Traditional wine bottles will be replaced with tin cans, paper foils and cartons, following the predicted growth of 15% for the cheap disposable packaging, according to a study by The Grocer magazine.

Tin cans, pouches and TetraPak cartons are convenient both for the consumer and the producer.

They are lighter in weight, easy to carry, cost less to manufacture in bulk compared to the glass format and are highly environmental friendly.

According to the report, pouches have an estimated 80% lower carbon footprint than glass packaging and hence are easily recyclable.

It is found that boxed wines associated with cheaper grape varieties are increasingly gaining strength in the mainstream supermarket shopping.

The Grocer magazine spokesman said buyers predict a sharp increase in the number of wines in cans, pouches, cartons and paper bottles on shelves.

"Packaging innovation is set to transform the look and sustainability credentials of the wine aisle," spokesman said.

The first Tetra-Pak carton of wine is expected to be introduced to the UK within 12 months.

While, paper bottles are expected to hit the stores by the end of 2012.

By 2013, the market for wine in cans is set to increase to 200 million litres a year in Europe with younger drinkers holding majority of the share.

Many popular barbecues and picnics already supply wine boxes with the liquid in a foil pouch.

Marks & Spencer also sells ten of its wines in pouches, while Asda is soon planning to sell its four wines including a Chardonnay, a Rose, a Pinot Grigio and a Shiraz, in pouches.

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