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drinktec postponed until September 2022
 26.02.2021

drinktec postponed until September 2022  (Company news)

-New dates: September 12 to 16, 2022
-Industry representatives and Messe München make timely decision in view of the extensive planning trade fairs for industrial goods require and drinktec’s 4-yearly cycle
-Global reach is key to success: Intercontinental travel for fall 2021 still too uncertain

The drinktec advisory board and Messe München have taken a joint decision today to postpone the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry until the fall of 2022. The new dates are September 12 to 16, 2022. This action was prompted by the international nature of the drinktec event. The decision could not be delayed given that industrial goods trade fairs involve extensive planning and complex high-tech construction work.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, drinktec is registering high demand for floorspace from customers both in Germany and abroad. Three quarters of the available exhibition floorspace has already been booked. “This confidence in the brand and drinktec’s reputation as the world’s leading trade fair in its field are precisely why we need to ensure that we meet our customers’ expectations,” says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Messe München. “Until recently, we assumed that the pandemic situation would improve, making international travel possible. The latest developments have quashed these expectations. Two thirds of all drinktec visitors come from abroad. Of these, half come from other continents. This means we cannot deliver the benefits of a leading global trade fair this year.”

The global beverage industry meets in Munich only once every four years. “Companies synchronize their innovative developments in line with this cycle, which is why we had to find timely dates in the trade fair calendar. Canceling altogether and leaving an eight-year gap in between trade fairs would have been unacceptable for the industry,” explains Dr. Pfeiffer.

Volker Kronseder, Chairman of the drinktec advisory board, welcomes the trade fair’s proactive approach as many exhibitors, especially those with large-scale exhibits, would have to start preparing for the trade fair now: “We are very glad to see that Messe München is acting on the unanimous wishes of the panel of experts. The earlier we take this decision, the lower the costs and the greater the planning security for customers. We expect conditions to be much improved and more stable in 2022.”

drinktec’s conceptual sponsor, the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), also supports the decision. Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA’s Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, says: “The beverage industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus and needs fresh impetus, which a drinktec weakened by travel restrictions couldn’t provide. The market can expect an impressive drinktec 2022 that will give the entire industry the stimulus it needs.”

Preparations and plans currently underway for drinktec 2021 and the integrated oils+fats event will now be seamlessly transferred to the new 2022 dates.
(Messe München GmbH)

Glimmer of hope for Russian beverage industry: Beviale Moscow 2021 set to take place ...
 26.02.2021

Glimmer of hope for Russian beverage industry: Beviale Moscow 2021 set to take place ...  (Company news)

... from 16-18 March

- Physical gathering of Russian beverage industry facilitated
- High-quality supporting programme thanks to numerous partners and associations
- Strict implementation of prescribed safety and hygiene measures
- Beviale Moscow returns to regular schedule in 2022

Beviale Moscow will take place in the Main Stage Event Hall in Moscow from 16 to 18 March 2021. This makes Russia’s first trade fair for the entire beverage production chain one of the few events that allows the sector to come together in person in the spring of 2021. The organisers are responding to explicit requests by Russian exhibitors and visitors who can now look forward to a well-designed and attractive event concept. Numerous event partners and associations are helping to create the high-quality supporting programme. Naturally, all the measures prescribed by the local authorities will be strictly implemented at Beviale Moscow 2021. This special round of the event will pave the way for the next chapter of the Beviale Moscow success story in 2022, which is already attracting a lot of interest, especially from exhibitors unable to attend this year.

Thanks to its timely relocation to the Main Stage Event Hall, Beviale Moscow was able to allow its customers to plan with certainty in what is a precarious environment with underlying conditions that are constantly changing. This location is ideal for this special round of Beviale Moscow this year. Around half of the exhibitors who had registered for the subsequently cancelled 2020 fair, and most partners, will be taking part in Beviale Moscow 2021. Some 80 percent of exhibitors come from Russia, but it is also worth mentioning the around 20 percent of international exhibitors who have committed to the event despite the difficult circumstances.

Comprehensive safety and hygiene concept
“The huge response and extensive support from the sector are a clear indication that our concept has paid off and that Beviale Moscow is the most important platform for the Russian beverage industry,” says a delighted Thimo Holst, Project Manager Beviale Moscow at NürnbergMesse. “We have therefore done our utmost to offer our customers and partners a modified yet high-quality concept under the current circumstances.” This includes a comprehensive safety and hygiene plan. As well all the regulations imposed by the local authorities, like measuring temperatures at the entrance and the wearing of face masks and gloves, Beviale Moscow 2021 is implementing other measures: Sufficient distances are ensured on all special display areas, entrances and exits are separate, numerous hand sanitising stations are provided around the hall, and the air is being continually filtered.

High-quality supporting programme as in previous years
In respect of content, the fair will be on a par with the event planned for 2020. Almost all partners and associations are continuing to support Beviale Moscow this year again and are helping to create an extensive, high-quality supporting programme. At the “Conference on wine production in Russia”, the partnership with the “Vinitech Innovation Tour” will take effect for the first time. Russian wine experts will introduce the peculiarities of the market, while French experts will hold presentations on technology and innovation, giving conference participants a comprehensive overview of the wine market and its future. In Russia, milk production and processing are key issues for the beverage industry. An overview will be provided by the Russian industry portal “The Dairy News” under the heading “The New Milk Retail in Russia”. In collaboration with Coca-Cola, Beviale Moscow will for the first time host a conference on the trend towards healthy drinks. Other items on the programme agenda familiar from previous years are a conference on the Russian beer market conducted by the ABBM, Association of Beer and Beverage Market, the conference on beverage packaging by the National Packaging Confederation NCPack, and the Craft Drinks Corner.

Given the circumstances, the representative Bavarian Pavilion with four Bavarian firms taking part in Beviale Moscow 2021 is particularly worthy of mention. “We are delighted by the unequivocal support of Bayern International, which was impressed by the event following the success of the first pavilion in 2019 and is continuing to back us this year as well,” says Holst. “We are especially pleased that Roland Weigert, Deputy Minister of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, will provide a welcoming address by video at the opening of the trade fair.” The continuity of the Bavarian Pavilion underscores the extremely strong economic relations between Bavaria and Russia. In addition, the Representative Office of Bavaria in the Russian Federation will offer a symposium at this year’s Beviale with the title “The latest information and trends in the brewing industry in Bavaria and Russia”.

Beviale Moscow 2022 in the starting blocks
While the preparations for Beviale Moscow 2021 are almost complete, the organisers are already working on the initial concepts for Beviale Moscow 2022. Many exhibitors that are not able to attend this year due to the difficult circumstances have already responded positively by committing to take part in next year’s event. “We see Beviale Moscow as a kind of bridge this year that is paving the way for a return to normality and our previous growth trajectory,” says Holst, looking ahead. Beviale Moscow will be back to its usual schedule again at the Sokolniki Exhibition & Convention Center from 29 to 31 March 2022.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Radeberger Pilsner drops 0.33-liter individual bottle: switch to GeMeMa pool
 26.02.2021

Radeberger Pilsner drops 0.33-liter individual bottle: switch to GeMeMa pool  (Company news)

Nice contribution to stabilizing the reusable system: Radeberger Pilsner dispenses with 0.33l individual bottle: switch to GeMeMa pool.

It belongs to Radeberger Pilsner like its Saxon homeland or the black and gold brand identity: the individual bottle with the unmistakable embossed name lettering on the neck of the bottle, with which the brand has been successfully active for almost 15 years now. Now, however, the Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei has made a decision: in the future, it will drop its popular individual bottle in the "0.33l container" range - and, also as a contribution to stabilizing the returnable system, which is coming under pressure due to growing complexities, is switching to a pool bottle. And not just any old one: it is relying on the 0.33l longneck pool of the Gesellschaft für Mehrweg-Management (GeMeMa), which is just being launched on the market.

The changeover is already in full swing, the first filling batches have already been filled into the new standardized containers - and will be gradually introduced to the market from the beginning of March: the 0.33l longneck pool bottle is thus gradually replacing the 0.33l individual bottle from Radeberger Pilsner. One less bottle type in the beverage market to sort - reducing complexities for all market participants, at least in this market segment. "Radeberger Pilsner was one of the first beer brands to launch nationally in Germany with an individual bottle - as a response to the NRW pool, which was not regulated, therefore poorly maintained, and above all no longer acceptable in terms of quality," explains Axel Frech, Managing Director of Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei. And he adds, "Today, a decade and a half later, for the very first time there is a real opportunity to set up a regulated pool in the German beer market that will secure the high quality requirements in the long term, make investments in pool containers sensible again - and benefit the brewery's own brand image."

It is therefore only logical that Radeberger Pilsner is now once again at the forefront of the movement, says Frech: "In the interests of the important and sustainable reusable system and thus to safeguard the supply chains of all brewers, we support this pool initiative, which makes sense for the entire industry - and are clearly committed to the now established pool of the Gesellschaft für Mehrweg-Management (GeMeMa), which our parent company helped to initiate. It is a clear signal that we are serious about this pool." And he clarifies: "The 0.33l bottle does not account for the lion's share of our volumes, we don't want to conceal that at all. However, it is precisely this container size that threatens to tip further into individualization - so every contribution counts. And we are happy to make ours."

Nevertheless, the decision to dispense with the established 0.33-liter individual bottle in this container, which is appreciated by many consumers, was not taken lightly: "It's clear that the special bottle is a not insignificant part of the special brand image of our Radeberger Pilsner," says Frech. However, the following also applies: "We are committed to the reusable system. That's why we were happy to seize the opportunity that now presented itself in this segment, and above all with full conviction."

The changeover from the 0.33l individual bottle is already underway, and the exchange in the market will start from March 2021.
(Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei GmbH)

Bitburger extends the bock beer season
 26.02.2021

Bitburger extends the bock beer season  (Company news)

New as of March: Bitburger Maibock / Limited beer speciality with Ariana hops

At the start of spring, Bitburger is bringing another seasonal and limited-edition beer specialty to restaurants and retailers. Bitburger Maibock is a pale bock beer with a finely tuned hop blend of Hallertau and Bitburger Siegel hops and the particularly fruity aroma hop Ariana. From March 1, Bitburger Maibock will be available from selected retail and catering partners, and from February it will also be possible to pre-order at www.bier-deluxe.de, among other places.

After the successful Bitburger Winterbock, this is already the second seasonal beer speciality from Bitburger. "Our Winterbock has been a great success due to its outstanding taste. So our customers' desire for a bock beer for spring was all the more understandable," says Axel Dahm, management spokesman for the Bitburger Brewery Group. "With Bitburger Maibock, we now want to meet consumer demand for top-quality specialty beers with a decidedly hoppy and fruity-fresh beer during the warm season."

Inspired by traditional Bitburger Bock beer recipes, brewmaster Stefan Meyna has brewed the Maibock for spring. It convinces with a quaffable and fruity-fresh character, with hop notes of pineapple, lemon, peach and a subtle malt sweetness unfolding on the palate. The alcohol content is 6.7 percent, and the Maibock is available in the traditional Stubbiflasche. The product launch is accompanied by a commercial, digital measures and classic print advertising.
(Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH)

SIG: Strong 2020 performance demonstrates business resilience
 25.02.2021

SIG: Strong 2020 performance demonstrates business resilience  (Company news)

Full year 2020 highlights:
- Core revenue up 5.5% at constant currency; up 1.7% as reported
- Adjusted EBITDA margin 27.4% (2019: 27.2%): slight increase despite currency headwind
- Adjusted net income up 7% at €232.3 million
- Strong free cash flow of €233.2 million after investments in fillers and new production plant
- Proposed dividend increase of over 10% to CHF 0.42 per share

Samuel Sigrist (photo), CEO of SIG Combibloc, said: “As we look back on the unprecedented events of 2020, we can be proud of what SIG has achieved. The early implementation of a global pandemic prepared­ness plan, starting in China, allowed our factories to keep running throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The commitment and dedication of employees throughout the year enabled us to continue serving our customers, helping them to deliver essential nutrition to consumers.

The year was proof of the robustness of our business model and the resilience of our end markets. Core revenue growth of 5.5% at constant currency illustrates the portfolio effect created by our deliberate geographic diversification of the business over many years. We continued to win new business and to expand our global footprint with the construction of a new plant in China, which is now in operation. We also announced the planned acquisition of the remaining 50% of our Middle East & Africa joint venture. This transaction will expand our presence in growth markets and enable us to fully consolidate a business with an attractive financial profile.

Through the favourable environmental footprint of our packs, we are already helping our customers to meet the growing societal demand for environmental stewardship. It is our mission to create food packaging that gives back to the people and the planet by centring our sustainability programme on four positive, far-reaching actions: Forest Positive, Climate Positive, Resource Positive and Food Positive. This means planting trees to expand forests; taking carbon from the atmosphere; creating resources for future generations; and ensuring nutrition comes safely to ever more people. We believe this pro­gramme will further enhance the value of our offering to customers while bringing us closer to realising our vision of a net positive food packaging system.

Our track record on sustainability is evidenced by our Platinum rating from EcoVadis, which puts us in the top 1% of companies evaluated.”

Revenue by region: 2020
All regions contributed to constant currency growth in 2020. For the Americas and, to a lesser extent, Asia Pacific (APAC), the depreciation of local currencies against the Euro resulted in reported revenue declines. The strong constant currency growth in Europe and the Americas reflected increased at-home consumption during COVID-19 lockdowns. The Americas growth also included a significant contribu­tion from filler placements with new customers. In APAC, where a large proportion of sales are for on-the-go consumption, lockdowns had a negative impact. This was exacerbated in the fourth quarter by lower stock-building by customers as the effects of the pandemic continued to be felt in South East Asia. APAC revenue includes the full year consolidation of Visy Cartons in Australia, acquired in No­vember 2019.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased to €498.3 million and the adjusted EBITDA margin increased slightly to 27.4%. Operational leverage, lower raw material costs and production efficiencies more than offset a negative impact from the depreciation of key currencies, notably the Brazilian Real, against the Euro.

The progression of the adjusted EBITDA margin in EMEA reflects the strong revenue growth and result­ing production efficiencies. In APAC the weaker growth had an impact on margin, and both APAC and the Americas were affected by negative currency movements.

EBITDA was €449.7 million compared with €479.7 million in 2019. The decline was due to impairment losses relating to production-related assets of the Whakatane paper mill in New Zealand.

Net income and adjusted net income
Adjusted net income increased to €232.3 million from €217.4 million in 2019. The increase reflected the improvement in adjusted EBITDA and lower interest expense.

Net income was €68 million compared with €106.9 million in 2019. In addition to the impairment losses mentioned above, net income included foreign exchange losses on inter-company loans and costs re­lating to the early repayment of term loans as part of the debt refinancing effected in June 2020.

Dividend
At the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 21 April 2021, the Board of Directors will propose 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 will be paid on a higher number of shares (17.5 million new shares) following the transaction with the Obeikan Investment Group described below.

Capital expenditure
Gross capital expenditure was €199 million in 2020 (2019: €182 million). The increase reflected invest­ments in production equipment for the new sleeves plant in China, which has been constructed close to the existing plant in Suzhou. Gross filler capex was broadly stable despite the challenging environ­ment. Net capital expenditure (net capex) was €145 million compared with €110 million in 2019, as upfront cash for fillers received from customers returned towards more normal levels. The ratio of net capex to revenue was 8.0%, just within the target range of 8–10%.

Free cash flow
Net cash from operating activities was slightly lower due to additional tax payments and costs incurred for the debt refinancing. Free cash flow generation was strong despite the increase in capital expendi­ture and higher lease liability payments.

Refinancing and leverage
On 19 June 2020 a debt refinancing was completed, replacing two existing term loans with a new sus­tainability-linked term loan and two issues of Notes. A new €300 million revolving credit facility (RCF) was also established. The lower interest on the new bank facilities and Notes reduced the Group’s average cost of debt to 1.6% at end-December 2020. The refinancing allowed a move from a secured to an unsecured debt structure on typical investment grade terms and extended the overall maturity profile.

Net leverage stood at 2.7x at the year end, slightly below the 2019 level. The higher level of gross debt reflects increased lease liabilities, including those relating to the new sleeves plant in China. The strong free cash generation resulted in a significant increase in cash and cash equivalents to €355 million.

