Drinketc Offers Technology Trends, Competitions,
Organizers of Drinktec
2005, to be held Sept. 12-17 in Munich,
Germany, report that top-level experts from around the world will use the
forum to speak about current themes in the beverages and liquid-food
industry. Included in the line-up will be “A World of Variety”
– Innovations and Trends in the Sector of Non-Alcoholic Beverages,
focusing on innovation in the non-alcoholic beverage sector. Hosted by
UNESDA (European Non Alcoholic Beverages Association) and ICBA
(International Council of Beverages Associations) the conference will
include a presentation by Dominique Reiniche, president of The Coca-Cola
Co.’s European Union Group.
On the packaging front, several conference programs
will discuss options available to beverage manufacturers. The show will
host a wine panel discussion on “Closures for wine bottles —
cork or glass?” The session will feature representatives of each
material to present the benefits of their products, and an experienced
practitioner to discuss the advantages and disadvantages from a user and
marketing point of view.
The PET World Congress will be held in conjunction
with Drinktec, offering experts from all areas of the PET industry to talk
about developments in marketing strategies, the requirements of global
retail chains and the design and selection of the right PET bottle for
hot-fill and aseptically filled drinks.
And not to be outdone, the Aseptic Filling Conference
will cover the demand for drinks such as fruit juices, flavored waters and
dairy products with more sophisticated aseptic technologies.
For more information on Drinktec, visit drinktec.de. BI
Calling all brewers
The Brewing Industry International Awards, to be held
in conjunction with Drinktec 2005, have announced their call for entries.
Brewers wishing to submit products for judging during the competition have
a deadline of August 12 to be considered in the competitions. Organizers
expect more than 80,000 visitors to have free access to the competitions
hall to observe the judging in progress and to blind sample some of the
The competition is structured in nine broad
categories, with the return of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers to the
competition this year (two classes will include non-alcohol brews from
0-1.1 percent ABV and Low-Alcohol, 1.2-2.4 percent ABV). Changes also have
been made to the dark beer category, with the addition of two small-pack
In all, 81 gold, silver and bronze awards will be
given in 27 classes of beer, and nine champion beers will be selected.
During last year’s competition, 822 beers were entered by breweries
in a record 48 countries.
Organizers of the awards say they expect the
competition to return to the United Kingdom in the fall of 2007 and they
are exploring the possibility of co-locating with Drinktec in 2009 based on
this year's event.
Entry forms and full details of class structure and
rules can be found on the Brewing Awards Web site at brewingawards.org, or
interested brewers can contact Brewing Technology Services Ltd. at 44 (0)