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Turning a pallet into a container

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Loscam' s Pallet Collar Surrounds and Lids turn a pallet into a container. There is more than one use for a Loscam Wooden pallet.

Cape Mentelle was first planted in 1970, and remains one of Margaret River's earliest estates.

Today, there are more than 180 hectares under vine and the winery crushes around 1,600t of fruit both from its own vineyards and from others in the region.

Primary plantings are of Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc with smaller plantings of Shiraz, Zinfandel, Merlot and Chardonnay. More recently, Viognier, Marsanne and Sangiovese varieties have been added. Cape Mentelle is part of the Moet Hennessy Wine Estates group, which also includes Cloudy Bay, Green Point and Domaine Chandon.

With prices ranging from $17 to around $64 for its excellent Cabernet, the estate makes good use of Moet Hennessy's distribution arm with 40% of its output going to export markets mainly in the UK, USA and SE Asia.

Logistics is a critical business element. As always in the wine industry, storage space is vital - which is why being able to hire pallets when needed and 'de-hire' when they are not wanted is so important.

Logistics and Distribution Manager Cam Wood, explains some of his company's storage issues. His company needs an economic way to store cleanskins when they may sit around for several years.

Warehouse Manager Stuart Witts says that Cape Mentelle’s. bottling schedule is quite varied. An urgent need for a large quantity of Loscam pallets is not uncommon, so the flexibility of Loscam is valued.

Like other wineries, they are using more screw caps, which require different handling, so the company is trialling the Loscam collars.

Stuart and Cam have been with Loscam for six years because Loscam suits their present requirements, has flexibility for the future, and creates visible savings.

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