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What equipment do you use?
River City Cannery has carefully selected our equipment manufacturers and vendors to provide the best service available. We currently partner with the following manufacturers and vendors:
Wild Goose Canning
Crown Cork & Seal
We don’t have drive up access. Can you still get in the brewhouse?
We have the capability to access breweries via drive-up or dock height entry points.
How much space do you need?
We can operate in a space as small as 10’ x 30’ and only need access to five things: CO2, water, 120v electricity, air and drains.
How much do you charge?
Our rates per case are based on factors such as:
- Can size
- Commitment Length
- Number of Cases Packaged
What is a CANalytics report?
Throughout our operation we measure dissolved oxygen levels, ensure quality seam tolerances, track CO2 levels, perform ATP sterility testing, and analyze packaged vessels for headspace and fill volumes, temperature and fill pressure. Our CANalytics report is a track record of your daily packaging that is supplied to you post canning.
Why does dissolved oxygen matter for packaging?
Quite simply, the lower the dissolved oxygen (DO), the better the shelf stability. DO is the enemy of packaged beer, and we take great care to make sure that the DO level from packaging is kept as low as possible. It isn’t just about ensuring shelf life though: it is a large component of brand perception: According to the White House Office of Consumer Affairs, 91% of customers who have a bad experience will not buy again from that business, and they will remember the offense for 23½ years. That means the more proficient we are at packaging, the more true your product will remain to its intended taste and keep your consumers coming back for more!
What CIP chemicals do you use?
We currently use Birko Corporation products, but are able to use other brands if provided.
What steps do you take to ensure quality packaging?
Packaging quality starts way before the beer makes it to the packaging line, but strictly speaking about canning, many steps are taken to ensure and continually improve quality. These steps include:
- A swabbing program for our canning operations. The goal of this is to help troubleshoot micro issues and give us assurance that our canning equipment itself is not adding to any of those micro issues.
- Stringent Pre-CIP and post-CIP cleaning protocol on every canning run
- Regular seam-tolerance measurements
- DO level readings at the tank pre-fill
- Packaged vessel metrics analysis
- Rigorous preventative maintenance and component replacement schedule on all of our equipment
What areas do you serve?
We focus on facilities located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
Do we need to provide any staff?
You will need to have a representative of the brewery present on-site, and one person available to assist with packing finished product.
Packaging in cans is on our radar; how soon should we start the design process?
As soon as possible! Once your initial can art is completed, TTB label approval periods are unpredictable, ranging from several weeks to several months. Once receiving government approval, you can expect approximately 6-8 weeks turn around time before receipt of your can order. Contact us today to learn how we can help you through the process, saving you time and money.
Do you require long-term contracts?
We don’t require long term contracts, however, we do offer preferred pricing for breweries who elect to commit for a specified length of time.