News at 9: Sprite is getting rid of green bottles, Passenger fined $1,800 for undeclared McMuffins and more

News at 9: Sprite is getting rid of green bottles, Passenger fined $1,800 for undeclared McMuffins and more


Sprite has announced a major change to its packaging, Airline passenger fined $1,800 for undeclared McMuffins in his luggage and more in top stories of the day.

Why Sprite Is Getting Rid of Green Bottles

Though green plastic bottles can be recycled, clear ones are a more useful recyclable material. And so The Coca-Cola Company, the owner of the Sprite brand, had already started transitioning from Sprite’s iconic green bottles to more environmentally-friendly clear bottles in places like the United Kingdom. Coca-Cola has announced that, starting August 1, all Sprite bottles across the U.S. and Canada will transition to clear packaging.

Along with the new clear bottles, Coca-Cola has announced that Sprite’s entire visual identity will get a revamp “to provide a consistent look and voice around the world.” The brand’s graphics will keep its green color, but will now feature more prominent “Recycle Me” messaging to help hammer home the change in bottle design. A Coca-Cola spokesperson explained that, by the end of 2021, 47 countries had switched from green to clear Sprite bottles, and by the end of this year, over 70 more markets will have joined that list.

Airline Passenger Fined Over $1,800 Over a Couple of McMuffins in His Luggage

There are a lot of reasons why you don’t want to forget a pair of McDonald’s Egg and Sausage McMuffins at the bottom of your backpack — but the possibility of a four-figure government fine has to be near the top of the list. An as-yet-unidentified air traveler was hit with an AUD​​$2,664 ($1,846) “infringement notice” after a Darwin airport sniffer dog detected his leftover McMeal when he flew from Bali, Indonesia to the northern Australian city. 

The traveler was also carrying a ham croissant. His entire breakfast was deemed to be an undeclared biosecurity risk; after being confiscated, the items were going to be tested for foot and mouth disease (FMD) before being destroyed. This will be the most expensive Maccas meal this passenger ever has, this fine is twice the cost of an airfare to Bali. This is the second fast food-related fine to come out of Australia this summer. In mid-July, an Australian woman had to pay the same penalty after bringing her unfinished Subway sandwich into the country.

Queen Elizabeth Is Looking for Someone to Run a Pub on One of Her Royal Estates

If you’re an extremely experienced pub manager and looking for a new gig, this one might be for you. The job listing? It’s unlike any other, with quite the intimidating manager.

Queen Elizabeth is seeking a tenant for her Norfolk property on the Sandringham Estate. The space — built around 1900 and comprising a total area of over 4,000 square feet — is intended to become a “destination public house,” according to the Landles estate agency’s website. It might be a good idea to read the fine print before applying for the royal role. The ideal property operator steps into a 20-year contract, with rent stepping up yearly over the first 10 years. They’ll work closely with the property landlord, which includes submitting written plans, meeting regularly, and covering all of the landlord’s legal costs associated with the deal.

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