Autumn flaunts food and beverage packaging developments: Page 5 of 5

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Sustainable Packaging on October 18, 2019


1. Ball Corp. presents the plastic-replacing aluminum cup

Because of the nearly frantic need to distance themselves from plastic packaging, brand owners are desperately seeking alternatives. So, when we served up this new offering, it caused a feeding frenzy.

On August 27, Ball Corp. revealed a number of pilot projects with major entertainment venues and concessionaires in the U.S. to replace plastic drinking cups with 20-oz aluminum cups that are lightweight, durable and cool to the touch—offering consumers an enhanced beverage drinking experience on top of the ability to recycle the metal vessel more easily than a plastic cup.

Our readers aren’t the only ones showing high interest in this development. Ball’s research shows that 67% of U.S. consumers say they will visit a venue more often if they use aluminum cups instead of plastic cups.

Perhaps “Play ball!” will hold a different meaning at the park next year.



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