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17.09.2018

Belgium: Lambic beers under threat due to climate change  (E-Malt.com)

Belgian beer styles are a hit with consumers around the world, but environmental scientists in Brussels claim that climate change could make the sour serve extinct, putting artisan brewers out of business, The Drinks Business reported on September 11.

Climate change scientists working on beer research site lambic.info have said that rising temperatures in Brussels and the Pajottenland region south-west of the Belgian capital — where Lambic beer is produced — could cost brewers thousands as their stocks develop bezomerd, a colloquial term for overexposure to heat, or “too much summer”.

Lambic beer is made using wild yeast and fermented in the open-air in order to react with bacteria present in the atmosphere. Many brewers rely on the natural environment to regulate temperatures, cooling their beers overnight in conditions ranging between -8 and 8C. The beers, which are brewed between October and April, are then stored in wooden barrels and must be aged below 25C.

But lambic.info’s researchers, in partnership with Belgian beer firm Cantillon, found that the window for brewing in Brussels has shortened by around 15 days since the 1990s, as climate change has forced temperatures to rise worldwide, and predicted the window could become even shorter in the years to come, according to Belgian website BeerCity.

Mark Stone, one of the scientists behind the research, said: “Jean-Pierre van Roy (Cantillion’s owner) pulled together the brewing records for us going back into the 1930s and we could see it was tightening up.”

“You could see that they were able to brew into October and April consistently in the past. For Jean-Pierre, because of warmer autumns and springs, that sort of window is impossible now.”

“The threat of climate change on traditional lambic production at Cantillon is indicative of the broader issue. That is, the impacts are not fully recognised until a threshold has been crossed, and adaptation strategies often exacerbate the problem while delaying the inevitable.”

Cantillon produces 400,000 bottles of Lambic beer annually. Van Roy said that artificially cooling the beer would alter its flavour profile, and incur heavy production costs.

“If tomorrow I would have this problem every season, financially it could be a bit difficult, so we would have to change something.”

17.09.2018

The Czech Republic: Leading breweries announce price hikes  (E-Malt.com)

Czechs will soon have to fork out more for the nation’s most popular alcoholic beverage. Large breweries have announces a rise in beer prices as of October and others are waiting for the price of hops and malt to stabilize before making a similar announcement, Radio Prague reported on September 11.

Plzeňský Prazdroj brewery has announced a 3.7 percent increase in the price of some of its bottled brands as of October 1st. The price of barrel and tank beer sold on tap should stay the same, as should the company’s ten-degree beers Gambrinus and Radegast which have been somewhat overshadowed by the arrival of 11 and 12 degree brands. According to the company’s spokeswoman Jitka Nemečková the hike is due to higher production costs.

The Bernard family beer company and the Primator brewery in Náchod have also announced price hikes in the coming weeks and the famous Budvar brewery has indicated a likely price increase as of next year. Some of these breweries are waiting for the price of malt, hops and other ingredients to stabilize before specifying the extent of the hike.

A drought in central Europe this summer has seen the production of the famous Czech hops that give local brews their distinctive flavours drop by around 30 percent. To what extent this may affect the price of hops is not yet clear. The Staropramen brewery which alone has not announced a hike says that the situation on the market could change its decision.

According to a member of the board of Czech mini-breweries Radovan Koudelka an increase in beer prices across the board is inevitable since the current prices are ridiculously low. Meanwhile Martina Ferencová, head of the Czech Association of Breweries and Malt Houses has rejected the idea of a cartel agreement which would push up the price of beer nation-wide.

The Czech Republic has topped the per capita beer drinking ladder for 24 consecutive years. Czechs annually drink on average 143.3 litres of the golden brew per person.

UNITED CAPS and Braskem Embrace Bio-sourced Plastics for GREENER Closures
 17.09.2018

UNITED CAPS and Braskem Embrace Bio-sourced Plastics for GREENER Closures  (Company news)

Made from sugar cane, bio-sourced plastics offer a new level of sustainability

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, and Braskem, a leading Brazilian petrochemical company, today reported they have collaborated to deliver to the market GREENER bio-sourced plastic caps and closures made from sugar cane as an addition to the UNITED CAPS product portfolio.

“Braskem is pleased to be working with UNITED CAPS to bring their more environmentally sustainable GREENER closure solutions to the caps and closure market,” said Brendan Hill, Sales Manager at Braskem Netherlands B.V.

Bio ethanol, the feedstock for I'm green™ Polyethylene, the basis for UNITED CAPS GREENER bioplastic caps, is derived from sugarcane, a renewable alternative to traditional fossil feedstocks. Being a renewable feedstock, sugarcane captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere with every growth cycle, which occurs annually. This means that the production of I'm green™ Polyethylene contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional polyethylene, made from fossil materials.

“As a result, the carbon footprint of I'm green™ Polyethylene is negative, when considering our life cycle analysis. This means that every kilogram of I’m green™ Polyethylene used in UNITED CAPS products results in 3.09 kilograms of CO2 being sequestered from the atmosphere,” Hill explained “Apart from the feedstock, I’m green™ Polyethylene follows the same production process as traditional fossil Polyethylene, ensuring that our Polyethylene has the same characteristics, quality and properties as the fossil equivalent,” he added “It goes without saying that I’m green™ Polyethylene fits all existing end-of-life scenarios and that our ethanol is sustainably sourced with clear chain of custody certification possible.”

UNITED CAPS is initially bringing to market two standard closures manufactured using bioplastic resin from Braskem, including:
-The VICTORIA closure, a 30/25 screw closure designed for still drinks.
-PROFLATSEAL, ideal for dairy products and still drinks, both pressurized and non-pressurized.

“As we continue to take steps to ensure our caps and closures are as sustainable as possible, this partnership with Braskem is an important step in that direction,” said Astrid Hoffmann-Leist, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for UNITED CAPS. “Using bio-sourced plastics and developing high performance lighter weight caps and closures are just two of the ways we are pursuing more sustainable operations.”

Innovative caps and closures for the food and drink industry are the core business of the Luxembourg-based family company UNITED CAPS. Its custom-designed caps and closures solutions have been one of the most sought-after solutions in the packaging industry for years. The company has experience growth in the high single digits since its 2015 rebranding, with a significant percentage of production being bespoke products that are uniquely designed to meet customer needs for exceptional appearance and ease of use, both in the filling line and for the consumer.
(United Caps)

Sidel StarLite UltraLight CSD: gaining competitiveness while ensuring great consumer experience
 14.09.2018

Sidel StarLite UltraLight CSD: gaining competitiveness while ensuring great consumer experience  (Company news)

The Sidel StarLite™ family of bottle base solutions is expanding through the StarLite UltraLight for carbonated soft drinks (CSD). As the name suggests, this design allows for an even lighter bottle than the existing solutions in the beverage marketplace. By lowering the product costs, while maintaining the expected level of carbonation, this innovative bottle addresses the hard discount chains’ needs and challenges for more affordable products while ensuring a good product quality for a great consumer experience.

The Sidel StarLite UltraLight base has been designed for highly carbonated beverages with a short distribution stream. “As such, it lends itself perfectly to CSD and sparkling water , sold in countries with a more temperate climate through hard discount supply chains, applying regular stock rotation,” explains Laurent Naveau, Packaging expert at Sidel.

Setting a world record in reduced bottle weight
Just like the other propositions in the Sidel StarLite range, the new UltraLight CSD base design significantly decreases the amount of raw material needed to produce PET bottles. “The optimum bottle base design results in a staggering 25% lighter bottle weight compared to a traditional CSD bottle at around 13.5g, contributing as a whole to reduced production costs while maintaining carbonated beverage quality,” adds Laurent. Whereas a traditional 0.5L CSD bottle weighs 13.5g, the very lightweighted StarLite UltraLight CSD only weighs 10.5g. When it comes to the 1.5L bottle, it now weighs 24g rather than a traditional bottle, which is normally at 28g.

Sidel’s StarLite UltraLight solution also comes with an innovative CSD bottle neck design, the latter 26/22 neck finish featuring a weight of as little as 2.3g, a thread diameter of 26mm, an inner diameter of 21.7mm, and a height of 13mm. Referenced at CETIE (the International Technical Center for Bottling and related Packaging), the bottle neck can be combined with the new Novembal cap, the Novasoda 26/22 for carbonated beverages. Robust and very tight to preserve the beverage quality, this one-piece closure is easy and safe to apply, open, and reclose.

By optimising the amount of PET required to manufacture the bottle, the new Sidel StarLite UltraLight CSD base offers a substantial reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). For example, for a 0.5L bottle the total yearly production PET savings for the new base combined with the new neck would be at 1,125,000 Euros. Looking at the 1.5L bottle, the savings are even more striking. Here, the yearly production PET savings would amount to a total of 1,530,000 Euros.

Combining right performances with ultralight weight
The bottle featuring the StarLite UltraLight CSD base also includes a patented and smart design, which combines the innovative base with an optimal body shape. It offers functional benefits without compromising on attractiveness and brand differentiation potential. “When designing the bottle base and body shape, the Sidel packaging experts put a key focus on improving the consumer experience. When opening the bottle with a firm hand grip, there is no splashing due to the rigid waist embedded in the structured bottle design,” comments Laurent. Additionally, the good base seating surface eliminates any risk of bottle base distortions, as such contributing to perfect bottle stability. Moreover, production speed can reach up to an output rate of 2,500 bottles per hour per mould (bphm).

