Canning ServicesEurope's Leading Mobile Canning Provider
How does your service work?
Having reached an agreement on choices our process starts with your branding. We work with our partners to ensure that you have the flexibility in a number of areas – labeling is one. Depending on volume, commitment and style we have a labeling solution for you. It’s then about designing your label using our template, which is emailed to us for speed of process. Having signed off the proof, its then off to the printer! The process will typically take between 10 days and 4 weeks.
At a time and date convenient for you we arrive at your brewery with your pre-labeled cans and our machinery. We require conditioned beer to be cooled to 0 – 2oC for optimum canning. After 40 minutes of our time setting up (which includes a full CIP) we will be canning your beer. We will bring a canning line which will suit your volumes of beer and fill at a rate of between 1000 and 3000 cans per hour. Depending on speed of beer flow our time on site can be anything up to 12 hrs so please ensure you allow us the time.
What size cans do you use?
Easy answer first – up to you. We do however see a huge rise in the 330ml can in the craft beer market so that’s what others are doing.
Are Cans ‘better for the environment’ as compared with bottling?
Simply put yes. The answer is slightly more complex and an essay could be written on it.
Firstly cans are lighter in weight by upto 90% compared the bottle. They are packaged in much higher concentrations than bottles. This affects the efficiency (and therefore the Carbon Footprint) every time that can / bottle is moved. The additional cost of moving bottles is multiplied – from manufacturer, to depots, to fillers, to market, to recycle and even the movement post sale. Cans are massively more fuel efficient to move than bottles.
Our service supports this and by moving the equipment to the brewery we save on the transport (and associated administration, labour and inefficiency costs) we save you money.
Then there’s the debate about recycling. Only 28% of glass bottles are recycled compared to 55% for cans. Additionally, beer bottles contain only 20-30% recycled glass in comparison to the average beer can that is made of 40% recycled aluminum. Recycled aluminum requires 95% less energy and produces 95% less greenhouse gas emissions than manufacturing new aluminum.
The debate as to the raw material is even more complex. The bottom line on raw material is that the effect on the environment between bottles/cans is marginal.
All in all cans are better for the environment.
This is a fundamental part of what we do. As a new service provision we appreciate that our customers will require the upmost confidence in the way we handle your beer. Our reputation means as much to us as your beer means to you – and that’s a lot! We take very seriously the manner in which we can your beer to ensure that it tastes the same as at the point it went in.
To ensure that we deliver our service WeCan Solutions Ltd have a number of specialists working with us to achieve premium on beer and packaging quality. Recent tests have shown that our canning operation added negligable oxygen. By regularly achieving between 10-20ppb DO levels we are confidently able to state we have at least 120 days shelf life (on most occasions at least double this) on our canned beer (other factors permitting).
Levels of oxygen in packaged beer are due to a number of factors of course and not simply the process of canning. Whilst we will not add anything more that 10-20ppb we certainly cannot take it out ! So brewers will also have an obligation to monitor the O2 content of their beer.
Through every canning operation we take bacterial samples to ensure levels are appropriate and without issue.
Pre-rinsing occurs using a nano sterilizing solution that ensures excellent sanitation without fear of compromising taste.
We provide brewers with a production audit trail document following each run. This consists of a considerable amount of data including audit trail, CIP data, fill levels. seam testing results and sanitisation results.
Does canning effect taste?
This is a debate that will run and run. Simply put, there will always be people who prefer drinking real ale out of a bottle / glass. We saw the same when we moved form corked wine bottles to screw tops. That’s absolutely fine, of course it is. However, there are many reasons / occasions when the bottle is not possible / not wanted.
The traditional debate has centered on factors including taste, odour and colour. Beer and other beverages are sensitive and exposure to both light and oxygen results in off-flavors. It’s a fact that the caps on bottles are rarely not completely airtight, creating a chemical reaction between oxygen and the hops. Bottles invariably let more light into the beer as compared with cans. Cans are impervious to light so the issue is immediately resolved. At WeCan we achieve DO levels of 10-20 ppb, protecting the flavour, reducing chances of creating an unpleasant aroma, and extending the shelf life (in excess of 120 days however dependent on beer type, pasteurization etc).
Some of the proponents of bottles have remained steadfast in the claim that cans produce a metallic taste, however there has been little empirical evidence to support the claim. We do find it slightly amusing that no one seems to mind the fact that kegged ale often sits in an aluminum keg!
We have worked with the manufactures of our cans to ensure that they are lined with water epoxy, which ensures there is no beer – metal contact. Why not try our taste test – 10/10 (no, really) blindfolded people stated that the beer that came out of our cans had a preferable taste to that out of a bottle.
You will expect that a number of factors determine pricing; such as volumes and commitment – both determining labeling options. We therefore cannot give a price for all circumstances here. What we certainly can say is that unlike many bottling providers our pricing structure will simply include a price per
can – no additions*, simple. You will find us very competitive to your outsourced bottling option.
Thinking about buying a line yourself ? Just speak to us first. Theres lots of examples world wide to suggest that contract canning is more cost effective and provides better quality assurance.
Flexibility is the key for us and we have several flexible labeling options. This is where it gets really exciting as we can really make your beer stand out from the crowd. Whilst we have several options we are able to state that where we see a yearly commitment in excess of 50,000 cans (contact us for negotiation on this number) we are able to provide a number of digitally applied labels direct to cans. At decreasing numbers under this volume we are able to provide a range of Pressure Sensitive Labels that are pre-applied to your can before we arrive at your site. We are extremely pleased with the quality, look, feel and durability of these labels and we think you will be to.
The process starts with WeCan sending you a template onto which you put your artwork, statutory obligations and barcode. This is sent to us and we return you with a proof to review. All being well we print and apply the labels.
What do need from the brewer on-site?
- Your conditioned beer needs to be at 0-2oC for equipment to work in optimum conditions. Higher than this then we cannot guarantee the DO levels we boast.
- We will need to use your electricity supply (240v). This works out to be in the region of about 10p per barrel
- Filtration. How you wish to present you beer is the choice of the brewer.
- Carbonating. Again a choice for the brewer. Carbonation strengthens the can and improves the canning process. However, we have canned non-carobonated soft drinks and can conditioned beer and can now do this for the smalles contact canning service in the world !
- A cup of tea – or even better, a beer!!