Diageo plans $213M investment to promote whisky tourism | CraftRoots, GoatHouse, Crowded Castle named 3 fastest-growing craft brewers | Nestle will shift to 100% recyclable packaging within next 7 years
April 18, 2018
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Anheuser-Busch unveils new sustainability initiative
Anheuser-Busch has pledged that 100% of its packaging will either be returnable or made from mostly recycled content by 2025 as part of a new, far-reaching sustainability initiative. The company also aims to satisfy all of its purchased electrical needs through renewable resources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25% as part of the program.
CNBC (4/17) 
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Diageo plans $213M investment to promote whisky tourism
Diageo aims to promote whisky tourism by investing $213 million in new and upgraded visitor experiences in Scotland. "Scotch is at the heart of Diageo and this new investment reinforces our ongoing commitment to growing our Scotch whisky brands and supporting Scotland's tourism industry," said CEO Ivan Menezes.
BBC (4/16) 
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CraftRoots, GoatHouse, Crowded Castle named 3 fastest-growing craft brewers
Mass.-based CraftRoots Brewing is the fastest-growing craft brewer in the country, according to a new report from the Brewers Association. The list, which found high concentrations of fast-growing breweries in California and Florida, ranks GoatHouse Brewing and Crowded Castle the second and third most swiftly-growing craft beer firms, respectively.
Forbes (4/13) 
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Nestle will shift to 100% recyclable packaging within next 7 years
Nestle will shift to 100% recyclable packaging within next 7 years
(Nestle)
Nestle has vowed that by 2025 all of the company's packaging will be either reusable or recyclable. As part of the pledge, the company will shift toward using lighter colors in its plastic packaging since they are easier to recycle, said Nestle's Duncan Pollard.
Business Insider/Reuters (4/10) 
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US whiskey, bourbon exports to face Chinese tariffs
American whiskey and bourbon products will be affected by 25% tariff upon export to China as part of the growing trade dispute with the United States. The news comes on the heels of an existing 15% tariff on US wine entering the country.
The Drinks Business online (U.K.) (4/12) 
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Premiumization leads to growth in spirits market
High-end, craft and premium spirits are driving both dollar and volume sales growth across the spirits category, especially in whiskey, according to new figures from IRI. Consumers "are willing to pay a little bit more for products, either for the badge value or willing to pay more for, in their minds, a higher quality or premium-priced product," said IRI's Boris Oglesby.
Beverage Industry (4/10) 
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Arglass breaks ground on Ga. glass container facility
Arglass has begun construction on a new glass packaging facility in Georgia. The plant is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of next year.
Glass International online (4/10) 
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Recycling & Sustainability
Idaho city gets glass recycling
Residents of Pocatello, Idaho, will be able to recycle their glass starting this summer after the city reached a partnership deal with Momentum. "I was impressed with the relatively low cost and I was also really impressed with the fact that sanitation expects that we'll be able to keep approximately 240 tons of glass out of the landfill every year," said city Recycling Coordinator Debbie Brady.
KPVI-TV (Pocatello, Idaho) (4/13) 
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Glass recycling comes to Greenville, S.C.
RAM Recycling is working with officials in Greenville, S.C., to place glass collection sites throughout the city to benefit both businesses and residents. In addition, RAM began picking up glass from commercial customers earlier this month.
Greenville Journal (S.C.) (4/13),  Waste Dive (4/17) 
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Recycling returns to Harrisburg, Pa.
City officials in Harrisburg, Pa., say that ten new glass recycling dropoff points will be installed in the city on April 22, which marks Earth Day. The glass recycling program returns to Harrisburg following three years without any such program.
The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (4/16),  WGAL-TV (Lancaster, Pa.) (4/16) 
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