Expancel® Microspheres is an excellent additive in microagglomerated and synthetic wine corks

It gives you impeccable foaming control plus it's highly compressible with anti-shrink properties that are perfectly suited to keep wines preserved in bottles for years on end.

Expancel® microspheres is approved by major regulations authorities such as the FDA in the United States for microagglomerated wine corks, the European regulation 10/2011 for plastic packaging and has the German BfR food safety authority, for use in paper packaging.​

Microagglomerated wine corks

Expancel® microspheres helps to deliver on the potential of microagglomerated cork to overcome some of the weaknesses of traditional cork. Cork is a natural material with excellent properties, but it is also variable. Adding Expancel® microspheres retains the important benefits and makes performance more consistent. Wine, for example, wants to penetrate cork, which can then harden and lose its properties. Expancel® microspheres reduce this tendency, ensuring more even quality and the optimal granule structure.

→ Structure and resilience

Expancel® microspheres is highly compressible and has an outstanding capacity to return to shape. Wine corks made with Expancel® microspheres are easy to insert and mold themselves to form the perfect seal. They enable microagglomerated cork with the ideal granule structure and resilience.

→ Airtight and shrink free

Expancel® microspheres expands to form a perfect seal. It does not shrink or absorb moisture, which means the content is protected for long periods. So the wine is in perfect condition when the bottle is opened.

→ No more cork taint

Cork taint caused by the formation of chemical compounds such as TCA can be eliminated by finely grinding and washing the natural cork. The problem is you lose compressibility. Adding Expancel® microspheres restores it. The result: a taint-free cork with all the right properties. Perfect for the winemaker as well as the wine connoisseur.

Synthetic wine corks

When it comes to synthentic wine corks, it's all in the foaming. As synthetic wine cork generally avoids irregularities associated with natural cork, its use falls short in the foaming process. Expancel® microspheres have a fine, closed and uniform structure that promises highly-controlled foaming for consistent results. This means that you can use Expancel® microspheres alone or in combination with your chemical blowing agent to achieve a wine cork with outstanding air tight properties improving the shelf time of the wine or beverage. Expancel® microspheres is not only a blowing agent in wine corks but giving additional value to the product. Cheers to that!

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