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Ready to Drink RTD

Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Cocktail Growth

Background

As the demand for new and innovative alcoholic beverages continues to grow, it is essential for beverage companies to consider how they can respond to market trends and accommodate a wider range of products. Our client faced the challenge of converting their high-volume beverage facility to produce a wider mix of alcohol-based products.  Considering their long-term strategy, Foth provided a solution that maximized flexibility and allowed for growth for the future.

Approach

To achieve a wider mix of products, the project added three blending lines and over 350 mix-proof valves to automate production of RTD cocktails and flavored malt beverage (FMB) products.  The scope also included a new inline neutral malt base (NMB) build system to wort to fermenters which eliminated the need for the NMB to go through the brewhouse. The build system includes a new turbo yeast slurry system. The project also added new centrifuges to allow for more throughput and flexibility and replaced DE filtration with membrane filtration to support both NMB and beer production. There are separate filtration systems installed to filter NMB using proprietary, brand-specific processes. In addition to these major process upgrades, there are major upgrades the water system, increased sugar storage, expansions to railcar and truck unloading and loading systems plus major CIP upgrades.

Results

Foth helped deliver the business goal with the successful launch of new brands per the marketing schedule.  Our client is positioned to stay nimble to market demands with a flexible facility designed for future growth.

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