Monday, November 30, 2015

News: Beatson Clark bottles for Basque-based brewers

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The latest export deal for Rotherham glass manufacturer, Beatson Clark will see its bottles used for innovative beers being brewed in San Sebastián, Span.

The Greasborough Road firm, which has been making glass bottles and jars in Rotherham since 1751, specialises in providing glass packaging solutions for niche brands in the food, drink and pharmaceutical markets worldwide.

The firm's standard 330ml amber beer bottles with a standard crown neck finish, have bee selected by the Basqueland Brewing Project (BPP), a new brewery set up earlier this year by three Americans at the forefront of the craft brewing movement in Spain.

The idea for BBP was born when Kevin Patricio, a chef who runs La Madame restaurant in San Sebasti├ín, commented to his wine supplier Benjamin Rozzi on the lack of high-quality beer available to his customers.

When he added a craft beer list to the menu sales took off, so Patricio and Rozzi invited brewer Ben Matz to Spain to help them create a new brewery. Matz had been senior brewer at Stone Brewing in San Diego and Wendlandt Cerveceria in Mexico, and he is now head brewer and co-owner at BBP.

Benjamin Rozzi, co-founder of BPP, said: "We chose Beatson Clark's bottle because of its quality. It was an easy decision because there is a night and day difference in the quality of Beatson Clark's bottles and those of its competitors.

"At BBP we strive to make the freshest and highest quality beers available in our marketplace, and these bottles will help us to achieve that."

Charlotte Taylor, marketing manager at Beatson Clark, said: "The craft brewing sector is a big growth area for us, not just in the UK but all over the world. We now supply our beer bottles across Europe and to the United States – wherever the craft beer revolution is taking hold.

"Now that our new amber furnace is in full production we have additional capacity to meet the demand from this rapidly growing sector.

"We're known in the industry for combining quality products and service with the flexibility that small breweries need. The craft beer sector is a perfect fit for our small production runs and flexible approach."

The new £6.5m amber glass furnace at its Rotherham site has a larger melting area, improving Beatson Clark's capacity to supply the growing market for craft beer bottles both in the UK and overseas. The melting area in the furnace has been increased by more than 6 sq m and can produce around 200 tonnes of glass per day.

Beatson Clark website

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