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New CEO for Helvetia Packaging AG
 21.10.2020

New CEO for Helvetia Packaging AG  (Company news)

Seven years after its foundation, Helvetia Packaging AG is a company that has been successfully launched onto the market. In view of the forthcoming capacity expansion, the company founder Rolf Ostmann appointed a new CEO, Mr Maik Lucas, from the beginning of October, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr Maik Lucas started as CFO at Helvetia Packaging AG as early as 1 February 2020.

Mr. Maik Lucas is 49 years old, a Swiss and German citizen and holds a degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim. With his many years of leadership and management experience, his international background and his strong assertiveness, Mr. Maik Lucas is ideally equipped to lead Helvetia Packaging AG successfully into the future.

"I am delighted that I have been able to find a very experienced successor to continue our successful business strategy," said Rolf Ostmann. Rolf Ostmann is retiring from his executive role but will remain a member of the Board of Directors and will devote himself in particular to cultivating customer relations.
(Helvetia Packaging AG)

Poland Spring Joins Forces with the University of Maine to Explore Bio-Based Materials ...
 20.10.2020

Poland Spring Joins Forces with the University of Maine to Explore Bio-Based Materials ...  (Company news)

...for Packaging

This collaboration supports the development of technologies to identify and assess viable alternative materials that will reduce the environmental impact of packaging

Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water announced a collaboration with the University of Maine and its Forest Bioproducts Research Institute to evaluate and develop bio-based solutions that could serve as alternative packaging for Poland Spring products. As part of the collaboration, the University of Maine will explore new possible uses of materials derived from sustainably harvested Maine wood, an effort that has the potential to advance the circular economy by contributing to the total utilization of this renewable resource.

“UMaine is grateful for Poland Spring’s support of our world-leading research, development, and commercialization in this area,” said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, University of Maine President. “Forestry is a cornerstone of Maine’s economy, and the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute was created to provide and promote technology validation and partnerships that will meet societal needs for materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner. This collaboration serves that important mission, leveraging the expertise of our faculty and staff, and facilitating the engagement of our students in cutting-edge research with important implications for our state and the wider world.”

Poland Spring is initiating this collaboration with the University of Maine to assess biomaterial technologies that could serve as alternatives to petroleum-derived non-renewable materials. This joint effort evolved after Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) sponsored a two-day bioplastics summit at the University of Maine in May 2019 that brought together stakeholders representing all sectors of Maine’s forest economy to discuss and explore these issues.

“It’s great to see one of Maine’s strongest brands working with Maine’s flagship research university to look at new opportunities that are beneficial to both the environment and the economy of the state,” said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. “Any time Maine’s natural resources, the basis of our heritage industries for generations, are looked at with fresh eyes to promote innovation, it is a benefit to the entire state. Maine further secures a position in the global economy, and the industry is given an option that is better for the planet. This a great example of a strong private-public partnership.”

“The University of Maine is pioneering new renewable and sustainable wood-based materials and processes that can be used as an alternative to petroleum-derived products, making them the ideal collaborator as we strive for a low carbon, waste-free future,” said David Tulauskas, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America, parent company of Poland Spring. “Their innovative work is already showing how a Maine-based circular economy is possible, and this project will identify additional potential uses for the state’s wood fiber byproducts as sustainable packaging or other products. We look forward to the potential innovative advances in packaging and other sustainability areas that may be enhanced and discovered through this collaboration benefitting the environment, the forest industry and the great state of Maine.”

“The expanded use of forest-based biomass in areas such as packaging, infrastructure, equipment, novel materials and even biofuels is a key development objective for the Maine forest sector, and this initiative between Poland Spring and UMaine is a great start,” said Patrick Strauch, Executive Director of the Maine Forest Products Council. “Diversifying the uses of Maine-harvested biomass is essential to the growth and sustainability of our state’s forest economy. UMaine is a longstanding partner in these efforts and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them on this project.”

In addition to exploring alternative packaging, Poland Spring’s parent company, NWNA, has committed to achieve 25% recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2021 and reach 50% by 2025. As NWNA’s most iconic brand, Poland Spring has called Maine home for 175 years and announced it would be the first major bottled water brand in the U.S. to reach 100% recycled plastic across its still water portfolio by 2022. Poland Spring 1-liter, 1.5-liter, 700-mL and 20-ounce bottles are already available in 100% recycled plastic.

Over the last decade, Poland Spring has given more than $9 million to local Maine community organizations, causes and events through its Good Neighbor Grant Program and donated more than 800,000 bottles a year to fire and rescue departments, non-profits and communities in need. As the state’s fifth largest manufacturing employer, Poland Spring proudly employs nearly 900 Mainers across three bottling facilities, Poland, Hollis and Kingfield, plus ReadyRefresh®, the direct-to-consumer home and office delivery teams.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

Coca-Cola Triumph at German Packaging Award 2020 with KeelClip™
 19.10.2020

Coca-Cola Triumph at German Packaging Award 2020 with KeelClip™  (Company news)

KeelClip™, an innovative packaging technology utilized by Coca-Cola as part of its move to replace plastic packaging on its multi-pack cans, has triumphed in the design and finishing category of the German Packaging Award 2020.

The solution, supplied by market leader in paper-based packaging solutions, Graphic Packaging International (“Graphic Packaging”), was recognized for its ‘Driving the Circular Economy – Accelerating Towards a World Without Waste’ entry in the prestigious awards, organized by the German Packaging Institute (DVI).

By switching to solutions such as KeelClip, CCEP has made progress on its “Action on Packaging”- strategy, which includes the aim to remove all unnecessary or hard-to-recycle plastics from its packaging portfolio.

Ralf Peters, vice president procurement, for Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “Innovation is a critical part of finding the most sustainable ways of delivering our drinks to consumers and we’re delighted that the KeelClip solution was recognized in this award. Innovative solutions such as KeelClip will help us to achieve our goal of moving from shrink to board for our multipack cans.”

The KeelClip solution is the first of its kind to work on all can sizes, diameters and multipack configurations (up to a 10 pack), making the solution easily scalable for brand owners with large range offerings to pack.

The innovative design features a central ‘keel’ for enhanced stabilization and the large surface area covering the can tops offers up enhanced branding opportunities, while addressing consumer hygiene concerns.

Steve Gould, new product development and marketing director of the beverage division at Graphic Packaging, added: “Taken at face value, KeelClip is a breakthrough innovation as it provides a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging. However, KeelClip’s potential is truly unleashed when you factor in its scalability and ability to meet the speed and efficiency demands of today’s fastest filling lines on all can sizes and configurations. This is a huge advantage for brands looking for a consistent, one-stop solution to meet sustainability requirements, while focusing on brand premiumization, now and over the coming years.”
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition to take place exclusively in digital form
 16.10.2020

BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition to take place exclusively in digital form  (Company news)

Following extensive discussions and critical observation of the current situation, NürnbergMesse, in close cooperation with customers and partners, has decided not to hold the physical BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition trade fair as planned and to move the program exclusively to the digital world. The reasons for this are the current national and global developments of the corona pandemic, the rapidly increasing number of infections, and the associated massive restrictions on business travel in companies. Exhibitors and visitors will be able to meet virtually all year round on the digital dialog platform myBeviale.com, where the extensive supporting program BrauBeviale@stage will be online from 10 – 12 November 2020. The next BrauBeviale will take place again in 2022 at Messe Nuremberg.

With BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition, NürnbergMesse aimed to fulfil the beverage industry’s desire to finally meet and exchange ideas in person again. Numerous intensive discussions with exhibitors, partners, and visitors have led to this decision. In coordination with the responsible authorities, safety and hygiene protection concepts were developed to ensure smooth and safe participation in the trade fair for all. Right up to the end, the BrauBeviale Special Edition has received a lot of encouragement and support from the industry. “We had a lot of patience and would have maintained this patience until November – for our exhibitors, visitors, and partners. Unfortunately, the industry is now being deprived of the last opportunity for a physical meeting this year,” regrets Andrea Kalrait, Executive Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse. “However, despite all our commitment, we obviously cannot close our eyes to the latest developments.
We owe this to our customers and partners. We were well prepared, but must be realistic about the current situation. In this respect, we are now continuing to work at full speed on our online offering and are delighted to unite the beverage industry virtually on our digital dialog platform myBeviale.com starting in November.”

The beverage industry meets digitally: myBeviale.com
Coming together, sharing knowledge, taking ideas with you: This is what exhibitors and visitors expect from BrauBeviale. In order to strengthen the dialog in the beverage industry, the digital dialog platform myBeviale.com (www.mybeviale.com) will be launched in early November. A more comprehensive supporting program than ever before had already been planned for the physical event. BrauBeviale@stage, with six theme stages, will also be available online. Andrea Kalrait would like to thank all customers who have supported BrauBeviale, also as a Special Edition: “Strong partners in difficult times are irreplaceable. We are continuing to work together with equal commitment to provide the international beverage industry with a virtual and year-round platform. We look forward to seeing you again online and, at the latest, in 2022 again at Messe Nuremberg!”
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

651,000 Jobs Supported by U.S. Beer Industry to be Lost Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
 16.10.2020

651,000 Jobs Supported by U.S. Beer Industry to be Lost Due to COVID-19 Pandemic  (Company news)

By year’s end, the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a $22 billion drop in beer sales

Lately, the Beer Institute, the Brewers Association, the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the American Beverage Licensees released a report from a leading economic firm showing more than 651,000 jobs supported by the U.S. beer industry will be lost by the end of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These job losses include more than 3,600 brewing jobs, 1,800 distributing jobs and 400,000 retail-related jobs.

The report forecasts the COVID-19 pandemic will result in retail beer sales declining by more than $22 billion.

“Although millions of Americans continue to enjoy beer responsibly every day, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beer industry has seen a dramatic decline both in sales and jobs that rely on our nation’s most popular alcohol beverage,” said Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute. “We hope policymakers consider that our nation’s brewers and beer importers are having to make difficult decisions to adjust for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of Congress should pass legislation to ensure our nation’s beer industry does not face a $154 million annual tax increase next year, and state legislatures should not raise taxes on the beer industry to resolve budget shortfalls. These tax increases will only result in additional job losses for our nation’s brewers and beer importers and the millions of American’s whose livelihood depends on them.”

“Small and independent craft brewers, brewpubs, and tap rooms are in nearly every congressional district across the nation and are vital contributors to their communities, and they directly employ more than 160,000 workers,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “Right now, these small businesses are struggling under severe financial and operational limitations to make payroll, continue production and serve their customers. Making a bad situation worse, these businesses face a second looming crisis: an increase to their federal excise taxes in 2021 – less than four months from now! If Congress doesn’t enact the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1175/S. 362), businesses that are already struggling will face higher federal excise taxes, causing some businesses to close their doors permanently and threatening tens of thousands of jobs.”

“America’s beer distributors have been working nonstop to keep the nation’s supply chain and economy moving while facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Craig Purser, president and CEO of the National Beer Wholesalers Association. “The abrupt, forced shutdown of bars, restaurants, hotels, arenas and more during the busy spring season left at least $1 billion of perishable draft beer stranded in the marketplace and unable to be sold. In addition to this significant financial loss, beer distributors have seen their operating costs skyrocket as they have made substantial investments to keep their workforce and customers safe during this global health crisis. The beer industry will continue to face difficult headwinds as we navigate this crisis that is still unfolding.”

“Even though the vast majority of bars and package stores have diligently followed COVID-19 regulations and guidelines so they can continue to serve their customers and communities, the unfortunate truth is many beer retailers have been forced to lay-off employees or close their doors altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John Bodnovich, executive director of American Beverage Licensees. “Bars & taverns that have been allowed to reopen are fighting to simply stay in business in the face of occupancy and hours of operation restrictions that have many teetering on the brink of collapse. These local businesses need Congress’ support and additional COVID-19 relief to survive, not the threat of tax increases on their industry.”

In 2018, the Beer Serves America study concluded America’s beer industry supports more than 2.1 million jobs, contributing more than $328 billion to the U.S. economy. The beer industry pays annually nearly $59 billion in taxes, meaning—on average—taxes account for 40% of the cost of a beer.
(BI Beer Institute)

SIG's technology provides Olympia Dairy with unmatched flexibility combined with speed
 15.10.2020

SIG's technology provides Olympia Dairy with unmatched flexibility combined with speed  (Company news)

Olympia Dairy has opened the retail distribution channel as a second strategic pillar to offer its liquid dairy products by becoming the first Belgian dairy company to choose packaging and filling technology from SIG.

Olympia has always supplied the food service industry by offering products in large sized plastic and glass bottles to hotel and catering establishments. Now with the installation of its first fast and flexible CFA 812 filling machine from SIG, the company will be able to launch their products in the retail sector while flexibly meeting the needs of retailers and environmentally conscious consumers for sustainable packaging that fits perfectly into everyday lives. Olympia will benefit from the perfect combination of maximum flexibility and speed that enables the company to offer an unmatched variety of packaging options.

‘If we do it, we do it right’ is Olympia’s approach, which puts convenience and sustainability at its core. Its forward-looking team is fully convinced by the key arguments in favor of carton packaging. Olympia now has the option to use industry-leading sustainable packaging material options from SIG such as EcoPlus, an innovative composite structure without aluminium and with less environmental impact compared to the conventional carton, as well as SIGNATURE packaging material, which is 100% linked to plant-based renewable material and lowers the carbon footprint of the carton pack even further.

Kris Huygh, CEO at Olympia Dairy: “Our new partnership with SIG opens up many opportunities in the retail sector and will put Olympia Dairy in a strong position within the European dairy market. By choosing the most forward-looking, futureproof and sustainable packaging, we can provide our modern consumers with the very best in terms of sophistication, convenience and minimal environmental impact. We now have the flexibility to stay one step ahead in retail with so many options available on one filling machine.”

SIG’s filling technology provides high flexibility without compromising on speed and output. The number of packaging options on one SIG CFA 812 filling machine for ‘square base format’ aseptic cartons is a multiple of any other such filling machine on the market. One single CFA 812 filling machine provides customers with more than 70 different packaging options – combining different packaging formats, volume sizes, openings and packaging materials – all with an output of 12,000 packs per hour.

Volker Bubacz, Head of Market Area UK & BeNeLux at SIG: “We are delighted to welcome Olympia as our first Belgian dairy customer and we’re looking forward to developing our close partnership to launch new and exciting products. We will support Olympia in offering the most innovative and sustainable product and packaging solutions and bring a fresh impetus to the Benelux dairy market.”

SIG’s close cooperation with Olympia Dairy offers true product innovation and differentiation as part of SIG’s Value Proposition, which aims to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

DASANI bottle caps made with recycled plastic launch in California
 14.10.2020

DASANI bottle caps made with recycled plastic launch in California  (Company news)

Coca-Cola North America is bringing a new twist to sustainable packaging by using caps made from recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic – a beverage industry first – on DASANI bottles.

Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling recently piloted and commercialized the resealable closures, which include 30% recycled content, on 20-oz., half-liter and 1-liter PET bottles of DASANI throughout California. The pioneering innovation supports The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste vision to collect and recycle the equivalent of a bottle or can for everyone it sells globally by 2030; to make all packaging fully recyclable by 2025; and to make bottles and cans with 50% recycled material by 2030.

“We’ve continued to make progress on long-term goals to reduce waste. Even through this challenging pandemic, we’ve been able to introduce innovations to help improve the sustainability of our packaging,” said Bruce Karas, VP of Environment, Sustainability & Safety, Coca-Cola North America.

The process of producing plastic closures like twist-off caps is challenging from both a manufacturing and regulatory standpoint. Threading inside an FDA-approved cap must fit perfectly with threading on the neck of the bottle to ensure an air-tight seal.

Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Bottling Sales and Services worked closely with resin and closure suppliers to develop a cap made with recycled HDPE – the type of plastic used to make milk jugs and detergent containers – while meeting all technical and food safety requirements.

“This is not a small achievement,” Karas added, noting that most caps in the market are produced with virgin plastic. “Closures and labels are often missed in the overall context of sustainable packaging, but they’re just as important as bottles and cans. Using recycled content in caps is a clear example of how World Without Waste is challenging us to rethink existing models.”

Suzana Keller, chief procurement officer, Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales and Services Company (CCBSS), added, “We couldn’t be any more excited about this work, as it brings to our consumers the full innovative capacity of the Coca-Cola system – from a sustainability perspective. Additionally, we will continue our work by raising recycling awareness within the communities we serve in order to improve collection rates. This will bolster our efforts by allowing us to further leverage post-consumer curbside recycled materials.”

The breakthrough development won the coveted Plastics News' 2020 Plastics Caps & Closures Innovation Award for being the first beverage closure made from post-consumer recycled content. The California pilot also included a monolayer label for DASANI bottles with 40% less plastic than existing labels. These new labels separate more easily in the recycling stream, which means bottles can be more easily recycled and used to make new bottles.

These developments will drive demand for recycled material, supporting a circular, job-creating economy.

