Flexible Packaging For Carbonated Beverages
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Frequently Asked Questions
1) What sizes are available?
We sell wholesale quantities of "The Flexi-Growler". This is a 64oz Flexible BeerPouch Growler which we keep in stock, ready for delivery to your location right now. We are in house testing a 32oz and a 22oz BeerPouch at this time and will announce availability upon approval. You can order the Flexi-Growler instantly right here:
2) What about volume discounts?
With quantity orders over 60,000 units, we can customize several features to your specifications including label and price.
3) What are the ecological benefits of the BeerPouch?
Pouches of this nature are well known to require a fraction of the carbon footprint than found in a comparable sized bottle or can. The BeerPouch uses far less energy to manufacture, fill, ship, and store beverages than virtually any comparable package. The package we offer is a lightweight, efficient design. Because they fold flat, unlike a can, an entire palette of glass bottles can be replaced by a couple cases of BeerPouches. The BeerPouch is light weight, yet tough enough to protect your favorite beverage.
According to a national packaging study conducted by the Boston-based Tellus Institute for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the aseptic pouch package has one of the lowest environmental impacts of any beverage container. "For single-serving packages," the study concludes, "the recycled aluminum can and the aseptic package have the lowest environmental costs, while the virgin aluminum can has the highest environmental cost." The BeerPouch is the green alternative.
4) What can you put in a BeerPouch?
This is the first flexible beverage pouch made for ALL beverages, particularly sparkling or carbonated beverages like soda pop, beer and carbonated energy drinks. We also carefully package wine, juices, water or base ingredients with no BPA or flavor transference.
5) How do you fill them?
The BeerPouch may be easily filled through the spout from the tap just like any Growler. While some use a tube or other device, for best results, we use the Turbotap (www.turbotap.com) This is a carbonated beverage diffuser which keeps the Co2 within solution longer. We suggest filling the BeerPouch cold to protect carbonation. The pouch is filled to the top of the cap, and uses Co2 to bring the pouch to rigidity. This greatly reduces air/oxygen exposure. We also have high speed filling systems in development at this time. These will range to 60 per minute.
6) Why the BeerPouch?
Customers Love them ! The convenience, the savings, the freshness! We welcome new brewers, and all beverage manufacturers to join together in this green alternative. Our package has been developed to overcome the common problems found in glass and aluminum cans. The BeerPouch is not subject to shattering like a glass container making it perfect for airline, backpacking, or stadium use where size, weight or breakage remains a consideration. The BeerPouch is ideal in places where glass is inappropriate.
7) Co2 Chemistry and physics
Carbon dioxide dissolved in water at a low concentration (0.2%–1.0%) creates carbonic acid (H2CO3), which causes the water to have a slightly sour taste with a pH between 3 and 4. An alkaline salt, such as sodium bicarbonate, may be added to soda water to reduce its acidity.
The amount of a gas like carbon dioxide that can be dissolved in water is described by Henry's Law. Water is chilled, optimally to just above freezing, in order to permit the maximum amount of carbon dioxide to dissolve in it. Higher gas pressure and lower temperature cause more gas to dissolve in the liquid. When the temperature is raised or the pressure is reduced (as happens when a container of carbonated water is opened,) carbon dioxide comes out of solution, in the form of bubbles.
Bye-bye bottles and cans, hello pouch packaging
By Mark Albright, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Ever notice some bottled water comes in plastic so thin the bottle crushes when you try to twist off the cap? The plastic cannot get much thinner without losing its status as a bottle.
That has prompted packagers, ever on the hunt for lighter, less costly options that take up less landfill space, to move more consumer goods into pouches, which can be made from far thinner plastics.
Some pouches have caps, some require squeezing and many of them even stand up on shelves just like the cans, plastic bottles and cardboard drink boxes they are starting to replace. Indeed, pouch packaging has quietly turned into one of the fastest growing categories of new products.
In 2011, 1,210 new products debuted in pouch packaging, up from 885 in 2007, reports Mintel International. That's 3.3 percent of all new products unleashed annually, almost double five years ago or about $8 billion in sales.
St. Petersburg resident Arnold Lawner, a 62-year-old veteran of the packaging equipment business who is vice president of marketing for PouchFill at Daytona Flexible Packaging, explained how and why these packages are sweeping across grocery stores.
How thin is bottled-water plastic getting?
So thin some water bottles are not even strong enough to be stacked. The only thing that enables them to be stacked on pallets now is nitrogen. It's naturally occurring in nature, so they pump it in the bottle while filling to keep it from collapsing. The nitrogen escapes when you open the cap.
