British packaging company Frugalpac sells world’s first paper bottle machine

UK – British sustainable packaging company Frugalpac has sold its first paper bottle machine to Canadian packaging firm KinsBrae Packaging.

The deal was announced by Frugalpac’s CEO Malcolm Waugh at the London Wine Fair, one of the largest wine fairs in the world – two years after launching the first Frugal Bottle in June 2020 with Cantina Goccia’s 3Q wine in the UK.

Frugalpac Chief Executive Malcolm Waugh said, “2022 is proving to be the year of the paper bottle and we’re thrilled to be selling our first Frugal Bottle Assembly Machine platform to KinsBrae Packaging.”

Whilst we currently produce Frugal Bottles in Ipswich, this partnership will allow us to have a mainland presence in North America, reducing the carbon footprint of our bottles even further.”

Canada is already selling wine in the Frugal Bottle through its LCBO stores across Ontario. The wine in the Frugal Bottle, 3Q by award-winning Italian winery Cantina Goccia, is proving to be very popular with Ontarian wine lovers who want to drink more sustainably.

KinsBrae Packaging, which is based in Cambridge, Ontario, will seek to meet the local Canadian and USA demand of the total global 120 million Frugal Bottles enquiries received by Frugalpac.

This huge enquiry list is driven by the fact Frugal Bottles are made from 94% recycled paperboard, are five times lighter than a glass bottle and use 84% less carbon than glass.

The Frugal Bottle Assembly machine called FBAM-1 is capable of producing more than two and a half million Frugal Bottles a year.

More than 25 different drink producers from around the world have launched wines, spirits and olive oils in the Frugal Bottle.

They include The English Vine’s No1 white wine, Signal 7 Wines in the US, Spain’s Planet B by Bodegas Murviedro and a range of red, white and rosé wines from the UK’s leading provider of wine in alternative packaging, When In Rome.

It’s also used by NB Distillery’s School Night and Silent Pool’s Green Man for gin, a Mexican organic tequila Buen Vato from Sweden’s Alias Smith, a French Calvados from Avallen Spirits and Italy’s Evviva and Greece’s AONES for olive oil.

Future releases in the Frugal Bottle will include wines from Spanish producer Fernando Castro and vodka from Organika.

Frugalpac also has strong enquiries from 87 other international brands, and contract packing and packaging companies to buy Frugal Bottle Assembly Machines in the next few months and is calling on other firms to help them meet the ‘paper bottle revolution’ by investing in their own Frugal Bottle machines.

The company was recently praised by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade’s GREAT Britain campaign as one of the UK organisations “doing incredible things to help build a globally sustainable future” in the run-up to last year’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

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