The Indie Drinks Can Advice Service provides information and insights for independent drinks manufacturers exploring the can as a packaging option

Canning Suppliers and Contacts

It is easier and more cost-effective than ever for manufacturers to get their delicious drinks into cans for people to enjoy.

If you want to find someone to can your beverage for you, set up a canning line, need a bit of help with your can designs (from the designs themselves to producing sleeves and labels) or want to find associations with the subject at their heart, here are some companies and organisations to get you started.

We keep updating this page as new options become available – this is a growing market and new companies and services launch regularly, so check back to update your contact book.

If you think we’ve missed someone from the list, would like to submit a suggestion or ask a question, just email us here: indiedrinkscanadvice@onechocolatecomms.co.uk

Do you need a supplier for printed or plain cans?

If so, here are links to the Can Makers members that manufacture drink cans:

Ardagh
Ball Packaging Europe
Crown Bevcan UK

 

Mobile and contract canning equipment

If you’re looking for a mobile canning line to come to you or want to send your beverage out to a contract canner, here are some useful contacts:

Mobile canning
Wecan.solutions
Themthatcan
Can it

Contract canning
Bespoke Canners
HCC
C&C Group

Setting up a canning line

Thinking of setting up a canning line but need some advice on the best way to proceed? Here are some contacts that can help.

American Beer Equipment
CMC Kuhnke
Krones
Cask Systems
Leibinger
Wild Goose Canning
MD Engineers

Multi-equipment suppliers

If you are looking to purchase a range of manufacturing and/or canning line equipment, you might want to contact a reseller:

Vigo Ltd

Multi-packaging systems

Thinking about selling your drinks in multipacks? You’ll need an easy-to-carry solution.

ITW-Hi-cone
PakTech
Wave Grip

Design

Can Design Tools

Planning to design your can in-house, or looking at alternative options? Here’s a handy free tool which will let you visualise your final product, in 3D, in seconds.

CanCreator

Designers

Need help with can and brand design? Designers can help you explore exciting design possibilities for your beverage cans. There are a huge number of designers to choose from, but here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

DBA – Design Business Association
Design Intellect’s top 50 packaging design and branding agencies

Printed cans labels (for small quantities)

 Once you’ve designed the branding to bring your drink to life, these contacts can help you put it on the can.

Labelling

Printed labels are one effective way to do this, which these companies can help with:

Label Express
Multi Packaging Solutions

Printers

If you want to print direct to can on a small quantity, rather than use a label, here’s an option for you.

Tonejet – Craft

Sleevers

If you’re doing a very small run, these companies can put your design onto cans via sleeving, after they’ve been filled, and pack them, ready to distribute.

Eclipse Solutions
Kammac

Foil cap end suppliers

Looking to improve the aesthetic appearance of your can ends? Then try this supplier to create maximum impact for your customers.

Ecocap’s

Packaging companies for your cans

Once you have your beverages canned, you need to think about how you can transport them.

Saxon Packaging

Associations

Organisations and associations can provide you with a whole host of useful information and support.

The British Soft Drinks Association
SIBA – Society of Independent Brewers
British Beer and Pub Association
CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale

Our Members

Members of the Can Makers work together specifically to promote the benefits of the beverage can and aid communication between the industry and its customers: brewers and soft drinks manufacturers, retailers, the packaging industry, media and consumers. A full list of members can be found on the Can Makers website.

Other Organisations and Industry Bodies

Metal Packaging Europe

Metal Packaging Europe Beverage Commission
Information on metal packaging in Europe

BevCan Benelux – Metal Packaging Europe
Information about the beverage can industry in Belgium and the Netherlands

BevCan East – Metal Packaging Europe
Information about the beverage can industry in Central East Europe

Forum Getränkedose
Information about the beverage can industry in Germany

La Boite Boisson – Metal Packaging Europe
Information about the beverage can industry in France

Latas de bebidas – Metal Packaging Europe
Information about the beverage can industry in Spain

Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association UK
Information on all types of metal packaging

Recycling cans

Alupro
Information on aluminium can recycling
Every Can Counts 
Information about can recycling out of the home
INCPEN
Information on packaging and the environment
Metal Matters
Information on metal packaging recycling

Other

APEAL – The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging
Information on steel packaging
BBPA – British Beer and Pub Association
Information about the Beer and Pub industry in the UK
Canadean
Consumer market research
Can Makers Institute
Information on the can industry in the USA
European Aluminium Association
Information on aluminium
SIBA
Society of Independent Brewers