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UK: Food wholesalers start to ration beer and cider supplies due to CO2 shortage  (

A massive shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) has ratcheted up fears of disruption to Europe’s meat and fizzy drink supplies, CNBC reported on June 27.

A shortfall of CO2 in Europe comes at a time of excitement over the World Cup soccer tournament and amid peak season for summer barbecues. The ill-timed crisis has subsequently prompted several big name producers in the food and drinks industry to warn consumers of major shortages over the coming weeks.

The trade journal Gas World — which was the first to report on an EU-wide shortage of CO2 earlier this month — described it as the “worst supply situation to hit the European carbon dioxide business in decades.”

One of the largest sources of EU food-grade CO2 has traditionally come from major ammonia plants. But at least five gas producers in Northern Europe began a planned shutdown during the early summer months to resolve maintenance issues.

Meanwhile, a number of other EU bio-ethanol plants — which provide an alternative source of CO2 — also went offline for summer repair work. The U.K. was thought to be the hardest hit by the closures, with only one major CO2 plant seen to be operating at present.

The clear, odorless gas is used to carbonate products such as soda and beer. It is also used during the bottling and kegging process.

On June 26, Tesco-owned food wholesaler Booker started to ration beer and cider supplies.

The food retailer, which is used by bars, restaurants and traders, is restricting customers to 10 cases of beer and five of cider or soft drinks.

In a company statement, Booker said it had been forced to restrict beer and cider supplies because of an "international shortage" of food-grade CO2.

The news follows supply disruptions at both Heineken and Coca-Cola, with several European food and drink companies struggling to cope with a scarcity of CO2.

Last week, a spokesperson from Heineken, the biggest brewer that serves the U.K., told CNBC via email: “Like many other businesses in the food and drinks industry, we are affected by this shortage … We continue to work hard to resolve this issue as quickly as possible within our European supply base, and are working with customers to minimize disruption to their business.”

Heineken also warned pubs to expect “major shortages” of its Amstel and John Smiths brands.

The U.K.’s largest pub, Wetherspoons, also said it would be forced to pull a number of beers and other carbonated drinks from its menu soon.

More recently, Coca-Cola said it had “temporarily paused” some of its production due to the shortage of CO2 gas. In a company statement issued Monday, the soft drinks manufacturer sought to reassure consumers that so far the shortfall had not affected overall supplies.

Despite those disruptions, it is unclear how the shortage could affect brewers long-term.

"I think that if this were to persist for several more weeks, there really is share opportunity for those who are better equipped to deal with it, but at this point, I don't see any major damage to any particular brands," Macquarie Research analyst Caroline Levy told Melissa Lee on CNBC's "Power Lunch."

The drinks industry is not the only one to have been hampered by the crisis. CO2 is also an essential part of the production process for packaging meat.

A spokesperson at the British Soft Drinks Association, told CNBC via email: “The shortage of CO2 across Northern Europe is impacting a wide range of businesses across the food and drink sector.”

The Grocer, a weekly food industry magazine, reported last week that nine of Britain’s largest poultry plants were currently facing “critical” shortages of CO2 gas. That is widely thought to have a significant impact on the usual distribution of poultry products throughout the U.K. and Europe, including restaurants such as Nando’s, McDonald’s and KFC.

The British Poultry Council has also warned that up to 60 percent of poultry processing plants could come offline “within days.”

Scotch Whisky Association welcomes new Director of Industry

Scotch Whisky Association welcomes new Director of Industry  (Company news)

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dagmar Droogsma (photo) as Director of Industry.

Dagmar, who most recently has been head of DEFRA's unit responsible for EU Strategy and Negotiations, has held several senior roles in the Civil Service, including at the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and at the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

She will use her vast experience to oversee the SWA's work on operational issues, alcohol policy, taxation and the Industrial Strategy. Dagmar will be based at the SWA London office.

The Scotch Whisky industry is the UK's largest food and drink export, with exports valued at £4.37bn in 2017.

Dagmar Droogsma said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to have joined the SWA. I'm excited about using my experience and skills to drive the sustainable growth of the whisky sector through and beyond Brexit.

Welcoming the appointment, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said: "I'm delighted that Dagmar is joining the SWA team. She will bring a wealth of experience from her previous roles, both inside and outside government.

She will strengthen the Association's expertise at a busy time, as the industry works to ensure that Scotland's national drink continues to thrive."

Dagmar has more than 25 years' experience in the UK, for professional bodies, such as the RICS, and UK government, and in the Netherlands, as a lawyer and for Dutch government. She has developed high-profile policies and legislation and negotiated complex agendas nationally as well as in the EU and UN. In her last role for the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs she was responsible for pulling together DEFRA's position for the EU exit negotiations as well as negotiating this as a member of the UK's negotiation team.
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

Nordson merges its BKG® Pelletizer and Melt Delivery Equipment Businesses

Nordson merges its BKG® Pelletizer and Melt Delivery Equipment Businesses  (Company news)

Nordson BKG GmbH, will be Headquartered in a Newly Expanded Münster Facility, and Provide Global Leadership for BKG® Pelletizing, Melt Filtration, Gear Pump, Diverter Valve and Related Technologies

Nordson Corporation has merged the capabilities of previously separate operations for the manufacture of pelletizing and melt delivery equipment, increasing Nordson’s effectiveness in serving customers as a leading source of supply and expertise for polymer processing components.

Caption: Extensive expansion of the Nordson BKG GmbH facility in Münster is apparent from this aerial view. The large gray building at left of center is an entirely new manufacturing center for BKG® pelletizers and melt delivery systems. The gray building at right of center also houses manufacturing operations, and of its four sections, the front two are entirely new. The white buildings at the rear of these two large buildings are office structures, the one at left being new as well. The small gray building at far right is an existing structure.

Nordson BKG GmbH will operate as a unit of Nordson’s Polymer Processing Systems (PPS) product line and be headquartered at an extensively expanded Münster facility that will serve as a global hub for all BKG® products. The expansion at the site of the longstanding home of BKG pelletizers in Münster more than triples the space at that location. The full relocation of all operations is being staged to maximize uninterrupted supply and will be completed by the fall of 2018. The expanded facility will also house a dedicated aftermarket center for both BKG systems and EDI® extrusion and coating dies.

The combined entity is a merger of two well-known Münster-based companies acquired by Nordson in 2013: BKG GmbH, a producer of pelletizing systems, and Kreyenborg GmbH, a manufacturer of melt delivery equipment, including screen changers, diverter valves and melt pumps. Additionally Nordson acquired the EDI® and Verbruggen extrusion and coating die businesses and the Xaloy® range of screws and barrels for extrusion and injection molding. Nordson PPS now supplies these products to plastics processors, compounders, recyclers, resin manufacturers, and primary process equipment OEMs, and it supports them through a worldwide network of localized sales and service centers.

“With the merger forming Nordson BKG GmbH and the combination of our capabilities at one Münster location, Nordson has created a united team that draws on the technical and project experience of the legacy companies to create new opportunities to serve our customers,” said Godfrey Sandham, vice president of Nordson PPS-EAME. “Often we supply a combination of components that work together to optimize the customer’s process. A compounder or recycler, for example, can rely on us for pelletizers, valves, melt pumps, and filtration systems.”

At the same time, Mr. Sandham noted, Nordson continues to build new assembly, laboratory, and technical support capabilities for BKG products elsewhere in the world, creating a truly global source of pelletizing and melt delivery technologies. Recent initiatives to expand capabilities for BKG products include assembly of screen changers and gear pumps in Shanghai, new underwater pelletizing laboratories in Shanghai and Chonburi, Thailand, and expansion of a laboratory in Hickory, NC USA for pelletizing and melt delivery equipment.
(Nordson BKG GmbH)

Innovation Award for a unique sealing concept

Innovation Award for a unique sealing concept  (Company news)

GEMÜ has won the ACHEMA Innovation Award 2018 with their PD design.

In the "Valves and seals" section, the company's innovation across the entire line convinced the jury of experts that they were worthy winners. This is because the innovative diaphragm sealing (plug diaphragm) means that, on valves, a hermetic partition from the actuator and, simultaneously, a more precise ability to regulate flow than you find on common solutions can be implemented.

The constantly increasing requirements with regard to hygiene and operational safety in the pharmaceutical sector, biotechnology industry and in the foodstuff and beverage industries led to this company from Hohenlohe carrying out extensive research and development work. The result is a highly resistant PTFE diaphragm, which can be installed in all conceivable applications in aseptic and hygienic process plants. The new GEMÜ sealing principle has proved to be ideal for control tasks, ultra-pure water applications and filling processes in particular.

On the "Pharmaceutical engineering" shortlist, the GEMÜ 567 BioStar control control valve with PD design was also nominated as one of five products from reputable manufacturers. The valve is especially suitable for the precise control of small quantities in the medical industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the cosmetics sector. One of the shortlists also included the F40 and F 60 valve types for aseptic fillings in the pharmaceutical and biochemical sectors as well as for drinks filling. The real-time GEMÜ F60 with PTFE diaphragm solution, which enables complete filling cycles in less than 400 ms, scored points in the "Packaging and fluid filling applications" category.

In addition to the products mentioned, GEMÜ also uses a modified version of the PD design in the iComLine product range. The valves and multi-port valve blocks made from PTFE, PVDF, PP or PVC are, for example, successfully used in systems with ultra-pure processes as well as in chemical handling and when dosing corrosive media.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)

Elopak first to hit one billion mark for 100% renewable cartons

Elopak first to hit one billion mark for 100% renewable cartons  (Company news)

Elopak is the first manufacturer to deliver over one billion 100% renewable cartons after launching beverage cartons.

Elopak's cartons offered with renewable PE, help ensuring resources for future generations. In addition, using a renewable feedstock instead of a fossil one, significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the cartons.

In 2017, the Elopak further improved its renewable offering by introducing new feedstocks for renewable PE. The company chose to change supplier base to widen its offering of renewable PE and now offers two different sources. One is derived from sugar cane, the other is based on tall oil, a residue from pulp and paper production.

«Reaching one billion fully renewable cartons is a major milestone for Elopak and a great contribution to reducing the use of fossil resources.» Marianne Groven, Interim Director Environment at Elopak.

By expanding our supplier base, Elopak has been able to widen our offerings.

Sourced from Nordic forests, the tall oil-based feedstock is a residue from pulp and paper production. This allows Elopak to offer a carton based entirely on wood. The wood is 100% sourced from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources, in accordance with the FSC certification system. The standing timber stock in Nordic countries continues to increase, as annual harvest remains lower than annual growth. Increased utilization of the Nordic boreal forests is beneficial both to the environment as well as to the raw material supply of Europe, which is highly dependent on imports from outside of the continent.
(Elopak AS)

BrauBeviale 2018 set to create fresh momentum and inspire

BrauBeviale 2018 set to create fresh momentum and inspire  (BRAUBeviale 2018)

BrauBeviale is looking forward to once again welcoming professionals from the international beverage community to the exhibition halls in Nuremberg from 13 to 15 November 2018. The exhibition team for the world's biggest capital goods fair for the beverage industry this year made use of the scheduled break from the event’s three-year cycle to fine-tune the concept, ask around in the market and track down the hot topics affecting the industry so that they can be addressed in the next three-year programme. This resulted, among other things, in a comprehensive supporting programme that aims to provide impetus for dealing with all the challenges that the beverage sector is currently facing.

Creating momentum and inspiration are the key elements of the supporting programme that BrauBeviale is offering alongside the exhibition. It is designed to appeal to all beverage producers, whether they are brewers, mineral water operations, or manufacturers of spirits or alcohol-free drinks. All of them are basically asking the same questions about the future viability of their company and their sector. “We determined that many people in the beverage industry are currently asking how they will become or remain competitive in the future,” explains Andrea Kalrait, Exhibition Director BrauBeviale. “As the key platform for the sector we see it as our job to address and discuss these important issues and provide food for thought.”

Professional development opportunities ahead of the fair
For some visitors it is well worth arriving before the fair actually starts to take advantage of the three interesting training events on the day before the exhibition as such. Almost all beverage producers will have asked themselves at some point whether, and in what form, it would be worthwhile exporting their products. The Export Forum German Beverages will address this very issue. The high-calibre speakers and networking opportunities at the forum will help all manufacturers to make decisions about exporting their products. The European MicroBrew Symposium hosted by the Berlin-based research and teaching institute for brewing (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei, VLB) will be taking place for the sixth time. With its focus on technological and quality aspects, it is intended for international craft brewers and brewpub operators and so will also be conducted in English. Another hot topic among brewers worldwide is heirloom brewer's barley. This will be the focus of the Heirloom & Terroir Barley and Malt Symposium hosted by RMI Analytics. The Heirloom Brewing Award, which acknowledges select beers with a consistent overall concept, will also be presented at the symposium. The beers themselves can then be tasted at BrauBeviale.

Listen, join the discussion and be inspired
The BrauBeviale Forum will once again take place on all three days of the exhibition. The proven blend of talks, presentations, panel discussions and award ceremonies invites visitors to become informed about current issues and be inspired by exciting ideas and approaches. The very wide range of topics includes raw materials, technologies, entrepreneurship and marketing. The language of the forum is German with simultaneous translation into English. The detailed programme will be available in good time on the BrauBeviale website to allow visitors to plan their visit. Also in the Forum: The official opening on the first day will feature a keynote address by food trend researcher Hanni Rützler as well as the presentation of the Bavarian Beer Medal. At 16:00 on Day 1, visitors can also attend the Final of the German Beer Sommelier Championship.

Tastings of beverage specialities
Anyone wanting to explore and indulge in the diversity of beverage specialities should head for the Craft Drinks Area. With a total of around 7,500 participants over the three days of the last event, it represented a logical development of the Craft Beer Corner from the last trade fair cycle. This is where visitors can enjoy tastings conducted by independent experts at a total of 8 bars, while immersing themselves in what are sometimes completely new taste experiences. As well as the glass bar, where you can experience how the quality of the glass can affect the taste of the beer, there is also one bar each for mineral water, spirits and innovative alcohol-free drinks. There are four bars dedicated to beer that showcase specific countries and themes as well the diversity of alcohol-free and low-alcohol beers.

As tradition demands, the European Beer Star, which has been part of BrauBeviale since it was “born” in 2004, will also be awarded again at the event. In 65 categories, five more than in the previous year, breweries from all over the world can submit their beers for inclusion in one of the most important beer competitions worldwide. Last time the competition attracted 2,151 beers, 60 percent of which were from overseas. The competition was initiated by the German Private Breweries Association (Private Brauereien Bayern), the honorary sponsor of the fair, and the German and European umbrella organisations. On the first day of the fair, BrauBeviale visitors will once again be lucky enough to be able to vote for their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners, resulting in the Consumers’ Favourite 2018 in gold, silver and bronze.

Expert partners for specific issues
Various themed pavilions will present themselves as the focal point for certain issues tailored to specific groups of visitors: Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment and brau@home are where small and micro-breweries and home and hobby brewers can find comprehensive information on equipment, ingredients and solutions as well as valuable suggestions through the short presentations in the associated Speakers' Corner. Another pavilion is devoted to “Sustainable Water Management in the Beverage Industry”, an issue that affects all drinks manufacturers and is becoming increasingly important at a time when raw material resources are becoming increasingly scarcer. For consumers, the packaging at the point of sales continues to be a key purchasing criterion. The World Packaging Organization has given this aspect the attention it deserves with its Special Show Innovative Beverage Packaging. Interesting examples of packaging innovations are provided by the winners of the World Packaging Awards that will be presented at the special show. The reasons why these products won their awards will be explained clearly to visitors. PET continues to be a topical and important issue. The quality association Wertstoffkette PET-Getränkeverpackungen e. V. will cover various approaches and present ideas and solutions for PET recycling.

