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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. 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)


3. Bare Bottle attempts to capture younger consumers via labels

GPI SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Ventures such as the label-centric wine company Bare Bottle, which combines graphic designers and tech entrepreneurs with winemakers to maximize the impact of a wine label using social media, are exploring strategies to tap into the buying potential of young wine consumers. Bare Bottle's labels are uncharacteristically bold for the higher-priced wine category, but color, typeface and paper are integral to attracting buyers, while a good wine will keep them coming back, writes Lettie Teague. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/22)


4. 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)


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

GPI SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

National Public Radio (05/17)


6. Tech turns bottles into top-shelf billboards

GPI SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Medea is launching an update to its programmable vodka bottle that allows bars or consumers to set a custom message via a smartphone app. The technology can track messages, bottle locations and purchases to provide a wealth of information across its 50-hour battery life. Diageo is working on a smart bottle that will deliver sales promotions and recipes to consumers' smartphones. ABC News (05/21)


7. 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)


8. Current bottle bills face very different roads

GPI SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

Three states are taking a unique look at bottle bills and deposit programs, with Hawaii deciding to keep its current program and to not increase fees on glass bottles. Maine has quashed a proposal to remove bigger bottles from its deposit program, while Michigan is currently considering a law that will add bottled water and more to its existing programs. Resource Recycling (05/19)


9. 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)


10. 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)




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