Amcor PET Packaging has formed an innovative partnership with McCormick Distilling Co. to introduce a 15% Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) addition to McCormick PET bottles. Scheduled to begin this fall, the rollout will initially include 50 mL, 1L, and 1.75L bottle sizes, with plans to introduce 15 percent PCR to remaining lines in 2010.
The combination of Amcor’s state-of-the-art PCR manufacturing capabilities and McCormick’s leadership in advancing environmental issues creates the potential for an effective collaboration. At 15 percent PCR, McCormick Distilling will consume over a half million pounds of PCR annually, the equivalent of more than 7.5 million PET bottles collected in curbside and deposit programs and diverted from landfills.
“We couldn’t be happier with Amcor,” said Jim Zargo, President and COO of McCormick Distilling. “Simply put, they help us sell more in the market. They’re a full service vendor on the forefront of customer relations and innovation.” One such innovation resulted in the highly successful launch of a 100 percent PCR container for McCormick’s 360 Vodka—a liquor industry first.
McCormick’s 360 bottle is manufactured at the Amcor PET Packaging plant in Nicholasville Kentucky, which will also produce the new 15 percent PCR lines.
“From the plant perspective alone, McCormick is a great client,” said Michael Warkentien, General Plant Manager, Nicholasville, KY. “We do a lot of development work with McCormick, and the 15 percent program is very exciting.” For McCormick’s Zargo, the feeling is mutual.
“We saw what they were doing in the Nicholasville facility,” said Zargo. “It’s a dynamic, collaborative process. Like us, they’re already working in the PCR arena, so it’s a true partnership. And Amcor couldn’t be a better partner.”
Amcor’s approach to the PCR business is a bit different than the competition. Instead of providing PCR to customers upon request, Amcor actively encourages its increased use in their products—something the majority of PET providers cannot do. Dave Clark, Amcor PET Packaging’s Director of Sustainability, explained, “PCR requires extra attention and expertise because it is more difficult to work with than virgin PET. It really takes a commitment on behalf of the customer and on behalf of Amcor to go out and source this material, and make the investments to make food-grade recycled PCR. McCormick is very progressive in terms of their commitment to the environment – and here at Amcor we push technology, engineering and design through to solutions.”