Liquid packaging solutions provider Sidel has launched a new PET bottle for beer which weighs up to 86% less than the average equivalent glass bottle.
The bottle also supports a crown cap, which makes the bottle look like glass together with its non-petaloid base.
The bottle, which weighs only 28g, can be used for flash or tunnel-pasteurised beer and micro-filtrated beer also. It has the capability to withstand pressures of 20 pasteurisation units in the tunnel, which is standard for lagers, and retains a stable base after pasteurisation.
It also has the capability to resist the pressures produced by prolonged high temperatures during the production process.
Sidel says that the PET bottle is designed so that it can be used on existing tunnel pasteurisers that serve glass bottles.
Sidel packaging care head Christophe Bunel said that the company wanted to make a bottle that looks like glass but has all the benefits of PET.
"We want to help beer producers take advantage of the flexibility, lighter weight, sustainability and lower costs offered by PET, by producing a bottle that was more attractive to the next generation of beer consumers who want their drinks packaging to be more sustainable, convenient and user-friendly," Bunel added.
The bottle can be produced using all suitable Sidel PET packaging solutions for beer, including its beer fillers and the new range of Sidel Matrix blowers and labellers.
Image: Sidel's new PET bottle has a unique base and other design technologies. Photo: courtesy of Sidel.