Archive for May, 2012

Marmite Glass Jar – the Origins of Good Design and Great Taste

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It might surprise you, but Marmite’s roots are set in Germany. When German scientist Justus von Liebig discovered that a brewer’s yeast cells could be concentrated, bottled and eaten, it was the first step towards Marmite being invented.


It was in 1902 that Marmite Food Company was set up in Burton on Trent, and the basic production method has changed very little since it was first invented.


Did you also know that Marmite originally came in a small earthenware pot, similar to the kind of French casserole dish called a ‘Marmite’, (pronounced MAR-MEET)? This is widely considered to be where Marmite gets its name from. Nowadays, you can still find the original dish on the label attached to the front of the pot; however the company started using glass jars in the 1920s. The shape of the jar and the distinctive red and yellow label haven’t changed much since then either.


Marmite is full of vitamin B, and due to the unique glass design, it ensures that all the goodness of the product stays fresher for longer and maintains the same famous taste.


Marmite leaves little room for people to sit on the fence – you either love it or hate it, but what’s your call?


Are glass baby bottles making a comeback?

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We’re delighted to say that this year’s Baby Show, hosted at the NEC in Birmingham, was absolutely brilliant. Hundreds of parents and parents-to-be visited our stand to find out more about why glass is the most natural, environmentally-friendly feeding choice for them and their babies.


We gave away free baby bibs to all those who became a Friend of Glass on the day – and offered visitors a great chance to win £350 worth of shopping or spa vouchers in our competition.


During the three day event, we had some great conversations with mums and dads, bloggers, parenting experts and some true glass lovers. Our favourite highlight was the sheer number of you who said that you liked the baby glass bottles we had on the stand, and we’re certain that after hearing so many people’s feedback that they will be making a big comeback!


Glass is completely safe to use in a microwave, dishwasher steriliser and fridge. Also, glass lasts longer and can be easily recycled, which means it’s good for you, your baby and the environment.


Looking for a glass baby bottle? Here’s just a few of those who stock online:


Kate from Ponderings from the Kitchen and baby Asher visiting our stand







First steps for Friends of Glass at the Baby Show, NEC Birmingham 18-20th May 2012

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The Baby Show is the ultimate day out for new parents and parents-to-be, which is why the Friends of Glass team are very excited to be taking part in the Show for the first time later this month


Together with a host of experts who will be discussing a range of issues and concerns that mums and dads face on a daily basis, we’ll be looking forward to chatting to visitors to our stand about glass and why it really is a brilliant choice for them, their kids and the environment.


We know from our research that many people who are concerned about their own and their family’s health often prefer to buy things packaged in glass. Glass keeps food and drink fresh and full of natural vitamins. Glass packaging is also easy to clean, sterilize and re-use, which makes it a perfect choice for a baby’s bottle.


According to a survey conducted by InSites in 2010, 62% of mums said that they prefer glass packaging for baby food & drink.


If you’re planning to visit the show, do come and say hello to us on the Friends of Glass stand and find out more about why glass is the safest choice for your baby’s health. We’ll also be giving away a free Friend s of Glass baby bib to all who become a Friend of Glass on the day – and offering a great chance to win £350 worth of shopping or spa vouchers in our competition. Hope to see you there!


Is Nostalgia the future?

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More and more shops are trying to capture people’s memories of the past with products that are very much of today. Clothes designers are always turning the clock back for their new collections, and this trend is now finding its way into homestores.


One of the most successful recent openings has been in the southern English coastal resort of Hastings, where well-known food writer Alastair Hendy is earning lots of praise and business for his hardware emporium Hendy’s Home Store.


Among the stylish vintage household utensils you will find a large collection of glass bottles and jars. They fit perfectly into the store’s philosophy that functional items should be solid and reusable.


Plenty of glass bottles also find their way into the building in the form of wine and beer at weekends, when this novelty of a store doubles up as a vibrant restaurant.


Manageress, Emma, displays a new delivery of glass storage jars.


Glass Milk Bottles Take A Step Closer To Disappearing Forever

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Dairy Crest, the UK’s largest dairy company, announced last week it plans to shut a glass bottling dairy at Aintree, where 220 people work, and a site at Fenstanton in Cambridgeshire which  employs a further 250 people. The move, which would leave the company’s Hanworth dairy in London, as its only glass-bottle site.


The company said that the closure of the Aintree plant reflected changing habits in society, as milk deliveries decline and people opt for plastic bottles and bags of milk over glass bottles.


Doorstep deliveries have been falling by an annual average of 10 per cent for the past two decades. Nowadays, only two million glass milk bottles are currently delivered to people’s doorsteps every day across the UK – which is down from around 40m in the early 1990s.


Dairy Crest also said its contract to supply milk to Tesco would not be renewed when it comes to an end in July, which equates to around 3% of its total output.  Dairy Crest boss Mark Allen said the “disappointing loss” of the Tesco business underlined the challenges in the liquid milk industry.


Friends of Glass think that milk in a glass bottle is worth fighting for! Milk in glass not only tastes better; the glass bottle tends to keep it colder and fresher for longer too.


You simply cannot find a more environmentally friendly packaging material than glass milk bottles, which can be reused over and over again. Recycling and reusing glass milk bottles also lowers the amount of materials dumped in landfills.


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