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A multitude of packaging options: KHS presents flexible packer for cans

A multitude of packaging options: KHS presents flexible packer for cans  (Company news)

- Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundShrinkPaperPacker Advanced meets practically every customer demand
- Wrap-around cartons, trays, pads, paper or film possible
- Existing Innopack Kisters machines in the Advanced series retrofittable thanks to modular design

Photo: Endless packaging: the end of one and beginning of the next paper roll are joined by an embossed stamp.

Whether wrap-around packs, trays, pads, paper or film, imagination knows no bounds when packaging beverage cans on the new Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundShrinkPaperPacker Advanced or WSPP A from KHS. With its great flexibility the new packer satisfies practically every secondary packaging requirement of both customers and the market in general. Moreover, existing Innopack Kisters machines in the Advanced series can be upgraded to a WSPP A.

For the first time at the beginning of 2020 KHS presented a machine that wraps beverage cans in paper. The first tentative steps in this direction were taken 20 years ago. Those working on the new version thought that this form of secondary packaging was so retro that it could perhaps become a trend. Their assumption was correct! “Paper as a packaging material is still a novelty on the beverage market,” states Ernst van Wickeren, packaging product manager for KHS. “However, this alternative is already definitely meeting with great interest from beverage canners. Many of our customers who sell organic beverages, for instance, also want to convey the notion of ecology through the packaging – and in doing so are satisfying a rapidly growing consumer demand.”

Interestingly enough, many of the potential users of the new pack are not intending on making a full switch. Most of them see the paper wrapping as an additional new option with which to package their diverse range of products. “Right from the start we had lots of requests for machines that can process both paper and film,” van Wickeren explains. “These were often from fillers who market premium products alongside less expensive beverage varieties. The high-quality products are to be wrapped in paper while the packs in the lower price segment are to be held together with shrink film.”

New KHS packer provides practically limitless packaging options
The logical conclusion was that KHS very quickly further developed an existing machine so as to give the beverage industry full flexibility in secondary packaging. By adding a new function, a packer has been produced whose options are as extensive as its name is long: the Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundShrinkPaperPacker Advanced – or WSPP A for short. With its combination of process modules the line-compatible machine can process three different types of secondary packaging:
- Wrap-around cartons, where the pack is enclosed in cardboard
- Trays with or without a paper or shrink film wrapping
- Cardboard pads wrapped in paper or shrink film.

The machine packages cylindrical containers – especially beverage cans – whose compact shape and even surface make them suitable for wrapping in paper.

Simple retrofits thanks to modular design
This variety is facilitated by the modular design of all Innopack Kisters Advanced packaging machines This also enables an existing Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundShrinkPacker (WSP) or Innopack Kisters Wrap-aroundPaperPacker (WPP) to be retrofitted as a WSPP A, for example – with full flexibility, tailored to suit the respective requirements of the customer or market.

On the technical front, the new paper wrapping function needed adjustments to be made to the former film wrapping module in particular and a new module for paper folding and gluing to be devised. The unwinding and cutting unit previously used for the shrink film was thus given a connecting unit for paper and film. This section of the machine is also where hot melt is applied from below and the paper is pulled taut. These functions are deactivated when shrink film is processed.

Caters for all requirements
In the new folding module folding tools tightly fold and erect the paper around the sides of the packs with absolute precision. The separate KHS InnoHotMelt applicator with its needle valves ensures flawless glue application. An optional automatic glue pellet feed system is also available for uninterrupted production. In the setting unit of this module the glued side flaps are pressed onto the pack and fixed by foam-coated application belts.

The shrink tunnel can be individually configured and scores on low energy consumption. A gas heating system can be used here as a further option that reduces energy costs by up to 50% and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 60%. If paper is used in place of film, the machine conveys the finished packs through the shrink tunnel that has been switched off. If paper wrapping is to replace film packaging entirely, the shrink tunnel can be completely removed, then making the machine no longer in its dimensions than a previous packer design.

Simple and energy efficient
Looking at the annual electricity savings shows just how energy efficient paper packs are compared to film packs. With a shrink tunnel consumption of up to 72 kWh in two-shift operation on 300 days of the year, a maximum of €30,000 can be saved per annum. Retrofitting an Innopack Kisters WSP is not difficult; all that needs to be done is to replace the existing wrapping module with the further developed wrapping module with its new functions and to install the paper folding and gluing module. “Once the modules are installed, besides the standard format changeovers no other conversions are needed when switching from paper to film,” van Wickeren emphasizes. “All that has to be changed is the packaging material and the hot melt applicators need to be activated in good time so that they’re ready for use when production starts.”
(KHS GmbH)

Portfolio of the Berentzen brand expanded to include completely new liqueurs

Portfolio of the Berentzen brand expanded to include completely new liqueurs  (Company news)

The Berentzen Group is introducing three entirely new liqueur variants to the market under the Berentzen brand. Effective immediately, the Berentzen Donut, Berentzen Popkorn and Berentzen Hanf Waldmeister varieties are available in the eye-catching look.

"The demand for sweet liqueur variants is rising unabated in Germany, and consumers are looking for special taste experiences and moments of enjoyment. Our three new varieties are now setting completely new impulses on the liqueur shelf," explains Dr. Stephan Susen, Marketing Manager of the Berentzen Group. "The three unusual variants fulfill the desire of the core target group - aged between 18 and 29 - for new taste alternatives." As confirmed by an independent market research institute, the new range holds great potential: 83 percent of respondents describe the product as unique, and 69 percent would buy the new varieties.

"The new range stands out. With their modern product concept, the new Berentzen varieties are an innovation for the liqueur market," says Susen. As one of the German market leaders for liqueurs, the Berentzen Group is making it clear with the new varieties that younger consumers are changing the liqueur world. "Colorful and unusual - with the new shot generation, the Berentzen brand will continue to drive and help shape the market for sweet liqueurs," explains Susen. With an alcohol content of 15% by volume, the range also serves the trend toward lower-gravity alcohol.

The three variants Berentzen Donut, Berentzen Popkorn and Berentzen Hanf Waldmeister are available immediately. The recommended retail price is 7.99 euros per 0.7-liter bottle. The varieties are also offered in a 48-bottle mix display.
(Berentzen Group Aktiengesellschaft)

New motors extend the application range of the Sinamics S210 servo drive system

New motors extend the application range of the Sinamics S210 servo drive system  (Company news)

-Simotics S-1FS2 in stainless steel housing with specific features for use in the pharmaceutical and F&B industries
-Servo planetary gearmotors Simotics S-1FK2 for optimum adjustment of speed, torque and mass inertia
-Simotics S-1FT2 in protection class IP67 with 26 bit encoder, higher rated speed and other selectable features

Photo: The new Simotics S-1FK2 servo planetary gearmotors complement the Sinamics S210 servo drive system.

Siemens is adding new servo motors to its proven Sinamics S210 single-cable servo drive system, thereby expanding its range of applications. Specifically, for use in the pharmaceutical and food industries, the company is launching the Simotics S-1FS2, a motor version with a stainless-steel housing, the highest degree of protection IP67/IP69, and high-resolution 22-bit absolute multiturn encoders. The servo motor thus meets all hygienic conditions and can be used for mixing and stirring, air conditioning and ventilating, dosing and filling, as well as conveying, packaging and storing a wide variety of end products in the food and beverage sector and in the pharmaceutical industry.

The new Simotics S-1FK2 servo planetary gearmotors also complement the Sinamics S210 drive system. They are used when high cycle rates need to be achieved with a lightweight and low-inertia gear design, or when inertia matching is required to move heavy loads precisely. The motors are ready mounted and as a unit available in a wide range of gear ratios and sizes, allowing them to be optimally adapted to different applications. Thermal dimensioning is done via the digital twin in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Selection Tool.
With the new Simotics S-1FT2, Siemens is launching a servo motor that offers a wide range of different options for the Sinamics S210 servo drive system. For example, encoders with a resolution of up to 26 bits improve system accuracy, and the high IP67 protection rating and various motor coatings make the solution suitable for use in harsher environments. In addition, new machine options, such as higher rated speeds, are available for extended use.
The Sinamics S210 servo drive system consists of a servo converter and servo motor. All motors of the servo system are connected via a single cable that combines power wires, encoder signal and brake in one line. The range of applications includes highly dynamic servo solutions such as those found in handling systems, packaging machines and machine building applications. To meet the high demands on motion control functionality in these applications, for example dynamic positioning, gear synchronization or cams with multiple axes, the system works perfectly with the Simatic S7-1500 controller via Profinet IRT.
(Siemens AG, Process Industries and Drives, Process Automation)

Cap closed! Camera-based cap control with artificial intelligence

Cap closed! Camera-based cap control with artificial intelligence  (Company news)

Strong price pressure combined with high quality requirements - the beverage and bottle industry faces the classic dilemma of many industries. This is also the case in the quality control department of a French manufacturer of plastic caps. Reliably detecting cracks and micro-cracks on plastic caps in 40 different colours and shades running at high speed on a production line is a real challenge. APREX Solutions from Nancy, France has successfully achieved this goal with the help of image processing technology and artificial intelligence. The basic images are provided by a USB 3 industrial camera from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH.

SOLOCAP is a subsidiary of La Maison Mélan Moutet, "flavour conditioner since 1880" and manufactures all types of plastic caps for the food sector at its industrial site in Contrexéville. Among them, a top-class screw cap suitable for any glass or PET bottle. Thanks to a clampable lamella ring arranged around the bottle collar, it enables simple, fast, absolutely tight and secure seal. However, the slats must be reliably and extremely carefully checked for cracks, tears and twists during production. This is the only way to guarantee absolute tightness.

The previous inspection system could not meet these high requirements. APREX Solutions realised the new solution with artificial intelligence individually on the basis of in-house software algorithms. The necessary specifications were developed in advance in cooperation with the customer. This also included several inspection stages, one of which, for example, was the reject control to avoid false reports. The introduction took place in two phases:

First, the specific "SOLOCAP application" was trained with the help of the intelligent APREX Track AI solution. The software includes various object detector, classifier and standard methods that operate at different levels. Networked accordingly, they ultimately deliver the desired result tailored to the customer. Four control levels with several test points guarantee a reliability rate of over 99.99%.

In the second step, this application was implemented in the production line right after the first assembly run with APREX Track C&M. The latter was specially developed for the diverse image processing requirements in the industrial sector. This includes, among other things, the control and safeguarding of a production line up to the measurement, identification and classification of defects in the production environment. The software suite delivers the desired results quickly and efficiently, without time-consuming development processes. After a short training of the AI methods, the complete system is ready for use at the customer. In the case of SOLOCAP, it combines an IDS UI-3280CP-C-HQ industrial camera, powerful ring illumination and a programmable logic controller (PLC) to provide comprehensive control over all inspection processes. At the same time, it records all workflows in real time and ensures complete traceability. Only one camera is needed for this. However, APREX TRACK C&M could handle up to 5 cameras.

“The difficulty of this project consisted mainly in the very subtle expression of the defects we were looking for and in the multitude of colours. With our software suite, it was possible to quickly set up an image processing application. Despite the complexity," explains Romain Baude - founder APREX Solutions. The image from the camera provides the basis for the evaluations. It captures every single cap directly in the production line at high speed and makes the smallest details visible to the software.

One crucial component: the camera
The UI-3280CP-C-HQ industrial camera integrated into the system with the 5 MP IMX264 CMOS sensor from Sony sets new standards in terms of light sensitivity, dynamic range and colour reproduction. The USB 3 industrial camera provides excellent image quality with extraordinarily low-noise performance - at frame rates up to 36 fps. CP stands for "Compact Power". This is because the tiny powerhouse for industrial applications of all kinds is fast, reliable and enables a high data rate of 420 MByte/s with low CPU load. Users can choose from a large number of modern CMOS sensors from manufacturers such as Sony, CMOSIS, e2v and ON Semiconductor with a wide range of resolutions. Its innovative, patented housing design with dimensions of only 29 x 29 x 29 millimetres makes it suitable for tasks in the fields of automation, automotive, medical technology and life sciences, agriculture, logistics as well as traffic and transport, among others. Screwable cables ensure a reliable electrical connection. Thanks to the IDS-characteristic plug & play principle, the cameras are automatically recognised by the system and are immediately ready for use, as Romain Baude confirms: "The excellent colour reproduction of the UI-3280CP-C-HQ and its high resolution of 5 MP were decisive factors for us in choosing the camera. At the same time, the model enabled a quick, uncomplicated integration into our system."

Anthony Vastel - Head of Technology and Industry at SOLOCAP - sees a lot of potential in the new inspection system: "APREX's AI-based approach has opened new doors for our 100% vision-based quality control. Our requirements for product safety, but also for reject control, especially in the case of false reports, were quickly met. We are convinced that we can go one step further by continuing to increase the efficiency of the system at SOLOCAP and transferring it to other production lines." AI offers quality assurance, but also all other industries in which image processing technology is used, new, undreamed-of fields of application. It makes it possible to solve tasks in which classic, rule-based image processing reaches its limits. Thus, high-quality results can be achieved with comparatively little effort - quickly, creatively and efficiently.
APREX Solutions and IDS have recognised this and offer solutions with intelligent products that make it easier for customers to enter this new world. Image processing and AI - a real dream team on course for growth...
(IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH)

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® on a Mission to be World's Most Sustainable Gin

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® on a Mission to be World's Most Sustainable Gin  (Company news)

Iconic premium gin will be first major brand made with 100% sustainably-sourced botanicals

After decades spent carefully building sustainable partnerships with farmers and suppliers, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, the iconic premium gin from family-owned Bacardi Limited, is proud to announce that all 10 of its botanical ingredients are on track to be certified sustainable in 2021. With the suppliers of eight already certified according to the For Life standard, the goal is for the remaining two producers – for grains of paradise from Ghana and liquorice from China – to be certified in the months which follow the lifting of travel restrictions.

This news is a major step towards Bacardi, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, achieving its 2025 goal of sourcing 100% of its key ingredients from sustainably certified suppliers.

The 10 botanicals, which include juniper from Tuscany, coriander from Morocco, lemon peel from Spain and cubeb berries from Java, are hand selected by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Master of Botanicals Ivano Tonutti to create the gin’s fresh, bright taste.

Only the finest quality botanicals are selected by Ivano and his work does not end there. The For Life certification awarded by Ecocert S.A., the world’s leading specialist in the certification of sustainable practices, recognizes the commitment of Ivano and Bacardi to only work with suppliers who act responsibly and ensure a sustainable future for farmers, their communities and the environment.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE has pioneered sustainability in the spirits industry. The brand has long invested in new innovations offering creative solutions to complex challenges. When the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE distillery opened in Laverstoke, England, in 2014 it set a new standard for sustainability by showcasing many such innovations – the distillery’s design was rated ‘outstanding’ by BREEAM, the most recognized environmental assessment for buildings.

Ivano Tonutti, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Master of Botanicals:
"We take a 360-degree approach to sustainability. It’s our responsibility to care as much about the farmers and their communities as we do the botanicals they grow and harvest for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE. By looking after their well-being and investing in sustainable farming practices, we are helping to protect the environment and their livelihoods for generations to come.”

An example of this in practice is the village in Ghana where, over a number of years, Bacardi has worked with AIESEC, a local non-governmental organization, to help the community establish itself as an independent farming cooperative – from installing a water pump, which now supplies the village with fresh water, to recruiting an agronomist for expert advice and guidance. This year, the village will harvest its first crop of grains of paradise for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE.

Philippe Thomazo, Ecocert CEO:
"For Life certification gives consumers peace of mind that ingredients are coming from organizations committed to continuous improvement. For Life means that suppliers growing and harvesting the certified botanicals for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE are acting responsibly in every respect.”

"I am incredibly proud of this latest achievement by Ivano and his team but as an industry, we must all invest in a more sustainable future. Ivano has spent more than 20 years building close relationships with our farmers and suppliers around the world. With his experience and expertise, we have created a blueprint for the sustainable sourcing of botanicals, which we hope will inspire others to do the same.”

Bacardi worked closely with its suppliers to help them achieve For Life certification. To be certified, suppliers must commit to continuous improvement in the following areas:
- the well-being of the people involved in the harvesting and supply of the botanicals;
- the reduction of their environmental impact;
- their responsible purchasing practices;
- and sustainable development at a local level and key stages in the supply chain.
(Bacardi Limited)

SIG reports progress on journey Way Beyond Good and aims to go even further for people ...

SIG reports progress on journey Way Beyond Good and aims to go even further for people ...  (Company news)

... and planet

SIG’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report for 2020 explores the company’s progress on its journey Way Beyond Good, and sets out SIG’s mission to go even further for people and the planet as it partners with customers to deliver food to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.

