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1. Ardagh Group's new 64-oz. growler features 3-finger handle, fill line

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2015

Ardagh Group recently unveiled a new 64-ounce growler developed by its North American Glass division, featuring a three-finger handle for convenience and improved gripping, as well as a fill-line indicator that provides 6% headspace. The new growler and five other styles of American-made amber bottles will be sold via the container manufacturer's BuyOurBottles website. Packaging Business Review (U.K.) (07/08)

2. Verallia creates new Coca-Cola design out of old bottles

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2015

Returned Coca-Cola bottles in Spain are being recycled into a newly designed edition of the classic Coke bottle through a deal with Verallia. The new design allows Verallia to create 1.2 new bottles for every old unit that gets recycled, while increasing bottle volume by 37 ml. (U.K.) (07/06)

3. Shimmering liqueurs shine in vibrant E&J Gallo bottles

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

E&J Gallo is bringing the jewel tones of its Viniq Premium Shimmery Liqueur products to life in a new series of tapered glass bottles that highlight the strong tones of the liquid itself. The product naturally swirls, and the bottle's design and minimal graphics reflect this element, the company said. Packaging World online (07/23)

4. U.S. craft beer production still expanding

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

U.S. craft beer production is still on the rise, according to a mid-year data report from The Brewers Association. The country's total craft beer production rose from 10.6 million barrels in the first half of 2014 to 12.2 million from January until the end of June this year. American City Business Journals (07/27)

5. O-I signs deal with YouTube music group The Bottle Boys

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Owens-Illinois has signed an exclusive contract with The Bottle Boys, who perform their songs using glass bottles, to showcase the benefits of glass to a younger audience. The deal will bring the group to O-I events, and O-I's "Glass Is Life" campaign branding will be on The Bottle Boys' YouTube content. (U.K.) (07/17)

6. Coca-Cola bottle commemorated at National Archives

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

The National Archives recently commemorated Coca-Cola's classic green glass bottle as an American icon. The bottle will soon be celebrating its 100th birthday -- its patent was issued Nov. 16, 1915. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (07/08)

7. Wine industry must recognize threat of growing cider industry

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

The wine industry must "assess the current and future threat" of a rapidly growing cider category and its impact on global markets, according to Rabobank in its Wine Quarterly Q3 2015 report. Cider has seen growing consumer demand in places such as South Africa, Australia and the U.S., the latter in which sales have tripled since 2012 to reach 7.8 million cases in 2014. (France) (07/15) The Drinks Business online (U.K.) (07/15)

8. Contamination increase in single-stream systems creates troubles for glass recycling

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Baton Rouge, La., is considering moving away from glass recycling as a money-saving measure. GPI President Lynn Bragg said demand for recycled glass remains high, but the trend toward single-stream collection processes has raised costs for processors who must sort through garbage. "On average, U.S. glass container manufacturing companies purchase about 2.4 million tons of recycled glass annually, which is re-melted with sand, soda ash and limestone to make new bottles and jars," she said. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (07/23)

9. Diageo brings hand-engraved bottles to Johnnie Walker lineup

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

The Spirits Business (U.K.) (07/17)

10. U.S. recycling rate stalls; programs grow more costly

GPI SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2015

Recycling programs in the U.S. face growing challenges as low commodity costs around the world pinch profits and companies pass along costs to municipalities, which used to use recycling programs as profit centers, discussed Sharon Kneiss of the National Waste and Recycling Association, Susan Collins of The Container Recycling Institute and Aaron Davis of The Washington Post. U.S. recycling rates are stalled at about 34%, experts say, with rates varying widely from one state to another. National Public Radio (07/07)

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