“Every time recycled material is used, we are reducing our carbon footprint and helping create an end-market for our PET bottles and our HDPE caps, which is very positive,” said Karas.

Coca-Cola North America has continued to invest in community recycling during the pandemic to drive increased collection of its bottles and cans. The company has provided grants to local organizations like the Conservation Corp. of Long Beach and I Love a Clean San Diego in California, and national collaborations with The Recycling Partnership and The Closed Loop Fund to support curbside collection programs. In 2019, Coca-Cola joined the American Beverage Association in establishing a $100 million fund to support recycling infrastructure and educational programming for communities in 10 major cities.

“As people spend more time at home, we are recognizing an opportunity to do even more to help ensure that people have a means to recycle at the curb,” Karas said.

DASANI has been at the forefront of sustainable packaging innovation since 2009 with the launch of PlantBottle, the first fully recyclable bottle made partially from plants. In 2018, the brand became the first major water brand to debut a package-less water dispensing unit with DASANI PureFill. DASANI plans to remove the equivalent of 1 billion virgin PET bottles from its U.S. supply chain in the next five years.
(The Coca-Cola Company)

New Alfa Laval Fluid Handling Application & Innovation Centre opens in Denmark
 13.10.2020

New Alfa Laval Fluid Handling Application & Innovation Centre opens in Denmark  (Company news)

Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – is opening a state-of-the-art Application & Innovation Centre in Kolding, Denmark. The centre will reinforce the company’s technology leadership within hygienic fluid handling and put Alfa Laval squarely at the forefront of customer engagement, product innovation and optimization of customers’ processes.

Investing in the new 1,600-square-metre Application & Innovation Centre supports Alfa Laval’s strategic focus of accelerating product innovation and driving customer preference for Alfa Laval pumps, valves, and cleaning and mixing equipment used in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

“It’s all about taking our customers’ production to the next level,” says Mikkel Nordkvist, Vice President, Hygienic Fluid Handling, Head of Industry Management. “Customers can see – either in person or by live link – how Alfa Laval equipment performs under their actual operating conditions. Conducting trials with Alfa Laval industry experts provides verification of higher yield, improved hygiene, and sustainable cost reductions by saving energy, water and cleaning media. It’s a golden opportunity to validate overall performance.”

“The centre provides a unique environment to develop tomorrow’s fluid handling technologies and equipment. Multiple testbeds with advanced hardware and software enable us to drive innovation by conducting rigorous proof-of-concept experiments on new equipment for the food and pharma industries at many duty points under close-to-actual conditions,” says Rikke Kau Breinholt, Vice President, Hygienic Fluid Handling, and Head of Research & Development, Alfa Laval. “Moreover, with insights from customer trials, we can further refine our equipment and are able to introduce new customer-centric products and product enhancements to the market faster than before. Accelerating product development and innovation, in turn, means that we can deliver more value to our customers.”

Did you know that…Alfa Laval has several global competence and test centres, including four in Denmark; in Soborg (decanters for food and water applications), in Aalborg (marine applications), in Nakskov (membrane filtration applications), and now in Kolding (fluid handling)?
(Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)

Coca-Cola: A world without waste
 12.10.2020

Coca-Cola: A world without waste  (Company news)

Join us on our journey towards a World Without Waste. We're doing our part to ensure that the future is more sustainable than ever.

Food and beverage packaging is an important part of modern life, but discarded packaging is taking its toll on our beaches, oceans and the communities we live in. In 2018, the Coca-Cola system announced an industry-first goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can we sell worldwide by 2030. Here are our commitments globally:

The rise in litter on streets, beaches and in the oceans is an increasingly urgent issue. Food and drinks packaging is a significant part of this worldwide problem and Coca-Cola has a responsibility to help solve it. By investing in our planet and our packaging through our World Without Waste programme, we can help tackle this global challenge.

Our global ambition
“Consumers around the world care about our planet. They want and expect companies like ours to be leaders and help make a litter-free world possible,” says James Quincey, president and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company.

“Through our World Without Waste vision, we are investing in our planet and in our packaging to help make the world’s packaging problem a thing of the past.”

At the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Quincey said the company will continue to focus on developing 100% recyclable packaging and reducing the amount of plastic in our bottles.

With our drinks’ packaging among the waste that ends up littering our countryside, communities and beaches, we know we’ve got a real responsibility to address the world’s packaging problem. We’re setting ourselves a massive global ambition: by 2030 we aim to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every single one we sell.

"If something can be recycled, it should be recycled. So we want to help people everywhere understand how to do their part.” James Quincey, president and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

So, how will we reach this global ambition?
For every bottle or can we sell globally, we aim to take one back and recycle it, making sure it has more than one life. 2030 is the end goal.

Because we work in local communities across the world, and in over 200 countries, we’re able to share best practices and help develop effective recycling methods in a wide range of communities. We want to make recycling easier and more accessible for everyone.

Making our packaging 100% recyclable is only part of the answer to the world’s packaging problem – we also have a responsibility to help people everywhere understand how they can do their part. We know that plastic, glass and aluminum should be reused and given a second or third life, and we want to help spread the message.

“We believe every package – regardless of where it comes from – has value and life beyond its initial use,” Quincey said. “If something can be recycled, it should be recycled. So we want to help people everywhere understand how to do their part.”

“Plastic, glass and aluminum should be reused and given a second or third life – we want to help spread that message.”
(The Coca-Cola Company)

KHS: Coated PET bottles protect sensitive beverages and the environment
 09.10.2020

KHS: Coated PET bottles protect sensitive beverages and the environment   (Company news)

Mandatory deposit on containers in Germany: no more exceptions
The Bundesrat (upper house of German parliament) recently voted in favor of extending the mandatory deposit on containers to cover all non-returnable plastic bottles and beverage cans. This is good news for the protection of the environment. For besides yielding a higher quota of returns, a high recycling rate has a positive impact on the ecobalance of beverage packaging. Implementing this would present a lot of juice producers with a number of challenges, however. Their problem is that owing to the composition of their materials most plastic bottles filled with sensitive products such as juice cannot be collected by type and recycled to make new bottles. Barrier technologies already established on the market provide an answer here; these protect the liquid food from gas exchange with the help of a wafer-thin layer of chemically pure glass. Dortmund manufacturer of filling and packaging systems KHS is a pioneer in this field. Since 2002 the corporate group has provided a glass coating technology that enables full bottle-to-bottle recycling under the name of FreshSafe PET®.

Photo: The Beyond Juice bottle by KHS is a fully recyclable PET bottle made entirely of recycled materials. Thanks to the FreshSafe PET® barrier system it provides outstanding product protection.

Plastic bottles should be returned to a deposit machine. However, as is so often the case, unfortunately there are exceptions to this rule. While a deposit is levied on apple spritzer in non-returnable PET bottles, there is no such obligation for apple juice in the same type of packaging. Juice bottles are thus collected through dual waste disposal systems and cannot be recycled to make new PET bottles in the sense of a circular economy. For consumers, this rule is confusing. Regarding the protection of the environment, too, the current legislation is also hard to fathom. Due to the limitations of the mandatory deposit system, about 10% of all PET bottles each year are lost to the closed recycling loop according to a study by packaging market research institute GVM from 2018. This amounts to approximately 40,000 metric tons of plastic per annum that cannot be reused to make food packaging. The German federal state of Hesse has since recognized this problem and together with Baden-Württemberg applied to widen the scope of the compulsory deposit on beverage containers in the upper house of German parliament – with success. This recently voted in favor of extending the mandatory deposit system to cover all non-returnable plastic bottles.

Juice bottles: the problem of recyclability
This recommendation is cause for concern to many German juice producers who fill their products into non-deposit one-way PET bottles. Unlike water or a lot of carbonated soft drinks these sensitive beverages have to be protected against external influences such as oxygen pickup. To ensure this protection, juice and nectar bottles made of PET often contain additives with oxygen absorbers. These additives make them more difficult to recycle than a normal PET bottle as despite being subjected to elaborate processes the various materials cannot be separated during recycling and cause discoloration of the recyclate, for example. This complicates pooled recycling with the conventional non-returnable PET containers in the deposit system and renders global bottle-to-bottle recycling, for which 100% pure rPET is required, practically impossible.

One environmentally-friendly alternative is to use an oxygen barrier made of chemically pure glass. The wafer-thin coating on the inside of the PET bottle not only effectively protects the juice from oxygen pickup but is also fully recyclable. During the standard recycling process the coating is hydrolyzed using hot caustic and thus removed from the inside bottle wall. It then goes into solution and the pure PET can be collected by type.

Solution available
The KHS Group is a pioneer in the field of interior glass coating for PET bottles. For about 15 years now the systems manufacturer and packaging specialist has offered its customers in the food and beverage industries a fully recyclable system for juice bottles. Bottlers of renown such as Eckes-Granini have been using the ecofriendly packaging system named FreshSafe PET® for many years.

The manufacture of the recyclable PET bottle differs only slightly from that of a conventional juice bottle. In both cases a standard PET preform is used as the basic material. These plastic containers that look like a test tube with a screw top are turned into bottles on a stretch blow molding machine. Here, the preform can be made of new plastic or of recycled material – or what is known as recyclate.

In the FreshSafe PET® system the bottle is then fed to a downstream coating machine. KHS provides this in a number of different versions and with various capacity ranges. The KHS InnoPET Plasmax 20QS, for example, outputs up to 48,000 bottles per hour. The turnkey supplier’s extensive portfolio also includes two compact block systems. The InnoPET FreshSafe block linked up to a KHS stretch blow molder produces empty coated PET bottles. The KHS InnoPET FreshSafe TriBlock comprising a stretch blow molder, coating machine and filling unit blows, coats and fills the bottles on a single machine before these are then sealed.

From pharmaceuticals to food and beverages
The bottles are coated using the PICVD method, a process first used in the pharmaceutical industry. In this process a reaction gas mixture is introduced into the PET bottle in a fine vacuum and this subsequently transformed into a plasma state by microwaves. In this state SiOx or chemically pure glass is deposited on the inside of the bottle.

The interior glass coating is transparent and has a thickness of less than 0.1 µm. It is thus flexibly and chemically bonded to the inside wall of the juice bottle. This prevents the glass coating from being accidentally removed when force is applied to the PET bottle, for instance; it can only be separated during the recycling process. Thanks to this particular property the FreshSafe PET® bottle from KHS is 100% bottle-to-bottle recyclable. This has also been recognized by trade associations such as the European PET Bottle Platform and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (USA). Furthermore, the bottle’s suitability for use with foods has also been officially proven. In many countries including the USA and the whole of Europe the KHS system has food-grade approval.

For consumers and the environment: FreshSafe PET® has many benefits
After coating the FreshSafe PET® bottle can be filled with product and provides full protection against both oxygen pickup and loss of CO2 and water vapor. In this way the Plasmax coating prevents the quality of the sensitive beverage from being compromised and means that the product keeps up to ten times longer than in uncoated plastic bottles.

In addition, glass-coated PET juice bottles have a number of further benefits – both for the consumer and the environment. For instance, plastic bottles are much lighter than glass bottles. This has a positive impact on the amount of CO2 emitted by trucks as fewer bottles or lower load weights mean less gas consumption. Plastic bottles are also unbreakable and flexible.

In addition to environmental aspects and the protection of the product, economy is also important. On the one hand, thanks to the glass coating the amount of plastic used compared to containers with oxygen absorbers is lower, thus yielding cost savings. On the other, bottlers can work with standard PET preforms, further reducing the cost per bottle.

KHS promotes the closed recycling loop
The greatest advantage of the FreshSafe PET® system, however, lies in its ability to be fully recycled to produce pure PET. With this the KHS Group supports efforts to create a closed PET recycling loop and facilitate bottle-to-bottle recycling. This is essential if plastic bottles are to have a positive ecobalance, as the ALPLA LCA Packaging study carried out last year illustrates.

In order to continue to boost the high recycling rate of about 93% for PET bottles in Germany and further strengthen the bottle-to-bottle recycling loop, the KHS Group recently introduced an innovative bottle concept for sensitive beverages. Its Beyond Juice bottle is a fully recyclable PET bottle made entirely of recycled materials. Thanks to the FreshSafe PET® barrier system it provides outstanding product protection. Environmental service provider Interseroh has issued the container with its Made for Recycling seal of quality. The Beyond Juice bottle is the first PET bottle ever to score a full 20 out of 20 points in this rating system.

With the new bottle concept juice producers can save more than 1,500 metric tons of raw materials at a production of 50 million bottles a year. In doing so they are greatly helping to improve the ecobalance of plastic packaging. The Beyond Juice bottle is even more environmentally friendly in combination with Nature MultiPackTM from KHS, a container system that holds bottles together with dots of adhesive which are strong and secure yet easy to remove. With the help of this tried-and-tested packaging variant the plastic film otherwise used to form PET bottles into packs of six, for example, is no longer required. This reduces the amount of packaging waste by up to 90%. Like the coated PET juice bottles, the dots of adhesive are also fully recyclable.
(KHS GmbH)

Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints new Chief Technical Officer for ...
 08.10.2020

Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints new Chief Technical Officer for ...  (Company news)

...Engineering and Production division at Group level

The Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding Ltd has appointed Dr Guido Stebner (photo) as the new Group-wide Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for the Engineering and Production division with effect from 1 January 2021. He will also become a member of the Management Board.

Dr Guido Stebner, 54, studied Metallurgy at the Clausthal Zellerfeld University of Technology in Germany. In 1997, he completed his doctoral thesis on the “Design of coated rollers for casting steel according to the twin-roll process” with distinction at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. After concluding his studies, his professional career path led him to the steel industry. He held management positions in research, production and technology at what is now the ThyssenKrupp Group, and his ever-growing field of work took him to Germany, France, Italy and the United States of America. In 2013, after Finnish steel group Outokumpu took over the steel operations of ThyssenKrupp, Stebner became responsible for production at Outokumpu Stainless USA and was promoted to a member of the Management Board. In 2016, he moved to Swiss Steel AG, part of the Swiss Schmolz + Bickenbach Group, where he headed up the Production and Technology division. He took over management of the Technology division of Deutschen Edelstahlwerke, also part of the Schmolz + Bickenbach Group, in 2018 in the role of Chief Operations Officer.

The current CTO Engineering and Production, Günter Lubitz, will embark on his well-deserved retirement as of 30 September 2020. Until his successor takes over on 1 January 2021, Johann Reiter, CEO of Vetropack Group, will manage this division on an interim basis.
(Vetropack AG)

Kerry Unveils Unique Citrus Extract Technology
 07.10.2020

Kerry Unveils Unique Citrus Extract Technology   (Company news)

Kerry’s advanced New! Citrus Extract technology is much more effective than traditional methods at retaining the great aroma and flavour characteristics of fresh citrus

Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company, is pleased to introduce an advanced citrus extract technology — brand-named New! Citrus Extract — that delivers all of the flavour benefits and impact of traditional natural citrus products but can be labelled a “Natural Extract”. This best-in-class extraction technology can be applied to a variety of citrus fruit, and has many different applications, including refreshing beverages such as sparkling and still flavoured waters, ready-to-drink teas, juice drinks, isotonic and energy drinks, and craft carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), as well as alcoholic beverages such as hard seltzers, malt beverages, mocktails and flavoured beers and spirits. Initially, citrus tonalities include lime, lemon, orange and tangerine, with more to come.

Based on Kerry’s broad technical capability, the New! Citrus Extract portfolio was developed with the support of Kerry’s non-thermal liquid/liquid extraction process that delivers highly concentrated extracts with a greatly reduced level of terpenes and sesquiterpenes. This creates a taste profile that has been described as fresh, clean, vibrant, juicy, aromatic and intense, with a clean lingering effect. The process also allows for excellent solubility in water and stability.

This breakthrough technology is important because it is more effective than current methods at retaining the superior aroma and flavour of citrus, as well as providing an extended, more full-bodied finish. All products are completely water-soluble and colourless in the finished application, allowing the product developer to replace a natural citrus flavour with a natural citrus extract, i.e., providing a cleaner ingredient label.

“Citrus flavours and extracts have been used in foods and beverages for centuries. By enabling producers to retain the wonderful aroma and flavour of authentic citrus and deliver a fresh, intense, full-bodied citrus taste, our technology represents a major step forward from traditional extract processing,” said Ton Mesters, Global Product Director Citrus, of Kerry. “Our extracts deliver all of the benefits of a natural flavour, but can be labelled a ‘natural extract’, enabling food and beverage developers to clean up their ingredient labels. This new technology enables our customers to offer advanced vibrant flavours for new and unique market products.”

Citrus is a leading taste in new launches, especially in the case of beverages: since 2017, 47% of flavoured waters have contained citrus profiles. In addition, the same year, citrus was included in 38% of sports and energy drinks, 34% of carbonated soft drinks, 30% of flavoured alcoholic beverages, 29% of RTD iced teas and 26% of juices. In 2019, the use of extracts in beverages increased to 19% in all launches. Kerry’s New! Citrus Extracts can be included in many different sub-categories of non-alcoholic and alcohol-based beverages.

