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24.05.2019

UK: UK drinking less volume but more alcohol  (E-malt.com)

It’s often said that the UK is consuming less when it comes to the volume of drinks, but the country may be imbibing more alcohol, The Drinks Business reported on April 30.

Those in the UK trade will know well the phrase, “less but better” when it comes to the world of alcoholic drinks, which is regularly used to sum up an overall trend of reducing alcohol consumption, but a move to more upmarket products.

Such a shift may be within categories, such as from lager to craft beers, blush rosé to dry Provençal pink, light Chianti to juicy Malbec, or cheap vodka to artisanal gin, and in all cases, there is move up in terms of price as well as alcohol by volume (ABV).

But more recent trends have also shown a switch across categories, with British drinkers moving from lighter drinks such as beer and wine to spirits, above all gin.

And it is this latter development that may mean that overall the UK is now drinking more pure alcohol than it was a decade ago.

As a result, having considered the major trends in the UK market at a Vinexpo briefing earlier this year, Mark Meek, who is CEO of the IWSR, said that he believed the country was consuming more ABV.

“Everyone says that the UK is drinking ‘less but better’, and that’s true if you look at the volume, but if you consider the ABV, then the UK is drinking more in terms of pure alcohol,” he said.

In support of such a statement, he added, “People are switching from 5% beer to 30-40% spirits.”

In terms of numbers revealed by Meek at the Vinexpo press briefing, he produced a bar chart (see below) to show that gin, whisky and tequila have grown by 1.688 million cases (2016-2017), while the still wine market has declined by 3.037m cases, in part offset by a rise in sparkling volumes over the same period of 0.582m cases.

Even though this ensures the overall volume of consumption across drinks has declined, the growth in spirits could mean that the UK is drinking 4-5% more pure alcohol, according to Meek.

Looking ahead, he forecast that the market for spirits will continue to grow in the UK, led by more premium expressions, above all in the gin category.

In contrast, he said that the UK still wine market is forecast to gradually decline towards 2022, although sparking will continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, and driven by Prosecco, which, he noted, will expand at the expense of Champagne and Cava.

New Managing Director at the packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG
 24.05.2019

New Managing Director at the packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG  (Company news)

As of 1st May 2019, Kai Rössig (photo) joins the Management Board at Karl Knauer KG. The 52-year-old Westphalian succeeds Joachim Würz (65), who is retiring after 17 years of service. “On behalf of the entire workforce, we would like to thank Joachim Würz for his outstanding commitment and exemplary work for our company. We have always greatly appreciated the many years of trust and cooperation and are therefore very pleased that he will be staying with us until September to act as a contact person for his successor,” explains Richard Kammerer, Spokesman for the Management Board.

His successor, Kai Rössig, as a graduate engineer specialising in manufacturing technology, has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer industry as well as sound expertise in the areas of plant management production, engineering and contract manufacturer/quality management. He has already been part of the Karl Knauer team since 1st October 2018 and has been able to get an overview of the company and both of its locations. “I am looking forward to making a significant contribution to shaping the future of this great company right away. The packaging industry is currently facing enormous challenges, which must be addressed. However, with our team of motivated, highly qualified specialists to rely on, I am certain that we will continue to position ourselves successfully in the market,” Rössig says, looking ahead.
(Karl Knauer KG)

The gin world champion comes from the Black Forest: BOAR Gin is the world's ...
 24.05.2019

The gin world champion comes from the Black Forest: BOAR Gin is the world's ...  (Company news)

..record award-winning gin

The story of a small family distillery in the Black Forest sounds like a fairy-tale: the finest spirits have been produced by hand in a small valley here since 1844. Now, their gin is drawing great attention worldwide.

BOAR Gin from the Black Forest is being awarded gold medals in renowned completions around the world. The Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft(DLG)[German Agricultural Society] awardedit the gold and certified it as being the best gin in Germany. At the Global Spirit Awards in Las Vegas, BOAR Gin was chosen as the best gin and the best clear spirit in the world. In New York, the BOAR distillery was only recently chosen as the “Distillery of the Year”.

The traditional distillery is breaking new ground in the production of fine distillates in terms of flavour and quality. It refines and harmonises its BOAR Gin with mountain spring water rich in minerals and the rare Black Forest truffle. This worldwide unique production process confers this London Dry Gin a mild and complex flavour profile and a particular identity.

In 2011, a small monkey made the Black Forest world-famous as a gourmet region. Now,one of the best gins of the world has returned from the Black Forest and still impresses juries in 34 international competitions on many continents today.

“At our Black Forest distillery, we distil with our hearts, hands and wood from our own forest”, says Markus Kessler, the great-great-great-grandson of Andreas Kessler, who founded his distillery 175 years ago.The eponym and icon of the BOAR gin is a real native of the pristine forests of the Black Forest - the wild boar (the male wild pig).

Excerpt of awards
-Frankfurt International Trophy 2019–Big Gold –Best London Dry Gin
-World Spirits Competition San Francisco 2017–Gold
-New York Spirits Competition 2018 -Distillery of the Year
-DLG -Gold 2018 + 2019 (Black Edition)
-DLG –BestGin 2018 + 2019 (Black Edition)
-Meininger International Spirit Award 2018 -Gold
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 –Double Gold
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 -Best Gin
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 –Best white Spirit
-SIP Awards USA 2018 -Platin
-Concours de Lyon 2018 –Gold (Black Edition)
-Frankfurt International Trophy 2018 -Gold
-CWSA Hong Kong2018–Double Gold
-Los Angeles Spirits Competition 2017 -Gold
-New York Spirits Competition 2018 -Gold
-World Spirit Awards Wien 2017–Gold
(BOAR Distillery im Schwarzwald)

Symrise announces Califormulations, LLC: A unique platform to foster beverage innovation
 23.05.2019

Symrise announces Califormulations, LLC: A unique platform to foster beverage innovation  (Company news)

— End-to-end beverage concepts for the North American market
— A new 100,000 sq ft innovation campus located in Georgia
— Integrated access to Symrise locations
— Focused innovation with high degree of agility and flexibility

Symrise has announced the company’s investment in and the creation of a strategic partnership with Califormulations, LLC, a unique platform designed to deliver end-to-end beverage innovation to consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and their brands. Califormulations, LLC combines the expertise of Symrise, including its Beverage Innovation Centers in Laguna Beach and Teterboro, with the offering of The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TGOD).

Paul Graham, President, Symrise Flavor North America, stated, “Major packaged goods companies put their focus on agile innovation to help fuel growth around their core brands. Agile venturing and creative innovation sprints will replace the traditional and often time-consuming ‘stage gate’ innovation funnel and are changing innovation sustainably.”
Califormulations, LLC fully embraces this approach. The company is run by an industry experienced management team and built on a business model that is designed for speed, agility, flexibility and focused innovation, with each investor harnessing specialized expertise.

The new platform combines beverage expertise and innovation capabilities with the ability to quickly develop shelf-ready, scalable products. Customers will have access to the expertise located at three locations: the newly formed Califormulations, LLC location in Columbus, Georgia, with 100,000 sq ft for beverage development, multi-purpose production, pilot scale flexible bottling and shelf-ready, scalable packaging; Symrise’s regional headquarters in Teterboro, New Jersey, providing global expertise in flavor solutions, including taste for sugar reduced products; and the specialized Symrise Beverage Center in Laguna Beach, California, to inspire creativity in beverage product concepts.

Utilizing the expertise located at these three locations, Califormulations, LLC in cooperation with Symrise will deliver a rapid innovation approach composed of four integrated parts: Insights & Design, Prototyping & Evaluation, Development & Production and the Activation Ecosystem.

The Symrise team brings a proven reputation in beverage innovation and incubation, a comprehensive portfolio of consumer insights, a strong footprint in beverage and CPG accounts including core listings with global brands. TGOD adds a new element to the business through their expertise in producing premium organic cannabinoids. Using sustainable growing practices, TGOD offers organic CBD and other organic cannabinoids where allowed by local laws and regulations. The end result is a unique, agile, end-to-end approach to innovation with full project management across every step.

Paul Graham concluded, “The complementary capabilities of Califormulations, LLC will foster innovation and scale new, successful brands quickly.”
(Symrise AG)

22.05.2019

China: China's consumers looking for better brews  (E-malt.com)

In a country that loves its hot beverages, beer is one thing most Chinese enjoy cold. But as of late, beer has been on a hot streak, as evidenced by national sales figures. And the target market in China has gradually shifted to middle and high-end drinkers, with more quality brewed into every sip, CGTN reported on May 6.

Whether it tastes great or is less filling, China's beer drinkers now want a better brew. In the past, the buzz was all about cheaper domestic brands. But now, consumers have more options in buying, Bi Chaojiao, the general manager of sales & marketing center at China Resources Snow Breweries said.

"Our previous strategy was to earn the highest sales in the Chinese market, so we would produce a beer that was suitable for most drinkers in China. But now, because young people have new likes, we develop products according to their taste," said Bi.

v, one of the nation's biggest beer companies, now has beers specifically for the middle and high-end market. Brave the World Super X, Craftsmanship, and Marrs Green are some of their newest brands. At eight to 15 yuan per bottle, many people wonder, has the quality gone up with the price?

"We have further designed wheat consistency, alcohol, flavor, taste, and color, so that these products will standout, personalized and different from the previous ones," said Bi.

Bi revealed that CRSB's total income in 2018 increased by almost eight percent over the year. Total sales of middle and high-end beers have increased by nearly five percent, while total sales of traditional cheaper ones decreased three to four percent.

"It's a trend that every beer company in China should grasp. If they fail to do so, they will lose out in the competition down the road," said Bi.

While many Chinese enjoy middle and high-end beers at home, at most bars, the cheaper ones remain the life of the party.

"Our cheaper beers sell more. The expensive ones can be more expensive in the bars and most people cannot accept the prices," said Yang Zi, the barkeeper of Yi Pinchang Bar.

Yang adds that price is still an essential factor for young people when it comes to buying beer.

"The cheaper ones I usually go for. I'm a student. Tsingtao is usually cheap. I can get a Tsingtao for up to five kuai (yuan)," said Sam Tufft, a student from Suzhou.

But no matter how China's beer economy plays out, experts agree that more options are always better for consumers.

22.05.2019

Canada: Wild Rose Brewery agrees to be acquired by Sleeman Breweries  (E-malt.com)

Alberta’s Wild Rose Brewery Ltd. (“Wild Rose”) officially announced on May 10 that it has been acquired by Sleeman Breweries Ltd. (“Sleeman”). The sale was approved on May 9 by Wild Rose shareholders and marks the beginning of a partnership between the two organizations which will allow both parties to strategically leverage their strengths and complementary portfolios as they continue to accelerate their growth in Alberta. The deal will be finalized on May 31, 2019.

Since it was established by two local entrepreneurs in 1996, Wild Rose has made a name for itself brewing exciting beer. Over the years, the business has expanded operations from its humble beginnings in a garage to its current 40,000 square foot Calgary brewing facility. Wild Rose now produces a number of different brands and styles in bottles, cans and kegs available to beer lovers in pubs, restaurants and liquor outlets all across Alberta. In addition to the brewery, Wild Rose also operates a Taproom where consumers can experience its finely crafted beers, including signature crowd pleasers like Velvet Fog and Wraspberry Ale, while enjoying a variety of food offerings.

“We know that this partnership will bring a wealth of opportunities for us to succeed together as we move forward with the support of Sleeman’s resources and industry insights,” says Bill McKenzie, CEO at Wild Rose Brewery. “We feel there is a strong connection between the way we’ve crafted our culture and the way Sleeman does business, and we are excited about our new joint vision for taking the growth of the Wild Rose brand to the next level.”

This is not the first acquisition for the company founded by John Sleeman in 1988. Sleeman began as a small craft brewery and has since grown exponentially, in part, through the purchase of small local craft brewers. Sleeman’s success has also been fueled by strategic industry partnerships that have been established over time, allowing the organization to invest with confidence in companies like Wild Rose. Sleeman’s acquisition strategy has been to seek partners with similar values, portfolios that are complementary and facilities that support growth expectations. Having met this criteria, Wild Rose is now well positioned to continue to accelerate its expansion as a new organization.

“We recognize that Alberta is a province with high growth potential and see a number of synergies between Wild Rose and Sleeman that make this partnership extremely exciting for both organizations,” says Jesse Hanazawa, President and CEO of Sleeman Breweries. “Not only do our businesses share a passion for craft beer, but we also share the drive to achieve industry excellence while maintaining a winning organizational culture. We look forward to working closely with the Wild Rose team to ensure both they and Sleeman are able to reap the many benefits of this strategic partnership.”

Wild Rose Brewery is an award-winning, Albertan brewery that has been at the forefront of the province’s brewing industry since 1996. The brewery has an evolving arsenal of innovative yet approachable products and a well-established, bustling Taproom in the Currie Barracks of Calgary.

Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is the third largest brewing company nationwide. The company has built an impressive portfolio of beer brands in Canada that includes well-loved Canadian brands such as Sleeman, Okanagan Spring and Unibroue, along with world-class beers including Sapporo and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Sapporo Breweries Ltd., known for its rigorous Japanese brewing standards, acquired Sleeman in 2006. The company now markets and/or distributes world-class domestic and imported products and is home to 1,000 employees nationwide.

22.05.2019

Nigeria: Heineken Nigeria to raise prices to offset tax increase  (E-malt.com)

Heineken NV’s Nigerian unit plans to raise prices this year to offset a sharp increase in taxes, Bloomberg reported on May 7.

Nigerian Breweries Plc expects excise duties to jump about 67 percent to 35 naira ($0.10) per liter in the second half of the year, as the government phases in tax increases on alcoholic beverages, Chairman Kolawole Jamodu said a statement handed to reporters.

“We need to increase prices to compensate for inflation pressure and the impacts of excise tax,” Managing Director Jordi Borrut Bel told reporters on May 7 in Lagos, the commercial capital.

The Lagos-based company signed an agreement with CrossBoundary Energy to supply 650 kilowatts of solar power to its plant in Ibadan, in the southwest of the country to replace more expensive diesel generators, Bel said. Solar power will also be installed at its Lagos brewery and other plants “if it’s successful at Ibadan”, he said.

The nation’s biggest brewer sources 57 percent of its raw materials locally and plans to increase that to 60 percent by 2020, Bel said.

22.05.2019

Canada: Number of breweries reaches all-time high of 995 last year  (E-malt.com)

Brewery trade organization Beer Canada has announced the release of Industry Trends 2018, its latest annual update that looks at the domestic and international beer market and details growth in the number of breweries, changes in sales, trends in packaging, and more.

2018 proved to be another exciting and challenging year in the Canadian beer industry, the association said. The number of brewing facilities increased by 21.8% from 817 in 2017 to an all-time high of 995. Most of Canada’s breweries are small, local operations with 93% producing less than 15,000 hectolitres (hl) of beer in 2018. Nationally, from 2017 to 2018 the number of brewing facilities per 100,000 drinking age adults increased by 20.9% from 2.8 to 3.4. Provincially, New Brunswick led the way with 8.0 breweries per 100,000 drinking age adults, followed by Nova Scotia with 7.7 and PEI with 7.4, while Manitoba at 1.1 had the lowest rate.

Overall, although the number of breweries in Canada is growing, domestic beer production and sales are not keeping pace. In 2018, domestic production decreased by 3.4% to 21.65 million hl and domestic sales rose modestly by 0.3%. From 2017 to 2018 import sales declined by 3.4%. In total, national beer sales declined by 0.3% in 2018 to a total of 22.1 million hl.

A recent Conference Board of Canada study found beer to have a substantial impact on Canada’s economy. Beer supports 149,000 Canadian jobs, with a labour income of C$5.3 billion while contributing C$13.6 billion to Canada’s GDP. This impact is due in large part to the domestic nature of Canada’s beer industry. In 2018, 85% of the beer consumed in Canada was brewed in Canada, which is a stark contrast when compared to wine in spirits. In 2018, 33% of the wine and 55% of the spirits consumed in Canada were made here.

In 2018, Canadians of legal drinking age drank on average 210 cans of beer, a decline of 1.2% from 2017. Provincially in 2018, Newfoundland had the highest per capita consumption at 93.4 litres of beer, followed by Quebec with 83.3 and P.E.I with 79.8 litres. Ontario had the lowest per capita consumption of all provinces at 69.1 litres.

From a packaging perspective, cans continue to assert their dominance over bottles. In 2018, national can sales rose by 4.6%, while bottle sales declined by 9.3% and keg sales declined by 1.9%. In 2018, cans accounted for 62% of national beer sales, followed by bottles with 28% and kegs with 10%. This is a sharp contrast from just five years ago, when bottles accounted for over 40% of total beer sales.

