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Making climate change financially measurable

Making climate change financially measurable  (Company news)

Symrise one of 513 supporters around the globe of the climate change report
— Task Force demands more climate transparency in corporate reports

Symrise is one of the 513 companies all over the world that supports the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and is thus committed to protecting the global climate. The Task Force has dedicated itself to having companies disclose the financial impact of climate change on their companies in their annual reports. The committee has therefore developed recommendations for action. Symrise, a global manufacturer of fragrances and flavorings, advocates the goals of the initiative and already shares extensive climate data in its annual Corporate Report.

How can you make the impact of climate change on a company’s business activities more transparent? Having considered this question during the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the Financial Stability Board founded the TCFD. The criteria it developed were introduced for the first time on September 26, 2018, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and One Planet Summit in New York. The TCFD thanked Symrise, among other companies, for its commitment to protecting the global climate.

The idea behind the TCFD is to uncover the risks and opportunities of climate change and identify their impact on companies and financial markets. “It’s more important than ever that companies assume a leadership role. They need to gain a better understanding of risks and respond to them, as well as acknowledge the opportunities they provide. The goal is to develop a strong, resilient and sustainable global economy,” says Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Task Force Chairman. Their criteria regarding climate-related financial information comprise four topic areas. Companies share information about their governance, the effects on business activities and strategy, and opportunity and risk management, and they pursue their goals based on the key figures provided. The recommendations focus on the opportunities and risks resulting from the transition to a low-carbon economy. The TCFD also recommends explaining the potential effects of climate-related risks based on a variety of scenarios, such as global warming of 2°C.

In the 2018 status report presented, the Task Force assessed the reports of 1,800 companies, most of which already publish climate-related data that conforms with the TCFD recommendations. According to TCFD Chairman Bloomberg, the efforts thus far have paid off: “The more informed companies are about the risks they face, the faster and more effectively they can respond to them. We will gain more supporters and the global economy will become more resilient and invest more in projects designed to help reduce emissions and protect people from harm.”

About the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)
Founded by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the TCFD Task Force develops voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies. This information can then be incorporated into companies’ annual reports and thus made available to creditors, insurance companies, investors and other interest groups. The first status report was presented at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and One Planet Summit in New York on September 26, 2018.
(Symrise AG)

Sidel’s two complete PET lines help Almarai benefit from booming juice market ...

Sidel’s two complete PET lines help Almarai benefit from booming juice market ...  (Company news)

... in Saudi Arabia

Almarai, the leading producer of liquid dairy and juice products in the Middle East, recently approached the Sidel Group to increase its production capacities around orange juice distributed via cold chain. With high speed and reliability of the line coupled with great product quality among the top requirements from this customer, the global provider of equipment and services for the liquid packaging industry was the ideal partner for the job.

Since its founding in 1977, Almarai has grown via strategic investments, becoming the largest producer and distributor of food and drink in the Middle East with a market capitalisation exceeding $12.5 billion. The company’s main objective has always been the commitment to consumer satisfaction, maintained by the drive for constant innovation. In fact, Almarai’s production, marketing, and distribution structure enables the daily distribution of products to over 110,000 retail outlets across the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, plus Egypt and Jordan.

Bold consumer preference for juice drinks
When Almarai recently reached out to Sidel, they needed to increase the production capacity around the single-serve format of its orange juice (200ml) bottled in PET and handled under cold chain distribution. This opportunity was especially driven by the great consumer preference around it: part of a range offering twenty taste possibilities, as such perfectly reflecting the major trends impacting the beverage market in Saudi Arabia. There, the search for more healthy and natural formulations is expected to influence juice sales considerably.

With the leading position in the juice market, Almarai decided to install two new Sidel PET complete lines, each one handling 54,000 bottles per hour (bph), in the Al Kharj central processing plant (CPP).

State-of-the-art packaging solutions for top efficiency
For Almarai, quality is the founding principle, upholding the company’s commitment to achieving the highest standards on behalf of its consumers and hence its motto: ‘Quality you can trust’. With Sidel pioneering PET production for more than 35 years and leveraging a longstanding expertise as a complete line provider, they looked perfectly established to partner with Almarai in the quest for exceptional manufacturing and processing capabilities. The largest food manufacturer and distributor in the Middle East strives to operate to the highest standards of international best practice, starting from the processing step: the two new PET complete lines installed at the Al Kharj production site – the first ones Almarai awarded to Sidel – employ the processing equipment and capabilities of Tetra Pak Processing Systems (TPPS). This represents a further testament of a successful cooperation, benefitting from experience and learnings gained in nearly 100 joint complete line projects from around the world. The TPPS process equipment captures the natural taste of the product and ensures it is safe to drink.

Anurag Sharma, Sidel Sales Manager in Saudi Arabia, explains, “The key challenge was to find a solution able to ensure greater efficiency, so as to strengthen profitability and optimise Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). All of this without compromising top product quality, a must-have for Almarai considering the great sales performance of its orange juice. To address this within the two complete lines, Almarai opted for the Sidel Combi. Integrating blow moulding, filling and capping processes into a single system, the Combi reduces operating costs and uses up to 30% less floor space compared to traditional standalone equipment. Using fewer component machines, the solution offers up to 4% higher efficiency levels than standalone machines, on top of lower energy consumption and faster format changeovers. This results in a reduction of operating costs by up to 12%, saving labour, raw materials, and spare parts.”

The two Combis supplied to the Al Kharj site are equipped with a Sidel SF100 filler, ensuring optimum uptime and the highest productivity. Its ‘dual speed’ valve allows consistent performance and the best drink quality, especially when handling beverages with pulps. Additionally, both magnetic flowmeters and filling valves are equipped with plungers, leading to higher accuracy and more efficient filling and cleaning. In fact, the system allows for no clogging and an easier removal of pulp residual. For greater product safety and ease of operations, the tight enclosure with HEPA filter allows for top hygiene, while Cleaning In Place (CIP) requires no intervention from operators thanks to the automatic dummy bottles.

Sidel’s proven and versatile RollQUATTRO Evo labeller complements the Combi. Primarily using wrap-around Roll-Fed technology to apply either paper or plastic labels with hot glue, it delivers all the flexibility needed to match Almarai’s needs when processing lightweighted containers and extremely thin labels at very high speed.

A high performance end-of-line system for greater flexibility and pack quality
Benefitting from Sidel Group’s expertise as a full solution partner, Almarai went for Gebo Cermex’s solutions to optimise its end-of-line performance. Two shrink-wrapping systems have been installed to manage three different pack configurations: 6x4, 2x3 and 2x3 bottles as clusters. For additional flexibility at a very high speed (67,500 bph in overspeed), a shrink-wrapper is handling single squared bottles in mass flow, putting them in tray plus film, while the other one is managing both single bottles and cluster packs of bottles through special selection fingers with rollers identifying the clusters according to product grouping or batch. To ensure a consistent and reliable output for greater pack quality – a challenging objective considering the small diameter of the bottle – the machine has been suitably equipped with a 3D inspection camera, detecting missing containers in the tray before shrink-wrapping them. Moreover, the shrink-wrapper’s extractable injection table allows for easy maintenance and stable film handling.

To guarantee greater energy savings and up to 10% TCO reduction, the shrink-wrapping systems are combined with two Gebo Cermex EvoFlex® palletisers, offering unparalleled flexibility and efficiency even with high-speed applications. The only palletising system with a low-level infeed capable of running at up to 12 layers per minute, EvoFlex offers significant advantages in terms of ergonomics, energy consumption, and safety. The solution is equipped with AxoSmart, the layer preparation system designed by Gebo Cermex to meet the need for more eco-friendly packaging (lightweight bottles and less secondary packaging) and a wide product portfolio. With a modular design allowing for smooth adaptation to various line speed requirements, AxoSmart offers the possibility to handle a high number of pack types in the same cycle; all of that, without compromising on optimal stability and reliability.

Operational intelligence to support continuous improvement
The two PET complete lines installed at the Al Kharj plant are featuring Sidel Group’s EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool), a market-leading data acquisition and plant intelligence system. It automatically records 24/7 raw production data, calculates a wide array of KPIs to help measure performance, analyses production issues, detects efficiency loss sources, and performs root cause analyses. Currently installed in more than 70 countries, it is designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, reduce waste and costs, and increase the plant’s output as it gives employees at all levels of the organisation real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues. As an additional bonus feature, the EIT version leveraged by Almarai comes with the ECO module, monitoring and measuring energy and utilities consumption at equipment and line level. On top of providing energy cost per produced unit, the system establishes correlations between consumptions trends (including power, water, steam or compressed air) and line events or production phases for improving performance over time.

The two lines started to work in the last quarter of 2017, both beyond 98% of efficiency, with products available in the market as of the same period. Given the remote location where the Al Kharj plant is based, Almarai benefitted from Sidel’s fast reaction time and expertise, key for replacing spare parts and solving technical issues. Based on this positive experience, Almarai recently established monthly technical visits to properly control and monitor the line’s performance.
(Sidel International AG)

Feldmuehle files for insolvency under self-administration

Feldmuehle files for insolvency under self-administration  (Company news)

Feldmuehle GmbH, which in the spring of 2018, took over the business operations of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH through acquisition of all substantial assets, has been adversely and unforeseeably affected this current year by unexpected increased energy costs and procurement prices for raw materials. During the current year, management has implemented extensive measures to increase operating profitability. Despite these efforts, the latently rising variable costs could not be offset by implemented price increases, partly due to the company's lower-than-expected revenues in September and October 2018.

Considering these circumstances, the management has decided to carry out the necessary reorganization/restructuring of the company within the framework of insolvency proceedings under its own administration and, on November 19, 2018, filed for an application with the competent local court in Pinneberg to open insolvency proceedings under its own administration pursuant to Sections 270, 270 a para. 1 InsO (German Insolvency Act).

Following the management's application, the Pinneberg Local Court ordered the provisional self-administration on the same day. Dr. Dietmar Penzlin of Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin Insolvenzverwaltung Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Hamburg, was appointed as provisional administrator. The provisional administrator shall examine the economic situation and supervise the management. However, the company's management retains power of disposition.

Restructuring within the framework of self-administration gives the company's management the opportunity to undertake and respectively implement all necessary measures to improve profitability and thus to take measures towards the company's sustainable competitiveness.

At the same time, an application to the Pinneberg Local Court has been filed that future deliveries and ervices ordered by Feldmuehle GmbH shall be paid as mass liabilities. Business operations will be continued.
(Feldmuehle GmbH)





Picture: The environmental benefits of SIGNATURE PACK from SIG have been confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA) – the world’s first for a mass balance product. The carbon footprint of SIGNATURE PACK is – on average across Europe – 66% lower than the carbon footprint of a standard SIG 1-litre carton pack of the same format across its lifecycle, based on the Europe-wide LCA. Photo: SIG

The environmental benefits of SIGNATURE PACK from SIG have been confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA) – the world’s first for a mass balance product.

The SIGNATURE PACK from SIG is the world’s first aseptic carton pack linked to 100% plant-based renewable materials. The LCA showed significant reductions in environmental impacts across all 10 categories as a result of the substitution of fossil-based polymers with mass balance plant-based polymers made from tall oil (a by-product of paper manufacturing).

The carbon footprint of SIGNATURE PACK is – on average across Europe – 66% lower than the carbon footprint of a standard SIG 1-litre carton pack of the same format across its lifecycle, based on the Europe-wide LCA.

Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability & Affairs at SIG, said: “The environmental impacts of every product innovation at SIG are evaluated through Europe-wide LCAs that conform with the rigorous requirements of recognised ISO standards. The results for SIGNATURE PACK show that SIG’s innovative mass balance approach has significant environmental benefits.”

World’s first ISO-conformant LCA for a mass balance product
The polymers in SIGNATURE PACK are 100% linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system, whereby plant-based raw materials are mixed in with conventional fossil raw materials to produce the polymers. The amount of plant-based material included in the mix is equivalent to the amount needed for the polymers used in SIGNATURE PACK and the totals are balanced through recognised and audited certification schemes to ensure strict traceability and accountability.

The SIGNATURE PACK LCA is the first ISO-conformant LCA to take into account the inclusion of materials via a mass balance system. LCAs are traditionally based on the physical contents of a product and the environmental impacts associated with each stage of its production.

The independent, critically reviewed LCA of SIGNATURE PACK was conducted in accordance with recognised international standards, ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 by the Institut für Energie und Umweltforschung (IFEU/Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) in Germany.

IFEU agreed to conduct the LCA when it became clear how valuable SIG’s mass balance approach could be in making mainstream polymer production more sustainable.

Frank Wellenreuther, Project Manager at IFEU, commented: “The application of the mass balance approach in the production of polymers is an important driver to facilitate an increasing substitution of fossil resources by biogenic resources for the production of polymers. To model the examined products strictly on their physical properties would fail to acknowledge this function of the mass balance approach.”

Driving more sustainable plastics
SIG chose a mass balance approach because it supports a wider transition from fossil to bio-based raw materials within the conventional and highly efficient polymer industry, instead of using niche small scale producers with a limited number of plastic grades.

Felten said: “With the mass balance approach, SIG offers customers the environmental benefits of linking to 100% plant-based renewable materials, alongside the product quality and functionality which come from grades of polymer that are only available through mainstream production.”

The polymers are supplied by plastic producers, Sabic and BASF, using plant-based renewable material from European wood sources. Tall oil was selected as the feedstock because, as a by-product of paper production, it is a waste material rather than an agricultural crop that requires land and resources to grow.

IFEU’s Wellenreuther said: “The implementation of polymers based on tall oil via a mass balance system is recommended. The demand for mass balance polymers from SIG could act as a driver to achieve a more significant physical share of plant-based input materials for the production of polymers.”

The SIGNATURE PACK is a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations for more environmentally responsible products. It is one of the latest innovations from SIG as it strives to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions as part of its mission to go Way Beyond Good.
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


USA & UK: AB InBev's Goose Island Beer Co opens London brewery  (

AB InBev-owned Goose Island Beer Co has opened its first European brewpub in Shoreditch, east London, as the struggle to dominate the capital’s increasingly valuable ‘craft’ beer market heats up, Imbibe reported on November 8.

This is the second attempt by AB InBev to establish a beachhead for the brand in London after its Vintage Ale House in Balham closed earlier this year. The company also owns Camden Town Brewery.

The brewpub, on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street, had its soft opening last week. It has 12 keg and two cask beers on the bar, with includes four beers from other breweries. There is also a line using the Rack AeriAle system, which allows beers to be poured directly from the barrel.

The interior is not unlike a Brewdog bar, with exposed pipes and neon signage. Andrew Walton, who previously worked at Fourpure, has taken up the mantle of brewer and the 5hl brewkit sits behind glass at the back of the venue.

‘I know London has always held a special place in Goose Island’s history, and I can’t wait for us to make our mark on British beer culture,’ says Walton, who recently spent a month training with Goose Island in Chicago.

Symrise invests Euro 50 million in new site for natural food ingredients in Georgia, USA

Symrise invests Euro 50 million in new site for natural food ingredients in Georgia, USA  (Company news)

— Production facility emphasizes commitment to the US-American market
— Expansion of business with natural ingredients for the food industry
— Product innovations with an integrated, sustainable supply chain

The Symrise AG has opened a site for high-quality natural food ingredients in Banks County, near Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, on October 30, 2018. The Group invests Euro 50 million in the facility. It follows high technological and sustainable standards. The step reinforces the pioneering role of Symrise on the US market and emphasizes its aspiration to further expand within growth regions.

“This advantageous location in the USA’s well-developed agricultural South-East enables us to strategically grow on the market for natural and sustainable food ingredients. With the new site in Georgia we show that we consistently implement our investment program. For example, only a couple of weeks ago, also in the USA, we have opened a plant for cosmetic ingredients in Charleston, South Carolina. The expansion of our capacities is and continues to be an important growth factor. We are strengthening our competitiveness for the traditionally largest market in our industry. In addition, we are strategically developing our backwards integration focusing on agriculturally produced raw materials. By working closely with our farmers, we are ensuring high product quality and deliverability”, says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.

