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FachPack: Special show 'Enviromentally friendly premium packaging'
 18.06.2019

FachPack: Special show 'Enviromentally friendly premium packaging'  (Company news)

During FachPack 2019, NürnbergMesse and bayern design will present the special show Environmentally-Friendly Packaging in the Premium Sector in hall 8. The exhibition will illustrate how packaging design enables sustainable packaging design through conception, realization and other different approaches.

The packaging industry is developing, thanks to the public interests innovative ideas and concepts for packaging, demonstrating new opportunities and ways to accommodate the trend and the dynamics of sustainable packaging. This creates new forward-looking and creative designs that inspire visitors.

The exhibits are divided into five categories, which provide an overview of different approaches to Environmentally-Friendly Packaging in the Premium Sector. They aim to show how a successful brand identity, first-rate design and sustainable packaging can help to achieve harmony. The curated exhibition will follow these five guiding themes:
-Recycling packaging
-Resource-saving materials
-Reusable packaging and systems
-New) environmentally-friendly processes
-Design as added value

The presented innovations describe new trends and impulses from the packaging industry and are divided into the areas material, value, processes and idea creator.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ portfolio wins FINAT Recycling & Sustainability award 2019
 17.06.2019

Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ portfolio wins FINAT Recycling & Sustainability award 2019  (Company news)

An innovation from Avery Dennison that enables closed-loop PET recycling has won this year’s FINAT Recycling and Sustainability award. The CleanFlake™ portfolio (video) enables production of high quality recycled PET (rPET) from post-consumer bottles while maintaining all-important visual impact and food contact approval. The portfolio is further reducing environmental impact by using recycled PET liner material.

Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager EMEA, said that the award is a great recognition of Avery Dennison's continued focus on sustainable innovation: “FINAT is an important organisation representing our customer base and we are delighted with this win. CleanFlake technology is one example of the many initiatives we are introducing to reduce material use and waste. Generating clean PET flakes, free of label and ink contamination, is a difficult task for recyclers. We worked to develop a label that would separate from bottles completely in a conventional recycling facility, and CleanFlake can close the loop – generating high quality rPET suitable for making new PET bottles or other food packaging.”

The portfolio meets many application needs, with a clear ‘no label look’ rigid facestock, a cavitated white version, and flexible facestocks that can adapt to semi-squeezable containers or dimensional changes in freshly blown bottles, eliminating or significantly reducing label wrinkle defects.
Jenny Wassenaar, sustainability and compliance director, said that the environmental benefits are substantial, including the sustainability gains available from the option of a rPET23 liner which contains 30% post-consumer waste: “Our analysis shows that using a million square metres of rPET23 reduces fossil fuel use by 30% (60 barrels of oil), energy use by 23% (equivalent to 17 households for a year) and water by 20% (123 people’s annual consumption).”

Extensive collaboration has ensured that the portfolio meets widely varying recycling standards in many countries. CleanFlake adheres to EPBP design guidelines and delivers 100% wash-off when following the in Petcore PET tray recycling protocol. It is also approved by Returpack (Sweden) and Infinitum (Norway).

Jenny Wassenaar said that such widespread testing is important: “A recycling washer can operate at anything from 65 to 85 degrees, and CleanFlake performs well either way. This initiative has shown how much can be achieved when manufacturers, suppliers, recyclers and converters all work together on sustainability improvements.”
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water to Use 100% Recycled Plastic by 2022
 14.06.2019

Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water to Use 100% Recycled Plastic by 2022  (Company news)

Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, America’s leading spring water brand, announced that it has started transitioning its packaging to recycled plastic (rPET), and plans to be the first major bottled water brand to reach 100% recycled plastic across its still water portfolio by 20221 . This month, the brand’s 1-liter bottles will begin being made using 100% rPET. In April, the brand launched a premium offering, Poland Spring® ORIGIN in 900mL bottles, which are also made entirely of recycled plastic.

“As a company, we’ve already put our stake in the ground when it comes to taking the ‘single’ out of ‘single-use’ plastic bottles,” says Fernando Mercé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters North America. “As we begin to transform Poland Spring, our most iconic brand, to 100% recycled plastic packaging, we will begin to bring this commitment to life for our consumers in a tangible way. Bottles like these, which are made from 100% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable, are proof that a fully circular economy is within our reach.”

This initiative comes just months after Poland Spring’s parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, announced that it will achieve 25% recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2021. The company plans to continue expanding its use of recycled materials in the coming years, further setting an ambition to reach 50% recycled plastic by 2025.

Poland Spring’s current packaging, which is predominantly made using PET plastic, is already 100% recyclable, and the company views its push toward using more recycled materials to be the next phase in making its packaging more sustainable and addressing the issue of plastic waste. Using recycled plastic helps keep plastic out of landfills and oceans, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to using virgin plastic.

However, as recycling rates in the United States still hover around 30%, Poland Spring recognizes that in order to fulfill its commitment to use recycled plastic in its packaging, it must also invest in initiatives that help plastic bottles get back in the recycling bin in the first place. That’s why Poland Spring, along with its parent company, is collaborating with organizations like Closed Loop Fund to help increase recycling infrastructure. The brand is also expanding How2Recycle labels across all of its packaging, to remind consumers to empty the bottle, replace the cap and recycle when they’re done.

“To achieve a circular economy, we, as brand owners, need to inspire people to think and act differently when it comes to plastic,” said David Tulauskas, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. “I cannot think of a more meaningful way to connect with our consumers than to bring to market a more sustainable bottle that they themselves helped to create simply by recycling.”
(Nestlé Waters North America)

Beviale Mexico 2020: Latin America's first comprehensive beverage exhibition
 13.06.2019

Beviale Mexico 2020: Latin America's first comprehensive beverage exhibition  (Company news)

-The Beviale Family is adding another Beviale event to its portfolio
-Congress dates: 28 to 29 July 2020 Exhibition dates: 29 to 31 July 2020
-Partnership with the Mexican craft beer association ACERMEX

The Beviale Family, the NürnbergMesse Group’s global network for the beverage industry, is adding another event to its portfolio. Beviale Mexico will open its doors in Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex for the first time from 29 to 31 July 2020. Beviale events feature a specialised programme spanning the entire process chain for beverage production, from raw materials and technologies to components and logistics as well as marketing ideas. The programme also covers all segments – alcohol-free and alcoholic beverages and liquid milk products: water, soft drinks, juice, beer, wine and spirits, such as the Mexican specialties tequila and mezcal. Mexico City will have lots to offer the world of beverages in 2020: A congress will begin the day before the exhibition, although the real kick-off will happen in April when ACERMEX (Asociación de Cerveceros Artesanales de México) stages a beer festival. The Mexican craft beer association is a partner of Beviale Mexico.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer another comprehensive beverage exhibition in our international portfolio by adding Beviale Mexico,” notes Andrea Kalrait, who is in charge of the Beviale Family. “More than 124 million residents and good consumer trends make this market appealing to beverage manufacturers. We cannot wait for the first Beviale event in the Americas.”

Mexico is an attractive economic market with stable growth in key industries, including beverages and packaging. The food industry is among the country’s fastest growers. According to the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, Mexico’s beverage sector breaks down into 60 per cent alcoholic and 40 per cent alcohol-free beverages. Soft drinks, water and beer are the main revenue earners. Mexican families spend about four per cent of their money on alcoholic drinks. Seventy per cent of families prefer to drink beer, but national and international spirits are also popular. For instance, tequila revenues jumped 15.7 per cent in the first half of 2018 alone compared with the same stretch in 2017, according to the industry information service Información Sistematizada de Canales y Mercados (ISCAM). Developments in the Mexican craft beverages segment are following the global trend, which is clearly reflected in the growth posted by smaller breweries but also by spirits makers. According to ACERMEX, Mexico had 1,400 breweries in 2018 – and this number is rising. From a global
standpoint, Mexico is also in the premier league when it comes to beverages: Mexico is the world’s fourth-largest beer producer with beer production of 110 million hl (2017), coming after China, the US and Brazil. Mexico even takes first place globally when it comes to bottled water with per capita consumption of 254 litres, ahead of Thailand and Italy (International Bottled Water Association).

The focus is on Central and Latin America
The steadily growing beverage market is creating stronger demand for beverage equipment. Beviale Mexico views itself as an intermediary between national and international beverage manufacturers and suppliers to the beverage industry.
Kalrait feels that significant opportunities exist for international exhibitors in particular: “The political climate and still low exchange rates lead us to believe that beverage production will continue to grow in Mexico. Another factor that is certainly interesting for equipment suppliers is that engineering is not very developed at all in the country and beverage manufacturers import nearly all of their equipment. With Beviale Mexico, we are offering the industry a promising platform to reap the rewards of growing consumer spending and to find partners to ensure that technology and components are produced in the country.”

Products on display:
-Raw materials and sensory refinement
-Machinery and installations for beverage production
-Machinery and installations for filling and packaging beverages
-Packaging, closure systems, labelling and packaging ancillaries
-Automation and IT
-Operating and laboratory equipment, process and auxiliary materials
-Installations for energy, compressed air/gases, industrial safety,
environmental technologies
-Logistics and intralogistics
-Marketing and catering equipment
-Services, institutes, training institutes and media
(NürnbergMesse Group)

12.06.2019

The Netherlands: Heineken buys minority stake in craft brewery Oedipus  (E-malt.com)

Heineken bought a minority share in Amsterdam craft brewery Oedipus, the NL Times reported on June 6.

Specific details about the deal - like how big the Heineken share is and what the Dutch beer giant paid for it - were not revealed, ANP reports.

Oedipus was established in an Amsterdam kitchen in 2011. In 2015 the company opened its own brewery, with a bar attached. Oedipus will remain an independent brewery with its owners leading the business. But Heineken's shares mean that the small craft brewery can make use of Heineken's knowledge on beer and brewing techniques.

"Dreams need investments and we felt the time was right to make an active choice about our future", Oedipus said in a press release. The founders' dreams include a "modern, sustainable farm brewery in or around Amsterdam", and a new bar that pays attention to beer, food, music and culture, according to the news wire.

Large brewers are increasingly interested in craft beers. Heineken itself already acquired the American Lagunitas and owns an online store called Beerwulf that sells various craft beers.

Wynkoop Releases First Cans of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
 12.06.2019

Wynkoop Releases First Cans of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout  (Company news)

Alright, it’s official: we have released a hand-canned version of our world-famous Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.

This is another seminal moment in our 25 years of small-batch liquid art.

As you may recall, RMOS Stout made its debut during last year’s Great American Beer Festival. The draft-only beer earned press and consumer interest from around the world and led to long lines for the beer at our GABF table.

The new hand-canned version of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is being sold in unique twopacks of labeled 12-ounce cans. It’ll be available at select retailers in our Denver distribution area.

We’re certain that this is the ballsiest canned beer in the world. We believe it’s also the nation’s first twopack of cans.

The beer is made in tiny 8-barrel batches (instead of our usual, already small 20-barrel batch) and is the first in our new Even Smaller Batch Series of beers. (A barrel of beer equals 31 gallons and two standard 15.5 gallon kegs.)

Head brewer Andy Brown developed the beer’s recipe.

A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive, viscous stout with a rich brown/black color, a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts. The beer sports a savory, umami-like note and a roasty dry finish.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is 7.5% ABV and 3 BPBs. (That’s balls per barrel.)

The beer came to life last fall after the enthusiastic response to our 2012 April Fools Day spoof video in which we claimed to have made the beer. I got the video joke idea and wrote up the script after sampling a traditional oyster stout (made with ocean-grown kind) by the fine folks at Odell Brewing.

Note the stellar performances by Andy, our former brewer Brad Landman (he’s now at Vine Street Pub) and the rest of our staff. Gabe Dohrn (a part-time Wynkoop staffer and founder of Avavision Media) was the video wizard behind the camera and did the exceptional edit job for the piece.

Folks who got the video joke thought it was a hilarious idea. Many of those who missed the joke were eager to try the beer. So we figured the only way we could top the humor of the video and make those stout drinkers happy was to actually create the beer.

We canned approximately 100 cases of the beer in this initial canning run of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. The beers are hand canned on a table-top canning machine from Cask Brewing Systems.

We’ve packaged RMOS in blank, unprinted aluminum cans that we label with a two-part label akin to those used on glass bottles. This method enables us to produce super-small batches of canned beer and avoid the 95,000 can minimum for painted cans from our can supplier.

Look for these nutty new twofers in our best Denver area stores. Have a ball!
(Wynkoop Brewing Company)

2050 vision for Scotch Whisky set out at annual conference
 11.06.2019

2050 vision for Scotch Whisky set out at annual conference  (Company news)

The Scotch Whisky industry will couple future global growth with action to ensure the environmental sustainability of the industry, delegates at the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) conference.

The annual gathering in Edinburgh heard speeches from SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts as well as Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work Derek MacKay MSP.

Scotch Whisky is the UK's largest food and drink export, accounting for 21% of all food and drink exports, and a recent report underlined the value of the industry to the UK economy – generating £5.5bn in GVA. Industry employees also contribute significantly to the productivity of the economy, producing over £200,000 GVA per employee.

SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts set out her 2050 vision for the industry – securing Scotch Whisky’s position as the number one internationally traded spirit while working towards net-zero emissions.

Speaking after the Conference, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said:
“The strength of our export markets remain key to the strength of the industry, driving productivity at home and underpinning investment in our communities.

“Our markets of the future are our established markets in Europe and North America as well as today’s emerging markets, in which we expect to see significant growth over the coming years. India, China and Brazil, alongside other buoyant markets in these regions, are key to future growth overseas and prosperity at home.

“Looking to 2050, our ambition is to secure Scotch Whisky’s position as the world’s number one internationally traded spirit. To do this, our companies will need to constantly work to improve their export markets alongside successful work in partnership with governments at home and overseas to ensure that the right trading and regulatory conditions foster growth.

“Increasing free trade globally has benefitted our industry enormously in the last 30 years. It is critical to us that, over the next 30 years, global trade does not go into retreat.

“The industry is determined to achieve this growth in a sustainable way. We will continue to work hard to ensure our environmental sustainability and play our full part in Scotland’s efforts to tackle climate change.

“Our industry depends on natural resources and our distilleries are set in some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. So we are investing significant time, energy and money in moving our industry towards net-zero.

“This will involve working ever more closely with the Scottish Government to ensure future regulation enables us to achieve both export growth and emission reductions while remaining competitive globally. Improving Scotland’s infrastructure is key so, as we grow, Scotch Whisky can be moved from distillery to bottling plant to ports in carbon-neutral ways.

“We look forward to working with Derek Mackay and others to achieve our shared aims.”

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work Derek Mackay MSP said: “Scotch Whisky is one of our most important Industries. The direct impact of Scotch Whisky on the economy is estimated to be £3.8billion with additional indirect and induced effects of a further £1.7 billion .

“It is a major contributor to Scotland’s economy and we will continue to support the sector to grow sustainably and inclusively through both the Scottish Government’s ‘A Trading Nation’ strategy, as well as the food and drink industry-led ‘Ambition 2030’.”
(SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)

10.06.2019

Australia: Proportion of Australians drinking alcohol down from 2014  (E-malt.com)

In an average four week period, 67.5% of the Australian population aged 18 and over consume at least one type of alcoholic drink. This represents a gradual decline over the last five years from 70.1% recorded in 2014. All major categories of alcoholic drinks showed declines in incidence over this period, apart from cider which increased, Roy Morgan Research reported on May 24.

These are some of the latest findings from Roy Morgan’s ‘Alcohol Consumption Currency Report March 2019’ which is based on in-depth interviews conducted face-to-face with over 50,000 consumers per annum in their homes, including detailed questioning of over 15,000 regarding their alcoholic drinking habits.

