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12/2014 Public Final Presentation on the Study “Minimum Requirements for the Conduct of Beverage Packaging Life Cycle Assessments” for the German Environmental Agency
After over three years of working time the results of the study were presented to the public on December 12th, 2014 in Dessau. The new minimum requirements and quality standards developed by IFEU, GVM and Integrahl mainly concern the creators of beverage life cycle assessments supplied to the German Environmental Agency in the future. GVM especially contributed towards the topics beverage markets, choice of packaging and reference systems, packaging weights, trippage rates and distribution.

11/2014 10th Anniversary of IPI International Packaging Institute
GVM market researcher Anke Leighty was the key note speaker at the 10th anniversary of IPI on September 19th 2014 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, presenting: The packaging market – future impacts on packaging consumption.

10/2014 “Diversity instead of simplicity: How will our beer be packed in the future?”
GVM market analyst Alexander Reitz pondered this question in detail at the 2nd “brewer’s day” of the Baden-Wuerttembergian Brewer’s Association on October 7th in Stuttgart and presented trends, export structures and forecast scenarios for the German beer market.

09/2014 Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) publishes short report: MövE-quota still declining
The quota of reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging (MövE) dropped by 1,3 %-points compared to the preceding year and reached 47 % in 2012.
UBA has now released the results of the GVM Survey for the year 2012 (Texte-Reihe Nr. 66/2014).

06/2014 GVM figure on Günter Jauch’s show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”
During a celebrity special of the quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” football reporter Waldemar Hartmann was confronted with the following question: According to the German Federal Environmental Agency, an average of 76 of which of the following are used per person per year: A) chicken eggs B) sheets of toilet paper C) plastic shopping bags D) 1 liter cola bottles. The correct answer, which Waldemar Hartmann was able to provide with the assistance of an audience joker, was the number of plastic shopping bags, determined by GVM.

04/2014 ‘Graspable’ GVM projects
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04/2014 “Packaging Trends on the Beer Market”
Diverse packaging types compete for the favor of consumers on the German beer market. Trends in domestic sales, export and consumption preferences lead to lasting changes. Read the professional article by our colleague Alexander Reitz in BRAUWELT 15-16, 2014 edition or online. Further information and comprehensive data on the use of packaging for beer can be found in our annual Panel reports.

03/2014 Concept Study for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management GVM conducted a concept study for quota regulation. Its results were presented at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management to representatives of System Operators and the Austrian Economic Chambers on 4 March. The study created the definitional and methodological foundation for future quota studies under the amended Waste Management Act. Based on empirically determined quotas the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management can adopt a quota regulation which corrects the lump classification of packaging into domestic packaging or commercial packaging according to the Waste Management Act with the actual generation points.

02/2014 6.1 billion carrier bags in Germany
In 2012 stores issued a total of 6.1 billion plastic carrier bags to their customers. This information is the result of a study conducted by GVM on behalf of the BKV, HDE and IK. This is equivalent to 76 carrier bags per person per year and is well below the EU average of 198 carrier bags. As part of the dialogue event “Disposable Carrier Bags“, the Federal Environmental Agency provided the opportunity to present the results of the study. A summary can be found on the IK website and the full version can be purchased from the BKV.

01/2014 Sponsoring German Students’ Table Tennis Championships (DSM)
GVM will be one of the major sponsors for the 39th German National Students’ Table Tennis Championships (for students under 15) which will take place on the 15th and 16th March 2014 in Wiesbaden. “We are looking forward to this sports event and the opportunity to support the 48 best young players from all over Germany,” said CEO Jürgen Heinisch, himself a former table tennis player with the organizer TTC Rot-Weiss Biebrich. For further information on DSM go to:

09/2013 GVM at the first Company Run in Mainz
GVM was proud to present a team of 10 participants for the first Company Run in Mainz on 12 Sep. The 5 km circuit through the inner city of Mainz was mastered by the GVM team with great enthusiasm and lots of fun. One of the highlights was Alexander Reitz’ time of 21 minutes pushing him to a front position in a field of 4000 runners.

07/2013 “Eine Frage der Flasche” (“A matter of the bottle”)
This is the title of an article by Christine Stein, editor with the daily newspaper AZ Allgemeinen Zeitung Mainz about beverage packaging. She conducted an interview with GVM’s CEO Jürgen Heinisch. Read the article here.