“With Way Beyond Good, we set some very bold ambitions for our company, and our latest CR Report highlights just how much we have achieved,” said Samuel Sigrist, CEO of SIG. “I’m very proud of the progress we have made over the past five years – and continued to make in the last year despite the challenges of the pandemic. Now, we aim to deliver even more value for people, planet, customers and investors as we embark on the next phase of Way Beyond Good for 2025 and beyond.”

Way Beyond Good: Five years on
Five years ago, SIG set an ambitious roadmap of 2020 targets to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out. The latest CR Report highlights the significant milestones SIG has achieved since then, including a host of industry firsts.

Achievements in 2020 include:
- Enabling customers to continue delivering vital food supplies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
- Further cutting greenhouse gas emissions and staying on track to achieve stretching targets that align with the latest 1.5oC climate science
- Sourcing 100% paperboard as FSC™-certified (from January 2021)
- Remaining the only aseptic carton provider to offer aluminium-free packs, packs linked to 100% renewable materials and packs with all three main materials certified as responsibly sourced
- Surpassing 1.3 billion packs sold with the aluminium-free combibloc ECOPLUS solution since its launch in 2010
- Reaching nearly 200 million packs sold with SIGNATURE 100 or SIGNATURE Full Barrier packaging materials that use polymers linked to 100% renewable, forest-based materials
- Launching SIGNATURE Circular, the world’s first aseptic cartons made with post-consumer recycled plastic
- Retaining a Platinum rating in the latest EcoVadis assessment, scoring among the top 1% of participating businesses
- Securing financing explicitly linked to sustainability performance.

Going further to meet global challenges and customer needs
In addition to reflecting on progress to date, the report sets out SIG’s mission to create food packaging that makes the world a better place by expanding forests across the world, taking carbon from the atmosphere, creating more resources for future generations, and ensuring nutrition and hydration come safely to ever more people.

These far-reaching ambitions focus on the areas where SIG can deliver the biggest positive impact – not only for the environment and society, but for customers and investors. SIG’s responsible culture and industry-leading sustainable innovation will also help to drive progress Way Beyond Good.

Transparent reporting
SIG’s latest report builds on the transparent approach developed for its last full CR Report for 2018, which won the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award for Sustainability Reporting and Communications in 2020.

The 2020 CR Report starts with an engaging overview of SIG’s ambitions and progress that includes feature case studies illustrating SIG’s approach in action, and external perspectives from customers, stakeholders and members of its Responsibility Advisory Group.

Produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards (Core option), the report goes on to provide detailed information on SIG’s management approach and performance in relation to the company’s most material environmental, social and governance topics. Visual cues signpost where SIG is leading the industry, as well as highlighting key challenges the company is working to overcome. Key performance indicators are externally assured.

The report underlines how corporate responsibility is built into the company strategy and every aspect of the business as SIG continues its mission to go Way Beyond Good.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Bye-bye alcohol: trend toward non-alcoholic beverage alternatives continues

Bye-bye alcohol: trend toward non-alcoholic beverage alternatives continues  (Company news)

As is well known, many people use the first months of the year to rethink their lifestyle habits. A critical look at their own alcohol consumption is often one of them. Dry January, for example, is followed by the traditional Lenten season, and more and more people are deciding to give up alcohol temporarily or even completely. Varied and aromatic alternatives to wine, beer and the like therefore continue to be absolutely in vogue. Fruit juices and nectars - whether enjoyed neat, as a sparkling spritzer or as the basis for non-alcoholic cocktails - can serve a wide range of tastes and offer great potential for non-alcoholic drinks.

Image: Spicy Apricot Mocktail with Pink Pepper

Regardless of whether you only swear off alcohol for a certain period of time or deliberately give it up permanently for other reasons - aromatic alternatives are a welcome change. After all, doing without does not necessarily mean doing without enjoyment. Fruit juices and nectars are a tasty alternative to alcoholic beverages.

With their wide range of varieties and different textures, they can be used in many different ways. They can be wonderfully flavored, mixed into spritzers or non-alcoholic cocktails, and are an excellent alternative to the classic wine accompaniment.

Pure fruit juices as a non-alcoholic accompaniment to food
For many, a glass of wine is simply part of a good meal. For those who do without alcohol, there is an interesting selection from the juice aisle in addition to mineral water or soda pop. Single-variety apple juices (e.g., Boskoop, Elstar, Jonagold) or grape juices (e.g., Chardonnay, Dornfelder, or Merlot) can be offered to accompany a meal, just like a good wine. Due to their complex aromas and the interplay of acidity and sweetness, they harmonize with selected foods. Quince juice, for example, is an excellent accompaniment to cheese, while apricot nectar goes well with Asian dishes. For wine connoisseurs, too, this offers an authentic-tasting, non-alcoholic alternative to wine.

Fruit juice spritzer 2.0
How about a new interpretation of the classic fruit juice spritzer? Fruit juices can be mixed not only with mineral water, but also with other carbonated beverages such as tonic water or ginger beer to create a refreshing spritzer.
Spiciness or bitters add a new flavor dimension to the juice, such as apple juice with a shot of tonic in place of mineral water.
Fruit juices and nectars can also be excellently flavored with herbs, spices or oils. This gives the fruit juice spritzer completely new flavor nuances.

Shake it till you make it
Non-alcoholic cocktail variations can also benefit from the versatile combination possibilities of fruit juice or nectar. There's plenty of scope for experimentation here, even with somewhat more unusual varieties such as apricot nectar, rhubarb nectar or pear juice. They not only bring new sophistication, freshness and lightness, but also plenty of color into the glass.
And quite honestly: in terms of taste, non-alcoholic cocktails are in no way inferior to their alcoholic counterparts! So nothing stands in the way of the perfect feel-good moment after work.
Verband der deutschen Fruchtsaft-Industrie e.V. (VdF))

Westheimer Beer Whisky 2021

Westheimer Beer Whisky 2021  (Company news)

The Westheimer Bierwhisky 2021 matured for three years in Bordeaux casks. Now the single malt is finally available.

"We were very excited when we were finally able to open the new barrels and taste the new single malt whisky," says Moritz von Twickel. Together with the Heimatverein Bad Wünnenberg e.V., the managing director of the Brewery Westheim is now looking forward to the Westheim Beer Whisky 2021.

Three years matured the beer whisky in French oak barrels. For the mash, as with previous bottlings, the finest brewing and specialty malts were used. These, together with the oak barrels, provide the unique flavor of the alcohol-intensive whiskey brew. This time it was barrels in which previously stored a full-bodied Bordeaux. You can taste it: the bright golden beer whisky delights with a soft body as well as pleasant wood aroma with notes of honey and a nice greeting from the red wine.

Exceptional whisky enjoyment
"We attach great importance to craft brewing specialties of excellent quality," brewmaster Jörg Tolzmann tells us. "To achieve this, we carefully select the raw materials and take a lot of time in the brewhouse for traditional brewing processes." The Klinke family from the local heritage association was able to build on this work during distillation. The result is an all-around exceptional cask whiskey with an alcohol content of around 40 percent.

Already for the third time
"This is already the third edition of the Westheimer Bierwhisky and it certainly won't be the last," reveals Ilse Klinke, chairwoman of the Bad Wünnenberg Heimatverein. Its mission is to preserve regional culture and cultural assets. A beer whiskey based on local beer specialties fits in perfectly.

Now available
Who could acquire one of the pleasure coupons available in the apron, can redeem this now against its bottle. The Westheimer Bierwhisky 2021 is available at the Westheimer Brauwelt on the B7 in the Marsberg district (opening hours) and at the Bad Wünnenberger Speicher, always on Sundays in April from 11 am to 2 pm.
(Gräflich zu Stolberg'sche Brauerei Westheim GmbH)

HERMA: Sales growth in a difficult year

HERMA: Sales growth in a difficult year  (Company news)

- With an increase of around five percent to now 380.8 million euros, the HERMA Group again achieved significant growth in 2020.
- Thanks to comprehensive hygiene concepts and highly flexible teams, HERMA 2020 remained fully capable of production and delivery and also benefited from the new coating plant.
- However, due to the current general conditions, also with regard to the consequences of Corona and Brexit, HERMA is planning very cautiously for 2021.

Photo: Significant increase in sales despite difficult conditions: "This was only possible because we remained capable of delivering throughout the year thanks to our prudent and dedicated teams," said HERMA Managing Directors Sven Schneller (left) and Dr. Guido Spachtholz when they announced the figures for the 2020 financial year.

Despite the difficult general conditions, HERMA was once again able to significantly increase sales in 2020. Business with pressure-sensitive materials, labels and labeling machines grew by around five percent, from 364.4 million euros in the previous year to 380.8 million euros now. "Achieving this result under the conditions of comprehensive hygiene concepts in production on the one hand and extensive home office activities on the other was only possible because HERMA employees were very prudent, highly flexible and extremely committed. As a result, we remained fully capable of production and delivery throughout the year," said HERMA Managing Director Sven Schneller. High write-offs resulting from recent investments in two new production facilities again put pressure on earnings, as in the previous year. "All in all, however, we are satisfied given the circumstances. It is paying off that we are pursuing a strategy of profitable, organic growth," said Sven Schneller. As the economic consequences of the pandemic worldwide cannot yet be fully assessed and the effects of the Brexit deal are also still unclear, HERMA is planning for the current year with extreme caution, he added. "It is now a matter of joining all forces to confirm the good sales of 2020 and to achieve an increase in the low single-digit range. Sales and incoming orders in the first two months of the current fiscal year indicate that this is ambitious, but feasible." The number of employees rose slightly over the course of the year from 1,097 to now 1,106. The export ratio rose to 62.8 percent (previous year 61.0 percent).

Stable situation in the business units
The Labelstock division benefited greatly from the new coating plant in Filderstadt, which went into operation in spring 2020. This enabled HERMA to distribute customer orders across two autonomous production sites and thus implement particularly comprehensive hygiene concepts. An increase from €223.7 million to €241.1 million represented an eight percent increase over the previous year. "The new plant also opens up excellent opportunities for us to expand even further in particularly lucrative product areas in the future," explained Dr. Guido Spachtholz. He had taken up his position at the beginning of 2021 as the successor HERMA Managing Director to Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner, who retired as planned after 16 years at HERMA.

Developments in the Labels Division, where sales fell slightly from 84.5 million euros to 82.6 million euros, were characterized by very different trends. Lockdowns in the retail sector and the shift of activities to the home office reduced sales of office labels throughout Europe. "On the other hand, business with school products was excellent, also thanks to targeted online activities," Schneller explained. Production stoppages in already cyclically sensitive sectors such as automotive and chemicals reduced demand for industrial labels. In contrast, HERMA was able to further expand its role as a leading supplier of logistics labels for shippers and score points with pharmaceutical and healthcare solutions.

Thanks to its proven pharmaceutical expertise, the Labeling Machines division was also able to positively decouple itself from the general downward trend in the German mechanical engineering sector and grow by two percent: Sales rose from 52.2 million euros to 53.3 million euros. "We were able to deliver at short notice due to our modular design," explained the HERMA managing director. "This was an important advantage when production of disinfectants was ramping up rapidly in many places and labeling capacities for vaccines were already being expanded."

Schneller was also satisfied that, despite the difficult economic environment, the company had succeeded in setting the course for climate neutrality. "In 2021, we will produce pressure-sensitive materials, labels and labeling machines without leaving a carbon footprint. It is a major concern of HERMA's owners that we continue to act consistently on the issue of climate protection. Vaccination will hopefully soon put an end to the pandemic - when it comes to climate protection, on the other hand, what matters is that we all permanently question our behavior and continuously adapt it."

Mohren Museum: 'From beer felt to beer mat

Mohren Museum: 'From beer felt to beer mat  (Company news)

Special exhibition "Fascination Beer Coasters" from April 8, 2021 in the Museum of the Mohren Beer Experience World

The museum of the Mohren Brewery will reopen its doors after a break of several months due to corona with the special exhibition "Fascination Beer Coasters." Starting on April 8, historical exhibits from all over the world will be on display. Parallel to the exhibition, a design competition for creative minds is running.

A beer mat is more than just a practical coaster. It is an advertising medium, a writing surface and, last but not least, a cultural asset and contemporary witness. In the new special exhibition in the Mohren Biererlebniswelt museum, visitors can learn many interesting details: how the lid developed from felt to a printed cardboard plate, how it got its name, and how it became an ideal advertising surface for the brewing industry.

The Mohren Brewery alone, founded in 1834, has produced over 300 different beer coaster variants in the course of its history - ranging from standard beer coasters to special editions and series. A separate showcase entitled "B'sundrigs" features historical exhibits from Vorarlberg's breweries, with most dating from before World War II.

1000 beer mats from over 100 years
"During the corona-related closure, we gathered several thousand historical exhibits from all over the world," describes Karl Huber, the exhibition's organizer. "The unique show was only made possible by an intensive exchange with collectors from Vorarlberg and the European region. From a total of almost 10,000 beer mats, a selection of about 1,000 specimens will be shown." The exhibits come not only from Europe, but also from America, Australia, Africa and Asia.

A special highlight is the more than 100-year-old beer mat that was sent as a postcard to the brewmaster of the Mohren Brewery at the time. Also interesting: In the past, the back of the coasters often served as a bill. One of these coasters even became evidence in a court case.

Art and creativity under the sign of beer
Lebenshilfe Vorarlberg provides an art premiere at the Mohren Museum. In the ARTelier Loackerhuus in Götzis, a large-format collage of Mohren beer coasters was created especially for the new exhibition.

On the occasion of the special exhibition, the Mohren Brewery is also calling for a design competition for beer coasters. There are no limits to creativity. Beer coaster sets for the design can be picked up in the museum foyer during opening hours or at the operator's office. The winning exhibits will be printed as a series and will then be available as beer mats in Vorarlberg pubs.
(Mohrenbrauerei Vertriebs KG)

Berentzen Group publishes Sustainability Report

Berentzen Group publishes Sustainability Report  (Company news)

Sustainability activities further expanded in 2020 as well

The Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft has published its voluntary sustainability report for fiscal 2020. This is the group's fourth sustainability report.

"Sustainability is an intrinsic part of our self-image in our group of companies, whose roots go back more than 260 years. Our Sustainability Report 2020 makes it clear that we have continued to develop in this regard even in the last, challenging year," explains Ralf Brühöfner, the member of the Executive Board of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft responsible for so-called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, among other things. "With the now fourth, voluntary sustainability report, we are continuing the continuous, transparent communication in the area of social, ecological and economic responsibility with our various internal and external stakeholders."

"The ever increasing intensification and professionalization of the Berentzen Group's sustainability activities demonstrates the high priority that the topic of sustainability has within the corporate group" explains Laura Schnober, CSR Manager of the Berentzen Group. "We are implementing sustainable thinking and action more and more in our everyday processes. In doing so, we are guided by our understanding of sustainability and our three fields of action: People, Planet and Products."

The People area required particular attention last year, with the protection of employees in light of the coronavirus pandemic more than ever at the forefront of daily working practices. In 2020, this area of action also encompassed other topics such as the compatibility of family and career, equal opportunities and the Berentzen Group's social commitment. This was demonstrated, for example, by an inter-company cooperation for the production of large quantities of disinfectants at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Part of the measures in the Planet area of action in 2020 was again the careful use of natural resources and the reduction of the Berentzen Group's energy consumption. The proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy sources was increased to 98 percent in the corporate group last year. At the same time, CO2 emissions were reduced by 9.4 percent compared to the previous year.

In Products, the focus is on improvements with regard to responsible procurement and sustainable products and packaging. For example, the mineral water brands Emsland Quelle and Märkisch Kristall, as well as all Mio Mio products available in German retail outlets, have been climate-neutral since 2020. In the Non-alcoholic Beverages segment, the Group also relies heavily on the use of glass and refillable bottles - the glass bottle share of 47 percent and the refillable share (glass and PET refillable) of as much as 69 percent of total production in 2020 were significantly higher than the respective comparative figures for the German mineral water market.

The Sustainability Report 2020 also addresses an important milestone in the Group's sustainability activities: The publication of an ambitious sustainability strategy at the end of last year. Based on the three fields of action People, Planet, and Products, the strategy defines three key targets that the Group aims to achieve by 2025: 0 - 100 - 100.
0 - Zero accidents and better health.
100 - One hundred percent resource efficiency.
100 - One hundred sustainable products.