Wine is consumed by 42.8% of the Australian population aged 18+ over an average four week period, ahead of beer with 38.2% and spirits on 26.3%. Cider is now consumed by 11.4% which has increased from 11.1% five years ago, making it the only type of alcohol to increase. The incidence of cider drinkers is now ahead of RTD (10.8%), Liqueurs (6.5%) and Fortified Wine (4.9%).

Over the last five years the biggest decline was for wine (down 2.3% points), followed by liqueurs (down 1.2% points), RTD (down 0.9% points). Beer showed a decline of 0.6% points and as a result closed the gap marginally to wine as Australia’s most widely drunk type of alcohol.

Although wine is the most popular alcoholic drink in terms of the number of drinkers, beer is clearly the top in terms of volume (based on glasses). The following chart shows that beer accounts for 45% of the volume of alcoholic drinks consumed more than wine (29.1%) and spirits (13.2%) combined.

However, since 2014 gains in share of volume were seen for wine (up 2.4% points), cider (up 0.8% points) and spirits (up 0.6% points). Losses in share were greatest for beer (down 2.8% points) and RTDs (down 1.1% points).

There are big differences between the alcohol preferences of women and men in Australia however the vast bulk of alcohol drunk in Australia is by men (66.6%) almost double the overall volume of alcohol drunk by women (33.4%).

The most popular alcohol by volume for women is easily wine which accounts for 48.2% of the volume of alcohol drunk by women. Well behind is beer which comprises 18.3% of the volume of alcohol drunk by women, spirts (15.2%), RTD (7.5%), Cider (5.8%), Liqueurs (2%), Fortified Wine (1.1%) and Other types of alcohol (1.9%).

For men it is beer which takes all before it taking a 58.4% share of the volume of alcohol men consume. The second most popular type of alcohol drunk by men is wine which comprises 19.5% of the volume of alcohol drunk by men, followed by spirits (12.2%), RTD (4.9%), Cider (2.6%), Liqueurs (1%), Fortified Wine (0.8%) and Other types of alcohol (0.6%).

Michele Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Morgan says:

“Alcohol has often been considered to have a central role in the social life of many Australians however the latest research from Roy Morgan shows that a declining proportion of Australians are now drinking alcohol. Now just over two-thirds of Australians (67.5%) drink alcohol in an average four weeks, down 2.6% points from five years ago (70.1%).

“As was the case five years ago it is wine which edges out beer as the most widely drunk type of alcohol, although a smaller proportion of Australians are drinking each than five years ago. Now 42.8% of Australians drink wine in an average four weeks, down 2.3% points from 2014, while 38.2% now drink beer, down only 0.6% points.

“The proportion of Australians drinking other types of alcohol including spirits, RTD, Liqueurs and Fortified Wine has fallen over the last five years but there is a bright spot with 11.4% of Australians now drinking cider in an average four weeks, up 0.3% points on 2014.

“Although wine is more widely drunk, it is beer which dominates the overall volume of alcohol drunk in Australia. Beer comprises a 45% share of the volume of alcohol drunk in Australia compared to 29.1% for wine, 13.2% for spirits, 5.8% for RTD and 3.7% for cider. However, as we’ve highlighted, the drinking habits of Australians are changing and beer’s share of the volume has declined 2.8% points from five years ago while wine’s share has increased 2.4% points.

“In large part the success of Australia’s alcohol retailers and brands rides on the drinking habits of Australian men who drink around two thirds (66.6%) of all alcohol drunk in Australia while women drink the remaining 33.4%.

“Perhaps unsurprisingly it is men who drink the bulk of beer consumed in Australia and the traditional favourite comprises a huge 58.4% share of all alcohol consumed by men by volume compared to only 19.5% for second-placed wine. However, a deeper analysis of the beer-drinking habits of Australian men reveals the tradition may be on a long-term decline.

“Today beer comprises only 46.7% of the volume of alcohol drunk by 18-24 year old men compared to 51% five years ago in 2014 and an even higher 62.1% a decade ago in 2009. Over the same time period the share of cider for this age group has increased from only 1.3% in 2009 to 5.9% today.

“In contrast to Australian men the drinking habits of Australian women are dominated by the consumption of wine which comprises a dominant 48.2% of all alcohol consumed by women by volume compared to only 18.3% for second-placed beer and 15.2% for spirits.”

10.06.2019

Finland: High taxes make beer lovers shop abroad  (E-malt.com)

Higher taxes on beer in Finland have once again spurred consumers to bring in more from Estonia, the Federation of the Brewing and Soft Drinks Industry (Panimoliitto) said on May 20.

Last year people returning from Finland's southern neighbour, Estonia, brought back significantly less beer after the Baltic country raised its alcohol taxes.

But since Finland hiked its taxes on beer at the beginning of this year, the trend has again reversed with imports rising in the February-through-April period, according to a study carried out by the Research and Analysis Center (TAK) for the industry group.

The drinks federation says it is worried by this development.

"The tax hike can be seen in the import figures for the early part of the year in a clear, unfortunate manner. This should not be the goal of a single Finnish legislator. We are losing; specifically in tax revenue to the state and in Finnish employment as well as the livelihood of a primary production industry, says the head of the drinks industry lobby, former MEP Riikka Pakarinen.

In the February-through-April period, the amount of beer brought back from visits to Estonia jumped by some 40 percent compared to a year earlier. Personal imports of cider and pre-mixed alcopop drinks also rose.

Estonia, which joined the EU nearly a decade after Finland, has traditionally been a shopping and getaway destination for Finns due to lower prices, especially on alcohol and food. However the price difference between Helsinki and Tallinn has narrowed significantly in recent years.

Domestic beer consumption has declined throughout this decade, sliding by more than seven percent, the industry group says.

The TAK study also points to other changes in consumer behaviour. Two years ago, just over one fifth of travellers said that they never brought alcoholic beverages back to Finland from trips abroad. According to this year's data, that proportion is now up to one third of travellers.

On the other hand, a smaller group of heavy users is importing more than ever. The study looked those who bring in more than 100 litres of alcohol annually. It found that they visit Estonia an average of five times a year and account for about 38 percent of all alcohol carried into Finland by visitors to Estonia.

These avid buyers are also travelling further afield in search of cheaper booze. For instance nearly a quarter of the alcoholic drinks brought into Finland in luggage originated in low-tax Latvia, Estonia's southern neighbour.

And nearly four out of 10 heavy importers said they bought alcohol elsewhere than of Estonia.

Latvia's capital Riga is four or five hours south of Tallinn by bus or car. The Estonian capital can be reached from Helsinki within a couple of hours by ferry.

10.06.2019

South Korea: Beer tax system to be altered for the first time in half a century  (E-malt.com)

South Korea on June 5 decided to alter the tax system on beer for the first time in half a century in a move to address imbalances in taxes between imported and domestic beer, the Korea Times reported citing the finance ministry.

The change - the first since 1968 - calls for a tax system based on amount rather than an ad valorem, a charge levied on prices of beer, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Currently, South Korea imposes a 72-percent liquor tax on beer. But the tax base for domestic beer includes manufacturing costs, profit as well as selling, general and administrative expenses.

In contrast, for imported beer, the tax base is only import prices, which do not include any other costs.

In 2018, the average liquor tax for domestic beer was estimated at 848 won (US$0.70) for a litre while that of imported beer is believed to be 709 won.

The imbalances have led to an increased share of imported beers in South Korea in recent years. Imported beers are estimated to have accounted for 20.2 percent in the local beer market in 2018, up from 8.5 percent in 2015.

Under the change, South Korea will uniformly levy 830.3 won in tax for a liter for either local or imported beer while collecting liquor tax of 41.7 won per litre of "makgeolli," a Korean rice brew.

Currently, South Korea imposes a five-percent liquor tax on makgeolli.

The ministry said prices of imported beers are unlikely to go up due to fierce competition in South Korea.

Three beer makers in South Korea - Oriental Brewery Co., HiteJinro Co. and Lotte Liquor - have indicated that they will not raise beer prices as a decreased tax burden of domestic beer is offset by an increased tax burden of foreign beer, according to the ministry.

The change could lead to the resumption of domestic production of some foreign brand beers in South Korea.

"We expect increased beer production in South Korea to create jobs in related industries and lead to new facility investments," Hong Nam-ki, the minister of economy and finance, said in a meeting with key officials of the ruling Democratic Party.

Oriental Brewery had produced canned Budweiser and Hoegaarden in South Korea before shifting to import of the two beers from the U.S. and Belgium, respectively, in 2017.

"We will consider producing canned Budweiser and Hoegaarden in South Korea again if the liquor tax is changed," Baek Joo-hwan, a spokesman for Oriental Brewery, said.

The ministry said it will reflect the change in its revision to liquor tax and submit it to parliament for approval.

Baek said the new liquor tax system would remove disadvantages of domestic beer production.

AB InBev, the world's largest beer producer, purchased Oriental Brewery Co., South Korea's biggest brewer, in 2014.

HiteJinro and Lotte Liquor, which imports beers, said they have no plan to produce foreign brand beers in South Korea.

10.06.2019

USA: More Americans choosing zero-alcohol beers  (E-malt.com)

This summer when it comes time to celebrate with friends, it’s more likely someone in the group will be raising a glass with a beverage that doesn’t have alcohol, CNBC reported on June 1.

The trend coincides with changing consumer tastes, as more Americans try to eat and drink healthier and follow low-carb diets like keto. The term “sober curious” has become popular as a way to identify those who want to stop or reduce their alcohol intake for wellness reasons.

Alcohol consumption across the globe fell 1.6% in 2018 to 27.6 billion cases, according to data from IWSR, which tracks alcohol trends. Non-alcoholic beverages other than soda, which has also seen its consumption fall, offer restaurants and drink makers the opportunity to capitalize on a trend that could otherwise hurt their bottom line.

Mocktails have been around for decades, and non-alcoholic beers have been around even longer, thanks to Prohibition. But more players are entering the market as the trend gathers steam with younger generations. According to IWSR data, the most frequent consumers of low- and no-alcohol drinks are between 21 to 44 years old — an age bracket that mostly includes millennials, with some Generation X consumers — and male.

In the U.K., low- and no-alcohol brands only represent 1.3% of the country’s total beverage alcohol market, according to IWSR. In the U.S., that number is even smaller: 0.5%. More popularity overseas means that most companies launching a no- or low-alcohol drink start there.

For example, Heineken launched its alcohol-free beer, Heineken 0.0, first in Barcelona. Then it rolled out elsewhere in Europe, including the U.K., before hitting the U.S. at the beginning of the year — just in time for Dry January.

“The United States was poised for a product like this, with health and well-being being a larger consumer trend. It’s really taken off, and people are really excited to have something like this,” Ashleigh Phelps, the Heineken brand manager who led 0.0′s U.S. launch, said in an interview.

Heineken has been marketing 0.0 to beer drinkers who enjoy the taste of a Heineken but aren’t always in the mood or setting to consume alcohol. Part of that strategy includes putting Heineken 0.0 right next to other Heineken products in retailers, not in the alcohol-free beer section that is usually more difficult to locate.

For now, though, the best known alcohol-free beer in the U.S. remains Anheuser-Busch InBev’s O’Doul’s.

The sober curious movement is also pushing bars to get creative by adding mocktails to their menus. The Tao Group, known for its blend of nightlife and dining, is planning on offering at least one mocktail at all of its locations, with help from Owen’s Craft Mixers. Mocktails are more profitable for restaurants and bars than a seltzer water or soda, a distinction that matters in an industry with razor-thin profit margins.

Owen’s sells mixers like its Ginger + Lime so bars, restaurants and consumers can mix up cocktails like a Moscow mule without much fuss. But co-founder Josh Miller has noticed that some drink it straight from the bottle without any added alcohol.

“I think that mocktails are great for people who want to be comfortable holding something in that nightlife setting that looks like a drink with alcohol,” Miller said. “Fundamentally, you don’t want to alienate a crowd because they don’t drink.”

Some of the world’s largest spirits makers are getting into non-alcoholic liquors, a category that is expected to grow by 7.1% annually between 2018 and 2022. Pernod Ricard inked a deal to distribute Cedars, a South African alcohol-free gin, in the U.K. Campari Group, the Italian alcohol-maker that made the Aperol Spritz last summer’s hottest drink, also sells an alcohol-free aperitif called Crodino.

Start-ups are also trying to take advantage of the trend. Seedlip, a London-based start-up makes non-alcoholic spirits, has gotten funding from the venture arm of Smirnoff maker Diageo.

10.06.2019

Australia & China: XXXX beer named one of top five most recognized Australian brands in China  (E-malt.com)

XXXX beer has been named one of the top five most recognised Australian brands in China, despite the company saying it has put no resources into the market, the Australian Brews News reported on June 6.

Instead Lion, which owns the Queensland-based brand, has attributed the awareness to tourism exposing Chinese visitors to the brand, as well as its ‘lucky’ branding.

The Australian Brands in China 2019 Index was undertaken by researchers from Monash University and Digital Crew, an Australian-Chinese digital agency.

They surveyed 9,000 Chinese men and women aged between 24 and 67 across two Chinese cities, according to the Australian Financial Review.

The researchers found that XXXX was number four in the top 10 Australian brands recognised by Chinese consumers, in a list consisting largely of hospitality and alcohol brands.

Amy Darvill, Brand Director at Lion, spoke to Brews News about the “pleasant surprise” of seeing XXXX make the list for the first time.

She said that Lion has not invested any marketing spend in China, and they do not track sales in the country.

However she put XXXX’s brand recognition in the notoriously difficult Chinese market to several factors.

“[Firstly] the significant number of Chinese tourists who experience the scale of the XXXX brand when visiting Australia.

“As Australia’s largest beer brand, XXXX GOLD certainly has a huge market presence and is very hard to miss, especially in QLD and regional Australia.

“There is no doubt that many tourists would have tried a few GOLD’s when visiting, or at least experienced how loved the brand is here in Australia

“Secondly, we can’t escape the symbolism of our colours. To my understanding both gold and red are considered lucky colours in China – and as key assets of our brand I am sure this contributes to our popularity.”

Darvill said there were no plans yet to invest further in the Chinese market, saying that Lion has a global markets team which focuses on expanding Lion’s craft beer footprint internationally, rather than exporting domestic mainstream brands.

The Chinese beer market is the biggest in the world, according to American multinational investment bank J.P. Morgan, with a 22.4 per cent share of global consumption.

AB InBev commissioned a report on international markets for its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange which found that the five top brewers in the county are CR Snow Breweries Tsingtao, AB InBev, Yanjing and Carlsberg. Combined they accounted for 70.4% of the total Chinese beer market by volume in 2018.

Budweiser (licenced by AB InBev in that market) and Carlsberg are some of the bigger international beer brands.

According to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, China is Australia’s largest trading partner, but it is also a “complex and challenging” market, affected by an often uncertain regulatory environment.

Austrade said it was a “heavily regulated” market with stringent regulations in place for food quality, labelling and product testing.

The Australian Brands in China Index found that the number one brand was Adina Apartment Hotels, followed by Qantas Airways, Mantra Hotels, with XXXX coming in fourth.

In terms of alcohol brands, Lindeman’s Wines, Bundaberg Rum, Hardy’s and Burch Family Wines also feature in the top 10.

10.06.2019

The Czech Republic: Brewers seeking to lure consumers with new concept bars  (E-malt.com)

For generations, Czechs have consumed world-beating volumes of beer in the smoky, wood-panelled rooms of their local pubs, all but indistinguishable from each other bar the brand of lager flowing from the taps.

But tastes are changing, Reuters reported on June 5.

Czechs are increasingly shunning fusty old watering holes and draft beer sales are sliding, so the world-famous brewers of pilsner are looking to inject some pizzazz into the traditional pub and attract younger patrons looking for a hip, modern feel.

“I don’t remember the last time I was in a traditional Czech pub,” said Marcel, a 35-year-old IT worker sipping a beer in Prague’s upcoming Karlin neighborhood which is crammed with trendy bars, cafes and restaurants.

