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04.04.2019

Malaysia: Heineken to hike prices despite very positive results last year  (E-malt.com)

Heineken Malaysia will be raising its product prices as a response to the ‘challenging environment’ in in country, despite reporting very positive results in its 2018 year-end financial report, BeverageDaily.com reported on March 20.

The company said that it was being ‘cautious’ about moving forward, citing factors such as intense competition, the new Sales and Service Tax (SST) being implemented last September, and a continued contraband beer concern.

“The external environment remains challenging,” Heineken Malaysia Managing Director Roland Bala said.

“Amidst slowing global growth rates, currency volatility and uncertainty in the commodity markets, we will need to adopt a cautious approach in cost management.”

Amongst these cost management actions is a hike in the company’s products, which it confirmed would be raised by a maximum of 5% by April 1.

This was in response to increases in operational costs, which would include raw materials and packaging prices.

Heineken Malaysia owns and operates many of the major beer and beverage brands in the country, including Heineken, Tiger, Guinness, Kirin and Kilkenny.

That said, Heineken announced commendable results in its 2018 financial report, with revenue rising to RM2.03 bln from RM1.87 bln the previous year, a growth of 8.3%.

Net profit also increased 4.6% to hit RM283 mln from RM270 mln in 2017.

This was attributed to an ‘increase in sales volume, [previous] price adjustments on 15 April 2018, and the implementation of SST [last September].

“[We] remain focused on the sustainability of our business from barley to bar [and] continue to promote sustainable growth [via our people, brands and environmental conservation efforts],” said Bala.

Heineken was not the only beer company to have raised its product prices in Malaysia in recent months.

Last September also saw its main local competitor Carlsberg Malaysia raise prices by some 5.5% following the implementation of SST in the country.

“We expect the implementation of SST to impact consumer spending on beer negatively,” Carlsberg Malaysia managing director Lars Lehmann previously told us.

“[This is especially so] in on-trade which is exposed to double-taxation from both 10% sales tax on products at a manufacturer level and 6% service tax at the retail level such as restaurants and bars with annual revenue above RM 1.5 million.”

“While off-trade sales are no longer subject to 6% GST, our customers may pass on their additional tax and business costs from the implementation of SST.”

Contraband beer is a major issue within the Malaysian beer industry, and one that Heineken views as a ‘significant’ problem.

“[The] illicit alcohol issue [causes] significant revenue loss to both Government and Industry,” added Bala.

“There have been positive steps [taken], including the increase of minimum penalties against those found dealing in illicit products, [and we will continue to support the government with these efforts].”

04.04.2019

India: United Breweries expects disruption to sales due to general elections  (E-malt.com)

United Breweries, India's largest beer maker, expects demand and operations to be disrupted during the general elections as sale and consumption of liquor will be banned on and around the voting days, the Economic Times reported on March 18.

“Election is a big disruptor simply because there are a huge amount of restrictions on hours of operations, outlet closures and dry days. So it makes the business of alcohol much more complicated," said Shekhar Ramamurthy, managing director of Heineken-controlled UB.

The April 11-May 19 Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's bicameral Parliament) election will overlap with the Indian Premiere League cricket matches and the summer months, which have traditionally boosted demand for beer in the country. “It is not a question of dip in sales. It is a question of complexity in operations. For beer, the issue is that if the elections come in peak summer season, it is even a bigger disruptor,” Ramamurthy said.

The maker of Kingfisher beer controls half of the country’s beer market, which saw double-digit growth in 2018, helped by a favourable base year that was volatile due to the highway ban and the implementation of GST. UB now expects the industry to have a lower growth rate of 7-8% during the year, but maintained the event will not affect its strategy in terms of product launches.

While increase in “dry days” during elections is not new, polling will overlap with the label registration cycle this time, something that can directly impact operations and supply chain, say experts. “No new licences will be issued and no new product labels will be registered or granted during the period. Our industry will be in cold storage for about three months,” said Rahul Singh, founder of The Beer Cafe chain. "During the general elections of 2014, when the economy was down, we had lesser number of outlets. While the economy is booming now, the impact of the elections will be far more disruptive this time."

A month ago, United Spirits, the country's biggest liquor maker, and French spirits firm Pernod Ricard also flagged concerns about the general election disrupting sales in the next quarter. "Excise officials, many of them who are posted in our factories, are co-opted for election duty. So, sometimes you don’t have the excise people there to open the factory and shut the factory and supervise the factory during the day," United Spirits managing director Anand Kripalu had said at an investor call for December-quarter earnings.

Analysts, however, feel liquor companies will be more insulated during elections compared with beer makers. "Election related disruptions can affect the crucial summer season sales in 1QFY20. While United Spirits is also likely to be affected due to elections, the impact should be significantly lower as beer consumption is more skewed towards summers, unlike spirits," Krishnan Sambamoorthy and Vishal Punmiya, analysts at Motilal Oswal wrote in a recent investor note.

04.04.2019

Italy: Birra Peroni closes 2018 with 6.4% production increase  (E-malt.com)

Italian brewery Birra Peroni closed 2018 with a 6.4% of growth in production compared to the previous year, to six million hectolitres, ESM reported on March 22.

Over the last four years, beer production at the firm rose by 19.46%, while CO2 emissions decreased by 11.94%, the company said.

Exports of Birra Peroni increased by 11% in 2018 compared to 2017, with an overall value of 2.1 million hectolitres.

More than half (60%) of exports went to Great Britain, which is the main export market for the Italian brewery.

The group's Rome factory reported the strongest growth in production, seeing an increase of 10.7% compared to 2017 and reaching a high of 2.5 million hectolitres.

According to Roberto Cavalli, integrated supply chain director of Birra Peroni, the company boasts great industrial experience, enabling it to distinguish itself in both national and international markets.

The positive performances of the Italian brewery also coincide with the company's commitment to sustainability, Cavalli added.

Due to a number of investments in its production facilities, CO2 emissions at Peroni decreased from 5.19 Kg CO2/Hl in 2015 to 4.57 Kg CO2/Hl in 2018.

The company also reported that electricity and water consumption has dropped steadily over the past four years.

04.04.2019

UK: Krombacher launches non-alcoholic wheat beer Weizen in the UK  (E-malt.com)

German beer brand Krombacher has expanded its portfolio with the addition of a non-alcoholic wheat beer called Weizen in the UK, the Drinks Insight Network reported on March 28.

With less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), the new non-alcoholic beer is brewed with Hallertau hops and fresh mountain spring water.

This latest drink comes following the launch of Krombacher Low Alcohol Pils.

Krombacher UK and Italy sales and marketing director Stephan Kofler said: “Not only have campaigns like Dry January shown that there is a real demand for low and no alcohol beers but it’s made people realise that there are now some fantastic tasting options available of varying styles.

“Whether it’s down the local pub or at a major supermarket, you’re now seeing plenty of choices and I believe our Weizen will prove a welcome addition to the arena.

“Brewed the same way as our full-strength Weizen but using our special de-alcoholisation process to retain maximum flavour.”

Targeted at the UK on-trade and off-trade, it will be rolled out immediately in 50cl bottles in cases of 12.

Kofler expects the new beer to attract runners and cyclists.

In January 2017, the German brewer introduced a range of non-alcoholic beers in its local market.

04.04.2019

South Korea: Consumers and restaurant owners frustrated with Oriental Brewery's price hikes  (E-malt.com)

Consumers and restaurant owners are expressing frustration with Oriental Brewery (OB) for the brewer's decision to hike beer prices by 5.3 percent from April 4, the Korea Times reported on March 27.

Beer lovers complain it will be more financially burdensome to have a glass of beer with family or friends as many struggle with soaring housing prices and the tight job market. People running restaurants and other eateries say it will be difficult to charge more, despite higher beer prices, in fear of losing customers amid sluggish domestic consumption.

"Why don't domestic beer companies take measures to upgrade instead of raising the price?" Jeon Hyung-joon, 29, a regular beer consumer, said. "From now on, I'd rather spend more money on imported beers or prestigious or specialty beer brands."

Another beer consumer, who asked not to be named, said "I'm worried OB's shift will lead to a collective price rise. If that happens, I'd have to be rational about selecting a beer from restaurants and bars for financial reasons."

Restaurant owners are also wary about the price hike as they are faced with the situation to increase beer prices in accordance to brewers' moves.

"We'll have to see how the industry reacts, but it seems inevitable for us to increase the beer price to 5,000 won ($4.4) from the current 4,000 won sometime during the first half of this year," a restaurant owner, who runs a restaurant in Samseong-dong, Seoul, said.

"If that happens, I think consumers will shift to other available alcohol products like soju or makgeoli."

On March 26, OB said the prices of its major beer brands, including Cass, Premier OB and Cafri, will go up by an average of 5.3 percent starting April 4. It is the first time for the Korea's largest brewer to adjust price since November 2016.

Under the new policy, the factory price of a 500ml bottle of Cass will rise from 1,147 won to 1,203.22 won, up 4.9 percent.

"The price hike was made in consideration of the overall business conditions, including increased costs associated with the production and supply of our beers," an OB official said. "But we tried to keep increases to a minimum for our customers."

The costs of packaging materials rose 65 percent in two years and aluminum can prices went up 25 percent. Furthermore, the commodity prices of barley rose 31 percent compared to last year.

Other brewers including Hite Jinro and Lotte Liquor are yet to reveal any price changes, but it is highly likely that price hikes by the liquor market leader will trigger other firms in the market to raise their prices.

"We're also facing a rise in production costs, but we don't have any immediate plan to increase the price yet," an official at Hite Jinro said. "In the second quarter, we're going to focus on promoting our new product Terra."

In 2016, Hite Jinro followed OB's price hike in less than two months, increasing the price by an average 6.33 percent.

04.04.2019

USA: Brewers Association publishes list of fastest-growing craft breweries of 2018  (E-malt.com)

The rankings of the biggest breweries in the US don’t change dramatically from year to year. AB InBev is always atop the list. And Yuengling leads the craft brewing category. But when it comes to the nation’s fastest growing breweries, things get a bit more interesting.

The Brewer’s Association has announced this year’s list of the small and independent beer makers whose production has increased the most in the past year. And Lake Time Brewery from Clear Lake, Iowa tops the list.

There’s a fair chance you haven’t heard of Lake Time, even if you’re a craft beer enthusiast, unless you live in the area. That’s likely true of most of the 50 breweries on the list.

Take a look at the top 10 yourself:
1. Lake Time Brewing, Clear Lake, Iowa
2. Fins Big Oyster Brewery, Rehoboth Beach, Del.
3. Oak Road Brewery, Summerville, S.C.
4. The Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw, N.C.
5. Lone Pine Brewing Col, Portland, Maine
6. Shattered Oak Brewing, Oregon City, Ore.
7. New Glory Craft Brewery, Sacramento, Calif.
8. Bonn Place Brewing, Bethlehem, Pa.
9. Borderlands Brewing Co., Tucson, Ariz.
10. Periodic Brewing, Leadville, Colo.

Overall, the brewers on the list experienced a median growth of 163%. Production volumes ranged from 50 barrels per year to over 40,000 per year.

“Even as market competition continues to increase, these small and independent breweries and brewpubs demonstrate there are still growth opportunities across a diverse set of regions and business models,” said Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association.

Compact, efficient, high-performance engineering: KHS exhibits systems at the ...
 04.04.2019

Compact, efficient, high-performance engineering: KHS exhibits systems at the ...  (Company news)

... Craft Brewers Conference

Picture:Innofill Can C: growing interest in the system has prompted KHS to engineer a new machine size with 27 filling valves and six seaming stations for the production of formats holding between 150 milliliters and one liter. This boosts the filling capacity for 330-milliliter cans, for instance, from 15,600 to 20,100 per hour.

- Premiere of the new Innopro Craft CIP Skid cleaning system
- Further developed Innofill Can C can filler has greater capacity
- Tailored to craft breweries and smaller beverage producers

Innovative high-performance engineering for the low-capacity range: KHS USA, Inc. will be presenting its compact and efficient systems at this year’s BrewExpo America® which is staged as part of the Craft Brewers Conference. KHS’ main emphasis at the trade show will be on the tried-and tested Innofill Can C can filler and the fully automatic Innopro Craft CIP Skid cleaning system. KHS will be exhibiting at Booth #16033 from April 8-11, 2019.

With the development of its Innopro Craft CIP Skid KHS provides a new system for the supply of rinsing and cleaning media to its can, bottle or keg fillers. “This CIP system is perfectly tailored to the requirements of the lowest capacity range,” states Rick Feuling, product manager of Filling and Process Technology at KHS USA, Inc. It has an automatic recipe setting option. Around 230 liters of caustic a minute can be produced to sanitize system piping and fillers with a maximum of 60 valves. The Innopro Craft CIP Skid also contains a fully automatic CIP media heating system, including chemicals dosing at the appropriate recipe-controlled concentration. This shortens cleaning processes and makes them safer and simpler. “With this effective and flexible system beverage producers also save on resources such as water and energy during operation,” states Feuling.

Innofill Can C can filler with greater capacity
The further developed version of the Innofill Can C can filler will also be spotlighted at BrewExpo America®. Growing interest in the system has prompted KHS to engineer a new machine size with 27 filling valves and six seaming stations for the production of formats holding between 150 milliliters and one liter. This boosts the filling capacity for 330-milliliter cans, for instance, from 15,600 to 20,100 per hour. Suitable for both the beer and CSD markets, not only are the can filler’s technology and compact design convincing but also its fast installation time. As the filling and seaming stations, valve manifold, cladding and control cabinet on the Innofill Can C form an enclosed, ready-to-produce machine unit, all that has to be done during installation is to connect up the electrical cables, piping and conveyors. “Multiple reference projects realized on this market prove that KHS plant engineering has customers convinced. In addition to the growing number of craft brewers, medium-sized breweries are also asking for a cost-efficient variant for the medium-capacity range,” emphasizes Feuling.
(KHS USA)

Bühler joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
 04.04.2019

Bühler joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development   (Company news)

Bühler has on March 19 joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global network of nearly 200 forward-thinking companies. By connecting with WBCSD, Bühler can make a real impact on global corporate sustainability and on providing the growing world population with the nourishment and mobility solutions of the future.

“We are delighted to join WBCSD and to help contribute to their mission to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world via the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We want our customers to be successful, we want everyone to have access to safe and healthy food, and we want to live in a climate that supports and sustains them and future generations. No one can manage the task of sustainable food production or sustainable mobility on their own,” Stefan Scheiber (photo), Bühler CEO, said. “Innovations are key to driving change, and these are sparked with broad, inclusive collaborative networks. We have been joining forces with conscientious market participants to scale innovations for years and the move to join WBCSD’s innovative network is an important step to furthering our sustainable business goals, and most importantly, in developing new means to feed to world.”

Every day, two billion people enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured with parts produced with our machinery. Bühler technologies and solutions are used in the global production and processing of grains, corn, rice, pasta, pulses, cereal, chocolate, snacks, wafers, coffee, and feed for fish, pets, and livestock. They are also used for smart phones, solar panels, diapers, cosmetics, banknotes, energy-efficient buildings, eye glasses, and more. Having this global relevance, Bühler is in an ideal position to address some of the world’s pressing challenges and transform them into sustainable business solutions.

WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said: “WBCSD is pleased to welcome Bühler as our newest member. We are dedicated to working towards a transformation of the key systems across society, and this can only be achieved in collaboration with companies across the full value chain. Bühler’s focus on technology can be a real game-changer in sustainability terms. We are keen to begin working together.”

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of over 200 companies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. The WBCSD galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment. Together with its members, who represent all business sectors, the council shares best practices on sustainable development issues and develops innovative tools that change the status quo.

Ian Roberts, Bühler CTO said: “Industry must step up and take responsiblilty for reducing environmental impacts. We are already hitting planetary boundaries. Now – more than ever – it is time to take decisive action to ensure quality of life today and for future generations. In joining the world’s most responsible business leaders in WBCSD, we are broadening our collaborative approach to bringing about the sustainable turnaround that we so urgently need.”
(Bühler AG)

75% production capacity increase: Gable X meets demand for PET packaging with support ...
 03.04.2019

75% production capacity increase: Gable X meets demand for PET packaging with support ...  (Company news)

...from Sidel

Gable X Cleaning Solutions Company Limited, located in Chaguanas (Trinidad and Tobago), has ordered its second blow moulding equipment from Sidel, the leading global provider of PET, can and glass solutions for liquid packaging. With the recently acquired Sidel blowing machine, the co-packer has significantly improved its production capacity, adding as much as 75% to its daily output of PET packaging. Alongside being fully equipped to meet the growing demand for PET packaged goods in the region, this choice enables Gable X to protect their competitiveness and guarantee a regular and reliable supply flow.

