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    13.09.2018   International Plastic Recycling Groups Announce Global Definition of 'Plastics Recyclability'    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Although the definition is to be applied on a global scale, both groups understand the complexity of a global system of plastics recycling, and welcome comments from the plastics recycling industry and relevant stakeholders.
    (Plastics Recyclers Europe)
     
    12.09.2018   Which beverage can sizes do Europeans prefer?    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Variety is the spice of life
    Various other can sizes are to be found in Europe, ranging from only 150ml up to 1 litre. While the can format is in partly influenced by the country of sale, it’s often trends and the variety and diversity of target groups that plays a more significant role in deciding which can size is deployed for each beverage or brand. European consumers now have numerous options when it comes to can sizes and continue to appreciate the portability, protection, environmental benefits and convenience of beverage cans. It’s true to say that there is a can for every occasion!
    (Metal Packaging Europe GIE)
     
    11.09.2018   SIG JOINS ALUMINIUM STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE TO DRIVE PROGRESS ON RESPONSIBLE SOURCING    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dr Fiona Solomon, CEO of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative said “We are delighted to welcome SIG to the ASI community. Aluminium is a critical material for the packaging sector and ASI’s Certification program provides a platform to recognise and collaboratively foster global supply chain efforts towards enhanced sustainability. SIG’s ongoing actions to responsibly source raw materials are now being extended to aluminium, one of the world’s most widely used metals. With the first ASI Certifications already announced, we look forward to an acceleration of efforts in the packaging sector in the coming months and years, with the support of SIG and other ASI members.”
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    10.09.2018   Agreement on mutual advancement signed    ( drinktec )

    drinktec drinktec worldwide and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling establish partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

    drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich, forms a strong global network with CBB, dti and fdt. As part of ‘drinktec worldwide’, the trade fairs are leading platforms for the industry in their host countries China, India and Africa.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    10.09.2018   Scotch Whisky granted certification trademark in South Africa    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    "Scotch Whisky - the UK's largest food and drink export - is growing in popularity in South Africa, with exports up over 20% last year alone. The legal protection of Scotch is another step towards the continued success of this iconic spirit."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    07.09.2018   PepsiCo Enters Into Agreement To Acquire SodaStream International Ltd.    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor to PepsiCo in this transaction. Centerview also acted as financial advisor to PepsiCo in the transaction. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as lead counsel to PepsiCo, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as U.S. tax counsel, and Herzog, Fox & Ne'eman as Israeli legal counsel. Perella Weinberg Partners acted as financial advisor to SodaStream with White & Case LLP acting as SodaStream's U.S. legal counsel and Meitar Liquornik Geva Lesham Tal as Israeli legal counsel.
    (PepsiCo Europe)
     
    06.09.2018   Ardagh Group Completes Conversion of Rugby Plant from Steel to Aluminium    ( Company news )

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

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

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

    Universally recognised for its protective qualities, versatility and environmental credentials, metal has the highest recycling rates of all packaging materials in Europe, thus effectively contributing to the fundamental principles of a circular economy.
    (Ardagh Metal Beverage UK Limited)
     
    05.09.2018   GEA receives accolade for the aseptic blow-fill-cap technology, ABF 1.2, with FDA certification    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bellò concludes: “Without a doubt, aseptic technology is the safest and most efficient production system for bottling sensitive beverages without preservatives, which never shies away from comparing costs and benefits. The higher the production volumes, the higher the desired production quality and the higher the need for flexibility in bottle design, the clearer the advantages of aseptic systems become when compared to other solutions. With our ABF 1.2 FDA certification we can finally service customers with VHP based sterilization platforms in the U.S.”
    (GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)
     
    04.09.2018   Ireland: Number of pubs continues to decline alongside sliding demand for beer    ( E-malt.com )

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

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

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

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

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

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

     
    04.09.2018   South Korea: Brewers releasing more mini-size beers as more Koreans eat and drink alone    ( E-malt.com )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     
    04.09.2018   Strong organic growth of 9.0 % in the first half of 2018     ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The medium-term targets through to the end of the fiscal year 2020 remain in effect, including a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 5–7 % range and an EBITDA margin between 19–22 %.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    03.09.2018   40 years of KEG solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news SCHÄFER Container Systems presents it portfolio at the BrauBeviale

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

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

    “Over these 40 years, we’ve experienced great successes and, in some cases, have been directly involved in them. Some are our own stories, such as the development of the PLUS KEG in 1978, which was the first KEG with a stainless steel liner and a PU coating, right up to the production of our 25 millionth KEG in 2018. Some of these are also our customers’ and partners’ achievements, like the hotel room dispensing systems or delivering KEGs to mountain chalets by helicopter. Also, the fact that after 40 years, our KEG solutions are being supplied to 60 different countries is something we can be pleased about and reflects the international reach of this trade fair’s over 1,000 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors,” says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
     
    03.09.2018   Drink Simple™ Maple Water provides plant-based hydration in combidome cartons from SIG    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This product from Drink Simple is the first maple water to be packaged in combidome. In working with SIG, the brand has found the perfect partner to provide solutions for its delicious and healthful product. In turn, SIG strives to bring about product innovation and differentiation as part of its value proposition to customers, ensuring mutual success and quality food and beverage items to consumers. The “Refreshingly Simple, Naturally Better” product is sourced locally in Vermont and will be available starting in September.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    31.08.2018   Avery Dennison continues to pioneer change by launching recycled PET liners in Europe    ( Company news )

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

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

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

    Zonnenberg added that the introduction of PCW rPET liner requires careful management during liner production to ensure the stability and robustness that 100% virgin resin PET liner is known for:
    “Conversion and application speeds are helping to drive the ongoing rise in demand for PET liners, and we have been careful to retain those benefits, while also supporting converters and end users as they make the transition from glassine. These new rPET liners are another example of our determination to provide solutions where higher productivity goes hand in hand with improved sustainability -- creating a win-win for both productivity and the planet.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    31.08.2018   Molson Coors Canada and HEXO Announce Agreement to Create Joint Venture Focused ...    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

    Closing of the transaction, which is targeted to occur before September 30, 2018, is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including execution and delivery of various transaction agreements, including governance documents and R&D and supply agreements. In connection with the closing of the transaction, subject to the final approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange, HEXO will issue to Molson Coors Canada warrants to purchase shares of HEXO.
    (Molson Coors Brewing Company (Canada))
     
    30.08.2018   Sacmi CHS360 - setting the global standard for tall aluminium cap inspection    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

    For the two Chilean companies, this is their first experience with Sacmi inspection solutions. For the Australian customer, instead, this is a follow-up order to a recently purchased CHS solution for crown caps, another key area for this company.
    (Sacmi Imola S.C.)
     
    29.08.2018   Croatia: Craft beer accounts for 1.5% of Croatia's beer market    ( E-malt.com )

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

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

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

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

    With an annual production of 3.4 mln hl of beer, Croatia is ranked 22nd in the European Union. However, according to the HGK’s analysts, the total annual consumption of beer in the country, including consumption by foreign tourists, is about 80 litres per capita, and Croatia is therefore at the eighth position in the EU. Without tourists, the beer consumption would amount to about 64 litres per capita, with Croatia being ranked 20th.
     
