Accolade Wines has collaborated with EcoSpirits to offer what it claims is the world’s first-ever closed-loop distribution service for wine.
The circular wine solution is aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of single-use wine bottles. The company’s Banrock Station brand will be trialling EcoSpirit’s new circular wine packaging called the EcoTote 3.0.
The EcoTote containers have a stainless steel cap liner and a tinted internal glass vessel that ensures the wine is protected from ultraviolet rays during transport and storage.
A new EcoPlant facility will be established in central Sydney where emptied EcoTotes can be returned. This semi-automated, containerised wine and spirits processing facility will sanitise and refill the containers according to bottling standards.
Andrew Clarke, MD ANZ at Accolade Wines, said that the new EcoTote is an environmentally friendly choice with a cost advantage. “We know that consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact their choices are having on the environment.”
“Our solution blends extraordinary quality, reliable preservation and transformative cost and carbon footprint reduction – and leverages the EcoSpirits global network of closed-loop service,” said Paul Gabie, CEO of EcoSpirits.
Banrock Station’s Pinot Grigio, Rose and Pinot Noir wines will be offered in the EcoTote format to on-premise customers in a fully reusable 4.5L glass container as opposed to individual 750ml bottles.