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TricorBraun & Verallia North America Recognize B.C. Wineries for Their Commitment to Environmentally Focused Packaging


Date: 04/09/13

In recognition of Earth Day, wineries located in British Columbia with a demonstrated environmental commitment have been recognized by TricorBraun WinePak, North America’s largest supplier of wine bottles, and Verallia North America, the leading U.S. manufacturer of wine bottles.

The recognition is for their commitment to sustainable packaging by using the Verallia North America ECO Series bottles and involves two components.

Tags attached to wine bottle necks identify those wineries using the ECO Series bottles. The tag provides a QR code website link that explains to consumers how wineries reduced their carbon footprints by bottling their wines in the ECO Series bottles.

The webpage also lists the names of the wineries and provides a link to those wineries’ websites.

Wine merchants and other wineries throughout the western wine producing states will receive information about the sustainability efforts embraced by many of British Columbia’s wineries.

“This program demonstrates to their customers the importance these wineries place in both the quality of their products as well as in the environment’s protection.” Heidi Cook, TricorBraun WinePak sales manager said.

The recognition program was launched April 1 and will continue through the summer months.

TricorBraun WinePak (www.TricorBraunWinePak.com), with annual sales in excess of $120 million, is North America’s largest supplier of wine packaging. The firm has offices in Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. It has been serving the wine industry since 1982.

The company’s facilities include a $2 million repacking system that automatically transfers wine bottles from eight-foot high stacks of pallets to individual wineries’ custom, 12-bottle cartons.

It also offers an online store, WinePak Direct (www.WinePakDirect.com) that serves small wineries and large wineries with exclusive, limited case bottlings.

TricorBraun WinePak is a division of TricorBraun (www.TricorBraun.com), one of North America’s largest providers of bottles, jars, and other rigid packaging components.

Verallia North America (www.us.verallia.com), one of the leading glass container manufacturers in the United States, designs, develops and produces glass bottles and jars for the wine, beer, beverage, spirits and food containers markets. With approximately 4,400 employees, Verallia North America operates 13 plants, a state-of-the-art machine shop and a distribution center. In 2012, Verallia North America manufactured approximately 9 billion glass bottles and jars and had sales of $1.6 billion.

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