as a systems supplier to the beverage industry with over 150 years of experience. You could almost say – modifying a remark once made by former German chancellor Willy Brandt – that here “what belongs together, works together”.

Long-term bond
Both parties are indeed proud of their close partnership. This is evident the minute they strike up a conversation. “Our bond has ultimately grown over the years,” says Hannes Tack, the member of the executive management board at RHODIUS Mineralquellen responsible for production and technology. “It all started in 1970 with our first canning line from KHS. We now operate two of these, plus a PET, a keg and a brand-new returnable glass line.” For Tack, the decision to increasingly focus on lines and machines engineered by the people in Dortmund is a strategic one. “KHS has us equally convinced regarding project planning, installation and commissioning. The company makes sure that we have the greatest possible line availability during ongoing operation. And we’ve known our contacts for years; this greatly simplifies day-to-day arrangements. “In return, KHS knows exactly what RHODIUS’ needs and requirements are. “In view of our great flexibility and the diversity of our product range, which we serve very different markets with, this is a great advantage,” Tack adds.

KHS also benefits from its closeness to RHODIUS, as Gerd Bodenheimer, senior sales manager at KHS, explains. “With a customer as innovative as RHODIUS we can explore new avenues together. For us as engineers this is like having a playground for experimenting – which you don’t often find.” The KHS prototypes currently being tested at RHODIUS include a new sensor system for measuring flow and quality. New advances are also being jointly made in the field of packaging. “We produce for the entire world here. Time and again we’re thus confronted with new formats the German market isn’t as yet familiar with in this guise,” Bodenheimer emphasizes. At the moment, to name but one example, a Topclip system made of cardboard to form packs of six cans is under discussion.

Common ground
The two companies also see their physical proximity as an asset. RHODIUS’ headquarters are in Burgbrohl on the northwest edge of the Eifel Hills and thus pretty much equidistant from four of KHS’ five German plants in Dortmund, Bad Kreuznach, Kleve and Worms. “As the distance between us is relatively small, in most cases KHS can meet our high service standards by reacting very quickly – also when it comes to procuring spare parts,” Tack determines. Bodenheimer adds, “When we want to show other beverage producers one of our reference projects in action, then it’s never far to the RHODIUS site.” Tack agrees and says, “We profit in many ways from being something of a model customer for KHS.”

Concentrating more or less entirely on just one technological partner also has practical benefits for the beverage filler. “This strategy makes day-to-day work much easier for our technical personnel in many respects,” Tack smiles. “This ranges from the extremely uniform graphic user interfaces through the similar way the machines function to the stock of spare parts.”

Lots of technology in a small space
It’s also helpful that KHS is very familiar with the space restrictions and limited possibilities for expansion prevalent at RHODIUS and accordingly can provide systems and solutions that are compact in size. This was last of benefit when the planning of a new returnable glass line began at the end of 2017. At RHODIUS glass containers for its own and licensed brands already have a share of over 50%, with an upward trend noticeable here.

The biggest challenge was to find enough space for the extensive technology needed to process the vast range of products and containers. With a spectrum of eleven different bottles and seven types of crate, the high number of sorting functions – among other concerns – initially caused a few headaches. The existing production shop was expanded in as far as this was possible. A lot of energy and creativity went into precisely coordinating the line layout to fit into its limited surroundings. In doing so, some units were planned as joint machines that can perform two functions.

One example of the above is the combined, fully automatic palletizing and depalletizing of full and empty containers. In a first function a robot picks up crates of returnables from the pallet and feeds them into the process. In a second it places the full crates back onto pallets according to a set pattern that are then ready for discharge. During the shift the functions can be flexibly assigned as required depending on the workload, thus ensuring a high degree of efficiency.

Space-consuming empties sorting
The various 200- and 330-milliliter glass bottles in particular – also from third-party brands – are separated by a camera system and directed towards their own dedicated conveyor belts. Processing and enhancing the diverse assortment of empties is a space-consuming activity. In total, these process steps require more than half of the 800 m2 taken up by the bottle shop.

Saving space is also an important issue in the packaging area. As there isn’t enough room on the horizontal, the various format head parts are vertically stacked in changing magazines and selected and replaced as required in a fully automatic procedure. “As a result of our large portfolio of products, the changeover times had to be cut down to the absolute minimum,” explains Hannes Tack. “All units are automated for conversion as far as possible and where prudent to considerably reduce the amount of manual work performed by our operators.”

Alongside these extensive automation measures, creativity was also called for. For the bottle washer, for instance, an alternative had to be found to the usual steam heating method. RHODIUS’ old boiler room was showing its age and had reached the limits of its capacity. In its place KHS developed a special direct heating system that doesn’t need any long pipes and largely prevents heat loss through the piping. At the same time the bottle washer can also be converted to direct hot water operation when a combined heat and power plant becomes available as a source of energy in the future. KHS has designed the blender so that the single ingredients can be dosed as needed to cater for the product variety – from one-to-one mixtures for spritzers to the minimal flavoring of near-water beverages. Moreover, the design of the filling section on the glass filler was based on a hygiene concept, enabling sensitive products to be filled. This includes an exchange of air that takes place 30 to 40 times an hour in the filling machine’s hygiene area.

Homework done
“As the demands made of the system were extremely complex, we consciously allowed ourselves plenty of time when planning it,” Hannes Tack tells us. “The design phase of twelve months was marked by frequent mutual visits and trips out to see reference systems. We were able to find all the answers together – some of which demanded great effort. Each of us always did their homework and thought about where further fine tuning could be made and how.”

Once construction in Burgbrohl and manufacture and assembly at the various KHS factories were finished in the spring of 2019, delivery and installation started. Sixty-two truckloads containing 265 metric tons of material were put together in the space of two months. Installation and commissioning took just ten months, enabling the new glass line to be ceremoniously opened in January 2020.

Commissioning was slightly more complicated than expected – and not just because of the 14 formats to be implemented. During the process various options were selected that were originally planned for a later date. This included, for instance, filling beer from the Vulkan Brauerei, an Eifel craft brewery run by Hannes Tack’s brother Malte. “He’s our first contract filling customer on the new line, if you like,” laughs the RHODIUS boss. And certainly not the last, for with the capacity successfully expanded by around 50% products are not only to be contract filled into cans in the future but also into returnable glass bottles – at a rate of up to 20,000 bottles per hour.

Considerable energy savings
All requirements have been met in full – and not just as far as capacity is concerned. Compared to the old line the new plant engineering saves about 40% in energy. When selecting the machines and planning the line RHODIUS didn’t just take ecological sustainability and energy efficiency into consideration, however. “It was important for us to use a technology that’s durable and future-proof so that it can also meet future demand,” Tack stresses.

RHODIUS has invested about €15 million in its new equipment. The returnable glass line is thus the biggest single investment in the history of the company from Burgbrohl. Implementing a project like this requires unconditional trust. RHODIUS and KHS are two partners who respect one another and work on an equal footing. Hannes Tack also judges this in the way the two do business together financially. “Being almost entirely fixated on a single systems supplier perhaps risks building up a certain dependency when it comes to purchasing. This hasn’t had any disadvantages for us to date, however, as KHS has never abused this situation.” RHODIUS can rely on this being the case in the future, too – and also continue on its course of growth, established over the past ten years, together with KHS.
(KHS GmbH)

Voith and ORTEN Electric Trucks enable simple and cost-effective electrification of used...

Voith and ORTEN Electric Trucks enable simple and cost-effective electrification of used...  (Company news)

... diesel buses

- Voith and E-truck expert ORTEN Electric trucks combine their electrification know-how for emission-free transport
- For the conversion of used diesel buses to 100% electric drive
- Available for solo, double-decker and articulated buses in public transport

Voith and e-truck manufacturer ORTEN Electric-Trucks enter into a strategic partnership to help fleet operators make the leap into e-mobility. The joint service enables the conversion of conventional diesel-powered solo, double-decker and articulated buses with the state-of-the-art Voith Electrical Drive System (VEDS). In this way, both companies are making an important contribution to emission-free sustainable transport.

With the retrofit option, Voith and its new partner ORTEN Electric Trucks are fulfilling the promise that the development of the fully electric VEDS has made in the first place: to make the electrification of buses as simple and comfortable as possible and to contribute to climate protection, especially in cities. According to the EU directive, every fifth bus is to be powered emission-free from August 2021.

Cost-effective entry into e-mobility
"Thanks to electrification, transport is facing a huge change towards cleaner and more sustainable operation," says Alexander Denk, Vice President E-Mobility at Voith. "But for many cities and operators, the acquisition of new electrically powered buses is a time and cost-intensive process. Our retrofit option offers a simple and cost-effective way to future-proof vehicle fleets, while at the same time contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions and mobility growth in cities". The avoidance of noise is also an important side effect.

Powerful e-drive solution
Specially developed for the requirements of public transport, the Voith Electrical Drive System consists of an energy-efficient electric 340 kW IPMS motor that drives even double-deckers and heavy articulated buses over long distances.

In addition, the VEDS system includes converters for auxiliary units as well as the complete on-board charging management system including internal cabling. All components are perfectly matched to each other to achieve the highest possible efficiency.

Quick and easy conversion
The electric drive train is provided by Voith on a project-specific basis, while ORTEN Electric Trucks takes care of vehicle integration. Customers can choose whether they purchase the VEDS as a retrofit kit and install it on site or whether the vehicle integration is carried out in the workshops of ORTEN Electric-Trucks. ORTEN Electric-Trucks will equip the buses exclusively with the VEDS and will also contribute the battery, the gateway and auxiliary components from its own portfolio.

"With Voith's globally oriented sales and service network and ORTEN Electric-Trucks' many years of experience in the electrification of commercial vehicles, the strategic partnership between the two companies offers a comprehensive range of products for the conversion to fully electric drives", says Robert Orten, Managing Partner of ORTEN Electric-Trucks.
(Orten Fahrzeugbau GmbH)

DQS presents Symrise with sustainability award

DQS presents Symrise with sustainability award  (Company news)

• Holzminden-based group receives prize from German Society for Sustainability (DQS)
• Special prize for sustainable development along the entire value chain

Symrise has received an award recognizing its commitment to sustainability from DQS. The Holzminden-based company is one of the recipients of the “Sustainability Heroes Awards 2020.” The German Society for Sustainability, in short DQS, presented these awards during an online conference held from November 2 to November 4, 2020. With this award, DQS recognizes companies at the forefront of sustainability. A total of eight companies received the seal. Symrise convinced the jury with its strategy for environment and society in particular.

Symrise is committed to sustainability and has integrated this strategically important topic into all aspects of its corporate strategy. In the statement explaining its decision, the jury expressly praised the way in which the Group adopted sustainability as a core element of its strategy and culture. Further, DQS described its motivation for awarding the prize: “The company promotes sustainable development of the entire value chain with ambition and commitment.” The society also stressed that Symrise’s sustainability approach takes the requirements of the company as well as those of employees, customers, the environment and society into account and integrates them into its business activities.

“We are proud of this award, which recognizes the core of our commitment to sustainability, our corporate strategy,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. “We have long considered sustainability to be an integral component of our business model. The DQS prize clearly confirms this. We create sustainable, environmental, socially committed conditions along the entire value chain and focus on efficient production.”

Jury chooses winners from many top-class applications
The awards ceremony is a joint event of the German Society for Quality (DGQ), which enables an exchange of knowledge and practical experience on the subject of quality, and the German Society for Sustainability (DQS), which is responsible for all certification and audit services related to sustainability and consumer safety. As part of the Sustainability Heroes Conference, which has taken place yearly since 2015, the partners recognize lesser-known heroes of sustainability whose reports on their social and ecological commitment are frequently less prominent. This November, the ceremony was held virtually. A jury selected the winners in eight categories from the 181 applications received. “The number and quality of applications has increased considerably. The development in recent years gives me hope that we will overcome the challenges of the century together,” says member of the jury Dr. Sied Sadek from DQS. Other members of the jury include Simone Busch (Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce), Prof. Dr. Bettina Stoll (Fulda University of Applied Sciences), Elisa Pohland (Frankfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce) and Patrick Bungard (M3TRIX Institute).
(Symrise AG)

New from January 2021: Naturally low-calorie - Gerolsteiner Leichte Schorle (Light Spritzer)

New from January 2021: Naturally low-calorie - Gerolsteiner Leichte Schorle (Light Spritzer)  (Company news)

Starting in January 2021, Gerolsteiner will introduce the new subbrand Gerolsteiner Leichte Schorle (Light Spritzer), thereby expanding its portfolio of low-calorie soft drinks. The two light spritzers in the flavors apple and apple-cherry both have only 14 kcal per 100 ml each.

They contain 40 percent less sugar than standard apple spritzers and are produced without the addition of sugar or other sweeteners. 30 percent fruit content plus slightly carbonated Gerolsteiner mineral water from the Volcanic Eifel provide pleasantly fruity, low-calorie refreshment. Like all Gerolsteiner mineral waters and soft drinks, the light spritzers are 100 percent vegan. The container is Gerolsteiner's 0.75-liter disposable PET bottle, which is ideal when you are on the go. The bottles are made of 50 percent recycled PET. At the POS, the two new products are presented together with the classic Gerolsteiner apple spritzer on attractive 3-mix displays.
(Gerolsteiner Brunnen GmbH & Co. KG)

Mank surprises 2021 with 'formative experiences' for trend-conscious hosts

Mank surprises 2021 with 'formative experiences' for trend-conscious hosts   (Company news)

INSPIRATION novelties as the perfect setting for multi-coloured tableware

Picture: Mank Malaga

Hosts will find a gastronomic experience of a particularly professional kind in the newly published main catalogue INSPIRATION 2021 from Mank Designed Paper Products. In contrast to previous years, this year the focus is on new embossing techniques and attractive trend colours. An extensive modernisation of the production facilities allows the presentation of many novelties for a successful restart of the gastronomy 2021.

"An outstanding innovation are our high-quality embossed designs on Linclass material" reports Mank art director Rotraud Hümmerich. These new embossed motifs LUDO, WENCKE or MALAGA are available in various basic colours both as napkins and table runners. Due to the simple elegance of the motifs, these series create a particularly balanced ambience on the table. Due to the colour variations they can also be perfectly combined with existing multi-coloured tableware and are therefore extremely versatile.

Two more new designs in the hip industrial style are coming out in the new year: With LUDO and LUKAS, Mank shows how the new trend colours ALTROSA and LIME can also conquer their place in the hotel and catering industry.

As usual, the 2021 catalogue is clearly arranged according to motifs. So customers can quickly see which products and qualities are offered for the design of their choice. "Mix & Match" is also the motto here. All around the gastronomic year Mank offers with INSPIRATION 2021 a red guide to table culture, which provides the right table-top designs for every season and occasion.

And finally, some particularly good news: Almost all Linclass- and Linclass-Light napkins can be supplied in biodegradable quality from 2021. These products are compostable according to DIN EN 13432.
(Mank GmbH Designed Paper Products)

Pabst & Richarz receives Bundesehrenpreis for spirits

Pabst & Richarz receives Bundesehrenpreis for spirits  (Company news)

Award of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Pabst & Richarz Vertriebs GmbH, a subsidiary of Berentzen Group Aktiengesellschaft, was awarded the Federal Honorary Prize of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The subsidiary received the award for the spirits category in silver. The Bundesehrenpreis is the highest award in the German food industry.

The Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, congratulated the prize winners and explained the detailed and trustworthy testing of the compared products. "Consumers can rely on this and the price is therefore a helpful orientation for them when shopping. Conscious enjoyment, that's what it's all about," continued Klöckner.

Hubertus Paetow, President of the German Agricultural Society (DLG), also emphasises that the silver award recognises an extraordinary quality performance by Pabst & Richarz: "Whoever receives the highest award in the German food industry impressively documents that they are among the top companies and set trend-setting standards in terms of quality, enjoyment and taste". Pabst & Richarz was thus once again able to prevail against numerous companies. "We are very pleased about the award. It shows that our claim continues to drive Pabst & Richarz forward. With our beverage innovations, we are constantly bringing new concepts to the markets that provide special moments of enjoyment with high quality and exceptional taste", says Jörg Peissker, Managing Director of Pabst & Richarz Vertriebs GmbH.
(Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft)

Grows with the job: new KHS long-tube filler on the Innofill Glass platform

Grows with the job: new KHS long-tube filler on the Innofill Glass platform  (Company news)

-Great flexibility regarding the range of products and containers
-Modular design simplifies installation and commissioning
-Maintenance-free drive technology reduces the effort required for cleaning

Photo: Innofill Glass platform - The new long-tube filler from KHS is convincing with its modular design and flexible potential for growth.

More speed and greater scope are what beverage producers with a large product portfolio and frequent product and container changeovers in particular wish for. All this is a given with the new long-tube filler from KHS whose high degree of flexibility is nothing less than convincing. Thanks to its modular design customers profit from high standards of hygiene and fast installation and commissioning. The Innofill Glass platform also provides outstanding growth prospects for the future.

Long-tube fillers are frequently operated in the sensitive beverage segment, for example to bottle beer or hot fill sensitive products such as juice. They are most commonly used to process glass or PET bottles and contour containers holding up to three liters of product. Manfred Härtel, filling product manager at KHS, is familiar with the benefits of the long-tube principle. “It permits fast flow rates and short filling times as the bottom-up filling method causes very little turbulence in the container.” This makes for low oxygen pickup, important when bottling orange juice, for instance.This would otherwise lose its appetizing yellow color and turn brown unless additives such as vitamin C are used. Unlike the normal filling of juice, where the fruit fibers collect at the top of the container and form clots, during long-tube filling less air attaches itself to the fibers and no clots are formed.

A filler with tradition
When filling beer into PET or aluminum bottles without vacuum stability, bottom-up filling also has its advantages: low oxygen pickup makes purging redundant that could otherwise cause the container to contract or buckle.