Acquisition of remaining 50% of Middle East & Africa joint venture
In November, SIG Combibloc signed an agreement to take full ownership of its Middle East & Africa joint venture SIG Combibloc Obeikan by acquiring the 50% shareholding of its partner Obeikan Invest­ment Group (OIG). The completion of the transaction is expected in the first quarter of 2021 subject to customary closing conditions. The acquisition will expand SIG’s global presence and enhance its me­dium and long term growth outlook.

The transaction will be funded through a combination of newly issued SIG shares (from authorised share capital) and available cash balances and credit facilities. The impact on leverage will be marginal. OIG will receive around 17.5 million SIG shares, equivalent to a stake of approximately 5% of SIG’s share capital on a pro-forma fully diluted basis, and a cash consideration of €167 million for its 50% stake in SIG Combibloc Obeikan.

Decision to close Whakatane paper mill
The Group has been assessing the continued viability and different strategic alternatives for its paper mill in New Zealand (Whakatane). The mill primarily produces liquid paper board for use by SIG entities and the Group’s joint venture in the Middle East. As a consequence of the assessments, impairment losses of €38 million on production-related assets were recognised in the consolidated statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

The Board of Directors has made the decision to close the paper mill and the Company will enter into the required consultation process with employees. The mill would need significant investment to main­tain its viability and the Group will benefit from expanded sourcing opportunities with its existing third-party suppliers of liquid paper board. As a result of the closure decision, management expects to recognise plant decommissioning costs and redundancy costs of around €30 million in the first half of 2021. As assets of the mill are monetised over time, the free cash flow impact of these costs is expected to be reduced to approximately €15 million, of which €10 million would be the cash flow impact in 2021. The benefits of the closure are expected to result in a pay-back period on the cash outflows in line with the Group’s normal standards.

Nominations to the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors proposes the re-election of the Chairman and all other current members of the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) to be held on 21 April 2021.

Furthermore, the Board of Directors proposes Ms Martine Snels for election to the Board of Directors at the AGM. Martine Snels has more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry and from 2015 to 2017 was COO Ingredients (B2B) at FrieslandCampina. Subsequently she was responsible for regions and countries on the Executive Board of GEA, a major supplier of engineering and processing equipment for the food and beverage industry. Martine Snels is a Belgian citizen and holds an MSc in agricultural engineering from K.U. Leuven.

As previously announced, subject to completion of the Middle East & Africa joint venture transaction, the Board of Directors has nominated Abdallah Al Obeikan, Chief Executive Officer of OIG and currently Chief Executive Officer of SIG Combibloc Obeikan, for election to the Board of Directors at the AGM. This will enable SIG to build on the success of the trusted partnership over the last 19 years and to continue to benefit from the strong local presence and expertise of OIG.

2021 outlook
SIG will continue to focus on profitable growth by expanding its business with existing and new cus­tomers and further developing sustainable solutions. In 2021, the Company expects to fully consolidate revenues in the Middle East & Africa from the beginning of March, subject to final completion of the transaction. On a like-for-like basis, the combined business is expected to achieve core revenue growth at constant currency in the lower half of the 4-6% range, taking account of the continuing restrictions in South East Asia affecting on-the-go consumption and general uncertainty about the ongoing global effects of the COVID 19 crisis. This represents an acceleration of the organic growth rate compared with 2020 excluding the effect of consolidating Visy Cartons.

Assuming no major deterioration in exchange rates, the adjusted EBITDA margin, including the consol­idation of the Middle East & Africa business, 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 2021.

The Company maintains its medium-term guidance of core revenue growth of 4–6% at constant cur­rency and an adjusted EBITDA margin of around 29%. Net capital expenditure should remain within 8–10% of revenue. The Company plans to maintain a dividend payout ratio of 50–60% of adjusted net income while reducing net leverage towards 2x.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Mohrenbrauerei removes PET bottles from its product range
 25.02.2021

Mohrenbrauerei removes PET bottles from its product range  (Company news)

After 20 years the end for plastic bottles is coming

In 2000, Mohrenbrauerei introduced beer in PET bottles. Now the disposable container is being removed from the product range. The main reason for this is the change in consumer behavior due to the critical discussion about plastic packaging.

The Mohrenbrauerei sells 97 percent of its beverages in returnable containers, 3 percent in aluminum cans, disposable glass and plastic bottles. Four varieties - Pfiff, Radler Sauer, Zitrone Naturtrüb and Grapefruit - were previously available in 0.33-liter non-refillable PET bottles. After more than 20 years, bottling in plastic bottles is now being discontinued.

Innovative container with image problem
In 2000, Mohrenbrauerei introduced beer in PET bottles, making it a pioneer on the Austrian market. Later, the bottle size was reduced from 0.5 to 0.33 liters and the closure was further developed several times. A dedicated machine was even constructed to seal the bottles.

"The critical public discussion surrounding plastic is leading to declining consumer acceptance. This also applies to our technically innovative PET bottle," notes Managing Director Heinz Huber. The prospect of a pandemic-related restrained carnival season also contributed to the decision of the traditional Dornbirn-based company. PET bottle sales were traditionally above average during the "fifth season".

"We originally introduced the PET bottle as a niche product for on-the-go or for events," explains co-managing director Thomas Pachole. In the future, the aluminum can will remain in the range as a lightweight, disposable container. Due to their good light protection and CO2 barrier - both of which ensure guaranteed beer enjoyment - cans are very well suited as lightweight disposable containers. Aluminum has a high collection rate. Recycling requires only five percent of the energy compared to new production. Aluminum can be recycled almost infinitely.

Innovation and need for action with reusable containers
Otherwise, the signs are pointing to reuse. Here, the Mohrenbrauerei is focusing on innovation. In 2019, the company introduced the world's first lightweight bottle made of glass, which saves 585 tons of transport weight annually and thus significant CO2 emissions.

"However, we also need to create awareness with reusable bottles through a higher deposit that empty bottles are recyclables and not waste," Huber emphasizes with regard to the government's planned introduction of a deposit on one-way bottles.
(Mohrenbrauerei Vertriebs KG)

RhönSprudel Vita ACE Orange-Mango-Passion Fruit now also in refillable PET
 25.02.2021

RhönSprudel Vita ACE Orange-Mango-Passion Fruit now also in refillable PET  (Company news)

The MineralBrunnen RhönSprudel is expanding its Vita range. The popular Vita ACE Orange-Mango-Passion Fruit variety will also be available in 12 x 0.75-liter PET returnable containers from March 2021.

With the popular RhönSprudel Vita ACE Orange-Mango-Maracuja variety in the classic 12 x 0.75-liter PET returnable container, RhönSprudel will be providing new purchasing impetus in the growth segment of fruity fresh vitamin drinks from March 2021. "With the expanded range and a new, modern and fresh label design for the entire range, we want to provide further impetus in this well-growing segment," explains Jürgen Bühler, head of marketing at MineralBrunnen RhönSprudel. Until now, the Orange-Mango-Passion Fruit flavor, which is very popular with consumers, was only available in the small red 12 x 0.5 liter case. The growing consumer desire for a health-oriented lifestyle has, not least, also ensured sustained growth in the Vita range. "Our fruity soft drinks with the extra portion of vitamins such as A, C and E can make an important contribution to a balanced diet and are therefore enjoying increasing demand. With the new container shape, we are specifically responding to consumer demand for a returnable offer for this popular flavor. In addition, the fresh label design, which can be found on all three RhönSprudel Vita ACE varieties, makes for a particularly appealing and modern look," continues Bühler.

RhönSprudel Vita ACE: Full of vitamins, full of flavor
In the RhönSprudel Vita ACE products, refreshingly fruity taste with vitamins A, C, and E meets the gently sparkling RhönSprudel mineral water from the Rhön biosphere reserve. All varieties in the range do not contain any artificial additives or sweeteners. The line includes three different varieties in the flavors ACE Multi-Fruit, ACE Orange-Carrot and ACE Orange-Mango-Passion Fruit.
(MineralBrunnen RhönSprudel Egon Schindel GmbH)

Hygiene for the future
 24.02.2021

Hygiene for the future   (Company news)

Sustainable, self-sufficient and safe – the key features of the versatile DEEON disinfectant dispenser

Picture: DEEON disinfectant dispenser with reusable Variotainer and stainless steel components

SCHÄFER Perforated Metal and SCHÄFER Container Systems, divisions of the SCHÄFER WERKE Group, have collaborated with the Hamm-based beverage fitting manufacturer DSI to develop DEEON, a non-contact hand hygiene system. DEEON provides hygienic hand disinfection in keeping with the recommendations given by the WHO and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, especially in areas with a high visitor frequency. The individual components for the self-sufficient DEEON footon are manufactured by SCHÄFER Perforated Metal. The 20-litre reusable Variotainer inside the hygiene station comes from SCHÄFER Container Systems.

The 20-litre capacity of the stainless steel Variotainer is enough to cover 6,000 hand disinfections using 3 ml per dose. The empty containers are reusable and so can be replaced by refilled Variotainers. In comparison: for the same number of disinfection processes, standard hand disinfection systems require up 60 disposable plastic bottles. However, as these bottles inevitably contain a certain amount of disinfectant residue, they are subject to the regulations for hazardous waste disposal. Consequently, introducing the reusable concept into the disinfectant sector means that unnecessary packaging waste can also be permanently avoided.

DEEON footon is operated solely by a pedal that activates a mechanical foot pump. The unit can be used anywhere, without an additional power supply and there’s no need for any hand contact with the fittings. As a result, pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, are deprived of the contact surface they need for transmission. A further feature of this functional DEEON design is the advertising space on the housing. This provides a highly visible branding opportunity, depending of course, on who the user is and where the unit is positioned, such as in the lobby areas of public buildings, for instance.

The WHO’s global recommendations and the resultant governmental regulations have led to the need for industry to act quickly. Consequently, the partners in this cooperation project were able to respond to this need for urgency with a time-to-market of only a few weeks.
“If we’ve learned one thing over that past year, it’s that we can’t take our health for granted. With this very quickly developed hand-hygiene dispenser, which in contrast to many standard dispensers, is operated by foot contact, we have a solution to the current urgent need for hygiene concepts, which can be integrated into a sustainable circular loop economy”, explains Guido Klinkhammer, Managing Director of the SCHÄFER WERKE Group.
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

SIG's unique drinksplus technology helps to drive innovation for DPO in Thailand
 24.02.2021

SIG's unique drinksplus technology helps to drive innovation for DPO in Thailand  (Company news)

Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand (DPO) has launched the first ever ambient yoghurt drinks with chewable pieces in Thailand, made possible by unique drinksplus technology from SIG.

The new range of yoghurt drinks called Chew-D offer consumers a healthy yet interesting new taste experience. The fat-free and low sugar passion fruit-flavoured yoghurt drink contains chewable pearls from the konjac plant, which grows in the tropics. This market innovation is available in combiblocMini 200ml carton packs from SIG and can be filled on SIG’s standard filling machines for beverages.

The nutritious chewable pearls in Chew-D ambient yoghurt drinks are valuable not just as components of a balanced diet, but also as a perceived and rated added value. Their special consistency provides great taste and a fun drinking experience. SIG’s new yet proven drinksplus technology makes it possible to aseptically fill carton packs with beverages containing up to 10 percent pieces – from fruit and vegetables to nuts and grains.

Suchart Chariyalertsak, Acting DPO Deputy Director: “With the launch of Chew-D using SIG’s drinksplus technology, DPO has been able to enter a new market segment and bring true innovation to the Thai beverage market. This new product development also brings added value for our company, as we’ve been able to easily produce drinksplus products on our existing filling technology from SIG.”

SIG uses an advantageous sleeve system, where each carton is individually shaped, filled and ultrasonically sealed above the filling line, not through the actual product. This guarantees the aseptic safety of the product and is why drinksplus products with perceptible pieces can be filled on standard SIG filling machines for beverages, once equipped with an easy-to-install ‘drinksplus upgrade kit’. The particulates can be up to six millimetres in length and width. Drinking straws are up to eight millimetres in diameter, which makes drinking the product easy and fun.

Vatcharapong Ungsrisawasdi, Country Manager Thailand at SIG: “Beverage manufacturers all over the world are seeking new growth opportunities and the challenge is to develop the right kind of product for the right target group. Our expert team worked closely with DPO to make it possible for the company’s top-quality beverages to include the chewable extras – offering something exciting, nutritious and different to its health-conscious consumers.”

The partnership between SIG and DPO offers true product innovation and differentiation as part of SIG’s Value Proposition, which aims to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs.
(SIG Combibloc Thailand Ltd)

GEMÜ honoured as 'Global Market Leader' for the fifth time in a row
 24.02.2021

GEMÜ honoured as 'Global Market Leader' for the fifth time in a row  (Company news)

The Ingelfingen-based technology company GEMÜ has once again been listed in the global market leader index of the University of St. Gallen and the Academy of German Global Market Leaders.

WirtschaftsWoche has awarded the owner-managed valve specialist GEMÜ the WirtschaftsWoche quality seal "Global Market Leader – Champion 2021" for what is already the fifth time in a row. In doing so, WirtschaftsWoche has recognized GEMÜ's renewed inclusion in the global market leader index in the segment "Valves and automation components: Valves, Process and Control systems for sterile applications".

The global market leader index is created in accordance with objective criteria and transparent selection processes under the scientific direction of Professor Dr Christoph Müller from the University of St. Gallen, in cooperation with the Academy of German Global Market Leaders (ADWM). Using this framework, the business magazine WirtschaftsWoche annually lists the 500 global market leaders in their respective sectors in a special issue.
The researchers designate companies as "Global Market Leader Champions" if they are first or second in the relevant market segment, are represented on at least three continents with their own production and/or sales companies, have an annual turnover of at least €50 million, and can demonstrate an export share or foreign share of at least 50% of their turnover. Another important criterion for a company to obtain the accolade of "Global Market Leader Champion" is to be (owner-)managed with headquarters in the German-speaking region (Germany, Austria or Switzerland).

As a family-owned, owner-managed business headquartered in Ingelfingen-Criesbach (in the German state of Baden-Württemberg), with 27 subsidiaries as well as six manufacturing sites in Germany, Switzerland, China, Brazil, France and the USA, GEMÜ fully satisfies these requirements. In addition to these prerequisites, it was the cutting-edge technology and market leadership in the field of valves, process and control systems for sterile applications that served as a crucial factor for WirtschaftsWoche in awarding the accolade and WirtschaftsWoche quality seal of "Global Market Leader – Champion 2021" to GEMÜ.

"In this unique and challenging year, we are very proud of the accolade of global market leader. It shows us that focusing on our innovative strength and customized customer solutions at the same time as investing in digital future issues has been the correct path," says Gert Müller, Managing Partner of the GEMÜ Group.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)

Strengthening the export business: Oliver Recker joins the BORCO Global Business ...
 23.02.2021

Strengthening the export business: Oliver Recker joins the BORCO Global Business ...  (Company news)

...Development Team

The export sales team of the Hanseatic spirits company BORCO-MARKEN-IMPORT will be joined with immediate effect by Oliver Recker (photo) as Global Business Development Manager.

In this role, Mr. Recker will focus primarily on strengthening and expanding the export business of BORCO's own brands, including SIERRA Tequila, FINSBURY London Dry Gin, OLD PASCAS Rum and HELBING Kümmel, in the Americas and Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe. In addition, he is responsible for the global travel-retail business. He reports to Danny Gandert, who has been heading the international business of the family-owned company as Head of Global Business Development since January 01, 2021.

Danny Gandert is pleased about the new team member: "Mr. Recker brings an extraordinary wealth of experience thanks to executive and internationally oriented activities in well-known companies. He looks back on versatile positions in the international hotel industry and is thus very well networked in the global FMCG and gastronomy industry."

Markus Kohrs-Lichte, BORCO CEO, added: "The appointment of Mr. Recker is a consistent step in our efforts to make our export business, which is very important for us, even more strategic, focused and powerful and to drive it forward. Mr. Recker brings a remarkable profile to this and I look forward to working with him."

