Amcor has leveraged its leading-edge design technology to develop the first PET bottles for pasteurized beer in Brazil. The company designed custom 600-mL containers for beverage maker New Age Bebidas that feature the beauty of a glass-like, champagne-style base combined with the convenience of lightweight and shatter-resistant PET.
Amcor’s design showcases New Age’s Salzburg craft beer brand and differentiates it from standard glass bottle designs. It features a crown metal cap, replicating the standard glass bottle. The PET containers are a replacement for glass during the filling and capping process, withstanding the internal pressure and high-heat conditions of the tunnel pasteurization process.
Rodolfo Salles, Research and Development Manager for Amcor in Brazil, added, “PET bottles offer design advantages over glass while being lighter weight, more easily and safely portable, and unbreakable, and they provide the required barrier protection.”
Amcor used an oxygen scavenger barrier additive to prevent oxygen ingress and egress, providing up to four months of shelf life. The bottle is compatible with existing recycling streams and is 100% recyclable. The lightweight containers also significantly reduce transportation costs, and lower energy and CO2 emissions along the supply chain.
W. Amsler Equipment Inc., an Ontario, Canada, supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blowmolders, announced the first commercial sale of 64-oz PET growler jugs to Arch Brewing Co., an independently owned craft brewery in Newmarket, ON. The growler mimics the competitive glass design and provides barrier protection for extended shelf life, said the company.
Arch Brewing will offer the PET growler as an event-safe alternative to its glass growlers, which are commonly sold at breweries and brew pubs as a means to sell take-out craft beer. The significant growth of craft breweries and the growing popularity of home brewing have also led to an emerging market for the sale of growlers.
W. Amsler has focused new resources and expanded its participation in the beer and spirits packaging market. It has provided market-entry assistance to customers like JMS International Packaging (Sherbooke, QC), a packaging solutions provider, in the areas of design, development and pre-production runs.
“This is a major milestone for us in terms of cracking the craft beer industry,” said Marc LeBlanc, owner of JMS International Packaging
Heidi Amsler, Sales and Marketing Manager for W. Amsler, said: “We’re excited about the future prospects of converting glass to PET and creating environmentally friendly barrier packaging for the beer and spirits markets.”
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