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Contract Canning & Pilot Runs

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Drinks Chef has really honed its craft over the years! Being SALSA accredited and emphasising the quality and yield of the finished product speaks volumes about our commitment to excellence. We specialise in canning runs of all sizes: 150ml, 200ml, 250ml, 330ml, 440ml & 500ml; this includes sleek and stubby can orientations. ​

 

Drinks Chef offers a minimum order quantity of just 200 litres, showing flexibility and accessibility for a range of clients. Maintaining a high yield percentage even on these smaller runs demonstrates efficiency and attention to detail. Drinks Chef has the expertise and infrastructure to meet a diverse set of needs in the drinks industry! ​

 

Our canning process completes our pre-production pack so we can offer you the best date in line with the supply chain you use. We will provide you with updates on each item is received into us. 

 

If this is the first production with Drinks Chef, we will carry out a 1L sample before mixing the bulk liquid, offering the opportunity to slightly adjust the recipe before we begin mixing in bulk. Once all liquid has been mixed and PH, Brix agrees to the recipe specification, and we chill the liquid before starting the carbonation process. 

 

Once the criteria for temperature and carbonation have been met, it’s onto the filling process and pasteurisation. 

 

Once microbiology results are in and the liquid has been deemed safe for consumption, it's all systems go. Offering labelling, sleeving, or printed cans for the final look, Drinks Chef provides clients with a range of options for branding and packaging customisation, ensuring their products stand out on the shelves. Moving swiftly to packing and palletising shows efficiency and readiness for distribution. And of course, only when everything is checked off and the green light is given can the products be collected. It's a comprehensive approach that ensures quality, safety, and customer satisfaction every step of the way.​

 

Drinks Chef truly covers a wide spectrum of products in the drinks industry! From soft drinks to CBD-infused beverages, cold brew teas, magnesium and protein drinks, and even nootropic ranges, we have got it all covered. And not to forget the classic alcohol canned beverages, which are always in demand. This diverse range of offerings must keep you constantly engaged and adaptable to various market trends and consumer preferences. It's impressive to see such versatility and innovation within one company!​Drinks Chef prides itself on not only creating great drinks but being able to manufacture them in house on our small scale state of the art canning lines.

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Pilot Runs:

We offer all development customers and new production clients a Pilot Run to ensure the product hits its method of manufacture and specification requirements before we scale up. 

 

Pilot runs offer the opportunity to run small scale proof of concept productions, whether it be a 10L run of formulations to showcase your products to investors and buyers or a 500L run to get your new product to market.

 

Pilot Run Pricing:

1 flavour 10 Litres £POA

1 flavour 1000 Litres £POA

2 Flavours 500 Litres Each £POA

Contract Canning Solutions:

We have the capability to run all formats of cans and specialise in canning a wide range of drinks from soft RTD & nootropics to hard seltzers and cocktails.

150ML Slim

250ML Slim 

330ML Classic Stubby 

440ML Classic Beer 

200ML Sleek 

330ML Sleek

(Contact us for bespoke pricing)

 

Pilot Run & Canning Reporting:

  1. CHALLENGE TEST PACKAGING (CAN, CAP, LABEL OR SLEEVE, BOXES AND OUTER CARTONS) 

  2. VERIFY ACTUAL PH

  3. VERIFY ACTUAL BRIX

  4. VERIFY TORQUE OR SEAM TOLERANCE

  5. VERIFY T1 / T2 AVERAGE WEIGHT

  6. COA AUDIT OF RAW MATERIALS

  7. MICRO CHALLENGE TEST

  8. VERIFY PASTEURISATION HEAT / TIME

  9. VERIFY STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS RAW MATERIALS

  10. VERIFY CARBONATION LEVELS IN VOLS / BARR

  11. STORING OF LEFT OVER MATERIALS MANAGEMENT

  12. INTRO INTO STORAGE BOOKING IN AND OUT

  13. NUTRITIONAL CHECK / ON REQUEST (ADDITIONAL FEE)

  14. PALLET CONFIGURATION SPEC CREATION

  15. PRODUCT SPECIFICATION CREATION

  16. CUSTOM HACCP PLAN CREATION WITH CRITICAL CONTROL POINT

  17. PRODUCT PROCESS FLOW DIAGRAM THOUGH FACTORY

  18. SIGN OFF FOR FULL MANUFACTURE

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