The plant will manufacture products for the business units Food Ingredients, Symrise Flavor and Pet Food. Symrise’s customers use these natural ingredients for example in culinary applications as well as in premium pet food. Symrise aims to continue its growth in the US market for natural food ingredients and wants to successively expand the site in Georgia until 2020.

Natural ingredients match consumers’ tastes all around the world

Natural and nutritionally valuable product solutions play worldwide an increasingly important role, as consumers pay more attention to a conscious diet. This applies to North American as well as global consumers and their desire for natural ingredients. Many food ingredient suppliers and farmers are located in Georgia. The state belongs to the dynamic growing economic regions in the country. Symrise therefore built the new plant for the production of natural food ingredients specifically in this environment on its 40-hectare site. The workforce currently comprises 50 employees and will be further increased to 100 employees with future expansion of the plant.

Numerous representatives from politics and business accepted the invitation of the CEO Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram. Together with the Symrise management team the participants gave the starting signal for the successful launch of the production.

Focused on the future
Symrise has many decades of experience in the manufacturing of natural products from a sustainable supply chain. High standards of product safety and quality assurance have been achieved during this time. With this comprehensive expertise, the company also efficiently and sustainably shapes the product flows of the new plant. The plant meets the latest technical standards of production of natural food ingredients.
(Symrise AG)


Australia: Lion to take over sales and marketing of Brooklyn Brewery beers in Australia  (

Lion will take over the marketing, sales and distribution of Brooklyn Brewery beers in Australia in a new agreement signed with the US brewer, Beer & Brewer reported on November 8.

In addition the new deal will also see Little Creatures Geelong brew Brooklyn Brewery Lager under licence, with the broader range of Brooklyn Brewery beers continuing to be imported for distribution.

Speaking about the agreement Lion’s General Manager Craft, Gordon Treanor, said: “Brooklyn Brewery is one of the world’s most iconic craft breweries and has played a fundamental role in the growth of craft beer in the United States and across the globe.

“We are excited to welcome Brooklyn Brewery into Lion’s craft portfolio. We see strong potential to grow Brooklyn Brewery Lager and their full range of fantastic, flavoursome beers.”

The venture will build on the success of Brooklyn Brewery’s partnership with Premium Beverages in Australia and Robin Ottaway, President of Brooklyn Brewery, said: “We are thrilled to begin working with Lion and take the next step in Brooklyn Brewery’s evolution in Australia.

“They’ve got an outstanding track record over the last two decades of building successful craft brands. We are also very appreciative of the work that Coopers has done in successfully establishing the Brooklyn brand in Australia.”

The new agreement will commence on 17 December 2018, and Brooklyn Brewery stock will be available for trade to order through Lion from that date. Brooklyn Brewery beers will be distributed through Malt Shovel.


UK: AB InBev relaunching Bass pale ale in the UK  (

AB InBev is relaunching Bass pale ale in a bid to “reignite the premium ale category”, the Drinks Retailing News reported on November 12.

The brewer said 35.5cl bottles of the 5.1% abv ale will be available through selected retailers and pubs from December.

Bass is described as “the world’s first pale ale”, and it was first brewed in 1777 by William Bass in Burton on Trent.

AB InBev is now looking to bring the historical brand back to the UK to invigorate the premium ale category. Bass has long been brewed in the UK but much of the volume has been exported internationally as a super-premium ale. It is particularly popular in Japan.

The beer is clear and coppery in colour with a creamy, off-white head. The pale ale is dry, with tasting notes of malt, caramel and light pine hops.

A spokesperson for the brewer said: “Bass is a pale ale pioneer and we can’t wait to reintroduce shoppers to this historic brand, whose name lives on as a hallmark of great-tasting beer. The pale ale category has many good players, but Bass is the only one who can say that it has been on board the Titanic, flew on the Concorde and embarked with Shackleton to the ends of the earth.”


UK: Heineken resumes brewing its flagship lager in the UK  (

Heineken has resumed brewing its flagship lager in the UK. The brewer said the decision was nothing to do with Brexit but had been planned for some time as part of its global commitment to more sustainable brewing, Inapub reported on November 15.

It is now brewing 60 per cent of UK volumes of Heineken in its Manchester brewery.

Back in 2003 Heineken took the decision to pull its 3.4 per cent ABV UK version of Heineken, which was brewed here, and sell only the higher strength version of the lager brewed in the Netherlands and imported.

A spokesperson for the brewery said: "In an exciting development, under the expert guidance of Heineken master brewers, we now have the expertise and specialist brewing equipment to brew some of our high quality, great tasting Heineken lager in the UK as we do in Zoeterwoude in The Netherlands.

"We began brewing small volumes in March this year, and now brew approximately 60 per cent of the UK volume. This supports our ongoing commitment to finding more sustainable brewing solutions, as globally we seek to 'Brew A Better World.' Importantly, the multi million pound investment in Manchester cements our commitment to the city – benefitting the community, and local and national economy.

"To be able to brew Heineken to the high quality standard needed, has required well over three years of meticulous planning."

Heineken already brews its Foster's and Kronenbourg 1664 beers at the Manchester brewery, in which it invested £50 mln back in 2015 to increase capacity and upgrade facilities.


Cyprus: Beer sales up 3.6% in January-October  (

Beer deliveries during January to October 2018 reached 37.10 million litres, recording an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to the same period of 2017, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service on November 13 shows.

The increase is mainly attributed to local consumption, which is in turn connected to the number of tourists visiting the island. Local consumption during the period was 36.14 million litres, recording an increase of 3.71 per cent on an annual basis.

On the contrary, beer exports for the same period recorded a small drop of 0.60 per cent compared to the previous year and fell to 0.96 million litres.

Total beer deliveries (local consumption and exports) in October 2018 reached 3.58 million litres, which constitutes a historic record high, an 18.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

Exports in October however recorded a great drop reaching only 55,606 litres of beer compared to 92,410 in October 2017 and recording a drop of 40 per cent.

July saw the highest beer deliveries in Cyprus, during which a total of 5.36 million litres were delivered. In 2017 June was the month with the highest beer deliveries reaching 5.46 million litres.


South Korea: Brewers concerned about stricter advertising regulations  (

South Korea’s brewers are expressing concerns over a government move to more strictly regulate alcohol advertising, company officials said on November 14.

The stricter rules are feared to adversely affect their bottom lines at a time when they're suffering from falling profits due to the growing popularity of imported beer, they said.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, liquor makers will be banned from showing celebrity endorsers drinking alcoholic beverages or making "ahh" sounds in their ads.

Starting from 2020 at the earliest, songs offering alcoholic beverages will be prohibited from ads as well.

Also, alcohol advertising will not be broadcast before and after TV programs for minors.

Digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) and internet protocol television (IPTV) operators will be subject to a regulation that bans alcohol advertising from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., as radio and television broadcasters currently are.

As for print ads, brewers and distillers will be unable to put their ads up at subways, sea ports and airports.

The stricter regulations are expected to deal a severe blow to domestic beer makers, which have tried to appeal to young consumers with ads that show K-pop idols and celebrities enjoying their products, amid the intensifying competition with beer importers.

For example, Hite Jinro hired Kang Daniel to promote the Hite Extra Cold beer to attract his fans worldwide.

In the company's TV commercial, the K-pop star drenched in sweat empties a glass of beer and makes an "ahh" sound, after beating drums enthusiastically.

Data compiled by Statistics Korea showed spending on alcohol advertising increased to 285.4 billion won ($252 million) in 2017 from 76.7 billion won in 2000.

"We have already faced various regulations regarding alcohol advertising, so we have aired a limited amount of ads to comply with the rules," said a liquor industry official, who declined to be named.

"The stricter regulations will weigh more on local breweries which have struggled to win in the competition with beer importers amid tax discrimination."

Another industry insider expressed concerns about possible difficulties in finding alternative ways to promote new products, although she added liquor makers will wait and see whether lawmakers really pass the revised bill within the next two years.

In Korea, attempts to regulate alcohol advertising have ended in failure in recent years.

When figure skater Kim Yuna appeared in a HiteJinro beer ad in July 2012, then lawmaker Lee Ailesa of Saenuri Party proposed a bill prohibiting celebrities under the age of 24 from advertising alcohol.

The controversial bill was also dubbed the "IU law," because the popular female singer-songwriter, who had an endorsement deal with Hite Jinro's Chamisul soju, could have been banned from ads for alcohol, if lawmakers had passed the bill.

Back then, lawmakers pointed out the bill was unconstitutional as it infringed on freedom of occupation.

100% recyclate: KHS and startup share develop unique PET bottle

100% recyclate: KHS and startup share develop unique PET bottle  (Company news)

-Bottle designed using Bottles & Shapes™
-Systems provider supports concept of sustainability
-Products filled into PET bottles made of 100% recyclate

Berlin startup share is the first beverage producer in Germany to sell its water in PET bottles made of 100% recyclate. With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the KHS group supported the company by helping to design and develop the bottle in a very short time indeed.

Photo: With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the KHS group supported share in the design and development of the bottle. (Picture source: share / Victor Strasse)

The plans are ambitious: in 2019 share wants to fill water into about a million bottles a month made entirely of recycled PET and thus save over 200 metric tons of plastic waste a year, according to the company. For several weeks now the product has been on sale at Germany’s supermarket chain REWE and drug store dm and has caused quite a stir in the media. “It took a long time for the original idea to be implemented,” says Iris Braun, head of Product and Social Projects at share. “Finalizing the technology and obtaining certification are both lengthy processes. Your partners are thus crucial.” Besides the two aforementioned retailers share’s other partners are bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser and preform manufacturer Plastipack, which is also the world’s biggest converter. KHS Corpoplast was also largely instrumental in the implementation of the project.

Experience from over 4,000 realized bottle designs
The German engineering company supported the startup in several ways, including in the development of the recyclate bottle design, states Marc Eysel, who is responsible for sales in Northern Europe at KHS Corpoplast. “We implemented the development very quickly and worked on a suitable design together,” he says. Thanks to its holistic Bottles & Shapes™ consultancy program the systems supplier was able to contribute to the share project experience drawn from over 4,000 designed bottles. “KHS developed the bottle very quickly for us which was enormously helpful,” says Braun. Eysel states that there were no unusual hurdles or challenges to be overcome through the use of 100% recyclate. “Manufacture is actually simpler as the material’s darker color makes the preforms easier to heat than PET bottles made of virgin material.” Besides providing advice on the bottle design KHS also helps with production. share’s still and carbonated water is bottled at the Allgäuer Alpenwasser bottling plant in Oberstaufen using KHS technology. The bottles are blown on an InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder, with no special adaptations to the system necessary, according to Eysel.

Following the market launch of the recyclate bottle, interest is now also growing among other beverage producers, emphasize Braun and Eysel. “A number of bottlers wishing to increase the amount of recycled PET they use have now contacted us,” claims Eysel. “The protection of the environment also plays an important role at KHS. We support this by providing resource-saving plant engineering and also by developing sustainable PET bottles.” share hopes that it has provided the right incentives for more sustainability, states Braun. “In the end it’s the consumer who decides.”
(KHS GmbH)

German Sustainability Award: Symrise reaches the finals

German Sustainability Award: Symrise reaches the finals   (Company news)

Holzminden-based company among the top three in contest for Germany’s Most Sustainable Large Corporation
• Jury recognizes comprehensive sustainability management and local investments

After receiving the award in 2012 and reaching the final round in 2016, global manufacturer of fragrances and flavorings Symrise has made it into the finals of the German Sustainability Award for the third time. As a pioneer in sustainability, the Group has developed high benchmarks in its industry, and these have been integrated into all decision-making and production processes. For years now, the company based in Holzminden has also been active in its growing regions across all continents and supported the local populations. Its comprehensive sustainability management has now been acknowledged in the final round of the category Germany’s Most Sustainable Large Corporation. The presentation ceremony will be held in Düsseldorf on December 7, 2018.

Symrise produces some 30,000 products from around 10,000 primarily natural raw materials. The company recognized early on that its business model requires the intact diversity of raw materials, while the demand for sustainably produced raw materials is on the rise. Pollution and extensive use of resources threaten the biodiversity in cultivation areas around the world, which is why Symrise utilizes its leading market position, is committed to sustainable protection of ecosystems and defines new standards along the way. The aim is to minimize the company’s environmental footprint while maximizing sustainability in terms of products and employees and along the supply chains.

Sustainability and Symrise – a success story
In this context, the jury is recognizing in particular the level of commitment along the supply chain as well as ongoing improvements in the company’s operations. For example, all suppliers are evaluated and selected based on strict internal and external standards. With the “green factory” concept, the Holzminden-based company places great value on climate-friendly construction methods when building new production sites, which includes using renewable energies and byproducts and promoting concepts such as upcycling.

The dedication of the Holzminden employees has long been successful and can also be expressed in numbers. Over the years, the company has significantly reduced its carbon emissions, hazardous waste and wastewater. More than 5,500 small-scale farming operations in the company’s cultivation areas have received training in sustainable cultivation methods. More than 33,000 small-scale farmers still benefit from these projects to this day, and Symrise’s commitment has demonstrably improved their socioeconomic conditions. Symrise also supports the future of small-scale farmers: Investments in teachers and the infrastructure of schools have improved the education situation for some 20,000 schoolchildren.

Symrise continues its commitment to sustainability
“Having reached the finalist round again is an outstanding confirmation of our sustainability-focused corporate philosophy,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “This success inspires us. We constantly pursue our sustainability goals, and we want to reduce our absolute carbon emissions by 18 percent by 2030, among other things,” adds Gliewe. Symrise would also like to guarantee one hundred percent traceability of its key raw materials as of 2020. As a result of the Paris Climate Agreement, Symrise is also involved in the Science Based Targets initiative. Participating companies want to limit global warming to a figure well below 2°C. Symrise is the first company in its industry to have had its climate strategy approved by the initiative committee.
(Symrise AG)

CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE 2018 confirms its character as leading trade fair in Asia

CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE 2018 confirms its character as leading trade fair in Asia  (CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE)

- Increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors
- CBB enhances its character as the leading trade fair in Asia
- The industry discusses the key issues of sustainability and digitalization

One of the major trends in Asia’s beverage and liquid food market is: “quality, not quantity.” As incomes rise, people prefer to consume better products instead of more products. At the same time, demand for production systems and machines remains high. As the leading trade fair for the industry, CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE (CBB) provided a far-reaching overview of the market with the exhibitors’ presentations and its comprehensive supporting program. The CBB showed what is driving the industry today and will drive it tomorrow. In the process, it underscored its position in Asia.

Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, is extremely satisfied with the results of CBB: “We are following up on the successes of the last event: We had a total of 869 exhibitors, an increase of nine percent. The trade fair used eight halls, including two that were used by 256 international exhibitors. That represents a growth rate of six percent. CBB is thus enhancing its importance as the leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food indus try in the Asia-Pacific region.” The chief executives of international market leaders praised the large number of visitors from such Asian countries as Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam who visited their stands. Hong Shen, General Manager at Zhongqing Heli International Exhibition Co., Ltd., organizer of CBB, highlights the event’s added value: “CBB is the only trade fair in Asia that showcases the entire process chain for all areas of the beverage and liquid food industry and presents new generations of machines. This was also acknowledged by the approximately 56,000 participants in the eight fully booked halls.”

Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, believes CBB is crucial for international companies to successfully gain a foothold in the Chinese market. “Closeness to customers is vital for developing and implementing tailored solutions, as well as for providing ideal after-sales service. CHINA BREW CHINA BEVERAGE is the most important trade fair – not only in China, but for Southeast Asia as a whole,” is Clemens’ assessment.

