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The Harbour Brewing Co - ABE LinCan canning line

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About The Harbour Brewing Co

Harbour Brewing Company, based in North Cornwall, make a core range of full flavoured, balanced craft beers, from IPAs to porters, using the finest raw materials.

Harbour Brewing Co's Canning Requirement

The requirement was to fill carbonated beer into 330ml cans at a rate of 30 cans per minute with a facility to date stamp or lot mark.

The Solution

Vigo supplied, installed and commissioned an American Beer Equipment (ABE) LinCan™ canning line, which fills at a rate of 30 cans per minute, and all associated conveyoring and pipework. The canning line includes a twist rinser, 7 head filling station, seamer, rinser, airblower and packing table. To minimise oxygen pickup there is a CO2 purge, a fob pulse and under-lid CO2 jet. An ink jet printer for date coding was also supplied.

Feedback

Co-founder, Eddie Lofthouse, provided the following feedback:

Why did you decide to start canning? 'Flexibility of packaging is what the market dictates. Cans are convenient, they don’t break – so they’re ideal for the beach and festivals – and I love the fact that you can stick loads in the fridge! There are cost benefits too - cans are cheaper than bottles and we are able to pass these savings on to our customers. You can do anything you want with your beers [for canning] and you know that they [cans] won’t affect the product'

Why did you choose Vigo? 'Vigo has been integral to the success of our business so far. They give us good service, and the knowledge, backup, and support of their staff is excellent. We need to work to capacity and every hour and minute counts. Vigo enable us to do this with minimal down-time. I have no hesitation in recommending Vigo as a wonderful partner.'

What positive impact has the equipment had on your business in general? 'Our sales have increased 30% since introducing cans. We are also in the latter stages of negotiation with a number of multiples, due to our strong brand and as a result of using a canning line which is CE compliant.' [Most multiples require CE compliance throughout the production process in order to pass their stringent audits. Vigo ensures that all equipment installed meets all relevant British and European H&S Directives and Standards.]

Read Harbour Brewing Co's 'We are Canning!' blog post.

The Harbour Brewing Co Brand

For Rhys Powell and Eddie Lofthouse, co-founders of The Harbour Brewing Co, the decision to set up a brewery was made over a few beers in a pub in Padstow. Through studying Brewing & Distilling at university, and as a brewer for Sharps Brewery, Rhys had already established a career in the brewing industry. Eddie was in hospitality, running a hotel and bar, however, with the business closing and the premises facing a new phase of development, the time felt right to make a complete career change and turn his passion for beer into a reality.

Their concept was to install a brewery system which enabled the brewing to be as creative as possible, incorporating innovative techniques, whilst respecting traditional and proven methods.
A Hungarian brewery system, along with fermentation vessels, was installed their new premises in North Cornwall, swiftly followed by the bottling line.

Their core range includes full flavoured, balanced craft beers, from IPAs to porters, using the finest raw materials and innovative ingredients include cacao nibs and vanilla pods.

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