People like Marcel are the kinds of drinkers with disposable income that breweries such as Plzensky Prazdroj, the maker of Pilsner Urquell, are seeking to lure back with new concept bars designed to recharge the traditional Czech pub.

The brewery, owned by Japan’s Asahi, plans to open its first “Pilsnerka” bar catering to the hipster crowd in the capital Prague in the coming months. It also plans to launch about 20 pubs this year tied to other beers in its portfolio such as Kozel, the company said.

The designs put more emphasis on space and lighter materials to create a brighter pub atmosphere that the company hopes will appeal to the younger generation, as well as women and families.

Two-thirds of the beer drunk by Czechs is now consumed at home, a figure that has grown steadily since 2003. With margins on supermarket sales far lower than for draft beer, getting people back into pubs is seen as key for the breweries.

“Consumers are changing so this is a big opportunity to bring something new to the market,” said Tomas Mraz, sales director at Plzensky Prazdroj.

“When you go to a standard pub you might get an old guy serving you beer. With the new concept you are more likely to get somebody young with tattoos serving the beer,” he said.

Since 2009, Czechs have consumed more beer at home than in pubs, according to the Czech Beer and Malt Association. Last year, pub sales hit their lowest level in at least a quarter of a century after declining steadily from a peak in 2003.

“Breweries are going all out to make their draft beers and pubs attractive to younger consumers who have many more choices these days,” said Martina Ferencova, who heads the Czech Beer and Malt Association.

The Czech Republic still leads the world in beer consumption, downing 141 litres per person per year, but the shift away from drinking in pubs is a problem for brewers as the margins on bottled beer drunk at home are far lower.

“Breweries are investing in new pub concepts primarily due to the annual decline in on-trade, draft beer,” said Ferencova. “Consumers are also demanding more.”

Besides the shift to home drinking, partly boosted by a ban on smoking in 2017, traditional pubs are also up against more wine and cocktail bars favored by some younger drinkers.

A new electronic ordering system introduced in 2016 to track sales - and make sure pubs and restaurants paid all taxes due - also forced a number of pubs to go under.

Currently, around 65 percent of the beer sold in the Czech Republic is in stores, a figure on the rise and one Prazdroj and other breweries believe will continue to increase.

With domestic consumption tepid, breweries have looked to foreign markets to offset declines at home and exports jumped nearly 12 percent in 2018. But getting Czechs back to the pub remains key, beer makers and industry officials say.

“I don’t need to sit on golden chairs or old carved creaky furniture,” said Zdenek Borecky while sipping a beer at one of Prazdroj’s new “Plzenka” pubs which hew more closely to tradition than the Pilsnerka concept being rolled out this year.

It’s not just the big brands looking to showcase their beers in the pub, where breweries say they can present their products best to customers.

Local brewery Bernard said discounts and promotions were boosting sales in supermarkets but turning bottled beers into unprofitable products.

As a result, it and other small breweries are focusing on selling beer in branded restaurants and launching concept bars.

The brewery has seven branded pubs and is looking to expand outside the Czech Republic with a location in Slovakia. It is also launching a more modern design called Bernard Bar in the capital Prague and two other Czech cities in 2019.

“Every economically strong brewery is trying to build branded restaurants because it is a direct way to reach customers,” said Ales Pavlik, Bernard brewery’s head of franchising.

Increasingly demanding consumers and a shifting beer landscape is also spurring Staropramen, the pioneer of the country’s first branded pub, to branch out from its Potrefena Husa chain launched 20 years ago to showcase its beers.

Staropramen, which is owned by Molson Coors and now has 45 pubs connected to four of its brands, is working on a new bar concept but declined to go into further details.

“Consumers are more demanding than before, they have less time and once they decide to visit a pub or restaurant they expect a certain standard,” said Jan Trochta, head of the company’s branded pub division.


BIOFACH JAPAN is back!
 07.06.2019

BIOFACH JAPAN is back!  (Company news)

From 10 to 13 March 2020 all eyes will be on the food and drink industry at the Makuhari exhibition venue in Chiba (near Tokyo), when FOODEX JAPAN is held for the 45th time. BIOFACH JAPAN will mark its return at FOODEX JAPAN with its BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion.

“We are extremely happy to be working with FOODEX JAPAN,” says Markus Reetz, Executive Director International Exhibitions at NürnbergMesse. “Apart from BIOFACH in Nuremberg, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, BIOFACH JAPAN 2001 was our first international BIOFACH event. Since then, our global presence has expanded to include seven separate events. That is why after a period of absence it is a particular pleasure to be taking the BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion to FOODEX JAPAN in 2020. Organics is big in Japan right now, which makes FOODEX, as Japan’s largest trade fair for food and drink, the perfect platform for those taking part in our pavilion to make contact with buyers, distributors and importers. At the same time, the participating companies will provide a huge boost to the range of organic products represented at FOODEX. It’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone involved to work together!”

The BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion at FOODEX Japan is premiering in March 2020, and will take the form of an exclusive space for about 20 international exhibitors from countries like Germany, India, Italy, Austria, Pakistan, Poland, Spain and Turkey, all expanding the range of organic products on offer at FOODEX. All the participating companies meet the established admission criteria and the stringent quality requirements of the BIOFACH events around the world, and offer both security and guidance for professional buyers. Both German and international organics companies with an interest in the Japanese organics market and wishing to take part in the BIOFACH JAPAN Pavilion at FOODEX JAPAN are invited to contact the exhibition team at NürnbergMesse.
(NürnbergMesse GmbH)

Diageo launches new super-premium gin Villa Ascenti
 06.06.2019

Diageo launches new super-premium gin Villa Ascenti   (Company news)

Strengthening our world leading gin portfolio with an Italian gin made with signature ingredients from the hills of Piemonte

On May 20 we launched a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti.
Launching in May 2019, at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe, Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries.

The new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of our brand home, Villa Ascenti, in Santa Vittoria and has seen the refurbishment of a Frilli copper pot still from the 1970s. Steeped in Italian provenance, Villa Ascenti celebrates the excellence of the region in local ingredients and expertise.

Our Master Distiller, Lorenzo Rosso is a trained winemaker and distiller born and bred in the Piemonte region and has over 20 years’ experience with Diageo. Lorenzo will work with local producers and farmers in the community in Italy’s northwest Piemonte region, to source local ingredients for Villa Ascenti Gin. These include Moscato grapes, fresh mint and thyme with the herbs distilled within hours of harvest.

Moscato grapes, a signature taste of the region, are harvested in August and September when the fruit is at its best, before undergoing three distillations. During the final distillation, Moscato grapes are infused with Tuscan juniper berries in the distillery’s newly refurbished Frilli copper pot still. The resulting liquid embodies the classic flavour of gin, whilst capturing the taste of the brand’s homeland in Piemonte, to deliver a harmonious liquid with a fresh and light taste.

“We are incredibly excited to launch Villa Ascenti Gin, which will join our luxury spirits portfolio, Diageo Reserve, and enables us to really strengthen our gin portfolio which includes world class gins Gordon’s, Tanqueray, Tanqueray No. TEN and Jinzu.” Tanya Clarke, General Manager of Diageo Reserve Europe

“It has been an absolute privilege to be involved in developing Villa Ascenti Gin and to have the chance to showcase the very best of Piemonte to the world. It’s a beautiful gin with the region at its heart in its aroma and flavour, but also in how it’s best enjoyed – around the table with friends.” Lorenzo Rosso, Master Distiller for Villa Ascenti Gin at Distilleria Santa Vittoria
(Diageo plc)

Rapak® Introduces the Autokap™ 600 Bag-in-Box Filling Machine with Explosion Proof Feature...
 05.06.2019

Rapak® Introduces the Autokap™ 600 Bag-in-Box Filling Machine with Explosion Proof Feature...  (Company news)

... for Wine and Alcohol Spirits

Rapak responds to a request from an industry-leading wine and spirits company to create a semi-automatic Bag-in-Box filling machine that is intrinsically safe for filling wine and high alcohol content spirits.

Rapak North America, part of DS Smith Plastics, expands its well-known and reliable Autokap 600 series filling machine offering by creating a Bag-in-Box filler specially designed to safely handle the filling of alcohol spirits. When packaging wine or alcohol, vapors could escape during the filling process and may create a fire or explosive hazard in the surrounding area.

The Autokap 600 has been designed with electrical components and pneumatic systems housed in air-pressurized cabinets, ensuring that any released vapors will not come in contact with electrical devices. The machine is also equipped with NAMUR sensors that run at a lower voltage which is below the threshold of sparking. These features can achieve a C1D1 (Class 1, Division 1) rating.

Rapak’s small footprint Autokap 600 is a single-head semi-automatic filling machine designed for a wide range of fresh and stable liquid products. The machine features quick and simple bag size changes. Bags are manually loaded into the machine and after filling, they are released onto a roller conveyor for loading into boxes or crates.

The Autokap 600 liquid filling machine series for Bag-in-Box is part of the Rapak portfolio of reliable and cost-effective semi-automatic and fully-automatic Bag-in-Box packaging solutions.
(Rapak North America)

CIBUSTEC 2019 - An unstoppable growth
 04.06.2019

CIBUSTEC 2019 - An unstoppable growth  (Company news)

CIBUS TEC achieves record numbers:
+20% EXHIBITORS
+30% FOREIGN EXHIBITORS
70% OF THE AREA IS ALREADY BOOKED

40.000 EXPECTED VISITORS
+25% international visitors
The biggest Top Buyers Program among the the food and beverage technologies exhibitions with over 3.000 pre-qualified buyers from 70 countries

A world-class showcase for innovative technologies
CIBUS TEC, from leading event for Fruit, Vegetables and Dairy technologies, adopted a successfull expansion strategy, offering now the best solutions from Processing to End-of-line for:
-Meat
-Beverage
-Bakery
-Confectionary and Snack

CIBUS TEC is among the most innovative food technology exhibitions and a complete showcase of the best solutions – from ingredients to processing technologies, from packaging to logistics – for all segments of the food and beverage industry.

Join CIBUS TEC and experience the trends that will shape the future: more than 1,000 innovative suppliers present pioneering solutions and leading-edge production systems on 120,000 sqm of exhibitions space to 35,000 professionals of the food and beverage industry, coming from 108 countries.
(Koeln Parma Exhibitions Srl)

Reaching Adventurers: Consumers love to discover new flavors
 03.06.2019

Reaching Adventurers: Consumers love to discover new flavors  (Company news)

Two out of three US consumers “love to discover new flavors’, while the same proportion say that ‘going out for dinner inspires their home cooking” (Innova Market Insights consumer survey 2018). Adventurous, daring and re-imagined flavors are emerging to entice trend-conscious consumers, who enjoy an element of the unexpected on their palates.

Flavor remains the number one factor of importance when buying food and beverages. An increasingly adventurous consumer creates opportunities for bolder, unconventional flavors and novel varieties that bring an element of surprise and the potential to create a social media buzz. Millennials and Gen Z in particular drive the trend of novel, creative, impactful foods with funky colors, shapes and flavors that are exciting to share through social media.

Globalization has sparked the curiosity of consumers to discover new food and beverage, with Innova Market Insights research indicating that three in ten US consumers ‘love to discover flavors of other cultures’.

Food and flavor trends are traveling faster than ever in today’s connected world. Consumers love to explore new flavors from different countries with and increasing range of ethnic flavors appearing across the board to satisfy culinary adventurers. Ethnic flavors proliferate, with sixty five percent growth in food and beverage launches with an ethnic flavor (Global, 2018 vs. 2014). Mediterranean and Far Eastern flavors are seeing the biggest growth in launch activity, with meat, fish and eggs and sauces and seasonings the leading categories.

People now travel the world and are connected online more than ever, getting increasingly familiar with other food cultures, flavors and experiences. To drive deeper connections with the adventurous consumer, brands satisfy their curiosity not only through exotic world flavors, but also new food experiences and telling the story behind the product. Consumers are increasingly engaged by interactive devices such as voting for favorite flavors, submitting their own flavor ideas and sharing flavor experiences with friends and/or online.

Brands also engage with consumers by telling the unique stories behind them, including greater transparency about the source and nature of their ingredients, recipes and processing. There is also rising use of limited editions to create a temporary buzz around brands, via novel and exciting flavors, shapes and concepts.
((Innova Market Insights)

ENGEL ends fiscal year with growth
 31.05.2019

ENGEL ends fiscal year with growth  (Company news)

The ENGEL Group saw out the 2018/19 fiscal year, which closed at the end of March, with a turnover of €1.6 billion. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and systems solutions provider headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, once again raised its sales, achieving a 6% increase over the previous year. “Asia and the German-speaking countries in Europe have been the primary factors behind our new sales growth,” reports Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group, at the Chinaplas plastics industry trade fair in Guangzhou, China.

Throughout the fiscal year just passed, ENGEL generated 54% of its turnover in Europe, while Asia accounted for 21% and the Americas for 24%. Christoph Steger believes that ENGEL has managed to maintain its leading global position in injection moulding machines and integrated systems solutions as a result of its strong international presence, powerful ability to innovate, and consistent focus on quality and customer service. “Custom-built systems solutions, provided by ENGEL as a one-stop global supplier, have once again grown as a share of our incoming orders. As well as our expertise in automation, investment decision-makers are focusing more and more on ENGEL’s leading role in digitalisation and the networking of injection moulding processes.”

Despite robust growth rates characterising the first half of the 2018/19 fiscal year, ENGEL has noticed a worldwide decline in production since last summer in the automotive industry, its most important target sector. It is difficult to gauge the impacts of punitive tariffs and sanctions, Brexit, and the debate around regulatory limits and bans on diesel, which has resulted globally in feelings of uncertainty and a reluctance to buy. In China, the world’s largest market for cars, the automotive industry has accounted for a significant share of the decrease in economic growth since autumn 2018, according to Gero Willmeroth, president for East Asia and Oceania at ENGEL. “Overall, we’re expecting a sideways movement for Asia for the current fiscal year.”

Electric vehicles driving innovation and growth
It is no easy task to estimate how quickly the motor industry will recover and how much the decline in car sales will ultimately affect the plastics industry, especially as the sector also includes some important drivers of growth such as electric mobility. Particularly in Asia, the market share held by electric vehicles is continuing to increase substantially, which is helping to encourage innovation in this area. ENGEL, which has its own Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies, is a preferred partner and supplier to car manufacturers all over the world in the field of lightweight construction, including in China where the company is benefiting strongly from this reputation. “We have a growing number of organomelt projects with Chinese firms,” Willmeroth says. The ENGEL organomelt process makes it possible to form fibre-reinforced, semi-finished products with a thermoplastic matrix in an integrated and fully automated process, as well as functionalising these products through injection moulding. Demand for the process has been growing heavily since large-scale application began last year thanks not only to its high processing efficiency, but also, and in particular, the consistent thermoplastic approach. This makes it easier to later recycle the composite components, helping to promote a circular economy.

Alongside composite technologies, one of the key solutions in the pursuit of lower vehicle weights in Asia is to replace glass with polymeric materials; for instance, in glazing. There is also growth in the lighting sector, in which liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is increasingly being used as a lens material. At its Chinaplas booth, ENGEL is putting on a clear demonstration of the considerable potential in this application area, manufacturing LED headlight lenses from LSR in an automated process that requires no reworking.

Among trends in Asia, another encouraging development is the burgeoning demand in Vietnam. “As a result of the automotive industry establishing itself there, there are more and more suppliers – including from Korea – setting up company premises in the vicinity of car manufacturers,” says Willmeroth.

