Ardagh’s North American glass group has launched an expansion to its BuyOurBottles (BOB) website for craft food producers to purchase glass food jars and bottles direct via the online store.
The launch of the BOB site for food (food.buyourbottles.com) reflects the demand for speciality food.
The market continues to increase at a phenomenal rate, hitting $127 billion in sales, which is a 15% jump in total sales between 2014 and 2016, according to the State of the Specialty Food Industry annual report released by the Specialty Food Association and market researcher Mintel and SPINS/IRI.
"The BOB site for food is the first and only website where craft food producers can buy glass food jars and bottles by the pallet, direct from the manufacturer, with a credit card or PayPal account," said John Orr, Vice President of Craft Food Sales for Ardagh Group's North American Glass division.
Manufactured in the United States out of traditional flint (clear) glass, Ardagh Group's BOB for food platform offers six different products:
* A 12oz ring neck sauce bottle
* A 16oz mayo jar
* A 16oz mason jar
* A 17oz BBQ sauce bottle
* A 26oz mason jar
* A 32oz mayo jar
All six products are available for purchase in 12-pack cases, by the pallet.
In 2012, Ardagh Group launched BOB for beer – the first website to offer craft brewers the ability to purchase beer bottles online in pallet quantities, direct from the manufacturer.