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Retail giant puts wine into Tetra Paks

Customers that shop at a retail giant will now have the choice to drink their wine out of Tetra Paks and lightweight bottles. In a pledge to reduce its packaging waste, Tescos wine team has worked closely with suppliers to develop alternative packaging solutions, including lighter glass bottles, e-paks and Tetra Paks. Tesco has been working with Kingsland Wines & Spirits and manufacturer Quinn Glass to roll out a range of lightweight bottles for its own brand wines. Category technical manager Andy Gale said: The lightweight bottles will make a significant contribution to our target to cut packaging by 25% by the year 2010. In addition, Tesco is working on producing lighter bottles for its own label spirits range, which will be rolled out across stores in the near future. Two new wine products from the Banrock Station will be packaged in one litre Tetra Paks; the Ecomate Chardonnay and Shiraz, retailing at £6.49. According to Tesco, this move will reduce packaging by 90% and lower greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its packaging lifecycle. Wine category manager Jason Godley said: Our customers have told us that they want Tesco to help them do more to address environmental concerns. As an industry, we need to tackle this issue head on to minimise the impact of our business. In order to meet our ambitious targets, we are in the process of repackaging our own label products within the wine section, for example, this involves potentially modifying over 250 wines. In addition, by working with suppliers to offer alternative packaging solutions, such as Company of Wine People, Constellation and Fosters EMEA, we can tackle this problem head on. Image: Arniston e-pak

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