Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a division of Ardagh Group (ardaghgroup.com) and a leading producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the United States, today announced the debut of its 750ml Belgian style glass beer bottle.
Providing a more authentic touch for Belgian-style ales, Ardagh Group’s new 750ml is now available for purchase on Ardagh Group’s BOB site (BuyOurBottles.com).
“The BOB platform is specifically designed for craft brewers interested in purchasing glass beer bottles by the pallet or truckload directly from us, the manufacturer,” says Robert Shanteau, vice president of Beer Sales for Ardagh Group’s North American Glass division. “The addition of the 750ml Belgian provides increased flexibility for craft brewers, and the BOB site is the perfect platform with its convenient online ordering.”
With the addition of the 750ml Belgian, the BOB site now offers five different amber bottles, including two variations of the 12 ounce bottle, a 22 ounce bottle and two variations of the 750ml bottle. Craft brewers can buy direct on the BOB site with a major credit card or through a PayPal™ account and will receive shipment within a few days from one of four warehouse sites strategically located in New York, Georgia, Missouri and California.
The craft beer market is increasing at a phenomenal rate, as evident by the rising production and sales of the segment. In 2014, the craft brewers’ volume share of the U.S. beer market reached double digits, at 11 percent. Last year, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, which resulted in an 18 percent rise in volume and a 22 percent increase in retail dollar value estimated at $19.6 billion [Source: Brewers Association].
Ardagh Group has a long history serving the beer market.
“Ardagh Group pioneered the Narrow Neck Press & Blow (NNPB) lightweight glass making process in the early 1990s and has been supplying environmentally friendly, lightweight bottles to craft brewers in growing quantities since that point in time,” says Shanteau.