76-year-old soda company launches craft beer line | O-I to invest in growth and sustainability in European plants | Direct bottle decoration could phase out shrink sleeves
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December 5, 2012
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76-year-old soda company launches craft beer line
Illinois-based Excel Bottling, which was founded in 1936 and is known for distributing Ski soda in glass bottles, launched two craft beer flavors earlier this fall. The company invested $750,000 in equipment and updated bottling lines, which can fill 300 beer bottles per minute. Bill Meier, whose grandparents started the company, said Excel will look into partnerships with other craft breweries for bottling and distributing its beer. American City Business Journals (11/30)
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O-I to invest in growth and sustainability in European plants
Owens-Illinois announced that it will invest ?140 million in its European plants next year through upgrades to furnaces and glass-making machines at plants in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. "Over the next several years, we will accelerate our efforts to enhance O-I's competitiveness in Europe by improving quality, sustainability and capabilities to better support the growing needs of our European customers for more sustainable and healthy glass packaging," said Al Stroucken, O-I's chairman and CEO. Packaging Europe (U.K.) (12/4)
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Direct bottle decoration could phase out shrink sleeves
Direct bottle decoration could replace full-body shrink sleeves in the near future, according to Ben Miyares' observations at Pack Expo 2012. He cited examples such as Hartness International's screen printing process, which is faster and more energy efficient than traditional applied ceramic labeling, and Absolut's Unique vodka bottles, which included 4 million one-of-a-kind bottle designs. Packaging World online (12/4)
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Study examines user-friendly packaging for one-handed world
Researchers at Avery Office and Consumer Products, Kimberly-Clark and Kraft Foods demonstrated that simple packaging appeals to consumers who are missing a limb or who have only one hand free due to driving, carrying a child and other tasks through a study conducted by Kelley Styring of InsightFarm. Kimberly-Clark's pre-lathered handsoap allows consumers with only one hand available to skip a step when washing their hands, while Kraft offers products with SnapLid and Twist2Close innovations that make packaging easier to handle. Packaging World online (12/3)
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Recycling & Sustainability
Avery Dennison labels wash off cleanly with only water
Avery Dennison introduced its Fasson Wash-off labels that can be used on the body or neck of glass bottles and other containers. The labels wash off using only warm water and do not leave any adhesive residue behind, spokeswoman Robin Bell said during a demonstration at Pack Expo. Packaging World online (11/29)
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Sonoco Recycling upgrades facility to handle more materials
Sonoco Recycling has upgraded its Columbia, S.C., materials recovery facility so it can take in and process additional materials. The facility now accepts glass, paper, composite cans and additional plastic products, providing more recycling opportunities for Richland County residents. The company invested in a new glass crusher as part of the upgrade. Drinks Business Review (11/29)
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Health & Wellness
N.Y. county is first to ban BPA-coated receipts
The Suffolk County, N.Y., Legislature voted to impose a ban on receipts coated with bisphenol-A, which supporters believe to cause cancer, affect reproductive health and alter immune systems. The ban follows a similar one passed by the county in 2009, which banned BPA from being used in baby bottles and sippy cups. Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (subscription required) (12/4)
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