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    29.05.2018   Changes to the KHS Executive Management Board concerning the Sales and Service Division    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS in Dortmund, Germany, international manufacturer of lines and machines for applications in the beverage filling and packaging industry with over 5,000 employees, belongs to the Salzgitter Group’s high-growth technology business unit. As part of its Strategy 2021 program Salzgitter AG plans to further expand its technology business unit.

    In order to follow KHS’ own growth strategy while simultaneously strengthening its inner performance KHS is implementing its company-wide KHS Future action plan. As part of the KHS realignment process Prof. E.h. Dr.-Ing. Johann Grabenweger, responsible for Sales and Service, is leaving the company by mutual consent. The Supervisory Board would like to thank Prof. Grabenweger for his 13 years of successful work in Production, Research and Development and, most recently, Sales and Service which has grown by about a third in the last few years.

    Until a final decision has been reached regarding the appointment of a successor, Management Board responsibility for the Sales and Service Division shall be assumed by chairman of the KHS Executive Management Board Burkhard Becker.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    29.05.2018   China: Corona becomes China's No 1 imported beer brand    ( E-malt.com )

    Mexican beer brand Corona, which is owned by Grupo Modelo, is taking on the international market since its beer brand has become the number one import in China, the Mexico News Today reported on May 15.

    Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, parent company of Grupo Modelo says, “The brand continues to grow rapidly in the super premium segment in China where it recently became the number one imported beer brand.”

    The brand had a 25.1 percent growth in revenues within Mexico, while outside the country it has seen a 40.3 percent increase.

    “The opportunity we see with Corona is that it has a market share of 3 percent or more in only three countries where we have the brand. Chile, Australia and Mexico.

    “With the brand that continues to grow at double digits throughout the world, we are still far from reaching its maximum potential,” added Brito.

    During the first quarter of 2018, beer volumes increased by 0.5 percent mainly due to the performance in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina, which was counteracted by the US and Brazilian markets.

    Revenues increased around 4.7 percent in that quarter, mainly due to the premium category, according to the company’s financial report.

    Grupo Modelo in Zacatecas supplies Mexico and the rest of the world with Corona beer, as well as Modelo and Bud Light, among others.

    In that plant, 30 percent of the production is exported globally, particularly to European countries, while the remaining 70 percent supplies the Mexican market
     
    29.05.2018   India: United Breweries launches Amstel beer in India    ( E-malt.com )

    United Breweries Ltd (UBL), the maker of Kingfisher beer, on May 24 launched Amstel in India from its Dutch parent Heineken NV’s stable, to take on Carlsberg Elephant in the super-premium strong beer segment, Livemint reported.

    The company will now have four beers in the super-premium beer market—two mild (Heineken and Kingfisher Ultra) and two strong (Kingfisher Ultra Max and Amstel). The target is to take UBL’s market share in the super-premium beer segment to 50% over the next two years with these four brands, the company’s marketing head Samar Singh Sheikhawat said.

    The company estimates that it currently has an about 20% market share in the super-premium beer segment.

    Amstel will first be available in Karnataka and Pondicherry. In the next quarter, it will be launched in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, followed by most markets in the west in the following quarter and then the north in the third quarter.

    This is only the second brand from Heineken’s portfolio, apart from the Dutch company’s eponymous beer label, launched by UBL that will be bottled in India. Amstel will be brewed and bottled locally out of a brewery near Mysuru in Karnataka.

    Amstel, which has its roots in Amsterdam, will be priced at par with Carlsberg Elephant. A 650ml bottle of Amstel will cost about Rs140 in Karnataka, while the 500ml can will be priced at Rs95. Carlsberg Elephant costs around Rs140 for a 650ml bottle and Rs100 for the 500ml can.

    “The one gap that existed in our portfolio was we didn’t have an international super-premium strong beer. We have super-premium strong beer with Ultra Max but that’s domestic, not international. There’s a certain audience that wants an international super-premium strong beer and the two options that they have today are Carlsberg Elephant and Budweiser Magnum,” Sheikhawat said.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Budweiser Magnum and UBL’s Kingfisher Ultra Max are both priced higher than Amstel and Carlsberg Elephant. While Amstel will still, in some ways, compete with UBL’s own brands—from Kingfisher Strong and Storm to Ultra Max—the company expects to grab share mainly from Carlsberg Elephant.

    “At the end of the day, every strong beer competes with every other strong beer depending on occasion, budget, brand. It’s not a watertight compartment. The reality is that people who are drinking Tuborg Strong, Knockout, Hayward’s 5000 and even Kingfisher Strong will also upgrade,” Sheikhawat said, adding that the company wanted to fill its portfolio gap nevertheless.

    It also decided to fill that gap from its Dutch parent rather than create something within because within the super-premium market, beers with an international heritage and ingredients and branding are growing at faster rates than their domestic counterparts.

    While the domestic strong beer market is growing in the single-digits, according to the company, the international strong beer space has clocked a three-year compound annual growth rate of 40%.
     
    29.05.2018   Japan: Some whiskeys in short supply due to increasing popularity overseas    ( E-malt.com )

    Some Japanese whiskeys are in short supply due to their increasing popularity in overseas markets and a recent domestic boom of highballs, or whiskey and soda, The Japan News reported on May 21.

    Under such circumstances, Suntory Spirits Ltd., an affiliate of Suntory Holdings Ltd., announced plans to suspend sales of two of its whiskeys — Hakushu 12 Years and Hibiki 17 Years — from June. While makers are preparing to increase production, the shortage will likely last for some time because of the lengthy whiskey aging process.

    Since the suspension of sales of Hibiki and Hakushu was reported, customers have flocked to the whiskey corner at the Kintetsu department store flagship shop at the Abeno Harukas commercial complex in Osaka. “I’m shocked as they are my favorites,” said a 43-year-old company employee, who had looked in vain for the products at several stores.

    The suggested retail prices are set at ¥8,500 for the Hakushu 12 Years and ¥12,000 for the Hibiki 17 Years, both excluding consumption tax. The department store has restricted the sale of the Hakushu 12 Years to one bottle per customer over the past few years and began refusing to accept reservations for the product about a month ago.

    In an online auction, the price for Hakushu 12 Years, which has been in short supply, has surged to several tens of thousands of yen or higher since the suspension of sales was reported.

    Whiskey can be made by blending different types of unaged whiskey. Of the whiskeys that Suntory sold in Japan last year, Hakushu and Hibiki accounted for 1 percent, respectively, while their lower-priced brands made up larger proportions, with Kakubin accounting for about 50 percent and Torys for about 20 percent. Because unaged whiskeys are currently scarce, other brands could also be forced to suspend sales.

    Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., an affiliate of Asahi Breweries Ltd., ended sales of bottles with age statements for Taketsuru in 2014, as well as Yoichi and Miyagikyo in 2015. Kirin Brewery Co., which sells Fuji-Sanroku and other brands, is finding it increasingly difficult to meet the growing demand.

    The domestic whiskey market reached its peak in 1983 but shrunk until bottoming out in 2008. The market has been expanding since then, triggered by a surge in the popularity of highballs that boosted whiskey consumption.

    Additionally, Japanese products have received high international praise, as illustrated by Hibiki 21 Years Old, which won the Supreme Champion Spirit at last summer’s International Spirits Challenge 2017, a competition held in Britain. Exports of Japanese whiskeys stood at ¥13.6 billion in 2017, an over tenfold increase over the past decade.

    However, it takes several years to age whiskey, and makers are finding it difficult to meet the demand. Unaged whiskey that was produced when demand for the drink was low is being used to make the whiskeys that are currently available on the shelves: The rapid increase in demand for the drink had not been anticipated.

    Makers have already begun working to boost production. Suntory will invest a total of about ¥29 billion in expanding facilities for distilling and storage from 2013 to 2018. Last year, Asahi Breweries increased production by 80 percent compared to two years ago.

    “It takes time to age whiskey, which means it’s difficult to resolve the shortage issue immediately,” said Hideki Katsuda, a professor at Kindai University and an expert on the liquor industry. “On the other hand, it’s hard to make accurate forecasts for future demand, and makers could make massive capital investment [for boosting production] in vain.”
     
    29.05.2018   Romania: Ursus Breweries launches Japan's Asahi Super Dry beer in Romania    ( E-malt.com )

    Ursus Breweries launches Asahi Super Dry, Japan’s number one beer in the world and beer number one in Japan, a fine and refreshing beer, perfected by Japanese technology, the Business Review reported on May 23.

    Asahi Super Dry is the first product of the Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd. portfolio launched on the Romanian market under the license that complements the Ursus Breweries super premium brand portfolio.

    Asahi Super Dry is a non-pasteurized blonde beer with a complex flavor made from the finest ingredients that gives it a sophisticated flavor, fine, fresh and refreshing (Super Dry). In addition to the basic ingredients, water, malt, hops and yeast, Asahi Super Dry also contains a unique ingredient specific to Japanese culture, namely rice, which gives it a delicate taste and complements the flavor of the product.

    ”Known as Karakuchi in Japanese, the Super Dry and Refreshing Super Dry is certainly the distinguishing feature of the Asahi Super Dry brand on the Romanian market. In 1987, when it was launched in Japan, it produced a revelation in the beer category due to its unique taste and especially because it was easy to drink and could be enjoyed by any type of food, even fish or seafood, specific to Japanese culture. Consumers immediately appreciated this, and Asahi Super Dry soon became not only beer no. 1 in Japan, but also the best-selling Japanese beer in the world, already present in approx. 70 countries. We are delighted to be launching Asahi Super Dry in Romania in the super premium segment, where consumers are looking for fresh and sophisticated tastes. We believe that this completely new type of beer, which also contains a unique ingredient – rice, will fully satisfy its curiosity and needs,” says Cristina Gherman, global brands director at Ursus Breweries.
     
    29.05.2018   South Africa: Budweiser beer is now brewed in South Africa    ( E-malt.com )

    Budweiser, one of the world’s most iconic beers, is now being brewed in South Africa at SAB’s Rosslyn Brewery, outside of Pretoria, the Media Update reported on May 14.

    "We are tremendously excited that South Africans are now able to enjoy this beer. A true global icon, and one of the most valuable beer brands in the world, Budweiser is distributed in 73 countries, including South Africa," says Alastair Hewitt, brand director for Budweiser at SAB and AB InBev Africa.

    Hewitt adds, "Budweiser is a brand that's full of energy, and it thrives in the world’s great cities. It is a brand that stands out in the crowd and embodies the ambition and contagious energy of cosmopolitan locations and people across the planet."

    "Whether it be the energy ignited at a music festival or through the excitement of sporting events, Budweiser champions our dream to bring people together for a better world," says Hewitt.

    According to SAB and AB InBev, the arrival of Budweiser in South Africa could not come at a better time, as the brand takes up its 32nd year as the official beer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    "As a company, our dream is to bring people together for a better world. Therefore, there is no other event on the planet that brings this many people together and unites them around a shared passion," says Hewitt.

    AB InBev unveiled its new global campaign, 'Light Up the FIFA World Cup™', which aims to encapsulate the energy of the sporting event and Budweiser’s passion for energising audiences as they watch and celebrate their favourite players, moments and teams throughout the tournament.

    Highlights of the campaign include global advertising featuring the largest beer delivery to date, the deployment of eight million noise-activated Red Light Cups that light up in response to fan cheering, and a variety of integrated, experiential, digital and social programmes launching in more than 50 countries.

    The campaign AB InBev’s largest to date, and aims to demonstrate how the company is bringing together audiences from around the world over beer and their shared passion for football.

    The campaign also aims to capture the celebratory, upbeat and premium experience of the Budweiser brand.

    Budweiser has several activities planned for the South African market during the FIFA World Cup™, aiming to ensure that South Africans feel part of the festivities throughout the tournament.

    "Although South Africa didn’t qualify to take part in the tournament, we remain passionate about the sport, which is why Budweiser takes great pride in making sure South African fans will be able to watch all 64 fixtures, plus events, leading to the run-up of the tournament on DStv and SABC channels. As a platinum sponsor, we’re pleased to give our local fans a chance to get behind African teams," adds Hewitt.

    A limited number of noise-activated Red Light Cups will be available in South Africa. South Africans will be given the opportunity to toast each match in limited edition, collectable aluminium 473ml bottle released especially for the FIFA World Cup™.

    At stadiums in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Mpumalanga and Polokwane, Budweiser will team up with Metro FM to host parties where guests will have the opportunity to win one FIFA World Cup™ ticket.

    The brand is also giving South Africans a chance to win 30 tickets to the games in Russia when they purchase 330ml or 660ml Budweiser bottle. In addition, two-million Rand's worth of airtime is up for grabs if individuals purchase a 660ml bottle.

    Budweiser will be teaming up with Hisense and Adidas to host Fanfests in Johannesburg and Cape Town, while individuals in Polokwane and Durban can join in at special Budweiser Hotel Events. There will also be a number of promoter events hosted at various outlets around the country.
     
    29.05.2018   Thailand & Vietnam: Fifa World Cup expected to boost on-trade beer sales in Thailand and Vietnam    ( E-malt.com )

    The Fifa World Cup competition is expected to boost on-trade sales and consumption of Thai Beverage’s beers, not only in Thailand but also in Vietnam, say analysts.

    “We expect the World Cup event happening in June and July to stimulate on-trade consumption,” says RHB Securities while CGS-CIMB Securities says it is hopeful that World Cup festivities could catalyse beer sales in 3Q18.

    To recap, ThaiBev’s results for the 2Q18 ended March have improved sequentially, held up by a recovery in spirit volumes sold in Thailand as well as acquisitions in the spirits and food segments, the Edge Singapore reported on May 16.

    However, on-trade beer consumption reportedly remains weak, especially in the upcountry areas. As such, volumes were negatively impacted.

    Earnings contributions from the acquisition of Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp (Sabeco) were also eroded by acquisition and finance costs.

    Meanwhile, spirits segment continues to be resilient due to higher proportion of off-trade demand. The proportion of brown spirit sales has also increased relative to white spirits.

    “We are optimistic on this trend, since brown spirits have a higher price point per bottle and could drive revenue growth faster than white spirits,” says RHB analyst Juliana Cai.

    Phillip Securities analyst Soh Lin Sin says ThaiBev’s existing alcoholic beverages segment disappointed, hit by double whammy of protracted weak demand and implementation of a new excise tax. Since Jan 26, all alcoholic beverages have been slapped with an additional 2% of excise tax by law to contribute to the Elderly Fund.

    Management attributed weaker beer demand to the stagnant purchasing power of the rural economy - which is its main clientele - due to soft household income, says CGS-CIMB analyst Cezzane See.

    To recap, Thaibev’s 1H18 core net profit came in at THB11.6 billion ($485.4 million) or 42.1% of consensus FY18 estimates. Acquired businesses contributed THB2.94 billion to group’s 1H18 revenue and profit, respectively.

    PATMI from spirits rose 2.8% y-o-y driven by contribution from Grand Royal while Sabeco contributed THB1.61 billion or 13.7% to the group’s 1H18 net profit, offsetting lower net profit from its existing spirits business.

    For Food, Spice of Asia restaurants, KFC restaurants under subsidiary QSA and Havi Logistics contributed THB111.3 million or 34.1% to the group’s 1H18 net profit.

    ThaiBev’s share price has tumbled 13.6% year-to-date on uncertainties relating to the Sabeco acquisition and elevated balance sheet risks.

    “We believe the downside risks are priced in; hence, we upgrade our call to ‘Add’ from ‘Hold’ previously with an unchanged SOP-based target price of $0.98,” says See of CGS-CIMB.

    “Maintained ‘buy’ with unchanged SOTP-derived target price of $1.05,” says analyst Soh of Phillip Capital.

    “Maintain ‘buy’ with unchanged target price of $1.06 with 33% upside,” says RHB’s Cai.
     
    29.05.2018   USA: Miller Lite picks up market share and posts sales and volume growth in four weeks to May 12    ( E-malt.com )

    Along with picking up market share, the Miller Lite brand posted sales and volume increases during the four weeks ending May 12, according to a post on the MillerCoors Behind the Beer blog.

    The post says Miller Lite sales dollars increased 0.9 percent and volume increased 0.3 percent, citing data from Nielsen. The brand’s market share also increased 0.6 points.

    “I don’t want to make too much of a four-week trend, but I’m really encouraged by the momentum we have for this brand,” said Anup Shah, vice president for the Miller family of brands. “While we have been outpacing the segment for a long time, the narrative was always that we were gaining share of a declining category. Here we’re outpacing the total industry, which is a great sign.”

    The Behind the Beer blog attributed the gains to increasing volume in the dollar store and convenience store channels and outperforming the industry, despite a decline, at grocery stores.