Business unit structure established successfully in Asia
In Asia, ENGEL is expecting further impetus for growth for the current fiscal year in the medical, packaging, telecommunications and electronics markets. In the latter two areas, known jointly as teletronics at ENGEL, this growth is expected to stem from both camera lenses and LSR processing for smartphone seals. The all-electric and tie-bar-less e-motion TL injection moulding machines were developed by ENGEL for this exact market segment and have had great success establishing themselves in the teletronics industry in Asia.

ENGEL was able to acquire a series of new customers in the medical and packaging sectors during the fiscal year just passed. “The introduction of the business unit structure in Asia is now well and truly bearing fruit,” says Willmeroth. “As a result, we’ve been able to build up our specialist knowledge on the local level here in Asia, which further strengthens our customers’ trust in ENGEL, especially in industries with highly specific needs and extremely rigorous standards.”

Faster decision-making
The new global sales structure is also enhancing ENGEL’s effectiveness in the individual regions. Last autumn, ENGEL grouped its 30 subsidiaries and more than 60 representative offices in seven regions around the world and appointed regional presidents, including Gero Willmeroth as the president for East Asia and Oceania. “We’ve sped up decision-making processes thanks to this new structure,” Steger emphasises. “The regional presidents take full responsibility for sales in their region and act as the local contacts for the subsidiaries and representative offices, which prevents delays caused by time differences. In addition, their close geographic and cultural proximity often makes it easier to work in partnership.”

Adam Zhang is Gero Willmeroth’s successor as Sales and Service President at ENGEL Machinery Shanghai. Zhang has worked for ENGEL in China since 2004, playing a crucial role in developing the large-scale machine plant in Shanghai and the company’s sales structure in northern and western China. He has now assumed responsibility for all ENGEL’s sales and service activities throughout China.

New investment strengthening local large-scale machine production
ENGEL has almost completed its 2020 investment programme, the largest effort of its kind since the company was founded in 1945, a fact that Christoph Steger shared on the eve of Chinaplas. Capacity has been increased at almost all production sites, while machinery has been upgraded. All in all, ENGEL has invested more than €375 million in its plants around the globe.

The expansion of its headquarters in Schwertberg was recently completed. This involved scaling up the assembly area, adding a new customer centre with a modernised training set-up and building an even larger technology centre. “By making this investment in our customer technology facilities, we are further strengthening our competitiveness,” Steger explains. “Our customers’ need for consulting services is increasing due to new expectations, especially in the context of the digital revolution. We now have greater capacity for customer trials and joint development efforts.” The large-scale machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria, will also be home to a new, larger technology centre. Construction work at the plant will be completed next year.

Shanghai was one of the first construction projects within the 2020 programme. The new building was inaugurated within a punctual time-frame on the plant’s tenth anniversary in autumn 2017.

6,900 employees around the world
As of the start of the new fiscal year, the ENGEL Group employs 960 people in Asia, including 729 in China. There are currently 6,900 staff working at the ENGEL Group’s plants and subsidiaries worldwide, 3,900 of whom are employed at the three Austrian plants.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

30.05.2019

Estonia: Craft brewer Tanker opens new production facility just outside of Tallinn  (E-malt.com)

Tanker, one of Estonia's largest craft beer producers, have opened a new production plant in the town of Jüri just south of Tallinn, ERR.EE reported on May 8.

According to the company, the new plant increases their production capacity almost tenfold.

Tanker will also introduce a canning line and become the first Estonian craft beer producer to offer its drinks in cans as well as bottles.

According to CEO Jaanis Tammela, the new brewery was long overdue, as Tanker ran out of space soon after it started its business in 2014.

So far a unique addition on the Estonian craft beer scene is Tanker's new canning line, made by Cask Global Canning in Canada.

According to Tammela, cans have several advantages. "First of all, the beer is better preserved in cans because oxygen and UV light can't get to the product. Secondly, the use of cans significantly reduces the ecological footprint, as metal is almost 100 percent recyclable and significantly easier to transport compared to glass bottles. In a situation where more than half of the company's output is exported, the use of cans is the only conceivable solution," Tammela said.

The capacity of the new factory is about 440 hectolitres of canned beer per month, while Tanker's older brewery in Vaida still runs at 160 to 190 hectolitres per month. The old location will remain in operation, to be used mainly for the production and storage of sour beers, the company said.

Bühler opens its CUBIC innovation campus
 30.05.2019

Bühler opens its CUBIC innovation campus  (Company news)

After a construction period of 20 months and an investment of about CHF 50 million, a few days ago Bühler Group has officially opened its CUBIC innovation campus with eight Application Centers. “We are with this driving forward our strategy of innovation, training, and development,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “Together with our customers, partners from industry and science, academia, and start-ups, we are using the CUBIC to conduct research into new and sustainable solutions that we can apply to successful business ventures. And, we are taking a step forward here in providing modern training and development,” says Scheiber.

Photo: Chocolate and Coffee Application Center

The global challenges associated with nutrition and mobility are becoming increasingly urgent. How can we sustainably feed and provide mobility for a population of nearly 10 billion in 2050? Addressing these issues and responding to them with sustainable, commercially attractive solutions is the goal of the innovation campus. “This is our contribution to transforming the urgent global challenges of our time into solid business solutions together with customers, partners, academia, and start-ups,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “In this campus, we are also promoting new professional skills and competencies, modern learning and working methods, and collaborating with our partners.” Every year, the company invests a sum in the three-digit millions in research and development (R&D). In 2018, this amounted to CHF 145 million or 4.4% of turnover.

The three-story CUBIC is designed to accommodate up to 300 people, and is, in itself, a model of sustainability and innovation. The building uses 15% less energy than comparable structures of its size. Its smart electrochromic glass facade was coated on equipment from Bühler Leybold Optics. This enables Bühler to slash energy consumption for heating and air-conditioning by as much as 50%. Building sensors measure carbon dioxide levels, air humidity, temperature, and flow of people to continuously fine-tune the functionality and energy consumption of the CUBIC. On the basis of this smart building concept, Bühler expects to be able to sustainably optimize the operation of the building. The CUBIC complies with the sustainability standards of Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design), which certified the structure by awarding it a gold rating.

In terms of its design concept, the new innovation campus is integrated into the Bühler site in Uzwil as the bridge that links the development, engineering, and design teams with the modernized Application Centers and the factory. This enables Bühler to develop solutions together with customers, start-ups, and industry and research partners up to the point of market maturity with much higher speed and efficiency. The CUBIC represents Bühler’s purpose of “Innovations for a better world” and it focuses on promoting new training and development methods. Among other things, it embraces the dual education system of Switzerland, housing apprentices and academics, as well as youth and experience.

Project teams from all Bühler business areas currently reside in the CUBIC. Many of them are developing digital solutions, including Bühler Insights, a cloud-based IoT platform for digital services, which was created in close partnership with Microsoft. About 20% of the R&D budget went into the development of digital solutions in 2018.

“The CUBIC campus will become the epicenter of our collaborative ecosystem,” says CTO Ian Roberts. “It embodies our innovation spirit and culture, where we will inspire, discuss, understand, and derive actions that will support us as an industry to create more sustainable value chains, while contributing to addressing the burning environmental and societal challenges of our time.”

Shorter time to market thanks to the Application Centers
Vital elements of the new innovation campus are its eight modernized Application Centers. The ideas of customers and prototypes are tested in the Application Centers, where they are refined up to the point of market maturity.

In the Battery Lab, researchers are continuing their efforts to develop a new, continuous process for mixing electrode slurries applied in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. In the Grinding & Dispersing Application Center, Bühler is developing wet grinding and dispersion solutions, for example for making printing inks. In the Die Casting Application Center, five die-casting cells are installed for training operators and for conducting customer tests. Many of these developments are already incorporated into modern applications for the e-mobility industry.

In the Pasta Application Center, the latest pasta is being developed, for example high-protein pasta containing flour from pulses or products with a proportion of microalgae. The Grain Technology Center, at 3,000 square meters, is the world’s largest Grain Milling Application Center. It also has its own Analytics Lab. Among other things, the Nutrition Application Center develops textured vegetable proteins –alternatives for the growing number of flexitarians. Together with customers, the Bakery Innovation Center develops wholesome, fresh bakery products.

In the Chocolate Application Center, new flavors and novel processes for cocoa-based products are tested. In the Coffee Application Center, customers test low-energy roasting processes to develop new taste variants.

The CUBIC and the Application Centers will be presented to Bühler’s partners from industry and academia on the occasion of the Bühler Networking Days 2019. On August 26 and 27, 2019, Bühler expects to welcome nearly 800 guests from process industries around the world to this event.
(Bühler AG)

SIGNATURE PACK WINS  WORLDSTAR PACKAGING AWARD
 29.05.2019

SIGNATURE PACK WINS WORLDSTAR PACKAGING AWARD   (Company news)

SIGNATURE PACK from SIG, the world’s first aseptic carton pack 100 % linked to plant-based renewable materials, has won the prestigious international WorldStar Packaging Award, in the ‘Packaging Materials and Components’ category.

One of the major events held by the WPO (World Packaging Organization), the renowned awards – which have been running for nearly 50 years – are judged by a distinguished panel of international WPO representatives, plus an International Packaging Press Organization member.

SIGNATURE PACK is a key milestone in the aseptic packaging sector, driving the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels by certified and sustainable plant-based polymers, which are used to laminate the paperboard and to make the closure without compromising on the quality of barrier protection.

SIG carton packs contain on average 70-80 % paperboard from renewable wood sources. Additionally, in SIGNATURE PACK the polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the closure are linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system. This means that for the polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers.

One of the key attributes that elevated SIGNATURE PACK to the top of the judge’s shortlist was the use of tall oil – a by-product of paper production – as the bio-based feedstock going into the polymers via mass balancing, as it doesn’t affect staple food crops. To ensure the integrity of this process, the mass balancing is certified through internationally recognised third-parties.

Ace Fung, Global Product Manager at SIG, received the WorldStar Packaging Award on behalf of SIG: “This award is another great accolade for SIG and its ongoing commitment to going ‘Way Beyond Good’ and to becoming a net-positive business. SIGNATURE PACK uses tall oil as the bio-based feedstock because it is a by-product of paper production, rather than a crop which requires land to grow. In doing this the polymer used to laminate SIGNATURE PACK has a 100% link to plant-based material. This is a world first for aseptic carton packs and also a drive for a more sustainable future in the global packaging industry.”

SIGNATURE PACK is a stand-out carton pack both in terms of providing added value to the beverage industry and satisfying growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions.
SIGNATURE PACK is one of the most pivotal innovations supporting SIG’s Way Beyond Good ambitions to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions and to becoming a net positive business by contributing more to society and the environment than it takes out – across the value chain.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

CANPACK GROUP NAMES ROBERTO VILLAQUIRAN AS CEO
 28.05.2019

CANPACK GROUP NAMES ROBERTO VILLAQUIRAN AS CEO  (Company news)

Former Logoplaste CEO and Smurfit Kappa CEO of Europe to lead CANPACK Group

Giorgi Global Holdings, Inc. and the CANPACK Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Roberto Villaquiran as Chief Executive Officer of the CANPACK Group and President of the Management Board of Can-Pack S.A.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Roberto will be joining our team effective June 1, 2019, as CEO of CANPACK,” said Peter Giorgi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Giorgi Global Holdings, owner of the CANPACK Group. Giorgi continued: “Roberto’s impeccable track record of leadership of multi-national, multi-cultural packaging companies coupled with his un-paralleled business acumen and intense focus on both the commercial and operational sides of the business are the perfect combination of skills and qualities needed to not only continue but to accelerate CANPACK’s impressive growth trajectory and strategic focus on flexible and agile manufacturing, innovation, corporate sustainability and responsibility, as well as customer focus.”

Prior to joining CANPACK, Roberto served as CEO of Logoplaste, a global packaging manufacturer headquartered in Portugal and majority owned by the Carlyle Group. Roberto was instrumental in implementing a new management structure at Logoplaste, focusing the organization on operational excellence, building a strong world-class team, and creating a sustainable platform for future growth. Prior to joining Logoplaste, Roberto spent 30 years in multiple roles at Smurfit Kappa Group, a Dublin, Ireland headquartered FTSE 100 company and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world with operations in over 30 countries. Roberto’s last role at Smurfit Kappa was as CEO of Europe.

Commenting on his appointment, Roberto said: “CANPACK is a great global group with talented people and an admirable culture. I thank Peter Giorgi, and the Giorgi Global Holdings and CANPACK leadership teams for the trust they have placed in me, and I am confident that together we will continue to build on CANPACK’s great heritage and track record of impressive growth while serving CANPACK’s customers and engaging CANPACK’s impressive and dedicated global workforce.”
(Can-Pack S.A.)

SIG and SO+MA House launch innovative programme to reward recycling in Brazil
 27.05.2019

SIG and SO+MA House launch innovative programme to reward recycling in Brazil  (Company news)

SIG’s innovative initiative with social enterprise SO+MA House Brazil is promoting recycling by enabling people in the city of Curitiba to exchange waste packaging for reward points they can use to pay for food and other essentials.

Rewarding recycling
Changing behaviour is critical to enable lasting positive change for the environment and the SO+MA House initiative aims to stimulate a change in attitudes by demonstrating the value of recycling to individuals and communities.

Officially opened by the Mayor of Curitiba at the beginning of May, SIG’s SO+MA House partnership has already encouraged scores of local people to bring in used packaging for recycling. Over six tonnes of material has been collected since the pilot programme began in December 2018.

Isabela De Marchi, SIG’s sustainability coordinator in South America, said: “We know it will only be possible to increase packaging recycling rates with the support of consumers. The partnership with SO+MA House is helping us show people the value of recycling on a personal level, as well as bringing wider environmental and socio-economic benefits.”

Socio-economic benefits
SO+MA House is the only loyalty programme in Brazil that is available to low income people free of charge. Reward points are earned based on the weight of waste collected. They can be exchanged for food or other essentials, or used to pay for training courses.

This innovative model to promote recycling not only brings environmental benefits, but also socio-economic benefits by offering people in low-income communities an opportunity to improve their quality of life by saving money on essentials or learning skills to open the door to new job opportunities.

Rafael Greca, the Mayor of Curitiba, said: “The idea of rewarding people is very clever. It is an innovative green exchange. We are launching a solution that is adding value for people, offering vocational courses that will help families, young people and the unemployed advance and improve their quality of life. I want to promote the power of recycling among Curitibanos and save our planet.”

Contributing to the circular economy
SIG’s partnership with SO+MA House is a great local example of how the company is going Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out. Partnering with stakeholders to support the collection and recycling of beverage cartons around the world is part of this commitment.

Recycling helps to avoid environmental impacts from landfill and support the circular economy by making more materials available to be used again to make new products. But recycling after use is just one aspect of the company’s contribution to the circular economy, which begins at the start of the product life-cycle in the use of mainly renewable materials and the design of the packs to be fully recyclable.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

24.05.2019

UK: UK drinking less volume but more alcohol  (E-malt.com)

It’s often said that the UK is consuming less when it comes to the volume of drinks, but the country may be imbibing more alcohol, The Drinks Business reported on April 30.

Those in the UK trade will know well the phrase, “less but better” when it comes to the world of alcoholic drinks, which is regularly used to sum up an overall trend of reducing alcohol consumption, but a move to more upmarket products.

Such a shift may be within categories, such as from lager to craft beers, blush rosé to dry Provençal pink, light Chianti to juicy Malbec, or cheap vodka to artisanal gin, and in all cases, there is move up in terms of price as well as alcohol by volume (ABV).

But more recent trends have also shown a switch across categories, with British drinkers moving from lighter drinks such as beer and wine to spirits, above all gin.

And it is this latter development that may mean that overall the UK is now drinking more pure alcohol than it was a decade ago.

As a result, having considered the major trends in the UK market at a Vinexpo briefing earlier this year, Mark Meek, who is CEO of the IWSR, said that he believed the country was consuming more ABV.

