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2019

Leading European aluminium closures manufacturers launch industry-first joint showcase of their solutions at ProWein 2019

  • Six leading producers of aluminium closures and members ofAluminium Closures Group to exhibit together at leading globalwine fair
  • Visit us in Hall 13, Stand F16

This year the Aluminium Closures Group (ACG) stand at ProWein will bring togethersix members and leading producers and developers of aluminium closuretechnologies, that will display their products and latest innovations together. This willoffer visitors a unique ‘one stop shop’, showcasing the very latest creative designsand technologies from these companies. The ProWein trade fair will take place inDüsseldorf, Germany from March 17 - 19, 2019.

The six ACG members on the stand are: Amcor, closurelogic, Federfin Tech, GualaClosures Group, Herti and Mala. These companies have a wealth of expertise andare leading the way in such things as branding and design, conserving taste andquality, adjustable oxygen transfer, as well as exciting new ways to offer winemakersimproved consumer engagement and security features. All in all, the AluminiumClosures Group covers about 75% of the global screw cap production and has 15members including suppliers of sheets and plates.

The recent growth in the use of aluminium closures in the wine sector, also for ‘highend’ wines has seen market penetration across the globe grow to 30% for the totalbottled wine market. This shift towards aluminium screwcaps is particularly evidentfor the largest still wine markets – Europe and USA. In countries such as Australia,New Zealand and South Africa they are already the closure of choice for mostwinemakers.

This is an exciting time to be in the aluminium closure business,” remarked MarikaKnorr, Deputy Executive Director of the Aluminium Closures Group. “Newtechnologies, such as digital printing and decorating techniques mean even smallerwinemakers can take advantage of the benefits these closures can offer - such asshort runs and exceptional branding that definitely make the product stand out on thesales shelf.”

“Of course in an increasingly sustainable economy the advantages of aluminiumclosures stand out even more, as they are 100% recyclable without any loss ofmaterial quality,” she added.

The Prowein stand has been designed to offer meeting spaces for specialists, as wellas displays for each company. The Aluminium Closures Group cordially invites theworld’s winemakers to visit their booth to learn about the benefits and advantages aluminium closures can offer to all wines – from the everyday drinking varieties to the best vintages. Visit us in Hall 13, Stand 16F.

Markets positive about aluminium screw caps

Aluminium Closures Group continues sponsorship of Mundus Vini wine awards

The Aluminium Closures Group (ACG) once again sponsors the spring and summer tastings and awards of the international wine tasting award Mundus Vini. The results from the 2018 award clearly demonstrated a growing acceptance of aluminium closures among wines in the higher price segment while even including two Grand Gold winners.

“With almost 20% of last year’s award winners using aluminium closures we wish to build on that success,“ says Guido Aufdemkamp, Executive Director of the Aluminium Closures Group. “We are already excited about the selection of wines this year and the number of winning wines sealed with aluminium closures is set to increase.”

The results of the Mundus Vini wine tastings shows that aluminium screw caps seal a significant part of high quality, premium wines recognised by the competition. The Aluminium Closures Group continues to maintain close contact with key people in the international wine industry. “These events enable us to meet face-to-face with key decisionmakers and present the aluminium closures as an excellent wine closure solution for the wine industry,” adds Aufdemkamp. 

The debate around the right closures for a particular type of wine continues to engage wine professionals and enthusiasts alike around the world. But the markets are showing a clear shift towards aluminium closures, which already accounted for 30% of total global production as long ago as 2016, according to 2018 research figures from Euromonitor International and IWSR.

Mundus Vini brings together many of the top wine producers from every part of the world. Thousands of wines, ranging from the modestly priced to the very best vintages are blind tasted by a global panel of judges. This year the Spring tasting will take place from 19-24 February. Award winning wines, using aluminium screw caps will be on display at the ProWein exhibition in Düsseldorf the following month, in a special Mundus Vini display section.

