- Liviri partners with Alejandro Bulgheroni Wines to win Reusable Packaging Association’s 2020 Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award
- Replaces insulated cardboard boxes with Liviri Vino containers for e-commerce wine shipments, increasing product protection and reducing distribution costs and environmental impact
Winning submission will be presented virtually at PACK EXPO Connects |Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 | 12:30 pm CT |
Tampa, FL. The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has announced the winner of the 2020 Excellence in Reusable Packaging award program: Liviri, reusable packaging manufacturer, with Alejandro Bulgheroni Wines. Bulgheroni won for its 2020 implementation of the Liviri Vino6, a reusable, temperature-controlled wine shipping container, demonstrating the cost savings and environmental impact reductions resulting from the replacement of traditional insulated corrugated cardboard shipping boxes with the reusable Liviri Vino6.
Traditionally, wine is packed in single-use corrugated cardboard shippers with expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation and single-use gel cooling packs. These single-use containers do not have enough insulation or coolant to protect wine if traveling a long distance or through very hot or very cold areas, so 2-day air or express freight is often used to improve the likelihood that the wine stays in its target temperature zone. Liviri Vino6 features aerospace-grade insulation, secure quick-clip latches for easy opening, and a single reusable ice pack designed to slide into the center compartment of the container, creating the most efficient thermal performance. The result is significantly better temperature control, so wine can be shipped via ground transportation and avoid costly and environmentally damaging air express methods.
“Liviri Vino is reusable, which makes it not only functional but also sustainable. Our goals are to limit the seasonality of the wine shipping industry, greatly reduce single-use packaging and produce environmentally preferable reusable, shipping solutions that can be recycled at end of life,” said Brian Jacoby, Sr. Vice President Liviri Sales, “Demand is high during the most challenging shipping months, but due to the risk of frozen or ‘cooked’ wine, shipments are extremely limited and must be sent via air express. Liviri Vino opens up these months to regular shipping practices for our customers, like Alejandro Bulgheroni Wines.”
The Liviri team engaged environmental consultancy Sphera to perform a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to quantify the environmental impact of Liviri Vino. Even with two legs of ground transportation and return shipment, Liviri Vino outperformed single-use shippers.* The polypropylene material used for Liviri Vino6 is recyclable at end-of-life. In addition to the environmental benefits, real-world testing conducted by Liviri have shown that Liviri Vino is capable of maintaining wine within an acceptable temperature window of 35 – 70º F for up to 5 days during extreme hot or cold conditions, giving wine producers added flexibility in shipping to customers.
About the Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award: The RPA Excellence in Reusable Packaging award recognizes companies and organizations that have developed and implemented innovative and measurable reusable packaging solutions in a business-to-business supply chain. 2020 marks the ninth year for this annual award program. Submissions are reviewed by an independent panel of judges who are not members of the Association. RPA would like to thank all this year’s judges:
- Michelle Fay, Program Manager, StopWaste
- Laszlo Horvath, CPL, Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech University
- Rick LeBlanc, Editor, PackagingRevolution.net
- Patrick McDavid, CPP, CPLP, Instructor, Michigan State University School of Packaging
About the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA): RPA is a non-profit trade organization representing and promoting the common business interests of member suppliers and users of reusable packaging products and services. RPA promotes the use and value of reusable transport packaging systems, which offer product quality, economic, and environmental benefits to supply chains. For more information, visit reusables.org.
Liviri states that it is here to do what cardboard can’t. Its family of reusable, thermally protective containers provides durable, sustainable, and reliable transport solutions for everything from shipping frozen meats store-to-door to staging chilled groceries for pickup to sending fine wine in any season. The company’s ‘square box with a circular mindset’ carries scalable, cost-effective results across the cold chain. Learn more at liviri.com.