The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) named the winners of its 2006 Clear Choice Awards, the only awards program that recognizes consumer product goods companies that package their products in Glass.

"Glass says 'purity,' 'premium,' and 'sustainability,' like no other packaging material," says GPI president Joseph Catteneo. The judging panel includes representatives from the packaging academia, design, and trade media. In the past years, entries were judged on aesthetics, creativity, marketability, and form and functionality. All 2006 Clear Choice Award winners received an engraved Steuben Glass award.


Beer

Winning Product: Redhook Ales, www.redhoook.com
Manufacturer: Redhook Ale Brewery
Glass Container Supplier: I-O
Judges Comments:Redhook Ales's redesigned amber bottles feature the company logo and wheat decoration. The split cut and stack label design and warm color palette create an upscale craft beer image.


Carbonated Beverage

Winning Product: Coca-Cola Blak, www.coca-colablak.com
Manufacturer: The Coca-Cola Company
Glass Container Supplier: Vitro Packaging
Judges Comments: Coca-Cola Blak is packaged in the company's signature glass bottle featuring full sleeve shrink labeling. The label's graphics communicate the beverage's fusion of cola and coffee.



Cosmetic and Fragrance Products

Winning Product: Aramis Always for Him & for Her
Manufacturer: Estée Lauder
Glass Container Supplier: Vitro Packaging
Judges Comments: The details of Aramis's curved glass bottles convey fluidity, continuity, and grace. When placed together six bottles unite to form a circle. The ribbed texture adds to the effect.


Distilled Spirits

Winning Product: Shakka, www.shakka2me.com
Manufacturer: Reisigl Associates
Glass Container Supplier: Anchor Glass
Judges Comments: Shakka Liqueur is both a distilled spirit and a mixer to accompany or add flavor to other spirits. The bottle is clear flint glass, acid etched with a mask to leave a clear area around the heel, and is accompanied by a metallic pressure sensitive shoulder label.


Flavored Alcoholic Beverages

Winning Product:Peels
Manufacturer: Anheuser-Busch Inc.
Glass Container Supplier: O-I
Judges Comments: The short neck and bright re-sealable closures create a distinguished and modern look. The flint glass shows the colorful product inside that coordinates with the color scheme of the pressure-sensitive label and closure.


Food

Winning Product:Knotts Berry Preserves
Manufacturer: Knotts Berry Foods and ConAgra Foods Inc.
Glass Container Supplier: Anchor Glass
Judges Comments: This product features a square jar with indented, contoured label panel. It displays fruit shapes around the shoulder and heel debossed in glass and is topped with a black lug closure with gold printing.


Non-Carbonated Beverage

Winning Product:Bling H2O
Manufacturer: Bling Beverages
Glass Container Supplier: Saint-Gobain Containers and Vitro Packaging
Judges Comments: This is the first water bottle to be decorated with Swarovski crystals. It demonstrates etched glass, screen print, and crystal application.


Organic Beverage

Winning Product:Just Green and Just Black Teas
Manufacturer: Honest Tea Inc.
Glass Container Supplier: O-I
Judges Comments: This organic tea bottle features cut and stack labeling with serene photos of raw black and green teas.


Organic Food

Winning Product:O Organics Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
Manufacturer: Safeway Inc.
Glass Container Supplier: Saint-Gobain Containers
Judges Comments: These 100 + recyclable glass bottles and jars feature cut and stack labels with photos of mushrooms, roasted garlic, tomatoes, chili peppers, and other fresh ingredients alongside warm-pastel-panels.


Overall Package Design

Winning Product: Corzo Tequila
Manufacturer: Bacardi Bottling Corp.
Glass Container Supplier: Saint-Gobain Desjonquéres
Judges Comments: The corzo bottle design blends art and science, with a tequila bottle design like no other.


Success Story

Winning Product: Fleur-de-Lis Restoration Ale
Manufacturer: Abita Brewing Company
Glass Container Supplier: Saint-Gobain Containers
Judges Comments: As Abita survived Hurricane Katrina, its golden ale's label is decorated with purple and green designs, representing justice, hope, and generosity.


Wine

Winning Product:Zonté Sparkling Wine
Manufacturer: Vincor Canada
Glass Container Supplier: Vitro Packaging
Judges Comments: This unique bottle design has a hybrid shape - part wine, part sparkling water.