The Smiler two-compartment PET container lets brand owners market a single serving of two compatible products, such as a drink and a snack (milk and cookies perhaps), within one portable package. The proprietary Smiler technology enables bottles/containers to be injection blow molded into different shapes and sizes, including those suitable for vending machine dispensing. The larger, top compartment holds the liquid, while the bottom holds the snack item. Additionally, both can be used for dry products and/or non-food items. The bottom compartment is created by drawing the base upwards which forms a small cavity into which a heat-sealed portion cup can be inserted and held by friction. The base opening can then be closed using a variety of heat-seal or pressure-sensitive materials/methods. The top compartment relies on a traditional finish and closure. The concept has already been commercialized: Ohio Wesleyan University used a ball-shaped bottle to help commemorate the signing of baseball legend Jackie Robinson by Branch Rickey (OWU '04) of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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