After his training as a hotel specialist, Mr. Recker held various positions in the hotel industry and subsequently worked for Unilever in the global concept development team, where he was successfully responsible for "Operation & Training" in a global context.
(Borco-Marken-Import Matthiesen GmbH & Co. KG)

Organic associations united for organic mineral water quality association
 23.02.2021

Organic associations united for organic mineral water quality association  (Company news)

- AöL becomes supporting member of the quality community
- Quality community accepted into IFOAM network

The Quality Association for Organic Mineral Water (Qualitätsgemeinschaft Bio-Mineralwasser e.V.) receives double support from the associations AöL and IFOAM - Organics International in its commitment to pure water and the preservation of our livelihoods:

AöL is the sixth German organic association to join the Quality Association, after Bioland, Naturland, Demeter, the Biokreis and the Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren (BNN). This means that the most important German organic associations are united behind the Quality Association and its organic mineral water seal. The AöL, which has about 120 members, is the association of organic food producers in German-speaking Europe. It advocates an ecologically and socially oriented market economy as well as more sustainable food production that keeps the entire production process in mind. Dr. Alexander Beck, Executive Director of the AöL: "We support the Quality Association as a sponsoring member because with its organic mineral water seal it transfers the organic principles that guide us all one-to-one to our most important foodstuff, water. Only if, like the Quality Association, you take a transparent and sustainable look at the entire process of how a foodstuff is created, from the soil to the end product, can you protect it from the very beginning and also preserve it in the best organic quality for future generations. And that is exactly the core idea of the organic movement."

In addition, the Organic Mineral Water Quality Association was also accepted as an organisational member of IFOAM - Organics International as well as IFOAM Organics Europe. The network of around 800 members is the international association of organic farming movements and the umbrella organisation of the global organic movement. The standards for organic farming and organic certification developed by IFOAM - Organics International still point the way for the European organic regulation today: only what demonstrably meets the highest standards of quality and environmental protection from its origin through breeding, cultivation and husbandry, processing methods and ingredients to the end product can be organic. Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director IFOAM - Organics International: "Water is a highly endangered resource today. It is therefore all the more important that we, as an ecological movement, take a more direct look at and protect water as a foodstuff throughout its entire production process. With its organic mineral water seal, the Quality Association has taken a pioneering step forward for all of us. We look forward to learning from our new member and to joining forces to bring the issue to international bodies as well."

Dr Franz Ehrnsperger, Chairman of the Organic Mineral Water Quality Association: "The broad support of the organic associations shows that we are on the right track with our organic mineral water seal and our commitment to pure water. We are very much looking forward to continuing to fight for our most important foodstuff with these strong partners."
(Qualitätsgemeinschaft Biomineralwasser e.V.)

RhönSprudel Apple Plus now new in individual glass container
 22.02.2021

RhönSprudel Apple Plus now new in individual glass container  (Company news)

The MineralBrunnen RhönSprudel continues to rely on its successful individual glass bottle: the popular apple juice spritzer RhönSprudel Apple Plus will be available in the elegant 12 x 0.75 liter individual glass container from March 2021.

High-quality glass containers and naturally pure products without artificial additives are very popular with consumers. RhönSprudel, one of the leading brands in the German spritzer market, now combines both in one product: RhönSprudel Apple Plus in individual glass. From March, the popular apple spritzer will be available in the attractive and fast-growing RhönSprudel 12 x 0.75 liter individual glass container. With this new offering, the mineral spring from the Rhön biosphere reserve is now expanding its range in the attractively shaped RhönSprudel glass bottle. With this container, RhönSprudel is also appealing to the target group of discerning connoisseurs in the spritzer segment, who attach great importance to sophisticated design in addition to naturally pure spritzer enjoyment. RhönSprudel Apple Plus combines a 60 percent fruit content from selected, aromatic juicy apples with the pleasantly soft and balanced mineral water from the Rhön biosphere reserve to create a pure, naturally fruity spritzer enjoyment - completely without preservatives or artificial additives. The new individual glass container replaces the previous Apple Plus range in the 0.7-liter glass GDB returnable bottle. In addition to its award-winning taste, the classic spritzer will also look good from March onwards, and its elegant bottle shape will cut a fine figure on any table.

Outstanding quality that is well worth seeing
Apple Plus, the refreshment classic from the inventor of the first ready-mixed apple spritzer, has enjoyed great popularity among consumers for over 25 years. The high quality standard is proven, among other things, in the annual tests of the German Agricultural Society (DLG). RhönSprudel most recently received a gold medal from the DLG for Apple Plus in 2019. Each year, the comprehensive tests focus on sensory, chemical, physical and microbiological analyses, as well as checking the accuracy of the declaration on the products.
(MineralBrunnen RhönSprudel Egon Schindel GmbH)

Sparkling, fruity, regional - Herforder Brauerei introduces Alster naturtrüb
 22.02.2021

Sparkling, fruity, regional - Herforder Brauerei introduces Alster naturtrüb  (Company news)

Ramp launch on March 1

Refreshingly new: starting in March 2021, Herforder Brauerei will be putting another regional specialty on the beverage shelf with Herforder Alster naturtrüb. The new product combines equal parts Pilsner and lemonade to create a naturally cloudy and tangy-fruity taste experience. The product launch will be accompanied by outdoor and digital advertising as well as sales-promoting promotions in stores.

"With Herforder Alster naturtrüb, we are meeting the unbroken consumer demand for naturally cloudy beers and regional specialties," explains Peter Lohmeyer, Head of Marketing and PR at Herforder Brauerei. Naturtrübbes Landbier has already been successfully brewed in Herford since 2017. "Now we are turning to the growth segment of naturally cloudy Alster and Radler and would also like to actively shape this trend in our core market." The décor of the product innovation will match the new look of Herforder Landbier naturtrüb. In keeping with the authentic brewing tradition, a rustic look will dominate here as well.

The blend ratio of Herforder Alster naturtrüb is 50:50, with sparkling lemonade adding a refreshing kick and pleasant sweetness to the finely tart and spicy Pilsner. The product innovation contains 2.5 percent alcohol by volume and 5°P original gravity. In the glass, it presents itself as light yellow with a white foam crown.

The launch of the product specialty will be supported between March and May with extensive POS material and an encore promotion: To provide additional incentives for tasting, consumers will receive a free six-pack of Herforder Alster naturally cloudy with the purchase of two cases of Herforder Pils. Starting in April, radio, TV, digital and outdoor advertising will generate additional attention.

"Since the launch of the new 'Willste auch eins?" (Want one, too?) campaign, Herforder has made noticeable gains in the trade," says a pleased Christian Gieselmann, a native of Herford and spokesman for the management of the Warsteiner Group, to which the Herforder brewery belongs. In the meantime, the new packaging design is also becoming more and more popular in the markets. "We want to take this momentum with us and put a third exclamation mark on it with a new Herforder product."

Herforder Alster naturtrüb will be on sale year-round in 6x0.33-liter carriers and 4x6x0.33-liter crates. Ramp start is March 1.
(Herforder Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG)

Endlessly Refreshing: Coca-Cola North America Rolls Out Bottles Made from 100% Recycled...
 19.02.2021

Endlessly Refreshing: Coca-Cola North America Rolls Out Bottles Made from 100% Recycled...  (Company news)

... PET Plastic

Big news sometimes comes in smaller packages.

Coca-Cola Trademark brands (Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Coca-Cola Flavors) will debut a 13.2-oz. bottle made from 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic this month in California, Florida and select states in the Northeast, with other sparkling beverage brands following this summer.

The new 13.2-oz. bottle – the first-ever Coca-Cola package made from 100% rPET in the United States – uses less plastic and offers a convenient, sippable portion size. “On-the-go consumers have been telling us they want an option like this, because it’s just the right amount for the ‘snacking’ occasion,” said Tammy Lee, brand manager, Coca-Cola Trademark. “We believe this innovation delivers the double benefit of convenience and sustainability.”

Coca-Cola North America’s rPET innovations spans the portfolio and includes multiple brands and packaging sizes:
-Coca-Cola trademark brands will roll out 20-oz. bottles made with 100% rPET in California, New York and Texas starting this month.
-DASANI will launch 20-oz. 100% rPET bottles in New York, California and Texas in March.
-smartwater will launch 20-oz. 100% rPET bottles in New York and California in July.
-Sprite will launch a 13.2-oz 100% rPET clear bottle in the Northeast, California and Florida this month. All Sprite packaging will transition to clear packaging, which is easier to be recycled and remade into new bottles, by the end of 2022.

Combined, these innovations represent a 20% reduction in the company’s use of new plastic across its North American portfolio compared to 2018. They will collectively reduce 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the United States – the equivalent of taking 2,120 cars off the road for one year – based on internal company tools and analyses.

The Coca-Cola Company now offers 100% rPET bottles in more than 25 markets, bringing it closer to its World Without Waste goal of making bottles with 50% recycled content by 2030. Announced in 2018, the sustainable packaging platform also includes a goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of a bottle or can for every one the company sells globally by 2030, and to make 100% of its packaging recyclable by 2025.

More than 94% of the company’s North American packaging is currently recyclable.

To build awareness and encourage action, all 100% rPET package labels will include “Recycle Me Again” messaging. In fact, four different areas on the packaging will educate people about recycling. A primary goal of the “Endlessly Refreshing” campaign – which also will include outdoor, radio, in-store and social/digital communications, plus touch-free experiential activations – is to boost recycling rates so rPET bottles can be used again and again to create raw material for new bottles, supporting closed-loop recycling systems and a circular economy.

“Our packaging is our biggest, most visible billboard,” Sutaria said. “We’re using the power of our brands, leading with Coca-Cola, to educate, inspire and advance our sustainability priorities.”
(The Coca-Cola Company)

Crown Holdings To Build New Beverage Can Plant In Henry County, Virginia
 19.02.2021

Crown Holdings To Build New Beverage Can Plant In Henry County, Virginia  (Company news)

Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown), announced that it will build a new beverage can manufacturing facility in Henry County, Virginia. This will represent the Company's third greenfield beverage can manufacturing investment in North America over the last five years.

This state-of-the-art plant will supply beverage cans to the Company's customers serving a variety of categories including sparkling water, energy drinks, carbonated soft drinks, teas, functional beverages, hard seltzers, beer and cocktails. The plant's geographic location expands Crown's North American supply network to address the growing market for standard and specialty beverage cans.

"This investment further demonstrates Crown's commitment to support its customers in meeting the increased demand for aluminum beverage cans," said Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The Henry County plant will give Crown a stronger position in the specialty can market, while allowing Crown to better serve the needs of customers and consumers for more sustainable packaging. On behalf of Crown, I would like to thank our many partners for their enthusiasm and cooperative effort in this initiative, including Governor Ralph Northam and the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, Henry County, the Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont, Southwestern Virginia Gas, Appalachian Electric Power, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership."

Located in Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, the 355,000 square foot facility is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2022 and will create 126 new jobs.
(Crown Holdings Inc.)

On course for success: Riedenburger Brauhaus grows against beer trend
 18.02.2021

On course for success: Riedenburger Brauhaus grows against beer trend  (Company news)

While German beer sales fell significantly in 2020, the Riedenburger Brauhaus posted an 11 percent increase last year. The increase in sales of bottled beers compensated for the corona-related decline in draft beers in the restaurant sector. The organic company cites its sustainability concept with a focus on regional partnerships, changes in the purchasing and consumption behavior of end consumers, and the new design of its beer labels as reasons for the increase in sales.

"Since our organic conversion in 1994, we have relied on a sophisticated sustainability concept," says Managing Director Maximilian Krieger. To turn a beer into a high-quality food product, the organic brewer does not use extracts or filtration. "We also source grain and hops entirely from organic farmers in the region. In this way, we promote biodiversity, ensure short transport distances and ensure a positive eco-balance."

Non-alcoholic beers showed the biggest growth, up 15 percent. The favorite beers in this segment were the alcohol-free Ur-Helle, the alcohol-free Dinkel-Radler and the Dinkelmalz. However, alcoholic brewing specialties such as Historic Emmerbier and Ur-Helle also gained in sales. "In general, the organic sector made significant gains last year. Of course, this benefits us; after all, the organic trade is our main sales market," says Maximilian Krieger. Especially during the corona crisis, consumers seem to be placing more value on high-quality and organic food. In addition, topics such as environmental and climate protection are more topical than ever before.

With the successful product launch of Riedenburger Natur-Radler, the brewery has also responded to customer demand for a naturally cloudy mixed beer beverage. Like all Riedenburger beers, the new Natur-Radler is free of any stabilizers, additives, flavorings and preservatives.

Last but not least, the new design of the Riedenburger labels has also had a positive effect on sales of the beer specialties. The appearance of the core range has been uniform since March 2020 and has increased the recognition value of the beers. The new labels are modern, clearly structured, and reflect the zeitgeist of the organic sector. According to Maximilian Krieger, the changeover went flawlessly and the new design has been well received.
"We are grateful that we have come through this turbulent year so well. We thank our customers for their loyalty and trust. Above all, a big praise goes to our employees. Without their optimism, cohesion and commitment, this growth would not have been possible," Krieger said.
(Riedenburger Brauhaus Michael Krieger GmbH & Co. KG)

Four gold awards for Sanwald, one gold award for Schwaben Bräu
 18.02.2021

Four gold awards for Sanwald, one gold award for Schwaben Bräu  (Company news)

Photo: All four Sanwald varieties were awarded a Golden Prize by the DLG.

The beer specialties from the family-owned Dinkelacker brewery were once again recognized for top product quality. The Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) awarded a total of five golds, with four gold awards alone going to SANWALD brand wheat beers. Also awarded gold was "Das Echte" from the Schwaben Bräu brand.
(Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu GmbH & Co. KG)

Mineral water sales in 2020 - mineral springs hold their own in the Corona year
 18.02.2021

Mineral water sales in 2020 - mineral springs hold their own in the Corona year  (Company news)

Sales of mineral and medicinal water by German mineral springs fell by 4.5 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year, but remained at a high level of around 10.4 billion liters. Total sales in the mineral water sector, which are calculated from the figures for mineral water, medicinal water and mineral water soft drinks, also fell, by 4.7 percent to a total of around 13.6 billion liters. The figures are based on an initial projection by the Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen e.V. (VDM).

"The German mineral water industry as a whole has come through the crisis economically sound in the Corona year 2020, even though the lockdown measures have had a varying impact on mineral water companies, particularly with the closure of the catering and hotel sectors. Despite the decline in sales that could be expected as a result, suppliers of the natural product mineral water have been able to hold their own well," comments VDM Managing Director Udo Kremer.

Especially in uncertain times, consumers appreciate the reliability and high quality of natural mineral water. When bottling from the springs, the approximately 200 predominantly small and medium-sized mineral water companies always ensure the highest safety standards in order to maintain the purity of mineral water as a natural product. Mineral water is the only foodstuff in Germany that requires official approval. The approval process involves more than 200 individual tests. This guarantees the purity and quality of mineral water from the source to the consumer's table.

Per capita consumption of mineral and medicinal water in 2020 remained at a high level of 133.8 liters, but fell by 5.9 liters compared with 2019. The most popular type of mineral water in 2020 was again low-carbonated mineral water ("medium"), with sales of around 4.5 billion liters, followed by carbonated mineral water ("sparkling" or "classic"), with a bottling volume of around 3.7 billion liters. Sales of non-carbonated mineral water were on a par with the previous year at around 2.0 billion liters. With a bottling volume of around 82 million liters, medicinal water recorded an increase in sales of 2.2 percent.

In addition to mineral and medicinal waters, German mineral springs bottled around 3.2 billion liters of soft drinks in 2020 (- 5.2 percent). These include spritzers, lemonades, fizzy drinks and wellness drinks based on mineral water.
(VDM Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen e.V.)

MISEREOR Lent Beer: enjoy sustainably and do good with every bottle
 17.02.2021

MISEREOR Lent Beer: enjoy sustainably and do good with every bottle  (Company news)

From Ash Wednesday, the non-alcoholic beer from Neumarkter Lammsbräu will be available at participating organic food shops and well-stocked specialist beverage markets

Even though the official Lenten beer tapping ceremony unfortunately has to be cancelled this year, the popular MISEREOR Lenten beer will once again be available for purchase in organic shops during Lent. The organic brewery Neumarkter Lammsbräu has brewed this alcohol-free beer for MISEREOR and donates one euro per crate sold to MISEREOR projects. It is available until the end of Lent.

