Plastic packaging: Portola wins Kroger’s caps business


Plastic closure molder Portola has been awarded 100% of the milk closure business of supermarket chain Kroger. Officials at the processor would not put reveal exact details as to the size of the contract but did say this is a multi-million dollar contract for Portola.

Portola (Naperville, IL) reckons it won the business due to its patented 38mm tamper-evident, drop band, plug closure, marketed as the DBJ. Last year Portola announced it had shipped its 6 billionth of these screw-on caps. Kroger is in the process of converting all of its fresh milk bottle brands to these closures, as well as its juices and teas.

For Portola, the contract will drive investment in additional capacity, according to Roy Robinson, vice president of business development at Portola, in answer to questions from PlasticsToday. He said that prior to the new contract, Portola had been handling about 50% of Kroger's closure business for milk, juices and teas. Kroger has been a Portola customer for more than two decades....
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