Patriotic Packaging Builds on National Pride
Issues ranging from security to brand identity all
weigh into the decision to go with a “Made in the U.S.A.”
supplier. Philadelphia-based Crown Beverage Packaging USA, a subsidiary of
Crown Holdings Inc., supplies some of the largest beverage manufacturers in
the world with everything from metal and plastic closures to beverage cans.
Bob Truit, president of the company, shares his perspective on being the
only beverage crown manufacturer in the United States.
Can you give some examples of how safety is enhanced?
We really come at the safety and security issue from
two angles. One is in our process, which involves a set of protocols to
maximize the safety and integrity of our products during manufacture and
shipment, and the other is in our people, many of whom have been with us
for several decades. Both depend on us being located here in the United
How can beverage producers capitalize on domestic
packaging in a marketing capacity?
Consumers have an emotional attachment to many
beverage brands that appeals to patriotism. If a producer can say their
entire processing and packaging is created in America, it contributes to
How do you continue to
operate profitably and still compete on price?
We offer some significant competitive advantages to
customers. We also run a pretty tight ship here and we’ve made some
significant technological investments allowing us to create our product at
a competitive price. For instance, new tooling allows us to create a
consistent opening torque on twist-off crowns. We’ve also developed a
crown with an oxygen scavenger to enhance taste and shelf life in bottled
beer, wine and spirits.
information, visit crowncork.com.