CORRECTED: MillerCoors testing plastic bottles to replace glass containers it currently uses for its 32- and 40-oz. beverage packaging; converting to plastic would save 174 million lbs. of packaging annually

Graziela Medina Shepnick

Graziela Medina Shepnick

CHICAGO , August 15, 2012 () – Industry Intelligence Editor's Note: We have corrected our headline to clarify that MillerCoors LLC is still testing plastic bottles as a replacement for some of its glass containers. According to a company official, the shift hasn't been completed yet.

Industry Intelligence's Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from MillerCoors LLC's 2012 Sustainability Report, Great Things on Tap, published on Aug. 9, 2012.

Looking to a Lighter Future

When we redesigned our Blue Moon bottles to use less glass in 2009, we reduced our packaging by 4.8 million pounds annually. Building on that success, in 2011, we began to test plastic bottles to replace the glass bottles currently used for our 32- and 40-ounce beverage containers. Converting to plastic would save 174 million pounds of packaging each year and result in 5,000 fewer delivery truck trips annually. In addition, using the plastic bottle would increase safety for our employees, distributors, retailers and consumers.

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