Since the beginning of 2022, 17 companies from Germany, Europe and Asia joined the VLB members network.
Herco Wassertechnik, Freiberg am Neckar, Germany
Founded in 1947, the company plans and designs water treatment plants with a focus on membrane technology (reverse osmosis and ultrapure water plants). In addition, classic plants for applications such as softening, filtration, dosing and storage are also realised. In addition to the pharmaceutical industry and medical technology, the company also has many years of experience in the food and beverage industry and has been part of the Belgian Pollet Water Group since 2006. The Herco brand stands for quality "Made in Germany".
Carl Kühne KG, Hamburg, Germany
Founded in 1722 in Berlin, Carl Kühne KG is one of the best-known and oldest food producers in Germany. The tenth-generation family business sees itself as a "veggie company" - long before this became a trend. The product portfolio includes pickles, vinegars, dressings, cabbage, kraut, barbecue sauces, mustard, snacks and more. In addition to its headquarters in Hamburg, Kühne operates five production sites in Germany and others in France, Poland and Turkey. Kühne is particularly interested in working on the VLB specialist committee for logistics.
SIDEL, Octeville-sur-Mer, France
Sidel is one of the world's leading suppliers of packaging solutions for food, beverages, household and hygiene products. Founded more than 170 years ago, the portfolio includes filling and labelling lines, stretch blow moulding machines, material handling technology up to complete lines with solutions for Industry 4.0. With the VLB membership, Sidel is particularly interested in participating in the Technical-Scientific Committee, area of plants, packaging and operating technology.
BRÄUGIER Craft GmbH, Berlin, Germany
The Bräugier Craft Brewery in Berlin was founded in 2017 by US American Brian Trauth and brewing and beverage technologist Johannes Dunkel. Under the motto "Brew beer. Enjoy beer. Improve beer. Study beer", they produce confident, great-tasting beers of high craft quality. Bräugier now runs two taprooms in Berlin-Friedrichshain and Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. In the latter, the beers are also developed and produced in their own microbrewery.
Konvoy, London, UK
Konvoy is all about stainless steel kegs. The company was founded in 2019 in Australia, where it says it has become the leading provider of keg pooling and tracking solutions in the brewing and beverage industry. In mid-2022, Konvoy expanded to Europe and aims to establish its innovative service offering there as well, ranging from short and long-term rental to maintenance and repair to sophisticated tracking applications.
Brew-Food A/S, Helsingör, Denmark
Brew-Food ApS is a young Danish start-up company. Founded in 2021 by Hermann Hambach, Brew-Food offers a new solution for producing alcohol-free beers. The target group is craft brewers and small and medium-sized breweries between 500 hl and 200,000 hl that are not willing or able to invest in their own dealcoholisation plant. The process conforms to the German Purity Law and is said to be superior to classic methods and easy to integrate into the production process at competitive operating costs. The beers produced should convince with real beer taste.
DSM Food Specialties, Delft, The Netherlands
DSM is a global, science-based company specialising in nutrition, health and sustainable living. Applications cover dairy, bakery, plant-based proteins, food and beverages, among others. For breweries, DSM offers supportive enzymes for raw fruit processing, beer stabilisation and brewhouse yield optimisation.
Luhe Minerals, Winsen/Luhe, Germany
Luhe Minerals GmbH specialises in the trade and distribution of minerals and products in the field of filtration and functional fillers for the beverage industry. The experts in the Food & Beverage sector have many years of experience and a technical background in the brewing industry, oenology and the chemical industry. The company's portfolio includes diatomaceous earth, perlite and cellulose products.
Renault Trucks Deutschland, Ismaning, Germany
French truck manufacturer Renault Trucks has been providing sustainable mobility solutions since 1894 - from light commercial vehicles to tractor units. Renault Trucks is strongly committed to the energy transition and produces commercial vehicles with controlled fuel consumption as well as a complete range of 100% electric trucks. The closed-loop concept applied here allows for an extended operating life. Renault Trucks is part of the Volvo Group and also offers complete financing and service solutions.
Thai Spirit Industries/Udomkati Brewhouse, Thailand
Thai Spirit Industry Co. Ltd. was founded in 2003 and initially specialised in the production of fruit wine-based mixed drinks. In 2019, the company, which is located around 60 km east of Bangkok, also entered the beer business and commissioned a brewery with a 50-hl brewhouse at the site. Craft beers in particular are produced there using the contract brewing method. Brewery training courses have already been held there together with the VLB.
BarthHaas UK, Kent, UK
BarthHaas, headquartered in Nuremberg, is a leading global supplier of hop products and hop-related services. The eighth-generation family business has been a member of VLB Berlin for many decades. Now the subsidiary from England has also become a member and would like to play a greater role in the TWA's Production & Brewing Technology Committee.
FILTROX AG, based in St. Gallen/Switzerland, is a leading global provider of solutions for the depth filtration of liquids. Founded in 1938, the family-owned company now employs 280 people worldwide and has subsidiaries in 10 countries. Since 2012, the company has again focused purely on filter materials and media-carrying equipment. The focus is on the pharmaceutical, biotech, cosmetics, beverage, food and catering industries. An important motive for the VLB membership was the cooperation in the Technical-Scientific Committee of VLB.
Hanuman Beverages, Cambodia
Hanuman Beverages Co Ltd. is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The family-owned company is convinced of Cambodia's continued positive development and, according to its own information, has invested around US$ 160 million in the construction of a new, sustainable brewery in Phnom Penh. VLB is supporting the project. More info see also our News
Brennerei Betz, Waldstetten, Germany
VLB 2022 also welcomed a new member from the spirits sector: the Betz distillery from Waldstetten in Baden-Württemberg. Founded in 1895, the manufactory is now run by the fourth generation of the Betz family. The company is characterised by an exclusive range of whisky, gin, vodka and in-house noble spirits as well as liqueurs from the wooden barrel. In addition, the portfolio of fine distillates is rounded off with a wide range of delicatessen food.
PRECOGIT, Regensburg, Germany
PRECOGIT GmbH, based in Regensburg, is a young company with extensive experience in the industry. The focus is on the digitalisation of the process industry with special attention to the brewing and beverage industry. The aim is to reduce consulting costs and implementation time with forward-thinking solutions based on SAP technology.
Fuerst Wiacek Brewery, Berlin, Germany
The Berlin craft brewery FUERST WIACEK become a VLB member in March 2022. Founded in 2016, the company sees itself as an adventurous, experimental and modern brewery. After its beginnings on a small scale, its own new brewing facility in Berlin-Siemensstadt was commissioned in 2021.
FUERST WIACEK does not operate its own taproom and is available in numerous bars, restaurants and specialist shops. In addition, the dynamic product portfolio, which is mainly offered in cans, is sold via the company's own web shop. Incidentally, the name of the brewery is derived from the names of the two founders and managing directors Lukasz Wiacek and Georg Fürst.
Swisslog, Essen, Germany
As a global company with Swiss roots, Swisslog is one of the leading companies for logistics automation. The company, which is part of the KUKA Group, employs around 2100 people worldwide. Its products include future-proof, individual warehouse automation solutions for the brewing and beverage industry. The focus is on the efficient handling of increasingly dynamic and small product lines. The German branch in Essen has been a VLB supporting member since April 2022.