    MillerCoors, the U.S. business of parent company Molson Coors, has been challenged in recent years by declining volumes as consumers shift away from big beer brands towards craft beer, wine and spirits. The company is pushing to achieve flat overall volumes this year and total volume growth in 2019.
     
    28.05.2018   The end of Zima is near... again     ( Company news )

    Company news Everyone’s favorite 90s drink is back on shelves. Zima, arguably the greatest flavored malt beverage of all-time, will make its triumphant return to stores nationwide this summer, but stock up your fridge because it’ll be gone before you can say “I want to get frosted tips.”

    When Zima first debuted in 1994, the first-of-its-kind malternative gave people something refreshingly different and inspired countless other crystal-clear beverages. By 2008, Zima bounced from shelves only to resurface shortly last summer, leaving fans wondering if it would ever return again.

    “Last summer, Zima was the ultimate comeback kid,” said Dilini Fernando, senior marketing manager, innovation. “People were picking up a six-pack to relive their 90s memories, to stock up for theme parties, or to just see what all the fuss was about. So, when it was time to decide if we were going to bring it back, we thought ‘why wouldn’t we?’”

    This year, Zima is back, and it’s bringing Z2K along with it. Unlike Y2K, an overblown panic over whether or not computers could handle changing ‘1999’ to ‘2000’, Z2K means Zima will be available in stores today and then poof! It’ll be gone (again). Luckily, fans can follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for Z2K updates and share how they are preparing for the end by using hashtag #Z2K. Fans should also be on the lookout for Z2K Snapchat geo filters popping up in mysterious places across the country.

    “Everyone needs to try Zima once – it is a novelty. If it’s not for the crystal-clear appearance and familiar citrus taste, it’s the iconic fluted bottle. So, if you didn’t get your hands on a six-pack last year, now is the time to see what all the hype is about and stock up,” said Fernando.
    (MillerCoors LLC)
     
    25.05.2018   ENGEL at Plast 2018 with two elastomer exhibits    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Plast 2018 and the integrated Rubber Show from May 29 to June 1 in Milan, Italy, the injection moulding machine manufacturer ENGEL presents its high degree of system solution competency for the elastomer industry. For the single component processing of rubber, thermoplastic elastomers, liquid or solid silicones, as well as for multi-component injection moulding in connection with thermoplastic materials, from a single source ENGEL offers fully automated and integrated system solutions for the economical production of premium elastomer products.

    Image: Thanks to its barrier-free clamping unit, the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory injection moulding machine for multi-component processes using LSR represents a huge efficiency potential.

    Fully automated and rework-free processing is a prerequisite for the economical production of high-tech elastomer products. With two applications, one at its own trade fair booth in Hall 24 and another with partner company Mesgo in Rubber Hall 11, in Milan ENGEL shows the wide range of use of its injection moulding machines and system solutions for elastomer applications in the automotive, teletronics, technical moulding and medical industries. This clarifies how the perfect interplay between injection moulding machine, automation and periphery makes it possible to fully utilise efficiency and quality potentials.

    Tie-bar-less for high-precision multi-component processes with LSR
    In many applications, the integrated injection moulding process is a prerequisite to bonding thermoplastics and silicone in stable layers. One example of this are coupling cushions made of PBT and LSR, which serve as windshield fasteners for rain sensors. At the ENGEL trade fair stand and using the ENGEL combimelt process, these demanding dual-component parts will be produced on a tie-bar-less victory 200H/200L/160 combi injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 40 linear robot. The 4+4 cavity mould for the parallel processing of PBT and LSR is by Rico (Thalheim, Austria). The all-electric LSR dosing system is a new development by Dopag (Cham, Switzerland), and the LSR for this application is a product of Wacker in Burghausen, Germany.

    Manufacturing two-component parts optimally leverages the efficiency potential of the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory machine. The tie-bar-less technology allows for the mounting of large, complex multi-component moulds on comparatively small machines. Automation is a second efficiency factor. The ENGEL linear robot can reach the cavities directly from the side and operate safely without having to circumvent any protruding edges. Thirdly, the extremely high process consistency constructively ensured by the tie-bar-less clamping unit factors significantly into the high degree of overall efficiency. 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, reducing mould wear and raising product quality.

    iQ weight control is used to ensure a consistent process and consistently high parts quality in spite of fluctuations in the environmental conditions and the raw material batch. The intelligent assistance system from ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme adjusts the injection profile as well as the switchover point and the holding pressure profile for each individual shot to the respective conditions, thus compensating for external influences before a reject is produced.

    ENGEL flexseal for maximum efficiency and precision
    During the four days of the fair, Hall 11 is where the elastomer processors will meet. At Booth C61/D62, Mesgo (Gorlago, Italy) is presenting the fully automated production of membrane seals on an ENGEL flexseal 500/300. The especially compact and energy efficient flexseal injection moulding machine was specifically adapted to the requirements of O-ring and flat seal manufacturers. In the production of very large volumes, the servo-hydraulic machine guarantees the highest efficiency and highest precision. Mesgo will present an especially demanding application. Thermoplastic PBT inserts will be overmoulded with solid silicone and the components will be inspected by camera inline immediately following production. ENGEL is providing the completely integrated system solution for this. The parts will be handled by an ENGEL easix articulated robot, which, in this application, is being combined with an Anyfeeder for the first time. The ENGEL roto feeder will be used for the material feed. The rotating funnel with a counter-directional screw continuously transports the solid silicone, free of bubbles and at consistent pressure, thus ensuring a very high degree of process security. System partners for this application are the tool manufacturers ORP Stampi (Viadanica, Italy) and Giasini (Grassobio, Italy), as well as Proplast Plastic Innovation Pole (Rivalta Scrivia, Italy), who provided the CAD-Design.

    ENGEL at Plast 2018 in Milan: Hall 24, Booth B81/C82 and at Mesgo, Hall 11, Booth C61/D62
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    24.05.2018   Proven a million times over! SCHÄFER Container Systems has now produced over 25 million KEGs    ( Company news )

    Company news SCHÄFER Container Systems, the manufacturer of beverage container systems (KEGs) and stainless steel IBCs and special containers, has produced its 25 millionth KEG, consolidating its position as the sector’s leading innovators. The reason behind the high demand for these containers for beers, soft drinks, wines and non-carbonated beverages are the great diversity in the product range, brand-supporting advertising potential and individual KEG configuration, both in analogue form or digitally with an App.

    Whatever you need, the large KEG family can provide the right solution: the PU (polyurethane) coated PLUS KEG, the classical stainless steel KEG, the lightweight ECO KEG with PP (polypropylene) top and bottom rings, the Party-KEG for tapping own draught beer, as well as the professional self-sufficient dispensing systems smartDRAFT and freshKEG. The volumes also vary, depending on the KEG, from 5 to 60 litres.

    Also dependent on the type, coating and shape, the KEGs themselves can be flexibly designed to comply with individual customer wishes, thanks to countless branding possibilities. These include in-mould coating and in-mould labelling processes, coloured top and bottom rings, embossing or silk screening, laser printing or electrochemical signature. The KEG App - which enables users to customize SCHÄFER KEGS and order them in their own corporate design - provides a great insight into the optical and technical possibilities available, including the range of different fittings and other accessories.

    “We are constantly working on new concepts. By doing so we aim not only to satisfy demand with our great product variety, but also, through a constant stream of fresh ideas, to illustrate just how diverse the entire sector is. So, we’ve launched our jubilee blog to provide creative space for users’ stories and contributions from people who know the sector from the inside. Also, this year, we’ve not only manufactured our 25 millionth KEG, we’ll be celebrating our 40th birthday as well,” says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
     
    24.05.2018   Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages    ( Company news )

    Company news Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste.

    Photo: Girls drinking milk from a portion size carton

    Straws play an integral functional role on portion packages, but if not disposed of properly​​, they then become p​art of the plastics waste problem. The company has been working to encourage consumers to push straws “back in the pack” once empty, so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now, work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages.

    “It sounds simple enough,” concedes Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality, there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.”

    “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.”

    On average, Tetra Pak packages are about 75% paperboard; paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio.​​
    (Tetra Pak AB)
     
    24.05.2018   World's oldest surviving beer revived in QVMAG collaboration    ( Company news )

    Company news The City of Launceston's Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) has partnered with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and LION's James Squire Brewery to develop a beer from yeast found in a ship wrecked off Tasmania more than two centuries ago.

    The Sydney Cove was a merchant ship travelling from India to the British Colony of Port Jackson when it was wrecked off Preservation Island in Bass Strait in November, 1797. The Sydney Cove's contents included tea, rice and tobacco plus more than 30,000 litres of highly-prized alcohol. The icy waters of Bass Strait allowed yeast in these sealed bottles of beer to stay alive for far longer than any previously known yeast.

    Following excavation of the wreck between 1977 and the 1990s, QVMAG obtained the ship's objects including beer bottles for its collection, many of which are now on display at Inveresk. Years later the contents in the bottles was re-examined and QVMAG worked with scientists at the AWRI to isolate the yeast. Using skills honed working with wine yeast, the AWRI identified its genetic make-up and found it was a rare hybrid strain which differs from modern ale strains. The yeast was then taken back to the laboratory where experimental brews were born and the journey to commercialise the product began. Completing the final piece of the puzzle, QVMAG is excited to announce it has partnered with James Squire to produce a special limited edition beer made from the 220 year-old yeast, aptly named The Wreck - Preservation Ale.

    Brewers at James Squire's Malt Shovel Brewery rose to the challenge of creating a beer from yeast that had a mind of its own. After some trial and error using modern brewing techniques to craft the centuries-old yeast, the team has delivered a Porter-style beer with hints of blackcurrant and spices, giving it a rich and smooth taste. The Wreck - Preservation Ale will be officially launched at the upcoming Great Australian Beer Spectacular in Melbourne and Sydney. The product will be available on tap at James Squire brew houses around the country from June.

    Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said a percentage of profits will come back to fund further QVMAG research into the Sydney Cove collection. "This exciting commercial opportunity wouldn't have been possible without our staff's meticulous conservation of the Sydney Cove collection, which we hope to now build upon."
    "Congratulations to QVMAG, the AWRI and James Squire on bringing a 220 year-old ale back to life for beer-lovers across the country to enjoy. This collaborative effort is sure to add a new, intriguing chapter to the nation's history of beer."
    (Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery)
     
    23.05.2018   Britvic signs up to world leading pact to tackle plastic pollution    ( Company news )

    Company news - 100% Britvic’s PET plastic bottles are fully recyclable in the UK recycling system
    - Britvic removed 308 tonnes of primary plastic bottle packaging from the supply chain in 2017

    Britvic has joined forces with UK retailers, manufacturers, recyclers and NGOs to sign The UK Plastics Pact; a pioneering agreement which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

    The UK Plastics Pact was launched today by sustainability experts WRAP to address the growing issue of plastic waste. It is a unique and bold collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with the UK government and NGOs to set ambitious targets. Britvic is one of 42 businesses signing up to the Pact.

    Matt Barwell, Chief Marketing Officer at Britvic, said: “This is an extremely important issue and we take our responsibility to help protect the environment incredibly seriously. By signing up to this Pact, we are committing to work collaboratively with our industry peers, government and the waste management sector to make meaningful and essential changes now.

    “Already, all our PET plastic bottles are fully recyclable in the UK recycling system and carry the on-pack-recycling-label to encourage our consumers to recycle. In 2017 we removed 308 tonnes of primary plastic bottle packaging from our supply chain by moving products onto our new bottling lines and accessing lighter weight bottles.

    “Looking to the future of packaging, we are currently trialling the use of recycled plastic (rPET) in our bottles to help us achieve our aim of significantly increasing the amount of rPET we use. At the same time, we continue to invest in R&D to investigate the use of alternative sustainable materials to package our products.”

    Optimising packaging for a circular economy is an important part of Britvic’s sustainability programme, ‘A Healthier Everyday’, which puts healthier people, healthier communities and a healthier planet at the heart of its business. The programme builds on the company’s commitment to help consumers make healthier choices, support the well-being of communities, and help secure our planet’s future. For further information about Britvic’s ‘A Healthier Everyday’ programme, please visit http://www.britvic.com/sustainable-business/healthier-planet.

    The Pact’s members have committed to hit a series of ambitious targets by 2025:

    - Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models.
    - 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
    - 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
    - 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging

    Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP, said: “We are delighted to have Britvic on board as a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact. Through our first-of-a-kind Pact we will work together with governments, citizens and business to transform the way we make, use and dispose of plastic so that we retain its value, particularly in reducing food and drink waste, but prevent it from polluting the environment.”

    The UK Plastics Pact, led by WRAP, is the first of its kind in the world. It will be replicated in other countries to form a powerful global movement for change as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. For more information about the UK Plastics Pact, please visit http://wrap.org.uk/ukplasticspact
    (Britvic Plc)
     
    22.05.2018   Can logistics: lighter, greener and more efficient    ( Company news )

    Company news The benefits of the beverage can are well established: lightweight, easily stackable, strong, ... The logistical merits are less obvious, but no less real: from delivery to fillers, retailers and recycling units, and from in store to the consumer’s home.

    Photo: Can bodies can be stored four pallets high, and each pallet can hold up to 23 layers of 33cl beverage cans.

    1. In transit
    Cans in transit from manufacturer to filler offer environmental and economic advantages in two ways. Firstly, the cubic efficiency in transport and warehousing is unmatched. Can bodies can be stored four pallets high, and each pallet can hold up to 23 layers of 33cl beverage cans (subject to transport height constraints).

    Secondly, other producers of packaging containers have made progress in making them lighter, but metal cans still weigh much less. Each pallet load may weigh under 200kg, including the weight of the pallet itself.

    The lighter, compact packaging means a big saving in shipping costs as well as huge benefits in reducing the environmental impact of transporting beverages. A 2016 study by ICF International found that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the transportation and refrigeration of beverages in aluminium cans were reduced by 7% and by up to almost 50% in some cases, depending on the size of the cans and the final destination.

    Where can-maker and filler are situated together, cans are much more amenable to carriage on fast-moving conveyors. Some companies have a policy of “wall-to-wall” production, where the cans are manufactured and filled on the same site, enabling the company to save on transport and curb its associated harm to the environment.

    Cube utilisation is one of the main elements in optimising the supply chain performance in transport. It helps to keep the transport cost under control and, more importantly, has a significant, positive impact on reducing carbon emissions. Pallet layer optimisation and stacking height on pallets in containers or in warehouses are the key factors in reducing supply chain costs and energy consumption, while increasing handling efficiency.

    2. In storage
    The cost of storage space at canmakers and fillers is also a vital consideration, as cubic efficiencies kick in at the beginning of the process. A pallet can accommodate four times as many filled cases of cans as other alternatives, a major saving for small and town-centre retailers facing high rental costs. In addition, up to 2.5 times as much beverage may be carried on a lorry in metal cans.

    3. Material reduction
    Canmakers have reduced the amount of aluminium and steel used to produce cans by around 50% in the past 40 years: a 500ml aluminium can now weighs around 16 grams, while a steel can weighs around 30 grams. Transport costs are a function of weight, so this further reduces outgoings and also CO2 emissions. The can is the only container that is fully protected from light and is oxygen-tight, helping to protect the beverage inside. This also makes it easier and cheaper to transport and store. Where the product is to be sold chilled, the metal can and its contents can be cooled more quickly and efficiently than the alternatives.

    4. A complex route to market
    A beverage’s route to market may be a complex one. From a bulk warehouse via primary transport – road, rail or even waterway – to a retailer’s distribution centre and secondary transport (usually on the road). Retail outlets receive, store, move to aisles and stock shelves and merchandise units. The consumer then transports the product from the shelf, through the checkout and then home, where he’ll happily enjoy it. At every point the can scores well.

    High stackability reduces the number of forklift operations in loading and unloading, high cubic efficiency maximises the use, and minimises the number of trucks and rollcages, and both combine to minimise floor space in warehousing. Cans also optimise use of merchandise units and retail shelves. For manual replenishment of retail space, cases of cans are lightweight, easier to move and stack, and far more forgiving of any clumsiness – the customer too enjoys these advantages.

    Overall, the superior performance of the metal can in the logistics chain is clear. The ease of handling, cost efficiencies and the comparative environmental benefits combine to make the can the perfect package for today’s refreshing beverages.
    (Metal Packaging Europe GIE)
     
    21.05.2018   GEMÜ strengthens its industrial business and acquires new sales markets    ( Company news )

    Company news When we think about GEMÜ, we often – justifiably so – have a picture in mind: Aseptic stainless steel diaphragm valves. The family-owned enterprise from Baden-Württemberg in Germany has enjoyed a prominent position as market leader in sterile applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for many years. GEMÜ is very much at the cutting edge of these sectors worldwide. However, the manufacturer's expertise in valves, measurement and control systems goes far beyond this.

