After a rash of craft acquisitions by large brewing companies, there is some evidence that concerns over a loss of authenticity and artisanship may mean a hit to sales for craft brands. Recent survey results reveal that 60% of respondents care about who manufactures their beer, and a new campaign by the Brewers Association to highlight which brewers are truly craft could help shoppers identify the brews that have the provenance craft shoppers desire.
Amazon continues to quietly expand into the thorny world of alcohol delivery, offering the service in 12 US markets. In some of those markets, customers can order alcohol delivery through Amazon's Alexa device.
Infinity Bottling will soon be home to a 35,000-square-foot plant with wine production equipment so it can help Napa vintners bottle more wine. The new facility will allow small bottlers to benefit from bulk glass ordering, which is expected to streamline operations and save money.
Residents of Bowling Green, Ohio, are anticipating the resumption of glass recycling services after county officials announced a deal between Wood County Solid Waste Management District and the Bowling Green Recycling Center. Glass recycling was halted on July 12 after the center's glass buyer stopped accepting the material.
Northern Nevada will soon be home to a glass bottle refilling pilot, thanks to a new partnership between Conscious Container and Great Basin Brewing Company. "The glass bottle refilling marketplace is commonplace in many other countries and has staggering positive impacts for our environment," said Conscious Container's Caren McNamara.
Canadian scientists are discovering evidence of plastic contamination in the Earth's oceans and marine life, with microplastics appearing in a large sample of shellfish. "So when you eat clams and oysters, you're eating plastics as well," said Sarah Dudas of Vancouver Island University.