The global popularity of American liquor is surging, with exports out of the US rising 10.6% during the first six months of this year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Much of the export uptick is credited to a growing international demand for US whiskey, a category that includes American rye, Tennessee whiskey and bourbon.
Diageo announced a digital priority shift that will refocus its e-commerce onto existing wholesalers and retailers while moving the majority of its ad spend to digital channels from traditional media. Citing time and awareness, the spirits company says that consumers are not seeking their products through direct selling platforms, though Diageo did signal that it will work more closely with "pure players" in online retail such as Amazon.
At least 90% of the sales force with Anheuser-Busch InBev's High End division have been laid off as the unit cut 380 staffers. The layoffs impact about 2% of AB InBev's overall North American workforce of 18,000 people, said a company spokesperson.
The majority of the public believes glass recycling should be a collaborative effort, especially among packaging manufacturers, according to a survey from the Glass Recycling Coalition. Respondents suggested manufacturers look to grants or public-private partnerships to help fund recycling efforts.
Members of advocacy group Californians Against Waste are laying the blame for falling Calif. recycling rates on the legislature for failing to vote on recent proposals that would update the state's recycling laws. The lack of progress on the issue has already prompted 560 recycling center closures over the past two years.
As baby foods are increasingly packaged in squeezable plastic pouches, environmental groups have voiced growing concerns about the impact of the waste and resulting plastic chemicals on the environment. "The glass jars of yore were much more Earth-friendly," writes Holly Van Hare.
IdeaBuzz has partnered with a large beverage firm to launch a contest seeking suggestions for how municipalities can use recycled, multicolored glass to solve infrastructure issues. Winners can earn up to $2,500 in cash prizes.
US Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., visited the Resource Recycling Conference to encourage greater communication between scientists and the public on the benefits of recycling. Calling environmentally-friendly legislation versus job-growth a false choice, Ellison said, "We can work and live in a clean environment."