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Coca-Cola Expands into Latin American region with New Takeover

Published on March 6, 2017 by in PET News

Beverages giant Coca-Cola along with its largest Latin American Bottler – Coca-Cola Femsa SAB has decided to purchase Unilever’s AdeS soy-based beverage business for about $575 million.

The new acquisition will significantly increase Coca-Cola’s footprint in South America – especially its non-soda drinks business.

AdeS has a large market share in the region that had a $284 million in sales in 2015. AdeS sells non-soda sells beverages that are a mix of fruit juice and soy across Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.

Once the takeover is completed, AdeS will be formally added to the non-carbonated beverage platforms that Coca-Cola Femsa and Coca-Cola share in its franchise territories, the Atlanta- and Mexico City-based companies.

Unilever is shedding assets in its embattled food business that has witnessed slowed growth in recent years due to a lack of innovation and declining demand. Earlier it sold off its brands such as Slim-Fast and Ragu. Unilever gains about two-thirds of the its food revenue from mature markets such as the U.S.

More about beverages and bottling market trends in South/Central America, Andean and Caribbean at CMT’s 5th SCAPET scheduled on 7-8 June, 2017 in Medellín, Colombia.

Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218 for more details about the conference.

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Medco Plast to Build New Plastic Plant in Egypt

Published on February 15, 2017 by in PET News

Medco Plast – a manufacturer of plastic bottles and packaging products – is building a new plastic factory in 6th of October City in Giza Governorate of Egypt.

The project worth EGP 115 million, is expected to yield production capacity of 25,000 tons a year. Medco plans to export half of this production to African countries and begin production in mid-2017.

Medco has a current annual production capacity of 50,000 tons of plastic – mainly used in carbonated water bottles and packaging products. The firm acquires 70% share in local plastic market and exports 40% output to Arab and north-African companies.

Medco aims to generate sales worth EGP 850 million in 2017 and increase it to EGP 1.2 billion in 2019.

African plastics market will be further assessed at 18th MEAPET on 21-22 February, 2017 in Dubai.

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Mutalo Group customizes Beverages for Africa Markets

Published on February 1, 2017 by in PET News

Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest-growing economic zone in the world. For 2016, its GDP is expected to grow at 4.5%, with a global GDP share estimated to be 4% in the next five years.

Among Sub-Saharan Africa countries, Kenya is one of the most promising economies with the potential to turn into a key regional investment hub.

Already there are investments in the country such as Polish beverages major – Mutalo Group Company that is launching its energy drink ‘Kabisa’. The name Kabisa is carefully chosen to tune into the local culture – as it is a Swahili name.

Tomsz Nowowiejski, Chief Executive of company feels that Kenya has an existing product gap for energy drinks for consumers and Kabisa is aimed to fill the gap. Kabisa is expected to be a drink that local Kenyans can identify with as it will be a customised brand for the African market.

Kabisa aims to tap the consumers who are ready to spend a bit more than the regular low-quality beverages that are currently available in the market.

Given that it is Mutalo’s first brand to enter the African market, Kabisa is also priced sensibly at an average of 70-80% of the price of other energy drinks in the market.

Other brands that Mutalo plans to introduce in the African market are: the Blessings London Style whiskey, Kabisa Cola, Kabisa Lemonte, Juisi Orange Juice, Razzle (Rum+coke), and Kabisa Orangite.

Tomsz Nowowiejski, Chief Executive, Mutalo Group will share further insights on its Africa Beverage Market Expansion, PET Production and Distribution’ at 18th MEAPET on 21-22 February, 2017 in Dubai.

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PET Packager LINPAC Launches New Extrusion and Thermoforming line in Spain

Published on January 19, 2017 by in PET News

European consumers including those in Spain are increasingly preferring PET and rPET packaging given its versatility, lightweight, barrier, food safe properties, as well as recyclability. To tap these growing demand, Europe’s major packager – LINPAC is expanding into Spain with a three-year plan and estimated investment of €14.3 million.

As part of this plan, LINPAC is investing in excess of €8m in a new extrusion and thermoforming capacity in Pravia, Spain. The new facility is expected to offer a wide range of lighter, more cost-effective and sustainable PET and rPET products.

This is LINPAC’s fourth extrusion line in Pravia. The new line will enable LINPAC to increase its capacity by 25 percent with increase in annual production to 630 million trays – an increase of 80 million.

LINPAC further plans to invest €3.8m for 2017 and a further €2.5m in 2018, as part of the 3 year plan.

The new project is expected to boost LINPAC’s position in the Iberian region as well as in greater Europe delivering reliable, high quality, rigid and flexible packaging solutions to leading retailers, packers and distributors.

More about Europe’s packaging world updates at CMT’s 18th GEPET on 27-28 April, 2017 in Barcelona.

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Nigeria Breweries plans to use PET for Climax, Amstel Malta and Maltina brands

Published on January 2, 2017 by in PET News

Heineken subsidiary – Nigerian Breweries will soon package three of its beer brands in PET. Climax, Amstel Malta and Maltina brands are chosen for this new PET packaging initiative.

PET Engineering – a packaging manufacturer – has been chosen as the partner to provide the packaging solution to the brewery.

What’s important is that Nigerian Breweries has specific requirements when packaging the beers in PET. For one, PET Engineering is asked to replicate the brewer’s industrial pasteurisation process that can withstand up to 61°C. PET Engineering, therefore, first built the specific equipment for the same and thereafter carefully chose a resin that enables a PET container to withstand the pasteurisation process – which is normally used for glass bottles.

PET Engineering has succeeded in finding the resin with highest intrinsic viscosity that is used in three PET containers obtained using a single type of preform, all of which are in tune with the strict specifications of Heineken.

The project was completed with the delivery of four mold series for Nigerian Breweries’ Ota plant.

The other key aspect of the PET bottles was to create unique shapes that stand out on shelf and enhance the brand’s impact in a new package type.

Nigerian Breweries aim to reap the benefits of PET bottles for its three brands especially qualities such as robustness, safety during production, transportation and use and clarity.

Johnson Ejemogo, Packaging Manager at Nigeria Breweries will share more on its PET Packaging Plan, challenges to extend packaging to PET, shapes and design consideration at 18th MEAPET on 21-22 February, 2017 in Dubai.

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