Today, Gable X is one of the most advanced, innovative, custom packaging blow moulding players in the Caribbean. The company is active in three business segments: sale of raw materials, manufacturing of cleaning products, and blowing of PET bottles. 85% of the PET containers blown by Gable X serve various size manufacturing companies in the region, making them the first Trinidadian company to offer many local, regional, and even international customers lightweight bottles in PET.

The co-packer is a leading supplier of PET bottles, producing 250,000 units daily, six days a week , with over 50 different formats and shapes. The company provides packaging for the food, beverage, agricultural and home care industries to hold products as diverse as pepper sauce, peanuts and grains, soy bean oil, fresh coconut water, milk drinks, fabric softener, hand soaps and disinfectant. The products are distributed in the domestic market but are also exported widely to the broader region.

Sidel blow moulding solutions among “the best in the world”
Gable X’s satisfaction around the first piece of Sidel blowing equipment installed in 2014 was reinforced by very strong recommendations from local bottlers. One of them, also a returning Sidel customer, decided to install a MatrixTM Combi for still water. The company chose the integrated blow-fill-cap solution from Sidel to increase their operating capacity. They were able to improve cost efficiencies and add new products, as such expanding their market reach, while better serving existing clients.

When the Trinidadian co-packer renewed the confidence in their long-term partner Sidel, the company was looking to manage the increasing demand for PET packaging in the market and labour challenges they experienced on a daily basis. By equipping one of their production lines with a Sidel blower, Gable X showed their trust in the company’s advanced technology and high specifications to produce up to 12,000 bottles per hour. The incorporation of the Ecoven into the blow moulding system means that preform heating time is reduced and fewer heating modules or lamps are needed with the oven’s electrical consumption cut by up to 45%. Gordon James, founder, owner and Managing Director of Gable X, says, “Having now two blowers from Sidel brings many advantages for us. Our capacity has increased by 75% and the equipment represents the state-of-the-art when it comes to energy savings and production efficiency, working fewer hours for a higher output.” He continues, “Sidel’s blower is rated as one of the best in the world and for a good reason. The blow moulding solutions are extremely easy to use and require very little maintenance, contributing to decrease our delivery time – another key condition to win our customers’ preference. Not less important, Sidel is number one in terms of online support and after-sales service and helps us keep the long-term efficiency of our equipment.”

Lightweighting, durability and rigidity as key factors for PET
James goes on to explain that one of the main challenges Gable X is facing is to facilitate PET adoption among their customers: “The key arguments I am using are that, by packaging their products in PET, they would get the transparency of glass, along with other benefits.” PET allows the consumer to visually experience the product inside the container, without scuffing and scratching the bottle’s surface. Additionally, the virtually endless design options for the PET bottle shape and format can also enhance the appeal and brand identity of the finished product on the supermarket shelf. The durability and rigidity of PET significantly reduces the possibility of damages throughout the value chain and the consumer experience is enhanced, as the packaged product is lighter and safer for the user to handle. “Multiple lightweighting opportunities around PET bottles also save on raw material and transportation costs. Making the long story short: PET is better because it is more durable, cost-effective, and recyclable as a packaging material,” he concludes.

More resistant and more stable bottles with Sidel StarLite
The Sidel blowing machine recently installed at the Gable X plant in Trinidad ensures top consistent bottle quality with a large process window and the electrical stretching, with no compromises on the performance and the lightweighting potential of the containers. Marcel Ndoumna, Sidel Sales Manager for North America, comments: “With the new blow moulding equipment, the customer is also benefitting from the patented, award-winning Sidel StarLite™ bottle base, which significantly increases base resistance and stability. This means the customer can improve bottle rigidity, while enabling a lower package weight and reducing energy consumption during production. The end result is a PET bottle that can cost less to manufacture, yet offers better pallet stability and higher bottle integrity throughout the supply chain, without compromising the safety standards of the beverage inside.”

Based on the successful cooperation with Sidel, the Caribbean co-packer is again considering the company as a valuable partner in setting up additional installations to serve the heat-resistant PET packaging needs for hot-filled beverages.
(Sidel International AG)

Grand Opening of first corvaglia plant in U.S.
 02.04.2019

Grand Opening of first corvaglia plant in U.S.  (Company news)

On March 22, Switzerland-based corvaglia group announced the completion of their first manufacturing facility in the United States, Newnan, Georgia. In celebration of this milestone, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for April 5th.

The international company manufactures 100% recyclable plastic caps and closures for the food and beverage industry worldwide. The new U.S. facility will complement corvaglia’s existing operations in Eschlikon, Switzerland and Ixtlahuaca, Mexico.

corvaglia’s business is dedicated to closure design as a vertically-integrated manufacturer and supplier of caps and closures for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) containers. We deliver exclusive expertise across the value chain.

Founded in 1991, corvaglia customizes one-piece closure technologies that address the particular needs of its customers and the consumer. This end-to-end market approach is embodied in their slogan ‘Think, Shape, Make, Apply’. Around the world, corvaglia lightweight technologies are used in bottled waters, carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, isotonics, juices, teas, dairy and edible oils.

The new U.S. facility utilizes corvaglia’s in-house proprietary moulds to manufacture lightweight one-piece caps and closures for the North American beverage market. Additionally, the corvaglia USA operation offers high-speed digital printing that provides unique short-run customization and branding opportunities. This Swiss-engineered digital technology provides 720 dpi high-resolution print quality using a single-pass CMYK process.
(Corvaglia Closures Eschlikon AG)

Plant-Based Identified as Important Trend, From Ingredients to Packaging
 01.04.2019

Plant-Based Identified as Important Trend, From Ingredients to Packaging  (Company news)

Evergreen Packaging®, a global leader in fiber-based packaging solutions, released a white paper, “Trend Watchers Say the Topic of the Year for Food and Beverage Might Be ‘Plant-Based,’” based on data from the annual EcoFocus Trend Study, which forecasts key trends that will shape the U.S. food and beverage industries in the year ahead.

The Study finds that plant-based food and beverage packaging is now on the minds of more than three quarters of consumers. Three out of four (76%) grocery shoppers in 2018 say they have heard or read about plant-based food or beverage packaging, and 62% want to learn more about it.

“Better personal health has driven the clean label movement in recent years and will drive plant-based trends in coming years,” observes Linda Gilbert, CEO of EcoFocus Worldwide. “When we turn the health lens to packaging, consumer perceptions are clearly and consistently in favor of glass and paper, both for personal health and environmental reasons.”

Evergreen Packaging, which introduced its PlantCarton™ brand has identified a number of factors that food and beverage companies should be aware of as they package their products.

“The plant-based trends create a particularly high level of packaging innovation opportunities for natural and organic products,” said DeWitt Clark, Vice President of Sales and Marketing North American Packaging for Evergreen Packaging. “With 61% of grocery shoppers in 2018 strongly agreeing or agreeing ‘Natural and organic products need to do a better job of packaging their products with recyclable materials,’ it creates an opportunity for brands to differentiate in a competitive market.”
(Evergreen Packaging Inc.)

CoolBest brand in SIG's innovative SIGNATURE PACK emphasizes Riedel's commitment ...
 29.03.2019

CoolBest brand in SIG's innovative SIGNATURE PACK emphasizes Riedel's commitment ...  (Company news)

... to sustainability

Leading Dutch fruit drinks manufacturer Riedel has opted for SIGNATURE PACK from SIG to relaunch its popular CoolBest range of fruit juices. The aseptic carton pack made with polymers linked to plant-based renewable materials will help to strengthen Riedel’s ongoing sustainability pledge.

Riedel will relaunch CoolBest in SIGNATURE PACK Full Barrier packaging by SIG, which promotes the use of renewable raw materials to save fossil resources, while at the same time substantially reducing impact on the environment. The carton packs in 500, 1,000 and 1,500 ml are mainly composed of FSCTM certified paperboard made from wood, a renewable resource. The polymers used to laminate the paperboard have a clear link to 100% plant-based material via a mass balance system. This means that for the polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers. To ensure the integrity of this process, the mass balancing is certified through internationally recognised third-party according to ISCC PLUS standard.

The carbon footprint of SIGNATURE PACK Full Barrier is between 34% up to 60% lower (depending on format and country) than a standard SIG carton pack of the respective format, based on a life cycle assessment (CB-100733 of 01.03.2019) carried out by independent ifeu Institute in accordance with the relevant ISO standards (ISO 14040 and ISO 14044).


Throughout a successful 20-year partnership, SIG and Riedel have worked together to deliver the perfect product and packaging solution to meet changing consumer needs, while at the same time reducing environmental impact.

Sabine Blom, Marketing Manager CoolBest at Riedel: “SIGNATURE PACK enables us to offer the most sustainable packaging solution, which at the same time guarantees the premium quality expected by our valued CoolBest customers. We are committed to driving sustainability forward, from fruit cultivation to the production, filling and distribution of our products. Switching to this new carton underlines our leading role in sustainability within the fruit juice industry.”

First juice launch for SIGNATURE PACK in BeNeLux
Riedel is the first juice manufacturer in the Netherlands to opt for the recently launched SIGNATURE PACK from SIG, bringing added value to the Dutch juice market and responding to the increasing environmental concerns and awareness of consumers. Both companies have set a clear mark for sustainability, through a close cooperation that will continue to innovate and deliver eco-conscious products and packaging for generations to come.

Martin Herrenbrueck, President & General Manager Europe at SIG, commented: “After working so closely with Riedel to bring SIGNATURE PACK to the European juice market, it is great to see it on shelf for the first time. We have both been on a mission together, to offer consumers the best mix of premium quality and sustainability. Our commitment to environmentally friendly products and sustainable packaging solutions will progress and we look forward to continuing our close cooperation with Riedel.”

The SIGNATURE PACK is one of the latest innovations supporting SIG’s Way Beyond Good ambitions to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions and contribute more to society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

ECO KEGs for overseas
 28.03.2019

ECO KEGs for overseas   (Company news)

SCHÄFER Container Systems at the Craft Brewers Conference

From April 8th to 11th, SCHÄFER Container Systems is once again taking part in the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), which is being hosted this year in Denver, Colorado. This time, the focus is on the ECO KEG, which has really proved itself internationally, and not just because of its reduced weight. At stand 9039 in the Colorado Convention Center, visitors will also be able to catch more than just a passing glimpse of all the other KEG types in the varied SCHÄFER portfolio.

The reduction of material used has made the ECO KEG, with its volume range of five to 58 litres, up to 36 % lighter. Its coloured top and bottom rings are made of polypropylene (PP) and, with their shock absorber effect, prevent impact damage to the KEG, while at the same time offering significant new branding potential. ECO KEG not only gave birth to a new product family, but also created an impressive logistics benefit: the top and bottom rings enable much safer stacking and the weight reduction means about a 6 % increase in the volume of full KEGs that can be loaded into a standard 40-foot container.

“The over 800 exhibitors and 13,000 visitors make the Craft Brewers Conference the industry’s biggest event in the USA. This exhibition, with its subsequent conference and events, is the only one serving both the brewing as well as the packaging industry. With our large portfolio of ECO KEGs, SUDEX stainless steel KEGs, PLUS KEGs and SOFTDRINK KEGs, as well as our great range of accessories and KEG services, we have something for almost every visitor”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

Tetra Pak package enhances distribution efficiency
 28.03.2019

Tetra Pak package enhances distribution efficiency  (Company news)

Every six packages form a cube, optimising use of space in transportation and storage

Tetra Pak launched the Tetra Classic® Aseptic 65ml Cube package, offering an efficient packaging solution for dairy, juice and liquid food.

The dimensions of the package have been designed to allow every six packages to form a cube, hence optimising the use of space in distribution and storage. This has brought significant improvement in cost efficiencies and the environmental footprint.

The package adds to the company’s Tetra Classic Aseptic family, the tetrahedron packages known for their minimal use of packaging materials.

Compared to the traditional Tetra Classic Aseptic 65 ml packages, the new package requires less secondary packaging and needs approximately 40% less space to transport the same quantity of products. This means food can now be delivered safely over longer distances, at lower cost, and made available to consumers at an affordable price.

Hemant Krashak, Product Director at Tetra Pak said, “With its robust food protection, minimal use of materials, and efficiency in distribution, the Tetra Classic Aseptic 65ml Cube package provides a simple answer to the rising need of environmentally sound packages while saving cost for manufacturers. Many customers with existing Tetra Classic Aseptic filling machines can easily switch to this new package with limited investment."

The new package is now available with hand packing for secondary boxes. It has been in use since December 2018 at a customer in Southeast Asia selling coconut milk as a cooking ingredient in markets where logistics infrastructure is a challenge.
(Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)

Ute Panzer takes over as Vice President Marketing and Communications at ENGEL
 27.03.2019

Ute Panzer takes over as Vice President Marketing and Communications at ENGEL  (Company news)

Since March 1, Ute Panzer is the new Vice President Marketing and Communication at the international ENGEL Group, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria. She is responsible for all marketing measures, campaigns, trade fair appearances and worldwide communications, and reports to Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group.

Ute Panzer (42) was previously head of marketing at a leading global technology company. The business administration graduate brings a total of 20 years of experience in industrial goods and technology marketing to her new position. “With Ute Panzer, we are delighted to have gained an internationally highly experienced marketing and communications expert for ENGEL who is firmly rooted in mechanical and plant engineering," says Christoph Steger.

Prior to appointing a new VP of Marketing, ENGEL restructured its global marketing activities. The Strategy and Product Management divisions were migrated into independent units. Martin Streicher, who served as Vice President Global Marketing until September 2018 and was responsible for all three areas, will head up the Strategy and Corporate Development division and continue to expand it. Katharina Hochreiter had taken over as Head of Marketing in the interim. She also remains with ENGEL, taking on the role of Project Manager in Strategy and Corporate Development.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Less plastics - Better future: DOLEA Fibre-based Drinking Straw
 26.03.2019

Less plastics - Better future: DOLEA Fibre-based Drinking Straw  (Company news)

Dolea Ltd has launched a unique plastic-free innovation, a sustainable fiber-based and plasticfree drinking straw, from RENEWABLE material, it is RECYCLABLE and BIODEGRADABLE.

With this new innovation and its patented design Dolea straw inspires with its natural haptic look and touch. Technologically advanced manufacturing method together with it’s the most sustainable raw material choice, Dolea offers a winning edge to the market longing for more ecological alternatives. All that perfectly combined, Dolea drinking straws provide to the food service industry as well to the food industry a great relief from the harmful environmental issues caused by plastic straws.

Dolea straw is developed and protected by patent family (pending) by a Finnish start-up company Her Majesty’s Drinking Box Ltd.
Dolea is a private Finnish company providing sustainable Dolea drinking straws as well as licensing product for its manufacture as well as the manufacturing lines. Dolea has been founded in 2019 and its technology and IP are based on the earlier developed innovation of Her Majesty’s Drinking Box Ltd.​

Dolea straws are made of high quality Finnish Forest products with PEFC™ & FSC® certificate of origin. Dolea products combines the latest design and technology with the high quality manufacturing methods and certified quality systems in their manufacturing units. Dolea drinking straw is based on NextGen Cup Challenge winner ISLA® board of Kotkamills Ltd.
(DOLEA Ltd)

Symrise successfully continues profitable growth course in 2018
 26.03.2019

Symrise successfully continues profitable growth course in 2018  (Company news)

• Strong organic sales growth of 8.8 %
• Sales increase of 5.3 % to € 3,154 million (reporting currency)
• Solid earnings with EBITDA at € 631million and EBITDA margin at 20.0 %
• Net income increases to over € 275 million
• Dividend increase to € 0.90 per share proposed

Symrise AG took full advantage of its growth opportunities in 2018 and successfully overcame headwinds resulting from external factors. Taking into account portfolio and exchange rate effects, sales increased by 5.3 % to € 3,154 million (2017: € 2,996 million). On organic basis, sales growth even amounted to 8.8 %, exceeding the increased guidance issued in late fall. This outstanding performance was carried by all segments and regions. Despite targeted investments in increased capacity at locations in China and the USA and negative effects from exchange rates and raw material costs, Symrise retained its earnings power. The Group achieved earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of € 631 million (2017: € 630 million). With an EBITDA margin of 20.0 %, profitability remained healthy and within the target corridor of 19–22 %.

