Consumer-friendly PET container gains popularity as reliable replacement for glass bottle

sutterhome_0706Sutter Home Family Vineyards, based in California, the US, began using Amcor Rigid Plastics’

barrier PET bottles as a glass replacement in 2005 and has switched its entire 187ml production to the plastic containers.

The bottles preserve the look of the original glass container and run on the winery’s existing glass filling line. The aluminum screw-cap bottle’s portability provides an entrée into venues that do not allow glass because of the potential for breakage. A unique barrier coating technology developed by Germany’s KHS Plasmax GmbH affords the 187ml PET container the same shelf life as glass.

The 187ml PET bottle features the KHS Plasmax Silicon Oxide (SiOx) barrier coating, a glass-like material which seals the container from the inside to protect the contents from oxidation. Plasmax is an FDA-compliant enhanced passive barrier for oxygen-sensitive products. This ultra thin (less than 100nm) material is transparent and resists cracking, abrasion, and delamination. Moreover, it does not degrade over time nor limit the storage time for empty bottles. The barrier coating is easily removed during the recycling process and does not contaminate the recycling system.

Amcor has solidified the use of lightweight PET bottles for single-serve, 187ml wine products for not only retail distribution but also airline use. US airlines have strongly adopted PET for its lightweight and sustainability benefits, resulting in reduced fuel consumption and a cost savings.


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