With the Lenten beer, the Catholic work for development cooperation MISEREOR and the organic pioneer Neumarkter Lammsbräu are taking up an old Bavarian tradition. Together they offer an alcohol-free alternative to the otherwise high-proof strong beer. Fasting has a long tradition in monasteries. Liquid food was allowed during fasting, which is why resourceful monks came up with the idea of making thin beer more nutritious. The recipes for the "liquid bread" go back to the early Middle Ages, it has up to 11 vol.%. The MISEREOR Lenten beer is the only non-alcoholic version of the Lenten beer known to date. The beer is ideal for all those who want to completely abstain from alcohol during Lent.

Since 2018, the family-owned company Neumarkter Lammsbräu has been supporting the MISEREOR Lent campaign with its contemporary interpretation of Lent beer. For decades, the family-owned brewery from the Upper Palatinate has followed the principle of always producing the best possible product in an absolutely sustainable way in harmony with creation. This includes relying on traditional brewing skills as well as exclusively using the highest quality brewing raw materials from organic farming: whole aroma hop cones and malt produced in the in-house malt house from organic grain.

The beer will be available from Ash Wednesday at participating organic shops and well-stocked specialist beverage markets, including many denn's Biomarkt branches.
(Neumarkter Lammsbräu Gebr. Ehrnsperger)

Herforder gets a new look
 17.02.2021

Herforder gets a new look  (Company news)

Revised packaging design goes on sale / Ramp start for Herforder Maibock was on January 25

Fresh, authentic and with clear differentiation of varieties on the shelf: the Herforder Brauerei is investing further in its brand and following up its advertising campaign launched in August with new packaging. In addition to all the bottle labels in the Herford range, the six-packs and the eight-pack carrier are also getting a contemporary design. At the end of January, the classic Herforder Pils and, with the start of the ramp on January 25, the seasonal specialty Herforder Maibock were launched in the new look in the beverage markets. It was developed by the Flächenbrand agency from Hamburg.

For more than 140 years, Herforder has stood for the art of Westphalian brewing. "The importance of Herforder in the region is great. In the core market of East Westphalia-Lippe and the Osnabrück region, the brand is associated with 'home' by many users," says Christian Gieselmann, a native of Herford and spokesman for the management of the Warsteiner Group, to which the Herforder Brewery belongs. The quality of the beers is recognized. In contrast, there was a need to catch up in terms of product features. "Herforder is a high-quality regional brand and this should also be reflected in a high-quality appearance. The new visual identity carries the brand's design into the here and now and underscores the high quality of the beer."

The new design remains true to the original brand DNA. Essential elements such as the blue Herford lettering, the coat of arms, the founding year "since 1878" and the reference "Westphalian art of brewing", have been retained but visually restaged. The abandonment of ornamental embellishments culminates in the reduction of the coat of arms, in which a change from red to orange now establishes the connection to the color of the Herford crate. "The new look appears tidy and self-confident," describes Peter Lohmeyer, Head of Marketing and PR Herforder Brauerei. "This is an important step in further strengthening identification with the Herforder brand and appealing to new users."

In the future, it will be made even easier for them to access the Herforder product range. Both on the bottle label and on the neck loop, the variety designation stands out clearly in distinctive lettering on a colored background. The second element used throughout is the concise description of the flavor, which shows users at a glance which Herford specialty matches their own preferences. The model for this was the label for Herforder Landbier, which until now has been clearly distinguishable from the other varieties. Now, the naturally cloudy specialty is being brought closer to the umbrella brand by adapting the label shape, among other things. Its rustic character will continue to be underlined by beige and brown tones and the addition of the words "Vollmundig süffig" ("Full-bodied and drinkable").

The new design of the six-packs and the eight-pack carries on the revised label look and allows the primary and secondary packaging to form a single visual unit. And the link is also successful across all containers. Peter Lohmeyer: "In keeping with the Herforder crate and the eight-pack carrier, the basic color orange now also dominates the six-pack. Herforder remains true to its origins!"

And this design of course fits perfectly with the new campaign, which was presented last August: "Willste auch eins?" (Do you want one, too?) should finally become a rhetorical question.
(Herforder Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG)

Bottling plant relocation: brewery Eder & Heylands relies on KHS
 17.02.2021

Bottling plant relocation: brewery Eder & Heylands relies on KHS  (Company news)

-Two filling lines in the low and medium capacity range
-Greenfield planning with link to a logistics center
-Washing machine for swing-top bottles

Photo: On the Innofill Glass DRS-ZMS the Bavarian brewery can fill up to 36,000 standardized pool or longneck (0.33 liters) and NRW bottles (0.5 liters).

From historic town center to fields of green: Bavarian brewery Eder & Heylands recently moved its bottling shop from the center of Großostheim near Aschaffenburg to the outskirts of the little market town. The traditional company's success story is inextricably linked to that of KHS. When it came to procuring new machines, once again the Dortmund manufacturer of filling and packaging systems was first choice. Eder & Heylands ultimately invested in two bottling lines from KHS that include the Innofill Glass DPG and DRS-ZMS glass bottle fillers. In the future the family business will also rely on KHS bottle washing technology in the form of an Innoclean SE, with the systems supplier rising to the task of catering for the brewery’s Schlappeseppel swing-top beer bottles.

As a regional, financially independent family business Eder & Heylands stands for craft brewing and top-quality beer. Quality is also important when it comes to filling, as filling center project manager Maximilian Weber emphasizes. “We also bottled our products on a KHS system at our old brewery in the center of town. This setup worked reliably for over 25 years.” As the possibilities for expansion at the site in the town center were limited and the machine park was also up for modernization, when planning new facilities in 2015 and 2016 it was decided to relocate.

When choosing the new equipment, among other criteria a high degree of automation was a priority, such as for program or recipe selection, automatic overnight heat-up of the bottle washers and adequate head section disinfection. The Dortmund engineering company’s technological values and low media consumption on all units also proved convincing. “KHS was able to meet our high demands here,” says Weber.

Efficient, resource-saving swing-top bottle washing
The Bavarian brewery ultimately opted for two Innoclean SE bottle washing machines and two modern glass fillers. With the Innofill Glass DRS-ZMS Eder & Heylands can wash and fill up to 36,000 standardized pool bottles1 per hour, what are known as longneck (0.33 liters) and NRW bottles (0.5 liters), and on the Innofill Glass DPG up to 15,000 swing-top bottles every 60 minutes.

Washing swing-top bottles often poses something of a challenge to breweries. “After washing bottles with caustic, the swing top mustn’t fall onto the bottle neck as otherwise any caustic that might still be in the bottle can’t be emptied and rinsed out. If this were the case, the downstream inspection unit would then channel out any bottles containing residual caustic,” explains Stefan Knappmann, the KHS area sales manager responsible for the project. “If this happens too frequently, these bottles are no longer available for further production. If the detection unit doesn’t work properly, in the worst case bottles containing caustic residue may be filled. This must be avoided at all costs so as to avoid any possible health risks to the consumer.” The machinery manufacturer thus installed a bottle base spray for the customer to circumvent this problem. Here, a jet of water pushes the bottle deeper into the individual bottle washer pocket so that the swing top cannot slip in front of the neck. Furthermore, the bottle washer on the swing-top line can also process bottles without a swing top.

One of the features that enables the customer to save on media as requested involves warm water being taken from the bottle washers for use by other clients such as crate washers. In addition, KHS installed a powerful fresh water control unit and electricity-saving function for the sprays.

Empties infeed specially customized by KHS
KHS also satisfied the brewery’s requirements regarding the infeed of empties. “The challenge here was to match the number of empties fed into the system to the amount of beer still to be filled so that at the end of production there were neither too many nor too few bottles and crates on the line,” Knappmann states. This is because the new building makes the filling logistics extremely sophisticated. The brewhouse is still at the old production site in the middle of town; following brewing and storage the beer is transported in tank trucks by a logistics company specialized in food to the new bottling shop where it is either filled into bright beer tanks or filled directly.

Low consumption convincing
The systems’ low consumption values, including a minimal use of water for bottle washing and of CO2 during filling, also had the Bavarian brewers convinced. Thanks to the filling method developed by KHS, depending on the processing program the filling equipment only uses 240 grams of carbon dioxide per hectoliter of beer. “KHS’ machinery is perfectly adapted to our requirements as a medium-sized brewery. We benefit from this proven technology,” smiles Weber. “Our production processes have also been greatly simplified and are now much more efficient.”
(KHS GmbH)

Despite turbulent year: Demand for Störtebeker brewing specialties remains undiminished
 16.02.2021

Despite turbulent year: Demand for Störtebeker brewing specialties remains undiminished  (Company news)

The Störtebeker success story continues: fans and aficionados of the brewing specialties from Stralsund ensured that the brewery performed well in the challenging Corona year. In addition to the non-alcoholic brewing specialties, the new Midsummer Wit in particular enjoyed great popularity.

Image: Whether non-alcoholic brewing specialties, organic beers or the new Midsummer Wit: Störtebeker's brewing specialties performed well in 2020.

New technology, new creations and exciting new ideas: Störtebeker Braumanufaktur met the challenges of the turbulent year with optimism and creativity. "We are grateful that with the support of our fans throughout Germany and the passionate commitment of our entire team, we have come through 2020 well," says Karsten Triebe, Head of Marketing at Störtebeker. "Despite all adversity, we were able to bring many projects and investments to a successful conclusion. The commissioning of our bottling, packaging and logistics hall is the biggest milestone here," Triebe continued.

There was also news in the range of brewing specialties: The new tangy, aromatic Midsummer Wit got off to a very good sales start under difficult conditions and was a light alternative to the classic wheat beer, especially in summer. But Midsummer Wit was not only popular among tourists and beer lovers: at the World Beer Awards, the specialty brew, which is made with Timut pepper, coriander and orange peel, was named Germany's best Witbier.

Demand for the non-alcoholic brewing specialties also continues unabated, above all Atlantik-Ale Alkoholfrei with its crisp, fresh tartness and strong citrus aromas: the refreshingly hoppy specialty recorded double-digit growth. "Alcohol-free beers have been trending for a while now and are seeing huge growth every year," says Triebe. "We are following this trend with 3 specialty beers with strong character. In the meantime, every 7th Störtebeker brewery speciality sold is alcohol-free," the head of marketing tells us. However, Atlantik-Ale with alcohol was also able to open up new sales territories once again and also achieved double-digit growth.

"We are equally proud of the development of Strandräuber's Natur Radler," says a delighted Karsten Triebe. The natural beer mix, which was equipped with its own design crate at the start of the season, developed this summer into the perfect thirst quencher for at home or when visiting the beach.

Beer lovers and fans were able to get more than just the beer home in 2020, however: "With our new 'Störtebeker Live' format, we found a perfect way to immerse ourselves in the world of the art of brewing and exchange ideas with fans all over the country," Triebe tells us. In regular online tastings, viewers learn exciting information about the beers and can ask live questions to beer sommeliers and experts. Two more broadcasts are already planned for February. "So the start of 2021 promises to be enjoyable," says Karsten Triebe.
(Störtebeker Braumanufaktur GmbH)

Four winners – digital solutions for the beverage industry
 16.02.2021

Four winners – digital solutions for the beverage industry  (drinktec)

Picture: Mobile cleaning robot for production. Source: Fraunhofer IVV

The future looks very promising. A joint study by VDMA and the management consulting company McKinsey & Company investigates just how far product and service portfolio digitalization has advanced in mechanical engineering.

They state that the revenue share for digital platforms and value-added services is only around 0.7 percent (about 6 billion euros) of the total European mechanical engineering revenue (around 850 billion euros).

The beverage industry shows a similar trend, where the advantages of digital twins, blockchain solutions, artificial intelligence and robotic technology are being steadily implemented. A Siemens study on the food and beverage industry expects that, for the next five years, digitalization investments will reach $567 billion . But where can the beverage industry use these new digitalization tools? And how can its processes and offerings be reformatted for the future? Many fields in the industry could be solid options for this digital leap:

- the production of drinks and liquid foods
- the construction of beverage machinery
- contact with users and the after-sales service
- financing concepts and financial services
- creating contacts between beverage manufacturers and customers.

Digital twin
Several of the digitalization tools are particularly well suited for the beverage industry. For example, take the digital twin. By digitally simulating a beverage machine and integrating its data into software tools, functions can be tested in real-time before the machine is built. The digital twin also helps the ongoing machine operations by avoiding downtimes. Moreover, the process data can be shared with others – even beyond one’s company. Before maintenance, the manufacturer can simulate real production conditions and adjust the maintenance intervals to the actual machine load. However, the company providing the data always remains in control of the use of its data.

Krones is one example of a company currently utilizing digital twin solutions. This packaging machine manufacturer simulates and calculates the positioning performance of three-armed robots in the packaging process via digital twin programs. This allows for status diagnostics improvements to be conducted during ongoing operation, even without access to the physical device.

Blockchain technology
Connection forms the basic principle behind another digital technology that could help evolve the beverage industry: Blockchain. This software system combines data in unchangeable lists via a forgery-proof method (distributed ledger) and can comprehend the entire supply chain of products. Blockchain solutions are already utilized today, particularly for verifying product authenticity. Industry experts predict this could generate savings of $31 billion by 2024 – all by improving supply chain traceability, reducing the time required and simplifying the recall process.

Blockchain technology is particularly useful for raw malt. The Beer Group AB InBev, Belgium, recently reported to Leffe beer consumers in France that, from 2021, they could use a QR code to discover the origin of the malting barley and its manufacturing process. It was initially intended to connect grain farmers in the North of France with the malthouses in Antwerp, Belgium, and the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven, Belgium. AB InBev expects the technology will benefit not only consumers, but also the agricultural industry and its environmental footprint.

Blockchain solutions will also soon provide comprehensive product information for Sake, the traditional Japanese rice wine. Distributed ledger technology for the Sake blockchain will gather information regarding the ingredients, brewing process and control measures into the supply chain. The consultants for this project expect that this will lead to a higher price for the product.

Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) can also play an impressive role in the continued development of digital solutions for the beverage industry. A cross-industry study by Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO of over 309 companies shows that 75 percent of the surveyed companies are currently engaged with AI and 16 percent already utilize AI.

For example, AI has already generated 70 million recipes for whiskey manufacturing. Mackmyra, a Swedish whisky distillery, utilizes it to automate the challenging aspect of recipe generation. The distillery combines machine learning models and calculation algorithms via a data cloud to calculate new recipe component combinations. Thereby, the company hopes to offer consumers innovative whiskey flavors. In fact, the first whisky based on these calculations has already been created: It was awarded “Gold” by the American Distilling Institute.

Artificial intelligence can also help prevent food waste. A sponsored project currently utilizes AI to research methods for reducing food waste by up to 90 percent. Two supply chain points are crucial here: minimizing overproduction and avoiding wastage. This allows for consumer demands to be more accurately predicted and for production infrastructure to be able to react quickly to both fluctuating demand and differences in the quality of raw materials.

Robots – cleaning the plant
Robotics, digital twins and artificial intelligence have been combined in the intelligent cleaning robotics for interiors and exteriors. A research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Dresden has developed two types of modular cleaning robots: One drives through the production plant via conveyor belt and cleans it from the inside, the second cleans the floors, ceilings and walls of rooms, as well as production machine exteriors. An extendable robotic arm with a jet cleaner also reaches the higher-up areas. This mobile, modular device drives autonomously through the production hall. Installed sensors determine the level of dirt and adapt the cleaning parameters, such as the pressure and amount of cleaning foam.

This is also possible with a self-learning AI system: It selects the appropriate cleaning parameters and specifies the process steps. The process data are displayed via simulation in a virtual twin. The level of dirt is then transmitted to the 3D model of the plant. Depending on the distance of the cleaning device from the surface in question, the spray pressure can be adjusted as necessary.

The intelligent factory is within reach
The networked, adaptive and real-time production simulations are not far off. Moreover, the benefits are also quantifiable. But one thing should not be forgotten: People need to be able to interpret and handle the data. Data scientists are acting as the domain experts to develop the data usage in the process. A project under the consortium leadership of the Bitburger Brewery Group, Bitburg, with the Augustiner brewery, Munich, is currently developing a data-based method for predicting the malt processability, lautering time and the yeast processing yield.

However, all things considered, questions of approach remain relevant in the industry: For digital projects, the industry association VDMA recommends mechanical engineers start with manageable project sizes to gain initial experience.