Spotlight on the future
To be able to continue to operate successfully on the market in future, every company needs to be able to count on its workforce. The issue of the lack of skilled employees at all levels is one that also affects the beverage industry. As the key platform for the sector, BrauBeviale has dedicated the last day of the fair, the Thursday, to the theme “Future Generation”. At the BrauBeviale Forum there will be presentations specifically on the topic of recruiting and encouraging the next generation. On this day, many exhibitors will have representatives of their HR department at their stands to answer in detail any specific or general questions.

Young companies from Germany that develop innovative products and processes for the beverage industry that they would like to bring onto the market in the near future, or have just launched on the market, will showcase their companies and ideas to the professional community at the Innovation made in Germany Pavilion. Their participation is subsidised by the BMWi, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Many a former participant in this pavilion has meanwhile become a permanent fixture in the beverage industry.

Beyond the beverages
With so much going in the beverage sector it only stands to reason that we should take a look at other culinary pleasures. With this in mind, the SFC Street Food Convention will take place alongside the BrauBeviale from 14–15 November 2018. For the fourth time, it will offer a varied programme covering all aspects of street food, food trucks, mobile catering and visionary dining culture, accompanied by a sponsor exhibit and food trucks serving food on the trade fair grounds.

Dates of the current three-year BrauBeviale cycle:
BrauBeviale 2018: 13 - 15 November 2018
BrauBeviale 2019: 12 - 14 November 2019
BrauBeviale 2020: 10 - 12 November 2020
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Metalvac G, Lecta's New Metallized Paper for Graphic Applications and Premium Packaging

Metalvac G, Lecta's New Metallized Paper for Graphic Applications and Premium Packaging  (Company news)

Brilliant results on an extensive range of high substance papers

Lecta extends its portfolio of Metalvac products with the new Metalvac G paper, an extensive range of high substance papers (from 105 g/m2 to 170g/m2), especially designed for high-end graphic applications and premium packaging.

Metallized papers are the perfect choice for these end uses where sophistication and exclusivity are the goal, thanks to their glossy metallic appearance, their optimum brightness and their being 100% recyclable mono-material. The new Metalvac G range offers the possibility of creating exclusive packaging, especially for premium look envelopes and gift bags with Metalvac G 105 g/m2, and for board lamination for rigid boxes and prestige packaging with Metalvac G 115 - 170 g/m2.

Metalvac G also guarantees the best results in offset, UV offset, flexography and silkscreen printing, and is suitable for hot-melt and water-based glues.

The new Metalvac G paper is featured in the latest sample collection Graphic Applications & Packaging under the slogan “LET IT SHINE”. Along with two other catalogues from the collection, Wet-glue Labels and Pressure-sensitive Labels, it rounds out Lecta’s extensive and versatile Metalvac metallized paper portfolio.

The new Graphic Applications & Packaging segment includes low substance
metallized papers for gift-wrap paper (Metalvac R), food wrappers (Metalvac F), inner-liners for cigarette packets (Metalvac T) and now, with Metalvac G, a new addition for applications that require a high substance. The sample collection, available in English, Spanish, Italian and French, contains general information about the range, and technical specifications as well as samples of all the products.

The entire Metalvac range is 100% recyclable, made with ECF woodfree pulp and is manufactured according to ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standard, ISO 9001 quality standard and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standard. It is also available with PEFCTM and FSC® certifications upon request.

Visible success - Karl Knauer wins the German Innovation Award 2018

Visible success - Karl Knauer wins the German Innovation Award 2018  (Company news)

A bright Coca-Cola label makes Karl Knauer one of the “bright” winners of the German Innovation Awards. The packaging specialist from Biberach has once again won a prize for the bottle label with the integrated OLED technology from INURU GmbH. The light effect of the label, which is activated by pressing a printed “play” sign, is so strong that it stands out even in bright daylight and is able to attract everyone’s attention. This is possible because of printed, flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are not only extremely effective in advertising, but also completely sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Those in charge of the German Innovation Award, who have set themselves the goal of “honouring innovations that shape the future and improve lives,” are thrilled with the HiLight - printed OLEDs® Technology and its possible uses: within a few years, OLED technology will even be able to print displays on thin paper on which video content can be played. This is a revolution for the entire communications industry and brand staging! There are no limits to the imagination for using OLED displays: from packaging, labels, displays to magazines or advertising material - for countless applications in infinite variations, messages can be impressively displayed with OLED technology. These fantastic prospects for tomorrow's point of sale are likely to make the eyes of marketeers light up.
(Karl Knauer KG)

New filling valve platform with innovative PD design

New filling valve platform with innovative PD design  (Company news)

Valve specialist GEMÜ based in Ingelfingen, Germany is laying the cornerstone for the latest generation of filling valves with the F40 and F60 valve types.

Thanks to close contact and communication with plant engineers and operators working in the area of filling processes, GEMÜ has been able to build up considerable expertise in this field over time. This has meant that we have been able to develop solutions to the widest variety of challenges relating to this area in years gone by. GEMÜ is continuing this tradition with the introduction of a new filling valve platform.

The use of the GEMÜ PD design has made it possible to securely isolate the moving parts of the actuator hermetically from the product area while simultaneously achieving a high number of switching cycles. This means that what has become known as the lift effect, in which the remains of the product are transported through the inserted spindle into areas in the actuator which are not to be cleaned, is excluded. In addition to the improved ease of cleaning of the media-wetted area, the valve stands out thanks to its extremely compact design and the ability to quickly and easily replace worn parts. Besides the conventional pneumatic variants, a motorized version with an innovative generation of drives is also available.

Both the GEMÜ F40 and GEMÜ F60 valves have a number of areas of application in virtually all filling processes in the hygienic and aseptic sector. Due to the one-piece PTFE seal that is used, the two valve types are also suitable for media containing oil or fat.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)


UK: Highly educated and discerning consumers increasingly willing to try new beers  (

The increased availability of information about drinks online has created a generation of “highly educated and discerning” consumers who are less brand-loyal than their older counterparts, according to the managing director of Curious Brewery.

In an interview with The Morning Advertiser, Gareth Bath outlined his belief that consumers were no longer seeking “brands for life” but highlighted his company’s unique position as a beer, cider and wine producer as a key factor in retaining loyalty from customers.

“Customers are highly educated and discerning and they know what they want,” he said. “They have that information at their fingertips with their phone and, as a result, we are not seeing consumers having that brand for life in the same way.

“Increasingly in beer, consumers are willing to try new products,” he continued. “However, they still know what they like and they don’t like and there will be some gravitation towards brands that are consistent and that they trust. Quality and consistency are key whether you’re looking for new, unique, innovative or your go to beer. For us that is one of our anchor positions – that people can trust in us and in our quality as a drinks producer.

“Although people want to try new things, they still have a favoured area where most of their consumption is, and that is not going to change. People shop around and are interested by new things, but they are still going to want to drink a really great lager.”

Bath, who is the host of The Morning Advertiser’s Beer Summit event in Manchester this July, also hit out at the liberal use of the word ‘craft’, stating his fear that the term was no longer synonymous with quality.

“The danger with craft is that, because the definition has not been nailed in the UK, we now have the likes of Starbucks and Costa using it,” he said. “We’re losing the fact that craft used to be an association with quality and now it is just being used by anybody. When you’ve got two or three new breweries opening a week in London making a dozen new New England IPAs, the risk is that consumers start to find it a bit ubiquitous and feel like they cannot be assured of quality.”

Bath predicted breweries that focus on making a smaller core range of beers would be more likely to successful in the long run, pointing to the growth enjoyed by BrewDog as an example of this.

“We are already seeing a backlash to [producing lots of new products],” he said. “Brands are saying 'we're not going to make 85 beers a year, we are going to have a couple of core range beers and make them the best and most consistent we can'. Those are the brands that will really come through in the next 18 months or so.”

The Curious Brewery is currently building a new production facility in the centre of Ashford, Kent. The new site will have a state-of-the-art brewkit, taproom and restaurant that Bath hopes will “replicate what we do at the winery with beer”.

The brewery has also recently launched a new series of collaborations with craft brewers across the UK. The Curious and Curiouser series seeks to showcase yeast from the Chapel Down winery in a variety of different beer styles including sour ales and saisons. The first beer in the collection is a wild fermented Chardonnay & Bacchus sour ale created in partnership with Somerset’s The Wild Beer Company.

Ucrete industrial flooring achieved Halal certification

Ucrete industrial flooring achieved Halal certification  (Company news)

-Ucrete industrial flooring approved for the use in Halal production facilities
-The global Halal products market is large and diversified, spanning from food and beverage to pharma and cosmetics industries

Ucrete industrial flooring from the Master Builders Solutions® product range have been certified for use in Halal production facilities. The certification process, carried by Halal Certification Europe, involved a detailed investigation of the raw materials and suppliers used in the manufacture of Ucrete and also the auditing of our production facility in Redditch, UK. “This approval certifies that Ucrete industrial flooring fully conform to Halal requirements and demonstrates our commitment to meeting all our customers’ requirements” says Ian Smith, Global Business Segment Manager Flooring at BASF.

In people’s everyday life the focus often is on various consumer goods, such as meat, processed food and beverages, or cosmetic products and pharmaceuticals. It is very difficult for the non-specialist to be sure that any particular product is Halal compliant. That is where certification comes in, to make clear which products are safe to use. Now, investors and facilities managers can be certain that their Ucrete industrial flooring meet all the requirements of a modern Halal production facility.

Ucrete is a highly durable surface protection system based on a unique resin technology, which has been meeting and exceeding the most demanding hygienic requirements of the food and beverage industry for nearly 50 years. Ucrete industrial flooring systems are non-solvent-based and rapid curing, odorless and do not taint. Ucrete is also already certified to the Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold standard for low emissions and complies with the requirements of AgBB (German committee for the health assessment of construction products). It is approved for use in food production facilities operating HACCP quality systems. Ucrete is perfectly suitable for chemical and pharmaceutical applications thanks to its chemical, mechanical and thermal shock resistance.
(BASF Business Services GmbH)

The Beviale Family continues to grow

The Beviale Family continues to grow  (BRAUBeviale 2018)

-Product family hosts its own events in relevant growth markets in
the beverage industry
-Partnerships with existing events worldwide
-Latest member is CRAFT DRINKS INDIA in July 2018

It’s only 18 months since the NürnbergMesse Group first announced its global network for beverage production, the Beviale Family. As a result, the existing platform for the beverage industry, the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, was elevated to an international stage.

Since then the product family has been enjoying constant growth.
“For decades, BrauBeviale has been demonstrating its expertise in all aspects of the beverage industry and is increasingly gaining a more international reach. So it was the logical next step for us to transfer this kind of successful concept to the major growth markets worldwide, opening up new approaches for our customers in the process,” explains Andrea Kalrait, Exhibition Director BrauBeviale and international product manager for the Beviale Family.

At BrauBeviale 2016, NürnbergMesse Group officially launched the Beviale Family, the international product family for the beverage industry. Since then the network has been growing rapidly with events taking place around the world. “And that's not all,” says Kalrait. “We are continuing to have discussions and negotiations worldwide and are currently in an interesting planning phase. It's an exciting time for the industry, as the Beviale Family still has a few things up its sleeve.” The beverage sector has a broad international reach and is an industry that encourages knowledge-sharing and learning from one another. The NürnbergMesse Group sees its job as supporting these endeavours and offering a suitable global platform to industry participants. Our partners for the entire product family are the two prestigious training establishments Doemens Akademie and VLB, the Berlin-based research and teaching institute for brewing. As our
international sponsors, they will add their specific expertise to the global
capabilities of the Beviale Family.

The longstanding BrauBeviale event in Nuremberg is the international capital goods trade fair for the beverage industry. It’s where for over 40 years the sector has been showcasing all aspects of the production process chain for beverages, such as raw materials, technologies, logistics and marketing. “In the meantime, however, the BrauBeviale is not so much the ‘parent’ event but more of an ‘elder sibling’ in the expanding and now well-established Beviale Family,” says Kalrait, describing the structure of the product family. “Every member is independent and can pursue its own path.”

The first new addition, Beviale Moscow, already existed when the product family was established, having had a successful premiere in October 2015. Since then, Beviale Moscow has enjoyed constant growth. Following its third round in the spring of 2018 it has now achieved a real breakthrough in the challenging but very promising Eastern European market. With recordbreaking numbers for exhibitors (146), visitors (around 5,300) and display area (around 2,000 square metres), it demonstrated convincingly that its holistic approach has allowed it to become the key platform meanwhile for the entire Eastern European beverage market.

In May 2016, NürnbergMesse Group focused on craft beer for the first time with the launch of CRAFT BEER CHINA. Apart from networking, training and professional development also play a major role, so this year the third round of the event once again offered the proven mix of trade fair and conference. The repeated success, with a huge rise in exhibitor numbers (180; 2017:100) and visitors (around 9,800; 2017: around 5,300), proves that this is also a very popular segment in growth markets. China in particular offers huge potential, as demonstrated by the enthusiasm with which the Chinese once again took part in this year's CRAFT BEER CHINA. Compared with the previous year, the craft beer community has grown enormously, with almost three times the number of exhibitors.

At CRAFT BEER ITALY, which made its debut in November 2017, the Beviale Family has stuck with its successful concept and has also focused on craft beer. It's a long time since Italy was only regarded as a wine-producing country. The beer scene, in particular hand-crafted beers, meanwhile represents a very strong and dynamic market. Due to this development there is a particular demand for industry expertise, so the first round had a strong focus on the conference running alongside the exhibition. Following the successful opener, the next CRAFT BEER ITALY will take place in spring 2019 at a new venue designed to offer even more
potential for exhibitors and visitors.

Brand new addition: CRAFT DRINKS INDIA. Unlike its ‘sister events’ in Russia (covering the entire beverage industry) and China or Italy (where the focus is on craft beer), the event taking place in July this year will showcase the entire breadth of the beverage industry. What they have in common is the focus on the craft as such, i.e. on hand-crafted drinks.
NürnbergMesse Group is therefore acknowledging that the Indian market for alcoholic drinks is one of the fastest-growing beverage markets worldwide. Bangalore, the cosmopolitan metropolis in the South of India, is seen as the heart of India's craft beer and craft drinks scene and is therefore the ideal showcase for this new member of the Beviale Family.

To include markets and regions where NürnbergMesse Group doesn't host any events of its own, the Beviale Family hosts other events as partnerships. The Feira Brasileira da Cerveja, for example, made its debut as a member of the Beviale Family in Blumenau, Brazil in spring 2018, when 81 exhibitors offered an impressive display of their ideas and solutions for the production of beer and beer specialities. Around 5,400 visitors attended the event to find out about raw materials or technologies for smaller or craft beer breweries as well as packaging and sealing solutions and the latest trends in the sector. The international suppliers that were part of the Beviale Family Pavilion were also very satisfied with their participation. SIBA’s BeerX, Britain's largest trade fair about beer and brewing, has also been an official partner to the Beviale Family since spring 2018. The aim of the partnership is to connect existing successful events with one another and develop the respective target markets together.

