European flags (Photo: Guillaume Perigois on Unsplash)

The Brewers of Europe | After MEPs voted for a flawed draft Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) proposal at the end of November 2023, The Brewers of Europe calls on the EU’s Council of Ministers to close the loopholes that weaken the planned rules.

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Further education | The World Brewing Academy (WBA) 20-week Master Brewer program and 12-week International Diploma in Brewing Technology program will begin February 12th, 2024, at the Siebel Institute campus in Chicago. With limited seats available for these two advanced-level programs, enrollments are accepted on a first come/first served basis.

BioSupPack participants at the 28th monthly meeting in Valencia, Spain, in September 2023

International project | BioSupPack has started a new project year in September 2023, aiming to develop packaging solutions based on polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) derived from beer production residues, and demonstrating a feasible recycling process for these biobased plastics to ensure that resources remain in circulation. Bringing together 17 partners from 8 countries, BioSupPack receives funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) and Horizon 2020 framework.

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Belgium | As the European Parliament set to vote on the EU’s new packaging rules in October 2023, The Brewers of Europe urge MEPs in the Environment committee to back measures that are environmentally friendly, efficient and even-handed.

Audience at the Ibero-American VLB Symposium (Photo: VLB)

VLB Berlin | The 13th Ibero-American VLB Symposium VLB took place from 4 to 6 September 2023 in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. With 185 participants from 21 nations, this event once again consolidated its status as one of the most important communication and knowledge platforms for technical for technical executives in the brewing industry in Latin America.

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Award | In one of the most important milestones in its history, the IBD intends to proudly become the Chartered Institute of Brewers and Distillers from the 1st of January 2024.

Burghard Meyer (VLB) speaking at the 12th Iberoamerican VLB Symposium Brewing & Filling Technology (Photo: VLB)

Practical approach | Since 2008, VLB Berlin organizes this technical conference, especially focused on the Iberoamerican beer sector. The 13th Iberoamerican VLB Symposium Brewing & Filling Technology (IBS) 2023 will take place on this occasion in Bogotá, Colombia at Hotel Cosmos 100 from September 4 to September 6, 2023. The symposium will be held in English and/or Spanish with simultaneous translation.

View of the bell tower, Lille, France (Photo by Diane Picchiottino on Unsplash)

Europe | The 39th EBC Congress, together with the Brewers Forum, will be held in Lille, France from 26 to the 30 May 2024. As is customary, the EBC programme of the joint Lille 2024 event will rely exclusively on technical contributions from the brewing scientific community and EBC stakeholders and will cover a a wide variety of brewing scientific topics and brewery technological aspects. Abstracts can be submitted from from Monday, 17 July, until Tuesday, 17 October 2023.

Ljubljana was the venue for this year’s International Hop Growers’ Convention

IHGC in Ljubljana | This year’s hop meeting from June 25 to 29 in Ljubljana broke all previous records: with over 80 participants from 15 countries, 36 talks and 20 posters, it was the best-attended event staged by the Scientific-Technical Commission of the International Hop Growers’ Convention (IHGC).

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