Glass Packaging Institute Announces 2014 Clear Choice Award Winners

Today at PACK EXPO International, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) announced the winners of its 2014 Clear Choice Awards.

This year, eleven consumer product goods companies were recognized for their achievements in creating innovative glass packages with shelf impact.    


The winners were chosen from the field of 71 entries based on criteria including innovation, package design (including container label and closure), and consumer appeal. The panel of independent judges featured Paul Koning, Specialist and Instructor at Michigan State University School of Packaging; Angelica Sbai, National Director Wine & Spirits, Palm Restaurant Group; Jarad Slipp, Estate Director at RdV Vineyards, Master Sommelier; and Richard Turcsik, Executive Editor, Grocery Headquarters magazine.


In addition to seven products specifically selected by the judges, three other products received President’s Choice awards, selected by GPI’s president, Lynn Bragg  – two for advancements in sustainability and one for reinvention and innovation.


GPI also announced the winner of the People’s Choice Competition. Voting for this selection was conducted over a one-week period on GPI’s Facebook page (


The winning products are:


Beer Category: Miller Fortune

Brand Owner: MillerCoors

Glass Manufacturer: Owens-Illinois, Inc.


Conversion Recognition Category: BeanBlossom Hard Cider

Brand Owner: Oliver Winery

Glass Manufacturer: Owens-Illinois, Inc.


Cosmetics/Fragrance Category: Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion

Brand Owner: Estee Lauder

Glass Manufacturer: Vitro Packaging, LLC


Distilled Spirits Category: Jim Beam Signature Craft

Brand Owner: James B. Beam Distilling Co.

Glass Manufacturer: Vitro Packaging, LLC


Food Category: Beech-Nut Baby Food

Brand Owner: Beech-Nut

Glass Manufacturer: Owens-Illinois, Inc.


Non Alcoholic Beverage Category: Straus Family Creamery Organic Milk

Brand Owner: Straus Family Creamery

Glass Manufacturer: Ardagh Group


Wine Category: Moreno Sparkling Wine with Metallic Leopard Print

Brand Owner: Moreno BHLV

Glass Manufacturer: Ardagh Group 


President’s Award for Advancements in Sustainability: Squatters Organic Amber Ale

Brand Owner: Utah Brew

Glass Manufacturer: Anchor Glass Container


President’s Award for Advancements in Sustainability: Q-Tonic

Brand Owner: Q-Drinks

Glass Manufacturer: Vitro Packaging, LLC


President’s Award for Reinvention and Innovation: Ball Decorative One Gallon Jar

Brand Owner: Jarden Brands

Glass Manufacturer: Anchor Glass Container


People’s Choice Award: Seagram's Distillers Reserve 1.75

Brand Owner: Pernod Ricard

Glass Manufacturer: Ardagh Group


“The entries for this year’s Clear Choice Awards came from many companies that wanted to showcase their products in high quality packaging,” said Lynn Bragg, President of GPI. “A well-designed glass package provides many benefits. It’s the healthier choice for consumers and the environment and it also preserves the purity of a product.”


The 2014 Clear Choice Awards winners receive industry-wide recognition and brand-building promotion. The winning products are also on display at PACK EXPO, currently happening in Chicago.


High resolution Images of the winning products are available for download at



About the Glass Packaging Institute 


The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is the trade association representing the North American glass container industry. Through GPI, glass container manufacturers speak with one voice to advocate industry standards, promote sound environmental policies and educate packaging professionals. GPI member companies manufacture glass containers for food, beverage, cosmetic and many other products. GPI also has associate members that represent a broad range of suppliers and closure manufacturers. To learn more, visit Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook @ChooseGlass.

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