Horst Müller, the global head of VinLog, gives us the details here:
Would you like to briefly introduce your company to us?
VinLog Powered by Kuehne+Nagel is a globally known and respected logistics service provider that wineries, distilleries, breweries, retailers, importers and exporters can rely on. And this applies regardless of the level of service required, for a widely diverse clientele, ranging from the small and specialised family importer to the multinational brand owner.
You recently attracted attention with a solution for transporting wine in bulk. How does the market for bulk wine look from your point of view at the moment?
Bulk wine is a steadily growing niche segment. We see that many wine producing countries have surplus stocks to sell. In particular, the southern hemisphere is an important area of origin in this segment.
What solutions does the flexitank offer here?
Flexitanks are the perfect solution for transporting wine in bulk. They are designed for the single-use transport of compatible, pumpable liquids that are classified as non-dangerous goods. At VinLog, we transport wine primarily in flexitanks. We can customise the flexitank according to the customer’s requirements and the type of liquid to be transported. Flexitanks are available in sizes from 10,000 to 24,000 litres and for a cargo weight of up to 24 tonnes. VinLog’s flexitanks are certified worldwide and are accepted by all major bottlers and wineries.
What makes the flexitank so efficient?
With flexitanks one benefits from lower freight costs compared to shipping bottled wine. This makes it potentially attractive for higher value wines. Harnessing the efficiency of flexitanks also reduces the carbon footprint of shipping. We are currently working on a new design for our 20' and 40' flexitanks to reduce the load on the side walls and allow for an even smaller residual volume in the flexitanks, only about 30 litres. In addition, we are in the process of testing a system that will allow the supplier to ensure that the Flexitank is filled to optimal capacity – i.e., neither underloaded nor overloaded.
You mentioned the reduction of CO2 emissions ...
The flexitanks can substantially reduce CO2 because of the space-saving factor. In addition, biofuel to reduce transport emissions is gaining importance and customers are increasingly asking for this option, which VinLog can offer.
If you would like to find out more, you can find us at the upcoming trade fairs ProWein in Düsseldorf (Hall 4, Booth E29) and Vinitaly in Verona ((Hall F Enolitech, Booth A4). We look forward to meeting our customers, potential customers and all who are interested in our services!