“Long-tube fillers are a tradition at KHS,” explains Härtel. “In the 1970s and 80s they were built at our plant in Bad Kreuznach for filling beer. We did actually have a computer-controlled filling system back then but this was still equipped with gears and gear wheels.” These have long been replaced by star drives and servodrives. Nowadays the stars and carousels are blocked digitally and synchronized with servomotors. This enables the front table to be omitted.

Modular design
In its updated form the new long-tube filler is part of the modular Innofill Glass DRS ECO platform concept launched at the end of 2019. Bottlers benefit from numerous optimizations here: on the one hand, the basic machine structure and various components have been standardized for the modular machine version. Thanks to improved availability the fillers can be supplied faster. Installation and commissioning at the customer's site have also been standardized and accordingly can thus be carried out in less time. On the other hand, the new design greatly improves hygiene: as the front table has been dispensed with, no more puddles are formed. Maintenance-free drive technology also cuts down on the effort required for cleaning.

The serial QUICKLOCK fast-acting locking system from KHS permits bottle guide parts to be exchanged with just a few manual adjustments performed without tools. Changeovers on machines fitted with QUICKLOCK are around 30% faster and generally more hygienic than where standard format parts are used. “This tried-and-tested technology is a particularly useful addition to the long-tube filler with its vast flexibility regarding the range of products and containers,” Härtel states. “As practically any beverage can be filled on this machine, it’s a worthwhile option for contract fillers in particular.” An extremely broad spectrum of modules facilitates individual configuration, thus catering for all of a bottler’s specific capacity requirements with pinpoint accuracy.

Flexible growth
Among other features, the new long-tube filler can be equipped with different filling valves: a simple variant for the hot filling of juice, a version for filling beer only with closed CO2 purging of bottles or a third all-round module that is also well equipped for future jobs. This modular filling technology gives beverage producers the flexibility to gradually expand their machine to cater for a growing portfolio. Here, the valves can be equipped with electromagnetic induction flow meters as a volumetric filling system or retrofitted with sensors. The switching cylinder between the tubular ring vessel and valve that allows two or three filling speeds can be replaced by continuous regulation at a later stage of expansion.

“This example shows just how future-proof our machine is with its modular structure,” Härtel smiles. “Additional components can be easily retrofitted at any time, depending on how the beverage market or our customers’ product policies develop.”
(KHS GmbH)

ALPLA Group: Philipp Lehner new CEO from 1 January 2021

ALPLA Group: Philipp Lehner new CEO from 1 January 2021  (Company news)

Günther Lehner preparing the handover and to stay with the company as Chairman

The Management Board of the ALPLA Group, the global plastic packaging and recycling specialist based in Hard, Austria, is being restructured – Philipp Lehner will succeed Günther Lehner as CEO on 1 January 2021, making him the third generation of the family to run the company. Günther Lehner will assume the position of Chairman.

The company has been preparing for this generational change for years, and it will now be effected with Günther Lehner handing over the agendas of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to his son Philipp Lehner on 1 January 2021. They will visit customers together in the course of 2021 in order to introduce Philipp Lehner as the new CEO of the ALPLA Group.

As Chairman, Günther Lehner will play a part in the company’s strategic direction in the years to come. One of the focuses of his future activities will be further developing the recycling and circular economy lines of business. He will also contribute his many years of experience in technology development and innovation and will play a significant part in shaping the company’s strategic networking with customers, suppliers and other business partners.

‘I am delighted to be placing the management of our company in family hands and I am confident that Philipp will do excellently at occupying this position. This will secure the continuity that our customers and business partners need,’ says Günther Lehner. ‘ALPLA has strong foundations and is excellently positioned to rise to the challenges of these times,’ says Philipp Lehner. ‘I am grateful to my family for the enormous trust they are placing in me and I look forward to shaping the company’s future together with our staff.’
The people

Philipp Lehner (36) joined ALPLA in June 2014 following his business management training, study periods abroad, jobs in the finance and consultancy sectors, and an MBA qualification at the Harvard Business School. On joining the family-owned business, he spent his first six months on a plant trainee programme in Lübeck, Germany. He then served as plant manager at ALPLA Iowa in the USA for 18 months. He subsequently assumed overall responsibility as regional manager of the USA for two and a half years, before returning to Hard at the end of 2018. Since January 2019, Philipp has been CFO of ALPLA, making him responsible for the areas of finance, IT, digitalisation and human resources.

Günther Lehner (61) became plant manager at ALPLA’s newly acquired plant in Lübeck in 1987. He then returned to the company’s headquarters in Hard in 1989 as Head of the Technical Center and subsequently joined the ALPLA management. He became CEO in 2006. Back in 1989, ALPLA comprised 17 plants in eight countries – it now has 181 plants in 46 countries.

From 1 January 2021, the five-strong ALPLA Group Management Board will be as follows: Philipp Lehner (CEO), Nicolas Lehner (CCO), Ricardo Rehm (CFO), Klaus Allgäuer (CTO), Walter Ritzer (COO).
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)

Clear coconut liqueur in a new guise

Clear coconut liqueur in a new guise  (Company news)

Mangaroca Batida com Rum becomes Mangaroca Batida Pura Côco

At the beginning of 2021, the clear coconut liqueur Mangaroca Batida com Rum is getting a big relaunch. The popular recipe will remain, while the new name "Mangaroca Batida Pura Côco" and the adapted bottle design will attract even more attention on the spirits shelves. The modern look with tropical design elements reflects the exotic brand world and creates a clear distinction to the milky coconut classic Mangaroca Batida de Côco. The vegan Mangaroca Batida Pura Côco will be available from January 2021 in the 0.7-litre bottle at aRP of EUR 9.49.

"With the relaunch, we want to distinguish our clear coconut liqueur variant even more strongly from the milky classic Mangaroca Batida de Côco," says Jan Rock, spokesman for Henkell Freixenet. "The new name Mangaroca Batida Pura Côco and the stylish bottle design offer the consumer more orientation and thus make the purchase decision easier". With the launch of Mangaroca Batida com Rum in 2018, Henkell Freixenet launched a milk-free alternative to the classic Mangaroca Batida de Côco, thus creating even more occasions for consumption: Thanks to its high mixability, the clear coconut liqueur is ideal for mixing fruity long drinks. With this year's facelift and the name change to "Pura Côco", consumers should be able to see even more clearly what's in the bottle. The recipe remains unchanged: Clear coconut liqueur, refined with rum and coconut water.

New packaging design for strong shelf impact
With the eye-catching and emotional design of the label with palm leaves, coconut and other tropical elements, Henkell Freixenet is focusing on stronger buying impulses - and the design is moving even closer to the look and feel of the Mangaroca Batida world. The white partial lacquer on the upper half of the bottle reflects the inside of the coconut, while the lower, transparent area allows consumers a direct view of the clear coconut liqueur. The new look blends in perfectly with the brand world. In this way, "Pura Côco" remains recognisable to existing "com Rum" users and at the same time appeals to new buyers. The bottle's new white lid also ensures better orientation at the POS and differentiation from Mangaroca Batida de Côco.

The launch of Mangaroca Batida Pura Côco is supported by a large-scale digital campaign. From January 2021, the new bottle will also be seen on TV. Mangaroca Batida Pura Côco will be available from January 2021 in the 0.7-litre bottle at a MSRP of EUR 9.49 in retail outlets and in the Henkell Freixenet online shop.
(Henkell Freixenet)

Leinenkugel's new Toasted Bock is a return to its roots

Leinenkugel's new Toasted Bock is a return to its roots  (Company news)

The chill in the Midwest air is a clear sign that it’s time to turn to brews that will keep you warm this winter.

For Leinenkugel’s that means transitioning to fuller-bodied beers like its Snowdrift Vanilla Porter – and a new seasonal entrant, Leinenkugel’s Toasted Bock, which is trickling into retail this week.

Positioned as the brewer’s secondary fall/winter seasonal beer, Toasted Bock is an amber-colored, malt-forward take on the German-style beer traditionally brewed to sustain monks over the Lent season.

“The idea was to really get back to our beer-brewing credentials. We wanted to make a beer-flavored beer, something that was more traditional in style, hearkening back to our German roots,” says Dick Leinenkugel, president of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.

The addition of Toasted Bock is the brewery’s latest effort to innovate within its beer portfolio. This year it also introduced Leinenkugel’s Spritzen, its beer with a splash of seltzer, about which Dick Leinenkugel remains excited (“It’s a really nice success story,” he says.)

But the brewery saw an opportunity to brew a style that appeals to a growing segment of discerning craft drinkers while at the same time ties back to the brewery’s roots.

“My great-great-grandfather, Jacob Leinenkugel, first produced a bock in 1888,” says Dick Leinenkugel. The brewery’s century-and-a-half of German brewing tradition has yielded other, now retired, bocks, including 1888 Bock, Big Butt Dopplebock and Leinenkugel’s Original Bock.

Brewed first as a collaboration between Leinenkugel’s and fellow Chippewa Falls, Wis., beermaker Brewster Brothers, Toasted Bock will “surprise and delight” fans, Leinenkugel says.

“We knew since we didn’t have this style of beer in our portfolio, our fans were looking for this style of beer from Leinenkugel’s,” he says. “Something that was a little bit more maltier and substantial in terms of its body and yet really drinkable.”

The 5.1% alcohol-by-volume Toasted Bock has a medium-bodied malt backbone, offering flavors of caramel and roasted barley, accentuated by hints of dried fruit, raisins and dates. Brewed with Leinenkugel’s preferred hop, Cluster, Toasted Bock is low in IBU, has a smooth mouthfeel and finishes with a bit of malt sweetness “that makes you want to have another one,” Dick Leinenkugel says.

Toasted Bock replaces Cranberry Ginger Shandy as Leinenkugel’s’ secondary winter seasonal beer and will swap out Leinenkugel’s Harvest Patch Shandy, its fall secondary seasonal. It will be available through February.

Toasted Bock’s entrance comes as Leinenkugel’s has been bolstered by strong off-premise sales of Summer Shandy, the ubiquitous summertime beer that over recent years has served as its flagship. And it’s outperformed craft competitor New Glarus in its home market of Wisconsin, according to Nielsen data.

The brewery also is launching several new beverages in the months ahead. In early 2021, It will introduce Lemon Haze IPA. A new Spritzen flavor, Blood Orange Cranberry, also is on the way. Then next summer, it will debut another German-inspired beer: a full-bodied, but sessionable Helles lager that will replace Orange Shandy.

Fans of the brewery have a lot to look forward to, Dick Leinenkugel says.

“They’re going to say, ‘Wow, Leinenkugel’s is doing something that’s not a shandy and not a Spritzen, but getting back to its Germanic roots with these fabulous, well-balanced beers,” he says.
(Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company)

Even more flexible and hygienic: KHS can filler processes a broad spectrum of beverages ...

Even more flexible and hygienic: KHS can filler processes a broad spectrum of beverages ...  (Company news)

...and formats

Light, compact and convenient, the beverage can is experiencing something of a renaissance. More and more are being sold practically everywhere on the globe, with a rise in market shares to match. In Germany, for example, this number rose from 2.85 billion in 2017 to over 3.9 billion in 2019. The forecast is for further growth. As one of the world's leading manufacturers of filling and packaging equipment KHS has decades of expertise in this segment. The turnkey supplier has now expanded its tried-and-tested technology for both the high- and medium-capacity ranges.

Photo: Still small but a lot more powerful: the Innofill Can C now processes up to 50,000 cans an hour.

Consumers have appreciated the advantages of the beverage can for decades, yet just recently the market share for cans has again showed a marked increase. There are numerous reasons for this. On the one hand, more and more energy drinks are being sold in cans; on the other, the craft movement is pushing this development by increasingly filling soft drinks, hard seltzer, beer and cider into this format.

KHS can also look back on a long tradition in this segment. The Dortmund engineering company entered the American can market over 50 years ago. Since then it has asserted itself with numerous new technologies and positioned itself as one of the world’s leading providers of canning equipment. The turnkey supplier is once again building on its decades of expertise to continuously further improve its tried-and-tested systems. A whole host of recent updates is designed to make the can fillers for the high- and medium-capacity ranges even more flexible and hygienic.

Back in 2014 the systems provider presented the first can filler in a totally new generation in the form of its Innofill Can DVD that can process up to 135,000 cans an hour. In 2017 KHS began specifically targeting SME canners with its compact Innofill Can C can filler that at the time was able to fill a maximum of 28,000 cans per hour.

Gentle can guiding and filling
Both machines offer many advantages and set standards – in hygiene, for example, thanks to the reduced cleaning effort; the extremely hygienic design and elimination of water lubrication in the filler carousel area prevent the open cans from being soiled. This allows cleaning intervals for exterior cleaning to be lengthened.

The most important upgrade in relation to hygiene on the Innofill Can DVD, however, is the pneumatic lowering device for the centering bells. Unlike on previous models these are no longer moved mechanically by rollers and cams. Instead, the proven pneumatic lifting and lowering motion found on the smaller Innofill Can C filler is now also being used here, explains Manfred Härtel, filling product manager at KHS. “With this system we reduce the number of fittings on the valve. On a filler, the rollers especially are subject to heavy wear. This means that a certain amount of abrasion can be caused above the open cans. With this now no longer an issue in the future, we’ve managed to again considerably increase what was already a very high level of hygiene.”

The lifting and lowering of the bells is intelligently controlled. As cans are becoming ever thinner as weight and materials are saved, it’s particularly important to guide and fill the containers as gently as possible. Pneumatic actuation allows the contact pressure to be adapted to suit different qualities of material. The once new technology has long outgrown its pioneer status and since proved itself on the market many times over; the recent technological upgrades have improved it even further.

“We satisfy high hygiene requirements, especially those made by sensitive beverages such as non-alcoholic beer, mixed beer beverages and flavored ciders,” Härtel continues. KHS can fillers not only display a high standard of hygiene inside the machine but also outside it – an aspect that’s becoming increasingly important in view of the trend towards beers and mixed beverages with less or no alcohol. “Our filling valves are famous for their hygienic properties, compact design and simple handling and maintenance,” states Härtel. This is especially beneficial to bottlers with a wide assortment of products, this requiring maximum flexibility of the technical equipment on the production line.

Made possible by Teflon
It’s worth taking a look at the details, both of the Innofill Can DVD and the Innofill Can C. One key prerequisite needed to achieve the required level of flexibility is the choice of the right sealing material for the expansion joint seal. “We continue to rely on Teflon here,” says Härtel. “This material can be excellently cleaned, gives our valve seals a much longer service life and doubles the change intervals with the added bonus of much shorter changeover times.” Looking at the range of materials on offer, however, what’s most important is that PTFE absorbs practically no flavoring substances – unlike standard seals made of elastomers such as EPDM that soak up liquid like a sponge during production. When there’s a drop in concentration with the next product in the filling sequence, the EPDM again releases these flavorings. In order to prevent this unwanted effect, production has to be scheduled by flavor. “The week thus starts off with a mineral water, for instance, and ends with the filling of a product with an intensive taste, such as an energy drink. With our filling valves the transfer of flavor is cut down to an absolute minimum, giving customers more freedom when planning,” Härtel smiles.

Warm filling
Furthermore, with the two revamped KHS can fillers beverages can also be filled when warm. This process becomes more significant particularly regarding the processing stages further down the line as it eliminates the formation of condensation. This more or less rules out the risk of cartons, trays and cans in six packs growing soggy, forming mold or being contaminated by microbes. Beer is filled at a temperature of up to 20°C and carbonated soft drinks at 22°C maximum. Juices can also be hot filled. This application is in increasing demand especially in the low- and medium-capacity range. “Our customers want flexible machines they can also realize new products on,” explains Härtel. “Our fillers can process widgets, for example, that release nitrogen into beers low in carbon dioxide when the can’s opened. This produces a very creamy and compact head, just like a freshly tapped draft beer.”

Pneumatic lowering device
The compact Innofill Can C can filler, too, is becoming increasingly popular with small and medium-sized breweries. KHS has therefore optimized it further. Here, the pitch circle has been enlarged from 720 to 1,800 millimeters, enabling machine outputs of up to 50,000 cans per hour to now be achieved on 60 filling valves. With this capacity the Innofill Can C can now also be integrated into lines with higher outputs, especially in combination with process engineering such as the Innopro Paramix C blending system, flash pasteurizer or CIP module. This means that beverages can also be processed and canned in the medium-capacity range on space-saving KHS systems right down the line. What’s more, the compactness of the Innofill Can C is particularly compelling. The filler, seamer, service module, cladding and control cabinet come pre-assembled on delivery so that the plug-and-produce system can go into operation more or less immediately.

In addition, the filling valves on the computer-controlled filling system are equipped with electromagnetic induction flow meters. They ensure uniform filling levels and that headspaces of exactly the same size are created in the cans. The energy-efficient drives also support a resource-saving production process. Additionally, as on all KHS machines the can fillers use servomotors and servodrives of the highest energy efficiency.

Integrated seamer system
The Innofill Can C includes a can seamer from Ferrum AG, a company of international renown in this field. In addition to a system with three seamer spindles versions with six or eight are also available for higher outputs – these with automatic height adjustment.

The can fillers can also be supplemented by a Innoket Neo labeling machine, for instance, that dresses the containers with self-adhesive labels. “This can be useful if small batches of individual cans are also to be produced,” Härtel remarks.
(KHS GmbH)

A representative survey on fruit juice shows: Germany is the world champion in fruit juice, ...

A representative survey on fruit juice shows: Germany is the world champion in fruit juice, ...  (Company news)

...but has some catching up to do in terms of factual knowledge

Whether for breakfast, as a fruity kick in between or as a reward after a hard day's work - Germans love fruit juice and have even been fruit juice world champions for many years. But although fruit juice is so popular in this country, many consumers are unsure about its composition, especially with regard to its fruit and sugar content. This is shown by the results of a representative online survey in Germany. Juice knowledge is not a science. What you should know about fruit juice and what you should be aware of is shown in our three juice facts at a glance.