Picture: Developing resources (Picture by Symrise AG)

"In 2018 we seamlessly continued our success story. Symrise again grew profitably and outperformed the market. We identified and successfully capitalized on growth opportunities in every business segment. We also invested in future growth and added to our capacity. Although we were not able to counteract all of the headwinds caused by high raw material prices and negative currency effects, we still operated with a healthy profitability. We want our shareholders to participate in this success. At the Annual General Meeting, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board will propose a dividend increase to € 0.90 per share for the fiscal year 2018," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. "Despite the anticipated economic slowdown, we have made a confident start to the new fiscal year. We have substantiated our long-term ambition with the updated forecast. It extends into the year 2025 and provides for a strong increase in sales with further improved profitability."

Sales growth in 2018 exceeds target
Symrise experienced strong demand across all segments and regions in 2018 and increased its sales to € 3,154 million (2017: € 2,996 million). The Group achieved strong organic growth of 8.8 %, exceeding the increased guidance announced in November, which indicated growth of over 8 %. In reporting currency, taking into account portfolio effects from the acquisitions of Cobell and Citratus and exchange rate effects, Group sales were up 5.3 % in the reporting period. Symrise experienced unfavorable exchange rate effects especially through the strong Euro in relation to the US-Dollar. Symrise again grew significantly faster than the relevant market for fragrances and flavors, where growth in 2018 was in the 3–4% range.

Dynamic trend in Latin America and Asia/Pacific
The growth driver at regional level was once again Latin America with an outstanding double-digit organic growth rate of 16.2 %. Business in the EAME and North America regions developed also highly positively, with an organic increase of 6.4 % and 6.1 %, respectively. In the Asia/Pacific region, Symrise achieved strong organic sales growth of 12.4 %. Overall organic sales growth in the dynamically expanding Emerging Markets reached 11.7 %. In these fast-developing markets, Symrise generated 43 % of its total sales.

Healthy profitability despite investments and external factors
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to € 631 million (2017: € 630 million). EBITDA was thus on prior year level, despite investments in additional capacity and negative effects from volatile exchange rates and high raw material costs. Symrise, for example, invested in a new Nutrition site in the US state of Georgia and a new production facility for fragrances and flavors in Nantong, China, which is currently being built. The industry-wide shortage of raw materials, including the key raw material Citral, which already prevailed in 2017, intensified in the past fiscal year. However, thanks to its own raw material base and extensive backward integration, Symrise was able to meet supplier obligations at all times and in full throughout the year. In addition, the Group actively implemented price increases to compensate for higher raw material costs. Despite these challenges, Symrise maintained profitability at a solid level and achieved an EBITDA margin of 20.0 %. As a result, Symrise was once again one of the most profitable companies in the industry.

Net income for the Group increased by 1.9 % to € 275 million (2017: € 270 million). Earnings per share increased from € 2.08 to € 2.12. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board will propose an increase in the dividend to € 0.90 per share for the fiscal year 2018 (2017: € 0.88) at the annual general meeting on 22 May 2019.

Increase in operating cash flow
Symrise grew its operating cash flow by € 46 million to € 442 million (2017: € 396 million). This represents an increase of 12 % and can be attributed primarily to a smaller increase in working capital during the year under review.

Net debt including pension provisions and similar obligations decreased by € 29 million to € 1,893 million (2017: €1,922 million). The ratio of net debt including provisions for pensions and similar obligations to EBITDA remained unchanged at 3.0 (31 December 2017: 3.0). Due to the realized acquisitions, this value is temporarily above Symrise\'s target corridor of 2.0 to 2.5.

With an equity ratio of 39.5 % at 31 December 2018 (31 December 2017: 37.8 %), Symrise sees itself financially very well positioned to sustainably advance the future development of its business.

Scent & Care segment
Scent & Care increased its sales to € 1,324 million and achieved very strong organic growth of 8.9 % (2017: € 1,263 million). In reporting currency, taking currency effects and the Citratus acquisition into account, the segment posted 4.8 % growth. The Cosmetic Ingredients division developed particularly dynamically with double-digit organic percentage growth. Strong impulses came in particular from the national markets of China, Brazil and Japan. The Aroma Molecules and Fragrances division also performed well. Demand was particularly strong for applications with menthol, for fine fragrances and personal care products.

Scent & Care increased its EBITDA to € 254 million after € 248 million in the prior year period. The EBITDA margin was 19.2 % (2017: 19.6 %). The slight decline in the margin is mainly due to higher raw material costs, especially for perfumery raw materials.

Flavor segment
The Flavor segment experienced strong organic growth of 9.5 %, with sales increasing to € 1,191 million (2017: € 1,102 million). Taking currency effects into account and the portfolio effect from the Cobell acquisition, sales in the segment grew by 8.1 % in reporting currency. All regions and application areas contributed to this positive development. Flavor benefited in particular from strong demand in the EAME region, which achieved impressive double-digit growth. Growth was driven furthermore by applications for sweets and beverage products.

EBITDA in the Flavor segment, at € 244 million, was slightly higher than the prior-year figure (2017: € 243 million). The EBITDA margin stood at 20.5 % (2017: 22.0 %) and was influenced by the currently still lower profitability of the Cobell business and higher raw material costs.

Nutrition segment
Nutrition increased organic sales in the past fiscal year by 7.4 % to € 639 million (2017: € 631 million). In the reporting currency, including portfolio and currency effects, the segment grew by 1.2 %. The strongest impetus came from the Pet Food application area. The Food application area also performed well with double-digit growth.

In the year under review, Nutrition achieved an EBITDA of € 132 million (2017: € 139 million). The decline in earnings compared with the previous year is attributable to two factors: Investments in the new Diana Food location in the USA and a lower contribution to earnings from Probi due to a temporary inventory decrease by a major customer in the first half of the year. Starting in the third quarter, order intake largely returned to normal. Despite these special effects, the EBITDA margin was a good 20.7 % (2017: 22.1 %).

Confident outlook for 2019 and ambitious long-term targets until the end of 2025
Symrise is looking ahead to the current fiscal year with confidence. The Group again aims to exceed the overall growth rates in the relevant market. The market is projected to grow at a rate of 3–4 % worldwide. In addition, Symrise is targeting an EBITDA margin of around 20 % despite the anticipated economic slowdown, ongoing volatility in exchange rates and a tight market for raw materials. Overall, with its global presence, diversified portfolio and broad client base, Symrise believes it is well positioned to achieve these goals. With strategic investments, the Company plans to continue its expansion in high-growth, high-margin business segments. Against the background of the tense situation on the raw material markets, the expansion of its own backward integration will continue to play a key role in the future. In addition, long-term contracts and close cooperation with producers will secure Symrise\'s access to high-quality raw materials.

At the Capital Markets Day in January 2019, Symrise presented its long-term targets. They underscore the Group\'s ambition and now extend to the end of fiscal year 2025. By then, Symrise aims to increase sales to around € 5.5 to 6.0 billion. This increase is to be achieved through annual organic growth of 5 to 7 % (CAGR) and additional targeted acquisitions. Profitability is expected to improve further. Long-term, Symrise aims to achieve an EBITDA margin within the target corridor of 20 to 23 %. To this end, the Group will continue to systematically implement its proven strategy and closely align innovations to customer and market requirements. Furthermore, Symrise will continue to take advantage of megatrends. In addition to the traditional business with flavors and fragrances, the expansion of the portfolio will increasingly focus on adjacent, high-margin applications. For example, Symrise intends to open up growth areas, with focus on natural, sustainable product solutions. Digital business processes should also contribute to growth and profitability.
(Symrise AG)

World's Fastest Half-Gallon Gable Top Packaging Machine Displayed at the ...
 25.03.2019

World's Fastest Half-Gallon Gable Top Packaging Machine Displayed at the ...  (Company news)

...2019 ProFood Tech Show

Evergreen Packaging Equipment has introduced the world’s fastest half-gallon gable top packaging machine.

Designed for high production capacity, the NEW EH-210 can handle fill volumes of 40 oz up to half-gallon/2 liter, at speeds up to 12,600 cph (cartons per hour) with a single index top down fill system. Servo driven technology provides repeatable package performance and automatically controls fill volumes and profiles based on product and carton size. Infinite fill adjustments allow for less downtime with quick and easy changes to fill volume and carton height via the touchscreen.

An Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC with GuardLogix Safety PLC controls the
EH-210. SKU programming handles up to 200 unique ID’s.

ELL® (Extended Long Life) components include a self-contained CIP/SIP system, environmental control features, carton decontamination and a hermetic filling system to maintain product quality. An auto sanitize system is standard to keep product contact surfaces free from harmful microorganisms.

An optional ergonomic infeed provides operator comfort and ease of loading. An optional SPOUT-PAK® System is available to enhance consumer convenience and preserve product freshness.

As with all Evergreen Packaging gable top machines, the EH-210 is backed by 24/7 OEM parts and service to meet customer needs.
(Evergreen Packaging Inc.)

Aluminium foil deliveries from Europe hit record levels again
 25.03.2019

Aluminium foil deliveries from Europe hit record levels again  (Company news)

For the third year in a row aluminium foil deliveries from European rollers ended the year by reaching a new record, with an uplift overall of 3% compared to 2017. This was due largely to sustained demand from overseas markets as well as steady consumption in domestic markets, particularly for thinner gauges, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).

Overall deliveries were 942,500 tonnes against just over 915,000 tonnes the year before. Thinner gauge foils, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils added 4.1% year on year, while thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, rose by 1.1% annually. Total domestic deliveries were stable in this period, while exports continued the trend seen throughout 2018 with an increase of more than 25% overall.

The last quarter of 2018 continued to show the strong performance seen in Q3 with a total increase in output of 2.8% (228,200t vs 222,000t). While domestic deliveries remained stable, exports again lead the way with a tremendous increase of 27% compared to the last three months of 2017. Thinner gauges added 2.2% in this period, while thicker gauges improved by 3.9%.

“Consumption in all markets has improved, although domestic demand is more sluggish than we hoped for. By contrast exports have powered ahead in the last 12 months,” said Bruno Rea, President of EAFA. “But this is due to exceptional influences on supply and demand overseas. While we remain optimistic about the year ahead, the situation remains volatile and difficult to predict.”

“European foil rollers continue to see more upside influences in the market and maintain a positive outlook. The USA trade actions do have a direct influence on the foil sector, so any changes in that situation will have a bearing on the year ahead,” he added. “The current debate about circular economy can create opportunities for our sector, given that aluminium is a fully recyclable material,” explained Mr Rea.

Aluminium foil characteristics are strength, formability and barrier properties which have made it an essential part of many flexible packaging and container applications. Other uses of aluminium foil include automotive and heat exchange components, insulation material and many industrial applications.
(EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)

Dr. Johannes-Thomas Grobe new head of Sales and Service at KHS
 22.03.2019

Dr. Johannes-Thomas Grobe new head of Sales and Service at KHS  (Company news)

- Post to be assumed on April 1, 2019
- Dr. Grobe joins Kai Acker and Martin Resch on the KHS Executive Management Board
- Joint impetus for more growth

Dr. Johannes-Thomas Grobe is to be the new head of Sales and Service at KHS GmbH. This has now been confirmed by the company’s supervisory board. The 53-year-old shall be moving from Dürr Systems AG, a machine and systems manufacturer for the automobile industry, to the Dortmund systems supplier. Dr. Grobe joins chairman Kai Acker and Martin Resch on the KHS Executive Management Board.

The restructuring of the KHS Executive Management Board is now complete. “We’re very pleased to have gained a proven expert and leader for our company in Dr. Grobe. He brings with him a wealth of industrial experience gleaned during his professional career,” says Acker, chairman of KHS’ Executive Management Board. Dr. Grobe has extensive knowledge as an executive manager of product and technological developments, innovative projects and production and manufacturing processes.
(KHS GmbH)

DS Smith Plastics’ Fillbee® is a Finalist at the World Food Innovation Awards in ...
 21.03.2019

DS Smith Plastics’ Fillbee® is a Finalist at the World Food Innovation Awards in ...  (Company news)

... the Category ‘Best Sustainable Packaging’

Fillbee returnable beverage pack is captivating the attention of the beverage industry and putting reusability at the heart of circular economy.

Fillbee, a ‘zero waste’ returnable beverage pack for 4 or 6 bottles was designed to eliminate wrapping packaging for beverages, promote the reuse of bottles and improve the collection rate of cans. The retail-ready packaging encourages ease of reuse for consumers, as Fillbee is easy to stack, store, take home and return the bottles to the store. The sustainable durable material of the pack lasts for years and can be fully recycled after its useful long life. The packaging is made of one single material, so the baskets and the labels can be recycled together without the need of sorting. Thanks to the protective packaging, refillable bottles can last up to 50 return trips.

The many environmental benefits of the returnable pack were recognized by the international jury, consisting of 16 industry experts, by nominating Fillbee as a finalist in the category ‘Best Sustainable Packaging.’

The World Food Innovation Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate excellence and innovation of concept across every category of the global food industry. This year the grand winners will be revealed at a special ceremony at the International Food & Drink Event (IFE) on the 18th March 2019 in London.
(DS Smith Packaging Division, Display/Packaging/Service)

20.03.2019

Thailand: Heineken and Bavaria actively promoting non-alcoholic beer  (E-malt.com)

Two Dutch beer brands - Heineken and Bavaria - are actively promoting non-alcoholic malt beverages to secure growth amid the declining beer market in Thailand as consumers become more health-conscious, the Bangkok Post reported on March 7.

On March 6, both brands announced business plans to promote non-alcoholic malt beverages in Thailand's 180-billion-baht beer market, offering health-conscious consumers an option as they try to moderate their alcohol intake.

Maud Meijboom-van Wel, brand development and communication director for Heineken, said the company is launching "Heineken 0.0" in the Thai market in mid-March as it addresses the growing cultural trend of living a balanced lifestyle.

Non-alcoholic malt beverage is a category Thais may not be familiar with, given the market for malt drinks is very niche in Asia. However, the company has seen an upward trend in consumption of low-alcohol drinks, said Ms van Wel.

Heineken 0.0 was introduced in 2017 in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, followed by the UK and France. The drink is available in 38 markets around the world, including Europe, North America, and Australia. Last year it was launched in Singapore, the first country the drink was sold in Asia.

"Heineken 0.0 was developed to meet the changing needs of consumers and respond to growing consumer trends in moderate alcohol consumption. We have seen strong growth in the non-alcoholic malt drink segment in Europe and Russia, which grew about 5% annually in 2010-15," she said.

Ms van Wel said the new non-alcoholic malt beverage is made with natural ingredients and no sugar. The product targets consumers over 20 years old who enjoy the taste of beer, but not necessarily the effects of alcohol at certain moments in the day, including professionals, active parents, and health-conscious people.

Achava Mahamongkol, managing director of Captain Barrel, the distributor of Bavaria, said Thailand's beer industry has been hit by poor consumption levels.

The company found an opportunity in growing the premium beer segment, which is 6% of the 180-billion-baht beer industry.

Bavaria introduced its product to the Thai market seven years ago and plans to actively promote it this year after non-alcoholic beer has become more popular.

Straight to the supermarket shelf without a hitch
 20.03.2019

Straight to the supermarket shelf without a hitch  (Company news)

Peterstaler is now filling newly developed glass bottles – thanks to a project successfully implemented by KHS

Picture: Bottle formats, From 0.25 to one liter: Peterstaler uses various bottle formats – and for many decades now has relied on KHS technology to fill them all. In 2015 the mineral water bottling plant procured a new glass line from the Dortmund systems supplier, among other things.