07/2013 New GVM industry quotas are available
The latest GVM study on waste generation structure of industry sales packaging is now available.
The results of the study brought forth that for all product groups 10.9% of sales packaging from end consumers can be used in industry solutions.

01/2013 Recycling quota for packaging slightly decreasing
With the recycling results for packaging GVM has presented first results on the development of the recycling quota in 2011.
According to these results, the recycling quota for sales packaging is slightly decreasing in 2011.

11/2012 Federal Environmental Agency publishes GVM study “Volume and recovery of packaging waste in Germany in 2010”
According to EU Packaging Directive (94/62/EC) member states are obliged to annually report on consumption and recovery of packaging. The GVM study commissioned by the Federal Environmental Agency provides data for the year 2010. According to this data, 16 million tons of packaging was consumed in Germany, of which 13.45 million tons were recovered either inland or abroad. The full report can be downloaded from the Federal Environmental Agency website free of charge:

10/2012 New study: Market for paper compounds – including a forecast to 2016
Supply shortages, rising crude oil prices, declining margins and the increasingly demanding call for sustainability by commerce as well as consumers are forcing packaging manufacturers to develop creative solutions. The market for paper compounds is growing. The latest GVM study highlights current and future trends, analyses top-player strategies and provides specific recommendations for action. It can be ordered as of now and delivery will begin in the middle of November. You can download a short description here.

09/2012 GVM becomes a member of the German Packaging Institute (DVI)
By collaborating with the German Packaging Institute (DVI), GVM is taking another step towards networking. This membership offers us many new opportunities: diverse sources of information, exchanging of ideas regarding new trends in the industry and last but not least the chance to introduce our products and services. We are looking forward to the cooperation with the German Packaging Institute.

09/2012 “The raw materials supply is sprouting in the forest”: GVM article in the LZ
Just in time for the trade fair ‘Fachpack’ selected results from a study on paper compounds are introduced in an article in the ‘Lebensmittelzeitung’ (Food Magazine) (21 Sept. 2012 edition). GVM, in cooperation with consultants from sciendea+, analyzed the German market for paper compounds and provided an overview of current and future trends and structures. Sustainability, costs, barrier and print properties are key factors that influence market development. The focus is on the strategic evaluation of sub-markets from which options for market players are derived. The market analysis can be ordered from GVM as of the beginning of November.

03/2012 Presentation of distribution distances for reusable beer packaging
In a comprehensive professional article in the 09-10/12 edition of the BRAUWELT GVM presents the results from its study on distribution distances for reusable bottles. By using a new method it was possible to determine representative distances between breweries and households.

11/2011 UBA Project Update Life Cycle Assessments – GVM part the team
The study by the Environmental Agency “Checking and Updating of Life Cycle Assessments for Beverage Packaging” was awarded to the Ifeu, Heidelberg in early September. Ifeu will carry out the project in cooperation with GVM and Integrahl.
During the study, with an estimated time frame of 38 months, life cycle assessments are to be updated, and methodology checked and further developed. Representativeness is yet another key aspect. With its expertise GVM will contribute mostly regarding issues such as market importance of packaging systems, distribution and circulation times.

07/2011 Recycling bin: 1.3 million tons non-packaging of similar materials on the market
According to results provided by the Cyclos/HTP study 0.6 million tons of non-packaging of similar materials can be collected in a recycling bin. However, considerably more is introduced on the market: About 1.3 million tons and 0.96 million tons of this are plastics. Household goods and DIY goods are the groups with the highest volume of non-packaging of similar materials, together with 0.62 million tons they make up almost half of the market. This is demonstrated by data on market quantities for same material non-packaging, which GVM presented in a study.

05/2011 More understanding of the recycling bin
On March 30 the Federal Cabinet decided to introduce a nationwide, uniform recycling bin. Along with the contents of the previous “yellow bin” “non-packaging of similar materials” is now supposed to be collected as well. But what should be considered “non-packaging of similar materials”?
Our article in the Lebensmittelzeitung from 06, May 2011 tries to answer this question. Read it here and also download the goods grouping system according to GVM with examples of “same material non-packaging”.

05/2011 Outdated quota of GVM study “Out-of-home consumption” inadmissible as basis for industry solutions
Apparently some market participants are still using “quotas” derived from historic GVM studies regarding out-of-house consumption. GVM criticizes this dubious procedure. Read our statement here.

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