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Pretium’s SureHandle bottle takes three Ameristar Awards including Best Of Show

By Canadian Packaging staff   

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SureHandle Bottle takes three IoPP Ameristar packaging awards for bottle with integrated handle.

CHESTERFIELD, Missouri—Pretium Packaging, a leading North American manufacturer of plastic containers and closures, won three Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar packaging awards for its SureHandle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container which features an integrated handle.

The SureHandle bottle was awarded Ameristar’s top “Best of Show” honor, in addition to winning the Beverages, Non-alcoholic and Food, Shelf Stable categories.

“The Best of Show Award honors a package that surpasses all judging criteria and that judges unanimously rated ‘outstanding’ in every category,” explains IoPP executive director Jane Chase.

Pretium Packaging used technology from Practically Impossible Labs of Houston to develop the SureHandle stock container line.


It is available in a 64-ounce, 38-400 mm finish, as well as a 2-liter size. The line was developed to provide brand owners with significant shelf differentiation, handling convenience and aesthetics that were not previously possible.

There have been a variety of attempts over the years to develop handled PET containers, but most have fallen short of the mark. SureHandle is a “first-of-its-kind” bottle because it comes out of the injection mold with the handle already in place. Unlike traditional preforms, the SureHandle preform features an injection molded handle integrated into the side wall.

This new technology creates new possibilities for many products—including beverages, foods and household and industrial chemicals—that could benefit from a monolayer PET container with an ergonomic handleware solution.

Ameristar judges considered more than 70 packages for nine category awards. The entries were evaluated for package innovation, product protection, economics, performance, marketing and environmental impact.

Visit to learn more about the SureHandle containers, request a quote or order samples.

About Pretium
Pretium Packaging is a leading North American manufacturer of plastic containers and closures for the most demanding product categories. The company provides packaging solutions for food, specialty beverages, household and industrial cleaners, sports nutrition and health and beauty products. Pretium manufactures approximately two billion PET and HDPE (High-density polyethylene) containers annually from its 16 locations across the U.S. and Canada for more than 700 customers. For more information, visit


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