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Vetropack plans a new glassworks in Boffalora sopra Ticino, Italy

Vetropack plans a new glassworks in Boffalora sopra Ticino, Italy  (Company news)

Vetropack, a leading Swiss Company in the European glass packaging industry, has signed a preliminary purchase agreement to buy a plot of land in Boffalora sopra Ticino to construct a new leading-edge glassworks. It will replace the existing plant in Trezzano by the end of 2021. Vetropack plans to invest around Euro 200 million during these three years.

The Vetropack Group operates eight glassworks in Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine and Italy. Vetropack Italia, the latest subsidiary, was acquired in 2015 and is based in Trezzano sul Naviglio. In the future, however, the plant will no longer be able to meet the increasing demand and technical requirements, as well as the planned growth targets. “We have therefore decided not to upgrade the existing facility at the end of its furnaces’ service life in 2021, especially as the size of the plot would not support further expansion,” says Johann Reiter, CEO of the Vetropack Group. “We have looked for a larger site for a new plant nearby. We have found one in the industrial area of Boffalora sopra Ticino.” The area identified is a former paper mill and owned by RDM Group. The glassworks in Trezzano will be closed once production is under way in Boffalora sopra Ticino. The current workforce will be transferred to the modern glassworks.

“Building Vetropack’s first greenfield site in Italy is key for our Group strategy. The Italian markets play a significant role in developing our future success,” explains Claude R. Cornaz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding. “With this unique project, we are continuing to permanently improve the efficiency and quality capabilities of our production. Highly customized packaging glass and efficient mass productions will allow us to satisfy our current and future customers.”

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Vetropack glassworks is scheduled for the end of 2019 and the grand opening at the end of 2021. Vetropack plans to invest around Euro 200 million during these three years.
(Vetropack AG)

NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial ...

NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial ...  (Company news)

... with wide-ranging application

World’s first PET aerogels cut plastic waste, and are suitable for heat and sound insulation, oil spill cleaning, carbon dioxide absorption, as well as fire safety applications

Researchers from the the National University of Singapore (NUS) have made a significant contribution towards resolving the global issue of plastic waste, by creating a way to convert plastic bottle waste into aerogels for many useful applications.

Photo: A team led by researchers from the National University of Singapore has found a way to turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) aerogels that are suitable for various applications, including heat insulation and carbon dioxide absorption.

Plastic bottles are commonly made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the most recycled plastic in the world. The PET aerogels developed by the NUS-led research team using plastic bottle waste – a world’s first – are soft, flexible, durable, extremely light and easy to handle. They also demonstrate superior thermal insulation and strong absorption capacity. These properties make them attractive for a wide range of applications, such as for heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning, and also as a lightweight lining for firefighter coats and carbon dioxide absorption masks that could be used during fire rescue operations and fire escape.

This pioneering work was achieved by a research team led by Associate Professor Hai Minh Duong and Professor Nhan Phan-Thien from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering. The technology to produce PET aerogels was developed in collaboration with Dr Xiwen Zhang from the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Recycling plastic bottle waste
Plastic waste is toxic and non-biodegradable. Such waste often ends up in oceans and landfills, affecting marine life and causing problems such as groundwater contamination and land scarcity. Globally, the annual consumption of plastic bottles has been rising steadily, and it is expected to exceed half a trillion tons per year by 2021.

“Plastic bottle waste is one of the most common type of plastic waste and has detrimental effects on the environment. Our team has developed a simple, cost-effective and green method to convert plastic bottle waste into PET aerogels for many exciting uses. One plastic bottle can be recycled to produce an A4-sized PET aerogel sheet. The fabrication technology is also easily scalable for mass production. In this way, we can help cut down the harmful environmental damage caused by plastic waste,” said Assoc Prof Duong.

Versatile PET aerogels
The research team took two years (from August 2016 to August 2018) to develop the technology to fabricate PET aerogels. This work was published in the scientific journal Colloids and Surfaces A in August 2018.

“Our PET aerogels are very versatile. We can give them different surface treatments to customise them for different applications. For instance, when incorporated with various methyl groups, the PET aerogels can absorb large amounts of oil very quickly. Based on our experiments, they perform up to seven times better than existing commercial sorbents, and are highly suitable for oil spill cleaning,” added Prof Nhan.

Lighter and safer firefighter coats
Another novel application is to harness the heat insulation property of the PET aerogels for fire safety applications.

Existing firefighter coats are bulky and they are often used with other breathing and safety equipment. This could take a toll on firefighters, especially during extended operations.

When coated with fire retardant chemicals, the novel lightweight PET aerogel demonstrates superior thermal resistance and stability. It can withstand temperatures of up to 620 degree Celsius – this is seven times higher than the thermal lining used in conventional firefighter coats, but weighs only about 10 per cent of the weight of conventional thermal lining. The soft and flexible nature of the PET aerogel also provides greater comfort.

Prof Nhan explained, “By adopting PET aerogels that are coated with fire retardants as a lining material, firefighter coats can be made much lighter, safer and cheaper. It is also possible to produce low-cost heat-resistant jackets for personal use.”

2-in-1 mask that absorbs harmful carbon dioxide and dust particles
When coated with an amine group, the PET aerogel can quickly absorb carbon dioxide from the environment. Its absorption capacity is comparable to materials used in gas masks, which are costly and bulky. To illustrate this application, the team embedded a thin layer of PET aerogel into a commercial fine particle mask to create a prototype mask that can absorb both dust particles and carbon dioxide effectively.

Prof Nhan said, “In highly urbanised countries like Singapore, the carbon dioxide absorption masks and heat-resistant jackets made using PET aerogels can be placed alongside fire extinguishers in high-rise buildings to provide added protection to civilians when they escape from a fire.”

“Masks lined with amine-reinforced PET aerogels can also benefit people living in countries such as China, where air pollution and carbon emission are major concerns. Such masks can be easily produced, and can also potentially be made reusable,” added Assoc Prof Duong.

NUS researchers are also looking into making simple surface modification to the PET aerogels for absorption of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, which is the deadliest component of smoke.

In their earlier work, the research team had successfully converted paper and fashion waste into cellulose and cotton aerogels respectively. Coupled with this latest innovation involving the recycling of plastic bottle waste into aerogels, the NUS team was recently awarded first place in the Sustainable Technologies category of the 2018 Create the Future Design Contest by Tech Briefs.

Next steps
The research team has filed a patent for its novel PET aerogel technology, and will continue to enhance the performance of the PET aerogels and explore new applications. The NUS researchers are also keen to work with companies to bring the technology to market.
(National University of Singapore)

UPM Raflatac offers extreme-strength for durable labeling

UPM Raflatac offers extreme-strength for durable labeling  (Company news)

UPM Raflatac is introducing a new solvent-free RX adhesive family for durable labeling applications. The RX family is made up of two high-tack products: RX15 for polar surfaces such as metal and glass, and RX18 for non-polar surfaces such as PP and PE plastics. As these adhesives have been specially developed for these specific substrates, they ensure the highest bonding and durability performance - even in the challenging conditions experienced in automotive, industrial, and consumer electronics applications.

Both materials in the RX family work hard to ensure that vital information stays in place for the entire lifetime of the label. These extreme-strength adhesives withstand extreme conditions and are resilient to chemicals, and UV light. Furthermore, this high performance is achieved without solvents, making RX adhesives a safer, more sustainable choice for durable labeling applications.

"The adhesives in our new RX product family provide extremely strong and enduring adhesion without resorting to solvents, which not only reduces the environmental impact of producing the labels, but also makes them a more ecodesigned choice for product labeling," explains Jouni Iiskola, Segment Manager, UPM Raflatac. "With RX15 for polar surfaces like metal and glass and RX18 for non-polar surfaces like PP and PE plastics, a targeted adhesive can be chosen according to the substrate, leading to excellent product performance, extreme bonding, and life-long durability."
(UPM Raflatac Oy)

Henkel process helps beer barrel manufacturer improve product quality

Henkel process helps beer barrel manufacturer improve product quality   (Company news)

Henkel has helped Envases Técnicos Zaragoza S.L. (Entinox), a leading Spanish manufacturer of stainless steel beer barrels (“kegs”), set up an innovative pickling and passivating line using a nitric acid-free Bonderite process. Benefits include superior HSE performance and bath life over traditional mixed acid pickling systems as well as outstanding corrosion resistance.

Photo: The new keg production plant of Entinox at Zaragoza, Spain, has a capacity for 450,000 barrels per year, made from austenite stainless steel with a surface of 2 square meters per barrel. (Photo: Entinox, PR057)

The challenge in pickling solutions for stainless steel lies in removing all scale, iron contamination and welding oxides for achieving a fully passivated surface with an even, clean and aesthetic finish. In the food industry and for key products such as beer kegs, the surface must also be absolutely free from any traces of pickling agents after the process. In addition, manufacturers face increasingly strict health, safety and environmental (HSE) regulations with regards to the release of potentially harmful substances, such as NOx emissions in air and nitrate effluents in water.

“In our state-of-the-art keg plant at Zaragoza, we decided to implement Henkel’s Bonderite C-CP 1300 pickling and passivating process because of its excellent combination of high productivity and uncompromising sustainability,” states José Enrique Gerona, General Manager of Entinox. “Moreover, Henkel’s experts were instrumental in helping us set up and optimize the process.”

Bonderite C-CP 1300 is the latest generation of Henkel’s established nitric acid-free cleaning technologies that were originally developed several years ago. In contrast to common mixed acid pickling systems, which are still used in many stainless steel segments today, it contains no HNO3 (nitric acid), while delivering excellent pickling and passivating results. Furthermore, its absence of citric compounds also addresses the growing concern among beer brewers about residual flavors in the barrels.

“Our Bonderite C-CP 1300 process was developed with a clear target to eliminate the risks associated with HNO3 in traditional mixed acid pickling systems,” explains Ronald Elemans, Business Development Manager for Cleaners at Henkel. “Nitrogen oxide emissions from these systems can entail significant neutralization costs, and there is practically no feasible way of removing nitrate effluents in waste water. Both factors also limit the possibility of increasing the productivity of the pickling process without heavy investments for NOx and NO3 ion removal.”

Bonderite C-CP 1300 can be used in spraying or immersion lines and is suitable for almost any stainless steel grades based on austenite, ferrite, martensite or duplex, including high-chromium AISI/SAE 4XX qualities. The system includes a starter (ST) for bath make-up, two components (R & Z) to maintain the acidity of the bath as well as the oxidizing and passivating capacity of the pickling solution, and an optional accelerator (TO) for use in tough to pickle materials or in applications with limited contact times.

Entinox’s kegs are normally made from 1.4307 (AISI 304L) grade stainless steel sheet, which is one of the most widely used austenitic chromium-nickel steel alloys. After bending, forming and welding, each keg has a surface of 2 square meters. Prior to pickling, the barrels are cleaned and degreased using a Bonderite C-AK product in a spray washer. The Bonderite C-CP 1300 R and Z mix is then applied in another spraying step. The manufacturer’s new Zaragoza plant has a production capacity for up to 450,000 barrels per year and offers kegs in standard sizes of 20 to 50 liters as well as 7.75 and 15.5 U.S. gallons, including various customized options.

“The pickling quality and efficiency that we achieve with Henkel’s process is outstanding,” comments Angel Roche, Technical Manager for Entinox. “While the resulting corrosion resistance is on par with that provided by mixed nitric acid-based systems, Bonderite C-CP 1300 provides a significantly longer bath life. Moreover, as a more environmentally friendly nitric acid-free solution, it also eliminates the risk of nitric fumes within the production area. And the absence of hexavalent chromium means that all effluents can be treated in our existing waste water plant.”

Apart from kegs for transportation of beer to bars and restaurants, Bonderite C-CP 1300 has a wide potential for leveraging similar cost and environmental benefits in many other markets where stainless steel is processed. Examples span from heat exchangers and chemical process equipment to stainless steel devices and machines in the food and beverages industry as well as in the pharma and semiconductor segments.

Bonderite is a registered trademark of Henkel and/or its affiliates in Germany and elsewhere.
(Henkel AG & Co. KGaA)


Cyprus: Beer sales up 3.6% in January-October  (

Beer deliveries during January to October 2018 reached 37.10 million litres, recording an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to the same period of 2017, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service on November 13 shows.

The increase is mainly attributed to local consumption, which is in turn connected to the number of tourists visiting the island. Local consumption during the period was 36.14 million litres, recording an increase of 3.71 per cent on an annual basis.

On the contrary, beer exports for the same period recorded a small drop of 0.60 per cent compared to the previous year and fell to 0.96 million litres.

Total beer deliveries (local consumption and exports) in October 2018 reached 3.58 million litres, which constitutes a historic record high, an 18.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

Exports in October however recorded a great drop reaching only 55,606 litres of beer compared to 92,410 in October 2017 and recording a drop of 40 per cent.

July saw the highest beer deliveries in Cyprus, during which a total of 5.36 million litres were delivered. In 2017 June was the month with the highest beer deliveries reaching 5.46 million litres.


Belgium: AB InBev to raise prices of most of its beers in January  (

AB InBev’s Belgian business will slightly raise the price of most of its beers on 1 January. Supermarkets and the Horeca sector could make consumers cover this increase, Het Laatste Nieuws reported on November 17.

"We often advise to do so, although this should not necessarily be done immediately," Raf Peeters, from Horeca Vlaanderen Association, comments. According to him, the Alken-Maes Group might also review its prices upwards.

AB InBev - which owns Stella Artois, Jupiler, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Belle-Vue and Corona, among others - evokes a "slight increase in prices.’’ A barrel of Jupiler intended for Horeca will come to 153.84 euros, excise taxes and VAT included. For the consumer, "this equates to an average increase of 0.016 euros per glass of beer," AB InBev’s Laure Stuyck asserts.

The world's largest brewer will also sell its beer to supermarkets at an average higher price of 0.015 euros per bottle.

This price increase was expected because of the drought and the consequent higher grain prices.

AB InBev had claimed, however, three months ago that it did not plan to raise prices.
(Anheuser Busch InBev)


UK: Study finds low and no-alcohol beer is becoming more socially acceptable  (

A new study commissioned by Carlsberg UK has found that more than half of UK consumers believe that low or no-alcohol beer is becoming more socially acceptable, the Drinks Insight Network reported on November 19.

Carried out by OnePoll, the study investigated the drinking habits of 2,000 adults in the country with a particular focus on low or no-alcohol beer.

The study found that 59% of respondents consumed low or no-alcohol drinks, while 52% agreed that the beverages had become more socially acceptable in the last year or two.

Around 28% of the respondents said that they would consider drinking an alcohol-free beer as an alternative to alcohol, and 26% said they would consider it over an alternative soft drink.

Carlsberg UK’s marketing vice-president Liam Newton said: “The UK has long been a nation known for its love of beer but we have seen a step-change in people’s attitudes towards moderation when it comes to drinking.

“Through our consumer research, we’ve been aware of this trend for some time, and as a result, we are increasing the number of low or no-alcohol alternatives in our range.”

The study also found that there are differences in attitudes toward alcohol between men and women. Around 35% of respondents identifying as female said they have become more conscious about their alcohol intake over the last one to two years, compared with 30% of men.

It also found that 70% of millennials enjoy the taste of alcohol, while 24% are likely to try an alcohol-free beer.

Carlsberg UK’s current collection of low and no-alcohol beers include Carlsberg 0.0% and San Miguel 0.0%. The company is aiming to offer these alcohol-free alternatives in all locations that currently sell its alcoholic options by 2030 to expand customer choice.

The company’s commitment is part of its sustainability programme Together Towards Zero, which aims to reduce irresponsible drinking, carbon footprint and water waste, as well as create a zero-accidents culture in its workplace.


UK: Innis & Gunn to build new brewery in Edinburgh  (

One of the UK’s leading craft brewers has announced plans to build a new brewery in Edinburgh which could create up to 30 jobs, BBC reported on November 16.

Innis & Gunn said it is expanding to meet growing demand, and support its aim of achieving a turnover of £40 mln by 2021.

Its core range of craft lager, IPAs and barrel-aged beers will be produced at the new brewery, which would have a capacity of 400,000 hectolitres.

The site has not been revealed and is subject to planning permission.

Its existing brewery in Perthshire, which the firm acquired when it purchased Inveralmond Brewery in 2016, will continue to brew the Inveralmond Brewery range of cask and bottled ales as well as focusing on experimentation and limited edition barrel-aged beers.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, founder and master brewer at Innis & Gunn, told shareholders of the plans at the company's AGM in Glasgow.

He said: "Building a new brewery will cement our Edinburgh heritage as well as creating a focal point for our beers in the capital.

"It provides the brewing, packaging and warehousing capacity we need as we continue to strive to meet the surging demand for our lager.

"For me, putting the brewery in Edinburgh, where we first brewed Innis & Gunn, feels like we have come home as a business."