The StarLite UltraLight CSD definitively offers hard discount chains the opportunity to release more affordable carbonated beverages in PET bottles, while strengthening their competitiveness and productivity without hampering the product quality the consumers may expect.The massive savings on TCO that can be achieved give this innovative bottle base a real competitive edge compared to other solutions on the market.
(Sidel Blowing & Services)

International Plastic Recycling Groups Announce Global Definition of 'Plastics Recyclability'
 13.09.2018

International Plastic Recycling Groups Announce Global Definition of 'Plastics Recyclability'  (Company news)

In an effort to provide a consistent metric to guide the efforts of sustainability for plastics in the Circular Economy, two of the leading global international recycling organizations have developed a global definition governing the use of the term “recyclable” as is relates to plastics packaging and products.

In the joint announcement, Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recycling Europe, and Steve Alexander, President and CEO of The Association of Plastic Recyclers, pointed to the onslaught of recent announcements around commitments to package sustainability and recyclability.

“The use of the term ‘recyclable’ is consistently used with packages and products without a defined reference point,” commented Alexander.
“At the end of the day, recyclability goes beyond just being technically recyclable there must be consumer access to a recycling program, a recycler must be able to process the material, and there must be an end market.”

“Recently, we have seen many announcements regarding legislative measures on plastics products and pledges of the industry actors committing to making their products recyclable,” added Emans.

“As recyclers, we are a fundamental part of the solution to the issue of sustainability of plastics, and we need for the appropriate audiences to understand what is necessary to label a product or package ‘recyclable’. We welcome these commitments and encourage others to follow. Nevertheless, clear and universally endorsed definitions and objectives are needed.”

Plastics must meet four conditions for a product to be considered recyclable:
-The product must be made with a plastic that is collected for recycling, has market value and/or is supported by a legislatively mandated program.
-The product must be sorted and aggregated into defined streams for recycling processes.
-The product can be processed and reclaimed/recycled with commercial recycling processes.
-The recycled plastic becomes a raw material that is used in the production of new products.

Innovative materials must demonstrate that they can be collected and sorted in sufficient quantities, must be compatible with existing industrial recycling processes or will have to be available in sufficient quantities to justify operating new recycling processes.

Although the definition is to be applied on a global scale, both groups understand the complexity of a global system of plastics recycling, and welcome comments from the plastics recycling industry and relevant stakeholders.
(Plastics Recyclers Europe)

Which beverage can sizes do Europeans prefer?
 12.09.2018

Which beverage can sizes do Europeans prefer?  (Company news)

One of the many strategic options that beverage brands have elected has been to diversify the can sizes that they use so as to appeal to different target groups. Some can sizes are more dominant than others in certain countries. Others have been established as typical or instantly recognisable formats for certain beverage products. But which sized cans do people in different European countries prefer? Let’s find out.

The soft drinks sector has been dominated by the now traditional 330ml standard can size for decades. But now, the serving sizes for soft drinks vary in every country and across different target groups.

330ml cans make room for smaller ones
Although the 330ml standard cans are still going strong in all of Europe, the 150ml, 200ml and 250ml slim cans are growing in importance for different kinds of drinks. These sizes appeal particularly to a younger target group as they are seen as a modern and innovative pack. In fact, since the 1990s the 250ml can size has slowly become more and more common as a format for soft drinks. This is mainly due to energy drinks becoming more popular. Red Bull started with a 250ml can that is now popular all over Europe. In Turkey, both Coca-Cola and Pepsi are canning their beverages in even smaller serving sizes (200ml cans). These smaller cans have proven to be increasingly popular and it looks like this trend will only continue.

In Russia, consumers have shown an increasing fondness for smaller sizes too. The soft drinks sector there was boosted in part following Coca Cola’s introduction of the 250ml can.

Perfect for on-the-go consumption
The European-wide trend is towards smaller can sizes, as a smaller serving size has benefits for the consumer. It can be offered at a lower price point and proves to be the perfect choice for on-the-go-consumption, which is especially appealing to a young target group. The evolution of can formats is not a soft drinks phenomenon, it’s also happening in the beer market too. In Turkey, instead of the standard 330ml beer cans, new 330ml sleek versions are popular and appreciated. It shows that by changing the can format a different feeling or image can be portrayed to consumers, even if the fill volume remains the same.

Young and health conscious Europeans show a fondness for smaller cans
Another great reason for offering a beverage in a smaller can is the European-wide trend towards a healthier lifestyle. Consumers nowadays are more and more health conscious. Many companies (for example Coca-Cola) have introduced ‘mini cans’ with lower fill volumes and therefore lower calorie servings.

Consumers are ever more aware of the effects of waste on the planet. Smaller packages allow consumers to choose the size that suits their thirst; meaning less beverage waste . On top of that, the metal used to manufacture beverage cans is 100% recyclable. This metal can be used over and over again, without any loss of quality and can come back again as a new beverage can is as little as 60 days!

Big cans for cider, beer and energy drinks
In Europe, the second most popular standard can size is 500ml. This size is especially popular for beer and cider packages. The size of a pint is 568ml and this makes the 568ml can a popular can size for beer in the UK and Ireland. The bigger cans (500ml or 568ml) allow for maximum exposure for brands and are extremely cost efficient in both filling and distribution. In the UK, 440ml can is also a popular for both beer and increasingly cider.

In some countries like Germany, Turkey and Russia, you can also find cans that contain up to 1 litre of beer. Carlsberg launched a new 1 litre two piece can of its brand Tuborg in Germany to attract impulse buyers. It helped the brand to – literally – tower above the other brands.

Variety is the spice of life
Various other can sizes are to be found in Europe, ranging from only 150ml up to 1 litre. While the can format is in partly influenced by the country of sale, it’s often trends and the variety and diversity of target groups that plays a more significant role in deciding which can size is deployed for each beverage or brand. European consumers now have numerous options when it comes to can sizes and continue to appreciate the portability, protection, environmental benefits and convenience of beverage cans. It’s true to say that there is a can for every occasion!
(Metal Packaging Europe GIE)

SIG JOINS ALUMINIUM STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE TO DRIVE PROGRESS ON RESPONSIBLE SOURCING
 11.09.2018

SIG JOINS ALUMINIUM STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE TO DRIVE PROGRESS ON RESPONSIBLE SOURCING  (Company news)

SIG has joined the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) – a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation – to enhance responsibility and traceability in the aluminium supply chain.

The ASI brings together producers, users and other stakeholders to promote the responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. SIG supports the ASI’s objectives to improve environmental and social aspects of the aluminium value chain as part of the company’s strong commitment to responsible sourcing.

Henrik Wagner, Global Sourcing & Procurement Director at SIG said: “SIG’s commitment to responsible sourcing is central to our ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than we take out. Sourcing materials from suppliers that have been certified to strict ethical, environmental and social standards is one of the best ways we can demonstrate that commitment. By joining the ASI, we have the opportunity to enhance the environmental credentials of our cartons through the new ASI certification on the responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. This builds on our pioneering efforts within the industry to source raw materials, such as liquid packaging board and plant-based polymers, from certified sources.”

Responsible aluminium
Aluminium is the latest focus in SIG’s continued efforts to enhance traceability and responsibility in the sourcing of raw materials that go into its carton packs.

SIG has already pioneered the use of third-party verified certifications within the industry to enhance traceability in the supply chain and demonstrate that key materials such as liquid packaging board and plant-based polymers are responsibly sourced.

Most SIG packs include an ultra-thin barrier layer of aluminium foil. The new ASI certification, launched in December 2017, provides a robust way to audit aluminium suppliers against strict ethical, environmental and social standards. SIG has been working with one of its aluminium suppliers, Amcor, for over a year to assess readiness for the ASI certification through pilot assessments conducted by DNV GL, a third-party verification body.

Dr Fiona Solomon, CEO of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative said “We are delighted to welcome SIG to the ASI community. Aluminium is a critical material for the packaging sector and ASI’s Certification program provides a platform to recognise and collaboratively foster global supply chain efforts towards enhanced sustainability. SIG’s ongoing actions to responsibly source raw materials are now being extended to aluminium, one of the world’s most widely used metals. With the first ASI Certifications already announced, we look forward to an acceleration of efforts in the packaging sector in the coming months and years, with the support of SIG and other ASI members.”
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Agreement on mutual advancement signed
 10.09.2018

Agreement on mutual advancement signed  (drinktec)

drinktec worldwide and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling establish partnership

- Partnership starting immediately
- Focus on initiatives for mutual support
- Agreement encompasses the whole drinktec network

drinktec worldwide and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at mutual advancement and joint communication activities. The agreement is effective immediately and will run for an unlimited period.

Upon signing of the memorandum of understanding, the partnership between drinktec worldwide and IBD has entered into force with immediate effect. This means the agreement includes all trade shows with drinktec in Munich, CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE (CBB), drink technology India (dti) and food & drink technology Africa (fdt). The measures of IBD include but are not limited to the implementation of marketing and communication activities aimed at raising the members' awareness of the drinktec network. Moreover, there are plans for IBD events and seminars at worldwide events. At the same time, drinktec worldwide will include IBD as a partner in all communication channels.

Dr. Jerry Avis, Chief Executive Officer of IBD, sees the partnership as a gain: “The drinktec team as well as the colleagues in Africa, China and India have many years of experience in organizing leading beverage and liquid food trade fairs. In addition, the events are world-renowned for their professionalism and quality. We are excited to be a partner of this network.”

Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director of Messe München, adds: “With IBD, we have a strong partner who is committed to education and serving its worldwide membership in the fields of brewing and distilling. drinktec worldwide and IBD will certainly complement each other well.”

IBD and drinktec worldwide
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling is the world's leading professional association for professionals in the brewing and distilling industry. As an international professional and educational body, IBD supports the promotion of education and development in science and technology in the brewing and distillation industry.

drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich, forms a strong global network with CBB, dti and fdt. As part of ‘drinktec worldwide’, the trade fairs are leading platforms for the industry in their host countries China, India and Africa.
(Messe München GmbH)

Scotch Whisky granted certification trademark in South Africa
 10.09.2018

Scotch Whisky granted certification trademark in South Africa  (Company news)

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has successfully registered 'Scotch Whisky' as a certification trademark in South Africa - the seventh largest Scotch Whisky market by volume.

