DS Smith Plastics division Rapak has developed an oxygen scavenger active packaging system that reduces oxidation for wine bags, helping to increase their shelf-life.
The use of bag-in-box formats has become increasingly popular among wine manufacturers, according to the company.
Rapak’s new solution is equipped with Worldwide Dispenser’s ultra-high barrier Mustang wine tap, which reduces the bags’ oxygen transfer rate (OTR).
Besides the Mustang wine tap, Rapak’s new wine bag also features a ShelfPlus oxygen scavenger and the company’s ultra-high barrier, custom-designed, nine-layer film.
The combination works together to provide a longer product shelf-life and enhance customers’ experience.
Rapak partnered with Albis Plastic, the manufacturer of the ShelfPlus oxygen scavenger, to test the new solution.
The company stated that the bag was rigorously tested over a 12-month period.
After the bag-in-box was opened, Rapak’s packaging system achieved a 26-week shelf-life on white wine and a 32-week shelf-life on red wine.
In addition, the shelf-life increased to nine months on unopened white wine and 12 months on unopened red wine in the packaging system’s 1.5l format.
Available in a range of sizes, the new oxygen scavenger wine bags are expected to be patented by the company in the near future.