22.05.2019

UK: Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine, spirits at record high in the UK  (E-malt.com)

Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits are at a record high in the UK with increasing numbers of London producers looking to make the most of the £100 million industry, the Evening Standard reported on May 14.

Figures from market researchers Nielsen indicate sales of some categories are up by over a third. Britons spent a record £57 million in the 12 months to April on low or non-alcoholic beers — an increase of 39 per cent and the equivalent of 12.5 million pints consumed.

They also spent £48 million on low or no-alcohol wines over the same period. Non-alcoholic spirits, a market only three years old, is now worth £5 million.

Gemma Cooper, from Nielsen, said the demand for non- and low-alcohol drinks was not exclusively driven by the “health conscious”, adding there was “across-the-board” interest from all consumers who increasingly want ways to “cut down”.

She said: “Our data shows that just over one in 10 shoppers say they are looking to cut down their alcohol consumption. And while most are doing this by simply drinking less, some are turning to low or no-alcohol products.”

She added that having a wide selection of non-alcoholic cocktails in venues such as the American Bar at The Savoy was boosting the trend.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association said the low-alcohol wine and beer market had increased “ten times since 2009 and the wider and non-alcoholic spirit alternatives are following suit”. Selfridges said sales of non-alcoholic spirits were up 50 per cent year on year and Waitrose said sales of its low-alcohol products were “exceeding expectations”.

It comes as World Health Organisation data found Britons are on average drinking less alcohol, with consumption falling from 12.6 litres of pure alcohol a year per adult in 1990 to 11.4 litres in 2017.

A 2018 study involving nearly 10,000 young people aged 16 to 24 found the number who said they never drink alcohol increased from 18 per cent in 2005 to 29 per cent in 2015. Several celebrities have now gone teetotal, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Blake Lively.

Peroni, Becks and Heineken are among the global brands making zero-alcohol beers, along with east London Nirvana Brewery.

The non-alcohol spirit market was launched in 2015 with Seedlip, brainchild of former London graphic designer Ben Branson, who has taught model Moss how to make non-alcoholic cocktails. He also has non-alcohol aperitifs.

Funkin’ Cocktails founder Alex Carlton and ex-London music exec Jack Horner have launched Stryyk’s Not Gin, Not Rum and Not Vodka, sold by Ocado and Amazon.

22.05.2019

Japan: Competition intensifies in Japan's beer-like beverages segment  (E-malt.com)

Competition has been intensifying again in Japan’s market of “third-segment” beer-like beverages, The Japan News reported on May 17.

Last year, combined shipments of beer and “happoshu” low-malt quasi-beer declined for the 14th straight year, but third-segment beverages with little or no malt content saw their shipments rise 3.7 percent, the first increase in five years.

Popularity of the third-segment drink was reignited by Honkirin, released by Kirin Brewery Co. in March 2018.

More than 10 million cases of Honkirin were sold in the first 10 months since the product hit store shelves. A case contains the equivalent of 20 633-milliliter bottles.

The product mimics the taste and feel of beer, but its 350-milliliter can sells about ¥80 cheaper than authentic beer products of the same size. Honkirin is luring consumers in their 40s and 50s.

Other breweries followed suit with their own new releases of third-segment beverages. In January this year, Asahi Breweries Ltd. launched the Gokujo Kireaji, which performed so well that the maker raised the annual sales target in April from 3 million cases to 4 million.

Suntory Beer Ltd. revamped its flagship Kinmugi series for the first time in 13 years in January. In particular, the Kinmugi Gold Lager, a new product, drew strong demand because of its rich taste.

As a result, the company lifted its annual sales target by 30 percent to 4.4 million cases.

In April, Sapporo Breweries Ltd. put into market Honkaku Karakuchi, which features high gas pressure.

22.05.2019

Malaysia: Carlsberg Malaysia pledges not to increase prices  (E-malt.com)

Carlsberg Malaysia has pledged not to increase the prices of any of its beers for the rest of this year, as the company prepares for the country’s impending sugar tax this July, FoodNavigator-Asia reported on May .

Carlsberg Malaysia Managing Director Lars Lehmann told FoodNavigator-Asia that: “We do not have any plan to adjust product prices to distributors and retailers this year, after the last adjustment that took effect on April 1st.

“The upcoming sugar tax will only impact our Nutrimalt and Jolly Shandy brands, which is relatively minimal.”

He added that ‘barring any unforeseen regulatory or macroeconomic factors’, any future price adjustments would be ‘kept at a minimum’ to ensure product affordability and competitiveness.

Carlsberg Malaysia had raised its product prices by 3% to 6% earlier this year on April 1, the initial date that the country’s sugar tax was supposed to be enforced before it was postponed by three months to July 1.

Back then, the main reason cited for the price hike was escalating malt and barley prices, which remain chief concerns for the company currently, though it appears that no problems are foreseen with their supply for the rest of 2019.

“We have seen a significant increase in the costs of packaging and raw materials. Packaging and raw materials are the highest contributor to rising costs with malt prices increasing due to bad barley harvests in Europe and Australia caused by exceptionally bad droughts and heat waves in 2018,” said Lehmann.

“Other factors include increased electricity costs and a rise in minimum wages which drove up contract labour costs.”

According to the company, malt prices increased 15% to 20% year-on-year in 2019.

At the company’s annual general meeting last month, other challenges highlighted included the country’s smoking ban implemented on January 1 this year at all food service outlets, as well as the continued issue of contraband beer.

According to Lehmann: “The smoking ban is not helping our industry and that is a bit of a new phenomenon this year that is also impacting consumption in outlets where there is food.”

As of last month, contraband beer still made up 25% of the total beer consumption market share in Malaysia.

That said, Carlsberg Malaysia still announced robust growth results for FY2018, with its best-known Carlsberg beer seeing volume growth of 12%, its premium brands Kronenbourg, Somersby, Asahi and Connor’s seeing 20% volume growth, and its Brooklyn Lager brand growing 178%.

Responding to queries about intentions to expand into the zero or non-alcoholic beer market, Lehmann said that the company was ‘exploring’ this area.

“Our global sustainability ambition towards ZERO Irresponsible Drinking includes the availability of alcohol-free brews in the market,” he said.

“While beer provides a quality low-alcohol choice, there are occasions when consumers also look for options that do not contain alcohol. For this reason, we are exploring non-alcoholic beverages as part and parcel of our on-going product innovations.”

He added that Carlsberg Malaysia’s main focus and growth over the past three years had been reinvestment, brand innovation and consumer activation-focused, and that this path would be similar in 2019.

Lecta at the Milan Packaging Première Fair 2019
 22.05.2019

Lecta at the Milan Packaging Première Fair 2019  (Company news)

Lecta will be presenting its extensive range of specialty papers for premium packaging.

Lecta will participate in the upcoming edition of this exclusive event devoted to luxury packaging, to be held in Milan from May 28 to May 30. At this international exhibit, which brings together designers, manufacturers and top brands in the premium packaging industry worldwide, Lecta will showcase its wide range of papers for select packaging with numerous possibilities for applications.

We invite you to visit us at Hall 4 - stand E45 at the Packaging Première, where you will discover the outstanding quality of Lecta's range of specialty papers for high-end packaging:

Diva Art: one-side double-coated cardboard with a silk finish specially designed for creative uses of graphic and luxury packaging.

Metalvac: 100% high-vacuum metallized paper designed for premium labels and flexible packaging, graphic applications and luxury packaging.

Eurokote: cast-coated paper for wine, spirits, sparkling wine and water bottles, premium packaging and advertising.

Creaset: one-side coated papers for different label and packaging end uses.

Adestor: Lecta's range of pressure-sensitive paper and film for premium labels (wine, spirits, sparkling wine and beer).

Coral Bag and Creaset Bag: uncoated and one-side papers, respectively, for shopping bags.
(LECTA)

Efficient packaging production
 22.05.2019

Efficient packaging production  (Company news)

In mid-April, more than 80 attendees accepted their invitation to the 2019 ENGEL Packaging Day in Shanghai. The aim of the event was to discuss ongoing trends with guests and inform them about the latest technologies. The injection moulding machine manufacturer hosted live demonstrations to highlight innovative and intelligent solutions for efficient packaging production.

Photo: Cup with a kink: functional packaging with high-quality decoration is in great demand in China.

“In China, there are increasingly high standards expected for the quality of products and, in turn, packaging – especially in the food industry,” says Kurt Hell, Director of ENGEL’s packaging business unit in Asia. “Special designs and functional properties are in demand, as is high-quality decoration with in-mould labelling. Multi-coloured and multi-component applications for food and non-food closures are also becoming increasingly popular.” The packaging sector in China is a stable market experiencing constant growth and evolution. “Within the Chinese plastics industry, the production of packaging parts is an important segment with highly specific needs,” Hell explains.

An exciting morning saw presentations by ENGEL and its partner companies Pass Card, Wetec, Borouge and Verstraete, as well as long-standing ENGEL customer Menshen. And the show went on in the afternoon with two live demonstrations at ENGEL’s location in Shanghai, where the injection moulding machine manufacturer demonstrated how a two-compartment yoghurt cup with IML decoration from Verstraete can be produced economically and efficiently on an all-electric e-mac 180 injection moulding machine. Pass Card’s two-cavity hot runner precision mould and Wetec’s high-speed automation were both the work of Taiwan-based companies and the product of European-Asian cooperation.

Pooling knowledge and experience
ENGEL has established a global network of system partners to create a one-stop shop for its proprietary automation solutions and process technologies, along with other peripheral units and moulds. ENGEL, Pass Card and Wetec have pooled their specialist knowledge and experience around packaging solutions to tailor the relevant systems solution to the specific needs of the processors in Asia. By working with local suppliers, ENGEL can guarantee high cost efficiency even for the most demanding applications while keeping delivery times short across the whole system. “There is growing demand for integrated systems solutions in China,” Hell reports. “In particular, the automation of processes is becoming more important.”

In a second live demo, ENGEL showcased closures production on a tie-bar-less victory machine, an impressive demonstration of how the barrier-free clamping unit ensures particularly efficient production processes. This year marks the 30th anniversary of ENGEL’s tie-bar-less technology.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Symrise presents nature's taste at PLMA 2019
 21.05.2019

Symrise presents nature's taste at PLMA 2019  (Company news)

• Focus on tasty solutions for natural and health-conscious nutritional trends
• Ideas for products based on alternative and plant proteins
• Presentation at private label trade show in Amsterdam

Visitors can "Experience Nature's Taste" at the Symrise stand at the PLMA private label trade show in Amsterdam. The company will also present concepts that food manufacturers can use to offer conscious nutrition with full flavor. At Stand F-8105 in Hall 8, Symrise will demonstrate what variety on supermarket shelves can look like for conscious consumers: low- or non-alcoholic variants of popular beverages; modern, low-calorie ready meals, and snacks and solutions for products with alternative and plant proteins.

PLMA, the Association of Private Label Manufacturers, will hold its European trade show in Amsterdam from May 21 to 22, 2019. Symrise will attend with natural and exciting creations that pick up on and develop current nutrition trends. In concrete terms, the company will present its natural offerings in various product categories, in keeping with the slogan "Experience Nature's Taste." In doing so, Symrise is responding to the growing demand for natural and authentic food and beverage products, going beyond taste with its comprehensive, sustainable approach.

Celebration without remorse
Teenagers and young adults are increasingly turning to non-alcoholic drinks when they spend time together. A reason is their increased health-consciousness and awareness of their own images on social media. Beverage manufacturers can expand their product range to reach this customer group, winning them over with ideas about natural, non-alcoholic and low-alcohol flavors. Symrise offers various solutions for celebration without intoxication. This is particularly interesting with regard to the highly popular special – and often regional – craft beers, since non-alcoholic variants of these beverages are difficult to produce.

Symrise's natural hop extracts make non-alcoholic beers possible that have the characteristic bitter-tart flavor of an Indian Pale Ale. Lovers of cocktails will also find what they're looking for: With its long experience in distillation and flavor extraction processes, Symrise has created a juniper-based raw material that affords a gin and tonic flavor even when the beverage contains little or no gin.

Meat-free alternatives
Products based on alternative and vegetable proteins are very popular. Consumers want to reduce their meat consumption while eating a diet that is high-protein, nutritionally conscious and sustainable. At the same time, all components such as taste, consistency and appearance must meet consumers' requirements for meat-free or meat-reduced foods. When it comes to vegetarian and vegan foods, Symrise is taking innovative paths by creating compelling taste profiles for meatless meatballs, falafel, etc. Symrise is thus satisfying the global demand for meat-free alternatives and providing taste profiles with an enjoyment factor.

Organic convenience foods on the advance
Organically grown and processed products are currently among the most important nutritional trends. Across Europe, the market for animal, vegetable and environmentally-friendly food products grew by 22 percent from 2016 to 2017. The market for organic convenience foods is also showing strong growth of four to five percent annually in Germany and France, and eight to nine percent in Italy and Spain. Symrise brings its expertise in the processing of herbs and vegetables to bear with its vegetable couscous, creating an intense, healthy and pleasurable experience that requires simple preparation and has an all-natural taste.

Snack variety
What applies to main meals has also reached the world of snacks. The demands of many customers are increasing, and foods with less sugar and more flavor varieties are very popular. Crackers with coconut and sesame seeds with a sugar and salt glaze provide an unexpected and well-rounded combination that is made from all-natural ingredients. Symrise is also rethinking the classic granola bar: the carrot-orange bar contains 30 percent less sugar than comparable products and is also a proven provider of vitamin A.

Symrise will present a broad spectrum of further ideas, concepts and products at the trade show that enable food and beverage manufacturers to align their product range with the growing demand for natural and healthy products.
(Symrise AG)

SIG partnership showcases recycling in action at Mexico fun park
 21.05.2019

SIG partnership showcases recycling in action at Mexico fun park  (Company news)

Raising Awareness To Increase Recycling In Mexico

SIG has teamed up with soft drink producer Sociedad Cooperativa Trabajadores de Pascual (SCTP) and fun park operator Ventura Entertainment to raise awareness of the importance of recycling through special collection bins made from recycled carton packs at La Feria de Chapultepec amusement park in Mexico.

Picture Collecting bin: Salvador Torres Cisneros, President of the Administration Board at SCTP, shows how it works: Empty carton packs should be placed in the collection bins made from recycled carton packs. Photo: SIG.

Salvador Torres Cisneros, President of the Administration Board at SCTP, said: “We’re dedicated to producing natural, healthy and nutritious beverages and we want to contribute to the overall wellbeing of the world. SIG shares our commitment to protecting the environment and now we’re working together to go a step further for the planet by encouraging consumers to recycle their cartons so the materials can be reused.”

Brand power to raise awareness
SIG’s aseptic beverage cartons are 100% recyclable, but the rate of packs recycled remains low in Mexico due to low awareness of the value of recycling and a lack of suitable waste collection systems.

The new Coopera Recycling Campaign from SIG, SCTP and Ventura Entertainment aims to use the power of popular brands to raise awareness of the value of recycling among consumers of all ages. SCTP is one of Mexico’s largest soft drinks producers and the name behind Boing!® fruit drinks. Ventura Entertainment is one of the country’s biggest attractions operators and its La Feria de Chapultepec fun park attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year.

In the first phase of the campaign, SIG will provide 15 recycling containers to be placed around the park. Each is made out of a mix of polymer and aluminium that comes from around 7,000 recycled carton packs, providing a tangible example of recycling in action. Accompanying signs promote recycling and Ventura Entertainment will offer discounts on ticket prices for amusement activities for visitors who use the recycling bins. The empty cartons will be recycled by specialist company Alcamare.

Ricardo Carrillo, Commercial Director for Mexico and Central America at SIG said: “SIG partners with local stakeholders to support collection and recycling of beverage cartons around the world. In Mexico, we came up with the idea of a recycling campaign in a fun park so we could raise awareness among young people, who are the consumers of the future. Having a big brand like Boing!® involved will help us get the message across to even more people.”

Keeping high-quality materials in use
Encouraging consumers to recycle beverage cartons supports the circular economy by returning more materials into the value chain to produce new products. SIG’s cartons are made from mainly renewable materials in the first place so recycling them keeps high-quality renewable materials in circulation.

Contributing to the circular economy by using renewable content, optimising use of materials and promoting recycling after use is part of the company’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products
 20.05.2019

GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products  (Company news)

GEA is launching its new D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve by end of April 2019. This special double-seat valve is designed with a sterile leakage chamber which is hermetically sealed from the atmosphere by two side valves.

