Panel-Less PET Bottles Win First Commercial Use

The first commercial use of Amcor PET Packaging’s panel-less and ribless PET bottle technology is a 16-oz ready-to-drink tea from Tradewinds Beverage Co., Cincinnati.

The first commercial use of Amcor PET Packaging’s panel-less and ribless PET bottle technology is a 16-oz ready-to-drink tea from Tradewinds Beverage Co., Cincinnati. The beverage company converted from glass because Amcor’s PowerFlex design fulfills hot-fill and aesthetic requirements. The company’s logo was replicated on the bottle neck and the smooth panels permitted the use of an existing pressure-sensitive label. Previously, sidewall panels were needed to absorb distortion as a hot-filled beverage cools to room temperature. With Amcor’s PowerFlex design, vacuum distortion occurs only in the base, where an inverted conical diaphragm draws upward as the liquid cools. The straight-wall design reportedly provides excellent top-load strength. With no points of stress concentration, there is no potential for bending. Superior stacking characteristics open up opportunities in premium beverages sold in warehouse or club stores. Amcor is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Another beverage company, Trinity Springs in Boise, Idaho, is also using the Amcor technology for its first “certified organic” flavored water in 16-oz PET bottles. Amcor: (800) 666-7741 • www.amcor.com