Tuttlingen (Germany) / November 14, 2023 – The culture associated with beer is evolving all the time. The brewing industry is getting redefined by current trends such as the interest shown by consumers in a wide variety of types of beer, examples being the seasonal, fruity and spiced kinds, as well as by much greater emphasis on sustainability. At the same time, high product quality, efficient bottling including an ultimately reliable marking system all remain central to the success of breweries, especially now that the popularity of international and exotic beers continues to intensify the competitive situation.

The challenges for filling and marking

To assure that ultimate standard of quality, precise filling is essential. This involves avoiding the wastage of energy and resources, prevention of rejects and the assurance of sustainable production. No other industry in the food manufacturing sector works at such high production speeds and filled receptacles per minute as the beverage industry. The flip side of this is that if even just one component on the entire production line stops working, even just for a few minutes, this can cause several thousand receptacles to be produced defectively, rendering them unusable. Selecting efficient filling and marking technology therefore becomes a decisive success factor.

Labels need to be applied precisely and products must be packaged safely. Correct marking is of decisive importance for identification and marketing purposes. Traceability through the precise numbering of batches and the application of a sell-by date make it possible to react rapidly to any quality problems that may occur, or to recalls. In this humid production environment, the IP65 standard is indispensable for the marking systems used, ensuring fault-free function and durability.

Variable codings used in the brewing industry

Legally required coding is divided into static and variable coding. Static coding includes the specification of nutritional values and allergies as well as producer details and QR codes for marketing purposes. Usually, these are indelibly pre-printed on the bottle label, the can or the packaging.

Variable coding is dynamic and ever-changing. Examples of this include information on the production date or the sell-by date, with details of the precise filling time or batch number(s). In contrast to static coding, the application of variable coding must be integrated into the production process and needs to be as economical as possible.

The two most commonly used marking systems in the brewing industry are CIJ and laser marking.

Laser technology

With laser printing, the type of laser system used depends on the packaging unit – i.e. aluminum cans or glass bottles. For bottle filling, printing is usually performed by a laser system with carbon dioxide (CO2) as the laser medium. In this case, printing is performed by ablating the surface on the paper label. The printing process on a can-filling line is completely different. When printing aluminum cans, the printing (ablation of the surface) is performed by a solid-state laser with a wavelength of about 1060 nm, usually on the bottom of the can. Due to the high speeds involved, laser marking systems in the higher power spectrum are frequently used (between 70W -120 W) in can and bottle filling operations.

Laser printing systems usually have low rates of downtime, they are well suited for high-speed production operations and no regular maintenance is required. Furthermore, laser systems do not require consumables. Disadvantages of this technology include significant safety issues, requiring more peripherals during integration and operation. Especially when printing aluminum cans because the uncontrolled combustion process involved in laser printing, combined with the ablated particles of aluminum, can form a flammable and explosive mixture. The vapors created by the laser printing process may be toxic and must be extracted through a supplementary extraction unit and neutralized by an activated carbon filter. It should also be borne in mind that, viewed over the long-term and depending on the type of laser used, the beam source usually needs to be refilled or replaced after a certain time in operation, which is a very costly process indeed. A significant aspect is the high acquisition costs, which are 2 to 4 times higher for a laser marking system compared to a CIJ marking system.


Inkjet printers, also known as continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers

CIJ technology is by far the marking technology in most widespread use around the world. There are good reasons for this. It is relatively inexpensive, suitable for universal use. It is flexible and can deliver the high printing speeds required on filling systems. CIJ printers are suitable for almost all surfaces, shapes and materials. Coding is contactless. Integration is simple, operation is safe for people and the environment and no protective devices are necessary. The inks are extremely fast drying and are suitable for almost all production environments and applications. Furthermore, CIJ inks provide strong adhesion, while also allowing for easy removal during the recycling phase. The importance of recycling, especially in today's context, and the advantages it brings to businesses are unquestionable. A major disadvantage of conventional CIJ printers and one well known to the market is that they need regular cleaning, not infrequently even at every start-up. The production line has to be stopped whenever this happens. This occurs because the ink in the systems dries up when they are not in use, clogging the lines. Downtimes and an unsightly print image after start-up are the result. But LEIBINGER proves that there is another way.

