In the Swedish company Åkerlund & Rausing in 1943 invented cardboard packaging, which is used today for drinks of all kinds. It was developed after an idea of the entrepreneur Ruben Rausing (1895-1983) by the chemist Erik Wallenberg (1915-1999), the engineer Harry Järund and the sales manager Erik Torudd after many attempts. Rausing and Wallenberg founded the company "Tetra Pak AB" in 1951 (incidentally, it was not until about fifty years after the revolutionary invention that Tetra Pak was forced to confirm that Wallenberg was the true inventor and Ruben Rausing was only the source of ideas). Completely new was the coating of cardboard (paper) with plastics. The name derives from the original tetrahedral shape (three-sided pyramid), which the packaging assumed earlier due to its production. An already filled cardboard tube is namely clamped twisted by 90 ° and cut off. Tetra Pak was first used for milk in 1951.
The company has achieved that Tetrapak is used as a synonym for all similar packaging, although today is the most common type known as "Tetra Brik" cuboid or brick shaped. Since the 1980s, Tetra Pak has also been used for wine, with initially mostly simpler qualities. Due to the valid in August 2009 EU wine market but now also within the EU quality wines be bottled in Tetra Pak. Apart from the aesthetic impression Tetra Pak has the advantage that (compared to glass), the liquid is perfectly protected against the influence of light and the cuboid are perfectly stackable. In 2007, the trading house led Cordier Mestrezat For the first time in Belgian supermarkets, bottled Bordeaux wines bottled in Tetra Pak. Included is a special straw with four parallel channels. This is intended to spread wine across the tongue and to imitate drinking from a glass. Other unorthodox forms are Bag-in-Box and KeyKeg, See also a complete list below wine vessels,