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Wine industry brainstorms on lighter bottles

Published:  23 July, 2008

Members of the wine industry have admitted more could be done to reduce the environmental impact of heavy weight bottles.

A forum held by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) discussed what can be done to increase the availability of lightweight glass bottles in the UK wine sector.

WRAP, Constellation Europe, Kingsland Wine & Spirits, Quinn Glass and Ardagh Glass UK all made presentations at the event.

John Corbet-Milward, WSTA head of technical and international affairs said: "This is a challenge facing the whole industry because it's clear the UK wine sector needs to reduce the thousands of tonnes of packaging waste it produces every year.

"We are pleased to have brought industry players face to face and delighted they have agreed to work more closely in future on the issue of lighter weight bottles."

Companies in attendance

Allied Glass

Ardagh Glass

Asda Stores Ltd

Australian Vintage Ltd

Bibendum Wine Ltd

British Glass

Broadland Wineries Ltd

Brown-Forman Wines

Buckingham Vintners International Ltd

Concha y Toro UK Limited

Constellation Europe

Co-operative Group Ltd

Corby Bottlers plc

Direct Wines

E & J Gallo Winery Europe

Fdration des Chambres Syndicales de l'Industrie du Verre


Foster's EMEA Ltd.

Freixenet (DWS) Ltd

Guy Anderson Wines Ltd

Hatch Mansfield Agencies Ltd

HwCg Wine Growers Ltd

Imperial Brands

Kingsland Wines & Spirits

Marks & Spencer plc

Oakdene Hollins



PLB Group

Quinn Glass Ltd

Raisin Social Ltd

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

Saint-Gobain Packaging

Somerfield Stores Ltd

Tesco Stores Ltd

Thierry's Wine Services

Wines of South Africa