Symrise continues dynamic growth track

Symrise continues dynamic growth track   (Company news)

• Strong organic sales growth of 8.8 %
• Group sales including acquisitions up 10.3 %
• EBITDA margin at a healthy 20.0 %
• Entering the age of digital perfume creation with Artificial Intelligence
• Symrise increases targets for 2018 again: organic growth of more than 8 % expected

Following a very dynamic first half of the year, Symrise AG successfully continued its growth course in the third quarter. All segments and regions contributed to this positive trend. The Group achieved an organic sales increase of 8.8 % in the first nine months of the year. Taking portfolio and exchange rate effects into account, sales in reporting currency were up 4.6 % to € 2,382.6 million (9M 2017: € 2,278.4 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to € 475.7 million (9M 2017: € 485.2 million). The EBITDA margin remained at a good level of 20.0 %. Based on the positive nine-month development, Symrise raises its sales objective, which had already been increased at mid-year. Symrise aims at outperforming market growth and at achieving organic sales growth of more than 8 % in Fiscal Year 2018.

"Symrise held its course extremely well in the third quarter, despite the headwinds from volatile exchange rates, raw material shortages and increased raw material prices. We fully utilized growth opportunities and reliably supplied our customers. Based on our strong nine-month performance we are optimistic for the remaining weeks of the year and raise our sales guidance. We are committed to making 2018 yet another successful year for Symrise and its customers and will work with full dedication during the remaining weeks. Moreover, we are already laying the foundation for our future growth and are consistently implementing our investment programs. After putting additional capacity for Cosmetic Ingredients into operation in the USA, we have just a few days ago opened a new production facility for natural Food Ingredients. We will continue to manufacture our products close to our customers which allows us to maintain a direct presence in key customer markets and to make best possible use of growth opportunities," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.

Strong organic growth in sales
In the first nine months of the year, Symrise increased its sales in local currency by 10.3 %. Organic growth (excluding acquisitions) amounted to 8.8 %. Considering portfolio effects, such as the contribution from the recently acquired companies Cobell and Citratus, and exchange rate effects, sales grew by 4.6 % to € 2,382.6 million (9M 2017: € 2,278.4 million). Symrise was thus once again one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry. All segments and regions experienced strong demand and contributed to the positive business performance. As in the first six months of the year, the sales trend in reporting currency was impacted by unfavorable exchange rates, in particular by the appreciation of the euro against the US dollar.

As before, Latin America was the key growth driver at the regional level, with organic sales growth of 19.2 %. In the third quarter, the region increased sales by even 25.2 %. In the Asia/Pacific region, sales grew by 12.9 % in the first nine months, followed by North America and EAME with growth rates of 5.7 % and 5.5 %, respectively. In Emerging Markets, sales increased by 12.8 %. These markets, which are characterized by dynamic growth, contributed 43 % to total sales.

Profitability at a good level despite challenging environment
In the first nine months of 2018, Symrise generated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of € 475.7 million (9M 2017: € 485.2 million). This result is impacted by increased expenditures for strategic growth projects such as the new Diana site in Georgia. Additionally, significantly higher costs for key raw materials and unfavorable exchange rate effects impacted profitability. Moreover, the result reflects a one-off effect: The production of menthol and cosmetic ingredients at the US-site in Charleston, South Carolina had to be temporarily suspended due to Hurricane Florence. Despite the challenging environment, Symrise operated with good profitability and delivered an EBITDA margin of 20.0 % which is well within the medium-term target corridor of 19 to 22 % (9M 2017: 21.3 %).

Scent & Care segment
The Scent & Care segment, which includes applications for fragrances and cosmetic ingredients, achieved a high 9.2 % organic sales increase in the reporting period. Even with the continuing tense situation of the raw material markets, especially with the supply of important fragrance substances, the segment sustained its dynamic development of the first six months. Sales in Scent & Care were up 7.4 % in the third quarter as compared to the strong Q3 figures of the previous year. Taking into account negative exchange rate effects and the portfolio effect from the acquisition of Citratus, the segment posted a 4.0 % sales increase to € 998.6 million (9M 2017: € 960.1 million) in reporting currency for the nine-month period.

Symrise has seen the strongest growth in the Cosmetic Ingredients and Aroma Molecules divisions, which both reported double-digit organic growth. In the Cosmetic Ingredients division, demand was strong above all in the Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions. Sales were up significantly, especially in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico as well as China and India. The Aroma Molecules division achieved strong increases in the high single-digit or even double-digit percentage range in all regions, with strong impetus coming especially from the Fragrance Ingredients application area.

The Fragrance division also performed well and posted high single-digit increases. The failure of important suppliers to deliver fragrance raw materials – a situation, which began already in the first half of the year – and the overall rise in price levels for raw materials impacted the third quarter as well. Scent & Care benefited from its comprehensive backward integration and did not experience any supply disruption. After the price increases already implemented in the previous quarters, Symrise continued to engage in close customer dialogues in the third quarter regarding the pass-on of price increases. The continuing trend of rising raw material costs will require further price adjustments and Symrise will therefore continue talks with its customers.

At the same time, the Group is driving forward research and development. In partnership with IBM Research, Symrise has developed a method to create perfumes based on digital fragrance models supported by Artificial Intelligence. The project combines human expertise with computer intelligence to compose novel scents. The first fragrances created with this new, data-based approach will be brought to market in 2019.

In the reporting period, Scent & Care recorded an EBITDA of € 191.8 million. That figure was down slightly as compared to the same period a year earlier, mainly due to the higher raw material prices (9M 2017: € 196.2 million). The EBITDA margin amounted to 19.2 % (9M 2017: 20.4 %).

Flavor segment
The Flavor segment, which includes taste applications, achieved organic growth of 10.2 % in the first nine months. With exchange rate effects and the acquisition of Cobell taken into account, the segment experienced 8.3 % growth in reporting currency in the period under review and sales of € 912.5 million (9M 2017: € 842.6 million).

The Latin America region achieved the strongest organic growth, with sales increases well within the double-digit percentage range over the course of the year. This strong development was supported in particular by new business wins with global customers in the beverages application business. Significant contributions came especially from Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico. The North America region benefited from strong demand for flavorings for the beverage industry. The EAME region showed a very positive development as well. Growth impetus was delivered by Western Europe and Russia, where demand was strong, especially for applications in sweet and dairy products. The Asia/Pacific region showed a very dynamic trend as well, delivering double-digit organic growth in all application areas. Strong year-on-year sales increases were seen especially in China, India and Vietnam.

The earnings situation in the Flavor segment was affected by the overall rise in raw material costs. In addition, the lower margin of Cobell had an impact. Nevertheless, the segment increased the EBITDA by € 3.6 million to € 187,0 million (9M 2017: € 183.4 million). The EBITDA margin stood at a solid 20.5 % (9M 2017: 21.8 %). As in the previous months, the segment Flavor remains also engaged in close dialogues with its customers regarding the pass-on of price increases.

Nutrition segment
The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division with applications for food, pet food and baby food as well as probiotics, achieved organic growth of 5.7 % in the first nine months. In the third quarter, organic growth in sales reached even 10.0 %. Taking into account exchange rate effects, the segment achieved sales of € 471.4 million in reporting currency after € 475.7 million in the prior year period. The slight decline reflects the announced destocking by a major customer of Probi in the first half of the year. In the third quarter, the order intake for probiotics normalized to a large extent.

The Pet Food application business again experienced strong organic growth in the high single-digit percentage range, benefitting especially from strong growth impetus from the Latin American region, above all from Mexico, Chile and Colombia. Dynamic growth was also seen in food applications, with the North America region posting particularly strong increase.

Nutrition generated an EBITDA of € 96.9 million in the reporting period (9M 2017: € 105.6 million). The temporary decline mainly reflects the lower sales contribution from Probi in the first six months and ramp-up costs for the new Diana site in the USA. Despite these one-off effects, the EBITDA margin stood at a good 20.5 % (9M 2017: 22.2 %).

Symrise again increases sales target for 2018
Against the background of the strong development in the first nine months and a promising start into the fourth quarter, Symrise is optimistic for the remaining weeks of the current fiscal year. The Group once more increases its 2018 sales target which had already been raised in August. For the Fiscal Year 2018, Symrise now expects an organic sales increase of more than 8 %. With this growth rate Symrise would again significantly outperform the market which is expected to grow between 3 to 4 %.

In addition to ongoing strong demand Symrise expects growth to be driven by the various investments in capacity expansions and the enhancement of innovation.

The Group expects the shortage of raw materials to persist in the remaining weeks of 2018. Symrise considers itself well positioned to compensate for the market shortages on the basis of its own backward integration. The Group will prevent non-delivery of supplies through access to its own sources of key raw materials. Nevertheless, Symrise expects the purchase costs for raw materials to remain on a higher level.

Symrise intends to remain one of the most profitable companies in the industry in 2018 with an EBITDA margin of around 20 %.

The medium-term targets through to the end of the 2020 fiscal year remain in full effect, including a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 5 to 7 % range and an EBITDA margin between 19 and 22 %.
(Symrise AG)

A highly efficient canning line and a shorter time to market: how HEINEKEN Vietnam is boosting...

A highly efficient canning line and a shorter time to market: how HEINEKEN Vietnam is boosting...   (Company news) production thanks to its partnership with Gebo Cermex

As a leading player in the domestic beer market, HEINEKEN Vietnam was looking to significantly increase the beer production output of its Tien Giang site, located in the south of the country. And they needed to do it quickly. Long-term partner and expert in turnkey solutions for beer players, Gebo Cermex, supported this ambitious goal with a complete line project, featuring among other highly efficient and high-performing solutions the new Sidel filler, EvoFILL Can.

A subsidiary of the HEINEKEN Group, HEINEKEN Vietnam is the second largest brewer in Vietnam, employing around 3,000 people, while operating six breweries across the country. With a focus on high-output and high-efficiency lines, they produce the most famous international and local brands through dedicated ‘single-format’ lines.

A proven partnership resulting in a successful complete can line project
In Tien Giang, the brewer was looking to increase its production output. Paul Bleijs, Supply Chain Director at HEINEKEN Vietnam Brewery, explains, “We wanted to buy a new complete can line, doubling the capacity of the existing ones. However, a typical challenge is that you have to install the equipment while the brewery is in operation. This is why you have to look at the layout very well but – thanks to the experienced line design team from Gebo Cermex – we overcame this obstacle.”

Gianmatteo Bigoli, Strategic Account Director for HEINEKEN at Gebo Cermex, comments, “We ensure that a stable expert team is supporting the customer on all their projects in Vietnam to capitalise on customer proximity, to easily grab their requirements, and to quickly implement the right solution for them. What cemented our cooperation through the past 13 years is also our continuous focus on innovations: this is key for a global leader like HEINEKEN.” Paul continues: “From line design through installation up to the commissioning phase, the Gebo Cermex team helped us take each step very quickly.” This was instrumental in starting production seven days ahead of schedule. Gebo Cermex’s vertical start-up programme, including a dedicated training that was specifically developed for the HEINEKEN team, reduces time-to-market by 40%, while securing ongoing efficiency of line operations.

High performance paired with optimal sustainability
Sustainability is absolute key for HEINEKEN. In 2017, the leading brewery was recognised as the most sustainable manufacturing company in Vietnam by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), based on the annual Corporate Sustainability Index. Paul comments: “Besides good productivity levels, this line is consuming less energy and water, thus contributing to a very good return on investment for us.”

Ha Minh Thanh, Packaging Manager at HEINEKEN Vietnam, values the design of the can filler, “The ergonomics and safety architecture of the solution are great: it is very easy to operate, to maintain, and to clean.”

“A job well done”
Sustainability, coupled with performance, was also high on the agenda when Gebo Cermex engineered SWING®. Top-quality treatment in an equipment that is simple-to-operate and maintain, makes SWING the ideal solution for pasteurising, heating or cooling cycles for cans of all formats and sizes. Moreover, it allows significant resource savings.

Increased output paired with consistently high product quality and optimal resource savings are now all achievable for HEINEKEN Vietnam thanks to the new complete canning line. Paul concludes: “Let the result speak for itself: if you can run four weeks after starting the first canning, in three shifts, at a good OPI (Operational Performance Indicators) level, that means the job was well done.”
(Gebo Cermex)

Making climate change financially measurable

Making climate change financially measurable  (Company news)

Symrise one of 513 supporters around the globe of the climate change report
— Task Force demands more climate transparency in corporate reports

Symrise is one of the 513 companies all over the world that supports the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and is thus committed to protecting the global climate. The Task Force has dedicated itself to having companies disclose the financial impact of climate change on their companies in their annual reports. The committee has therefore developed recommendations for action. Symrise, a global manufacturer of fragrances and flavorings, advocates the goals of the initiative and already shares extensive climate data in its annual Corporate Report.

How can you make the impact of climate change on a company’s business activities more transparent? Having considered this question during the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the Financial Stability Board founded the TCFD. The criteria it developed were introduced for the first time on September 26, 2018, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and One Planet Summit in New York. The TCFD thanked Symrise, among other companies, for its commitment to protecting the global climate.

The idea behind the TCFD is to uncover the risks and opportunities of climate change and identify their impact on companies and financial markets. “It’s more important than ever that companies assume a leadership role. They need to gain a better understanding of risks and respond to them, as well as acknowledge the opportunities they provide. The goal is to develop a strong, resilient and sustainable global economy,” says Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Task Force Chairman. Their criteria regarding climate-related financial information comprise four topic areas. Companies share information about their governance, the effects on business activities and strategy, and opportunity and risk management, and they pursue their goals based on the key figures provided. The recommendations focus on the opportunities and risks resulting from the transition to a low-carbon economy. The TCFD also recommends explaining the potential effects of climate-related risks based on a variety of scenarios, such as global warming of 2°C.

In the 2018 status report presented, the Task Force assessed the reports of 1,800 companies, most of which already publish climate-related data that conforms with the TCFD recommendations. According to TCFD Chairman Bloomberg, the efforts thus far have paid off: “The more informed companies are about the risks they face, the faster and more effectively they can respond to them. We will gain more supporters and the global economy will become more resilient and invest more in projects designed to help reduce emissions and protect people from harm.”

About the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)
Founded by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the TCFD Task Force develops voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies. This information can then be incorporated into companies’ annual reports and thus made available to creditors, insurance companies, investors and other interest groups. The first status report was presented at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and One Planet Summit in New York on September 26, 2018.
(Symrise AG)

Sidel’s two complete PET lines help Almarai benefit from booming juice market ...

Sidel’s two complete PET lines help Almarai benefit from booming juice market ...  (Company news)

... in Saudi Arabia

Almarai, the leading producer of liquid dairy and juice products in the Middle East, recently approached the Sidel Group to increase its production capacities around orange juice distributed via cold chain. With high speed and reliability of the line coupled with great product quality among the top requirements from this customer, the global provider of equipment and services for the liquid packaging industry was the ideal partner for the job.

Since its founding in 1977, Almarai has grown via strategic investments, becoming the largest producer and distributor of food and drink in the Middle East with a market capitalisation exceeding $12.5 billion. The company’s main objective has always been the commitment to consumer satisfaction, maintained by the drive for constant innovation. In fact, Almarai’s production, marketing, and distribution structure enables the daily distribution of products to over 110,000 retail outlets across the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, plus Egypt and Jordan.

Bold consumer preference for juice drinks
When Almarai recently reached out to Sidel, they needed to increase the production capacity around the single-serve format of its orange juice (200ml) bottled in PET and handled under cold chain distribution. This opportunity was especially driven by the great consumer preference around it: part of a range offering twenty taste possibilities, as such perfectly reflecting the major trends impacting the beverage market in Saudi Arabia. There, the search for more healthy and natural formulations is expected to influence juice sales considerably.

With the leading position in the juice market, Almarai decided to install two new Sidel PET complete lines, each one handling 54,000 bottles per hour (bph), in the Al Kharj central processing plant (CPP).

State-of-the-art packaging solutions for top efficiency
For Almarai, quality is the founding principle, upholding the company’s commitment to achieving the highest standards on behalf of its consumers and hence its motto: ‘Quality you can trust’. With Sidel pioneering PET production for more than 35 years and leveraging a longstanding expertise as a complete line provider, they looked perfectly established to partner with Almarai in the quest for exceptional manufacturing and processing capabilities. The largest food manufacturer and distributor in the Middle East strives to operate to the highest standards of international best practice, starting from the processing step: the two new PET complete lines installed at the Al Kharj production site – the first ones Almarai awarded to Sidel – employ the processing equipment and capabilities of Tetra Pak Processing Systems (TPPS). This represents a further testament of a successful cooperation, benefitting from experience and learnings gained in nearly 100 joint complete line projects from around the world. The TPPS process equipment captures the natural taste of the product and ensures it is safe to drink.