A platform will be launched in the South-East Asian market when the Beviale Family takes part in ProPak Asia in Bangkok in mid-June 2018 as part of a pavilion with local industry players.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Revolution in Beer Stabilization - Handtmann cross-flow plant for lye treatment

Revolution in Beer Stabilization - Handtmann cross-flow plant for lye treatment  (Company news)

Adequate cleaning is necessary to ensure that plants for the production and processing of foodstuffs function properly. This may be done using a 2% to 3% lye solution, as is the case in cheese production, for instance. Instead of simply discarding this solution as a waste product, many producers rely on the know-how of the Albert Handtmann Armaturenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Biberach, and its recycling techniques. The Handtmann Cross-Flow plant reconditions the soiled lye and returns it to the system. Thus the producer can reduce the required quantities of lye to a minimum, which not only reduces the environmental impact but also saves costs.

“We consumed a large amount of caustic soda and our wastewater was subject to a high degree of soiling. We wanted to reduce both, reusing the lye and discarding less of it,” explains a processed cheese production expert. “Therefore we searched around for a lye treatment solution that was economically viable and made for process efficiency – and chose the CF plant supplied by Handtmann. That proved to be a wise decision: The investment paid for itself within about 2½ years.”

The cross-flow system was installed in the factory in 2011 and has been in constant use ever since. The efficient lye treatment reduces the consumption of lye and additives, wastewater pollution as well as the amount of lye lost at the individual satellite CIPs (CIP = Cleaning-In-Place). “Previously, we discarded around 7000 litres of lye every week – and now we only need 280 litres per week.” This is not only good for the environment, but also saves money. The costs for lye and additives already went down significantly during the first year.

The environmentally friendly lye recycling functions as follows: All lye quantities that were previously discarded at the satellite CIPs are now returned to a central CIP tank that holds 60 m3. The soiled lye is then fed through the Handtmann CF plant where it is filtered and then returned to the CIP tank. This in turn supplies the satellite CIPs with the treated lye, making for an economically and ecologically sound recycling system. The plant processes around 20 m3 of soiled lye per day to produce a pure filtrate. “The results are consistently good with a filter performance of 99 percent,” reports the customer.

One of the specifications was that the lye loss should not exceed 1%. Also, a filtration capacity of 660 l/h was required. In addition, the COD value (COD = chemical oxygen demand) was to be reduced. This now remains at 3500 mg/l, i.e. significantly lower than the limit value of 5000 mg/l stipulated by the responsible wastewater authority.

The cross-flow filter technology involves fully automatic and continuous membrane filtration. The core section of the Handtmann CF plant is a ceramic membrane that can be used for micro-filtration or ultra-filtration up to a separation limit of 5 kD (kilodaltons) depending on requirements. Additionally, the ceramic module is characterized by high degrees of thermal and chemical durability, which is why this CF filter technology can be used for lye filtration in the foodstuffs and beverage industries, for example. The long service life of the ceramic membrane was also a key factor influencing the customer’s decision to opt for the Handtmann plant. In some systems, membranes have to be replaced annually. The ceramic module for the cheese factory mentioned above has been in use continuously since 2011.

The lye is fed through the ceramic membrane at a temperature of approx. 60° Celsius. The membrane is decalcified by means of acid once a week, during which the CF plant is uncoupled from the system for an hour. Apart from this brief interval, the ultra-filtration plant works around the clock, seven days a week – including Saturdays and Sundays when there is no production operation. The cross-flow system works completely autonomously, and it is meshed with the other plant components as part of a centralized, overarching system. This means that the Handtmann plant even automatically resumes operation following a malfunction affecting one of the upstream tanks.

Previous practical tests had confirmed that the Handtmann CF plant would be able to deliver the desired performance and cost savings. To this end, the Handtmann specialists installed a test facility that operated on site for two to three months. After this test had been successfully concluded, the ‘proper’ CF plant was installed and commissioned. And that went extremely quickly – thanks to the plant’s modular design. It was installed and put into operation in just two weeks. “We supervised the project from the beginning: from the pilot stage, to the dimensioning of the plant up to the commissioning phase. And of course we are always available when our service and our know-how are required,” emphasises Christopher Dethlefs, who is responsible for the Filtration and Separation division at Albert Handtmann Armaturenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG.
(Albert Handtmann Armaturenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG)

Meeting Millennial Needs: Pfanner wakes up the drinks market with new range using SIG's ...

Meeting Millennial Needs: Pfanner wakes up the drinks market with new range using SIG's ...  (Company news)

... combidome 500 ml carton bottle

SIG continues to fulfil its ongoing promise to turn the challenges of food and beverage manufacturers into viable commercial solutions. Pfanner, an internationally active premium manufacturer of juices and fruit juice drinks, is progressing its close cooperation with SIG as it chooses the innovative carton bottle combidome 500 ml for its new range of ‘Supersäfte’ healthy on-the-go drinks.

Pfanner’s recently launched Supersäfte not-from-concentrate range comprises of three unique drinks:
-Augenöffner (Eye Opener), a stimulating multi-juice energy drink, with added Guarana and caffeine for a natural boost.
-Pausenfüller (Pause Filler), ideal for hunger in between meals, is a mix of strengthening almonds, acerola cherries and bananas as well as other valuable fruits, with niacin to provide energy.
-Stresskiller (Stress Killer), a relaxing mix of direct-pressed apples, sour cherries, blackcurrants, elderberries, raspberries with added hemp, fragrant cinnamon and magnesium to support normal function of the nervous system.

Targeted at busy Millennials, who prefer to consume healthily on-the-go, Pfanner’s innovative Supersäfte range of lifestyle drinks is a stand out product that appeals to a younger, highly motivated and mobile demographic. Working jointly with SIG to create a complete product concept, from product ideas and recipes to overall marketing, the decision was made use combidome 500 ml as the perfect packaging solution. Pfanner first started to use combidome in its 1.0 litre fruit juice range back in 2016, moving from the gable-top carton for the first time in 18 years.

An increasingly mobile generation is making food and beverage manufacturers take important NPD decisions and packaging is playing an ever more integral role. SIG aims to drive Product Innovation and Differentiation, working in partnership with producers to offer product and packaging solutions which perfectly match food and drink innovations.

Millennials driving market change
Millennials are looking for healthy, nutritious and convenient snacking options which can be easily consumed on-the-go, expecting great taste and high quality to fit in with their busy lifestyles. combidome perfectly complements Pfanner’s new range, with its distinctive sturdy yet slim shape and modern design. It’s perfect for commuters who can enjoy the benefits of a carton pack in terms of product protection and environmental considerations. The packaging can be easily held and be resealed and stored neatly in a bag, just like a bottle. With a 28 mm single action screw cap positioned centrally on top of the carton, it creates the perfect angle for easy drinking straight from the pack.

Market research commissioned by Pfanner in spring 2017, with 20 to 35 age group, found that a staggering 98% of respondents thought the 500 ml packaging volume of combidome was the perfect on-the-go solution.

Standing out from the crowd
Pfanner also has the flexibility benefits of using the corresponding combidome filling machine, which can fill three different volumes on just one machine.

Peter Pfanner, Managing Partner of Hermann Pfanner Getränke GmbH, commented: “Different generations have changing needs and the mobile Millennial prefers to snack on the move, rather than taking regular meals. By working closely with SIG, we were able to develop a complete product solution for this health-conscious group, who like to maximise their time by consuming on-the-go. From developing initial product and packaging ideas through to the final concept, we now believe that together we’ve achieved the ideal range of drinks for this mobile generation.”

Pfanner continued: “combidome itself really stands out and helps us to differentiate our brand. We were able to create a dynamic, modern design, using the four display panels on the carton bottle, with fun colors and messaging which appeals to younger consumers and has excellent shelf appeal. At Pfanner, we value the reliability and high-quality production of SIG carton packs and we’re looking forward to developing our fruitful collaboration over many years to come.”

Marketing and Testimonials
Pfanner plans to promote its new Supersäfte on-the-go juice range on Facebook and Instagram, in a fun and engaging campaign. Influencer marketing will also be underway with target bloggers and opinion leaders. Pfanner has also implemented product tastings and sampling in 20 stores in Germany and Austria so far, with merchandised displays in many outlets.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Insolvent Paper Manufacturer Feldmuehle Uetersen Is Reorganized

Insolvent Paper Manufacturer Feldmuehle Uetersen Is Reorganized  (Company news)

-Subsidiary of Kairos Industries takes over the paper company
-More than 95 percent of jobs have been saved
-Employees waives ten percent of salary by the end of 2019

The Schleswig-Holstein paper company Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH will be transferred to a subsidiary of the Berlin-based Beteiligungsgesellschaft Kairos Industries AG with effect from 15 June 2018 and will be continued in full. ‘Feldmuehle GmbH’ was founded specially for the transfer.

As a result of the refurbishment 400 and thus more than 95 percent of 420 jobs were preserved. The insolvency administrator and restructuring expert Dr. Tjark Thies from the Hamburg law firm Reimer Rechtsanwälte had concluded an acquisition agreement with Kairos in May 2018. This agreement was under several challenging conditions, which were met this week.

"The successful completion of this refurbishment is largely thanks to the dedication, flexibility and responsiveness of the Feldmuehle employees," says Thies. At the end of May 2018, the Feldmuehle Works Council approved a ten percent salary waiver for employees until 31 December 2019, thereby creating an essential prerequisite for the financing of the acquisition. "Such constructive and responsible behavior is not a matter of course even in insolvency proceedings," says Thies. In addition to the restructuring contribution of the employees, the trustworthy cooperation with Ruppert Fux Landmann GmbH, Ernst & Young GmbH and the GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälte mbB also contributed significantly to the successful takeover by Kairos.

Kairos Industries AG is a specialist in takeover and operational support of German medium-sized companies in special situations, as well as Group edge activities and business units with potential for increased earnings. It was supported in the current transaction by lawyers from Morrison & Foerster LLP and Crowe Kleeberg auditing firm from Munich. The acquisition of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH is aimed at a long-term entrepreneurial commitment; and the strategic successful realignment of the company, which began at the end of 2017, will be continued.

Founded in 1904, the traditional company Feldmuehle produces around 250,000 tons of paper annually and filed for insolvency on 24 January 2018, at the district court of Pinneberg. Feldmuehle products are mainly used worldwide for the production of classic print products and in the packaging industry.
(Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)

Cobell opens Centre of Excellence in Exeter

Cobell opens Centre of Excellence in Exeter  (Company news)

COBELL has unveiled an upgraded Beverage Centre of Excellence in Exeter, UK. The move is part of a wider strategy by the leading supplier of juice products and taste solutions to the UK beverage industry to partner with British beverage companies via leading-edge innovation and best-in-class service.

Photo from left to right: Andrew Clark, plant manager UK Cobell - Paul Isherwood, head of technology and quality SHS - Nick Russell, managing director Symrise UK -
Nick Sprague, founder of Cobell

A previous significant milestone in this strategy was the acquisition of Cobell by Symrise, a global leader in the flavor and fragrance industry, in July 2017. Nick Russell, Managing Director of Symrise UK, explained: “The UK is the most dynamic beverage market in Europe. To win in this space you need a strong local footprint to provide innovative, fit-for-market solutions quickly and effectively. This new Centre of Excellence further expands our ability to do this.”

The upgraded Centre of Excellence includes a lab area that has doubled in size, state-of-the-art beverage application equipment and a new ambient warehouse creating room for further production enhancement.

The ribbon was officially cut by Nick Russell and Paul Isherwood, Head of Technical & Quality at the SHS Group – a long-time customer of Symrise. During the opening event customers were invited to take a tour of the upgraded facilities, participate in a presentation and roundtable discussion on the future of craft beverages in the UK and taste consumer-validated beverage prototypes that featured Symrise code of nature® solutions.
(Cobell Limited)

Scotch Whisky Exports Analysis 2017

Scotch Whisky Exports Analysis 2017  (Company news)

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Scotch Whisky industry has posted record-breaking exports in 2017, growing in both volume and value (by 1.6% and 8.9% respectively) to a total of £4.37bn - the equivalent of 1.23bn bottles exported globally.

This new analysis reveals that, while the UK trade deficit reduced from £166bn in 2016 to £153bn in 2017, the deficit would be 2.9% greater without Scotch Whisky exports. In 2017, of every £100 of goods exported from the UK, £1.30 was Scotch Whisky.

The analysis also shows that exports of Single Malt Scotch Whisky continue to grow, with an increase of 14% year-on-year to £1.17bn. This is the second year in a row that exports of Single Malt have surpassed £1bn, reflecting a trend towards premium products in global markets.
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

New three-year cycle kicks off with BrauBeviale 2018

New three-year cycle kicks off with BrauBeviale 2018  (BrauBeviale 2018)

How time flies! The scheduled break in the BrauBeviale cycle is already over and preparations for the next three-year programme, specifically the first event in Nuremberg on 13 to 15 November 2018, are already in full swing. Visitors will follow a new route along the process chain for beverage production at the world's most important capital goods fair this year. The event sees itself as the regular meeting place for the industry, and where else if not there do you get to talk about the issues that you care about? The beverage industry is facing huge challenges. As the key platform for the sector BrauBeviale will be providing inspiration on the future viability of the industry during the event’s next three-year cycle.

The last three-year cycle was one of the most successful in the history of BrauBeviale and because it was fully booked in 2016 an extra hall has been added in 2018. And this was a good enough reason for the exhibition team to rethink the hall configuration. “We are delighted about the huge response and that there is moderate growth from within the industry,” says Andrea Kalrait, Exhibition Director BrauBeviale. Even with nine halls, the relaxed atmosphere that is typical of BrauBeviale will be retained and the fair will be as compact as ever. How does this work? “It's quite simple. We have made it even easier for our visitors to navigate around the exhibition. From now on the exhibitors will be positioned in the order of the beverage production process chain around our exhibition park,” says Kalrait about the new concept. “However, regular visitors should still do a bit of preparation before their visit this year so that they can find the exhibitors that interest them quickly,” Kalrait recommends.

Thinking about tomorrow today: future viability
“In the past year we have seen again and again that the beverage industry is currently facing major challenges. These affect all companies, regardless of their size,” says Andrea Kalrait, summing up the numerous conversations held with industry players during the break year. Digitalisation, automation, changing consumer behaviour, commercialisation versus passion for the product, and scarcity of raw materials are just some of key issues that came up. And underlying is all this is the issue of future viability. But what do we need to put in place now so that we can continue to operate successfully in the market in the next five to ten years? “Of course there is no magic formula,” says Kalrait. “But BrauBeviale is the right platform for addressing and discussing these issues and providing inspiration.” The range of solutions on display and the supporting programme at the international capital goods fair for the beverage industry offer drinks manufacturers a comprehensive and informative range of ideas and approaches to equip them for the future.