'Scotch Whisky' is one of the first foreign registrations in South Africa with protection, making enforcement against counterfeit products being sold or passed off as Scotch Whisky easier.

Scotch Whisky exports earn the UK £139 every second, totalling more than £4bn annually. Exports to South Africa increased by 20.7% to £144m in 2017, with nearly 100 bottles shipped there every minute.

The legal protection of Scotch Whisky is vital to the industry's export success. South Africa joins over one hundred other countries where 'Scotch Whisky' has been granted specific legal protection.

Commenting, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said: "The registration of the 'Scotch Whisky' certification trademark in South Africa is a milestone for Scotland's national drink in our largest export market in Africa, and one of the largest in the world.

"This registration offers Scotch Whisky a greater degree of legal protection and will allow us to prosecute rogue traders who seek to cash-in on the heritage, craft and quality of genuine Scotch.

"Consumers can enjoy Scotch Whisky confident that South Africa stands behind Scotch Whisky as a Scottish product, produced according to traditional methods.

"Scotch Whisky - the UK's largest food and drink export - is growing in popularity in South Africa, with exports up over 20% last year alone. The legal protection of Scotch is another step towards the continued success of this iconic spirit."
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

PepsiCo Enters Into Agreement To Acquire SodaStream International Ltd.
 07.09.2018

PepsiCo Enters Into Agreement To Acquire SodaStream International Ltd.  (Company news)

PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) ("PepsiCo") and SodaStream International Ltd. (NASDAQ / TLV: SODA) ("SodaStream") announced that they have entered into an agreement under which PepsiCo has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of SodaStream for $144.00 per share in cash, which represents a 32% premium to the 30-day volume weighted average price.

"PepsiCo and SodaStream are an inspired match," said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. "Daniel and his leadership team have built an extraordinary company that is offering consumers the ability to make great-tasting beverages while reducing the amount of waste generated. That focus is well-aligned with Performance with Purpose, our philosophy of making more nutritious products while limiting our environmental footprint. Together, we can advance our shared vision of a healthier, more-sustainable planet."

Daniel Birnbaum, SodaStream CEO and Director said, "Today marks an important milestone in the SodaStream journey. It is validation of our mission to bring healthy, convenient and environmentally friendly beverage solutions to consumers around the world. We are honored to be chosen as PepsiCo's beachhead for at home preparation to empower consumers around the world with additional choices. I am excited our team will have access to PepsiCo's vast capabilities and resources to take us to the next level. This is great news for our consumers, employees and retail partners worldwide."

PepsiCo's strong distribution capabilities, global reach, R&D, design and marketing expertise, combined with SodaStream's differentiated and unique product range will position SodaStream for further expansion and breakthrough innovation.

The transaction is another step in PepsiCo's Performance with Purpose journey, promoting health and wellness through environmentally friendly, cost-effective and fun-to-use beverage solutions.

"SodaStream is highly complementary and incremental to our business, adding to our growing water portfolio, while catalyzing our ability to offer personalized in-home beverage solutions around the world," said Ramon Laguarta, CEO-Elect and President, PepsiCo. "From breakthrough innovations like Drinkfinity to beverage dispensing technologies like Spire for foodservice and Aquafina water stations for workplaces and colleges, PepsiCo is finding new ways to reach consumers beyond the bottle, and today's announcement is fully in line with that strategy."

Under the terms of the agreement between PepsiCo and SodaStream, PepsiCo has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of SodaStream International Ltd. for $144.00 per share, in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. The transaction will be funded with PepsiCo's cash on hand.

The acquisition has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is subject to a SodaStream shareholder vote, certain regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, and closing is expected by January 2019.

Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor to PepsiCo in this transaction. Centerview also acted as financial advisor to PepsiCo in the transaction. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as lead counsel to PepsiCo, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as U.S. tax counsel, and Herzog, Fox & Ne'eman as Israeli legal counsel. Perella Weinberg Partners acted as financial advisor to SodaStream with White & Case LLP acting as SodaStream's U.S. legal counsel and Meitar Liquornik Geva Lesham Tal as Israeli legal counsel.
(PepsiCo Europe)

Ardagh Group Completes Conversion of Rugby Plant from Steel to Aluminium
 06.09.2018

Ardagh Group Completes Conversion of Rugby Plant from Steel to Aluminium  (Company news)

Ardagh Group is delighted to announce that it has recently completed the conversion of its Rugby (UK) beverage can manufacturing plant from steel to aluminium.

“The conversion of the Rugby plant has further enhanced Ardagh’s manufacturing footprint. Operating two highly-efficient aluminium beverage can plants in the UK, at Wrexham and Rugby, supported by our recent investment in our Deeside ends plant, positions Ardagh to offer leading beverage customers greater choice and flexibility in future,” says Oliver Graham, CEO Ardagh Metal Beverage.”

Metal is a permanent material which can be infinitely recycled without loss of quality.

Universally recognised for its protective qualities, versatility and environmental credentials, metal has the highest recycling rates of all packaging materials in Europe, thus effectively contributing to the fundamental principles of a circular economy.
(Ardagh Metal Beverage UK Limited)

GEA receives accolade for the aseptic blow-fill-cap technology, ABF 1.2, with FDA certification
 05.09.2018

GEA receives accolade for the aseptic blow-fill-cap technology, ABF 1.2, with FDA certification  (Company news)

Picture: With the ABF-Technology, LA and HA aseptic beverages with different shelf lives can be filled on the same system

In July 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded GEA a letter of no objection (LONO) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine. It is the only system equipped with a 100% aseptic blower that is allowed to produce shelf-stable low acid (LA) beverages free from preservatives for distribution at ambient temperature in the U.S. market.

FDA validated product safety with installed ABF 1.2
The FDA testing is considered one of the most comprehensive validation protocols available in the aseptic beverage market. Their stringent requirements ensure enhanced product safety, and their approval is highly valued even outside the U.S. The FDA clearance confirms that GEA’s ABF 1.2 technology ensures maximum sterilization efficiency and reliability during every step of sensitive beverage bottling. GEA successfully passed the validation tests which were performed on an ABF 1.2 system installed in the U.S. – and which is now already producing and delivering shelf-stable liquid dairy products to the North-American market.

“The FDA certification is an accolade for the ABF 1.2 technology – the world’s first fully aseptic blow-fill-cap system,” says Alessandro Bellò, Head of Blowing, Filling and Packaging applications at GEA. “For us technology developers, food safety is our highest priority. That is why we have developed the GEA ABF 1.2, which erases the risk of recontamination of any drinks during filling through fully automated operations. With ABF, we achieve a full decontamination process control that is unique in the market.”

Complete control of sterilization performance
The GEA solution is based on an integrated blowing, filling and capping process that runs within a 100% aseptic environment. Thanks to the microbiological isolator, GEA ABF 1.2 aseptically blows preforms that have been previously treated with hydrogen peroxide vapor (VHP). The result is a single zone sterilization process that requires no water and significantly fewer chemicals.

“How do we manage to maintain complete sterility during operations?” says GEA Product Manager Massimo Nascimbeni. “We achieve this by placing the aseptic blowing wheel in the same sterile zone where the filling and capping processes are performed. The newly blown sterile bottles are transferred to the filling and capping carousels without leaving the sterile zone. That’s why we don’t need any unnecessary H2O2 carry-over in the following modules.” Beverage producers can completely monitor and control the preform sterilization process with the unique GEA Smart Sensor™, which checks the spraying performance of each sterilization nozzle just before the preforms are treated. The environmental sterilization process is completely automated requiring no manual intervention from the operator, therefore greatly decreasing any risk of system recontamination.

Future-proofing customers via aseptic technology
GEA is the only supplier in the world today that is able to provide both PAA- and H2O2-based sterilization technologies that are FDA approved. GEA’s latest FDA approval was made easier in part due to its extensive experience in filing FDA projects – its first FDA certification having been awarded more than ten years ago for its PAA-based bottle sterilization platform, and given the number of installation references GEA has in the U.S. without a single bottle claim.

Bellò concludes: “Without a doubt, aseptic technology is the safest and most efficient production system for bottling sensitive beverages without preservatives, which never shies away from comparing costs and benefits. The higher the production volumes, the higher the desired production quality and the higher the need for flexibility in bottle design, the clearer the advantages of aseptic systems become when compared to other solutions. With our ABF 1.2 FDA certification we can finally service customers with VHP based sterilization platforms in the U.S.”
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

04.09.2018

South Korea: Brewers releasing more mini-size beers as more Koreans eat and drink alone  (E-malt.com)

As more Koreans are starting to eat and drink alone, brewers and distillers are rushing to introduce smaller-size products, according to industry officials on August 15.

When releasing its Cass beer in 250 millilitre cans in July, Oriental Brewery (OB) said consumers can more conveniently enjoy a cold beer in summer as the smaller can cools much faster than the larger cans.

According to Korea's largest brewer, consumers said the small-size enables them to drink beer without difficulty. In particular, female consumers who don't drink as much as men prefer the small can to the conventional 500 millilitre can.

OB, which released Hoegaarden Rosee in 250 millilitre bottles in 2016, is considering producing more types of beer in small-size cans and bottles.

"We came up with Cass beer in 250 millilitre cans to satisfy young customers who tend to enjoy a glass of beer alone at home," an OB official said. "We will continue to make innovations with our products to satisfy the needs of various consumers."

HiteJinro also released Hite Extra Cold beer in 250 millilitre cans a few years ago. Lotte Asahi Liquor sells Asahi Super Dry beer in 135 millilitre cans.