To date KHS has developed over 14,000 PET bottle and 7,000 preform designs under the auspices of its Bottles & Shapes™ program. The systems supplier has now expanded its holistic expert consultancy program for container design to include glass bottles and cans. Fast, reliable, inline format changeovers in particular are a major factor for bottlers. KHS assures just this when new products are launched, with Peterstaler Mineralquellen GmbH from Bad Peterstal-Griesbach in the Black Forest now also convinced of this fact. After investing in a new glass bottle line in 2015 the company recently decided to launch new glass bottles for its mineral water. The machine manufacturer from Dortmund was once again largely instrumental in the success of the project.

This particular project in the Black Forest was approached from a different angle; where KHS cooperates closely with its customers on the development of new PET bottles, in the glass container segment the design was already fixed. Here, Peterstaler had decided to deploy a new glass bottle developed by the Society of German Mineral Water Producers (Genossenschaft Deutscher Brunnen or GDB). “There’s a definite move back to glass, with the amount used on the increase in the mineral water industry especially,” says Wolfgang Sum, engineering manager at Peterstaler Mineralbrunnen. “Closer attention is again being paid to quality, value and the regional aspect. Because of the greater weight of transportation and the higher costs this incurs, bottling in glass only pays off for deliveries within a 200-kilometer radius of our plant.” This was another reason for expanding the company portfolio.

Customer wants and needs met
When launching the new bottle format the chief focus was on the wants and needs of the consumer. “There are an increasing number of single households, for example, and lots of people don’t want to have to drag heavy crates around anymore,” claims Sum. To reach out to this target group Peterstaler decided to fill its products into new containers known as GBD pool bottles , a one-liter bottle in crates of six for people living on their own. “This type of crate is practical and easy to carry and transport,” Sum affirms. The mineral water bottling plant also fills 0.5- and 0.7-liter bottles.

In 2015 Peterstaler invested in a new glass line from the Dortmund systems supplier. The desire for new bottle formats again involved the experts from KHS in the fall of 2017 who implemented the project within the context of its holistic Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program. “In this case this meant adapting the finished bottle to the line and converting this so that the filled crates of water find their way to the supermarket shelf without a hitch,” explains Armin Wille, head of Service Sales at KHS.

Entire line adapted to process the new glass bottle
Making use of the new bottles meant that the entire line had to be readjusted – from the decrater and bottle conveying system through the filler to the labeler and crater. The first bottle was then filled in the spring of 2018. Besides adapting the hardware KHS also reprogrammed the software for the whole system so that conversions are now possible at the proverbial press of a button within a very short time indeed. “The operator now intervenes as little as possible and knows exactly what he or she has to do to ensure that the filling result is always the same in the end. We attached great importance to this,” Sum states. For example, at the moment the changeover time from the last 0.7-liter bottle to the first one-liter bottle leaving the labeler amounts to around 45 minutes.

Peterstaler was also convinced by the sustainability of the KHS line. “Our prime source of heat for the bottle washer is still fueled by oil. We’re saving up to 35% here, for instance, and need less fresh water, thus producing less wastewater. Our electricity consumption has also been cut by up to 55%. A lot’s been achieved,” he smiles.

Long partnership between Peterstaler and KHS
Alongside fast changeovers and low energy consumption service and maintenance also play a major role for Peterstaler. “So many things hinge on the people. When we signed the contract for the system back then, I said that we’re now entering into a new partnership,” says Sum. Peterstaler is also totally satisfied with this partnership, he stresses. “In the coming year I’ll have been with the company for 30 years. When I joined, machines from KHS were already in use. That just about says it all.” The mineral water bottler not only operates Dortmund plant engineering on its glass line but also to stretch blow mold its PET bottles – here again relying on the proven Bottles and Shapes™ program. “We designed our first PET bottle together in 2004,” Wille tells us. Over the years KHS has continued to develop these containers for Peterstaler. “Here, through lightweighting we’ve been able to make considerable savings in the amount of materials used by the customer and thus also in costs,” Wille emphasizes.

The installation of the line in 2015 and last year’s conversions were something of a challenge, however, according to KHS senior service engineer Roland Streng. “The production shop had the added attraction of being on the second floor. As when we installed the glass line, during conversion we also had to lift the heavy format parts in through the roof using a truck-mounted crane,” explains Streng, who goes on to casually remark: “We managed to squeeze an entire line into a telephone booth. At 600 square meters, the area isn’t very big. It was all very tight. But we did it!”
(KHS GmbH)

19.03.2019

UK: Carlsberg aims to take a slice of the premium market  (E-malt.com)

Retailers should site the newly-rebranded Carlsberg alongside more premium lagers, as the supplier takes measures to challenge the perception that the brew is an “old man’s beer”, betterRetailing reported on March 5.

Speaking at the re-launch of the brand in London, Liam Newton, vice president of marketing at Carlsberg, said it wanted to stop consumers comparing it to brands like Carling and Foster's, and instead see it on the same level as Amstel and Coors Light.

To achieve this, for the first time in over 20 years, it has changed the recipe and relaunched as Carlsberg Pilsner with an ABV of 3.8%.

“We acknowledge the fact that over the years, we have slipped in maintaining the best quality,” he admitted, adding: “The standard lager category has been a tough place to trade in, so to boost sales, we had to make the brew and packaging more appealing.

"Eighty-four per cent of shoppers are trading up and prepared to pay more, and we want to tap into this.”

Lynsey Woods, the company’s director of marketing, said in addition to the reformulation, it is introducing a new stem glass, which will be available to independent retailers in the coming months.

The rebrand also hopes to recruit more female drinkers to the category, making the brand “more unisex”, and will continue to sponsor Live Nation festivals, such as Latitude and Glastonbury.

For independents who are located near festivals, Newton added it would support them by providing category and merchandising advice in the run up.

19.03.2019

Australia: Australian brewers turning to LATAM markets  (E-malt.com)

In the past five years, craft beer has gone from a niche interest to one of the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry’s most profitable sectors. Beer may be in maturation, but a craft beer reinvention that’s packed with flavor, clever branding, and premium appeal has helped to boost sales around the world, and give the alcohol industry food for thought, Best in AU reported on March 5.

Typically brewed by independent and traditional brewers, the global craft beer market is now worth an eye-watering US$38,183 million and expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 14.1% between 2019 and 2023. As such, brewers around the world are increasing their distribution networks, investing in marketing and entering into new territories to sell their beer worldwide, with Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States key drinkers.

With consumers happy to pay a premium for craft beer for its exotic or unusual flavour and unique branding, firms are tapping into lucrative markets with large middle classes, willing to splash the cash on a delicious drink. One of those markets is Latin America, with a range of trade agreements, growing demand and experience making it a favourite amongst exporters.

Around the world, businesses and governments are working hard to strengthen ties and reduce their barriers to trade, in a bid to grow their economies and fuel job creation. One example of that is Australia, a country that sits in a unique geographic position, increasing its reliance on foreign trade with countries around the world – and it’s great news for craft beer.

The Australian craft beer market is expected to reach more than US$525.3 billion by 2025, a figure that will grow by more than five times from 2016 when figures put the market closer to US$101.8 billion.

Indeed, the sector is expected to grow more than 20% every year for the next six years, with Australian breweries increasing their penetration in markets such as South Africa and New Zealand, and with many smart Australian entrepreneurs turning to LATAM markets like Brazil and Colombia, significant revenue streams can be unlocked.

The Brazilian middle class is thought to be made up of more than 113 million people – that’s up 40 percent since 2003, a sign of the territory’s prosperity and propensity for growth. Some entrepreneurs may struggle to tackle complex foreign markets, but with localisation and the right market strategy, penetrating Latin America is easier than it may appear at first glance.

The future of Australian and Latin American trade looks set to be bright, too, with free trade agreements and partnerships in place to stimulate growth between the two nations. Craft beer firms can capitalise on the Peru-Australia Free Trade (PAFTA) agreement, unlocking open and fair trade between the two countries.

PAFTA means that Peru will eliminate 99.4 percent of its tariffs on both imported and exported goods, forging the way for transpacific ties that bring the two countries together. When you consider that Peru is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies with a GDP of US$211.4 billion and that the country’s middle class is formed by 60% of the population, significant opportunities await for businesses with the right market proposition.

Add that to Peru’s thriving beer market. Flanders Investment & Trade Peru reports that the Peruvian craft beer industry grew an estimated 50% in 2016, mostly because of increased interest, demand in global craft beer varieties, and cultural heritage beer has for the Peruvians. Significant opportunities await for businesses looking to enter into the market, and the importation of foreign craft beers in Peru is at an all-time high.

Of course, breweries and investors expanding into foreign markets must be aware of the potential challenges. The craft beer industry in Peru, for example, is pushing the government to change an excise tax scheme. Breweries are campaigning for a reduction in excise tax if they produce less than 34,000 barrels of beer per year, something that would cut costs on local craft beer – something to bear in mind if you’re looking to manufacture beer in Peru.

An incredible two-thirds of all imported beers in the United States comes from Mexico, with the Latin American country a powerhouse when it comes to alcohol production. Indeed, the country is the world’s largest beer producer in the world, exporting traditional and craft beers around the globe, and responsible for 55,000 direct jobs, and another 2.5 million indirectly.

In today’s globalised times, businesses and investors are turning to the country’s beverage industry not only to take advantage of its manufacturing expertise and low labour costs (the average salary in Mexico is US$15,000, but often much lower in manual labour roles), but also because Mexico is a high beverage consumption population, has a young population (more than half of citizens are under 35) and microbreweries and liquor stores are available in abundance, offering endless potential to sell foreign craft beers at a premium price point.

What’s more, Mexico offers access to more than 50 free trade agreements with various countries, including the United States, The European Union, Asian countries like Singapore and Vietnam, and Latin American nations such as Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Panama, and Colombia, making it the number one spot for exports and trade.

Importing craft beer into Mexico makes sound sense, and will no doubt be the most popular entry path in the coming years for startup and growing craft beer brands and microbreweries, and indeed investors wanting to grab a slice of the highly lucrative (and ever so tasty!) global craft beer market.

19.03.2019

Romania: Ursus Breweries launches unpasteurized Ursus Tank beer  (E-malt.com)

Ursus Breweries, the biggest beer producer in Romania, is launching Ursus Tank, the unpasteurized fresh beer which, through a new technology in Romania, is delivered in a very short time directly from the factory, the Business Review reported on March 6.

The beer arrives in the 24-hour factory at the selected partner locations (pubs, bars, restaurants) where beer tanks are installed and can thus provide customers with a non-pasteurized and freshly-produced Ursus Tank beer.

“This innovation brought by Ursus Breweries on the beer market in Romania allows us to put the essence of beer to its full potential: that “subtle” thing, quite difficult to describe but easy to recognize, called “freshness of taste”. How is this possible with your tank beer? Clear, freshly filtered and unpasteurized beer is transferred from the factory production line directly to the consumer locations via mobile tanks specifically developed for this transfer. Once in tanks in locations, beer is ready for consumption. It is kept carefully up to the moment of service, and the tanks in the locations are equipped with a technology that allows optimal temperature maintenance. The beer is optimally preserved and shielded from light all the way, from the “hidden tap” in the factory to the consumer’s glass, it is a beer that offers maximum freshness of taste. Adding that our beer to the tank has a short shelf life of less than a month, we understand that we can speak of simple and authentic freshness,” says Sabina Luca, Process & Product Quality manager.

Ursus Tank is available only in selected locations in the Horeca segment in Bucharest, including: Biutiful, Beert and Draft Pub, but also in Buzau – O Brothers, Constanta – Library, Craiova – Downtown and Targoviste – Towers.

Ursus Breweries is the largest beer producer in Romania. The brands of Ursus Breweries are: URSUS, Timişoreana, Ciucas, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Asahi Super Dry, Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch, St. Stefanus, Azure Unpasteurised, Oak and Kingswood Cider.

19.03.2019

Kenya: Kenya Breweries Limited launches Tusker Premium Ale  (E-malt.com)

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) has ventured into the premium alcoholic beverage market with the launch of a new ale as it seeks to grow beer sales and woo the middle-class segment, the Daily Nation reported on March 13.

The firm has launched Tusker Premium Ale, which it says is made from aromatic hops and crystal malt. The move is part of East African Breweries Ltd – KBL’s parent company — bid to counter consumers’ increasing shift to premium and foreign brews from mass-market brands.

The beer is being sold in a stubby 500-mililitre bottle at a recommended retail price of Sh210.

KBL senior innovations manager Victor Kagema told Business Daily the new product is targeting Kenya’s fast-expanding middle class revellers whose tastes are trending toward premium beer. “It is positioned for that consumer with discerning taste,” said Mr Kagema in an interview.

“The Tusker Premium Ale is brewed with specialty hops providing a richer mouth feel, colour and flavour,” said KBL master brewer Valentine Wambui.

It marks the expansion of KBL’s flagship Tusker brand that includes Tusker Lager, Tusker Malt, Tusker Lite and Tusker Cider.

EABL has in the past few years introduced alcoholic brands in the region, seeking to grow and diversify its product portfolio by targeting different consumer segments at a time competition from foreign brewers has intensified in the premium and super premium segments, which have experienced strong growth and retained attractive profit margins.

19.03.2019

India: United Breweries looking to expand non-alcoholic beer offering  (E-malt.com)

United Breweries Ltd (UBL) is looking to bolster its non-alcoholic beverages segment, following the footsteps of its 44 per cent owner Heineken which plans to earn 10 per cent of its portfolio revenue from non-alcoholic drinks by 2025, The Hindu BusinessLine reported on March 13.

As part of the plan, UBL will launch Heineken 0.0, a non-alcoholic beer by month-end. This is its second product in the segment.

The company, however, hasn’t yet worked out a fixed target for its non-alcoholic beverages segment, like Heineken.

UBL ventured into the non-alcoholic beverages segment with Kingfisher Radler in last October. Both Kingfisher Radler and Henieken 0.0 come under this segment — the former is a soft drink and the latter non-alcoholic beer.

Both are pegged as premium products and healthy alternatives to products currently in the market, said Visvanathan.

Heineken 0.0 is made in the Netherlands and is available in 40 countries. The product will be imported into India and will initially be launched in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, with the focus markets being metros, Ramesh Visvanathan, Chief New Business Officer, UBL, told BusinessLine.

Kingfisher Radler is produced at UBL’s factory in Bihar. The company is targeting five per cent market share — only in the markets that the product is currently available and not pan-India — in the soft drinks category by the end of the next year through Kingfisher Radler. The company’s current market share is 2 per cent. The company has a market share of around 54 per in the beer category

Heineken 0.0 is pegged as a premium product and is priced at ₹70 for 300 ml .Kingfisher Radler costs ₹45 per 300 ml. While Radler is a 100 per cent natural, flavoured soft drink, with 30 per cent less sugar than in carbonated soft drinks, Heineken 0.0 is a non-alcoholic beer. It is pegged more as a niche product, which is also 100 per cent natural and has 60 per cent less sugar than carbonated soft drinks, Visvanathan said.

The rising trend of consumers’ preference for healthier options considering high levels of sugar and artificial ingredients in carbonated soft drinks is one major reason for tapping the non-alcoholic beverages segment.

The second trend that UBL is banking on is that consumers are showing a readiness to upgrade to better offerings. “Our strategy of expanding our consumer base fits into these trends and we are able to offer consumers a significant value through our products to meet these need gaps,” said Visvanathan.

When asked about the challenges of tapping the non-alcoholic beverages segment, considering that it catered to the alcobev market only previously, he said the biggest challenge is distribution.

“The challenge for us with this product portfolio is to go beyond that into supermarkets, regular stores, beverage outlets, etc. We have had to set up a completely parallel and different distribution network in order to place this product where the consumer is likely to go and buy,” he said.

The other challenge is in marketing these products as UBL is venturing into an altogether new category, with the communication that is required with the consumers also being different.

19.03.2019

UK: Consumers don't believe big brewers can make craft beer - survey  (E-malt.com)

The vast majority of beer drinkers in the UK don’t believe that large-scale producers like AB InBev can make craft beer, according to a survey by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

The report, which said that 98% of consumers think a beer brewed by any major brewer can’t be considered craft, casts doubt on the marketing of smaller breweries that have been bought by or received investment from large-scale firms in recent years. Some 43% of the survey’s respondents said that a craft beer could only be made by a small brewery, while 42% said a craft brewer must be independent. This figure is actually down from 46% in a similar survey SIBA carried out in 2017.