Highly satisfied regulars and curious first-time visitors expected
The just under 38,000 trade visitors at BrauBeviale 2016, more than 16,000 of them from outside Germany, came from the technical and commercial management segments of the international beverage industry, i.e. from breweries and malt houses, companies producing and bottling alcohol-free drinks, wine and sparkling wine cellars, distilleries, dairies, specialist beverage retailers and wholesalers, the hotel and restaurant sector and service providers for the beverage sector. Trade visitors from overseas came primarily from Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Poland, the UK and France. Almost all (99%) beverage specialists were satisfied with the range of products on display. After a year's break, Andrea Kalrait is delighted to be able to finally welcome the industry back to Nuremberg again: “91 percent of industry professionals had already determined by the end of their visit in 2016 that they would be attending BrauBeviale again in 2018. We are looking forward to welcoming our regular attendees as well as first-time visitors!”

Dates of the current three-year BrauBeviale cycle:
BrauBeviale 2018: 13 - 15 November 2018
BrauBeviale 2019: 12 - 14 November 2019
BrauBeviale 2020: 10 - 12 November 2020
(Nürnbergmesse GmbH)

Belgium's Brouwerij Martens produces bottles for the soccer World Cup with ...

Belgium's Brouwerij Martens produces bottles for the soccer World Cup with ...  (Company news)

... Direct Print Powered by KHS™

Design individual bottles in batches of one or implement special marketing campaigns within a very short time indeed: Direct Print Powered by KHS™ offers beverage producers great flexibility of design, thus giving them the competitive edge. The Martens brewery in Belgium is now making good use of this innovative technology and together with a French supermarket chain is placing specially designed bottles on the shelves for the soccer World Cup.

To mark the big kick-off in Moscow Belgium’s Brouwerij Martens is offering its premium beer in 32 country-specific bottle designs on the French market. Various images of the participating nations have been printed straight onto the PET bottles using Direct Print Powered by KHS™.

Back in 2015 the Belgian brewery was the very first beverage producer to launch directly printed bottles to market produced with the prototype of the Direct Print Powered by KHS™ system. Martens is convinced by the direct digital printing process and will also rely on the innovative technology from NMP Systems and KHS in the future, say the Belgian brewers.

The successor Pilot 1.0 version of Direct Print Powered by KHS™, which includes many new features, is now being used on the Martens production line. Pilot 1.0 incorporates technological additions which permit an even better quality of print at high speeds and enable each individual bottle to be printed with different motifs within a very short space of time. The customer is able to decide whether the individual designs are printed onto the bottles consecutively or at random. An additionally developed printed image inspection system ensures the standard of quality at industrial performance level.

Batches of one with individual motifs
Regardless of whether one or one thousand different bottle designs are printed, individual motifs which are adapted for marketing campaigns or even at the customer’s specific request and produced in the shortest time are possible on the Direct Print machine, giving the beverage producer a clear competitive edge. The short time-to-market phase is particularly ideal for marketing offensives such as the current World Cup push.

The bottles produced using the digital printing process are also 100% recyclable. This was again confirmed last year by the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) renewing the certificate granted to the process. PET bottles processed by Direct Print Powered by KHS™ have no negative impact on the rPET and are thus officially approved for bottle-to-bottle PET recycling.
(KHS GmbH)

Budweiser Celebrates Summer with New Freedom Reserve Red Lager

Budweiser Celebrates Summer with New Freedom Reserve Red Lager  (Company news)

Budweiser unveiled the newest addition to its Reserve Collection – Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager. The new beer was specially brewed by Budweiser’s own veterans and builds on Budweiser’s long-standing support of American veterans with a portion of proceeds sold this summer benefiting Folds of Honor -- a nonprofit organization providing educational scholarships to military families. As of this year, the company has raised $14 Million in support of Folds of Honor.

“To call Budweiser a partner would be an understatement – they are considered family to us and the 3,000 families their donations help to support,” said Major Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor. “Freedom Reserve is a great testament to their unwavering dedication and compassion for our armed forces and we salute them.”

Freedom Reserve Red Lager is the second specialty lager to appear in Budweiser’s Reserve Collection and is inspired by George Washington’s hand-penned recipe from his personal military journal dating back to 1757. Packaged both in a vintage stubby bottle and also available in a one-pint can, the Red Lager is brewed with toasted barley grains for a slightly sweet aroma with a touch of hops, a rich caramel malt taste and a smooth finish with a hint of molasses. Marking the seventh consecutive year Budweiser is teaming up with Folds of Honor, the brand brought together a select group of Budweiser brewers who are also proud veterans to brew Freedom Reserve and their signatures are prominently featured on each bottle and can.

We are incredibly proud of our Freedom Reserve Red Lager because it was passionately brewed by our veteran brewers who have bravely served our country,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “With Freedom Reserve we remain dedicated to our mission to support our veterans and their families through our longstanding partnership with Folds of Honor.”

As the great American lager, Budweiser is committed to supporting U.S. veterans and their families, with the brand’s total contributions helping to benefit more than 3,000 families across the country. To help spread the message of support this summer, Budweiser will deploy a fully integrated marketing campaign for Freedom Reserve, complete with in-store displays, online advertising and digital marketing programming along with new national TV creative airing during marquee sports moments, including the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Freedom Reserve is available from May through September 30, or while limited supplies last.
(Anheuser Busch InBev)




SIG’s targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), confirming that the company’s strategy is aligned with what climate science says is required to prevent dangerous global warming.

Caption: SIG has committed to reduce its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 – and 60% by 2040 – from a 2016 base-year. This includes direct emissions from its own operations (scope 1) and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy (scope 2).
The company has also committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions per litre packed 25% by 2030 from a 2016 base-year (including scope 1 and 2, as well as scope 3 emissions from purchased goods and services, use of sold products and end-of-life treatment).

SIG is one of an elite group – currently around 100 companies worldwide – to have its targets approved by the SBTi, a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Climate change is one of the world’s biggest challenges and a concerted global effort is required to keep global warming below 2oC above pre-industrial levels – the point at which experts predict the worst effects will take hold. The SBTi aims to help companies determine how much they must cut their greenhouse gas emissions to do their part and support the aims of the Paris Agreement.

Alexander Liedke, WWF Germany’s Sustainable Business & Markets Manager and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee said: “By setting a science-based target, SIG is getting ahead in the transition to the new low-carbon economy, and doing their part to tackle climate change. As a packaging company, they play a key role in global supply chains and can support their customers with their own carbon reduction targets – something major purchasers are increasingly prioritizing. We congratulate SIG on being a sustainability leader in their industry.”

Targeting ambitious reductions
SIG has committed to reduce its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 – and 60% by 2040 – from a 2016 base-year. This includes direct emissions from its own operations (scope 1) and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy (scope 2).
The company has also committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions per litre packed 25% by 2030 from a 2016 base-year (including scope 1 and 2, as well as scope 3 emissions from purchased goods and services, use of sold products and end-of-life treatment).

SIG chose ‘per litre of food packed’ as the comparator for the value chain metric, rather than revenue or number of packs produced, to better reflect its corporate purpose to get food products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way – regardless of the size of the pack or the company turnover.

Rolf Stangl, CEO at SIG, said: “Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is at the heart of our commitment to halve our value chain environmental impacts and go Way Beyond Good. Receiving validation of our targets from the Science Based Targets initiative confirms that we are on track to support global efforts to tackle climate change. We have a clear roadmap to help us get there and I’m confident that we will achieve these targets by engaging with suppliers and applying our strong engineering capabilities. Doing so will not only help to protect the planet, it will also present new opportunities for our business and help us continue to deliver what our customers need.”

Measuring SIG’s value chain footprint
SIG built on its experience with product lifecycle assessments to develop an inventory of the organisation’s carbon footprint following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Corporate and Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standards.

A first estimate of total greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain was published in the company’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report. Since then, SIG has refined the inventory and recalculated the base-year inventory accordingly. The company has also been exploring potential opportunities to reduce emissions, through a review of its own business activities and dialogue with key suppliers, to develop reduction targets that are both ambitious and achievable.

Jonas Harth, scientist at the Institut für Energie und Umweltforschung (IFEU/Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) said: “We have been working with the team at SIG for a number of years to develop robust methodologies for assessing the lifecycle environmental impacts of its products in line with recognised standards. SIG has adopted the same rigour in its approach to assessing its carbon footprint across the value chain and setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The metrics accompanying SIG’s greenhouse gas reduction targets are included in its key performance indicators for measuring progress towards its Way Beyond Good ambitions. Performance will be disclosed annually through the company’s corporate responsibility reporting, alongside other metrics that support SIG’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by contributing more to society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

R.White's attempts a world record on a Penny Farthing as part of its summer marketing push

R.White's attempts a world record on a Penny Farthing as part of its summer marketing push   (Company news)

R.White’s, the premium lemonade brand owned by Britvic, is putting its 173 year heritage at the centre of its new £1 million marketing campaign, which kicks off in June and includes an attempt to break a world record on a Penny Farthing at the World Cycling Revival in London.

As one of the lead sponsors of the festival (14th – 16th June), which claims to be the greatest celebration of the bicycle the world has ever seen, R.White’s has partnered with long distance cyclist Mark Beaumont to attempt to beat the 132 year-old Penny Farthing Hour Record.

Known for his ultra-endurance cycling challenges and for being the first person in history to cycle around the world in less than 80 days, Beaumont will attempt to beat the record of 22 miles 150 yards (over 35.5km) in one hour on a Raspberry R.White’s branded Penny Farthing bicycle at the Herne Hill Velodrome, London – a record originally set by WA Rowe in 1886.

Kevin McNair, GB Marketing Director at Britvic said: “The Penny Farthing is synonymous with the R.White’s brand which is rooted in Victorian history, having grown from humble beginnings in South London in 1845 into a much-loved British household name. We’re extremely proud of our heritage, and with the World Cycling Revival celebrating the bicycle’s 200th year this year, what better way to kick off our summer campaign.”

The marketing campaign, rolling out in June, will also include outdoor advertising, in store and in outlet activations highlighting the brand’s taste credentials and premium flavours which launched in 2017: Pear & Elderflower, Raspberry and Traditional Cloudy Lemonade, in response to the growing demand for adult premium soft drinks. Since launch, the new flavours have added £3.1 million retail sales value (RSV) to the lemonade category and are the number one, two and three biggest NPD launches in lemonade over the past 12 months. Each flavour contains real fruit juice and is a maximum of 56 calories per 330 ml.

McNair continues: “Adults who are choosing soft drinks want to feel like they’re enjoying an indulgent, innovative and exciting experience. Our focus is on continuing to appeal to evolving consumer preferences and continuing to play a leadership role in offering consumers healthier choices while innovating to provide great taste and quality.”
(Britvic Plc)

Südzucker successfully closes fiscal 2017/18

Südzucker successfully closes fiscal 2017/18  (Company news)

As announced on 26 March 2018, Südzucker AG was able to increase consolidated group revenues by 7.8 percent to EUR 7.0 (previous year: 6.5) billion in the fiscal year 2017/18 just ended. Higher revenues from the sugar, special products and CropEnergies segments all contributed to the growth, while the fruit segment's revenues were about the same as last year.

The consolidated group operating result came in at EUR 445 (previous year: 426) million, slightly higher than the published preliminary number. The year-over-year operating result increase was driven mainly by the sugar segment, but the fruit segment also contributed. As expected, the CropEnergies and special products segments’ results were lower than last year's high numbers.

Recommended dividend for fiscal 2017/18
The executive and supervisory boards will jointly recommend at the annual general meeting on 19 July 2018 that the dividend paid for fiscal 2017/18 remain unchanged at EUR 0.45 per share. Based on 204.2 million shares issued, the total dividend distribution will thus be EUR 91.9 million.

Sugar segment's revenues rise and operating result up significantly
Driven by higher sugar volumes – especially for export – the sugar segment’s revenues rose to EUR 3,017 (previous year: 2,776) million. In the first half year, sugar sales revenues were higher than last year, but due to the strong decline in the second half, average annual sales revenues were lower than the year prior.

Despite considerably lower sales revenues since October 2017, the segment’s operating result rose to EUR 139 (previous year: 72) million, driven by the increase in sugar sales revenues in the first half year right up to September 2017. To date during the new sugar marketing year, which began in October 2017, sales revenues for both EU and export volumes have declined steadily, which is weighing more and more heavily on the result trend despite lower production costs.

More sugar produced during the 2017 campaign
The group’s total sugar production rose to 5.9 (previous year: 4.7) million tonnes, of which 5.7 (previous year: 4.4) million tonnes was sugar produced from beets and 0.2 (previous year: 0.3) million tonnes sugar refined from raw sugar cane.

The significantly expanded cultivation area together with clearly higher than average beet yields drove total beet volume to 36.0 (previous year: 28.6) million tonnes. Processing time at the various factories ranged between 75 days at Falesti in Moldova and 161 days at Cagny in France. The overall average campaign duration for all factories was 133 (previous year: 107) days, considerably higher than the new target of more than 120 days.

Special products’ segment result declines as expected
The special products segment was able to grow revenues year-over-year to EUR 1,997 (previous year: 1,819) million. In addition to steady volume growth in almost all product categories, contributions from frozen pizza producer Richelieu Foods Inc., Braintree, Massachusetts, USA, acquired 1 December 2017, and HASA GmbH, Burg, Germany, purchased in July 2017, were included for the first time.
As expected, the segment’s operating result was down from last year's extraordinary high level, falling to EUR 158 (previous year: 184) million. The result improvement from volume and revenue gains was more than absorbed by significantly higher depreciations and above all, higher raw material prices compared to the prior year.

CropEnergies segment’s result declines, but continues to range at a high level
CropEnergies was able to increase revenues to EUR 808 (previous year: 726) million in fiscal 2017/18 just ended, driven especially by significantly higher production and sales volumes during the first half year due to the restart of the production plant in Wilton, Great Britain, during the second quarter of 2016/17. This was enough to more than offset sharply lower ethanol sales revenues in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in the prior year.

The CropEnergies segment’s operating result was significantly less than last year, coming in at EUR 72 (previous year: 98) million. The decline is mainly due to the fourth quarter result, which was substantially lower than last year's extraordinary high number. The fourth quarter fiscal 2017/18 drop was driven by the steep slide in ethanol sales revenues. Furthermore, the improved results from higher volumes were not enough to offset higher net raw material costs and the now full-year operating costs of the plant in Wilton, together with maintenance work and inspections at all of the production locations.

Fruit segment’s result up slightly
After declining in the first half year, the fruit segment’s revenues began rising again in the second half and at the end of fiscal 2017/18 were slightly higher than last year at EUR 1,161 (previous year: 1,155) million. Lower fruit juice concentrates volumes were more than offset by higher fruit preparations volumes.
The fruit segment's operating result rose to EUR 76 (previous year: 72) million. The result was driven by higher margins and volumes in the fruit preparations division, which more than offset the volume and margin declines in the fruit juice concentrates division.

Acquisitions drive employee headcount up sharply
The number of Südzucker Group employees as of the 28 February 2018 balance sheet date was up 9.5 percent to 18,515 (previous year: 16,908). This strong increase was attributable mainly to the special products and fruit segments. The main contributors were the special products segment’s Freiberger division and the fruit segment’s fruit preparations division. Almost 900 employees were added to Südzucker Group when Freiberger acquired Germany’s HASA GmbH and the American company Richelieu Foods Inc. In fruit preparations, an additional 400 employees were hired on fixed-term employment contracts in Mexico and Morocco to process the significantly higher processing volumes. The size of the sugar and CropEnergies segments’ workforces remained almost unchanged.