    Plastic valves are inextricably linked with GEMÜ. One of the first valves was made from PVC and has proven to be extremely resistant for over 50 years. Even if the robust range of products, comprising butterfly valves, ball valves as well as globe and diaphragm valves, was rarely at the forefront, it was always there in the background: GEMÜ products have been working reliably in the broad industrial market too for decades – all around the globe.

    With an advanced, international growth strategy and associated goal to acquire new sales markets in the area of industrial applications, GEMÜ has therefore undergone organisational restructuring. "Our orientation in the market – starting with sales, but also covering product advice right through to product management – has in the past not been sufficiently focused on the industrial market.
    However, this has now changed," explains Joachim Brien, Head of the Industry Business Unit. "Since 2017, we have been pooling our strengths into one business area in order to be able to better meet our customers' various requirements. By interlinking our sales activities with the specialists from the application and engineering areas, we are creating a competence centre for customer-orientated valves and controls solutions."

    But what does this mean specifically? If we want to offer genuine advantages, we need to put ourselves in the customer's situation. Only in this way can we offer application-specific, integrated solutions. This is why an international team of 100 engineers and developers, design engineers, product managers and sales employees are working closely together in the Industry Business Unit and specializing in new markets. Industrial water treatment, the chemical industry, surface finishing, mechanical engineering as well as power generation and environmental engineering are the key sectors in which GEMÜ will increase its attention in the medium and long term. All activities here revolve around professional project monitoring by specialists in technical advice and sales. The Industry Business Unit team knows both the markets and the requirements of the customers and uses this knowledge to lay the foundations for innovative, intelligent valve solutions.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    18.05.2018   Climate Goals: Symrise Among Globally First 100 SBT-Certified Companies    ( Company news )

    Company news • Symrise is one of three German companies to meet the ambitious targets of the Science Based Targets initiative
    • Global fragrance and flavor company exceeds its own climate protection goalsActive contribution to meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

    The number of companies with scientifically recognized climate targets exceeded 100 for the first time in April 2018. The global Science Based Targets initiative (SBT) certifies the climate targets of interested market participants according to whether they are in line with current research and are working to reduce CO2 emissions on par with the standards of the Paris Climate Agreement. Symrise, the globally active manufacturer of fragrances and flavorings, is one of twelve German companies that have participated so far. The Holzminden-based company is ahead of its own schedule when it comes to implementation.

    In order to have their scientifically based climate targets recognized, the companies submit their plans to the Science Based Targets initiative, whose experts examine them in detail. So far, 389 large companies have undergone this test, including many world-renowned brands. In April 2018, the SBT confirmed the 100th of these plans. Companies from 23 countries are now pursuing science-based climate protection targets.

    To be approved, interested parties must show that their goals correspond to the current state of research. They must also realize the minimum savings necessary (relative to their sector and size) to meet the global objectives of the Paris Agreement. The initiative is supported by the WWF, the UN Global Compact, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the World Resource Institute – an organization that has been dedicated to environmental protection and resource conservation for more than 30 years.

    Symrise Exceeds Its Own Goals
    Fifty-seven of the 103 companies verified so far are from Europe. Only a few German companies can be found on this list. Just twelve companies from Germany have submitted their plans to the initiative and only three of them have received confirmation that their goals meet the SBT’s strict requirements. Symrise AG’s goals were approved in July 2017 as the 61st company worldwide.

    Symrise plans to reduce its own CO2 emissions by 18 percent by 2030. The calculation is based on the values from 2016. The obligation includes Scopes 1 and 2, i.e., the CO2 emissions generated within the company for energy production, as well as those resulting from the purchase of electricity. In addition, the company from Lower Saxony has pledged to ensuring that 80 percent of its suppliers commit to their own climate protection targets by 2020.

    To achieve the targeted CO2 reduction, Symrise must reduce annual emissions by 5 percent in terms of value added. A much larger step was taken in 2017 – the company’s sustainability report shows a decrease of 7.8 percent. The next interim goal is to halve CO2 emissions in relation to value added by 2030, based on the figures from 2016.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    18.05.2018   ENGEL at PLASTPOL 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news With two challenging applications on a servo-hydraulic and an all-electric injection moulding machine, ENGEL will clearly demonstrate how process consistency and quality can be combined with efficiency and economy at PLASTPOL 2018 from May 22nd to 25th in Kielce, Poland. The focus is on high-performance machines and automation as well as intelligent control technology that opens up additional optimisation potential for processors.

    Photo: Thanks to its closed system for toggle levers and spindles, the all-electric e-motion injection moulding machines comply with the strict requirements of the food industry.

    Power package on a small footprint
    Maximum force on a comparatively small footprint – this is what ENGEL duo dual-platen injection moulding machines stand for. In terms of footprint, the ENGEL duo 500 is one of the smallest machines in this series and, with a dry cycle time of 2.6 seconds and an opening stroke of 600 mm, the fastest dual-platen machine on the market. At PLASTPOL, an ENGEL duo 3550/500 will be manufacturing engine covers from glass-fibre and mineral-fibre reinforced polypropylene in combination with an ENGEL viper 20 linear robot.

    Equipped with a new-generation injection unit, the servo-hydraulic duo 500 achieves particularly high precision. Intelligent assistance systems from ENGEL’s inject 4.0 range are deployed to compensate for additional fluctuations in environmental conditions and the raw material. iQ weight control analyses the pressure profile during the injection process and compares the measured values with a reference cycle in order to adapt the injection profile, the switching point and the holding pressure profile to the current conditions for each shot. "This means that we can keep the injected melt volume constant over the entire production period and reliably prevent rejects," says Piotr Nachilo, Managing Director of ENGEL Polska based in Warsaw. "iQ weight control is already widely used by our customers and has proven itself in a wide variety of applications."

    iQ for consistent processes and more efficiency
    While iQ clamp control was initially only available for injection moulding machines with electrical clamping units, ENGEL is presenting the new release for use in hydraulic machines of the duo series at PLASTPOL. The software calculates mould breathing in order to determine the ideal clamping force and adapt it automatically. In the production of large-area injection moulded parts, such as engine covers, iQ clamp control opens up a great deal of potential for higher production quality. If the clamping force is too low or too high, this can lead to burn marks or flashes.

    Last but not least, the third assistance system is iQ flow control. The software networks the temperature control units and the injection moulding machine and controls the rotation speed of the pumps in the temperature control units on demand. The result is significantly reduced energy consumption and the stability of the temperature control process is also enhanced. e-flomo is capable of actively controlling the temperature difference in all individual circuits and automatically setting the required flow rate for each temperature control circuit.

    Together with its partner HB-Therm (St. Gallen, Switzerland), ENGEL has developed a series of particularly compact temperature control units for this new integrated temperature control solution. By linking the e-temp control units to the injection moulding machine via OPC UA, the development partners have established a milestone along the road to the smart factory. The OPC UA protocol facilitates powerful, platform-independent and above all secure communication, both at shop floor level and with superordinate control systems. For this reason, it is increasingly becoming the standard for the plastics industry.

    IML integration from a single source
    With a second application at PLASTPOL, ENGEL is demonstrating the great efficiency potential of integrated processes. Thanks to in-mould labelling (IML), an all-electric ENGEL e motion 440/160 injection moulding machine with integrated viper 12 linear robot, and IML automation from TMA AUTOMATION (Gdynia, Poland), produces ready-for-market decorated covers for food packaging in a single operation.

    TMA AUTOMATION is a new ENGEL partner specialising in the automation of IML and downstream processes, such as assembly, quality assurance and palletising, in the general purpose segment in a wide range of industries. Based on a standardised system concept, TMA AUTOMATION implements highly compact and at the same time very flexible solutions. The Polish company has many excellent references, particularly in Eastern Europe. "In many projects, cooperation with local partner companies helps to improve cost efficiency and reduce the lead time for the entire plant," says Walter Aumayr, Head of Automation and Peripherals at the ENGEL headquarters in Austria. As the general contractor, ENGEL handles coordination with the automation partner for its customers and supplies the complete production cell from a single source. This also increases efficiency, as fewer interfaces often mean faster project planning.

    ENGEL at Plastpol 2018: hall F, stand F4
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    17.05.2018   Henry's Hard Sparkling Water Has a Fresh New Look, No Sugar and Lower Calories    ( Company news )

    Company news Just in time for spring, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is now available in new 12-ounce slim cans at retailers nationwide. With only 88 calories and no sugar per 12-ounces, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water has the lowest calories and sugar amongst the largest players in the category.

    Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is a lightly fruit flavored hard sparkling water with bright effervescence and crystal-clear appearance. With the same alcohol content as a traditional light beer, it’s perfect for drinkers who are looking for a fun, refreshing alcoholic option they feel good about. Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water comes in three natural flavors: Lemon Lime, Passion Fruit, and new Strawberry Kiwi, which is exclusive to the 12-pack variety pack.

    “The goal is to offer the best possible hard sparkling water,” said Josh Wexelbaum, MillerCoors senior marketing director of emerging brands. “We heard from drinkers that calories and sugar matter most to them when choosing a hard sparkling beverage. So, we delivered the lowest in both so women and men can feel good, and have fun all at the same time.”

    Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is supported with a robust national marketing campaign that kicked off at the beginning of April with advertising on networks such as TBS, Food Network, Bravo, USA, TLC and HGTV, a digital presence on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, out of home, and traditional print media support.

    Fans can learn more about Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water and share their experiences with the brand by following @HenrysHardSparkling on Facebook and Instagram and using the hashtag #GoodLightFun.

    Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is available at most grocery and liquor stores in 6-pack 12-ounce slim cans and 12-pack variety packs.
    (MillerCoors LLC)
     
    16.05.2018   Primoreels acquires All New FA to increase printing quality and capacity with market-leading ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ... lidding solutions

    Danish packaging company, Primoreels A/S, has acquired a new FA flexo press from Nilpeter to increase printing quality, capacity, and efficiency in their production of dairy, water, and juice lids among others, and to meet growing demands from market-leading customers such as Arla Foods and Danone.

    Caption: Mads Aakjær (left) and Henrik Sahlberg (right) shake hands after Primoreels rang the bell, which marks a press sale at Nilpeter Headquarters in Slagelse, Denmark.

    Future-proof in terms of capacity and technology
    “It was natural for us to go to Nilpeter. With their facilities just 45 minutes away, we can count on quick reliable service if need be, and more importantly, we were blown away by the capabilities of the new FA,” says Henrik Sahlberg, Managing Director, Primoreels A/S. “With the new press we are future-proof in terms of capacity and technology – job change time is cut from 90 minutes to less than 10, we can insource previously outsourced jobs, enhance quality for our existing customer database, and approach exciting new markets and industry leaders. We are definitely looking up now, and very excited for what lies ahead,” he concludes.

    Press information
    Primoreels’ new FA is a 9-colour, 17’’ flexo press with a double die-cutting unit. The press is configured with three Nilpeter Automation and Application Packages: The Film Package, the Progressive Print Package, and the Automatic Register Package. Three of the printing units are fitted with colour pumps to speed-up the flow and output on the more frequently used colours. Once installed in July 2018, Primoreels will produce sealable lids on a range of flexible substrates – mainly PP and PET plastic with integrated barriers and pure thin foils (23-36 my).
    The New FA, Primoreels’ second Nilpeter press, will help increase flexibility and run sizes at the production plant west of Copenhagen. Their first Nilpeter press, an FA-2500, will remain in production.

    Successful test runs in Nilpeter’s Technology Center
    Mads Aakjær, Nilpeter Area Sales Manager, reports, “Primoreels visited our Technology Center in Slagelse in the beginning of the year, and with successful test runs of two jobs on metalized PET (23/36 my), Henrik Sahlberg and two of his printers got to experience first hand the speed, user-friendliness, and print quality of the new FA. We’re very happy with this sale – Henrik and his team have been exemplary, and we are pleased to add quality and efficiency to their operations.”
    (Nilpeter A/S)
     
    15.05.2018   ENGEL is growing    ( Company news )

    Company news ENGEL is continuing to grow. For the fourth time in sequence, the injection moulding machine builder and system solution provider based in Schwertberg, Austria, was able to increase its annual revenue. At the end of March, the group of companies concluded the financial year of 2017/18 with revenues of 1.51 billion euro, an increase of 11 percent versus the previous year.

    Photo: At ENGEL's company headquarters in Schwertberg, Austria, construction will continue until this autumn. The new construction will expand the northern production hall built in 2013. The new customer technology centre will be located above the assembly area.

    "The production plant in Shanghai alone sold around 20 percent more machines in the 2017/18 financial year", reports Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group, at the beginning of the Chinaplas plastics trade fair, end of April 2018 in Shanghai, where ENGEL informed the international trade press about the 17/18 financial year. Asian markets continue to have a large share in the success of the ENGEL Group, with demand especially increasing in China. "The investment climate in China is at a new high", says Steger.

    In the Shanghai plant, ENGEL is building large-scale machines of the dual platen series duo, which are used in the automotive industry, among others. "The automotive industry in China continues to be the most important driver of growth and innovation", says Gero Willmeroth, President Sales and Service at ENGEL Machinery Shanghai. ENGEL in particular has grown disproportionately in the automotive lighting area. "Our customers are increasing their investment into innovative process technologies that allow them to achieve higher efficiency, productivity and quality." One example of this is the optimelt technology, which ENGEL is presenting at its trade fair booth. In the manufacturing of thick-walled LED lenses, the patented multi-layer process with external cooling significantly reduces the cycle time, at the same time ensuring a high degree of optical quality.

    Whether lenses made of PMMA or polycarbonate glazing components, the substitution of materials in vehicle manufacturing aims primarily to reduce weight. Electric vehicles in China are on the rise and accompanied by innovative lightweight technologies. Until now, the focus of processors in China has been on substituting glass on the one hand and foam injection moulding on the other; composite technologies are still in the early stages. "Our customers use trade fairs such as the Chinaplas to learn about the possibilities of the wide-scale use of composite materials in automotive manufacturing, and to gauge the feasibility of new composite processes for the automotive large-scale series," states Willmeroth. "China is setting the direction and ENGEL is at the forefront here. Internationally, ENGEL is already one of the preferred partners of the automotive industry." In 2012, ENGEL established its own technology centre for lightweight composite technologies and since then has been able to achieve several significant milestones in cooperation with its development partners. At the Chinaplas 2018, ENGEL is introducing series-ready technologies for the economical production of composite components and, in addition, is providing insights into ongoing research projects.

    Market position in industries further expanded
    From a single source, ENGEL delivers individual injection moulding machines as well as integrated and automated system solutions, the share of which in worldwide orders continues to increase. Developing made-to-measure injection moulding solutions requires a deep understanding of both the technology and the industries, which ENGEL ensures through its Business Unit structure. ENGEL employs dedicated teams for the automotive, technical moulding, teletronics, packaging and medical industries, respectively – and this not only at the company headquarters in Austria. Last year, ENGEL also established a Business Unit structure with dedicated Business Unit managers in Asia, and has since then been continuously increasing its industry know-how locally. "With this new structure, we are continuing to expand our market position in all five business areas", reports Steger. "The feedback from our customers is very good. In many cases, we can respond even faster to requirements and requests, and support our customers in solving their very individual challenges in an even more targeted fashion."

    In addition to automotive, in Asia ENGEL has increased its sales in the medical area, with health care and diagnostics being the main growth drivers, For these applications, ENGEL delivers all-electric e-motion injection moulding machines as well as hybrid machines of the e-victory series, which are produced for the Asian markets at the ENGEL plant in Korea. "In the medical area, we are seeing a trend to multi-cavity moulds, which require larger injection moulding machines to increase throughput", reports Willmeroth.

    New training centre in Shanghai
    ENGEL is also increasing its personnel in Asia. The ENGEL Group is currently employing a total of 950 people in its Asian production plants and subsidiaries, which is more than 20 percent more than last year. ENGEL Machinery Shanghai currently has a headcount of 490 employees. In the previous financial year, new employees were added primarily in the Business Units, service and training. For the 18/19 financial year, ENGEL has posted additional vacancies in Shanghai as well as all of Asia.

    In the context of the plant expansion that was completed in September 2017, ENGEL constructed a new, larger training centre and hired a dedicated training manager. Together with his team of experienced trainers, Boris Wen is continuing to expand the seminar and workshop offering for customers in China.

    6,600 employees worldwide
    At the beginning of the new financial year 2018/19, the ENGEL Group is employing 6,600 people worldwide – more than ever before. More than half of these (3,700) are working in the three Austrian plants.

    As compared to the previous year, there has been a slight shift in the distribution of the 1.51 billion euro in worldwide revenue. America has increased by 2 percent, to 26 percent. With currently 53 percent, Europe still represents the lion's share. Asia is at 20 percent.

