Australische wijngigant Foster’s Group introduceert plastic wijnflessen

The Australian wine giant Forster’s Group is the first in the world to bottle wine in recyclable plastic bottles. Wines of the Forster’s brand Wolf Blass will shortly be offered in plastic PET bottles in Canadian and British supermarkets. Oliver Horn of Wolf Blass (in The Advertiser) lists the many advantages of PET bottles: lighter, more easily transportable, unbreakable, and this all for a price that is the same as that of a glass bottle. Wolf experimented with the plastic bottles since 2005. During the tests, no taste differences were detected between wines stored in PET bottles and in glass bottles. PET bottles are not suitable for long time wine storage: they let a bit of air through. Wine in plastic bottles has a shelf life of about nine months. The new bottle is therefore designed for wines that are instantly consumed.