Global rigid plastic packaging manufacturer Plastipak has collaborated with AriZona Beverages to commercialise the first ThermoShape lightweight hot-fill technology in the US.

Plastipak's proprietary ThermoShape and DiamondClear barrier technologies were used to develop a lightweight, recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container, which features a smooth wall, hot fill capabilities, and an extended shelf life.

The collaboration was formed after AriZona challenged Plastipak to provide a hot fill PET package, while maintaining the appearance of the company’s existing glass packaging design.

"When AriZona came to us with this challenge, we were confident that we had the right combination of solutions to be successful."

Plastipak food and beverage category global vice-president Tim Eppinga said: "Over the last several year Plastipak has devoted resources to broadening our hot fill and barrier capabilities, so when AriZona came to us with this challenge, we were confident that we had the right combination of solutions to be successful.”

The company’s ThermoShape technology enables food and beverage producers to use existing hot-fill process lines, which can also be converted to create lighter weight, unbreakable PET packaging.

The technology also eliminates the need for vacuum panels and other vacuum-resistant features required by traditional PET hot-fill processes.

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Image: Plastipak and AriZona manufacture a PET package. Photo: courtesy of Plastipak.