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20/04/2017 | Packaging

interpack: Bosch presents dual-lane packaging system

Bosch will be presenting a dual-lane version of its two-in-one biscuit packing system at interpack 2017 in Dusseldorf/Germany. SP

Bosch will be presenting a dual-lane version of its two-in-one biscuit packing system at interpack 2017 in Dusseldorf/Germany. The single-lane system was premiered at interpack 2014 and is already used by customers worldwide. The new high-performance system goes even further in terms of flexibility and speed: it is the first system to produce single, pile and slug packs on two independently operating lanes.

Ground-breaking technology teams with robust design and harmonized processes to ensure a high level of overall equipment effectiveness. “Our compact system stands for maximum efficiency and productivity, from product distribution to the closed carton”, says Daniel Bossel, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology.

interpack, hall 6, booth C 58

www.boschpackaging.com

 
 
20/04/2017 | Industry, International

Nestlé Group: solid organic growth in the first quarter of 2017

Sales of Nestlé SA, Vevey increased by 0.4% on a reported basis to CHF 21.0 bn in the first quarter of 2017. Organic growth was solid at 2.3%, with 1.3% of real internal growth (RIG) and pricing of 1.0%. SG

Sales of Nestlé SA, Vevey increased by 0.4% on a reported basis to CHF 21.0 bn in the first quarter of 2017. Organic growth was solid at 2.3%, with 1.3% of real internal growth (RIG) and pricing of 1.0%. Sales were reduced by foreign exchange (- 0.4%) and net divestments (- 1.5%). Organic growth was 0.8% for developed markets and 4.3% for emerging markets.

Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, commented: "Organic growth of 2.3% this quarter is within our full-year guidance range. The leap year comparison and other seasonal effects made the start of this year particularly challenging. We were encouraged by the growth in Asia and the resilience of consumer spending in Europe. Consumer demand in the Americas remained soft. Our pricing improved moderately. We confirm our 2017 guidance and have made good progress with our growth and efficiency projects to position our company for enhanced value creation."

Nestlé achieved sales of CHF 2.0 bn in the product group confectionery. Organic growth was - 2.9%, with - 2.6% of real internal growth and pricing of - 0.3%. Sales in the product category milk products & ice cream were CHF 3.1 bn (+ 1.3% organic growth).

www.nestle.com

 
 
19/04/2017 | Ingredients

Scentsational sustainability: Symrise joins WBCSD

Symrise AG, a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings and ingredients, has joined nearly 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). SP

Symrise AG, a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings and ingredients, has joined nearly 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Company Symrise CEO, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram stated: “In our journey to meet our sustainability targets and developing both our company and the world around them, this collaboration is an important step. We share a commitment to the principles for sustainable development and we are really looking forward to support and inspire the activities of the WBCSD.”

Peter Bakker, CEO and President of WBCSD said: “The commitment of Symrise to sustainability in its business model, in tandem with WBCSD’s network of forward thinking businesses, gives this partnership the potential for real impact. I am particularly excited about working with Symrise on our Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH) program. By committing to sustainability in fragrances and flavorings, Symrise offers true value in our efforts to accelerate transformational change in global agricultural production systems.”

www.symrise.com

 
 
12/04/2017 | Ingredients

IOI Loders Croklaan names new COO and Sales Director Europe

IOI Loders Croklaan, the leading producer of sustain-able oils and fats for the food manufacturing industry, is strengthening its leadership team with new COO Holger Riemensperger and Pedro Leal as Sales Director Europe. SP

IOI Loders Croklaan, the leading producer of sustain-able oils and fats for the food manufacturing industry, is strengthening its leadership team with new COO Holger Riemensperger and Pedro Leal as Sales Director Europe. The seasoned food veteran Holger Riemensperger will join the organization as Chief Operating Officer, succeeding Loek Favre — who will take on the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer to further global innovation.