Outlook for the current fiscal 2018/19 year confirmed
Südzucker confirms the current fiscal year 2018/19 forecast published on 26 March 2018: consolidated group revenues are expected to range between EUR 6.8 and 7.1 billion. The sugar segment’s revenues are expected to drop sharply. The CropEnergies segment's revenues should range between EUR 760 and 820 million. The special products and fruit segments’ revenues are expected to rise substantially.
The consolidated group operating result is expected to decline considerably to between EUR 100 and 200 million, driven mainly by the sugar segment’s substantially lower results. The severe drop in sugar prices to a historic low can by no means be offset by lower production costs and higher sales volumes. As a result, the sugar segment is expected to post an operating loss ranging between EUR -100 and -200 (2017/18: 139) million. The forecast for the sugar segment is marked by a high degree of uncertainty in a profoundly changing market environment. On the other hand, the special products and fruit segments are expected to report significantly improved results. The CropEnergies segment’s operating result is expected to range between EUR 30 and 70 million.
(Südzucker AG)

Georg Steinbichler rewarded for services to plastics technology in Austria

Georg Steinbichler rewarded for services to plastics technology in Austria  (Company news)

Professor Georg Steinbichler, Senior Vice President of R&D Technologies at ENGEL AUSTRIA, has been awarded the gold badge of honour by the VÖK association of Austrian plastics processors. In conferring the award, the VÖK has acknowledged Steinbichler’s contribution to the development of plastics technology in Austria. The award was made at a celebratory presentation evening on the premises of the ÖGV Austrian Industry Association at Palais Eschenbach in Vienna.

Photo: Prizewinner Professor Georg Steinbichler (2nd left) with Senator Ernst Pöcksteiner, Chairman and Honorary President of the VÖK, VÖK President Dr. Michael Pöcksteiner and Professor Walter Friesenbichler, who presented the award (left to right).

“Georg Steinbichler is a globally recognised expert in injection moulding technology. His name has not only been associated with numerous technical and scientific innovations, he also set up the faculty of Polymer Engineering Technologies at Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Having dedicated his life’s work to injection moulding technology, he is a worthy winner of the VÖK gold badge of honour,” declared Professor Walter Friesenbichler in his laudation. Professor Friesenbichler, head of the chair of injection moulding of polymers at the University of Leoben, has worked with the prizewinner for more than 30 years.

After studying plastics engineering at Leoben, Georg Steinbichler embarked on his career in 1982 as an application engineer at injection moulding machine manufacturer ENGEL. He was soon given responsibility for process and technology development. In 2008, he completed his doctoral thesis on "Methods and processes for optimizing component development for Injection Molding” at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.

With the introduction of the polymer engineering technologies discipline at Johannes Kepler University in Linz in 2009, Steinbichler was appointed chairman of the Institute of Polymer Injection Moulding and Process Automation alongside his role at ENGEL. Since then, he has played a major role in expanding the range of university-level education for plastics engineers in Austria while strengthening university-based research in the field of plastics technology. The most recent milestone was the establishment of LIT Factory in Linz, a research factory for the production of thermoplastic lightweight composites and the digitalisation of plastics processing procedures.

Even before his appointment at the University of Linz, Georg Steinbichler was committed to education. He taught at the TGM in Vienna and lectured at technical academies in Esslingen/Stuttgart in Germany as well as Sarnen in Switzerland.

Since 1971, the VÖK has honoured personalities in the spheres of industry, business, science and public life who have made outstanding contributions to the development of plastics technology in Austria. Irene and Georg Schwarz and Dr. Peter Neumann of ENGEL also received the VÖK gold badge of honour prior to Professor Georg Steinbichler.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Nordzucker Financial statements 2017/2018: rapid drop in the price of sugar overshadows earnings ...

Nordzucker Financial statements 2017/2018: rapid drop in the price of sugar overshadows earnings ...  (Company news) the past financial year

· Significant decline in earnings expected in 2018/2019
· Net income of EUR 118 million
· Revenues down by 3 per cent to EUR 1,650 million
· Equity ratio of 66 per cent roughly matches previous year’s level
· Dividend proposal of EUR 1.20 per share

Nordzucker closed the 2017/2018 financial year with net income of EUR 118 million. As well as savings generated by the efficiency programme, stable market prices in the first three quarters of the year in particular contributed to the improved earnings figure. The rapid price drop in the final quarter of the 2017/2018 financial year has already negatively affected earnings for 2017/2018 and will result in a significant decline in earnings in the current financial year.

Nordzucker generated consolidated revenues of EUR 1,650 million in the 2017/2018 financial year (reporting date: 28 February), three per cent lower than in the previous year (EUR 1,708 million). The operating result (EBIT) came to EUR 154 million (previous year: EUR 131 million) and consolidated net income continued to improve year-on-year to EUR 118 million (previous year: EUR 99 million).

Overall, the earnings position in the past year of transition from a regulated market to a free market was significantly better than in the previous year, as expected. The Annual General Meeting of Nordzucker AG will be proposed a dividend of EUR 1.20 per share (previous year: EUR 1.10).

The Speaker of the Executive Board, Dr Lars Gorissen, commented at the press conference on the financial statements in Braunschweig: “Thanks to cost discipline and increased efficiency, we have established a solid basis to support us through volatile times. We see opportunities during this transition period with low prices which we will resolutely exploit.”

Oversupply results in price decline
The market environment changed significantly following the end of the sugar market regime on 30 September 2017. Predicted global sugar production surpluses have resulted in a drastic decline in prices. Increased acreage in the EU and an associated significant rise in the volume of sugar production have further increased the level of competition and price pressure.

In consequence, EU sugar prices likewise fell rapidly in the fourth quarter, in line with the trend on the world market. However, Nordzucker maintained its market position in overall terms.

Animal feed prices stable, slight decline for bioethanol
Overall, sales and price levels for animal feed produced from beet remained stable. Sales of molasses also remained stable in volume terms, even if prices declined slightly. Bioethanol production was flexible, in line with the market conditions, and prices fell slightly.

Efficiency programme successfully completed
In the past financial year, the company completed its long-term efficiency programme FORCE and almost reached its target level of EUR 50 million. This programme generated savings in every area of the company, with a particular focus on procurement, production planning and process optimization.

Solid capital resources for growth and investment
Nordzucker continues to have a stable net assets and financial position. Equity increased to EUR 1,429 million (previous year: EUR 1,375 million). The equity ratio also continued to rise to 66 per cent (previous year: 65 per cent). The company remains debt-free, and its net capital investments are at EUR 301 million almost at the same level as in the previous year (EUR 308 million).

The EU remains Nordzucker’s core market. The company’s capital resources provide it with security and open up opportunities to exploit the tense market phase and to secure and expand market shares.

Nordzucker also has an eye on the growing global sugar market: “We will gradually become a company that operates globally,” says Dr Gorissen, and emphasizes: “In doing so, we will rely upon exports as well as production locations in other parts of the world.”

Nordzucker is continuing to make substantial investments to ensure the company’s future viability: in the past financial year, EUR 89 million was invested, above all, in cutting energy consumption and improving logistics, in measures to increase service and quality levels and in the optimization of processes and IT. Capital expenditure of EUR 110 million is planned for the current financial year.

Safeguarding yield increases for beet cultivation
Efficiency in beet cultivation and sustained yield increases will safeguard the competitiveness of the sugar produced in the EU. Restrictions on pesticide use due to recently approved bans or other bans in the pipeline will hinder this trend while directly affecting beet and sugar yields. “We have already launched a programme and are focusing on crop protection in our trials and our cultivation advice. Our growers urgently require alternatives,” the Speaker of the Executive Board reiterates.

Outlook: getting through and exploiting the challenging market phase
Worldwide, a significant sugar surplus is once again envisaged for 2018/2019, together with associated price pressure. Nordzucker therefore anticipates a significant decline in earnings for the current financial year and is seeking to avoid a loss. Nonetheless, the company sees itself as being strongly positioned in the competitive environment: “We have a sound financial basis and will get through this low-price phase and exploit it,” remarks Dr Lars Gorissen and continues: “Transition to a free market entails tough competition and a huge decline in prices. A new balance will result on the market. The way ahead will mean a shake-out of the EU market.”
(Nordzucker AG)

UNITED CAPS Brings Innovative Standard and Bespoke Closure Solutions to Asian Market ...

UNITED CAPS Brings Innovative Standard and Bespoke Closure Solutions to Asian Market ...  (Company news) Propak Asia

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, announced that it will be exhibiting for the second time at Propak Asia, scheduled for 13-16 June 2018 at the Bangkok International Trade Exhibition Centre. UNITED CAPS will be located in the French Industrial Pavilion at the show, where visitors will be treated to a wide range of innovative caps and closure solutions.

“With the upcoming opening of our new manufacturing plant in Malaysia (photo),” said Benoît Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS, “we are looking forward to having an increased presence in the Asian market, and Propak is an excellent venue to introduce ourselves to new customers and catch up with existing ones. We will be demonstrating a range of closures for infant nutrition and agrochemicals that will be locally produced in the Malaysia plant, scheduled to open at the end of 2018. Our Asian customers will, of course, have access to the entire UNITED CAPS portfolio, as well as our renowned bespoke development services. We look forward to greeting visitors during the show and learning more about their business requirements for caps and closures, as well as sharing our story and our ‘Close to You’ strategy.”

At the Show
While UNITED CAPS will have its full portfolio on display at the show, visitors will want to spend extra time with three especially innovative standard closures that will be highlighted at the show. These include:

-Produces nearly double the capping speeds of traditional closures.
-Is the lightest snap closure on the market.
-Has a superior surface finish that makes it successful, especially in the Asian markets.

50 and 63 PROSLIT
-Superb stress cracking resistance in this UN-compliant closure with standard PE foam and induction heat seal (HIS) liner.
-Full PA/PET chemical barrier, making it a safe and reliable closure for all chemical products.
-Innovative 360° wheel design offering outstanding grip for easier opening.
-“Flexband” tamper evidence ensures end user confidence and authenticity of all chemical products.
-Wide variety of branding options for maximum shelf standout.

-Flip-top hinged closure whose innovative design allows one-handed preparation of feeding bottles.
-Contamination-free foil-sealed chamber protects the included scoop until use; an integrated hook keeps the scoop handy for further use. The scoop’s thumb-shaped handle makes it easy to use.
-Standard scoop with dosing range from 8 to 13 ml; no restriction on scoop shape.
-The incorporated levelling device ensures precise dosing of milk powder.
-Recently named by market research firm Euromonitor International as one of the two best baby food closure solutions available in the market.

“I’m pleased to be sharing the UNITED CAPS story with Propak attendees,” states Sebastienn Hottlet, Business Director APAC at UNITED CAPS. “We are in the process of expanding our sales and distribution channels in the Asian market to better serve the region, and we will look forward to inviting new and potential customers to our Malaysian operation for a plant tour following its opening late this year. It is a very exciting time for us, and we truly believe our ‘Close to You’ strategy will receive a warm welcome at the show and into the future. Attendees will also learn how our lighter weight closures are greener, designed to meet customer needs while ensuring optimum productivity at the filling line. These lighter weight but fully functional closures use less material, which is ultimately good for the environment. At UNITED CAPS, we will continue to pursue additional sustainability initiatives into the future.”
(United Caps)

New filling valve platform with innovative PD design

New filling valve platform with innovative PD design  (Company news)

Valve specialist GEMÜ based in Ingelfingen, Germany is laying the cornerstone for the latest generation of filling valves with the F40 (photo) and F60 valve types.

Thanks to close contact and communication with plant engineers and operators working in the area of filling processes, GEMÜ has been able to build up considerable expertise in this field over time. This has meant that we have been able to develop solutions to the widest variety of challenges relating to this area in years gone by. GEMÜ is continuing this tradition with the introduction of a new filling valve platform.

The use of the GEMÜ PD design has made it possible to securely isolate the moving parts of the actuator hermetically from the product area while simultaneously achieving a high number of switching cycles. This means that what has become known as the lift effect, in which the remains of the product are transported through the inserted spindle into areas in the actuator which are not to be cleaned, is excluded. In addition to the improved ease of cleaning of the media-wetted area, the valve stands out thanks to its extremely compact design and the ability to quickly and easily replace worn parts. Besides the conventional pneumatic variants, a motorized version with an innovative generation of drives is also available.

Both the GEMÜ F40 and GEMÜ F60 valves have a number of areas of application in virtually all filling processes in the hygienic and aseptic sector. Due to the one-piece PTFE seal that is used, the two valve types are also suitable for media containing oil or fat.

Both of the first valve types of the new filling valve platform will be presented to the public later in the year, at the ACHEMA trade fair in June.
(GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)


Indonesia & South Korea: Indonesia's PT Multi Bintang starts exports of its flagship beer ...  (

... to South Korea

Indonesian alcoholic beverage producer v has officially exported its most renowned beer Bintang to South Korea, reported on May 15.

Multi Bintang Indonesia President Director Michael Chin revealed that the company has prioritized the South Korean market this year in hope of having its brand accepted by the Korean society despite not specifically mentioning the company's export target and volume.

“We believe that the demand can grow in South Korea, however, we cannot reveal the export value since it is a sensitive subject,” said Michael at the company’s factory in Tangerang, Banten, on May 14.

Furthermore, Multi Bintang Indonesia has started to export its product after it was able to meet the quality standards requested by the South Korean importer. This deal was made possible thanks to the partnership between Multi Bintang and South Korean Heineken.

However, the export volume is still in its early stage which represents 5 percent of the company’s total production that adds up to 2 million hectolitres or 200 million litres.

Other than South Korea, Bintang was also exported to several other countries in 2017 such as Japan, Singapore, Timor Leste, Australia, the Netherlands, and England.


Singapore & Japan: Tiger Beer launches in Japan with a pop-up bar  (

Singapore's homegrown brand Tiger Beer launched in Japan on Wednesday, May 30 with a pop-up bar, The Straits Times reported.

The brand, which dates back to 1932, was officially launched in Tokyo's Roppongi district.

As part of the launch, Tiger Beer created a pop-up bar called Tiger Yuki, with musical performances and street foods from both Singapore and Japan.

For the event, owner of Yishun Park Hawker Centre's Ah Tan Wings, Mr Tan Wee Yang, whipped up his signature har cheong kai or prawn paste chicken.

He also worked with Japanese chef Shoichi Ueda to create har cheong kai rice burgers.

Mr Tan was a recipient of the Tiger Street Food Support Fund, an initiative by the brand to promote Singapore's street food culture by disbursing funds to new and aspiring hawkers.

Brewed with malt, hops and yeast in a process that takes more than 500 hours, Tiger Beer is sold in more than 75 countries.


USA: Beer industry shrinking and not expected to show growth this year  (

The US beer industry keeps shrinking. Drinkers haven't been bellying up to the bar for years, and last year sales volumes were down another 1.2%, the Motley Fool reported on June 1.

But while megabrewers like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors continue to see overall sales shrink, craft beer at least can say its business is still growing. While the heady double-digit growth rates of the past decade are probably a thing of the past, sales volumes still rose 5% in 2017 for craft brewers, and small and independent brewers account for nearly 13% of the total market by volume, according to a report in The Washington Post.

