Pretium Packaging PET sauce bottle mimics the look and feel of glass

By Jenny Eagle contact

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Pretium Packaging to launch 12-ounce PET bottle. Pic: Pretium Packaging
Pretium Packaging to launch 12-ounce PET bottle. Pic: Pretium Packaging
Pretium Packaging is launching a 12-ounce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sauce bottle, which mimics the look and feel of glass.

The sauce bottle is an alternative for brands of sauces, marinades, dressings and condiments, especially those who previously didn't want to convert to PET.

50% recycled PET

The bottle can be made with up to 50% recycled PET. 

PET attributes include shatter-resistance, less weight to transport and easier handling. 

The 12-ounce sauce bottle is ideal for cold or ambient fills up to 130° Fahrenheit and can be used for a variety of products.  

Barry Sak, VP, business development, Pretium, said in designing the bottle, its objective was to engineer an alternative so brand owners could capitalize on the positive attributes of PET, but still keep the desired glass attributes. 

When a PET substitute is produced for a specific fill volume it has a smaller footprint because the blow molding process results in sidewalls that are thinner than glass. That means reduced shelf presence and ‘hand feel’ that is less substantial​,” said Sak. 

As a result, many brand owners marketing premium products have been reluctant to make the conversion​.” 

40 gram preform

Pretium selected a 40g preform, which is approximately 50% heavier than those typically used for 12-ounce PET sauce bottles and its engineers modified the shoulder, neck and label indentation areas, to produce a bottle that meets fill and dimension requirements. 

Pretium Packaging is a North American manufacturer of plastic containers and closures. It produces approximately two billion PET and HDPE containers annually from 16 locations across the US and Canada.

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