New marking alternative, one that combines the advantages of both technologies

This year, LEIBINGER has launched a new marking alternative IQJET. This does away with the disadvantages of conventional CIJ technology while combining the advantages of both technologies, specifically maximum availability, minimum maintenance cost, favorable investment costs and ease of integration.  In addition, this system embodies a clear focus on sustainability and the reduction of operating costs.

Maximum availability without failure-related downtime

Impeccable reliability and the prevention of malfunctions, especially in relation to the marking of products in the beverage industry, are immensely important qualities. The LEIBINGER IQJET was developed specifically to satisfy this aspiration. The two main differences to conventional CIJ printers are associated with the design of this product.

It is the automatic nozzle sealing technology in the IQJET, unique on this market, that delivers the required level of optimum reliability and seamless operation. This seals the ink circuit during breaks in printing, making it totally air-tight. This prevents the nozzle from clogging and the ink from drying out. The printer starts running immediately after being turned on again. This also avoids the cost of cleaning, preparation of the system and expensive downtime periods. The IQJET also continuously controls the temperature and viscosity of the ink, delivering consistently high print quality.

Another special feature of the IQJET is that it requires absolutely no maintenance during its first five years of operation. That makes it completely unique on the marking market and is a total innovation. This is achieved by the new and particularly robust product concept that is devised for maximum reduction in wear and durability.

Simple plug & print integration during operation

With the IQJET, LEIBINGER sets a new standard in relation to integration into production operations. The printer is equipped with a large number of interfaces including OPC UA and an integrated PLC (programmable logic controller) which means that it can be integrated quickly and easily in every filling plant.

Careful focus on low operating costs

This new printer also uses substantially less ink, solvent and power than conventional CIJ technologies. The scale of improvement can be illustrated effectively by taking a look at its use of solvent. During breaks in printing, the IQJET consumes no solvent at all, and it is the automatic nozzle sealing system which makes this possible. Solvents vaporized during the printing process are recovered and returned to the system. This results in lower emissions and a reduction of up to half in solvent consumption when compared to the systems of its competitors. The most noteworthy IQJET innovation in terms of energy consumption is the intelligent pump management system. With this system, the pumps no longer need to be operated continuously so they consume less energy and they also last longer. The IQJET is extremely energy efficient and on average makes do with a mere 36 watts.

Ink expertise as an important aspect of decisions about marking

The CIJ inks used in the brewing industry possess a range of properties, depending on their type of application. Excellent adhesion and resistance to condensation and humidity must be assured in all applications, regardless of whether the label is being printed directly onto glass, PET or aluminum. Even the direct coding of reusable packaging for glass products or reusable aluminum kegs which must be resistant to humidity but which it must be possible to wash off with lye, is applied with an appropriate special grade of ink. The LEIBINGER portfolio encompasses a broad range of inks to suit almost every material and application. This is also true of particularly challenging environmental conditions, such as the temperature fluctuations and high humidity levels on beverage filling lines. Application experts from LEIBINGER are there to advise customers on the most appropriate ink to use on their specific systems.   


Despite changing trends, safe and efficient marking remains a central feature of the brewing industry. The choice of the right technology plays a decisive role when it comes to tackling the challenges presented by filling systems. Efficient marking systems like the LEIBINGER IQJET provide maximum support in the achievement of sustainability objectives, productivity and the reduction of total operating costs. This is also confirmed by LEIBINGER customer Andreas Wölker, the Filling Manager at the Alpirsbacher Klosterbrauerei Glauner GmbH, a brewing company in Germany: “When we changed over to the LEIBINGER inkjet printer, the costs of care and maintenance reduced substantially. Even after breaks in production, this printer is ready for operation again very quickly. The reliability and quality of printing outcomes are very good”.



