LanPak Inc. officially opened a $4-million contract packaging facility for wine in Tetra Prisma Aseptic cartons in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, on Wednesday, June 28. This is the first facility in the world to be designed and built specifically to package wine in the light weight packages.
Boisset’s French rabbit wines, the first sold in Canada in the eight-sided Tetra Prisma cartons, were introduced in the LCBO in August 2005 and were an instant best seller. LanPak’s first packaged wines are a series of French Cross Selection wines from Peller Estates Winery, a division of Andrs Wines Ltd.
At least three other Ontario vintners, including Diamond Estates Wine & Spirits Ltd., Pelee Island Winery, and Colio Estate Wines, are working with LanPak and LCBO to be part of the new wave of wines to be available in the Tetra Prisma cartons. Vincor International Ltd. will also be offering its Sawmill Creek wines in Tetra Pak packaging to Ontario in the near future.
LCBO introduced premium French rabbit wines in Tetra Pak packaging in August 2005 as part of its environmental strategy to reduce packaging, and to bring the popular Tetra Pak format to Canada. Consumer response has prompted suppliers to bring Tetra Pak packaging to the Canadian market, with 30 wines in Tetra Paks currently available at the LCBO and another 40 products in production. Ontario consumers have purchased nearly one million litres of wine in Tetra Pak cartons in the past 10 months, and U.S. figures show North American demand growing by 30 per cent per year.