These trends are sure to make for yet another exciting drinktec 2021 (October 4 to 8, 2021) in Munich. For many industry partners, machine and solution providers and beverage production and logistics users will be presented with new options for future technologies. All industry participants can benefit from these innovations in the creative process of further developing digitalization.
(Messe München GmbH

Bühler has proved reliability and robustness in 2020
 15.02.2021

Bühler has proved reliability and robustness in 2020  (Company news)

In 2020, Bühler proved to be a reliable partner to all its stakeholders and showed robust business performance in 2020. Protection of the health of employees, securing supply chains for customers, and keeping the innovation rate high were the top priorities. Despite adverse conditions, Bühler fulfilled all customer contracts and delivery agreements without interruptions. And the company launched major innovations for key markets. The Group gained additional financial strength, with equity ratio reaching 44.2% (+1.4 percentage points) and net liquidity soaring to CHF 749 million (+66.8%). Turnover was CHF 2.7 billion (-17.0%), with order intake amounting to CHF 2.6 billion (-16.7%). “With high agility we adapted quickly to the new situation to ensure continuity on all levels,” says CEO Stefan Scheiber (photo). “In light of our global set-up and innovation power, we are looking into the future with bounded optimism.”

Bühler assured the health of its employees and its daily operations throughout the year. Supply chains proved remarkably solid, as Bühler was able to absorb the pandemic’s waves thanks to its global network of 33 factories, 100 service stations, and digital tools such as remote customer trials or commissioning, to bring much needed food capacities online worldwide. “We have seen a sharp rise in customer demand for digital solutions, but also for sustainable solutions, such as CO2-reduced emissions, nutritious and healthy food, high-end deposition technologies, and clean mobility,” says Stefan Scheiber.

Increased financial strength
“Protecting our liquidity had the highest priority over the course of last year,” says CFO Mark Macus. “Our target was to remain a very solid and strong partner for all our stakeholders, and we achieved this even in a challenging year like 2020.” Driven by diligent finance management, operating cash flow jumped 211% from CHF 151 million to CHF 470 million. Strict cost management allowed Bühler to offset a significant part of the adverse volume impact, resulting in EBIT of CHF 146 million (previous year: CHF 248 million), and an EBIT margin of 5.4% (7.6%).

Turnover was CHF 2.7 billion, down 17.0% from CHF 3.3 billion. The 2020 figures are impacted by the development of currency exchange rates, specifically of the Chinese yuan, euro, and US dollar against the Swiss franc. Adjusted for the impact of the foreign exchange rates, the reduction of the top line versus last year was 13%.

Robust business performances
Grains & Food (GF) proved resilient and agile, with a very solid business performance. Order intake was CHF 1.6 billion, 13.9% lower than the previous year. Turnover decreased 7.2% to CHF 1.7 billion. With the implementation of innovative solutions such as Mill E3 and its Arrius integrated grinding system, GF further expanded its position as a technological leader in grain processing and human and animal nutrition. The Consumer Foods (CF) business was more affected by the pandemic, as customers in the industry suffered from much diminished traffic in duty-free shops, restaurants, and hotels – much less business originated for them because of reduced events. Order intake decreased 29.2% to CHF 549 million. Turnover decreased 25.8% to CHF 574 million. The order intake of Advanced Materials (AM) came in at CHF 453 million, down 7.2%. Turnover shrank 31.7% to CHF 443 million, caused by the severe weakness of the global automotive industry. However, the high-tech special deposition technology business of Bühler Leybold Optics grew substantially. Therefore, AM has improved its profitability, resulting from immediate and tight adjustments of structure costs to the new market conditions and the launch of innovations which were very positively absorbed by the markets.

Summing up, the highlights from the businesses were strong growth of the Value Nutrition business due to high interest in meat alternatives from plant-based proteins; the build-up of large food parks such as in Egypt where Bühler built complete industrial infrastructures comprising of mills, biscuit, wafer, chocolate, and pasta lines; and the strong growth of Bühler Leybold Optics’ optical coating solutions, addressing the high demand for computer chips.

Success in China mitigated low volumes in other regions
Along with the divergent course of Bühler’s businesses, there was also a shift in regional development towards Asia. While all markets reported lower volumes, Bühler Asia managed to be stable driven by the strong growth of Bühler’s business in China. Order intake in China rose sharply by 15% for the full year. Regarding turnover, Asia now makes up 35% (previous year: 31%), Europe 30% (30%), North America 16% (16%), Middle East & Africa 11% (14%), South America 5% (6%), and South Asia 3% (3%). Yet again, the global network of Bühler played a key role for Bühler in 2020, so that all customers on all continents were served without interruption.

Continuation of innovation roadmap
Despite the challenging environment, Bühler continued to execute its innovation roadmap, launching 86 new products and solutions. This is a tribute to its 160 years of existence, marked in 2020, and it is a reconfirmation of the company’s purpose of innovations for a better world. The expenses for research and development were about at last year’s level at CHF 139 million (previous year: CHF 149 million), leading to an increase relative to Group turnover of 5.2% (previous year: 4.6%). Bühler has opened new application centers for food in Minneapolis, US, for malting and brewing in Beilngries, Germany, and a new training and education center for cocoa processing in Abidjan, Cote-d’Ivoire. With Givaudan, the global leader in flavors and fragrances, Bühler built an Innovation Center dedicated to plant-based foods in Singapore. The new facility is planned to open in March 2021. With Canadian Premier Tech, Bühler formed a joint venture in China for new packaging solutions which started very successfully in 2020. Furthermore, Bühler drove latest innovations for digital platforms and solutions successfully into industrial applications globally with impressive success.

All innovation efforts of Bühler are aligned to the company’s commitment to lower energy use, water consumption, and waste in the value chains of its food, feed, and mobility customers by 50% until 2025. These sustainability goals have been anchored in the new Destination25 strategy, which was developed and agreed in 2020 and is valid until 2025. Furthermore, Bühler intensified its initiatives to provide training and education programs for customers and partners, as well as for employees worldwide. The global apprentice program was further developed, and the successes of the top apprentice talents at the 2020 SwissSkills competitions – with eight medals in four key disciplines – were lighthouses for the nearly 600 apprentices the company employs, coaches, and develops globally.

Outlook: bounded optimism
Bühler took all learnings from 2020 to increase business excellence and develop the “new normal”, for example, by switching to digital customer communication formats, such as the Bühler Virtual World. Based on a strong purpose as a family company and dedicated employees across the globe, with its innovation power, broad portfolio, and its global set-up, Bühler is looking into the future with optimism. “For 2021, we expect our business volume and profitability to stay stable, as the coronavirus crisis will have a longer lasting effect in our businesses. At the same time, we are now laying ground to return to profitable growth in future, by addressing new markets and adapting to new market conditions and opportunities with agility and determination,” says Stefan Scheiber.
(Bühler AG)

New High-speed pyrometer CT 4M from Optris - Where there is a need for speed
 15.02.2021

New High-speed pyrometer CT 4M from Optris - Where there is a need for speed  (Company news)

With very fast processes, requirements for the pyrometers used for temperature measurement are especially onerous. Typical examples are plastics processing machinery, such as those used for blow-molding PET bottles, which work on very short cycle times.

Photo: The CT 4M is ideally suited for fast, high-volume processes (example: PET preforms)

Another application is the monitoring of rail vehicles, where the temperature of the wheelset bearings are measured as the train wheels pass the pyrometer, to be able to detect components running hot in good time.

Optris now offers the new high-speed pyrometer CT 4M for these types of challenging tasks. With a detection time of just 90 µs, it is the fastest pyrometer within the product range at Optris.

Optimum for metal surfaces and low temperatures
The CT 4M measures within the spectral range of 2.2 µm to 6.0 µm, making it ideal for low-temperature measurements on metals, metal oxides, ceramics or for materials with an unknown or changing emissivity.

Here, low temperature means the measurement range which spans 0 °C to 500 °C. The sensor head of the new pyrometer is very compact; with a diameter of 14 mm and a length of 28 mm, it can easily be installed even where space is at a premium, for example directly within a machine.

The remote electronics unit is connected to the sensor head via a cable which can be up to 15 m long. Important parameters can be entered here directly via three keys and an illuminated display.

The integrated interface allows the CT 4M to be connected directly to a PC, where all settings can be fine-tuned in the CompactPlus Connect software. Date capture and recording are also possible using the software.

Other serial interfaces or an Ethernet interface are also available as options. Instead of a PC, the pyrometer can also be connected to an Android mobile device which has the free IRmobile app installed. This allows the settings of the pyrometer to be adjusted very conveniently during commissioning or maintenance work directly on site.

To connect the CT 4M to the process, two scalable analog outputs and three I/O pins (programmable inputs/outputs) are available.
(Optris GmbH)

CANPACK announces sustainability targets
 15.02.2021

CANPACK announces sustainability targets   (Company news)

To underline its commitment to building a more sustainable business fit for the future, CANPACK has announced a range of environmental commitments that will ensure the company’s impact on the planet is kept to a minimum.

Focusing on the production of aluminium cans, the targets set until 2025 against a 2019 baseline, will see CANPACK focus its efforts across five key areas, namely Electricity Consumption, Thermal Energy Consumption, Water Consumption, Waste Generation and Waste Recycling.

“As a truly multinational business, these targets shows how committed we are to playing our part in protecting the future of the planet. The targets will prove vital to us as we continue to up our game when it comes to becoming even more environmentally and socially responsible.”, said John O’Maoileoin, Group Sustainability Director.

The business is also committing itself to publishing its progress against these targets on an annual basis.
(Can-Pack S.A.)

Transporting heavy loads in the beverage and food industry
 12.02.2021

Transporting heavy loads in the beverage and food industry  (Company news)

Pick-and-place tasks made easy: slim handling manipulator allows weightless transfer of ≤ 80 kg in confined spaces

In many companies in the food and beverage industry, cranes, chain hoists or tube lifters are used to move heavy goods. For vertical lifting and lowering, however, these systems have to be controlled in a cumbersome way via pushbuttons, which costs unnecessary time, especially for simple pick-and-place tasks. But there is a remedy: with pneumatically controlled handling manipulators from Dalmec GmbH, work processes can be made much faster, more precise as well as more ergonomic. The SPEEDYFIL SP model in particular, designed for loads of up to 80 kg, was conceived for the rapid transfer of goods and has a slim design as well as a low dead weight. The basic unit of the handling manipulator has a double articulated arm designed for 360° rotation, which is connected to various pick-up devices via two independent steel cables and ensures the "weightless" movement of loads. The purely pneumatic control of the manipulator allows extremely fine positioning. Since the articulated arm can be shortened to a radius of 1.4 m, the device is particularly suitable for confined spaces.

"The SPEEDYFIL SP with a load capacity of 80 kg is to be placed as an intermediate solution between the POSIVEL models with a maximum of 60 kg and POSIFIL with a maximum of 140 kg, as it has a larger working stroke of 1.65 - 2.15 m based on its basic design," explains Dieter Hager, sales manager at Dalmec. "This is an advantage when palletising products, for example, as greater deposit heights are required here." The essential component of the SPEEDYFIL SP is a double articulated arm designed for 360° rotation. In addition, the applications of various pick-up devices, with which the products can be lifted and moved, are connected to the basic unit on two independent steel cables. A pneumatic cylinder, which is pressurised with compressed air, regulates the weight balance of the picked-up load in combination with the deflection rollers on the unit. The force acting on the cylinder is controlled by two preset compressed air circuits: the first circuit balances the weight of the pick-up device, the second circuit is responsible for balancing the picked-up load. The adjustment of the different load weights is done by a direct operation of the operator on the pick-up device or by guiding on the load itself.

Pneumatics ensure high precision
Due to the special design and the functional principle, the SPEEDYFIL has various advantages over alternative handling solutions: For example, pneumatics are much more sensitive than electronic controls, which are used in chain hoists, for example "You can guide directly at the product or via the operating elements and, due to the compressibility of the compressed air, you have the possibility to dose the lifting and lowering extremely precisely," explains Hager. Due to the exclusively pneumatic operation - at least 0.7 MPa is required - the device is also particularly reliable and easy to maintain.

For better ergonomics, the pneumatically controlled system is designed to follow the natural movement of the worker. This not only gives the manipulator a particularly high degree of manoeuvrability: "The amount of force required by the operator when positioning and moving the products is much lower than with other solutions, as the kinematics and the interaction of the basic unit with the extension arm mean that the movement sequence is optimally adapted to the worker," explains Hager. This means that the operator only has to exert a small amount of manual force for the movement, which leads to a more ergonomic activity. Thus, the operator can work through his entire workload evenly without having to fear physical restrictions due to lifting and carrying the loads.

Particularly narrow radius possible by shortening the articulated arm
Since the SPEEDYFIL is a rope device, it is particularly suitable as a cost-effective solution for simple pick-and-place tasks. Like every manipulator from Dalmec, its design and functional equipment can be adapted to the individual requirements and conditions in the respective company. The SPEEDYFIL offers a special option: It can also be used in narrow production and intralogistics areas, as its articulated arms can be shortened to such an extent that a radius of only 1.4 m is achieved. "This is due to a special design," says Hager. "With the SPEEDYFIL we achieve the required working stroke via a compensating cylinder with rack and pulleys, while with the POSIVEL and POSIFIL compensating cylinders with a winding unit for the ropes are used according to a pulley principle." This means that these devices always have a minimum overall length that is not can be shortened.

In principle, the SPEEDYFIL can be designed as a standing, floor-mounted, suspended or ceiling-movable version. For the latter, a special track system is used that allows a larger work area to be covered. This is a patented continuously cast aluminum profile that was specially designed by Dalmec to be able to accommodate eccentric moments. In contrast to steel profiles, the use of plastic carriage wheels prevents wear. These moving units were also designed by Dalmec and can be configured individually for the respective load.

Holding devices for a wide variety of products
Like the basic construction, the grippers of the SPEEDYFIL are also designed for the specific application: Suction devices as well as pneumatic parallel grippers and pantographs are suitable for handling cardboard boxes, for example. “The holding devices can be used for a wide variety of cardboard-packed products. Apart from the maximum weight, there are no restrictions here, ”explains Hager. "For use with suction devices, however, the products should be packed in high-quality cardboard boxes that ensure a low air flow."

Handling manipulators of the SPEEDYFIL SP model can be used in the food and beverage industry not only for cardboard boxes but also for water bottles, stainless steel mesh baskets with sacks, in the mechanical processing of rims and wheels or for loading and unloading processing centers as well as for sausage and ham molds be used. “After filling, the molds are closed and then have to be transferred from the workplace to a shelf trolley,” explains Hager. From an ergonomic point of view, this is too high for most employees. The SPEEDYFIL can support the employee in lifting the load and also cover the required height of the rack trolley.
(Dalmec GmbH)

New recycling record
 12.02.2021

New recycling record  (Company news)

Annual balance 2020: PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH can look back on its most successful year to date. More than 28,000 tonnes of PET material - equivalent to around 1.13 billion PET bottles - were used to produce valuable secondary raw material for new PET containers. This represents a further increase of 7.3 % compared to 2020.
(PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH)

Premium tequila 'Sangre de Vida' - Mexican elixir of life now also available in Germany
 12.02.2021

Premium tequila 'Sangre de Vida' - Mexican elixir of life now also available in Germany  (Company news)

SUCO's Import & Brand Distribution, specialist in exotic specialties further expands product portfolio in the spirits segment and introduces the limited-edition, multi-award-winning premium tequila "Sangre de Vida" in exceptional packaging

Image: Sangre de Vida product packaging. Photo credit: SUCOs

Sangre de Vida - "Blood of Life" translates as the latest achievement of SUCOs Import & Brand Distribution, specialists in high-quality products from South, Central and North America. The company has established itself as an expert for exceptional spirits specialties from the trendy country of Mexico.

Owner Christian Wurm keeps discovering very special products from Mexico that are convincing both in terms of taste and product design. This time, he presents German spirits lovers with Mexico's elixir of life: Sangre de Vida, a white premium tequila, in an eye-catching red glass bottle in the shape of a heart. The exquisite, white premium tequila (40% vol.) is made from 100% agave and has been triple distilled. The manufacturer of Sangre de Vida is Iconic Brands, a Mexican spirits producer known for the development and production of unusual, distinctive spirits and already represented in the SUCOS portfolio with several specialties such as DEADHEAD.

