Glass containers for food, the safest and most hygienic way to store food

You should never have a shortage of glass containers for food in your home: they are ideal to store leftovers from your lunch or dinner, to prolong the life of raw and cooked food, preserving them against contamination, to keep the fresh fragrance and the organoleptic qualities of meat, cheese, etc. for longer, to take a healthy snack or meal with you to school or to the office in complete safety and much more!

For the optimal preservation of food in glass it is important first of all to use suitable containers, made with high quality materials and fitted with a hermetically sealed lid. Each type of food requires the right container, featuring the most suitable shape and capacity: Borgonovo, leader in quality glass 100% Made in Italy, offers IGLOO, an extensive range of hermetically sealed containers for food and jugs for liquids that are ideal for storing in the refrigerator and freezer down to -20°C.

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Igloo by Borgonovo, high quality glass containers for food and drinks 100% Made in Italy 

The Igloo line by Borgonovo comprises high quality glass containers that are perfect for storing cold cuts, fresh and mature cheeses, pulses, pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables - both raw and cooked, ready-made sauces and salsas, yoghurt and much more; the line also includes two capacious hermetically sealed jugs to preserve fruit juices and fresh slow-pressed juices and keep them fresh for longer and serve them at the table with style.


All the IGLOO glass containers for food by Borgonovo can be washed in a dishwasher at high temperatures together with their hermetically sealed lids, which are made of BPA- and allergen-free plastic, and they can be used without the lid in the microwave to heat and thaw food directly, up to a temperature of 70°C.

Why choose glass to preserve food? 

Storing food in glass offers interesting advantages not only for our health, but also for that of the planet and also for our pockets!

Glass containers may seem more expensive than plastic, but the practically eternal life of the former (except when accidentally dropped) and a series of other characteristics of sustainability and food safety make an investment in glass containers much more advantageous in the long run.

In fact using hermetically sealed glass containers for food and drinks allows us to:

• prolong the use-by life of food, keeping it fresh for longer and avoiding unnecessary waste
• avoid contaminating the contents, which are completely isolated from external agents
• keep the nutritional and organoleptic characteristics of food intact, avoiding any type of transfer from and to the outside
• buy food in bulk, which is cheaper than the packaged kind, to keep at home in reusable glass containers; it is thus possible to avoid further packaging waste
• wash the container at high temperatures after each use, safe in the knowledge that it remains odourless and devoid of any type of residue
• dispose of the container as 100% recyclable waste
• serve food directly at the table or carry meals, avoiding the use of plastic or disposable crockery and lunch boxes

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Glass containers: favourites on the shelves too 

In the United States, glass is considered to be the only "GRAS" (Generally Recognized As Safe) material by the Food and Drug Administration while an investigation conducted in 11 European countries decreed that 53% of consumers choose food products packaged in glass because they consider the material to be safer for packaging food and a generous 73% for preserving drinks.
These preferences for glass reach 65% and 72% respectively in Italy.

A recent Censis survey conducted in 2018 in this country to take a snapshot of how lifestyles and consumer choices are changing found that for 28 million Italians glass is an "irreplaceable" material in many areas of daily life, where its use should be increased and encouraged, especially in the sale and storage of food products.

The major advantages of this material that are appreciated by Italians are healthy food (35.7 % of respondents), total sustainability and recyclability (25.9% of respondents) and also the versatility and charm of an old material yet one which is capable of accommodating all the modern needs for practicality and safety.

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A guide to the best glasses to appreciate different types of wine

A glass of fine wine is a simple pleasure that everyone can enjoy, but how can you best appreciate this exquisite treat?

More often than not, when tasting wine, we focus on the quality of the product and pay little attention to the choice of the most appropriate glass.

For years now, experts, sommeliers and oenologists all agree on the importance of choosing the right type of stemmed glass and the quality of the glass itself better to capture and enhance the organoleptic characteristics of wine: from a simple decorative item of tableware, the glass has been transformed into a genuine wine-tasting tool, which needs to comply with specific standards and characteristics for each different type of wine.

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To each wine its own tasting glass

As a general rule, wine tasting glasses need to made of top-quality glass, to allow the taster to appreciate fully every nuance of colour and the body of the product.

What’s more, the best glass does not absorb any odours or aromas, even after several uses, proving to be absolutely neutral and odourless with each new tasting.

