Interesting innovations on the processing and packaging side presented in Munich (from September 16-20) included a can with an integrated ‘pop out’ straw from Ball Packaging, and GEA’s new Craft-Star brewhouse targeting higher volume craft brewers.
One fifth of the show’s visitors represented the global dairy industry, which prompted Astley to note the trend towards value-added dairy-based drinks that are aseptically packaged.
“The industry’s moving from age-old core commodity products to high-protein products, flavored milks enriched with protein, etc.” Astley says.
*Ben Bouckley is editor of BeverageDaily.com; Mark Astley edits DairyReporter.com. The two sister sites are part of the William Reed Business Media group, whose other principle titles include FoodNavigator.com, NutraIngredients.com and The Grocer.