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The Schuetz Composite Intermediate Bulk Container

We offer the largest production and service network in North America and the world for Intermediate Bulk Containers. The cIBC ideal packaging system for any transport task.  Eevery day and all over the world, millions of cIBCS produced by SCHÜTZ are used to transport and store products safely. From simple chemicals, hazardous goods to highly sensitive products such as wines and foods, we dependably supply customers with sustainable packaging solutions.

Discover the new way of getting perfect results with your wine.

  • Plastic containers for wine and other foods must comply with strict specifications. Our WINE-STORE-AGE ECOBULK is certified in accordance with SCHÜTZ FOODCERT – our premium standard for food safety, which far exceeds the standards specified in FDA tests and approvals for the materials used
  • SCHÜTZ is the first manufacturer to offer IBCs with an integrated EVOH permeation barrier. This gives you complete control over how much oxygen comes into contact with the wine and protects the quality of your product
  • SCHÜTZ has continued the experiments started by the AWRI (Australian Wine Research Institute) together with an Australian wine-grower from Central Victoria in order todetermine the suitability of IBCs for wine storage and maturing. The result: Wine matures to premium quality in the SCHÜTZ WINE-STORE-AGE IBC!
  • Ideal for export: Turn waiting time into transport time! Your wine could already be on its way to your target market while it matures for those last few weeks
Schuetz Ecobulk for Wine storage and Transport
Schuetz Ecobulk for Wine storage and Transport
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Schuetz FoodCert IBC
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Ideal for Wine Production: The Schuetz Wine-Store-Age IBC
10 September, 2019

PRESS RELEASE / 29 August 2019

Application test in wine production passed with flying colors


Winegrower won over by the Schütz Wine-Store-Age IBC 

Selters (hds).- Five wine-growing regions, nine wineries, over 20 wines: the project team in Selters now has the first results of the production tests with the WineStore-Age IBC conducted by winegrowers from traditional wineries in Germany. Others test results are to follow, including results from Austria. What is particularly pleasing is that all reports and evaluations submitted by the professionals are exceptionally positive! Most of the wines have already been bottled and sold to wine enthusiasts in Germany and abroad. 

Ideal for wine production: the Wine-Store-Age IBC

A key aspect of the test series started by Schütz with the Wine-Store-Age IBC is that this container is a model from the Schütz Foodcert line which is certified in accordance with the very highest industrial standard for foods, FSSC 22000. It has an EVOH permeation barrier that prevents oxygen, nitrogen and other gases from permeating in and out of the container. This allows the exposure of the contents to oxygen to be precisely controlled, making the Wine-Store-Age IBC ideal for use during wine making, whether for must or mash fermentation, further maturation, subsequent ripening, storage or transport of grape must, young wine or finished wines. Three years ago, this was extensively trialled in a series of tests conducted by experts from the Australian Wine Research Institute on the red wine varieties grown in the region. In Germany the tests conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Oenology, at the highly respected University of Geisenheim, in 2016/17 with selected Rheingauer Riesling wines were very positive. As well as the excellent production results, this special IBC for winegrowers and wineries  has another key advantage: compared to conventional containers, winegrowers save storage space, which is an important consideration for traditional winegrowers located in established wine-growing areas where space is at a premium.

Additionally, the IBCs make logistics easier and reduce costs along the producer’s supply chain. 

In order to gain a closer understanding of the practical needs of winegrowers and also to hear their views on the container, Schütz sent out a survey to German and Austrian winegrowers last year, asking the engaging question: “Ripe for a new solution?” The globally operating packaging company invited the winegrowers to take part in an IBC test for the 2018 production. A large number of innovative winegrowers who were keen to experiment took up the challenge and applied. After an exceptionally early harvest, the selected businesses started blending and maturing batches of what promises to be the “vintage of the century” thanks to an exceptionally hot summer.  

Test vineyard in the oldest wine-growing region in Germany

Naturally, a wide-ranging test like this had to include a vineyard in Germany’s famous Moselle region. Since the 19th century, the wines produced here have been among the most acclaimed and prized in the world. The Romans had already determined that this area was perfect for growing wine, and today many highly dedicated winegrowers continue this great wine-growing tradition. Under difficult conditions and with a great deal of manual labour, they work the region’s steeply terraced, very curved and precipitous slopes to produce the unique Moselle wines. One of the regional factors that contributes to the typical characteristics of Moselle wine is the slate in the soil that stores the heat during the day, releases it again at night and adds a unique mineral taste to the wine. The river also regulates the climate of the surrounding area.  

