Amcor supplies PET bottles to US food company

28 April 2013 (Last Updated April 28th, 2013 18:30)

Amcor Rigid Plastics has supplied new lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to US-based Goya Foods.

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Amcor Rigid Plastics has supplied new lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to US-based Goya Foods.

The Hispanic-owned food company selected Amcor’s bottles as part of a major redesign of its marinade product line, converting 12oz (355ml) and 24.5oz (725ml) products from glass to PET.

Both PET bottles have been designed for ambient fill as well as hot fill applications and feature Amcor’s new Origami hot fill technology, which incorporates six flat panels to offset vacuum effects occurring in hot filled containers.

Designed to collapse, the vacuum panels make up for shrinkage during cooling in order to maintain structural strength and integrity.

The flat surfaces are said to create a modern profile that provides better gripping, and a predominant neck to improve pourability.

Goya Foods senior vice president Joseph Perez said both the PET bottles have a 38mm finish and can be integrated into existing glass filling lines with minimal adjustment.

"In the end, lightweight PET not only delivered a major savings in terms of freight cost but also gave us the glass-like appearance and the shelf appeal to maintain our brand image," Perez said.

Amcor’s containers new design have been developed to promote a new look.

The bottles deliver performance and cost advantages including portability, reduced breakage and light weight, besides sustainability benefits such as recyclability, reduced transportation costs and a reduced carbon footprint.

The food company also offers more marinade product to its consumers by moving from a 705ml glass container to the 725ml PET bottle with the new bottle design.

Amcor claims that the use of PET in the 24.5oz (725ml) container results in a reduction of 61.4% in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, compared to glass.

The company offers 16oz and 32oz hot fill family size decanters and 12oz 38mm ring neck style and 24oz 63mm wide mouth hot fill stock bottles for the food market.

Image: Amcor’s PET bottles, which feature Origami hot fill technology, are designed for ambient fill and hot fill applications; Photo: Courtesy of Amcor Limited