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.

“Rapak partnered with Albis Plastic, the manufacturer of the ShelfPlus oxygen scavenger, to test the new solution.”

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.

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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.