Whisky makers, which have already vied over the past few years for leadership in the nation's low-alcohol whisky market, are no exception to the recent trend.

Diageo Korea introduced Johnnie Walker Black Label in 200 millilitre bottles to the Korean market last year, following the release of Johnnie Walker Red Label in 200 millilitre bottles in 2016, which gained huge popularity with young Korean consumers.

In 2015, Pernod Ricard Korea released Jameson in 200 millilitre bottles.

Lotte Liquor began selling Scotch Blue King in 500 millilitre bottles for 16,005 won ($14.12) in 2016 to win the hearts of more consumers.

As for wines, HiteJinro released Esta Sangria in 375 millilitre bottles last year. Also, Lotte Liquor sells Yellow Tail Shiraz in 187 millilitre bottles and Spell sparkling wine in 275 millilitre bottles.

Retailers have begun putting up shelves for liquors in small cans and bottles in line with the market trend.

The nation's 7-Eleven convenience stores are equipped with the "Seven Bar Signature" shelves specializing in the small-size bottles of liquor. Home plus sold gift sets consisting of small-size alcoholic drinks during the Chuseok holiday last year.

"The growing number of single households and people putting emphasis on their personal happiness has influenced the liquor market, leading the small-size products to gain popularity," said an official at BK, a Korean importer of foreign beers.

04.09.2018

Ireland: Number of pubs continues to decline alongside sliding demand for beer  (E-malt.com)

The number of pubs in Ireland continues to decline, as more people are increasingly socialising at home, according to latest figures from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI).

The report also found that demand for beer continues to slide, even as wine is becoming more popular in the country.

The DIGI report found that just 7,140 pubs operate in Ireland as of end-2017, down 17% from 2005, as more than two pubs have been closing a week on average. The strongest decline was in Cork, where 25% of pubs have shut down in the past 12 years. In contrast, the number of off-licences rose by 12% in the same period to 3,331.

According to DIGI, 90,000 jobs across the country are dependent on the drinks industry, which purchases more than €1.1 bln worth of Irish produce annually, exports goods worth more than €1.25 bln, and provides more than €2.3 bln in State revenue (via excise and VAT).

Beer remained the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country, but its market share slid by 100bps to 44.8%, even as wine saw its market share edge up 10bps to 27.7%. Wine consumption grew by 0.5% during the year, in contrast to the overall decline in alcohol consumption. White wine was the most popular amongst drinkers (50%), followed by red (45%), and rose (5%).

However, the Irish Wine Association has said proposed changes in the law could hurt this growth, saying plans for special labels carrying health warnings will result in extra costs for producers, which could be passed on to consumers, thus putting some of them off buying wine.

Strong organic growth of 9.0 % in the first half of 2018
 04.09.2018

Strong organic growth of 9.0 % in the first half of 2018   (Company news)

- Accelerated growth of 10.6 % in the second quarter
- Profitability at good level with an EBITDA margin of 20.1 %
- Outlook 2018: Annual sales increase above 7 %

Following a dynamic start to the year, Symrise AG accelerated its organic growth course in the second quarter. All segments and regions contributed to this positive development. Group sales rose significantly by 9.0 % in the first half of 2018. Taking into account portfolio and exchange rate effects, sales grew by 4.0 % to € 1,575.5 million (H1 2017: € 1,515.3 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to € 317.1 million (H1 2017: € 322.9 million). The EBITDA margin remained at a good level of 20.1 %. Against the background of this positive business performance, Symrise is refining its outlook for 2018: The Group now expects an increase in annual sales above the medium-term target corridor of 5 to 7 %, thereby growing significantly faster than the market.

“Symrise took advantage of the momentum in the second quarter and significantly expanded business in all segments. Our comprehensive backward integration is proving to be a great asset. Also with a shortage of certain key raw materials for fragrance compositions, we were able to supply our customers reliably,” said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. “We are moving into the second half of the year from a strong position. Targeted investments in research and development, sales strength and capacity expansions are driving our growth. Therefore, we are raising our sales forecast for the current fiscal year: We expect organic growth above our medium-term target corridor of 5 to 7 % and will therefore significantly exceed market growth.”

High demand in all segments and regions
In the first six months, Symrise AG increased its organic sales by a strong 9.0 %. The second quarter was particularly dynamic with double-digit sales of 10.6 %. Symrise is therefore once again one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry. All segments and regions contributed to this positive business performance. Considering portfolio effects, such as the contribution from the recently acquired companies Cobell and Citratus, and exchange rate effects, sales grew by 4.0 % to € 1,575.5 million (H1 2017: € 1,515.3 million). As in the previous quarter, sales trend in reporting currency was impacted by unfavorable exchange rates, in particular by the appreciation of the euro against the US dollar.

As before, Latin America was the key growth driver at the regional level. During the reporting period, the region recorded organic sales growth of 16.1 %. In the second quarter, growth reached even 20.2 %. The Asia/Pacific region sales grew by 12.3 % in the first half of the year, followed by EAME and North America with growth rates of 7.4 % and 5.2 %, respectively. In Emerging Markets, Symrise increased sales by 12.8 %. These markets, which are characterized by dynamic growth, contributed 43 % to total sales.

Profitability remains strong within challenging environment
In the first half of 2018, Symrise generated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of € 317.1 million (H1 2017: € 322.9 million). In addition to higher raw material costs and unfavorable exchange rate effects, this slight decline also reflects increased investments in strategic growth projects. With these expenses too, Symrise maintained a very good profitability. The EBITDA margin was with 20.1 % at a good level (H1 2017: 21.3 %). Net income for the period grew to € 142.3 million (H1 2017: € 141.8 million). Earnings per share rose slightly to € 1.10 (H1 2017: € 1.09).

Solid capital resources
Cash flow from operating activities for the first half of 2018 of € 151.3 million was € 23.7 million lower than in the previous year (€ 175.0 million). The reason for the decline is an increase in working capital due to the high growth dynamics and the associated increase in inventories alongside higher raw material costs.

Net debt amounted to € 1,514 million (31 December 2017: € 1,398 million). The ratio of net debt to EBITDA amounted to 2.4 (31 December 2017: 2.2). With an equity ratio of 37.0 %, Symrise has a solid capital base to continue driving the future business development forward in a sustained manner.

Scent & Care segment
In a challenging environment, the Scent & Care segment achieved strong organic growth of 10.1 % in the first half of the year. In this continuing tense situation of the raw material markets, especially with the supply of important aromatic substances, the segment sustained the dynamic development from the previous quarter and grew by 13.6 % between April and June. Taking into account negative exchange rate effects and the portfolio effect from the acquisition of Citratus, the segment increased sales by 3.4 % to € 660.1 million (H1 2017: € 638.2 million).

Growth was driven by the Cosmetic Ingredients and Aroma Molecules divisions. Each posted organic double-digit sales growth rates. The Fragrance business also developed positively and achieved a good single-digit growth rate.

The second quarter was also marked by failure to deliver raw materials of some suppliers and an overall rise in price level. Scent & Care again benefited from its comprehensive backward integration in fragrances – recently strengthened by the acquisition of Pinova in 2016 – and its mostly own broad raw material base. As in the previous quarter, Symrise was therefore fully capable of delivering to its clients. To compensate for the increased raw material costs, the company is in close dialogue with its customers to actively implement price increases.

Also in view of significantly higher raw material prices, which led to cost increases, the segment’s EBITDA of € 127.9 million was on prior-year level (H1 2017: € 128.4 million). Crucial when comparing with the reference period is that it included a one-off gain of € 4.7 million from the purchase price adjustment related to the sale of the Pinova industrial activities. The EBITDA margin of the segment was 19.4 % (H1 2017: 20.1 %). Adjusted for the one-off effect, the EBITDA margin for the same period in the prior year was 19.4 %.

Flavor segment
Flavor achieved strong organic sales growth of 10.9 % in the reporting period. All regions and application areas significantly expanded their sales. The segment also benefited from new business with vanilla and the high price level of vanilla applications. Considering exchange rate effects and the Cobell acquisition, the segment’s sales grew by 9.0 % to € 604.7 million (H1 2017: € 554.8 million).

In the EAME region, the Flavor segment achieved double-digit organic growth rates. Significant growth impetus came mainly from applications for Sweets and for Savory in Western Europe and Russia.
The Asia/Pacific region recorded high single-digit, and for some areas even double-digit, growth rates across all application areas. The markets of China, India, South Korea and Singapore developed particularly well.

Latin America also showed a very good development with organic growth rates in the upper single-digit range. Sweets and Savory performed especially well, achieving double-digit growth in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

The North America region achieved double-digit organic sales growth rates as well and therefore also showed a very positive development. The first half of the year was particularly dynamic in the Beverages application area.

EBITDA in the Flavor segment increased in the first half of 2018 by 3.3 % to € 127.0 million (H1 2017: € 123.0 million). At 21.0 %, the EBITDA margin remained at a very good level (H1 2017: 22.2 %).

Nutrition segment
Nutrition generated organic growth of 3.6 % in the first six months. This figure reflects the temporarily destocking of one major customer of Probi. Adjusted for this effect, growth in the segment amounted to 7.6 %. Taking into account negative exchange rate effects, sales amounted to € 310.6 million (H1 2017: € 322.2 million). Order intake at Probi is expected to normalize in the second half of the year.

The Food and Pet Food application areas each recorded solid single-digit organic growth rates, with particularly high growth rates in EAME, North and Latin America. Aqua benefited from numerous business wins in the EAME and Asia/Pacific regions and achieved a double-digit organic growth rate.

Nutrition generated an EBITDA of € 62.2 million in the first half of 2018 (H1 2017: € 71.6 million). The temporary decline mainly reflects the lower sales contribution from Probi and ramp-up costs for the new Diana site in the USA. With all these special effects, the EBITDA margin was at stable 20.0 % (H1 2017: 22.2 %).

