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    08.09.2017   corvaglia at drinktec 2017 in Munich    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 drinktec – the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage industry – will open its doors from 11 to 15 September 2017. For corvaglia, drinktec is one of the highlights of the year because it gives the company the opportunity to have many interesting conversations about closure solutions.

    The expert team of corvaglia would be delighted to discuss any topic around beverage closures with their visitors on Stand 302 in Hall A4.
    Potential topics for discussion are the latest information about efficient closure solutions from Corvaglia Closures plants in Switzerland and Mexico or Corvaglia Mould & Technology's sophisticated closure design and durable, highly precise moulding technology.

    For example a corvaglia ‘Aqua 2522’ (photo) injection mould can be witnessed in
    live action. Together with partners Engel (Stand 324, Hall A4) and HRSflow corvaglia will have an injection mould in use at the fair, which is operated in
    exactly the same way at the Corvaglia Closures plant in Switzerland.

    corvaglia is aware that it is not the only company to produce four million closures a day out of one mould. However, there are not many other closure companies who produce such four million closures using less than 3.5 tons of resin and still meet the most stringent requirements of bottlers.
    Some of the caps are printed during the exhibition using a digital printer from
    IMDvista (Stand 115, Hall B5).

    corvaglia is glad to be the first beverage closure manufacturer that uses a digital printing solution which is able to match the high speed of its own mould technology.
    This will enable limitless, yet economic options for printing caps in the future.
    corvaglia's ‘Aqua 2522’ mould is operated at the Engel stand (Stand 324, Hall A4).

    Printed cap samples are available on corvaglia’s stand.
    At drinktec sales managers for all regions of the world will be present at
    corvaglia’s booth. Among them corvaglia representatives that are able to provide
    visitors with first-hand information about the upcoming market launch of Corvaglia Closures USA, Inc. with a closure manufacturing facility in the
    Southeastern USA.
    (Corvaglia Closures Eschlikon AG)
    08.09.2017   UK Government bids to unlock new markets for Scotch Whisky    ( Company news )

    Company news The UK Government is working to reduce export tariffs on Scotch Whisky and other landmark Scottish produce as we leave the EU.

    Scottish Secretary David Mundell met with representatives of the Scotch Whisky Association and Diageo at the iconic Caol Ila distillery on Islay on 3 August, to discuss how the UK Government is laying the groundwork to reduce export tariffs on Scottish produce.

    Whisky is worth around £5 billion to the UK economy, and accounts for three quarters of Scotland's total food and drink exports. The UK Government is ensuring that, as we leave the EU, the industry is able to tackle tariffs and boost overseas sales.

    The Department for International Trade has already established 11 working groups to strengthen trade and commercial ties with key trading partners around the world, including the United States, Australia, China, India, Mexico, South Korea and the Gulf Cooperation Council. Ministerial trade dialogues have also been established with Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Kazakhstan and Brazil.

    Speaking ahead of his visit, Mr Mundell said:
    "Scotch Whisky is a world-class product, globally recognised for its quality and heritage, and the industry employs thousands of people in Scotland and around the rest of the UK.

    "We are determined to open up new markets around the world for the very best whisky our distillers have to offer - and to drive down any tariffs they face.

    "By strengthening ties with key partners, identifying new markets and tackling tariffs, the UK Government is paving the way towards an even brighter future for Scotland's whisky industry."

    International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said:
    "With the recent uplift in trade, we should raise a glass to our exporting success and further help UK businesses make the most of an ever-growing demand for top-selling British products such as Scotch whisky as part of a Global Britain.

    "Reducing the costs for companies to sell overseas will become one way of further opening up free trade routes and boosting sales, and that's why I've tasked my international economic department to look at how we can support more businesses to build their brands abroad."

    For Scotch whisky, export tariffs currently range from zero to over 150 per cent. The UK Government is looking at how future trade agreements could reduce export tariffs for iconic Scottish goods such as Scotch, smoked salmon and gin.

    Mr Mundell will also visit the building site of the Ardnahoe distillery, set to be the ninth distillery operating on Islay when it opens in 2018. Overlooking the Sound of Islay and Paps of Jura, it is set to bring even more jobs to Scotland's third biggest industry, which already employs more than 7000 people in Scotland's rural communities.

    Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
    "The Scotch Whisky industry is delighted that the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, is visiting Islay. He'll see the fascinating Islay distilleries, famous for their smoky malts. He'll see too the importance of the Scotch Whisky industry to Islay's local communities, and how whisky production there contributes more broadly to the Scottish and British economies."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    07.09.2017   Bud Light Kicks Off the 2017 NFL Season with All-New Team Cans    ( Company news )

    Company news With the 2017-2018 NFL season set to kickoff on Thursday, September 7, Bud Light — the official beer of the NFL — is excited to announce its continuing partnership with all-new team-themed packaging.

    America’s favorite light lager will celebrate the new season with 28 new designs that feature the official logo and catchphrase or rallying cry for each NFL franchise. Available in both cans and aluminum bottles, fans can be the MVP of their Sunday kickoff party by picking up a specially marked 36-pack containing all 32 NFL teams represented.

    This year’s NFL cans are currently on shelves in select markets, and will be available nationwide later this month.

    "NFL team packaging has become something fans look for from Bud Light year after year," said Anna Rogers, Director of Marketing, NFL, Bud Light. "We are proud to continue that tradition and give fans another way to support their favorite teams while enjoying NFL football with their friends. We are also very excited to roll out NFL packaging on aluminum bottles for the first time in addition to cans.”

    Along with new team cans and bottles, Bud Light will debut new television commercials throughout the NFL season, highlighting its ongoing “Famous Among Friends” campaign that celebrates the fun times made while building friendships over football and beer. The first commercial spot is slated to debut during the aforementioned season-opening match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
    06.09.2017   drinktec 2017: Krones and Erema are joining forces to progress PET recycling    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Bottle-to-Bottle-Recycling – Recycling of PET to be reused as food-grade packaging materials is flourishing around the globe

    Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, and Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, Ansfelden, Austria, have agreed to collaborate in the field of PET plastic recycling. The aim of this alliance is to incorporate the technical expertise of both companies into the planning and design of PET recycling lines and indeed complete factories, so as to be able to offer clients from both the beverage and PET recycling industries an optimal line or an entire factory. Anyone interested can obtain more detailed information on the cooperation between the two companies during this year’s drinktec from 11 to 15 September at Krones in Hall B6 and at Erema’s stand in Hall A4.346.

    The accumulated corporate experience and the product portfolios of Erema and Krones complement each other to optimum effect: Erema, as the world’s market leader in the manufacture of plastic recycling systems, contributes the expertise required for PET processing, and Krones is the world’s leading manufacturer and turnkey vendor of filling and packaging technology. Krones’ product portfolio, however, comprises not only machines and lines for filling and packaging beverages and liquid foods, but also machines for producing PET bottles, plus modules and lines for the recycling process. The collaborative arrangement will also focus significantly on planning entire factories, which Krones is already offering to beverage bottlers and PET recyclers from the feasibility study stage all the way through to the finished factory.

    Krones’ comprehensive product range, particularly the MetaPure W hot-wash technology developed specifically for PET and validated by performance in the field, combined with Erema’s Vacurema technology developed for PET, will enable the two companies in future to offer responsively customised job sections - for washing and/or decontamination technology all the way through to complete factories for PET plastics recycling, and handle them as a turnkey vendor.

    This means that Krones’ clients will soon be able to close the entire PET cycle, from manufacture of the PET plastic products all the way through to their recovery, and thus make a sustainable contribution towards the “circular economy”, with concomitantly reduced resource consumption and environmental impact.
    (Krones AG)
    06.09.2017   Symrise again with industry-leading organic growth in the first half of the year 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news — Organic Group sales up by a substantial 5.2 %
    — EBITDA margin at 21.3 % continues to be on a very healthy level
    — Cash flow from operating activities up 75 %
    — Target for 2017: guidance increase for EBITDA margin to now over 20 %

    Symrise AG remained on track for strong growth in the first half of the current fiscal year. The Group increased sales in all segments and regions and was once again among the fastestgrowing companies in the industry. Sales were up 3.6 % in the first half of the year to € 1,515.3 million (H1 2016: € 1,462.5 million). After adjustment for portfolio and exchange rate effects, the organic growth in sales actually amounted to 5.2 %. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), at € 322.9 million, was at the same level as in the first half of 2016. With an EBITDA margin of 21.3 %, Symrise remains highly profitable. Against the backdrop of the very satisfactory business performance, Symrise is raising its full-year EBITDA margin guidance, and now expects the EBITDA margin in 2017 to exceed 20 %.

    "The strong growth results from our unique positioning," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. “The targeted and continuous investments in our competencies and capacity are paying off. We see this as a confirmation of our strategy. With the recent acquisition of Cobell, we are strengthening our position in the lucrative UK beverage market, which promises additional sales
    potential for our innovative applications. We are in an excellent position to meet the rising demand for our products and to stay on track for growth in the second half of this year. Our goals are unchanged: We want to remain one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry and to operate highly profitable."

    Demand remains strong
    For the first half of the year, Symrise increased its sales by 3.6 % to € 1,515.3 million (H1 2016: € 1,462.5 million). Adjusted for portfolio and exchange rate effects, the Group achieved organic growth of 5.2 %, which again placed Symrise among the fastest-growing companies in the industry. This strong performance was carried by all segments and regions.

    At the regional level, strong contributions to sales growth came from Latin America and EAME, with increases of 12 % and 4 % (at reporting currency), followed by North America with 2 % and Asia/Pacific with 1 %. Sales in Emerging Markets were 5 % higher in the period under review and accounted for 43 % of overall sales.

    Symrise yet again with high earnings power
    Symrise continued to deliver strong earnings in the first six months. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to € 322.9 million (EBITDAN for H1 2016: € 323.3 million). In particular due to a somewhat weaker demand in the Scent & Care segment, the EBITDA margin was slightly lower but still strong at 21.3 % (normalized H1 2016: 22.1 %). Net income for the period under review was € 141.8 million (normalized H1 2016: € 142.0 million). Earnings per share, at € 1.09, matched the previous year's normalized figure.

    Solid financial position reinforced
    Operating cash flow in the reporting period showed a 75 % increase to € 175.0 million (H1 2016: € 100.0 million). Along with the high capacity utilization, an improved working capital management supported the cash flow. The ratio of net debt (including pension provisions) to EBITDAN at 30 June 2017 stood at 3.1 (31 December 2016: 3.1). The medium term target for the ratio is the 2.0-2.5 range. With an equity ratio of 35 %, Symrise holds a strong capital position.

    Symrise used the strong market environment in the first half of the year to issue a seven-year € 400 million convertible bond in June 2017. The aim of the transaction was to secure long-term funding through the capital market on favorable terms and to further diversify the investor base. The net proceeds will be used to pay down existing loans and capital market liabilities and for general business purposes of the Group.

    Scent & Care segment
    Scent & Care recorded sales of € 638.2 million in the first half of the year (H1 2016: € 667.8 million). The slight decrease was due to the strong sales in the previous year and the sale of Pinova's industrial activities at the end of 2016. Adjusted for the Pinova portfolio effect, the segment achieved an organic growth of 1.1 %, with good dynamics in Fine Fragrances and Cosmetic Ingredients.

    The loss of the sales from the Pinova industrial activities and weaker demand for Beauty Care applications also impacted the EBITDA in the first half. EBITDA during the reporting period amounted to € 128.4 million, as compared to a normalized figure of € 140.1 million in the first half of 2016. The EBITDA margin stood at a level of 20.1 % (EBITDAN margin H1 2016: 21.0 %).

    Flavor segment
    The Flavor segment delivered a very satisfactory sales increase of 7.2 % in the period under review to € 554.8 million (H1 2016: € 517.8 million) in reporting currency. The organic growth, to which all application areas contributed, actually amounted to 8.6 %. The growth was driven mainly by strong demand for sweets and new businesses in beverages. There was also an increase in order intake for savory applications, especially in Western Europe and North Africa.

    Due to increased demand, EBITDA in the segment was up 2.6 % to € 123.0 million (H1 2016: € 119.9 million), and the EBITDA margin was a very healthy 22.2 % (H1 2016: 23.1 %).

    Within the scope of its strategy of continued portfolio expansion, Symrise signed a purchase agreement with the shareholders of the British company Cobell Limited in May 2017. Cobell, which was established in 1999, is a supplier of natural raw materials and juice bases for the beverage industry in the UK. The company generated in 2016 annual sales of around € 58 million. The acquisition reaffirms Symrise's goal of reinforcing its strong position in the British beverage market. Cobell complements the Group's current business activities in the UK, expands its local presence and creates closer proximity to key customers.

    Nutrition segment
    Nutrition was also a fast growing segment in the first half of the year. The segment seamlessly continued its dynamic growth course from the previous quarter, with sales up by 16.3 % to € 322.2 million (H1 2016: € 277.0 million). Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects (acquisition of Nutra Canada and Nutraceutix), organic growth amounted to a high growth of 8.6 %. This result was
    bolstered by pet food applications which showed double-digit growth in almost all core markets. Substantial gains were also posted in food ingredients, especially in North and South America.

    Due to the dynamic business performance, the segment achieved very pleasing results on the earnings side as well. EBITDA showed a 13.1 % increase in the reporting period to € 71.6 million (H1 2016: € 63.3 million). The EBITDA margin was an outstanding 22.2 % (H1 2016: 22.8 %).

    Symrise raises profitability guidance
    After the strong first half and a good start in the third quarter, Symrise is looking ahead to the remaining months of the year with confidence. Despite the political unrest and economic uncertainties in some countries, the Group expects demand and growth to be generally strong. Against this backdrop, and in view of the recent investment projects, Symrise is increasing its guidance for the EBITDA margin for the fiscal year 2017, and now expects to achieve a margin of over 20 %. In addition, the Company is confirming its goal of once again exceeding the growth rate of the global flavor and fragrances market. According to estimates, the global market is growing at an average annual rate of around 3 %. The medium-term targets remain in effect, including a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 5-7% range and an EBITDA margin of 19-22%.
    (Symrise AG)
    05.09.2017   Experts calculated the carbon footprint of rPET: savings of 79 per cent    ( Company news )

    Company news Study confirms the excellent carbon footprint of recycled PET

    Recycled PET (rPET) from PET Recycling Team GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of ALPLA based in Wöllersdorf/Lower Austria – results in 79 per cent lower CO2 emissions compared to new material. This is a significantly higher saving than previously assumed. A study conducted by denkstatt GmbH on behalf of ALPLA came to this conclusion.

    ALPLA, a leading international producer of plastic packaging solutions, has been working on PET recycling for over 20 years. Although the economic conditions for the recycling of plastic are currently difficult due to the low price of oil, ALPLA continues to follow this cornerstone of its sustainability strategy. To highlight the value of recycling PET plastic, ALPLA commissioned denkstatt GmbH to calculate the carbon footprint for rPET.

    rPET reduces CO2 emissions and conserves fossil fuels
    The result of the study exceeds previous assumptions. The rPET produced by PET Recycling Team GmbH in Wöllersdorf has a carbon footprint of 0.45 kg CO2 equivalent per kilogram of rPET. Virgin PET, or new material, accounts for a CO2 equivalent of 2.15 kg per kilogram. This corresponds to a CO2 equivalent of 1.7 kg or 79 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions for rPET. Plant manager Peter Fröschel explains: ‘The savings for a single kilogram of rPET are enough to power a 13-watt bulb continuously for twenty days in the Austrian power mix.’

    Entire recycling process examined in detail
    The carbon footprint was calculated in accordance with ISO 14044, starting with the collection and sorting of used PET bottles, covering transportation to the recycling plant in Wöllersdorf, through to washing, processing and granulating. The analysis is based on the mass and energy balance (electricity and gas consumption) for 2016 at the Wöllersdorf recycling plant in Austria.

    ALPLA invests in recycling
    ALPLA has decades of experience in the recycling of PET, as well as in the processing of recycled plastics. ALPLA operates recycling enterprises at three sites – a joint venture in Mexico, the wholly owned subsidiary PET Recycling Team in Wöllersdorf and a new recycling plant built in southern Poland in 2013. The annual capacity of these plants is around 65,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET.

