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Coca-Cola has a smile at PAC Awards

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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New DASANI PlantBottle packaging takes gold medal.

On June 23, 2011, DASANI PlantBottle, the first‐ever fully recyclable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic beverage bottle produced using up to 30 per cent plant‐based material, took home top honours at the PAC – The Packaging Association‘s Leadership Awards.

The awards—held during the PACKEX Toronto 2011 tradeshow organized by UBM Canon—are meant to recognize outstanding packaging innovations.

This year’s breakthrough innovation was the PlantBottle packaging, developed by The Coca‐Cola Company, and was recognized in two categories: the Walmart Canada Sustainable Packaging Award, PAC’s highest honor for the Sustainable Packaging Competition; as well as Gold in the Sustainable Packaging Competition.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for an achievement that’s so close to all of our hearts,” says Nicola Kettlitz, president, Coca‐Cola Ltd. “Our goal is to make traditional plastic bottles a thing of the past, and DASANI PlantBottle packaging is a big step in the right direction.”

To date, PlantBottle packaging worldwide has eliminated the equivalent of 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide or 11 million liters of gasoline used to produce PET plastic bottles.

About PAC – The Packaging Association

As the voice of the Canadian packaging industry since 1950, PAC – The Packaging Association serves all of North America. It’s PAC Leadership Awards, launched in 2009, features five Best of Show Awards, including: The Walmart Canada Sustainable Packaging Award, the PAC Sustainable Packaging Award, the PAC Leader Among Leaders Award, the PAC Packaging Award and the Consumers’ Voice Canadian Packaging Award.

About Coca‐Cola Canada

Coca‐Cola Canada operates in all 10 provinces and employs 6,300 people in more than 50 facilities, including seven production facilities across Canada. Its non-alcoholic beverages include sparkling soft drinks, still waters, juices and fruit beverages, sports drinks, energy drinks, coffees and ready‐to‐drink teas featuring some of the world’s most recognizable brands, like: Coca‐Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Fanta, Nestea, PowerAde, Minute Maid, Dasani and vitaminwater. Coca‐Cola in Canada is represented by Coca‐Cola Refreshments Canada and Coca‐Cola Ltd.

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