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Feldmuehle to increase prices for wet strength label paper qualities by 5% as of Jan 2020

Feldmuehle to increase prices for wet strength label paper qualities by 5% as of Jan 2020  (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, leading manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, will increase prices for wet strength label paper qualities by 5% as of Jan 2020.

Photo: LabelSet PCW – The Wet Strength Recycler

The move is driven by a continued reduction of stock levels in conjunction with rising demand. The ecological measures on recycling have decreased the common uses of plastic based products in order to be substituted by paper-based options, less harmful for the environment. Paper pulp’s based materials and uses are now even more diversified. Raw material costs of pulp, chemicals and other materials are still on high level. Energy and transportation cost are further increasing.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

SIGNATURE PACK from SIG launched with Candia wins famous French packaging award 2019

SIGNATURE PACK from SIG launched with Candia wins famous French packaging award 2019  (Company news)

SIGNATURE PACK from SIG, the world’s first aluminium-free aseptic carton pack that is 100% linked to plant-based renewable materials via a mass balance system, has won the prestigious French packaging award in the ‘environmental’ category.

SIG’s SIGNATURE PACK 100 – the world’s only aluminium-free aseptic carton pack with polymers linked to plant-based renewable material – was launched on the French market earlier this year with Candia, part of the leading French dairy cooperative SODIAAL. Photo: SIG

SIGNATURE PACK was launched on the French market earlier this year with Candia, part of the leading French dairy cooperative SODIAAL. This famous French packaging award recognises SIG’s continued commitment to developing packaging innovations that add real value for consumers and the beverage industry, as well as Candia’s thought leadership in driving tangible and innovative solutions in the drinking milk market.

Laura Garrot, CSR Manager at Candia: "Receiving the Packaging Award for our new eco-designed organic milk carton is a real honour for Candia and a true recognition for the teams and farmers, who are very proud of this motivating project for the entire company. This Packaging Award is the result of our cooperation with our partner SIG to launch this innovation to serve both our customers and consumers. Since the summer we have been offering a new organic UHT milk packaged in a carton that no longer contains aluminium and that contributes to developing a forest-based polymers supply chain through a certified mass balance system with the aim of gradually reducing the use of fossil resources. This is a concrete response for consumers who are looking for products with more environmentally friendly and recyclable packaging.”

Gérald Saada, Director of Marketing and R&D at Candia, adds: "We are delighted with this fine recognition, which rewards the hard work of the Candia and SIG teams. We are enthusiastic about the future because the eco-designed carton pack is well received by our customers and consumers, who are more and more sensitive to environmental issues. With this technology and its innovative design, Candia's eco-designed organic cartons represent significant progress in the area of milk.”

The SIGNATURE PACK is a step towards replacing fossil fuel-based materials by renewable plant-based ones. The pack is mainly made of FSCTM-certified renewable paperboard from sustainably-managed forests. The polymers (protective layers and closure) that make up the rest of the pack are linked to forest-based renewable material through a certified mass balance system. This means for the polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers.

Melanie Revolte, Marketing Manager France at SIG: “We’re proud to receive this important accolade within the environment category in partnership with our customer Candia. Our aluminium-free carton pack is linked to a by-product from the paper industry known as tall oil for the plant-based feedstock rather than to an agricultural crop, thus avoiding the use of land and resources that could be used to produce food. Working closely with Candia to launch SIGNATURE PACK, both companies have set a real example for the environment on the French dairy market.”

SIGNATURE PACK is a stand-out carton pack both in terms of providing added value to the beverage industry and satisfying growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions.

SIGNATURE PACK is one of the most pivotal innovations supporting SIG’s Way Beyond Good ambitions to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions and to becoming a net positive business by contributing more to society and the environment than it takes out – across the value chain.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Aptar Food + Beverage Will Exhibit at Pacprocess Hall 11 F 20

Aptar Food + Beverage Will Exhibit at Pacprocess Hall 11 F 20  (Company news)

Aptar Food + Beverage will be exhibiting at Pacprocess, India’s leading exhibition for the processing and packaging industry. The show will take place December 12 - 14, at Pragati Maiden in New Delhi.

During this event, Aptar will present its most innovative dispensing solutions for the food and beverage markets. Discover closures with our Simplisqueeze® valve for sauces and condiments, fitments for flexible packagings, solutions for infant nutrition, and sport closure for a superior drinking experience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover Aptar Food + Beverage’s most advanced innovations.
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

Symrise opens creative center in Egypt

Symrise opens creative center in Egypt  (Company news)

• Group inaugurates modern development and application laboratories for taste solutions
• The facility meets the company's global development and technology standards

Symrise has inaugurated its Creative Center in Egypt on November 26, 2019. The subsidiary in the outskirts of Cairo comprises modern development and application laboratories for the categories Beverages, Confectionery, Dairy, Culinary and Snacks. Dirk Bennwitz, President Flavor EAME at Symrise, officially opened the new facilities. They meet the company's global technology and development standards and are intended to strengthen the company's reach in the AME region and its collaboration with strategic customers. Partners, customers and guests attended the ceremony.

Photo: Ibrahim Wagdy & Dirk Bennwitz

Symrise has equipped its development and application laboratories with state-of-the-art technology. Within the Creative Center, employees will develop customized product solutions and applications and adapt existing products for the market. Compared to its facilities so far, the new creative center offers a number of advantages. Modern consumer and market analysis and quality assurance procedures guarantee authentic and relevant products for customers and consumers in the region.

"By investing in the new Creative Center, our strong team of food technologists and flavorists can make a significant contribution to the growth in the region in the future," says Dirk Bennwitz, President Flavor EAME at Symrise. "We are convinced of the strategy, because our location in Cairo offers us proximity to customers and markets in Africa and the Middle East. In the future, we will be able to better serve demand in the region and optimally align our business with our customers, thus contributing to the company’s growth."

Customers benefit from tailor-made developments
In the future, the Symrise team will have access to all the technologies and innovations available in the Group in the Creative Center. This will make it easier to meet customer demand. In addition, customers benefit from knowledge of the region and the increased use of local raw materials. This helps to meet the diverse wishes of consumers. Another advantage is that Symrise can work with its customers in a time- and cost-efficient manner.

"We use a wide range of manufacturing technologies in Egypt to supply all of Africa and the Middle East," says Ibrahim Wagdy, responsible Managing Director of Symrise in Egypt. "We are now expanding these capacities with our modernized site thereby increasing the attractiveness for our customers in the region.

Egypt is an important location for Symrise. On the one hand, because the country's location in the AME region makes it easy to exchange information with customers from Africa and the Middle East. On the other hand, the industrial and agricultural infrastructure provides valuable advantages for the production and development of flavors for the local market.
(Symrise AG)

Roberts PolyPro Introduces ICHA180 Can Handle Applicator

Roberts PolyPro Introduces ICHA180 Can Handle Applicator  (Company news)

Roberts PolyPro, a ProMach product brand, introduced the ICHA180 inline can handle applicator at Pack Expo Las Vegas booth #C-3414. Ideal for craft beer and distilled spirits, this compact system applies Robert PolyPro’s eye-catching HDPE #2 handles to four- and six-packs of beverages in 12 and 16 oz. aluminum cans. The ICHA180 is an economical, fully-automated solution handling speeds up to 180 cpm. Compared to manual and semi-automated application, it minimizes labor and achieves faster speeds.

“The growing craft beer and distilled spirits markets are competitive, and our attractive multi-pack handles help products stand out on crowded retail shelves. When choosing a way to apply them, small producers need a high quality system that fits their budget. The ICHA180 hits that sweet spot – it’s a fully-automated solution at a great price,” said Roy Tetreault, Vice President and General Manager at Roberts PolyPro. “Craft brewers and distillers are passionate entrepreneurs who want to make beer and spirits, not worry about machinery. The ICHA180’s plug-and-play design makes it a snap to install. It’s simple, easy to use and gets the job done.”

The ICHA180 is a space-efficient solution with a footprint that’s only 24 inches wide and 60 inches long (61cm wide and 152cm long). The applicator, installed inline after the can seamer, features a two-lane conveyor that transports cans side by side. As cans enter the ICHA180, a sensor detects the presence of 12 cans and an air-activated flow gate extends across the conveyor. With 12 cans in position, the system applies either two sets of six-pack handles per cycle or three sets of four-pack handles per cycle. Then, the flow gate releases the multi-packs, which are discharged to downstream case or tray packing.

To change between four- and six-packs, the ICHA180 requires only a simple adjustment to the handle magazine and swapping out the handles, which can be achieved in less than three minutes without tools or change parts. When changing between 12- and 16-oz cans, no system adjustments are needed since the applicator stroke automatically accommodates either size can. The ICHA180 runs for approximately five minutes at 180 cpm before the handle magazine needs to be refilled.

Roberts PolyPro’s injection-molded HDPE #2 handles have a striking appearance, superior holding capabilities and a practical tab design. They are available in 32 standard colors and with optional color matching in any PMS color. In addition to being 100 percent recyclable, the handles use up to 30 percent less plastic than competitive injection-molded handles. The open top eliminates moisture from accumulating between the can top and handle. The tab design allows fast and easy application, either manually or with a semi- or fully-automated applicator like the ICHA180 or the higher volume THA240.
(Pro Mach Inc.)

Nestlé announces industry-leading push to use Nutri-Score in Europe

Nestlé announces industry-leading push to use Nutri-Score in Europe  (Company news)

Nestlé announced that it will use Nutri-Score nutrition labeling in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, starting in the first half of 2020. The company will implement Nutri-Score across brands of its wholly-owned businesses over a two-year period.

Cereal Partners Worldwide, the international breakfast venture between Nestlé and General Mills, will also implement Nutri-Score on its product packaging in the same countries.

In total, more than 5000 products in the five countries will feature Nutri-Score.

Nutri-Score is a voluntary front-of-pack scheme that classifies foods and beverages according to their nutritional profile. It is a color-coded system with a scale ranging from A (healthier choices) to E (less healthy choices).

Marco Settembri, CEO of Nestlé for Europe, Middle East and North Africa said: "Our ambition is to have one of the healthiest options in every product category we offer. Nutri-Score will motivate us and help track our progress. I am proud that Nestlé is the first company to roll out Nutri-Score at this scale in Europe. We now want to move quickly as we are sure this is the right way forward."

Nestlé and Cereal Partners Worldwide are beginning the roll-out of Nutri-Score in those European countries that already support the system. The two companies are ready to implement it in further countries that request it or notify it to the European Commission.

David Clark, President and CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide said: "Our pursuit of a better breakfast is never finished. As leaders in the breakfast cereal sector, we can help everyone have a healthy, nutritious, and tasty start to the day with our cereals. Our consumers are at the heart of this quest – past, present, and future. That’s why we’re using Nutri-Score to guide the development and communication of the nutritional value of our products."

Nestlé brands on which Nutri-Score will appear include plant-based products from Garden Gourmet, Nesquik chocolate-flavored milk, Buitoni pizzas, Nescafé coffee, Maggi culinary products and KitKat chocolate. Cereal Partners Worldwide will use Nutri-Score on its breakfast cereals, including Fitness and Chocapic. Some products such as infant formula are out of scope or fall under separate regulations.

Monique Goyens, Director-General of BEUC said: "BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, applauds Nestlé’s decision to broadly roll out Nutri-Score. Research conducted in several countries demonstrate indeed that Nutri-Score is currently the best-performing scheme in aiding consumers to make healthier choices. Therefore, we consider Nutri-Score to be a major tool to contribute to tackling the obesity crisis. We can only recommend that other companies follow Nestlé's excellent example and display Nutri-Score on their products. Moving forward, we believe that all European consumers should benefit from Nutri-Score. This is why several consumer organisations, who are members of the BEUC network, have launched a petition* asking the European Commission to make Nutri-Score mandatory across Europe."

The ambitious implementation plan follows on from Nestlé’s announcement in June 2019 expressing support for Nutri-Score in continental Europe, to support European and local public health agendas.

Marco Settembri said: "With Nutri-Score, we want to enable people to make informed decisions for healthier diets. We are also speeding up the transformation of our products and launching more products that have a better environmental footprint and contribute to a balanced diet. This includes more plant-based food and beverage options."
(Nestlé Deutschland AG)

European Glass Packaging Industry to Boost EU Glass Collection for Recycling to 90% ...

European Glass Packaging Industry to Boost EU Glass Collection for Recycling to 90% ...  (Company news)

... by 2030 and “Close The Glass Loop”

The European glass packaging industry sets in motion “Close the Glass Loop” – a major stewardship programme to boost glass ‘collection for recycling’ rates to 90% by 2030 in the EU. The move comes as a proactive response to new EU rules to increase net recycling targets for glass packaging to 75% by 2030.

Today, over 76% of glass packaging placed on the European market is collected for “bottle to bottle” recycling, already putting the circularity of glass in a league of its own.

Industry CEOs have unanimously agreed to set up the “Close the Glass Loop” programme with the common ambition to achieve an EU-wide 90% collection for recycling target for glass packaging by 2030. The programme will be shaped in the coming months with value chain partners with initial discussions on collaboration already ongoing. The official platform launch is planned in June 2020.

“Our goal is to keep increasing the sustainability credentials of the glass packaging solutions we provide to our customers and consumers,” stated FEVE President Michel Giannuzzi. “We are proud to lead ‘Close the Glass Loop’, an industry-wide initiative that will have real benefits for the market and our planet alike: it is our call for action to deliver an ambitious Circular Economy Action Plan for glass.”

This initiative will bring together the different stakeholders of the glass collection and recycling loop under a common European platform with a twofold objective of closing the collection gap and improving the quality of recycled glass (cullet), so that resources remain productive in a bottle-to-bottle manufacturing loop. More availability of good quality cullet means a more resource-efficient production process, providing a premium level, safe and truly recycled packaging material.

It all starts with collection. The “Close the Glass Loop” programme will boost collection and involve the many committed European and national partners, from municipalities, to glass processors and industry customers, including the Extended Producer Responsibility schemes operating across EU Member States. “To be successful, we need to work locally in every EU Member State, while sharing best practices and raising ambitions via a European platform. We don’t believe in a single European model for glass collection, but we do believe in a single ambition,” stressed Michel Giannuzzi.

“We are very proud to have been able to set the foundations for such an ambitious programme, which has a very strong support inside the membership and perfectly matches the objectives of both the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the European Green Deal of the new European Commission,” stated Adeline Farrelly, Secretary General of FEVE.

The production of glass packaging for food, beverages as well as in the pharmaceutical, perfumery and cosmetics sector with an endlessly recyclable, reusable and permanent material translates to less consumption of natural resources, less waste and less use of energy in line with the Sustainable Consumption and Production Goal (SDG 12). At the same time, glass recycling directly allows the industry to dramatically reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, in line with the Climate Action Goal (SDG 13).
(FEVE The European Glass Container Federation)

Aptar Food + Beverage Receives 'Best Closure' Award for Flip Lid at the ...

Aptar Food + Beverage Receives 'Best Closure' Award for Flip Lid at the ...  (Company news)

...World Beverage Innovation 2019 Awards

The World Beverage Innovation Awards, in association with BrauBeviale, was designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across numerous categories within the beverage industry. At the 2019 Award Ceremony, Aptar Food + Beverage was recognized with the Best Closure Award for Flip Lid.

A panel of nine judges considered entries from over 33 countries in 24 different categories. Aptar is proud to announce that Flip Lid was recognized by this jury as a “very innovative concept that goes in line with today’s main concerns about packaging disposal and recycling” and is “a consumer friendly closure”.

Aptar Food + Beverage has re-invented packaging for tethered closures to enhance the consumer drinking experience.

Aptar’s Flip Lid closure, was designed to promote post use recycling – since the tethered closure remains attached to the bottle throughout its life cycle – while also improving the consumer drinking experience. A critical technical parameter for ease of opening is the closure’s protruding element, which aids in gripping and lifting the lid, allowing for one-handed experience. This closure also offers consumers a wide opening for drinking comfort, and an audible click when the hinge is fully open, and fully closed. In addition, Flip Lid gives brands the opportunity to reduce amount of plastic being used, by pushing the limits on light weighting the bottleneck, without compromising the consumer experience.

Ryan Kenny, Aptar’s President Food+Beverage EMEA on stage to receive the Award, comments:
“We are honored to have our Flip Lid product win the World Beverage Innovation Award for “Best Closure”. Receiving such an award is excellent recognition for the dedicated team behind the development of Flip Lid, and only further reinforces Aptar Food + Beverage as the leading provider of innovative and sustainable solutions that address the changing requirements for our customer, without compromising the convenience and intuitive use expected by the consumer.”
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

SIG launches first-ever integrated asset performance and field service management solution

SIG launches first-ever integrated asset performance and field service management solution  (Company news)

SIG is set to deliver the first integrated APM (asset performance management) and FSM (field service management) digital solution for the food and beverage industry. Developed in partnership with GE Digital, the Plant 360 Asset Management will feature a range of on-demand digital services designed to help manufacturers reach new levels of efficiency, productivity and connectivity in their operations.

SIG Plant 360 Asset Management is being co-developed with GE Digital in response to increasing demands in the food and beverage industry, particularly the need for higher productivity, quality and uptime. With this innovative and integrated solution comprised of GE Digital’s APM and ServiceMax’s FSM software, SIG will offer state-of-the-art digital tools to help its customers boost production, reduce downtime and ensure even greater quality to meet ever-changing consumer needs.

