WTNH– You know those juice pouches you gave your kids as parents, well Chris Didden thought what if those pouches were filled with wine.
It took several years of development, but a product called “Spotwine” is about to hit the shelves.
Soon those pouches will be filled in Connecticut because some mechanical engineers at UConn have built a machine to do that.
“Nothing’s right the first time. We went through a lot just as Chris just as the same way he went through. Chris went through a ton of ideas on how to get the pouch done and all his different prototypes. I mean we did a lot of research, we had a bunch of different designs. The ways that we thought we could accomplish this and it really wasn’t until we fully developed a few different ones we found one that we thought would actually work and suit this process,” said Sam Wagner, UConn.
When asked what they learned, Will Taylor, UConn, said “I learned a lot about the design process and what it takes to really get an idea off the ground and be totally original with. Like we were talking about earlier, that’s kind of why I like to pick this project because the scope was so open for us as opposed to taking a specific part and testing it and improving it in capacity. It was just here are these pouches of wine. Let’s improve them, make them adaptable to other markets and see what we can do with it and just do the best you can. We’ve done a lot and we’ve learned a lot.”
“These guys have been phenomenal. I have to tell ya, the three of them, they’re so smart, it’s amazing. And I’m old, you can take a young mind and you can say hey take a look at that, can you create something from this. This is what I want, can you do this, and kit wasn’t “no” and that’s what I got from every other filling company. It was no. These guys said let’s give it a shot,” said Didden.
Didden, who is president and CEO of Spotwine, wants to expand the company and fill the pouches with other juices and food products grown in Connecticut.
For more information, go to spotwineusa.com.