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    12.12.2016   USA: Access to legal marijuana has negative impact on beer sales - study    ( E-malt.com )

    A new industry study says access to legal marijuana is having a negative impact on beer sales.

    According to Brewbound, the research firm Cowen & Company analyzed the beer industries in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, three states that have recreational pot shops, and found that their beer markets have "collectively underperformed" in the past two years.

    The "magnitude of the underperformance has increased notably" as beer volumes have dropped more than 2% year-to-date in the trio of pot states, with big mainstream brewers seeing the biggest declines, with volumes down 4.4%. Craft beers have done a little better, but are down too, seeing a 2.2% drop.

    "While [marijuana] retail sales opened up in these markets at different points of time, with all three of these states now having fully implemented a retail infrastructure, the underperformance of beer in these markets has worsened over the course of 2016," wrote Vivien Azer, Cowen and Company’s managing director and senior research analyst.

    That's not exactly a shock, Azer wrote, since government survey data has shown "consistent growth in cannabis incidence among 18-25 year olds" in those three states at the same time that age group has seen declines "in alcohol incidence (in terms of past month use)." The change is most evident in Denver, one of the centers of the legal pot culture, where beer volumes have dropped 6.4%.
     
    12.12.2016   USA: US brewery count now exceeds 5,000    ( E-malt.com )

    Reflecting on the significant impact of small and independent craft breweries in 2016, the Brewers Association — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers — looked back on the defining beer moments of 2016.

    “In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “This community should be very proud of what it has accomplished and how far it has come.”

    Of note in 2016:
    ● Brewery Count: Five thousand strong and growing, there are now 5,005 breweries in the U.S. compared to 10,000 wineries. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.

    ● Continued Growth for the Segment: By mid-year, small and independent breweries grew by eight percent, reflecting dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.

    ● Never Go Out of Styles: IPAs continue to hop up, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume. More sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers, are up 33 percent, totaling nearly five percent of craft.

    ● Freedom of Choice: As the world’s two largest brewers merged into a multinational conglomerate two and a half times the size of the U.S. beer market, the BA was at the center of the discussion, advocating for fair competition for the nation’s small and independent craft brewers and access to market ensuring beer enthusiasts get to continue to choose from a vast variety of options. Approximately 65 percent of craft beer lovers said they are drinking more craft specifically because it offers more variety.

    ● Homebrewing Impact: The National Homebrew Competition continues to be the world's largest beer competition with 7,962 entries. A recent measurement of homebrewing found that its 1.2 million participants created over 11,000 jobs, resulting in more than $1 billion in spending and over $700 million in revenues.

    ● American Craft Beer Abounds Abroad: Craft beer export volume increased by 16.3 percent, totaling 446,151 barrels and worth $116 million. More than 100 small and independent craft brewers export their beer internationally, spreading the culture and community of craft beer and a growing recognition and respect for American brewers.

    ● Bipartisan Beer Support: With a craft brewery in nearly every congressional district in the country, more than half of the U.S. Congress now supports the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The BA has been a key player in moving forward this bipartisan legislation that seeks to recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.

    “This has been an exponentially exciting year as the beer community continues to grow and evolve. It is incredible to watch local brewers innovate and validate the new way the world views the U.S. beer scene,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “Much of the dialogue in 2016 centered around the craft brewer definition, who qualifies as a small and independent brewer, what independence means to beer lovers, beer quality and beer appreciation. We will renew our efforts in 2017 on behalf of our members and the beer drinkers around the world and continue to advance the amazing beverage of beer.”

    Note: Figures are a compilation of data provided by the Brewers Association, IRI Group and Nielsen and do not represent all craft beer sales. The Brewers Association will release a comprehensive annual analysis of craft brewer production in March of 2017.
     
    09.12.2016   ENGEL at Arabplast 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Top efficiency and extremely low unit costs for the packaging industry – this is the theme of the ENGEL presentation at Arabplast 2017 from January 8th to 10th in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer exhibits product examples, technology presentations and videos at their stand that clearly demonstrate how integrated system solutions from a single source help leverage an even greater extent of the potential for better quality and efficiency.

    Photo: The caps and closures market in the Middle East is extremely dynamic.

    "Our first goal is to provide our customers with a competitive edge," says Andreas Leitner, Middle East Sales Director at ENGEL. "A particularly important key for this is our extensive system solution and automation expertise. Only when we coordinate all components of a production cell with each other from the very beginning can we guarantee a very high overall efficiency." As the general contractor, ENGEL has the overall responsibility for the system, and this includes components that are implemented in collaboration with partners. This also simplifies communication between project partners, and in many cases this can speed up project planning and commissioning for new production solutions.

    ENGEL has built up a strong worldwide network of partners for its system solution business. Two of these partners are presenting themselves together with ENGEL in Dubai: the Swiss mould manufacturer Otto Hofstetter, and the inspection and testing system specialist IMDvista, which is also headquartered in Switzerland. In the Middle East, the three partner companies can already point to many very successful joint projects.

    Energy-efficient, precise and powerful, all rolled into one
    The caps and closures market in the Middle East is extremely dynamic. The all-electric injection moulding machines of the ENGEL e-cap series have established themselves very well here. "In the United Arab Emirates, for example, all the well-known bottlers and bottle cap producers now use ENGEL technology," says Leitner. Besides the machine and mould, most projects also include further peripheral equipment and integrated quality inspection systems.

    "In the field of caps and closures with very short cycle times and very high material throughput, the trend is clearly going towards all-electric," emphasises Leitner. "The issue of energy efficiency is continuing to grow in importance." In addition, there are very high requirements for machine precision and performance. In terms of geometry, caps have reached the limits of lightweighting and therefore require greater repetition accuracy than ever. In addition, the demands on plasticizing performance have also increased enormously due to the new, high-strength HD-PE materials with MFI values significantly lower than 2 or even 1 g/10 min.

    Ready for filling in a single step
    The production of cartridges for the do-it-yourself sector also requires efficient thin-wall technology to be combined with high output. In order to produce ready-to-fill cartridges in just one step, ENGEL integrates IML automation from Beck Automation in an ENGEL e-speed injection moulding machine that operates with a 16-cavity mould from Otto Hofstetter.

    The cartridge production makes optimal use of the advantages of the hybrid machine, which has an electric clamping unit and a servo-hydraulic injection unit. Moulding the long hollow bodies with a wall thickness of only 1.2 mm requires very high dynamics and injection performance. Very short cycle times are achieved despite the relatively high total shot weight of 800 grams. A basic requirement for the high efficiency of the IML process is very precise movements of the mould mounting platen, which the ENGEL e-speed ensures with its all-electric clamping unit.

    A plastic solution for greater sustainability
    The third application example at the ENGEL stand at Arabplast presents the production of pallets on ENGEL duo dual-platen large-size machines. Plastic pallets are the more environmentally-friendly and robust alternative to wooden pallets in the Gulf region. As there are no forests, all the raw material for the production of wooden pallets has to be imported, whereas plastic granulate is produced in the region. In addition, plastic pallets do not have to be treated with pesticides and fungicides, which means environmentally harmful chemicals do not have to be used. Plastic pallets are also neither hygroscopic nor combustible, have no sharp edges and cannot splinter. This reduces the risk of injury and simplifies customs clearance procedures in many countries.

    In order to make the pallets lighter while keeping them very stable and stiff at the same time, ENGEL and its system partners and raw material producers take advantage of a broad spectrum of technologies and materials. "Some companies are already using plastic pallets to reinforce their image," as Andreas Leitner reports. "A high-quality product calls for high-quality packaging."

    ENGEL at Arabplast 2017: hall 6, stand D122
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    08.12.2016   The DCR 200i camera-based code reader from Leuze electronic is on the winners' rostrum of the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...inspect award 2017

    The DCR 200i camera-based code reader for quick and easy code reading of 1D- and 2D-codes wins the third place of the inspect award 2017 in the Automation category.

    Photo: Thanks to its compact housing design, the DCR 200i has low installation space requirements.

    The new DCR 200i camera-based code reader from Leuze electronic has been nominated for the inspect award 2017 in the Automation category, which is presented for the first time this year, by an independent jury of industry experts and specialist journalists of the Wiley-VCH publishing house. In the subsequent readers' poll, the DCR 200i won the third place. The DCR 200i code reader was developed for the fast reading of 1D- and 2D-codes specifically for systems in the packaging and electronics industries to ensure gapless product traceability. Due to its high reading performance with a speed of up to 6 m/s and a comfortable configuration directly at the device via a smartphone app, the DCR 200i combines easy handling with reliable decoding even during demanding reading tasks. The compact DCR 200i can be put into service in just three minutes with the help of the configuration wizard. Reading distances from 40 to 360 millimeters are covered thanks to three selectable optics. Depending on requirements, the glass protective screen can simply be replaced with a plastic protective screen, and matching polarization filters and diffusor foils reduce interfering reflections. The product variant with stainless steel housing is a complete solution for the industrial and hygiene-sensitive environment which does not require any separate housing. Integrated in the code reader are the RS 232, RS 422 and Ethernet process interfaces. PROFIBUS, PROFINET and EtherCAT can be connected via the MA 2xxi modular connection unit.
    (Leuze electronic GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    07.12.2016   Hopper for dry hopping    ( Company news )

    Company news Dry hopping, or otherwise known as the cold hopping, is the addition of hop to a finished cold beer into a fermentation tank. It is a part of the brewing process, which is mainly used in the US, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and already in Scandinavia.

    Cold hopping could be divided into three ways:
    -hop can be added to the beer during fermentation (fermentation tank)
    -hop can be added in the fulfillment in kegs
    -hop can be added directly at beer drawing, where the beer flows through the chilled beer hoses with hop and so the beer gets a specific aroma and flavour

    We are offering you the first option of cold hopping, adding hop to the fermentation tank. For this we have the Hopper for dry hopping.

    How does it work?
    Hopper for dry hopping has a capacity of 15 l and can be disassembled. On the bottom of the hopper is the flap, which is closed. After opening the top of the hopper it is metered with the necessary amount of hops. The filled and closed hopper we put on the fermentation tank and on the pressure gauge we determine the current pressure in that fermentation tank. On the ball valve we have to connect the inert gas intake (CO2, biogon...), then we open the ball valve and watch the pressure rise in the hopper. After reaching an identical pressure in the hopper and also in the fermentation tank we have to close the ball valve and then open two manual flaps under the hopper and hops begin to strew into the fermentation tank. After emptying the hopper we have to close the manual flaps and hopper can be detached. If it is necessary, the hopper can be cleaned and used for the next fermentation tank.
    (PSS Svidnik a.s.)
     
    06.12.2016   PureCircle Announces Newest Custom Ingredient for Drinks: Sigma-Beverage    ( Company news )

    Company news PureCircle introduces Sigma-Beverage, its latest breakthrough stevia ingredient that is specifically optimized for beverage formulations and delivers unmatched taste results when compared to other stevia ingredients on the market. Sigma-Beverage performs similarly to sugar at deep calorie reductions so formulators can create beverage solutions consumers will love while reducing development time by 30 – 50 percent.

    “Sigma-Beverage was formulated with a carefully tailored, proprietary combination of steviol glycosides designed to address the unique needs for beverage formulations,” said Faith Son, PureCircle’s Vice President of Marketing and Innovation. “We have seen success with this approach for our customers and are excited to help them further unlock the beverage category and reduce overall calories while meeting the taste desires consumers demand.”

    Designed as the perfect stevia sweetener for beverage formulations, Sigma-Beverage has a crucial upfront sweetness needed for most beverage applications and provides a reduction in linger when formulating low-to-zero calorie solutions.

    “Beverages have provided a challenge for formulators because of the high sweetness max,” said John Martin, PureCircle’s Senior Director of Global Technical Innovation. “To achieve that high level of sweetness with stevia can often result in linger and a strong, sweetness aftertaste. However, by selecting the steviol glycosides that provide a very clean, sugar-like taste with a reduced linger, we have been able formulate a stevia ingredient that really works well for the challenges of beverage applications. We are extremely pleased with the results we are seeing.”

    Sigma-Beverage is the third, category specific ingredient in PureCircle’s portfolio. It joins Sigma-Tea and Sigma-Dairy, all of which are outperforming first generation Reb A solutions on taste and have been developed through PureCircle’s predictive modeling technology.

    Sigma-Beverage is available for customers to order samples and it will be showcased this week at Food Matters Live in London.
    (PureCircle Sales & Marketing Head Office)
     
    05.12.2016   Tetra Pak launches new water-free lubrication    ( Company news )

    Company news New dry lubrication kit saves time, cuts costs and improves occupational health & safety

    Tetra Pak has expanded its Technical Services portfolio with the launch of a dry lubrication kit for packaging line conveyor belts and distribution equipment. The new solution helps customers cut water and electricity consumption, and reduce the man-hours required for machine maintenance.

    Photo: Dry lubrication refill

    ​Traditional conveyor lubrication, known as wet lubrication, uses high quantities of water mixed with oil, leaving both the equipment and factory floor wet. With the new solution, the process is nearly dry. It does not require the use of water but just very small quantities of oil. A drop of food grade oil roughly the size of a pea (80mm3) is directly added to the conveyor belt to reduce its friction with the package.

    ​Unlike wet lubrication, which uses tens of thousands of litres of water, dry lubrication offers producers a number of advantages, including:
    -An improved environmental footprint, saving an average of 35,000 litres of water per filling line each year and reduced electricity costs;
    -A fully automated system that ensures precision;
    -A 75% reduction in man-hours requested in maintenance; and
    -Improved health and safety for staff on the operation floor.

    ​Klara Svedberg, Director of Parts, Consumables and Upgrades at Tetra Pak said: “We are pleased to offer a much more efficient lubrication solution to our customers, helping them to improve operational performance and reduce costs. With an estimated 50% reduction in running costs compared to wet lubrication, the benefits of switching to dry lubrication systems speak for themselves.”

    ​The Tetra Pak Dry Lubrication kit includes the application systems, lubricant and installation. It takes approximately five minutes to install, thereby ensuring minimal disruption to operations.
    (Tetra Pak AB)
     
    02.12.2016   Elopak launches new Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton     ( Company news )

    Company news Elopak has launched a new package for aseptic products, the Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton, with unique design and functional features. Eckes-Granini Finland is the first juice company in Europe to introduce the new Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton, with the re-launch this October of its popular Marli Natur juice range.

    The Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton brings a combination of form and functionality through a number of standout features. Easy-to-fold lines enable the squeezing out of significantly more product helping to combat food waste, and the convenient flattening of cartons to reduce volume in waste and recycling facilities.

    Designed with an asymmetric top allowing different sizes of closures, the carton has an arched top fin, creating an elegant and appealing shape enhancing brand image on shelf. The top fin can also be printed for better range navigation and communication of product benefits or promotional messages.

    The Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton both looks and feels different with an embossed ‘first touch’ zone on the top sides of the pack giving consumers a new tactile experience when gripping and pouring.

    The new Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton is the latest innovation from Elopak’s continuous research and development to improve and add value to paper based packaging.

    Following the installation in Summer 2016 of a new aseptic filling line E-PS120A in its production site in Turku, Finland, Eckes-Granini has relaunched its Marli Natur juices in 1 litre Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic cartons.

