​Aldi launches own-brand paper wine bottles

Aldi is set to release two own-brand wines in recyclable paper bottles in what is thought to be a first for a supermarket UK.

Landing on shelves on Global Recycling Day (March 18), the Cambalala South African Shiraz and South African Sauvignon Blanc will be sold in paper bottles that are made from 94% recycled cardboard and lined with a food-grade pouch.

The bottles, which are approximately five times lighter than a standard glass wine bottle, were created in partnership with sustainable packaging company Frugalpac. Both wines are priced at £7.99 each.

Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi UK, said: “Shoppers are striving to become more sustainable in their everyday lives, looking for small ways to make a big difference for our planet.

“Our buying teams are continuously thinking of how we can evolve our ranges to offer greater value and greener choices. We are proud to be the first supermarket to launch an own-brand paper bottle, helping to drive sustainable change.”

Alongside the introduction of paper bottles, Aldi has reduced its label size across its Grapevine range. The labels are FSC certified and made from 100% recycled paper fibre, with this initiative is due to roll out across all core lines by 2026.