“People love the delicious and refreshing taste of citrus, so it’s not surprising the global food and beverage industry continues to use this iconic taste in new products,” added Mesters. “With Kerry’s advanced extraction technology available in four flavor tonalities (and more on the way), product designers have access to an expanded range of citrus extract options to enhance their design palettes.”
(Kerry Group plc)

Fiorito Limoncello Tonic: looking sharp
 06.10.2020

Fiorito Limoncello Tonic: looking sharp  (Company news)

A new mixologist-quality ready to drink (RTD) cocktail from Dutch beverage company Fiorito B.V. is set to turn heads in an impressive can with a unique and contemporary ‘watermark’ design made possible by the expertise and commitment of Ardagh Group’s Graphics team.

Limoncello Tonic is the latest addition to a range of drinks made from Fiorito’s award-winning limoncello, based on an old recipe from the founders’ family in Sicily. At 5% ABV and flavoured with basil and natural lemongrass, the cocktail sees Fiorito enter the fast-growing RTD category – and thanks to its clever design, the 250ml slim Ardagh can in iridescent golden yellow is bound to make a splash.

Fiorito’s distinctive vision for the packaging for its first canned drink was a bright and shining yellow aesthetic, suggesting a hot summer day, with a background of sophisticated geometric lines to enhance the feel of quality – like a watermark. The design challenge was to achieve the sweet spot between pin-sharp colour contrast and the subtle simplicity Fiorito was looking for.

Presented with a chance to innovate, Ardagh’s renowned Graphics team decided to use the same yellow in two shades to achieve the watermark effect, using a plate with wide open lines to print a second layer and achieve a main can colour that is darker than its ‘background.’ This approach also eliminated the chance of any registration problems. Finished with a matte over-varnish, the resulting pack looks crisp, sharp and sophisticated, beautifully expressing the sparkling, slightly bitter lemon-tonic cocktail inside.

Ardagh’s Graphics teams are located in several European countries, in close proximity to customers with the benefit of speaking their local language. Benno Fiorito, Director of Fiorito B.V., says: “We wanted a premium, no-nonsense look for the can, to reflect the simplicity of our drinks. We worked very closely with Ardagh’s Graphics team who helped us select the right colours, and it was great to be able to test the designs on the can directly.”

Fiorito’s Limoncello Tonic RTD is targeted at on-the-go Millennials who appreciate the freedom of enjoying a delicious cocktail either straight from the cooled can or over ice.

The pack is filled by Avandis and available now in Albert Heijn, JUMBO and other outlets in the Netherlands, with Israel next on the list as distribution expands.
(Ardagh Glass Group plc)

KHS at BrauBeviale: reliable technology and digital service for the beverage industry
 05.10.2020

KHS at BrauBeviale: reliable technology and digital service for the beverage industry   (Company news)

By taking part in BrauBeviale from November 10 to 12 in Hall 7A, KHS demonstrates that a trade show can also be successful for exhibitors even under difficult circumstances.

- KHS’ participation underlines its claim as reliable partner to the beverage industry
- Numerous further developments in filling technology
- Digital systems prevent downtime and production loss

Picture: Dr. Johannes T. Grobe, “As an exhibitor of many years we value BrauBeviale as a venue that strengthens our customer relations in the long term, encourages technical discussion and the transfer of knowledge and provides us with the perfect opportunity to present our innovations to a specialist public,” explains Dr. Johannes T. Grobe, CSO for the KHS Group.

By taking part in BrauBeviale from November 10 to 12 in Hall 7A, KHS demonstrates that a trade show can also be successful for exhibitors even under difficult circumstances. As a reliable partner to the beverage industry the Dortmund engineering company continues to be on site in person for its customers in these trying times – while observing all of the currently valid hygiene and social distancing rules, of course. The exhibition focus will be on KHS’ new and further developments in filling technology, especially those for the can and glass bottle segments. The KHS Group will also be presenting its broad portfolio of digital services that give customers numerous benefits, particularly in view of the current social and travel restrictions.

“As an exhibitor of many years we value BrauBeviale as a venue that strengthens our customer relations in the long term, encourages technical discussion and the transfer of knowledge and provides us with the perfect opportunity to present our innovations to a specialist public,” explains Dr. Johannes T. Grobe, CSO for the KHS Group. Particularly in challenging times such as the current corona pandemic, it is extremely important to maintain personal contact with business partners, he continues. “We continue to endeavor to be at our customers’ side as a partner they can depend on. Our taking part in the show this year underlines this all the more.”

A conscious decision has been made not to exhibit any machinery. “In doing so we’re adhering to the hygiene and social distancing rules currently in force and protecting our customers, business associates and employees,” is how Grobe justifies this move.

Numerous optimizations in filling technology
With its further developments for beverage cans KHS is meeting the growing market demand for this container segment. For instance, the KHS Innofill Can DVD can now fill beverages while they are warm. Another important upgrade is the new pneumatic lowering device for the centering bells that further boosts the standard of hygiene already inherent on the can filler. ‘Little brother’ Innofill Can C, on the other hand, has had its production capacity optimized. Instead of 5,000 to 15,000 cans an hour, the machine can now process up to 50,000 containers in the same time.

Furthermore, with its Innofill Glass platform KHS is expanding its portfolio for the filling of sensitive beverages such as beer and fruit juice. The long-tube filler is especially convincing here with its high degree of flexibility and modular design.

Digital systems prevent production loss
When social distancing and travel restrictions greatly hamper the maintenance and repair of machinery, creative solutions are called for. “With our comprehensive range of digital services we’re showing which efficient measures can help minimize downtimes and prevent production stops,” Grobe states. Thanks to its proven ReDiS remote diagnostic service and augmented reality service KHS also reliably helps its customers to remedy faults quickly and directly by remote access – without a KHS service engineer having to be on site. The digital monitoring of entire lines is just as smart, this made possible by the web-based Basic Line Monitoring software that assesses the line’s efficiency and pinpoints any possible errors. The German turnkey supplier also proves a reliable partner to its clients with its 24/7 Service HelpDesk. This is available round the clock for spare parts inquiries and to process any technical problems that might arise.

The KHS Group will be in Hall 7A at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 10 to 12, 2020.
(KHS GmbH)

Symrise brings customers and consumers closest to the source of vanilla from Madagascar
 02.10.2020

Symrise brings customers and consumers closest to the source of vanilla from Madagascar  (Company news)

- Ensuring the highest quality of vanilla and security of supply
- Creating certainty through a transparent, traceable value chain
- Strengthening local communities by sharing value with farmers, as we create enjoyment of great taste for our customers and their consumers

By bringing customers and consumers closest to the source, Symrise creates sustainable value for its value chain partners and particularly vanilla farmers. The local team is living and working year-round in the heart of the SAVA region where 80 % of the world’s vanilla is grown. Symrise nurtures direct partnerships with over 7,000 vanilla farmers in 84 villages. This brings growth and benefits to over 34,000 people in the vanilla communities as well as transparency, traceability, safety and much-needed security of supply to customers and consumers.

Closest to the Source
As the only company in its industry, Symrise maintains such a strong presence in the SAVA region. It engages with the vanilla farming communities on a daily basis. The company and its team work on securing the best quality vanilla through its continued investments in the region. Building meaningful and sustainable relationships with farmers puts Symrise and its customers closest to the source of vanilla. Symrise knows and respects the farmers, how they operate and what concerns them. The farmers in turn know and respect Symrise, and understand its need for quality vanilla. This collaboration adds transparency to the products’ origin and growing conditions, mitigates risk and provides certainty in a highly volatile and rapidly changing market.

This holistic approach of working directly with known and trusted farmers across the SAVA region in Madagascar and by owning the full transformation process from bean to flavor adds both precision and certainty. The approach benefits the food and beverage industry clients and consumers alike. They are increasingly looking for safe sources of ingredients that conform to the highest standards and come with a commitment to responsible production and consumption, thus contributing towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Quality and sustainability are becoming increasingly important to create healthy and resilient supply chains,” says Yannick Leen, Global Competence Director, Vanilla Symrise. ”Vanilla ranks high among our strategic raw materials. With its complete backward integration, Symrise brings clear benefits to its partners at all stages of the production process. The benefits stretch across the entire value chain, from the vanilla farmers and their local communities, through producers of foods and beverages, who receive premium vanilla for their products, to the consumers who appreciate the superior taste and quality of our products and reassured by the transparency with which they are sourced.”

Fully integrated value chain for quality, sustainability and risk mitigation
To bring customers and consumers closest to the source of premium vanilla, Symrise runs the complete transformation process from bean to extract. This includes the Symrise vanilla curing facility in Antalaha, Madagascar, where Symrise carefully produces vanilla beans according to the traditional curing process. The Symrise vanilla factory and research center in Benavony, Madagascar provides facilities for the extraction of vanilla and other materials carefully grown and harvested by partner farmers. The in-country facilities are unique and enable distillation of essential oils as well as vanilla extraction and a quality control laboratory for fast, local analysis according to international standards.

Closest to the source also means closest to communities
By going closest to the source, Symrise guarantees security of supply of high-quality vanilla to its customers and consumers, and it also brings significant benefits to the farming communities. The company’s activities empower farmers to better care for their environment and allows their communities to become more resilient for the future.

“We have implemented the sustainable development program in 2012 with the objective of securing supply, in terms of volume as well as quality”, says Alban Bonnet, Sustainable Development Manager in Madagascar. “From the very beginning, we have considered it key to create and maintain a trusting relationship with the farmers. What I love about this approach – I work directly with the farmers without any intermediaries. We move forward together, we improve together.”
(Symrise AG)

Returnable bottle for fritz-kola Brand
 01.10.2020

Returnable bottle for fritz-kola Brand  (Company news)

Ardagh Group has worked closely with fritz-kola to produce a new long-neck 200 ml flint bottle for its rebellious cola brand, created for the hospitality industry. Founded by two friends in Hamburg in 2003, fritz-kola was created to deliver a range of premium quality, great-tasting drinks in the most sustainable and responsible way. 100% recyclable, returnable and reusable glass packaging was the obvious choice to maintain the product’s quality and taste and is key to their sustainability strategy.

The new bottle has been designed to reflect the brand’s values. Ardagh worked with the design agency to bring their creativity to life with unique design features. These include embossing the message: ‘den wachen gehört die welt’ - ‘The world belongs to the awake’, referring to waking people up to making positive change in the world. The wording is embossed in reverse on the bottom of the bottle, which is then mirrored and revealed through the top of the empty bottle once the drink has been finished.

The bottle is designed to be returned and refilled up to 20 times, before being recycled. Mirco Wolf Wiegert, founder and CEO of fritz-kola explains: "In times of climate and resource protection, reusable glass is a priority for the people behind fritz-kola. Our new bottle will be more beautiful with every use in the next few years. Friction rings and scratches will tell the stories of every bottle that avoids disposal by being reused."

As a beverage manufacturer, fritz-kola takes care to work with regional suppliers and bottlers to keep their environmental footprint as small as possible. They are constantly developing ideas for re-using their bottles after drinking as well as encouraging consumers to return them for refill.
(Ardagh Glass Group plc)

Symrise Division Diana Food launches the first clean label, organic and Fair Trade ...
 30.09.2020

Symrise Division Diana Food launches the first clean label, organic and Fair Trade ...  (Company news)

...acerola powder

• Supports increasing consumer demand for clean and healthy ingredients
• Sourced from the highest quality raw material from Brazil
• First ingredient supplier to offer fair trade certified acerola powder

In response to increased consumer demand for natural and healthy products to support their well-being, Diana Food has announced the availability of clean label, organic, and Fair Trade certified acerola powder for nutritional products.

Diana Food has obtained the Fair Trade “Fair for Life” (FFL) certification, extending its range with a new, clean label, organic, and fair trade acerola powder that addresses the market’s need for immunity-boosting solutions, while adding environmental and social value to the product. Diana Food is the first ingredient supplier to offer Fair Trade certified acerola powder to the market. Suitable for tablets, beverages, and functional foods – as well as in savory or bakery for food preservation in some countries – this acerola powder contains a high level of antioxidants, is as clean as dried-on acacia fiber, and offers the distinctive benefits of FFL certification.

While consumer demand for natural and healthy products has been an ongoing trend, it has further accelerated due to an increased emphasis on wellness and clean living caused by the COVID19 pandemic. In the current dynamic, consumers are more and more likely to adopt preventive health behaviors, with immunity boosting cited as a major concern. According to Mintel, 35% of US consumers are motivated to purchase nutrition products or meal replacement drinks that support immune health.

Diana Food has spent the last twenty-plus years building and enhancing its expertise in sourcing acerola from Northeast Brazil. With its proximity to farmers and its team of in-house agronomists, Diana Food has established a strong foothold in the region, which is well known for the quality and efficacy of its acerola due to its native rich Vitamin C content.

Nuria Macias, Global Sustainability Manager at Diana Food, further explained that “Achieving Fair Trade certification is a serious accomplishment. It means that our company and our facilities have been audited by a third party for quality, traceability, food safety, social, and environmental performance. Our Fair Trade certification demands a long term engagement with our suppliers so acerola growers have the certainty that the projects they undertake will receive ongoing support from us in the long run.”

This certification will be submitted to FFL label auditors’ visits on a yearly basis to assess and control the positive impact of partnering with our growers on the product quality, the environment and the local community.

The launch of our new fair trade certified acerola powder represents a significant step forward in our sustainability approach, which is focused on delivering trust to our direct and non-direct stakeholders through high performing products that are clean labeled and respectful of both the environment and our community.
(Diana Food)

Certa pump proves ideal for yeast transfer at major independent brewery
 29.09.2020

Certa pump proves ideal for yeast transfer at major independent brewery  (Company news)

-Certa pump serves several tanks at Steam Whistle brewery in Canada
-High viscosity, low shear and low pulsation capabilities ideal for yeast transfer
-Further applications now being planned

Yeast is arguably the most important ingredient in the brewing process. This single-cell organism takes simple sugars such as glucose and maltose, and produces alcohol and carbon dioxide – the latter giving beers like Pilsners its essential fizz. With these thoughts in mind, when yeast is pumped around a brewery, the utmost care is required so as not to cause any damage that could degrade its effect.

One such brewery aware of this important fact is Steam Whistle, where a MasoSine Certa pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) is being put to good use. The Certa 100 was originally supplied to the Toronto-based brewery as part of a brewhouse designed by global leaders in brewing equipment Esau & Hueber. It has now been repositioned for use as a portable pump solution for the effective and reliable transfer of yeast.

By their inherent design, MasoSine Certa pumps do not damage the all-important yeast cell, improving the fermentation and therefore the overall quality and taste of the beer. Taste is very important with the consumer and provides breweries with their market differentiation. As a result, breweries require a process that ensures the overall taste does not change from barrel to barrel.
Steam Whistle story

Over the past two decades, Steam Whistle has grown from a dream hatched by the fireside into one of Canada’s largest and most loved independent breweries. Steam Whistle’s Pilsner is brewed at the historic John Street Roundhouse, near the base of Toronto’s famous CN Tower. The Roundhouse once served as Canadian Pacific Rail’s steam locomotive repair facility, powering the trains that helped pioneer the nation, and thus inspiring the brewery’s name.
As a point of note, Steam Whistle is one of the only remaining Pilsners in the world that still adheres to the strict standards of the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516. There is no corn syrup, no foam enhancers and no artificial preservatives; the company brews using only pure spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

The challenges of pumping yeast
There are certain challenges associated with the pumping of yeast. For instance, pumps should be low-shear types to prevent possible yeast damage. Here, MasoSine pumps supplied by WMFTG are proven to be very effective. Fortunately for Steam Whistle, one such pump was close to hand.

The three-vessel Esau & Hueber brew house on site at Steam Whistle offers a rate of 125 hl @ 12.0°P for wort treatment, water balance and CIP. Designed and engineered in accordance with ULc, CSA and TSSA-CRN regulations, the latest brew house technology is deployed to ensure optimum wort quality and efficiency.

Supplied as part of the brew house package, the MasoSine Certa 100 was seen as being useful for yeast transfer duties in other parts of the Steam Whistle brewery. With support from WMFTG Canada and Senior sales engineer Fabio Martino, who have worked together to deliver numerous successful process and flow solutions to Steam Whistle in the past, including the servicing of a Bredel hose pump, the highly efficient Certa 100 is now fully portable. Steam Whistle’s specially designed cart also features a variable frequency drive (VFD) to help optimise energy efficiency even further.

Low shear, low pulsation
At Steam Whistle, the pump is used to transfer viscous yeast from multiple tanks located around the brewery as and when required. This activity has been in progress for the past 18 months and is proving superior to using diaphragm pumps. For instance, the air consumption associated with diaphragm pumps is avoided, lowering energy consumption and cost. In addition, smooth, low shear pumping is assured, while cleaning and maintenance is far easier.

