Published on June 2nd, 2008 | by Maryanne Conlin


Boxing in Green Wine

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Vineyards are perhaps one of the most entrepreneurial of ventures. Long the dream of many a corporate worker and the fulfillment of one by celebrities and those willing to spend lots of hours and lots of dollars to make it successful, wine is in the green news this week.

The recent announcement that Almaden and Inglenook wines will switch form 3-4 liter jugs to Bag-in-Box (BIB) packaging was a big one.

The company bills itself as “the world’s most cost and carbon efficient vintner” for its use of BIB packaging, which it claims has less than half the carbon footprint of bottled wine in terms of energy needed for glass production and transportation.

“The positive impact to the environment from making the shift to BIB packages will be huge, simply because the volume of these two brands combined account for 10 million cases of production,” David Kent, The Wine Group’s CEO, said in a statement.

Since most entrepreneurs in the wine industry focus on, shall we say, more upscale beverages, this may not seem to have an impact of business. But, talk is already circulating on what this means. “Wine in a box”, long scorned by connoisseurs may make it’s way up the to more expensive wines in time…or perhaps not.

But, this leaves makers of green organic and otherwise eco friendly wines in a bit of a bind. With the huge advertising campaign supporting Almaden and Ingelnook’s move, it won’t be too long before eco friendly vintners face questions.

The company, which recently launched a marketing campaign extolling the environmental benefits of BIB packaging, said switching all bottled wine sold in the U.S. to BIB packaging would save about 941 million tons of glass packaging annually. Glass, however, can be recycled endlessly but is much heavier and expensive to transport.

The correct strategy to follow remains to be seen as consumer response to the new packaging trickles in.

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Hear Maryanne speak on Social Media for Socially Conscious Brands at Expo East on September 27th! Maryanne Conlin is CPG brand marketer and digital marketing expert, CEO of RedRopes Digital and Partner Digital Strategy, 4GreenPs. A Shorty Award winner for best Green Content on Twitter, she was a member of the IAA team that won the Green Award in 2010 and most recently was a finalist for the PRSA - Los Angeles PRISM awards for social media. She and her team focus on providing strategic marketing direction, custom content for web, mobile and social platforms, social media community management and online promotions and digital advertising solutions for companies in the green, food and Hispanic space. Follow her on Twitter @maryanneconlin

10 Responses to Boxing in Green Wine

  1. Susan says:

    There are already some really nice boxed wines that are shattering preconceptions of what being “boxed” means. Our favorite is Pinot Evil, but we’ve also enjoyed Black Box, Killer Juice and Hardy’s.

  2. Ted Dracos says:

    Sounds good…but will the new BIB packaging be Bisphenol-A (BPA) free? If not then buyers could be contaminating themselves at the cost of saving BTU’s. I suggest that the vintners label the new BIB packaging as either being BPA free or containing BPA as a warning.

  3. crunchy says:

    Glass may be heavier to transport, but plastic is made from crude oil and leaches chemicals into the food/wine its storing.

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