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KHS develops an intelligent filling valve in the DnSPro research project

KHS develops an intelligent filling valve in the DnSPro research project  (Company news)

KHS presents the future of filling: at BrauBeviale the machine and systems manufacturer is to introduce a new, self-learning filling valve.

- Filling system uses artificial intelligence to optimize production processes
- Self-learning valve suitable for all beverages and container types
- New development minimizes operation and maintenance effort

KHS presents the future of filling: at BrauBeviale the machine and systems manufacturer is to introduce a new, self-learning filling valve. The system optimizes the production process with the help of artificial intelligence and at the same time considerably reduces the time and effort required for operation and maintenance. The feasibility of this flexible valve has been verified by KHS in the DnSPro research project.

“To date, depending on the beverage and container around 20 different types of filling valve are used,” says Jochen Ohrem, expert of R&D Management at KHS in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. “The beverage industry is increasingly calling for versatile filling systems. Digitally networked line and machine systems are also in high demand.” KHS would like to significantly push these changes which is why the Dortmund systems provider has taken part in the DnSPro research project alongside six other partners. Their common goal is to develop a self-learning filling valve with which beverage producers can fill all liquids into all existing types of container. This would do away with the need for manual conversions and the effort required for operation and maintenance would be greatly reduced, says Ohrem.

Self-learning and digitally networked
“We developed cyber-physical systems for this purpose, with the help of which the valve can determine how to best fill a certain beverage into a certain container as quickly as possible,” Ohrem continues.

The filling process is analyzed with the assistance of a camera. This continuously monitors the inclusion of bubbles and foaming to prevent excessive foaming and thus product loss.

With the help of microcontrollers and the camera’s evaluation electronics, the filling valve is opened to varying degrees by a stepper motor depending on the fill level. “The focus was on ‘learning’ a number of skills: self-configuration, analysis, self-diagnosis and, ultimately, self-optimization,” explains Ohrem. The future objective behind all this is to increase flexibility and energy and resource efficiency in production through the application of an autodidactic system of artificial intelligence. For the first time at BrauBeviale KHS will be presenting the key data on this intelligent filling valve which fully satisfies all of the previously specified project requirements.

Ideas for the future of the beverage industry
“The development is now entering the next phase where we’ll be gathering further experience with this prototype,” Ohrem states.

He already has one idea for later use of the valve in practice. Instead of a filling computer centrally positioned on the machine that regulates the process of all valves, in the future this task is to be managed locally by miniaturized computers installed on each valve group. This would allow a simple sensor such as a pressure sensor to be inserted into each filling valve which documents and analyzes the pressure curve, resulting in a process which optimizes itself of its own accord. “As less effort is involved in installation, this should yield a number of cost and time benefits, for instance during commissioning,” concludes Ohrem.
(KHS GmbH)

SIG is first to offer beverage cartons with circular polymers from recycled plastic waste

SIG is first to offer beverage cartons with circular polymers from recycled plastic waste  (Company news)

SIG is once again leading the industry on sustainable innovation by being the first to offer beverage cartons made with recycled polymers produced from post-consumer plastic waste.

SIG customers will be able to respond to consumer demand for packaging made with recycled plastics by choosing SIG cartons made with certified circular polymers. This innovation reinforces SIG’s contribution to the circular economy by making use of low quality, mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be incinerated or sent to landfill. The mixed plastic waste that is collected is treated in a process that enhances the material and transforms it into a high-quality food grade material.

Made primarily from renewable, FSCTM-certified paper board, SIG’s beverage cartons already support the circular economy by promoting the regeneration of vital natural resources in responsibly-managed forests.

Ace Fung, Product Manager Sustainability at SIG said: “Using post-consumer recycled polymers in our packaging adds to our portfolio of solutions to help customers respond to consumer demand for more sustainable packaging. This latest innovation demonstrates SIG’s commitment to a circular economy and to address environmental concerns about plastic waste. This is another positive strive forward for SIG and the carton packaging industry.”

Pioneering partnership
SIG is among a select group of companies – and the first in the beverage carton industry – to partner in the foundation stage of development of recycled polymers from post-consumer waste by its supplier, SABIC. This pioneering partnership highlights SIG’s commitment to a more sustainable future through new solutions that support a circular economy.

The recycled polymers offer the same high quality and have the same properties as polymers made entirely from virgin raw materials. Any contaminants are eliminated during processing, making the recycled content completely safe for food packaging.

Frank Kuijpers, General Manager Corporate Sustainability at SABIC said: “Certified circular polymers from SABIC TRUCIRCLE™ initiative will act as a bridge moving from a linear economy to a circular one and will enable the value chain to become familiar with the products and consider how they can best be implemented in their own markets. Our collaboration with SIG is a good example of how this pioneering product can be implemented in the beverage carton market for the first time and can help meet consumer demand for more sustainable products and will contribute to closing the loop on reutilizing plastic waste.”

Certified circular polymers
The recycled polymers offered by SIG will be certified to the ISCC PLUS standard to enable customers to trace recycled content throughout the value chain from post-consumer waste streams to processing and use in the production of new cartons.

SIG’s commitment to sourcing certified sustainable materials is part of its ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Siemens presents new version of Braumat process control system

Siemens presents new version of Braumat process control system  (Company news)

Picture: Siemens is presenting its new version 8.0 of the Braumat brewery process control system at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg

- New version 8.0 facilitates integration of Simatic S7-1500 controller as well as mixed operation with Simatic S7-400 controller
- Improved production and batch transparency with new MES reporting options
- Enhanced safety concept with new functions
- Lean Edition for micro breweries and craft brewers

Siemens is presenting a new version of the Braumat brewery process control system at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg: The latest version 8.0 is based on the Simatic S7-1500 controller and has been optimized in the areas of reporting, weighing systems and security. Already installed Simatic S7-400 controllers can still be used, including in mixed operation. Existing Braumat installations can be expanded or modernized with Simatic S7-1500 controller. Production downtimes caused by new installations are thus avoided.

In order to enhance the reporting options, a batch report with a basic choice of process parameters has been integrated. Users can now create reports with the help of MS Excel. Braumat V8.0 is also now connected to the established PMQuality option. This means that MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and MIS (Management Information System) functions are now available for calculating KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) such as plant availability. In the new version, storage location management is integrated together with dosage management in the recipe system, enabling the efficient and flexible automation of mixing processes. Recipes are automatically adjusted according to storage location availability and the quantity specifications of the batches to be produced. High-precision, self-optimizing weighing operations are fully automated with the integrated Siwarex weighing system. The Braumat V8.0 process control system continuously checks recipes and quantities for the individual production processes, thus reducing overdoses of malt, hops and diatomaceous earth. A combination of password protected Simatic S7-1500 controllers, encrypted communication on the terminal bus as well as extended user management and company ID registration via an RFID card reader increases security during the production sequences.

New Braumat V8.0 is available in both a standard and lean edition: With Braumat Lean, micro breweries and craft brewers can benefit from process automation from just a quantity of four units and one Simatic Open Controller. This can be expanded up to 40 units as required. Braumat Lean can also be operated as a compact, single user station or for remote areas of large breweries, such as laboratories. With the Standard edition, it is possible to create complex plant structures with redundant client-server features and server visualization. The Lean Edition of Braumat V8.0 can be expanded to the Standard Edition. After just a few days of training, users are able to configure new Braumat plants. For other food and beverage sectors such as dairies, cheese factories or soft drinks, the Sistar version 8.0 process control system is available.

As a long-term partner in the international brewing and beverages industries, Siemens is demonstrating at this year's BrauBeviale being held in Nuremberg from November 12 through 14 how its innovative brewery automation processes enable the first step into digitalization. Visitors to booth 419 in hall 7 can experience the path to digitalization themselves: Exhibits stretch from the lean version of the Braumat process control system for the automation of micro breweries, to a standard Braumat system with a Manufacturing Operation Management (MOM) solution and energy management, to cutting-edge technologies such as cloud and edge computing.
(Siemens AG)

BrauBeviale 2019: Nuremberg hosts the international beverage industry

BrauBeviale 2019: Nuremberg hosts the international beverage industry  (BrauBeviale 2019)

Between 12 and 14 November, BrauBeviale at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg will once again be the focal point of the international beverage industry. With 1,090 exhibitors, it will be the most important capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry this year. An expected total of more than 40,000 trade visitors will learn about the latest products and solutions in the areas of raw materials, technologies, components, packaging and marketing. Once again this year, the exhibition will have the key theme of “Future viability of the beverage industry”.

The highly international make-up of the exhibitors has been confirmed again this year, with exhibitors travelling to Nuremberg from a total of 45 countries: 502 from Germany and a further 588 international companies, led by Italy, China, the UK, the Czech Republic, Austria and Belgium. Interest is strong among both long-standing participants and newcomers. Eleven German start-ups will seize the opportunity to make themselves known through their product ideas at the funded pavilions for young and innovative companies in Halls 1 and 6.

The exhibitors are arranged around the exhibition park to reflect the entire process chain of beverage manufacture. Even in nine halls, BrauBeviale retains its customary relaxed atmosphere, while the fair itself keeps its familiar compact structure.

The trade visitors attending BrauBeviale come from the technical and commercial management areas of the beverage industry – in other words, from breweries, malthouses, businesses engaged in the manufacture or filling of water, soft drinks, juices and spirits, from wineries and sparkling wine factories, dairies, and from the fields of marketing, retail and catering. For the last event in the series they represented 132 countries, the majority (after Germany) coming from Italy, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and Russia.

Spotlight on the future viability of the beverage sector
The whole of the current BrauBeviale Triple (2018, 2019 and 2020) has focused on the principal theme of the future viability of equipment and other suppliers, beverage manufacturers and the retail trade. Regardless of the size of their business, they all face huge challenges – involving either specific market questions or aspects relating to the whole of society and the economy. As a platform for the sector, BrauBeviale sees itself as a driver of interaction and innovation on all themes of relevance to the future, in terms of both the products on display and the supporting programme.

Information, inspiration and interaction – the supporting programme
Important elements for beverage manufacturers in the future will include professional development and new business areas. Two symposia on these aspects are being held for visitors on the day before the trade fair: the Export Forum German Beverages deals with the various facets of exporting as a strategic business area for German beverage manufacturers. The forum offers specific market analyses and insights, and provides a neutral platform for constructive discussion between export specialists on all aspects of German beverages. And the European MicroBrew Symposium, organized by VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing, being held for the seventh time, concentrates mainly on technical aspects of craft beer production, and is thus aimed at international craft brewers and brewpub operators.

The open BrauBeviale Forum is located at the heart of the trade fair activities in Hall 1, with a programme ranging from current market aspects to unusual business strategies and Hidden Champions in the beverage market, the digital development of the beverage sector and automation, the climate and its impacts on raw materials, and entrepreneurship, training and professional development. The programme also includes two Hot Topics on Stage, in which leading stakeholders take up a position and seek a dialogue on industry questions of current interest. The topics are “What is the point of the pledge?” and “Mineral water – problem instead of taste?”. Outstanding prize awards like the “German Hops Champion” and the World Beverage Innovation Award will round out the programme.

Also forming part of the Forum is the opening ceremony on the first day of the trade fair, which will include the presentation of the Bavarian Beer Order and the keynote address by Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger, Director of the Institute of Medical Genetics at the Medical University of Vienna, on “The future is coming one way or another: We need to prepare for either”. An internationally acknowledged scientist and best-selling author and the recipient of numerous awards, Professor Hengstschläger will talk about the permanent change that society now faces, and how important it is to make use of our talents in this situation.

Visitors can experience the variety represented by the world of beverages in the Craft Drinks Area in Hall 6, where eight bars will independently hold tasting sessions for specialty beers, non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers, craft spirits including gin, whisk(e)y, vodka, rum and brandy, mineral and curative waters, and other non-alcoholic speciality drinks. The effect of glass on the sensory experience can also be tested. The smoky “Kaminfeuer” Kellerbier (Cellar Beer), the winner of the second hobby brewer competition run by Maisel&Friends and BrauBeviale, will be the subject of presentations every day between 16:00 and 18:30 h. Almost 10,000 participants visited the Craft Drinks Area last year.

Microbreweries and craft breweries, home and hobby brewers will find a place at the “meeting place of the industry”: in Hall 6, brau@home, together with an area for demonstration brewing and short presentations in the Speakers’ Corner, offers a central starting point, where skilled support people will be ready with professional advice. The Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment pavilion awaits in Hall 9 with plant, equipment and accessories especially for smaller breweries.

An essential component of BrauBeviale is the European Beer Star, which is traditionally awarded on the second day of the fair. As one of the world’s most important beer competitions, it is constantly breaking new participation records. It began as an initiative by Private Brauereien Bayern, the honorary sponsor of the trade fair, and the German and European umbrella organizations. The special aspect to this competition is that exhibition visitors can still play an active part in the jury. On the first day, they can pick their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners for the gold, silver and bronze awards in the category Consumers’ Favourite 2019.

BrauBeviale is an all-encompassing trade fair for the beverage sector. Beverages not only have to be manufactured, but must also be filled and packed. The winners of the World Packaging Award will provide interesting examples of packaging innovations, which will be on display at the special show “Innovative Beverage Packaging” organized by the World Packaging Organization (WPO).

Beviale Family: The international industry network
Not only at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, but also globally in recent years, NürnbergMesse has been both a driver and a platform for the beverage sector. The international Beviale Family series now includes six events of its own and five partner events. The newest member of the family is Beviale Mexico, which will be held for the first time in late July 2020 in Guadalajara: a comprehensive beverage trade fair for Central and South America covering all segments – alcohol-free and alcoholic beverages and liquid milk products: water, soft drinks, juice, beer, wine and spirits, such as the Mexican specialties tequila and mezcal. More than 124 million residents and good consumer trends make this market appealing to beverage manufacturers. The Beviale Family will have its own stand at the NCC Mitte entrance.

Positive outlook for global beverage consumption
Global consumption of packaged beverages amounted to some 947 billion litres in 2018. Experts are sticking to their forecasts of an average annual growth rate of around three percent for this year. They believe the key players in this worldwide growth in the next five years will be the Middle East and Africa (32 percent) and the Asia-Pacific region, including China and Japan (around 22 percent). Growth is also forecast for Europe, with about 8 percent in western Europe and as high as 12 percent in the eastern part of the continent. At a global level, the ratio of non-alcoholic to alcoholic drinks was about 70:30 once again in 2018 (Euromonitor International 2019).

In Germany, beverage consumption (including coffee, tea and milk) grew by a small amount in 2018: each German citizen drank 762 litres on average, or 12 litres more than in the previous year. A key factor in this increase is the consumption of non-alcoholic drinks, soft drinks (up seven litres) and water varieties in particular (up by three litres). Beer also enjoyed slight growth, at just under one litre, as did coffee at two litres. The consumption of non-alcoholic drinks overall rose from 296 litres per person in 2017 to 309 litres in 2018. There was no change in the case of alcoholic drinks overall, however, with German citizens once again consuming 131 litres each (figures from the beverage industry associations).

Weaker growth for foodstuff and packaging machines
According to figures from the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Division, production expanded in 2018 by a very strong 8 percent (previous year’s figure 4.8 percent) to €15.2 (14.0) billion. The packaging machine sector, which includes beverage packaging machines, accounted for production worth €7.1 (6.6) billion.

