Craft drinks are fast becoming a significant and growing percentage of the overall worldwide beverage market. Some have already diversified their offerings to capitalise on this trend, and all are looking for creative ways to increase brand/product recognition and most importantly, appeal to the consumer.
Small batch beers have been canned in the USA for around 20 years, and it’s a market segment that is continuing to grow rapidly.
However, the move towards packaging in cans is not limited to the US, with hundreds of craft brewers globally making the switch. But it isn’t without its barriers.
Minimum order levels typically in excess of 150,000 continue to throttle a brewer’s ability to cost effectively grow their business by moving from bottles to cans.
Long lead times of one to two months and purchasing of excess cans has also meant that until now, canning craft beverages hasn’t been an option for small to medium sized breweries.
New digital can printing technology is addressing these issues, opening-up a whole new world of opportunity – and not just for smaller breweries.
In fact, with limited edition flavourings or one-off seasonal brews, digital can printing meets today's beverage demands head-on.
From a cost perspective alone, digital can printing is roughly 15 times cheaper than the label printing of cans often used as a short term solution to move from bottles to cans.