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SIG Combibloc: Strong Q1 performance: full year outlook maintained

SIG Combibloc: Strong Q1 performance: full year outlook maintained  (Company news)

First quarter 2021 highlights
- Core revenue on a like-for-like basis up 13.4% at constant currency, up 9.2% as reported
- Middle East and Africa (MEA) business fully consolidated from end of February 2021
- Customer re-stocking in Asia Pacific following a soft fourth quarter in 2020
- Americas growth driven by fillers deployed in 2020 and by re-stocking
- Europe continued to benefit from high at-home consumption
- Adjusted EBITDA margin 26.1% (Q1 2020: 21.3%): lower currency volatility

With effect from the end of February, revenues of the former Middle East & Africa joint ventures are fully consolidated and presented in a new segment, Middle East and Africa (MEA). On a like-for-like basis, the combined Europe and MEA segments registered growth of 4.4% in the quarter. The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) segment relates to the Group’s reporting structure prior to acquisition of the MEA business, which was in place for the first two months of the year.

In the first two months of the year, Europe saw good growth compared with the first two months of 2020, reflecting a continuing high level of at-home consumption due to COVID-19 restrictions. Relative performance in March was weaker due to the high base of comparison, as March 2020 marked the start of lockdowns in Europe.

The MEA business saw strong constant currency sales growth in March with a recovery in consumption, particularly of non-carbonated soft drinks.

In Asia Pacific (APAC), both China and South East Asia registered double digit growth at constant currency. In China, the market operated at more normal levels compared with the first quarter of 2020, when the country was in full lockdown. In South East Asia, many countries continue to be affected by COVID-19 restrictions and the resulting economic impact. However, after a period of de-stocking in the second half of 2020, customers rebuilt safety stocks in the first quarter of 2021, resulting in a spike in demand for cartons which is expected to be temporary.

The Americas saw exceptional growth reflecting the contribution of fillers deployed in the course of 2020. There was also a positive effect from re-stocking as many customers did not enter into the customary year-end rally in the fourth quarter of 2020. At-home consumption continued to drive demand across the region.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased to €117.9 million in the first quarter of 2021 and the adjusted EBITDA margin was significantly higher at 26.1%. The margin benefited from lower raw material costs due to hedge contracts entered into during 2020. There was also a benefit from the non-recurrence of a currency revaluation impact on the balance sheet at the end of the first quarter of 2020, arising from the sharp depreciation of emerging market currencies at that time. The inclusion of adjusted EBITDA from the MEA business for one month was, as previously communicated, partly offset by the fact that no dividend was received from the former joint ventures in the first quarter of 2021.

Reported EBITDA increased to €93.1 million from €67.2 million in the first quarter of 2020. Higher restructuring costs in Q1 2021 reflected decommissioning and redundancy costs relating to the announced closure of the Whakatane paper mill in New Zealand.

Net income and adjusted net income
Adjusted net income increased to €52.0 million from €12.9 million in Q1 2020. The increase primarily reflects the improvement in adjusted EBITDA and lower foreign exchange impacts.

Net income was €2.9 million compared with a loss of €25.5 million in Q1 2020. The increase in net income in 2021 reflected the non-recurrence of foreign exchange losses in 2020 and a positive contribution from the revaluation of commodity derivatives. These were offset by costs related to the closure of the mill in New Zealand.

Due to the short time since the acquisition of the remaining shares in the former Middle East joint ventures, net income and adjusted net income in the first quarter of 2021 do not include any impacts from the acquisition accounting relating to the MEA business or any potential gain on the previously held interest in the acquired joint ventures.

The Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 21 April 2021 approved a dividend distribution out of the capital contribution reserve of CHF 0.42 per share for the year 2020 (2019: CHF 0.38 per share). This increased dividend was paid on a higher number of shares (337.5 million) following the issue of 17.5 million new shares to the former joint venture partner Obeikan Investment Group (OIG) relating to SIG’s acquisition of the Middle East joint ventures. The total dividend, paid out on 28 April, was €128 million. The payout ratio at 55% was within the targeted range of 50-60% of full year adjusted net income.

Free cash flow
Net cash from operating activities was lower as favourable working capital movements registered in the first quarter of 2020 did not recur. Lease liability payments were higher following the opening of a new production plant in the APAC region.

The Group’s cash generation is weighted towards the second half of the year due to the seasonality of the business. The fourth quarter has historically been the largest quarter in terms of revenue and profit. In the first quarter cash flow is reduced as volume rebates accrued in the previous year are paid out.

At the end of February, SIG paid €167 million to OIG, representing the cash component of the consideration for OIG’s 50% share in the Middle East joint ventures. The Company also assumed €36 million of net indebtedness (excluding lease liabilities) from the Middle East joint ventures. Notwithstanding these movements, net leverage at end-March 2021 was unchanged compared with end-December 2020.

Production plants
In April the Company announced that it will construct a new plant in Queretaro, Mexico to serve North American markets. The plant will further expand SIG’s global production network and will enable the Company to build on its strong track record of growth in North America. SIG will invest around €40 million in the new plant over the period 2021–2023, with the land and buildings financed through a long-term lease with a net present value currently estimated at approximately €20 million. The investment will cover state-of-the-art production capacity for the printing, cutting and finishing of carton packs.

The Company has reviewed its APAC production assets in the light of the recent opening of its new plant in China. The decision has been taken to close the production plant in Melbourne, Australia which was part of the Visy Cartons acquisition in 2019. A consultation process with employees regarding the proposed closure has commenced. The Australia and New Zealand markets can be efficiently supplied from the plants in China and Thailand. Production is expected to finish by the end of 2021 with the site vacated during 2022.

Full year outlook
The factors driving strong revenue growth in the first quarter of 2021, notably re-stocking in APAC and the Americas, are not expected to continue for the rest of the year. In Europe and the Americas, where the business has benefited from high at-home consumption, performance from the second quarter onwards will be measured against a high base in 2020. COVID-19 restrictions and economic uncertainty in South East Asia continue to affect on-the-go consumption in this region.

Full year guidance is therefore unchanged. On a like-for-like basis the combined business, including the MEA business from March onwards, is expected to achieve core revenue growth at constant currency in the lower half of the 4-6% range. Assuming no major deterioration in exchange rates, the adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be in the 27-28% range. Net capital expenditure is forecast to be within the targeted 8-10% of revenue range in 2020 and mid-term.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Berentzen Group joins United Nations Global Compact

Berentzen Group joins United Nations Global Compact  (Company news)

Initiative for responsible corporate governance

The Berentzen Group is now part of the world's largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The group of companies is thus committed to the ten guiding principles of the UNGC. These take into account various areas such as human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and corruption.

"Joining the UNGC, along with other measures in the area of sustainability, makes it clear that responsible corporate governance is part of our entrepreneurial thinking and actions. For us, compliance with the ten UNGC principles also implies continuous optimization of our own working methods. An important component of this will also be the future exchange of knowledge with the other members of the UNGC," explains Ralf Brühöfner (photo), who is responsible on the Executive Board of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft for the so-called Corporate Social Responsibility activities, among other things. "We are pleased to now be part of a large network with more than 15,000 companies and organizations from over 160 countries that is advancing important issues and contributing to sustainable development worldwide."

The UNGC's ten universal principles include, for example, working against child labor, eliminating discrimination in employment and occupation, taking initiatives to promote greater environmental awareness, and developing and disseminating environmentally friendly technologies.
(Berentzen Group Aktiengesellschaft)

High-tech in the mountains - Armenian water bottler A&M Rare procures two lines from KHS

High-tech in the mountains - Armenian water bottler A&M Rare procures two lines from KHS  (Company news)

A&M Rare’s new, ultramodern bottling plant seems almost surreal in its Armenian mountain setting. This is a place where unspoiled scenery and naturalness are writ large – with regard to both the company’s exclusive products and the production of the same. The company relies on KHS for the plant technology for its new PET and glass line.

Photo: The heart of the line for still water is the InnoPET BloFill stretch blow molder/filler block with its Innofill PET DRV filler that processes up to 12,000 bottles per hour. (source: KHS Gruppe)

Sheikh Mohammed Mussallam has run a good number of companies in many different fields in his time – among them the construction and telecommunications industries and hotel sector. In his early fifties he found he was keen to try something new. When he visited friends in Armenia ten years ago, they greatly enthused about the quality and purity of Armenia’s water – and for the first time the sheikh learned of the many legends and myths that surround this essential element here. It gave him an idea.

Premium product from the Armenian mountains
Back in the 1980s he’d managed a family-run operation for bottled drinking water. He thus began developing the ambitious notion of returning to this field of business, this time with a premium product that has him so convinced that he’d love to market it the world over: natural Armenian mineral and spring water. In 2012 Mussallam contacted the country's government who introduced him to a number of extremely cooperative individuals in the ministries of the environment and mining. Together with a Swiss geotechnical company he began looking for the ideal location for his undertaking – which he subsequently found in Artavaz in the Kotayk Province in the Pambak Mountains about 80 kilometers northeast of the capital of Yerevan. Here, close to one of the largest and most popular Armenian ski resorts in Tsaghkadzor, where the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus reach heights of more than 2,800 meters above sea level, two springs can be found in the midst of totally unspoiled surroundings. Rare mineral water comes from Anapak Mountain, 2,050 meters up. It contains bicarbonate and is rich in calcium and low in sodium; it’s a gentle digestive stimulant and with its high mineral content especially suitable for the preparation of baby food. The source of Rare’s pure spring water – Aknaler Mountain with an altitude of 2,450 meters – is just five kilometers away; with its low to medium mineral content, this water is extremely balanced.

Following extensive research and analysis, the high quality of Rare water has been certified by several recognized organizations for a period of five years. These include Geotest in Switzerland, SGS Institut Fresenius in Germany, Zenith Global in Great Britain and the Armenian National Academy of Sciences. The natural purity, high quality and specific composition of the water are constantly monitored. In order to protect the spring from all outside impact, A&M Rare acquired the terrain and successively dedicated it as a nature conservation area – which proved a real marathon when it came to negotiation. From having the initial idea to the ultimate launch of his company A&M Rare, it took Mussallam five years to purchase the full 1,700 hectares of land from the various owners of this sparsely populated stretch of Armenia.

No compromise on purity
Mussallam is not a man to compromise, however: for him the absolute purity and unadulterated quality of his water have top priority. “Our products are completely natural and not treated in any way whatsoever. I always say, with a twinkle in my eye, that the only ‘machinery’ we need to transport the water from the mountain to our plant is gravity.” He’s particularly enamored of the untainted natural landscape that effuses a paradisiacal charm at all times of the year.

He also loves the culture of the country, whose people he finds especially open, cooperative and welcoming. This also applies to the political and regulatory conditions for investors.

High-tech equipment with excellent after-sales service
As his partner for certification, approval and basic technical concerns Mussallam chose SGS-TÜV Saar1 which advises and supports him on all issues of system, building, machine and also product safety. It was on recommendation of this company that Mussallam eventually came into contact with the German systems supplier. “It was important to me that we also adhere to the highest possible standards when it comes to production and filling,” he explains. “For me, this includes the provision of high-tech equipment in the form of lines and machines on the one hand and the availability of after-sales service in this rather remote part of the world on the other. What particularly won me over to KHS was that I could procure practically everything from a single source and that we can have a KHS engineer on site at any time within just 48 hours.”

The Saudi businessman also finds it important that the chemistry’s right: in the meantime he’s formed quite a friendship with Oliver Schneider, deputy head of Sales at KHS, with both men on first-name terms. Schneider emphasizes, “Even if Mohammed’s relatively new to the business, he knows exactly what he wants and what he’s doing. He’s positively bursting with ideas which we’ve been able to help him realize with great interest and commitment right from the start. He really appreciates this – and this helped us to quickly form a really trusting relationship.”

State-of-the-art standards
The experts from KHS have been involved in many parts of the project from the planning of the building and its infrastructure through the technical concept to the design of the bottles, labels and packaging. The construction of the bottling shop alone posed quite a challenge in Armenia with its high risk of earthquakes. The outer walls are made of solid concrete, the roof of composite panels. In view of the extreme fluctuations in temperature, often icy in the mountains, great attention was also paid to the thermal insulation. It gets down to -25°C here in the winter, with two meters or more of snow not uncommon. When this is the case, the access and surrounding roads have to be kept clear so that the water can be delivered. “A&M Rare is one of the most modern factories I’ve ever seen,” exclaims Schneider. “Mussallam has invested a total of €22 million here, with around €6.8 million going into the technology alone. All of the materials and systems are of the best quality.”

KHS has installed two lines: a non-returnable PET line and a glass line, both with capacities of up to 12,000 bottles per hour. Both can fill the company’s still spring and carbonated mineral water. While the PET line has a stretch blow molder/filler block, the glass bottling system has a block comprising a rinser and filler. “In order to meet the high demand for product quality, both blocks and the capper are housed in their own hygiene room,” Schneider explains. “The filling section is consciously separated from the packaging and palletizing section that’s positioned in the warehouse area behind a partition.” Both lines are equipped with a KHS Innoket Neo SK labeler that dresses the bottles with self-adhesive, transparent labels in a no-label look.

Focus on smart technology and automation
The packaging area of each line also features an Innopack Kisters WP wrap-around packer. What’s more, an additional partition inserter has been fitted on the glass line. “This places a cardboard partition in each box to prevent the glass bottles from knocking against one another,” Schneider specifies. “In a country like Armenia, logistics is rated differently from in Western Europe, especially if we look at the state of the roads,” he continues. Unlike the usual practice in this capacity range, where palletizing is often done by hand, both lines include a fully-automatic KHS Innopal PBL-1 palletizer.

“Alongside flexibility Mohammed attached enormous value to having a high degree of automation in this section. This was undoubtedly one of the criteria that tipped the balance in favor of KHS,” smiles Schneider. Accordingly, the factory layout is also very efficient: the glass and PET line are placed opposite one another almost as mirror images in what’s known as a comb arrangement. “It was important to us that we’d be able to operate the lines with as few people as possible,” Mussallam stresses. “As a result, that’s why we also don’t refer to our engineers as operators but as monitors who watch over the line, if you like.”

Bottle design with USPs
Mussallam also has very exact ideas and expectations regarding the packaging for his premium product in particular. He’s opted for a minimalist cylindrical bottle shape with a flat base that’s sealed with a decorative cap as wide as the bottle – blue for the still spring water and gold for the mineral water. This was relatively simple to implement for the glass bottles; however, designing a PET bottle to these specifications presented KHS’ Bottles & Shapes™ experts with something of a challenge. “My initial wish for the brand was that the PET bottles for still water and the glass bottles for carbonated water should look identical,” Mussallam remembers. “I of course realize that a PET container primarily designed for stability should actually look quite dreadful,” he states. “It’s all the more of an achievement, then, that the experts at KHS have managed to construct a stable cylindrical bottle that meets all of my requirements. On no account did I want to have to accept a convex base like the one you find on a sparkling wine bottle. This called for a lot of clever engineering – and patience – from the colleagues at KHS.”Each individual detail of both the PET and glass bottle was designed to reflect the brand’s premium positioning and at the same time ensure maximum food safety.

As opposed to the competition, the bottles are not held together with shrink film but packed in groups of twelve in attractively designed cartons that are then stacked on pallets. This excellently prepares them for what’s often a long journey. For with a population of less than three million, a certain amount of competition and a high percentage of imported water in Armenia, Mussallam reckons on only selling about 10% of his output on the home market. He exports the rest to Russia or Europe, for example – to this end he’s had his water certified according to EU standards – and to the USA, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait – and of course to his native Saudi Arabia.

Challenging start
The geographical conditions alone meant that delivery of the new equipment was a demanding exercise, Oliver Schneider remembers. “Transport routes in the mountains are by nature rather restricted,” he says. “Our machines weigh several metric tons, meaning it’s not so easy to move them up to an altitude of over 2,000 meters, especially in wintery conditions.” Communication also required a certain amount of flexibility. “If you want to bring people from Saudi Arabia, Armenia and Germany and an installation team from Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia together, you sometimes need two interpreters so that two people can understand one another,” Mussallam grins.

Installation nevertheless went smoothly; commissioning was a totally different matter, however, hampered by the corona crisis and the limited freedom of movement for the 15-strong KHS team. “As soon as the first restrictions were lifted, KHS was back on site,” reports Mussallam. “Of course we then always had to adhere to strict rules of hygiene and present countless documents at the airport, for instance. We stationed the colleagues from KHS up in the mountains and strictly controlled access to the plant. It all worked very well; we were able to limit the delay to just four months. We used this time to forge ahead with our marketing campaign and stock up on raw materials so that we’re now in a position to produce four million bottles virtually off the cuff. The infrastructure in the area was also further improved by us turning our attention to the roads and electricity lines.”

The time both lost and gained through corona was also used to qualify the company’s workers and managers. “We chose the best candidates from the universities. We didn’t attach too great an importance to experience because we can fully rely on the quality of the training. The pros from KHS teach our colleagues the necessary skills to make them the best in their field,” says Mussallam. He can now hardly wait for his two lines to be running at full capacity in the near future so that he can start devoting his time to his next project: Mussallam is already dreaming of a second bottling plant with a big returnable glass line so that he can convince even more consumers of the legendary benefits of water from Armenia.
(KHS GmbH)

From mid-May: Gerolsteiner Football Edition 2021 shows flag(s)

From mid-May: Gerolsteiner Football Edition 2021 shows flag(s)  (Company news)

Even without an audience in the stadium, soccer remains a real affair of the heart in Germany, and even more so when a European championship is on the horizon. Hardly anyone can escape the fascination of international matches. Gerolsteiner is picking up on the theme that will stir hearts for at least four weeks this summer, presenting the three mineral waters Gerolsteiner Sprudel, Medium and Naturell in a limited Gerolsteiner Football Edition 2021 starting in mid-May. The 0.75-liter PET disposable container will then be available with labels in the flag design of the 24 participating countries. The German flag can be found on all three mineral water variants. Both single bottles and 6-packs are available. At the POS, mixed pallets provide additional purchase impulses.

