5 July 2007

Serious bottle shortage all over Europe

“..A shortage of glass bottles in Europe, estimated between 60 million and 1.5 billion, is reportedly making it difficult for vintners to take production to the next level. The reasons for the shortage include expensive oil, strikes in France and an increase in European exports.” (from Wine & Spirits Daily, 16th July 2007)
“..Various factors are responsible: consolidation that has seen five companies merge to become two, the oil crisis making the production process more expensive, and strikes and accidents affecting the two biggest companies in France, St Gobain and Owens Illinois, the American company which recently bought BSN Glasspack.” (from Decanter, 13th July 2007)

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