Symrise raises outlook for sales growth in 2018
Based on the strong growth momentum of the first six months, Symrise is refining its sales guidance for the current fiscal year: For 2018, the Group expects to significantly exceed market growth, which is expected to range between 3 to 4 %. Symrise now expects sales growth of more than 7 %, and thus above the medium-term target corridor of 5 to 7 %.

In addition to good demand, the Group’s organic growth will accelerate primarily as a result of numerous investment projects to expand capacity. In August, for example, the capacity expansion for cosmetic ingredients will be successfully completed in South Carolina. Moreover, the new Diana Food Ingredients site in Georgia will start production in the fourth quarter.

Symrise also expects for the second half of the year that the continuing shortage of key raw materials for perfume compositions will not lead to any shortfalls in its supply. Nevertheless, as in the first half-year, higher purchase costs for raw materials are likely. Overall, the Company considers itself well positioned to compensate for market shortages on the basis of its own backward integration.
Symrise therefore intends to remain one of the most profitable companies in the industry in 2018 with an EBITDA margin of around 20 %.

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

40 years of KEG solutions
 03.09.2018

40 years of KEG solutions  (Company news)

SCHÄFER Container Systems presents it portfolio at the BrauBeviale

When this year’s BrauBeviale opens its doors in Nuremberg, SCHÄFER Container Systems will once again be presenting its KEG range. This time, however, from 13th to 15th November on stand 4-107 in hall 4, the slogan “More KEG, more Diversity” will have to share the limelight with the fact that the manufacturers of reusable container systems (KEGs) for beverages are celebrating their 40-year anniversary.

To mark its 40-year anniversary, the company has also given customers something to celebrate by launching a competition to find the oldest SCHÄFER KEG. The winner will be presented at the fair and in the jubilee blog. At recent trade fairs, SCHÄFER Container Systems and beer sommelier world champion Karl Schiffner have proved a very successful combination. This is set to continue this year with Mr. Schiffner treating visitors to beer specialities from France.

“Over these 40 years, we’ve experienced great successes and, in some cases, have been directly involved in them. Some are our own stories, such as the development of the PLUS KEG in 1978, which was the first KEG with a stainless steel liner and a PU coating, right up to the production of our 25 millionth KEG in 2018. Some of these are also our customers’ and partners’ achievements, like the hotel room dispensing systems or delivering KEGs to mountain chalets by helicopter. Also, the fact that after 40 years, our KEG solutions are being supplied to 60 different countries is something we can be pleased about and reflects the international reach of this trade fair’s over 1,000 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors,” says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

Drink Simple™ Maple Water provides plant-based hydration in combidome cartons from SIG
 03.09.2018

Drink Simple™ Maple Water provides plant-based hydration in combidome cartons from SIG  (Company news)

Looking to Mother Nature for a more delicious way to nourish and replenish the body, Drink Simple™, from the makers of DRINKmaple™, brings organic plant hydration to U.S. consumers in combidome cartons, the first of its kind in this packaging solution. The composite from which the entire carton pack is made, from the base to the eye-catching yet practical dome, contains around 75% paper board, which is made from renewable raw wood material.

A healthful beverage alternative
Maple water is naturally nutritious, containing 46 polyphenols, antioxidants, prebiotics, minerals, and electrolytes. With a subtle hint of sweetness, it provides an ideal better-for-you beverage option to traditional soft drinks. The Drink Simple brand captures the pure essence of this liquid goodness at the source, tapping trees at the peak of harvest in order to protect the integrity of the taste and nutrients for consumers to enjoy year round.

Contrary to inclinations of thought associated with maple as the thick, golden-brown indulgent topping for breakfast foods, maple water is thin, clear sap flowing directly from the tree in its natural state. It is 98% water, and only after processing where the liquid is boiled down does it transform into the familiar sweet syrup. More importantly, it is certainly not maple syrup mixed with water.

This clean, single-ingredient label product is also low calorie, non GMO, naturally alkaline 7.4 PH, and certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI). For those with dietary preferences, the beverage offers a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo option that has half the sugar of coconut water and more manganese than a cup of kale.

“Our maple water provides naturally sweet hydration, in addition to nutritional benefits not found in other drinks. We set out to bring this delicious, better-for-you beverage option to consumers everywhere, and we strived to do so sustainably. This extends beyond our product processing, but also to our packaging” says Founder and CEO of DRINKmaple, Kate Weiler.

Responsible packaging
In the process of collecting the sap, no trees are harmed on the farms of which they are grown, ensuring many years of sustainable water supplies. By filling their Original Maple Water variety in SIG’s combidome, the brand is furthering its sustainability endeavors as carton packaging maintains a high content of renewable raw wood material. Carton packs offer the smallest carbon footprint compared to alternative types of packaging. combidome cartons are manufactured using only raw cardboard made of pulp from trees in forests that are certified by the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSCTM) or other controlled sources. This decision is visually displayed with the FSC label on each pack. Proverbially “sweetening the pot” even more, the carton and its closure are fully recyclable, as is with all packaging from SIG.

This product from Drink Simple is the first maple water to be packaged in combidome. In working with SIG, the brand has found the perfect partner to provide solutions for its delicious and healthful product. In turn, SIG strives to bring about product innovation and differentiation as part of its value proposition to customers, ensuring mutual success and quality food and beverage items to consumers. The “Refreshingly Simple, Naturally Better” product is sourced locally in Vermont and will be available starting in September.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Avery Dennison continues to pioneer change by launching recycled PET liners in Europe
 31.08.2018

Avery Dennison continues to pioneer change by launching recycled PET liners in Europe  (Company news)

Avery Dennison will be the first pressure sensitive labelling material supplier to introduce liner made from recycled PET (rPET) commercially in Europe. This move reflects the firm’s commitment to finding more sustainable solutions for the labelling industry.

Jasper Zonnenberg, global director films, explains that the new rPET liner uses carefully selected post-consumer waste (PCW) and will be introduced in October 2018 across a number of self-adhesive constructions:
“Avery Dennison has established eight ambitious sustainability goals that we are committed to achieving by 2025. As part of these goals we are focused on reducing waste, not only throughout our operations, but also through the whole value chain. We are determined to pioneer change across the industry. With a continued innovation focus on solutions that are responsibly sourced, use reduced amounts of material and are more easily recyclable we are pleased to be able to introduce a rPET liner to our portfolio - a liner that is not only easier to recycle, but itself is made of recycled materials.”

“As availability of suitable rPET is currently limited we will initially have a limited supply of our rPET liner - however we will soon be able to scale up production significantly and we aim to have rPET as an option across all of our filmic and paper constructions.”

Zonnenberg added that the introduction of PCW rPET liner requires careful management during liner production to ensure the stability and robustness that 100% virgin resin PET liner is known for:
“Conversion and application speeds are helping to drive the ongoing rise in demand for PET liners, and we have been careful to retain those benefits, while also supporting converters and end users as they make the transition from glassine. These new rPET liners are another example of our determination to provide solutions where higher productivity goes hand in hand with improved sustainability -- creating a win-win for both productivity and the planet.”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Molson Coors Canada and HEXO Announce Agreement to Create Joint Venture Focused ...
 31.08.2018

Molson Coors Canada and HEXO Announce Agreement to Create Joint Venture Focused ...  (Company news)

... on Non-Alcoholic, Cannabis-Infused Beverages for the Canadian Market

Molson Coors Canada, the Canadian business unit of Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP; TSX: TPX), and leading Canadian cannabis producer, The Hydropothecary Corporation (“HEXO”) (TSX: HEXO), are pleased to announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to pursue opportunities to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian market following legalization.

The joint venture will be structured as a standalone start-up company with its own board of directors and an independent management team. Molson Coors Canada will have a 57.5% controlling interest in the JV, with HEXO having the remaining ownership interest. The new company will combine the proven beverage experience of Canada’s leading brewer with a recognized innovator in the fast-growing cannabis sector to explore the highly anticipated consumable cannabis market, which is expected to be legally permissible in Canada in 2019.

“Canada is breaking new ground in the cannabis sector and, as one of the country’s leading beverage companies, Molson Coors Canada has a unique opportunity to participate in this exciting and rapidly expanding consumer segment. This new venture is consistent with our growth strategy and our commitment to being First Choice for Consumers and Customers by ensuring that Canadians have access to high-quality products that meet their evolving drinking preferences,” said Frederic Landtmeters, President and CEO of Molson Coors Canada. “While we remain a beer business at our core, we are excited to create a separate new venture with a trusted partner that will be a market leader in offering Canadian consumers new experiences with quality, reliable and consistent non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages. We look forward to partnering with HEXO, a recognized leader in the medical cannabis space in Canada that will bring robust production capacity, a track record of innovation, and, most importantly, shared values when it comes to doing business the right way and earning the trust of consumers.”

“HEXO continues to lead the way for smoke-free cannabis innovation in Canada. We are excited about this partnership with Molson Coors Canada, an iconic leader in adult beverages, as we embark on the journey of building a brand new market. With this new company, we are bringing together Quebec’s oldest, most established company with one of its newest success stories in a truly innovative partnership,” said HEXO’s CEO and co-founder Sebastien St-Louis. “As two leading companies who share a track record of excellent practices, as well as respect for law and regulations, HEXO and Molson Coors Canada have established a relationship built on trust, and together we will develop responsible, high-quality cannabis-infused beverages for the consumable cannabis market in Canada.”