All of Gerolsteiner Brunnen's PET disposable containers are already made of 50 percent recycled PET. Gerolsteiner plans to increase the recycled PET share to 75 percent in 2021 and is committed to closed packaging cycles. Since 2020, Gerolsteiner Brunnen has been climate-neutral at the site and along the entire value chain and is the first German mineral water company to commit to the 1.5° target, according to which the global temperature increase due to the greenhouse effect is to be limited to a maximum of 1.5°C by 2030.

Gerolsteiner intends to further expand its market leadership among branded mineral waters, relying on innovative containers and products, as well as limited promotions such as the current soccer edition.
(Gerolsteiner Brunnen GmbH & Co. KG)

Berentzen Group publishes interim report for first quarter of 2021

Berentzen Group publishes interim report for first quarter of 2021  (Company news)

Positive operating result despite ongoing lockdown

- Group sales of 31.4 million euros achieved
- Group EBIT and EBITDA positive, but as expected below prior-year quarter
- Forecast for fiscal year 2021 confirmed

Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft (ISIN: DE0005201602), listed on the Regulated Market (General Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, today published its interim report for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. In the first three months of this year, the Group generated consolidated sales of EUR 31.4 (Q1 2020: 36.2) million. Consolidated operating earnings before interest and taxes (consolidated EBIT) in the first quarter amounted to EUR 0.5 (Q1 2020: 1.1) million, while consolidated operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (consolidated EBITDA) were EUR 2.7 (Q1 2020: 3.2) million.

"As expected and already communicated by us at the beginning of the year, the coronavirus pandemic had a noticeable impact on our business activities in the first quarter of the 2021 financial year," explains Oliver Schwegmann (photo), member of the Executive Board of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft. Public and private life was massively restricted throughout the entire three months due to the ongoing lockdown, he said. In the same quarter of the previous year, on the other hand, the pandemic had only had a dampening effect for a few weeks - starting in mid-March. "Despite this challenging economic and social situation, we succeeded in closing this first quarter of 2021 profitably as well and generating a positive consolidated operating result," Schwegmann emphasized.

All segments of the Berentzen Group were affected by the revenue declines, albeit to very different extents. The Fresh Juice Systems segment continued to record the strongest decline. But even within the segments, the development was quite heterogeneous. "While in the Spirits segment, for example, sales of our core brands Berentzen and Puschkin continued to suffer significantly from the absence of consumption occasions, such as public and private celebrations, we were able to achieve significant growth rates for our premium spirits in both the branded and private label segments," explains Schwegmann, adding, "In the Non-alcoholic Beverages segment, we were once again able to record double-digit sales growth with our Mio Mio brand despite the challenging times. However, the sharp downturn in the concession business in the food service sector in particular and lower contract filling sales led to an overall decline in sales in this segment."

Further outlook for fiscal 2021
Against the backdrop of the current infectious disease situation and the ongoing lockdown, the Berentzen Group also anticipates a challenging second quarter. However, as the vaccinations progress and a gradual return to normality takes place, the Group expects a gradual recovery of its business activities in the further course of the year. Therefore, the Group today reaffirms its full-year guidance. Specifically, the Group anticipates consolidated revenues in a range of EUR 152.0 million to EUR 158.0 million, a consolidated EBIT of between EUR 4.0 million and EUR 6.0 million, and a consolidated EBITDA of between EUR 13.0 million and EUR 15.0 million.
(Berentzen Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft)

Eye-catcher for bartenders and guests: granini relaunches label designs of 0.2 l and ...

Eye-catcher for bartenders and guests: granini relaunches label designs of 0.2 l and ...  (Company news)

...1.0 l glass bottles

granini is gearing up for the future of the HoReCa business: in the second quarter of this year, the most popular fruit juice brand in the German catering industry is starting the consistent modernization of its catering presence. The new label look gives the brand a much more modern appearance and underscores the strategic development and prioritization of the HoReCa business at Eckes-Granini. The 0.2-liter single-serving bottles will be launched in April. The roll-out on 1.0-liter bottles will follow in July. The labels will also feature information relevant to the food service industry on the use and production of granini variety. "The design relaunch is a logical continuation of the strategic development and prioritization of the food service business and also pays off our current granini sustainability campaign," says Klaus Dose, Sales Director Out-of-Home & Field at Eckes-Granini Germany. Eckes-Granini Germany has been serving its food retail (LEH) and out-of-home (OoH) customers separately since April 1. "Once again, we are actively investing in the German food service business, which represents an important channel for the granini brand," Dose continues.

Targeted modernization of brand presence
Both the single-serving bottles and the 1.0-liter glass reusable range offer numerous advantages for restaurateurs with their new designs: the 1.0-liter bottles bear different lid colors depending on the subrange, which makes for easier orientation: blue lids stand for fruit spritzers, red for drinking pleasure products and black lids for cocktail premixes and basics. "One look, one feel - that's the idea behind the color concept," explains Katja Weinerth, Senior Manager granini HoReCa. "The black premium design of our 1.0-liter labels meets the catering industry's requirement for a discreet but high-quality look in the back bar area." The new label also addresses other gastro-specific requirements, highlighting product-specific info (such as vegan, preservative-free, artificial colorant-free) and describing the fruit varieties sensorially. In addition, gastronomes will find some cross-references and usage instructions for products on the labels, with a link to the special granini Gastro website ( The granini sustainability strategy is also integrated through the granini sustainability seal and a QR code and is explained on the homepage by means of an appealing video and further information.

The new design of the 0.2-litre containers, which is based on the popular granini design in the retail sector, gives granini a uniform brand image in the eyes of the end consumer. In line with the motto "one face to the consumer", the portion bottles ensure recognition among guests in the restaurant or at the conference. As early as April, granini will be delivering the two varieties of rhubarb and apple naturally cloudy of the 0.2-litre fruit spritzers and eleven varieties of the 0.2-litre drinking pleasure with the new label. Not only new in design, but also new in the 0.2-litre range will be the naturally refreshing and sparklingly fruity granini Spritzer Apple naturally cloudy, which will replace the trendy 0.2-litre Fruit Spritzer Apple Clear.
(Eckes Granini Deutschland GmbH)

Non-alcoholic beers increasingly popular in Germany

Non-alcoholic beers increasingly popular in Germany  (Company news)

Sales development defies the crisis - brand diversity continues to grow

Non-alcoholic beers are becoming increasingly popular in Germany - and the variety of brands has also been growing steadily for years. According to the German Brewers Association (DBB), no other variety has grown as strongly as non-alcoholic beers and non-alcoholic beer mixes over the past ten years. While around 430 million liters of non-alcoholic were produced in 2010, according to industry figures, Germany's breweries already sold more than 660 million liters of non-alcoholic beer and malt beverages in 2020, despite the Corona crisis and a four-month lockdown of the restaurant trade. This represents an increase in market share of 53 percent within this decade. Looking at the German beer market, the market share of non-alcoholic in the food trade was almost seven percent in 2020, according to market research. According to DBB forecasts, the dynamic growth will continue in the coming years and the ten percent mark will be exceeded sooner than expected.

A look at the latest market figures shows that non-alcoholic beers are doing better than all alcoholic varieties in the Corona crisis. Retail demand for non-alcoholic beer mix drinks such as Radler rose particularly sharply last year - with sales up 16.5 percent on 2019, according to market research firm Nielsen. Non-alcoholic pilsner and non-alcoholic draught beer increased by 6.2 percent. The 2020 restaurant trend cannot be assessed because of the lockdowns.

Consumers go for lots of flavor, few calories and natural raw materials
A consumer survey for the Brewers Association (INSA, January 2021, 2040 respondents) confirms the trend: alcohol-free Radler is ahead in popularity at 31 percent, closely followed by alcohol-free wheat beer (30%). One in four (25%) prefers non-alcoholic pilsner. According to the survey, almost one in two Germans (46%) now drinks non-alcoholic beers - and the trend is rising. What consumers particularly appreciate about alcohol-free beers is their good taste, low calorie count and the use of exclusively natural raw materials, the survey found.

Alcohol-free beers are also brewed according to the German Purity Law - from just four ingredients: Water, malt, hops and yeast. The Purity Law is considered the oldest consumer protection law in the world that is still valid today. It was promulgated 505 years ago - on April 23, 1516 - by the Bavarian Duke Wilhelm IV and his brother Duke Ludwig X in Ingolstadt.

Growing diversity: 700 non-alcoholic beer brands in Germany
According to the Brewers Association, there are now almost 7,000 beer brands in Germany - more than 700 of which are non-alcoholic beers and beer-based mixed drinks. In addition to classic varieties such as Pils, wheat beer or Radler, more and more regional specialties such as Kölsch and Alt are coming onto the market as non-alcoholic variants. The popular Helle as well as craft varieties such as IPA (India Pale Ale) have also long been available without alcohol.

"A small ray of hope in times of crisis"
"The Corona pandemic is leaving a clear mark on all 1,500 breweries in Germany. The extent of the economic damage is growing from week to week. The positive development in non-alcoholic beers is a small ray of hope, even if increases in trade in this still manageable segment can of course never compensate for the complete collapse of the restaurant business," says Holger Eichele, general manager of the DBB. Germany's brewers lead the field in alcohol-free innovations by international standards and are determined to further expand this market position, Eichele said: "Almost 50 years ago, alcohol-free beer was invented as 'motorist's beer'. Alcohol-free beers have long since become a lifestyle drink for people who love beer and want to eat healthily and consciously. Because many non-alcoholic beers are mineral and isotonic, they are also becoming increasingly popular with athletes."
(Deutscher Brauer-Bund e.V. - DBB)

Responding to local consumer preferences, Kerry invests €30m in Taste facility in ...

Responding to local consumer preferences, Kerry invests €30m in Taste facility in ...  (Company news)

... Indonesia

Kerry, the world’s leading taste and nutrition company, has announced that it will increase its footprint in South East Asia (SEA) by building a second manufacturing facility in Karawang, Indonesia. The new state-of-the-art facility, which represents Kerry’s largest ever capital investment in SEA, will significantly expand Kerry’s Taste offering in the region and further support customers in the fast-growing markets of SEA. It will be Kerry second manufacturing site and third facility in Indonesia.

This world class facility will be Kerry’s first greenfield investment in SEA and will encompass a flavour manufacturing site along with a sampling hub and a research and development pilot plant. A wide range of flavour technologies will be manufactured in Karawang, allowing this new site to support Kerry’s fast-growing taste business and its food and beverages systems across all food categories, including Beverage and Snacks which is among the fastest growing end use markets for Kerry.

“As part of its goal to create a world of sustainable nutrition, Kerry is committed to meeting the growing demand from customers within Indonesia and South East Asia. Our focus is on delivering world class products to our customers and consumers. This new investment is made with current and future customer needs in mind and the important role that taste can play in enabling the transition to healthier and more sustainable diets,” said Antoine Nourrain, General Manager, Taste APMEA.

The design of the new facilities includes an on-site wastewater treatment plant and meets the criteria of Kerry’s Beyond the Horizon sustainability strategy achieving new standards in the consumption of energy and water with significantly lower CO2emissions and no waste to landfill. Construction has started and the plant will be operational late 2022.

Commenting on the announcement, John Savage, CEO Global Taste said: “The construction of this world-class manufacturing site demonstrates our commitment to our customers in Indonesia and the South East Asiaregion. This new facility will strengthen our competitiveness as we work with customers to deliver our Taste portfolio of solutions and bring excellent and authentic tasting products to market. The South East Asian taste market is valued at circa €900m and growing in strong single digits with a huge opportunity for further development and innovation.
(Kerry Group plc)

St. Kilian Distillers expands its license for Bud Spencer single malt whiskies with the ...

St. Kilian Distillers expands its license for Bud Spencer single malt whiskies with the ...  (Company news)

...Wild West liqueur Bud Spencer Feuerwasser (Firewater)!

"BUD SPENCER - The Legend - FEUERWASSER" - that's the name of the latest liqueur from St. Kilian, where in addition to whiskey, premium liqueurs are created for a global audience.

After the brilliant success of the two, now multiple award-winning single malts from the Bud Spencer whiskey series, it was only consistent of Germany's largest whiskey distillery to pay tribute to the popular Western hero Bud Spencer also with its own Wild West liqueur and thus meet the desire of the many St. Kilian liqueur fans.

Bud Spencer Feuerwasser is a chili-cinnamon liqueur based on the St. Kilian single malt spirit, which was double distilled from the best barley malt in original Scottish pot stills. With a rich alcohol content of 33% vol. for a liqueur and the combination of spicy cinnamon notes and pleasant chili heat, the Feuerwasser will be a real highlight. The Feuerwasser is available in the same bulbous 0.7l bottles in which the popular Bud Spencer whiskies are available.
Whether on hot evenings or cold nights, BUD SPENCER FEUERWASSER promises high enjoyment all year round.

Successful licensing cooperation with BSL
Bavaria Sonor Licensing (BSL), a division of Bavaria Media GmbH, was commissioned by the rights holder Plattfuss Vertriebs GmbH to expand the product world around Bud Spencer and Terence Hill with licensing cooperations and corresponding licensed products throughout Europe. BSL has brokered this licensing cooperation for the "Bud Spencer" brand to St. Kilian Distillers GmbH.

Andreas Thümmler, owner and managing director of St. Kilian Distillers GmbH, is enthusiastic about the enormous popularity already enjoyed by the two Bud Spencer whiskies. He is convinced that the new firewater will also be very well received by Bud Spencer fans and liquor connoisseurs. Moreover, the head of the distillery based in Rüdenau in Lower Franconia emphasizes, such a close partnership as has grown between St. Kilian, the licensing agency BAVARIA SONOR LICENSING and the rights holder of the Bud Spencer brand is anything but a matter of course. St. Kilian Distillers stands for top quality, endurance and reliability - attributes that characterize all three partners in equal measure, which is why this brand partnership is also expected to continue in the long term, concludes Thümmler.

Bud Spencer Feuerwasser will be available in stores from the end of April 2021.
(St. Kilian Distillers GmbH)

Court ruling: Natural mineral water and tap water are in a competitive relationship as foodstuffs

Court ruling: Natural mineral water and tap water are in a competitive relationship as foodstuffs  (Company news)

Natural mineral water and drinking water from the tap are in a competitive relationship with each other as foodstuffs. Water supply companies must therefore also comply with competition law regulations and may not advertise their tap water as "healthy". This was decided by the Landshut Regional Court in a recent ruling and the Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen (VDM) was fully justified with regard to its view on the coexistence of tap and mineral water. Already in December 2020, the Regional Court of Hanover ruled that the advertising of tap water with health-related statements as well as the claim that drinking water is "the best controlled food" is not permissible. The VDM considers the two rulings to be groundbreaking for the mineral water industry and its predominantly family-run businesses.

"The indispensable foodstuff water reaches people via various routes, piped or non-piped. The two different types of water, technically treated drinking water and the untreated natural product 'natural mineral water', compete with each other. The winners of the decision are the consumers, who can rely on a safe supply of bottled and tap water at all times," comments VDM Chairman Dr. Karl Tack on the court ruling.

In its ruling (file number 1 HK O 2132/20) of April 14, 2021, the Landshut Regional Court confirmed that natural mineral water and drinking water from the tap have a competitive relationship as foodstuffs. In this context, it is not decisive whether there is a competitive relationship between the suppliers of bottled mineral water and the suppliers of tap water in general. If drinking water and natural mineral water are compared in advertising, these products are in a direct competitive relationship to each other, at least for the specific case. In this case, the intention to promote the sale of tap water with the statements is clearly recognizable. Accordingly, both foodstuffs must comply with the strict requirements of the Health Claims Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 - HVCO). It is therefore not permissible to advertise tap water in general terms as being healthy or containing minerals, or to make general statements about its supposedly positive effect on the body. The ruling can still be appealed.

Already on December 7, 2020, the 18th Civil Chamber of the Regional Court of Hanover (file number 18 O 178/19) ruled that health-related claims to advertise tap water are not permissible. In addition, the statement "Drinking water is the best-controlled food" was also classified by the court as inadmissible under competition law, as it misleads the consumer. The verdict of the Regional Court is already legally binding.

VDM considers the two rulings to be groundbreaking for the mineral water industry, as they answer essential questions about the coexistence of tap water and natural mineral water. The association advocates fair advertising in favor of consumers.

In spring 2020, the Munich Higher Regional Court initially overturned a temporary injunction prohibiting a water supplier from advertising tap water as healthy. The Landshut Regional Court has now ruled differently in the same matter in the main proceedings: tap water may not be advertised as healthy without further ado.
(VDM Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen e.V.)

New! ORTEN Electric trucks with all-electric E 46 Gazelle 'CityCooler'

New! ORTEN Electric trucks with all-electric E 46 Gazelle 'CityCooler'  (Company news)

It is quiet and clean and currently unique and available!... and fulfills the claim: Feel the change and make the world a little bit better!

The new CityCooler E 46 Gazelle from ORTEN Electric-Trucks powered by EFAS. The three experienced partners ORTEN Electric-Trucks, Carrier and Kress are involved and came out: The 100% electrically powered and virtually noise-free ORTEN E 46 Gazelle with 36 K deep-freeze body.

