In the first quarter of next year, CMBC will be making three significant upgrades to their production processes. These upgrades include the installation of a second-generation machine for packaging cans in the innovative Snap Pack, along with a new laser can encoder and an improved can filler and seamer. These investments aim to enhance efficiency and safety while reducing the brewery’s environmental impact.
The Snap Pack technology, which was first introduced in 2018, uses glue dot technology to hold cans together, eliminating the need for plastic rings in multipack packaging. This sustainable solution was co-developed by Carlsberg Group and KHS GmbH, a leading manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment. CMBC has successfully incorporated Snap Pack into popular beers like Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, San Miguel, Birrificio Angelo Poretti, and Brooklyn Pilsner.
Currently, Snap Pack is used for 65% of the brewery’s four- and six-can multipacks. However, with the introduction of the new second-generation Snap Pack machine, CMBC aims to double their production capacity of Snap Pack multipacks by the end of 2022. Ultimately, the company plans to fully transition to Snap Pack packaging for all applicable multipacks by the end of 2024. This transition will significantly reduce CMBC’s plastic usage by up to 76% compared to previous packaging methods.
Furthermore, as part of these upgrades, CMBC will be installing a replacement KHS can filler, which will be paired with a new seamer from Ferrum. Additionally, a Domino Laser Can Coder will be integrated into the production process. These improvements will not only enhance efficiency but also contribute to the brewery’s goals in sustainability. Together, these new machines are expected to reduce water usage by approximately 10%, equivalent to saving around 18 million litres per year. This amount is akin to more than seven Olympic-size swimming pools or nearly 32 million pints.
Paul Davies, CEO of CMBC, emphasizes the brewery’s commitment to reducing their environmental impact. He views this major investment of over £10m in Northampton as a demonstration of their dedication to eliminating packaging waste, reducing water waste, and improving efficiency in their breweries. By taking ambitious action now, CMBC is confident that they can achieve their sustainability objectives and ensure that an even greater number of their innovative Snap Pack multipacks reach consumers.