CBB Forum with the key issues of sustainability and digitalization
The beverage industry is undergoing a shake-up in the wake of digitalization. The CBB Forum’s program included a presentation by Professor Sylvain Charlebois from Dalhousie University, Halifax, on how blockchain technologies “can help many companies protect their brand equity.” Use of the technology in the beverage industry is still at the beginning, but he recommends “companies should see that as an opportunity and address the issue early on.” In the view of the VDMA, Chinese consumers in particular are very open to digital solutions. That also harbors potential for companies from the beverage industry. That is because “customized premium products that can be configured and ordered online have far greater growth potential than in Europe,” says Clemens.

The industry also discussed the issue of sustainability intensively. For example, Professor William Chen, from the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the NTU Food Science & Technology Program at Nanyang Technological University, believes that sustainable beer brewing offers advantages for companies and consumers alike: “Sustainable brewing processes and upcycling of waste and by-products, such as to make biodegradable packaging, deliver enormous benefit for the industry. At the end of the day, that might also be reflected in lower product prices for consumers,” states the scientist.

Visitors and exhibitors were inspired by the CBB Forum and the wealth of information. CBB plays a major role in helping information be shared within the industry and enables an extensive overview of the beverage and liquid food market.

Successful premiere for the Round Table Talks
Apart from sustainability and digitalization, the future of the PET segment was also a hotly debated topic. The newly introduced Round Table Talks gave visitors the chance to learn more about this and other issues in the beer and beverage market. What are key concerns in the industry now and in the future? Industry experts from companies such as AB InBev, Snow, Suntyech Process Engineering, Tsingtao and Voss (Hubei) Water & Beverage provided insights. The other items on the agenda, such as the International Beer Smart Factory & Brewing Technology Forum or the Exhibitor Technology Seminar, were also very popular among visitors.

CBB in figures
More than 56,000 participants came to Shanghai to attend CBB - an increase of six percent over the last trade fair (2016: 53,183). A total of 869 exhibitors showcased their products and innovations. This represents an increase of nine percent compared with 2016. The exhibitors occupied a gross exhibition area of 92,000 square meters. The next CBB will be held in October 20 20 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC).
(Messe München)

Smart steam boiler technology from Bosch - Digitisation and networking in a traditional brewery

Smart steam boiler technology from Bosch - Digitisation and networking in a traditional brewery  (Company news)

Heiko Doppler, a Bosch customer service engineer, and Thomas Steffes, Project Leader at Kramer & Best, have recently handed over a new steam boiler system to André Ködel, master brewer of Park & Bellheimer's brewery in Pirmasens, south-west Germany. Park & Bellheimer expects to save around €80,000 a year in energy costs by installing this upgrade. Furthermore, the brewery in Rhineland-Palatinate is employing an Industry 4.0 solution in the form of MEC Optimize, meaning that in future it will benefit from digitised data collection, intelligent analysis and maximum energy transparency.

MEC Optimize from Bosch is a digital efficiency assistant that helps boiler attendants and operators to locate potential energy losses quickly and suggests concrete measures to address them. The efficiency assistant even detects critical situations immediately and analyses the state of components based on the operating mode. The reliable prognoses enable Ködel, who is also Head of Operations at the Pirmasens plant, to schedule maintenance timely according to the brewery's capacity. Leading-edge predictive maintenance is consequently being brought into a traditional brewery while making its workers, machines and processes more efficient.

The data for MEC Optimize is collected and saved locally by an industrial computer built into the control cabinet. Bosch offers two different systems for transferring and visualising data, which make use either of standardised interfaces to a process control system or of a PC/tablet via WLAN. At the brewery in Pirmasens, authorised persons can view the statistics and analyses via the central control station, gleaning all the important information about the system's energy consumption, load profile and performance, and digitally entering the results of the boiler tests at the same time. Being networked with the secure Bosch MEC Remote monitoring system enables data to be called up from any location, including outside of the brewery. A further advantage of remote access is that, if requested by the operator, Bosch experts can assist with troubleshooting, parametrisation and programming – cost effectively and without having to travel to the site. "Uninterruptible yet economical process heating is absolutely essential to running our brewery," says Ködel. The networked solutions from Bosch will help to make response times faster and make work more productive overall.

The new Bosch boiler system supplies the brewing house with steam for processes such as mashing and boiling – up to five tonnes of steam per hour are available. Components for heat recovery, a modulating natural gas burner, speed-controlled fans and various items of automation equipment help to provide the steam in a flexible and energy-saving way. The new system was planned and installed by Kramer & Best Anlagenbau GmbH in collaboration with Bosch Industriekessel GmbH.
(Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)

BrauBeviale 2018: International beverage industry meets in Nuremberg

BrauBeviale 2018: International beverage industry meets in Nuremberg  (BrauBeviale 2018)

-Moderate growth: one hall added
-Even more international exhibitors
-Future viability of the beverage industry a key topic

From 13 to 15 November, the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg will be focusing on all things beverage manufacturing. Following the scheduled year off, 1,095 exhibitors will show their new products at the world’s most important capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry this year. The expected 38,000 trade visitors will find out about raw materials, technology, components, packaging, and marketing. Key topic: the future viability of the beverage industry.

BrauBeviale has become even more international: 582 exhibitors – an increase of 53 percent (2016: 48 percent) – will arrive from 46 countries, primarily Italy, the Czech Republic, China, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. The 513 companies from Germany won’t have far to travel. Ten German start-ups will also be showing their product ideas to people from the industry for the first time at the subsidised pavilions stands for young, innovative companies in Halls 1 and 6.

BrauBeviale 2016 was completely sold out, so Hall 8 has been added to this year’s mix, bringing the total to nine halls. Visitor flow has been restructured as a result. “We have now grouped the exhibitors around the exhibition centre park in a way that reflects their position in the beverage production process chain,” explains Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibition. “That will keep BrauBeviale just as compact and manageable as people have always found it to be.”

Exhibitors expect trade visitors from technical and business management in the beverage industry – meaning they will come from breweries, malting plants, companies that produce or bottle water, soft drinks, juices, and spirits, wine and sparkling wine cellars, and dairies, as well as marketing, the trade, and catering. They travelled to the last exhibition in 2016 from 127 countries: in addition to Germany, primarily Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Future viability of the beverage industry
The beverage industry faces major challenges, which will affect small and medium sized companies as well as global players. Among the buzzwords are automation, digitalisation, changing consumer behaviour, and corporate management. BrauBeviale, the central platform for the industry, is of course addressing these questions: how should beverage manufacturers lay the groundwork to ensure they will still be able to operate successfully on the market in the future? BrauBeviale’s new magazine WissensDurst offers skilled support and entrepreneurial inspiration. It aims to encourage, fascinate, and support readers using unusual examples.

Supporting programme: stimulate and inspire
Inspiration is also a key word for BrauBeviale’s comprehensive supporting programme. There will be three continuing educational events at the exhibition venue the day before the exhibition starts: the Export Forum German Beverages offers support for all issues related to export as a strategic business area for German beverage manufacturers. This is the sixth time the European MicroBrew Symposium, intended for international craft brewers and brewpub operators, will be held by VLB (Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei), the Berlin-based teaching and training institute for brewing. The Heirloom & Terroir Barley and Malt Symposium by RMI Analytics promises to cover historic malting barley, and will also include the Heirloom Brewing Award.

The BrauBeviale Forum in Hall 1 offers the proven mix of talks, presentations, podium discussions, and award ceremonies for those who want to listen in as well as those who prefer to participate in discussions. Topics range from marketing and communication to technical issues related to beverage manufacturing, containers, and logistics, all the way to beverage innovations and the subject of recruiting. Prize-giving ceremonies such as the “Hop-Champion” and World Beverage Innovation Awards round out the programme. The Forum also includes the opening ceremony on the first day of the exhibition with a keynote speech by the food trend researcher Hanni Rützler and awarding of the Bavarian Beer Award. Also on the first day, attendees are welcome to watch the live finals of the German beer sommelier championship at 16:00.

The European Beer Star is traditionally awarded at BrauBeviale. It is one of the most important beer competitions in the world, and participation has surpassed previous records, with 2,344 beers from 51 countries on every continent vying for this year’s prize. It was created by the association Private Brauereien, the honorary sponsor of the exhibition, as well as the German and European umbrella associations. Visitors to the exhibition also have a voice: in the NCC Mitte entrance area, on the first day of the exhibition they are invited to choose their favourite beer from among the gold medal winners, to be designated the Consumers‘ Favourite 2018 in Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

A highlight for those seeking the variety and enjoyment of specialty beverages is the Craft Drinks Area in Hall 9 with its eight bars where visitors can participate in independent guided tastings of specialty drinks. They include beer specialities, alcohol-free and reduced-alcohol beers, craft spirits, water, and alcohol-free specialty drinks, as well as the effect of the glass on sensory experience. Visitors can sample “Twin Peaks,” the beer that won the hobby brewing competition of Maisel & Friends and BrauBeviale, at one of the bars every day between 15:00 and 15:30.

Small breweries, microbreweries, home brewers, and hobby brewers will find detailed information about equipment and ingredients, as well as skilled contacts, in Hall 9 at the Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment and brau@home themed pavilions. Brewing is done daily on different equipment in the area for demonstration brewing, with discussions about the differences between the various systems. Technical input is also provided during power presentations at the Speakers’ Corner. Subjects include tips and tricks related to raw materials (water, yeast, hops, etc.), hygiene, dispensing systems, and legal issues.
Other special shows and themed pavilions are devoted to “Sustainable water management in the beverage industry” (Hall 6), “Innovative drinks packaging,” including the winners of the World Packaging Award (Hall 4A) and “PET Recycling” (Hall 4A).

Thursday will come under the banner of “Generation Future”. That’s the day the BrauBeviale Forum will turn to questions and answers related to recruiting and promoting new talent. Many exhibitors plan to have the heads of their HR departments available at their stands on Thursday to serve as contacts for potential applicants.

To keep body and soul together, people also need regular meals along with their drinks. That makes it a natural to hold the SFC Street Food Convention at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg on 14 and 15 November, at the same time as BrauBeviale. This is the fourth time that players and people interested in street food, food trucks, mobile catering, and the visionary food culture will gather. Visitors to BrauBeviale will have free access to the accompanying sponsor exhibits and to the food trucks in the exhibition park.

Beviale Family: international skills in the beverage industry
From Nuremberg to the world: the international beverage industry will be meeting at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg for these few days. But at the same time the product family of the beverage industry, the Beviale Family, is also extremely active internationally. “Two years after the family was established, the results are already positive,” says Andrea Kalrait, Director Exhibition BrauBeviale and International Product Manager for Beviale Family. “Our family is growing and thriving. We are active with different event formats tailored to the target market and cooperative marketing ventures in many countries: Russia, Italy, China, India, Brazil, the UK, and Southeast Asia.” Further additions to the family are planned. Beviale Family will be on display at its own stand at the NCC Mitte entrance.

Global beverage consumption constantly growing
Worldwide consumption of packaged beverages totalled 979 billion litres in 2017, 23 billion litres more than in 2016. Experts predict that consumption will continue to increase, with estimates calling for 3 percent average annual growth up to 2022. The regions Middle East/Africa (35 percent) and Asia/Pacific with China and Japan (roughly 23 percent) are most responsible for the global increase. Experts in Europe calculated 5 percent for Western Europe and as much as 9 percent for Eastern Europe. The ratio of alcohol-free drinks to beverages containing alcohol was about 70 to 30 percent worldwide in 2017 (Euromonitor International 2018).

The consumption of beverages (including coffee, tea, and milk) in Germany declined somewhat in 2017, with every German drinking 750 litres on average, 10 litres less than in the previous year. A detailed analysis of that 10 litres shows that it is roughly made up of 3 litres of beer, 4 litres of soft drinks, 1 litre of fruit juice, and smaller amounts of wine, water, tea, and milk. Total consumption of drinks containing alcohol decreased from 134.3 litres in 2016 to 131.0 litres in 2017, with Germans also drinking 303.0 litres of alcohol-free drinks per capita in 2016 but only 297.7 litres in 2017 (beverage industry associations).

Beverage technology – greater efficiency thanks to digitalisation
German beverage technology still occupies the leading position on the world market thanks to innovative machine designs, custom services, and comprehensive information technology. Digitalisation allows remote service concepts using remote diagnosis, as well as a seamless flow of information throughout all parts of a beverage operation. Basic, quick, or preventive interventions ensure greater efficiency, including for environmentally relevant consumption.

VDMA, the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, estimates that German manufacturers supply about one-third of world exports of beverage packaging machines and about half of all exports of brewery machines. For statistical purposes, beverage technology is allocated to VDMA. The approximately 600 enterprises in this sector were responsible for production volume of at least €14 billion in 2017 (2016: €13.4 billion), two-thirds of which was for packaging machines. Based on the available data through late July 2018, an uptick of 3 to 4 percent in the production volume is anticipated this year.

The export market for food processing and packaging machines is estimated to be about €41 billion worldwide, of which Germany accounts for the largest share of the export value: 21 percent or €8.5 billion. The U.S. and China are major customers, followed by the large countries of the European Union. This market benefits from the megatrends population growth, urbanisation, and a growing middle class, particularly in Asia.
(Nürnbergmesse Messe GmbH)




As part of its expanding Digital Service portfolio for customers, SIG has launched Remote Services, offering food and beverage manufacturers a smarter way to service their filling machines and to generate more filling line uptime.

Remote Services from SIG is a new digital service that can instantly connect a customer or service engineer to an SIG service expert from anywhere in the world. By using video-enabled smart glasses, SIG can provide a secure live-feed to an SIG expert who can guide users through solving any fault or issue.

SIG developed Remote Services in response to new customer challenges and demands. With the food and beverage industry facing higher competitive pressures, operational complexity and shorter production cycles, manufacturers can no longer afford long waiting times for support and the risk of downtime.

Remote Services ensures SIG’s customers receive fast response times, an improved first-time fix rate, more data insights and analysis, and ultimately more filling line uptime. In addition, Remote Services can help reduce costly travel times, expenses and CO2 emissions.

“Many companies develop digital solutions just to have them in their portfolio,” said Dr. Christian Grefrath, SIG’s Global Service Product Manager and Project Lead for Remote Services. “But we listened to our customers and matched their needs with new possibilities arising from digitalisation. Now we have a new solution that fosters our customers’ success by bringing our expertise much faster to the place where it’s needed. We will continuously build up our Digital Service portfolio while always having our customers’ demands in mind.”

Remote Services is part of SIG’s value-adding Smart Factory platform – a commitment to deliver smarter filling line solutions and technical services that help transform customer filling plants into intelligent and connected factories.

As part of the Remote Services solution, SIG smart glasses provide a live-feed from the customer plant to an SIG Remote Services expert. This remote service creates a secure data connection and enables the SIG expert to see exactly what the onsite customer or service engineer sees. The Remote Services expert can then send detailed instructions or technical drawings and guide them through resolving the issue. At the same time, the Remote Services expert can identify any parts that need replacing and order them for fast delivery and repair.

“We tested Remote Services together with one of our customers and could instantly help them more quickly and effectively when they had a technical issue,” said Ferdinand Schneller, Head of Technical Service for SIG in North America. “We are very confident that Remote Services by SIG is a solution our customers are looking for.”
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Gebo Cermex Wins Innovative Robotics Solution Category at PPMA Industry Awards

Gebo Cermex Wins Innovative Robotics Solution Category at PPMA Industry Awards   (Company news)

A world leader in line engineering and material handling solutions, Gebo Cermex was announced as the winner of the highly coveted Best Innovative Robotics Solution Award for its CoboAccess™_Pal at the PPMA Industry Awards 2018 on September 25th.

The award was open to robot or automation manufacturers, systems integrators, manufacturers or end users who have engineered or adopted an innovative robotics solution that has led to a significant productivity improvement and/or a cost reduction. In the category of Best Innovative Robotics Solution, judges especially acknowledged creative solutions, the smart use of robotics and software to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety.