The ideal wine tasting glass should be chosen according to the structure of the wine, the presence of tannins, the degree of ageing, the alcohol content, the percentage of sugars and the fragrance it releases.

A good stemmed wine glass should have the following characteristics: a stem that is easy to grip but also keeps the warmth of your hands away from the bowl, the glass should be colourless, with an adequately sized bowl to contain enough wine to allow it to release all its aromas.

However, each type of wine requires a specific shape and design, which have been studied by physicists, chemists and oenologists to enhance all the peculiarities at best.

The best tasting glasses for white wines 

Young and fresh white wines require a glass with a tapered lip, which can direct the wine better towards the tip of the tongue, which is sensitive to its sweet flavour, and then towards the sides, which are sensitive to acidity.
The shape of the stemmed glass is designed to direct the typically delicate and fruity aromas of these wines towards the nose more, better to appreciate the sugary content.

Full-bodied and aged white wines instead require a tasting glass with a straight lip, which will direct the wine towards the sides and the back of the tongue, and only in the end towards its tip in order best to assess the overall softness.

The best tasting glasses for rosé wines 

The ideal tasting glass for young rosé wines features a wide bowl, to allow all the aromas to be released fully, and a flared lip to direct the wine immediately to the tip of the tongue to assess its sweetness immediately.

Full-bodied and aged rosé wines require a very wide bowl to accommodate the typical fragrances of flowers and fruits and a regular lip to reach the sides and the back of the tongue first.

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The best tasting glasses for red wine 

For young red wines you can use a stemmed tasting glass similar to the one used for full-bodied white wines: the significant presence of tannins means the wine needs to reach the back of the tongue and the back of the mouth immediately, without coming into contact with the gums, which are sensitive to the bitterness of the tannins.

We recommend a wide and thin glass bowl to facilitate the traditional swirling movement that helps release all the aromas and fragrances.

The same applies as a general rule to more full-bodied and aged red wines, the only difference being that the glass needs to have a taller stem, a wider bowl with a narrower opening at the top to encourage the concentration of the complex aromas which have accumulated both in the cask and in the bottle.

Extremely aged and full-bodied red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese require a very wide bowl to allow the rapid oxygenation necessary in order to enjoy such delicious aged products, which are packed with aromas, and avoid decanting them.
The classic balloon glass is the ideal choice, preferably with a tapered opening and a straight lip, in order to concentrate complex and tertiary aromas.

Full-bodied highly aged red wines like Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, which over time have developed a strong acid component, can be best enjoyed in a balloon glass or a tasting glass with very wide bowl and a lip flared towards the outside, to direct the wine towards the tip of the tongue and mitigate any initial bitterness.
It is also important that the glass is sufficiently spacious to allow adequate oxygenation and the rebalancing of the intense aromas and the significant alcohol content that very old wines usually have.

Vetreria Borgonovo has designed and produced Mistral, the high quality glass wine tasting glass devised for the more aged, full-bodied wines: the elegant waves on the bowl ensure faster and better oxygenation and the optimal spreading of the intense aromas of "important" wines.

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The best tasting glasses for dessert wines, raisin wines and fortified wines 

Raisin wines, which have an intense sugar content, are usually tasted in small quantities and are considered excellent meditation products: to appreciate them, we recommend a glass with a small bowl and a medium-long stem, with a straight lip to direct the wine directly to the back of the palate and avoid the tip of the tongue, which would be overwhelmed by the extremely sweet flavour.

Dessert wines and fortified wines, like Marsala, Sherry and Port, are best tasted in stemmed glasses with a more elongated shape, and slightly larger than those used for raisin wines, because the increased height encourages the development of the complex aromas of these products.

The outward-flaring lip makes it possible best to appreciate dry fortified wines since it directs the wine towards the tip of the tongue, allowing the immediate taste of the softer sugary notes and only subsequently the "harsher" aromatic ones.

The best tasting glasses for sparkling wines made with the traditional method, the Charmat method and Millesimato wines 

The perfect sparkling wine glass is by far the champagne flute, a stemmed glass with a tall, narrow bowl designed to appreciate fully the perlage (bubbles) typical of these wines, favouring a slow but constant development of carbon dioxide and of the delicate aromas as they rise to the surface.

But not all champagne flutes are alike: to each sparkling wine its tasting glass!

Sparkling wines produced using the Charmat or Martinotti method, which are characterised by a perlage that is not very fine and medium-sized bubbles, require a tulip flute, which is shorter and more tapered than the classic champagne flute.

