More environmentally friendly packaging, Arcus expands the capacity for bag-in-box wine

Bag-in-Box wine has become Norwegians' favourite, and is an important contribution to a better environment. -Bag-in-box wine is much more environmentally friendly than wine on glass bottles, says Arcus’ David Måsender, Group Director Production at Arcus. The capacity to meet increased demand is now being expanded.

Arcus is the largest supplier of wine to Vinmonopolet, and this year produces about 3 million boxes of good red and white wine. Most is delivered to Vinmonopolet, but much is also sold tax-free and exports are increasing.

-We have so far been able to fill about 24 boxes per minute, but there is more demand than that, says Måsender. -We have invested in increased capacity, and when the new equipment is run in, we can increase to 36 boxes per minute. This will be an important contribution to the environment.

The wines that are bottled, such as the popular Falling Feather, are transported in large 24,000-liter tanks from California to Arcus' facility on Gjelleråsen in Norway. This eliminates the need to transport the packaging itself from the USA to Norway. But the biggest environmental benefit is that the wine is filled in boxes, and not in glass bottles.

-Even though we Norwegians are good at recycling glass bottles, it takes a lot more energy to make glass and to recycle glass, than it is for wine on bag-in-box, says Måsender. -Glass requires a lot of heat to be produced and recycled, the process is energy-intensive, and contributes to high CO2 emissions.

-It’s good to know that wine on cardboard is not only environmentally friendly, but that it stays fresh for 4-6 weeks after opening, Måsender says.