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1. Recycling industry is in crisis

GPI SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Recycling used to be a money-making business, but more than 2,000 municipalities now operate loss-making recycling facilities, according to Waste Management. That can partly be blamed on the big blue bins used to collect recyclable materials, which do nothing to encourage curbside sorting of waste left for collection. The shift toward lighter packaging materials, which has made it more difficult to amass a ton of recyclables, could also be a factor in the country's stagnant recovery rate, according to industry experts. Resource Recycling (06/23) The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/20)


2. Saint-Gobain to sell Verallia glass unit to Apollo Global

GPI SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

Saint-Gobain has confirmed talks to sell its Verallia glass packaging unit to Apollo Global Management for $3.3 billion. The private equity group is believed to be the sole remaining potential buyer after a bidding process wrapped earlier. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/08)


3. Constellation expands as part of plan to make 100% of its beer

GPI SmartBrief | Jun 17, 2015

Constellation Brands turned its small Corona importing business into the third-largest beer company in the U.S., by volume, but must produce 100% of the beer it sells by next June under a regulatory deal. The company is doubling the production capacity of its brewery in Nava, Mexico, to meet the goal and keep up with rising demand. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/15)


4. Waste management execs: U.S. recycling system ripe for overhaul

GPI SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

Four waste management CEOs last week expressed optimism about the waste industry but stressed that curbside recycling systems across the U.S. are in need of innovation. Municipal contracts must be retooled to account for rising collection and processing costs and better serve haulers, the executives said. Resource Recycling (06/09)


5. Snapple overhauls packaging to highlight brand simplicity

GPI SmartBrief | Jun 17, 2015

In an effort to expand its distribution throughout the country and highlight the simple and fun quality of the brand, Snapple has undergone a "brand refresh," the company announced Wednesday. New labels feature updated lettering, a hand-drawn sun above the logo and a New York City skyline to emphasize the company's New York roots. BevNet.com (06/10) BrandChannel.com (06/10)


6. Deposit glass is moneymaker for Mid America Recycling

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Deposit glass has proved to be a moneymaker for the newly reopened Mid America Recycling, which just completed a purchase of a Des Moines, Iowa, recycling center from Waste Management. "We do 4,000 tons of glass in Des Moines a month. And 90% of it is from the deposit stream -- we're making money on deposit glass. We do not believe in [using glass as] alternative daily cover at landfills," President Mick Barry said. Waste Dive (06/26)


7. Craft brewer stands out from the crowd with green bottles

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

The Jester King Craft Brewery is experimenting with green glass bottles for some of its brews. Green glass allows more light to reach the beer, resulting in a slightly different taste, according to Garrett Crowell, head brewer for the Austin, Texas-based company. "While green bottles permit the risk of light struck/skunky character, I feel they add character... So many breweries have attempted to mimic the classic Saison Dupont yeast profile, and I feel what is most often missing is the light struck character that is integral to the profile of that beer," he writes. TheFullPint.com (06/16)


8. Global wine, spirits report sliding sales in 2014

GPI SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

The global spirits market saw sales decline by 0.1% last year, the equivalent of 3.1 million nine-liter cases, according to the 2015 IWSR Database. Global wine sales also fell during 2014 by 1.1%. The Drinks Business online (U.K.) (06/03)


9. Classic Coke bottle gets 12 modern makeovers

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

FastCoDesign (06/29)


10. Hawaii Sea Spirits builds a new bottle around ocean aesthetics

GPI SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Packaging World online (06/22)




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