    From the worldwide perspective, North America – USA, Canada and Mexico – and Asia are the primary growth drivers for ENGEL, with South America also picking up speed. In Europe, Germany remains the strongest sales market and also the most important driver of innovation.

    From the perspective of the industries, the strongest growth worldwide is in the packaging area, followed by technical moulding.

    More capacity in the machine plants
    With the largest investment programme in the company's history, ENGEL is ensuring that the growth of the company extends into all regions of the world. For a total of more than 375 million euro, by 2020 production plants worldwide will be modernised and their capacities expanded.

    The expansion of ENGEL Machinery Shanghai was completed in time for the ten-year anniversary of the plant in September 2017. First of all, the existing office building was lengthened to add another 1,000 square metres of usable space. In addition, a new production hall was constructed, complementing large machine production by 1,600 square metres. The training workshop is also being newly constructed. For the apprentice workshop alone, ENGEL invested just under 1 million euro. It is equipped with state-of-the-art machines to optimally prepare the apprentices for their future profession, and it is also significantly larger than the previous one because since the beginning of ENGEL's apprenticeship programme in China, the number of apprentices has increased considerably. Currently in Shanghai, 51 young people are being trained as mechatronics engineers, CNC technicians and plastics technicians. In the summer of last year, the first apprentices of ENGEL Machinery Shanghai completed their final examinations with good results across the board and were hired as permanent employees.

    The largest construction projects are taking place in Austria. At company headquarters in Schwertberg, by the autumn of this year the northern production hall there, which was constructed in 2013, will be expanded by 11,500 square metres. In addition, a new, significantly larger customer technology centre is being built.

    With an investment volume of 160 million euro, the expansion of the large machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria, is by far the largest construction project. In the first stage, last year an additional hall bay was constructed that contains several offices and is otherwise dedicated to machine assembly. A few weeks ago, construction began on the new administration building and the additional expansion of the assembly area, including the tecnology centre. In the course of this work, more space will also be created for the Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    15.05.2018   NWNA Achieves North America's First & Only Gold Standard Water Stewardship Certification for...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... CA Bottling Factory

    All Five California Nestlé Waters Factories Certified to Rigorous Water Sustainability Standard

    Nestlé Waters North America announced that its Cabazon and Los Angeles, Calif. factories have received certification against the rigorous Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, with the Cabazon facility achieving an AWS Gold certification – the first facility in North America to do so.

    With the certification of these factories in Cabazon and Los Angeles, all five of the company’s California factories are now certified to the AWS Standard, a priority outlined by the company late last year. California was selected as the first location for AWS certification because of the shared water challenges in the state.

    “We are extremely proud of our Cabazon factory for becoming the first and only facility in North America to achieve AWS Gold certification, and to now have all five of our California facilities certified to the most rigorous global water stewardship standard in the world – this is an exceptional validation of our commitment to water and community stewardship,” said Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. “We are committed to playing our part here in California, and wherever we operate, in protecting our shared water resources.”

    Supported by industry leaders and prominent environmental conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the AWS Standard is the first comprehensive global standard for measuring responsible water stewardship, not just in terms of environmental criteria, but also social and economic dimensions.

    “We’ve seen the AWS Standard help businesses translate global commitments into on-the-ground action, which includes working with others in a basin on shared water challenges,” said Alexis Morgan, Water Stewardship Lead at WWF. “Gold Level AWS certification signifies a deeper level of engagement and achievement in water stewardship that is sorely needed to help restore and protect threatened freshwater ecosystems for people and nature.”

    As part of the AWS certification process, auditors look at a number of factors within the groundwater basins where facilities are located, such as water quality, the availability of existing water sources, and the health of water-related areas, such as marshes, in the region. In addition, a number of internal and external community stakeholders are identified and interviewed by AWS auditors.

    Cabazon’s AWS Gold certification is reflective of the facility’s meeting of advanced-level criteria, including the site’s positive contribution to the local groundwater system, best practice of the site’s water balance, best practice of the site’s water quality, and implementation of a water education program, among others. As with all AWS certification processes, stakeholder engagement was also an essential part of Cabazon’s evaluation. To achieve this advanced certification, a consensus of stakeholders had to affirm the positive contributions that the Cabazon factory has made on water balance and the quality of the catchment.

    As part of Nestlé Waters’ ongoing efforts to improve the water efficiency of their operations, the company has implemented a number of conservation techniques and initiatives in their factories over the years, including reverse osmosis to better filter and reuse wastewater, advanced water mapping to more carefully manage the flow of water in and out of the plants, and xeriscaping to reduce supplemental irrigation on the grounds of each factory. Recent auditing, as part of the AWS certification process, of the company’s five California factories revealed a combined savings of more than 54 million gallons of water between 2016 and 2017.

    "These recent certifications in California further prove that it is possible for sustainable freshwater use to be socially, environmentally, and economically responsible," said Matt Howard, Director for AWS North America. "The AWS Standard is applicable to sites around the world, and we hope that this achievement in California continues the positive worldwide trend towards water stewardship that reflects the needs and values of all water users."

    In addition to the Nestlé Waters facilities in California, the company also announced today the certification of its bottling facility in Hope, British Columbia – the first facility in Canada to achieve AWS certification.

    “The AWS journey started for us more than two years ago, and now, to have all five of our facilities in California certified and one in Hope, BC – the first in Canada – is a real milestone. I hope it will inspire others to adopt the AWS Standard and drive deeper the principles and practices of water stewardship and sustainability into their business practices," says Switzer.
    (Nestlé Waters North America)
     
    14.05.2018   Anheuser-Busch Announces U.S. 2025 Sustainability Goals    ( Company news )

    Company news Launches 100% Renewable Electricity Symbol on Budweiser Packaging in U.S.

    Anheuser-Busch launched its U.S. 2025 Sustainability Goals, focused on four key areas: renewable electricity and carbon reduction, water stewardship, smart agriculture, and circular packaging. The ambitious goals, which build on the 2025 Global Sustainability Goals recently announced by the brewer’s parent company AB InBev, will guide and further Anheuser-Busch’s industry-leading sustainability efforts in the U.S. through 2025:
    -Renewable Electricity and Carbon Reduction: 100% of purchased electricity will come from renewable sources; and CO2 emissions across the value chain will be reduced by 25%
    -Water Stewardship: 100% of facilities will be engaged in water efficiency efforts; and 100% of communities in high stress areas will have measurably improved water availability and quality
    -Smart Agriculture: 100% of direct farmers will be highly skilled, connected and financially empowered
    -Circular Packaging: 100% of packaging will be made from majority recycled content or will be returnable

    Anheuser-Busch recognizes the huge opportunity it has to help protect the environment and inspire its partners to do the same. As beer is a natural product, a healthy environment is crucial to the brewing process. In fact, 98 percent of the primary ingredients used in the beers Anheuser-Busch proudly brews are grown in the U.S.

    “We take great pride in our sustainability efforts and our long history of striving to be good stewards of the environment. Now, we are challenging ourselves to do more,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “Our company has been around for 165 years, and these goals will ensure that we continue to make meaningful contributions toward building strong communities and a healthy environment for the next 165 years.”

    In conjunction with the announcement of the Goals, Budweiser today launched the 100% Renewable Electricity symbol, which will appear on its U.S. packaging beginning on Earth Day (4/22). The symbol celebrates that Anheuser-Busch, through its partnership with Enel Green Power, now secures 50 percent of its purchased electricity from wind power — more than the electricity used to brew Budweiser in the U.S. each year.

    This is just one of many examples of the progress Anheuser-Busch, together with its craft partners, has made toward building a better world:
    -The company’s 12 major breweries boast a 99.8 percent recycling rate
    -Over the past decade, Anheuser-Busch’s major breweries have reduced water usage by 46 percent —saving the equivalent of 73 billion 12oz servings of beer
    -Last year, Anheuser-Busch launched its Elevate platform through which the brewer is working with its 10 craft partners on sustainability efforts, including installing solar panels across their facilities, which will transition to 100 percent purchased renewable electricity by 2020
    -The brewer has also pioneered new barley varieties that produce high yields using 40 percent less water
    -To reduce the environmental impact of its supply chain, Anheuser-Busch last year committed to purchasing 40 Tesla electric powered trucks

    “This is a team effort — together with our wholesalers, suppliers, retailers, NGOs and government partners and more than 18,000 colleagues across the country — we’re committed to driving change, not just within our facilities, but in the broader communities where we live, work and play,” added Ingrid De Ryck, VP Procurement and Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch. “We firmly believe that investing in a more sustainable future not only brings us closer to realizing our dream of a better world, it moves our business forward.”
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
     
    14.05.2018   Canada: Beer remains Canada’s drink of choice but both domestic and import brands ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... see volume decline last year

    The Canadian love affair with hops and barley continues, but more and more drinkers are opting for the grape, Statistics Canada announced in a report on May 9.

    And that’s not all — Canadians are falling head over heels for the apple too.

    While beer remained the drink of choice, wine and craft ciders sales grew. In fact, all alcoholic beverage sales were up 2.3 per cent from the previous year as of March 2017, the report stated.

    “Wine has become democratized or is somehow more open and inclusive,” said Nic Bird, assistant manager of Point Grey Liberty Wines store. “But at the same time, there still exists a level of sophistication.”

    Beer sales accounted for C$9 billion of C$23 billion in total alcoholic sales, which mirrored the previous year.

    But the volume of both Canadian and imported beers decreased, and in British Columbia the market share of total alcoholic sales was the lowest across the country, sitting at 34.4 per cent.

    Yet wine sales spiked almost four per cent, amounting to roughly C$7 billion. Canadian wine sales outpaced imported wine: The former rose by nearly 7 per cent, while the latter grew almost 2 per cent, the report stated.

    “Rosé sales are increasing by 50 per cent year after year. It is becoming huge,” Bird explained.

    Bird said perhaps it’s because rosé has become a cultural phenomenon. However, rosé accounted for fewer than 20 per cent of wine sales.

    But pop culture is more fixated on wine, Bird added, citing a number of sommelier shows on Netflix. In the past, wine bars would shut down after a year. Now, Bird said they now have an extended shelf life, which is a good indication of consumer behaviour.

    That wasn’t the case with barley brews: The report highlighted the volume of both Canadian and imported beer decreased from the previous year In fact, average beer sales — measured in volume — have been declining over the past decade.

    Craft beer is still a crowd-pleaser, said Adrienne Weeks, the manager at Steamworks Fine Wine and Spirits. But wine, spirits and craft ciders are a close second.

    In particular, ice wine and Canadian whisky are sought after, which Weeks attributed to the tourist season. At the national level, whisky was the most popular spirit sold and the report noted the volume of both Canadian and imported spirits rose slightly.

    But it’s the rise of locally-made craft ciders and coolers that are “huge,” Weeks added.

    “Our sales have gone up ridiculous amounts. They’re becoming more creative with all sorts of ciders,” she said, noting their top seller was lavender-infused.

    The amount of ciders, coolers and refreshment beverages marked an increase of 8.2 per cent from the previous year. The report stated it was a “small market share … with sustained and dynamic growth.”
     
    14.05.2018   EU: Carlsberg launches new alcohol-free beer Birell    ( E-Malt.com )

    Carlsberg Group has launched a new alcohol-free beer brand called Birell, as the company seeks to capitalise on the growing taste for alcohol-free beverages from European consumers, FoodBev.com reported on May 8.

    Birell was made available to consumers in Poland and Bulgaria on May 1 in two formats, Pilsner Lager and Belgian Wit, and the brand will be introduced into new markets in 2019, according to the company.

    Carlsberg says that drinks in the Birell range retain the same taste, mouthfeel and body of regular beer, and are free from artificial ingredients such as colourings and flavours.

    Figures provided by the company claim that the alcohol-free beer sector has grown 90% over the last decade, and Birell has been created to offer consumers who live an active lifestyle a new option, as the drink also contains fewer calories than regular beer.

    Shawn Gallegly, vice-president alcohol-free brews for Carlsberg said: “The alcohol-free category has seen huge growth in the last few years as consumers develop greater awareness of the food and drinks they purchase.

    “As a result, more people are opting for alcohol-free drinks, but they don’t want their choices to be limited to water or soft drinks. They are seeking a wider range of relevant and great tasting refreshment choices. That’s why we created an alcohol-free beer that is uncompromising on taste, quality and enjoyment alike.”

    “2017 was a very good year for our alcohol-free brands, and this year, without revealing the numbers, looks even more promising.

    “Bringing the Birell launch to the Carlsberg portfolio further adds to our focus on brewing for a better today and tomorrow. With Birell, it’s a positive approach on living more.

    “By giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy a great tasting alcohol-free beer, we aim to inspire consumers to fulfil their active lifestyles.”
     
    14.05.2018   South Korea: Whiskey maker Golden Blue signs exclusive deal to import and distribute ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... Carlsberg’s lager products in Korea

    Whiskey maker Golden Blue will enter Korea’s imported beer market, a diversification by the Busan-based company known for trendy low-alcohol whiskeys such as Sappirus, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported on May 9.

    Golden Blue said on May 9 it signed an exclusive deal with Danish beer brand Carlsberg to import and distribute its lager products in Korea starting this month.

    “The beer industry is vital for Golden Blue to surge ahead as a comprehensive liquor company,” said Kim Dong-wook, CEO of Golden Blue in a statement. “Through Carlsberg, we plan on a diverse, young marketing strategy to develop Carlsberg into a representative European beer in Korea.”

    Golden Blue, which in 2009 launched whiskies with lower-than-average alcohol content, quickly became a top-tier player in Korea’s whiskey market, long dominated by imported brands.

    In 2017, Golden Blue signed an MOU with traditional liquor company Omy Nara to produce its own versions of Korean liquors.

    “Golden Blue wants to tackle Korea’s imported beer market, which has been showing continuous growth despite an overall decline in alcohol consumption nationwide,” the company said in a statement.
     
    14.05.2018   USA: US beer shipments forecast to decline by 1-3% this year    ( E-Malt.com )

    The Beer Institute (BI) is forecasting U.S. beer shipments to decline between one and three percent in 2018, chief economist Michael Uhrich shared during the national trade association’s “State of the Industry” webinar on May 10.

    “We’ve been flat to down the last two years,” he said. “In 2018, I’m expecting the beer category’s total performance to fall between a range of down one and down three.”

    Uhrich admitted that the projection is “a pretty wide range,” but that’s due to “a lot of uncertainty” and headwinds facing the industry, including tariffs, increased input costs, “falling penetration rates” with new legal-drinking-age consumers between the ages of 21 and 25, and discounting by wine and liquor companies in off-premise retail accounts.

    Uhrich added that he isn’t expecting the U.S. to fall into a recession in the next two years. That’s an important prediction for beer executives because the industry typically gains about 0.25 basis points of share during a recession. However, that isn’t necessarily good for the industry, Uhrich added, noting beer typically loses about double the amount of share it gained in the years following a recession.

    According to Uhrich, inflation, which is projected to be about 2.2 percent this year, is negatively affecting beer companies as consumers may be less willing to spend. He added that the industry has likely already seen the benefits of falling unemployment rates.

    “We can’t expect continued decreases in unemployment to help us moving forward,” he said.

    However, the news wasn’t all bad. Uhrich said increases in the gross domestic product (GDP) and disposable incomes are likely to help businesses and consumers.

    “Personal incomes are growing at about double the rate that they were last year, and that’s really great,” he said. “We’re hoping that will translate into more beer spending.”

    Recapping 2017, Uhrich said beer once again lost market share to wine and spirits. Although beer still holds the majority of the share of alcohol servings (49.7 percent) versus hard liquor (34.9 percent) and wine (15.4 percent), the category lost nearly 1 percent of share in 2017.

    “We peaked in share in the mid-90s at a little over 60 percent, and now beer has fallen to slightly below 50 percent of total alcohol servings,” Uhrich said. “According to my estimation, it’s actually the lowest share of the alcohol category that beer has ever had.”

    Uhrich attributed some of those declines to wine and liquor companies discounting their products off-premise.

    On the topic of discounting, Uhrich said price cuts, along with the move from 12-packs toward 15-packs, helped “economy” offerings become the only beer segment to improve its overall performance last year.

    According to Uhrich, total craft beer volumes (including those brands owned by larger companies like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors) grew 1.6 percent in 2017. He added that it was “the slowest growth rate craft has seen in the last 10 years” and that much of the growth came within brewpubs and taprooms, where sales grew 24.2 percent.

    “The own-premise channel accounts for one in 12 [craft] beers sold,” he said. “The remainder of craft sales actually declined last year.”

