Cubi wine storage: the details you need to know
Cubi wine storage, an innovative tool
Today, the conservation of wine in cubitainers or "conservation cubi wine" is a trend that is beginning to become widespread for the distribution of wine, but also for various liquid products in the food industry.
A cubitainer makes it possible to preserve, in fact, a more or less important quantity of wine. Compared to classic bottled wine, their use is less expensive, especially in terms of logistics and the cost of the finished product. Even if the amount of wine stored in the cubitainer is large, the life of the latter does not decrease. This is possible thanks to the use of techniques such as vacuum preservation.
The bag in box is also a major opponent of bottles. It has the same holding capacities as wine bottles, but is also more economical and environmentally friendly.
The wine cubi and the Bag in box therefore seem to have a promising future ahead of them.
BIB and cubi, the points to know
Storing wine in another material other than glass was long frowned upon. This is mainly due to the fact that the glass offers a better performance in relation to conservation, avoiding the entry of oxygen and light. However, the new polymer or plastic materials used make it possible to have this inertia.
The wine box and the BIB or Bag in box are often two terms used together, which can often lead to confusion.
The first difference lies in their volume. The cubitainer is a very large capacity plastic container, approximately 100 liters, while the BIB is a small portable container of 3 liters.
The second difference lies in their manufacture.
The cubitainer is a thermoformed container, that is to say made from heating polymer granules such as low density polyethylene with other copolymers. It is therefore a hard and non-flexible material.
The BIB is a set of two containers. The Bag, which is the direct container of the liquid, is a pocket made up of several layers of film. These films are often composed of polyethylene, polyester and still other copolymers to ensure the barrier of the pocket to oxygen. Then there is the Box part which is made up of a rigid corrugated cardboard which acts as an external packaging for the pocket precisely to ensure its protection against physical shocks.
The cubitainer and the BIB often have a tap to facilitate their use and ensure optimal storage of the wine. Be it red wine or white wine, they can all be stored in a cubitainer and BIB.
Storage of cubic wine
Storing cubi wine has become a very common practice, especially in common wine drinking places like restaurants and bars. The consumption of wine is therefore done directly in the glasses without going through the bottles.
Cubitainers have become more popular as distributors and producers have noticed their logistical efficiency. The quality of the wine contained in the cubitainer does not deteriorate faster than the wine in the bottles since the attack of oxygen is controlled. Indeed, thanks to the use of specific copolymers and the use of modified atmosphere or also vacuum storage, the wine does not deteriorate quickly and can even last about three months after opening.
The cubitainer is a little more efficient insofar as it can be totally or partially opaque to avoid degradation of the wine by light.
It should however be noted that the wines in the Bag in Box last longer due to the fact that the wine contained in its pockets are not in contact with the air, because the flexible pocket retracts with the drop in pressure. These wines can last a year after opening. We can therefore say that storage of cubi wine is more favorable for places with large wine distribution. While wine under BIB is more favorable for table wine. However, the shelf life before opening remains the same for all types of packaging.
The benefits of cubic wine
In addition to this technological quality, the cubitainer offers several other advantages.
First, it offers interesting ecological qualities. It allows the use of materials with very low carbon footprints compared to other storage packaging.
The cubitainer is also easily recyclable for a second use, but also for retransformation into polymer pellets. Indeed, the cubitainer is stronger and more resistant to pressure compared to plastic and glass bottles.
In addition, its recovery is easier compared to those bottles which are waste in the big cities. The ecological aspect is also accentuated by the fact that the longer life of the cubitainer is favorable for low energy consumption during its manufacture and its use.
Second, there is the practicality of the cubitainer. This comes from its logistical practicality. In addition, the weight of the cubitainer with the wine is considerably lighter than the weight of several wine bottles with the same volume. The cubitainer, associated with steel frames are also harder and more resistant. Thus, the life of a cubitainer is longer than that of glass bottles. It allows more maneuverability for transporters, but also producers who will see their time allocated to packaging reduced by several percent compared to filling thousands of bottles.
All this obviously affects the price of the glass of wine. The cubitainer makes it possible to have wines half the price of bottled wines.
All these advantages, ecological, quality/price ratio, practicality, make the cubitainer and the Bag in box the containers and packaging of the future. In addition, their use is not limited to wine, they can also be used for oils and fruit juices.
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