With the Catalan government’s urgent call to help save the cacaolat, two companies have stepped up to revive the brand and much more through technological transformation. By Martin Popp, Krones

Headquartered in Neutraubling, Germany, Krones Group, a manufacturer of lines for filling beverages in plastic and glass bottles or beverage cans, has converted its representative office in Ho Chi Minh City and branch office in Hanoi, Vietnam, into a subsidiary known as Krones Vietnam Company Limited.

Family-owned Philippine Spring Water Resources Incorporated desired to upgrade the quality of their iced tea by removing preservatives, and found a safe and green solution through aseptic cold filling with Krones' Contiform AsepBloc. By Peter Buchhauser, head of sales South East Asia/Pacific Region, Krones AG

Recycling polyethylene terephthalate pet plastics is not new, and most end up as non-food grade pet, such as in china where they are processed into textile fibres or other utility items. However, there is an increasing opportunity for the food and beverage industry to benefit from this too as food grade packaging materials can be made from recycled pet. One such method for this is through a bottle to bottle recycling process. By Dr Thomas Friedlaender, Krones AG

In one of the biggest-ever investment projects in the company’s history, Coca-Cola Amatil is currently changing all its plants to in-house PET-container production, rendering itself independent of converters. The company will be installing over 30 blow-moulder/filler monoblocs from 2007 to 2015, bringing concomitant benefits for both the company’s cost structure and the natural environment. By Peter Buchhauser, Krones

Beverages featuring fruit chunks are regarded as important drivers of the growth of the fruit juice segment. However, the ‘delicate’ ingredients require care during bottling and pose a challenge that Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia must overcome to gain a foothold in this merging market. By Jürgen Kraatz, sales manager, Krones

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