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Crem unveils fully automatic coffee machine CL22

Crem International has launched latest addition to its professional coffee machine portfolio, the Spengler CL22. The Spengler CL22 features an intuitive 15” touch screen interface that focuses on the user by allowing them to customise their own drinks, as well as choose from a variety of coffee favourites. Backed up by Crem’s patented brewing technologies, the Spengler CL22 is said to be as smart as it is easy to use, thanks to its automatic mechanism. Allowing coffee quality to be further enhanced, the Spengler CL22 comes complete with two separate brewing systems: brewing and espresso. By adding these systems together along with two coffee grinders and a choice of two beans, operators are able to offer an enhanced cof¬fee experience at the touch of the screen. The filter coffee brewer is completely customisable, to allow the flavour profile of the coffee roast to be maximised. The brewer settings also allow for brewing strength and total in-cup volume adjust¬ment – with a maximum coffee dose of up to 14g per cup. The Spengler CL22 espresso system utilises the same method¬ology as a traditional espresso machine, but combines it with proprietary technology to provide a barista-quali¬ty espresso. With the Spengler CL22, operators can also easily manage and

control the machine’s hardware, stats, cleaning, maintenance and alerts. All settings are designed to allow the machine to be adapted to the location and user. Operators can also match the interface’s appearance to your decor or graphic profile. For nearly a century, Crem International has been developing, manufacturing and marketing coffee machines for a whole host of venues from offices, coffee shops, cafés, restaurants, catering, convenience stores and more, but now with The Spengler CL22, operators can achieve this in a whole new way.

Students compete to design

packaging of the future What will a sustainable packaging concept look like in 2030? There will be plenty of ideas at the Packaging Impact Design Award (PIDA), the international design competition arranged and hosted by BillerudKorsnäs. This year the brief encourages students to look to the future to create an innovative, functional and sustainable packaging concept to solve a problem of the future. Johanna Oderstad, Technical Sales Carton Solutions BillerudKorsnäs, said: “We have to start today if we want to find tomorrow’s solutions. Design for the future means to stop and think, question the way things are, identify problems and go to work to change things for the better. This year’s theme gives the students tons of opportunities to push the envelope of their creativity.” Consumers of today demand more of a package than

ever. They expect less plastic, unique design and sustainable solutions. 72% of all consumers say they are willing to pay more for a product packed in a sustainable way, according to a BillerudKorsnäs 2017 survey. The theme for this year’s PIDA is Bring the Future and the key word is “sustainability”. The Swedish part of PIDA will be held on May 22 in

Stockholm. Here, students from Germany will participate as well. PIDA France will be held on June 16 in Reims. For the first time this year, UK students have their own PIDA event – in Sheffield on June 4. And an international PIDA winner will be selected at the luxury packaging show Luxe Pack in Monaco on September 30.

Us cannabis-based drinks market to pass $1 billion in 2022

US sales of cannabis-based drinks jumped to $86 million in 2018, according to the new 2019 US CBD Drinks Report from food and drink experts Zenith Global and US industry newsletter Beverage Digest. The market is expected to rapidly achieve mass market appeal, surging to over $1.4 billion in 2023, even with some regulatory restrictions remaining. “Key growth drivers for CBD drinks include loosening regulatory implementation, investment by major brewers and innovation by

numerous start-ups,” commented Zenith Global chairman Richard Hall. “This has led to far greater awareness and availability.” “A cultural shift in consumption also contributes. Consumers increasingly look for natural products with health benefits and are

reducing their alcohol intake,” added Beverage Digest Executive Editor Duane Stanford. “CBD drinks are positioned as a potential aid for conditions from anxiety to muscle pain.” The United States, in particular, has been a hot spot for CBD drink innovation. The category received a potential boost in December with passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which removed hemp from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Cannabis has two main active constituents – CBD and THC. THC is the element that gives an emotional high and has not been licensed for consumer products. CBD, which is an abbreviation of cannabidiol, has some reported benefits and is in the process of gaining the necessary approvals for consumer products. The quantity of CBD in beverages varies from 2mg to 100mg per litre. The 2019 US CBD Drinks Report profiles more than 20 brands which span numerous segments such as soda, tea, cold brew coffee, shots, energy drinks, water (still, sparkling and flavored) and beer.

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