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Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box launches new “SmartLife” service to improve shelf-life of boxed wines

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Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box launches new “SmartLife” service to improve shelf-life of boxed wines

August 12, 2020 - 05:02

DUBLIN, Ireland, Aug. 12, 2020 (Press Release) -Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has launched a new “SmartLife” service to improve the shelf-life of boxed wines.

SmartLife uses a combination of top class filling-performance diagnostics and practical training in order to identify opportunities for improvement within the supply chain that will ultimately increase the shelf-life of Bag-in-Box wines.

This diagnostic process provides a unique opportunity for customers to benchmark the oxygen level of their product against Smurfit Kappa’s unique worldwide oxygen database.

Speaking about the new service Patrick Vuchot, Scientific Director of Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box, said: “We have capitalised on our 40 years of expertise as market leader in Bag-in-Box solutions to create SmartLife.

“There are eight key parameters and multiple combinations of them that determine wine shelf-life throughout the supply chain process. Our SmartLife service uses these parameters to determine how we can contribute to increasing Bag-in-Box shelf-life, wine quality and ultimately sales.”

The SmartLife process follows three key steps. Smurfit Kappa initially works with the customer to define problem areas within the supply chain and identify potential causes of inadequate shelf-life for Bag-in-Box wines as well as possible improvements. Next, SmartLife experts provide a basic or complete diagnostic of the filling process to determine the critical points where shelf-life can be improved at the lowest cost.

Finally, for those who want to expand their technical knowledge of the Bag-in-Box and Pouch-Up packaging solution range, Smurfit Kappa and Vitop provide Bag-in-Box science seminars which are available either virtually or in real life for the packaged wine, fruit juice and water industries.

The launch of SmartLife is further reinforcement of Smurfit Kappa’s position as the market leader of Bag-in-Box packaging solutions in Europe and the Americas.

About Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with approximately 46,000 employees in over 350 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €9.0 billion in 2019. We are located in 23 countries in Europe, and 12 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America.

With our pro-active team, we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper- packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

About Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box provides flexible packaging solutions for liquid and semi-liquid products in the agricultural, food and industrial sectors, meeting cost constraints and the new environmental regulations. With its nine factories throughout the world, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box is the European leader for Bag-in-Box solutions and its Vitop tap is number one worldwide for wine taps.