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RunWithDaLilGuy
03-25-2006, 02:33 PM
I've seen from the Holland, Mich bottling plant belly-banded 6pk 1/2 liters. These apparently are replacing the cardboard wrapped 6pks that, while more attractive graphically, represented problems with the cardboard ripping easily.

RunWithDaLilGuy
03-25-2006, 02:39 PM
it's the plastic rings that wraps around the middle of the bottles.

Mr Zabe
03-25-2006, 02:39 PM
Could you explain what exactly is belly-banded?
I have an idea but I have not heard this description before. Tks

Mr Zabe
03-25-2006, 02:42 PM
I think at least in the Chicago area we have have 8pk but not 6pk belly-banded 500ml soda pops. Do you think this the beginning of the soda pop industry slowly phasing out the cans at least in retail store?

[ 03-25-2006, 01:44 PM: Message edited by: Mr Zabe ]

fusion
03-25-2006, 07:38 PM
Cans represent 60% of CCE's business (and probably a similar amount for other bottlers), so I don't see the industry phasing them out.

I remember when 500ml first came out - we had them in baskets (similar to how you see Frappachino packaged, but it held 6 bottles). People were constantly taking bottles out of the packages. What a pain. I was so glad when they went to belly bands.

Davis Beverages in Allentown PA does something weird. They hi-cone their 500ml, and then they shrinkwrap them.