OLATHE, KANSAS (Nov. 3, 10:50 a.m. EDT) — The bottler of Pony Express-brand beer is switching from glass to three-layer, amber plastic bottles on filling equipment capable of using either material.
Constar International Inc.'s plant in Havre de Grace, Md., makes the preforms and blow molds them with outer and inner layers of PET and a center barrier blend of nylon MXD6 and a metal catalyst. Constar said it designed the stock bottle, which uses the advanced oxygen scavenger Oxbar, to virtually eliminate oxygen ingress and significantly reduce carbonation loss.
Great Plains Brewing Co. began producing the beer July 4 and targets distribution through domestic retail, restaurant, stadium and recreational outlets and an export opportunity in China. The firm's microbrewery in Olathe can produce 15,000 barrels per year and has ordered additional equipment to boost volume.
Minneapolis distributor Gamer Packaging supplies the Constar bottles to Great Plains, which is based in Garden City, Mo.
Osborn & Barr Communications Inc. of St. Louis created the packaging design and marketing plan to emphasize themes of patriotism and independence.
Missouri farmers formed the brewery's parent, growers' cooperative TransCon AG LLC, to add value to and improve the profitability of agricultural operations. Trans-Con acquired the trademark, facility and equipment of the former Pony Express Brewing Co. of Olathe, which had introduced a different plastic beer bottle in 2000.