O-I signs deal with YouTube music group The Bottle Boys | Duvel Moortgat, Firestone Walker to combine U.S. operations | Pabst Brewing to open craft brewing facility in Milwaukee
 
July 22, 2015
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O-I signs deal with YouTube music group The Bottle Boys
Owens-Illinois has signed an exclusive contract with The Bottle Boys, who perform their songs using glass bottles, to showcase the benefits of glass to a younger audience. The deal will bring the group to O-I events, and O-I's "Glass Is Life" campaign branding will be on The Bottle Boys' YouTube content. PackagingNews.co.uk (U.K.) (7/17)
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Wine industry must recognize threat of growing cider industry
The wine industry must "assess the current and future threat" of a rapidly growing cider category and its impact on global markets, according to Rabobank in its Wine Quarterly Q3 2015 report. Cider has seen growing consumer demand in places such as South Africa, Australia and the U.S., the latter in which sales have tripled since 2012 to reach 7.8 million cases in 2014. The Drinks Business online (U.K.) (7/15), BeverageDaily.com (France) (7/15)
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Duvel Moortgat, Firestone Walker to combine U.S. operations
Craft brewer Duvel Moortgat has announced it will make an investment in Firestone Walker and combine its operations with the brewer. Firestone Walker founders David Walker and Adam Firestone said the deal will "enable us to grow within a framework that meets our standards -- all without losing focus on the traits that got us here." Fortune (7/17)
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Recycling & Sustainability
Contamination increase in single-stream systems creates troubles for glass recycling
Baton Rouge, La., is considering moving away from glass recycling as a money-saving measure. GPI President Lynn Bragg said demand for recycled glass remains high, but the trend toward single-stream collection processes has raised costs for processors who must sort through garbage. "On average, U.S. glass container manufacturing companies purchase about 2.4 million tons of recycled glass annually, which is re-melted with sand, soda ash and limestone to make new bottles and jars," she said. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (7/21)
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N.M. city recycles 205 tons of glass despite single-stream restrictions
Las Cruces, N.M., started a glass recycling program last April and has collected more than 205 tons of glass, even though residents were not able to put glass in their single-stream bins or city drop-off locations. The South Central Solid Waste Authority Recycling Yard pulverizes the glass into cullet, which is available for free to the public to use for landscaping or other projects. Las Cruces Sun-News (N.M.) (7/16)
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Curbside pickup boosts recycling rate for Iowa city
Recycling rates in Council Bluffs, Iowa, are on the rise, thanks in part to a convenient, dual-stream, curbside-pickup system implemented in 2008. Glass collected from curbside bins is shipped to a recycling facility in Kansas City, Mo., where it is either turned into new glass bottles or repurposed into other materials. The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa) (7/17)
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