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1. O-I adds to wine, beer operations with Bennu Glass acquisition

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

Owens-Illinois is now the owner of the Bennu Glass wine and beer bottle plant in Kalama, Wash. Owens-Illinois spokesman Ryan McCarthy said the acquisition of the plant, which was shuttered in 2009, "enhances O-I’s capabilities in the growing wine market on the West Coast and the important craft beer market." Daily News (Longview, Wash.), The (02/26) Blade (Toledo, Ohio), The (02/28)


2. Coca-Cola to celebrate 100 years of its "contour" bottle

GPI SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Coca-Cola will launch a worldwide marketing campaign next week that promotes the 100-year history of its "contour" bottle. The Root Glass Co. in Terre Haute, Ind., designed the original bottle. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (02/20)


3. Study: BPA replacements may be just as harmful to humans

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 18, 2015

The chemicals used to replace bisphenol A in plastics and packaging may cause the same type of hormone disruption, according to an Environmental Health Perspectives study. The BPS and BPF replacements "are hormonally active in ways similar to BPA -- similar mechanisms, similar potencies," said researcher Johanna Rochester. Time.com (03/16)


4. Single-stream structure has benefits and drawbacks for glass recycling

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 11, 2015

The simplicity of single-stream recycling has increased residential recycling in Missouri, and the process "mostly" works, writes Veronique LaCapra, who follows St. Louis recycling from curb to plant in this article. "In terms of preserving the quality of materials so the maximum materials collected can actually be recycled, single-stream is one of the worst options," said the Container Recycling Institute's Susan Collins. Single-stream is especially problematic for glass because broken glass is easily contaminated by shredded paper and other debris. KWMU-FM (St. Louis) (03/08)


5. Ohio recycling initiative reveals need for more glass recycling

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

A recycling initiative in Ohio is encouraging private and industrial sectors to work together to gather more data about recycling in the state. Analysis of survey results revealed a need for greater glass recycling, according to Dina Pierce, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. "Our manufacturers in Ohio need the glass. Owens-Illinois is one example. They make bottles so they need recycled glass and they’ve been shipping it in from out of state," she said. Press (Millbury, Ohio), The (03/02)


6. Bottled cocktails bring mixology trend beyond the bar

GPI SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Premium distilleries are adding bottled, pre-mixed cocktails to their lineup as easy pours become the choice for even discriminating drinkers. Options like the barrel-aged Manhattan from High West Distillery in Park City, Utah, or the Moscow Mule from Chicago's Crafthouse Cocktails let consumers enjoy high-end cocktails when a skilled bartender is not on hand. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (02/23)


7. Wine brands struggle to reach millennial drinkers

GPI SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Top wine brands and producers are struggling to connect to younger audiences and may need to shift their message even in growth areas such as China, according to a new Rabobank report. "[P]remium wine producers [are] struggling for growth and profitability as their capacity to reach out to modern-day consumers has become more limited," said report co-author Marc Soccio. Drinks Business online (U.K.), The (02/24)


8. Venezuela must pay O-I $455M over expropriated plants

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 18, 2015

The Venezuelan government expropriated two Owens-Illinois European Group glass plants in 2010, and a tribunal from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ruled that the government owes O-I $455 million for the plants in value and interest to-date. Venezuela may seek to annul or delay payment, according to this report. FoodProductionDaily.com (France) (03/13)


9. Defining BPA's dangers divides scientists

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 11, 2015

The majority of scientists interviewed by Newsweek believe it is likely that bisphenol A poses a variety of health risks, from diabetes to cancer and ADHD. However, scientists working for the plastic industry and regulatory agencies stand by the claim that normal levels of BPA exposure are safe. "It's puzzling when you see that kind of disparity -- it doesn't make sense from a scientific perspective," said Endocrinology Editor-in-Chief Andrea Gore, who discredited industry-funded studies. Newsweek (03/04)


10. Craft beers snag 11% share of overall market

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 18, 2015

American craft breweries increased their sales volume by 18% last year, and their beers now account for more than 10% of all beers sold in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association. There were 3,464 breweries in operation in the U.S. in 2014, and all but 46 were craft breweries. Fortune (03/16)




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