The Smiler™ two-compartment polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container is the first of its kind. The Smiler™ technology enables bottles and containers to be injection blow molded into different shapes and sizes. The larger top compartment holds the liquid, while the bottom holds the snack item. Additionally, both can be used for dry products or non-food items. The second, or bottom, compartment is created by drawing the base upwards which forms a small cavity into which a heat-sealed portion cup, containing solid, granular or powdered products, can be inserted and held by friction. The base opening can then be closed using a variety of heat-seal or pressure-sensitive materials and methods. The top compartment relies on a traditional finish and closure.
Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI), www.plastictechnologies.com