Craft brewing production volumes are up 5% halfway through 2018, with 6,655 total breweries in the US as of June 30, according to data from the Brewers Association. Although craft brewers are projected to experience a record number of openings and closings for 2018, "openings continue to far outpace the number that shutter," said Brewers Association Chief Economist Bart Watson.
The large number of glass containers being imported from Mexico and China are negatively affecting the US glass market, according to Ardagh Group executives. "Our immediate objective remains returning Glass Packaging in North America to an appropriate and sustainable level of profitability, regardless of the operating environment," said CEO Paul Coulson.
Anchor Glass will lay off 145 workers at its facility in Warner Robins, Ga. The move follows closures of two other plants earlier this year, which "will allow Anchor Glass to focus its resources even more closely on its core business of making the highest quality glass containers," the company said.
Brewing company Molson Coors has joined recreational marijuana company The Hydropothecary Corporation to create cannabis-infused drinks in Canada. Recreational marijuana will become legal in the country in October, and drinkable cannabis items are projected to become legal next year.
Stakeholders in the town of Dennis, Mass., are working on a solution to the area's recycling woes that would include a Regional Glass Depot where glass could be turned into material suitable for drainage, road, sidewalk and parking lot construction. To fund the project, the Dennis Department of Public Works has applied for $150,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Eighteen communities in the Pittsburgh area will no longer accept glass recycling effective Jan. 1. The material will be discontinued from the recycling stream due to contamination issues, said SHACOG Executive Director Louis Gorski.
Consumers should avoid microwaving or dishwashing plastic containers due to the risk of releasing dangerous chemicals that, when ingested, can cause medical issues, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns. The AAP suggests glass as a preferred alternative packaging so consumers can avoid contact with chemicals.