Plastic is now king when it comes to beverage caps and closures.
Research company Canadean Ltd. is out with word that plastic beverage caps and closures have overtaken their metal brethren in that category.
Plastics held 49 percent of the market last year compared to 48 percent for metal, Canadean said Jan. 7. Metal closures had a 51-percent share in 2007.
“Plastics closures crossed a critical threshold last year in overtaking the share of their metal counterparts across all CPG end-markets,” said Dominic Cakebread, director of packaging services at Canadean, in a news release.
Growing use of plastic containers as well as improvements in closure design, materials and systems have helped fuel the plastic closure increase, the research company said.
Canadean has published a report, “Innovation in Caps and Closures,” that examines the issue.