    29.08.2018   drink technology India - The number of exhibitor registrations exceeds all expectations    ( drinktechnology India 2018 )

    drinktechnology India 2018 - Exhibition space grows by 18 percent
    - Registrations from renowned national and international exhibitors
    - Supporting program provides answers to trends and future topics

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The supporting program of drink technology India brings future topics of the industry to the agenda. With this and the offerings of the exhibitors, it becomes clear that the future of the beverage and liquid food industry in India will be shaped at drink technology India.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    29.08.2018   South Korea & China: Korean beer exports to China more than double in 2017    ( E-malt.com )

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The state agency attributed Korean beer’s popularity in China to Korean dramas that often show scenes of people enjoying ‘chimaek’ - mix of deep fried chicken and maekju (beer), Koreans’ favorite nighttime delivery menu. It said nearly 80 percent of Korean beers are consumed by Chinese while Korean soju and makgeolii are mostly sold to Koreans and ethnic Koreans living in China.
     
    29.08.2018   UK: Non-alcoholic beer sales up 58% in UK retail    ( E-malt.com )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aldi witnessed double-digit growth of 12.6%, helping the retailer up its share of the market to 7.6% – a 0.6 percentage point increase on this time last year.
     
    29.08.2018   USA & China: China drinking more Budweiser than the US    ( E-malt.com )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    He points to Africa as another market that could follow a similar pattern. For now, foreign beer consumption is quite low, but as people get wealthier they will have to work less to afford a beer. Sonneville predicts that over the next 20 years there will be a lot of volume growth in southeast Asia and Africa as has been seen in China.
     
    29.08.2018   Vietnam: Brewers exploring low and no-alcohol beer categories as government plans to ban ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... sales of stronger drinks after 10 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Alcohol-free beers are seeing a strong boost in the UK as well, with sales up by 58% year-on-year.
     
    29.08.2018   Water-repellant packaging material - TOYAL LOTUS®    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

    By solving the problem of the attachment of the contents, there is improved ease of handling of the packaging materials when opening or disposing of them and there is also a reduced volume of waste.
    (Toyo Alumimium K.K.)
     
    28.08.2018   Hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid for the food & beverage industry    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PERACLEAN® is also used in the food and beverage industry for disinfecting apparatuses, equipment, surfaces, containers, tanks, pipes, glass and plastic bottles. In this context its use usually constitutes part of the cleaning process. The surfaces to be treated are normally pre-cleaned and rinsed, before being disinfected.
    (Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH Active Oxygens)
     
    28.08.2018   Management trio for Mosca: Alfred Kugler joins executive team    ( Company news )

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

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

    Strategic thinking on the path to success
    With a graduate degree in business administration, Alfred Kugler started his career in 2005 working in strategic marketing at Wittenstein AG in Igersheim. In 2009 he joined Mosca GmbH, which at that time was Maschinenfabrik Gerd Mosca AG. He headed the marketing and product management unit before being appointed division manager for strategy and marketing a year later. In 2011, Kugler became the division manager in charge of sales, marketing and service. He played a key role in driving the company forward in economically difficult times. After the company's name changed from Maschinenfabrik Gerd Mosca AG to Mosca GmbH in 2013, Kugler joined the Mosca management team as CSO responsible for sales, marketing and service.
    (Mosca GmbH)
     
    27.08.2018   Esau & Hueber presents the new CRAFT LINE at CBC in Nashville    ( Company news )

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

    Photo: Craft-Line presentation

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

    The brewery specialist from Schrobenhausen meets the needs of the whole brewing industry with the two product lines PREMIUM LINE and CRAFT LINE. They can be controlled and monitored with our dedicated automation platform WINBREW®-2018. From consulting, planning, development, manufacturing, assembly and commissioning to maintenance, Esau & Hueber offers an extensive range and comprehensive service.
    (Esau & Hueber GmbH)
     
    24.08.2018   Basil Hayden's® Bourbon Releases Newest Limited-Edition Expression, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Basil Hayden’s® Two by Two Rye

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

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

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

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

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

    Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye is now available nationwide for a limited time with a suggested retail price of $44.99 for a 750mL bottle. Look for it packaged in a light tan and deep green, hand-applied parchment bib and wrapped with the copper belt iconic to Basil Hayden’s.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    23.08.2018   More KEGs, less effort    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

    “Our new ECO KEG production line is also an investment in this location. For the next stage in 2019, we are planning to modernise the semi-automatic packaging machine. This will enable us to do the packaging directly at the end of the production process and avoid internal transportation across the extensive production areas,” says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
     
    23.08.2018   The Hemperor HPA – The World's Dankest Ale    ( Company news )

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

    With the popularity of hoppy beers, our brewers are always on the lookout for different hop varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclusion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way—not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
     
    22.08.2018   Scotch Whisky Tourism enjoys best year ever    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    "Scotch whisky is a culinary and cultural icon and one of Scotland's most valuable commodities, with visitors from across the globe coming to our shores to experience an authentic Scottish dram. It is a vital part of local tourism as not only do distilleries benefit from the draw of 'the water of life' but so too do the surrounding towns and villages. VisitScotland continues to work with the Scotch Whisky industry to promote events, trails and films associated with Scotland's national drink."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     
    21.08.2018   Anton Paar and InfinityQS® launch installation guide for interfacing their analysis and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... statistical process control software solutions

    As part of a longstanding partnership, measuring instrument specialist Anton Paar and statistical process control (SPC) solutions provider InfinityQS® have launched a guide for setting up the interface between Davis 5 and Enact® or ProFicient™ software.

    Anton Paar’s analysis system Davis 5 and the Quality Intelligence solutions by InfinityQS®, including Enact® and ProFicient™, are frequently used together in numerous beverage production plants all over the world. Recognizing this, the two companies have teamed up to provide a joint installation guide for their customers. Both parties have years of industry experience and therefore know exactly what users have to keep in mind during installation.

    “Working together to make life easier for the users of our products, that’s what real customer support is about,” says Miha Zavrsnik (photo), Product Manager for Process Instrumentation at Anton Paar.
    “The compact but detailed step-by-step guide is easy to follow, contains illustrative screenshots, and makes automatic data collection from Anton Paar a breeze,” adds Eric Weisbrod, Vice President of Product Management at InfinityQS.

