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Since their introduction 30 years ago, the use of PET bottles has expanded hugely in the soft drinks market, writes Richard Corbett of industry analysts Canadean. But challenges remain, not least boosting PET’s consumer appeal in premium categories, increasing usage for more sensitive beverages such as juices and iced teas, and addressing environmental concerns.

Premium remains the PET challenge

13 November 2006

Since their introduction 30 years ago, the use of PET bottles has expanded hugely in the soft drinks market, writes Richard Corbett of industry analysts Canadean. But challenges remain, not least boosting PET’s consumer appeal in premium categories, increasing usage for more sensitive beverages such as juices and iced teas, and addressing environmental concerns.

UK: PET use on the rise - research

9 November 2006

The use of PET bottles in the drinks industry looks set to continue expanding despite price increases for the packaging method.

SUI: Brewers in talks with SIG on PET project

3 November 2006

Swiss packaging group SIG Holding is in talks with the world’s major brewers over the use of a glass-and-plastic bottle technology that lengthens the shelf life for beer.

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