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10 Best Beverage Packaging Stories of 2020

2020 was a banner year for must-read breakthroughs in beverage packaging from paper and biodegradable bottles to smart cups, “coronavirus” beer, and more.

Most will agree that it will feel good to bid 2020 good-bye at midnight on December 31, yet there’s much to toast, too, in a period when all victories no matter how minor should be celebrated.

For example, it’s been a banner year for beverage packaging features. Not only is the category’s glass more than half full based on Packaging Digest website metric analyses, it’s overflowing: a number of beverage packaging features were found throughout the list of the top-read articles of the year that we’ve distilled to a tidy Top 10.

These high-interest developments captured a variety of submarkets and formats, from printed ingredients to biodegradable bottles to revolutionary bottle inspection — inspired by a visit to the dentist, no less — as well as accelerating interest in paper bottles, among other beverage breakthroughs for beer, wine, spirits, and other drinks.

Enough of the introductory chatter, let’s get to the slide gallery presentation in typical reverse order with #10, a radical packaging twist for wellness shots.

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