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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.

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This year, Vipoll, the Slovenian specialist for filling plants is presenting the new Vistron VK-EID-DN 30 can filler. The volumetric filling plant features 30 filling valves and is ideal for the production of all kinds of still beverages (with or without pulp) and carbonated drinks. The second focus lies on filling systems and solutions for non-alcoholic drinks without preservatives in PET bottles.

With the 21st edition of Birkner’s Beverage World 2016/2017, the publishing house continues its successful book series with regard to companies of the international beverage industry. In this new edition you may professionally research for company developments in the international beverage market in more than 20.000 updated company profiles from 197 countries.

Lightweight Containers is opening a new production plant in Grossbreitenbach, Germany. The fully automated production line has a capacity of 400 KeyKeg Slimlines per hour and will be operational in the third quarter of this year. The line can produce all the members of the KeyKeg Slimline family of kegs. PET-Verpackungen Deutschland is the production partner and will manage the day-to-day production.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), in conjunction with Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), has released 2015 bottled water statistics, which show that U.S. Americans’ consumption of bottled water increased by 7.9% and bottled water sales are up 8.9% since the previous year.

Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (ADM) Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit (WFSI) is expanding its portfolio to include new concepts featuring nuances of mint. Well-established options on the beverage shelves as well as tablets can enhance their profile by including the characteristic kick of minty freshness. It is no exaggeration to describe mint as one of the few flavors that is truly a phenomenon.

For the makers of Organic HairSpa, a new range of organic hair care products from Denmark, the packaging had to be as carefully considered as the organic formulas inside. Quadpack Group's Body Care Collection, together with wooden caps from Technotraf, provided the solution in the form of PET jars.

Nigerian Breweries (Heineken Operating Company in Nigeria) commissioned PET Engineering’s team for the extension of their Climax, Amstel Malta and Maltina brands packaging to PET. The order involved a number of restrictions which included the need to use a preform that was readily available on the market to create unique shapes that would stand out on the shelf.

Nongfu Spring a well known Chinese bottled water producer has invested in a second Sidel bottling line to extend its production capacity. In addition to the regular 380ml, 550ml and 1.5l PET bottle formats, the company’s bottled water is also available in a four liter family size, which was only available in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

Petainer has expanded its distribution and manufacturing footprint in the US, following its partnership with G3 Enterprises, who offers wine and spirits industry packaging and supply chain solutions across the US. The partnership leverages Petainer’s expanding customer base, and the growing popularity of wine-on-tap as a viable alternative to bottled wine for the retail trade.

UK-based Montgomery Waters has acquired an additional complete PET line from Sidel. The line is bottling still and sparkling water with the latest generation of Sidel Matrix equipment. The company from Wales has several spring and mineral water sources dedicated to the supply of still, sparkling, flavoured and vitamin-enriched water under its Aquaroma, Celtic Spring and Aquavit brands, along with an operation bottling brands for other manufacturers. Among Montgomery Waters’ customers in the competitive €2bn UK bottled water market are several leading nationwide retailers, sports club chains and hotels.

Liese GmbH’s Brau Beviale 2015 stand hosted the public debut of its new Hygienic clamping unit, the latest addition to its Flexximal range. The German manufacturer, based in Walzbachtal, says that the unit is intended for use in fillers, infeed, discharge and transfer starwheels. In common with other products in the Flexximal range, including "Crashsafe" and "Light", the Hygienic’s clamp is designed to work with a range of bottle forms, with diameters from 60-90mm. The unit operates independently of the rotation and running direction and can be controlled from both above and below.

After ten years the Contiflow series of mixers has received the thousandth order.

US demand for beverage containers is expected to increase 1.9% per year to 283 billion units in 2019, valued at $31.5 billion. Proliferation of different package sizes, new product introductions, and increased consumption of healthier beverages such as bottled water, ready-to-drink (RTD) tea, and nondairy milk alternatives will drive increases despite weakness in critical markets such as carbonated soft drinks and beer. Plastic bottles and metal cans will continue to dominate demand, with over 80% of the total. However, faster growth is expected in newer formats such as aluminum bottles, bag-in-box products, aseptic cartons, and pouches. These and other trends are presented in Beverage Containers, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

Krones AG’s series of valves, produced by subsidiary Evoguard GmbH and unveiled at the recent BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, can be considered as a success. So far, more than 150,000 valves have been produced: disk valves, seat valves, double-seat valves, aseptic seat valves and aseptic double-seat valves.