Archive for February, 2014

Coke Bottles Get Lighter

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‘Coke taste better from a glass bottle’ is probably the most common phrase we hear from our fellow Friends of Glass. It’s no surprise really. Glass is inert and so doesn’t interact with what it holds, which is why it’s simply the best protector of flavour and freshness.


Glass bottles clearly have some brilliant advantages: they look great, they are better for your health and the environment, and are also getting much lighter too! UK glass manufacturer Ardagh has designed a new 330ml glass bottle for Coke weighting just 190g that is 26 per cent lighter than its comparable 2005 bottle.


Amazingly, the new bottle retains all the bottle’s trademark dimensions, quality and strength. Talking about the new and improved design, Carsten Berkau, Design Manager for Glass Europe at Ardagh, said:  “Lightweighting is an ongoing process through well-established design and manufacturing techniques. Our task is to keep the famous shape, whilst determining the stress points and the optimum weight of a glass bottle. State of the art technology ensures that when we are challenged, we can respond with even greater precision.”

A Friend of Glass – The Organic Blending Company

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Here at Friends of Glass we love making new friends. This happens a lot when we are out and about attending shows, meeting so many passionate glass lovers and supporters! Last year, at BBC Good Food Scotland we popped over to The Organic Blending Company’s stand and were impressed to see so many lovely herbs and spices beautifully preserved in glass jars.


We learnt that when it comes to storing spices, your biggest enemies are air, light, heat and humidity. That’s why glass is a perfect air tight material to protect, preserve and keep spices fresh. Gordon Wicklow, Managing Director of The Organic Blending company, says: “We want to deliver a high visual impact, while offering the best possible packaging to keep all the flavour in our products.  This combined with the feel of glass means that glass is really the only choice for our products.”


Not only do their spices look great in glass, they are also free from GM ingredients, nut sources and are 100 per cent organic! The varied organic range includes grinding herbs and spices, sprinkles, marinades, gravies and stuffing. The Organic Blending Company is a true heaven for those who are always on the lookout to add that extra twist to their favourite meal or invent something new in the kitchen.