Recently, the world's leading market research agency Euromonitor International (Euromonitor) survey shows that the use of aluminum screw cap wine production is on the rise, accounting for nearly 30% of the global bottled wine market.
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Cork is a very special substance, its cellular structure makes it very stretchable and seals the bottle tightly to prevent oxygen from entering the bottle. Cork can preserve wine for about 30 years. However, cork contains a synthetic substance called trichloroanisole that can contaminate bottled wine. Although this substance does not cause illness, a very small amount can mask the fruitiness of the wine, and if the amount is any higher, the wine will taste or smell musty.
The screw cap can be used to open the wine without the help of a bottle opener, and the screw cap can be screwed back to the wine in the refrigerator or storage cabinet, which is very simple and extends the storage time of the wine, more economical, and can be recycled. In addition, the screw cap avoids cork contamination, oxidation and deterioration of the wine, avoids cork taste, and ensures the quality of the whole batch of wine is stable.
In 2012, the market share of aluminum caps in Europe was about 26%, and by 2016, this had risen to 29.6%. Guido Aufdemkamp, executive director of the Aluminum Cap Group, says: The study shows that aluminum caps have a strong advantage over other wine caps.
While the International Wine Spirits Research (IWSR) reports that global production of 750mL bottles fell by 2.8% between 2012 and 2016 to 2.33 billion bottles, the Euromonitor survey shows that global sales have largely remained stable. According to information provided by the group, of the 30 billion bottles of wine sold worldwide in 2016, about 9 billion bottles were sold with aluminum caps. The main driver was the US market, with strong growth in Germany, the UK, France and the Netherlands.