    Both the craft and import segments gained share last year — 0.4 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. Those gains came mostly from the “mainstream” beer segment, which lost about 1 share point in the U.S., Uhrich noted.

    Mexican imports, Uhrich added, continued to drive import volume growth. While the segment grew 3.2 percent last year, the growth slowed compared to recent years.

    Uhrich also said U.S. exports accounted for 3.7 percent of U.S. beer production in 2017.

    “I expect it to continue growing as export markets becomes a more important part of the business model for U.S. beer suppliers,” he said.

    Nevertheless, U.S. consumer spending on beer increased about 0.7 percent last year to about $119.3 billion. However, Uhrich said the growth rate has slowed from previous years and price increases by U.S. beer companies have met some resistance.

    Meanwhile, off-premise channels gained share from on-premise channels, Uhrich said, noting that the strongest off-premise retail sales growth in 2017 came within the grocery channel. Beer sales at U.S. convenience stores also grew.
     
    11.05.2018   Symrise achieves strong organic growth of 7.5 % in the first quarter    ( Company news )

    Company news — Group sales up by 1.5 % to € 776.9 million, including portfolio and exchange rate effects
    — EBITDA margin with 20.1 % in target corridor
    — Shortage of some raw materials has no impact on delivery capability
    — Guidance for 2018 and medium-term targets through to 2020 affirmed

    Symrise AG remains on track for strong growth in the fiscal year 2018 and achieved a very healthy 7.5 % organic increase in sales in the first quarter. All segments benefited from good demand. Taking into account portfolio and exchange rate effects, sales in the first quarter were up 1.5 % to € 776.9 million (Q1 2017: € 765.2 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to € 155.8 million. Due to negative currency effects and higher raw material costs, it came in lower than in the prior-year period (Q1 2017: € 165.5 million). The EBITDA margin reached 20.1 % and was within the medium-term target corridor of 19–22 %.

    "We have made a dynamic start in the fiscal year 2018 and consider ourselves very well positioned due to our strong market position. Despite extensive investments, volatile exchange rates and higher raw material prices, we operated very profitable," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. "The targeted expansion of our product portfolio and our raw material base has paid off. Along with strong demand from our customers, this was the foundation of our success in the first quarter. All segments generated substantial new business and contributed to the growth of our Group. We are looking ahead with confidence to our business performance in the coming months. We will remain focused on profitable growth, especially through our continuing push to expand our capacity."

    Strong organic sales growth
    The Symrise Group achieved strong organic sales growth of 7.5 % in the first quarter. All segments experienced healthy demand. Considering portfolio effects – such as the sales contributions of the recently acquired companies Cobell and Citratus – and exchange rate effects, Symrise increased its sales by 1.5 % to € 776.9 million (Q1 2017: € 765.2 million). The sales trend in reporting currency was negatively impacted by unfavorable exchange rates, in particular by the appreciation of the euro against the US dollar.

    Profitability within target corridor
    First-quarter earnings were impacted by negative currency effects and higher raw material costs. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), at € 155.8 million, were € 9.7 million lower than in the same quarter a year earlier (Q1 2017: € 165.5 million). It is important to consider that the Q1 2017 figure includes a one-off gain of € 4.7 million resulting from the sale of the Pinova industrial activities.

    The situation in the raw material markets, especially the supply of important fragrance ingredients, remained challenging in the first quarter. The failure to deliver raw materials of some suppliers and a generally higher price level led to cost increases. The Scent & Care segment again benefited from its comprehensive backward integration, retaining full delivery capability due to Symrise’s wide-ranging raw material base. To compensate for the higher raw material costs, Symrise engages in a close dialog with its customers to actively implement price increases.

    The Group's EBITDA margin reached 20.1 % (Q1 2017: 21.6 %) and was, despite the cost increases that were mainly attributable to external factors, on the expected level of about 20 % for 2018. It was also within the target corridor for both the current year as well as the medium-term targets for 2020.

    Scent & Care with good sales growth in particular for fragrances and cosmetic ingredients
    Scent & Care posted a 6.9 % organic sales increase in the first quarter. Considering the negative currency effects and the portfolio effect from the Citratus acquisition, sales in reporting currency amounted to € 331.8 million, and thus were slightly lower than year-on-year.

    The Aroma Molecules division delivered the strongest growth, with organic double-digit percentage increases, in particular in applications for fragrance ingredients.

    The Cosmetic Ingredients division achieved strong organic growth in the high single-digit percentage range, showing particularly expansive developments in the Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions.

    The Fragrance division reported a moderate organic increase in sales, especially driven by the Beauty Care and Home Care business units. Beauty Care, which develops and markets body and facial care applications, realized strong organic growth especially in the Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions. In the Home Care business unit, healthy increases were seen in the Asia/Pacific, EAME and Latin America regions, mainly through new business with regional customers. The Fine Fragrances business unit achieved a double-digit growth rate in Latin America as a result of higher demand from regional and local customers.

    The EBITDA for the Scent & Care segment in the first quarter amounted to € 64.8 million (Q1 2017: € 71.9 million). The year-on-year decrease reflects negative currency effects, higher prices for raw materials and the one-off gain from the sale of the Pinova industrial activities. The EBITDA margin was 19.5 % (Q1 2017: 21.6 %).

    Double-digit sales growth in the Flavor segment
    Sales in the Flavor segment, which encompasses the business activities with flavors for foods and beverages, grew organically in the first quarter at a very dynamic rate of 11.0 %. All business units and regions showed significant increases in sales. Taking into account exchange rate effects and the Cobell acquisition, sales in this segment were up 7.8 % in reporting currency in the first quarter to € 291.2 million (Q1 2017: € 270.2 million).

    In the EAME region, applications for sweet and savory products delivered the biggest organic increases, above all in the national markets of Germany, France, Russia and Egypt. The Beverages business unit benefited from the Cobell acquisition.

    The Asia/Pacific region achieved in all business units high single-digit or even double-digit percentage growth rates, with particularly satisfactory results especially in China, Japan and Singapore.

    The North America region also saw significant year-on-year gains in sales. The Beverages application area showed a particularly dynamic trend resulting from extensive new business.

    The overall trend in the Latin America region was positive, with an organic growth rate in the medium single-digit percentage range. The biggest impetus came from the Sweet business unit, with good demand in the markets of Brazil and Mexico.

    In the Flavor segment, EBITDA increased to € 61.0 million. This result was € 4.1 million higher than in the same period a year earlier (Q1 2017: € 56.9 million) despite unfavorable exchange rates, and represents an increase of 7.2 %. The EBITDA margin, at 20.9 %, was down slightly (Q1 2017: 21.1 %), mainly as a result of the Cobell acquisition.

    Nutrition with strong demand for food and pet food applications
    The Nutrition segment, which includes the Diana division, with food, pet food and baby food applications as well as probiotics, achieved organic growth of 2.9 % in the first quarter. This reflects above all an announced reduction in orders from a relevant probiotics customer. Adjusted for the business unit Probi, the growth rate was 8.0 %. In consideration of unfavorable exchange rates, sales in reporting currency, at € 153.8 million, were lower than in the same period in 2017 (Q1 2017: € 161.8 million).

    The Food, Pet Food and Aqua business units achieved growth rates in the high single-digit range. In the Food business unit, the strongest growth was seen in the North America and Asia/Pacific regions. Pet food applications experienced the highest increases in Latin America and North America, especially in Mexico, Argentina and the USA.

    EBITDA in the Nutrition segment amounted to € 30.1 million in the period under review. Due to negative currency effects, the loss of contributions to earnings through the lower sales in the Probiotics business unit, and start-up costs for the new plant in Georgia, USA, EDITDA was lower than in the first quarter of 2017 (Q1 2017: € 36.7 million). As expected, the EBITDA margin was 19.5 % (Q1 2017: 22.7 %).

    Guidance affirmed
    After a good start to the year, Symrise affirms its growth and profitability targets for the current fiscal year. The Group remains confident that it will continue to achieve growth on a sustainable basis. The target remains, again in 2018, to significantly exceed the market growth rate, which estimates indicate will lie between 3 % and 4 %. Healthy demand from customers and numerous investment projects to increase capacity, especially in the USA, will continue to push the Group's organic growth. In mid-2018 the capacity expansion for cosmetic ingredients in South Carolina will be completed, and the new Diana site for food ingredients in Georgia will be opened in the second half of the year.

    Symrise aims to be highly profitable yet again in 2018 and to achieve an EBITDA margin of approximately 20 %. The medium-term targets through to the end of the fiscal year 2020 remain in effect, including a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 5–7% range and an EBITDA margin between 19–22 %.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    09.05.2018   Diageo announces 2018 Scotch Whisky Special Releases Collection    ( Company news )

    Company news Eagerly anticipated worldwide by whisky enthusiasts, the limited edition natural cask strength bottlings are meticulously selected each year by our skilled blending team, to form a rare and sought after collection.

    The Special Releases collection encompasses some of the rarest and oldest whiskies from classic, lesser known and often closed distilleries. Each whisky within the range offers complex flavours of the highest quality, representing a fragment of Scotch Whisky history.

    Donald Colville, Diageo’s Global Malts Ambassador, said: “The Special Releases launch is a highlight in our whisky calendar year. It’s a collection that allows both knowledgeable whisky fans and those new to Scotch to hunt out truly unique limited editions. The range delivers memorable taste experiences unlike any other and the exceptional variety and quality of whiskies in this year’s collection will not disappoint.”

    The 2018 Special Releases Collection features:
    CARSEBRIDGE 48 year old
    CAOL ILA UNPEATED 15 year old
    CAOL ILA 35 year old
    INCHGOWER 27 year old
    LAGAVULIN 12 year old
    OBAN 21 year old
    PITTYVAICH 28 year old
    THE SINGLETON OF GLEN ORD 14 year old
    TALISKER 8 year old
    The final tenth bottling will be revealed later in the year.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    08.05.2018   Aptar Food + Beverage and Cheer Pack North America Partner to Launch a Premade No-Spill ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Spouted Pouch Solution

    Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in innovative dispensing solutions for on-the-go drinks in the beverage market, and Cheer Pack North America (CPNA), a leader in premade spouted pouches, are partnering to launch a “No-Spill” Spouted Pouch solution for the North American market.

    The “No-Spill” Spouted Pouch features Aptar’s SimpliSqueeze® valve technology – a top selling valve system with billions of units sold worldwide– in the squeezable CHEER PACK® spouted pouch. The combination of these two consumer-trusted solutions creates an innovative and fun-to-use beverage package for applications such as juice, flavored water, drinkable yogurt, and more.

    CPNA is a global partner of GualapackGroup, who together with Aptar Food + Beverage, introduced a premade no-spill spouted pouch solution for the European market in 2017. This unique packaging solution, initially targeted for the juice market, can be efficiently filled and closed using GualapackGroup’s filling lines.

    “This is a differentiated solution designed to deliver a superior experience for consumers who want cleanliness and convenience in the form of a spouted pouch,” said Gael Touya, President of Aptar Food + Beverage. “The valve-in-spout design is intended to prevent product spill, which is especially important for on-the-go families who want hygienic, mess-free packaging. This solution is easy and intuitive to use, helping to create an enjoyable and memorable squeeze and drink experience.”
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
     
    07.05.2018   Mozambique: Tax Authority pushing ahead with plans to impose fiscal stamps on beer    ( E-malt.com )

    The Mozambican Tax Authority (AT) is pushing ahead with plans to impose fiscal stamps on bottled and canned beer, despite warnings from the drinks industry that the stamps may lead to a reduction, rather than an increase, in tax revenue, AllAfrica.com reported on May 2.

    According to a report in the May 2nd issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias", the AT will begin to test the technology next week.

    Currently only one company produces beer in Mozambique, CDM (Beers of Mozambique), with breweries in Maputo, Beira and Nampula. Both CDM and the association of drinks producers (ABIBA) have warned of reduced revenue, if putting fiscal stamps on the final product reduces the speed of bottling.

    The CDM production lines can fill between 60,000 and 120,000 bottles per hour. If adding the fiscal stamp slows down the line, then less beer will be produced, and less will be consumed.

    CDM points out that only four countries in the world put fiscal stamps on beer, and all of them are Muslim-majority countries. Furthermore CDM is already one of Mozambique's major taxpayers, and nobody has ever accused it of tax evasion.

    Last week, ABIBA predicted that, if fiscal stamps are imposed on beer, this will cut annual tax revenue from beer from eight billion to five billion meticais - a tax loss of three billion meticais (about 50 million US dollars, at current exchange rates).

    The AT scoffed at this prediction, and claimed that, since a digital rather than a physical stamp will be used, here will be no slow-down in production.

    The AT's southern regional coordinator for fiscal stamps, Rogerio Machava, insisted "this process will not cause any constraints for the operators. It was they who suggested that we use a digital stamp, and the AT is working to satisfy this request from the operators".

    When the digital stamp is tested next week, said Machava, the operators will see how it works, and whether it does indeed create any problems for beer production.

    Physical fiscal stamps have already been imposed on tobacco products and on wines and spirits, and the AT claims they have significantly increased revenue from these products. But the production process is very different, and no major problems have been found in slapping fiscal stamps on wines and spirits, most of which are imported.
     
    07.05.2018   New Zealand: Pint of beer in Auckland is the 24th most expensive pint in the world    ( E-malt.com )

    A pint of beer in an Auckland restaurant costs on average NZ$9.05 making it the equal 24th most expensive pour in the world, Stuff.co.nz reported on May 2.

    A survey of beer prices from Finder New Zealand looked at how much beer costs in 177 cities around the world, and the nation is paying nine times more than the cheapest.

    The results were compiled from cost of living sites Numbeo and Expatistan and are based on a 500ml pour of domestic beer in a restaurant.

    Auckland was New Zealand's representative city and the cost has been converted to New Zealand dollars.

    The NZ$9.05 pint was nearly double the global average, which was about NZ$4.96.

    Australia (Sydney, NZ$8.75), Japan (Tokyo, NZ$7.85), Canada (Toronto, NZ$8.01), South Africa (Johannesburg, NZ$2.92) were all cheaper.

    The cheapest beer is in Caracas, Venezuela, at NZ$1.

    Dearer than New Zealand were the UK (London, NZ$9.32), France (Paris, NZ$10.79) and the United States (New York, NZ$10.89).

    Norway (Olso, NZ$14.04) and Iceland (Reykjavik, NZ$15.59) were much dearer, but the most expensive pint of all was in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which set you back NZ$16.80.

    Stuff beer columnist Michael Donaldson said having restaurant prices for the survey distorted the cost somewhat. Most people didn't pay that for a pint.

    "If you are in a bar somewhere in South Auckland, it's a lot different to being in a restaurant in the Viaduct. So you have to think of what's the rental, what's the cost of staff, the rates ..."

    "As a rule, beer in New Zealand is relatively expensive compared to the rest of the world to start with because of the excise tax on it. That's complicated because it gets charged at the brewery, so everyone who adds their profit margin cost down the line is adding to the excise tax.

    "A lot of people have suggested excise should be charged at point of sale, like GST."

    Donaldson said New Zealand was usually cheaper than Australia, so he was surprised that Auckland topped Sydney.

    But he wasn't surprised that a beer in Berlin, Germany, was only NZ$5.56 a pint.

    "There's a thousand years of beer drinking culture for you. They are not going to tolerate high prices there. It's a different culture around consumption and by and large they are drinking traditional German styles and not the interesting, experimental range that New Zealand craft beers are."

     
    07.05.2018   Research Team Engineers a Better Plastic-Degrading Enzyme    ( Company news )

    Company news A breakthrough in enzyme research led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the United Kingdom’s University of Portsmouth has led to an improved variant of an enzyme that can break down ubiquitous plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.

    Photo: NREL’s Bryon Donohoe and Nic Rorrer punch out coupon samples from a PET bottle to test how effectively the PETase enzyme digests plastic. They and Gregg Beckham are among the international team of researchers who are working to further improve the enzyme to allow it to be used industrially to break down plastics in a fraction of the time. Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL

    While working to solve the crystal structure of PETase—a recently discovered enzyme that digests PET—the team inadvertently engineered an enzyme to be even better at degrading the man-made substance. Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests that there is much more room to further improve these enzymes, moving scientists closer to solving the problem of an ever-growing amount of discarded plastics that take centuries to biodegrade.

    The paper, “Characterization and engineering of a plastic-degrading aromatic polyesterase,” was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The lead authors from the research team—NREL’s Gregg Beckham, University of Portsmouth’s John McGeehan, and Lee Woodcock from the University of South Florida—were attempting to understand how PETase evolved from likely working on natural substances to digesting synthetic materials when the serendipitous discovery was made.