Anurag Sharma, Sidel Sales Manager in Saudi Arabia, explains, “The key challenge was to find a solution able to ensure greater efficiency, so as to strengthen profitability and optimise Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). All of this without compromising top product quality, a must-have for Almarai considering the great sales performance of its orange juice. To address this within the two complete lines, Almarai opted for the Sidel Combi. Integrating blow moulding, filling and capping processes into a single system, the Combi reduces operating costs and uses up to 30% less floor space compared to traditional standalone equipment. Using fewer component machines, the solution offers up to 4% higher efficiency levels than standalone machines, on top of lower energy consumption and faster format changeovers. This results in a reduction of operating costs by up to 12%, saving labour, raw materials, and spare parts.”

The two Combis supplied to the Al Kharj site are equipped with a Sidel SF100 filler, ensuring optimum uptime and the highest productivity. Its ‘dual speed’ valve allows consistent performance and the best drink quality, especially when handling beverages with pulps. Additionally, both magnetic flowmeters and filling valves are equipped with plungers, leading to higher accuracy and more efficient filling and cleaning. In fact, the system allows for no clogging and an easier removal of pulp residual. For greater product safety and ease of operations, the tight enclosure with HEPA filter allows for top hygiene, while Cleaning In Place (CIP) requires no intervention from operators thanks to the automatic dummy bottles.

Sidel’s proven and versatile RollQUATTRO Evo labeller complements the Combi. Primarily using wrap-around Roll-Fed technology to apply either paper or plastic labels with hot glue, it delivers all the flexibility needed to match Almarai’s needs when processing lightweighted containers and extremely thin labels at very high speed.

A high performance end-of-line system for greater flexibility and pack quality
Benefitting from Sidel Group’s expertise as a full solution partner, Almarai went for Gebo Cermex’s solutions to optimise its end-of-line performance. Two shrink-wrapping systems have been installed to manage three different pack configurations: 6x4, 2x3 and 2x3 bottles as clusters. For additional flexibility at a very high speed (67,500 bph in overspeed), a shrink-wrapper is handling single squared bottles in mass flow, putting them in tray plus film, while the other one is managing both single bottles and cluster packs of bottles through special selection fingers with rollers identifying the clusters according to product grouping or batch. To ensure a consistent and reliable output for greater pack quality – a challenging objective considering the small diameter of the bottle – the machine has been suitably equipped with a 3D inspection camera, detecting missing containers in the tray before shrink-wrapping them. Moreover, the shrink-wrapper’s extractable injection table allows for easy maintenance and stable film handling.

To guarantee greater energy savings and up to 10% TCO reduction, the shrink-wrapping systems are combined with two Gebo Cermex EvoFlex® palletisers, offering unparalleled flexibility and efficiency even with high-speed applications. The only palletising system with a low-level infeed capable of running at up to 12 layers per minute, EvoFlex offers significant advantages in terms of ergonomics, energy consumption, and safety. The solution is equipped with AxoSmart, the layer preparation system designed by Gebo Cermex to meet the need for more eco-friendly packaging (lightweight bottles and less secondary packaging) and a wide product portfolio. With a modular design allowing for smooth adaptation to various line speed requirements, AxoSmart offers the possibility to handle a high number of pack types in the same cycle; all of that, without compromising on optimal stability and reliability.

Operational intelligence to support continuous improvement
The two PET complete lines installed at the Al Kharj plant are featuring Sidel Group’s EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool), a market-leading data acquisition and plant intelligence system. It automatically records 24/7 raw production data, calculates a wide array of KPIs to help measure performance, analyses production issues, detects efficiency loss sources, and performs root cause analyses. Currently installed in more than 70 countries, it is designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, reduce waste and costs, and increase the plant’s output as it gives employees at all levels of the organisation real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues. As an additional bonus feature, the EIT version leveraged by Almarai comes with the ECO module, monitoring and measuring energy and utilities consumption at equipment and line level. On top of providing energy cost per produced unit, the system establishes correlations between consumptions trends (including power, water, steam or compressed air) and line events or production phases for improving performance over time.

The two lines started to work in the last quarter of 2017, both beyond 98% of efficiency, with products available in the market as of the same period. Given the remote location where the Al Kharj plant is based, Almarai benefitted from Sidel’s fast reaction time and expertise, key for replacing spare parts and solving technical issues. Based on this positive experience, Almarai recently established monthly technical visits to properly control and monitor the line’s performance.
(Sidel International AG)

Feldmuehle files for insolvency under self-administration

Feldmuehle files for insolvency under self-administration  (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, which in the spring of 2018, took over the business operations of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH through acquisition of all substantial assets, has been adversely and unforeseeably affected this current year by unexpected increased energy costs and procurement prices for raw materials. During the current year, management has implemented extensive measures to increase operating profitability. Despite these efforts, the latently rising variable costs could not be offset by implemented price increases, partly due to the company's lower-than-expected revenues in September and October 2018.

Considering these circumstances, the management has decided to carry out the necessary reorganization/restructuring of the company within the framework of insolvency proceedings under its own administration and, on November 19, 2018, filed for an application with the competent local court in Pinneberg to open insolvency proceedings under its own administration pursuant to Sections 270, 270 a para. 1 InsO (German Insolvency Act).

Following the management's application, the Pinneberg Local Court ordered the provisional self-administration on the same day. Dr. Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as provisional administrator. The provisional administrator shall examine the economic situation and supervise the management. However, the company's management retains power of disposition.

Restructuring within the framework of self-administration gives the company's management the opportunity to undertake and respectively implement all necessary measures to improve profitability and thus to take measures towards the company's sustainable competitiveness.

At the same time, an application to the Pinneberg Local Court has been filed that future deliveries and ervices ordered by Feldmuehle GmbH shall be paid as mass liabilities. Business operations will be continued.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)





Picture: The environmental benefits of SIGNATURE PACK from SIG have been confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA) – the world’s first for a mass balance product. The carbon footprint of SIGNATURE PACK is – on average across Europe – 66% lower than the carbon footprint of a standard SIG 1-litre carton pack of the same format across its lifecycle, based on the Europe-wide LCA. Photo: SIG

The environmental benefits of SIGNATURE PACK from SIG have been confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA) – the world’s first for a mass balance product.

The SIGNATURE PACK from SIG is the world’s first aseptic carton pack linked to 100% plant-based renewable materials. The LCA showed significant reductions in environmental impacts across all 10 categories as a result of the substitution of fossil-based polymers with mass balance plant-based polymers made from tall oil (a by-product of paper manufacturing).

The carbon footprint of SIGNATURE PACK is – on average across Europe – 66% lower than the carbon footprint of a standard SIG 1-litre carton pack of the same format across its lifecycle, based on the Europe-wide LCA.

Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability & Affairs at SIG, said: “The environmental impacts of every product innovation at SIG are evaluated through Europe-wide LCAs that conform with the rigorous requirements of recognised ISO standards. The results for SIGNATURE PACK show that SIG’s innovative mass balance approach has significant environmental benefits.”

World’s first ISO-conformant LCA for a mass balance product
The polymers in SIGNATURE PACK are 100% linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system, whereby plant-based raw materials are mixed in with conventional fossil raw materials to produce the polymers. The amount of plant-based material included in the mix is equivalent to the amount needed for the polymers used in SIGNATURE PACK and the totals are balanced through recognised and audited certification schemes to ensure strict traceability and accountability.

The SIGNATURE PACK LCA is the first ISO-conformant LCA to take into account the inclusion of materials via a mass balance system. LCAs are traditionally based on the physical contents of a product and the environmental impacts associated with each stage of its production.

The independent, critically reviewed LCA of SIGNATURE PACK was conducted in accordance with recognised international standards, ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 by the Institut für Energie und Umweltforschung (IFEU/Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) in Germany.

IFEU agreed to conduct the LCA when it became clear how valuable SIG’s mass balance approach could be in making mainstream polymer production more sustainable.

Frank Wellenreuther, Project Manager at IFEU, commented: “The application of the mass balance approach in the production of polymers is an important driver to facilitate an increasing substitution of fossil resources by biogenic resources for the production of polymers. To model the examined products strictly on their physical properties would fail to acknowledge this function of the mass balance approach.”

Driving more sustainable plastics
SIG chose a mass balance approach because it supports a wider transition from fossil to bio-based raw materials within the conventional and highly efficient polymer industry, instead of using niche small scale producers with a limited number of plastic grades.

Felten said: “With the mass balance approach, SIG offers customers the environmental benefits of linking to 100% plant-based renewable materials, alongside the product quality and functionality which come from grades of polymer that are only available through mainstream production.”

The polymers are supplied by plastic producers, Sabic and BASF, using plant-based renewable material from European wood sources. Tall oil was selected as the feedstock because, as a by-product of paper production, it is a waste material rather than an agricultural crop that requires land and resources to grow.

IFEU’s Wellenreuther said: “The implementation of polymers based on tall oil via a mass balance system is recommended. The demand for mass balance polymers from SIG could act as a driver to achieve a more significant physical share of plant-based input materials for the production of polymers.”

The SIGNATURE PACK is a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations for more environmentally responsible products. It is one of the latest innovations from SIG as it strives to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions as part of its mission to go Way Beyond Good.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


USA & UK: AB InBev's Goose Island Beer Co opens London brewery  (

AB InBev-owned Goose Island Beer Co has opened its first European brewpub in Shoreditch, east London, as the struggle to dominate the capital’s increasingly valuable ‘craft’ beer market heats up, Imbibe reported on November 8.

This is the second attempt by AB InBev to establish a beachhead for the brand in London after its Vintage Ale House in Balham closed earlier this year. The company also owns Camden Town Brewery.

The brewpub, on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street, had its soft opening last week. It has 12 keg and two cask beers on the bar, with includes four beers from other breweries. There is also a line using the Rack AeriAle system, which allows beers to be poured directly from the barrel.

The interior is not unlike a Brewdog bar, with exposed pipes and neon signage. Andrew Walton, who previously worked at Fourpure, has taken up the mantle of brewer and the 5hl brewkit sits behind glass at the back of the venue.

‘I know London has always held a special place in Goose Island’s history, and I can’t wait for us to make our mark on British beer culture,’ says Walton, who recently spent a month training with Goose Island in Chicago.

Symrise invests Euro 50 million in new site for natural food ingredients in Georgia, USA

Symrise invests Euro 50 million in new site for natural food ingredients in Georgia, USA  (Company news)

— Production facility emphasizes commitment to the US-American market
— Expansion of business with natural ingredients for the food industry
— Product innovations with an integrated, sustainable supply chain

The Symrise AG has opened a site for high-quality natural food ingredients in Banks County, near Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, on October 30, 2018. The Group invests Euro 50 million in the facility. It follows high technological and sustainable standards. The step reinforces the pioneering role of Symrise on the US market and emphasizes its aspiration to further expand within growth regions.

“This advantageous location in the USA’s well-developed agricultural South-East enables us to strategically grow on the market for natural and sustainable food ingredients. With the new site in Georgia we show that we consistently implement our investment program. For example, only a couple of weeks ago, also in the USA, we have opened a plant for cosmetic ingredients in Charleston, South Carolina. The expansion of our capacities is and continues to be an important growth factor. We are strengthening our competitiveness for the traditionally largest market in our industry. In addition, we are strategically developing our backwards integration focusing on agriculturally produced raw materials. By working closely with our farmers, we are ensuring high product quality and deliverability”, says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.

The plant will manufacture products for the business units Food Ingredients, Symrise Flavor and Pet Food. Symrise’s customers use these natural ingredients for example in culinary applications as well as in premium pet food. Symrise aims to continue its growth in the US market for natural food ingredients and wants to successively expand the site in Georgia until 2020.

Natural ingredients match consumers’ tastes all around the world

Natural and nutritionally valuable product solutions play worldwide an increasingly important role, as consumers pay more attention to a conscious diet. This applies to North American as well as global consumers and their desire for natural ingredients. Many food ingredient suppliers and farmers are located in Georgia. The state belongs to the dynamic growing economic regions in the country. Symrise therefore built the new plant for the production of natural food ingredients specifically in this environment on its 40-hectare site. The workforce currently comprises 50 employees and will be further increased to 100 employees with future expansion of the plant.

Numerous representatives from politics and business accepted the invitation of the CEO Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram. Together with the Symrise management team the participants gave the starting signal for the successful launch of the production.

Focused on the future
Symrise has many decades of experience in the manufacturing of natural products from a sustainable supply chain. High standards of product safety and quality assurance have been achieved during this time. With this comprehensive expertise, the company also efficiently and sustainably shapes the product flows of the new plant. The plant meets the latest technical standards of production of natural food ingredients.
(Symrise AG)


Australia: Lion to take over sales and marketing of Brooklyn Brewery beers in Australia  (

Lion will take over the marketing, sales and distribution of Brooklyn Brewery beers in Australia in a new agreement signed with the US brewer, Beer & Brewer reported on November 8.

In addition the new deal will also see Little Creatures Geelong brew Brooklyn Brewery Lager under licence, with the broader range of Brooklyn Brewery beers continuing to be imported for distribution.

Speaking about the agreement Lion’s General Manager Craft, Gordon Treanor, said: “Brooklyn Brewery is one of the world’s most iconic craft breweries and has played a fundamental role in the growth of craft beer in the United States and across the globe.

“We are excited to welcome Brooklyn Brewery into Lion’s craft portfolio. We see strong potential to grow Brooklyn Brewery Lager and their full range of fantastic, flavoursome beers.”

The venture will build on the success of Brooklyn Brewery’s partnership with Premium Beverages in Australia and Robin Ottaway, President of Brooklyn Brewery, said: “We are thrilled to begin working with Lion and take the next step in Brooklyn Brewery’s evolution in Australia.

“They’ve got an outstanding track record over the last two decades of building successful craft brands. We are also very appreciative of the work that Coopers has done in successfully establishing the Brooklyn brand in Australia.”

The new agreement will commence on 17 December 2018, and Brooklyn Brewery stock will be available for trade to order through Lion from that date. Brooklyn Brewery beers will be distributed through Malt Shovel.


UK: AB InBev relaunching Bass pale ale in the UK  (

AB InBev is relaunching Bass pale ale in a bid to “reignite the premium ale category”, the Drinks Retailing News reported on November 12.

The brewer said 35.5cl bottles of the 5.1% abv ale will be available through selected retailers and pubs from December.

Bass is described as “the world’s first pale ale”, and it was first brewed in 1777 by William Bass in Burton on Trent.

AB InBev is now looking to bring the historical brand back to the UK to invigorate the premium ale category. Bass has long been brewed in the UK but much of the volume has been exported internationally as a super-premium ale. It is particularly popular in Japan.

The beer is clear and coppery in colour with a creamy, off-white head. The pale ale is dry, with tasting notes of malt, caramel and light pine hops.

A spokesperson for the brewer said: “Bass is a pale ale pioneer and we can’t wait to reintroduce shoppers to this historic brand, whose name lives on as a hallmark of great-tasting beer. The pale ale category has many good players, but Bass is the only one who can say that it has been on board the Titanic, flew on the Concorde and embarked with Shackleton to the ends of the earth.”


UK: Heineken resumes brewing its flagship lager in the UK  (

Heineken has resumed brewing its flagship lager in the UK. The brewer said the decision was nothing to do with Brexit but had been planned for some time as part of its global commitment to more sustainable brewing, Inapub reported on November 15.

It is now brewing 60 per cent of UK volumes of Heineken in its Manchester brewery.

Back in 2003 Heineken took the decision to pull its 3.4 per cent ABV UK version of Heineken, which was brewed here, and sell only the higher strength version of the lager brewed in the Netherlands and imported.

A spokesperson for the brewery said: "In an exciting development, under the expert guidance of Heineken master brewers, we now have the expertise and specialist brewing equipment to brew some of our high quality, great tasting Heineken lager in the UK as we do in Zoeterwoude in The Netherlands.

"We began brewing small volumes in March this year, and now brew approximately 60 per cent of the UK volume. This supports our ongoing commitment to finding more sustainable brewing solutions, as globally we seek to 'Brew A Better World.' Importantly, the multi million pound investment in Manchester cements our commitment to the city – benefitting the community, and local and national economy.

"To be able to brew Heineken to the high quality standard needed, has required well over three years of meticulous planning."

Heineken already brews its Foster's and Kronenbourg 1664 beers at the Manchester brewery, in which it invested £50 mln back in 2015 to increase capacity and upgrade facilities.


Cyprus: Beer sales up 3.6% in January-October  (

Beer deliveries during January to October 2018 reached 37.10 million litres, recording an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to the same period of 2017, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service on November 13 shows.

The increase is mainly attributed to local consumption, which is in turn connected to the number of tourists visiting the island. Local consumption during the period was 36.14 million litres, recording an increase of 3.71 per cent on an annual basis.

On the contrary, beer exports for the same period recorded a small drop of 0.60 per cent compared to the previous year and fell to 0.96 million litres.

