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MegaMex Foods launches new organic Salsa in 24-ounce APEX PET Jar.
MegaMex Foods launches new organic Salsa in 24-ounce APEX PET Jar.

Amcor Rigid Plastics announced the first commercial use of its unique APEX hot-fill polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers with metal lug closures.

Mexican food supplier MegaMex Foods, LLC, a California, the US-based joint venture (JV) of Hormel Foods and Herdez del Fuerte, S.A. de CV, has launched its newest LA VICTORIA organic salsa product in 24-ounce APEX PET containers.

The launch of the new USDA-certified organic LA VICTORIA Pineapple, Mango and Habanero brand salsa in a 24-ounce PET container is a first for the LA VICTORIA brand, according to Stephanie Bloch, Brand Manager for MegaMex Foods.

"Since Costco has been at the forefront of trend-setting packaging developments, we thought it made sense to test our latest LA VICTORIA brand salsa in a 24-ounce PET container at the club store level," she said.

PET mimics the transparency of glass yet lighter in weight. Amcor's APEX technology allows metal lug closures to be used with blow molded 24-ounce hot-fill containers. The same quality and reassurance of the fresh "pop" of a metal lug closure is achievable on this shatter-proof PET jar.

Featuring an advanced barrier system, the APEX system ensures that sealing integrity is maintained and meets the industry average for removal torque (ease of opening), according to Amcor.

"PET is easier to handle, lighter and provides reduced transportation costs," explained Sergio Macias, Director of Procurement for Olam SVI, a contract filler.

The 24-ounce stock hot-fill containers, targeted for food applications such as jams, jellies, salsas, apple sauce and pasta sauce, are a drop-in solution for manufacturers. The shift to APEX PET containers require minimal capital investment and can be adapted to existing capping and filling equipment, said Amcor.

"APEX is a game-changing development which firmly positions PET hot-fill containers in the food packaging industry," said Bunlim Ly, Senior Marketing Manager for Amcor Rigid Plastics. "We've filled an important need for consumers and brand owners who seek the benefits of PET containers with metal lug closures, delivering the same quality and freshness associated with glass along with significant performance, manufacturing and sustainability benefits."

The 24-ounce LA VICTORIA salsa container is hot fillable up to 96°C and features a 63mm finish with a functional "pop" tamper-evident indicator button on the closure.

Key sustainability benefits are a 36% energy savings and a reduction of 2,024 tons of CO2 emissions which is equivalent to electricity use for one year for 278 homes. Versus the glass container, the PET container results in an 85% material reduction per jar. The weight reduction results in major transportation cost benefits including the shipment of 30% more product by weight per truck.

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