The glass industry, deemed essential during coronavirus pandemic-related lockdowns, overcame several challenges last year, including raw material shortages caused by the suspension of recycling and bottle deposit programs, said Scott DeFife, Glass Packaging Institute president, on pages S14 and S15 of the latest issue of Glass Worldwide magazine. He added GPI assisted industry members with establishing best practices for workplace safety and advanced efforts to eventually achieve 50% recycled content in glass packaging. Full Story:Glass Worldwide online(Jan./Feb. 2021)
O-I, Glass has fired the furnace at its Waco, Texas, glass bottle facility that was shuttered in 2019 following the coronavirus pandemic driving an increase in off-premise alcohol consumption, said spokesperson Jim Woods. "This created growth in demand for bottled beer and spirits," explained Woods.
E. & J. Gallo has finalized its $810 million acquisition of nearly 30 of Constellation Brands' wine labels, most of which are priced at $11 or less, wrapping up one of the biggest deals in wine industry history that was reworked amid nearly two years of legal wrangling with the FTC over antitrust concerns. "The closing of these deals positions our wine and spirits business for accelerated revenue growth and operating margin performance going forward," said Constellation CEO Bill Newlands.
Ardagh has added a wine bottle production line to an Oklahoma plant to meet demand from Rombauer Vineyards, which has tapped Ardagh as its supplier. "Purchasing glass bottles that are made in the US gives Rombauer the ability to reinvest in the American economy," said Andrew Holloway, Rombauer winemaker associate.
Diageo is conserving water across its global supply chain with initiatives that prevent runoff, harvest rainwater and deploy tech-driven solutions to reducing water usage in production, said Perry Jones, North American supply chain chief. He added the beverage industry is collaborating on reducing water use, "because we don't operate in a vacuum."
Last year's best spirits, according to this list from Esquire magazine, include new releases from major brands such as Jack Daniels and Wild Turkey and craft distilleries that were disproportionately challenged due to lockdowns. "[W]hile it can't be denied that the large 'comfort brands' continued to release some really good spirits in 2020, it's remarkable that the craft world was able to put out some stellar bottles as well," writes Jonah Flicker.
Beefeater London Dry Gin has revamped its bottle design to enable easier pouring, present a more modern look and enhance the bottle's sustainability. Beefeater will reduce plastic use by nearly 452 tons annually by replacing the plastic cap with an aluminum one and switching to a paper-based label.
Extended producer responsibility programs are the best answer to the growing plastic waste problem because they incentivize innovation that results in increased use of eco-friendly packaging material, write environmental researchers Meg Hassey, Richard Liu and Clare Auld-Brokish. Although it is promising that several states are expected to consider EPR legislation this year, effective implementation requires federal action, they argue.
The pandemic-related e-commerce boom has spurred more companies to economize their shipping by transitioning from boxes to mailers, a more sustainable solution as mailers produce less waste, said Laura Clark, Sealed Air's vice president of global strategy and business development. A McKinsey & Company report also found survey respondents perceive paper-based cartons and glass containers as the top two most sustainable packaging options, and a majority of consumers would pay higher prices for sustainable packaging.
The Virgin Islands is diverting glass from landfills by crushing it into sand that will fill bags used during hurricanes. The project will also help preserve beaches by reducing the need to use beach sand for these bags, said Howard Forbes Jr., a marine scientist and project initiator.