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WRAP launches GlassRite phase two

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced phase two of its GlassRite programme.

Running from July 2008 to November 2009 the second phase objectives build on phase one by encouraging international wine producers to bulk import wine to the UK and bottle it on arrival.

Beverages category manager Nicola Jenkin said: The next step will involve WRAP disseminating ideas from the first phase to the main wine producing countries to make that change.

We will set up a network of spokespeople in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and the US. We will also expand our work to continental Europe, France,
Germany, Italy and Spain.

WRAP has recently launched a tendering process for people to work with it on the project. The deadline for tenders is June 23.

In addition the scheme will develop and trial a sub-300g wine bottle that is both attractive to the wine industry and commercially viable and trial the production of lighter weight champagne and sparkling wine bottles.

Jenkin said: The wine bottle industry at the moment is not too keen on using the sub-300g wine bottle.

WRAP will also be pushing for champagne bottle weights to go down to 700g instead of the normal 900g you currently have.

The future is light.


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