    ‘We are witnessing a clear trend towards PET packaging. And not just in summer, when the beverage industry enjoys a boom due to hot weather,’ says Fröschel. This makes it all the more important to collect used packaging and return recyclable materials to the production process. ‘Our recycling plants play a key role in this regard,’ the plant manager concludes.
    (Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)
    05.09.2017   Interplas 2017: Smart solutions for more productivity, quality and flexibility    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The assistance systems from ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme that are integrated into the CC300 of the injection moulding machine ensure that process fluctuations are adjusted before rejects occur

    Experience the smart factory – this is ENGEL's focus at the Interplas 2017, from September 26 to September 28 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. At its trade-fair booth, the injection moulding machine builder and system expert, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, will demonstrate the opportunities created by digitalisation and networking, and how inject 4.0 can help to take advantage of these in a simple fashion. From the perspective of technologies, the focus of ENGEL will be on the highly precise processing of LSR and extremely economic process integration.

    inject 4.0 is ENGEL's answer to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution. The goal is the smart factory in which production processes continuously self-optimise through the networking of production systems, the systematic use of machine, process and production data, and the utilization of decentralised, intelligent assistance systems. During the three days of the trade fair, ENGEL will demonstrate how plastics processors can increase the productivity and quality of their production and respond flexibly to ever more rapidly changing requirements with the production of inject 4.0 logos on an all-electric and tie-bar-less ENGEL e motion 170/80 TL injection moulding machine.

    Self-optimising injection moulding process
    The CC300 control is capable of simulating process fluctuations; the automatic readjustments by the intelligent assistance systems can then be tracked on the display of the machine. Three assistance systems from the inject 4.0 programme of ENGEL will be used. While iQ weight control maintains consistent injected melt volume throughout the entire injection moulding process, iQ clamp control monitors the mould breathing in order to calculate and automatically adjust the optimal clamping force. Thirdly, iQ flow control will connect the injection moulding machine, which is equipped with the e-flomo electronic temperature control water distributor, to the temperature control unit, enabling the pump speed to automatically adjust to the actual requirement. This results in higher energy efficiency. ENGEL, together with its partner HB-Therm, has developed a new line of temperature control units called e-temp. The machine is connected via OPC UA, thus pointing the way for further applications. Together with its market partners, ENGEL is actively committed to establishing OPC UA as the standard for communication models in injection moulding applications. OPC UA enables platform-independent, high-performance, and above all secures communication, both within the shop-floor level and with higher level control systems such as MES and ERP.

    Hydraulic precision for sophisticated LSR
    Burr-free, zero-waste, rework-free, and fully automated – these are the key elements in the economic manufacturing of high-tech products from liquid silicone. At the Interplas, ENGEL will demonstrate how this can be put into practice with the production of venting valves for beverage bottles on a hydraulic ENGEL victory 860/160 injection moulding machine. This application optimally utilises the efficiency potential of the tie-bar-less machine. For example, the patented Force-Divider allows the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould precisely while clamping force is building up, and ensures that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the platen face. This allows both the outer and inner cavities to be kept closed with exactly the same force, ensuring consistent compression of the mould and a consistently high product quality. iQ weight control provides a further contribution to high process consistency and reproducibility. Initially, the software was only available for injection moulding machines with electrical injection units; ENGEL has expanded the area of application with a version for hydraulic machines.

    ENGEL is presenting the processing of LSR together with its partner Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH (Oftering, Austria). In this application, Elmet is providing a model TOP 5000 P LSR dosage system, a 16-cavity mould with a cold runner and a demoulding unit. Parts are handled by a viper 40 robot from ENGEL's linear robot programme. The conveyor belt is integrated into the safety gate of the injection moulding machine, keeping the entire system compact.

    One-shot process reduces costs per unit
    The healthcare application presented at Interplas also impresses with an extremely high degree of integration. Interdental brushes of the type "scrub!" will be produced on a clean-room version of the all-electric ENGEL e-motion 170/110 T injection moulding machine. Together with the grip surface and core, up to 500 bristles can be formed in a single-component injection mould. Extremely delicate in the bristle area, the high-performance precision 8-cavity mould comes from Hack Formenbau (Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany), with Hekuma from Eching, Germany, providing the automation. A highly integrated, automated production cell, built in the modularised HEKUflex design, will be presented by Hekuma. Immediately after injection moulding, the parts will be inspected by camera and the usable parts will be automatically packed in retail bags, 16 parts to each. A bag leaves the production cell every four seconds.

    The high degree of process integration and the single-component design of the interdental brush, developed by pheneo in Bremen, Germany, significantly increases production efficiency in comparison to the products and processes established on the market. Interdental brushes are generally made up of three components, which are usually produced in separate processes: The grip surface, a wire-mesh, and the filaments. However, the technology of the system partners ENGEL, Hack and Hekuma has made single-component injection moulding production possible.

    With a total shot weight of only 1.93 grammes, completely filling eight cavities with up to 500 bristles places extremely high demands on the mould as well as the injection moulding machine. The all-electric drive technology ensures the highest precision in machine movements. In addition, iQ weight control and iQ clamp control help to prevent rejects.

    The application potential of the integrated process is huge. It ranges from medical applications to cosmetics. For example, besides interdental brushes, mascara brushes are needed in very large quantities and at low unit costs.

    All-electric for maximum performance
    At the Interplas, the booth next to ENGEL (Booth H71) is also dedicated to the very highest performance. Campetella from Montecassiano in Italy is presenting a highly integrated production cell for the manufacturing of thin-walled containers, including in-mould labelling. The cups will be injected in a 2-cavity mould on an all-electric ENGEL e-motion 440/160 T injection moulding machine. On the basis of this application, Campetella presents a side-entry automation of the MINI MODULA series. The entire system operates with a cycle time of 2.8 seconds and accordingly produces 2,571 cups per hour.
    ENGEL at Interplas 2017: Hall 4, stands F70 and G70
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    04.09.2017   Big technology on a small scale: KHS builds compact can filler for craft brewers    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Manfred Härtel, filling product manager for KHS in Bad Kreuznach, Germany

    - For low to medium outputs of 10,000 to 48,000 cph
    - Fast product and format changeovers possible
    - Filler and seamer in compact plug-and-play design

    Craft beers have long established themselves on the world market. The KHS Group is thus now offering a new can filler to meet the requirements of small to medium-sized brewing companies. The Innofill CAN Compact is designed for low to medium outputs of 10,000 to 48,000 cans per hour. This compact combination of filler and seamer is shipped to the customer as a complete machine in a single container and commissioned on site on a plug-and-produce basis without any need for complicated installation processes. KHS is thus making the technical innovations of its big machines available to the craft brewing segment in this area, too.

    “Three years ago we launched a completely new filling system with our Innofill Can DVD series. Developed for larger capacities, we’ve now scaled this technology to meet the demands of craft brewers,” says Manfred Härtel, filling product manager for KHS at its production site in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. With its efficient CO2 purging system the machine enables extremely low oxygen pickup. Thanks to its patented purging process it also consumes about 30% less carbon dioxide than conventional systems. Craft brewers can now also profit from this feature with the compact version. The demand for an adapted model for smaller filling quantities is rising in particular among the producers of high-quality, individual beers in the USA where the craft brewing scene has been well established for many years now. Unlike its big brother, which can produce up to 132,000 cans per hour, the filler, seamer, control cabinet, valve manifold and paneling of the Innofill CAN Compact form a closed unit. All that needs to be done to install the new system is to connect up the piping, sources of energy and conveyors.

    No flavor carryover during product changeovers
    One of the innovative features of the Innofill CAN Compact is its extremely hygienic design. In particular, this includes a gapless bell guide with PTFE expansion joints (Teflon) and bells which are lifted and positioned fully electropneumatically to seal the cans – without any mechanical action from cams and rollers. This does away with the need for water lubrication, simplifies cleaning and promises a service life which is up to twice as long as before. KHS also uses PTFE materials in the filling valve, for example to seal the filling valve piston and in the gas membranes. Flavor carryover when changing the product to be filled is thus as good as eliminated. This is of especial interest to craft brewers who often brew a large number of different beers and also make mixed beer beverages. The bell enables can necks from 200 to 206 to be processed. “We’ve managed to develop an uncomplicated piece of standard equipment which keeps procurement costs as low as possible,” says Härtel.

    Product tank holds 200 instead of 500 liters
    The new central product tank, which is installed at the top of the filler carousel and has a working volume of 50 to 200 liters, holds 300 liters less than the product tank on the big machines. Unlike in the latter plant technology, the tank does not rotate with the filler carousel on the Innofill CAN Compact. The beverage to be canned is supplied to the filling stations by a rotary distributor.

    Electromagnetic inductive flow meters upstream of each filling valve permit exact filling volumes in the cans. The entire machine is very clearly structured and thus hygienic and easy to maintain.
    (KHS GmbH)
    04.09.2017   Elopak launches Pure-Pak® cartons with the new paperboard Natura Life™ by Stora Enso     ( Company news )

    Company news The collaboration between Elopak and Stora Enso has resulted in the launch of the first gable top carton made from natural brown unbleached paperboard, creating the Naturally Pure-Pak® carton with a highly distinctive, natural look and feel.

    The new paperboard, Natura Life by Stora Enso, retains the natural brown colour of the wood fibres and has a visible fibre structure. This creates a naturally different, sustainable and authentic package that meets demands from growing trends in ethical, ecological and organic products. The natural look and feel of the new Pure-Pak® carton supports the values of organic products and brings outstanding presence on shelf.

    This week Arla Foods in Sweden announced the launch of several products in its organic EKO brand range using Pure-Pak® cartons made of natural brown paperboard (see photo).

    “We believe that the new Pure-Pak® carton will grab attention as it communicates organic values and is totally different to anything else in the increasingly complex chilled dairy segment,” says Anna-Karin Modin Edman, Sustainability Manager at Arla.

    The Pure-Pak® carton with the new natural brown paperboard is available in 1 litre and 500 ml sizes. It runs on existing filling lines for both fresh and ESL products without modifications or changes in machine settings. The new Pure-Pak® cartons are 100% recyclable and can be recycled through existing channels.

    Ivar Jevne, Elopak’s Executive Vice President Board and Blanks Supply says: “All liquid packaging board sourced from well-managed forests is environmentally friendly, however this paperboard reaches new levels in climate responsible packaging. The innovation is the result of bringing together the best of expertise, competence and experience from our collaboration with Stora Enso. This is not just another paperboard for our Pure-Pak® cartons, but a totally new concept."

    The new paperboard is produced by Stora Enso, with the majority of fibres sourced from Swedish and Norwegian forests.

    “We are happy about the cooperation with Elopak and excited to introduce the new unbleached liquid packaging board Natura Life by Stora Enso. What makes this paperboard unique is that it is brown on the inside as well as on the outside. This will enhance the organic appearance of carton packaging and make it stand out on the shelves,” says Annica Bresky EVP Stora Enso Consumer Board division.
    (Elopak AS)
    04.09.2017   Industry Competence in Action    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Fakuma 2017 from October 17 - October 21 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, ENGEL will be opening up new horizons for the injection moulding industry. The highly integrated manufacturing solutions at the ENGEL exhibition booth in Hall A5 achieve an even higher degree of quality, efficiency and profitability – respectively tailored to the specific requirements of the various application industries. Also there: the all-electric e-mac injection moulding machine in a new clamping force class, the first clearmelt exterior component, the new compact pipe distributor for the cleanroom, and an even higher degree of precision for LSR processing.

    Photo: On an ENGEL victory 860/160, ENGEL will produce venting valves for beverage bottles during the Fakuma.

    Automotive: Extremely scratch-proof in a single step
    At the Fakuma, ENGEL and its clearmelt technology will be opening the door to a new application area. The focus so far has been on decorative elements and electronic functional components for the interior of the vehicle; at this time, automobile manufacturers are also becoming interested in using the technology to produce exterior components. At its exhibition booth, ENGEL will present a first applications in this regard.

    High gloss exterior panels will be produced on an ENGEL duo 2460/500 injection moulding machine. In addition to the extremely high quality appearance of the components and the outstanding efficiency of the highly integrated process, extremely scratch-proof surfaces are another advantage that clearmelt technology provides for the exterior area. Testing in a car wash has shown the initial sample parts to be very robust.

    In the clearmelt process, at first a thermoplastic base carrier is produced in the injection moulding machine, then coated with polyurethane in a second cavity. The process can be easily combined with IML, allowing for the use of decorative and capacitive foils as well as wood veneers. In a single step, clearmelt technology thus provides pre-finished vehicle components that do not need to be varnished or post-processed in any way. The polyurethane coating provides the high-gloss, scratch-proof surface.

    ENGEL developed the clearmelt technology in collaboration with partner companies. The exclusive partner for polyurethane processing is Hennecke in St. Augustin, Germany.

    Teletronics: Economic precision for even larger moulds
    ENGEL will be going all-electric at the Fakuma in the teletronics exhibition area. Sophisticated connector housings for vehicle doors will be produced on an ENGEL e-mac 940/280. Until now, the e-mac series has been available with clamping forces of up to 1800 kN. In time for the Fakuma, ENGEL has expanded the line with a 2800 kN version.

    e-mac machines are distinguished by their speed and precision, extremely energy efficient operation and a high degree of flexibility. They have proven themselves to be extremely reliable in continuous operation, and guarantee stable production around the clock. They are also less expensive to purchase than all-electric high-performance machines. This spectrum of characteristics predestines the series for the production of technical parts and electronic components. In both application areas, the trend is moving towards larger moulds with higher cavitation. With the expansion of the series, ENGEL has taken this trend into account.

    With the production of 40-pole connector housings made of glass-fibre reinforced PBT, during the exhibition ENGEL will demonstrate how highest demands on precision can be combined with economic efficiency. In this market segment, due to the very filigree structure inside the connector housing, the competitiveness of the producer is defined by the precision of the injection moulding process. In several sequential process steps, the connector housings are equipped with stabiliser inserts, gaskets and contacts, then laser inscribed. Imprecisely injected areas or warping will impede the automated assembly and may lead to a halt in production. Since injection errors often are not detected until the end of the process chain, rejects also become more costly. To prevent this, the e-mac machine makes sure that very thin-walled areas are filled, even across long flow paths.

    With the intelligent assistance systems from ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme, the already very reliable e-mac machines are also perfectly equipped for process fluctuations through external influences. Three iQ products are installed on the exhibition machine: iQ weight control, which maintains constant melt volume and adjusts fluctuations in the environmental conditions and the raw material, iQ clamp control, which continuously adjusts clamping force based on the mould breathing, and the new iQ flow control for the needs-based regulation of the temperature control units. iQ weight control was the first of the iQ systems, and was introduced to the market five years ago. It has already become very well-established in the production of connectors, because in this segment with its especially filigree component structures, process fluctuations are one of the main causes of rejects. iQ weight control is a reliable aid in preventing production-related rejects.

    Medical: Maximum integration with a minimal footprint
    Highly integrated, compact production cells minimise the system footprint and increase area productivity. These aspects really pay off in the cleanroom. For this reason, ENGEL redeveloped the stainless steel pipe distributor for the cavity specific handling of small injection moulding parts, which it introduced two years ago, so that the handling system now fits completely into the expanded safety gate of the injection moulding machine. This new, extremely compact solution will be presented for the first time at the Fakuma.

    During the five days of the fair, an ENGEL e-victory170/80 injection moulding machine will be producing needle holders for 1-ml safety syringes in a 16-cavity mould by Fostag Formenbau (Stein am Rhein, Switzerland). An ENGEL viper 12 linear robot will remove the filigree polystyrene parts from the mould and transfer them to the distribution system. In order to ensure batch traceability down to the level of individual cavities, the injection moulded parts will be packed in cavity-specific bags. For this purpose, 16 bags are hung in a cart located directly beneath the pipe distributor. Individual shots can be extracted for quality control purposes.

    For unmanned cleanroom operation – during the night-shift, for example – two carts can be alternated in sequence, with a buffering system enabling the fully automated switch. The entire periphery for this is integrated into the CC300 control unit of the injection moulding machine. Thanks to shared data storage, the CC300 can precisely coordinate the movements of the machine and the robot with each other, thus optimising overall efficiency. In addition to this, there are also especially short robot paths due to the tie-bar-less clamping unit of the e-victory machine. In this application, both of these factors contribute to the short cycle times of six seconds.

    So that the machine can also be flexibly used for other products, ENGEL designed the pipe distributor and the bag-packing cart as a fixed unit. This can be easily moved back and forth, ensuring full accessibility of the mould area.

    With a shot weight of only 0.08 g and varying wall thicknesses, the filigree needle holders require extremely precise process control. Since fluctuations in the melt volume would immediately lead to rejects, ENGEL uses the iQ weight control software.

    At the Fakuma, the highly integrated production solution is presented in its cleanroom version. In contrast to many other systems in the market, all components in contact with the product in ENGEL's pipe distributor are made of stainless steel, which helps to maintain low particle load. As a system provider, ENGEL is continually expanding its portfolio of GMP-compliant peripherals. In addition to the pipe distributors, conveyor belts and robot gripper housings from ENGEL's own development and production are offered.

