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Temperature controlled wine shipping case

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Temperature controlled wine shipping case
Innovative shipping case enables wine to be delivered at constant temperature during summer months.
In Use – Commercially available in USA.

Product Waste Reduction, Recycled content/recyclability, Storage and Transport efficiency

Product Categories
Drinks, Food

Relevant Materials
Plastic – rigid, Plastics - Other / mixed

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars, Cartons, Corrugated box/case, Cushioning

Supply Chain Phase
Home delivery, Supply Chain handling systems and store replenishment, Transportation


A manufacturer has developed an innovative Summer Wine shipping case specifically to provide a constant stable temperature for approximately 72 hours. This package system, designed to meet ISTA-7E temperature testing profile, protects wine from the harsh high temperatures that often occur in transit in distribution during the summer months.
High temperatures can degrade the composition of wine. Extreme temperatures can also cause corks to leak and sometimes even pop from the bottle. For these reasons some wine makers stop shipments of wine club orders during the summer months.
The wine industry has faced this issue for some time so the manufacturer utilised EPS 6- and 12-pack foam units contained within a corrugated outer carton and utilized specially designed pockets that hold frozen gel refrigerants and allow internal airflow. These refrigerants are designed specifically for the maximum amount of wine possible in the package, keeping the wine at or below 80°F for up to 72 hours. This enables wine makers to ship 2 day and sometimes 3 day shipments to customers during the summer months and have peace of mind that the wine arrives in good condition.
Additionally, the wine shippers are made with 60% +recycled content EPS (Expanded polystyrene) foam.
The new shipping case is marketed under the Wineloc brand by ACH Foam technologies of the USA.

The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

This product greatly reduces the potential for wine product wastage through high temperature exposure during distribution. This is an increasingly important issue for wine retailers as participation in wine clubs grows and Internet orders continue to grow.

Intellectual Property

WineLoc™ is a trademark of ACH Foam Technologies of the USA. It is an extension of their existing DuraTherm brand.

Consultant View

This manufacturer has tackled a real world issue and by combining frozen gel refridgerant within a specially modified EPS foam shell has created a shipping case which enables wine to be transported at constant temperature.  This has excellent benefits in commercial terms enabling wine to be transported at times where this would not have been possible as well as reducing the potential for product waste by maintaining product temperature in transit. This is potentially particularly important as Internet orders increase.

Although initially designed for wine shipments, there are clearly opportunities to transfer the concept to other product categories. Examples which could benefit from this approach include high quality meat mail-orders, etc.
The REID database contains other examples of temperature control technologies. Interested readers should try searching using terms such as "chilled", "time temperature indicators", and "temperature control".

Contacts and Further Information

Erich Brandt, Senior V.P. Sales & Marketing
ACH Foam Technologies
5250 North Sherman Street
CO 80216
Tel: 001-800-525-8697

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