Archive for November, 2013

Glass wins big at Packaging Industry ‘Oscars’

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The UK Container Glass Sector scooped up four awards at the Oscars of the packaging industry – the UK Packaging Awards event in London last week. Glass packaging products came first in the categories of: Best International Pack, Best New Product, Best Packaging Company of the Year and The Best Glass Pack Award.


The Best International Pack Award went to Ardagh Glass for the stunning special edition Absolut vodka bottles. It was a daring concept: to make nearly four million bottles where each one had its own colours and design.



The Best New Product Award was picked up by Allied Glass for the Langtons Gin bottle described as “striking”, “iconic” and “disruptive” by the judges. The concept for this design was to evoke the water, slate and mountains of the gin’s Lake District home.



The Glass Pack of the Year Award also went to Allied Glass for another stunning bottle for what is said to be Asia’s only super-premium rum, Phraya Rum. The rum is presented in flint glass wrapped with an ornate metal cuff to create a bottle that the judges said “picks out its heritage exquisitely”.



To round things off, Allied Glass was also nominated as the Best Packaging Company of the Year. The company’s export performance, high quality glass containers for premium spirits brands, continuing innovation and investment in new talent earned them this top accolade from the industry.


We would love to hear which bottle would get your vote? Is it Absolut Unique, Langtons Gin or Phraya Rum? Tweet us on @GlassFriendsUK or get in touch on Facebook.


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Demijohn – A true Friend of Glass

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While exhibiting at BBC Good Food Show Scotland last month, Friends of Glass met lots of great companies who choose glass as their preferred packaging material. However there was one company which really stood out for us, due to their creative business approach and love for glass.


Demijohn is the world’s first ever liquid deli, specialising in predominantly British-made quirky liqueurs, spirits, whiskies, oils and vinegars.  The store is a foodie’s paradise with its various glass jars of delicious liquids and delightful colours, each promising its own distinctive taste.


What’s more, Demijohn offers its customers the chance to choose the size and shape of the bottle into which their purchases will be poured.



We’re thankful that Demijohn chooses to serve its products in glass, as this will not only mean they will look great in any kitchen, but also ensure that the deli’s delights stay fresher for longer. The company also encourages its customers to bring their bottles back and get them refilled – another reason why endlessly reuseable glass is perfect for the job and Demijohn is a true Friend of Glass!


For more information about Demijohn products visit their website

The Glass Ghost and Friends of Glass

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There is no doubt that glass is one of the most original materials available. It not only protects our food and brightens up our décor, but it also creates some amazing sounds.


We were very excited when the up and coming singer songwriter Phildel got in touch with us and asked to use some sounds from the website for her new EP ‘Glass Ghost’. You’ve probably heard Phildel’s beautiful voice all over TV already; her songs have been featured on adverts for Marks & Spencer, Expedia, Apple iPad, Persil and Omo washing powder.


Her music is inspired by a fantasy; she likes to talk about song writing in terms of shape and colour. That’s why there is no surprise that her inspiration for ‘Glass Ghost’ came from glass, winter and ice. When Phildel started experimenting with the sounds of glass, she knew she had something unique. By electronically altering them, she was able to create interesting sonic patterns of the sound of glass.


We are truly in love with songs from The Glass Ghost EP! They are very moving and lively, but also relaxing and soothing. View the trailer for it here and let us know which song is your favourite.