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Ardagh Group supplies Rombauer Vineyards with American-made wine bottles


rdagh Group, Glass – North America, a business unit of Ardagh Group and the largest domestic manufacturer

of glass bottles for the U.S. wine market, announced its first glass production for Rombauer Vineyards from Ardagh’s Sapulpa, Okla. production facility. “Purchasing glass bottles that are made in the U.S. gives Rombauer the ability to reinvest in the American economy,” said Andrew Holloway, associate winemaker at Rombauer Vineyards. “Having worked with Ardagh multiple years, we were confident in their transition to a new production facility and maintaining the same high-quality glass we have become accustomed to year in and year out. Their dedication to exceptional glass production makes

it a great partnership that allows us to have peace of mind that our glass will arrive on time and to the standard we expect.” In order to service the growing wine market, Ardagh expanded its production for wine bottles to its Sapulpa, Okla., facility, including the bottles manufactured for Rombauer Vineyards. “Ardagh’s premium wine bottles

for Rombauer Vineyards signify the brand’s reputation for quality and sustainability, and Ardagh takes great pride in this partnership,” said John T. Shaddox, chief commercial officer for Ardagh’s North American Glass business unit. “Our expanded production capabilities allow us to provide customers with a shorter, less complex supply chain and a stable supply of high-quality glass bottles.” For more than 125 years, Ardagh

colours, sizes, styles and finishes. “We use a very challenging colour

of glass for our chardonnay – dead leaf green,” said Holloway. “Ardagh was able to provide consistency in the colour and shape of the glass so we could run as efficiently as possible. Not only does Ardagh glass look great for our brand, but it also allows us to maximise efficiency when bottling.” Ardagh will showcase its capabilities

to the wine market at the virtual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium from, January 26-29, 2021. To view Ardagh’s extensive wine

has been producing 100% and endlessly recyclable glass bottles in the U.S. and offers a wide selection of premium wine bottles in a variety of

bottle stock portfolio, which are all made in the U.S.A., visit ardaghgroup. com/wine2020. Customers interested in purchasing wine bottles can contact Ardagh at 707-200-9350 (West) or 317-558- 1585 (Central/East) or marketing.

Paper-based single-use packaging can have less environmental impact than reusable packaging

A new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study, conducted by engineering consultancy Ramboll for the European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA) demonstrates the significant environmental benefits of single-use products compared to re-use systems particularly in saving carbon emission and freshwater consumption. The LCA compares the

environmental impact of paper-based single-use packaging with the footprint of reusable tableware in Quick Service Restaurants across Europe. The study takes into account a comprehensive use of 24 different food and beverage containers in quick service restaurants. According to the baseline scenario,

the polypropylene-based multi-use system is responsible for generating

over 2.5 times more CO2 emissions and using 3.6 times more freshwater than the paper-based single-use system. The reason for this is that multi-use tableware requires significant amounts of energy and water to be washed, sanitised and dried. “When looking at different materials

and value chains, sustainability requires a comprehensive and open-minded approach. Politicians and industry leaders need to take decisions based on scientific insights rather than beliefs and assumptions. It might seem counterintuitive at first, but the Ramboll study clearly shows that some sustainable single-use products made of paper are indeed better for the environment than reusable plastic ones. We hope that this study will help

the European Commission to prepare fact-based policy measures in 2021,” commented, Ignazio Capuano, Cepi chairman and CEO of Burgo group Spa. “We know that climate change is

the greatest challenge of our times, and that we all have a responsibility to minimise our climate impact effectively. Water scarcity is an issue of growing global importance together with deep decarbonisation to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The European paper industry has a unique role to play in the fight against climate change by offering immediate and affordable solutions. Already today, there are 4.5 million tons of single-use plastics items that can be replaced by paper-based alternatives,” added Cepi director general, Jori Ringman.

The European Union should help

create new markets for bio-based products such as paper and board packaging, and ensure that there is a steady supply of sustainably sourced raw materials, like high quality paper for recycling and fresh fibre to put on the market recyclable paper-based products on the market (read our Cepi 2030 Industry Manifesto). Fibre-based packaging is already

the most collected and recycled packaging material in Europe and the industry wants to do even better, with the 4evergreen coalition, an alliance of over 50 companies representing the entire fibre-based packaging value chain. The alliance is working on increasing the recycling rates of fibre- based packaging to 90% by 2030. Green Packaging International ● Spring 2021


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