Dipl.-Ing. Hubertus Schneiderbanger (age 26) supports the team as a consulting engineer in the area of brewing technology and microbiology.

Dipl.-Ing. Konrad Müller-Auffermann (age 27) will be responsible for consulting in terms of brewery plants, fermentation technology and filling technology, in particular for alcohol-free beverages based on cereals as well as for alternative fermentation considering different technologies.

With this extended product range a considerably improved range of services will be possible. The GEA Jet Pumps products will be managed in a separate business unit by the managing director Gunther Höpfinger. Dr.-Ing. Christopher Braun is responsible for the overall management of the company.

The new VLB “Department for Brewing and Beverage Science & Application” under the management of Dipl.-Ing. Roland Folz has been in operation since January 2009. The aim is to extend the competence in brewing technology in Berlin in addition to the Chair of Brewing Science at Technische Universität Berlin.

Following the success of the last 15 editions, The 16th China International Exhibition on Packaging Machinery & Materials, also known as “Sino-Pack 2009” & The 13th China International Exhibition on Beverage, Brewery and Wine Technology, also known as “China Drinktec 2009”, will be held on March 3 – 6, 2009 at China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou, PR China, to showcase the most advanced and up-to-date packaging technologies for food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, daily chemicals and cosmetic sectors. The total exhibition area of 2009 is expected to reach over 20,000 sqm, doubling the size of 2008 edition with over 500 exhibitors.

The European Brewery Convention announces the appointment of John M. Brauer (BSc. (Hons), MSc., Dipl. Brew.) as successor to Marjolein van Wijngaarden, who will be retiring as Secretary General of the EBC by the end of 2007. John will officially take over from Marjolein on 1 January 2008, and his position will be ‘EBC Executive Officer’.

John Dunsmore appointed new Chief Executive.

Albert Cramer’s youngest daughter, Christina Cramer, has joined the board of Warsteiner Brewery, igniting a storm of speculation why the flamboyant Managing Director, Prof Dr Gustavo Möller-Hergt, decided to chuck it all in and leave the company.

The world’s number two brewer is to lose two of its longest-serving stalwarts: André Parker, Managing Director of SABMiller Africa and Asia, and Norman Adami, President and CEO SABMiller Americas, will both be retiring from the company in the coming months.

Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter, died 30 August 2007, aged 65

On 13 April, after approval by the antitrust authorities, Huppmann AG officially became part of the Process Engineering Division of GEA Group AG.

As of 15 August 2006, Esko Pajunen (60), currently Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Sinebrychoff in Finland, will take up a new position as Director, Applied Research at Carlsberg Research Centre in Copenhagen. By 15 June 2007, Esko will be appointed Director of the Carlsberg Research Centre thereby succeeding Klaus Bock who will retire as Director of Research after 14 years at Carlsberg....

Paul Bergqvist, Deputy CEO of the Carlsberg group, celebrated his 60th birthday on January 14, 2006. He came to Carlsberg in that position when Carlsberg acquired Orkla Beverages in 2001 and had previously been CEO of the latter company. In his role as Deputy CEO of Carlsberg he has also been especially responsible for development of business activity in the important markets in the former Soviet Union, the rest of Eastern Europe and in Asia.

The 4th World Beer and Drinks Forum, organised by Rüdiger Ruoss in Munich on September 10th and 11th, 2005 took place under the motto “Visionaries and their Visions”. As emphasized by Dr. Richard Weber, President of the German Brewers’ Association, in his welcoming speech, Ruoss, one of the great communicators and the organiser of communication in the beverage industry, succeeded in inviting more than 750 top decision-makers in the industry to Munich. Almost 1 billion hl of beer output were represented.

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