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Article by Nampak 31 January 2012

Nampak Flexible bags new era for wine

Purchasing bag-in-box wine is said to be a growing trend in the wine world. Consumers are growing increasingly accepting of bag-in-box as a handy yet stylish form of wine packaging and, at the same time, wineries are re-discovering the consumption and promotional opportunities that this type of packaging provides.As a leading producer of bag-in-box bags for wine, Nampak Flexible, Africa’s largest flexible packaging manufacturer, is one of the key driving forces behind this convenient packaging format.Nampak Flexible manufactures a range of bag-in-box packaging solutions for the wine industry, including flexible films, bags and filling equipment. The manufacturing side of the bag-in-box business is based at Nampak Flexible Ndabeni Cape Town, close to a large number of agriculture customers and wineries. Nampak’s R&D facility, one of the world’s finest, is also a stone’s throw away from the Ndabeni plant, which benefits from all the latest packaging science and technology.When compared to other traditional packaging types such as glass bottles and rigid plastics, bag-in-box packaging offers crucial advantages. For example, shipping and storage efficiency is achieved because unfilled bags require less storage space; there is no glass breakage or spoilage due to cork taint; and wine is easy to open and serve.Research has shown that due to less exposure to light and air, along with sealed taps that are designed to minimize oxygen ingress, once opened, bag-in-box wines will also stay fresh for longer than bottled wines, advantageous for establishments serving wine by the glass.Nampak Flexible is also the only fully integrated local supplier in that it extrudes and laminates its own material for manufacture. To ensure sustainability, a long-term supply agreement also remains in place with Conro who are international market leaders in the supply of the various taps and fitments for bag-inbox applications.Closely related to their bag-in-box products and of importance to many wine and juice producing customers are Nampak Flexible’s aseptic bags. These bags consist of specialised constructions to aseptically preserve a large variety of products. Aseptic bags are suitable for steam sterilisation and cold sterilisation, and are a perfect holding package for storing and transporting a variety of fruit or vegetable purées and juices to which customers do not wish to add preservatives. As part of an exclusive agreement with Aran packaging, world leaders in aseptic packaging, Nampak Flexible has the capacity to produce these high-quality aseptic bags locally, satisfying the complex supply needs of many seasonal customers who, in the past, had to import the bags.Innovation in any packaging type also goes hand in hand with a packaging supplier’s accreditations and achievements, because innovation without the right quality and delivery standards counts for naught. As such, Nampak Flexible is a BRC (British Retail Consortium, [Status]), ISO (International Standards Organization, [Status]) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, [Status]) accredited supplier, which holds many benefits for beverage customers and their consumers. The company’s BRC accreditation is especially important for customers wanting to export to European markets where BRC is a stringent requirement for entry. Recently, Nampak Flexible was also awarded the internationally recognised Oliver Wight 6th edition A Class accreditation for it’s supply chain and business management practices - the first company to do so in South Africa and one of a select few companies worldwide. This achievement was closely followed by Nampak Flexible receiving a Gold award at the 2011 South African Logistics Achiever Awards.Words: 563 Back to top ^