I was listening to a old time radio program of Casey Crime Photographer. The show was sponsored by Anchor Hocking. Within the commercial from 1949 they were advertising the introduction of the new non returnable bottle. I was surprised that the throwaway bottles started that early since we were still returning bottles into the 60's.
Just recently I saw a Coca Cola truck making a delivery to a gas station. The semi had a liftgate and a electric forklift contraption for the driver to make the delivery. I remember a cousin who once worked as a helper for a beer company and 7up who seemed to do the heavy lifting of the cases and returns. He was trying to work his way up to driver, because I believe at the time the drivers pay was based on x amount per case. Nowdays, with disposable bottles and the tools I mentioned above, I assume lot of those jobs are gone. Just another case of innovation outweighing the cost of labor or maybe labor outpricing itself so that it was cheaper to pay for equipment rather than people.
I also have been noticing on the shelfs in some locations glass bottles of Coke and other soda from Mexico or Poland that comes in glass bottles. I would think it would be expensive to ship in unless a local bottler is using the foreign formula and bottling it here in the states.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/17/2015 02:40PM by Kchi.