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Carlsberg Italia introducing a sustainable innovation: Modular 20

Last Sept.28th, Carlsberg Italia has unveiled in Milan- Italy, an innovative technology that will revolutionize the distribution of beer in the Ho.Re.Ca business.  It is called Modular 20 and allows you to tap your beer without using the traditional carbon dioxide tank, with no loss in taste and froth compactness. In addition, the beer is no longer contained in traditional steel drums, but in fully recyclable PET containers – designed and manufactured by Carlsberg – less bulky and lighter to be transported. The beer keeps the its natural level of carbon dioxide, it is easier to be tapped  and, once the container has been opened, its excellent quality lasts up to 31 days.

This new system was presented at the Carlsberg Drink Different area, the first temporary shop of the Danish brand – now closed. The conference, chaired by the Italian journalist Alessandro Cecchi Paone, was attended by the CEO of Carlsberg Italy, Alberto Frausin, by Fabio Iraldo, Research Director at the Institute of Economics and Politics of Energy and
Environment (Iefe) at the Bocconi University, Cosimo Finzi, a researcher at AstraRicerche,  and Luca Giaccone, editor of the Guida alle Birre d’Italia (Italy’s Beer Guide) of Slow Food.

According to studies conducted by the Bocconi University, PET containers, compared to steel ones, reduce energy use by 21%, gas emissions by 28% and even the hazardous waste generated is 47% less than that one created in the manufacturing process of steel containers. If the quantity of total Carlsberg beer distributed in 2010 was conveyed in Modular 20 containers, the energy saved would be equivalent to that required for illuminate a stadium for 2,696 football matches. The benefits are significant, to which we must add that PET containers are recyclable, speed up the service, improve logistics and the handling of shipments.

With Modular 20,  Carlsberg Italy is the first beer company worldwide to have achieved the Environmental Product Declaration, ranked now first in the sector thanks to this  sustainable innovation. (Source: Greennews.info)

Social responsibility, food and Government: the responsibility deal

The responsibility deal signed by the UK governement, backed by 170 companies such as Tesco, Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Carlsberg and Mars and Diageo, is going to rise a lot of controversy for a long time.

A key pledge outlined in the deal is the development of a new sponsorship code on responsible drinking while McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and KFC have agreed to place calories on their menus from September this year.

Other pledges include:
– Reducing salt in food so people eat 1g less per day by the end of 2012
– Removal of artificial trans-fats by the end of the year
– Rolling out Change4Life branding to 1,000 convenience stores

Achieving clear unit labelling on more than 80% of alcohol by 2013 is also pledged but this was a commitment made last year by drinks brands under work initiated by the last government.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘Public health is everyone’s responsibility and there is a role for all of us, working in partnership, to tackle these challenges.’ He claimed that regulation is ‘costly and is often only determined at an EU-wide level anyway’.

ISBA’s director of public affairs Ian Twinn also adds “It has also been inclusive – businesses have volunteered to reinforce public health through their product development and marketing and health pressure groups have pledged to contribute through their campaigning activities.

The responsibility deal seems a great step toward the introduction of a more socially responsible fast-food industry, but not all the companies do have the same advise. Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia and Strada are expected to follow Subway and PizzaExpress by not signing up to the government’s health initiative. Subway, which already provides calorie counts on in-store posters, said the scheme was unsuitable for its stores. It is conducting a trial intended to establish the most effective way of displaying the information.

Meanwhile, a PizzaExpress source argued that displaying calorie levels is not consumer-friendly and clutters its menus.

One factor that will no doubt deter businesses, particularly smaller inde-pendents, is the costs involved. London restaurant chain The Real Greek says that, on average, it costs about £100 to test and certify each dish.

Being one of the first to make a move has its risks, not least the fear of being criticized in the press for selling high-calorie-content food. On the other side, being part of a movement that gives consumers greater transparency can deliver positive press coverage.

Toby Southgate, managing director of branding agency The Brand Union, believes the risks are worth taking. ‘Those brands that adopt early could win out, provided they handle the move carefully,’ he says.

Southgate cites McDonald’s, which has made efforts to ‘re-educate’ its con-sumers about healthier eating, arguing that disclosing calories on its menu board could provide incentive to consumption. (Source: BrandRepublic)