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David Berryman Ltd and Wecan Solutions Ltd have announced a joint venture to break into the canned craft soft drinks and alcohol market. The venture will be supported technically by UK Beverage Services Ltd.

David Berryman Ltd, an AA graded BRC fruit juice factory based in Luton has been providing fruit juice ingredients to the food industry and soft drinks sector for over 30 years. Managing Director, Rachel Collins said ‘This is a really exciting addition to the range of products we can offer our customers. From concept with our talented NPD team to finished product, this canning line compliments the range we now offer’.

Wecan Solutions Ltd, a Herefordshire business specialising in canning of craft beers and ciders has been attracting a significant amount of interest from smaller drinks brand owners looking for smaller MOQs. Managing Director, Andy Hughes said ‘This Joint Venture allows both businesses to convert a lot of the interest we see in craft brewing to the soft drinks and other sectors. With David Berryman Limited’s experience and heritage in soft drinks, and our experience with canning beer and cider I’m sure this new venture will be a great success for all customers from start to finish’.

Mike Turner, Technical Director at UK Beverage Services who has spent 30 years in the drinks industry most recently at Cott Beverages says ‘This certainly fills a gap in the current market where niche start-ups or large brand owners wanting to trial production, can launch and test markets without having to invest in large amounts of inventory. With my experience in this market we can be confident that our products will exceed all of our customers’ expectations. My wide knowledge of both the UK & USA market allows us to explore opportunities for brand owners to launch exciting new products in the new age drinks, sports drinks, coffee, tea and cocktail sectors . The line will be capable of handling still and carbonated , alcoholic and non alcoholic products and have the ability to pasteurise and nitrogen dose.

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