Cascara has become such a trendy ingredient in specialty drinks that prices for the formerly discarded coffee husks are outpacing the cost of coffee beans by 480%. The ingredient is being used to deliver fruity notes and a low level of caffeine to beverages such as tea and coffee.
As research mounts on the growing threat of plastic trash in the world's oceans and microplastics in bottled water, glass containers remain the safe, sustainable packaging choice, writes GPI president Lynn Bragg. "Made from all-natural ingredients, glass containers are chemically inert and impermeable, completely and endlessly recyclable, and do not harm oceans or marine life," she writes.
The Beer Institute is asking the federal government to investigate pricing practices for the aluminum market to determine whether anti-competitive activity could be taking place. "One company sets the Midwest Premium, and it's essentially done behind closed doors with the input of aluminum traders and aluminum producers who have a financial interest in seeing a high Midwest Premium," said Beer Institute CEO Jim McGreevy.
Owens-Illinois will shutter its plant in Atlanta this July following a continuing drop in sales of beer. The company will continue to provide existing customers with glass products via its other US-based facilities.
As costs continue to climb for single-stream recycling programs, some communities are returning to dual-stream recycling, writes Colin Staub. "The towns that stayed dual-stream seem to do better in a prolonged downturn in the recycling markets," said Eugene MacMahon, recycling coordinator in Oakland, N.J., which reverted to a dual-stream program earlier this year.
When recycling food packaging, companies must take measures to eliminate chemical contaminants or place barriers between the recycled material and food products, according to a study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Firms that don't take these precautions could introduce unsafe chemicals into the foods, said the study authors, who reviewed five types of commonly-used packaging materials as part of the research.
Bottle return systems help create a robust circular economy and allow municipalities and private firms to reduce waste, writes Clarissa Morawski, managing director of the Reloop Platform. "Given the clear benefits of deposit return systems and the often poor performance of their alternative (multi-material household-targeted programs), more and more companies that produce, distribute or sell beverages are considering it to be the best solution to tackle the growing problems of land- and marine-based litter and manage their empty containers in a circular way," she writes.
The Glass Packaging Institute is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Clear Choice Awards. The Awards are open to all North American glass container manufacturers and their customers with entries in one of nine categories, including a new "Sustainability" award.
The lines between mass market candy sales and the specialty trade have been blurred, according to Lake Champlain Chocolates' Allyson Myers. A higher interest in organic, all-natural, gluten-free and other health-related claims has helped lead to this trend, said Torie & Howard co-founder and CEO Torie Burke.
The Museum of Ice Cream will offer its ice cream in seven flavors at Target stores, as well as at a Manhattan shop and at its museums. The ice cream, which will be sold in pints, will expand to other retailers starting in 2019.