    Technical Moulding: Hydraulic precision for sophisticated LSR
    The processing of liquid silicone (LSR) in injection moulding fully utilises the efficiency potential of the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory machines. The process consistency resulting from the design plays an important part in this. The patented force divider enables the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould exactly while clamping force is building up, and ensures that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the platen face. Both the outer and inner cavities are therefore kept closed with exactly the same force, ensuring consistent compression of the mould and a consistently high product quality. This almost burr-free, zero-waste, rework-free, and fully automatic processing is the key element in the economic manufacturing of high-tech products from liquid silicone. At the Fakuma, with the production of venting valves for beverage bottles on an ENGEL victory 860/160 injection moulding machine, ENGEL will demonstrate how this can look in practice. With a diameter of approx. 50 mm, the venting valves have a geometrically complex structure with varying wall thicknesses. The iQ weight control software, which ENGEL is now offering also for injection moulding machines with hydraulic injection units, ensures that cavities are filled reliably even when there are fluctuations in the raw material.

    It will be the first time that ENGEL presents a victory machine with a next generation injection unit at a trade fair. Last autumn, based on its long years of experience in the various application areas of its injection moulding machines, ENGEL reorganised the sizes of the hydraulic injection units and further optimised the performance specifications such as injection pressure, injection speed, and plasticising capacity.

    ENGEL is presenting the processing of LSR together with its partner Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH (Oftering, Austria). In this application, Elmet is providing the model OP 5000P LSR dosage system, a 16-cavity mould with a cold runner and demoulding unit. Parts are handled by a viper 40 robot from ENGEL's linear robot programme. The conveyor belt is integrated into the safety gate of the injection moulding machine, keeping the entire system at a compact size.

    Focused 100 percent on the requirements of the industry
    From the individual injection moulding machine to the highly integrated production cell, ENGEL delivers tailored solutions for the injection moulding industry. Developing customer-specific solutions takes more than technological know-how. This is why at ENGEL, business units are completely focused on a single industry. ENGEL employees are therefore on the same level with customers when discussing projects, able to understand and implement individual requests in detail. Many industry specific developments, such as the GMP-capable periphery devices being presented at Fakuma, are based on the bundled experience of the ENGEL business units.

    ENGEL at Fakuma 2017 Hall: A5, stand 5204
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    04.09.2017   SCHÄFER Container Systems at the very first Craft Beer Italy 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news From 22 to 23 November, SCHÄFER Container Systems will be presenting its products and solutions regarding stainless steel reusable KEGs for craft brewers and independent breweries at the Craft Beer Italy fair in Milan’s Talent Garden Milano Calabiana. Visitors will find the manufacturer of reusable container systems (KEGs) for beverages, IBCs and special containers at stand B22 in the exhibition hall. This year, the Craft Beer Italy is being held for the very first time.

    NürnbergMesse Italia along with their partners Doemens & VLB Berlin are the organisers of Craft Beer Italy, which was brought into being to create a B2B event for the craft beer scene, based on the BrauBeviale. The visitor profile covers traders, restaurant and hotel owners, craft brewers, home brewers, beer testers and, of course, beer lovers. So, naturally, in a so-called “Taste-IT Area”, a range of rare brews can be sampled and enjoyed.

    “Italy has been more than just a wine drinking country for a long time now. In particular, the Italian demand for craft beers, the birra artigianale, has grown significantly. Our participation here is a clear signal for the importance of this market segment. At the fair, we will be demonstrating that our branded container systems support the spirit behind craft brewed beer, as well as the passion and love for higher product quality and individuality that goes with it. We are also consolidating the strategic expansion of our sales operations in Italy through our recent cooperation with a partner in the country itself”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
    01.09.2017   Secure performance: Prevent problems before they occur    ( Company news )

    Company news Wear and tear is natural, but servicing your equipment regulary can ensure operational reliability and helps maintain performance. Preventive Maintenance reduces unplanned stops, increases equipment lifetime and reduces workplace accidents.

    For your valves, make regular service and maintenance on your valves for them to be able to perform optimally. The most cost-effective approach is following a simple preventive maintenance program which will prolong the lifespan of your valves.

    For your rotary lobe pumps check the oil level in the gearbox should be checked regularly and re-filled when necessary. Check the manual for re-lubrication schedule.

    Regularly maintain your tank equipment following scheduled service intervals. This will always keep your tank equipment in good condition.

    For your centrifugal pumps, check to make sure water has been connected so that the shaft seal does not run dry. Dry running will damage the shaft seal and could lead to a damaged pump.

    Remember if you have Alfa Laval equipment installed, using Alfa Laval genuine spare parts will protect your Alfa Laval equipment because they are designed and manufactured for durability, productivity, and Less environmental impact.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic A/S)
    31.08.2017   Drinktec 2017: Production efficiency at its peak    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 At Drinktec 2017, the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, ENGEL will set a new standard of efficiency in the highly integrated production of beverage caps from September 11 to 15 in Munich, Germany. In collaboration with partner companies, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and systems provider based in Schwertberg, Austria, will present a complete system solution.

    Photo: Maximum output with minimal energy consumption: During Drinktec 2017, a fully automated e-cap injection moulding machine, equipped with a 96-cavity mould, will be producing 26-mm caps including tamper-proof bands at a cycle time of under 2.5 seconds.

    During the five days of the fair, under actual production conditions and at a cycle time of under 2.5 seconds, the production cell will deliver 26-mm caps made of HDPE and including tamper-proof bands. The system scores with outstanding energy efficiency and highest degree of process consistency. At the core of the highly integrated solution is an ENGEL e-cap 2440/380 injection moulding machine with a clamping force of 3800 kN. A 96-cavity mould by Corvaglia from Eschlikon in Switzerland will be used. ENGEL has integrated additional peripherals into the system including a DMS dry-air system by Blue Air Systems (Kundl, Austria), a TWIN model cap inspection system by IMDvista (Brügg, Switzerland), and material handling units by Piovan (S. Maria di Sala VE, Italy). The hot-runner temperature control is made by S.i.S.e. (Oyonnax, France), and partners for the raw materials are Borealis, (Vienna, Austria) and Gabriel Chemicals (Gumpoldskirchen, Austria).

    All-electric e-cap for the highest precision and process consistency
    "In terms of geometry, beverage caps have reached their lightweighting minimum. This means that the demands on the precision and repeatability of injection moulding machines are higher than ever before", says Frank Schuster, Sales Director of ENGEL packaging, describing a trend that is often decisive in the design of injection moulding machines and production cells for cap production. In addition, the sensitivity of producers to energy efficiency continues to increase. In order to meet both challenges, ENGEL is focusing on all-electric high performance machines for cap production. With clamping forces of 1,100 to 4,200 kN, the ENGEL e-cap series was developed specifically for this market segment.

    Among other things, the high-performance servo direct drives are responsible for the outstanding process stability and precision of the e-cap injection moulding machines. They ensure the required plasticising capacity and a maximum of usable parts even when using the new high-strength HDPE materials with a MFI significantly lower than 2 or even 1 g/10 min. In addition, the increased ejection and clamping forces help to achieve very short cycle times. In spite of its impressive performance, the e-cap requires very little energy and cooling water, even at constant high-speed.

    Everything from a single source for faster project planning
    As a complete system, the production cell represents the state-of-the-art in highly efficient cap production. Both Blue Air Systems and IMDvista will be presenting their latest innovations at the ENGEL booth. The DMS series devices by Blue Air Systems allow for higher product quality and energy savings of up to 85 percent as compared to conventional mould dehumidifiers. What makes this series special is that it works without water. Without pre-cooling, it guarantees condensation-free production conditions regardless of the weather and the climate zone.

    With its TWIN flying closure system, IMDvista has solved one of the biggest challenges in the inline-inspection of beverage caps. Usually, the freshly produced caps undergo camera inspection while lying on a conveyor belt. This means that the top side of the caps cannot be viewed by the cameras. With the new technology, caps are lifted by a stream of air, and can thus be inspected from above and below without extending processing time.

    From a single source, ENGEL delivers highly integrated and automated system solutions for the production of bottle caps worldwide. This results in several advantages for the producer. For one thing, efficiency and quality potentials can only be fully utilised when the individual components of the production cell have been precisely synchronised from the start. Apart from that, the systems solution accelerates project planning and commissioning due to the fact that the producer does not need to coordinate various suppliers.

    inject 4.0 for even higher efficiency and quality
    In addition to the injection moulding machine, automation, peripherals, and mould, software products for digitalisation and networking are more and more often part of the package. "Industry 4.0 is opening up huge opportunities for even higher efficiency and quality", clarifies Schuster. "We support our customers in realising this potential."

    Under the inject 4.0 name, ENGEL offers a comprehensive range of products and solutions for the three areas of the smart factory. The first products entered the market many years ago and have become well-established worldwide. ENGEL is consistently developing the inject 4.0 programme and will clearly demonstrate its new opportunities and possibilities at the Drinktec 2017. Among other things, the focus will be on MES authentig.

    In order to be able to monitor and analyse the current condition of individual machines from a central computer, including their utilisation and output, all the production units are interconnected through the Manufacturing Execution System. Transferred in real-time, their data can be correlated to both quality and business performance indicators, and analysed in various ways. Tailored to the specific requirements of the injection moulding industry, authentig achieves particularly deep vertical data integration, down to the level of individual cavities.

    authentig was developed by T.I.G. Gesellschaft für Informationssysteme GmbH, which has now been part of the ENGEL Group for a year. With the integration of T.I.G. into the ENGEL Group, the companies have combined their MES know-how and their many years of experience with MES projects worldwide, thereby achieving innovation at an even higher pace.

    ENGEL at Drinktec 2017: Hall A4, booth 324
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    30.08.2017   Endress+Hauser at drinktec 2017 - Numerous product innovations at the world's leading trade fair for    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ...the beverage and liquid food industry

    At drinktec 2017, Endress+Hauser will be demonstrating measurement technology and automation concepts from a single source for all process control areas using the examples of mixing & blending and CIP. As a global partner, the company helps customers address the issue of food safety with accredited calibration services, as well as self-calibrating and self-monitoring measurement technology. Device innovations illustrate among others how plant operators can measure density with a high level of accuracy or how measurement technology can support the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

    100% compliance, 0% effort
    At drinktec 2017, Endress+Hauser will present its new thermometer featuring one-of-a-kind, self-calibrating sensor technology. The hygienic iTHERM TrustSens thermometer (photo) is designed for customers in the life sciences and food & beverage industries who require 100% compliance with FDA and GMP regulations. The new thermometer offers a high level of process reliability and system availability through permanent inline self-calibration, thus eliminating the risk of non-compliance during production.

    Picomag – intelligent and robust flow measurements
    In addition to the new Proline 300/500 flow measurement device range featuring wireless connectivity for IIoT applications, Heartbeat Technology, a food safety concept and HistoROM data management, Endress+Hauser will introduce an additional instrument highlight.

    The new Picomag is an electromagnetic flow measurement system with intuitive operation thanks to an IO-link and Bluetooth technology. The multivariable flow and temperature monitoring make it particularly suitable for production processes in the food & beverage industry.

    Heartbeat Technology – taking the pulse of your measurement
    To ensure safe and reproducible end products around the clock, there is a need for faster and easier monitoring of measurement devices, particularly in the food & beverage industry. HACCP concepts and the IFS Food standard version 6 both stipulate the requirement to verify and document measurement points in defined intervals.

    Heartbeat is the first technology to make it possible to fully comply with these requirements for flow, level and temperature measurement points at a high level of quality - in situ and without system downtime.

    Visit the People for Process Automation at drinktec 2017 (11-15 September in Munich, Germany) in hall A3, booth 322, and experience these innovations first hand. We look forward to some interesting discussions!
    (Endress+Hauser AG)
    29.08.2017   GEA provides inspiration for beverage industry at drinktec 2017    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 GEA invites beverage industry representatives to visit Hall A3, Booth 313, at drinktec, the leading global trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich from September 11-15, 2017. This year the technology company will present innovations and developments under the motto "Inspiring Beverage Solutions": Covering everything from fruit juice, milk, wine and beer production, GEA uses project-based and standard solutions to help customers prepare for the future. GEA focuses on customer needs, including high quality products providing absolutely reliable and safe production, flexibility in the face of demand fluctuations, improvements to internal productivity with ever lower operating costs and a sustainable ecological balance. Tailoring its engineering know-how to the service of its customers, technology leader GEA develops solutions beyond mere components, accompanying the whole line life cycle. These three GEA innovations premiere at the fair:

    Continuous brewing, just-in-time production technology and digitalization: “Brewery 4.0”
    GEA puts strong focus on the future of beer production with the release of its “Brewery 4.0”: This concept is a vision of continuous brewing and fermentation, placing strong demands on tomorrow's technology and IT infrastructure. Another pioneering feature is the linking of beer production – the continuous mash separation in double decanters, fermentation and maturation processes as well as quality assurance – with just-in-time production technology and flexible processing of digital data. Large quantities of data are processed as these production steps are digitalized and allow for analysis of mid- and long-term trends, increasing the system availability. Customers can thus use Brewery 4.0 to prepare for competition in the coming years and generate the greatest possible flexibility throughout the supply chain. Simultaneously GEA takes into account sustainability with regard to yields, energy consumption and space usage of the plants. At drinktec 2017, GEA will meet with industry representatives to discuss the elements of a semi-continuous process variant and the advantages and challenges facing beer production.

    Launch of the highest performance high-pressure homogenizer in the world
    Drinktec 2017 keyvisual
    A new chapter in high-pressure homogenization systems from GEA is being opened with the market launch of the GEA Ariete Homogenizer 5400: It provides throughput of 80,000 liters an hour with 120 bar of pressure creating the largest capacity a five-piston homogenizer has ever provided, setting new standards in terms of reliability, product safety and operating costs.

    GEA ABF Technology (Aseptic Blow Fill) for sustainable beverage bottling
    At the drinktec GEA will also present GEA ABF, composed of an aseptic rotary blow molding machine with an integrated aseptic filling and aseptic capping systems featuring maximum efficiency for processing sensitive beverages into PET bottles. The aseptic blow molding process reduces the use of chemicals and energy consumptions for sterilizing operations. Innovation GEA Sterilfoil VHP L is a new flexible solution for foil sterilization available for a wide range of applications from ESL to aseptic beverages. Both technologies use a very effective vapor H2O2 based treatment, able to reach over 6 log reductions on both preform or foil decontamination and suitable for High Acid or Low Acid products. Further GEA exhibits at the drinktec shall also include:

    Flexibility, efficiency and quality for craft-beer brewers
    GEA shows two solutions for the medium-sized specialty breweries such as those on the craft-beer market: The three-vessel GEA CRAFT-STAR™ brewhouse has excellent extract efficiency of 98 percent and helps the customer consistently create prize-winning beers. The GEA ‘Plug & Win’ separator for craft brewers is a multifunctional compact system, performing five processes in a single machine – a benefit in terms of profitability and efficiency. The separator skid reduces the production time by 30 percent while generating up to ten percent higher yields.

    Combined GEA innovations improve predictability of beer production
    GEA experts have conceived, designed and installed individual components and entire systems for breweries around the world. Their field experience, intense development work within the Group and close cooperation with customers allow them to question the status quo, move forward and set standards for the industry. GEA is also formulating their understanding of today's state-of-the-art technology under the title "Brewery Advanced". The concept is based on GEA's sophisticated technology and a process design, creating significant advantages when it comes to customer capacity and energy consumption. GEA is thus able to increase the number of brews in the lauter tun from 12 to 14 a day, while the evaporation rate has been reduced from the standard four percent to merely one percent. The GEA stand will also display their efficient evaporation technology, the waste-free GEA clearamic BeerFiltration as well the ECO-MATRIX™ piping concept and ECO-FERM™, a technology for homogenizing fermentation tank contents.

    Golden sealing avoids ingress of micro-organisms into the product
    At drinktec GEA TEFASEP® gold debuts as part of the GEA D-tec® valve line. The hard and inert material compound together with the valve seat seal design allows for a minimized contact area between housing and seal and therewith increases cleanability and process safety. TEFASEP® gold belongs to the D-tec® stem diaphragm valves which are characterized by a high safety protection against contamination.

    Energy-saving ceramic cross-flow filters
    The GEA rotoramic is an energy-saving filter for beer recovery from surplus yeast, helping brewers achieve maximum yields. The ceramic cross-flow filter uses about 75 percent less energy than standard cross-flow processes.

    Modular batch mixing system for non-alcoholic beverages
    For non-alcoholic beverage applications the GEA DI-BATCH™ allows for complete control and high flexibility of the production process, featuring accurate dosing, material traceability and parallel operations. As partial amounts can be taken from the containers by means of a suction lance, manufacturers are more flexible in their production volumes and can purchase their base materials in varying container sizes – all of these are strengths that make DIBATCH™ also attractive for smaller test batches for product launches or research and development.