“Equipment manufacturers like SIG are increasingly leveraging Industrial Internet of Things solutions to differentiate themselves through superior after-sales service,” said Dan Lohmeyer, SVP Digital Product Management at GE Digital. “GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management and ServiceMax’s Field Service Management software help OEMs ensure their installed base of equipment is performing optimally, and their field service resources are managed efficiently. Our integrated solution allows SIG to detect and correct potential equipment issues in advance, before they result in unplanned customer downtime, delighting end-customers through improved OEE and driving improved NPS scores for SIG.”

A modular solution for maintenance
Plant 360 Asset Management is a modular solution designed to improve filling line reliability and availability while reducing costs. The Connector module enables the collection of digital data, which is loaded into the Predix Cloud – GE Digital’s cloud platform. From here, the data can be retrieved and evaluated at any time by SIG’s reliability engineering team. This module can also be used for SIG’s other Smart Factory solution, Plant 360 Controller, which enables manufacturers to monitor, control and optimise every angle of their filling plant operations.

The Smart Maintenance module is based on a software-supported holistic process called Maintenance & Asset Data Analytics as well as an Asset Management Cockpit. This ensures customers have one data source for all maintenance-related activities. The third module is called Smart Performance and is based on Asset Health Monitoring and Predictive Asset Data Analytics, which will provide an optimal platform for predictive maintenance in the future.

Optimising assets at every stage
Together, the three modules will enable higher asset reliability and availability. The solution ensures a direct link between condition-based and predictive maintenance alerts in APM and the work being scheduled for field-service engineers in FSM. This helps translate alerts into efficient action on the ground and ensures field service teams receive as much advance notice as possible of an issue, which they can address before it impacts a customer’s operations. For example, defined wearing parts will no longer be replaced at fixed maintenance intervals. Instead, they will only be replaced when the data indicates a certain degree of wear.

“With Plant 360 Asset Management, any changes to equipment strategies – for example, changing service intervals or maintenance steps – can be quickly reflected in new FSM work,” said Klaus Andresen, Senior Vice President Global Technology at SIG. “This improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall SIG maintenance process. Data captured by field-service workers is immediately available for analysis by APM and the global SIG reliability engineering team, allowing us to better and more quickly detect emerging issues and trigger preventative steps.”

SIG Plant 360 Asset Management is being launched for the first time in the Middle East with Almarai, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest food and beverage producers, as start of the global rollout.

Robert Ross, Manufacturing Manager Dairy and Juice at Almarai: “Digital Solutions are vital for us to analyse exactly what is happening in our plant and going forward to produce reliably. The aspirational partnership with SIG & GE will greatly help us in root cause analysis and in providing valid answers. This will ensure reliable production and to improve our OEE. We are very proud to be an early adopter of this cutting-edge solution.”

Plant 360 Asset Management is one of several value-added solutions within SIG’s Smart Factory segment, which is designed to help manufacturers meet the challenge of increasing output and driving down costs in today’s competitive environment. The solution-driven Smart Factory platform aims to deliver IoT-enabled systems and technical services that transform filling plants into connected factories that offer the highest efficiency, flexibility and quality.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Basic Line Monitoring from KHS: web-based app increases line efficiency

Basic Line Monitoring from KHS: web-based app increases line efficiency   (Company news)

-Simplified monitoring and evaluation of the line efficiency
-Faster identification of reasons for loss in performance
-Simple, intuitive user interface

With Basic Line Monitoring KHS offers its customers a web application which supplies data to assess the efficiency of a production line. It is based on the modular Innoline MES production management system. The module’s intuitive and convenient user interface simplifies production monitoring. This boosts line efficiency and provides safe access to performance data also outside the customer’s own network.

Photo: The web application captures key process data, among other things, which allows conclusions to be drawn as to the product quality, and consumption meters are also logged, with the help of which the total cost of ownership (TCO) can be lowered.

Innoline MES is a software program which is tailored to meet the requirements of the beverage industry and provides greater transparency in line monitoring and order management. It also performs control functions on the line. The IT system includes six modules with various functions which can either operate as stand-alone units or be used in combination.

Key process data captured
KHS has developed its Basic Line Monitoring (BLM) app based on Innoline MES which has successfully established itself on the market. It is the first product to be placed on a new, web-based Innoline MES 2.0 platform – a further development which requires less configuration effort. BLM only focuses on the data points which are actually needed to assess line efficiency and detect any sources of loss. The system makes it easier for customers to quickly identify weak points or causes of any loss in performance. It captures key process data, among other things, which allows conclusions to be drawn as to the product quality, and consumption meters are also logged, with the help of which the total cost of ownership (TCO) can be lowered. Wolfgang Heßelmann, the product manager responsible for Innoline MES at KHS, considers BLM to be useful on two levels. “On the one hand, the line can be brought up to capacity more quickly if operators can quickly identify where the bottlenecks are and react promptly and accordingly. On the other, an immediate analysis can be made on all devices that support the display of the web client as to the impact a fault has on performance.”

A web-based user interface makes the app convenient to use and means that data is visible both on mobile devices and on the machine monitor. The product is also intuitive in its operation thanks to the clearly structured menu.

Security of plant engineering networks a major issue for KHS
In addition to its user friendliness BLM is also convincing when it comes to digital security. “Because the module is web based, you don’t have to install any software on the computer. All the customer needs is a link to a website; he or she can then control who has access to the data and who doesn’t,” Heßelmann explains. With this the system can also be viewed outside the line in coordination with the customer’s IT setup.

OT security, the safety of plant engineering networks, has been a major issue for KHS for some years now. The systems supplier continuously analyzes potential weak spots and implements technical and organizational security measures. “We have to work closely together with the customer to effectively counteract OT security risks,” says Meike Schulz from Line Engineering Product Support at KHS. “Our security measures help to minimize the risk of a cyberattack and provide production systems with suitable protection. They help support a holistic security concept.”
(KHS GmbH)

Natural foods are particularly popular in Germany

Natural foods are particularly popular in Germany  (Company news)

• Studies show how important naturalness is for consumers around the world
• Chinese market offers the greatest potential for food manufacturers

Compared to the rest of Europe, Germans attach particular importance to naturalness when buying food. Only taste and consumer friendliness are more important to German citizens. Consumers in France and the UK also pay particular attention to these two factors, followed by value for money and naturalness. In the future, the demand for natural foods could increase, especially in China. These are the results of six studies carried out by Symrise over the past two years. The Group surveyed around 15,000 consumers ages 16 to 70 from 12 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America.

The importance of naturalness differs greatly from country to country. At the same time, the researchers also identified overarching common aspects. They found that the explicit use of the word “natural” has a great influence on the perception and acceptance of a product or its ingredients. In addition, consumers around the world reject ingredients with scientific-sounding names because they do not perceive them as natural. In order for the consumer to understand and trust the content of the label, it needs concrete and transparent information. Another finding was that consumers prefer familiar methods of food preparation. Artificial sweeteners are also considered unhealthy and too sweet.

“Many consumers today want to buy the most natural food possible,” says Stefanie Hartwig, Global Marketing Engagement Manager at Symrise. “At Symrise, we respond to this preference with our code of nature® platform. This means that we value natural ingredients, gentle processing and authentic taste in our products.”

Germans want understandable ingredients
Especially in Europe, consumers are very interested in the ingredients of food. They thoroughly read even long lists of ingredients as long as they can understand them. In general, respondents attach importance to ingredients they know. On the other hand, they mostly reject unfamiliar ingredients. This also applies to very general disclosures such as the ones on vegetables. Concrete content information significantly improves acceptance. The disclosure of food additives in the form of E numbers, as practiced in the European Union, is also poorly received by consumers, especially in Germany.

In Asia, the proportion of consumers interested in natural foods varies relatively widely. While in Japan almost half of consumers prefer natural raw materials, in Thailand the proportion is about a third and in China about a quarter. China holds the greatest future potential. There are particularly good prospects in the yogurt drink and flavored water categories, if manufacturers simultaneously consider the need for health and safety.

“Natural foods offer an enormous growth market with great opportunities for manufacturers,” says Mathias vom Weg, SVP Global Purchasing Flavor at Symrise. “The challenge is to ensure naturalness throughout the value chain. We focus on transparency and traceability. With clear guidelines, we ensure that our suppliers meet our requirements for naturalness.”

Similar perception of naturalness in North America and Latin America
In the USA, consumers particularly expect naturalness in the yogurt (68 percent), soup (55 percent) and flavored water (50 percent) product categories. Respondents there primarily associate naturalness with the terms “fresh,” “natural,” “local ingredients” and “free of additives and preservatives.” This also applies to Latin America. Consumers there understand naturalness as describing a product that is real and pure without additives. Especially in beverages, Latin American consumers value natural taste, natural sweeteners and a healthy product.
(Symrise AG)

KHS and Ferrum agree cooperation for can seamers

KHS and Ferrum agree cooperation for can seamers   (Company news)

In November 2019 KHS GmbH and Ferrum AG are to start a can seaming cooperation. This will focus on beverages for the American market. The aim is to intensify their successful partnership of many years. By cooperating more closely the two companies wish to benefit from one another’s expertise, particularly in the fields of research and development as well as service.

For many years now KHS has offered its customers can seamers from Ferrum, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of seaming machines. In entering into a cooperation with the aforementioned the German systems supplier aims to broaden its expertise in this product area. “Both KHS and Ferrum are enterprises which have a long company history and vast expertise,” explains Martin Resch (photo), CFO at KHS. “With our shared knowledge we wish to further develop this product area and further optimize our systems and solutions while providing everything from a single source. This means that our customers also benefit from the partnership.”

With the cooperation the Dortmund engineering company and Ferrum plan to develop even more efficient can seamers and fillers which always satisfy operators’ growing demand for sustainability and efficiency. To this end the partners aim to pool their expertise in a joint company in the USA. The overriding aim is to develop a powerful and robust block which combines can filling and seaming. Furthermore, smart services are to be developed and launched to market for customers of KHS and Ferrum.
(KHS GmbH)

New, innovative tear-off solution for cardboard-plastic packaging

New, innovative tear-off solution for cardboard-plastic packaging  (Company news)

Cardboard-plastic combinations have already made a strong impression for a number of years, delivering a positive environmental impact thanks to their recyclability and extremely ecofriendly properties. To make it even easier for consumers to separate the cardboard and plastic, Greiner Packaging teamed up with cardboard packaging and labeling firm Offsetdruckerei Schwarzach to develop a new tear-off system, which makes recycling even more intuitive.

K3® packaging consists of just two parts: an unprinted, white or transparent plastic cup, along with a cardboard wrap – which, if necessary, can also be made of recycled material. The new, patent-pending tear-off system makes separating and recycling these two components clean and intuitive. “Cardboard-plastic combinations are extremely environmentally friendly compared to other packaging solutions. But it’s important that the two components are actually separated and properly disposed of, too,” stresses Jens Krause, Sales Director Switzerland at Greiner Packaging. “With that in mind, we’ve put a lot of effort into developing a new tear-off system in recent months that makes their separation even more intuitive and, most importantly, is impossible to miss.” When the cardboard and plastic are separated, the packaging is 100 percent recyclable, making it a perfect example of a circular economy product.

One package, many advantages
While the life cycle assessment of a product was the ultimate measure in years past, ready recyclability is now viewed as the most important criterion. Sustainability, on the other hand, involves making sensible use of resources (including waste as a raw material) in addition to achieving minimal environmental impact. A product’s recyclability and its environmental impact must both be considered throughout its life cycle. And by that measure, cardboard-plastic combinations excel. As a result, Greiner Packaging is focusing on K3® packaging, which offers a variety of benefits:
-A K3® cup with a diameter of 95 millimeters and a capacity of 500 milliliters achieves a 17 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with a conventional direct-printed, thermoformed cup of the same size.
-Viewed over its entire lifespan, K3® is undoubtedly the most environmentally friendly packaging material. When the cardboard and plastic are separated, the packaging is 100 percent recyclable. At the same time, a K3® cup uses up to 33 percent less plastic compared with a direct-printed, thermoformed cup of the same size.
-When separated, the individual components of K3® packaging are 100 percent recyclable, too. These components are properly identified at waste sorting facilities and assigned to the appropriate material stream. An unprinted, white or transparent plastic cup is the basic ingredient for a successful circular economy.
(Greiner Packaging GmbH)

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Wine, sparkling wine, cider and spirits

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Wine, sparkling wine, cider and spirits  (BrauBeviale 2019)

According to IWSR (international wine and spirit research), worldwide consumption of alcohol declined by 1.6 percent in 2018. However, this downturn is set to be temporary. For the next five years the market research institute forecasts further growth and the continuation of the trend toward increasingly higher-quality alcoholic beverages.

Gin – the front-runner
Within the alcoholic beverage market, sales of gin enjoyed the greatest growth in the last year. According to IWSR, this category of spirits grew by 8.3 percent worldwide, with more than 72 million 9-litre cases sold. In the UK alone, the growth rate was 32.5 percent. By 2023, global gin sales are expected to reach 88.4 million 9-litre cases. The key markets are regarded as the UK, Germany, Italy, France, the Philippines, South Africa, Uganda, Canada, Australia and Brazil. Following a doubling of gin sales in Brazil in 2018 the country is already being treated as the new “gin hotspot”.

Despite the currently booming gin market, market research institute Mintel predicts that the gin trend will be overtaken by a vermouth trend. Here too, smaller craft brands are fuelling growth. One example is a sweet vermouth made from cascara, an infusion of coffee cherry husks that are generally regarded as waste that therefore also allows the vermouth to meet the criterion for sustainability.

Whisky soon to be produced by AI as well
IWSR says that the spirit category of whisky also enjoyed strong growth last year, with sales up 7 percent worldwide. By 2023, an average annual increase of 5.7 percent is expected. If this happens, around 580 million 9-litre cases of whisky will be sold by 2023. One interesting development is that an award-winning Swedish whisky distillery is currently working with Microsoft and a Finnish technology company to produce what will supposedly be the world’s first whisky designed and created by artificial intelligence. It should be available from autumn 2019. The idea is that although the whisky will be created by the AI it will still be curated by a human being.

Mixed drinks up, vodka, liqueurs and cane spirits in decline
Other IWSR data show that consumption of alcoholic mixed drinks increased by 5.0 percent in 2018. By 2023, the market research institute predicts an annual consumption in this segment of around 597 million 9-litre cases worldwide. By contrast, vodka, liqueurs and cane spirits are probably likely to continue become less popular in the next few years.

Per capita consumption of spirits in Germany is 5.4 litres
According to preliminary data from the German Federal Bureau of Statistics, there were around 713 million 0.7-litre bottles of spirits for sale on the German market in 2018. The per capita consumption was 5.4 litres. “In 2019, the trend is again expected to be toward strong German brands of spirits, imported products, craft spirits and higher-quality products in general,” says Thomas Ernst, president of the BSI (Federal Association of the German Spirits Industry and Importers). In terms of volume, the biggest market shares in 2018 were held by clear spirits (around 38.1 percent), liqueurs (around 34.9 percent) and brandies/cognac (around 9.5 percent).

Increased expenditure on wine
Following significant growth, global wine consumption declined; according to data from the German Wine Institute (DWI) and the International Organisation of Wine and Vine (OIV) it reached 244 million hectolitres in 2017. The IWSR reports a global decline in volume of 1.6 percent in 2018, primarily because less wine was consumed in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and China. In the wine segment too, there is a global trend in favour of higher quality wines. As a result, increasing expenditure on wine can be expected worldwide in future. By 2023 it is projected to be USD 224.5 billion, up from USD 215.8 billion in 2018. The sparkling wine category is likely to be even more dynamic and there is talk of an annual sales growth of 1.17 percent, fuelled above all by sales of prosecco. IWSR also predicts a significant increase globally in alcohol-free and low-alcohol wines.

Alcohol-free wines on the up?
German content marketing agency Carta recently carried out a survey with the University of Heilbronn and the Heilbronn Institute for Applied Market Research on the level of familiarity, actual consumption and expected potential of alcohol-free wine. The survey confirmed the potential of alcohol-free wine, at least for the German market. Some of the findings from the survey were that 72 percent of respondents had already heard of alcohol-free wine and just under 30 percent had already drunk it, while 51.0 percent of respondents rated the taste of alcohol-free wine as very good or good and 33 percent said it was mediocre.

Germany prefers dry wines
According to the DWI (German Wine Institute), German wine consumption declined from 20.9 to 20.5 litres per head in 2018. In the last year, 46.0 percent of all wines sold were white, 44.0 percent red and 10.0 percent rosé. The proportion of wines of certified origin and quality (Qualitätsweine) and wines with special attributes (Prädikatsweine) was over 48.0 percent, one percent higher than in the previous year. In the case of Sekt (German sparkling wine), per capita consumption decreased by 0.2 litres to 3.3 litres. Germans consumed a total 19.8 million hectolitres of wine and sparkling wine in 2018.