Marc Daniel, VP Global Sales Equipment and Services Gebo Cermex, comments, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for our CoboAccess_Pal. This robust cobotic palletiser – particularly suited for low-speed applications – underlines our company’s commitment to help producers embrace Industry 4.0 opportunities. Moreover, CoboAccess_Pal embeds Gebo Cermex’s high safety and industrial standards: this ultra-compact, fenceless palletising cell is designed to perfectly match the needs of very demanding production environments, where reliability is absolute key. It is worth noticing that the extreme safety of our CoboAccess_Pal has also been objectively certified , in addition to the equipment’s full compliance with European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.”

Gebo Cermex is an expert in palletising/depalletising solutions with more than 5,000 machines installed around the world and more than ten years of experience in driving the implementation of collaborative robotics in end-of-line solutions.

The PPMA is the UK’s trade association for suppliers of processing and packaging machinery to the UK market and represents over 500 member and associate companies. Its principle objective is to promote sales of machinery, both at home and abroad, through various projects and services of mutual benefit to both members and their customers by providing free technical and machinery information and advice.
(Gebo Cermex)

UNITED CAPS Seeks to Build New Manufacturing Plant in Alençon to Further Its 'Close to You' Strategy

UNITED CAPS Seeks to Build New Manufacturing Plant in Alençon to Further Its 'Close to You' Strategy  (Company news)

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, will build a new plant in Normandy, France, in addition to the eight existing plants in Europe and the two future extensions in Malaysia and in the UK.

Photo: Messia was the first French plant in UNITED CAPS history… Now, an additional one is needed to answer to the growing demands from the market!

UNITED CAPS announced that it is seeking to construct a new manufacturing plant in the Valframbert Business Park of Alençon, France, as part of the company’s ‘Close to You’ strategy. UNITED CAPS is currently working with the Communauté Urbaine d’Alençon (CUA - Urban Community of Alençon) and with Orne Développement (a service of the Orne Department Council) to negotiate the purchase of 25,000 square meters of land upon which a purpose-built factory will be constructed, with a first construction phase of 4,000 square meters. This project represents an investment of €12 million and is expected to employ 15 staff in two years.

“The Valframbert Business Park is an ideal location for us,” says Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “With our ‘Close to You’ strategy, we seek to place our factories as close to our customers as possible, as shown by the two new factories that will open next year, in Malaysia and the UK. We are especially interested in building a factory in Alençon because of its proximity to customers, who will have access to our full portfolio of solutions, and will also benefit from the proximity to our R&D centre in Messia (Jura, France) if customization or bespoke development is required. We also like the fact that the Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d’Alençon (ISPA - Institute of Plastics and Composites) is located nearby, ensuring a source of highly skilled staff.”

The decision of UNITED CAPS was really appreciated by the Communauté Urbaine d’Alençon, Orne Développement, and the Agence de Développement pour la Normandie (the Regional Agency for Economic Development in Normandy), as this exciting project will bring new jobs to the area, as well as provide career opportunities for Institut Supérieur de Plasturgie d’Alençon (ISPA - Institute of Plastics and Composites) graduates.
(United Caps)

PET BOTTLE MARKET: Claranor & Löhrke pulse with the PET industry for ...

PET BOTTLE MARKET: Claranor & Löhrke pulse with the PET industry for ...  (Company news)

... a cleaner future, at Brau Beviale!

Claranor brought Pulsed light technology to PET production lines 10 years ago, as a cutting-edge sterilization process. At Brau Beviale, Claranor will present 2 business cases illustrating the advantages of Pulsed Light in terms of Efficiency and Savings.

Why Pulsed light is even more obvious than ever on the PET market?
PET is nowadays, among all others packaging materials, largely used. While manufacturers appreciate its flexibility and physical properties, consumers adopt it for its overall convenience. The PET development has been made possible thanks to improvements on the production lines, especially: fully automatic process with inline bottle blowing, filling, and capping. The sterilization is one major step of this process, ensuring protection of the product and of the brand. From wet to dry, chemical sterilization has been the reference until now. However, because of sustainability and economic performance, beverage producers are looking for new solutions of inline decontamination. Pulsed Light Technology has been attracting more and more producers.

Why Claranor Pulsed light is adopted by famous manufacturers?
Claranor is well-known for its Cap sterilization solutions suitable even for high speed filling lines (up to 100 000 bph): Instant treatment, compact, the solution designed by Claranor is easy to integrate on existing or new lines, and offers a decontamination performance matching with beverage manufacturers requirements. These advantages have introduced new standards in the non-chemical sterilization and have established Claranor cap sterilization as an efficient alternative to what only chemical disinfection was offering until now. With >300 units operating worldwide, Claranor solutions are adopted by the largest producers and integrated by major OEM.

How Claranor Pulsed light can generate savings on existing or new lines?
Integrating Claranor Pulsed Light is not only a way of implementing sustainable industrial practices, it is also a way to realize savings. During Brau Beviale, Claranor & Löhrke will present a full business case issued in collaboration with VILSA Brunnen (Germany), including a whole amortization table. Vilsa Brunnen have replaced in the last years 5 PAA cap treatment units used on sensitive filling lines by Pulsed Light. Claranor equipments are adapted for new lines, and to replace existing chemical inline sterilization equipment too. ROI is achieved within 3 years. This information has been presented in preview at the last Fresenius conference by Dirk-C. Leyer, Sales Manager at Löhrke Claranor exclusive distributor in Germany and Austria. “The first intention for Vilsa to adopt Pulsed light Sterilization was to avoid drawbacks of the Pulsed light: sustainable AND profitable PAA sterilization and to protect their natural water source. But the reason why they integrate the Claranor Pulsed light decontamination solution on 5 PET lines is economic.”

Why Claranor is offering outstanding sterilization solution?
Closure manufacturers have adapted the design of their products to sterilization processes since a long time. For example, the shape of thread and plug-seal were designed to avoid retention of drops of sterilant. Claranor has established discussions with closures manufacturers to convince them to adapt their design to the constraints and advantages of pulsed light sterilization. Having its own microbiological laboratory and microbiology team, Claranor performs permanently tests on packaging material. This enables to check improvements performed in the cap design to integrate in it the advantages of a chemical free sterilization. The collaboration with Aptar started in 2010 with the “Original”. One of the last dispensing solutions designed by Aptar is the Uno 38 mm. The translucent version of this sport closure allows a whole decontamination with pulsed light: inside, outside, even under the cover. It makes it suitable for ESL >60 days, adapted to Class IV VDMA.

Claranor at Brau Beviale, 13th to 15th November: booth 4.311
Claranor designs chemical free solutions for chemical free high-speed filling lines. On a common booth with Löhrke, visitors will see Cap and Preform decontamination units. To offer a whole chemical free sterilization of the packaging Claranor has designed a preform sterilizer. The microbiological results achieved on neck and body of preforms offer an effective solution suitable for Ultra clean and ESL lines: preserved or low carbonated soft drinks, beer-mix beverages, chilled juices and milkbased drinks…

Also, on display:
- Claranor Essential, a cost attractive Cap sterilizer bringing the power of Pulsed light to lower speed lines (<16 000 bph).
- Claranor Puls’Full Cap, an equipment dedicated to ESL > 60 days. Designed to allow the instantaneous treatment of both sides of the closure, it prevents any cross-contamination issues. This option matches perfectly the need of upgrading the level of hygiene on the filling lines to innovate with more sensitive products (without preservative, with natural ingredient).

Carlsberg chose the global ink manufacturer hubergroup as main supplier for their beer labels

Carlsberg chose the global ink manufacturer hubergroup as main supplier for their beer labels  (Company news)

The global demand for greener products is growing year by year. Brand owners are responding by increased efforts to optimise not only their products, but also the sustainability of related packaging and other print material. For this reason, the market leading ink manufacturer hubergroup was by mid-2017 the first manufacturer to launch globally a wide range of Cradle to Cradle certified™ ink series and coatings for sustainable offset and gravure print products.

Photo: Launching Carlsbergs ‘Greener Green’ campaign: Douglas Mulhall (EPEA, Cradle to Cradle), Mark Töpfer (Töpfer Kulmbach GmbH), Julian Marsili (Carlsberg Breweries A/S), Jörgen Rietveld (hubergroup Deutschland GmbH).

As part of Carlsberg’s ambitious sustainability programme “TogetherTowardsZERO”, the company is making its products more sustainable and ensuring that consumers can live more sustainable lives. To that end, Carlsberg looked at the entire value chain to improve every part of its packaging, and that also included the ink for their beer labels. To help with that, the company chose hubergroup as the main ink supplier for their beer labels in selected markets.

During an exclusive event held in Copenhagen in September, Carlsberg revealed a series of exciting innovations developed in partnership with hubergroup, and at the same time highlighted hubergroup for its great commitment to roll out better and more environmentally friendly inks in front of the gathered trade press: “Printing inks have major impacts on the recyclability of packaging because they are often recycled along with paper fibers. To improve the recyclability of Carlsberg labels in selected markets, we are using the hubergroup Eco-Offset Ink Premium Plus, which is Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the Silver level,” say Carlsberg Brand Director Julian Marsili from the Carlsberg Group.

The Global Product & Portfolio Manager SF/UV of hubergroup Bernd Groh stated during an interview at the annual Cradle to Cradle Congress in Lüneburg: “As one of the first global ink manufacturers, we have taken up the challenge of re-designing our standard sheet fed offset and liquid ink portfolio to C2C certification. And with great success as you can see with the Carlsberg project, which was possible in no small part by the strong support of Healthy Printing Initiative, founded by EPEA in Hamburg, which is one of the most important platforms to enable sustainable printing for packaging manufacturers and printers. Print the change - print sustainability!”
(Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH)

Pacesetter for the beverage industry – BERICAP presents innovative closure solutions at ...

Pacesetter for the beverage industry – BERICAP presents innovative closure solutions at ...  (Company news)

... BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany

What does beverage production have to do with demographic change? How do you manage the balancing act between product safety and the “to-go mentality”? And how can consumers be offered the greatest possible convenience at the lowest possible production costs? Answers to these and many other questions will be provided by BERICAP, one of the world's leading manufacturers of plastic closures, at the BrauBeviale trade fair at the Nuremberg exhibition center from 13 to 15 November. Product innovations which address the changing needs of industry and consumers – even before a trend develops – are one of the great strengths of the closure specialist from Budenheim near Mainz.

“The development of ever lighter bottles and caps may have reduced production costs for the industry in recent years, but this has been to the detriment of consumer convenience in large measure,” said Christoph Thünemann, Group Director Communications and Marketing at BERICAP. “We decided early on to focus not only on economic efficiency but also on customer satisfaction – whether with our broad product range of consumer-friendly 26mm, 29mm and 33mm bottle openings or our sports closures. Our closures are very user-friendly because they are easy to open yet still guarantee the safety of the product and economical production. This spells genuine added value for the beverage industry, especially in an ageing society. Another focal point in our new and further developments is the ever-increasing mobility of consumers.”

But the innovative spirit of BERICAP is not limited to consumer convenience and “on-the-go consumption”. The company also offers innovative solutions in issues of product safety and differentiation at POS – from a multitude of custom design options to state-of-the-art solutions against product manipulation and tampering. This clear direction has convinced high-profile customers all over the world. Today BERICAP is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic closures not only in the food and beverage trade, but also in sectors of industry like agrochemicals, automotive & car care and chemicals.

The BrauBeviale trade fair has been held at the exhibition center in Nuremberg since 1978. With almost 38,000 trade visitors and more than 1,100 exhibitors, it is one of Europe’s leading trade fairs for the production and marketing of beer and non-alcoholic beverages. The trade fair covers every requirement with regard to high-quality raw materials, high-performance technologies, efficient logistics and creative marketing ideas for the beverage industry. BERICAP will be presenting its entire range of innovative products for the beverage industry at the show. “The BrauBeviale fair is an ideal platform for us to meet customers and potential customers and to show them ways in which they can always be one step ahead of their competitors,” continued Thünemann. “We invite our business partners and prospective customers to talk to our experts from all over the world at our new, modern exhibition booth.”

BERICAP booth at the BrauBeviale, Nuremberg exhibition center, 13.11.2018-15.11.2018, Hall 4 Stand 515
(Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)

ANDRITZ presents smart solutions for beverage production at BrauBeviale

ANDRITZ presents smart solutions for beverage production at BrauBeviale  (Company news)

International technology group ANDRITZ is presenting its unrivalled range of separation and filtration technologies for the beverage industry at the BrauBeviale fair in Nuremberg from November 13 to 15, 2018, Hall 7, booth 7.421.

-Value-added separation and filtration solutions for production of beer and soft drinks
-Launch of new beer clarifier: ANDRITZ ArtBREW Advanced 71
-Innovative automation solutions to maximize yield and minimize downtime

Photo: ANDRITZ ArtBREW, plug-and-play craft beer clarification solution for your breweries

Experts from ANDRITZ will be on hand to provide specialist support for all separation demands and services, with comprehensive solutions for solid/liquid separation processes for beer, wine, dairy products and tea, as well as for trend beverages such as kombucha, vegetable milk, and coconut water.

One product exclusively designed for the brewing industry is ArtBREW – the craft beer clarifier from ANDRITZ. Combining efficiency and ease of maintenance, ArtBREW is a high-quality, simple-to-operate, plug-and-play beer clarification solution for breweries.

The latest version will be launched at BrauBeviale – the ANDRITZ ArtBREW Advanced 71 with its unique inert gas sealing system known as KO2 (knock out oxygen) that prevents unacceptable levels of oxygen pick-up between the clarifier inlet and outlet connections. Thanks to its small dimensions and custom configuration, the ArtBREW is not only highly efficient, but also a very compact solution that is quick to install. The ArtBREW range caters to brewers of any size, with a beer clarification capacity from 50 to up to 700 hectoliters per hour. Visitors will be able to explore the ArtBREW’s control options and clearly see the process up close.

As a global leader in centrifuge supply with more than 15,000 decanter centrifuges installed worldwide, ANDRITZ is the first port of call for enquiries from beverage producers of any size. The ANDRITZ decanter centrifuge F is designed specifically for the food industry to meet the most demanding requirements. It has low oxygen pick-up due to discharge under pressure from a hermetically sealed chamber. In addition to a high flow capacity, this technology has an array of technical features to help drive customers’ success, and the separation specialists at the ANDRITZ stand can advise customers on the ideal configuration for your specific application.

The ANDRITZ comprehensive product portfolio also includes membrane filter presses for breweries, which ensure effective filtration of mash at a constant, high quality level. As filter press filtration is a hermetically closed process, the risk of oxidation is kept to a minimum. What’s more, ANDRITZ filter presses can be easily cleaned, and cleaning-in-place options are also available. Components are manufactured according to FDA standards. In addition, brewery customers in particular benefit from the fact that ANDRITZ filter presses can be adjusted to a variety of processes and recipes.

And the expertise doesn’t end with technology – whether you need spare parts, rentals, local service, repairs, upgrades, or modernization of your equipment, ANDRITZ is a full-service provider. From initial consulting through to service agreements, process optimization, and training programs, ANDRITZ experts are always looking for ways to minimize downtime and increase predictability in operations while raising your overall production efficiency. The network of 550 service specialists and global service centers ensures ANDRITZ will always be there to support you for many lifecycles to come.

ANDRITZ has launched Metris addIQ – a system that makes all separation processes smarter. The innovative automation solutions add a new dimension to the performance of production facilities by minimizing downtime and maximizing product yield, quality, and consistency, even for operations that are already up and running.

The Metris addIQ control system reflects the very latest in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)/Industry 4.0 sector and has already proven its concrete value added by enhancing availability and minimizing production costs at the same time as increasing overall equipment efficiency and reducing the risk of operational errors. Not only are the solutions completely scalable, they are also backed by a specialist network of global automation experts.