Young sparkling wines produced using the traditional method are best appreciated in a typical very tall and narrow champagne flute, preferably made of crystal or thin glass.

The most suitable flute for aged millesimato wines features a bowl that has a wider base, to allow the complex and tertiary aromas typical of these wines to be released without compromising the flow of the perlage.

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The champagne cup is the stemmed glass which was traditionally used to enjoy sparkling wines and champagne during the 19th and 20th Centuries: today it is especially recommended for aromatic and sweet sparkling wines, such as Asti, which stands out for its negligible perlage but very intense and loaded aromas.

The bowl is wide and flattened, to encourage the spreading of aromas and the slightly inward-tapered lip directs the wine to the tip of the tongue, so as to appreciate all the aromatic sweetness immediately.

Glass, a sea-friendly waste item, is at the heart of the “Endless Ocean” environmental awareness campaign

Assovetro, the Italian association of glass manufacturers, and Legambiente played the starring roles of project Endless Ocean, the communication campaign which launched several initiatives throughout 2018 to disseminate the culture of recycling and sustainable glass waste.

The operation was conducted in partnership with Friends of Glass, a virtual community consisting of more than 200,000 private individuals, companies and associations who care deeply about the future of our Planet and the culture of glass as civil, historical and environmental heritage.

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Pollution, sustainability and consumer choices: glass is the preferred packaging material in Europe 

When it comes to waste and packaging, you cannot help but think about the impact these can have on soil and sea pollution: it is estimated that by 2025 the oceans will contain more "waste" than fish.
The awareness-raising campaigns conducted by the media, environmental groups and unions on these issues in recent years have radically changed the attitude of consumers and their choices.

According to a survey conducted by Consumer Barometer in 2018 in 12 European countries, 78% of the total reference sample and 76% in Italy admit to making their purchases more carefully with respect to environmental issues and pollution from packaging and waste.

78% of Europeans and 86% of Italians consider glass to be the best packaging for food storage while 60% of Italians and 73% of Europeans think glass packaging to be more sustainable and to have less impact on the seas and on the environment owing to its total potentially infinite recyclability.

Glass, an endless resource

Glass in fact consists of sand, sodium carbonate, limestone and other natural materials that are 100% recyclable. It releases no chemicals in the products it contains, in the environment and in the seas, nor does it dissolve into micro-particles which are dangerous for animals and the ecosystem.
Recovering and recycling glass is ten times cheaper than giving new life to plastic materials.

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The statistics, collected in Germany, France, Italy, UK, Spain, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey from 19th March until 27th April 2018, highlighted the interesting marketing potential of glass packaging, which is increasingly frequently being preferred to plastic and paper/cardboard for hygienic, environmental, transportability and reliability reasons: the 6,265 responses received by Consumer Barometer aim to be the starting point for reflection involving glass manufacturers, consumers as well as food and manufacturing companies on the need to intercept a growing environmentalist trend, that focuses on the quality, healthiness and sustainability of food products and more.

Endless Ocean, a project by Assovetro and Legambiente to promote glass as the sea’s best friend 

The data collected on the growing popularity of glass packaging among consumers convinced Friends of Glass, Assovetro and Legambiente to promote initiatives focused on sea-friendly glass: indeed, the seas and oceans are a resource that is increasingly at risk because of waste, sewage and production slag that are dispersed at sea, damaging flora, fauna and fishing.

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Project Vele Spiegate (Unfurled Sails) for example involved thousands of volunteer yachtsmen, who monitored and cleaned up the seas of Tuscany and Cilento for 9 weeks, whereas the campaign entitled #Usaegetta?Nograzie! (#Disposable?Nothanks!) saw Legambiente volunteers at major summer events throughout Italy distribute 2,000 purpose-designed glass bottles marked with the Legambiente and Endless Ocean logos. The initiative was designed to promote and encourage separate collection and recycling of glass: glass is currently 83% recovered and 73% recycled, but the objective is to continue to reduce the amount of glass waste which is dispersed into the environment and at sea, to bring this figure down to zero by 2050.

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The testimonials of the Endless Ocean campaign for the promotion of glass as sea-friendly packaging were two exceptional athletes, who have dedicated their lives to water: former Olympic swimming champion Massimiliano Rosolino and apnoea champion Umberto Pelizzari.



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