Photo: GEA recommends the D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve for UltraClean applications where processed foods must be completely protected from the environment by a condensate barrier. Image: GEA

As with the entire aseptic D-tec® range, the outstanding sealing properties of the new valve stem diaphragm raise hygiene standards to an UltraClean level, thus increasing the shelf life of soft drinks, fruit juices, as well as milk-based and lactic acid-fermented products. If manufacturers adapt their process chain accordingly, the D-tec® can help them achieve a desired shelf life with fewer preservatives.

Equipping process plants from A to Z with D-tec®
With its D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve, GEA successfully completes its UltraClean valve range, allowing customers to now fully integrate D-tec® equipment into their production processes. “Equipping the interfaces in process plants with as few valve types as possible is often a decisive criterion to our customers. Spare parts handling and warehousing become increasingly complex when different valve types must work together,” explains Pascal Bär, Product Manager for GEA Aseptic Valve Technology. After launching the single-seat D-tec® P/DV control valve in 2018, GEA is now introducing the D/DV double-chamber valve as the final piece of the puzzle in its D-tec® range. GEA can now consistently plan greenfield projects leveraging D-tec®; a retrofit for the single-seat valve is available for existing systems.

Implementing a hygiene-driven philosophy
With the D-tec® double chamber valve, GEA now offers aseptic valves for both hygiene classes "Aseptic" and "UltraClean", which are tailored to the special conditions of the respective applications. According to its hygiene philosophy, GEA recommends this distinction: “Aseptomag®, our metal bellows technology, is the benchmark in hygienic processing, which we use for highly sensitive products such as baby food and UHT milk as they demand an uncompromising aseptic execution of processes and components,” states Bär. “However, a wide range of beverages produced by our customers are not promoted under aseptic conditions. In fact, they fall into the second highest hygiene level according to the VDMA guideline, which is hygiene class IV ‘UltraClean’. That is why our new D-tec® D/DV is meeting the process requirements of this hygiene class.” D-tec® is suitable for iced tea, fruit juice, fruit yogurt and ESL milk and products that require an increased shelf life depending on the pH value, cold chain and storage conditions.

Ensuring operational safety
When it comes to UltraClean applications, GEA systematically opts for the hermetically sealed D-tec® stem diaphragm because it provides improved contamination protection against the atmosphere and ensures microbial stability of products throughout their manufacture. The membranes are made of thermoplastics that are more flexible than stainless steel. For example, this makes them well-suited to compensate for pressure surges, says Bär. They are, to a certain extent, more forgiving to process errors. In the event of a diaphragm rupture, the leakage detection system ensures a high degree of operational safety. The product manager adds: “Our product development is directed towards ensuring equipment availability and profitability for beverage and food producers. The new double-chamber valve fulfills this: It can be used very flexibly and combines a high level of hygiene with manageable operating costs.” In addition, the maintenance-friendly design minimizes system downtimes.

Adapting demanding process conditions
Like the entire D-tec® range, the D/DV double-chamber valve is based on the tried and tested VARIVENT® assembly unit, which is characterized by its adaptability. This enables the valve to be configured according to the required process conditions. The double-seat valve is characterized by the two membranes, which hermetically seal the product interior from the atmosphere. It is available in valve sizes ranging from DN 40 up to DN 80 and OD 1.5" up to OD 3". The valve sizes DN 100 and OD 4” will be introduced within the next weeks. The valve seat can be executed as both soft and hard sealing – the latter with the popular TEFASEP® gold seal, which GEA recently introduced. In addition, D-tec® double-chamber valves can be equipped with one, two or three T.VIS® control tops of various designs. The GEA D-tec® D/DV considers all common industrial standards.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

UNITED CAPS to Attend ProPak Asia 2019 for Third Consecutive Year
 17.05.2019

UNITED CAPS to Attend ProPak Asia 2019 for Third Consecutive Year   (Company news)

International manufacturer of caps and closures also announces inauguration of new Malaysian plant to better serve Asian markets as part of its ‘Close to You’ strategy.

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported it is attending ProPak Asia for the third consecutive year. The show is scheduled for 12 to 15 June in Bangkok. UNITED CAPS will be located in the French Pavilion, Hall 103, Booth 22. The company is also celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019.

Photo: Smarter Closures - Holographic engraving integrated into a closure, forming an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment.

During the show, UNITED CAPS will offer briefings on its new manufacturing plant in Kulim, Malaysia, which will be fully operational in June 2019.

“At ProPak Asia 2019, we will be showing a number of products specific to the Asian market,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “We are also proud to announce the inauguration of our brand-new Malaysian plant as part of our CLOSE TO YOU strategy. The new plant, which is already operating ahead of its official launch in June, is key to continuing to improve our support of the Asian market. This proximity enables us to shorten delivery times and focus on products that are the most relevant to this important market region as demand for our products continues to grow.”

On Display
UNITED CAPS will exhibit a wide range of off-the-shelf and bespoke products at the show; including its Infant Nutrition, Agrochemical and SMARTER closure lines:
-Agrochemical Closures: Highly-secure, UN-approved closures are used in the packaging of liquid and powdered herbicides, insecticides, pesticides and fungicides. This includes a unique moulded and patented tamper evidence (TE) band that sets the standard in Europe and the U.S.; a dedicated selection of child-resistant closures that combine child resistance with TE; and standard caps that enable safe and efficient transportation when containers are stacked.
-Infant Nutrition Closures: As the market reference for snap caps and scoops for tins of infant milk powder for more than 70 years, UNITED CAPS continues to develop and improve its line of infant nutrition closures. This includes our popular PROTECSCOOP flip-top hinged closure whose innovative design allows one-handed preparation of infant feeding bottles. Its contamination-free foil-sealed chamber protects the included scoop until use, and an integrated hook keeps the scoop handy for further use.
-SMARTER Closures: With an estimated US$460 billion in counterfeit goods worldwide, counterfeit prevention has significant economic benefits, including protection of jobs and the prevention of deaths caused by counterfeit drugs. Two different anti-counterfeiting solutions will be on display at the show: QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that helps brands enhance consumer confidence; and holographic engraving integrated into a closure, forming an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment.

“We’re also developing several exciting new products.” added Henckes. “If visitors would like an opportunity to shape the next generation of closures for infant nutrition, and would like to take part in line trials, we want to talk to them! They will have the chance to be among the first to benefit from the latest innovations from UNITED CAPS”.

80 Years Young
Reaching our 80th anniversary is a significant milestone that UNITED CAPS will be celebrating throughout 2019. “Our long heritage in continued success in this business is a powerful endorsement of the level of knowledge and expertise we have been able to accumulate over the years,” Henckes remarked. “Our legacy is one of progress, but we are certainly not resting on our laurels. We are looking ahead to continued and significant innovation during our next 80 years with a platform designed to continue our growth and progression. We are excited for what comes next!”
(United Caps)

Aptar Food + Beverage Wins Three Marking Awards at FBIF in China
 16.05.2019

Aptar Food + Beverage Wins Three Marking Awards at FBIF in China  (Company news)

The Food & Beverage Innovation Forum (FBIF) recently announced the winners of the “Marking Awards” in China. Out of the over 500 different packaging designs from 200 different companies worldwide, three Aptar Food + Beverage solutions, BAP®, Flip Lid and Contender (photo), received awards for the category In-Market Functional Design.

A jury of 24 selected professionals from top international brands and design institutes selected the best solutions, based on the following criteria: Commerciality, Communication, Functionality, Originality, Foresight, and Design.

BAP® or Bonded Aluminum to Plastic, is an all-in-one foil-to-closure solution that provides many unique advantages to both marketers and consumers. It features an easy-to-open pull ring, and superior sealing performance, helping to deliver an enjoyable experience to consumers, and drive repeat purchase. Its innovative and versatile technology helps brands to stand out from competition and excite consumers.

FLIP LID is a uniquely simple, consumer friendly dispensing closure designed to promote post use recycling. Flip Lid remains united with the bottle through its lifecycle, making the closure more likely to be collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container. Consumers will also benefit from the patented, wide-opening hinged lid, and the audible “click” when reclosing.

Contender is a liner-less, flip-top sport cap designed for the hot fill bottling process. The closure’s innovative bi-injected sealing system delivers product protection, without the added foil liner.
This unique closure also features built-in tamper evidence, and provides increased shelf appeal for brand owners.
(AptarGroup Inc.)

Rockstar Energy adopts Ardagh Group's beverage end technologies for Rock am Ring promotion
 15.05.2019

Rockstar Energy adopts Ardagh Group's beverage end technologies for Rock am Ring promotion  (Company news)

Top energy drink brand Rockstar Energy is deploying several of Ardagh Group’s innovative beverage end features in a new and exciting range of promotional cans. As sponsors of summer rock music festival Rock am Ring, Rockstar is running a festival-branded ‘every beverage can wins’ promotion across its range of flavoured energy drinks. Seeking to maximise customer appeal at point of sale, the company has chosen to combine Ardagh’s Coloured Shell, Coloured Tab and Coded Tab technologies, resulting in a set of cutting-edge designs that truly stand out from the crowd.

The 500ml environmentally-friendly aluminium cans come in three bold designs, incorporating Rock am Ring artwork with the glamour of Rockstar’s iconic branding. One of the designs is further enhanced by Ardagh’s unique Matte Impact finish, giving the can a distinctive look and feel that invites the customer to select it from among the standard glossy cans on the shelf.

At the beverage end, Ardagh’s value-adding design options are employed to dramatic effect. A yellow tab set against a black shell is a dynamic and eye-catching combination that brings a hard-rock edge to the energy drink experience. These colour options highlight the bright tab against the dark shell, increasing customer awareness and excitement about the promotion.

It’s the tab that holds the key to Rockstar’s giveaway, so Ardagh’s Coded Tab technology is the central feature of the promotional design. A unique alphanumeric code is printed on the underside of every tab and is only revealed on opening the can, meaning that qualifying for a prize requires promotion participants to buy the product. As a result, sales are increased.

Not only does the design’s focus on the tab help to push sales by reminding consumers of the prize hidden beneath, customer loyalty is boosted by the fun and interactive moment of opening the can. As every can wins a prize – from pairs of sought-after Rock am Ring, Lollapalooza and Southside Festival tickets, to Rockstar merchandise and 2-for-1 leisure vouchers – the experience of buying and opening the product becomes associated with winning.

Rockstar Energy Brand Manager Nicole Matthias said, “We’re excited to be using Ardagh’s special technology to drive sales of our Rock am Ring promotional cans. The design aesthetics reinforce Rockstar’s powerful contemporary branding and give us an irresistible product at point of sale, while the ‘open-to-reveal’ prize-coded tabs bring a whole extra element of surprise and reward to the Rockstar Energy experience.”

Dirk Schwung, Sales Director of Ardagh Group’s European Metal Beverage division, said: “We are very pleased that Rockstar Energy is employing our custom packaging options to fantastic effect in their Rock am Ring promotion. Our visually attractive and interactive beverage end technologies will maximise customer engagement with the Rockstar Energy brand as they give away brilliant prizes, helping to drive strong cold beverage sales in the fast-approaching summer festival season.”
(Ardagh Metal Packaging Germany Weissenthurm)

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...
 14.05.2019

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...  (Company news)

... recycle are the order of the day

Picture: KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable.

KHS tackles the challenges posed by sustainable packaging and already offers market-proven systems to this end

The global debate on packaging waste, the associated use of resources and increasing regulatory pressure have further intensified the call of the beverage industry for new, alternative packaging systems. Concerns not only focus on saving on resources in the production process but chiefly on the packaging itself. PET containers and plastic packaging are currently very much in focus. One priority is to reduce and recycle the same. KHS supplies dedicated systems to meet these criteria and has at its disposal a wealth of expertise with which it strongly assists its customers in their striving towards greater sustainability.

KHS has been a partner to the beverage industry for 150 years and knows what it wants. In this sector the subject of sustainability has long been an issue. On the one hand there are climate goals to be met – or specifically a steady reduction of the carbon footprint in beverage production to be achieved through the development and use of systems which increasingly save on energy and resources. On the other ever greater importance is being attached to devising innovative packaging machinery which is of benefit to beverage producers and consumers alike. The way to produce ever more sustainable primary and secondary packaging involves two major lines of approach: recycle and reduce. In the first, packaging material is to be kept in constant circulation where possible by it being reclaimed, processed and continuously reused. In the second, many different ways are to be found of using less and less packaging material in order to save on resources and avoid waste. KHS pursues both of these objectives and offers specific technologies to this end.

FreshSafe PET®: the only fully recyclable barrier system
One big step towards engineering a strong, efficient and thus sustainable circular economy is to improve the recyclability of PET bottles to such an extent that they are suitable for bottle-to-bottle recycling. Fruit juice bottles in particular often comprise multilayer, blended or scavenger materials which are designed to protect sensitive beverages from external influences such as oxygen pickup. The aforementioned additives contained in the preforms often prove a hindrance to pure-grade recycling, however, and thus to their use in full bottle-to-bottle recycling. With FreshSafe PET® – a patented plasma coating system – KHS provides the only accredited fully recyclable barrier system to date which significantly increases recycling quotas for PET beverage packaging with enhanced product protection the world over. This has been confirmed by a number of recycling associations such as the EPBP1 and APR2. In the above process the inside of the PET container is coated with a wafer-thin protective layer of silicon oxide (SiOx) or chemically pure glass. This technology replaces the additives otherwise required. It guards sensitive products such as fruit juice and nectar against the penetration of oxygen and other substances and clearly reduces any additional loss of CO2 from carbonated beverages. The taste is retained, the beverages have a longer shelf life and full recyclability is made possible by this process.

Growing demand for rPET container systems
Another way of further improving the ecobalance is to increase the amount of recyclate or rPET used in PET containers – in some cases up to 100%. KHS provides the technology for this option. For example, in cooperation with bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser, preform manufacturer Plastipack and Berlin startup share the systems supplier has developed and successfully launched to market a 0.5-liter and 1.0-liter PET bottle made completely of recyclate. “Manufacturing a PET bottle from 100% recycled PET is possible – yet the devil lies in the detail. We have to approach this from a number of different angles,” says Arne Wiese, product manager for Bottles & ShapesTM at KHS Corpoplast in Hamburg, Germany. “Chemically recycled PET yields qualities which exactly match those of virgin PET. There are no restrictions here.” Yet much of the rPET used on the market is PET cleaned in vacuum conditions. “Here, qualities vary depending on the method of production,” explains Wiese. However, the quality of the rPET affects the bottle stability and weight. This means that the poorer the quality of the recyclate, the more stable the bottle has to be. This can be achieved by either increasing the weight of the bottle or optimizing the preform. “If a bottle is so light that it just about satisfies the requirement for stability, then any recyclate of an inferior quality means that this specification is no longer met,” Wiese states. Furthermore, at present rPET is not available in the required quality and quantity. Germany may boast the largest percentage of recyclate used in bottle-to-bottle recycling (32.6%), yet the remainder of over 65% is primarily used in the film or textiles industry. In addition, suitable pure-grade recycling systems are also largely lacking the world over.

Full concept Bottles & Shapes™
The impact the use of recyclate in different quantities and qualities has on the stability and weight of the bottle is taken on board, however, in order to positively influence the ecobalance. On the basis of various design criteria and material properties the holistic Bottles & ShapesTM consultancy program offers line-compatible bottle systems and solutions which strike the right balance between cost and sustainability issues, marketing criteria and user handling. “This calls for a wealth of expertise which we can provide with our decades of experience,” confirms Wiese. Moreover, KHS stretch blow molders have been optimized so that they can process preforms which contain up to 100% recyclate and, alternatively, biopolymer constituents3 – in other words, from renewable raw materials. “The relevance of these materials will increase considerably in the future. Here, we’ve provided the technical means of generating an increase in added value right down the line while saving on resources – such as with the new InnoPET Blomax Series V generation of stretch blow molders,” Wiese continues.

Secondary packaging with a high savings potential
The KHS Competence Center for secondary packaging systems in Kleve, Germany, has long been working on alternatives to classic shrink film. Many of these require extensive testing on the machinery. “The greatest challenge for us is the processability of the packaging materials,” says Karl-Heinz Klumpe, packaging product manager at KHS. “Shrink film made of recycled plastic demonstrates very different shrinking properties versus film made of new material. As an engineering company we can’t provide all the answers ourselves but instead have to coordinate closely with film manufacturers.” KHS stages workshops with these partners in order to do just that, where the participants aim to find out how the percentage of recyclate in film – as stipulated by the new German Packaging Law, for example – can be increased further. Changes to the chemicals or recipe of the film and adaptation of the machine equipment are among the necessary measures which need to be taken here. “The basic proviso is that there’s a standard of quality which is accepted by the big bottlers’ marketing departments. With film made of 100% recyclate the shrink results aren’t yet satisfactory. We’re continuing to rapidly drive development together here to close the gap between growing recycling requirements on the one hand and the demand for packs of ever increasing quality on the other,” Klumpe emphasizes.

