M&S mini wines converted to PET
Published:  18 May, 2010

Marks & Spencer has become the first retailer to convert its entire range of 25cl glass wine bottles to PET.

The move is estimated to save 525 tons of packaging a year across 19 wines in mini-bottles, according to the company.

The retailer has been working with French producer Paul Sapin and British-based Roger Harris Wines to develop PET packaging with a longer shelf life than previously used for wines in high-turn­over venues, such as in-flight catering.

M&S winemaker Belinda Kleinig said: “Research shows that our customers like the convenience of lighterweight bottles.”

Managing director Roger Harris said: “Customers at Marks & Spencer will be able to buy wine in small bottles that are 88% lighter than glass, shatterproof and won’t clank in their shopping bags.”




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