By James Snodgrass, 31 July 2015

In this feature for Plastics News Europe James Snodgrass looks at PET jars for jam, sauces and other foodstuffs which are designed to lighten the weight of containers while retaining a traditional appearance.

From pasta sauces to jams, glass jars have been the de facto standard packaging for hot fill applications. But as the advantages of plastic jars for producers – lower shipping costs, less loss from breakage – become ever more apparent, will consumers overlook the perceived quality advantages of glass (familiarity, solidity, optical properties) and embrace plastic?

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