Goya Foods Inc., based in Secaucus, N.J., the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S. and a leader in Latin American food and condiments industries, has undertaken a major redesign of its marinade product line, converting 12oz (355ml) and 24.5oz (725ml) products from glass to lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles from Amcor Rigid Plastics, the world’s leading producer of rigid plastic packaging.
Amcor’s LatinAmerica custom designed hot fill containers, which also feature a newly designed shrink wrap label, boast an iconic shape that is highly attractive. The vibrant design was developed to promote a clean look that is both modern and elegant. The hot fill bottle delivers significant performance and cost advantages including portability, reduced breakage, and light weight, along with sustainability benefits such as recyclability, reduced transportation costs, and a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
With the new PET bottle design, Goya also offers consumers more marinade product by moving from a 705ml glass container to the 725ml PET bottle. Consumers are drawn to the attractive and lightweight features of the PET bottles which are easier to grip compared to traditional glass containers. The marinade containers also further extend Amcor’s growing penetration in the food industry.
The use of PET in the 24.5oz (725ml) container results in a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 61.4% compared to glass, representing savings equivalent to annual GHG emissions from 313 passenger vehicles, according to Amcor. In addition, 24.5oz (725ml) PET bottles permit 52% more product to be shipped per truckload.
“In the end, lightweight PET not only delivered a major savings in terms of freight cost but also gave us the glass-like appearance and the shelf appeal to maintain our brand image,” explained Joseph Perez, senior vice president of Goya Foods.
Meanwhile, both PET bottles are the first to feature Amcor’s new OrigamiTM hot fill technology which incorporates six flat panels to counteract vacuum that occurs in hot filled containers. The vacuum panels are designed to collapse, thus compensating for shrinkage during cooling to maintain structural strength and integrity. The flat surfaces create a modern, elegant profile which enhances gripping and consumer handling. A predominant neck adds to the bottles’ uniqueness and improves pourability.
Both the 12oz and 24.5oz PET bottles are custom designed for both ambient fill (up to 140°F) and hot fill (up to 185°F) applications. They have a 38mm finish and are seamlessly integrated into existing glass filling lines with minimal adjustment, according to Perez. The marinade products, available in three varieties including Chipotle, Mojo, and Naranja Agria, are sold in supermarkets and club stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Goya Foods also plans to replace glass with PET in an existing 12oz juice beverage line. The conversion to hot fill PET is expected by the summer, according to Perez.
This launch of 12oz and 24.5oz Origami designed hot fill containers further exemplifies Amcor’s leadership role in the production of hot fill containers for the food industry. The company offers 16oz and 32oz hot fill family size decanters and 12oz 38mm ring neck style and 24oz 63mm wide mouth hot fill stock bottles for the food market. The company continues to focus on the development of new product offerings to meet the hot fill needs of food manufacturers.
About Goya Foods
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,200 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world. Their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings, and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, visit www.goya.com.
Amcor Rigid Plastics is among the world’s largest manufacturers of plastic packaging for the beverage, food, spirits, personal and home care, and pharmaceuticals industries with 66 facilities in 12 countries. Amcor Limited is a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, employing more than 35,000 people worldwide, operating in 43 countries across 300 sites. Amcor supplies a broad range of plastic (rigid and flexible), fibre, metal, and glass packaging solutions to enhance the products consumers use in everyday life. Amcor also provides packaging-related services that help customers succeed through collaboration and innovation driven by art and science. Amcor is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange