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Leading food and drink research company Campden BRI has appointed an experienced brewer to strengthen its brewing and malting team. Ed Wray will join Campden BRI’s brewing division as Project Brewer Maltster. He brings with him a wealth of practical brewing expertise gained while working as Head Brewer for a microbrewery where he produced a range of regular and seasonal beers.

During the recent annual meeting in May in Tucson, Arizona (USA), the renowned American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) has appointed Dr. Roland Folz of the VLB Berlin as its new International Director.

In this position, Dr. Roland Folz, head of the VLB Department for Brewing and Beverage Science & Applications (BBSA) follows Dr. Christina Schönberger, Barth Innovations, who now represents the ASBC as Vice President. The position of the International Director serves as the interface between the ASBC and the international brewing science community. He is supported by a working group, the International Committee, which is looking into international activities and possibilities for the ASBC.

“We are very happy that Roland Folz, an internationally known brewing scientist, has taken the role of International Director for the ASBC Board. As the brewing community becomes evermore globalized it is increasingly important for our organization to expand our international network. The entire Board is confident that Dr. Folz can help us in this endeavor”, says Thomas H. Shellhammer, President Elect of the ASBC.

Roland Folz, "It is my great honor that the ASBC has appointed me for this responsible position and I take this task with joy. I see this as an excellent opportunity to support the development of the international community of brewers actively. In addition, it is a great chance to intensify the cooperation between the VLB and the ASBC even further.“

In addition to cooperation on project level, there were recently several collaborations between the ASBC and VLB at conferences, such as the VLB Brewing Conference in Beijing in 2012, the 4th Ibero-American Symposium of VLB 2013 in Argentina or the Annual Meeting of the ASBC in June 2013, where a jointly conducted hop workshop was very well received.


This week, the Siebel Institute of Technology announced the appointment of John Hannafan as new Director of Education.


On 1 February 2013, Pentair Haffmans installed Dipl.-Ing. Emmanuel Rurema as Commercial Director. Rurema is now responsible for all commercial teams and activities within Pentair Haffmans. He reports to Olaf Müller, Managing Director and Vice President Pentair Food & Beverage.


On 1 April 2013 Peder Holk Nielsen, 56, took office as President & CEO of Novozymes. He takes over from Steen Riisgaard, who stepped down after 12 years in the company’s top post and 33 years in Novozymes and Novo Industri/Novo Nordisk.


Specialist publisher Hans Carl, Nuremberg, Germany, is pleased to announce two new peer reviewers for BrewingScience – Monatsschrift für Brauwissenschaft, Dr. Stefan Hanke, head of the pilot plant of the Bitburg Brewing Group, Bitburg, Germany, and Dr. Martin Zarnkow, Lehrstuhl für Brau-und Getränketechnologie (Chair of Brewing and Beverage Technology) at the TU München-Weihenstephan, Germany.


Many of the visitors and exhibitors have probably noticed: drink technology India (dti), which was held in conjunction with the International PackTech India from November 6th to 8th 2012 in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), “has come of age” so to speak. This was the description given by Petra Westphal, Exhibition Group Director for Messe München and MMI India Pvt. Ltd., as she shared her impressions of the trade fair. This may be due, in part, to the 42 percent increase in floor space required for dti, the larger exhibition hall and the greater number of exhibits, some with very elaborate stands. For example, at the Danfoss stand, copious amounts of water were used to illustrate the resistance of the VLT drives to water. The decision to add an additional day for exhibitors to set up their stands and the selection of another construction company for building stands at the exhibition proved to be well-founded. Everything was organized in a timely manner so that on the first day the hall was ready to receive visitors.


To maximize its coverage of the UK brewing market, Gea Brewery Systems is integrating the UK sales activity with Gea Process Engineering Ltd in Warrington with effect from 1st January 2013. John Aitken, Sales Manager for Gea Process Engineering Ltd, will assume responsibility for GEA Brewery Systems sales activities in the UK providing brewery technology from a single source. Developing innovative solutions that are specifically tailored to the customer’s economic and ecological requirements, the service offering includes individual units, complete brewhouses and cold process technology, process automation, utilities, training and consulting as well as greenfield projects.

John Middleton, after a long career in the industry, will retire from his position as Sales Manager of Gea Brewery Systems, but will continue to support the business with his knowledge, expertise and industry contacts.


The Board of Directors of Novozymes has appointed Peder Holk Nielsen as President and Chief Executive Officer with effect from April 1, 2013.


Invista has promoted Kevin Robles to senior vice president of global operations. In this role, Robles will assume operational responsibility for the company’s 34 manufacturing facilities in 20 countries.


Thomas Lehmann has been Managing Director of the Ziemann Group in Ludwigsburg since 2011 and will leave the company of his own accord at the end of 2012. His successor, Karl Butzmann, will be the new Managing Director for the Sales and Marketing divisions as of 1 January 2013. The company has been trading under a new company structure as Ziemann International GmbH since August 2012.