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Eurobib

Objective



The world market for wine in a Bag-in-Box (a flexible plastic bag filled with wine and put into a cardboard box) is about 170 million units per year, of which 24% is produced in Europe. Although the European market for Bag-in-Box (BIB) is growing at an estimated 10 % per year, the potential for additional growth is enormous if we consider that currently only about 1 % of total European wine consumption is in BIB. This convenient package could expand even more rapidly but there are many problems remaining including relatively high package costs, inadequate shelf-life for sensitive white wines, an off-flavour sometimes attributed to bag material, too much SO2 relative to bottled wine and an unacceptably high rate of leaking bags. This "Eurobib" project, grouping together BIB film and machine suppliers, wine fillers and retailers, aims to lower BIB bag costs by at least 15% and to improve quality (measured by increased shelf-life and decrease in leakers) by at least 50%. To achieve these goals, some of the best polymer, machine and wine experts in Europe will assist in the development of new : 1) film technology After specifying desired functional attributes, the project will develop and test a wide range of potential films, including several material innovations not currently used for wine BIBs (such as films with nanoscale ceramic powders, SiOx and AlOx coatings, metallocene catalysed polyolefins as well as several other new polymer blending and orientation technologies). 2) machine technology To date, no manufacturer has ever succeded in making an integrated machine or machine cluster that will make bags (performing the welding and cutting operations) and fill the bags with wine on the same site. This project proposes an innovative "Seal and Fill" bag making and wine filling machine that has no counterpart in the market. The research undertaken fits within the scope of area 1.1 "incorporation of new technologies into production system" in the Brite-EuRam programme.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Flextainer S.A.
Address
Zone Industrielle
57370 Schalbach
France

Participants (8)

AFG Srl
Italy
Address
Via Ciro Di Pers. 30
33030 Majano Udine
Cellier de Marrenon
France
Address

84240 La Tour D'aigues
Codivia Rhône S.A.
France
Address
Domaine Le Pian
30350 Moulezan
Corby Bottlers Plc
United Kingdom
Address
Brunel Road
NN17 4JW Corby
DEUTSCHES INSTITUT FUER LEBENSMITTELTECHNIK E.V.
Germany
Address
Professor Von Klitzing Strasse 7
49610 Quakenbrueck
Jacques' Wein-Depot Wein-EinzelhandelGmbH
Germany
Address
49,Bilker Allée
40219 Düsseldorf
PIRA INTERNATIONAL LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Randalls Road
KT22 7RU Leatherhead
Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Stamford Street
SE1 9LL London