The test wine selected by Martin Heiden of Weingut Heiden in Brauneberg, was – unsurprisingly for the Moselle region – a Riesling. The traditional vineyard chose a 2018 Brauneberger Klostergarten, which was to be matured to produce a dry, fruity white wine for its customers. The long-established winegrower specialises in fine sparkling wines and regularly receives awards for its products; the main varieties it grows are Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. The winery is committed to producing the very best quality, aiming to unite the best of tradition and modernity – something that Heiden has in common with packaging expert Schütz, which also operates according to this maxim. The winegrower, a member of the “Partnerbetrieb Naturschutz des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz” – an initiative set up by the state of Rhineland Palatinate to provide conservation advice for farmers, is committed to excellence, and this dedication is visible in both the vineyard and in the wine cellar; Heider’s vision for quality also includes environmentally friendly production and management of the vineyards and soil.

Heiden had all the conditions required for the Schütz test: the best and healthiest grapes, ideal for a fresh, high quality dry wine. The grape harvest took place on 23 September 2018 in dry and cool weather and yielded 3,000 litres of Riesling must. Immediately after pressing, 1,000 litres were transferred to the Wine Store Age IBC for clarification by sedimentation. The remaining 2,000 litres were poured into a typical Moselle oak barrel and a stainless steel tank respectively to provide comparative samples.

Wine matured in the IBC: “excellent” sensory characteristics and a pronounced fruity note

Heiden describes the clarification process as “exciting”: In the oak barrel, the racking took place after only 12 hours (completely clear wine), in the Schütz IBC after 24 hours (also completely clear). In the same period of time, the stainless steel tank showed an inferior clarification result than the IBC. Heiden says: “The wine was a super-fast fermenter. We intervened for two days, using cooling technology to slow down fermentation. As a small family winery, we work by hand and without continuous laboratory monitoring of the wines. We followed the fermentation process using a fermentation curve and only recorded the exact analytical values once the target state had been reached. These values were almost identical for all three samples.” Heiden found no significant differences between the different containers during the fermentation process, and rated the results as very good. The wines were sampled several times in a blind tasting. In the end, the wine fermented in the IBC won against the oak barrel because it had a more pronounced fruity note, which was favoured by all testers. 

Heiden: “We are very positively surprised by the Schütz Wine-Store-Age IBC. We particularly liked the easy handling, which is so much easier than a stainless steel tank. Furthermore, there is the quick and hygienic cleaning, which was 25 minutes faster than the wooden barrels. In this context, the large tank cap opening is a great advantage.” In addition to the Riesling, Heiden also used the IBC to clarify twelve other batches, with very good results each time. The Mosel winegrower is more than satisfied with the results: “This has been a supremely interesting experiment. In future, I will be using this type of IBC more often!”

Very happy with the test results: Martin Heiden from Weingut Heiden in Brauneberg.

A real alternative for the maturation and storage of wine: the Schütz Wine-Store-Age

IBC.  Thanks to the Security-Layer Technology, where up to six functional layers

can be extruded at once, the fine wines are optimally protected



The Wine-Store-Age IBC from Schütz also convinced winegrowers in a practical application.

 Schütz is a leading international producer of high-quality transport packaging (Intermediate Bulk Containers, PE and steel drums). The Group’s headquarters are in Selters, Germany. Founded in 1958, Schütz employs over 6000 people at more than 50 production and service sites around the world (including licensees). The four Schütz business units, Packaging Systems, Energy Systems, Industrial Services and Composites, each commands leading positions in their respective markets. The family-run enterprise is an important trendsetter and innovator. The Group’s turnover in 2018 was 1.8 billion euros. Schütz offers its customers full system solutions that are tailored to their individual supply chain. With the Schütz Ticket Service, a closed-loop cycle of speedy collection and reconditioning of used Schütz IBCs, Schütz provides all of the world’s major industrial nations with a service that fully complies with the Group’s sustainability philosophy. 

A Real Alternative for the Maturation and Storage of Wine: The Schütz Wine-Store-Age IBC
01 July, 2019

Ecobulk Wine-Store-Age:

Economically efficient wine production in IBCs

Equipped with EVOH barrier for controlled oxygen supply, the Wine-Store-Age IBC is ideal for storing, transporting and maturing wine. The IBC and its benefits have been thoroughly tested by experts in Australia. Studies are also currently being carried out at the Institute for Oenology at the University of Geisenheim – and the initial results are very promising. Compared to conventional tanks, wine manufacturers can save time and costs in their supply chain. Schütz is now looking for winegrowers and producers as test partners.

Selters (hds).- “Ripe for a new solution?” This is the question Schütz is currently asking German wine growers and producers. Why? The cubic bulk packaging (IBC –Intermediate Bulk Container) of the globally operating packaging manufacturer is also a great solution for use in wineries, cellars and warehouses. The best proof of this claim is a 2016 Rheingau Riesling dry: this fine wine was the result of a cooperation with the Institute for Oenology at the University of Geisenheim. Schütz’s Ecobulk Wine-Store-Age was the focus of a series of scientific tests conducted at the institute. Equipped with EVOH barrier for controlled oxygenation, this IBC model is ideal for maturing, storing and transporting wine. Three years ago, this IBC was extensively and successfully tested by experts at the Australian Wine Institute (AWRI) using a barrique variant of a Shiraz red wine. In Germany, the oenologists at Geisenheim University led by Professor Rainer Jung also focused on this topic. Together with experts from Schütz, they chose a typical Riesling from the slate slopes of the Rhine Valley, representing the numerous white wine varieties that are grown in Europe.

