Doorstep milk delivery has been in rapid decline over the past decade as shoppers opt to include milk to their weekly supermarket shopping trolley – but the humble milk bottle has been busily diversifying itself in some surprising new areas.
Seaways Services, a specialists glass printing company based in Lancashire, has noticed an interesting shift in the usage for its traditional milk bottles.
No longer simply the domain of the milkman, bottles are being produced as cocktail receptacles, sweet jars and even light fittings.
This month, Seaways churned out hundreds of printed milk bottles for local football club Accrington Stanley to fill with sweets as a stocking filler – a clever nod to the famous 1980s milk advert.
Seaways has also produced milk bottles for a Belfast bar chain, Botanic Inns, to serve its cocktails in the fashionably nostalgic style sweeping the nation, while Lancashire firm Chantelle Lighting ordered 1,200 bottles to create light fittings for the trendy Lazy Cow boutique hotel chain.
Jayne Shaw, managing director at Seaways Services, said: “The humble milk bottle is an iconic piece of British history so it’s encouraging to see it’s still thriving in a declining market. We’ve been overwhelmed by some weird and wonderful requests lately – luckily we’ve been producing milk bottles for more than 25 years so we can turn our hand to practically anything!
Established in 1971, Seaways Services prints all products in-house from its Lancashire headquarters. The company is a “one-stop-shop” for glass packaging – offering bottle and glass sourcing as well as design, decoration, packaging and re-packaging facilities for not only the dairy, but cosmetic, food & drinks industry.