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Following the success of its ThermaLite® PET jar, APPE has extended the range with the launch of 5 new round jars designed for the food market as replacements for glass packaging. ThermaLite is a 100% PET jar that can be hot or cold filled at temperatures up to 95°C and then pasteurised at a slightly lower temperature with most methods of pasteurization. Available in 5 sizes from 212ml to 720ml, all with a 63mm neck opening, the new round jars can be used for food applications such as cooking sauces, pasta sauces, pesto, tomato-based products, pickled vegetables, relishes, chutneys, fruit purées, jams and spreads. And they are up to 85% lighter than glass.

For fillers, the shatterproof jars can be used on glass filling lines with little or no modification required. Line downtime and batch spoilage due to breakage is virtually eliminated, noise levels in the production environment are reduced and less secondary packaging is required. And twist-off metal caps are used with ThermaLite® providing benefits in the filling line and familiarity and convenience to consumers. With the weight saving over the glass equivalent and the slightly smaller footprint, around 19% more ThermaLite jars can be transported in the logistical chain than glass counterparts. Based on a volume of 10 million jars, this equates to around 73 or 24% less trucks being used in comparison to glass. For retailers, breakage and spoilage is also greatly reduced, increasing safety for consumers and employees. This new range follows the first ThermaLite jar, which was launched in 2013.

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