Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Your Minimum Order Quantity?

Our Apothecary Range is available from as few as a single pallet via one of our worldwide distributors, however if you are looking for a bespoke spirit bottle we can produce larger sized bottles from as little as 300k units.

How Much Would It Cost To Have A Bespoke Spirit Bottle?

We try to keep the tooling cost of our bespoke options as low as possible, providing the smaller distillers the opportunity to have customised packaging.

Option 1

Fully Bespoke Design
Approx. £24k

Option 2

Customised Standard Design
Approx. £12k

Another option we offer is to share part of the equipment with one of our standard products – this restricts the basic shape and dimensions of the bottle but means you can have your distillery name or logo embossed on the bottle, add a textured finish to the bottle, or even alter the profile of the bottle slightly.

What Colour Glass Do You Produce?

We manufacture both white flint (clear) and amber (brown) glass spirit bottles.

White & Amber Glass

As our bottles always contain on average 35% recycled glass, our white flint glass does have a slight tinge of colour. This can be perfect for some brands especially for artisan or vintage styles. Samples of our white flint glass are available on request.

You can also use decoration techniques such as spray coating or sleeving to change the colour of your glass container, which we can arrange for you

Is Your Glass Made With Recycled Content?

Yes, Beatson Clark uses an average of 45% recycled material to make its Amber glass containers and 30% for White Flint.

Recycled Bottles

The content includes recovered bottled and jars for recycling in the UK, imported recycled glass and calumite. A recycled material itself, calumite is used to aid refining, enabling the glass to be melted at a lower temperature and replace some virgin raw materials.

A third of our recycled content is processed through its on-site recycling plant, thereby tightening the recycling loop and reducing carbon emissions.

In addition, Beatson Clark also recycles internally generated glass waste products in the mix to make new glass bottles and jars.

Where On The Apothecary Bottles Can You Emboss?

We can emboss around the shoulder, on the base or anywhere on the body of the bottle that is not a contact point. This is to avoid damaging the embossing during transportation/filling etc.

Do You Provide Decoration Such As Closures Or Labelling?

We can offer many decoration options such as:

Spray coating
Pressure Sensitive Labelling


What Restrictions Are There On Lightweighting?

We always look for opportunities to lightweight our products where possible however it all depends on the shape, weight and nature of any embossing on the container. Heavily embossed items are harder to lightweight.

You are essentially removing glass from the design so this could mean a slight difference in the dimensions, shape or fill capacity. Our glass design team will talk you through all your options, should this be something you are interested in for your spirit bottle.

What Protection Do Your Glass Containers Offer From Ultra Violet Light?


Our amber glass protects your product from at least 90% of UV light.

What Quality Certifications Do You Have?

As well as investing in all the latest vision-based inspection equipment we are also certified to the following standards:


Where Are Your Spirit Bottles Made?

Most of our spirit bottles are manufactured in the UK at our site in South Yorkshire.

What Are Your Lead Times?

For stock items we can usually deliver within 72 hours in the UK.

If you require a bespoke or customised product the development time would take approximately 20 weeks, however we do have the option to fast track some products.

Production lead times are subject to availability. Please check with our sales team.

How Are Your Spirit Bottles Packed?

All our glass spirit bottles are bulk palletised and shrink wrapped.


For full packaging specifications please contact our sales department.