Total beer deliveries (local consumption and exports) in October 2018 reached 3.58 million litres, which constitutes a historic record high, an 18.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

Exports in October however recorded a great drop reaching only 55,606 litres of beer compared to 92,410 in October 2017 and recording a drop of 40 per cent.

July saw the highest beer deliveries in Cyprus, during which a total of 5.36 million litres were delivered. In 2017 June was the month with the highest beer deliveries reaching 5.46 million litres.


South Korea: Brewers concerned about stricter advertising regulations  (

South Korea’s brewers are expressing concerns over a government move to more strictly regulate alcohol advertising, company officials said on November 14.

The stricter rules are feared to adversely affect their bottom lines at a time when they're suffering from falling profits due to the growing popularity of imported beer, they said.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, liquor makers will be banned from showing celebrity endorsers drinking alcoholic beverages or making "ahh" sounds in their ads.

Starting from 2020 at the earliest, songs offering alcoholic beverages will be prohibited from ads as well.

Also, alcohol advertising will not be broadcast before and after TV programs for minors.

Digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) and internet protocol television (IPTV) operators will be subject to a regulation that bans alcohol advertising from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., as radio and television broadcasters currently are.

As for print ads, brewers and distillers will be unable to put their ads up at subways, sea ports and airports.

The stricter regulations are expected to deal a severe blow to domestic beer makers, which have tried to appeal to young consumers with ads that show K-pop idols and celebrities enjoying their products, amid the intensifying competition with beer importers.

For example, Hite Jinro hired Kang Daniel to promote the Hite Extra Cold beer to attract his fans worldwide.

In the company's TV commercial, the K-pop star drenched in sweat empties a glass of beer and makes an "ahh" sound, after beating drums enthusiastically.

Data compiled by Statistics Korea showed spending on alcohol advertising increased to 285.4 billion won ($252 million) in 2017 from 76.7 billion won in 2000.

"We have already faced various regulations regarding alcohol advertising, so we have aired a limited amount of ads to comply with the rules," said a liquor industry official, who declined to be named.

"The stricter regulations will weigh more on local breweries which have struggled to win in the competition with beer importers amid tax discrimination."

Another industry insider expressed concerns about possible difficulties in finding alternative ways to promote new products, although she added liquor makers will wait and see whether lawmakers really pass the revised bill within the next two years.

In Korea, attempts to regulate alcohol advertising have ended in failure in recent years.

When figure skater Kim Yuna appeared in a HiteJinro beer ad in July 2012, then lawmaker Lee Ailesa of Saenuri Party proposed a bill prohibiting celebrities under the age of 24 from advertising alcohol.

The controversial bill was also dubbed the "IU law," because the popular female singer-songwriter, who had an endorsement deal with Hite Jinro's Chamisul soju, could have been banned from ads for alcohol, if lawmakers had passed the bill.

Back then, lawmakers pointed out the bill was unconstitutional as it infringed on freedom of occupation.

100% recyclate: KHS and startup share develop unique PET bottle

100% recyclate: KHS and startup share develop unique PET bottle  (Company news)

-Bottle designed using Bottles & Shapes™
-Systems provider supports concept of sustainability
-Products filled into PET bottles made of 100% recyclate

Berlin startup share is the first beverage producer in Germany to sell its water in PET bottles made of 100% recyclate. With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the KHS group supported the company by helping to design and develop the bottle in a very short time indeed.

Photo: With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the KHS group supported share in the design and development of the bottle. (Picture source: share / Victor Strasse)

The plans are ambitious: in 2019 share wants to fill water into about a million bottles a month made entirely of recycled PET and thus save over 200 metric tons of plastic waste a year, according to the company. For several weeks now the product has been on sale at Germany’s supermarket chain REWE and drug store dm and has caused quite a stir in the media. “It took a long time for the original idea to be implemented,” says Iris Braun, head of Product and Social Projects at share. “Finalizing the technology and obtaining certification are both lengthy processes. Your partners are thus crucial.” Besides the two aforementioned retailers share’s other partners are bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser and preform manufacturer Plastipack, which is also the world’s biggest converter. KHS Corpoplast was also largely instrumental in the implementation of the project.

Experience from over 4,000 realized bottle designs
The German engineering company supported the startup in several ways, including in the development of the recyclate bottle design, states Marc Eysel, who is responsible for sales in Northern Europe at KHS Corpoplast. “We implemented the development very quickly and worked on a suitable design together,” he says. Thanks to its holistic Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the systems supplier was able to contribute to the share project experience drawn from over 4,000 designed bottles. “KHS developed the bottle very quickly for us which was enormously helpful,” says Braun. Eysel states that there were no unusual hurdles or challenges to be overcome through the use of 100% recyclate. “Manufacture is actually simpler as the material’s darker color makes the preforms easier to heat than PET bottles made of virgin material.” Besides providing advice on the bottle design KHS also helps with production. share’s still and carbonated water is bottled at the Allgäuer Alpenwasser bottling plant in Oberstaufen using KHS technology. The bottles are blown on an InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder, with no special adaptations to the system necessary, according to Eysel.

Following the market launch of the recyclate bottle, interest is now also growing among other beverage producers, emphasize Braun and Eysel. “A number of bottlers wishing to increase the amount of recycled PET they use have now contacted us,” claims Eysel. “The protection of the environment also plays an important role at KHS. We support this by providing resource-saving plant engineering and also by developing sustainable PET bottles.” share hopes that it has provided the right incentives for more sustainability, states Braun. “In the end it’s the consumer who decides.”
(KHS GmbH)

German Sustainability Award: Symrise reaches the finals

German Sustainability Award: Symrise reaches the finals   (Company news)

Holzminden-based company among the top three in contest for Germany’s Most Sustainable Large Corporation
• Jury recognizes comprehensive sustainability management and local investments

After receiving the award in 2012 and reaching the final round in 2016, global manufacturer of fragrances and flavorings Symrise has made it into the finals of the German Sustainability Award for the third time. As a pioneer in sustainability, the Group has developed high benchmarks in its industry, and these have been integrated into all decision-making and production processes. For years now, the company based in Holzminden has also been active in its growing regions across all continents and supported the local populations. Its comprehensive sustainability management has now been acknowledged in the final round of the category Germany’s Most Sustainable Large Corporation. The presentation ceremony will be held in Düsseldorf on December 7, 2018.

Symrise produces some 30,000 products from around 10,000 primarily natural raw materials. The company recognized early on that its business model requires the intact diversity of raw materials, while the demand for sustainably produced raw materials is on the rise. Pollution and extensive use of resources threaten the biodiversity in cultivation areas around the world, which is why Symrise utilizes its leading market position, is committed to sustainable protection of ecosystems and defines new standards along the way. The aim is to minimize the company’s environmental footprint while maximizing sustainability in terms of products and employees and along the supply chains.

Sustainability and Symrise – a success story
In this context, the jury is recognizing in particular the level of commitment along the supply chain as well as ongoing improvements in the company’s operations. For example, all suppliers are evaluated and selected based on strict internal and external standards. With the “green factory” concept, the Holzminden-based company places great value on climate-friendly construction methods when building new production sites, which includes using renewable energies and byproducts and promoting concepts such as upcycling.

The dedication of the Holzminden employees has long been successful and can also be expressed in numbers. Over the years, the company has significantly reduced its carbon emissions, hazardous waste and wastewater. More than 5,500 small-scale farming operations in the company’s cultivation areas have received training in sustainable cultivation methods. More than 33,000 small-scale farmers still benefit from these projects to this day, and Symrise’s commitment has demonstrably improved their socioeconomic conditions. Symrise also supports the future of small-scale farmers: Investments in teachers and the infrastructure of schools have improved the education situation for some 20,000 schoolchildren.

Symrise continues its commitment to sustainability
“Having reached the finalist round again is an outstanding confirmation of our sustainability-focused corporate philosophy,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “This success inspires us. We constantly pursue our sustainability goals, and we want to reduce our absolute carbon emissions by 18 percent by 2030, among other things,” adds Gliewe. Symrise would also like to guarantee one hundred percent traceability of its key raw materials as of 2020. As a result of the Paris Climate Agreement, Symrise is also involved in the Science Based Targets initiative. Participating companies want to limit global warming to a figure well below 2°C. Symrise is the first company in its industry to have had its climate strategy approved by the initiative committee.
(Symrise AG)

CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE 2018 confirms its character as leading trade fair in Asia

CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE 2018 confirms its character as leading trade fair in Asia  (CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE)

- Increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors
- CBB enhances its character as the leading trade fair in Asia
- The industry discusses the key issues of sustainability and digitalization

One of the major trends in Asia’s beverage and liquid food market is: “quality, not quantity.” As incomes rise, people prefer to consume better products instead of more products. At the same time, demand for production systems and machines remains high. As the leading trade fair for the industry, CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE (CBB) provided a far-reaching overview of the market with the exhibitors’ presentations and its comprehensive supporting program. The CBB showed what is driving the industry today and will drive it tomorrow. In the process, it underscored its position in Asia.

Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, is extremely satisfied with the results of CBB: “We are following up on the successes of the last event: We had a total of 869 exhibitors, an increase of nine percent. The trade fair used eight halls, including two that were used by 256 international exhibitors. That represents a growth rate of six percent. CBB is thus enhancing its importance as the leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food indus try in the Asia-Pacific region.” The chief executives of international market leaders praised the large number of visitors from such Asian countries as Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam who visited their stands. Hong Shen, General Manager at Zhongqing Heli International Exhibition Co., Ltd., organizer of CBB, highlights the event’s added value: “CBB is the only trade fair in Asia that showcases the entire process chain for all areas of the beverage and liquid food industry and presents new generations of machines. This was also acknowledged by the approximately 56,000 participants in the eight fully booked halls.”

Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, believes CBB is crucial for international companies to successfully gain a foothold in the Chinese market. “Closeness to customers is vital for developing and implementing tailored solutions, as well as for providing ideal after-sales service. CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE is the most important trade fair – not only in China, but for Southeast Asia as a whole,” is Clemens’ assessment.

CBB Forum with the key issues of sustainability and digitalization
The beverage industry is undergoing a shake-up in the wake of digitalization. The CBB Forum’s program included a presentation by Professor Sylvain Charlebois from Dalhousie University, Halifax, on how blockchain technologies “can help many companies protect their brand equity.” Use of the technology in the beverage industry is still at the beginning, but he recommends “companies should see that as an opportunity and address the issue early on.” In the view of the VDMA, Chinese consumers in particular are very open to digital solutions. That also harbors potential for companies from the beverage industry. That is because “customized premium products that can be configured and ordered online have far greater growth potential than in Europe,” says Clemens.

The industry also discussed the issue of sustainability intensively. For example, Professor William Chen, from the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the NTU Food Science & Technology Program at Nanyang Technological University, believes that sustainable beer brewing offers advantages for companies and consumers alike: “Sustainable brewing processes and upcycling of waste and by-products, such as to make biodegradable packaging, deliver enormous benefit for the industry. At the end of the day, that might also be reflected in lower product prices for consumers,” states the scientist.

Visitors and exhibitors were inspired by the CBB Forum and the wealth of information. CBB plays a major role in helping information be shared within the industry and enables an extensive overview of the beverage and liquid food market.

Successful premiere for the Round Table Talks
Apart from sustainability and digitalization, the future of the PET segment was also a hotly debated topic. The newly introduced Round Table Talks gave visitors the chance to learn more about this and other issues in the beer and beverage market. What are key concerns in the industry now and in the future? Industry experts from companies such as AB InBev, Snow, Suntyech Process Engineering, Tsingtao and Voss (Hubei) Water & Beverage provided insights. The other items on the agenda, such as the International Beer Smart Factory & Brewing Technology Forum or the Exhibitor Technology Seminar, were also very popular among visitors.

CBB in figures
More than 56,000 participants came to Shanghai to attend CBB - an increase of six percent over the last trade fair (2016: 53,183). A total of 869 exhibitors showcased their products and innovations. This represents an increase of nine percent compared with 2016. The exhibitors occupied a gross exhibition area of 92,000 square meters. The next CBB will be held in October 20 20 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC).
(Messe München)

Smart steam boiler technology from Bosch - Digitisation and networking in a traditional brewery

Smart steam boiler technology from Bosch - Digitisation and networking in a traditional brewery  (Company news)

Heiko Doppler, a Bosch customer service engineer, and Thomas Steffes, Project Leader at Kramer & Best, have recently handed over a new steam boiler system to André Ködel, master brewer of Park & Bellheimer's brewery in Pirmasens, south-west Germany. Park & Bellheimer expects to save around €80,000 a year in energy costs by installing this upgrade. Furthermore, the brewery in Rhineland-Palatinate is employing an Industry 4.0 solution in the form of MEC Optimize, meaning that in future it will benefit from digitised data collection, intelligent analysis and maximum energy transparency.

MEC Optimize from Bosch is a digital efficiency assistant that helps boiler attendants and operators to locate potential energy losses quickly and suggests concrete measures to address them. The efficiency assistant even detects critical situations immediately and analyses the state of components based on the operating mode. The reliable prognoses enable Ködel, who is also Head of Operations at the Pirmasens plant, to schedule maintenance timely according to the brewery's capacity. Leading-edge predictive maintenance is consequently being brought into a traditional brewery while making its workers, machines and processes more efficient.

The data for MEC Optimize is collected and saved locally by an industrial computer built into the control cabinet. Bosch offers two different systems for transferring and visualising data, which make use either of standardised interfaces to a process control system or of a PC/tablet via WLAN. At the brewery in Pirmasens, authorised persons can view the statistics and analyses via the central control station, gleaning all the important information about the system's energy consumption, load profile and performance, and digitally entering the results of the boiler tests at the same time. Being networked with the secure Bosch MEC Remote monitoring system enables data to be called up from any location, including outside of the brewery. A further advantage of remote access is that, if requested by the operator, Bosch experts can assist with troubleshooting, parametrisation and programming – cost effectively and without having to travel to the site. "Uninterruptible yet economical process heating is absolutely essential to running our brewery," says Ködel. The networked solutions from Bosch will help to make response times faster and make work more productive overall.

The new Bosch boiler system supplies the brewing house with steam for processes such as mashing and boiling – up to five tonnes of steam per hour are available. Components for heat recovery, a modulating natural gas burner, speed-controlled fans and various items of automation equipment help to provide the steam in a flexible and energy-saving way. The new system was planned and installed by Kramer & Best Anlagenbau GmbH in collaboration with Bosch Industriekessel GmbH.
(Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)

BrauBeviale 2018: International beverage industry meets in Nuremberg

BrauBeviale 2018: International beverage industry meets in Nuremberg  (BrauBeviale 2018)

-Moderate growth: one hall added
-Even more international exhibitors
-Future viability of the beverage industry a key topic

From 13 to 15 November, the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg will be focusing on all things beverage manufacturing. Following the scheduled year off, 1,095 exhibitors will show their new products at the world’s most important capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry this year. The expected 38,000 trade visitors will find out about raw materials, technology, components, packaging, and marketing. Key topic: the future viability of the beverage industry.

BrauBeviale has become even more international: 582 exhibitors – an increase of 53 percent (2016: 48 percent) – will arrive from 46 countries, primarily Italy, the Czech Republic, China, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. The 513 companies from Germany won’t have far to travel. Ten German start-ups will also be showing their product ideas to people from the industry for the first time at the subsidised pavilions stands for young, innovative companies in Halls 1 and 6.

BrauBeviale 2016 was completely sold out, so Hall 8 has been added to this year’s mix, bringing the total to nine halls. Visitor flow has been restructured as a result. “We have now grouped the exhibitors around the exhibition centre park in a way that reflects their position in the beverage production process chain,” explains Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibition. “That will keep BrauBeviale just as compact and manageable as people have always found it to be.”

Exhibitors expect trade visitors from technical and business management in the beverage industry – meaning they will come from breweries, malting plants, companies that produce or bottle water, soft drinks, juices, and spirits, wine and sparkling wine cellars, and dairies, as well as marketing, the trade, and catering. They travelled to the last exhibition in 2016 from 127 countries: in addition to Germany, primarily Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Future viability of the beverage industry
The beverage industry faces major challenges, which will affect small and medium sized companies as well as global players. Among the buzzwords are automation, digitalisation, changing consumer behaviour, and corporate management. BrauBeviale, the central platform for the industry, is of course addressing these questions: how should beverage manufacturers lay the groundwork to ensure they will still be able to operate successfully on the market in the future? BrauBeviale’s new magazine WissensDurst offers skilled support and entrepreneurial inspiration. It aims to encourage, fascinate, and support readers using unusual examples.

