We often use plastic(PET) bottle of coke,pepsi or mineral water. Now beer would also come in PET bottle to save the environment. In first glance, it seems strange,but true. Beer manufacturing companies start packing the beer bottle in plastic which is PET bottle same as mineral water. Beer generally comes in two types of packing either glass bottle or can. But it harms a lot to environment as recycling of both these two is not possible.
PET BOTTLESof soft drinks from PepsiCo and Coke have caught the imagination of Indian consumers and expanded the market. Now, beer manufacturers are joining the party.
PET bottles can be recycled and so reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.
SABMiller India has launched Haywards 5000 and Knockout beer brands in onelitre PET packs in Maharashtra on a trial basis. It plans to expand throughout the country.
Priced at an attractive `140 per pack, the company is expected to add more brands, including Foster’s, some months down the line. SabMiller India’s head of sales, TJ Venkateshwaran, says he is hopeful the bottles will generate good volumes.
“We believe it has the potential to be 20 per cent of our mix in the medium term and 30 per cent in the long term,” he says.
The bottles will mention ‘best used within 45 days from the date of manufacture.’ The beverage in glass bottles can be consumed within six months of the manufacturing date.
SABMiller is the number two beer manufacturer in India after United Breweries (UB). UB sells over 110 million cases a year, while SABMiller’s sales are 55 million cases. The market size is 250 million cases.
Venkateshwaran says the initial response has been encouraging. “Consumers have been quick to try the new bottles,” he says.
Rival UB is closely watching SABMiller’s moves. Shekhar Ramamurthy, deputy president, UB Group, said, “We are evaluating the prospect of selling beer in PET bottles. But there are limitations. The reason PET is not common is because it permits ingress of oxygen and egress of carbon dioxide. Beer does not stay stable in this format.” This is backed by executives at the country’s number three beer maker, Mount Shivalik, which makes the Thunderbolt brand (sales of eight million cases), popular in Punjab and Haryana. “We are studying if beer can be bottled optimally in PET bottles without marring the consumer experience. That is the key,” said an executive who declined to be quoted.
SABMiller says it has worked round these issues. “We have a global experience of selling beer in PET bottles. We brought that experience to India,” says Venkateshwaran.
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