Vitafoods has announced it will be hosting a Digital Week (11 to 15 May 2020) dedicated to supporting and inspiring the nutraceutical industry by giving exclusive access to the latest science, insight and trends.
A preview of trade show Vitafoods Europe’s State of the Nation report will also be made available during the week. Featuring an in-depth analysis of the nutraceutical industry and what lies ahead for the next decade, the full report will be launched at the show (now 1 to 3 September 2020, Palexpo, Geneva/Switzerland) to provide insight-driven commentary to inspire the industry, and ultimately the end consumer, to help to shape the future of the food industry.
In view of the current crisis with Covid-19, Horst Bittermann, Marketing Manager of Mayr-Melnhof Karton and President of Pro Carton, the European Association of the Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers, makes an appeal to the branch.
There will inevitably be challenges ahead. To ensure wide availability of goods, the supply chain needs to work smoothly from its start right through to the consumer’s home. For us that means having sufficient raw material, both virgin and recycled fibre. It is essential that the supply of wood pulp is maintained and equally that paper based packaging and other paper products are sent for recycling (with separate collection where this is practised). It is imperative that local Governments and Councils maintain the operation of these recycling systems to guarantee that sufficient recycled paper fibre is available.“
Confectionery sales in the German retail generated a revenue increase of 2.9% up to € 2.247 bn in the first two months of 2020. According to the Nielsen confectionery monitor, sales volume rose by 2.4% up to 282,200 tonnes (basis: food retailers + drug stores; last cumulative year/YTD).
The strongest growth engine compared to the same period in the previous year’s week (up to 03/03/2019) was once again the salty snacks product class with an increase in earnings of 6.6% up to € 3.233 bn (sales volume: 405,400 t; + 3.2%). Chocolate products, the strongest revenue category, registered growth of 1.2% (630,100 t; + 0.4%) with € 6.656 bn.
Sugar confectionery only rose slightly by 0.4% over last year’s level with € 2.380 bn (351,600 t; + 1.7%). With revenues of € 1.970 bn the category baked goods enjoyed above-average growth of 3.3% (353,500 t; + 0.6%). According to Nielsen, retail ice cream revenues fell by 6.0% down to € 1.724 bn. Sales volume here declined by 7.0% down to 505.9 million litres, respectively 842.7 million packaging units.
As of 1 April 2020, Prof. Andrea Büttner is the new Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising. Prof. Büttner joined Prof. Horst-Christian Langowski as Co-Director of the Institute on 1 November 2019, and now takes over the full role as Executive Director following his retirement on 31 March 2020.
After almost 30 years at Fraunhofer IVV, the past 16 of which as Director of the Institute, Prof. Langowski is stepping down and passing on the directorship to Prof. Büttner, who also succeeds him as scientific head of the Competence Center Food and Packaging Technology – Klevertec for Fraunhofer IVV in Kempten. Work undertaken at Fraunhofer IVV tackles key challenges with partners from industry, science, and politics to guarantee safe, sustainable, high-quality foods and to develop innovative packaging concepts. The mission of Fraunhofer IVV is to effectively utilize available raw materials and resources for the benefit of society and the environment.
The Schumacher Packaging Group, one of the largest family-run manufacturers of corrugated and solid board packaging solutions, has now officially renamed its new production site in the English city of Birmingham: On 1 April 2020, Jaffabox Ltd will become Schumacher Packaging Ltd.
The group acquired Jaffabox, a manufacturer of various corrugated board packaging solutions that is also family-run, in November 2019. At the same time, a generational shift took place in the family that used to own the company: Annette Amyes is now Managing Director in the Birmingham plant, and her brother Mark has the role of Sales Director. The rebranding of the English plant emphasizes that customers from the United Kingdom can now also access the entire range of solutions offered by the European Schumacher Packaging Group – including consultation, services and logistics.
“Developments in the first few months of the group operating the Birmingham plant have been really positive,” reports Björn Schumacher, Managing Director of Schumacher Packaging Group. “Our international customers in particular see this as very positive, as we in the UK can now offer the same full service as our other European sites in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.”
Although the plant in Birmingham is already at a high technological level, the group plans to push ahead with further expansion there as well. “Depending on the further economic situation in connection with the Corona crisis, we intend to invest six million Euros in a first step,” explains Björn Schumacher.
The future Executive Board team, to be headed by Burkhard Eling, takes over on January 1, 2021. After 31 years of close cooperation in operational management positions at Dachser SE, CEO Bernhard Simon and his deputy Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics, will join the logistics provider’s Supervisory Board in 2021.
Eling, who joined the DACHSER Executive Board as CFO in 2013, will become the new CEO of the family-owned company on January 1, 2021. Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany (from 1.1.2021 COO Road Logistics), Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics; Burkhard Eling, CFO (from 1.1.2021 CEO); Bernhard Simon, CEO; Edoardo Podestà, COO Air & Sea Logistics; Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director Corporate Solutions, Research & Development (from 1.1.2021 CDO)
“At the end of 2020, Michael Schilling and I will pass on our responsibility on the Executive Board to the next generation of management. This joint move, which has been in the planning for a long time, will create new impetus for the company’s future,” explains Bernhard Simon, CEO of Dachser. “The coronavirus crisis is certainly a great challenge for the entire management team, but it does not call our long-term strategy into question. What’s important now is to pass the company on to a new generation, starting at the top. We are convinced that we can steer Dachser well through the coming months. By keeping our own network stable and the supply chains running, we will continue to serve our customers with reliability and quality.”