    The urgency of this work is as striking as the images pulled from recent headlines: 8 million metric tons of plastic waste, including PET bottles, enter the oceans each year, creating huge man-made islands of garbage. Experts estimate that by 2050, there will be as much waste plastic in the ocean by mass as there are fish. It’s a global environmental problem that poses a serious risk to wildlife, particularly in marine environments.

    Now imagine something as simple as a microbe that can degrade those plastic bottles. The good news: these organisms exist. A bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, was discovered in the soil of a Japanese PET bottle recycling plant more than a year ago. The bad news: it doesn’t work fast enough to solve plastic recycling at the industrial scale.

    To begin experiments, the research team wanted to find out exactly how effective PETase was at digesting PET. NREL Senior Scientist Bryon Donohoe and postdoctoral researcher Nic Rorrer tested PETase by taking samples of PET from the soda bottles in Beckham’s office and ran an experiment with PETase. “After just 96 hours you can see clearly via electron microscopy that the PETase is degrading PET,” said Donohoe. “And this test is using real examples of what is found in the oceans and landfills.”

    But what if the researchers could engineer the enzyme to work a hundred times or a thousand times better?

    “We originally set out to determine how this enzyme evolved from breaking down cutin—the waxy substance on the surface of plants—with cutinase, to degrading synthetic PET with PETase,” said Beckham. After all, PET, patented as a plastic in the 1940s, has not existed in nature for very long. “We hoped to determine its structure to aid in protein engineering, but we ended up going a step further and accidentally engineered an enzyme with improved performance at breaking down these plastics. What we’ve learned is that PETase is not yet fully optimized to degrade PET—and now that we’ve shown this, it’s time to apply the tools of protein engineering and evolution to continue to improve it.”

    NREL and the University of Portsmouth collaborated closely with a multidisciplinary research team at the Diamond Light Source in the UK, a large synchrotron that uses intense beams of X-rays 10 billion times brighter than the sun to act as a microscope powerful enough to see individual atoms. Using their beamline I23, an ultra-high-resolution 3D model of the PETase enzyme was generated in exquisite detail.

    With help from the computational modeling scientists at the University of South Florida and the University of Campinas in Brazil, the team discovered that PETase looks very similar to a cutinase, but it has some unusual surface features and a much more open active site. These differences indicated that PETase must have evolved in a PET-containing environment to enable the enzyme to degrade PET. To test that hypothesis, the researchers mutated the PETase active site to make it more like a cutinase.

    And this is where the unexpected happened. “Surprisingly, we found that the PETase mutant outperforms the wild-type PETase in degrading PET,” said Rorrer. “Understanding how PET binds in the PETase catalytic site using computational tools helped illuminate the reasons for this improved performance. Given these results, it’s clear that significant potential remains for improving its activity further.”

    Another significant aspect of the research: the discovery that PETase can also degrade polyethylene furandicarboxylate, or PEF, a bio-based substitute for PET plastics. The enhanced oxygen barrier properties of PEF could lead to its widespread use in bottles, which could ultimately find their way into the environment, thus adding to the pollution problem. “We were thrilled to learn that PETase works even better on PEF than on PET,” said Beckham. “It is literally drilling holes through the PEF sample. This shows that by using PETase, PEF is even more biodegradable than PET.”

    While the invention of highly durable plastics has had positive impacts for humankind’s quality of life, it’s that very durability that is causing the plastics pollution problem. The structure of PET is too crystalline to be easily broken down and while PET can be recycled, most of it is not. PET that is recycled often exhibits inferior material properties as well. In addition, PEF plastics, although bio-based, are not biodegradable, and would still end up as waste in landfills and in the seas.

    The team’s goal is to use their findings to continue to improve the new enzymes to break down these man-made plastics, but in a fraction of the time. “Few could have predicted that in the space of 50 years, single-use plastics such as drink bottles would be found washed up on beaches across the globe,” said McGeehan. “We can all play a significant part in dealing with the plastic problem. But the scientific community who ultimately created these ‘wonder-materials,’ must now use all the technology at their disposal to develop real solutions.”

    The work reported in PNAS was enabled by funding from NREL’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, the University of Portsmouth, and the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
    (NREL, U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.)
     
    07.05.2018   USA: AB InBev launching lager inspired by George Washington's handwritten recipe    ( E-malt.com )

    Budweiser went to the history books for its latest lager, USA Today reported on May 2.

    A new beer the massive brewer is rolling out this month, Freedom Reserve Red Lager, is inspired by a handwritten recipe found in George Washington’s military journal kept during the French and Indian War in 1757.

    Meant to celebrate U.S. veterans and American history, the red lager is made by Budweiser brewers who are also "proud veterans," the company says. Proceeds benefit Folds of Honor, a non-profit group that provides educational scholarships to military families.

    This is the latest marketing move by Budweiser to tap into historical notes for its beers. Two years ago, Budweiser was available in packaging labeled "America" on cans and bottles. And in October 2017, the brewery released its first Reserve Collection beer, 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager, which celebrated the end of Prohibition.

    This second Reserve Collection beer, Freedom Reserve Red Lager, was described by Washington as a "small beer" in his journal, which is online in the Digital Public Library of America.

    A small beer, which typically was of lower quality and lower alcohol, would have been ideal for brewing by soldiers, the library entry notes. Washington enjoyed beer and brewed stronger, better beers at Mount Vernon, it says.

    Budweiser's 5.4% alcohol beer based on Washington's recipe will not be hop-heavy but will have "a rich caramel malt taste and a smooth finish with a hint of molasses," the company says in a news release announcing the beer.

    The beer will begin showing up at retailers this month and will be available through September or while supplies last. "We are incredibly proud of our Freedom Reserve Red Lager because it was passionately brewed by our veteran brewers who have bravely served our country,” Budweiser Vice President Ricardo Marques said in a statement.

    Freedom Reserve Red Lager is just one of several new recipes Budweiser has in the works to energize sales. Scheduled for release in September is another limited-edition beer, Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager, which is aged on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves.

    Don't want to go out to get Bud's new beer? Bud is teaming with alcohol delivery service Drizly to give new customers $5 off their first delivery with the code "Freedom," through July 15.

    This is not the first time the founding fathers have served up inspiration to brewers. Blue Point Brewing Co., made its own beer from Washington’s military journal two years ago. Anheuser-Busch acquired the Patchogue, N.Y. brewery in 2014.

    Yards Brewing of Philadelphia has made George Washington’s Tavern Porter, which is inspired by Washington’s descriptions, since 1999. It also makes Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale, based on Jefferson’s recipe of beer made at his Monticello home, and Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce, an amber ale based on Benjamin Franklin’s original recipe.
     
    04.05.2018   A self-optimising production process    ( Company news )

    Company news ENGEL is set to welcome visitors to the smart factory at Elmia Polymer 2018, Scandinavia’s biggest trade fair for plastics and rubber processing, which takes place from May 15th to 18th in Jönköping, Sweden. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solutions provider will present both new and firmly established products from its inject 4.0 range. Innovative process technologies for greater efficiency and quality and the new hydraulic injection units that ENGEL will be bringing to a Scandinavian trade show for the first time will also be featured over the four days of the event.

    Image: iQ weight control compensates for process fluctuations before rejects are produced. The intelligent assistance system is available for electric and hydraulic injection moulding machines.

    The ENGEL stand will revolve around the self-optimising injection moulding machine. The production of inject 4.0 logos will clearly demonstrate how the potential for efficiency and quality that Industry 4.0 offers can be maximised with minimal effort. For this purpose, the e-motion 80 TL machine is equipped and networked with intelligent assistance systems. The networking of production systems, the systematic use of machine, process and production data and the deployment of intelligent assistance systems is enhancing the productivity, efficiency, and quality of production operations. At the same time, processors can respond to requirements – which are changing ever more quickly – with maximum flexibility.

    At the trade fair, the injection moulding machine’s CC300 control unit will simulate fluctuations in the raw material and ambient conditions. Visitors to the event will be able to watch live as the machine identifies deviations and automatically readjusts the parameters before even a single reject moulding is produced.

    Compensating for fluctuations before rejects are produced
    Three assistance systems from ENGEL’s iQ product range will be on show at the trade event. iQ weight control analyses the pressure profile during the injection process and compares measured values by means of a reference cycle. The injection profile, switchover point and the holding pressure profile are adjusted to the current conditions for every shot, which keeps the injected volume constant during the entire production run. At the same time, iQ clamp control calculates mould breathing in order to determine the ideal clamping force and adapt it automatically.

    iQ flow control is the latest iQ assistance system that ENGEL will be unveiling to a Scandinavian audience at Elmia Polymer. By connecting the temperature control units to the injection moulding machine, the software can regulate the rotational speed of the pumps in the temperature control units on demand. The result is much lower energy consumption and the stability of the temperature control process is also enhanced. e flomo is capable of actively controlling the temperature difference in all individual circuits and automatically setting the required flow rate for each temperature control circuit.

    Together with its partner HB-Therm (St. Gallen, Switzerland), ENGEL has developed a series of particularly compact temperature control units for the new integrated temperature control solution. By linking the e-temp control units to the injection moulding machine via OPC UA, the development partners have established a milestone along the road to the smart factory. The OPC UA protocol facilitates powerful, platform-independent and above all secure communication, both at shop floor level and with superordinate control systems. For this reason, it is increasingly becoming the standard for the plastics industry.

    Scandinavian launch for new e-connect customer portal
    The modularity of the inject 4.0 concept makes it easy for plastics processing firms to harness the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0. Even individual stand-alone solutions such as iQ assistance systems offer considerable benefits. In Jönköping, ENGEL will also present easy-to-implement solutions for networking machine parks and entire production sites as well as online support, remote maintenance and predictive maintenance products.

    There will be a Scandinavian launch for ENGEL’s e-connect customer platform at Elmia Polymer. Now comprehensively revised, the portal is ideally equipped to handle all current and future requirements of the smart factory. At any time and anywhere, it provides an overview of the machine status, the processing status of service and support orders and the prices and availability of spare parts. In this way, the portal simplifies and accelerates communications between processors and ENGEL as the supplier.

    All service products in the inject 4.0 range have been integrated with e-connect, including the new e-connect.monitor for predictive maintenance. For the first time, e-connect.monitor makes it possible to monitor the condition of critical components in injection moulding machines during current operations, and calculate their residual life. The aim is to prevent unplanned system shutdowns and minimise downtimes in the case of planned work such as the installation of spare parts. Two modules of this solution have already been introduced to the market: one for plasticising screws and the other for spindles in electrical high-performance applications.

    Very deep vertical data integration
    At the Expert Corner for smart production on the ENGEL stand, the focus will be on the authentig MES from the ENGEL subsidiary T.I.G. Tailored to the specific requirements of the injection moulding industry, the manufacturing execution system offers particularly deep vertical data integration to the level of individual cavities. The software ensures transparency in order to, for example, utilise the total available capacity of a machine park or correlate productivity indicators and economic objectives. Thanks to its modular structure, authentig can be adapted to the precise individual needs of processors; as it is not dependent on a specific interface, injection moulding machines of different brands can be incorporated.

    New injection units for even greater efficiency, precision and performance
    The new injection units will enable the ENGEL victory and ENGEL duo injection moulding machines to achieve even more impressive performance, precision and efficiency. At Elmia Polymer, ENGEL will be presenting its new generation of hydraulic injection units at a Scandinavian trade fair for the first time.

    Based on its many years of experience in the different fields of use of its injection moulding machines, ENGEL has restructured the sizes of the units and optimised their performance data, such as injection pressure, injection speed and plasticising capacity, for current and future requirements. This makes it possible to address the specific needs of users even more exactly in the machine design. All in all, the new units enable more precise injection and higher process stability. Control of temperature and pressure in the barrel contribute to this in equal measure. Temperature control of the feed throat was one focus of development work. The temperature control range was enlarged to safely rule out clumping in the feed zone and absorption of moisture across a wider range of materials. The new concept minimises energy losses both during heating and cooling of the feed through. The main contributor to better controllability of the pressures is the revised piston design.

    Furthermore, the long established ENGEL ecodrive servohydraulic has now become a standard feature of the victory and duo machines.

    Producing high-quality surfaces with efficiency
    Visitors will also be attracted to the stand by a large video wall on which ENGEL will present new developments in the area of process technologies. One focus will be on technologies capable of producing high-quality surfaces with great efficiency. The clearmelt process, for example, uses in-mould coating to produce ready-to-install trim components with very high-quality yet robust surfaces in a single work step. Polyurethane is used for surface finishing since it allows for fast changes between different colours.

    The integrated and fully automated DecoJect process, which combines in-mould graining and injection moulding, also cuts down on work steps. Since colour, structure and haptics are achieved through the foil, DecoJect represents an extremely cost effective way to visually enhance injection moulded parts and harmonise surfaces in vehicle interiors – even in the case of small batch sizes.

    The application examples on show will clearly demonstrate how innovative process technologies and integrated system solutions can meet even the most stringent quality demands while keeping unit costs competitive.

    ENGEL at Elmia Polymer 2018: Hall C, stand 4:20
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    04.05.2018   Minimum Unit Pricing implemented - Scotland leads the way in tackling alcohol-related harm    ( Company news )

    Company news Scotland has become the first country in the world to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

    New legislation brought into force sets a minimum 50 pence per unit price to tackle the damage caused by cheap, high strength alcohol.

    Research shows that the move is expected to save 392 lives in the first five years of implementation.

    Speaking during a visit to a hospital ward treating patients with chronic liver problems, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (photo) said:
    “I am extremely proud that the eyes of the world will once again be on Scotland with the introduction of this legislation.
    “Our action is bold and it is brave, and shows once again that we are leading the way in introducing innovative solutions to public health challenges.
    “It’s no secret that Scotland has a troubled relationship with alcohol. There are, on average, 22 alcohol-specific deaths every week in Scotland, and 697 hospital admissions and behind every one of these statistics is a person, a family, and a community badly affected by alcohol misuse.
    “Given the clear and proven link between consumption and harm, minimum unit pricing is the most effective and efficient way to tackle the cheap, high strength alcohol that causes so much damage to so many families.”

    Health Secretary Shona Robison said:
    “We know we need to act now to change people’s attitudes towards alcohol and I am confident that, with the introduction of minimum unit pricing, we are moving in the right direction. Alcohol misuse costs Scotland £3.6 billion each year – that’s £900 for every adult in the country.
    “Scotland has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in the UK – from today, I hope we will see that change.”

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said:
    “As a nation we drink 40 per cent more than the low risk drinking guidelines of 14 units per week for men and women. Prior to the implementation of minimum unit pricing, those 14 units could be bought for just £2.52. This is absolutely unacceptable.
    “That is where this new legislation comes in, and I am confident that over the first five years of its operation, minimum unit pricing will reduce the number of alcohol-specific deaths by hundreds, and hospital admissions by thousands.”
    (Scottish Government)
     
    03.05.2018   Symrise Inaugurates Creative Center in Shanghai and Celebrates Completion of Construction Phase ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in Nantong

    • Grand opening of creative center in Pudong, Shanghai
    • Ceremony for completion of first construction phase of new production facility in Nantong
    • Investments continue to grow in China as one of the key markets

    On April 11, 2018, Symrise inaugurated its new creative center in Pudong, Shanghai. The production facility in Nantong will also be celebrating the completion of the first construction phase. China is one of the key sales markets for the fragrance and flavoring manufacturer. Symrise has been active in the Chinese market for 36 years. The company intends to continue on its course of growth with these investments.

    Photo: Topping off production facilities

    “With our new Creative Center in Shanghai, we have created a cutting-edge environment for our fragrance creation. It should be a clear sign to both our Chinese customers and our employees there of our intention and commitment to further drive forward our growth in China,” says Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. The new creative center in Shanghai is an investment about € 8 Mio. Here, experienced perfumers will develop almost 9,000 different fragrances for the Chinese market every year. A generous amount of space and specially furnished rooms will offer plenty of space for creation and market research. They will include a fragrance creation and compounding area with doubled working space, an application laboratory for customer samples, hair and home care test rooms as well as consumer insights facilities. Short passages between the various areas include efficiency aspects into the building’s design.

    China: a Key Market for 36 Years
    Symrise started its business activities in China back in 1982 as one of the first joint ventures ever in Shanghai. This milestone in the company’s history made Symrise the first international supplier of fragrances on the Chinese mainland. “Our bold and forward-looking decision to go to China at that time has paid off. Today, we generate about a quarter of our sales in the Asia-Pacific region, where China plays an important role. We want to strengthen our position there in the long term,” said Bertram.

    Additional Production Site in China
    Symrise is therefore investing 50 Mio. € (phase I, planned total investment 83 Mio. €) in a new production facility for fragrances and flavors in Nantong. With over 7.3 million inhabitants, the city is key member of Shanghai One-hour economic circle. The high-speed train connection to Shanghai and metro (under construction) will make the location even more attractive in the future.