    Torsti Hurmerinta, Commercial Director at Eckes-Granini Finland, adds: “Elopak´s Pure-Pak® cartons are familiar to Finnish customers and used since 2009 for our fresh juice range.

    “Our latest consumer tests have proven the Pure-Pak® carton as the preferred packaging for long life products also. The new Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic System ensures product quality until the end of the 12-month shelf-life, and the elegant shape of the carton underlines the overall premium image of Eckes-Granini. It is the best match for the superior natural image and high quality of the Marli juices with its novel features including the top fin-print and the easy-to-fold lines, providing additional benefits with handling and disposal of the packaging.”

    “We are delighted to extend Elopak’s presence at Eckes-Granini in Finland with our new filling technology and innovative carton format,” explains Juha Oksanen, Market Area Director for Finland and Baltics at Elopak. “We are confident that the outstanding design of the Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton will be beneficial for product display on-shelf. In addition, the enhanced functionality will satisfy consumer needs for convenience and sustainability and provide Eckes-Granini further growth impulse for their strategic brands.”

    “The new filling line provides very flexible and efficient production, with fast changeover of designs. Installation was a smooth process thanks to very professional co-operation with Elopak from planning to commercial filling. We are looking forward to extending the filling line in 2017,” adds Sakari Sainio, Supply Chain Director, Eckes-Granini Finland.

    The Marli Natur relaunch is supported by media campaign with ads and TV commercials and through social media channels.
    (Elopak AS)
     
    01.12.2016   Customized KEGs by Smartphone    ( Company news )

    Company news SCHÄFER Container Systems presents new KEG App at BrauBeviale

    SCHÄFER Container Systems has now launched its own KEG App, giving users an initial impression of the company’s KEG diversity as well as the opportunity to customize their brand presentation, configure their own KEG and even send an inquiry directly to sales at SCHÄFER Container Systems. So, the manufacturer of container systems for beverages (KEGs), IBCs and special containers is now underlining its motto “More KEG – More Diversity” by also going mobile. The App was presented for the first time at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg.

    Colour design, branding, accessories: breweries are now increasingly displaying their brands on their reusable KEGs. With the new App, SCHÄFER Container Systems are now also digitally showing the potential of customized KEG design. Once volume and diameter type has been selected, the first step is to show the user the available KEG types for their choice. For volumes of five to 50 litres, or 1/6 to 1/2 barrel for the US market, users can choose from three types: the SUDEX KEG, ECO KEG and PLUS KEG, which can then be adapted both optically and technically to specific needs. For this, the App offers countless colour design possibilities in the form of stripes, polyurethane foam (PU) or top and bottom rings. A diverse range of logos can also be applied to the KEG. The next step covers engraving, fitting types or other technical accessories and the App only shows the specific branding possibilities available for the chosen KEG type.

    The chosen design can then be saved or sent to colleagues by e-mail to get their view. If desired, the App will also send an inquiry directly to the SCHÄFER Container Systems sales team. “In the age of Industry 4.0, service has an immensely high priority. Our customers should be able to experience just what is possible and control it themselves. And for anyone who doesn’t want to call us to inquire about a KEG type in a particular size, we can provide the answer on their smartphone. With this App, KEGs can be configured whenever and wherever users want to; in the brewery or sitting on the couch in the evening”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.

    A tablet version of the App will also be available by the end of the year.
    (SCHÄFER WERKE GMBH)
     
    01.12.2016   New KHS Innofill Glass DRS filler boosts hygiene and efficiency     ( Company news )

    Company news -Flexible filling system in the high capacity range
    -Additional diagnostics option for quality assurance
    -Optimized high-pressure injection results in less beverage loss

    KHS GmbH expands its proven Innofill Glass DRS filler. The flexible inline machine for up to 75,000 bottles per hour provides very hygienic filling with low CO2 and product consumption. At BrauBeviale KHS is presenting a filler which with 132 filling stations will output up to 50,000 bottles of beer per hour for Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG. This is the second machine KHS has supplied to Rothaus. KHS has improved the popular filler by including many new features and options, such as the new pressure sensor or optimized high-pressure injection.

    "The KHS Innofill DRS is the first machine to use pressure sensors in every single filling valve to ensure full monitoring of the filling process," says Manfred Härtel, filling product manager at KHS.

    The sensor data is displayed as a pressure graph on the monitor. "This gives operators the chance to detect errors as quickly as possible," states Härtel. In practice this not only makes repairs easier and relieves operator workloads but also provides a basis for preventive maintenance. This data enables results to be statistically evaluated, with the help of which future sources of error can be pinpointed in advance. This in turn ensures consistent quality and the continuation of ongoing operation.

    High-pressure injection optimized
    In order to minimize the beer's oxygen pickup, in modern filling systems air is forced out of the bottle prior to closure by a jet of water being briefly injected to foam the beer. This foam displaces the oxygen in the bottle but also causes beer loss. Thanks to foam measurement via a camera and thanks to the central fill level adjustment unit the Innofill Glass DRS now reliably permits extremely precise filling volumes, thus minimizing beverage loss during this process. The operator no longer has to visually monitor the proceedings as the camera on the crowner checks and records the foam formation. Here, too, the data collected is statistically assessed. Operators are informed by the system if there is either too much or too little foam and badly foamed bottles are automatically channeled out. An intelligent post-regulation unit is also available as an option. Optimized high-pressure injection can be retrofitted – not just on all KHS systems but also on fillers made by third-party manufacturers.

    Cleaning and filling optimized
    Another new feature on the KHS Innofill Glass DRS is the hygienically optimized crowner which is now even easier and quicker to clean. For instance, the contact area on the head piece to the capping ring has been considerably reduced. This allows more forceful rinsing and reduces the amount of residual beer on the components. In order to decrease the contact area between the cork shoe and head piece, KHS has enlarged the distance between the two. In addition, a special sealing ring prevents beer entering the thread of the crowner.

    Improvements right down the line
    The shorter conversion times enabled by the new quick-lock system for format parts allow a considerable amount of time to be saved, resulting in higher machine availability. A new valve manifold also makes a separate control cabinet superfluous. All process valves and the entire sensor technology are now perfectly monitored. The operator can directly recognize the status of the process valves through local status indicators. Systems supplier KHS has improved hygiene in the surrounding area by doing away with active grease distribution in the filler carousel. The machine is now height adjusted without lubricants; grease distribution is thus no longer required. The redesigned media distributor means that the media storage and lubricant-free process seals in the media feed are physically separated from one another.

    As a systems provider KHS has at its command a wealth of expertise that goes far beyond optimized filling processes. For example, the manufacturer of filling and packaging systems provides brilliant results prior to filling with the Innoclean bottle washer; downstream of the filler the module-based Innoket Neo system solution flexibly masters all kinds of labeling tasks.

    The Innofill Glass DRS is just one of many machines KHS has at its disposal for the competent and sustainable installation of turnkey glass, canning or PET lines.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    30.11.2016   Filling technology at drinktec - The rise and rise of aseptic    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 How do you get your carefully produced beverage into its transport packaging, in precisely the right quantity, in a safe and hygienic way, as gently as possible and above all efficiently? This, in essence, is what it´s all about in the discussion about the right filling technology. All the technological developments and filling innovations of the engineering companies and packaging producers—for glass, PET, cans and cartons—focus on these issues. And at drinktec 2017, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry, all these players will be coming together and presenting their latest ideas and technological achievements. drinktec is the perfect place for fillers wanting to review the status quo in technology.

    On around 80,000 square meters of exhibition space—that´s about two-thirds of the total available hall space—drinktec will be presenting product-specific process technology for producing and processing beverages, milk and liquid foods. One important and ever larger area within processing technology is packaging technology. This includes of course filling technology, in which drinktec has for many years been a pioneer. Sustainability, resource consumption and of course hygiene are the important themes here. SIMEI, a wine technology trade fair which in 2017 will for the first time be an integrated part of drinktec, will showcase solutions specifically designed for bottling and packaging wine.

    drinktec gathers together a ‘Who’s Who’ of the sector
    For Thomas Ricker, Executive Board Director in charge of bottling and packaging equipment at Krones AG, Neutraubling, drinktec is a kind of “status update for the sector. Which supplier is developing what, where is the sector headed? In Munich you can ask these questions and get answers. drinktec is the number one fair for us, it´s where we present our innovations to the international trade audience. Here we have a chance to meet in person the customers that you are not in daily contact with. Because drinktec is a veritable ‘Who´s Who’ of the international beverage and liquid food sector.”

    Three major trends
    What will be happening in the area of filling beverages and liquid foods in 2017? Three major trends are emerging in filling technology:

    - 100 percent product safety through consequent hygienic design
    - Maximizing the filling performance
    - Strengthening sustainability and reducing consumption of media.

    “This is being made possible through continuous improvements along the entire product route, for example, by increasing the degree of automation of filling valves or by using intelligent filling valve components,” explained Thomas Ricker, Director at Krones.

    A block configuration, mechanically and electronically combining individual machines into a single unit, has also proved to be an excellent tool in further optimizing filling processes. The inline production of PET containers and immediate filling without intermediate conveyors also facilitates the use of lightweight bottles.

    Qualities of glass with the weight advantages of PET
    “In filling, PET bottles are becoming increasingly important. With suitable coating processes the optimum qualities of glass can be combined with the weight advantages of the PET bottle,” says Chairman of the Executive Board of KHS AG, Dortmund, Professor Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer. Innovations like a lightweight 1-liter PET bottle for milk and milk-based beverages underlines this drive. It can be filled aseptically, it protects the product, reduces production costs and is fully recyclable. Niemeyer also sees efficiency and flexibility benefits for the user through direct connection of the blower, labeller and filler. These benefits are especially clear in the case of the high-performance requirements of the global players.

    Availability is key with aseptic filling
    At least for the filling of sensitive, weakly acid beverages in PET containers, aseptic seems to be emerging as the favored option. Already a wide variety of choices are being offered by the manufacturers and used by the fillers, always carefully targeted to the specific application. Whether cold-aseptic filling with paracetic acid or dry-aseptic filling with hydrogen peroxide, whether sterilization of the finished container or already of the preform, whether an individual machine or blocking of units—the best solution for the application depends on the requirement criteria of the operator.

    In aseptic filling in particular developments can be expected which go in the direction of flexibilization of the system concept, in expanding the performance levels and using sterilization technologies that help reduce the overall consumption of a system. Given the rising number of products, the availability of a system is a key theme, especially in aseptic filling. Availability is expressed in the total cost of ownership (TCO), a parameter that fillers are having to pay more close attention to.

    In dry-aseptic filling, preform sterilization is state of the art; in wet sterilization it´s about further reducing media consumption. At drinktec 2017 visitors can explore together with the exhibitors, the advantages and disadvantages of the different sterilization technologies.

    Practical solutions
    But the power of drinktec is to be found not only conversation with the exhibitors. The supporting program and the discussions with experts from the sector are also a valuable attraction. In the drinktec Forum, for example, experts from research and development will be giving their considered assessment of what the future holds for the sector. They will be presenting usable, practical solutions that point the way forward. Hygiene will also be a main focus in the drinktec Forum. Highly interesting of course for the all important filling technology and in particular for aseptic filling.

    drinktec as a barometer of trends
    “At drinktec in Munich, the future of our industry becomes visible,” says Professor Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer. “For this fair it not only a meeting place for customers and manufacturers, it is also a barometer of trends.” drinktec is very definitely a key event when it comes to filling technology—the visitors are sure of that. At the last drinkect 97 percent of the visitors gave top marks to the areas on containers, packaging and closures, and to filling and packaging technology.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    29.11.2016   INTRODUCING ACTIS SOLUTION FOR SIDEL MATRIX COMBI AT BRAU BEVIALE 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news Sidel has announced that its Actis™ (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) plasma coating solution for extending the shelf life of PET bottles is now available for the company’s latest generation of modular Sidel Matrix™ Combi equipment. The barrier technology was among the major focuses from Sidel at Brau Beviale 2016 in Hall 7a, booth 223.

    Carbonated soft drinks (CSD) were very much the focus for Sidel at a show which is one of Europe’s main platforms for innovations in beverage production. CSD category presents its own challenges in terms of packaging: one such challenge is the need to reduce the loss of carbon dioxide, particularly given the trend towards smaller and lighter bottles. The smaller and lighter the container, the greater the challenge of reduced shelf life. The single-serve format in PET packaging represents 75% of the growth in the CSD market so barrier technologies, such as Actis, are expected to be increasingly employed in CSD bottling.

    Sidel Actis is a thin layer of hydrogen rich carbon deposited inside a PET bottle – a plasma coating solution to extend beverage shelf life while offering potential for packaging lightweighting. At Brau Beviale, Sidel highlighted how Actis equipment is now offered on the Sidel Matrix platform, Sidel’s latest modular format which delivers a high level of safety and consistency down the complete line. This includes the Sidel Matrix Combi, meaning that this barrier technology is now available in an integrated configuration, which can include blowing and coating, or blowing, coating and filling, in one unique and safe environment. The Combi Actis solution can be integrated in bottling lines or converter lines. By avoiding intermediary conveyors, it provides customers with all the benefits that Sidel has been able to consolidate over the years of development including production reliability, bottle integrity, handling of lightweight containers, compact footprint and easy operation.

    Through Sidel Matrix, Actis technology can increase shelf life by a factor of 3 depending on bottle lightweighting improvements, while offering process reliability and increased uptime along the production line. With excellent accessibility, treatment modules benefit from enhanced flexibility with easy changeovers and the capability to undertake maintenance off-line. The Sidel Actis solution has been optimised for bottle diameters of up to 78 mm, with a typical output of up to 40,000 bottles per hour.

    Damien Fournier is Category Marketing Director CSD at Sidel and an expert of the Actis solution. He comments – “In terms of the barrier technologies available, the Actis coating clearly stands out from other processes like co-injection (multilayer) or plastic blends (chemical additives to improve the properties of PET), when material cost, lightweighting and recyclability are considered. Actis process is also simpler and less expensive than other coating technologies, because it is based on acetylene gas – widely available on the market – rather than requiring complex concentrates and settings. The maintenance frequency and time involved to keep the line up to speed are similar to that required for a standard bottling line.”

    Pawel Warszawski, Sales Director DACH, Central & Eastern Europe and Russia & CIS at Sidel, continues – “In terms of general market trends, there is a move towards an increased use of barrier solutions to match new markets and new ways of consuming beverages. In developed countries, protecting the beverage - and therefore the brand - is a particular focus. Additionally, barrier PET solutions are applied in beverages supplied for music festivals, sporting events and other outdoor occasions, for example. Here large numbers are enjoying themselves and drinking, so glass and other containers are seen as safety hazards. PET bottles are the preferred packaging format because they do not readily break and even when crushed there are no harmful shards or sharp edges. On the other hand, in developing countries, affordable packaging with extended shelf life enables producers to reach new consumers, coping with distribution challenges under difficult conditions and in remote locations. To date, 28 Actis systems have been introduced globally, from Europe to the Americas and Asia, accounting for around 5 billion bottles produced across all the main beverage categories requiring barrier protection, including beer, tea and coffee and CSD - an area where there is particular growth in demand.”