Unique Nature MultiPackTM system
With the development of the Nature MultiPack™ KHS already has a film-free pack in its portfolio which is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. This reduced form of secondary packaging even makes conventional shrink film on multipacks completely redundant. Here, PET bottles or cans are held together by nothing more than several strong dots of adhesive which are easy to remove. A self-adhesive carrying handle readies the pack for transportation. The dots of adhesive themselves do not impair the quality of the material to be recycled in any way whatsoever as they are easily removed during the recycling process. The Nature MultiPack™ was launched to market as a six pack of cans by the Carlsberg Group under the name of Snap Pack in 2018. Danone Waters first made successful use of this packaging system in 2016 when it launched its Prestige PET bottle for Evian. With it plastic waste is completely avoided as there is no more film packaging to be disposed of.

“The current debate on packaging waste has clearly further heightened our awareness for environmentally-friendly packaging systems,” says Klumpe. KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable. “We all take the public discussion seriously and are working directly with all those companies involved on further developments in an attempt to curb the pollution of our environment by plastic as much as we can with the help of our expert knowledge and expertise,” he adds. “In the end we’re all consumers and all of us bear clear responsibility for our own personal actions.”
(KHS GmbH)

SIG: Continued growth momentum
 13.05.2019

SIG: Continued growth momentum  (Company news)

First quarter 2019 highlights
-Core revenue up 5.4% at constant exchange rates; up 7.3% as reported
-Adjusted EBITDA slightly higher; adjusted EBITDA margin 23.6% (Q1 2018: 24.7%)
-Significant increase in adjusted net income to €29.1 million (Q1 2018: €4.0 million) reflecting lower financing costs post-IPO
-Full year guidance unchanged

In the first quarter of 2019, core revenue increased by 5.4% at constant currency, within the target range for the full year of 4 - 6%. Growth was driven in particular by Asia Pacific which, after a strong performance throughout 2018, continued to show good momentum for liquid dairy products across the region. Growth was also robust in the Americas, with business in Brazil benefiting from volume growth with key customers and from recent filler deployments. Sales in Europe increased reflecting new customer wins, more than offsetting a lower contribution from the Middle East joint venture within the EMEA region.

EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 0.6% to €85.9 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin was 23.6% (Q1 2018: 24.7%), reflecting the impact of a lower dividend from the Middle East joint venture. The adjusted EBITDA margin is generally below the full year average in the first quarter, which is typically the quarter with the lowest sales level.
EBITDA increased by 20.2% to €88.3 million. The increase was largely due to an unrealised gain on derivatives compared with a loss in Q1 2018.

Net income
Adjusted net income increased to €29.1million compared with €4.0 million in Q1 2018. The increase reflected an improvement in net income, which moved from a loss of €32.1 million in Q1 2018 to a profit of €4.7 million in Q1 2019. The improvement is a consequence of lower net finance expense following the reduction and re-financing of debt at the IPO.

Full year outlook
SIG continues to implement its growth strategy and its 2019 guidance of core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currency and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 27 - 28% is unchanged.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Domino Printing Sciences appoints new CEO
 10.05.2019

Domino Printing Sciences appoints new CEO  (Company news)

After 22 years of success at technology manufacturer Domino Printing Sciences – including managing the sale of the FTSE250 company to Brother Industries in 2015 – CEO Nigel Bond, 61, has passed on the management baton following his retirement at the end of March 2019. Robert Pulford (photo), previously Managing Director of Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions Division, has been appointed by the company to take over the CEO role.

Under Bond’s leadership, industrial printer developer and manufacturer Domino won numerous Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Export and grew from a stock value of £75million to a £1billion business at the time of the sale to Brother. Presiding over 20 acquisitions, Bond also oversaw the integration into the Domino business of technology manufacturers such as Sator Laser and Citronix, and former distribution partners Domino Sweden and Domino MarqueTDI in Portugal. As part of the Brother deal, he also secured significant investment in Digital Printing and Coding & Marking products and services, supporting long-term growth targets and offering greater flexibility.

“I’ve had over 20 memorable years with Domino,” says Bond. “I am proud to have led such a committed and talented team that has driven innovation and produced ground-breaking and award-winning technologies.”

He continues, “I’m delighted that Robert will be taking over as Domino’s new CEO. Robert is a strong leader with a proven track record of success both within and outside Domino.”

With Domino for 23 years, Pulford has been part of Domino Group’s executive management team for 14 years and has led the company’s Digital Printing Solutions division for the last six years. He has been responsible for driving the growth of digital printing products into direct printing, label and packaging markets, as well as other broader industrial applications. Joining as a Service Manager, and later becoming General Manager within the UK Domestic business, Pulford’s other roles at Domino have included Group Product Management, Group Marketing and General Manager of Domino’s European businesses, as well as leading the New Product Development programme for Domino’s i-Tech products, and the integration of a number of acquisitions.

Speaking about his appointment, Pulford says: “I’m honoured to be taking up the position of CEO and look forward to carrying on Nigel’s legacy. My goal is to support the wider team to drive business growth in all areas and build on Domino’s reputation as a leading provider of coding and marking and digital printing equipment.”
(Domino UK Ltd)

Nestlé Waters joins Consortium to boost recyclability of PET plastic
 10.05.2019

Nestlé Waters joins Consortium to boost recyclability of PET plastic  (Company news)

Nestlé Waters is joining Carbios, L’Oreal, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe (SBFE) to bring enhanced recycling technology designed and developed by CARBIOS to market on an industrial scale.

CARBIOS has developed an innovative process that breaks down PET plastic waste into its original components, which can be used to produce high quality PET plastic, equivalent to virgin PET. This proprietary technology can pave the way for 100% recycled PET content in new products and offers the potential to recycle PET plastics repeatedly.

Massimo Casella, Head of R&D Nestlé Waters, adds, “We are pleased to be joining the Consortium in supporting the development of this new technology. It can help us to achieve Nestlé’s goal of increasing the amount of recycled plastic content in our bottles without compromising on quality and contribute to creating an environmentally sustainable world for the next generation.”
(Nestlé Schweiz AG)

Symrise Trading Update January - March 2019
 09.05.2019

Symrise Trading Update January - March 2019  (Company news)

Symrise posts strong growth of 9.3 % in the first quarter
• Group sales rise to € 848.8 million
• Organic growth, adjusted for exchange rate effects, of 8.2 %
• Company reaffirms 2019 guidance and long-term targets until the end of 2025

The Symrise Group remains on track for strong growth in the fiscal year 2019 with a high sales increase by 9.3 % to € 848.8 million (Q1 2018: € 776.9 million) in the first quarter. All segments benefited from good demand. Organic sales growth in the first quarter was up 8.2 %.

"We are off to a dynamic start into the year and consider ourselves very well positioned with our strong market presence," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. "Our targeted capacity expansion measures continue to pay off. This has been accompanied by consistently good demand from our customers. Once again, all segments achieved gains and contributed to the growth of the Group. Despite the cautious economic outlook, we are confident about the development of our business in the coming months. We have substantiated our full-year guidance and our long-term ambitions with the updated targets. Extending through to 2025, they call for an annual organic growth of 5–7 % (CAGR)."

Scent & Care with high sales growth in particular for Fragrances
The Scent & Care segment achieved a very good sales increase of 10.7 % to € 367.3 million (Q1 2018: € 331.8 million). Organic sales growth was 9.1 %.

The Fragrance division saw a significant increase in sales, driven primarily by the Fine Fragrances application area and the new area of Consumer Fragrances, which combines Beauty Care and Home Care applications. In both application areas, sales were up by double-digit percentages, resulting from a combination of strong demand and price increases. The Oral Care business unit achieved high single-digit organic growth, especially in the EAME region and in North America.

Sales growth was also very strong in the Cosmetic Ingredients division, above all in the North America and Asia/Pacific regions.

The Aroma Molecules division benefited from robust demand for fragrance ingredients and menthol, especially in the EAME and Asia/Pacific regions.

Flavor segment reports sales growth in all application areas
In the Flavor segment – the business activities with flavors for foods and beverages – sales increased by 8.3 % to € 315.6 million (Q1 2018: € 291.2 million). All application areas and regions had increases in sales volumes. Adjusted for exchange rate effects, organic growth amounted to 6.7 %.

In EAME, applications for beverages and savory products delivered the biggest increases, especially in the national markets of Germany, Russia, Ireland and the UK.

The Asia/Pacific region achieved with applications for beverages and savory products high single-digit or even double-digit percentage growth rates. The trends were especially pleasing in Indonesia, Thailand and India.

Sales growth in the Beverage business unit was particularly healthy in North America, mainly as a result of new business with global and regional customers.

Business in Latin America also showed dynamic growth, with double-digit percentage gains in all application areas. Demand for beverages was particularly strong in the national markets of Brazil and Mexico.

Nutrition shows dynamic trend in Pet Food and Probiotics
The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division with Food, Pet Food applications, as well as Probiotics, achieved a 7.9 % increase in sales to € 165.9 million (Q1 2018: € 153.8 million). In local currency the organic growth was even higher, at 8.8 %.

Demand for Food applications increased at a more moderate pace in the first quarter. The Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions achieved good growth in the national markets of Australia, Indonesia and Mexico.

The Pet Food business unit showed a highly dynamic trend in the first quarter, with double-digit organic growth driven by rising customer demand and price adjustments. North America in particular performed very well.

The application area Probiotics also posted double-digit growth, especially in EAME.

Looking ahead to current fiscal year with confidence
After a dynamic start to the year, Symrise confirms its targets for the current fiscal year. The group intends to significantly exceed the anticipated worldwide market growth rate for 2019, projected by experts to lie in the range of 3–4 %.

Under its updated long-term targets, Symrise aims to increase sales to around € 5.5 to 6.0 billion by the end of 2025. This increase is to be achieved through annual organic growth of 5–7 % (CAGR) and additional targeted acquisitions.

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

Five times SACMI: Chinaplas 2019 draws nearer
 08.05.2019

Five times SACMI: Chinaplas 2019 draws nearer  (Company news)

Major Asian fair to showcase SACMI’s very latest continuous compression moulding (CCM) technology, the global industry standard becoming ever-more popular on the Chinese market. Also on show will be the innovative SACMI CBF container manufacturing solution plus a wide range of systems for total quality control at every stage along the line

Five good reasons to visit the SACMI stand at the 33rd edition of Chinaplas, China's biggest international fair dedicated to food&beverage production technology (Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex, 21-24 May 2019).

The first reason: to get a close, first-hand look at continuous compression moulding by SACMI, the world's leading provider of manufacturing technology to the beverage industry. Existing and potential customers visiting the SACMI stand (156 m2, hall 4.1, booth C41) will, in fact, be able to admire a CCM 48 SD press, one of no less than 37 solutions recently supplied to Chinese package giant Hebei Red Hat Plastic Co., Ltd.

Completing SACMI's PET Closures&Containers range is the advanced IPS platform for manufacturing PET preforms and, downstream, a full range of filling, labelling and bottling solutions. Then there is CBF, the container-making solution that uses compression technology: ideal for the dairy and pharma industries, CBF combines the very best characteristics of alternative technologies. This is why – and the second good reason to meet with us at Chinaplas - SACMI stands out as the world's only competitor capable of providing solutions for each stage of the beverage production line.

Third: total quality control is the hallmark of the SACMI range, as all solutions incorporate camera inspection systems to maximise the performance of every single machine. More specifically, Chinaplas will see SACMI showcase the BVS (Bottle Vision System), part of a range of vision systems developed by the Group's Quality&Process Control Division. Technological solution able to simultaneously inspect the container with or without the external decoration (label).

Fourth: another key SACMI trait is its far-reaching international presence. In China, SACMI Shanghai, which works alongside manufacturing facility Foshan Nanhai, has provided the local market with close support for over twenty years. Thanks to these local branches, customers can count on comprehensive assistance before, during and after the sale. Additional guarantees stem from the fact that SACMI has been operating as a completemould maker since 1994 and has, to date, sold no less than 2200 original mould sets.

Fifth: following the establishment of the Customer Service Division, which works in close concert with the SACMI Global Network, we also provide cutting-edge remote assistance services to ensure customers always get the best from their investment in SACMI technology. For example, via SACMI S.P.A.C.E. (Sacmi Portal for Aftersales and Customer service Excellence), the Customer Service Division provides an advanced services package that - in addition to Daily Lifetime Support - can extend support throughout and even beyond the working life of the machine. Moreover, customers can count on training via e-Learning platforms and subsequent production management support through dedicated maintenance engineering services.

Visit our stand (hall 4.1, booth C41) at Chinaplas 2019.

Save the date! 21-24 May 2019, Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex.
(Sacmi Imola S.C.)

FrieslandCampina sells Creamy Creation to Wagram Equity Partners
 07.05.2019

FrieslandCampina sells Creamy Creation to Wagram Equity Partners  (Company news)

The Dutch investment company Wagram Equity Partners (Wagram) will become the new owner of cream liqueur manufacturer Creamy Creation in Rijkevoort (the Netherlands). This was agreed between the investment company and Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.

The transaction includes the production of cream liqueurs in Rijkevoort and sales office in Paramus (the United States of America). FrieslandCampina Ingredients wants to focus more on nutritional and functional solutions with its ingredients. It was also agreed between parties that Wagram will start producing canned cream for FrieslandCampina in Rijkevoort.

Since its establishment in 1979, Creamy Creation has developed itself into a successful player in the segment of alcoholic cream liqueurs. The company has 84 employees. Creamy Creation will continue to develop and sell distinguishing cream liqueurs.

Wagram Equity Partners is an independent investment company with a long-term perspective. Its business is making investments in private companies through controlling ownership positions. Wagram will focus on long-term growth of Creamy Creation.

The transaction is subject to the usual conditions, including the required regulatory approvals. We expect to complete the transaction in the last quarter of this year.
(Creamy Creation B.V.)

BERICAP and Thinfilm Partner to Implement Advanced Closure Technology
 06.05.2019

BERICAP and Thinfilm Partner to Implement Advanced Closure Technology  (Company news)

BERICAP, a supplier of world-class high value-added plastic caps and closures for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and industrial markets, and Thin Film Electronics ASA, the global leader in near field communications (NFC) solutions, have signed a Letter of Intent for an exclusive joint partnership to develop fully integrated digital authentication solutions for closures in over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and industrial applications.

Photo: Closures for Carbonated Soft Drinks & Carbonated Water

BERICAP, based in Budenheim, Germany, and Thinfilm, with global headquarters in San Jose, California, have established a strategic partnership encompassing innovation, integration, and implementation of Thinfilm’s NFC-enabled solutions. The collaboration will embed advanced chips into the closures to create dependable and cost-effective solutions for brand protection and authentication purposes.

“This partnership with Thinfilm allows us to offer another important security and marketing tool for our customers in a range of markets,” said Jörg Thiels, Chief Executive Officer of BERICAP Industrial Products. “Smart and anti-counterfeiting packaging solutions are fast developing requirements and Thinfilm’s technology and software platform is a perfect fit to further extend BERICAP's extensive assortment of closures.”

“BERICAP is an important strategic partner for us,” said Kevin Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Thinfilm. “Fake products are not only a menace but also a safety risk and a danger to a brand’s reputation and its consumer relationships. We are looking forward to joining forces in developing product closure solutions that will help thwart the global problem of counterfeiting, refill fraud, tampering, and diversion. These solutions will add differentiation, interactivity, and relevance to BERICAP’s current customer offering.”

The two companies have begun to integrate NFC into injection-molded plastic closures, enabling consumers to easily interact with products and ensure authenticity, while providing brands with unique insights. The solution provides BERICAP’s customers with an easy-to-implement, integrated closure that supports brand protection, supply chain visibility, and direct consumer engagement. BERICAP and Thinfilm will work with brands to integrate and scale NFC-integrated closures onto high-value products in an efficient and economical manner.

Currently, BERICAP manufactures more than 84 billion plastic closures and dispensers every year. Thinfilm’s unique technology will offer BERICAP and its customers a new dimension in brand protection solutions that will add value to an already broad portfolio of closures. Together, the companies will help customers stay one step ahead of counterfeiters while adding connectivity for a variety of customer needs.
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

Guinness removes plastic packaging from its beer packs
 03.05.2019

Guinness removes plastic packaging from its beer packs  (Company news)

Plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap will be removed from multipacks of our beer brands including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s

We’re investing £16million to reduce the amount of plastics used in our beer packaging, which will see:
-The introduction of 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard to replace plastic
-A reduction of plastic waste that is the equivalent of removing 40 million 50cl plastic bottles from the world which, if laid out in a row, would reach from London to Beijing (8,136km)

Photo: Multi-can packs will be replaced by cardboard packs, which are sustainably sourced, recyclable and fully biodegradable

The new sustainable beer packs will be on shelves on the island of Ireland from August 2019 and from Summer 2020 in Great Britain and other international markets. Individual cans are fully recyclable, including the widget which is contained inside cans of Draught Guinness.

Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer, Baileys and Smirnoff:
“For 260 years Guinness has played a vital role in the communities around us. We already have one of the most sustainable breweries in the world at St. James’s Gate and we are now leading the way in sustainable packaging. This is good news for the brand, for our wider beer portfolio and for the environment.”

David Cutter, Chief Sustainability Officer and President, Global Supply & Procurement:
“Great packaging is essential for our products. Consumers expect our packs to look beautiful, be functional, and sustainable. I am proud to announce this investment, through which we have been able to combine all three. We have been working tirelessly to make our packaging more environmentally friendly and I’m thrilled with this outcome for Guinness and our other global beer brands.”



Currently, under 5% of our total packaging around the world is plastic and in 2018, we announced new plastics targets from 2025 and beyond.

We’re continuously looking for ways to work with our suppliers, customers and consumers to make our packaging more sustainable and our targets ensure that 100% of plastics used are designed to be widely recyclable, or reusable/compostable.

Our global plastics targets for 2025
-Ensure 100% of our plastic use is designed to be widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable), using plastics that allow for increased consumer recycling rates
-Achieve 40% average recycled content in our plastic bottles - and 100% by 2030
-Continue to invest in circular economy opportunities and other sustainable packaging breakthroughs
-Accelerate our support for recycling by increasing collaboration, particularly where we have influence, and engaging with Governments, peers and consumers to facilitate improved recycling.
(Diageo plc)

Beviale Moscow to be held in new location in March 2020
 02.05.2019

Beviale Moscow to be held in new location in March 2020  (Beviale Moscow)

-New venue: Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre
-Comprehensive concept to be continued
-Registration open now

Beviale Moscow is set to move to a new venue next year. From 24 to 26 March 2020, Eastern Europe’s first and to date only trade show for the entire beverage chain will welcome experts and interested visitors to the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre. The exhibition grounds are centrally located in the middle of one of Moscow’s major parks. The trade fair for the beverage industry covers the entire process chain from manufacture to marketing and was bigger than ever this year. The change of location offers even more opportunities for organisers and exhibitors.

Project Manager Thimo Holst announced some new ideas and the next step forward at the end of the event in February 2019. And now it’s official: from 2020, Beviale Moscow will take place at Moscow’s Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre. This also means that the event will be rescheduled. Instead of taking place at the end of February, the show will now be held a month later. From 24 to 26 March 2020, Eastern Europe’s beverage fair for the entire production chain will welcome exhibitors and visitors to the centre of one of Moscow’s major parks. “For Beviale Moscow, this change of venue is an important step towards further development,” says Thimo Holst about the reasons for the move. “As organisers, we now have the opportunity to offer even more service quality and stable prices to our exhibitors.” In future, the beverage fair will take place in halls 4 and 4.1 at the Sokolniki Centre. Holst describes the advantages thus: “This will allow us to further refine the comprehensive concept and make it easier for exhibitors and visitors to navigate.” The new location is accessible by
underground rail and also has good transport connections to trams and
buses. Shuttle buses will travel regularly between the Sokolniki
underground rail station and the exhibition venue during the event.

Comprehensive concept to be continued
The renewed growth and upbeat mood at the fourth round of the event in February 2019 have also confirmed the effectiveness of comprehensive concept for Beviale Moscow, so it will be continued at the new venue. As Eastern Europe’s first and to date only trade fair for the beverage industry, it covers the entire process chain. From suitable raw ingredients and custom technologies to efficient packaging, logistics or creative marketing ideas, Beviale Moscow offers solutions for all beverage segments.

The new premises will also reinforce the character of the fair. Beer and brewing will continue to be a major focus in the supporting programme, for example, with the popular CRAFT DRINKS CORNER at the heart of the trade fair action, and through the presentation of the Russian beer prize ROSGLAVPIVO. The VLB Seminar for Microbrewers, which is organised by VLB, the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing, will remain a permanent feature of the event. There was a lot of interest in the Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing, so wine will be another key area at the next show and will also be reflected in various events. The issue of beverage packaging will continue to be highlighted in a variety of ways to provide food for thought and potential solutions. “After four years in the market we are benefiting meanwhile from a very broad and diverse network of partners and local and international multipliers,” says Holst. “This means we always have direct contact with the market and can constantly adapt the supporting programme to the latest requirements.”

An interesting option for German – and specifically Bavarian – companies is to strengthen their international competitiveness by taking part in the Bavarian Pavilion. Subsidies are provided by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the pavilion is organised in conjunction with project partners Bayern International and the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Registration now open
Interested exhibitors can now register for Beviale Moscow 2020.
Registration documents are available from the following link:
www.beviale-moscow.com/en/application. As in previous years, exhibitors can choose any stand location in the existing floor plan but these are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. If you book promptly by 1 June 2019 you will enjoy an early bird discount of 10 percent. To be able to provide even better support to exhibitors in respect of the Russian market and their trade fair appearance, the organisers of Beviale Moscow
are planning to address specific questions in a series of webinars and also
publish participation guidelines.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Pernod Ricard to acquire Malfy super-premium Italian gin brand
 02.05.2019

Pernod Ricard to acquire Malfy super-premium Italian gin brand   (Company news)

Pernod Ricard is delighted to announce the signing of the agreement with Biggar & Leith for the acquisition of the Italian super-premium gin brand Malfy.

Malfy is a range of super-premium gins distilled by the Vergnano family in the Italian region of Moncalieri, and already present in several international markets such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Each gin in the Malfy range is distilled using genuine Italian ingredients such as Italian juniper, coastal grown Italian lemons and Sicilian blood oranges and pink grapefruits. The range includes 4 different variants: Originale, Con Limone, Con Arancia and Gin Rosa.

For Christian Porta, Managing Director in charge of Global Business Development of Pernod Ricard: “This acquisition is true to our long-standing strategy of investing in brands with strong potential in growing categories. In line with the launch of our “Transform and Accelerate” strategic plan, we will continue actively managing our fantastic portfolio of brands”.

Elwyn Gladstone, Founder of Biggar & Leith, said: “We are excited to see Malfy gin move to the Pernod Ricard family of brands. We believe that with their stewardship and expertise in building super-premium spirits brands, Malfy will continue to flourish.”

With this acquisition, Pernod Ricard expands its portfolio further into the fast growing super premium and flavoured gins categories, following the partnership with Monkey 47 in 2016 and the acquisition of Ungava in 2018.

This transaction is expected to close shortly.
(Groupe Pernod Ricard)

01.05.2019

UK: Czech lager Pardal enters UK's on-trade  (E-malt.com)

Budweiser-Budvar-owned Pardal lager is making its first appearance on the UK on-trade through Signature Brands, Imbibe reported on April 19.

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Pardal is a session lager with an abv of 3.8%. By adding Pardal to its portfolio, Signature Brands is aiming to tap into the rising trend towards lower-abv beers.

‘As the desire for low-alcohol beer increases, licensed venues should be looking at their offerings, ensuring that they are reacting to and catering for any changes in consumer demand,’ said Nic Ponticakis, head of Signature Brands.

Pardal pours slightly darker than most low-abv counterparts; it’s made with water sourced from a local artesian well, Saaz and Agnus hops and Budweiser-Budvar’s own yeast strain. The brewing process lasts for 11 days while the maturation lasts for up to a month.

Pardal joins Signature Brands’ beer portfolio which includes Cruzcampo from Spain, Dortmunder from Germany, Birra Morena from Italy and Lucky Buddha from China.

Pardal is now available through Signature Brands’ largest distribution partner LWC-Drinks. Trade prices start from £75/30lt ex-VAT, and the beer is also available in 50-litre kegs.

01.05.2019

Croatia: Kaltenberg beer to be brewed in Croatia again  (E-malt.com)

After 25 years, Kaltenberg beer has returned to Croatia. Namely, in Kukuljanovo near Rijeka, a production facility has been opened which should, together with a nearby restaurant, revive the popularity which this Bavarian beer had in the 1990s, especially in southern Croatia, Večernji List reported on April 21.

At the time when the production was located at the Jadranska Pivovara brewery, the Kaltenberg beer had the status of being a locally-produced beer. However, the business decision of Laško Pivovara brewery which bought Jadranska Pivovara led to the virtual disappearance of Kaltenberg from the Croatian market. That lasted until recently when Kaltenberg started constructing a 50,000-hectolitre-a-year plant, together with Ludwig's Gastro Pub, a restaurant right next to the brewery. The restaurant has 150 seats for guests, offering Kaltenberg as well as beers by the Austrian brewery Hirter, whose distributor for Croatia is Kaltenberg Adria.

The investment is worth 10 million euro, according to Kaltenberg Adria CEO Gordan Putanec, and the company currently employs 55 people. “Our main ambition is to return to the role of a big player in Dalmatia, where we were once the number one brewery, and we have similar ambitions for the rest of southern Croatia. That is why we have decided to start the production of the first Rijeka beer Tars, which we want to use to compete with mainstream brewers. The backbone of our offering are beers made according to the original recipes, including the Kaltenberg Hefeweissbier. We have also introduced Ludwig's Session with which we want to compete with the craft beer segment. I want to point out that the water from Rječina is great and makes our beers better,” said Putanec, pointing out that Kaltenberg's lager beer is produced according to the Bavarian law on beer purity, Reinheitsgebot, issued in 1516.

The beer produced in Rijeka will also be sold in Italy, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Interestingly, this is the only plant owned by Kaltenberg outside of Bavaria. The beer is sold in 20 countries, but it is produced by licensees everywhere except in Kukuljanovo.

Kaltenberg is a brand owned by König Ludwig International, which has more than 30 years of experience in beer production, knowledge creation and brand licensing. The company is managed by His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, a member of the Bavarian royal family Wittelsbach.

The goal of the company is no secret. In three to five years, they want to become the most profitable middle-sized brewery in Croatia, with an EBIT margin of more than 20 per cent, which would justify one of the most significant investments in the Croatian beer industry in the last few years.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Names Nestlé Waters North America as 2019 Design...
 30.04.2019

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Names Nestlé Waters North America as 2019 Design...  (Company news)

... for Recycling Award Winner

Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle is only major nationally distributed bottled water made using 100 percent recycled plastic

In recognition of its innovative use of recycled plastic, and its product design centered on recycling, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) names Nestlé Waters North America as its 2019 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award winner. The DFR Award is ISRI’s most prestigious award given annually to the most innovative contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. Nestlé Waters has received the award specifically for the design of its Nestlé® Pure Life® 700ml bottle made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic (rPET).

“The Design for Recycling Award recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated its principles into products and processes,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Through innovative thought and design, Nestlé Waters is demonstrating the positive value of recycled plastics. There are obvious invaluable environmental benefits to using recycled plastics as feedstock in the manufacturing process to which Nestlé Waters has shown a commitment. On top of that, the design of the labeling process also takes into account improving the quality of the recycling stream. Through every stage of the manufacturing process, Nestlé Waters has shown a clear dedication to designing for recycling, and it is an honor to present them with this year’s award.”

In addition to the Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle being made entirely from recycled content, its design also takes into account end-of-life processing. For instance, the bottle features a state-of-the-art, pressure-sensitive label. Unlike traditional adhesive labels that may not release from the PET flakes during the recycling process, potentially damaging the recycling stream, these new labels will release easily during the wash stage of the recycling process so the material can be used to make new bottles again and again.

“Bottles like this are the future of recycling, and so to be recognized with this award is particularly significant. Made from 100 percent recycled plastic, and 100 recyclable, this Nestlé® Pure Life® bottle is proof that a fully circular economy is within our reach,” said Fernando Mercé, president and chief executive officer of Nestlé Waters North America. “We take great care here at Nestlé Waters to design our packaging with recycling in mind, and we’re proud to have this bottle, from our namesake brand, inspiring consumers to recycle and join us on this journey to take the ‘single’ out of ‘single-use’ plastic bottles.”

Nestlé Waters North America has been incorporating recycled plastic into its packaging since 2011. In fact, since 2017, all single-serve bottles of the company’s Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water produced in California have been made using 50 percent recycled plastic. Most recently, the company also announced that it is on track to nearly quadruple its use of recycled PET plastic (rPET) in less than 3 years, with an ambition to reach 50 percent recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2025.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

29.04.2019

Ireland: Beer remains Ireland's most popular drink of choice  (E-malt.com)

Ireland’s most popular alcoholic drink of choice has been revealed and there are no prizes for guessing what’s come out on top, the Irish Post reported on April 11.

Beer remains the tipple of choice on the Emerald Isle, according to a new report published by Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) and Dublin City University (DCU).

The report reveals beer made up 45.2% of all alcohol purchased over the past year.

That represents a 2.7% increase in consumption levels compared with figures for the previous year.

Wine came in a distant second, with an overall share of 26.7%, which represents a 2% decline on the year before.

Spirits are an increasingly popular choice, with whiskey and the like accounting for 20.5% of all the alcohol imbibed in Ireland last year.

That represents an impressive 5.6% increase on last year.

This means that of all alcohol imbibed last year, 20.5% of it was whiskey, vodka, gin and other popular spirits.

Cider remained someway off the pace, despite a 0.4% increase, with pints of Strongbow and other such tipples accounting for just 7.5% of all booze drunk.

Commenting on the report, Rosemary Garth, chairwoman of DIGI and director of communications and corporate affairs at Irish Distillers, noted that increasing popularity of spirits suggests drinkers are “choosing quality over quantity”.

“There were four active distilleries in Ireland in 2013, now there are 24 in operation, with a further 24 in development,” she said,

“An increase of 5.6% in the market share of spirits is no surprise and proves the determination of Irish distilleries.”


29.04.2019

India: AB InBev planning to launch two non-alcoholic beers in India  (E-malt.com)

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is planning to launch two non-alcoholic beers in India, Mint reported. The Belgian beverage maker is set to launch Budweiser 0.0 and Hoegaarden 0.0 in the next three months. Till then, the products will be imported into India, the report stated.

The new drinks are for "those who don't want to drink alcohol, but want to socialise and that’s a way for them to be included in the beer category," Ben Verhaert, Business Unit President, South Asia, AB InBev, told the newspaper.

AB InBev’s plan comes six months after United Breweries (UBL) launched two non-alcoholic beverages in India - lemon-based drink Radler and non-alcoholic beer Heineken 0.0.

According to Statista, the beer market generated $3.8 billion in revenue in 2018 and is expected to grow eight percent annually from 2019-23.

On the subject of craft beer, Verhaert told the newspaper, "As a company we are always open to these opportunities. The only point is you need to bet on the right future trends. Today, we have a large portfolio that we can leverage. I would say we are looking at any kind of future trends that could actually pop-up."

AB InBev has been trying to boost its presence in the non-alcoholic beverages market. In 2017, the company acquired Hiball, which makes energy drinks and sparkling juices.

29.04.2019

USA: Heineken hoping for its zero alcohol beer to win Americans over  (E-malt.com)

Americans are drinking less beer. Heineken has a plan to fix that, CNN reported on April 15.

Over the past four years, American beer consumption slid 5%, according to research firm Mintel. A quarter of US beer drinkers said in August that they consume less beer now than they did a year ago, Mintel added.

American drinkers are more focused on health and wellness, but they also want quality beer, wine and liquor that tastes good. Some are swapping out beer for pricey liquor: Spirits stole market share from beer and wine for the ninth straight year in 2018, with the more expensive liquors leading the way. Those who are still drinking beer are reaching for premium options.

Heineken thinks its zero alcohol product, Heineken 0.0, will appeal to people who value health and flavor. The company hopes the new brew, which took about five years to develop, will win people over.

"Making a brilliant non-alcoholic beer is really hard," Jonnie Cahill, Heineken USA's chief marketing officer, told CNN Business. When you remove alcohol from beer, you tend to remove flavor and aroma with it. But with 0.0 "we've cracked the technology."

The company wants to stop people from ditching beer and keep Heineken top of mind for consumers. The non-alcoholic product is designed to appeal to people who love how beer tastes, and sometimes crave it at times when they don't want a buzz. With 0.0, Heineken wants to make non-alocholic beer a treat, rather than a lesser alternative to regular beer.

Non-alcoholic beer is just a small sliver of America's $112 billion beer market. But Heineken, which launched 0.0 in the United States earlier this year, is betting the zero alcohol sector will grow.

