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Double win for glass manufacturer O-I

The new designs for Lux Vodka Black Label and Teacher’s Scotch whisky have been named best glass packs at the 2016 UK Packaging Awards. Lux won the premium glass pack category while Teacher’s won the everyday category.

The awards, presented in London on October 27, 2016, have grown to become the biggest prize in the UK packaging sector.  The winning packs are both manufactured by O-I, the world’s leading glass packaging company.

Paul McLavin, marketing and business development lead for O-I UK said: “These awards demonstrate how glass continues to provide the quality and image required by spirits brands. The flexibility of our Alloa site, the largest glass plant in Scotland, means we can maintain a stable, high quality supply of all the packaging needed by both niche and mainstream brands. Innovative technologies, such as the extra flint glass used by Lux Vodka, offer the zing which helps our customers’ brands succeed.”

Lux Vodka Black Label is an authentic British ultra-premium vodka, distilled and bottled on the Copped Hall Estate in Essex, using only the finest British ingredients. The judges said: “The objective was certainly achieved with this aesthetically pleasing and tactile luxury packaging triumph. To produce something that oozes luxury yet remains 100% recyclable is a great achievement. A beautifully shaped stand out masterpiece.”

The Teacher’s bottle utilises Narrow Neck Press and Blow technology allowing for a significant weight reduction while maintaining a premium look and well-defined embossing. Commenting on the pack, the judges said: “This is a fine example of why detail matters. Lightweighting, design and manufacturing all play a part in delivering a perfect piece of packaging for everyday.”

The UK Packaging Awards prides itself on the level of expertise of its judging panel which features heads of packaging and senior packaging experts from a wide range of household-name brands and retailers, as well as consumer research, finance and business experts.

About O-I
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. The company had revenues of $6.2 billion in 2015 and employs 27,000 people at 80 plants in 23 countries. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace.

7 November 2016 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor-in-chief