1) Reduced cost in packaging materials and equipment
From a production standpoint, aluminum cans are far cheaper to produce. Cans are also less prone to breakage, which results in fewer instances of lost product and materials due to manufacturing and shipping accidents. The more durable nature of cans also means there’s less of a need for secondary packaging such as the corrugated partitions used to separate bottles.
2) Higher speeds, higher OEE
Can production lines require fewer equipment units in operation and consequently take up less floor space in a facility than a typical bottling line. Additionally, because cans are more stable, the can lines can move at higher speeds, increasing daily production potential. Most importantly, the reduction of equipment units of operation translates to a higher OEE (overall equipment effectiveness).
3) Better Product Protection
Outside of a dark warehouse, bottles don’t provide much protection from sunlight and other elements that can turn good spirits bad. Aluminum cans, however, are not penetrated by UV rays and remain more tightly sealed. This ensures that the product will be consumed at its highest level of quality.
4) More product on the move at a reduced cost
When it comes to the finished product, cans offer the ability to create a cubed pallet load with higher density. They are also lighter, which reduces the energy cost for transportation to warehouses and distribution centers.
5) More space to leave a mark
From a marketing standpoint, liquor bottles offer less real estate when it comes to label imagery. Conversely, cans can be completely wrapped for maximum branding impact. It can also be more cost-effective to switch out a shrink sleeve for special on-off runs than it is to change out a cold glue labeler for a bottle.
6) Adaptable options for growth
Changing a bottling line from 700 ml. to 1.5-liter bottles requires extensive modifications to the equipment, programmable logic controls and automation controls that can cost distillers time and money. But can production lines that maintain the same diameter can easily undergo a height changeover.