Krones helps Bundaberg install in-house canning line
Following several years of toll packing, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks opted for a canning line of its own.
“Having canning technology in-house is an important step for the business, allowing us to offer a much more versatile pack format that consumers have been asking us for,” Bundaberg CEO John McLean said.
The line fills 15,000 cans an hour and handles both 250 mL standard cans and a 200 mL slim format.
Along with the Craftmate C, Krones included a Canmatic empty-can inspector, a Contiflow mixer, two Checkmat inspection systems, a LinaTherm warmer and a Linadry with Bundaberg’s delivery.
McLean said that despite the coronavirus pandemic changing the entire world, he sees an opportunity for selling premium products in cans.
“As lockdown restrictions are lifted, we’re expecting to see this more convenient product taken on people’s local adventures,” McLean said.
“Cans are really handy for this because they are easy to transport and cool quicker. The new mini-cans are the perfect serving for both mixology and straight consumption.”
The Craftmate filler has become popular among brewers in Australia and worldwide.
After it was premiered at the BrauBeviale 2015, 80 beverage producers have opted for this compact-size can filler from Krones.
The new machines arrived in Australia in December 2019, and by mid-January, they were filling the first sales-quality drinks.
In the meantime, Bundaberg has already produced over 3.5 million containers on its new line.
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