    Moreover, Nantong is to receive a green lung and incorporate many aspects of sustainability into its infrastructure. Symrise intends to follow this approach and promote sustainable technologies which will lead to an environmental friendly footprint throughout the premises. The around 5 hectare plot of land will allow Symrise to further exploit the growth opportunities and expand the capacities in the in the coming years. The new operation is the second production site in China, which is becoming the world’s largest flavor and fragrance market.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    02.05.2018   HISPACK Packaging, Process & Logistics: BERICAP focuses on innovation and global presence    ( Company news )

    Company news When the leading players in the packaging, process and logistics sector will be meeting at HISPACK Packaging, Process & Logistics trade fair in Barcelona from 8th to 11th May 2018, BERICAP, one of the world’s leading plastic closure manufacturers, must not be missed.

    Photo: Closure solution NEO 30/17

    The company will be presenting itself with a clear focus on the vast range of services and a broad variety of product innovations. BERICAP experts from all major units will be present to counsel prospective customers at Pavilion 2 of Gran Vía Barcelona Fair - Booth Nº 534 – E in the field of innovative and high-quality caps and closures.

    One important focus in Barcelona will be to stress the broad range of products and services BERICAP offers in the field of caps and closures. “We are pleased that we are well-known as major impulse-generating and quality-driven player in the Edible Oil market”, says Jordi Escrig, Sales and Marketing Director at BERICAP Spain. “However, the Edible Oil sector is only one of a diverse range of sectors in which we are strong”, explains Escrig. “Our aim in this exhibition is that our local sales team will be able to use the BERICAP global market knowledge to offer the best solutions to our domestic customers. We are really convinced that our sales team can actually offer added value as packaging advisors to successfully meet packaging challenges”.

    The second focus within the exhibition will be recent product innovations for the various sectors. The products presented at HISPACK place their focus on consumer convenience as well as sustainability, while fulfilling the customers’ expectations towards weight-optimized, high performance, packaging. BERICAP will be introducing closure solutions that surpass the usual standards, new packaging solutions, such as new NEO 30/17, 29/21, 2-Flow and the e-smoCapTM for e-liquids.
    (Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    02.05.2018   Vietnam: Experts speak against ban on sale of alcoholic drinks at night    ( E-malt.com )

    Experts spoke out against a proposed ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks at night during a conference on April 18, the VnExpress International reported.

    The proposal aims to restrict the sale of alcohol and advertising after 10 p.m. in Vietnam, excluding international airport terminals and areas designated for food, entertainment and tourism.

    The proposed ban would lead to binge drinking, said Dau Anh Tuan, head of the legal department at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

    "Some countries have approved this regulation, but it doesn't really work. We can ban labelled products, but not home brew,” Tuan said.

    The regulation needs to be looked at again, otherwise genuine brands might suffer while small home brew makers who don't pay tax could benefit, Tuan added.

    The term “areas designated for food, entertainment and tourism” in the proposal is not specifically defined, said Matt Wilson, director of foreign affairs for Heineken Vietnam LTD.

    Wilson said the ban might affect big entertainment events like the annual Heineken Countdown, which attracts a lot of young people on New Year's Eve.

    “I think the government’s goal can be entirely achievable by self-regulatory regulations,” Wilson said, citing that 40 percent of the world’s major markets have been successful in self-regulation as they believe in the advertising industry as well as its economic benefits.

    The enforcement of the draft law also raised concerns at the conference. “Who will carry out this law? And will they be able to?” asked Do Van Ve, former member of the 13th National Assembly. Ve said he was worried that with too many regulations that aren't actually enforced, people will start taking the law for granted.

    Other experts at the meeting also said that a ban on alcoholic drinks advertisements was not in line with the Advertisement Law, which would eventually confuse people as they wouldn’t know which laws to follow.

    The draft law, proposed by the health ministry, aims to prevent the adverse effects of alcoholic drinks with a volume of greater than 15 percent, which are widely consumed in Vietnam, a country famous for its beer drinking culture.

    The country spends on average $3.4 billion on alcohol each year, or 3 percent of the government’s budget revenue, according to official data. The figure translates to $300 per capita, while spending on health averages $113 per person, according to the health ministry.
     
    01.05.2018   Symrise Retains its Leading Position in the Ethibel Sustainability Index Europe     ( Company news )

    Company news • Company’s sustainability performance confirmed once again
    • Independent rating agency assesses commitment to environment and society

    The Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Europe has reaffirmed Symrise as a sustainable company. The fragrance and flavoring manufacturer from Holzminden impressed the international sustainability experts of the Belgian nonprofit organization “Forum Ethibel” once again with its commitment. The index includes 200 companies from throughout Europe.

    Symrise racked up points in all four reviewed categories. These include internal social policy, environmental policy, external social policy and ethical-economical policy. The index uses data from Vigeo Eiris, a leading European sustainability rating agency, which evaluates companies, countries and public institutes according to a catalog of criteria. The index is reviewed twice a year based on this data and adjusted as needed.

    Environmental Protection Along the Value Chain
    “The inclusion of Symrise in the ESI Europe once again is an important confirmation for us that we are on the right path with our corporate sustainability management,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “The aim of sustainable corporate development is an integral part of the Symrise corporate strategy. We work hard on this every day. It is our express goal to continue to be one of the most successful and sustainable manufacturers of fragrances and flavorings in the world.”

    How Symrise drives sustainable activity successfully is detailed in the recently published Corporate Report “Unfolding Strengths.” By last year, the company had already reached its objective of reducing its carbon emissions in relation to value added from 2010 to 2020 by one third. Symrise has also achieved palpable success once again in other key figures, such as the reduction of sensitive waste and increased resource efficiency.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    30.04.2018   Australia: Wine most popular, but beer most drunk by Australians - report    ( E-malt.com )

    The Roy Morgan Alcohol Currency Report has found that 69.3 per cent of Australians aged 18 and over drink alcohol in an average four-week period, the Food Magazine reported on April 12.

    According to the report, of all Australians 18+ years old, 44.5 per cent consume wine, 39.1 per cent consume beer, 27.5 per cent consume spirits, and 13.6 per cent consume cider.

    When looking at drinkers by gender, men are the predominant consumers of alcohol, with 74 per cent consuming alcohol in an average four-week period, compared to 65 per cent of women.

    Women had the highest incidence of wine consumption, with nearly 50 per cent of all women drinking wine in an average 4 weeks compared to 39 per cent of men. Wine skews to older drinkers, with the highest incidence among 50+ and 35-49 year olds.

    In contrast, beer is consumed by 59 per cent of men in an average 4 weeks, compared to only 20 per cent of women. Beer is fairly constant across age, increasing slightly from 18-49, but declines for the 50+ age group.

    Cider is fairly evenly split between the genders with a slight skew towards women, but it is heavily skewed to younger Australians compared to old, with 27 per cent of 18-24 year olds consuming cider in an average four weeks compared to 7.8 per cent of 50+.

    In Australia, 128.8 million glasses of alcohol were consumed by 11.6 million drinkers in an average seven-day period in 2017.

    Beer has the highest Share of Throat across Australia, accounting for 44 per cent of all alcohol volume consumed by drinkers, compared to wine at 32 per cent. And while cider has experienced an increase in popularity over the last decade, it still represents only 3.3 per cent of all alcoholic volume.

    “While wine is the most popular choice of alcoholic drink among Australians, it’s interesting to note the largest volume of alcohol is beer, representing 44 per cent of all alcohol in a 12 month period. There has been a decline in alcohol consumption among men, who in the last five years have gone from 76.5 per cent consuming alcohol to 73.9 per cent in an average four week period,” said Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan.

    “This is contrasted by the rise of women consuming alcohol, which has increased from 64.1 per cent to 64.8 per cent. Young people have also declined in alcohol consumption, with 18-24 year olds decreasing from 71.8 per cent alcohol consumption to 68.1 per cent in an average four weeks. This is compared to 50+, who have increased from 69.4 per cent to 70.2 per cent.”
     
    30.04.2018   Flexible and compact: KHS systems at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, TN    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS USA, Inc. will be presenting its compact, efficient systems at this year’s BrewExpo America® which is staged as part of the Craft Brewers Conference. The machinery has been specially designed for small and medium-sized breweries, with operators profiting from the tried-and-tested technology of the system supplier’s high-performance plant equipment. The trade show focus will be on the Innofill Can C (photo), a compact volumetric can filler which outputs 10,000 to 40,000 cans per hour. KHS will be exhibiting at Booth #1044 from May 1–3, 2018.

    Craft beer continues to triumph worldwide, with the United States pioneers in this sector. KHS USA, Inc. has provided brewers with systems tailored to their specific requirements since the very start of the craft beer movement. Thanks to its 150 years of experience and established high-performance filling and packaging technology the manufacturer is able to satisfy the special demands made of quality and reliability in this field.

    Keg filler for various capacity ranges
    The CombiKeg R5 processes kegs with a volume of between seven and 58 liters – from internal and external washing through filling to conveying and on-board media tanks. It is therefore not just suitable for beer but also for soft drinks and wine.

    For breweries which require a compact, semi-automatic system, keg washing and filling technology is available in the form of the Innokeg AF1-C1 which outputs up to 35 returnable and non-returnable kegs every 60 minutes.

    Can filler for craft brewers
    The filling and packaging technology specialist will also be exhibiting its Innofill Can C at the upcoming trade show; this produces between 10,000 and 40,000 volumetrically filled cans an hour. The compact combination of filler and seamer is manufactured as a plug-and-produce system at the local KHS factory and can thus be commissioned without the need for elaborate installation.

    In addition to its show exhibits the KHS portfolio includes further machines for the reliable and flexible filling and packaging of beer and other beverages. The flexible Innofill Can DVD can filler for up to 132,000 cans per hour is just one of many examples. A dense network of local KHS employees ensures that the machinery is appropriately serviced and maintained.
    (KHS USA Inc.)
     
    30.04.2018   India: Kingfisher Beer continues to top India's most trusted alcoholic beverage brands list    ( E-malt.com )

    Beleaguered Vijay Mallya may be embroiled in controversies but Kingfisher Beer brand, owned by Mallya-promoted United Breweries, continues to top the most trusted alcoholic beverage brands list, the Business Standard reported on April 18.

    As per the Brand Trust Report 2018, Kingfisher Beer, Black Dog and Budweiser are the top three most trusted alcoholic beverage brands.

    Kingfisher Beer has maintained its leadership position ...and remain the unmitigated leader for the last eight years of the Brand Trust Report, TRA Research CEO N Chandramouli said.

    Kingfisher is the flagship brand of United Breweries Ltd. In August last year, United Breweries announced its Chairman Vijay Mallya had ceased to be director of the company following market regulator Sebi's order against him.

    Mallya, who had fled to the UK in March 2016, is also wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines' default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore and some other matters.

    Royal Stag, Signature, Johnnie Walker ranked number four, five and six, respectively. Carlsberg, Blenders Pride, Tuborg and Imperial Blue are the other brand which figure in the top 10 list.

    Over 2,450 respondents participated in the survey conducted by TRA Research across 16 cities and its findings have been compiled in The Brand Trust Report 2018.

    As per the latest brand trust report, South Korean consumer durables firm Samsung, followed by Sony and LG are India's most trusted brand. Tata Group, the only Indian company to feature in the top five and US-based Apple occupy the fourth and the fifth ranking.

    Among India's 1,000 Most Trusted brands, the categories with the maximum brands were food and beverage and FMCG contributing to 25.6 per cent of the total brands in the listings.

    When compared to last year, 320 new brands made it to the list, 368 brands fell in rank, 307 brands rose in rank, and five brands retained their ranks, it said.
     
    30.04.2018   Latin America: Corona edges out Skol from the position of Latin America's most valuable brand    ( E-malt.com )

    Mexican beer Corona is the most valuable brand in Latin America, overtaking Brazil's Skol, which has held the title for the past two years, according to the sixth-annual BrandZ™ Top 50 Most Valuable Latin American Brands announced on April 27 by WPP with data prepared by Kantar.

    Corona took the top spot in the ranking after seeing an 8% brand value growth to $8.292 billion, edging out Skol, which grew by just 1% to $8.263 bln. The brand is sold in more than 180 countries and its success and global growth have been helped by Corona's ability to generate an affiliation with the "fun-loving" attributes associated with Mexican and Latin culture.

    The overall Latin America Top 10 ranking is mainly represented by beer (four brands – Corona, Skol, Brahma, and Aguila), followed by financial institutions (two brands), retail (two brands) and communications providers (one brand).

    Over the years the beer segment has been dominant in this ranking, but this year, four beer brands are present in the Top 10, rather than five. In addition, brands in the financial institutions category have achieved their best positions in the Top 10 since 2012.

    The four beer brands in the Top 10 this year together posted a 5 percent increase in their combined brand value compared with 2017.
     
    30.04.2018   The Democratic Republic of Congo: Beer industry likely to survive in spite of all difficulties ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ...and calamities

    The Bralima brewery in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is an island of modernity in a city where chaos is the norm. Inside a building near the docks where barges begin the journey up the Congo river, conveyor belts rattle as thousands of glass bottles are washed and filled with amber liquid. A generator hums to power the new brewing machinery, creating enough booze to fill 28,000 crates every two days, The Economist reported on April 19.

    Yet the real achievement of Bralima, which is owned by Heineken, a Dutch brewer, is not making the beer. It is what happens when it leaves the factory. Congo is one of the worst-connected, most dysfunctional countries on Earth. Four times the size of France, it has almost no all-weather roads. In large parts of eastern DRC, the state is a fiction and rebels control the roads. Yet there is scarcely a village where it is impossible to get a beer.

    Bralima was founded in 1923. Its main competitors, Bracongo and Brasimba, both owned by Castel, a secretive French family firm that operates across Africa, have been there almost as long. They are among the only surviving companies from the colonial era. By his fall, and the start of the first Congo war in 1997, Mobutu Sese Seko, Congo’s flamboyant post-independence dictator, had looted almost everything else. Today Congo is falling back into conflict. Can the industry survive? And what can other companies learn from it about doing business in such a trouble spot?

    Almost every other processed food in Congo is imported. Milk is brought in from France. But beer is patently local. Bralima, including its sales and the production of its raw materials, accounts for 2% of GDP, reckons its boss, Rene Kruijt. That is far less than mining, which makes up 22% of output. But with about 2,500 workers, the firm claims it is the biggest private-sector employer in the country. Primus, its main brand, labelled in the light blue and gold of the national flag, is “a source of national pride”, says Mr Kruijt, not implausibly.

    Castel’s operations may be as large. The two compete fiercely. David Van Reybrouck, a historian of Congo, records how just a few years after a peace agreement in 2003, Bralima was instructing its marketeers to fight a war for business.

    During the worst of the fighting itself, the real war and the war for business were arguably intertwined. Some even talk about “conflict beer”, on the same lines as conflict minerals. In 2013, when M23, a new rebel movement, emerged, two academics, Jason Miklian and Peer Schouten, estimated that third-party truckers selling Bralima’s beer might have been making payments to rebel groups of as much as $1 mln a year.

    Today, no large towns are rebel-controlled but the work is almost as difficult. In 2012 Castel opened a brewery in Beni, a small city in the north-east of the country, at a cost of $125 mln. A year later, Beni suffered the first of dozens of massacres that have killed up to 1,000 people over the past five years. The roads out of the city are among the least secure in the world. Nonetheless, Tembo and Skol—Castel’s brands—are sent from Beni to markets far and wide.

    Even moving in the peaceful parts of the country is expensive. Travelling 1,000 km can take a lorry three weeks, at a cost of thousands of dollars. Producing beer in the DRC is also pricey. Heineken estimates that the cost of water alone is five times that in neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville. Even in Kinshasa, electricity is unreliable, making the Bralima generator—big enough to power a small cruise liner—necessary. They in turn have to be fuelled with imported fuel. And then there are the taxes and shakedowns.

    Yet the companies also have impressive marketing and distribution operations. Beer companies in Congo are huge sponsors of music (so too are mobile-phone companies). The most popular stars can command large sums in exchange for endorsing Primus or Tembo—so much so that it has corrupted Congolese musicians, complains Lexxus Legal, a rapper. Meanwhile, the firms’ distribution networks are unparalleled. On the Congo river, barges operated by Bralima are among the only vessels left operating a regular schedule. Outside of the big cities, distribution is outsourced—presumably to people able to limit the extortion.

