For some beverage makers, only glass will do
Many brands choose to use glass packaging above all other options, including beer company Left Hand Brewing and whiskey maker Balcones Distilling, which have never used another type of packaging. Brewer Beck's also chooses glass and worked with its bottle suppliers for two years to come up with the perfect technique for creating the signature black bottle used for its new Sapphire brand. Beverage World Publications Group
2013 fragrance packaging trends to include unique glass effects
The market for fragrances is projected to grow through 2017, according to a study by Mintel, and packaging plays a significant part in driving that growth, said Sheherazade Chamlou, SGD North America's vice president of sales and marketing in the perfumery department. Among the fragrance packaging trends to look for this year are unique glass effects, including a crackling effect, and unusual bottle shapes such as Issey Miyake's Pleats Please, which uses a combination of sharp edges and flat surfaces to give off the effect of movement that might be found in a piece of clothing. Beauty Packaging
Distilleries slowly returning to N.Y.
Distilleries have been popping up in New York City over the past few years, including Kings County Distillery, which in 2010 became the first legal distillery to open in the city since the start of Prohibition. So far, eight businesses in Brooklyn and the Bronx have been granted licenses to operate distilleries, and there are about 30 small distilleries across the state of New York. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
Wine 3.0 bottle keeps white wine chilled
Wine may be an ancient beverage, but that doesn't stop wineries from bringing innovation to the market. Javi Crespo, for example, created the Wine 3.0 bottle, which uses a thin aluminum capsule that wraps tightly around glass wine bottles to keep white wines colder longer. SmartPlanet.com
FEVE official: Consumers prefer glass
Glass is a popular choice among European consumers not only because it is a sustainable form of packaging, but also because it is a healthier packaging option than other available food packages, according to Michael Delle Selve, the European Container Glass Federation's communications and operations manager. "Glass is inert and impervious to all gases and vapors," he said. "It is the safest packaging material on the market in terms of potential migration into food and drinks." Packaging Europe (U.K.)
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