William Grant & Sons introduced new packaging for its Three Barrels brandy in the U.K. that includes a new 500-milliliter Very Special Old Pale packaging format. Three Barrels will now carry a differently-shaped label with information about the brandy. "The new look Three Barrels maintains the recognizable brand look and feel for existing drinkers, while generating interest for those new to the brand through a premium-look bottle with real shelf presence," senior brand manager Oliver Dickson said.
The European glass industry produced 10.9 million tons of glass in the first half of 2012, compared with 10.7 million tons during the same period in 2011, a 1.9% increase, the European Container Glass Federation reported. Portugal and Turkey led the growth, with production increases of 13% and 8.3%, respectively. A FEVE spokesman said, "Glass is seen as a premium packaging solution while being very competitive towards other solutions," adding that new technologies have led to a 30% reduction in bottle weight over the past two decades.
Heineken is teaming up with Shanks Group to recycle more than 16,000 tons of brown glass bottles that were used to sell the beer in the Netherlands for 80 years but are now being discontinued. The brewer said it will be phasing out the brown bottles for its better-known green ones through February 2013.
Coca-Cola Femsa, the world's largest bottler of Coca-Cola, has purchased a 51% share of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, marking the Mexican company's first move into Asia. "The market in Philippines represents the expansion of our global footprint beyond Latin America, reinforcing our exposure to fast growing economies," said CEO Carlos Salazar Lomelin.