    Once communication between Davis 5 and the respective program by InfinityQS® is successfully established, customers benefit from comprehensive data management, processing, and analysis for their whole plant and production chain. In addition to plant-related indicators such as water and electricity consumption, beverage-related parameters managed by Davis 5, such as °Brix, %Diet, alcohol, CO2, O2, or sugar inversion, can be communicated to Enact or ProFicient via a standard interface. In this way laboratory, process, and other analysis instruments in the plant are connected, and statistical evaluation of all parameters necessary for comprehensive plant analysis is possible.
    (Anton Paar GmbH)
     
    21.08.2018   Obtained: Henkell and Freixenet join forces    ( Company news )

    Company news -Hevia and Bonet families sell shares of Freixenet S.A. to Henkell & Co.-Group
    -Capital increase by José Ferrer Sala
    -Spanish-German cooperation creates the world’s leading sparkling wine group
    -New board of directors for Freixenet led by two co-presidents

    Henkell, the Oetker Group’s sparkling wine, wine and spirits branch, announced the closing of its acquisition of Freixenet S.A.’s shares (50,67%) from the Hevia and Bonet families following the approval of the European Commission. The closing marks the start of an extensive cooperation with the remaining Freixenet shareholders, José Ferrer Sala and José Luis Bonet Ferrer.

    The Spanish-German cooperation creates the world’s leading sparkling wine group, allowing Henkell and Freixenet to access new markets and distribution channels, enabling them to achieve sustainable growth. Freixenet is the number one brand in the international sparkling wine market with leading market positions and sales in more than 100 countries. The Henkell Group has a wide portfolio of sparkling wines, with market leading positions in many markets, including Mionetto as the best-selling Prosecco globally.

    Following a capital increase by Freixenet’s honorary president, José Ferrer Sala, he and José Luis Bonet will own 50% of Freixenet S.A.’s share capital – while Henkell will own the other 50%.

    The new board of directors of Freixenet will be led by the two co-presidents José Luis Bonet and Dr. Albert Christmann, general partner of Dr. August Oetker KG. Further members will include Demetrio Carceller Arce, president of S.A. Damm, who will contribute his expertise in the beverage industry, as well as Pedro Ferrer and Dr. Andreas Brokemper, spokesman of Henkell’s management, who both will become managing directors.

    Enrique Hevia Ferrer, spokesman for the selling shareholders, said: “The sale of our shares is a very emotional moment for us. In Henkell we found the perfect partner for Freixenet. Our families would like to thank all employees for their hard work and loyalty over the years and wish Freixenet all the best for the future.” José Ferrer Sala, honorary president of Freixenet, added: “The cooperation with Henkell will not only give continuity to Freixenet, a company renowned for its tradition, but will also strengthen its international leadership in the world of cava.”

    Dr. Albert Christmann, general partner of Dr. August Oetker KG, emphasized: “Henkell and Freixenet share a deep understanding of tradition, quality and continuity. The strategic partnership will help to develop new business opportunities, strengthening our market positions in the growing global sparkling wine market.”

    Demetrio Carceller Arce, president of S.A. Damm, stated: "After many years of friendly relations between the Oetker and Carceller families at Damm, where I am on the board with Dr. August Oetker, I am very happy to be part of this joint new project at the emblematic company Freixenet."

    José Luis Bonet Ferrer, co-president of Freixenet, concluded: “The cooperation with a partner like Henkell, which has substantial sector expertise on a global level, will help Freixenet maintain its identity and accelerate its international expansion.”
    (Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG)
     
    20.08.2018   VERALLIA Q2 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS    ( Company news )

    Company news Q2 2018 highlights: SIGNIFICANT PROFITABILITY GROWTH
    Revenue: strong growth
    –Stable reported revenue year-on-year (-0.9%), at €650.1 million
    –But 6.3% revenue growth at constant foreign exchange rates and with 2017 restated of IFRS15

    Adjusted EBITDA: significant growth and margin expansion
    –Strong adjusted EBITDA growth of 8.0% year-on-year (+13.2% at constant foreign exchange rates) reaching €155.8 million
    –Significant adjusted EBITDA margin expansion reaching 24.0%, up 200 bps compared to Q2 2017 (up 140 bps with 2017 restated of IFRS15)

    Robust operating Cash-Flow generation of €126.5 million and cash conversion at 69.8%

    Major enhancing of the capital structure and further deleveraging

    Reported revenue was stable year-on-year (-0.9%). However, at same exchange rates and with 2017 restated for IFRS15 impact, Verallia posted a solid 6.3% growth between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018. This strong growth was driven by robust volumes as well as price and mix improvements.

    In Europe, reported revenue grew by 0.8%. Exchange rates had a negative impact of 0.8%, mainly due to the weakening of the Russian Ruble and the Ukrainian Hryvnia. At constant exchange rates and excluding the impact of IFRS15, the 4.8% growth was driven by higher prices and volumes in most countries, in particular Germany, Eastern Europe and Iberia.

    In South America, reported revenue decreased by -13.7% because of negative exchange rates variations, the Brazilian Real but in particular the Argentinean Peso. At same exchange rates, the growth is significant at +18.1% supported by a good level of activity -notably in Brazil- as well as higher prices in an inflationary context.

    Adjusted EBITDA was up 8.0% (+13.2% at constant exchange rates), driven by a robust top-line growth associated to overall improvements in price and mix as well as a reduction of the cost base.

    In Europe, adjusted EBITDA increased by 9.1% (9.7% at constant exchange rates), driven by the robust level of activity, improvements of price and mix, and productivity at plant level.

    In South America, adjusted EBITDA remained stable at EUR 18.9 million between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018 (+0.5%). It was highly negatively impacted by exchange rates (hefty depreciation of the Argentinean Peso and Brazilian Real). However, at constant exchange rates, South America delivered a very significant 36.1% adjusted EBITDA increase, supported by a good level of activity in Brazil, price increases to mitigate inflation and currency devaluations as well as improvements of its manufacturing performance.

    Operating cash flow was highly positive and reached EUR 126.5 million in Q2 2018 compared to EUR 162.1 million in Q2 2017. This decrease was due to higher recurring capex in Q2 2018 compared to 2017 (EUR 47.0 million vs EUR 32.5 million in 2017) and, comparatively a lower reduction of working capital during Q2 2018 compared to the same period of 2017 (EUR 17.8 million instead of EUR 50.4 million in 2017) partly offset by EUR 11.5 million higher adjusted EBITDA.

    Verallia has been pursuing its deleveraging effort. Net debt over last 12 months Adjusted EBITDA reached 3.4x in Q2 2018, compared to 3.7x in Q4 2017 and 3.9x in Q2 2017.

    “The results of the first half of the year have been very strong. Verallia has reached 22.2% of adjusted EBITDA margin, up 190 bps compared to last year, driven by a favourable market environment and improvements in our operational efficiency,” commented Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Verallia.

    Verallia has undertaken a major step in enhancing its capital structure and confirmed its deleveraging effort through a sequence of several operations. First, in June 2018, the Group successfully signed an agreement to raise a EUR 550 million term loan bullet facility with a 2025 maturity. In addition, the Group has launched a EUR 250 million Neu CP program, of which EUR 80 million was drawn as of June 30th, 2018. On 1 August 2018, the proceeds of these facilities, along with cash on hands, will be used to repay the existing EUR 500 million senior secured notes (2022 maturity) and EUR 225 million senior unsecured notes (2023 maturity). Lastly, to reinforce its already strong level of liquidity, Verallia has increased its Revolving Credit facility by EUR 75 million to EUR 325 million at no additional recurring cost. All together, these operations will enable Verallia to decrease its annual cost of debt by a third (ca. EUR 25 million) on a normalized basis and extend its maturity debt profile.

