12 March 2013 22:44 [Source: ICIS news]
MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--Mayonnaise is being exported from Mexico to the US in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers, in an early effort to replace glass containers for the same product, a market source said on Tuesday.
The greater weight of a glass container and excessive breakage on shipments from Mexico to the US have driven interest in PET for mayonnaise containers, which also exhibit good barrier properties, the source said on the sidelines of the 18th annual Plastimagen international plastics exposition and conference.
It will be a challenge to fully replace glass because it remains a low-cost option. Production costs of glass are particularly low in Mexico when compared to other global regions, particularly Europe, the source said.
Mayonnaise containers require good oxygen barrier properties, and the high-barrier resin costs 25-30% more than the basic commodity PET, according to the source.
Exports of mayonnaise in PET containers from Mexico to the US started in February, the source said.
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