Smurfit Kappa has created an innovative and sustainable packaging solution specifically tailored for wine.
Arco Berkenbosch, vice president of innovation and development at Smurfit Kappa, said, “We have used our 15+ years of eCommerce experience to design this solution for the direct-to-consumer wine sector which is continuing to grow at a phenomenal pace."
The new solution holds Amazon’s ‘Frustration-Free Packaging’ (FFP) certification, which is a world first for a generic packaging solution that caters for different case counts and wine bottle types.
Amazon’s FFP programme was introduced to reduce over-packing, improve the consumer experience and enhance sustainability, the company explained.
Amazon provides sellers with a stringent set of packaging guidelines which they must meet before they can list their products.
"Our 100% recyclable new pack will enable businesses selling wine through Amazon Marketplace to get their products to the end consumer quicker and speed to market is a key differentiator in today’s world," Berkenbosch added.
The packaging firm noted that the eCommerce wine sector has seen a significant increase in sales since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
Shopping for wine online has been hailed as the next big consumer trend with market research company Euromonitor reporting a 52% increase in online wine sales between 2019 and 2021.
Smurfit Kappa highlighted that it's new wine multi-pack consists of a sleek design comprising an outer box and buffers and is robust enough to reach the end consumer in perfect condition no matter how complex the supply chain is.