    In an increasingly challenging environment (energy cost increase and unfavourable exchange rates evolution especially in Latin America), Verallia confirms its objectives announced in March: (i) Positive organic growth and adjusted EBITDA increase (ii) Further adjusted EBITDA margin expansion (iii) additional deleveraging and (iv) Recurring capex amount around EUR 200 million (at 8% of revenue). The favourable macro-economic environment and continuous operational improvements shall contribute to Verallia’s objectives.
    (Verallia Packaging SAS)
     
    17.08.2018   Michel Giannuzzi elected Vice-President of the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Laurent Zuber appointed as Chairman of the FEVE Glass Flaconnage Board.

    Michel Giannuzzi (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Verallia Group – one of Europe’s leading glass packaging manufacturers for the food and beverage sector – has been elected Vice-President of FEVE – the European Container Glass Federation – at its FEVE General Meeting in Rotterdam on June 15th.

    “I am eager to put my experience at the service of this industry which has an unrivaled cultural heritage in Europe and a strong future ahead. Glass continues to be the packaging material of reference for many products despite competition.” says Michel Giannuzzi. “Our European industry association has a leadership role in federating forces towards circular economy”.

    The FEVE AGM also elected Laurent Zuber as Chairman of the FEVE Flaconnage Board. Mr Zuber is Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director of SGD Pharma – a leading manufacturing company of moulded and tubular glass vials for the pharmaceutical industry.

    Commenting on his new role, Mr Zuber said: “The European glass flaconnage sector is world leader in the production of specialty bottles for the perfumery and cosmetics, and primary glass packaging to the pharmaceutical sector. Bringing visibility to our sector’s assets and strengths to succeed in supporting the development of our customers’ brands, and, in the pharmaceutical sector, to commit to patients’ safety by delivering the highest quality products will be beneficial to the EU’s economy and external trade as well as for the whole glass packaging industry. This is one of the main objectives of my mandate in FEVE which I took on with great energy and enthusiasm.”
    (FEVE The European Glass Container Federation)
     
    16.08.2018   Fakuma 2018: Ultra-short cycle times with maximum efficiency and quality    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Maximum output with minimum energy consumption: ENGEL e-cap at Fakuma

    At the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, 16th to 20th October 2018, ENGEL will demonstrate a further reduction in cycle times for the production of caps. An all-electric ENGEL e-cap 2440/380 will be used to produce 26 mm caps, including tamper-proof bands made of HDPE, at a cycle time of under 2 seconds under realistic manufacturing conditions.

    Optimised movement profiles allow for an increased output: The ENGEL e-cap 380 with 3,800 kN of clamping force can provide a dry cycle time of just 1.4 seconds.

    The ENGEL e-cap is the only cap machine on the market providing all-electric operation with a clamping force range as high as 4,200 kN. At the same time, it is the most energy-efficient machine in its class. Despite its substantial output, the e-cap due to be showcased at Fakuma only needs around 0.4 kWh of electricity to process a kilogram of plastic granulate.

    Integrated systems solution to unlock full potential
    A 72-cavity mould from z-moulds (Dornbirn, Austria) will be used at the trade fair. As far as peripheral units, the exhibit will include a dry air system from Blue Air Systems (Kundl, Austria) and a camera inspection system from IMDvista (Brügg, Switzerland). As a system solutions provider, ENGEL delivers fully-integrated and automated manufacturing cells around the world from a single source. Efficiency potential is maximised and overall energy consumption kept to a minimum where the injection moulding machine, mould and peripheral systems are properly coordinated from the start of the project.

    Alongside energy efficiency, the all-electric e-cap machine's features include extreme precision. This ensures the greatest possible number of good parts, even in the production of demanding lightweight caps.
    ENGEL at Fakuma 2018: hall A5, stand 5204
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    16.08.2018   Will EU plastic ban have any effect on Kegs?    ( Company news )

    Company news Demand for stainless steel KEGs set to increase further

    Worldwide demand for stainless steel KEGs will continue to rise in the short and medium term. That’s the view of Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems, and he is not only referring to the order books in his own company. The expert sees the ban on one-way plastic products currently being debated by the EU as one additional reason. Mainly responsible, however, is the general trend towards sustainability and the increasing variety of beers for which stainless steel KEGs, both large and small are much better suited.

    “Though PET KEGs do have their benefits, their use will be considerably reduced over the coming years”, says Klinkhammer. Reusable KEGs offer breweries greater options regarding volumes and branding potential and those made of stainless steel don‘t influence the flavour of the beer they contain. This is a complete contrast to plastic, from which substances can generally leach into the environment and have quite harmful effects.

    On top of this, stainless steel KEGs are much more ecological and economical. They can be used for up to 30 years and their average of 4 cycles per year significantly cuts down CO² emissions, compared with those generated by the production of new one-way containers. At the same time, they are 100 % recyclable. This means that, taking the scrap value and multiple usage into account, the cost proportion of a 30 litre stainless steel KEG for each dispensed beer, for instance, is around one twentieth of that of a plastic KEG, despite the initially greater outlay.

    Klinkhammer: “Fortunately, the trend towards sustainability is becoming increasingly prevalent in the beverages industry. This is a very desirable and ethically very sensible change of attitude to our overall situation, because single-use products are an enormous burden on the environment. This also applies to one-way Kegs, so the ban on one-way plastic products that the EU is now planning may not only affect coffee beakers and plastic forks. Ultimately, it is also the higher quality and reliability of stainless steel KEGs that contributes to demand for them. For example, containers up to 50 litres have to withstand at least 60 bar pressure without bursting to conform to DIN 6647-1. That’s why, right from the outset, many KEGs are fitted with a safety bursting point that opens at 50 bar and releases excess pressure without any risk. There is no such regulation for one-way containers made of plastic.”
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
     
    15.08.2018    First self-calibrating thermometer - iTHERM TrustSens    ( Company news )

    Company news -100% Compliance – 0% Effort
    -Outstanding sensor technology with self-calibrating function
    -Maximized product safety and process efficiency by automated inline self-calibrations

    The iTHERM TrustSens hygienic thermometer is for users in the Life Sciences and Food and Beverage industries who want seamless compliance to FDA regulations and/or GMP rules. iTHERM TrustSens eliminates the risk of undetected non–conformities.