The production of Sangre de Vida begins with the careful roasting of the high-quality agave hearts in brick ovens. This centuries-old craft of slow cooking is followed by cooling, crushing and finally pressing the "piñas" into a "mosto" - a sweet juice that is then fermented for five days and then triple distilled.

In terms of taste, the white premium tequila Sangre de Vida convinces with its unique variety of aromas. On the nose, it is soft and spicy with agave in the foreground, followed by white flowers, bananas, citrus, anise, mint and a little pepper. On the palate it convinces with fruity and harmonious notes of sweet roasted agave, banana, citrus, green bell pepper as well as spices with a hint of minerals. On the finish, it delights with long-lasting, light notes of flowers, spices and fruit. Sangre de Vida is ideal for pure enjoyment and exotic cocktail creations.

Sangre de Vida has convinced not only private consumers, bartenders and sommeliers, but also international tequila experts, that it is not the external appearance but the content that counts. For example, Sangre de Vida was awarded Double Gold at the 2018 WSWA Tasting Competition, received 94 points from The Tasting Panel and 80 points from tequila matchmakers John Welch and 84 points from Lou Caruso.

Sangre de Vida is an absolute "must" for all fans of the alcoholic agave juice and those who want to discover premium tequila. This exceptional and limited edition specialty is available exclusively from SUCOs Import & Brand Distribution.
(SUCOs do Brasil - Productos Latino GmbH)

Now on sale: Yeni Rakı gift set with two Rakı glasses in new '1937' design
 11.02.2021

Now on sale: Yeni Rakı gift set with two Rakı glasses in new '1937' design  (Company news)

The world's number one Rakı spirits and market leader Yeni Rakı now presents a gift set that offers a 0.7l bottle of Yeni Rakı and two high-quality glasses in the recently introduced Yeni Rakı "1937" design. With this, Yeni Rakı is also reflecting on the founding period over 80 years ago in the trade and is carrying the unmistakable brand values of cohesion and community, combined with the highest quality standards, in an eye-catching way in the trade.

Designed in the unmistakable look of Yeni Rakı with blue and red color accents, consumers are invited to immerse themselves in the lively world of Yeni Rakı and dream of unforgettable evenings with friends on the Bosporus during the traditional Rakı ritual. The appropriate instructions are also well provided for: the Rakı ritual is clearly explained on the side of the gift set, so that nothing stands in the way of the next meze evening. "Togetherness," the renewed brand claim, is additionally highlighted by the illustration of two butting Rakı glasses as the central element of the design on the bottom of the gift set.

The gift set will be offered to stores in Germany, while stocks last, as a 6-pack carton and on 48-pack displays. In addition, it will be delivered as carton goods to German retailers. The RRP is €16.99.
(Borco-Marken-Import Matthiesen GmbH & Co. KG)

SIG partners with Framptons to install first combidome carton bottle filler in the UK
 11.02.2021

SIG partners with Framptons to install first combidome carton bottle filler in the UK  (Company news)

With the carton bottle combidome, contract packing solutions specialist Framptons will bring a unique packaging offer for an innovative range of beverages that includes plant-based drinks, smoothies, juices and dairy drinks in early 2021. SIG has partnered with Framptons to install a new generation combidome filler, which will be the first of its kind in the UK. The project makes Framptons the first SIG customer in Europe to fill plant-based beverages in combidome. Over the last decade Framptons has positioned itself as a specialist in the production of innovative beverages.

The UK is one of the leading European markets which is experiencing a surge in innovative drinks over the last five years. SIG’s carton bottle combidome is likely to become a big disruptor in packaging for its unique look and shape, as well as a gateway to launch exciting recipes from established brands to private label owners and even start-ups.

With this filler, customers will be able to enjoy the flexibility of the carton bottle combidome in three different filling volumes, as well as launch their products at different price points along with creating shelf-differentiation for end-consumers.

Highlighting the importance of this partnership, Will Martin, Business Development Director and Joint Owner at Framptons said: “I carried out a comprehensive review of available carton options looking for a format which would align with our business strategy to bring both innovation and breadth of choice to our customers. Whilst a broad range of options are available and many of these provide both a good consumer and packer solution – as soon as I saw combidome it immediately presented a stand out innovation opportunity. Both the aesthetics and practical function to me provided a step change for the beverage carton – the opening and pouring experience is exactly as a paper bottle and coupled with the flexible SIG system to provide the size range options is unrivalled. Since the decision to go ahead with this exciting investment the support and relationship with SIG has matured to provide a class leading partnership and I look forward to a successful and bright future for both this and future formats.”

combidome combines the best features of a carton and bottle, with convenient handling for consumers and easy opening and pouring from the single action domeTwist screw cap. The lightweight carton has an excellent environmental footprint, as it is fully recyclable and largely made from FSC™-certified paperboard. The combidome packaging solution also has the opportunity to include further enhancements such as SIGNATURE packaging material, where the polymers are linked to wood-based renewable material.

Russ Lisle, SIG UK & Ireland Key Account Manager for Framptons: “During the lifespan of this project we’ve built a great relationship with Framptons, who understand the benefits of using SIG technology for their UHT filling requirements. We’re positively looking forward to working with the Framptons team to introduce combidome into the UK and Ireland markets. We’re sure that together we will make this project a success for this region and drive market change by attracting new customers to our unique combidome carton bottles’ responsible, sustainable and differentiation capability.”

The partnership between SIG and Framptons creates a platform in the British and Irish markets to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs. It is also an important step in SIG’s Way Beyond Good journey to become a net-positive business.
(SIG Combibloc Ltd)

No lockdown for sustainability
 10.02.2021

No lockdown for sustainability  (Company news)

Large majority of Germans want beverage deposits and sustainable solutions for takeaway and delivery services, according to survey by dvi and WWF.

While restaurants and cafes remain closed to patrons during the lockdown, take-away and delivery services are booming at Corona times. A good 83 percent of Germans pick up their drinks and meals or have them delivered, according to a recent representative survey by WWF and the German Packaging Institute e.V. (dvi). More than three-quarters of respondents would like to see sustainable packaging (78.5%). Recyclable disposable containers for disposal via the dual system top the list of favorites with a good 50 percent (51.5 %). Private containers follow in second and third place (31.6%), as do deposit containers from restaurants (24%). Private cans are particularly popular with women (35.4% vs. 27.9%). In contrast, men reach for disposable containers more often than women (21.2% vs. 13.5%). Overall, 17.4% of respondents prefer disposable single-use containers regardless of their material and recyclability. Another 13.8 percent don't care how the food and beverages are packaged. The figures show that the clear majority are concerned and prefer more ecological options.

In addition, during the Corona pandemic, the general willingness to deposit has also increased among the population. Compared to a survey conducted in February 2020, the proportion of people who would in principle also return other packaging in return for a deposit grew by another five percent - to a now proud 85 percent. The most likely option for those willing to do so is an additional deposit system for all single-use beverage bottles and cans (regardless of content) (72.6%). This means that a draft bill by the German Environment Ministry to extend the mandatory deposit to precisely this product group has met with broad approval. Around 40% can also imagine a deposit system for hygiene and personal care products (40.2%) and detergents and cleaning products (39.2%). Overall, women are more open to the subject and are more likely to accept almost all variants than men. Just eight percent of the total respondents reject the idea of extending the range, as it is either too unhygienic (7.8%) or too time-consuming (7.3%) for them.

Dr. Martin Bethke, Head of Markets & Companies at WWF Germany, says: "The WWF and dvi survey shows a positive trend among consumers. They are taking a closer look at packaging and favoring more sustainable offerings. Of course, we would like to see even more people using reusable containers instead of recyclable disposable containers for deliveries. And then, of course, that these are returned and reused frequently. Because only then are they really more sustainable. It is up to restaurants and cafés to expand their offerings in this area or to accept private containers more generously. Politics must set the framework: It should promote a switch to resource-saving containers with appropriate initiatives."

Kim Cheng, executive director of the dvi is pleased that "neither pandemic nor lockdown can stop the quest for more sustainability. People are willing to actively support more sustainable solutions and do their part in the circular economy by taking packaging to the deposit machine after use or sending it for recycling via the yellow bag. Many factors play a role in deciding which packaging is the most ecological: from the choice of materials and the use of energy, water and chemicals for cleaning, to transport routes, volume and weight. Therefore, an ecological leader is not always easy to define and depends on the respective circumstances. One thing is certain, however: recyclable packaging, deposit or reusable solutions all have their justification and should completely replace non-recyclable packaging. To this end, companies in the packaging industry are developing more and more innovative solutions."
(Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V. (dvi))

Ball Announces New Aluminum End Manufacturing Facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky; ..
 10.02.2021

Ball Announces New Aluminum End Manufacturing Facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky; ..  (Company news)

...Production Scheduled to Begin in Early-2022

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) announced plans to build a new aluminum end manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The facility is scheduled to begin production in early-2022 and expand over multiple years to create approximately 200 manufacturing jobs.

"Our new Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility will provide aluminum end supply to Ball's expanding North American network of beverage can manufacturing plants," said Colin Gillis, president, beverage packaging, North & Central America. "Bowling Green will join our industry-leading network of more than 20 North American plants, including two new beverage can manufacturing plants currently under construction in Glendale, Arizona, and Pittston, Pennsylvania, scheduled to start up in early- and mid-2021, respectively. These investments will align our end production with our beverage can capacity investments, and are supported by numerous long-term customer contracts to serve the unprecedented demand for sustainable aluminum packaging while furthering Ball's Drive for 10 vision for long-term success."

The facility will supply infinitely recyclable, lightweight aluminum ends to regional and national customers for growing beverage categories and brands. Ball plans to expand the facility over multiple years through the installation of additional end modules.

Ball chose Bowling Green for its new facility to supply robust Midwestern aluminum beverage packaging growth because of the city's proximity to main distribution routes and existing supply chain partners, the regional labor base and the cooperation of state, regional and local officials. Infinitely recyclable and economically valuable, Ball's aluminum ends, cans, bottles and cups enable a truly circular economy in which materials can be and actually are used again and again. In fact, 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today.
(Ball Corporation)

ALPLA expediting a bottle cycle in Italy
 09.02.2021

ALPLA expediting a bottle cycle in Italy   (Company news)

Construction of an extrusion system in Anagni for 15,000 tonnes of rPET a year

Photo: The ALPLA Group is investing in an extrusion system for recycled PET at its site in Anagni, Italy.

The global manufacturer of plastic packaging and recycling specialist, the ALPLA Group, is investing more than five million euros in an extrusion system for food-grade recycled PET (rPET) made of used PET bottles (so-called post-consumer material) at its site in Anagni.

Anagni in central Italy is home to one of the ALPLA Group’s most important preform production plants. The plant, which currently has a workforce of 91, processes around 50,000 tonnes of PET a year, of which only a very small proportion is recycled material as of today. But in future a substantial portion of the volume required is henceforth to be supplied in the form of recycled material, giving customers the option of sourcing preforms made partly or even entirely of rPET.

To this end, ALPLA is installing an extrusion system for 15,000 tonnes of rPET a year at the existing business premises. The investment sum for construction of the building needed and for the system totals more than five million euros. It is scheduled to go into operation in the second half of 2021. Ten new jobs will be created.

Exploiting synergies
‘We will buy in PET flakes made from used household packaging from local recyclers, process them into food-grade rPET and then use this at the site for preforms,’ says Fabio Mazzarella, Plant Manager in Anagni. According to Mazzarella, production of the recycled material right there in the processing operations results in attractive synergies in logistics and warehousing and potentially also energy.

Boosting the circular economy
Georg Lässer, Head of Corporate Recycling at ALPLA, considers the investment in central Italy to be a foresighted strategic decision. ‘We want to promote the bottle-to-bottle cycle and avoid downcycling. In addition, we would like to boost local recycling solutions in a region that does not have the necessary infrastructure for the bottle loop up to now’ the recycling expert explains. The demand for recycled material can currently be managed well. ‘But with this measure, we are ensuring that we can offer our customers optimum support with realising new specifications and targets in the long term too and that we can offer them top-quality recycled materials.’
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)

Tart Hibiscus - San Aperitivo - Non-alcoholic aperitif culture
 09.02.2021

Tart Hibiscus - San Aperitivo - Non-alcoholic aperitif culture  (Company news)

The tart sweetness of the hibiscus flowers is buffered by rosemary, bitter orange, elderberries and vanilla. The finish is subtly smoky and ends on a subtle whiskey note.

Herber Hibiscus - San Aperitivo combines the complexity of Berlin as well as the most popular flavor trends in one aperitif. The Berlin aperitif culture celebrates those short, precious moments before the culinary pleasure in the finest way. Restraint is not the essence of this aperitif: it catches the eye, lingers on the tongue, surprises and intoxicates.

Edition Am Tacheles:
Inspired by the new Berlin urban quarter AM TACHELES and the finely composed residential building VERT by architects Herzog & de Meuron, this non-alcoholic aperitif was developed because the intensive examination of history, tradition and details also characterizes the work of Herzog & de Meuron. A wonderfully relaxed retreat in the center of Berlin. A new home for enjoyment and lifestyle.
(Dr. Jaglas - Jagla & Jagla GbR)

Looking forward to spring: soft colours for the terrace
 08.02.2021

Looking forward to spring: soft colours for the terrace  (Firmennews)

Mank welcomes guests with fresh accents on the table

Picture: MANK motif INDUSTRY nature

"Hardly any other start to the season have our customers longed for as much as the upcoming outdoor season in the catering industry!" is how Mank Art Director Rotraud Hümmerich describes the mood among hosts in the country. The current spring/summer collection 2021 at MANK Designed Paper Products, which has just been presented, is also characterised by the anticipation of spring and summer.

The newly presented designs for spring, but especially the extended colour combinations of successful motifs from previous years, show how individually and diversely Mank responds to the wishes of customers and hosts. New to the range are, among others, the HERMINE and INDUSTRY motifs. With their delicate colours and graphically sophisticated designs, they convey all the lightness of spring. Hardly any other motif is so straightforwardly adaptable to a wide variety of furnishings in the catering and hotel sectors.

Rotraud Hümmerich and her team have of course once again come up with suitable offers for the stylishly laid table for special occasions around the gastronomic annual programme. This starts with the herb themes, continues with SPARGEL and ERDBEEREN and ends with seasonal table tops such as Mediterranean offers or a hearty decoration for fancy barbecue events.

In view of the prevailing requirements, the collection always includes aids for complying with current hygiene standards: both the protective bottle and glass covers and the tried-and-tested pocket napkins, which transport the cutlery to the guest with special protection, are part of the collection.
(Mank GmbH Designed Paper Products)

The date for interpack 2023 is set!
 08.02.2021

The date for interpack 2023 is set!   (Company news)

components will be held alongside once more

The next interpack will take place from 04 to 10 May 2023 at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Centre. Messe Düsseldorf set this date in agreement with its partners and committees. Interested companies from the packaging sector and the associated processing industry will be able to register online at www.interpack.com from the end of March/beginning of April provided all goes to plan. Exhibitors who were approved for interpack 2021, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, have already been able to reserve their stand positions for 2023 and will now be able to rebook when they register.

components will take place in parallel with interpack. It is oriented towards the supplier sector for the packaging and processing industry. You can register for components in the same period as interpack by accessing www.packaging-components.com.

www.interpack.com and www.packaging-components.com will regularly provide information on industry trends and innovations up until the next edition of both trade fairs. The online presence of the upcoming interpack and components 2023 is also being built up and expanded.
(Messe Düsseldorf GmbH)

Contactless and precise determination of the volumetric flow in systems and piping
 08.02.2021

Contactless and precise determination of the volumetric flow in systems and piping  (Company news)

Picture: GEMÜ 3040 ultrasonic flowmeters

GEMÜ, the manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems, is bringing the new GEMÜ 3040 ultrasonic flowmeter the market which can be used to determine conductive and non-conductive volumetric flows of liquids in a contactless process.

The GEMÜ 3040 ultrasonic flowmeter is distinguished by its suitability for a wide range of nominal sizes (DN 10 to 50), its lack of moving parts in the media-wetted area and its increased accuracy and reproducibility of measurement results. The device can be used to measure both conductive and non-conductive media within a pressure range of 0 to 16 bar with an accuracy of 2% of the current measured value. The flowmeter can be used in a temperature range of between -10 °C and 80 °C.