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2018

Aluminium closures seal significant part of Mundus Vini award-winning wines

Widespread use of aluminium closures for high quality, premiered wines across all categories was highlighted during the Mundus Vini Summer Tasting 2018 event where wines using aluminium closures snatched up awards in all categories. 

Some 4,311 wines from all over the world were blind tasted, reviewed and rated by 175 expert judges from 40 countries. Of the nine Grand Gold winners, the top award, two used aluminium closures. Among the Gold medals 21%, were using aluminium closures. For Silver 22% were sealed with screw caps. Out of the total of 1572 winning still wines, 342, a remarkable, 22%, had the modern screw cap as a preferred closure. This has also recently been mirrored in research, released by Euromonitor and IWSR where aluminium closures now account for just under 30% of the total global bottled still wine market. 

Across the different categories of wines, from everyday drinking to high quality vintages, the picture is very interesting. In the €5-9.99 range 24% used screw caps, (136 out of the 564 awards). In the next category €10-19.99, 101 of 559 medalling wines, representing 18%, were equipped with aluminium closures, while the above €20 category saw a stunning 17% of the winning wines (70 out of 413) which are accessed by twisting off a cap rather than pulling a cork! 

“We congratulate all the winning wines and the aluminium wine closures sector! With an almost 20% share of wines in the higher price ranges using screw caps shows they are part of the package of world-class quality wines.”, said Guido Aufdemkamp, the Executive Director of the Aluminium Closures Group. 

Aluminium Closures Group 
The Aluminium Closures Group consists of the leading manufacturers of aluminium closures, aluminium strips and sheets for closures and is part of AMS Europe e.V, representing about 75% of global aluminium closure production. The members are Alcopack, Amcor, Astro, Closurelogic, FederfinTech, G3 Enterprises, Guala Closures, Herti and Mala, Vinventions, Torrent Closures as well as Aludium, Constellium, Impexmetal, Novelis,Laminazione Sottile, and Slim Aluminium. For more information visit: www.aluminium-closures.org 

Mundus Vini 
Mundus Vini is an internationally recognized wine competition with an international jury delivering an independent, expert verdict on thousands of wines from around the globe. Wines are evaluated in accordance with the international 100-point scheme of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), also recognised by the Union Internationale des Oenologues (UIOE). Please visit the webpage here for a detailed overview of the Summer Tasting 2018 results. 

More winemakers turn to aluminium closures

New research shows the global wine market shifting towards aluminium closures

Aluminium closures now account for just under 30% of the total global bottled still wine market, according to research recently conducted by Euromonitor. With 30 billion bottles sold worldwide in 2016, the aluminium closure market size is now around 9 billion units annually. This shift towards aluminium screwcaps is particularly evident for the largest still wine markets – Europe and USA.

Europe still represents the largest market for bottled still wines with volumes of more than 17 billion in 2016, according to other research by IWSR, which looked at 0.75L equivalent bottle measurement units. Both reports show a decline in bottled still wine volumes in Europe of between 5.3 and 6.4% in the five years under study. But aluminium closures made significant progress in the same period, growing by 14.5% with a CAGR of 5.2% from 2012-2016.

Commenting on the figures, Guido Aufdemkamp, representing the Aluminium Closures Group said, “These reports show that aluminium closures are continuing to show strong advantages over other wine closure types. Their convenience and increasingly strong branding and decoration enhancements mean more and more winemakers are turning to aluminium closures.”

“In addition, it is worth noting that while the global volume of bottled still wine measured in 0.75L equivalent bottles by IWSR decreased by 2.8% in the period of 2012-2016 to 28.3 billion bottles, Euromonitor shows the total number of wine bottles sold worldwide was stable These figures rely on a more differentiated research method which results in higher numbers than many other sources forecasts in the media and elsewhere,” he added.

