bottlemakersAPPE’s ThermaLite hot-fill, pasteuriseable PET jars seen here in the ‘Marks & Spencer Simply Pickles' range.
A hot-fill, pasteuriseable PET jar has been confirmed as the winner of the Horners Bottlemaker Award 2013.
APPE’s ThermaLite PET jars are able to hot-fill at temperatures up to 95 °C (previous industry maximum was 85 °C) and also be pasteurised (previously not achievable with PET, which is a global first).
Using a revolutionary double-blow manufacturing process, as well as specialist PET resin, APPE has produced jars that are fully transparent, high-gloss and shatterproof.
The Horners Award Committee said it was impressed by the product’s “excellent environmental advantages.” The jars are 85 percent lighter with a smaller footprint than glass equivalents and require 15 percent less food-processing energy.
Competition judge, John Bunker, said: “The standard of entries was very high again this year but the APPE jars stood out as meeting all the criteria for a winner, including convincing success in the market place.”
The Horners' Bottlemaker Award, established in 2002, is run jointly by the Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation.
Highly Commended Certificates in the competition were awarded to the 'The EcoForm aPET Cauldron' by GR8 Engineering Limited and RPC Containers’ 'Artemis' Pack.