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Bud Light goes to no-label look

Bud Light 12-oz glass bottles get a fresh look this summer as glue-applied paper labels give way to clear film labels and the no-label look.

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“We constantly look for ways to improve our beers—and our packaging—to make sure they remain the consumer’s number one choice,” says Dan McHugh, senior director, Bud Light Marketing, Anheuser-Busch. “The clear label is a major image enhancement for Bud Light. Extensive research told us it makes Bud Light appear contemporary, fresher, and more sophisticated.”

The clear pressure-sensitive body, neck, and back labels are supplied by Spear, which uses what it calls “proprietary materials and printing processes.” Basically a biaxially oriented polypropylene, the label’s “proprietary” uniqueness is a function of Spear’s expertise in such things as topcoats, adhesives, pasteurizeability, moisture control, caustic removability, recyclability, and laminating technologies. Labeling is done on the filling lines by St. Louis-based A-B. The new packaging will be rolled out at retail outlets this summer. No new label/old label cost comparisons were available.

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