That's cold comfort for Boston Beer, the second-biggest craft brewer and arguably still the face of the craft beer industry. Even as it reports growth in sales of its hard cider, tea, and seltzer, its flagship Samuel Adams brand hasn't posted a single quarter of higher depletions in over three years. (Depletions are an industry benchmark for consumer demand that measures sales to distributors and retailers.)

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things are going to get any better for beer overall this year, and craft beer's fortunes may soon take a turn for the worse, too.

A recent series of tweets from the chief economist of the Beer Institute brewing trade association, Michael Ulrich, suggests how trends are working against the industry.

While beer is still the alcoholic beverage of choice in the U.S., at 49.7% of servings versus 15.4% for wine and 34.9% for hard liquor, it is the lowest share of servings it has ever commanded, according to the Beer Institute's 2017 state of beer presentation. More worrisome is that the only beer segment that actually did better in 2017 than the year before was the "economy" segment, and that was only because brewers engaged in discounting and rolling out larger pack sizes.

The 15-pack case is increasingly becoming a favored size for craft brewers, and though still small at the moment, it has the potential to one day replace the 12-pack as the industry standard. But with the larger size comes a lower price per unit, which could serve to lower brewer revenue and pressure profits.

Boston Beer founder and Chairman Jim Koch said last year on a conference call with analysts that he didn't think there would be a price war among craft brewers given their limited ability to absorb price cuts. "... I think the primary downward pressure on pricing at this point is the advent of 15 packs into craft beer ... And the consumer may or may not look at that as price degradation because they may be looking at the cans and thinking, well, that's kind of equivalent to a 12-pack bottles except I'm getting three free beers."

Even the megabrewers are getting in on it, with MillerCoors transitioning all of its economy brands to the new size, but also moving its Blue Moon brand to it as well. Anheuser-Busch says it will utilize 15-packs as well as 18-pack cases, which of course, with its greater financial resources, allows it to push prices even lower.

Ulrich tweeted that even though U.S. consumer spending on beer grew 0.7% last year, it was much lower than in recent years and shows resistance to the price hikes brewers -- including Boston Beer -- made in the first quarter. A bigger problem for craft beer may be where its growth is coming from.

The Brewers Association trade group for "small and independent craft brewers" notes there were more than 6,370 breweries operating last year, almost all of them craft, up 16% from the 2016 number. Ulrich noted that taprooms and brewpubs -- on-premises locations where breweries sell their beer -- and other direct sales counted for all the growth in volume that the craft industry experienced last year.

There are now over 2,250 brewpubs in business, according to the Brewers Association, almost double the number that existed just five years ago. Although that could be a healthy sign for the industry, and even Boston Beer is opening up a series of taprooms, it could very well be that as occurred with the explosion of craft beer labels on store shelves, too many brewpubs will mean everyone's glass ends up less full.

Ultimately, Ulrich sees 2018 being another down year for the beer industry, and it's easy to extrapolate the troubles the megabrewers are facing to the craft beer industry itself. Production continues to expand, but the beer market is in decline, and it may find that not nearly enough people will be bellying up to the bar.

Diageo Scotch portfolio wins top honours at San Francisco World Spirits Competition and ...

Diageo Scotch portfolio wins top honours at San Francisco World Spirits Competition and ...  (Company news)

... World Whiskies Awards

Our Scotch brands, including Talisker, Lagavulin and Singleton, picked up 46 awards in total across the two prestigious competitions.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Founded in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition has grown to become the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world, with winners judged by carefully selected panels of spirits-industry experts. The competition awards brands with Double Gold, Gold, Silver or Bronze accolades.

See our Best in Class, Double Gold and Gold medal winners below. Visit the competition website for a full list of winners:

Best In Class (Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – Up to 12 Years)
-Talisker 10 Year Old (photo)

Double Gold
-Buchanan’s Master Blended Scotch Whisky
-Buchanan’s Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky
-Johnnie Walker Red Label
-Lagavulin 8 Year Old
-Lagavulin 16 Year Old
-Talisker Storm

-Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
-Oban 18 Year Old
-Singleton of Glendullan 12 Year Old
-Singleton of Glendullan 18 Year Old

World Whiskies Awards
The World Whiskies Awards, part of the wider World Drinks Awards, is a global spirits competition which selects, rewards and promotes the very best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.

Entries come from across the globe and the whiskies are tasted in groupings where liquids of a similar style and process of whisky production compete against each other.

World’s Best Blended
-Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

Best Scotch Lowlands Single Malt
-Glenkinchie 12 Years Old

Category Winners
-Buchanan’s Deluxe 12 Years Old
-Haig Club Clubman
-Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years
-Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old

-Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
-Johnnie Walker Double Black
-Talisker 10 Years Old
-Talisker Port Rulghe
(Diageo plc)

Tailored program for India’s beverage industry

Tailored program for India’s beverage industry  (drinktechnology India 2018)

- In 2019 the trade fair will be held in Bangalore for the first time
- dti will now be represented in all metropolitan regions of the continent
- Market penetration through regional focus

drink technology India (dti), the central and leading platform for the beverage, dairy and liquid food industry in India, is further expanding its reach. In the future, the trade fair will be held twice during odd-numbered years: in the spring in Bangalore (February 28–March 2, 2019) and in the winter in New Delhi (December 5–7, 2019). Mumbai will remain the meeting place for the industry during even-numbered years. Focal topics will be set for the segments at the three venues and aimed at the market potential of the regions.

The trade fair changed its annual format last year as a way of responding to the market’s regional needs. dti is taking another step forward by holding two trade fairs in odd-numbered years. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India, said: “India is a huge country. By applying the new local approach to dti, we will reach relevant visitor groups in the regions in a more systematic manner. Tapping this potential is a key value-added factor for our customers.”

Mumbai is the international hub for India’s beverage and liquid food industry. In even-numbered years, visitors from all parts of India will continue to see the latest innovations developed by companies from India and all other parts of the world, in areas that range from the production, filling and packaging of all types of beverages to liquid food. In New Delhi and Bangalore, Indian exhibitors will primarily meet visitors from these metropolitan areas. The trade fairs held in these two cities will also cover the entire product chain of the beverage and liquid food industry. But a focus will be placed on particular segments in a reflection of the different presence of individual industries. The focus of the New Delhi metropolitan region is beer, soft drinks and dairy products. Bangalore will more closely highlight juices, beer, hard liquor and food. Thanks to this regional position and the focal topics, dti will be an ideal meeting place for each particular region. Visitor potential will be optimally tapped in the process.

The Indian beverage and liquid food market
The Indian food and beverage market is growing very dynamically. Sales produced by the sectors for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages like beer, wine and hard liquor are climbing sharply. The German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) / Euromonitor International forecasts growth of more than 100 percent by 2021 for soft drinks and about 35 percent for alcoholic beverages during the same period. Sales of dairy products are expected to climb by more than 20 percent. Oils and fats will jump by about 70 percent by 2021, according to the forecast. This growth is being fueled by social change and strong economic growth.
(Messe München GmbH)

The quest for better packaging - Rethinking the future of plastics

The quest for better packaging - Rethinking the future of plastics   (Company news)

How many pieces of packaging do you recycle every year?
You may have no idea, but there are few more important questions for the future of our planet.

From the oceans to the deserts, the world depends on our ability to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. It depends on our ability to create a world in the very near future where every single piece of packaging is recyclable or reusable.
And it depends on our ability to create a world where rubbish isn’t sent to landfill, but is turned into something new.

Nestlé’s ambition is that 100% of our packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans, rivers and waterways every year. And although plastic packaging is vital for keeping food safe and fresh, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure less is used, what is used is fully recyclable and that recycling systems are available around the world.

The packaging of the future
Doing his part to help protect the environment is motivation for Xavier Caro as he works to develop new packaging materials at Nestlé’s Product Technology Centre in Germany. He has dedicated his career to making more environmentally-friendly packaging.

His starting point is to question whether packaging for a product is absolutely necessary. If the answer is yes, Xavier then looks at all of the options for reusing and/or recycling. In his laboratory he meticulously peels back the three layers of a powdered soup packet, assessing the need for the inner layer of plastic, alongside the aluminium foil and the outer plastic laminate.

However, most packaging cannot be avoided altogether. It is essential to protect food from damage, germs or pests when being transported. And the packaging also carries important information about the food’s ingredients and nutritional value.

New technologies and innovations are making a wider choice of packaging materials and more environmentally friendly formats available. Each time a new prototype for packaging is made, it is tested to see how easy and convenient it is for customers to use and store. But, at the end of the day, if its environmental performance is not better than the original version, it will be not be used. Xavier will return to the drawing board in his quest to make something better.

Transforming the plastics economy
Developing new packaging that is environmentally friendly and fully recyclable is only part of Xavier’s challenge.

"It’s not good enough just to design the pack and make it recyclable," he says. "It is important to establish how this packaging will be collected and recycled too."

In Europe that is a relatively straightforward process, he explains, because companies can work alongside established recycling schemes. But in less developed countries the company needs to work with local partners to ensure recycling is a reality as well as a mere possibility.

Single-serve product packaging makes up a large portion of plastic waste in the environment. It’s an issue that companies like Nestlé are working to address. The company is a participant in the New Plastics Economy, which advises developing countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines where marine litter is a significant problem.

The initiative, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, aims to rethink the future of plastics by applying the principles of the circular economy. It brings together key stakeholders to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging.

Around the world, people like Nestlé’s Xavier Caro are taking up that challenge. They are working to make sure our food is packaged in a way that keeps it safe and meets human needs – and ensures the natural world and the animals that live in it are not harmed by waste plastic.

By 2025, Nestlé’s commitment to 100% recyclable and reusable packaging will be contributing significantly to that ambition.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

The Beverage Carton Industry launches a platform to increase recycling across Europe

The Beverage Carton Industry launches a platform to increase recycling across Europe  (Company news)

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, welcomes the final adoption of the revised legislative package on waste by the Council of the EU.

ACE members believe that the provisions included in the new legislation - in particular mandatory separate collection of all packaging which is a precondition to recycling - provide a strong foundation on which Member States can build to move towards a more circular economy.

Kristian Hall, ACE President, said: “Our industry is committed to supporting increased recycling of its packages and securing long-term sustainable recycling solutions. Hence, the members of ACE, BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak, have decided to launch a dedicated platform to drive and coordinate the industry’s engagement in beverage carton recycling, including the non-paper components of our packages across Europe.”

The new platform will be based in Frankfurt and complement ACE, the industry’s voice towards EU policy stakeholders. It will also closely collaborate with national carton industry associations, member company initiatives and other stakeholders.

Hall continues: “Recognising that sustainable recycling programs require collaboration within and beyond our own industry, the new platform will actively seek alliances and partnerships with industry actors sharing similar needs to optimise recycling solutions.”
“We have come a long way to reach our current recycling rate of 47% in Europe, despite the absence of a specific recycling target for beverage cartons in the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. With this additional initiative and partnerships, we are confident we will be able to achieve the Directive’s overall recycling rate objective of 55% by 2025 and 65% by 2035.”
(ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))

Naturally Delicious and Sustainable: Symrise Inspires Private Labels at PLMA

Naturally Delicious and Sustainable: Symrise Inspires Private Labels at PLMA   (Company news)

• Trendy samples for private label concepts
• Drink, feast and snack naturally
• Concepts for products with reduced sugar and salt, as well as sustainable packaging

At the “World of Private Label” (PLMA) international trade show, Symrise shows its natural offerings for the private label business. Large, medium and small retailers’ brands are riding this trend, and clearly benefit from it. On May 29 and 30, 2018, Symrise introduces its offerings around its code of nature® platform. Guests discover how concepts such as naturally delicious, environmentally friendly packaging and reduced sugar and salt work in and for food. At booth F-8105 in Hall 8 at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, visitors may try hip beverages, snacks and fresh concepts for the BBQ season, all while learning more about the raw materials used.

PLMA makes it clear: Consumers today want their food to be produced as naturally and sustainably as possible. Symrise understands this desire, and it has made naturalness for taste in food one of its core competencies, resulting in the development of its strategic platform code of nature®. This builds on four pillars: transparency, best natural, technology, and consumer value. “At PLMA in Amsterdam, we are showing how we develop sustainable and natural products for the private label industry. This plays a decisive role for all, the consumer, the economy and the environment as well,” says Dr. Alexander Lichter, Vice President Sales, Flavor Division EAME.

PLMA Concept Presents code of nature® for More Naturalness and Sustainability
At booth F-8105 in Hall 8, Symrise entices visitors with an assortment of unique drinks and snacks to taste test, like craft cola, alcohol-free beer, yogurt salad dressing and “homemade” potato crisps. With the help of its code of nature®, the company demonstrates how it is mindful of naturalness and sustainability along the entire value chain – from cultivation to the end consumer. Only the manufacturers who offer their customers the most natural products possible can be long-term leaders in their field.

Thanks to its four-pillar strategy, code of nature® individually meets customer and consumer demands. Fully transparent, the consumer can tell at first glance whether a product is made from responsibly sourced materials. With its carefully selected range of raw materials, Symrise delivers products with pure, natural ingredients. The company also ensures that, thanks to modern technology, its raw materials are processed as sustainably as possible. And, lastly, Symrise is committed to environmentally friendly packaging, such as glass bottles, and makes it possible to provide easily understood labeling of ingredients in order to win and maintain the trust of consumers.
(Symrise AG)

Take it further with Alfa Laval at ACHEMA 2018

Take it further with Alfa Laval at ACHEMA 2018  (Company news)

Today’s process industry is changing rapidly, as businesses strive for new levels of competitiveness and sustainability. With more than 130 years of experience, Alfa Laval is at the forefront, bringing customers the best in heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. New applications of these technologies – and many innovations within them – are taking customers further than ever before.

At ACHEMA 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, 11–15 June, Alfa Laval will share proven solutions and bold innovations for chemicals, biopharma and industrial wastewater treatment. Whether minimizing energy use, boosting productivity, maximizing uptime or recovering waste streams, Alfa Laval helps customers meet and exceed their goals.

Photo: Alfa Laval T25 plate heat exchanger

“Alfa Laval’s mission is to optimize the performance of our customers’ processes,” says Magnus Edmén, Head of Service, Business Unit Gasket Heat Exchanger at Alfa Laval. “Not just once, but time and time again. That’s really the thinking behind our ‘Take it further’ theme. Through technology, knowledge and partnership, we are working constantly to keep our customers and their processes moving forward.”

The Alfa Laval stand (D4 in Hall 4.0) will display a wide range of products and be staffed with solution experts. Focus areas will include:
-Energy efficiency - Energy use is a critical factor, both for the environment and for process economy. Alfa Laval heat exchangers and other solutions offer many ways to reduce energy footprint and to optimize the cost of energy-intensive processes.
-Productivity - Productivity is more than increasing production. Through innovations, online platforms, connected services and more, Alfa Laval helps customers maximize yields and create more efficient process cycles – all while reducing operating costs.
-Waste reduction - Managing wastewater and other waste streams is a constant challenge for process industry. Alfa Laval provides smart ways to reclaim resources and minimize waste volumes, often turning the latter into value.
-Maintenance - Achieving the lowest total cost of ownership takes collaboration throughout the product life cycle. Alfa Laval works closely with customers not only to maximize uptime and availability, but also to strengthen product performance.

