SmartBrief Archive

Industry prepares for Glassman event in Mexico

Experts from the Glass Packaging Institute, Owens-Illinois Glass, Strategic Materials and other industry stakeholders will present the latest ideas and innovations at a Glassman Latin America event in Monterrey, Mexico, May 13 to 14. The event will focus on four themes, including the future of furnaces and digital glassmaking. Glass International online (2/28/20)

How Ore. breweries are protecting the environment

Deschutes Brewery, Worthy Brewing and other craft beer brewers in Bend, Ore., take environmental responsibility seriously with measures such as no longer using bottle labels to decrease waste. One local brewery is using thicker glass for refillable bottles, while Worthy is trying to reduce plastic use by creating six-pack holders with molded spent grain. The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.) (3/3/20)

SBTi greenlights O-I plan to reduce carbon footprint

Owens-Illinois Glass is the first company in the glass packaging industry to gain approval for its emissions-reduction goals from the Science Based Targets initiative. O-I is planning to reduce emissions by 25% over the next 10 years. Glass International online (3/2/20)

Refillable glass container business accepted into AB InBev accelerator

FoodBev (3/2/20)

US imposes preliminary duties on glass from China

The US Department of Commerce is placing preliminary protectionist duties on glass containers from China, including wine, beer and spirits bottles, citing unfair subsidies from the Chinese government. The coronavirus outbreak has also led several Chinese ports and factories to close, resulting in production delays for US wineries that ordered bottles from glass plants in China. Law360 (subscription required) (2/25/20)

Grocer continues to challenge Iowa bottle bill

Retailer Fareway Stores' Iowa locations are continuing to refuse to redeem containers covered by the state's bottle bill. The Iowa Grocery Industry Association supports the decision and is demanding a review of the redemption center approval process, asserting grocers are unfairly burdened with the costly redemption process while other retailers are exempt from it. Business Record (Des Moines, Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (8/7/20)

O-I, Glass urges Va. city to collect glass curbside

Arlington, Va., could potentially increase the glass it collects annually from 2 million to 10 million pounds if it institutes glass-only curbside pickup, said Jim Nordmeyer, vice president of sustainability at O-I, Glass. The move would help ease the current supply shortage as O-I, Glass uses recycled glass content from Arlington at two of its plants in Virginia. ARLnow (Arlington, Va.) (8/6/20)

Ardagh to provide glass bottles for Plata Wine Partners

Ardagh has signed on to supply all the bottles for California-based Plata Wine Partners. "Partnering with Ardagh Group gave us the opportunity to utilize premier and sustainable glass bottles for our wines while also supporting local, domestic operations," said Plata president and CEO Scott Smith. Packaging Gateway (UK) (8/7/20)

Wine shipments are waste-free with Liviri container

Home meal kit packaging provider Liviri has developed a container for wine shipments that protects wine from temperature extremes without added packaging material. Liviri Vino is a reusable cooler-style shipping container that consumers return via a scheduled pickup, said Brian Jacoby, senior vice president. Forbes (8/7/20)

Ardagh lowers energy use at Dutch plant

Ardagh has decreased energy use at a facility in The Netherlands by installing a roof over previously exposed cullet. The energy needed to heat the cullet was reduced by eliminating weather-related water content. Glass International online (8/10/20)