Glossary

Is a Wine Closure the Correct Closure for you?

We have provided a glossary of food and beverage industry terms that are used on our website.

CTP – means Computer to Plate. This technology enables an image that has been created in a desktop publishing application to be output directly to a printing plate.

Cork – is a wine bottle stopper manufactured from the thick outer bark of a cork oak tree. Corks can also be made from synthetic materials.

Corkscrew – is a tool that is used to draw corks out of wine bottles. It has a pointed metallic coil attached to a handle.

Cork taint – is a broad term for spoilage, especially undesirable aromas and flavours, discovered after a wine has been bottled, aged and opened.

Crown cap – is a bottle cap commonly used to seal beer and beverage. The crown cap generally has 21 teeth and requires a bottle opener to gain access to the beverage. It can’t be resealed.

Crown seal – is another term for a crown cap, which is a bottle top commonly used to seal beer and beverage. A crown seal usually has 21 teeth and requires a bottle opener to break the seal. Once open, a crown seal can’t be reclosed.

Embossing – is a decoration or wording with a raised design. Embossing is often used to customise wine closures, giving them a premium look or feel.

Hot foiling – is a technique that produces eye-catching decorations on wine closures. A ‘negative’ plate is etched to form the reverse of the required design and is bolted to a hot plate. A roll of foil sits between the closure and the plate, and pressure is applied in order for the equipment to ‘release’ the foil. The hot foil then hits the wine closure on all areas that the design on the plate has touched.

RTD – Ready to Drink – are packaged beverages sold in a prepared form, which is ready for consumption. Alcopops are a good example. They are alcoholic beverages mixed with fruit juices or soft drinks in a ready to drink form. The consumer just needs to unscrew the cap.

Screw cap – is an alternative to cork for sealing glass or plastic bottles. The cap screws onto threads on the neck of the bottle.

Silk-screen printing – is a technique that uses a mesh to transfer ink onto an underlying surface, except on areas that are covered with a stencil. A blade moves across the screen to fill the open apertures of the mesh with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the surface briefly. The ink wets the surface and is pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back.

Sleeve – is the side or skirt of a Wine closure. It is made from aluminium and separates from the cap when twisted.

Wine closure – is a device for sealing wine bottles. The cap and adjoining sleeve are made of an aluminium alloy. The wine closure features a liner with a tin foil layer to provide a barrier against gas exchange. The foil is covered with a polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) film, which has low permeability to water vapour and gases.

Food and Beverage Terminology

To find out more about food and beverage terms or packaging jargon, contact Interpack on (03) 8358 4444 or contact us online.

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