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November 21, 2012
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  • Sharp design helps Absolut Fris bottle stand out
    Absolut's Frïs vodka bottle was awarded GPI's 2012 Clear Choice Award in the Distilled Spirits category for its Nordic-inspired design that mimics a large shard of ice. "For this project, our goal was to craft visually stunning packaging that counterbalances the average, clear vodka bottle -- resulting in a smoky gray, chiseled exterior that is both elegant and sleek," said Richard Bates, chief creative officer of The Brand Union, which partnered with Absolut on the bottle design. Packaging World online (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The advantages of glass over plastic and aluminum
    Choosing glass containers over ones made of plastic or aluminum has benefits for both the environment and consumers' health. According to GPI President Lynn Bragg, advantages of glass include its ability to be endlessly recycled, allowing manufacturers to run their furnaces at lower temperatures and reducing carbon dioxide emissions, its makeup of raw materials that are easily accessible and its lack of the chemical bisphenol A. Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Checklists are key to avoiding package recalls
    Food or other consumer packaged goods recalls can harm a brand's image and potentially present health risks for consumers. All members of the packaging industry should be aware of the specific risks associated with their products at every stage, from raw materials to shipping of the final product. To avoid possible recalls, companies can implement questionnaires about their packaging materials, assess them and come up with best practices, according to a panel of food packaging experts at Pack Expo. Packaging World online (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Recycling & Sustainability 
  • When implementing sustainability measures, look at the big picture
    In an effort to increase sustainability, many companies are increasing recyclable content, using more renewable and bio-based materials, and working with other businesses to help increase recycling efforts, according to a senior manager from The Sustainable Packaging Corporation. However, businesses need to pay attention to the big picture when it comes to sustainability, a Product Ventures executive said. For example, when Missouri-based Boulevard Brewing Co. found out most of its bottles ended up in local landfills, the company started its own citywide glass collection and glass recycling processing facility. Package Design online (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Glass is a safer alternative to plastic for food packaging
    Food packaging accounts for the most significant exposure to the chemicals bisphenol A and bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, according to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study suggested that eating a diet of fresh foods could lower BPA exposure by 60% and DEHP exposure by 50%. More consumers are turning to foods and beverages packaged in glass in an effort to limit their exposure to harmful chemicals. "Shipment and production numbers for nonalcoholic beverage containers are up 3%, or 16 million containers over the first quarter of 2011," GPI President Lynn Bragg said. Sacramento News & Review (Calif.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Cancer risk higher in women working in certain industries
    Women who work in the automotive plastics and food-can manufacturing industries have a higher risk of developing pre-menopausal breast cancer due to significant exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals including BPA, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health. The study looked at more than 1,000 Canadian women from manufacturing communities. Packaging Digest (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GPI News 
  • GPI announces 2012 Clear Choice Award winners
    GPI recently announced the winners of its 2012 Clear Choice Awards. This year, eight consumer product goods companies were recognized for their achievements in creating innovative glass packages with shelf impact. Entries were judged on innovation, package design (including container label and closure), and consumer appeal. While there are eight specific product categories, Skinnygirl Vodka, made by Beam Global Wine and Spirits, was named the overall winner by a panel of independent judges. The glass container for Skinnygirl Vodka is manufactured by Vitro. See the full list of winners. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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