As of January 1st, 2004 Mr Willem Onno Jalink (1959) has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Boortmalt Group. The Boortmalt Group has interests in the malting industry and in grain terminals. The appointment of Mr Jalink will secure the necessary continuity in Boortmalt’s search for growth and expansion. Mr Jalink has covered for many years different responsibilities and areas within Hein-eken in Europe, Africa and Asia. From the end of 1999 he was representative Director of Hein-eken Japan. Between 1996 and 1999 he held the post of Commercial Director responsible for beer and malt at Heineken Slovensko in Slovakia. Boortmalt with a capacity of 300,000 tonnes is one of the leading forces in the malting industry and has production units in Belgium, Croatia and China.

Rolf Dickhoff is the new manager of KHS Till GmbH as of 1 October 2003. Mr Dickhoff began his career in 1988 as sales manger at KHS Till GmbH and has played a leading role in positioning KHS Till as the world market leader in the field of keg racking technology. Volker Borngäber and Edgar-George Petsche, who have been active in sales at KHS Till in the past and who are very well known among customers around the globe will be in charge of sales in the future.

Lupofresh Ltd and Morris Hanbury Ltd are delighted to announce that Neil Mustill, John Smith and Mrs. Gill Brown have been appointed Directors of both companies with effect from 8th September 2003.

To Harald Wildhagen on the occasion of his 60th birthday
A flash evaporator unit has been in operation since summer 2002 in Gilde Brauerei in Hanover. The unit supplied by Ziemann was installed between whirlpool and wort cooler. On the one hand, this did not involve any interference in the “wort boiling” system. On the other hand, this is the only location assuring stripping of DMS reconstituted in the whirlpool. The objective of the installation was to significantly reduce boiling time from the previous 70 min so as to achieve technological and energy-related improvements.

The main energy user in the brewhouse is wort boiling. This has always been at the centre of attention when trying to save energy. The most important factors influencing wort boiling are shown in Fig. 1.5%.

Nepotism, favouritism, brinkmanship. Power corrupts. It always did and it always will, say the cynics. De Keersmaeker is proof that there can be exceptions to the rule. Power is all about quid pro quo deals, commonly known as "backscratching". "I scrat

Everybody wants to do the right thing, but many fail badly. Dynastic successions seem natural, don’t always come to fruition but often raise an eyebrow. Especially if the heir apparent is being passed over in favour of a manager. As happened at the world’s major brewer, Anheuser-Busch.

In the sceptre is passed on safely, all’s well that ends well. But what if the sceptre is dropped and goes to pieces? Well, that’s material for a tragedy which will move people to tears even centuries later. Remember King Lear and his three daughters? If you will, Lear’s tragedy is also the story of a succession gone wrong. When in old age, Lear decides to retire and chooses to share out his kingdom among his heirs, he unknowingly kicks off the dramatic action." (King Lear, Act I).

They all want to make it. Some by fixing it, selling it, or killing it. Like Jack Welch, America’s former Superstar CEO. Others by using their charms, chutzpah and courage to spearhead a new movement. Like Pete Slosberg, who became a prominent figure in the US microbrewing scene. Today Welch is an old age pensioner and Slosberg an earthbound highflyer. Time has swept over them. But not over Carlos Alvarez, who worked long and hard to make Corona a household name and rescue struggling beer brands from extinction.

They all want to make it. They want riches, luck and success and if possible some fame. That’s the meaning of the American Dream. Germans like to eat well or to sleep well. They seek conspicuous consumption or social security. To some extent they are not wrong.

Since June 2000 Dr Marek Kierstan (53) has been the new Chief Executive of Brewing Research International, Nutfield, UK. The new leadership, combined with structural changes in the industry, has brought about fundamental changes in the company strategy and structure.

Brauwelt International interviewed Dr Marek Kierstan to find out more about the ideas, the new structure and the new focus of this world renown brewing research institution.

Where are the roots of BRi?
Since its foundation by the British brewing industry in 1950, BRi was set up to just undertake collaborative research and until very recently it was funded almost exclusively by membership subscription. Over the decades its expertise was recognised and membership became more international.

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