    Damien further comments: “With Actis technology now available for the Sidel Matrix platform, we are already seeing growing interest in an offer which combines the broad, proven and upgradeable system that is Sidel Matrix with a solution which provides significant opportunities for extending shelf life and bottle lightweighting.”

    Continuing the CSD theme, Sidel used Brau Beviale to discuss its latest developments in complete line solutions for CSD applications. Variety, flexibility and cost-efficiency are essential to the success in this sector of the market. With the Sidel Matrix system, Sidel challenges the limits of what one system is capable of, providing more possibilities in the four key areas of line flexibility, product integrity, production efficiency and consumption reduction.

    In addition to innovations in equipment and technologies, the company also highlighted to visitors the importance of Sidel Services™, a complete portfolio helping producers increase the value of their beverage production, lower energy consumption and optimise production efficiency and sustainability.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    28.11.2016   Continuous electronic traceability thanks to valves with RFID    ( Company news )

    Company news The increasing requirements for documentation and optimization of maintenance processes are also placing increased focus on the individual components within a plant. As an innovative manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems, GEMÜ recognised this and equipped its valves with integrated RFID chips. This is not only used for continuous electronic traceability but also for direct maintenance support.

    The system, referred to as GEMÜ CONEXO, comprises valves with an integrated RFID chip (in the body, diaphragm and actuator), an electronic reading device, the CONEXO pen and IT infrastructure comprising a CONEXO app for mobile end devices and the CONEXO portal server as a central database ideally installed at the operator's premises.

    This interaction allows the maintenance technician to call up current information at the valve in the field at any time, for instance the valve description, instructions, test reports or maintenance information.

    No online connection is required for this; the data is saved on a mobile end device.
    Since the information can be read out at the valve itself, the IQ process (installation qualification) is sped up as the required documents and test reports can be called up and compared quickly and easily.

    The CONEXO system also offers major advantages for maintenance processes during operation. The maintenance documentation is processed electronically by the CONEXO app.

    The maintenance technician is guided through the maintenance processes, can record the evaluation of wearing parts electronically and verify this via photo documentation.

    This allows the data to be recorded electronically in an organised manner and also further processed electronically in a simple manner, whether for the customer's SCADA environment or in the customer's ERP system. The CONEXO portal can be used to analyze the history of operating media sites, even cross-plant. This enables the maintenance intervals to be optimally adapted too.

    CONEXO is designed as an open system which means that many other plant components can be managed in the system in addition to GEMÜ valves. The sales launch of GEMÜ CONEXO took place in August 2016.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    28.11.2016   KHS develops ultralight 0.5-liter PET beer bottle with Bottles & Shapes™    ( Company news )

    Company news -From 22.5 to 20.9 grams per bottle
    -Bottle weight for pasteurized beer reduced to 22.5 grams
    -Numerous material and energy savings

    At the behest of a major German brewery KHS GmbH has now developed the lightest 0.5-liter PET beer bottle in the company's history to date. Thanks to the lightweighting expertise in the KHS Bottles & Shapes™ program, in the future bottles for beer and malt beer can be produced much more cost effectively while saving more resources. Here, the systems supplier of filling and packaging technology successfully kept to its remit of not changing the bottle design.

    The finished PET bottle is not only of the highest quality but also much lighter than its predecessor. Despite the lower use of resources the lightweight PET bottles boast undiminished high stability. "In order to achieve these optimum weight properties we exploit the concentrated expertise in our Bottles & Shapes™ program. This allows us to save on materials in both the bottle body and thread," explains Christian Rommel, project engineer for Bottles & Shapes™, when talking about the design process. KHS has made the neck ring much smaller and reduced the wall thickness in the neck and thread. Optimizing the thread has not affected the fitting accuracy and sealing properties of the standard PCO 1881 closures – in accordance with customer specifications. The processability on the existing line has also not been impaired. KHS has now cut down the weight of the brewery's previous 0.5-liter PET beer bottle by 1.6 grams to just 20.9 grams.

    On the malt beer PET bottles for filling, which have to be able to cope with a higher internal pressure as the malt beer is pasteurized, KHS was able to save 1.5 grams. The weight of this bottle thus dropped from 24 to 22.5 grams. The weight-optimized bottles were extensively tested according to the given specifications in comprehensive laboratory and production tests.

    Combination of expertise and convincing technology
    The network of expertise provided by KHS Bottles & Shapes™ was instrumental in the successful development of the preforms. In close cooperation with the brewery's supplier KHS applied its competence in lightweighting during development and at the same time satisfied the customer's individual requirements. The bottler can now produce more profitably and efficiently while saving more on resources.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    28.11.2016   Up to 80% energy savings with gentle agitation    ( Company news )

    Company news Our agitators have a flexible, modular design and the modularity lends itself to ease installation and maintenance. The superior design ensures quality, performance and cost savings. The purpose-built agitators have smooth surfaces that promote optimal flow and meet stringent hygienic standards in the food, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and home-personal care industries.

    Photo: Top mounted agitator

    Our EnSaFoil impellers, as well as our specially developed EnSaFerm impellers for fermentation, absorb the heat of your product resulting in reduced energy consumption. Based on extensive fluid dynamic studies, their unique shape makes them up to 400% more efficient than impellers with a standard pitch.

    Besides minimizing energy loss, our impellers operate at reduced speeds without reducing pumping capacity. Consequently, the product is exposed to very low shear stress and compared to agitators with conventional impellers, they lower agitator power consumption by up to 80%.

    Agitators from Alfa Laval are designed for easy cleaning and we offer tank cleaning equipment to help you meet the stringent demands of any hygienic industry.
    Configuration for use in sterile/aseptic applications is also possible. Sizing and customizing the agitator to the specific task ensures optimized power consumption and pricing.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
     
    25.11.2016   Avery Dennison® helps Coca-Cola European partners to recycle 70 tonnes of pet waste annually    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Avery Dennison® helps Coca-Cola European partners to recycle 70 tonnes of pet waste annually. (Photo: Coca Cola European Partners, PR336)

    Avery Dennison has collaborated with partners throughout the supply chain namely Viridor and PET UK, to help Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) reduce waste, costs, and the carbon footprint of Smartwater production in the United Kingdom.

    According to Joe Franses, director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners: “This example shows how we can turn the crisis of resources into a business opportunity through close collaboration across the value chain. Businesses which can be truly innovative with the products and services they provide, optimising the resources they use and encouraging consumers to do the same, have the potential to transform our economy.”

    Xander van der Vlies, sustainability director for Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe, said that CCEP wanted to further improve Smartwater production in line with its focus on recycling, sustainability and creating a circular economy: “Avery Dennison was a natural choice of partner for this project, given our ambitious year-on-year sustainability goals, and the various initiatives we promote around the reduction of waste created in the self-adhesive label value chain. We have close relationships both with PET UK and with CCEP’s waste management company Viridor, and together we have been able to establish a strategy that saves on waste and emissions while at the same time giving CCEP concrete business benefits and cost reductions.”

    More than 50 million bottles of Smartwater were produced in 2015. The PET liners used (carrying the self-adhesive labels before dispensing) generated more than 40 tonnes of waste in that year, costing around £8,500 in disposal/handling costs. Under the new recycling scheme, PET UK shreds and extrudes the waste PET liner and then produces a material suitable for making new items such as PET staple fiber, strapping or thermoformable sheets. There will also be significant savings in CO2 emissions – around 180-200 tonnes in 2016.

    Van der Vlies noted that creating awareness on PET recycling will continue: “Since we launched this initiative with PET UK in 2014, we have signed up many wine, spirits, beer, and beverage brands. Avery Dennison has set an ambitious sustainability goal for 2025 of eliminating 70% of liner waste from the industry value chain.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    24.11.2016   K 2016: a resounding success for ENGEL    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to a wealth of innovation, a positive climate for investment and enthusiastic attendees, the K 2016 fair was a resounding success for ENGEL AUSTRIA. inject 4.0 – ENGEL’s answer to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution – played a key role in this achievement. Furthermore, topics such as DecoJect and in-situ polymerisation had a magnetic appeal on visitors.

    Photo: The company’s stand attracted a stream of visitors throughout the event.

    “K 2016 confirmed the very good mood in the plastics industry,” says Dr. Christoph Steger, Chief Sales Officer at the ENGEL Group. “In Düsseldorf we found that the investment climate was extremely positive. On the basis of discussions with our clients, we are confident that the trend will continue in the months ahead. We are encouraged to see that a positive impetus is coming from every region – things are even looking up in Russia.”

    ENGEL noticed the rise in visitors numbers compared to K 2013, which itself was very well attended: the company’s stand attracted a stream of visitors throughout the event. However, Steger emphasised that the quality of dialogue – which was generally excellent – was more important than the actual number of visitors. “During the fair we discussed numerous new projects and got them moving. The number of agreements we concluded was far in excess of our target, which was an ambitious one,” concludes Steger.

    Comprehensive inject 4.0 solution
    Industry 4.0 – the core theme of K 2016 – was strongly in evidence at the ENGEL stand, which was designed to resemble a smart factory. With concrete products and solutions for all three areas of the smart factory – smart machine, smart service and smart production – ENGEL is already offering customers a coherent concept known as inject 4.0. Many products and solutions are firmly established in practical situations, while other new solutions were premiered at K. With its modular structure, inject 4.0 promises plastics processors a very straightforward, step-by-step introduction to digitalisation. “Processing businesses used the trade event to find out how they can make the most of the opportunities presented to them by Industry 4.0,” says Dr. Stefan Engleder, Chief Technical Officer and designated CEO of ENGEL. “A lot of visitors to the fair were amazed to find that even individual, small-scale solutions can make a big difference in terms of optimising production processes.” Just like process technology and automation, Industry 4.0 calls for tailored solutions – another point underlined at the ENGEL stand.

    All machines exhibited were equipped with the inject 4.0 products best suited to their particular application. At the same time, ENGEL demonstrated how to maximise the potential of smart machine in practical situations by manufacturing inject 4.0 logos on an ENGEL e‑motion 80 TL injection moulding machine. Fluctuating process conditions were simulated in the machine’s CC300 control unit, while visitors were able to monitor the automatic readjustment of the iQ weight control and iQ clamp control assistance systems live on the machine display.

    Technological innovations for higher cost-effectiveness
    be the first: the ENGEL motto is both an aspiration and a promise to customers. ENGEL demonstrated its technological pre-eminence yet again in Düsseldorf – not just with its inject 4.0 range, but also its machine exhibits. Through a wide array of demanding applications, ENGEL presented innovative process technologies for the target sectors of Automotive, Teletronics, Technical Moulding, Packaging and Medical.

    The DecoJect process emerged as a magnet to visitors. ENGEL unveiled the film solution for high quality parts visible in car interiors (developed with system partners) using fully automated manufacturing cell. One special feature of the technology is the combination of injection moulding and in-mould graining in the roll-to-roll process on an ENGEL duo injection moulding machine. Surface structures, colour and haptical features are created through the film. By using different base materials, DecoJect simplifies the harmonisation of interior components. The application presented in Düsseldorf also incorporated MuCell technology to save raw materials as well as component weight. Trade fair visitors were impressed by the high degree of process integration and the extremely compact footprint of the manufacturing cell.

    In-situ polymerisation also attracted a great deal of attention as ENGEL showcased an integrated manufacturing cell ready for industrial use for the first time. Over the eight days of the fair, thermoplastic-based, functional composite components were produced from dry reinforcing fabrics in a single work step. To achieve this, polymerisation and the injection moulding process take place in parallel in the ENGEL v-duo machine. The fibre fabrics are inserted into the first cavity of the mould and infiltrated with ε-Caprolactam. After polymerisation to polyamide 6, the preform is transferred to the second cavity in order to inject reinforcing ribs directly, for example. This kind of process integration guarantees cost effective composite processing, which is particularly important to the automobile industry. Visitors to the event were also impressed by the new reactive aggregate, which reduces thermal load by melting and processing monomers according to need.

    More precise injection
    ENGEL staged the world premiere of the new hydraulic injection units for its ENGEL duo and ENGEL victory injection moulding machines at K 2016. The units are based on years of development work that focused on precision, ergonomics and efficiency. “The new injection units enable even more precise injection and generally improve process stability,” says Engleder. “We have also enhanced energy efficiency and ergonomics. The new ENGEL duo and ENGEL victory machines are fitted with the ENGEL servohydraulic ecodrive as standard. Energy efficiency remains an important issue to our customers.”
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    24.11.2016   Mixing energy drinks, alcohol may affect adolescent brains like cocaine    ( Company news )

    Company news Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages triggers changes in the adolescent brain similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood as an altered ability to deal with rewarding substances, according to a Purdue University study.

    Richard van Rijn (photo), an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, looked at the effects of highly caffeinated energy drinks and highly caffeinated alcohol in adolescent mice. These alcohol studies cannot be performed in adolescent humans, but changes seen in mouse brains with drugs of abuse have been shown to correlate to those in humans in many drug studies.

    These energy drinks can contain as much as 10 times the caffeine as soda and are often marketed to adolescents. But little is known about the health effects of the drinks, especially when consumed with alcohol during adolescence.

    Van Rijn and graduate student Meridith Robins published results in the journal Alcohol that showed adolescent mice given high-caffeine energy drinks were not more likely than a control group to drink more alcohol as adults.

    But when those high levels of caffeine were mixed with alcohol and given to adolescent mice, they showed physical and neurochemical signs similar to mice given cocaine. Those results were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

    "It seems the two substances together push them over a limit that causes changes in their behavior and changes the neurochemistry in their brains," van Rijn said. "We're clearly seeing effects of the combined drinks that we would not see if drinking one or the other."

    With repeated exposure to the caffeinated alcohol, those adolescent mice became increasingly more active, much like mice given cocaine. The researchers also detected increased levels of the protein ΔFosB, which is marker of long-term changes in neurochemistry, elevated in those abusing drugs such as cocaine or morphine.

    "That's one reason why it's so difficult for drug users to quit because of these lasting changes in the brain," van Rijn said.

    Those same mice, as adults, showed a different preference or valuation of cocaine. Robins found that mice exposed to caffeinated alcohol during adolescence were less sensitive to the pleasurable effects of cocaine. While this sounds positive, it could mean that such a mouse would use more cocaine to get the same feeling as a control mouse.

    "Mice that had been exposed to alcohol and caffeine were somewhat numb to the rewarding effects of cocaine as adults," van Rijn said. "Mice that were exposed to highly caffeinated alcoholic drinks later found cocaine wasn't as pleasurable. They may then use more cocaine to get the same effect."

    To test that theory, Robins investigated if mice exposed to caffeinated alcohol during adolescence would consume higher amounts of a similarly pleasurable substance - saccharine, an artificial sweetener. They predicted that if the mice exhibited a numbed sense of reward, they would consume more saccharine. They found that the caffeine/alcohol-exposed mice drank significantly more saccharine than mice exposed to water during adolescence, confirming that the caffeine/alcohol-exposed mice must have had a chemical change in the brain.

    "Their brains have been changed in such a way that they are more likely to abuse natural or pleasurable substances as adults," van Rijn said.