MasoSine Certa pumps are purpose-designed for low shear, superior viscous product handling with virtually no pulsation. Unlike traditional pumps with rotors that cut through the fluid, Certa’s sinusoidal rotor gently carries fluid through the pump to dramatically reduce shear, while reducing power consumption by up to 50% when transferring high viscosity substances such as yeast. Ideal for the food and beverage sector, Certa pumps offer EHEDG Type EL Class I and 3A aseptic certification as standard. The Certa 100 is the smallest in a range of seven pumps that offers flow rates to 99,000 l/h and pressures to 15 bar.

Further applications
Such has been the success of the Certa 100 for yeast transfer that it has now been identified for use in a further application at Steam Whistle, with viability assessments currently in progress.

Elsewhere at the company, a long-serving Bredel hose pump is being deployed as part of a diatomaceous earth (DE) process, a cost effective and flexible filtration technology used for clarifying beer. DE can be highly abrasive, for which Bredel hose pumps are ideally suited.
(Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group)

Yuengling, Molson Coors form joint venture to expand geographic footprint of Yuengling's beers
 28.09.2020

Yuengling, Molson Coors form joint venture to expand geographic footprint of Yuengling's beers  (Company news)

Molson Coors Beverage Company and D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. have formed a joint venture to oversee and execute the westward expansion of Yuengling beer into states beyond its existing 22-state footprint and New England, the two companies said lately.

The partnership will bring beers from America’s Oldest Brewery to millions more drinkers in 25 states outside its mostly East Coast distribution territory. Brands like Yuengling Traditional Lager, Black & Tan and Flight are expected to reach into new markets in the second half of 2021.

“Yuengling’s iconic beers are beloved by those who live in a state fortunate enough to have their brands and desired by those who are visiting. And just as was the case with a certain brand out of Golden, Colo., more than a few people have smuggled Yuengling across state lines in the trunk of their car. But soon, millions of fans won’t have to resort to such tactics,” said Gavin Hattersley, president and chief executive officer at Molson Coors.

“Our new partnership is a huge growth opportunity for Yuengling. It’s a huge growth opportunity for Molson Coors. And at the end of the day, we’re going to make a whole lot of Yuengling fans out west really happy,” he said.

The new entity will be governed by a six-member board of directors evenly split between Yuengling and Molson Coors family members and executives, with Yuengling holding the chairmanship. A leader for the new enterprise has not yet been named. Yuengling will retain the rights to its brands and trademarks and remain a family-owned business. Its existing 191-year-old company will operate separately from its joint venture with Molson Coors.

Under terms of the deal, Yuengling beers will be brewed and packaged in select Molson Coors’ breweries under Yuengling brewers’ supervision, and distributed into new markets — largely in the western half of the United States.

The pace of expansion is expected to be measured and methodical, following the disciplined and steady approach the company has followed for more than 190 years, said Wendy Yuengling, a sixth-generation family member and chief administrative officer of Pottsville, Pa.-based D.G. Yuengling & Son.

“We are excited to launch this partnership with the team at Molson Coors. Like Yuengling, Molson Coors has an established commitment to quality and rich history of family brewing excellence,” Wendy Yuengling said. “This partnership is a great opportunity for us to grow our distribution footprint for the long-term, while continuing to support our existing markets and the communities in which we operate.”

The additional capacity offered by Molson Coors breweries will allow for Yuengling to expand into additional states while continuing to operate its breweries in Pottsville, Pa., Mill Creek, Pa., and Tampa. The joint venture does not change Yuengling’s existing operations, breweries, family of employees, or distributor partnerships within its 22-state footprint.

“Fans can expect the same Yuengling recipes and great taste they have come to love for more than 190 years,” said Jennifer Yuengling, sixth-generation family member and vice president of operations of D.G. Yuengling & Son. “But remember, it took our company 190 years to open 22 states along the East Coast. This new venture will follow the same steady pace and discipline that has brought our family brewery success for all these years, opening one market at a time.”

For Molson Coors, the deal is the latest in a string of moves aimed to solidify and fortify its core of American lagers. Since embarking on a sweeping restructuring and revitalization plan late last year, the company has made several noteworthy moves, including taking a significant minority stake in non-alcohol beverage incubator and developer L.A. Libations; launching a slate of new products, including the top new beer innovation in 2020 and one of the fastest-growing hard seltzers in the U.S.; and a line of cannabis beverages in Canada via a joint venture called Truss; and new campaigns behind its biggest brands, Miller Lite and Coors Light.

Yuengling is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States. Established in rural Pennsylvania in 1829 by German immigrant David Yuengling, the company has grown to become America’s largest craft brewer, according to the Brewers Association definition.

Much of its growth has taken place under the watch of Dick Yuengling, who took over as president in 1985. Two years later, the brewery reintroduced an amber lager, Yuengling Traditional Lager, that has grown to become Yuengling’s flagship beer and accounts for the majority of the company’s sales.

To help meet growing demand for its beers along the East Coast and beyond, Yuengling would go on to add a brewery in Tampa in 1999 and a second production brewery in Mill Creek, Pa., which is near its home in Pottsville. It now ships more than 2.5 million barrels of beer annually.

The company’s new partnership with Molson Coors will allow it to continue marching west with distribution, and both companies are betting that pent-up demand beyond Yuengling’s existing footprint will be just as fruitful.

“There are millions of fans who regularly ask when they’ll be able to enjoy Yuengling’s great beers without having to hop on an airplane or smuggle them across state lines,” said Wendy Yuengling. “Launching this partnership will allow us to bring our portfolio of iconic American beer to even more consumers and markets.”
(Molson Coors Brewing Company)

Crown Holdings: Taking Sustainability to the Next Level with Twentyby30
 25.09.2020

Crown Holdings: Taking Sustainability to the Next Level with Twentyby30  (Company news)

Sustainability has always been a core aspect of our business—present in the products we make and the way we operate. Now, the launch of our new Twentyby30 program will accelerate our efforts across all three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, social and governance. Designed to address issues of critical global concern, Twentyby30 outlines 20 measurable goals to be achieved by 2030 or sooner, with each goal falling within one of the following pillars of action:

-Climate Action
-Resource Efficiency
-Optimum Circularity
-Working Together
-Never Compromise

With these focus areas, we are pledging to raise our global performance around energy, water, waste, material use efficiency, recycling, employee health and safety (EH&S), Diversity & Inclusion, responsible and ethical sourcing, food contact and chemical safety and other topics. All program pillars are underpinned by responsible governance and ethics, which guide every business decision we make.

Our strategy is based on several objectives, some of which include setting science-based targets around our greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations and our supply chain, transitioning to 100% renewable electricity and advancing the Circular Economy. The program’s goals also represent areas in which we feel we can make the greatest impact and reflect the priorities of our stakeholders, including customers, investors, communities and employees. Our priorities are also informed by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations so our actions can contribute to a greater collective impact.

The Twentyby30 objectives mark the next chapter of our sustainability journey. They will be measured against a 2019 baseline and involve many new initiatives for our global business. This sets the new Twentyby30 program apart from our first set of formal sustainability goals, which we are on track to meet by the end of 2020 as planned.

With this comprehensive new roadmap in place, we are ready to embark on a decade of meaningful progress against measurable targets. The ultimate goal? Maximizing our impact while reducing our footprint.

Achieving these goals will require us to evaluate all aspects of our operations and identify areas where we can enhance the efficiency of our products and processes and be a better steward of resources. While our goals are ambitious, we know our global team is up for the challenge.

We will report on performance annually through a combination of formal sustainability reports, third-party reporting standards including CDP and ESG ratings systems including Sustainalytics and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. These reports and other news will be available in the sustainability section of our Corporate website.

We are excited about the next phase of our sustainability journey and look forward to keeping you informed about our progress.
(Crown Holdings Inc.)

CO2 gas monitoring during the production of Ukrainian wheat beer
 24.09.2020

CO2 gas monitoring during the production of Ukrainian wheat beer   (Company news)

Reliable safety from CO2 poisoning and O2 deficiency by using gas sensors from MSR-Electronic.
The modern RADOMYSHL brewery, west of Kiev, ranks among the most famous in the Ukraine. Not least because of its gold medal success in the most prestigious beer competitions, the American World Beer Cup® and the European Brewing Industry International Awards in recent years.

In addition to Ukrainian wheat beer in the Bavarian weiss beer style with a total capacity of 2.3 million liters per year, the brewery also produces juices, nectar and kvass, the latter being mainly popular in the Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro and the Baltic States. Kvass is produced by fermentation of bread and is therefore also known as bread drink. It is comparable with malt beer and is now also known in Europe. Basically you need old bread or malt, rye flour as well as kvass yeast or sourdough to produce kvass.

Whether beer, juices or kvass - CO2 is generated in the fermentation process during the production of the entire beverage portfolio. Digital gas sensors and controllers from MSR-Electronic reliably monitor the air quality in the production rooms in order to warn and protect employees in the event of an increased carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration.

Properties and effect of carbon dioxide. CO2 is extremely dangerous and can be lethal in two ways: either by releasing carbon dioxide, which quickly leads to suffocation, or by the poison itself. The danger of poisoning starts at 0.5 Vol % of CO2, while a concentration of more than 10 Vol % can lead to death. Since carbon dioxide is one of the odourless and colourless gases, the danger is mostly only recognised when it is too late.

Use of exchangeable CO2 sensors with possible calibration on site.
For continuous monitoring of the ambient air for increased carbon dioxide concentrations, CO2 gas sensors from MSR-Electronic with a measuring range of 0-5 Vol % are used in breweries or wineries, beverage bottling plants or CO2 extinguishing systems in warehouses and production halls.

The infrared measuring principle with integrated temperature and drift compensation stands for highest accuracy, selectivity and reliability - despite a calibration interval of 5 years and the long lifetime of the sensor. The digital infrared sensor has a standard analog output (0) 4–20 mA or (0) 2–10 V DC and an RS-485 interface. Two 2 relays with adjustable switching thresholds are also possible. Calibration can be carried out by simply replacing the sensor cartridge or by using the integrated, convenient calibration routine directly at the system.
(MSR Electronic GmbH)

The Brewers of Europe elects new President
 23.09.2020

The Brewers of Europe elects new President  (Company news)

The Brewers of Europe has elected Mr Lasse Aho (photo), CEO of Olvi plc, as the new President of The Brewers of Europe, succeeding Mr Pavlos Photiades.

Addressing The Brewers of Europe General Assembly, Mr Aho said: “This is both an extremely proud and a very humbling moment for me, knowing that my brewing colleagues from across Europe are putting their trust in me to lead their European umbrella association. After five consecutive years of growth in the European beer market, these are no doubt very challenging times as Europe’s brewers seek to reconnect with their distribution chain and ultimately their consumers in the midst of a global pandemic. My ambition is to help guide Europe’s diverse family of brewers out of this crisis, embracing the Green Recovery that is essential to ensure a robust and sustainable future for beer in Europe. I wish to thank Pavlos for the magnificent job he has done in helping to ensure The Brewers of Europe is well prepared to play this role, at the service of brewers and the wider society.”

There are currently an estimated ten thousand breweries in Europe, a fascinating mix of world-leading multinationals, medium-sized national and regional companies, centuries-long established family brewers and up-and-coming new microbreweries. With one job in a brewery creating an additional sixteen jobs in the wider economy, beer creates around 2.3 million jobs, from the grain right through to the glass. Prior to the ongoing global pandemic and the weeks-long shutdown of hundreds of thousands of bars, restaurants and cafés, one in every three beers was consumed in Europe’s hospitality sector. With a safe and sustainable reopening imperative and most establishments either operating at limited capacity or even still closed, The Brewers of Europe is continuing its campaign for targeted support to be given to these social hubs that are key to Europe’s need to reconnect.

Reflecting on his tenure at the head of the association, Mr Photiades said: “Without the commitment of the National Associations, the beer companies and the Brussels secretariat, I would not have been able to equip you with such a positive report on the last four years for Europe’s brewers. And I am really grateful for this unique cooperation. The near doubling of the number of breweries presented not just a challenge but an opportunity to ensure The Brewers of Europe could feel like home for all of Europe’s breweries. This required not just reflection, but adaptation, with the first ever European Brewers’ Forum a direct product of that strategic review. Looking back, I can also only share The Brewers of Europe’s pride for its unprecedented ambition to label ingredients and nutrition information on all beers and I would like to express my gratitude to the European Commission for its encouragements and support on this crucial dossier. It has been an immense pleasure and honour to have served as President of The Brewers of Europe. Whilst I know very well the difficult, even existential, challenges facing many brewers at this time, I have every confidence that Lasse is the right person to take the association forward, to ensure a bright and sustainable future for Europe’s brewing sector.”
(The Brewers of Europe)

BrauBeviale 2020 - Special Edition: Extensive programme bolsters future viability of sector
 22.09.2020

BrauBeviale 2020 - Special Edition: Extensive programme bolsters future viability of sector  (Company news)

Lectures by experts on current trends and challenges, discussion rounds, tastings in the Craft Drinks Areas, competitions including the European Beer Star, and also the German Beer Sommeliers Championship: exhibitors and visitors can look forward to an extensive programme at the Special Edition of BrauBeviale, scheduled for 10 to 12 November this year. Six lecture stages in the exhibition halls – BrauBeviale@stage – will provide plenty of space for everything and will combine both in-person and online experiences. Many of the items on the programme contribute to the theme of the future viability of the sector. BrauBeviale@stage can also be enjoyed online.

BrauBeviale’s extensive supporting programme has always been a defining feature of the regular industry meeting. “Gathering together, sharing knowledge, taking ideas home: recent months have shown there is a particular need in this area, and this has also been regularly drawn to our attention in our exchanges,” comments Andrea Kalrait, Executive Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse GmbH. “To meet this need and boost the dialogue in the beverage industry, we have worked with our partners to expand our supporting programme even further. The BrauBeviale Special Edition now offers six theme stages, and the sector is keen to use this platform to incorporate events that have previously taken place either before or after the main fair, such as the Export Forum German Beverages, as part of the fair itself.” This is precisely the context in which the key theme of the current BrauBeviale Triple, the future viability of the beverage industry, will play a particular role in the programme.

Craft Drinks Areas: Trends from every segment
In recent years, the Craft Drinks Area at BrauBeviale has become established as the preferred meeting place for trend scouts and people just wanting to learn more. This is the place for sampling inspiring products from the fields of beer, spirits, water, juices and non-alcoholic drinks. A smart and safe approach has been adopted to enable the extensive sampling to continue at this year’s Special Edition. Each of the three halls will have its own Craft Drinks Area covering all beverage segments. Following a short registration process, visitors can take a seat in the closed-off area, where the bartender will serve them with the tasting glasses. An exciting feature this year is that the tasting will come with digital support. A scan with the smartphone will put tasting notices, introductions and product info at the visitors’ fingertips – or they can opt to be inspired with no preconceptions!

Further highlights for the beer sector in particular include brau@home, the German Beer Sommeliers Championship, and the Beer-cross-thinker workshop. brau@home pays tribute to the growing trend among home and hobby brewers, offering lectures, information, opportunities to interact and practical hints and tips: the live brewing demonstration gives ambitious hobby brewers the chance to look into the brewing copper – while being sure to observe all the distancing rules, of course. Also on show will be the winning beer from this year’s hobby brewer competition in association with Maisel&Friends: the American Pale Ale “Hoptimism” by the hobby brewer Christoph Wolfrum. Taste, knowledge and strength of presentation are the key ingredients for up-and-coming beer sommeliers, which will be put to the test at the German Beer Sommeliers Championship, organized at the BrauBeviale Special Edition by the Doemens Academy. For the first time, both the semi-final and the final will be held in Nuremberg. Visitors can enjoy the finalists’ presentations on the Award Stage. The Beer-cross-thinker workshop, a regular event organized by the Romeis Institute, Private Brauereien Bayern and publishing house Fachverlag Hans Carl as media partner, will also be hosted at BrauBeviale for the first time this year. On Day 3 of the fair, participants can explore future opportunities offered by innovative and unique products on the Special Interest Stage.

Outstanding: European Beer Star in 70 categories
Since it was established by Private Brauereien in 2004, the European Beer Star has had its home at BrauBeviale, and has grown to be one of the world’s most important beer competitions. This coveted award will be presented once again in 2020 at the BrauBeviale Special Edition. Before the prizes are awarded, visitors will have the opportunity on Day 1 of the fair to assess all the gold-medal beers in a blind tasting session and pick the gold, silver and bronze winners for the Consumers’ Favourite award. Day 2 (11 November) is when the major award ceremony takes place in the Exhibition Centre. Visitors can share the excitement of the event either directly on-site or digitally via live transmission on the Award Stage.

BrauBeviale@stage: the sector’s leading thinkers on six stages
Center Stage, Exhibition Stage, Craft Beverages and brau@home Stage, Technology Stage, Special Interest Stage and Award Stage – there will be a lot to choose from. And many other items on the agenda will also consider the future viability and market opportunities for the beverage industry. Right on Day 1 of the fair, the Center Stage will host discussion on the Hot Topic of "The Corona Disruption and its consequences for the beverage industry". And on a similar theme, the Marketing Forum held by K&A BrandResearch on the same day will hazard a look into the future: “Drinks after the crisis: what will surprise people?” The Expert Forum German Beverages, previously positioned the day before BrauBeviale and part of the regular programme of the fair for the first time this year, will look at the “New normality in foreign trade”. And the lecture session on Italian Affairs will cast a special look at the market situation in Italy.