What does the ORTEN E 46 Gazelle with Kress freezer body and Carrier refrigeration unit offer:
- Sustainable all-electric city and local transport logistics - emission-free and virtually noiseless.
- Range approx. 200 km in actual use as a deep-freeze vehicle
- Payload 1,000 kg with 4,250 kg total mass
- Driving license class B!
- Cooling capacity down to minus 20° degrees optionally heatable up to + 30° degrees by Carrier Xarios 600 cooling unit with cold recorder
- Battery fully rechargeable in only approx. 3.5 hours via 400 volt socket and supplied mobile wallbox
- Carrier cooling unit is powered from the vehicle battery while stationary and while driving
- FRC certificate

The experienced medium-sized refrigerated vehicle manufacturer Kress developed a customized freezer body in known high-quality Kress freezer body technology Dimensions i li: LxWxH 3,420 x 2,050 x 1,920 mm. FRC suitable, with side door, cold curtain and load securing rails. The large Carrier Xarios 600 refrigeration unit ensures guaranteed refrigeration performance, even at the highest outside temperatures, documented by the cold recorder. High tech for sustainable future-oriented refrigerated vehicle logistics. The ORTEN Electric-Trucks CityCooler E 46 Gazelle has remarkable technical advantages:
With 730 Nm drive power, it is on par with the torque of a TESLA.
400 Volt Power E-Package with proven LFP battery cell technology cobalt and nickel free!
Synchronous E-motor water-cooled with 110 kW drive power.
The drive battery is fully charged effortlessly at any 380 volt socket by means of an integrated 22 kW AC onboard charger.
The mobile wallbox unit is included in the scope of delivery.

The ORTEN Electric-Trucks E 46 Gazelle with CityCooler body complies with the just newly adopted funding guideline of the BVMI.
- 80% of the differential cost of the base chassis between the e-vehicle and the combustion engine is eligible for funding. The funding program will be announced shortly, probably in June 2021.

There are several ways to use or purchase the vehicle:
- Rent short-term from 6 months to 48 months, taking into account the subsidy from mtl. 1,870, - € plus insurance 300, - € + VAT monthly all in
- Purchase with financing e.g. 60 months - price taking into account the subsidy mtl. 1.330,-- € plus VAT.
- classical purchase and leasing financing by our leasing partners on request

The ORTEN E-Gazelle with CityCooler deep-freeze body is available for test purposes as of now.
(Orten Fahrzeugbau GmbH)

Pentair Beer Stabilization System - BeerStab

Pentair Beer Stabilization System - BeerStab  (Company news)

Pentair's BeerStab is the most comfortable beer stabilization system, ensuring what you need: stable beer. Beer loss is reduced to a minimum and the same applies to the consumption of water, chemicals, and utilities.

Beer consumers like to enjoy a bright beer. Hence, brewers seek to brew a beer, which is bright on the shelves and stays that way for a long time. To be able to achieve that, you need a reliable beer stabilization.

Pentair’s BeerStab is the most comfortable beer stabilization system, ensuring what you need: stable beer. Beer loss is reduced to a minimum and the same applies to the consumption of water, chemicals, and utilities. With the lowest footprint possible it can easily be retrofitted and integrated into the smallest operation.

Operation is robust and simple while keeping costs low: a small system volume, no pumping around of PVPP, and the PVP is fixed. As a bonus, you have a straightforward regeneration of the PVP with plain caustic and ambient temperature levels. No CO2 is needed. Most importantly, the removal of polyphenols is guaranteed up to the level you need.

Small batches, brand changes, and variable flows are easy to handle by Pentair BeerStab, reducing disruptions in your production process.

BeerStab uses the Proven Technology of Handtmann, with cross-linked PVP on a carrier material called Agarose, fixed in a radial flown column. This, paired with Pentair’s own engineering and project expertise as well as proven beer membrane technology, assures you that Pentair truly offers One-Stop Shopping: one CAPEX, one OPEX, one list of KPI’s - all in one contract.

- Excellent physically-chemically stable beer
- Low chemical and water consumption due to small system volume
- Very low beer loss, 0.01 % or less
- Favorable TCO
- Simple in process, maintenance, and handling
(Pentair United Kingdom)

HEINEKEN aims to be carbon neutral in production by 2030 and full value chain by 2040

HEINEKEN aims to be carbon neutral in production by 2030 and full value chain by 2040  (Company news)

HEINEKEN announced a new ambition to decarbonise its own production by 2030 and its full value chain by 2040. This is the first in a series of refreshed Brew a Better World ambitions, which form an important part of the company’s new EverGreen balanced growth strategy.

Dolf van den Brink (photo), Chairman of the Executive Board/CEO:
"In this Decade of Action, we are committing to accelerating our actions to address climate change. We aim to be carbon neutral in our production sites by 2030 in order to meet the 1.5°C goal set by the Paris Agreement. We will further reduce our emissions through energy efficiency and speed up the transition towards renewable energy. A large part of our overall carbon footprint beyond production comes from agriculture, packaging, distribution and cooling. This means we will work in close partnership with our suppliers and partners to reach our ambitious goal of a carbon neutral value chain by 2040. We know that HEINEKEN can only thrive if our planet and our communities thrive. I want to thank our deeply committed employees for their passion for this topic. Together, we will do our part to brew a better world.”

From barley to bar, HEINEKEN continues to focus on concrete actions to reduce its carbon footprint, working closely with customers, consumers and suppliers.

Key milestones on the path to zero impact
HEINEKEN aims for all of its production sites to become carbon neutral by maximising energy efficiency and renewable energy use by 2030.

In close partnership with suppliers, also by 2030, HEINEKEN aims to cut emissions by 30% across its entire value chain from a 2018 baseline.

Looking ahead to 2040, the company will be the first global brewer to aim for carbon neutrality in its full value chain.

The company is taking a science-based approach by working closely with the SBTi to validate its new commitment.

The work has already started
Building on momentum from the last decade of Brew a Better World efforts, since 2008, HEINEKEN has reduced carbon emissions per hectoliter in its breweries by 51%. Since committing to the transition to renewable energy in 2018, the company has implemented over 130 renewable energy projects, including 5 of the world’s 10 largest on-site solar-powered breweries.

HEINEKEN has partnered to build a wind farm in Finland that will inject renewable electricity in the European grid supplying 13 of its operating companies. In Indonesia, the company utilises sustainable biomass made out of agricultural waste to heat its two breweries. In Nigeria, HEINEKEN has recently inaugurated solar panels in its Ibadan brewery, and in Vietnam, the company sources rice husks from local farmers to heat its brewing boilers.

In addition, HEINEKEN is supporting a pilot of 500 low-carbon farming projects in eight countries, as well as shifting to zero-emission breweries in Spain and Austria. In Mexico, the company is using smart fridges that leverage software to automatically adjust cooling settings to minimize energy use. HEINEKEN Netherlands is pioneering cleaner inland shipping methods for its beer and cider. In the UK, HEINEKEN has launched an innovative cardboard multi-pack called Green Grip, reducing carbon and saving 500 tonnes of plastic every year.

To mark its commitments, HEINEKEN is joining alliances to drive collective forward momentum. The brewer is proudly becoming a member of the Business Ambition for 1.5C, the Race to Zero as well as RE100.
(Heineken N.V.)

Zanders Paper will go into full liquidation

Zanders Paper will go into full liquidation  (Company news)

No viable concept for the continuation of business operations could be found

The business operations of Zanders Paper GmbH have been discontinued as of 30 April 2021. As the provisional insolvency administrator Dr. Mark Boddenberg announced, no viable concept for the continuation of the company could be found. After 192 years, the history of the paper mill, which is world-famous among other things for its unique Chromolux paper grade, ends today.

With regard to open orders and to the sale of remaining paper stocks, customers will be contacted in a timely manner.

The entire staff of Zanders Paper GmbH thanks all customers, suppliers and partners for their loyalty over many decades and even in the difficult past weeks and months.
(Zanders Paper GmbH)

Mangaroca Batida launches attention-grabbing POS promotion - XXL swimming cockatoo ...

Mangaroca Batida launches attention-grabbing POS promotion - XXL swimming cockatoo ...  (Company news)

... provides tropical sales boost!

Mangaroca Batida is a real sales driver and has increased its market share in the coconut liqueur segment by 16 percentage points in recent years. To kick off the summer season, the brand is providing additional buying impetus at the POS with an attractive in-store prize draw. Starting in May, consumers can win one of three XXL swimming cockatoos with Mangaroca Batida branding in participating stores.

From May 2021, the cult coconut liqueur Mangaroca Batida will be generating summery impulses at the POS with an attractive competition. The XXL swimming cockatoo measuring 115 x 145 x 95 cm with Mangaroca Batida branding whets the appetite for the warm season and is the perfect accessory for enjoying the sunny moments with an iced coconut drink - whether in the garden at home, on the balcony or at the lake. A special highlight is the integrated cocktail glass holder in the floating ring. So the Mangaroca Batida cocktail or the iced can of Mangaroca Batida Pineapple is always ready to hand, even on the water.

Attractive profit for animal good sales
"Mangaroca Batida stands for tropical enjoyment and Brazilian lifestyle. The coconut liqueur is a perfect match for summer - just like the XXL swimming cockatoo," says Jan Rock, Global Head of Corporate Communications at Henkell Freixenet. "With the secondary placement, we increase impulse purchases. Because the so-called floaters are totally in." The simple sweepstakes mechanics also promise lively participation: consumers simply have to answer a sweepstakes question correctly, fill out the entry card in the store, drop it in the raffle box attached to the display and, with a little luck, be among the winners.

The attention-grabbing promotional set-up with a branded decorative cockatoo will start in May in participating stores - while stocks last. The RRP of the 0.7-liter bottle of Mangaroca Batida is EUR 9.49.
(Henkell Freixenet)

More refreshment, less sweet: new premium lemonades from hassia with double-fruit 'LimoLiebe'

More refreshment, less sweet: new premium lemonades from hassia with double-fruit 'LimoLiebe'  (Company news)

New range of lemonades from hassia comes in complementary double-fruit varieties, in the top-selling 0.75-liter glass bottle, and - a first in Hesse - in the 8-bottle GDB crate.

The name says it all: for all lovers of particularly refreshing lemonades, the hassia brand is expanding its range from April with "LimoLiebe" ("lemonade love").

hassia LimoLiebe Orange-Tangerine and hassia LimoLiebe Lemon-Lime deliver particularly tangy refreshment in this unusual combination and with a high fruit juice content of ten percent. Based on natural mineral water, the lemonades are less sweet than conventional sodas and are free of sweeteners, sugar substitutes, and preservatives. Like all hassia beverages, they are also vegan, regional and climate-neutral.

hassia LimoLiebe Orange-Tangerine and hassia LimoLiebe Lemon-Lime are offered exclusively in environmentally friendly 0.75-liter returnable glass bottles. They are available in the practical 8-bottle GDB crate with a center handle. With this container, hassia is a pioneer in Hesse.

The new hassia LimoLiebe range is positioned for maximum sales potential at the intersection of several strong-selling trends: orange and lemon are by far the most popular types of lemonade among Germans. Lemonades in environmentally friendly glass bottles - especially in the 0.75 l and 0.7 l sizes - could grow by 17.5 percent in 2020. Regional products continue to gain in importance.

The market launch of hassia LimoLiebe is accompanied by a massive communication campaign that plays with the name in an enticing and seductive way: on large-format posters, info screens, in radio spots, online, on social media, with PR measures, and on POS materials. Two high-reach flights in June and August 2021 will ensure nationwide attention especially in the summer months, which are particularly relevant for lemonade sales.
(Hassia Mineralquellen GmbH & Co. KG)

First commercial launch for SIG's Paper U-straw for aseptic cartons

First commercial launch for SIG's Paper U-straw for aseptic cartons  (Company news)

Photo: SIG’s pioneering Paper U-straw made its commercial debut this month. CAPSA Food is the first to take advantage of this innovation for its ‘Central Lechera Asturiana’ whole milk, Spain’s number one dairy brand.

Sustainable alternatives continue to gain momentum because of the EU Waste Legislation and growing concerns about the environmental impact of plastic straws. According to the European Union’s SUP (Single Use Plastic) directive, plastic straws in Europe must be replaced by July 2021.

CAPSA Food has launched its Central Lechera Asturiana whole milk with the new SIG Paper U-straw on SIG’s combiblocSmall 200ml carton packs.

The innovative Paper U-straw supports SIG’s ongoing efforts to use more renewable materials. The paper used to produce SIG paper straws, including straight and U-shaped in 4 and 6mm diameter, is FSCTM-certified. The wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to remain attached to the packaging to prevent littering and can also be disposed with the carton pack.

Juan Povedano, Marketing Director at CAPSA Food: “Our strong partnership with SIG has ensured we are well prepared for this important change in EU legislation. We are proud to be the first to use the new Paper U-straw and the environmental benefits this will bring. It will also respond to growing demand from our consumers for more sustainable packaging solutions.”

The new Paper U-straw is another important milestone on SIG’s Way Beyond Good journey to put more back into society and the environment than it takes out.

Ana Ruiz del Árbol, Marketing Director Iberia at SIG: “Carton packs are sustainable by nature, consisting of 70-80% paperboard. Now with the introduction of our new Paper U-straw for aseptic carton packs, we continue to lead the way in the industry. Our close cooperation with CAPSA Food has ensured they are now ready for the requirements of the SUP directive with our renewable and recyclable innovation, as well as giving their consumers the best sustainable alternative to plastic straws.”
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Full enjoyment - without sugar: experience the low-calorie fusion of tea, fruit, and herbs ...

Full enjoyment - without sugar: experience the low-calorie fusion of tea, fruit, and herbs ...  (Company news)

...with two new Fuze Tea flavors

With the two new sugar-free varieties Black Tea Peach Elderflower and Black Tea Raspberry Mint, Fuze Tea is responding to the great consumer demand for low-calorie products. After all, more than half of Germans would drink more iced tea if it were sugar-free*. The new Fuze Tea varieties contain no sugar and less than four calories per 100 milliliters. The two new products have been available since calendar week 13 in bottles made from 100 percent recycled material**.

Intensive taste for conscious enjoyment
Soothing refreshment that lets you leave everyday life behind for a moment - with virtually no calories! This is exactly what the new Fuze Tea Black Tea Peach Elderflower variety offers, a flavor fusion of peach (from concentrate) and, among other things, a fine elderflower note. Also the novelty Fuze Tea Black Tea Raspberry Mint with brewed black tea and raspberry mint flavor perfectly combines brewed tea from concentrate and fruit juice from fruit juice concentrate. Both varieties are sweetened with steviol glycosides as well as the zero-calorie sweetener sucralose, making them especially low in calories.

Fuze Tea supports sustainable tea cultivation
Like all Fuze Tea varieties, both novelties bear the "Rainforest Alliance Certified™" seal. Fuze Tea is made by brewing tea leaves, concentrating the liquid, evaporating it and then processing it into a concentrated essence. As of summer 2019, the tea leaves used for Fuze Tea already come exclusively from Rainforest Alliance™ certified farms.

Attention-grabbing activations
Fuze Tea Black Tea Peach Elderflower and Fuze Tea Black Tea Raspberry Mint without Sugar have been available in stores since week 13 in the familiar classic 0.4-L PET, as well as in 1.0-L PET and 1.25-L PET bottles, in addition to the bottle made of 100 percent recycled material. OOH activations at POS generate attention at launch.
(Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH)

Symrise starts dynamically into the fiscal year 2021

Symrise starts dynamically into the fiscal year 2021  (Company news)

• Organic growth of 10.5 % in the first quarter
• Group sales rise to € 950 million
• Targets for 2021 and medium-term targets until 2025 confirmed

Symrise Group has dynamically started into the new business year and increased its sales organically by 10.5 % in the first quarter of 2021. Taking account of negative currency translation effects, sales rose by 3.5 % to € 949.6 million (Q1 2020: € 917.1 million) compared to the prior-year period. In spite of the global coronavirus pandemic, all segments recorded strong demand and achieved high organic growth. Sales for the first quarter also reflected catch-up effects resulting from delivery backlogs caused by the cyber-attack in December.

“Symrise AG has started very well into the first quarter of 2021. The order activities of our customers continued to be defined by the global coronavirus pandemic. We therefore again recorded particularly high demand for applications for hygiene and oral care products, cooking at home products as well as for pet food solutions. In the first quarter of this year, we also processed the order backlog that resulted from the criminal cyber-attack last December. Furthermore, we have completely reinstated our IT systems which are fully operational again. We see ourselves very well positioned for the coming months,” said Dr. Heinz Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. “Battling the pandemic will continue to define everyday lives as well as economic conditions in 2021. However, we expect that the increasing vaccination rates will support the economic recovery. We expect continued reliable demand and will continue to drive forward our growth initiatives. We aim at organic growth of 5 to 7 % for the current fiscal year.”

Scent & Care with good demand for care and hygiene products, and cosmetic ingredients
Scent & Care, the business with fragrances, aroma molecules and cosmetic ingredients, generated sales of € 373.2 million and grew organically by 8.3 % (Q1 2020: € 368.4 million). Taking negative currency translation effects into account, sales in reporting currency increased by 1.3 %.

Sales in the Fragrance division developed very pleasingly and resulted in organic growth in the double-digit percentage range. The main growth drivers were the Consumer Fragrance and Oral Care business units. Consumer Fragrance increased revenues particularly in the regions North and Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Oral Care reported the biggest growth in EAME (Europe, Africa, Middle East) and Asia/Pacific. The Fine Fragrances business unit, with perfumes in the luxury segment, was most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the course of 2020. However, over recent months, it performed well and recorded a steady recovery.

During the first quarter of 2021, sales in the Aroma Molecules division were slightly below the prior-year quarter, primarily caused by lower demand for fragrances. Conversely, positive momentum came from the menthols division, which generated double-digit percentage growth. Asia/Pacific and EAME regions achieved the highest growth here.

