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Glass is sustainable, premium choice for beverages

Glass provides the beverage industry with a sustainable packaging choice due to its infinite life cycle, use of recycled content and all-natural components, said Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. Brands are also turning to glass for the material's capabilities regarding premium, specialty packaging, DeFife added.  Beverage Industry  (4/6)

MCC collaborations target food, packaging waste

Label producer Multi-Color Corporation is working with Digimarc to reduce waste during food recalls with serialized product packaging that traces food back to its origin. MCC's Verstraete Injection Molding Labels unit is working with Digimarc, as well as Orkla, a Norway-based consumer brands supplier, to create digital watermarks on packaging that link to recycling and reuse information.  Quality Assurance & Food Safety (4/2021)

European glassmakers partner on Furnace for the Future

A collaborative effort by 19 European glass producers dubbed the Furnace for the Future has been selected for the second stage of the EU Innovation Fund. "The Furnace for the Future represents a key step towards a sustainable future for glass packaging," European Container Glass Federation President Michel Giannuzzi said of the project, which aims to create a hybrid furnace powered by 80% electricity and 20% fossil fuels.  Glass International Online (3/30)

Genesis Alkali keeps glass container industry moving

Genesis Alkali's Green River trona mining facility in southwest Wyoming produces 4 million tons of natural alkali products a year, including the soda ash used in glass container production. Natural soda ash production is known to result in fewer harmful pollutants and consume less energy than its synthetic counterpart. The Daily Rocket (Wyo.) (3/29)

Corning accelerates vial production for COVID-19 vaccines

Corning is ramping up production of its Valor Glass pharmaceutical vials ten-fold this year to meet demand for the COVID-19 vaccine. The company has deployed a machine-vision system to detect potential flaws in each of the vials to ensure their strength and safety, said Mark Kurz, Corning's director of manufacturing and supply chain operations for pharmaceutical technologies. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3/28)

EPA awards Ardagh facility with Energy Star designation

An Ardagh glass plant in Madera, Calif., has attained Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. The certification is awarded to facilities operating within the top 25% of their respective industries regarding energy performance. The Business Journal (Calif.) (3/25)

Ardagh tapped for Bragg's new glass bottle design

Ardagh North America has designed and produced the glass bottles for Bragg Live Food Products' new apple cider vinegar line. "We chose to partner with Ardagh to craft a fully recyclable bottle solution that best reflects one of our core values of protecting Bragg's legacy of developing only high quality, natural products," said Linda Boardman, Bragg CEO.  Packaging Gateway (3/25)

Federal recycling legislation seeks second life in 2021

Recycling legislation that stalled last year in Congress due to the pandemic but has been reintroduced in 2021 with glass industry support includes the bipartisan RECYCLE Act, which aims to boost recycling with $15 million annually in educational programs through 2026. The industry has also signaled support for the RECOVER Act, which pledges $500 million to improving US recycling infrastructure.  Waste Dive (3/25)

Nominations for GPI's 2021 Clear Choice Awards underway

The Glass Packaging Institute is accepting nominations until April 15 for the 2021 Clear Choice Awards, which recognizes exceptional glass containers produced from January 2019 to December 2020. Awards are given in eight categories: food; non-alcoholic beverages; cider and flavored alcoholic beverages; wine; spirits; beer; fragrances, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals; and sustainability and innovation. Craft Spirits Magazine (3/19/21)

UK glass producers target 90% recycling rate

The UK glass packaging industry has pledged to hit a 90% glass recycling rate by 2030. The target was established last week at the inaugural Glass Recycling Summit hosted by industry group British Glass. Glass On Web (3/19/21)

Gallo seeks to construct $400M hub in S.C.