Cider still predominantly a Western European drink
The cider market continues to be largely based in Western Europe. The fact is that the Western European share of the global cider market has declined continuously over the years. Whereas in 2005 it was still at 79 percent, the European Cider and Fruit Wine Association (AICV) reported a 55.1 percent share for 2017 in its report “European Cider Trends 2018”. Africa held a 13.3 percent of the global cider market in 2017, North America 10.9 percent, Australasia 7.8 percent, Eastern Europe 7 percent, Latin America 4.6 percent and Asia 1.2 percent. In 2017 global cider sales totalled around 2.6 billion litres, according to AICV (European Fruit Wine and Cider Association) data. In Germany, the VdFw (Association of German Fruit Wine Producers) reports that in 2018 cider continued to be one of the best-selling products in the sector, recording an increase of 9.3 percent. Domestic sales were up from 46.3 million litres to 50.6 million litres.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

HEINEKEN UK to remove plastic from all multi-pack cans by 2021

HEINEKEN UK to remove plastic from all multi-pack cans by 2021   (Company news)

-Over 500 tonnes of plastic to be removed annually through the elimination of plastic rings and shrink wrapping by the end of 2021
-Innovative cardboard topper to replace plastic rings across the entire portfolio of beer and cider multi-pack cans, including Heineken®, Foster’s and Strongbow
-£22 million investment will be split across Manchester, Tadcaster & Hereford sites

HEINEKEN UK is eliminating plastic rings and shrink wrapping from its entire portfolio of beer and cider multi-pack cans, removing 517 tonnes of plastic annually from the supply chain – the equivalent of 94 million plastic bags a year.

Part of a £22 million investment, HEINEKEN has today announced a scalable innovation to replace plastic rings – a 100% plastic-free topper for multi-packs that uses sustainably sourced cardboard.

The new packaging was designed to not only remove plastic but to minimise the use of materials and reduce waste. The cardboard topper is 100% recyclable and compostable and importantly for shoppers, is robust and easy to grip.

This innovation will be rolled out across Heineken®, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 multi-pack cans and made available in UK retailers from April 2020. This will be followed by all HEINEKEN brands in multi-pack cans, including Strongbow, Bulmer’s and John Smith’s by the end of 2021.

Cindy Tervoort, UK Marketing Director, HEINEKEN, said: “The effect of single-use plastic is having on our planet can’t be ignored. Creating an eco-friendly solution that eliminates plastic while still meeting the demands of our beer and cider drinkers has been a big focus in our business. Now, after years in development and huge investment, we’re extremely pleased to announce our recyclable and compostable topper innovation, a significant milestone in our journey to eliminate all single-use plastic.”

The £22 million investment will be split between HEINEKEN’s Manchester, Tadcaster and Hereford sites, with the technology piloted at the Manchester brewery before the end of the year. The company already sells over half of its beers and ciders on draught in pubs around the country through refillable kegs that can be used for up to 30 years.

The pledge to eliminate plastic rings from the UK is the latest commitment in HEINEKEN’s ambitious ‘Brewing a Better World’ strategy which challenges the company to innovate in a sustainable way. During the past three years, HEINEKEN UK has employed several creative approaches to delivering this goal, including ‘light-weighting’ glass bottles and aluminium cans, trialling deposit return schemes at festivals to encourage recycling and decreasing CO2 by 68% since 2008 through investments in new technology.
(Heineken UK Limited)

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Non-alcoholic drinks

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Non-alcoholic drinks  (BrauBeviale 2019)

The non-alcoholic drinks sector continues to fascinate, wherever in the world you are. Especially because the creative machinery keeps on turning. Ideas follow ideas – and while some are just passing, others take hold and stay. If new non-alcoholic drinks pick up on a current trend, they have every chance of developing further. There is a particular focus on questions of health-consciousness, sustainability, convenience, and the combination of tradition and innovation.

Forward looking trends
For 2019 and beyond, market research agency Mintel perceives three forward looking trends that will determine the dynamics of global beverage innovations. The keywords here are “evergreen consumption”, “through the ages” and “elevated convenience”. “Evergreen consumption” is geared toward the growing demand for sustainable products as part of a 360-degree approach. The desired sustainability initiatives include improved access to recycling, in the same way, by implication, as the development of beverages with ingredients cultivated in accordance with regenerative agricultural practices. “Through the ages” focuses particularly on the desire for a healthy old age. Beverages must make a specific contribution in this regard. And under the heading of “elevated convenience”, the challenge is on beverage manufacturers to supply their products to best suit the relevant consumer situation in each case. Heading the list of the 2019 Top Ten Trends from Innova Market Insights is the “adventurous consumer”, which means it is increasingly important to think about appealing to consumers interested in new discoveries and experiences when developing new products.

The exotic and the familiar
In general, consumers demand natural ingredients, and imaginative combinations are always popular. Vegetable extracts from ginger to turmeric, vegetable-based ingredients such as those based on almonds, coconuts, oats and rice, and botanicals like basil, lemongrass and mint, play a key role, as do new fruit taste nuances. Mintel recently identified asparagus extract, baobab fruit and maqui berries as functional ingredients with the potential to become a trend. For the European non-alcoholic beverage market, tropextrakt views fruits like calamansi, yuzu and mangosteen as rising stars. The company acknowledges that exotic fruits with special tastes or functions tend to be particularly successful if they harmonise well with familiar ingredients.

Focus on additional benefits
There are many examples of innovative beverages with additional benefits around the world. One company in the USA, for example, markets a coconut and mango drink containing chia seeds in a 296 ml glass bottle, so the chia seeds are clearly visible to the consumer. Another company offers Melon Rosé, a watermelon drink with lemon, mint, rose water and baobab in a 355 ml PET bottle, described as “Beauty”. Australia is home to a probiotic kombucha drink with a pomegranate flavour in a 250 ml glass bottle. A company in the Philippines markets its speciality, a still water flavoured with calamansi, in a 500 ml PET bottle. And in Singapore, tapped birch water comes in a range of flavours, including blueberry and cranberry juice, in a 250 ml carton.

There are all kinds of interesting creations on the European market. One British company, for example, has put new vegetable-based drinks in almond, oat, hazelnut and rice, and coconut and rice flavours on the cooler shelf. These contain spring water and a little sea salt, in addition to the above ingredients, and are marketed in 750 ml PET bottles containing at least 30.0 percent recycled PET. The same company recently added fruit juice mixtures with trendy ingredients like spirulina extract and extra vitamins to its range. A German start-up recently introduced a carbonated soft drink containing vegetable extracts, vitamins and bioactive Q10 in a reusable 200 ml glass bottle. Other ingredients are passionfruit, lemon, grapefruit, ginger, turmeric and pepper. Another German brand markets a ginger and apple shot in rose hip, chokeberry and orange; turmeric, orange and pepper; and beetroot and pear varieties in a 60 ml glass bottle. And from a further German beverage manufacturer comes a new herbal lemonade with the brand name “Kräuterbraut” in three flavours: coca and cardamom, mint and nettle, and sage and tonka bean.

Global upswing in bottled water
The world of non-alcoholic beverages is growing more and more innovative and varied, while managing to retain its traditional aspect. The lion’s share of sector revenue still comes from traditional beverages. According to Euromonitor International, global per capita consumption of bottled water amounted to 36.4 litres in 2018. For 2019 it expects this figure to increase to 38.1 litres per person. This represents 32.2 litres of still water, 4.1 litres of carbonated water, and 1.8 litres of functional and flavoured waters. According to Euromonitor International forecasts, the top regions in the world for bottled water in 2019 will again be North America and Western Europe, at 104.8 and 100.7 litres per person, respectively. The provisional figures for 2019 also show an increase in per capita consumption in the regions of Asia (21.1 litres/person), Australasia (33.4 litres/person), Latin America (40.4 litres/person), and Africa/Middle East (43.2 litres/person). The water industry expects global consumption to continue growing strongly in the future. Grand View Research expects annual value-based market growth to average a healthy 7.4 percent through to 2025. Looking at the global 2019 forecasts for the categories of milk (14.5 litres/person), carbonated soft drinks (21.6 litres/person) and juice (7.9 litres/person), Euromonitor International rates these segments as largely static compared to 2018, with changes of no more than 0.1 litre/person.

Measured in terms of growth in per capita consumption, bottled water will once again record the strongest growth in the traditional non-alcoholic drinks segment in Western Europe in 2019, according to Euromonitor International: from 97.8 litres/person in 2018 to 100.7 litres/person in 2019. By comparison, forecast per capita consumption of milk for 2019 is 43.4 litres (2018: 44.1 litres); carbonated soft drinks 46.8 litres (2018: 47.0 litres); and juice 20.5 litres (2018: 20.8 litres).

Global sugar-reduction strategies
Soft drinks regularly make the headlines because they often have a high sugar content. There is currently a global focus on sugar-reduction strategies, and many countries have already introduced a tax on excessively sweetened soft drinks. Germany has already adopted the government’s “National Reduction and Innovation Strategy for Sugar”. The food and beverage industry has undertaken to achieve specific reduction targets by 2025. The Association of the German Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry (Wirtschaftsvereinigung Alkoholfreie Getränke, wafg) hopes to reduce sugar and calories in the soft drink category by 15.0 percent between 2015 and 2025.

Germany still world fruit juice champion
Provisional calculations by wafg suggest that per capita consumption of soft drinks in Germany reached 123.1 litres in 2018, thanks in part to that year’s unusually hot summer. This represents an increase of 6.3 percent compared to the previous year. In addition to lemonades, low-calorie or zero-calorie light products enjoyed particularly positive growth. Per capita consumption of bottled water grew to 151.6 litres in Germany last year, made up of 147.7 litres of mineral and curative waters, and 3.9 litres of spring and soda water. Conversely, consumption of fruit juices and fruit nectars declined to 31.5 litres/person in 2018 (2017: 32.2 litres/person). Even with these changes, Germans still retained the undisputed title of “world fruit juice champions”, followed by Norway (23.1 litres), Austria (21.8 litres) and the USA (21.3 litres).
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Conversion instead of new investment: KHS boosts efficiency and economy in bottle washing

Conversion instead of new investment: KHS boosts efficiency and economy in bottle washing  (Company news)

-Increased efficiency through use of fewer resources
-Machine adaptation a worthwhile alternative to a new investment
-Services for returnable KHS lines

Photo: By reducing the weight of the bottle pockets the ECO carrier conversion package improves the energy balance.

Thanks to their great reliability KHS machines are often in use for many decades. Even after a very long period of operation it is not always necessary to reinvest. In essence the technology on bottle washing machines, for instance, has not changed. For years now the systems supplier has thus provided a variety of conversion packages which bring older machines up to date. This not only gives bottlers benefits in economy and efficiency but also cuts down on the use of resources and therefore helps to protect the environment. German beverage manufacturer Aqua Römer is one such customer to profit from a machine makeover.

When it comes to bottle washers in particular, replacing them means investing a great amount of cost and effort. The vast dimensions of the machinery alone often require bottlers to make constructional changes to their production plant, with some even having to open up the roof. For several years now KHS has offered a range of conversion packages which provide an alternative to procuring a new machine. With these the systems supplier brings old bottle washing machines for glass and PET bottles into line with the technical and ecological state of the art – with comparably little effort. As opposed to the actual technology, what has changed over the years is the amount of water and energy a machine like this consumes – namely much less. Practically every old machine can be upgraded and modernized within the space of just a few days.

Conversions yield many benefits
With its capacity-dependent fresh water control option KHS installs a control valve to adjust the water supply, considerably reducing consumption at a lower machine capacity. Older equipment can also be fitted with KHS’ Liquid Efficiency Spraying System (LESS). This is an electricity-saving function for spray pumps which minimizes the spray pressure during downtimes. As a result the machine uses 80% less energy in standby mode. Optionally, a flexible spray pressure also enables light glass or PET bottles to be processed.

Converting the bottle washer to ECO carriers lowers the weight of the bottle pockets by 25%. This puts less mechanical load on the drive system. The refurbished machine’s lower heat absorption yields a better energy balance. Cleaning media is also saved. Using the ECO chain, a weight-optimized bottle pocket chain, and plastic bushings lengthens the service life by up to 25% while reducing the rolling friction and current consumption. KHS’ understanding of sustainability goes far beyond resource efficiency, however. “With our range of conversions we make sure that customers can operate their machines as efficiently and for as long as possible,” says Matthias Jansen, head of the Technical Support Service Division at KHS.

In the upgrade process KHS Service adapts the conversion to suit the individual requirements of the customer and finds practical solutions. Regular machine maintenance and an intact machine structure are the technical prerequisites needed for implementation of the aforementioned measures for improvement. These amount to a mere fraction of what a new investment would cost. “Within one to two weeks customers then have a machine standing in their production shop whose performance data is up to the minute,” smiles Jansen.

Aqua Römer relies on returnable PET system from KHS
Aqua Römer in Mainhardt in Southern Germany is just one customer to benefit from a KHS upgrade. The machine there has been providing reliable service for so long that even electrical components which were available for many years can in some cases now no longer be sourced as spare parts. “We thus decided to upgrade,” states Marc Böttler, head of Engineering at the Mainhardt plant. On a returnable PET bottle line from KHS the beverage producer processes up to 24,000 bottles per hour holding from 0.5 to 1.5 liters. During the conversion to servodrives for the drive system it seemed prudent to also implement various measures to improve energy and media consumption. KHS thus installed its LESS function, ECO carriers and capacity-dependent fresh water spray. Böttler is convinced by the result. “We can now circulate the bottles on the bottle washer and don’t have to run them back if there’s a disruption. The line’s generally running much better. I’m reckoning on being able to use it for at least 15 more years.” As Aqua Römer is committed to sustainable production, Böttler is also delighted with the machine’s savings in energy and media.
(KHS GmbH)

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Beer

Market Survey - Beverage trends: Beer  (BrauBeviale 2019)

The global beer market remains creative. Vital input comes from the craft beer movement, which has expanded from the USA to the rest of the world to become an essential element in the overall beer scene. Consumers are also opening up more and more to non-alcoholic beers, low-alcohol beers and beer mixes, all of which is an outgrowth of the trend toward healthy consumption.

China’s beer market shows the way
According to market research institute Plato Logic, the global beer market grew by 1.4 percent last year, compared to just 0.4 percent in 2017. Plato Logic believes this comparatively much more positive result can be attributed to growth in the Chinese beer market – the world’s largest – for the first time since 2013. It ranks China, the USA, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Japan, the UK, Vietnam and Spain as the ten largest beer markets. According to the study, the six largest beer nations, taken together, account for more than 55 percent of global beer consumption, with collective growth in 2018 of 0.8 percent.

Global per capita consumption at 26.1 litres
Global per capita consumption of beer and non-alcoholic beer reached 26.1 litres in 2018, according to Plato Logic. Broken down by region, the USA remains the leader at 59.4 litres/person, followed by Europe (56.1 litres), the Asia/Pacific (17.3 litres) and Africa/Middle East (9.6 litres). Even within Europe, there was little change in the leading positions. The Czech Republic has traditionally been well out in front. Last year, Czechs consumed an average of 153.7 litres of beer and non-alcoholic beers, with second-placed Austria well behind at 110.9 litres/person. The other top positions were held by Germany (108.0 litres), Poland (100.7 litres), Romania (95.5 litres) and Croatia (89.6 litres).

Top 5 brewery groups account for about 60 percent of global beer production
According to the Barth Report, released in mid-2019, the world’s largest brewery group is AB InBev, with a beer output of 567 million hectolitres (hl) in 2018, representing 29.8 percent of world beer production. Next in order were Heineken (233.8 million hl), China Res. Snow Breweries (121.0 million hl), Carlsberg (112.3 million hl) and Molson Coors (96.6 million hl). The top five brewery companies thus account for 59.5 percent of global beer production. The top ten, with the addition of Tsingtao Brewery Group, Asahi, BGI/Groupe Castel, Yanjing and Efes, represent 72.5 percent of global production, according to the report.

No end to craft beer trend in sight
Compared to the numbers mentioned above, the figures for craft beer do not look particularly exciting at first glance. Globally, according to Plato Logic, craft beer output came to 74.1 million hl last year, or just 3.8 percent of global beer consumption. Even so, craft beers are what add variety to the beer market. Johnny Forsyth, Associate Director Mintel Food & Drink, comments: “Craft is the ‘new premium’ in beer, and consumers are happy to pay more for smaller-batch, hand-crafted options. For these consumers, craft beer taps into their desire for new experiences with a nod to the past for inspiration, offering new beer styles that they have never drunk before.”

According to Bob Pease, President and CEO of the Brewers Association, a question increasingly asked is whether craft beer consumption is drifting toward a turning point in the USA, the very country where the craft beer movement originated. Pease comments: “There is no sign that the trend is weakening. Although increasing competition makes it harder, the market niche is still large enough for small and independent breweries with a regional focus to come onto the market and develop further.” So far, the figures back Pease’s position. Whereas the total beer volume in the USA declined by one percent in 2018, the Brewers Association notes that craft breweries grew by 4.0 percent to achieve a market share by volume of 13.2 percent, with output of 25.9 million barrels (30.4 million hl). Expressed in dollars, that represents an increase of 7.0 percent, which is higher again than the growth in sales. The market share of the US craft breweries, measured in terms of revenue, came to 24.1 percent last year. In total, there were 7,346 craft breweries in the country in 2018. One interesting aspect is the strong growth in canned craft beers in the USA, at 40.7 percent in 2018, compared to 31.5 percent in 2017.

The level of devotion to craft beer is not restricted to the USA but is a worldwide phenomenon. Every year, craft beer volumes increase on every continent, although the USA and Europe are still the drivers. The results of a Mintel study on new craft beer products in 2018 suggest that Europe is now more innovative in this area than the USA. According to this study, 54.0 percent of all new craft beers in 2017 came from Europe, compared to only 19.0 percent from North America.