Supporting programme: stimulate and inspire
Inspiration is also a key word for BrauBeviale’s comprehensive supporting programme. There will be three continuing educational events at the exhibition venue the day before the exhibition starts: the Export Forum German Beverages offers support for all issues related to export as a strategic business area for German beverage manufacturers. This is the sixth time the European MicroBrew Symposium, intended for international craft brewers and brewpub operators, will be held by VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing. The Heirloom & Terroir Barley and Malt Symposium by RMI Analytics promises to cover historic malting barley, and will also include the Heirloom Brewing Award.

The BrauBeviale Forum in Hall 1 offers the proven mix of talks, presentations, podium discussions, and award ceremonies for those who want to listen in as well as those who prefer to participate in discussions. Topics range from marketing and communication to technical issues related to beverage manufacturing, containers, and logistics, all the way to beverage innovations and the subject of recruiting. Prize-giving ceremonies such as the “Hop-Champion” and World Beverage Innovation Awards round out the programme. The Forum also includes the opening ceremony on the first day of the exhibition with a keynote speech by the food trend researcher Hanni Rützler and awarding of the Bavarian Beer Award. Also on the first day, attendees are welcome to watch the live finals of the German beer sommelier championship at 16:00.

The European Beer Star is traditionally awarded at BrauBeviale. It is one of the most important beer competitions in the world, and participation has surpassed previous records, with 2,344 beers from 51 countries on every continent vying for this year’s prize. It was created by the association Private Brauereien, the honorary sponsor of the exhibition, as well as the German and European umbrella associations. Visitors to the exhibition also have a voice: in the NCC Mitte entrance area, on the first day of the exhibition they are invited to choose their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners, to be designated the Consumers‘ Favourite 2018 in Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

A highlight for those seeking the variety and enjoyment of specialty beverages is the Craft Drinks Area in Hall 9 with its eight bars where visitors can participate in independent guided tastings of specialty drinks. They include beer specialities, alcohol-free and reduced-alcohol beers, craft spirits, water, and alcohol-free specialty drinks, as well as the effect of the glass on sensory experience. Visitors can sample “Twin Peaks,” the beer that won the hobby brewing competition of Maisel & Friends and BrauBeviale, at one of the bars every day between 15:00 and 15:30.

Small breweries, microbreweries, home brewers, and hobby brewers will find detailed information about equipment and ingredients, as well as skilled contacts, in Hall 9 at the Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment and brau@home themed pavilions. Brewing is done daily on different equipment in the area for demonstration brewing, with discussions about the differences between the various systems. Technical input is also provided during power presentations at the Speakers’ Corner. Subjects include tips and tricks related to raw materials (water, yeast, hops, etc.), hygiene, dispensing systems, and legal issues.
Other special shows and themed pavilions are devoted to “Sustainable water management in the beverage industry” (Hall 6), “Innovative drinks packaging,” including the winners of the World Packaging Award (Hall 4A) and “PET Recycling” (Hall 4A).

Thursday will come under the banner of “Generation Future”. That’s the day the BrauBeviale Forum will turn to questions and answers related to recruiting and promoting new talent. Many exhibitors plan to have the heads of their HR departments available at their stands on Thursday to serve as contacts for potential applicants.

To keep body and soul together, people also need regular meals along with their drinks. That makes it a natural to hold the SFC Street Food Convention at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg on 14 and 15 November, at the same time as BrauBeviale. This is the fourth time that players and people interested in street food, food trucks, mobile catering, and the visionary food culture will gather. Visitors to BrauBeviale will have free access to the accompanying sponsor exhibits and to the food trucks in the exhibition park.

Beviale Family: international skills in the beverage industry
From Nuremberg to the world: the international beverage industry will be meeting at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg for these few days. But at the same time the product family of the beverage industry, the Beviale Family, is also extremely active internationally. “Two years after the family was established, the results are already positive,” says Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibition BrauBeviale and International Product Manager for Beviale Family. “Our family is growing and thriving. We are active with different event formats tailored to the target market and cooperative marketing ventures in many countries: Russia, Italy, China, India, Brazil, the UK, and Southeast Asia.” Further additions to the family are planned. Beviale Family will be on display at its own stand at the NCC Mitte entrance.

Global beverage consumption constantly growing
Worldwide consumption of packaged beverages totalled 979 billion litres in 2017, 23 billion litres more than in 2016. Experts predict that consumption will continue to increase, with estimates calling for 3 percent average annual growth up to 2022. The regions Middle East/Africa (35 percent) and Asia/Pacific with China and Japan (roughly 23 percent) are most responsible for the global increase. Experts in Europe calculated 5 percent for Western Europe and as much as 9 percent for Eastern Europe. The ratio of alcohol-free drinks to beverages containing alcohol was about 70 to 30 percent worldwide in 2017 (Euromonitor International 2018).

The consumption of beverages (including coffee, tea, and milk) in Germany declined somewhat in 2017, with every German drinking 750 litres on average, 10 litres less than in the previous year. A detailed analysis of that 10 litres shows that it is roughly made up of 3 litres of beer, 4 litres of soft drinks, 1 litre of fruit juice, and smaller amounts of wine, water, tea, and milk. Total consumption of drinks containing alcohol decreased from 134.3 litres in 2016 to 131.0 litres in 2017, with Germans also drinking 303.0 litres of alcohol-free drinks per capita in 2016 but only 297.7 litres in 2017 (beverage industry associations).

Beverage technology – greater efficiency thanks to digitalisation
German beverage technology still occupies the leading position on the world market thanks to innovative machine designs, custom services, and comprehensive information technology. Digitalisation allows remote service concepts using remote diagnosis, as well as a seamless flow of information throughout all parts of a beverage operation. Basic, quick, or preventive interventions ensure greater efficiency, including for environmentally relevant consumption.

VDMA, the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, estimates that German manufacturers supply about one-third of world exports of beverage packaging machines and about half of all exports of brewery machines. For statistical purposes, beverage technology is allocated to VDMA. The approximately 600 enterprises in this sector were responsible for production volume of at least €14 billion in 2017 (2016: €13.4 billion), two-thirds of which was for packaging machines. Based on the available data through late July 2018, an uptick of 3 to 4 percent in the production volume is anticipated this year.

The export market for food processing and packaging machines is estimated to be about €41 billion worldwide, of which Germany accounts for the largest share of the export value: 21 percent or €8.5 billion. The U.S. and China are major customers, followed by the large countries of the European Union. This market benefits from the megatrends population growth, urbanisation, and a growing middle class, particularly in Asia.
(Nürnbergmesse Messe GmbH)




As part of its expanding Digital Service portfolio for customers, SIG has launched Remote Services, offering food and beverage manufacturers a smarter way to service their filling machines and to generate more filling line uptime.

Remote Services from SIG is a new digital service that can instantly connect a customer or service engineer to an SIG service expert from anywhere in the world. By using video-enabled smart glasses, SIG can provide a secure live-feed to an SIG expert who can guide users through solving any fault or issue.

SIG developed Remote Services in response to new customer challenges and demands. With the food and beverage industry facing higher competitive pressures, operational complexity and shorter production cycles, manufacturers can no longer afford long waiting times for support and the risk of downtime.

Remote Services ensures SIG’s customers receive fast response times, an improved first-time fix rate, more data insights and analysis, and ultimately more filling line uptime. In addition, Remote Services can help reduce costly travel times, expenses and CO2 emissions.

“Many companies develop digital solutions just to have them in their portfolio,” said Dr. Christian Grefrath, SIG’s Global Service Product Manager and Project Lead for Remote Services. “But we listened to our customers and matched their needs with new possibilities arising from digitalisation. Now we have a new solution that fosters our customers’ success by bringing our expertise much faster to the place where it’s needed. We will continuously build up our Digital Service portfolio while always having our customers’ demands in mind.”

Remote Services is part of SIG’s value-adding Smart Factory platform – a commitment to deliver smarter filling line solutions and technical services that help transform customer filling plants into intelligent and connected factories.

As part of the Remote Services solution, SIG smart glasses provide a live-feed from the customer plant to an SIG Remote Services expert. This remote service creates a secure data connection and enables the SIG expert to see exactly what the onsite customer or service engineer sees. The Remote Services expert can then send detailed instructions or technical drawings and guide them through resolving the issue. At the same time, the Remote Services expert can identify any parts that need replacing and order them for fast delivery and repair.

“We tested Remote Services together with one of our customers and could instantly help them more quickly and effectively when they had a technical issue,” said Ferdinand Schneller, Head of Technical Service for SIG in North America. “We are very confident that Remote Services by SIG is a solution our customers are looking for.”
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Gebo Cermex Wins Innovative Robotics Solution Category at PPMA Industry Awards

Gebo Cermex Wins Innovative Robotics Solution Category at PPMA Industry Awards   (Company news)

A world leader in line engineering and material handling solutions, Gebo Cermex was announced as the winner of the highly coveted Best Innovative Robotics Solution Award for its CoboAccess™_Pal at the PPMA Industry Awards 2018 on September 25th.

The award was open to robot or automation manufacturers, systems integrators, manufacturers or end users who have engineered or adopted an innovative robotics solution that has led to a significant productivity improvement and/or a cost reduction. In the category of Best Innovative Robotics Solution, judges especially acknowledged creative solutions, the smart use of robotics and software to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety.

Marc Daniel, VP Global Sales Equipment and Services Gebo Cermex, comments, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for our CoboAccess_Pal. This robust cobotic palletiser – particularly suited for low-speed applications – underlines our company’s commitment to help producers embrace Industry 4.0 opportunities. Moreover, CoboAccess_Pal embeds Gebo Cermex’s high safety and industrial standards: this ultra-compact, fenceless palletising cell is designed to perfectly match the needs of very demanding production environments, where reliability is absolute key. It is worth noticing that the extreme safety of our CoboAccess_Pal has also been objectively certified , in addition to the equipment’s full compliance with European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.”

Gebo Cermex is an expert in palletising/depalletising solutions with more than 5,000 machines installed around the world and more than ten years of experience in driving the implementation of collaborative robotics in end-of-line solutions.

The PPMA is the UK’s trade association for suppliers of processing and packaging machinery to the UK market and represents over 500 member and associate companies. Its principle objective is to promote sales of machinery, both at home and abroad, through various projects and services of mutual benefit to both members and their customers by providing free technical and machinery information and advice.
(Gebo Cermex)

UNITED CAPS Seeks to Build New Manufacturing Plant in Alençon to Further Its 'Close to You' Strategy

UNITED CAPS Seeks to Build New Manufacturing Plant in Alençon to Further Its 'Close to You' Strategy  (Company news)

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, will build a new plant in Normandy, France, in addition to the eight existing plants in Europe and the two future extensions in Malaysia and in the UK.

Photo: Messia was the first French plant in UNITED CAPS history… Now, an additional one is needed to answer to the growing demands from the market!

UNITED CAPS announced that it is seeking to construct a new manufacturing plant in the Valframbert Business Park of Alençon, France, as part of the company’s ‘Close to You’ strategy. UNITED CAPS is currently working with the Communauté Urbaine d’Alençon (CUA - Urban Community of Alençon) and with Orne Développement (a service of the Orne Department Council) to negotiate the purchase of 25,000 square meters of land upon which a purpose-built factory will be constructed, with a first construction phase of 4,000 square meters. This project represents an investment of €12 million and is expected to employ 15 staff in two years.

“The Valframbert Business Park is an ideal location for us,” says Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “With our ‘Close to You’ strategy, we seek to place our factories as close to our customers as possible, as shown by the two new factories that will open next year, in Malaysia and the UK. We are especially interested in building a factory in Alençon because of its proximity to customers, who will have access to our full portfolio of solutions, and will also benefit from the proximity to our R&D centre in Messia (Jura, France) if customization or bespoke development is required. We also like the fact that the Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d’Alençon (ISPA - Institute of Plastics and Composites) is located nearby, ensuring a source of highly skilled staff.”

The decision of UNITED CAPS was really appreciated by the Communauté Urbaine d’Alençon, Orne Développement, and the Agence de Développement pour la Normandie (the Regional Agency for Economic Development in Normandy), as this exciting project will bring new jobs to the area, as well as provide career opportunities for Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d’Alençon (ISPA - Institute of Plastics and Composites) graduates.
(United Caps)

PET BOTTLE MARKET: Claranor & Löhrke pulse with the PET industry for ...

PET BOTTLE MARKET: Claranor & Löhrke pulse with the PET industry for ...  (Company news)

... a cleaner future, at Brau Beviale!

Claranor brought Pulsed light technology to PET production lines 10 years ago, as a cutting-edge sterilization process. At Brau Beviale, Claranor will present 2 business cases illustrating the advantages of Pulsed Light in terms of Efficiency and Savings.

Why Pulsed light is even more obvious than ever on the PET market?
PET is nowadays, among all others packaging materials, largely used. While manufacturers appreciate its flexibility and physical properties, consumers adopt it for its overall convenience. The PET development has been made possible thanks to improvements on the production lines, especially: fully automatic process with inline bottle blowing, filling, and capping. The sterilization is one major step of this process, ensuring protection of the product and of the brand. From wet to dry, chemical sterilization has been the reference until now. However, because of sustainability and economic performance, beverage producers are looking for new solutions of inline decontamination. Pulsed Light Technology has been attracting more and more producers.

Why Claranor Pulsed light is adopted by famous manufacturers?
Claranor is well-known for its Cap sterilization solutions suitable even for high speed filling lines (up to 100 000 bph): Instant treatment, compact, the solution designed by Claranor is easy to integrate on existing or new lines, and offers a decontamination performance matching with beverage manufacturers requirements. These advantages have introduced new standards in the non-chemical sterilization and have established Claranor cap sterilization as an efficient alternative to what only chemical disinfection was offering until now. With >300 units operating worldwide, Claranor solutions are adopted by the largest producers and integrated by major OEM.

How Claranor Pulsed light can generate savings on existing or new lines?
Integrating Claranor Pulsed Light is not only a way of implementing sustainable industrial practices, it is also a way to realize savings. During Brau Beviale, Claranor & Löhrke will present a full business case issued in collaboration with VILSA Brunnen (Germany), including a whole amortization table. Vilsa Brunnen have replaced in the last years 5 PAA cap treatment units used on sensitive filling lines by Pulsed Light. Claranor equipments are adapted for new lines, and to replace existing chemical inline sterilization equipment too. ROI is achieved within 3 years. This information has been presented in preview at the last Fresenius conference by Dirk-C. Leyer, Sales Manager at Löhrke Claranor exclusive distributor in Germany and Austria. “The first intention for Vilsa to adopt Pulsed light Sterilization was to avoid drawbacks of the Pulsed light: sustainable AND profitable PAA sterilization and to protect their natural water source. But the reason why they integrate the Claranor Pulsed light decontamination solution on 5 PET lines is economic.”

Why Claranor is offering outstanding sterilization solution?
Closure manufacturers have adapted the design of their products to sterilization processes since a long time. For example, the shape of thread and plug-seal were designed to avoid retention of drops of sterilant. Claranor has established discussions with closures manufacturers to convince them to adapt their design to the constraints and advantages of pulsed light sterilization. Having its own microbiological laboratory and microbiology team, Claranor performs permanently tests on packaging material. This enables to check improvements performed in the cap design to integrate in it the advantages of a chemical free sterilization. The collaboration with Aptar started in 2010 with the “Original”. One of the last dispensing solutions designed by Aptar is the Uno 38 mm. The translucent version of this sport closure allows a whole decontamination with pulsed light: inside, outside, even under the cover. It makes it suitable for ESL >60 days, adapted to Class IV VDMA.

Claranor at Brau Beviale, 13th to 15th November: booth 4.311
Claranor designs chemical free solutions for chemical free high-speed filling lines. On a common booth with Löhrke, visitors will see Cap and Preform decontamination units. To offer a whole chemical free sterilization of the packaging Claranor has designed a preform sterilizer. The microbiological results achieved on neck and body of preforms offer an effective solution suitable for Ultra clean and ESL lines: preserved or low carbonated soft drinks, beer-mix beverages, chilled juices and milkbased drinks…

Also, on display:
- Claranor Essential, a cost attractive Cap sterilizer bringing the power of Pulsed light to lower speed lines (<16 000 bph).
- Claranor Puls’Full Cap, an equipment dedicated to ESL > 60 days. Designed to allow the instantaneous treatment of both sides of the closure, it prevents any cross-contamination issues. This option matches perfectly the need of upgrading the level of hygiene on the filling lines to innovate with more sensitive products (without preservative, with natural ingredient).

Carlsberg chose the global ink manufacturer hubergroup as main supplier for their beer labels

Carlsberg chose the global ink manufacturer hubergroup as main supplier for their beer labels  (Company news)

The global demand for greener products is growing year by year. Brand owners are responding by increased efforts to optimise not only their products, but also the sustainability of related packaging and other print material. For this reason, the market leading ink manufacturer hubergroup was by mid-2017 the first manufacturer to launch globally a wide range of Cradle to Cradle certified™ ink series and coatings for sustainable offset and gravure print products.