"In order to comprehensively achieve these goals by 2025, we will continue to keep our forward-looking focus, initiate and implement many new things. Despite the current challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting most companies, sustainable commitment to people and the environment must not take a back seat. The successes of the past year show that this can work together and through the commitment of all employees," Brühöfner concluded.
(Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft)

Damm and Ball launch World's First Aluminium Stewardship Initiative Certified Beverage Cans

Damm and Ball launch World's First Aluminium Stewardship Initiative Certified Beverage Cans  (Company news)

Damm, a leading beverage company in Spain, and a major player in the food, hospitality, logistics and distribution industries, has achieved ASI (Aluminium Stewardship Initiative) Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard certification. Damm becomes the first drinks beverage company in the world to achieve double certification, which guarantees high environmental, ethical and social standards for the whole aluminium chain, from the production of the aluminium to making the cans, brewing and recycling.

As part of the Performance Standard certification, Damm’s life cycle thinking, product design, emissions reduction plans and management of natural resources and waste in its breweries were audited. The Chain of Custody certification covers verified practices – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – from mining and remelting to aluminium casting, rolling, can manufacturing and filling.

The ASI certification also acknowledges Damm’s work in raising awareness of aluminium recycling, through the 349 can compactors it places every year along the Mediterranean coast. As well as this pioneering initiative in the drinks sector, the company partners organisations that promote responsibility among producers and recycling.

The ASI was founded over 10 years ago by representatives from the aluminium industry and industrial users of aluminium, and from research and policy organisations and society in general, with the aim of promoting greater sustainability and transparency throughout the aluminium industry. Since 2017, organizations have been able to seek ASI certification and more than 160 organisations have joined the ASI as members, demonstrating their commitment to responsible aluminium sourcing.

Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging, EMEA, said: “Today’s announcement represents a landmark moment as we bring together our customers’ ambitions to contribute to a genuinely sustainable economy, with the circular potential of the aluminium beverage can, the world’s most recycled beverage package. Damm’s more than 25 iconic beer brands are enjoyed by consumers in more than 133 countries. We have relished working with such a forward-thinking company that is meeting the increasing demand for sustainable products from consumers and society.”

Ball was the first can maker to receive ASI certification, across all of its 23 can making plants in Europe, Middle East and Africa, during 2020.

Damm’s continued commitment to sustainability
Commitment to caring for the environment forms part of Damm's corporate culture and is one of the main strategic pillars of the company, whose executive chairman is Demetrio Carceller Arce. This was confirmed by the chief executive at the last General Shareholders' Meeting, where accelerating the company's environmental agenda to continue being the most sustainable beer company was identified as a priority.

To minimise its impact on the planet, Damm has programmes aimed at the continuous improvement of industrial processes that use less raw and other materials, as well as initiatives to promote energy efficiency in all production centres and circular economy actions.

The company encourages ecological packaging design, reducing the total amount of materials used while constantly increasing the percentage of recycled raw materials, and improving recyclability. As of the 1st of December 2020, all Estrella Damm can multipack holders are made with 100% biodegradable cardboard; plastic rings have been eliminated. This was a pioneering project in the brewing industry that will mean a reduction in the use of over 260 tonnes of plastic per year, the equivalent of almost 89 million plastic rings. The suppliers that manufacture the cardboard for the packs are PEFC and FSC certified, guaranteeing that all the cardboard and paper used comes from responsibly and sustainably managed forests, thereby helping to combat climate change and protect biodiversity.

Damm has also eliminated printed plastic shrink wrap from six, twelve and twenty-four packs of Estrella Damm cans, which will mean a reduction of 99 tonnes of plastic per year. The plastic has been replaced by new cardboard packaging made with natural fibres from trees from sustainably managed forests with PEFC certification.
(Damm S.A.)

FACHPACK 2021: New trade fair concept provides planning certainty

FACHPACK 2021: New trade fair concept provides planning certainty  (Company news)

FACHPACK, the European trade fair for packing, technology and processes, will take place in line with its regular schedule from 28 to 30 September 2021, either on site at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg with a digital add-on or as a purely digital industry event. “To be able to react flexibly and at short notice to the pandemic situation, we have devised a dual-track event concept that will allow our customers and us to reliably plan ahead for FACHPACK 2021,” explains Heike Slotta, Executive Director at NürnbergMesse.

Specifically, the dual-track trade fair concept for FACHPACK will take the following form: Track 1 will focus on FACHPACK 2021 as a physical event with a well-considered hygiene concept and a new digital add-on, so that visitors affected by travel restrictions can still take part in. If necessary due to the pandemic situation, we will switch to Track 2 and offer the packaging sector a purely digital event with new and exciting features. “This means that we are prepared for all eventualities and can guarantee that the packaging community will be able to have its much longed-for gathering at the end of September,” Slotta continues.

Trade fair preparations in hand
The preparations for the trade fair are in full swing. The FACHPACK team is currently preparing for the physical event in the usual way, i.e., planning the configuration of the exhibition halls with the 860 companies currently registered, creating an attractive supporting programme and developing a comprehensive hygiene concept that will allow exhibitors and visitors to participate safely in the event.

New digital features on myFACHPACK platform
At the same time, the team is developing a digital platform called myFACHPACK. which will offer additional benefits for FACHPACK customers such as targeted and spontaneous online matchmaking and networking between exhibitors and visitors even before the trade fair begins. Personalised contact suggestions are made based on exhibitor or product searches and personal interests. In addition, the diverse programme of presentations at the trade fair will be live streamed. On all three days of the fair, the three forums PACKBOX, TECHBOX and INNOVATIONBOX offer keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussions, which will also be available after the event. The product and company information displayed at the physical exhibition stands will be complemented by digital material on the myFACHPACK platform. Exhibitor profiles will be enhanced by new functions such as videos, chats, virtual meeting rooms, talks or presentations. In this way, the benefits of the physical event are fittingly extended by modern digital tools.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Wernesgrüner welcomes springtime with new Naturradler varieties

Wernesgrüner welcomes springtime with new Naturradler varieties  (Company news)

Wernesgrüner is adapting its Radler range: With Naturradler Zitrone and Naturradler Zitrone Alkoholfrei, the traditional brand from the Vogtland region is right on trend.

Consumers' appetite for natural bikers continues unabated: In eastern Germany, the segment grew by around a quarter last year, and the non-alcoholic variant even doubled sales . With the launch of Naturradler Zitrone and Naturradler Zitrone Alkoholfrei, Wernesgrüner is therefore meeting consumers' tastes exactly.

The two fruity, delicious varieties are characterized by a particularly high fruit content, with natural lemon juice providing the naturally cloudy color. The lemonade content of the new Naturradler is 60% instead of 50% as in Wernesgrüner's previous Radler varieties, and the fruit content in the lemonade increases from 2.5% to 5.5%. The result: Naturradler Zitrone and Naturradler Zitrone Alkoholfrei taste significantly fruitier and offer perfect refreshment in the beginning of the warm season, whether relaxed on the sunny balcony or active in the countryside. The alcohol content of Wernesgrüner Naturradler Zitrone is 2.0%.

The two Naturradler beers are now available in 0.5-liter bottles, and the alcoholic variant is also available in 0.33-liter bottles. Various communication measures are planned for the coming months. In addition to promotions at the point of sale, there will be sampling campaigns in the summer as well as an attention-grabbing online and offline media campaign.
(Wernesgrüner Brauerei GmbH)

Tango to extend its sugar-free range with Dark Berry flavour

Tango to extend its sugar-free range with Dark Berry flavour  (Company news)

Tango Dark Berry will be available in the grocery channel from 7th April

Tango, one of the fastest growing brands within the fruit carbonates segment, is introducing Dark Berry to its popular sugar free range this March. The addition of Tango Dark Berry brings a mouth-watering taste of sweet, tangy raspberries and rich blackberries, ensuring shoppers don’t have to compromise on taste when choosing a healthier option. Sugar free choices are of particular importance in the fruit carbonates segment, having grown +18% in the last two years.

Over the last year, the pandemic has accelerated health trends, with the value of low-calorie drinks up +7.7% within in total soft drinks. Sugar is a key consideration for shoppers, with 33% trying to reduce it in their diet by purchasing sugar free soft drinks. The move follows the successful re-launch of the Tango Sugar Free range in 2019, which is now worth £15.4m RSV, and bought by 2.5m shoppers.

Ben Parker, at home commercial director at Britvic, comments: “The key to a successful range is offering variety and choice to shoppers, and so far, our Tango Sugar Free range has been hugely successful – now worth over £15m. It is already available in Orange, and Strawberry & Watermelon flavours, so we were keen to introduce something tangy and sweet to the range.

“We are launching Dark Berry in a variety of formats to suit all drinking occasions, in particular looking at the current trends as a result of the pandemic. People are enjoying more soft drinks at home while restrictions are in place. The two multipack formats (6 and 8 x 330ml cans) and 2L bottles, tap into this trend, and will allow stores to unlock additional sales opportunities.”

The Dark Berry launch will be supported with a digital and in store activation to drive trial and awareness. From May the brand will also feature on TV, BVOD and Digital, featuring the return of the Tanguru.

The new flavour will be available across all formats; 500ml bottle, 330ml can, 2L bottle and multipacks.
(Britvic Plc)

RimoMalt opens a new dimension for craft malting

RimoMalt opens a new dimension for craft malting  (Company news)

Bühler’s new RimoMalt is the solution small and mid-sized craft beer producers have been waiting for. It offers unprecedented flexibility – and brings investments down to an all-time low. Finally, craft producers can start off with very small batch sizes with an output that is easily scalable from 1,000 to up to 17,000 tons per year thanks to its modular system.

Photo: RimoMalt's overview - the solution is highly and quickly adjustable to changing demands.

In times of volatile markets, quickly changing consumer preferences and emerging niche tastes, the individually customizable RimoMalt is the answer to current challenges and malting trends. Breweries producing up to 1.1 million hectoliters annually will be able to fully produce their own malt for their beer, including the possibility to quickly increase their production as demands rise. Of course, established maltsters can profit too, if they wish to try new products and widen their special malt portfolios. Not to mention all other malt demanding brands from of distilleries to sweets and foods.

Start up in any place – while taking up less space
The new RimoMalt’s footprint is extremely low. In contrast to regular malting systems, it does not need an additional building as it is designed for outdoor installation from the start. Thereby, producers can stay in touch with local preferences and instantly react to taste changes. Or stay ahead of new urban trends: “Even in scarce downtown areas you can claim a unique positioning and provide or even create new tastes, no matter if you look at new aromas from different grains or special malts with darker colors. RimoMalt facilitates highest quality in any climate from hot and humid cities to ice-cold rural terrains,” says Johannes Kolb, Sales Manager for malting and brewing at Bühler. RimoMalt starts off quickly: Its current delivery time is approximately six months. Depending on the configuration, within 12 to 20 weeks of installation and start-up on site it is ready to run. Extra germinating-kilning units are installed while allowing full uptime as the existing units’ production stays unaffected. Extensions with intermediate modules take one week to integrate while only stopping the respective unit. And even raising the steep does not necessarily lead to downtime depending on its occupancy rate.

Amazingly basic: extending steeping volumes has never been easier
The fully insulated and cladded steep house starts at a volume of 16 metric tons. It can be upscaled in two steps to 32 and 56 tons simply by adding height-extending rings. The stairs are mounted next to the steeping unit to reach the top. Easy access grants effortless control of the grain elevator to maintain both process and quality control. The functionality is kept as basic as possible and ensures a smooth process with wet steep, dry steep and the final wet steep before pumping the steeped material to the germinating-kilning unit(s).

Germinating and kilning in one – meeting highest hygiene standards and process reliability
After steeping the product is gently pumped onto the floor deck inside the boxes of RimoMalt’s unique germinating-kilning unit. This one-of-a-kind combination of both processes reduces conveying steps and provides for greater malt quality. Every unit is equipped with its own turning-, loading-, and unloading system that levels out the product for uniform germination and kilning of all kernels. This even layer on a perforated deck creates consistent air flow throughout the process. As an important addition to the flexibility, each box has a decentralized axial germination fan and its own cooling at the unit’s starting module. This design allows for individual operation of each unit as well as RimoMalt’s tailored extension options. The units can be scaled up independently in eight-ton steps with quickly installed intermediate modules between starting and end module. This feature is unique in the market. “For the first time it is possible to start a production with very small batch sizes and extend each box individually at any later stage. RimoMalt can facilitate various portfolio demands simultaneously by producing different special malts at the same time within a full 24-hour batch cycle,” says Johannes Kolb.

Highest efficiency in the malting world
Malting processes are already exceedingly high in efficiency. Nevertheless, RimoMalt still sets the bar higher as the most efficient malting solution in the market. One reason is the possibility to combine various heating systems in the heating unit, which supplies hot air for the centralized radial kiln fan. Furthermore, a glass-tube heat exchanger is integrated in the heating unit. Here, the heated revert air is reused to preheat the incoming fresh air. This is just one of the many examples how Bühler reaches optimal efficiency in every detail – reassuring Bühler’s sustainability goal for all its clients: to reach a 50% decrease of waste as well as energy and water consumption by 2025. And this includes to even identify aspects beyond Bühler solutions: the small footprint and flexibility of RimoMalt enable more local production and grain use which, in turn, decreases emissions in logistics and supports small ecofriendly grain suppliers.

Future-driven solutions and services
With the new RimoMalt, small and mid-sized breweries can start a bright malting future – making best use of its automation system Mercury MES (Manufacturing Execution System). Web-based and working on all devices, it offers a seamless data exchange between all systems for optimal workflow. This can further include a whole high-quality scheme in which the new RimoMalt can be embedded: from whole grain handling, water saving washing, safe sorting to truck loading, or processes like roasting and caramel malt production. And Bühler’s Application Center in Beilngries, Germany, is ready to help brands in research and development for process optimization along with creating new tastes and trying out new malting and brewing ideas tailored to any market around the globe.
(Bühler AG)

Powering Up on Plant Protein

Powering Up on Plant Protein  (Company news)

Plant protein is continuing to gain traction as the plant-based revolution marches on. Plant-based eating has continued to evolve, reaching not just mainstream but what might even be described as global phenomenon status. It has developed strongly in recent years, moving on from the disruptor status highlighted by Innova Market Insights in its Top Trends for 2017. Plant-based has continue to feature in Innova Market Top trends since then and now for 2021, Innova’s Plant-Forward trend is heralding the rising appeal of plant-based products in different regions and categories. This comes as consumers demand new formats, new plant proteins and an extra level of sophistication.

Health still dominates plant protein interest
Innova’s 2020 Consumer Survey indicated that the top four reasons for considering plant-based alternatives were health, variety, sustainability and taste. Health was the clear leader, cited by 53% of respondents globally.

In the meantime, terminology has also moved on, with plant-based claims increasingly in evidence alongside more established vegetarian and vegan positionings. According to Innova Market Insights data, the use of plant-based claims for global food and beverage launches had a CAGR of 37% over the 2016 to 2020 period. This compares with 10% for vegan positionings and a marginal decline for the more mainstream and established vegetarian category. Research in 2020 also indicated that six in ten consumers preferred plant-based claims when buying alternatives to meat and/or dairy.

The use of more specific plant protein claims is also booming, as protein from plants is increasingly and more prominently presented as a key product feature and terms such as ‘plant power’ more commonly used.

Alternative plant proteins and plant/animal protein blends are growing forces
The use of a wider range of plant proteins is also in evidence, with fava bean and hemp by far the fastest growing proteins tracked in meat and dairy alternative launches globally over the 2017 to 2019 period. This is from smaller bases than the more established rice, bean and potato proteins, which also saw ongoing, if more modest, growth over the period.

Looking forward, a variety of alternatives is expected to disrupt the segment still further using a wider variety of ingredients. It has also been suggested that there are opportunities for plant + animal protein blends, mixing whey and vegetable protein in sports nutrition products, for example, or dairy and plant milks for beverages, or meat and vegetable components for burgers. An Innova Consumer Survey indicates that 36% of global consumers would prefer a mix of plant and animal products, while 25% would prefer 100% plant-based options.

“As consumers are powering up on plant protein” concludes Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights “opportunities and challenges are attracting even more attention in the industry, particularly with regard to regional preferences and sustainability expectations. Key challenges for plant-based tend to be similar to those for the food industry as a whole, including the provision of clean label and sustainable options, targeting ingredients simplicity, the use of minimal processing and optimization of taste and textural experiences”.
(Innova Marketing Insights)

Migros introduces sustainability scale on products

Migros introduces sustainability scale on products  (Company news)

A sustainability scale is now listed directly on the packaging of all Migros brands. This rates the various dimensions of sustainability, such as animal welfare or climate, with 1 to 5 stars. Customers can thus see at first glance whether the product meets their requirements. Migros thus creates comprehensive transparency in the topic of sustainability.

"We are not 100% sustainable. But 100% transparent". Under this motto, Migros will in future evaluate all products of its approximately 250 own brands in the most important dimensions of sustainability. This will make it immediately clear to customers that an M-Classic chicken, for example, scores well in animal welfare but less so in climate. The new M-Check makes this contradiction transparent, says Marketing Manager Matthias Wunderlin: "We don't hide the negative sustainability aspects of a product either. On the one hand, this enables our customers to shop in a self-determined manner; on the other hand, this complete transparency is also an incentive for Migros."

