The KHS canning line can fill 30,000 cans an hour. It features advanced automation, an inspection and orientation system, and a bespoke packaging machine that offers new pack designs as well as traditional formats.
“It has always been our intention to install a canning line and bring all our packaging, including bottling and kegging, under one roof,” says fourth generation cidermaker Martin Thatcher.
“With the growing demand for premium cider in cans, this is an increasingly important part of our business, and so, by bringing the facility in-house, this is a significant development for us.”
As well as canning, Thatchers has its own modern bottling line, which can fill, cap and label 20,000 bottles every hour along with a keg line that produces 600 pints a minute.
“It’s always our aim to produce the highest quality cider from orchard through to consumer,” adds Thatcher.”