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Sonoco Plastics recently won first place for its PET blowmolded package for Planters peanuts in the advanced food packaging applications category of the first annual Parts Competition at the Society of Plastics Engineers' 29th annual Blowmolding Conference.

PlasticsToday Staff

October 30, 2013

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Peanuts for plastic: Sonoco blowmolded package wins SPE award

Sonoco Plastics recently won first place for its PET blowmolded package for Planters peanuts in the advanced food packaging applications category of the first annual Parts Competition at the Society of Plastics Engineers' 29th annual Blowmolding Conference.

Planters-1_0.jpg"We are honored to win this inaugural award for our blow molded plastic bottle for Planters Peanuts," said Steve Gendreau, division vice president and general manager, blowmolding. "This award clearly demonstrates Sonoco Plastics' commitment to satisfy our customers with innovative and sustainable solutions that meet their needs."

The package is a blowmolded plastic jar for Planters peanuts, which replaced the brand's 16oz. and 20oz. glass jars. The durable, lightweight plastic option weighs 84% less than the original glass packaging. Additionally, the Planters plastic peanut packaging is 100% recyclable.

All Planters Dry Roasted Peanut products are now available in plastic.

 The change from glass to plastic will result in an estimated 25% reduction in trucks on the road to transport the products. Planters said that combined with other initiatives, the company has conserved 5.6 million lb in packaging and shipping materials.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is home to nearly 20,000 plastics professionals in more than 70 countries around the world.

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