    Live demonstrations of GEA service products for the beverage industry
    With GEA Service, beverage manufacturers can improve the life cycle costs of their production plant. Especially for the brewery and beverage industry, GEA Audits are offered, for example, that recognize the hidden potential of components, systems and processes; Optimization proposals are being developed. GEA will also be demonstrating the PerformancePlus concept live: Based on the data from an online condition monitoring system, GEA experts carry out analyzes and recommend measures for the best possible plant operation. Moreover, visitors can test GEA Remote Eye Wear live, a groundbreaking service innovation that enables virtual experts to support machine operators and service technicians in-real time. GEA’s service staff at drinktec will inform customers about all further options of the service concept "GEA Service - For your continuous success" on the stand.

    GEA at the drinktec: Hall A3, booth 313
    (GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)
    29.08.2017   Graphic Packaging International to Demonstrate a World of Possibilities in Beverage Packaging ...    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ... at drinktec 2017

    At drinktec 2017, Graphic Packaging International (GPI) will demonstrate a world of possibilities in machinery and packaging solutions that address both current and evolving consumer buying habits that are shaping the global beverage industry.

    Photo: AutoMAXX® machinery runs wrap-style packaging for cans, bottles, PET, aseptic containers and joined cups

    "Today, the global beverage industry is experiencing unprecedented dynamism, evolving with consumer preferences and buying habits," said Allen Ennis, Vice President and General Manager of Global Beverage at GPI. "Brands need to stay ahead of the curve, and GPI provides integrated, unique machinery and carton solutions to help them do just that."

    During the drinktec show, GPI will demonstrate machinery systems that address the needs of brands for both today and tomorrow. The technology is apparent to the user which makes it easy to operate and maintain. Attendees will be able to view the company's IQ Tablet, which is provided across all machinery offerings and delivers a portable, on-demand technical resource to aid in ongoing operations and maintenance.

    From robotics and multi-packing systems to systems that allow for greater flexibility in a smaller manufacturing footprint, attendees will experience first-hand how GPI's machinery and cartons open up a world of possibilities for brands to continuously evolve with consumer purchasing habits in the beverage space.

    At the exhibit (#325 in hall A5), leaders from GPI will be available to discuss the company's unique approach to innovation, and will provide thought leadership via a series of seminars covering emerging trends in the global beverage marketplace.
    (Graphic Packaging International Inc.)
    28.08.2017   Format diversity combined with a small footprint - Schubert and KHS present block solution for ...    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ... beverage manufacturers

    At the drinktec 2017, Schubert will be presenting the Innopack-TLM block packaging system which was developed with the company’s collaboration partner KHS. The block system seamlessly combines a Schubert TLM packaging machine with a KHS packer. Customers in the beverage industry stand to greatly benefit from this self-contained total solution which delivers significant increases in packaging quality and flexibility. The Innopack-TLM can be used to pack several different bottle and end-packaging formats – very efficiently and in the tightest of spaces.

    At the drinktec trade fair from 11 to 15 September 2017, Gerhard Schubert GmbH will be presenting all the benefits of the Innopack-TLM block solution at the KHS booth (Hall B4, Stand 328). The inline packaging system connects the Schubert and KHS machines by linking individual modules into a compact, space-saving unit. The system exhibited at the fair consists of five TLM sub-machines from Schubert and a machine section from KHS. The block solution, commissioned by an Israeli brewery, packs baskets of 6 0.33 l bottles in a wrap-around carton, or baskets with 6 0.5 l bottles in crates.

    The seamless connection between the KHS packer and the TLM packing system from Schubert is achieved by the use of the Transmodul. This patented robot takes on the transport of the erected cartons into the KHS system and then conveys the cartons filled with bottles to the appropriate module for gluing and sealing. The multifunctional machine is clearly laid out, ideally accessible and compact. The entire block system is operated centrally via a single control terminal. Despite the versatility of this solution, personnel requirements are low. In fact, one person can operate the compact system.

    The system can pack beverage crates as well as baskets, clusters and other cardboard packaging. The block system presented at the fair achieves an output of up to 48,200 bottles per hour, and therefore up to 134 6-unit baskets, or 45 crates or cartons per minute.

    Thanks to its modular design, the space-saving solution can be extended flexibly as production increases or to adapt to different formats and product mixes. This allows customers to react quickly to changing requirements, while enabling forward-looking competitiveness.

    Drinktec – Hall B4/ Stand 328
    (Gerhard Schubert GmbH)
    28.08.2017   Sapporo Holdings Limited Acquires Anchor Brewing Company     ( Company news )

    Company news Anchor Brewing Company announces that Sapporo Holdings Limited will be acquiring the company with plans to continue Anchor’s traditions and legacy in San Francisco while growing the brand globally.

    Anchor Brewing Company’s flagship beer, Anchor Steam® Beer, has been brewed in San Francisco since 1896. Sapporo has a long-standing history in Japan dating back to 1876 and an appreciation for tradition, craftsmanship and provenance which are all fundamental tenets of Anchor.

    “Sapporo shares our values and appreciates our unique, time-honored approach to brewing,” said Keith Greggor, Anchor Brewing Co-Owner. “With both a long-term vision and the resources to realize it, Sapporo will keep brewing Anchor’s beers in San Francisco while expanding to new markets worldwide.”

    “Anchor Steam Beer is a San Francisco original, inspiring a new generation of brewers and beer lovers around the world,” said Masaki Oga, President and Representative Director, Sapporo Holdings LTD. “Both companies share a brewing philosophy backed by long histories and this transaction enables both Sapporo Group’s US business and Anchor Brewing Company’s global business to make a further leap forward.”

    More than 50 years ago, Anchor started the modern craft beer movement with a series of innovations. Anchor brewed the first post-prohibition Porter, ignited todays IPA boom when it introduced dry-hopping and the cascade hop and created the industry’s first seasonal beers. Since then, the emergence of thousands of craft breweries within the United States and around the world has created the need for scale and synergies to compete in a growing global market for craft beer.

    Anchor’s experienced management team will continue to run the business but now benefit from superior financing and additional resources. Sapporo is committed to preserving and maintaining Anchor’s operations in San Francisco, including the historic Potrero Hill brewery. Sapporo will invest in the brewery to improve production efficiencies and will strengthen all aspects of management and production to ensure the highest quality of beer is consistently delivered. In addition, Sapporo is fully supportive of Anchor’s new public taproom concept that will be opening soon. Sapporo will also export Anchor to new international markets using its global distribution resources.

    The transaction is expected to close on August 31st; subject to customary closing conditions. Terms are not disclosed. Anchor Distilling Company is not part of this transaction and will now become a fully independent company in its own right.

    Sapporo first made its way to America in 1964. In 1984, SAPPORO U.S.A., INC. was founded to help preserve our high standard of quality throughout the country. Today, Sapporo stands alone as the best-selling Asian Beer in the United States for more than 30 years.
    (Anchor Brewing Company)
    25.08.2017   Fresh ideas for marking and coding beverages - Paul LEIBINGER showcases its smart solutions     ( drinktec 2017 )

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    The German marking specialist Paul LEIBINGER is presenting its marking solutions for the beverage industry at the drinktec trade show in Munich from September 11 to 15, 2017. At Booth 506 in Hall B4, trade show visitors will be able to see for themselves the quality and reliability of the German-made industrial inkjet printers. They will get the chance to watch as samples they have brought with them are marked and coded live at the booth.

    A reliable and flexible marking system is of central importance to the filling process, because bottles, cans and beverage cartons cannot be sold without an expiration or best before date. If a marking device fails, then the whole production line stops—a scenario that can be avoided. The continuous inkjet printers from the German company Paul LEIBINGER provide the reliability and flexibility that the beverage industry needs.

    To ensure high reliability of the marking technology and prevent downtimes, all LEIBINGER inkjet printers are equipped with the automated Sealtronic nozzle seal. This keeps the ink from drying in the printhead, even during long pauses in production. Therefore, the printer is ready for use at any time, within a few seconds and without the need for rinsing before starting the printing process.

    At the same time, the digital printing technology offers a variety of application options. For example, it is possible not only to print expiration dates and LOT numbers, but also to implement advertising campaigns with lottery codes and QR codes for customer loyalty. Thanks to the non-contact marking with fast-drying inks during ongoing production, it is possible to label all kinds of materials (glass, PET, metal, etc.) and surfaces (concave, convex, etc.) with individual dates in a matter of seconds.

    LEIBINGER meets the stringent requirements for raw and wet production environments in the beverage industry with its JET3up PRO inkjet printer. This printer has a particularly rugged stainless steel housing with protection class IP65, which protects it against dust and spray water. With special inks for coding glass bottles and industry-specific software for printing promotion codes from a database, LEIBINGER provides a variety of solutions for specific needs of the beverage industry.

    In addition to the inkjet printers, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG offers a vision system for quality control of printed data. V-check automatically compares the marking applied to the product using a LEIBINGER inkjet printer against a reference sample and detects incorrect or incomplete data. The system is based on an image sensor and enables complete monitoring of elements that have been defined in advance, such as letters, numbers or logos. For customers who need a high-end solution in the area of verification, LEIBINGER's LKS 5 camera system is the right choice.
    (Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG)
    24.08.2017   Michel Giannuzzi will take over from Jean-Pierre Floris at the head of Verallia Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Verallia Packaging S.A.S. has announced the appointment of Michel Giannuzzi as Chairman and Chief Executive officer (“CEO”) of the Group starting from September 1, 2017. He will take over from Jean-Pierre Floris, who is appointed as Honorary Chairman and will continue to serve the company as Independent Board Member.

    Aged 52 years old, Michel Giannuzzi served as CEO of Tarkett, a worldwide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, from 2007 to 2017. During his tenure at Tarkett, Michel Giannuzzi pursued a profitable and sustainable growth strategy, which led to a successful IPO in 2013. Prior to that, Michel Giannuzzi held several leading positions within the Michelin Group and Valeo Group. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique.

    Jean-Pierre Floris declared: “I am honoured to have led the team that established the independence of Verallia and that implemented the business plan developed in partnership with Apollo and Bpifrance. Today marks the beginning of a new phase for Verallia. I am delighted with the choice of Michel Giannuzzi, which I supported. He has all the qualities and the experience necessary to guarantee the deployment of our company’s business strategy. I wish Verallia and Michel Giannuzzi every success and I want them to know that they have my full support. I would like to thank our shareholders, our 10,000 customers, and the 10,000 employees of Verallia, with whom I had a great pleasure to work.”

    “I am very excited to join Verallia and partner with both Apollo and Bpifrance. Verallia is a leader in its industry and Jean-Pierre Floris has built an exceptional team with years of experience in glass packaging manufacturing, which will lay the foundation for a successful future”, said Michel Giannuzzi.

    “We would like to thank Jean-Pierre Floris for his service to the company and his efforts to successfully transition Verallia to a standalone entity. We look forward to continuing to serve Verallia alongside him in his new capacity as Honorary Chairman and Independent Board Member”, stated Robert Seminara, Senior Partner of Apollo and Sébastien Moynot, Board Member of Verallia representing Bpifrance. “We are delighted to welcome Michel Giannuzzi to Verallia, who brings the unique combination of entrepreneurial spirit and proven leadership that will be instrumental to continue the successful development that the company enjoyed under Jean-Pierre Floris’ leadership.”
    (Verallia Packaging SAS)
    24.08.2017   Perfect Motion for Liquid Products     ( Company news )

    Company news At drinktec 2017, Baumüller will introduce complete solution packages and industry-specific components

    Picture: The direct drive DST2 80 is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning

    From September 11-15, 2017, Baumüller will participate in drinktec 2017, the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich. In hall B3 at stand 321, the Nuremberg-based drive and automatization specialist will present its specific industry solutions for the beverage industry: From a drive with an aseptic surface for transport tasks in the food sector to compact local drive technology for minimum wiring effort. In addition, a compact high-torque motor with extremely low self-heating as well as a stainless steel flange for easy cleaning will be presented.

    Increased productivity due to the intelligent overall solution
    The drive system ETAŋ drive will be the highlight at the Baumüller stand. The motor-gear combination achieves degrees of efficiency of up to 90 percent and is also ideally suited for aseptic applications, like in the beverage industry, duet o its surface properties. The ETAŋ drive will be in use on a transport and conveyor belt for beverage bottles at drinktec. Minimal overall installed size and high system efficiency characterize the gear motor ETAŋ drive, which was specially developed for the food and beverage industry. The drive system is equipped with an aseptic, completely enclosed housing and is therefore particularly suitable for transport tasks in the food sector.

    Service 4.0: Digitization Increases Availability
    An innovation in the field of service is BAUDIS IoT, a system for the process optimization and for the predictive maintenance system of existing and new machines. BAUDIS IoT is the consistent enhancement of the BAUDIS diagnostic system developed by Baumüller, which has successfully been in use for more than 20 years. BAUDIS increases the process reliability and availability of production and is successfully used worldwide in machines and plants.

    BAUDIS IoT, the latest version, is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication system that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of data. The networked version benefits from the long-standing expertise of a successful system. The system can be used independently of the manufacturer of the automation components and the sensors and therefore can easily be retrofitted and upgraded. It is therefore equally suitable for greenfield and brownfield plants, i.e. for the digitization of new and existing production facilities.

    BAUDIS IoT allows for the continuous monitoring of automation components and machine states, data recording and analysis and the generation and output of a recommendation for action. The evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms. The system is thus continuously made more intelligent and uses algorithms to develop independent solutions (machine learning). By avoiding production errors, productivity increases and does so automatically through a self-regulating process.

    Product Highlights
    The b maXX 2500 decentralized drive, which combines the converters from the b maXX 3300 series with robust DSD, DSC and DSP servomotors, is especially suitable for filling systems with many individual drives. This compact drive with integrated electronics is suitable for a power range up to about 6.5 kW and includes integrated safety technology with the degree of protection IP 65. Thanks to a variety of supported fieldbus systems and flexibility in terms of its installation location, the b maXX 2500 offers mechanical engineers with a high degree of design freedom and allows for the realization of optimally adapted machine solutions.

    A new feature in drive technology is the extremely compact high-torque motor DST2 80, which among other things is used as a drive of starwheel columns for container transport in filling machines in the beverage industry. The direct drive is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning.

    The networking of man, machine or sensors is increasing in the industrial sector. To protect industrial security, Baumüller offers a secure solution for the remote maintenance of machines and systems with Ubiquity: The state of machines can thus be monitored worldwide and quickly responded to in a targeted manner if necessary. This capability of quick and accurate diagnostics and troubleshooting saves time and money. Ubiquity thus increases the productivity and efficiency of machines. The Ubiquity runtime environment is pre-installed in all Windows-based HMIs from Baumüller and can be used without separate hardware.

    Lifecycle management 4.0 worldwide
    In addition to developing and manufacturing automation components, Baumüller as a corporate group also covers numerous services for machine and systems construction as well as for machine operators. Starting with the project planning, design and commissioning all the way to maintenance, retrofitting and relocation, Baumüller offers support throughout the entire life cycle of machines and systems.

    Mechanical engineers and machine operators at drinktec will have the opportunity to be consulted by service experts from the Baumüller subsidiaries Nürmont and the Baumüller repair facility on such topics as manufacturer-independent repair, servicing, relocation and installation. With over 40 branches worldwide, Baumüller is a globally reliable service partner with decades of local worldwide experience.
    (Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH)
    23.08.2017   Agr International Inc. to feature the latest container quality management products at drinktec 2017    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 At the 2017 drinktec show, Agr International, Inc. will be exhibiting an array of products for managing the production and quality of beverage containers. Featured at this year’s show will be Agr’s latest developments for advanced blowmolder management, shelf-life control, and pressurized container testing.

    Photo: The Agr PPT3000 offers a versatile solution for measuring volume expansion and pressure performance of containers manufactured from PET

    Blowmolder management
    The Process Pilot® with CrystalView® automated blowmolder management system is ideal for beverage producers that self-manufacture PET bottles. The Process Pilot product group offers precise material thickness distribution management on PET bottles, while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot system offers producers the ability to aggressively light weight bottles to the absolute minimum while providing the confidence that material is distributed appropriately, with proper thickness in all critical areas, on every bottle produced. Not only does this product simplify and stabilize the production of PET bottles, but it also provides the versatility to manage bottle production in a manner most suitable to the product and application. Whether the goal is to make the lightest bottle possible, process preforms of mixed lineage, improve bottle shelf-life and performance characteristics, save energy or just run a stable process 24/7, the Process Pilot product group offers a means to realize this goal profitably and with confidence.

    Shelf-life management is an important but tedious measurement. Agr will feature several products that provide immediate determination of the permeability and shelf-life performance of newly produced PET bottles. These products make it possible to effectively manage (in real-time) a bottle’s shelf-life performance for oxygen ingress, CO2 or water loss.