    Can it last? In February, Heineken declared a €286 mln ($353 mln) impairment loss for 2016 in Congo, after closing down two of its factories. In western Congo, Angolan beer in cans—less tasty but cheaper than Primus or Tembo—has flooded the market. It is not sold at cost since the smugglers’ main aim is to acquire dollars to trade on the black market in Angola. In the east, as Joseph Kabila, Congo’s president since 2001, refuses to leave office, the violence is worsening. In South Sudan, another conflict-ridden failed state, the only brewery was forced to close in 2016. The South Sudanese now drink beer imported from Uganda and Kenya.

    But in all likelihood, brewing in Congo will survive. Without Primus or Tembo, Congo would hardly be the same place. Even in wartime, the music plays—and who can listen to rumba without a beer?
     
    30.04.2018   USA: Big brewers struggling to tap into shifting consumer trends    ( E-malt.com )

    Once the undisputed kings of beer in the US, AB InBev and MillerCoors are struggling to curtail a multi-year slump in sales of their top brands and re-energize brews that have failed to keep pace with changing consumer tastes and trends, Food Dive reported on April 26.

    "If you could go back in a time machine you would say, 'Shoot, I wish back then that we had started to follow those trends that were growing,' ...but we recognize it now and we're fixing it," Greg Butler, vice president of Miller Brands at MillerCoors, told Food Dive. "We held on to the equation for too long."

    The major beer producers are facing threats on several fronts as Americans move away from domestic lagers in favor of Mexican imports, craft beers and wine and spirits. A growing number of consumers are also turning to low-calorie and no- or low-alcohol brews as part of a broader health and wellness trend sweeping the food and beverage industry.

    Despite a host of new products tied to these preferences and trends, the big players in U.S. beer continue to struggle to curtail slumping sales and stem the loss in market share. Total beer shipments declined 1.3% in 2017, led by sharp drops among flagship products including Budweiser (-6.8%), Coors Light (-4.1%), Miller Lite (-2.8%) and the most popular U.S. brand, Bud Light (-5.7%).

    But while the market-leading beers are still providing lucrative sources of revenue and product volume for their owners, manufacturers are not oblivious to the fact that for the industry — and their bottom lines — to rebound, they need to reinvent these beverages, giving consumers more reasons to drink them instead of competitors.

    "If we can't get our big legacy brand stabilized, the math just doesn't work," Butler told attendees at the Beverage Forum in Chicago, noting a 1% drop in Coors Light requires a 12% increase in the company's Blue Moon brand to offset the decline. "The thing we always hear across CPGs is, 'How do you rebuild a legacy brand from a different generation for today's generation, especially when consumer needs are changing, and what consumers are looking for are changing?' "

    The major beer manufactures have expanded their presence in many of the trends impacting the industry through acquisitions and internal innovation.

    Executives at the AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, have gobbled up craft breweries in recent years — including Wicked Weed, Devils Backbone and Karbach Brewing. They've worked to position Stella Artois as a premium brand; introduced Bud Light Orange flavored with real orange peels, and partnered with Jim Beam to create a limited-edition beverage aged in bourbon barrel staves called Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager.

    And AB InBev has continued to benefit from growth in its Michelob Ultra brand, a pricier, low-calorie beer that has boosted sales annually since 2011. With a 21% increase a year ago, it's the fastest-growing beer in the country during the last few years — showing if the product meets the needs of the consumer, sales will follow. AB InBev recently expanded the brand by adding 7-ounce bottles to attract more weeknight consumption and introduced Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, which is made with organic grains and has slightly fewer calories and carbs than the original.

    For its part, MillerCoors introduced a new light beer called Two Hats in lime and pineapple flavors. It has a tagline of "Good, Cheap Beer" and quirky ads to appeal to millennial drinkers who are less status conscious and more budget conscious. Molson Coors, which owns MillerCoors, also has added craft players to its lineup and expanded its reach into other beverages after purchasing Aspall Cider, a nearly 300-year-old maker of premium ciders and specialty vinegars.

    So far, MillerCoors and AB InBev have struggled to generate meaningful consumer traction from these and other investments. AB InBev's volume share of the U.S. beer market, by far its largest, has fallen from 49.8% in 2009 to 41.5% a year ago. MillerCoors has seen its position erode during the same period to 25%, a drop of 5.1%, according to trade group data.

    "You see these consumer trends and our portfolio not being adjusted to this. You see that the market is moving in a direction and we need to catch up,” Michel Doukeris, who began overseeing AB InBev's Anheuser-Busch division in January, told Food Dive. “Trends are very brutal because they change directions, and if your portfolio is not very well aligned with those trends, you end up being behind.”

    Doukeris expressed concern about the company's recent struggles and loss of market share, but was confident the steps it is taking are positioning it for future growth.

    ”I think we always need to do more,” he said. "At the end of day, the [sales] results, they're a very clear expression as to whether you are doing enough.”

    Brian Sudano, a managing partner with the Beverage Marketing Corporation, said at the Beverage Forum that AB InBev's focus on health and wellness — and commitment to have 20% of its sales volume coming from its low- or no-alcohol portfolio by 2025 — were among the signs that the beer giant is on the right track.

    “There are a lot of things going on that point to a competitor that is starting to gain their footing,” Sudano said at the conference.

    Analysts speaking at the Beverage Forum applauded the job Constellation Brands has done marketing its Mexican brands — including Corona and Modelo Especial — to stand out from its competitors and give people a reason to pay up for the products. Constellation, which controls 90% of the premium beer market, posted robust volume growth of 8.9% in 2017, its fourth straight year leading the industry.

    “If you look at the marketing job that Constellation has done, it has really been phenomenal in terms of differentiating their brands and getting people to buy those particular beers that tend to be lagers," Robert Ottenstein, senior managing director at Evercore ISI, said at the conference Wednesday. "This is really great marketing, and I don’t think we should sell short marketing with these companies.”

    Paul Hetterich, president of Constellation's beer division, said the company's success isn't so much tied to its Mexican beers, but is about the steps it has taken to establish them as premium brands attractive to the consumer. The company hasn't overhauled its label, formula or how it markets the products. It only recently launched a new higher-priced, low-calorie light beer called Corona Premier — its first new Corona-branded product in 29 years.

    “We probably wouldn't sell as much Corona today if it were priced the same as domestic light beers, which I know sounds crazy," Hetterich said at the conference. "The consumer wants to trade up. They want ... a premium product for certain occasions.”

    Even craft beer, which rose 5% in 2017, is starting to experience its share of growing pains as the industry and its estimated 6,000 players mature. Some craft breweries have experienced a drop in sales as more competitors enter the segment and deep-pocketed megabrewers muscle themselves into the space.

    The shakeout is proving to be especially damaging to the major beer companies who have collectively spent billions to boost their craft portfolios, only to find that growing these brands beyond their core markets can be difficult as consumers demand more locally made products.

    In a study released at the conference, the Beverage Marketing Corporation found 60% of 3,900 bartenders surveyed said a beer was not craft if it was owned by a big brewery, mass produced or had no local connection. This could have long-term implications because bartenders may be less inclined to sell or recommend a beer owned by a major brewery if they don't believe it's craft.

    “This creates another set of issues, which makes it difficult for the major brewers to extend craft beers beyond the local market and that might be behind some of the challenges we see,” Sudano said.

    In an interview, Miller Brands' Butler echoed a common theme repeated by beer executives who spoke at the Beverage Forum. Consumers have an increasingly wide array of beverages to choose from — including thousands of beers ranging from craft to the flagship macrobrews. They need to be given reasons to want the product, whether that's through meaningful marketing or specific attributes of the brand.

    "Consumers do care about their beer and what they're drinking," he said. "Choice is important and you have to have a compelling difference and you have to stand for something. For us, it's simply can we offer a better value proposition in our portfolio to" grow?
     
    27.04.2018   New, droplet-shaped lightweight bottle - Small but strong    ( Company news )

    Company news In many tropical countries, particularly in Asia, small water beakers made of PET are in widespread use. Sealed with a removable film/foil, they supply the on-the-go market for a quick thirst-quencher betweentimes. Airlines, too, like using these non-returnable beakers. Krones has now developed an attractive and practical alternative: a flexible, reclosable small lightweight bottle.

    The droplet-shaped PET bottle holds 200 millilitres, and with a weight of just 4.4 grams is extremely light. It can be produced using a standard blow-moulding machine that is also suitable for lightweight formats. Moreover, the container offers an option for pressurising it with nitrogen after filling, thus stabilising it for storage and transportation.

    In terms of dress, too, the PET bottle offers abundant design versatility: different labelling processes enable different designs to be achieved. This means the beverage producers can market the bottle in different price segments and retailing structures.

    Not only is the droplet shape an eye-catcher, its geometry additionally stabilises the lightweight bottle. The container features a 26/22 neck finish typical for water bottles, and can be closed with a normal screw-cap.

    High demand
    At the drinktec 2017, Krones showcased more than 2,000 of these small PET containers on a large illuminated wall. During the fair, and afterwards as well, there were numerous conversations and inquiries concerning this development project. They show that there is keen interest in replacing the widely used water beakers by a more attractive and easy-to-handle variant.

    The small, droplet-shaped PET bottle has been developed by Krones’ Packaging Development and Consulting Department. This unit creates innovative packaging designs and assists clients in translating an idea for a container/pack concept into technically feasible, marketable reality. Krones’ experts offer customised solutions, e.g. on the basis of finite-element analysis, or material-specific consultancy for complex packaging projects.

    Advantages
    -Weighs only 4.4 grams
    -Stable thanks to nitrogen pressurisation
    -Iconic design for mini- bottles
    -Reclosable thanks to screw-cap
    -An abundance of different labelling options
    -Can be produced using standard blow-moulding machines
    (Krones AG)
     
    26.04.2018   The successful KHS Innopouch Bartelt® K series concept: flexible systems for pouch packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news -Machine with full range of servo equipment
    -Format changeovers in less than 15 minutes
    -Optional blocking with KHS palletizers

    Flexibility, precision, ease of operation and hygienic safety: with its Innopouch Bartelt® K series KHS presents a pouching machine with a full range of servo equipment. With an ever increasing variety of products to be processed this system offers the beverage and food market many advantages with its short setup times and high level of productivity. It can also be combined with the KHS Innopack Bartelt® CMC cartoner for a pouch packaging line from a single source.

    Consumers appreciate their low weight and easy handling, producers above all their low cost, as less material is needed for production: the pouch is definitely up to the minute. To date its growth in popularity was most discernible in the USA, yet demand for the practical pack is now also on the increase in Europe and parts of Asia. The best examples are smoothies or candies which are hitting supermarket shelves in this type of packaging with increasing frequency.

    KHS offers customers its Innopouch K series poucher in two versions: an FS (fill and seal) machine for pouch filling and an FFS (form, fill and seal) variant for pouch production and filling. “The production stage can be flexibly retrofitted from the FS to the FFS version at a later stage as the machine is modular,” says Thomas Brooker, senior product manager at KHS USA.

    Large variety of pouches
    The horizontal, cyclic packaging system makes stand-up, flat and bottom gusset pouches from film laminate. It can run in both simplex (one pouch per machine cycle) and duplex (two pouches per machine cycle) operation. The Innopouch K-400 changes formats at the press of a button using linear servotechnology. “This takes less than 15 minutes,” explains Brooker. “We’ve simplified and automated the time-consuming simplex and duplex conversions common to mechanical machines.” For example, the grippers in the filler area can be adjusted to new pouch widths as quickly as they can be switched between simplex and duplex operation.

    The machine produces up to 150 pouches per minute in duplex operation measuring between 100 and 380 millimeters in height and 100 and 400 millimeters in width. The maximum weight is 2.5 kilograms. “We thus give our customers the best possible flexibility during production,” states Brooker. With the Innopouch K series not only can large pouches be produced, such as for pet food, but also small bags for salty snacks or dried fruit. “Especially pouches which can be reclosed with a zipper are becoming more and more popular with consumers,” Brooker informs us. “Anything can be packaged – from ground coffee to mini salami roals.”

    The standard version of the machine has four filling stations connected in series which can be added to as required. The dosing systems are selected according to the product to be filled, with volumetric systems, such as auger fillers, table feeders and sliding gate fillers, and gravimetric systems like multihead weighers all possible.

    Extremely hygienic design
    One special area of focus on the K series is its hygienic design. Thanks to the open construction there are no mechanical components beneath the grippers which require elaborate cleaning. In the machine housing spacers are used in place of the usual rubber seals. The film dispenser is also fully enclosed. These benefits considerably shorten the cleaning process.

    The concept of the pouching line can also be further developed in combination with the KHS Innopack Bartelt® CMC cartoner. “This enables turnkey pouching lines to be provided from a single source,” smiles Brooker. The machine, configured as a horizontal cartoning system with continuous operation, has a servodrive controller for increased operational reliability and faster format changeovers.

    KHS not only provides on-site service for the Innopouch K series but also remote maintenance by specialized engineers.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    25.04.2018   Vetropack publishes 2017 Sustainability Report    ( Company news )

    Company news Sustainability is a top priority for Vetropack Group, which is why, for the fourth time now, it has published a report designed to inform its business partners, customers and the general public about its economic, environmental and social activities. The 2017 Sustainability Report is in line with the GRI G4 Reporting Guidelines – option “core”.

    Vetropack Group is one of the leading manufacturers of glass packaging for the food and beverage industry in Europe. It operates sites in Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Italy.

    Quality and service standards secure economic success
    The Group has been focusing on sustainable financial management for many years. The same high quality and flexible approach to customer requests at all companies in the Group is a key element of this strategy. A willingness to invest in technologies for improving our quality and efficiency is fundamental here. The European market environment developed favourably on the whole in 2017: demand grew and production volume went up. This is mainly accounted for by the enormous popularity of European wines and beers outside the continent itself, which stimulated exports and caused the demand for glass packaging to rise.

    Contribution to the environment
    Environmental protection is more than just an empty phrase, which is why Vetropack takes action such as calculating the carbon footprint of its customers’ glass packaging. We apply the “cradle-to-cradle” approach, which takes account of the entire life cycle. Production technology, weight, cullet percentage, transport distances and transport methods are significant factors influencing the carbon footprint. By partially switching over to rail transport, for example, we have managed to reduce the number of lorry trips required in Switzerland by around 5,500. In doing so, we have succeeded in saving an estimated 2,900 tons of carbon dioxide.

    In its efforts to reduce the eco-footprint of its products and services, Vetropack Group is sending out a clear message: investments are being made in product development, logistics, measures to raise the percentage of cullet in its melted material and the energy consumption of the melting furnaces.

    In 2017, the percentage of recycled glass used in producing green glass was 67 per cent, while amber and flint glass containers consisted of 48 per cent and 43 per cent used glass respectively. In some glassworks, used glass makes up as much as 83 per cent of the raw material. The average figure was 53 per cent. Overall, 2,482 GWh of energy was consumed in 2017. Thermal energy for the furnaces accounted for more than 60 per cent of the total greenhouse gas emissions generated during production.

    New paths in training and education
    The Group-wide training centre in Pöchlarn was officially opened in 2017. Vetropack employees at all facilities can receive training in all production steps at the hot end here. The investment in the training centre will pave the way for Vetropack to train specialists itself in the long term.

    Satisfied staff and satisfied customers
    Integrity, reliability and transparency are key pillars when it comes to working with others at Vetropack – not only towards fellow staff but also in relation to customers, suppliers, neighbours and the local community.

    An employee survey was carried out at our plants in Kremsmünster, Pöchlarn (both in Austria), Bülach and St-Prex at the end of 2016. The survey focused on the perceived attractiveness of our workplace culture.

    Vetropack also conducted a customer survey in Croatia, Switzerland and Austria in 2017. The extensive positive feedback received from this demonstrates a consistently high level of customer satisfaction. It also provided an opportunity to identify new customer requirements, such as the need to expand smaller production series. This constructive criticism is a crucial driver for the ongoing development of Vetropack Group.
    (Vetropack SA)
     
    24.04.2018   Ball to Build Beverage Can Plant in Paraguay, Expand Capacity in Argentina    ( Company news )

    Company news Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) has announced plans to build a one-line beverage can and end manufacturing plant in Asunción, Paraguay, and to add capacity in its Buenos Aires, Argentina, facility. The investment in Argentina is the third in two years. These investments will allow the company to serve the growing beverage can market in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, and to support various customer demands with multiple can sizes. The Asunción plant is expected to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2019 and its capacity is contracted under long-term agreements.

    "The economy is growing and demand for aluminum beverage packaging is increasing in Paraguay and surrounding countries, as more people are consuming beer and other refreshing drinks and more customers are converting to more sustainable, infinitely recyclable beverage cans," said Carlos Pires, president, beverage packaging South America. "In Argentina, cans will continue to grow and volumes will likely double from 2016 to 2019. These investments will allow us to broaden our geographic reach into a new and growing market, as well as be closer to our customers in the area, which aligns with our long-term vision for growth."
    (Ball Corporation)
     


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