A compass in the sustainability jungle
The sustainability scale works like a hotel rating: if the product receives five stars in animal welfare, for example, it does very well; if it receives only one star, there is a lot of potential for improvement. For this, up to ten different factors are assessed and rated, including outdoor exercise, housing, the use of medications or transport. The entire life cycle assessment of the product is included in the climate calculation: From cultivation to the use of water and fertilizer, to transport and packaging. The star rating is based on the entire Migros product range. A piece of beef therefore never achieves more than one star in climate because of the high greenhouse gas emissions compared to a cucumber.

"WWF welcomes Migros' goal of creating more transparency for customers in the area of sustainability with the new M-Check. With this disclosure, it enables customers to shop more consciously. After all, one third of the consumption-related environmental impact in Europe is due to what we eat," says Thomas Vellacott, Managing Director of WWF Switzerland.

The evaluation system is based on scientific principles and was developed for Migros by renowned partners. All assessment criteria can be viewed transparently online.

More than 100 products already marked with the new M-Check
Animal products such as meat and milk will be the first to receive the M-Check. The areas of animal welfare and climate will be assessed. Other dimensions of sustainability will be added later. By 2025, all of Migros' own brands - including non-food - will have been given the new M-Check. This corresponds to around 80 percent of the entire Migros range.

Beviale Moscow 2021 a major success for all participants

Beviale Moscow 2021 a major success for all participants  (Company news)

- 108 exhibitors and around 3,200 visitors
- High calibre supporting programme on site and online
- Rebooking open for Beviale Moscow 2022

Following its cancellation last year due to the pandemic, Beviale Moscow has now successfully taken place in Moscow from 16 to 18 March, when 108 exhibitors, 75 percent of them local and 25 percent international, welcomed around 3,200 visitors to their stands. Exhibitors, visitors, partners and organisers are extremely satisfied with the first physical gathering of the Russian beverage sector in a long time. A well-designed and attractive event concept ensured an inspiring and successful trade fair experience under the current challenging conditions. Interested parties who were not able to travel to Moscow could also follow the high-quality supporting programme online in a broadcast from two showrooms. The way has therefore been paved for Beviale Moscow 2022 and exhibitors can already benefit from special rebooking offers.
The special edition of Beviale Moscow was a hit. The timely relocation to the Main Stage Event Hall was obviously the right decision. 108 exhibitors, 75 percent of them local and as much as 25 percent international, showcased their companies and solutions to Russian beverage experts over the three-day period. Around 3,200 visitors came along to find out about and discuss the latest developments, challenges and trends in the beverage manufacturing segment. “We are relieved and very satisfied with the response,” says Thimo Holst, Project Manager Beviale Moscow, looking back at the event. “Our perseverance has paid off and the concept worked. The comparatively large turnout under these difficult conditions emphatically confirms the key importance of Beviale Moscow as the leading platform for the Russian beverage market.”

Sergey Kornakov, Head of Beer and Beverages Department at GEA, was also very satisfied with the trade fair experience: “It was a wonderful exhibition, and the results are great. Beviale Moscow exceeded all our expectations in respect of the quantity of visitors. On all three days there was a crowd of people around our stand. Frankly, there was not enough space, and if we had known that there would be so many of our clients, we would have taken a bigger stand. Which is what we are planning to do next year.”

High calibre supporting programme proves popular
As in previous years, numerous partners and associations once again helped to produce a comprehensive, high-quality supporting programme. The Conference on Wine Production in Russia launched the collaboration with the “Vinitech Innovation Tour” and presented participants with a comprehensive overview of the wine market and its future. “For our first participation in Beviale Moscow, the Vinitech Innovation Tour was strongly represented in the wine area and in the programme of the show. We extend our thanks to the organisers who innovated to make our digital participation possible, providing all technical means in record time thanks to the responsiveness and availability of the team who have always been attentive to our needs. Together, we were able to build a booth to highlight the innovations and equipment of the six French companies represented by the Vinitech Innovation Tour, present an online technical conference, and schedule online B2B meetings for our exhibitors,” says Delphine Demade, Director of Vinitech-Sifel. The collaboration is set to be extended for 2022 and will feature a special display area for wine.

Under the heading “The New Milk Retail in Russia”, the Russian industry portal “The Dairy News” provided information on the latest trends in milk production and processing. In collaboration with Coca-Cola, Beviale Moscow premiered a conference on the trend towards healthy drinks. Other programme items included a conference on the Russian beer market, conducted by the ABBM, Association of Beer and Beverage Market, the conference on beverage packaging by the National Packaging Confederation NCPack, and the Craft Drinks Corner.

Given the circumstances, the impressive Bavarian Pavilion with four Bavarian companies is especially worthy of mention. To underscore the strong economic ties between Bavaria and Russia, the Representative Office of Bavaria in the Russian Federation hosted a symposium with the title “The latest information and trends in the brewing industry in Bavaria and Russia”. Sieglinde Sautter, Head of Trade Fairs at Bayern International, was extremely satisfied: “Our hybrid participation in Beviale Moscow with a Bavarian pavilion and a virtual round table was a great success for our participants. Despite the current circumstances, we were therefore still able to make a mark and maintain a presence. We would like to thank NürnbergMesse for the execution and excellent organisation.” The continuation of this strong partnership is already being planned for 2022.

Beviale Moscow 2022: special rebooking offers
In view of these positive signals, the organisers are already working on preparations for Beviale Moscow 2022. Many exhibitors that could not take part due to the difficult circumstances this year have already signalled their support and have made a firm commitment to attend next year’s event. They can benefit from the attractive early bird discounts that are already available. Oksana Patrusheva, Marketing Director at NPM, is in no doubt about the importance of Beviale Moscow for her company: “Beviale Moscow is our main industry exhibition and we take part in it every year. As the business missed the entire last year, the exhibition was special this time round. There were a lot of visitors, including many new customers. This is an effective exhibition for us and we feel very satisfied with the results. We’d like to thank the organisers who helped us at each step and answered our questions promptly. We will be taking part in Beviale Moscow 2022 for sure!” Project Manager Thimo Holst is hoping for a return to normality: “The great success of Beviale Moscow 2021 and the extensive positive feedback received from all parties give us cause to look forward confidently to the regular Beviale Moscow event in 2022. We expect to be able to resume our previous growth trajectory.” Beviale Moscow 2022 will take place in line with its usual schedule from 29 to 31 March 2022 in the Sokolniki Exhibition & Convention Center.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Every liquid has a fingerprint and now it can be measured in real time

Every liquid has a fingerprint and now it can be measured in real time  (Company news)

A new radio wave-based analysis technology, developed by the Finnish high-tech company Collo, makes it possible to continuously monitor the state of any liquid in industrial processes, be it thick slurries, resins, adhesives, coatings, emulsion, beer, water or any other fluid.

Photo: Collo’s sensors can be placed in the critical steps of a liquid process, to optimize for instance the use of raw materials and chemicals according to the online data from the analyzer.

Collo’s technology is based on an electromagnetic resonator that emits a continuous radio frequency field into the liquid. The signal reacts to interferences caused by different components, chemicals and phases in the liquid. The analyzer immediately warns if the process is disturbed in any way so that the process can be adjusted according to the online data.

“Our sensors can be placed anywhere in the process to optimize for instance the use of raw materials and chemicals in the critical process steps”, says Matti Järveläinen, CEO and founder of Collo. “Our analyzer monitors the process constantly, compared to manual samples that provide a delayed snapshot of the process status at a given time. The advantage of real-time monitoring is that it takes away the guesswork when adjusting the process, which in turn can save a lot of chemicals, materials, energy and time.”

Brewing better beer
Collo Analyzer simultaneously measures eight proprietary parameters from a liquid, which together form the liquid’s fingerprint. If these characteristics are changed during processing, for example if unwanted solids are formed or the chemical balance is negatively impacted, the analyzer shows the changes so that corrective measures can be made immediately.

“For the first time it is now possible to analyze the changes in any desired liquid in real time, using our radio wave technology that penetrates liquids of any dry mass”, Järveläinen says. “A brewery is an example of a typical slurry process, where solids are blended into the liquid followed by several critical steps that each has to be optimized to get an even quality. Now it is possible to measure these critical steps in real time using one single technology.”

Unlike generic measurement techniques, Collo doesn’t just measure the liquids, but combines data with sophisticated analytics, providing actionable information for improved process performance. For optimal result, analytics are adjusted for each liquid application.

“Once adjusted, the same system can be replicated in similar processes”, Järveläinen says. “This is especially beneficial for customers that have a vast number of identical liquid processes, as they are able to achieve significant economies of scale with Collo. The analyzer is very low-maintenance, since the sensor is not sensitive to dirt and does not require cleaning.”

Less scrap and complaints
As Collo’s technology displays real-time measurements, it is possible to continuously adjust the process according to the results.

“The benefit of this continuous quality control is that process deviations are identified immediately when they occur and before they have caused any issues in the process or decreased its performance”, says Mikko Tielinen, Head of Sales. “If the problem is realized too late, it may escalate and become much more expensive to solve.”

For example, resin mixtures in electrical components insulation processes require a correct level of viscosity. If the critical stages can be analyzed online, the process will be steadier, resulting in less scrapped parts or faulty components shipped to customers.

“When using Collo Analyzer you can see when the liquid has the right properties and when adjustments are needed”, Tielinen says. “This means you don’t have to add more raw material than needed or use time and energy to blend the liquid longer than necessary, just because you cannot be sure of the consistence. This way the productivity gets a boost, and the use of energy and materials is decreased, while at the same time less waste is generated, and the final product is much less vulnerable to complaints because of quality issues.”
(ColloidTek Oy)

Pure Piraña ready to refresh Europe with the expansion of its hard seltzer

Pure Piraña ready to refresh Europe with the expansion of its hard seltzer  (Company news)

Pure Piraña, our global hard seltzer brand, is getting ready to expand into Europe. Following the launch in Mexico and New Zealand last year, Pure Piraña is poised to dive into the European summer to meet consumer demand across the region. The hard seltzer will be available in Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, with other markets such as the UK joining the hard seltzer trend throughout the year and into 2022.

Pure Piraña is alcohol re-imagined. “Pure” stands for the beautiful simplicity of hard seltzer, crafted with carbonated purified water and a dash of natural flavourings, together with 4.5% alcohol. Just like its namesake, Pure Piraña is a social animal with a zest for life – which makes it perfect for a modern generation of consumers who swim against the current in their endeavour for change.

Cecilia Bottai Mondino, HEINEKEN Global Head Flavoured Beverages:
"Following the launch of Pure Piraña in New Zealand and Mexico with promising results last year, we are excited to be introducing the brand into Europe. Pure Piraña is a refreshing and tasteful sparkling water with alcohol, at only 92 calories. I’m proud that we are now sharing this taste experience and the fun of Pure Piraña with consumers across Europe."

In Europe, the fruity-but-not-sweet alcoholic alternative will be available in three refreshing flavours: Lemon Lime, Red Berries and Grapefruit. Pure Piraña is aimed at a modern generation of consumers who are increasingly conscious of their consumption habits and lifestyle choices.
(Heineken N.V.)

Vitamin Well - Smart and delicious thirst quenchers

Vitamin Well - Smart and delicious thirst quenchers  (Company news)

A modern, healthier and tasty alternative to sodas and sugary juices. That’s what the founders of Vitamin Well were missing on the Swedish beverage market back in 2008. As they also had trouble finding a good enough alternative on foreign markets, they decided to create their very own functional drink. A beverage that was tasty, nutritious enough and contained less sugar. A beverage that they wanted to drink themselves.

And as it turned out, more people wanted to drink them. Today, more than ten years and several international market introductions later, the success of the Swedish vitamin drink is a fact. But it doesn’t end here. Vitamin Well is continuously striving to make even better, smarter and tastier thirst quenchers.

Vitamin Well is a functional and delicious thirst quencher, enriched with vitamins and minerals. It is non-carbonated and sweetened only with fruit sugar. Enjoy it as an alternative to sugary sodas, fruit juices and other still drinks.
(Vitamin Well AB)

Digitalising production processes

Digitalising production processes  (Company news)

SCHÄFER Container Systems is optimising quality assurance and investing in a digital x-ray machine

Picture: X-ray shielding room with digital evaluation at SCHÄFER Container Systems

With the stationary ISOVOLT Titan series X-ray machinefrom General Electric, SCHÄFER Container Systems, manufacturer of beverage containersystems, IBCs and customized containers, is making a significant addition to its qualityassurance facilities. Switching from analogue to digital for the non-destructive testing ofweld (NDT) enables more stringent quality control and is a further step in the transitiontowards a digital factory.

Shorter exposure times, the complete elimination of developer chemicals, a higher degree ofautomation and the significantly improved image quality persuaded SCHÄFER ContainerSystems to make the investment-intensive switch to the latest digital X-ray technology internallyfor NDT. SCHÄFER Container Systems will use this non-destructive test procedure to detectand make visible any unwanted contaminants, pores, cavities, cracks, incomplete welds anddeviations in weld seam shape and dimensions in stainless steel IBCs and KEGs.

The new state-of-the-art X-ray machine has been installed at SCHÄFER Container Systems in aspecially equipped shielded room to provide the required radiation protection. In the X-raychamber, workpieces with external dimensions of up to 3,000 mm x 4,000 mm x 2,500 mm(width x depth x height) can undergo radiographic examination. To ensure the digital X-raysystem is operated safely, SCHÄFER Container Systems had an employee trained as an X-rayspecialist.

The main beneficiaries of this are all those customers whose individual quality and testingrequirements are implemented, monitored and digitally logged seamlessly on site in theproduction plant. The efficiency gain can be quantitatively measured in terms of significantlyreduced reaction times in production operations. Thanks to this digital imaging process, fullyautomatic image evaluation for defined fault characteristics is now possible – a notablemilestone in the digitalisation of production processes.
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

Innovative hat trick: Fassbrause Melon Grapefruit, OeTea Lemon and Natur Radler

Innovative hat trick: Fassbrause Melon Grapefruit, OeTea Lemon and Natur Radler  (Company news)

All good things come in threes: After meeting the tastes of many customers last year with four new non-alcoholic products, we are now launching two more new thirst-quenchers: This spring, we are sending a second iced tea in returnable glass bottles and a fourth type of keg fizzy drink into the race. In addition, the Natur Radler is now available in a larger container. But first things first.

Photo: Original OeTTINGER Fassbrause Melon Grapefruit

Original OeTTINGER OeTea© Lemon: The second iced tea classic.
Often requested and now finally here: the original OeTTINGER OeTea© Lemon. This new addition complements the Original OeTTINGER OeTea© Peach, which has already been extremely successful after just one year, with the second most popular iced tea flavor in Germany. In the Original OeTTINGER OeTea© Lemon, an intense lemon note meets a subtle tea note, evoking the best childhood memories. In the blue crate and filled in the sustainable 0.5-liter returnable bottle, the new OeTea© is immediately recognizable as a member of the OeTTINGER family.

Original OeTTINGER Fassbrause Melon Grapefruit: Green and delicious
Fassbrause inspires young and old and enjoys ever-increasing popularity. After the successful varieties Mango, Lemon and Raspberry Mint, OeTTINGER brings another taste experience to the beverage shelf: Original OeTTINGER Fassbrause Melone Grapefruit surprises with its combination of sweetness and slight acidity. Based on hopped barley malt extract and pure brewing water, the result is a fruity and tart refreshing drink that is exclusively available from our brewery. The green eye-catcher is offered in a handy and sustainable 0.33-liter returnable glass bottle six-pack.

Original OeTTINGER Natur Radler: Now also in large bottles
The steadily growing demand in the "Naturtrübe Radler" segment continues unabated. We have therefore provided our growth drivers with another container. In addition to the iconic 0.33-liter Steinie bottle, the original OeTTINGER Natur Radler is now also available in the larger and slimmer 0.5-liter NRW bottle. Even more space for 50% finest Original OeTTINGER full beer and 50% naturally cloudy lemonade with the taste of sun-ripened lemons and oranges.

Last year 2020, in addition to its first iced tea, the Original OeTTINGER OeTea© Peach, our brewery had also launched the Original OeTTINGER Fassbrause Raspberry Mint, the Original OeTTINGER Glorietta Apple Cherry and the Original OeTTINGER Natur Radler non-alcoholic into the turbulent market, thus proving its strength in the non-alcoholic segment.

"The resounding success of our new products from the previous year shows us that we are right on target with current trends and customer wishes. That's why we're continuing to expand our product range here," says our Managing Director Peter Böck, explaining the 2021 new product strategy. "Whether it's an iced tea classic or a keg brew innovation - we're at the forefront!"

