"We scoured the world for the right technology." That's how Bill Dando, director of package development at Bass Brewers in Burton-on-Trent, England, describes the process that led to Bass' recent launch of one beer and one "alcopop" in identical high-barrier plastic bottles.
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Several unorthodoxies on the filling line make it possible for this soft, squeezable, straight-walled polypropylene container to resist paneling after hot-filling. Also new is a first-of-its-kind on-line shrink label application in a bottling plant.
The prestigious Diamond Award of the eleventh annual DuPont Awards went to Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). CPT was honored for the high-barrier 400-mL (13.524-oz) polyethylene terephthalate single-serve bottle it developed for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.
Looking to emulate a recent innovation popular in beer cans, Westford, MA-based Veryfine Products in September began shipping its 18 varieties of Veryfine and Chillers brands with a large-opening end (LOE).
A 32-oz flip-top bottle is available from E.Z. Cap (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Specially designed for the micro-brewer and brew pubs for carry-out packaging, the bottle is said to be resealable, reusable and recyclable.
Last month, bowling alleys across the country began serving beer in an exclusive package they can call their own. The package is a 16-oz bottle of Budweiser shaped like a bowling pin, from Anheuser-Busch, St.