MONTREAL, Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Saputo Inc. (TSX: SAP) (we, Saputo or the Company) reported today its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2024, which ended on September 30, 2023. All amounts in this news release are in millions of Canadian dollars (CDN), except per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated, and are presented according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

“In the second quarter, our team successfully navigated an increasingly dynamic and competitive environment with agility, focus, and resilience. We improved our financial performance, further executed on our Global Strategic Plan, and continued to make progress toward the next inflection point in our strategic journey,” said Lino A. Saputo, Chair of the Board, President and CEO. “As we continue to weather the current landscape, we remain focused on our key priorities, including excellent commercial and operational execution and cost containment, as well as on the factors we can control, such as our consolidation and optimization initiatives, which are all fully on-track, both in terms of budget and schedule.”

Fiscal 2024 Second Quarter Financial Highlights

Revenues amounted to $4.323 billion, down $138 million or 3.1%.

Net earnings totalled $156 million, up from $145 million. Net earnings per share (EPS) (basic and diluted) were $0.37, up from $0.35.

Adjusted EBITDA1 amounted to $398 million, up $29 million or 7.9%.

Adjusted net earnings1 totalled $181 million, up from $151 million, and adjusted EPS1 (basic and diluted) were $0.43, up from $0.36.

  For the three-month periods ended September 30 For the six-month periods ended September 30

2023 2022 2023 2022
Revenues 4,323 4,461 8,530 8,788
Adjusted EBITDA1 398 369 760 716
Net earnings 156 145 297 284
Adjusted net earnings1 181 151 335 294
Basic 0.37 0.35 0.70 0.68
Diluted 0.37 0.35 0.70 0.68
Adjusted EPS1        
Basic 0.43 0.36 0.79 0.70
Diluted 0.43 0.36 0.79 0.70

Increased adjusted EBITDA1 reflected a continued solid performance in the Canada Sector and a significant improvement in the USA Sector, while results in the Europe Sector and the International Sector were lower.

Domestic sales volumes were higher and USA Market Factors2 had a positive impact on adjusted EBITDA1.

Export sales volumes were lower due to softening of the global demand for dairy products and lower international cheese and dairy ingredient market prices negatively impacted our revenues and adjusted EBITDA1.

Continued focus on long-term strategic priorities and progression of major capital projects.

The Board of Directors approved a dividend of $0.185 per share payable on December 15, 2023, to shareholders of record on December 5, 2023.

1 This is a total of segments measure, a non-GAAP financial measure, or a non-GAAP ratio. These measures and ratios do not have a standardized meaning under IFRS. Therefore, they are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. See the “Non-GAAP Measures” section of this news release for more information, including the definition and composition of the measure or ratio as well as the reconciliation to the most comparable measure in the primary financial statements, as applicable. Adjusted net earnings and adjusted EPS for comparative periods were aligned to meet the current presentation.
2 Refer to the "Glossary" section of the Management's Discussion and Analysis. 


We expect to benefit from the carryover impact of price increases, additional capacity and capabilities, cost containment and efficiency initiatives, new product innovations, and investments in our brands and advertising.

We expect near-term inflation on our overall input costs to moderate, but to remain at elevated levels. We will continue to manage the current inflationary environment through our pricing protocols and cost containment measures.

A more stabilized workforce, fewer supply chain constraints, and the acceleration of our productivity and operational improvement projects are expected to further enhance our ability to service customers, particularly in the USA Sector.

Global demand for dairy products is expected to remain moderate due to macroeconomic conditions and the impact of pricing elasticity.

The outlook for USA Market Factors2 remains mixed. Management believes that the long-term environment is likely to be relatively supportive for commodity prices but with continued volatility in the short to medium-term.

The International Sector and the Europe Sector are expected to be negatively impacted by lower cheese and dairy ingredient prices.

The Europe Sector is expected to be impacted by the selling of inventory produced at higher milk prices.

Capital expenditures are expected to remain at similar levels versus last fiscal year, driven by Global Strategic Plan optimization and capacity expansion initiatives, as well as continued investments in automation.

We expect strong operating cash flow to continue to support a balanced capital allocation strategy and provide the financial flexibility to consider value-enhancing opportunities, with priority given to: (i) organic growth initiatives through capital expenditures, (ii) shareholder dividends, and (iii) debt repayments.