    Benefits
    -Risk and cost reduction thanks to self-calibration and "Heartbeat Technology"
    -No production downtime due to an automated and fully traceable inline self-calibration
    -Automatized documentation, memory for 350 calibration points
    -Printable calibration certificate - audit proof
    -Highest accuracy of measuring point through sensor-transmitter-matching
    -International certifications and approvals: – EHEDG, ASME BPE, FDA, 3-A, 1935/2004, 2023/2006, 10/2011, CE CRN, CSA General Purpose
    -Measuring range: –40 to +160 °C (–40 to +320 °F)
    -More than 50 sterile and hygienic process connections available e.g. Thread, Clamp, APV-Inline, Varivent, DIN11851

    Field of application
    -Life Sciences
    -Food industry
    -Beverage industry

    The iTHERM TrustSens stands out from other thermometers by fully automated inline self-calibration. This results in high product safety and increased plant availability. Continuous inline process verification is already recommended in the "Good Manufacturing Practice Rules" (GMP - Annex 15).
    (Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH+Co. KG)
     
    14.08.2018   Ball to Cease Production at its Beverage Can Plant in Cuiabá, Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) announced that it will cease production at its beverage packaging plant in Cuiabá, Brazil. Customers currently supported by the Cuiabá plant will be supplied by other Ball facilities in Brazil.

    "Absorbing this one line can plant into Ball's remaining network of 13 plants in South America allows us to reduce our cost structure while continuing to effectively and efficiently supply our customers with the most sustainable package in the beverage supply chain," said Carlos Pires, president, Ball Beverage Packaging South America.

    The Cuiabá plant opened in 1998 and employs approximately 70 people, some of whom will transfer to other Ball locations. Affected employees will receive benefits and outplacement services in accordance with legal requirements.
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    14.08.2018   USA: Diageo launches first Guinness brewery on US soil in more than 60 years    ( E-malt.com )

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was on hand on August 2 to help open the first Guinness brewery on U.S. soil in more than 60 years, WTOP reported.

    “Our administration is proud of Maryland’s robust and growing brewing industry and we are excited to welcome a legendary brewery like Guinness to our great state,” Hogan said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House in Halethorpe, Maryland.

    The brewery opens to the public at 3 p.m. Friday, August 3.

    The new brewery sits on the refurbished site of a former Seagram’s bottling plant in Baltimore County. The beer-maker said the brewery will create 200 new jobs and said it hopes to attract 300,000 visitors in the first year.

    The Baltimore County operation will be home to new Guinness beers specifically created for the U.S. market, such as the Guinness American Blonde Lager. The brand’s iconic stout will continue to be brewed at the famed St. James’ Gate in Dublin.

    Construction on the $80 million project began last spring. The brewery opened a test taproom last October.

    Diageo, which owns the Guinness brand, said it chose the Baltimore area for its first U.S. operation in several decades because of Maryland’s thriving brewing industry.

    “Maryland is growing fast with several notable breweries making a name for themselves locally and nationally,” the company said on its website. “We hope we can help the industry prosper and achieve the recognition we think it deserves. We also believe there is huge potential for increased tourism in the area.”

    The last time Guinness beer was brewed in the U.S. was in the early 1950s in New York.

    Hogan has been a big supporter of Maryland’s craft brewing industry, which the governor’s office said has helped poured $637 million in economic output into the state and supported more than 6,500 jobs.
     
    13.08.2018   Britvic plc: 'Strong underlying Q3 performance, confident in full year expectations'    ( Company news )

    Company news Britvic reports third quarter revenue of £366.9m, an increase of 3.4% on a strong comparative prior year number (+4.5%). Revenue excluding the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) decreased 0.6% over the third quarter. Year to date reported revenue increased 4.2% (2.8% ex-SDIL) to £1,100.1m.

    Simon Litherland (photo), Chief Executive Officer, commented:
    “Britvic has delivered a strong underlying performance in the third quarter, through continuing outstanding execution of no sugar carbonates and substantial growth from our stills brands. Whilst the industry-wide shortage of carbon dioxide held back our ability to fully capitalise on the exceptional weather in GB and Ireland, we leveraged the breadth and strength of our portfolio to moderate the impact. Consequently, we remain confident of achieving market expectations for the full year.”

    Third Quarter Highlights
    -GB revenue increased 8.0% (+1.9% ex-SDIL), with GB carbonates revenue increasing 6.1% (-2.9% ex-SDIL). Pepsi continued to gain share, led by outstanding execution of MAX. There was a well- documented disruption to the supply of carbon dioxide into the UK and Ireland within the period, which impacted the wider food and drink industry, including carbonated soft drinks. To ensure continuity of supply across all trading channels, we temporarily scaled back our promotional activity and reallocated some of our secondary feature space to stills. Supply has now normalised, enabling us to start rebuilding stock levels and gradually reintroduce promotions. GB Stills revenue growth was particularly strong, increasing 11.9% (+11.7% ex-SDIL). Underlying performance continued to improve, led by strong growth for both Robinsons and J20, and further enhanced by the additional display space referenced above.

    -Since the introduction of the SDIL in April, the soft drinks category has benefited from a prolonged period of unusually warm weather. This, when coupled with the carbon dioxide shortage, makes it difficult to disaggregate the effect of the Levy, and we anticipate having a more informed view of the impact at the end of the year. Early indications remain positive for the category and Britvic, with the shift from full sugar to low or no sugar products accelerating.
    -Ireland revenue increased 11.3% (+6.6% ex-SDIL), against both a strong comparative period last year and disruption from the carbon dioxide shortage. Our stills portfolio, including Ballygowan water, benefited from the exceptionally warm weather in the period.
    -France revenue declined 15.0%, reflecting both a very strong comparative last year and exceptionally poor weather in June this year. In the 4 weeks to 24 June, the adverse weather drove a total soft drinks market volume decline of over 14% and a syrups market volume decline of nearly 23%.
    -Brazil revenue increased 10.2%, against a soft comparative last year.
    -International revenue increased 8.7% in the quarter. In the USA, Fruit Shoot continued to make progress with increased distribution and additional listings secured.
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    10.08.2018   Salzgitter AG: Kai Acker appointed new KHS GmbH Executive Management Board Chairman    ( Company news )

    Company news The KHS GmbH Supervisory Board has appointed Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Kai Acker (photo) as the new Executive Management Board Chairman, effective October 15, 2018. He will be responsible for the technology, development/production, and human resources areas.

    Mr. Acker, born in 1968, is currently managing director at LEONI Special Cables GmbH, Friesoythe and director of the "Enterprise & Industrial Projects" segment. After training as a power electronics technician, he studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and completed MBA postgraduate courses at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

    With regard to this personnel decision, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, Salzgitter AG Executive Board Chairman, stated, "We are pleased to have acquired in Mr. Acker a competent executive with a broad range of industrial experience for this demanding position. I am sure that Mr. Acker will have a decisive impact on the growth-oriented development of the KHS Group. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my executive board colleague Burkhard Becker for laying the foundation for promising structures and the associated improved profits as the interim KHS CEO."

    As an internationally-operating manufacturer of filling and packaging systems for the beverage, food and non-food industry, KHS GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of the Salzgitter Group, plays a leading role in this sector. It is an essential member of the Salzgitter AG technology division.
    (KHS AG)
     
    09.08.2018   An anniversary bottle for Pastis Duval    ( Company news )

    Company news Verallia has produced the bottle celebrating the 220th anniversary of Pastis Duval, the genuine Pastis from Marseille on sale in retail stores.

