Nomacorc is based in the wonderfully named town of Zebulon, which sounds like something from a Flash Gordon movie. I spent the day here yesterday, visiting Nomacorc’s headquarters. I have just a few minutes to blog, so I won’t go into any great detail, other to say that it’s a big operation, with 10 extrusion lines. Nomacorc are pretty much the synthetic cork category, with sales of 2.1 billion a year, and rising (Q1 2010 has been their best ever). This is out of a world closures market of just under 18 billion annually (screwcaps are currently 2.8 billion).
From the UK, you’d think synthetic corks are on the way out: we’re very much screwcap-focused at the commercial end of the market. And in New Zealand and Australia, synthetics are pretty much dead. But the category is growing quite considerably in Europe, at the expense of natural cork.
Had another nice US beer last night: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale from Michigan. A beautifully perfumed, powerfully flavoured hoppy IPA. Brilliant.