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O-I WINS FOUR 2013 CLEAR CHOICE AWARDS FROM
GLASS PACKAGING INSTITUTE
Leading Consumer Products Packaged in Glass Recognized for
Innovation, Design and Shelf-Appeal
Perrysburg, Ohio (September 24, 2013) - Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) today
was honored by the Glass Packaging Institute
(GPI) as a winner of the
organization's 2013 Clear Choice Awards. The awards program recognizes
achievements over the past year in creating innovative glass packages with shelf
impact. Entries were judged on innovation, package design (including container
label and closure), and consumer appeal.
Four products manufactured by O-I were selected as winners. Kona Longboard
Island Lager was selected as the winner of the beer category. Jack Daniel's
Unaged Tennessee Rye was selected as the winner in the spirits category.
Starbucks Iced Coffee was selected as the winner in the non-alcoholic beverage
category. Tostitos Salsa's football jar was selected as the winner in the food
The panel of independent judges included Robert Bush, professor, Department of
Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech University; Andrew Kaplan, managing
editor, Beverage World magazine; Silvio Marcacci, lead contributor, Lost in the
Beer Aisle blog; and Rick Edwards, head bartender of a major Washington, D.C.
restaurant and bar.
"The entries for this year's Clear Choice Awards showcased a trend in the
artistry and value-add that glass packaging provides to the consumer," said Lynn
Bragg, president of the GPI. "Nothing communicates purity, quality and value to
consumers like a well-designed glass package."
"This year's winners demonstrate that glass effortlessly conveys a superior
image," said Shawn Welch, vice president of sales and marketing for O-I.
"Numerous food and beverage companies recognize that glass is the optimal
packaging choice because it preserves the integrity of their products, is 100
percent and endlessly recyclable, and provides unmatched product differentiation
on store shelves."
The 2013 Clear Choice Awards winners receive benefit from industry-wide
recognition and brand-building promotion. The winning products are also on
display at PACK EXPO, a leading industry trade show that runs September 23 to
25 in Las Vegas.
For more information on the awards, and on O-I's winning products, visit
www.gpi.org/product-showcase. High resolution images of the products are
attached to this press release on www.o-i.com.
Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container
manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and
beverage brands. With revenues of $7.0 billion in 2012, the Company is
headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, and employs approximately 22,500 people
at 79 plants in 21 countries. O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic,
brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. O-I's Glass Is
Life(TM) movement promotes the widespread benefits of glass packaging in key
markets around the globe. For more information, visit www.o-i.com or
On behalf of the North American glass container manufacturers, the Glass
Packaging Institute promotes glass as the optimal packaging choice, advances
environmental and recycling policies, advocates industry standards and educates
packaging professionals. GPI member companies manufacture glass containers for
food, beverage, cosmetic and many other products. GPI associate members
represent a broad range of suppliers to the industry.
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