    This limited-edition dead-leaf conveys the authenticity of the brand part of the La Martiniquaise group. Its engravings on the shoulders and heel highlight the year of foundation, 1798, and the brand name. The anniversary label hints at former advertising posters.

    Verallia produces the range’s 50cl, 70cl, 100cl and 150cl formats.

    In France, Verallia, co-leader on the French glass packaging market, is n°1 on the still and sparkling wines segment. It is also a leading player on the spirits, soft drinks and food markets. With its manufacturing set-up of seven glass plants located at the heart of the country and its vineyards, Verallia France proposes to its customers a range of standard and specific products unique in size and variety.
    (Verallia Packaging SAS)
     
    08.08.2018   UNITED CAPS Extends 'Close to You' Strategy with New Factory in the United Kingdom    ( Company news )

    Company news Dinnington, Rotherham, location to manufacture beverage, dairy closures

    UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, announced it will be constructing a new manufacturing plant in Dinnington, Rotherham, as part of the company’s ‘Close to You’ strategy.

    Photo: Initially, 20 staff will be employed to produce beverages and dairy closures.

    The initial facility will be 5,000 square meters, with an option to expand to 20,000 square meters as business growth demands.

    Production is expected to begin at the end of 2019 and will initially focus on beverage and dairy closures, with options to add additional segments as needed. This project represents an estimated €20 million investment including the first phase of machinery and is expected to increase group turnover by 15% in phase one and will initially employ 20 staff.

    “This expansion to the United Kingdom is in response to increasing demand there for our products,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “We chose Rotherham because of its central location along the M1, available technical skilled people and the reasonable cost of land in that area. This will be our first plant in the United Kingdom, and we are looking forward to working closely with the Rotherham Council as the project proceeds.”

    “We are excited to have a company of the quality of UNITED CAPS joining our community,” said Chris Read, Leader of Rotherham Council. “We look forward to working with them to ensure a timely completion of the new factory, as well as future expansions as their business needs dictate. The beginning of operations means 20 new jobs almost immediately, and the welcome news that we can be hopeful there will be many more jobs to come for dedicated local people in the future.”

    Manufacturing Strategy
    UNITED CAPS conducted a number of market studies leading up to the selection of the Dinnington site. Henckes added, “Our studies reflected that demand was highest for beverage and dairy closures. More specifically, we will focus on the production of plastic closures for flat and medium carbonated drinks as well as fruit juices and dairy products in PET bottles. Of course, our customers in the United Kingdom will have access to our full portfolio of caps and closures, as well as to the expert resources in our Messia R&D facility.”

    Following the success of UNITED CAPS Irish plant in Greystones, plant director Paul Gorry will oversee the Rotherham plant as well. He has been Greystones’ plant director for eight years and was involved in the construction of the plant at Greystones and the transfer of the production lines to the new plant in Dinnington.

    Cllr Read added: “This development is further confirmation of the attractive location that Rotherham has become for investors, with United Caps sitting alongside McLaren Automotive, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Siemens, Forgemasters and others.

    The Council and Local Together Partnership are working to give businesses the confidence to invest in jobs, homes and developments within Rotherham and it’s resulting in Rotherham becoming one of the fastest growing local economies in the country.

    As the economy continues to grow we can look forward to seeing more local people in highly skilled and entrepreneurial jobs, and Rotherham becoming a quality place to live and work, with a strong transport, digital and environmental infrastructure.”
    (United Caps)
     
    07.08.2018   A green glass bottle for the new 'fresh plants' Ricard aperitif    ( Company news )

    Company news Developed together with Verallia, the new Ricard Plantes Fraîches bottle really stands out on the aniseed aperitifs’ market. With its rectangular base and aerodynamic silhouette, the bottle features round shoulders and the brand logo engraved in the two side cartridges.

    José Garcia, sales director at VOA – Verrerie d’Albi, a Verallia subsidiary, explains: "Like its contents, the bottle has taken off to the fields. To convey this idea of final product freshness, work was done on color identification. In the end, tank-colored green glass was chosen.” The first green bottles appeared at VOA - Verrerie d’Albi (Tarn) in January 2017.

    Since then, two other Verallia plants in France have been mobilized to support the development of this bottle. French glass manufacturing in keeping with a French brand produced in France.
    (Verallia Packaging SAS)
     
    06.08.2018   Canada: Molson Coors Canada's new non-alcoholic Coors Edge beer to be available    ( E-malt.com )

    ...through Amazon.ca

    Molson Coors Canada has announced that its new Coors Edge non-alcoholic beer will now be available through Amazon.ca, Drinks Insight Network reported on July 30.

    With less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), Coors Edge has been double-brewed and contains 45 calories per 355ml can.

    Molson Coors e-commerce and digital senior manager Tonia Coletta said: “Now more than ever, we all seek options but not at the expense of convenience – this new offering sits at the intersection of those consumer demands: a spot for delicious, non-alcoholic beer in your Amazon shopping cart, ordered from the comfort of wherever-you-are.

    “We’re excited to be at the forefront as the first non-alcoholic beer offering in Canada on Amazon at a time of increased demand for low and non-alcoholic beer.”

    Molson Coors Canada’s new responsible drinking option will be delivered directly to the consumer’s doorstep.

    Available in six and 12 packs of 355ml cans, Coors Edge is suitable for people seeking a moderation and control.

    The company’s latest move offers convenience to beer-loving Canadians.

    Established in 1786 in Montreal by the Molson family, Molson Brewery merged with the US-based Coors to form the Molson Coors Brewing Company in 2005.

    Molson Coors operates through Molson Coors Canada, MillerCoors, Molson Coors Europe and Molson Coors International.

    Its product portfolio includes Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Miller Lite, Molson Canadian, Carling, Staropramen and Sharp’s Doom Bar to Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Blue Moon Belgian White, Hop Valley, Creemore Springs and Crispin Cider.
     
    06.08.2018   Japan: Beer consumption down but consumers still love beer like beverages    ( E-malt.com )

    Toriaezu, bīru—“Let’s start with a round of beer!” This standard phrase, often spoken before anyone has a look at a restaurant menu, reflects the Japanese people’s love for beer. Whatever the occasion, it starts with a glass of beer, especially in the hot summer months, Nippon.com reported on August 3.

    This does not mean that beer is as popular as it has ever been, though. Regular beer consumption peaked in 1994 at 7,057,000 kilolitres. Consumption fell yearly after that; by 2009 it had reached the same level it had been in 1970. Even so, Japanese still love beer like beverages.

    The first drop in regular beer consumption occurred when the low-malt beer called happōshu, literally “sparkling spirits,” was launched in 1994. The Liquor Tax Act defines beer as having a malt content of 67% or more, so Suntory developed a beer like beverage using less malt, making it subject to a lower liquor tax than beer. With a taste and aroma close to beer, yet at a cheaper price, it was a huge hit with consumers and other brewing companies soon followed suit.

