Flexitanks : the new face of bulk wine transportation

Thursday February 28 2013 by Vitisphere

For their shipments, bulk wine can be packaged in two forms: flexitank container or tank. A flexitank can be pictured as an XXL-sized bag-in-box®: a disposable and recyclable monolayer bag arranged in a conventional container. It requires a specific approach. Would that by logistical constraints certified tank containers for transport of liquid food (certified cleaning within 48 hours, empty repositioning ...).

Flexitank is the use of more flexible in comparison (even though it can carry spirits). The flexitank prevents oxidation and reduced residual volumes after unloading. The company Hillebrand (world leader in the transport of wine, with 80,000 containers of bulk wine per year) also highlights the carbon footprint of Flexitank reduced compared to conventional tank container.

Commercial Director France of the company JF Hillebrand, Olivier Daull recalls that "if the approval by the French Customs of Flexitank is only 1995, this technology actually dates back to the 1960s. On the market there are so many products and it is difficult to navigate in offers that are not always suited to wine. "The main disadvantages of Flexitank are related to its terms of demanding installation and filling. To avoid micro-cracks (similar to cracking of the BIB ®) training is recommended. The lack of scale also requires a pump (or a weighing system) during the filling of the Flexitank.

[Illustration: Flexitank VinBulk of JFHillebrand ®]

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