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1. Acquisition of Vitro glass business would expand O-I's presence in Mexico

GPI SmartBrief | May 13, 2015

Owens-Illinois has agreed to purchase the food and beverage glass business of Mexico's Vitro SAB for about $2.15 billion, in a deal expected to close within the year. If Vitro shareholders approve the deal, O-I would acquire the company's five factories in Mexico and one in Bolivia. Bloomberg (05/13)


2. GPI tells Pa. city mayor "glass is not trash"

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Harrisburg, Pa., Mayor Eric Papenfuse has stirred controversy with a new "Glass is Trash, Paper is Gold" recycling program that the industry wants changed. "Saying that 'Glass is Trash' and should be landfilled as opposed to being recycled, yes, it's disappointing and it is very concerning," said GPI President Lynn Bragg. WHTM-TV (Harrisburg, Pa.) (04/27)


3. Ardagh's exit from the Verallia bidding shows fiscal intelligence, analysts say

GPI SmartBrief | May 13, 2015

Ardagh opted to withdraw its bid for Saint-Gobain's bottle and jar manufacturing division, a move that demonstrates financial disciple, according to ratings agency Moody's. The Irish-owned packaging company purchased Verallia North America from Saint-Gobain in 2014. The Irish Times (Dublin) (05/08)


4. Pepsi turns to glass bottle to improve bar mixer cred

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Pepsi wants its Pepsi Max to be the new go-to mixer for spirits, and the brand has unveiled a glass bottle as the center of its push. The narrow bottle will come in 330ml and 200ml sizes and will feature recipes for mixing it with bourbon, vermouth, tequila and brandy. Bar magazine online (U.K.) (04/27)


5. Is it too expensive for America to recycle?

GPI SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

The U.S. has an "anemic" recycling rate that may continue to fall as burning trash for energy gains appeal amid rising recycling costs and falling oil prices, writes Jennifer Graham. The country is experiencing "green fatigue," and recycling growth is tapering off because cities are struggling to make recycling affordable. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (05/18)


6. S.C. brewery uses chemicals to age Kentucky bourbon in hours, not years

GPI SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

National Public Radio (05/17)


7. O-I to supply bottle for Hotel Tango spirits

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Hotel Tango has selected a new Forte bottle from Owens-Illinois to house its military-inspired drinks. The bottle was added to O-I's Covet Classics collection this year. "Everybody who has seen the Forte design is immediately attracted to it and bartenders like the way it feels," said Travis Barnes, founder of the Indiana-based artisan distiller. Packaging Business Review (U.K.) (04/27)


8. Tech-enabled packaging helps engage consumers, analyst says

GPI SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

Smart labels and other new packaging solutions provide entertainment, information and aesthetic value that engage customers and can boost repeat purchases, writes Viktorija Gnatoka, global packaging analyst at Mintel. Near field communication technology is already being used in the alcoholic beverage sector by Johnnie Walker for its Blue Label smart bottle, and the technology presents opportunities for beauty packaging as well, Gnatoka writes. Beauty Packaging (5/4)


9. Diageo considers sale of global wine business

GPI SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

Diageo is reportedly considering selling its global wine operations, which account for just 4% of the company's $46 billion in annual sales. The firm would offload such labels as Rosenblum Cellars, Chalone, Blossom Hill and Sterling Vineyards. The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (05/04) American City Business Journals (05/04)


10. Top-quality winemakers turn to alternative closures

GPI SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

Screw caps and other alternative wine bottle closures are becoming more universally accepted in the industry, as resistance from sophisticated consumers wanes and winemakers appreciate the aging control of different closure options. The unconventional closures are largely made by two brands, Stelvin and WAK, which offer a range of styles to provide optimal aging and consistency, and are used by a range of winemakers, including those with bottles priced $20 to $99. Wines & Vines magazine (05/2015)




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