For the sake of the environment
Without frills, self-branding, or additional packaging, we have long relied on environmentally friendly returnable pool bottles and standard crates for our broad product range. We work almost exclusively with local raw materials and deliver directly from our four brewing locations throughout Germany. Thanks to the short transport routes, we thus make a further contribution to climate protection.
(Oettinger Brauerei GmbH)

Dedicated to sustainable packaging: Beverage carton industry releases ten-year roadmap ...

Dedicated to sustainable packaging: Beverage carton industry releases ten-year roadmap ...  (Company news)

... outlining vision and commitments for its sustainable packaging

ACE, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, and its members SIG Combibloc, BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak, have set the industry’s vision for the future: we will deliver the most sustainable packaging for resilient food supply systems which is renewable, climate positive and circular.

Through its robust and ambitious Roadmap, the industry commits to take action on all parts of the industry value chain, from sustainable sourcing to climate impact and recycling. Increasing the collection and recycling of beverage cartons to reach a 90% collection rate and at least a 70% recycling rate by 2030, and the decarbonisation of the industry’s value chain in line with the 1.5o C aligned science-based targets are included in the ten commitments.

In line with the vision of ACE members, beverage cartons will be:
• Made only from renewable and /or recycled material
• Fully recyclable and recycled
• Made entirely from sustainably sourced raw materials
• The packaging solution with the lowest carbon footprint

“The industry has set high and ambitious standards for the next ten years,” said Annick Carpentier, Director General of ACE. “We look forward to fostering a dialogue with EU decision makers to ensure that the necessary regulatory conditions are in place to support the industry’s journey towards beverage cartons as the sustainable packaging choice for today and tomorrow.”

Beverage cartons are a recyclable low carbon packaging solution that protects food and beverages, allowing their safe use and transport while also preventing food waste. With the commitments and targets set in the 2030 Roadmap, the industry will strive for its packaging to continue to actively contribute towards the ambitions of the EU Green Deal, specifically climate neutrality, circularity, biodiversity and resilient food systems, while never compromising the health and safety of consumers.

“The industry continues to invest in innovation and technology to increase beverage carton recycling,” said Marcelle Peuckert, President of ACE. “The industry needs an enabling policy framework that that will continue to support our investments and innovation over the next decade.”
ACE members have outlined clear deliverables, will report on the Roadmap’s overall progress on a regular basis, and will develop, add and adapt metrics should they not currently exist, also in partnership with others. You can find the industry Roadmap on ACE’s website.
(ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))

'Helbings fine friends': Helbing Kümmel stands up for the diversity of Hamburg's ...

'Helbings fine friends': Helbing Kümmel stands up for the diversity of Hamburg's ...  (Company news)

...gastronomy and event scene with limited edition

For the first time in its more than 180-year history, Hamburg-based cult Kümmel and market leader Helbing Kümmel is launching a strictly limited special edition, which has been available exclusively at since March 17, 2021 for an RRP of €10.99.

Under the motto "Just let others go first - that's the way it should be", the unmistakable Helbing label makes room for friends from Hamburg's gastronomy and event scene, with whom Helbing has always been closely associated. Also on board are casual concept stores that characterize Hamburg's cityscape and with whom Helbing cultivates deep friendships. It is precisely this cohesion, the diverse community and the wonderful counter conversations with inspiring personalities that are to be celebrated with this edition.

To mark the occasion, the Limited Edition is adorned with the colorful logos of the numerous Helbing friends and scene icons that characterize Hamburg's nightlife in particular and attract revellers and friends of good taste from all over the world. In a world where many things seem uncertain, Helbing is an anchor and brings people together. The colorful variety of logos on the distinctive silhouette of the Helbing bottle shows that old and new, tradition and zeitgeist harmonize wonderfully, and that these connections produce something very special of which Helbing Kümmel is proud as Hamburg's oldest spirit.

The friends pictured are, of course, only a small selection - unfortunately, the Helbing label is not that big after all. With this edition, however, Helbing Kümmel toasts all those who shape the home of Helbing Kümmel with their passion, a cosmopolitan outlook and Hanseatic ease!

Helbing Kümmel already recently supported Hamburg's gastronomy as part of the "Kehrwieder Paket" - the culinary box of top chef duo Fabio Haebel and Tim Mälzer, the sales proceeds of which went to the Hamburger Gastronomie Hilfsfond.
(Heinrich Helbing GmbH, Borco-Marken-Import Matthiesen GmbH & Co. KG)

Bühler and Vyncke form strategic partnership to offer low-carbon-emissions food plants

Bühler and Vyncke form strategic partnership to offer low-carbon-emissions food plants  (Company news)

Bühler Group and Vyncke form a strategic partnership to offer integrated solutions with which biomass side stream products are transformed into clean process energy while reducing the customers’ carbon footprint. The dependency on fossil fuels – and with this, CO2 emissions – can decrease from 20%-100%, depending on the raw material and side stream products. This means that in some cases, food plants can become fully carbon neutral. The first focus of the partnership is the segments of cocoa, oat, and malt processing. “This partnership is a key element in our strategy to massively reduce CO2 in the value chains of our customers,” says Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler Grains & Food. “Many industries rely on our solutions to reduce their fossil fuel consumption. With Bühler, we now aim to also become the standard to reduce the CO2 footprint of the food industry,” says Peter Vyncke, owner of Vyncke. “Together, Bühler and Vyncke can now offer integrated and optimized solutions where economic and ecological benefits go hand in hand.”

Biomass by-products are generated in almost all food processes. Typical examples are the processing of grains, rice, corn, and cocoa. Today, by-products are often either used for animal feed or simply disposed of. From biomass by-products, food manufacturers can also produce a climate-neutral form of energy. Unlike the combustion of fossil fuels, the use of biomass energy helps controlling greenhouse gas emissions as the only fraction released corresponds to what the plants previously took from the atmosphere during their growth, which is less than transporting the side stream products to a place where they would be used for feed or disposal. This creates a neutral CO2 cycle. With new equipment, digital services and retrofit offerings, Bühler already made strong progress in making its solutions more energy efficient. “By adding Vyncke's energy recovery processes to our portfolio, we can offer our customers low- to zero-carbon food solutions,” says Johannes Wick.

Belgian technology supplier Vyncke specializes in energy production from a wide range of biomass by-products, including industrial or municipal wastes. The range of biomass-based fuels available for energy production is broad; from agricultural and wood residues to sludges from industrial processes, recycled wood, and specially grown energy crops. Vyncke designs and builds green and clean energy systems that combust biomass and waste to produce thermal process energy from 1-100 megawatt hours (Mwh) and electrical energy from 0.5-15 megawatt electrical (Mwe).

Outside of energy-intensive industries, most companies have tended to view energy procurement as a cost to be managed rather than a strategic area in the value chain. Yet today, energy is becoming one of the most important levers for business success. With their cooperation, Bühler Group and Vyncke are addressing this issue to develop solutions for more sustainable food production – with holistic process chains in which energy recovery is integrated so that external energy consumption and energy costs can be reduced. This not only contributes to greater sustainability, but also opens competitive advantages for food producers through greater energy efficiency.

“Today, we are far from exploiting the full potential of recovering energy from side stream products. Our goal is to reduce the energy consumption of a food plant by up to 70%. The beauty of our solutions is that sustainability and economic criteria go hand in hand. Today, we are already enabling our customers to reduce emissions by 2.5 million tons of CO2 annually. By partnering with Bühler, we can further improve and scale these solutions in an integrated approach to create a much larger positive impact,” says Peter Vyncke.

One particularly important joint project will be the expansion of a malt production plant for Bühler's long-time business partner, Malteria Oriental S.A. in Montevideo, Uruguay. Malteria Oriental S.A. belongs to the Grupo Petrópolis, one of Brazil's largest beer producers. Their brewing business requires more malt, as beer consumption in South America has grown steadily in recent years.

In malt houses, the thermal energy consumption for drying malt is enormous. In the project, Vyncke will be responsible for recovering thermal energy from biomass, which is a by-product of malt production. Through an on-site energy audit, Vyncke developed a set-up to reduce the size of the energy system by 30%, creating savings in the total investment as well as the operational costs. Vyncke will build a turn-key 20-megawatt superheated water boiler with dual combustion systems which will burn internal barley husks and plant rejects, completed by externally sourced wood chips. This will save 35,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year compared to standard operational practices in Uruguay.

The new malt house is designed for a batch size of 260 tons of barley and has an annual capacity of 77,000 tons of malt. Commissioning and production are scheduled for March 2022.

“By working closely together, we aim to execute projects with less coordination effort for our customer. Our joint innovative strength will drive us into the future and our customers will have ever better and more efficient solutions at their disposal,” says Johannes Wick.

Both Vyncke and Bühler have set the goal of reducing energy consumption in all new food plants by at least 50% by 2025. Together, both partners want to create the possibility of making malting plants CO2 neutral. The project in Uruguay is just the beginning. In the future, both partners intend to coordinate their solutions technologically in a targeted manner.
(Bühler AG)

CRAFT BEER CHINA 2021 gets ready for the industry

CRAFT BEER CHINA 2021 gets ready for the industry  (Company news)

- From May 12 to 14 in Shanghai
- The whole craft beer industry chain will be represented
- CRAFT BEER CHINA summit: focus on after-pandemic market

Preparations for CRAFT BEER CHINA are in full swing, bringing together insiders and craft beer lovers at home and abroad, gathering the whole industry chain together to "Create wonderful craft beer in China!" CRAFT BEER CHINA 2021 will be held at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from May 12 to 14. The show covers an area of about 12,000 square meters, with more than 200 exhibitors and six concurrent events, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 trade visitors. CRAFT BEER CHINA is a member of the Beviale Family, the global network for the beverage industry.

In May 2021, the Chinese beer industry gathers once again in Shanghai at CRAFT BEER CHINA. As Asia's authoritative international gathering of craft beer industry, CRAFT BEER CHINA attaches importance to every link of the whole craft beer industry chain, from selected quality raw materials to high-end and cutting-edge brewing technology, creative and innovative packaging guidance, diversified promotion channels & marketing, even analysis of consumer behaviours. Among the exhibitors are international equipment enterprises as well as raw material suppliers and many Chinese domestic breweries who present their classic products and new works.

The CRAFT BEER CHINA 2021 summit will focus on the after-pandemic market: BA and Global Data will analyse the craft beer market in the United States and Asia Pacific region. NürnbergMesse China will release 2021 Research Report on China's Craft Beer Industry. Famous brewery founders will share their stories about brewery construction and operation management. Equipment professors will share the experiences in new plant preparation. Breweries will also explore changes in marketing methods triggered by the pandemic.

For international visitors who cannot come to CRAFT BEER CHINA physically, a free access to the online showroom will be available. Registered visitors have access to exhibitors’ information, communication tools with exhibitors as well as the live broadcasting on May 13th, in which the anchor will show the virtual guests around the exhibition.

Platform of the craft beer industry on international level
In the past five years, CRAFT BEER CHINA has been dedicated to promoting the communication and connection of craft beer technology at home and abroad, setting up a one-stop craft beer platform in the Asia-Pacific region, building a bridge between China and the international community, and providing investment information and opportunities for local craft beer projects. CRAFT BEER CHINA 2020, the first batch of exhibition after the COVID-19 pandemic in Shanghai in 2020, came to a successful conclusion and received an enthusiastic reaction from the upstream and downstream of the industry. It greatly inspired the confidence of the industry.

The development and industrial structure of China's beer industry are currently in a period of adjustment. As the main driver during this round of window period, craft beer has a larger room for development. There is a huge space for imagination in this market. Despite stagnant growth of the total production of the beer industry, the overall craft beer is rising at a compound growth rate of 40 percent per year. According to statistics of Hejun, at present, more than 5,000 craft beer brands aided by venture capital and industry giants have cracked the market, attempting to get a craft beer ticket in the so-called industrial window period.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Fruit juice market 2020 with ups and downs - VdF publishes first market figures for the ...

Fruit juice market 2020 with ups and downs - VdF publishes first market figures for the ...  (Company news)

...previous year

The members of the Verband der deutschen Fruchtsaft-Industrie e. V. (VdF) ((Association of the German Fruit Juice Industry) look back on a turbulent 2020, not only due to the pandemic. After very changeable and dry weather, the apple pressing season ended with only around 400 million liters, significantly lower than forecast. The industry was only able to partially compensate for high sales losses in the catering trade, which was closed for months due to the Corona regulations, with higher consumer demand in the retail trade. In terms of per capita consumption, this resulted in a decline of 0.5 liters to 30 liters for fruit juice and fruit nectar compared to the previous year. VdF Managing Director Klaus Heitlinger adds: "We are observing a continuation of the trend towards high-quality direct juices in the retail sector, with the result that the industry as a whole was able to record an increase in the value of juices sold of around 13 percent. The development in the returnable glass segment is also positive. Here, growth of 16 percent is emerging."

Turbulent 2020
In the first lockdown of 2020, consumers increasingly turned to fruit juice. In the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 10 percent was even noted. Although this positive consumer trend in the grocery trade continued at a somewhat lower level during the year, it could only partially compensate for the industry's high sales losses in the food service sector. The development in the direct juices segment was encouraging. Chilled direct juices are up 11.4 percent, with non-chilled growing by 5.3 percent. Among consumers' favorite varieties, orange juice is extending its leading position. Its share of the total market is now 34.5 percent, followed by apple juice at 27.8 percent and multivitamin at 14.2 percent. The trend towards returnable glass containers is also encouraging for the industry. With the 16 percent increase, the association's own VdF returnable glass containers now account for around 13 percent of the total market.

Apple juice pressing season 2020: significantly lower than expected
Of the 400 million liters of apple juice pressed last year, around 350 million liters were conventional and 51 million liters organic. Although this is a very pleasing figure compared with the previous year, harvest expectations in July 2020 were still around 850,000 metric tons, which meant that a significantly higher pressing volume was expected. Once again, the weather played a significant role. The insufficient water supply in August and September reduced the growth of the apples. A factor that should not be underestimated, every missing centimeter in the diameter of the apples costs around 30 percent in juice volume. Unfortunately, the frost and drought stress years of 2017 to 2019 also affected many old orchard trees to the point that they broke apart or died. The overaging of orchard trees continues unabated here.
(Verband der deutschen Fruchtsaft-Industrie e.V. (VdF))

Gaffel Wiess: Due to high demand, the forefather of Kölsch is now also available in bottles

Gaffel Wiess: Due to high demand, the forefather of Kölsch is now also available in bottles  (Company news)

Following the successful launch of Gaffel Wiess in the restaurant trade last year, the naturally cloudy, mild traditional beverage is now also being offered in bottles. "This was not yet planned in our planning for this year," says Thomas Deloy, head of marketing and PR at Privatbrauerei Gaffel. "Due to many consumer inquiries, which already accumulated in the summer, we have now brought this step forward." Inquiries about Wiess in the bottle also came from restaurateurs who do not offer draft beer.

Until the middle of the last century, unfiltered Wiess was the national drink of the people of Cologne and thus the forefather of Kölsch. Since last year, the pale top-fermented beer has been conquering the palates of the Rhinelanders once again. Despite Corona restrictions, which prevented many sales and marketing activities from being implemented, Gaffel Wiess has attracted a great deal of attention since its launch in kegs and was the new discovery of the year. The mild character and high sweetness at 4.9% alcohol have also won over users of other beer styles and Kölsch brands in beer gardens, at brewery counters or in restaurants.

Gaffel Wiess is now available in the new trendy 0.33l Euro bottle. This bottle was a child of the economic miracle in the 1950s and replaced the swing-top bottle that had been common until then. Gaffel had its own crate developed for the new product, which was designed in a refreshing and modern pastel-colored light blue to match the product's décor. 100% recyclable paper is used for the labels. In addition, there are three different crown cork motifs ("Prost zesamme!", "Gaffel Wiess" and Dom motif), which are sure to arouse covetousness among collectors.

"Gaffel Wiess combines tradition and new trends. Currently, regional specialties as well as mild, light and naturally cloudy beers are in vogue," says Thomas Deloy, Marketing and PR Director. "Gaffel Wiess is the Cologne answer to these trends, and with an authentic history. After its success in the restaurant trade, we are now pleased to be able to offer Gaffel Wiess for the home as well."
(Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. oHG)

Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft releases 2020 annual report: Profitable 2020 ...

Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft releases 2020 annual report: Profitable 2020 ...  (Company news) year despite impact of coronavirus pandemic

-Preliminary 2020 financial results confirmed: Group sales, Group EBIT and Group EBITDA within forecast range.
-Dividend proposal 0.13 euros per share
-Sales and earnings in fiscal 2021 expected to be at prior-year level

Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft (ISIN: DE0005201602), listed on the Regulated Market (General Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, published its annual report for the 2020 financial year. In it, the Group confirms its preliminary business results for the past financial year published on February 3, 2021. According to the report, the Group generated consolidated revenues of EUR 154.6 (2019: 167.4) million. Group operating earnings before interest and taxes (Group EBIT) in fiscal 2020 were EUR 5.2 million (2019: 9.8), while Group operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Group EBITDA) were EUR 14.1 million (2019: 18.4).

"Despite the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our business operations, we succeeded in closing the 2020 financial year profitably as well," summed up Oliver Schwegmann (photo), Executive Board member of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft. Against this backdrop, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board had decided to propose to the Annual General Meeting on May 11, 2021, the payment of a dividend of EUR 0.13 per share (previous year: EUR 0.28 per share). "Even in challenging times, we are thus standing by our shareholder-friendly dividend policy," Schwegmann said.

Berentzen Group business segments affected differently by the coronavirus pandemic
The business performance of the individual segments of the Berentzen Group varied greatly in the 2020 financial year. The Spirits segment largely matched the revenue level of the previous year (-0.4%). "Many of our spirits products, especially our branded spirits Berentzen and Puschkin, stand for conviviality and for celebrating in the community. In the pandemic year 2020, however, many such occasions for use were absent - from important seasonal highlights such as Easter or New Year's Eve to shooting festivals and music festivals to private parties. As a result, our business with branded spirits suffered significantly from the pandemic, both in Germany and abroad," explains Schwegmann. The fact that sales in the spirits segment nevertheless came close to matching the previous year's level was due to strong sales growth in premium spirits, he added. "Many consumers turned to high-quality luxury spirits last year. The attractive price-performance ratio of our premium private labels was the perfect answer to the highest quality demands combined with pandemic-related price sensitivity," says Schwegmann. "Here, our strategy of premiumization, which we started three years ago, has absolutely paid off."

There were also varied developments within the Non-alcoholic Beverages segment, which reported an overall year-on-year drop in sales of 11.8%. Temporary restaurant closures in the wake of the lockdowns led to significant declines in sales volumes and revenues, particularly in the concessions business. "In the sales volume of our own brand products in the Non-alcoholic Beverages business segment, on the other hand, we were able to achieve stronger overall growth rates than the overall market for non-alcoholic beverages in Germany, even in the challenging year 2020, which we are very pleased about," explains Schwegmann, adding, "Mio Mio, for example, once again recorded double-digit sales growth, and this despite the fact that student public life, for example, which is very important for the brand, also largely came to a standstill."

The Fresh Juice Systems segment was hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with sales down 25.0% year-on-year. Here, too, sales of fruit presses in particular in the food service and hospitality sales channel came to an almost complete standstill at times in all markets relevant to the Berentzen Group. "However, food retailers also had to overcome many challenges last year with regard to maintaining operations and implementing hygiene standards. As a result, it was not the right time for many retail partners to consider an investment purchase, such as our fruit presses," says Schwegmann. However, due to the further increase in consumers' desire for healthy food as a result of the pandemic, as well as the increasing pressure on stationary food retailers to differentiate themselves from the dynamically growing online trade, the fresh juice systems segment would at the same time offer the greatest opportunities for future growth.

"In summary, we can say that the coronavirus pandemic has of course affected us as a group of companies. However, our broad positioning across various beverage categories, our extensive brand and product portfolio, and our coverage of various distribution channels meant that the decline in Group sales was comparatively moderate at 7.7 percent, enabling us to close the fiscal year profitably," Schwegmann said.

Outlook for the 2021 financial year
The Berentzen Group also anticipates negative effects from the coronavirus pandemic in the 2021 financial year. "The ongoing restrictions on private and social life will continue to have a noticeable impact on our business activities, so that the 2021 financial year as a whole will be under similar auspices as the 2020 financial year and a comparable level of revenue and earnings can therefore be expected," Schwegmann said. Specifically, the Group anticipates consolidated revenue in a range of EUR 152.0 million to EUR 158.0 million, consolidated EBIT between EUR 4.0 million and EUR 6.0 million, and consolidated EBITDA between EUR 13.0 million and EUR 15.0 million. EBIT and EBITDA are thus forecast in exactly the same range as in the previous year.

The lockdown situation, which is currently ongoing and will be extended once again, is expected to have a significant negative impact on business activity, particularly in the first two quarters of 2021. "However, we are convinced that the sociable joy of life and celebrating in community will return to people's lives - even if only in small steps at first - as society becomes increasingly inoculated. We are already preparing for this time in the Group with a large number of measures," says Schwegmann. These included the further expansion of the company's own field sales organization Berentzen-Vivaris Vertriebs GmbH, which was launched last year, the sales launch of the premium cider brand Goldkehlchen, which was acquired in 2020, on the German market, and the contract filling partnership with Imnauer Mineralquellen, which has just begun, for the further distribution expansion of Mio Mio in southern Germany. "In addition, we are working intensively on new product developments in all our business areas. As a group of companies, we are getting ready to return to our growth path of recent years before Corona," Schwegmann concluded.
(Berentzen Group Aktiengesellschaft)

BillerudKorsnäs and Tetra Pak together towards 100 % recyclable packaging

BillerudKorsnäs and Tetra Pak together towards 100 % recyclable packaging  (Company news)

Through close and enduring collaboration BillerudKorsnäs and Tetra Pak aim to push the figure of renewable material from wood fibre in carton packages towards 100%. Already today the figure is about 70%. New innovations to further increase the sustainability of packages are since long top of the agenda for both companies.

“Our mission is to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. 70 % renewable is a good start, and the only way that we can solve the major sustainability challenges we face is to do it together”, says Malin Ljung Eiborn, Director Sustainability and Public Affairs.

The collaborative innovation takes the form of a number of defined projects where experts from the two companies work together. BillerudKorsnäs also work together under the auspices of Treesearch, a Swedish collaboration platform for fundamental research, knowledge and competence-building in the field of new materials and specialty chemicals from forest raw material. It involves academia, industry, private foundations and the Swedish government, and aims to turn pioneering fundamental research into high-tech innovations to meet the climate challenge.

“Treesearch is important because we can get advanced research on new materials and new applications, but also because we have an opportunity to build competence, with skilled people coming into the industry who will be able to develop more innovative products in the future”, says Malin Ljung Eiborn.

BillerudKorsnäs and Tetra Pak are long term partners in the quest to achieve package that is hundred percent from renewable resources.

"We want a package that is hundred percent from renewable resources. We need a lot of innovation to find these new materials that can create a good barrier. We have to act together to transform the industry. And there are so many challenges, so much innovation to do”, says Eva Gustavsson, Vice President Materials & Package at Tetra Pak.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

Latest vodka promotions: Russian Standard, Żubrówka Biała, Green Mark and Parliament ...

Latest vodka promotions: Russian Standard, Żubrówka Biała, Green Mark and Parliament ...  (Company news) on sale with onpacks

Photo: Parliament Vodka with tumbler

The diverse vodka portfolio of the Hanseatic family-owned company BORCO-MARKEN-IMPORT is now attracting attention in the retail trade with its latest on-pack promotions. Consumers get their money's worth and are invited to experience the diversity of vodka authentically at their own home bar. Whether it's Russian Standard Vodka as the number one Russian premium vodka, Żubrówka Biała as Poland's best-selling vodka, the award-winning Green Mark Vodka or the iconic Parliament Vodka - there's something for every taste.

Russian Standard Vodka with long drink glass:
Russian Standard Vodka presents a high-quality long drink glass that adorns each 0.7L bottle of Russian Standard Vodka and reflects the iconic design elements of the Russian Standard Vodka bottle. With the glass, the popular spicy-fruity signature drink "Russian Mule" or other flavorful drink creations can be prepared at home in no time.

This eye-catching on-pack promotion will be offered to food retailers in Germany as carton goods and on 48-count displays while stocks last. The RRP is 12.49 euros.

Polish indulgence culture with Żubrówka Biała shot glass onpack:
Żubrówka Biała, Poland's best-selling vodka and one of the world's most successful vodka brands, is bringing Polish indulgence culture to retailers in the form of a shot glass onpack. The design of the shot glass, which adorns each 0.7l bottle of Żubrówka Biała, ensures maximum attention. The Polish roots in the snow-covered areas of the legendary Białowieża Forest are reflected with a bison as a motif. With this, there is nothing in the way of discovering the crystal clear and smooth character of Żubrówka Biała and taking a foray into the 500-year tradition and history of this special vodka.

This on-pack promotion will be offered to food retailers in Germany as carton packs and on displays of 30, while stocks last. The RRP is €7.99.

Green Mark Vodka with shot glass:
Alongside Russian Standard Vodka, the legendary Green Mark Vodka is also being presented in a glass onpack. Green Mark is the result of a complex production process in which only the finest ingredients are used: 100% best wheat from the Volga region in central Russia and purest water from a deep spring as well as silver and platinum filtration give Green Mark intense, sweet notes. The flavor bouquet can now be discovered in style thanks to the high-quality shot glass adorned with the distinctive Green Mark logo.

This eye-catching on-pack promotion will be offered to food retailers in Germany as carton goods and on 48-count displays while stocks last. The RRP is 9.99 euros.

Parliament Vodka with tumbler and recipe:
In the spring, the cult vodka Parliament is presented with a glass as a free gift, which impresses with a straightforward design in the form of a tumbler. With a colorful design and illustrated onion domes as a motif, the insert in the glass carries Parliament's Russian origins into the trade. The glass invites you to discover the signature drink "Parliament Cranberry", which harmoniously combines the fine notes of milk-purified vodka with the fruitiness of cranberries and is not to be missed on the first warm days of the year. For the preparation, the onpack directly provides the necessary help and also presents the recipe on the glass insert.

This eye-catching on-pack promotion will be offered to food retailers in Germany as carton goods and on 48-piece displays while stocks last. The RRP is 11.49 euros.
(BORCO-MARKEN-IMPORT Matthiesen GmbH & Co. KG)

Nestlé acquires Essentia, expands presence in premium functional water segment

Nestlé acquires Essentia, expands presence in premium functional water segment   (Company news)

Nestlé USA announced that it has acquired Essentia Water (“Essentia”), a premium functional water brand headquartered in Bothell, Washington. Essentia pioneered ionized alkaline water more than twenty years ago and is the leading brand in that space in the U.S.

This transaction is part of Nestlé’s continued transformation of its global water business, which was announced in June 2020. The company is sharpening its portfolio to focus on international premium and mineral water brands and healthy hydration products, such as functional water. This follows the agreement to sell Nestlé’s U.S. and Canadian regional spring water brands, purified water business and beverage delivery service announced in February.

“With the addition of Essentia we continue to transform and best position our water business for long-term profitable growth here in the U.S. and globally,” said Steve Presley, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA. “We are excited to welcome the Essentia team to the Nestlé family as we expand our premium water portfolio. Essentia gives us an immediate strong presence in the high-growth, functional water segment and supports our efforts to capture opportunities with emerging consumer trends such as healthy hydration.”

Essentia is the leading alkaline water brand and the No. 1 selling bottled water brand in the natural channel. The company uses a proprietary process to ionize water, delivering a clean, smooth taste and a pH of 9.5 or higher. Essentia’s 2020 sales were USD 192 million.

Essentia joins renowned brands Perrier®, S.Pellegrino®, San Pellegrino® and Acqua Panna® as part of the Premium Waters portfolio of Nestlé USA.
(Nestlé Waters North America)

Grünbeck expands BOXER X filter series

Grünbeck expands BOXER X filter series  (Company news)

New dimensions of fine filters and backwash filters are perfectly suited for use in commercial and industrial areas as well as for large residential buildings

Image: BOXER-X series. Image: Grünbeck Wasseraufbereitung GmbH

Filtration of drinking and process water can prevent corrosion damage to pipes and fittings. Filters protect water pipes and the water-carrying system parts connected to them from malfunctions, as solids such as rust particles or sand grains are reliably retained.

The proven BOXER X filter series is currently available as a fine filter and backwash filter with and without pressure reducer in sizes ¾″, 1″ and 1 ¼″. In order to also be able to supply larger drinking water installations with a suitable filter, Grünbeck Wasseraufbereitung GmbH has supplemented the BOXER X series with the sizes 1 ½″ and 2″. Both variants are available without and with pressure reducer. Grünbeck has a unique selling point with the fine filter with pressure reducer. The advantage with the filters with pressure reducer is that they effectively regulate the operating and idle pressure according to DIN 806-2, thus minimizing the installer's liability risk. This reliably reduces flow noise and pressure surges, thus providing optimum protection for the entire drinking water installation.

A pressure gauge is integrated in all BOXER variants. In combination with a pressure reducer, the operating pressure can also be set and a quick and convenient assessment of the actual condition can be made. This means, for example, if the filter cartridge needs to be replaced or backflushed.

The filter cartridges have a mesh size of 100 μm as standard. Special mesh sizes with 5 μm and 50 μm are also available especially for the commercial and industrial sector.

The optionally available Grünbeck sewer connection with integrated siphon according to DIN EN 1717 can not only be used for softening plants and system separators, but is also suitable for all BOXER backwash filters.

Further advantages of the filter series:
- Playfully easy installation in any pipe direction thanks to patented, pre-assembled rotating flange. This not only saves time, but also reduces the installation effort enormously.
- The optimized backwash technology with rotatable impeller ensures improved dirt removal, which in turn contributes to the longevity of the filter.
- The standard installation dimension of 160 mm not only saves time and money when replacing an old filter, but also reduces the installation effort considerably.
- The Grünbeck myProduct app reliably reminds whether a filter cartridge change or backwashing is necessary. In addition, product registration can be easily carried out and product documentation accessed via this app.

All new BOXER-X filters are registered for DVGW certification.

The new Grünbeck BOXER X filters are available in sizes 1 ½″ and 2″ - with and without pressure reducer - from June 2021.
(Grünbeck Water Treatment GmbH)

HERMA: New leadership in the Labelstock Business Unit

HERMA: New leadership in the Labelstock Business Unit  (Company news)

- Dr. Guido Spachtholz new Managing Director and Head of the Labelstock Business Unit since March 1, 2021.
- Managing Director Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner retires as planned.
- "Very successful management and sustainable benchmarks in technology leadership and efficiency."

Photo: Dr. Guido Spachtholz (center) replaced Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner (right in photo) as managing director and head of the pressure-sensitive materials business unit at HERMA GmbH on March 1, 2021; and, according to CEO Sven Schneller (left in photo), took over an excellently positioned, highly efficient division at the continuously growing self-adhesive technology specialist.

HERMA GmbH, headquartered in Filderstadt, Germany, completed a change in management as planned: Dr. Guido Spachtholz (47) replaced Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner, who is retiring, at the self-adhesive technology specialist on March 1, 2021. He is handing over to his successor as Managing Director and Head of the Labelstock Business Unit "after a 16-year growth and success story, an excellently positioned business unit that is regarded in the industry as a highly efficient innovation leader," says CEO Sven Schneller; and continues: "In addition to what we have achieved, I look back very gratefully on an extremely trust-based collaboration that has also enabled us to achieve and master the extremely ambitious goals and economic challenges of our time together in the company." Dr. Spachtholz will start familiarizing himself with his new role in January 2021 at the company's Filderstadt site, which has recently undergone further massive expansion.

Growing faster than the market
Dr. Baumgärtner joined HERMA in 2005 and, as Managing Director, took over the Labelstock division. He pushed the company's development into a technology leader with the aim of continuously growing faster than the market. "Having achieved this is also of enormous value for the further development of the company as a whole today," emphasizes Fritz-Jürgen Heckmann, Chairman of the HERMA Advisory Board. "The HERMA shareholders and the entire Advisory Board are extremely grateful to Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner for his very successful management on the one hand and for achieving sustainable technological benchmarks and efficiency on the other," the Advisory Board Chairman continued. The newly added production area, which will come on stream this year, will not only bring a further leap forward in innovation, but also a 50 percent increase in annual labelstock capacity to 1.2 billion square meters. Dr. Baumgärtner explains: "In all of this, it is particularly important to me that we have long been perceived as a particularly resource- and environmentally-oriented company: on the product side, by winning the German Packaging Award for Sustainability several times; in production, by reduced and optimized material use and significantly improved energy efficiency. This is also a decisive building block for the climate neutrality achieved from 2021. Having been part of the inspiring HERMA team in this holistic way - for that I am very grateful."