Although the legal situation regarding the fruit and sugar content in fruit juices is clear, some fruit juice myths are very persistent. This is shown by the survey results of Prof. Holger Buxel, professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster.

About half of the respondents (49 percent) assume that fruit juice from concentrate contains less than 100 percent fruit. In the case of direct juice, at least one fifth still suspects this. But the rule of thumb is quite simple:

Fact 1: If fruit juice is printed on the packaging, it always contains 100 percent fruit - regardless of whether it is fruit juice from concentrate or direct juice. Since no deviation is permitted here, manufacturers do not have to write the fruit content on the packaging. The indication of 100 percent fruit content is voluntary.

51 percent of those surveyed are convinced that fruit juice concentrate can contain added sugar. For direct juice, 18 percent think so. This is a misconception, because just like freshly squeezed fruit juices, commercial fruit juices only contain the sugar naturally contained in the fruit.

Fact 2: Any addition of sugar in fruit juices has already been banned throughout the EU in 2011. This is regulated by the Fruit Juice Regulation and applies to both direct juice and fruit juice from concentrate. The sugar always comes from the fruit itself.

These results also show that the respondents are more critical of fruit juice from fruit juice concentrate and consider it to be the "worse" juice.

Not only do more than 50 percent think that sugar may be added and that there is no 100 percent fruit in it, but also as many think that dyes, preservatives or water may be added. It is therefore not surprising that 60 percent of those questioned say they prefer direct juice. But here too, the Fruit Juice Ordinance has clear rules:

Fact 3: Direct juice and fruit juice from fruit juice concentrate are two different production processes with the same result: 100 percent fruit juice without additives. By law, the quality of fruit juice from concentrate must be comparable to that of direct juice.

So what exactly are the differences between direct juice and fruit juice from concentrate?
Direct juice is bottled "directly" after pressing the fruit and a short pasteurization.
In the production of fruit juice concentrates, water is gently removed from the juice after pressing by means of evaporation: Transport volume, storage volume and costs are saved, which is also useful from an ecological point of view. The concentrates can also be stored for several years, which helps to compensate for bottlenecks in years with a poor harvest. Later, the concentrate is replenished with water.
(Verband der deutschen#Fruchtsaft-Industrie e.V. (VdF))

150+ million packs with SIGNATURE packaging material sold as demand for sustainable...

150+ million packs with SIGNATURE packaging material sold as demand for sustainable...  (Company news)

... packaging grows

SIG has now sold over 150 million packs with its award-winning SIGNATURE, the world’s first aseptic carton packaging material linked up to 100% to renewable materials.

“SIG’s ground-breaking SIGNATURE is a great success, with over 150 million packs sold,” said Alina Theissen Hageresch, SIG’s Marketing Manager Sustainability and Responsibility Europe. “Increased uptake shows that its strong environmental credentials offer customers an answer to consumers wanting more sustainable packaging alternatives as they seek to do their part for a low-carbon future.”

Growing demand for sustainable packaging
Consumers’ priorities are changing: a clear majority (73%*) now say they would change their consumption habits to reduce their environmental impact. As brands seek to meet demand for more sustainable products, their choice of packaging has a critical role to play as the first key touchpoint for consumers.

SIG’s standard carton packs, made with around 75% renewable paper board from FSCTM-certified sustainable sources, already offer a significantly better environmental performance than alternative types of packaging. The carbon footprint of a carton pack is up to 70% lower than plastic or glass bottles.

Launched in 2017, SIG’s innovative SIGNATURE packaging material links the polymers used to 100% forest-based renewable materials via an independently certified mass balance system. SIG chose tall oil – a residue extracted from wood in the paper making process – as the forest-based feedstock. It is a by-product from another industry rather than an agricultural crop requiring land and resources that could be used to produce food. An independent lifecycle assessment shows that SIGNATURE reduces the carbon footprint of carton packs even further – by 45% to 58% (European average) depending on the option selected (more information at

Innovative solutions for all markets
SIGNATURE is available in two options to meet demand for sustainable packaging solutions across all market segments.

The aluminium-free SIGNATURE 100 for dairy products is the world’s first aseptic carton packaging material linked to 100% forest-based renewable material. SIGNATURE Full Barrier includes an ultra-thin layer of aluminium, certified against the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standards, to protect products like orange juice that are more sensitive to light and oxygen.

The European and North American markets are pioneering the shift to more sustainable packaging solutions. Early adopters of SIGNATURE include Unilever’s B-Better in Belgium, Candia in France, nutpods in the USA and Water Cubed in UK.

“B-Better water was launched with strong brand values: help consumers to be good to themselves and do better for the planet,” said Hélène Esser, B-Better Co-founder and Marketing Manager Refreshments at Unilever. “SIGNATURE’s unmatched environmental credentials, combined with SIG’s unique bottle-shaped combidome carton, align perfectly with our strapline: ‘It’s a start for less plastic and a better planet’.”

Innovating to go Way Beyond Good
Growing demand for SIGNATURE packaging material linked up to 100% to renewable materials is the latest milestone in SIG’s journey to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.

Sustainable innovation is central to this ambition and SIG has achieved a host of other industry firsts: first to enable customers to put the FSC™ label on any of its packs, first to offer aluminium-free aseptic carton packs, first to offer a paper straw solution for aseptic carton packs, first to offer carton packs with responsibly-sourced ASI-certified foil and, most recently, first to offer cartons made with recycled plastics.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

East African Breweries invests in efficient kegging line from KHS

East African Breweries invests in efficient kegging line from KHS  (Company news)

East African Breweries Limited is about two years away from making a century since it was established in 1922, this marked by the delivery of a case of its first beer to The Stanley Hotel in Nairobi in December of the same year. Its subsidiaries in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda normally do brisk business, brewing and distributing products for markets in more than ten countries in Africa and beyond. Kenya Breweries generates the largest share of EABL’s sales – close to 70% in the last financial year – and its market is the largest. The group has been part of the British multinational Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits, since 2000.

Photo: The new KHS kegging line in Kisumu at a glance: the system can rack up to 400 kegs an hour.

Proven partnership
The cooperation between KHS and Kenya Breweries also enjoys a long tradition: the brewery has been working with the Dortmund systems supplier and its predecessor companies for about 45 years now. Many KHS lines and machines have been in operation – and indeed still are - at production sites in Ruaraka near Nairobi and Kisumu in the west of the country. In both 2005 and 2010 EABL procured a KHS kegging system that includes palletizing and depalletizing – the first with a capacity of up to 400 and the second for 480 50-liter kegs per hour. In 2016 the second line was given a general overhaul and its output expanded to 800 kegs an hour. The most recent acquisition from KHS is a new line comprising five Innokeg Transomats, an exterior keg washer and a pallet stacker and destacker that was commissioned at the end of 2018 in Kisumu. At this site, which lay dormant for a number of years, a completely new plant has now been built to highly innovative standards for the equivalent of about €150 million.

Best results with KHS
“KHS designs the best keg systems and sets standards with its innovations,” explains Jacob Bett, site manager in Kisumu. “Where safety and hygiene, consistency and energy efficiency and media consumption are concerned, KHS technology gets the best results.” This means that the machines satisfy the high ecological and economic benchmarks that EABL also sets itself. After all, every single drop of water counts in Africa, Bett says, adding that EABL is one of Africa’s pioneers when it comes to sustainability. He’s therefore proud of the fact that all brewing and filling processes have now been optimized to cut the quantity of water used per liter of beer from three-and-a-half to three liters. The company is also taking a number of actions to reduce its carbon footprint – from a photovoltaic system that generates energy to a water recovery and treatment plant that keeps about 900 cubic meters of water a day in circulation.

At EABL sustainability is chiefly understood to mean the company’s responsibility towards society. The entire value chain from farmer to consumer is regarded and promoted under the motto of “from grain to glass”. The African brewery campaigns for stable tax and regulatory conditions and is in constant dialogue with the Kenyan government. Ultimately, it’s also greatly committed to people acting responsibly in their consumption of alcohol. This includes programs being devised to encourage people to drink in measure on the one hand and actively combating the illegal distillation of spirits and alcoholism on the other.

Uphill struggle
The Kenyan government has found that combating illicit alcohol, which often results in health issues for its consumers, remains an uphill struggle. In the 1990s it attempted to improve the situation by drastically raising taxes. The price for legal alcoholic beverages rose so sharply that sales figures dropped from 400 million to 240 million liters between 1991 and 2001. There was no decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed, however. On the contrary: during the same period the black market for privately brewed beer and illegal ‘moonshine’ boomed, especially in deprived areas. This is where, for instance, ‘hooch known as chang’aa has been made of fermented sugar cane, millet and maize for many generations. In the non-industrial processes used to do so, the alcohol content can’t be monitored; this is frequently enhanced by chemicals such as methanol or jet fuel being added to the mixture. Consumption of the dubious brew can cause blindness – or even be lethal; every year, about 500 Kenyans die from drinking alcohol produced illegally.

A beer for everyone
In 2003 irregular products accounted for a staggering 56% of all alcohol imbibed in Kenya. A year later EABL launched its distinctive Senator Keg to market, a beer that everyone could afford specially developed to cater for the previously neglected target group of low-earners. A 300-milliliter glass of Senator now costs just a fraction – about a fifth of the price of EABL’s flagship Tusker beer. The beverage is distributed according to the consumption habits of the country’s poorest, namely from tens of thousands of small bars dotted along the roadside and in the most remote of villages. By instigating various qualification measures, the brewery ensures that customers are served a high-quality beverage under hygienic conditions. It’s also helping to have more and more of the old twilight operations replaced by licensed, exclusive Senator Key salespoints. This low-price product has been made possible by the brewery exploring several new avenues:

Local Sourcing
Firstly, it decided to make a beer without hops as these are difficult to come by and thus relatively expensive. Sorghum grain is primarily used in Senator without the quality being compromised. Today, 80% of the raw ingredients are procured from 62,000 local farmers whom EABL has contracted for this purpose.

Inexpensive packaging
Secondly, packaging costs have been cut down to a minimum by the beer not being filled into glass bottles but only into 50-liter kegs – on KHS machinery. A hand pump had to be developed for this purpose to avoid costly tapping equipment having to be used. Less carbon dioxide was also added to the beer so that it can be drawn from the barrel when warm without too much foaming. This in turn allows it to be served without cost- and energy-intensive cooling systems coming into play.

Low Taxation
Thirdly and finally, the brewery petitioned the Kenyan government to reduce taxes on Senator Keg in the hope that the lower price would lure cash-strapped drinkers away from illicit liquor. The authorities actually accepted this line of argument and granted concessions on the payment of excise duty, initially of 100% (80% today).

Record efficiency
On the market for close to 17 years now, Senator Keg has become one of Kenya’s biggest beer brands, even if growth – not least due to the changing political framework and renewed taxation – hasn’t been as rapid as in the first few years of sales. Notwithstanding, the brand’s story of success is seen worldwide as a prime example of good marketing in accord with social responsibility.

The new factory in Kisumu is largely instrumental in providing the necessary capacity for this successful product. All told, 1,600 50-liter kegs or 800 hectoliters per hour can now be racked on the three kegging systems installed at Kenya Breweries. Thanks to the new kegging facility, the output of Senator Keg rose by 32% in 2019 compared to the previous year.

Jacob Bett emphasizes how pleased he and his colleagues are with their plant engineering from KHS. “With its exceptional performance KHS’ ultramodern filling line is giving us record OEE levels of up to 100%. This naturally has a very positive impact on our capacity. With figures like these the system will definitely pay off in a very short time indeed. Anyone would happily invest in a line that enables such good performance.” Bett also finds the partnership between the two companies wholly positive. “KHS is itself a very dynamic company and was thus able to easily adapt to our way of working,” he praises. “So that we can also meet our targets under great time pressure, we had need of highly efficient teams who work quickly. Thanks to the open and straightforward culture of communication, we’ve achieved the various milestones in our joint venture with practically no effort whatsoever.”

Local service
In order that production also runs smoothly in the long term, EABL makes use of KHS’ local services in Kenya. An SLA1 has been concluded with a term of eight years, under which KHS is to maintain line performance at the highest level in close cooperation with the customer. Part of the contract governs various service packages for maintenance, overhauls, spare parts, training and continuous monitoring. An embedded engineer initially assisted in the transfer of knowledge to the machine operators, thus making certain that the recommended, tried-and-tested processes involved in the running of the machinery are adhered to. Monthly technical visits to the factory and scheduled overhauls ensure maintenance of the systems according to specifications.

What’s more, regular weekly meetings with the SLA manager are held and both parties are in continuous dialog. More SLAs – especially valued by Diageo – are currently being drawn up for other sites in Africa in an expression of its close, long-term business relationship with KHS.

“KHS’ local service engineers have proved to be a real boon,” says Jacob Bett. “They can quickly eliminate any problems that arise during production and carry out preventive maintenance measures on their routine visits. However, what’s most important to us is that they continue to train our operators and engineers during on-the-job courses.” All of this, Bett concludes, significantly contributes to the high overall efficiency of the line.

Diageo and KHS: Trusted Partners
The largest spirits producer in the world Diageo was formed in 1997 when Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan. The British multinational employs 28,400 people and in 2019 yielded a turnover of approximately €12.87 billion with over 200 brands, among them Guinness, Kilkenny, Johnny Walker, Smirnoff, Gordon’s and Tanqueray. Even if its regional focus is North America, Diageo generates 12.4% of its business in Africa. A close partnership between Diageo and KHS has since evolved on this particular growth market. It thus follows that in 2018 KHS dedicated a key account manager to Diageo Africa. This executive coordinates activities at KHS’ different regional centers with an eye to the beverage group’s activities on the subcontinent. Performance-based SLAs give Diageo the best possible service and ensure that its machinery produces within a defined budget at a consistently high level of performance in the long term. Besides the key line in Kisumu and other projects in South Africa, for example, the following larger systems have been installed for the group over the last 20 years:
-Nairobi, Kenya: Returnable glass line (up to 66,000 bottles per hour), Spirits line (up to 8,000 bottles per hour)
-Ogba, Nigeria: Two returnable glass lines (up to 50,000 bottles per hour respectively)
-Benin City, Nigeria: Canning line (up to 33,000 cans per hour)
-Douala, Cameroon: Returnable glass line (up to 36,000 bottles per hour)
-Sebeta, Ethiopia: Returnable glass line (up to 36,000 bottles per hour)
(KHS GmbH)



ACE, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, is pleased to announce that the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU rose to 51% in 2019. This represents a continued year-on-year increase in the EU beverage carton recycling rate.

“We are pleased that the steady annual increase of the recycling rate for beverage cartons in 2019 surpassed 50%,” said Annick Carpentier, Director General of ACE. “This is proof of our industry’s efforts and enhances the message that beverage cartons are recyclable and are being recycled at scale in Europe.”

Beverage cartons, made largely from renewable materials, contribute positively to a low carbon circular economy. The industry is driving beverage carton recycling across Europe, committed to efforts that support the increase of the recycling rate in all EU Member States. The industry calls on policymakers at the European and national levels to assure that beverage cartons are collected for recycling separately, and to support a collection target to ensure beverage cartons are collected for recycling.

“With an upcoming EU legislative agenda towards more sustainable packaging, the beverage carton is well positioned with a 51% recycling rate. This is an opportunity to inform policy-makers at all levels that beverage cartons are a safe, circular and sustainable packaging solution with a low carbon footprint, and how the beverage carton you use at your table can be easily collected and recycled,” continued Ms. Carpentier.

ACE to Partner with POLITICO Europe on Upcoming Virtual Event
On November 25th from 2-3 PM CET, in partnership with POLITICO Europe, ACE will be presenting a virtual event, “Will the EU be ready for all packaging to be sustainable by 2030?”. The panel will be moderated by POLITICO’s sustainability reporter Eline Schaart and will feature:
• Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director General for DG Environment, European Commission
• Jan Huitema (Renew Europe, Netherlands), Rapporteur for the ENVI Committee on the Circular Economy Action Plan
• Jane Muncke, Managing Director, Food Packaging Forum
• Heike Schiffler, Vice President Sustainability Europe and Central Asia, Tetra Pak
(ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))

Pierre Hultbäck is new Division Manager Energy at Alfa Laval Mid Europe

Pierre Hultbäck is new Division Manager Energy at Alfa Laval Mid Europe  (Company news)

The Alfa Laval Mid Europe GmbH has appointed a new head of the Energy Division. Since November 1, the Swede Pierre Hultbäck has been responsible for the division in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Energy Division is one of Alfa Laval's three business units alongside Food & Water and Marine.

Pierre Hultbäck comes from the Alfa Laval headquarters in Lund, Sweden. Hultbäck's last position there was as Head of Sales and Vice President Business Unit BFB (Brazed & Fusion Bonded Heat Exchangers). During his professional career, the chemical engineer has gained a wealth of international experience in sales and personnel management and also has extensive technical know-how. In his new position at Alfa Laval Mid Europe, Pierre Hultbäck intends to focus on touch points with potential and existing customers: "Interfaces must be specific, simplified and efficient, both in the analog and digital world". As far as the digital transformation is concerned, Hultbäck sees his company as a pioneer and announces that it will continue to drive this forward.
(Alfa Laval Mid Europe GmbH)

FRANKEN BRUNNEN SELECT - the new fruity and light lemon delight

FRANKEN BRUNNEN SELECT - the new fruity and light lemon delight  (Company news)

With FRANKEN BRUNNEN SELECT, the Franconian mineral water company is expanding its portfolio with a further product in its soft drink range. Since November 2, the new "Premium Lemonade" has been available throughout Bavaria in high-quality 12 x 0.75-liter individual-glass returnable containers. With its high fruit content and 30% less sugar at 100% taste, it is ideal for all those who prefer a fruity light lemonade.

