Custom Glass Packaging for your Beverage or Craft Beer

Custom Glass Packaging

By Steve McCullough, Vice President of Business Development, BevSource

Many beverage companies face the challenge of how to differentiate and find their niche.  Packaging differentiation is often a key success factor. Creating a custom package is a branding opportunity and makes your beverage recognizable and distinct.

There are some key factors to bear in mind when considering custom glass such as glass quality, source, and freight cost. The table below outlines some key difference between North American and Chinese glass.

  North America China
Glass Mold Development  6-8 months  3-4 months
Approximate Mold Cost  $125,000  $12,000
Lead Time for Production/Delivery  3-5 months  6-8 weeks
Minimum Run Size  2 million bottles  250,000 bottles
Approximate Cost  17 cents  23 cents

Far East glass sourcing is reliable, and the glass quality is as good as North American glass.  With delivery charges comprising 50% of the costs normally, glass is a premium in the East and Mid-West U.S. vs. North American made glass.

With the continued entry of new Craft Breweries in North America, glass sourcing continues to be a challenge with regards to procuring distinctively different bottle design and securing reliable, on-going glass supply.