The 155-year old Dutch beer company first launched Heineken 0.0 in the Netherlands and Germany in 2017, where it has attracted a "younger, more urban, more premium demographic," said Cahill. "Can you see this inhabiting an apartment where there's a Peloton? Absolutely."

In the past, non-alcoholic beer has been "a distress category," Cahill said. "It's often been about what you couldn't do — I can't have a beer because I'm driving, I can't have a beer because I'm on medication, I can't have a beer because I have a big day tomorrow. Our belief is, well, now you can."

By offering consumers a new option, the product can help give Heineken a competitive edge. "The beer market is extremely crowded," said Caleb Bryant, senior beverage analyst for Mintel. "If you can carve out that niche by having a non-alcoholic option, it gives you a leg up."

It's also strengthening the beer sector overall, Cahill added. "The more you can invite people to stay in your category, the better it is for all of us," he said.

Plus, 0.0 is helping Heineken boost its brand.

Though 0.0 has only been on the market for a few years in Europe, it’s already giving Heineken a boost.

Internationally, the product has been "just flying," Cahill said. In the United Kingdom, Heineken 0.0 makes up 5% of Heineken sales. In Spain, that figure is 7%, and in Russia it's 20%, according to Cahill.

During the company's most recent earnings report, Heineken CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer said that "the ongoing success of Heineken 0.0" helped deliver the strongest growth by volume to the Heineken brand in over a decade.

Heineken's not the only big company jumping on Europe's non-alcoholic beer trend. Anheuser-Busch, Asahi and Guinness all sell non-alcoholic beers internationally.

For the most part, those companies have stayed away from the American market, where adoption is much lower. According to the Beer Institute, a group that represents the beer industry, non-alcoholic beer represented about 0.3% of the US beer supply in 2018.

Cahill said that the American non-alcoholic beer space is promising because in the United States, health and wellness trends are prevalent. Heineken decided that January was the right time to bring 0.0 to the United States.

Americans may well be warming to the idea of a premium non-alcoholic beer. In the first three months of 2019, sales of non-alcoholic beer grew 6.6% compared to the same period last year, according to Nielsen.

Although US consumers drink far less zero-alcohol beer than their European counterparts, "there's a big opportunity for explosion of non-alcoholic beer" in the United States, said Bryant.

American brewers that make zero-alcohol beer, including Wellbeing Brewing, Surreal Brewing and Athletic Brewing, have been springing up across the country in recent years. This month, Pabst Blue Ribbon announced the launch of its non-alcoholic brew, noting in a release that "the next generation of America" has a "greater focus on health and wellness."

Bryant said that the "it's really going to boil down to product development." If non-alcoholic beer is truly comparable to craft beer in terms of taste, American consumers may well go for it. If not, the trend could fizzle out.

29.04.2019

China & South Korea: China Resources Beer debuts new brand on South Korea's market  (E-malt.com)

The China Resources Beer Corp. (CRB), China's top brewer, debuted a new beer brand in South Korea to cater to rising demand for diversified flavors and high quality, its local distributor said on April 17.

The Beijing-based brewer showcased a new lager called Super X with a 3.8 percent alcohol content in South Korea to target young people, following its launch in China in March 2018.

Hyunwon Korea, its local distribution channel, will start selling the beer at local discount chains and convenience stores next month, with plans to target local restaurants later this year.

China's No. 1 brewer made a foray into the Korean market as Chinese alcohol has enjoyed growing popularity in Chinese restaurants here. Tsingtao is the most famous Chinese beer brand in South Korea, as it is considered a good pairing for lamb skewers.

"Although some say the Korean imported beer market is already saturated, we will make efforts to satisfy local consumers with deep flavors," Kim Jung-young, CEO of Hyunwon Korea, said in a press briefing.

CRB's flagship Snow Beer is the world's top brand with a 6.1 percent market share by volume, but it is mostly sold in mainland China with a 26 percent share in the nation as of 2017.

According to the Korea Customs Service, South Korea's imports of Chinese beer reached $37.4 million in 2018, the second largest among foreign brands.

29.04.2019

UK & Ireland: Big brewers betting big on non-alcoholic beer  (E-malt.com)

Beer drinking is so ingrained in British (and Irish) life that any mention of choosing non-alcoholic versions of the stuff provokes ire. What is the point of drinking beer without booze in it, the sceptics ask, while others rail against the supposedly bad taste, the Irish Times reported on April 18.

Yet when Anna Brown, a 26-year-old consultant living in London, goes to the pub with colleagues, her drink of choice is a non-alcoholic lager called St Peter’s Without. “I still get to take part in the fun without compromising on things that are important to me,” she said, referring to her desire to avoid hangovers and cut back on calories.

While beer purists may recoil, more people are opting for low- and no-alcohol brews, and Europeans in particular have taken to the stuff.

Alcohol consumption is on the decline in many western countries as people seek healthier lifestyles and all things “wellness” remain firmly in fashion. In the UK, nearly a quarter of 16- to 24-year-olds say they do not drink alcohol, up from 19 per cent in 2005, and the increase is even greater among 25- to 44-year-olds, according to the Office for National Statistics. In the US, alcohol sales by volume have been falling since 2016.

Spotting a growth opportunity in an otherwise mature market, the world’s biggest brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken have launched dozens of low- and non-alcoholic beers in the past three years. They are creating new versions of their biggest brands, such as Beck’s Blue and Heineken 0.0, and throwing marketing muscle behind them.

Smaller craft brewers are also getting into the game: Scotland’s BrewDog has had success with its aptly named low-alcohol Nanny State pale ale, while UK newcomer Big Drop Brewing Co has a popular stout with only 0.5 per cent alcohol.

Supermarkets in Paris and Amsterdam now have entire shelves devoted to non-alcoholic beers, which typically have less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV), and their low-alcohol cousins, which have under 3.5 per cent ABV. In the UK, Ocado and Tesco sell roughly 20 types for sale online.

Sales volumes of low and non-alcoholic beer have risen nearly 18 per cent in the past five years in Western Europe, according to Euromonitor, and are forecast to climb another 12 per cent through 2022. Growth has been even stronger in the UK.

Companies are betting that non-alcoholic brews will not only lure new customers, but also retain beer drinkers who are simply consuming less. Another attraction of non-alcoholic beers is that they have one-third to half the calories of traditional brews.

There is an extra bonus for brewers. Non-alcoholic beers tend to be more profitable, because in many countries beer is subject to taxes that are built into the retail price, so removing or reducing the alcohol means less duty is owed, thus improving margins.

Yet many consumers remain sceptical. Although non-alcoholic beers have existed for decades, surveys showed that people thought they tasted quite bad, and were merely a default option for those who could not drink the real stuff, such as pregnant women or drivers.

To overcome the negative perceptions, both Heineken and AB InBev gave their master brewers a similar mission: find a way to make a non-alcoholic beer that tastes as good as the original.

David De Schutter, AB InBev’s head of innovation in Europe, was initially doubtful it could be done. “You have to turn your brewing process upside down and think of it all from all angles,” he said. “Normal beer has over one thousand aroma components, which gives it a complex taste and feeling in your mouth.”

The typical beer brewing process relies on four ingredients - malt barley, hops, yeast and water - that can be combined in myriad ways to create vastly different beers. The yeast feeds on the grains and, via fermentation, produces alcohol. To make non-alcoholic beer, you either have to stop or slow the fermentation process, or remove the alcohol after it is formed, usually by heating it because alcohol has a lower boiling point than the rest of the beer. Both approaches can render the beer either too sweet, too acidic, or not bubbly enough.

It took Heineken nearly a year before it had a zero alcohol version of its eponymous beer that it was ready to launch. Ilaria Lodigiani, Heineken’s global director for its low- and no-alcohol division, said the next challenge was convincing people to drink it.

The Dutch brewer’s strategy was simple but bold: build huge distribution quickly, and then back the launch with major multimedia advertising campaigns. “Non-alcoholic beers used to be seen as the uncool version of your brand, so they didn’t get a lot of marketing dollars,” Ms Lodigiani admitted. But for Heineken 0.0, the company spent big, she said, recommending that countries spent up to 25 per cent of their marketing budgets on the product.

Lastly, Heineken devoted more marketing spend than usual to sampling, so consumers could actually taste the beer. It targeted people at moments not normally associated with drinking, such as athletic events and lunch spots. A television ad with the slogan “Now You Can” drove home the point that Heineken 0.0 could be enjoyed anytime by showing people drinking it at the office, the gym and in a parked car, prompting surprised looks from onlookers.

The tactics seem to be working: Heineken 0.0, which launched in 2017 in 14 markets, has been rolled out to 50 markets globally, including the US last year.

The roll-out helped Heineken achieve a 7.7 per cent increase in sales by volume last year for the group’s flagship brand, its best growth rate in more than a decade. Heineken has about 159 products in its 0.0 range up from 78 only two years ago, and has launched non-alcoholic versions of Birra Moretti, Tiger, and Sol.

“I really believe this can be something very big,” said Ms Lodigiani.

29.04.2019

Mexico: Mexico City could ban sales of cold beer in convenience stores  (E-malt.com)

Mexico City residents may have to slake their thirsts with warm beer after a local lawmaker introduced a motion on April 24 to ban the sale of the cold beverage in convenience stores, The Guardian reported.

The motion – met with incredulity on social media – would modify Mexico City’s commerce laws to ban selling beer or beverages of 7% or less alcohol content, which are “refrigerated or in different conditions than the ambient temperature.”

Stores would also be required to post signs warning patrons of stiff penalties for public drinking. Mexico City’s ubiquitous mom-and-pop stores often sell cold beer in big bottles – previously promoted as family-sized – and provide plastic cups, which people use to consume the product on-site.

The motion’s author Lourdes Paz Reyes posited the new rules would rid the city of so-called “chelerías,” which sell litres of beer in seedy settings for low prices.

Many Mexicans reacted with ridicule to the prospect of buying warm beer, especially given the frequently high temperatures. The hashtag #ConLasCervezasNo (Don’t mess with our beers) trended on Twitter.

“It’s incredible that our lawmakers think of so many stupidities without previously resolving the true and serious problems in CDMX and all of Mexico,” railed one tweet.

“If they want to disincentive the consumption of alcohol, would it not be preferable to increase the corresponding tax?” asked another tweet.

Some proponents of banning cold beer sales complain the country is awash in cheap alcohol– and say convenience stores will still sell hard liquor of questionable quality for rock bottom prices. Mexico’s consumer watchdog has warned 45% of the bottled spirits sold in the country are adulterated.

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...
 29.04.2019

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...  (Company news)

... recycle are the order of the day

KHS tackles the challenges posed by sustainable packaging and already offers market-proven systems to this end

Picture: share water bottle (source: share/Victor Strasse): In cooperation with bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser, preform manufacturer Plastipack and Berlin startup share KHS has developed and successfully launched to market a 0.5-liter and 1.0-liter PET bottle made completely of recyclate.

The global debate on packaging waste, the associated use of resources and increasing regulatory pressure have further intensified the call of the beverage industry for new, alternative packaging systems. Concerns not only focus on saving on resources in the production process but chiefly on the packaging itself. PET containers and plastic packaging are currently very much in focus. One priority is to reduce and recycle the same. KHS supplies dedicated systems to meet these criteria and has at its disposal a wealth of expertise with which it strongly assists its customers in their striving towards greater sustainability.

KHS has been a partner to the beverage industry for 150 years and knows what it wants. In this sector the subject of sustainability has long been an issue. On the one hand there are climate goals to be met – or specifically a steady reduction of the carbon footprint in beverage production to be achieved through the development and use of systems which increasingly save on energy and resources. On the other ever greater importance is being attached to devising innovative packaging machinery which is of benefit to beverage producers and consumers alike. The way to produce ever more sustainable primary and secondary packaging involves two major lines of approach: recycle and reduce. In the first, packaging material is to be kept in constant circulation where possible by it being reclaimed, processed and continuously reused. In the second, many different ways are to be found of using less and less packaging material in order to save on resources and avoid waste. KHS pursues both of these objectives and offers specific technologies to this end.

FreshSafe PET®: the only fully recyclable barrier system
One big step towards engineering a strong, efficient and thus sustainable circular economy is to improve the recyclability of PET bottles to such an extent that they are suitable for bottle-to-bottle recycling. Fruit juice bottles in particular often comprise multilayer, blended or scavenger materials which are designed to protect sensitive beverages from external influences such as oxygen pickup. The aforementioned additives contained in the preforms often prove a hindrance to pure-grade recycling, however, and thus to their use in full bottle-to-bottle recycling. With FreshSafe PET® – a patented plasma coating system – KHS provides the only accredited fully recyclable barrier system to date which significantly increases recycling quotas for PET beverage packaging with enhanced product protection the world over. This has been confirmed by a number of recycling associations such as the EPBP and APR . In the above process the inside of the PET container is coated with a wafer-thin protective layer of silicon oxide (SiOx) or chemically pure glass. This technology replaces the additives otherwise required. It guards sensitive products such as fruit juice and nectar against the penetration of oxygen and other substances and clearly reduces any additional loss of CO2 from carbonated beverages. The taste is retained, the beverages have a longer shelf life and full recyclability is made possible by this process.

Growing demand for rPET container systems
Another way of further improving the ecobalance is to increase the amount of recyclate or rPET used in PET containers – in some cases up to 100%. KHS provides the technology for this option. For example, in cooperation with bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser, preform manufacturer Plastipack and Berlin startup share the systems supplier has developed and successfully launched to market a 0.5-liter and 1.0-liter PET bottle made completely of recyclate. “Manufacturing a PET bottle from 100% recycled PET is possible – yet the devil lies in the detail. We have to approach this from a number of different angles,” says Arne Wiese, product manager for Bottles & ShapesTM at KHS Corpoplast in Hamburg, Germany. “Chemically recycled PET yields qualities which exactly match those of virgin PET. There are no restrictions here.” Yet much of the rPET used on the market is PET cleaned in vacuum conditions. “Here, qualities vary depending on the method of production,” explains Wiese. However, the quality of the rPET affects the bottle stability and weight. This means that the poorer the quality of the recyclate, the more stable the bottle has to be. This can be achieved by either increasing the weight of the bottle or optimizing the preform. “If a bottle is so light that it just about satisfies the requirement for stability, then any recyclate of an inferior quality means that this specification is no longer met,” Wiese states. Furthermore, at present rPET is not available in the required quality and quantity. Germany may boast the largest percentage of recyclate used in bottle-to-bottle recycling (32.6%), yet the remainder of over 65% is primarily used in the film or textiles industry. In addition, suitable pure-grade recycling systems are also largely lacking the world over.

Full concept Bottles & Shapes™
The impact the use of recyclate in different quantities and qualities has on the stability and weight of the bottle is taken on board, however, in order to positively influence the ecobalance. On the basis of various design criteria and material properties the holistic Bottles & ShapesTM consultancy program offers line-compatible bottle systems and solutions which strike the right balance between cost and sustainability issues, marketing criteria and user handling. “This calls for a wealth of expertise which we can provide with our decades of experience,” confirms Wiese. Moreover, KHS stretch blow molders have been optimized so that they can process preforms which contain up to 100% recyclate and, alternatively, biopolymer constituents – in other words, from renewable raw materials. “The relevance of these materials will increase considerably in the future. Here, we’ve provided the technical means of generating an increase in added value right down the line while saving on resources – such as with the new InnoPET Blomax Series V generation of stretch blow molders,” Wiese continues.

Secondary packaging with a high savings potential
The KHS Competence Center for secondary packaging systems in Kleve, Germany, has long been working on alternatives to classic shrink film. Many of these require extensive testing on the machinery. “The greatest challenge for us is the processability of the packaging materials,” says Karl-Heinz Klumpe, packaging product manager at KHS. “Shrink film made of recycled plastic demonstrates very different shrinking properties versus film made of new material. As an engineering company we can’t provide all the answers ourselves but instead have to coordinate closely with film manufacturers.” KHS stages workshops with these partners in order to do just that, where the participants aim to find out how the percentage of recyclate in film – as stipulated by the new German Packaging Law, for example – can be increased further. Changes to the chemicals or recipe of the film and adaptation of the machine equipment are among the necessary measures which need to be taken here. “The basic proviso is that there’s a standard of quality which is accepted by the big bottlers’ marketing departments. With film made of 100% recyclate the shrink results aren’t yet satisfactory. We’re continuing to rapidly drive development together here to close the gap between growing recycling requirements on the one hand and the demand for packs of ever increasing quality on the other,” Klumpe emphasizes.