"We have been working on expanding our soft drink competence for some time now," says Cornelia Kissel, Product Manager at FRANKEN BRUNNEN. "Since almost every second person in Germany now chooses a premium lemonade when buying lemonade1 and since it is precisely the high-priced lemonades in our core area of Bavaria that are currently generating growth, it was a logical and right step for us to also open up this market with our own "premium lemonade"", says Kissel.

Fruity light lemonade
With the introduction of its new soft drink, the Franconian mineral water company is serving two trend themes at once: Health and naturalness. Compared to conventional lemonades, FRANKEN BRUNNEN SELECT contains 30 percent less sugar and thus appeals above all to nutrition-conscious consumers who are looking for a fruity, light lemon drink. The full flavor of the three varieties - Lemon-Lime, Pink Grapefruit-Cranberry and Orange-Mango - is ensured by 14 to 20 percent fruit content and natural FRANKEN BRUNNEN mineral water.

Modern lemonade in sustainable packaging
With its new product range, FRANKEN BRUNNEN deliberately and exclusively relies on the individual 0.75-liter glass reusable bottle in the 12-item individual comfort crate. "Glass has a premium perception and in our view is the only way to offer a high-quality lemonade," says Kissel. "With the decision for our individual glass bottle, we also want to meet the needs of our quality-conscious target group for sustainable packaging. These play an increasingly important role in the purchasing decision". Market research figures prove this: Reusable glass bottles will continue to be a success in 2020, with sales of our own individual containers even increasing disproportionately compared to the previous year. "One more reason for us to continue investing in this growing segment", says Kissel and adds: "Our new product FRANKEN BRUNNEN SELECT will make the trend segment glass even more attractive for our consumers".

Market launch through large-scale advertising campaign
FRANKEN BRUNNEN accompanies the product launch of its latest portfolio extension with extensive communication measures in the direction of end consumers. In addition to a Bavaria-wide radio, poster and digital campaign with over 100 million contacts, tasting campaigns are planned in LEH and GAM, where consumers can convince themselves of the fruity light taste of the new "lemonades" directly at the POS. As eye-catchers in the market, special POS packages with bottle stands, ceiling hangers, meto arrows and metos are available to retailers. Advertising on online and social media platforms complement the communication package.

Our shots - small but powerful

Our shots - small but powerful  (Company news)

Haus Rabenhorst is a traditional family-owned company from Unkel am Rhein and has been producing fruit and vegetable juices under the brand names Rabenhorst and Rotbäckchen for many generations. The company combines holistic principles in its premium juices: from the procurement of raw materials to processing, storage and transport, quality and ecological action are top priority. This principle is constantly being extended to new product innovations, so that modern juice creations are created on the basis of the company's traditional close-to-nature and sustainable orientation. One of the current trends in the field of fruit and vegetable juice drinks: Shots. With these high-quality new creations, Haus Rabenhorst is expanding its existing range of both brands to include a trendy range in which the spirit of nature meets modern nutritional awareness.

Rabenhorst - knowing what's good for you
Rabenhorst Curcuma White Tea combines carefully selected oranges, mango, turmeric and lemons with essences from Pai Mu Tan white tea in 100% organic quality to create a delicious shot of the highest quality.

Rabenhorst Ginger-Mate combines selected apples, ginger, passion fruit, lemons and mate essence from controlled organic cultivation to create a pleasantly hot shot in premium quality.

Rotbäckchen - passing on the best
Rotbäckchen Kraftpaket Immunschutz is a harmoniously balanced multi-fruit direct juice from red grapes and apples as well as delicious raspberry pulp. The supplemented Vitamin C and zinc make it a benefit for the whole family. Zinc and vitamin C support the normal function of the immune system. Two sips full of health - the whole family will enjoy the taste.

A combination of red grapes, apples and cherries as well as elderberry provides for a natural fruity taste with the Rotbäckchen powerhouse concentration. The addition of vitamin C, iron and niacin provides important nutrients. Iron contributes to normal cognitive function, while vitamin C increases iron absorption and niacin contributes to normal nervous system function.

The high-quality new creations in the handy 60 ml shot size are the ideal companion for in between times and offer a powerful extra portion of nature in two sips - also for on the way. The new Shots are filled - like all Haus Rabenhorst products - exclusively in brown glass bottles, since this protects the high-quality product quality better against influences by energy-intensive UV-RADIATION as well as in the range of the visible light compared with conventional white glass bottles.
(Haus Rabenhorst O. Lauffs GmbH & Co. KG)





De Kuyper Royal Distillers has been awarded two trophies in the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2020: the highlight trophy as “Liqueur Producer of the Year” and the trophy in the liqueurs category for Acqua Bianca. A trophy is the highest accolade a brand can receive from the ISC and is regarded as one of the most respected and sought-after awards in the drinks industry. ISC trophy winners represent the very best in their specific category and are selected by an expert panel of more than 50 world renowned specialist judges. De Kuyper Royal Distillers was named Liqueur Producer of the Year for the second year in a row after a fantastic set of results in 2020. Two trophies, two gold medals, eight silver and twelve bronze medals make it hard to argue a case against the Dutch company winning this award again.

“It is a such an honour for us to receive two trophies at this year’s International Spirits Challenge again. This result acknowledges our expertise, underlines the achievements of our business transformation and confirms our position as an industry mover,” comments Mark de Witte, CEO of De Kuyper.

This is an important year for De Kuyper Royal Distillers. Along with having been in business for 325 years, the family firm is in the midst of a business transformation. Under the motto “thirsty for more” the company is honouring the past, celebrating the present and looking forward to a promising future by democratising and premiumising cocktails – a future in which the family business aims to continue to lead the global cocktail liqueur market by continuously innovating in accordance with its “Own the Cocktail” vision.

Enabling everybody to mix great-tasting cocktails applies to Acqua Bianca as well. This premium liqueur is the creation of Salvatore Calabrese, aka “The Maestro,” together with De Kuyper Royal Distillers – who jointly revived and reworked a recipe taken from an old, late 19th century book using ingredients from Salvatore’s native Italy. Acqua Bianca adds extravagance and that special extra to create legendary cocktails.

International Spirits Challenge director Justin Smith said “It was an honour to celebrate the achievements of so many fantastic spirits producers around the world during an unprecedented time for the industry. Our team worked tirelessly to overcome logistical barriers and deliver the ISC to an extremely high standard, and the results highlight just how much dynamism, innovation and quality there is in the global drinks industry”.

“Following our global company vision to ‘Own the Cocktail’ we want to show people across the world that with our premium liqueurs and our easy recipes everybody can mix a great cocktail in seconds. Winning this prestigious award for the second year in a row will help us to convince even more consumers and bartenders of our first-class liqueurs that are the essence of great-tasting cocktails,” explains Albert de Heer, Marketing Director Global Brands at De Kuyper Royal Distillers.
(De Kuyper Royal Distillers)

Amarula launches 'Ethopian Coffee'

Amarula launches 'Ethopian Coffee'  (Company news)

To the winter season the Diversa Spezialitäten GmbH imports for the first time the new Limited Edition "Amarula Ethiopian Coffee" from South Africa, which ties to the popularity of coffee and coffee flavours and offers increase conversions in the context of the Premiumisierung. Today, coffee is no longer considered to be a means of caffeine intake alone, but stands for a particularly varied pleasure.

Amarula Cream is made from the fruit of the exotic Marula tree, which grows only in the warm regions of sub-equatorial Africa. The fruits cannot be cultivated and grow wild, so that even elephants - Africa's gentle giants - are attracted by the exotic scent to nibble. The Marula fruits are harvested by hand by local communities to make a distillate that matures for two years in oak barrels, creating a taste profile with vanilla and caramel notes. Cream is added only after the fruit distillate has matured.

For the new "Amarula Ethiopian Coffee", which is available exclusively in the 0.7L bottle, coffee from Ethiopia is also used to combine the fruity-caramel taste of the South African liqueur with the aroma of the best coffee, thus creating a unique full-bodied taste profile with 15.5% vol.
(mer/Diversa Spezialitäten GmbH)

Symrise supports Germany's climate policy goals

Symrise supports Germany's climate policy goals  (Company news)

Symrise joins cross-sector network Klimaschutz-Unternehmen e. V.
• Initiative to collaborate on innovative solutions to achieve Germany’s climate policy goals
• Symrise is committed to ambitious climate goals

On November 3, 2020, the pioneering German initiative Klimaschutz-Unternehmen e. V. (association of climate-protection companies) admitted eight new members. Symrise belongs to these companies – all of which are at the forefront of climate protection in Germany. The Holzminden-based group is from now on part of this network of companies. With its target of becoming climate-positive starting in 2030, Symrise is supporting Germany’s climate policy goals for the long term.

At a virtual event this past Monday in Berlin, Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Bareiß, Member of the Bundestag, presented the certificates for outstanding climate protection achievements to the award-winning companies. He thus emphasized their commitment to ambitious climate protection goals as well as their challenging agendas in energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies.

Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary, said, “These climate protection companies have voluntarily committed to high climate protection and energy efficiency targets. This is commendable. These kinds of pioneers impressively show that environmental protection can only be successful in cooperation with the corporate world. So I encourage even more businesses to get on board with the initiative!”

Jörg Schmidt, Chairman of Klimaschutz-Unternehmen e. V., says, “From small and medium-sized enterprises to major corporations, the addition of these eight new members provides clear proof that there is great interest in sustainable business practices. The constant growth of our association also shows that the desire to take targeted action against climate change is spreading through every industry. I wholeheartedly welcome the eight new climate protection companies to our pioneering nationwide initiative.”

“We are very excited to be admitted to the network of German climate protection companies because we have been committed to climate protection for many years,” says Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, Chief Executive Officer of Symrise AG. “Since we use a large variety of natural raw materials, protecting the climate is part of our DNA. This is how we can continue to make a sustainable contribution to nutrition, care and well-being. We have set ambitious goals for ourselves in this area: By 2025 we want to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in relation to value added by more than half compared with 2016. We set ourselves the ambitious goal of running our business climate-positive starting in 2030.”

As part of its commitment to global climate protection, Symrise has been reporting on its activities since 2006. Symrise belonged to the first companies worldwide to receive approval for its scientifically based climate targets. In addition, Symrise joined as a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) as early as 2018, showing its dedication to expanding climate-related reporting.

"The motivation for us to participate as a member in the network of climate protection companies is obvious," explains Dr. Helmut Frieden, VP Sustainability at Symrise. "We want to work on future-oriented solutions together and with the bundled competencies of the members and exchange best practices, thus promoting the transfer of knowledge. The association is available to society as well as politics and business as a discussion partner and know-how carrier".
(Symrise AG)

New: St. Gero healing water in the Gerolsteiner individual glass bottle

New: St. Gero healing water in the Gerolsteiner individual glass bottle  (Company news)

Starting September 2020, St. Gero healing water has also been presented in the elegant Gerolsteiner 0.75-liter returnable glass bottle, giving it a fresh, contemporary appearance. By the end of the year, the container will replace the green 0.75 l GDB reusable bottle used up to now. The changeover will take place successively.

Glass is gaining in popularity as a packaging variant, particularly for branded mineral waters. The growth drivers for this trend are modern individual containers such as the Gerolsteiner 6 x 1.0 l returnable glass bottle introduced in 2010 and the Gerolsteiner 0.75 l returnable glass container in a 12-bottle crate launched in October 2019. From September 2020, St. Gero healing water will also be presented in the elegant Gerolsteiner 0.75-liter returnable glass bottle and will receive a fresh, contemporary appearance. By the end of the year, the container will replace the green 0.75 l GDB reusable bottle used up to now. The changeover will take place successively. The new bottle is easy to grip thanks to its slight waist. The 12-bottle crate has a central handle and rounded edges for carrying comfort. Large display openings on all sides of the crate increase the visibility of the product at the PoS. The Gerolsteiner glass individual container is offered on a Euro pallet. For St. Gero healing water, the same 12-item crate is used as for the three Gerolsteiner mineral waters Sprudel, Medium and Naturell.
(Gerolsteiner Brunnen GmbH & Co. KG)

Britvic announces move to 100% recycled plastic bottles in Great Britain by the end of 2022

Britvic announces move to 100% recycled plastic bottles in Great Britain by the end of 2022  (Company news)

- All plastic bottles in Great Britain to be made entirely from recycled plastic (rPET) by the end of 2022, three years ahead of previous targets of 50%
- This move follows Britvic’s long-term agreement with the UK’s largest rPET converter, Esterform, in 2019

Britvic announced recently its intent for all plastic bottles in GB to be made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) by the end of 2022 – three years earlier than originally planned, and ahead of the previous target of 50%. This will cover the entire GB portfolio of Britvic-owned and PepsiCo brands, and demonstrates both companies’ commitment to sustainability and to a healthier planet.

This is the latest in a series of sustainable business measures, including Britvic’s recent move in Ireland to rPET for Ballygowan 500ml bottles and Fruit Shoot Hydro switching to 100% rPET in September.

More broadly, Britvic recognises its role in reducing the environmental impact of its packaging and is committed to creating a world where packaging never becomes waste. As a founding signatory of The UK Plastics Pact, the business has already removed more than 1,500 tonnes of primary plastic from its supply chain since 2017 – and all its primary packaging is already fully recyclable.

Britvic recognises the responsibility it has in helping create a circular economy. In 2019, the company entered into a long-term agreement with Esterform Packaging Limited, the UK largest convertor of PET, for the supply of recycled plastic. Alongside the agreement, Britvic provided a £5m investment support package for the construction of new state-of-the-art rPET manufacturing facilities, to be powered by 100% renewable energy sources, at their site in North Yorkshire. In 2019, Britvic joined a cross-industry consortium to promote a ground-breaking recycling technology called BP Infinia that allows opaque and difficult to recycle PET plastic waste can be made into new plastic again and again.

Paul Graham, Managing Director of Britvic GB said: “This is a significant moment for Britvic and our partnership with PepsiCo, demonstrating our commitment to protecting the planet for us and future generations. Our intent to move to 100% recycled plastic, along with our investment support package in the Esterform Packaging Limited announced last year will help create a truly sustainable circular economy for plastic.”

Sarah Webster, Director of Sustainable Business at Britvic commented: “Sustainability and our ‘Healthier People, Healthier Planet’ agenda sits at the heart of our business strategy. We want to be a net positive contributor to the people and the world around us, and we’re committed to minimising waste and using resources in a sustainable way across our business. Accelerating this move to 100% rPET is the right next step for Britvic to help reduce our impact on the planet.

“Meaningful change cannot be achieved by business alone however, it requires a suite of solutions, which is why we support the swift introduction of a well-designed GB-wide deposit return scheme, and reform of the current producer responsibility system, to create the required investment in UK recycling infrastructure.”

Silviu Popovici, CEO PepsiCo Europe said: “PepsiCo and Britvic share a vision of creating a circular economy on plastic packaging, and building a world where plastic need never become waste. In support of this ambition, we are very pleased to announce that all of our brands, produced under our exclusive bottling agreement in Great Britain, will be bottled in 100% recycled PET by the end of 2022.”
(Britvic Plc)

BIOFACH and VIVANESS: Joint trade fair goes digital in 2021

BIOFACH and VIVANESS: Joint trade fair goes digital in 2021  (Company news)

In 2021 BIOFACH and VIVANESS will take place as a purely digital format. The World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food and the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care will be held as a BIOFACH / VIVANESS eSpecial. In making this decision, organiser NürnbergMesse is responding to the altered circumstances of the dynamically evolving pandemic and its effects on the global organic food and natural and organic cosmetics community. At the same time, this move will allow secure planning for the entire globally connected sector. The dates for the BIOFACH / VIVANESS 2021 eSpecial are 17-19 February.

Petra Wolf, member of the NürnbergMesse management board, had this to say: “The numerous conversations and in-depth dialogue we have had in recent weeks and months have made one thing clear to us. Within the organic food and natural and organic cosmetics sector the desire for interaction, networking and knowledge transfer with experts, and to discover trends and innovations, remains huge and unabated, especially in these exceptional times. Even in this era of coronavirus, the entire sector is absolutely determined to come together to discuss the latest issues, even if only in the digital sphere. However, in the light of the pandemic and based on our ongoing dialogue with the community and a comprehensive survey of exhibitors and visitors, we trust that our decision to host a digital event will now enable all players from the sector to plan ahead in good time. I very much regret that the physical trade fair cannot take place and stress that this decision was an extremely difficult one for all of us. However, before we all meet again on site in Nuremberg in 2022, the BIOFACH / VIVANESS eSpecial will offer an ideal platform for professional dialogue in 2021.”

Exhibitor presentations – networking – congress
The BIOFACH / VIVANESS 2021 eSpecial provides a comprehensive range of innovative options such as corporate and product presentations, discussion and dialogue formats like round tables, and other formats for networking with industry experts. Sophisticated matchmaking functions that help interested parties to find the right exhibitors and vice versa are another integral part of the eSpecial format. BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2021 also offers the organic food and natural and organic cosmetics community extensive access to knowledge transfer at the BIOFACH and VIVANESS Congress, which has a global reach. The main congress theme in 2021 will be: Shaping Transformation. Stronger. Together.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

NREL, UK University Partner To Dive Deeper Into How Enzymes Digest Plastic

NREL, UK University Partner To Dive Deeper Into How Enzymes Digest Plastic  (Company news)

A collaboration between scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, and other partners has yielded further insight into the workings of plastic-eating enzymes.