Acting more innovatively than the competition
His successor, Dr. Guido Spachtholz, who also holds a doctorate in engineering, was most recently a member of the management board of the Chiron Group, based in Tuttlingen, Germany, a specialist in CNC-controlled machining centers and turnkey manufacturing solutions. Previous stations of the native Rhinelander were Stama Maschinenfabrik GmbH as part of the Chiron Group and Alfred Schütte GmbH, a leading supplier of multi-spindle automatic lathes and 5-axis CNC grinding machines. "With his extensive experience in innovation-driven, international industrial business, Dr. Spachtholz will play a decisive role in shaping HERMA's strategic growth course and thus continue Dr. Baumgärtner's successful work," emphasizes Sven Schneller. Dr. Guido Spachtholz outlines his upcoming task as follows: "The good position in the self-adhesive materials business must be further expanded in a targeted and determined manner - through continuous optimization of all development and production processes as well as through impetus-giving internationalization. In any case, I'm looking forward to being able to act as part of the HERMA team in a way that is always a bit more innovative than the competition."

CEO Jakob Rinninger to lead sales activities of STI Group

CEO Jakob Rinninger to lead sales activities of STI Group  (Company news)

The STI Group is adjusting management responsibilities to further drive the company's successful strategic development.

The realignment of the corporate structure focuses on close cooperation between plants and sales and forms the basis for dynamic and sustainable growth. CEO Jakob Rinninger (photo) expands his area of responsibility to include the company's sales organization. Andrea Wildies, Managing Director for Sales and Marketing, IT, Supply Chain Management and Human Resources since 2017, has resigned from her position for personal reasons and in agreement with the Group's Advisory Board. The company thanks Andrea Wildies for her extraordinary commitment and work and regrets her departure.

Niklas Herting, a member of the STI Group's extended management team since 2018, will be appointed Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

"Together with Andrea Wildies, we have been able to shape the development of the group of companies in a decisively positive way over the past years. She has successfully created the basis for an even stronger market and customer orientation," said Jakob Rinninger. "The current realignment of the corporate structure will further streamline our processes in order to be able to respond to dynamic change in an even more agile and entrepreneurial manner."

The STI Group has made a successful start to 2021 and there are already clear positive effects of the consolidation carried out and the new scalable production logic.

As a pioneer in the packaging industry, the STI Group stands like no other company for innovative, sustainable and creative products and services that move markets and make the group of companies a strong partner of strong brands.
(STI - Gustav Stabernack GmbH)

Vivaris optimizes distribution channels for Mio Mio - New partnership to build up distribution ...

Vivaris optimizes distribution channels for Mio Mio - New partnership to build up distribution ...  (Company news) the south

With immediate effect, Vivaris Getränke GmbH & Co. KG, a subsidiary of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft, is launching a contract filling partnership for the Mio Mio brand with the long-established Imnauer Mineralquellen GmbH in Haigerloch, Baden-Württemberg. This partnership creates another distribution location for the brand, from which southern Germany can be supplied more flexibly and comprehensively. All eight varieties of Mio Mio will be filled at the mineral fountain.

"The success of Mio Mio to date, with double-digit growth rates in every year since its launch, shows the potential of the national brand. In order to make Mio Mio even more available in the south, we are now relying on this additional filling and distribution location in Baden-Württemberg," explains Vivaris Managing Director Tobias Wiesner.

With Imnauer Mineralquellen, Vivaris is relying on a partner with tradition and high quality standards. "Through the associated expansion of production capacities and shorter transport routes for the southern German region, we achieve better availability of goods, greater efficiency in the logistics chain and ultimately a reduction in CO2 emissions," explains Oliver Haag, Head of Production and Logistics for the entire Berentzen Group.

This is also ensured by the newly launched Berentzen-Vivaris Vertriebs GmbH in July 2020, whose team will be further expanded not only to increase density in the core area, but also for increasing distribution in southern Germany. With these two measures - cooperation with Imnauer Mineralquellen on the one hand and expansion of the field sales force on the other - the increasing demand for Mio Mio will also be served in the southern German states, both in the short and long term.
(Vivaris Getränke GmbH & Co KG)

Kathryn Mikells, Chief Financial Officer, to leave Diageo at the end of June 2021

Kathryn Mikells, Chief Financial Officer, to leave Diageo at the end of June 2021  (Company news)

Lavanya Chandrashekar appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective 1 July 2021

Diageo plc ("Diageo") has announced that Kathryn Mikells (‘Kathy’, photo), Chief Financial Officer, will leave the company at the end of June 2021 and will return to the US after almost six years in role. Lavanya Chandrashekar, Chief Financial Officer, Diageo North America and Global Head of Investor Relations is appointed Chief Financial Officer, Diageo, effective 1 July 2021.

Kathy joined Diageo from the Xerox Corporation in November 2015 and, after relocating to London, has overseen an exceptional period of performance, serving on both the Diageo Executive Committee and Diageo plc Board. Kathy has been instrumental in driving Diageo’s improved performance trajectory over the past five years and led a substantial global productivity programme, which resulted in almost 200 basis points of operating margin expansion over a three-year period. Kathy has played a significant leadership role in making Diageo a consistent top-tier performer across the critical measures of success for Diageo; namely net sales value, profit, cash and total shareholder return.

As part of orderly succession planning, Lavanya Chandrashekar is appointed Chief Financial Officer, Diageo, effective 1 July 2021 and will join the Diageo Executive Committee and Board. Lavanya joined Diageo in July 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, Diageo North America. In this role, she has partnered to drive the acceleration of growth in Diageo’s North American business and, subsequently, has taken on accountability for Investor Relations globally.

Lavanya previously spent four and a half years at Mondelēz International in various senior finance positions in North America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Latterly, as VP Finance, Global Cost Leadership and Supply Chain, Lavanya led an end-to-end global productivity programme that delivered strong operating margin improvement. Prior to Mondelēz International, Lavanya spent 18 years at Procter & Gamble in senior finance positions in India, Asia, Europe and North America.

Kathy and Lavanya will undertake a full handover prior to their transitions at the end of June 2021.

Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, Diageo, commented: "I am immensely grateful for the leadership role Kathy has played in making Diageo a consistent top-tier performer. She has made a significant contribution to Diageo’s improved performance trajectory, including her leadership of a substantial global productivity programme and her critical role in active management of our brand portfolio through our acquisition and disposal activities. I want to thank Kathy for being a terrific and committed business partner and colleague to me and wish her every continued success in the next chapter of her career. I am delighted that Lavanya will take up the role of Chief Financial Officer. She brings a breadth of international experience, has an exceptional grasp of consumer products value creation and world class experience of effective cost management. I am confident she will be a huge asset to the Diageo Executive team and Board when she joins on 1 July.”

Javier Ferrán, Chairman, Diageo plc, commented: "I wish to sincerely thank Kathy for her dedicated contribution to Diageo over the past five years and her exceptional partnership with the Board. She has played a significant role in enhancing Diageo’s reputation with key stakeholders and has improved the discipline of Diageo’s capital allocation policy, whilst also returning value to shareholders. The Board is delighted that there is a strong internal successor in Lavanya Chandrashekar, enabling a smooth transition when Kathy departs at the end of June. Lavanya’s strong track record at Diageo, and previously with leading CPG companies, will ensure she makes a valuable contribution as we continue to make progress on our ambition to become one of the most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world.”

In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.15, Diageo confirms that there are no further details to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13.
(Diageo plc)

SIG joins AIM-Progress to collaborate for positive impact through responsible sourcing

SIG joins AIM-Progress to collaborate for positive impact through responsible sourcing  (Company news)

SIG announces it is the first in the beverage carton industry to become a member of AIM-Progress, a global forum of leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers, assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains.

Photo: Sourcing responsibly is central to SIG’s Way Beyond Good ambition to deliver positive impacts for people and the planet. SIG announces it is the first in the beverage carton industry to become a member of AIM-Progress, a global forum of leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers, assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains.

“Sourcing responsibly is central to our Way Beyond Good ambition to deliver positive impacts for people and the planet,” said Samuel Sigrist, SIG CEO. “By joining AIM-Progress, we are opening up new opportunities to build strong partnerships with customers. Together, we will lead the way in ensuring respect for human rights and driving positive impacts through the value chain.”

Collaborating for positive impact
Responsible sourcing has been a key pillar of SIG’s net positive ambition to go Way Beyond Good for society and the environment since the outset. This commitment is closely aligned with AIM-Progress’ focus on collaborating for positive impact through responsible sourcing, making membership a natural fit.

The goal of AIM-Progress is to positively impact people’s lives and ensure respect for human rights, while delivering value to its members and their supply chains. A priority is to build members’ and suppliers’ capability to adopt and implement the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.

As the first beverage carton provider to join the organisation, SIG has an excellent opportunity to build strong partnerships with other members. The aim is to work together to co-create solutions and share best practices that can positively impact people’s lives and ensure human rights are respected through the supply chain.

David Spitzley, Responsible Workplace Senior Manager, Mars and Co-Chair of AIM-Progress: “As Co-Chair of AIM-Progress, I’m delighted that SIG are joining their peers and fellow brands as part of the AIM-Progress group. Our collective ambition to improve peoples’ lives in our shared supply chains is strengthened by working more closely with leaders in industries such as packaging. We look forward to welcoming them in; sharing best-practice with them; and benefiting from their experience with their value chain as well.”

Helping customers meet demand for responsible sourcing
FMCG brands are seeing increasing demand from consumers, investors and other stakeholders to demonstrate that they meet high ethical, environmental, labour and human rights standards – not only in their own operations, but throughout their products’ supply chain.

SIG’s solutions enable customers to clearly demonstrate that their packaging comes from responsible sources. The company has led the industry in the development and adoption of certifications for responsible sourcing for over a decade.

SIG is the only aseptic carton provider to offer packs with all three main materials certified as responsibly sourced – FSCTM-certified liquid packaging board, ASI-certified aluminium foil and ISCC PLUS-certified polymers. All three of these certifications include stringent requirements on human rights as well as other social and environmental criteria. SIG has also made a strong commitment to human rights in its business and supply chain as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact.

Joining AIM-Progress will support SIG on its journey Way Beyond Good and in delivering value as it partners with customers to bring food and beverage products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable, and affordable way.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Summery products at the Berentzen Group

Summery products at the Berentzen Group  (Company news)

Berentzen Summer Editions and new Pushkin variant refresh the market

At the beginning of spring, the Berentzen Group is once again focusing on the three successful Summer Editions of the Berentzen brand in the flavours Raspberry Cream, Passionfruit Cream and Coco Pineapple Cream. The corporate group is also introducing the new Passionfruit Yuzu variety under the Puschkin brand.

"The trend of creamy liqueurs is unbroken. Consumers' desire for creamy shots is not limited to the winter months; rather, the creamy liqueur alternative is also in demand in the summer," says Dr Stephan Susen, Head of Marketing at the Berentzen Group. Since the winter of 2018/2019, the Berentzen Group has been offering cream liqueurs as limited winter editions, and since last spring also as limited summer variants. "The success of our cream variants to date speaks for itself: throughout last year, the limited Berentzen Winter and Summer Editions together ranked among the TOP3 best-selling cream liqueurs in Germany. We were able to more than double our market share during this period and have thus made a decisive contribution to the high growth of the category," Susen continues. The creamy liqueurs can be served neat, on ice or as an ingredient in summer cocktails.

Not only with the Summer Editions, but also with Puschkin Passionfruit Yuzu, the Berentzen Group is fulfilling current customer wishes. "The new variety serves the trend of fruity and sweet vodka variants. The potential is also confirmed by independent market research results, according to which the combination of passionfruit and yuzu is the front-runner in terms of tasting interest among the core Pushkin target group between the ages of 18 and 25," says Susen. Whether served neat, ice-cold as a shot or on crushed ice, the new variant is considered the ideal summer drink.

The new Berentzen Summer Editions will be delivered to retailers immediately in single-variety 6-pack cartons and in 48- or 72-pack mix displays. In addition, the Puschkin Passionfruit Yuzu variant will be offered in a combined marketing with Blueberry and Watermelon as a 48 mix display.
(Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft)

Britvic supports Global Recycling Day

Britvic supports Global Recycling Day  (Company news)

At Britvic we are always mindful of how we use resources and Global Recycling Day gives us an annual opportunity to reflect on our progress.

In 2020, the framework for the UK’s first deposit return scheme (DRS) had just been laid before the Scottish Parliament. Now, with the DRS regulations passed, Britvic is proud to be a founding signatory of Circularity Scotland – an organisation of producers and retailers seeking approval from the Scottish Government to run the scheme. We know that if we are successful, we will be able to deliver a well-designed, industry-led and not-for-profit scheme that will make a real difference to recycling levels.

As well as increasing the amount of recycling, we are also determined to increase the amount of recycled material in our packaging. This time last year, we were committed to 50% recycled plastic (rPET) in all our bottles by 2025 – since then we have revised our targets and redoubled our efforts: 100% rPET in all bottles made in GB by the end of 2022.

In September 2020, Fruit Shoot Hydro bottles made the switch to 100% rPET – saving 640 tonnes of virgin plastic a year and, in Ireland, 100% of all Ballygowan Mineral Water plastic bottles are now made with rPET – saving another 1,300 tonnes of virgin plastic every year.

In Northern Ireland, we supported one of the first DRS trials in the UK which saw two thousand households in Whitehead taking part in Cryptocycle's Reward4Waste scheme and earning cash rewards for recycling their bottles and cans.

In France, our Pressade juices launched a new range using Tetra Gemina Craft bio-sourced technology: a carton that uses 81% renewable materials, including 75% FSC-certified cardboard and 6% vegetable plastic from sugar cane residue.

In Brazil, we use cashew fruit in our juices, cashew nuts in our nut milk range, nut shell for fuel and sell the cashew fibre for use in vegan burgers.

Wherever we operate in the world we are constantly looking at how we can reduce, reuse and recycle the resources we use. We know that recycling is crucial in the fight against the climate crisis and are committed to another year of innovation to help bring about a world where great packaging never becomes waste.
(Britvic Plc)

Fiscal year characterised by COVID-19 pandemic - Vetropack Group results at a good level

Fiscal year characterised by COVID-19 pandemic - Vetropack Group results at a good level  (Company news)

In a challenging environment shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vetropack Group achieved an EBIT margin of 11.5% (2019: 12.5%). Consolidated net sales stood at CHF 662.6 million (2019: 714.9 million). At the end of the year, the Group acquired a glass works in Moldova in a takeover which was financed by the Group’s own funds.

Vetropack Group consistently pursued its successful expansion strategy and acquired the Moldovan Glass Container Company S.A. glassworks on 10 December 2020. With this acquisition, the Group is growing in a region where it has been successfully manufacturing and selling glass packaging for almost three decades. The new subsidiary fits seamlessly into Vetropack’s markets in Central and Eastern Europe. The Moldovan subsidiary was fully consolidated for the first time as of 30 November 2020.

COVID-19 pandemic influences unit sales and net sales
Vetropack Group sold 4.86 billion units of glass packaging in the 2020 fiscal year (2019: 5.16 billion units), which was 5.9% less than in the previous year. As catering establishments were closed for months due to the coronavirus, demand for wine, beer and above all soft drinks, mineral water and fruit juices fell. The lockdown also led to more demand for foodstuffs stored in glass jars. The Group generated consolidated net sales of CHF 662.6 million, 7.3% lower than the previous year (2019: CHF 714.9 million). This only amounted to a 3.5% reduction in local currencies. Due to the changes to the sales mix brought about by the pandemic, it was mainly lower-priced glass packaging that was affected by the reduction, thus increasing the average price of glass packaging sold.

Financial key figures for 2020:
• Net sales: CHF 662.6 million (2019: CHF 714.9 million)
• EBIT: CHF 76.1 million (2019: CHF 89.4 million).
• EBIT margin: 11.5% (2019: 12.5%)
• Consolidated profit: CHF 81.2 million (2019: CHF 72.4 million)
• Net liquidity: CHF 59.7 million (2019: CHF 81.4 million)
• Cash flow: CHF 141.2 million (2019: CHF 153.3 million)
• Cash flow margin: 21.3% (2019: 21.4%)
• Equity ratio: 77.0% (2019: 78.8%).

Solid profitability
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vetropack coordinated its Group-wide capacities in the 2020 fiscal year so that it was able to optimise the necessary reduction in production from an economic point of view. At the same time, strict cost reductions were implemented in all areas. Thanks to these extensive measures, Vetropack Group achieved a consolidated EBIT of CHF 76.1 million (2019: CHF 89.4 million) and an EBIT margin of 11.5% of net sales (2019: 12.5%).

The consolidated annual profit rose by 12.2% to CHF 81.2 million (2019: CHF 72.4 million) and the profit margin stood at 12.3% (2019: 10.1%) In the first half of 2020, Vetropack Group sold a property in the Swiss canton of Zurich which was not required for operations. The one-off proceeds after tax amounted to CHF 9.1 million.

