To comply with the EU Directive on plastic beverage bottles Coca-Cola has changed the caps of its bottling lines in Germany, Spain and the UK to tethered caps. Berry is now the first manufacturer in Europe to supply Coca-Cola with tethered closures.┬á
Over 400 million closures have been successfully applied to date on Coca-Cola bottling lines in Germany, Spain, and the UK, with the rollout to continue to the companyÔÇÖs other European plants. Berry is the first plastic packaging manufacturer in Europe to supply The Coca-Cola Company with a lightweight, tethered closure for its carbonated soft drinks in PET bottles. Bolstered by the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive, BerryÔÇÖs new tethered closure for Coca-Cola is designed to remain intact with the bottle ÔÇô making it less likely to be littered and more likely to be recycled.
ÔÇťInnovation in packaging design is key to helping our customers meet their ambitious sustainability goals while delivering attractive, functional solutions that meet and exceed constantly evolving market demands.Because PET bottles are the most recycled plastic package type, this collaboration has tremendous potential to help keep resources in use and out of our environment.ÔÇŁ
Tom Salmon, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Berry Global
Maintaining a convenient and comfortable user experience, in addition to product safety and security, BerryÔÇÖs new tethered closure for Coca-Cola features a special tamper-evident band that, once broken, does not impact the closure’s ability to remain attached and is positioned out of the way for drinking but can easily be reclosed. When open, it provides a wide angle for easy access to the beverage and comfortable on-the-go drinking.
BerryÔÇÖs closure for Coca-Cola is based on its patented CompactFlip hinge solution. It is the first to be used in conjunction with the new lightweight 26mm GME30.40 neck, developed by the Cetie (The International Technical Centre for Bottling) Single-Use Plastics Group, of which Berry is a member. The new neck finish delivers an over 1g saving in PET compared to the current PCO-1881 neck. Combined with a 10 percent weight reduction from the Berry closure, the new pack is now around 20 percent lighter than the PCO-1881 version.
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