The leading global position occupied by the approximately 600 German suppliers is supported by the export value of this segment, which grew to €9.0 (8.5) billion. The Division estimates that this represents 22 percent of the global trade in foodstuff and packaging machines, with a total value of €42.5 billion. The largest customers were the countries of the European Union, ahead of the USA and China.

Exports in the area of packaging machines were valued at €5.8 (5.5) billion, or 27 percent of total global trade in this area, estimated in 2018 at €21.3 billion. Germany thus remains ahead of Italy (25 percent) and China (6 percent).

Global trade forecasts, which fell during 2019 in response to political and economic crises, also had an impact on the mechanical engineering sector. Based on the current situation, the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Division expects production growth of no more than 2 percent. The sector is generally considered to have positive prospects for the future. The world’s population is growing, and prosperity and urbanisation are increasing in the world’s most populous countries, which in turn leads to growth in the consumption of processed and packed beverages and foodstuffs.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Aluminium beverage can recycling in Europe hits record 74.5% in 2017

Aluminium beverage can recycling in Europe hits record 74.5% in 2017  (Company news)

31 billion cans recycled, or 420,000 tons of aluminium

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland in 2017 rose 2.3% from 2016 (72.8%), to reach an all-time record 74.5% in 2017. Almost 31 billion cans were recycled in the EU and EFTA countries in 2017, representing a total of more than 420,000 tons of aluminium and underscoring its contribution to the European circular economy. All aluminium cans are equally recyclable, no matter the colour, design, format or size.

Recycling aluminium consumes 95% less energy than producing it from raw material, while the recycling process generates only 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions produced from raw material production. Can recycling therefore saves the annual equivalent of approximately 3 million tons of GHG emissions - or the annual emissions of a mid-sized European town like Belfast, Malmö or Thessaloniki.

Can manufacturers (members of Metal Packaging Europe) and their aluminium suppliers are confident that the European can recycling rate will increase further in the coming decade, primarily through a combination of measures such as improved PMD collection systems (‘yellow’ or ‘blue’ bags and bins) and incentive based initiatives such as modern deposit return and voluntary take back (‘cash for cans’) schemes.

Can manufacturers and aluminium recyclers are ready to invest in additional recycling capacities, providing other stakeholders, such as public and private waste management operators, are equally prepared to invest in additional and modern sorting facilities.

Leonie Knox-Peebles, CEO of Metal Packaging Europe, stated: “We believe that the new European calculation method will hardly impact the final recycling rates being achieved for aluminium beverage cans.” Maarten Labberton, Director Packaging Group at European Aluminium, added: “As we move towards our 100% recycling rate target, what matters most is the recycling yields; aluminium is well positioned for the future given its very low losses during recycling.”

The annex provides a detailed overview of aluminium beverage can recycling rates by country in 2017. Recycling rates have been calculated on the basis of the present EU reporting rules.
(Metal Packaging Europe GIE)

SIG launches U-shaped paper straw for aseptic carton packs

SIG launches U-shaped paper straw for aseptic carton packs  (Company news)

Picture: SIG is a pioneer in the industry to offer a U-shaped paper straw to be used on carton packages. Photo: SIG

SIG is a pioneer in the industry to offer a U-shaped paper straw to be used on carton packages. After introducing the world’s first straight paper straw for carton packaging in February 2019, SIG launches a U-shaped paper straw during Gulfood Manufacturing, together with its joint venture partner SIG Combibloc Obeikan. Gulfood Manufacturing is the world’s largest annual food and beverage technology trade exhibition. The new straw uses FSC™ certified paper and is now available globally.

Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG: “SIG is determined to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to find new approaches to reduce single-use plastics, foster recycling and minimise waste. Being the first in the industry to offer paper straws for aseptic carton packs is an important milestone for us on that journey.”

The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The paper used to produce the straight paper straw and the new U-shaped paper-straws – available with 4 and 6 mm diameter – originates from FSCTM-certified forests and other controlled sources. The wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to remain attached to the package preventing littering and can be recycled with the carton pack.

Abdelghany Eladib, Chief Operating Officer, SIG Combibloc Obeikan: “We are excited to launch the U-shaped paper straw during Gulfood Manufacturing. The exhibition offers an ideal platform to share our latest innovations. With plastic pollution being a major concern for businesses and consumers around the world, the food and beverage industry is under pressure to offer a viable and sustainable alternative. Carton packs are sustainable by nature. Our carton packs consist of 70-80% paperboard. With the introduction of the first paper straws for aseptic carton packs consist of 70-80% paperboard. With the introduction of the first paper straws for aseptic carton packs, SIG is once again leading the way in the industry.”
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Lecta Presents Its Label Papers at BrauBeviale 2019

Lecta Presents Its Label Papers at BrauBeviale 2019   (Company news)

The largest European trade show for the beverage industry is scheduled to take place in Nuremberg, from November 12-14.

With the slogan "Our Paper, Your Labels", Lecta once again positions itself as a benchmark manufacturer and distributor of specialty papers for beverage labels ​at the BrauBeviale 2019 trade show.

With its extensive range of environment friendly products, Lecta meets all the needs of the applications used in the beer and beverage industry.

Metalvac is Lecta's range of metallized papers designed for the production of wet-glue and self-adhesive labels. Under the slogan ​"Let it Shine", it offers the beer and beverage industry in general a glossy metallized paper with high technical performance. The Metalvac Graphic Applications & Packaging range rounds out Lecta's metallized portfolio, providing creative solutions for beverage packaging.

Our Adestor pressure-sensitive product range for this segment features an excellent, versatile selection of different papers and films that come in a variety of finishes and colors to meet the needs of the most demanding end uses in the beverage sector.

Lecta will be highlighting its new Adestor BC500 product, developed specifically for non-recyclable wine, spirits, sparkling wine and other glass containers. The product's high moisture resistance ensures perfect adhesion to bottles submerged in ice and water.

Creaset is Lecta's range of one-sided coated paper for the label and flexible packaging industry with "Endless Possibilites". The grades Creaset HWS for labels on returnable bottles and Creaset LWS for single-use bottles were specially designed for beer labels. Both products have high moisture resistance and come in different smooth, embossed and glossy finishes, guaranteeing that each label is unique.

Lecta's complete portfolio of specialty metallized, self-adhesive and one-sided coated products demonstrates how our paper can be an innovative and differentiating factor in beverage labeling.

Discover "Our Papers, Your Labels" at Hall 4 - Stand 438, November 12-14 in Nuremberg.

For more efficient processes: KHS develops a digital control system for PET bottle production

For more efficient processes: KHS develops a digital control system for PET bottle production  (Company news)

-Unit Mold Control available for the KHS InnoPET Blomax series
-Automatic control and adaptation of individual stretch blow mold stations
-Improved bottle quality and stability with a high recyclate content

Photo: Unit Mold Control is available as an option for KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV and V stretch blow molders and has already successfully proved itself on the market several times over.

Even on the most advanced machine there can be discrepancies in the distribution of PET bottle material in the stretch blow molding process. This has an impact on the bottle quality and production efficiency. In order to optimize these parameters KHS recently developed Unit Mold Control in cooperation with US company Agr International inc. (Agr). This digital, automated process control system, connected with the KHS controller, now individually regulates the respective blow stations in KHS’ InnoPET Blomax series, thus minimizing any fluctuations in quality during stretch blow molding. This results in improved bottle stability coupled with lower preform weights. This had proved something of a challenge to date, especially where containers with a high recycled PET content are used.

On a stretch blow molder the amount of wear on the individual blow valves used can vary. This means that the bottles blown with the same also change throughout the service life of the stretch blow molder depending on the station used. In the production process this can cause discrepancies in the distribution of material and thus to differing thicknesses of bottle wall. To date parameters could only be adjusted for the entire machine and not for each individual station. With the new digital Unit Mold Control system manufacturers optimize their blow molding process by making individual settings for each station. “This enables material distribution to be more precisely controlled per station, thus minimizing variations in the wall thickness from mold to mold by more than 30%,” explains Frank Haesendonckx, head of Technology at KHS Corpoplast.

Unit Mold Control adjusts settings fully automatically
To this end, Unit Mold Control inspection technology constantly measures the material distribution in each bottle and adjusts the settings for optimization fully automatically. “With this system deviations in the individual mold stations are identified. By applying an algorithm the degree of variability is reduced without operator intervention and possible incorrect settings are avoided,” states Haesendonckx. Furthermore, the data captured from the individual mold stations provides valuable information for the condition-based maintenance of valves, stretching systems or mold shells, for instance.

Unit Mold Control yields further benefits with regard to the growing percentage of recyclate used in PET bottles in particular. “Process accuracy reaches its limits with containers such as these,” Haesendonckx says. “As the material quality varies when recycled PET is used, the bottle becomes less and less stable the less the preform weighs or manufacturers have to use heavier preforms to ensure stability.” With the new system weights can be reduced while retaining bottle stability, claims Haesendonckx. “Unit Mold Control effectively compensates for discrepancies by identifying any unwanted material displacement during wall thickness inspection and automatically counteracting this.”

Partner Agr is also convinced by the joint new development. “Our commitment to the global beverage market is to provide innovative process control solutions for the factory floor,” says Robert Cowden, COO of AGR. “In doing so we’re helping to constantly optimize processes and improve production line efficiency and productivity by reducing unplanned downtime, labor content per produced container and energy costs.”

Unit Mold Control is available as an option for KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV and V stretch blow molders and has already successfully proved itself on the market several times over. Furthermore, the new system – whose industrial property rights are held by KHS and Agr – can also be retrofitted into existing plant machinery.
(KHS Corpoplast GmbH)

YASKAWA premiere at BrauBeviale 2019

YASKAWA premiere at BrauBeviale 2019  (Company news)

Robot packs bottles fast and with a firm grip

At BrauBeviale 2019 (Hall 7A / 7A-424) YASKAWA will be showcasing an all-in-one solution for the robot-based handling of bottles in the form of the newly developed “Air Grip World”. The system ensures reliable, flexible and fast loading and unloading of crates or boxes.

“Air Grip World” combines the patented Air Grip gripper technology with the appropriate MOTOMAN robot, including the entire system environment: grippers, manipulator, robot controller, PLC, control panel (HMI) and frequency inverter were all supplied by YASKAWA, and complement each other to form a simple and functioning technical solution.

The cell is mounted on a mobile platform. Not only is the system quickly commissioned – it can also be relocated as needed with a forklift truck. The plant capacity is around 1,200 bottles per hour or one box per minute, whereby the plant itself has box erecting and closing devices. This space-saving and flexible handling solution is thus ideal for use in small and medium-sized facilities. A sorting table with optionally one or two robots permits automatic feeding of individual glass bottles.

The special features of the system are the sturdy and durable patented grippers that can be individually configured. Thanks to their modular design, in the rare case of a malfunction they are simple to maintain and repair. This was also a convincing argument for the operators of large-scale packaging facilities.

Field-proven in the beverage industry
Norwegian Roma Mineralvannfabrikk AS is one of the many breweries and beverage manufacturers that uses the AirGrip gripper system including sorting table. Its facility employs two YASKAWA MOTOMAN robot models:
a 5-axis heavy-duty MOTOMAN SP800 robot with a payload of 800 kg and a 4-axis MOTOMAN MPL500 palletizing robot with a capacity of 500 kg. Since its bottling capacity increased, the company has experienced a growth in sales of about 30%.

MOTOMAN robots are also being used successfully in other areas of the beverage industry, e.g. for palletizing. In the Paderborn brewery, for example, returned empties are accurately handled by a MOTOMAN MPL500 II at a rate of up to 1,000 crates per hour. About 15 to 20 employees would be needed to do the sorting manually – a physically demanding job that is not reconcilable with the generally high degree of automation of the state-of-the-art bottling plant.
(Yaskawa Europe GmbH)

SIG's innovative combiMaxx closure launched for easy opening and superior pouring

SIG's innovative combiMaxx closure launched for easy opening and superior pouring  (Company news)

New closure assures ultimate convenience

SIG announces the launch of the new combiMaxx closure. This innovative solution offers consumers a new level of convenience, while allowing existing customers to upgrade their packaging without a major investment or the need for new sleeves.

Photo: The launch of SIG’s new combiMaxx closure offers a new level of convenience for consumers. Photo: SIG

With a large pouring diameter of 25mm, combiMaxx offers an optimal product flow and perfect stream controllability. The large cap makes it easier and more comfortable for consumers to open and reclose the pack in one easy step. A highly visible, tamper-evidence ring gives consumers the confidence that the package has not already been opened. Fully resealable and leak-proof, combiMaxx also ensures that opened packs can be stored safely in the fridge.

As part of SIG’s dedication to offering the most sustainable packaging solutions on the market, the innovative, material-saving design of combiMaxx uses approximately 4.5% less plastic than combiSwift.

“At SIG we’re committed to offering product innovation and differentiation,” said Hanno Bertling, Senior Product Manager Closures at SIG. “With our latest convenient combiMaxx closure, we can now offer our customers a cap that will help to increase brand loyalty among new and existing consumers. combiMaxx guarantees unbeatable pouring action, easy handling and spill-free horizontal and vertical storage.”

Easy, low cost implementation
Since the base plate dimensions and sleeves remain unchanged, SIG has made it simple for existing customers to switch from combiSwift to the new combiMaxx closure – without requiring a major investment.

Additionally, combiMaxx can be combined with all of SIG’s existing mid- and large-size carton formats, starting with combiblocSlimline, combiblocMidi and combifitMidi. Color options include white, red, blue and green, with additional colors available upon request.

“The transition for our customers to use the new closure system is easy to implement without any significant cost,” said Bertling. “We want to ensure the food and beverage industry can adapt quickly to fast-paced consumer needs to guarantee ongoing competitive advantage.”
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

SIG Combibloc Group: Continued strong performance in growth markets

SIG Combibloc Group: Continued strong performance in growth markets  (Company news)

Third quarter 2019 highlights
• Core revenue up 6.5% year-on-year at constant exchange rates; up 9.5% as reported
• Adjusted EBITDA up 9.8% year-on-year; adjusted EBITDA margin slightly higher at 27.7%
• Adjusted net income more than doubled at EUR53.8 million (third quarter 2018: EUR26.4 million)
• Full year guidance unchanged

Revenue by region: Third quarter 2019
Growth was good in all regions in the third quarter. The improvement in EMEA compared with the first half reflected a business upturn in markets in the Middle East and Africa. Demand for dairy products remained robust in APAC and sales benefited from the ramp-up of recent filler placements. Double digit growth in the Americas compares with a relatively weak third quarter in 2018 and was driven primarily by the United States and Mexico.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 9.8% year-on-year to EUR123.8 million in the third quarter and the EBITDA margin was slightly higher at 27.7%. For the first nine months, the adjusted EBITDA margin was 26.4% compared with 26.5% in the comparable period of 2018.

Revenue growth and currencies made a positive contribution to adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter and the first nine months, more than offsetting higher SG&A costs which include investments in innovation and growth markets as well as the additional costs of being a listed company. Strong cash flow generation by the Middle East joint venture meant that the dividend paid in the third quarter was slightly above the third quarter 2018 level; for the first nine months the dividend was below the comparable period of 2018.

EBITDA in the third quarter was slightly lower due to derivative gains in 2018 which were not repeated. For the first nine months, EBITDA increased by 9.1% relative to the prior year to EUR321.6 million. In addition to the contribution from revenue growth and currencies, the share of profit from joint ventures increased. Transaction costs were lower given that the company's IPO took place in September 2018. These positive elements more than offset higher SG&A costs and lower derivative gains.