    Van Rijn plans to continue studying the effects of legal, available psychostimulatory substances that may be harmful to adolescent brains. His next project involves investigating ethylphenidate, a drug similar to methylphenidate, the drug used for attention deficit disorder and most commonly known as Ritalin. The latter requires a prescription, while the former can be purchased without one, often online. His research group also works on finding new treatments for alcohol use disorder.

    Van Rijn's research is supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation/Foundation for Alcohol Research and the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust.
    (Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University)
     
    23.11.2016   Glass Packaging Closed Loop Recycling Up to 74% in the EU    ( Company news )

    Company news The average glass recycling rate in the EU28 zone has reached the 74% threshold for the first time. This means that over 11.6 million tons were collected throughout the European Union in 2014 or 3.5% more than in the previous year. The majority of that goes back into making new packaging: glass stands alone as the most closed loop recycled food and drink packaging in the EU and in the world.

    However, some 26% of glass bottles and jars are still today lost in landfills in Europe, and year to year comparison of national data reveals a multi-faceted landscape. Countries such as Sweden, Belgium, Germany or Slovenia continue to outperform. Other good performing countries like Austria or Denmark have instead recorded a slight decrease in recycling despite a positive consumption trend. In the Czech Republic, Finland or The Netherlands the downward trend was on par with shrinking consumption. In Spain or Bulgaria, glass recycling is steadily increasing but there is a quite important gap to fill. The gap is even more important in Romania, Cyprus, Slovak Republic or Greece.

    Data show the situation varies from country to country and confirm the need for targeted investments in infrastructure and communication to citizens, not only in countries where there are important gaps to fill, but also to maintain the high standards of the traditionally good performing countries – says Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary General – Glass is today the simplest and safest packaging recycling stream because glass is inert and keeps its inherent properties no matter how many times it’s recycled. If properly collected, it can be infinitely recycled in a closed loop.

    The industry is calling for a supporting legislative environment that acknowledges the superior status of materials that can be infinitely recycled without loss of properties and can remain safe for human health and the environment.
    Such materials permanently keep their qualities. Glass packaging is such a permanent material and shares this characteristic with other materials like metals.

    “The EU waste legislation currently under review in the EU Circular Economy Package should incentivize permanent materials that can be infinitely recycled without losing their properties”, says Adeline Farrelly. “As an industry, we would like to have more recycled glass, provided that it is of high quality
    and is economically viable. We believe that acknowledging the superior status of permanent materials in, for example EPR schemes, will incentivize the market to use permanent materials that can deliver real closed loop recycling.”
    (FEVE The European Glass Container Federation)
     
    22.11.2016   The impossible made possible: UPM Raflatac's VANISH fit for labelling recyclable...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... aluminium beverage cans in Europe

    Beverage cans labelled with UPM Raflatac's VANISHTM film can now be recycled in Europe. Novelis, the world's largest recycler of aluminium cans, confirms that the thin 23-micron VANISHTM label has proven sufficiently light in order not to affect the quality of the recycled aluminium.

    UPM Raflatac's ultra-thin VANISHTM PET film enables three functionalities previously considered unviable or impossible: self-adhesive labelling on beverage cans, recyclability with aluminium cans, and the opportunity for beverage brands to market small batches cost-effectively.

    Cost-efficiency and flexibility for small batches
    The Saimaan Juomatehdas brewery in Finland is the first company in Europe to adopt VANISHTM by launching a craft beer in labelled aluminium cans, which are integrated into a refundable deposit system for recycling. The recycling system for beverage containers in Finland is renowned as the world's most effective. Returnable, refundable deposit cans are the most recycled container category, with a recycling rate as high as 95%.

    In particular, and because direct-printed cans aren't manufactured in small volumes, self-adhesive labelling is a necessity for canning smaller batches cost-effectively. Self-adhesive labels can also be produced quickly in comparison to directly decorated cans, enabling beverage producers to respond flexibly to consumer demand and engage in promotional activity without risking container overstocks.

    "Saimaan Juomatehdas is committed to sustainability, so we wanted to come up with a canning solution for our smaller beverage batches that would match our principles. We explored different options and discovered the VANISHTM label material. Together with UPM Raflatac and Auraprint, a printing house specializing in labeling solutions, we started looking into the possibility of applying it to recyclable cans - and everything started to fall into place," comments Jussi Laukkanen, CEO, Saimaan Juomatehdas.

    Striking levels of differentiation
    VANISHTM brings all the visual presentation benefits of self-adhesive label printing technology to canned beverages, especially compared to traditional direct print. Together with an impressive no-label look, new levels of product differentiation are achievable with striking decoration opportunities and premium finishes such as high-gloss and vivid colouration, fine detail and photographic imaging.

    "Our end-customers in the beverage industry place high value on their product packaging. VANISHTM is an attractive and exceptionally versatile label material - and an ideal choice for companies like Saimaan Juomatehdas which strive to create high-quality products that are visually impressive," evaluates Tuomo Wall, Director, Films, UPM Raflatac.

    "VANISHTM also introduces a solution for product decoration on smaller batches of beer and other beverages in a way that's economically viable and at the same time environmentally conscious. Brand owners in Europe now have a recycling-compatible choice for greatly enhanced product presentation that meets their own as well as UPM Raflatac's commitment to providing sustainable solutions.
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    21.11.2016   Every second aluminium closure in Europe is now recycled     ( Company news )

    Company news The average recycling rate for aluminium closures in Europe has increased to more than 50%, according to figures released recently by the “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” campaign by the European Aluminium Foil Association. Much of this improvement is due to national initiatives and better collection and recycling schemes across Europe, according to the Association.

    Aluminium closures, mainly used on bottles of wine, spirits, water and olive oil, can be collected either with the mixed packaging fraction or together with the glass collection stream. Thanks to modern processes the aluminium is easily extracted and recycled, from both material streams.

    Because packaging collection and recycling systems in Europe vary considerably from country to country, national initiatives are proving to be most effective. For example, the UK’s “You Can Leave Your Cap On” scheme has enabled local authorities to increase the recovery of aluminium closures for recycling. Initiated by ALUPRO, in partnership with British Glass and EAFA, it encourages recyclers to screw the closures back on their empty bottles before recycling so that more aluminium can be successfully recovered. Sharing best practices in the European network of aluminium packaging recycling organisations, ALU DK initiated a similar project in Denmark with the “Keep the Cap on” campaign, supported by the Danish government. Other national organisations like CIAL in Italy increasingly refer to aluminium closures in their general and special announcements to raise the awareness that aluminium closures are perfectly suitable to be collected and recycled.

    Commenting on the figures, EAFA’s Closures Group Chair Franco Bove said, “It is encouraging to see the industry continues to support national initiatives which enhance the collection and recycling of aluminium closures. Recycled aluminium is a valuable commodity, so supports the economics of the recycling process.”

    These aluminium closure recycling rates are calculated on the basis of publicly available national overall aluminium recycling rates, plus consumption data from market research companies.
    (EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)
     
    18.11.2016   Finn-Korkki at DrinkTec India    ( Company news )

    Company news For the first time Finn-Korkki are at drinktec India to support the fast growing Indian market. Finn-Korkki’s distributor for India, Rapid BevTech Pvt. Ltd is hosting a stand where visitors can meet Mr Robert Jeynes from Finn-Korkki. He is looking forward to discussing all aspects of ring pull bottle caps and RingCrown Technology equipment with customers & future customers.

    drink technology India is taking place this December at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. drinktec is described as ‘the leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in India. On show here are tailor-made solutions for the needs of the Indian market.’

    The Rapid BevTech standard is in hall 1 number H61.
    (Finn-Korkki Oy)
     
    18.11.2016   New Tetra Pak® PlantMaster gives manufacturers end-to-end plant control     ( Company news )

    Company news Tetra Pak has launched a new version of the Tetra Pak® PlantMaster, enabling manufacturers to programme their entire plant through a single data management system. The upgrade includes the Tetra Pak PlantMaster MES Suite (Manufacturing Execution Systems), a new software programme specifically designed for the food and beverage industry, which provides a user-friendly interface.

    In the food and beverage industry, manufacturers often have equipment from different suppliers in one plant, using separate information systems. Some of these machines even require manual data collection. With the new software, the Tetra Pak PlantMaster provides a single set of tools that integrate all operations, from incoming raw materials to finished, palletised products. This gives manufacturers complete control of the plant. It streamlines data collection, facilitates accurate data analysis and, ultimately, improves efficiency.

    Jose Luis Campillos, owner of DAFSA, Spain, said: “A plant management system has to let us easily calculate every part of an operation, allow us to optimise the processes and make us more efficient. With the new Tetra Pak PlantMaster, we will have all the information needed for planning and production management”.

    Charles Brand, Executive VP Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak said: “The new Tetra Pak PlantMaster provides customers with a simple end-to-end solution by unifying plant control in one single data system. We are pleased to see that customers find value in this new system, reducing complexity in their management processes and increasing productivity, which in turn, positively impacts the bottom line”.

    The new Tetra Pak PlantMaster is available globally as an upgrade to existing services, or as a new installation. It is being profiled at the Tetra Pak booth during Gulfood Manufacturing 2016, taking place this week at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
     
    17.11.2016   SPS IPC Drives 2016: Step by step to the Smart Factory    ( Company news )

    Company news At the SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, we are fully consistent on the subject of the Smart Factory. With our partners, we are presenting how customers can gradually achieve sustainable networking of their production with zenon. This year, focus is on Paper on Glass technology and Predictive Analytics.

    In order to gain the full potential of the Smart Factory, flexible systems that can openly communicate with one another are needed – whether horizontally between machines on the production level, or vertically from sensor to the Cloud. The key to success: the possibility to network heterogeneous production environments regardless of manufacturer. Because only open, standardized interfaces and programming standards can enable sustainable development. Only this way can decentralized production sites become the Smart Factory of tomorrow, exemplifying sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly production.

    Error-free production processes
    How far the vision of fully networked, self-organizing production systems lies in the future can be seen when paper checklists are still being hand-written in many production sites, for example. Modern Paper on Glass technology offers a wide range of advantages here: zenon Smart Checklist not only eases production employees' work and reduces error-rates. Data can also be immediately processed and used for reports and figures – an important step towards the Smart Factory.

    Future-proof manufacturing
    Only when data is available in digital format it can be analyzed, interpreted as well as patterns identified and probability developments calculated. Then, the production can learn from previous processes and its own procedures as well as avoid machine downtimes. With resolto informatik GmbH, we are showing how hidden knowledge can be made useful and developments can be noticed early on in order to take the correct measures, at the right time.

    Visit us at the SPS IPC Drives 2016
    November 22-24
    Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, Germany
    Hall 7, Booth 590

    We look forward to seeing you there!
    (Ing. Punzenberger COPA-DATA GmbH)
     
    16.11.2016   Processing industry 4.0    ( Company news )

    Company news The technical possibilities of digitalisation have great potential for the processing industry too. GEMÜ, the manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems based in Ingelfingen, is actively leading the way in this field.

    At a time when many companies in the processing industry are still asking themselves what Industry 4.0 and IoT (Internet of Things) mean for process systems in general and for their company in particular, GEMÜ became involved with this subject at an early stage and has already developed first elements, such as the GEMÜ CONEXO RFID-based system, so that they are ready for the market:
    This was primarily achieved thanks to GEMÜ's focus on genuine customer benefits even during the company's initial consideration of the possibilities of digitalisation.

    "This type of system can only impress if the added value for the customer can be identified; in this case, even a conservative industry can come to accept new subjects readily and quickly," states Gert Müller, Managing Partner at GEMÜ and co-initiator of the subject of Industry 4.0 at valve manufacturer GEMÜ.

    Another success factor was the cross-sector project work, which made it possible to bring together specialists from the individual disciplines (such as software technology, service, product management, QA and manufacturing) at an early stage to effectively examine the system and the requirements for this system from every angle.

    Holding discussions with key customers at an early stage also helped to develop the system quickly and in a customer-orientated manner, and enabled important feedback to be incorporated effectively and early on in the process.
    GEMÜ CONEXO, which is primarily concerned with electronic traceability and maintenance support, is only the first step in a whole series of activities relating to Industry 4.0. "The internal work project continues and will produce a whole host of other innovations that many people today cannot even imagine," states Gert Müller.

    The valve is integrated into the plant's process landscape to an even greater extent, which will help to operate the plant more efficiently and to further optimize the maintenance intervals.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    15.11.2016   GEBO CERMEX TO BRING THE FACTORY OF TOMORROW TO LIFE     ( Company news )

    Company news Gebo Cermex, the specialist in innovative packaging line solutions, used Brau Beviale 2016 to help make the factory of tomorrow a reality today for producers of beer, wine and spirits. Industry 4.0 is gathering momentum as the trend for automation and data exchange spreads into so many different areas of manufacturing technologies. The need now is to find ways in which the vision embodied in industry 4.0 can be realised and Agility 4.0™ from Gebo Cermex is a programme developed specifically to meet the challenges faced by the beverage industry.

    The speed of change in the beverage market and the evolving demands from consumers as they find new ways to purchase are driving a need for innovative production processes. With the increasing automation of factories, making them more connected, agile and flexible is crucial. Building on its role as the performance partner for today and tomorrow, Gebo Cermex based its Agility 4.0 Advanced Production System programme on an open innovation approach, which saw clear contributions from key customers, especially to identify the issues that they see in moving into the era of the smart factory.

    The result is a major step towards bringing Advanced Production Systems closer to the present. This is delivered by Gebo Cermex as part of its approach to considering the extended lifecycle of the packaging line, through the design and build phases and onto how the performance can be constantly maintained and improved. Ludovic Tanchou is Vice President of Innovation and Marketing at Gebo Cermex and comments – “There is much discussion around Industry 4.0 and how it can be taken from concept to reality. Brau Beviale will give us an excellent platform to introduce and discuss how Agility 4.0 can help to bring this realisation closer for packaging lines with a solution that extends from initial virtual design right through to logistics. Along the way it encompasses digital connectivity and simulation, as well as machine, system and data intelligence, including robotics and communicating hardware, always recognising the overriding need for sustainable production.”

    Agility 4.0 will be introduced on the booth through a series of live demonstrations to highlight the different elements that collectively contribute to the factory of the future:

    - Extended Factory
    - Virtual Factory
    - Smart technologies
    - Eco-Friendly solutions
    - Connected plant

    Jean-Claude Waeldin is Project Manager of Advanced Production Systems at Gebo Cermex and emphasises the vital role that simulation tools, as part of the Virtual Factory pillar, can play in this process – “Simulation is one of the keys to cost control and that is at the heart of Agility 4.0. We will be showing, notably through a stimulating Virtual Reality experience, how the ability to both visualise and forecast can help significantly in making the right decisions to keep OPEX to an absolute minimum.”
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    15.11.2016   Korunni Selects Aptar's Duo Pouring Closure to Launch Its New Vitamin Syrup    ( Company news )

    Company news Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in innovative dispensing solutions for the concentrate market, has partnered with Karlovarská Korunni, a leading mineral water and syrup producer in Czech Republic to launch a new vitamin syrup using the Duo dispensing closure.

