April 20, 2006
Big and small
Each carton holds six bottles, packed by hand and sealed by sticky tape.
When one of the UK’s mass wine retailers, a big grocery chain, orders Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc, the delivery process machinery creaks into action. Pallets, stacked high with cartons, are loaded into a container. The container is trucked to the harbour and loaded on a ship, destined for a UK port and the retailer’s warehouse.
But Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc is also sold by the restaurant by the park and your favourite deli.
These orders are small and sometimes very urgent. The lumbering machine doesn’t have the time. Cases are ordered from the small carton company. Hands lift bottles and place them in the cartons, tape closes the boxes and Andrew in his light utility vehicle heads off on the 50 minute trip to the harbourside.
Posted by graham knox at April 20, 2006 10:10 PM
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So what is the deal on the wine dinners? Is that still happening? I have not heard anything about them in a while.
Posted by: wineguy at April 22, 2006 2:43 AM