SIBA’s craft beer report focused on the prevalence of large brewers either launching their own “crafty” products, such as Guinness’ Hop House 13 lager, or buying up smaller producers as more consumers shift away from mainstream lagers.

The integrity of the craft beer movement is a highly emotive subject within the brewing industry. Last summer, north London brewery Beavertown sold a 49% stake in its business to Heineken for £40 million, which would go towards a new state-of-the-art brewing facility as well as securing a brewpub at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a first for any independent brewery. After announcing the deal, several bottle shops decided to stop selling Beavertown’s beers, while other breweries also pulled out of the London producer’s upcoming beer festival, Beavertown Extravaganza.

“People are used to buying beers from across the UK in their favourite pub, bar or retailer, and for them it is the size and independence of that brewery which defines whether or not it is a craft beer.” Mike Benner, SIBA’s chief executive, said.

The survey, which was carried out last month, found that just 2% of consumers surveyed said that craft beer could be made by a global brewer.

Almost half of UK drinkers said they now prefer craft beer to mainstream lagers an ales in a survey carried out by Brewhouse & Kitchen in October last year, but depending on where they work, industry insiders have very different ideas on what it means to be “craft”.

However, SIBA allows members to carry an Assured Independent British Craft Brewer logo on its products, as long as the beer producer in question is “truly an independent brewer who is a sole trader, a partnership, a limited company or a public company but is not a subsidiary of a larger firm with attendant or other subsidiary brewing interests.”

“SIBA launched the ‘Assured Independent British Craft Brewer’ seal asa way of differentiating beer from truly independent craft brewers from the mass produced products of global brands – many of which are now being marketed as craft,” Benner said.

“This new research shows that if consumers were fully aware of what they were buying then they wouldn’t consider any beers from the global beer companies as craft, something which is hugely important for supporting and growing the independent beer market.”

In the US, the Brewer’s Association launched its own seal of independence in 2017. A string of independent brewing trade associations across Europe fighting back with their own independence brewers seals alongside SIBA, the UK industry body said.

19.03.2019

Slovakia: Slovaks prefer beer to wine, research shows  (E-malt.com)

More than one third of Slovaks (38 percent) tend to call themselves beer-drinkers instead of wine-drinkers (26 percent). The most popular is 10 percent bale beer but non-alcoholic beer and radlers are gaining popularity, as the research for the Slovak Association of Beer and Malt Producers showed.

Slovaks mainly drink beer containing alcohol. About 72 percent drink it at least once a week, more men (86 percent) than women (58 percent).

The research also showed that Slovaks prefer draught beer (44 percent) and pale 10-degree beer (44 percent).

Women prefer small draught beer (45 percent) more and more than three-fourths of men drink draught beer (84 percent). In addition to pale beer (36 percent) women like non-alcoholic beer (37 percent).

Slovak favourites also include radler, flavoured beers and non-alcoholic beer. About 56 percent of Slovaks drink flavoured beers and radlers at least once a week (60 percent of women and 51 percent of men) and 51 percent Slovaks drink non-alcoholic beer, more women (58 percent) than men (43 percent).

About 38 percent of Slovaks consider themselves to be beer drinkers more than wine drinkers (26 percent). About 16 percent of respondents do not consider themselves beer or wine drinkers, and 20 percent do not consume beer or wine.

The average Slovak drinks 72 litres of beer a year, which amounts to 144 so-called large beers.

“The increase of beer consumption could also be due to the drinking of non-alcoholic beer and radlers,” said Jana Shepperd, president of the Slovak Association of Beer and Malt Producers, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

“These variants of beer are becoming a more frequent alternative for those who drive or do sports,” she added for TASR.

19.03.2019

South Korea: Hite Jinro to release its first new lager in six years  (E-malt.com)

Hite Jinro said on March 13 it will release its first new lager brand in six years next week, the Korea Times reported.

The sub-brand dubbed Terra will hit domestic store shelves on March 21. The product is designed to provide a more "refreshing taste" compared to other beers already on the market.

Fine dust concentration in Korea has caused rising consumer demand for light, pure tastes in beer, according to Hite Jinro.

Terra will be marketed toward customers interested in health and wellness. Beer contains carbonic acid that forms naturally during the fermentation process.

At a press conference for unveiling Terra, CEO and President Kim In-kyu said the blonde lager brand will sharpen Hite Jinro's brand identity and restore its profitability.

"For the last few years, we were hurt by consumers' changing tastes and elevated competition with foreign beer competitors," Kim said. "The teams have worked intensively on creating Terra to revive the sales and attract customers back."

Hite Jinro, whose flagship brands include Hite beer and Chamisul Soju, said the new product has a soft, delicate maltiness with 4.6 percent alcohol content.

The product, priced the same as conventional beer, will be sold in green bottles to promote a more refreshing, pure brand image. The company added a twirl design on the bottle with an aim to make a splash in the beer industry.

"We tried to generate the best-tasting, highest-quality beer by differentiating every aspect ― from brew style to packaging," said Oh Sung-tak, marketing director of Hite Jinro. "Our target audiences would be men and women from the age of 19, but our prime target is millennials who have clear consumption habits and can generate buzz."

Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints new Head of Marketing, Sales and Production Planning...
 19.03.2019

Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints new Head of Marketing, Sales and Production Planning...  (Company news)

... at Group level

The Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding Ltd has appointed Evan Williams (photo) as the new Group-wide Head of Marketing, Sales and Production Planning with effect from 1 June 2019. He will also become a member of the Management Board.

Evan Williams, aged 52, holds a Bsc Honours graduate in business administration and applied psychology at Aston University in Birmingham UK. Born in the UK, Williams also holds an Executive MBA from Ashridge Hult International Business School. A strong negotiator, over the past 25 years, his professional focus has been glass packaging: working for O-I Europe, he headed up the marketing and sales areas across various regions and categories. His most recent position saw him assume responsibility for global cross-functional key account teams. Williams adopts a strategic and target-oriented approach and is well acquainted with the area of production planning.

Marcello Montisci, the current Head of Marketing, Sales and Production Planning, has already reduced his employment level by 50 percent at the end of February. Prior to his well-deserved retirement at the end of 2019, he will continue to be available to Vetropack Group for special projects.
(Vetropack AG)

Beviale Moscow 2019: Renewed growth and upbeat mood at Eastern Europe's trade show...
 18.03.2019

Beviale Moscow 2019: Renewed growth and upbeat mood at Eastern Europe's trade show...   (Beviale Moscow)

... for the entire beverage chain

-Exhibitor and visitor numbers and display area larger than ever
-Positive mood among all participants reflects market potential
-Supporting programme with topics from and for the industry

For the fourth time, from 19 to 21 February 2019, Beviale Moscow offered players from the Eastern European beverage industry a central platform at Moscow’s Crocus Expo. The around 6,200 trade visitors (some 5,300 in 2018) from 47 countries were in good spirits and showed a keen interest in the 164 exhibitors (146 in 2018). The trade fair for the beverage industry pursues a holistic approach and covers the entire process chain from manufacture to marketing. This year it was bigger than ever.

Following the successful event, Thimo Holst, Project Manager Beviale Moscow, voiced his satisfaction with the KPIs: “With this fourth round, Beviale Moscow has once again taken a significant step forward. It has grown even more and is bigger than ever this year!” But it is not just the size that matters. “We are delighted that despite the somewhat more difficult market conditions, more and more exhibitors are recognising and wanting to tap into the significant, undisputed potential of the Russian and Eastern European beverage industry.” This was also reflected in the many exhibition stands displaying numerous exhibits and in some cases large installations. “The good mood at the venue underscores the positive and connective nature of Beviale Moscow,” adds Holst. Some 97 percent of the exhibitors polled were satisfied with their participation in the event.

Beer, pivo – the amber nectar at its best
Beer and brewing was a key topic once again this year. The official
presentation of the Russian beer prize ROSGLAVPIVO, which was
launched at Beviale Moscow 2017 by the Barley, Malt and Beer Union in
collaboration with Private Brauereien Deutschland e. V., is set to become a
tradition on the first day of the fair. 80 breweries entered 300 different beers into the competition, that is almost twice as many as in the previous year.

The gold, silver and bronze awards were awarded in 24 categories. For
more about ROSGLAVPIVO and a list of the 2019 winners go to:
www.rosglavpivo.com. The established CRAFT DRINKS CORNER, which partnered once again this year with the Association of Beer and Beverage Market to showcase the diversity of hand-crafted beverages, was well frequented. Visitors were able to taste the latest types of beer from 20 breweries and also learned about the special features of each brewing process and the manufacture of craft drinks in general. The three-day VLB Seminar for Microbrewers, which is organised by VLB, the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing and took place parallel to the trade fair for the fourth time, also focused on hand-crafted beer and specific technological and qualitative aspects of the brewing process.

Wine, soft drinks, beverage packaging – other highlights in the
supporting programme
From suitable raw ingredients and custom technologies to efficient packaging, logistics or creative marketing ideas: with its holistic approach, the trade fair offers solutions for all segments. For example, at the Pavilion for Wine Production & Manufacturing, various wineries provided insights into cultivation, production, bottling and marketing. Each day, a different Russian wine region took centre stage: the Taman peninsula, Crimea, Dagestan. The Pavilion was organised in partnership with leading players in the Russian wine market: Union of Russian Winemakers, Simple Wine and imVino. The conference programme explored various topics including the criteria for quality wine. Another seminar focused on the statutory regulations for alcoholic drinks and discussed how the legislation can be complied with but also improved. On the topic of soft drinks, presented by the Union of Producers of Soft Drinks and Mineral Water, six speakers gave interesting talks on trends and prospects for the soft drinks market. In the Packaging Innovation Zone, the trade fair partnered with PETnology to provide visitors with food for thought, background information and proposed solutions for drinks packaging. The World Packaging Organisation also participated in the Packaging Innovation Zone. The conference programme included discussions on the future of PET, labelling and sustainable packaging.

Outlook for 2020
Project Manager Thimo Holst is already looking forward to the next round of
Beviale Moscow: “Again we already have some ideas up our sleeve for
further developing the event and aligning the concept holistically to the local beverage industry. We will now use the rest of the year to work on taking the next step forward in 2020. The next Beviale Moscow will take place in spring 2020. The exact dates will be announced as soon as possible.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

ENGEL at Plastimagen 2019
 18.03.2019

ENGEL at Plastimagen 2019  (Company news)

The ENGEL e-cap stands for maximum efficiency combined with the best-in-class product quality. At Plastimagen 2019 from 2nd to 5th April in Mexico City, the all-electric injection moulding machine will be demonstrating its high performance under genuine production conditions. An e-cap 740/160 with 1,600 kN clamping force will be producing 28 mm PCO 1881 caps for carbonated soft drinks (CSD). Another focus of the ENGEL trade fair stand in hall D is the new opportunities that digitalisation and networking are opening up for plastics processors and how they can be easily leveraged.

Photo: Maximum output with minimum energy consumption: the all-electric e-cap injection moulding machine will be producing 28 mm caps at Plastimagen 2019.

Available with clamping forces from 1,100 to 4,200 kN, the ENGEL e-cap is the only cap machine on the market providing all-electric operation in the high clamping force range. This makes it the most energy-efficient machine in its class at the same time.

A 24-cavity mould by Austrian mould maker HTW will be used at the Plastimagen. The processed material is a PEHD by Borealis (Vienna, Austria) at a shot weight of 2 grams per cavity. The peripheral units on display will include a dry air system by Eisbär (Austria). "By precisely matching the injection moulding machine, the material, the mould and the peripheral systems from the outset, we can leverage efficiency potentials to a maximum and further reduce energy consumption," as the Managing Director of ENGEL de Mexico in Querétaro, Peter Auinger, points out. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solutions provider, ENGEL, headquartered in Austria, delivers fully-integrated and automated manufacturing cells from a single source, worldwide. This also increases efficiency in project planning and after-sales service. "Our customers have just one central contact," Auinger explains. "As the general contractor, we have the overall responsibility, also for system components that we implement in collaboration with partners."

Minimum cycle times, maximum quality
ENGEL has adapted the e-cap series specifically to the requirements of beverage cap production. The high-performance machine achieves particularly short cycle times for the individual cap types. At less than 2 seconds, the shortest cycle times are achieved in the manufacture of lightweight caps for still water. For CSD caps, cycle times vary depending on the cap type. At Plastimagen, the e-cap will achieve a cycle time of 3.7 seconds for 28 mm PCO 1881 caps.

In addition to energy efficiency and productivity, precision and process stability are decisive factors when selecting a cap machine. “Caps have reached their lightweighting minimum in terms of geometry," says Auinger. "This means that they place higher requirements than ever in terms of the injection moulding machine's precision and repeatability." High-performance servo direct drives are responsible for the outstanding process stability of the e-cap injection moulding machine. They ensure the required plasticising capacity and the highest possible number of good parts even when high-strength HDPE materials are used with an MFI of below 1 g/10 min.

Self-optimising machine
inject 4.0 is the second focus at the ENGEL stand in Mexico City. "Our customers are increasingly leveraging the potential of digitalisation and connectivity," as Auinger reports. There is great demand for intelligent assistance systems that enable the injection moulding machine to continuously self-optimise during the on-going process. iQ weight control, for example, analyses the pressure profile during injection and compares the measured values with a reference cycle. The injection profile, switchover point and the holding pressure profile are adjusted to the current conditions for each individual shot, which keeps the injected volume constant during the entire production run. Fluctuations in the raw material and ambient conditions are thus compensated for before rejects are produced. "iQ assistance systems are often the first step on the way to becoming a smart factory," says Auinger. "The modular structure of the inject 4.0 program makes it easy to get started with individual, smaller solutions and then build on this to further develop the digitalisation strategy in line with needs." Other assistance systems that ENGEL will be presenting in Expert Corners during the fair are iQ clamp control for automatic determination of the optimum clamping force and iQ flow control for dynamically controlled multiple-circuit temperature control.

Enhancing machine availability
The challenge in maintaining and servicing injection moulding machines is to guarantee high availability while at the same time reducing costs. And again inject 4.0 opens up new opportunities for this. The e-connect.monitor condition monitoring solution makes it possible to check the condition of process-critical machine components during operation and reliably predict their remaining service life. In this way, unplanned downtimes can be avoided and the working life of the components fully utilised. Four modules are currently available, for plasticising screws, ball screws in high-performance electric machines such as the ENGEL e-cap, fixed displacement pumps in servo-hydraulic injection moulding machines and for hydraulic oil.

All ENGEL service products – in addition to e-connect.monitor, for example, e-connect.24 for 24/7 online support – are integrated into ENGEL's e-connect customer portal. At any time and anywhere, it provides an overview of the machine status, the condition of the monitored machine components, the processing status of service and support orders and the prices and availability of spare parts. In this way, the portal simplifies and accelerates communication between processors and the supplier, ENGEL. The associated app keeps the plant operator up to date, even if they are currently at a completely different location.

MES for newcomers and advanced users
At Plastimagen, ENGEL will also be presenting smart connectivity solutions for linking injection moulding machines and production cells within the enterprise. TIG authentig, the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) by ENGEL subsidiary TIG (Rankweil, Austria) is tailored to the specific requirements of the injection moulding industry down to the last detail. It ensures transparency in order to, for example, utilise the total capacity of the machines or correlate productivity indicators and economic objectives. The new products that TIG will be presenting in Mexico include the TIG 2go dashboard solution, which is particularly suitable for entering the MES world, and the TIG big data high-performance analysis platform for networking machinery around the globe in a central cockpit.

Present in Mexico for more than 20 years
ENGEL opened its own sales and service subsidiary in Mexico in 1996. In 2010, the Mexico City facility relocated to Querétaro and was substantially extended in the process. In Central Mexico ENGEL has its own technical centre and spare parts warehouse. To further reinforce customer proximity, ENGEL is opening a second location in the Monterrey region in the north of the country at the end of February 2019. All told, ENGEL employs some 70 staff in Mexico.

ENGEL at Plastimagen 2019: hall D, stand 514
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Limited edition Game of Thrones® - inspired Single Malt Whisky collection has arrived
 15.03.2019

Limited edition Game of Thrones® - inspired Single Malt Whisky collection has arrived  (Company news)

Ahead of the highly-anticipated return of Game of Thrones this April, we can raise a glass to the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection as it officially hits stores across certain European countries.