Further lectures and panel sessions will be held by Private Brauereien Bayern, the honorary sponsor of BrauBeviale, and other partners including VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based brewing teaching and training institute; Bayern Design; the Federal Association of German Beverage Wholesalers (Bundesverband des Deutschen Getränkefachgrosshandels); the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut); the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie, BVE); SGS Fresenius and many more. In addition to the themes mentioned, the on-stage events will also cover topics such as sustainability, energy management and raw materials. The main focus for the last day of the fair will once again be on training and professional development, with information and contacts on the Center Stage for new talents and young professionals under the banner of #workforbeverages.

BrauBeviale will take place as a Special Edition at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 10 to 12 November 2020. This special edition will observe all applicable hygiene standards and thus provide both visitors and exhibitors with a safe platform to meet, network and do business. Interested visitors can obtain their ticket for this edition – online only – from www.braubeviale.de/ticket. The digital dialogue platform “myBeviale.com” (www.mybeviale.com) will also launch in parallel with the adapted event structure in the Exhibition Centre. Among its various functions, the digital platform will bring together the analogue and digital worlds and make parts of the programme available online.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Start-up GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to launch innovative plant-based protein shakes
 22.09.2020

Start-up GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to launch innovative plant-based protein shakes  (Company news)

London-based GROUNDED has partnered with SIG to turn its innovative concept idea for a 100% natural range of plant-based protein shakes, aimed at health-conscious mobile consumers, into a commercial reality.

GROUNDED reached out to SIG for support in getting its all-natural plant-based shakes, with cocoa and plant protein, ready for market. As there is almost no start-up company that will be able to invest in its own production plant from the beginning, GROUNDED benefits from the outstanding capabilities in SIG's combiLab as well as the sponsorship of the SIGCUBATOR – SIG’s accelerator program for start-ups with innovative and promising product concepts. Working in close collaboration, SIG took GROUNDED’s initial idea on a ‘consumer-centric’ journey, from testing prototypes in its test centre in Germany, through to a successful launch to market this month.

As part of the process, the perfect packaging solution for the plant-based protein shakes was also found: SIG’s unique carton bottle combidome 500ml. Standing out from the crowd with an eye-catching design for modern, sustainable on-the-go consumption, combidome is mainly made from paperboard from the renewable raw material of wood.

Gabriel Bean, Founder at GROUNDED: “Just one small idea can change an entire industry and we identified a gap in the market for a clean, genuinely natural, plant-based shake – with no compromise on natural ingredients and packaging. We spent 6+ months sourcing the right packaging that aligned with our values, and we found the perfect fit in SIG’s combidome. It’s sustainability story and unique shape makes it the perfect option for our range. Beyond the carton, the team & people at SIG were just as aligned on values, and we couldn’t have found a better partnership with which to launch these products. They supported us all the way, from our first contact with their UK team, through to their exceptional combiLab operation in Germany. We look forward to continuing our partnership here with such professionals in their field.”

GROUNDED and other forward-thinking start-ups benefit from the outstanding capabilities at combiLab, which has three main focuses: conceptual and marketing support; advice and test-fillings in the laboratory and pilot plant areas; and added services such as additional product tests.

Anna Rabanus, Global Category Manager at SIG: “Start-ups such as GROUNDED are increasingly driving industry innovation and value creation, with differentiated product ideas for the mobile generation. We’re keen to identify and engage with them at an early stage to foster successful partnerships and maximize potential. We learn from each other and gain fresh perspective, while our expert team empower start-up businesses to take advantage of the advice and facilities on offer. The likeminded team at GROUNDED shares our vision for delivering food and beverage products that excite and improve people’s lives, in a sustainably packaged way.”

GROUNDED’s innovative 100% natural plant-based protein shakes, packed in combidome 500ml and filled at SIG’s combiLab, were launched online this month at www.grounded.co.uk and world-renowned retailer Selfridges. They will also be launching in Planet Organic in the coming weeks, as well as building out both UK and European distribution points. The partnership with GROUNDED will continue post-launch, as SIG’s extensive global co-packing network will help to define GROUNDED’s future route-to-market.

This innovative partnership leverages the potential of SIG’s Product Innovation and Differentiation platform – a drive to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy the ever-changing needs of consumers.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

UNITED CAPS Issues Interim Sustainability Report
 21.09.2020

UNITED CAPS Issues Interim Sustainability Report  (Company news)

“We didn’t inherit the planet from our parents. It is on loan from our children.”

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, recently issued an interim sustainability report outlining its sustainability targets and how its sustainability strategies inform all of its efforts, from the plant to the consumer’s hand. The update outlines priorities, and progress against them, through 2025.

“Everything that bears our name comes with our commitment to always act ethically, create products responsibility, maintain respectful workplaces, invest in communities and be good stewards of the environment,” said Benoit Henckes (photo), CEO of UNITED CAPS. “In this report, we provide updates to our sustainability strategies, our progress toward our long-term targets, and much more. Sustainability is in our DNA and so is transparency. We will continue to build on all of the programs outlined in this update, continuing our focus on being close to customers by delivering caps and closures that enable Total Packaging Solutions in a sustainable way.”

To ensure maximum focus on its sustainability targets, UNITED CAPS has appointed a Sustainability Leader from the executive team to oversee the development of goal setting and attainment in order to meet current needs without compromising the future in every aspect of the production and value chain. Rony Van Regenmortel, Chief Project Officer for UNITED CAPS, who will be filling this role, has vast experience across nearly all parts of the UNITED CAPS organisation over 35 years.

The company has established sustainability targets in two broad areas: environment and product responsibility as outlined below, with the goal of achieving them by 2025 or earlier.

Environment
o Reduce electricity consumption to 1,7 kWh/kg.
o Reduce final/ultimate waste by 30% versus 2017.
o Reduce the percent of plastic waste to 3%.
o Use minimum of two kilotons of bio-based resins in 2020.
o Establish five projects with post-consumer resin (PCR) in collaboration with customers.

·Product Responsibility
o Validate backup components for all major products/customers.
o Ensure 100% of products are recyclable by 2025.
o Evaluate 80% of all products with respect to light weighting by 2022 to optimise resin consumption.

“UNITED CAPS has already made progress against these targets as outlined in the report,” Henckes continued. “This includes successfully lowering energy consumption across our factories by 10% over the last three years, recycling 85% of production waste, and achieving a 30% reduction in waste compared to 2017. We have also reduced our own carbon footprint by 14% in the last three years, and we are using no oil or gas heating in our facilities by capturing the heat created by chillers and compressors. We are quite pleased with these results, but we also know there is much more that needs to be done. The entire UNITED CAPS team is dedicated to ensuring we meet or exceed our stated sustainability targets.”

A key effort UNITED CAPS engaged in that demonstrates this dedication was its response to the European Union directive on Single Use Plastic. Henckes stated, “In early 2018, UNITED CAPS quickly determined that challenges presented by this proposed Directive faced an entire industry and required solutions from across the whole industry. Whilst others adopted a more negative, disruptive approach to the proposed Directive, UNITED CAPS worked with like-minded organisations from throughout the supply chain to form the Association for Closure Tethering (ACT) Group. We developed superior tethered closures for a changing planet, the product of supreme collaboration, born ready to deliver maximum compliance with minimum disruption. This is just one example of our out-of-the-box thinking relative to the way we conduct our business, especially as it relates to protecting the planet.”
(United Caps)

Smurfit Kappa's Vitop tap surges past the 5 billion mark
 18.09.2020

Smurfit Kappa's Vitop tap surges past the 5 billion mark  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company and leading provider of innovative Bag-in-Box packaging solutions, has seen volumes of its Vitop® tap pass the five billion mark. The Vitop® tap forms an integral part of the Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box range, a collection of sustainable packaging solutions for liquid and semi-liquid products.

The Bag-in-Box products have a low carbon footprint throughout the lifecycle of the packaging due to the efficient use of materials and resources. There has been a series of sustainable innovations made to the product range to date including a reduction in film thickness for the bags and the introduction of a more compact Vitop® tap. A dedicated Bag-in-Box Circular Economy Team is also exploring further product innovations including the introduction of bio-based raw materials.

First designed in 1989 and produced at the Smurfit Kappa state-of-the-art facility in Alessandria, Italy, the Vitop® tap has revolutionised Bag-in-Box packaging through a combination of its tamper-proof design and high oxygen barrier that significantly contributes to extend product freshness and shelf life. Combining science, design and convenience, its success is also partly due to the fact that it is extremely easy to use.

Smurfit Kappa has seen a significant rise in demand for its Bag-in-Box products in recent years. While initially used primarily for wines, the Bag-in-Box portfolio has been extended to include solutions for a wide range of food products including fruit juice, water, dairy produce, olive oil and also non-food products such as detergent and motor oil.

Didier Pontcharraud, CEO of Vitop commented: “The success of our Vitop® taps has evolved and grown over time since its invention in 1989. Since then we have continued to develop the design, driven the product innovation and we are continually exploring new materials and technologies.

“By using the experience and expertise of our nine Bag-in-Box plants across Europe and the Americas, we are making a product with outstanding performance; it’s this in turn that has resulted in an incredible five billion Vitop® taps being produced, something as a team we are all extremely proud of.”
(Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Italia srl)

The leadership duo as the company management of WILCO AG
 17.09.2020

The leadership duo as the company management of WILCO AG  (Company news)

WILCO AG completes the company management. Since 1 September, Mr. Marco Samà has strengthened the management of WILCO AG in Wohlen. The 45-year-old, native of the Zurich Oberlanders, takes over the commercial area and, with Dr. Uwe Bräuning, forms the new management duo of the Swiss machine manufacturer for leak testing and visual inspection.

Since September 1, 2020, Marco Samà completes the management of WILCO AG in Wohlen. Together with Dr. Uwe Bräuning he forms the new management team. In order to support the sustainable growth strategy of WILCO AG, Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Hagen Gehringer has strengthened the management of the company. With this step, "Our goal is to make WILCO even more efficient, customer-oriented, responsive and innovative", explains Dr. Hagen Gehringer.

Marco Samà, as Managing Director, will be in charge of the commercial departments with the focus on sales, finance, HR, IT and after sales. Dr. Uwe Bräuning ,as Managing Director, will be responsible for the technical areas with a focus on Research & Development, Engineering and Production.

Marco Samà completed his studies in economics at the University of Zurich and holds an MBA in Economics and Finance. He worked for several years in the field of company acquisitions and most recently held various management positions both for large companies and start-ups. "We are convinced that his skills and experience make him the ideal addition to our management team and will lead WILCO AG successfully into the future together with Dr. Uwe Bräuning," stated Dr. Hagen Gehringer.

Dr. Uwe Bräuning and Marco Samà will be available to customers, partners and suppliers for questions and suggestions. They are looking forward to their contact.
(Wilco AG)

Feldmuehle strengthens Management
 16.09.2020

Feldmuehle strengthens Management   (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH successfully completed the restructuring process, that began in 2018, in January 2020.

In addition to various structural process improvements, the extensive restructuring measures have also significantly strengthened Feldmuehle's financial resilience to external unplanned incidents.

The company result in 2020 has been above plan in all planning references - especially in terms of operating result and cash flow - since the beginning of the year despite the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

During the restructuring phase Feldmuehle GmbH was led by the Managing Directors Heiner Kayser and Steffen Liebich.

In August 2020, the company's shareholders appointed Bernd Weber to the Management with sole power of representation. As the company's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bernd Weber is responsible for Accounting, IT, Human Resources and Treasury.

The Management of Feldmuehle GmbH expects latent consolidation pressure in the market medium and long termed with simultaneously increasing pressure to innovate on the product side and has aligned its strategic business planning accordingly.

By appointing Bernd Weber to the Management, the Management's ability to act and communication with our financial partners will be significantly strengthened.

Feldmuehle GmbH in Uetersen is one of the leading manufacturers of label and flexible packaging papers.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

15.09.2020

France: France’s more than 2,000 independent brewers offer an astonishing ...  (E-Malt.com)

... range of flavours

With more than 2,000 independent brewers, France is the European leader in the business of craft beer, with an astonishing range of flavours available. The industry uses raw materials like stale bread and coffee grounds, and is to be found in the most unlikely places, RFI reported on September 5.

What would you say to a glass of Phoenix? A dark brown brew based on stale bread (from a top-class local baker) and coffee pulp from a Peruvian blender just around the corner.

Or an Alabama, light brown with its own hint of coffee? Or prune beer? Perhaps one based on black wheat from Brittany?

Don't rush – there are over 300 different styles of craft beer to choose from, all of them produced by French enthusiasts who have decided to reject the standardised product offered by the big multinational brewers.

"I don't know how anyone can drink IPA," Pascale, a frequent visitor to the tiny Goutte d'Or brewery in the northern Paris neighbourhood, told Journal du Dimanche, referring to the hop-heavy India Pale Ale style.

Another customer agrees that it's hard to return to commercially brewed beer once you've tried the output of the microbreweries. "There's less sugar. You can taste the ingredients, the grains, the spices... It's a bit more expensive, but it's well worth it!"

The Goutte d'Or has reported a 20 percent increase in volume of sales every year since opening in 2012.

Beer consumption has been declining in France for the past three decades. In the 1980s, there were fewer than 30 operational breweries for the whole country.

Pale beer with a low alcohol content became the norm, with huge companies like Heineken and Kronenbourg dominating the market.

That domination is far from over, with craft beer accounting for just 7 percent of French sales last year. But the big companies are clearly worried, buying out many small breweries and launching their own so-called "craft" products in an effort to attract an increasingly demanding population of drinkers.

And the brewers are making efforts to interest the French restaurant sector in their remarkably varied range of flavours.

"Young chefs are now finding ways of blending their flavours with those of the brewers," says French beer specialist Hervé Marziou. "A pale ale with hints of citrus goes very well with seafood, and you can't beat a fine brown beer with a caramel fondant."

15.09.2020

New Zealand: Beer sales data shows NZ$200 mln loss to pubs due to Covid-19  (E-Malt.com)

An analysis of the latest beer sales data in New Zealand has revealed a revenue hole of NZ$200 mln for bars, pubs and restaurants caused by the COVID closures, the Australian Brews News reported on September 7.

Combining information from Stats NZ and Nielsen Scan shows on-premise beer sales dropped significantly in first half of 2020 but the slack for brewers was to some extent picked up by sales in supermarkets and bottle stores.

The data shows that craft beer sales have bounced back from an initial Covid-19 kick and there was also a small lift in classic styles as Kiwis moved their drinking from the pub to the home.

Stats NZ data shows that, for the first six months of 2020, total beer available for consumption was 125.2 million litres. The was down 8 mln litres on the same period last year when 133.3 mln litres was available for consumption.

Overlaying Nielsen Scantrack data for the same periods shows a big uplift in grocery sales to compensate for pubs being closed, and then while working on reduced patronage from March to late May.

Beer volume in grocery (supermarkets and bottle stores) for the first half of 2020 totalled 105.5 million litres compared with 96 million litres in 2019, a jump of 9.4 per cent in the pandemic window.

The numbers mean the damage to on-premise sales thanks to Covid-19 was a decline of around 16 million litres – a revenue hole of NZ$200 mln for bars, pubs and restaurants. Given craft makes up about 30 per cent of on-premise sales, it means a production drop of around 5 million litres of beer in that sector.

The figures mirror the situation in Australia where this week the Australian Hotels Association (Victoria) suggested hotels were losing NZ$2000 a day due to continued lockdowns.

Craft also suffered a heavy blow at the start of lockdown when supermarkets were forced to reduce the range of alcohol they supplied to keep their under-pressure supply chains operating. During a period when Kiwis indulged in some panic buying, preference was given to bigger brands.

The good news for New Zealand’s smaller breweries is that despite craft sales dipping when New Zealand moved to Level 4 lockdown in late March, there was a strong bounce back when things settled down in April and May. Nielsen scan data shows craft sales jumped 20 per cent in the 13 week period until the end of June.

That bounce-back allowed craft to maintain its recent annual growth of around 12 to 13 per cent, with sales up 14 per cent in the first six months of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

What Nielsen calls “classic” beer – everything from Steinlager to Tui, Speight’s and DB Export – grew 5 per cent in the first half of 2020, well ahead of its recent performance. Much of this growth was attributed to mainstream drinkers being forced to shift their consumption from the pub to home.

There was also a period where alternative choices were limited.

The real winner in the period – and continuing its recent star status – were beers in the “lighter” section, specifically low carb options. This sector jumped a massive 39 per cent in the six-month pandemic period, up from around 7m litres to 10m litres.

There was a spike of 50 per cent in the 13 weeks to end of June. Overall, this light beer category is not far behind craft in total sales.

