Plastic reusable packaging systems are used by beverage processors and suppliers to move ingredients, cans, bottles and
finished goods throughout the supply chain, from manufacturing to the retail floor.
There are examples of robust reusable packaging reducing product damage at every facet of the beverage supply chain.
Generally, reusable packaging lends itself to standard and very stable unit loads for shipping, so delivery trucks and full trailers
are fully utilized and product does not get damaged during transit. Durable plastic pallets, top frames and divider sheets are
used to ship cans and bottles to fillers and are nail free to prevent “leakers,” or punctured cans.
PET bottle suppliers use large collapsible bulk containers to store preforms prior to filling. These containers are designed
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for stable stacking within a warehouse
to prevent bottles from being crushed
and damaged. In the retail environment,
rugged plastic “shells” are used by bottlers to ship 16-ounce, 20-ounce, 1-liter
and 2-liter bottles to the beverage aisle.
These shells have smooth internal walls
and contoured corners to prevent bottle
damage and reduce shrinkage.
Additionally, at retail, bottlers use
small-format all-plastic plastic pallets to
ship in cases of finished goods. These
pallets are free of nails, staples and
loose boards that can damage cases,
deeming the retailer unable to sell them
to consumers. Beverage processors have
many opportunities within their supply
chain to implement reusable packaging
to reduce can, bottle and case damage
— from their manufacturing plants all the
way to the retailer’s beverage aisle.