Project Lightweight

Moving from a glass container to a polymer container for the 375ml bottle of Canadian Club Classic.


Product Development

March 15, 2010

Using Existing Product

Testing of Existing Components

March 15, 2010 - April 15, 2010

Testing to see if the current labels and cap can be used with the new PET bottle.

Material Compatibility Tests

March 15, 2010 - March 29, 2010

Lab tests will be completed to determine compatibility.
Competitor research will also be completed to see similar products in PET containers.

Bottle Sourcing and Qualification

March 22, 2010 - April 12, 2010

Bottle sourcing and pricing needed for PET bottles. Samples will be required to be made to determine if identical bottle design will be achievable.

Bottle Storage Tests

April 15, 2010 - December 5, 2010

Bottles will be stored for a period of 8 months.

Corrugated Shipper Design and Sourcing

May 3, 2010 - May 17, 2010

Board ECT weight will need to be determined for appropriate stacking strength. Will existing shippers used for the glass containers work for the PET containers?

Pre-Shipment Testing

May 5, 2010 - December 5, 2010

Will the new PET material affect the way the product is shipped? Various shipping tests will be required. Use of ASTM D 4169 Shipping Test Standards will be required.

Label Development

May 5, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Will the existing labels adhere to the PET bottle. Testing will need to be completed to see if labels will adhere. Testing will also be required to determine if the labels can stay adhered through various elements such as wetness, heat, humidity...

Create Package Specifications

May 5, 2010 - July 5, 2010

Specifications will need to be created for the new PET bottle. Specifications may need to be created for the labels, cap and corrugated shipper if changes were needed to be made.

Order Package Components

October 5, 2010 - December 5, 2010

New packaging components will need to be ordered and available for test runs.

Trial Runs and Testing

January 5, 2011 - February 5, 2011

First trial runs of the new PET container.

Final Testing/Approvals

February 5, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Any final tests will take place before final approvals can be made.

Schedule First Production Run

March 5, 2011

First production run will take place. As long as everything runs well the product will be sent to customers.