Visitors to the ANDRITZ booth will be met by a team of specialists with extensive, detailed know-how in the areas of digital plant and process optimization, sensor technology, condition monitoring, augmented reality, data security, and B2B service business.
(Andritz AG)

drink technology India 2018 underscores its position as the key event for the beverage and ...

drink technology India 2018 underscores its position as the key event for the beverage and ...  (drinktechnology India 2018)

... liquid food industry in India

- More exhibitors and more space
- High impact of the trade fair as a driving force for the Indian market
- Expanded supporting program a great success

The success of the most important event for India’s beverage industry remains unchecked: The trade fair alliance consisting of drink technology India (dti), organized by Messe München, and indiapack pacprocess and food pex India, organized by Messe Düsseldorf, recorded higher numbers of exhibitors and occupied more exhibition space. The number of visitors remained at a very high level as well. The fair’s further growth reflects the dynamic development of the Indian beverage and liquid food market, in which high growth rates are again forecast to climb.

“The figures speak for themselves: 201 exhibitors from 17 countries presented their products and solutions at dti. They occupied around 23 percent more net exhibition area than at the last event in Mumbai,” Georg Moller, head of the business division at Messe München, said in describing the fair’s success. Bhupinder Singh, the CEO of Messe Muenchen India, was also pleased by the continued growth: “It underscores the huge meaning of dti for the Indian market.”

Together with indiapack pacprocess and food pex India, 343 exhibitors presented themselves on an area of around 16,500 square meters from October 24 through 26. Moller pointed in particular to the very professional cooperation with the partner Messe Düsseldorf: “Joint staging of the fairs is not only a big gain for us. As a result, visitors obtain a comprehensive overview of all areas of the beverage and packaging industry.”

This offer was widely used by visitors, as for example Partho Ghosh, Executive Vice President bei KHS Filling & Packaging Worldwide says: “We had many talks with visitors and have received new leads this year. The Indian beverage industry is looking for innovations which will bring the development of the industry a big step forward.”

Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, also described dti as an important driving force for the industry: “For companies that produce machines to make, process and package beverages and liquid-food products, India is one of the major sales markets in Asia.” The outlook for the market is consistently positive. In the process, the important role played by dti will continue to grow.

Further training and networking: Supporting program of unprecedented breadth
dti’s supporting program was highly popular among visitors and very well attended on all three days. Day two of the Round Table Talks revolved around beer, wine and spirits. According to the VDMA, India ranks ninth among the top ten sales countries for alcoholic drinks. Beer is the top-selling alcoholic beverage in India. The experts generally agree that demand for high-quality beers and for wine and spirits will grow as the population’s income rises.

Visitors were able to try Indian beer variations at the new place2beer. The focus at the platform was not only on beer tastings, but above all on networking and sharing knowledge among representatives from microbreweries, medium-sized and industrial breweries, and brewing suppliers. In the Craft Beer Seminars, experts from the scene demonstrated what impact microbreweries are having on beer brewing and what trends are influencing the craft beer sector. Bruno Bonacchelli, brew master at Castle Malting Belgium and one of the speakers at the seminar, was enthusiastic: “I’m impressed by the high technical standards in the Indian craft beer market and about how quickly the latest methods and technologies are adapted.” Further talks were given by representatives from Brewbot Mumbai, Gateway Brewing Mumbai and White Owl.

The focus of the buyer-seller meetings was networking and initiation of new business relationships. About 430 discussions between exhibitors and potential customers were held, a clear indication of the concept’s popularity. The customers who made a special point of attending the trade fair to create new business relationships with exhibitors included Bohemian Beer, Good Drop Wine Cellars, Hindustan Coca Cola, Jyanti Beverages and Parle Agro.

Two new additions to the supporting program of dti in Mumbai were the seminar of the Oil Technologists’ Association of India (OTAI) and the seminar of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The OTAI Seminar addressed the growing importance of oils and fats in the Indian market and in particular challenges in packaging edible oils. The FSSAI Seminar provided insights into the regulations on and regulatory framework for beverages in India.

All items on the supporting program went down very well with visitors. The seats at the forum were always full. With the supporting program, dti once again proves that it gives key boosts and stimuli to the beverage and liquid food industry in India.

dti, indiapack pacprocess and food pex India
drink technology India is staged in conjunction with indiapack pacprocess and food pex India of Messe Düsseldorf. This combination of four trade fairs covers the topics of drink technology, dairy and liquid food together with those of the related packaging industry (drink technology India), packaging and related processes (pacprocess India), packaging materials and aids as well as machines and technology for the production of packaging materials and aids (indiapack) and also food and confectionery processing and packaging (food pex India) all under one roof and is unrivaled in the region.

The next dti in Mumbai will be held from December 9 to 11, 2020. In 2019, dti will be held in Bengaluru for the first time. It is scheduled for February 28 to March 2. As part of the trade fair alliance, the event will also be held next year once again — from December 5 to 7 in New Delhi.
(Messe München GmbH)

Shrink sleeve label education and live demonstrations return to Accraply for ...

Shrink sleeve label education and live demonstrations return to Accraply for ...  (Company news)

... sixth consecutive year

Picture: Workshop participants learn about heat shrink sleeve technology via presentations and live demonstrations

Accraply to cohost the AWA Introduction to Heat Shrink Sleeve Label Technologies Workshop

Accraply, a Barry-Wehmiller packaging company, will host live equipment demonstrations at its Minneapolis facility during the AWA Introduction to Heat Shrink Sleeve Label Technologies Workshop, in partnership with AWA Alexander Watson Associates. Held November 13 and 14, 2018, this workshop will provide an interactive guide to the technologies and processes involved in the production and application of shrink sleeve labels. The first day of the event is hosted by Flint Group Narrow Web at its Rogers, Minnesota, facility, and Accraply hosts the second day in Minneapolis.

Through the incorporation of classroom presentations with onsite demonstrations, this workshop offers attendees a sound education in heat shrink sleeve technology. Highlights include peer networking and a “Cures and Remedies” panel discussion between workshop participants and industry specialists. In addition to Accraply, the workshop is supported by Flint Group Narrow Web, Bonset America Corporation, Creative Edge Software and CGS.

“AWA events traditionally rotate locations from year to year, however, the popularity of this seminar and the superb partnership with Flint Group Narrow Web and Accraply has worked so well that we return to Minnesota for a sixth consecutive annual event,” remarked AWA Alexander Watson Associates President and CEO Corey Reardon. “The participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and this workshop is consistently one of the highest rated events we hold all year. This is due, in no small part, to the significant support and participation from leading international companies in this growing technology arena.”
(Accraply Inc.)

Victrex to present new extended food grade portfolio of high-performance PEEK polymers

Victrex to present new extended food grade portfolio of high-performance PEEK polymers  (Company news)

VICTREX FG™ product family addresses industry performance criteria and compliance requirements for food applications

To help OEMs to meet the stringent regulatory and quality demands affecting the food equipment industry, Victrex is introducing a dedicated PEEK food grade portfolio. Compared to metals, the new “VICTREX FG™” family of high-performing thermoplastics offers additional benefits in terms of cost-effectiveness, productivity and performance for OEMs – and the neutral taste expected by consumers.

Food and beverage (F&B) manufacturing equipment companies are facing numerous requirements for health, safety and hygiene established by regulatory authorities, the industry and consumers. In addition, with the adoption of Industry 4.0 technology, VICTREX PEEK can offer food and beverage manufacturers the opportunity to optimize efficiency and reduce production costs, when compared to the use of metals.

Reducing part production costs – Increasing reliability and maintenance intervals
In the short term, component cost can be influenced by part manufacturing costs. Metal components, for example, may require costly multi-step machining to manufacture. Selection of alternative materials or scalable manufacturing processes, such as injection molding can reduce component cost, at volume. In the longer term, the total cost of ownership for parts can be reduced by the selection of more optimal materials such as high-performance polymers and/or designs that prolong component lifetime and cut costs in downtime or loss in product quality.

Currently, components of machines used in the food production industry require regular maintenance, for example, this may be due to metal components being susceptible to corrosion. Such corrosion can create local environments that harbour contamination; stainless steel in salty environments at temperatures above 60°C for example. In addition, exposure of components to extreme temperatures and chemicals can result in deterioration and damage; contamination could also result from lubricants necessary for moving parts.

“To protect the consumer and implement social and environmental standards, the regulatory landscape for materials used in food, drink and potable water is becoming increasingly complex. Updated, more stringent requirements in combination with demands for improved taste experiences, longer shelf life, clean labels, product differentiation and consumer safety add further challenges, which the VICTREX PEEK food grade portfolio can help to address”, says Steve Dougherty, Director Manufacturing & Engineering at Victrex.

New food grades and portfolio to improve cost-benefit ratio and productivity
Victrex is able to provide certain PEEK products that have passed the relevant EU10/2011 testing requirements. This potentially cuts out cost in domestic or commercial appliances and contributes to improved productivity/yields for industrial installations. The cost of compliance is usually significant. The addition of new materials approval under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) can often exceed £100,000 each and take well in excess of a year in some cases. This does not include the in-house application testing and validation in a given application, or indeed the food contact approval of the device. Some de-risking of those costs is available where the material supplier has already certified their materials with the NSF International. Pre-approved materials can deliver cost savings in the region of £10,000 and time savings of approximately 12 weeks.

Included in the VICTREX FG portfolio are food grades that comply with stringent testing according to all or at least one of the following regulations:
• FOOD: The USA FDA 21 CFR 177.2415 regulation (all grades approved), the European EU 10/2011 (all grades approved, excluding carbon fibre grade); the South American Mercosur GMC RES 02/12; 32/07; 32/10);
• WATER: The United Kingdom´s WRAS and the German KTW which includes KTW guideline testing as well as DVGW W270 Micro testing

Advancing applications based on food grade portfolio combined with extensive PEEK experience
The food industry is using Victrex PEEK solutions for some time in applications that range from cookware and beverage dispensers for commercial and domestic use to industrial applications involving food contact components in conveyor systems, aseptic processing, sensors, gears and nozzles. The company´s in-depth knowledge of PEEK is built on nearly 40 years of experience with this high-performance polymer – and from partnering within the industry to help meet its needs.
(Victrex plc)



SIG has recently expanded its long term global partnership with Nestlé in another major growth market: Brazil. As a first step SIG has supplied a filling machine for 500, 750 and 1,000 ml combiblocMidi carton packs, for Nestlé Brazil’s well-loved Molico and Ninho UHT milks.

Whereas, in the past, just a one litre packaging format would suffice for the retail shelf, today’s consumer in Brazil is looking for packaging formats and volumes to help avoid food waste. Healthy dairy products in pack volumes of less than 1,000 ml meet the latest consumer trends for mobility, a healthy lifestyle and individualization.

Brand manufacturers of products that are sensitive to market fluctuations, such as milk and dairy products, have to meet the challenge of these customer trends and achieve operational efficiency in their production processes. What is needed are solutions that, in addition to flexibility, guarantee maximum efficiency and waste reduction, in order to achieve a better cost-benefit equation.

With SIG's flexible and efficient solutions, Nestlé Brazil sees itself well equipped to meet current requirements. Its well-loved Molico and Ninho UHT milks have been packaged and marketed in combiblocMidi since the start of this year. For this purpose, a SIG CFA 812 filling machine with a capacity of 12,000 packs per hour is in operation at the Nestlé plant in Carazinho (RS), better known as Nestlé Sul.

94% Technical Line Efficiency
Installed since the beginning of 2018, the SIG system has already proved invaluable.

Antonieta Hilst, Regional Director at SIG South America: “Many systems would require two filling machines to fill different volumes but the SIG system enables the filling of 3 different volumes – 500, 750 and 1,000 ml – on the same machine, with very high levels of efficiency and a simplified set up”.

The SIG CFA 812 filling machine is now running at 94% Technical Line Efficiency.

Anselmo Nascimento, Nestlé Sul Plant Manager said: “We have surpassed our average 58-60 hours’ production time, reaching new cycle times of 72 hours. SIG’s line has also achieved excellence in terms of our quality and standards, especially with regard to food safety, aseptic validation, excellent OEE of 94% and an average loss of less than 0.2%.”

New beverage occasions
Today’s beverage manufacturer needs to meet the demands of today’s consumer with the right product and a packaging concept that delivers in terms of functionality and convenience. Already working with Nestlé around the globe, SIG’s flexible filling line is opening doors in Brazil to new beverage occasions and promoting exciting new business opportunities through product innovation and differentiation.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)



This November, SIG will be ‘unpacking the Perfect Package’ at Gulfood Manufacturing, one of the largest and most important Food & Beverage trade shows for the Middle East, Africa & Asian countries, attracting over 32,000 visitors.

Smart Factory solutions
Part 1 of SIG’s Perfect Package is based on future-focused Industrial Internet of Things (IioT) technologies. The solutions presented at the booth will help manufacturers digitally transform their facilities to achieve higher levels of production efficiency and quality while optimizing overall processes and services.

SIG will also disclose more about its partnership with IioT leader GE Digital at Gulfood Manufacturing, elevating the concepts of Industry 4.0 to the next level.

Connected Pack solutions
Process optimisation and efficiency are key at today’s competitive business interface. As some of the food industry’s most progressive and performance driven specialists, SIG’s team understand the business challenges facing today’s food and beverage manufacturers: speed to market, health and safety, sustainability and differentiation on shelf.

As Martin Schmedes, Marketing & Strategy Director MEA of SIG said: “Our dedication to understanding customers’ needs goes beyond products and technology. We solve customers’ problems and offer new possibilities through an intelligent, holistic overview of their business needs. At the show we will highlight how SIG’s Perfect Package is helping our customers innovate differentiated products, build smarter filling plants and create interactive packs of the future.”

SIG is able to offer practical, results driven solutions to improve production KPI’s. For example, through using the Connected Pack, manufacturers can track and trace products throughout the value chain. Interactive layers can also be added to packs as part of digital promotional marketing campaigns, giving consumers greater product awareness and encouraging new purchasers to trial.

New purchasing power
Currently the largest demographic with purchasing power is that of Millennials and this is soon to be overtaken by Generation Z. The balance of purchasing power is changing and manufacturers need to keep pace with the latest innovation and sustainability demands.

Martin Schmedes: “These two groups are far more discerning and conscious about the content of products they consume and the environment. Fair trade, recycled, sustainable, GMO free are no longer buzz words but are fast becoming a prerequisite for consumers. Our market experts work closely with R&D to expand our portfolio of packaging systems to reflect these demands. Our packaging innovations on show at Gulfood Manufacturing underline our commitment to deliver responsible products without compromising on the need for unique design and convenience.”

Additive manufacturing, remote servicing, smarter processing, augmented reality and more. The future of food production will be on show at Gulfood Manufacturing and SIG’s disruptive differentiation and value-adding solutions are helping food & beverage manufacturers to open up new opportunities for performing better and growing faster.

You can visit SIG at Hall number A1, Stand number 34/54.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Insights into the materials cycle of a PET bottle

Insights into the materials cycle of a PET bottle  (Company news)

At the start of October, we welcomed a dozen journalists from Austrian and German industry magazines, as well as premium Austrian newspapers. They had accepted our invitation to the press trip ‘Circular economy: from post-consumer material to PET bottle’. The one-day trip took the attendees to three different locations in the south of Vienna – the stages of a used PET bottle becoming a filled bottle of water again.

Photo: Peter Fröschel, Plant Manager PET Recycling Team (PRT) Wöllersdorf, led a tour through the recycling factory and demonstrated the path for a used PET bottle to become food-safe rPET granulate.

ALPLA believes in recycling
Our colleagues from PET Recycling Team GmbH got things underway. Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA, welcomed the guests and introduced the subject. ‘We have been dealing with recycling for over 25 years. We were already investing in these technologies and processing recyclable materials into new packaging at a time when it was almost being dismissed as nothing more than a hobby. With this in mind, we welcome the current developments. However, we are also calling for suitable measures to allow us to implement the ambitious targets and ideally support our customers,’ he said, to explain his core demand. Thereafter, our recycling experts explained the process and its challenges: from the procurement of post-consumer materials via sorting technology to food-safe recycled material (rPET).