Products on display
Visitors will be able to see many products at Alfa Laval’s ACHEMA stand, including:
The world’s most modern gasketed plate heat exchangers
Alfa Laval is bringing the most modern gasketed plate heat exchangers for industrial applications to the market. Our engineers and application experts will be at ACHEMA to present the latest addition to this high performing gasketed plate heat exchanger range: the Alfa Laval T25.

Packed full of innovations and features, the design is truly challenging the status quo of gasketed plate heat exchangers. With a development process entirely driven by the needs and feedback of customers, Alfa Laval can even better meet the demands for a reliable, more efficient heat exchanger that is also easy to maintain. The increased thermal efficiency also translates well to the increased focus on improving worker safety and reduced environmental impact of operations providing a compact unit and more sustainable energy usage.

Alfa Laval Culturefuge
Alfa Laval’s Culturefuge centrifugal separator is the market-leading solution for harvesting of fragile mammalian cells in biotechnology applications. At Achema, we will display the new UniDisc™ discs for the Culturefuge range and show how they improve hygiene by minimizing the number of dead legs. The UniDisc™ design also makes it possible to increase the total separation area and improve separation efficiency.

New centrifugal separator
Targeting industrial fermentation applications, the new centrifugal separator combines high separation area with continuous solids discharge, making it the perfect choice for high-density broths. Its hermetic design ensures very gentle product handling, high separation efficiency and low energy consumption. The new centrifugal separator is suitable for mid-sized batches, and completes Alfa Laval’s wide range of separators for bio-based chemicals production.
(Alfa Laval Mid Europe GmbH)

Changes to the KHS Executive Management Board concerning the Sales and Service Division

Changes to the KHS Executive Management Board concerning the Sales and Service Division  (Company news)

KHS in Dortmund, Germany, international manufacturer of lines and machines for applications in the beverage filling and packaging industry with over 5,000 employees, belongs to the Salzgitter Group’s high-growth technology business unit. As part of its Strategy 2021 program Salzgitter AG plans to further expand its technology business unit.

In order to follow KHS’ own growth strategy while simultaneously strengthening its inner performance KHS is implementing its company-wide KHS Future action plan. As part of the KHS realignment process Prof. E.h. Dr.-Ing. Johann Grabenweger, responsible for Sales and Service, is leaving the company by mutual consent. The Supervisory Board would like to thank Prof. Grabenweger for his 13 years of successful work in Production, Research and Development and, most recently, Sales and Service which has grown by about a third in the last few years.

Until a final decision has been reached regarding the appointment of a successor, Management Board responsibility for the Sales and Service Division shall be assumed by chairman of the KHS Executive Management Board Burkhard Becker.
(KHS GmbH)


USA: Miller Lite picks up market share and posts sales and volume growth in four weeks to May 12  (

Along with picking up market share, the Miller Lite brand posted sales and volume increases during the four weeks ending May 12, according to a post on the MillerCoors Behind the Beer blog.

The post says Miller Lite sales dollars increased 0.9 percent and volume increased 0.3 percent, citing data from Nielsen. The brand’s market share also increased 0.6 points.

“I don’t want to make too much of a four-week trend, but I’m really encouraged by the momentum we have for this brand,” said Anup Shah, vice president for the Miller family of brands. “While we have been outpacing the segment for a long time, the narrative was always that we were gaining share of a declining category. Here we’re outpacing the total industry, which is a great sign.”

The Behind the Beer blog attributed the gains to increasing volume in the dollar store and convenience store channels and outperforming the industry, despite a decline, at grocery stores.

MillerCoors, the U.S. business of parent company Molson Coors, has been challenged in recent years by declining volumes as consumers shift away from big beer brands towards craft beer, wine and spirits. The company is pushing to achieve flat overall volumes this year and total volume growth in 2019.


India: United Breweries launches Amstel beer in India  (

United Breweries Ltd (UBL), the maker of Kingfisher beer, on May 24 launched Amstel in India from its Dutch parent Heineken NV’s stable, to take on Carlsberg Elephant in the super-premium strong beer segment, Livemint reported.

The company will now have four beers in the super-premium beer market—two mild (Heineken and Kingfisher Ultra) and two strong (Kingfisher Ultra Max and Amstel). The target is to take UBL’s market share in the super-premium beer segment to 50% over the next two years with these four brands, the company’s marketing head Samar Singh Sheikhawat said.

The company estimates that it currently has an about 20% market share in the super-premium beer segment.

Amstel will first be available in Karnataka and Pondicherry. In the next quarter, it will be launched in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, followed by most markets in the west in the following quarter and then the north in the third quarter.

This is only the second brand from Heineken’s portfolio, apart from the Dutch company’s eponymous beer label, launched by UBL that will be bottled in India. Amstel will be brewed and bottled locally out of a brewery near Mysuru in Karnataka.

Amstel, which has its roots in Amsterdam, will be priced at par with Carlsberg Elephant. A 650ml bottle of Amstel will cost about Rs140 in Karnataka, while the 500ml can will be priced at Rs95. Carlsberg Elephant costs around Rs140 for a 650ml bottle and Rs100 for the 500ml can.

“The one gap that existed in our portfolio was we didn’t have an international super-premium strong beer. We have super-premium strong beer with Ultra Max but that’s domestic, not international. There’s a certain audience that wants an international super-premium strong beer and the two options that they have today are Carlsberg Elephant and Budweiser Magnum,” Sheikhawat said.

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Budweiser Magnum and UBL’s Kingfisher Ultra Max are both priced higher than Amstel and Carlsberg Elephant. While Amstel will still, in some ways, compete with UBL’s own brands—from Kingfisher Strong and Storm to Ultra Max—the company expects to grab share mainly from Carlsberg Elephant.

“At the end of the day, every strong beer competes with every other strong beer depending on occasion, budget, brand. It’s not a watertight compartment. The reality is that people who are drinking Tuborg Strong, Knockout, Hayward’s 5000 and even Kingfisher Strong will also upgrade,” Sheikhawat said, adding that the company wanted to fill its portfolio gap nevertheless.

It also decided to fill that gap from its Dutch parent rather than create something within because within the super-premium market, beers with an international heritage and ingredients and branding are growing at faster rates than their domestic counterparts.

While the domestic strong beer market is growing in the single-digits, according to the company, the international strong beer space has clocked a three-year compound annual growth rate of 40%.


Romania: Ursus Breweries launches Japan's Asahi Super Dry beer in Romania  (

Ursus Breweries launches Asahi Super Dry, Japan’s number one beer in the world and beer number one in Japan, a fine and refreshing beer, perfected by Japanese technology, the Business Review reported on May 23.

Asahi Super Dry is the first product of the Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd. portfolio launched on the Romanian market under the license that complements the Ursus Breweries super premium brand portfolio.

Asahi Super Dry is a non-pasteurized blonde beer with a complex flavor made from the finest ingredients that gives it a sophisticated flavor, fine, fresh and refreshing (Super Dry). In addition to the basic ingredients, water, malt, hops and yeast, Asahi Super Dry also contains a unique ingredient specific to Japanese culture, namely rice, which gives it a delicate taste and complements the flavor of the product.

”Known as Karakuchi in Japanese, the Super Dry and Refreshing Super Dry is certainly the distinguishing feature of the Asahi Super Dry brand on the Romanian market. In 1987, when it was launched in Japan, it produced a revelation in the beer category due to its unique taste and especially because it was easy to drink and could be enjoyed by any type of food, even fish or seafood, specific to Japanese culture. Consumers immediately appreciated this, and Asahi Super Dry soon became not only beer no. 1 in Japan, but also the best-selling Japanese beer in the world, already present in approx. 70 countries. We are delighted to be launching Asahi Super Dry in Romania in the super premium segment, where consumers are looking for fresh and sophisticated tastes. We believe that this completely new type of beer, which also contains a unique ingredient – rice, will fully satisfy its curiosity and needs,” says Cristina Gherman, global brands director at Ursus Breweries.


Japan: Some whiskeys in short supply due to increasing popularity overseas  (

Some Japanese whiskeys are in short supply due to their increasing popularity in overseas markets and a recent domestic boom of highballs, or whiskey and soda, The Japan News reported on May 21.

Under such circumstances, Suntory Spirits Ltd., an affiliate of Suntory Holdings Ltd., announced plans to suspend sales of two of its whiskeys — Hakushu 12 Years and Hibiki 17 Years — from June. While makers are preparing to increase production, the shortage will likely last for some time because of the lengthy whiskey aging process.

Since the suspension of sales of Hibiki and Hakushu was reported, customers have flocked to the whiskey corner at the Kintetsu department store flagship shop at the Abeno Harukas commercial complex in Osaka. “I’m shocked as they are my favorites,” said a 43-year-old company employee, who had looked in vain for the products at several stores.

The suggested retail prices are set at ¥8,500 for the Hakushu 12 Years and ¥12,000 for the Hibiki 17 Years, both excluding consumption tax. The department store has restricted the sale of the Hakushu 12 Years to one bottle per customer over the past few years and began refusing to accept reservations for the product about a month ago.

In an online auction, the price for Hakushu 12 Years, which has been in short supply, has surged to several tens of thousands of yen or higher since the suspension of sales was reported.

Whiskey can be made by blending different types of unaged whiskey. Of the whiskeys that Suntory sold in Japan last year, Hakushu and Hibiki accounted for 1 percent, respectively, while their lower-priced brands made up larger proportions, with Kakubin accounting for about 50 percent and Torys for about 20 percent. Because unaged whiskeys are currently scarce, other brands could also be forced to suspend sales.

Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., an affiliate of Asahi Breweries Ltd., ended sales of bottles with age statements for Taketsuru in 2014, as well as Yoichi and Miyagikyo in 2015. Kirin Brewery Co., which sells Fuji-Sanroku and other brands, is finding it increasingly difficult to meet the growing demand.

The domestic whiskey market reached its peak in 1983 but shrunk until bottoming out in 2008. The market has been expanding since then, triggered by a surge in the popularity of highballs that boosted whiskey consumption.

Additionally, Japanese products have received high international praise, as illustrated by Hibiki 21 Years Old, which won the Supreme Champion Spirit at last summer’s International Spirits Challenge 2017, a competition held in Britain. Exports of Japanese whiskeys stood at ¥13.6 billion in 2017, an over tenfold increase over the past decade.

However, it takes several years to age whiskey, and makers are finding it difficult to meet the demand. Unaged whiskey that was produced when demand for the drink was low is being used to make the whiskeys that are currently available on the shelves: The rapid increase in demand for the drink had not been anticipated.

Makers have already begun working to boost production. Suntory will invest a total of about ¥29 billion in expanding facilities for distilling and storage from 2013 to 2018. Last year, Asahi Breweries increased production by 80 percent compared to two years ago.

“It takes time to age whiskey, which means it’s difficult to resolve the shortage issue immediately,” said Hideki Katsuda, a professor at Kindai University and an expert on the liquor industry. “On the other hand, it’s hard to make accurate forecasts for future demand, and makers could make massive capital investment [for boosting production] in vain.”


China: Corona becomes China's No 1 imported beer brand  (

Mexican beer brand Corona, which is owned by Grupo Modelo, is taking on the international market since its beer brand has become the number one import in China, the Mexico News Today reported on May 15.

Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, parent company of Grupo Modelo says, “The brand continues to grow rapidly in the super premium segment in China where it recently became the number one imported beer brand.”

The brand had a 25.1 percent growth in revenues within Mexico, while outside the country it has seen a 40.3 percent increase.

“The opportunity we see with Corona is that it has a market share of 3 percent or more in only three countries where we have the brand. Chile, Australia and Mexico.

“With the brand that continues to grow at double digits throughout the world, we are still far from reaching its maximum potential,” added Brito.

During the first quarter of 2018, beer volumes increased by 0.5 percent mainly due to the performance in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina, which was counteracted by the US and Brazilian markets.

Revenues increased around 4.7 percent in that quarter, mainly due to the premium category, according to the company’s financial report.

Grupo Modelo in Zacatecas supplies Mexico and the rest of the world with Corona beer, as well as Modelo and Bud Light, among others.

In that plant, 30 percent of the production is exported globally, particularly to European countries, while the remaining 70 percent supplies the Mexican market


Thailand & Vietnam: Fifa World Cup expected to boost on-trade beer sales in Thailand and Vietnam  (

The Fifa World Cup competition is expected to boost on-trade sales and consumption of Thai Beverage’s beers, not only in Thailand but also in Vietnam, say analysts.

“We expect the World Cup event happening in June and July to stimulate on-trade consumption,” says RHB Securities while CGS-CIMB Securities says it is hopeful that World Cup festivities could catalyse beer sales in 3Q18.

To recap, ThaiBev’s results for the 2Q18 ended March have improved sequentially, held up by a recovery in spirit volumes sold in Thailand as well as acquisitions in the spirits and food segments, the Edge Singapore reported on May 16.

However, on-trade beer consumption reportedly remains weak, especially in the upcountry areas. As such, volumes were negatively impacted.

Earnings contributions from the acquisition of Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp (Sabeco) were also eroded by acquisition and finance costs.

Meanwhile, spirits segment continues to be resilient due to higher proportion of off-trade demand. The proportion of brown spirit sales has also increased relative to white spirits.

“We are optimistic on this trend, since brown spirits have a higher price point per bottle and could drive revenue growth faster than white spirits,” says RHB analyst Juliana Cai.

Phillip Securities analyst Soh Lin Sin says ThaiBev’s existing alcoholic beverages segment disappointed, hit by double whammy of protracted weak demand and implementation of a new excise tax. Since Jan 26, all alcoholic beverages have been slapped with an additional 2% of excise tax by law to contribute to the Elderly Fund.

Management attributed weaker beer demand to the stagnant purchasing power of the rural economy - which is its main clientele - due to soft household income, says CGS-CIMB analyst Cezzane See.

To recap, Thaibev’s 1H18 core net profit came in at THB11.6 billion ($485.4 million) or 42.1% of consensus FY18 estimates. Acquired businesses contributed THB2.94 billion to group’s 1H18 revenue and profit, respectively.

PATMI from spirits rose 2.8% y-o-y driven by contribution from Grand Royal while Sabeco contributed THB1.61 billion or 13.7% to the group’s 1H18 net profit, offsetting lower net profit from its existing spirits business.

For Food, Spice of Asia restaurants, KFC restaurants under subsidiary QSA and Havi Logistics contributed THB111.3 million or 34.1% to the group’s 1H18 net profit.

ThaiBev’s share price has tumbled 13.6% year-to-date on uncertainties relating to the Sabeco acquisition and elevated balance sheet risks.

“We believe the downside risks are priced in; hence, we upgrade our call to ‘Add’ from ‘Hold’ previously with an unchanged SOP-based target price of $0.98,” says See of CGS-CIMB.

“Maintained ‘buy’ with unchanged SOTP-derived target price of $1.05,” says analyst Soh of Phillip Capital.

“Maintain ‘buy’ with unchanged target price of $1.06 with 33% upside,” says RHB’s Cai.


South Africa: Budweiser beer is now brewed in South Africa  (

Budweiser, one of the world’s most iconic beers, is now being brewed in South Africa at SAB’s Rosslyn Brewery, outside of Pretoria, the Media Update reported on May 14.

"We are tremendously excited that South Africans are now able to enjoy this beer. A true global icon, and one of the most valuable beer brands in the world, Budweiser is distributed in 73 countries, including South Africa," says Alastair Hewitt, brand director for Budweiser at SAB and AB InBev Africa.

