Verallia

Re-imagine glass bottle manufacturing

About Us

As the European leader and the world’s third largest producer of glass packaging for beverages and food products, we want to redefine the way glass is manufactured, reused and recycled, to make it the most sustainable packaging material in the world.

With 34 glass plants, 5 decor plants and 12 cullet (glassware) processing centres in 12 countries, we manufacture 17 billion glass bottles and jars each year to supply 10,000 companies, from local family producers to major international brands.

Filey Bay whisky glass bottles made by Verallia.
Deanston whisky glass bottle made by Verallia

Steeped in History

For over 100 years, the extraordinary people at Verallia have supported our vision

a black and white photo showing employees in a glass bottle factory
1874

A Partnership Formed

Three glassblowers and a blacksmith formed a partnership in Knottingley. They built a roundhouse adjacent to the canal, an ideal transport network.

1876

New Ownership

The original partnership lasted only a short while, until 1876 when the business was sold to Andrew Mooney.

A black and white photo of a man holding a glass bottle made by Verallia
a black and white photo from the St Ledger
1880

Overcoming Adversity

Upon facing financial difficulties, Andrew Mooney wagered all his assets on a horse named Robert the Devil to win the St Leger.

Thankfully the horse came in and Mooney could continue his business.

1891

Collaboration

Elsewhere in Leeds, Thomas Lax and John Schofield Shaw began their own company at the Albert Glassworks on Clarence Road, producing glass bottles and a patented baby feeder.

Albert Glassworks on Clarence Road
Gregg & Company Glass Manufacturing - Historic Image 1905
1905

Gregg & Company

In 1905, the business transitioned to become Gregg & Co. Three of the four partners were Jabez, Henry and Alfred Gregg.

1920

Exponential Expansion

The Leeds factory on Clarence Road expanded and is where our bottles are manufactured to this day.

Gregg & Company Glass Manufacturing
Associated British Foods plc
1966

Acquisitions

What followed was acquisitions, with Lax & Shaw first being bought by the globally respected Associated British Foods plc.

1993

Following Footsteps

Gregg & Company Knottingley was then also acquired by Associated British Foods plc in 1993.

Gregg & Company Knottingley was then also acquired by Associated British Foods plc in 1993.
Picture of Allied Glass Manufacturing in 1999
1999

Allied Glass is Formed

The two businesses merged in 1999 to form Allied Glass Containers Ltd – the UK’s largest independent glass producer.

2002

Glass Colour Forehearth

In 2002, we introduced glass colour forehearth to keep up with customer needs.

Verallia Masons Glass Bottle Mould
2011

Extra White & Furnace Colour

In 2011 we invested in the introduction of extra white glass and bespoke furnace colour to our operations.

2014

The Reintroduction of Decoration

In 2014 we were able to reinvest in our decoration facilities, allowing us to offer the extensive decoration services available to this day.

Introduction of the Spray decoration line at Verallia - photo of employees checking glass bottle
Manufacture of a glass bottle made by Verallia, photo of the production line with molten glass bottles
2022

The Leeds Investment Programme

In April 2022 the L2 furnace was drained and demolished after 12 years of service to the facility, to make way for the new €45 million development which revolutionised our operations and ability to manage our carbon output.

2022

Acquired by Verallia

In November 2022, Verallia, the leading European and the world’s third largest producer of glass containers for food and beverages, signed a binding agreement with an affiliate of Sun European Partners LLP for the acquisition of Allied Glass, a market leader in the UK premium glass packaging segment with a focus on the premium spirits’ end market.

Verallia Favicon
Keepers Gin glass bottle made by Verallia. Moulded in the design of a beehive

Our Values

Care for customers

Every day our teams work alongside their customers to anticipate their needs and keep the same promise: design, quality and logistical service corresponding to their expectations.

Empowerment and accountability

We work to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. The Group encourages all of its employees to take initiatives; we support the expression, sharing and respect of the opinions of each and every one of them, in a global approach of responsibility.

Respect for people, laws and the environment

With our partners, including agents, consultants, subcontractors and suppliers, we are all responsible for respecting this value in each country where the Group operates.

Teamwork

We believe in teamwork for the collective success of the Group. This collective work is materialised independently of the organisational structure by transversal working groups (interdepartmental, inter-plants, etc.).

Building Sustainable Glass Packaging

Our glass packaging creations break the mould in more ways than one. We are prioritising the decarbonisation of our glass bottle manufacturing activities and looking to create sustainable glass packaging that would support a circular economy.

We have embarked on a journey to minimise our carbon and environmental footprint, investing in innovative technology, refining our processes, to align with our Net Zero 2050 goal.

Wire Works Whisky Bottle made by Verallia, featuring unique embossing

Who We Work With

Warner's Logo
Diageo Logo
Grant's Logo
macallan whisky logo
Harrogate Spring Water Logo
LVMH Logo
masons dry yorkshire gin logo
Tomatin Logo
Isle of Arran Logo

We thought we’d celebrate Easter by showcasing our work with @GravityDrinks Ltd on their Egg Royale creation.

