Odwalla’s New PlantBottle


courtesy of www.bevnet.com

Odwalla, the natural health beverage company announced that starting in March 2011, it will be transitioning their single-serve bottles to PlantBottle packaging.

“Plants do such a good job of making our juice, Odwalla hired them to help make our bottles,” said Alison Lewis, President, Odwalla. “Doing good things for the community and building a business with heart are core guiding principles of Odwalla’s vision. PlantBottle packaging is just the latest step in our continued commitment to the environment.”

PlantBottle packaging consists of material derived from molasses and sugarcane juice. It has the same performance as traditional HDPE and PET bottles: no differences in shelf life, weight, composition or appearance. PlantBottle™ HDPEcan be recycled again and again in today’s recycling facilities. The redesigned plastic represents a significant step in sustainability efforts and in protecting the planet.

This seems like a great move step for a health beverage company – not only is your beverage natural, but your packaging as well.  Another interesting fact is that Odwalla is bottled and distributed by Coca-Cola in Canada.  Some might remember that Coca-Cola also introduced plant-based packaging late last year in prepration for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  That said, Coca-Cola is environmentally conscious and supports the PlantBottle as well, so having Odwalla transition to sustainable packaging represents a step in the right direction.  Not sure what the cost is on this type of packaging, but if Coca-Cola can bottle their products using this type of packaging and their competitors stick to the traditional PET bottles, this further reinforces the fact that they are the leading beverage company.  So what else should Coca-Cola try to distribute using the plant bottle?  Nestea?  Minute Maid Juices?  Powerade?  My recommendation is to distribute the Minute Maid Juices in the PlantBottle as well. It seems like the right thing to do since Minute Maid juices are also a healthy beverage offering.

Question is, will Pepsi bottle any of these beverages using this type of packaging?  The Tropicana and Naked Juices product lines, as well as the Lipton tea series seems like suitable candidates to be transitioned to sustainable packaging.  If Pepsi also bottles their products using the PlantBottle packaging it might negate one of Coca-Cola’s selling points to consumers right now.  In a time when it matters to consumers not only what is within their drinks but how it is produced, packaging innovation is a natural progression of their curiosity.  And supporting a company that cares for the environment while providing you with what you need (in this case liquid refreshments) beats one that only cares about making money.

Your move, Pepsi.

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