Family-owned spirits company Bacardi has successfully trialled the commercial production of glass spirits bottles with hydrogen.

In a trial performed earlier this month, the company partnered with premium glassmaker, Hrastnik1860, to employ new technology that leverages hydrogen as its primary energy source to power a glass furnace.

The process is claimed to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced during glass bottle production.

During the trial, Bacardi and Hrastnik1860 produced the ST-GERMAIN elderflower liqueur bottle, which has a similar appearance to bottles produced using traditional methods.

The partners produced 150,000 of the brand’s 70cl glass bottles over the course of the trial.

Hydrogen represented more than 60% of the fuel used for the glass furnace, thereby reducing GHG emissions by over 30%.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

The new bottles are expected to be rolled out across bars and stores in the coming weeks.

Bacardi Safety, Quality and Sustainability vice-president Rodolfo Nervi said: “Piloting this lower carbon glass production is another example of Bacardi leading the industry in environmental best practice.

“We will take the learnings from the trial to help shape a pathway to hydrogen-fueled glass production and create a blueprint for others to follow. It’s only through making change as an industry that we can bring significant change to our impact on the environment.”

Bacardi, which has a portfolio of more than 200 brands and labels, is continuously investing in new technologies to achieve its net-zero target.

In October this year, the company unveiled its new Combined Heat & Power system in Puerto Rico, US, which is set to cut GHG emissions of its BACARDÍ rum brand by 50%.

In November 2023, Bacardi also announced a reduction in the number of cardboard gift boxes used for some of its brands.