The rich chocolate cream liqueur is bottled in a 70ml bottle and sprayed in a glossy brown coating for the perfect finish. It boasts a playful yet premium aesthetic.

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March is the month for all things Whiskey!

We raise our glasses to the exquisite craftsmanship and rich heritage of whiskey distilleries around the globe.

At Verallia, we take pride in collaborating with an array of whiskey artisans, each with their own unique story and flavour profile. From bottle design to colour palettes and decorative elements, we relish the opportunity to elevate these distinguished brands, ensuring that every sip is an experience to savour.

Join us in toasting the spirit of innovation and tradition that defines the world of whiskey.

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In glass bottle manufacturing, we work with an infinitely recyclable material.

So, it’s vital that we work to promote recycling to lessen our usage and impact on the earth’s natural resources.

This Global Recycling Day let's celebrate the power of a circular economy and create a more sustainable future for generations to come.

It’s time to get recycling!

#GlobalRecyclingDay #GlassPackaging #GlassManufacturing #GlobalRecyclingDay2024 #Recycling #CircularEconomy
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Happy St Patrick's Day from all of us at Verallia. 🍀

Sláinte!

#StPatricksDay #Ireland #IrishWhiskey
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It’s International Women’s Day!

To celebrate, we would like to introduce you to one of the influential women working within Verallia UK; Sara Tucker.

Diversity in the workplace is one of our key objectives. At Verallia UK, 22% of our managers are women. The overall target for the group is to reach 35% by the end of 2025, and we are committed to being part of this journey, by increasing the number of female managers within the UK team.

Women in the workplace and their influence, is proven to enhance communication, introduce different problem solving strategies, which can benefit company culture, therefore initiatives like this can only benefit us all.

#IWD #IWD2024 #InternationalWomensDay #WomenInManufacturing #InspireInclusion
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Glass has one of the highest recycling rates of any packaging material!

By consistently recycling glass, the industry is actively decreasing the environmental impact of raw material extraction and manufacturing.

This commitment to circularity saves energy and preserves natural resources, promoting a sustainable future.

It serves as a positive example of how businesses can minimise their environmental footprint.

#Glass #GlassManufacturer #Sustainability #SustainableGlass
...

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We thought we’d celebrate Easter by showcasing our work with @GravityDrinks Ltd on their Egg Royale creation.

The rich chocolate cream liqueur is bottled in a 70ml bottle and sprayed in a glossy brown coating for the perfect finish. It boasts a playful yet premium aesthetic.

#Easter #HappyEaster #Chocolate #ChocolateEgg #GravityDrinks
...

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March is the month for all things Whiskey!

We raise our glasses to the exquisite craftsmanship and rich heritage of whiskey distilleries around the globe.

At Verallia, we take pride in collaborating with an array of whiskey artisans, each with their own unique story and flavour profile. From bottle design to colour palettes and decorative elements, we relish the opportunity to elevate these distinguished brands, ensuring that every sip is an experience to savour.

Join us in toasting the spirit of innovation and tradition that defines the world of whiskey.

#Whiskey #Design #Brand #BrandDesign #Packaging #PackagingDesign #GlassPackaging #GlassManufacture #IrishWhiskey
...

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In glass bottle manufacturing, we work with an infinitely recyclable material.

So, it’s vital that we work to promote recycling to lessen our usage and impact on the earth’s natural resources.

This Global Recycling Day let's celebrate the power of a circular economy and create a more sustainable future for generations to come.

It’s time to get recycling!

#GlobalRecyclingDay #GlassPackaging #GlassManufacturing #GlobalRecyclingDay2024 #Recycling #CircularEconomy
...

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Happy St Patrick's Day from all of us at Verallia. 🍀

Sláinte!

#StPatricksDay #Ireland #IrishWhiskey
...

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It’s International Women’s Day!

To celebrate, we would like to introduce you to one of the influential women working within Verallia UK; Sara Tucker.

Diversity in the workplace is one of our key objectives. At Verallia UK, 22% of our managers are women. The overall target for the group is to reach 35% by the end of 2025, and we are committed to being part of this journey, by increasing the number of female managers within the UK team.

Women in the workplace and their influence, is proven to enhance communication, introduce different problem solving strategies, which can benefit company culture, therefore initiatives like this can only benefit us all.

#IWD #IWD2024 #InternationalWomensDay #WomenInManufacturing #InspireInclusion
...

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Glass has one of the highest recycling rates of any packaging material!

By consistently recycling glass, the industry is actively decreasing the environmental impact of raw material extraction and manufacturing.

This commitment to circularity saves energy and preserves natural resources, promoting a sustainable future.

It serves as a positive example of how businesses can minimise their environmental footprint.

#Glass #GlassManufacturer #Sustainability #SustainableGlass
...

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