    Karlovarská Korunni was one of the first to choose Aptar’s Duo pouring closure and today they are launching a new range of syrup with Duo. Korunni’s Vitamin Syrup provides consumers with a pure pouring pleasure experience in three unique Duo flavors - raspberries, pomegranate, orange, mango, grapefruit, and lychee - enriched with a combination of caffeine, vitamin B3 and B6 to restore energy.

    Duo is ideal for pouring syrups, cordials or concentrates. Its outstanding non-drip pouring lip, along with the active hinge and comfortable easy-to-open design, delivers a delightful experience.

    Duo is a bi-injected standard flip top available in 28mm in both neck finish PCO 1810 and 1881, with a glossy finish and translucent lid to create a differentiated shelf appeal.

    Aptar has the technical and market expertise to provide new liquid concentrate dispensing solution. The Duo closure perfectly fits Korunni’s New Vitamin Syrup.

    Karlovarská Korunni is a mineral water and syrup producer operating on the Czech and Slovak markets. Its new line of functional syrups responds to the powerful trend of a healthy lifestyle.
    The vitamin syrup products are richer in nutrients than the standard syrups available on the Czech market. The fruit content gives them distinctive taste and they also contain a significant amount of vitamins.
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
     
    15.11.2016   Quality packaging for wines     ( Company news )

    Company news As demand for wine containers grows, SCHÄFER Container Systems presents KEG variety at Intervitis Interfructa Hortitechnica and Vinitech Sifel

    This year, trade fair visitors will find SCHÄFER Container Systems at both Intervitis Interfructa Hortitechnica in Stuttgart and Vinitech Sifel in Bordeaux. The manufacturers of beverage container systems (KEGs) as well as IBCs and special containers will be exhibiting in Stuttgart at stand 3C55 in hall 3 from 27th to 30th November, and in Bordeaux at stand E2402 in hall 1 from 29th November to 1st December. The company’s participation in these two fairs underlines the growing demand for reusable packaging for premium beverages in the wine industry.

    Wine consumption is increasing and with it, the popularity of cider and sparkling wines is growing, too. The new lifestyle accompanying this trend has prompted more and more wine producers to sell their products in barrels. Even for premium wines, using nitrogen as the dispensing gas means barrels can be used for still alcoholic beverages without any complications, because the contents do not become carbonised.

    SCHÄFER Container Systems can offer the great variety of its KEG range for wines, too – with all the advantages stainless steel reusable KEGs have over conventional barrels. Wineries can benefit from the countless KEG types with different filling capacities, the various coloured branding elements and their flexible application. Besides the classical KEGs, self-sufficient dispensing systems are also especially popular, as they underline the premium character of the freshly dispensed wine and provide guests with a much more intimate experience of wine culture.

    “Just like with our KEGs for beers and soft drinks, customers will be able to benefit from enormous branding potential, as well as from the countless variations in form and size. There are just as many different branding possibilities as there are different wines. This includes in-mould labelling, complete colouring of PU coatings depending on the model, coloured top and bottom rings, engraved logos, laser printing in the neck and base areas or silkscreen printing for logos”, says SCHÄFER Container Systems’ Sales Director Guido Klinkhammer.
    (SCHÄFER WERKE GMBH)
     
    14.11.2016   Australia: Coopers Brewery books its 23rd year of continuous volume growth    ( E-malt.com )

    Australia’s biggest locally-owner brewer, South Australia’s Coopers Brewery, has booked its 23rd year of continuous volume growth despite lean times for the brewing industry, which have seen per capita consumption collapse to lows not seen since World War II, The Australian reported on November 7.

    However, tougher trading conditions in the US in the DIY home-brew sector has punctured the value of its American brewing business Mr Beer, with the offshore operation also losing some key accounts which triggered a A$7.5 million writedown for Coopers.

    It meant that for fiscal 2016 Coopers actually recorded a 16.3 per cent slide in full-year net profit, the first time in a number of years that earnings have gone backwards for the nation’s third largest brewer.

    Coopers, which is owned by the Cooper family, has posted a 3.3 per cent rise in beer sales for fiscal 2016 to a record 81.5 million litres.

    The positive sales momentum means that for the past 23 years, Coopers has enjoyed compound sales growth of 9.2 per cent, at a time when total Australian beer sales have been contracting.

    Releasing the company’s annual results, Coopers managing director Tim Cooper said packaged beer sales during 2015-16 had risen 3.8 per cent, while keg volumes had also recorded a small but pleasing rise of 0.8 per cent.

    Dr Cooper said Coopers’ revenue for 2015-16 had increased by 4.6 per cent to A$245.9 million.

    However, preparation costs associated with construction of a malting plant at Regency Park, and a A$7.5 million writedown of goodwill for the Mr Beer business in the USA, meant that net profit after tax for the year fell 16.3 per cent to A$24.2 million from A$28.9 million in 2014-15.

    Fully franked dividends of A$12.50 a share were paid to more than 100 members of the Cooper family, up from A$12 the previous year.

    Dr Cooper said that at a cost of A$63 million, the new malting plant at Regency Park in Adelaide was the largest single item of capital expenditure in Coopers’ history.

    “The work is being undertaken by South Australian firm Ahrens and comprises three steeps, four vessels, a kiln and grain silos, connected to the brewery by an overhead gallery,” he said.

    “Work is progressing well and is on line to be completed by late next year.”

    The plant will produce at least 54,000 tonnes of malted barley a year, one-third of which would be used by Coopers, with the remaining two-thirds available for export.

    “The new plant will guarantee our supply of high quality malt for future growth,” he said.

    Dr Cooper said the write-own of goodwill for its US business Mr Beer was triggered by Australian accounting standards.

    “While the business initially returned good profits, recent competition from other DIY brewing businesses and the loss of some key accounts meant we had to recognise an impairment of goodwill,” he said.

    Coopers purchased a majority share of Mr Beer in 2011 for A$11.3 million, with the investment returning A$5.3 million to date.
     
    14.11.2016   CHINA BREW & CHINA BEVERAGE 2016 PROVES SHOWCASE FOR SIDEL INNOVATIONS    ( Company news )

    Company news Exhibiting at China Brew & China Beverage 2016, Sidel demonstrated its very latest innovations in packaging, production equipment and services for liquids in PET. From its 300m2 stand in Hall W1 of the show, Sidel is covering the beverage, food, home and personal care markets.

    Sidel has been serving markets in Greater China for over 20 years. As a global business, it understands the importance of customer proximity, which represents a fundamental part of the Sidel strategy. During its time in China, Sidel has installed almost 3,000 machines in this region alone, often introducing innovative technologies in both PET bottling lines and in the services required to ensure these lines operate at optimum efficiency and productivity. Innovation is key to the success of beverage production in Asia. "Those producers who embrace change, increase productivity and performance through automation and technology, develop and innovate successful products while adopting the latest business models, are likely to be among the more successful," explains Tammy Li, Vice President of Sales for Greater China at Sidel.

    Sidel, the leading provider of production equipment and services for liquids in PET, used the show to highlight that its global expertise in packaging production and packaging design, widely adopted by customers in Greater China, are two of the company’s strongest competences. Its ability in providing a wide range of producers with bespoke solutions is best shown by its continuing innovation in packaging design for all categories of drinks and liquid foods, home and personal care products, oils and sauces.

    Among the main features at China Brew & China Beverage 2016 were some of the latest innovations in equipment for aseptic production that is safe, sustainable and flexible, embedding the Sidel Predis™ dry preform decontamination technology. Sidel pioneered solutions in dry preform decontamination and was the first company to understand why it is simpler and safer to decontaminate the preform rather than the bottle. Sidel’s engineers continued to develop the technology and at the exhibition the Sidel Combi Predis FMac - the latest stage in the evolution of what was the first-ever, dry preform decontamination solution - was introduced. Sidel also showcased an innovative base over-stroke system, able to increase the structural stability of bottles, for a light and quality container, suitable for both still and carbonated products; clip-on handle bottles; and premium packaging for water producers.

    Additionally, Sidel highlighted its ‘One-Stop’ smart solution which provides detailed control of line operation and improved efficiency through integrating customised automation with web-based applications. It allows customers to download recipes and to exchange production data, enabling the highest levels of quality assurance, food safety, operational performance and environmental safety to achieve greater cost efficiency, lower environmental impact and higher profitability. The solution is dedicated to monitoring the events and status of the line and to helping users maximise production line efficiency. Operators are given real-time access to key plant data, such as accurate and up-to-date, key-performance indicators on overall equipment effectiveness. The scalable system offers a wide range of modules, addressing performance, quality, losses, traceability, energy consumption, video recording along with additional maintenance and alert-trigger functions.

    In addition to its equipment offering, Sidel also recognise the importance of helping customers in maintaining and even increasing production efficiency via maintenance and refurbishment services. “Greater China is a market of growing importance for Sidel and, as a result, the company opened the Beijing Refurbishment Centre, dedicated to retrofitting equipment for our customers in the region looking to increase the production performance and efficiency of their installed lines.” comments Tammy Li. “This is a specific area within Sidel’s, 40,000 square metre manufacturing plant where first and second-generation machines are refurbished.” To date, Sidel has delivered more than 8,000 fully refurbished aseptic filling valves, over 100 sets of blower mould supports and more than 10 types of modules for blowers, fillers and labellers.

    Along with the refurbishment services, Sidel provides support to those customers in the region looking to increase the production performance and efficiency of their lines. This includes training, with a dedicated training facility at Sidel’s Beijing plant which includes a complete Matrix™ Combi line for water production. This line supports the Product Qualification Process for Sidel’s Field Service Engineers from around the world, as well as providing a training facility for customers’ technicians, operators and maintenance managers. In this way, they are able to improve their skills, to optimise production and increase performance on their own bottling lines.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    14.11.2016   Japan: Asahi Group Holdings poised to catch up with peers in overseas expansion    ( E-malt.com )

    Japanese brewer Asahi Group Holdings may have been slower than its peers to expand abroad, but the company is poised to catch up with a string of acquisitions in Western Europe, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on November 7.

    Asahi has completed its purchase of four companies, including Italy's Peroni and Dutch brand Grolsch, from Britain's SABMiller, which was taken over by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev of Belgium. These units rang up about 86 billion yen ($834 million) in sales for the year ended in March. The deal raises overseas sales to about 16% of Asahi's total, up around 4 percentage points from the estimate for this fiscal year.

    When President Akiyoshi Koji attended a mid-October gathering at a London hotel with representatives of the acquired companies, several asked him when they would be able to start selling Asahi's flagship Super Dry beer. "There is strong interest in Japan's beer technologies and brand marketing," Koji said.

    Asahi plans to start producing and selling Super Dry in those locales as early as 2018. Though the product has barely penetrated the Italian and Dutch markets, Asahi thinks room for growth exists if it taps the premium-beer sales channels and expertise offered by Peroni and the others.

    Super Dry is sold in about 70 countries. Asahi has achieved some success by marketing it as a premium beer in Asia and elsewhere. Priced 30-50% higher than regular beer, Super Dry is the top premium brand in South Korea and Hong Kong, more popular than Heineken of the Netherlands.

    Though Western Europe is less promising as a growth market compared with emerging nations, the risk of getting embroiled in price competition is smaller. Premium beer makes up almost half of Italy's market, and Asahi sees Super Dry gaining some fans there.

    The latest acquisition is Asahi's largest abroad. And speculation exists that the company will buy SABMiller's beer operations in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania for more than 500 billion yen. SABMiller holds the top market share in four of these five eastern European nations, and its portfolio includes Pilsner Urquell, a Czech brand popular in Europe. Though Asahi says it has no plans regarding any acquisition offer, adding these operations would boost the company's overseas business.

    For Japanese brewers, strengthening overseas operations is an urgent matter amid grim growth prospects domestically due to a declining birth rate and diversification in consumers' drinking styles. Beer shipments by Japan's five largest brewers decreased 2.1% on the year in the January-September period, declining for the 12th straight year.

    Asahi began looking abroad in earnest in 2009. The brewer bought the Australian beverage operations of a U.K. company for about 77 billion yen. Asahi subsequently made acquisitions mainly in the Oceania region, including a Malaysian dairy business, while taking stakes in China's Tsingtao Brewery and a major Chinese food company.

    Yet the brewer trails domestic rivals in making inroads abroad. Asahi projects a sixth consecutive record annual operating profit for the year through December, but overseas operating profit before the acquisition in Western Europe was about 3% of the total, excluding companywide costs and other factors.

    The company earns most of its profit from alcohol, beverages and food in Japan, and this structure has changed little in the past six years. Meanwhile, rival Kirin Holdings is on track to earn about 30% of total profit from abroad this fiscal year.

    But Asahi has access to funds for a comeback abroad. Koji has said the company will tolerate a debt-to-equity ratio of about 1, noting that Asahi can increase debt to around 1 trillion yen. Based on free cash flow and cash on hand, the company can spend another 500 billion yen or so in addition to the western European deal.

    Asahi also said on November 2 that it will end a capital partnership with Kagome, unloading its 10.03% stake in the company for 24.6 billion yen. The brewer is poised to sell off other assets to finance investment in growth.

    The merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller gave birth to a giant with a nearly 30% global market share. Asahi stands no chance in trying to match the scale of this goliath, which is more than 10 times bigger in operating profit and market capitalization. Japan's leading brewer instead faces the test of whether it can grow Super Dry and other products that are fruits of Japanese technologies by leveraging the sales channels of newly acquired entities.
     
    14.11.2016   Poland: Polish beer exports up 19.8% in 2015    ( E-malt.com )

    Polish beer exports totaled EUR170.6 mln in 2015 achieving 19.8% increase versus 2014, Radio Poland reported on October 31.

    According to the Union of Brewing Industry Employers in Poland director Danuta Gut, the increase can be explained, among other factors, by growing groups of Polish immigrants in the US and Canada.

    The Netherlands are the No.1 importer of Polish beer followed by Germany and the UK.
     
    14.11.2016   Portugal: Budejovicky Budvar wins another battle for Budweiser brand in Portugal    ( E-malt.com )

    Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar says a Portuguese court has upheld a previous ruling prohibiting rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, from selling beer under the Budweiser name in Portugal, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on October 31.

    State-owned Budvar has been fighting with Anheuser-Busch for over a century over use of the Budweiser brand name. The legal battle continued when Anheuser-Busch was taken over by Belgium's InBev in 2008 to create the world's largest brewer.

    In a statement on October 31, the company said the court in Lisbon — Tribunal da Propriedade Intelectual — rejected AB InBev's challenge to an earlier 2014 ruling.

    Budvar says the verdict is effective, and that another legal complaint filed by AB InBev, cannot delay it.

    AB InBev's didn't immediately comment but has previously said sales of its beer under the BUD brand in Portugal have held up.
     
    14.11.2016   World: AB InBev left out of European markets' 'Trump rally'    ( E-malt.com )

    AB InBev has been left out of European markets' "Trump rally," as investor worry about the mega-brewer's exposure to the U.S. and Mexican markets, but some analysts have argued the concern is overdone, TheStreet reported on November 10.

    Multi-national consumer stocks have performed below market benchmarks since Donald Trump's surprise victory amid bets the President-Elect's tough stance on trade agreements and a possible repeal of NAFTA could make life more difficult for international companies.

