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Class act food and beverage packaging

I picked up a few six-packs of Sanpellegrino orange ("Aranciata") soda the other day and had to appreciate the artistry, rich colors and detail of the can and its protective foil lid. Nobody else does this. The beautifully sculpted St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur bottle which, while not quite the Baccarat crystal vessel holding Remy Louis XIII cognac, has an incredible heft and feel that I find aesthetically satisfying. Another nod goes to the art work on the large red tin cubes of Amaretti di Saronno with their individually paper-wrapped almond cookies. All of these packaging creations came from commercial artists who, while forever unknown and uncredited, created industrial art that has received my respect and appreciation. Aside from boutique items, has anyone else noticed packaging of commonly available items that deserves mention?

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  1. Salvador Dali's bottles for Grand Marnier. I have a couple of the older ones that are individually numbered.

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      Really? Do tell more about that.....obviously they must be old and of limited edition. Do you have any pic's you can share? I googled it and nothing specific came up. The current aged (150 yo?) Grand Marnier Bottles are supposedly hand panted and each original, but I'm not familiar with any Dali's bottles.

      1. re: jrvedivici

        We were told in France that he had originally designed the bottles. They were numbered and came with a small metal shield on chain over the neck.

        They stopped the shield and numbering after he died.

        Original cost in 1988 was $36.00 US in the box in Rheims.

        $105 US in Nassau Bahamas in 2005.

        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          Wow.........you are bringing back some memories, albeit some foggy ones. Yes, I do remember Grand Marnier having a chain and shield a long time back. Interesting.....thanks for the info.

    2. Aside from the Aranciata (a staple in our house) I can't think of any commonly available idea at the moment. I know its purpose yet I do love good packaging and design.

      I recently bought a set of sheets from Lands End and they came bundled by a beautiful brown ribbon. This was a complete waste of money and the thought of some young child tying it in a far of land gave me a twinge of guilt yet the presentation delighted me.

      1. Crown Royal come in a blue velvet abg that's kind of classy.

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        1. re: mike0989

          Our family's Scrabble tiles always resided in a Crown Royal bag. I'll bet I'm not the only one!

          1. re: judybird

            Mine, too. As are many camera lenses from a Leica system long unused. I can't believe I forgot this nice amenity that is too nice to throw away.

          2. re: mike0989

            Reminds me when I was a kid, my "treasure box" was a Chivas Regal tin. Of course I had no idea what Chivas was, but I thought the box was so fancy. Looked like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHIVAS-REGAL-...

            1. re: juliejulez

              LOL. I have one on the top of the fridge I use as a napkin holder.

            2. re: mike0989

              My father saved enough bags for me to have pj pants!!
              Orangina and Martinelli apple juice.
              In 1998 Florence, Italy I bought a bottle of grappa with a swan blown inside attached to the bottom. My worst roommates promptly accidentally broke it.
              Crystal Head Vodka, shaped like a skull with the neck angled slightly.

            3. I like the Pepperidge Farm Pirouette cookies that come in the metal tins. They just wouldn't be the same in a bag or a box. The tins always get repurposed for something else around the house or garage.

              1. Lucini's hexagonal olive oil bottle is lovely, and easier to keep hold of than a round bottle.The label's nice, too.

                1. I happen to like the bottle for Patron tequila. Does anyone know whether or not they are still hand-made?

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                  1. re: KarenDW

                    they are still hand blown glass and are hand numbered

                    1. re: KarenDW

                      I love those bottles too. I'm not a tequila drinker but we have one in the neighborhood and retrieve bottles out of the recycle periodically.

                    2. Republic of Tea tea bags in the round metal tin. 50 tea bags in a relatively small container that keeps them fresh without the excess packaging of individually wrapped bags. And the tins can be repurposed for storing various small items.

                      1. I'd like to add "function" to the class act category. I love the Altoids tins. Whereas they are not pretty, they are really functional, and are eminently suited to repurposing. There is also something elegant about offing someone a mint packed in a tin & paper rather than from a plastic shaker container.

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                        1. re: PattiCakes

                          They are very popular for repurposing as geocaches,

                        2. I was a product manager for the distributor of Perrier in the Northeast back in the 70's, and the distinctive shape and green glass of their 5.5, 11, and 23 oz. bottles were sexy and it sold itself. Twice a year french guys in fancy suits visited and heaped praise on us, but truthfully they couldn't send us enough and a monkey could have sold the stuff. There also was very little competition then for bottled fizzy water. They have since changed bottle sizes and added a PET plastic bottle.

                          1. I too love the St. Germain bottle. Also, Johnnie Walker Blue has nice bottle/packaging. Much nicer than the $650 Macallan 25.

                            Yellow tin jasmine Tea by Fujian Tea - tea is okay but love the tin.

                            Mighty Leaf silken tea pouches