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January 16, 2015

What is Bulk Wine Transport?

bulk wine transportHave you noticed that your competitors are able to offer a lower price on their wines? In the recent past, a new type of bulk wine transport has been developed that cuts the costs of transportation. This new system of flexible liquid transportation tanks that can fill shipping containers has changed the game between the wine producer, the import company, the bottler and the distributor. To get a better understanding of how this system works and how it is beneficial to your winery, read through the brief outline written below.

Stepping up Your Distribution Game

We all want to reach the most profitable markets, and sometimes they are not very close to where your winery is. If you have a business plan that involves selling wine in bulk to distributors, flexible wine transportation tanks can be the solution you need. Overall, they will save you money at each stage of transportation of the wine from your facility to the intended buyer. When the buyer gets your product, it will have maintained the taste integrity it needs to sell.

How Wine Hauling Work

When you get your wine ready for transportation with domestic or international shipping, the need for extra crew and rental equipment diminishes. For example, no forklift will be needed to fill the flexible bulk wine tank. You simply fill the bladder when the truck arrives, and the wine is shipped by truck to its destination. If you ship internationally, the container carried by the truck is moved to a freight ship. When it arrives at the bottling plant or distributor, they open the bladder and immediately fill your wine into bottles or a mixing tank. The flexible tanks are specifically designed for easy unloading with maximum discharge and includes a custom anti-suction design.

How Flexible Wine Transportation Tanks are Designed

When you fill an entire shipping container full of your wine in giant plastic bladders, it can be mind blowing. After all, a 20-foot container can hold up to 24 tons of wine. The way the flexible tanks are constructed is with multiple layers of 100-percent virgin prime grade resins. They are woven with strength bands that make them able to stabilize liquid contents when shifting occurs. They are also constructed with gas barriers to protect oxygen-sensitive products.

Do You Need Glass Bottles for Wine Shipped?

For small batch vineyards, it makes sense to ship directly in bottles. However, the majority of wines produced today are produced by large vineyards. Furthermore, most small wineries are now working with large distributors that purchase wines for blends. In all of these cases, it is clear that glass wine bottles are not always the solution you need for growing your wine business. For bottled wine destined for retailers, it makes sense to bottle at local plants, prior to the last leg of transport. This greatly reduces transport cost by volume.

Wine Hauling Case Study

In Europe it is more common to buy bottle of wine from Australia that was shipped in bulk and bottled in Europe. For instance, in 2008 in England, seven out of every 10 bottles of Australian wine were shipped in bulk and bottled in the UK. Having bulk wine shipped with flexible tanks also helps the products to comply with the 2005 UK Courtauld Commitment to reduce the amount of packaging waste involved with shipping.

This means shipping your products in heavy glass containers could be looked down upon by your potential buyer’s markets. Furthermore, wine products shipped in a giant plastic bladder with a fixed frame were part of dissertation by Master of Wines, Barry Dick, who was able to prove that flexible wine transport tanks did not compromise the quality of wine shipped in them.

Advantages of the BIG Red Wine-Pac Flexi-Tank

The materials used in bulk wine transportation are ones that should give you confidence because they have obtained the highest standards. The materials specifically comply with EU regulations and FDA requirements. The tanks are made in compliance with ISO 9001:2008 standards as well as the Container Owners Association Code of Practice requirements for flexitanks. All of these engineering principles result in a durable, quality controlled environment for shipping wine in bulk on 40-foot, intermodal, reefer or trailer containers.

Your Bulk Wine Shipping Needs are Met Here

When you need a top-to-bottom high-end shipping service that can get your wine to distributors in the best condition possible, count on Kan-Haul. We can answer any questions you may have, and we are sure that you will find our pricing is one that beats your current budget for glass bottle shipping. To get started, contact us today and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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