“Everyone says that the UK is drinking ‘less but better’, and that’s true if you look at the volume, but if you consider the ABV, then the UK is drinking more in terms of pure alcohol,” he said.

In support of such a statement, he added, “People are switching from 5% beer to 30-40% spirits.”

In terms of numbers revealed by Meek at the Vinexpo press briefing, he produced a bar chart (see below) to show that gin, whisky and tequila have grown by 1.688 million cases (2016-2017), while the still wine market has declined by 3.037m cases, in part offset by a rise in sparkling volumes over the same period of 0.582m cases.

Even though this ensures the overall volume of consumption across drinks has declined, the growth in spirits could mean that the UK is drinking 4-5% more pure alcohol, according to Meek.

Looking ahead, he forecast that the market for spirits will continue to grow in the UK, led by more premium expressions, above all in the gin category.

In contrast, he said that the UK still wine market is forecast to gradually decline towards 2022, although sparking will continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, and driven by Prosecco, which, he noted, will expand at the expense of Champagne and Cava.

New Managing Director at the packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG
 24.05.2019

New Managing Director at the packaging specialist Karl Knauer KG  (Company news)

As of 1st May 2019, Kai Rössig (photo) joins the Management Board at Karl Knauer KG. The 52-year-old Westphalian succeeds Joachim Würz (65), who is retiring after 17 years of service. “On behalf of the entire workforce, we would like to thank Joachim Würz for his outstanding commitment and exemplary work for our company. We have always greatly appreciated the many years of trust and cooperation and are therefore very pleased that he will be staying with us until September to act as a contact person for his successor,” explains Richard Kammerer, Spokesman for the Management Board.

His successor, Kai Rössig, as a graduate engineer specialising in manufacturing technology, has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer industry as well as sound expertise in the areas of plant management production, engineering and contract manufacturer/quality management. He has already been part of the Karl Knauer team since 1st October 2018 and has been able to get an overview of the company and both of its locations. “I am looking forward to making a significant contribution to shaping the future of this great company right away. The packaging industry is currently facing enormous challenges, which must be addressed. However, with our team of motivated, highly qualified specialists to rely on, I am certain that we will continue to position ourselves successfully in the market,” Rössig says, looking ahead.
(Karl Knauer KG)

The gin world champion comes from the Black Forest: BOAR Gin is the world's ...
 24.05.2019

The gin world champion comes from the Black Forest: BOAR Gin is the world's ...  (Company news)

..record award-winning gin

The story of a small family distillery in the Black Forest sounds like a fairy-tale: the finest spirits have been produced by hand in a small valley here since 1844. Now, their gin is drawing great attention worldwide.

BOAR Gin from the Black Forest is being awarded gold medals in renowned completions around the world. The Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft(DLG)[German Agricultural Society] awardedit the gold and certified it as being the best gin in Germany. At the Global Spirit Awards in Las Vegas, BOAR Gin was chosen as the best gin and the best clear spirit in the world. In New York, the BOAR distillery was only recently chosen as the “Distillery of the Year”.

The traditional distillery is breaking new ground in the production of fine distillates in terms of flavour and quality. It refines and harmonises its BOAR Gin with mountain spring water rich in minerals and the rare Black Forest truffle. This worldwide unique production process confers this London Dry Gin a mild and complex flavour profile and a particular identity.

In 2011, a small monkey made the Black Forest world-famous as a gourmet region. Now,one of the best gins of the world has returned from the Black Forest and still impresses juries in 34 international competitions on many continents today.

“At our Black Forest distillery, we distil with our hearts, hands and wood from our own forest”, says Markus Kessler, the great-great-great-grandson of Andreas Kessler, who founded his distillery 175 years ago.The eponym and icon of the BOAR gin is a real native of the pristine forests of the Black Forest - the wild boar (the male wild pig).

Excerpt of awards
-Frankfurt International Trophy 2019–Big Gold –Best London Dry Gin
-World Spirits Competition San Francisco 2017–Gold
-New York Spirits Competition 2018 -Distillery of the Year
-DLG -Gold 2018 + 2019 (Black Edition)
-DLG –BestGin 2018 + 2019 (Black Edition)
-Meininger International Spirit Award 2018 -Gold
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 –Double Gold
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 -Best Gin
-Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 –Best white Spirit
-SIP Awards USA 2018 -Platin
-Concours de Lyon 2018 –Gold (Black Edition)
-Frankfurt International Trophy 2018 -Gold
-CWSA Hong Kong2018–Double Gold
-Los Angeles Spirits Competition 2017 -Gold
-New York Spirits Competition 2018 -Gold
-World Spirit Awards Wien 2017–Gold
(BOAR Distillery im Schwarzwald)

Symrise announces Califormulations, LLC: A unique platform to foster beverage innovation
 23.05.2019

Symrise announces Califormulations, LLC: A unique platform to foster beverage innovation  (Company news)

— End-to-end beverage concepts for the North American market
— A new 100,000 sq ft innovation campus located in Georgia
— Integrated access to Symrise locations
— Focused innovation with high degree of agility and flexibility

Symrise has announced the company’s investment in and the creation of a strategic partnership with Califormulations, LLC, a unique platform designed to deliver end-to-end beverage innovation to consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and their brands. Califormulations, LLC combines the expertise of Symrise, including its Beverage Innovation Centers in Laguna Beach and Teterboro, with the offering of The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TGOD).

Paul Graham, President, Symrise Flavor North America, stated, “Major packaged goods companies put their focus on agile innovation to help fuel growth around their core brands. Agile venturing and creative innovation sprints will replace the traditional and often time-consuming ‘stage gate’ innovation funnel and are changing innovation sustainably.”
Califormulations, LLC fully embraces this approach. The company is run by an industry experienced management team and built on a business model that is designed for speed, agility, flexibility and focused innovation, with each investor harnessing specialized expertise.

The new platform combines beverage expertise and innovation capabilities with the ability to quickly develop shelf-ready, scalable products. Customers will have access to the expertise located at three locations: the newly formed Califormulations, LLC location in Columbus, Georgia, with 100,000 sq ft for beverage development, multi-purpose production, pilot scale flexible bottling and shelf-ready, scalable packaging; Symrise’s regional headquarters in Teterboro, New Jersey, providing global expertise in flavor solutions, including taste for sugar reduced products; and the specialized Symrise Beverage Center in Laguna Beach, California, to inspire creativity in beverage product concepts.

Utilizing the expertise located at these three locations, Califormulations, LLC in cooperation with Symrise will deliver a rapid innovation approach composed of four integrated parts: Insights & Design, Prototyping & Evaluation, Development & Production and the Activation Ecosystem.

The Symrise team brings a proven reputation in beverage innovation and incubation, a comprehensive portfolio of consumer insights, a strong footprint in beverage and CPG accounts including core listings with global brands. TGOD adds a new element to the business through their expertise in producing premium organic cannabinoids. Using sustainable growing practices, TGOD offers organic CBD and other organic cannabinoids where allowed by local laws and regulations. The end result is a unique, agile, end-to-end approach to innovation with full project management across every step.

Paul Graham concluded, “The complementary capabilities of Califormulations, LLC will foster innovation and scale new, successful brands quickly.”
(Symrise AG)

22.05.2019

China: China's consumers looking for better brews  (E-malt.com)

In a country that loves its hot beverages, beer is one thing most Chinese enjoy cold. But as of late, beer has been on a hot streak, as evidenced by national sales figures. And the target market in China has gradually shifted to middle and high-end drinkers, with more quality brewed into every sip, CGTN reported on May 6.

Whether it tastes great or is less filling, China's beer drinkers now want a better brew. In the past, the buzz was all about cheaper domestic brands. But now, consumers have more options in buying, Bi Chaojiao, the general manager of sales & marketing center at China Resources Snow Breweries said.

"Our previous strategy was to earn the highest sales in the Chinese market, so we would produce a beer that was suitable for most drinkers in China. But now, because young people have new likes, we develop products according to their taste," said Bi.

v, one of the nation's biggest beer companies, now has beers specifically for the middle and high-end market. Brave the World Super X, Craftsmanship, and Marrs Green are some of their newest brands. At eight to 15 yuan per bottle, many people wonder, has the quality gone up with the price?

"We have further designed wheat consistency, alcohol, flavor, taste, and color, so that these products will standout, personalized and different from the previous ones," said Bi.

Bi revealed that CRSB's total income in 2018 increased by almost eight percent over the year. Total sales of middle and high-end beers have increased by nearly five percent, while total sales of traditional cheaper ones decreased three to four percent.

"It's a trend that every beer company in China should grasp. If they fail to do so, they will lose out in the competition down the road," said Bi.

While many Chinese enjoy middle and high-end beers at home, at most bars, the cheaper ones remain the life of the party.

"Our cheaper beers sell more. The expensive ones can be more expensive in the bars and most people cannot accept the prices," said Yang Zi, the barkeeper of Yi Pinchang Bar.

Yang adds that price is still an essential factor for young people when it comes to buying beer.

"The cheaper ones I usually go for. I'm a student. Tsingtao is usually cheap. I can get a Tsingtao for up to five kuai (yuan)," said Sam Tufft, a student from Suzhou.

But no matter how China's beer economy plays out, experts agree that more options are always better for consumers.

22.05.2019

Canada: Wild Rose Brewery agrees to be acquired by Sleeman Breweries  (E-malt.com)

Alberta’s Wild Rose Brewery Ltd. (“Wild Rose”) officially announced on May 10 that it has been acquired by Sleeman Breweries Ltd. (“Sleeman”). The sale was approved on May 9 by Wild Rose shareholders and marks the beginning of a partnership between the two organizations which will allow both parties to strategically leverage their strengths and complementary portfolios as they continue to accelerate their growth in Alberta. The deal will be finalized on May 31, 2019.

Since it was established by two local entrepreneurs in 1996, Wild Rose has made a name for itself brewing exciting beer. Over the years, the business has expanded operations from its humble beginnings in a garage to its current 40,000 square foot Calgary brewing facility. Wild Rose now produces a number of different brands and styles in bottles, cans and kegs available to beer lovers in pubs, restaurants and liquor outlets all across Alberta. In addition to the brewery, Wild Rose also operates a Taproom where consumers can experience its finely crafted beers, including signature crowd pleasers like Velvet Fog and Wraspberry Ale, while enjoying a variety of food offerings.

“We know that this partnership will bring a wealth of opportunities for us to succeed together as we move forward with the support of Sleeman’s resources and industry insights,” says Bill McKenzie, CEO at Wild Rose Brewery. “We feel there is a strong connection between the way we’ve crafted our culture and the way Sleeman does business, and we are excited about our new joint vision for taking the growth of the Wild Rose brand to the next level.”

This is not the first acquisition for the company founded by John Sleeman in 1988. Sleeman began as a small craft brewery and has since grown exponentially, in part, through the purchase of small local craft brewers. Sleeman’s success has also been fueled by strategic industry partnerships that have been established over time, allowing the organization to invest with confidence in companies like Wild Rose. Sleeman’s acquisition strategy has been to seek partners with similar values, portfolios that are complementary and facilities that support growth expectations. Having met this criteria, Wild Rose is now well positioned to continue to accelerate its expansion as a new organization.

“We recognize that Alberta is a province with high growth potential and see a number of synergies between Wild Rose and Sleeman that make this partnership extremely exciting for both organizations,” says Jesse Hanazawa, President and CEO of Sleeman Breweries. “Not only do our businesses share a passion for craft beer, but we also share the drive to achieve industry excellence while maintaining a winning organizational culture. We look forward to working closely with the Wild Rose team to ensure both they and Sleeman are able to reap the many benefits of this strategic partnership.”

Wild Rose Brewery is an award-winning, Albertan brewery that has been at the forefront of the province’s brewing industry since 1996. The brewery has an evolving arsenal of innovative yet approachable products and a well-established, bustling Taproom in the Currie Barracks of Calgary.

Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is the third largest brewing company nationwide. The company has built an impressive portfolio of beer brands in Canada that includes well-loved Canadian brands such as Sleeman, Okanagan Spring and Unibroue, along with world-class beers including Sapporo and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Sapporo Breweries Ltd., known for its rigorous Japanese brewing standards, acquired Sleeman in 2006. The company now markets and/or distributes world-class domestic and imported products and is home to 1,000 employees nationwide.

22.05.2019

Nigeria: Heineken Nigeria to raise prices to offset tax increase  (E-malt.com)

Heineken NV’s Nigerian unit plans to raise prices this year to offset a sharp increase in taxes, Bloomberg reported on May 7.

Nigerian Breweries Plc expects excise duties to jump about 67 percent to 35 naira ($0.10) per liter in the second half of the year, as the government phases in tax increases on alcoholic beverages, Chairman Kolawole Jamodu said a statement handed to reporters.

“We need to increase prices to compensate for inflation pressure and the impacts of excise tax,” Managing Director Jordi Borrut Bel told reporters on May 7 in Lagos, the commercial capital.

The Lagos-based company signed an agreement with CrossBoundary Energy to supply 650 kilowatts of solar power to its plant in Ibadan, in the southwest of the country to replace more expensive diesel generators, Bel said. Solar power will also be installed at its Lagos brewery and other plants “if it’s successful at Ibadan”, he said.

The nation’s biggest brewer sources 57 percent of its raw materials locally and plans to increase that to 60 percent by 2020, Bel said.

22.05.2019

Canada: Number of breweries reaches all-time high of 995 last year  (E-malt.com)

Brewery trade organization Beer Canada has announced the release of Industry Trends 2018, its latest annual update that looks at the domestic and international beer market and details growth in the number of breweries, changes in sales, trends in packaging, and more.

2018 proved to be another exciting and challenging year in the Canadian beer industry, the association said. The number of brewing facilities increased by 21.8% from 817 in 2017 to an all-time high of 995. Most of Canada’s breweries are small, local operations with 93% producing less than 15,000 hectolitres (hl) of beer in 2018. Nationally, from 2017 to 2018 the number of brewing facilities per 100,000 drinking age adults increased by 20.9% from 2.8 to 3.4. Provincially, New Brunswick led the way with 8.0 breweries per 100,000 drinking age adults, followed by Nova Scotia with 7.7 and PEI with 7.4, while Manitoba at 1.1 had the lowest rate.

Overall, although the number of breweries in Canada is growing, domestic beer production and sales are not keeping pace. In 2018, domestic production decreased by 3.4% to 21.65 million hl and domestic sales rose modestly by 0.3%. From 2017 to 2018 import sales declined by 3.4%. In total, national beer sales declined by 0.3% in 2018 to a total of 22.1 million hl.

A recent Conference Board of Canada study found beer to have a substantial impact on Canada’s economy. Beer supports 149,000 Canadian jobs, with a labour income of C$5.3 billion while contributing C$13.6 billion to Canada’s GDP. This impact is due in large part to the domestic nature of Canada’s beer industry. In 2018, 85% of the beer consumed in Canada was brewed in Canada, which is a stark contrast when compared to wine in spirits. In 2018, 33% of the wine and 55% of the spirits consumed in Canada were made here.

In 2018, Canadians of legal drinking age drank on average 210 cans of beer, a decline of 1.2% from 2017. Provincially in 2018, Newfoundland had the highest per capita consumption at 93.4 litres of beer, followed by Quebec with 83.3 and P.E.I with 79.8 litres. Ontario had the lowest per capita consumption of all provinces at 69.1 litres.

From a packaging perspective, cans continue to assert their dominance over bottles. In 2018, national can sales rose by 4.6%, while bottle sales declined by 9.3% and keg sales declined by 1.9%. In 2018, cans accounted for 62% of national beer sales, followed by bottles with 28% and kegs with 10%. This is a sharp contrast from just five years ago, when bottles accounted for over 40% of total beer sales.

22.05.2019

UK: Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine, spirits at record high in the UK  (E-malt.com)

Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits are at a record high in the UK with increasing numbers of London producers looking to make the most of the £100 million industry, the Evening Standard reported on May 14.

