Lewis Road Creamery is a New Zealand based dairy producer, famed for marrying the reinstatement of traditional dairy production, with forward-thinking, ethical decision-making. They have enlisted leading glass packaging company, Croxsons, with the task of introducing a glass bottle to their dairy liqueur product range.
Croxsons created a bespoke 700ml glass bottle to be used for Lewis Road’s Kahlúa Cream, a coffee cream liqueur. The concept was adapted from an aluminium bottle previously used by the company.
The Lewis Road ethos is about doing things right, with a focus on sustainable packaging. Currently, all their 1.5L and 750ml milk bottles are made with 100 per cent recycled plastic packaging, which can keep being recycled after use. They are considering alternatives that will reduce their use of plastic, so Croxsons’ glass bottles could become the catalyst for more change.
Croxsons needed to match the baseline design of Lewis Road’s plastic bottles in a glass equivalent and improve the quality of the embossment. The bottles were sprayed gold, reflecting a high-value product whilst also providing the liquid with UV protection. The result is a standout, contemporary product that is still on brand with the rest of the range.
A 33mm GPI closure, in a special Pantone gold, was specifically produced for this project. This spec was chosen for its easy application properties, comprehensive printing capabilities, and a well-proportioned mouth opening for the size of the bottle.
Croxsons’ James Croxson said: “In terms of delivery, we really pushed the limits of what is possible. Within forty-eight hours of starting the project, there was a concept and a drawing which were signed off within another thirty-six hours. The bottles were manufactured within nine weeks, despite considerable hurdles with production and shipping. Regardless of the setbacks, this is still a fantastic achievement in terms of turnaround time, which impressed the client immensely.”
Croxsons were able to add value to the concept by including the Lewis Road Creamery trademarked cow emblem to the base of the bottle – an inventive yet simple way of creating a more premium product.
James Croxson adds: “We are delighted to make a connection with such an innovative brand, and we are looking forward to continuing the relationship by developing other product lines in the future.”
Croxsons will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Packaging Innovations exhibition. It is being held at the NEC on the 27th and 28th February. They will be at stand E43.