    AB InBev lost 1.41% on November 10 to within a €1 distance of its 52-week low of €99.96 each, even as broader European markets rallied. Shares in the company have lost more than 11% since the beginning of 2016 as it completed its $100 million acquisition of SABMiller.

    Investors have questioned whether AB InBev, which owns Mexico's leading brewer - Corona-maker Grupo Modelo - and controls 63% of the country's beer market, will suffer from a slowdown in the North American economy as a result of potentially frosty relations with the next U.S. President.

    Analysts at London-based Liberum, however, argue that concern might be over-exaggerated, noting that Mexico has shrunk to just 7% of AB InBev's group sales since the SABMiller takeover.

    The Mexican peso stabilized on November 9, after touching record lows in the wake of Trump's win, to gain around 0.87% in London trading to 20.10 against the U.S. dollar. Liberum said the currency impact will be limited as much of AB InBev's brands are produced in Mexico and that country's consumer dynamic remains robust even as other emerging markets slow.
     
    11.11.2016   BrauBeviale: closes on a spectacular note    ( BrauBeviale 2016 )

    BrauBeviale 2016 - Almost 38,000 trade visitors on three days
    - Creative beverage culture on everyone’s lips
    - Bayerischer Bierorden (Bavarian Beer Award) presented to Horst Seehofer

    After three successful trade fair days, BrauBeviale has now closed on a spectacular note and is entering its scheduled one-year break before returning in 2018 with fresh ideas. Almost 38,000 trade visitors, over 16,000 of them international, informed themselves intensively at this year’s most important investment goods fair for the beverage industry. The 1,118 exhibitors included regular guests and newcomers, world market-leaders and small and medium-sized companies. They presented everything connected with the process chain: high-quality raw materials, innovative technologies, efficient logistics and stylish marketing ideas. Creative beverage culture was the trend theme on the exhibition stands and in the supporting program.

    “This is the most successful trade fair triple in the history of BrauBeviale”, said a beaming Director Exhibitions Andrea Kalrait on the last day of the fair, commenting on the visitor figures. “We registered renewed increases not only in terms of space and internationality, but also among the visitors.” 52 nations were represented on the exhibitors’ side, in particular companies from Germany (586), Italy, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria.

    98 percent satisfied with the range of products and services at the fair
    The exhibitors were delighted with the extremely keen interest on the part of the highly qualified trade visitors, 90 percent of whom are involved in the investment decision-making process at their respective companies, according to the result of a survey conducted by an independent institute. Around 98 percent of the beverage specialists were satisfied with the range at the fair. For 91 percent it is already certain that they will be visiting the next BrauBeviale again. The trade visitors from abroad mainly came from Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Poland and Great Britain.

    Support program given top marks
    The trade visitors gave top marks to the supporting program. There was immediate success for the first EXPORT FORUM German Beer, which was already held the day before the fair, as there was for the MicroBrew Symposium. The Forum BrauBeviale with issues taken directly from the sector for the sector, PET@BrauBeviale with important impulses in the beverage packaging sector and, not least the “Creative beverage culture” trend theme, met with great interest among the visitors. In this connection, among others retailers, restaurateurs/caterers and also producers attended the tasting sessions conducted by renowned beer sommeliers and spirits tasters in the Craft Beer Corner. But non-alcoholic beverages also featured at the event: the water-tasting sessions conducted by trained water sommeliers also attracted large numbers of visitors. Exceptional beer specialties were also on offer and provided an experience away from the exhibition centre: in the atmospheric “Schanzenbräu & Friends” after-show party or the numerous restaurants and bars, which formed part of the “BierErlebnis Nürnberg” (Nuremberg Beer Experience).

    Bayerischer Bierorden 2016 (Bavarian Beer Award) presented to Horst Seehofer
    Horst Seehofer, Minister President of the Free State of Bavaria, was presented with the Bavarian Beer Award within the framework of the official fair opening on Tuesday. In their laudatio, the Private Brauereien Bayern (Association of Private Bavarian Breweries), the organizer, wrote: “The Bavarian Minister President is actively committed to supporting the small and medium-sized brewers in relation to numerous issues in the Free State – as well as the German Purity Law as an element of lived consumer protection and also the protection of Bavarian beer in global trade.” In her opening speech, Ilse Aigner, Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology, pointed out that almost every second brewery in Germany is located in Bavaria, in Upper Franconia we even have the highest concentration of breweries in the world. We are and remain the country of family-run breweries. That guarantees not only quality but also makes a decisive contribution to the regional value-added chain.”

    European Beer Star 2016: Consumers’ Favourite
    Already in the run-up to the fair, over 120 experts assessed the 2,103 beers from all continents submitted in 57 categories for Europe's largest beer competition. The world’s best beers, awarded gold medals, were tested by several thousand trade visitors on the first day of the fair, who then voted for their Consumers’ Favourite 2016: gold went to the Belgian-style Witbier from brewery MC77-Birrificio Artigianale (Italy). The silver medal went to Long Sun Brewing (Taiwan) for their amber-coloured wheat beer. The trade fair visitors’ selection for third place was the dark wheat bock produced by Kronenbrauerei Alfred Schimpf (Germany).

    Make a note of the dates!
    While BrauBeviale, Nuremberg, will be taking its scheduled break next year, three Beviale Family events abroad will be held on the following dates:
    - Beviale Moscow, 28 February - 2 March 2017, Moscow
    - CRAFT BEER CHINA, 17 - 19 May 2017, Shanghai
    - CRAFT BEER ITALY, 22 - 23 November 2017, Milan

    BrauBeviale in Nuremberg will open again from 2018:
    - 2018: 13 to 15 November
    - 2019: 12 to 14 November
    - 2020: 10 to 12 November
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    11.11.2016   The Can Reclaims Mineral Water in Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Family-owned German drinks manufacturer Rhodius Mineralquellen has reintroduced its mineral water into cans after more than a decade. In a move to grow its business, the company has invested in customized cans from Ardagh Group within two key product groups. As of October, natural mineral water and a mineral water/apple juice mix will now be available in eye-catching, sleek 330 ml cans throughout Germany.

    Rhodius is seizing the opportunity to tap into the growing German mineral water market, which has increased more than tenfold since 1970, from 12.5 to 147.3 liters per capita. Over this period of time, the image of mineral water has developed from a convenient non-branded product to a premium beverage. Health-conscious consumers have come to appreciate the clean, sugar-free drink as a welcome alternative to sodas and in line with the “free from” movement many are embracing. The new can offers a particularly convenient solution for carbonated beverages, as its hermetic seal keeps them completely airtight, preserving carbonation and preventing oxygen from affecting the delicate contents.

    Given the can’s unbreakable and lightweight structure, Rhodius will also be able to realize its national strategy that sees its water products landing in all German states beyond regional markets. From a sustainability perspective, the can’s lighter profile translates to less fuel usage during transport, thus optimizing the company’s environmental footprint.

    Thorough expertise in the water market
    “With our can filling line close to the spring, we are currently the only German mineral spring to can mineral water. Thanks to a second filling line, we are able to separately fill different beverages and consequently increase the flexibility and efficiency of filling operations,” explains Lisa Hänsgen, product and PR manager at Rhodius Mineralquellen.

    Since 1974 Rhodius, based in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, has been bottling mineral water rich in calcium and magnesium from the Rhodius artesian spring. With 40 years of experience in the mineral water market, Rhodius is not new to the idea of filling water in cans. From 1974 to 2003, the company canned its own mineral water. During peak years, 20 million units were sold throughout Germany, making Rhodius the undisputed market leader. When Germany introduced a mandatory deposit on beverage cans in 2003 however, the company ceased canning its mineral water while continuing to fill other beverages within its portfolio into cans. Those products include in part its own soda, as well as products from other brands where Rhodius acts as a contract filler.

    A tribute to the Vulkaneifel
    “When we decided to relist canned mineral water, we closely cooperated with Ardagh Group right from the start. Together, we created a packaging design that reflects the premium character and naturalness of the product, while preserving the quality of the water - from the moment it is canned at the source until it is opened by the consumer,” says Hänsgen.

    In terms of design, the new can has everything it takes to speak to the tastes of modern and active consumers. The green and blue design is representative of the signature landscape of the Vulkaneifel region - the source of Rhodius’ mineral water. A blue tab completes the fresh look and ensures a clear boost to its on-shelf visibility. The characteristic hiss upon opening the can creates a unique sensory experience and attests to the freshness of the packaged product. The end result is a convenient, stylish product for both at-home and on-the-go consumption.
    (Ardagh Group)
     
    10.11.2016   ENGEL to reorganize Plasticizing Systems division    ( Company news )

    Company news The plasticizing unit is key to the quality and performance of injection moulding machines. The screw, non-return valve and barrel are critical to the melt quality and repeatability of the injection moulding process as well as the service life and cost-effectiveness of a machine. To respond even better to individual requirements of clients, ENGEL has reorganised its Plasticizing Systems division and is investing 17 million euros in expanding capacities and introducing new technologies.

    Photo: In the Plasticizing Systems division, all efforts lead to increased benefits for customers: ENGEL’s plasticizing solutions are targeted to fulfill the customer’s individual requirements while guaranteeing unbeatable quality and fast delivery times.

    Demands on plasticizing units are rising: innovative additives and higher filler content, economising on weight and material, tighter dimensional tolerances and increasing requirements for higher surface quality. All these factors are constantly driving development. “The challenge for us is to ensure that even new materials can be processed faster and to a higher quality standard despite the increasing stresses on mechanical components,” says Günther Klammer, head of the Plasticizing Systems division. Screw technology has been a constant in Klammer’s career since 1995, and his team can draw on a wealth of experience. They are responsible for the development and production of ENGEL plasticizing units as well as consulting customers on process technology.


    Development, production andsupport from a single source

    The recently established process of Concurrent Development ensures that the experience and ideas of users are applied to the development of new products, and that ENGEL can continuously improve its production concepts. “Our aim is to increase the benefit to the customer,” says Klammer. “Therefore, we work closely with our colleagues in the application technology and service divisions, and even consult with customers at their production facilities. This is how we can offer ideal solutions to highly individual requirements across many different sectors.”

    To analyse the plasticizing unit itself, as well as in interaction with other components of an injection moulding machine, the team around Günther Klammer has pooled a whole range of skills – from metallurgy and welding technology to rheology, plastics engineering, design, NC programming, manufacturing technology and support. Experts are researching the complex physical and chemical influences in the plasticizing process while optimising the company’s own manufacturing processes. ENGEL combines a high vertical integration of manufacture with lean and resource-efficient production processes to guarantee high quality and fast delivery.

    At present, ENGEL produces some 6,000 screws and barrels with diameters from 15 to 170 mm annually – a figure set to double by 2020. With this in mind, ENGEL is investing 17 million euros in new machine tools, heat treatment equipment, material flows and new technologies. A fully integrated CAx process chain will raise productivity even further.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    09.11.2016   For the first time parallel to drinktec 2017 in Munich: PRO FachHANDEL    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 PRO FachHANDEL, the specialist and order trade fair for the entire German beverage and convenience trade, will be held in Munich for the first time in 2017. It will take place on September 14 and 15 parallel to drinktec (September 11–15, 2017), the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry. The event will occupy Hall B0 and the foyer of ICM on the trade fair grounds in Munich. Collaboration with PRO FachHANDEL perfectly complements the offer of drinktec, which consequently addresses the complete German beverage trade sector and reaches the visitor target groups important for this industry.

    The collaboration between drinktec in Munich and PRO FachHANDEL is a win-win situation for both partners. The synergies of the two events will be combined for the benefit of visitors and exhibitors in Munich. drinktec will benefit from the fact that there will be an increase in trade fair visitors from the target group of “specialist dealers” thanks to PRO FachHANDEL. Conversely, drinktec will provide PRO FachHANDEL with the opportunity to establish itself as a platform for the beverage trade internationally and develop further.

    Petra Westphal, Project Manager of drinktec, is delighted: “We are very happy that the organizer GES eG of PRO FachHANDEL has decided to attach this important event to drinktec. Thanks to the partnership concluded, a platform for beverage manufacturers will take place parallel and in close proximity to drinktec where you can meet the necessary trading partners for the entry into the German market. With that, we are fulfilling a request of the international beverage industry and also have the possibility together with PRO FachHANDEL to address European specialist dealers.”

    Alexander Berger, CEO of GES and responsible for the organization of PRO FachHANDEL considers the conditions ideal: “We very pleased to have the opportunity to carry out this exciting and promising project together with Messe München. The trade fair platform is becoming even more attractive for visitors and exhibitors from the complete retail industry with the collaboration. PRO FachHANDEL with its special areas of Newcomer Market and Beer Live fits perfectly in the supporting program of drinktec.”

    As a driving force in the industry, world premieres, innovations and solutions for the beverage and liquid food industry are shown in Munich every four years. The range of drinktec exhibitors covers the entire process chain in the industry. Interesting especially for companies: the latest logistics solutions, the topic of process automation and digital control as well as current trends in ingredients and drink concepts. The areas of product safety & product quality, energy and resource efficiency as well as packaging & packaging materials provide interesting aspects for companies. drinktec is the platform for obtaining information about trends and innovations that the industry is dealing with and will deal with in the future.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    08.11.2016   NürnbergMesse founds the Beviale product family    ( Company news )

    Company news -A big international family: Russia, China and – new – Italy the focal point
    -Trade fairs cover the entire beverage technology and craft beer process chain

    A new family member at NürnbergMesse: The “Beviale Family” is presenting itself for the first time at BrauBeviale, which opens on Tuesday in Nuremberg, and right from the start is showing its international alignment. “With the craft beer fairs in Italy and China, we are complementing our existing platforms for beverage technology, BrauBeviale in Nuremberg and Beviale Moscow, and at the same time opening up key growth markets for customers”, state Dr. Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, CEOs of the NürnbergMesse Group, explaining the extended network. As is the case with the mother event BrauBeviale, the new craft beer trade fairs cover the complete beer production process chain – the entire spectrum from aromatic hops to beer taps.

    1 x Beviale and 2 x Craft Beer is the success formula for 2017:
    -Beviale Moscow from 28 February to 2 March 2017 in Moscow
    -CRAFT BEER CHINA from 17 to 19 May 2017 in Shanghai
    -CRAFT BEER ITALY from 22 to 23 November 2017 in Milan

    “At BrauBeviale, we have for several years been offering exhibitors from the craft beer sector a highly successful forum. The first edition of CRAFT BEER CHINA has shown that the theme is also meeting with great interest in growth markets”, says a satisfied Rolf Keller, Member of the Management Board NürnbergMesse. “We are adjusting the new events to the respective regional conditions. As a result, we are offering international exhibitors the opportunity to open up these regional markets.”

    NürnbergMesse China organizes CRAFT BEER CHINA in cooperation with the Chinese media company The Beer Link. Additional expertise is provided by Doemens, a private training and consulting institute for the brewing, beverage and food sector. The next CRAFT BEER CHINA in Shanghai will be held from 17 to 19 May 2017.

