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Panel-free bottle complements Hispanic-inspired tea line

When Frank Ruvalcaba, company director of Let’s Mongo in Moorpark, CA, launched his natural ready-to-drink tea line, he needed a plastic bottle that was able to handle hot-fill temperatures of 160°F.
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“Children will be holding the product,” he explains, “so I didn’t want
any issues with breakage.”

After settling for a PET bottle with ribs, Ruvalcaba found Amcor’s
(www.amcor.com) 16-oz long-neck PowerFlex PET bottle with a 38-mm
finish and decided it was a better choice for his product. The bottle
looks like glass and has a panel-free design, allowing for a smooth
label area without any ribbing.

“The issue I had [with the previous bottle] was the fact that when you
apply the label, it doesn’t stick to the bottle because of the
ribbing,” says Ruvalcaba. With Amcor’s bottle, the absence of sidewall
panels makes labeling easier and prevents a rippling effect. The
PowerFlex bottle can also withstand hot-fill temperatures of 185°F. It
absorbs vacuum via an inverted cone-shaped diaphragm in the base of the
bottle that deflects upward as the liquid cools.

H.A. Rider & Sons (www.hariderandsons.com) bottles the Tomandote
line, which consists of three flavors—Lemongrass, Mint, and Cinnamon.
Ruvalcaba foregoes pictures of mint leaves and cinnamon sticks on the
bottles’ labels in favor of logos that are open to interpretation.
“There’s no meaning behind them, other than what you see is what you
get,” he says. And what you get is a premium tea made from natural
products without corm syrup or added colors.

Tomandote is sold in grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants and
has been approved by a California school district for distribution in
middle and high schools. Ruvalcaba says response to the product has
been overwhelming. “I feel great that my family is drinking it as
well,” he says. Tomandote retails between $1.99 and $2.69 a bottle.

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