Join Us at the 2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

USGSIn 1995, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) joined forces to create the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Since then it has become the largest wine and grape conference in the nation, focusing largely on issues, topics, and trends facing the wine and grape world today. This year the conference will be held between January 24th – 26th, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

As in past years, Scholle IPN will be in attendance (booth #1320) displaying its leading, boxed-wine technology, as well as a few other products and ideas. And to dig a bit deeper into exactly what we’ll be doing there, we sat down with Scholle IPN’s Product Line Manager, Randy Austin, to get the inside scoop.

Why does Scholle IPN attend the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium?

Well, this is the largest tradeshow event for wine-related buyers in the nation. We have a long-standing tradition of supporting the organization and representing boxed wine.

This year, Scholle IPN will be at booth #1320. What does Scholle IPN typically have at the booth?

Typically at our booth we display examples of the latest packaging types within the bag-in-box format. This year we’ll be focusing on small-format boxed wine. We’ve seen tremendous activity in the premium 3-liter and 1.5-liter bag-in-box categories.

The 3-liter wine bag-in-box format has helped create a premium category equivalent to four bottles. It allows for the same quality of bottled wine in a more convenient and space saving bag-in-box package for home without the worry of having to consume all the wine in one night.

What new products will Scholle IPN be showcasing?

We’ll be showcasing a couple of products. We are really excited to talk about Reserve™ our 1.5-liter premium bag-in-box with Active Barrier Packaging (ABP). ABP helps to increase the shelf life of smaller format packaging. It’s a two-layer system that helps keep oxygen out of the wine during filling and dispensing. Oxygen is in the air and can quickly degrade the quality of wine. As the package size gets smaller (5-liter, 3-liter, 1.5-liter), more wine is exposed to oxygen as a percentage of volume ABP literally slows the process of oxygen getting into the wine and absorbs oxygen molecules that do get in. With Reserve, we’ve diminished the amount of oxygen in boxed wine, ultimately protecting the quality of wine for retailers and consumers. It’s about getting that fresh, great glass of wine every single time.

Another focus for us is Scholle IPN’s new capability to produce stand up pouches with digital printing. These pouches are usually a single serving of wine, cocktails, or mixers. Great for recreational activities where glass bottles could be cumbersome.

Would you drink from these pouches?

I would envision people pouring these into a glass. You know, taking a cocktail and pouring it over ice. Or taking the wine and pouring it in a glass. They travel well, go well in coolers, and because it’s flexible packaging there is a lot less waste involved. It has a smaller carbon footprint than glass and aluminum cans.

What is the benefit of Scholle IPN attending this show?

We get to strengthen relationships with existing customers, as well as bring awareness to new and established wineries about the packaging format. Scholle IPN represents boxed wine more so than anyone else. We want people to know that.

Why should people choose Scholle IPN over its competitors?

Easy. The people and the products. In addition to our customer relationship managers, we have a talented team of packaging application engineers and field service personnel. They assist with product development and implementation–great for new brands and brand extensions. We can support a winery from the concept and developmental phases to commercialization for a new flexible packaging format.

In fact, we already work with 10 of the largest wineries in the country. We’re vertically integrated. We manufacture our own film, fitments, and filling equipment. And we do our own bag-making.

The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is January 24th, 25th, and 26th, in Sacramento, California at the Sacramento Convention Center. Scholle IPN will be in attendance, displaying its innovative products at booth #1320. Contact us for more information on Scholle IPN and what we can do for you.

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