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Bouchard Cooperages' Master Coopers USA eco-friendly barrel packaging

Paolo Bouchard, Business Development Manager at Bouchard Cooperages explains that it is the industry standard for single barrels to be wrapped individually with plastic wrap, cardboard, and plastic stickers or tape. If the barrel is not well sealed via plastic wrap, it risks losing it’s humidity which can lead to leaks. Also, if the bilge of the barrel is not well protected (typically with cardboard) it can suffer aesthetic and structural damage during transit. But one of the outcomes explains Paolo is that “all of this wrapping and protection of the barrel for the final customer means a lot of packaging that generates lots of waste”. So many winemakers tell me “What they dislike the most about barrel delivery season is the amount of waste that fills up the trash and recycling bins” explains Paolo Bouchard.


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