Glass bottles are particularly used to package non-alcoholic beverages sold in cafes, bars and restaurants (known as the On trade).

There are two types of bottles – those for single use – which are light in weight, and those which are reused and refilled and so are heavier and more robust as a result.


Plastic bottles known as PET (Polyethyleneterephthalate) containers are an increasingly popular packaging format.  They are re-sealable - and so ideal for people on the move who need to stay hydrated, and they are transparent – enabling consumers to see the drink that they are buying.

PET containers are 100% recyclable and the weight of the average PET bottle has reduced by 50% over the past 10 years.  PET bottles can include up to 50% recycled material for general use.