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October 01, 2018 | Swift article change-over

LineXpress from Krones enables bottlers running PET containers to achieve a complete article change-over to different products, types, formats and packs in record time. The programme consists of individual automation components. In conjunction with the machines of the bottling line concerned, these modules control the processes involved and support the operators in their work. Advances are particularly apparent in terms of replacing the moulds, where the MouldXpress Robot module comes into play, rendering operator interventions almost entirely superfluous when moulds are being replaced on the Contiform 3 Pro.

Petainer and its Brazilian partner, Blue PET, have started manufacturing Petainer’s one-way PET kegs at the new blow moulding plant in Tijucas, Santa Catarina, in the South of Brazil. The first blown petainerKegs already rolled off the production line ready to go to our brewery customers in the region. The plant serves the domestic market and will also become the manufacturing hub for the South American region.

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The world market for aseptically packed products amounted to 152 billion litres in 347 billion packs during 2017, according to the new Global Aseptic Packaging report from leading food and drinks consultancy Zenith Global Ltd and packaging experts Warrick Research Ltd. Volumes, have risen by 2.7% a year since 2012, with South East Asia achieving the fastest annual growth rate of 7%, followed by China on 6%. Beverages such as fruit juice accounted for 39% of aseptically packed products, with white drinking milk responsible for 38% and other dairy/food products making up the remainder. Aseptic filling has also become established for soups, sauces, tomato products and baby foods. By 2022, Zenith and Warrick estimate that the world market will reach 176 billion litres and 410 billion packs. The majority of additional demand will come from South East Asia as well as China.

August 22, 2018 | Beverage industry growth

The North American beverage packaging and processing industry is experiencing major growth according to the 2018 Beverage Trends in Packaging and Processing report and infographic, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The expected growth rate is 4.5 percent ($45.5 billion in the next ten years).

Long-time Coca-Cola business partner Mc Donald’s recently announced that it plans to expand its popular Mc Café coffee drinks to the beverage aisle next year with three new ready-to-drink (RTD) Mc Café Frappes – Caramel, Mocha and Vanilla. The new drinks, to be produced, distributed and marketed by the Coca-Cola system, will be available in re-sealable PET bottles at retailers nationwide.

Anuga FoodTec, Krones, Hall 8.1 – Stand A020-B039 The Krones stand A020-B039 in Hall 08.1 will focus on gentle and reliable production of milk, tea and juice. Besides field-proven solutions, visitors to Krones’ stand will also find innovations, such as a new shell-and-tube heat exchanger for producing milk, milk-based mixed drinks, tea or juice. Heat exchange takes place on the product-against-product principle: the still-cold product flows through the inner tube and is heated up by the already-warmed product in the outer tube. In this version, the energy recovery rate can be increased in comparison to the product-against-water model.

Anuga FoodTec, GEA, Hall 10.2 - Stand A-090-C-119 The technology group GEA will focus on "Innovations & Liquids" and will be showcasing a host of new technology and services in the area of processing and packaging technology. The exhibits include the GEA Hilge HYGIA H – a high-pressure pump for use in dairies.

Anuga FoodTec, KHS, Hall 8.1 - Stand A60/A68 The KHS Group will have compact and flexible systems specially designed for the beverage, food and dairy industries on display. The new KHS chunk dosing unit for functional milk beverages permits gentle filling of chunks measuring up to 10 x 10 x 10mm. The systems supplier from Dortmund will also be highlighting its further new innovations for sensitive beverages.

A pioneer since 1979 and now a leading bottled water provider in the Gulf area, Emirates Natural Drinking Water has selected Sacmi to complete a recent investment decision aimed at expanding production further. Sacmi is supplying a complete filling line to replace the existing plant. The goal is to raise output capacity from the current 15,000 cases of water a day to 23,000. The new Sacmi line has been designed to produce small-medium formats (500ml or smaller) at output rates of 34,000 bottles/hour (500ml format).

Global expert Sensient Flavors presents its All Natural Flavour Collections: The trend flavours help food and beverage manufacturers to respond successfully to upcoming market trends and reflect current consumer preferences. The latest findings of Sensient’s consumer and market research underpin Sensient’s new All Natural Flavour Collections, which are split into five key botanical areas: Florals, Herbs, Spices, Tea and Ginger.

Chem-Trend’s Ultra Purge PO extracts the material residues that can build-up in hot runner systems and cause hang up spots in injection moulded parts weeks after a colour change. A recent trial demonstrated that Ultra Purge PO purging compound can pull carbon chunks from injection moulders’ hot runner systems. Chem-Trend – a developer of release agents, mould maintenance products and purging compounds – said switching to Ultra Purge can boost efficiency in industrial packaging injection moulding processes and reduce costs.

