US mainstream beers such as Budweiser have been declining for a number of years

US mainstream beers such as Budweiser have been declining for a number of years

One of the world's biggest glass bottle manufactures, Ardagh Group, has said a declining mass beer market is behind the closure of a US production plant. 

Ardagh, whose customers include Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken, said today it will close its Milford, Massachusetts glass container facility, with the loss of about 250 jobs. The plant is expected to close at the end of March.

Ardagh cited "continued decline in demand from the mass beer market" for the closure, which follows a review of its North America operations carried out last year. It added that as capacity to the beer market is reduced, it will pursue "growth opportunities in stronger performing end markets" such as wine and spirits.

Some of the US's biggest beer brands, such as AB InBev's Bud Light and Coors Light from Molson Coors have been declining for a number of years, dragging down the overall market. The falls look set to continue - an analyst last week said domestic shipments for US beer fell by just under 2% for the year to November, and that even previously fast-growing craft sales were slowing.

Ardagh packages for most of the world's leading food and beverage companies and operates 109 sites in 22 countries.

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