    As a way to prevent products being created with the purposed of reducing tax, the Ministry of Finance reformed the Liquor Tax Act in 1996 so that happōshu with a malt content of more than 50% was the same tax rate as beer. However, brewing companies retaliated by introducing happōshu with a malt content of less than 25% to the market. They also developed new products with extra benefits like reduced calories, expanding this new market.

    In 2003, when the happōshu market had reached its heyday, the Ministry of Finance raised taxes on the low-malt beverage for the second time. This time, Sapporo Breweries reacted by developing a beerlike product that used no malt whatsoever, and a new genre of beer-flavored beverages known as “third beers” was born.

    The “third beers” are placed by the National Tax Agency in two categories—“other brewed liquors,” created by fermenting ingredients like peas and corn, and “liqueur,” where spirits are added to happōshu with a malt content of less than 50%. The tax rate on beer-flavored beverages is even lower than that for happōshu, so a 350 ml can costs around ¥100, about half the price of beer. This highly affordable drink can easily be enjoyed at home, and the market for this type of beverage has grown so much that it has surpassed the happōshu market.

    Looking at trends for alcohol other than beer, the market for refined sake, seishu, has shrunk to a third of what it was in 1970. And although there is said to be a wine boom, the volume of wine sales, including all fruit wines, is only 360,000 kilolitres, not even 5% of all the alcohol category sales. It is clear that Japanese people overwhelmingly love beer like beverages

    Currently, the tax rate for a 350 ml can of a beer like beverage is ¥77 on regular beer, ¥46.99 on low-malt beer, and ¥28 on beer-flavored beverages. In the 2017 tax reform proposal, it was decided that the tax rate on regular beer will be reduced in three phases, so that by 2026 the tax on all beer like beverages will be unified at about ¥54. The definition of beer was amended to having a malt content of 50% or more and now fruit and spices can be used in the ingredients.

    During the past two decades, brewing companies have repeatedly used gaps in the tax rates to develop new products, followed by the Ministry of Finance reforming liquor taxes. If the tax rate can be unified, the brewing companies will likely focus more on developing regular beer—good news for all beer lovers, who prefer the taste of the real thing.
     
    06.08.2018   New Zealand: Lion buys Harrington's boutique craft brewery    ( E-malt.com )

    Lion New Zealand has clinched a deal to buy Harrington's craft brewery - one of the pioneers in the boutique sector, The Press reported on July 31.

    When John Harrington set up the business in Christchurch 27 years ago, the only other independent brewer of note was Nelson-based McCashin's which Lion bought in 1999, although the latest generation of the McCashin family continues a local operation.

    The Harrington's brand will be integrated into the Lion's den for wider national sales, providing a niche between the traditional Mac's brews and more intense hop-flavoured beers of Emerson's, which it acquired in 2012.

    Harrington's founder, John Harrington said the market was "a very different place" from when he started and he had been thinking for a while about how best to carry the business into the future.

    He said he had a relationship with Lion since his publican days and it had a strong track record of growing craft beer brands.

    "We're confident that the work we've done in creating a strong legacy will be protected, and even strengthened by this move," Harrington said.

    Lion plans to invest about NZ$2 million updating the Christchurch brewery in the initial stages to reinvigorate the business and improve brewing processes.

    Rory Glass, Lion managing director said his company was honoured to be approached by Harrington's.

    "Harrington's has such a rich and proud history and will be a fantastic complement to our existing range, with beers like Rogue Hop, Wobbly Boot and Ngahere Gold. We will build on what has made Harrington's so great and help make their beers more accessible to people across the country," Glass said.

    Changes were already afoot at Harrington's. Over the past three years the family quit operating their own retail outlets and moved to purpose-built leased premises at Wigram to focus on bottled beers for supply to supermarkets, including in the North Island.

    Over the years Harrington's has won more than 100 awards including the NZ Grand Champion Brewer 2012.

    Harrington's and Lion will work together during the transition to new ownership and founder John Harrington will remain as brand ambassador.

    The deal marks further evolution of the beer market from 30 years ago when Lion and its rival, Dominion Breweries, dominated the market with several of their own slightly different versions of draught beer.

    They still have about 90 per cent of the market between them but their offerings include far more craft beers as a result of their takeovers of several independent brewers. There are still about 150 independent craft brewers.

    Lion employs about 1000 people in various premises including its head office and main brewery, The Pride in Auckland, and at its Speight's, Emerson's (Dunedin) and Panhead Breweries (Lower Hutt), Wither Hills winery and Liquor King stores. It also has a 25 per cent stake in Tauranga-based GoodBuzz Beverage Co, specialising in kombucha.

    In its last profit report Lion highlighted higher volumes of craft beer sales, up 31 per cent for Mac's and 90 per cent for Emerson's, and "stellar performance" by Steinlager Tokyo Dry "bucking prevailing trends in a challenging beer market".

    Beer makes up about 63 per cent of all alcohol sales in New Zealand. Recent statistics showed a 1.2 per cent decline in consumption last year but a significant rise in craft beer consumption.
     
    06.08.2018   Successful Innofill Can C: KHS implements additional machine size with greater capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news -Huge interest in the new can filler
    -Compact design gives smaller breweries many benefits
    -For up to 27,800 cans per hour

    It gives operators the technological innovations of the big machines and is convincing with its compact design and quick installation: with the Innofill Can C can filler KHS GmbH satisfies the demand of smaller breweries on the international market. Since introducing the prototype at drinktec 2017 there has been increased interest in the new technology from the Dortmund systems supplier. This is one of the reasons why KHS is launching a further machine size with a greater capacity to market this year.

    Photo: Serial number 001 in Vancouver: Canadian brewery Steamworks recently secured itself the very first Innofill Can C can filler. There is also a great deal of interest in the machine among other medium-sized breweries.

    At the world premiere of the Innofill Can C at drinktec 2017 Canadian craft brewery Steamworks procured the very first machine with a serial number of 001. In commissioning the can filler in February 2018 the Dortmund systems provider laid the foundations for the future machine series. “The high order entry demonstrates that this machine concept is already proving convincing,” says Kevin Rathbun, project manager at KHS USA. The machine manufacturer has already sold a number of the new can fillers worldwide. KHS shipped the can filler in a single container to the customer in Vancouver where it was commissioned on site on a plug-and-produce basis without any need for complicated installation processes. As the 21 filling and three seaming stations, valve manifold, cladding and control cabinet on the Innofill Can C form an enclosed, ready-to-produce machine unit, all that had to be done during installation was to connect up the electricity cables, piping and conveyors.

    Only 14 days from delivery to commissioning

    Just 14 days lay between delivery and the commissioning of the prototype. According to Steamworks its new plant engineering fills approximately 15,000 cans an hour in its standard 355-milliliter can format. The craft brewery also uses cans holding 473 and 500 milliliters. “With its new development KHS has again made the technical innovations of its big machines available to the craft brewing segment,” says Rathbun.