Health-consciousness encourages non-alcoholic beer consumption
Another trend in the global brewery sector is the shift toward non-alcoholic and light beers. For 2018, Plato Logic reports global consumption of 43.96 million hl in this segment. This is up from 40 million hl in 2016. Europe leads the field with 27.22 million hl, followed by Africa/Middle East (7.62 million hl), the USA (4.6 million hl) and the Asia/Pacific (4.52 million hl). According to The Brewers of Europe, the international Reputation Institute performed a survey of more than 10,000 adult Europeans in twelve countries in 2018. This showed that moderate alcohol consumption was a factor in the lifestyle or drinking culture of almost half of those surveyed, and that they appreciated innovative, reduced-alcohol and non-alcoholic brewery products.

In Germany, too, demand for non-alcoholic beers is on the rise. The country now has about 500 different non-alcoholic brands. Market research company IRi reported that non-alcoholic beers achieved a market share by volume of 6.8 percent in Germany in 2018, and light beers 0.7 percent. Non-alcoholic beer mixes have also become popular. According to IRi, 16.9 percent of beer mixes purchased by consumers in 2018 were non-alcoholic varieties.

Low growth figures in German beer market
As reported by the Federal Statistics Office, breweries and beer warehouses in Germany sold about 94 million hl of beer in total in 2018. This figure does not include non-alcoholic beers or non-alcoholic malt drinks, or beers imported from countries outside the EU. Beer sales grew by 0.5 million hl compared to the previous year. But compared to overall movements in the previous 25 years, the trend is clearly downward. In 1993, for example, German beer sales were still as high as 112.1 million hl, falling to 100 million hl by 2009, and levelling off at around 95 million hl in the past five years.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Feldmuehle - Recertification successfully completed

Feldmuehle - Recertification successfully completed  (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, a leading manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, has successfully completed the recertification of the DIN EN ISO 9001: 2015, DIN EN ISO 14001: 2015 and DIN EN ISO 50001: 2011 standards.

As part of the restructuring of the company at the beginning of the year, the integrated management system was completely rebuilt and adapted to the new conditions.

With the successful recertification, Feldmuehle GmbH meets all the necessary requirements for quality, environmental and energy management.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

Smurfit Kappa works with specialty brewer Vanhonsebrouck to replace single-use plastic packaging

Smurfit Kappa works with specialty brewer Vanhonsebrouck to replace single-use plastic packaging  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has worked with a well-known Belgian specialty brewer to produce a sustainable packaging concept that eliminated the need for shrink film.

The Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck in Belgium was seeking to implement a completely circular supply chain and made a number of changes. These included using recyclable cans instead of glass, to provide an additional more future-proof packaging solution, and removing the plastic.

Smurfit Kappa made recommendations for a 100% recyclable, paper-based solution which eliminated the requirement for shrink film. The sustainable new pack was also attractively designed and featured an in-built handle to facilitate easy transportation for the consumer.

Speaking about the collaboration, Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck CEO, Xavier Vanhonsebrouck, said: “It was very nice to be able to discuss our plans with Smurfit Kappa because they also have a culture of innovation and worked with us to find the right solution. We have the perfect packaging for the future now.”

Smurfit Kappa CEO of Europe, Saverio Mayer added: “The Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck has a lot of exciting plans to expand into new markets and an ever-growing product range that we are looking forward to collaborating with them on.

“Both our companies share a deep commitment to sustainability and the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging initiative opens up a world of possibilities for us both.”

In the year following the launch of Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging, the number of customers choosing paper-based packaging as an alternative to less recyclable alternatives has grown steadily. The packaging solution created for Vanhonsebrouck is an important addition to Smurfit Kappa’s portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions for canned products.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

KHS now offers technology for the manufacture of large PET containers with integral handles

KHS now offers technology for the manufacture of large PET containers with integral handles  (Company news)

-System can be integrated into the InnoPET Blomax Series V stretch blow molder
-The technology enables reliable production of large containers
-Individual packaging from the Bottles and Shapes™ consultancy program

Reliable, robust and sustainable: at this year’s K-Show KHS presented technology which can produce PET containers with a clip-on grip. Here, bottlers are set to profit especially from the great reliability of the established stretch blow molder. The innovative KHS process can be easily integrated into the new InnoPET Blomax Series V. Through its holistic Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program KHS also helps its customers to develop customized, sustainable containers.

Photo: New PET container with a clip-on grip - KHS has developed technology which can produce PET containers with a clip-on grip. The new container is distinguished by its perfect handling and good pouring properties.

“Until very recently, for manufacturing reasons it wasn’t possible to produce containers with an integral handle on PET lines,” says Christian Rommel, head of Packaging Design at KHS Corpoplast. “By developing what are known as active molds we’ve now managed to produce large PET containers with a clip-on grip holding up to 2.5 liters.” These big containers are chiefly used to bottle juice, oil, milk and home and personal care products.

KHS meets bottler challenges
KHS’ active molds differ from conventional blow molds in that they are equipped with two additional moving mold elements. These can be activated pneumatically to form mounting points for a stable grip on the container during the stretch blow molding process. The handle grip is clipped onto these two points later on in the process. Precise timing of the extension of the mold elements is essential if containers of perfect quality are to be manufactured. If the former are extended too soon or too late, the grip cannot be properly affixed further down the line, with high rejection rates then likely. “Thanks to the precise synchronization of the mold elements with the stretching system and valve control on our InnoPET Blomax V stretch blow molder we’re able to supply an extremely reliable system,” explains Rommel.

Customized, sustainable packaging systems
The KHS packaging system also offers consumers lots of benefits, states Tanja Binnenbruck from Area Sales and Product Management East at KHS Corpoplast. “On the one hand, the convenient integral grip enables perfect handling; on the other, the pouring properties crucial when dosing the product have been optimized.”

Further advantages are generated by the choice of material. “PET not only has good barrier properties which provide the product with effective protection; it’s also distinguished by its greater stability at the same weight as competitive materials such as HDPE or PP,” Binnenbruck says. PET container weights can also be continuously reduced. “By using lightweight PET bottles our customers can make considerable savings in materials. This has a positive impact on costs and the product’s carbon footprint,” Binnenbruck smiles.

Blomax V convincing with its low energy consumption
Besides its extreme precision the very low energy consumption of the next generation of KHS stretch blow molders makes it particularly compelling. Thanks to its optimized near infrared heating concept and new Double Gate technology the Series V consumes up to 40% less energy. The air management system for heater box cooling has also been optimized. The air flow can now be set separately for the neck, reflector and lamps. This means that the machine only cools the parts of the preform which actually need cooling.

The InnoPET Blomax Series V also scores on performance with an output of up to 2,500 containers per hour and blow station. Furthermore, the stretch blow molder has been designed so that it can process preforms which contain up to 100% recyclate. Not only owners of the current generation of stretch blow molders benefit from these energy-saving further developments. Users operating a Series IV Blomax can also make use of the latest KHS technology as it can be easily retrofitted.

KHS provides its customers with assistance in all aspects of bottle design. With its holistic Bottles & Shapes™ service the Dortmund systems supplier enables customized bottles to be developed. A line-compatible concept such as a PET container with a clip-on grip is just one of many examples. During realization of a design aspects of cost and sustainability are taken into account alongside marketing criteria and user handling. At the moment KHS is working together with a Chinese customer to produce an extremely sustainable large container made of PET, among other ideas. “This development will show how KHS meets the expectations and demands of the market,” concludes Binnenbruck.
(KHS Corpoplast GmbH)

Symrise to open creative center with Unilever

Symrise to open creative center with Unilever  (Company news)

— Integrated product development for a key customer’s brand
— Presence at Wageningen Campus
— Ecosystem approach for high speed to market

In the so-called “Food Valley” of Wageningen, Symrise pioneers a new approach by installing an innovation lab at the Unilever Foods Innovation Centre on the Wageningen Campus. By having Symrise resources directly on the site of consumer goods manufacturer Unilever and by working together with scientists of the internationally renowned Wageningen University & Research, innovative culinary foods will be developed at a much faster pace. This enables Symrise to thoroughly understand and deliver against its customer’s needs. Knowledge exchange with customers and research institutes at joint facilities will serve as a successful model to achieve this.

Could a slight note of mint perfectly complement the taste of a lamb ragout? Or could coriander add that special twist to a seasoning sauce? The culinary professionals at Symrise explore the best ingredients for sauces, condiments, soups or dips on a daily basis. In the past, Symrise taste experts developed finished product ideas in their own facilities and then presented them to their customers from the food industry. Symrise has now developed an integrated model with the consumer goods manufacturer Unilever. The latter is one of the world’s leading consumer packaged goods companies offering well-loved brands like Knorr, Wall’s, Lipton, Hellmann’s and Amora.

The company is constantly innovating, bringing new authentic taste ideas to consumers’ palates, meeting current and future requirements for healthier and more sustainable market products, such as plant-based foods and developing products for new consumption occasions like snacking and meal bridging. Now, working together with Unilever, Symrise can help shape product development in an especially efficient way. For this purpose, Symrise is opening an application lab at Unilever’s Foods Innovation Centre in Wageningen in the Netherlands. The state of the art creative center will comprise a flavor creation lab, an application kitchen and collaboration rooms that cover 120 square meters.

Creative and efficient together
“This approach will enable the companies to optimally integrate and develop new products together in a creative and efficient manner,” says Heinrich Schaper, President Flavor Division at Symrise. “Furthermore, the site will make it possible for us to leverage the expertise of the best Agri-Agro researchers from around the world.” Wageningen University & Research is recognized globally as the top institution for education and research in the areas of agriculture and nutrition, in which it possesses a rich hundred-year tradition. Over 5,000 scientists and 12,000 students are dedicated to studies in the agro-food and environmental domain. Employees of Symrise will also lecture at the university, and students will be invited for exchanges in Holzminden.

“We are thrilled about the idea of cooperation and direct knowledge exchange. Having the resources and expertise of a global leader, such as Symrise located right at our site enables us to work even better together on the transformational journey towards a food system that is better for you and for the planet. It’s a first proof point of how we envisage working together with partners in an ecosystem. Consumers can look forward to very unique taste experiences,” says Manfred Aben, Vice President R&D and Head of the Foods Innovation Centre at Unilever.

Innovations for more taste and sustainability
Symrise aims at working together with Unilever on many different levels. In addition to taste, sustainability ranks high on the agenda of both companies. Both their environmental and social commitments have been recognized on numerous occasions. This new, on-site approach to integrated product development allows for more scientific collaboration on the field of sustainability. Both society and consumers will profit from joint sustainable solutions.

Combining research and consumer insights of both companies with an accelerated innovation pace delivers significant advantages – products can be developed faster, more efficiently, with high consumer relevance. To achieve this, Symrise will contribute a selection of raw materials and use them directly in the development of new products.

“This approach, which resembles a holistic ecosystem in which specialists from Unilever and Symrise are directly connected to one another as well as with scientists from the Wageningen University & Research, has enormous potential,” says Schaper at Symrise. “It can be adopted by other customers and enable go-to-market product acceleration. It also provides the long-term benefit of adding depth to our understanding of customers and their markets.”
(Symrise AG)

Better experiences for the customers and consumers - ZerO2 cap

Better experiences for the customers and consumers - ZerO2 cap  (Company news)

How can we make our beer even better?

By creating a cleverly designed cap that removes oxygen from the bottle, we make sure our beer tastes fresher for longer.

The ZerO2 cap contains an oxygen scavenger in the liner of the cap. This actively absorb oxygen and thereby removes it from the head space in the bottle. This reduces flavour oxidation.

Our ZerO2 cap performs up to 15% better than standard closures over the full shelf life of a product.
(Carlsberg Danmark A/S)

Crown To Set Science-Based Sustainability Targets In Early 2020

Crown To Set Science-Based Sustainability Targets In Early 2020  (Company news)

Company signs commitment letter to Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as first step toward establishing climate-focused goals

As the next step in its sustainability journey, Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) ( has signed onto the Science-Based Targets initiative, a project that aims to spur corporate climate action in the transition to a low-carbon economy. To join the initiative, Crown will set specific goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in alignment with the Paris Agreement of 2015, through which international governments collectively pledged to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In preparation for setting these ambitious new targets, Crown's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Donahue, has signed the commitment letter confirming Crown will develop new goals to be reviewed and approved by the SBTi committee. Crown plans to announce its goals in early 2020 and report on progress annually. In the interim, the Company continues to work toward achieving its 2020 Sustainability Goals and making additional strides in its ongoing commitment to the RE100 initiative.

"We have made tremendous progress toward our 2020 Sustainability Goals, which include a 10% GHG reduction goal," said John Rost, Ph.D., Vice President, Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Crown. "Committing to and striving to achieve science-based targets is the next natural progression for the Company. Our culture of safety, efficiency and resource conservation as well as the unrivaled sustainability profile of our primary product – metal packaging – will continue to play a critical role in our ability to meet our next set of milestones."

Additional information about Crown's future strategy will be available in the Company's next sustainability report, which will be issued in late 2019.
(Crown Holdings Inc.)

SIG to acquire Visy Cartons in Australia

SIG to acquire Visy Cartons in Australia  (Company news)

SIG has reached agreement to acquire Visy Cartons Pty Ltd ("Visy Cartons") from VisyPak Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Pratt Consolidated Holdings Pty Ltd, for AU$70 million (around EUR43 million at current exchange rates), subject to customary conditions being met. Pratt Consolidated Holdings Pty Ltd is a privately owned Australian company operating in the packaging, paper and recycling industries. Visy Cartons will become part of SIG's business in the Asia Pacific region.

Visy Cartons has for many years produced SIG aseptic cartons under licence from SIG for sale in the Australia and New Zealand markets. The company generated revenue of AU$84 million (around EUR52 million) in its fiscal year ending June 2019, of which approximately 80% was from the sale of SIG aseptic cartons with the remainder from fresh milk cartons that are not covered by the SIG licence arrangement. Visy Cartons is one of the leading players in the Australian beverage carton market, placing filling machines with customers under long-term contracts supported by a strong local service organisation. There is scope to expand the business to New Zealand where Visy Cartons currently has a very limited presence.

The acquisition will be funded through cash balances and existing credit facilities. The profitability of Visy is expected to increase with the realisation of significant synergies, arising from supply chain optimisation and access to SIG's latest technologies and solutions.

The overall Australia and New Zealand market for aseptic beverage cartons is projected to grow at around 3% CAGR over the next five years, driven mainly by investments in dairies for the export of aseptic milk to China and other Asian countries. The acquisition of Visy Cartons will enable SIG to further support its existing customers in Asia who have invested into or partnered with players in Australia and New Zealand. SIG's aseptic carton technology is the ideal packaging solution for the export of liquid dairy products, offering long shelf life, efficient logistics and differentiation potential. In China in particular, demand for premium milk imported from Australia and New Zealand is expected to grow by around 7% CAGR over the next five years. SIG is already strongly positioned in the Chinese market, with an expanding local manufacturing presence and a newly opened regional Tech Centre.

Commenting on the agreement, Lawrence Fok, President and General Manager of SIG Asia Pacific said: "We are very pleased to welcome the management and employees of Visy Cartons to SIG after many years of collaboration. Visy has an excellent team with a proven track record and together we will work to ensure that customers in Australia and New Zealand enjoy excellent service and access to our leading technologies. We plan to leverage our broad product portfolio to tap into the New Zealand market."

Adam Lipscomb, who will remain General Manager of Visy Cartons, said: "We are delighted at becoming a member of the SIG family and are looking forward to pursuing growth opportunities from a strengthened position with expanded product and geographic opportunities."

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2019.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


Mexico: Craft beer sector booming in Mexico  (

Word from Mexico is that its craft beer scene is booming big time, both within Mexico and beyond its borders. Production is increasing by more than 50 percent each year according to the 2018-19 Annual Industry Report from Mexican craft beer association ACERMEX revealed at Cerveza México 2019, the Craft Brewing Business reported on November 13.

Cerveza México, which took place in Mexico City this past October, marked its 10th year as an interactive space where visitors benefit from the most complete experience in Mexico focused on the World of Beer. The 2019 edition featured more than 150 craft beer producers, importers and exporters, as well as ingredients and equipment suppliers.

Although equivalent to 0.23% of the 119,970,320 hectolitres of the total market, which includes the multinational-owned Cervecería Moctezuma and Grupo Modelo, independent breweries are experiencing significant annual growth. According to Matías Vera-Cruz Dutrenit, Head of Statistics for AcerMex and founder of Mexico City-based craft beer business Cervecería Monstruo de Agua, between 2011 when volumes totaled 10,594 hectolitres and 2018, the industry has achieved an average annual production growth rate of 53%.

ACERMEX surveyed more than 40% of the estimated 940 breweries currently operating in the country and shows that annual craft beer production in Mexico is expected to reach 290,095 hectolitres (247,000 bbls) by the end of 2019, up from 189,240 hectolitres in 2018.

The growth was not confined to production output. Get this: In 2010, only 14 new independent breweries opened each year. By 2018, this figure had risen to 460. The number of craft beer companies in Mexico is also expected to increase from 940 in 2018 to 1,400 by the end of 2019.

Total investments in the craft beer industry were likely to reach $415,000m by the end of 2019, although profitability as a whole remained problematic.

“It is indisputable that we as an industry are growing very quickly – there are a lot of breweries who are investing a lot of money but very few are making money,” Vera-Cruz Dutrenit said. “It’s clear Mexicans love craft beers and we are selling a lot, but we have a big challenge ahead of us that we as an industry need to work together to overcome.”

