Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 August 2019

Coke turns to aluminium bottles for water to replace plastic

Beverage giant will start selling canned Dasani in north-east US next month and plans to expand the product to other parts of the country in 2020

Dasani Canned. Courtesy of Coca Cola
Dasani Canned. Courtesy of Coca Cola

Coca-Cola is putting its Dasani water brand into aluminium cans as the beverage industry faces pressure to reduce its use of plastic.

Coke will start selling canned Dasani in north-east US next month, with plans to expand the product to other parts of the country in 2020. The announcement comes after PepsiCo said recently it would experiment with selling Aquafina, its mainstream water brand, in cans at restaurants and stadiums.

Beverage giants are under pressure to boost recycling and cut down on plastic that is filling the world’s oceans and waterways. Aluminium cans generally contain more recycled material than plastic bottles and are less likely to float away in the ocean. Dasani and Aquafina are the top two bottled brands in the US, with combined sales north of $2 billion (Dh7.34bn).

In addition to the can test, Coke is unveiling a new “hybrid” Dasani bottle, with the half of the materials from a combination of plants and recycled plastic. The company also said it is cutting down on the weight of its bottles in a bid to use less material.

The initiatives are designed to appeal to customers and help Coke meet its pledge to boost the use of recycled material by 2030. Lauren King, Dasani’s brand director, said the efforts will also help boost profit at the parent company.

“Overall this is good for our bottom line,” Mr King said.

Updated: August 14, 2019 02:37 PM

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