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1. Verallia bidding moves ahead with Apollo and Blackstone

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Bidding for Saint-Gobain's Verallia glass packaging business is moving to the second round with top bidders said to include Apollo Global Management and Blackstone Group. Saint-Gobain, which sold Verallia's North American unit to Ardagh Group for $1.7 billion, is seeking roughly $3 billion for the business. Bloomberg (04/18)


2. O-I looks for new lightning in a bottle

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Owens-Illinois is facing a plateau in glass beverage bottle demand, and the company has cut its capacity in China by half and reduced Australian wine efforts as bottling moves overseas. To stem the tide of declining sales, O-I is putting money into researching ways to reduce production costs and design eye-catching new bottles that could demand premium pricing and reinvigorate consumer interest in glass. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/10)


3. 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)


4. Love Bottle teams with O-I for American-made glass water bottle

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

Love Bottle has brought manufacturing for its glass water bottles to the U.S. in a deal with Owens-Illinois. The glass-maker's facility in Crenshaw, Penn., will produce the milk bottle-inspired carafes. Portland Tribune (Ore.), The (04/07)


5. Constellation Brands' growth banks on glass

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Constellation Brands anticipates an operational income growth rate of at least 10% for the next fiscal year, and glass will play an important role in the company's expansion. Constellation is expanding its glass plant it runs in conjunction with Owens-Illinois in Nava, Mexico, to support its Corona and Modelo brands bottled at the nearby Nava brewery. BeverageDaily.com (France) (04/13)


6. Playful packaging creates mystery around Anheuser-Busch's Oculto beer

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

Anheuser-Busch's new Oculto beer uses several unusual design elements to engage consumers, including a metallic fiber board carton, hidden images on the label that that appear when chilled and tactile embossing on the bottle neck. Packaging Digest (03/30)


7. Contamination raises costs for glass recycling programs

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Recycling costs for glass are rising as commingled recycling programs lead to contaminated truckloads of glass that require sorting by costly machinery. Strategic Materials, the largest glass-recycler in the country, has started charging as much as $40 a ton to accept glass. The higher costs are contributing to a shortage of high-quality recycled glass, which is in demand from bottle-makers including Owens-Illinois. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/22)


8. 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)


9. Beer bottles account for majority of glass containers made in U.S.

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

Of the roughly 27.5 billion glass containers made in the U.S. in 2013, 80% held drinks and three-quarters of those were beer bottles. The recycling rate of glass has risen sharply from a low of 1.3% in 1970 to 34.1% in 2012. Waste360 (03/27)


10. Ardagh adds Stelvin closures to wine bottles

GPI SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

Ardagh Glass Group North America has added two 750ml wine bottles with Stelvin closures to its Claret Regal and Burgundy Inspiration lines. BeverageDaily.com (France) (04/02)




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