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Packaging trends | Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world will be coming together at the interpack from 4 to 10 May 2023 to present their premières, and celebrate the long-awaited reunion of the global packaging industry. The focus is on packaging materials, packaging machines and related process technology for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors.

Renowned competition | For 20 years now, the European Beer Star has been on the quest to find the best beers in the world. The registration phase for the renowned competition starts on 3 April 2023. The tasting will take place in Nuremberg for the first time.

European Brewery Convention | The call for abstracts for the EBC Symposium, which will take place from 8–10 October 2023 at the Stiegl Brewery in Salzburg, Austria, has been open since mid-February 2023.

“Brewing in a challenging world” | The final program of the 15th Trends In Brewing is now available on the website trendsinbrewing/program and registration is open under trendsinbrewing/registration. This year’s symposium focuses on “Brewing in a challenging world”, and takes place in Ghent, Belgium, from 2–6 April 2023.

Korean Beer Exhibition l The Korea International Beer Expo (Kibex) 2023 will be held for three days, from 6–8 April 2023, at the COEX Hall C, Seoul, Korea. Kibex is the only beer-specialized exhibition in Korea where attendees can see and experience all the businesses of the beer industry value chain, from beer production to distribution, packaging, and consumption, in one place. It is co-hosted by GMEG, an exhibition and convention company specializing in the beer and spirits industry, and is sponsored by Fermentis, BrauKon.

Promising outlook | The 11th edition of the Brazilian Beer Competition will take place from 6–8 March 2023 in Blumenau, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. 4,085 samples (12 % more than last time) have been entered by 565 breweries from 25 Brazilian states – the largest participation in the history of the event. The Brazilian Beer Competition is organized by the Blumenauense Association of Tourism, Events and Culture (ABLUTEC).

Simultaneously brewed | The BestBrewChallenge is an international brewing competition where brewers from all around the world will brew simultaneously, with similar grain bills, in different countries. The competition beer is to be brewed between 20th and 23rd April 2023. The period will thus be extended from one to four days as opposed to previous years. The final day will be German Beer Day on the 23rd of April 2023. The closing date for shipping competition beers is 5 July 2023.

Preview | The Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America® (CBC) returns by popular demand to Nashville, Tennessee, 7–10 May 2023. CBC, presented annually by the Brewers Association, is the craft brewing industry’s leading event, and the only one that serves brewpubs, taprooms, and packaging breweries. Ann Obenchain, Marketing Director, Brewers Association, Boulder, CO, USA, talks about the upcoming event.

International Trends in Brewing | The symposium will be held in 2023 for the 15th time and will also be returning to the Technology Campus in Ghent. Since the last Trends in Brewing, which took place in Leuven and was subject to protective measures due to the Corona pandemic, the world has changed dramatically. “Brewing in a Challenging World” is the motto of the event and perfectly captures the current political and economic situation in the world.

Kegstar continue partnership | In January, Kegstar and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) have announced a three-year partnership on BeerX. The event, set to take place on the 15th and 16th of March 2023 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, is one of the biggest trade events in the UK for beer and brewing businesses.

Conference | This year’s meeting of the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) will take place in Pittsburg, PA, USA from June 4-6. Abstract Submissions are open now! Deadline next week: February 10, 2023.