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Languedoc: Val d'Orbieu streamlines its bulk wine branch

Par Vitisphere Le 04 mars 2015
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Languedoc: Val d'Orbieu streamlines its bulk wine branch

Languedoc wine group Val d’Orbieu is to launch building work on a new dedicated bulk wine hub this spring on the outskirts of Béziers in the South of France. The new centre, which will be located in the town’s business park, is due to open towards the end of this year or early 2016.

Val d’Orbieu is already hailing it as the group’s “flagship site for buying and taking delivery of wine, treating, filtering, storing, maturing, blending and ultimately shipping wine in tankers”. France’s leading co-operative union is investing 6 million euros* in the new plant which has been in the planning stages for two years and illustrates the need to standardise bulk wine procedures in order to rank as a global player. The avowed aim for the new centre is to “implement tracking and quality standards in line with market expectations and requirements”. Val d’Orbieu therefore hopes to rapidly secure International Food Standard (IFS) and British Retail Consortium (BRC) certifications.

The plant will also become the headquarters of SudVins, the subsidiary company that handles Val d’Orbieu’s 400,000 hectolitres of bulk wines. Located between motorway exits and the railway line, the platform will improve market access and link up with the group’s bottling plants. Trilles, based in Maureilhan, a few kilometres west of Béziers, is one such plant and is currently being extended at a cost of 6 million euros. An extensive 5,700 m2 logistics warehouse is being built and will house five loading bays.

Regional newspaper Midi Libre revealed that on February 12 the Béziers conurbation authority approved the purchase of 20,000 m2 of land at a cost of 553,233 euros, equating to a price of €29 a square metre.


[Source: Vitisphère; Photo: Val d’Orbieu]

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