Photo: Launching Carlsbergs ‘Greener Green’ campaign: Douglas Mulhall (EPEA, Cradle to Cradle), Mark Töpfer (Töpfer Kulmbach GmbH), Julian Marsili (Carlsberg Breweries A/S), Jörgen Rietveld (hubergroup Deutschland GmbH).

As part of Carlsberg’s ambitious sustainability programme “TogetherTowardsZERO”, the company is making its products more sustainable and ensuring that consumers can live more sustainable lives. To that end, Carlsberg looked at the entire value chain to improve every part of its packaging, and that also included the ink for their beer labels. To help with that, the company chose hubergroup as the main ink supplier for their beer labels in selected markets.

During an exclusive event held in Copenhagen in September, Carlsberg revealed a series of exciting innovations developed in partnership with hubergroup, and at the same time highlighted hubergroup for its great commitment to roll out better and more environmentally friendly inks in front of the gathered trade press: “Printing inks have major impacts on the recyclability of packaging because they are often recycled along with paper fibers. To improve the recyclability of Carlsberg labels in selected markets, we are using the hubergroup Eco-Offset Ink Premium Plus, which is Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the Silver level,” say Carlsberg Brand Director Julian Marsili from the Carlsberg Group.

The Global Product & Portfolio Manager SF/UV of hubergroup Bernd Groh stated during an interview at the annual Cradle to Cradle Congress in Lüneburg: “As one of the first global ink manufacturers, we have taken up the challenge of re-designing our standard sheet fed offset and liquid ink portfolio to C2C certification. And with great success as you can see with the Carlsberg project, which was possible in no small part by the strong support of Healthy Printing Initiative, founded by EPEA in Hamburg, which is one of the most important platforms to enable sustainable printing for packaging manufacturers and printers. Print the change - print sustainability!”
(Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH)

Pacesetter for the beverage industry – BERICAP presents innovative closure solutions at ...

Pacesetter for the beverage industry – BERICAP presents innovative closure solutions at ...  (Company news)

... BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany

What does beverage production have to do with demographic change? How do you manage the balancing act between product safety and the “to-go mentality”? And how can consumers be offered the greatest possible convenience at the lowest possible production costs? Answers to these and many other questions will be provided by BERICAP, one of the world's leading manufacturers of plastic closures, at the BrauBeviale trade fair at the Nuremberg exhibition center from 13 to 15 November. Product innovations which address the changing needs of industry and consumers – even before a trend develops – are one of the great strengths of the closure specialist from Budenheim near Mainz.

“The development of ever lighter bottles and caps may have reduced production costs for the industry in recent years, but this has been to the detriment of consumer convenience in large measure,” said Christoph Thünemann, Group Director Communications and Marketing at BERICAP. “We decided early on to focus not only on economic efficiency but also on customer satisfaction – whether with our broad product range of consumer-friendly 26mm, 29mm and 33mm bottle openings or our sports closures. Our closures are very user-friendly because they are easy to open yet still guarantee the safety of the product and economical production. This spells genuine added value for the beverage industry, especially in an ageing society. Another focal point in our new and further developments is the ever-increasing mobility of consumers.”

But the innovative spirit of BERICAP is not limited to consumer convenience and “on-the-go consumption”. The company also offers innovative solutions in issues of product safety and differentiation at POS – from a multitude of custom design options to state-of-the-art solutions against product manipulation and tampering. This clear direction has convinced high-profile customers all over the world. Today BERICAP is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic closures not only in the food and beverage trade, but also in sectors of industry like agrochemicals, automotive & car care and chemicals.

The BrauBeviale trade fair has been held at the exhibition center in Nuremberg since 1978. With almost 38,000 trade visitors and more than 1,100 exhibitors, it is one of Europe’s leading trade fairs for the production and marketing of beer and non-alcoholic beverages. The trade fair covers every requirement with regard to high-quality raw materials, high-performance technologies, efficient logistics and creative marketing ideas for the beverage industry. BERICAP will be presenting its entire range of innovative products for the beverage industry at the show. “The BrauBeviale fair is an ideal platform for us to meet customers and potential customers and to show them ways in which they can always be one step ahead of their competitors,” continued Thünemann. “We invite our business partners and prospective customers to talk to our experts from all over the world at our new, modern exhibition booth.”

BERICAP booth at the BrauBeviale, Nuremberg exhibition center, 13.11.2018-15.11.2018, Hall 4 Stand 515
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

ANDRITZ presents smart solutions for beverage production at BrauBeviale

ANDRITZ presents smart solutions for beverage production at BrauBeviale  (Company news)

International technology group ANDRITZ is presenting its unrivalled range of separation and filtration technologies for the beverage industry at the BrauBeviale fair in Nuremberg from November 13 to 15, 2018, Hall 7, booth 7.421.

-Value-added separation and filtration solutions for production of beer and soft drinks
-Launch of new beer clarifier: ANDRITZ ArtBREW Advanced 71
-Innovative automation solutions to maximize yield and minimize downtime

Photo: ANDRITZ ArtBREW, plug-and-play craft beer clarification solution for your breweries

Experts from ANDRITZ will be on hand to provide specialist support for all separation demands and services, with comprehensive solutions for solid/liquid separation processes for beer, wine, dairy products and tea, as well as for trend beverages such as kombucha, vegetable milk, and coconut water.

One product exclusively designed for the brewing industry is ArtBREW – the craft beer clarifier from ANDRITZ. Combining efficiency and ease of maintenance, ArtBREW is a high-quality, simple-to-operate, plug-and-play beer clarification solution for breweries.

The latest version will be launched at BrauBeviale – the ANDRITZ ArtBREW Advanced 71 with its unique inert gas sealing system known as KO2 (knock out oxygen) that prevents unacceptable levels of oxygen pick-up between the clarifier inlet and outlet connections. Thanks to its small dimensions and custom configuration, the ArtBREW is not only highly efficient, but also a very compact solution that is quick to install. The ArtBREW range caters to brewers of any size, with a beer clarification capacity from 50 to up to 700 hectoliters per hour. Visitors will be able to explore the ArtBREW’s control options and clearly see the process up close.

As a global leader in centrifuge supply with more than 15,000 decanter centrifuges installed worldwide, ANDRITZ is the first port of call for enquiries from beverage producers of any size. The ANDRITZ decanter centrifuge F is designed specifically for the food industry to meet the most demanding requirements. It has low oxygen pick-up due to discharge under pressure from a hermetically sealed chamber. In addition to a high flow capacity, this technology has an array of technical features to help drive customers’ success, and the separation specialists at the ANDRITZ stand can advise customers on the ideal configuration for your specific application.

The ANDRITZ comprehensive product portfolio also includes membrane filter presses for breweries, which ensure effective filtration of mash at a constant, high quality level. As filter press filtration is a hermetically closed process, the risk of oxidation is kept to a minimum. What’s more, ANDRITZ filter presses can be easily cleaned, and cleaning-in-place options are also available. Components are manufactured according to FDA standards. In addition, brewery customers in particular benefit from the fact that ANDRITZ filter presses can be adjusted to a variety of processes and recipes.

And the expertise doesn’t end with technology – whether you need spare parts, rentals, local service, repairs, upgrades, or modernization of your equipment, ANDRITZ is a full-service provider. From initial consulting through to service agreements, process optimization, and training programs, ANDRITZ experts are always looking for ways to minimize downtime and increase predictability in operations while raising your overall production efficiency. The network of 550 service specialists and global service centers ensures ANDRITZ will always be there to support you for many lifecycles to come.

ANDRITZ has launched Metris addIQ – a system that makes all separation processes smarter. The innovative automation solutions add a new dimension to the performance of production facilities by minimizing downtime and maximizing product yield, quality, and consistency, even for operations that are already up and running.

The Metris addIQ control system reflects the very latest in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)/Industry 4.0 sector and has already proven its concrete value added by enhancing availability and minimizing production costs at the same time as increasing overall equipment efficiency and reducing the risk of operational errors. Not only are the solutions completely scalable, they are also backed by a specialist network of global automation experts.

Visitors to the ANDRITZ booth will be met by a team of specialists with extensive, detailed know-how in the areas of digital plant and process optimization, sensor technology, condition monitoring, augmented reality, data security, and B2B service business.
(Andritz AG)

drink technology India 2018 underscores its position as the key event for the beverage and ...

drink technology India 2018 underscores its position as the key event for the beverage and ...  (drinktechnology India 2018)

... liquid food industry in India

- More exhibitors and more space
- High impact of the trade fair as a driving force for the Indian market
- Expanded supporting program a great success

The success of the most important event for India’s beverage industry remains unchecked: The trade fair alliance consisting of drink technology India (dti), organized by Messe München, and indiapack pacprocess and food pex India, organized by Messe Düsseldorf, recorded higher numbers of exhibitors and occupied more exhibition space. The number of visitors remained at a very high level as well. The fair’s further growth reflects the dynamic development of the Indian beverage and liquid food market, in which high growth rates are again forecast to climb.

“The figures speak for themselves: 201 exhibitors from 17 countries presented their products and solutions at dti. They occupied around 23 percent more net exhibition area than at the last event in Mumbai,” Georg Moller, head of the business division at Messe München, said in describing the fair’s success. Bhupinder Singh, the CEO of Messe Muenchen India, was also pleased by the continued growth: “It underscores the huge meaning of dti for the Indian market.”

Together with indiapack pacprocess and food pex India, 343 exhibitors presented themselves on an area of around 16,500 square meters from October 24 through 26. Moller pointed in particular to the very professional cooperation with the partner Messe Düsseldorf: “Joint staging of the fairs is not only a big gain for us. As a result, visitors obtain a comprehensive overview of all areas of the beverage and packaging industry.”

This offer was widely used by visitors, as for example Partho Ghosh, Executive Vice President bei KHS Filling & Packaging Worldwide says: “We had many talks with visitors and have received new leads this year. The Indian beverage industry is looking for innovations which will bring the development of the industry a big step forward.”

Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, also described dti as an important driving force for the industry: “For companies that produce machines to make, process and package beverages and liquid-food products, India is one of the major sales markets in Asia.” The outlook for the market is consistently positive. In the process, the important role played by dti will continue to grow.

Further training and networking: Supporting program of unprecedented breadth
dti’s supporting program was highly popular among visitors and very well attended on all three days. Day two of the Round Table Talks revolved around beer, wine and spirits. According to the VDMA, India ranks ninth among the top ten sales countries for alcoholic drinks. Beer is the top-selling alcoholic beverage in India. The experts generally agree that demand for high-quality beers and for wine and spirits will grow as the population’s income rises.

Visitors were able to try Indian beer variations at the new place2beer. The focus at the platform was not only on beer tastings, but above all on networking and sharing knowledge among representatives from microbreweries, medium-sized and industrial breweries, and brewing suppliers. In the Craft Beer Seminars, experts from the scene demonstrated what impact microbreweries are having on beer brewing and what trends are influencing the craft beer sector. Bruno Bonacchelli, brew master at Castle Malting Belgium and one of the speakers at the seminar, was enthusiastic: “I’m impressed by the high technical standards in the Indian craft beer market and about how quickly the latest methods and technologies are adapted.” Further talks were given by representatives from Brewbot Mumbai, Gateway Brewing Mumbai and White Owl.

The focus of the buyer-seller meetings was networking and initiation of new business relationships. About 430 discussions between exhibitors and potential customers were held, a clear indication of the concept’s popularity. The customers who made a special point of attending the trade fair to create new business relationships with exhibitors included Bohemian Beer, Good Drop Wine Cellars, Hindustan Coca Cola, Jyanti Beverages and Parle Agro.

Two new additions to the supporting program of dti in Mumbai were the seminar of the Oil Technologists’ Association of India (OTAI) and the seminar of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The OTAI Seminar addressed the growing importance of oils and fats in the Indian market and in particular challenges in packaging edible oils. The FSSAI Seminar provided insights into the regulations on and regulatory framework for beverages in India.

All items on the supporting program went down very well with visitors. The seats at the forum were always full. With the supporting program, dti once again proves that it gives key boosts and stimuli to the beverage and liquid food industry in India.

dti, indiapack pacprocess and food pex India
drink technology India is staged in conjunction with indiapack pacprocess and food pex India of Messe Düsseldorf. This combination of four trade fairs covers the topics of drink technology, dairy and liquid food together with those of the related packaging industry (drink technology India), packaging and related processes (pacprocess India), packaging materials and aids as well as machines and technology for the production of packaging materials and aids (indiapack) and also food and confectionery processing and packaging (food pex India) all under one roof and is unrivaled in the region.

The next dti in Mumbai will be held from December 9 to 11, 2020. In 2019, dti will be held in Bengaluru for the first time. It is scheduled for February 28 to March 2. As part of the trade fair alliance, the event will also be held next year once again — from December 5 to 7 in New Delhi.
(Messe München GmbH)

Shrink sleeve label education and live demonstrations return to Accraply for ...

Shrink sleeve label education and live demonstrations return to Accraply for ...  (Company news)

... sixth consecutive year

Picture: Workshop participants learn about heat shrink sleeve technology via presentations and live demonstrations

Accraply to cohost the AWA Introduction to Heat Shrink Sleeve Label Technologies Workshop

Accraply, a Barry-Wehmiller packaging company, will host live equipment demonstrations at its Minneapolis facility during the AWA Introduction to Heat Shrink Sleeve Label Technologies Workshop, in partnership with AWA Alexander Watson Associates. Held November 13 and 14, 2018, this workshop will provide an interactive guide to the technologies and processes involved in the production and application of shrink sleeve labels. The first day of the event is hosted by Flint Group Narrow Web at its Rogers, Minnesota, facility, and Accraply hosts the second day in Minneapolis.

Through the incorporation of classroom presentations with onsite demonstrations, this workshop offers attendees a sound education in heat shrink sleeve technology. Highlights include peer networking and a “Cures and Remedies” panel discussion between workshop participants and industry specialists. In addition to Accraply, the workshop is supported by Flint Group Narrow Web, Bonset America Corporation, Creative Edge Software and CGS.

“AWA events traditionally rotate locations from year to year, however, the popularity of this seminar and the superb partnership with Flint Group Narrow Web and Accraply has worked so well that we return to Minnesota for a sixth consecutive annual event,” remarked AWA Alexander Watson Associates President and CEO Corey Reardon. “The participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and this workshop is consistently one of the highest rated events we hold all year. This is due, in no small part, to the significant support and participation from leading international companies in this growing technology arena.”
(Accraply Inc.)

Victrex to present new extended food grade portfolio of high-performance PEEK polymers

Victrex to present new extended food grade portfolio of high-performance PEEK polymers  (Company news)

VICTREX FG™ product family addresses industry performance criteria and compliance requirements for food applications

To help OEMs to meet the stringent regulatory and quality demands affecting the food equipment industry, Victrex is introducing a dedicated PEEK food grade portfolio. Compared to metals, the new “VICTREX FG™” family of high-performing thermoplastics offers additional benefits in terms of cost-effectiveness, productivity and performance for OEMs – and the neutral taste expected by consumers.

Food and beverage (F&B) manufacturing equipment companies are facing numerous requirements for health, safety and hygiene established by regulatory authorities, the industry and consumers. In addition, with the adoption of Industry 4.0 technology, VICTREX PEEK can offer food and beverage manufacturers the opportunity to optimize efficiency and reduce production costs, when compared to the use of metals.

Reducing part production costs – Increasing reliability and maintenance intervals
In the short term, component cost can be influenced by part manufacturing costs. Metal components, for example, may require costly multi-step machining to manufacture. Selection of alternative materials or scalable manufacturing processes, such as injection molding can reduce component cost, at volume. In the longer term, the total cost of ownership for parts can be reduced by the selection of more optimal materials such as high-performance polymers and/or designs that prolong component lifetime and cut costs in downtime or loss in product quality.

Currently, components of machines used in the food production industry require regular maintenance, for example, this may be due to metal components being susceptible to corrosion. Such corrosion can create local environments that harbour contamination; stainless steel in salty environments at temperatures above 60°C for example. In addition, exposure of components to extreme temperatures and chemicals can result in deterioration and damage; contamination could also result from lubricants necessary for moving parts.

“To protect the consumer and implement social and environmental standards, the regulatory landscape for materials used in food, drink and potable water is becoming increasingly complex. Updated, more stringent requirements in combination with demands for improved taste experiences, longer shelf life, clean labels, product differentiation and consumer safety add further challenges, which the VICTREX PEEK food grade portfolio can help to address”, says Steve Dougherty, Director Manufacturing & Engineering at Victrex.

New food grades and portfolio to improve cost-benefit ratio and productivity
Victrex is able to provide certain PEEK products that have passed the relevant EU10/2011 testing requirements. This potentially cuts out cost in domestic or commercial appliances and contributes to improved productivity/yields for industrial installations. The cost of compliance is usually significant. The addition of new materials approval under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) can often exceed £100,000 each and take well in excess of a year in some cases. This does not include the in-house application testing and validation in a given application, or indeed the food contact approval of the device. Some de-risking of those costs is available where the material supplier has already certified their materials with the NSF International. Pre-approved materials can deliver cost savings in the region of £10,000 and time savings of approximately 12 weeks.

