ANN ARBOR, Mich., February 4, 2020 – New concepts in PET bottles are the next big thing in wine and Amcor is unveiling its most recent designs at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, February 4-6 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif. In addition to custom designs, Amcor is announcing its collaboration with British multi award- winning start-up Garçon Wines to make their signature and more sustainable flat wine bottles available to the U.S. market. Amcor’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and Garçon Wines’ flat wine bottles will be on display at booth A111.
“We know today’s wine consumers are looking for a unique experience,” said Beth Rettig, vice president of spirits, wine and food, Amcor Rigid Packaging. “Amcor’s concepts are sleek, modern and perfectly matched to today’s lifestyle requirements for convenience and sustainability. PET bottles are unbreakable, beach- and pool-friendly, and the designs are only limited by the imagination. There are also environmental benefits: our bottles are lightweight, infinitely recyclable* and have a lower carbon footprint than glass bottles or aluminum cans.” Amcor and Garçon Wines will also be collaborating to produce the flat wine bottles made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET plastic in the U.S.
A 2018 Dow Packaging Innovation Awards Diamond Finalist, Garçon Wines’ flat wine bottle has been generating significant interest in its home country of the UK, as well as in Europe, and is now set to come to the U.S. to continue its multinational expansion. A serious challenger to round glass bottles, the recycled PET flat bottle with granted patent and patents pending in the U.S. will become widely available in the U.S. in the second half of 2020. By innovating in shape and using best-in-class material, it becomes a game-changing, sustainable solution.
“As we are facing a climate emergency and existential threat, we urgently need to be making step changes to products to slash their carbon footprint. Flattening the wine bottle saves space and making it from recycled PET saves weight and energy,” said Santiago Navarro, CEO and co-founder of Garçon Wines. “We are highly motivated by the opportunity to collaborate with Amcor for our flat wine bottles in the world’s largest wine market. As the leading plastic packaging company to the U.S. wine industry, Amcor is the perfect partner for the stateside launch of our innovative wine bottles.”
PET, which has rapidly become the world’s preferred packaging material, is lightweight, shatterproof, resealable, reusable, and infinitely recyclable*. PET plastic bottles often have the lowest carbon footprint and their production results in up to 70% less greenhouse gas emissions, according to Amcor’s Asset Lifecycle Analysis. For more information, visit https://www.amcor.com/choosepetbottles.
The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is the largest of its kind in North America, hosting more than 700 exhibitors and over 20 large vineyard and winery machinery areas. The exposition encompasses a wide range of products related to the wine and grape industry and includes international speakers and exhibitors. Amcor Rigid Packaging will be available at booth A111.
About Garçon Wines
Garçon Wines is the UK-based inventor and multinational granted patent holder of sustainable wine packaging solutions for a 21st century world. Globally recognised as a game-changer in wine thanks to prestigious business customers and significant press coverage and awards, their solution to heavy, spatially inefficient bottles is eco-friendly, flat wine bottles made of recycled PET, pre-existing material not single-use plastic, which conform to traditional wine bottle shapes but are lighter and more energy- and space-efficient than round, glass bottles of the same volume. Garçon Wines’ multi award-winning bottles enable game-changing, complementary transit packaging which amplify the single bottle benefits, improving convenience and functionality for consumers and offering an unbeatable opportunity to slash carbon footprint and business costs from the supply chain of wine. This creates a healthier planet, wealthier industry and happier consumers – a benchmark example of scalable, triple bottom line sustainability.
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Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve value chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using a rising amount of recycled content. Around 50,000 Amcor people generate US$13 billion in sales from operations that span about 250 locations in 40-plus countries. NYSE: AMCR; ASX: AMC
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*With existing technologies including chemical recycling