Furthermore, Pedro Leal, passionate Sales and Marketing executive with 25 years B2B experience is appointed Sales Director Europe, reporting to Holger. In his role as COO, Mr. Riemensperger will report to IOI Loders Croklaan’s CEO Julian Veitch, and will serve as a member of the Group Executive Leadership Team. “Holger’s deep experience, knowledge and outstanding operational skills will advance IOI Loders Croklaan further to competitive strength and forward growth. Especially his focus on innovation will boost our ambitious growth plans,” commented Veitch.

www.ioiloders.com

 
 
12/04/2017 | Packaging

Klingele and VPK join forces to invest in Scandinavian firm Peterson

Six months after the acquisition of Peterson by VPK Packaging Group, Klingele and VPK have announced that they will join forces to continue investing in the Scandinavian business unit. SP

Six months after the acquisition of Peterson by VPK Packaging Group, Klingele and VPK have announced that they will join forces to continue investing in the Scandinavian business unit. A business and investment plan has been launched to strengthen its market position.

Going forwards, Klingele will participate in this Nordic market expansion. The partnership between both manufacturers is a continuation of an existing and successful European collaboration. In October 2016, the Scandinavian packaging group Peterson was acquired by VPK Packaging Group from its previous owner, Pemco. The Peterson group’s 800 employees manufacture corrugated cardboard packaging in six sites in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, achieving a total turnover of € 160 m.

Back in 2013, after a long-term cooperation within the alliance Blue Box Partners, Klingele and VPK co-funded the successful conversion of a publication paper mill into a containerboard mill. This collaboration resulted in the Blue Paper manufacturing unit, which today ranks among the top units in Europe within its category. The partnership in Scandinavia will further expand this successful collaboration into the corrugated packaging sector.

Blue Box Partners (BBP) is the leading European network of four like-minded packaging manufacturers: Cart-One, Hinojosa Packaging, Klingele Papierwerke and VPK Packaging Group. This collaboration was founded more than 10 years ago to meet the needs of European customers. Today, BBP employs 8,000 staff in 68 sites, from Norway to Spain, and from Ireland to Romania, achieving a turnover of over € 2 bn.

www.klingele.com www.vpkgroup.com

 
 
12/04/2017 | Trade Fair

Trade fair ProFood Tech with very good result

ProFood Tech, the trade fair for food and beverage technology, celebrated a convincing premiere from April 4-6, 2017 in Chicago. SP

ProFood Tech, the trade fair for food and beverage technology, celebrated a convincing premiere from April 4-6, 2017 in Chicago. The event instantly met the very high expectations of the new trade fair format held by industry and commerce: almost 6,500 trade visitors informed themselves about the service portfolio of 447 national and international exhibitors from 16 countries. With the strong participation of visitors and exhibitors and its market-oriented focus, ProFood Tech already underlines its importance as a central meeting point for buyers and decision makers of the food technology industry in the NAFTA region with the premiere event.

“The positive response of the industry to this new trade fair format confirms our dialogue-oriented concept approach and the interest in a new leading international trade fair in the NAFTA region”, commented Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, one of the organizers of the trade show. Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, producer of the Pack Expo portfolio of trade shows, also reached a very positive conclusion about the trade fair: “ProFood Tech reaffirmed our belief that North America needed a comprehensive processing event like this.”

 

www.profoodtech.com

 
 
12/04/2017 | Packaging

Uli Unterriker new Managing Director for Optima USA

Since April 2017, Uli Unterriker has been the new Managing Director for OPTIMA Machinery Corporation, Green Bay, US subsidiary of Schwäbisch Hall-headquartered Optima Packaging Group. SP

Since April 2017, Uli Unterriker has been the new Managing Director for OPTIMA Machinery Corporation, Green Bay, US subsidiary of Schwäbisch Hall-headquartered Optima Packaging Group. After graduating from the University of Stuttgart, Unterriker started his career in the automotive branche and worked – among others – for a leading German packaging machine company and some US technology companies.

www.optima-packaging.com

 
 
12/04/2017 | International

Cargill inaugurates licensed buying company in Ghana

Cargill has celebrated the establishment of its own licensed buying company (LBC) – Cargill Kokoo Sourcing Ltd – in Ghana, in the presence of Deputy Ministers, Ambassadors as well as representatives from COCOBOD and Cargill. SG SP

Cargill has celebrated the establishment of its own licensed buying company (LBC) – Cargill Kokoo Sourcing Ltd – in Ghana, in the presence of Deputy Ministers, Ambassadors as well as representatives from COCOBOD and Cargill. The new LBC allows Cargill to directly source cocoa from certified farmers in Ghana for the first time – putting the farmer at the heart of our business.