Eling will assume the position of CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and Spokesperson of the Executive Board on January 1, 2021. The 48-year-old joined Dachser’s Executive Board as CFO in 2013. He was responsible for the worldwide implementation of the SAP system and shaped the company’s transition to the legal form of an SE. He also managed the company-wide strategic innovation program Idea2net. Together with Michael Schilling and Bernhard Simon, he orchestrated the post-merger integration of the Iberian logistics provider Azkar (now Dachser Iberia).
Hohm will head a newly created Executive Unit, IT & Development, as CDO (Chief Development Officer) starting on January 1, 2021. An experienced manager who has been with the company for 27 years, he will be responsible not just for research and development topics but also for the further development of IT, contract logistics, and the global industry solutions business. The 47-year-old started his career in contract logistics at Dachser before taking over management of the branches in Erfurt and Hof, Germany. As Corporate Director since 2016, he has been responsible for the logistics service provider’s research and development work as well as its solutions business.
Tonn will assume the position of COO Road Logistics on January 1, 2021, with responsibility for the business development of the European Logistics and Food Logistics business lines. The 46-year-old has been with the company for over 20 years. Following his first management duties as deputy branch manager in Memmingen, Tonn moved to Dachser Head Office in 2014, where he was responsible for the international development of contract logistics. Since 2017 he has also led the European Logistics Germany business unit; he will continue in this role after his appointment as COO Road Logistics. Alfred Miller will retain his role as Managing Director of the Food Logistics business unit.
The future management team will be completed by Edoardo Podestà, who has been a member of the Dachser Executive Board since October 2019 as COO Air & Sea Logistics. Podestà is responsible for the global air and sea freight business as well as the rail services business between Europe and China, and he also heads the ASL Asia Pacific business unit.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, Lindt & Sprüngli has taken all the necessary measures to protect the health of its employees, consumers, business partners and suppliers. The company is closely monitoring the situation and the guidance from local authorities in all countries.
According to the company, the impacts affect mainly travel retail, the own store network, food service as well as the grocery trade in certain markets. The e-commerce business, home delivery and pick-up services at some stores are yet gaining importance. While the extent and duration of the situation are still uncertain, the Group’s growth and financial outlook 2020 is no longer valid. Lindt & Sprüngli continues to monitor the development of the outbreak.
For the coming years, Lindt & Sprüngli maintains its existing mid- to long-term organic sales growth target of 5-7% p.a., combined with a steady improvement in the operating margin of 20-40 basis points p.a. In achieving these targets, Lindt & Sprüngli will continue to grow faster than the markets. Due to a strong financial year 2019, a solid balance sheet with high equity ratio and high liquidity, the Board of Directors confirms the proposal to the Annual Shareholders Meeting of a dividend including a special anniversary dividend on April 24, 2020 of CHF 1,750 per registered share and CHF 175 per participation certificate.
Following the drop in chocolate consumption in Switzerland over the past ten years, there were signs of stabilisation in 2019. Despite continuing pressure from imports, more than 200,000 tonnes of chocolate (+ 3.8%) were produced in Switzerland for the first time last year thanks to demand from abroad.
Following the decline in domestic consumption and sales of Swiss chocolate in previous years, the downward trend halted last year. Domestic sales of Swiss chocolate rose by 0.8%, increasing the associated revenues by 1.2%. The proportion of imported chocolate in domestic consumption remained at 41%. Annual per capita consumption in Switzerland also remained virtually unchanged, at 10.4 kilograms. After declining in recent years, per capita consumption bottomed out in 2019.
The export share of total production by Swiss chocolate manufacturers increased again and stood at 73.7% last year (2018: 72.5%). The sales volume achieved through exports increased by 5% to about 147,600 tonnes. Export sales rose by 3% and topped CHF 1 bn for the very first time. This growth was largely based on exports to countries outside the European Union. High growth rates were recorded in markets such as Canada, the US, China, the Middle East and Singapore. Nevertheless, the EU remains Switzerland’s most important sales market.
The organizers of the trade shows Free From Functional & Health Ingredients (FFFHI) and Free From Packaging (FFP) have confirmed that the events, which were planned to take place at the RAI Amsterdam from 24 to 25 June, will be postponed to 24 to 25 November 2020, following the global escalation of Covid-19.
Free From Packaging aims to service the food, pharma, cosmetics and luxury markets. This dedicated event focuses on the requirement for sustainable packaging and the latest developments within this arena, making this the industry’s most comprehensive Free From focused event.
Reflecting one of the food and drink industry’s most dynamic sectors, FFFHI and FFP will return in November to showcase pioneering developments across five distinct product categories including Free From, Vegan, Natural/Organic, Functional and Ingredients.
Puratos, a manufacturer of ingredients for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors, and Bakeronline, a Belgian start-up, have joined forces to help businesses increase service to customers while facing the Covid-19 outbreak.
Starting this week, Puratos and Bakeronline are allowing businesses to launch their online webshop platform for free. This supports governments’ efforts to fight the spread of the virus, while helping customers in isolation to continue accessing nutritious and wholesome food.
Bakeronline is a tool that allows bakeries to create personalized webshops where customers can place orders. Through this tool, customers receive an overview of the available produce, clear product descriptions, as well as allergen information. Once they’ve confirmed their selection, customers can then pay online and choose when to pick-up their order.
In addition to customers being able to order 24/7, online ordering will make it easier for bakeries to manage their orders and react to the demand. As well as this, customers will also have access to a personalized webshop with an assortment of 20 products, online payment methods and an in-store communication kit for optimal customer onboarding.
Furthermore, customers will not need to queue; upon arrival at the bakery, customers will show their order number, collect their goods in a timely manner– all payments are managed digitally which will help maintain hygiene measures and social distancing.
Online stores can be created within 48 hours. Bakeronline is currently available in Belgium, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany, but Puratos and Bakeronline are extending their help to bakeries across the globe.