    Pressure and volume
    Whether your final product is packaged in a PET bottle, PET keg, aluminum bottle or glass bottle, accurate volume and proper pressure performance is paramount to the efficacy of the finished beverage container. Agr offers several testing products designed to aid bottle makers and beverage producers manage pressure and volume. The Agr PPT3000 offers a versatile solution for measuring volume expansion and pressure performance of containers manufactured from PET. Unlike other pressure testers, The PPT3000 actually simulates the rapid rise pressure profile that a container experiences during the filling cycle, providing valuable data that can be used to prevent filling line downtime due to premature pressure breaks. The SPT2, Agr’s latest addition to its product group, is an automated glass bottle testing system that performs precision volume measurement as well as pressure testing up to 1000 psi. Configurations are available for automated laboratory applications or along the production line as part of an automated sampling station.

    Visit Agr in Hall A4, stand 336.
    (AGR International Inc.)
    23.08.2017   Belgium & UK: Belgian brewers entering the UK market despite Brexit uncertainties    ( )

    The U.K.’s impending departure from the European Union has been blamed for weakening the pound, putting London banking jobs in danger and curtailing economic growth. Now it’s putting at risk a fledgling attempt to bring the complexities of Belgian beer to British drinkers, Bloomberg reported on August 16.

    Twenty beer makers from Belgium, which is home to six of the world’s 11 Trappist breweries, descended on London last month to showcase their brands at the inaugural Ales Tales Belgian Beer Festival, where they are seeking to strengthen their foothold in the U.K. market.

    About a thousand people lined up to taste the hops and barley concoctions just four months after the U.K. announced its intention to leave the bloc, which precipitated a 5 percent drop in the pound and the longest fall in consumer spending in more than four years. And since negotiations still haven’t started on Britain’s future relationship with the EU, businesses are left guessing what a trade partnership would look like, raising the spectre of new tariffs and questioning the reliability of international supply chains. But some brewers are still willing to take the risk.

    “I have no clue about what will happen, but it makes no sense to wait,” said Yvan De Baets, co-owner of Brasserie de la Senne, which was an exhibitor at the festival. “The U.K. and the EU are not that stupid and I’m sure they will negotiate something that both parties will be happy with and exports both ways will still be easy.”

    In beer-crazy Belgium, a country of about 11 million people and 1,500 different beers produced by some 224 breweries, craft production has a special status like wine-making in France or the distillation of whiskey in Scotland. UNESCO even added Belgian beer to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. As such, these niche producers in a founding member of the EU may prove a gauge for the post-Brexit appeal of the continental consumer products.

    While these producers operate in the shadow of industrial giants Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Duvel Moortgat NV, the challenges they face highlight the economic uncertainties arising from the U.K.’s plan to quit the EU in 2019.

    “It may not be the best time to try and start exporting to England, as nobody knows what is going to happen, and the pound is going down making our beers for the British people more and more expensive,” said Jef Van Den Steen, who turned from beer journalism to brewing 15 years ago. “But it will not stop me from trying.”
    He is already exporting 80 percent of the 15,000 hectolitres of unfiltered beer he makes at De Glazen Toren in the town of Erpe-Mere, halfway between Brussels and Ghent, mostly to the U.S. and Italy.

    “I was a bit scared when I started organizing the festival with a shadow of Brexit and thought brewers would be reluctant, saying ‘let’s wait for two years before we start looking at the U.K.’,” Nicolas Tondeur, the organizer of the Belgian Beer Festival and a banker at BNP Paribas in London, said in an interview. “None of them mentioned it when we met.”

    With the fall in sterling, U.K. consumers cut back on spending for a third month in July, with food being among the worst hit, according to a report from IHS Markit and Visa. This comes as the Bank of England downgraded its economic outlook and Governor Mark Carney warned that Brexit uncertainty is weighing on business and households.

    Belgium’s 3 billion-euro-a-year ($3.5 billion) beer industry is keeping a close eye on the U.K. market even though it’s only the eighth biggest export destination globally after France, the Netherlands, U.S., Germany, China, Italy and Canada, according to the Belgian Brewers’ Association. Its share of U.K. imports rose to 6.5 percent in 2015 from 4.4 percent in 2010, according to the British Beer & Pub Association.

    Earlier this year, the Belgian Brewers Association submitted their views on Brexit to the Belgian Cabinet of Ministers, according to its president Jean-Louis Van de Perre, an InBev and KPMG veteran.

    “Will the U.K. increase import tariffs, will it change something with respect to product specification, have a system favoring local beers to protect domestic production?” Van de Perre said, speaking from his office in a centuries-old Brewers’ House in Brussels’ Grand Place. “I hope it doesn’t happen as if the U.K. wants to export their own beers to the EU, they will get a similar reaction.”

    Jonny Garrett, a spokesman for Cave Direct beer merchants, which imports beers to the U.K., remains sanguine.

    Brexit “was a real blow to our business and has really squeezed our margins,” Garrett said. “We hope in the long run that a good deal will be struck for trade with the EU and will campaign for it if necessary. In the meantime we have adjusted our pricing and continue to grow our Belgian and German brands really well.”
    23.08.2017   Inspirational New Closures from UNITED CAPS at drinktec 2017 in Munich    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 Beverage manufacturers are increasingly focused on developing Differentiated Total Packaging Solutions that allow their brand to stand out on crowded shelves.

    UNITED CAPS are known for their ability to enable those solutions with breakthrough closures that provide not only a first class gateway to the product experience but also enhance brand storytelling.

    At Drinktec, UNITED CAPS will be present in Hall A4, Stand 535, and will demonstrate how their market-driven approach, supported by the strategic pillars of RELATE, PERFORM & SUSTAIN, fosters the development of outstanding closures that perform as well in the plant as they do in the hand.

    With a healthy 50/50 split between customised and non-bespoke solutions, UNITED CAPS will also showcase the latest in customised solutions like the innovative Wattwiller closure, which features a petal-flower design that is not only eye-catching but allows end users to open bottles with very little effort.

    The complete beverage and dairy standard portfolio has recently been enhanced by significant acquisitions and growth. True to the principle that “Less is More” - UNITED CAPS outstanding design capability has reduced the need for product line complexity. It encompasses solutions for the entire industry, everything from PET to glass bottles across an impressive range of neck sizes. The optimised product lines on display constitute a comprehensive collection wide enough to meet industry needs but simple enough to avoid overwhelming with unnecessary choice.

    New closures developed to answer the requirements of the latest industry trends will be also available to experience at the show.

    Enhancing this portfolio are differentiated finishing processes such as the cutting edge UNITED CAPS Bi-Injection process which yield exciting design possibilities and inspiration for brand owners.

    Experts from R&D, production and technical service will be on hand to explain how UNITED CAPS helps customers to deliver Differentiated Total Packaging Solutions.
    (United Caps)
    23.08.2017   Russia: Craft brewing expanding in Russia    ( )

    Pint by frothy pint, a hoppy revolution is brewing in Russia, the Associated Press reported on August 14.

    This new generation of craft brewers began sprouting in the vodka capital of the world as foreign beers became too expensive and beer fans sought alternatives to mass-produced lagers. From juicy IPAs to velvety stouts and lip-smacking sours, beers served at breweries that opened in recent years in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg offer visitors and locals alike the styles popularized in the last two decades by the craft beer boom in the U.S. and Europe.

    Many breweries started after the currency collapse of 2014, when imported beer prices skyrocketed and supply fell.

    “There was almost nothing being brought from outside,” said Alex Korobkov, co-owner of the Zagovor brewery and the RULE Taproom in central Moscow. “So people decided to brew something they had tried outside of Russia.”

    Korobkov and a group of friends started Zagovor — which translates to “Conspiracy” in Russian — in 2014.

    Today, there are over 100 craft breweries in Russia, said Nikita Filippov, co-founder of AF Brew in St. Petersburg, founded in 2012 and one of the craft beer pioneers in Russia. But Filippov said only around two dozen breweries have their own production capacities or long-term contractual base.

    “If nothing dramatic happens in the Russian economics, hops and malt import policies, or beer restriction legislation, the future for craft beer in Russia is promising,” said Filippov.

    All ingredients have to be imported — hops from the U.S. or Germany, grains from several European countries — and there are only a few facilities with the necessary equipment that serve as contract brewers.

    Craft beer still represents a tiny segment of the beer market in Russia — around 1 percent, according to Dmitry Drobyshevsky, who runs the Russian beer trade news site Profibeer and analyzes the market.

    Drobyshevsky said the market for Russian craft beers is expanding beyond its borders, to Europe and China.

    “The Russian brewery Jaws (from Yekaterinburg) started selling beer in China in May,” he said. “Russian bars are starting to appear there, too.”

    The surge in Russian craft beer is perfectly timed for the expected tourism bonanza when the country hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Hundreds of thousands of foreign fans, many of them from the U.S. and Western Europe, will visit the 11 host cities.

    And few things pair better with beer than soccer.

    “They will find a country which is million miles away from old stereotypes about Russia. They will find people who don’t have vodka with caviar every meal but have the offer and knowledge in fine foods, fine spirits and craft beers,” said Filippov. “They will be greatly welcome to our country by a community of craft beer brewers and drinkers.”
    22.08.2017   India: United Breweries introducing five imported beer brands from parent Heineken in India    ( )

    United Breweries Ltd, the maker of Kingfisher beer, is in the process of introducing five imported beer brands from its Dutch parent Heineken NV in India, challenging Anheuser-Busch InBev—currently the market leader for imported beers, Livemint reported on August 10.

    UB has introduced these brands—Sol, Edelweiss, Affligem, Dos Equis and Desperados—in select markets a month ago and is now expanding to other markets, marketing head Samar Singh Sheikhawat said.

    “We are very hopeful that with these five brands, we will have a solution for a consumer set who is looking for these offerings and did not find an answer in the UB portfolio. There is a growing market for this, a profitable market,” Sheikhawat.

    UB—India’s largest beer maker—aims to capture a fourth of India’s imported beer market with these five brands, Sheikhawat said. Before these brands were launched, UB had no presence in that segment.

    The new brands are expected to help UB expand its portfolio, enter a fast-growing segment, and partially offset the slowdown in the wider beer market. Of the five beers, Sol will take on Corona from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

    Apart from Corona, which has a market share of around 49% in imported beers, Anheuser-Busch InBev also sells Hoegaarden (about 27%) and Stella Artois (5%) imported beers in India.

    UB’s new beer brands will be priced between Rs240 and Rs290 a bottle. Alcohol by volume content in these brands ranges from 4.5% to 6.9%. They will all be imported and not manufactured or bottled in India.

    Heineken owns a 43% stake in UB. Anheuser-Busch InBev operates as Crown Beers India Ltd.

    According to UB, the market for imported beers is a tiny one, with almost a million cases selling every year.

    However, it is growing in double digits while the overall beer market is stagnant. It has expanded from 650,000 cases to 950,000 cases between 2013 and 2016, according to a combination of the company’s internal estimates and customs data.

    Imported lager was a three-million litre market by volume in 2016, according to data from Euromonitor International, which provides numbers only for imported lagers and not other kinds of imported beers. The total beer market clocked volume of 2.92 billion litres in 2016.

    UB’s new beer brands will be priced between Rs 240 and Rs 290 a bottle. Alcohol by volume content in these brands ranges from 4.5% to 6.9%. They will all be imported and not manufactured or bottled in India.

    “Price is not the chief determinant for this segment – provenance, story, heritage, beer experience etc is. Europe is associated with the best quality beers in the world, especially Belgian beers. Affligem is Belgian, Desperados is French and Edelweiss is Austrian,” Sheikhawat said.

    Sol and Dos Equis are both beers from Mexico and the former is UB’s answer to Corona, which also originates in Mexico. The new brands will be available in markets like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Goa, Chennai and Hyderabad and are targeted at the young and affluent urban population.

    “These are people who hang out, the affluent, for whom drinking is a casual, social pastime and they are heavily influenced by beers and in trying out new labels. That category is not too fussed about the price point and it is a growing market,” said Sreedhar Prasad, partner at KPMG in India.
    22.08.2017   Latvia: Aldaris brewery's turnover down 1.5% due to market contraction last year    ( )

    Latvian brewery Aldaris closed 2016 with EUR 25.857 million in turnover, down 1.5% from a year before, while its losses expanded by 21.6% year-on-year to EUR 3.178 million, writes LETA, according to information available at

    The company’s management put down the turnover decrease to the 6.2% contraction of the Latvian beer market. The growth of the company’s losses was also blamed on the reduced market and the decision to give up the rights to distribute products of the Baltika brand.

    In 2016, Aldaris commanded 26.1% of the Latvian beer market, according to the management’s report. Last year, Aldaris sold 42.6 million litres of beer, down 1.4% from 2015.

    At the same time, Aldaris has been strengthening its position in other beverage segments like beer cocktails, cider, alcoholic cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. “One of the main non-beer brands is Somersby cider, which has been showing great success across the world,” the Aldaris management said.

    In 2015, Aldaris reported a turnover of EUR 26.244 million, down 8.3% from 2014, and cut its loss by 23.3% to EUR 2.614 million.

    In 2013 Aldaris decided to focus on premium class and craft beer production, and moving production of cheaper or PET-bottled beers to other Carlsberg group breweries in Lithuania and Estonia.

    Aldaris, founded in 1865, is the largest brewery in Latvia and one of the biggest in the Baltics. It is part of the Carlsberg group, one of the world's largest beer makers.
    22.08.2017   Vietnam: Analysts believe now is the right time for government to sell its stake in Sabeco    ( )

    Analysts believe that now is the right time for the state to divest Sabeco shares because the shares are going for a good price, VietNamNet Bridge reported on August 10.

    Sabeco will step up selling the State capital in this firm in 2017 as requested by the Government.

    A representative of Sabeco, the largest brewer in Vietnam, said Sabeco has chosen a consultancy firm for the process.

    Nguyen Hoang Hai, deputy chair of the Vietnam Association of Financial Investors (VAFI), commented that the state’s divestment would only partially depend on the consultant, as it is the sales method that will determine the success of the transaction.

    Sabeco should implement equitization quickly to grab the opportunity to sell at high prices, he said. If the State remains undecided, it will lose billions of dollars.

    "It is necessary to organize auctions and sell its stake soon,” Hai added.

    “If the State wants to sell its stake at high prices, it should sell all the 90 percent stake once. The sale must be done in a transparent and open way which will attract the highest possible number of buyers,” he said.

    Hai stressed the principle of transparency in selling the state’s stake, i.e. shares will be sold to those who pay the highest prices.

    To ensure transparency, it would be better to make public the share auctions and allow investors interview the enterprise before they make decisions.

    Hai repeatedly stressed that the state should sell the stake once to avoid loss of the state’s property.

    In general, state agencies don’t want to sell immediately because Sabeco is so valuable. However, an analyst said if the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) sells in dribs and drabs, 10 percent each time, Sabeco won’t be able to attract strategic shareholders.

    “Strategic investors always want an ownership ratio high enough for them to join the board of directors of enterprises. The small lots of shares won’t attract them,” he explained.

    “They won’t inject money into enterprises if the state still holds the controlling stake,” he said.

    Hai from VAFI estimated that the state would get several billion dollars if all of its stake was sold at one time. The amount of money will be useful, because the state lacks sufficient money for development and investment.

    Institutional investors from Australia, Japan and the US have shown great interest in Sabeco.
    22.08.2017   Łomża Beer Presents a Premium New Glass Bottle    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of a new communication strategy, Łomża Brewery, has launched the Łomża Jasne beer in a premium new bottle design, introducing modern features to the sleek bottle that consumers love. The new design emphasises the slim shape, and the neck of the bottle has been embossed with the brewery’s logo, reflecting Łomża brand’s history.

    The design brief was to create glass packaging that captured Łomża’s historic identity while retaining key brand icons and features. Working in collaboration with Ardagh Group in Poland, in-house designers used their creativity and technical expertise to develop a range of different bottle designs to meet the brief, from which the final shape was selected.

    "The bottle’s fresh look is achieved using two design techniques: traditional embossing and debossing. It has a 500ml capacity and is tall and imposing, giving it real shelf stand-out", explains Roman Sobecki from the design department of Ardagh OEG Design, Gostyń glassworks.

    “Łomża beer has been on the market for 49 years. During that time, we have gained a well-established position in the beer market and have captured the hearts of successive generations of beer lovers. The new communication strategy shows that we listen to our consumers and are responding with a stunning, premiumised new bottle "says Maciej Dymalski, Brand Marketing Manager of Van Pur – Łomża’s brand owner.

