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Article | December 31, 2002
A pasteurizable plastic beer bottle
Canada’s Brick Brewery has launched a 16-oz plastic beer bottle that the Waterloo, Ontario, brewer claims is the first single-serve plastic beer bottle in Canada.
Packaging of the Brick PET bottle is notable in that it will be offered in four-packs with a colorful paperboard neck lock. Supplied by Kruger (Rexdale Ontario Canada) the 175#-test E-flute corrugated carrier is decorated with a litho label printed offset in four colors. Operators at Brick erect the carrier from a flat blank and apply it by hand. The four-packs are selling for under $10 (US$6.30).
The 38-g coinjected stretch/blow-molded bottle is from Owens-Illinois (Toledo OH). Its five-layer structure includes: PET/SurShield™ barrier/recycled PET/
SurShield barrier/PET. The proprietary barrier layer is nylon-based and incorporates an oxygen absorber. The central PET layer can contain up to 35% recycled content. Shelf life is the same as for Brick’s glass bottles: about 4 months.
Setting this bottle apart from the O-I bottle used by Miller Brewing and others since ’98 is that this one can withstand pasteurization. “We were going to introduce the bottle in the spring but it wasn’t until this fall that the pasteurizable version was ready” says Kevin Meens executive vice president of marketing at Brick. O-I’s Ron Pfenning has this to add: “Yes this bottle withstands pasteurization at Brick but we’re not quite ready to offer a pasteurizable plastic bottle as a stock item.”
The 28-mm closure from Crown Cork & Seal (Philadelphia PA) is injection-molded polypropylene and includes an oxygen scavenger. —PR
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