International lager grew 7.7 per cent in the period.

The only loser in the first half of 2020 was flavoured beer which fell 4.4 per cent.

15.09.2020

Vietnam & New Zealand: Vietnamese craft beers to be brewed and released in New Zealand  (E-Malt.com)

A range of Vietnamese craft beers will be brewed and released in New Zealand as of later this year, Inside FMCG reported on September 7.

The move is the result of a partnership between Saigon-based Heart of Darkness and Auckland brewery Behemoth Brewing, which extends to nationwide distribution.

“Giving people a taste of Vietnamese craft beer in New Zealand is going to be a fun journey for us and Behemoth to work together on,” said Heart of Darkness founder John Pemberton.

“I know that Andrew and his team are going to have a great time brewing our beers and we hope the New Zealand craft beer drinker is going to get a lot of enjoyment from having fresh Heart of Darkness brews available to them.”

“About a year ago, whilst at the Seabrew conference in Thailand, we started talking about whether there was an opportunity to do something together in New Zealand,” said Behemoth founder Andrew Childs.

“Then Covid lockdowns hit both our businesses, and although it delayed a few things, we realised over lots and lots of Zoom calls that brewing something exotic from overseas might go some way to help the homebound situation we currently have in New Zealand.”

Behemoth will initially brew two beers from Heart of Darkness’ core offering (Kurtz’s Insane IPA and Some Sorcerer Hazy IPA), offered in both cans and kegs. The release will be followed by regular seasonal beers.

15.09.2020

USA: Boston Beer to launch a craft non-alcoholic brew in early 2021  (E-Malt.com)

Boston Beer plans to launch a craft non-alcoholic brew in early 2021 with Samuel Adams Just the Haze. The company said in a statement it spent two years researching and brewing to create its hazy IPA, the Food Dive reported on September 11.

Just the Haze will be sold in 12-ounce cans, six packs and single cans. Boston Beer said the brew has an upfront citrus aroma with hints of grapefruit, tangerine and lime, as well as tropical and stone fruit notes including pineapple, guava, melon and peach.

The non-alcoholic beer space has been rapidly growing, with Boston Beer being the latest company to introduce a product. Earlier this year, Anheuser-Busch released its first zero-proof beer under the Budweiser brand called Budweiser Zero.

While some brewers may have been reluctant to enter the non-alcoholic beer space, its rapid growth in recent years has prompted some to take the plunge anyway.

“I may have once said that we would never brew a non-alcoholic (NA) beer, but I’ve learned over the years never to say never,” Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams, said in a statement.

While non-alcoholic offerings represent a small slice of the American beer market — just 0.37% of dollar sales in grocery, convenience, liquor and other chain stores, according to IRI data cited by Goodbeerhunting — more companies are making sure they have a product in the space. AB InBev plans to have 20% of its global beer volumes coming from no- and low-alcohol beers by 2025.

It's no surprise, considering major beer companies have seen a multi-year slide in sales of their large brands. Efforts to expand into hard seltzers, ciders and even coffees haven't been enough to offset the decline. Overall, according to IWSR, beer volume slipped 2.3% in 2019, its fourth straight year of declines. This was led by a 3.6% drop in domestic brews. At the same time, Global Market Insights estimated the non-alcoholic beer market would top $25 billion by 2024.

In many cases, beer companies are mirroring what plant-based meat companies are doing when they introduce a product that simulates hamburger, chicken or another animal product It's not enough to just to eschew meat; the substitute needs to have the same taste, look and texture as the real thing. Boston Beer and other companies introducing non-alcoholic brews are going to great lengths to tout how similar they are to real beer.

Global Market Insights noted more than 25% of the European people prefer the taste of non-alcoholic beer over the conventional version. This underscores the need for "launching products with enhanced taste [that] will stimulate product adoption," the firm said.

Boston Beer noted it has been keeping a watch on the international non-alcoholic beer space for years, "recognizing its significant growth as a wellness option." Rather than rushing ahead with an offering, Boston Beer visited nonalcoholic breweries to learn about the technology, and reviewed hundreds of yeast strains to create an offering that had the flavors of a craft beer.

As more companies enter the space to satisfy growing consumer demand, the pressure will be on to create different styles of beer with unique flavors and names, much like what craft players have done during the last decade. So far, most of the non-alcoholic beers have come from large companies. Boston Beer's Just the Haze could be just the beginning of more products coming on tap from craft and smaller-sized beer companies.

15.09.2020

USA: Alcohol market must increase volumes by 19% in off-trade to offset on-trade losses  (E-Malt.com)

The US alcohol market must increase volumes by 19% in the off-trade to offset losses in the on-trade, which is unlikely to return to the same level as pre-Covid for some time, the IWSR Drinks Market Analysis has predicted.

According to research from the IWSR, around 80% of alcohol sales in the US were typically made in the off-trade, while the remaining 20% came from the on-trade.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the on-trade alcohol landscape, the IWSR said, with the balance between the two channels shifting as consumers move to at-home consumption.

The significant increase in US off-trade alcohol volumes is not enough to offset the losses in the on-trade, the IWSR said.

According to IRI measured channels cited by the IWSR, total alcohol volume sales for the off-trade rose by 9.3% in the year ending 16 August 2020. To overcome the losses in the on-trade, which is estimated to be down by approximately 75%, the off-trade would need to increase volumes by 19%, the IWSR has estimated.

Sales of alcohol through e-commerce channels are predicted to be up more than 300% year-on-year through July 2020. The IWSR said this is driven by convenience.

The IWSR said spirits and ready-to-drink products have been performing strongly enough to bring the total industry to a 0.6% volume increase on a rolling 12-month basis from June 2020.

“Value growth will likely suffer substantially due to the on-premise mark-ups, while volume growth will be dictated by at-home consumption rates,” said Brandy Rand, IWSR’s chief operating officer for the Americas. “People are also investing in making their home environment more comfortable and functional in lieu of going out – outdoor spaces, technology and entertainment, and items for cooking and making cocktails.”

The IWSR also noted that a full return to the on-trade will mainly rely on the development of a vaccine, along with returning consumer confidence. Until there’s a vaccine, the closure of bar and restaurants are imminent, the IWSR warned.

Data from the IWSR in the past has shown that the off-trade has benefitted following economic recession. The IWSR said: “For now, it appears as if the days of an 80% off-premise and 20% on-premise volume split in the US are long gone, and it will likely take a while for the premise split to return to these levels.”

The IWSR said there is an opportunity for brands to meet the immediate needs of new at-home drinking occasions.

The IWSR also looked a number of factors behind what is driving the at-home occasion. One factor found was that in the past two decades in the US, off-trade alcohol consumer expenditures have outpaced the on-trade.

The IWSR believes the US on-trade is unlikely to return to the same level as before coronavirus for some time. As such, the industry will need to adapt and continue offering options such as meal kits and takeaway drinks.

Between 2000 and 2020, on-trade prices have increased across all categories by between 2.5% and 3%, or above inflation (2% in the same period), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Off-trade prices have also increased, but at lower rates than the on-trade, the IWSR said. Off-trade prices across all categories rose between 0.6% and 2.1% in the same 20-year period.

In addition, the number of on-trade venues serving alcohol in the US has dropped by 20% from 2001 to 2019.

Looking at the at-home drinker by demographic, the IWSR said men consume spirits at home slightly more than women.

The 25 to 34 year old age bracket are the top consumers of beer and spirits, while those aged over 65 mainly consume wine. Drinkers aged between 21 and 24 prefer spirits, beer and then wine.

Truss launches line of cannabis-infused beverages across Canada
 15.09.2020

Truss launches line of cannabis-infused beverages across Canada  (Company news)

Truss Beverage Co., the joint venture between Molson Coors and Hexo Corp., is releasing its line of cannabis-infused beverages across Canada.

Truss is an early entrant to the nascent market, which has been growing following the legalization of ingestible cannabis products in Canada late last year. The joint venture between Molson Coors and Gatineau, Quebec-based Hexo began in 2018, and marks a further extension of Molson Coors’ beyond-beer ambitions.

“Molson Coors has been innovating in beverages for centuries. As it broadens out beyond beer, non-alcohol cannabis beverages are an exciting new frontier in Canada, and Truss has developed some incredible brands and beverages that are sure to be leaders in that marketplace,” says Pete Marino, a member of Truss’ board of directors and president of Molson Coors’ emerging growth division.

With the launch of five new brands, Truss has established one of the broadest cannabis beverage portfolios in the Canadian market, says Truss marketing lead Chaman Sandhu.

“Truss has a cannabis beverage for multiple beverage occasions, and we want to encourage Canadians of legal age to start exploring and enter our world of wonder,” she says. “This is a whole new beverage category, not just a cannabis category. With the backing of Hexo and Molson Coors, we have that expertise in beverage as well as in cannabis to bring forward a premium product.”

Infused with varying levels of CBD and THC, Truss’ newly released non-alcoholic beverages include:

House of Terpenes: Limonene and Myrcene flavored sparkling tonics, made with botanically sourced terpene flavors.

Little Victory: Naturally flavored, light tasting, bubbly beverages available in Dry Grapefruit and Dry Lemon, and two fruit flavor forward sparkling beverages in Dark Cherry and Blood Orange.

Mollo 2.5 and Mollo 5: Crisp-tasting cannabis beverages with a light hoppy finish.

Veryvell: A lineup of products that support self-care, including Strawberry Hibiscus and Sicilian Lemon-Flavored Sparkling Waters; Lemon Black Iced Tea; and Cannabis Extract Drops.

XMG: Non-carbonated, high-intensity flavored beverages in Mango Pineapple and Tropical Fruit flavors.

Sold individually, the beverages began hitting cannabis retailers nationwide this month and can also be purchased online via provincial boards. Truss beverages, produced in Belleville, Ontario, are currently available in Ontario and Quebec, and will continue their nationwide rollout over the next several months.

Truss enters the market as a growing number of Canadians are embracing cannabis in ingestible forms. According to research conducted by DIG Insights, 71% of legal-age Canadians cite smoking as the primary reason they do not consume cannabis, with 74% saying the smell of cannabis on their clothing is an issue. A Truss consumer survey found a growing percentage of legal-age Canadians tried a cannabis-infused beverage so that they could consume cannabis without smoking it.

“Consumers are looking for alternatives at this point,” says Sandhu. “Truss offers something to meet all occasions across the board; we believe that there’s a brand for all Canadian consumers of legal age.”

Surveys also indicate that Canadian consumers are concerned about their cannabis product’s consistency. Truss’ beverages offer a calibrated and consistent experience, unlike many traditional edibles, Sandhu says.

“The No. 1 thing is the consumer experience. Our goal is that this new line of beverages has the best-tasting, most consistent cannabis experience available,” Sandhu says.

The Truss joint venture, and its launch of non-alcoholic cannabis beverages, is Molson Coors’ latest foray into categories beyond the beer aisle. The company rebranded itself in January to underscore its embrace of the beyond-beer products for which consumers are increasingly reaching.

The company took its first steps into the spirits category this year in Canada with the launch of Aquarelle, a vodka-based beverage. It followed that up this summer with the release of a hop-infused, non-alcohol brand called Vyne Botanicals.

Molson Coors also inched into the wine category earlier this year in the U.S. with the launch of MOVO Wine Spritzers. And it took a significant stake last year in LA Libations, which makes non-alcohol beverages aimed mostly at health-conscious consumers, such as Zico Coconut Water, Core Water and Body Armor.

And, Marino says, there’s plenty more to come from Molson Coors.

“The beyond-beer space is so rich for creativity and innovation, and we have a lot of exciting news in the pipeline,” Marino says.
(Truss Beverage Co.)

Kyle Chapman is promoted to President of Barry-Wehmiller, Michael Monarchi ...
 14.09.2020

Kyle Chapman is promoted to President of Barry-Wehmiller, Michael Monarchi ...  (Company news)

... joins as Chief Financial Officer

Picture: Kyle Chapman (l.), Barry-Wehmiller President, and Michael Monarchi (r.), Barry-Wehmiller Chief Financial Officer

Strategic leadership moves set organization up for planned growth while strengthening culture

Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc. has promoted Kyle Chapman to President, joining his father, CEO and Board Chairman Robert Chapman, in leadership of the 135-year-old, $3 billion-plus global manufacturing and engineering solutions firm. As Kyle steps into his new role after serving as Barry-Wehmiller’s Interim Chief Financial Officer for much of 2020, the organization welcomes Michael Monarchi as Chief Financial Officer.

“This is a unique two-generation opportunity to leverage my 51 years of experience and Kyle’s skills and 20 years of private equity and operating experience, with both Bank of America and BW Forsyth Partners, to steward the lives of our 12,000 team members and shape Barry-Wehmiller’s next two decades,” said Bob. “The blend of our experience and skills creates a powerful partnership, as we continue to validate that you can create economic and human value when you embrace the principles of our Truly Human Leadership culture.”

After working at Bank of America, Kyle’s tenure with Barry-Wehmiller began in 2009 when he cofounded BW Forsyth Partners, Barry-Wehmiller’s thriving $600 million-plus hybrid equity firm that unifies the best of Barry-Wehmiller’s business strategies and long-term orientation, with the best private-equity investment strategies. His involvement with Barry-Wehmiller has continued to grow over time, as he served as a strategic financial advisor from 2015 to 2019 to the company’s leadership team, while co-leading BW Forsyth Partners. When the COVID-19 pandemic and related global market uncertainty escalated shortly after being appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer, Kyle’s instincts and actions, in collaboration with Barry-Wehmiller’s senior leadership team, helped preserve the health of the organization.

Kyle said: “In this new role as President, my focus will be to continue to build upon our foundation as a vibrant company known for our culture of care, our commitment to validating the trust our customers place in us and continuing to invest in market-driven innovation—while reinforcing our belief that the only way to lead is with people and performance in harmony.”

Barry-Wehmiller combines purposeful organic growth with a focused acquisition strategy, one that has already welcomed more than 110 companies into the organization. The firm has been led by a Chapman since 1957, when William A. Chapman became President after joining Barry-Wehmiller four years prior. Firm ownership transferred to the Chapman family in 1963, and Bill’s son, Bob, joined the company in 1969. After Bill’s sudden death in 1976, Bob became President, then CEO and Board Chairman, and will remain in those roles, leading alongside Kyle.

Chief Financial Officer Michael Monarchi joins Barry-Wehmiller from Eaton, where, as Vice President of Finance of the $2.5 billion hydraulics division, he helped drive financial and operational performance improvements, while guiding the business through a cultural transformation. Prior to Eaton, Monarchi worked for General Electric for more than 20 years, where he participated in the company’s financial management and corporate audit staff programs, and held numerous leadership positions in the power and aviation divisions. He was drawn to Barry-Wehmiller’s impressive growth trajectory, as well as its people-centric culture.

“Mike is a very forward-looking, operational finance executive, who has an incredible track record and history of success at both GE and Eaton,” said Kyle. “He will help visibly connect key strategic goals directly to our financial targets and accelerate many of our longer-term aspirations, while bringing a very human element to his role.”

“From my first interaction with Barry-Wehmiller, I’ve been really impressed with the focus on people, which is very unique in the business world,” said Monarchi. “The business is extremely well-positioned to continue on its upward trajectory, and I feel very fortunate to be part of this journey.”
(Barry-Wehmiller Design Group)

Aptar Launches ROCKET Sport Cap
 11.09.2020

Aptar Launches ROCKET Sport Cap  (Company news)

New cap offers visible safety, comfortable drinking, and sustainability benefits

Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in dispensing solutions for more than 30 years, is pleased to announce ROCKET, its next generation sport cap.

ROCKET sport cap offers visual consumer safety through a yellow-colored band that indicates whether packaging has been opened on store shelves or at home. This solution redefines beverage packaging safety standards as the first one in the market providing a visual and intuitive non-detachable tamper evidence indicator.

“Aptar is dedicated to creating solutions based directly on consumer feedback,” Augustin De Tilly, global business development director beverage, said. “ROCKET was born from consumer insights to offer visual safety that provides reassurance, in addition to an improved drinking experience that brings the comfort and convenience consumers value.”

In addition to its visible safety, ROCKET provides further safety to consumers with its “no-dust”, double wall lid design that protects the spout from external contaminants, in addition to being designed to adhere to child safety standards (BSDA & EN 71*). A large finger recess and audible closing “click” sound makes opening and closing ROCKET easy and reassuring to the consumers.

De Tilly said the design and functionality of ROCKET enhances what consumers and brands expect from a sport cap. For example, while most caps open at a 110-degree angle, ROCKET’s hinge technology offers a 180-degree angle. The hinge functionality also ensures the elimination of a lid spring-back effect. Altogether, ROCKET provides a wider opening and a more comfortable drinking experience.

“Our goal was to develop a cap that met consumer expectations in terms of safety and comfort of drinking, while also addressing the increasing demand for sustainable packaging” De Tilly said. “Consumer and brand product standards are always evolving, and ROCKET was created to stay at the forefront of these changes.”

