Experimental Packaging and Marketing
of Distilled Spirits in Certain
Plastic Liquor Bottles
Proprietors of Distilled Spirits Plants,
Manufacturers of Liquor Bottles,
Importers, Wholesale Liquor Dealers,
and Others Concerned:
The purpose of this circular is to announce that, for experimental purposes,
the Director will consider applications from distilled spirits plant proprietors for permission to bottle distilled spirits, during calendar year 1969,
in certain sizes of plastic liquor bottles.
On the basis of data furnished by various industry members during the past
several years and recently submitted in response to Industry Circular 68-21,
and on the basis of preliminary results from laboratory tests currently in
progress, the Director has concluded that at least one type of plastic might
be suitable for use in the manufacture of liquor bottles. To further explore
this possibility, the Director has decided to permit the use of certain sizes
of plastic liquor bottles on an experimental basis for a period of one year
(beginning January 1, 1969). It is felt that by so limiting the bottling, the
number of plastic liquor bottles released to trade channels can be kept within
reasonable bounds and at the same time the bottles will be given sufficiently
diversified distribution to reveal any presently unforeseen practical or
technological problems which might be inherent in their use under actual
bottling and marketing conditions.
Plastic liquor bottles to be used during the experimental period shall conform
to the following specifications:
1. They must be made of polyvinyl chloride containing only such
additives as have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration
for use in containers for packaging alcoholic products for human
2. They must be rigid or semirigid, i.e., having a molded shape or
design which cannot be permanently altered by pressure without
damage to the bottle.
3. They must be of less than 1/2-pint or of 1/2-gallon capacity.
Those distilled spirits plant proprietors, who wish to bottle distilled spirits
in polyvinyl chloride plastic bottles during calendar year 1969 should submit
applications for such purpose to the Director along with samples of the plastic
bottles they propose to use. Such applications should include the following
1. Specific identification of the particular polyvinyl chloride plastic
to be used, giving the name and address of the manufacturer thereof
and the manufacturer's numerical or trade name designation for the
2. Reference to the Food and Drug Administration publication pursuant
to which the particular plastic has been approved by that agency,
giving section and paragraph numbers where applicable.
3. The name and address of the bottle manufacturer who will make the
bottles from such plastic.
4. A list of the classes of distilled spirits to be bottled in the
plastic containers and a list of the sizes to be bottled.
Those proprietors who are interested in using such plastic bottles should file
their applications as soon as possible in order to allow time for processing.
If sample bottles are not immediately available, an explanation of this fact
shall be included in the application, with a statement as to when such samples
will be furnished to the Director. Copies of the applications should be
furnished to the Assistant Regional Commissioners of the applicants' regions.
Proprietors may not commence using plastic liquor bottles before receiving
approval of their applications.
Harold A. Serr
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division