Relatively recently, it was difficult to imagine that winemakers would massively use plastic wine bottles instead of glass containers. But with the advent of new developments in the field of product packaging and the intensification of the struggle for the consumer, manufacturers began to think more and more about the use of non-traditional containers for bottling strong drinks. This idea has its supporters and opponents.
Benefits of using thermoplastic
In the face of the economic crisis and fierce competition, intoxicating drinks producers are forced to look for ways to reduce production costs. One of these methods was the use of thermoplastic packaging.
Advantages of PET containers for wine:
- ✅ Light weight. PET packaging is 87% lighter than glass counterparts.
- ✅ Budget cost. Plastic is many times cheaper than other types of materials.
- ✅ Easy to transport. Damage during unloading and transportation excluded.
- ✅ Shelf life is from 3 months to 1 year. The tightly screwed lid ensures a good level of tightness. This prevents oxygen from getting inside and spoiling the drink.
- ✅ Excellent preservation of the taste of the product. When storing a wine drink in a plastic container, no chemical reaction occurs. Therefore, the taste and aroma of the product are not lost or changed.
Another argument in favor of using PET wine containers is that carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere during the production of plastic 68% less than glass production.
PET bottles for wine: the point of view of opponents
In their reasoning, opponents of the idea give the following arguments:
- ✅ The massive use of plastic products can worsen an already difficult environmental situation.
- ✅ The shelf life of wine in plastic is much shorter than in a glass bottle.
- ✅ PET wine packaging may not appeal to some consumers due to its less presentable appearance compared to glass containers. Because of this format for the sale of alcoholic beverages, the very culture of consumption suffers.
It is noteworthy that many grape drink producers fundamentally disagree with these conclusions. Winemakers say that by using plastic wine bottles instead of traditional glass bottles, they significantly reduce the cost of the product. For the consumer, this is an attractive moment, and the mass processing of plastic already now allows us to solve the problem of reducing environmental problems.
World experience in using such containers
Western manufacturers, having calculated the benefits of using non-traditional packaging, have already begun to massively implement it in production. Inexpensive plastic wine containers made from environmentally friendly polymer materials are already being used by the French company Boisset Family Estates. for bottling her signature Merlot. The management of the company considered it inappropriate to transport fragile glass containers by sea and land.
Owner of a small cafe "AKA" from Napa Valley, California, Robert Simon has also been selling Cabernet Sauvignon in plastic packaging for some time now. The entrepreneur says that this does not affect the taste of the drink, and saves money on packaging.
Offer from "Preform Factory"
Preform Plant Enterprise releases PET preforms for containers from 0.3 l to 12 l in various shapes and colors made of non-toxic thermoplastic. The thickness of the walls and bottom, as well as the configuration of the future bottle may be different. These parameters are set at the stage of creating a workpiece and can be discussed when agreeing an order. The plant also provides billet blowing services and manufactures additional elements for PET bottles.