Photo: NREL researchers Chris Johnson and Rita Clare take biological samples from an old PET soda bottle that Johnson found during a cleanup drive around NREL. They are looking to isolate any microbes that may be breaking down the PET. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

The research determined two synergistic enzymes—PETase and MHETase—work effectively in tandem to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is a type of plastic used to make single-use beverage bottles, clothing, and carpeting. The research follows an earlier collaboration between these partners focused on PETase.

A bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, was discovered in the soil outside of a Japanese PET bottle recycling plant in 2016 and was shown to secrete both PETase and MHETase. Researchers at NREL and Portsmouth were able to engineer PETase to increase its ability to digest PET, although still not fast enough to make the process commercially viable to handle the tons of discarded bottles littering the planet.

Gregg Beckham, a senior research fellow at NREL and co-lead of a new paper outlining the latest findings, said MHETase and PETase degrade PET faster than PETase alone. “They are better together than they are separate. PETase conducts the initial breakdown of the PET polymer, and MHETase further deconstructs the soluble products of PETase to produce the building blocks of PET,” he said. Genetically linking the separate enzymes makes them function even better. By itself, MHETase does not act upon PET.

The paper, “Characterization and engineering of a two-enzyme system for plastics depolymerization,” appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The University of Portsmouth’s John McGeehan co-led the study.

Additional authors from NREL are Brandon Knott, Erika Erickson, Japheth Gado, Isabel Pardo, Ece Topuzlu, Jared Anderson, Graham Dominick, Christopher Johnson, Nicholas Rorrer, Caralyn Szostkiewicz, and Bryon Donohoe.

“The team assembled here is incredibly diverse and multidisciplinary,” said Knott, a chemical engineer. That enables hypotheses generated in one area to be immediately followed up on via computational or laboratory experiments.

MHETase has not been studied to date to the same extent as PETase. The new research combined structural, computational, biochemical, and bioinformatics approaches to reveal molecular insights into its structure and how it functions.

“Now we know in molecular-level detail how the enzyme actually works on MHET,” Beckham said.

Additional research discovered two other bacteria that contain enzymes like MHETase, bringing the total known enzymes that act on this synthetic substrate to three.

Research funds came from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and its Bioenergy Technologies Office. The work was performed as part of the Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Consortium.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC.
(NREL National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition: Virtual Exhibitor Presentations and ...

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition: Virtual Exhibitor Presentations and ...  (BrauBeviale 2020)

... Supporting Programme Open Today

Even though the BrauBeviale Special Edition won’t be held in person, industry professionals and anyone else who’s interested should mark their diaries for the next three days. The event’s extensive, high-quality supporting programme, BrauBeviale@stage, will be available online from 10–12 November at Participants will find more than 300 exhibitor profiles and around 80 “actions” with some 140 individual presentations. Almost 150 different speakers will have their say over these three days – along with exhibitor presentations, the BrauBeviale@stage forum programme, presentations of awards like the European Beer Star, and even creative and literary celebrations of beer in what have become known as “Beer Foam Readings”. Following the Launch Days, beverage industry professionals and industry insiders will still be able to gather in virtual form all year round on, to network, discuss and find out information – at no charge. – the digital dialogue platform for the international beverage industry – went online just in time for Launch Days. “We may not be able to welcome guests to Nuremberg this year, unfortunately, but we’re very glad that we can at least provide a virtual gathering place for the beverage industry – good all year round, as from right now”, explains Andrea Kalrait, BrauBeviale Executive Director at NürnbergMesse. “The platform’s goal is to encourage and facilitate dialogue within the industry, throughout the year. After all, beverage makers are confronted with new questions and challenges all the time, not just during three trade fair days a year.” Things will kick off right away on The entire extensive supporting programme that had originally been planned for the BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition will be available online from 10–12 November.

BrauBeviale@stage: The industry’s advanced thinkers on six stages
Center Stage, Exhibition Stage, Craft Beverages and brau@home Stage, Technology Stage, Special Interest Stage and Award Stage – it’s a broad range of settings. Following an opening with virtual welcome messages from Nuremberg Mayor Marcus König and Bavarian Minister of the Economy Hubert Aiwanger, well-known industry representatives will convene straightway on the Center Stage at 10 am Tuesday, 10 November, to discuss the current situation and the opportunities and challenges for the future of the beverage industry. Among them: Private Brauereien Bayern, the Bavarian private brewers’ association; the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA); the Non-Alcoholic Beverages Association (AFG-Vereinigung); hops supplier BarthHaas; and filling and packaging equipment supplier KHS. Another hot topic on Tuesday: “The Coronavirus Disruption and Its Consequences for the Beverage Industry”. And along the same lines, the marketing slot held by K&A BrandResearch the same day will dare to take a look ahead: “Beverages after the Crisis: What’s Going to Surprise People” is their contribution to the programme on the event’s first day. This year the Export Forum German Beverages, which used to be held the day before BrauBeviale opens, will be part of the available programme for the profession, and will take a look this time at the “New Normal in Foreign Trade”. The Italian Affairs lecture session will deal specifically with the market situation in Italy, while the Brewers of Europe will provide a pan-European perspective on the situation of the European brewing industry.

Other lectures and panels will include offerings from the Private Brauereien Bayern – BrauBeviale’s honorary sponsor – and from additional partners like VLB, the Berlin-based experimental and educational institute for breweries; the Doemens Academy; Bayern Design; the Bundesverband des Deutschen Getränkefachgroßhandels, the German beverage wholesalers’ association; the World Packaging Organisation; the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BEV); SGS Fresenius; and many more. Along with the topics already mentioned, the stages will also offer discussions of such matters as sustainability, energy management and raw materials. On top of all that, Thursday 12 November 2020 will be devoted entirely to fundamental and further training. Under the #workforbeverages heading, the Center Stage will be providing information and contacts for the training institutions at various levels that are available for the upcoming generation and young professionals. You can find the latest version of the programme at:

European Beer Star: Winners announced at
Ever since it was established by Private Brauereien in 2004, the European Beer Star has had its home at BrauBeviale, and is now one of the most important beer competitions anywhere in the world. The coveted award will also be given at BrauBeviale Special Edition in 2020 – this time, online as part of the Launch Days on Applying a sophisticated concept for hygiene and safety, the 74-member jury sampled 2,036 beers in 70 categories over just three days in October at the Doemens Academy in Gräfelfing. On Wednesday 11 November 2020, anyone interested can now root for the winners from their own monitor.

time to rethink – Design Edition: A special digital show by bayern design
At BrauBeviale Special Edition, the event organisers are trying new ideas. Design in the beverage industry is the guiding theme for several exhibits: self-cleaning drinking bottles, luminous labels, small series, sustainable can cases, glass design, and alternative bottle materials. The special digital show, with 20 videos, will also be available on during the Launch Days.

Craft Drinks Area: Place your order now!
A special attraction for those in catering and retail: even this year, they’ll still have no need to forgo exciting new discoveries in beers, spirits, water, juice and non-alcoholic beverages. Following the Launch Days, the beverage specialties in the Craft Drinks Area can easily be ordered from home. Every ordered flight will be explained and presented by a sommelier – easily viewed anytime at Orders will be accepted as long as supplies last.

Cutbacks in production of machinery for food and packaging
Following nine years of growth, the coronavirus pandemic has put the brakes on the export-oriented production of machinery for food and packaging. Various cyclical developments and market situations in consumer countries had already reduced new orders in the second half of 2019; the Covid pandemic exacerbated the situation considerably. Though new orders did pick up again in August 2020, the uncertainties associated with anti-pandemic measures prevent any reliable outlook for either the current year as a whole or the year ahead. But the VDMA’s division that concentrates on food and packaging is optimistic that the industry will recover quickly after the pandemic. The crucial factor is that worldwide demand for hygienically packaged food and beverages that are safe for the consumer will rise still further. The association expects that a considerable surge in digitalisation – including in plant design, commissioning, predictive maintenance and service in general – will help the industry, with some 600 companies, to maintain its lead position in the world market.

The value of production in machinery for food and packaging rose barely 1 per cent in 2019, to EUR 15.274 billion (prior year: 15.166 billion). Beverage production and packaging machinery accounted for EUR 2.822 billion (2.774 billion).

Exports of machines for food and packaging in 2019 reached the highest amount yet with EUR 9.142 billion (9.057 billion). Total exports for the packaging machinery segment, including spares and replacement parts, came to EUR 5.962 billion (5.854 billion). About half of all packaging machinery exports go to European countries; the largest single markets are the USA and China.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

PepsiCo Germany makes significant contribution to beverage market transformation: ...

PepsiCo Germany makes significant contribution to beverage market transformation: ...  (Company news)

... 100% recycled PET bottles by the end of 2021

- 7 million euro investment for the conversion in Germany
- By using 100% recycled PET, 28,500 tonnes of CO2 can be saved annually from 2022 onwards
- PepsiCo Germany is the first company in Germany to take this radical step

PepsiCo Germany will be the first beverage company in Germany to use only 100% recycled plastic (rPET) in all its CSD beverage bottles and Lipton Ice Tea range by the end of 2021. To achieve this, the company is investing 7 million euros in Germany and saving 15,000 tons of new plastic every year. This corresponds to a quantity of around 12.42 million Lego bricks and a CO2 equivalent of 28,500 tonnes. That is the amount that 6200 cars emit in one year.

This is part of PepsiCo's intention to contribute to a world where plastics never become waste. This exceeds PepsiCo's previous announcement of using 50% rPET across the European Union by 2030. The company is achieving this by working closely with partners in the supply chain to improve the appearance of recycled plastic and simplify access to supplies.

The move to 100% rPET by the end of 2021 in Germany covers all PepsiCo CSD beverage brands including for example Pepsi, Pepsi MAX and Schwip Schap, as well as the Lipton Ice Tea portfolio, and applies to all owned and franchised operations.

This announcement underlines PepsiCo's commitment to the European Commission's voluntary recycling plastics campaign, which aims to ensure that 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics are used to manufacture new products on the EU market by 2025. Already in the last two years, PepsiCo has made great strides across Europe, more than doubling its use of rPET to 30% and has already launched three brands (Tropicana, Naked Smoothies and Lipton Ice Tea) in 100% rPET bottles in some EU markets.

Silviu Popovici, Chief Executive Officer PepsiCo Europe, said: "Plastic waste is a challenge that we must now respond to. That is why we are already taking concrete action by converting all PepsiCo CSD brands, including Pepsi and Pepsi Max and the Lipton Ice Tea portfolio, to 100% rPET in Germany by the end of 2021. For us this is a decisive step towards Europe's 'green recovery'. We want to initiate a transformation within the beverage industry that will help us to realise our vision of a 100% recycling economy with maximum recycling from bottle to bottle.
(Pepsico Deutschland GmbH)

SIG packs help customers win big at the Global Water Drinks Awards

SIG packs help customers win big at the Global Water Drinks Awards  (Company news)


Picture: SIG customers won big in the “Best in Carton” category of the Global Water Drinks Awards during Zenith Global’s 17th Global Water Drinks Congress. DRINKS³ (Drinks Cubed) won for its WATER³ in SIG’s combidome carton bottle with SIGNATURE packaging material. Photo: SIG

SIG customers won big in the “Best in Carton” category of the Global Water Drinks Awards during Zenith Global’s 17th Global Water Drinks Congress.

DRINKS³ (Drinks Cubed) won for its WATER³ in SIG’s combidome carton bottle with SIGNATURE packaging material. Joint winner, The Happy Healthy Kids Co. won for Wa Waah Water in SIG’s combifitPremium.

The award for WATER³ recognises the outstanding partnership between DRINK3 and SIG, who jointly developed a product and packaging concept that has proved to be a perfect match.

Sustainable solutions, differentiated design
Start-up DRINKS³ aims to be UK’s lowest carbon footprint drinks brand, and packaging is an important part of this mission. SIG’s combidome with SIGNATURE packaging material was the natural choice to enable the WATER³ brand to enter the premium mineral water market with an eye-catching, convenient and low-carbon offering for increasingly eco-conscious consumers. SIGNATURE is the only aseptic carton packaging material in the world with polymers linked to 100% plant-based renewable materials (via a certified mass balance system).

Judges were convinced that WATER³ in combidome with SIGNATURE packaging material “covers all the eco-bases.” They praised the “wide consideration of sustainability across production, packaging and distribution”, and the “pure design combined with a sustainable approach.”

The strong environmental credentials of its packaging clearly set WATER³ apart from competing water brands. The unique design of combidome, SIG’s carton bottle, further differentiates WATER³ on retail shelves, while guaranteeing smooth pouring action and easy drinking straight from the carton.

Meanwhile, they felt Wa Waah Water in combifitPremium “hit all the right points” and offered a “differentiated product with a design that appeals to the target market”.

Certified responsibly sourced
Choosing SIG as their packaging partner also enables customers to capitalise on SIG’s commitment to responsible sourcing.

DRINKS³ was an early adopter of SIGNATURE and one of the first customers to take advantage of the option, unique to SIG, to choose packs with all three main materials certified as responsibly sourced.

The paperboard used in WATER³ packs is from FSCTM-certified sustainable sources, the polymers linked to renewable materials are certified to ISCC PLUS and the ultra-thin layer of aluminium foil is certified to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standard.

SIG’s commitments to sustainable innovation and responsible sourcing are central to the company’s ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Meckatzer invests 12 million euros in new building

Meckatzer invests 12 million euros in new building  (Company news)

The Meckatzer Löwenbräu sets a signal. The family-owned brewery from the Allgäu region of Germany is starting these days with "the biggest investment in the entire history of the company", as brewery boss Michael Weiß puts it. He is talking about a 12 million new building of fermentation, storage and yeast cellar on the brewery's premises. The focus of the construction project is the modernisation of the existing plant dating from 1975 with regard to sustainability and use of resources as well as quality assurance through optimised brewing processes.

The excavators and construction equipment are ready. It is scheduled to start shortly. Then, in one and a half years' construction time, a 22-metre high, 30-metre wide and 27-metre long building will be erected on the company premises. "We have currently grown structures that produce excellent beer quality," explains Michael Weiß, "but the structural characteristics of the current building make it increasingly difficult to maintain consistent production and work processes. For example, the fermentation and storage tanks must be cooled down to the ideal temperature for the Meckatzer quality standard with a high energy input. "We can then use the latest technology to better control processes, maintain temperatures better and save energy at the same time," says brewmaster and project manager Max Stör. The entire building is optimised in terms of energy and process orientation. By reducing the cooling requirement and thus the electricity demand, for example, 125.8 MWh and 60 tonnes of CO2 per year are to be saved.

"In addition, the new yeast cellar allows us to manage our self-bred yeast as the most important component of the brewing process up to fermentation on a completely different level," explains Stör. However, the technology does not replace people, but rather serves the brewers in the exercise of their craft.

This is why the Meckatzer Löwenbräu began to increase its workforce in the planning phase of the project with a view to more extensive process requirements and customer demands. With the move into the new building the number of employees will have increased by 10%.

In general, Meckatzer attaches great importance to ensuring that value creation remains in the region - not only by increasing the number of employees, but also by selecting regional partners and service providers. For example, 8 million euros of the investment sum alone will go to craftsmen in the immediate Allgäu, Lake Constance, Upper Swabia and Vorarlberg region, while 4 million will flow into the extended area. "From my point of view, this is a clear commitment to the efficiency of our home region," says Weiß.

The Allgäu also plays a major role in the design of the new building. The entire cube will be clad with wood shingles typical of the Allgäu. "The aim is to improve our ecological, economic and social sustainability in accordance with our EMAS certification, also through the new building," says Weiß, summarising the plans.
(Meckatzer Löwenbräu Benedikt Weiss KG)

drink technology India now online

drink technology India now online  (drinktechnology India 2020)

- Online exhibition and conference platform on December 9-11, 2020
- Next edition on site in Mumbai: October 20-22, 2021

Due to the rampant spread of COVID-19 in the country and the consequent travel restrictions imposed by the Government of India, show organizer Messe Muenchen India has announced the postponement of the Mumbai edition of drink technology India to October 20-22, 2021. To meet business networking requirements, an online exhibition and conference platform is scheduled for December 9-11, 2020.

The trade fair on site was also scheduled from December 9-11, 2020 at Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai. However, considering the safety of the stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors, the show organizers have rescheduled the trade fairs. The decision of postponement is also based on industry feedback received through the extensive survey conducted by the organizer.

Mr. Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe Muenchen India explains, “Owing to the restrictions enforced by the Government of India on travel and mass-gatherings, December is no longer a viable option to organize drink technology India.” Mr. Singh added that, “Health and safety of everyone involved in the trade fairs is our prime concern. For the upcoming edition we will strictly follow government directives and standard operating procedures to ensure a safe environment to conduct business at our trade fairs. To meet our customers’ business networking requirements, we are holding an online exhibition and conference platform on the originally scheduled date of December 9-11, 2020.”

Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Messe München GmbH also comments on the postponement, “In view of the current situation in India, rescheduling the trade fair is a sound decision. As a partner of the industry, however, we are providing digital formats to enable B2B networking, which is more important than ever in these turbulent times.”

Online event: From conference to buyer-seller meetings
The online exhibition and conference platform of drink technology India offers a business opportunity to global customers while protecting data and providing a real-time dashboard view on their engagement with buyers, a conference program, and buyer-seller meetings. Participants can also make use of synergies with other shows in the Messe Muenchen India portfolio, such as analytica Anacon India & India Lab Expo, IFAT India, MatDispens, Pharma Pro&Pack Expo, PackMach Asia Expo, World Tea & Coffee Expo and The Smarter-E.
(Messe München GmbH)

Unhurried since 1833': Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whisky with new design focuses ...

Unhurried since 1833': Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whisky with new design focuses ...  (Company news)

... on sustainability and underlines the preciousness of time

The Scottish Glengoyne Distillery is presenting a new design for its single malt Scotch Whiskies Glengoyne 10 Years Old (photo), 12 Years Old, 18 Years Old, 21 Years Old, 25 Years Old, 30 Years Old. The new design will be offered by the Hanseatic family business BORCO-MARKEN-IMPORT from 1 November 2020 in selected retail outlets, specialist shops, online shops and premium department shops in Germany.

