PET packaging has been used by the foodstuffs sector for decades. It started at the end of the 1970s in the cold drinks market and marked a genuine revolution. Since 1995, PET Power has introduced vast array of foodstuffs packaging to the European market, elaborating on earlier innovations. The more than 500 standard forms illustrate the extent of the choice in this segment.
Activity in the food sector
Following the introduction of PET to the cold drinks market at the end of the 1970s, a radical change in the packaging landscape took place. The front-runners at the time were the producers of mineral water and carbonated cold drinks, including Coca-Cola. Technological developments followed, and from the beginning of 1995, PET Power began to take its share. It expressly took into account the needs expressed by manufacturers of foodstuffs and consumers. The result today is a range of more than 500 standard forms of PET packages for foodstuffs, available in all the colours of the rainbow.
Points of focus in foodstuffs packaging
The currently available packaging forms have been developed on the basis of consultation with manufacturers and consumers. PET Power has made an inventory of their wishes. For example, the focus with traditional packaging is on avoiding the risk of breakage. Unbreakability is naturally a big advantage in production, transport, use in the shop and with the consumer. In addition, methods have been devised to make the packaging lighter and to improve shelf life and ease of use. As a result of this success, PET materials have become essential in the kitchen and not only in the bathroom.
Ever more is possible
PET has been a revolution in the packaging industry. But development continues. By processing material in an innovative way, PET has been made increasingly suitable for products like wine and sauces. Modern PET keeps oxygen out better, which is important with wine. Specially prepared PET is also increasingly able to cope with temperature effects, and this works to the benefit of packaging hot-filled products like sauces.
Weight, migration tests, ease of use
A few additional remarks on the characteristics of modern PET material.
Weight. The fact that PET packaging has become ever lighter has an evident effect. This not only cuts transport costs, but is also consumer-friendly and cuts fuel consumption.
Migration tests. These show that this synthetic is an ideal material for packaging foodstuffs. Information on these tests is available from PET Power.
Ease of use. This depends heavily on the form chosen and the desired application. Should it be a squeeze bottle or rather a strong and stable jar? Thorough consultation between supplier and customer optimise ease of use.