News, 28.01.2020

Glass packaging continuing to enjoy steady production growth in Europe

European production of glass packaging for food and drink is continuing to rise (1). The increase of 2 % in tonnes recorded in the first half of 2019 is the best result of the last four years.

Bülach and Brussels, 28 January 2020 – This strong growth is particularly remarkable considering the prevailing macroeconomic trends in the European Union. “2019 was a challenging year for many major European economies. However, container glass’s impressive production and sales figures are indicative of a healthy, robust and dynamic industry”, explains Paul Sammon, Industry Lead at Vivid Economics, which reports and analyses data for FEVE. “The increase in growth suggests the sector remains an attractive one for customers and investors and that container glass will be central to a sustainable, circular economy.”

Consumer buying behaviour is being influenced by concerns about sustainability. “Today, growth opportunities for brands lie in the ability to combine what is good for the environment with what is good for consumers. This increased demand for glass reflects the increasing consumer quest for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle also when it comes to packaging choice”, states Michel Giannuzzi, President of FEVE.

Glass packaging is without question the leading packaging material for many drink types such as beers, wines, sparkling wines or spirits and is consistently gaining a market share in the food, water and soft drinks sectors.

(1) See the FEVE website.

About FEVE

FEVE is the Federation of European manufacturers of glass containers and machine-made glass tableware. Its members produce over 20 million tons of glass per year. The association has some 60 corporate members belonging to approximately 20 independent corporate groups. Manufacturing plants are located across 23 European States and include global blue chip and major companies working for the world’s biggest consumer brands.

About the Container Glass Industry

The European container glass industry provides a wide range of glass packaging products for food and beverages as well as flacons for perfumery, cosmetics and pharmacy to their European and world customers. With its 160 manufacturing plants distributed all over Europe, it is an important contributor to Europe’s real economy and maintains 125.000 direct and indirect jobs along the total supply chain.