One possible solution could well be found in export markets. Despite Mexico’s status as a leading beer exporter, only 4% of companies surveyed for the report ship their bottled beers overseas, and Vera-Cruz Dutrenit believes there is enormous export potential still to be realized.

“Although only 4% of craft beer is currently exported, at the same time Mexico is the world’s largest exporter of beer, so there’s a huge opportunity for all of us as an industry because Mexico as a brand and a mark of quality is growing worldwide,” Vera-Cruz Dutrenit added. Of those companies that export Mexican craft beer, the US (47%), Europe (27%) and Central America (13%), followed by Asia at (7%), dominate sales.

Much of the growth of Mexico’s craft beer industry is being driven by innovation and a risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit. One such entrepreneur is Alejandro Magallanes, founder of one of the country’s most successful craft beer start-ups, Cerveza Loba. Founded in 2012, the Guadalajara-based business has grown from brewing in a domestic kitchen to being a leading exporter with a major presence in markets such as the United Stated and the United Kingdom — exporting up to 40% of its volume at different stages of the year.

One of the key elements behind this success has been a deliberate move away from the three styles that dominate Mexican craft beer production – Pale Ale, IPA and American Stout – into fusions and obscure, heritage beers.

“None of our beers fall within the 10 most produced styles in Mexico, but despite this we are among the best represented brewers across Mexico and export to the UK and the US,” Magallanes said. “Instead of copying styles or being one more company producing the same beers, our focus is on beers you can’t find anywhere else. This grabs the attention of consumers because people that buy craft beer want to try new flavors and styles.”

The result of such innovation, continued Magallanes, is that the company now sells more beer in export markets than in its home city where it operates a restaurant and offers brewery tours.

“We sell a lot of Porter in the UK, which is a real source of pride to us because of course Porter is a signature style there,” he said. “Paraíso – our beer with guava – also sells a lot in the US. In fact, it’s a phenomenon now in California.”

As well as being the first Mexican brewery to bring sour beer to market, Cerveza Loba has introduced gluten-free beer, a little-known German heritage style, Lichtenhainer, and Clandestina, a recipe based on a Prohibition-era beer produced before the US alcohol ban took force in 1920.

Symrise presents trendsetting products at NeoFood 2019

Symrise presents trendsetting products at NeoFood 2019  (Company news)

Symrise is extending an invitation to a customer event in the London Docklands
• The taste experts will showcase innovative solutions for evolving consumer preferences
• The United Kingdom is considered particularly progressive when it comes to food trends
• Snackification and flexitarianism characterize the modern food lover’s dietary style

Standardized eating patterns are fading as the traditional trio of breakfast, lunch and dinner seldom fits into the rhythm of modern people’s lives. The trend moves toward more agile, flexible diets; smaller meals and healthy plant-based snacks. Rising to the challenge, Symrise will present natural product concepts and taste solutions for contemporary savory meals and sweet treats at the NeoFood customer event in November 2019.

The trends of “snackification” and “flexitarianism” are causing a sweeping change in our lifestyle. Eating habits are evolving throughout the EMEA economic region. Mobility, variability and many smaller meals are becoming increasingly important. “Our consumer studies have shown that in the future, modern consumers will eat up to six snacks per day rather than the traditional three large main meals,” explains Frank Hoeving, Managing Director NE at Symrise. Accordingly, the taste experts will present a large variety of innovative solutions for modern diets on November 20 at NeoFood 2019 in the London Docklands.

Modern diets are flexible
“Many people’s lifestyles are much less regulated today than even just a few years ago,” continues Hoeving. “Many consumers are dissatisfied with conventional products and want new ones that are oriented to their changed lifestyles.” For instance, flexitarians want to be able to switch at any time from healthy, sustainable meat products to a wholesome vegetarian diet. The United Kingdom is considered a trendsetter in this development and is therefore particularly suitable as an international platform for Symrise’s consumer-oriented innovations.

Symrise fulfills consumer demands
“We are pleased to introduce our product ideas, which were inspired by our industry experts, to our partners at NeoFood 2019,” says Frank Hoeving. “Together, we develop solutions that increase both consumer satisfaction and our customers’ commercial success.” Delicious meals, healthy snacks, dairy alternatives, sweet treats and indulgent beverages are included in the varied Symrise trade show portfolio. All based specifically on Symrise consumer research, these products are perfectly suited to meet the demand for food that is just as uncomplicated as it is flexible, healthy and tasty.

The NeoFood trade show takes place on November 20, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Crowne Plaza in the London Docklands.
(Symrise AG)


Canada: Canadian whisky's reputation on the upswing  (

After having been disparaged for years, Canadian whisky’s reputation is on the upswing. While spirits fans have long extolled the virtues of Scotch, Irish and American whisk(e)y, Canadian whisky has been left in the doldrums. But a raft of investment from global players, the opening of new artisan distilleries, innovative expressions and, critically, a renewed focus on quality mean the tide is turning, The Spirits Business reported on November 1.

The history of whisky making in Canada can be traced back to 1769, when the first distillery was built in what is now Quebec. In 1890, Canada became the first country in the world to mandate whisky production. In 2018, Canadian whisky sales rose by 0.4% to 28.3 million nine-litre cases globally, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. In the US - the category’s biggest market – 17.4m nine-litre cases of Canadian whisky were sold, generating nearly US$2 billion in revenue for distillers, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

“We’re starting to see that Canadian whisky is in a huge renaissance; there’s tons of renewed interest in the category,” says Chris Thompson, North American brand ambassador for Ontario’s Forty Creek. “For decades there were only five or six major players, and now there are around 120 craft distillers operating across Canada. In the past 10 years, everyone’s really stepped up their game and the whiskies have just gotten so much better.”

Most recently, innovation has been a buzzword for the category. “Innovation has been contributing to a renewed respect for Canadian whisky in recent years,” says Kevin Richards, Sazerac’s senior marketing director – whiskey and speciality brands. “As more consumers are drawn to whisk(e)y in general, the category is gaining more attention and new products are gaining critical acclaim.”

Dozens of small Canadian craft distillers are breathing fresh life into the category. One of the pioneers of this second wave of Canadian distilling was Forty Creek, which was launched in 1992 by former winemaker John Hall. “Experimentation is very much at the forefront of what we do,” says Thompson, who adds that the distillery’s master blender, Bill Ashburn, is “working on 30 different things right now”. “We have Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, brandy barrels, Sherry casks, Canadian oak and American oak.”

Barry Bernstein and Barry Stein also joined the small band of Canadian distillers when the pair opened Ontario’s first craft distillery, Still Waters, in 2009. Still Waters produces four whiskies under its Stalk & Barrel label, including two blends, a single malt and a 100% rye whisky. The site is also releasing a new blend in the next few months. “When we started we thought that there was an opportunity to open a craft distillery, especially given what was happening in the US with craft distillers,” recalls Bernstein. “They’re a way ahead of us but we thought there would be an opportunity, that’s why we jumped in and entered the market.”

The category has also benefited from securing some top accolades in the past few years. The sector was thrust into the spotlight in when whisky expert Jim Murray named Diageo’s Canadian whisky Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye the World’s Best Whisky in his Whisky Bible 2016. The award marked the first time a Canadian whisky had scooped the top title. “It’s brought a whole lot of attention to the category,” Thompson says.

One factor that distinguishes Canadian whisky from other whisk(e)y sectors is its regulations, which offers more freedom to experiment. Distillers in Canada can work with any grain, and they can age it in any kind of barrel – new or used.

“It really separates us from most of the other whisky categories in the world,” adds Thompson. “The Scotch and Bourbon industries are very highly regulated but Canada is the polar opposite. We’re allowed a tremendous amount of freedom to innovate and to do different styles. Some of the most exciting whiskies ever to come out of this country have literally happened in the past three to five years. Those whiskies are really what’s helping to invigorate the category.”

Thompson says that previously the sector “got a bad rap” because of its rule that allowed distillers to add 9.09% of flavour additives. “For years there was a whole bunch of really bad Canadian whiskies that used to add cheap citrus wine to their whiskies, which would lower the overall cost of the product. The serious whisky producers in Canada don’t do an awful lot with that but when they do, they’re usually very respectful of the liquid that goes into their whiskies.”

Canadian whisky distillers so far, it seems, have embraced the country’s relaxed regulations and have taken experimentation up a notch. One producer seeking to change how consumers perceive and experience Canadian whisky is Mark Anthony Wine and Spirits, with its Bearface brand. Launched last October, Bearface Triple Oak has been finished in three types of oak barrels. The single grain whisky is first aged in ex-Bourbon charred American oak barrels for a minimum of seven years. It is then placed in tight-grained French oak ex-wine barrels with more than seven years of use for “high-end Bordeaux-style wines” from Canadian winery Mission Hill. Finally, the liquid is aged in a three-year-old air-dried virgin Hungarian oak cask – a first for the Canadian whisky category.

“The way we approached it is like when you are cooking and you’re layering flavours,” explains Andres Faustinelli, Bearface’s master blender. “Instead of shipping the wine cask to the distillery, you ship the whisky to the winery, so you completely reverse the approach. You start with a whisky that is mellow and laidback, then you add a layer of richness, dried fruits and acidity.”

Faustinelli believes that innovation “is the biggest opportunity for Canada”, and is planning to release a new line extension each year. “The next innovation is going to be really crazy and challenge a lot of things,” he claims. “It’s always important to challenge the status quo and really trigger discussion in the industry.”

While many producers are embracing this freedom, Still Water’s Bernstein is concerned that the regulations are allowing distillers to create expressions that mislead drinkers. “What’s happening is that as the craft distilling movement is growing in Canada, there are a lot of young distilleries that are anxious to release whisky. Some that have flouted the rules and have released unaged or minimally aged spirits, which aren’t legally whisky but they are calling them that. That causes a lot of confusion in the marketplace. What’s worse is that it gives consumers the wrong idea, especially about small producers.”

Competing against the likes of Scottish, Irish, American and Japanese whisk(e)y is a constant battle. Category giant Canadian Club, owned by Beam Suntory, is attempting to tackle this challenge by recruiting new consumers through its “refreshment” platform. The brand’s Over Beer campaign challenges beer-drinking culture. “It’s a really fun campaign, bold and precocious, because the brand is taking a stand against boring choices. It’s intercepting those beer occasions and getting consumers to wake up from their ‘sleep drinking’ and try Canadian Club and ginger ale,” says Rob Tucker, senior brand manager for Canadian, American and Irish whisk(e)ys at Beam Suntory.

At the higher end of the category, Canadian Club released its Chronicles series, a range of premium expressions, in 2017, starting with a 40-year-old whisky. The expression was the oldest Canadian whisky on the market until the brand released its 41-year-old in 2018, which will be followed by 42-year-old The Dockman whisky this October. Every October, Canadian Club plans to release a new whisky in the range up to 45 years old, when the brand will skip five years and release a 50-year-old, Tucker says.

Although the market is still dominated by the likes of Canadian Club, Wiser’s and Crown Royal, lesser-known players are taking advantage of the burgeoning interest in Canadian whisky, including US spirits group Sazerac. Last year, the Louisiana-headquartered firm completed refurbishments of its Old Montreal Distillery, bringing production of Canadian whisky back to the city for the first time in decades. The site has undergone extensive restoration in the past few years, including the installation of new grain mills, a mash cooker and a still.

The end of 2018 also saw Buffalo Trace owner Sazerac acquire Seagram’s Canadian whiskies – Seagram’s VO, VO Gold, Seagram’s 5 Star and Seagram’s 83 – from Diageo as part of the firm’s sale of 19 non-priority brands.

“We’re very bullish about all of the Seagram’s whiskies we acquired from Diageo and look forward to putting focus back behind them,” says Sazerac’s Richards. “These brands are iconic and enjoy strong awareness among consumers and the trade.”

The category also attracted the attention of Mexican drinks group Becle, owner of Jose Cuervo Tequila, which moved into the sector with the acquisition of Canadian whisky brand Pendleton from Oregon-based Hood River Distillers in February 2018.

Four years earlier, Skyy Vodka owner Campari Group snapped up Forty Creek for €120.5m (US$134m). The Italian drinks firm invested US$5m in the renovation of Forty Creek’s facility in Grimsby, Ontario, in 2017 as part of Campari’s strategy to “make Canada a priority market for investment and innovation”. Thompson adds: “There are two or three innovative expressions from Forty Creek that are in the pipeline, one of which I think will be quite unlike anything anyone in the Canadian whisky industry has ever experienced. That’s hopefully coming out this year.”

The brand’s next limited edition expression, Forty Creek Victory, will launch in September to commemorate the 205th anniversary of the Engagement at the Forty, a confrontation that took place during the War of 1812 – a conflict between the US and the UK.

As for the category’s challenges, Bernstein says: “We’re not trying to compete with the other craft distillers; we’re trying to play with the big brands. That’s challenging for us just because we don’t have the resources. It concerns me for the long term because it’s not clear to me yet how the big brands are going to continue to behave with the craft distillers, and whether or not that will curb innovation.”

However, Bernstein is positive about the category’s future: “I don’t think it’s reached its potential outside of Canada. It’s always been popular in the US but as more of a mixer. That’s changing, and with that comes enormous opportunity.”


UK & Ireland: Grolsch beer no longer available in the UK and Ireland  (

Beer brand Grolsch, with its distinctive swingtop bottle caps, will no longer be sold in the UK after 35 years on store shelves, the Sailisbury Journal reported on November 9.

Bosses at parent company Asahi agreed to end a brewing contract with Molson Coors after the larger was "delisted" by Tesco and Asda in its supermarkets.

A spokesperson for Asahi said: "As a result [of the end of the brewing deal] the Grolsch brand is no longer available in the UK and Ireland."

Asked if Grolsch – founded in in Holland in 1615 – will return to the UK and Ireland, an Asahi spokesperson declined to comment.

The decision was first reported in The Grocer UK, which added that pub industry sources revealed supplies of the lager had dried up.

It is thought that Grolsch, which was once a popular choice with drinkers partially because of its unique bottle design, has been hit by the rise in popularity of craft beer, lower alcohol alternatives and cheaper rivals.

Asahi acquired the Grolsch brand from Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2016.


USA: Diageo unveils new Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels  (

Diageo has unveiled a new Guinness ale the company is describing as a “hearty and full-bodied beer” and it comes with a hefty kick at 10% ABV, the Irish Post reported on November 12.

Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is a blend of Guinness Barleywine and a Guinness Imperial Stout – as in keeping with standard stock ales, which are usually a blend of two distinctive styles.

Both beers have been aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels before being blended together for the limited-edition brew.

Described as a “hearty and full-bodied beer with notes of nutty chocolate, raisins, roasted barley and sweet dark fruit” the brew has an ABV of 10% and will be sold in 11.2oz bottles.

But before anyone in the UK or Ireland gets a little too excited, it should be mentioned that this particular Guinness incarnation has been made exclusively for the US at the new Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore.

“One of the really cool things about brewing a stock ale is that you actually get to brew two completely separate beers with unique traits and their own identities, and then blend them together to create a beer that takes on some of both, but also has a life of its own,” Sean Brennan, the senior brewer at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery said.

“When you consider all of the flavours coming from the wood of the barrels thanks to Bulleit’s subtle spice and oaky richness, there’s a lot of powerful influences to take note of and process in the final beer. As we say, it’s one to sip.”

The Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is already available on tap at the Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore.

It will be sold in four packs in stores across the US as of November 15, with a recommended retail price of $19.99.

It comes hot on the heels of the brewery’s previous US-only creation, the Guinness Over The Moon Milk Stout.


Ireland: Massive half billion litres of stout produced in Ireland last year accounted for 63% ...  (

... of all beer output

A massive half billion litres of stout were produced in Ireland last year, the Irish Mirror reported on November 13.

Guinness, Beamish, Murphy’s and local stouts account for 63 per cent of all beer production in the country.

And much of it goes abroad, making Ireland the seventh biggest exporter of beer in Europe, with its creamy pints heading to over 60 countries.

And according to the representative group Drinks Ireland, stout is Ireland’s second favourite beer behind lager, accounting for 29.3% of all beer consumed in 2018.

“A whopping 500 million litres of stout was produced in Ireland in 2018, to be enjoyed by consumers at home and abroad, demonstrating the sheer size of this exciting and dynamic homegrown sector,” said Jonathan McDade, Head of Drinks Ireland|Beer.

While stout’s share of the beer market has declined from 35.5% in 2009, it is still a high percentage share compared to other beer markets, the group added.

Like ale, around 80% of stout consumed in Ireland is in on-trade in pubs and restaurants, compared to 55% of lagers, revealed Checkout magazine.

Previous surveys have shown that lager is increasingly the beer of choice in Ireland, while craft and non-alcoholic brews are also carving out market niches.

A recent survey found that 63.8pc of all beer sold in Ireland last year was lager, up 3pc from 2017.

While stout’s share fell by 2.9pc to 29.3pc, ale also dropped by 0.3pc to 6.3pc.

Alcohol consumption in Ireland has declined by 23pc since 2001 but beer sales continued to rise by 3pc overall last year, driven by a 3.8pc increase in production.

Employment in breweries also rose by 3pc to 1,103 nationwide.

The average pint of lager was €4.94, including €1.41 of tax, and stout was €4.55 with €1.33 going to the taxman.

