NDG announces canning line expansion investment for GMB

Northeast Drinks Group (NDG) has announced a new canning line investment, increasing capacity for branded and co-packing volumes at Green Mountain Beverage (GMB).

A division of Vermont Cider Company and a subsidiary of NDG, Green Mountain Beverage is a manufacturer and co-packing facility for canned, kegged, or bottled (RTD, FMB, cider, beer, wine) alcoholic and specialty non-alcoholic beverages.

This investment increases GMB’s canning from 100 to 600 cans per minute adding 5mm cases of available capacity for existing brands and future CoPack customers. The new line features a KHS filler, Angelus Seamer, and BWIS material handling and packaging systems. It will run the suite of 202 LOE ends including 12oz sleek and 12, 16, and 19.2oz standard bodies. Full-wrapped cartons, tray shrink, and variety pack options will be available. The line has already been ordered with a January 2022 installation date.

Ben Calvi, COO at GMB, said: “Pack-type swings from bottles to cans has swept through the entire beverage space, including our flagship brand, Woodchuck Hard Cider, which celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year. When we built our new facility six years ago, we had excess glass and keg capacity and began offering end-to-end service to CoPack customers with the highest level of knowledge and expertise. We are proud of our SQF-2, 98-rated facility and our robust safety and quality programs. Yet, as can trends accelerated, we quickly ran out of capacity. This investment will now unlock these services to both existing and new CoPack customers and foster growth in our own branded cans.”

David Mandler of NDG, said: “We’re thrilled to be making this investment into Green Mountain Beverage. The new canning line will allow us to meet the growing demand for our branded volumes while creating additional capacity for our current and future co-packing customers. It is no secret that both alcoholic and non-alcoholic RTDs are one of the fastest growing categories in the beverage space and this expansion will allow us to further develop long-term relationships with leading brands.”

News of the canning line expansion comes following NDG’s purchase of Vermont Cider Company in April, which includes Woodchuck hard cider, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, along with the rest of the portfolio of brands.

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