The amount of materials used to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, and glass bottled water containers has been reduced by 42.8 percent between 2007 and 2015, according to a new study. The Quantis Life Cycle Inventory and Environmental Footprint of Bottled Water for the North American Market study found the total grams of bottle material per gallon of bottled water (excluding labels and caps) has been reduced from 129 grams in 2007 to just 73.9 grams in 2015.

With its “Sweet Solutions”, Sensient Flavors supports sugar reduction concepts in various beverage, bakery and dairy applications. The range helps to maintain the full sensorial perception in the end product, even if sugar is significantly reduced. Without the need to change the labelling, Sensient Sweet Solutions can help to create pleasant sugar reduced still or carbonated drinks, from tea-based to fruit-based and many more, as well as a wide range of sweet products such as cookies, wafers and biscuits and yoghurt.

Drinktec Specifically developed for food and beverage applications, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions presented sealing materials for beverage filling systems. Ideal for filling and packaging equipment, these Isolast compounds provide resistance to concentrated flavouring additives, which can cause excess swelling in conventional elastomers, says the company. In addition, they withstand frequent harsh CIP (Cleaning In Place) and SIP (Sterilisation In Place) regimes, ensuring extended seal life.

Drinktec Sidel, Hall A6 - Stand 330 Exhibiting as part of the Sidel Group, along with Gebo Cermex, Sidel will be introducing a number of packaging solutions, intended to help producers meet the challenges of ever-changing demands in beverage markets.

August 16, 2017 | Improved line performances

Drinktec Krones, Hall B6 – Stand 100 The principal focus of Krones’ presence at this year’s drinktec is on improving line performance, to ensure higher individualisation and flexibility, and to impart additional sustainability to the production operation. Digitalisation plays a key role in this context, and constitutes a unifying theme for the entire Krones stand. Because marrying iron and steel to clouds and data makes for an even closer intermeshing of all processes along the entire value added chain – and will in the end upgrade performance levels in the production environment as well.

Drinktec Gebo Cermex, Hall A6 - Stand 330 Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, will showcase a range of material handling solutions, including the latest developments in automation and connectivity to help secure greater performance from bottling lines in evolving and demanding markets.

Drinktec Vipoll Hall A2 - Booth 303 The Slovenian specialist in filling plants, Vipoll, will be presenting a world premiere with its "All-in-One" combined rinser/filler/capper block for glass and PET bottles as well as cans. The "VISITRON VKR-E 32-32-4K/4D" is able to process 9,500 330ml cans and 330ml bottles per hour. The system is suitable for carbonated and still drinks such as beer, soft drinks, wine or juice.

Italian company ACMI installed a complete packaging line for PET bottles able to handle round and square bottles at Ferrarelle SpA. The rated filling speed is 40,000 bottles per hour for round formats and 36,000 for two litre square formats.

On 6th July, Her Majesty The Queen visited Highland Spring Group to open its new factory building and state-of-the-art production line. Les Montgomery, Chief Executive at Highland Spring Group, commented: “Her Majesty The Queen’s visit commemorates the opening of our £30m factory extension project, the biggest investment in the history of Highland Spring Group and one that we are proud to celebrate with over half of our 500 staff members on site today.

Drinktec Serac, Hall A5 - Stand 332 Serac confirms its expertise in container treatment based on dry processes with an industrial sterilisation solution using ebeam technology, capable of ensuring a 5 log bacteriological reduction on Bacillus Pumilus without leaving any chemical residue in the container and eliminating the consumption of chemical agents to decontaminate a bottle, BluStream is a technological breakthrough in the aseptic filling of plastic bottles, says Serac.

Drinktec Heuft, Hall B4 - Stand 315 Heuft will showcase technologies and modules for precise product tracking, fault detection and rejection, with the aim of setting new standards in terms of detection accuracy, operational reliability and price / performance ratio.

Sidel has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Aseptic Combi Predis FMa blow fill seal filler following tests run at a dairy customer in North America. This means that the Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis FMa PET filler is validated for low acid manufacturing and commercial distribution in the United States market. The Sidel Aseptic blow fill seal solution is the world’s first aseptic PET filling equipment with dry preform sterilisation approved by FDA.

According to a research from Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), bottled water passed a major milestone in 2016, when it surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States. Total bottled water volume grew from 11.8 billion gallons in 2015 to 12.8 billion gallons in 2016, an increase of nearly 9%, which marked the third year in a row of accelerating growth.