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A 4-sided pouch as a light-weight alternative to large rigid containers

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A 4-sided pouch as a light-weight alternative to large rigid containers
A 4-sided pouch that is a light-weight alternative to large rigid containers
In Use – Smart Bottle™ I was showcased at PackEXPO in November 2010 and it is now commercially available in the US. Kraft Foods have begun using the Smart Bottle™ I (branded as the YES Pack) for food service dressing products.

Benefits
Packaging Reduction

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement

Relevant Materials
Laminates, Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars, Flexible & Films

Supply Chain Phase
Design, Production

Details

A 4-sided pouch with pouring spout, developed as a light-weight alternative to rigid containers, such as plastic bottles
 
Smart Bottle™ I design is a 4-sided pouch, that integrates a large pour spout along with 2 handles to make pouring and handling much easier. The package has been tested in volume sizes ranging from ½ gallon, up to 5 gallons. The new package can hold either dry or liquid contents and has branding opportunities on 4 sides. The package is a lightweight, flexible alternative to large rigid containers.
 
Smart Bottle INC has a production machine in Asheville NC, and there is an extensive network of qualified partners supporting the development and delivery of this packaging format, including:
  • KRW Machinery (Unprinted 1-gal Smart Bottles™)
  • Ampac (Film)
  • Exopack (Film)
  • Rossmith Packaging (Film)
  • Rambal S.A.(International Partner)
  • General Packaging Equipment Co. (Machinery)
  • Liquid Packaging Solutions (Filling)
  • Magenta LLC (Injection Molded Fitments)

Potential Benefits

This pack offers considerable light-weighting opportunities when used as analternative to rigid conatiners such as bottles..

Intellectual Property

Patents have been granted in the US and patents are pending  for the UK and Europe. All intellectual property rights are owned by Smart Bottle Inc. For more information see: http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?WO=2003093126  and US Design Patent D608656 dated 26 Jan 2010.
 
Other US and foreign patents pending include the following patent numbers:
  • 7,147,597
  • 6,832,852
  • D489,993
  • 7,407,326
  • D608,656

Consultant View

This pack could be particularly relevant in the food service sector where its design features make handling and dispensing large quantities of ingredients easier when compared to large rigid containers. It could also be used for non-food products such as cleaning products or garden and DIY products.

Contacts and Further Information

Company details:
Exopack LLC
Corporate Head Office
3070 Southport Road
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Tel +1 864 596 7140
email flex.pack@exopack.com 
www.smartbottleinc.com

Technology contact details:
Ken Wilkes
Smart Bottle Inc
825 Merrimon Avenue, Suite 320
Asheville, NC 28804
Tel +1 (0) 828 275 1022
Email ken@riverm.com

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