Hewitt adds, "Budweiser is a brand that's full of energy, and it thrives in the world’s great cities. It is a brand that stands out in the crowd and embodies the ambition and contagious energy of cosmopolitan locations and people across the planet."

"Whether it be the energy ignited at a music festival or through the excitement of sporting events, Budweiser champions our dream to bring people together for a better world," says Hewitt.

According to SAB and AB InBev, the arrival of Budweiser in South Africa could not come at a better time, as the brand takes up its 32nd year as the official beer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"As a company, our dream is to bring people together for a better world. Therefore, there is no other event on the planet that brings this many people together and unites them around a shared passion," says Hewitt.

AB InBev unveiled its new global campaign, 'Light Up the FIFA World Cup™', which aims to encapsulate the energy of the sporting event and Budweiser’s passion for energising audiences as they watch and celebrate their favourite players, moments and teams throughout the tournament.

Highlights of the campaign include global advertising featuring the largest beer delivery to date, the deployment of eight million noise-activated Red Light Cups that light up in response to fan cheering, and a variety of integrated, experiential, digital and social programmes launching in more than 50 countries.

The campaign AB InBev’s largest to date, and aims to demonstrate how the company is bringing together audiences from around the world over beer and their shared passion for football.

The campaign also aims to capture the celebratory, upbeat and premium experience of the Budweiser brand.

Budweiser has several activities planned for the South African market during the FIFA World Cup™, aiming to ensure that South Africans feel part of the festivities throughout the tournament.

"Although South Africa didn’t qualify to take part in the tournament, we remain passionate about the sport, which is why Budweiser takes great pride in making sure South African fans will be able to watch all 64 fixtures, plus events, leading to the run-up of the tournament on DStv and SABC channels. As a platinum sponsor, we’re pleased to give our local fans a chance to get behind African teams," adds Hewitt.

A limited number of noise-activated Red Light Cups will be available in South Africa. South Africans will be given the opportunity to toast each match in limited edition, collectable aluminium 473ml bottle released especially for the FIFA World Cup™.

At stadiums in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Mpumalanga and Polokwane, Budweiser will team up with Metro FM to host parties where guests will have the opportunity to win one FIFA World Cup™ ticket.

The brand is also giving South Africans a chance to win 30 tickets to the games in Russia when they purchase 330ml or 660ml Budweiser bottle. In addition, two-million Rand's worth of airtime is up for grabs if individuals purchase a 660ml bottle.

Budweiser will be teaming up with Hisense and Adidas to host Fanfests in Johannesburg and Cape Town, while individuals in Polokwane and Durban can join in at special Budweiser Hotel Events. There will also be a number of promoter events hosted at various outlets around the country.

The end of Zima is near... again

The end of Zima is near... again   (Company news)

Everyone’s favorite 90s drink is back on shelves. Zima, arguably the greatest flavored malt beverage of all-time, will make its triumphant return to stores nationwide this summer, but stock up your fridge because it’ll be gone before you can say “I want to get frosted tips.”

When Zima first debuted in 1994, the first-of-its-kind malternative gave people something refreshingly different and inspired countless other crystal-clear beverages. By 2008, Zima bounced from shelves only to resurface shortly last summer, leaving fans wondering if it would ever return again.

“Last summer, Zima was the ultimate comeback kid,” said Dilini Fernando, senior marketing manager, innovation. “People were picking up a six-pack to relive their 90s memories, to stock up for theme parties, or to just see what all the fuss was about. So, when it was time to decide if we were going to bring it back, we thought ‘why wouldn’t we?’”

This year, Zima is back, and it’s bringing Z2K along with it. Unlike Y2K, an overblown panic over whether or not computers could handle changing ‘1999’ to ‘2000’, Z2K means Zima will be available in stores today and then poof! It’ll be gone (again). Luckily, fans can follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for Z2K updates and share how they are preparing for the end by using hashtag #Z2K. Fans should also be on the lookout for Z2K Snapchat geo filters popping up in mysterious places across the country.

“Everyone needs to try Zima once – it is a novelty. If it’s not for the crystal-clear appearance and familiar citrus taste, it’s the iconic fluted bottle. So, if you didn’t get your hands on a six-pack last year, now is the time to see what all the hype is about and stock up,” said Fernando.
(MillerCoors LLC)

ENGEL at Plast 2018 with two elastomer exhibits

ENGEL at Plast 2018 with two elastomer exhibits  (Company news)

At the Plast 2018 and the integrated Rubber Show from May 29 to June 1 in Milan, Italy, the injection moulding machine manufacturer ENGEL presents its high degree of system solution competency for the elastomer industry. For the single component processing of rubber, thermoplastic elastomers, liquid or solid silicones, as well as for multi-component injection moulding in connection with thermoplastic materials, from a single source ENGEL offers fully automated and integrated system solutions for the economical production of premium elastomer products.

Image: Thanks to its barrier-free clamping unit, the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory injection moulding machine for multi-component processes using LSR represents a huge efficiency potential.

Fully automated and rework-free processing is a prerequisite for the economical production of high-tech elastomer products. With two applications, one at its own trade fair booth in Hall 24 and another with partner company Mesgo in Rubber Hall 11, in Milan ENGEL shows the wide range of use of its injection moulding machines and system solutions for elastomer applications in the automotive, teletronics, technical moulding and medical industries. This clarifies how the perfect interplay between injection moulding machine, automation and periphery makes it possible to fully utilise efficiency and quality potentials.

Tie-bar-less for high-precision multi-component processes with LSR
In many applications, the integrated injection moulding process is a prerequisite to bonding thermoplastics and silicone in stable layers. One example of this are coupling cushions made of PBT and LSR, which serve as windshield fasteners for rain sensors. At the ENGEL trade fair stand and using the ENGEL combimelt process, these demanding dual-component parts will be produced on a tie-bar-less victory 200H/200L/160 combi injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 40 linear robot. The 4+4 cavity mould for the parallel processing of PBT and LSR is by Rico (Thalheim, Austria). The all-electric LSR dosing system is a new development by Dopag (Cham, Switzerland), and the LSR for this application is a product of Wacker in Burghausen, Germany.

Manufacturing two-component parts optimally leverages the efficiency potential of the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory machine. The tie-bar-less technology allows for the mounting of large, complex multi-component moulds on comparatively small machines. Automation is a second efficiency factor. The ENGEL linear robot can reach the cavities directly from the side and operate safely without having to circumvent any protruding edges. Thirdly, the extremely high process consistency constructively ensured by the tie-bar-less clamping unit factors significantly into the high degree of overall efficiency. The patented force divider enables the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould exactly while clamping force is building up and ensures that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the platen face. Both the outer and inner cavities are therefore kept closed with exactly the same force, reducing mould wear and raising product quality.

iQ weight control is used to ensure a consistent process and consistently high parts quality in spite of fluctuations in the environmental conditions and the raw material batch. The intelligent assistance system from ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme adjusts the injection profile as well as the switchover point and the holding pressure profile for each individual shot to the respective conditions, thus compensating for external influences before a reject is produced.

ENGEL flexseal for maximum efficiency and precision
During the four days of the fair, Hall 11 is where the elastomer processors will meet. At Booth C61/D62, Mesgo (Gorlago, Italy) is presenting the fully automated production of membrane seals on an ENGEL flexseal 500/300. The especially compact and energy efficient flexseal injection moulding machine was specifically adapted to the requirements of O-ring and flat seal manufacturers. In the production of very large volumes, the servo-hydraulic machine guarantees the highest efficiency and highest precision. Mesgo will present an especially demanding application. Thermoplastic PBT inserts will be overmoulded with solid silicone and the components will be inspected by camera inline immediately following production. ENGEL is providing the completely integrated system solution for this. The parts will be handled by an ENGEL easix articulated robot, which, in this application, is being combined with an Anyfeeder for the first time. The ENGEL roto feeder will be used for the material feed. The rotating funnel with a counter-directional screw continuously transports the solid silicone, free of bubbles and at consistent pressure, thus ensuring a very high degree of process security. System partners for this application are the tool manufacturers ORP Stampi (Viadanica, Italy) and Giasini (Grassobio, Italy), as well as Proplast Plastic Innovation Pole (Rivalta Scrivia, Italy), who provided the CAD-Design.

ENGEL at Plast 2018 in Milan: Hall 24, Booth B81/C82 and at Mesgo, Hall 11, Booth C61/D62
(Engel Austria GmbH)

World's oldest surviving beer revived in QVMAG collaboration

World's oldest surviving beer revived in QVMAG collaboration  (Company news)

The City of Launceston's Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) has partnered with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and LION's James Squire Brewery to develop a beer from yeast found in a ship wrecked off Tasmania more than two centuries ago.

The Sydney Cove was a merchant ship travelling from India to the British Colony of Port Jackson when it was wrecked off Preservation Island in Bass Strait in November, 1797. The Sydney Cove's contents included tea, rice and tobacco plus more than 30,000 litres of highly-prized alcohol. The icy waters of Bass Strait allowed yeast in these sealed bottles of beer to stay alive for far longer than any previously known yeast.

Following excavation of the wreck between 1977 and the 1990s, QVMAG obtained the ship's objects including beer bottles for its collection, many of which are now on display at Inveresk. Years later the contents in the bottles was re-examined and QVMAG worked with scientists at the AWRI to isolate the yeast. Using skills honed working with wine yeast, the AWRI identified its genetic make-up and found it was a rare hybrid strain which differs from modern ale strains. The yeast was then taken back to the laboratory where experimental brews were born and the journey to commercialise the product began. Completing the final piece of the puzzle, QVMAG is excited to announce it has partnered with James Squire to produce a special limited edition beer made from the 220 year-old yeast, aptly named The Wreck - Preservation Ale.

Brewers at James Squire's Malt Shovel Brewery rose to the challenge of creating a beer from yeast that had a mind of its own. After some trial and error using modern brewing techniques to craft the centuries-old yeast, the team has delivered a Porter-style beer with hints of blackcurrant and spices, giving it a rich and smooth taste. The Wreck - Preservation Ale will be officially launched at the upcoming Great Australian Beer Spectacular in Melbourne and Sydney. The product will be available on tap at James Squire brew houses around the country from June.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said a percentage of profits will come back to fund further QVMAG research into the Sydney Cove collection. "This exciting commercial opportunity wouldn't have been possible without our staff's meticulous conservation of the Sydney Cove collection, which we hope to now build upon."
"Congratulations to QVMAG, the AWRI and James Squire on bringing a 220 year-old ale back to life for beer-lovers across the country to enjoy. This collaborative effort is sure to add a new, intriguing chapter to the nation's history of beer."
(Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery)

Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages

Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages  (Company news)

Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste.

Photo: Girls drinking milk from a portion size carton

Straws play an integral functional role on portion packages, but if not disposed of properly​​, they then become p​art of the plastics waste problem. The company has been working to encourage consumers to push straws “back in the pack” once empty, so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now, work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages.

“It sounds simple enough,” concedes Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality, there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.”

“That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.”

On average, Tetra Pak packages are about 75% paperboard; paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio.​​
(Tetra Pak AB)

Proven a million times over! SCHÄFER Container Systems has now produced over 25 million KEGs

Proven a million times over! SCHÄFER Container Systems has now produced over 25 million KEGs  (Company news)

SCHÄFER Container Systems, the manufacturer of beverage container systems (KEGs) and stainless steel IBCs and special containers, has produced its 25 millionth KEG, consolidating its position as the sector’s leading innovators. The reason behind the high demand for these containers for beers, soft drinks, wines and non-carbonated beverages are the great diversity in the product range, brand-supporting advertising potential and individual KEG configuration, both in analogue form or digitally with an App.

Whatever you need, the large KEG family can provide the right solution: the PU (polyurethane) coated PLUS KEG, the classical stainless steel KEG, the lightweight ECO KEG with PP (polypropylene) top and bottom rings, the Party-KEG for tapping own draught beer, as well as the professional self-sufficient dispensing systems smartDRAFT and freshKEG. The volumes also vary, depending on the KEG, from 5 to 60 litres.

Also dependent on the type, coating and shape, the KEGs themselves can be flexibly designed to comply with individual customer wishes, thanks to countless branding possibilities. These include in-mould coating and in-mould labelling processes, coloured top and bottom rings, embossing or silk screening, laser printing or electrochemical signature. The KEG App - which enables users to customize SCHÄFER KEGS and order them in their own corporate design - provides a great insight into the optical and technical possibilities available, including the range of different fittings and other accessories.

“We are constantly working on new concepts. By doing so we aim not only to satisfy demand with our great product variety, but also, through a constant stream of fresh ideas, to illustrate just how diverse the entire sector is. So, we’ve launched our jubilee blog to provide creative space for users’ stories and contributions from people who know the sector from the inside. Also, this year, we’ve not only manufactured our 25 millionth KEG, we’ll be celebrating our 40th birthday as well,” says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

Britvic signs up to world leading pact to tackle plastic pollution

Britvic signs up to world leading pact to tackle plastic pollution  (Company news)

- 100% Britvic’s PET plastic bottles are fully recyclable in the UK recycling system
- Britvic removed 308 tonnes of primary plastic bottle packaging from the supply chain in 2017

Britvic has joined forces with UK retailers, manufacturers, recyclers and NGOs to sign The UK Plastics Pact; a pioneering agreement which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

The UK Plastics Pact was launched today by sustainability experts WRAP to address the growing issue of plastic waste. It is a unique and bold collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with the UK government and NGOs to set ambitious targets. Britvic is one of 42 businesses signing up to the Pact.

Matt Barwell, Chief Marketing Officer at Britvic, said: “This is an extremely important issue and we take our responsibility to help protect the environment incredibly seriously. By signing up to this Pact, we are committing to work collaboratively with our industry peers, government and the waste management sector to make meaningful and essential changes now.

“Already, all our PET plastic bottles are fully recyclable in the UK recycling system and carry the on-pack-recycling-label to encourage our consumers to recycle. In 2017 we removed 308 tonnes of primary plastic bottle packaging from our supply chain by moving products onto our new bottling lines and accessing lighter weight bottles.

“Looking to the future of packaging, we are currently trialling the use of recycled plastic (rPET) in our bottles to help us achieve our aim of significantly increasing the amount of rPET we use. At the same time, we continue to invest in R&D to investigate the use of alternative sustainable materials to package our products.”

Optimising packaging for a circular economy is an important part of Britvic’s sustainability programme, ‘A Healthier Everyday’, which puts healthier people, healthier communities and a healthier planet at the heart of its business. The programme builds on the company’s commitment to help consumers make healthier choices, support the well-being of communities, and help secure our planet’s future. For further information about Britvic’s ‘A Healthier Everyday’ programme, please visit

The Pact’s members have committed to hit a series of ambitious targets by 2025:

- Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models.
- 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
- 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
- 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging

Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP, said: “We are delighted to have Britvic on board as a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact. Through our first-of-a-kind Pact we will work together with governments, citizens and business to transform the way we make, use and dispose of plastic so that we retain its value, particularly in reducing food and drink waste, but prevent it from polluting the environment.”

The UK Plastics Pact, led by WRAP, is the first of its kind in the world. It will be replicated in other countries to form a powerful global movement for change as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. For more information about the UK Plastics Pact, please visit
(Britvic Plc)

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