    Steamworks’ CEO Gershkovitch is very pleased with his new can filler. “I like the KHS approach to design. In my experience things with a logical array work best.” In addition to the compact layout and fast installation, Gershkovitch also appreciates the machine’s hygienic design. In particular, this includes a gapless bell guide with PTFE expansion joints (Teflon) and bells which are lifted and positioned fully electropneumatically to seal the cans – without any mechanical action from cams and rollers. This does away with the need for water lubrication, simplifies cleaning and promises a service life which is up to twice as long as before.

    The Innofill Can C is designed for low to medium outputs depending on the can size. KHS is to initially implement a further machine size this year in order to increase the capacity for filling 330-milliliter cans from 15,600 to 27,800 cans per hour. “In addition to craft brewers, who continue to grow and grow, medium-sized breweries are also increasingly asking for further cost-efficient machines for the medium capacity range,” emphasizes Rathbun. According to specifications the can filler can also process carbonated soft drinks or CSDs. “The output is then slightly higher”, Rathbun states.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    06.08.2018   USA: Consumers chose beer among other drinks less frequently last year – Beer Institute    ( E-malt.com )

    U.S. drinkers, particularly young ones, are having relationship problems with the national beverage, beer, as for the first time, Americans reaching for a drink more often chose a glass of wine or a cocktail, the BusinessAMLive reported on August 1.

    According to the Beer Institute, a trade group, drinkers chose beer just 49.7 percent of the time last year, down from 60.8 percent in the mid-90s. Among 21 to 27-year olds, the decline has been sharper.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, Budweiser’s owner, found that in 2016, just 43 percent of alcohol consumed by young drinkers was beer. In 2006, it was 65 percent.

    Specifically, per-capita beer consumption in the U.S. fell to 73.4 litres last year, from 80.2 in 2010 and 83.2 litres in 2000, according to IWSR, a drinks market research firm. Germany, by comparison, consumed 103 litres a person last year.

    John Saputo, who owns beer distributorships in Florida and Ohio, according to Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, realized the industry had a problem a few years ago when he went out with a team of young radio-ad sales people who wanted him to advertise Budweiser and Bud Light on a local station.

    When it came to their own drinks, some of them ordered wine—and “even a liquor drink with a freaking umbrella in it,” he recalls. “These kids, they don’t even drink our product.”

    According to the WSJ report, big brewers are facing the same seismic shifts in taste as other large consumer goods and packaged-food giants. Consumers, especially younger ones, are gravitating toward smaller brands marketed as healthier, more natural or made closer to home. Brands such as Kellogg’s cereal, Campbell’s soup and Aunt Jemima pancake mix are all feeling the pinch.

    Mass-market beer makers are losing drinkers to an explosion of spirits brands, such as Tito’s vodka, owned by Fifth Generation Inc. Craft beer brewers rode that wave, too, but their volumes haven’t come close to making up for declines in mainstream beer. More recently, craft-beer sales also have slowed.

    Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud and Bud Light have all lost share to upstart labels. “The big things are declining. The smaller things are growing,” AB InBev Chief Executive Carlos Brito told investors in March.

    Demographics also are at work. Industry research has shown young white males still prefer beer, but their numbers are declining as a percentage of the population. African-Americans favor spirits, and the percentage of liquor consumers that are Hispanic is rising, the research shows.

    Women’s per-capita alcohol consumption has risen, but they prefer wine and cocktails. Millennials drink less than older generations, hitting alcohol volumes more broadly.

    The beer industry has tried to make up for declining volume by increasing prices. That has helped make whiskey and wine relatively more affordable. Beer prices rose 42 percent between 2000 and 2017, compared with 11 percent for wine and 19 percent for spirits, according to a Brewers Association analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    As sales slide, a sense of crisis has taken hold of the industry. On Wednesday, Molson Coors Brewing Co. reported a 3.1 percent drop in U.S. second-quarter sales driven by lower volumes of its light beers. Last week, AB InBev—which swallowed SABMiller PLC in 2016 to solidify its title as world’s biggest brewer— also reported U.S. revenue fell 3.1 percent in the second quarter on lower volumes.

    On July 30, Dutch brewer Heineken NV reported its U.S. beer volumes declined in the first half, blaming the consumer shift from lager to craft beer and spirits.

    “Every consumer today drinks on average one bottle of beer less a week than they did 20 years ago,” Heineken’s U.S. CEO, Ronald den Elzen, told an industry conference last year. “If this is not a wake-up call that we have to do something, I don’t know what is.”

    America has long been a nation of beer drinkers. Through the 1600s, the “ordinary,” akin to the local pub, flourished across New England. The Dutch West India Co. built America’s first large brewer in 1632.

    Today’s big beer brands trace their ancestry to German-style lagers that made their way to the U.S. in the mid-1800s, along with waves of German immigrants. Adolphus Busch was one of them. He married the daughter of Eberhard Anheuser, another local brewer, and eventually went to work for his father-in-law. In 1876, he rolled out America’s first Budweiser.

    Busch was the first U.S. brewer to pasteurize beer to prevent spoilage. He built a network of ice houses near railroad lines, allowing him to distribute his brew widely. Anheuser-Busch, having survived Prohibition by using its refrigerated trucks to sell ice cream, eventually surpassed Schlitz as America’s biggest brewer.

     
    03.08.2018   International Beer Day on August 3, 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and backyards all over the world. It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice in the greatness of beer!

    Did you know?
    -Everything tastes better with beer
    -International Beer Day takes place annually on the first Friday in August
    -First celebrated in August 2008
    -Celebrated in over 200 cities globally

    How to celebrate IBD
    For those who are new to this whole International Beer Day thing we’ve crafted this guide on how to celebrate this amazing day.

    Drink Good Beer with Good Friends
    If you were thinking about spending International Beer Day by yourself, think again! Drinking beer may be the most important part of celebrating International Beer Day, but we’re pretty convinced that beer goes best with a little conversation. So drag your friends out to an IBD celebration or invite them into your home, but make sure you have some camaraderie to go with your brews.

    Find Your Nearest IBD Celebration
    There may be International Beer Day events right around the corner. Call your local pubs!

    Give the Gift of Beer
    It’s a well known fact that beer tastes better when someone else buys it for you, so it’s a tradition on International Beer Day to buy beer for your friends! When you present the beer, don’t forget to say the traditional words of beer-giving:
    “I bring you the gift of beer.”

    By giving the gift of beer to your friends and receiving the gift of beer in return, everyone’s beer becomes much more delicious.

    Enjoy Beers From Other Cultures
    It’s a big beer world out there full of wondrous new flavors. Be adventurous, try something new on International Beer Day!

    Thank Your Brewer, Thank Your Bartender
    Thousands of men and women around the world have devoted their lives to providing us with the enormous variety of beers we have available to us and on International Beer Day it’s important to let these people know that we appreciate them. So write a note, leave a tip, make a call, or just say thanks, but make sure your brewers and bartenders know that you love them.
    (International Beer Day®)
     


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