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    Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Costco and WalMart are rolling out milk jugs that are cheaper to ship, are better for the environment, the milk is fresher when it arrives in stores, and cost less. However, the jugs have no real spout so they are difficult to pour without making a mess.

    Will customers accept these tradeoffs?

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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Eh, I think that people will accept them in time. As much as we all badmouth multinational corporations like WalMart, cost always seems to win out in the end.

    Canadians have been using bag milk for years, which seems even less consumer-friendly than this design, and I certainly haven't heard of massive protests and demonstrations in the streets of Ottawa.


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    Canadians have been using bag milk for years, which seems even less consumer-friendly than this design, and I certainly haven't heard of massive protests and demonstrations in the streets of Ottawa.
    Didn't you see that SouthPark no one REALLY cares about Canada



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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    So what, precisely, is wrong with the Euro "boxed milk" solution? It's even MORE efficient than the one the article is about, and is extremely easy to pour.


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    So what, precisely, is wrong with the Euro "boxed milk" solution? It's even MORE efficient than the one the article is about, and is extremely easy to pour.
    Well because anything European can't be good, right?


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    Well because anything European can't be good, right?
    An American... Heck, an Iowan, was instrumental in it's development.

    Funny thing is, the Euros have embraced both the bag in a box, as well as the screw top for their wine industry, even the fairly upscale wines....


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    An American... Heck, an Iowan, was instrumental in it's development.

    Funny thing is, the Euros have embraced both the bag in a box, as well as the screw top for their wine industry, even the fairly upscale wines....
    I'm certainly in favor of boxed and bagged products like Europeans have embraced. It's simple economics, and I feel America is finally crashing into the reality of finite resources that Europe and much of the rest of the world has witnessed for years.


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Black box wine... mmmmmmmmmmmm


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    I have a feeling that we will be seeing a lot more small changes like this in the next few years. I like it.


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    What about the pour spout that Joey plugged on that infomercial on Friends?



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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    we have been using those new jugs for about 3 months now, they are harder to pour I agree. But they crush down for recycling a lot easier which is nice. Costco only carries milk in the new style jugs, it is just not that big of a deal.


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    I'm certainly in favor of boxed and bagged products like Europeans have embraced. It's simple economics, and I feel America is finally crashing into the reality of finite resources that Europe and much of the rest of the world has witnessed for years.
    I will agree that we are at the twilight of our global economic dominance, however plastics are actually less harmful on the environment providing they are disposed of responsibly than the bag in a box which is not recyclable. Same with paper bags, if more people knew that paper bags cause almost three times the amount of CO2 emissions as plastic, we wouldn't be seeing this fear driven anti plastic campaign.



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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Quote Originally Posted by JHpsyclonz View Post
    I will agree that we are at the twilight of our global economic dominance, however plastics are actually less harmful on the environment providing they are disposed of responsibly than the bag in a box which is not recyclable. Same with paper bags, if more people knew that paper bags cause almost three times the amount of CO2 emissions as plastic, we wouldn't be seeing this fear driven anti plastic campaign.
    Bring on the paper bags! Whoohoo!

    I think this is just another example of the milk industry trying to p*** me off.



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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    The old-fashioned milk jugs were just two useful to recycle/throw away. I cut them open on the top 1/4 and use them to store little parts, nails, screws and whatnot in my shop. I also use them to plant herbs, tomatoes, etc...

    Bleach bottles make excellent scoops for handling bulk products.

    There's a company in Sac City that makes an artificial board out of milk cartons. The board material is called "Trex(tm)".


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    Re: Get ready for milk jugs that are hard to pour

    Actually, Costco has been using these jugs for over a year. Now that Wal-mart is doing it there is a national story. This is a great example of a slow news day.



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