At this year’s BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, KHS GmbH was presented with the World Beverage Innovation Award from British publisher FoodBev Media for its lightweight 1-liter PET milk bottle. The specialist for filling and packaging systems was victorious with this bottle in the category “Best Environmental Sustainability Initiative”. The new solution scores in particular thanks to its low weight and the related material savings. The prestigious prize is awarded for innovative designs and products as well as outstanding quality in the international brewing industry.
“We are proud of this award. The award is testimony to our ongoing commitment in the field of innovative and sustainable product systems and solutions,” says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS GmbH. The lightweight 1-liter PET bottle for milk and mixed milk beverages was developed ready for the market and extensively tested at the Bottles & Shapes™ Center at KHS’ site in Hamburg. As a handy alternative, the ultra-lightweight PET bottle offers many advantages versus the beverage carton.
As with all packaging developments from the PET experts at KHS, the focus was on an exemplary balance between economy, market acceptance, and product quality for the new milk bottle. Material usage and energy consumption have been reduced considerably. With a thread diameter of 32 millimeters, the lightweight 1-liter PET milk bottle weighs a mere 20 grams. In comparison, PET bottles of the same size commonly found on the market generally tilt the scales at 22 grams. Thanks to material savings of two grams of PET per bottle, up to 140,000 euros per year can be saved based on a production of 50 million bottles.