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Colgate-Palmolive joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recyclability initiative

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Colgate-Palmolive announced that it had joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative, which reflects the company’s commitment to 100% recyclability of packaging across all its product categories.

To accelerate its progress in this initiative, the company will continue to look for scalable improvements in the capacity and quality of recycled materials, while also continue to look for new innovations that will reduce and eliminate problematic and unnecessary plastic in its packaging.

“We are committed to reducing our use of plastic in our packaging, using more recycled plastic, and increasing the recyclability of our plastic packaging,” Ian Cook, chairman, president and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive said. “We’re proud to join this Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiative, an important part of our strategy to help us achieve our goals and keep building a future to smile about.”

Colgate-Palmolive’s recent successes include re-engineering a fabric softener sachet in Latin America and redesigning toothpaste packaging in China that has saved more than 50 tons of plastic annually, the company said.

“Great to see Colgate-Palmolive take a leading role in the transition to a circular economy for plastics with an ambitious set of commitments that recognises the need to eliminate problematic or unnecessary packaging and aims to design all remaining packaging to be recyclable while significantly increasing the use of recycled content,” Sander Defruyt, lead of the New Plastics Economy Initiative, said. “The New Plastics Economy initiative looks forward to working with Colgate-Palmolive over the coming years to achieve their targets.”

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Julie’s Organic celebrates anniversary with limited-edition boxes

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Julie’s Organic, the maker of organic frozen desserts, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a limited-edition box design and a slew of giveaways for consumers.

The Eugene, Ore.-based company, which first debuted in 1998, is celebrating the milestone by unveiling the Julie’s Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich’s new commemorative packaging. It features high-resolution photography and purple and gold elements, that highlight the brand’s products.

“Our fans seek out Julie’s because they know that our products don’t force them to choose between clean ingredients and great taste. They know that with Julie’s they can have a treat made with clean and simple ingredients, and without the things, they’re trying to avoid, like high fructose corn syrup, carrageenan, and artificial sweeteners,” Michelle Hunt, vice president of marketing at Julie’s Organic, said. “We are grateful to our fans for 20 years of support.”

In addition, the company also is inviting fans to celebrate their birthdays with giveaways that will be hosted on Facebook and Instagram pages, throughout the summer. Prizes include free ice cream, limited-edition enamel pins and exclusive gear.

Julie’s Organic products are certified organic, come from cows not treated with the artificial growth hormone rBST or antibiotics, and contain no artificial ingredients or high-fructose corn syrup.

Products from the brand are available at such natural, conventional and specialty grocers as Whole Foods, Sprouts and Kroger, with prices ranging between $4.99 to $7.99.

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San Juan Seltzer dives into the spiked seltzer game

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Aside from rosé, another popular beverage trend for the summer seems to be spiked versions of such beverages as sparkling water and seltzer.

San Juan Seltzer is now jumping in to the game by releasing a line of craft spiked seltzer.

The Seattle-based company announced the release of its first small-batch, Northwest-brewed beverage to hit the market.

“My family has been coming to the San Juan Islands for generations. It’s a very special place for us and I wanted this beverage to reflect the lifestyle here. That means natural, clean and 100% Pacific Northwest fun,” Kathy Enger, found of San Juan Seltzer, said. “Our spiked seltzers are the perfect light and refreshing alcoholic beverage for sipping every day, at parties, while out boating and at summer get-togethers, and brings a little bit of the San Juan Islands to any season and occasion. I cannot wait to see my friends and others enjoying San Juan Seltzer throughout the summer, tailgating with it during the fall football season and sipping it over the holidays!”

Each can of the product contains 85 calories, zero sugar and carbs, 4.2% ABV, and comes in Huckleberry, Fuji apple, raspberry-cran and pure flavors.

“In all my years in the beverage industry, I have never tasted a cleaner, more refreshing spiked beverage. It reminds me of a perfectly pure, vodka soda taste profile that we’re so excited and proud to share with locals,” Ron Lloyd, CEO of San Juan Seltzer, said. “Katy had a clear vision for creating a beverage that was spirited, tasted excellent and didn’t weigh you down. We’re thrilled to be debuting all four of those flavors now at Schooner Brewing!”

San Juan’s spiked seltzer will be available on tap at the Schooner Brewing Beer Hall in SoDo in Seattle and will hit select western retailers by the 4th of July.

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