Date: December 05, 2011
TricorBraun WinePak Moves To Larger Facility
by Michael L. Drohlich
St. Louis, Mo, 12/05/11 …TricorBraun WinePak (www.tricorbraunwinepak.com) will relocate in January 2012 its Benicia distribution center to a larger facility in Fairfield that will include a $2-million repacking system designed to automatically transfer wine bottles from eight-foot high stacks of pallets to individual wineries’ custom, 12-bottle cartons, according to Andrew Bottene, vice president of TricorBraun’s wine packaging division.
“The current industry practice is to repack bottles into individual winery’s cases by hand. Our new system will allow us to provide a valuable service at a reduced price, and it will provide us with tremendous flexibility in meeting wineries’ needs,” Mr. Bottene said.
The new distribution center will provide 65% more storage space than the present facility.
TricorBraun WinePak is the preferred West Coast distributor for Verallia, formerly Saint Gobain Containers and a preferred West Coast distributor for the Amcor's Stelvin line of aluminum screw caps and capsules. The company also supplies bag-in-box packaging and PET plastic wine bottles.
It is also a supplier for Saver Glass, Fevisa, Vetri Speciali and Asian imports.
“We are growing rapidly in the Western United States, Canada and Mexico,” Mr. Bottene said.
TricorBraun Winepak, with sales of almost $100-million, is the largest wine bottle distributor in North America and has warehouse space throughout the Western states. The company changed its name in early 2011 to TricorBraun WinePak from Caliber WinePak.
It is a subsidiary of TricorBraun (www.tricorbraun.com), one of the world’s leading suppliers of bottles, jars and other rigid packaging components. The company has sales approaching $900-million and more than 40 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Asia. Its primary focus is on packaging for personal care; cosmetics; healthcare; food and beverages; as well as industrial and household chemicals.