So far over 25,000 farmers are registered, of which 9,000 are actively pursuing selling beans through Cargill’s LBC network. Cargill already sources directly from farmers and farmer organisations in other origin countries. Moving to this model in Ghana means that the company will be better positioned to efficiently implement the Cargill Cocoa Promise at scale and better serve its customers.

Cargill’s innovative high–tech purchasing model is built on the principles of sustainability and full traceability in Ghana. Farmers deliver their cocoa to community warehouses where their beans are digitally weighed in front of them, assigned a fully traceable bar code and funds are then transferred straight to the farmer’s phone or e-wallet using E-money through partnerships with E-Zwich, MTM mobile Money and Tigo Mobil Money. The revolutionary move to mobile money in Ghana adds assurance for the farmer, improves their ability to trade more effectively and eradicates all risks associated with cash payments.

“We strongly believe that this way of doing business is the future for cocoa farmers in Ghana. Mobile money is the first step towards improving incomes for farmers, as we build the infrastructure and capabilities for a more efficient and effective supply chain. Our aim is to create an enabling environment for smallholder finance for the future, resulting in better entrepreneurial spirit already noticeable at the farmer level,” said Lionel Soulard, Managing Director West-Africa Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate.

www.cargillcocoachocolate.com

 
 
12/04/2017 | Industry, International

Barry Callebaut: volume growth picking up, significant profit improvement

The Barry Callebaut Group saw sales volume growth picking up to 3.5% in the second quarter (first quarter - 0.4%), leading to a topline growth for the first six months of fiscal year 2016/17 of 1.4% to 946,782 tonnes. SG SP

The Barry Callebaut Group saw sales volume growth picking up to 3.5% in the second quarter (first quarter - 0.4%), leading to a topline growth for the first six months of fiscal year 2016/17 of 1.4% to 946,782 tonnes. This contrasts with the 2.1% decline of the global chocolate confectionery market during the same period (source: Nielsen, August 2016 - January 2017). Growth was fueled particularly by outsourcing, i.e. the successful integration of the Halle factory in Belgium acquired from Mondelez International, but also Gourmet & Specialties and emerging markets contributed.

Sales volume in chocolate was up 3.5%, while the intentional phase-out of less profitable contracts in cocoa, now completed, led to a decline of - 5.0%. Sales revenue outpaced volume growth, rising by 2.5% in local currencies (+ 3.3% in CHF) to CHF 3.539 bn, due to a better product mix and partly offset by lower raw material prices.

Gross profit amounted to CHF 464.0 m, corresponding to + 6.2% in local currencies (+ 6.0% in CHF). The increase, which is significantly above the reported volume growth, was fueled by a good product and customer mix, the successful execution of the Cocoa Leadership program and a more supportive cocoa products market. Operating profit (EBIT) amounted to CHF 238.4 m, an increase of 19.3% in local currencies (+ 18.8% in CHF). Net profit was up 32.6% in local currencies (+ 31.7% in CHF) to CHF 142.1 m.

www.barry-callebaut.com

 
 
07/04/2017 | Point of Sale

Klöckner Pentaplast Group to acquire Linpac Group

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group (KP) today announces that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Linpac Senior Holdings Ltd, an important film producer and converter for food packaging in Europe. SG SP

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group (KP) today announces that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Linpac Senior Holdings Ltd, an important film producer and converter for food packaging in Europe. The company group writes that the transformational acquisition will create a global leader in the rigid and flexible film market, with combined annual revenues exceeding USD 2 bn. Together, with about 6,300 employees across 32 locations in 16 countries, the two companies will form a one-stop-shop providing complete packaging solutions to customers worldwide. The consolidated group will be led by Wayne Hewett, CEO of KP. Daniel Dayan, CEO of Linpac, will lead the Food portfolio.

The transaction is subject to approval by certain regulatory authorities, as well as information processes with employee representatives in certain jurisdictions. It is expected to close in the summer of 2017.

www.kp-films.com

 
 
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