Thursday, October 3, 2013

News: Beatson Clark has got the bottle for Brooklyn Brewery

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Rotherham glass manufacturer, Beatson Clark, is joining the craft beer revolution in the United States by producing a premium bespoke bottle for the award-winning Brooklyn Brewery in New York.

Formed in 1751 in Rotherham, the £44m-turnover firm employs over 300 people at its Greasborough Road factory and recently celebrated its 260th anniversary. It specialises in providing glass packaging solutions for niche brands in the food, drink and pharmaceutical markets worldwide and manufacture glass containers for a wide range of household brands, including Crabbie's, Bell's Buttercup, Lyle's Golden Syrup and Lemsip.

The latest export deal will see Beatson Clark supply bespoke 750ml embossed amber glass bottles that are capped with a champagne style cork and wire closure. They will be used by Brooklyn Brewery, the operator of the largest bottle refermentation programme in the United States, for Local 1, Local 2, and Sorachi Ace, part of a family of "Big Bottles."

The brewery is celebrating its silver anniversary this year and now exports to 20 countries including Sweden, the UK, Canada and Australia.

Eric Ottaway, general manager of Brooklyn Brewery, said: "We wanted a custom-made bottle to properly showcase the 100% bottle refermented beers we are making.

"When we turned to Swedish distributor Blueglass - Sofomec, they worked with Beatson Clark to provide a competitively priced but super premium bottle. We're delighted with the end result."

Lynn Sidebottom, sales and marketing director at Beatson Clark, added: "This bespoke premium bottle is a great example of the flexible service we offer.

"We specialise in small production runs for niche products and can generally run a quantity of approximately 500,000 units, depending on bottle size, for a completely new design.

"A more cost-effective option, with reduced mould costs, is to emboss a brewery's name or logo on a standard container from our general sale range. This allows us to produce in even smaller volumes: our minimum order for embossing standard bottles is around 150,000 units when run at the same time as the plain version of the container."

Blueglass – Sofomec are a leading distributor of glass packaging in the export market and have been working in partnership with Beatson Clark for the last five years.

Beatson Clark website

Images: Brooklyn Brewery / Facebook

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