Dairy Crest, the UK’s largest dairy company, announced last week it plans to shut a glass bottling dairy at Aintree, where 220 people work, and a site at Fenstanton in Cambridgeshire which employs a further 250 people. The move, which would leave the company’s Hanworth dairy in London, as its only glass-bottle site.
The company said that the closure of the Aintree plant reflected changing habits in society, as milk deliveries decline and people opt for plastic bottles and bags of milk over glass bottles.
Doorstep deliveries have been falling by an annual average of 10 per cent for the past two decades. Nowadays, only two million glass milk bottles are currently delivered to people’s doorsteps every day across the UK – which is down from around 40m in the early 1990s.
Dairy Crest also said its contract to supply milk to Tesco would not be renewed when it comes to an end in July, which equates to around 3% of its total output. Dairy Crest boss Mark Allen said the “disappointing loss” of the Tesco business underlined the challenges in the liquid milk industry.
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You simply cannot find a more environmentally friendly packaging material than glass milk bottles, which can be reused over and over again. Recycling and reusing glass milk bottles also lowers the amount of materials dumped in landfills.
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