Following the start-up of our recently converted state-of-the-art goat cheese manufacturing facility in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, we announced on November 2, 2023, the permanent closure of our Lancaster, Wisconsin, facility. We intend to transition production from our Lancaster facility to Reedsburg, along with that of our facility in Belmont, Wisconsin, the closure of which was previously announced. The Lancaster and Belmont facilities are expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2024.

Costs related to the Lancaster facility closure will be approximately $6 million after taxes, which include a non-cash fixed assets write-down of approximately $4 million after taxes. These costs will start to be recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2024. Approximately 100 employees will be impacted by the Lancaster facility closure. Impacted employees will be offered the opportunity to relocate to other Saputo facilities and, if no positions are available, they will be provided with severance and outplacement support.

As part of the optimization roadmap in Australia, we will commence a review and evaluation of strategic alternatives related to our King Island facility in Tasmania. We intend to keep the operations running at regular capacity while we assess possible future scenarios for the facility.


The Saputo Promise is our approach to social, environmental, and economic performance which guides our everyday actions and consists of seven Pillars: Food Quality and Safety, Our People, Business Ethics, Responsible Sourcing, Environment, Nutrition, and Community. It is an integral part of our business and a key component of our growth. As we seek to create shared value for all our stakeholders, it provides a framework that ensures we manage ESG risks and opportunities successfully across our operations globally.

Anchored in the most pressing ESG issues for our business, our three-year plan (FY23-FY25) builds on the momentum of the past few years and continues to drive, enable, and sustain our growth.

Highlights for the first half of fiscal 2024 include:


We were recognized as one of the World's Top Companies for Women by Forbes magazine for a second year in a row.

We completed the deployment of our Mental Health First Aider Program across all our divisions.


We made strides in our Environmental Pledges by completing five capital projects designed to reduce our carbon, energy, and water footprint.

We were rewarded for our efforts in sustainable packaging, winning ‘Flexible Plastic Pack of the Year’ at the UK Packaging Awards 2023 for our new Cathedral City grated cheese packaging in partnership with Amcor.


We invested in six additional projects as part of our Saputo Legacy Program, supporting the improvement of local sport and health amenities to help families lead a more active lifestyle.

We expanded our Volunteer Time Off Program across all divisions, allowing our employees to give back to their community by providing them paid time off to volunteer with eligible non-profit organizations.


On November 9, 2023, Mr. Victor Crawford and Mr. Stanley Ryan were appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

"I am pleased to welcome two new independent members to our Board of Directors, adding to the depth and diversity of skills and experience of our Board. Victor has vast experience in the food and beverage industry, logistics and supply chain management, and brings valuable insights in consumer retail to the Board. Stanley has extensive leadership experience across a range of operationally intensive multinational businesses in multiple geographies, particularly in the international commodities markets. Their leadership will be a valuable asset to the Board and our entire Company as we continue to focus on our Global Strategic Plan and our Saputo Promise.”
            —Lino A. Saputo, Chair of the Board, President and CEO

Mr. Crawford has held executive positions at several companies in the food and beverage, hospitality, and healthcare services industries. He was Chief Executive Officer, Pharmaceutical Segment, of Cardinal Health, Inc. from 2018 until 2022, and Group President and Chief Operating Officer at Aramark Corporation from 2012 to 2018. Mr. Crawford also held senior management positions at PepsiCo, Inc. and Marriott International Inc. between 1990 and 2012. Mr. Crawford began his career with roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Federal-Mogul Corporation. Mr. Crawford earned his degree in accounting from Boston College in 1983. Mr. Crawford is a director of The Hershey Company, where he also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and The National Urban League, where he serves as Chair of the Programs, Policy, Justice, and Communication Committee.