In order to continue these tests in day-to-day winery operations, between now and 1 August 2018, Schütz is looking for innovative wine growers and producers who are interested in testing the Wine-Store-Age IBC. Applicants are invited to register at and state briefly how they intend to use the IBC; Schütz will be selecting a number of testers, each of whom will receive five containers along with project support and inclusion in joint marketing and PR activities.

A permeation barrier helps during the maturation process   

A variety of container shapes and materials are used during the wine production process. Wine typically matures in barrels or – as a modern alternative – in steel or plastic containers. Protecting this oxidation-prone product from external influences is one of the main challenges in wine production. This factor also determines the choice of container, which must ensure that only small quantities of oxygen permeate in. Oxygen is the number one enemy of wine: it alters the flavour and character, accelerates premature ageing and diminishes the quality. However, wine also depends on oxygen to mature, as it influences the content of phenols, the colour, the tannins and other essential aroma substances. It is precisely here that the Wine-Store-Age IBC can show its true strengths! The container is part of the Schütz Foodcert line and is certified according to the highest industrial food standard, FSSC 22000. It has an EVOH barrier that prevents the permeation in and out of oxygen, nitrogen and other gases, allowing the wine to mature under controlled exposure to oxygen. All of these factors were clearly demonstrated in the first comprehensive study in Australia. As a leading packaging producer with factories on all five continents, Schütz firmly believes that the demand for IBCs in the wine industry will continue to increase. For smaller wine producers in particular, the certified containers are a cost-effective and space-saving alternative for storing, maturing and transporting wines. This applies in particular to smaller vintages with lower yields, such as those recorded in 2017.

Successful comparative test in Geisenheim    

In order to popularise the use of IBCs for the maturation of wine in Europe as well as Australia, Schütz started a cooperation with the Institute of Oenology at the world renowned University of Geisenheim in 2017. The aim of the series of experiments carried out on behalf of the market leader was to test plastic containers (IBC) with an integrated oxygen barrier in comparison to containers made of inert materials such as stainless steel. The study compared the development of a test wine in the FSSC-certified Ecobulk Wine-Store-Age with an EVOH barrier with that in a stainless steel container over a period of three and six months, respectively. The results of the study showed that, in comparison to stainless steel tanks, which are chiefly used, there was no perceptible oxygen permeation into the IBC from the outside through the container walls. In the test a typical, good quality wine of this variety matured in the container, which passed the sensory tests of a board of experts. Due to the design of the plastic IBC, there was a slight increase in oxygen permeation into the wine because of the small volume of air that remained in the shoulders after filling. This led to a slightly higher reduction of the free and total sulphuric acid content in the first 2.5 months compared to the wine in the stainless steel tank. However, as maturation progressed, the EVOH barrier effectively prevented further permeation of oxygen, so that the measured values remained stable in the Ecobulk during the following 3.5 months of testing

Wide range of applications in the oenology industry

Professor Rainer Jung, deputy head of the Institute for Oenology at the University of Geisenheim, summarised the test series: “The results obtained in the experiment open up application possibilities for IBC containers in oenological practice. This easy-to transport container is suitable for the maturation and flexible short- and medium-term storage of finished wines. It is also an efficient container for commercial selling and serving, e. g. at large events.” Other factors that speak in favour of using the containers include the small footprint and the stackability, which allows optimum use to be made of the often limited cellar, storage and transportation space. Two other major advantages were also confirmed in the test: almost complete residual emptying and easy cleaning. For microbiological reasons, residual amounts in the container must always be avoided. The Schütz IBC can be emptied easily via an outlet valve. Residues, such as yeasts, can be rinsed out with ease.  

About Schütz

Schütz is a leading international producer of high-quality transport packaging (Intermediate Bulk Containers, PE and steel drums). The Group’s headquarters are in Selters, Germany. Founded in 1958, Schütz employs over 5000 people at more than 47 production and service sites around the world (including licensees). The four Schütz business units, Packaging Systems, Energy Systems, Industrial Services and Composites, each hold leading positions in their respective markets. The family-run enterprise is an important trendsetter and innovator. The Group’s turnover in 2017 was 1.7 billion euros. Schütz offers its customers full system solutions that are tailored to their individual supply chain. With the Schütz Ticket Service, a closed-loop cycle of speedy collection and reconditioning for used Schütz IBCs, Schütz provides all of the world’s major industrial nations with a service that fully complies with the Group’s sustainability philosophy.

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