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Coca-Cola expands in Middle East and Africa with New Bottling Facilities in Qatar and Mozambique

Published on November 21, 2016 by in PET News

World’s largest beverage company – Coca-Cola has recently expanded its business in the Middle East and Africa region.

The cola giant inaugurated a new bottling facility in Qatar with an investment of around $6 million. The Al Mana facility in Qatar is Coca-Cola’s first bottling plant in the Middle East that has an area of about 28,000m².

Coca-Cola chose Qatar for its unique position in the MEA region and also because the country is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The new bottling plant can produce PET bottles for a range of sparkling and still beverages under the Coca-Cola brand.

Coca-Cola says, Qatar’s 2030 Vision aligns with its own mission to ‘build local, consumer-driven, customer-focused, profitable and sustainable businesses’.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola also opened a new bottling facility in Mozambique. The facility located in Matola Gare, near Maputo in Mozambique is the largest green-field facility in Coca-Cola Sabco’s history across its seven-country regional market in Africa including – Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Built at a cost of $130 million, the plant has a 300 ml glass bottling line that can manufacture 48,000 bottles per hour. The new Matola Gare site combines operations from two other Coca-Cola sites in Maputo – Distribudora and Machava.

The new facility will enable Coca-Cola to tap the African market. The company also plans further investments in Africa with $17 billion earmarked across its distribution, infrastructure, manufacturing and marketing channels during this decade.

The Coca-Cola Company has been investing in Africa for almost 9 decades, with as many as 145 bottling and canning facilities across the continent.

More about bottling, PET packaging market developments in the Middle East And Africa will be discussed at 18th MEAPET on 21-22 February, 2017 in Dubai.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for details about the event.

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Mexico expected to consume more PET as bottled water demand grows

Published on October 24, 2016 by in PET News

Mexico has a growing market for PET packaging as the country is expected to increase consumption of bottled water. It is estimated that demand for PET in Mexico will grow by 2.5 % in 2016 inline with the economy’s growth.

Mexico is one of the largest consumers of carbonated sodas in the world. But a tax on sodas in 2014 resulted in sales drop of 12% that year. The country is now expected to show a shift in preference towards bottled water over CSDs. This poses another challenge for PET makers as water bottles use less PET per bottle than soft drink bottles.

PET producers such as DAK Americas says that their customers are looking at new molds and new shapes to attract consumers. There are new extrusion blow molded handles in the market that can be used for health and beauty products as well as industrial uses. Some of these handles are already been commercialized, while others are in development.

Another new trend is smaller sized bottles that can be conceived as ‘healthier’ by consumers.

CMT’s 14th LAPET – on November 29-30 – in Mexico City discusses many of these new trends in LATAM PET packaging market.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218 for more information on the event.

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Myanmar’s bottled water demand grows, leads to rise in local unlicensed operators

Published on October 24, 2016 by in PET News

Myanmar’s growing demand for bottle water has given rise to a number of unlicensed operators that produce bottle water that is of questionable standards.

According to data from the 2014 census, as much as a third of Myanmar’s towns and city dwellers drink bottled water. Mostly due to poor quality of urban water supply systems.

After a nationwide survey conducted by Ministry of Health’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some 750 brands of bottled water were approved while 73 (close to 10 percent) brands were found to be lacking in quality, or being unregistered with the FDA. The FDA subsequently released a list of these banned brands and their production locations. These unregistered brands cannot guarantee hygiene as they might be using tap water.

To meet the demand of the locals, many small scale purification facilities have come up in Myanmar. It is quite easy to set up such a facility and some of the them are located in residential complexes. These small-scale facilities produce almost fifty to hundred 20-litre bottles per day. It has become a mammoth task for FDA to curb the growth of these facilities. Even if the FDA bans a particular unregistered brand, they quickly change the name and come up with a different brand name.

In just one instance when the FDA, staff of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and the police conducted surprise checks at facilities in Yangon in February, as many as 13 failed to meet hygiene standards.

What does it mean for global bottled water brands entering the Myanmar Market? What happens to the vast number of PET bottles used by these small-scale facilities? Is there a way to integrate them to the PET value chain and raise the hygiene standard for bottled water?

6th PET Asia Outlook on 17-18 November, 2016 in Yangon discusses more about the country’s demand for bottled water.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218 for more information on the event.

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PET: Leading Beverage Packaging Material

Published on August 12, 2016 by in PET News

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is widely used around the world in the food and beverage packaging industry. According to Beatriz Torres, an analyst at Euromonitor International, 56 percent of all beverage units sold in the world are packaged in PET bottles – at a total of 485,000 million units.

Speaking at the XXXI National Congress of the Mexican Association of Containers and Packaging, as part of Expo Pack Mexico 2016, Torres explained that out of the 485,000 million units, half of them were used for bottled water, at 256.000 million units. She added that the PET market had grown 4.5 percent in 2015, an accelerated pace compared to the global industry growth of just 2 percent.

In Mexico, PET is used in 90 percent of all bottled water. It is also the most widely used packaging material for carbonated beverages, followed by glass and metal. It is also the most widely used for isotonic and energy drinks, followed by metal and then other plastics. PET is also widely used to package other ready-to-drink beverages such as coffee and tea.

There is also a growing trend in Mexico of switching from metal to PET for packaging energiser drinks, such as in the case of Vive. These energy drinks were packaged in metal, but is now increasing its market share of PET packaging. The change has made the drink more affordable, which in turn is increasing  their base of customers.

PET is expected to continue to dominate as a beverage packaging material, even in categories where it has not been used before.

Find out more about the latest innovations and market penetration of PET at the 14th LAPET (Latin America PET Markets, Applications & Recycling) on 29-30 November in Mexico City.

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Asia’s Beverage Market Expected To Experience Unprecedented Growth By 2021

Published on August 1, 2016 by in PET News

According to Canadean, who provide research analysis of international beverage industries and beverage packaging, Asia is predicted to contribute two-thirds of global incremental beverage consumption by 2021. Out of this increase, China will be responsible for one-third of the volume.

Besides China, Canadean also highlighted India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam as the key growing markets predicted to be the top ten increment volume providers in the period leading to 2021.

As a result of a growing global health trend, water consumption is up and bottled water, together with home/office delivery of water, will be the primary driver of incremental volume growth in these markets. The lack of good quality tap water in emerging markets is also contributing to increased consumption of packaged water.

Today, Asia’s rapidly increasing beverage consumption is a stark contrast to 2000, when the US and West Europe together accounted for nearly one-third of global commercial beverage consumption.

Find out more about new trends and the outlook for the beverage packing industry in Asia, at CMT’s 6th PET Asia Outlook on 17-18 November in Bangkok.

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