Unique Nature MultiPackTM system
With the development of the Nature MultiPack™ KHS already has a film-free pack in its portfolio which is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. This reduced form of secondary packaging even makes conventional shrink film on multipacks completely redundant. Here, PET bottles or cans are held together by nothing more than several strong dots of adhesive which are easy to remove. A self-adhesive carrying handle readies the pack for transportation. The dots of adhesive themselves do not impair the quality of the material to be recycled in any way whatsoever as they are easily removed during the recycling process. The Nature MultiPack™ was launched to market as a six pack of cans by the Carlsberg Group under the name of Snap Pack in 2018. Danone Waters first made successful use of this packaging system in 2016 when it launched its Prestige PET bottle for Evian. With it plastic waste is completely avoided as there is no more film packaging to be disposed of.

“The current debate on packaging waste has clearly further heightened our awareness for environmentally-friendly packaging systems,” says Klumpe. KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable. “We all take the public discussion seriously and are working directly with all those companies involved on further developments in an attempt to curb the pollution of our environment by plastic as much as we can with the help of our expert knowledge and expertise,” he adds. “In the end we’re all consumers and all of us bear clear responsibility for our own personal actions.”
(KHS GmbH)

BREWDOG GETS ITS PAWS ON GERMAN EXPANSION
 26.04.2019

BREWDOG GETS ITS PAWS ON GERMAN EXPANSION  (Company news)

Independent Scottish brewer, BrewDog, has stepped up its mission to take the craft beer revolution global, with the acquisition of a brewery and tap room (photo) in the heart of Berlin.

-The brewery is located in the Mariendorf neighbourhood of Berlin and contains a 100HL state of the art system, a 10HL pilot system. It also features a 2,500m2 tap room and 5,000m2 of outdoor gardens for enjoying beer outside.
-BrewDog moves in on 1st May, and will later host an AGM in 2019 for Equity Punks to kick things off in true BrewDog style.
-The history and camaraderie of Stone and BrewDog goes all the way back to 2007 with a collaboration beer at BrewDog’s original brewery in Fraserburgh followed by several partnerships since.
-BrewDog is the largest craft brewer in Europe and the only company to appear as one of the UK’s fastest growing businesses for seven consecutive years. This is part of ongoing expansion plans to extend the craft beer empire further worldwide.
-Also revealed today is the birth of the ‘Berlin Craft Collective’, which will see BrewDog hand over the new brewery keys to the independent craft brewers of Berlin, helping them on their craft beer journey by providing full access to the 10HL Pilot system.
-BrewDog will also showcase their beers in all of its German bars.
-Community-owned BrewDog’s global commitment to craftsmanship and innovation spans over 80 bars in 60 countries, bringing good beer to good people, whatever language they speak.
-BrewDog already provides a home for craft-beer lovers in Berlin at the BrewDog Berlin Mitte bar which boasts 30 draft lines of beer with another BrewDog bar due to open in Hamburg in June.

James Watt, Captain of BrewDog, said:
‘We are really excited to become a small part of the craft beer movement in Germany and the German beer scene overall and we are also really excited to be part of the Mariendorf community. Beer, people and community have always been the foundations of our business and that is what we will be focussing on in Berlin too as we look to share our passion for craft beer with as many people as we can.’

Greg Koch, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Stone Brewing Co. said:
Ultimately the project turned out to be too big, too bold and too early in our growth curve in Europe. Sure, in hindsight maybe we should have started smaller, aimed for the treeline instead of the stars. Today we lick a few wounds, but count our successes too. We are not leaving Germany. Or Europe. We’ve met a whole new country and continent of craft beer fans! Our distribution to more than 30 European countries will continue to grow. Stone Brewing Tap Room – Prenzlauer Berg is still very much open, and pints will still flow. We stand proud, and are heartened that we can pass the Mariendorf beer temple into the capable hands of our friends at BrewDog. They will do great things. And from time to time, as we’ve done in the past, we’ll do some of those great things together.
(BrewDog PLC)

SIG Annual General Meeting approved all proposals of the Board of Directors
 25.04.2019

SIG Annual General Meeting approved all proposals of the Board of Directors  (Company news)

At the first Annual General Meeting after the IPO in September 2018, the shareholders of SIG voted in favour of all the Board of Directors' proposals by a large majority.

261,763,766 votes or about 81.8 percent of the share capital were represented at SIG's Annual General Meeting ("AGM"), which was held at the BBC Arena in Schaffhausen on 11 April 2019. At the first AGM following SIG's return to SIX Swiss Exchange, Chairman Andreas Umbach warmly welcomed the new shareholders and, together with CEO Rolf Stangl (photo) and CFO Samuel Sigrist, looked back on a successful year. SIG has continued its geographic and product expansion and sees multiple further growth opportunities based on resilient end markets, differentiated technology and innovation.
The AGM approved all proposals, including a cash dividend of CHF 0.35 per registered share for the year 2018, to be paid out of capital contribution reserves. The dividend distribution is scheduled for 25 April, 2019.
The AGM also approved the Compensation Report 2018 as well as the compensation of the Board of Directors until the 2020 AGM and of the Executive Board for the financial year 2020.

The AGM further elected all nominees for the Board of Directors and Compensation Committee and re-elected Andreas Umbach as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

150 years AFRISO
 24.04.2019

150 years AFRISO  (Company news)

Anniversary year of AFRISO - rich in tradition and family-run

The history of AFRISO began in the year 1869 when Adalbert Fritz founded a business for the "construction of thermometers" in Schmiedefeld, Thuringia at the age of 23 - laying the cornerstone of a company that has developed into a corporation with activities all over the globe. With initially two "glassblowers" and a "scribe", he produced glass thermometers, hydrometers, laboratory glass instruments and later also medical glass instruments for various industries in Europe and America.

Caption: 1920: Presentation of the AFRISO product range - back then, a few tables pushed together were sufficient for that.

When Adalbert Fritz died in 1918, his son Franz become his successor. The company name was changed to "Adalbert Fritz und Sohn" with the telegraphic address AFRISO and the first company logo was created.

Due to food shortages in the post-war years of World War I, products were needed that helped to increase food production. AFRISO provided a complete range of instruments for the operation and monitoring of incubators and warming cabinets: thermometers, temperature controllers, humidity meters, heating elements, fans, signalling devices and monitoring devices such as egg candlers which simplified incubation of eggs.

In 1924, a small, thin-walled, circular and concentrically shaped metal sheet completely changed the AFRISO world. Two diaphragm half shells form a capsule element which expands or contracts depending on the pressure. This pioneering invention, the capsule pressure gauge, became the foundation for a host of innovative products: Precision pressure gauges, blood pressure measurement instruments and diaphragm type temperature controllers became the most important products for the time up to 1945 and the new beginning after that.

In 1935, Franz Fritz invested in a new plant for the production of front motors for bicycles. The petrol-powered engines could be mounted on a bicycle within minutes and reach speeds comparable to those of small motorcycles. In 1940, the company was expropriated.

After the Second World War, Franz Fritz and his family fled from Thuringia homeland, because the considerable reprisals were expected from the Soviet occupation forces. His son Georg, born in 1922, who experienced World War II as a fighter pilot, transported valuable business assets across the border in daring actions. The family first settles in Eltmann/Main in Bavaria, but Kleingartach and Güglingen (Baden-Wurttemberg) offer a more favourable location so family Fritz moves again. Georg Fritz started an entirely new ear: Pneumatic level indicator were developed on the basis of pressure measurement instruments, primarily for fuel oil storage tanks.
This was followed by overfill prevention systems, leak detectors and leak monitoring systems for the safe storage of mineral oil products. AFRISO became the market leader in this sector – technologies and products for environmental protection became the credo and mission for the entire product portfolio. The company started to systematically gear all processes towards groundwater protection, conservation of resources and energy saving. This took place at a time when environmental protection played virtually no role in Germany and there was hardly any coverage of the subject in the media. In the early 1960s, the first sales and production companies were founded Western European countries. As a result of the
Europeanisation, the name AFRISO was changed AFRISO-EURO-INDEX.

The oil crisis of 1973/1974 entailed a profound paradigm change in the world economy. For AFRISO, the crisis marked the starting point for the development of a broad range of products for the economical and environmentally friendly operation of heating systems. The increasing pollution of air by pollutants from coalfired, gas-fired and oil-fired systems became the catalyst for the German Federal Immission Control Act
(BImSchG) of 1974, which serves as the basis for air pollution control. In response to this, AFRISO developed the RGT 01, the world's first flue gas tester. This allowed heating system engineers and chimney sweeps for the first time to effectively inspect and optimise oil burners and gas burners in a single go directly on site. The device immediately gained an outstanding reputation as ideal equipment for inspection and service work and won a major market share. Its successor RGT 02 G still attests to a technological innovation in the Deutsches Museum in Munich as an exhibit in the "Power Machines" collection.

In 1981, AFRISO succeeds as the first manufacturer to produce a compact, light-weight plastic manifold which meets the demanding requirements of underfloor heating systems in terms of temperature behaviour, service life and robustness. This pioneering achievement and the reorientation on the market and of the original equipment manufacturers is mainly attributable to Günther Blasinger, managing director for many years, who developed the OEM business into a separate division. Today, AFRISO manufactures and delivers plastic manifolds for leading global vendors of underfloor heating systems as well as heating and cooling systems. For decades, experts from the fields of heating, ventilation and air conditioning have been working with AFRISO products under the brands of leading system providers.

In 1986, Georg Fritz resigned from the operative business at the age of 64; his son Elmar took over the management. In 1992, Elmar's brother joined the company. Since then, the two brothers have been leading the company as the fourth Fritz generation. Georg Fritz died in 2004 at the age of 82.

With ideas, innovations and products, AFRISO was a key driver on the heating system market from the very beginning on and secured an exceptional position on the German market. HVAC experts and other specialised companies value AFRISO products for their quality and reliability - in more and more basements, you can now find equipment from AFRISO.

In 1992 - at this stage, AFRISO already is a provider of a complete range of pressure gauges for domestic technology - a site for R&R and production is established in Amorbach (Bavaria). The new plant was optimised with the production requirements for pressure gauges and thermometer in mind. The investment in a new site served as the basis for a high-quality range of pressure measuring instruments for industrial applications. After the political change in Eastern Europe, Elmar and Jürgen Fritz founded the first subsidiaries in Poland, the Czech Republic, the rest of Eastern Europe and in Russia, starting in 1992. A new production site was set up in Bucharest that has been manufacturing measuring instruments with a
superior price/performance ratio for standard applications ever since.

The next two decades were characterized by steady expansion and growth, for example, new subsidiaries were in South Africa, China and India. Production companies such as Systronik and Gampper were acquired and integrated into the AFRISO. Today, the group comprises 19 members with a staff or more than 1,100; it is represented in more than 65 countries. In Germany, AFRISO currently offers 550 employees secure workplaces and training positions.

Since 2012, AFRISO has made massive investments in digitisation:
-With the multiprotocol AFRISO Smart Home system, specialised companies can offer their customers tailored solutions for apartments and buildings in terms of indoor climate, comfort and security. Existing smart home components can be integrated.
-The modular CAPBs probe system allows users to upgrade their handheld AFRISO measuring instruments to multi-purpose measuring systems. They provide Bluetooth communication. In addition, smartphones or tablets can be used instead of the handheld measuring instruments so that existing IT
equipment can be used. This considerably reduces the efficiency of specialised companies.
-AFRISO also plays an important role in the area of "air pollution control". AFRISO emission monitoring systems monitor the limit values of exhaust gas cleaning systems on maritime vessels to reduce the emissions of pollutants.

The company history is backed by a clearly defined customer and company philosophy. It is based on environmental awareness and responsibility. In addition, people with their needs and competencies take centre stage in this philosophy. The company values of "reliability", "flexibility" and "independence" are not just promises in terms of performance, but clear values and the foundation of all activities of the company and its people. The value of a handshake still applies at AFRISO in a figurative sense, and this is something everyone can count on – every customer, every supplier and every employee.
(AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)

Poland Spring Begins Purchasing Water from Rumford Water District; ...
 24.04.2019

Poland Spring Begins Purchasing Water from Rumford Water District; ...  (Company news)

...Launches Community Benefit Fund

-Company to make $1.2 million investment into “Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund”
-Ellis Spring becomes tenth spring source for brand

Poland Spring announced that it has begun purchasing spring water from the Rumford Water District in Rumford, Maine. As part of the water purchase agreement, Poland Spring’s parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, has created the “Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund,” which will invest $1.2 million over four years to provide funding for projects identified by the community.

“Since first identifying Rumford as a potential spring water source, we have worked with the local community to determine mutual needs, concerns, and priorities,” said Mark Dubois, Natural Resource Manager for Poland Spring. “We are pleased to be making the initial investment in the Poland Spring Rumford Community Benefit Fund, and the town has set up the structure so that a board of local citizens can determine how best to allocate funding to support projects important to the Town and residents of Rumford.”

A mechanism to request funding for projects through the Fund is in the process of being developed and, once determined, will be announced to the public so that project proposals can begin to be accepted.

“Furthermore, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to this effort, from our early exploration to our detailed testing and examination of the source, to the construction of the load station,” added Dubois. “We are pleased that we were able to contract with so many Maine-based companies throughout this project.”

Ellis Spring is the newest water source to be used for Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water and is the tenth spring water source in the state for the 174-year-old Maine-based company. Water from the spring is being piped to Poland Spring’s newly-constructed Rumford load station on Route 2 in Rumford Point, and from there is transferred into tankers, which then transport the water to various Poland Spring bottling plants based upon demand.

“Rumford is happy to have a long-term business partner like Poland Spring in our community, and we have heard from a number of residents who are pleased with the look of the new facility. Poland Spring’s completed facility is a great improvement for the property and it allows the community to be part of a legacy company that has had such a positive impact on the state of Maine,” said Chris Brennick, Chair of the Rumford Select Board.

Poland Spring is a customer of the Rumford Water District, purchasing sustainable spring water at rates set forth by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Poland Spring is also paying $12,000 per month to the Rumford Water District to lease the land for its spring sources. This additional revenue can help the Rumford Water District fund long-term improvements, replace old pipes, and replace aging infrastructure. Poland Spring has also purchased recharge protection land to help protect the springs and Rumford Water District’s customers.

Poland Spring undertakes an extensive process to locate new springs in rapidly renewable aquifers. The company searches for areas that have the same kind of geologic features as its existing spring sources in order to meet taste and quality standards. In addition, all the water that Poland Spring sources must meet stringent regulations to be considered 100% natural spring water.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

drink technology India South - strong impression at premiere show
 23.04.2019

drink technology India South - strong impression at premiere show  (drinktechnology India 2019)

- dti-South hits the nerve: the show satisfies high demand from Bengaluru and South markets
- Strong areas: non alcoholic beverages and beer
- buyer seller forum: leading brands and more than 500 meetings

Picture: Full hallways at the first dti-South in Bengalore: more than 90 brands and over 4,000 visitors took part in the fair

drink technology India South (dti-South), which took place for the first time in Bengaluru from April 10 to 12, has established a strong position on the South Indian market. With more than 90 brands, 6,481 visitors and an extensive supporting program, the dti family further expands its footprint to the southern region of India.

“We are delighted that the first edition of dti-South in Bengaluru was so compelling. With it we have created an especially customized platform best suited to address the needs of our participants with even better networking opportunities with relevant buyers of the region.,” says Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director of Messe München. The local approach is intended in particular to address those sectors that are represented locally. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, explains: “In this region of India, non alcoholic beverages as well as beer are predominant segments. Key exhibitors addressing these sectors, such as Ambicon Breweries, DVKSP, Goma Engineering and Hilden Packaging, presented their solutions and were able to get the most out of the visitor potential in the metropolitan region.” This is also reflected by the positive response of the exhibitors as expressed by Mr. Jeetendra C Rane, Aquapuro Equipment Pvt. Ltd.: “For the first time we are targeting the South Region and the idea behind participating in dti-South was to target the Bengaluru and South Market: We are not only happy with the number but also with the quality of visitors. We will be participating in all the upcoming editions of drink technology India.”

Supporting program: Buyer-Seller Meetings and beer trends
With over 500 meetings, the Buyer-Seller forum was very well received. Prior to the trade fair, potential customers were able to register for the meetings in order to meet specific exhibitors and initiate new business relationships. These included Amrut Distilleries, Hindustan Coca Cola, John Distilleries, Kaveri Industries,Marico Limited, Mondelez International, Mother Dairy, Pepsi, Pernod Ricard, and United Breweries, to name a few. Vijaya Kumar, Team Leader- Quality Assurance, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. one of the key buyer quoted: “The purpose of our visit to drink technology India-South was to understand the new technologies in the market. This event was organized very well. We were able to sense some of the new technologies which we can engage in our organization and we would like to thank the organizers for this beautiful event. The quality of the meetings were very good at the buyer seller forum.”

