Sparkling wine bottles already in PET
This is not only a highly innovative concept, with the potential to break down barriers in a new and exciting market for PET. A French bottle maker recently began commercial production of PET bottles for a major Italian wine maker, using molds and stretch-blow molding equipment from SIPA.
Visitors to the SIPA stand (13B62) at Interpack can take a look at a 48-cavity mold for wine bottle preforms, as well as a wine bottle blow mold. There will also be samples of sparkling wine bottles produced on SIPA systems.
PET offers producers of all types of wines – still as well as sparkling – important economic and environmental advantages. In the recent past, for example, diverse supply chain problems, including spiraling costs for energy and raw materials, have made glass bottles for wine harder to find and much more expensive to buy than they used to be. A wine maker wanting glass bottles today could easily have to pay 30% more than they did in the past.
SIPA’s Packaging Development Team has developed a product that is perfect for replacing traditional glass bottles. Wine companies can make the change at little cost, since extensive tests have proven that PET bottles can run on filling lines designed for glass bottles.