A tool for the brewing industry | Digitalization is a tool which – when used wisely – will help breweries to become more flexible, efficient and sustainable. Alexander Fröhlich from automation software expert Copa-Data and Piergiovanni Stefani from the industrial software house Treesse Progetti explain how companies can profit from this investment and what to consider when starting a digitalization project.

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From marketing to action | Many entities want to be climate-neutral: companies, communities, cities, entire countries. And it goes without saying that products should also be climate-neutral. But what’s behind it all, and can this goal actually be reached? In this part of the series, we examine the snags and pitfalls of climate neutrality and show what an honest approach towards the protection of our climate can actually look like.

Dr. Roland Folz, Group President & Leader Global Business Unit “Industrial Solutions” is responsible for Pentair's industrial businesses worldwide

Shaping change | How are companies in our industry positioning themselves for the future? We talked about it with Dr. Roland Folz from Pentair.

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Toolbox | Huge, heterogeneous data files are created throughout the whole process chain of a brewery. Analysis of same opens up both opportunities and challenges. This contribution presents new tools as well as applications from the research project “Data-driven Process Optimisation using Machine Learning in the Beverage Industry” (DaPro) in order to predict malt yield.

Dr. Roland Pahl-Dobrick, Beer Market Manager at Pall Corporation (Photo: Pahl-Dobrick)

Improving efficiency and sustainability | Our world has recently undergone considerable transformation within a short period of time. We are currently experiencing or are contending with the consequences of the Covid pandemic, the war in the Ukraine, the effects of climate change, product shortages, increasing energy and raw material costs as well as labor shortages and disrupted supply chains. It seems that we are being relentlessly confronted with ever-growing challenges – especially within just the past few months. Some issues were able to be anticipated, while others were not. How should the brewing and beverage industry approach these challenges and which positions should it take in the future? We posed these questions to the representatives of various companies in our industry, with an eye to both the current and long-term challenges of our time. Today, we are speaking to Dr. Roland Pahl-Dobrick, Beer Market Manager at Pall Corporation.

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Data analysis | Increasing digitalisation makes it possible to collect and analyse copious amounts of data with multivariate cause-and-effect relationships. However, brewery operations face major challenges when attempting implementation on their own. This contribution presents findings and solution pattern from the research project “Data-driven Process Optimisation using Machine Learning in the Beverage Industry” (DaPro).

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Digital transformation | The construction of a new production facility poses increasingly greater challenges for the international brewing and beverage industry. To name just a few factors: Its flexibility must be ever greater, it must consume fewer and fewer resources and raw materials and its time to market must be as short as possible. Against this background, Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH is breaking new ground in the realization of a turnkey project. In this case, standardization and digitalization are of central importance.

It’s a long road to create these beers

Prepared for the future | The American craft beer industry emits about half a billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually and is all too aware of the need to conserve energy and become more sustainable and environmentally responsible. Brewing is an energy intensive business that creates waste materials and by-products in equal measure and in today’s environmentally conscious landscape the need for sustainability is more important than ever.

Heineken brewery from above (Photo: Heineken)

Digital integration | In a market where consumer demands and preferences can instantly change, being agile is no longer a “want” but an absolute “must have”. Heineken, being one of the largest brewers in the world, knows this all too well. To ensure the company can keep pace with ever-changing market conditions and business requirements now and for the future, Heineken’s focus is now on becoming the best-connected brewer through the launch of its EverGreen global business strategy. Seeking technology capable of facilitating this goal has been fundamental for its success.

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