Commodore Plastics Offers Foam Label Technology


BLOOMFIELD, NH | Commodore Plastics offers the Labec foam label stock, targeting breweries. Company reports it has developed a technique for coextruding polystyrene foam shrink-label stock that insulates aluminum, glass, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beverage containers, keeping liquids colder for longer periods of time. 

The company says tests have demonstrated that Labec foam PS labels keep beverages colder an average of 15 to 20 minutes colder than plain cans, based on a beverage-temperature gain without the label of 20 to 30 deg F over the course of one hour. Reportedly, the label also provides breakage protection to glass.

The labels may be printed, hot-stamped, metallized, and embossed, among other options. Also, the insulating properties of the foam mean the beverage may be enjoyed straight from the can without any of the extra moisture and condensation inherent in aluminum cans as they warm towards room temperature.

In addition, says Brad Braddon, president of Commodore Plastics, “The labels can improve recyclability of containers if left on aluminum cans or ground up with glass bottles. The fuel value of the label replaces 5% to 8% of the natural gas used in recycling.”

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