Closing of the transaction, which is targeted to occur before September 30, 2018, is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including execution and delivery of various transaction agreements, including governance documents and R&D and supply agreements. In connection with the closing of the transaction, subject to the final approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange, HEXO will issue to Molson Coors Canada warrants to purchase shares of HEXO.
(Molson Coors Brewing Company (Canada))

Sacmi CHS360 - setting the global standard for tall aluminium cap inspection
 30.08.2018

Sacmi CHS360 - setting the global standard for tall aluminium cap inspection  (Company news)

Another four solutions were recently supplied to wine closure companies in Australia and Chile, with outstanding new machine features ensuring total quality control of such caps

Already a world-beating solution for in-line inspection of plastic and metal caps, the Sacmi CHS360 is steadily winning over customers in the wine sector too. No less than four such solutions have recently been sold for the inspection of tall aluminium caps, an ever-more popular closure in the wine industry as it provides better sealing performance than standard corks.

The customers included two Chilean firms. The first, the branch of a major US multinational, installed and started up the new system a short time ago. The second, a local firm with 40 years' experience in metal cap manufacturing, was provided with 2 different machines. In Australia instead, the system was purchased by a leading Victoria-based producer of caps and crown corks for wine and beer products.

Note that the Sacmi CHS360 configured for the inspection of tall aluminium caps has recently been enhanced with new features, including 2 cameras (instead of just one) with dedicated lighting to improve inspection of the seal. A further camera was incorporated to inspect decoration: able to capture 2 images in mere micro-seconds, it improves system sensitivity in detecting scratches and dents (in this case too, the illuminator plays a key role) by assessing reflections from the bottom of the cap, generally coloured gold or silver.

Lastly, 4 lateral cameras inspect the decoration and anti-tamper band, bringing the total number of high resolution image capture devices to seven. Operating at up to 1000 caps per minute, the CHS360 module sets the industry standard thanks to high speed, precision inspection, now enhanced even further by the new features for this specific configuration.

For the two Chilean companies, this is their first experience with Sacmi inspection solutions. For the Australian customer, instead, this is a follow-up order to a recently purchased CHS solution for crown caps, another key area for this company.
(Sacmi Imola S.C.)

29.08.2018

USA & China: China drinking more Budweiser than the US  (E-malt.com)

Domestic beer consumption in the US has fallen over the last two decades while China’s interest in American beer has spiked. Budweiser sales finally flipped in China’s favor in the first half of 2018 and the trend is expected to continue, The Beverage Daily reported on August 16.

Overall beer consumption in the US hasn’t changed much since 2000. Data from Rabobank shows that 23.5 bln litres of beer were consumed in the US in 2000, and 23.459 bln litres were consumed in 2017.

However, what types of beer people are drinking has evolved. Domestic beer used to make up 87.7% of total consumption in the US, and it fell to 67.6% in 2017. Foreign and craft beers together made up just 12.3% of US consumption in 2000, and has now increased to 32.4%.

US consumers are trending away from abundantly available domestic brews and are reaching for foreign imports instead. Instead of Budweiser, Heineken and Coors, people are choosing Corona, Modelo and Dos Equis.

The same trend is true in China, except they see Budweiser as a desirable foreign beer, more expensive than their local Chinese options. It’s something that is mirrored in all major beer drinking countries like Mexico, Brazil, the UK and Germany. Domestic beers are declining while craft and foreign beers are increasing.

Francois Sonneville, senior beverages analyst at Rabobank, identifies four primary reasons for this shift in a recent report for RaboResearch.

Migration has increased globally, and with it, beer options have expanded. People want what they had back home. Similarly, when people return from traveling on vacations, they want to bring home a piece of that trip. Many Brits now travel abroad to Spain, leading to an increase in Spanish beer imports.

“Whether it is nostalgia for a beer drank back home or on holiday, or a longing for a product with authenticity of a country far away, consumers see foreign beer as a premium product,” Sonneville said.

It also has to do with how brands are positioned globally. The two largest beer brewers in the world are AB InBev and Heineken, and they have the global presence and capabilities to invest in many markets at once. This allows them to succeed and turn a profit in unlikely places like China where smaller brands typically cannot compete.

Finally, consumers are now more savvy with their food and beer pairings--likely to want to drink an Indian beer with Indian food. It’s all a part of the premiumization trend that drives consumer demand for foreign imports in the first place. Drinking an Irish beer with sushi may not pair well, leading to a need for more beer options.

Sonneville acknowledges that the explosion of craft beer is slowing down, but expects the decline in US consumption of domestic beer to still continue.

As for China’s interest in American beers, it is also likely to continue to grow. Sonneville reports that China’s young adults are earning a record-breaking disposable income, making them much richer than their parents were at the same age. This means they can upgrade from cheap Chinese beer to the more expensive foreign imports.

“If we look at China developments [from] 10 or 15 years ago, beer consumption started to rise, but profit was low. A lot of brewers were not interested, which is similar to what you see in other southeast Asia countries,” Sonneville said.

He points to Africa as another market that could follow a similar pattern. For now, foreign beer consumption is quite low, but as people get wealthier they will have to work less to afford a beer. Sonneville predicts that over the next 20 years there will be a lot of volume growth in southeast Asia and Africa as has been seen in China.

29.08.2018

Croatia: Craft beer accounts for 1.5% of Croatia's beer market  (E-malt.com)

There are about 40 craft breweries in Croatia, with a market share of about 1.5%, the Total Croatia News reported on August 21.

The brewing industry in Croatia, directly and indirectly, employs around 28,000 people.

There are six major industrial breweries in the country, but there is also a growing trend of small craft breweries. New products raise the image and value of the overall sector, which strengthens the potential of small and medium-size enterprises and ultimately results in rising employment trends in the food industry.

According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), Croatia is at the 20th position in the EU by beer consumption. When foreign tourists’ “contribution” is taken into account, it reaches the eighth position. Although Croatia is not usually perceived as a traditional beer country, the data of the HGK’s Brewery Association show that Croatians increasingly appreciate higher-quality beers.

With an annual production of 3.4 mln hl of beer, Croatia is ranked 22nd in the European Union. However, according to the HGK’s analysts, the total annual consumption of beer in the country, including consumption by foreign tourists, is about 80 litres per capita, and Croatia is therefore at the eighth position in the EU. Without tourists, the beer consumption would amount to about 64 litres per capita, with Croatia being ranked 20th.

29.08.2018

South Korea & China: Korean beer exports to China more than double in 2017  (E-malt.com)

South Korea’s beer export to China more than doubled last year compared to a year ago amid unfazed popularity of Korean pop culture, while harder liquor varieties lost favor with Chinese drinkers, the Pulse News reported on August 22.

According to state-run Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. on August 22, Korea shipped out 65 million litres of beer to China in 2017, more than doubled from 31.6 million litres in the previous year. Beer export value also doubled to $50.2 million from $23.99 million as average sale price rose $0.77 per litre from $0.76 over the cited period.

Korean beers accounted for 9.1 percent share of China’s overall import beer market in 2017, sharply up from 4.9 percent in the previous year based on volume. In dollar terms, Korean beer products’ share stood at 6.7 percent last year, compared with 3.6 percent in the previous year.

The best-selling Korean beer in China was ‘Blue Girl,’ sold by Korea’s leading brewer Oriental Brewery Co. (OB) as an original design manufacturer. Blue Girl, which penetrated into Chinese beer market through Hong Kong, accounted for 87.9 percent of Korean beer sales in China last year, up from 72 percent in the previous year. Next in line were OB’s Cass with 10 percent and Hite Jinro Co.’s Hite with 1.1 percent.

Korea’s other alcoholic beverages, however, lost their appeals to Chinese drinkers. Distilled rice liquor or soju export to China shrank to $7.34 million in 2017 from $9.39 million in 2016 and that of makgeolli, Korea’s traditional sweet fermented rice wine also shrivelled to $1.55 million from $2.09 million. Cheongju, refined rice wine shipment to China fell to $300,000 from $440,000 and fruit wine sharply down to $240,000 from $670,000 over the cited period.

Korean soju’s share in China’s imported soju market also fell to 46.3 percent in 2017 from 56.4 percent in the preceding year, based on volume. Makgeolii’s share also declined to 19.7 percent from 25.7 percent.

The state agency attributed Korean beer’s popularity in China to Korean dramas that often show scenes of people enjoying ‘chimaek’ - mix of deep fried chicken and maekju (beer), Koreans’ favorite nighttime delivery menu. It said nearly 80 percent of Korean beers are consumed by Chinese while Korean soju and makgeolii are mostly sold to Koreans and ethnic Koreans living in China.

29.08.2018

UK: Non-alcoholic beer sales up 58% in UK retail  (E-malt.com)

Sales of branded products outstripped private-labels in supermarkets for the first time since 2015 this summer, while non-alcoholic beer went from strength to strength, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, the Drinks Business reported on August 22.

Heavily branded categories – such as savoury snacks, ice cream and soft drinks – performed particularly well over the hot summer months, helping branded growth of 3.9% overtake that of total own label. This compares to total grocery market growth of 3.5%.

However, more expensive premium own-label lines across the market are still growing strongly, up 6.3% in the 12 weeks to 12 August.

Brits spent an additional £67 million on alcoholic drinks, while non-alcoholic beers were up 58% compared to this time last year.

Kantar analyst Fraser McKevit said the boost for brands is further evidence of the continued growth of premiumisation in the retail sector.

“Consumers’ willingness to spend that little bit extra to fully enjoy the summer sunshine has helped push brands ahead of their own-label counterparts,” he said.

“At Tesco and Sainsbury’s branded growth has outstripped own-label for a while and – as the two biggest retailers in the grocery market – this has contributed to the market shift.”

The news comes after months of growth in the own-label category in UK retail. According to a recent report by IRI, Private label (PL) share has grown for a fourth consecutive year in the UK, reaching 52.5%. In terms of categories, alcohol is the fastest grower in own-label products.

Tesco saw strong growth from its Express convenience stores and increased total sales by 1.8%, though the retailer’s market share dropped by 0.5 percentage points to 27.4%.

