Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fulfilling the potential of bottled water (continued)

Besides lightweighting, there are other sustainability and cost-efficient factors, including the need for optimal global packaging solutions.  To maximize margins, producers need to keep overheads to a minimum.  Packaging generally constitutes approximately 70 percent of production costs; distribution and logistics make up 20 percent of the cost. By minimizing the weight of the bottles, the consumption of raw material will be kept low.  To reduce the overall carbon emissions, bottlers are increasingly beginning to use recycled PET or BioPET resin. Many also are reducing the secondary packaging that accompanies the product.  Maximizing the efficient use of resources while reducing usage also is key.

Source: Beverage Industry July 2013