New label and 100% recyclable materials
The bottle shape remains unaffected by the relaunch, while the front labels have been significantly redesigned in their shape and colour. The geese that give the distillery its name are still the central design element of the Glengoyne logo, but in a reinterpreted version. The name Glengoyne is derived from the Gaelic Glen Guin (Valley of the Wild Geese). These special visitors to the distillery and the beautiful nature surrounding it have always been closely intertwined with the distillery's work. Just like the geese that rest on the sap green meadows of the valley, the distillery is guided by an unswerving goal; the goal of making harmonious whiskies in perfect harmony with nature and time. This philosophy is embodied by a flying goose with a majestic flapping of its wings, which is incorporated into the logo as an illustration.

On the round front label, the age of the whisky will be shown in a noble copper tone with orange accents. In addition, the vision of the distillery is given more space on the lower part of the belly label in the form of a descriptive text, rounded off by the signature of Distillery Manager Robbie Hughes and the distinctive seal of the distillery.

With a more noble, darker shade of grey, the design appears more modern and contemporary. However, the distillery, with its reputation as the greenest and most beautiful distillery in Scotland, was more concerned with the use of sustainable materials when creating the new design. The new design is 100% recyclable, free of plastic and metals and almost all components are either local or Scottish. Glengoyne is setting another milestone, following on from award-winning initiatives for environmentally responsible whisky production that have attracted much attention beyond the industry in recent years, and which are giving the whisky world a forward-looking boost. For example, since November 2019 the distillery has been using 100% renewable energy sources and the waste products of the distillation process are used to generate electricity for the houses in the surrounding area.

"Unhurried since 1833": No distillery takes more time
Time seems to race past us rabidly and we often wonder where it has gone. Meanwhile, when everything around us is moving at an incredible speed, Glengoyne reflects on methods passed down through generations. This unique distillation process has evolved over the centuries, step by step, in the quest for perfection. Nothing is as precious as time. Its passing can be measured, but not its value.

With this attitude, the family-run distillery meets its centuries-old whisky tradition and the natural resources needed to continue the craft on a daily basis. Glengoyne whiskies thus represent the antithesis of our restless lives, bringing forth flavours that unfold over time and outlast time.

All Glengoyne whiskies are carefully made in the slowest pot stills in Scotland, always with a keen awareness of the preciousness and power of time. For every minute that other whiskies spend in stills, Glengoyne makes three. So instead of 15 litres per minute, around 5 litres per minute are produced at leisure - and this understanding of making whisky free from the constraints of time can be tasted with every sip of Glengoyne. With Glengoyne every minute is enjoyed, every hour is appreciated.

Global campaign with conceptual artist Jonathan Keats
The relaunch is accompanied by a unique cooperation with the world-famous US-American conceptual artist and experimental philosopher Jonathan Keats, who has made a name for himself worldwide with numerous concept-driven and interdisciplinary projects on science, technology and culture. Keats has incorporated five poems dealing with the theme of time into art objects using an innovative printing technique. The poems were written by some of the most exciting poets: Cat Hepburn and Jeda Pearl from Scotland, Courtney Peppernell from Australia, Alison Malee from the USA and Martin Reints from the Netherlands. Only with time and over a period of 50 years will their words slowly become visible in the works of art - depending on the intensity of the light. The innovative art objects are exhibited for posterity at the distillery and are also shown in world-renowned whisky bars in New York, Glasgow, London and Amsterdam.
(Borco-Marken-Import Matthiesen GmbH & Co. KG)

Kerry Introduces SimplyNature™ Organic Range of Flavourings and Extracts ...

Kerry Introduces SimplyNature™ Organic Range of Flavourings and Extracts ...  (Company news)

... with Organic Certification

SimplyNature™ Organic meets upcoming EU organic regulations and is first to market with a range of flavours, including citrus, berry, orchard, tropical and brown profiles

Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company, is pleased to unveil its new, expanded range of organic certified extracts and flavourings that are in compliance with the upcoming European Union regulations for organic flavour labelling. The SimplyNature™ Organic range includes 24 flavourings, extracts, washes and distillates of orange, lemon, apple, raspberry, strawberry, mango, passionfruit, coffee, chocolate, cocoa and vanilla, to list a few of the major options currently on offer. These new developments are in compliance with the incoming EU regulations regarding labelling of flavours used in organic foods and beverages. The new regulation (EU 2018/848, scheduled for implementation January 1, 2022) is much more stringent in terms of what can be used in food and beverage products designated as “organic”.

This new EU law, published in May 2018, states that flavourings for organic foods and beverages will need to now be at least Natural X Flavourings (95/5 formula structure), with those meeting the new standard permitted to be described as “suitable for organic”. At the same time, flavourings formulated from at least 95% of organic raw materials can be declared as “organic flavourings”. The new regulation may represent a substantial challenge for those food and beverage manufacturing companies that need to reformulate existing products, or those that would like to upgrade their current formulations.

“SimplyNature™ Organic was developed by leveraging Kerry’s ethical sourcing expertise through our global farmer network. Created using our superior extraction technology and world-class flavour design, this new range captures the excellent aroma and body of the authentic source, e.g., citrus, tropicals, berries, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, etc., while also providing a better finish than traditional processing,” said Davide Foà, Kerry’s Business Development Director, Taste, EU & Russia.

“Our latest portfolio of organic certified flavourings and extracts delivers benefits and impacts that are very close to conventional natural flavourings and extracts, with the important exception that they can be labelled as ‘Organic Certified’ — in full compliance with the incoming EU regulations. This enables organic product developers to use these flavourings and extracts without specific limitations, as part of the 95% of the organic product formulation delivering the organoleptic impact that consumers love, in a cost-effective manner.”

“Consumers view organic products as healthier and better for the environment,” explains Christina Matrozou, Marketing Manager, Taste, EU & Russia. “There are clear and increasing calls for clarification about what ingredients can go into these food and beverage products, and the EU has set upcoming standards designed to strengthen the ‘organic’ claim. Kerry’s SimplyNature™ Organic range will meet or exceed these ambitious new standards while providing outstanding flavour profiles that product developers and consumers are sure to embrace.”

This new portfolio of SimplyNature™ Organic certified flavourings, washes, distillates and extracts from Kerry initially covers the major iconic flavours and will evolve and expand over time in line with customer demand. Kerry prides itself on managing the quality — from farm to fork — of all its offerings, and this begins with ethical sourcing through the company’s secure and sustainable global procurement network. It continues in formulation, using Kerry’s long-established expertise in flavour development, and finishes as it works closely with customers in a range of applications, including non-alcoholic, alcoholic and nutritional beverages, dairy and dairy alternatives, ice cream, and any other end uses that require minimal thermic processing.

Two examples of Kerry’s sustainability efforts include the Tsara Kalitao and the Café Femenino sustainability programs. Under the Tsara Kalitao program, we aim to support farmers and their families while improving the quality and traceability of the raw materials supplied to us. We strive to develop local communities in Madagascar in relation to three pillars: the farmer’s livelihood, the empowerment of women, and support for education. Under the Café Femenino program, we are honoured to be its exclusive extraction partner in guaranteeing a fair-trade organic coffee extract supply while working to improve the lives of female coffee producers around the world.

The new SimplyNature™ Organic range complements the rest of the Kerry flavourings regarded as “suitable for organic” — such as SimplyNature™ Natural X Flavourings, SimplyNature™ Extracts, and TasteSense™ Natural Flavourings with Modifying Properties Suitable for Organic — to deliver an extensive range of options to food and beverage product developers.
(Kerry Group plc)

Packaging consumption further increased in 2018

Packaging consumption further increased in 2018  (Company news)

Reuse and recycling must be developed

In 2018, Germany generated a total of 18.9 million tonnes of packaging waste. This is 0.7 per cent more than in 2017 and corresponds to an average of 227.5 kg of packaging waste per capita. Since 2010, packaging consumption has thus increased by 17.9 percent. This is shown in the latest report by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on the volume and recycling of packaging in Germany. Private final consumers account for 47 percent of the total quantity, i.e. over 8.9 million tonnes or 107.7 kg per capita. This is 1.0 percent more than last year and 20.6 percent more than in 2010. Dirk Messner, President of UBA, said, "Packaging should be avoided before it is even produced. Returnable cups, for example for Coffee-To-Go, must become the rule, but those who take food with them should also be able to do so in returnable containers. This would put an end to the flood of pizza boxes and coffee cups in rubbish bins and parks".

Even though Germany continues to be one of the pioneers in the recycling of packaging, there is still room for improvement: 69 percent of the total volume of packaging waste was recycled, the remainder was largely used for energy recovery. The recycling rate achieved varies for the different materials. It is comparatively high for glass (83.0 %), paper/cardboard (87.7 %), steel (91.9 %) and aluminium (90.1 %). However, there is still much potential for recycling plastics (47.1%) and wood (25.3%). Dirk Messner: "As a rule, recycling is the best way to recover packaging waste. For this reason, the recyclability of packaging and the use of recycled materials are also decisive aspects of a circular economy. We must again achieve rising recycling rates". From 2019 the new packaging law will take effect, which among other things requires higher recycling rates from the dual systems. Since 2019, the recycling rate for plastic packaging has been 58.5 per cent, rising to 63 per cent in 2022. In addition, the dual systems must now take into account the recyclability of packaging and the use of recycled materials in their participation fees.

The reasons for the high packaging consumption are manifold. A major driver is economic growth, because more products also lead to more packaging. How packaging consumption has developed during the Corona pandemic is still unclear. Due to the closed shops and restaurants, however, it is likely that more service packaging was used, especially for food and beverages.

Consumer habits are also responsible for more packaging waste. One example is the trend in disposable packaging towards resealable packaging, dosing aids and generally more elaborate closures. While these functions can help to conserve resources through targeted dosing or avoid food waste, they are also important in the context of a more efficient use of resources. However, additional functions are often associated with increasing material consumption. Dirk Messner: "Manufacturers should reduce the environmental impact of packaging by dispensing with unnecessary functions and using reusable packaging. Packaging should be designed as simply as possible, also so that it can be recycled more easily. It is best to use immediately recycled raw materials for production".

Furthermore, the trend towards smaller portions or online shopping continued. In 2018, the trend towards to-go food and drinks consumed on the move, at work or at home also continued.

A minimum standard for measuring recyclability published by the Central Packaging Register and the UBA provides important guidance for manufacturers of packaging that typically accumulates as waste at private consumers on how to design packaging in an environmentally friendly manner. On this basis they can determine and optimise the recyclability of their packaging.

Further information is available at
The following packaging is included in the total consumption: sales packaging, outer packaging, transport packaging, reusable packaging, packaging containing hazardous substances and disposable components of reusable packaging. The recycling rates given for the total volume refer to all packaging waste generated in Germany that was recycled within Germany or in another country. A distinction must be made between the quotas laid down in the Packaging Act, which must at least be achieved by the dual systems for packaging requiring participation. These are the sales and outer packaging filled with goods which typically accumulate as waste after use by private final consumers. These recycling rates under the Packaging Act are not determined in relation to the volume of packaging waste generated, but in relation to the participation quantities and the quantity collected from light packaging collection. Information on compliance with these quotas will be published separately at a later date.

The requirements of the European Packaging Directive valid for the 2018 reporting year are determined on the basis of the quantities of waste fed into the recycling plants. For most fractions, this corresponds to the sorted waste coming from the sorting plants and delivered to the actual recycling plants. However, plastic packaging waste, in particular, is often contaminated, which means that testing, sorting and other upstream processes in the recycling process create other waste fractions that are not recycled, so the actual amount of recycling is lower. In order to obtain data in line with the latest amendments to the EU Packaging Directive, the calculation methodology will be changed in the future. From the reporting year 2020 at the latest, the recycling rate will be calculated on the basis of the quantities that are fed into the final recycling process. The figures for the year 2019 are expected to be published in September 2021.

'Fresher' wind in retail

'Fresher' wind in retail  (Company news)

The vodka highlight in autumn: In mid-November, Germany's best-selling spirit "freshens" the air in the retail trade - with the new Wodka Gorbatschow Limited Edition powered by Eko Fresh, which was designed in close cooperation with the German rap legend and was chosen as the winner in a community vote. The market launch of this year's special edition is accompanied by a wide-reaching digital campaign and attractive POS displays in the style of the unique bottle design. The vodka Gorbatschow Limited Edition powered by Eko Fresh in the 0.7-litre bottle will be available nationwide in retail outlets from mid-November 2020 at a retail price of 8.49 euros.

Royal collector's item
The new Vodka Gorbatschow Limited Edition bears the creative signature of the popular rapper Eko "Freezy" Fresh and literally crowns the classic onion tower design this year: The limited collector's item is called "The King of Vodka" and alludes to the legendary debut single by rapper Eko Fresh from 2003. The dark blue and gold design is one of three styles that the musician developed together with a creative team for Wodka Gorbachev. He emerged as the clear winner in the big community voting on ( "Eko Fresh has incorporated his special spirit and creativity into the design of this year's Wodka Gorbatschow Limited Edition. We are very pleased that 'The King of Vodka' was chosen as the community winner - the perfect symbiosis of design, music and excellent taste," says Jan Rock, press officer at Henkell Freixenet.

The entire development process of the Wodka Gorbatschow Limited Edition powered by Eko Fresh was accompanied by exciting short videos. These were conceived, produced and shared with the community via YouTube and the social media channels of Wodka Gorbatschow and Eko Fresh in cooperation with the digital studio and multi-platform network Studio71, where the rapper is under contract.

Strong staging of the Limited Edition
Attractive displays designed in the style of the bottle ensure an attention-grabbing launch of the limited Vodka Gorbatschow Design Edition at the POS. They are designed to underline the modern lifestyle character of the Wodka Gorbatschow Limited Edition powered by Eko Fresh and to push the sale of the nation's most popular vodka even further. A wide-reaching digital campaign will support the market launch. The 0.7-litre bottle of Wodka Gorbatschow Limited Edition powered by Eko Fresh will be available from mid-November 2020 in retail outlets throughout Germany at an RRP of 8.49 euros - while stocks last, of course.
(Henkell Freixenet)

SIG reduces water consumption on filling machines up to 50%

SIG reduces water consumption on filling machines up to 50%  (Company news)

Photo: Innovative technical upgrades by SIG have now made it possible to reduce water consumption up to 50% on new and already installed third generation filling machines. This important breakthrough is another step forward on SIG’s Way Beyond Good journey – its roadmap to becoming a net positive business.

This latest water saving innovation will be included on all new SIG high-speed filling machines, which can fill 24,000 small-size carton packs per hour. The new technology is also available on most filling machines for carton packs with a size of up to 1.100 ml with a capacity of 12,000 carton packs per hour. Most of SIG’s third generation filling machines for small and medium size carton packs can also be fitted with a newly developed, and easy-to-fit, water reduction conversion kit, which halves water consumption by saving approximately up to 350 litres per hour.

As food and beverage companies continue to prioritize the environmental impact of products, to minimize overall footprint, packaging plays an important part in the product lifecycle. SIG carton packs offer proven environmental benefits, compared to other packaging alternatives, and SIG continues to work closely with customers to reduce impact across the entire value chain. With a waste rate of below 0.5%, SIG’s fast and efficient filling technology plays a significant role in minimizing overall waste in its customers’ factories.

Holger Schmidt, Head of Product Management Technology at SIG: “Our new water saving technology, including the conversion kit, ensures water pressure is reduced, water flows more slowly and less is consumed, saving up to 350 litres per hour. The saving in water usage will ensure the new technology pays for itself in the longer term – a benefit to both business and the environment.”

In the last two years, SIG’s technical updates have helped its customers in Europe save more than 115 tonnes in CO2 emissions and 25,000m3 of water. SIG will continue to work closely with customers to increase efficiency, cut operating costs and reduce environmental impact.

Holger Schmidt continued: “Our latest innovation enables our customers to save water quickly and easily and is a further step on our Way Beyond Good journey. We continue to make our filling machines as efficient as possible to minimize operating costs and environmental impact.”
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Rabenhorst fruit stacks with top marks in Öko-Test

Rabenhorst fruit stacks with top marks in Öko-Test  (Company news)

The naturally cloudy organic direct juice from the in-house wine press can convince with the overall mark "VERY GOOD"

The consumer magazine Öko-Test regularly compares products and services in independent tests. Laboratory analyses on the one hand and assessments and opinions on the other are included in an overall evaluation. The tested products are then given school grades ranging from "very good" to "poor". The focus of the current study: naturally cloudy organic apple juice. In detail, 25 naturally cloudy organic apple juices from different juice manufacturers were tested.

Rabenhorst Streuobstapfel in a 750 ml container scored an overall grade of "VERY GOOD". The organic direct juice scored well both in terms of taste, thanks to the full aroma of the many different varieties of apples from strewn fruit cultivation, and in laboratory analysis. The fruit juice produced in the in-house press house was rated "VERY GOOD" both for the test results of the sensory analysis and for the test results of the ingredients. In particular, the strong apple note and the typical apple smell were highlighted in this evaluation.

Quality by Tradition: The History of Haus Rabenhorst
The Öko-Test results once again underscore the high standards that Haus Rabenhorst has set for its own products as a juice manufacturer from the very beginning and with over 200 years of knowledge and experience in the production of beneficial juices. Rabenhorst Streuobstapfel is produced 100% as pure organic direct juice and is of the highest quality. For Haus Rabenhorst, whose history began as early as 1805 on the estate of Pastor Lauff, the results of the Öko-Test are a fine confirmation of its own work in innovation and production of high-quality fruit juices.