Figures from market researchers Nielsen indicate sales of some categories are up by over a third. Britons spent a record £57 million in the 12 months to April on low or non-alcoholic beers — an increase of 39 per cent and the equivalent of 12.5 million pints consumed.

They also spent £48 million on low or no-alcohol wines over the same period. Non-alcoholic spirits, a market only three years old, is now worth £5 million.

Gemma Cooper, from Nielsen, said the demand for non- and low-alcohol drinks was not exclusively driven by the “health conscious”, adding there was “across-the-board” interest from all consumers who increasingly want ways to “cut down”.

She said: “Our data shows that just over one in 10 shoppers say they are looking to cut down their alcohol consumption. And while most are doing this by simply drinking less, some are turning to low or no-alcohol products.”

She added that having a wide selection of non-alcoholic cocktails in venues such as the American Bar at The Savoy was boosting the trend.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association said the low-alcohol wine and beer market had increased “ten times since 2009 and the wider and non-alcoholic spirit alternatives are following suit”. Selfridges said sales of non-alcoholic spirits were up 50 per cent year on year and Waitrose said sales of its low-alcohol products were “exceeding expectations”.

It comes as World Health Organisation data found Britons are on average drinking less alcohol, with consumption falling from 12.6 litres of pure alcohol a year per adult in 1990 to 11.4 litres in 2017.

A 2018 study involving nearly 10,000 young people aged 16 to 24 found the number who said they never drink alcohol increased from 18 per cent in 2005 to 29 per cent in 2015. Several celebrities have now gone teetotal, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Blake Lively.

Peroni, Becks and Heineken are among the global brands making zero-alcohol beers, along with east London Nirvana Brewery.

The non-alcohol spirit market was launched in 2015 with Seedlip, brainchild of former London graphic designer Ben Branson, who has taught model Moss how to make non-alcoholic cocktails. He also has non-alcohol aperitifs.

Funkin’ Cocktails founder Alex Carlton and ex-London music exec Jack Horner have launched Stryyk’s Not Gin, Not Rum and Not Vodka, sold by Ocado and Amazon.

22.05.2019

Japan: Competition intensifies in Japan's beer-like beverages segment  (E-malt.com)

Competition has been intensifying again in Japan’s market of “third-segment” beer-like beverages, The Japan News reported on May 17.

Last year, combined shipments of beer and “happoshu” low-malt quasi-beer declined for the 14th straight year, but third-segment beverages with little or no malt content saw their shipments rise 3.7 percent, the first increase in five years.

Popularity of the third-segment drink was reignited by Honkirin, released by Kirin Brewery Co. in March 2018.

More than 10 million cases of Honkirin were sold in the first 10 months since the product hit store shelves. A case contains the equivalent of 20 633-milliliter bottles.

The product mimics the taste and feel of beer, but its 350-milliliter can sells about ¥80 cheaper than authentic beer products of the same size. Honkirin is luring consumers in their 40s and 50s.

Other breweries followed suit with their own new releases of third-segment beverages. In January this year, Asahi Breweries Ltd. launched the Gokujo Kireaji, which performed so well that the maker raised the annual sales target in April from 3 million cases to 4 million.

Suntory Beer Ltd. revamped its flagship Kinmugi series for the first time in 13 years in January. In particular, the Kinmugi Gold Lager, a new product, drew strong demand because of its rich taste.

As a result, the company lifted its annual sales target by 30 percent to 4.4 million cases.

In April, Sapporo Breweries Ltd. put into market Honkaku Karakuchi, which features high gas pressure.

22.05.2019

Malaysia: Carlsberg Malaysia pledges not to increase prices  (E-malt.com)

Carlsberg Malaysia has pledged not to increase the prices of any of its beers for the rest of this year, as the company prepares for the country’s impending sugar tax this July, FoodNavigator-Asia reported on May .

Carlsberg Malaysia Managing Director Lars Lehmann told FoodNavigator-Asia that: “We do not have any plan to adjust product prices to distributors and retailers this year, after the last adjustment that took effect on April 1st.

“The upcoming sugar tax will only impact our Nutrimalt and Jolly Shandy brands, which is relatively minimal.”

He added that ‘barring any unforeseen regulatory or macroeconomic factors’, any future price adjustments would be ‘kept at a minimum’ to ensure product affordability and competitiveness.

Carlsberg Malaysia had raised its product prices by 3% to 6% earlier this year on April 1, the initial date that the country’s sugar tax was supposed to be enforced before it was postponed by three months to July 1.

Back then, the main reason cited for the price hike was escalating malt and barley prices, which remain chief concerns for the company currently, though it appears that no problems are foreseen with their supply for the rest of 2019.

“We have seen a significant increase in the costs of packaging and raw materials. Packaging and raw materials are the highest contributor to rising costs with malt prices increasing due to bad barley harvests in Europe and Australia caused by exceptionally bad droughts and heat waves in 2018,” said Lehmann.

“Other factors include increased electricity costs and a rise in minimum wages which drove up contract labour costs.”

According to the company, malt prices increased 15% to 20% year-on-year in 2019.

At the company’s annual general meeting last month, other challenges highlighted included the country’s smoking ban implemented on January 1 this year at all food service outlets, as well as the continued issue of contraband beer.

According to Lehmann: “The smoking ban is not helping our industry and that is a bit of a new phenomenon this year that is also impacting consumption in outlets where there is food.”

As of last month, contraband beer still made up 25% of the total beer consumption market share in Malaysia.

That said, Carlsberg Malaysia still announced robust growth results for FY2018, with its best-known Carlsberg beer seeing volume growth of 12%, its premium brands Kronenbourg, Somersby, Asahi and Connor’s seeing 20% volume growth, and its Brooklyn Lager brand growing 178%.

Responding to queries about intentions to expand into the zero or non-alcoholic beer market, Lehmann said that the company was ‘exploring’ this area.

“Our global sustainability ambition towards ZERO Irresponsible Drinking includes the availability of alcohol-free brews in the market,” he said.

“While beer provides a quality low-alcohol choice, there are occasions when consumers also look for options that do not contain alcohol. For this reason, we are exploring non-alcoholic beverages as part and parcel of our on-going product innovations.”

He added that Carlsberg Malaysia’s main focus and growth over the past three years had been reinvestment, brand innovation and consumer activation-focused, and that this path would be similar in 2019.

Lecta at the Milan Packaging Première Fair 2019
 22.05.2019

Lecta at the Milan Packaging Première Fair 2019  (Company news)

Lecta will be presenting its extensive range of specialty papers for premium packaging.

Lecta will participate in the upcoming edition of this exclusive event devoted to luxury packaging, to be held in Milan from May 28 to May 30. At this international exhibit, which brings together designers, manufacturers and top brands in the premium packaging industry worldwide, Lecta will showcase its wide range of papers for select packaging with numerous possibilities for applications.

We invite you to visit us at Hall 4 - stand E45 at the Packaging Première, where you will discover the outstanding quality of Lecta's range of specialty papers for high-end packaging:

Diva Art: one-side double-coated cardboard with a silk finish specially designed for creative uses of graphic and luxury packaging.

Metalvac: 100% high-vacuum metallized paper designed for premium labels and flexible packaging, graphic applications and luxury packaging.

Eurokote: cast-coated paper for wine, spirits, sparkling wine and water bottles, premium packaging and advertising.

Creaset: one-side coated papers for different label and packaging end uses.

Adestor: Lecta's range of pressure-sensitive paper and film for premium labels (wine, spirits, sparkling wine and beer).

Coral Bag and Creaset Bag: uncoated and one-side papers, respectively, for shopping bags.
(LECTA)

Efficient packaging production
 22.05.2019

Efficient packaging production  (Company news)

In mid-April, more than 80 attendees accepted their invitation to the 2019 ENGEL Packaging Day in Shanghai. The aim of the event was to discuss ongoing trends with guests and inform them about the latest technologies. The injection moulding machine manufacturer hosted live demonstrations to highlight innovative and intelligent solutions for efficient packaging production.

Photo: Cup with a kink: functional packaging with high-quality decoration is in great demand in China.

“In China, there are increasingly high standards expected for the quality of products and, in turn, packaging – especially in the food industry,” says Kurt Hell, Director of ENGEL’s packaging business unit in Asia. “Special designs and functional properties are in demand, as is high-quality decoration with in-mould labelling. Multi-coloured and multi-component applications for food and non-food closures are also becoming increasingly popular.” The packaging sector in China is a stable market experiencing constant growth and evolution. “Within the Chinese plastics industry, the production of packaging parts is an important segment with highly specific needs,” Hell explains.

An exciting morning saw presentations by ENGEL and its partner companies Pass Card, Wetec, Borouge and Verstraete, as well as long-standing ENGEL customer Menshen. And the show went on in the afternoon with two live demonstrations at ENGEL’s location in Shanghai, where the injection moulding machine manufacturer demonstrated how a two-compartment yoghurt cup with IML decoration from Verstraete can be produced economically and efficiently on an all-electric e-mac 180 injection moulding machine. Pass Card’s two-cavity hot runner precision mould and Wetec’s high-speed automation were both the work of Taiwan-based companies and the product of European-Asian cooperation.

Pooling knowledge and experience
ENGEL has established a global network of system partners to create a one-stop shop for its proprietary automation solutions and process technologies, along with other peripheral units and moulds. ENGEL, Pass Card and Wetec have pooled their specialist knowledge and experience around packaging solutions to tailor the relevant systems solution to the specific needs of the processors in Asia. By working with local suppliers, ENGEL can guarantee high cost efficiency even for the most demanding applications while keeping delivery times short across the whole system. “There is growing demand for integrated systems solutions in China,” Hell reports. “In particular, the automation of processes is becoming more important.”

In a second live demo, ENGEL showcased closures production on a tie-bar-less victory machine, an impressive demonstration of how the barrier-free clamping unit ensures particularly efficient production processes. This year marks the 30th anniversary of ENGEL’s tie-bar-less technology.
(Engel Austria GmbH)

Symrise presents nature's taste at PLMA 2019
 21.05.2019

Symrise presents nature's taste at PLMA 2019  (Company news)

• Focus on tasty solutions for natural and health-conscious nutritional trends
• Ideas for products based on alternative and plant proteins
• Presentation at private label trade show in Amsterdam

Visitors can "Experience Nature's Taste" at the Symrise stand at the PLMA private label trade show in Amsterdam. The company will also present concepts that food manufacturers can use to offer conscious nutrition with full flavor. At Stand F-8105 in Hall 8, Symrise will demonstrate what variety on supermarket shelves can look like for conscious consumers: low- or non-alcoholic variants of popular beverages; modern, low-calorie ready meals, and snacks and solutions for products with alternative and plant proteins.

PLMA, the Association of Private Label Manufacturers, will hold its European trade show in Amsterdam from May 21 to 22, 2019. Symrise will attend with natural and exciting creations that pick up on and develop current nutrition trends. In concrete terms, the company will present its natural offerings in various product categories, in keeping with the slogan "Experience Nature's Taste." In doing so, Symrise is responding to the growing demand for natural and authentic food and beverage products, going beyond taste with its comprehensive, sustainable approach.

Celebration without remorse
Teenagers and young adults are increasingly turning to non-alcoholic drinks when they spend time together. A reason is their increased health-consciousness and awareness of their own images on social media. Beverage manufacturers can expand their product range to reach this customer group, winning them over with ideas about natural, non-alcoholic and low-alcohol flavors. Symrise offers various solutions for celebration without intoxication. This is particularly interesting with regard to the highly popular special – and often regional – craft beers, since non-alcoholic variants of these beverages are difficult to produce.

Symrise's natural hop extracts make non-alcoholic beers possible that have the characteristic bitter-tart flavor of an Indian Pale Ale. Lovers of cocktails will also find what they're looking for: With its long experience in distillation and flavor extraction processes, Symrise has created a juniper-based raw material that affords a gin and tonic flavor even when the beverage contains little or no gin.

Meat-free alternatives
Products based on alternative and vegetable proteins are very popular. Consumers want to reduce their meat consumption while eating a diet that is high-protein, nutritionally conscious and sustainable. At the same time, all components such as taste, consistency and appearance must meet consumers' requirements for meat-free or meat-reduced foods. When it comes to vegetarian and vegan foods, Symrise is taking innovative paths by creating compelling taste profiles for meatless meatballs, falafel, etc. Symrise is thus satisfying the global demand for meat-free alternatives and providing taste profiles with an enjoyment factor.

Organic convenience foods on the advance
Organically grown and processed products are currently among the most important nutritional trends. Across Europe, the market for animal, vegetable and environmentally-friendly food products grew by 22 percent from 2016 to 2017. The market for organic convenience foods is also showing strong growth of four to five percent annually in Germany and France, and eight to nine percent in Italy and Spain. Symrise brings its expertise in the processing of herbs and vegetables to bear with its vegetable couscous, creating an intense, healthy and pleasurable experience that requires simple preparation and has an all-natural taste.

Snack variety
What applies to main meals has also reached the world of snacks. The demands of many customers are increasing, and foods with less sugar and more flavor varieties are very popular. Crackers with coconut and sesame seeds with a sugar and salt glaze provide an unexpected and well-rounded combination that is made from all-natural ingredients. Symrise is also rethinking the classic granola bar: the carrot-orange bar contains 30 percent less sugar than comparable products and is also a proven provider of vitamin A.

Symrise will present a broad spectrum of further ideas, concepts and products at the trade show that enable food and beverage manufacturers to align their product range with the growing demand for natural and healthy products.
(Symrise AG)

SIG partnership showcases recycling in action at Mexico fun park
 21.05.2019

SIG partnership showcases recycling in action at Mexico fun park  (Company news)

Raising Awareness To Increase Recycling In Mexico

SIG has teamed up with soft drink producer Sociedad Cooperativa Trabajadores de Pascual (SCTP) and fun park operator Ventura Entertainment to raise awareness of the importance of recycling through special collection bins made from recycled carton packs at La Feria de Chapultepec amusement park in Mexico.

Picture Collecting bin: Salvador Torres Cisneros, President of the Administration Board at SCTP, shows how it works: Empty carton packs should be placed in the collection bins made from recycled carton packs. Photo: SIG.

Salvador Torres Cisneros, President of the Administration Board at SCTP, said: “We’re dedicated to producing natural, healthy and nutritious beverages and we want to contribute to the overall wellbeing of the world. SIG shares our commitment to protecting the environment and now we’re working together to go a step further for the planet by encouraging consumers to recycle their cartons so the materials can be reused.”

Brand power to raise awareness
SIG’s aseptic beverage cartons are 100% recyclable, but the rate of packs recycled remains low in Mexico due to low awareness of the value of recycling and a lack of suitable waste collection systems.

The new Coopera Recycling Campaign from SIG, SCTP and Ventura Entertainment aims to use the power of popular brands to raise awareness of the value of recycling among consumers of all ages. SCTP is one of Mexico’s largest soft drinks producers and the name behind Boing!® fruit drinks. Ventura Entertainment is one of the country’s biggest attractions operators and its La Feria de Chapultepec fun park attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year.

In the first phase of the campaign, SIG will provide 15 recycling containers to be placed around the park. Each is made out of a mix of polymer and aluminium that comes from around 7,000 recycled carton packs, providing a tangible example of recycling in action. Accompanying signs promote recycling and Ventura Entertainment will offer discounts on ticket prices for amusement activities for visitors who use the recycling bins. The empty cartons will be recycled by specialist company Alcamare.

Ricardo Carrillo, Commercial Director for Mexico and Central America at SIG said: “SIG partners with local stakeholders to support collection and recycling of beverage cartons around the world. In Mexico, we came up with the idea of a recycling campaign in a fun park so we could raise awareness among young people, who are the consumers of the future. Having a big brand like Boing!® involved will help us get the message across to even more people.”

