Glass milk bottles make a comeback in UK

DAIRY FIRMS ACROSS THE UK have seen a surge in demand for milk in glass bottles since the start of 2018

Seventeen out of 20 dairy businesses contacted by BBC News have seen a rise in sales of glass milk bottles to homes and businesses amid concern over plastic waste. Some have seen existing customers making a switch from plastic to glass.

Others have been contacted by new customers wanting to take delivery of glass bottles. The boost is reaching firms up and down the country: Thomsons in Lanarkshire has seen a 7% increase in demand for glass since January. Acorn in County Durham and Brecon Milk in South Wales have had a 10% rise in demand. Pensworth distributes milk across the South of England and Wales from nine depots. The 7% rise in glass sales since January has meant they are investing in a new production line. Creamline in Manchester has signed up more than 1,000 new customers, with most of that growth coming from online orders. In Carmarthen, Nigel Dragone of Nigel’s Dairy has doubled glass bottle deliveries from about 4,000 to almost 9,000 a week.

The largest deliverer is Muller-owned Milk & More. Two-thirds of the bottles they send out on their floats are glass and this is a big growth area for the business. “Since the start of the year, Milk & More has had an additional 15,000 new online customers, of which 90% are ordering milk in glass bottles,” the firm says.