With global volumes growing year on year from an already sizeable base, wine is an attention-grabbing category for closure manufacturers. The traditional glass bottle remains the clearly dominant pack type in still light grape wine, with over 85% of the product retailed in this pack type globally. Cork is unsurprisingly positioned as the leading closure type for still wine bottled in glass, although metal screw caps are becoming increasingly prevalent. Despite the fact that some cork manufacturers are looking to address the rise of metal, they are unlikely to be able to disrupt the rise of the rival option.
Caps turn the screw
Combined, corks and metal screw closures account for over 99% of all retail still wine sold in glass bottles. While the dominance of these two closure types remained unchallenged over 2008-2013, the preference among consumers and wine producers alike for the benefits offered by the metal screw cap saw its performance outdo that of cork.