Saint-Gobain: brewer“s metal bottle not a threat to glass

Plans by US brewing giant Anheuser-Bush to distribute some of its products in aluminum bottles should not affect output or jobs at the Saint-Gobain plant in Dunkirk (Jay County, Indiana) which produce…

Plans by US brewing giant Anheuser-Bush to distribute some of its products in aluminum bottles should not affect output or jobs at the Saint-Gobain plant in Dunkirk (Jay County, Indiana) which produces more than 2 million Budweiser bottles a day daily. Saint-Gobain is one of the largest employers in Jay County with about 400 employees. The local economy was seriously affected in 2002 when Indiana Glass closed down after about 100 years of operation, displacing about 300 workers. “We are their (Anheuser-Bush“s) largest glass bottle supplier, and we don“t anticipate any sort of major switch in that direction,” said Tina Gaines who works in Saint-Gobain“s public relations department. “It (the new container) is in a test phase right now,” she said. A local bar owner said distributors had told him the new container was designed to keep beer colder for longer periods of time. Ted Miller, president of the Jay County Beverage Company, which has distributed Budweiser products for more than 50 years, said the new containers “are pricey at the moment. I still think glass is what the majority of people prefer anyway.” Miller said about 45% of Budweiser products are sold in glass, which has seen tremendous growth in recent years. According to Miller, Budweiser has produced “a limited distribution” of the 16-ounce aluminum bottle. It is available for only a few of the company“s brands.