    New: focus on Italy
    In addition to CRAFT BEER CHINA, in future a further craft beer trade fair will complement the Beviale Family – and it will do so in the country of the “Dolce Vita”. From 22 to 23 November 2017, CRAFT BEER ITALY will be held for the first time at the Talent Garden Milano Calabiana in Milan. Together with its partners, Doemens and the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin (VLB, Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing), who are contributing their specialist know-how, NürnbergMesse Italia is organizing a conference with a parallel specialist exhibition for the Italian craft beer scene. The event is placing the focus particularly on technologies, raw materials and marketing along with quality development and continuation training.

    From raw material up to marketing
    The spectrum of the new craft beer events begins with the raw materials, which are particularly diverse for craft beers: in addition to hops, malt and barley, breweries often use exotic ingredients such as herbs or berries. Accessories such as mashing or brewing kettles, filling and bottling plants are specially designed for smaller volumes, which are also suitable for home or amateur breweries. The specialization extends across logistics up to beer marketing, for example with the appropriate packaging and brand-specific beer tap systems.

    Presentation of the Beviale Family at BrauBeviale
    Interested parties will be able to obtain further information from 8 to 10 November 2016 at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg. The organizers of the Beviale Family events are presenting themselves at the trade fair in Hall 7A, Stand 115.
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    08.11.2016   UK trade deals could provide Scotch Brexit boost    ( Company news )

    Company news The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is urging the Government to help boost Scotch Whisky exports after Brexit by giving a high priority to negotiating new trade deals in key markets.

    The trade body has highlighted that its biggest needs are an open trading policy and pragmatic, non-disruptive transitional arrangements after Brexit. The UK Government should work to ensure global trading arrangements that are better than those already in place and support key export industries, such as Scotch Whisky.

    The SWA's analysis highlights markets with long-term potential for whisky exports and where an ambitious free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK could eventually deliver significant benefits through the elimination of tariffs and trade barriers. Priorities could include:
    • Major markets with long-term potential: above all India, but also China, and Brazil (and the wider Mercosur region of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela).
    • Fast-growing emerging markets with potential: for example Angola, Kenya, Nigeria, Burma, or Vietnam.
    • Established markets where further growth is possible with the boost of an FTA: Australia and Thailand.

    Last year, Scotch Whisky exports were worth nearly £4bn in customs value, making Scotch the biggest single net contributor to the UK's trade balance in goods and the country's largest food and drink export. Analysis of the potential impact of Brexit on Scotch Whisky distillers also led the SWA to highlight:
    • Whilst Scotch Whisky will not face any new tariffs when shipped to the EU, there remains uncertainty around some future practicalities of exporting to the EU. The UK should negotiate to minimise cost and complexity for distillers.
    • Negotiators should ensure the UK can continue to benefit from existing EU trade agreements with major whisky markets, such as Colombia, Korea, or Mexico, with current provisions 'grandfathered' - transferred over after Brexit. Vietnam would also come into this category if the EU's deal came into force before the UK leaves.
    • The industry sees little value in the UK being part of the EU Customs Union should it wish to strike new trade deals. The benefits would be outweighed by the limits on the UK pursuing an open trade policy and agreeing its own deals.
    • The UK should explore the potential benefits from joining existing trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    • UK Government departments and embassies need to boost even further their trade capacity and expertise to support strategically important exports, like Scotch Whisky, on market access and intellectual property.
    • The SWA welcomed the business certainty offered by the Great Repeal Bill - legislation transposing all EU rules into UK law, at least for a provisional period after Brexit. This would cover essential rules, for example, on bottle sizes, labelling, and product definitions. In the longer-term, there are areas, such as energy and taxation, where there may be opportunities for change to support industry competitiveness.

    The SWA also called on the UK Government to ensure that no new domestic tax or regulatory burdens are placed on Scotch Whisky at a time of continued uncertainty following the Brexit vote.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "Brexit poses challenges and uncertainty but also brings opportunities if the UK can secure favourable bilateral trade deals with key export markets. India, for example, is a growing market for Scotch but we are being held back by a 150% import tariff. EU talks with India have proved challenging for a decade now and we hope the UK will now take a fresh approach to securing an ambitious trade agreement.

    "We want the UK to have an open and liberal trading policy, to put transitional arrangements in place that minimise trade disruption after Brexit, and to negotiate better global arrangements than we currently have. An even more trade-focused British embassy network around the world will be needed to make this happen.

    "The UK should be a voice for open markets globally. The more open the market, the more Scotch Whisky exports will grow to the benefit of the wider economy."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    07.11.2016   Energy efficient pumping and gentle handling of sensitive process fluids    ( Company news )

    Company news Cutting energy use while safeguarding product quality

    Proven performance and reliability
    Alfa Laval SRU rotary lobe pumps are carefully engineered to provide reliable performance, trouble-free operation and superior energy efficiency for demanding applications in the dairy, food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.

    It is an excellent choice for duties that require contamination-free pumps to meet high standards of hygiene, low-shear and low-pulsation operation. This pump handles both Cleaning-in-Place and Sterilization-in-place, and can be supplied with thorough documentation to support rigorous validation requirements.

    Consistency with minimal risk of contamination
    Alfa Laval SRU rotary lobe pumps are designed with features that maximize performance and minimize the risk of contamination. These include a defined compression front cover sealing, rotor nut retention design, drainable pump head and ultra-clean surface finishes.
    Understanding of flow patterns is vital to ensure high efficiency fluid transfer with low pulsation, low shear and low noise characteristics. Alfa Laval employs Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to establish exact geometry for the rotors and rotor case.

    Robust construction – low maintenance
    To deliver reliable operation and low maintenance the SRU features a robust gearbox construction with heavy-duty shafts, torque locking assemblies and taper roller bearings throughout.

    Certification, specification and standards
    Alfa Laval SRU rotary lobe pumps comply with EHEDG, 3-A, 3.1 and FDA hygienic standards and have ATEX approval for use in explosive environments.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
     
    04.11.2016   BERICAP at BrauBeviale 2016 - Lightweight, innovative closures    ( Company news )

    Company news BERICAP will be one of the exhibitors at this year's BrauBeviale trade fair in Nuremberg. The global manufacturer of plastic closures will be presenting its proven closure systems and new products at stand 4-515 in Hall 4.

    Photo: BERICAP HexaLite® 29 mm

    Conserving resources by more economical, lighter packaging and innovative closures
    At BrauBeviale, BERICAP will be introducing types of closure that surpass the usual standards. Examples include closures that combine the desire for consumer satisfaction – such as good grip – with optimised material usage.
    This is particularly true of closures not only for still water, but also for beverages in aseptic fill and hot fill containers. BERICAP will also be presenting new advances in the market for carbonated products.
    BERICAP has also optimised its product portfolio in the area of sports caps and valves and will be presenting new ideas and applications.
    Here is a small preview:

    Lightweight yet user-friendly closure solutions for still water
    BERICAP HexaLite® 26 and 29 mm
    The emphasis in the past was on reducing the weight of closures, particularly in the food and beverage sector. Cost savings and an improved carbon footprint were a priority, while user-friendliness tended to take a back seat.
    BERICAP developed lightweight closures to cater for market demand. Combined with a 29/25 thread, the HexaLite® 29/11 allowed a 33% weight reduction compared with its predecessor neck finish 30/25
    However, while the bottlers were happy with this lightweight product measuring just 11mm, some customers struggled with the small closure and found it rather awkward to handle. The focus was therefore switched from "lightweight" to "user-friendly" and the HexaLite® 26/13 and 29/13 closures were designed with an extra 2mm of height.
    The new caps are virtually the same weight but look more substantial and are now easier for customers to handle.

    All HexaLite® closures have a cut and folded security strip that breaks easily the first time the bottle is opened. N2 dosing is possible.
    The 29/25 and 26/22 neck types are approved by CETIE.
    (Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    03.11.2016   BRAU BEVIALE SHOWCASE FOR SIDEL     ( Company news )

    Company news Sidel will be exhibiting at Brau Beviale 2016 (8-10 November), demonstrating its expertise and experience as the leading provider of production equipment and services for liquids in PET.

    Pawel Warszawski, Sales Director DACH, Central & Eastern Europe and Russia & CIS at Sidel, comments – “We will be taking the opportunity to discuss how we can provide bespoke packaging solutions that cater precisely to beverage producers’ needs, creating the value they seek to meet the fast-changing demands of today’s consumers. The beverage industry is taking a much more holistic approach in achieving the best complete line solution. Even before production begins, this means careful packaging design and detailed equipment planning to develop a line that will optimise performance throughout the whole process.”

    Among the focuses from Sidel at Brau Beviale will be:
    • Sidel complete line solutions, with the emphasis at the show on CSD (carbonated soft drinks) applications. Variety, flexibility and cost-efficiency are essential to the success in this sector of the market. With the Sidel Matrix™ system, Sidel challenges the limits of what one system is capable of, providing more possibilities in the four key areas of line flexibility, product integrity, production efficiency and consumption reduction.

    • Sidel Services™, a complete portfolio helping producers increase the value of their beverage production, lower energy consumption and optimise production efficiency and sustainability.

    • Packaging solutions. These will feature a number of developments, including the Sidel Actis™ technology for PET bottles - designed to extend beverage shelf life while offering potential for packaging lightweighting. Sidel Actis is now aligned to the latest Sidel Matrix™ platform standards in terms of modular design, automation and components.

    Warszawski continues – "Bringing a beverage idea from concept to industrial reality is more than just supplying the right equipment. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Brau Beviale 2016 and discussing how the technical knowledge and packaging expertise that comes from a full solution partner can add real value."
    Brau Beviale is one of the main platforms in Europe for introducing the latest innovations in beverage production. The last event in 2015 saw over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 37,000 visitors. Brau Beviale 2016 will be presented at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, Germany, with Sidel exhibiting in Hall 7A, booth 223.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    02.11.2016   SIDEL PET PACKAGING AND SERVICES THE FOCUS AT GULFOOD MANUFACTURING    ( Company news )

    Company news At Gulfood Manufacturing 2016, Sidel will be highlighting its innovative and customer-focused solutions in packaging, production equipment and services for liquids in PET. The event will be held from 7 - 9 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE.

    As the beverage packaging material of choice, PET continues to dominate the markets in both the Middle East and the UAE with a predicted annual CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of more than 7% over the next four years. The soft drinks market is also forecasted to go on growing, with bottled water continuing to outperform carbonated soft drinks and juices. With over 35,000 visitors expected from more than 60 countries, Sidel experts will be addressing the needs of the food and beverage companies, who are looking to move up the value chain and increase production while maintaining a healthy cost of ownership and low energy consumption. Consequently, the packaging industry is undergoing significant growth in the region and buyers are seeking innovation, efficiency, improved output and production flexibility.

    “From Booth Z2-E18 at one of the biggest packaging and manufacturing events in the Middle East and Africa, we will be presenting the very latest technologies that support Sidel’s customers around the world,” says Eric Schaffner, Vice President of Sales for Asia, Middle East and Africa at Sidel. “As well as our expertise in packaging, tooling and energy-saving and our innovative after-sales services aimed at maintaining and improving line performance, our focus at Gulfood this year will be on complete lines for water, juices and CSD (carbonated soft drinks) production. Our ability in providing producers with bespoke packaging solutions is demonstrated across all categories of drinks and liquid foods, home and personal care products, oils and sauces.”

    Through its complete lines, Sidel believes that finding the optimum solution for any bottling line goes beyond any simple choice of equipment. Whether customers are bottling water at high speed or packaging juice products with high sensitivity, it is always best that they consider the specific production needs of any line from the very beginning. By partnering with Sidel from the start and collaborating at every step of the installation, beverage producers can boost speed and hygiene with Sidel water lines, ensure flexibility and quick changeovers with Sidel carbonated soft drinks lines and increase their packaging freedom with Sidel hot fill lines.

    Visitors will also be able to address Sidel Services™ portfolio, through which producers can increase the value of their beverage production, lower energy consumption and increase production efficiency and sustainability.
    Schaffner concludes - "We will bring the expertise we have built over more than 165 years to help producers meet the challenges they are currently facing with complete line solutions and services across all product categories. We look forward to discussing our offering with visitors to Gulfood Manufacturing 2016."
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    01.11.2016   From the traditional double bock to the Pale Ale with black truffle     ( BrauBeviale 2016 )

    BrauBeviale 2016 - Craft Beer Corner showing a diversity of craft beers
    - Enjoyment and passion the focal point

    Picture: Klaus Artmann turns the special feature of beer into a tangible experience

    It will once again be the visitor attraction at BrauBeviale from 8 to 10 November. And a good source of inspiration for restaurateurs/caterers, retailers and brewers: the Craft Beer Corner. This year, even larger and more diverse, it will be presenting itself in Hall 9. Over 250 craft beers from 20 countries will be tasted there every day by beer sommeliers. The success formula for the Craft Beer Corner: the infectious enthusiasm and passion for craft beer with an exceptional flavour. The beer sommeliers, Klaus Artmann and David Hertl, report on their personal experience.

    “You anticipate it, then close your eyes and simply just enjoy”, this is how Klaus Artmann, Managing Director of exbierience GmbH, specialized in special beer events, describes the moment of tasting beer. He was already standing behind one of the bars last year in the Craft Beer Corner as a trained beer sommelier. “Don’t get the wrong impression: in contrast to the Octoberfest, here it is about taking just a small sip of each beer and for that reason great attention is paid to we have drunk”, said Artmann. He wishes to familiarize the visitors with the story behind the beer. To this end, he prepares himself well in the run-up to the event. Initially, he obtains basic information from the label and the Internet, then he holds a detailed discussion with the master brewer about the ingredients used, the malt refinement, the hops treatment or the maturing period and ultimately, forms of course his own impression of the special amber nectar. He compares beer drinking with listening to music. “Depending on my mood, I like classic music, rock, folk music, a pop ballad or sometimes even heavy metal. What is important is that it touches me emotionally and is not boring. And that's how it is with beer too.”

    During his tasting and sampling sessions he does not wish to lecture people, but pick up diverse, individual, sensual impressions in an exchange with the visitors and experience the enthusiasm for beer together with them. The exchange with the visitors is important to him and is clearly a fun experience. The right combination of information and entertainment is what characterizes a good beer-tasting session. This was also confirmed to him last year by two master brewers, who secretly mingled with the guests during the tasting session for their beers. “Our beer couldn’t have been any better”, was the unanimous verdict of the two. For Artmann it was the greatest compliment.

    Enjoyment all the way – neutral and without selling pressure
    What makes the Craft Beer Corner so special? Enjoying the diversity of the beers, totally free of any official assessment and sales pressure, and the open discussion with beer enthusiasts, brewing artists and all those who appreciate a good craft beer. That, according to Artmann, is the difference to the many Craft Beer Festivals up and down the country. The fact that the beers in the Craft Beer Corner are only presented by neutral beer sommeliers and not by breweries, is also appreciated by David Hertl, who at the age of 26, is one of the youngest beer sommeliers in Germany and an aspiring wine sommelier. This year, Hertl will be tasting particularly high hop-content beers and is already looking forward to perhaps once again getting to know new flavours as well. “Last year, I discovered an Italian Pale Ale with black truffle, which I was so impressed with that I had to brew it myself”, says Hertl recalling the occasion, the trained malt master and master brewer who lives in the Franconian key field, between Nuremberg and Würzburg.