The situation in the United States of America continues to show a strong market for wine with aluminium closures. The number of 0.75L bottled wines of all varieties sold in 2016 increased 4.4% versus 2015, according to the study by IWSR. Sales reached over 3.8 billion bottles. Euromonitor confirms that aluminium closures accounted for 44.9% of all sales of bottled wine in the US in that year. The CAGR for aluminium closures in the US for the five-year period was 6%.

Expressing his delight at the continued growth of the aluminium screwcap market, Guido Aufdemkamp continued, “There is a truly global acceptance of aluminium closures, particularly with younger consumers and those new to wine, who show a real preference for screwcaps.”

“Consumers are convinced by their ease of use, as surveys of our Turn 360° campaign have demonstrated. In addition, these closures are completely recyclable, so fit completely with the current demands for more sustainable performance of packaging,” he concluded.

Sources: Euromonitor International, IWSR and EAFA

 
 
 
 

Aluminium Closures Group sponsors international wine award Mundus Vini 2018

Düsseldorf – The Aluminium Closures Group will sponsor this year’s prestigious international wine award, the Mundus Vini Spring Tasting. Via this engagement with a group of internationally recognized experts in the wine industry, the Group aims to expands its presence within the core market segment of fine wines.

“It is a unique opportunity to take part in Mundus Vini and be directly involved in an activity of such high quality and cultural importance to the world of fine wines. We are convinced that aluminium closures can generally support the qualitative growth of wine, while we continuously develop new solutions for the industry,” said Franco Bove, Chairman of the Aluminium Closures Group

The Group’s ‘Turn 360°’ campaign gives a fresh twist to the numerous advantages of aluminium closures for the wine, water and other beverage industries. The initiative focuses on the benefits of alu closures – such as convenience, conservation of taste and quality for the consumers.
The opportunities for design customization, sustainability and recyclability while achieving cost-effectiveness are of key interest to beverage makers and fillers.  For the wine trade, the reduction of spoilage and the associated economical risks are additional important considerations.

Mundus Vini is an internationally recognized wine award which takes place 20. – 25. February in Neustadt, Germany. An international jury delivers an independent, expert verdict on over 6000 wines from around the globe to guarantee a fair and professional competition. For more information on the award: www.mundusvini.com

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2017

Aluminium closures challenge returns to ProWein

The Aluminium Closures – Turn 360° campaign, which promotes the advantages of aluminium closures for winemakers, will again host a daily competition at ProWein, the leading trade fair for wine professionals, in Düsseldorf 19-21 March. The campaign team can be found in the dedicated “Packaging & Design” sector adjacent to the ProWein Forum, Hall 13, Stand F16.

The daily on-stand competition to find the ‘Turn 360° Champion 2017’ is designed with a fun focus on the convenience that aluminium closures bring. It challenges visitors to demonstrate their fastest opening & closing times!

The competition takes place daily, on the hour, from 12pm with the last opportunity to participate at 6pm. Each contestant will be asked to open, re-close and turn five bottles of wine upside down as fast as they can, demonstrating just how good aluminium closures are for efficient opening, re-closing and storage. Every hour the contestant with the fastest time will be rewarded – with the fastest over the entire show being crowned ‘Turn 360° Champion 2017’.

Several members of EAFA’s Closures Group will also be exhibiting in the “Packaging & Design” section, where visitors can learn about all the benefits of aluminium closures for wine: Closurelogic, FederfinTech, Guala Closures, Herti and Mala Verschluss-Systeme.

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2016

Every second aluminium closure in Europe is now recycled

The average recycling rate for aluminium closures in Europe has increased to more than 50%, according to figures released recently by the “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” campaign by the European Aluminium Foil Association. Much of this improvement is due to national initiatives and better collection and recycling schemes across Europe, according to the Association.

Aluminium closures, mainly used on bottles of wine, spirits, water and olive oil, can be collected either with the mixed packaging fraction or together with the glass collection stream. Thanks to modern processes the aluminium is easily extracted and recycled, from both material streams.

