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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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http://beverageproducts.packaging-business-review.com/news/coca-cola-opens-new-bottling-facility-in-qatar-131016-5030915

http://www.herald.co.zw/coca-cola-opens-new-plant-in-mozambique/

 
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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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