Sainsbury’s, meanwhile, experienced its fastest rate of growth since January 2018, up 1.2%. The grocer was boosted by a strong online performance and the growth of its premium ‘Taste the Difference’ range, Kantar said.

Aldi witnessed double-digit growth of 12.6%, helping the retailer up its share of the market to 7.6% – a 0.6 percentage point increase on this time last year.

29.08.2018

Vietnam: Brewers exploring low and no-alcohol beer categories as government plans to ban ...  (E-malt.com)

... sales of stronger drinks after 10 pm

Vietnam is exploring the low and no-alcohol beer categories for growth potential as the government intends to ban sales of higher strength drinks after 10pm, The Drinks Business reported on August 22.

The country’s Saigon binh Tay Beer (Sabibeco), an affiliate of the country’s biggest brewery Sabeco, is planning to quintuple the production of its ‘Sagota’ brand of low-alcohol beer to 1 billion litres by 2025, Nikkei reported.

The beer, with less than 0.5% alcohol content, was first launched in 2014 but did not catch on upon its release. Interest however has recently started to build among women and younger beer drinkers.

In addition to domestic production, imports of non-alcoholic and low alcohol beer are also increasing, mainly from Germany and Japan.

German brand Oettinger’s alcohol-free beer, Japan’s Asahi Breweries’ Dry Zero and Russia’s Baltika are available in Vietnam’s supermarkets and online retail space.

The trend in Vietnam also coincided with a time when the government is mulling whether to pass a bill that would ban the sales of alcoholic beverages above 15% ABV after 10pm, which could give a further boost to the ‘low and no’ drinks sector.

The new bill proposed by the country’s Heath Ministry is to be reviewed by parliament next year.

Vietnam produced 3.78 billion litres of beer in 2016, up from 9.3% in 2015 and from 40.7% in 2010. Its per capita beer consumption is about 42 litres, behind South Korea and Japan, based on a 2014 report by Kirin.

Globally, other producers are also cashing in on the low alcohol drinks trend. Japan’s Suntory recently launched a clear, non-alcoholic ‘beer’ and American brewery Lagunitas unveiled a non-alcoholic, hop-based water.

Alcohol-free beers are seeing a strong boost in the UK as well, with sales up by 58% year-on-year.

drink technology India - The number of exhibitor registrations exceeds all expectations
 29.08.2018

drink technology India - The number of exhibitor registrations exceeds all expectations  (drinktechnology India 2018)

- Exhibition space grows by 18 percent
- Registrations from renowned national and international exhibitors
- Supporting program provides answers to trends and future topics

drink technology India (dti) continues to grow significantly. The most important event for the Indian beverage, dairy and liquid food industry will be even bigger this year, underlining its importance for the Indian market. The extensive supporting program, consisting of forum, round table talks and the new place2beer, will shed light on what is moving the industry today and tomorrow. The exhibition will take place from October 24 to 26 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

The dynamic development of the Indian food and beverage market is reflected at dti: Three months prior to the exhibition, more than 90 percent of the available space has already been booked. Thereby, the exhibition area will be expanded by 18 percent compared to the previous event in Mumbai in 2016. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India, is delighted: “We are pleased that the exhibition is continuing to grow. This is a confirmation for us that our exhibition concept is properly targeted and well received by exhibitors. Moreover, this growth illustrates the importance of the event for the Indian market.”

Avisha Desai, Senior Project Director of drink technology India at Messe München India, says: “We have received registrations from national and international industry leaders such as Ace Technologies, Arol India, Chemco, Della Toffola, Heuft, KHS, Krones, Manjushree, Polyplast, Sanky and Sidel. This is an impressive cross-section of the industry.” The exhibitors at dti cover the entire value chain of the beverage and liquid food industry. This offers visitors a comprehensive overview of the latest developments and solutions.

What is moving the Indian market, now and in the future? The supporting program of dti provides the answers
The place2beer celebrates its premiere at this year's drink technology India. The networking platform with sensory tasting, panel discussions and brewery supply displays, was first introduced at drinktec in Munich in 2017. “With a view to the development of the Indian beer market, we are offering exhibitors and visitors a new and unique platform that is tailored to the needs of the local market,” says Petra Westphal, Project Group Manager at Messe München. Another novelty is the Oiltech Forum which will take place for the first time at drink technology India as part of the Oiltech Pavilion, powered by oils+fats. The Oil Technologists' Association of India (OTAI) supports Messe München India in organizing and designing the program. The topic of the half-day seminar has already been determined: ‘Challenges in Packaging of Edible Oils and Other Related Products’. The exhibition is thereby responding to the increasing importance of the topic of oils and fats for the Indian market.

Current and forward-thinking topics for the entire Indian beverage and liquid food market are addressed during the Round-Table Talks. Trends with regard to beverages, dairy, packaging and recycling are on the agenda. Among other things, experts will discuss which social developments the industry is currently dealing with, such as the increasing health awareness of the consumers. Further panel discussions will be dealing with, among other topics, packaging trends or new concepts in the dairy industry.

The buyer-seller meetings offer additional benefits to exhibitors and visitors by bridging the gap between exhibitors and top managers. The program enables participants to arrange and coordinate appointments in advance. It promotes a targeted exchange between exhibitors and top decision-makers and makes visiting the exhibition even more efficient.

The supporting program of drink technology India brings future topics of the industry to the agenda. With this and the offerings of the exhibitors, it becomes clear that the future of the beverage and liquid food industry in India will be shaped at drink technology India.
(Messe München GmbH)

Water-repellant packaging material - TOYAL LOTUS®
 29.08.2018

Water-repellant packaging material - TOYAL LOTUS®  (Company news)

TOYAL LOTUS® is a packaging material with a ground-breaking water-repellency function produced using the technologies built up at Toyo Aluminium over the years in easy-peel materials and the latest nanotechnologies.

-Packaging material with water-repellency function.
The water-repellency effect may vary depending upon the viscosity of the contents.

-Safety has been considered.
・Ministry of Health and Welfare Notification No. 370 (Specifications and Standards for Food, Food Additives, Etc.) Compliant
・Ministry of Health and Welfare Ordinance No. 52 (Ministerial Ordinance on Milk and Milk products Concerning Compositional Standards, etc.) Compliant
・Japan Hygienic Olefin And Styrene Plastics Association Voluntary Standards Compliant

In various physical property tests, the performance was found to be approximately equivalent to that of items formed generally.
(Seal strength, sealing strength, transportation tests – Toyo Aluminium test results)

By solving the problem of the attachment of the contents, there is improved ease of handling of the packaging materials when opening or disposing of them and there is also a reduced volume of waste.
(Toyo Alumimium K.K.)

Management trio for Mosca: Alfred Kugler joins executive team
 28.08.2018

Management trio for Mosca: Alfred Kugler joins executive team  (Company news)

The executive team at the family-owned Mosca GmbH is expanding. Alfred Kugler (photo) joined Timo Mosca and Simone Mosca as one of the company's members of the management board on July 23, 2018.

Alfred Kugler has shaped the Mosca company for the past 10 years with his holistic view extending far beyond his area of responsibility and the strategic analysis of business processes and potentials. He is very much looking forward to the new challenge of having a say in the company's destiny. "When you stop improving, you stop being good," he said.

Strategic thinking on the path to success
With a graduate degree in business administration, Alfred Kugler started his career in 2005 working in strategic marketing at Wittenstein AG in Igersheim. In 2009 he joined Mosca GmbH, which at that time was Maschinenfabrik Gerd Mosca AG. He headed the marketing and product management unit before being appointed division manager for strategy and marketing a year later. In 2011, Kugler became the division manager in charge of sales, marketing and service. He played a key role in driving the company forward in economically difficult times. After the company's name changed from Maschinenfabrik Gerd Mosca AG to Mosca GmbH in 2013, Kugler joined the Mosca management team as CSO responsible for sales, marketing and service.
(Mosca GmbH)

Hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid for the food & beverage industry
 28.08.2018

Hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid for the food & beverage industry  (Company news)

Aseptic packaging is used to protect food and beverages all along the supply chain. It guarantees a high quality of the packed food stuff combined with a long shelf life. As consumer demand grows for preservative-free ‘natural’ beverages and for products with additional benefits, nowadays a vast variety of food and beverage products are aseptically packaged in cartons, pouches, cups or bottles. Aseptic packaging utilizes hydrogen peroxide or peracetic acid for the sterilization of the packaging material and machines and enables the introduction of gently bottled beverages without additional thermal stress or added preservatives. The focus is on slightly acidic to neutral pH food and beverage products with rising hygienic requirements, such as dairy products and juices.

Evonik is a trusted partner to the aseptic packaging industry, supplying OXTERIL® and PERACLEAN® products with superior quality and outstanding technical service, specially designed for the use in state-of-the-art aseptic packaging technologuies. Our conitnous product innovation in close cooperation with our custeroms and leading aseptic machine manufacturers allows us to provide technology tailored cutting-edge products in order to accompany today's market trends and meet industry requirements.

OXTERIL® - OUR HIGH PURITY HYDROGEN PEROXIDE GRADE FOR ASEPTIC PACKAGING
To meet the requirements of the packaging machine manufacturers, Evonik has developed and supplies specialty hydrogen peroxide grades.

OXTERIL® Bath and OXTERIL® Spray
Tailor made hydrogen peroxide grades for the individual immersion-bath or spray process with regards to product stability, residues and packaging line effectiveness.

OXTERIL® Combi
Specially designed hydrogen peroxide grade for customers who run both immersion bath and spraying machines.

OXTERIL® Spray S
High performance product characterized by extremely low evaporation residues, increased machine running times and reduced cleaning efforts. Therefore, this grade is especially suitable for dry disinfection processes.

