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O-I Glass is coming to BrewCon19

Already in its seventh year, Brewcon19 has fast established itself as the annual go-to for independent brewers across Australasia. 

This year’s event at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre packs a craft beer punch with over 50 speakers and 80 exhibitors, answering the big questions on everything from marketing, maceration and medals to logistics, refrigeration and, the biggest one of all, sustainability – all distilled into three immersive, high-yield days. As global leaders in glass packaging, we’re partnering with ambitious food and drink producers of all sizes, to create iconic, enchanting and sustainable packaging that enhances the value, experience and reputation of their brands. At the heart of our passion for glass, this most sustainable of and infinitely recyclable of materials, is our commitment to sustainability – to recycling, reducing energy emissions and increasing the recycled content of our containers.

Why visit our stand? 
This year, we’re highlighting the sustainability of glass, from glass bottle recycling to consumer health. Whether you’re a small start-up or an established independent, looking to minimise your environmental footprint, create a more compelling reason to buy, up your sustainability, or all of the above, we can help scope or develop your move into glass, the ultimate sustainable material. We’ll also have craft beer tastings from local breweries from 12.30pm each day. 

Get a sneak peak 
We’re excited to showcase our new 330mL and 375mL bottles as well as our 750mL premium glassware, or grab a one-on-one with our innovative designers, the specialists driving the agenda in our industry. Our whole team will be on-hand to answer questions, share ideas and explore opportunities for you and your business. Our 328mL, 518mL & 888mL Provider range will be available soon. 

And?
With sustainability top of everyone’s agenda this year, we’re premiering a short film about our collaboration with Stone & Wood, showing how we’ve helped them reach their incredible sustainability targets. Click here
to see video  

Where can I catch O-I? 
Find us at stand 5 & 6, Wednesday 4th, Thursday, 5th and Friday 6th, that’s all three days of the event. Our whole team will be there to share thinking, scope out opportunities and discuss ideas tailored to your own unique craft beer and brewery.  

Anywhere else? 
We’re around evenings too – at the Judge’s Dinner on Sunday, 1st, at the Colonial Brewery, the Bintani Delegates Welcome Reception on Tuesday, 3rd, and the Indies Award Ceremony at 6.30pm-10.30pm on Thursday, 5th where we’re super-proud to be sponsoring the Young Gun of the Year award. Look forward to seeing you there. 

Come say hi. 
Insider tip? Calling all brewers out there to get along to see James Perrin, Sustainability Manager at Stone & Wood. He’ll be speaking at 11.30am on Thursday, 5th in the Cryer Malt Room about how to be a sustainable brewery. Not to be missed. http://brewcon.org.au/sessions/bottles-vs-cans-small-vs-large-whats-more-sustainable-outcome 

What’s with sustainable packaging? 
If you’re an independent brewer, you’ll already know how huge an issue sustainability is and will continue to be. More than ever consumers are demanding safe, healthy, sustainable packaging. Millennials are driving the big trends, with a keenly honed sense of social responsibility and a willingness to buy according to their beliefs and ethics as much as their tastebuds. The transactional value of purchase and social media has never been higher. Once sustainability was discussed at the fringes, today it is very much front and centre of business and political thinking, strategy and policy. For sustainable packaging, it’s not a matter of if but when. 

Why come to Brewcon? 
Get direct access to the independent brewing industry’s influencers and innovators. Make contacts, pick up suppliers, jump on trends, win an award even, and, of course, share an excellent craft beer or two with fellow brewers. Ours is community-focused, relationship-based industry so Brewcon19 is its essential meeting place, a great chance to get together and learn, wherever you are in the craft brewing journey.