September 30, 2010

French Self-Serve Wine Tanks

Astrid Terzian introduced this concept that hearkens back to a bygone era when wine would arrive in Paris shops in tonneaux and consumers would bring their own flagons to fill. But today, Terzian says, she started this scheme in fall 2008 to fill a niche, tapping into two key themes, environmental awareness and the economy. The elimination of packaging mass means that the wine can be shipped much more efficiently from a cost and carbon perspective.

The cost-savings are passed on to the consumer in the form of low prices of 1.45 euros/liter. She installed her first machine in June 2009 at the Cora supermarket in Dunkerque and now has them installed in eight supermarkets in France.

Source: LSA

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