In ALPLA’s two PET recycling factories (Wöllersdorf, Austria and Radomsko, Poland), around 42,000 tons of food-safe rPET is produced each year. Since Wöllersdorf made the changeover to green electricity, the rPET produced there saves around 90% in terms of greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to new material. From a technical point of view, almost anything is possible these days, which also applies for the use of recycled materials in the production process.
Insight into the production of sustainable packaging solutions

The group then moved on to the ALPLA Base Plant in nearby Steinabrückl. The journalists found out how items known as ‘preforms’ for PET bottles are manufactured. Plant Manager Werner Rosenberger explained the different technologies and machines, and Regional Manager CEE Rainer Widmar discussed the importance of recycling in Central and Eastern Europe, among other things.

The fact that we were able to present the entire cycle of a PET bottle was thanks to the generous cooperation of our customer Vöslauer Mineralwasser. In Bad Vöslau – the third and final stop on the trip – managing directors Birgit Aichinger and Herbert Schlossnikl welcomed us in the afternoon and presented the sustainability targets of their company. The visit to production showed how the preforms produced in Steinabrückl are stretched and shaped into PET bottles. There was a real highlight for the journalists at the end of the tour: their goodie bags contained the first Vöslauer bottles manufactured from 100% rPET (insert link to Vöslauer site) – in cooperation with ALPLA, of course.

Our summary
The number of attendees, the high level of interest during the factory tours and the animated discussions before and after show that the subjects of the circular economy and recycling are highly relevant at the moment, particularly among journalists.
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)

DELBROUCK as exhibitor at the BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg

DELBROUCK as exhibitor at the BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg  (Company news)

The BrauBeviale is an exhibition for the whole process chain of beverage production: raw materials, technologies, logistics and marketing. As one of the best-known and largest bottle crate manufacturers in the industry, DELBROUCK will also participate when the exibition takes place from 13th to 15th November in Nuremberg Germany.

Photo: display crate for 0.5l Euro bottles

As in previous years, the DELBROUCK team is looking forward to welcome well known contacts, new business partners and interested trade fair visitors on their booth.

Besides recent projects and interesting bottle crates, which are in line with the ongoing trend towards customization in the small container sector, DELBROUCK is presenting the crate range for Euro bottles at this year’s BrauBeviale. In addition to the well-known shapes for 0.5l Euro, DELBROUCK presents the retro model for 0.33l Euro bottles and the first display crate for 0.5l Euro bottles. An absolute novelty on the European crate market.

Once again we welcome our partner Euroglas as co-exhibitor on our booth. Euroglas is one of the leading packaging service providers in the medium-sized food and beverage industry. Together with our partner, we can realize full-service projects for our customers. From the bottle to the crate to finished packed units – a strong partnership

Visit us at our booth in hall 4 stand 4-243. We are looking forward to your visit!
(Delbrouck GmbH)

SIG leads the industry in implementing new certification for responsible aluminium

SIG leads the industry in implementing new certification for responsible aluminium  (Company news)

SIG is the first in its industry – and the fifth company in the world – to achieve certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s recently launched certification system to recognize and collaboratively foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.

World’s first certification for responsible aluminium
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification program, launched in December 2017, is the first of its kind for aluminium.

SIG has achieved certification to the ASI Performance Standard Material Stewardship Principle at the corporate level at their head office in Switzerland as well as their main corporate units in Germany, together with ASI Chain of Custody certification at these locations and one of its key production sites in Saalfelden, Austria. Other SIG sites will follow soon. The certification will enable customers to have confidence that the aluminium foil in SIG packs supports a responsible aluminium value chain from responsible sourcing and processing of the raw material to responsible production of the finished packs.

This is an important step towards SIG’s target to source 100% of its key materials from certified sources by 2020 – part of the company’s bold ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.

“Achieving this certification enables SIG to lead the industry in offering carton packs made with ASI-certified aluminium foil from now on” says Samuel Sigrist, Chief Financial Officer of SIG. “Customers can already put the FSCTM logo on any of our packs to show that the paper board comes from sustainable forests and responsible sources. This new certification for aluminium will further enhance the environmental credentials of our cartons.”

Commitment to source certified materials
SIG has pioneered the use of third-party verified certifications within the industry to demonstrate that key materials are sourced responsibly.

Back in 2009, it was the first to achieve 100% global coverage of FSCTM chain of custody certification for liquid packaging board (licence code FSCTM C020428). And last year, its European sleeve and spout production plants achieved ISCC PLUS certification for the biopolymers used to link SIGNATURE PACK to 100% forest-based material.

There has previously been no such certification available to certify the ultra-thin layer of aluminium foil used in SIG packs. The new ASI certification offers a way to audit the aluminium supply chain against strict standards on a broad range of governance, environmental and social topics.

Prior to the launch of the ASI Performance Standard, SIG joined forces with aluminium supplier Amcor to understand whether the supply chain was ready to meet the requirements. Certification to the ASI Chain of Custody Standard enables SIG to demonstrate high performance standards in the supply chain to customers and consumers.

“We are delighted to congratulate SIG Combibloc on their dual ASI Certification, the first downstream company to do so”, says Fiona Solomon, ASI Chief Executive Officer. “Aluminium is a key raw material for the packaging sector, who have been important supporters of ASI since its inception. Material stewardship and product recycling principles are of critical importance in such a consumer-oriented sector. In seeking ASI Certification, SIG has been highly focused on both their own performance and that of their supply chains, and we commend them on their drive to this achievement.”

Working with suppliers
Establishing chain of custody certification at SIG’s production sites is essential to maintain the verification of responsible sourcing through the value chain. At the same time, SIG is encouraging suppliers to work towards ASI certification to help create a supply of aluminium foil from certified sources.

SIG’s early commitment to implementing the ASI certification will add value for customers by promoting responsible sourcing throughout the value chain – from suppliers to customers and, ultimately, to consumers.
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

SIG Combibloc Group: Solid growth momentum continues

SIG Combibloc Group: Solid growth momentum continues  (Company news)

Nine months 2018 highlights
- Core revenue for first nine months up 7% at constant currency, up 4% at actual rates
- Adjusted EBITDA for first nine months up 5% at actual rates: cost efficiencies
- Net total debt reduced by >EUR1 billion post IPO resulting in leverage of 3.2x

Business Performance
First nine months 2018
Core revenue for the first nine months of 2018 was up 7% at constant currency and up 4% at actual rates. Growth was broad-based with a particularly strong performance across the Asia Pacific region. In China, the business is well positioned to meet market trends such as urbanization and convenience, and is seeing strong demand for products with particulates (such as cereals and fruit pieces). The adjusted EBITDA margin for the period increased from 25% to 26%, with the contribution from top line growth more than offsetting higher raw material costs and an adverse impact from currency. In addition, profitability benefited from production efficiencies and lower selling, general & administrative costs following a major product launch in 2017, as well as the relocation of some R&D activities to be closer to the market.

Third quarter 2018
Core revenue in the third quarter of 2018 was up 4% at constant currency and up 1% at actual rates. The difference between actual and constant currency revenue growth was mainly due to the depreciation of the Brazilian Real against the Euro, as was the case for the first nine months. Core revenue growth in the quarter was driven largely by the Asia Pacific region. After a strong first half, performance in the Americas slowed in the third quarter but underlying demand remains strong. Adjusted EBITDA was 8% lower reflecting the impact of currency, resulting in an adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter of 28% compared with 30% in the third quarter of 2017.

Pro forma net debt and balance sheet
On 28 September SIG announced the pricing of its IPO at CHF11.25 per share and was listed on SIX Swiss Exchange. The proceeds from the sale of new shares in the offering have been used to pay down debt as reflected in pro forma figures for gross and total net debt. Total net leverage at end-September 2018 on a pro forma basis, taking into account the IPO proceeds received on 2 October 2018, was 3.2x compared with 5.4x before receipt of the IPO proceeds. The company plans to reduce net leverage towards 2x in the mid-term while targeting a dividend payout equivalent to 50 - 60% of adjusted net income.

Full year outlook
The company maintains its guidance for the full year 2018 and expects core revenue growth at constant currency of 4 - 6%. The adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be 28%+.
Rolf Stangl (photo), CEO of SIG, said: "Demand for our products remains strong and is supported by non-discretionary consumer spending and favorable demographics in growth regions. Our diverse geographic footprint and focus on innovation will enable us to sustain a long-term growth trajectory."
(SIG Combibloc Group AG)


UK: Scotland's brewing industry enjoys explosive growth  (

Scotland's brewing industry has enjoyed "explosive growth" since 2010 as craft beers have become increasingly popular, according to new research.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Spice) found there were 115 breweries across Scotland this year - compared with just 35 eight years ago.

More than four-fifths of businesses in the sector were micro-breweries.

The study also found that 30% of all brewing enterprises were in the Highlands and Edinburgh.

The report said: "Globally, beer consumption has been falling for decades.

"However, this has not dampened the significant brewery start-up rate, responding to consumers choosing to drink more expensive, specialised beers.

"Scotland's craft breweries have flourished over recent years with a plethora of new breweries entering the market."

While just four local authority areas contained breweries in 2010, currently 16 of the 32 separate regions are home to at least one brewing business.

"Both urban and rural areas have benefited from the explosive growth of the sector," the report found.

Breweries had an average turnover of £271,310 in 2018 - lower than the average business turnover of £673,000.

But 10% of breweries had sales levels worth over £1m, while just over half (52%) had turnover levels that were below £100,000.

The research also identified 128 malt and grain distilleries in Scotland, giving the country the largest concentration of whisky producers in the world.

In addition it found more than 60 distilleries producing gin in Scotland, with more than 110 varieties of Scottish gin available.

Overall, the spirits industry makes up 3% of Scottish GDP, with nine out of 10 distilling jobs in the UK being located north of the border.

Average turnover across all Scottish distilleries was approximately £5.3m each in 2018, according to the report.


USA: Total beer volume down 1.1% in 2017  (

Total beer volume in the US dropped 1.1% last year to 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases, the Beverage Information Group's 2018 Beer Handbook reported. That amounts to a fifth consecutive decline in total U.S. beer consumption.

The biggest losers last year were light beer, with volumes dropping 3.1% in 2017; popular beer, falling 2.5% last year; super-premium and premium beers, down by 3.7%; and malt liquor, sliding by 4.3%, the handbook said.

Craft beer showed the largest jump, growing 4.9% last year to 310 million cases, the handbook noted. Local and regional craft beers have saturated the market, and consumers are trying various brands instead of sticking with a favorite. Imported beers grew by 3.5%, with Mexican imports particularly strong. Flavored malt beverages nudged up 1.3% last year, although growth in that segment has fallen off lately.

These volume declines aren't that surprising given how big beer companies have been performing in the past few years. Even industry giants AB InBev and Molson Coors have seen their U.S. sales drop in recent quarters.

In the recent past, U.S. beer drinkers have been moving away from domestic lagers and turning to craft beers, Mexican imports and wine and spirits. As a result, total beer shipments dropped by 1.3% last year, with declines coming to major domestic brands — Budweiser (-6.8%), Coors Light (-4.1%), Miller Lite (-2.8%) and the most popular U.S. brand, Bud Light (-5.7%).

On the flip side, alcoholic beverage company Constellation Brands has been doing well with its Mexican beer brands, including Corona and Modelo Especial. The company controls 90% of the premium beer market and reported a healthy volume growth of 8.9% in 2017, leading the industry for a fourth straight year.

Besides imports, brewers have tried to focus on low-calorie and no- or low-alcohol beers in order to capture consumers interested in health and wellness trends. Bud Light, Coors Light and Miller Lite are all reduced-calorie domestic lagers, and Constellation Brands and AB InBev have also rolled out new lower-calorie beers. However, the beer handbook noted, one reason Mexican imports are so popular is their perceived better flavor and quality, which lower-calorie beers don't always deliver. However, in its most recent earnings report, Constellation reported a bump in sales from its new low-calorie Corona Premier.

Other promising areas for the beer industry are taprooms and brewpubs, where sales to customers jumped 24.2% last year, according to The Wall Street Journal. These experience-driven sales, however, may not be enough to stem the tide. U.S. consumers are turning more to wine blends, spirits and cider instead of beer, reports show. According to IWSR market research, tequila and mezcal are tops in this segment, followed by whiskey and vodka. Millennials are fueling some of the change because they tend to like sweeter flavors, as well as spirits and sparkling alcohol.

Beer makers may continue to invest in craft and imported brews as a way to recapture market share, but there's no guarantee today's consumers will remain loyal to brands. A better long-term strategy might be to invest in cannabis-infused beverages, which appear to have a much brighter future than light beer, premium beer or malt liquor products.

According to a new study from A.T. Kearney, 30% of Americans would be willing to try a cannabis-infused nonalcoholic beverage, and 17% would be interested in an alcoholic drink containing the substance. Constellation has already invested in the segment, and Molson Coors appears headed in that direction. It may only be a matter of time before the other big brewers try to boost slumping sales by following suit.


UK: Beer duty tax rise to add extra £125 mln on beer spend  (

A 2% rise in beer duty at next month’s November Budget would mean an additional £125 mln on what UK consumers are already spending annually on pints of beer, The Morning Advertiser reported on October 15.

According to CGA, the number of pints of draught beer sold in the on-trade in 2017 was 3,128,113,278.

If beer duty is not frozen in November, the cost of a pint could rise by 4p and so based on the number of pints sold last year, this means drinkers would be spending £125,124,531 more.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced a freeze in beer duty in last year's Autumn Budget, which he said was backing great British pubs.

However, figures from the Campaign for Real Ale, which were released in March this year found that 18 pubs a week are closing due to a triple whammy of high beer duty, rising business rates and VAT.

Health campaigners have argued that beer duty should rise and the money raised from the tax increase should be spent on the NHS, police forces and alcohol treatment services.

British Beer & Pub Association chef executive Brigid Simmonds told The Morning Advertiser that pubs benefit people’s health by combatting loneliness and being part of the community.

Simmonds said: “The price of a pint will go up at least 4p as a result of a 2% increase in beer duty and that in turn affects footfall in pubs.”

“Pubs have a really important part to play in health in combatting loneliness, getting people out of the home and the role they fulfil in local communities.

“Many doctors have publically said they are supportive of pubs.”

Simmonds outlined what previously happened when beer duty saw a rise above the level of inflation.

She added: “Between 2008 and 2014, we had a 42% increase in beer duty when we had the beer duty escalator and the tax was 2% above inflation.

“Without doubt, high beer duty does affect the closure of pubs because they are small businesses and have nowhere to go.”

UKHospitality (UKH) chief executive Kate Nicholls said the rise in beer duty would push people towards buying alcohol from supermarkets.

“Duty was among UKH’s asks in our pre-Budget letter, pushing the Chancellor for a range of support, that also included reform of business rates, doubling the national insurance contribution threshold and a freeze in duty to support vital businesses,” she added.

“Significant duty increases make drinks in pubs and bars more expensive and would likely have the unintended consequence of people drinking cheaper off-trade alcohol. “Closing venues in which customers can drink responsibly in a supervised environment is not the right way to combat problem drinking.

“The self-defeating policy would increase cost for hospitality businesses when we are already seeing closures on the high street.”

However, health lobbyists for a rise in duty outlined that an increase would actually benefit pubs and that a cut or freeze would impact the licensed trade in a negative way.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, an agency in the north-east that aims to reduce alcohol consumption, told The Morning Advertiser: “There are clear health reasons why beer duty should be increased. Alcohol is 60% more affordable than it was in 1980.

“The biggest issues licensees have is competing with cheap supermarket alcohol. When you cut alcohol duty, supermarkets are able to pass those cuts on more readily to the customer and that means it makes it more difficult for pubs to compete.

“Evidence suggests to us that not only does it not help pubs but cheaper alcohol leads to greater consumption, which leads to greater harm.

“Some 89% of publicans who responded in our survey said they had received no benefit from duty cuts since 2012 and 2013 (survey of 200 publicans across the north-east of England).

However, one operator disagrees with Shevills comments and highlighted the way forward in reducing alcohol harm was working together and education.

