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April 2006
Escalating Fuel Prices Drive Bottle Costs Up
As bottle prices rise, wineries are feeling the pinch from bottle manufacturers who are passing on the costs of higher fuel prices.
by Jody Purdom
Americans have been experiencing sticker shock at the gas pump for the better part of a year now. But most wineries probably did not expect the trickle-down effect of costlier fuel to be reflected in the price of wine bottles. "Fuel is a key ingredient to making and shipping glass," said Erica Harrop, vice president of sales and marketing for Napa-based Saverglass, Inc. "Whether it is trucking the sand, firing the massive furnaces or shipping the finished bottles, glass manufacturing is depen...
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