Ninety percent of consumers say they prefer their beverages in glass packaging due to its flavor preservation qualities, according to a study by EcoFocus Worldwide and released as an infographic by GPI. Glass is still a popular packaging choice with craft brewers, and the material is endlessly recyclable, the infographic indicates.
Artisanal, eco-friendly, natural and practical: Glass shares many characteristics and associations with the interests of the millennial generation, writes Tim Croxson, COO of bottle wholesaler Croxsons. New craft beverages and their accompanying glass packaging innovations can underscore these associations to the millennial consumer in a way that benefits everyone, he writes.
France's Moet Hennessy conglomerate has purchased Woodinville Whiskey of Washington and plans to expand the brand's reach across the country and overseas. Woodinville's founders, Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile, will continue to oversee distillery operations, according to a statement from Moet Hennessy.
Constellation Brands has enjoyed "dramatic success" in its Corona and Modelo Especial beer lines, said CEO Rob Sands, who is now aiming to gain more shelf space with retailers. "As retailers start realizing that they're over-allocated to low-margin, low-growth brands and they need to allocate more space to higher-margin, their go-to is going to be the Constellation portfolio. Period," he said.
Anchor Glass has named Nipesh Shah its new CEO following the news that Jim Fredlake is retiring. The privately-held company manufactures nearly five billion glass containers a year and reported $610 million in annual revenues last fall.
Former Beam Suntory executive Steve Fechheimer will join New Belgium Brewing as CEO beginning next month. New Belgium founder Kim Jordan calls Fechheimer "the perfect cultural and business fit" to run the company, which is the fourth-largest U.S. craft brewer, according to Brewers Association rankings.
Company-based initiatives to craft end-of-life solutions to packaging waste problems have started to take hold in the industry, with brands like Nestle Waters North America aiming to boost its recycling programs. Efforts by organizations such as The Closed Loop Fund and The Recycling Partnership have also helped shape industry policy toward increasing the eco-friendly nature of packaging.
Members of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee have released a report in support of funding for the Waste Minimization and Recycling program in the EPA's budget. Proposed funding for the EPA, which is still slated to be cut by 6% in the Appropriations Committee's version of the budget, previously included a complete cut of the $8.8 million needed to run the program.
Recycling advocates are hoping that the proliferation of rolling flip-top recycling barrels will help boost recycling rates among Mich. residents. A state-commissioned survey recently revealed that only 15% of state residents engage in recycling, but Jeff McKeen of regional recycling cooperative SCORRA says that the new barrels encourage residents to recycle more.
Win recognition as the "best in glass packaging." The Glass Packaging Institute is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Clear Choice Awards. The competition is open to all North American glass container manufacturers and their customers. Don't miss the Aug. 15 deadline. Learn more and enter.
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