Keeping high-quality materials in use
Encouraging consumers to recycle beverage cartons supports the circular economy by returning more materials into the value chain to produce new products. SIG’s cartons are made from mainly renewable materials in the first place so recycling them keeps high-quality renewable materials in circulation.

Contributing to the circular economy by using renewable content, optimising use of materials and promoting recycling after use is part of the company’s commitment to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than it takes out.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products
 20.05.2019

GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products  (Company news)

GEA is launching its new D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve by end of April 2019. This special double-seat valve is designed with a sterile leakage chamber which is hermetically sealed from the atmosphere by two side valves.

Photo: GEA recommends the D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve for UltraClean applications where processed foods must be completely protected from the environment by a condensate barrier. Image: GEA

As with the entire aseptic D-tec® range, the outstanding sealing properties of the new valve stem diaphragm raise hygiene standards to an UltraClean level, thus increasing the shelf life of soft drinks, fruit juices, as well as milk-based and lactic acid-fermented products. If manufacturers adapt their process chain accordingly, the D-tec® can help them achieve a desired shelf life with fewer preservatives.

Equipping process plants from A to Z with D-tec®
With its D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve, GEA successfully completes its UltraClean valve range, allowing customers to now fully integrate D-tec® equipment into their production processes. “Equipping the interfaces in process plants with as few valve types as possible is often a decisive criterion to our customers. Spare parts handling and warehousing become increasingly complex when different valve types must work together,” explains Pascal Bär, Product Manager for GEA Aseptic Valve Technology. After launching the single-seat D-tec® P/DV control valve in 2018, GEA is now introducing the D/DV double-chamber valve as the final piece of the puzzle in its D-tec® range. GEA can now consistently plan greenfield projects leveraging D-tec®; a retrofit for the single-seat valve is available for existing systems.

Implementing a hygiene-driven philosophy
With the D-tec® double chamber valve, GEA now offers aseptic valves for both hygiene classes "Aseptic" and "UltraClean", which are tailored to the special conditions of the respective applications. According to its hygiene philosophy, GEA recommends this distinction: “Aseptomag®, our metal bellows technology, is the benchmark in hygienic processing, which we use for highly sensitive products such as baby food and UHT milk as they demand an uncompromising aseptic execution of processes and components,” states Bär. “However, a wide range of beverages produced by our customers are not promoted under aseptic conditions. In fact, they fall into the second highest hygiene level according to the VDMA guideline, which is hygiene class IV ‘UltraClean’. That is why our new D-tec® D/DV is meeting the process requirements of this hygiene class.” D-tec® is suitable for iced tea, fruit juice, fruit yogurt and ESL milk and products that require an increased shelf life depending on the pH value, cold chain and storage conditions.

Ensuring operational safety
When it comes to UltraClean applications, GEA systematically opts for the hermetically sealed D-tec® stem diaphragm because it provides improved contamination protection against the atmosphere and ensures microbial stability of products throughout their manufacture. The membranes are made of thermoplastics that are more flexible than stainless steel. For example, this makes them well-suited to compensate for pressure surges, says Bär. They are, to a certain extent, more forgiving to process errors. In the event of a diaphragm rupture, the leakage detection system ensures a high degree of operational safety. The product manager adds: “Our product development is directed towards ensuring equipment availability and profitability for beverage and food producers. The new double-chamber valve fulfills this: It can be used very flexibly and combines a high level of hygiene with manageable operating costs.” In addition, the maintenance-friendly design minimizes system downtimes.

Adapting demanding process conditions
Like the entire D-tec® range, the D/DV double-chamber valve is based on the tried and tested VARIVENT® assembly unit, which is characterized by its adaptability. This enables the valve to be configured according to the required process conditions. The double-seat valve is characterized by the two membranes, which hermetically seal the product interior from the atmosphere. It is available in valve sizes ranging from DN 40 up to DN 80 and OD 1.5" up to OD 3". The valve sizes DN 100 and OD 4” will be introduced within the next weeks. The valve seat can be executed as both soft and hard sealing – the latter with the popular TEFASEP® gold seal, which GEA recently introduced. In addition, D-tec® double-chamber valves can be equipped with one, two or three T.VIS® control tops of various designs. The GEA D-tec® D/DV considers all common industrial standards.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

UNITED CAPS to Attend ProPak Asia 2019 for Third Consecutive Year
 17.05.2019

UNITED CAPS to Attend ProPak Asia 2019 for Third Consecutive Year   (Company news)

International manufacturer of caps and closures also announces inauguration of new Malaysian plant to better serve Asian markets as part of its ‘Close to You’ strategy.

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported it is attending ProPak Asia for the third consecutive year. The show is scheduled for 12 to 15 June in Bangkok. UNITED CAPS will be located in the French Pavilion, Hall 103, Booth 22. The company is also celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019.

Photo: Smarter Closures - Holographic engraving integrated into a closure, forming an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment.

During the show, UNITED CAPS will offer briefings on its new manufacturing plant in Kulim, Malaysia, which will be fully operational in June 2019.

“At ProPak Asia 2019, we will be showing a number of products specific to the Asian market,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “We are also proud to announce the inauguration of our brand-new Malaysian plant as part of our CLOSE TO YOU strategy. The new plant, which is already operating ahead of its official launch in June, is key to continuing to improve our support of the Asian market. This proximity enables us to shorten delivery times and focus on products that are the most relevant to this important market region as demand for our products continues to grow.”

On Display
UNITED CAPS will exhibit a wide range of off-the-shelf and bespoke products at the show; including its Infant Nutrition, Agrochemical and SMARTER closure lines:
-Agrochemical Closures: Highly-secure, UN-approved closures are used in the packaging of liquid and powdered herbicides, insecticides, pesticides and fungicides. This includes a unique moulded and patented tamper evidence (TE) band that sets the standard in Europe and the U.S.; a dedicated selection of child-resistant closures that combine child resistance with TE; and standard caps that enable safe and efficient transportation when containers are stacked.
-Infant Nutrition Closures: As the market reference for snap caps and scoops for tins of infant milk powder for more than 70 years, UNITED CAPS continues to develop and improve its line of infant nutrition closures. This includes our popular PROTECSCOOP flip-top hinged closure whose innovative design allows one-handed preparation of infant feeding bottles. Its contamination-free foil-sealed chamber protects the included scoop until use, and an integrated hook keeps the scoop handy for further use.
-SMARTER Closures: With an estimated US$460 billion in counterfeit goods worldwide, counterfeit prevention has significant economic benefits, including protection of jobs and the prevention of deaths caused by counterfeit drugs. Two different anti-counterfeiting solutions will be on display at the show: QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that helps brands enhance consumer confidence; and holographic engraving integrated into a closure, forming an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment.

“We’re also developing several exciting new products.” added Henckes. “If visitors would like an opportunity to shape the next generation of closures for infant nutrition, and would like to take part in line trials, we want to talk to them! They will have the chance to be among the first to benefit from the latest innovations from UNITED CAPS”.

80 Years Young
Reaching our 80th anniversary is a significant milestone that UNITED CAPS will be celebrating throughout 2019. “Our long heritage in continued success in this business is a powerful endorsement of the level of knowledge and expertise we have been able to accumulate over the years,” Henckes remarked. “Our legacy is one of progress, but we are certainly not resting on our laurels. We are looking ahead to continued and significant innovation during our next 80 years with a platform designed to continue our growth and progression. We are excited for what comes next!”
(United Caps)

Aptar Food + Beverage Wins Three Marking Awards at FBIF in China
 16.05.2019

Aptar Food + Beverage Wins Three Marking Awards at FBIF in China  (Company news)

The Food & Beverage Innovation Forum (FBIF) recently announced the winners of the “Marking Awards” in China. Out of the over 500 different packaging designs from 200 different companies worldwide, three Aptar Food + Beverage solutions, BAP®, Flip Lid and Contender (photo), received awards for the category In-Market Functional Design.

A jury of 24 selected professionals from top international brands and design institutes selected the best solutions, based on the following criteria: Commerciality, Communication, Functionality, Originality, Foresight, and Design.

BAP® or Bonded Aluminum to Plastic, is an all-in-one foil-to-closure solution that provides many unique advantages to both marketers and consumers. It features an easy-to-open pull ring, and superior sealing performance, helping to deliver an enjoyable experience to consumers, and drive repeat purchase. Its innovative and versatile technology helps brands to stand out from competition and excite consumers.

FLIP LID is a uniquely simple, consumer friendly dispensing closure designed to promote post use recycling. Flip Lid remains united with the bottle through its lifecycle, making the closure more likely to be collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container. Consumers will also benefit from the patented, wide-opening hinged lid, and the audible “click” when reclosing.

Contender is a liner-less, flip-top sport cap designed for the hot fill bottling process. The closure’s innovative bi-injected sealing system delivers product protection, without the added foil liner.
This unique closure also features built-in tamper evidence, and provides increased shelf appeal for brand owners.
(AptarGroup Inc.)

Rockstar Energy adopts Ardagh Group's beverage end technologies for Rock am Ring promotion
 15.05.2019

Rockstar Energy adopts Ardagh Group's beverage end technologies for Rock am Ring promotion  (Company news)

Top energy drink brand Rockstar Energy is deploying several of Ardagh Group’s innovative beverage end features in a new and exciting range of promotional cans. As sponsors of summer rock music festival Rock am Ring, Rockstar is running a festival-branded ‘every beverage can wins’ promotion across its range of flavoured energy drinks. Seeking to maximise customer appeal at point of sale, the company has chosen to combine Ardagh’s Coloured Shell, Coloured Tab and Coded Tab technologies, resulting in a set of cutting-edge designs that truly stand out from the crowd.

The 500ml environmentally-friendly aluminium cans come in three bold designs, incorporating Rock am Ring artwork with the glamour of Rockstar’s iconic branding. One of the designs is further enhanced by Ardagh’s unique Matte Impact finish, giving the can a distinctive look and feel that invites the customer to select it from among the standard glossy cans on the shelf.

At the beverage end, Ardagh’s value-adding design options are employed to dramatic effect. A yellow tab set against a black shell is a dynamic and eye-catching combination that brings a hard-rock edge to the energy drink experience. These colour options highlight the bright tab against the dark shell, increasing customer awareness and excitement about the promotion.

It’s the tab that holds the key to Rockstar’s giveaway, so Ardagh’s Coded Tab technology is the central feature of the promotional design. A unique alphanumeric code is printed on the underside of every tab and is only revealed on opening the can, meaning that qualifying for a prize requires promotion participants to buy the product. As a result, sales are increased.

Not only does the design’s focus on the tab help to push sales by reminding consumers of the prize hidden beneath, customer loyalty is boosted by the fun and interactive moment of opening the can. As every can wins a prize – from pairs of sought-after Rock am Ring, Lollapalooza and Southside Festival tickets, to Rockstar merchandise and 2-for-1 leisure vouchers – the experience of buying and opening the product becomes associated with winning.

Rockstar Energy Brand Manager Nicole Matthias said, “We’re excited to be using Ardagh’s special technology to drive sales of our Rock am Ring promotional cans. The design aesthetics reinforce Rockstar’s powerful contemporary branding and give us an irresistible product at point of sale, while the ‘open-to-reveal’ prize-coded tabs bring a whole extra element of surprise and reward to the Rockstar Energy experience.”

Dirk Schwung, Sales Director of Ardagh Group’s European Metal Beverage division, said: “We are very pleased that Rockstar Energy is employing our custom packaging options to fantastic effect in their Rock am Ring promotion. Our visually attractive and interactive beverage end technologies will maximise customer engagement with the Rockstar Energy brand as they give away brilliant prizes, helping to drive strong cold beverage sales in the fast-approaching summer festival season.”
(Ardagh Metal Packaging Germany Weissenthurm)

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...
 14.05.2019

The beverage industry and the protection of the environment: reduce and ...  (Company news)

... recycle are the order of the day

Picture: KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable.

KHS tackles the challenges posed by sustainable packaging and already offers market-proven systems to this end

The global debate on packaging waste, the associated use of resources and increasing regulatory pressure have further intensified the call of the beverage industry for new, alternative packaging systems. Concerns not only focus on saving on resources in the production process but chiefly on the packaging itself. PET containers and plastic packaging are currently very much in focus. One priority is to reduce and recycle the same. KHS supplies dedicated systems to meet these criteria and has at its disposal a wealth of expertise with which it strongly assists its customers in their striving towards greater sustainability.

KHS has been a partner to the beverage industry for 150 years and knows what it wants. In this sector the subject of sustainability has long been an issue. On the one hand there are climate goals to be met – or specifically a steady reduction of the carbon footprint in beverage production to be achieved through the development and use of systems which increasingly save on energy and resources. On the other ever greater importance is being attached to devising innovative packaging machinery which is of benefit to beverage producers and consumers alike. The way to produce ever more sustainable primary and secondary packaging involves two major lines of approach: recycle and reduce. In the first, packaging material is to be kept in constant circulation where possible by it being reclaimed, processed and continuously reused. In the second, many different ways are to be found of using less and less packaging material in order to save on resources and avoid waste. KHS pursues both of these objectives and offers specific technologies to this end.

FreshSafe PET®: the only fully recyclable barrier system
One big step towards engineering a strong, efficient and thus sustainable circular economy is to improve the recyclability of PET bottles to such an extent that they are suitable for bottle-to-bottle recycling. Fruit juice bottles in particular often comprise multilayer, blended or scavenger materials which are designed to protect sensitive beverages from external influences such as oxygen pickup. The aforementioned additives contained in the preforms often prove a hindrance to pure-grade recycling, however, and thus to their use in full bottle-to-bottle recycling. With FreshSafe PET® – a patented plasma coating system – KHS provides the only accredited fully recyclable barrier system to date which significantly increases recycling quotas for PET beverage packaging with enhanced product protection the world over. This has been confirmed by a number of recycling associations such as the EPBP1 and APR2. In the above process the inside of the PET container is coated with a wafer-thin protective layer of silicon oxide (SiOx) or chemically pure glass. This technology replaces the additives otherwise required. It guards sensitive products such as fruit juice and nectar against the penetration of oxygen and other substances and clearly reduces any additional loss of CO2 from carbonated beverages. The taste is retained, the beverages have a longer shelf life and full recyclability is made possible by this process.

Growing demand for rPET container systems
Another way of further improving the ecobalance is to increase the amount of recyclate or rPET used in PET containers – in some cases up to 100%. KHS provides the technology for this option. For example, in cooperation with bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser, preform manufacturer Plastipack and Berlin startup share the systems supplier has developed and successfully launched to market a 0.5-liter and 1.0-liter PET bottle made completely of recyclate. “Manufacturing a PET bottle from 100% recycled PET is possible – yet the devil lies in the detail. We have to approach this from a number of different angles,” says Arne Wiese, product manager for Bottles & ShapesTM at KHS Corpoplast in Hamburg, Germany. “Chemically recycled PET yields qualities which exactly match those of virgin PET. There are no restrictions here.” Yet much of the rPET used on the market is PET cleaned in vacuum conditions. “Here, qualities vary depending on the method of production,” explains Wiese. However, the quality of the rPET affects the bottle stability and weight. This means that the poorer the quality of the recyclate, the more stable the bottle has to be. This can be achieved by either increasing the weight of the bottle or optimizing the preform. “If a bottle is so light that it just about satisfies the requirement for stability, then any recyclate of an inferior quality means that this specification is no longer met,” Wiese states. Furthermore, at present rPET is not available in the required quality and quantity. Germany may boast the largest percentage of recyclate used in bottle-to-bottle recycling (32.6%), yet the remainder of over 65% is primarily used in the film or textiles industry. In addition, suitable pure-grade recycling systems are also largely lacking the world over.

Full concept Bottles & Shapes™
The impact the use of recyclate in different quantities and qualities has on the stability and weight of the bottle is taken on board, however, in order to positively influence the ecobalance. On the basis of various design criteria and material properties the holistic Bottles & ShapesTM consultancy program offers line-compatible bottle systems and solutions which strike the right balance between cost and sustainability issues, marketing criteria and user handling. “This calls for a wealth of expertise which we can provide with our decades of experience,” confirms Wiese. Moreover, KHS stretch blow molders have been optimized so that they can process preforms which contain up to 100% recyclate and, alternatively, biopolymer constituents3 – in other words, from renewable raw materials. “The relevance of these materials will increase considerably in the future. Here, we’ve provided the technical means of generating an increase in added value right down the line while saving on resources – such as with the new InnoPET Blomax Series V generation of stretch blow molders,” Wiese continues.

Secondary packaging with a high savings potential
The KHS Competence Center for secondary packaging systems in Kleve, Germany, has long been working on alternatives to classic shrink film. Many of these require extensive testing on the machinery. “The greatest challenge for us is the processability of the packaging materials,” says Karl-Heinz Klumpe, packaging product manager at KHS. “Shrink film made of recycled plastic demonstrates very different shrinking properties versus film made of new material. As an engineering company we can’t provide all the answers ourselves but instead have to coordinate closely with film manufacturers.” KHS stages workshops with these partners in order to do just that, where the participants aim to find out how the percentage of recyclate in film – as stipulated by the new German Packaging Law, for example – can be increased further. Changes to the chemicals or recipe of the film and adaptation of the machine equipment are among the necessary measures which need to be taken here. “The basic proviso is that there’s a standard of quality which is accepted by the big bottlers’ marketing departments. With film made of 100% recyclate the shrink results aren’t yet satisfactory. We’re continuing to rapidly drive development together here to close the gap between growing recycling requirements on the one hand and the demand for packs of ever increasing quality on the other,” Klumpe emphasizes.

Unique Nature MultiPackTM system
With the development of the Nature MultiPack™ KHS already has a film-free pack in its portfolio which is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. This reduced form of secondary packaging even makes conventional shrink film on multipacks completely redundant. Here, PET bottles or cans are held together by nothing more than several strong dots of adhesive which are easy to remove. A self-adhesive carrying handle readies the pack for transportation. The dots of adhesive themselves do not impair the quality of the material to be recycled in any way whatsoever as they are easily removed during the recycling process. The Nature MultiPack™ was launched to market as a six pack of cans by the Carlsberg Group under the name of Snap Pack in 2018. Danone Waters first made successful use of this packaging system in 2016 when it launched its Prestige PET bottle for Evian. With it plastic waste is completely avoided as there is no more film packaging to be disposed of.

“The current debate on packaging waste has clearly further heightened our awareness for environmentally-friendly packaging systems,” says Klumpe. KHS now offers many different market-proven systems –particularly for PET containers and secondary packaging – which have been proved to specifically help its customers in their endeavor to be more sustainable. “We all take the public discussion seriously and are working directly with all those companies involved on further developments in an attempt to curb the pollution of our environment by plastic as much as we can with the help of our expert knowledge and expertise,” he adds. “In the end we’re all consumers and all of us bear clear responsibility for our own personal actions.”
(KHS GmbH)

SIG: Continued growth momentum
 13.05.2019

SIG: Continued growth momentum  (Company news)

First quarter 2019 highlights
-Core revenue up 5.4% at constant exchange rates; up 7.3% as reported
-Adjusted EBITDA slightly higher; adjusted EBITDA margin 23.6% (Q1 2018: 24.7%)
-Significant increase in adjusted net income to €29.1 million (Q1 2018: €4.0 million) reflecting lower financing costs post-IPO
-Full year guidance unchanged

In the first quarter of 2019, core revenue increased by 5.4% at constant currency, within the target range for the full year of 4 - 6%. Growth was driven in particular by Asia Pacific which, after a strong performance throughout 2018, continued to show good momentum for liquid dairy products across the region. Growth was also robust in the Americas, with business in Brazil benefiting from volume growth with key customers and from recent filler deployments. Sales in Europe increased reflecting new customer wins, more than offsetting a lower contribution from the Middle East joint venture within the EMEA region.

EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 0.6% to €85.9 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin was 23.6% (Q1 2018: 24.7%), reflecting the impact of a lower dividend from the Middle East joint venture. The adjusted EBITDA margin is generally below the full year average in the first quarter, which is typically the quarter with the lowest sales level.
EBITDA increased by 20.2% to €88.3 million. The increase was largely due to an unrealised gain on derivatives compared with a loss in Q1 2018.

Net income
Adjusted net income increased to €29.1million compared with €4.0 million in Q1 2018. The increase reflected an improvement in net income, which moved from a loss of €32.1 million in Q1 2018 to a profit of €4.7 million in Q1 2019. The improvement is a consequence of lower net finance expense following the reduction and re-financing of debt at the IPO.

Full year outlook
SIG continues to implement its growth strategy and its 2019 guidance of core revenue growth of 4 - 6% at constant currency and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 27 - 28% is unchanged.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)

Domino Printing Sciences appoints new CEO
 10.05.2019

Domino Printing Sciences appoints new CEO  (Company news)

After 22 years of success at technology manufacturer Domino Printing Sciences – including managing the sale of the FTSE250 company to Brother Industries in 2015 – CEO Nigel Bond, 61, has passed on the management baton following his retirement at the end of March 2019. Robert Pulford (photo), previously Managing Director of Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions Division, has been appointed by the company to take over the CEO role.

Under Bond’s leadership, industrial printer developer and manufacturer Domino won numerous Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Export and grew from a stock value of £75million to a £1billion business at the time of the sale to Brother. Presiding over 20 acquisitions, Bond also oversaw the integration into the Domino business of technology manufacturers such as Sator Laser and Citronix, and former distribution partners Domino Sweden and Domino MarqueTDI in Portugal. As part of the Brother deal, he also secured significant investment in Digital Printing and Coding & Marking products and services, supporting long-term growth targets and offering greater flexibility.

“I’ve had over 20 memorable years with Domino,” says Bond. “I am proud to have led such a committed and talented team that has driven innovation and produced ground-breaking and award-winning technologies.”

He continues, “I’m delighted that Robert will be taking over as Domino’s new CEO. Robert is a strong leader with a proven track record of success both within and outside Domino.”

With Domino for 23 years, Pulford has been part of Domino Group’s executive management team for 14 years and has led the company’s Digital Printing Solutions division for the last six years. He has been responsible for driving the growth of digital printing products into direct printing, label and packaging markets, as well as other broader industrial applications. Joining as a Service Manager, and later becoming General Manager within the UK Domestic business, Pulford’s other roles at Domino have included Group Product Management, Group Marketing and General Manager of Domino’s European businesses, as well as leading the New Product Development programme for Domino’s i-Tech products, and the integration of a number of acquisitions.

Speaking about his appointment, Pulford says: “I’m honoured to be taking up the position of CEO and look forward to carrying on Nigel’s legacy. My goal is to support the wider team to drive business growth in all areas and build on Domino’s reputation as a leading provider of coding and marking and digital printing equipment.”
(Domino UK Ltd)

Nestlé Waters joins Consortium to boost recyclability of PET plastic
 10.05.2019

Nestlé Waters joins Consortium to boost recyclability of PET plastic  (Company news)

Nestlé Waters is joining Carbios, L’Oreal, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe (SBFE) to bring enhanced recycling technology designed and developed by CARBIOS to market on an industrial scale.

CARBIOS has developed an innovative process that breaks down PET plastic waste into its original components, which can be used to produce high quality PET plastic, equivalent to virgin PET. This proprietary technology can pave the way for 100% recycled PET content in new products and offers the potential to recycle PET plastics repeatedly.

Massimo Casella, Head of R&D Nestlé Waters, adds, “We are pleased to be joining the Consortium in supporting the development of this new technology. It can help us to achieve Nestlé’s goal of increasing the amount of recycled plastic content in our bottles without compromising on quality and contribute to creating an environmentally sustainable world for the next generation.”
(Nestlé Schweiz AG)

Symrise Trading Update January - March 2019
 09.05.2019

Symrise Trading Update January - March 2019  (Company news)

Symrise posts strong growth of 9.3 % in the first quarter
• Group sales rise to € 848.8 million
• Organic growth, adjusted for exchange rate effects, of 8.2 %
• Company reaffirms 2019 guidance and long-term targets until the end of 2025

The Symrise Group remains on track for strong growth in the fiscal year 2019 with a high sales increase by 9.3 % to € 848.8 million (Q1 2018: € 776.9 million) in the first quarter. All segments benefited from good demand. Organic sales growth in the first quarter was up 8.2 %.

"We are off to a dynamic start into the year and consider ourselves very well positioned with our strong market presence," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. "Our targeted capacity expansion measures continue to pay off. This has been accompanied by consistently good demand from our customers. Once again, all segments achieved gains and contributed to the growth of the Group. Despite the cautious economic outlook, we are confident about the development of our business in the coming months. We have substantiated our full-year guidance and our long-term ambitions with the updated targets. Extending through to 2025, they call for an annual organic growth of 5–7 % (CAGR)."

Scent & Care with high sales growth in particular for Fragrances
The Scent & Care segment achieved a very good sales increase of 10.7 % to € 367.3 million (Q1 2018: € 331.8 million). Organic sales growth was 9.1 %.

The Fragrance division saw a significant increase in sales, driven primarily by the Fine Fragrances application area and the new area of Consumer Fragrances, which combines Beauty Care and Home Care applications. In both application areas, sales were up by double-digit percentages, resulting from a combination of strong demand and price increases. The Oral Care business unit achieved high single-digit organic growth, especially in the EAME region and in North America.

Sales growth was also very strong in the Cosmetic Ingredients division, above all in the North America and Asia/Pacific regions.

The Aroma Molecules division benefited from robust demand for fragrance ingredients and menthol, especially in the EAME and Asia/Pacific regions.

Flavor segment reports sales growth in all application areas
In the Flavor segment – the business activities with flavors for foods and beverages – sales increased by 8.3 % to € 315.6 million (Q1 2018: € 291.2 million). All application areas and regions had increases in sales volumes. Adjusted for exchange rate effects, organic growth amounted to 6.7 %.

In EAME, applications for beverages and savory products delivered the biggest increases, especially in the national markets of Germany, Russia, Ireland and the UK.

The Asia/Pacific region achieved with applications for beverages and savory products high single-digit or even double-digit percentage growth rates. The trends were especially pleasing in Indonesia, Thailand and India.

Sales growth in the Beverage business unit was particularly healthy in North America, mainly as a result of new business with global and regional customers.

Business in Latin America also showed dynamic growth, with double-digit percentage gains in all application areas. Demand for beverages was particularly strong in the national markets of Brazil and Mexico.

Nutrition shows dynamic trend in Pet Food and Probiotics
The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division with Food, Pet Food applications, as well as Probiotics, achieved a 7.9 % increase in sales to € 165.9 million (Q1 2018: € 153.8 million). In local currency the organic growth was even higher, at 8.8 %.

Demand for Food applications increased at a more moderate pace in the first quarter. The Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions achieved good growth in the national markets of Australia, Indonesia and Mexico.

The Pet Food business unit showed a highly dynamic trend in the first quarter, with double-digit organic growth driven by rising customer demand and price adjustments. North America in particular performed very well.

The application area Probiotics also posted double-digit growth, especially in EAME.

Looking ahead to current fiscal year with confidence
After a dynamic start to the year, Symrise confirms its targets for the current fiscal year. The group intends to significantly exceed the anticipated worldwide market growth rate for 2019, projected by experts to lie in the range of 3–4 %.

Under its updated long-term targets, Symrise aims to increase sales to around € 5.5 to 6.0 billion by the end of 2025. This increase is to be achieved through annual organic growth of 5–7 % (CAGR) and additional targeted acquisitions.

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

Five times SACMI: Chinaplas 2019 draws nearer
 08.05.2019

Five times SACMI: Chinaplas 2019 draws nearer  (Company news)

Major Asian fair to showcase SACMI’s very latest continuous compression moulding (CCM) technology, the global industry standard becoming ever-more popular on the Chinese market. Also on show will be the innovative SACMI CBF container manufacturing solution plus a wide range of systems for total quality control at every stage along the line

Five good reasons to visit the SACMI stand at the 33rd edition of Chinaplas, China's biggest international fair dedicated to food&beverage production technology (Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex, 21-24 May 2019).

The first reason: to get a close, first-hand look at continuous compression moulding by SACMI, the world's leading provider of manufacturing technology to the beverage industry. Existing and potential customers visiting the SACMI stand (156 m2, hall 4.1, booth C41) will, in fact, be able to admire a CCM 48 SD press, one of no less than 37 solutions recently supplied to Chinese package giant Hebei Red Hat Plastic Co., Ltd.

Completing SACMI's PET Closures&Containers range is the advanced IPS platform for manufacturing PET preforms and, downstream, a full range of filling, labelling and bottling solutions. Then there is CBF, the container-making solution that uses compression technology: ideal for the dairy and pharma industries, CBF combines the very best characteristics of alternative technologies. This is why – and the second good reason to meet with us at Chinaplas - SACMI stands out as the world's only competitor capable of providing solutions for each stage of the beverage production line.

Third: total quality control is the hallmark of the SACMI range, as all solutions incorporate camera inspection systems to maximise the performance of every single machine. More specifically, Chinaplas will see SACMI showcase the BVS (Bottle Vision System), part of a range of vision systems developed by the Group's Quality&Process Control Division. Technological solution able to simultaneously inspect the container with or without the external decoration (label).

Fourth: another key SACMI trait is its far-reaching international presence. In China, SACMI Shanghai, which works alongside manufacturing facility Foshan Nanhai, has provided the local market with close support for over twenty years. Thanks to these local branches, customers can count on comprehensive assistance before, during and after the sale. Additional guarantees stem from the fact that SACMI has been operating as a completemould maker since 1994 and has, to date, sold no less than 2200 original mould sets.

Fifth: following the establishment of the Customer Service Division, which works in close concert with the SACMI Global Network, we also provide cutting-edge remote assistance services to ensure customers always get the best from their investment in SACMI technology. For example, via SACMI S.P.A.C.E. (Sacmi Portal for Aftersales and Customer service Excellence), the Customer Service Division provides an advanced services package that - in addition to Daily Lifetime Support - can extend support throughout and even beyond the working life of the machine. Moreover, customers can count on training via e-Learning platforms and subsequent production management support through dedicated maintenance engineering services.

Visit our stand (hall 4.1, booth C41) at Chinaplas 2019.

Save the date! 21-24 May 2019, Guangzhou, China Import & Export Fair Complex.
(Sacmi Imola S.C.)

FrieslandCampina sells Creamy Creation to Wagram Equity Partners
 07.05.2019

FrieslandCampina sells Creamy Creation to Wagram Equity Partners  (Company news)

The Dutch investment company Wagram Equity Partners (Wagram) will become the new owner of cream liqueur manufacturer Creamy Creation in Rijkevoort (the Netherlands). This was agreed between the investment company and Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.

The transaction includes the production of cream liqueurs in Rijkevoort and sales office in Paramus (the United States of America). FrieslandCampina Ingredients wants to focus more on nutritional and functional solutions with its ingredients. It was also agreed between parties that Wagram will start producing canned cream for FrieslandCampina in Rijkevoort.

Since its establishment in 1979, Creamy Creation has developed itself into a successful player in the segment of alcoholic cream liqueurs. The company has 84 employees. Creamy Creation will continue to develop and sell distinguishing cream liqueurs.

Wagram Equity Partners is an independent investment company with a long-term perspective. Its business is making investments in private companies through controlling ownership positions. Wagram will focus on long-term growth of Creamy Creation.

The transaction is subject to the usual conditions, including the required regulatory approvals. We expect to complete the transaction in the last quarter of this year.
(Creamy Creation B.V.)

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