Lee Price, licensee of the Royal Pier in Aberystwyth, Wales, said: “The proposed rise in beer duty is an effective strategy for reducing the number of British pubs and ripping the heart out of communities across the UK.

“In the likely event that supermarkets will not fully pass on any increases to its domestic drinkers, cheap booze will stay cheap, and the most common form of alcohol consumption will continue to cause uncontrolled harm.

“Partnership work, comprehensive education and responsible drinking in well-managed bars will deliver the culture they (AHA) are so desperate to see.”


World: Global warming could cause shortage of beer  (

Global warming poses a serious threat to our current way of life, a new UN climate report found. And now it looks like it will cause a shortage of beer in the process, the Fortune reported on October 15.

A new study published on October 15 in the journal Nature Plants says that global warming will cause a decrease in barley crops, leading to a shortage of beer and causing a price hike. Barley is susceptible to drought and heat, and the extreme weather conditions in the coming years associated with global temperatures rising could trigger a 16% decline in global beer consumption, Business Insider reported.

“The aim of the study is not to encourage people to drink more today,” Dabo Guan, a co-author of the study and a professor of climate change economics at the University of East Anglia, told CNN. Instead, the researchers provided a tangible example of how global warming will impact quality of life by showing its effects on a favorite beverage of the working class: Beer.

Beer prices could double worldwide and the U.S. could see 20% decline in beer consumption—that’s about 10 billion cans of beer. Places like Ireland could see a price hike on beer of up to $21 extra for a six-pack, according to Business Insider.

“If you don’t want that to happen—if you still want a few pints of beer—then the only way to do it is to mitigate climate change,” said Guan. The study’s researchers said that similar to prohibition-era laws, a global beer shortage will have the biggest impact on the working class.

“We have to all work together to mitigate climate change,” said Guan, according to CNN.


Ireland: No-deal Brexit could hike up alcohol prices  (

A no-deal Brexit could hike up Ireland’s booze prices, experts have warned.

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland said running costs of distilleries would increase which could lead to dearer pints in the pub.

Industry experts say 23,000 trucks in the booze industry cross the border every year – all of which face being hit with massive tariffs if negotiations don’t go well.

The impending levies could be as high as €93 per tonne of barley or €131 per tonne on malt.

Federation chief Patricia Callan said: “Tariffs would add significant costs to Northern Irish whiskey distilleries and breweries buying barley and malt from Ireland, to Irish craft distilleries and breweries buying specialist malts from the UK and to Irish cider producers buying apples from Co Armagh.

“Similarly, tariffs on finished cider products would damage the cost competitiveness of Irish and Northern Irish cider producers, threatening sales and jobs.

“We also need to avoid divergence on VAT. Drinks producers in border counties have, at any one time, up to 40 ‘live’ suppliers on the other side of the border.

“If there was to be no Brexit agreement on VAT, then, for the first time since 1993, an import VAT charge could become payable up-front at the point of importation resulting in significant cash flow disruption and increased administration costs.”

And the group told how job losses may also be on the cards for under-pressure companies. Operators face other threats, including customs checks delays and restrictions on Northern Irish producers for accessing global free trade.

Overall Ireland exported €1.6billion worth of alcohol around the world last year. Its biggest market is the UK which accounted for 71% of its beer exports and 85% of cider exports.

But this could be hugely jeopardised if cross-government talks fail to get a good result.


USA: Heineken to launch nonalcoholic Heineken 0.0 across the US  (

Heineken will soon launch a nonalcoholic version of its namesake beer in the U.S. as consumers seek out healthier options, CNBC reported on October 11.

In January, Heineken will introduce Heineken 0.0 (pronounced zero zero) nationwide. Heineken, the world's second-largest brewer, first launched the beer in Barcelona in May 2017 and has since rolled it out in more than 30 countries.

Consumers are increasingly shunning beer and instead drinking wine, spirits and hard seltzers, which they perceive as healthier than beer. Others are drinking less and some are dropping alcohol altogether. Heineken thinks it can reinvigorate the beer category if it can give people more opportunities to drink it.

"It's not about a replacement strategy, it's complementary," said Jonnie Cahill, chief marketing officer of Heineken USA. "Sometimes I drink Heineken. Sometimes I drink Heineken 0.0. ... So what we see happening is that this is in addition to our own Heineken position. We see this as an 'and' not an 'instead of purchase.'"

The U.S. market for nonalcoholic beer has been relatively small, with Anheuser-Busch InBev's O'Doul's being the most well-known brand. But it and other nonalcoholic beers have become somewhat stigmatized. Heineken hopes to market 0.0 as similar to traditional Heineken just without the alcohol, making it an option for any situation.

To highlight this, Heineken will advertise new occasions for people to drink beer, including after a workout or during an office lunch. The beer contains 65 calories, below even light beers like Anheuser-Busch's Michelob Ultra, a brand that has successfully positioned itself as an option for health-conscious consumers.

Between 2016 and 2017, Michelob Ultra's volume sales rose about 21 percent in the U.S., according to Euromonitor International. That's as volumes for the overall beer category fell 0.6 percent in the U.S., according to the market research firm.

Making beer taste good without alcohol is challenging. Fermenting yeast naturally produces alcohol, which helps give beer its flavor. The main techniques to make nonalcoholic beer are to prevent yeast from producing alcohol or to remove alcohol at the end.

These processes can leave beer tasting not quite right. To make Heineken 0.0, brewers remove alcohol but then add back in the fruity aromas that are stripped out along with the alcohol. These aromas give Heineken's beers their taste and smell, said Heineken's global brewmaster, Willem van Waesberghe.

As for the taste, he said, "it's a little different, but it's really close to a good beer. I'm talking as a brewer. As a consumer, I'm really, really happy about it."

In the United Kingdom, Heineken increased its share of the no-alcohol beer category to 10.4 percent for the year through May from 2.5 percent at the same time last year, according to Nielsen figures provided by Heineken. By volume, nonalcohol beer sales have grown nearly 24 percent while alcoholic beer volumes grew 0.2 percent in the same period.

Heineken cannot forecast growth in the U.S. since it's a completely new market for the brewer, Cahill said. Heineken has not even tested the beer in the U.S.

"I can't say where this for sure this turns out, but I can say for us this isn't a January to March go," Cahill said. "We believe the consumer's ready. We believe this is good for beer, and we're going to go for it. So I don't see us blinking anytime soon."

Sidel Group's future-proof solutions in the spotlight at BrauBeviale 2018

Sidel Group's future-proof solutions in the spotlight at BrauBeviale 2018  (Company news)

At BrauBeviale, taking place in Nuremberg from the 13th to 15th of November, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will highlight how high performance coupled with optimal sustainability and agility is the ideal recipe to win in the beverage market.

The beverage market in Europe is set to experience a number of considerable changes within the next three years: the industry is anticipating a trend towards smaller size containers coupled with an overall movement towards the multiplication of SKUs and a premiumisation of the package. These trends require utmost flexibility in the production process while simultaneously reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in a sustainable setting. As a one stop shop for drink producers, the Sidel Group is uniquely positioned to answer these upcoming challenges by offering future-proof solutions, design expertise, and advanced technology that secure performance over time.

Highest levels of line efficiency with no compromises on product quality
At Booth 7A-223, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will be showcasing their unprecedented flexibility to adapt to changing consumer demands with their future-proof solutions. Among them are the new Sidel EvoDECO labelling solutions: designed for total flexibility and optimised for unmatched performance, it gives producers the ability to choose technologies based on their specific labelling needs and output levels. Additionally, Sidel will highlight Sidel Actis™, the plasma coating solution extending the shelf life of beverages bottled in PET, while enabling package lightweighting.

The latest addition to the Sidel filling portfolio, EvoFILL Can, will also be featured prominently at the booth. Francois Lejard, Vice President Sales Europe and Central Asia at Sidel, explains, “At Sidel, product quality and an advanced level of performance are important drivers for our innovations. With the new EvoFILL Can, we are perfectly meeting these requirements: the solution tackles all needs of being sustainable, hygienic and flexible, getting producers ready for future challenges in canned drinks production.”

Gebo Cermex, long-time expert in the beer processing market, will focus on AQFlex®, an all-in-one product handling technology, able to accommodate any product, whatever the application, whatever the market, in all container materials, formats and shapes, full or empty, while also enabling automatic changeovers and ensuring total care of product integrity. Louis Merienne, Commercial Director Europe at Gebo Cermex, explains, “Thanks to its radically new approach of conveying and accumulation, AQFlex delivers unprecedented packaging line performance. It offers this, together with unique agility and smooth contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a very compact space.”

As proof points of the company’s secondary packaging expertise, visitors to the Sidel Group stand at BrauBeviale will have the opportunity to get a hands-on experience of the Gebo Cermex’s WB46 - a wrap-around case packer that offers excellent performance in terms of flexibility, hygiene and ergonomics – and of the company’s EvoFilmTM shrink-wrapping system. The latter one is a robust, versatile, highly compact and energy-efficient solution that is drawing on the company’s 50 years of experience in this field.

Maintain and improve performance over time
Louis Merienne continues, “Visitors to our booth will also appreciate how our EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool) is ideally established to maintain and improve packaging lines’ performance throughout their lifecycle. This market-leading data acquisition and plant intelligence system is designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, reducing waste and costs, and increasing the plant’s output, as it gives employees at all levels real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues.” Francois Lejard adds to this, “Through continuously understanding our customers’ challenges, the Sidel Group delivers reliable and superior performance of packaging lines to meet the needs of the most demanding production environments.”
(Sidel International AG)

Ball Intends to Cease Production at its Beverage Packaging Facility in San Martino, Italy

Ball Intends to Cease Production at its Beverage Packaging Facility in San Martino, Italy  (Company news)

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) announced that it intends to cease production at the company's San Martino, Italy, facility at the end of December 2018 and only after due negotiation with the trade union. Customers currently supported by the San Martino beverage container plant will be supplied by other Ball facilities in Europe.

In addition, Ball intends to convert one production line in its Nogara, Italy, beverage container plant to Sleek cans. The conversion will occur approximately one year after the planned closure of San Martino.

"Given the market environment in Italy, we need to ensure that we remain cost competitive for the long term," said Colin Gillis, President, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe. "While closing a plant is always a difficult decision, our goal is ensuring the long-term success of the business for all of our stakeholders, including our 3,600 employees in Europe."

The San Martino site opened in 1981. The beverage can facility employs approximately 70 people. Ball intends to carry out the proposed closure in a respectful and socially acceptable way, and to support employees through various measures.
(Ball Corporation)

Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021  (Company news)

-single-use cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers to be banned from 2021
-MEPs added oxo-plastics and certain polystyrenes
-plastics where no alternatives available to be reduced by at least 25% by 2025
-measures against cigarette filters and lost fishing gear

Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday.

These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by Parliament.

MEPs added to this list of plastics banned from the EU market from 2021: products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

National reduction targets for other non-banned plastics
The consumption of several other items, for which no alternative exists, will have to be reduced by member states by least 25% by 2025. This includes single-use burger boxes, sandwich boxes or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts or ice creams. Member states will draft national plans to encourage the use of products suitable for multiple use, as well as re-using and recycling.

Other plastics, such as beverage bottles, will have to be collected separately and recycled at a rate of 90% by 2025.

Cigarette butts and lost fishing gear
MEPs agreed that reduction measures should also cover waste from tobacco products, in particular cigarette filters containing plastic. It would have to be reduced by 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2030.

One cigarette butt can pollute between 500 and 1000 litres of water, and thrown on the roadway, it can take up to twelve years to disintegrate. They are the second most littered single-use plastic items.

Member states should also ensure that at least 50% of lost or abandoned fishing gear containing plastic is collected per year, with a recycling target of at least 15% by 2025. Fishing gear represents 27% of waste found on Europe’s beaches.

Making producers more accountable
Member states would have to ensure that tobacco companies cover the costs of waste collection for those products, including transport, treatment and litter collection. The same goes for producers of fishing gear containing plastic, who will need to contribute to meeting the recycling target.

Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), rapporteur, said: “We have adopted the most ambitious legislation against single-use plastics. It is up to us now to stay the course in the upcoming negotiations with the Council, due to start as early as November. Today’s vote paves the way to a forthcoming and ambitious directive. It is essential in order to protect the marine environment and reduce the costs of environmental damage attributed to plastic pollution in Europe, estimated at 22 billion euros by 2030.”

Next steps
The report, drafted by Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), was adopted with 571 votes to 53 and 34 abstentions. Parliament will enter into negotiations with Council when EU ministers will have set their own position on the file.
(European Parliament)

Lecta Presents its Extensive Range of Papers for Beverage Labels at BrauBeviale 2018

Lecta Presents its Extensive Range of Papers for Beverage Labels at BrauBeviale 2018  (Company news)

The world’s largest event for the beverage industry will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 13-15

Lecta will again participate in the BrauBeviale trade show with its extensive portfolio of special papers for beverage labels. It will feature its latest developments in metallized paper, one-side coated paper and self-adhesive materials at this exhibition which last year attracted nearly 1,200 exhibitors and 40,000 beer and other beverage industry professionals.

Lecta’s range of high-vacuum 100% recyclable metallized papers, Metalvac, will be
on exhibit with two special paper lines designed for premium beverage labels and for label converters: Wet-glue labels, for beer, water, spirits and wine labels available with high, medium and low moisture resistance and ideal for returnable and one-way bottles, and Pressure-sensitive labels, papers designed to be transformed into selfadhesive facestock for labels.
The Metalvac range is available in different finishes (plain, pin-head, brushed and linen).

“Endless possibilities” is the swatchbook for Lecta’s Creaset one-side coated paper line, designed for the labels and flexible packaging segment. Its “Labels” range for beverages includes papers specifically designed for beer bottles such as light wetstrength Creaset LWS, for drinks (especially water) and high wet-strength Creaset HWS papers, available with smooth, embossed and now extra-strength embossed finishes, ideal for applications that require a more artisanal touch.

Our Adestor self-adhesive labels from the “Labels to Celebrate” collection feature an excellent and versatile selection of papers and films combined with water-based acrylic adhesives to meet the needs of the most demanding final applications in the beverage sector. The 27 exclusive labels featured in the catalog were manufactured with different printing techniques such as silkscreen, stamping and embossing, highlighting their benefits in terms of machinability and print quality.

“Labels to Celebrate” also includes special facestock such as papers with a natural shade, embossed and gloss pearl finishes and metallized papers highly resistant to moisture and the cold. Combined with the BC361Plus and VR152 acrylic adhesives, they are the ideal solution for all bottles subject to ice-bucket immersion or that need to be recovered in caustic soda baths.

We look forward to seeing you at BrauBeviale, Hall 4 - stand 438, November 13–15th.

Tetra Pak launches Tetra Pak® Plant Secure, total-plant management service ...

Tetra Pak launches Tetra Pak® Plant Secure, total-plant management service ...  (Company news)

... boosting customer profitability​

Tetra Pak has launched Tetra Pak® Plant Secure, a game-changing plant management service that delivers profitability improvements for customers.

The new service starts with a detailed audit of all the equipment and systems across the customer’s value chain. This analysis, combined with Tetra Pak’s deep knowledge of the industry and benchmark data on food manufacturing, enables its specialists to identify opportunities and implement improvements across the customer’s entire operation. All Tetra Pak Plant Secure contracts come with targets around operational expenditure reduction and capital expenditure optimisation.

Dennis Jonsson, President and CEO of Tetra Pak Group said: “Our investment in Industry 4.0 technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation and data velocity has enabled us to better-support our customers in the digital era. Tetra Pak Plant Secure is a great example of how we use new technology to broaden our perspective and deliver bottom-line benefits for our customers.”

