O-I is to cease production at its Atlanta, GA, USA plant.

The closure is expected to occur on or after July 18, 2018 and the company said the continued decline of the US beer market was the reason for the closure.

The world’s largest container glassmaker said it would facilitate the closure in a respectful manner for the 250 people staff impacted at the plant.

The site’s customers will be served by other domestic plants in its network.

It said: “The company remains strongly focused on optimising the overall efficiency of, and investments in, its regional plant network.

“The required capital outlay for the Atlanta operations and continued decline of beer in the domestic market influenced the decision to close the plant.

“O-I's supply-demand profile in the US will be roughly balanced after this closure.”

It said it has generated above-market volume growth in categories other than megabeer, such as spirits, wine, food and non-alcoholic beverages.

This has been due to the conversion of its manufacturing capacity in favour of non-beer products as well as enhanced commercial capabilities.

It cited kombucha, yogurt and sauces as growing premium categories.