Pouches only microns thick have spread to everything from pasta meals to frozen entrees, bacon bits, raw sugar, 50 microwavable Campbell soups, Heinz Ketchup, pet foods and even Mahatma rice. They've also invaded the laundry detergent aisle, including cheap detergent refills and premeasured dissolving plastic capsules from Tide and All packed in a plastic pouch. I have yet to see bottled water or carbonated beverages come in pouches. Why?
Carbonated drinks still need a very thick plastic or they permeate the material. But thin pouches are getting common for energy drinks, fruit drinks, and we're starting to seeing a lot of small containers of portable water made for athletes like runners and cyclists and people exercising. They fit better in a purse or fanny pack. You just rip off the top and drink it, or it has a pull-up sport cap. Gatorade now comes in a single-serve pouch shaped like a bottle. Pouches are very common in baby food now thanks to Gerber, Earth's Best and Beech-Nut. They have a choke-proof cap, can be resealed and babies seem to like sucking fruit puree and vegetables from them instead of spooned from a jar. There is one baby food coming with a built-in spoon. Squeeze the pouch and it fills the spoon. We're seeing an explosion of premixed cocktails like frozen daiquiris, pina colada and margaritas that come in multidrink pouches from all the big-name spirits brands.
Some products that come in pouches are cheaper, while others cost more. Are pouches cheaper?
Not necessarily. The cost of plastic resin, for instance, has risen even faster than oil prices. The real savings is in shipping and handling. They are lighter than metal cans or thick plastic bottles. Empty pouches can be shipped and stored flat, so they take up a fraction of the space in a truck, which means a lot at $1.50 a mile per truckload. Nine truckloads of quart-size pouches weigh the same as a truckload of quart-size cans or bottles. Once filled, their changing shape needs less space than round bottles or cans. Plastics are dramatically cheaper than metal. A major part of the appeal is you can print a much more appetizing graphic on a pouch.
Is there an environmental case to be made?
Yes and no. There is less plastic used, and they are flat when empty, so pouches take up much less landfill space. Much of the plastic like clear polyethylene can be recycled, but not all. We are still developing processes to separate as many as five layers of different types of plastics and aluminum foil we laminate together for some pouches. So many cannot be labeled as recyclable.
Why do some people say the pouch version of Starkist tuna tastes better than the can?
Because the canned product is cooked twice at more than 212 degrees: once before canning and again after it's in the can. In a pouch you only cook it once and it does not take as long, because the product is exposed to more surface area.
What got this trend rolling?
Pouches have been around for decades, since the little ketchup and mustard packets at fast-food restaurants and single-use sun-tan lotions. Canadians and Europeans have been buying milk in pouches for decades. You just put a half-gallon pouch in a pitcher or frame in your refrigerator and cut off a top corner. But as we learned how to better laminate together thin sheets of sealing plastic, aluminum foil and plastics best for printing high-resolution graphics, the possibilities exploded. Capri Sun drinks — the younger generation grew up stabbing a straw through the foil pouch — helped spread acceptance. Another development was a Sarasota company called Bartelt that years ago helped pioneer the first generation of the gusset, a heat-welded and glued-together plastic base that enables pouches to stand up straight on shelves rather than just lie flat.
What's coming next?
You're about to see high-end wines with beautiful graphics and wine-in-a-box come in pouches fitted with a spout that costs much less than a box. Restaurant size food pouches like 96-ounce soups and baked beans are coming. Today, small contractors make most pouches and ship them to manufacturers for filling. Our machines make about 250 pouches a minute. When more of the big guys like Coke and PepsiCo start putting pouch equipment in their 1,000-unit-a-minute production lines like the baby food companies did, the cost will drop dramatically. I think in five years stores will be filled with as many pouches as other packaging.
Mark Albright can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8252.
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BEVERAGE LOVERS! THERE IS ONE CARDINAL RULE FOR ALL CARBONATED BEVERAGES. PLEASE KEEP YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS AND OUR CONTAINERS COLD. OUR FAILSAFE DESIGN WILL EVACUATE WARM CRAFT ALES. THE BEST CONTAINER FOR FRESH BEER IS YOUR MOUTH. PLEASE KEEP BEER COLD AND FRESH! VERY IMPORTANT!
FAQ: HOW DO I BUY SOME BEERPOUCHES?
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
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Just Select the number of pouches you want, then click Buy Now to purchase silver, unlabeled 64 oz Flexible Growlers. PLEASE NOTE: To avoid any potential confusion~ Our stock pouches do not have labels on them of any kind.
With orders of 60,000 or more, we can put your label in the laminate like the example. Otherwise they come in silver, ready to fill, or easily identified with your own press apply or silk screened labels.. We suggest mylar or vinyl labels.
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