London-based craft brewing company, Fourpure, has completed its £2.5 million expansion, with new state-of-the-art kegging and canning lines.
The new lines will help Fourpure to fulfil consumer demand for craft beer, which the company says has doubled since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, due to more people drinking at home.
The brewery – part of the Lion Little World Beverages craft beer portfolio – has transitioned to an automated keg operation that will help to improve safety, quality and productivity at its site in Bermondsey.
The new keg system features advanced cleaning equipment capable of sterilising kegs using pressurised steam at 130 oC. It also guarantees high precision results, while the switch to automated alleviates the need for intensive labour, by assisting staff in the heavy lifting of kegs, enabling 60 kegs to be filled every hour.
Meanwhile, its new canning line will give the brewery more flexibility for in-line labelling of cans, as well as accelerated speed and optimised performance.
In order to complete the upgrade, the company took over new units at its industrial site, allowing for the creation of a purpose-built packaging area.
“The new, completely bespoke designed kegging and canning facilities will form a crucial part of our continued expansion and future success,” said Steve Morris, head of operations at Fourpure . “The demand for our canned beer has doubled since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the improved facilities mean we can fulfil this increase in sales, while still meeting world-class hygiene and safety standards.”
He continued: “Carrying out this update in current times has obviously brought its own challenges and I am incredibly proud of the excellent safety standards our team met throughout. We were also really happy to be able to support a number of contractors during this process, many of them smaller businesses and many brewing specific.”
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