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“More and more of our customers are working with designers to help stand out in the fight for shelf space and to create products that enhance their on-site distillery image.” —Leah Hutchinson of Tapi USA

locked down their supply chain, and that’s what they’re doing,” Dunbar adds. “People are wandering a little less into the new and the cutting edge and they’re just trying to secure their supply chain.” Tapi recently purchased Les Bouchages Delage in Cognac, France, which not only enables the company to expand its premium line of closures, but it adds much-needed capacity to continue to meet spirits producers’ demands. “As the supply chain smooths out, people are going to work harder trying to differentiate themselves,” he says. A number of factors are likely to play into distillers’ differentiation decisions, as Tapi touts a number of new developments in the pipeline. As sustainability continues to be a high priority on producers’ agendas, the economics of going green will become more and more manageable. That means newer, environmentally friendly plastics and an orientation toward compostability and recycling in closure design and manufacturing. Tapi has dubbed its mission LEI—lower environmental impact. “That has to do with more than just recyclability, it’s reusing things,” says Dunbar. “It’s reducing the amount of plastics, it’s using compostable-type materials so that when they go to the landfill they don’t last for such a long time. There are a lot of ways to keep attacking this idea of lowering our environmental impact, it’s not just one method. The idea is to attack it from all angles and see which way provides the most improvement.” ■

TAPI CLOSURES AT A GLANCE ABOR Sustainability is the driving force behind Abor. The closure incorporates waste left over from the distilling process, including grape pomace, agave, malt, sugar cane and corn. LASER TATTOO Highly detailed images can be imprinted on the shank sides, bottom, top sides and top of the closure, in a full range of colors. The Laser Tattoo innovation incorporates a specific new type of plastic that, through heat application, undergoes a change of color. MEKANO The head of the swing-top closure is a thermoplastic resin made up of high-performance technical polymers, while the seal is made from glycol rubber, providing a high gas barrier. The bar and veil are made of composite fiberglass materials constructed with the same durability as aluminum. PANDORA CERAMIC The ceramic closure is designed to capture a classic look in a modern format. PANDORA WOOD The high-end wood closure features a leather insert for an extra touch of class. STARCAP The Starcap features an aluminum head and a leg made of synthetic material. Its simple, refined design is meant to express both elegance and functionality. T-WOOD Elegant minimalism is the objective here. T-Wood is a bar top closure with a wooden head and a leg composed of either synthetic material or cork.

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Craft Spirits July 2021  

A publication of the American Craft Spirits Association, Craft Spirits Magazine explores the art, science and business of distilling.

Craft Spirits July 2021  

A publication of the American Craft Spirits Association, Craft Spirits Magazine explores the art, science and business of distilling.

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