Compare to the last decades’ glass packing production, recent decade’s making situation has some main change in the trend.
In the middle years of the first decade of the 2000s, most glass containers were produced for beer. The remainder of glass containers was produced use for food, wine, ready-to-drink alcoholic coolers and cocktails, and liquor. All other uses, including chemical, cosmetic, household, health, industry, medicinal, and toiletry products, together accounted for about 4 percent. Between January and May 2007, glass container shipments grew 1.2 percent as production fell 0.6 percent. The industry reported an estimated 238 establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing glass containers for commercial packing and bottling, and for home canning, valued at $8.3 billion in 2008.
The Freedonia Group projected that U.S. food container demand would grow 3.3 percent to $23.5 billion in 2011, while the glass container market was expected to lag behind increased demand for plastic containers, bags, and pouches. The glass food container market could get a boost as consumers become more and more health conscious, choosing organic and healthy food products. In 2008 the glass food containers held 3.8 percent of industry share and reported $1.4 million in shipped goods.
According to the Glass Packaging Institute Web site, “Leaving a smaller environmental footprint and appealing to the health-conscious consumer were the major areas of focus for the North American glass container industry in 2010 and will continue to be in 2011.” Industry leader Owens-Illinois introduced its “lightest ever” wine bottle weighing 11.6 ounces, which was 27 percent lighter than comparable wine bottles. Not only was the lighter wine bottle more environmentally friendly, but it also would trim glass jar manufacturing costs.
In 2010 there were 48 glass manufacturing plants in 22 states. Narrow-neck bottles used for bottling beer accounted for 59 percent of shipments; 18 percent for food glass containers; 8 percent for non-alcoholic beverages; 6 percent for wine; 4 percent for liquor; 4 percent for ready-to-drink alcoholic cocktails and coolers; and 1 percent for cosmetics, toiletry products, and medicines.
Glass container shipments fell 4.8 percent from 177,217 between January and October 2009 to 168,603 for the same time in 2010. Production fell 6.1 percent from 179,154 between January and October 2009 to 168,065 for the same time in 2010.
One area exhibiting resilient growth was the wine category, which boosted the industry’s bottom line. Symphony IRI Group reported that wine purchased in 187ml to 4 liters glass bottles accounted for 82.8 percent of wine sales by volume for the year ending November 28, 2010. Although the wine category accounts for only 6 percent of the U.S. glass industry, Joe Cattaneo, president of the GPI, told Wines & Vines in March 2011 that “It is the most profitable part of the glass container industry,”, adding that “We get higher value from the wine industry.”
Wine/beer still are the main industry for consume of glass container.