Returnable glass bottles

Beroe LiVE.Ai™

AI-powered self-service platform for all your sourcing decision needs across 1,200+ categories like Returnable glass bottles.

Market Data, Sourcing & Supplier Intelligence, and Price & Cost Benchmarking.

Schedule a Demo

Category Alerts


Tiama innovates Hot mass 2, a new generation hot end sensor 3d gob monitoring system

March 14, 2023
alert level: Medium

Saverglass launches its second furnace in its Mexican glass facility

January 25, 2023
alert level: Medium

AGI Greenpac confirms start of commercial operations of its speciality glass facility in the state of Telangana

January 09, 2023
alert level: Medium

Become a Beroe LiVE.Ai™ Subscriber to receive proactive alerts on Returnable glass bottles

Schedule a Demo

Returnable glass bottles Market Monitoring Dashboard

Understand the correlation between costs, margins, and prices impacting your category on a real time basis on Beroe LiVE.Ai™

Schedule a Demo

Returnable glass bottles Industry Benchmarks

Savings Achieved

(in %)

The average annual savings achieved in Returnable glass bottles category is 5.40%

Payment Terms

(in days)

The industry average payment terms in Returnable glass bottles category for the current quarter is 84.5 days

Compare your category performance against peers and industry benchmarks across 20+ parameters on Beroe LiVE.Ai™

Category Strategy and Flexibility

Engagement Model

Supply Assurance

Sourcing Process

Supplier Type

Pricing Model

Contract Length


Lead Time

Supplier Diversity

Targeted Savings

Risk Mitigation

Financial Risk



Geopolitical Risk

Cost Optimization

Price per Unit Competitiveness

Specification Leanness

Minimum Order Quality

Payment Terms

Inventory Control

Schedule a Demo
Meet Abi

The World’s first Digital Market Analyst

    Meet Abi

    The World’s first Digital Market Analyst

    Abi, the AI-powered digital assistant brings together data, insights, and intelligence for faster answers to sourcing questions

    Abi is now supercharged with GPT4 AI engine. Enjoy the ease of ChatGPT, now on Abi

    Returnable glass bottles market frequently asked questions

    Beroe’s category intelligence report suggests that the global supply of returnable glass bottles clicked 10.09 MMT in 2019, and the number will shoot up by 1% CAGR during 2020-2025, reaching 11.07 MMT.

    The collection of returnable glass bottles is gradually surging owing to the escalating costs of new glass bottles and businesses’ shift toward reduced carbon footprint.

    Manufacturers of returnable glass bottles face a massive threat from substitutes, such as metal cans, plastic bottles, and liquid cartons, especially in the beverage sector, given their better durability, effective barrier properties, and low costs.

    Surging labor costs in the US and Europe is likely to become a considerable growth barrier for the regional returnable glass bottle manufacturers, directly affecting the long-term benefits of beverage firms. Moreover, the significant reverse logistics and breakage expenses will raise the costs of returnable glass bottles in regions - China, India, and Brazil.

    The global returnable glass bottles market is subject to high breakage and logistics expenses as the material is 7X heavier compared to the equivalent volume of plastic bottles. As such, long-distance transportation of returnable glass bottles becomes a significant challenge for manufacturers. Furthermore, besides North America and Europe, all other regions have considerably low collection rates due to inefficient deposit schemes and insufficient collaborations between recycling companies, municipal corporations, and beverage producers.

    Returnable glass bottles market report transcript

    Returnable Glass Bottles Global Market Outlook:


    Global Demand: 42 MMT (2023E)

    Global Demand CAGR: Approx. 3–4 percent (2023E–2027F)

    • The global RGB market expects to a grow at a CAGR of 3-4 percent, post-pandemic recovery will drive the demand for glass bottles. Global manufacturers are showing great interest to establish recycling facilities and collection channels.

    • Many manufacturers in developing regions have initiated the trend of adopting bottle bill measures and ensuring efficient collection and recycling streams

    • Supply chain complexities and the rise of substitute/alternative formats, such as cans, are growing in importance, hindering the long-term growth of returnable glass bottles

    • Usage of recycled glass in manufacturing glass products is the market trend, and therefore, many glass recycling facilities are being constructed. Glass bottle manufacturers, like Verallia, are also taking up new initiatives to accelerate the development of local and sustainable glass packaging reuse solutions

    Global Returnable Container Glass Drivers & Constraints


    Rising Demand for Wine, Spirits & Beer

    • With restaurants, bars, and cafes anticipate a rise in demand, as consumer spending is expected to increase within these sectors initially for the next 1–2 years

    • Pantry loading of certain products, like Wine and Spirits, will continue until H1 2023, when demand for large-volume glass bottle beverages will increase

    • Demand for beer is expected to be driven by India, the Philippines, and Vietnam in the South Asian markets, where there is high growth for glass containers

    Increasing Demand for Premium Glass Products in Cosmetics

    • Consumers respond to premium packaging and luxury designs, This instantly wraps their attention during the purchase of cosmetic products

    • Consumers and brand owners alike, perceive decorative glass containers to add value apart from the product, thereby creating a brand image and loyalty among consumers

    Recyclability and Light Weighting

    • Glass containers are infinitely recyclable with no loss of quality. Glass packaging association estimates that with every 10 percent increase in the use of recycled content, 2–3 percent energy reduction can be achieved

    • Cullet can be used up to 100 percent as a substitute for virgin raw materials, which makes glass containers a highly sustainable packaging format

    • Glass bottles have gone lighter by 30–40 percent in the past decade. Lighter glass bottles will help in minimizing the logistics cost and raw material consumption, which are both sustainable and cost-effective

    Product Safety and Consumer Preference

    • According to a survey, around 87 percent of the European population prefers glass to other packaging formats, as glass containers are chemically inert, odorless, tasteless, and are considered the safest packaging option for storing food & beverages, thereby fostering the demand for glass containers


    Lack of Functionality

    • Though decorative glass offers off-the-shelf appeal, its functional benefits beyond point-of-sale are minimal compared to plastic containers and tubes that offer: ergonomic grips, easy-pour-spout, etc.


    • Each decoration type on glass requires separate machinery/equipment that adds to the overall cost of the product

    • Furthermore, setting up the design, along with the overall dimensions of the product, is a time-consuming process compared to using bare glass products

    Cost Pressure

    • Shipping costs out of China more than doubled last year, creating a ‘perfect storm of rising demand and reduced capacity

    • Harsh weather conditions and volatile utility costs in the US and EU have added pressure on the input cost of glass containers, suppliers are able to manage these costs with surge demand and are keeping prices with the marginal uptick


    • Glass containers are facing a significant threat of substitution from plastic bottles, metal cans, and liquid cartons in beverages segments, due to efficient barrier properties, durability, and low cost

    • Large part of the Eastern European market (Including Russia) is increasingly preferring beer packaged in PET formats, owing to reasons, like lower logistics cost, low cost of production, and the recent surge in tax on beer triggering brewers to switch to a cheaper packaging format

    Cost Structure Analysis: Glass Containers

    • The recent sudden price increase in the glass manufacturing industry is directly related to energy cost increases, driven by several factors such as Russia–Ukraine conflict, supply issues for natural gas in Europe and dependency for LNG from US (to replace natural gas supply from Russia), which also impacted cost of other energy resources, such as coke (coal) and electricity.

    Interesting Reads:

    Discover the world of market intelligence and how it can elevate your business strategies.

    Learn more about how market intelligence can enable informed decision-making, help identify growth opportunities, manage risks, and shape your business's strategic direction.

    Get Ahead with AI-Enabled Market Insights Schedule a Demo Now

    Schedule a Demo Now