Net income and adjusted net income
Adjusted net income for the first nine months increased to EUR134.3 million compared with EUR74.8 million in the comparative period of 2018. The increase was a consequence of higher profit from operating activities and lower net finance expense following the reduction and re-financing of debt in connection with the IPO.

Net income was EUR 51.7 million in the first nine months of 2019 compared with a net loss of EUR7.8 million in the same period of 2018. The higher profit from operating activities and lower net finance expense, together with lower transaction costs, more than offset a reduction in derivative gains.

Full year outlook
After strong growth in the first nine months of the year, notably in the third quarter, growth in the fourth quarter is likely to be muted. Guidance for the full year 2019 of core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currency and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 27 - 28% is unchanged.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Tethered Caps: BERICAP presents new product solutions

Tethered Caps: BERICAP presents new product solutions  (Company news)

On 3 July 2019, the EU published a far-reaching regulation on the reduction of plastic waste in the oceans. In addition to a complete ban on certain disposable products such as cotton swabs or straws made of plastic, the regulation also includes a provision on closures for plastic beverage bottles, which poses significant challenges to the industry. According to the legislative text, plastic closures must remain attached to the bottle during consumption by July 2024 at the latest.
What sounds like a simple task at first represents a major technical challenge for closure manufacturers, the bottlers and the supplying machining industry. Even if the technical solution is clear, the time frame of five years is short for converting the entire European beverage industry to tethered caps.

Photo: BERICAP Tethered Cap

The requirements of the beverage industry towards the new closures are clear: while maintaining consumer convenience and quality, the new closures must not affect the cost of production, the bottle design, the bottle neck, the filling line or the capper. In addition, the closures should be available both as light-weight press-on caps, which are mainly used in non-pressurized bottles such as still water, and as screw-on caps for higher demands on the tightness of the closure.

BERICAP has succeeded in fulfilling all these requirements, even if this necessitated a re-design of the existing closures. "Within the product development process, it quickly became clear that the screw caps had to be redesigned no matter which technical solution is proposed," states Volker Spiesmacher, Director Head of Product Sales and Marketing at BERICAP. "The tether requires more space in the area of the tamper evidence band. Hence, the screw caps had to be redesigned."

BERICAP tethered cap can be applied to all major neck finishes
The four technical proposals for screw caps now presented by BERICAP can be applied to the same closure shell which is a redesign of the current closure. All proposals can be applied to all major neck finishes available on the market. However, some proposals perform better, if small details of the neck are adapted – this modification process can be closely examined and discussed with BERICAP experts. The BERICAP proposals allow for a market introduction of the new closure design at an earlier stage than the tethered screw cap solution. These can then be introduced at a time that is in line with the marketing activities. In addition to the screw-cap solutions, BERICAP also offers press-on caps for the major still water necks as well as a premium solution with customized neck finish which offers the highest weight savings on neck and closure.

“Quite typical for BERICAP, the presented tethered cap solutions do not only offer products that fulfill the EU requirements for various applications and markets, but more so allow a step-by-step transition of our customers’ filling lines towards the use of tethered caps with minimal to no cost implied”, Spiesmacher concludes. “We are in conversation with our customers now and fully support them during the transition process”.
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

Ultra-Clean and ESL filling lines: Reduce carbon footprint & make savings

Ultra-Clean and ESL filling lines: Reduce carbon footprint & make savings  (Company news)

Choose the pulsed light for packaging decontamination

The beverage industry needs to be more sustainable. Major companies step up with commitment to reduce their use of chemicals, energy, water and carbon emissions but without compromise on profitability.

Claranor, well known by the beverage manufacturers for their chemical free decontamination solutions will attend the Brau exhibition with their German partner LOEHRKE. They will bring evidence that Pulsed light sterilization solution is:
Improved way to generate savings on existing or new lines: cheaper and as efficient as a PAA tunnel. In preview, Vilsa business case showing that investing in Pulsed light cap decontamination units grants a ROI after 3 years.

The obvious chemical free solution to ensure a mandatory level of decontamination for VDMA class IV beverages. Results on microbiological tests between Pulsed light and middle pressure UVC will be revealed. Pulsed light reaches a much higher level of decontamination and is the only dry treatment to achieve a 3 log reduction on reference micro-organism of VDMA - Class IV. Full test results on request during the show.

A sustainable and cost-efficient approach for the beverage manufacturers:
〉 Best compromise between high speed treatment and high efficiency for inline cap & preform sterilization (speed rate up to 100 000 bph)
〉 Water and chemical-free treatment
〉 Low operating cost: less than 25 €/million caps
〉 Much lower CO2 emission compared to chemical alternative

During the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to discuss their projects on retrofit or new lines with our Team, hall 6 booth 323. Future is clean! Claranor Pulsed light, THE sustainable & profitable alternative for your pack sterilization

Symrise with continued sales growth of 7.1 %

Symrise with continued sales growth of 7.1 %  (Company news)

• Group sales increase to € 2,551 million
• Strong performance in all segments
• Company reaffirms outlook for 2019 and long-term targets

Following a dynamic first half of the year, Symrise AG stayed on its growth course in the third quarter. All segments benefited from good demand. Group sales for the nine-month period increased to € 2,551 million (9M 2018: € 2,383 million). This represents a 7.1 % growth in reporting currency.

"We successfully continued our growth course in the third quarter. Also, with weaker economic conditions in some countries, we were able to make very good use of business opportunities and to grow in all segments. We also implemented investment projects according to plan and created additional production and research capacities. This ensures that we will continue to be well positioned in the future to deliver optimal performance in meeting our customers' needs and expectations. For the remaining weeks of this year, we believe that we are in a good position and are confident that we will achieve our growth and profitability targets for 2019," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.

Scent & Care with strong sales growth in fragrance compositions
Scent & Care, the business activities with fragrance and cosmetic ingredients applications, achieved a 7.1 % increase in sales to € 1,069.5 million (9M 2018: € 998.6 million). The segment posted organic growth of 5.6 %.

The Fragrances division was an important growth driver in the segment and achieved double-digit organic sales growth. Substantial sales gains were seen in particular in the Fine Fragrances business unit and the new Consumer Fragrances business unit, which combines the Beauty Care and Home Care application areas. The strong demand in all regions and price increases were important factors behind the healthy growth. Organic growth in the Oral Care business unit was in the single digits, with increases achieved mainly in the Asia/Pacific region.

In the Cosmetic Ingredients division, growth was in the single-digit range following the strong increases in the previous year. The Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions showed particularly expansive trends, especially in the national markets of China and Colombia.

The Aroma Molecules division saw moderate organic growth as compared to the high figures from the previous year. The increase in internal use of fragrance ingredients impacted the external growth. As the backward integration was expanded, significantly higher amounts of the capacity were used in own compositions.

Flavor showed high growth rates in the Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions
In the Flavor segment, which supplies flavors for foods and beverages, sales increased 5.8 % to € 965.5 million (9M 2018: € 912.5 million). Adjusted for exchange rate effects, organic growth amounted to 4 %. The Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions and the Savory business unit contributed substantially to the increases in sales. The Sweet business unit, by contrast, has experienced slower growth in sales after the dynamic trend in the previous year. An important factor in that regard has been the normalization of raw material prices for some natural products.

In the EAME region, the Flavor segment achieved an organic growth rate in the single-digit range. The strongest impetus came from applications for savory products and beverages in Germany, Russia and the Middle East.

The Asia/Pacific region achieved organic growth in the high single-digit range, especially in the Beverage and Savory business units. In some cases, growth was in the double-digit range. Key drivers behind the increases were the markets in Indonesia, China, Singapore and Thailand.

Through the first nine months of the year, North America experienced moderate sales growth. Yet, the Savory business unit showed a dynamic trend, in particular through extensive new business with global and regional customers.

Business in Latin America also showed dynamic growth, with organic growth in the double-digit range. All business units achieved strong gains, especially in the national markets of Brazil and Mexico.

Nutrition continued its strong growth in Pet Food
The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division, with applications for food and pet food as well as probiotics, achieved a 9.4 % increase in sales to € 516.0 million (9M 2018: € 471.4 million). In local currency the organic growth was higher, at 10 %.

The main growth driver for the Nutrition segment was again the Pet Food business unit, which achieved very good double-digit growth, especially in the national markets of the USA, Colombia and Brazil.

In the Food business unit, the Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions reached good growth rates, especially in the national markets of China, Mexico and Chile. In the EAME and North America regions growth was relatively modest.

Sales in the Aqua business unit continued to show a positive trend, especially in the EAME region, which achieved growth rates in the double-digit range.

Probiotics experienced single-digit growth in the period under review. In local currency, sales were at the same level as in the previous year. The North America region, which accounts for the majority of sales revenues, suffered from slower market growth. Growth in the EAME region was in the double-digit range.

Looking ahead to current fiscal year with confidence
Against the backdrop of the positive business development in the first nine months, Symrise is confident that it will meet its targets for the full year 2019. Symrise continues to expect sales growth of 5 to 7 % and to exceed the growth rate of the relevant market by a significant margin again this year. The market is projected to grow at a rate of 3 to 4 % worldwide. In addition, Symrise remains committed to its profitability guidance, as adjusted in August, and is aiming for an EBITDA(N) margin of approximately 21 %.

New technologies and initiatives to increase efficiency have been rolled out and implemented globally in 2019. Symrise has also continued to focus on high-margin applications. These measures are beneficial to the positive trend in earnings and cash flow.

The long-term targets also remain fully in effect: Symrise aims to increase its sales from around € 5.5 billion to € 6.0 billion by the end of 2025. This is to be achieved through organic growth at an annual rate of 5 to 7 % (CAGR) combined with additional targeted acquisitions.

In January, Symrise announced the planned acquisition of the US-American company ADF/IDF, a meat and egg-based protein specialist. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.
(Symrise AG)

Nestlé to introduce paper straws in Indonesia and Malaysia

Nestlé to introduce paper straws in Indonesia and Malaysia  (Company news)

Nestlé is introducing paper straws for its packaged drinks in Indonesia and Malaysia, replacing plastic straws. This is another step forward in Nestlé's ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025.

In Indonesia, the Nescafé ready-to-drink varieties Lively Yuzu and Cool Coconut will feature paper straws from the fourth quarter of this year. Starting in December, Nestlé Malaysia will pilot paper straws for its Milo UHT 125ml drink packs. These changes alone will avoid the use of a total of 70 million plastic straws across the two countries in a year’s time.

Following these pilot initiatives, paper straws will be used for other ready-to-drink products in the region.

The two market innovations are part of Nestlé’s broader vision and action plan to achieve a waste-free future. Amongst other measures, Nestlé announced in January that it would eliminate all plastic straws from its products. The company has already started introducing paper straws on products in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
(Nestlé Schweiz AG)

BALL To Showcase Beverage Cans As The Most Sustainable Packaging Option at ....

BALL To Showcase Beverage Cans As The Most Sustainable Packaging Option at ....  (Company news)


Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) returns to BrauBeviale this November with an extensive product range, a redesigned portfolio of innovative special effects, and a unique sustainability vision around beverage cans within a truly circular economy.

This year, the beverage can achieved greater success with more brands choosing to use this sustainable packaging solution for new product launches, resulting in cans now making up 22% of all launches. Growth is seen across traditional beverages while sharing the excitement with newly emerging players like canned water growing by 9% and canned wine growing by 6%.

Shatterproof and lightweight, the can is easy to transport and store while addressing key market trends for on-the-go consumption and health and wellness. Quick to chill and oozing the ‘pick me up’ refreshment moment, the convenient pack helps brands to protect their beverage from light sensitive ingredients.

Ball will be unveiling their creative special effects range to compliment the extensive portfolio of cans, ends, bottles and tabs, demonstrating innovative and inspiring ways for brands to accelerate brand growth and explore the 360 canvas of the can. As the market leader, Ball utilizes their total network, and is proud to offer the total package to customers to help them grow their business, drive sales and improve their sustainability goals.

With consumers becoming more aware of their unintentional impacts on the environment, brands are making smarter decisions to feed the demand. Research from Ball has found that 78% of consumers worldwide expect beverage brands to transition to more environmentally friendly containers in the next five years. Unlike some other formats, cans are easy to recycle and the metal can be recycled forever without losing quality.

Ana Neale, Director, Marketing & Strategic Planning, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, said: “We’re excited to welcome visitors to our stand this year at BrauBeviale to explore our portfolio and share our passion on why the can is the ideal beverage container. As the most recycled beverage container in the world, more brands than ever are enriching their portfolio with cans to solve their packaging needs. We’re not only seeing more traditional categories either, with canned wine, juice, iced tea and coffee, also tapping into new occasions and enriching that moment of consumption for consumers. Our team are on hand to guide customers through their journey into canning, sharing best practice, design expertise, technical support and close collaboration”.

Held in Nuremberg from the 12th – 14th of November, visit Ball at BrauBeviale at stand 115, Hall 4A, to discover its sustainability vision and find out how cans will help accelerate the development of brands.
(Ball Packaging Europe GmbH)

Carlsberg issues latest Green Fibre Bottle update

Carlsberg issues latest Green Fibre Bottle update  (Company news)

During the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Carlsberg Group issued an update on its journey to create the Green Fibre Bottle, the world’s first "paper bottle" for beer.

Made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, it is both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable. The Group also announced it has been joined by other leading global companies that are united in their vision to develop sustainable packaging through the advancement of paper bottle technology.

These developments are a continuation of Carlsberg’s sustainable packaging innovation journey and a key part of its sustainability programme Together Towards ZERO, including its commitment to ZERO carbon emissions at its breweries and a 30% reduction in its full-value-chain carbon footprint by 2030.

Two new prototypes
Carlsberg has unveiled two new research prototypes of the Green Fibre Bottle. Both are made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, fully recyclable and have an inner barrier to allow the bottles to contain beer. One prototype uses a thin recycled PET polymer film barrier, and the other a 100% bio-based PEF polymer film barrier. These prototypes will be used to test the barrier technology as Carlsberg seeks a solution to achieving its ultimate ambition of a 100% bio-based bottle without polymers.

Myriam Shingleton, Vice President Group Development at Carlsberg Group, said: “We continue to innovate across all our packaging formats, and we are pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Green Fibre Bottle so far. While we are not completely there yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards realising our ultimate ambition of bringing this breakthrough to market. Innovation takes time and we will continue to collaborate with leading experts in order to overcome remaining technical challenges, just as we did with our plastic-reducing Snap Pack.”

New partners on board
Carlsberg kicked off the project to develop a bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, the Green Fibre Bottle, in 2015 alongside innovation experts EcoXpac, packaging company BillerudKorsnäs and post-doctoral researchers from the Technical University of Denmark, supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. The combined efforts have resulted in the emergence of Paboco®, the paper bottle company – a joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA.

Carlsberg will now be joined by The Coca-Cola Company, The Absolut Company and L’Oréal in a paper bottle community – launched today by Paboco®. The community unites leading global companies and experts with the vision of advancing sustainable packaging, offering high-quality products with reduced environmental impact.

Myriam Shingleton continues: “The work with our partners since 2015 on the Green Fibre Bottle illustrates that this kind of innovation can happen when we work together. We’re delighted that other like-minded companies have now joined us as part of Paboco’s paper bottle community. Partnerships such as these, ones that are united by a desire to create sustainable innovations, are the best way to bring about real change.”

“We’re driven by our constant pursuit of better, to create more sustainable packaging solutions that help people to live more sustainable lives. Sometimes that means completely rethinking how things are done – pushing the boundaries of existing technologies and overcoming technical challenges as they present themselves.”

