McCormick Distilling Co. of Weston, Missouri, has commercialized the first PET liquor bottle with a built-in handle. The 1.75-L polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle for the company’s popular vodka brand is being supplied by Amcor PET Packaging. Up until now, no one had been able to successfully create a commercial, handled PET liquor bottle due to the difficulty of blowmolding around a grip. This industry “first” is a result of a two-year cooperative venture between McCormick and Amcor.
“McCormick is the number two domestic vodka brand. With a lot of competition in the value-priced category, we were looking for a way to differentiate ourselves,” says Jim Zargo, president and chief operating officer, McCormick.