Putting a cork on costs for the wine industry

  • DS Smith

Challenge: Packaging to facilitate automation and reduce cost

Most cork producers use a laborious process that requires a lot of time and packaging materials. Wine corks are manually packed into bags of raffia / plastic which is closed by stitching or gluing the ends. Once closed, all the bags with wine corks are manually positioned on pallets for transport / storage.

Our Approach: Bigger volumes, faster discharge

We focused our efforts on developing a square or octagonal corrugated cardboard container, capable of containing up to 75,000 - 90,000 wine corks without deformation, with an opening in front for discharging the product.

The final result is a corrugated cardboard box (1220x1150x2500 mm) with two dispensers on opposite sides of the packaging to reduce discharge times. The self-assembly bottom brings additional flexibility and is suitable for use in both truck transport and shipping containers.

Results: Faster, cheaper, easier packaging

  • Lower labour costs thanks to reduced packing time
  • Lower transport costs with optimisation of space in storage and transport
  • Improved environmental performance as the solution is almost fully recyclable and use much less material than previous solution
  • Increased ease-of-use and reduced discharge times for end user.

See also

Tuoreboxi delivers sustainability, automation and better branding for Ab Chipsters Food Oy

Ab Chipsters Food Oy has a long history as a major player in Finnish fish processing. DS Smith's Tuoreboxi (Fresh Box) concept is a watertight, fibre-based, and recyclable packaging concept, which was successful in the New Wood 2017 competition in Finland, and a perfect fit for the Chipsters challenge replacing plastic-based solutions such as EPS boxes. The concept takes into account the whole packaging process, helps the company to achieve cost savings and improves environmental performance facilitating the company's everyday life.

  • Elias Bittan
  • Product Info
  • English
  • Created 18 Mar 2016
  • Modified 15 Apr 2016
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