    Łomża beer is an alternative to both mass market and craft beers. “We embrace the authenticity of traditional beer brewing, which we know guarantees a quality product. We don’t mass-produce, nor do we over-complicate the process as some craft beers do. We want to make Łomża the best regional beer in Poland, hence the rebranded image that responds to consumer interest in authentic products" explains Maciej Dymalski.
    (Ardagh Glass Gostyn S.A.)
    21.08.2017   Historic collaboration between Tennent's Lager and DS Smith    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith’s UK packaging division has partnered with the Scottish lager brand, Tennent’s, to help launch a limited edition ‘heritage pack’ inspired by artefacts from the brand’s 130 year history.

    The concept behind Tennent’s Lager Heritage Series pack was to celebrate and draw upon the brands ‘experience and expertise’, with the label and pack design taking inspiration from the original bottles, including the very first Tennent’s can.

    To achieve the complex pack design, it was vital that the print quality was high to replicate the historic Tennent’s logo. Using the latest print technology, the packaging strategists were able to print the final design using corrugated post print, allowing for colour consistency with the brands logo throughout the range of label designs.

    Alan McGarrie, Head of UK Brand Marketing at Tennent’s Lager said, ‘Our limited edition bottle pack provides a great platform for us to celebrate the history and character of Tennent’s Lager. The work DS Smith put into producing the pack for us is fantastic, and ultimately consumers love the pack when they see it on the shelves.’

    Simon Hamer, Print Director at DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division, commented: ‘The Heritage Series is a great example of collaboration between customers and suppliers when working on pack design. We are proud to deliver a product that not only upholds Tennent’s reputation for iconic packaging, but is also recognised for the highest quality print.

    We invest in the latest printing technology at an early stage to ensure our customers have unrivalled access to quality and the widest range of printing techniques, helping products to stand out at the moment of truth in store.’

    The Heritage Series was recently awarded Gold at the European Flexographic Industry Awards 2017 for its innovative design, style and production.
    (DS Smith Packaging)
    21.08.2017   KHS Innoket Roland 40: new, compact labeler for craft breweries and spirits bottlers    ( Company news )

    Company news With the Innoket Roland 40 (photo) the KHS Group is launching a compact labeler to market.

    -Compact table machine for the low capacity range
    -High-quality mechanical design based on the Innoket Neo
    -Many expansion options for individual requirements

    With the Innoket Roland 40 the KHS Group is launching a compact labeler to market. The machine will be premiered at this year’s drinktec trade show in Munich, Germany. The KHS Innoket Neo’s little brother has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 bottles per hour and is thus specifically tailored to the requirements of craft breweries and spirits bottlers. The Innoket Roland 40 can be fitted with various labeling stations and is characterized by its ease of use and the accustomed high standard of quality offered by KHS.

    “The new machine is specially geared towards lines with a smaller output,” explains Cornelius Adolf, labeling product manager at KHS. During development particular attention was paid to simple operation and a high degree of economy. The table machine is not only of interest to craft breweries but also to companies in the food and non-food industries, such as manufacturers of canned food, pet food or shampoo.

    In its standard version the Innoket Roland 40 comes with two cold glue stations. This allows shoulder and neck labels to be applied at two levels by the first station, for instance, with the second station affixing back labels to the bottles. Alternatively, self-adhesive stations, a combination of cold glue and self-adhesive technology and hot melt labeling processes can be used.

    Proven components from the high-capacity range
    Inside the Innoket Roland 40 are countless quality-determining components taken from the established high-performance KHS Innoket Neo labeling machine. These include the carousel, infeed and discharge stars, folding doors, installation and format parts and guides and on the cold glue station the gripper cylinder and label magazine. The servo feed screw found on the Innoket Neo has also been applied and integrated here, permitting gentle bottle stops.

    Plenty of upwards scope
    The new KHS development also provides many different opportunities for extension, enabling individual labeling tasks to be realized. It is possible, for example, to equip the Innoket Roland 40 with the KHS VarioDrive electronic bottle plate control system. Other options include mechanical alignment by side or base notch or swing-top closure in the infeed star and the fitting of traveling applicators, the latter used for cap or lid labels. L- and U-shaped labels – such as for the tax revenue stamps on spirits bottles – can also be labeled and rolled on. Optional sensors check for the presence of labels at certain points, for example in the label magazine or on the gluing roller, and for other factors such as broken bottles. With its many expansion options the KHS Innoket Roland 40 is thus perfectly suited to cater for all requirements in the small capacity range.
    (KHS GmbH)
    17.08.2017   AQ IS THE NEW IQ! MEET AQFLEX AT DRINKTEC 2017 - IT'S THE INTELLIGENT, ...    ( Company news )


    With the packaging industry facing increasingly sophisticated consumption trends that present various challenges to the production and distribution of goods, Gebo Cermex is responding to these complexities with the introduction of AQFlex® - a breakthrough product handling technology. 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. This is a significant first step towards bringing the factory of the future to life and will be on show at Drinktec 2017.

    Responding to the ever-changing needs of the industry
    With packaging quality playing a key role in brand recognition and ever-increasing production diversity, a growing number of stock keeping units (SKUs) and even product and secondary packaging personalisation now possible, manufacturers are looking for improved flexibility and responsiveness from their existing packaging systems. Easy re-engineering of existing lines is also important if producers are to easily adapt to big changes in demand.

    Producers and brand owners are therefore becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to their line requirements. They cannot afford to compromise on extended performance in terms of production uptime, efficiency and reliability, always paying close attention to keeping total cost of ownership (TCO) as low as possible. As a consequence, they look for packaging solutions that are space-saving, easy to maintain, ergonomic in design, simple to use and sustainable.

    In face of these ever changing demands, Gebo Cermex – part of the Sidel Group and world leader in packaging line engineering solutions – has reinvented the design of packaging lines thanks to a breakthrough product handling technology. The company decided on a system that would help manufacturers meet all their current performance objectives, as well as prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.
    "After spending 50 years in pioneering conveying solutions and line regulation systems, we believe this introduction to be the culmination of our innovation processes," says Ludovic Tanchou, Vice President Strategy, Products and Innovation at Gebo Cermex. He goes on to explain: “AQFlex is the new IQ in product handling, encompassing all the advantages given by the existing conveying machines in a much smarter way."

    Freeing product innovation thanks to total flexibility
    AQFlex is designed by Gebo Cermex as a new concept in packaging solutions that accommodates any product, whatever the application, whatever the market, in all container materials, formats and shapes, full or empty, while also enabling automatic changeovers via an intuitive and user-friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI).

    Care of product integrity is completely ensured by the single-lane, contact-free product handling and accumulation system that is able to process even fragile, unstable or premium containers.

    High performance via unprecendented capability
    More proof of the unprecedented packaging line performance of AQFlex is its ability to operate at any speed, from 1,000 to 100,000 containers per hour, delivering energy savings of up to 60%, without compromising high efficiency (99.5% even at high speeds) or sustainability.

    This is ensured by high line performance regulation, together with a high accumulation performance to maintain continuous product flow - at any speed with the use of advanced robotics based on a proven logic motion technology and a centralised system architecture ensures the accurate synchronisation of motion control for all the servo axes of the equipment.

    Tanchou continues: "Moreover, for greater product traceability and continuous control of production quality, the solution works according to a ‘first-in, first-out’ (FIFO) operating principle.”

    Extremely compact, smart design offers up to 40% space saving
    All the conveying functions of AQFlex, including contactless accumulation and multilane machine infeed, are cleverly regrouped into this single, universal, handling solution. As all conveying and accumulation is carried out as a single-file process, the usual peripheral conveying functions associated with mass accumulation - such as deceleration, de-grouping, combining and laning - are completely eliminated.

    For minimised TCO and optimised operability, the solution from Gebo Cermex offers the best accumulation/space ratio on the market. Its compact design provides up to 40% space savings compared to traditional solutions and, as a result of its compact footprint, AQFlex is easily integrated into existing production lines. The solution has a clear and open design that gives full accessibility at floor level for enhanced ergonomics and easy cleaning. Having only a few added mechanical parts compared to a conveyor, maintenance of AQFlex is comparable to that of a standard conveyor - without the need for any lubrication.
    Discover why AQ is the new IQ at Drinktec 2017.
    (Gebo Cermex)
    16.08.2017   Alessandro Paini is the new General Manager of the Sacmi Beverage Division    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Alessandro Paini

    With extensive international experience in product development and global sales coordination, Mr. Paini takes over from Vezio Bernardi, who now goes on to head the Group's Closures & Containers Division

    Alessandro Paini is the new General Manager of Sacmi Beverage, the company Division that, since 2009, has covered all areas concerning the design and manufacture of machines and complete plants for beverage packaging. A mechanical engineer - and previously a key figure in a leading international Group that designs in-PET liquid packaging solutions - Mr. Paini has extensive Product Management experience, his past duties ranging from coordination of R&D and global product portfolio management to development and implementation of new sales strategies.

    The new Sacmi Beverage General Manager takes over from Vezio Bernardi, who led the Division for nearly five years. During that time the Division strengthened its role as global partner to the industry (thanks to a far-sighted policy of horizontal and vertical integration among Sacmi Group providers of packaging-beverage solutions) while exploring new business avenues, as exemplified by the recent takeover of Defranceschi Italia, intended to ensure solid, all-round Group positioning in the wine-making sector.

    With the arrival of Alessandro Paini, who officially took over as head of the Beverage Division on Monday 10th July 2017, Vezio Bernardi now moves on to head Sacmi's other packaging 'pillar', the Closures & Containers Division; the latter, via which the Sacmi Group is the world's leading provider of beverage closure manufacturing machines, is ever-more focused on integrating the various stages of container production, from preform to bottle.

    Also facing a new challenge is Giuseppe Lesce. Currently General Manager of the Closures&Containers Division, Mr. Lesce shall soon be taking over as General Manager of the newly-formed Customer Services Division, a unit that Sacmi has established to coordinate the SACMI network and develop aftermarket services for all Group businesses and Divisions. The challenge is to link the various Business Units by supplying excellent training, technical assistance, spare parts, overhauls and maintenance engineering and, more generally, comprehensive customer care services that also focus on Industry 4.0.
    (Sacmi Imola S.C.)
    15.08.2017   Wine, sparkling wine, spirits: trends demand ideas and the means to make them a reality - ...    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 them at drinktec 2017

    As the World's Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry, drinktec has always offered technologies for producers of wine, sparkling wine, and spirits. Thanks to the cooperation with SIMEI, it is now possible to address winegrowers and wine producers in a more targeted manner. For the first time, SIMEI@drinktec—the international exhibition for winery and bottling machinery—will take place as part of drinktec. It will be offering solutions exclusively for the wine industry in two halls (C2 and C3) across an exhibition area of 20,000 square meters. Over 200 exhibitors will be presenting all kinds of machine technology and equipment for wine production and wine processing, including packaging solutions.

    Through the collaboration with SIMEI and its organizers, Unione Italiana Vini, drinktec's hall surface area is growing to over 150,000 square meters. SIMEI thus completes drinktec's offering with specific solutions exclusively for the wine industry. At SIMEI@drinktec, you will be able to find large wineries, who live mainly off exports, just as much as small winegrowers, who are more likely to produce for regional demand.

    Although drinktec has already been offering technologies for the wine industry up to now, “this has been more about bottling and packaging technology on a large scale. Equipment that is designed for large volumes and can be used not exclusively but simply also for the wine industry,” explains Petra Westphal, the project group leader responsible for drinktec 2017. “SIMEI is the perfect extension to our current offer. We therefore have more than 500 exhibitors, whose offer is completely or at least partly geared to the wine industry."

    But what are the key trends that are influencing the wine industry? Let us start by taking a look at the volume segment in Europe: here, the wine's origin plays a rather subordinate role for consumers, who put their full and complete trust in the brand. Global sourcing is thus gaining in significance in order to further reduce costs in this highly competitive market. This gives new opportunities to winegrowers who have not yet been brought to the attention of the general public, for example the East, if they can provide the desired quality and quantity of bulk wine.

    Premium wine: authenticity and sustainability are in vogue
    In the premium market, authenticity and sustainability are becoming increasingly important. The central brand messages include keywords such as “wine culture” and “tradition.” However, for the customer, sustainability and environmental protection go hand in hand—This applies, for example, to organic wine grape cultivation as well as to water or energy saving. So it is all the more beneficial for trade visitors that drinktec, as a “full-range supplier,” also showcases global, state-of-the-art offerings in these segments.

    As authenticity is popular, consumers' first step in this direction could be native wines. Native can mean “indigenous” or “homegrown”—a native grape variety grows in the place where it originally existed. Examples include the Elbling on the Moselle or the Grüner Veltliner throughout Austria. This territorial uniqueness is a very promising USP, particularly for consumers who want to deliberately rule out the global Chardonnays or Cabernets.

    A second step towards authenticity brings us to orange wines and natural wines. They are still a tiny niche, but it is these wines that are served in the hippest locations and most passionately discussed in social network forums. In most cases, bio-organically or bio-dynamically operating businesses are behind “natural” wines. The wines themselves are usually spontaneously fermented, i.e. without selected yeast. They are also not sulfurized and filtered, or only to a slight degree. As little technology as possible is the motto. As a result, the white wines have a gold or even an orange shimmer to them. In terms of taste, the wines are completely out of the ordinary. Due to the high levels of tannin and lees they are slightly bitter and have herbaceous undertones. Also, they have no or a very low amount of primary fruit aromas. This is the sign of real authenticity according to the natural scene movement.

    Craft spirits are conquering the market
    While craft beer has already taken the global market by storm, craft spirits are now following suit in all their diversity. According to the market researchers at Mintel, spirits have already increased their product launches worldwide by 265 percent between 2011 and 2015.

    Christoph Witte, Head of Product Management B2C at Döhler GmbH, states that many start-ups are also participating in the current market trends: “Alcoholic cold brew coffee specialties, innovation around the drink of the moment gin, or even the fusion of various symbiotic beverage categories—these are just a few examples of inspirations for alcoholic beverages, which we will be presenting at drinktec.”

    The study carried out by Mintel shows that it is mainly generation Y, born between 1982 and 2000, which is stimulating the demand for craft spirits and craft cocktails. Their brand loyalty is as small as their interest in entirely new countries of origin and experimental styles is great. Christoph Witte explains: “A true pioneering spirit has broken out in the alcohol industry: classic spirits, wine, and sparkling wine are getting more and more unusual tastes through botanical extracts, exotic fruits, tea, coffee, and even vegetables.” Even champagne is part of this trend: Veuve Clicquot, who recently introduced really sweet champagnes, Rich and Rich Rosé, is seeking to penetrate the world of cocktails. Recommended ingredients for mixing with this include cucumber, celery, paprika, ginger, pineapple, hibiscus blossoms, and grapefruit zest.

    Millennials are interested in the story behind the brand
    Meanwhile, what is particularly interesting to the generation of millennials when it comes to wine is the story behind the brand. The concept wines or signature wines of young winegrowers are therefore also the success story of recent years. Instead of focusing on the place of origin, grape variety, or how the wine has been produced in communications, they let pictures, labels, and names speak for themselves and tell a story. This fits perfectly into the social media age, in which the power of images is brought to our attention on a daily basis.

    In general, social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, apps, and blogs are becoming increasingly important in marketing. Consumers look for information, tasting notes, recommendations, and ranking lists. Online trade is also growing. Compared to other industries, however, the traditional channels are still of central importance for wine. According to a British study, for instance, the millennials view wine as a social drink, which they prefer to consume in bars or restaurants. But even traditional trade has moved a long way down paths that lean on Internet search engines: In Holland, for example, merchants no longer arrange their wines according to the country of origin, but according to the taste and drinking occasion, making it easier for customers to find their perfect wine. Of course, this idea can also be taken up by producers: a wine that began as a cuvée that goes well with asparagus could turn into an accompaniment to salmon or a delight to savor on a summer's night. By the way, the international wine, sparkling wine and spirits industry can also find all the necessary tools such as labels or advertising materials at drinktec.

    New markets due to aging society
    There is also a second population group which will increasingly influence the wine market. In 2050, about 28 percent of the European population is set to be 65 and older. For comparison: this figure was 19 percent in 2015. This aging society in Europe is opening up new markets for packaging solutions. People are looking for smaller volumes and packaging that keeps the content fresh for longer. The reason being that they like to drink wine regularly, but in smaller quantities.

    These new packaging solutions can be made of glass, which still dominates the wine sector. However, the opportunities for alternative packaging such as disposable PET or bag-in-box are getting better and better.

    SIMEI supporting program
    In addition to the presentations of around 200 SIMEI@drinktec exhibitors, the transfer of knowledge between professionals is a second mainstay of SIMEI. The extensive program of the SIMEI Knowledge & Innovation Area with highly specialized seminars and workshops includes contributions from outstanding stakeholders from industry and science as well as representatives from renowned institutions from all over the world.

