Every year, hundreds of millions of bottles of wine that have been affected by the chemical compound trichloroanisole (TCA) are poured down the sink.
This condition is more commonly known as “cork taint”, and can only happen to cork-sealed wine bottles.
No other industry would find a 5% product failure rate acceptable, particularly if the cause of failure was known and a solution available.
Ever since cork was first used to seal wine bottles, winemakers have seen their best efforts to produce the perfect wine ruined by faulty packaging, and consumers have found themselves paying dearly for undrinkable wines. Much has been made recently of the environmentally friendly nature of cork versus alternative types of closures.
Choose the aluminium closures and savethewines
More than just wine. Aluminium screwcaps are perfect for protecting a wide number of pharmaceutical and food products – wine, oil, spirits, beverage in general – from being contaminated by external agents and micro-organisms (eg. Mould).
Even the thinnest aluminium creates a highly effective barrier without affecting a product’s taste and smell.
As the winemaker intended. Aluminium closures with the correct choice of liner provide a perfect seal, preventing any liquid leaking and stopping any other flavors from getting into the wine. They also guarantee the wine’s steady ageing, eliminating premature oxidation and making transportation and storage – from the cellar to the consumer – easy and straightforward.
Enjoy your wine in your own time. How many times have you felt compelled to finish a bottle of wine in a restaurant as opposed to leaving some behind? And how many times have you finished e bottle as you know it will “go off” otherwise? With screwcaps, you can simply and effectively reseal your bottle and enjoy the rest another day.
After opening, during consumption, an aluminium screw cap allows the bottles to be perfectly re-sealed, maintaining the quality and the taste of the wine for longer and avoiding another waste factor.
Growing world: better quality for more people. Worldwide consumption of food and drink, much of which is pre-package, is on the increase.
Safeguarding the quality of these products is a challenge that we face constantly.
Thanks to modern packaging that protects and can be recycled, such as aluminium screwcaps, a growing number of people can enjoy better quality products at less cost to the environment. This is particularly true for larger previously undeveloped countries.
Protecting quality and the environment. High-tech aluminium closures offer the following:
Aluminium screwcaps: a truly global solution. Aluminiun screwcaps have the following advantages:
The best cost-performance ratio. Aluminium screwcaps offer the best cost-performance ratio than cork.
This ability to create a product at a reasonable cost and with the best functional characteristics benefits not only closure manufacturers but the entire supply chain (wine, oil, spirits etc) and also millions of end consumers.
Economical solution. The overall cost of packaging is reduced, enabling suppliers to offer quality products at lower prices. More over modern technology allows branded closures to have a traditional appearance and there is no need for an additional foil cover or PVC cap and of course no need of a corkscrew.
Democratic solution. It helps sustain small local producers and therefore safeguard a heritage of traditions and cultures that struggle to compete with the large multinationals when it comes to price.
A consistent contribution with a general international trend to improve supply and to develop new styles of consumption that need real solutions, which can be applied easily and at reasonable costs in every country in the world.
Opportunities for creative design. Brand owners and producers strive to differentiate themselves from the competitors and to create a ‘personality’ as well as a reputation for their products, with which consumers can identify. With so many varieties and brands produced worldwide each year it is not surprising that, in addition to flavour and aroma, the visual impression, the style of the bottle, label and its closure is of such importance.
For producers and marketers, aluminium closures have the potential to enhance the brand appearance of their products. Intricate design options include glossy or matt finishes, embossing and even digital printing are readily available.
There are few technical or practical limits when it comes to giving aluminium closures an individual touch. These can augment the visual experience and enhance the overall impression. Just as the label makes a statement about the product – its origin, heritage and quality – so can the aluminium closure become a major part of its branding and visual impact.
Naturally abundant. Extracted from bauxite, aluminium is the third most abundant naturally occurring element after oxygen and silicon and makes up 8% of the earth’s surface.
Endless recyclable. When it comes to recycling aluminium, the possibilities are endless. In fact, your wine screwcaps is very probably produced from aluminium products that other people have put into the recycling bin – including other screwcaps! (recycled corks cannot be used to produce further cork closures).
Already recycled throughout the world. Homes and businesses all over the world already have facilities for separating aluminium products from the rest of their waste, and sending them off for recycling – just as they do with plastic, glass and other metals.
Cork collection is not very common. The reality is that cork either goes to landfill sites, or accompanies other organic waste to what are known as composting plants where it takes an extremely long time to reintegrate into the soil.
Less waste, more savings. Aluminium is collected en masse for recycling. This means it isn’t taking up land in rubbish tips, and natural resources are not being wasted to transport it to landfills.
The production of aluminium from recycled material gives an energy saving of 95% compared to the production of new aluminium.
It is also the only suitable closure for both PET (plastic) and glass bottles.
Reducing CO2 emissions through research. It’s true that the production of aluminium gives more CO2 e emissions than the production of cork.