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1/17/2018

Talking Rain CEO Marcus Smith says the company sees growth opportunities in several areas, such as Himalayan mineral water and international markets. The company is also looking to increase sales of its Sparkling ICE brand by gaining distribution in school districts.

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1/17/2018

Four of A-Treat's legacy sodas are now available in glass bottles in the Philadelphia area. The drinks are sweetened with cane sugar and made with the original recipes.

1/17/2018

Ardagh Group said a drop in US beer consumption is behind its decision to close its glass bottle plant in Milford, Mass. Ardagh chairman Paul Coulson said the company will distribute orders to its other North American facilities and pursue growth opportunities in stronger performing markets such as wine and spirits.

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1/17/2018

New data from IWSR finds that declining beer consumption in the US caused a decline in the larger alcohol market for the second consecutive year in 2017. Beer purchases, which make up 79% of total alcohol sales in the US, dropped by 0.5%, causing an overall decrease in sales despite a 2.3% increase in sales of spirits, and a 1.3% increase in wine consumption.

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1/17/2018

Constellation Brands and Owens-Illinois have announced a joint venture to add a fifth furnace at the glass plant near the Constellation brewery in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico. The companies will invest a combined $140 million in the project.

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1/17/2018

Makers of The Real McCoy Rum will receive marketing and operational assistance from Constellation Brands, which has purchased a minority stake in the company. The Real McCoy, named after Depression-era rum runner Bill McCoy, was founded in 2013 by Bailey Pryor and fourth-generation master distiller Richard Seale, who manufacture their product in small batches in Barbados.

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1/17/2018

Beer sales in the US totaled more than $34 billion in 2017 according to data from IRI Worldwide. Dollar sales of craft, imports and domestic super-premium beers increased, while sales of domestic sub-premium beer, flavored malt beverages, cider and non-alcoholic beer declined.

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1/17/2018

The Houston city council last week approved a $37 million deal with FCC Environmental that will see glass returned to curbside recycling services in the city next year. The 20-year agreement follows a two-year battle over cost that saw FCC's first proposal accepted in June, then rejected and bids re-opened after public criticism over the decision-making process.

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1/17/2018

Officials in Chattanooga, Tenn., are surveying residents about glass recycling options after a decision to remove the material from curbside recycling services this month. Residents are being asked to consider participation and fees for a separate glass recycling program due to concerns over contamination and transportation costs.

1/17/2018

Check out the latest issue of In the Aisles, featuring a wrap-up of new products and trends in glass packaging.

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