jamie goode's wine blog: Shipping in flexitank

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Shipping in flexitank

If you are going to ship wine, there are two ways of doing it. One is to bottle at source and then ship the bottles. The other is to ship the wine in bulk, and then bottle nearer to the destination market. For wines from the new world, quite a bit of UK or European bottling takes place these days, and it needn't be detrimental to quality if the wine is handled well during the critical points during the process - the transfers.

One of the things I saw today was the unloading of a 25 000 litre flexitank which had been shipped to France from Chile. This is now the standard way of shipping wine: a 25 000 litre flexitank is like a huge bag-in-box - it's a single-use skin that's placed inside a standard shipping container and is filled with wine. When it reaches the port, it's loaded onto a lorry and then at the bottling facility it is transferred to tank, ready for bottling. Pictured are (from top) the lorry unloading the flexitank; then the flexitank itself inside the container, almost empty; then the punp, with a meter for measuring the dissolved oxygen in the incoming wine; then the microbullage device that injects bubbles of nitrogen into the wine that prevents any oxygen pick-up during the transfer process.



At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Ian said...

Was that Chilean wine for consumption in the French domestic market or was it being used for something else?

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 2:38 PM, Blogger prowiner said...

Flexitanks have been in use for a number of years in the wine industry. It is the most economical way of transporting wine or other liquids over any distance. The cost of sending an equivalent amount as finished case goods would far exceed that of the bulk liquid, not to mention the extra space necessary. The industry has been "green" in this respect before it became the buzz word. Cheers

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Global Flexi Systems said...

Global Flexi Systems are one of the leading suppliers of Flexitanks into the marketplace. Please see globalflexis.com for more information.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Please also see www.schollea2b.com

Scholle have been involved in the Flexitank industry for the last 15 years.

We have also developed the first material in the market that has barrier capability built into the material

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Sun Logistics said...

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