Rigid Plastics

Mrs. Griffin's Sauce Converts to Lightweight PET from Amcor

Posted: April 15, 2014

Mrs. Griffin’s Barbecue Sauce in Macon, GA, has converted its 12-oz and 32-oz products from glass to lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles from Amcor Rigid Plastics. The packaging change represents Mrs. Griffin’s first use of PET bottles in its 76-year history.
Conversion from glass to the 12-oz ring neck and 32-oz decanter PET bottles has resulted in a major reduction in freight costs and a significant reduction in broken or damaged goods charge backs from retailers, according to Roland Neel, president and CEO of Mrs. Griffin’s. “We’ve been in business 76 years, so our move from glass to plastic was made only after careful deliberation and research,” Neel says. “In the end, lightweight PET not only delivered a huge savings in terms of transport costs and breakage but also gave us the glass-like appearance and shelf life appeal to maintain Mrs. Griffin’s brand image of premium quality.”
Neel also noted that PET meets the growing sustainability requirements of the packaging and retail industry by providing a reduced carbon footprint, recyclability, and reduced transportation costs. This also results in greater penetration in retail chains and club store channels.
Mrs. Griffin’s is the first company to use Amcor’s 32-oz decanter PET bottle. It offers more attractive styling and appearance along with greater rigidity compared to competitive PET containers on the market. The 50-g ambient container is sturdier than competing plastic versions thanks to a rigid base that prevents tipping on the filling line. The 32-oz ambient fill (up to 140° F) and hot fill (up to 185° F) decanters are targeted for barbecue sauce, salad dressing, and other sauce products. Both the 12-oz and 32-oz bottles have a 38-mm 400CT finish. They are seamlessly integrated into existing glass filling lines with minimal adjustment, according to Neel. For more, visit www.amcor.com.