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Old 02-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Default Why doesn’t beer come in PET plastic bottles?

Except at ball parks, why?


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I'd guess cost


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Likely cost but could be because packaging can hurt marketability.

Would you be more likely to buy an expensive premium craft beer that comes in a 6-pack of sexy looking glass bottles or in basic aluminum cans?

Can's make it look like a low quality beer...plastic would do the same thing.
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Likely cost but could be because packaging can hurt marketability.

Would you be more likely to buy an expensive premium craft beer that comes in a 6-pack of sexy looking glass bottles or in basic aluminum cans?

Can's make it look like a low quality beer...plastic would do the same thing.
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Bulk PET bottles aren't really that cost prohibitive.
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What do you mean? Just about every mega brewery has plastic bottles.









You can find them at my grocery stores....especially in the summer for "beach enjoyment."
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Most beer drinkers who prefer what the market calls "import" or "premium" beer have always come packaged in pop top glass bottles. Even twist cap glass bottles "cheapens" the packaging to many consumers and makes them wonder if the beer they just spend $10+ for a sixxer was worth the investment.
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What do you mean? Just about every mega brewery has plastic bottles.

You can find them at my grocery stores....especially in the summer for "beach enjoyment."
I think the OP is maybe asking why there isn't a similar movement to bottle craft beer in PET like there is with canning these days.
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Most beer drinkers who prefer what the market calls "import" or "premium" beer have always come packaged in pop top glass bottles. Even twist cap glass bottles "cheapens" the packaging to many consumers and makes them wonder if the beer they just spend $10+ for a sixxer was worth the investment.
I would guess this as well. One of my friends who drinks a lot of craft beer was telling me about how he had a bad beer, and he started like this "It had a screw-top, which was my first sign that it was going to be bad...."

Also, yeah the BMCs do sell in plastic bottles sometimes. When my dad got started with his Mr. Beer, he used plastic Miller Light bottles.
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I think the OP is maybe asking why there isn't a similar movement to bottle craft beer in PET like there is with canning these days.
I really love how folks read different things into the same 13 words.... He doesn't mention craft beer. Just beer....Anything else is an assumption.
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I really love how folks read different things into the same 13 words.... He doesn't mention craft beer. Just beer....Anything else is an assumption.
That's why I said "I think"


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