Gittan Schiöld, interim CEO of Paboco® said: “It is all about the team! We are collaborating across the value chain, sharing the risks and are united in our vision that the paper bottle will become a reality and fundamentally change this industry for good.”

A constant pursuit of better
Carlsberg’s focus on sustainable packaging innovations is not new. In 2018, the Danish brewer launched a number of packaging innovations, including recycled shrink film, greener label ink and the innovative Snap Pack, which replaces the plastic wrapping around its six-packs with a solution that instead glues the cans together.

Carlsberg’s packaging improvements are part of its long-standing process of betterment and innovation, including developing scientific breakthroughs such as pure yeast and the pH scale.
(Carlsberg Danmark A/S)

SK HVC and Bluemats plan first multilayered carton recycling facility in the Netherlands

SK HVC and Bluemats plan first multilayered carton recycling facility in the Netherlands  (Company news)

Smurfit Kappa has joined with companies HVC and Bluemats to unveil an ambitious plan for the first full beverage carton recycling plant in the Netherlands.

When it comes to recycling, beverage cartons, for example those used for fruit juice or milk, currently pose an infrastructural challenge as they have to be split into three materials: paper, plastic and aluminium. The planned new facility will have the capability to quickly split and sort the components of the drinks cartons so the materials can be used to create new products. Single-use coffee cups, which also have multi-layered materials, are also included in the scope of the plan.

Over half of the beverage cartons used in the Netherlands are incinerated or disposed of in general waste channels, with the remainder being exported to other countries for recycling. A new domestic facility would therefore be an enormous benefit from both an environmental and logistics perspective.

Smurfit Kappa brings long-term expertise in paper-recycling installations to the project which has been awarded a European LIFE grant. HVC brings sustainable waste collection experience to the project while Bluemats will handle and separate the plastics and aluminium.

Henk Hoevers, VP of Paper Technology at Smurfit Kappa, said: “We are excited about being involved in a project that has the potential to solve a very big challenge and potentially push the high recycling rate of paper even further than the current 85%.

“Together, our three companies plan a state-of-the-art installation that can deal with this specific multi-material reject stream. Using all three separated streams of paper, plastic and aluminium for further recycling is unique.

“This plan is very much in line with the circularity that embeds all our operations and aligns with our Better Planet Packaging initiative which seeks to reduce packaging waste.”

Dennis Froeling, Business Developer with HVC, added: “At this time, multi-layered cartons are being recycled elsewhere in Europe, mainly in Germany.

“We would like to ensure that the multi-layered cartons that come from our sorting centre in Heerenveen and from SUEZ in Rotterdam are being recycled in the Netherlands. By doing this we are connecting the entire chain from collection, to transport through to the sorting and processing of raw materials.”

Plans for the new facility will be further developed ahead of a final decision in the next six months.
(Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

O-I Significantly Improves Sustainability Certifications

O-I Significantly Improves Sustainability Certifications  (Company news)

Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) continues to be recognized for its commitment to sustainability. Cradle to Cradle Certified™ and EcoVadis, two non-profits engaged in evaluating and certifying business sustainability practices, have awarded O-I with improved ratings for the company’s sustainability practices. Most notably, O-I is the only company in the food and beverage packaging category to receive a Cradle to Cradle PLATINUM rating in material health for the entire container that is in contact with world’s most beloved food and beverage brands.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program and EcoVadis are both credible evaluators providing guidance to manufacturers and designers through a continual improvement process based on critical focus areas. These certifications are important in demonstrating the company’s progress, and also illustrating to our customers and consumers that we are delivering on the appropriate actions to make a positive impact on people and the planet.

O-I worked closely with both non-profits, and subject matter experts within the company’s global network. Some of the defining activities included mapping the manufacturing process to detail all materials used as well as analyzing wastewater discharge. “We are proud of what we make. Glass packaging is the most sustainable packaging, and these improved ratings show our strong commitment to doing the right thing for consumers, our customers and the environment,” said Jim Nordmeyer, VP, Global Sustainability at O-I. “Glass packaging has wondrous attributes unlike any other packaging; endlessly recyclable and reusable, and it protects the integrity, quality and taste of the product inside. O-I is also the largest user of post-consumer recycled glass which is used to make new packaging over and over again.”

Cradle To Cradle
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program is one of the premier sustainability certifications for products around the world and across industries. O-I received higher scores in three out of five Cradle to Cradle Certification categories for nearly 94 percent of our global glass operations producing certain colors for the beer, food, non-alcoholic beverage, spirit and wine markets. The material health category is especially important because it helps ensure products are made as safe as possible for humans as well as the environment. Our high rating is a testament to the pure package we create and our customers value. Through additional efforts we also achieved higher ratings of GOLD in water stewardship and SILVER in social fairness. Overall, O-I received a BRONZE rating across all categories which is consistent with our previous rating and is reflective of areas of opportunity in renewable energy procurement.
(O-I Owens-Illinois Glass Containers)

Symrise expands innovation center in Indonesia

Symrise expands innovation center in Indonesia  (Company news)

- Strengthened presence in emerging Southeast Asian markets
- Location close to sustainably cultivated raw materials

Picture: Symrise CEO Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram cuts the ribbon at the expanded Innovation Center in Jakarta Indonesia

Symrise has invested in its location in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The company officially opened the expanded innovation center on October 10, 2019. With this modern facility, Symrise can develop creative solutions for fragrances, cosmetics, food and beverages. These applications are specifically tailored for the Indonesian market and can directly be presented to customers on site. Diana Food, the natural solution provider, is also using the facility to engage with customers in one location to extend its footprint in Indonesia.

Symrise invested a total of around € 3 million in the innovation center. "With our expanded location in Jakarta, we are emphasizing the importance of the Asian region for our company. Indonesia is already a key market today and will continue to be so in the future. Over the past ten years, we have more than doubled our sales and generated an annual growth rate of around eight percent,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise. Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia. The proportion of middle-income groups is rising and purchasing power is steadily increasing.

Accordingly, Symrise has significantly increased the innovation and laboratory capacities for taste, scent and care. The perfumers have access to application laboratories with a wide range of modern test and evaluation equipment. The space for technologists in the Flavor division has more than doubled. In the new center they will extend the development of flavorings for the local market, for example, solutions for beverage applications, sweet goods, and savory products. The results can be evaluated with the latest technologies as well. The team can also present final products to their customers directly on site.

Through the expansion Symrise has almost doubled its profile in Scent & Care and Flavor with application possibilities for fragrances, cosmetic ingredients and flavorings for beverages, sweets and savory products. Dr. Bertram and additional management representatives have traveled to Jakarta for the opening ceremony, highlighting the region's strategic relevance for the Company.

Indonesia: Strategic raw materials and sustainability-oriented consumers
“Consumers in Indonesia as well as Southeast Asia are increasingly looking for sustainable products and have a strong focus on their health and well-being,” says Dr. Bertram. “At the same time, we have early on realized how important the access to strategic raw materials is. Most of our products are based on natural raw materials. Many of them come from Indonesia, such as aromatic patchouli and cloves.”

Patchouli, for example, is grown on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Symrise maintains sustainable partnerships with local farmers there. This gives the company direct access to sources of valuable raw materials. It also contributes to the effective protection of ecosystems and to the improvement of life in local communities.

Using local developments for unique creations
In the three Flavor, Scent & Care and Nutrition segments, Symrise is represented at around 100 locations worldwide with more than 30,000 products. First and foremost, the company pursues a common goal in all regions: to develop locally. This is also the case in Indonesia. “For example, the characteristic Asian ingredient ginger is found in foods, drinks, fragrances and cosmetics,” says Dr. Bertram. “We develop and manufacture successful flavorings, fragrances, cosmetic ingredients and nutritional solutions for Indonesian companies and consumers. Going forward we will be better positioned to significantly accelerate product development for our local customers in Indonesia.”
(Symrise AG)


South Africa: Blossoming craft beer sector trying to get drinkers broaden their tastes  (

For more than a century, beer-making in South Africa has been dominated by South African Breweries (SAB), a subsidiary of multinational giant Anheuser-Busch InBev. But now a growing movement of craft brewers is trying to get the nation's drinkers to broaden their tastes, CNN reported on October 21.

"A blossoming craft beer sector enables startups to grow and gives the little guy a chance to help disrupt an industry that for decades has been controlled by one company," says Nick Smith, chairman of Craft Brewers Association South Africa (CBASA). "We compete against the Goliaths by focusing on making amazing, innovative beer."

Craft beer is brewed by small or independent breweries. It started to become popular in South Africa in 1983 with the opening of Mitchell's Brewery in Knysna, in the Western Cape, says Smith. It really began to gain traction in the mid- to late 2000s and has "come on in a big way in the last five years or so," says Smith, who is also founder of Soul Barrel Brewing Co.

There are now around 215 craft breweries, according to CBASA. Still, craft beer accounts for just under a 1% share of the beer market in South Africa, Smith estimates.

South Africa "went from a handful of microbreweries dotted around the country prior to 2010, to suddenly taking an interest in craft beer," says Brendan Hart, founder of Frontier Beer Co., a craft brewery established in 2016. "This meant an explosion of brands from garage brewing origins, some of these good, some of them bad, and not many with the packaging technology to present a beer well in retail and distribution channels."

"Craft in South Africa is still quite small, but it does have its share of the market," said Zoleka Lisa, vice president of corporate affairs at SAB. "Younger consumers are looking for alternatives."

Health-conscious young people were also looking for low- or no-alcohol beers, prompting SAB in 2017 to launch Castle Free, the first alcohol-free beer to be brewed in South Africa, she adds.

One challenge for the craft brewers is to encourage South African drinkers to move away from lager, say Smith and Hart.

"South Africans are very lager familiar," says Hart. "We like to pull people into the wider world of beer, to try new things and explore some of those styles that other countries are very familiar with."

"There's something for everyone," Hart adds. "From the fruity, sour, spicy, malty, rich and dark. You try to let your product talk."

Craft beer is generally more expensive than the bigger brands. Because production costs can be around 10 times as high, says Hart, customers typically pay twice as much for a custom brew.

"In general, our biggest task is to educate the public on why craft beer and local breweries are amazing and worth paying more for," says Smith. "Once people are exposed to the amazing world of beer, they never turn back."

South Africa is the world's 12th largest beer producer, according to the Beer Association of South Africa. The global craft beer market generated more than $38 billion in sales last year and is expected to grow 14% a year through 2023, according to market research company Orbis.

South African breweries are moving beyond styles influenced by the U.S. and Europe to make original beers drawing on local ingredients and beer culture, says Smith. Brewsters Craft, for example, makes one of its beers using sorghum grain, an ingredient found in many traditional African beers.

Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela set up Brewsters Craft with 8 million rand ($530,000) in 2015, having worked for SAB for seven years. It was the first black female majority owned brewing company in South Africa and has the capacity to produce 20,000 liters a month -- although at the moment it's only operating at half that level.

"I felt that the South African craft industry was growing," said Nxusani-Mawela. "I'm passionate about our continent and I'm passionate about what we can do in our continent."

She is a passionate champion of women brewers. "I wanted to celebrate my Africanism. I wanted to celebrate women in brewing because historically, we've been making the beers," says Nxusani-Mawela.

In August, to coincide with Women's Month, SAB launched Bold Brew - a limited edition beer designed and brewed entirely by women. It was produced by Brewsters Craft, with Nxusani-Mawela overseeing the process.

"We want our category to embrace women in South Africa," said Lisa. "Bold Brew was just saying, let's celebrate women's month and toast it with the beer."


Australia: Craft beer drinkers positive about future of category - survey  (

Australian craft beer drinkers feel positive about the future of the category: with 93% believing the quality of brews is improving, while 87% would encourage family and friends to try craft beer, reported on October 23.

More than 23,000 Australian craft beer drinkers from across the country took part in online craft beer retailer Beer Cartel’s annual survey, which is now in its fourth year.

“Craft beer is the only segment of the Australian beer market which is in continuous growth, with overall consumption of beer and alcohol in decline,” says Beer Cartel. “Most craft beer drinkers are positive about the direction craft beer is heading and are excited by the opportunity to try different beers.”

Key changes in the category over the last year have been a shift towards cans and an increase in online purchases, notes the survey.

The average Australian craft drinker is aged 38; has been interested in the category for 8 years; and spends A$56 a week on beer. The number of female craft drinkers has grown: but still only accounts for 23% of consumers, with 77% of drinkers being male.

Pale Ale /XPA is the most popular beer style; followed closely by India Pale Ale / double IPA.

Core range beers account for the majority of purchases. While past research indicated a large proportion of consumers are regularly drinking beers they’re never previously tried, the frequency of purchase of core range beers compared to new or limited release beers overall is much higher.

Drinkers use a wide range of sources to find advice on beers to buy. Friends and family (49%) are the most common source cited, alongside the brewery venue and brewery staff.

In the past year there has been growth in online beer purchases. According to the survey, 30% of craft beer drinkers purchase beer online at least every six months or more often, compared to 22% in 2018.

In May 2018 the Australian Independent Brewers Association (IBA) released their Independence Seal to help consumers identify independent breweries. Awareness of the seal is growing: in 2018 a third of craft beer consumers knew about the seal: this year awareness has grown to 41%.

Nine percent of craft beer consumers said they would only buy beer with the seal; while 59% said it had a medium to large impact on their beer purchases.

For the vast majority of craft beer drinkers (78%), the term 'Independent Beer' means beer that it is made by an Independent brewery.

Other respondents linked the term ‘independent’ to being Australian-made, supporting small businesses, or being a higher-quality product.

As with other developed beer markets, large multinational brewers are snapping up Australian craft brands (Carlton & United Breweries with 4 Pines and Pirate Life; Lion with Little Creatures; for example).

In the survey, 89% of drinkers said they were big supporters of independent craft beer.

But there remains a large minority (40%) who say they are happy to buy good craft beer irrespective of ownership (34% of respondents, in contrast, do believe that ownership is important).

Australia's best craft brewery, according to the survey, is Gold Coast brewery Balter Brewing Company.

Consumer preference for cans has overtaken bottles for the first time in Australia. Overall preference for cans has grown 8 percentage points to 38%, while preference for bottles has decreased significantly to 27%.

“This reflects the changing landscape of vessels in Australia where the majority of craft brewers now sell beer in cans,” notes Beer Cartel.

However, 35% of craft drinkers said they did not have any preference what their beer was packaged in.

For most craft beer drinkers, four or six packs are the most common packaging format purchased.


EU & USA: Scotch imports tariffs in the US will be 'particularly damaging' for smaller producers  (

The 25% tariff on single malt Scotch imports to the US, effective from October 18, will be “particularly damaging” for smaller producers and will “diminish” consumer choice, The Spirits Business reported, citing the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The SWA’s Karen Betts says that smaller producers will be hit the hardest by the 25% tariffs on single malt

On 2 October, the US government revealed its intentions to impose a 25% import tariff on EU goods, including single malt Scotch whisky, single malt whiskey from Northern Ireland, liqueurs and cordials from Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland and the UK and wine.

The tariffs, which were formally given the go ahead by the World Trade Organization (WTO) earlier last week, came into force on October 18.

The US has been embroiled in an ongoing spat with the WTO over illegal subsidies for plane manufacturers Airbus and Boeing. The tariff has been launched in retaliation against EU subsidies given to aerospace company Airbus.

