The German brewery Feldschloesschen Brauerei AG is to plough €7.0m (US$8.9m) into a new filling line for beer in PET plastic bottles, the company's marketing director, Heinz-Dieter Lande, was quoted in the German press as saying yesterday.

The move is part of a plan to offset the impact of the controversial deposit system on cans in Germany. The brewer, part of Holsten, saw a 90% fall in beer can sales in 2003.

The PET filling line is expected to be running by May.