Exal Corporation has received the 2009 "Best in Category" Quality Award for Excellence in Metal Decorating from the International Metal Decorators Association (IMDA). Competing in the Miscellaneous Products category, the container Exal developed for Boulevard Brewing's Unfiltered Wheat Beer was the only aluminum bottle package to be honored at the IMDA Annual Convention held in Chicago from May 20 to 23.
Unique in its innovative design and bold graphics, the container is a recyclable aluminum bottle that features a distinct neck profile topped with crown finish, a closure initially used exclusively with glass. Boulevard Brewing Unfiltered Wheat Beer is the first brewing product in the world to be packaged in Exal's new 66-mm impact-extruded aluminum beer bottle.
The Missouri-based brewer chose the aluminum bottle for its top-selling beer in order to offer it where glass is prohibited and beer on tap unavailable. Boulevard's president and founder, John MacDonald, states that the environmental advantages of aluminum were also an important consideration.
"We are extremely pleased that we were able to meet our customer's need with such spectacular results," says Exal's President and CEO Delfin Gilbert. "This project demonstrates the best of Exal; the drive for innovation, the resolve that enables us to meet new challenges and the spirit of collaboration that ensures an outstanding product development process." For more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.