Acting in harmony with nature and maintaining regional orchard meadows
Quality at Haus Rabenhorst begins with a sustainable corporate philosophy and approach: The company operates several apple collection points along the Middle Rhine. This provides orchard owners with a regional point of contact for apples they do not need themselves. Haus Rabenhorst is aware that the care and harvesting of apples is very labour-intensive and the company tries to reward this by offering attractive exchange rates and above-average payout prices. Haus Rabenhorst thus makes an important contribution to the preservation of regional orchard meadows.
(Haus Rabenhorst O. Lauffs GmbH & Co. KG)

Symrise continues its robust course of growth

Symrise continues its robust course of growth  (Company news)

• Sales increase of 5.9 % compared to prior year period
• Organic sales growth of 3.3 % in the first nine months and 3.1 % in the third quarter
• Robust supply chain keeps all activities and locations fully operational throughout the Group
• Organic growth of 3 to 4 % expected for 2020
• Medium-term goals for 2025 confirmed

Symrise AG successfully continued its profitable growth course in the third quarter despite the global coronavirus pandemic. In an economically challenging and heterogeneous market environment, the Group increased its sales in the first nine months of 2020 by 5.9 % to € 2,703 million (9M 2019: € 2,551 million). In organic terms – i.e. excluding the portfolio effect of ADF/IDF and currency translation effects – sales were up by 3.3 % in the first nine months. All segments contributed to this positive development and achieved organic sales growth.

"Thanks to our solid positioning, the broadly diversified product portfolio, and the commitment and flexibility of our employees, we were able to build on the previous months and further increase our sales, also during the global coronavirus pandemic. The shifts in consumer demand during the first six months of the year have continued during the third quarter. Product solutions for food as well as personal care and hygiene remained in high demand, while demand for luxury items such as fine fragrances was less," said Dr Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. "We are overall confident that we will conclude this historically very special year with good growth."

Scent & Care with strong growth in Personal Care, Oral Care and Menthol
Scent & Care, the business with fragrances, cosmetic ingredients and aroma molecules, achieved good organic sales growth of 3.1 % in the first nine months. Sales increased by 4.0 % in the third quarter. Taking currency translation effects into account, sales amounted to € 1,057 million and were slightly lower than in the prior year period (9M 2019: € 1,070 million).

Sales in the Fragrance division continued to be driven by Consumer Fragrance and Oral Care due to strong consumer demand for personal care and hygiene products. Both areas achieved organic growth in the double-digit percentage range. The Fine Fragrance unit continued to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, in the third quarter North America in particular saw better project vitality with major customers related to luxury items. Overall, the Fragrance division achieved solid organic growth in the single-digit percentage range, with growth in all regions.

Sales in the Aroma Molecules division were characterized by lower demand for fragrance solutions on one hand and very positive momentum with menthol activities on the other. Due to capacity expansions, the Menthol business unit achieved double-digit growth. The EAME and the North and Latin America regions achieved strongest growth. Sales in the Aroma Molecules division were at large slightly below the high level of the previous year.

The Cosmetic Ingredients division was impacted by reduced travel activity due to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to lower demand for sun protection products. The other application areas achieved good organic growth in the single and double-digit percentage range. The Latin and North American regions, and above all the national markets of Brazil, Canada, the USA and Mexico, were the main growth drivers. Overall, sales in the Cosmetic Ingredients division were slightly below the strong prior year results.

Flavor driven by trend toward cooking and eating at home
In the Flavor segment, which comprises solutions for food and beverages, changes in consumer behaviour due to the coronavirus pandemic continued throughout the third quarter. The trend toward cooking and eating at home remained strong, resulting in strong demand for products from the Savory business unit and product solutions for baked goods and cereals. At the same time, reduced out-of-home eating and drinking further affected demand for beverage products and sweets. The segment achieved organic growth of 0.6 % in the first nine months as well as in the third quarter. Segment sales in reporting currency amounted to € 949 million (9M 2019: € 966 million).

Sales in the EAME region were characterized by a significantly reduced demand for beverage products and sweets. At the same time, Savory achieved high single-digit growth. Product innovations for alternative proteins developed particularly well. The national markets of Germany and Russia achieved strongest growth. The pandemic continued to have a more negative impact on demand in France and the UK. Overall, sales in EAME were slightly below the result of the first nine month of the prior year.

In North America, Flavor achieved double-digit sales growth on an organic basis in the third quarter. As a result, the segment achieved a solid single-digit organic growth rate in the first nine months. Customers particularly demanded solutions for beverage and savory products.

Asia/Pacific reported strong demand for savory applications, which achieved organic growth in the double-digit percentage range. The largest increases were achieved in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. Sales for beverage and sweet applications were slower, particularly in the third quarter. In total, organic sales in the region were at the prior year level.

The segment achieved strongest growth in Latin America in the first nine months of 2020 and remained largely unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic. All business units realized high organic growth in the single or double-digit percentage range. The national markets of Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico developed particularly well.

Nutrition with strong growth in Pet Food
The Nutrition segment, which includes the food, pet food and probiotics applications of Diana as well as the activities of ADF/IDF, achieved strong organic sales growth of 9.1 %. Growth in the third quarter amounted to 6.1 %. Sales in the reporting currency amounted to € 697 million which represents an increase of 35.1 % (9M 2019: € 516 million) year on year. In the reporting period, ADF/IDF contributed € 156 million.

Pet Food continued to be the growth driver of the segment with strong organic growth in the single or double-digit percentage range in all regions. Sales developed particularly dynamically in the USA, Mexico, Brazil and South Korea.

In the Food unit, the Asia/Pacific region reported single-digit organic growth, with particularly strong dynamics in China, India, South Korea and Taiwan. In EAME, sales slightly exceeded the prior year level, while North America and Latin America were just below it. Overall, the coronavirus pandemic dampened business performance in numerous submarkets, with out-of-home consumption largely below prior year.

The business of US-based ADF/IDF, which was acquired in November 2019, developed well and exceeded expectations. In this area, the segment benefited from increased demand as a result of the pandemic.

The Probiotics business unit, which is part of Probi, had a very good third quarter and achieved organic sales growth in the double-digit percentage range in the first nine months. Growth was particularly driven by strong results in the North America region.

Symrise remains confident about the remaining months of the current financial year and reaffirms sales and earnings targets
Also with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Symrise continues to be fully operational worldwide and provides customers with reliable supply. With its global presence, its steadily growing and diversified portfolio and its broad customer base, the Group considers itself to be robust and securely positioned even in the current challenging market environment.

For 2020, Symrise expects organic growth of 3 to 4 % which would be above market growth. Estimates expect market growth of up to 3 % in the current environment.

Based on the continuing strong business performance, the Group is confirming an EBITDA margin in the range of 21 to 22 % for the 2020 fiscal year.

The medium-term targets remain fully intact. The Company aims to increase its annual sales to € 5.5 to € 6.0 billion by the end of 2025. Symrise wants to achieve this with annual organic growth of 5 to 7 % (CAGR) as well as additional targeted acquisitions. In the medium term, profitability should remain within a target corridor of 20 to 23 %.
(Symrise AG)

PepsiCo Germany makes significant contribution to beverage market transformation -

PepsiCo Germany makes significant contribution to beverage market transformation -   (Company news)

... 100% recycled PET bottles by the end of 2021

PepsiCo Germany will be the first beverage company in Germany to use only 100% recycled plastic (rPET) in all its CSD beverage bottles and Lipton Ice Tea range by the end of 2021. To achieve this, the company is investing 7 million euros in Germany and saving 15,000 tons of new plastic every year. This corresponds to a quantity of around 12.42 million Lego bricks and a CO2 equivalent of 28,500 tonnes. That is the amount that 6200 cars emit in one year.

This is part of PepsiCo's intention to contribute to a world where plastics never become waste. This exceeds PepsiCo's previous announcement of using 50% rPET across the European Union by 2030. The company is achieving this by working closely with partners in the supply chain to improve the appearance of recycled plastic and simplify access to supplies.

The move to 100% rPET by the end of 2021 in Germany covers all PepsiCo CSD beverage brands including for example Pepsi, Pepsi MAX and Schwip Schap, as well as the Lipton Ice Tea portfolio, and applies to all owned and franchised operations.

This announcement underlines PepsiCo's commitment to the European Commission's voluntary recycling plastics campaign, which aims to ensure that 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics are used to manufacture new products on the EU market by 2025. Already in the last two years, PepsiCo has made great strides across Europe, more than doubling its use of rPET to 30% and has already launched three brands (Tropicana, Naked Smoothies and Lipton Ice Tea) in 100% rPET bottles in some EU markets.

Silviu Popovici, Chief Executive Officer PepsiCo Europe, said: "Plastic waste is a challenge that we must now respond to. That is why we are already taking concrete action by converting all PepsiCo CSD brands, including Pepsi and Pepsi Max and the Lipton Ice Tea portfolio, to 100% rPET in Germany by the end of 2021. For us this is a decisive step towards Europe's 'green recovery'. We want to initiate a transformation within the beverage industry that will help us to realise our vision of a 100% recycling economy with maximum recycling from bottle to bottle.
(PepsiCo Germany GmbH)

Eckes-Granini Germany: New environmental statement for the years 2020-2023

Eckes-Granini Germany: New environmental statement for the years 2020-2023  (Company news)

The new Environmental Statement for the years 2020-2023, which was created in the context of the sixth EMAS certification, is available on the website of Eckes-Granini Deutschland (EGD). In keeping with its commitment to sustainability, the company has been working in accordance with the internationally recognized "Eco-Management and Audit Scheme", or EMAS for short, since 1996.

In the current publication, you can find out more about the status quo and what goals the company has set itself for the coming years. For example:
- Cultivation and supply chain: 100% sustainable juices and purees by 2030.
- Sugar reduction: By 2020, EGD has already reduced added sugar in nectars and soft drinks by an average of 10%. EGD wants to achieve a further reduction of 5 percent by 2025 - in the best case even by 10 percent.
- Packaging: Overall, the share of recycled PET (rPET) in the total product range of all brands has been 25% since 2020. By 2025, EGD wants to use 50%rPET across all brands. The hohes C brand will use 100% rPET in 1-litre PET containers from 2021.

"Anything that goes against nature will not last in the long run. Sustainability means reconciling ecological, social and economic aspects and doing something for the long term. As processors of natural products, we are dependent on an ecological balance. But we are also part of a society at whose core we operate and for which we share responsibility," says Dr. Kay Fischer, Managing Director of Eckes-Granini Deutschland.
(Eckes Granini Germany GmbH)

WEILBURGER Graphics presents new, waterproof barrier coating

WEILBURGER Graphics presents new, waterproof barrier coating  (Company news)

A completely new and waterproof coating for application using flexo coating unit was presented by WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, an international coating, flexo inks and adhesive manufacturer based out of Gerhardshofen in Germany. To demonstrate the properties of this coating, the company designed and made a special drink cooler to be used with bottles from the Loscher Brewery GmbH & Co. in the nearby town of Münchsteinach.

This folded carton packaging made from 4 pieces comes equipped with a cooling tray and can take up to 500 g of crushed ice or cold water. To optimize the cooling the box was designed in a way that a removable cover achieves a long lasting, continuously hermetic cooling chamber in which two 330 ml bottles from the drink family of Loscher Brewery are contained, namely CLUB MATE and CLUB MATE COLA.

This demo cooler was produced together with the Martin Spiegel GmbH Carton Factory, whom leaded in an exemplary way the construction, printing and finishing, as well as the graphic decorating company RIEKER GmbH + Co. KG, who was responsible for the screen-printing finishing.

The main body of the box, made by a bottom and a cover, was made out of 340 g/m² MetsäBoard Classic FBB, while the special cooling tray, as well as the compartment separator for easy fill up was made with the new MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB in 265 g/m².

The offset printing was made with the two pieces of the main body using 5/0 colors in Euro Scale 4 colors plus a special Pantone® 288 C. In terms of coatings, the external part was fully covered with SENOSOFT® WB MATT COATING FP NDC 350210 and the inner part with the new SENOLITH® WB BARRIER COATING 350025 as splash protection. In an offline process a screen-printing finishing was applied to both pieces. On one pass a high gloss SENOSCREEN® UV ANTI-SLIP LACQUER 363055 to optically stand out the letters and bottle motives around the box and on another pass a SENOSCREEN® UV RELIEF LACQUER WATER DROPLETS 363056 to create an optic and haptic contrast with the previously applied SENOSOFT® WB MATT COATING FP NDC 350210.

The two cardboard pieces for the tray and the separator were printed in the same color scheme using offset 5/5 and coating. In terms of coating, the exterior was coated using SENOLITH® WB GLOSS COATING FP DC 350179 and the interior with the new SENOLITH® WB BARRIER COATING 350025.

While the cover and the bottom of the cooler main body are made in a way that they can be put together without gluing, the tray, which does not have any edges on the inner side so as to waterproof to the highest possible extent, is glued on the outside with a special gluing machine for food packaging. This is mainly done to avoid errors while putting the tray together.

The thus conceived cooler achieves in laboratory tests water and ice-filled times of over a week without soddening.

Arno Dürr, Sales Director at WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH commented about the demo packaging and the new barrier coating: “Based on the feedback from our customers, especially in the food and frozen food sector, we have looked for environmentally friendly and food safe solutions to make waterproof carboard packaging without using films, PE and similar materials. Our approach, to warrant this function by way of a special barrier coating, was a great success. We assume that a large part of all laminated cardboard solutions in the market as well as some special plastic-based solutions can be developed and substituted with this approach.” Bastian Pinsenschaum, Head of the Technical Service, added: “With the completed drink cooler demo project, for which we once again want to thank our partners Loscher, Spiegel Packaging, Rieker, MetäBoard and IST, we want to demonstrate the quality of the new barrier coating in an extreme application without forgetting to also showcase our other products through the smart application of optic, haptic and functional coatings in this packaging. The cooler not only works in an outstanding manner, it also looks great.”

The new SENOLITH® WB BARRIER COATING 350025 is currently undergoing an approval process for the application on food packaging with direct food contact properties and will therefore predictably also be suitable for primary packaging of fruit, vegetables, animal food, plants and frozen foods.
(WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH)

Clover Sonoma selects PlantCarton package with RenewablePlus paperboard by

Clover Sonoma selects PlantCarton package with RenewablePlus paperboard by   (Company news)

... Evergreen Packaging for its Organic Milk Products

Evergreen Packaging®, a global leader in plant-based packaging solutions announced that Clover Sonoma, a third-generation family-owned and operated dairy, is transitioning its half-gallon organic milk to the PlantCartonTM package with RenewablePlusTM paperboard by Evergreen.

“As a company, we continuously look for innovative approaches to reaching sustainability goals, and packaging is an important part of that,” said Kristel Corson, vice president of sales and marketing at Clover Sonoma. “We are the first dairy to switch to Evergreen Packaging’s fully renewable plant-based milk carton, and we chose the RenewablePlus cartons because they support responsible forest management, while utilizing less plastic, encouraging recycling, and decreasing the use of fossil fuels.”

“As the world’s most trusted forest certification, the Forest Stewardship Council® demonstrates that Clover Sonoma and Evergreen Packaging are meeting the highest standards of responsible forest management,” said Chris McLaren, Chief Markets and Marketing Officer for FSC® US. Evergreen Packaging is Forest Stewardship Council certified (FSC®-C016043).

These cartons utilize the latest in plant-based paperboard technology and incorporate a renewable coating, made with polyethylene plastic created from sugarcane. As a result, these cartons are made with approximately 97% renewable material, which includes paper made from trees grown in forests where responsible forestry practices are used and the polyethylene made from sugarcane. And, PlantCarton packages from Evergreen are recyclable.

“The technology utilized in this carton creates a PlantCarton®® package that provides all the freshness protection and operational efficiency associated with other PlantCarton® packages, but gives our customers more of what they want in terms of renewability,” said DeWitt Clark, VP North American Packaging Sales for Evergreen Packaging.

Clover Sonoma is the first company to utilize this offering from Evergreen.

With PlantCarton packaging made with RenewablePlus paperboard, customers benefit from functionality as well as even renewable content. The cartons offer the same reliable performance in the printing, and during the conversion and form-fill-seal processes.
(Evergreen Packaging)

Britvic plc announces new and exclusive PepsiCo bottling agreement

Britvic plc announces new and exclusive PepsiCo bottling agreement  (Company news)

- New 20-year franchise bottling agreement for PepsiCo carbonated brands in Great Britain
- All plastic bottles in GB to be made entirely from recycled PET by the end of 2022
- FY20 performance - trading anticipated to be slightly ahead of market consensus

Britvic announces it has reached agreement with PepsiCo for a new and exclusive 20-year franchise bottling agreement for the production, distribution, marketing and sales of its carbonated soft drink brands - including Pepsi, 7UP and Mountain Dew - in Great Britain. The new agreement extends the relationship, which commenced in 1987, to 31 December 2040 and includes the Rockstar energy brand, for which Britvic will take responsibility from 1 November this year.

Britvic also announces today its intent for all plastic bottles in GB to be made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) by the end of 2022 – three years earlier than originally planned, and ahead of the previous target of 50%. This will cover the entire GB portfolio of Britvic-owned and PepsiCo brands, and demonstrates both companies’ commitment to sustainability and to a healthier planet.

Commenting on this renewal, Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer Britvic, said:
“I am delighted that we have formally extended our relationship with PepsiCo in Great Britain for a further 20 years. The powerful combination of the Britvic-owned and PepsiCo portfolio offers customers and consumers a broad range of great-tasting, trusted brands for any occasion. We are excited to add Rockstar to our offering and look forward to working together to grow the brand.

The announcement of our intent to move to 100% recycled PET in GB by 2022 is a significant moment for Britvic and our partnership with PepsiCo, demonstrating our joint commitment to protecting the planet today and for future generations. Both Britvic and PepsiCo have sustainability at the heart of their business strategies, and we will continue to work together to deliver on our shared ambition to protect the environment and offer healthier choices in the years ahead.”