Beer delivered €430 mln in excise duty to the government last year, while wine contributed €376 mln, spirits €372 mln and cider €61 mln.

Ireland has the second highest excise rate on beer in the 28-nation EU, behind only Finland.

Symrise focuses on renewable energies

Symrise focuses on renewable energies  (Company news)

• Holzminden-based Group is a member of the RE100 Initiative
• By 2025, energy should be obtained entirely from renewable sources

On October 24, 2019, Symrise became a member of the global initiative RE100. By joining RE100, the fragrance and flavoring manufacturer from Holzminden has committed to completely obtaining its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The membership is a new component in a comprehensive strategy for climate protection and sustainability.

Symrise operates numerous production facilities for about 30,000 products as well as development centers, labs and offices in more than 40 countries around the world. The Group is one of the leading global providers of fragrance, flavoring and food ingredients, cosmetic active ingredients and raw materials as well as functional ingredients and solutions that enhance the sensory properties and nutrition of various products. Energy consumption in 2018 amounted to 5,413 terra joules. This is an amount that demands a greater responsibility for the environment. Symrise is aware of this and has invested strongly in its energy efficiency and renewable energies over the past few years. Last year, the Group began obtaining CO2 certificates of origin in Germany, therefore greening all the energy it bought. At this point, 98 percent of Symrise production sites have already been certified according to these sustainability criteria. Furthermore, 69 percent of the company’s manufacturing sites (in terms of production volume) are ISO 14001 certified – a globally accepted standard for environmental management systems.

Always one step ahead in sustainability
Symrise is now going one step further and joining a leading initiative of large companies to advance the use of renewable energies. “Symrise wants to exclusively use energy from renewable sources around the world by 2025 – that is our clear goal,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “We are setting an example through our membership in the RE100 initiative.”

RE100 is a global initiative with more than 190 large companies from different sectors, including furniture group Ikea, beverage manufacturer Carlsberg and insurer Swiss Re. All members must set a deadline by which they want to obtain 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources – with the limit here being 2050. The progress of the journey toward this goal must be documented in an annual report. A medium for this documentation is the global environmental reporting platform CDP. According to CDP, Symrise is already one of the most sustainable suppliers. The company also received the highest possible rating of “Leadership” in the categories of climate protection and forest conservation in 2018. Furthermore, the Holzminden-based Group publishes its sustainability performance in its yearly Corporate Report, which includes a Sustainability Record, according to the criteria of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

“Symrise has been completely transparent regarding its energy goals and performance since 2006. We were the first company in our sector and among the first 61 companies worldwide to fulfill the strict climate goals of the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBT) in June 2017,” says Dr. Helmut Frieden, Corporate Sustainability Symrise AG. “But we are not stopping there, because programs to achieve eco-efficiency today have the highest priority in society. This is reflected in our current materiality analysis, in which we describe the strategic weighting of our sustainability goals through our company and its stakeholders.”
(Symrise AG)

BrauBeviale 2019: “The Place To Be” for the international beverage sector

BrauBeviale 2019: “The Place To Be” for the international beverage sector  (BrauBeviale 2019)

A perfect atmosphere at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre: Between 12 and 14 November 2019, BrauBeviale once again became the focal point of the international beverage industry. About 40,000 trade visitors (2018: 40,882), including around 18,000 from outside Germany, travelled to the most important international capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry this year. With 1,088 exhibitors, 54 percent from outside Germany, the exhibition provided an opportunity to learn all about the beverage manufacture process chain: high-quality raw materials, innovative technologies and components, efficient and sustainable packaging, and creative marketing ideas. Once again this year, the exhibition had the key theme of “Future viability of the beverage sector”.

“As a barometer of sentiment in the sector, BrauBeviale is defying the prophecies of doom from the Council of Economic Experts,” said a pleased Andrea Kalrait, Exhibition Director BrauBeviale. “The large numbers of new contacts, both local and international, and the number of new business deals prepared and concluded, all confirm that eating and drinking are not going out of fashion.” Exhibitors, visitors and partner entities expressed complete satisfaction: for them, the exhibition is unmissable and firmly established on their calendars. The exhibition provided a platform to discuss current and key future topics and take them forward.

The highly international make-up of the exhibitors and visitors was confirmed again this year, with exhibitors representing a total of 45 countries, mainly from Germany (504), Italy, China, the UK, the Czech Republic, Austria and Belgium.

The approximately 40,000 trade visitors attended from 138 countries, with the majority, after Germany, coming from Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and Poland.

Highly qualified, satisfied trade visitors
The exhibitors were happy with the discussions at their booths, as confirmed by the results of an independent survey. About 90 percent of the trade visitors are involved in the decision-making processes in their companies. They came from various parts of the beverage industry: from breweries, malthouses, businesses engaged in the manufacture or bottling of water, soft drinks, juices and spirits, from wineries and sparkling wine factories, dairies, and from the fields of marketing, retail and catering. According to the survey, about 98 percent were happy with the products and services at the exhibition, and as many as 97 percent of visitors intend to visit BrauBeviale again next year.

Top score for supporting programme once again
The themes in the supporting programme relating to the future of the sector were well received, and without exception the exhibition visitors rated them highly. Two symposia held the day before the exhibition led the way: the Export Forum German Beverages provided an opportunity for German beverage manufacturers to share views with export specialists and obtain specific market analyses and insights. The European MicroBrew Symposium, organized by VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing, is well established and was well received once again by the international craft brewers and brewpub operators.

Discussions at the BrauBeviale Forum ranged from open exchanges of opinion to highly contentious debate – not least in the two Hot Topics on Stage: the issue of “Tap Water vs. Mineral Water” and the pledge question got the participants fired up, and vigorous discussion continued outside the forum. The event was rounded out with presentations on further topics of interest to the sector and top-level award presentations.

Visitors had the opportunity to experience the variety offered by the world of beverages in the Craft Drinks Area, where eight bars once again offered independent tasting sessions covering all aspects of beer, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. There was also strong interest in “Kaminfeuer”, a smoky Kellerbier (“cellar beer”), the winner of the second hobby brewer competition organized by Maisel & Friends and BrauBeviale.

Following a successful start last year, the “meeting place of the industry” once again offered a welcome to microbreweries and craft breweries, and home and hobby brewers, who found plenty of new inspiration and enjoyed a lively exchange in the brau@home themed pavilion and the demonstration brewing area, in addition to the interesting, focused power presentations in the Speakers’ Corner.

European Beer Star 2019: Consumers’ Favourite
Competing for the 2019 European Beer Star were 2,483 beers from 47 countries submitted in 67 categories. A 145-member international jury earlier deliberated for two days to select the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in this competition, one of the most important in the international beer industry. In addition, more than 5,000 exhibition visitors seized the opportunity on the first day of the event to play jury, picking the 2019 Consumers’ Favourite from among the gold medal winners. The gold medal went to the dark wheat bock (Weizenbock Dunkel) “Augustus 8” from Germany’s Riegele brewery. Silver was awarded to the Birra dell’Eremo brewery in Italy for its Traditional Belgian-Style Lambic, Geuze, and Fruit Geuze “Selva Sour”. And in third place was the Belgian-Style Strong Blond Ale “Averbode Abdijbier” from Belgium’s Brouwerij L Huyghe.

The list of all the winners of the 2019 European Beer Star, contact details for the breweries, photos and graphics can be found at

Not to be missed: BrauBeviale 2020: 10 - 12 November

Be sure to note the date for BrauBeviale 2020 in your calendar right away. We are looking forward to seeing you.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

SIG launches combistyle: a uniquely shaped carton pack

SIG launches combistyle: a uniquely shaped carton pack  (Company news)

SIG continues to innovate and address consumers’ ever-changing needs with the launch of its unique combistyle carton pack. Featuring a distinctively shaped corner to ensure on-shelf differentiation, combistyle offers instant consumer appeal, added functionality and more convenience.

Stand out on the shelf
In the increasingly competitive retail environment, combistyle brings a fresh and distinctive look to often crowded drink aisles – helping beverage manufacturers stand out while making it easier for consumers to find what they need. A stylish corner panel provides a comfortable and safe grip, while allowing brand owners to effectively communicate key messages with eye-catching designs.

“combistyle offers our customers a future packaging concept that will instantly intrigue busy shoppers to find out more,” said Heike Klein, Global Product Manager at SIG. ”The shaped corner not only stands out on the shelf, but also offers exciting branding opportunities to effectively communicate your brand image and key messages.”

Leverage existing investment
SIG’s customers will benefit from the low investment needed to upgrade to combistyle on existing CFA810 and CF812 filling machines, which also can fill combiblocMidi and combifitMidi, the original packs for these lines. This offers manufacturers the best shape flexibility for different product types and the ability to adapt to changing market demands, as three carton formats can be filled on a single line.

“As only limited investment is needed to upgrade existing filling machines, combistyle provides the perfect opportunity for beverage manufacturers to utilize and enhance existing equipment,” said Klein. “Upgrading will not only maintain efficiency on the original line, but also help to bring new and exciting beverages to market in a faster time period.”

Offer consumers a new level of convenience
The combistyle carton pack’s distinctively shaped corner provides a more comfortable and safer grip. In addition, combistyle features SIG’s new combiMaxx closure, which is fully resealable and leak-proof, allows for easier opening and better pouring, and offers an eco-friendly design. combistyle is available in a 1 liter format and a 500ml size will be added soon.

combistyle exemplifies SIG’s commitment to deliver innovative, differentiated product and packaging solutions that help businesses satisfy ever-changing needs.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)




Announcement coincides with launch of recycling campaign from the ACE Secretariat

ACE is pleased to announce that the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU28 rose to 49% in 2018. This is a small (1%), but steady increase in the EU beverage carton recycling rate from the previous year.

“We are pleased to see that the beverage carton recycling rate continues to increase throughout the EU. The year-on-year increase underscores the efforts made towards recycling beverage cartons,” said Annick Carpentier, Director General of ACE.

Some Member States reach rates above 70%, while there is still room for increased recycling participation in other Member States.
“This is not enough if the EU wants to reach a low carbon circular economy. We call for the ambitious implementation of EU waste legislation at national level to ensure all beverage cartons are collected and recycled. We believe that the recycling rate will continue to increase thanks to our industry’s commitment to support beverage cartons being recycled, including the non-fibre components,” said Ms. Carpentier.

In addition, ACE has launched a four-month campaign, “We’re not just square, we’re circular,” to raise awareness and build understanding that beverage cartons are recyclable and being recycled at scale in Europe. The campaign also aims to highlight the low carbon footprint of beverage cartons due to the renewability of materials used.

“Beverage cartons provide a double circularity, at sourcing thanks to the renewability of their main components and at end-of-life through recycling. This double circularity helps ensure that beverage cartons play a role in helping achieve a low carbon circular economy,” continued Ms. Carpentier.
(ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))

KHS develops an intelligent filling valve in the DnSPro research project

KHS develops an intelligent filling valve in the DnSPro research project  (Company news)

KHS presents the future of filling: at BrauBeviale the machine and systems manufacturer is to introduce a new, self-learning filling valve.

- Filling system uses artificial intelligence to optimize production processes
- Self-learning valve suitable for all beverages and container types
- New development minimizes operation and maintenance effort

KHS presents the future of filling: at BrauBeviale the machine and systems manufacturer is to introduce a new, self-learning filling valve. The system optimizes the production process with the help of artificial intelligence and at the same time considerably reduces the time and effort required for operation and maintenance. The feasibility of this flexible valve has been verified by KHS in the DnSPro research project.

“To date, depending on the beverage and container around 20 different types of filling valve are used,” says Jochen Ohrem, expert of R&D Management at KHS in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. “The beverage industry is increasingly calling for versatile filling systems. Digitally networked line and machine systems are also in high demand.” KHS would like to significantly push these changes which is why the Dortmund systems provider has taken part in the DnSPro research project alongside six other partners. Their common goal is to develop a self-learning filling valve with which beverage producers can fill all liquids into all existing types of container. This would do away with the need for manual conversions and the effort required for operation and maintenance would be greatly reduced, says Ohrem.

Self-learning and digitally networked
“We developed cyber-physical systems for this purpose, with the help of which the valve can determine how to best fill a certain beverage into a certain container as quickly as possible,” Ohrem continues.

The filling process is analyzed with the assistance of a camera. This continuously monitors the inclusion of bubbles and foaming to prevent excessive foaming and thus product loss.

With the help of microcontrollers and the camera’s evaluation electronics, the filling valve is opened to varying degrees by a stepper motor depending on the fill level. “The focus was on ‘learning’ a number of skills: self-configuration, analysis, self-diagnosis and, ultimately, self-optimization,” explains Ohrem. The future objective behind all this is to increase flexibility and energy and resource efficiency in production through the application of an autodidactic system of artificial intelligence. For the first time at BrauBeviale KHS will be presenting the key data on this intelligent filling valve which fully satisfies all of the previously specified project requirements.

Ideas for the future of the beverage industry
“The development is now entering the next phase where we’ll be gathering further experience with this prototype,” Ohrem states.

He already has one idea for later use of the valve in practice. Instead of a filling computer centrally positioned on the machine that regulates the process of all valves, in the future this task is to be managed locally by miniaturized computers installed on each valve group. This would allow a simple sensor such as a pressure sensor to be inserted into each filling valve which documents and analyzes the pressure curve, resulting in a process which optimizes itself of its own accord. “As less effort is involved in installation, this should yield a number of cost and time benefits, for instance during commissioning,” concludes Ohrem.
(KHS GmbH)

SIG is first to offer beverage cartons with circular polymers from recycled plastic waste

SIG is first to offer beverage cartons with circular polymers from recycled plastic waste  (Company news)

SIG is once again leading the industry on sustainable innovation by being the first to offer beverage cartons made with recycled polymers produced from post-consumer plastic waste.

SIG customers will be able to respond to consumer demand for packaging made with recycled plastics by choosing SIG cartons made with certified circular polymers. This innovation reinforces SIG’s contribution to the circular economy by making use of low quality, mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be incinerated or sent to landfill. The mixed plastic waste that is collected is treated in a process that enhances the material and transforms it into a high-quality food grade material.

Made primarily from renewable, FSCTM-certified paper board, SIG’s beverage cartons already support the circular economy by promoting the regeneration of vital natural resources in responsibly-managed forests.

Ace Fung, Product Manager Sustainability at SIG said: “Using post-consumer recycled polymers in our packaging adds to our portfolio of solutions to help customers respond to consumer demand for more sustainable packaging. This latest innovation demonstrates SIG’s commitment to a circular economy and to address environmental concerns about plastic waste. This is another positive strive forward for SIG and the carton packaging industry.”

Pioneering partnership
SIG is among a select group of companies – and the first in the beverage carton industry – to partner in the foundation stage of development of recycled polymers from post-consumer waste by its supplier, SABIC. This pioneering partnership highlights SIG’s commitment to a more sustainable future through new solutions that support a circular economy.

The recycled polymers offer the same high quality and have the same properties as polymers made entirely from virgin raw materials. Any contaminants are eliminated during processing, making the recycled content completely safe for food packaging.

Frank Kuijpers, General Manager Corporate Sustainability at SABIC said: “Certified circular polymers from SABIC TRUCIRCLE™ initiative will act as a bridge moving from a linear economy to a circular one and will enable the value chain to become familiar with the products and consider how they can best be implemented in their own markets. Our collaboration with SIG is a good example of how this pioneering product can be implemented in the beverage carton market for the first time and can help meet consumer demand for more sustainable products and will contribute to closing the loop on reutilizing plastic waste.”

Certified circular polymers
The recycled polymers offered by SIG will be certified to the ISCC PLUS standard to enable customers to trace recycled content throughout the value chain from post-consumer waste streams to processing and use in the production of new cartons.

SIG’s commitment to sourcing certified sustainable materials is part of its ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Siemens presents new version of Braumat process control system

Siemens presents new version of Braumat process control system  (Company news)

Picture: Siemens is presenting its new version 8.0 of the Braumat brewery process control system at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg

- New version 8.0 facilitates integration of Simatic S7-1500 controller as well as mixed operation with Simatic S7-400 controller
- Improved production and batch transparency with new MES reporting options
- Enhanced safety concept with new functions
- Lean Edition for micro breweries and craft brewers

Siemens is presenting a new version of the Braumat brewery process control system at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg: The latest version 8.0 is based on the Simatic S7-1500 controller and has been optimized in the areas of reporting, weighing systems and security. Already installed Simatic S7-400 controllers can still be used, including in mixed operation. Existing Braumat installations can be expanded or modernized with Simatic S7-1500 controller. Production downtimes caused by new installations are thus avoided.

In order to enhance the reporting options, a batch report with a basic choice of process parameters has been integrated. Users can now create reports with the help of MS Excel. Braumat V8.0 is also now connected to the established PMQuality option. This means that MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and MIS (Management Information System) functions are now available for calculating KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) such as plant availability. In the new version, storage location management is integrated together with dosage management in the recipe system, enabling the efficient and flexible automation of mixing processes. Recipes are automatically adjusted according to storage location availability and the quantity specifications of the batches to be produced. High-precision, self-optimizing weighing operations are fully automated with the integrated Siwarex weighing system. The Braumat V8.0 process control system continuously checks recipes and quantities for the individual production processes, thus reducing overdoses of malt, hops and diatomaceous earth. A combination of password protected Simatic S7-1500 controllers, encrypted communication on the terminal bus as well as extended user management and company ID registration via an RFID card reader increases security during the production sequences.