​Pilot projects have been carried out in the Americas and in Europe, delivering results that are above customer expectations. For example, an Americas-based dairy producer reduced operational costs by more than 10% in the first year of implementation, and the project continues to deliver further savings. Tetra Pak Plant Secure is being rolled out to all food and beverage companies around the world.
(Tetra Pak GmbH & Co. KG)

Beverage measurement with a gemstone

Beverage measurement with a gemstone  (Company news)

A new process sensor has been on the market since the beginning of September: the Cobrix 2600 is theentry-level model for the simultaneous measurement of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) and sugarcontent in non-alcoholic beverages. The sensor is integrated directly into the production process via a standardized connection and is of interest to producers of carbonated softdrinks who have not previously used process measurement. The sensor is available with and without display; in the latter case, an evaluation unit is required.

The Cobrix 2600 is an advanced version of the Carbo 520 Optical. "Our Cobrix 2600 sensor is the first on the market with which CO2 and sugar can be measured simultaneously," says Jörg Christian Seit, product manager for the Carbo and oxygen process sensors. The special feature of this type of sensor is its smart measuring system, which is based on "attenuated total reflection" (ATR). The core of the measuring system is a "gemstone,“ a ground sapphire crystal, about the size of a thumbnail. The finishing is made precisely in such away that an infrared beam is reflected three times inside this crystal before it hits the detector. If CO2 is present outside the sapphire, the infrared ray (IR) is attenuated. The attenuation is measured at precisely the wavelength at which carbon dioxide absorbs infrared light. Thus, the CO2 content can be determined via the damping of the IR signal. Furthermore, there is a second, equally functioning measuring channel in the crystal to analyze the sugar content.

According to product manager Seit, the production of the sensor units is sophisticated and time-consuming. E.g., the sapphire is connected to the polished stainless steel housing with a gold solder in a clean room. The result is a maintenance-free product that delivers a precise measurement result every four seconds of the production process. However, the sensor is not suitable for alcoholic and sugar-free beverages.
(Anton Paar GmbH)

UNITED CAPS Partners with trio-technik to Streamline Manufacturing Process in Schwerin Plant,...

UNITED CAPS Partners with trio-technik to Streamline Manufacturing Process in Schwerin Plant,...  (Company news)

... Strengthening Market Leadership Position

AirMove transport system delivers increased productivity, helps ensure a high quality standard

UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, announced it has installed four trio-technik AirMove transport systems in its Schwerin plant (photo), which primarily serves the German beverage market. The 10,000 m2 facility occupies two production halls, employs 58 people, and produces several billion 28mm and 38mm closures per year for still and carbonated water, juices and milk. Trio-technik will be demonstrating the system using caps and closures from UNITED CAPS at the 26th Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing, scheduled for 16 to 20 October 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

“We are pleased to be partnering with trio-technik to demonstrate its innovative AirMove transport system at this important show,” said Olivier Jaillot, Chief Manufacturing Officer for UNITED CAPS. “We implemented this system at the beginning of the year and have been extremely pleased with its performance. At Fakuma, we will be providing trio-technik with red PROSPARK and blue SPARK closures for use in their demonstrations.”

Jaillot explains that after the quality control, which includes the visual check by cameras, the caps must be raised to a height of 1.9 meters for a packing in containers. “If we were to use a conventional conveyor belt system, it would take more space and use more energy. With the trio-technik AirMove system, we only need about one-third of the space a conveyor belt system would require, and we use 20% less energy.”

The trio-technik AirMove system uses special steel pipes that are designed for frictionless movement of parts in order to prevent damage during transport. “Other systems we looked at use plastic tubing,” Jaillot says, “and we could see they would cause erosion of plastic on our caps during transport. We also love the fact that the system is basically maintenance-free since the blower motor is the only moving part in the system, which is a key contributor to our ability to maintain the high level of quality and reliability our customers expect from us. It’s been a great decision for us, and we believe visitors to the trio-technik stand at Fakuma will be as impressed as we have been.”

Trio-technik worked closely with Thoralf Niehusen, Plant Director of the Schwerin location, and the UNITED CAPS R&D Center during the selection and implementation process.

Jaillot explains that the partnership with trio-technik is a good example of UNITED CAPS’ market driven approach based on Relate. Perform. Sustain.
-Relate – We know the brand owner requirements regarding our caps and relate to partners like trio-technik. We gained insights that help us to optimise the quality of our product.
-Perform – The trio-technik partnership is one way we have worked to provide a high quality product that assures the productivity requested by the brand owners.
-Sustain – The trio-technik technology contributes to the UNITED CAPS target to reduce the overall energy consumption

In addition to SPARK and PROSPARK closures, the Schwerin plant also manufacturers PROGLASS and PROSTILL. The trio-technik AirMove system is used to transport all of the caps manufactured in the Schwerin plant through the quality control process.

“Our thanks go to the UNITED CAPS team for their collaboration with us, both in the installation in their Schwerin plant, and for their generosity in providing us with SPARK and PROSPARK caps for use in our Fakuma demonstration, stated Tobias Esau, Project Manager, of trio-technik. “Like UNITED CAPS, we seek to be more than a supplier, and partnerships like the one we have with UNITED CAPS help both of our companies deliver better customer service.”
(United Caps)

Soft Drinks For Lowering Cholesterol

Soft Drinks For Lowering Cholesterol  (Company news)

At Hydro One, one of our goals is to offer ideal soft drinks for lowering cholesterol. That’s why we created TRÜE Sugar Free Green Tea. TRÜE is made from all natural ingredients, and offers both great taste and numerous heart health benefits, including helping to lower cholesterol.

When you’re looking to keep your heart, mind and body healthy, it’s important to properly manage both your diet and lifestyle. Staying active, eating healthier, reducing blood sugars, and managing your weight and blood pressure are all great habits for a healthy heart.

In addition to regular exercise and eating healthy, it’s just as important to choose the right drinks too. Regular soft drinks are loaded with sugar and can damage your heart health, but diet soft drinks made with sugar substitutes can be unhealthy too. A recent study conducted by Hannah Gardener, Sc.D., epidemiologist in the Miller School’s Department of Neurology, showed that people who drink diet soft drinks on a regular basis are 43% more likely to suffer a vascular event than those who don’t drink any.

TRÜE Sugar-Free Green Tea was developed by scientists and is made from plant sterols and cognitive enhancer agents, all of which helps you lower your cholesterol, keep your heart healthy, boost your brain function, even manage your weight. Best of all, it tastes great! TRÜE can be served hot or cold, and it’s ideal for diabetics too.

If you’re looking for a great tasting, heart-healthy beverage, Hydro One’s TRÜE Sugar-Free Green Tea is just one of our specially created soft drinks for lowering cholesterol and other health benefits.
(Hydro One Beverages LLC)

The Nation chooses the taste of Pepsi MAX® over the best selling Cola

The Nation chooses the taste of Pepsi MAX® over the best selling Cola  (Company news)

This summer, Pepsi MAX® put its taste credentials to the test against the UK’s biggest selling cola as it asked consumers to choose their favourite during the Pepsi MAX Taste Challenge. The results have been revealed and 61% of participants chose the taste of Pepsi MAX over the biggest selling cola in the UK market.

“This is great news for Pepsi MAX and retailers. The results clearly demonstrate the potential revenue power of Pepsi MAX as part of a complete retail soft drinks offer,” said Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director at Britvic GB, the brand’s producer in the UK and Ireland for over 30 years. “The Pepsi MAX Taste Challenge has undoubtedly heightened visibility and trial of the brand through the heavyweight support package of TV, outdoor and social advertising alongside the pop-up taste test events this summer.”

“Pepsi MAX has contributed more absolute value growth (+£57.1m vs YA) to the Grocery and Impulse Cola category than any other brand in the last year3 and we will be focusing on developing plans that drive this growth even further for retailers in the coming months,” added Dallas.

The Pepsi MAX Taste Challenge toured the country, with approximately 24,000 participants taking part in controlled blind taste tests to decide the better tasting cola.
(Britvic Plc)

SIG wins the German Packaging Award  for SIGNATURE PACK

SIG wins the German Packaging Award for SIGNATURE PACK  (Company news)

SIGNATURE PACK from SIG impressed the jury. The world's first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials has now been awarded the prestigious 'German Packaging Award' in the sustainability category.

This year, participants from ten nations applied for the coveted award, which is regularly submitted at FachPack in Nuremberg – a total of 226 entries were received. The German Packaging Award is an international, cross-industry and cross-material competition. Every year, the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut - dvi) awards the prize for innovative and creative packaging ideas. The dvi is the only network in the packaging industry that unites companies from all stages of the value chain as members.  

Dr. Bettina Horenburg, dvi board member and responsible for the German Packaging Award: "Packaging is a central factor in our infrastructure. That is why it is justifiably at the centre of public interest. The constantly increasing demands in areas such as sustainability, efficiency and convenience can only be met through continuous innovation”.

Added-value packaging
SIGNATURE PACK from SIG, which has now been awarded with the German Packaging Award, is such an innovation that brings added value for the industry and at the same time meets the expectations of consumers who place increasing importance on environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the closure of the SIGNATURE PACK originate from renewable European wood sources and are certified by recognized and approved certification systems (ISCC PLUS and TÜV SÜD CMS71) 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. Tall oil was selected as the feedstock because, as a by-product of paper production, it is a waste material rather than an agricultural crop that requires land and resources to grow.

The jury's verdict states: "SIGNATURE PACK sets a clear mark for sustainability. The packaging is characterised by the use of renewable raw materials, the conservation of fossil resources and the reduction of the CO2 emissions compared to conventional packaging".

Nora Wigand, Marketing Account Manager D-A-CH, and Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability & Affairs at SIG, have received the award on behalf of SIG at the award ceremony in Nuremberg. "We are pleased that after the World Beverage Innovation Award, the German Packaging Award has now also been given to our SIGNATURE PACK. The commitment to environmentally friendly products and sustainable packaging solutions is one of the most relevant topics for industry and consumers both nationally and internationally. We are proud that our SIGNATURE PACK is seen and appreciated as a milestone in the aseptic packaging sector. It drives the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels with certified and sustainable plant-based polymer materials".
(SIG Combibloc GmbH)

Bell's Double IPA joining year-round lineup; exclusive, new releases coming to our General Store

Bell's Double IPA joining year-round lineup; exclusive, new releases coming to our General Store  (Company news)

Two brand new Bell’s beers have been announced for 2019, but we have more in store for our craft beer fans this fall.

Hopsoulution (photo), one of our Double IPAs, is joining our year-round lineup in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Hopsoulution was previously a limited, specialty release for our entire distribution area.

Twelve-ounce bottles, packaged in 6-packs, along with kegs of Hopsoulution will start shipping in September. It will remain a specialty release for the remaining 35 states in our distribution footprint (plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico), returning in the spring of 2019.

“Our fans have been asking for a Double IPA to be a part of our year-round portfolio. We’re going to start with the Great Lakes region and re-evaluate other markets in the future,” Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell’s Brewery said.

Remarkably drinkable for a beer with an 8% ABV, Hopsoulution is brewed with several hop varieties for massive aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and pine. A mild caramel malt character and dry finish provide balance.

Also debuting this fall will be two brand new, but limited, specialty releases!

Side Yard Ale (6.8% ABV), a fresh-hopped New England style IPA, will be available exclusively for purchase at the Bell’s General Store and on tap at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo. Packaged in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, the beer will be brewed with Chinook hops freshly harvested from our Hop Yard located right next to our Comstock Brewery.

Each can will feature one of three labels, each showing a different image of the Hop Yard including one from last year’s harvest. It will be released in early October.

Tessie’s Golden Ale (5% ABV) will also be a Bell’s General Store and Cafe exclusive. The bottle label features Larry Bell’s Yellow Labrador, Tessie, wearing an Oberon dog collar. It will also leave the brewery in late October.

Both beers will be brewed using our brand new pilot brew system. Tessie’s Ale will be bottled using our new specialty bottling line. Both are part of a brand new innovation pipeline – a 12.8-barrel pilot brew system and specialty packaging line designed to fill 12 oz. and 750 mL bottles.

This Pilot Brewery is located where our original Comstock Bottling Hall was located, the same space where all Bell’s bottled beers were packaged from 2003 until 2016. Bell’s newer and primary Bottling Hall is capable of filling 750 bottles-per-minute.
(Bell's Brewery Inc.)

Sidel Group to champion market-tailored innovations at China Brew China Beverage – CBB 2018

Sidel Group to champion market-tailored innovations at China Brew China Beverage – CBB 2018  (Company news)

At China Brew China Beverage 2018, taking place in Shanghai from the 23rd to 26th of October, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will present solutions that help Greater China producers, co-packers and brand owners achieve long term superior performance throughout the lifecycle of their packaging lines.

With an expected 2.1% growth of all packaging materials in Greater China between 2018 and 2021 , the soft drinks, beer, food, home & personal care producers in the region need to be ready to address trends like packaging mass customisation in a fast-changing market environment.

Superior reliability and flexibility without compromising product and brand quality
At Booth 1B31 in Hall W1, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will be showcasing the Group’s commitment to future-proof solutions with the Agility 4.0™ programme – bringing smart factories to life and creating a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience – and performance-based services, which focus on maximum equipment availability and a shorter time-to-market. Key to achieve those benefits is effective maintenance. Both Sidel and Gebo Cermex are showcasing their new modular maintenance agreements at CBB 2018: the ‘Time & Material’ for tailored preventive maintenance and the ‘Fixed Price’ agreement for condition-based maintenance at a fixed cost. These new additions are specifically designed to strengthen the Group’s Services portfolio through a holistic approach to preventive maintenance, which helps customers maintain performance at optimum level throughout their production. Additionally, another highlight at the show will be the Sidel Services Online platform, a user-friendly web interface for fast and easy ordering of original spare parts, options and upgrades.

At CBB 2018, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will highlight their market-tailored innovations, designed to increase reliability, flexibility, and agility in the production process. To name but a few:

- The Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis™, an integrated blow-fill-seal-filler solution with dry preform sterilisation, ensures an aseptic production that is flexible, cost-effective and safe. The company recently received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for this solution.
- Talking packaging innovations, Sidel will put a strong focus on the Base OverStroke System (BOSS), a new, patented base mould system adding versatility to production whilst securing maximum uptime.
- The Sidel Super Combi, which integrates five process steps into one single system: preforms feeder, blowing, labelling, filling/capping and caps feeder. By encompassing equipment intelligence, it helps water and CSD producers gain continuous production optimisation and enhanced performance.
- The new EvoFILL Can from Sidel, offering a high degree of flexibility and improved hygienic conditions for the filling of top quality, aluminium cans. Having undergone a complete redesign, the new solution is able to manage a wider range of cans, filling various temperatures and beverage types, thus bringing great filling performance to high quality beverages, like low-carbonated drinks or flash pasteurised beer.
- Gebo Cermex’s AQFlex®, an all-in-one product handling technology, able to accommodate any product, whatever the application, whatever the market, in all container materials, formats and shapes, full or empty, while also enabling automatic changeovers and ensuring total care of product integrity. Thanks to its radically new approach of conveying and accumulation, AQFlex delivers unprecedented packaging line performance. It offers this, together with unique agility and smooth contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a very compact space.

Talking competitiveness, Laurent Bousselet, Zone VP Greater China, Gebo Cermex, comments on the Group’s EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool). This market-leading data acquisition and plant intelligence system, currently installed in more than 70 countries, is another company highlight at the show: “The system automatically records 24/7 raw production data, calculates a wide array of KPIs to help measure performance, analyses production issues, detects efficiency loss sources and performs root cause analyses. Designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, it reduces waste and costs, and increases the plant’s output, as it gives employees at all levels real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues.”

Performance through Understanding
Scarlet Chen, VP Sales, Sidel Greater China, concludes, “Sidel has been supporting beverage producers in Greater China for over 20 years: China Brew China Beverage 2018 will provide an excellent live platform to explain the promise that we – as a Group – make to our clients every day: ‘Performance through Understanding’ and the strategy behind it. Our customers can really benefit from Sidel and Gebo Cermex working together, as the respective strengths and expertise of the two business units are perfectly combined to answer specific requirements of manufacturers based in this region.”
(Sidel International AG)

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