ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. is launching a trial of its Bud and Bud Lite brands in PET beer bottles in Dallas and Phoenix, making it the second big U.S. brewer to experiment with plastic.
The trial will use an oxygen-scavenger layer from Amoco in the multilayer package, and the bottles will be blow molded by Twinpak Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch's bottles will be amber.
An earlier PET beer bottle from Miller Brewing Co. was criticized by environmentalists and is attracting scrutiny from recyclers concerned about markets for amber bottles and the recyclability of aluminum caps and labels.
Robin Cotchan, director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers in Washington, said the Bud bottles have labels and aluminum caps that may conflict with APR guidelines. Amoco and Twinpak have made general presentations to APR, she said.
A spokeswoman for Twinpak said the trial will help resolve recycling issues. The recycling of the bottles is complicated, but the companies involved want to recycle the amber bottles directly back into beer bottles, she said.
Anheuser-Busch officials did not return telephone calls.