Annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey results released

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Conscious consumers driving sustainability in the beverage industry

23 March 2021. From biodegradable straws to compostable takeaway coffee cups, consumer demand for sustainability in the food and beverage industry is on the rise. Millennials and Gen Z, in particular, are looking to reduce their impact on the natural environment by prioritising products that are green at every stage of their lifecycle – from production through to recycling. Read more…


Annual survey reveals plastics recycling figures for 2019

21 October 2020. On behalf of Plastics SA, a detailed survey into the state of the South Africa’s plastics recycling industry is conducted annually by independent consultant Annabé Pretorius of Plastix 911. The results, featuring the plastics recycling figures for the year ending December 2019, were recently released. Read more…


Traditional wine bottles take a back seat to inventive product designs

19 October 2020. There’s plenty of innovation shifting the way that wine products are being delivered to consumers. While traditional glass bottles won’t disappear anytime soon, there are a range of new, and surprising, options for filling with wine. Read more…


New plastic-eating ‘super enzyme’ offers hope for full recycling

6 October 2020. A new ‘super enzyme’ that eats plastic up to six times faster than before may offer food and beverage companies a potential solution to the problem of plastic waste. Read more…


Sustainability of wine packaging alternatives: What is the consumers’ perception?

22 September 2020. The results of the survey showed how most of the respondents (91%) are not willing to consider packaging alternatives for wine and want to buy only wine packaged in glass bottles mainly because they consider alternative packaging not suitable for containing wine. Read more…


Alternative formats for wine gain traction in UK

9 September 2020. Over the past three years the UK’s wine drinkers have grown more open-minded about alternative wine packaging formats that save weight, offer value and avoid waste; and the recent lockdown may have boosted this trend.

The UK wine market has always been one of the pioneers (along with Sweden) when it comes to alternative wine trends in Europe, especially when it comes to alternative packaging trends. Wine consumers in the UK show a growing openness to try wine packaging formats beyond the classic 75cl glass bottle, making the UK a highly promising market in terms of alternative packaging opportunities.

Consumers in the UK show a noticeable increase in awareness of alternative packaging types, especially compared with other European markets. Although the standard 75cl glass bottle remains the most well-known in the market, awareness levels for other formats are growing; with lesser known packaging types, such as pouches and cans, still known by almost half of the UK regular wine drinkers. These relatively high awareness levels, coupled with increasing consideration levels for most packaging types, are promising and portray a consumer who is open and willing to trial alternatives beyond the classic packaging formats.

Allied with this, UK regular wine drinkers are showing a growing openness towards bag-in-box with the purchase frequency of these by UK drinkers having increased during June and July 2020, suggesting that Covid-19 positively impacted bag-in-box sales, though standard glass bottles were still the biggest beneficiaries of the off-trade sales surge in the first half of 2020. Bag-in-box convenience and good value for money, coupled with consumer environmental consciousness, are driving this demand. However, there remains a key barrier to purchasing bag-in-box, as well as for pouches and cans: the belief that these packaging types typically contain lower quality wine. This highlights a key challenge for producers targeting the UK market to develop a premium bag-in-box sub-category.

As well as supporting sustainability, consumers are willing to swap to alternative wine packaging types because of value and convenience. Wine Intelligence data also shows a strong link between specific occasions and packaging types, suggesting consumers to be strongly occasion-driven when deciding which wine packaging to purchase – glass bottles for more formal and gift occasions and cans for more niche occasions of travelling and outdoor events. There is however an emerging opportunity for cans, as consumers associate this option with the opportunity to try new brands and styles of wine.

The main barrier to purchasing alternative packaging formats is the long-standing and habitual preference for standard glass bottles. Smaller format bottles are still seen as delivering comparatively poor value for money, whilst magnums are seen as expensive and too difficult to carry and store at home.

Nonetheless, the picture shown in the latest data collected by Wine Intelligence in July and August 2020 portrays some new potential for alternative wine formats in the UK and we expect the positive attitude and curiosity, especially among younger consumers, to continue to drive alternative packaging formats for wine for years to come.

By Richard Halstead, Wine Intelligence

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The wine innovation that deserves more attention

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