New Braumat V8.0 is available in both a standard and lean edition: With Braumat Lean, micro breweries and craft brewers can benefit from process automation from just a quantity of four units and one Simatic Open Controller. This can be expanded up to 40 units as required. Braumat Lean can also be operated as a compact, single user station or for remote areas of large breweries, such as laboratories. With the Standard edition, it is possible to create complex plant structures with redundant client-server features and server visualization. The Lean Edition of Braumat V8.0 can be expanded to the Standard Edition. After just a few days of training, users are able to configure new Braumat plants. For other food and beverage sectors such as dairies, cheese factories or soft drinks, the Sistar version 8.0 process control system is available.

As a long-term partner in the international brewing and beverages industries, Siemens is demonstrating at this year's BrauBeviale being held in Nuremberg from November 12 through 14 how its innovative brewery automation processes enable the first step into digitalization. Visitors to booth 419 in hall 7 can experience the path to digitalization themselves: Exhibits stretch from the lean version of the Braumat process control system for the automation of micro breweries, to a standard Braumat system with a Manufacturing Operation Management (MOM) solution and energy management, to cutting-edge technologies such as cloud and edge computing.
(Siemens AG)

BrauBeviale 2019: Nuremberg hosts the international beverage industry

BrauBeviale 2019: Nuremberg hosts the international beverage industry  (BrauBeviale 2019)

Between 12 and 14 November, BrauBeviale at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg will once again be the focal point of the international beverage industry. With 1,090 exhibitors, it will be the most important capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry this year. An expected total of more than 40,000 trade visitors will learn about the latest products and solutions in the areas of raw materials, technologies, components, packaging and marketing. Once again this year, the exhibition will have the key theme of “Future viability of the beverage industry”.

The highly international make-up of the exhibitors has been confirmed again this year, with exhibitors travelling to Nuremberg from a total of 45 countries: 502 from Germany and a further 588 international companies, led by Italy, China, the UK, the Czech Republic, Austria and Belgium. Interest is strong among both long-standing participants and newcomers. Eleven German start-ups will seize the opportunity to make themselves known through their product ideas at the funded pavilions for young and innovative companies in Halls 1 and 6.

The exhibitors are arranged around the exhibition park to reflect the entire process chain of beverage manufacture. Even in nine halls, BrauBeviale retains its customary relaxed atmosphere, while the fair itself keeps its familiar compact structure.

The trade visitors attending BrauBeviale come from the technical and commercial management areas of the beverage industry – in other words, from breweries, malthouses, businesses engaged in the manufacture or filling of water, soft drinks, juices and spirits, from wineries and sparkling wine factories, dairies, and from the fields of marketing, retail and catering. For the last event in the series they represented 132 countries, the majority (after Germany) coming from Italy, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and Russia.

Spotlight on the future viability of the beverage sector
The whole of the current BrauBeviale Triple (2018, 2019 and 2020) has focused on the principal theme of the future viability of equipment and other suppliers, beverage manufacturers and the retail trade. Regardless of the size of their business, they all face huge challenges – involving either specific market questions or aspects relating to the whole of society and the economy. As a platform for the sector, BrauBeviale sees itself as a driver of interaction and innovation on all themes of relevance to the future, in terms of both the products on display and the supporting programme.

Information, inspiration and interaction – the supporting programme
Important elements for beverage manufacturers in the future will include professional development and new business areas. Two symposia on these aspects are being held for visitors on the day before the trade fair: the Export Forum German Beverages deals with the various facets of exporting as a strategic business area for German beverage manufacturers. The forum offers specific market analyses and insights, and provides a neutral platform for constructive discussion between export specialists on all aspects of German beverages. And the European MicroBrew Symposium, organized by VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing, being held for the seventh time, concentrates mainly on technical aspects of craft beer production, and is thus aimed at international craft brewers and brewpub operators.

The open BrauBeviale Forum is located at the heart of the trade fair activities in Hall 1, with a programme ranging from current market aspects to unusual business strategies and Hidden Champions in the beverage market, the digital development of the beverage sector and automation, the climate and its impacts on raw materials, and entrepreneurship, training and professional development. The programme also includes two Hot Topics on Stage, in which leading stakeholders take up a position and seek a dialogue on industry questions of current interest. The topics are “What is the point of the pledge?” and “Mineral water – problem instead of taste?”. Outstanding prize awards like the “German Hops Champion” and the World Beverage Innovation Award will round out the programme.

Also forming part of the Forum is the opening ceremony on the first day of the trade fair, which will include the presentation of the Bavarian Beer Order and the keynote address by Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger, Director of the Institute of Medical Genetics at the Medical University of Vienna, on “The future is coming one way or another: We need to prepare for either”. An internationally acknowledged scientist and best-selling author and the recipient of numerous awards, Professor Hengstschläger will talk about the permanent change that society now faces, and how important it is to make use of our talents in this situation.

Visitors can experience the variety represented by the world of beverages in the Craft Drinks Area in Hall 6, where eight bars will independently hold tasting sessions for specialty beers, non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers, craft spirits including gin, whisk(e)y, vodka, rum and brandy, mineral and curative waters, and other non-alcoholic speciality drinks. The effect of glass on the sensory experience can also be tested. The smoky “Kaminfeuer” Kellerbier (Cellar Beer), the winner of the second hobby brewer competition run by Maisel&Friends and BrauBeviale, will be the subject of presentations every day between 16:00 and 18:30 h. Almost 10,000 participants visited the Craft Drinks Area last year.

Microbreweries and craft breweries, home and hobby brewers will find a place at the “meeting place of the industry”: in Hall 6, brau@home, together with an area for demonstration brewing and short presentations in the Speakers’ Corner, offers a central starting point, where skilled support people will be ready with professional advice. The Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment pavilion awaits in Hall 9 with plant, equipment and accessories especially for smaller breweries.

An essential component of BrauBeviale is the European Beer Star, which is traditionally awarded on the second day of the fair. As one of the world’s most important beer competitions, it is constantly breaking new participation records. It began as an initiative by Private Brauereien Bayern, the honorary sponsor of the trade fair, and the German and European umbrella organizations. The special aspect to this competition is that exhibition visitors can still play an active part in the jury. On the first day, they can pick their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners for the gold, silver and bronze awards in the category Consumers’ Favourite 2019.

BrauBeviale is an all-encompassing trade fair for the beverage sector. Beverages not only have to be manufactured, but must also be filled and packed. The winners of the World Packaging Award will provide interesting examples of packaging innovations, which will be on display at the special show “Innovative Beverage Packaging” organized by the World Packaging Organization (WPO).

Beviale Family: The international industry network
Not only at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, but also globally in recent years, NürnbergMesse has been both a driver and a platform for the beverage sector. The international Beviale Family series now includes six events of its own and five partner events. The newest member of the family is Beviale Mexico, which will be held for the first time in late July 2020 in Guadalajara: a comprehensive beverage trade fair for Central and South America covering all segments – alcohol-free and alcoholic beverages and liquid milk products: water, soft drinks, juice, beer, wine and spirits, such as the Mexican specialties tequila and mezcal. More than 124 million residents and good consumer trends make this market appealing to beverage manufacturers. The Beviale Family will have its own stand at the NCC Mitte entrance.

Positive outlook for global beverage consumption
Global consumption of packaged beverages amounted to some 947 billion litres in 2018. Experts are sticking to their forecasts of an average annual growth rate of around three percent for this year. They believe the key players in this worldwide growth in the next five years will be the Middle East and Africa (32 percent) and the Asia-Pacific region, including China and Japan (around 22 percent). Growth is also forecast for Europe, with about 8 percent in western Europe and as high as 12 percent in the eastern part of the continent. At a global level, the ratio of non-alcoholic to alcoholic drinks was about 70:30 once again in 2018 (Euromonitor International 2019).

In Germany, beverage consumption (including coffee, tea and milk) grew by a small amount in 2018: each German citizen drank 762 litres on average, or 12 litres more than in the previous year. A key factor in this increase is the consumption of non-alcoholic drinks, soft drinks (up seven litres) and water varieties in particular (up by three litres). Beer also enjoyed slight growth, at just under one litre, as did coffee at two litres. The consumption of non-alcoholic drinks overall rose from 296 litres per person in 2017 to 309 litres in 2018. There was no change in the case of alcoholic drinks overall, however, with German citizens once again consuming 131 litres each (figures from the beverage industry associations).

Weaker growth for foodstuff and packaging machines
According to figures from the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Division, production expanded in 2018 by a very strong 8 percent (previous year’s figure 4.8 percent) to €15.2 (14.0) billion. The packaging machine sector, which includes beverage packaging machines, accounted for production worth €7.1 (6.6) billion.

The leading global position occupied by the approximately 600 German suppliers is supported by the export value of this segment, which grew to €9.0 (8.5) billion. The Division estimates that this represents 22 percent of the global trade in foodstuff and packaging machines, with a total value of €42.5 billion. The largest customers were the countries of the European Union, ahead of the USA and China.

Exports in the area of packaging machines were valued at €5.8 (5.5) billion, or 27 percent of total global trade in this area, estimated in 2018 at €21.3 billion. Germany thus remains ahead of Italy (25 percent) and China (6 percent).

Global trade forecasts, which fell during 2019 in response to political and economic crises, also had an impact on the mechanical engineering sector. Based on the current situation, the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Division expects production growth of no more than 2 percent. The sector is generally considered to have positive prospects for the future. The world’s population is growing, and prosperity and urbanisation are increasing in the world’s most populous countries, which in turn leads to growth in the consumption of processed and packed beverages and foodstuffs.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Aluminium beverage can recycling in Europe hits record 74.5% in 2017

Aluminium beverage can recycling in Europe hits record 74.5% in 2017  (Company news)

31 billion cans recycled, or 420,000 tons of aluminium

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland in 2017 rose 2.3% from 2016 (72.8%), to reach an all-time record 74.5% in 2017. Almost 31 billion cans were recycled in the EU and EFTA countries in 2017, representing a total of more than 420,000 tons of aluminium and underscoring its contribution to the European circular economy. All aluminium cans are equally recyclable, no matter the colour, design, format or size.

Recycling aluminium consumes 95% less energy than producing it from raw material, while the recycling process generates only 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions produced from raw material production. Can recycling therefore saves the annual equivalent of approximately 3 million tons of GHG emissions - or the annual emissions of a mid-sized European town like Belfast, Malmö or Thessaloniki.

Can manufacturers (members of Metal Packaging Europe) and their aluminium suppliers are confident that the European can recycling rate will increase further in the coming decade, primarily through a combination of measures such as improved PMD collection systems (‘yellow’ or ‘blue’ bags and bins) and incentive based initiatives such as modern deposit return and voluntary take back (‘cash for cans’) schemes.

Can manufacturers and aluminium recyclers are ready to invest in additional recycling capacities, providing other stakeholders, such as public and private waste management operators, are equally prepared to invest in additional and modern sorting facilities.

Leonie Knox-Peebles, CEO of Metal Packaging Europe, stated: “We believe that the new European calculation method will hardly impact the final recycling rates being achieved for aluminium beverage cans.” Maarten Labberton, Director Packaging Group at European Aluminium, added: “As we move towards our 100% recycling rate target, what matters most is the recycling yields; aluminium is well positioned for the future given its very low losses during recycling.”

The annex provides a detailed overview of aluminium beverage can recycling rates by country in 2017. Recycling rates have been calculated on the basis of the present EU reporting rules.
(Metal Packaging Europe GIE)

SIG launches U-shaped paper straw for aseptic carton packs

SIG launches U-shaped paper straw for aseptic carton packs  (Company news)

Picture: SIG is a pioneer in the industry to offer a U-shaped paper straw to be used on carton packages. Photo: SIG

SIG is a pioneer in the industry to offer a U-shaped paper straw to be used on carton packages. After introducing the world’s first straight paper straw for carton packaging in February 2019, SIG launches a U-shaped paper straw during Gulfood Manufacturing, together with its joint venture partner SIG Combibloc Obeikan. Gulfood Manufacturing is the world’s largest annual food and beverage technology trade exhibition. The new straw uses FSC™ certified paper and is now available globally.

Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG: “SIG is determined to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to find new approaches to reduce single-use plastics, foster recycling and minimise waste. Being the first in the industry to offer paper straws for aseptic carton packs is an important milestone for us on that journey.”

The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The paper used to produce the straight paper straw and the new U-shaped paper-straws – available with 4 and 6 mm diameter – originates from FSCTM-certified forests and other controlled sources. The wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to remain attached to the package preventing littering and can be recycled with the carton pack.

Abdelghany Eladib, Chief Operating Officer, SIG Combibloc Obeikan: “We are excited to launch the U-shaped paper straw during Gulfood Manufacturing. The exhibition offers an ideal platform to share our latest innovations. With plastic pollution being a major concern for businesses and consumers around the world, the food and beverage industry is under pressure to offer a viable and sustainable alternative. Carton packs are sustainable by nature. Our carton packs consist of 70-80% paperboard. With the introduction of the first paper straws for aseptic carton packs consist of 70-80% paperboard. With the introduction of the first paper straws for aseptic carton packs, SIG is once again leading the way in the industry.”
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Lecta Presents Its Label Papers at BrauBeviale 2019

Lecta Presents Its Label Papers at BrauBeviale 2019   (Company news)

The largest European trade show for the beverage industry is scheduled to take place in Nuremberg, from November 12-14.

With the slogan "Our Paper, Your Labels", Lecta once again positions itself as a benchmark manufacturer and distributor of specialty papers for beverage labels ​at the BrauBeviale 2019 trade show.

With its extensive range of environment friendly products, Lecta meets all the needs of the applications used in the beer and beverage industry.

Metalvac is Lecta's range of metallized papers designed for the production of wet-glue and self-adhesive labels. Under the slogan ​"Let it Shine", it offers the beer and beverage industry in general a glossy metallized paper with high technical performance. The Metalvac Graphic Applications & Packaging range rounds out Lecta's metallized portfolio, providing creative solutions for beverage packaging.

Our Adestor pressure-sensitive product range for this segment features an excellent, versatile selection of different papers and films that come in a variety of finishes and colors to meet the needs of the most demanding end uses in the beverage sector.

Lecta will be highlighting its new Adestor BC500 product, developed specifically for non-recyclable wine, spirits, sparkling wine and other glass containers. The product's high moisture resistance ensures perfect adhesion to bottles submerged in ice and water.

Creaset is Lecta's range of one-sided coated paper for the label and flexible packaging industry with "Endless Possibilites". The grades Creaset HWS for labels on returnable bottles and Creaset LWS for single-use bottles were specially designed for beer labels. Both products have high moisture resistance and come in different smooth, embossed and glossy finishes, guaranteeing that each label is unique.

Lecta's complete portfolio of specialty metallized, self-adhesive and one-sided coated products demonstrates how our paper can be an innovative and differentiating factor in beverage labeling.

Discover "Our Papers, Your Labels" at Hall 4 - Stand 438, November 12-14 in Nuremberg.

For more efficient processes: KHS develops a digital control system for PET bottle production

For more efficient processes: KHS develops a digital control system for PET bottle production  (Company news)

-Unit Mold Control available for the KHS InnoPET Blomax series
-Automatic control and adaptation of individual stretch blow mold stations
-Improved bottle quality and stability with a high recyclate content

Photo: Unit Mold Control is available as an option for KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV and V stretch blow molders and has already successfully proved itself on the market several times over.

Even on the most advanced machine there can be discrepancies in the distribution of PET bottle material in the stretch blow molding process. This has an impact on the bottle quality and production efficiency. In order to optimize these parameters KHS recently developed Unit Mold Control in cooperation with US company Agr International inc. (Agr). This digital, automated process control system, connected with the KHS controller, now individually regulates the respective blow stations in KHS’ InnoPET Blomax series, thus minimizing any fluctuations in quality during stretch blow molding. This results in improved bottle stability coupled with lower preform weights. This had proved something of a challenge to date, especially where containers with a high recycled PET content are used.

On a stretch blow molder the amount of wear on the individual blow valves used can vary. This means that the bottles blown with the same also change throughout the service life of the stretch blow molder depending on the station used. In the production process this can cause discrepancies in the distribution of material and thus to differing thicknesses of bottle wall. To date parameters could only be adjusted for the entire machine and not for each individual station. With the new digital Unit Mold Control system manufacturers optimize their blow molding process by making individual settings for each station. “This enables material distribution to be more precisely controlled per station, thus minimizing variations in the wall thickness from mold to mold by more than 30%,” explains Frank Haesendonckx, head of Technology at KHS Corpoplast.

Unit Mold Control adjusts settings fully automatically
To this end, Unit Mold Control inspection technology constantly measures the material distribution in each bottle and adjusts the settings for optimization fully automatically. “With this system deviations in the individual mold stations are identified. By applying an algorithm the degree of variability is reduced without operator intervention and possible incorrect settings are avoided,” states Haesendonckx. Furthermore, the data captured from the individual mold stations provides valuable information for the condition-based maintenance of valves, stretching systems or mold shells, for instance.

Unit Mold Control yields further benefits with regard to the growing percentage of recyclate used in PET bottles in particular. “Process accuracy reaches its limits with containers such as these,” Haesendonckx says. “As the material quality varies when recycled PET is used, the bottle becomes less and less stable the less the preform weighs or manufacturers have to use heavier preforms to ensure stability.” With the new system weights can be reduced while retaining bottle stability, claims Haesendonckx. “Unit Mold Control effectively compensates for discrepancies by identifying any unwanted material displacement during wall thickness inspection and automatically counteracting this.”