    In the SIMEI Sensory Bar, visitors will be introduced to an exquisite selection of wines and other known products of Italian cuisine in tastings and educational sessions on sensory analysis. In addition, the head chef of RISAMORE will present tricks through an exciting live performance and introduce interesting new recipes.
    (Messe München GmbH)
    15.08.2017   Z-ITALIA AT THE DRINKTEC FAIR 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news On the occasion of the DrinkTec 2017 that will take place in Munich (Germany) on September 2017, Z-Italia will exhibit a rotary labelling machine Z-Adhesive and a rotary Z-Roll reel labelling machine RollFed.

    In addition we will exhibit a ColdGlue labelling module for high speeds.
    The adhesive labelling machine has the adhesive group, intentionally oversize, in order to guarantee a maximum precision during the application of the labels on the bottle.

    The adhesive labelling machine is equipped with the optic orientation with fiber for logo in glass on the bottle.

    On particular interest is the cutting of the labels of the labelling machine Rollfed which ensures a cut of over 200.000.000 labels without the replacement of the knives.

    In addition to Z-Adhesive and Z-Rollfed, Z-Italia completes its series of labelling machines with the following models:
    - Z-ColdGlue: rotary labelling machines for partial cold glue paper labels
    - Z-HotMelt: rotary labelling machines for wrap around paper labels

    Z-Italia labelling machines series are ideal for glass and plastic bottles and cans with a speed from 5.000 to 60.000 bph.
    (Z-Italia srl)
    14.08.2017   O-I Launches Website for Online Bottle Sales    ( Company news )

    Company news Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) recently launched a new e-commerce platform, O-I On Demand, to sell glass bottles to craft beverage and food producers in the U.S. The website makes it easy and convenient for craft producers to purchase high-quality bottles directly from the world’s leading glass packaging manufacturer.

    At launch, O-I On Demand is focused on the U.S. craft beer market, featuring 10 amber colored bottles ranging from 12 and 22 ounce designs to 32 and 64 ounce growlers. Customers can order in quantities as low as one half-height pallet, pay with a credit card, and receive their glass 3-5 days. All bottles are made in the United States.

    Over time and based on market demand, the beer category offering, as well as offerings in other beverage and food market segments, will continue to expand.

    O-I On Demand can be found online at

    The new platform complements and expands upon O-I’s existing product and service offerings. With more than 100 years in the industry, O-I combines extensive expertise in glass packaging with flexibility and service to cater to the needs of customers both large and small. In addition to a variety of stock bottles in a range of colors and finishes, O-I also offers comprehensive custom glass bottle design, manufacturing and decoration services, backed by industry-leading quality assurance.
    (O-I Owens-Illinois Glass Containers)
    11.08.2017   Australia: Lion to stop brewing Knappstein Reserve Lager, ...    ( )

    ... close brewery in South Australia

    Lion has decided to stop brewing Knappstein Reserve Lager and will close the Enterprise Brewery in Clare, South Australia, the Australian Brews News reported on August 2.

    Lion said in a statement that production of Knappstein will cease on August 11. This reportedly followed a review of the business after Knappstein brewer Mel Fettke announced plans to leave for a winemaking role.

    “As a result, the Enterprise Brewery in Clare, South Australia (where Knappstein Reserve Lager is brewed) will also cease brewing beer until a future use for the brewery site and brewery kit is decided,” said Lion.

    “This is due to declining volume of the brand over the last few years and the brewery operating significantly below capacity.

    “None of our people are impacted by this decision, as they will continue to work throughout our brewing network.”

    Lion no longer owns the Enterprise Brewery site, having sold Knappstein and all its other wine brands to Accolade Wines in November last year.
    11.08.2017   Brazil: Heineken to end distribution of products with Coca-Cola bottlers, ...    ( )

    ... use Kirin Brazil’s distribution routes for its products

    Mexico's Coca-Cola Femsa, the world's largest Coke bottler, said on July 24 it is poised to lose a key distribution contract in Brazil, sending its shares down 5 percent, even as it reported an 11.5 percent jump in quarterly net profit, Reuters reported.

    Coke Femsa said Dutch brewer Heineken, which holds a stake in its parent company Femsa, had told the company it would end its distribution of products with bottlers of the Coca-Cola system in Brazil from Oct. 31.

    Shares in Coke Femsa slumped 5.25 percent to 151.71 pesos as of 1 p.m. local time, and were the biggest drag on Mexico's benchmark stock index.

    It was not clear exactly when the distribution contract with Heineken will end, said Hector Trevino, chief financial officer at Coca-Cola Femsa.

    Heineken maintains the contract can be terminated with six months' notice, but Coke Femsa disagrees, Trevino said.

    "We firmly believe that the contract terminates in 2022," he said.

    Heineken acquired the Brazilian breweries of Japan's Kirin Holdings Co Ltd earlier this year. The Dutch company will use Kirin Brazil's distribution routes to bring Heineken products to market in the region going forward, Heineken spokesman John-Paul Schuirink said in a statement.

    "As Heineken, Femsa and the Brazilian Coca-Cola bottlers are still in discussions we are not commenting in more detail," Schuirink said.

    The loss of the contract represents a blow to Coke Femsa, said Vector Casa de Bolsa analyst Antonio Montañez, who estimates that beer distribution represents about 5 percent of the company's revenue in Brazil.

    Nevertheless, Coke Femsa expressed confidence for its prospects in Brazil as inflation eases. Sales volumes in Brazil increased in June after more than a year of monthly declines, Trevino said.

    "We have hit the bottom, and from here on, we will see better performance in Brazil," he said.

    Negative currency fluctuations in Venezuela and higher interest rates in Mexico took a toll on Coke Femsa's results, Credit Suisse wrote in a note to investors.

    Saying it expected the shares to react negatively, Credit Suisse described the performance in Mexico and South America as weak and also saw the Heineken announcement as negative.

    The company said net income was 2.232 billion pesos ($123 million) compared with 2.001 billion pesos in the same quarter last year. Revenue for the quarter at Coke Femsa rose 25.5 percent to 50.1 billion pesos.

    It earned 1.07 pesos per share, the company said.
    11.08.2017   Ireland: New legislation allows craft breweries and distilleries to sell their ...    ( )

    ... products to visitors

    Brewery news
    The Irish government has approved legislation that will allow craft breweries and distilleries to sell their products to their visitors, BBC reported on July 27.

    The legislation, first proposed by the Labour Party, will now have to work its way through the Irish parliament.

    It would allow microbreweries sell their drinks on their premises between 10:00 and 18:00.

    Visitors would have to complete a guided tour of the brewery before they could buy its alcohol.

    Up until now, craft breweries and distilleries have needed a pub licence to sell their products to visitors.

    Under the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, they will have to apply to the courts for a certificate before licences are granted.

    The licences will be subject to annual renewal.

    Alan Kelly, the Labour TD who introduced the bill, insists the move will encourage the growth of 'craft beer tourism' across the country.

    "I believe it's very important for Irish tourism to create a real visitor experience," he said.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said allowing visitors who have completed a craft brewery or distillery tour to purchase alcohol on the premises would "add to the visitor experience".

    "As was once the case many years ago, nearly every town now has its own craft brewery," he added.

    "Some craft breweries and distilleries admit visitors for guided tours of their premises, which attracts tourists to the area and creates local employment opportunities."
    11.08.2017   Japan & USA: Sapporo Holdings acquires San Francisco’s iconic Anchor Brewing Company    ( )

    Japan’s Sapporo Holdings Limited on August 3 announced that it would acquire iconic San Francisco craft beer maker, Anchor Brewing Company. The news was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The deal, financed through a combination of “own capital [and] external borrowings,” is worth $85 million, according to Sapporo’s second quarter financial statements. It is expected to close on August 31.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Sapporo Holdings will acquire “all of the equity interest of Anchor Brewing Company,” which is controlled by a parent company “Anchor Brewers & Distillers.”

    Anchor Distilling Company is not included in the deal.

    Anchor Brewers & Distillers was formed in 2010 when former Skyy Spirits executives Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio purchased the brewery via the Griffin Group investment and consulting company from Fritz Maytag, who is widely regarded as one of the earliest pioneers of craft microbrewing.

    The 121-year old Anchor Brewing Company, known for its Anchor Steam Beer, ranked as the 22nd largest craft brewing company in the US last year, according to industry trade organization the Brewers Association. The company produced 135,000 barrels of beer in 2016, but sales declined 4 percent versus the previous year.

    In a press release announcing the purchase, Sapporo said Anchor’s annual sales totaled about $33 million in 2016. The $85 million deal represents about 2.5 times total sales and is significantly smaller than other recent California craft brewery purchases.

    In 2015, Ballast Point sold to Constellation Brands for $1 billion. The San Diego-based company made about 277,000 barrels that year. Also in 2015, Heineken purchased a 50 percent stake in Petaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Company, which made about 791,000 barrels that year. That deal was said to be worth $500 million, and Heineken has since acquired the remainder of the company.

    Much of Anchor’s value lies in real estate, however. It owns the property where the brewery resides, as well as a building across the street, a source familiar with the company told Brewbound.

    In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Greggor said the deal had been in the works for a year, and the company held exploratory talks with several larger strategics about purchasing the brewery.

    “When you take a brand like Anchor, its very soul exists in the heart of San Francisco,” Greggor told the outlet. “Of all the people we spoke to, (Sapporo) respected Anchor the most, what it stood for and the importance of its connection with San Francisco.”

    Anchor will continue its brewing operations at its Potrero Hill production facility, and the company plans to open a new public taproom inside on De Haro Street, the Chronicle reported.

    “Sapporo committed to investing in the Potrero Hill brewery until we exceed capacity of that brewery, but I have no idea when that would be,” Greggor told the outlet. “We are currently running at about 55 to 60 percent of that capacity.”

    Plans for a second Anchor Brewing facility on San Francisco’s Pier 48 as part of the $1.6 billion Mission Rock Development project appear to have stalled completely after more than four years of delays, although the brewery wouldn’t comment, according to the Chronicle.

    Anchor’s management told the Chronicle that selling complete ownership of Anchor to Sapporo — which was founded in 1876 and is Japan’s oldest beer brand — will strengthen the brewery’s long-term future and enable its continued international expansion. The brewery already exports beer to 20 countries.

    In financial filings, Sapporo said the Anchor deal falls into its long-term management plan, “Speed 150,” which is aimed at building a portfolio of “highly unique” alcoholic beverage, food and soft drink brands from around the world. The company said it is prioritizing expanding its North American business.

    “The addition of Anchor’s strong brand power and network to the Sapporo Group’s US beer business portfolio through the conclusion of this agreement is expected to generate further synergies and accelerate the growth of the Group’s US business,” the company said.

    Sapporo previously acquired Canadian beer company Sleeman Breweries Ltd., which includes the Unibroue, Sleeman and Okanagan Spring brands, for $400 million in 2006.

    Sapporo is the latest Japanese beer company to show interest in the U.S. market at a time when beer consumption in its home country are at an all-time low, according to Reuters. Last October, Kirin Holdings purchased a 24.5 percent stake in Brooklyn Brewery.
    11.08.2017   MAKING INDUSTRY 4.0 OPPORTUNITIES A REALITY - A PRIME FOCUS FOR ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... SIDEL GROUP AT DRINKTEC

    With Sidel and Gebo Cermex exhibiting together on Stand A6.330 at Drinktec 2017, the companies - part of the Sidel Group - will be showcasing their Agility 4.0TM programme. The initiative is helping manufacturers and brand owners shift from mass production to mass customisation, and gain the many benefits of Industry 4.0, while boosting Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and sustainability and minimising Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

    While consumers want more customised products, they also want them fast and at the right price. This has contributed to the rise of Industry 4.0, the adoption of intelligent cyber-physical solutions and increased automation in production plants.

    Commenting on the role of Agility 4.0 and its focus at Drinktec (11- 15 September), Frederic Sailly, Executive Vice President for Product Management and Development, Sidel explains: “The Agility 4.0 programme is an award-winning , proven and pragmatic approach to manufacturing that we have developed with a view to achieving three overall benefits: improved understanding, enhanced performance, and product mass customisation together with traceability."

    "The programme provides tangible answers to liquid packaging producers’ needs, ranging from faster changeovers to reduced maintenance, less storage, less waste, higher product quality and faster time to market - all of which increase performance and reduce costs.”

    The tools and solutions of Agility 4.0 are grouped around the programme’s five pillars:

    Virtual Factory
    The main principle of the virtual factory is to accurately simulate and test daily operations in a production plant before execution. This can be a computer model simulation of a new line to evaluate its performance, a digital twin to optimise the assets in real time or computer training of operators using virtual reality to let them practice on computer-generated equipment. Such simulation allows producers to both visualise and forecast to increase the likelihood of successful implementation and to minimise expenditure, as they can be reassured they only invest in exactly what they need.

    Smart Factory
    The smart factory leverages digital technologies, such as robots, cobots and intelligent kinematics, to improve performance. This includes assisting operators working on repetitive tasks to increase operations reliability over time and to allow human intelligence be used for tasks that can keep line performance as high as possible. The new generation of Human Machine Interface (HMI) makes operation easier by being intuitive to use with in-built tutorials and other manuals that further improve efficiency and reduce machine downtimes. This combination of machine and human intelligence is at the heart of the smart factory solutions.

    Connected Factory
    By connecting and integrating the equipment on a plant, data generated can be used to optimise performance and predict any need for maintenance. Data can also be integrated upstream to ensure a constant stream of ingredients and downstream to keep distribution smooth and avoid overstocking or unnecessary storage. Advanced analytics can be run to sustain highest performance over time and assist in decision making at all levels of the organisation. Furthermore, remote assistance and augmented reality secure increased asset utilisation and improved maintainability.

    Sustainable Factory
    Eco-friendliness is one of Agility 4.0’s core pillars. By making it possible to produce smaller batches closer to consumer centres, manufacturers reduce their need to distribute over long distances, contributing to a more sustainable approach. By reducing energy and water consumption, using new lightweight materials as well as 3D-printed components, this framework also helps customers minimise OPEX.

    Extended Factory
    Focusing on intralogistics and deployed through the dematerialised layout, this portfolio of solutions offers manufacturers access to enhanced flexibility and asset utilisation, increasing their capability to introduce new products. For instance, shuttles or Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) can digitally connect all machines in a production environment.

    Elaborating on this last point, Ludovic Tanchou, Vice President of Strategy, Products and Innovation, Gebo Cermex comments: "When it comes to answering customers’ needs in the Industry 4.0 era, the extended factory represents the Sidel Group vision. Instead of using a traditional conveyor to simply take the product from A to B in a linear production process, mobile handling can now be used to move the semi-finished or finished items from any filler, to any labeller to any packing machine. This flexible shop floor layout can even be used alongside dedicated lines with their physical connections. It will, of course, greatly enable the goal of mass customisation rather than mass production."

    He summarises by saying: “A result of the group’s strong partnerships with industry-leading players in robotics, automation and smart systems, the Agility 4.0 programme from the Sidel Group is designed to be future-proof, helping producers and brand owners face the fourth industrial revolution. It does so by creating a digital factory that can improve performance - even in a fast changing environment, while reducing non-productive sequences and minimising costs.”
    (Sidel International AG)
    11.08.2017   Portugal: Beer consumption up 10% in January – June this year    ( )

    Beer consumption in Portugal has increased by 10% year-on-year during the first half of 2017, according to data from Nielsen.

    If volume sales continue to increase at this pace, 2017 could be the year with the highest level of growth in the last decade, said Nielsen’s client development manager Tiago Aranha.

    He added that both hospitality and retail channels registered double-digit growth during the first six months of the year. Around three million households consumed beer at home over the last year, which represents 76% of the total in Portugal.

    After a period of declining consumption in recent years, "the penetration of beer in homes recovered in 2017, with significant increases in the frequency and quantity of consumption", said Aranha.

    He pointed out that the three key factors to ensure further growth are the recovery of the economic situation, the increase in the number of consumers, and favourable weather conditions. The seasonality of the market is one of the barriers preventing increased consumption in Portugal, as almost half of the volumes are sold in the summer months

    Beer is mostly consumed by individuals between the ages of 26 and 45, mainly men, although Nielsen says that an increase in beer consumption among women is evident.
    11.08.2017   Taiwan & Vietnam: Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp to debut in Vietnam ...    ( )

    ... with three beers in October

    Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp (TTL) is to make its market debut in Vietnam by introducing three beers in October, as the company taps into the Southeast Asian market in line with the government’s New Southbound Policy, Taipei Times reported on July 28.

    The overseas expansion follows its entry into the Philippine market in January. Its previous expansion in Southeast Asia was in Singapore in 2011, the company said.

    “We are accelerating our pace to expand our reach in Southeast Asia,” TTL vice president Chang Lei-min told reporters on July 26 after the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Expo in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Vietnam is the biggest market for beers in Southeast Asia and the third-largest in Asia. The nation’s beer consumption reached 3.8 billion litres last year, TTL said.

