Filling glases (Photo: Unsplash; Rawpixel)

Agr International, Inc | Automated Blowmolder Control systems take the guesswork out of the blowing process.

CO2 in  gas canisters  (Photo: Elevate on Unsplash)

Global Data | Small scale breweries could run short of CO2 due to a significant shortfall of the production of this gas caused by the struggling oil industry.

Doctor (Photo: Shakan Forouzani on Unsplash)

Corona crisis | In the fight against COVID-19, Sidel have transformed their international centre of excellence for PET packaging development and blowing solutions in France into a production centre and launched an exceptional production of bottles for hydro-alcoholic gel.

Aseptic filling

Krones | The Contipure AseptBloc DN at the Austrian food and beverage producer Spitz uses gaseous hydrogen peroxide for sterilisation, and can handle 24,000 containers per hour.

A functioning team (from left): Mario Perez, KHS Mexico, Eusebio Reynoso Razo, Heineken México, and Ricardo Laguna of KHS Mexico (Photo: KHS)

An exemplary plant | Heineken and KHS are setting standards with the newest and one of the biggest breweries in Mexico on all counts: besides its impressive proportions the plant is also a shining example when it comes to ecological and economic sustainability.

Important: Hygiene monitoring for detecting foreign yeast contamination in breweries (Photo: Rodolfo Clix von Pexels)

Focus on brewers’ yeast | Microbiological detection of foreign yeasts in the brewing process is an important part of hygiene monitoring in breweries. A novel DNA extraction and Real-Time PCR process might help here. This process can reliably detect S. cerevisiae var. diastaticus contamination, without previous enrichment.

Cradle to cradle | Businesses around the world are under pressure to operate as sustainably as possible and the global brewing industry is no exception. Understandably, the use of packaging is under the spotlight in terms of supply chain benefits, product protection and with the rise in consumer environmental awareness the packaging end of life and re-use. Reduction in the use of plastics, recycling, was the aim a few years ago but now business models need to move towards a full circular evidenced lifecycle solution.

Empty beer bottles (Foto: Thomas Picauly/

Patent pending | In this article, a new process for washing returnable bottles – patent pending – is presented. In terms of energy and water savings, it can be viewed as another quantum leap. Data is based on simulations of the manufacturer’s mechanical engineers and calculations of the inventor. The innovative process makes use of a combination of a bottle washing machine (BWM) combined with a high-temperature heat pump (HTHP) and integration into an (existing) cogeneration plant.

Bottle washer

Active ingredients and their effects | Which additives are available for bottle washers and how have they been developed? This article explores individual compounds and the purposes they serve in the cleaning process, from special additives for specific cleaning issues to the filtration of caustic. These can offer opportunities for improvement but may also be detrimental.

From left to right: Carlos Eduardo Praxedes (Sales Director, Quality Machines), Rolf Geissinger (Managing Director, Optima do Brasil) and Genivaldo Paixão Praxedes (Technical Director, Quality Machines) are pleased about the new alliance (Photo: Optima)

Optima | Optima do Brasil has entered into a partnership with the Brazilian mechanical engineering company Quality Machines based in Campinas.

The Contipure AseptBloc system meets the most stringent of hygienic design criteria

Krones | In the field of aseptic filling, Krones’ portfolio includes specialised machines for the various sterilisation techniques and products involved.

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