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January 2011 Newsletter June 06, 2011

Introducing the Award-Winning Berasategui System Bottle Global Package is proud to present this innovative new bottle at this year's Unified Symposium! The bottle was designed by the Basque restaurateur, Martin Berasategui, to prevent wine sediments from reaching the wine glass during decantation. Produced by the Spanish company, Estalpackaging, the bottle was recently awarded a prestigious Packaging Oscar for its innovation and functionality. The design consists of a double base, with the lower base having "two perpendicular ledges that create a narrowing that prevents non-filtered sediments and impurities from reaching the wine glass during decantation." The design can also "eliminate pre-bottling filtration processes," allowing for "optimal wine sensory characteristics to be maintained." Glass producer Estal Packaging's CEO, Gerard Alberti, will be at the booth to answer questions on Wednesday. We'll also be posting more information on our website at www.globalpackage.net, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out the bottle at our Unified Booth 1801. Meet Kathy Feder We're thrilled to welcome Kathy Feder, a long-time bottle veteran, to the Global Package team! You can meet her at the Unified show, too. So, please come by and introduce yourself. We know Kathy will impress you with her knowledge and great personality! See You At Booth 1801! Yep, that's where we'll be, with a beautiful display of our comprehensive line of bottles, including our Elegant Light line of bottles that are specifically designed to have the aesthetic of "fancy glass," but not the high price or environmental negatives of heavier bottles. We'll also be showing our best-selling bottles—the Bordeaux Max, Bordeaux Daniel, Burgundy Bella, and the Vitae bottle, which is shown on the right. Our specialty is helping you determine the right bottle for your brand and budget ...We'll be on-site to answer any questions you may have. News ‘n Notes Looks like there may be good news on the horizon for the wine industry. According to recent San Francisco Chronicle/Bloomberg business news report, wine drinkers are again embracing more expensive wines. After a depressing, belt-tightening two years, consumers are again buying wines over the $20/bottle mark. "What we're seeing is that people are trading up from value wines," said Jay Wright, president of the North American wine unit of Constellation Brands. Recent data from Nielsen Co. indicates that "total U.S. wine sales rose 4.1 percent to $9.32 billion for the 52 weeks that ended Dec. 11 ...and the fastest-growing segment was wine priced at $20 and up, with sales gaining 11 percent ...Wines under $3 declined 0.6 percent." The study also found that "in the global wine market still wine sales are the most lucrative, Europe leads in sales, and supermarkets and hypermarkets are the most important distribution channel." For the full article, click here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/18/BU531H989R.DTL