To celebrate the eighth and final season of the critically-acclaimed TV series, Game of Thrones, Diageo and HBO have released a limited-edition collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. The collection features eight scotch whiskies, each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

Diageo’s unparalleled diverse range of distilleries in Scotland, much like in Westeros, each have their own unique characteristics and produce a distinctive whisky representative of its local terroir. These similarities were the inspiration behind the collection, drawing an authentic storyline between each House and single malt pairing.

Commenting on the launch, Pedro Mendonca, Global Reserve Marketing & Malts Director, said:
“We’re excited that the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection will be hitting shelves in more countries around the world. We are always trying to find fun and interesting ways to introduce our scotch portfolio and what better way than partnering with Game of Thrones, one of the most successful TV series ever created. We are thrilled to be celebrating the final season of the show by toasting with whiskies that authentically pay homage to some of the greatest characters and houses.”

Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing & Retail at HBO, said:
“Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows around the globe, so we’re thrilled to be able to give fans in so many countries the chance to celebrate the final season with these fantastic whiskies. Whether they’re choosing allegiance to a House or collecting the whole range, there’s a wonderful diversity of the utmost quality thanks to Diageo’s unparalleled Scotch distilleries.”

Included within the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection are the following:
-Game of Thrones House Stark – Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost
-Game of Thrones House Tully – Singleton of Glendullan Select
-Game of Thrones House Targaryen – Cardhu Gold Reserve
-Game of Thrones House Lannister – Lagavulin 9 Year Old
-Game of Thrones The Night’s Watch – Oban Bay Reserve
-Game of Thrones House Greyjoy – Talisker Select Reserve
-Game of Thrones House Baratheon – Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
-Game of Thrones House Tyrell – Clynelish Reserve

The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection joins White Walker by Johnnie Walker another limited-edition whisky in celebration of the hit TV series. Unveiled in October, White Walker by Johnnie Walker is inspired by the most enigmatic and feared characters on Game of Thrones - the White Walkers.
(Diageo plc)

Scotch Whisky exports on the up in 2018
 14.03.2019

Scotch Whisky exports on the up in 2018  (Company news)

Official figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed a strong year for Scotch Whisky exports in 2018, with global growth by both value and volume.

In 2018, the export value of Scotch Whisky grew +7.8% by value, to a record £4.70bn. The number of 70cl bottles exported also reached record levels growing to the equivalent of 1.28bn, up +3.6%.

The United States became the first billion pound export market for Scotch Whisky, growing to £1.04bn last year. The EU remains the largest region for exports, accounting for 30% of global value and 36% of global volume.

Blended Scotch Whisky underlined its position as the bedrock of the industry with global exports of £3.04bn. There was further growth in exports of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, growing by 11.3% in 2018 to £1.30bn.

Commenting on the figures, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association Karen Betts said:
"2018 was another year of strong export growth for Scotch Whisky, attesting to its enduring popularity in different countries and among cultures right across the world. Quite simply, Scotch Whisky remains the whisky everyone wants to drink.

"These figures underscore strength of the Scotch Whisky category, which has continued to grow despite the challenges posed by Brexit and by tensions in the global trading system.

"A key driver for global growth is the growing market for premium spirits. Scotch Whisky is in a great position to take advantage of this given its unrivalled reputation for quality, authenticity and provenance.

"However, the industry does not take continued growth for granted. We operate in a competitive global marketplace and so a competitive business environment in Scotland and across the UK is vital to Scotch Whisky's success.

"For Scotch, that means fair and balanced regulation and taxes, including excise duty, to give distillers the confidence to invest in future growth. We also want to see the UK and EU agree to an open and positive future relationship, which delivers frictionless trade with the EU, and the UK to secure ambitious trading relationships with key markets around the world.

"In that context, it is important to our industry, as to many others, that the UK does not leave the EU without a deal at the end of March. We are urging the government and Parliamentarians to work together constructively and pragmatically to ensure that an agreement is reached as quickly as possible."
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

SIG ANNOUNCES MARKET ENTRY AND FIRST CUSTOMER: NEW GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR ...
 13.03.2019

SIG ANNOUNCES MARKET ENTRY AND FIRST CUSTOMER: NEW GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR ...   (Company news)

... FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS IN INDIA

SIG, a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging, announces its entry into the Indian market, with Kandhari Beverage being the first SIG customer on the economically rapidly growing subcontinent.

Kandhari Beverage will offer their popular mango drink brand ‘Maaza Refresh’ in combiblocXSlim carton packs (125 and 150 ml). SIG's solutions offer manufacturers a high degree of flexibility and the opportunity to bring new and exciting products to the Indian market.

Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG: "We work in partnership with our customers to bring food products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way – now also in India. We are convinced that with our portfolio of solutions, we can now help food and beverage manufacturers in India to offer consumers the perfect product and packaging solution, while boosting sales and company growth".

With almost 1.3 billion people, India is the most populous country on earth. According to OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027, India is the largest milk producer in the world with around 20 percent of global production. At the same time, consumption of non-carbonated soft drinks is rising fast.

Commenting on the market entry into India, Vandana Tandan, Country Manager India at SIG India says: "Young, middle-class urban consumers are shaping the demand for modern products in India and are thus changing the requirements of the food and beverage industry. Healthy, nutritious, and high quality beverages, that are conveniently packaged to be enjoyed on the go, are increasingly in demand. With SIG's product and packaging solutions, manufacturers have significantly more flexibility and scope to meet these requirements. In particular, our drinksplus solution and the volume flexibility of SIG’s filling machines make it possible for food and beverage manufacturers to create completely new product segments. There will be products on the market that have never been seen before in India."

Kandhari Beverage Ltd., a bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company India, is the first company to provide innovation and product differentiation in the Indian market using SIG's solutions. Kandhari Beverage has opted for a SIG high-performance filling machine CFA 1224-36 with drinksplus option, suitable for aseptically filling combiblocXSlim in up to nine different volumes ranging from 80 to 200 ml. The first product in India now available in carton packs from SIG is Maaza Refresh 125 and 150 ml.

SIG’s flexible packaging solution allows brands the ability to produce different pack sizes on the same filling machine to cater to different audiences. This also allows brands to introduce basic products for consumers with lower incomes and premium products for people with higher incomes, using the same manufacturing set-up. On a single filling machine, the package size can be flexibly adapted to consumers’ volatile purchasing power, allowing brands to operate at crucial price points. With SIG’s drinksplus option, the manufacturer can include value-adding extras such as real fruit or vegetable pieces, nuts or cereal grains to beverages in carton packs, with no preservatives.

Angela Huang, Head of New Markets for Asia Pacific, says: "Beverages with real fruit bits, dry fruits, nuts or cereals will be new experience for the Indian market. SIG’s convenient and innovative drinksplus solution enables our customers to expand their existing product portfolio and attract new consumer groups. That's a good basis for growth."

SIG is constantly innovating and introducing relevant new products such as microwaveable aseptic carton packs or the first paper straw solution in the beverage carton industry.

In the area of Product Innovation & Differentiation, SIG is a strong partner for beverage and food manufacturers. Alongside Smart Factory and Connected Pack, it is one of the pillars of value creation in the SIG Value Proposition.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

ENGEL at Plástico Brasil 2019
 12.03.2019

ENGEL at Plástico Brasil 2019  (Company news)

ENGEL is making its customers more competitive with reliable, flexible and efficient machines and automation from a single source. At Plástico Brasil 2019 from 25th to 29th March in São Paulo, Brazil, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system expert headquartered in Austria will be demonstrating what this can look like in practice with two sophisticated applications from the fields of packaging and technical moulding. It will be clearly demonstrated how digitalisation, and machine and system networking can unlock even more efficiency and quality potential.

Photo: ENGEL has consistently equipped its all-electric ENGEL e-motion injection moulding machine for high-performance operation with injection speeds of more than 500 mm per second.

Packaging: Thin-wall with IML in 2.2 seconds
Flexibility and high performance play the main roles in ENGEL's packaging exhibition space at Plástico Brasil 2019. An ENGEL e-motion 440/160 will be used to produce polypropylene ice cream cups using thin-wall technology in a 4-cavity mould with a total shot weight of 14.8 grams. Thanks to in-mould labelling (IML), the cups are ready-to-fill when they leave the integrated production cell. The cycle time is 2.2 seconds.

Two main factors are responsible for the high efficiency and economy of the production process. On the one hand, in-mould labelling makes it possible to change the decor without interrupting production. Even with very small batch sizes, this guarantees the lowest unit costs. On the other hand, ENGEL has consistently geared its all-electric ENGEL e-motion injection moulding machine for high-performance operation with injection speeds of more than 500 mm per second. The closed system for the toggle lever and spindle ensures optimum and clean lubrication of all moving machine components; the e-motion thus meets the strict purity requirements not only of the food industry, but also of the cosmetics, medical technology and pharmaceutical industries.

ENGEL is implementing this exhibit together with partners. The mould is provided by SIMON from Saint-Lupicin, France. BECK automation (Oberengstringen, Switzerland) is responsible for the IML automation. The labels come from Verstraete in Maldegem, Belgium, and the polypropylene from Borealis, who are headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

30 years of ENGEL tie-bar-less technology
Compact manufacturing cells, efficient automation and fast set-up processes: with their fully usable platen areas and free access to the mould area, tie-bar-less injection moulding machines fulfil the need for high efficiency and cost-effectiveness in production in a particularly good way. To mark the start of the 30th anniversary of ENGEL tie-bar-less technology, the machine manufacturer is presenting a tie-bar-less victory 1060/220 injection moulding machine at Plástico Brasil 2019, on which technical parts are produced in a multi-cavity mould. With its tie-bar-less technology, ENGEL still has a unique selling proposition today.

Barrier-free access to the mould area makes it possible to fully utilise the mould mounting platens up to the edges. This means that large, bulky moulds can be mounted on relatively small machines. This translates into efficiency factor, especially when multi-cavity moulds are used. Multi-cavity moulds, although large, require relatively little clamping force for the precise moulding of fairly small component surfaces. Where a tie-bar-less injection machine is deployed, therefore, the machine size is determined not by mould volume, but by the clamping force required for the moulding process. Thanks to tie-bar-less technology, much smaller injection moulding machines can be used for many applications; this keeps investment and operating costs low while facilitating compact manufacturing cells.

The patented force divider in the tie-bar-less clamping unit enables the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould exactly parallel while clamping force is building up, and ensures that the applied force is evenly distributed across the whole surface. This means both outer and inner cavities are kept closed with precisely identical force, which leads to extremely consistent wall thicknesses. Even where very low viscosity materials such as liquid silicone rubber (LSR) are used, flash is reliably prevented.

Other advantages of tie-bar-less clamping units include improved ergonomics, mould set-up time savings and highly efficient automation concepts. The robots have maximum freedom of motion and unrestricted access to the mould area from the side, thus reducing the handling times. In São Paulo ENGEL is demonstrating this with a viper linear robot.

inject 4.0: compensating for process fluctuations before rejects are produced
A third topic for ENGEL at Plástico Brasil is inject 4.0. ENGEL already offers a range of mature products and solutions for the digitalisation and connectivity of manufacturing processes, and new ones are constantly being added. The modular approach of ENGEL's inject 4.0 program makes it particularly easy for processors to take advantage of the new opportunities that industry 4.0 opens up. Even small-scale individual solutions promise considerable benefits. As an example, ENGEL will be presenting its iQ weight control assistance system in São Paulo. During the injection process, the software analyses the pressure profile in real time and compares the measured values with a reference cycle. Individually for each shot, the injection profile, switchover point and the holding pressure profile are automatically adapted to current conditions and the injected melt volume is kept consistent throughout the whole production operation. In this way, fluctuations in environmental conditions and in raw materials are automatically recognised and readjusted before even a single reject is produced.

ENGEL at Plástico Brasil 2019: stand E242
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Robinsons Fruit Creations launches exclusive price-marked packs to the convenience channel
 11.03.2019

Robinsons Fruit Creations launches exclusive price-marked packs to the convenience channel   (Company news)

Britvic is officially launching Robinsons Fruit Creations in the convenience and wholesale channels, following the product’s ongoing success within the grocery sector. To celebrate and support the rollout, price-marked packs (PMPs) will be exclusively available at £1.99 per 1-litre bottle, supported by special trade offers to support the launch.

Photo: Robinsons Fruit Creations Orange & Mango

With twice the fruit content of regular squash, and some great interesting flavours, it’s the perfect everyday premium option for adults that’s worth paying a little bit more for.

Robinsons Fruit Creations is already worth over £20 million in retail sales value, making it the biggest soft drinks launch of 20181 and already a must stock for retailers. The Robinsons Creations PMP will sit alongside the core Robinsons range as a great option for shoppers looking for something different. It will also help retailers to drive more value into the squash category by encouraging shoppers to trade up. The product’s popularity among consumers has already been proven and resulted in it winning Product of the Year 2019 in the UK’s biggest Consumer Survey of Product Innovation for the Soft Drinks category2. Over 10,000 shoppers vote annually to crown the winning products in each category to earn the red seal of approval.

Trystan Farnworth, Commercial Director, Convenience and Impulse at Britvic, comments, “The Product of the Year accolade just further cements what an incredible launch Robinsons Creations was within the soft drinks category, and just how successful it has been across the past year. The launch of the price-marked packs comes at the perfect time as the range is back on TV until March, meaning the product is front of mind for shoppers.

Robinsons Fruit Creations £1.99 PMPs will be available exclusively to convenience retailers now across the 1L Orange & Mango and Peach & Raspberry flavours. Alongside this, the Robinsons core range also has a new price-mark deal of 2 for £2.50 within the channel running across the 900ml Apple & Blackcurrant, Orange & Pineapple, Tropical, Orange and Summer Fruits flavours.
(Britvic Plc)

Natura Life goes aseptic
 08.03.2019

Natura Life goes aseptic  (Company news)

Elopak has taken another step forward in sustainable packaging by introducing an aseptic Pure-Pak® carton with Natural Brown Board, Natura Life by Stora Enso.

The launch of the aseptic carton follows the first Pure-Pak® carton with Natural Brown Board for fresh products introduced a year before. The aseptic carton expands the use of natural brown board for packaging products outside the cold chain.

The development and testing of the aseptic Pure-Pak® cartons was completed in record time during 2018. The first cartons were launched with Zumosol in Spain, and a further three customers have already started supply. The aseptic packaging enables UHT milk products, ambient juices and drinks, plus developing categories such as plant based beverages (like soy, nut, or grain based), become more sustainable, authentic and naturally different.

Natural brown wood fibre is renewable material that gives an authentic look and visible fibre structure for the carton. It has one layer less than usual, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint and reduced weight that makes this carton a sustainable choice that meets the demands for ethical, ecological and organic products. The product is fully recyclable through the existing collection, sorting and recycling facilities, is FSC certified (license code FSC™ C081801), and Elopak has chosen to add Carbon Neutral certification as a standard for this product.

"The CO2 emissions of the packaging material are neutralised using selected, certified climate protection projects outside our value chain, enabling our customers to further increase the environmental benefits of their packaging", says Paul Sweeting, Director Strategic Marketing and Product Management at Elopak.
(Stora Enso Oyj)

SIG reports strong growth and cash generation
 08.03.2019

SIG reports strong growth and cash generation  (Company news)

Full year 2018 highlights
• Core revenue up 6.4% at constant currencies to EUR1.64bn
• Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 27.5%
• Significant increase in adjusted net income to EUR149m (2017: EUR106m)
• Strong cash flow generation: adjusted free cash flow EUR257m (2017: EUR202m)
• Proposed dividend of CHF 0.35 per share to be paid from capital contribution reserves

Rolf Stangl (photo), CEO of SIG, said: "In 2018 we successfully continued our growth strategy and achieved core revenue growth of 6.4% at constant currencies, slightly exceeding our target range of 4-6%. We saw growth across our global footprint and are reaping the rewards of our steady expansion into markets outside Europe, where growth in aseptic carton packaging is being driven by mega-trends including demographics, rising disposable income and urbanisation. The Asia Pacific region in particular delivered a strong performance during the year, with robust growth in the liquid dairy segment and growing demand for premium products.
"Our broad international presence continues to provide us with promising growth opportunities. These opportunities come with exposure to currency fluctuations, which in 2018 dampened growth in adjusted EBITDA. At constant currencies, adjusted EBITDA increased by 8%. The adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 27.5%, reflecting a positive business mix and ongoing cost efficiency measures. We achieved a significant increase in adjusted free cash flow, while continuing to expand our filler base in growth markets. The cash generative nature of our business underpins our intended mid-term dividend payout ratio of 50-60% of adjusted net income. For 2018, we are proposing a Swiss franc dividend payout in 2019 equivalent to around EUR100m."

