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Frugalpac sells world’s first paper bottle machine

British sustainable packaging company Frugalpac has secured the first customer for its paper bottle machine, which makes the Frugal Bottle – the world’s first and only commercially available wine, spirits and olive oil bottle made from recycled paper.

Canadian packaging firm KinsBrae Packaging has agreed a deal to buy the first Frugal Bottle Assembly Machine – called FBAM-1 and install it in Canada.

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

The FBAM-1 is capable of producing more than two and a half million Frugal Bottles a year. Now over 25 different drinks producers from around the world have now 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 When In Rome.

It is also used by NB Distillery’s School Night and Silent Pool’s Green Man for gin, a Mexican organic tequilaBuen 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 Half Shell Vodka by Florida’s Distillery 98.

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 that the bottles are made from 94% recycled paperboard, are five times lighter than a glass bottle and use 84% less carbon than glass.

Frugalpac also has strong enquiries from 87 other international brand, 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 machines.

The company’s vision is to place bottling machines in the heart of bottling plants, co-packers or packaging companies around the world to reduce the carbon footprint of its sustainable packaging even further – creating eco friendly hubs around the world.

The bottle itself is made from 94% recycled paperboard with a food grade pouch and offers 360 degree branding for exceptional shelf stand out.

Chief Executive Malcolm Waugh said, ‘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. We are proud to have this relationship with KinsBrae Packaging which has a strong track record of producing and supplying sustainable packaging. Now we are asking other packaging companies, bottlers and co-packers to join our paper bottle revolution by investing in their own machines.

‘It is clear consumers are keen on more sustainable forms of packaging and this is a great opportunity for packaging companies, bottlers and the print industry.

‘Frugalpac already has enquiries to order more than 120 million Frugal Bottles from drinks and olive oil brands around the world and KinsBrae will play a massive part in meeting this global demand.’

KinsBrae Packaging’s president and CEO Shawn Bonnick said, ‘KinsBrae Packaging is proud to be the first packaging company in the world to acquire a Frugal Bottle Assembly Machine to supply Frugal Bottles to the growing wine and spirits businesses in Canada. Our company knows that sustainable packaging isn’t a flash in the pan. It is what our customers now expect.

‘We already produce and supplying sustainable packaging with our Eco Six Pack Rings for cans and cans for wine, and we are really excited to be able to offer the world’s first commercially available paper bottle to our existing and new clients.

‘We were particularly impressed by the rapid sales and the impressive global need for the Frugal Bottle. It is clear that there is a significant consumer desire for innovative packaging that is not only sustainable but also stands out with 360 degree branding.’

The Frugalpac team in Ipswich celebrating the sale of the first Frugal Bottle Assembly Machine.

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