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Bottle design

SIPA presents sparkling wine PET bottle

0:58 min Bottle development and design
SIPA S.p.A. Vittorio Veneto (TV), Italy

SIPA's  Packaging Development Team has developed a product that is perfect for replacing traditional glass bottles, capable of running on existing filling lines.

Piovan September

Glass bottles are harder to find and much more expensive than they used to be. A wine maker buying glass bottles today could easily have to pay 30% more than they did last year.

The wine sector accounts for something like 45% of the market for glass bottles, which until recently was on a rapid rise – currently over 5 million tonnes, compared with 4 million tonnes in 2016, valued at over 2.4 billion euros. Sparkling wine producers probably paid much more for their bottles last year than they did in 2020.

A key part of the SIPA innovation is the bottle neck, which looks just like the glass version, meaning that it accepts the classical mushroom-shaped cork with its metal cage. The base also looks the same as the original. The design provides a top-load resistance of 3500N.

The PET bottles have already been tested on glass lines, demonstrating perfect interchangeability with glass versions.

Sparkling wine consumers will enjoy the same experience with the new containers as they always have, from uncorking to pouring. But they may notice that the PET versions are lighter at just 90g (glass bottle average weight for sparkling wine is 720/750g) and less likely to break – which is also great for changing supply logistics as sales via e-commerce and home delivery continue to rise. The decreasing on bottle weight may surely have a positive impact on Co2 emission due to a more efficient logistic.

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