    Hand-labelled marshmallow stout and pumpkin beer
    Each year, in his brewing facility, he produces 44 varieties, in each case only 300 stoneware bottles, which are hand-labelled by his mother Vroni. From the wheat double bock to Black India Pale Ale (IPA), from marshmallow stout to pumpkin beer. This year, he is looking ahead to the Craft Beer Corner with particular excitement. For the first time, he has namely submitted a beer himself, which will be tasted at the specialties theme bar. Not by himself, of course. “This is an ancient German beer style, a “Sauerbier” (sour beer) with salt and coriander, the so-called “Gose”, which was brewed in the early Middle Ages. I have added cucumber to the original recipe and I'm already very eager to see how it is received by the guests in the Craft Beer Corner”, said the amiable young brewer. In order to brew this craft beer and not infringe the German Purity Law, he travelled especially to Prague and then re-imported the beer back into Germany.
    (NürnbergMesse GmbH)
     
    01.11.2016   PROTECT SENSITIVE DRINKS AND OPTIMISE TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP OF ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... PET BOTTLING COMPLETE LINES WITH SIDEL HOT FILL SOLUTIONS

    With 45 years of experience in hot filling and over 1,000 pieces of equipment for hot fill packaging installed worldwide, Sidel is highlighting how beverage producers can safely handle sensitive and natural beverages such as juices, teas and sports drinks. Sidel ensures beverage safety with tailored PET packaging solutions to provide a complete top quality, cost-efficient and sustainable production.

    The annual market growth of 6% for the consumption of sensitive drinks such as juices, nectars, still drinks, isotonics and teas presents significant business development opportunities for beverage producers worldwide. The popularity of packaging solutions using PET Hot Fill technology continues to rise in this field. Sidel leads this development with a complete Hot Fill solution that expands packaging opportunities. The company’s packaging engineers and designers are dedicated to developing attractive and sustainable PET bottles to differentiate beverages on the supermarket shelf. Using the most advanced technical and fully integrated solutions, Sidel is able to ensure detailed control and transparency throughout the whole process. Complemented by ongoing tailored services, producers are able to meet changing consumer needs and market requirements.

    Integrated efficient production for hot filled beverages
    Fully integrated and flexible, Sidel PET Hot Fill packaging solutions provide reliable and safe production. By taking a holistic view of the production cycle and line performance, Sidel optimises uptime and operating costs. Focusing on the specific features of the customer’s packaged beverage, Sidel’s solutions employ the processing equipment and capabilities from Tetra Pak Processing Systems, to ensure processing and filling systems are seamlessly combined to reduce downtime, consumption and costs. Based on control and regulation systems, producers can increase performance and make more informed decisions, ensuring optimum hygiene, efficiency and safety throughout the supply chain.

    Pioneer in top quality PET HR bottles
    Gabriele Gatti, Sidel Filling Product Manager, comments – “Today, juices, still drinks and teas constitute the fastest growing segment of the beverage industry. PET packaging - already the material of choice for 40% of these beverage types and still growing in popularity - is an attractive and sustainable way for sensitive beverages distributed at ambient temperature.” Combined with aseptic or hot filling production, PET can ensure beverage products’ safety across their shelf life. In terms of Hot Fill, the temperature of the beverage heating process is as high as 80-92°C which is above the normal thermal resistance of conventional PET bottles. “This requires specific packaging and equipment to allow PET to resist to hot filling temperature. In 1986, Sidel pioneered the heat-resistant (HR) stretch blow moulding process to allow PET bottles to withstand these high temperatures, since when the company has driven PET’s transformation into the flexible packaging solution it is today.”

    Enhanced design freedom for lightweighted HR PET bottle
    Sidel’s global packaging capabilities, including PET bottle design, combined with its expertise in hot fill production, provide the means to produce bottles that are both resistant and attractive. Today, from designing the preform all the way to the blowing process, the company undertakes a singular approach to achieve HR PET bottles of the highest quality. Sidel has significantly reduced the weight of HR bottles while retaining their durability and increasing the bottle design opportunities. This latter achievement is due to the elimination of vacuum panels - previously a design necessity to absorb the variations in volume that the HR bottle and contents undergo passing from hot to cold conditions, and also to the innovative and efficient electrical mould heating and accurate material distribution. As a result, the distinctive bottle shapes stand out on the supermarket shelves - and consistently deliver a great consumer experience.

    Responsive mould heating combined with accurate blowing
    Sidel’s latest model for HR bottle production - the Sidel Matrix™ eHR blower - adds yet another innovative dimension to the company’s hot fill solutions. Traditionally, PET bottles for hot filling are produced via the heat-resistant stretch blow moulding process at 120°/140°C - a temperature usually attained by circuits of hot oil. By using electricity instead to heat the mould for the PET bottle body, the Sidel Matrix eHR blower enhances operator safety preventing hazards caused by oil leakages, such as operators' slipping and product contamination. Probes are directly located in each mould shell to regulate the temperature as closely as possible to the PET bottle as it is formed. The process is very responsive, heating at a rate three times quicker than by oil, accurately providing the correct temperatures immediately from the very first bottles produced. This results in a blowing process which is uniform between blowing stations, ensuring high bottle quality and consistent performance in the hands of the consumer, even at outputs of up to 2,000 bottles per hour per mould.
    Compared with Sidel blowers that used traditional heating with oil, this innovative electrical mould heating and the proven Sidel Matrix blower technologies offer together energy savings of up to 45%. A further saving of 25% can be achieved with Sidel Matrix Ecoven, which uses infrared lamps with ceramic instead of metal reflectors. A reduction by up to 45% of air consumption is possible by implementing Sidel’s air recovery option, AirEco2.

    Highest standards of hygiene and operational reliability
    To meet the production demands of sensitive and natural beverages, the Sidel Matrix™ hot filler – SF700 FM offers the highest standards of hygiene and operational reliability during filling. It can be used for a variety of sensitive beverages, with or without pulps. Beverages containing particles up to 10 x 10 x 10mm can also be handled with a double stage filling. It is suitable for PET bottle sizes ranging from 200ml to 3 litres. Operating at production rates ranging from 6,000 to 60,000 bph, it features electronic filling valves equipped with individual flow meters that ensure precise filling volumes while minimising product wastage. Its operation of contactless filling - where there is no contact between the filling valve and the bottle neck - optimises product safety throughout the whole process. Additionally, by integrating the very best of the electrical HR blowing and hot filling technologies in one single controlled production environment, the Sidel Matrix Combi Hot Fill eliminates conveying and allows hygiene and food safety to be maintained.

    Safe, effective and sustainable process environment
    Once the beverage is filled and the bottle capped, beverage safety and consistency are ensured by sterilising the head-space and cap with the Sidel cap steriliser. It controls this process by tilting the bottle at a precise angle, temperature and contact time. This step puts all internal surfaces and air space in contact with the hot beverage, eliminating microorganisms and extending product shelf life. Sidel’s cooling system cools the product while avoiding thermal stress and preserving organoleptic properties, taste and colour, for a great consumer experience. The modular cooling configuration can be easily upgraded to match the production needs of today and tomorrow. Additionally, the advanced engineering allows a precise sizing of the cooler with a 20% reduced footprint and minimal water consumption compared with traditional solutions. Line integration with Tetra Pak Processing Systems can also lead to energy savings of up to 45% by recovering, for example, warm water from the cooler for pre-heating at the pasteuriser.

    Optimising uptime and operating costs
    Taking this holistic view of the production cycle and line performance, Sidel helps producers optimise operating costs and reach the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). Sidel Services™ offers a tailored portfolio of maintenance, line improvement, training, spare parts and logistics, line conversion and moulds and packaging services to help maintain, regain and even improve performance throughout the line’s lifetime. In this way, by partnering with the company producers get the benefit of having everything centred around a single, reliable global supplier. Gabriele Gatti comments: “Once the productivity and performance targets of a line are reached, we believe that the minimum goal should be to maintain and even improve these levels over the coming years. As new technologies and solutions are developed, Sidel offers existing line owners options and upgrades to ensure that existing equipment does not get left behind.” Having staff trained on new procedures and emerging methodologies to enhance their performance can also improve production by turning costly downtime into profitable uptime.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    31.10.2016   Belgium: AB InBev acquires local organic beer Ginette    ( E-Malt.com )

    AB InBev has made its first entry to Belgium’s organic beer sector by acquiring local brand Ginette, RTBF reported on October 21.

    First launched in 2009 as wheat beer, the Ginette portfolio now includes a blonde, a fruit beer and a triple and is produced exclusively from organic ingredients by La Binchoise brewery in Hainaut. One of the brand’s founders, Didier Hamoir, said they had to “choose between building our own brewery or get associated to a partner who could help us make our wish come true, as organic beer is very popular and in our actual context we cannot meet the demand.”

    La Binchoise will continue brewing Ginette beers initially. The brand aims at achieving sales of 300 thousand litres in 2017.
     
    31.10.2016   Belgium: Number of breweries grows by 86% in just five years    ( E-Malt.com )

    In just five years, the number of breweries in Belgium increased by more than 86%, DH.be reported on October 24.

    There are currently 296 breweries in Belgium and this number keeps growing, industry sources said. Last year saw a 15% increase in the number of breweries.

    While domestic beer consumption is showing a stable decline, total beer output in Belgium is increasing thanks to a stable export demand, it is reported.
     
    31.10.2016   Ireland & UK: “Hard Brexit borders” would be bad for Diageo    ( E-Malt.com )

    Good things come to those who wait, the well-known Guinness slogan once claimed.

    But that is unlikely to apply in the case of a hard Brexit, which would likely stop the black stuff flowing freely across the Irish north-south border, and result in lines of Guinness lorries queuing in both directions, The Guardian reported on October 20.

    “An impact on the border will be an impact on the heartbeat of the economy,” said Oliver Loomes, the Ireland country director for the drinks giant Diageo, which produces two of the world’s best known drinks brands, Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Cream.

    The company’s operations on the island vividly illustrate how interlinked the two economies have become.

    “We operate on an all-island basis. I think we have one of the most integrated operations of any business in Ireland,” said Loomes, who is responsible for the company’s operations on the island of Ireland and not simply the Irish Republic.

    He estimates that there are about 13,000 border crossings a year by Diageo trucks. The introduction of a hard border could delay each truck by between 30 minutes and an hour, making each journey €100 more expensive. That alone would cost €1.3 mln.

    Diageo is one of Ireland’s largest food and drink exporters, producing beer and cream liqueur at four sites, two in the Republic and two in Northern Ireland.

    The most famous is at St James’s Gate in Dublin, the home of Guinness, and there is a Bailey’s plant in Dublin. In Northern Ireland, there is a packaging plant in Belfast for the beer business and a Bailey’s manufacturing plant at Mallusk near Belfast.

    Materials used in manufacturing both products are in constant movement between the plants and across the border. For instance, Guinness brewed in Dublin is canned in Belfast and then sent back to Dublin to be exported around the world.

    “St James’s Gate brewery accounts for about 35% of our global beer production but 70% of that production, 1.2 bln pints per annum, is exported out of Ireland to more than 130 markets across the world,” said Loomes.

    “We make 6 mln cases of cream liqueurs between the Dublin site and the Northern Ireland site and more than 90% of that 6 mln cases is exported. All of those operations in beer and cream liqueurs in value terms you are talking of more than a €1 bln out of Ireland.”

    A crucial aspect of this massive operation is that all raw materials and ingredients are produced in Ireland. “We would purchase goods and materials that go into making beer and liqueurs to the tune of about €270 mln per annum. So we are one of the largest purchasers of high quality agri ingredients in the Irish economy.”

    Guinness buys about 140,000 tonnes of barley, or about 14% of the national crop, every year. Bailey’s involves the purchase of 275 mln litres of milk to go into the creation of the cream liqueur. The milk comes from 40,000 cows on 1,500 Irish farms and accounts for nearly 5% of total milk production in the Republic.

    The milk and the whiskey from various locations south of the border goes north to the Bailey’s production facility in Mallusk and then to Dublin for export around the world. The glass and packaging also come from both sides of the border.

    As well as employing 1,200 people directly, Loomes estimates that Diageo’s purchase of goods and materials support 19,000 jobs in the wider agri and service economy, while its purchases of milk and barley provide livelihoods for around 6,000 farm families.

    As well as the economic impact Loomes expressed concern at the impact the reinstatement of a hard border might have on society, given the hugely positive impact of the peace process over two decades.

    “Diageo is a great example in Ireland of how the impact in terms of free movement of goods and services across the border would impact negatively on our business and also therefore on the wider economy and the wider communities.”

    He is adamant that having that free movement on the island is a key driver of economic growth for Diageo and for the wider economy.

    “We would be highly supportive of the efforts of the Irish government, the Northern Ireland administration and the Northern Ireland secretary are placing on retaining the free movement of goods and services. That is absolutely the priority for us at this stage: keeping that border a virtual border.”
     
    31.10.2016   Making production smart: COPA-DATA at BrauBeviale 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news At this year's BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 8 to 10, we will present our new solutions for smart breweries, comprehensive energy data management, flexible batch production and efficient filling plants. You can meet our experts in hall 7, booth 515.

    The team accompanying Emilian Axinia, Food & Beverage Industry Manager at COPA-DATA, is looking forward to the trade fair and the numerous contacts on site: “At our booth, we will be showing our software innovations for the smart production of beer and other drinks. For example, we will demonstrate flexible batch production using an equipment model controlled by zenon. Our visitors can expect smart and field-tested software solutions from soft PLC, through ISA-88 Batch Control to mobile technologies.”

    The key to networking production: Software
    The center of our trade fair presence will be automation solutions for the smart factory. This logs data from its environment independently using sensors and further processes it for subsequent processes. The key to networking is software. Valuable knowledge about the production landscape is gained as a result of the use of zenon as a process control system. Thanks to more than 300 native communication protocols in zenon, heterogeneous landscapes can also be networked quickly and safely. This can ensure competitiveness and increase the efficiency of the use of resources and energy. Production plants can thus be more easily amended to changing market conditions.

    COPA-DATA at BrauBeviale 2016: hall 7, booth 515

    Flexible batch production
    At BrauBeviale, brewmasters can find out from our experts how they can manage their recipes flexibly with the zenon Batch Control module. Brewing processes are, in accordance with the ISA-88 standard, monitored and controlled centrally in real time. Complete reports can then be obtained for analysis and documentation. The technology can be extended to mobile devices and also guarantees secure exchange of data in pre-existing, heterogeneous infrastructures.

    Resource management from everywhere
    Comprehensive monitoring of machines ensures a precise overview of resource consumption and costs. Quality parameters and key figures such as the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) can be continually improved. zenon can also be used as an energy data management system in accordance with ISO 50001[SB2] . Thanks to a connection to higher-level management systems and cloud technologies, comparisons and data analyses are also possible throughout sites. In doing so, data can be displayed in tailor-made dashboards on different devices – mobile and stationary.

    The COPA-DATA employees will also provide information about interoperability with the Weihenstephan and OMAC PackML standards, as a result of which machines and equipment can be more quickly integrated into existing manufacturing infrastructures.
    (Ing. Punzenberger COPA-DATA GmbH)
     


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