According to the SWA’s chief executive Karen Betts, the move means that Scotch “is now paying for over 60% of the UK’s tariff bill for the subsidies it provided to Airbus, eight times more than the next most valuable UK product on the tariff list”.

She warned that smaller producers will be hit the hardest by the tariffs.

The EU and the US first reached an agreement for tariff-free trade in distilled spirits in 1994.

Betts said: “This move undermines decades of hard work and investment, which has seen Scotch whisky sales boom in the US. It will impact both our industry and its supply chain.”

She added that the tariff on single malts “will see exports to the US drop by as much as 20% in the next 12 months, as Scotch whisky will become less competitive in the US market”.

Scotch whisky firms “would start to lose market share” and eventually “jobs could be at risk”, Betts warned.

“In Scotland and throughout our UK supply chain, we expect to see a dropping-off in investment and productivity,” she continued.

The new US tariffs are the latest blow to hit the industry since the EU’s 25% retaliatory tariff on US products, including American whiskey, was imposed in July 2018, resulting in a 21% sales decrease.

“We expect the damage to our industry to mirror the damage caused to exports of American whiskies to Europe since the EU imposed a 25% tariff in July 2018,” said Betts.

“Alongside American whiskey companies, we have called on the UK, US and EU governments for many months now to find a negotiated solution to the trade disputes that have given rise to these tit-for-tat tariffs, and to ensure that duty-free trade can resume between the UK and the US to the benefit of whisky producers, their employees, the communities we work in, and consumers everywhere.”

“We now need the UK and Scottish governments to work together to ensure distillers can weather the storm.

Betts urges that the two governments could consider “reducing the UK tax burden on Scotch whisky in the autumn Budget”, which will “provide an important lifeline while efforts continue to remove the tariffs”.

“Despite multiple pressures on the UK government, including Brexit, this issue must not fade from the minds of ministers,” Betts said.

“Scotch whisky has long been a standout export success. This is now at risk if government strategy does not urgently use all the powers at its disposal to remove these damaging tariffs.”

Next year, the WTO will decide what tariffs the EU can impose in retaliation to US state aid given to American company Boeing.


Belgium: Medieval 'super yeasts' named factor of success for Belgian beers  (

Belgian beers such as Gueuze or Trappist partly owe their success to medieval hybrid “super yeasts,” according to new research by an international team of scientists led by professors from Leuven and Ghent, the Brussels Times reported on October 22.

The mix of the two completely different types of yeast makes the hybrid yeasts much stronger than the original types, according to the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB). “Compare it to lions and tigers making a super baby,” said Jan Steensels from the VIB-KU Leuven Centre for Microbiology, reports VRT NWS.

The “hybridisation” is rare, according to the researchers. “In this case, the hybrid yeasts combine important characteristics from both parent species: the fermentation capacity from traditional beer yeast and the ‘stress resistance’ and ability to form special aromas from old, natural yeasts,” said the VIB in a statement.

Professor Steven Maere, a bioinformatics expert at the VIB-UGent Centre for Plant System Biology, provided the necessary plant expertise to the team in Leuven. In turn, together with colleagues from Munich, they identified the yeasts in the production of, for example, wine, beer and bread.

“It is fascinating that complex hybrids with doubled genomes are prominently present in both yeasts and plants,” said professor Maere, reports Het Laatste Nieuws.

The study was published in the Nature, Ecology and Evolution journal.


Japan: Kirin to launch non-alcoholic beer with Food with Functional Claim  (

Kirin is preparing to launch its non-alcoholic beer with a Food with Functional Claim (FFC) label in Japan, reported on October 24.

The beer, Kirin Karada Free, contains matured hop extract (S-Ignite) which the firm claims to help reduce abdominal fat.

Toshiaki Hyodo from the corporate communication at Kirin Holdings told NutraIngredients-Asia that there was an increasing awareness in health and moderate exercise, “and consumers are looking to obtain (health) benefits from drinking beverages.”

He said this had contributed to the share of functional beer market in Japan.

Hops extract powder is made from maturing hops, which not only reduces the bitterness, but also increases the amount of matured hop bitter acids, which are the active component for fat burn.

S-ignite works is by activating brown adipose tissue (BAT) rapidly via the sympathetic nerves. Activated BAT reduces body fat by acting as a metabolic furnace that uses the fat stored in white adipose tissue as fuel.

The firm said activated BAT is the key to continuously burning body fat, and eventually, reducing abdominal fat.

In a clinical trial conducted in 2016 by Morimoto-Kobayashi et al., 200 healthy but overweight (25≤BMI

They were divided into two groups and told to consume a placebo or drink containing S-ignite in the form of hops extract powder (425mg/day) for 12 weeks.

Participants were asked to maintain their normal eating and exercising habits.

Abdominal fat, body fat, body weight, BMI, waist and hip measurements were taken pre-treatment (week 0), every four-week interval, and post-treatment (week 16).

After 12 weeks, the researchers found that S-ignite could significantly reduce abdominal fat, and total fat (p<0.05).

Abdominal fat decreased by 10 cm2 for the treatment group, compared to 5 cm2 for placebo.

In the study, total fat area also decreased by 16 cm2 in the treatment group, compared to 8 cm2 reduction in the placebo group.

The researchers also observed that body weight in the treatment group significantly decreased by 0.5% after 12 weeks, compared to zero change in the placebo group.

At the follow up after 16 weeks, the treatment group continued to see a weight decrease of 0.6%, compared to no change in placebo.

Hip and waist circumferences were also observed to decrease in the treatment group.

The researchers said the body fat reduction “was judged by the amount of change in the abdominal fat area, (hence) it was interpreted that there was an action to reduce fat (body fat) around the stomach.”

“From these results, it was shown that healthy adults with high BMI can reduce body fat by continuously ingesting a beverage containing 35 mg of aged hop-derived bitter acid for 12 weeks,” they added.

The new drink will be launched on October 15, 2019, at mass retailers including convenience stores, supermarkets, and drugstores.

It will also be available on e-commerce. A 350mL drink retails at JPY 157 including tax.

The recommended intake is one bottle (350mL) per day, containing 35mg of matured hop bitter acids.

The drink contains zero calories, zero fat, 0.4g protein, and 7.7g carbohydrate.

At this point, the company has no plans to sell the drink in other markets.

According to Hyodo, the firm previously launched its first FFC beer called Kirin Perfect Free in 2015, containing dextrin to slow down the body’s absorption of sugar and fat.

Sapporo Breweries launched in 2017, Sapporo+, the first non-alcoholic beer with Food for Specified Health Uses claim (FOSHU).

Final Press Release: K 2019 gives a Clear Signal for Responsible Handling of Plastics

Final Press Release: K 2019 gives a Clear Signal for Responsible Handling of Plastics  (Company news)

-Strong Impetus for Industry: High Propensity to Invest among the approx. 225,000 Trade Visitors from 165 Countries
-Circular Economy is “Hottest Ticket” for the Global Plastics and Rubber Industries

K, the leading global trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, has drawn to a close in Düsseldorf after eight days on Wednesday (23 October 2019). The 3,330 exhibitors from 63 nations proved impressively: plastics continue to be an innovative, indispensable, future-oriented material. But they also unanimously underscored the necessity of having operational circular economies along the complete material chain and to this end already presented concrete solutions. Companies struck a nerve with people with this focus because the approximately 225,000 visitors from 165 countries took great interest especially in recycling systems, sustainable raw materials, resource-saving processes. Furthermore, K 2019 was characterised by a high propensity to invest as before. The intention among the international trade audience to get perfectly geared up for the future with the latest technologies was clearly perceivable.

“K 2019 came at precisely the right point in time. Its enormous importance for the sector is underpinned by its high acceptance levels all over the world. There is no other place the industry is represented so internationally and completely as here in Düsseldorf every three years,” says Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, and explains: “Especially in times of great challenges, a platform like the K is indispensable. It provides guidance and perspectives, sets sustainable economic impulses, shows forward-looking trends and concrete approaches. The industry and its professional associations enjoyed the unique opportunity here to present sector-specific solutions and debate questions of socio-political relevance on a global scale. And they have capitalised on this opportunity outstandingly well.”

Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Exhibitor Advisory Board at K 2019, was absolutely delighted at K 2019 results: “The plastics and rubber industry succeeded in proving once again that plastics are not only very valuable materials with outstanding properties but also that this industry assumes responsibility along the entire value chain. The buzzwords at K 2019 “Reflect. Re-Think. Think Laterally. Think Afresh.” were mirrored 1:1 by exhibitors’ stands. Never before has the industry addressed an issue so unanimously and worked on solutions so consistently as is the case now in the fields of environmental compatibility, saving resources and avoiding waste. There is a spirit of new departures prevailing in the industry and current dynamics are overwhelming.”

And the positive mood prevailing at K 2019 was also echoed by concrete demand at exhibition stands: “It became clear that global demand for innovative machinery and raw materials is particularly high right now, despite the current tensions in world trade or the business climate in some consumer sectors. This year’s K has by far exceeded our expectations and was able to generate key impetus for sustainable governance and new business models,” said Reifenhäuser.

The nations especially well represented on the part of visitors after Germany were Italy, the Netherlands, India, Turkey and China, followed by the USA. Furthermore, a marked increase in the number of trade visitors from the Russian Federation, Japan and Brazil could be registered. The number of executives among K visitors rose slightly yet again: to the tune of 68% came from top or middle management. With over 90 percent, visitor satisfaction was again at a top level. While for German trade visitors increased efficiency ranked first as the currently most important issue, the expansion of product and service portfolios was in the foreground for European and non-European trade fair guests.

Once again, K was able to score points as a premiere platform where many trend-setting products and applications were presented to the world public for the first time. The innovations were not only admired, but also many concrete negotiations were conducted and contracts signed. “We found the propensity to invest extremely high and across all nations. In particular, business with new customers was very positive this year. We are also confident about very strong follow-up business,” says Reifenhäuser. For the guests from throughout the world investment in expansion ranked particularly high on the list, especially in extruders and extrusion lines. The survey among visitors also showed that the interest in machinery and equipment for plastics reclamation and recycling is noticeably higher abroad than in Germany.

Flexible materials – rubbers and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) – also proved a fixture at K again. Although the elastomer segment has traditionally been smaller than the plastics range at K, there was a surprisingly high number of companies presenting elastomer-specific products and services – be it raw materials, additives and compounds or special machines and equipment for reclamation and converting.

The extensive supporting programme at K 2019 boasting keynotes and high-calibre discussions such as on renewable energies, material efficiency or zero-waste production met with avid interest among the international audience, especially the Special Show K 2019 “Plastics shape the Future”. This year the innovative power of the material and the industry in terms of resource-saving processes, digitalisation, functionality, renewable energies, circularity and sustainability were centrestage. And such critical themes as marine litter, the throw-away mentality associated with plastic packaging and the use of finite resources for their production were not ignored either. Proving one of the highlights was a humanoid robot that was built during K 2019 by young researchers from FabLab Lübeck e.V. serving as an example to show where developments are headed in future when additive manufacturing and robotics are combined with cutting-edge materials such as plastics.

At the Science Campus both exhibitors and visitors to K 2019 were given a condensed overview of scientific activities and results in the plastics and rubber sector. Numerous universities, institutes and funding agencies provided opportunities for direct dialogue.

The next K Düsseldorf will be held from 19 to 26 October 2022.
(Messe Düsseldorf GmbH)

StrongPack and Sidel partner to create leading co-packing hub for non-alcoholic beverages ...

StrongPack and Sidel partner to create leading co-packing hub for non-alcoholic beverages ...  (Company news)

... in Africa

StrongPack Ltd. recently established its operations in the Nigerian market with the mission to become the number one, high-quality, non-alcoholic contract packaging company in Africa. As part of its greenfield project, they installed a total of four Sidel lines over the span of two years, including a can line, two regular complete PET lines and one PET line integrating Sidel’s ActisTM coating system. The latter one was critical to increase the drinks’ shelf life, thus addressing some of the challenges in the local distribution chain. By choosing Actis, StrongPack could lightweight the bottles by 25% while redesigning their shapes.

Carbonated soft drinks (CSD) are the second most popular beverage category in Africa, after bottled water. This segment continues to grow mainly due to the fact that the consumers’ purchasing power is steadily increasing on a continent with the youngest demography globally.[1] However, distribution is complicated by long transportation routes and difficult road conditions, creating a large demand for bottled drinks with longer shelf life.

Within this emerging market, Nigeria is a very interesting case. With 195.9 million inhabitants and a population growth of 2.6% in 2018[2], it has been showing a healthy CSD performance over the last few years, even during economic slumps (with a volume growth of 11.1% CAGR from 2012 to 2017). This phenomenon was mainly driven by population increase, price competition and aggressive marketing campaigns from the major global CSD players.

A long-term business approach focused on innovation
Witnessing these business opportunities in the CSD market, StrongPack started their operations in 2018 as a co-packer of non-alcoholic beverages with some ambitious goals: “In the next five years, we want to become the number one non-alcoholic contract packaging company in all of Africa,” explains Del Tupaz, Managing Director at StrongPack. “At the same time, we aim to be the leading high quality co-packer in Nigeria, whatever the brand. This is fundamental to our business approach and it is definitely paying us back. We have recently started co-packing 60 cl PET bottles for a leading global soft drink company,” he adds.

When starting their operations in Nigeria, StrongPack needed to differentiate themselves and their capabilities from the existing players in the market, in a country that has historically chosen returnable glass bottles as the main packaging format.

They did this by investing in state-of-the-art technology for PET and can production, therefore expanding the range of packaging options they could offer to their customers. PET, for example, is well renowned for the convenience, the reusability and the performance it can provide through the supply chain. However, given the hot temperatures and the tough logistics in Nigeria, handling PET packaging is more demanding compared to other parts of the world. Some products are displayed and merchandised outside on open marketplaces, often directly under the sun, a distribution set-up which leads to carbonation loss. Additionally, with poor road conditions, bottles are shaken during transportation, increasing the loss of carbonation further.

The Managing Director of StrongPack adds, “We were looking for a solution that would help us overcome some of these challenges. After careful consideration, we found that Sidel and their Actis system – as integrated in a Combi configuration in one of our complete PET lines – was what would fit the local value chain conditions best.” This decision makes StrongPack the first and only beverage producer in Africa who has Sidel’s Actis technology installed and is able to provide coated PET bottles for CSD.

Outstanding partnership turns greenfield project into success
StrongPack first started their discussions with Sidel a few years ago when they entered the beverage bottling business, targeting a greenfield project with two complete lines, one for cans and the other one handling PET bottles. These lines started running in 2018 and back then were mainly dedicated to packaging RC Cola, one of the leading cola brands in the world, established in 1905. Their performance and reliability perfectly matched the co-packer’s expectations, therefore StrongPack invested in another two complete PET lines, one standard PET and one integrating Sidel’s Actis in Combi configuration.

Planned on a new site of 8.4 hectares and housed in a building of 32,000 square meters in Agbara, an industrial area close to Lagos, this greenfield project was especially challenging. Therefore, StrongPack was looking for local support and an open-minded, innovation-driven and proactive partner they could trust along this journey of building up a leading co-packing hub from scratch. “All the way through this demanding project, we partnered with Sidel and their well-structured team. Together with their project managers and line designers, we regularly evaluated the progress and made adjustments where necessary. During this process, we have been pleasantly surprised by how Sidel’s team has been able to support our requirements, both in terms of speed and flexibility and by the holistic approach they applied. Even in the face of unforeseen challenges, we achieved our goals thanks to the exceptional communication between the teams, where a culture of learning was practiced on a daily basis,” comments StrongPack’s Managing Director.

