Industry Data

EU Container glass industry records highest ever growth in production

Brussels, 4 July 2022

New 2021 industry data points to the highest production growth ever recorded for food and beverage glass packaging, and demonstrates that the sector continues its recovery from a 2020 decline to remain resilient in face of exceptionally high market demand. Industry production volume of glass packaging for the food and beverage sector increased strongly by 5.0% compared to 2020 figures, to reach its highest level ever recorded.

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Europe’s glass value chain reaches a major milestone at 80% glass collection for recycling

Brussels, 30 June 2022

According to the latest value chain data released  by Close the Glass Loop, the EU27 + the UK average collection for recycling rate for glass packaging hit a new record rate of 80% in 2020. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points compared to 2019.

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Record collection of glass containers for recycling hits 78% in the EU

Brussels, 25 November 2021

Latest value chain data – published today by Close the Glass Loop – show that the EU28 average collection for recycling rate for glass packaging grew to the record rate of 78% in 2019. This represents a growth of 2 percentage points compared to 2018 performance, which shows that the glass packaging value chain is delivering on its circular economy ambition. The multi-stakeholder stewardship partnership Close the Glass Loop aims to achieve a postconsumer glass container collection target of 90% by 2030, and to ensure that this is recycled into the container glass production loop. The vast majority of the 13.7 million tonnes collected go back to remelt new bottles and jars.

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Latest glass packaging recycling rate steady at 76%

Brussels, 1 December 2020 

Latest European glass recycling data confirm that almost 13 million tons of glass bottles and jars were collected in the EU28, giving an average glass collection for recycling rate of 76% (1) in 2018.  With the majority of this going back to remelt new bottles and jars, Glass remains the most recycled closed loop packaging material in Europe and most probably in the world. Food and beverages, perfumery, cosmetics, and pharmacy glass containers are endlessly recyclable. Recycled glass is the industry’s most important raw material today, a permanent resource which avoids depletion of natural resources; and allows for a dramatic reduction of energy use as well as of emissions.

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European glass packaging production: Strong year 2019 growth trends affected by COVID-19 in the first half 2020

Brussels, 26 November 2020

Unsurprisingly, in the first half of 2020, due to COVID-19, the production growth trends of the previous years slowed, according to figures released by FEVE – the EU container glass federation. The lockdown period seriously affected sales in the hospitality (horeca) sector throughout Europe – an important sector for glass packaging, although retailer sales kept up a strong pace. Despite the context, glass packaging production remained above HY2018 levels, and even recorded a slight increase in unit terms compared to HY2019.

This slowdown followed a very strong performance recorded for the Year 2019 when production grew at 3.2% in weight terms, outperforming EU GDP and industry own historic average growth.

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Glass packaging is the top choice for environmentally conscious consumers, new survey reveals

Brussels, 22 April 2020

As industries, businesses and politicians make strong commitments to initiatives like the European Green Deal and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, consumers all over Europe are taking more and more steps to reduce their environmental footprint – and latest figures from the glass industry show that awareness of recycling and environmental impact is increasingly driving everyday purchasing decisions.

An independent consumer research survey carried out among more than 10,000 consumers across 13 European countries, commissioned by Friends of Glass and the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE), reveals that people are buying more glass than ever before: half of consumers are now buying more products in glass packaging than three years ago. At the same time, 9 in 10 people would recommend glass as the best packaging material to friends and family; an 11% increase compared to 2016.

These findings are driven by the high recyclability of glass, along with a growing consumer awareness of its environmental credentials.

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Record collection of glass containers for recycling hits 76% in the EU

Brussels, 29 October 2019

Latest industry data show that the EU28 average collection for recycling rate for glass packaging grew to the record rate of 76% in 2017. Most of the 30 billion collected containers go back into the batch of one of the 160 plants in Europe and make the glass packaging manufacturing industry an authentic and well-functioning Circular Economy.

According to FEVE Secretary General, Adeline Farrelly: “The high glass collection for recycling rate of 76% shows that the glass packaging circular economy works very well. Glass is a permanent material that can be endlessly recycled into new packaging, always maintaining its safety characteristics no matter how many times it’s recycled.”

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Glass packaging European production continues to steadily grow

Brussels, 02 July 2019

Primary industry data gathered through FEVE show European glass container production continued to grow in 2018 confirming positive trends of the previous years, although at slower pace which is line with prevailing sluggish macroeconomic trends. Container glass production among FEVE members grew 217 thousand tonnes from 2017 levels, or 1% while unit production remained unchanged. Overall production now stands at 21,755 thousand tonnes and 78,662 million units, respectively 10% and 9.8% increases relative to 2012 levels respectively. Glass is more than ever the leading packaging material for spirits, wines and beer, while it is increasingly gaining share in the food, water and dairy sectors. It the second leading packaging material in Europe in terms of volume.

