Feb 12, 2010
Wine industry says light-weight bottles will reduce environmental impactBack
Africa|Consol Glass|Environment|Packaging|Africa|South Africa|Beverage Industry|Packaging|Solutions|Environmental|Su Birch|Wine
© Reuse this
Wines of South African (Wosa) CEO Su Birch, elaborates that this year will see the introduction of 750ml wine bottles closed with screwcaps weighing only 350 grams.
This compares with an average bottle weight of over 500 grams just four years ago.
According to Consol Glass, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of glass containers for the beverage industry, until 2006 the average weight of a 750ml non-returnable wine bottle was 516 grams.
This had dropped to 437 grams by last year, which was a weight decrease of 15 percent. The new light-weight bottle will bring down the average still further.
The reduction in the weight of the wine bottles will ultimately reduce the carbon emissions created during the transportation and export of wine bottles as lighter bottles would result in a lower fuel consumption.
“As we raise our export volumes of mostly bottled wines, we also increase our carbon emissions, so it becomes a delicate balancing act to enhance our sustainability profile while pushing up our output,” says Birch.
Thus, one of the solutions is to reduce the weight of the wine bottles while increasing export output.
(South Africa continues to rank as the fastest-growing wine category in the United Kingdom, increasing its volume share of the market to 12,3% for 2009, up from 10,4% in 2008.)
While many stakeholders in the South African wine industry have actively supported bottle recycling programmes in recent years to reduce their impact on the environment, efforts are now being accelerated tofocus on light-weight wine bottles as well.
“The new 350 gram glass bottles for red and white wines have been designed to accommodate screwcap closures, which account for over 65 percent of South Africa’s wine production,” elaborates Birch.
“They are scheduled for launch by mid-April, in time for the 2010 grape harvest.”
At the same time, the average weight of bottles sealed with corks have been reduced in weight from 570 grams to 460 grams.
Birch further states that the sturdy, light-weighted bottles, apart from strengthening South Africa’s reputation for environmentally responsible wine production, will also address the demands of leading retailers.
However, it should be noted that not all wine producers would be adopting the new light-weight bottles. The adoption of the bottles will depend on the style of the wine as well as the range or barnd under which the wine is marketed.
Birch concludes that alternative wine packaging, such as the wine pouch offered by leading export brand, Arniston Bay, has also been welcomed in many export markets.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other News This Week News
Recent Research Reports
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
This Week's Magazine
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments. In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...