E. & J. Gallo will invest more than $400 million in a new bottling, warehousing and distribution center in South Carolina, pending state approval of four satellite tasting rooms, said Rob Donoho, Gallo's head of global chain functions. The 600-acre site will serve as Gallo's primary base for the East Coast, added Donoho. Wine Business (3/18/21)

Multi-Color Corporation joins GPI

Ohio-based Multi-Color Corporation, one of the world's largest label suppliers, has become a member of the Glass Packaging Institute. "MCC plays a crucial role in providing innovative and sustainable label options for the glass packaging industry," said Scott DeFife, GPI president. Glass International online (3/16/21)
Heineken is partnering with Encirc and Glass Futures to test 1.4 million bottles produced with low-carbon biofuels and comprised of up to 100% recycled glass. The UK government-funded trial will test the bottles' resiliency throughout the supply chain. New Food Magazine (3/15/21)

Supplement brand's glass bottles boost sustainability

Seraphina Therapeutics, a direct-to-consumer supplement subscription service, tapped the Los Angeles-based Phenomenon design agency to develop a glass bottle design for a new fatty acid supplement that prompts people to keep and reuse the bottle. The bottles feature silk-screened printing and are secured during shipping by corrugated inserts, which reduces packaging waste. Packaging World (3/12/21)

Schott surpasses 1B doses of COVID-19 vial production

Pharmaceutical glass company Schott has manufactured enough glass vials for the COVID-19 vaccine to deliver more than one billion doses worldwide. Roughly 90% of vaccine production depends on Schott vials, and the company is on pace to produce enough vials this year to deliver more than two billion doses, according to a company statement. Glass International online (3/11/21)

GPI roadmap paves the way to 50% recycled content

The Glass Packaging Institute has created a roadmap that can help the glass packaging industry reach a 50% recycled content rate over the next decade. The roadmap calls for improved recycling infrastructure along with key partnerships within state and local governments and advances in glass collection, sorting and processing. Glass Worldwide (March/April 2021)

Pa. Anchor Hocking plant sold to Stoelzle Glass Group

The Anchor Hocking Glass Company plant in Monaca, Pa., has been acquired by Austrian firm Stoelzle Glass Group, which makes packaging for pharmaceuticals, perfumes, cosmetics, spirits and other consumer products. The deal marks the first plant Stoelzle has acquired in the US and its first facility purchased outside Europe. Glass International (3/4/21)

Molson Coors, Encirc partner on glass bottle production

Molson Coors Beverage Company has introduced a new, low-carbon glass beer bottle, which was created in partnership with Encirc, made from up to 100% recycled glass. The new packaging is part of Molson Coors' plan to cut the brewery's carbon emissions in half by 2025. FoodBev (3/5/21)

How Strategic Materials gives new life to glass packaging

In Episode 8 of Waste360's Stef Talks Trash video series, Stefanie Valentic checks in with Laura Hennemann, the vice president of marketing at Strategic Materials, about the ins and outs of the glass recycling industry. The discussion includes refuting some long-held myths about glass recycling and the potential effects of federal deposit legislation. Waste360 (3/4/21)

O-I, Glass partners with Center for Glass Innovation

O-I, Glass is teaming up with the Center for Glass Innovation in New York on a 3-year initiative to develop next-generation glass products, improve energy efficiency in manufacturing and keep glass out of landfills. "Collaborating through the Center for Glass Innovation supports O-I's ambition to transform our processes, products, and our interconnected relationships to bring our vision of a sustainable future to life," said Randy Burns, chief sustainability and corporate affairs officer at O-I, Glass. Glass International online (3/3/21)

Reusable glass packaging has its advantages

David Goldstein writes that many people are nostalgic for old-fashioned, reusable glass beverage bottles, and this packaging is one of the most sustainable with the glass recycling rate being upwards of 63% in states with deposit programs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. "Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity," said Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute.  Ventura County Star (Calif.) (3/6/21)

Ardagh saw glass shipments rise in second half of 2020

Ardagh Group enjoyed a 2% year-over-year increase in glass shipments during the second half of 2020, according to data shared during a call with financial analysts. The company will focus on reducing costs through automation and other productivity improvements this year. Glass International online (2/24/21)
Consumers are advised to keep lids on glass bottles and jars when they're recycled, which makes the process simpler and encourages more people to participate, according to Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. Plastic lids often have to be removed at recycling centers, but it's more important to leave light bulbs, ceramics and non-recyclable glass out of recycling than to separate plastic lids before submitting items, said Julian Garcia, plant manager at Strategic Materials. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (2/27/21)