Its high-quality plastic body means that the flowmeter can be used for corrosive media, such as acids and alkalis. Its use in cooling circuits, chemical processes and water supply projects make up just a small part of the GEMÜ 3040's diverse areas of application.

The illuminated display, which is installed as standard, means that programming can be carried out directly on-site. In addition, all of the important operating parameters can be read directly on the flowmeter and it comes with integrated empty pipe monitoring and a quantity measuring device as standard. In order to optimize integration into different applications, all of the standard electrical and mechanical connections are also provided.

As sensor systems are also often used in control circuits as part of process automation and monitoring, the GEMÜ 3040 measurement device can be combined with a GEMÜ valve and GEMÜ positioner or process controller to form a complete pressure control system.

With the launch of this ultrasonic flowmeter, GEMÜ is further expanding its product range of measurement systems. In addition, the GEMÜ C38 SonicLine ultrasonic flowmeter remains available for ultra pure applications.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)

Ball Plans To Build New Aluminum Can Plant Near Pilsen, Czechia, Creating 200 Jobs
 05.02.2021

Ball Plans To Build New Aluminum Can Plant Near Pilsen, Czechia, Creating 200 Jobs  (Company news)

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL), a leading maker of infinitely recyclable aluminium packaging, intends to begin construction of a new production facility at Pilsen Digital Park in the spring of 2021. The development, in the West of Czech Republic, would expand Ball's output in the region to meet the growing demand from consumers who want sustainable and recyclable beverage packaging. The €170 million facility plans to employ up to 200 people and launch operations in October 2022.

"This new facility is the next step in our commitment to the Czech Republic. In the Pilsen region we know we can find a skilled workforce close to our key customers, who will continue to benefit from our cutting-edge production processes, our commitment to the environment and a high-quality and sustainable beverage package," Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA, said, noting the €170 million investment is part of a broader strategy for increased investment in the wider EMEA region.

The new factory, with two production lines, is planned to occupy a site of more than 100,000 m2 in the Pilsen Digital Park, enabling further expansion when required. Its construction is to be divided into two phases. The first would create around 150 new jobs and the second, raise the total to some 200 professional jobs in engineering and support roles.

"We plan to install sophisticated automated equipment at the facility, leveraging the latest modern technologies to minimize environmental impacts, and strengthened by our recent commitment to 100% renewable energy to cover our operations in Europe," said Gerhard Mayer, VP, Operations, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA.

Aluminium cans are the world's most recycled beverage package and can be recycled over and over with minimal losses, supporting the shift to a truly circular economy. Aluminium offers beverage brands a stylish, light package which keep drinks fresh and cool, and which maximises transport capacity.
(Ball Corporation)

Better Juice, GEA Join to Disrupt Global Juice Industry
 05.02.2021

Better Juice, GEA Join to Disrupt Global Juice Industry  (Company news)

Better Juice signed a joint venture with GEA Group to scale up its sugar-reduction technology

Better Juice, Ltd., the sugar-reduction foodTech start-up, has announced a collaboration with GEA Group AG, Germany, a world leader in process engineering for the food and beverage sectors, in a push to scale up and expand its global footprint. This move comes as part of Better Juice’s commitment to transform the global juice industry through advancing its technology for reducing all sugars in orange juices.

Better Juice and GEA TDS GmbH agreed to collaboratively construct and install the sugar reduction innovative solution to reduce all types of sugars in orange juice and market the system globally. Under this strategic partnership GEA will engineer, design, manufacture, and install the bioreactor that reduces sugars via Better Juice’s proprietary enzymatic process. Better Juice will produce the immobilized microorganisms for the enzymatic process.

The agreement contributes to Better Juice’s goals of broadening its outreach and support to the global juice industry. The company’s breakthrough technology effectively solves the sugar-reduction conundrum without negatively impacting the natural nutritional values and prebiotic benefits of fresh orange juice :- a key challenge in this effort.

The start-up’s enzymatic technology uses all-natural ingredients to convert fructose, glucose, and sucrose into prebiotic dietary fibers and other non-digestible molecules. It can reduce up to 80% of sugars in orange juice. Better Juice’s non-GMO technology is designed to target the specific sugar composition in orange juice to naturally create a low-calorie, reduced-sugar product with a delicate sweetness, without sweeteners or other additives used to replace the sugars.

“This exciting collaboration marks a major milestone in Better Juice’s scale-up plans and advances the commercialization of our technology,” explains Eran Blachinsky, PhD, founder and CEO of Better Juice. “GEA possesses a sterling reputation in the field of process technology and will be a strong engineering partner. This collaboration will allow for smooth integration of our enzymatic technology into juice production companies seeking to meet the sugar-reduction trend. It will undoubtedly open doors for us and accelerate sales growth internationally,” adds Blachinsky.

"GEA is constantly seeking to work with companies developing innovative solutions and cutting-edge, sustainable technologies that benefit consumers’ nutrition and lifestyles,” says Colm O’Gorman, Head of Sales Management for GEA’s Global Technology Center for Non-Alcoholic Beverages. “Better Juice is an excellent fit, and we are eager to help them develop the market for sugar-reduced juices."

GEA will design three instruments with small, medium, large production capacities within several months to address various requirements of juice companies. The 200L device will launch within a few months. Each device will be customized to the manufacturer’s needs and limitations, with Better Juice & GEA providing full-service support. “This means that Better Juice can become a global player in the sugar-reduction market, with local support and service teams in each country,” explains Gali Yarom, Co-founder, COO, and VP of Business Development for Better Juice.
(Better Juice Ltd)

Berentzen-Gruppe: Fiscal year 2020 closed profitably - Outlook 2021 presented
 04.02.2021

Berentzen-Gruppe: Fiscal year 2020 closed profitably - Outlook 2021 presented  (Company news)

-Group sales in 2020 amount to 154.6 million euros
-Group operating profit (EBIT) of 5.2 million euros achieved
-Sales and earnings in fiscal 2021 expected to be at previous year's level

Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft (ISIN: DE0005201602), listed on the Regulated Market (General Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, announced preliminary, unaudited financial results for the 2020 financial year and an outlook for the 2021 financial year.

Accordingly, the group of companies generated consolidated sales revenues of EUR 154.6 million last year (2019: EUR 167.4 million). Group operating earnings before interest and taxes (Group EBIT) in fiscal 2020 were expected to be €5.2 million (2019: €9.8 million), while Group operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Group EBITDA) were expected to be €14.1 million (2019: €18.4 million).

"The Group's key performance indicators for the 2020 financial year are thus within the ranges we forecast last July," said Oliver Schwegmann (photo), member of the Executive Board of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft. For the 2020 financial year, the Berentzen Group had expected consolidated revenues in a range of EUR 153.0 million to EUR 160.0 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. The Group had withdrawn its original forecast last March against the background of the coronavirus pandemic and was unable to issue a new forecast until July due to the associated uncertainties.

"The coronavirus pandemic did lead to a significant drop in sales and earnings, but in the end we managed to close every single quarter solidly profitable," Schwegmann said. In particular, the almost complete closure of the catering business in the second and fourth quarters, but also the massive curtailment of private and public celebrations throughout the year, had a negative impact on the Berentzen Group's business activities. In this context, the important year-end business with branded spirits in particular suffered from the consequences of the pandemic. "The fact that we achieved a clearly positive result as a Group despite these challenges is thanks to our strategy of broadly positioning the corporate group with the Spirits, Non-alcoholic Beverages and Fresh Juice Systems segments and also covering different distribution channels. This diversification enabled us to somewhat cushion slumps in particularly affected product categories and sales channels through growth in comparatively pandemic-resistant products," says Schwegmann.

Outlook for fiscal 2021
In a capital market announcement today, the Berentzen Group presented a forecast for the 2021 financial year. The corporate group expects 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. EBIT and EBITDA are thus forecast in exactly the same range as in the previous year. "The ongoing restrictions on private and social life due to the coronavirus pandemic will continue to have a noticeable impact on our business activities, so that the 2021 financial year as a whole will be under similar auspices to 2020 and a comparable level of sales and earnings can therefore be expected. With the increase in vaccination numbers, we expect a gradual return to public life as the year progresses and are therefore convinced that we will once again operate profitably in the second pandemic year," emphasizes Schwegmann.

He added that the lockdown situation, which has already lasted for many weeks, will mean that the first three months of fiscal 2021 will fall significantly short of the prior-year quarter, which was not marked by massive restrictions until the second half of March. "But we also know that the sociable joie de vivre and celebrating in community will come back into people's lives - even if only in small steps at first. This is precisely what the Berentzen Group stands for with its products. Then we as a group of companies will also return to our growth path that was interrupted by Corona," says Schwegmann.

The preliminary results of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft are subject to the auditor's certification and the approval of the Supervisory Board. The final business results as well as more detailed information on the 2020 financial year and the 2021 forecast will be published as scheduled on March 25, 2021, together with the 2020 Annual Report.
(Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft)

'The situation in the brewing industry is dramatic' - DBB evaluates the crisis year 2020 and ...
 04.02.2021

'The situation in the brewing industry is dramatic' - DBB evaluates the crisis year 2020 and ...  (Company news)

... calls for effective aid

The Corona pandemic in 2020 led to massive losses in the German brewing industry. According to the Federal Statistical Office, a total of 8.7 billion liters of beer were sold in 2020, the lowest volume since the statistics were reformed in 1993. Compared to the previous year, this was a record 5.5 percent drop in sales. "The situation in the brewing industry is dramatic and unprecedented in the post-war period," explained the chief executive of the Deutsche Brauer-Bund, Holger Eichele, in Berlin.

The crisis in the brewing industry is far deeper than the latest sales figures suggest at first glance. For according to a survey by the German Brewers Association, breweries suffered a drop in sales of 23 percent on average in the crisis year 2020. "The several-month lockdown of the restaurant industry, the ban on events and the collapse of important foreign markets hit the brewing industry hard," Eichele said. With the lockdowns and the resulting collapse of the draft beer market, breweries had "lost a large part of their economic basis from one day to the next." Merchandise worth millions has already been destroyed, he said. "The larger a brewery's food service and event business, the more devastating the financial losses," he said. While some companies that sell their beers mainly in retail and only to a small extent in the catering trade are coming through the crisis much better, the other businesses are complaining of massive and often existence-threatening drops in sales, which in individual cases amount to up to 70 percent."

According to the German Federal Statistical Office, 82.6 percent of total beer sales in 2020 were for domestic consumption and were taxed. Here, sales also fell by 5.5 percent to 7.2 billion liters. Tax-free - as exports and home brew for brewery employees - 1.5 billion liters of beer were sold, almost six percent less. Looking at exports, 778.2 million liters (-13.1%) went to EU countries and 725.3 million liters (+3.7%) to non-EU countries.

According to the statistics, closed bars and restaurants, canceled festivals and other major events caused a sharp decline in beer sales compared with the same period last year, particularly in April (-17.3%) and May (-13.0%). The summer months saw a slight recovery in the market as a result of relaxed restrictions, but overall restaurant sales remained well below expectations. The renewed tightening of Corona restrictions caused the beer market to slump again from fall 2020. In November alone, 14.1% less beer was sold compared to the same month of the previous year.

Beer sales in Germany have been falling steadily for years. Since 1993 - the year the new version of the Beer Tax Act came into force - the volume of beer sold has fallen by a total of 2.5 billion liters or 22.3%. While per capita consumption of beer in Germany was still 146 liters in 1980, it fell to around 87 liters in 2020. This does not include non-alcoholic beers, which now have a market share of seven percent in Germany.

The Deutsche Brauer-Bund (German Brewers Association), the umbrella organization of the brewing industry, criticized the inadequate aid programs of the federal and state governments in view of the difficult situation of many businesses. It said that far-reaching aid measures had been developed for the catering industry - but that the 1,500 predominantly craft and medium-sized breweries, as those indirectly affected, were left empty-handed, with a few exceptions. "We are talking about businesses that have often been family-owned for generations, that have survived world wars, economic and currency crises - and are now facing the end through no fault of their own, because all reserves have been used up," says Holger Eichele. "From week to week more breweries get into existential distress through no fault of their own. If the federal government and the states do not take targeted and decisive countermeasures here, many breweries are threatened with insolvency. The businesses urgently need help and a perspective."
(Deutscher Brauer-Bund e.V. - DBB)

Industry initiative Climate Neutrality 2030 started - VDM and GDB accompany ...
 04.02.2021

Industry initiative Climate Neutrality 2030 started - VDM and GDB accompany ...  (Company news)

...Mineral Water Industry Towards Climate Neutrality

The German mineral water industry is further expanding its commitment to climate protection and launching the industry initiative "Climate Neutrality 2030". By 2030 at the latest, the entire process chain of natural mineral water is to be made climate neutral. With this initiative, the Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen (VDM) and the Genossenschaft Deutscher Brunnen (GDB) are accompanying the mineral water industry on its path to climate neutrality. As part of the International Green Week 2021, the VDM and the GDB are presenting the industry-wide commitment to climate protection.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Its increasingly noticeable effects make ambitious climate protection targets necessary. The need for action by individual companies and entire sectors of the economy is high. "For the mineral water industry and the natural product mineral water, active climate protection means both protecting water as a resource and investing in the future," emphasized VDM Chairman Dr. Karl Tack (photo) at the launch press conference for the industry's Climate Neutrality 2030 initiative. German mineral water companies have always accepted their social responsibility by operating sustainably. Some mineral springs are now also already operating in an exemplary climate-neutral manner. "Our goal is for not just individual companies, but the entire mineral water sector, to take the path to climate neutrality by 2030. We want to achieve the goal well ahead of the 2050 target set by the international community, so that we can continue to live up to the pioneering role of the mineral water industry in terms of sustainability and environmental protection with mineral water as a natural product," Tack continued.

With the Climate Neutrality 2030 initiative, VDM is supporting its member companies in making a significant contribution to climate protection. "The initiative focuses on the effective avoidance and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the complete offsetting of the remaining emissions along the entire process chain of the natural product mineral water. In concrete terms, then, the aim is for mineral springs to make the CO2 footprint of natural mineral water climate-neutral by 2030 at the latest," says VDM Managing Director Udo Kremer, explaining the goals of the industry initiative. To achieve this, the initiative aims to take full account of Scopes 1 to 3 in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. In addition to avoiding direct emissions resulting from the extraction and bottling of the natural product mineral water (Scope 1), the focus is particularly on converting operations to the use of renewable energies (Scope 2) and reducing emissions in upstream and downstream processes such as packaging and transport (Scope 3) as far as possible. The remaining, unavoidable CO2 emissions are to be offset by climate protection projects.

In the course of this year, VDM will develop the concrete roadmap as well as an industry guide defining uniform criteria and interim targets for the industry and describing specific measures and recommendations for action. "VDM has already concluded framework agreements with experienced compensation providers, with which we achieve economies of scale and support mineral water companies efficiently and effectively in implementing climate protection measures," explains Kremer. The decisive factors in the selection of the compensation providers were a convincing overall concept, seriousness with regard to compensation projects, and expertise in drawing up CO2 balances.

GDB returnable pools become climate neutral
On the way to climate neutrality, GDB supports the mineral water industry in its commitment to climate and environmental protection. By 2030 at the latest, the entire GDB returnable pool system is to be gradually converted to climate neutrality. On the packaging side, GDB is thus making a significant contribution to the industry initiative. "With a market share of more than 40 percent for packaging in the mineral water market and over 70 percent for returnable bottles, we can make an effective contribution to the industry's climate protection initiative," explains GDB CEO Markus Wolff. He added that in the coming years GDB would also successively convert associated parts of the company, such as the PETCYCLE recycling system, as well as other parts of the product range to climate neutrality. "The well-known pearl bottle has already been a symbol of sustainable packaging for decades. In the future, it will also become a role model for climate-neutral beverage packaging."

GDB is achieving the goal of climate-neutral returnable pools by already supplying all new pool bottles last year and, since the beginning of the current fiscal year, all new pool returnable bottles and crates to mineral water companies in a climate-neutral manner. "In the course of the ongoing quality-assured replacement of refillable bottles and crates, the proportion of climate-neutral bottles is thus increasing by an average of around 10 percent per year. By 2030 at the latest, the reusable pools will then be completely climate-neutral," explains Wolff. At the same time, he adds, the proportion of greenhouse gases that have to be offset by compensatory measures will fall as climate protection measures and targets are gradually implemented in the supply chain.