Partner Agr is also convinced by the joint new development. “Our commitment to the global beverage market is to provide innovative process control solutions for the factory floor,” says Robert Cowden, COO of AGR. “In doing so we’re helping to constantly optimize processes and improve production line efficiency and productivity by reducing unplanned downtime, labor content per produced container and energy costs.”

Unit Mold Control is available as an option for KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV and V stretch blow molders and has already successfully proved itself on the market several times over. Furthermore, the new system – whose industrial property rights are held by KHS and Agr – can also be retrofitted into existing plant machinery.
(KHS Corpoplast GmbH)

YASKAWA premiere at BrauBeviale 2019

YASKAWA premiere at BrauBeviale 2019  (Company news)

Robot packs bottles fast and with a firm grip

At BrauBeviale 2019 (Hall 7A / 7A-424) YASKAWA will be showcasing an all-in-one solution for the robot-based handling of bottles in the form of the newly developed “Air Grip World”. The system ensures reliable, flexible and fast loading and unloading of crates or boxes.

“Air Grip World” combines the patented Air Grip gripper technology with the appropriate MOTOMAN robot, including the entire system environment: grippers, manipulator, robot controller, PLC, control panel (HMI) and frequency inverter were all supplied by YASKAWA, and complement each other to form a simple and functioning technical solution.

The cell is mounted on a mobile platform. Not only is the system quickly commissioned – it can also be relocated as needed with a forklift truck. The plant capacity is around 1,200 bottles per hour or one box per minute, whereby the plant itself has box erecting and closing devices. This space-saving and flexible handling solution is thus ideal for use in small and medium-sized facilities. A sorting table with optionally one or two robots permits automatic feeding of individual glass bottles.

The special features of the system are the sturdy and durable patented grippers that can be individually configured. Thanks to their modular design, in the rare case of a malfunction they are simple to maintain and repair. This was also a convincing argument for the operators of large-scale packaging facilities.

Field-proven in the beverage industry
Norwegian Roma Mineralvannfabrikk AS is one of the many breweries and beverage manufacturers that uses the AirGrip gripper system including sorting table. Its facility employs two YASKAWA MOTOMAN robot models:
a 5-axis heavy-duty MOTOMAN SP800 robot with a payload of 800 kg and a 4-axis MOTOMAN MPL500 palletizing robot with a capacity of 500 kg. Since its bottling capacity increased, the company has experienced a growth in sales of about 30%.

MOTOMAN robots are also being used successfully in other areas of the beverage industry, e.g. for palletizing. In the Paderborn brewery, for example, returned empties are accurately handled by a MOTOMAN MPL500 II at a rate of up to 1,000 crates per hour. About 15 to 20 employees would be needed to do the sorting manually – a physically demanding job that is not reconcilable with the generally high degree of automation of the state-of-the-art bottling plant.
(Yaskawa Europe GmbH)

SIG's innovative combiMaxx closure launched for easy opening and superior pouring

SIG's innovative combiMaxx closure launched for easy opening and superior pouring  (Company news)

New closure assures ultimate convenience

SIG announces the launch of the new combiMaxx closure. This innovative solution offers consumers a new level of convenience, while allowing existing customers to upgrade their packaging without a major investment or the need for new sleeves.

Photo: The launch of SIG’s new combiMaxx closure offers a new level of convenience for consumers. Photo: SIG

With a large pouring diameter of 25mm, combiMaxx offers an optimal product flow and perfect stream controllability. The large cap makes it easier and more comfortable for consumers to open and reclose the pack in one easy step. A highly visible, tamper-evidence ring gives consumers the confidence that the package has not already been opened. Fully resealable and leak-proof, combiMaxx also ensures that opened packs can be stored safely in the fridge.

As part of SIG’s dedication to offering the most sustainable packaging solutions on the market, the innovative, material-saving design of combiMaxx uses approximately 4.5% less plastic than combiSwift.

“At SIG we’re committed to offering product innovation and differentiation,” said Hanno Bertling, Senior Product Manager Closures at SIG. “With our latest convenient combiMaxx closure, we can now offer our customers a cap that will help to increase brand loyalty among new and existing consumers. combiMaxx guarantees unbeatable pouring action, easy handling and spill-free horizontal and vertical storage.”

Easy, low cost implementation
Since the base plate dimensions and sleeves remain unchanged, SIG has made it simple for existing customers to switch from combiSwift to the new combiMaxx closure – without requiring a major investment.

Additionally, combiMaxx can be combined with all of SIG’s existing mid- and large-size carton formats, starting with combiblocSlimline, combiblocMidi and combifitMidi. Color options include white, red, blue and green, with additional colors available upon request.

“The transition for our customers to use the new closure system is easy to implement without any significant cost,” said Bertling. “We want to ensure the food and beverage industry can adapt quickly to fast-paced consumer needs to guarantee ongoing competitive advantage.”
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

SIG Combibloc Group: Continued strong performance in growth markets

SIG Combibloc Group: Continued strong performance in growth markets  (Company news)

Third quarter 2019 highlights
• Core revenue up 6.5% year-on-year at constant exchange rates; up 9.5% as reported
• Adjusted EBITDA up 9.8% year-on-year; adjusted EBITDA margin slightly higher at 27.7%
• Adjusted net income more than doubled at EUR53.8 million (third quarter 2018: EUR26.4 million)
• Full year guidance unchanged

Revenue by region: Third quarter 2019
Growth was good in all regions in the third quarter. The improvement in EMEA compared with the first half reflected a business upturn in markets in the Middle East and Africa. Demand for dairy products remained robust in APAC and sales benefited from the ramp-up of recent filler placements. Double digit growth in the Americas compares with a relatively weak third quarter in 2018 and was driven primarily by the United States and Mexico.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 9.8% year-on-year to EUR123.8 million in the third quarter and the EBITDA margin was slightly higher at 27.7%. For the first nine months, the adjusted EBITDA margin was 26.4% compared with 26.5% in the comparable period of 2018.

Revenue growth and currencies made a positive contribution to adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter and the first nine months, more than offsetting higher SG&A costs which include investments in innovation and growth markets as well as the additional costs of being a listed company. Strong cash flow generation by the Middle East joint venture meant that the dividend paid in the third quarter was slightly above the third quarter 2018 level; for the first nine months the dividend was below the comparable period of 2018.

EBITDA in the third quarter was slightly lower due to derivative gains in 2018 which were not repeated. For the first nine months, EBITDA increased by 9.1% relative to the prior year to EUR321.6 million. In addition to the contribution from revenue growth and currencies, the share of profit from joint ventures increased. Transaction costs were lower given that the company's IPO took place in September 2018. These positive elements more than offset higher SG&A costs and lower derivative gains.

Net income and adjusted net income
Adjusted net income for the first nine months increased to EUR134.3 million compared with EUR74.8 million in the comparative period of 2018. The increase was a consequence of higher profit from operating activities and lower net finance expense following the reduction and re-financing of debt in connection with the IPO.

Net income was EUR 51.7 million in the first nine months of 2019 compared with a net loss of EUR7.8 million in the same period of 2018. The higher profit from operating activities and lower net finance expense, together with lower transaction costs, more than offset a reduction in derivative gains.

Full year outlook
After strong growth in the first nine months of the year, notably in the third quarter, growth in the fourth quarter is likely to be muted. Guidance for the full year 2019 of core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currency and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 27 - 28% is unchanged.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Tethered Caps: BERICAP presents new product solutions

Tethered Caps: BERICAP presents new product solutions  (Company news)

On 3 July 2019, the EU published a far-reaching regulation on the reduction of plastic waste in the oceans. In addition to a complete ban on certain disposable products such as cotton swabs or straws made of plastic, the regulation also includes a provision on closures for plastic beverage bottles, which poses significant challenges to the industry. According to the legislative text, plastic closures must remain attached to the bottle during consumption by July 2024 at the latest.
What sounds like a simple task at first represents a major technical challenge for closure manufacturers, the bottlers and the supplying machining industry. Even if the technical solution is clear, the time frame of five years is short for converting the entire European beverage industry to tethered caps.

Photo: BERICAP Tethered Cap

The requirements of the beverage industry towards the new closures are clear: while maintaining consumer convenience and quality, the new closures must not affect the cost of production, the bottle design, the bottle neck, the filling line or the capper. In addition, the closures should be available both as light-weight press-on caps, which are mainly used in non-pressurized bottles such as still water, and as screw-on caps for higher demands on the tightness of the closure.

BERICAP has succeeded in fulfilling all these requirements, even if this necessitated a re-design of the existing closures. "Within the product development process, it quickly became clear that the screw caps had to be redesigned no matter which technical solution is proposed," states Volker Spiesmacher, Director Head of Product Sales and Marketing at BERICAP. "The tether requires more space in the area of the tamper evidence band. Hence, the screw caps had to be redesigned."

BERICAP tethered cap can be applied to all major neck finishes
The four technical proposals for screw caps now presented by BERICAP can be applied to the same closure shell which is a redesign of the current closure. All proposals can be applied to all major neck finishes available on the market. However, some proposals perform better, if small details of the neck are adapted – this modification process can be closely examined and discussed with BERICAP experts. The BERICAP proposals allow for a market introduction of the new closure design at an earlier stage than the tethered screw cap solution. These can then be introduced at a time that is in line with the marketing activities. In addition to the screw-cap solutions, BERICAP also offers press-on caps for the major still water necks as well as a premium solution with customized neck finish which offers the highest weight savings on neck and closure.

“Quite typical for BERICAP, the presented tethered cap solutions do not only offer products that fulfill the EU requirements for various applications and markets, but more so allow a step-by-step transition of our customers’ filling lines towards the use of tethered caps with minimal to no cost implied”, Spiesmacher concludes. “We are in conversation with our customers now and fully support them during the transition process”.
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

Ultra-Clean and ESL filling lines: Reduce carbon footprint & make savings

Ultra-Clean and ESL filling lines: Reduce carbon footprint & make savings  (Company news)

Choose the pulsed light for packaging decontamination

The beverage industry needs to be more sustainable. Major companies step up with commitment to reduce their use of chemicals, energy, water and carbon emissions but without compromise on profitability.

Claranor, well known by the beverage manufacturers for their chemical free decontamination solutions will attend the Brau exhibition with their German partner LOEHRKE. They will bring evidence that Pulsed light sterilization solution is:
Improved way to generate savings on existing or new lines: cheaper and as efficient as a PAA tunnel. In preview, Vilsa business case showing that investing in Pulsed light cap decontamination units grants a ROI after 3 years.

The obvious chemical free solution to ensure a mandatory level of decontamination for VDMA class IV beverages. Results on microbiological tests between Pulsed light and middle pressure UVC will be revealed. Pulsed light reaches a much higher level of decontamination and is the only dry treatment to achieve a 3 log reduction on reference micro-organism of VDMA - Class IV. Full test results on request during the show.

A sustainable and cost-efficient approach for the beverage manufacturers:
〉 Best compromise between high speed treatment and high efficiency for inline cap & preform sterilization (speed rate up to 100 000 bph)
〉 Water and chemical-free treatment
〉 Low operating cost: less than 25 €/million caps
〉 Much lower CO2 emission compared to chemical alternative

During the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to discuss their projects on retrofit or new lines with our Team, hall 6 booth 323. Future is clean! Claranor Pulsed light, THE sustainable & profitable alternative for your pack sterilization

Symrise with continued sales growth of 7.1 %

Symrise with continued sales growth of 7.1 %  (Company news)

• Group sales increase to € 2,551 million
• Strong performance in all segments
• Company reaffirms outlook for 2019 and long-term targets

Following a dynamic first half of the year, Symrise AG stayed on its growth course in the third quarter. All segments benefited from good demand. Group sales for the nine-month period increased to € 2,551 million (9M 2018: € 2,383 million). This represents a 7.1 % growth in reporting currency.

"We successfully continued our growth course in the third quarter. Also, with weaker economic conditions in some countries, we were able to make very good use of business opportunities and to grow in all segments. We also implemented investment projects according to plan and created additional production and research capacities. This ensures that we will continue to be well positioned in the future to deliver optimal performance in meeting our customers' needs and expectations. For the remaining weeks of this year, we believe that we are in a good position and are confident that we will achieve our growth and profitability targets for 2019," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.

Scent & Care with strong sales growth in fragrance compositions
Scent & Care, the business activities with fragrance and cosmetic ingredients applications, achieved a 7.1 % increase in sales to € 1,069.5 million (9M 2018: € 998.6 million). The segment posted organic growth of 5.6 %.

The Fragrances division was an important growth driver in the segment and achieved double-digit organic sales growth. Substantial sales gains were seen in particular in the Fine Fragrances business unit and the new Consumer Fragrances business unit, which combines the Beauty Care and Home Care application areas. The strong demand in all regions and price increases were important factors behind the healthy growth. Organic growth in the Oral Care business unit was in the single digits, with increases achieved mainly in the Asia/Pacific region.

In the Cosmetic Ingredients division, growth was in the single-digit range following the strong increases in the previous year. The Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions showed particularly expansive trends, especially in the national markets of China and Colombia.

The Aroma Molecules division saw moderate organic growth as compared to the high figures from the previous year. The increase in internal use of fragrance ingredients impacted the external growth. As the backward integration was expanded, significantly higher amounts of the capacity were used in own compositions.

Flavor showed high growth rates in the Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions
In the Flavor segment, which supplies flavors for foods and beverages, sales increased 5.8 % to € 965.5 million (9M 2018: € 912.5 million). Adjusted for exchange rate effects, organic growth amounted to 4 %. The Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions and the Savory business unit contributed substantially to the increases in sales. The Sweet business unit, by contrast, has experienced slower growth in sales after the dynamic trend in the previous year. An important factor in that regard has been the normalization of raw material prices for some natural products.

In the EAME region, the Flavor segment achieved an organic growth rate in the single-digit range. The strongest impetus came from applications for savory products and beverages in Germany, Russia and the Middle East.

The Asia/Pacific region achieved organic growth in the high single-digit range, especially in the Beverage and Savory business units. In some cases, growth was in the double-digit range. Key drivers behind the increases were the markets in Indonesia, China, Singapore and Thailand.

Through the first nine months of the year, North America experienced moderate sales growth. Yet, the Savory business unit showed a dynamic trend, in particular through extensive new business with global and regional customers.

Business in Latin America also showed dynamic growth, with organic growth in the double-digit range. All business units achieved strong gains, especially in the national markets of Brazil and Mexico.

Nutrition continued its strong growth in Pet Food
The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division, with applications for food and pet food as well as probiotics, achieved a 9.4 % increase in sales to € 516.0 million (9M 2018: € 471.4 million). In local currency the organic growth was higher, at 10 %.

The main growth driver for the Nutrition segment was again the Pet Food business unit, which achieved very good double-digit growth, especially in the national markets of the USA, Colombia and Brazil.

In the Food business unit, the Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions reached good growth rates, especially in the national markets of China, Mexico and Chile. In the EAME and North America regions growth was relatively modest.

Sales in the Aqua business unit continued to show a positive trend, especially in the EAME region, which achieved growth rates in the double-digit range.

Probiotics experienced single-digit growth in the period under review. In local currency, sales were at the same level as in the previous year. The North America region, which accounts for the majority of sales revenues, suffered from slower market growth. Growth in the EAME region was in the double-digit range.

Looking ahead to current fiscal year with confidence
Against the backdrop of the positive business development in the first nine months, Symrise is confident that it will meet its targets for the full year 2019. Symrise continues to expect sales growth of 5 to 7 % and to exceed the growth rate of the relevant market by a significant margin again this year. The market is projected to grow at a rate of 3 to 4 % worldwide. In addition, Symrise remains committed to its profitability guidance, as adjusted in August, and is aiming for an EBITDA(N) margin of approximately 21 %.

New technologies and initiatives to increase efficiency have been rolled out and implemented globally in 2019. Symrise has also continued to focus on high-margin applications. These measures are beneficial to the positive trend in earnings and cash flow.

The long-term targets also remain fully in effect: Symrise aims to increase its sales from around € 5.5 billion to € 6.0 billion by the end of 2025. This is to be achieved through organic growth at an annual rate of 5 to 7 % (CAGR) combined with additional targeted acquisitions.

In January, Symrise announced the planned acquisition of the US-American company ADF/IDF, a meat and egg-based protein specialist. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.
(Symrise AG)

Nestlé to introduce paper straws in Indonesia and Malaysia

Nestlé to introduce paper straws in Indonesia and Malaysia  (Company news)

Nestlé is introducing paper straws for its packaged drinks in Indonesia and Malaysia, replacing plastic straws. This is another step forward in Nestlé's ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025.

In Indonesia, the Nescafé ready-to-drink varieties Lively Yuzu and Cool Coconut will feature paper straws from the fourth quarter of this year. Starting in December, Nestlé Malaysia will pilot paper straws for its Milo UHT 125ml drink packs. These changes alone will avoid the use of a total of 70 million plastic straws across the two countries in a year’s time.

Following these pilot initiatives, paper straws will be used for other ready-to-drink products in the region.

The two market innovations are part of Nestlé’s broader vision and action plan to achieve a waste-free future. Amongst other measures, Nestlé announced in January that it would eliminate all plastic straws from its products. The company has already started introducing paper straws on products in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
(Nestlé Schweiz AG)

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