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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. 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)

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. (03/16)

4. 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)

5. O-I controller will serve as interim finance chief following departure of Stephen Bramlage

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

MarketWatch (03/19)

6. Kraft, Heinz agree to merge

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz will merge through a deal that could reach more than $40 billion. The merger, which will be backed by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, would form the Kraft Heinz Co., which would make about $28 billion in revenue and stand as the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/25) Bloomberg (03/25) USA Today (03/25)

7. 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. (France) (03/13)

8. Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin to add nutritional info to labels

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Consumers will be able to spot alcohol content and nutritional information on Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin and Guinness beer bottles soon, according to a statement from London-based Diageo, which claims it is the first to share such information on alcoholic beverages. The decision, which has received the green light from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, is being called "a smart one that is out-in-front of the trend for packaged food and beverage products to disclose more about what is inside the product,” said Kenneth Shea, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in New Jersey. Bloomberg (03/19)

9. 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)

10. Senators call for BPA label requirement

GPI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

The BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act bill proposed in the U.S. Senate would require packaging firms to put a warning label on all products containing bisphenol A. "Knowledge is empowering, and knowledge about BPA ingredients can also stimulate further reforms by the marketplace," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is co-sponsoring the bill with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (France) (03/20)

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