With ROCKET, Aptar continues to focus on meeting new sustainability standards and targets. The tamper evident band is tethered to the bottle with the Stay-With system, which keeps the closure attached to the bottle through its lifecycle, and therefore increasing the likelihood of the closure being collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container. ROCKET complies with upcoming regulations, including the Single Use Plastic (SUP) directive proposal in Europe.
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

New Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Group
 10.09.2020

New Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Group  (Company news)

Stefan Scheiber (photo), CEO of Bühler Group, was elected as a new Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Holding AG at an extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on August 28, 2020. At her request, Ruth Metzler-Arnold will resign from the Board of Directors of Bühler Group in February 2021.

At the extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on August 28, 2020, the shareholders elected Stefan Scheiber unanimously as a new member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Holding AG with immediate effect. Stefan Scheiber (54) is a Swiss national, married, and lives with his family in Wil SG, Switzerland.

Stefan Scheiber started his career at Bühler in 1986 and has spent more than 30 years with Bühler in different functions. From 1988, he has worked in various international management positions within Bühler worldwide, including East and South Africa, Eastern Europe, and Germany.

In 1999, he took charge of the Brewing/Malting and Rice business units and thereafter, assumed overall responsibility for Bühler in Germany. From mid-2005, Stefan Scheiber headed the Sales & Services division as a Member of the Executive Board. In 2009, he was assigned Division Manager of the Engineered Products Division which he reorganized into the Food Processing and the Advanced Material divisions. He led the Food Processing division as of 2009.

In 2014, he integrated the Food Processing and the Grain Processing divisions, creating the Grains & Food business, which he led until 2016. Stefan Scheiber was appointed CEO of the Bühler Group on July 1, 2016. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Kistler Group and a Member of the Executive Committee of Swissmem.

Ruth Metzler-Arnold will resign in 2021
Ruth Metzler-Arnold expressed her intent to resign from her assignments as a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of Bühler Group with effect by the ordinary general shareholders’ meeting on February 11, 2021. She has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler since December 2011 and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee for the last six and a half years. Rainer E. Schulz, Member of the Board of Directors, shall succeed Ruth Metzler-Arnold as the new Chairman of the Audit Committee.

The shareholders as well as the Members of the Board of Directors express their sincere thanks to both, Ruth Metzler-Arnold as well as Stefan Scheiber for their long-time commitment and dedication to Bühler, and wish them all the very best.
(Bühler AG)

ALL4PACK 2020: Event rescheduled to 2022
 09.09.2020

ALL4PACK 2020: Event rescheduled to 2022  (Company news)

Comexposium Group, the organiser of the trade show ALL4PACK, announces the postponement to 2022 of its 2020 edition, initially scheduled for this November.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone in the ALL4PACK team has remained strongly mobilised to support companies and provide them with this much-awaited springboard for economic recovery. To enable such an international event to be held during a period of pandemic, a great many initiatives were planned to guarantee not only individual and collective safety but also the quality of business dialogue and discussions surrounding the challenges that lie ahead for packaging.

However, in view of the current public health trend and more broadly the development of the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, and given that many companies have begun to reintroduce travel restrictions, ALL4PACK has been rescheduled to November 2022.

Despite this underlying crisis, ALL4PACK will continue to fulfil its role as a source of inspiration for the future through its analysis and insight into innovations and regulations, and as a business facilitator.

“Remaining true to our mission, our intention is to remain in contact with the profession and support the business recovery and transformation of packaging and intralogistics market players. At each edition, we decipher the market and the trends in the packaging sector, and we have continually reinvented ourselves throughout the 70 years of the show’s existence. During these quite exceptional times, agility is essential. We are keen to keep our promise to support economic recovery in the industry. As such, we will offer new meetings and events from November 2020 onwards, based on the major challenges of the current and future regulatory environment, trends and innovations that are shaping the future of the packaging industry,” explains Olivia Milan, Director of ALL4PACK.

In parallel, the team is beginning to make preparations for a renewed and effective ALL4PACK 2022.
(Comexposium Group)

Siemens brings out an economical new radar antenna for level measurement
 09.09.2020

Siemens brings out an economical new radar antenna for level measurement  (Company news)

Picture: Siemens presents Sitrans LR250 PLA (polypropylene lens antenna) radar level measurement transmitter, a field-proven device delivering reliable level readings for inventory management or critical process control

- Cost-effective new antennas deliver reliable liquids level measurement at a budget-conscious price point
- High corrosion resistance polypropylene and FKM wetted materials for use in a wide range of chemicals
- For bulk liquid storage tanks, process vessels with agitators and vaporous liquids

Siemens presents Sitrans LR250 PLA (polypropylene lens antenna) radar level measurement transmitter, a field-proven device delivering reliable level readings for inventory management or critical process control. This high performing horn and lens design is a perfect fit for corrosive chemicals level measurement with a nomina pressure and temperature environment.

Sitrans LR250 is available with HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer), Profibus PA, or Foundation Fieldbus protocols to support the digitalization journey. With the graphical Quick Start Wizard, the Sitrans LR250 is operational in minutes and the infrared handheld programmer supports local programming. Process Intelligence signal processing ensures reliability and maintenance free operation. Sitrans LR250 has proven to be a reliable performer for bulk liquid storage tanks, process vessels with agitators, vaporous liquids and low dielectric media.
(Siemens AG, Process Industries and Drives, Process Automation)

BORA, the rum for gin lovers - The Cornish dry botanical rum
 08.09.2020

BORA, the rum for gin lovers - The Cornish dry botanical rum  (Company news)

Named after the Cornish word for dawn, BORA ushers in a new beginning for rum

Reinventing traditional spiced rum, BORA is distilled with British botanicals to create a light, dry, aromatic spirit. A BORA and tonic with a sprig of rosemary is a refreshing aperitif; the ideal alternative to a G&T.

With the light amber hue of the Cornish dawn, BORA is distilled with nettle, quince, and other locally sourced botanicals, creating a subtle rum that is spicy and yet smooth.

A carbon negative product, BORA is crafted sustainably, uses eco-friendly packaging, and offsets emissions by planting trees across Cornwall.
Penryn Spirits Limted

Pilsner Urquell cans get a modern makeover aimed to boost brand awareness
 07.09.2020

Pilsner Urquell cans get a modern makeover aimed to boost brand awareness  (Company news)

The Original Pilsner is getting a spiffy new look.

Pilsner Urquell, the Czech beer that set the international standard for Pilsner beers, has unveiled a new can design in the U.S. in an effort to simplify its look and feel at retail and boost on-shelf recognition.

Wrapped in a lightly textured soft cream hue to convey the 178-year-old brand’s history, the 16.9-ounce cans are punctuated by the brand’s signature red seal and stamped with “Pilsner Urquell” in its signature deep green script. A green band that encircles the top of the can labels the beer as “The original Pilsner brewed the original way.”

A box on the side of the cans gives a brief history lesson of the iconic beer, which launched the Pilsner style that has carried through to the modern-day beer market. In addition to top-selling beers like Miller Lite, Pilsners are back en vogue among American craft brewers as consumers migrate back to simplicity and sessionability.

Four-packs cold-shipped from the brewery in Pilsen to preserve freshness began trickling into retail stores in late July, replacing multicolored can designs that incorporated marks and designs used throughout the brewery’s history.

“The goal in our can redesign was to unify how the brand shows up in market, creating a more recognizable and consistent look across packages,” says Rose Osial, the brand’s marketing manager. “The team was focused on creating a design that clearly projects the brand’s heritage and tells the unique story of the beer as the Original Pilsner.”

The brand, which tends to shine in high-end bars and restaurants with its signature side-pour faucet and dimpled glassware, has been hurt by widespread closures due to the pandemic. But it has accelerated in the off-premise, turning in one of its best performances in years so far in 2020, up 16.1% year-to-date, per Nielsen all-outlet and convenience data through Aug. 8. That’s outpacing the overall imports segment, which has logged 10.8% growth year-to-date.

While cans make up only about 1/5 of total Pilsner Urquell sales, they’re growing at a higher rate than bottles as more consumers switch from glass to aluminum in at-home consumption, Osial says. And “they represent an opportunity for Pilsner Urquell and move faster than many European import competitors,” she says.

“We’re proud of our heritage as the Original Pilsner, which is still brewed the same way, in the same brewery, with the same Czech ingredients since 1842,” Osial says. “Pilsner Urquell’s new design will help continue to drive awareness for the most influential and imitated beer in history.”
(Molson Coors Brewing Company)

BASF calculates CO2 footprint of all sales products
 04.09.2020

BASF calculates CO2 footprint of all sales products  (Company news)

-BASF as the first chemical company with transparent emission data for the entire portfolio of approximately 45,000 products
-Data from the BASF Verbund and a new digital application help BASF customers to better measure and reduce their own CO2 footprint of their activities and end products
-Already today, BASF offers customers products with reduced carbon footprint based on renewable or recycled raw materials according to the mass balance approach

BASF will provide its customers with total values of CO2 emissions, so called “carbon footprints” for all of its products. The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) comprises all product-related greenhouse gas emissions that occur until the BASF product leaves the factory gate for the customer: from the purchased raw material to the use of energy in production processes.

“Sustainability and digitalization are core elements of our corporate strategy, which we are consistently implementing. By calculating the CO2 footprint, we bring both together and create much greater transparency for our customers regarding the specific emissions for each BASF product. This enables us to develop plans together with our customers to reduce CO2 emissions along the value chain up to the final consumer product,” says Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.

BASF has been calculating PCFs for individual products since 2007. With the digital solution developed in-house, BASF will be able to calculate the PCF for its approximately 45,000 sales products based on a global level. BASF will start with selected product and customer segments in the coming months and plans to make PCF data available for the entire portfolio by the end of 2021.

“Climate protection issues are also becoming increasingly important for our customers. In the future, we will be able to support them with reliable data so that they can achieve their climate targets,” said Christoph Jäkel, Head of Corporate Sustainability. “With the help of PCFs, our customers can identify where the levers for avoiding greenhouse gas emissions are. We are already offering them the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of selected products by using alternative raw materials and renewable energies”.

One example is BASF’s biomass balance approach, in which fossil resources are replaced by renewable raw materials from organic waste and vegetable oils in the production Verbund and mathematically allocated to the sales product. Another example of the application of the mass balance approach is the ChemCyclingTM project. Since 2020, BASF has been offering its customers the first commercial quantities of products for whose production chemically recycled plastic waste is used as a raw material at the beginning of the value chain. BASF’s sales products from both approaches have the same properties as products based on purely fossil raw materials – but with a lower carbon footprint.

Climate protection is an important part of BASF’s strategy. BASF has set itself the goal of keeping production-related emissions constant until 2030 despite further growth. BASF is pursuing a three-pronged approach consisting of increasing its production and process efficiency, purchasing electricity from renewable sources and developing fundamentally new and low-emission processes.

Comparable standards necessary
BASF has been using sustainability assessment methods for 25 years. This includes the collection and processing of data for the measurement of sustainability contributions, as is currently used, for example, in SEEBalance® or Sustainable Solution Steering. BASF’s PCF calculation is based on substantial data from the collection of emissions in its own production network and high-quality average data for purchased raw materials and purchased energy. The methodology follows general standards for life cycle analysis such as ISO 14044 and ISO 14067 as well as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard.

BASF is committed to the introduction of product-specific guidelines for the calculation of PCFs in the chemical industry in order to create an industry-wide level playing field and comparability for products. “We are working with various partners to promote standardization,” says Jäkel.
(BASF SE)

COVID-19 pandemic impacts Vetropack in the first half of 2020: impressive results ...
 03.09.2020

COVID-19 pandemic impacts Vetropack in the first half of 2020: impressive results ...  (Company news)

...nonetheless thanks to swift and effective action

Like many other businesses, the Swiss-based Vetropack Group was also affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of the year under review. Net sales came to CHF 323.8 million, down 10.4% on the same period last year (2019: CHF 361.2 million) or 5.6% after adjust-ing for currency effects. EBIT fell by 14.8% to CHF 40.9 million (2019: CHF 48.0 million*). Consolidated operating profit re-mained virtually the same as last year, while reported profit rose to CHF 46.3 million (2019: CHF 37.9 million*) thanks to the sale of a property not required for operations.

In the first half of the year, Vetropack Group sold 2.35 billion units of glass packaging, 9.3% fewer than last year (2.59 billion units). Consolidated net sales from goods and services were down by 10.4% at CHF 323.8 million (2019: CHF 361.2 million). After adjusting for currency effects, however, this only amounted to a 5.6% reduction. Since this drop in sales mainly affected lower-priced products such as glass bottles for beer, mineral water and soft drinks, the average price of the glass packaging sold actually increased.

With capacity being actively reduced, Vetropack Group produced 725,000 tonnes in the first half of the year (2019: 730,000 tonnes). The effects of COVID-19 pushed stock levels up to CHF 16.1 million during this period.

Vetropack Group responded swiftly and effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic: measures to protect staff were coordinated across the Group and implemented locally. Efforts were also made to guarantee the supply of raw materials and the delivery of glass containers. Thanks to the Vetropack network, with eight production facilities and a committed workforce, we were able to keep the production process going safely and without any interruptions. Stringent cost control measures were also introduced. This, along with lower energy prices, meant that savings could be made across all areas. For example, accrued staff overtime and untaken leave were reduced and delivery costs were optimised. Thanks to these extensive measures, Vetropack Group achieved a consolidated EBIT of CHF 40.9 million (2019: CHF 48.0 million). The EBIT margin amounted to 12.6% (2019: 13.3%).

The consolidated semi-annual profit of CHF 46.3 million (2019: CHF 37.9 million*) was up 22.2% on the previous year’s figure. The profit margin amounted to 14.3% (2019: 10.5%). A property in the Swiss canton of Zurich that was not required for operations was sold in the first half of 2020, generating one-off proceeds before tax of CHF 11.7 million.

Cash flow came to CHF 75.5 million (2019: CHF 81.6 million*), while the cash flow margin amounted to 23.3% of net sales (2019: 22.6%). Vetropack Group employed a workforce of 3,414 people during the period under review (2019: 3,346).

Outlook for the second half of 2020
In view of the pandemic and the continued uncertainty surrounding its impact on the economy as a whole and on demand for glass packaging in particular, it is difficult to predict the outlook for the coming months. As things stand, and taking the reopening of restaurants and catering outlets into account, we expect Vetropack Group’s sales volumes to increase slightly in the second half of the year compared to the first six months. Production capacity will be actively reduced further in the second half of 2020 to bring the high stock levels down, which will impair production efficiency. This will have an adverse impact on performance in the second half of the year. We are therefore expecting the operating profit margin for 2020 as a whole to fall slightly short of last year.
(Vetropack AG)

SIG Announces Management Changes
 02.09.2020

SIG Announces Management Changes  (Company news)

SIG announced that Markus Boehm (photo), Chief Market Officer and member of the Group Executive Board, has decided to leave the company at his own request in view of upcoming organisational changes. Certain responsibilities of the Chief Market Officer will be devolved to the regional heads in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, while the remainder will be redistributed to other members of the Group Executive Board. Ian Wood, currently Chief Supply Chain Officer, will become Chief Technology Officer and, in addition to his current responsibilities, will assume leadership of the global technology and R&D functions. Samuel Sigrist, Chief Financial Officer, will assume overall responsibility for commercial operations, including filler investments and solutions pricing, in addition to his current responsibilities. Consequently, the number of Group Executive Board members will be six instead of seven. These changes are effective from 1 September 2020.

In an unrelated development Martin Herrenbrück, President & General Manager Europe, has decided to take up a position outside SIG and will leave the Company at the end of 2020. His replacement will be announced in due course.
Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG Combibloc, said: "I would like to thank both Markus and Martin for their contributions to the success of SIG over many years. Markus has driven major innovations such as combismile, now being rolled out globally, and has taken sustainable packaging to a new level with recent launches including SIGNATURE PACK. Under Martin's leadership we have gained share in Europe and have returned to a growth path in the region.

The organisational changes announced today take account of the global nature of SIG's business and the scale that our operations have attained in all regions. It makes sense for many commercial decisions to be made in the regions and close to our customers. Globally, Samuel's leadership will ensure that we continue to leverage our razor-razorblade business model and to optimise return on investment. Similarly, Ian will oversee the allocation of R&D resources and will ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of technology in the aseptic carton packaging industry."
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Molson Coors expands into Nicaragua with Miller Lite
 02.09.2020

Molson Coors expands into Nicaragua with Miller Lite  (Company news)

Miller Lite will expand into Nicaragua this year as part of a multiyear agreement signed this week between Molson Coors Beverage Co. and Nicaragua’s largest brewer, Companía Cervecera de Nicaragua S.A.

Under the licensing deal, Managua-based CCN will brew, market and distribute the Original Light Beer throughout Nicaragua as a premium international brand starting in the fourth quarter of 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal marks the first significant step by Molson Coors into Nicaragua as it expands its presence in Latin America. The company’s brands are available throughout much of the region, with a focus in Mexico, Panama, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.