From trends and ingredients for brewing to craft beer variations: In addition to the Buyer-Seller Meetings, the place2beer and the Brewer World Seminars provided insights into future topics of the industry. Representatives of microbreweries, medium-sized and industrial breweries as well as suppliers for the brewing industry used the place2beer for networking and knowledge exchange. In addition to this platform, where even Indian beer was tasted, the Brewer World Seminars took place on the first and second days of the trade fair. There, experts discussed topics such as quality assurance of raw materials and ingredients and global trends in beer brewing.

dti-North
dti-North will take place in New Delhi in December of this year in conjunction with pacprocess and food pex India from Messe Düsseldorf India. “We are pleased to host the trade fairs at Pragati Maidan from December 12 to 14, 2019,” says Mr. Singh. In North India, the focus is on dairy, soft drinks and beer.

drink technology India continues to be the international hub for beverages, dairy and liquid food industry in India. The next event will take place from December 9 to 11, 2020 in Mumbai.
(Messe München GmbH)

Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker named as two of the greatest British brands in luxury
 23.04.2019

Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker named as two of the greatest British brands in luxury  (Company news)

Two of Diageo’s iconic spirit brands – Johnnie Walker (photo) and Tanqueray - have been recognised in the annual list of Great British Brands for 2019.

Great British Brands is an annual list that uniquely showcases 150 of the greatest names in British luxury; those that are held in the highest regard for their impact and influence both in the UK and around the globe.

Johnnie Walker
Johnnie Walker, which was praised for the second consecutive year, was noted for its ground-breaking partnerships with Blade Runner and Game of Thrones, as well as for its recent special editions, including the release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen.

In this year’s list, the iconic Scotch is described as ‘much more than a whisky brand: it defines celebration and brings people together through its rich and diverse 200-year heritage, ensuring its place within popular culture for centuries to come’.

Tanqueray
Tanqueray, meanwhile, garners praise for ‘executing everything it does faultlessly - from the crafting of botanicals and product design to setting up convivial summer terraces, where stylish Tanqueray cocktails are served to an enthusiastic audience of gin aficionados’.

The award-winning gin brand’s expansion into new markets and creation of innovative flavour profiles including Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla and the limited-edition Tanqueray Lovage also received a special mention.
(Diageo plc)

Levissima, leading Italian water brand, trusts Sidel's new EvoDECO Roll-Fed Labeller ...
 22.04.2019

Levissima, leading Italian water brand, trusts Sidel's new EvoDECO Roll-Fed Labeller ...  (Company news)

...to secure line performance and label quality

Levissima, part of Sanpellegrino Group (Nestlé Waters), needed to address the growing demand for bottled water in Italy with a new complete line, producing its re-designed 1.5 litre bottle of pure, Alpine water. With the help of its long-standing partner, Sidel, Levissima was able to improve the quality of its label application while simultaneously increasing the output capacity. This is an achievement that took advantage of the new EvoDECO Roll-Fed, the latest addition to Sidel’s labelling portfolio.

The inhabitants of Cepina in the heart of the Northern Italian Alps have always enjoyed the purest water. In the early 1900s, doctors, surgeons and distinguished professors started to appreciate the therapeutic properties of this water: it is pleasant to drink, easy to digest, and remarkably diuretic. As such, it quickly became well-renowned beyond the boundaries of the valley and – in the 1930s – it started to be sold under the name of Levissima, from the Latin adjective levis, meaning “light”.

Today, Levissima is the favourite natural mineral water for over ten million families in Italy , as such ranking among the top three bottled water brands in the country, both in terms of value and volume. Through the modern production plant in Cepina, Levissima water is bottled as pure as it flows from the spring.

Growing demand for healthy bottled water in Italy

Overall, bottled water in Italy – traditionally consumed to accompany meals and throughout the day – is expected to continue to grow in the future. Due to local consumers’ search for healthier lifestyles and convenient prices, bottled water – containing no sugar or calories and having functional characteristics – is outperforming other types of soft drinks and is projected to reach 10.6 billion litres by 2022.

This is why Levissima needed to increase its production capacity for still water, while handling a re-designed 1.5L bottle, now with a shorter neck but still in the brand’s iconic squared shape, produced at a high output speed of more than 46,000 bottles per hour (bph). “We were familiar with the high quality and hygienic standards provided by the Sidel equipment. The competences and the customer-centric approach shown by their team during the commissioning and the installation phases, together with smooth project management were helping further to reconfirm our trust in the company”, explains Franco Simoncini, Plant Manager at Levissima. The long-standing partnership between Sidel and Nestlé Waters also contributed to the success of the installation. Most importantly, Sidel could offer the Italian water bottler the ideal solution with its new EvoDECO Roll-Fed, equipped with two labelling stations, able to combine the output speed required with a precise label application on a squared 1.5L bottle.

Top productivity and a sustainable footprint to protect the brand

Launched in March 2018, Levissima’s new corporate identity is brought to life in the re-designed bottle and label of the leading Italian water brand. The pure and light mineral water has its origins in an extraordinary natural environment, coming from the ancient glaciers in the heart of the Alps. The top of the Alps are present on Levissima’s new logo and label , which is now designed on transparent film. The colour of the logo is reflected on the new green cap, shaped ergonomically and therefore easy to open for consumers.

To tackle Levissima’s specific challenges connected to the new bottle and label, Sidel installed an EvoDECO Roll-Fed labeller with two stations, running on every other bottle, handling lightweight containers and ultra-thin labels. The ergonomics of the entire solution have been optimised for performance and efficiency, with all main components fully visible and accessible during production. With no need to disengage the station, this open design is particularly beneficial during changeover and maintenance. The label application on Levissima’s new squared bottles is carried out with a pad-to-pad transfer, ensuring a very stable and accurate process, even at high speeds, thus addressing the two most important points for the water producer: excellent label application and high reliability.

The new labeller is equipped with unique features leading to improved uptime: the cleaning of the EvoDECO Roll-Fed is performed automatically during production by a system installed on the vacuum drum, which is built in lightweight sectors for easy changeover and maintenance operations. This system removes any glue residuals for an overall higher performance. The labeller also comes with an automatic label extraction system, protected by a Sidel patent, ensuring that no downtime occurs due to a missing bottle or labels not being properly applied on the bottles, thus supporting a smooth and consistent flow of production. With the new, patented vertical melter and the laser engraved glue roller, glue is melted on demand and circulated at a precise temperature. This reduces glue consumption for better overall quality and improved sustainability.

Combining food safety with high performance

As Levissima wanted to significantly increase performance and production capacity, with no compromises on food safety, the Sidel Matrix™ Combi came as the natural choice. Integrating blow moulding, filling and capping processes into a single system, the Combi reduces operating costs and uses up to 30% less floor space compared with traditional standalone equipment. Using fewer component machines, the solution offers up to 4% higher efficiency levels than standalone machines, on top of lower energy consumption and faster format changeovers. This results in a reduction of operating costs by up to 12%, saving labour, raw materials and spare parts.

The Combi supplied to the Cepina site is equipped with a Sidel SF100 no contact filler, ensuring optimum uptime and the highest productivity. The reduced filler enclosure allows for utmost hygiene, while minimising use of water and chemicals during the external cleaning process. This is how the solution achieves full food safety – a highly important factor for Nestlé Waters.

Contributing to energy savings and optimised uptime

The Sidel Matrix Combi at Levissima’s site also features OptiFeed® – a cap feeder that is based on a patented waterfall technology, combining elevation, orientation and high-speed feeding with energy savings. The latter is achieved due to the individual cap-elevating system that eliminates the need for compressed air during cap extraction for better quality caps and reduced environmental footprint. With ease of operations and maintenance at its core – due to the reduced height, easier accessibility and durable materials – OptiFeed also features an integrated inspection system, ensuring 100% caps quality.

The highly flexible EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool) is also part of the solutions Sidel supplied to the leading Italian water brand. Automatically recording 24/7 raw production data, EIT calculates a wide array of KPIs to help measure performance, analyse production issues, detect efficiency loss sources, and perform root cause analyses. It is designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, reduce waste and costs, and increase Levissima’s output. By giving employees at all levels of the organisation real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues, it makes sure that the quality of the water as well as the line capacity stays on the desired level.
(Sidel International AG)

Aqua Libra introduces sparking new flavour and refreshed pack design
 19.04.2019

Aqua Libra introduces sparking new flavour and refreshed pack design   (Company news)

Britvic is introducing a refreshing new flavour to its infused sparkling water brand, Aqua Libra, from early April, supported with a new pack design across the range, to add fizz to retailers’ summer sales. Aqua Libra Cucumber, Mint & Lime (photo) appeals to consumers’ changing tastes and habits and will help retailers to drive growth in the water plus segment, currently worth £297m.

Complementing the existing Raspberry & Apple and Grapefruit & Pineapple flavours, Cucumber, Mint & Lime combines a range of on-trend flavours and is crisp and refreshing for the summer months – a crucial period for retailers’ soft drinks sales. With 85% of the population trying to be healthier and 53% stating that sparkling flavoured water is a good alternative to traditional carbonated soft drinks, the UK market is at the beginning of its promising journey into the infused water market, following its explosion in the US.

Phil Sanders, GB Commercial Director At Home at Britvic, comments: “Aqua Libra challenges the rules of soft drinks. It has no sugar, no sweeteners, and no calories, and so is the perfect choice for people who prioritise health but don’t want to compromise on a great taste. Following the introduction of the soft drinks industry levy, we’ve seen a significant uplift in people switching from full sugar drinks into low and no added sugar alternatives across the board, demonstrating that consumers are not afraid to try new low or no calorie drinks.”

Aqua Libra is also introducing a new pack design across the range which will go live in stores from May and help to drive retailers’ sales by increasing visibility on shelves. The new packaging will further highlight that Aqua Libra contains no sugar, no sweeteners, and no calories.

The 330ml Cucumber, Mint & Lime flavour ise available since early April. The campaign will be supported by in-store activation, events sampling and digital.
(Britvic Plc)

Digitization and ideas for the future at KHS - Technology for tomorrow
 18.04.2019

Digitization and ideas for the future at KHS - Technology for tomorrow  (Company news)

Picture: KHS is currently pushing ahead with numerous research projects, particularly in the fields of line optimization and digital networking

Industry pioneers such as Lorenz Adalbert Enzinger and Theo Seitz bear witness to the long tradition research and development enjoys at KHS. Like them today’s KHS engineers don’t always go with the flow but pursue many different paths in order to stay at the helm of progress.

For several years now a new acronym has been repeatedly bandied by economists and politicians: VUCA. It defines a world which is being increasingly characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Rapid fluctuation and high risk create challenging conditions for strategic corporate management – and for further technological development in industry. This naturally also applies to mechanical Industry pioneers such as Lorenz Adalbert Enzinger and Theo Seitz bear witness to the long tradition research and development enjoys at KHS. Like them today’s KHS engineers don’t always go with the flow but pursue many different paths in order to stay at the helm of progress. engineering and to KHS in particular, as the beverage industry, to which the Dortmund company is one of the leading systems suppliers, is subject to extremely dynamic cycles of change.

In order to survive in this VUCA world and prepare for the future, a certain agility of thought and action is required. For KHS, for instance, this means focusing on the relevant issues in research and development. While a manufacturer presents its customers with something new on its own initiative in what’s known as a technology push, a market pull primarily denotes an action triggered by the sales market.

Focus on requirements
Within its company strategy KHS has decided to focus on the fast-changing requirements of beverage producers. At the moment considerable effort is being invested in aligning the portfolio more specifically to target markets with a strong potential, for example. More than ever before the company has its ear to the market and aims to exploit the proximity of its sales and service organization to its customers. In order to successfully learn with and from its customers, established, trusting business relations are called for which KHS enjoys with many partners worldwide. Only within these is it possible to brave new technologies with realistic expectations and without bias as to the results. This includes openly discussing both problems and progress in a kind of ‘protected environment’ in order to be successful together – but also that those involved recognize when it no longer makes any sense to continue with a project.

Joint development
The partnership with the French food group Danone is a good example of this type of cooperation. This has resulted in the film-free Nature MultiPack™, first presented as a concept at drinktec in 2013, was readied for serial production and then launched to market with the Evian mineral water brand. The same technological principle was adapted together with Carlsberg for the beverage can and launched to the british and norwegian market in 2018.

New projects have to satisfy two requirements: the concept of effectiveness dictates that the right things are done, that is that the correct emphases are placed so as to come as close as possible to the market and yield the greatest possible benefits for the customer. The second requirement of efficiency demands that things are done correctly, in other words that maximum productivity is assured in the product development process from the initial idea to the rollout. This doesn’t prove successful when innovation is merely treated from a technological point of view. Greater priority is to be given to customer benefits through even closer dovetailing of and constant coordination between the Design Engineering, Production and Sales departments. More intensive communication between customers, KHS Sales and KHS Technology is to ensure that specifications can be better recorded and more directly implemented in the various system solutions.

To KHS networking and cooperation with external partners are of great importance as major drivers of progress. Not only customers but also suppliers are included here – for example those who provide measurement technology, components or software – as well as research institutes and universities. Two of the research projects KHS is currently involved in are dedicated to the application of new manufacturing technologies. One disruptive approach is the 3D printing of parts which can barely be produced cost effectively in the classic manner or whose geometric shapes are far superior to the doubles produced conventionally, for instance.

Digital pioneer
KHS takes a clear stance on the hype surrounding digitization which is often quoted when talking about the future viability of the industry: beyond the buzzwords and a number of interesting trends the sole criterion for the implementation of ideas based on digital technologies is the added value for the customer. Incidentally, KHS has every right to be confident here as it is a pioneer in many fields – such as in 3D line design which the company has been practicing for over ten years.

In addition to its digital projects KHS is concentrating on two more future issues. One of them isn’t new: this is the total cost of ownership (TCO) factor, including all measures which enable the beverage industry to keep its overall operating costs down to the absolute minimum. It covers aspects such as lightweighting, i.e. reducing the weight of PET bottles, material, media and energy consumption, an increase in productivity and simpler operation.

Efficient configurations
The other topic for the future which KHS has been committed to for a long time now encompasses modularity and standardization. Here, the aim is to provide as much variety as possible externally while producing with the lowest possible variance in house. A limited number of modules with tried-andtested functions forms the basis for this, with which the maximum possible number of configurations can be efficiently made. A system such as this permits lower lead times in production and faster commissioning. This approach is already being adopted in the field of aseptics, for instance. The result is a configured system with a manageable risk and a very high quality – and this is a foundation customers can build on.
(KHS GmbH)

Vetropack publishes 2018 Sustainability Report
 17.04.2019

Vetropack publishes 2018 Sustainability Report  (Company news)

Sustainability is a top priority for Vetropack Group, which is why it publishes a report designed to inform its business part-ners, customers and the general public about its economic, environmental and social activities. The 2018 Sustainability Report is in line with the GRI G4 Reporting Guidelines – option “core”.

Environmentally sustainable business management forms an integral part of Vetropack’s corporate philosophy. Continuous improvement enables the Group to meet its stakeholders’ expectations and strengthen its market position.

To provide its customers with crystal-clear transparency, Vetropack undertakes “cradle-to-cradle” life cycle analyses of its products and enables customers to evaluate a range of scenarios. The traceability of individual products is becoming an increasingly sought-after attribute.

In its efforts to reduce the eco-footprint of its products and services, Vetropack Group is sending out a clear message: investments are being made in product development, logistics, measures to raise the percentage of cullet in its melted material and the energy consumption of the melting furnaces.

In 2018, the percentage of recycled glass used in producing green glass was 61 per cent, while amber and flint glass containers consisted of 50 per cent and 43 per cent used glass respectively. In some glassworks, used glass makes up as much as 83 per cent of the raw material. Overall, 2,499 GWh of energy was consumed in 2018. Thermal energy for the furnaces accounted for more than 60 per cent of the total greenhouse gas emissions generated during production.

Benefiting from mutual exchanges
The close and candid dialogue with customers helps Vetropack to develop and improve its products on a continual basis. All customer feedback serves as impetus for a learning process. Quality is very important to Vetropack here and, in addition to the finished product, also incorporates the quality awareness established across the Group and encapsulated in the corporate principle “one brand, one quality”. In 2018, Vetropack focused on a 360-degree analysis of all quality processes with the objective not of establishing more processes throughout the Group, but rather bringing about optimised ones. Product quality and safety are an essential part of Vetropack Group’s quality management, as is environmental management. For large customers in particular, information about the environmental footprint of their glass packaging is increasingly important. Customers are setting ever greater store by the principle of sus-tainability because today’s consumer is more conscious of health and environmental issues.

Vetropack Group is one of the leading manufacturers of glass packaging for the food and beverage industry in Europe. It operates sites in Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Italy.
(Vetropack AG)

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