Because packaging collection and recycling systems in Europe vary considerably from country to country, national initiatives are proving to be most effective. For example, the UK’s “You Can Leave Your Cap On” scheme has enabled local authorities to increase the recovery of aluminium closures for recycling. Initiated by ALUPRO, in partnership with British Glass and EAFA, it encourages recyclers to screw the closures back on their empty bottles before recycling so that more aluminium can be successfully recovered. Sharing best practices in the European network of aluminium packaging recycling organisations, ALU DK initiated a similar project in Denmark with the “Keep the Cap on” campaign, supported by the Danish government. Other national organisations like CIAL in Italy increasingly refer to aluminium closures in their general and special announcements to raise the awareness that aluminium closures are perfectly suitable to be collected and recycled.

Commenting on the figures, EAFA’s Closures Group Chair Franco Bove said, “It is encouraging to see the industry continues to support national initiatives which enhance the collection and recycling of aluminium closures. Recycled aluminium is a valuable commodity, so supports the economics of the recycling process.”

These aluminium closure recycling rates are calculated on the basis of publicly available national overall aluminium recycling rates, plus consumption data from market research companies.

All Smiles at the ALUNCH

The ALUNCH event in Brussels throughout April and May, staged to promote the benefits and convenience of aluminium foil products across the range, has had a great start with lots of happy, smiling participants. Many young men and women, living, working and studying in the city have been attracted to the Grapevine restaurant, near the European Parliament, to enjoy a ‘feast in foil’ and pay for it using only aluminium bottle closures.

Many smiling faces have been seen at the tables enjoying a range of meals and refreshments – all served in aluminium foil or containers. The closures used to pay for the food are being collected in a transparent tube and this ‘bank’ is filling up fast.

Organised by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association, ALUNCH is running each Thursday until the end of May. Invitations to ALUNCH are being posted on Social Media, including Facebook and Instagram as well as around the restaurant. EAFA hopes to see the ALUNCHers post pictures of their experiences and spread the word about both the event and the value of aluminium foil.

Of course all the aluminium closures collected as payment for ALUNCHes will be sent for recycling, showing that the value of aluminium foil does not stop at the table.

For more information about the ALUNCH initiative visit www.alunch.eu

Join for ALUNCH and pay with aluminium closures: You are just a twist away!

Young professionals in Brussels are being invited to join ALUNCH at the prestigious Grapevine restaurant, near the European Parliament each Thursday through April and May. To ‘pay’ for their meals the lunchers need to bring along some aluminium bottle closures, which will enable them to feast on a variety of delicious food – all served in aluminium foil or containers, of course!

The initiative, which will run from 14th April until 26th May, aims to show the value of aluminium closures as well as other aluminium foil products and raise awareness of their benefits and convenience. All the closures will be collected in a transparent tube so that there will be a ‘bank’ full of them at the end of the period.

Guido Aufdemkamp, executive director of the organiser EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association explained the reasoning behind the event, “We wanted to make our point about the value of aluminium closures and, indeed the entire aluminium range, in an interesting and amusing way, which would be particularly appealing to the many international young men and women living, working and studying in Brussels, the Heart of Europe!”

The ALUNCHers will be treated to a menu (in French, Dutch and English) which will give them a choice of meals, desserts, coffee and treats all served in aluminium foil, containers, pouches or capsules.

EAFA will involve Social Media, including Facebook and Instagram to promote ALUNCH and hopes that guests will post some pictures on line showing their experiences, particularly the funny ones! Flyers and posters will also be placed in the restaurant which, being in the Place du Luxembourg is in a vibrant and busy location in the heart of the Brussels European Quarter.

All the closures collected will be sent for recycling; showing their true value to the community is simply a twist away.

For more information about the ALUNCH initiative visit www.alunch.eu

Aluminium Closures Campaign Makes Convenience Fun at ProWein

Following last year’s first, successful attendance at ProWein, the leading trade fair for wine professionals, the Aluminium Closures – Turn 360° campaign that promotes the advantages of aluminium closures for winemakers, will be back in Düsseldorf in March.  The campaign team can be found in the dedicated “Packaging & Design” sector adjacent to the ProWein Forum, Hall 13, Stand E50.

