Ardagh introduces new lightweight Beck's bottles | What's new with wine? | Beer drives O-I sales in North America
February 20, 2013
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Ardagh introduces new lightweight Beck's bottles
Ardagh Group has introduced new 275-ml bottles for AB InBev's Beck's and Beck's Blue. The new lightweight bottles weigh 11% less than the old design, which Ardagh estimates will save more than 2,600 metric tons of glass each year. Packaging Business Review (U.K.) (2/14), (France) (2/13)
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What's new with wine?
Wine sales growth slowed last year as brewers devised new beer brands to pull drinkers from the grape to the hops. Still, wine sales rose 1.5%, and a growing number of retailers from high-end shops to Walgreens are putting wine on the shelf. Celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Drew Barrymore are working with wineries and putting their names on the label. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (2/19)
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Beer drives O-I sales in North America
O-I announced it is anticipating annual volume growth of up to 2% across all regions through 2015, and North American beer sales are expected to play a significant part. Beer was the company's largest seller in the region, making up more than half of total sales. (France) (2/15)
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Demand from CPG companies drives growth of smart packaging
The demand for smart packaging is predicted to grow from $75 million to $1.45 billion in the next decade, and printed electronics could cut production costs for electronic packaging by 99%, according to a report from IDTechEx. Cost is one of the current limitations of e-packaging, along with the need for more sustainable methods. Packaging World online (2/13)
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Other News
Recycling & Sustainability
Freshness and environment top packaging priorities
In a global survey by Ipsos InnoQuest, 55% of shoppers said they pay more for packaging that keeps food fresh or is better for the environment. Further down the list of priorities are spill prevention, temperature control and improved ability to eat or drink on the go. Progressive Grocer (2/18)
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Health & Wellness
Toxicologist calls for better definition of "low doses" of BPA
A meta-analysis of exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A by toxicologist Justin Teeguarden revealed that studies that reference "low doses" of BPA can refer to a variety of concentrations, and only up to 7% of concentrations are in the range of human contact. "For BPA and all chemicals, we need more accurate language to represent these findings so the public and scientists in other disciplines can understand how human exposures compare to exposures in laboratory studies reporting toxicity," Teeguarden said. FoodNavigator (2/18)
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