Nomacorc’s plant-based closures highly successful

Monday October 09 2017 by Vitisphere

Unveiled in 2016 with an initial output of 200 million stoppers, Nomacorc’s Green Line range is set to increase its sales five-fold in 2017 to 1 billion units. Posting what the firm says is the “strongest growth rate in the world”, this category of plant-based closures is called PlantCorc and made using non petrochemical raw materials. The closures, which are derived from Brazilian sugar cane, “are outstripping all other categories – including screwcaps and natural corks – in absolute growth terms”, said Dr Heino Freudenberg, CEO of the Vinventions group which bought Nomacorc in 2015, in a press statement.

One bottle in ten

Vinventions markets 2.5 billion closures a year, including synthetic corks, natural corks and glass stoppers. The PlantCorc range is likely to account for 75% of its sales in 2018. The new material is designed to gradually replace previous closures and next year’s sales are forecast to reach 2 billion units. Vinvention branded products* currently feature on one bottle in eight worldwide according to the group’s estimates and by 2018, PlantCorc could account for one in ten bottles.

The use of plant-derived materials has inspired other closure firms such as Diam, which released its Origine range using castor oil as a binding agent and beeswax to make the corks watertight, at the start of the year.

*Nomacorc, Syntek, Ohlinger, Vincap and Vinolok

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