Archive for January, 2013

MENA loves glass – it’s official!

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We were delighted to hear that glass is the preferred choice of packaging for not only Europeans*, but also MENA’s (Middle East and North Africa’s) consumers. An independent survey conducted by Asian Glass magazine has revealed that MENA’s consumer’s choose glass containers for preserving the quality, purity, and taste of their drinks and food.


Here are 4 main reasons why Asia says yes to glass: :


  1. 73% of consumers continue to choose glass packaging for maintaining the purity of a product.
  2. 79% believe that glass packaging is the best choice for ensuring the quality and healthiness of foods.
  3. 62% of consumers choose glass packaging for maintaining the shelf life of a product.
  4. Glass is also the preferred packaging choice for drinks: juices (73%), soft drinks (96%) and health drinks (87%).


Gulf Glass exhibition director, Derek Burston, commented: “It is this trend (towards glass) that is undoubtedly inspiring a number of existing companies, as well as budding entrepreneurs, to increase their exposure to this sector, all of which augurs well of course, for the providers of container glass manufacturing technology”.


*InSites Survey







5 Ways Glass Can Help You Reduce Food Waste

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As much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to 2 billion tonnes – ends up as waste every year, according to the recent report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  In Britain alone, we waste a quarter of all the food we buy. The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) calculates that the typical British household could save £50 a month by minimising its food waste. The good news is that by choosing and using glass containers for the food you buy and store, you’ll have a helping hand in achieving that!


Here are 5 suggestions how glass can be a friend when it comes to reducing food waste and saving money:


1. Have you got a garden full of apple trees? Make sure you don’t waste any of them! Get into the kitchen and make your own chutney and jams. Glass is inert, which means that, unlike other packaging materials, it acts as a natural barrier to bacteria and contains no chemical preservatives, artificial flavourings or additives.


2. Love your leftovers; get creative making meals from what you have in the kitchen. Why not use up all those remaining veggies and cook some lovely Chicken Noodle Soup in a jar. Glass is non-reactive and a great protector of food and drink.


3. Think glass jars when you shop. Did you know that glass is virtually impermeable to oxygen, which means it keeps food and drink fresher for longer?


4. Savvy storage – get into the habit of putting your nuts and raisins into airtight containers such as glass jars. Glass is easy to clean, sterilise and re-use, so it can store products again and again.


5. Bought too much food? Why not create a recipe in a jar and give it your colleagues, neighbours or friends. Here is a brilliant Pie in Jar recipe to get you started!


Have you got any more tips on how glass can help you reduce food waste? Leave a comment below or get in touch with us on  Facebook or tweet us @FriendsofGlassUK


Is Glass Making A Comeback On The Doorstep?

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It seems like just about anything vintage is making a comeback, and the food scene is no exception. Slowly but steadily, milk delivery services are making a comeback in some areas for reasons that are both personal (glass lovers know that milk from a glass bottle taste better and stay cooler for longer) and political (supporting small-scale dairies is good for the local food movement and the environment).

It can also make your mornings that little bit extra special! We love how Rosie Millard beautifully captured the excitement of her little one about the freshly delivered milk in her recent “Modernity is here – we have acquired a milkman and glass bottles” article in The Independent:


“Wow!” says my youngest son “What time will you arrive with our milk?” “5am” pronounces Bravo dourly. “I’m going to get up early and see you!” shouts my child, who has never heard of anything so amazing as milk in a glass bottle.”


Although prices are slightly higher than store-bought milk, delivery services give consumers their calcium with convenience and safety. Glass acts as a natural barrier against bacteria as it’s virtually impermeable to oxygen, thus keeping milk full of its natural vitamins and minerals. Rosie also thinks that milk deliveries will stop the need for those irritating journeys when you just pop out for a pint of milk but seem to come back with a bag full of random items.


According to Chris and Gillian Spakauskas, who have been delivering milk in York for 24 years, the majority of their new customers are usually young professional couples who simply want a pint of fresh milk on the doorstep in the morning, so they can have a cup of tea before setting off for the day.  And nothing keeps freshness better than glass, as it doesn’t interact with what it holds and protects the flavour.


Do you get your milk delivered? If so, do tell us why. Is it because milk just tastes better when it comes from a glass milk bottle, or because glass doesn’t have an odour? Maybe it’s because you know that glass won’t leak, or because glass keeps the milk colder and fresher for longer? Or, perhaps you just like the memories it brings back from your childhood? We would love to hear your comments! Get in touch with us on Facebook or tweet twitter @FriendsofGlassUK



Vinegar Gets Smart – New Augmented Reality Campaign Adds Extra Spice to Shopping Experience

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Friends of Glass is impressed with a clever new marketing campaign from speciality ingredients experts, Merchant Gourmet. This innovative campaign enables consumers to walk into supermarkets, scan the bottles with their smart phones and immediately receive a step-by-step cookery lesson and recipe to create a special Spiced Black Rice Vinegar dish.


“We wanted to develop a campaign that would engage customers and get them interacting with the product,” said communications manager Karen Alleyne. “All they have to do is point their device at the special neck collars which are placed around the bottle and they can enjoy their guide and recipe in the palm of their hand.”


Spiced Black Rice Vinegar is a versatile ingredient created by blending a mix of exotic Asian spices. Infused with cinnamon, aniseed, liquorice, peppercorns, orange peel, we’re delighted to see it is stored in a square shaped glass bottle so its unique taste is preserved.


Have you had a chance to have a go at this interactive cooking experience? We would love to hear your comments! Get in touch with us on Facebook or tweet twitter @FriendsofGlassUK