“We’re excited about expanding further into Nicaragua and continuing to grow throughout the region,” says Chris Wensel, vice president of Latin America for Molson Coors. “With this deal, we’re able to close a white space in our footprint, and we’re able to team up with the strongest beer partner possible.”

CCN, which was founded in 1926, makes brands such as Victoria Frost, Mytos and its flagships, Toña and Toña Light. It is by far the Central American country’s largest brewer. Molson Coors had an existing relationship with the company to contract brew Miller Lite for export to Honduras.

Also key to the deal, Wensel says: Miller Lite plays a strategic role in CCN’s portfolio and helps the brewer develop its premium international segment.

While the deal is small relative to the Molson Coors global business, “it’s an important step for us here,” Wensel says. “There’s just so much opportunity for us in Latin America. The runway is long.”
(Molson Coors Brewing Company)

Kyrö Distillery: The perfect label material for both gin and whisky
 01.09.2020

Kyrö Distillery: The perfect label material for both gin and whisky  (Company news)

Kyrö Distillery never compromises quality for its rye whisky and gin. And the same can be said about their product labels. To learn about consumers’ preference for different label materials in these categories, UPM Raflatac joined forces with them to set up a study. What is perceived as high or low quality? Authentic or artificial?

TAKEAWAYS
1. Labels are at the core of successful packaging. The material really matters for consumers’ attitudes towards brand and perception of quality.

2. There is a big difference between the gin and whisky categories and how consumers perceive label materials. This made the study even more interesting – to find one material that applies throughout the categories.

Think about famous spirits brands – do you know what is common among them all? They all have products from just one category, whether brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whisky. There are a lot of differences between these categories, which may be one reason many brands focus on only one. Kyrö Distillery, a Finnish company, produces both gin and whisky and they are ready to do things differently by breaking the “silly dogmas.”

The company wanted to use the same label material across the categories and have the Kyrö-feeling. As nobody had done it before, we decided to set up a study together. As a premium supplier of label materials and provider of industry-leading expertise, UPM Raflatac understood the needs and challenges. With the combination of Kyrö Distillery’s entrepreneurial ambition and learnings from the study, we could find the best solutions for Kyrö to express themselves and stand out.

A collaborative study to find the perfect label material for gin and whisky
The study was conducted by a package testing and research company Sense N Insight. The study was a way of understanding how different label materials affect consumers’ attitudes towards a brand. In the study, we applied our plain label materials in both whisky and gin packaged in Kyrö design bottles with wooden caps. We asked consumers to touch and feel the different labels and rank them according to quality and authenticity.

According to the study, there is a big difference between the categories of how consumers perceive gin and whisky label materials. For example, the colour of the liquid inside the bottle has a great impact on how the label material looks and feels. It was found that people associate cold-toned colors and shiny label material with high-quality gin, as in whisky cold-toned labels were associated with low-quality. When the products were evaluated according to authenticity, warm-toned labels were preferred both for gin and whisky. Label design is often a compromise, especially if you have several product attributes to communicate.

The material picked to indicate the highest quality gin was UPM Raflatac Opalux Ice Premium and the material chosen to indicate the highest quality whisky was UPM Raflatac Soft Touch Black. The material picked to indicate the most authentic gin and whisky was UPM Raflatac Rustrel WSA PCR.

Based on the study, we made two suggestions to Kyrö Distillery: UPM Raflatac Antique White and Sabrage Ice Premium. Both materials have a natural white color, which gives the label a premium vintage appearance. In the study, these materials were described as “the label that communicates authentic roots and expert impressions” and “natural, yet stylish.” Antique White is a multifaceted, versatile material that gives an ability to express elegance, authenticity and a certain environmental awareness through its warm white. While Sabrage Ice Premium is the refinement of a material that shows itself to you little by little: pure white, cloudy, and cottony.
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

Vyne Botanicals hop-infused sparkling water bolsters Molson Coors' non-alc portfolio in Canada
 31.08.2020

Vyne Botanicals hop-infused sparkling water bolsters Molson Coors' non-alc portfolio in Canada  (Company news)

Hops, the magical flower that enhances the flavor of beer, is being unleashed in a new liquid: water.

Vyne Botanicals, the new non-alcoholic hop-infused sparkling water from Molson Coors Beverage Company, is now available at premium grocers across Canada. The bubbly refreshment made with all natural flavors is gluten free, verified vegan friendly, with zero calories and sugar. It comes in 355-mililiter slim cans featuring a design that highlights the inextricable link between humans and nature, weaving some vitality into your everyday H2O.

“Our flavors are going to meet your taste expectations because of the natural ingredients. It’s refreshment revitalized,” says Faye Houston, Molson Coors’ beyond beer brand manager. “There’s nothing artificial about Vyne, from the ingredients and taste to the intricate can design and branding.”

While hops are the key bittering agent in beer, they play a more subtle role in Vyne, says Houston.

“People don’t really know what to expect with hops outside of beer, but they’ll have a completely unique experience with Vyne,” she says. “Tasting is believing.”

The first-to-Canada hop-infused sparkling water, Vyne comes in three flavors: The Citrus One offers a bright citrus taste and aroma, with hints of lemon-lime and grapefruit; the Herbal One has a subtle herbal character, with an inviting blend of tropical fruits, rosemary and spice; and the Floral One is a delicate and subtle blend of rose and hibiscus with fresh, green notes.

“Each flavor gives you a very different experience,” Houston says. “One of the first things you’re going to experience is the aroma. Hops are such an interesting botanical; when you crack open a can you’re going to taste first with your nose, awakening the senses even before it hits your tastebuds.”

With a national distribution footprint at premium grocer Sobey’s, Vyne will soon be available at IGA in Quebec, and at Metro and Loblaws locations. The alcohol-free beverage is also available for delivery on Amazon.

As with many new brands introduced during a time when the coronavirus pandemic made in-person sampling impossible, Vyne found an innovative way to get the brand in front of consumers. A partnership with meal-kit service Hello Fresh put Vyne alongside healthy ingredients, delivered to home chefs.

Now the brand is working with a set of health-conscious influencers on Instagram, as well.

As Molson Coors augments its beer portfolio, flavorful beyond-beer products like Vyne are becoming a larger part of its product mix. In Canada, it has beefed up marketing around Aquarelle, its vodka-based drink that comes in still and sparking water varieties. And retailers have seen a blistering response to AriZona Hard Green Tea, a 5% alcohol-by-volume hard tea made with premium vodka that rolled out across Ontario and Western Canada in April.

Molson Coors’ recent U.S. launches of Vizzy Hard Selzter, MOVO Wine Spritzer and Leinenkugel’s Spritzen are complemented by partnerships in the U.K. to distribute Bodega Bay hard seltzer and canned drinks from Miami Cocktail Company. The long-awaited Coors Seltzer is expected to hit shelves soon, as well.

“This is a big step for Molson Coors,” Houston says. It’s very different, and very exciting.”
(Molson Coors Brewing Company (Canada))

Karl Knauer and Krones revolutionise secondary beverage packaging
 28.08.2020

Karl Knauer and Krones revolutionise secondary beverage packaging  (Company news)

Goodbye shrink wrap

Think big – when it comes to reducing plastic packaging in food retail, the beverage sector holds the greatest potential. An innovation recently presented by Black Forest-based packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG and Krones AG, a system supplier to the beverage industry from Neutraubling, could revolutionise secondary packaging in the beverage segment. The internationally patented “LitePac Top” cardboard carrier makes the conventional shrink wrap used for packs superfluous and therefore avoids unnecessary packaging, pack after pack. The savings potential for Western Europe alone, which uses 60,000 to 80,000 tonnes of shrink wrap per year, is enormous.

Cardboard instead of shrink wrap:
A massive increase in environmental protection, efficiency and convenience
Between 1.5 and 2 billion returnable PET beverage bottles are still being sold each year in Germany alone despite the agreed upon targets for banning the use of single-use plastic products. 2 litre, 1.5 litre and 0.5 litre PET bottles are, and will continue to be, the most popular form of packaging in the beverage segment. As retailers find these disposable plastic bottles easier to manage than glass, i.e. returnable bottles, the number used is set to remain high in coming years. This makes it all the more important to avoid every single gram of extra plastic, i.e. secondary packaging, around these bottles. Until now, standard 4 or 6 packs have been held together by shrink wrap packaging made from shrink film. However, this film is made using non-renewable raw materials and is consequently being viewed more and more critically by consumers.

Two heavyweights in the packaging industry have now joined forces to offer retailers and bottlers an alternative to such conventional film solutions. Black Forest-based packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG and Krones AG, a system supplier to the beverage sector from Neutraubling, have worked together to create the “LitePac Top”, a sustainable packaging solution made from cardboard. Instead of shrink wrap, a sturdy cardboard carrier securely holds 6 packs of 0.5 to 2 litre PET bottles or beverage cans together. The LitePac Top, adapted to the bottle’s or can’s design, is simply attached at the top and firmly holds the half dozen beverage containers together. In addition, a 100 % paper strap is wrapped around 1.5 and 2 litre packs to ensure stability. What sounds simple is in fact simple and therefore offers several advantages.

Handling and perception advantages
Thanks to the LitePac Top’s integrated handle, the nine-kilogram pack of six 1.5 litre PET bottles is comfortable to carry, even over longer distances, without cutting painfully into the hand. The can version offers finger holes to ensure a secure grip for transport. “When developing the product, it was important to us to ensure that the packaging remains stable, even when individual bottles or cans are removed. We achieved this by making the bottles and cans removable from the packaging with a simple twist,” explains Michael Weber, Key Account Manager at Karl Knauer. “Even if the packaging only contains a couple of bottles, it can still be transported safely.”

Therefore, in terms of transport stability, the LitePac Top is superior to shrink packs. There are also two additional advantages to the cardboard version. Firstly, if there isn’t any (film) packaging to be torn open, there isn’t any waste. This drastically reduces the volume of waste within retail – a spatial and visual win for the retail trade.

Secondly, consumers perceive cardboard packaging as significantly more sustainable and therefore evaluate it positively. “In this way, even people who reach for drinks in disposable packaging can contribute in a small way towards reducing plastic. And this positivity pays off for the manufacturer as it can contribute to building customer loyalty,” says Michael Weber with confidence.

Impressively efficient and sustainable:
from production to use and recycling
Switching to secondary packaging made from cardboard also pays off financially for the suppliers. Because in addition to creating a positive brand message and providing a comfortable carrying experience, the LitePac Top also offers significantly better environmental performance in terms of the bottling and packing process. “We produced multiple LitePac Tops in a highly cost-efficient way, tested the product at all stages of the supply chain and had it put through its paces by one of the leading beverage bottlers. Even we were impressed by the results as they exceeded all our expectations,” summarises Martin Glatz, Head of Sales, Marketing, Research and Development at Karl Knauer. “For example, compared to shrink wrap packaging, power consumption is reduced from approx. 120 kW/h down to only 10 kW/h, i.e. 92 percent! Applied to a single packaging unit, energy consumption can be reduced from 17 W/per pack to only 2.5 W. And the reduction in CO2 emissions by using the LitePac Top solution instead of shrink packs, is a further plus for our new cardboard carrier. If both the material and the packaging process are taken into account, we can save 30.4 percent of CO2 – in other words, almost a third. However, in the context of an even broader assessment of sustainability by means of the Material Circularity Indicator (MCI) scoring tool, which functions as a circular economy indicator, the figures are even more impressive. With the LitePac Top’s value of 0.867, we come impressively close to the target value of 1, which would signify a fully circular economy. This is a significant improvement on the shrink pack value of only 0.301."

The mono-material of the LitePac Top consists of 100 percent renewable raw materials from FSC® or PEFC™-certified forests and fibres from agricultural waste. This means that the packaging can be easily disposed of using the usual paper recycling option and can be recycled up to seven times. Thanks to its special fibre structure, it even improves the quality of paper waste and therefore has a positive impact on the recycling process.

Following the ban on plastic bags and single-use plastic, it is only a matter of time before secondary plastic packaging is no longer permitted in the EU. Therefore manufacturers like Krones and Karl Knauer, who have already patented innovative and sustainable products such as the LitePac Top, are highly likely to see an increase in demand in the near future. A win for those responsible and for the environment too.
(Karl Knauer KG)

HEINEKEN UK eliminates plastic from millions of cans as it rolls out innovative sustainable ...
 27.08.2020

HEINEKEN UK eliminates plastic from millions of cans as it rolls out innovative sustainable ...   (Company news)

...packaging across thousands of UK retailers, despite COVID-19 challenges

-New innovative cardboard topper replacing plastic rings on Heineken®, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 launches in UK retailers this summer, eliminating plastic from supermarket shelves
-Despite COVID-19, HEINEKEN UK is on track to achieve its goal to remove this type of plastic from supermarket shelves by the end of 2021

This summer, despite major operational obstructions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HEINEKEN UK rolls out its innovative 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers. The topper will feature on Heineken®, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 multi-pack cans before rolling out across its entire beer and cider portfolio. The company’s commitment to innovate sustainably during this unprecedented time has kept the business on track to eliminating this type of plastic from supermarket shelves by the end of 2021.

The new packaging not only removes plastic but minimises the use of materials and reduces waste. The combination of the new topper, dubbed Green Grip, and the removal of shrink wrapping on consumer packs will eliminate over 517 tonnes of plastic annually – the equivalent of 94 million plastic bags.

With the installation of the new packaging machinery set to take place at the same time as travel restrictions were implemented across Europe, HEINEKEN UK overcame a significant logistical hurdle by using virtual technology to partly help install the machinery at its brewery in Manchester. The team in Manchester used smart glasses to collaborate with Italian engineers on the installation process and receive virtual training on how to operate the machinery safely, allowing fewer people on the shop floor to support social distancing guidelines.

Michael Gillane, marketing director, HEINEKEN UK, said: “This is a game changer – for so long, the plastic pack rings on cans of beer and cider have been rightly scrutinised. We have been working on a solution for several years – one that is durable, totally recyclable, and completely plastic free. Importantly, this is an innovation that can be used at scale on hundreds of millions of cans every year.

“After announcing our intention in November last year, we’re extremely pleased to launch Green Grip – our plastic free, recyclable and compostable topper in UK supermarkets this summer, especially during such a challenging time. The easy decision would have been to postpone the launch, but that was never an option. The use of innovative technology, combined with the hard work of our team in Manchester, meant we stay on track to achieve our ambition to eliminate single-use plastic on our products from supermarket shelves. This is a significant milestone in our journey, and we look forward to rolling the innovation out across the rest of our beer and cider portfolio in 2021.”

James Bull, Head of Packaging at Tesco said, “We have plans to remove all non-recyclable and excess packaging from our business and are working with a number of brands to achieve this. It’s great to see HEINEKEN UK eliminate plastic from its cans of beer – our customers want to use less plastic, so I’m sure they’ll appreciate this change.”

Commenting on overcoming challenges posed by Covid-19 in commissioning the Green Grip line Brewing & Operations Director, Matt Callan said: “Introducing a brand new technology is challenging at the best of times, but doing so at a time of social distancing measures and when we’ve adapted our operations to meet heightened supermarket demand is a testament to the adaptability and determination of our brewery and project teams. We continue to look at further options to eliminate single-use plastic, including in our logistics and distribution network as we remain committed to eliminating unnecessary plastic in our total supply chain.”

Heineken®, Foster’s, and Kronenbourg 1664 are being rolled out now ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

This scalable bespoke innovation was piloted at HEINEKEN UK’s Manchester brewery, with its Tadcaster and Hereford sites to follow in March 2021.
(Heineken UK Limited)

Vetropack purchases glassworks in Moldova
 26.08.2020

Vetropack purchases glassworks in Moldova  (Company news)

Vetropack, a leading Swiss corporate group in the European glass packaging industry, has signed an agreement to take over a glassworks in Moldova.

With the acquisition of the Moldovan glassworks in Chișinău, the Vetropack Group is continuing its expansion strategy. This new addition to the Vetropack group, which comprises two separate operational units (Glass Container Company and Glass Container Prim), will enhance Vetropack’s market position in Central and Eastern Europe.

"With this acquisition, we continue to expand in a region with which we are very familiar – a region where we have almost three decades of glass making experience", states Johann Reiter, CEO of the Vetropack Group. Vetropack’s unrivalled experience in the Central and Eastern Europe region makes it a natural choice to grow the existing Moldovan glassworks. Vetropack’s strategy has always been to integrate its acquisitions within the wider Vetropack Group and yet preserve their local characteristics and identity.

The new Vetropack glassworks in Chișinău produces annually approximately 100,000 tonnes of glass packaging for the food and beverage industry, which is sold both on a growing domestic and export market. The Moldovan glassworks currently employs around 450 members of staff and generated a turnover of approximately EUR 40 million in 2019.

This acquisition marks another step within Vetropack’s expansion and growth strategy and will allow a lasting and valuable contribution to the Vetropack Group as a whole.

Closing is planned in November 2020, subject to the approval of the competition authorities. The parties involved in the acquisition have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
(Vetropack AG)

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