He continues: “At full development of the site, we will be able to produce 1.2 billion litres of non-alcoholic beverages per year. The capacity and capabilities of our factory in Agbara will position us as a main hub for many potential African customers.”

Highest level of flexibility: CSD packaged in different container types and formats
Thanks to the successful partnership with Sidel, the Nigerian co-packer now has a future-proof factory with four complete lines, where the equipment and processes are efficiently laid out, allowing them to do quick changeovers and fast CIPs for great production reliability and flexibility – both in cans and PET. “From the very beginning, we didn’t have any doubts as to Sidel’s capabilities: we knew that they were one of the leading companies in the industry providing turnkey solutions for carbonated soft drinks.” Notably, Sidel and StrongPack share common values, such as employee safety and high quality standards. “The project execution, including the piping installation, the layout design and the processing area definition, has been performed with an absolute focus on accessibility and functionality. It was excellent. There were no shortcuts taken,” he adds.

The overall production capacity of the Agbara plant currently lies at a remarkable 850 million PET bottles per year, including both standard and coated bottles. The two regular PET packaging lines are running at 36,800 bottles per hour (bph) and 46,000 bph. In addition, the versatile canning line produces 40,000 cans per hour. For the latter, the entire line layout and concept has originally been developed to support non-alcoholic malt production, a beverage which is quite popular in Nigeria. “We believe there is a growing market for this drink and that’s why, since the beginning, we put a pasteuriser – designed to handle sensitive products – in our can line. It is not only for the malt but also to be able to manage other drinks like iced tea and juices in cans. These are not yet extremely popular in Nigeria but this setup already prepares us for the future and keeps our production highly flexible,” explains the Managing Director of StrongPack.

Lightweighted bottle saves three tons of PET resin per day
The complete PET line featuring Actis in a Combi configuration and handling two bottle formats (35 cl and 50 cl) is fuelling the unique production advantages offered to CSD brands by the Agbara site. Actis (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) is Sidel’s proven plasma coating technology, extending the shelf life of beverages by up to five times while enabling package lightweighting, yet with no compromises on recyclability. These benefits, paired with the ease of operations and the many Actis references installed globally, currently accounting for more than five billion bottles produced across CSD, beer, juices, tea and coffee, are exactly why StrongPack selected this solution. “The reduction of the 35 cl bottle weight down to 15.5 grams allows us to roughly save about three tons of resin per day. That is three tons that are not going to the landfill,” says StrongPack.

Helped by the Actis technology and the increased shelf life of the PET bottles, StrongPack plans to reach additional markets in West Africa that otherwise would not be available to them. Choosing Actis also offered the opportunity to develop a new bottle design for their 35 cl and 50 cl formats, which not only matches Actis’ requirements but also stands out at the point of sale – a key factor in the Nigerian market. “Today, we are particularly pleased with Actis, so much so, that we have renewed our confidence in Sidel and already ordered a second PET line featuring this technology,” StrongPack Chairman, Eric Thibault, concludes proudly.
(Sidel International AG)

Introducing a World-First: A Coke Bottle Made with Plastic from the Sea

Introducing a World-First: A Coke Bottle Made with Plastic from the Sea  (Company news)

Picture: Breakthrough technology can transform low-quality plastic into high-quality food-grade packaging.

Coca-Cola is unveiling the first ever sample bottle made using recovered and recycled marine plastics, demonstrating that, one day, even ocean debris could be used in recycled packaging for food or drinks. This sample is the first ever plastic bottle made using marine litter that has been successfully recycled and reused in food and drink packaging.

About 300 sample bottles have been produced using 25% recycled marine plastic, retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and beaches. A small step for now, but the technology behind it has big potential.

Recycling the unrecyclable
The marine plastic bottle has been developed to show the transformational potential of revolutionary ‘enhanced recycling’ technologies, which can recycle previously used plastics of any quality back to the high-quality needed for food or drinks packaging.

Enhanced recycling technologies use innovative processes that break down the components of plastic and strip out impurities in lower-grade recyclables so they can be rebuilt as good as new. This means that lower-grade plastics that were often destined for incineration or landfill can now be given a new life. It also means more materials are available to make recycled content, reducing the amount of virgin PET needed from fossil fuels, and resulting in a lower carbon footprint.

The sample bottle is the result of a partnership between Ioniqa Technologies, Indorama Ventures, Mares Circulares (Circular Seas) and The Coca-Cola Company. Although enhanced recycling is still in its infancy, the partners produced the sample marine plastic bottle as a proof of concept for what the technology may achieve in time.

In the immediate term, enhanced recycling will be introduced at commercial scale using waste streams from existing recyclers, including previously unrecyclable plastics and lower-quality recyclables. From 2020, Coca-Cola plans to roll out this enhanced recycled content in some of its bottles.

Working toward zero waste
Bruno van Gompel, Technical and Supply Chain Director, Coca-Cola Western Europe, says the potential for the technology is huge: “Enhanced recycling technologies are enormously exciting, not just for us but for industry and society at large. They accelerate the prospect of a closed-loop economy for plastic, which is why we are investing behind them. As these begin to scale, we will see all kinds of used plastics returned, as good as new, not just once but again and again, diverting waste streams from incineration and landfill.”

Tonnis Hooghoudt, CEO of Ioniqa Technologies, the Dutch company that developed the proprietary enhanced recycling technology, says: “The impact of enhanced recycling will be felt on a global scale: by working with Coca-Cola and Indorama to produce this bottle, we aim to show what this technology can deliver. Our new plant is now operational and we are bringing this technology to scale. In doing so, we aim to eliminate the concept of single use plastic and plastic waste altogether.”
(The Coca-Cola Company)

Beviale Moscow: Sparkling news for 2020

Beviale Moscow: Sparkling news for 2020  (Beviale Moscow)

Beviale Moscow this year, Russia’s innovative platform for the beverage industry, was bigger than ever. Preparations for the next edition in 2020 are in full swing: The new partnership with Congrès et Expositions de Bordeaux (organizer of VINITECH SIFEL) promises a major development in the field of wine production. Also new: the Packaging Starter Area. As Eastern Europe’s first and to date only trade fair for the beverage industry, Beviale Moscow covers the entire process chain. From suitable raw ingredients and custom technologies to efficient packaging, logistics or creative marketing ideas – solutions for all beverage segments. International as well as local suppliers already confirmed their participation.

Project Manager Thimo Holst: “We are more than pleased being able to announce a major step in the development of Beviale Moscow. For many years, we have recognized the positive development of the Russian wine industry. Now, for Beviale Moscow 2020, we succeeded implementing this sector as an integral part of the show.” Together with the new partner Congrès et Expositions de Bordeaux (organizer of VINITECH SIFEL, Europe’s leading event for wine, arboriculture and vegetable production) Beviale Moscow will launch the Russian edition of their well known VINITECH INNOVATION TOUR at Beviale Moscow 2020. Participants of Beviale Moscow can look forward to a highly attractive combination of exhibition-parts, conferences and seminars, professional trainings and excursions – all covering the field of wine production and its local demands.

The trade fair will also pay special attention to the processing, filling/bottling and packaging of liquids and beverages. The Packaging Starter Area is a joint stand concept offering all-inclusive stand packages to companies in the field of filling and packaging, willing to increase their activities in Russia.

60 percent of the available stand space is already sold. Exhibitors along the entire process chain – international as well as local – present and promote their products and solutions towards one of the biggest markets worldwide. Registration documents are available from the following link:

The Bavarian engagement in Russia has always been a very dynamic one. Supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economy and Bayern International, NürnbergMesse organizes a Bavarian Pavilion. Benefit from a highly attractive stand position, the joint stand concept, financial support and its one-stop service.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Aptar F+B will be Exhibitor at Brau Beviale 2019

Aptar F+B will be Exhibitor at Brau Beviale 2019  (Company news)

Aptar Food + Beverage will be exhibiting at Brau Beviale 2019 taking place in Nüremberg – Germany, from November 11 to 14.
Come and visit us Hall 4 Stand 129.

During this event, Aptar will present its tethered solutions, which promote post-use recycling as the tethered closure stays attached to the bottle through its life cycle, while improving the consumer drinking experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover also 2 other innovations by Aptar, a new sport cap and a new instant mixing cap.

Looking forward to seeing you at Brau Beviale!
(Aptar Food+Beverage)

Kellogg's Corn Flakes Nitro Milkshake IPA

Kellogg's Corn Flakes Nitro Milkshake IPA  (Company news)

When two Botany neighbours want to get together, naturally it is done over a beer. This collab between One Drop Brewing Co. and Kellogg’s sees a couple of Botany locals coming together and creating something truly unique.

Fruity, creamy and utterly delicious. A true milkshake with copious amounts of famous Kellogg’s Corn Flakes added into our mash tun, with milky lactose, sweet fruits, and rich vanilla. Sabro, Citra and Simcoe add just the right slice of hoppiness without distraction from the huge hits of ripe strawberry, passionfruit, coconut and mango. Served with Nitro for ultimate creaminess.

Available on tap and in cans at our Taproom or online via our website as part of our limited release best of 2019 Mixbox. Australia wide free delivery.
(One Drop Brewing Co.)

Sidel at BrauBeviale 2019: Performance all along the beer line

Sidel at BrauBeviale 2019: Performance all along the beer line  (Company news)

At this year’s BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, taking place from the 12th to 14th of November, Sidel (Booth 223, Hall 7a) will showcase solutions for tomorrow’s beer lines, focusing on designing, building and maintaining advanced performance throughout the production assets’ entire lifecycles.

In the dynamic European market, glass and can bottles are estimated to thrive over the next few years, predicted to increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2.8% for non-alcoholic, and of 3.7% for alcoholic beverages, until 2022. This trend especially holds true for the beer market, where can and glass already represent 81% of the packaging materials used. As a leading provider of equipment and services solutions for packaging beverage, food, home and personal care products in PET, can and glass, Sidel will shine a spotlight on their complete solutions for the beer industry at BrauBeviale 2019, always with the goal of securing maximum drink quality, food safety and production flexibility for their customers.

The new generation of can and glass filling
At Booth 223 in Hall 7a, the company will display EvoFILL Can and EvoFILL Glass, expanding the benefits of the proven Sidel Matrix™ platform to can and glass filling, respectively. “The increasing number of SKUs in the market demands greater flexibility for a wide range of drinks, containers and filling temperatures. All this is perfectly met by our latest generation of filling solutions, securing the best product quality by improving hygiene and filling accuracy,” explains José Priante, Vice President Sales Beverage Europe and Central Asia (ECA), Sidel.

Sidel’s EvoFILL Can – prominently featured at the booth via videos and interactive 3D animations – tackles all needs of being sustainable, hygienic and versatile, getting brewers ready for future challenges in canned drinks production. In Nuremberg, Sidel will demonstrate the solution’s performance through a complete canning line project delivered to HEINEKEN Vietnam. This is only one of the successful customer references Sidel will introduce at their booth.

Visitors will also get a first-hand look of Sidel’s EvoFILL Glass. “This is the latest milestone in our filling portfolio, combining high production flexibility and unparalleled product quality,” José declares. As one of the first customers, the Italian brewery, Birra Peroni, a subsidiary of Asahi Europe Ltd., recently installed a complete Sidel glass line featuring EvoFILL Glass.

“At BrauBeviale this year, we want to show our comprehensive offering for the beer industry, based on future-proof technology, disruptive concepts and human ingenuity. Our customers are unique, and so are our solutions,” he concludes.
(Sidel International AG)

Feldmuehle - Increased performance of the PM 1 after maintenance shutdown

Feldmuehle - Increased performance of the PM 1 after maintenance shutdown   (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, leading manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, has restarted production of paper machine 1 as planned after a 4-day maintenance shutdown. As part of the shutdown, various maintenance and improvement measures were carried out to further improve product quality. The performance of the PM 1 has been increased by up to 7% for various grades. This was necessary to meet the increasing demand of customers.

In addition, the warehouse and logistics concept has been optimized in recent months and adapted to the new production capacities. As a result, the delivery dates can be met even more precisely in the future.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)

Beyond Juice: KHS presents the first recyclable juice bottle made of 100% rPET

Beyond Juice: KHS presents the first recyclable juice bottle made of 100% rPET  (Company news)

-Bottle concept provides maximum product protection for sensitive beverages
-Bottle fully recyclable thanks to FreshSafe PET® technology
-Renowned environmental service provider issues quality seal with top marks

There is an increasing demand from consumers and the beverage industry alike for packaging which saves on resources. Companies who design a container nowadays must also take its entire life cycle into account. KHS is addressing precisely this issue with its new Beyond Juice concept. For the first time the Dortmund systems provider has now developed a fully recyclable juice bottle made of 100% recyclate whose FreshSafe PET® barrier system offers unique product and freshness protection. In combining its market-proven systems KHS is taking an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to the beverage industry’s striving towards greater sustainability.

“With Beyond Juice we’re providing concrete answers to the challenges of the beverage industry, taking the juice bottle as an example. Also in view of the current debate on plastics practical, environmentally-friendly systems are becoming more and more important," says Philipp Langhammer, product manager for barrier technology at KHS Corpoplast. What is needed is an integral and sustainable type of packaging suitable for the entire spectrum of sensitive beverages. “When developing the bottle we thus strictly adhered to our credo of environmental protection, recyclability and maximum product protection,” states Langhammer. The PET container was designed by the KHS experts from the holistic Bottles & ShapesTM consultancy program together with environmental service provider Interseroh from Cologne according to their latest design guidelines.

Environmental service provider issues recycling seal
Following a number of optimizations the Beyond Juice bottle was issued with the Made for Recycling seal by Interseroh – the first PET bottle to score a full 20 out of 20 points. “Thanks to the seal on the label, for the first time consumers can now allow the bottle’s truly excellent recycling properties to help influence their decision to buy when standing in front of the supermarket shelf,” says packaging engineer Julian Thielen from Interseroh. “In the medium term, for packaging the criterion of recyclability will additionally become just as important as the aspects of product protection, convenience and attractiveness – also on an international scale.”

Unique product protection
The Beyond Juice bottle satisfies all of these criteria – among other things with the help of FreshSafe PET®. “We were only able to give top marks when analyzing the bottle’s recyclability because KHS SiOx barrier technology was used,” Thielen explains. “Alternative composite materials utilized as a barrier also often color the recyclate and yield an inferior quality.” Beyond Juice does not apply these otherwise usual composite materials which are added to the bottle material to protect the product and make pure-grade recycling much more difficult or even impossible. This topic is quickly gaining in significance on an international scale, too. This is illustrated, for example, by the plastics strategy presented by the EU Commission at the start of 2018 which aspires to make all packaging waste in Europe recyclable by 2030.

FreshSafe PET® also ensures that sensitive, high-quality juices and spritzers, for instance, keep up to ten times longer than those filled into uncoated bottles. This is primarily thanks to the wafer-thin layer of glass applied to the inside of the bottle which prevents oxygen from penetrating the bottle and CO2 from escaping from it.

Trouble-free recycling of the entire bottle
The label area on the Beyond Juice container has been kept so small that sorting systems recognize it as a PET bottle. This makes sure that the container can be reintroduced to the recycling loop and is not simply used to make energy. It was also important to select the right kind of adhesive so that the label can be separated from the plastic in the recycling process and there is no unintentional soiling during the washing process.

