By Paul Vigna
ConeTech, a 2020 WINnovation Award winner
“Low and no” are shorthand for one of the beverage industry’s most pronounced trends, a worldwide shift toward low- and nonalcoholic wine and beer.
Pushed by everything from health trends and medical findings to generational changes, alcohol consumption internationally dropped 1.6% in 2018, according to the International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR), and shows no sign of slowing. That will continue to impact sales, with a Global Market Insights report predicting that the market for non-alcoholic beer and wine in North America will grow from about $20 million in 2018 to an estimated $80 million by 2025 and global sales to reach over $34 billion.
Meeting this demand from producers for high-quality nonalcoholic beverage has been ConeTech, a member of the Advanced Beverage Technologies family of companies. Its GoLo technology – a marriage of ConeTech’s proficiency in low temperature distillation (VLTD) and the engineering and distillation expertise of Logichem in South
Africa – enables the dealcoholization of beverages to 0.05% abv and allows in a single pass the recovery and retention of 100% of the product’s original aromas and flavor compounds. While raising the bar in terms of offering beverage producers affordable, energy-efficient adaptive technology, it has earned a 2020 WINnovation Award, which ConeTech CEO Jerome Nathan says recognizes his team’s “continued focus on innovation and premium quality flavor and alcohol management process and programs,” while helping to spread the word to winemakers and brewers about what this technology can achieve.
“Our excitement is also due in part to the timing of this recognition, which not only coincides with ABT’s recent rollout of GoLo in North America but also with the rapidly growing trend of products whose quality will be enhanced by this new technology,” Nathan says, “including low alcohol / low-calorie lifestyle wines and beers and no-alcohol wines and beers.”
GoLo is not the first to feature a way to capture the aroma’s and compounds, says Jessica Smith, an enologist and director of operations for ConeTech. But what it does do is offer this ability with greater efficiency by eliminating multiple moving parts, giving a higher rate of recovery for wines and making the machine more cost-effective.
While the first GoLo was commercialized in South Africa in 2015, this current model was released four years later. Among its selling points, it offers:
- A single pass process to remove essence, dealcoholize and rectify the alcohol.
- Improved analytics of the finished dealcoholized wine, reducing finishing work necessary to produce quality low- and no-alcohol beverages.
- Improved utility utilization, no waste stream, small footprint, and a low…