Sales in the Cosmetic Ingredients division developed very positively in the first quarter of the current year with organic growth in the double-digit percentage range. All regions and application areas contributed to this advance. Sun protection products were the only application area which continued to reflect the consequences of the global travel restrictions owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Flavor grows with savory products and beverage applications
In the Flavor Segment – the business with flavors for food and beverages – sales increased organically by 9.1 % in the first quarter. Taking negative currency translation effects into account, sales in reporting currency rose by 2.8 % to € 331.5 million (Q1 2020: € 322.6 million).

Applications for beverages and savory products delivered the strongest organic growth in the EAME region, primarily in the national markets of Germany, Ireland, Russia, France, and Spain. Sales in applications for sweets generated moderate organic growth during the first quarter.

Asia/Pacific grew organically in all application areas in the high single-digit or double-digit percentages range. The strongest growth was achieved in the application area for sweet products with global and regional customers. The national markets of China, Vietnam, India, and the Philippines developed especially dynamically.

In North America, the application areas for beverages and savory products increased their sales organically by double-digit figures each. Demand was particularly strong for beverage applications and for solutions for culinary products. The application area for sweet products generated moderate organic growth.

The business in Latin America developed very dynamically as well. In this important growth region all application areas also generated double-digit organic sales growth. In particular, the national markets of Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina underwent very positive developments. The application area for savory products generated largest growth with culinary products and seasonings. Furthermore, taste solutions for beverages and dairy products experienced strong demand.

Nutrition with strong growth in all application areas
The Nutrition segment, comprising applications for food, pet food, probiotics and activities of ADF/IDF generated remarkable organic growth of 16.1 % in the first quarter. Taking negative currency translation effects into account, sales increased by 8.3 % to € 244.8 million (Q1 2020: € 226.1 million) compared to the prior-year quarter.

All business units underwent very positive development in the first three months and achieved organic growth in the double-digit percentage range.

In the first quarter, the Pet Food business unit again achieved strong organic growth in the double-digit percentage range. All regions contributed to this positive development, the most important contributors being Latin America and EAME.

The Food business unit also reported notable success in the first quarter. Across all regions, it achieved single or double-digit growth. The national markets of Japan and the USA developed particularly positively.

Once again, the business development of ADF/IDF exceeded expectations in the first quarter and also posted strong organic sales growth within the double-digit percent range. This was driven by high growth in the USA.

The Probiotics business unit, including the majority shareholding in the Swedish company Probi AB, grew by a double-digit percentage amount during the first three months. The North American and EAME regions underwent particularly dynamic growth here.

Confident for the current fiscal year
In spite of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, Symrise continues to be fully operational and retains full delivery capability. With its global presence, the continually growing and diversified portfolio and its broad customer base, the Company considers itself to be robust and solidly positioned also in the current challenging market environment.

On 1 April 2021, Symrise successfully closed the acquisition of the Fragrance and Aroma Chemicals business from Sensient. This acquisition enables the Group to strengthen its backward integration for renewable raw materials and strengthens its leading position as a provider of fragrance and aroma chemicals for application in body care and household products. Symrise will deploy targeted investments at the new location in Granada and expand its future production in Spain.

Symrise assumes that the global economy will recover with improved methods to combat the pandemic. The Company is targeting organic sales growth of 5 to 7 % for 2021. Symrise would thus again grow significantly faster than the relevant market for flavors and fragrances. Furthermore, the medium-term goals up until the end of 2025 remain unchanged. Symrise intends to increase sales to between € 5.5 and 6 billion. This increase is to be achieved through annual organic growth of 5 to 7 % (CAGR) and additional targeted acquisitions.
(Symrise AG)

AUER Packaging: Start of construction of the Auer logistics center in Amerang

AUER Packaging: Start of construction of the Auer logistics center in Amerang  (Company news)

Also: Expansion of production capacities | 15 new injection molding machines | 24-hour delivery service for 90 percent of the product range

Things are now getting underway in Amerang: the starting signal has been given for the construction of the new logistics center on the premises of Auer Packaging. The construction of the fully automated high-bay warehouse will create numerous new jobs at the site. Commissioning is planned for summer 2022. With great foresight, high speed and a great deal of investment spirit, the local manufacturer of plastic storage and transport packaging is expanding its headquarters in Upper Bavaria and constantly extending its range of services.

In the pandemic year of 2020, the family-owned company was able to generate 30 percent more orders and draws a positive balance overall: "The forward-looking investments of the past The foresighted investments made in the company's infrastructure and processes in recent years have paid off," report Managing Directors Robert, Diana and Philipp Auer, looking ahead to the current year with optimism. "2021 has the big headline for us: Logistics Center. We are very pleased that we can now get started with construction after intensive planning."

Tackled: new logistics center
Implementation of the ambitious site expansion continues apace. After the commissioning of production hall 3 in the fall of 2020, the construction of the new logistics center will now follow on the Auer site, which now covers around 83,000 square meters. Provisionally, 30 container facilities will be set up to accommodate the assemblers. The new, fully automated high-bay warehouse with 20,000 pallet spaces will optimize logistics processes at the site on an area of around 6,000 square meters, energy-efficient and state of the art. Part of the project is a large photovoltaic system with 750,000 watts. The electricity generated in this climate-neutral way will be fed into the company's own power supply to operate the machines.

Packaged: Ready for shipment within 24 hours
High-quality, reliable and fast delivery: 90 percent of its cross-sector range can be marked by Auer Packaging for a special service. Only 24 hours after receipt of an order, it is sent on its way. The new 24-hour service is available to all customers in the company's own online store at

Unpacked: 15 new injection molding machines
With the third production hall in Amerang, the company now has an additional additional 9,000 square meters of production space. Twelve new, high-performance injection molding machines were already commissioned at the end of 2020, with three more to follow in spring 2021. The two largest machines among the new acquisitions each have a clamping force of each have a clamping force of 4500 tons. They will produce products such as large load carriers and pallets.
(AUER Packaging GmbH)

A blue wonder: the Summer Edition Dooley's Blueberry

A blue wonder: the Summer Edition Dooley's Blueberry  (Company news)

In our new summer variety, blueberries and cream meet in a magical summer flirt!

Blueberries... small but mighty and increasingly popular! Reason enough to help the small, blue berries make a grand entrance in the new Summer Edition of our Cream Liqueur classic Dooley's! The limited summer variety Dooley's Blueberry Cream will be available in stores from April 2021.

For one summer, we let the taste of sun-ripened blueberries merge with creamy, delicate cream in Dooley's Blueberry Cream to create a fruity, fresh treat and crown this composition with a shot of premium vodka. Seductive sweetness and refreshing acidity are perfectly balanced in the aroma of blueberries. Combined with the finest cream, this creates a wonderful summer flavor that is so typical of the most beautiful time of the year and yet so rare in the spirits sector.

Well chilled and served neat on ice, Dooley's Blueberry Cream enchants with its delicate blueberry color and plays out its tasteful seduction very skillfully. As a base for summer cocktails, desserts and ice cream variations, our summer creation Blueberry really comes into its own and brings fresh impetus to the round of popular summer recipes with strawberries, raspberries and cherries...
(Waldemar Behn GmbH)

SIG to build new production plant in Mexico to realise further growth potential in North America

SIG to build new production plant in Mexico to realise further growth potential in North America  (Company news)

SIG announced that it will construct a new plant in Queretaro, Mexico to serve North American markets. The plant will further expand SIG’s global production network and will enable the company to build on its strong track record of growth in North America.

Through its existing sales and service presence, SIG has been able to forge strong relationships with major dairies in Mexico, a large and growing milk market. In the USA, SIG has a well established co-manufacturing customer base and is ideally placed to serve innovative and expanding new categories.

SIG will invest around €40 million in the new plant over the period 2021-2023. The investment will cover state-of-the art production capacity for the printing, cutting and finishing of carton packs. The plant is expected to open in the first quarter of 2023 and will create around 200 jobs. It will have a highly flexible layout with a focus on ergonomics and the environment. Land and buildings will be financed through a long-term lease with an NPV of approximately €20 million.

Ricardo Rodriguez, President & General Manager Americas, said: “We are very excited to announce this project which will enable us to serve our North American customers faster and more efficiently. Delivery lead times will be reduced and we will be able to respond rapidly to changes in demand. Our new plant will further drive growth in the region while demonstrating our commitment to the highest environmental standards.”
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Black Magic - The powerful spiced rum with the hidden skull

Black Magic - The powerful spiced rum with the hidden skull  (Company news)

Black Magic is a strong yet mild dark spiced rum at 40% vol. that gets its special note from the addition of spices. The label is adorned with a multiple image with a hidden symbol of its legend. Some viewers see a ship, others a skull. The blend of light and dark rums with a secret blend of different spices makes it delicious, dark and particularly versatile. Made for neat consumption, but also suitable for use in simple mixed drinks (with cola, for example) and tropical cocktails.

Aromas of tropical spices, dark rum, vanilla, lightly toasted coconut, cinnamon, cola and mint dance on the nose. As you sip, vanilla and caramel notes combine to create a smoky toffee flavor. The cola note from the aroma highlights the spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, rounded out by a kick of wintergreen. The sweetness manifests, lingering into a surprisingly long finish that carries notes of vanilla, brown sugar and clove.

The inspiration for Black Magic is rooted in an ancient story that begins on a small island off the coast of what is now Africa, inhabited by natives who were so full of cheer and life that anyone who encountered them was immediately captivated. Like many stories from long ago, this one ends in tragedy. Although the island had known no evil for generations, one day it was shaken by a violent earthquake that caused it to sink. The island's sorceress captured the island's soul through incantations and spells of an ancient magic, and flavored her rum bottles with it. She did not survive the sinking of the island, and before her death bound her own soul to her bones.

In the course of his travels, a captain acquired a skull believed to possess the ability to speak. As he prepared to set sail, the skull promised him untold riches if he would only bring it back to land. The captain agreed and was immediately given a set of coordinates off the coast of Africa. "Set sail for that exact point on the map," the skull told him, "and the rewards will be great." The captain, not shying away from adventure, set out. But when he reached the spot the skull had indicated, nothing happened. No riches. No glory. Just the calm, vast silence of the ocean and a crew of malcontents. Discouraged, the captain set course for home when he spotted a mysterious bottle floating in the sea, seemingly following his ship. He fished it out and set it aside, unaware that this was his hard-won booty. During the voyage, a steward saw the dark bottle, and recognized the skull hidden on the label. He stole and hid it, waiting for the ship to arrive back home.

Aroma: Tropical spices, rum vanilla, lightly toasted coconut, cinnamon, cola and mint.
Taste: Toffee, sweet cinnamon, followed by clove and full spice aroma.
Finish: Lingering notes of vanilla, brown sugar and clove
Alcohol content 40% vol.
(Diversa Spezialitäten GmbH)

Head of Corporate Communications leaves Warsteiner Group

Head of Corporate Communications leaves Warsteiner Group  (Company news)

Sinje Vogelsang (photo) moves to the energy industry

Sinje Vogelsang, head of corporate communications at Warsteiner Group, is leaving the company at the end of May to pursue a new professional challenge. On July 1, she will become press spokeswoman for RWE Renewables in Essen. The 35-year-old had taken over the position in August 2016, during which time she was responsible for all press and public relations work as well as internal communications. "The time in Warstein and the diverse tasks associated with it have had a great impact on me," says Sinje Vogelsang. "I have always enjoyed working for the family business and would like to thank the owner and the management for their trust." Until a succession plan is found, the position will be filled on an interim basis.

"We are very sorry that Sinje is leaving us. I have always appreciated the familiar interaction with her," says Catharina Cramer, owner of the brewery. Christian Gieselmann, management spokesman, adds, "We wish her all the best in her new professional endeavor and know that she will always have Warsteiner in her fridge in the future."

Sinje Vogelsang has a high level of media competence and extensive experience in the work of communications agencies. Before joining the Warsteiner Group, she was team leader and on the management board of the Hamburg agency Faktor 3.
(Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG)

BORCO: Reinforcement for the export business - Mai-Thy Ton starts on 01 May 2021 as ...

BORCO: Reinforcement for the export business - Mai-Thy Ton starts on 01 May 2021 as ...  (Company news)

...Global Business Development Manager

The Hanseatic family-owned company BORCO-MARKEN-IMPORT wins Ms. Mai-Thy Ton (30, photo), an experienced FMCG and spirits expert from its own ranks, as reinforcement for the export business. The graduate economist will start as Global Business Development Manager on May 01, 2021. Most recently, Ms. Ton, who joined the company in August 2017, worked as Brand Manager for the premium whisky portfolio of the Hamburg-based company.

In her new role, Ms. Ton will oversee the Southeast Asia and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) territory. The intensification as well as the expansion of partnerships in this important economic region are among her main areas of work. She will report directly to the Head of Global Business Development Danny Gandert, who sees Ms. Ton as the ideal person to strengthen BORCO's own brands abroad: "I am very pleased that we have been able to win Ms. Ton for our export team and I am looking forward to working with her. For the new challenge, Ms. Ton brings comprehensive knowledge and a profound understanding of brands, people and sales work, which she has already been able to successfully demonstrate in brand management." "Ms. Ton will immensely enrich the BORCO export team with her know-how and her communicative as well as open personality. I am pleased about the successful appointment and wish her much joy in her new position," adds Markus Kohrs-Lichte, BORCO CEO.

Ton started her professional career in 2008 at isi GmbH, one of the world's leading agencies for sensory marketing. This was followed by positions at Bahlsen, the Otto Group and the Tom Tailor Group in the areas of brand management, international marketing, market research and business planning.
(Borco-Marken-Import Matthiesen GmbH & Co. KG)

Nature MultiPack™ from KHS: sustainable packaging system now also suitable for the ...

Nature MultiPack™ from KHS: sustainable packaging system now also suitable for the ...  (Company news)

...high-performance range

- Shrink film alternative joins cans and PET bottles with dots of adhesive
- Up to 90% in materials saved
- Thanks to numerous further developments, Innopack Nature MultiPack™ processes up to 108,000 containers per hour

Photo: The Innopack Nature MultiPack™ machine from KHS is now also available for the high-performance range with an output of up to 108,000 cans or PET bottles per hour.

Sustainable, consumer friendly and gentle on resources: Nature MultiPack™ from KHS combines beverage containers with easy-to-remove dots of adhesive instead of shrink film to form stable packs, thus saving up to 90% in packaging materials. The ecofriendly packaging alternative is now also available for the high-performance range.

Originally developed by KHS for packs of PET bottles, the Innopack Nature MultiPack™ packaging machine was initially designed for a capacity range of up to 45,000 bottles per hour plus 20% overcapacity. It quickly became clear, however, that the sustainable concept of holding beverage containers together with dots of adhesive instead of shrink film to form a pack that’s easy to transport and easy for consumers to ‘open’ was also of interest to the canning segment. In close cooperation with the Carlsberg Group, the system has now been successfully introduced in several European countries as packs of four, six and eight cans under the name of ‘snap pack’.

Powerful and future proof
As in the high-performance range cans are usually filled at a rate of over 100,000 containers per hour, to date the Innopack Nature MultiPack™ was too slow. Placing two machines on a line as for Carlsberg was therefore only a temporary solution: firstly, because the footprint was then twice the size (one machine is almost 25 meters long) and secondly, because this doubled the cost of investment. Christoph Georg von Aichinger, global product account manager for Nature MultiPack™, thus stresses how important it is to not only take the cost of investment but also the day-to-day operating costs into account during the decision-making process.

According to in-house calculations, Nature MultiPack™ scores at €20 to €25 per 1,000 packs as opposed to cardboard carriers that cost up to €50 for the same number of packs. “The higher cost of investment then of course pays off over a certain period,” explains von Aichinger. “At full capacity the system can even pay for itself in the first year.”

Series of innovations
In order to perfectly accommodate the requirements of the beverage industry, KHS now also offers the Innopack Nature MultiPack™ for the high-capacity range. Running at overcapacity, it can process up to 108,000 containers per hour, with a maximum of 90,000 containers produced every 60 minutes at nominal capacity. Depending on the format, the machine outputs up to 450 packs of four a minute.

This boost in performance has been made possible by a whole series of technical innovations explained by Dr. Matthias Caninenberg, head of Nature MultiPack™ Technology at KHS. “The list of innovations starts with the conveying speed which we’ve increased from 51 to 72 meters per second compared to the machine’s predecessor. So that we didn’t have to double the speed – which would have incurred a considerable amount of extra effort – the pitch was decreased on the unscrambler module.” This reduces the distance between the containers from 114.3 to 90 millimeters and even down to 80 millimeters following the gluing process. “This allows more units to run through the machine and we get the performance we want,” Dr. Caninenberg continues.

Alignment in milliseconds
In the orientation module KHS has revamped the entire carousel: instead of four this now has six drives that no longer rotate four but three plates apiece. This change makes time for alignment of the containers. Here, a camera takes 400 images of a container on the first reference run while this is turned 360° about its longitudinal axis. In production the container is photographed just once. A fast algorithm compares this single image to the 400 taken previously and in doing so determines the current position of each single can or PET bottle. This is then used to calculate any necessary correction to the container’s position, performed by the activated motor in a matter of milliseconds until the container is aligned as required. “This is important with regard to the point of sale, for instance, if the containers are to be arranged in the pack to form a single image,” Dr. Caninenberg declares.

In the next module application heads ‘shoot’ half the dots of adhesive onto the left and right can or bottle respectively. During application the container itself stands completely still for a fraction of a second so that the adhesive is applied with the utmost accuracy. The carousel has been redesigned to this end and the position of the application heads adjusted slightly.

