Sustainable production with efficient filling technology

Velké Popovice invests in a turnkey KHS line designed around the high-performance Innofill Glass DRS ECO filler.

Czech brewery Velké Popovice has once again implemented KHS’s technology, with the Innofill Glass DRS ECO filler at the heart of its new glass line. By investing in a turnkey setup, Velké Popovice has underlined the importance of product quality and perfect taste, alongside the application of sustainable developments. With the installation of the rest of the line’s dry section planned for the start of the coming year, the brewery is thus relying solely on KHS technology – that also includes a number of holistic digital service solutions.

For many years, both companies have continuously refined the art of brewing with the latest technology. Together, they are shaping the future and looking back on a long and eventful history. While Velké Popovice’s first beer was filled into a 60-hectolitre brewing kettle in the little Czech town of the same name in 1874, KHS’ rise to worldwide partner to the beverage industry began with it trading equipment out of a back yard in Dortmund in 1868. Today, the brewery claims to produce one of the world’s most popular Czech beer at its location around 20km southeast of Prague, named Velkopopovický Kozel. KHS, on the other hand, provides technologies such as the flexible high-performance Innofill Glass DRS ECO filler.

Commissioned in two stages

When the decision-makers at Velké Popovice decided to replace their former competitor glass line several years ago, they consciously chose KHS.

“We want to score points with our customers for top beer quality and unique taste. The new glass filler is the perfect machine to meet this high requirement. With its over 150 years of expertise, for us KHS is state of the art when it comes to filling technology,” explained Martin Šebek, packaging manager at Velké Popovice.

The entire wet section of the line, that also includes an Innoclean DM bottle washer, an Innopas SX tunnel pasteuriser and the modular Innoket Neo Flex labeling machine, was successfully commissioned in the spring of 2022. The project will enter its second phase – finalisation of the remaining dry section – at the start of 2024.

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