Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is widely used around the world in the food and beverage packaging industry. According to Beatriz Torres, an analyst at Euromonitor International, 56 percent of all beverage units sold in the world are packaged in PET bottles – at a total of 485,000 million units.
Speaking at the XXXI National Congress of the Mexican Association of Containers and Packaging, as part of Expo Pack Mexico 2016, Torres explained that out of the 485,000 million units, half of them were used for bottled water, at 256.000 million units. She added that the PET market had grown 4.5 percent in 2015, an accelerated pace compared to the global industry growth of just 2 percent.
In Mexico, PET is used in 90 percent of all bottled water. It is also the most widely used packaging material for carbonated beverages, followed by glass and metal. It is also the most widely used for isotonic and energy drinks, followed by metal and then other plastics. PET is also widely used to package other ready-to-drink beverages such as coffee and tea.
There is also a growing trend in Mexico of switching from metal to PET for packaging energiser drinks, such as in the case of Vive. These energy drinks were packaged in metal, but is now increasing its market share of PET packaging. The change has made the drink more affordable, which in turn is increasing their base of customers.
PET is expected to continue to dominate as a beverage packaging material, even in categories where it has not been used before.
Find out more about the latest innovations and market penetration of PET at the 14th LAPET (Latin America PET Markets, Applications & Recycling) on 29-30 November in Mexico City.