Mr. Ryan served as President and CEO of Darigold, a U.S.-based dairy cooperative, from 2016 until 2022. From 1989 until 2014, he served in several executive and general management roles for Cargill Inc. in the USA, South America, Europe, Australia, and China. In 2015, he served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Bulk Shipping. Mr. Ryan earned his MBA and both a degree and MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago in 1989, as well as a degree in Economics & Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame in 1984. Mr. Ryan is director and Chairman of the Board of Pacific Basin Shipping Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Mr. Crawford will sit on the Company’s Audit Committee while Mr. Ryan will sit on the Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee. Both are independent directors.

Additional Information

For more information, reference is made to the condensed interim consolidated financial statements, the notes thereto and to the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the second quarter of fiscal 2024. These documents can be obtained on SEDAR+ under the Company’s profile at and in the “Investors” section of the Company’s website, at

Webcast and Conference Call

A webcast and conference call will be held on Friday, November 10, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)

The webcast will begin with a short presentation followed by a question and answer period. The speakers will be Lino A. Saputo, Chair of the Board, President and CEO, and Maxime Therrien, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary.

To participate:

Webcast :
Presentation slides will be included in the webcast and can also be accessed in the “Investors” section of Saputo's website (, under “Calendar of Events”.

Conference line (audio only): 1-800-940-2599 Please dial-in five minutes prior to the start time.

Replay of the conference call and webcast presentation
For those unable to join, the webcast presentation will be archived on Saputo’s website ( in the “Investors” section, under “Calendar of Events”. A replay of the conference call will also be available until Friday, November 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (ET) by dialling 1-800-558-5253 (ID number: 22028268).



Richmond, B.C. (Nov. 9, 2023) — WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and workers about new return-to-work requirements taking effect next year.

Starting Jan. 1, 2024, employers and workers will be required to cooperate in a worker’s timely and safe return to work after an injury. Additionally, employers with more than 20 workers will have a legal duty to maintain a worker's employment.  

Duty to cooperate 

The duty to cooperate creates mutual obligations for employers and workers to cooperate with each other and with WorkSafeBC. The primary goal is to identify and make suitable work available to workers in a timely and safe manner following an injury.   

Employers and workers will be required to maintain communication, identify suitable work for the worker, provide WorkSafeBC with information to support return-to-work efforts, and complete other related tasks that WorkSafeBC may require. 

The duty to cooperate applies to all employers and workers, regardless of company size, and applies to claims with injury dates from Jan. 1, 2022, onwards.  

Duty to maintain employment 

Employers with 20 or more workers who have employed an injured worker for at least one year before their injury are obligated to maintain that worker's employment.  

Employers will be required to make any changes necessary to the work or workplace to accommodate an injured worker unless the changes create an undue hardship for the employer. If the worker cannot perform their pre-injury job, but is otherwise fit to work in another capacity, the employer must offer the first suitable work that becomes available. 

The duty to maintain employment will apply to claims with injury dates from July 1, 2023, onwards. 


Many employers recognize the importance of workers returning to work and are already engaged in effective practices. Recent amendments to the Workers Compensation Act formalize these obligations. However, in cases where employers face challenges in complying with these obligations, WorkSafeBC will engage with them to address issues and offer support. In rare cases, further escalation or penalties may be required, in accordance with the legislation.  

If workers fail to comply with the new legislation, their wage loss benefits may be reduced or suspended.  

Information sessions

To help employers understand the new requirements, an employer information session is being held virtually on Nov. 16, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Information and registrationis available at  

Additional information sessions are being planned for workers and health care providers.  


Employers: Duty to cooperate and duty to maintain employment

Workers: Duty to cooperate and duty to maintain employment

Employer Info Session - Duty to Cooperate and Duty to Maintain Employment.



Herndon, VA; November 9, 2023 – Packaging and processing companies seeking to share their latest machinery, materials, and innovations with the growing manufacturing industry in the southeast, can now sign up to exhibit at PACK EXPO Southeast, which will debut in spring 2025 in Atlanta (March 10-12; Georgia World Congress Center).

The newest show in the PACK EXPO portfolio, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will offer solutions to address the packaging and processing needs of southeast manufacturers in over 40 vertical markets.

