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First pasterized, wide-mouth PET

A heat-set PET jar from Vlasic Foods Intl., Cherry Hill, NJ. is produced by Schmalbach-Lubeca. The jar is said to be the first commercial pasteurizable wide-mouth PET food jar.

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The heat-set polyethylene terephthalate jar from Vlasic Foods Intl., Cherry Hill, NJ. is produced by Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI). The jar is said to be the first commercial pasteurizable wide-mouth PET food jar. In September, the jar was described in a panel discussion at PET Strategies, a conference sponsored by Packaging Strategies (West Chester, PA). On Sept. 26, Schmalbach and Vlasic both presented papers on the new container at Nova-Pack Europe 2000, sponsored by Schotland Business Research (Princeton, NJ).

Neither Vlasic nor Schmalbach cared to discuss the container at press time. But this much PW did learn:

• the jar has an 82-mm VCF C-T closure from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL) that incorporates an induction-sealed foil liner

• the container, pasteurized at 101°C (213°F), has a champagne base, crystallized neck finish and vacuum-pressure panels to help it withstand internal pressure during product cooling

• Schmalbach says its True Heat-Set® withstood 121°C (250°F) for one hour in the retort process.

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