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Which Common Plastic is Best for Foodservice Drinkware: Tritan vs. SAN vs. PC
May 04, 2018

As a foodservice operator, you may not have given much thought to which kind of plastic your drinkware is made from. Considering the tight margins in this industry, you've probably focused more on price than anything else. But what if we told you that focusing on the material your plastic drinkware is made from can have a bigger impact on your overall bottom line than just looking at the price? 

It's true. Depending on your operational needs and brand positioning, you may be spending more than you need to on your drinkware. Or you may not be spending very much, but replacing your drinkware more often due to chipping, cracking, or breaking, which costs you more in the long run. 

We're going to give you an overview of three different kinds of drinkware plastics - Tritan™, SAN, and PC - to see how they compare in terms of durability, replacement rates, and segment use cases. 

About Tritan™, SAN, and PC in Commercial Plastic Drinkware

Each of these plastics are good options and have their place in foodservice. PC (polycarbonate) and SAN (styrene-acrylonitrile) are probably the two most common plastics used in commercial drinkware. Tritan™ brand plastic was developed as an effective, alternative material to glass. 

Among these three options, SAN is usually the most economically priced, with PC a bit more expensive. Tritan™, like all premium products, is the most expensive at about 30%-45% more than PC and SAN. 

SAN and Tritan™ are BPA-free, but PC cannot be made without it because it's part of the chemical composition. If BPA is a concern for you or your guests, that may take PC out of the running as a plastic drinkware option. 


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