“PMMI sees a great opportunity to offer the first comprehensive packaging and processing trade show to service the southeast region. This region has shown favorable growth in several manufacturing sectors, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medicine, aerospace products and parts, textile products, and medical equipment and supplies,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “PACK EXPO Southeast in Atlanta is the perfect location to focus on targeted opportunities in this robust market, which is home to some of the top manufacturing companies.”

Located within driving distance of key manufacturing cities, PACK EXPO Southeast will harness all the power of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, directed at the strong southeast market.

“PACK EXPO Southeast 2025 is a must-attend event for companies that want to make key connections with buyers in this growing region,” says Laura Thompson, vice president, trade shows.

“In keeping with our PACK EXPO brand, it also offers attendees the chance to see innovation in action for over 40 vertical markets and the latest solutions to some of their critical manufacturing needs.”

Excitement around the new show is building in the packaging and processing industry, and suppliers identify convenience, growth opportunities, and PACK EXPO’s comprehensive offerings as just a few reasons to look forward to its Southeast debut.

“Every PACK EXPO is critical to the growth of our business, so we couldn’t be more excited to experience all the show has to offer in Atlanta,” says Allison Wagner, business strategy manager, Morrison Container Handling Solutions. “With the market expansions that are happening in the southeast, it makes so much sense to bring all the benefits of PACK EXPO to Atlanta so we can connect directly with customers. We’re looking forward to a successful first show in Atlanta in 2025!”

Holly Dillon, sales manager, Unitronics, also is anticipating PACK EXPO Southeast in Atlanta. She says, “The PMMI shows historically have provided us with great quality leads that convert to long-lasting customers. We’ve been exhibiting with PMMI for more than a decade. Very few shows bring the volume and quality of exhibitors, which PMMI brings to the table.”

Exhibitors have already begun signing up, including Wisconsin-based manufacturer Multi-Conveyor LLC.

“Multi-Conveyor is energized to be exhibiting at the premiere of PACK EXPO Southeast in Atlanta 2025,” says Cheryl Miller, director of marketing, Multi-Conveyor. “This event will undeniably be the most convenient, cohesive means for our southeast regional customers and partner businesses to locally witness our latest technologies ‘live’ on the show floor and meet one-on-one with Multi-Conveyor’s team. Win, Win, and WIN!”

Request information and learn more at, or contact Daniel Smith, exhibit sales manager, or Patrick Bradley, national accounts manager, at

Attendee registration for PACK EXPO Southeast 2025 will open November 2024.



(UPM, Helsinki, 8 November 2023 at 11:00 EET) – UPM Specialty Papers is responding to the growing pet food market’s need to transform traditional packaging solutions by offering paper-based alternatives for plastics and packages that contain soon to be phased out PFAS chemicals.

PFAS chemicals, also known as forever chemicals, are often used to achieve grease resistance that is an important requirement for pet food packaging. However, PFAS chemicals are harmful to health, and are therefore being phased out with regulation. For example, the upcoming EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) is expected to prohibit companies from bringing packaging products containing PFAS chemicals to the market.

“As PFAS chemicals are expected to be banned in the EU, UPM Specialty Papers can support converters and brand owners in this change. UPM’s barrier papers can achieve excellent grease resistance without the use of PFAS chemicals,” says Kalle Luomi, Senior Manager, Product Stewardship, UPM Specialty Papers.

Depending on customer requirements, the company offers a wide range of packaging papers for pet food packaging. One example is the UPM Asendo™ Pro barrier paper that combines recyclability and grease resistance with excellent print properties.

UPM Specialty Papers and partners in the packaging value network can also together co-create packaging solutions that help customers meet their goals such as food safety, recyclability, and other needs. For example, strength is also a necessary feature for pet food packaging that not only needs to endure logistics but also contents that weigh up to 20 kg.

“Great packaging protects what is being sold, but it also sells the product it protects,” Marco Tramontano, Sales Director, UPM Specialty Papers says. “People love their pets: they want to know that their best friend gets the same quality that they do. That’s why we are pleased to offer pet food brands food-safe packaging that also ensures the shelf appeal of their products – and reduces plastic.”

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