Top 5 beverage packaging breakthroughs of 2019: Page 4 of 5

By Rick Lingle in Beverage Packaging on December 17, 2019

#2 The ongoing displeasure with plastic packaging sustainability opens opportunities for alternative materials to supplant polymer-based formats in certain applications.

A certainty is that plastic beverage cups are now a vulnerable market.

In late August Ball Corp. announced it would roll out pilots with major entertainment venues and concessionaires across the U.S. to replace their plastic drinking cups with 20-oz aluminum cups starting in September 2019 at Colorado University’s football stadium and continuing through 2020.

“The aluminum cup is a game-changer for the industry,” Sebastian Siethoff, Ball general manager, told Packaging Digest.  “We hope that our customers and consumers view the aluminum cup as a sustainable and easily recyclable alternative to plastic cups, which are currently a mainstay of stadiums, restaurants and beaches and often end up in the trash or on the ground.”

Read about the vendor’s aggressive plans in Ball Corp. presents the plastic-replacing aluminum cup.

And the #1 read beverage article of 2019 is…

Rick Lingle

Rick Lingle is senior technical editor of Packaging Digest. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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