Smurfit Kappa launches new wine packaging portfolio for e-commerce

IRELAND – Irish corrugated packaging company, Smurfit Kappa has introduced a new packaging solution specifically tailored for e-commerce wine sales that has Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) certification.

The company says this is a world first for a generic packaging solution designed for different case counts and wine bottle types.

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.

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’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.

Amazon’s FFP program was introduced to reduce over-packing, improve the consumer experience and enhance sustainability.

Amazon provides sellers with a stringent set of packaging guidelines that they must meet before they can list their products.

Vice President of Innovation and Development at Smurfit Kappa, Arco Berkenbosch, said: “We are delighted to partner with Amazon to deliver another pre-certified Frustration-Free packaging solution.

“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.

“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.”

In September, the Irish company developed a new sustainable eCommerce packaging solution for RareBoots4u in a bid to drive sustainability.

The company said that the new packaging aims at improving RareBoots4u’s sustainability credentials by reducing the company’s material usage.

Early last month, Smurfit Kappa also announced plans to invest US$100 million in a sustainable biomass boiler in Colombia.

The biomass boiler is intended to reduce Smurfit Kappa’s global Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions by approximately 6%.

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