The new KHS bottle concept has also been developed as a film-free pack for recycling purposes. Dots of adhesive which are strong and secure yet easy to remove hold the bottles together. With Nature MultiPackTM from KHS the film otherwise used to package the PET bottles as a six-pack, for example, is no longer required. This adhesive is also easily removed during recycling. “By doing away with the secondary film around the pack we’re helping to further reduce this type of packaging waste by up to 90%,” Langhammer claims.

As the Beyond Juice bottle consists of 100% rPET, it significantly helps to reduce the carbon footprint left by packaging throughout its entire life cycle. New studies by recognized trade associations confirm that PET bottles made of 100% recyclate have a much lower carbon footprint than containers made of what is known as virgin PET. Langhammer concludes that “at a production of 50 million bottles a year more than 1,500 metric tons of raw material in the form of new PET could be saved by our bottle.”
(KHS GmbH)

Adoption of Oji Group's paperproduct by Nestlé

Adoption of Oji Group's paperproduct by Nestlé  (Company news)

Oji Holdings (CEO: Masatoshi Kaku, Head Office: Tokyo) announces that Oji Group’s paper was adopted by Nestlé in Thailand for replacement of plastic bag to paper bag as a solution to reduce plastic for one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today.

We highly appreciate Nestlé’s considerate commitment towards creation of sustainable society. At the same time we will maintain supporting Nestlé’s action as a packaging material supplier.

As environmental statements were made at G20 summit which was held in Osaka in June 2019, the need to replace plastic with paper for the purpose of environment protection is increasing all over the world. Oji Group would like to engage in SDGs by supply of environmental friendly products together with our clients’ actions. We are expecting expansion of the market followed by Thailand.
(Oji Holdings Corporation)

Britvic Signs up to Science Based Targets initiative

Britvic Signs up to Science Based Targets initiative  (Company news)

On Global Strike Day, Britvic has pledged to pursue bolder greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets by signing up to the Science Based Targets initiative. Britvic joins around 600 leading companies from around the world in formally committing to independently verified science-based GHG emission reduction targets.

Britvic’s A Healthier Everyday sustainability strategy recognises climate change as one of the biggest threats facing the world today and the business has a longstanding commitment to reducing carbon emissions from its operations. Last year, Britvic reported a 14% reduction* in manufacturing carbon emissions relative to production and is working towards a further 5% reduction target for 2019.

Alison Rothnie, Corporate Responsibility Director, Britvic, said:
“At Britvic, we are dedicated to sustainable business practices, which is why we are delighted to sign up to the Science Based Targets initiative. As part of our sustainability strategy, we’ve already taken a number of steps to minimise our environmental impact, including removing plastic from our supply chain through light weighting our bottles and 100% of our plastic bottles, cans and glass are fully recyclable.”

“We understand the role that industry has to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our commitment to set a science-based emission reduction target marks the next step in Britvic’s contribution to the global fight against climate change.”

The Science Based Targets initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.

Further information on Britvic’s targets will be published once approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
(Britvic Plc)

Start-Up brand DRINK³ launches new responsible WATER³ in SIG's combidome carton bottle

Start-Up brand DRINK³ launches new responsible WATER³ in SIG's combidome carton bottle  (Company news)

A sustainable choice for responsible consumers

To help achieve its goal of becoming the UK’s lowest carbon footprint drinks brand by 2022, start-up DRINKS³ (Drinks Cubed) has launched its new premium mineral water in SIG’s unique combidome carton bottle with SIGNATURE packaging material.

WATER3 (Water Cubed) is a pure mineral water product sourced from the valleys of Lower Saxony in Germany. The water is packaged in SIG’s carton bottle combidome, which combines the best features of a carton pack with the best features of a bottle, is fully recyclable, primarily made from FSCTM-certified paperboard, and provides the best CO2 performance compared to other beverage packaging solutions on the market. WATER³ is therefore a fantastic alternative to what would usually be plastic packaging.

WATER3 also uses SIG’s SIGNATURE packaging material, meaning most of the used polymers are linked to wood-based renewable materials through a process called mass balancing. Added to this is an ultra-thin aluminium foil certified to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard.

DRINKS3 aims to lower its carbon footprint through using plant-based and responsible materials that generate significantly less CO2 than other beverage packaging, and by supporting efficient transport and distribution to reduce emissions even further. The brand also plans to help reduce the use of single-use plastics by actively encouraging consumers to choose products with packaging offering environmental benefits and to recycle them.

“At DRINKS³ we know that consumers around the world are seeking more natural and ethically-produced products, which is why we believe in providing products that are good for the mind, body and planet,” said Ravinder Sandhu, Co-Founder at DRINKS³. “Choosing the carton bottle for our new WATER³ therefore was a natural choice – offering consumers responsible product packaging that’s innovative within the premium mineral water market.”

Through SIG’s combidome with SIGNATURE packaging material, DRINKS³ is catering to the demands of modern eco-conscious consumers while offering a high level of convenience and differentiation. The unique carton bottle enables the product to stand out on retail shelves while guaranteeing a smooth pouring action and making drinking straight out of the carton easy. Together, these packaging properties are an ideal fit for the growing water and near-water trend with consumers seeking tasty and healthy refreshment even when on the move.

“Working together with DRINKS³, we are proud to launch an innovative water product in a sustainably-driven packaging solution that will make a real difference for both consumers and the planet,” said Norman Gierow, Head of Marketing Europe at SIG. “Our cooperation with start-up brand DRINKS³ supports our longer terms goals of giving more to society and the environment than we take out, and always acting sustainably and responsibly.”

In partnering with SIG, DRINKS3 is leveraging the potential of SIG’s Product Innovation and Differentiation platform – a drive to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Symrise joins biodiversity initiative

Symrise joins biodiversity initiative  (Company news)

— Coalition of 18 companies aims to protect biodiversity and continue changing agriculture

— The Holzminden-based Group contributes to more sustainable food manufacturing

With other companies, Symrise wants to protect biodiversity. That’s why the companies have created the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) coalition, which focuses on agriculture. Symrise is one of the founding members. The partners have committed themselves to jointly developing more environmentally friendly agricultural methods and changing their added value accordingly. On September 23, 2019, the launch of the initiative, which involves 18 companies and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), was officially announced at the UN Climate Change Conference in New York.

Globalized and specialized agriculture is currently reaching its ecological and social limits. The global food and agriculture system is responsible for 30 percent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, 70 percent of drinking water consumption and 60 percent of global biodiversity loss. At the same time, biological diversity is an essential requirement for fertile soils, flower pollination and pest control. This is why the cross-industry coalition OP2B has set itself the goal of developing alternative agricultural methods that protect and promote biodiversity.

In their work together, the 18 member groups focus mainly on three areas. First, they want to develop regenerative agricultural methods to protect the soil. These are intended, for example, to help plants store carbon dioxide better in the earth and enable soils to absorb more water. In addition, the resistance of vegetation is to be improved and dependence on artificial fertilizers and pesticides significantly reduced. Second, the partners want food manufacturers to diversify their product ranges. Among other things, there are plans to increase the number of rare and endangered crop varieties in order to preserve the genetic diversity of crop plants as a breeding reserve for a sustainable agricultural system. Third, the companies are planning to develop strategies to protect threatened ecosystems such as forests, marshes, grasslands and meadows, as these are especially rich in biodiversity. The coalition aims to achieve these three goals by 2030.

“For Symrise, biodiversity is a valuable source of innovation and inspiration for creating fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic and functional ingredients that improve health, nutrition and well-being," says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “That's why we're partnering with like-minded companies to integrate biodiversity into our strategies and business models.”

Coalition to present concrete measures in 2020
The partners would like to present progress by the time the United Nations World Conference on Nature Conservation is held in Beijing in 2020. For example, by June 2020, they want to develop a summary of important measures that member companies can implement in their value chains. They then plan to Conservation Conference in October 2020.

“One company alone cannot meet the challenge posed by the threat to biodiversity,” says Gliewe. “That’s why we have joined forces with partners to make agriculture more sustainable and thus preserve biological diversity. Together, we want to develop solutions for products that are attractive to our customers and consumers and, at the same time, appeal to their ecological awareness.”
(Symrise AG)


India: AB InBev to launch chain of microbreweries in India  (

AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, will launch a premium chain of microbreweries in India in a partnership with The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), reported on October 4.

AB InBev and IHCL – the largest hospitality company in Southeast Asia – will open 15 microbreweries over the next five years, located within IHCL hotels.

The microbreweries will be conceptualized by ZX Ventures, AB InBev’s global innovation and investment team.

“This exclusive partnership will leverage the collective strengths of the two leading companies to shape the future of quality craft beer in India,” say the two companies in a statement.

“AB InBev, with its in-house brewing expertise will offer the best craft beers using the finest natural ingredients. This coupled with IHCL’s culinary prowess and exemplary service, housed in a vibrant and high-energy environment, will celebrate the spirit of new India."

JOI Design from Hamburg will design the microbreweries.

The microbreweries will be located in the top urban cities in India, the first of which will be at Taj MG Road, Bengaluru, followed by Goa, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, IHCL operates 190 hotels (including 38 under development) across 12 countries. These include Taj – ‘the hallmark of iconic hospitality’, SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, upscale hotels and Ginger in the lean luxe segment.


EU & USA: US to introduce 25% tariffs on single malt Scotch and Irish malt whiskey  (

A number of key European Union drinks exports are set to face new tariffs in the U.S. market owing to a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies. On October 2, the World Trade Organization ruled that E.U. subsidies to Airbus were illegal and allowed the U.S. to impose retaliatory tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of E.U. products, the Shanken News Daily reported.

The U.S. immediately made good on its threat to target several key import categories with tariffs. Beginning October 18, 25% levies will take effect on wine from France, Spain, Germany, and the U.K.; single malt Scotch whisky; Irish malt whiskey from Northern Ireland; and liqueurs from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.

Cognac, Champagne, Italian wine, blended Scotch whisky, most Irish whiskies, and French liqueurs appear to have escaped unscathed for now, leading analysts like Jefferies to declare the measure “a light touch.” But while the levies may not be as severe or widespread as feared, U.S. industry groups are adamant that they will damage the drinks market— resulting in the loss of an estimated 13,000 U.S. jobs — and could lead the E.U. to further hike tariffs on key U.S. exports like American whiskey and California wine.

A joint statement from Distilled Spirits Council, the WSWA, the Wine Institute, and several others warned, “The U.S. action further ensnarls the distilled spirits industry in a trade dispute that began last year when the E.U. imposed a 25% retaliatory tariff on American whiskey in response to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.” Since then, American whiskey exports to the E.U. have declined by 21%, interrupting what had been a solid growth trend. The industry groups’ statement added, “The E.U. is considering imposing more tariffs on additional U.S. spirits and could raise them against U.S. wine as part of a separate WTO civil aviation subsidies dispute.”

“The decision to impose tariffs on imports of E.U. distilled spirits is a devastating blow to the U.S. spirits industry,” stated Chris Swonger, president and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. “While we recognize the U.S. and E.U. are trying to solve longstanding trade disputes, distillers on both sides of the Atlantic have become collateral damage in matters that are completely unrelated to our industry. As the important holiday season approaches, we urgently call upon the U.S. and the E.U. governments to get back to the negotiating table and return to tariff free trade with our largest export market.”


World: Beam Suntory releases US-Japan whiskey Legent  (

Beam Suntory have released a collaborative American whiskey made by Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe and Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo called Legent, Drinks International reported on October 7.

It is distilled and aged in Kentucky by Noe, seventh generation master distiller of Jim Beam, finished in Californian red wine and sherry casks and then blended by Fukuyo.

“Generally the bourbon industry doesn’t use the blending technique which is why I proposed we introduce blending to the new product,” Fukuyo told Drinks International. “To do his we needed a different type of whiskey and so I suggested a wine and sherry cask finish.

“The red wine casks came from California but I insisted they must be French oak because during the finishing process it’s not only the wine that’s important but the wood influence too. The sherry casks have been provided by Suntory which would have been used to make Japanese whisky.”

Fukuyo’s blending process means that the finished whiskey is then blended together with more bourbon to give a more rounded, balanced flavour.

Jim Beam is one of the most iconic and biggest producers of Kentucky whiskey, accounting for around 50% of all bourbon produced in the state and it is expecting to fill its 16 millionth barrel by 2020.

Noe added: “We’re always looking for new ways to innovate bourbon because there’s lots of things we can’t do due to regulations. Off course we’ve got products which look after the bourbon legacy but looking to the future it’s been interesting having Shinji introduce a new technique which could open up the taste profile of bourbon going forward.

“You will see bourbons which have been finished in wine casks and sherry casks, but to then blend it with more bourbon to get the balance right is totally new to the industry. Because of the heavy restrictions of bourbon, this process allows us to get a greater depth of flavour from the finish of the whiskey.

“The important thing is that Shinji and I both have good reputations for what we do which gives a stamp of quality for the product.”

Fukuyo is on the judging panel for the whisky leg of DI’s International Spirits Challenge and the industry legend said it wasn’t a straight forward process developing Legent.

Fukuyo added: “It was challenging because the Kentucky summers were much hotter than I expected which made the finishing and blending process happen much faster than I planned. This project started in 2016 and during the first summer I drew samples every two weeks just to see how it developed.

“Once we were happy we began the blending process and in February we did the first bottling after the marrying period.”

Legent (47% abv) will be distributed around eight US cities before rolling out to global travel retail and then most likely China. It has now also launched in the UK.

It is the first time the two brands have collaborated on a single whiskey and it is available in limited stocks.


Japan: Sapporo to extend best-before period for its beer  (

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. said on October 8 that it will extend the best-before period for its beer and quasi-beer products from the current nine months to 12 months, The Japan News reported.

The new best-before period, intended to help reduce food waste, will be applied in stages to products to be made in and after March 2020.

Sapporo Breweries will also change ways to display when products were made. While the year and month, as well as whether they were made in the early, middle or later part of the month, are shown at present, only the year and month will be displayed under the new format.

The changes will cover 21 brands of beer, happoshu low-malt quasi-beer and so-called third-segment beer-like beverages, including the Black Label draft beer, a mainstay product for the firm.

The best-before period for the company’s nonalcoholic beer products has already been set at 12 months.

The longer best-before period has been made possible partly on the back of improvements in ingredients and production methods, according to Sapporo Breweries.

Asahi Breweries Ltd., Kirin Brewery Co. and Suntory Beer Ltd. are considering similar changes.

As part of efforts to cut down on the amount of still-edible food that is thrown away, the food and beverage industries are working to review their best-before periods.


Belgium: Brewer 3 Fonteinen to invest EUR25 mln to boost production  (

Belgian brewery 3 Fonteinen, known for their gueuze and kriek beers, has announced a million-euro investment to boost local production and outfit an existing brewing site with a visitor’s park, The Brussels Times reported on October 11.

The beer maker’s site in the village of Lot, in the Flemish Brabant, will be outfitted with brewing infrastructure and diverse facilities in a major investment expected to total €25 million.

Brewing is not currently done at the Lot facilities, which are used mainly for the assembly and maturing processes of the brand’s well-known gueuzes, a type of lambic beer originally manufactured in and around Brussels.

The investment signals an intention by the company to boost production and to delve into the beer tourism sector, with the revamp set to include a park and visiting spaces.

Hundreds of Schaerbeek cherry trees, whose fruits were traditionally used to produce Belgium’s well-known kriek beers, will also be planted in the expanded Lot site, in an effort to bring back the local cherries into the brand’s kriek production.

