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BASF at Brau Beviale in Nuremberg


* Environment friendly beer filtration with Crosspure®: established on commercial scale for the first time
* Eco-Efficiency Analysis confirms Crosspure’s cost effectiveness and benefits for the environment
* New Divergan ® package design makes transport easier

Clear, pure beverages are popular with consumers; therefore clarification and separation are very important parts of the production process. Beer contains proteins and polyphenols stemming from malt and hops. Depending on the concentration, they can quickly form complexes that make beer cloudy and affect the taste.

The BASF products Divergan and Crosspure bind haze-active polyphenols during beer production, providing long-term stability and clarity without changing the taste. Crosspure, however, is simultaneously used for the removal of yeast and can replace diatomaceous earth.

BASF is showcasing the company’s extensive filter aid expertise at Booth 7-204, Hall 7 at the Brau Beviale trade fair in Nuremberg (Nürnberg) from November 10-12.

Crosspure: First-time use on commercial scale established

Crosspure is the environment friendlier alternative to diatomaceous earth for beer production because Crosspure is regenerable and suitable for use in existing filtration plants with only minor adjustments. Insoluble Crosspure is removed completely from the beer after filtration, regenerated and reused, whereas diatomaceous earth requires disposal after use. The filtration aid is now in use on commercial scale for the first time globally. Welde brewery in Plankstadt, Germany successfully switched their entire production process to Crosspure in July 2010 and will use it to filter about 100,000 hectoliters of beer every year. Various other breweries are still in the process of trialing the cost efficient 2-in-1 solution.

Eco-Efficiency Analysis confirms Crosspure’s cost effectiveness and environment benefits

Apart from cutting costs for beer manufacturers, Crosspure has a significantly lower environmental impact than established production methods. A recent Eco-Efficiency Analysis on beer filtration and stabilization validated in a DEKRA report gives evidence for this. Eco-Efficiency Analysis is a TÜV-certified method that simultaneously looks at a product’s cost effectiveness alongside its environmental impact. The method covers the entire life-cycle of a product covering raw material sourcing, manufacture, use, and disposal. Eco-Efficiency Analysis shows Crosspure to be significantly more eco-efficient than filtration by diatomaceous earth or a membrane system. The Crosspure method generates significantly less waste than the diatomaceous earth system. Another plus is the substantially lower energy consumption compared with membrane filtration.

New package design for Divergan

The Nuremberg fair also presents the filter aid Divergan in a new eco-friendly package design: a square box to replace the blue 120 liter PE barrel. The new container holds 20 kilograms of Divergan F or Divergan RS. In addition to the environment, customers benefit from a reduced workload due to easier handling and disposal, and from savings on warehouse storage space.

Visit us at Brau Beviale in Nuremberg (Nürnberg)

from November 10-12, 2010

Hall 7, Booth 7-204

About BASF Nutrition Ingredients

BASF’s Nutrition Ingredients business unit is a leading supplier of food ingredients and feed additives. The product portfolio for human nutrition includes vitamins, carotenoids, omega-3s and polymers for beer production. BASF offers products of outstanding quality produced with modern, state-of-the-art technologies. BASF also combines technical services and scientific expertise to meet the highest demands and to deliver the best value to the industry. Premium formulations are a key strength that has made BASF a leader in the industry. Further information is available at

About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


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