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[greenyes] Re: Aluminum Beer Bottles


I believe these aluminum bottles will likely replace 1)"bar bottles" the ones that Doug referred to that are commonly refilled and not available for retail customers, they are only available for bars; 2) the common retail marketed bottles that are sold at some bars, many restaurants and event venues - though often emptied into cups for serving; and 3) the plastic bottles that have become more common particularly at sporting venues where safety concerns are an issue.

So I think this could be both a plus and minus depending upon which particular container it replaces. My personal preferance remains the classic, refillable "bar bottles".

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Lead Organizer, NYC Zero Waste Campaign
718.208.8864
Date: Wed, 04 May 2005 13:45:11 -0400
To: <greenyes@no.address>,<anderson@no.address>
From: "Doug Koplow" <koplow@no.address>
Subject: Re: [greenyes] cMessage-Id: <s278d1fb.098@no.address>

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Wouldn't this be replacing the thicker glass bottles now common at bars
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that (I believe) are still refilled? Will the aluminum bottles be =
refilled?

>>> "Peter Anderson" <anderson@no.address> 05/04/05 01:19PM >>>
[Finally a packaging innovation that improves recycling programs' =
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RECYCLING TODAY -5/3/2005
This Aluminum Bud is For You

Anheuser-Busch Cos., St. Louis, is planning a national rollout of =
Budweiser=20
in aluminum bottles for the month of May, according to a report in the
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Louis Post-Dispatch.

The 16-ounce aluminum containers (far right) have previously been used
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the company's Michelob family of beers, but the flagship Budweiser =
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will get its turn this spring.

On a unit basis, the containers cost more to make than glass bottles, =
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the brewing company is hopeful the distinct aluminum bottle will to =
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the attention of Budweiser drinkers at clubs and bars.

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The new aluminum bottles will be offered in bars, restaurants and clubs
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well as at some convenience stores. They are now being introduced=20
nationally, according to the Anheuser-Busch Web site.

"Our new aluminum bottles gives consumers what they want - cool
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complement their image and style," Rick Leininger, director,
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Brands, said regarding the new containers for that brand family. "This
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and sophisticated bottle fills the need for beer drinkers in certain=20
settings like upscale bars and clubs."




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