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775467705.06Kg

CO2 Released by artificial stoppers

since: 01/01/2015

1670013076.96Kg

CO2 retained by cork stoppers

since: 01/01/2015

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  • Is the cork stopper the only closure with a positive environmental impact?

    Yes. According to the Lifecycle Analysis of Cork Stoppers, commissioned by Corticeira Amorim to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, each cork stopper is responsible for capturing 112 g of CO2. Comparing to artificial closures – aluminium and synthetic – these emit 37,2 g and 14,8 g, respectively.

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  • What are the main characteristics of cork?

    Lightness
    Cork is a very light raw material, weighing just 0.16 grams per cubic centimetre, and can float.

    Flexibility/compressibility
    Each cork stopper is made up of around 800 million watertight cells. Among them is a gaseous mixture which allows it to be compressed to around half its thickness, without losing any flexibility, and to be decompressed and return to its original shape. This is what is called an elastic memory. Cork is the only solid which when compressed on one side, does not increase in volume on the other. This feature enables it to adapt to variations in temperature and pressure, without compromising its integrity as a stopper.

    Impermeability
    Thanks to the suberin and ceroids, it is practically impermeable to liquids and gases.

    Decay resistant
    Cork is highly resistant to moisture, and therefore to subsequent oxidation and decay.

    Insulation
    Cork is an excellent thermal, acoustic and vibration insulator. In relation to wine, the insulating properties of cork contribute to cork stoppers being the best protection against variations in temperature.

    Biodegradable, recyclable and renewable
    Cork is a natural raw material which is 100% biodegradable, recyclable and renewable. A recycled cork stopper is never used to manufacture a new stopper, but its recycling has endless uses, from materials for construction, fashion, sport, art, the aeronautics industry, among others.

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  • APCOR’s 2018/19 yearbook highlights the continuing strong export growth of cork stoppers

    Natural cork stoppers enjoy the highest growth rates.

    14/05/2019close
  • 220-year old pristine cork-sealed Madeira wines discovered in Liberty Hall Museum, NJ

    A selection from one of the biggest early collections of Madeira wine in the United States, was sold at Christie's New York on December 7.

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  • Cork in the spotlight at ARCO Madrid

    The 2019 edition of Arco Madrid, one of the world’s leading International Contemporary Art Fairs, put cork in the spotlight in its VIP Room.

    10/05/2019close
  • Amorim Top Series unveils innovative capsulated cork stoppers

    Amorim Top Series – a world-leading supplier of capsulated cork stoppers for the global spirits market – has recently unveiled innovative new stoppers and launched a new site (amorimtopseries.com) that offers enticing sensorial experiences.

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  • Corticeira Amorim awarded the Innovation & Research prize in Revista de Vinhos’ “Best of 2018”

    Corticeira Amorim won the Innovation & Research prize in the Portuguese Food and Wine “Oscars” - the Revista de Vinhos magazine’s “Os Melhores do Ano 2018” (Best of 2018) awards, held on 1 February in the Alfândega do Porto, with over 900 guests.

    08/05/2019close
  • Cork-sealed wines have 65% market share of US premium wines

    Cork-sealed wines command a $4 price premium.

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  • Helix chosen by Bronco’s The Great American Wine Company

    The ground-breaking Helix™ wine bottle and closure system - developed by Amorim and O-I - has been adopted by Bronco Wine Company’s Great American Wine Company (GAWC) for its California wines.

    03/05/2019close
  • The importance of cork

    The importance of environmentally-friendly wine packaging was highlighted during the 2019 Porto Summit - focusing in particular on the advantages of glass bottles versus plastic containers, and cork stoppers versus artificial closures.

    02/05/2019close
  • Cork’s sustainability credentials highlighted during the Climate Change Leadership Conference – Solutions for the Wine Industry

    Hundreds of wine industry experts attended the 2019 Climate Change Leadership Conference - Solutions for the Wine Industry, whose final day included the 2nd Porto Summit, with former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore, as keynote speaker.

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  • Blind tasting tests confirm consumers' preference for cork stoppers

    New research, involving hundreds of North American wine consumers in blind tasting tests, has confirmed a global preference for cork in the world's biggest wine market.

    24/04/2019close
  • ‘German’ Riesling is uncorked

    New research, involving hundreds of North American wine consumers in blind tasting tests, has confirmed a global preference for cork in the world's biggest wine market.

    23/04/2019close
  • APCOR launches cork academy programme in China

    Chinese consumers reveal an overwhelming preference for cork

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