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RE: [greenyes] Aluminum Beer Bottles

Most glass bottles used at bars and other establishments/events are not refilled. And the way they are handled tends to lead to a great deal of breakage, which can make recycling more difficult unless you have a processor with optical sorting equipment.

There are still some liquor stores that will sell you beer in returnable bottles, but those are also becoming scarce.

The only growing market for returnable glass bottles that I have seen is with natural foods co-ops offering milk and cream in returnables.

Mark Snyder
Pollution Prevention Specialist
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance

-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Koplow [mailto:koplow@no.address]
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 12:45 PM
To: greenyes@no.address; anderson@no.address
Subject: Re: [greenyes] Aluminum Beer Bottles

Wouldn't this be replacing the thicker glass bottles now common at bars 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' bottom
line. - p]

This Aluminum Bud is For You

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

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

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


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

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


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