    As international and domestic beer companies are boosting their presence in Vietnam, TTL selected three products — Golden Medal Taiwan Beer, Taiwan Beer Sweet Touch and its pineapple flavored beer — to differentiate itself from the competition, Chang said.

    “We have not seen fruit-flavored beer in [Vietnam]. This is an opportunity for us to grow in the market,” he said.

    TTL will gradually increase its product portfolio in the Vietnamese market, he said.

    The company aims to sell 380,000 tonnes of beer annually and secure a 1 percent share of the market in three years, he said.

    TTL products will be sold at similar prices to those of Heineken or Budweiser at NT$30 to NT$35 per can, he added.

    The company will choose a local distribution agent early next month and start product shipments to Vietnam in early October, he said.

    TTL plans to outsource production to a local brewery next year at the earliest and is also considering setting up a local brewery in the longer term to save on taxes, he said.

    As Vietnam is part of the ASEAN Free Trade Area, TTL plans to establish a subsidiary in Vietnam next year to be able to export its products tariff-free to other ASEAN members, company president Tseng Chun-kai said in May.
    11.08.2017   Thailand & Cambodia: Thailand’s craft beer revolution currently brewed abroad    ( )

    From a small, unassuming factory in the Cambodian outpost town of Koh Kong, a couple of rebel Thai brewers are leading a craft beer revolution, Channel NewsAsia reported on July 30.

    Nestled strategically close to the Thailand border, Stone Head is a company in a unique form of exile with beer being brewed by mavericks.

    With small-scale beer production prohibited in their home country, this is ostensibly a beer start-up taken across international borders for the purpose of survival.

    On site, there is a distinct earthy aroma of boiling malt and hops in the air and a dozen or so polished silver fermenting tanks are slowly transforming raw ingredients into a variety of first-class craft creations.

    The modest set-up looks similar to other boutique breweries growing in abundance around the world, but here each drop is being forged out of defiance.

    On the final product, the words “First Thai legal craft beer” are emblazoned. It is clear that these brewers are the obstinate type. “The name Stone Head, it means we are stubborn,” explains one of the group’s founders, Dusadee Thummarat.

    The slogans on his t-shirt further explain the attitudes of the Stone Head crew.

    “They tried to bury us – They didn’t know we were seed,” reads his shirtfront.

    The craft beer industry has been made essentially illegal in Thailand. The law states that beer manufacturers must have a minimum output of ten million litres per year, which amounts to about 30,000 bottles. As an indicator, Stone Head produces about 2 per cent of that target annually.

    Companies must also have about US$300,000 in upfront capital, an almost impossible requirement for budding brewers. If they continue to produce, as many do in secret, they face jail time or fines from authorities.

    “Making beer is illegal for a small-scale producer like us, so everyone who is doing it, is doing an illegal thing. So we thought that we needed to find a place to do it legally,” Dusadee said.

    It forced their move across to Cambodia where operations eventually began two years ago.

    Stone Head is now producing beers that have never been seen before, using ingredients sourced from the local region like lemongrass, galangal and butterfly peas. The latter is normally used in sweet tea but has been modified to create a bright violet wheat beer.

    So too the Black Bean Bock, which has a strong aroma of vanilla, butter and black beans, inspired by a traditional Thai dessert served with sticky rice. The result is a complex, full-bodied beer with a lingering sweetness.

    Head brewer Sermsak Tangsiripatpron studied herbal medicine before plunging into beer making under the tutelage of Wichit Saiklao, considered Thailand’s chief craft beer revolutionary. Sermsak was one of the beer master’s first students.

    He says the unconventional taste of some of his experimentation is not for everyone, particularly Thais accustomed to mainstream lagers. The craft beer scene is in its infancy: Many Thais have never heard of such brews, let alone tried them.

    “It’s more popular among hipsters who want something different. The trend has only emerged in the past two or three years and the number of producers is increasing a lot,” he said.

    The branding and labelling of their beers is creative and seemingly heavily influenced by hipster culture, a subset that has eagerly embraced craft beer around the world. Think trendy minimalism, pug dogs in sunglasses and names like “Space Craft”.

    There is nothing superficial about the taste however, and as the Stone Head crew load up their refrigerated containers with stacks of beer ready for export, they are starting to witness a national change in palette.

    The Thai beer market continues to be dominated by Boon Rawd Brewery and ThaiBev, the makers of the ubiquitous Singha and Chang labels, respectively. Despite their duopoly, the law protects these giants and prevents small homegrown operators from entering the fray.

    The reasoning is to ensure fledgling beer makers cannot dodge paying tax from selling their products, as well as to uphold hygiene standards.

    “With beer in Thailand, the variety is not wide. I thought it shouldn’t be a problem if I should emerge as a small-scale operator. I wanted to make it legal,” Dusadee said.

    But that does not appear likely any time soon, prompting criticism of what some consider a long out-dated law that blocks enterprise.

    "The government cannot run or catch up with the trend, with the movement of culture and society. The government is using out-of-date laws and it’s not properly applicable to the modern society,” said Asst Prof Charoen Charoenchai from Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, and also an independent consultant to alcohol producers.

    Others like Wichit Saiklao – also one of the founders of Stone Head – lead the resistance from within Thailand. His island paradise for beer lovers at On Ko Kret, fitted with a brewing academy, has become legendary, despite the inherent unwelcome attention he gets from authorities.

    “Beer is part of something that I think is a tool to express yourself,” he said.

    "I’m so optimistic. The reason that I say that is because when I started it, I looked at the world trend, I compared how craft beer started in each country and it’s a world trend. Once it becomes a world trend, nobody can stop it, right?"

    National beer sale figures appear to back up his sentiment. Craft beer sales are on the rise, albeit from a low base, at a time when Thailand’s overall beer consumption is declining.

    Feeding the growing niche market though from overseas remains a challenge for the likes of Stone Head. Import tax issues, beer storage, hiring local staff and transport costs make their business far less viable than if it was in Thailand.

    Yet despite some initial hurdles, which led to a 12-month wait to begin operations, and issues with reliable water and electricity supply in Koh Kong, Cambodia has been a welcome landscape to ignite Stone Head’s aspirations.

    “Here it’s fun, it’s like an adventure,” Dusadee said. And they are far from alone, in looking overseas to escape Thai restrictions. Many of the country’s recognised craft brands are brewed overseas, including Happy New Beer (Australia), Sandport Bang Bang (Taiwan), Phuket Lager (Cambodia) and Golden Coins (Vietam).

    Stone Head also supports other small operations looking to make their first steps in the industry. They have taken on brewing contracts for more than ten clients, including 25-year-old Chetsada Buntathong who has created Yaksa Pale Ale.

    “Pale ale is quite limited in Thailand so that's why we want to produce to make it more accessible to people. It’s easy to drink, refreshing, can be drunk every day,” he said.

    “Five to six of us got together into a group because we wanted to produce craft beer but because of the legal restraints in Thailand we couldn’t set up a brewery. But we knew there was a Thai brewery here so we were interested.”

    Despite the competition in a sector that boasts only an estimated 100,000 keen craft beer consumers, Sermsak says there is solidarity among those who toil abroad to create quality products.

    “Most of our clients are our friends. We started brewing at home. We have grown up together,” he said.

    They all have another goal in mind – eventually have their beer brewed on home soil. Like a good lager or ale, it will take plenty of patience.
    11.08.2017   USA: Craft beer output up 5% in H1 2017    ( )

    Small and independent craft brewers demonstrated continued, but slowed, growth, according to new mid-year metrics released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. American craft beer production volume increased five percent during the first half of 2017.

    “The growth pace for small and independent brewers has stabilized at a rate that still reflects progress but in a more mature market. Although more difficult to realize, growth still exists,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “The beer world is highly competitive and there is certainly a mixed bag in terms of performance. Some breweries are continuing to grow, whereas others are having to evolve their position and nurture new opportunities to ensure they keep pace. Many brewers are benefiting from on-premises and taproom sales, and recent state-based reforms have the potential to help brewers in new regions capitalize on this growth.”

    As of June 30, there were 5,562 operating breweries in the U.S., an increase of 906 from the same time period the previous year. Additionally, there were approximately 2,739 breweries in planning. Craft brewers currently employ an estimated 128,768 full-time and part-time workers in a variety of roles including numerous manufacturing jobs, all of which contribute significantly to the U.S. economy.

    “Craft brewers are beacons of innovation, revitalization and collaboration,” added Watson. “Their contributions to not only the brewing community, but the overall economy, are significant and invaluable. From reforming the federal excise tax to ensuring the right to free and fair market access, opportunities exist to help craft brewers continue to thrive.”

    Craft brewer definition: An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.
    10.08.2017   SIGNATURE: World first aseptic pack 100% linked to plant-based renewable material    ( Company news )

    Company news SIG has developed the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials – a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations.

    There are many global drivers that are shaping the food and beverage industry today. Two main factors which consumers are demanding are environmentally friendly products and packaging that is sustainable. Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG Combibloc: “Sales of consumer goods from brands with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability are growing much stronger than those without. These factors have been focal points for developing our SIGNATURE PACK. This is an important milestone in aseptic carton packaging, and we’re proud to present a genuine global innovation catering to these consumer needs”.

    The SIGNATURE PACK drives the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels with certified and sustainable plant-based polymer materials. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the spout originate from renewable European wood sources and are certified according to ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) or CMS 71 (TÜV SÜD certification standard), respectively, 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.

    Ace Fung, Global Product Manager at SIG Combibloc: “Developing an aseptic carton pack fully linked to renewable plant materials is quite a challenge. Aseptic packages, where the product can be stored without refrigeration over a long period, have higher barrier requirements than chilled packages”.

    The SIGNATURE PACK solution is an important step on SIG’s net-positive journey. The company is focusing on three core areas in which it can do the most for society and the environment. Responsibility is at the centre of this – dictating how SIG runs the company, sources its materials, and manufactures its products. Markus Boehm: “We want to offer the most sustainable packaging solutions available in the market. Carton packs from SIG are already composed of up to 82% wood, a renewable resource. The SIGNATURE PACK is a logical next step towards replacing fossil fuel-based materials by renewable plant-based ones. We’ve achieved a new landmark on our Way Beyond Good, and can offer our customers and the world’s consumers this more sustainable, innovative solution which better cares for the environment. It’s another world first by SIG”.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
    09.08.2017   Henkel closes acquisitions of Darex Packaging Technologies and Sonderhoff Group    ( Company news )

    Company news -Expanding strong market position
    -Acquired businesses perfectly complement existing technology portfolio

    With the successful closing of the acquisitions of the global Darex Packaging Technologies business and the Sonderhoff Group, Henkel strengthens its Adhesive Technologies business and complements its technology portfolio.

    Darex is based in Cambridge, MA, USA and supplies high-performance sealants and coatings for the metal packaging industry around the world. It serves various global customers producing beverage, food or aerosol cans. The acquisition was announced at the beginning of March. The purchase price amounted to 1,050 million US dollars (around 919 million euros) on a cash and debt free basis.

    The Sonderhoff Group, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of innovative foamed-in-place gasketing solutions and has broad expertise in developing and manufacturing customized dosing equipment. The acquisition of Sonderhoff was announced in May. Both parties agreed to not disclose financial details of the transaction.

    “Strengthening our portfolio through targeted acquisitions is part of our strategy. Closing both transactions will allow us to expand the position of our Adhesive Technologies business as a global market and technology leader,” said Henkel CEO Hans Van Bylen.

    “The Darex and Sonderhoff Group businesses will complement our existing technology portfolio in an excellent way. Both companies serve attractive markets with substantial growth opportunities and both businesses provide customer-specific, high-impact solutions with an outstanding technical expertise,” said Jan-Dirk Auris, Executive Vice President Adhesive Technologies at Henkel.

    “We will finance the transactions with a combination of cash and debt. In addition to the 600 million Eurodollar bond placed end of May at attractive conditions, cash and the existing commercial paper programs will be used,” said CFO Carsten Knobel.

    In fiscal 2016, Darex Packaging Technologies generated sales of 309 million US dollars (around 290 million euros). Darex has about 700 employees and 20 sites in 19 countries.

    The Sonderhoff Group generated sales of about 60 million euros in 2016. The company employs around 280 people worldwide. Sonderhoff is headquartered in Germany and has subsidiaries in Austria, Italy, the US and China.

    In fiscal 2016, Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit generated sales of around 9 billion euros, making Henkel the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings.
    (Henkel AG & Co. KGaA)
    09.08.2017   New managing director at Baumüller    ( Company news )

    Company news Reinhold Rückel (photo) takes responsibility for the commercial operations of the Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH

    On July 1, 2017 Mr. Reinhold Rückel took over the position of the commercial director of the Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH and together with Mr. Andreas Baumüller is now managing the Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH. Furthermore, he will be acting as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Baumüller group.

    „With Reinhold Rückel we recruited an experienced professional. I look forward to cooperating with him and wish him success for his new position“, Andreas Baumüller, CEO at Baumüller comments.
    (Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH)
    08.08.2017   PureCircle Unveils Stevia Cocoa and Vanilla Flavor Enhancers    ( Company news )

    Company news Cost-effective, sustainable solutions to bolster customer supply of cocoa and vanilla ingredients to respond to consumer demand

    PureCircle (PURE.LSE), the world’s leading producer and innovator of great-tasting stevia sweeteners for the global beverage and food industry, notifies the market that it is launching new stevia leaf-based flavor enhancers. These flavor enhancers significantly augment both vanilla and cocoa flavors, enabling companies to produce products at a manageable price point.

    The new products can be labelled as natural flavors on product ingredient labels. These breakthroughs build on PureCircle’s extensive range of flavors which allows them to enhance key benefits such as mouthfeel, sweetness quality and different tonalities across a wide range of applications.

    Consumer demand for natural cocoa and vanilla ingredients has never been stronger. As evidenced by global new product launches from Mintel*, new products containing cocoa have grown +16% over the past 5 years, and vanilla has increased +31% over the same time period (2011 to 2016).

    PureCircle’s new flavor enhancers bolster companies’ supply of limited cocoa and vanilla ingredients, and thereby diversify risk strategies by introducing a plant-based solution. These new products will allow developers to reduce the amounts of cocoa and vanilla alongside sugar without compromising taste.

    Commodity markets for cocoa and vanilla can be highly volatile. In 2016, cocoa prices fluctuated between $2,000 and $3,000 per metric ton. Following much publicized flooding and other issues, experts have estimated that vanilla will exceed $500/kg.

    These new stevia leaf discoveries enable PureCircle to engage with customers active in the $12bn cocoa market and $1bn vanilla market (based on current prices).

    Along with these flavor enhancer discoveries, PureCircle’s innovative stevia sweeteners continue to see heavy adoption as they enable low-calorie and zero-calorie formulations of food and beverages. PureCircle is continuing its leadership role in the research, development and innovation to produce a growing supply of multiple varieties of stevia sweeteners.
    (PureCircle Corporate Headquarters)
    07.08.2017   Carlsberg Group and Brooklyn Brewery to establish new brewery in Lithuania    ( Company news )

    Company news The Carlsberg Group and Brooklyn Brewery are collaborating to establish a new brewery in Klaipėda, Lithuania, following recently announced joint ventures in Hong Kong and London.

    The new brewery will be installed at the site of Švyturys Brewery (photo), part of the Carlsberg Group, and will see its brewers collaborate with those from Brooklyn Brewery to create a range of small-batch classic and experimental beers.

    The new range is scheduled to launch at the end of this year, following completion of the construction of the new Švyturys Brewery building.

    Rolandas Viršilas, CEO of Švyturys-Utenos Alus, said:
    “Brooklyn Brewery has become a synonym for high quality craft beer, and the fact that they are coming to work in Lithuania is evidence of our robust beer market and our passionate consumers.
    “We have noticed that our consumers’ habits have been changing: the beer-drinking culture and the level of knowledge about beer is rising; and the demand is growing for diverse flavours and new, versatile beers. The partnership with Brooklyn Brewery will allow us to satisfy this growing demand by offering numerous new, exclusive and experimental beers”.

    Eric Ottaway, CEO of Brooklyn Brewery, said:
    “By investing in Klaipėda, we are expanding our collaboration with the Carlsberg Group in Europe, and we believe that our work with the Lithuanian brewers will help both parties to grow. We are equally excited to work closely with the great local beer enthusiast community, and look forward to exploring all kinds of new flavours together with them.”

    This is the first investment by Brooklyn Brewery in Eastern Europe and represents its latest collaboration with the Carlsberg Group. In June, HK YAU - a new beer brand exclusive to Hong Kong was launched, while it was announced last week that Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery, and will operate the business in a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery.
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)

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