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Waitrose cans small bottles from the wine aisle

  • Waitrose is the first supermarket to replace the majority of small wine bottles with aluminium cans
  • The move will save 320 tonnes of packaging in the first year
  • It marks a significant step towards reducing our carbon footprint  

Waitrose has announced plans to move small wine formats from bottles into cans.  From 15th January, the majority of small wine formats (apart from Champagne. Prosecco and Cava, and Rioja, due to appellation restrictions) will be moved from glass bottles to aluminium cans as part of our ambition to reduce our carbon footprint.

Barry Dick, MW, Beer, Wine and Spirit Bulk Sourcing Manager at Waitrose comments:  “We’re delighted to pioneer this move and make reducing waste even easier for our customers. Aluminium cans weigh significantly less than glass and create less than half the amount of CO2 than the equivalent single-use glass bottle, cans can also be recycled an infinite number of times.  

“We know that more people are buying their drinks in canned formats from cocktails on the go to craft beer which is why making this shift in our wine category makes so much sense.  Picking up a can of wine is a great way to enjoy wine in moderation, especially if you’re heading to a picnic or a social occasion, it also enables customers to try a new variety without worrying about wastage or cost. We hope the move will encourage suppliers to continue to develop a diverse and exciting range of wines in cans.” 

Last year, Waitrose customers purchased nearly 3m small bottles of wine across both still and sparkling categories.  This move is a significant change for Waitrose as moving from small wine bottles to aluminium cans will save over 300 tonnes of glass packaging and showcases our commitment to reducing our collective carbon footprint.  

Notes to Editors

The new canned range will include: 

  • Most Wanted Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Most Wanted Malbec
  • When in Rome Abruzzo
  • When in Rome Pinot Grigio 
  • Terre di Faiano Primitivo
  • JP Chenet Pinor Noir 
  • JP Chenet Colombard/Chardonnay
  • Hardy’s Shiraz
  • Hardy’s Chardonnay 
  • Celliers de Dauphins CDR
  • Beefsteak Malbec
  • Tiki Ridge Sauvignon Blanc
  • Bijou Horizon Grenache Rosé
  • Mirabeau Rosé
  • IGO Organic Wine 
  • IGO Organic Rosado
  • IGO Organise Red
  • The Uncommon Bubbly Rosé
  • The Uncommon Bubbly White


Contact Details:

For more information please contact:
Sophie Somers - [email protected]

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