Bundaberg Brewed Drinks invests in Krones Craftmate C can filler

The Krones Craftmate C can filler has enjoyed success since its debut at the BrauBeviale 2015, 80 beverage producers have since opted for this compact-size can filler. While the majority are craft breweries in North America, Krones delivered six of these machines to Australia in the last three years.

For instance, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, an Australian business producing soft drinks like ginger beer, has invested in a canning line, for which Krones supplied the entire wet end. Besides the line’s heart, a Craftmate C, a Canmatic empty-can inspector, a Contiflow mixer, two Checkmat inspection systems, a LinaTherm warmer, and a Linadry drier are also included in the scope of delivery.

John McLean, CEO for Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, explained: “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 for.”

The line fills 15,000 cans an hour, and handles both 250ml standard cans and a 20ml slim format. With this combination, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks will be looking to toll pack cans for other craft brewers, too.

The new machines arrived in Australia in December last year, and by mid-January were filling the first sales-quality drinks. To date, Bundaberg has already produced over 3.5 million containers on its new line. These can currently be bought in Australia, New Zealand and the US.

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is at present changing the world, McLean foresees an opportunity here for selling premium products in cans. He concluded: “As lockdown restrictions are lifted, we’re expecting to see this more convenient product taken on people’s local adventure. 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.”