Perfect results thanks to pioneering technology
Once the dots of adhesive have been applied, the containers are passed on to the compression module. “This is where the packs are formed by the containers being pressed against one another. This takes less than a second as long as the adhesive is soft,” explains Dr. Caninenberg. This aspect of the further development of the machine for the high-capacity range took up the most time and energy to bring the output up to 90,000 or 108,000 bottles or cans an hour maximum. Here, KHS dispensed with transfer stars with fingers and switched the conveyor system over from chains to toothed belts. The new modular design enables the curing segment to be halved and the entire machine to be shortened by three-and-a-half meters. The effort was well worth it – and not just for the size, Dr. Caninenberg believes. “The packs are joined more gently and flexibly and the transfer process is subject to lower tolerances.”

After compression any packs where a dot of adhesive is missing or incorrectly applied are channeled out. “However, the rate here is so low that it’s hardly worth mentioning,” emphasizes Dr. Caninenberg. This can be further improved by an optional air drying module that makes sure that there is no more condensation or condensation water in the machine – an important factor when it comes to the quality of the gluing process.

Fast and flexible
Another special feature awaits the packs in the handle applicator module once they have been split into three lanes and turned through 90°. “Here, we’re using a model developed by KHS for the first time that manages up to 150 packs a minute. As there are three applicators installed next to one another, the output amounts to 450 packs per minute; with packs of four, that’s a maximum of 108,000 containers that can be processed every hour.” Alternatively, the new system can also produce up to 300 packs of six or a maximum of 225 packs of eight containers per minute.

Flexibility is also writ large with respect to the footprint of the packaging machine. “If there are problems with the length of the machine, in the middle the layout can also be turned through 90 or 180°,” says Dr. Caninenberg. This means that the further developed Nature MultiPack™ system for the high-performance range can also be adapted to suit more complex space requirements.

Nature MultiPack™ meets beverage industry requirements
One important aspect for sales especially is that the innovative Nature MultiPack™ packaging concept touches on many areas of a beverage bottling plant: from purchasing through production to sales and marketing. “The big players have a strategic agenda that they generally pursue three goals with,” says von Aichinger. “First comes sustainability, this achieved by saving on energy and water consumption and reducing the carbon footprint; second is the desire for growth; and third is the need to generate as high a margin as possible. Nature MultiPack™ is a system that serves all of these three purposes.” Von Aichinger knows that innovations of this kind hold increasing appeal for medium-sized, owner-managed companies, too. “Their flat hierarchies allow them to be more flexible in their decision-making,” the KHS salesman comments. “We saw this recently with the Martens brewery in Belgium. We basically agreed on a deal there after just a few meetings.”
(KHS GmbH)

New packaging design and new recipe for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

New packaging design and new recipe for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar  (Company news)

- First global packaging update for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Coca-Cola light since 2016 as part of the enhanced "One Brand" strategy
- New and improved formulation for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar supported by global campaign

Coca-Cola is changing its design for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Coca-Cola light in an evolution of the "One Brand" strategy launched globally in 2016. The new design is simplified and removes additional elements, such as the red disc, to enhance the typeface as Coca-Cola's iconic brand mark and bring greater consistency to packaging globally. As a visual metaphor for the invigorating nature of the product, the new design also elevates the Coca-Cola logo to the top of the label.

At the center of the design is the original and globally recognized brand color red - a symbol of Coca-Cola's authentic and refreshing taste. When combined with white lettering, it identifies Coca-Cola Original Taste. Combined with black lettering, it will in future stand for Zero Sugar. The use of the trademark and typography is another way to refer to the Zero Sugar variety, paired with details such as the black bottle caps.

Coca-Cola light is also within the Coca-Cola family of designs, with a distinctive silver background and the red logo. This design will be consistent across all markets offering Coke light worldwide. The goal is to create a simple and intuitive navigation system that runs through all Coca-Cola variants, while highlighting the Coca-Cola logo.

The rollout of the new design will begin in Germany in spring 2021 with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, which will also have a new recipe with improved taste - still sugar-free and calorie-free. The changeover of the other brands, as well as Coca-Cola Flavors such as Cherry and Vanilla, will follow in September 2021.

A marketing campaign will support the new Coca-Cola Zero Sugar formula. The campaign, titled "The Best Coke Ever?" invites discussion and trial before a decision is made. It's a simple question that asks a lot: What if the new Coca-Cola Zero Sugar was the best Coca-Cola ever for some consumers? The campaign addresses this debate in TV and digital films and out-of-home assets, and calls on influencers and consumers alike to join the discussion on social media. The campaign was developed in collaboration with Mercado McCann.
(Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH)

For more sustainability, circular economy and recycling: industry pulls together at ...

For more sustainability, circular economy and recycling: industry pulls together at ...  (Company news)

...the German Packaging Congress

No recycled content and no debates that go round in circles, but instead lots of well-founded arguments, clear opinions and a common endeavor to identify and drive forward the best ways and solutions for more sustainability, circular economy and recycling: More than 350 participants made the first virtual German Packaging Congress of the German Packaging Institute e. V. (dvi) into a lively and rich industry summit.

The 15th German Packaging Congress took place for the first time as a virtual event under the motto "No Lockdown for Sustainability and Innovation." Numerous opinion makers and leaders from business, politics and NGOs not only presented well-founded positions and opinions, but also argued together about solutions, strategies and ways to achieve even more sustainability and circular economy for packaging.

"For all the differences in the strategies pursued and the solutions preferred, many commonalities emerged at the same time," said dvi Managing Director Kim Cheng, summing up the industry summit. "It became clear that there is no single, beatific packaging material for either packaging manufacturers, brand companies or retailers. We need the full range of materials for the immense and heterogeneous variety of products. The principle of the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - is firmly anchored in the industry's strategies. In the fundamental drive for greater sustainability, circular economy and recycling, companies are pulling in the same direction. What is often lacking is planning certainty, also due to a lack of political courage. This becomes clear, for example, when it comes to the use of recycled materials. Here, we are already much further ahead technologically than the political statements on the subject would suggest. For example, food-grade recyclate is not a material problem, but an approval problem. It is also incomprehensible why politicians are not promoting the expressly desired use of more recyclate with market incentives. Basically, the industry would like to see more clarification and science in the public debates. Up-to-date life cycle assessments are urgently needed to make the right decisions and drive the most sustainable solutions. We need holistic steps and the companies in the industry are more than ready. With their numerous innovations, you are laying the groundwork for this day after day."

A representative survey conducted by the dvi immediately prior to the congress proves that sustainability innovations in packaging are well received by consumers. At 44.0 percent, around half of those surveyed said that packaging had made clear progress in terms of environmental friendliness over the past two to three years, with only 15.7 percent seeing any regression. Furthermore, at 74.6 percent, three out of four respondents confirm that this progress has been achieved without compromises or even with advances in functionality and convenience.

In addition to the central topics of sustainability, recycling and the circular economy, which were discussed in panels involving leading representatives of companies such as Tetra Pak, Mondi, Werner & Mertz, Nestlé, Schwarz-Gruppe, FRoSTa, DSD, Procter & Gamble, BASF, Gerolsteiner, Siegwerk and Limburger Blechwarenfabrik with NGOs such as NABU, WWF and environmental activist Hannes Jaenicke, as well as representatives: inside the Bundestag and the Ministry of Economics, the German Packaging Congress also featured digressions on "mind change at all levels," the use of social media for business growth, artificial intelligence and the importance of industry trends.
(Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V. (dvi))

Beviale Mexico 2021 eSpecial: promising kick-off event for Central America's beverage industry

Beviale Mexico 2021 eSpecial: promising kick-off event for Central America's beverage industry  (Company news)

- High-calibre sessions impress the region’s beverage sector professionals
- Programme available to download from May on
- Beviale Mexico physical event planned for summer 2022

Beviale Mexico, the first beverage industry fair for Central America to cover the entire supply chain, made its successful debut as an eSpecial in March 2021. The comprehensive programme in English and Spanish attracted more than 1,900 participations from 30 countries. Over the three days, the online event provided the Central American beverage industry with new impetus and inspiration. Making the platform available for a month allowed market participants to continue to network with one another and discuss and promote the trending issues in the sector over and beyond the event days as such. The programme of presentations will be available to registered users on the platform starting in May. The first physical edition of Beviale Mexico is planned for summer 2022.

On three days in March 2021, the Beviale Mexico eSpecial demonstrated in impressive fashion the interesting prospects offered by the Central American beverage market and confirmed that industry players have a great need for dialogue, contacts and suitable products and solutions. “We are highly satisfied with the first appearance of our youngest Beviale Family member,” says Andrea Kalrait, international product manager for the global industry network Beviale Family. “This virtual version makes us extremely optimistic about holding the physical event next year.”

Over the three days of the event, the registered participants heard 63 speakers in 51 sessions, including company and product presentations, panel discussions and interactive round tables with high-calibre speakers from around the world. “I found the passion of Beviale Mexico and its understanding of the Mexican drinks market fantastic. I like the format. There was a great exchange of ideas at the round table discussions,” says David Rueda from LEHUI. The programme for the eSpecial 2021 covered a wide range of topics, from sustainability and raw materials to the latest beverage trends. The presentations by the various beverage industry associations also attracted a lot of interest and among other things provided insights into the markets for wine, beer and mezcal in Mexico. Gerrit Bluemelhuber from Doemens sums it up thus: “Naturally we would have preferred an on-site event. But despite this it was a fantastic experience and a successful event for us that resulted in interesting contacts. It was also a great opportunity to delve into an exciting market with lots of potential.” Proactive networking between all registered exhibitors and visitors was possible over the entire duration of the digital event.

Looking confidently to 2022
The first physical edition of Beviale Mexico is planned for summer 2022. There is a lot of eager anticipation about having an on-site trade fair. Roberto Biurrun, VLB Berlin: “This eSpecial was a great warm-up for the next Beviale Mexico. We are looking forward to meeting our friends from Latin America again, hopefully at a physical event!” Nancy Perez from KRONES is also extremely pleased about her company’s participation in the eSpecial and is looking forward confidently to 2022: “The Beviale Mexico eSpecial offered us a great opportunity to contact our customers and other prospects and to share knowledge. It was a digital experience but with live conversations that gave our experts direct access to participants to showcase Krones technology for the beverage market. We are already looking forward to taking part in the physical event next year!”
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Lemonade seduces Kölsch: Private brewery Gaffel launches naturally cloudy Gaffel Lemon ...

Lemonade seduces Kölsch: Private brewery Gaffel launches naturally cloudy Gaffel Lemon ...  (Company news)

...on the German market

The Privatbrauerei Gaffel is launching Gaffel Lemon in Germany just in time for the spring season. Initially produced for the international market, the mixed beer drink quickly became a top seller and was then tested for national marketability.

Gaffel Lemon has two percent alcohol and consists of 40 percent Gaffel Kölsch and 60 percent naturally cloudy lemonade. It tastes refreshingly fruity and is pleasantly tangy. "We are responding to the desire of many consumers for light mixed beer beverages," says Thomas Deloy, Head of Marketing and PR. "In addition, regional brands and products are currently in high demand."

The naturally cloudy Lemon beer is offered in the trendy 0.5-liter can, which is 100% recyclable. Gaffel Lemon is best enjoyed iced with friends, on trips, at picnics or private occasions and celebrations.
In market research, there were excellent results and top scores in the taste and design categories. Gaffel Lemon is available from traditional retailers as single cans, in 24-can trays and on display pallets, as well as in the Gaffel online store.
(Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. oHG)

DISARONNO now on sale with a tumbler pack

DISARONNO now on sale with a tumbler pack  (Company news)

The world's most popular Italian liqueur DISARONNO is currently on sale with a gift set that includes a tumbler in addition to each 0.7l bottle. Thanks to its elegant cut and structured appearance, the tumbler looks great at your own home bar and invites you to explore the unmistakable taste of this classic - not only neat, but also in a variety of creations such as a "DISARONNO SOUR" and "DISARONNO FIZZ". The attention-grabbing retail appearance is rounded off by the black and white design, which puts the unmistakable bottle and typography of the logo in the foreground.

The high-quality gift set will be offered to food retailers in Germany as carton goods and on displays of 30, while stocks last. The RRP is 14.99 euros.
(Borco-Marken-Import Matthiesen GmbH & Co. KG)

Feldmuehle: New embossing LabelSet Cuir and MatisSet Cuir

Feldmuehle: New embossing LabelSet Cuir and MatisSet Cuir  (Company news)

The label market is a dynamic market and the requirements are constantly changing. As an innovative market leader in the area of wet and alkali-resistant label papers, Feldmuehle recognizes the trends in this market and reacts with two new products:

"LabelSet Cuir" and "MatisSet Cuir" are Feldmuehle's answer to the increasing demand for wet strength label papers with unusual surfaces. The new embossing "Cuir" gives the paper a natural structure. This new surface corresponds to the trend towards the "vintage look" or "eco design" of the labels and offers our customers an excellent basis for unlimited creativity. This paper offers the big brands an image that also communicates the environmental orientation of the product and the brand.

The papers that are used as the basis for the new "Cuir" embossing (LabelSet and MatisSet) are very well-established qualities from Feldmuehle - so the embossed qualities also offer the highest quality and mileage. The "Reflexion", "Linen" and "Vergé" embossings, which have been very successfully established on the market, are complemented by this new embossing, and now offer our customers a wide range of design options.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

PEPSI Drops Limited-Edition PEPSI® x PEEPS® Marshmallow Cola for Spring

PEPSI Drops Limited-Edition PEPSI® x PEEPS® Marshmallow Cola for Spring  (Company news)

Blossoming flowers, warmer temperatures, and the awakening of…your taste buds!? PEPSI is making the start to spring more exciting this year with a new, one-of-a-kind collaboration with the PEEPS® Brand. Today, the two iconic brands are excited to introduce PEPSI x PEEPS®, a delicious new beverage that combines the crisp, refreshing taste of PEPSI cola with the pillowy-soft and sweet PEEPS® Marshmallow flavor consumers love. The instantly recognizable PEEPS®-inspired design on 7.5-ounce PEPSI mini-cans in bright yellow, pink and blue colorways makes PEPSI x PEEPS® the ideal accessory and thirst quencher for springtime.

PEPSI and PEEPS® want to help usher in the joyous, relaxing vibes of springtime and give fans one more reason to celebrate the new season. PEPSI and PEEPS® are calling on fans to show the world how they're enjoying their favorite springtime activities – in a safe, socially distant manner – through the #HangingWithMyPEEPS sweepstakes. Fans can submit photos of themselves enjoying the spring with PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks and Bunnies by tagging @PEPSI, #HangingWithMyPEEPS and #PepsiSweepstakes on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to win a coveted limited-edition three-pack of PEPSI x PEEPS®.

"After what has been a very difficult year, many consumers are looking for new things to smile about. So, to celebrate the start of springtime, Pepsi collaborated with PEEPS® to develop a limited batch of its first-ever marshmallow cola. This PEPSI x PEEPS® collaboration will be available in three bright colors through a distinctive mini-can design and will most certainly have fans buzzing all season long," said Todd Kaplan, VP Marketing – Pepsi. "We know our consumers love our limited product drops, and we believe that PEPSI x PEEPS® will deliver an iconic and delicious pairing that has the potential to become a fan favorite."

"The PEEPS® Brand always finds great joy in teaming up with partners to bring our beloved Marshmallow flavor to fans in new and exciting ways, which is why we're thrilled to collaborate with PEPSI on this limited-edition PEPSI x PEEPS® beverage leading up to the Easter holiday," said PEEPS® Brand Manager Caitlin Servian. "We look forward to seeing how fans express their PEEPSONALITY® as part of the #HangingWithMyPEEPS sweepstakes and hope they enjoy this sweet new cola offering."

The #HangingWithMyPEEPS national sweepstakes kicks off today and, in addition to the three-pack prizes, will award 10 grand prize winners with an epic collector's package of PEPSI x PEEPS®. The unexpected collaboration between the two brands is one more reason to celebrate the official start of spring. PEPSI x PEEPS® mini cans are only available for a limited time, so make sure to get out there and tag your PEEPS® candy!

To celebrate the limited-edition drop, PEEPS® and PEPSI are also collaborating to bring two of the most iconic moments in Pepsi TV ad history to life with PEEPS® dioramas, a pop culture trend evoking nostalgia for many.
(PepsiCo Inc.)

Presenting symlife® taste balancing solutions that bring great taste to good-for-you products

Presenting symlife® taste balancing solutions that bring great taste to good-for-you products  (Company news)

— Bridging the taste gap between a healthy diet and consumer preferences
— Balancing the overall taste perception of products with reduced sugar, salt and fat
— Taking a holistic approach with strong emphasis on natural solutions

Symrise presents its symlife® platform, the umbrella for its taste balancing solutions that help to create good-for-you products with great taste. These tailored solutions fit the specific needs of food and beverage manufacturers, enabling symlife® to help create new and reformulated products that consumers love.

Consumers consider taste as a key reason for choosing certain foods or beverages. At the same time, health has also become a top priority. Consumers, retailers and regulators have grown increasingly aware of the detrimental effects of high sugar, sodium, and fat intake. When manufacturers reduce these ingredients in their products they can also achieve clean, authentic taste that make them unique and appealing with the help of symlife® solutions.

symlife® closing the taste gap
By carefully optimizing a product’s overall flavor profile symlife® helps manufacturers close the taste gap of products with reduced sugar, salt and fat content. Moreover, the symlife® portfolio can help masking undesirable notes like bitterness or astringency while improving mouth feel, juiciness and fruitiness, building umami or adding further sensations.

Meeting the taste expectations of consumers can pose certain challenges. Taste perception involves a complex process with multisensory interactions. Any change in the food or beverage matrix can result in a taste gap that will affect consumer appeal. The multi-facetted symlife® ‘s toolbox can close this gap.

“Achieving great overall taste in sugar-reduced food and beverages can be complex. Our expertise in natural taste balancing helps manufacturers to develop low sugar and low calorie products that combine health benefits with great taste. This achieves the elusive goal of making highly appealing tastes part of a healthy, sustainable diet” explains Leif Jago, Global Marketer at Symrise.

