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October 2012
Case Study in Sustainability: How Much Constellation Saved by Moving to Lightweight Glass
Fewer molds lighten the load
by Cyril Penn
Constellation Wines U.S. has reduced the weight of the bottles used for 20 million cases, or about half of its annual production. As energy costs have increased, so have glass costs, yet Constellation has been saving an estimated $1 million to $1.5 million per year on glass. So far, Constellation has reduced its glass load by more than 15,000 tons. “It’s a huge savings and it’s the right thing to do,” said Greg Fowler, Constellation’s senior vice president of oper...
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