Included in the VICTREX FG portfolio are food grades that comply with stringent testing according to all or at least one of the following regulations:
• FOOD: The USA FDA 21 CFR 177.2415 regulation (all grades approved), the European EU 10/2011 (all grades approved, excluding carbon fibre grade); the South American Mercosur GMC RES 02/12; 32/07; 32/10);
• WATER: The United Kingdom´s WRAS and the German KTW which includes KTW guideline testing as well as DVGW W270 Micro testing

Advancing applications based on food grade portfolio combined with extensive PEEK experience
The food industry is using Victrex PEEK solutions for some time in applications that range from cookware and beverage dispensers for commercial and domestic use to industrial applications involving food contact components in conveyor systems, aseptic processing, sensors, gears and nozzles. The company´s in-depth knowledge of PEEK is built on nearly 40 years of experience with this high-performance polymer – and from partnering within the industry to help meet its needs.
(Victrex plc)



SIG has recently expanded its long term global partnership with Nestlé in another major growth market: Brazil. As a first step SIG has supplied a filling machine for 500, 750 and 1,000 ml combiblocMidi carton packs, for Nestlé Brazil’s well-loved Molico and Ninho UHT milks.

Whereas, in the past, just a one litre packaging format would suffice for the retail shelf, today’s consumer in Brazil is looking for packaging formats and volumes to help avoid food waste. Healthy dairy products in pack volumes of less than 1,000 ml meet the latest consumer trends for mobility, a healthy lifestyle and individualization.

Brand manufacturers of products that are sensitive to market fluctuations, such as milk and dairy products, have to meet the challenge of these customer trends and achieve operational efficiency in their production processes. What is needed are solutions that, in addition to flexibility, guarantee maximum efficiency and waste reduction, in order to achieve a better cost-benefit equation.

With SIG's flexible and efficient solutions, Nestlé Brazil sees itself well equipped to meet current requirements. Its well-loved Molico and Ninho UHT milks have been packaged and marketed in combiblocMidi since the start of this year. For this purpose, a SIG CFA 812 filling machine with a capacity of 12,000 packs per hour is in operation at the Nestlé plant in Carazinho (RS), better known as Nestlé Sul.

94% Technical Line Efficiency
Installed since the beginning of 2018, the SIG system has already proved invaluable.

Antonieta Hilst, Regional Director at SIG South America: “Many systems would require two filling machines to fill different volumes but the SIG system enables the filling of 3 different volumes – 500, 750 and 1,000 ml – on the same machine, with very high levels of efficiency and a simplified set up”.

The SIG CFA 812 filling machine is now running at 94% Technical Line Efficiency.

Anselmo Nascimento, Nestlé Sul Plant Manager said: “We have surpassed our average 58-60 hours’ production time, reaching new cycle times of 72 hours. SIG’s line has also achieved excellence in terms of our quality and standards, especially with regard to food safety, aseptic validation, excellent OEE of 94% and an average loss of less than 0.2%.”

New beverage occasions
Today’s beverage manufacturer needs to meet the demands of today’s consumer with the right product and a packaging concept that delivers in terms of functionality and convenience. Already working with Nestlé around the globe, SIG’s flexible filling line is opening doors in Brazil to new beverage occasions and promoting exciting new business opportunities through product innovation and differentiation.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)



This November, SIG will be ‘unpacking the Perfect Package’ at Gulfood Manufacturing, one of the largest and most important Food & Beverage trade shows for the Middle East, Africa & Asian countries, attracting over 32,000 visitors.

Smart Factory solutions
Part 1 of SIG’s Perfect Package is based on future-focused Industrial Internet of Things (IioT) technologies. The solutions presented at the booth will help manufacturers digitally transform their facilities to achieve higher levels of production efficiency and quality while optimizing overall processes and services.

SIG will also disclose more about its partnership with IioT leader GE Digital at Gulfood Manufacturing, elevating the concepts of Industry 4.0 to the next level.

Connected Pack solutions
Process optimisation and efficiency are key at today’s competitive business interface. As some of the food industry’s most progressive and performance driven specialists, SIG’s team understand the business challenges facing today’s food and beverage manufacturers: speed to market, health and safety, sustainability and differentiation on shelf.

As Martin Schmedes, Marketing & Strategy Director MEA of SIG said: “Our dedication to understanding customers’ needs goes beyond products and technology. We solve customers’ problems and offer new possibilities through an intelligent, holistic overview of their business needs. At the show we will highlight how SIG’s Perfect Package is helping our customers innovate differentiated products, build smarter filling plants and create interactive packs of the future.”

SIG is able to offer practical, results driven solutions to improve production KPI’s. For example, through using the Connected Pack, manufacturers can track and trace products throughout the value chain. Interactive layers can also be added to packs as part of digital promotional marketing campaigns, giving consumers greater product awareness and encouraging new purchasers to trial.

New purchasing power
Currently the largest demographic with purchasing power is that of Millennials and this is soon to be overtaken by Generation Z. The balance of purchasing power is changing and manufacturers need to keep pace with the latest innovation and sustainability demands.

Martin Schmedes: “These two groups are far more discerning and conscious about the content of products they consume and the environment. Fair trade, recycled, sustainable, GMO free are no longer buzz words but are fast becoming a prerequisite for consumers. Our market experts work closely with R&D to expand our portfolio of packaging systems to reflect these demands. Our packaging innovations on show at Gulfood Manufacturing underline our commitment to deliver responsible products without compromising on the need for unique design and convenience.”

Additive manufacturing, remote servicing, smarter processing, augmented reality and more. The future of food production will be on show at Gulfood Manufacturing and SIG’s disruptive differentiation and value-adding solutions are helping food & beverage manufacturers to open up new opportunities for performing better and growing faster.

You can visit SIG at Hall number A1, Stand number 34/54.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Insights into the materials cycle of a PET bottle

Insights into the materials cycle of a PET bottle  (Company news)

At the start of October, we welcomed a dozen journalists from Austrian and German industry magazines, as well as premium Austrian newspapers. They had accepted our invitation to the press trip ‘Circular economy: from post-consumer material to PET bottle’. The one-day trip took the attendees to three different locations in the south of Vienna – the stages of a used PET bottle becoming a filled bottle of water again.

Photo: Peter Fröschel, Plant Manager PET Recycling Team (PRT) Wöllersdorf, led a tour through the recycling factory and demonstrated the path for a used PET bottle to become food-safe rPET granulate.

ALPLA believes in recycling
Our colleagues from PET Recycling Team GmbH got things underway. Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA, welcomed the guests and introduced the subject. ‘We have been dealing with recycling for over 25 years. We were already investing in these technologies and processing recyclable materials into new packaging at a time when it was almost being dismissed as nothing more than a hobby. With this in mind, we welcome the current developments. However, we are also calling for suitable measures to allow us to implement the ambitious targets and ideally support our customers,’ he said, to explain his core demand. Thereafter, our recycling experts explained the process and its challenges: from the procurement of post-consumer materials via sorting technology to food-safe recycled material (rPET).

In ALPLA’s two PET recycling factories (Wöllersdorf, Austria and Radomsko, Poland), around 42,000 tons of food-safe rPET is produced each year. Since Wöllersdorf made the changeover to green electricity, the rPET produced there saves around 90% in terms of greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to new material. From a technical point of view, almost anything is possible these days, which also applies for the use of recycled materials in the production process.
Insight into the production of sustainable packaging solutions

The group then moved on to the ALPLA Base Plant in nearby Steinabrückl. The journalists found out how items known as ‘preforms’ for PET bottles are manufactured. Plant Manager Werner Rosenberger explained the different technologies and machines, and Regional Manager CEE Rainer Widmar discussed the importance of recycling in Central and Eastern Europe, among other things.

The fact that we were able to present the entire cycle of a PET bottle was thanks to the generous cooperation of our customer Vöslauer Mineralwasser. In Bad Vöslau – the third and final stop on the trip – managing directors Birgit Aichinger and Herbert Schlossnikl welcomed us in the afternoon and presented the sustainability targets of their company. The visit to production showed how the preforms produced in Steinabrückl are stretched and shaped into PET bottles. There was a real highlight for the journalists at the end of the tour: their goodie bags contained the first Vöslauer bottles manufactured from 100% rPET (insert link to Vöslauer site) – in cooperation with ALPLA, of course.

Our summary
The number of attendees, the high level of interest during the factory tours and the animated discussions before and after show that the subjects of the circular economy and recycling are highly relevant at the moment, particularly among journalists.
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)

DELBROUCK as exhibitor at the BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg

DELBROUCK as exhibitor at the BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg  (Company news)

The BrauBeviale is an exhibition for the whole process chain of beverage production: raw materials, technologies, logistics and marketing. As one of the best-known and largest bottle crate manufacturers in the industry, DELBROUCK will also participate when the exibition takes place from 13th to 15th November in Nuremberg Germany.

Photo: display crate for 0.5l Euro bottles

As in previous years, the DELBROUCK team is looking forward to welcome well known contacts, new business partners and interested trade fair visitors on their booth.

Besides recent projects and interesting bottle crates, which are in line with the ongoing trend towards customization in the small container sector, DELBROUCK is presenting the crate range for Euro bottles at this year’s BrauBeviale. In addition to the well-known shapes for 0.5l Euro, DELBROUCK presents the retro model for 0.33l Euro bottles and the first display crate for 0.5l Euro bottles. An absolute novelty on the European crate market.

Once again we welcome our partner Euroglas as co-exhibitor on our booth. Euroglas is one of the leading packaging service providers in the medium-sized food and beverage industry. Together with our partner, we can realize full-service projects for our customers. From the bottle to the crate to finished packed units – a strong partnership

Visit us at our booth in hall 4 stand 4-243. We are looking forward to your visit!
(Delbrouck GmbH)

SIG leads the industry in implementing new certification for responsible aluminium

SIG leads the industry in implementing new certification for responsible aluminium  (Company news)

SIG is the first in its industry – and the fifth company in the world – to achieve certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s recently launched certification system to recognize and collaboratively foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.

World’s first certification for responsible aluminium
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification program, launched in December 2017, is the first of its kind for aluminium.

SIG has achieved certification to the ASI Performance Standard Material Stewardship Principle at the corporate level at their head office in Switzerland as well as their main corporate units in Germany, together with ASI Chain of Custody certification at these locations and one of its key production sites in Saalfelden, Austria. Other SIG sites will follow soon. The certification will enable customers to have confidence that the aluminium foil in SIG packs supports a responsible aluminium value chain from responsible sourcing and processing of the raw material to responsible production of the finished packs.

This is an important step towards SIG’s target to source 100% of its key materials from certified sources by 2020 – part of the company’s bold ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.

“Achieving this certification enables SIG to lead the industry in offering carton packs made with ASI-certified aluminium foil from now on” says Samuel Sigrist, Chief Financial Officer of SIG. “Customers can already put the FSCTM logo on any of our packs to show that the paper board comes from sustainable forests and responsible sources. This new certification for aluminium will further enhance the environmental credentials of our cartons.”

Commitment to source certified materials
SIG has pioneered the use of third-party verified certifications within the industry to demonstrate that key materials are sourced responsibly.

Back in 2009, it was the first to achieve 100% global coverage of FSCTM chain of custody certification for liquid packaging board (licence code FSCTM C020428). And last year, its European sleeve and spout production plants achieved ISCC PLUS certification for the biopolymers used to link SIGNATURE PACK to 100% forest-based material.

There has previously been no such certification available to certify the ultra-thin layer of aluminium foil used in SIG packs. The new ASI certification offers a way to audit the aluminium supply chain against strict standards on a broad range of governance, environmental and social topics.

Prior to the launch of the ASI Performance Standard, SIG joined forces with aluminium supplier Amcor to understand whether the supply chain was ready to meet the requirements. Certification to the ASI Chain of Custody Standard enables SIG to demonstrate high performance standards in the supply chain to customers and consumers.

“We are delighted to congratulate SIG Combibloc on their dual ASI Certification, the first downstream company to do so”, says Fiona Solomon, ASI Chief Executive Officer. “Aluminium is a key raw material for the packaging sector, who have been important supporters of ASI since its inception. Material stewardship and product recycling principles are of critical importance in such a consumer-oriented sector. In seeking ASI Certification, SIG has been highly focused on both their own performance and that of their supply chains, and we commend them on their drive to this achievement.”

Working with suppliers
Establishing chain of custody certification at SIG’s production sites is essential to maintain the verification of responsible sourcing through the value chain. At the same time, SIG is encouraging suppliers to work towards ASI certification to help create a supply of aluminium foil from certified sources.

SIG’s early commitment to implementing the ASI certification will add value for customers by promoting responsible sourcing throughout the value chain – from suppliers to customers and, ultimately, to consumers.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

SIG Combibloc Group: Solid growth momentum continues

SIG Combibloc Group: Solid growth momentum continues  (Company news)

Nine months 2018 highlights
- Core revenue for first nine months up 7% at constant currency, up 4% at actual rates
- Adjusted EBITDA for first nine months up 5% at actual rates: cost efficiencies
- Net total debt reduced by >EUR1 billion post IPO resulting in leverage of 3.2x

Business Performance
First nine months 2018
Core revenue for the first nine months of 2018 was up 7% at constant currency and up 4% at actual rates. Growth was broad-based with a particularly strong performance across the Asia Pacific region. In China, the business is well positioned to meet market trends such as urbanization and convenience, and is seeing strong demand for products with particulates (such as cereals and fruit pieces). The adjusted EBITDA margin for the period increased from 25% to 26%, with the contribution from top line growth more than offsetting higher raw material costs and an adverse impact from currency. In addition, profitability benefited from production efficiencies and lower selling, general & administrative costs following a major product launch in 2017, as well as the relocation of some R&D activities to be closer to the market.

Third quarter 2018
Core revenue in the third quarter of 2018 was up 4% at constant currency and up 1% at actual rates. The difference between actual and constant currency revenue growth was mainly due to the depreciation of the Brazilian Real against the Euro, as was the case for the first nine months. Core revenue growth in the quarter was driven largely by the Asia Pacific region. After a strong first half, performance in the Americas slowed in the third quarter but underlying demand remains strong. Adjusted EBITDA was 8% lower reflecting the impact of currency, resulting in an adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter of 28% compared with 30% in the third quarter of 2017.

Pro forma net debt and balance sheet
On 28 September SIG announced the pricing of its IPO at CHF11.25 per share and was listed on SIX Swiss Exchange. The proceeds from the sale of new shares in the offering have been used to pay down debt as reflected in pro forma figures for gross and total net debt. Total net leverage at end-September 2018 on a pro forma basis, taking into account the IPO proceeds received on 2 October 2018, was 3.2x compared with 5.4x before receipt of the IPO proceeds. The company plans to reduce net leverage towards 2x in the mid-term while targeting a dividend payout equivalent to 50 - 60% of adjusted net income.

Full year outlook
The company maintains its guidance for the full year 2018 and expects core revenue growth at constant currency of 4 - 6%. The adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be 28%+.
Rolf Stangl (photo), CEO of SIG, said: "Demand for our products remains strong and is supported by non-discretionary consumer spending and favorable demographics in growth regions. Our diverse geographic footprint and focus on innovation will enable us to sustain a long-term growth trajectory."
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


UK: Scotland's brewing industry enjoys explosive growth  (

Scotland's brewing industry has enjoyed "explosive growth" since 2010 as craft beers have become increasingly popular, according to new research.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Spice) found there were 115 breweries across Scotland this year - compared with just 35 eight years ago.

More than four-fifths of businesses in the sector were micro-breweries.

The study also found that 30% of all brewing enterprises were in the Highlands and Edinburgh.

The report said: "Globally, beer consumption has been falling for decades.

"However, this has not dampened the significant brewery start-up rate, responding to consumers choosing to drink more expensive, specialised beers.

"Scotland's craft breweries have flourished over recent years with a plethora of new breweries entering the market."

While just four local authority areas contained breweries in 2010, currently 16 of the 32 separate regions are home to at least one brewing business.

"Both urban and rural areas have benefited from the explosive growth of the sector," the report found.

Breweries had an average turnover of £271,310 in 2018 - lower than the average business turnover of £673,000.

But 10% of breweries had sales levels worth over £1m, while just over half (52%) had turnover levels that were below £100,000.

The research also identified 128 malt and grain distilleries in Scotland, giving the country the largest concentration of whisky producers in the world.

In addition it found more than 60 distilleries producing gin in Scotland, with more than 110 varieties of Scottish gin available.

Overall, the spirits industry makes up 3% of Scottish GDP, with nine out of 10 distilling jobs in the UK being located north of the border.

