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Investment in brewery

Fallen switches beers from bottles to cans

Fallen BrewingFallen Brewing has become one of the first breweries in Scotland to install a canning line and move its entire beer range into cans.

Paul Fallen, managing director, said it was a decision based on retaining the taste and improving logistics.

“We decided to invest in our own canning line as we believe that having control of the entire production process gives us the best chance of producing great beers,” he said.

The new line is able to produce 900 cans per hour while the investment also includes a new building and installing tanks to double capacity at the brewery which is based in the former Kippen railway station. 

“It’s a massive step change in the way we work,” said Mr Fallen.

“We’ve been expanding rapidly since we started production in 2014 but we had reached a critical mass due to our laborious work processes.

“Fifty per cent of our revenue was through bottle sales, but the production was a highly labour intensive and time consuming process.

“We really needed to automate our small pack production to continue to grow. We believe that a good proportion of growth is going to come from small pack cans.

“Keg and cask is growing too but not at the same rate. So, we weighed up the benefits of can versus bottle, it was a big decision and a huge investment.” 

He added: “In the end the decision to move production to cans was straightforward. There will always be a place for bottles in the marketplace but for us the practicalities of cans as vessels for holding and transporting beer made them the obvious choice.

“They keep the beer fresher for longer, they’re light, efficient to stack, easy to recycle and more robust than glass bottles.

“All of which means we can store more, ship more and reduce our carbon footprint when doing so, and at the end of the supply chain, the drinker gets a fresher, better quality product to enjoy.”

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