Glass and glamour at the UK Packaging Awards

Gareth Jones of British Glass presents O-I with their award.


The UK Packaging Awards 2016 was a night of glamour and glory for the UK glass industry – with four British Glass members scooping awards that demonstrated – in front of customers and competitors - their skill in meeting brands’ needs across different markets.


"It’s been a great night for showing how glass manufacturers contribute to building brands and help customers to meet  their functional, supply, design and sustainability goals. The UK glass industry has real pedigree when it comes to bringing together the skills, experience and passion to deliver world class packaging." - Rebecca Cocking, British Glass' Head of Container Affairs.

Stoelzle Glass Group’s award-winning Isle of Harris Gin bottle


The first glass winner of the night was Stoelzle Glass Group’s Isle of Harris Gin bottle, which won Best Packaging of a New Product. The bespoke bottle – designed and created at the group’s facility in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, echoes the white sand and blue water ripples of Harris beaches.

Allied Glass' award-winning Highland Park Ice Edition bottle



Allied Glass were next to take to the stage – winning Limited Edition of the Year for the bottle they created for Highland Park Ice Edition. In celebration of Viking roots of Highland Park’s Orkney Islands home, this bottle delves into the world of classic mythology to capture the sharp and cool of the Norse ice realm with its delicate blue glass. Highland Park Ice Edition is a special release of only 30,000 and the bottle expertly ensures that the target market, of whisky enthusiasts, collectors and Highland Park single malt fans can hold in their hands an exclusive piece of the brand’s Nordic heritage.

O-I's award-winning Teachers Scotch Whisky bottle

This year there were two categories specifically for glass – sponsored by British Glass – looking at everyday and premium products. There may have been two categories, but there was just one winner when O-I bagged both awards.

Glass Pack of the Year – Everyday went to O-I’s bottle for Teachers Scotch Whisky. The brand’s objective was to reinforce Teacher’s leadership position in key markets like India and Brazil. The most striking feature of the new packaging is the Scottish thistle embossed above the label – emphasising the Scottish provenance of Teacher’s.

O-I turned the concept into a family of three sizes. To enhance sustainability and ensure efficient export shipment, they used narrow neck press and blow technology to make the bottles at the best possible weight – 430g for the 70 and 75cl sizes and 530g for the litre.

O-I's award-winning Lux Vodka Black Label bottle

With a rather different brief, it was O-I’s bottle for Lux Vodka Black Label that won the award for Glass Pack of the Year – Premium. This ultra-British authentic vodka brand is looking for long-term success in exclusive retail, high-end bars, restaurants and clubs – and demanded packaging to exhibit an elegant appeal – British design as iconic as Big Ben or a red telephone box. The resulting glass pack delivered to the letter; simply British!

A 70cl octagonal bottle as an angular, fluted shape that emphasises the luxury of the contents. The neck is long and elegant, with a fine cork closure to add even more exclusivity to the pack. To provide the best visual quality and clarity, the bottle is produced in extra flint glass, the clearest glass of all yet still 100% recyclable.

The judges remarked that: “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.”

This premium category also saw Allied Glass Balvenie D.C.S. Compendium highly commended.

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