Average turnover across all Scottish distilleries was approximately £5.3m each in 2018, according to the report.


USA: Total beer volume down 1.1% in 2017  (

Total beer volume in the US dropped 1.1% last year to 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases, the Beverage Information Group's 2018 Beer Handbook reported. That amounts to a fifth consecutive decline in total U.S. beer consumption.

The biggest losers last year were light beer, with volumes dropping 3.1% in 2017; popular beer, falling 2.5% last year; super-premium and premium beers, down by 3.7%; and malt liquor, sliding by 4.3%, the handbook said.

Craft beer showed the largest jump, growing 4.9% last year to 310 million cases, the handbook noted. Local and regional craft beers have saturated the market, and consumers are trying various brands instead of sticking with a favorite. Imported beers grew by 3.5%, with Mexican imports particularly strong. Flavored malt beverages nudged up 1.3% last year, although growth in that segment has fallen off lately.

These volume declines aren't that surprising given how big beer companies have been performing in the past few years. Even industry giants AB InBev and Molson Coors have seen their U.S. sales drop in recent quarters.

In the recent past, U.S. beer drinkers have been moving away from domestic lagers and turning to craft beers, Mexican imports and wine and spirits. As a result, total beer shipments dropped by 1.3% last year, with declines coming to major domestic brands — Budweiser (-6.8%), Coors Light (-4.1%), Miller Lite (-2.8%) and the most popular U.S. brand, Bud Light (-5.7%).

On the flip side, alcoholic beverage company Constellation Brands has been doing well with its Mexican beer brands, including Corona and Modelo Especial. The company controls 90% of the premium beer market and reported a healthy volume growth of 8.9% in 2017, leading the industry for a fourth straight year.

Besides imports, brewers have tried to focus on low-calorie and no- or low-alcohol beers in order to capture consumers interested in health and wellness trends. Bud Light, Coors Light and Miller Lite are all reduced-calorie domestic lagers, and Constellation Brands and AB InBev have also rolled out new lower-calorie beers. However, the beer handbook noted, one reason Mexican imports are so popular is their perceived better flavor and quality, which lower-calorie beers don't always deliver. However, in its most recent earnings report, Constellation reported a bump in sales from its new low-calorie Corona Premier.

Other promising areas for the beer industry are taprooms and brewpubs, where sales to customers jumped 24.2% last year, according to The Wall Street Journal. These experience-driven sales, however, may not be enough to stem the tide. U.S. consumers are turning more to wine blends, spirits and cider instead of beer, reports show. According to IWSR market research, tequila and mezcal are tops in this segment, followed by whiskey and vodka. Millennials are fueling some of the change because they tend to like sweeter flavors, as well as spirits and sparkling alcohol.

Beer makers may continue to invest in craft and imported brews as a way to recapture market share, but there's no guarantee today's consumers will remain loyal to brands. A better long-term strategy might be to invest in cannabis-infused beverages, which appear to have a much brighter future than light beer, premium beer or malt liquor products.

According to a new study from A.T. Kearney, 30% of Americans would be willing to try a cannabis-infused nonalcoholic beverage, and 17% would be interested in an alcoholic drink containing the substance. Constellation has already invested in the segment, and Molson Coors appears headed in that direction. It may only be a matter of time before the other big brewers try to boost slumping sales by following suit.


UK: Beer duty tax rise to add extra £125 mln on beer spend  (

A 2% rise in beer duty at next month’s November Budget would mean an additional £125 mln on what UK consumers are already spending annually on pints of beer, The Morning Advertiser reported on October 15.

According to CGA, the number of pints of draught beer sold in the on-trade in 2017 was 3,128,113,278.

If beer duty is not frozen in November, the cost of a pint could rise by 4p and so based on the number of pints sold last year, this means drinkers would be spending £125,124,531 more.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced a freeze in beer duty in last year's Autumn Budget, which he said was backing great British pubs.

However, figures from the Campaign for Real Ale, which were released in March this year found that 18 pubs a week are closing due to a triple whammy of high beer duty, rising business rates and VAT.

Health campaigners have argued that beer duty should rise and the money raised from the tax increase should be spent on the NHS, police forces and alcohol treatment services.

British Beer & Pub Association chef executive Brigid Simmonds told The Morning Advertiser that pubs benefit people’s health by combatting loneliness and being part of the community.

Simmonds said: “The price of a pint will go up at least 4p as a result of a 2% increase in beer duty and that in turn affects footfall in pubs.”

“Pubs have a really important part to play in health in combatting loneliness, getting people out of the home and the role they fulfil in local communities.

“Many doctors have publically said they are supportive of pubs.”

Simmonds outlined what previously happened when beer duty saw a rise above the level of inflation.

She added: “Between 2008 and 2014, we had a 42% increase in beer duty when we had the beer duty escalator and the tax was 2% above inflation.

“Without doubt, high beer duty does affect the closure of pubs because they are small businesses and have nowhere to go.”

UKHospitality (UKH) chief executive Kate Nicholls said the rise in beer duty would push people towards buying alcohol from supermarkets.

“Duty was among UKH’s asks in our pre-Budget letter, pushing the Chancellor for a range of support, that also included reform of business rates, doubling the national insurance contribution threshold and a freeze in duty to support vital businesses,” she added.

“Significant duty increases make drinks in pubs and bars more expensive and would likely have the unintended consequence of people drinking cheaper off-trade alcohol. “Closing venues in which customers can drink responsibly in a supervised environment is not the right way to combat problem drinking.

“The self-defeating policy would increase cost for hospitality businesses when we are already seeing closures on the high street.”

However, health lobbyists for a rise in duty outlined that an increase would actually benefit pubs and that a cut or freeze would impact the licensed trade in a negative way.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, an agency in the north-east that aims to reduce alcohol consumption, told The Morning Advertiser: “There are clear health reasons why beer duty should be increased. Alcohol is 60% more affordable than it was in 1980.

“The biggest issues licensees have is competing with cheap supermarket alcohol. When you cut alcohol duty, supermarkets are able to pass those cuts on more readily to the customer and that means it makes it more difficult for pubs to compete.

“Evidence suggests to us that not only does it not help pubs but cheaper alcohol leads to greater consumption, which leads to greater harm.

“Some 89% of publicans who responded in our survey said they had received no benefit from duty cuts since 2012 and 2013 (survey of 200 publicans across the north-east of England).

However, one operator disagrees with Shevills comments and highlighted the way forward in reducing alcohol harm was working together and education.

Lee Price, licensee of the Royal Pier in Aberystwyth, Wales, said: “The proposed rise in beer duty is an effective strategy for reducing the number of British pubs and ripping the heart out of communities across the UK.

“In the likely event that supermarkets will not fully pass on any increases to its domestic drinkers, cheap booze will stay cheap, and the most common form of alcohol consumption will continue to cause uncontrolled harm.

“Partnership work, comprehensive education and responsible drinking in well-managed bars will deliver the culture they (AHA) are so desperate to see.”


World: Global warming could cause shortage of beer  (

Global warming poses a serious threat to our current way of life, a new UN climate report found. And now it looks like it will cause a shortage of beer in the process, the Fortune reported on October 15.

A new study published on October 15 in the journal Nature Plants says that global warming will cause a decrease in barley crops, leading to a shortage of beer and causing a price hike. Barley is susceptible to drought and heat, and the extreme weather conditions in the coming years associated with global temperatures rising could trigger a 16% decline in global beer consumption, Business Insider reported.

“The aim of the study is not to encourage people to drink more today,” Dabo Guan, a co-author of the study and a professor of climate change economics at the University of East Anglia, told CNN. Instead, the researchers provided a tangible example of how global warming will impact quality of life by showing its effects on a favorite beverage of the working class: Beer.

Beer prices could double worldwide and the U.S. could see 20% decline in beer consumption—that’s about 10 billion cans of beer. Places like Ireland could see a price hike on beer of up to $21 extra for a six-pack, according to Business Insider.

“If you don’t want that to happen—if you still want a few pints of beer—then the only way to do it is to mitigate climate change,” said Guan. The study’s researchers said that similar to prohibition-era laws, a global beer shortage will have the biggest impact on the working class.

“We have to all work together to mitigate climate change,” said Guan, according to CNN.


Ireland: No-deal Brexit could hike up alcohol prices  (

A no-deal Brexit could hike up Ireland’s booze prices, experts have warned.

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland said running costs of distilleries would increase which could lead to dearer pints in the pub.

Industry experts say 23,000 trucks in the booze industry cross the border every year – all of which face being hit with massive tariffs if negotiations don’t go well.

The impending levies could be as high as €93 per tonne of barley or €131 per tonne on malt.

Federation chief Patricia Callan said: “Tariffs would add significant costs to Northern Irish whiskey distilleries and breweries buying barley and malt from Ireland, to Irish craft distilleries and breweries buying specialist malts from the UK and to Irish cider producers buying apples from Co Armagh.

“Similarly, tariffs on finished cider products would damage the cost competitiveness of Irish and Northern Irish cider producers, threatening sales and jobs.

“We also need to avoid divergence on VAT. Drinks producers in border counties have, at any one time, up to 40 ‘live’ suppliers on the other side of the border.

“If there was to be no Brexit agreement on VAT, then, for the first time since 1993, an import VAT charge could become payable up-front at the point of importation resulting in significant cash flow disruption and increased administration costs.”

And the group told how job losses may also be on the cards for under-pressure companies. Operators face other threats, including customs checks delays and restrictions on Northern Irish producers for accessing global free trade.

Overall Ireland exported €1.6billion worth of alcohol around the world last year. Its biggest market is the UK which accounted for 71% of its beer exports and 85% of cider exports.

But this could be hugely jeopardised if cross-government talks fail to get a good result.


USA: Heineken to launch nonalcoholic Heineken 0.0 across the US  (

Heineken will soon launch a nonalcoholic version of its namesake beer in the U.S. as consumers seek out healthier options, CNBC reported on October 11.

In January, Heineken will introduce Heineken 0.0 (pronounced zero zero) nationwide. Heineken, the world's second-largest brewer, first launched the beer in Barcelona in May 2017 and has since rolled it out in more than 30 countries.

Consumers are increasingly shunning beer and instead drinking wine, spirits and hard seltzers, which they perceive as healthier than beer. Others are drinking less and some are dropping alcohol altogether. Heineken thinks it can reinvigorate the beer category if it can give people more opportunities to drink it.

"It's not about a replacement strategy, it's complementary," said Jonnie Cahill, chief marketing officer of Heineken USA. "Sometimes I drink Heineken. Sometimes I drink Heineken 0.0. ... So what we see happening is that this is in addition to our own Heineken position. We see this as an 'and' not an 'instead of purchase.'"

The U.S. market for nonalcoholic beer has been relatively small, with Anheuser-Busch InBev's O'Doul's being the most well-known brand. But it and other nonalcoholic beers have become somewhat stigmatized. Heineken hopes to market 0.0 as similar to traditional Heineken just without the alcohol, making it an option for any situation.

To highlight this, Heineken will advertise new occasions for people to drink beer, including after a workout or during an office lunch. The beer contains 65 calories, below even light beers like Anheuser-Busch's Michelob Ultra, a brand that has successfully positioned itself as an option for health-conscious consumers.

Between 2016 and 2017, Michelob Ultra's volume sales rose about 21 percent in the U.S., according to Euromonitor International. That's as volumes for the overall beer category fell 0.6 percent in the U.S., according to the market research firm.

Making beer taste good without alcohol is challenging. Fermenting yeast naturally produces alcohol, which helps give beer its flavor. The main techniques to make nonalcoholic beer are to prevent yeast from producing alcohol or to remove alcohol at the end.

These processes can leave beer tasting not quite right. To make Heineken 0.0, brewers remove alcohol but then add back in the fruity aromas that are stripped out along with the alcohol. These aromas give Heineken's beers their taste and smell, said Heineken's global brewmaster, Willem van Waesberghe.

As for the taste, he said, "it's a little different, but it's really close to a good beer. I'm talking as a brewer. As a consumer, I'm really, really happy about it."

In the United Kingdom, Heineken increased its share of the no-alcohol beer category to 10.4 percent for the year through May from 2.5 percent at the same time last year, according to Nielsen figures provided by Heineken. By volume, nonalcohol beer sales have grown nearly 24 percent while alcoholic beer volumes grew 0.2 percent in the same period.

Heineken cannot forecast growth in the U.S. since it's a completely new market for the brewer, Cahill said. Heineken has not even tested the beer in the U.S.

"I can't say where this for sure this turns out, but I can say for us this isn't a January to March go," Cahill said. "We believe the consumer's ready. We believe this is good for beer, and we're going to go for it. So I don't see us blinking anytime soon."

Sidel Group's future-proof solutions in the spotlight at BrauBeviale 2018

Sidel Group's future-proof solutions in the spotlight at BrauBeviale 2018  (Company news)

At BrauBeviale, taking place in Nuremberg from the 13th to 15th of November, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will highlight how high performance coupled with optimal sustainability and agility is the ideal recipe to win in the beverage market.

The beverage market in Europe is set to experience a number of considerable changes within the next three years: the industry is anticipating a trend towards smaller size containers coupled with an overall movement towards the multiplication of SKUs and a premiumisation of the package. These trends require utmost flexibility in the production process while simultaneously reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in a sustainable setting. As a one stop shop for drink producers, the Sidel Group is uniquely positioned to answer these upcoming challenges by offering future-proof solutions, design expertise, and advanced technology that secure performance over time.

Highest levels of line efficiency with no compromises on product quality
At Booth 7A-223, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will be showcasing their unprecedented flexibility to adapt to changing consumer demands with their future-proof solutions. Among them are the new Sidel EvoDECO labelling solutions: designed for total flexibility and optimised for unmatched performance, it gives producers the ability to choose technologies based on their specific labelling needs and output levels. Additionally, Sidel will highlight Sidel Actis™, the plasma coating solution extending the shelf life of beverages bottled in PET, while enabling package lightweighting.

The latest addition to the Sidel filling portfolio, EvoFILL Can, will also be featured prominently at the booth. Francois Lejard, Vice President Sales Europe and Central Asia at Sidel, explains, “At Sidel, product quality and an advanced level of performance are important drivers for our innovations. With the new EvoFILL Can, we are perfectly meeting these requirements: the solution tackles all needs of being sustainable, hygienic and flexible, getting producers ready for future challenges in canned drinks production.”

Gebo Cermex, long-time expert in the beer processing market, will focus on AQFlex®, an all-in-one product handling technology, able to accommodate any product, whatever the application, whatever the market, in all container materials, formats and shapes, full or empty, while also enabling automatic changeovers and ensuring total care of product integrity. Louis Merienne, Commercial Director Europe at Gebo Cermex, explains, “Thanks to its radically new approach of conveying and accumulation, AQFlex delivers unprecedented packaging line performance. It offers this, together with unique agility and smooth contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a very compact space.”

As proof points of the company’s secondary packaging expertise, visitors to the Sidel Group stand at BrauBeviale will have the opportunity to get a hands-on experience of the Gebo Cermex’s WB46 - a wrap-around case packer that offers excellent performance in terms of flexibility, hygiene and ergonomics – and of the company’s EvoFilmTM shrink-wrapping system. The latter one is a robust, versatile, highly compact and energy-efficient solution that is drawing on the company’s 50 years of experience in this field.

Maintain and improve performance over time
Louis Merienne continues, “Visitors to our booth will also appreciate how our EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool) is ideally established to maintain and improve packaging lines’ performance throughout their lifecycle. This market-leading data acquisition and plant intelligence system is designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, reducing waste and costs, and increasing the plant’s output, as it gives employees at all levels real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues.” Francois Lejard adds to this, “Through continuously understanding our customers’ challenges, the Sidel Group delivers reliable and superior performance of packaging lines to meet the needs of the most demanding production environments.”
(Sidel International AG)

Ball Intends to Cease Production at its Beverage Packaging Facility in San Martino, Italy

Ball Intends to Cease Production at its Beverage Packaging Facility in San Martino, Italy  (Company news)

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) announced that it intends to cease production at the company's San Martino, Italy, facility at the end of December 2018 and only after due negotiation with the trade union. Customers currently supported by the San Martino beverage container plant will be supplied by other Ball facilities in Europe.

In addition, Ball intends to convert one production line in its Nogara, Italy, beverage container plant to Sleek cans. The conversion will occur approximately one year after the planned closure of San Martino.

"Given the market environment in Italy, we need to ensure that we remain cost competitive for the long term," said Colin Gillis, President, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe. "While closing a plant is always a difficult decision, our goal is ensuring the long-term success of the business for all of our stakeholders, including our 3,600 employees in Europe."

The San Martino site opened in 1981. The beverage can facility employs approximately 70 people. Ball intends to carry out the proposed closure in a respectful and socially acceptable way, and to support employees through various measures.
(Ball Corporation)

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