This statement alone should make all airline switch to PET bottles – The 54-g PET stock bottle is one-eighth the weight of the previous 430-g glass container.
In an age where airlines are charging extra for fat people and excess hand luggage they should only be using lightweight PET bottles in all sizes.
The container uses a barrier coating technology developed by Germany’s KHS Plasmax GmbH. The KHS Plasmax® silicon oxide (SiOx) barrier, which seals the container from the inside to protect the contents from oxidation, is an FDA-compliant enhanced passive barrier for oxygen-sensitive products. This ultra-thin (less than 100-nm) material is transparent and resists cracking, abrasion, and delamination. Moreover, it doesn’t 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 stream.
Says Amcor sales manager Kerry Drewry, “This is an important development because it expands the market potential for barrier PET wine containers. We expect continued growth for barrier PET bottles in a range of sizes for wine.”
Geloso says that in addition to meeting the airline’s sustainability needs, the new package also offers a glass-like option with no breakage and a similar shelf life. “At the end of the day, it’s still the same high-quality wine product that is now easy to transport and very convenient for the consumer,” Geloso remarks.
Retail launch expected later this year
Based on the early success of the package for Air Transat, Societe de Vin Internationale is considering a retail launch later this year in Quebec grocery stores. On the retail side, lightweight PET significantly reduces freight costs and enables manufacturers to reduce their environmental footprint by cutting the amount of packaging, thus reducing the volume of waste being sent to landfills.