Making the difference with a holistic, natural approach
The symlife® platform of Symrise represents a holistic, natural approach to taste balancing. It draws on in-house selection, breeding and cultivation to identify part of the natural taste balancing raw materials. It also uses AI to decode ancient Chinese recipes, for example. It supports the circular economy by developing natural taste balancing materials from side streams, and investing in backwards integration and cultivation.

“symlife® brings a holistic approach to taste balancing. With this approach, it draws on our unique expertise, extensive research in consumer and sensory perception and a deep understanding of natural sweetness”, adds Leif Jago.

Broader support that drives unique solutions
symlife® builds on the extensive portfolio of Symrise and its dedication to quality and innovation by forming close, ongoing collaborations with academia, research institutes and technology networks. It also provides manufacturers with invaluable assistance and expertise in navigating the complex regulatory landscape and compliance with ever-changing global regulations.

“We believe in working with our customers as a trustworthy and forward-thinking partner with a broad, superior natural portfolio providing cost-effective, sensorial proven and customizable taste balancing flavor solutions. We also offer added value services such as technical and regulatory consultancy that enable successful formulation and re-formulation of great tasting sugar-reduced food and beverages”, concludes Jago.

Towards a future where tasty can mean good-for-you too
To date, developing products that combine taste and health benefits - with particular emphasis on replacing sugar - has proved a highly elusive goal. Effective balancing requires the complex and comprehensive approach that symlife® offers.

symlife® taste solutions consider the entire taste dynamics of a product and balance its overall profile according to the product’s specific needs. This enables manufacturers to react with agility to trends and take significant steps towards attracting consumers with stand-out products that address health benefits, and also continue to satisfy or exceed their complex and discerning taste expectations.
(Symrise AG)

Growing can market: Coca-Cola European Partners invests in two KHS lines

Growing can market: Coca-Cola European Partners invests in two KHS lines  (Company news)

For years KHS has been a reliable partner for can filling and packaging to the biggest beverage factory in Europe, situated in Wakefield in Great Britain. At the start of the corona crisis the Coca-Cola bottler again benefitted from the quality of the companies’ cooperation and KHS technology.

Photo: Extremely powerful and efficient: not one but two KHS Innofill Can DVD can fillers have been installed at Coca-Cola European Partners in Wakefield within a single year.

At the end of the 19th century the city of Wakefield in the north of England developed into a hub of the British industrial revolution. Once one of the country’s major suppliers of barley and malt, wool spinning mills, brickyards and engineering works with strong links to the rapidly growing mining industry now became established. Among the local businesses were several breweries, meaning that the city today can look back on a certain tradition in the production of beverages.

This has now been revived: since 1989 Wakefield, that together with Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield constitutes one of the most densely populated areas in the United Kingdom, has been home to the largest soft drinks factory in Europe. Here, at one of five production sites in Great Britain, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) fills up to 10,000 cans and 1,800 PET bottles of soft drinks per minute – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This amounts to 45% of the total volume CCEP produces in the UK: expressed in absolute figures, that’s 176 million sales units1 or a billion liters of finished product a year.

Biggest beverage factory in Europe
The factory has a total of eight filling lines; five of these process cans with volumes of 330 and 500 milliliters, the remaining three PET bottles holding 500 milliliters and 1.0 to 2.25 liters, producing around 300 stock keeping units or SKUs. The world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler cooperates with KHS as its technological partner: the Dortmund machine and systems manufacturer is responsible for four of the five can fillers and two turnkey canning lines. The latter two lines 4 and 5 were installed and commissioned within one year. After Line 4 had proved a total success from the first day forth regarding availability and efficiency, the bottler then commissioned KHS to supply a second canning line. The heart of each line is the Innofill Can DVD can filler – here with a capacity of up to 120,000 cans per hour.

Flexibility required
“The aim of our investment was of course to boost capacity,” says Michail Skarpathiotakis, senior project manager at CCEP’s headquarters in Uxbridge outside London. “Each can counts!” The prime focus was therefore on cardboard multipacks that are produced in a wide variety holding between four and 30 containers. During the corona crisis, where people are spending more time at home, this type of pack is currently experiencing a growth in sales that runs into two figures. The Innopack Kisters wrap-around shrink packers integrated on these two lines are thus extremely powerful and reliable.

As a bottler that aims to keep its stock down to the minimum owing to its vast product portfolio, CCEP sets great store by maximum flexibility in production. This calls for fast format changeovers above all else. The fact that about 40% of the available time on the new Line 5 is taken up with format changeovers and cleaning says less about the time needed for product switches but rather indicates that there are a great number of these. When asked how many there actually are, Wakefield’s operations manager Kerry Morgan-Smith replies: “Too many.” However, in view of the increasingly individual demands of consumers, this is the only right way to go about things, she continues.

Sustainable in every respect
Besides CCEP’s output and efficiency levels, the bottler is also making a record attempt to be more sustainable, setting standards in recycling, the prevention of waste and the consumption of energy and other resources. Like all of the manufacturing sites in Britain, Wakefield also goes by the motto of “zero waste”, with no refuse being sent to waste disposal sites. All packaging is 100% recyclable. “I think that nowhere else in Europe is the debate on plastics as heated as it is in England,” suspects Andy Carter, KHS’ head of sales for Great Britain and Ireland. “The pollution of the environment and especially our seas with plastic waste is omnipresent in our media. This means that consumers find this topic extremely important.”

The beverage can enjoys an above-average popularity in the UK. While in Germany PET bottles have an 81% share of the CCEP packaging mix and cans a mere 5%, the ratio amongst the British is 46% to 35%. This makes them Europe’s top can users. Nevertheless, the bottler is reacting to consumers’ growing awareness of the plastic problem. “Since October we’ve been using 50% recyclate in our PET bottles,” Morgan-Smith emphasizes. “This is the equivalent of 21,000 metric tons a year. And we’re working on further increasing this amount.” Buying habits have also changed as regards secondary packaging. “We’re noticing that the share of FullyEnclosed carton packs is on the rise – at the expense of shrink packs wrapped in film.”

Saving on resources in focus
As far as its supply of energy is concerned, Wakefield is well on the way to becoming self-sufficient. “We’ve invested a million pounds in the construction of a combined heat and power plant,” reports Morgan-Smith. “This means we can generate renewable energy on site and help save 1,500 tons of CO2 a year. Not very far away we also operate a photovoltaic park the size of twelve soccer fields that supplies the factory with solar power. This covers about 15% of our total electricity consumption, enabling us to considerably reduce our carbon footprint.” The bottling plant now meets 100% of its energy requirement using renewable sources. CCEP is also a top player when it comes to gradually reducing the amount of water consumed during production. Approximately 1.3 liters of water are used for each liter of finished product – a figure that has halved over the course of the past 15 years.

The British soft drinks bottler also attaches great value to sustainability with respect to the use of materials. “In the past we’ve implemented a number of successful programs to reduce the weight of both our cans and our bottles,” Morgan-Smith explains. “In 1994 our 500-milliliter PET bottle weighed 36 grams, for instance; it now weighs just 19.9.”

Regular customer
As with each project in the Coca-Cola system, KHS had to take part in the usual bidding procedure. The group has an extremely sophisticated bidding platform that includes a detailed scorecard of commercial, quantitative and qualitative technical parameters. KHS achieved the best result on this scorecard, thus proving that its machines also reach the set productivity targets under the given technical and financial prerequisites for Line 5.

Once the contract had been awarded, the companies hit an obstacle no-one could possibly have predicted, as Skarpathiotakis remembers. “We were still at the preparation stage when we were suddenly confronted with Covid-19. This was naturally an extremely challenging time for us all.” Andy Carter tells us, “The food and beverage sector was classed as being a key industry. We still had to overcome a lot of bureaucratic hurdles, however, in order to prove the necessity of the project and enable our colleagues to cross borders throughout Europe that had suddenly closed. In these difficult times we had to create a protected environment, implement social distancing and organize accommodations and meals for our employees. We thus all pulled together and very quickly found a pragmatic solution.” This also involved getting up in the middle of the night. “The British border officials in Calais in France once rang me at two in the morning to check whether the people they had waiting there really were authorized to enter the country.”

Before the project could get underway, however, a compromise had to be reached between the plant in Wakefield and CCEP’s headquarters. Some local colleagues were initially skeptical about engineers from outside the UK spending time at the factory during the pandemic. Headquarters, on the other hand, wanted the installation to go ahead as planned. “As one of the very few contractual partners to be granted access to the plant premises at all during lockdown, KHS had to act as a kind of role model,” Skarpathiotakis explains. “This really worked very well.”

Installation during lockdown
Installation started a week after England had gone into total lockdown. In these difficult circumstances the project also proved a huge technical challenge. “Together with KHS we managed to install two lines within the space of just twelve months,” smiles Morgan-Smith. “We’d never done this before – at least three to four years usually elapse between projects like these. We went from naught to sixty – and in the middle of the pandemic, too! It was a real stroke of luck to work with such a committed and outstanding team where every single member focused on our requirements as a customer.” During her career she has worked with various other project teams and is well aware of the difficulties different mentalities and language barriers can cause. The cooperation with KHS, however – and here she even reels off a whole list of names of people in the team – was exceptionally harmonious, very pleasant and went totally smoothly.

At the end of the day, the management’s decision proved correct: there were no infections because all of those involved exercised enormous discipline in keeping to the extremely strict hygiene and social distancing rules. The line was installed and commissioned without any problems or delay. From day one the new line proved supremely efficient and surpassed even the highest expectations. Everyone is very satisfied with the happy outcome of the project. “We can all be really proud of what we’ve achieved here together,” believes Skarpathiotakis and Morgan-Smith adds, slightly incredulously, “I still don’t quite know how we did it!”
(KHS GmbH)

PepsiCo launches Rockstar Energy + HEMP

PepsiCo launches Rockstar Energy + HEMP  (Company news)

- Germany is the first market worldwide to launch the new varieties
- Rockstar Energy + HEMP to launch 3 flavors in April
- Rockstar Energy aims to further expand its market leadership in the flavored energy segment

Starting in April, shoppers and retailers in Germany can look forward to a new energy drink from Rockstar. The top 3 player in the energy segment is launching an energy drink with hemp seed extract: Rockstar Energy + HEMP. Germany is thus the first market worldwide in which PepsiCo, the world's second-largest food company, is launching this innovative product.

With outstanding category growth of 58 percent year-over-year, hemp products are the trend of 2021 in FMCG. Already 4.3 million households have purchased a hemp product at some point. With Energy + HEMP, Rockstar - part of the world's second-largest food company PepsiCo since 2020 - is now expanding its energy portfolio to include three varieties with the trend ingredient "hemp seed extract." Rockstar Energy + HEMP appears in "Original," "Tropical Burst" and "Prickly Cactus" flavors. The new awakeners provide an intense fresh kick with the balanced mix of caffeine, guarana and taurine topped with an intense HEMP flavor.

"With 14 percent growth3, 1.5 billion euros in sales for nearly 600 million liters drunk, energy drinks are the growth driver for the non-alcoholic beverage market. Our Rockstar brand is the market leader in the flavor segment here with a market share of 35 percent," says Isabel Teves, Commercial Director Beverages D/A/CH at PepsiCo. "60% of growth in the energy drink segment is driven by innovation. Here, Rockstar is leading the way with new developments such as XD-Power - the innovation launched in 2020 in the energy drink segment. It is therefore clear to us that we will continue to position ourselves through strong innovations in the future. In this way, the energy market as a whole will grow. The fact that we are the first PepsiCo market worldwide to launch Rockstar Energy + HEMP proves that we can do this and that we have the confidence of global player PepsiCo behind us. PepsiCo DACH - as the second largest Rockstar market - is a clear growth market for the brand, which was integrated into the group for $3.85 billion last year."

Rockstar Energy + HEMP is also expected to take off through its integrated activation package: In addition to a high-reach TV campaign running for six weeks in primetime, Rockstar is launching an extensive digital campaign on all relevant social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and Snapchat.

In addition, the new Energy + HEMP variety will also feature eye-catching secondary placements at POS to generate impulse buys. The measures will be rounded off with paid PR in the form of media packages and influencer collaborations.

The new campaign kicks off with a 15-second TV spot featuring a female rapper who turns her life into her own stage. From makeshift recording studios to endless hours of producing, this go-getter has the grit and determination to reach her full potential. With the help of Rockstar Energy + HEMP, her drive to achieve anything she wants ignites.

The new range is also a real eye-catcher, with cans in an eye-catching gold hue. The product will be available from April 2021 throughout food retailers, discounters and at service stations and in the convenience & gas segment in 500ml containers for 1.69 euros (RRP).
(Pepsico Deutschland GmbH)

Coca-Cola Knetzgau is first site in Germany to fill new type of refillable glass bottle

Coca-Cola Knetzgau is first site in Germany to fill new type of refillable glass bottle  (Company news)

- Works in Knetzgau is pilot site nationwide for new returnable glass bottle
- First glass bottles filled in the handy 0.4-liter size
- Around 5 million euros invested in the introduction of the bottle

Photo: Filling of the 0.4-liter glass bottle with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar on the returnable line in Knetzgau; source: Coca-Cola/ Ryan Evans

Coca-Cola European Partners Germany (CCEP DE) is introducing a new returnable glass container for Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and other beverages starting in May. The pilot site throughout Germany is the plant in Knetzgau, where the new refillable glass bottles in the 0.4-liter size with twist-off caps rolled off the production line for the first time in recent days. A production line was specially converted and expanded. For the launch, Coca-Cola is investing around 5 million euros in production equipment, bottles and crates.

More than 40 years of expertise in refillable bottling
"We have been filling beverages in refillable bottles for more than 40 years and have thus developed a great deal of refillable expertise," says Volker Wielsch, plant manager at Coca-Cola in Knetzgau. "I'm very proud that our plant has been chosen as the first bottling site for the new refillable glass bottle among the 16 production sites in Germany." For the launch, the 0.4-liter container will be produced here once a month over several days. In the first few days, there were around 1 million bottles.

Quality for on the go: handy glass bottle with screw cap
The decision to make the investment was based on market analyses: around 40 percent of people in Germany buy non-alcoholic soft drinks at least once a week when they are out and about.* In addition, more consumers are attaching importance to the special quality of a glass bottle - outside their own four walls and at home. The new, handy reusable bottle with screw cap ensures that they don't have to do without it when they're on the go. The container will be available primarily in kiosks, late-night shops, bakeries, butcher shops and snack bars.

Months of planning leading up to the first bottling for the market
Project manager Stephanie Labonté spent more than seven months preparing the plant in Knetzgau for filling the new refillable glass bottle. The conversion of the existing refillable glass line in particular required time - and detailed planning: "We had to train almost every single machine for the new bottle size - from the sorter, where the empties arrive, to the packer, which lifts the finished beverages into the crate," explains Labonté. The only exception is that the 360-degree bottle check is a self-learning system. With each fully automatically inspected 0.4-liter bottle, it detects any defects that occur even better. This ensures that only flawless bottles end up in the beverage crates.

Labonté and her project team also had to install new machines in the glass filling line for the special twist-off cap on the 0.4-liter bottle. The capper, for example, which was freshly installed last year, forms the returnable caps directly on the bottle - a technology that the plant had not used before and which employees therefore first had to get to know: "We deliberately involved the individual shifts in the project at an early stage. This allowed them to become familiar with the machines while they were still being installed," says Labonté.

Wide variety of refillable bottles
At the Knetzgau plant, the refillable glass line can now sort, wash, fill, and inspect even more bottle sizes: 0.2-liter, 0.33-liter, 0.4-liter, and 0.5-liter glass bottles. Right next door, beverages are produced in 1-liter PET bottles on a second refillable production line. A total of up to 80,000 refillable bottles are produced per hour on both lines, mainly supplying Upper and Lower Franconia and other parts of Southern Germany. The plant in Knetzgau fills around 15 carbonated beverages such as Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite on five production lines in disposable and refillable packaging.
(Coca Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG)

One in four breweries threatened with insolvency - Industry survey by the German Brewers ...

One in four breweries threatened with insolvency - Industry survey by the German Brewers ...  (Company news)

...Association on the impact of the Corona pandemic

With increasing duration of the lockdown for the hospitality industry, which has been in place for almost six months, there are increasingly serious consequences for the German brewing industry. According to an industry survey by the German Brewers Association (DBB), one in four breweries (25 percent) now sees their existence at risk. The Corona crisis has hit the entire industry hard - companies of all sizes are reporting massive sales losses, short-time work and layoffs. According to the DBB's latest company survey, breweries' sales have slumped by an average of 33 percent from January to March 2021 inclusive. According to the association's current sample, breweries with a high proportion of catering business have been hit particularly hard. Due to the complete collapse of the draft beer market, establishments are complaining of sales declines of up to 85 percent at the peak. Only a very small number of breweries, which sell their beers mainly or exclusively through the on-trade, managed to avoid drastic losses. In general, however, bottled beer sales, which are largely stable but generally low-margin, cannot come close to offsetting the heavy losses in the food service business, from which breweries traditionally generate a large part of their value added and which is therefore necessary for the companies to operate profitably.

The survey makes it clear that the brewing industry has been more massively affected by the hospitality industry shutdown than any other industry. "There have not been collapses of this dimension in the German brewing industry since the end of World War II," says Holger Eichele, chief executive of the German Brewers Association. The collapse of a single market segment, as is now happening with draft beer, is unprecedented in the history of the brewing industry, he said. "After almost six months of a permanent lockdown, the catering business and parts of exports have completely collapsed, and there is no recovery of the market in sight because there is no perspective at all. The brewing industry's sales losses now add up to historic proportions," Eichele said.

