FMCG: Rigid plastics packaging

Since the Wine and Spirit Board of South Africa approved the use of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for the 'South African Wine of Origin' certificate in 2010, the manufacture of PET plastic wine bottles for local and international use has grown because of the many benefits of the multilayer plastic packaging.

Mpact Plastics based in Atlantis, Western Cape, is the leading producer of these multilayer wine bottles in South Africa.

One of the most common questions from consumers is "will the quality of the wine be the same as wine packaged in glass?" It has been proven that PET wine bottles do not affect the quality and taste of the wine in any way and the wine tastes exactly the same. This unique multilayer technology has both an active and passive function in that it prevents the absorption of oxygen into the bottle, as well as draws the oxygen out of the wine, giving the wine a tested and proven shelf life in excess of two years.

187ml, 750ml and 1 litre PET bottles are available in dark green and flint colours in Burgundy, Bordeaux and Claret shapes. Both plastic and metal closures are available in a 22/30 neck finish on the 187ml and a 30/60 finish on the 750ml and 1 litre bottles.

Indaba 187ml sauvignon blanc 2010 TT tropical sauvignon blanc 2012 Flutterby shiraz 2009 Tread Lightly Sauvignon Merlot

Features and Benefits:

  • FDA and Returpack approved.
  • Competitively priced compared to glass.
  • Environmentally considerate: There is a strong argument for the use of plastic wine bottles. It takes approximately 53 grams of carbon emissions to produce a PET bottle produces compared to glass, which uses approximately 89 grams. There is also much lower energy consumption during manufacture and transport – 13.7MJ compared to 25.4MJ diesel. In addition, the bottles are recyclable.
  • Lightweight to transport: In addition to the glass-like clarity, the wine bottles are on average eight times lighter than a traditional glass bottle. A 750ml PET bottle weighs 50 grams compared to its glass counterpart's 400 grams. The 187 ml PET wine bottles weigh only 19 grams and are therefore most suitable for airline use.
  • Supply chain benefits: The result of this lighter packaging is that up to 36% more product can be transported from the manufacturing plant to the customer because the bottles require substantially less space and trucks can be fully loaded. Heavier packaging options are often constrained by road weight limitations, leading to inefficient transportation and associated costs.
  • These PET bottles do not break and can therefore be safely used at outdoor events.
  • Award winning product: Mpact Plastics received a Gold Pack Trophy in 2011 for a 187ml PET wine bottle designed for JetBlue, an American airline. The airline required PET wine bottles for both its inherent safety and supply chain benefits. The fact that the light-weight material can't break was also of paramount importance.
  • Simonsvlei's Georgian Green wine, bottled in a 750ml PET bottle produced by Mpact Plastics also won a prestigious WorldStar award in 2011 from the World Packaging Organisation.

For more information and for sales, please contact Colette Estié on +27 21 577 1200 or + 27 83 635 3636 or via email at