The stabilizer content in OXTERIL® 350 Spray S has been reduced to a miniimum in order to meet the stringent requirements of the latest generation of high throughput packaging machines.

Evonik's OXTERIL® products are approved and recommended by many leading machinery manufacturers and enjoy a wide acceptance by well-known food manufacturers.

PERACLEAN® - HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PERACETIC ACID FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
PERACLEAN® products have proven highly effective for applications in the food industry over years. In the PERACLEAN® line Evonik provides products with a wide range of peracetic acid concentrations. A particular feature of peracetic acid is its very broad spectrum of anti-microbial effects, its fast reaction and its excellent effectiveness at low temperatures. PERACLEAN® does not form any chlorinated compounds. If discharged into an effluent stream, it rapidly decomposes into water, oxygen and acetic acid, which is readily biodegradable.
In its PERACLEAN® line Evonik provides products with a wide range of peracetic acid concentrations. PERACLEAN® products have proven highly effective for applications in the food and beverage industry over years.

Today, many types of beverages are packaged in plastic bottles made from PET or HDPE. Products like juices, soft drinks, tea, mineral water and milk require perfect hygienic conditions during the packaging process to guarantee a long shelf life. The most common process is cold aseptic packaging. It includes sterilising of the packaging material with peracetic acid solutions or vapour in the rinsing step of the bottle filling line. For the rinse method as well as for the vapour method Evonik offers PERACLEAN® peracetic acid grades.

PERACLEAN® is also used in the food and beverage industry for disinfecting apparatuses, equipment, surfaces, containers, tanks, pipes, glass and plastic bottles. In this context its use usually constitutes part of the cleaning process. The surfaces to be treated are normally pre-cleaned and rinsed, before being disinfected.
(Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH Active Oxygens)

Esau & Hueber presents the new CRAFT LINE at CBC in Nashville
 27.08.2018

Esau & Hueber presents the new CRAFT LINE at CBC in Nashville  (Company news)

Based on its years of experience in planning and delivering entire breweries, Esau & Hueber has now also developed systems for the specific needs of craft breweries. The new CRAFT LINE was first introduced at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the largest industry meeting place, attended by roughly 13,000 beer and brewing experts from around the world.

Photo: Craft-Line presentation

The systems can be expanded in capacity and combine professional technology with a smart investment. The CRAFT10 and CRAFT20 brewery systems are available in both sizes 12hl (10bbl) and 24hl (20bbl).

The brewery specialist from Schrobenhausen meets the needs of the whole brewing industry with the two product lines PREMIUM LINE and CRAFT LINE. They can be controlled and monitored with our dedicated automation platform WINBREW®-2018. From consulting, planning, development, manufacturing, assembly and commissioning to maintenance, Esau & Hueber offers an extensive range and comprehensive service.
(Esau & Hueber GmbH)

Basil Hayden's® Bourbon Releases Newest Limited-Edition Expression, ...
 24.08.2018

Basil Hayden's® Bourbon Releases Newest Limited-Edition Expression, ...  (Company news)

...Basil Hayden’s® Two by Two Rye

Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, one of the fastest growing super-premium bourbons on the market, proudly announces the limited time release of Basil Hayden’s® Two by Two Rye. An unprecedented blend of two Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskies and two Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies, Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye breaks category norms to offer whiskey fans the best of both worlds: the full spiciness of rye, complemented by the sweet characteristics and finish of bourbon.

Two by Two Rye offers a premium blend of two ryes and two bourbons, which have been artfully combined to find the perfect complement in one another. With a balance of 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, a 7-year-old “high-rye” Kentucky Straight Rye, a 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and a 6-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the result is a wholly unique whiskey that makes a name for itself in the category and remains approachable to discover at 80 proof.

“Basil Hayden’s has always been known for its distinctive spicy finish, so innovating in the rye category continues to be an exciting venture for the brand, especially as interest in the category grows exponentially,” said Rob Mason, Vice President Marketing, Whiskey at Beam Suntory. “While Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye upholds our trademark spice and approachability, this blend also challenges the status quo and encourages fans to discover the versatility of rye.”

Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye continues the brand’s pursuit of innovating within the rye whiskey category and launching unique liquids in the market. The launch of Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye builds on momentum set by two recent launches, including Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey and Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye. Both were met with impressive reception and acclaim, with Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey being awarded “Rye Whiskey of The Year” at the 2017 New York International Spirits Competition.

Best enjoyed sipped neat or on the rocks, Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye features the following characteristics:
• Proof: 80
• Color: Golden Honey
• Aroma: Rich caramel and brown sugar with a sumptuous, woody rye flavor profile
• Body: Smooth, medium-bodied
• Taste: A balanced blend of sumptuous rye and brown sweets with an ample woody accent
• Finish: A pleasant, long lingering warmth
• Blend Overview: An intriguing blend of 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, 7-year-old “high-rye” Kentucky Straight Rye, 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 6-year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye is now available nationwide for a limited time with a suggested retail price of $44.99 for a 750mL bottle. Look for it packaged in a light tan and deep green, hand-applied parchment bib and wrapped with the copper belt iconic to Basil Hayden’s.
(Beam Suntory Inc.)

More KEGs, less effort
 23.08.2018

More KEGs, less effort  (Company news)

SCHÄFER Container Systems: the newly commissioned ECO KEG production line improves production and cuts staff workload

As of now, a new production line for ECO KEGs will enable SCHÄFER Container Systems to deal with demand peaks more efficiently. The manufacturer of KEGs has now doubled its production capacity. At the same time, new staff are being taken on to guarantee the necessary three-shift operation and the resulting capacity expansion.

With increased automation and its more modern, faster laser technology, the new line will raise capacity significantly. A second robot applies the signature, doubling the output volume. A newly commissioned electronic torque-controlled screwdriver unit further improves quality when screwing the fittings into place.

At the same time, the new production line relieves the workload burden on employees. Operation is more ergonomic, as the KEGs are integrated into the fully automated production flow and automatically positioned on the work surface. A new brushing machine, also fully automatic, now takes over the previously semi-automatic process. The electronically controlled screwdriver unit is also very quiet and so considerably reduces the noise level.

“Our new ECO KEG production line is also an investment in this location. For the next stage in 2019, we are planning to modernise the semi-automatic packaging machine. This will enable us to do the packaging directly at the end of the production process and avoid internal transportation across the extensive production areas,” says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

The Hemperor HPA – The World's Dankest Ale
 23.08.2018

The Hemperor HPA – The World's Dankest Ale  (Company news)

Get ready: an exciting new offering that’ll change the way you think about hoppy beers is coming your way. The brewers at New Belgium have created a new style of IPA: The Hemperor HPA.

With the popularity of hoppy beers, our brewers are always on the lookout for different hop varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclusion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way—not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
(New Belgium Brewing Co)

Scotch Whisky Tourism enjoys best year ever
 22.08.2018

Scotch Whisky Tourism enjoys best year ever  (Company news)

Scotch Whisky tourism saw record numbers of visitors in 2017, with 1.9million visits to Scotch Whisky distilleries from tourists from all over the world as well as from across the UK.

The 2017 annual survey compiled by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) also revealed spending at visitor centres was up by 15.6% to £60.9m.

Visitor centres reported that the highest number of visitors came from Germany and the USA, followed by those from India, China and Japan.

Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "These record figures are great news for the industry and great news for Scotland.

"These are exciting times. Scotch Whisky distilleries have invested - and continue to invest - hugely in providing world-class visitor facilities at their sites all over Scotland, and they are collaborating in establishing new whisky trails and finding new ways of telling the story of Scotch to British and foreign visitors alike. And it's a wonderful story: part traditional, part modern and set among Scotland's communities and in its breathtaking landscapes.

"We will continue to work closely and collaboratively with tourist organisations, local councils and the Scottish Government to ensure that Scotland's tourists have a memorable time visiting our country and experiencing all it has to offer.

"Whisky tourism is on the up, but tourists are often surprised that Scotch is more expensive here in the UK than it is in their home countries. They are surprised to know that £3 in every £4 spent on a bottle of Scotch in the UK goes to the government in tax. If tax rises further in the Autumn Budget, this will put at risk further industry investment in future growth."

Over the past 12 months distilleries have continued to recognise the value of Scotch Whisky tourism, making significant investments to improve the visitor experience - from introducing interactive experiences to extending opening hours, upgrading infrastructure to meet demand and improving the knowledge of tour guides.

New and existing visitor centres are also planned to further tell the story of how Scotch is made, and to welcome visitors to the world of Scotch Whisky.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP welcomed the survey results. She said: "These record figures show the value of the industry and how well-regarded Scotch whisky is to tourists from the UK and abroad.

"As we are seeing innovative expansions to the visitor experience at distilleries around Scotland, I am confident we will see a further increase in visitors, which is great for our tourism sector and the wider economy."

The increase in visits to 1.9million is an 11.4% rise year on year and represents 45% growth in popularity since 2010. The SWA survey also details that on average over £32 was spent during each trip to a visitor centre, up almost 4% year on year and by £11 per visit in 2010.

The success story of Scotch Whisky tourism has also positioned the industry as one of leading UK attractions. The National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle are the top attractions outside London, both attracting over 2 million visits in 2017, just 100,000 more than those drawn to distilleries.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: "We're delighted that the popularity of Scotch Whisky distilleries is continuing to grow with our visitors, which reflects the hard work and investment by the industry in delivering a world-class experience.

"Scotch whisky is a culinary and cultural icon and one of Scotland's most valuable commodities, with visitors from across the globe coming to our shores to experience an authentic Scottish dram. It is a vital part of local tourism as not only do distilleries benefit from the draw of 'the water of life' but so too do the surrounding towns and villages. VisitScotland continues to work with the Scotch Whisky industry to promote events, trails and films associated with Scotland's national drink."
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

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