Archive for March, 2013

Why Does Beer Taste Better in a Glass?

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The British brewing scene has never been more exciting, with hundreds of brewers producing thousands of distinctive, flavoursome beers ranging from light golden ales and delicate lagers to dark, rich stouts. And everyone knows of course that glass makes the perfect drinking partner – ensuring you enjoy the taste of these great British beers and nothing else.


There’s no odour from glass too, which is why it’s easy for it to preserve the amazing range of aromas of these special beers. Once you’ve had a beer from good glassware, there’s simply no going back.


Last weekend hundreds of brewers gathered in Sheffield at the annual BeerX event, the largest conference and beer festival for brewers and retailers in the UK.


Julian Grocock, Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) chief executive said: “To hold an industry event such as this in Sheffield is fantastic, but to be able to host a festival of beer for the public alongside makes it even better. We think people will be astounded by the quality and variety of beers on offer.”


Unfortunately, Friends of Glass didn’t manage to attend the event, but we would love to hear from those who did! What was your favourite beer? Do you agree that all good beer comes in glass? Leave a comment below or get in touch with us on Facebook or tweet us @FriendsofGlassUK.


Baileys Unveils New Bottle Design

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Friends of Glass were interested to see Baileys Original Irish Cream has changed the shape of its famous bottle


While the original Baileys glass bottle was very distinctive, the new slim-line design allows for storage in the fridge – and important factor for those Baileys’ fans who prefer to drink it chilled. Garbhan O’Bric, Baileys global brand director commented:


“As one of the most-loved female spirits brands in the world, we need to not only to appeal to current Baileys consumers and adorers, but ensure we also appeal to each new generation of progressive, savvy and spirited women.”


Available worldwide from March 2013, the bottle gives more prominence to the ‘Double B’ brand icon and has a refreshed label to compliment the new look.


Do you love it or loathe it? Let us know what you think about the new Baileys’ glass bottle. Leave a comment below or get in touch with us on Facebook or tweet us @FriendsofGlassUK.


Glass Keeps our Food Fresher for Longer

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Friends of Glass welcomes the new research from Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which shows that only 13% of us realise that packaging can play an important role in protecting food in our homes. Storing our food in its packaging can help keep it fresher for longer, saving us money and reducing food waste.


Not surprisingly the research found that after price, freshness and how long food lasts for are the most important factors for us when we go shopping. We all want to make sure our food is at its best for longer so that we don’t have to throw it, and our money, in the bin.


Friends of Glass thinks that glass is definitely a friend when it comes to reducing food waste.  Glass is virtually impermeable to oxygen so it keeps your food and drink fresher for longer and preserves the flavour! Here are 5 great ways glass can help reduce food waste in your kitchen.


This new research study, Consumer Attitudes to Food Waste and Food Packaging, delivered in partnership with INCPEN, The Packaging Federation, The Food and Drink Federation, Kent Waste Partnership and The British Retail Consortium, has been published last week by the Government waste body – Waste and Recycling Action Programme (WRAP).


Industry partners said: “Food waste is a global issue. We all have a role to play in reducing it –  manufacturers, retailers and consumers, and there are many ways of doing it. Keeping food in its specifically designed packaging, and following the dates and storage guidance that appears on the pack is a great start. We have made significant progress in this area, but there is still more that we can do to help reduce food waste, reduce the environmental impact and ultimately save consumers money”.



Dragon Tamers’ Choose Glass

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Dragon-taming twin sisters Lisa and Helen Tse have chosen Beatson Clark to produce glass containers for a range of sauces developed at their award-winning Chinese restaurant.


Lisa and Helen secured a £50,000 investment when they appeared on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den TV programme with their range of Sweet Mandarin Chinese dipping sauces. The sauces are based on secret recipes, handed down through the generations and named after the Manchester restaurant opened in 1950 by their grandmother, Lily.


Glass best preserves the taste and quality of food and drink. It acts as a single-layered natural shell to preserve untainted both the flavour and freshness of products, whilst also adding that little bit of extra elegance too.


Lynn Sidebottom, sales and marketing director at Beatson Clark, which specialises in low volumes for high-end niche food and drink manufacturers, said: “Glass is perceived as a high-quality packaging material but it needn’t cost the earth.”



The article first appeared on the Star’s website.