Perrier Vittel SA has joined the plastics revolution. This month, the company is launching its world-famous, 1-liter water bottle in PET to the U.S. market for the first time in its 141-year history. The green bottle, retaining the company's signature ``classic curve'' with a shrink-wrapped label, has a unique, three-layer construction featuring two layers of PET sandwiched around a barrier of nylon 6. The company said the barrier layer allows it to retain each bottle's 50 million carbonated bubbles, with a loss of only 15 percent carbonation after a year on a supermarket shelf. The coextruded bottles are made in collaboration with Amcor Ltd., which makes the preforms at a Brecht, Belgium, plant and ships them to a stretch injection blow molding line at Perrier's VergÃ¨ze, France, headquarters. The company introduced the bottles in Europe last year and also launched a smaller PET bottle in 2001. The bottles will sell for a suggested retail price of $1.49, about 10 cents more than its glass version. The company said the plastic bottle offers more flexibility for beach parties and barbecues and features an internal handle. Bottoms up.
Perrier in plastic
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