The Belgian brewer has also set eyes on boosting cooperation with local grain producers, and in particular to reintroduce a local variety of hop, according to the Belga news agency.

Rapid expansion in the northern Brussels municipalities resulted in a rapid decline in the number of cherry trees, pushing kriek makers to replace the local-grown fruit with imported cherries.

The expansion will see the brewer’s manufacturing area sprawl over a total of 13,000 square metres, up from the current 5,500.

Construction works are expected to start in the autumn of 2020 and last around two years, meaning the first beers brewed on-site will hit the shelves in the following years, with the exception of the lambics, which require a maturing period of about two and a half years.

As a result of their investment, 3 Fontenein is expecting their production output to reach 6,000 hectolitres per year and foresee an expansion of their workforce by around 30 to 40 workers.



Picture: (from left to right) Flor Peña Herron, Burak Shabaz, Jenny Wassenaar, Rob Groen in 't Wout, Mariya Nedelcheva and Michael Sanders from Avery Dennison. (Photo: Avery Dennison)

Avery Dennison won the Environmental and Sustainability Award for its recycled PET (rPET) liner at the 2019 Label Industry Global Awards ceremony held in Brussels, Belgium. This is the second consecutive year Avery Dennison has been recognized with this prestigious award for its advances in sustainable labeling products and services.

The Environmental and Sustainability Award, part of the Global Label Industry Awards program, is one of the label industry's highest accolades, presented during the Labelexpo Europe show in recognition of a specific sustainable label product or process introduced to the industry in 2018.

“Avery Dennison is honored to be recognized for this advance in sustainable label materials,” said Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager for Label and Graphic Materials EMEA. The liner, which uses 30% PET post-consumer waste (PCW), meets technical qualifications while maintaining quality and performance for label design, printing, and application. The post-consumer waste liner portfolio is the latest in a broad range of sustainable labeling solutions aimed at reducing waste, not only throughout the company’s operations, but across the entire label and packaging materials value chain.

Avery Dennison is focused on creating real-world sustainability solutions, which includes ‘closing the loop’ by using post-consumer waste to create new products. The rPET portfolio offers four constructions, including one that uses ‘switchable’ CleanFlake™ Adhesive Technology, designed to enable label materials to separate cleanly from the PET bottle during the recycling process. This ultimately helps avoid contamination in the recycling process to ensure the PET can be converted into usable material.

“We designed the rPET portfolio to help converters and brands meeting the increasing demand for sustainable solutions that incorporate recycled content and promote recycling. We’re pleased to see this award as proof that Avery Dennison is creating materials designed to solve the sustainability challenges that matter most to the label industry,” said Diderich.

To learn more about rPET liner or any of the Avery Dennison ClearIntent™ Portfolio of sustainable products, visit
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

SCHÄFER Container Systems hosts brewing prospects

SCHÄFER Container Systems hosts brewing prospects  (Company news)

Positive feedback for Education Day from KEG manufacturer and students

Both SCHÄFER Container Systems and the participants attending gave a positive assessment of the first Education Day, held on October 15th. The manufacturer of high-quality stainless steel container systems had invited around 30 graduates and students of brewing and beverage technology from the technical universities of Munich and Berlin, as well as the Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences.

"The Education Day proved a great benefit, as it provided valuable practical knowledge and hands-on experience from the viewpoint of a market leader in KEG production, without turning into a sales event. Being able to exchange ideas with external experts in a pleasant atmosphere was also very productive. Giving our students a look behind the scenes helps them gain close contact to the industry at an early stage and a wider perspective on the brewing industry itself. SCHÄFER Container Systems have organised a very successful event", said Christian Klahm, qualified master brewer at the TU Berlin's research brewery and malting plant and training instructor for the brewing and malting trade.

In addition to an exhibition about the SCHÄFER WERKE Group, which SCHÄFER Container Systems is part of, the agenda included a tour of the KEG production, presentations and lectures covering the company's 41-year history and subjects like sustainability and quality management. The event also provided an outlook on current beverage market trends and future-oriented re-usable packaging. The aim was to provide the young people in the brewing and beverage industries with first-hand information and to promote strong links between research and education on the one hand and production and the market on the other. To conclude the event, there was a beer tasting session for both the current experts and those hoping to join them in the near future.

"For students of the beverage and brewing industries, considerable attention is focussed in particular on subjects like sustainability for both social and ecological reasons. As KEG manufacturers, we are trying to make our professional and economic contribution, by consciously looking to make contact with the educational institutions as early as possible. We are glad to provide an insight into our fields of expertise and this also helps us gain valuable impulses with regard to the expectations of the young people coming into the industry", says Guido Klinkhammer, Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

Starlinger 'circular packaging' at K 2019: a closed loop for big bags made from ...

Starlinger 'circular packaging' at K 2019: a closed loop for big bags made from ...  (Company news)

... polypropylene fabric

At K 2019, Starlinger presents a closed loop system for big bags made from woven polypropylene. The sustainable concept "circular packaging" will be Starlinger's main theme at the K show 2019 as well as at the Starlinger Open House in Weissenbach/Austria.

Photo: The Starlinger recycling line recoSTAR PET iV+.

Worldwide, more than 380 million 4-loop big bags (called FIBCs in specialist vocabulary - Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers) are sold every year; this equals an annual recycling potential of approx. 800,000 tons of material. To turn big bags into big bags once more, the Austrian Starlinger & Co. GmbH has now developed the concept "circular packaging" for big bags made from polypropylene fabric; the well-known FIBC expert Dr. Amir Samadijavan acted as consultant for this project. The sustainable concept will be presented at the leading plastics exhibition K 2019 in Düsseldorf; live demonstrations of the technology will be the highlight of the Starlinger Open House in Weissenbach/Austria.

Circular packaging
With "circular packaging", Starlinger introduces K show visitors to an elaborate concept for a closed loop for big bags that begins with polypropylene granulate and leads back to polypropylene regranulate (rPP) through the process steps production, usage, recovery, and recycling. A closed loop has the advantage that production occurs within a quality assurance system, and the materials used are documented in a so-called "material passport". In cooperation with the renowned big bag manufacturers Louis Blockx and LC Packaging, Starlinger has simulated this loop and produced new big bags from fabric with high rPP content. Samples are available at K show and prove that Starlinger rPP big bags show the same quality as big bags made from virgin material in terms of tensile strength, weight, and safety factor.

A circular economy for big bags
At the beginning of a closed loop stands the creation of a uniform material stream. After use, big bags are returned to the big bag filler; this guarantees that they are similar in composition and show the lowest possible degree of contamination, as they do not enter the post-consumer stream. At the FIBC manufacturer, the used big bags are shredded, washed, and processed into rPP on the Starlinger recycling line recoSTAR dynamic, thereby yielding secondary raw materials for the production of new big bags. Apart from saving costs for raw materials, the recycling of big bags lowers the carbon footprint of this type of bulk packaging. "We developed this concept because we would like to establish a circular economy for polypropylene fabric in which the recycled material is again processed into fabric - no downcycling involved," emphasizes Hermann Adrigan, Starlinger Sales Director. "This can only succeed if the packaging is already designed with an eye on recyclability (design for recycling), and all process steps are perfectly matched." To take an example, the "circular packaging" sewing process is performed without the use of polyester multifilament yarns.

Plastic fabric made from rPET flakes
Already at the last K show, Starlinger called attention to itself with a sustainable concept: the production of tape fabric from up to 100 % rPET flakes. This year, the company installed the first projects that are using this technology for the production of big bags from recycled PET in Europe and Asia. "Since we have been intensively involved in the recycling and refinement of plastics for decades, the circular economy is an extremely important topic for Starlinger that is close to our business," adds Hermann Adrigan. "Now we have used our extensive know-how to present our clients in the FIBC sector with a sustainable solution also for polypropylene fabric." Even without recycling options, the carbon footprint of flexible big bags is far below that of rigid FIBC containers such as drums or octabins because of their lower weight and space-saving transport.

PET recycling: a new life for PET bottles
Starlinger recycling technology focuses on recycling solutions that give new life to PET bottles. In the spirit of a circular economy, bottles become bottles once more: this is achieved with the Starlinger "recoSTAR PET iV+" technology. The recycling lines meet the strict criteria of various national and international authorities (e.g., EFSA, FDA) with regard to food contact as well as the quality requirements of major brand owners. Another option in great demand is bottle-to-fiber recycling, which turns used PET bottles into textiles such as sports apparel. Starlinger offers the entire recycling technology from a single source, from lines for solid-state polycondensation (for increasing the intrinsic viscosity when mixing flakes with fibers) up to a continuous polymer filter for finest filtration down to 15 µm.

Building on the "circular packaging" concept, Starlinger exhibits machinery at both K show stands: a tape extrusion line starEX 1600 X in Hall 16, Stand B47, and a recoSTAR dynamic 85 C-VAC with SMART feeder and C-VAC high-performance degassing module for the recycling of post-consumer waste in Hall 9, Stand D22.

Visit Starlinger at K show in Düsseldorf/Germany, October 16-23, 2019:
Starlinger textile packaging and Starlinger viscotec: Hall 16, Stand B47
Starlinger recycling technology: Hall 9, Stand D22
(Starlinger & Co. Gesellschaft m.b.H.)

KITU's super creamer brings healthy holidays home with seasonal flavors in SIG's ...

KITU's super creamer brings healthy holidays home with seasonal flavors in SIG's ...  (Company news)

...combidome packaging

As the leaves change colors and the sweaters are brought out from the back of the closets, similar familiar sights appear signifying the start to the holiday season. With this, seasonal flavors and treats are also abound to spread the cheer. The Super brand from KITU brings the spirit home with the launch of its seasonal line of creamers packaged in the combidome carton from SIG, all to create positive energy in maximizing full potential.

Making healthy holidays possible
Available in Maple Pumpkin, Sweet Cream, and Gingerbread Eggnog varieties, such familiar flavors are enhanced the Super way. Keto approved, caffeine free, lactose free, and gluten free, the products are also not made with carrageenan and sugar alcohol. On the other end, they are created with high protein, healthy fats from MCT oil, and monk fruit for natural sweetness.

This results in a delicious brew containing zero grams of sugar, 50 calories, and three grams of protein per serving. By removing the negatives and adding the positives, Super Creamer allows fans to enjoy a cup full of sustainable high energy fuel, increased productivity, better brain and memory function, and fortified strength, which is the way of the Kitu Life™.

Differentiated, sustainable packaging for a Super product
In choosing the best ingredients for the creamers, a premium package was also selected in order to produce the finest consumption experience. All three seasonal flavors are filled in the combidome 750 ml (25.4 FL OZ) carton from SIG. The slim, elegant package combines the best features of a bottle and that of a carton, giving it optimal shelf appeal and handling convenience. The carton composite from which the entire pack is made, from the base to the eye-catching yet practical dome, contains around 75% paper board which is made from renewable raw material wood.

Furthermore, carton packs are proven to be among the most environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. Only raw cardboard made of pulp from trees harvested in FSCTM-certified (Forest Stewardship CouncilTM) and other controlled sources are used in the carton packs, each proudly displaying the FSC label. Once finished, the combidome and its closures are fully recyclable. Altogether, the unique characteristics of the packaging provide customers with product innovation and differentiation as part of SIG’s Value Proposition. It serves as a means to bring quality food and beverage items to consumers, ensuring mutual success within partnerships.

Positive energy, endless possibilities
The health-focused brand’s mantra emphasizes changing one’s energy as a means to change the world. This was just the case for Super Coffee itself as the company had its start within the dorm room of an American university and a need for a healthier energy source.

“We couldn't be more grateful and fortunate to expand our Super Creamer line with SIG. Our partnership allows us to create products that not only add value to our customers’ everyday lives, but also help protect our environment which is a major focus for us as we think about our long-term goals and impact as a company" says Jordan DeCicco, Super Coffee’s Founder & COO.

With this launch, consumers will soon be able to taste the holidays with every cup of coffee or preferred beverage at home. The Maple Pumpkin and Sweet Cream flavors can be found at Wegmans, HEB, Jewel Osco, Giant Foods, Shop Rite, and Harris Teeter locations as well as on Super Coffee’s website starting in September 2019, followed by Gingerbread Eggnog in November.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

corvaglia at K 2019 in Düsseldorf

corvaglia at K 2019 in Düsseldorf  (Company news)

This year’s K fair will be held from 16 to 23 October, and corvaglia will be making an appearance.

What highlights can visitors expect? corvaglia will be demonstrating innovative designs for closures that are attached to bottles (known as “tethered caps”), which conform to the requirements set down in EU Directive 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. corvaglia has developed solutions for carbonated and non-carbonated drinks.

It has always been corvaglia’s goal to reduce the consumption of materials and energy (and therefore also CO2 emissions) required to create packaging while keeping the specifications for each type of packaging the same, if not making it better. This goal will of course remain in place for closures such as these, which remain attached to bottles. For corvaglia, ecological sustainability is not simply an obligation – it is one of our highest priorities.

The team of experts at corvaglia are looking forward to meeting visitors to discuss these concepts, along with many other aspects of beverage closures. You will find our stand, A51-10, in Hall 12.
(corvaglia Gruppe)

Launch of lactic-acid producing yeast – Sourvisiae®

Launch of lactic-acid producing yeast – Sourvisiae®  (Company news)

Mascoma and Lallemand Brewing are pleased to announce the launch of the first dry bioengineered yeast for brewing. After years of research and testing, we are thrilled to make this yeast available to craft brewers willing to experiment and provide a combination of both efficiency and flavor to their brews. Lallemand Brewing is at the forefront of innovation with full label transparency on their products; they wish to provide exciting tools to breweries to push boundaries and increase the quality of craft beers around the world in association with their team of experts. Mascoma (a company of Lallemand) is a leader in research and development of new industrial biotechnology products; their expertise in yeast improvement is highly recognized, most predominantly in the bioethanol field.

Sourvisiae® is a Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast that produces alcohol and lactic acid simultaneously in less than 5 days with no off flavors and no biogenic amines production. These features save precious time during the brewing process by avoiding any other souring step (in the kettle or in barrels) and make it extremely safe and easy to clean as bacteria are not introduced in the brewery. The level of acidity produced by Sourvisiae® is easily controlled either by blending the yeast with another strain or alternatively by blending the final beer.

We have performed extensive trials with Sourvisiae® both internally and externally across the United States of America. The advantages of Sourvisiae® were easily recognizable and accepted by brewers, a fact which makes us confident that we are offering an innovative product for the next generation of sour beverages. Sourvisiae® represents the first product in a line of bioengineered yeasts that will bring exciting new flavors and opportunities to the brewing industry.

This product is only available in the United States.
(Lallemand Brewing)



CANPACK, part of the CANPACK Group and a leading manufacturer of aluminum beverage cans, continues its global expansion and is launching a new investment in the Czech Republic.

The company is investing in an aluminum beverage can factory in the town of Stříbřo – in the region of Pilsen, western Czech Republic – with a production line that will serve the production capacity of Plzeňský Prazdroj, a prominent Czech brewery and a member of the Asahi Group, as well as other clients in the region. This new investment will increase the overall aluminum beverage can production capacity of the company, bringing it to around 25 billion cans per year.

“The state of the art facility is a landmark in the continued strategic partnership between Asahi and CANPACK. Utilizing our agile business model we aim to offer Plzeňský Prazdroj and our extensive European customer base innovative and sustainable packaging, superior quality, as well as operational excellence whilst enhancing the brand and consumer experience” – says Stephen McAneny, VP and Chief Commercial Officer, CANPACK.

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