2015

Discover the benefits of aluminium closures at SITEVI

The event will take place on 25 November 2015 (15.30 - 17.00) in Hall B5, Salle 5, Parc des Expositions, Montpellier. Several industry experts will offer their insights. SITEVI 2015 will take place from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 November 2015.

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Discover the benefits of aluminium closures at SIMEI

The event will take place on 4 November 2015 (10.30 - 12.00) in Hall 15, in the Area Mosto. Several industry experts will offer their insights. The SIMEI Wine Technology show is to be held at Fiera Milano, Rho, Italy (3-6 November 2015).

 

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Aluminium Closures takes centre stage at ProWein 2015

The “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” campaign will be present for the first time at ProWein (15-17 March 2015 in Düsseldorf), the leading international fair for the wine sector. The campaign, which promotes the advantages of the growing segment of aluminium closures for wines, is taking part in a dedicated “Packaging & Design” show adjacent to the ProWein Forum.

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A Good Choice for 2015 – Aluminium Closures

The aluminium closures market, particularly for wine, is expected to continue strongly growing in 2015. This growth is attributed to a number of factors including the convenience offered to consumers as well as to wine makers and fillers.

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2014

Improved recycling performance for aluminium closures

Average aluminium closure recycling rate in Europe hits 45 per cent

  • Even though small in size, aluminium closures are widely collected and recycled – either separately with other packaging or together with glass bottle
  • Recycling of aluminium needs up to 95% less energy than its primary production

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Survey proves aluminium closures are top choice for consumers

But are winemakers and retailers getting the message?

An in-depth survey of 6,000 consumers, undertaken by IPSOS*, to discover consumer preferences on wine and spirit closures has confirmed that the majority prefer an aluminium closure over other closure options for its convenience.

 

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2013

Aluminium Closures – Turn 360° the all-round sector focus

The information campaign to promote awareness of aluminium closures, Turn 360° has been extended from wine to take in new content on the wide range of bottled products using this form of closure, including spirits, water and oils. These new contents, underscore yet again the campaign’s proactive approach in this sector.

  • The ‘Aluminium Closures – Turn 360˚’ is a dynamic awareness campaign initiated by Europe’s leading manufacturers of aluminium closures. It provides detailed information on the advantages of aluminium closures as a state-of-the-art closure for many bottled products
  • The campaign features the most up to date information and data with support given by the suppliers to the alu closures industry
  • It demonstrates the high growth rates for the use of aluminium closure in recent years (2012: 16 billion closures for wines, spirits, table waters, and oils)

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ALUPRO Lauches Aluminium Caps & Closures Recycling Initiative

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Aluminium Closures – Turn 360˚ brochure

Discover a very contemporary closure for your wine

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A good recycling performance for aluminium closures

Across Europe the average recycling rate for aluminium closures is 40 per cent

  • Despite their small size, aluminium closures are collected and recycled – either separately with other packaging or together with used glass bottles
  • Recycling of aluminium needs up to 95% less energy than its primary production

 

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2012

Press Release Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°

Campaign to promote the quality and advantages of aluminium closures for wine.

  • The leading manufacturers of aluminium closures launch the pan-European promotional campaign ’Aluminium Closures – Turn 360˚’ to enhance public awareness about the advantages of a sustainable and state-of-the-art closure form
  • New internet portal www.aluminium-closures.org goes online to provide comprehensive information on the advantages of aluminium closures

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Background information Aluminium Closures

Aluminium Closures: Turn 360°

  • Aluminium closures combine a multitude of positive properties for the individual enjoyment of wine
  • Enormous production growth over the ten last years: the number of aluminium closures used for wine worldwide increased rapidly to 4 billion (2011)
  • Aluminium closures are ‘more sustainable’ than traditional closures

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