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BeerActivist
09-22-2006, 08:46 AM
Does any use reusable pallets, e.g. recycled plastic pallets instead of disposable wood pallets?

Likewise, anyone using any kind of returnable, reusable case cartons, e.g. sturdy paper board or plastic?

I hear that both are major money savers in other industries, but I don't know of any brewers using them. I recall some of the PA regional brewers like Yeungling and Straubs using returnable heavy paperboard cartons for their returnable 16oz bottles but that I haven't see those in years.

Thanks,
Chris

BelgianBrewer
09-22-2006, 09:23 AM
In Europe, returnable bottles and plastic beer crates are very common. The products sold become more competitive and it reduces the amount of waste per bbl/hL enormously.
Typically for bottled beers, the packaging material cost is over 70% of the production cost.

However, you will have to invest in setting up the return to the microbrewery. Nice thing is that your customers will pay for your packaging materials as you will be asking for a deposit on the cases and bottles.

I am currently working on a big project involving returnable bottles and crates. PM if you need more info and advice.

BelgianBrewer
www.sbmbrew.com

BubbaBeerBacon
09-22-2006, 09:49 AM
I am currently working on a big project involving returnable bottles and crates. PM if you need more info and advice.

We are recycling company in Canada washing and importing returnable glass.

90% of the bottles are from Europe…let me know if you need a hand…we also sale in Europe.
:)

Sir Brewsalot
09-22-2006, 03:21 PM
I'm switching the hand-bottling of some of my specialty beers (1,000 bottles at a time) to swing-top 1 liter bottles, for which I will charge and pay-out a deposit.

That count?

I've never thrown a pallet away, nor have I bought one (directly).
Cheers,
Scott

beerbrewer
11-02-2006, 09:09 AM
Does anyone know of a Northeast American company that sells plastic cases for 12oz long neck bottles?