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1. Ardagh to invest $71M in Indiana glass plant

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Ardagh Group Glass North America is planning to spend $71 million on repairs to its 78-year-old Winchester, Ind., plant over the next three years. Indianapolis Business Journal (free registration) (01/20)

2. Saint-Gobain considering $3.45B sale of Verallia

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Saint-Gobain is looking to sell its European Verallia glass bottle making business for roughly $3.45 billion, following the $1.7 billion sale of Verallia's U.S. operations to Ardagh, sources said. The sale of all remaining Verallia businesses and assets is expected to begin in late February or early March. Reuters (01/16)

3. Study: BPA alternative could be more harmful than BPA

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 14, 2015

A University of Calgary study released this week found that bisphenol S, which was once considered a safe alternative to bisphenol A, causes disruptions to normal brain cell growth in zebra fish. The researchers found that BPA also causes the same disruptions at different levels. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/12)

4. O-I gets personal with Love Bottle deal

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Love Bottle, which creates personalized glass water bottles, has struck a deal with Owens-Illinois to produce 250,000 bottles starting in May. The Portland, Ore.-based company has been on a rapid growth trajectory thanks to its eco-friendly focus and vocal celebrity fans including Neil Patrick Harris. American City Business Journals (01/26)

5. Sophisticated sodas stand out at Fancy Food Show

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Grown-Up Sodas and Bruce Cost Ginger Ale were among the adult-focused soft drinks displayed at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The sodas feature sophisticated packaging and reduced-sugar formulations of gourmet flavors such as Meyer lemon and passion fruit. (free registration) (01/14)

6. Emhart Glass prepares to relocate N.Y. operations

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 14, 2015

Emhart Glass has filed intentions to move its operations from Elmira, N.Y. to a 96,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Big Flats. The $9.7 million move will include improvements on the site and is helped by a $1.6 million grant from Empire State Development. Star-Gazette (Elmira, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (01/12)

7. Coca-Cola celebrates Miami Beach centennial with limited-edition bottles

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

The Coca-Cola Co., the official soft drink partner of Miami Beach, Fla., introduced limited-edition 8-ounce glass bottles celebrating the city's centennial on Jan. 15. "Like any good partner, we want to honor this milestone by pairing the city's centennial logo with another American icon, the Coca-Cola contour glass bottle," said Melanie Jones, general manager of the South Florida market for Coca-Cola Co. Miami Herald (tiered subscription model), The (01/15)

8. Wis. grocers seek to sell beer on tap in growlers

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 07, 2015

Although Wisconsin grocery stores with Class A liquor licenses are allowed to sell prepackaged beer and liquor, the Wisconsin Grocers Association is seeking permission for grocers to install taps and sell fresh beer in refillable half-gallon glass growlers. The movement is being driven in part by the rise in popularity of craft beer. Channel 3000 (Madison, Wis.) (12/30) Progressive Grocer (01/02) Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (01/01)

9. Green is going mainstream, say sustainability execs

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 07, 2015

Sustainability executives say 2015 is when green messaging and sustainable business practices will enter the mainstream. "The big sustainability nut to crack is reaching and engaging the consumer," says McDonald's Bob Langert. (01/05)

10. Ill. distillery laws draw entrepreneurs

GPI SmartBrief | Jan 07, 2015

Illinois distillery laws have fewer restrictions than neighboring states such as Iowa, attracting businesses to the state. The owners of Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., for example, set up a distillery in Galena, Ill., because they could open a bar, tourist destination and distribution site in one place. KWQC-TV (Davenport, Iowa) (01/03)

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