Today’s range of beverage cans would be unthinkable without advanced production technology. Pioneering filling equipment from KHS has convinced numerous customers, from thriving medium-sized breweries to high-capacity enterprises, especially in North America. AriZona Beverages, Black Fly Beverage Company, and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, differing in size, market position, and beverage segment, all share a common trust in KHS. With holistic, customised plant engineering tailored to individual requirements, the systems provider assists clients in achieving their growth targets, whether utilising the high-performance Innofill Can DVD filler or the more compact Innofill Can C.
Filling beverages into cans remains a popular practice in the North American market. According to Euromonitor International’s current market research data, a modest growth of 1.57% is expected in the beer and ready-to-drink mixed alcoholic beverage and tea markets from 2023 to 2027. Many beverage producers, such as AriZona Beverages, Black Fly Beverage Company, and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, are responding by enhancing capacity and modernising production setups. KHS Inc., operating successfully from its base in Waukesha, Wisconsin, since 1971, is often the preferred choice for these endeavors. The company notes a growing demand, with its order books consistently full. AriZona Beverages, Black Fly Beverage Company, and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery are among the recent customers trusting in the turnkey supplier, each for distinct reasons.
AriZona Beverages: Investment in a Second Can Filler
Renowned globally for its iced tea, AriZona Beverages quickly embraced the first KHS Innofill Can DVD filler installed in 2018. This satisfaction led to the direct order of a second high-performance machine for the Edison site in New Jersey, currently being commissioned with an output of up to 73,000 cans per hour. John Moore, northeast regional territory manager at KHS, emphasises the long-standing partnership with AriZona, highlighting the successful line modernisation achieved through close cooperation with the customer. Shami Usmani, Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing at AriZona Beverages, expresses contentment with the investment, stating, “On an extremely competitive market like ours, we can continue to provide perfect product quality thanks to KHS. At the same time, this new investment has enabled us to cut our overall operating costs and boost line efficiency.”
AriZona appreciates the quick and simple format changeovers, coupled with the seamless transition to the can seamer built by KHS’ Swiss partner Ferrum. This is crucial for AriZona, an international producer of teas and fruit juice beverages offering numerous products and formats with various lids on a daily basis. In addition to the can fillers, AriZona procured a tunnel pasteuriser, a packer, and process engineering from KHS. Usmani affirms, “KHS is convincing as one of the leading providers of filling and packaging technology that provides optimum ease of operation and maintenance.”
Black Fly Beverage Company: Achieving Ambitious Targets
Ontario’s first micro-distillery, Black Fly Beverage Company, founded in 2005, has been a KHS customer since 2018. The company, filling alcopops into beverage cans ranging from 7.5 to 24 ounces, initially invested in the compact Innofill Can C with an output of up to 24,700 containers per hour. Recently, Black Fly procured the larger Innofill Can DVD, processing up to 124,000 cans every 60 minutes, to achieve ambitious growth goals. Martin Kamil, CFO of Black Fly Beverage Company, praises the cooperative partnership with KHS, emphasising the efficient layout provided by KHS, which contributed to becoming the largest co-packer in Canada. Vincent Zitano, KHS territory manager for Canada, underscores the importance of trust and highlights KHS’ proven success with reference projects in the region.
Black Fly appreciates not only the can fillers’ capacity but also their small ecological footprint and durability. The robust machines, including a palletizer, depalletizer, and process engineering from KHS, have enabled Black Fly to increase turnover substantially and reduce costs for consumers. Kamil states, “Their design and operational behavior are top of the class. We want to continue to grow together with KHS.”
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery: Crafting Success with KHS
Flying Monkeys, a craft beer pioneer specialising in IPA from Ontario, discovered KHS at the Craft Brewers Conference. Intrigued by the Innofill Can C designed for small to medium outputs, the decision-makers were convinced of its quality, technology, and workmanship. Sebastian MacIntosh, Director for Brewing and Operations at Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, expresses satisfaction with the Innofill Can C, citing its volumetric filling system ensuring uniform and reproducible can filling. The craft brewer also benefits from low oxygen pickup crucial for preserving the perfect product quality of its sensitive beers.
The compactness of the can filler was vital in the project’s implementation, requiring close coordination with KHS’ service colleagues due to limited space on-site. With a capacity of up to 24,700 cans per hour, the machine, integrated with the Ferrum seamer, fits seamlessly into its surroundings. MacIntosh believes the decision to invest has paid off, contributing to an average annual sales increase of 18%. The brewery aims to continue this positive development, leveraging the machine’s modularity for potential portfolio expansion.
In summary, KHS continues to be a trusted partner for beverage producers, providing innovative and efficient solutions tailored to individual needs, supporting growth, and contributing to the success of companies in the competitive beverage industry.