In the association's new sample, which is not representative but does a good job of representing the breadth of the industry, nearly 88 percent of brewers said they had been hit very hard (58 percent) or at least hard (30 percent) by hospitality industry closures and restrictions. When asked about a likely timeline for reopening outdoor dining, the vast majority of breweries indicated May as the expected date. Fifteen percent were more skeptical, fearing a delay in reopening the hospitality industry until at least June in light of the slow vaccination campaign.

Short-time work, layoffs, investment backlog, existential fears.
The consequences of the gastro-lockdown and the resulting loss of sales are hitting all business sectors in the breweries. More than 85 percent of the breweries surveyed have had to put their employees on short-time work, especially in the field. In four out of five breweries (79 percent), investments that are currently pending and important for the future have been postponed or cancelled altogether.

Just under a third of breweries (32 percent) have had to make compulsory redundancies since the start of the crisis. Due to the consequences of the pandemic, more than a quarter of breweries (26 percent) complain of bottlenecks in the procurement of bottles, beer crates and cardboard packaging, for example. On the other hand, bottlenecks have also arisen in production and in supplying bottled beer to the trade, as 16 percent of the breweries confirm.

When asked what impact the Corona crisis will have on the German brewing industry in the medium term, the industry is concerned in many areas. Most breweries (over 86 percent) fear higher taxes and duties in the future to consolidate public finances. Almost 84 percent of the breweries surveyed expect to lose numerous outlets in the German hospitality industry. As many as 73 percent of those surveyed also expect a significant increase in the number of business closures and insolvencies in the brewing industry. 75 percent of the brewers expect even stronger growth in online retailing and delivery services. On a positive note, more than 62 percent of the breweries surveyed expect an increased trend toward alcohol-free or low-alcohol beers. Non-alcoholic beers were the only notable segment to increase their market share in the crisis year 2020. The Brewers Association expects the market for non-alcoholic beers to continue to grow sustainably.

Government aid criticized as inadequate
In the DBB survey, just under 73 percent of the companies surveyed said they had applied for state aid. Almost 69 percent of the breweries have applied for bridging aid III, but so far only just under three percent have received it. A good 64 percent have received short-time allowance in full as applied for - here too, every fifth company has received only partial payment. The situation is even worse for the November and December allowances: Only just under 44 percent and just over 31 percent of the companies received these in full as applied for.

With regard to the aid measures taken so far by the federal government and the states for affected companies, 75 percent of those surveyed came to the conclusion that the aid is not sufficient overall. When asked what other measures should be taken for the brewing and restaurant industries in the Corona crisis, many brewers advocate a clear opening perspective for restaurants and events and call for progressive testing concepts. In addition to the waiver or reduction of the beer tax for all breweries and the return to the former beer tax volume scale for small businesses, a debureaucratization of economic policy is called for. With the national assistance a consideration of the entrepreneur salary is just as demanded as a reweighting of the fixed costs and lower thresholds with higher percentages with the bridging assistance III. In particular, the reimbursement for unsaleable draft beer urgently needs to be improved, the industry demands. In talks with the German government, the German Brewers Association had repeatedly pressed for additional, effective aid for breweries. More than 300 breweries from all over Germany had drawn attention in February in an open letter to the strained situation of the industry and pointed out that from week to week more and more breweries, brewery restaurants and specialized wholesalers are getting into existential distress through no fault of their own.
(Deutscher Brauer-Bund e.V. - DBB)

Aptar Food + Beverage Teams Up with Claranor on Pulsed Light Sterilization for Sport Closures

Aptar Food + Beverage Teams Up with Claranor on Pulsed Light Sterilization for Sport Closures  (Company news)

Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in dispensing solutions for more than 30 years, is pleased to announce a technical collaboration with Claranor, world leader in Pulsed Light packaging sterilization. This synergy highlights the benefits of the FULLCAP® sterilization solution with the Uno sport cap family in polypropylene (PP) material, specifically adapted for use with functional beverages.

Functional beverages containing vitamins and minerals, boosting energy and helping recovery, capped with the most advanced sport closures, require a specific sterilization process that Claranor provides.

Claranor’s FULLCAP® Pulsed Light sterilization solution goes through the closure, allowing sterilization under the cap, where chemicals cannot go or could be trapped. Claranor equipment is compact, (600mm high), it provides an instant treatment and can be used on speed lines up to 60,000 bph with no chemical nor residue.

This solution provides ultimate inner and outer decontamination when applied to Aptar’s Uno PP sport closure family in the translucent material version. It is adapted for high acid aseptic lines. With its non-chemical and non-thermal treatment, it respects the integrity of the packaging and the product inside.

Aptar Uno sport cap is a one-piece design, made with mono-material for improved recyclability. Its active hinge provides a comfortable, one-hand opening and closing, and the 28mm version is tethered to the bottle helping to improve the closures’ recyclability rates, and contribute to a more circular economy.

Uno is suitable for dry aseptic filling and approved by Claranor FULLCAP® sterilization with pulsed light. This closure is available in 1881, 38mm 2S and 3S neck finishes. The development of Uno, and its ability to be sterilized with pulsed light was driven by the continuous growth of aseptically processed, shelf stable beverages, such as preservative-free functional drinks.

Thanks to this development, Aptar and Oshee have recently strengthen their partnership as Uno 38mm 3S was the perfect fit for Oshee’s new functional drink, RL-9 Junior, launched on the Polish market. Oshee, market leader in functional beverages in Poland, inspires and motivates physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. The RL-9 Junior functional drink, combined with the Uno 38mm PP sport closure, creates a great product that meets the expectations of consumers.
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

Soccer connects: Europe toasts - Warsteiner increases anticipation for the European ...

Soccer connects: Europe toasts - Warsteiner increases anticipation for the European ...  (Company news)


Santé, Na zdrowie and Prost: In keeping with the European Football Championship this summer, the popular Warsteiner Premium Pilsner is now coming to retail with country labels of all 24 teams. On the special labels with the national flags of the participating countries, Warsteiner invites you to toast in the respective national languages. For all collectors, there is also a competition with the chance to win 1,000 euros.

"With our special labels, we want to ignite the special mood and passion among soccer fans in this exceptional year as well. In retail, the campaign is presented through secondary placements and ensures high visibility through set-ups," says Marcus Wendel, Marketing Director of the Warsteiner Group. The bottles with the special labels of all 24 participants are available in 24×0.33-liter and 20×0.5-liter returnable crates and invite to toast when the ball rolls in the stadiums from Amsterdam to Saint Petersburg. In addition, there is a competition for all Warsteiner fans: Anyone who collects all the bottles from one of the six European Championship preliminary round groups, photographs their collected preliminary round group with the various country labels and uploads them to the campaign page is guaranteed to receive 1,000 euros (up to a prize payout of 555,000 euros). Further information on how to take part has been available since the beginning of April at In addition to the EM collection campaign, the 0.5-liter can of Warsteiner Premium Pilsener in a limited EM design is now available in stores. With the slogan "Cheers! Europe is toasting!" invites customers to toast together. With Warsteiner, nothing stands in the way of the European Championship atmosphere at home.
(Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG)

All PepsiCo beverage brand Lipton bottles to be 100% recycled plastic by April 2021

All PepsiCo beverage brand Lipton bottles to be 100% recycled plastic by April 2021  (Company news)

- PepsiCo makes significant contribution to sustainable transformation of beverage market with Lipton
- PepsiCo to pioneer bottle-to-bottle circular economy
- Company's consumer research proves consumers want investment in sustainable solutions

Following PepsiCo's announcement late last year that it will be the first beverage company in Germany to use only 100% recycled plastic (rPET) in all its beverage bottles by the end of 2021, the world's second-largest food company is meeting its target much sooner with its Lipton brand. From April 2021, all bottles in the entire iced tea range will be made from 100% rPET. This puts Lipton at the top of the sustainability agenda for the Group, which has invested around seven million euros in Germany alone to drive forward its packaging strategy.

With its Lipton beverage brand, PepsiCo is already achieving this important milestone in its sustainability agenda. For example, on Global Recycling Day, PepsiCo announced that all bottles in its entire iced tea range will be fully converted to 100% rPET from April 2021. This puts Lipton in a pioneering role in the plastic debate in this country. Over the course of the year, all of the Group's carbonated beverages, such as the Pepsi, Pepsi Max and Schwip Schwap brands, will follow suit.

With the holistic switch to rPET, PepsiCo will save 15,000 metric tons of new plastic per year, or a CO2 equivalent of 28,500 metric tons. That's the equivalent of about 12.42 million Lego bricks or the annual CO2 emissions of 6,200 cars.

Results from a 2019 internal PepsiCo consumer study demonstrate consumers* desire for large manufacturers to take more responsibility and invest in sustainable solutions - as PepsiCo is currently doing with its transformation of its PET bottle range towards 100% rPET. The study also highlights the problem that plastic-free shopping in regular grocery stores is not yet sufficiently feasible for consumers. This is where Lipton comes in and will visibly indicate the use of 100% rPET on the bottle label.

"The switch to 100% rPET is very important for Pepsi Lipton Tea Venture and PepsiCo in Germany. We are pleased to be the first brand to fully implement our ambition into a sustainable transformation of the beverage industry with Lipton," said Weiwei Yao, CEO Pepsi Lipton Tea Venture. "We are committed to driving the vision of a closed-loop economy with maximum bottle-to-bottle recycling in the coming months and making it a reality for all PepsiCo brands by the end of the year."
(Pepsico Deutschland GmbH)

RESIDENZ QUELLE MILD now also in glass

RESIDENZ QUELLE MILD now also in glass  (Company news)

In the search for particularly gentle and at the same time lasting refreshment, "Bavaria's No. 1 for calcium and magnesium" will offer even more choice in the future: From April, the popular RESIDENZ QUELLE MILD variety will also be available in attractive 12 x 0.75-liter returnable glass containers (N2) from the Genossenschaft Deutscher Brunnen (GDB).

For years, more and more consumers have been turning to sustainable glass containers when buying mineral water, and here they prefer a mineral water with lower carbonation than medium. This is also the case with Bavaria's mineral water with the highest content of calcium and magnesium. "The introduction of the new glass pool bottle two years ago gave our brand a significant growth boost. By expanding the glass range to include the "Mild" variety, we want to provide further purchasing impetus in this well-growing segment," explains Florian Bauer, RESIDENZ QUELLE Product Manager, adding, "In doing so, we are combining two of the biggest current mineral water trends in one product: in addition to high-quality glass packaging, the desire of many consumers is moving toward mineral water with low carbonation, which is highly relevant, especially in our sporty and health-oriented target group."

RESIDENZ QUELLE MILD in the 0.75-liter GDB glass bottle will complement the existing glass range alongside "Spritzig," "Medium" and "Naturelle" from April. Until now, the mineral water, which is particularly gentle and digestible thanks to its extra-low carbonation, has only been available in 12 x 1.0-liter refillable PET bottles.

The retail launch is being supported by a high-quality advertising package and an effective social media campaign. The aim is not only to draw the attention of regular customers who are loyal to the brand and happy to have another alternative in returnable glass bottles to the new container variety. Rather, the aim is also to reach new buyers who attach importance to the aspects of glass, brand quality and regionality when buying mineral water and who are now reaching for RESIDENZ QUELLE for the first time thanks to the introduction of the "Mild" variety in glass.

A multitude of packaging options: KHS presents flexible packer for cans

A multitude of packaging options: KHS presents flexible packer for cans  (Company news)

- Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundShrinkPaperPacker Advanced meets practically every customer demand
- Wrap-around cartons, trays, pads, paper or film possible
- Existing Innopack Kisters machines in the Advanced series retrofittable thanks to modular design

Photo: Endless packaging: the end of one and beginning of the next paper roll are joined by an embossed stamp.

Whether wrap-around packs, trays, pads, paper or film, imagination knows no bounds when packaging beverage cans on the new Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundShrinkPaperPacker Advanced or WSPP A from KHS. With its great flexibility the new packer satisfies practically every secondary packaging requirement of both customers and the market in general. Moreover, existing Innopack Kisters machines in the Advanced series can be upgraded to a WSPP A.

For the first time at the beginning of 2020 KHS presented a machine that wraps beverage cans in paper. The first tentative steps in this direction were taken 20 years ago. Those working on the new version thought that this form of secondary packaging was so retro that it could perhaps become a trend. Their assumption was correct! “Paper as a packaging material is still a novelty on the beverage market,” states Ernst van Wickeren, packaging product manager for KHS. “However, this alternative is already definitely meeting with great interest from beverage canners. Many of our customers who sell organic beverages, for instance, also want to convey the notion of ecology through the packaging – and in doing so are satisfying a rapidly growing consumer demand.”

Interestingly enough, many of the potential users of the new pack are not intending on making a full switch. Most of them see the paper wrapping as an additional new option with which to package their diverse range of products. “Right from the start we had lots of requests for machines that can process both paper and film,” van Wickeren explains. “These were often from fillers who market premium products alongside less expensive beverage varieties. The high-quality products are to be wrapped in paper while the packs in the lower price segment are to be held together with shrink film.”

New KHS packer provides practically limitless packaging options
The logical conclusion was that KHS very quickly further developed an existing machine so as to give the beverage industry full flexibility in secondary packaging. By adding a new function, a packer has been produced whose options are as extensive as its name is long: the Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundShrinkPaperPacker Advanced – or WSPP A for short. With its combination of process modules the line-compatible machine can process three different types of secondary packaging:
- Wrap-around cartons, where the pack is enclosed in cardboard
- Trays with or without a paper or shrink film wrapping
- Cardboard pads wrapped in paper or shrink film.

The machine packages cylindrical containers – especially beverage cans – whose compact shape and even surface make them suitable for wrapping in paper.

Simple retrofits thanks to modular design
This variety is facilitated by the modular design of all Innopack Kisters Advanced packaging machines This also enables an existing Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundShrinkPacker (WSP) or Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundPaperPacker (WPP) to be retrofitted as a WSPP A, for example – with full flexibility, tailored to suit the respective requirements of the customer or market.

On the technical front, the new paper wrapping function needed adjustments to be made to the former film wrapping module in particular and a new module for paper folding and gluing to be devised. The unwinding and cutting unit previously used for the shrink film was thus given a connecting unit for paper and film. This section of the machine is also where hot melt is applied from below and the paper is pulled taut. These functions are deactivated when shrink film is processed.

Caters for all requirements
In the new folding module folding tools tightly fold and erect the paper around the sides of the packs with absolute precision. The separate KHS InnoHotMelt applicator with its needle valves ensures flawless glue application. An optional automatic glue pellet feed system is also available for uninterrupted production. In the setting unit of this module the glued side flaps are pressed onto the pack and fixed by foam-coated application belts.

The shrink tunnel can be individually configured and scores on low energy consumption. A gas heating system can be used here as a further option that reduces energy costs by up to 50% and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 60%. If paper is used in place of film, the machine conveys the finished packs through the shrink tunnel that has been switched off. If paper wrapping is to replace film packaging entirely, the shrink tunnel can be completely removed, then making the machine no longer in its dimensions than a previous packer design.

Simple and energy efficient
Looking at the annual electricity savings shows just how energy efficient paper packs are compared to film packs. With a shrink tunnel consumption of up to 72 kWh in two-shift operation on 300 days of the year, a maximum of €30,000 can be saved per annum. Retrofitting an Innopack Kisters WSP is not difficult; all that needs to be done is to replace the existing wrapping module with the further developed wrapping module with its new functions and to install the paper folding and gluing module. “Once the modules are installed, besides the standard format changeovers no other conversions are needed when switching from paper to film,” van Wickeren emphasizes. “All that has to be changed is the packaging material and the hot melt applicators need to be activated in good time so that they’re ready for use when production starts.”
(KHS GmbH)

Portfolio of the Berentzen brand expanded to include completely new liqueurs

Portfolio of the Berentzen brand expanded to include completely new liqueurs  (Company news)

The Berentzen Group is introducing three entirely new liqueur variants to the market under the Berentzen brand. Effective immediately, the Berentzen Donut, Berentzen Popkorn and Berentzen Hanf Waldmeister varieties are available in the eye-catching look.

"The demand for sweet liqueur variants is rising unabated in Germany, and consumers are looking for special taste experiences and moments of enjoyment. Our three new varieties are now setting completely new impulses on the liqueur shelf," explains Dr. Stephan Susen, Marketing Manager of the Berentzen Group. "The three unusual variants fulfill the desire of the core target group - aged between 18 and 29 - for new taste alternatives." As confirmed by an independent market research institute, the new range holds great potential: 83 percent of respondents describe the product as unique, and 69 percent would buy the new varieties.

"The new range stands out. With their modern product concept, the new Berentzen varieties are an innovation for the liqueur market," says Susen. As one of the German market leaders for liqueurs, the Berentzen Group is making it clear with the new varieties that younger consumers are changing the liqueur world. "Colorful and unusual - with the new shot generation, the Berentzen brand will continue to drive and help shape the market for sweet liqueurs," explains Susen. With an alcohol content of 15% by volume, the range also serves the trend toward lower-gravity alcohol.

The three variants Berentzen Donut, Berentzen Popkorn and Berentzen Hanf Waldmeister are available immediately. The recommended retail price is 7.99 euros per 0.7-liter bottle. The varieties are also offered in a 48-bottle mix display.
(Berentzen Group Aktiengesellschaft)

New motors extend the application range of the Sinamics S210 servo drive system

New motors extend the application range of the Sinamics S210 servo drive system  (Company news)

-Simotics S-1FS2 in stainless steel housing with specific features for use in the pharmaceutical and F&B industries
-Servo planetary gearmotors Simotics S-1FK2 for optimum adjustment of speed, torque and mass inertia
-Simotics S-1FT2 in protection class IP67 with 26 bit encoder, higher rated speed and other selectable features

Photo: The new Simotics S-1FK2 servo planetary gearmotors complement the Sinamics S210 servo drive system.