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Glass packaging demand continues to grow

Brussels, 18 February 2019 

Glass packaging production in Europe grew by 1% in volume (tonnes) and by 1% in unit terms in the first half year 2018 compared to the previous half year according to data published today by the European Container Glass Federation, FEVE (Fig 1).  The growth is in line with the Full Year 2017 data, which recorded a growth of 2% in weight terms and 2.4% in units and compares favourably with the historical trend since 2012. Between 2012-2017, production has increased by almost 1.7 million tonnes (8.3% increase) or 6.4 billion units (8.9% increase) (Fig 2). Generally, all food and beverage market segments experienced a demand growth for glass, and the outlook is very positive also for the flaconnage sector for perfumery, cosmetics and pharmacy.

We are encouraged by this positive trend which confirms our belief that brands and consumers are switching to glass for environmental reasons”, comments Adeline Farrelly – FEVE Secretary General.

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Glass packaging recycling rate stable at 74%

Brussels, 7 February 2019

Latest industry data on glass recycling confirms that over 12 million tons of glass bottles and jars are collected and recycled in Europe, with an average glass recycling rate in the EU28 of 74% (1). Glass remains the best performing food grade closed loop in the world. The latest industry data have a two-year time lag dating from 2016.
This figure should be set to rise. With the Circular Economy now at the forefront of the political agenda, EU Member States have committed to ambitious targets on municipal waste reduction and glass packaging recycling. This signals a renewed investment in separate collection for glass packaging in the coming years, which will engage consumers, municipalities, Extended Producer Responsibility schemes, recyclers and manufacturers in a collaborative effort to collect, sort and treat the glass that is currently leaking from the system.

As an industry we commit to actually recycle all collected glass of sufficient quality in the closed loop. An estimated 90% of what is collected goes into creating new bottles from old ones, offering brands and consumers a food grade quality recycled material. Today, recycled glass is our most important raw material, which brings us major environmental benefits, and energy savings”, commented Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary General.

EU glass packaging closed loop recycling steady at 74 percent

Brussels, 10 April 2018

Latest industry data on glass recycling show that the average glass recycling rate in the EU28 is steady at 74%. This means that over 11.6 million tons of glass bottles are collected, and recycled into food grade quality material for the production of new glass containers.

Countries such as Belgium, Slovenia or Sweden, with excellent separate collection systems, continue to outperform beyond 95%. While glass stands alone as the most circular packaging solution, maintaining permanent quality even when recycled, the reality is that there is still an important collection gap to fill in many EU countries.

“Our industry is mobilized to fill the gap to 100% EU glass recycling because recycled glass is our most important raw material”, commented Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary General. “We hope the new packaging recycling targets will give the necessary boost to all EU countries to invest in closed loop glass collection.”

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Glass packaging demand growth: The market trusts glass

Brussels, 28 August 2017

Glass packaging production in Europe grew by 2.9% in volume (Tonnes) and by 2.1% in unit terms in 2016 according to data published today by the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) (1).  The growth was driven by exports as well as continued demand for glass packaging in food and beverage segments in Europe.  A total volume of 20.9 million tonnes or 75.9 billion units were produced in Europe for the EU and international food and beverage markets.

“The buoyant demand for glass is a strong signal of trust from customers in our industry and in glass packaging to help brands stand out on the shelves both in the European market and internationally,” says FEVE President Johan Gorter.

The strong performance in 2016 confirms the steady trend of the last 5 years.  Since 2012, the industry has increased its production by 5.8% in volume and 6.1 per cent in units.

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Glass packaging closed loop recycling up to 74% in the EU

Brussels, 2 November 2016

The average glass recycling rate in the EU28 zone has reached the 74% threshold for the first time. This means that over 11.6 million tons were collected throughout the European Union in 2014 or 3.5% more than in the previous year. The majority of that goes back into making new packaging: glass stands alone as the most closed loop recycled food and drink packaging in the EU and in the world.  However, some 26% of glass bottles and jars are still today lost in landfills in Europe, and year to year comparison of national data reveals a multi-faceted landscape.

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EU Container glass production growth shows industry resilience

Brussels, 2 April 2015

Last year, a solid growth was recorded for the European container glass industry. In the EU28, production volume increased by 1.6% according to FEVE 2014 data published today.  More than 22 million tons or some 50 billion glass containers were sold to customers inside and outside EU markets. All EU countries recorded positive growth although at different paces. Poland posted a 7.4% increase – the highest in the EU region. Growth in the South-East area (2.9%), North-Central area (2.1%) and France (2.2%) were also above the EU average. Outside the EU zone, Turkey recorded a striking 14.8% growth compared to the previous year.  Data refer to container glass for food and drink as well as to flacons for perfumery, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors. These data confirm a stable trend of the previous years.

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