Well-invested liquidity
Cash flow amounted to CHF 141.2 million in 2020 (2019: CHF 153.3 million), which equated to 21.3% (2019: 21.4%) of net revenue. Vetropack Group invested CHF 73.7 million net in tangible and intangible assets (2019: CHF 123.7 million). The main investment was the reconstruction of a furnace and all the associated infrastructure at the Croatian glassworks. In the second half of the year, CHF 42.8 million was also used to acquire the new subsidiary in Moldova. All investments were fully financed by the Group’s own funds. Freecash flow reached CHF 37.9 million (2019: CHF 28.1 million). The Group’s net liquidity fell to CHF 59.7 million (2019: CHF 81.4 million).

Shareholders’ equity increased to CHF 763.6 million (2019: CHF 748.4 million). The equity ratio fell marginally to 77.0% (2019: 78.8%).

At the end of the reporting year, Vetropack Group employed a workforce of 3,882 people (31 December 2019: 3,366 people).

Outlook for the 2021 fiscal year
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost all areas of life. It is still uncertain when and how quickly the economy will recover again.

Vetropack Group will have full capacity at its disposal in the 2021 fiscal year; no major furnace overhauls are required. As the “pro glass” trend is unbroken, we expect to be able to fully utilise the capacities available in 2021 as things stand.

In 2020, the changes caused by COVID-19 led to increased stocks across the entire European container glass industry. In addition, the costs of raw materials, energy and transport fell. This led to an increasingly competitive market with high pressure on margins during the reporting year. At the beginning of 2021, energy and transport costs rose disproportionately and it is uncertain whether these price hikes will be accepted by the market in the short term.

For these reasons, we are assuming that the Group will be able to boost net sales both organically and through acquisitions under similar exchange rate conditions. The EBIT margin is likely to shrink somewhat.

The new glassworks planned by Vetropack in Boffalora sopra Ticino, Italy, remains the Group’s central strategic project in 2021. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held in the course of this year.

Vetropack Holding Ltd
The Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Assembly the payment of a gross dividend of CHF 1.30 (2019: CHF 1.30) per class A registered share and CHF 0.26 (2019: CHF 0.26) per class B registered share.

The Annual General Assembly of Vetropack Holding Ltd will take place at 11.15 a.m. on Wednesday 21 April 2021 in Bülach. Shareholders cannot attend in person.
(Vetropack AG)

Symrise upgrades online platform for aroma molecules

Symrise upgrades online platform for aroma molecules  (Company news)

• Ingredient Finder provides comprehensive information on fragrance, flavoring and pharma portfolio
• Easy to use thanks to a clear design and many filter functions

Symrise has completely revamped its online platform for fragrance and flavor raw materials. The Ingredient Finder at ( provides all the key information about the company’s aroma molecules in the fragrance, flavor and pharmaceutical categories. The database is intuitive to use: Filter functions help users quickly find the desired data. Another advantage comes from its clear design. Symbols allow users to identify particularly renewable or high impact raw fragrance materials at a glance.

Symrise is presenting its aroma molecules in a new guise. The company provides detailed information about its product portfolio and makes all important data about its fragrances, flavors and pharmaceutical raw materials available in its Ingredient Finder. The modernized online platform scores with its clear design, which Symrise is now also using for printed compendiums and data sheets. Thanks to the clear structure, users can easily find aroma molecules.

“Technological progress provides companies with great opportunities. This also applies to the presentation of our own raw materials on our website,” says Dr. Marcus Eh, Director Global Marketing Aroma Molecules at Symrise. “With the Ingredient Finder, we offer all relevant information about our aroma molecules on a modern online platform and thereby make them more visible.” For the first time, the Ingredient Finder provides information on raw materials for pharmaceutical products. These include highly pure synthetic cannabinoids as well as menthols for medicinal applications.

Filters enable searches by odor, stability or area of application
Design and functionality go hand in hand in the Ingredient Finder. Inviting imagery and many filter options invite users to search for the desired raw material. For example, users can search by product name, chemical name, CAS number or FEMA number.

If users are searching without that information, they can find the right product by other means. In the fragrance section, users can filter the portfolio by scents such as floral and citrus. Alternatively, users can also search for suitable applications such as soap, shampoo or lotion. Likewise, they can look for substances made from renewable raw materials or high impact substances. In the flavors section, users can search for application areas such as vanilla, tropical fruits or meat notes. They can also filter by origin, such as natural or synthetic.

“More and more consumers are looking for sustainable products,” says Antonia Lauter, Marketing Manager for at Symrise. “As a result, manufacturers are increasingly asking for ingredients from natural and renewable sources. With the new Ingredient Finder, they can use the filter options to quickly find the aroma molecules they want.”
(Symrise AG)

Meininger's International Craft Beer Award 2021: Dolden Dark wins gold and becomes ...

Meininger's International Craft Beer Award 2021: Dolden Dark wins gold and becomes ...  (Company news)

... "Porter of the Year"

The February tasting as part of Meininger's International Craft Beer Awards was all about top-fermented British beer styles. The expert jury of beer sommeliers, brewers, and other experts from research and academia tasted the porter and stout beer styles popular with craft brewers, as well as a range of ales - from blonde ales to amber and brown ales to dark ales. The Porter "Dolden Dark" from the craft beer family of the Riedenburger Brauhaus was awarded the gold medal.

At the same time, the beer experts named the "Dolden Dark" "Porter of the Year." According to the jury, Riedenburger Brauhaus has succeeded with this beer in creating a special blend of malt and caramel notes, in which aromas of chocolate and coffee are perfectly embedded.

The strong, intense stout with an original gravity of 17.2% and an alcohol content of 6.9% by volume has been brewed since 2015. Head brewer Maximilian Krieger is particularly pleased about the special "Porter of the Year" award: "We are very proud of this prize, because the verdict of such an expert jury emphatically proves that our philosophy - to brew with organic and regional raw materials at the highest quality level - is appreciated and successful."
(Riedenburger Brauhaus Michael Krieger GmbH & Co. KG)

EcoStretch: CCL Label Pioneers Closed-Loop Solution for Stretch Sleeves

EcoStretch: CCL Label Pioneers Closed-Loop Solution for Stretch Sleeves  (Company news)

- CCL Label has plans to invest in recycling technology to recycle post-consumer Stretch Sleeves in a closed loop
- Sleeve Products will be marketed under the brand name “EcoStretch – the Closed-Loop Solution”
- Project is part of CCL Label’s strategy to make its labels and sleeves reusable or recyclable by 2025

CCL Label, the world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions, is planning to offer a closed loop recycling solution for stretch sleeves. Stretch sleeves are often used for returnable PET bottles that are then re-used, for example in the German mineral water market. The recycling facility will be located at the Voelkermarkt site in Austria which is a hub for the production of stretch and shrink sleeves mainly for the dairy, beverage and home care industries.

“As making our labels and sleeves more circular is one of our main goals for the next years, we are proud to be the first ones in the industry to offer a circular solution for stretch sleeves. In addition to re-using and recycling the PET bottles, our beverage customers can now fully recycle their decoration on the bottles into new stretch sleeves – with our revolutionary EcoStretch solution”, says Reinhard Streit, Vice President and Managing Director CCL Food & Beverage.

CCL Label is pioneering a new technology that enables the post-consumer de-inking of the printed sleeves. The sleeves are removed from the bottle after the PET bottles are returned to the filling lines of the producers.

They are then shipped to the Voelkermarkt site, where – after the de-inking and cleaning – the sleeves are molten and shaped into pellets which feed back into the manufacturing process, thus creating a new sleeve in a closed loop.

“There’s a world of opportunity to rethink and redesign the way we make products. The new investment is part of CCL Label’s long-term plan to support Design for Recycling with their labels and to contribute to a more circular economy. With more and more deposit schemes being introduced to increase the recycling rates, we expect the returnable bottle systems to expand”, explains Streit.

CCL Industries is committing to a circular future
Last year CCL Industries signed the Global Commitment of the New Plastics Economy which is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. CCL Label pledges that by 2025, all customers of CCL Industries will be able to choose label products and solutions that will not hinder the final package to be recyclable, reusable or compostable. Driving change through active partnerships is one on CCL Label’s building blocks in transforming their label and sleeve production for a more sustainable future.

Stretch Sleeves are a low carbon footprint decoration
In addition to the closed-loop recycling solution for stretch sleeves, that type of decoration has a lower carbon footprint compared to other options to begin with. Stretch Sleeve material is very thin and they are applied to containers without the use of adhesives or heat – which lowers the carbon footprint and makes them an eco-friendly decoration. Furthermore cost savings up to 50% are possible compared to other technologies. Stretch Sleeves are often used in the beverage and dairy industry, but there are also tailor-made solutions for larger containers, e.g. canisters.
(CCL Label GmbH)

New draft2go dispensing system opens up sales opportunities

New draft2go dispensing system opens up sales opportunities  (Company news)

SCHÄFER Container Systems launches mobile dispensing unit for professional use in hospitality and catering, events or private functions

Picture: draft2go tap system opens up new sales opportunities for brewery and gastronomy

With the launch of draft2go, SCHÄFER Container Systems,manufacturer of beverage container systems, IBCs and special containers, is paving theway for new hospitality concepts. The mobile draft2go unit’s unique selling point ismaximum flexibility – due to its complete independence from electricity and gas forcooling and dispensing. The beer is dispensed sustainably from a reusable KEG with astandard flat fitting. This makes draft2go a genuine alternative to fixed, stationarydispensing equipment, because its mobile use is never affected by energy supply, time orlocation restrictions. It is this independence that opens up new opportunities for beersales, especially in the outdoor catering and events sector or for private functions andparties.

A 10-litre KEG with a stainless steel liner and integrated CO2 supply operating on the provendual-chamber principle forms the core of the draft2go unit. A 3-part EPP insulator jacket shieldsthe KEG from thermal influences: at an ambient temperature of 25 °C and a beer temperature of3 °C, draft2go will keep the beer chilled for at least eight hours (max. 8 °C). Once the KEG isopened, the beer quality is maintained for up to 30 days.

There are also benefits in the details: for instance, the tap handle, insulator jacket and the KEGare ideal for branding and the unit’s practical handling comes without any additional cleaning.This was very important for the manufacturers and is why the draft2go dispense head isconnected to the standard flat fitting by a one-way supply line. This line also allows the KEG tobe filled manually as well as mechanically on existing filling lines, by attaching an adapter. Inaddition, the draft2go-KEG can be drained of its contents in conventional dispensing systems.Rounding off the mobile unit is a dishwasher-safe drip tray and stainless steel drip tray grille.

“You can always serve full draught flavour anywhere”, says a delighted Tobias Wirth, head ofsales at SCHÄFER Container Systems KEG, about the versatile draft2go dispensing systemand goes on by saying: “The product is aimed primarily at breweries that want to offer theircustomers a highly mobile, self-sufficient dispensing unit. That’s something that both breweriesand enterprising commercial customers can benefit from equally.”
(SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)

Shortage of raw materials affects global adhesives manufacturer Jowat

Shortage of raw materials affects global adhesives manufacturer Jowat  (Company news)

Plant shutdowns in Europe and the U.S., as well as severely limited ocean and overland freight capacity, are impacting the availability of raw materials for adhesive manufacturing.

With demand for adhesives currently good, the Detmold-based adhesives manufacturer is facing supply shortages of key raw materials and adhesive precursors as a result of plant shutdowns at some European and US chemical manufacturers.

Even before the plant shutdowns, the availability of key raw materials for adhesives production was limited. The onset of winter in the southern states of the USA has further exacerbated the situation, leading to the loss of a large proportion of US refinery capacity and chemical production there. As a result, the supply chains of the Detmold-based company's international sites have also been affected.

According to estimates by the US Adhesives Association (ASC), it will take weeks or even months before the supply chains in and out of the USA are restored.

The situation is further complicated by the current long transportation lead times and limited availability of sea and land freight capacity. In the global raw materials market, this also has a significant impact on the current supply situation in Europe and Asia.

Klaus Kullmann, CEO of Jowat SE: "We regret the bottleneck situation and are doing our best to remain a reliable supplier and partner for our customers during this time. Our global orientation helps us to act flexibly and to keep the impact of supply bottlenecks as low as possible. However, in this unprecedented situation, supply shortages are almost impossible to avoid."
(Jowat SE)

Graphic Packaging International Launches Cap-It™ to Support Beverage Customers on ...

Graphic Packaging International Launches Cap-It™ to Support Beverage Customers on ...  (Company news)

...Plastic-to-Paper Journey

Paper-based packaging leader, Graphic Packaging International (‘Graphic Packaging’) emphasizes its commitment to supporting beverage brands on their plastics reduction journey with its latest recyclable paperboard packaging solution, Cap-ItTM.

Cap-It is an innovative clip with neck rings for multipack polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or recycled (rPET) bottles. The paperboard clip, made of renewable materials, is an alternative to traditional shrink film packaging, increasing overall pack recyclability to 100 percent.

“Graphic Packaging’s wide range of sustainable paperboard beverage solutions work well with multiple can, glass bottle and PET bottle configurations,” said Roxanne McSpadden, director of marketing and beverage new product development at Graphic Packaging. “Cap-It is our latest innovation for PET bottles that replaces traditional plastic multipack solutions, such as rings and shrink films. With Cap-It, customers are guaranteed a 100 percent recyclable package that aids the circular economy by providing fibers that can circulate multiple times through the recycling chain and becoming new packaging.”

Commonly used to house four- to eight-count bottles, the Cap-It clip uses minimal paperboard while enhancing on-shelf differentiation. Product branding can be consistently viewed in full, from all angles. The unique design provides integrity throughout the supply chain, and offers a comfortable handling experience for consumers.

“Our multi-award-winning solution, KeelClip™, has helped our customers achieve environmental improvements via clip-format application throughout 2020, and we continue to innovate with solutions such as Cap-It™ to ensure our customers have tailored packaging that suits their individual needs,” continued McSpadden.

Graphic Packaging has a long history of providing both cartons and automated machinery systems to drive innovation and provide support for high-speed filling and those working to get started with a sustainable paper-based solution. The portfolio takes into account operational requirements and delivers consumer benefits with designs that are easy-to-handle and convenient to use.

The Graphic Packaging Vision 2025 aims to make 100 percent of its products fully recyclable by 2025. The company is joining other like-minded beverage customers around the world in the journey to realize ambitious packaging sustainability strategies.

Cap-It is currently in commercial use in Asia.
(Graphic Packaging Holding Company)

Reinforcement of the management team at Brau Union Österreich

Reinforcement of the management team at Brau Union Österreich  (Company news)

Both the Austrian beer culture and the company's sustainability strategy have contributed significantly to the corporate success of Brau Union Österreich in recent years. Therefore, Gabriela Maria Straka (photo), who has already successfully managed and implemented these agendas in recent years, has been be appointed to the management of Brau Union Österreich as of March 1, 2021. This will emphasize the importance of these agendas and anchor them in the top management circle.

Gabriela Maria Straka has many years of experience in leading industrial companies and an excellent network with international and national stakeholders. With great commitment and passion, the economist and qualified beer sommelier has significantly enhanced the reputation of Austrian beer culture and sustainability from an economic and ecological perspective.

She has set milestones for Brau Union Österreich that have led to numerous national and international awards, including the Energy Globe Award and the European Sustainable Leader Award for the "Green Brewery Göss," one of the 15 most important milestones in HEINEKEN's 150-year history; the Sustainable Brand of the Year Award 2020 for sustainability-oriented corporate identity; and the ECON Award for outstanding internal and external communication. The latter awarded the employee magazine PROST!, which is written "by and for colleagues", as "best employee magazine in Austria", a confirmation of the successful strategy for internal communication.

Gabriela Maria Straka and her team publish both the Austrian Beer Culture Report and the Brau Union Österreich Sustainability Report every year. Together with colleagues from all locations, she manages the sustainability agendas of Brau Union Österreich and represents the issues both within and outside the company. As a member of the UN Global Compact Austria, she contributes to the development of the Austrian sustainability agenda. She is also involved in Europe-wide initiatives.

"As a member of the Management Board, I will be responsible for further developing the content of sustainability, strengthening our internal and external communications and promoting cross-functional cooperation," Gabriela Maria Straka, graduate beer sommelier and Head of Corporate Communications & CSR at Brau Union Österreich, is pleased to announce that she has joined the Management Team.

"The Brau Union Österreich management team will focus on the continued pursuit of our sustainability strategy in Brau Union Österreich: the clear commitment to Austrian value creation and sustainable beer culture, which will also increasingly characterize our broad brand portfolio, and a Brau Union Österreich umbrella brand that is perceived by our customers and consumers as "the best company on the market,"" says Klaus Schörghofer, CEO of Brau Union Österreich.
(Brau Union Österreich AG)

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