Sidel develops light PET beer bottle that looks like glass, weighs 28g; bottle includes non-petaloid base that can handle high temperatures and pressures, features shelf life of six months

LOS ANGELES , June 30, 2014 () – Switzerland-based Sidel has created a new and lighter polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beer bottle that looks like glass, weighing just 28 grams, 86% less than the average glass bottle, Plastics in Packaging reported June 30.

The 33cl bottle features a non-petaloid base and can be used for flash, tunnel pasteurized or micro-filtrated beer.

While tunnel-pasteurised beer usually needs a PET bottle with a petaloid base, Sidel’s new bottle’s non-petaloid base can handle high temperatures and pressures of 20 pasteurization units in the tunnel during the production process and still retain a stable base, according to Plastics in Packaging.

Approximately five billion units of beer are sold annually, and a majority of the bottles are made from glass and metal. With Sidel’s new bottle 33cl bottle, which has a shelf-life of six months, the company hopes many beer producers and consumers will make a smooth transition from glass and metal.

The PET bottle also comes in a 60cl size and the company is currently developing larger sizes as well, according to Plastics in Packaging.

“We want to help beer producers take advantage of the flexibility, lighter weight, sustainability and lower costs offered by PET, by producing a bottle that was more attractive to the next generation of beer consumers who want their drinks packaging to be more sustainable, convenient and user-friendly,” said Christophe Bunel, head of packaging care at Sidel.

The primary source of this article is Plastics in Packaging, Crawley, England, on June 30, 2014. Click here to read the primary source's full version of the article.

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