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1.0 Liter Crates for Non-returnable PET Bottles

Rehrig Pacific has created a family of lightweight reusable plastic crates for 1.0 L non-returnable PET bottles. Merchandiser® and Castle Crates® are available in 12-bottle and 15-bottle versions. Rehrig Pacific low-depth plastic crates have sidewalls lower than the height of the bottle. Crates come in contact with the bottle closures when stacked. All Rehrig Pacific low-depth crates are highly nestable when empty so they take up little storage space in plants, warehouses, distribution centers, trailers, delivery trucks and stores, yet easily denest either manually or with automated denesters. Castle Crates have individual bottle pockets whereas Merchandisers corral loose pack bottles.

There are numerous reasons for the overwhelming popularity of Rehrig Pacific products. Handling full crates of product is heavy work. That’s why Rehrig Pacific engineers have discovered ways to make the task easier. Patented “palm-up/palm-down” handles ease the strain of lifting during the loading, unloading or stacking process.

Another patented, ergonomic feature is the Twist ‘N Slide bottom. For secure stacking on pallets and in displays, the bottom of the crate interlocks with the bottle caps it rests on. Yet, for ease of handling, a simple twisting of the crate allows it to slide free.

Rehrig Pacific designs feature large “window” areas that frame the product label and bottle profile. Inventory control is always an important issue. These large window areas also accommodate efficient UPC scanning. The bright, clean colors of the Rehrig Pacific crates have lots of eye appeal in displays that are proven product-movers.

Rehrig Pacific uses 100% recyclable materials and available non-heavy metals colors, when requested, in all its products, which benefits everyone. Client preference determines the percentage of recycled materials used in each order. Up to 100% recycled materials can be used while still retaining strength and durability. Rehrig Pacific beverage crates can be stored outdoors and clean easily with occasional washing which increases the service life of each crate in the system.

Today, reusable plastic crates are still the better sustainable alternative to one-way corrugated trays and shrink film packaging as repeatedly shown in life-cycle analysis by various institutions. See Building the Business Case for Reusable Transport Packaging.

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