Siemens is adding new servo motors to its proven Sinamics S210 single-cable servo drive system, thereby expanding its range of applications. Specifically, for use in the pharmaceutical and food industries, the company is launching the Simotics S-1FS2, a motor version with a stainless-steel housing, the highest degree of protection IP67/IP69, and high-resolution 22-bit absolute multiturn encoders. The servo motor thus meets all hygienic conditions and can be used for mixing and stirring, air conditioning and ventilating, dosing and filling, as well as conveying, packaging and storing a wide variety of end products in the food and beverage sector and in the pharmaceutical industry.

The new Simotics S-1FK2 servo planetary gearmotors also complement the Sinamics S210 drive system. They are used when high cycle rates need to be achieved with a lightweight and low-inertia gear design, or when inertia matching is required to move heavy loads precisely. The motors are ready mounted and as a unit available in a wide range of gear ratios and sizes, allowing them to be optimally adapted to different applications. Thermal dimensioning is done via the digital twin in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Selection Tool.
With the new Simotics S-1FT2, Siemens is launching a servo motor that offers a wide range of different options for the Sinamics S210 servo drive system. For example, encoders with a resolution of up to 26 bits improve system accuracy, and the high IP67 protection rating and various motor coatings make the solution suitable for use in harsher environments. In addition, new machine options, such as higher rated speeds, are available for extended use.
The Sinamics S210 servo drive system consists of a servo converter and servo motor. All motors of the servo system are connected via a single cable that combines power wires, encoder signal and brake in one line. The range of applications includes highly dynamic servo solutions such as those found in handling systems, packaging machines and machine building applications. To meet the high demands on motion control functionality in these applications, for example dynamic positioning, gear synchronization or cams with multiple axes, the system works perfectly with the Simatic S7-1500 controller via Profinet IRT.
(Siemens AG, Process Industries and Drives, Process Automation)

Cap closed! Camera-based cap control with artificial intelligence

Cap closed! Camera-based cap control with artificial intelligence  (Company news)

Strong price pressure combined with high quality requirements - the beverage and bottle industry faces the classic dilemma of many industries. This is also the case in the quality control department of a French manufacturer of plastic caps. Reliably detecting cracks and micro-cracks on plastic caps in 40 different colours and shades running at high speed on a production line is a real challenge. APREX Solutions from Nancy, France has successfully achieved this goal with the help of image processing technology and artificial intelligence. The basic images are provided by a USB 3 industrial camera from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH.

SOLOCAP is a subsidiary of La Maison Mélan Moutet, "flavour conditioner since 1880" and manufactures all types of plastic caps for the food sector at its industrial site in Contrexéville. Among them, a top-class screw cap suitable for any glass or PET bottle. Thanks to a clampable lamella ring arranged around the bottle collar, it enables simple, fast, absolutely tight and secure seal. However, the slats must be reliably and extremely carefully checked for cracks, tears and twists during production. This is the only way to guarantee absolute tightness.

The previous inspection system could not meet these high requirements. APREX Solutions realised the new solution with artificial intelligence individually on the basis of in-house software algorithms. The necessary specifications were developed in advance in cooperation with the customer. This also included several inspection stages, one of which, for example, was the reject control to avoid false reports. The introduction took place in two phases:

First, the specific "SOLOCAP application" was trained with the help of the intelligent APREX Track AI solution. The software includes various object detector, classifier and standard methods that operate at different levels. Networked accordingly, they ultimately deliver the desired result tailored to the customer. Four control levels with several test points guarantee a reliability rate of over 99.99%.

In the second step, this application was implemented in the production line right after the first assembly run with APREX Track C&M. The latter was specially developed for the diverse image processing requirements in the industrial sector. This includes, among other things, the control and safeguarding of a production line up to the measurement, identification and classification of defects in the production environment. The software suite delivers the desired results quickly and efficiently, without time-consuming development processes. After a short training of the AI methods, the complete system is ready for use at the customer. In the case of SOLOCAP, it combines an IDS UI-3280CP-C-HQ industrial camera, powerful ring illumination and a programmable logic controller (PLC) to provide comprehensive control over all inspection processes. At the same time, it records all workflows in real time and ensures complete traceability. Only one camera is needed for this. However, APREX TRACK C&M could handle up to 5 cameras.

“The difficulty of this project consisted mainly in the very subtle expression of the defects we were looking for and in the multitude of colours. With our software suite, it was possible to quickly set up an image processing application. Despite the complexity," explains Romain Baude - founder APREX Solutions. The image from the camera provides the basis for the evaluations. It captures every single cap directly in the production line at high speed and makes the smallest details visible to the software.

One crucial component: the camera
The UI-3280CP-C-HQ industrial camera integrated into the system with the 5 MP IMX264 CMOS sensor from Sony sets new standards in terms of light sensitivity, dynamic range and colour reproduction. The USB 3 industrial camera provides excellent image quality with extraordinarily low-noise performance - at frame rates up to 36 fps. CP stands for "Compact Power". This is because the tiny powerhouse for industrial applications of all kinds is fast, reliable and enables a high data rate of 420 MByte/s with low CPU load. Users can choose from a large number of modern CMOS sensors from manufacturers such as Sony, CMOSIS, e2v and ON Semiconductor with a wide range of resolutions. Its innovative, patented housing design with dimensions of only 29 x 29 x 29 millimetres makes it suitable for tasks in the fields of automation, automotive, medical technology and life sciences, agriculture, logistics as well as traffic and transport, among others. Screwable cables ensure a reliable electrical connection. Thanks to the IDS-characteristic plug & play principle, the cameras are automatically recognised by the system and are immediately ready for use, as Romain Baude confirms: "The excellent colour reproduction of the UI-3280CP-C-HQ and its high resolution of 5 MP were decisive factors for us in choosing the camera. At the same time, the model enabled a quick, uncomplicated integration into our system."

Anthony Vastel - Head of Technology and Industry at SOLOCAP - sees a lot of potential in the new inspection system: "APREX's AI-based approach has opened new doors for our 100% vision-based quality control. Our requirements for product safety, but also for reject control, especially in the case of false reports, were quickly met. We are convinced that we can go one step further by continuing to increase the efficiency of the system at SOLOCAP and transferring it to other production lines." AI offers quality assurance, but also all other industries in which image processing technology is used, new, undreamed-of fields of application. It makes it possible to solve tasks in which classic, rule-based image processing reaches its limits. Thus, high-quality results can be achieved with comparatively little effort - quickly, creatively and efficiently.
APREX Solutions and IDS have recognised this and offer solutions with intelligent products that make it easier for customers to enter this new world. Image processing and AI - a real dream team on course for growth...
(IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH)

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® on a Mission to be World's Most Sustainable Gin

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® on a Mission to be World's Most Sustainable Gin  (Company news)

Iconic premium gin will be first major brand made with 100% sustainably-sourced botanicals

After decades spent carefully building sustainable partnerships with farmers and suppliers, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, the iconic premium gin from family-owned Bacardi Limited, is proud to announce that all 10 of its botanical ingredients are on track to be certified sustainable in 2021. With the suppliers of eight already certified according to the For Life standard, the goal is for the remaining two producers – for grains of paradise from Ghana and liquorice from China – to be certified in the months which follow the lifting of travel restrictions.

This news is a major step towards Bacardi, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, achieving its 2025 goal of sourcing 100% of its key ingredients from sustainably certified suppliers.

The 10 botanicals, which include juniper from Tuscany, coriander from Morocco, lemon peel from Spain and cubeb berries from Java, are hand selected by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Master of Botanicals Ivano Tonutti to create the gin’s fresh, bright taste.

Only the finest quality botanicals are selected by Ivano and his work does not end there. The For Life certification awarded by Ecocert S.A., the world’s leading specialist in the certification of sustainable practices, recognizes the commitment of Ivano and Bacardi to only work with suppliers who act responsibly and ensure a sustainable future for farmers, their communities and the environment.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE has pioneered sustainability in the spirits industry. The brand has long invested in new innovations offering creative solutions to complex challenges. When the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE distillery opened in Laverstoke, England, in 2014 it set a new standard for sustainability by showcasing many such innovations – the distillery’s design was rated ‘outstanding’ by BREEAM, the most recognized environmental assessment for buildings.

Ivano Tonutti, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Master of Botanicals:
"We take a 360-degree approach to sustainability. It’s our responsibility to care as much about the farmers and their communities as we do the botanicals they grow and harvest for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE. By looking after their well-being and investing in sustainable farming practices, we are helping to protect the environment and their livelihoods for generations to come.”

An example of this in practice is the village in Ghana where, over a number of years, Bacardi has worked with AIESEC, a local non-governmental organization, to help the community establish itself as an independent farming cooperative – from installing a water pump, which now supplies the village with fresh water, to recruiting an agronomist for expert advice and guidance. This year, the village will harvest its first crop of grains of paradise for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE.

Philippe Thomazo, Ecocert CEO:
"For Life certification gives consumers peace of mind that ingredients are coming from organizations committed to continuous improvement. For Life means that suppliers growing and harvesting the certified botanicals for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE are acting responsibly in every respect.”

"I am incredibly proud of this latest achievement by Ivano and his team but as an industry, we must all invest in a more sustainable future. Ivano has spent more than 20 years building close relationships with our farmers and suppliers around the world. With his experience and expertise, we have created a blueprint for the sustainable sourcing of botanicals, which we hope will inspire others to do the same.”

Bacardi worked closely with its suppliers to help them achieve For Life certification. To be certified, suppliers must commit to continuous improvement in the following areas:
- the well-being of the people involved in the harvesting and supply of the botanicals;
- the reduction of their environmental impact;
- their responsible purchasing practices;
- and sustainable development at a local level and key stages in the supply chain.
(Bacardi Limited)

SIG reports progress on journey Way Beyond Good and aims to go even further for people ...

SIG reports progress on journey Way Beyond Good and aims to go even further for people ...  (Company news)

... and planet

SIG’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report for 2020 explores the company’s progress on its journey Way Beyond Good, and sets out SIG’s mission to go even further for people and the planet as it partners with customers to deliver food to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.

“With Way Beyond Good, we set some very bold ambitions for our company, and our latest CR Report highlights just how much we have achieved,” said Samuel Sigrist, CEO of SIG. “I’m very proud of the progress we have made over the past five years – and continued to make in the last year despite the challenges of the pandemic. Now, we aim to deliver even more value for people, planet, customers and investors as we embark on the next phase of Way Beyond Good for 2025 and beyond.”

Way Beyond Good: Five years on
Five years ago, SIG set an ambitious roadmap of 2020 targets to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out. The latest CR Report highlights the significant milestones SIG has achieved since then, including a host of industry firsts.

Achievements in 2020 include:
- Enabling customers to continue delivering vital food supplies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
- Further cutting greenhouse gas emissions and staying on track to achieve stretching targets that align with the latest 1.5oC climate science
- Sourcing 100% paperboard as FSC™-certified (from January 2021)
- Remaining the only aseptic carton provider to offer aluminium-free packs, packs linked to 100% renewable materials and packs with all three main materials certified as responsibly sourced
- Surpassing 1.3 billion packs sold with the aluminium-free combibloc ECOPLUS solution since its launch in 2010
- Reaching nearly 200 million packs sold with SIGNATURE 100 or SIGNATURE Full Barrier packaging materials that use polymers linked to 100% renewable, forest-based materials
- Launching SIGNATURE Circular, the world’s first aseptic cartons made with post-consumer recycled plastic
- Retaining a Platinum rating in the latest EcoVadis assessment, scoring among the top 1% of participating businesses
- Securing financing explicitly linked to sustainability performance.

Going further to meet global challenges and customer needs
In addition to reflecting on progress to date, the report sets out SIG’s mission to create food packaging that makes the world a better place by expanding forests across the world, taking carbon from the atmosphere, creating more resources for future generations, and ensuring nutrition and hydration come safely to ever more people.

These far-reaching ambitions focus on the areas where SIG can deliver the biggest positive impact – not only for the environment and society, but for customers and investors. SIG’s responsible culture and industry-leading sustainable innovation will also help to drive progress Way Beyond Good.

Transparent reporting
SIG’s latest report builds on the transparent approach developed for its last full CR Report for 2018, which won the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award for Sustainability Reporting and Communications in 2020.

The 2020 CR Report starts with an engaging overview of SIG’s ambitions and progress that includes feature case studies illustrating SIG’s approach in action, and external perspectives from customers, stakeholders and members of its Responsibility Advisory Group.

Produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards (Core option), the report goes on to provide detailed information on SIG’s management approach and performance in relation to the company’s most material environmental, social and governance topics. Visual cues signpost where SIG is leading the industry, as well as highlighting key challenges the company is working to overcome. Key performance indicators are externally assured.

The report underlines how corporate responsibility is built into the company strategy and every aspect of the business as SIG continues its mission to go Way Beyond Good.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Bye-bye alcohol: trend toward non-alcoholic beverage alternatives continues

Bye-bye alcohol: trend toward non-alcoholic beverage alternatives continues  (Company news)

As is well known, many people use the first months of the year to rethink their lifestyle habits. A critical look at their own alcohol consumption is often one of them. Dry January, for example, is followed by the traditional Lenten season, and more and more people are deciding to give up alcohol temporarily or even completely. Varied and aromatic alternatives to wine, beer and the like therefore continue to be absolutely in vogue. Fruit juices and nectars - whether enjoyed neat, as a sparkling spritzer or as the basis for non-alcoholic cocktails - can serve a wide range of tastes and offer great potential for non-alcoholic drinks.

Image: Spicy Apricot Mocktail with Pink Pepper

Regardless of whether you only swear off alcohol for a certain period of time or deliberately give it up permanently for other reasons - aromatic alternatives are a welcome change. After all, doing without does not necessarily mean doing without enjoyment. Fruit juices and nectars are a tasty alternative to alcoholic beverages.

With their wide range of varieties and different textures, they can be used in many different ways. They can be wonderfully flavored, mixed into spritzers or non-alcoholic cocktails, and are an excellent alternative to the classic wine accompaniment.

Pure fruit juices as a non-alcoholic accompaniment to food
For many, a glass of wine is simply part of a good meal. For those who do without alcohol, there is an interesting selection from the juice aisle in addition to mineral water or soda pop. Single-variety apple juices (e.g., Boskoop, Elstar, Jonagold) or grape juices (e.g., Chardonnay, Dornfelder, or Merlot) can be offered to accompany a meal, just like a good wine. Due to their complex aromas and the interplay of acidity and sweetness, they harmonize with selected foods. Quince juice, for example, is an excellent accompaniment to cheese, while apricot nectar goes well with Asian dishes. For wine connoisseurs, too, this offers an authentic-tasting, non-alcoholic alternative to wine.

Fruit juice spritzer 2.0
How about a new interpretation of the classic fruit juice spritzer? Fruit juices can be mixed not only with mineral water, but also with other carbonated beverages such as tonic water or ginger beer to create a refreshing spritzer.
Spiciness or bitters add a new flavor dimension to the juice, such as apple juice with a shot of tonic in place of mineral water.
Fruit juices and nectars can also be excellently flavored with herbs, spices or oils. This gives the fruit juice spritzer completely new flavor nuances.

Shake it till you make it
Non-alcoholic cocktail variations can also benefit from the versatile combination possibilities of fruit juice or nectar. There's plenty of scope for experimentation here, even with somewhat more unusual varieties such as apricot nectar, rhubarb nectar or pear juice. They not only bring new sophistication, freshness and lightness, but also plenty of color into the glass.
And quite honestly: in terms of taste, non-alcoholic cocktails are in no way inferior to their alcoholic counterparts! So nothing stands in the way of the perfect feel-good moment after work.
Verband der deutschen Fruchtsaft-Industrie e.V. (VdF))

Westheimer Beer Whisky 2021

Westheimer Beer Whisky 2021  (Company news)

The Westheimer Bierwhisky 2021 matured for three years in Bordeaux casks. Now the single malt is finally available.

"We were very excited when we were finally able to open the new barrels and taste the new single malt whisky," says Moritz von Twickel. Together with the Heimatverein Bad Wünnenberg e.V., the managing director of the Brewery Westheim is now looking forward to the Westheim Beer Whisky 2021.

Three years matured the beer whisky in French oak barrels. For the mash, as with previous bottlings, the finest brewing and specialty malts were used. These, together with the oak barrels, provide the unique flavor of the alcohol-intensive whiskey brew. This time it was barrels in which previously stored a full-bodied Bordeaux. You can taste it: the bright golden beer whisky delights with a soft body as well as pleasant wood aroma with notes of honey and a nice greeting from the red wine.

Exceptional whisky enjoyment
"We attach great importance to craft brewing specialties of excellent quality," brewmaster Jörg Tolzmann tells us. "To achieve this, we carefully select the raw materials and take a lot of time in the brewhouse for traditional brewing processes." The Klinke family from the local heritage association was able to build on this work during distillation. The result is an all-around exceptional cask whiskey with an alcohol content of around 40 percent.

Already for the third time
"This is already the third edition of the Westheimer Bierwhisky and it certainly won't be the last," reveals Ilse Klinke, chairwoman of the Bad Wünnenberg Heimatverein. Its mission is to preserve regional culture and cultural assets. A beer whiskey based on local beer specialties fits in perfectly.

Now available
Who could acquire one of the pleasure coupons available in the apron, can redeem this now against its bottle. The Westheimer Bierwhisky 2021 is available at the Westheimer Brauwelt on the B7 in the Marsberg district (opening hours) and at the Bad Wünnenberger Speicher, always on Sundays in April from 11 am to 2 pm.
(Gräflich zu Stolberg'sche Brauerei Westheim GmbH)

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