Broadland Drinks has reintroduced a corking machine at its wine packaging facility, as it looks to help retailers and brand owners cut their carbon footprint.

Broadland stopped its corking service 15 years ago. The bottler said cork lost favour due to the potential for contamination with TCA (a musty-smelling taint caused when a cork is infected with a chemical called Trichloroanisole). However, the company said that technical advances in cork production mean its benefits are now “fully available to the wine trade”.

Broadland also said it would offer minimum order quantities of 3,000 litres, either from single containers or as part of larger bulk wine tanks.

Broadland Drinks CEO Mark Lansley, said: “Given cork’s low, or even negative, carbon footprint and ability to enhance the perceived quality and value of wine, we felt it might be useful for premium retailers and brand owners to have a UK wine bottler that could offer cork closures, at low minimum order quantities.”

Advisor Clem Yates MW, who spoke about sustainability at the recent Wine Paris event, added: “Across both natural and technical stoppers, the technology exists to offer non-detectable TCA corks with consistent and predictable OTR [oxygen transmission rate] control. There is a cork for all types of wine, so by choosing to use a cork, suppliers can enhance their wine quality, whilst lowering the overall carbon footprint.”

A cork oak tree can live up to 200 years, during which time the cork bark may be harvested 15 to 18 times.