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PACKAGING: Great Wine Is In The Bag

 



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MOVE over bottles, bag-in-box is quickly becoming a preferred way to package, purchase and enjoy wine. With the many benefits associated with bag-in-box wine, it’s easy to see why more wineries are choosing this dynamic form of packaging. A packaging supplier leading the way in the manufacture and supply of the bags for bag-in-box is Nampak Flexible, South Africa’s leading producer of flexible packaging.

Nampak Flexible offers a broad range of bag-in-box packaging solutions and expertise dedicated to meet customer needs in the wine industry. The breadth of Nampak Flexible’s bag-in-box product offering includes flexible films, bags, taps, and filling equipment. With significant resources deployed in areas such as R&D and innovation, Nampak Flexible is South Africa’s leading supplier of bag-in-box solutions.

When compared to other packaging substrates such as glass bottles, bag-in-box packaging has some significant advantages. Shipping and storage efficiency is achieved because unfilled bags require up to 88% less storage space than bottles. With bag-in-box there is no glass breakage or spoilage due to cork taint, and the wine is easy to open and serve. Due to less exposure to light and air, along with sealed taps that are designed to minimize oxygen ingress, once opened, bag-in-box wines will stay fresh for longer than bottled wines – a significant advantage for establishments serving wine by the glass.

Nampak Flexible can manufacture bags to accommodate requests for different sizes, but common bag-in-box sizes for wine applications include 1L, 1.5 L, 2.25L, 3L, 4L, 5L and 6L for retail sizes, and up to 20L for commercial sizes. Nampak Flexible also supplies the full range of taps for bag-in-box, with black twist taps being the most popular, due to their excellent oxygen barriers.

Along with an Empowerdex rating of level four, Nampak Flexible is also a BRC (British Retail Consortium), ISO (International Standards Organization) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) accredited supplier at both its Cape Town Ndabeni and Kwazulu-Natal plants, which holds many benefits for customers and their consumers. The BRC certification is regarded as the benchmark for best practice in the food industry, and has evolved into a global standard used to assess retailer suppliers. This plays a particularly important role in the wine export markets where, according to Robin Moore, Nampak Flexible managing director, the accreditation is vital for potential and existing customers who export to the United Kingdom and Europe where BRC accreditation is the entry ticket to supplying all the major supermarket chains.

Nampak Flexible’s Cape Town Ndabeni plant, along with its bag-in-box experts who work closely with their customers, is located close to the heart of the wine market, adding convenience and faster service.

As both consumers and wineries convert to bag-in-box solutions, Nampak Flexible’s packaging choices for the wine industry are increasingly maximizing value to end-users while simultaneously helping customers become more productive and profitable, Moore says.


 
 
 
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