Business Performance
Revenue
Core revenue rose by 6.4% at constant currencies (+3.4% at reported rates), which was ahead of the target range of 4 - 6%. Growth was driven in particular by the Asia Pacific region which, after an exceptional first half, continued to show good momentum throughout the second half. Sales in EMEA were lower owing to instability in some Middle Eastern markets, which affected sales to the joint venture there, more than offsetting underlying growth in the European business. The Americas achieved growth at constant exchange rates despite political and economic uncertainty in Brazil in the second half.
Total revenue increased by 0.7% at reported rates. Total revenue includes sales of laminated board to the Middle East joint venture, which ceased in the second quarter of the year as part of our internal supply chain strategy, and sales of folding box board to third parties, which will be phased out.

Adjusted EBITDA
At constant currencies, adjusted EBITDA increased by 8%. At reported rates, adjusted EBITDA was 1% higher. The adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 27.5% despite the negative impact from currencies, notably the Brazilian Real, as well as higher raw material costs. The improvement reflects strong top line growth, production efficiencies and lower SG&A costs following the launch of combismile in 2017. In addition, the opening of a new regional Tech Center in China is allowing the company to conduct R&D closer to the market at a lower cost. Significant savings have also been achieved by locating a Business Service Center in Romania, amongst other re-organization measures.

Adjusted net income and earnings per share
Adjusted net income increased from EUR106 million in 2017 to EUR149 million in 2018. Adjusted earnings per share were EUR0.62 compared with EUR0.49 in 2017.
On a pro forma basis, adjusting for the reduction in interest expense post IPO and related tax effects, net income increased from EUR198 million to EUR213 million in 2018. Pro forma adjusted earnings per share were EUR0.66 compared with EUR0.62 in 2017.

Capital expenditure
Gross capital expenditure was EUR214 million in 2018. Net capital expenditure (net capex), after deduction of upfront cash for fillers received from customers, was EUR143 million compared with EUR164 million in 2017, which was a year of high filler investments.
The ratio of net capex to revenue was reduced from 9.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018. The adjusted EBITDA less net capex margin increased from 17.5% in 2017 to 19.0% in 2018.

Adjusted free cash flow
Adjusted free cash flow increased from EUR202 million in 2017 to EUR257 million in 2018, reflecting an increase in net cash from operating activities, including a positive contribution from net working capital. Cash conversion increased from 64% in 2017 to 69% in 2018.
Adjusted free cash flow per share was EUR0.80 per share compared with EUR0.63 in 2017.

Dividend distribution payable out of capital contribution reserves
The Board of Directors proposes a distribution out of capital contribution reserves of CHF 0.35 per registered share in cash for the 2018 financial year. The payment of the cash distribution is scheduled for 25 April, 2019.

2019 outlook
Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG, said: "For 2019, we are targeting core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currencies. We also target an adjusted EBITDA margin of 27 - 28%, taking account of a lower dividend payment by our Middle East joint venture in view of the challenging conditions in some of its markets. Net capital expenditure is forecast to be in the range of 8 -10% of revenue and we expect to generate substantial free cash flow.
"In the mid-term we expect our business to continue to demonstrate its resilience. This is underpinned by our exposure to non-discretionary consumption of food and beverages, our ongoing expansion in growth markets and the excellent environmental profile of our products. We maintain our medium-term targets of core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currencies and an adjusted EBITDA margin of around 29 percent. Net capital expenditure is expected to remain within the 8 -10% of revenue range. We plan a dividend payout ratio of 50 - 60% of adjusted net income for years after 2018, while reducing net leverage towards 2x."
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Dairy Free Options Dominate Plant-Based Surge
 07.03.2019

Dairy Free Options Dominate Plant-Based Surge  (Company news)

The arrival of alternatives for almost everything in food and beverages has been driven by a number of factors, but health remains the leading reason. According to Innova Market Insights, 1 in 2 US consumers reportthat health is a reason for buying alternatives to meat or dairy, compared with 36% who cite variety in their diets, 18% who are interested in novelty and 17% in sustainability.

Alternatives to All is one of Innova Market Insights’ Top Trends for 2019, reflecting the rise of replacement foods and ingredients. Dairy alternatives have benefited particularly from this, with 18% average annual growth in food and beverage dairy free launches (Global, CAGR 2014-2018). Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights reports, “More consumers are adoptingvegan or lactose free diets, while others are turning to plant-based foods for other perceived healthbenefits. In thewestern world, in particular, the market is evolving rapidly and has diversified beyond dairy alternative drinks to include alternatives to yogurt, cheese and ice cream, while at the same time, the range of ingredients used to replace milk continues to expand and advance.”

NPD in dairy alternatives has been increasing across the board, with double-digit CAGRs in launch numbers between 2013 and 2018. The market was largely pioneered by and continues to be led by beverages, with dairy alternative drinks accounting for over 7.6% of global dairy launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in 2018. Spoonable non-dairy yogurt has also seen strongly rising levels of interest, but from a smaller base, taking its share of dairy launches from less than 0.5% in 2012 to 1.7% in 2018.

In the move to offer something new, an increasing variety of non-soy plant-based ingredients are appearing, including cereals such as rice, oats, and barley. We are also seeing an increase in nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, and macadamias, as well as coconut and more unusual options such as lupin, hemp, and flaxseed.

Dairy alternatives are thriving across North America and Western Europe but positioning and formulation choices can vary from country to country and national knowledge remains vital to development. For example, some countries are increasingly influenced by a rise in veganism, while others are still driven primarily by lactose concerns.

Williams concludes,“Product choice has never been so diverse and innovators are continuing to deliver more complex, convenient and indulgent options. Key opportunities include the use of a wider range of plant-based ingredients, greater segmentation with the more mainstream, and the development of more indulgent options, while one of the key challenges may be improving sustainability credentials in some instances”.
(Innova Market Insights)

Pernod Ricard: FY19 Half-year Sales and Results
 06.03.2019

Pernod Ricard: FY19 Half-year Sales and Results  (Company news)

VERY GOOD H1 FY19
+7.8% ORGANIC SALES GROWTH (+5.0% REPORTED)
+12.8% ORGANIC GROWTH IN PRO¹ (+10.6% REPORTED)
+11% NET PROFIT FROM RECURRING OPERATIONS²
CONTINUED DELEVERAGING: NET DEBT / EBITDA AT 2.6X³

UPGRADE OF FY19 GUIDANCE⁴:
ORGANIC GROWTH IN PRO BETWEEN +6% AND +8%

FY19-21 PLAN “TRANSFORM & ACCELERATE”:
SALES +4 TO +7% WITH OPERATING LEVERAGE OF C. 50-60 BPS PER ANNUM

SALES
Sales for H1 FY19 totalled €5,185m, with organic growth of +7.8% and reported growth of +5.0%, due to negative FX.

Growth continued to be dynamic, thanks to the consistent implementation of the medium-term growth and operational excellence roadmap:
-good diversified growth
-strong price / mix, in particular on the Strategic International Brands
-positive impact of earlier Chinese New Year⁵ which will unwind in H2
-significant progress on FY16-20 Operational Excellence roadmap: expectation is to complete €200m P&L savings by end June 2019, one year ahead of plan

Strong dynamism reflected consistent long-term investment:
-Americas: robust growth +4%, with USA growing broadly in line with market
-Asia-Rest of World: strong acceleration +16%, thanks to China and India (with both markets further enhanced by technical factors5) and Africa Middle-East
-Europe: stable overall, with continued momentum in Eastern Europe but contrasted performance in Western Europe

Very strong performance across portfolio, with strong price/mix at +2.3%:
-Strategic International Brands: +10%, strong growth driven by Martell, Jameson, Scotch, Gin and Champagne and very good price/mix effect (+5.9%)
-Strategic Local Brands: +11%, acceleration thanks to Seagram’s Indian whiskies (including positive pricing)
-Specialty Brands: +11% with very strong growth of Lillet, Monkey 47 and Altos
-Strategic Wines: -8%, due to implementation of value strategy and high comparison basis on Campo Viejo (+23% in H1 FY18.)

Q2 Sales were €2,798m, with +5.6% organic growth (+3.2% reported), following a Q1 that was enhanced by phasing and the comparison base.

H2 growth is expected to moderate due to Martell sustainable growth management, wholesaler inventory optimisation in USA and a commercial dispute in France and Germany.

RESULTS
H1 FY19 PRO¹ was €1,654m, with organic growth of +12.8% and +10.6% reported. For full-year FY19, the FX impact on PRO is estimated at c. +€30m⁵.

The H1 organic PRO margin was up very significantly, by +148bps, thanks to:
-Very strong topline growth
-Gross margin expansion +71bps, partially favoured by earlier CNY
---improved pricing driven by Martell, Seagram’s Indian Whiskies, Chivas, Jameson and Perrier-Jouët
---negative mix impact due to acceleration of Seagram’s Indian Whiskies, although their margin is improving
---COGS inflationary pressure mostly offset by Operational excellence initiatives
-A&P: +5% with reduction in A&P ratio due to H1/H2 phasing
-Structure cost discipline: +5%.

H2 margin to be softer due to managing Martell growth sustainability, finished goods’ inventory optimisation in USA and A&P phasing.

The H1 FY19 corporate income tax rate on recurring items was c.25%; the rate is expected at c. 26% for full-year FY19.

Group share of Net PRO¹ was €1,105m, +11% reported vs. H1 FY18, thanks mainly to excellent improvement in PRO.

Group share of Net profit was €1,023m, -11% reported vs. H1 FY18, despite excellent improvement in PRO due to lapping positive non-recurring items in H1 FY18 (one-off Scotch bulk sale, tax reimbursement and re-evaluation of deferred tax pursuant to the USA tax reform.)

FREE CASH FLOW AND DEBT
Free Cash Flow was €585m, in decline vs. H1 FY18, due to positive non-recurring one-offs in H1 FY18.

Net debt decreased by €152m vs. H1 FY18 to €7,223m at 31 December 2018 despite the €93m increase in the dividend payment. The Net Debt/EBITDA ratio at average rates³ was down significantly to 2.6x at 31 December 2018.

The average cost of debt was 3.8% for H1 FY19 and expected at c. 3.9% for full year FY19.

TRANSFORM & ACCELERATE 3-YEAR PLAN
“Transform & Accelerate” started in FY19 with the objective of embedding dynamic growth and improving operational leverage, in line with the objective of maximising long term value creation.

FY19-21 ambition:
- +4% to +7% topline growth, leveraging key competitive advantages and consistent investment behind key priorities
- focus on pricing and building on operational excellence initiatives, with new plan aiming at delivering additional savings of €100m by FY21
- strong A&P investment, maintained at c.16% of Sales, with careful arbitration to support must-win brands and markets while stimulating innovation
- discipline on Structure costs, investing in priorities while maintaining agile organisation, with growth below topline growth rates
- Operating leverage of c.50-60 bps, provided topline is in +4 to +7% bracket.

REMINDER OF FINANCIAL POLICY
-progressively increase dividend distribution to c. 50% of Net profit from Recurring Operations by FY20 (NB FY18 dividend at 41%)
-commitment to active portfolio management and value-creating M&A while retaining investment grade rating.

As part of this communication, Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, declared,:
"H1 FY19, the first semester of our new Transform & Accelerate 3-year plan, was very strong. While enhanced by phasing, it confirms the acceleration of our growth, resulting from our long-term investment strategy. For full year FY19, in an environment that remains uncertain, we aim to continue dynamic and diversified growth across our regions and brands. By the end of June 2019, we will have completed our operational excellence plan announced in 2016, delivering €200m of P&L savings one year ahead of plan. We are increasing our guidance for FY19 organic growth in Profit from Recurring Operations to between +6% and +8% while improving operating leverage by c. 50bps. We will continue to roll out our strategic plan, focused on investing for sustainable and profitable long-term growth."
(Groupe Pernod Ricard)

Verallia 2018 annual Results - Continued operating improvements leading to EBITDA growth and ...
 05.03.2019

Verallia 2018 annual Results - Continued operating improvements leading to EBITDA growth and ...  (Company news)

...further deleveraging

Highlights of the year
-Reported revenue of €2,416 million in 2018
-Solid 5.7% revenue growth at constant foreign exchange rates and excluding IFRS15 impact
-Meaningful adjusted EBITDA growth at €544 million, i.e. +7.8% year-on-year (14.4%at constant foreign exchange rates)
-Adjusted EBITDA margin expansion reaching 22.5%, up 210 bps compared to 2017, up 150 bps excluding IFRS15
-Further deleveraging at 3.1x adjusted EBITDA through positive operating cash flow generation of €301 million and good level of cash conversion at 58.6%

Reported revenue is down 2.3% year-on-year. However, at constant exchange rates and excluding IFRS15, Verallia posted a solid 5.7% growth between 2017 and 2018. This growth was driven by volume/mix improvement, supported by selling price increases necessary to mitigate rising energy costs and other inflationary impacts.
-In Europe, reported revenue decreased by -0.3% but increased by 3.8% year-on-year excluding exchange rates and IFRS15 impact. Growth was driven by volume/mix improvement and higher selling prices in all countries.
-In South America, reported revenue decreased by -17.1% due to the negative foreign exchange rate variations essentially coming from Argentina. At constant exchange rates and excluding IFRS15, the growth is compelling at 19.1% led by a good level of activity, notably in Brazil, as well as higher selling prices (consequence of a high inflationary environment mainly in Argentina).

Adjusted EBITDA, at €544 million, was up significantly by 7.8% (14.4% at constant exchange rates), driven by a combination of robust revenue growth and continuous reduction of the cost base despite rising energy costs.
-In Europe, adjusted EBITDA, at €467 million, increased by 11.1% (11.8% at constant exchange rates). Performance in Europe was driven by overall improvements in revenues and increased productivity at plant level.
-In South America, adjusted EBITDA decreased from €84 million to €77 million between 2017 and 2018 (-8.4%). This is the consequence of the negative currency conversion impact from the very significant depreciation of the Argentinean Peso and to a lesser extent of the Brazilian Real. However, at constant exchange rates, South America delivered a compelling 27.9% adjusted EBITDA increase, supported by a good level of activity in Brazil, selling price increases to mitigate high inflation as well as overall improvement of Verallia’s manufacturing performance.

Operating cash flow was strong and reached €301 million compared to €328 million in 2017. This minor decrease compared to prior year is essentially due to a slight increase in operating working capital primarily driven by higher inventories during the second half of the year.

Verallia has been pursuing its deleveraging effort. Net debt over last 12 months was reduced by €141 million to €1,708 million and adjusted EBITDA leverage reached 3.1x at end of year 2018, compared to 3.7x at end of year 2017.

2018 strategic initiatives
On May 3rd, Verallia Italy has sold Alver, its Algerian subsidiary. On October 26th, Verallia has successfully completed the sale of its minority stake in the IVN joint venture (Brazilian company named “Indústria Vidreira do Nordeste”).

“2018 has been a very good year for Verallia with improvements in the service provided to our customers and stronger productivity. This joint effort in sales contribution and costs base reduction has enabled a solid increase in adjusted EBITDA both in value and in margin. We expect continuing improvements in 2019.” commented Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Verallia.

Outlook
For 2019, Verallia expects further top-line growth and margin expansion, in spite of the challenges that the glass packaging industry may face due to (i) rising energy and raw material costs; and (ii) potential macro-economic and geopolitical uncertainties, in particular in South America. Despite these headwinds, Verallia continues to roll-out its strategy which translates into the following objectives (*): (i) positive organic sales growth and adjusted EBITDA increase; (ii) additional adjusted EBITDA margin expansion; (iii) disciplined capex spending with recurring capex amount around €200 million (ca. 8% of revenue) and (iv) stronger cash flow generation.
(Verallia Packaging SAS)

Bühler appoints Mark Macus as new CFO effective September 1, 2019
 04.03.2019

Bühler appoints Mark Macus as new CFO effective September 1, 2019  (Company news)

Andreas Herzog (61), who has held the CFO position for 17 years, will retire for age reasons effective September 1, 2019. His successor is Mark Macus (47, photo), who was employed at Bühler before for five years and who currently serves as CFO of the Vitra Group.

