Cork has record 2010 harvests, better for environment
A little birdie informed us today that the popular theory that eventually we will run out of cork for wine bottle might just be a myth. It seems that the 2010 Cork Harvest in Portugal and Spain was at record levels, due to the excellent growing conditions present in the last growing season. Not only that, but cork may just be a better alternative to those fake corks or screw tops.
A very rainy winter and spring, (30% higher than average) made for a late, long harvest season running until the end of August. This record harvest produced 300,000 metric tons of cork, which is about 36% more than 2009′s production. According to Jochen Michalski, president of Cork Supply, a leading global supplier of premium natural cork wine stoppers, “This news couldn’t be better as it has restored raw material levels to normal after the atypical 2009 harvest sent raw cork inventories in some factories to almost zero,” says Michalski. ”Despite increased supply, raw material prices increased approximately 10 percent due largely to the pent up demand by some factories.”
“In response to an increased demand for natural cork sales in South America, Europe and the United States, Cork Supply doubled the amount of raw materials sourced from the forest,” said Michalski. Cork Supply is prepared for the increase in production after investing significantly in 2008 in the Montijo facility, well equipped with a seasoning and stabilization yard and state-of-the-art boiling system designed to improve quality and reduce the risk of any off aromas.
Cork forests provide sustainable habitat for wildlife biodiversity, reduce carbon from the atmosphere, act as a barrier against desertification, and sustain the livelihood and culture of indigenous communities. Recognized worldwide by environmental and governmental organizations as playing a vital social, economic and environmental role, cork forests are protected by the Portuguese government, and their expansion is supported by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) preservation programs.
And just when you though screw tops were more “earth-friendly”, this bit of news: “With its low carbon footprint and the only closure that is 100 percent natural, renewable, biodegradable and recyclable, more cork forest owners are undergoing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification,” said Mayer. “In the last year, the number of FSC certified cork forests in Portugal have grown by 70 percent.”
For more information, visit: www.corksupply.com.