Silviu Popovici, CEO PepsiCo Europe said:
“We are very pleased to announce this new and enhanced exclusive bottling appointment with Britvic in Great Britain, as well as further strengthening our portfolio with the exciting addition of Rockstar. This decision was based on our history of sustained strong performance in the market, backed by Britvic’s ongoing commitment to significantly invest behind our brands.

More importantly, our shared values have led to sustainability forming an integral part of this new agreement, which includes our latest mutual commitment to ensure that all of our bottles are made from 100% recycled PET by the end of 2022. This is in support of PepsiCo & Britvic’s vision of creating a circular economy on plastic and building a world where plastics need never become waste. We very much look forward to the next chapter of our strengthened relationship with Britvic.”

Trading Update and Outlook
Following better than expected trading across the peak summer period, Britvic’s adjusted EBIT for the full year 2020 is anticipated to be slightly ahead of current market consensus. Trading has benefited from both the limited re-opening of the UK hospitality sector since early July and continued strong trading in the at-home channel across its markets. The year-end adjusted net debt balance is expected to be approximately £40m to £50m lower than last year, reflecting disciplined cash management.

Looking forward, the economic outlook for 2021 remains uncertain. The re-introduction of further lockdown restrictions and the impact of social distancing measures on capacity in the hospitality sector will, undoubtedly, continue to have an impact on Britvic’s performance in 2021. However, Britvic is confident in its long-term prospects and anticipates rebuilding investment in 2021 behind its long-term growth drivers, including innovation and marketing, as well as its commitment to sustainability through its strategic priority of “Healthier People, Healthier Planet”. Britvic is well-positioned to lead the long-term recovery of the category with a portfolio of market-leading, trusted brands, a track record of operational agility and a dedicated and committed team.
(Britvic Plc)

Aptar Food + Beverage Announces Partnership with MIWA Technologies

Aptar Food + Beverage Announces Partnership with MIWA Technologies  (Company news)

Collaboration offers reusable, in-store dispensers providing sustainable packaging solutions.

Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in dispensing solutions for more than 30 years, is excited to announce its partnership with MIWA Technologies, a Czech Republic-based company that has developed a standardized, reusable solution for the distribution of goods. MIWA’s in-store reusable and refillable bulk dispensers offer consumers a shopping experience free of single-use packaging, while supporting a circular flow of products that addresses challenges related to packaging sustainability.

“The MIWA reusability model offers an innovative, safe, and hygienic solution to consumers, retailers, and brands,” said Hedi Tlili, president of Aptar Food + Beverage. “MIWA will enable Aptar to spearhead the transition toward reusable packaging to achieve sustainability goals and increase packaging efficiencies.”
The circular flow of products begins when MIWA provides smart-powered, reusable capsules to brands. Brands fill the capsules with their products and deliver them to retail stores, where the capsules are inserted into modular shelves with electronic dispensers. Consumers are then able to use their own reusable containers, or system-connected cups, to receive the product. When the capsule is empty, it is collected by MIWA, cleaned, and returned to brands to start the process over.

“The partnership between Aptar and MIWA will allow the companies to develop a broad range of solutions using the principle of re-use for packaging and materials,” said Petr Báča, founder and CEO of MIWA. “Packaging plays a key role in the systemic change towards more sustainable product delivery and consumption, and we look forward to leading the industry with our solutions.”
MIWA distinguishes itself from existing bulk distribution systems through the design of its packaging and connectivity, which allows for product traceability and safety, a superior consumer experience, and improved efficiency for retailers and brands.

“With this system, brands can reduce their environmental impact and save resources by minimizing the need for single-use packaging, all while supplying retailers and consumers a sustainable solution,” said Jerome Magniet, president of Global Market Development Aptar Food + Beverage.

Retailers can enjoy bulk aisle automation, supply chain optimization, and automatic reordering. Consumers can utilize the MIWA app to order and pay for their goods as well as access product information typically found on packaging, such as ingredients, nutritional information, and expiration dates.
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

GPI Takes Home Top Awards at PPC’s Carton Competition

GPI Takes Home Top Awards at PPC’s Carton Competition  (Company news)

Graphic Packaging International (GPI), a leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions for food, beverage, foodservice and other consumer products, earned a noteworthy number of awards at the 2020 Paperboard Packaging Council’s carton competition, including the top honor, Paperboard Package of the Year, in addition to the Innovation, Sustainability and Folding Carton of the Year awards.

KeelClip™ (photo) is the winner of two top accolades: Paperboard Package of the Year and the Innovation award. KeelClip is a unique paperboard design that not only replaces plastic rings, top clips and shrink wrap multipacks for cans; it also offers merchandising benefits that similar beverage packaging does not. The concept combines an efficient paperboard clip with the benefits of a stabilizing ‘keel’ structure to strengthen the top panel and optimize clip performance. KeelClip works with the widest range of cans and multi-count configurations and at the speeds required by large beverage operations, allowing brand owners to present a premium and sustainable image with a billboard for branding and can orientation. The award affirms the company’s approach to creating innovative packaging solutions that helps brands achieve sustainability goals and meet consumer demand for packaging made from renewable materials.

Brands and retailers are looking for more sustainable, innovative packaging solutions to address Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) and Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP). Accordingly, PaperSeal®, the perfect innovation to meet that challenge, took home the coveted Sustainability award. PaperSeal is a barrier-lined paperboard tray that can eliminate up to 90 percent of plastic and is ideal for meat, cheese, seafood, fruits and vegetables and other prepared foods. With a continuous sealing flange, the tray’s barrier lining can be easily removed from the paperboard for recycling. PaperSeal is a major advance in tray-sealing package technology, and this unique paperboard structure distinguishes the tray from other options in the industry. Because the paperboard can be printed in full color on both sides, its eye-catching effect on retail shelves is elevated, allowing consumers to quickly locate and select brands and products.

GPI’s curved carton design for Stella Artois was named Folding Carton of the Year. The primary design objective of this bottle multipack was to create a distinct package that differentiates the brand on shelf, grabbing consumers’ attention while shopping. Customer experience was also top-of-mind, so the design includes a comfortable flex handle and a zipper-like opening feature for easy dispensing. The result was an award-winning carton with a rounded edges and superior graphics.

“With the plastic reduction and substitution agenda gathering pace around the globe, our innovation and design and business development teams are constantly seeking ways to substitute plastic in every market in which have a presence,” said Mike Doss, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging. “When I think about what these awards mean to our team, it reinforces what we have believed all along, that our products address real consumer needs and have the ability to make a positive difference in our world. At the same time, design cannot be sacrificed because consumers are looking for beautiful, functional products that check all their boxes. We’re thrilled to have received these awards.”
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition: Launch Days offer extensive programme on

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition: Launch Days offer extensive programme on  (Company news)

Even though the BrauBeviale Special Edition is not going to take place as a physical event, industry professionals and other interested parties should still keep 10-12 November 2020 free in their calendar. The extensive supporting programme BrauBeviale@stage will be available online at during these three Launch Days and features presentations on the latest trends and challenges, discussion panels, award ceremonies, and last but not least, the German Beer Sommelier Championship. Originally planned for the on-site BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition in Nuremberg, the six themed stages will now be reproduced on the digital dialogue platform. From the beginning of November, beverage professionals and industry insiders can meet all year round on to network with one another, exchange knowledge and ideas, and get information.

The digital dialogue platform for the international beverage industry – – will go online shortly before the Launch Days in November. “Following our announcement that the BrauBeviale Special Edition would not be held on site in Nuremberg, we received a lot of support and expressions of interest from the sector. This is why we are extremely pleased to offer our customers an extensive and diverse online programme as part of the Launch Days, and we are optimistic that it will prove very popular,” says Andrea Kalrait, Executive Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse GmbH, as she looks forward with confidence to the three days in November.

The comprehensive supporting programme for BrauBeviale has always been a formative element of the industry’s annual gathering. In the current circumstances in particular, the key theme of this round of the three-year BrauBeviale cycle, the future viability of the beverage sector, plays a significant role.

BrauBeviale@stage: the industry’s thought leaders on six stages
The themed hubs – Center Stage, Exhibition Stage, Craft Beverages and brau@home Stage, Technology Stage, Special Interest Stage and Award Stage – offer plenty of diversity. Various items on the agenda will also focus on the future viability and market opportunities of the beverage industry. Right at the start, on Tuesday 10 November, the Center Stage will be the venue for a discussion on the hot topic “The coronavirus disruption and its consequences for the beverage industry”. Also on the first day, and along the same lines, K&A BrandResearch will use its marketing slot in the programme to take a look into the future: “Drinks after the crisis: What will surprise people”. The Export Forum German Beverages, which previously took place the day before BrauBeviale, will be part of the freely accessible supporting programme this year and will put the spotlight on the “new normal in foreign trade”, while a session entitled “Italian Affairs” will look specifically at the market situation in Italy.

There will be other presentations and discussion panels contributed by e.g. Private Brauereien Bayern (Bavarian Association of Private Breweries), the honorary sponsor of BrauBeviale, and other partners such as VLB – the Berlin-based research and teaching institute for brewing, Doemens Academy, Bayern Design, BV-BFGH (Association of German Beverage Wholesalers), German Packaging Institute and World Packaging Organisation, BVE (Federation of German Food and Drink Industries), SGS Fresenius and many more. Alongside the topics mentioned, issues like sustainability, energy management or raw materials will also be covered by the various stages. On Thursday 12 November 2020, the focus will also be on training and professional development. Under the banner #workforbeverages, the Center Stage will provide information and contact details for various training institutes for new recruits to the industry and young professionals.

European Beer Star winners to be announced on
Since it was established by Private Brauereien in 2004, the European Beer Star has been a permanent feature of BrauBeviale and is now one of the most important beer competitions worldwide. In 2020 the coveted award will be presented online at the BrauBeviale Special Edition as part of the Launch Days on In October, 74 jury members tasted 2,036 beers in 70 categories in just three days at the Doemens Academy in Gräfelfing in a process underpinned by a carefully considered hygiene and safety concept. On Wednesday 11 November 2020, interested participants can now join in the celebrations at the award ceremony from their own screens.

German Beer Sommelier Championship – keep your fingers crossed during the live stream
Beer sommeliers from all over Germany will gather on site in Nuremberg on Tuesday 10 November to take part in the German Beer Sommelier Championship, a competition organised and presented by the Doemens Academy. The semi-final and final will be live streamed on, so you can eavesdrop on the finalists’ presentations, keep your fingers crossed for your favourites and be there “virtually” when the winner is announced.

Time to rethink – Design Edition: special digital show by bayern design
The organisers are adopting new approaches for the BrauBeviale Special Edition. Design in the beverage sector is the key theme for the following exhibits: self-cleaning drink bottles, sustainable can carrier trays, glass design and alternative bottle materials. The special digital show featuring 20 videos can also be experienced during the Launch Days at

Craft Drinks Area: Place your order now!
Trend scouts and fans of inspiring products from the beer, spirits, water, juice and alcohol-free beverage segments do not have to miss out entirely on exciting new discoveries from the Craft Drinks Area this year, because they can simply have the beverage specialities sent to them at home. Every tasting flight ordered is presented and explained by a sommelier on, with easy access to the presentations at any time. Orders can be placed while stocks last. The information on the beverage specialities will continue to be available on after the Launch Days are over, so there is nothing to stop you enjoying a cosy tasting session at home, for example during the Christmas period.

Save the date now: Launch Days on
To strengthen dialogue in the beverage industry, the platform will go online at the beginning of November. It will provide a year-round hub that allows industry participants to meet and chat, enhance or share their knowledge, and find companies, products, solutions and suitable contacts. It will also feature interesting articles and industry information. Virtual visitors will find the complete programme for the Launch Days from 10 to 12 November 2020 at from November. They can also register in advance here and receive a reminder as soon as the platform is available live online.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

CO2 Gas warning systems from MSR-Electronic on duty in the hop refinement

CO2 Gas warning systems from MSR-Electronic on duty in the hop refinement  (Company news)

Reliable leakage monitoring in the Hallertau, Germany

Picture: CO2-gas sensor (Copyright MSR-Electronic GmbH, Germany)

When producing the Germans' favourite drink - beer - hops from the world-famous Hallertau hop-growing region are a must. Along with barley malt, yeast and water, hops are one of the 4 ingredients permitted by the German Purity Law for brewing beer. Hops season and preserve the beer in a natural way. And to ensure that there are no fluctuations in the quality of the beer, the hop refinement process standardises the bitterness of the hops. The hops also keep longer and retain their full, naturally fresh aroma. About 45 kg of hop pellets are produced from 100 kg of raw hops. Hop refinement makes transport much easier and allows better storage and freshness.

Refinement takes place after the hop harvest. During this process, the hop cone is freed from heavy material and metal. The purified mass is pulverized by means of a cutting mill and homogenised again in mixers with a capacity of approx. 3 tons, and afterwards dried in hordes. Finally, the powder reaches the pellet press where it is processed into hop pellets with the help of rollers and matrices and dried again. During the drying process CO2 is added, which is subject to permanent monitoring. This is achieved by using CO2 gas sensors from MSR-Electronic.

The exchangeable sensor (type SC2 and type MC2) with digitised measured value processing, temperature compensation and self-monitoring for continuous monitoring of the ambient air for gases and vapours protects people and plant.

In addition to the sensor element with infrared sensing technology and the measuring amplifier, the sensors contain a μController for the processing of measured values. The IR measuring principle ensures highest accuracy, selectivity and reliability despite long calibration intervals. All data and measured values of the sensor element are stored in the μController in a fail-safe way and are transmitted digitally via the local bus to the sensor board SB2 or MSB2. Calibration management is also integrated in the μController of the sensor.

Calibration is done either by simply replacing the sensor cartridge or by using the comfortable, integrated calibration routine directly at the system.

The DGC-06 Digital Gas Controller from MSR-Electronic is the central unit for the entire gas monitoring in the drying process of hop refinement. A measuring, warning and controlling device system for toxic and combustible gases.
The DGC-06 Digital Gas Controller has been developed for large systems or even for extensive connections. Everything is possible, from complex garages, breweries, large-capacity laboratories to access functions that are switched by gas alarm. The DGC-06 gas controller series is designed according to EN 50545-1 and can monitor and evaluate up to 128 gas sensors, 96 of which are digital and/or 32 analog sensors (4–20 mA). Each sensor has 4 freely adjustable alarm thresholds. For alarm messages, the controller system has up to 128 relays with potential-free change-over contact and up to 16 analog outputs with 4–20 mA signal.
(MSR Electronic GmbH)

SIG: Third quarter 2020 highlights - Broad geographic presence supporting growth

SIG: Third quarter 2020 highlights - Broad geographic presence supporting growth  (Company news)

-Core revenue up 4.5% at constant currency
-New customers drive growth in the Americas; continuing growth in EMEA
-Adjusted EBITDA margin 30.2% (Q3 2019: 27.7%): strong operating performance more than offset negative currency impact
-Adjusted net income increased to €77.4 million (Q3 2019: €53.8 million)
-Strong free cash flow generation
-Full year guidance maintained

Core revenue growth in the third quarter was driven by EMEA and the Americas. In Europe, high stocks across the supply chain that had built up during the second quarter were depleted during July and August, which had some impact on orders for SIG. However, in September, there was an increase in demand for cartons as customers continued to produce at a relatively high level and required new stock.

In Asia Pacific there were signs of improvement in China, while South-East Asia continued to be affected by pandemic-related restrictions in some areas and by the dampening effects of the COVID-19 crisis on out-of-home consumption.

The largest regional growth driver in the quarter was the Americas, where there was an increase in at-home consumption in both Brazil and Mexico. In addition, the ramping up of fillers placed with new customers in Brazil made a significant contribution to growth. Reported sales growth in the Americas has been affected by the depreciation of the Brazilian Real against the Euro.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2020 increased to €133.6 million from €123.8 million in Q3 2019, despite a negative impact from the depreciation of key currencies against the Euro. The adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 30.2% from 27.7%, reflecting top line growth, production efficiencies and lower raw material costs. In addition, SG&A costs were below the previous year’s level.

As a consequence of the strong third quarter performance, the adjusted EBITDA margin for the first nine months was slightly higher at 26.8% (26.4% for the first nine months of 2019).

EBITDA was €137.1 million compared with €119.6 million in Q3 2019, reflecting the factors described above.

Net income and adjusted net income
Adjusted net income for the first nine months of 2020 increased to €157.0 million from €134.3 million in the first nine months of 2019. In addition to the strong operating performance, adjusted net income benefited from a lower adjusted effective tax rate (24.1% compared with 28.3% for the first nine months of 2019).

Net income was €56.2 million compared with €51.7 million in the first nine months of 2019. The increase was less than for adjusted net income as a result of non-cash financing costs and unrealised currency effects on inter-company loans.

Free cash flow
With cash flow generation concentrated in the second half of the year, the third quarter of 2020 saw a significant increase compared with Q3 2019. For the first nine months, free cash flow was above the level for the same period of 2019 despite higher capital expenditure relating to the construction of a new plant in China.

Full year outlook
The Company remains cautious on the outlook for the fourth quarter following the strong performances in the Americas and in Europe for the first nine months. The year-end rally is likely to be more subdued than usual and in Europe performance will be measured against a strong fourth quarter in 2019. At group level, fourth quarter sales at constant exchange rates are expected to be broadly flat compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. For the full year, guidance of core revenue growth at constant currency within the 4–6% range is maintained.

Guidance of an adjusted EBITDA margin in 2020 at the lower end of the 27-28% range is also maintained, subject to no further major deterioration in currencies. The Company expects to generate substantial free cash flow.

Further lockdowns and other measures to contain COVID-19 remain a source of uncertainty.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

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