Andreas Herzog has made a substantial contribution to professionalizing and globalizing the financial organization of Bühler. “Withdrawing from the CFO position of Bühler after 17 years is an emotional moment for me. Bühler is a unique organization, in which the family spirit is still alive. But the company must renew itself permanently, and this also impacts my own function,” says Andreas Herzog. In the future, Herzog plans to devote his time and energy to various board mandates and to supporting Bühler in its efforts to develop new business models and its commitment to start-ups. “We thank Andy cordially for his untiring and passionate commitment, to which Bühler owes much of its success,” says Chairman of the Board Calvin Grieder.

Mark Macus will take charge of the CFO function of Bühler effective September 1, 2019. Aged 47, married and a father of three, Mark Macus holds a PhD degree (Dr. oec HSG) from the University of St. Gallen and is a certified auditor. Following his education at the University of St. Gallen and the Wharton School, he worked for six years at KPMG, was employed for three years in corporate controlling of the Holcim Group, and headed the corporate controlling unit of Bühler for five years. He has been the CFO of the Vitra Group in Birsfelden, Switzerland, since April 2018. “Mark Macus is the ideal successor for us,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber. “He possesses vast experience, knows the challenges of the capital goods industry, and is thoroughly familiar with Bühler. We are glad to have found Mark Macus for this task and look forward to welcoming him back,” says Scheiber.
(Bühler AG)

ISH Energy: Enter a digital networked future with Bosch
 01.03.2019

ISH Energy: Enter a digital networked future with Bosch   (Company news)

At ISH Energy, the world's leading trade fair for sanitary, building, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energies, Bosch is continuing to promote digitalisation and networking in the commercial and industrial sectors. Fast, simple, unbureaucratic and agile – customers in project business have high expectations for reaction times, flexibility and planning support. Bosch therefore relies on smart tools and uses intelligent configurators. One brand new example is the automatic preparation of project-specific 3D data and P&I diagrams. Being available in very early stages of projects this makes work simpler for planners and plant engineers. This enables them to perform more precise calculations and avoid later changes.

Bosch is launching their new planning guide for steam boiler systems as an interactive digital version. The fundamental idea: Make planning of complex process heat systems easier and make expert knowledge comprehensively available. With programmed calculation tools, checklists and practical error prevention information, the new interactive document is more than a typical planning handbook. "It doesn't just provide beginners with the information they need – it also serves as an efficient working tool for experienced planners," emphasises Daniel Gosse, Head of Marketing and Academy at Bosch Industrial.

Smart control technology and AI assistants for Industry 4.0 applications
Preventing production downtimes and reducing energy costs to a minimum are key drivers for businesses and industries. The energy management solutions from Bosch Energy and Building Solutions enable overall optimisations including energy generation, distribution and whole production lines. The Energy Platform at the trade fair booth gives you a live view of selected Bosch production sites. Recorded energy and process data is transformed into significant figures in order to increase energy and resource efficiency. What's more, Bosch Rexroth is presenting control solutions for this type of future-proof automation system for buildings and factories.

With artificial intelligence specifically designed for industrial boilers, the digital efficiency assistant MEC Optimize really stands out from the crowd. Predictive maintenance features monitor and present operating data. Additionally, the smart algorithms interpret the data and inform users in advance about potential downtime risks. With individually determined information and recommended actions, system operators are assisted in maximising their system availability and minimise their energy costs.

Product innovations for steam, heat, power and compressed air
Highly efficient, compact and easy to operate – at the ISH trade fair, Bosch will present the new CSB Universal steam boiler (compact steam boiler), which is available in a power range from 300 to 5,200 kilograms steam per hour. The CSB steam boiler will be presented at the Bosch trade fair booth as a complete boiler system with low-NOx burner, modules for waste heat recovery and the compact steam control CSC mounted on the boiler. The boiler achieves a high efficiency of more than 95 per cent and enables sustainably low emissions. Its innovative design additionally provides easy accessibility for servicing and maintenance work.

At the ISH 2019 the Bosch booth features the largest boiler of the entire trade fair. The ZFR double-flame tube boiler generates up to 55 tons of steam or up to 38 megawatts hot water. Visitors can actually step inside the boiler or even go upstairs to the VIP lounge on its top floor. Besides the process heat systems, Bosch will also present innovative combined heat and power systems. In this sector, the customer focus is also on digitalisation through control technology or remote access in order to optimise reliability and operating costs. At their ISH booth, Bosch will show a combined heat and power unit from the latest motor generation. It is optimised to provide particularly high overall efficiency and future-proof low emissions. The compressed air and heat system is another highlight. It produces compressed air using a natural gas motor and simultaneously provides waste heat for additional processes and heating applications. This enables CO2 emissions savings of up to 50 per cent and lowers operating costs.

International industry solutions
Bosch offers reliable energy solutions in more than 140 countries worldwide. Typical applications include the food and beverage industry, production industry, energy suppliers and large buildings or public facilities. Availability, efficiency and seamless integration into the customer's processes are essential. Bosch demonstrates these qualities at the ISH trade fair at different information points. Additionally, visitors can see real boiler houses and energy centres from a range of industries using a 360° virtual reality headset.
(Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)

Rothaus takes the next step in glass filling with KHS
 28.02.2019

Rothaus takes the next step in glass filling with KHS  (Company news)

-Innofill Glass DRS with numerous improvements
-Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG first customer for the new system
-Patented system monitors the filling process and ensures beer quality

Better on all counts: Rothaus recently opted for the KHS Innofill Glass DRS filler and is now benefitting from a number of important new features. This is because KHS has made a number of specific further developments to its glass filler. For the brewery this means reliable, high-performance beer bottling.

Photo: 132 filling stations - The unique DIAS diagnostic assistance system carefully logs the filling process. Pressure sensors in every single filling valve monitor the pressure, time and step sequences without interruption.

The name is not new. For many years now KHS has provided its customers with an established glass bottler in the Innofill Glass DRS which has been frequently adapted to include new features in order to satisfy user requirements. The version of the filler now up and running at Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG is quite special, however. The flexible inline machine with its 132 filling stations for up to 50,000 bottles per hour provides hygienic filling with low CO2 and product consumption. KHS has considerably improved no less than four areas of the machine, drawing on its 150 years of expertise in brewery machines.

Rothaus fills 0.5-liter and 0.33-liter bottles on its new investment. Fast format part changeovers ensure a high level of flexibility during production planning and line efficiency. To this end KHS provides its hygienic QUICKLOCK fast-acting locking system as the new standard. Bottle guide parts can be exchanged with a few manual adjustments and remain securely in place thanks to the positive fit between the mount and the format part. The conversion time for fillers with a crowner is thus cut by up to 33% to just 15 or 20 minutes. “Simple lever knobs not only release and lock parts; they’re also robust and can withstand broken glass or chemicals,” states Ludwig Clüsserath, head of Filling Technology Development at KHS.

Clever technology in a compact form
In order to prevent bottle breakages from the outset, the Innofill Glass DRS is also equipped with the SOFTSTOP system which is registered as patent pending. This compact, hygienic bottle flowgate is activated at full power. Here, a light barrier measures the distances of the containers as they are fed into the filler. A brake wedge then gently decelerates the bottle flow so that the filling process and foaming take place at a constantly high output. This ensures stable filling quality. No conversions to other formats are necessary and the new braking ramp means that there is no additional scuffing1 and less noise.

Unique selling point for more quality
During the subsequent filling process the unique DIAS diagnostic assistance system carefully logs the filling process. Pressure sensors in every single filling valve monitor the pressure, time and step sequences without interruption. In this way any deviations from the target values are immediately recognized. A further special mention should be given to the fact that the evacuation and CO2 purging processes are monitored to ensure low oxygen pickup. Broken bottles are consistently detected across the entire processing angle and a bottle burst routine2 triggered. The sensor data can be invoked as a pressure graph on the monitor. "This gives operators the chance to detect any faults as quickly as possible," states Clüsserath. In practice this not only makes fast, targeted repairs possible and relieves operator workloads but also provides a basis for preventive maintenance. This data enables results to be statistically evaluated, with the help of which future sources of error can be eradicated in advance. This in turn ensures consistent quality and the continuation of ongoing operation.

Another significant feature is the camera-controlled OPTICAM HPI control system. The foam generated by HPI3 displaces the residual oxygen from the bottle and is thus of great importance for the quality of the beer. As the foaming is dependent on various parameters in the filling process, however, with its new OPTICAM system KHS enables the head of foam to be constantly monitored and regulated irrespective of the machine operator. This means that Rothaus can not only prevent undue beer loss due to excessive foaming but also detect and reject bottles with insufficient foaming. If the beer error rate becomes too high, production is stopped and the operators can read off the cause of the fault from a clear analysis report.

With the inclusion of the SOFTSTOP, DIAS und OPTICAM options the entire KHS system at Rothaus safeguards the quality of the beer throughout the entire filling process with these mechanical and digital system solutions.
(KHS GmbH)

Ardagh Group S.A. - Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results
 27.02.2019

Ardagh Group S.A. - Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results  (Company news)

Ardagh Group S.A. (NYSE: ARD) announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018.

-Revenue increased by 6% to $9.1 billion for the full year, with constant currency growth of 3%;
-Adjusted EBITDA for the full year of $1,478 million (2017: $1,508 million);
-Loss per share of $0.40 for the year, with Adjusted earnings per share of $1.69 (2017: $1.84);
-Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth of 4% for the fourth quarter at constant currency;
-Volume/mix growth of 1% for the full year and 2% for the fourth quarter;
-Global beverage can volume growth of 8% for the quarter and 5% for the year;
-Glass packaging volume/mix growth of 2% in Europe for the quarter, offset by a 3% decline in North America;
-Beverage can strategic projects completed on plan; short payback project spending of $65 million in 2018;
-Adjusted free cash flow of $441 million in 2018 3;
-Leverage reduced to 5.0x at December 2018, with no maturities before late-2022;
-2019 outlook: Full year Adjusted EBITDA of at least $1.5 billion, with Adjusted free cash flow of approximately $450 million3 and Adjusted earnings per share of $1.60 – $1.75. First quarter Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $350 million.

Paul Coulson, Chairman and Chief Executive, said “Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA increased in the quarter, despite an adverse currency headwind, with volume growth in three of our four divisions. Metal packaging performed well in the quarter, with Adjusted EBITDA growth of 12% and notable strength in beverage can demand during both the quarter and full year. Glass packaging in Europe delivered another strong performance in 2018, with broad-based volume growth. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased by 5% and market conditions are positive. In Glass North America, our ongoing initiatives to improve financial performance are proceeding as planned.”
(Ardagh Group)

SIG leads the beverage carton industry with the first paper straw solution
 26.02.2019

SIG leads the beverage carton industry with the first paper straw solution  (Company news)

SIG is the first in the industry to offer a market-ready alternative to plastic straws, announcing today that a paper straw solution will be delivered to first customers in the first quarter of 2019.

With growing concern about the environmental impact of plastic straws, the food and beverage industry urgently needs an alternative solution. SIG’s new paper straw offers such a solution.

Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG, said: “We saw an opportunity to address concerns about marine litter and offer added value to our customers by helping them meet consumer and regulatory demand to scrap plastic straws. This win-win is a great example of how our commitment to go Way Beyond Good for the environment is delivering real business benefits.”

Nestlé is the first customer to introduce SIG’s paper straw solution and has already tested the market launch in the Dominican Republic.

Michael Schwan, Manufacturing Manager RTD - Dairy Strategic Business Unit at Nestlé said: “We are committed to improving the environmental performance of our packaging and addressing the critical issue of single-use plastics is an important part of that. We need effective, scalable solutions and SIG’s new paper straw has the potential to meet that need.”

Seeking a solution
SIG does not make straws, but some of its portion-size packs are designed to be used with a straw for convenience on the go and the company has been working with suppliers to develop alternatives.

Paper is renewable and recyclable. This forest-based material already makes up 70-80% of SIG’s cartons on average, and the look and feel of paper also visibly reinforces its environmental credentials to consumers.

SIG worked closely with a manufacturing partner to develop an innovative and exclusive solution that makes the paper straw robust enough to pierce the closed straw hole of SIG’s aseptic cartons. The wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to help prevent litter by remaining attached to the pack to be recycled along with the rest of the carton.

The new paper straws will be made of paperboard from FSCTM (Forest Stewardship CouncilTM)-certified forests or other controlled sources. Customers can already include the FSC label on any SIG carton and they will be able to add the label to the paper straws once the manufacturing partner has completed FSC Chain-of-Custody certification, which is expected during the second half of 2019.

The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The initial volume of paper straws will be limited during the launch phase, as SIG ramps up capacity with its manufacturing partner. SIG is also continuing to invest in new ways to apply this alternative straw solution to a wider variety of packaging formats.

SIG is determined to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to find new approaches to reduce single-use plastics, foster recycling and minimise waste. Helping customers improve the sustainability of their products is an important part of the company’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

BERICAP shows innovative products and new corporate design at Packaging Innovations
 25.02.2019

BERICAP shows innovative products and new corporate design at Packaging Innovations  (Company news)

For the seventh time in a row, BERICAP, one of the world’s leading plastic closure manufacturers, will be exhibiting at the Packaging Innovations Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 27th to 28th February 2019.

Photo: DS 26/14 SFB CSD 7046

The clear focus will be laid on the broad range of innovative products that have recently been developed. BERICAP DIN 60 TAP, for example, a safe, convenient and time-saving capping system for the industrial sector, offers a unique one-step tap application that avoids the need for tools and is highly consumer convenient. It is no longer necessary to remove the closure to apply the tap. The protective membrane breaks without falling into the filled product when the tap is applied. Since the closure does not come into contact with any other items like a drill, the closure and the filled product remain absolutely clean and hygienic.

Another pioneering innovation presented at Packaging Innovations is BERICAP’s Ring Peel Liner - the new generation of induction heat seal discs, in conjunction with BERICAP IHS screw caps. Ring Peel Liner provides sealing at its best - with accurate IHS-weld seals on (PE) container necks. The innovative design overcomes the problem of opening conventional seals - both the PE layer and the aluminum foil remain on the bottle neck when the closure is opened. This Ring Peel Liner is easy to tear off by lifting up a PE ring. A residual portion of the PE layer remains on the bottle neck as a gasket when the closure is applied again and works as a reliable reseal feature after first opening - while providing protection from leakage at the same time. Thanks to the easy tear-off, no additional tools such as a screwdriver, key or knife is needed to remove the foil - and fingers keep clean. Both significantly erases user convenience.

Besides these innovations, BERICAP will also be showing its broad range of light-weight, consumer-friendly closures for the beverage sector that are an example of the company’s innovative spirit. The closure specialist is well-known for solutions that surpass the usual packaging standards. “Manufacturing and supplying plastic closures for food, beverage and industrial markets, we aim to contribute to the success of all our customers based on strong innovation, concentration on quality and efficiency, technical service and a global manufacturing platform”, Steve Kerridge, Sales Director at BERICAP UK explains.

Furthermore, the new BERICAP stand located at J47 presents the company’s recently refreshed corporate design reflecting the well-received new www.bericap.com website which includes accessible company and product information and an easy-to-use Cap Finder.

The UK has been one of the company’s growth markets in the past few years. Both factory production and personnel capacity increased considerably. The expansion was built upon the success BERICAP UK has enjoyed in the last decade - not only within the beverage sector, where the company today holds the market leading position, but also in a diverse range of product sectors such as the “Industrial” division, including products for the food and non-food markets manufactured in the UK.

Packaging Innovations is the UK's leading event for primary and secondary packaging, offering a unique mixture of suppliers, innovative products and educational content. From leading global brands and retailers, to innovative start-ups, exhibitors and packaging procurement experts can meet and find out the best and most innovative packaging solutions. As a cooperation between BERICAP UK and other BERICAP sites, experts across all business units will be welcoming prospective and established business partners to support them with the latest information on innovative and high-quality closures. Visit the BERICAP stand to see the other new products on offer.

BERICAP at Packaging Innovations, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
February 27th - February 28th, stand J47
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

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