GDB has already achieved its first partial targets. The N containers made of glass launched in 2018 will be the first fully climate-neutral pool in GDB's reusable system. Here, the opportunity is now being taken to retroactively offset the CO2 emissions already incurred for the production of bottles and crates. "In addition, GDB and VDM have already been working in a climate-neutral manner themselves at the Bonn site since fiscal year 2018/19 and 2020, respectively," adds Wolff. "But the main part of the work is still ahead of us. We will now implement this together with the industry."

German mineral water companies operate sustainably and treat natural resources with care as part of their livelihood. With the unique reusable and deposit return system in Germany and investments in modern bottling plants, they have already been making an active contribution to environmental protection for years.
(VDM Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen e.V.)

Industry initiative Climate Neutrality 2030 started - VDM and GDB accompany ...
 04.02.2021

Industry initiative Climate Neutrality 2030 started - VDM and GDB accompany ...  (Company news)

...Mineral Water Industry Towards Climate Neutrality

The German mineral water industry is further expanding its commitment to climate protection and launching the industry initiative "Climate Neutrality 2030". By 2030 at the latest, the entire process chain of natural mineral water is to be made climate neutral. With this initiative, the Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen (VDM) and the Genossenschaft Deutscher Brunnen (GDB) are accompanying the mineral water industry on its path to climate neutrality. As part of the International Green Week 2021, the VDM and the GDB are presenting the industry-wide commitment to climate protection.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Its increasingly noticeable effects make ambitious climate protection targets necessary. The need for action by individual companies and entire sectors of the economy is high. "For the mineral water industry and the natural product mineral water, active climate protection means both protecting water as a resource and investing in the future," emphasized VDM Chairman Dr. Karl Tack (photo) at the launch press conference for the industry's Climate Neutrality 2030 initiative. German mineral water companies have always accepted their social responsibility by operating sustainably. Some mineral springs are now also already operating in an exemplary climate-neutral manner. "Our goal is for not just individual companies, but the entire mineral water sector, to take the path to climate neutrality by 2030. We want to achieve the goal well ahead of the 2050 target set by the international community, so that we can continue to live up to the pioneering role of the mineral water industry in terms of sustainability and environmental protection with mineral water as a natural product," Tack continued.

With the Climate Neutrality 2030 initiative, VDM is supporting its member companies in making a significant contribution to climate protection. "The initiative focuses on the effective avoidance and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the complete offsetting of the remaining emissions along the entire process chain of the natural product mineral water. In concrete terms, then, the aim is for mineral springs to make the CO2 footprint of natural mineral water climate-neutral by 2030 at the latest," says VDM Managing Director Udo Kremer, explaining the goals of the industry initiative. To achieve this, the initiative aims to take full account of Scopes 1 to 3 in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. In addition to avoiding direct emissions resulting from the extraction and bottling of the natural product mineral water (Scope 1), the focus is particularly on converting operations to the use of renewable energies (Scope 2) and reducing emissions in upstream and downstream processes such as packaging and transport (Scope 3) as far as possible. The remaining, unavoidable CO2 emissions are to be offset by climate protection projects.

In the course of this year, VDM will develop the concrete roadmap as well as an industry guide defining uniform criteria and interim targets for the industry and describing specific measures and recommendations for action. "VDM has already concluded framework agreements with experienced compensation providers, with which we achieve economies of scale and support mineral water companies efficiently and effectively in implementing climate protection measures," explains Kremer. The decisive factors in the selection of the compensation providers were a convincing overall concept, seriousness with regard to compensation projects, and expertise in drawing up CO2 balances.

GDB returnable pools become climate neutral
On the way to climate neutrality, GDB supports the mineral water industry in its commitment to climate and environmental protection. By 2030 at the latest, the entire GDB returnable pool system is to be gradually converted to climate neutrality. On the packaging side, GDB is thus making a significant contribution to the industry initiative. "With a market share of more than 40 percent for packaging in the mineral water market and over 70 percent for returnable bottles, we can make an effective contribution to the industry's climate protection initiative," explains GDB CEO Markus Wolff. He added that in the coming years GDB would also successively convert associated parts of the company, such as the PETCYCLE recycling system, as well as other parts of the product range to climate neutrality. "The well-known pearl bottle has already been a symbol of sustainable packaging for decades. In the future, it will also become a role model for climate-neutral beverage packaging."

GDB is achieving the goal of climate-neutral returnable pools by already supplying all new pool bottles last year and, since the beginning of the current fiscal year, all new pool returnable bottles and crates to mineral water companies in a climate-neutral manner. "In the course of the ongoing quality-assured replacement of refillable bottles and crates, the proportion of climate-neutral bottles is thus increasing by an average of around 10 percent per year. By 2030 at the latest, the reusable pools will then be completely climate-neutral," explains Wolff. At the same time, he adds, the proportion of greenhouse gases that have to be offset by compensatory measures will fall as climate protection measures and targets are gradually implemented in the supply chain.

GDB has already achieved its first partial targets. The N containers made of glass launched in 2018 will be the first fully climate-neutral pool in GDB's reusable system. Here, the opportunity is now being taken to retroactively offset the CO2 emissions already incurred for the production of bottles and crates. "In addition, GDB and VDM have already been working in a climate-neutral manner themselves at the Bonn site since fiscal year 2018/19 and 2020, respectively," adds Wolff. "But the main part of the work is still ahead of us. We will now implement this together with the industry."

German mineral water companies operate sustainably and treat natural resources with care as part of their livelihood. With the unique reusable and deposit return system in Germany and investments in modern bottling plants, they have already been making an active contribution to environmental protection for years.
(VDM Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen e.V.)

Cognex Introduces the In-Sight 3D-L4000 Vision System
 03.02.2021

Cognex Introduces the In-Sight 3D-L4000 Vision System  (Company news)

Breakthrough technology makes 3D inspection as easy as 2D vision

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the leader in industrial machine vision, introduces the In-Sight® 3D-L4000 embedded vision system. Featuring 3D laser displacement technology, this first-of-its-kind smart camera allows engineers to quickly, accurately, and cost effectively solve a range of inspections on automated production lines.

“Until now, 3D has been too expensive and complicated to solve inspection applications for most customers,” John Keating, 3D Business Unit Manager. “The In-Sight 3D-L4000 breaks previous barriers by providing a massive suite of true 3D vision tools and making them as easy to use as the industry leading In-Sight 2D vision tools.”

The 3D-L4000 combines patented speckle-free blue laser optics and the broadest range of true 3D vision tools with the flexibility of the In-Sight spreadsheet. This all-in-one solution quickly captures and processes 3D images with spectacular quality during inline inspection, guidance, and gauging applications.

By allowing users to place vision tools directly on a true 3D image of the part, the 3D-L4000 delivers greater accuracy compared to traditional systems, expanding the types of inspections that can be performed. Moreover, because inspections are in 3D, users can immediately experience how the vision tools operate on the actual part.

The 3D-L4000 includes all the traditional 3D measurement tools users expect such as plane and height finding. It also comes with a comprehensive set of 3D vision tools, designed from the ground up to leverage inspections in a true 3D space.

The intuitive In-Sight spreadsheet interface quickly and easily sets up and runs 3D applications without the need for programming or external processing. It simplifies application development and streamlines factory integration with a full I/O and communications function set. It also enables the ability to combine 2D and 3D vision tools in the same application, leading to faster deployments.

The In-Sight 3D-L4000 comes in three factory calibrated fields of view and is ideal for applications across a range of industries including food and beverage, consumer products, packaging, automotive, medical devices, and electronics.
(Cognex Germany)

Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America Rescheduled for September 9-12, ...
 03.02.2021

Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America Rescheduled for September 9-12, ...  (Company news)

...Moved to Denver

Annual event provides vital resources as craft brewers look to the future

The 38th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference® & Brew Expo America® (CBC) presented by the Brewers Association, will return to Denver, September 9-12, 2021. The premier conference and trade show for the craft brewing industry was originally scheduled to take place in San Diego, March 29-April 1, 2021, but has been rescheduled due to the ongoing pandemic.

“Shifting to September in Denver provides us with an opportunity to potentially convene in person, making it possible to do what brewers do best—build community through sharing our expertise and passion, and learn from each other,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association.

Final confirmation of the in-person event remains dependent on health and safety protocols at the time of the conference. If an in-person event is not possible due to COVID-19 related concerns, the conference will move online. Registration for attendees and media is anticipated to open in April 2021.

“The past year has been tumultuous for the craft brewing community, as we’ve faced a number of challenges. But we are resilient,” said Pease. “We know that maintaining craft beer’s health and vitality for the future starts with CBC and the cultivation and education of our professionals. We hope to see everyone in Denver this fall.”

The conference provides the latest in technical brewing resources, education, and business development opportunities for professionals who work across the spectrum of craft beer. Seminars across eight educational tracks have been developed to help brewers remain relevant and stay competitive in the ever-changing business climate. BrewExpo America, the largest trade show of its kind in North America, is the ultimate “one-stop shop” for brewers looking to invest in their businesses and make important connections with vendors.

The 2019 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America generated $37.9 million in direct spending in Denver and attracted nearly 15,000 brewing industry professionals.

In addition to the rescheduling of CBC, the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition and awards ceremony, historically held in Denver, will also shift, with the awards announced during CBC on September 10.
(Brewers Association (BA))

Symrise discloses sales figures and confirms profitability target for full year 2020
 02.02.2021

Symrise discloses sales figures and confirms profitability target for full year 2020  (Company news)

• Solid growth despite global coronavirus pandemic and cybersecurity attack in mid-December
• Organic sales growth of 2.7 % in the financial year 2020
• Group sales in reporting currency up 3.3 % to € 3.521 billion
• Profitability target for 2020 confirmed / expected EBITDA margin at the lower end of the guidance range of 21 to 22 %

Symrise AG announces its sales figures for the financial year 2020 due to a special event end of last year. The Company achieved organic sales growth of 2.7 % which is slightly below the targeted range of 3 to 4 %. This is due to a cybersecurity attack in mid-December 2020, which temporarily caused significant disruptions to business operations. This one-time effect is reflected in the sales figures of the fourth quarter with an organic growth of 0.7 %. Meanwhile production processes have been restored globally. With respect to the profitability target, Symrise expects an EBITDA margin at the lower end of the guidance range of 21 to 22 %.

"Symrise maintained a very solid performance in a market environment impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We were well on track until mid-December 2020 when we became the target of a criminal cybersecurity attack with blackmailing intent. It was out of question for us to give in. As a consequence, our business operations were at times severely restricted and we were therefore not able to fully achieve our growth targets. However, we follow a clear ethical compass and reject any form of criminal fraud or extortion. Although there were some delays in production and logistics, customers and business partners encouraged us in our position and we expressly thank them for that. Our business operations are meanwhile largely back to normal, and we are proceeding at high speed to clear the backlog of orders," said Dr Heinz-Jürgen Bertram (photo), CEO of Symrise AG.

Solid sales growth – profitability target confirmed
Despite the heterogeneous market environment shaped by the global coronavirus pandemic, Symrise achieved organic sales growth of 2.7 % in 2020. Growth was impacted by the slower sales development in the month of December, which resulted from the cybersecurity attack. The fourth quarter recorded organic sales growth of 0.7 %. Excluding this one-time effect and based on a good sales performance in October and November as well as a robust order intake, Symrise would have achieved its original targets. Taking negative currency translation effects of € 152 million (- 4.5 %) into account, group sales in reporting currency amounted to € 3.521 billion (2019: € 3.408 billion). This represents an increase of 3.3 %.

Symrise remains confident that it will achieve an EBITDA margin at the lower end of the guidance range of 21 to 22 % for full year 2020.

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

Effects of the cybersecurity attack largely remedied
The cybersecurity attack in December represented a criminal attack by unknown perpetrators with blackmailing intent. Symrise had immediately shielded its IT infrastructure and shut down essential IT systems after it had become aware of a cybersecurity attack in mid-December. In addition, the Company took comprehensive internal measures to counteract the attack and analyse the impact. Furthermore, Symrise immediately involved the relevant authorities and called in external forensic cyber experts.
(Symrise AG)

Smurfit Kappa unveils innovative new packaging portfolio for online beverage market
 02.02.2021

Smurfit Kappa unveils innovative new packaging portfolio for online beverage market  (Company news)

Packaging leader Smurfit Kappa has launched a new range of eBottle packaging solutions for the rapidly growing online beverage and liquids market. The new portfolio includes a variety of sustainable solutions for single and multi-pack products, including the Rollor bottle pack, BiPack, and Pop-up insert.

The surge in e-commerce due to the Covid-19 pandemic is evident across all sectors and the beverage market has also seen a significant impact. In particular, online sales for alcoholic beverages has increased by 34% in Europe driving a demand for sustainable, durable and consumer friendly packaging that protects the product during shipment.

Key challenges for the beverage e-commerce channel are product damage, sustainability, consumer experience and the ability to accelerate growth using the right packing processes. Consumer research carried out by Smurfit Kappa also shows consumers are continuing to push for higher standards.

The research found :
- Over two thirds (69%) of consumers prefer paper-based packaging
- Over half (59%) of consumers want the parcel to be easy to open
- 1 in 10 consumers will reconsider re-ordering in the case of damage

Commenting on the announcement, Arco Berkenbosch, VP Innovation and Development at Smurfit Kappa Europe said: “Our new eBottle product range offers beverage businesses a suite of fit-for-purpose and bespoke packaging solutions which address the key challenges for their e-commerce channel. The innovative range, combined with our focus on e-commerce processes, supply chain and consumer experience, have all contributed to increased sales and greater efficiencies for our customers.”

Smurfit Kappa also offers a host of automated solutions to optimise packaging processes in addition to the eBottle range. The launch of this new product portfolio is the latest addition to its range of Better Planet Packaging, designed to be more sustainable and coming from a renewable and recyclable raw material. Businesses are already benefitting in the alcoholic beverage segment.

InterDrinks is an eMerchant selling more than 2,500 different types of beers and beer products. Smurfit Kappa introduced a flexible and unique packaging solution that accommodates all the various sized products sold by InterDrinks. It also includes automated assembly that mounts the packs as required.

Herwin Wichers, Market Development Director at Smurfit Kappa said: “The online European alcohol beverage market is worth €5.6 billion and we want to help companies take advantage of the real growth and opportunity in this segment. As a result of the implemented packaging and automation solution by InterDrinks, it has increased its packing and filling capacity by 66%, allowing it to fulfill more orders, faster.”
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

SIMEI, leading event in technology for winemaking and beverage bottling, rescheduled
 01.02.2021

SIMEI, leading event in technology for winemaking and beverage bottling, rescheduled  (Company news)

STILL AT FIERA MILANO, FROM 15 TO 18 NOVEMBER 2022

The 29th edition of Simei, the event held by the Unione Italiana Vini (UIV), world leader in technologies for winemaking and bottling, initially scheduled from 16 to 19 November 2021, has been postponed to next year, still at Fiera Milano, but from 15 to 18 November. The postponement and rescheduling of the exhibition are the result of careful reflection and discussions with the association of reference for the sector (Anformape) and with companies in the sector, and are a direct consequence of the health emergency. It is not possible at present to guarantee the usual business quality that has enabled Simei to become the international reference event for the sector over the years.

"Simei - said the UIV Secretary General, Paolo Castelletti - is a complex b2b event also on a logistical level and with a strong international propensity. Therefore, it is difficult to guarantee an adequate business response to the important investments required of exhibitors and the expectations of visitors several months in advance. In any case, we are studying opportunities for analysis and professional meetings on and off line over this coming year to maintain the strong bond with the sector". Simei, a biennial trade fair, which has also grown a good deal in terms of technologies for the bottling of other beverages (beer, oil, spirits, juices), closed the 2019 edition with 33,000 operators from over 90 countries and more than 500 exhibitors. Italy is the world leader in the sector with a turnover of around 2.9 billion euros a year. Of this, 70% is destined for exports with an active trade balance of around 1.8 billion euros.
(Unione Italiana Vini Soc. Coop)

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