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Amcor PET Packaging Partners with McCormick Distilling

August 18/2009

August, 18 (bevnet.com) -– Amcor PET Packaging, the world’s largest PET container manufacturer, has formed an innovative partnership with McCormick Distilling Company to introduce a 15 percent Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) addition to McCormick PET bottles.

 

Scheduled to begin this fall, the rollout will initially include 50 mL, 1L, and 1.75L bottle sizes, with plans to introduce 15 percent PCR to remaining lines in 2010.

 

The combination of Amcor’s state-of-the-art PCR manufacturing capabilities and McCormick’s leadership in advancing environmental issues creates the potential for an effective collaboration. At 15 percent PCR, McCormick Distilling will consume over a half million pounds of PCR annually, the equivalent of more than 7.5 million PET bottles collected in curbside and deposit programs and diverted from landfills.

 

Amcor’s approach to the PCR business is a bit different than the competition. Instead of providing PCR to customers upon request, Amcor actively encourages its increased use in their products—something the majority of PET providers cannot do. Dave Clark, Amcor PET Packaging’s Director of Sustainability, explained, “PCR requires extra attention and expertise because it is more difficult to work with than virgin PET. It really takes a commitment on behalf of the customer and on behalf of Amcor to go out and source this material, and make the investments to make food-grade recycled PCR. McCormick is very progressive in terms of their commitment to the environment – and here at Amcor we push technology, engineering and design through to solutions.”

 

Amcor also requires an equally committed partner. McCormick Distilling is the perfect example. Lynne Brophy, Amcor PET Packaging Wine & Spirits Account Manager and Business Development, commented, “We work together with McCormick to ensure we end up with a solid product offering for their market. They’re always willing to go the extra mile. We challenge each other to push the boundaries.” 


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