FRANCE: Languedoc glass shortage prompts extreme alternatives
The glass bottle shortage in the Languedoc region is now preventing one producer from filling orders, while another is ready to switch to a UK bottler.
"As of this month, for my top selling white wine, I have zero glass stock and an order for 36,000 bottles," said Jean-Claude Mas of Les Domaines Paul Mas, who sold 9m bottles of wine in 2007. "I have no plan B," he said today (19 February).
Another Languedoc producer, David Rowledge of Alchemy Wines, also out of stock on a similar bottle, is ready to switch to a UK bottling plant. The move will solve Alchemy's supply problem and meet UK supermarket demands for eco-friendly wines by reducing transport emissions, Rowledge said.
A spokesperson for Saint Gobain, one of the major glass suppliers, would only say that more bottles were produced so far this year than in the same period in 2007.
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