Beverage Industry Turns to Improved Efficiency for Greater Product Value

13th April 2006

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Rising costs in the drinks industry and a slow down in demand in some sectors have led to manufacturers improving efficiency in processing operations, and plants being equipped with more versatile and faster machinery to bring both cost-effective production and greater product quality.

As the sector seeks to respond to downturns in sales, often by developing and marketing new product lines, one company has established itself at the forefront of the innovative techniques needed to provide a range of equipment capable of handling the many different applications which are now the industry's norm.

CPS has been supplying the UK drinks market with processing equipment for nearly 80 years and has built up a reputation for meeting both specific needs on a one-off basis, and the individual budgets of customers large and small.  Its ability to achieve bespoke solutions has seen CPS's order book brimming as the drinks industry's technological revolution has gathered pace.

Whether the product is milk-based, fruit juice, cider or a non-carbonated beverage, CPS has the experience and expertise to come up with exactly the right solution.  "Each customer has different needs and demands, with specific objectives and budgets, so we work with manufacturers to achieve the optimum solution in individual cases," says Manager of CPS, Graham Witt.

So successful has CPS been with this approach that it can count some of the world's leading drinks companies among its satisfied customers, like Bacardi and Cott Beverages, to name but two.

Bacardi-Martini contacted CPS when it wanted new equipment for its Southampton premises.  The installation has included mixing tanks, cleaning-in-place (CIP) equipment, flowplates and pipework systems, mainly for Bacardi Breezer and other carbonated products, though CPS's equipment is also used on the main Bacardi-Martini lines.

Craig Brooks, a Bacardi engineering team leader is in no doubt that the right decision was made in returning to CPS.  "They have been a quality supplier to Bacardi-Martini for many years and are our natural first choice for the provision of process vessels and systems," he said.  "Recently CPS worked closely with us to provide a large process system, including a 3,000 litre mixing tank system, to a tight timescale.  It has proved effective on all products and has given us a versatility which is invaluable in today's manufacturing environment."

Levels of service and robustness of equipment were at the core of Cott Beverages' decision to put their trust in CPS.  The company, which is regarded as a world leader in the supply of branded carbonated soft drinks, has installed a CPS pasteuriser to handle a new range of milkshake mixtures.  The new unit is among one of over 300 CPS pasteurisers operating daily on a vast range of applications across the food, beverage and dairy industries.

At the centre of the system is the renowned Fischer plate heat exchanger, developed to cope with products of differing viscosities, which was supplied together with PLC controls and a modem for remote software support.  It has been operating to maximum efficiency round the clock, seven days a week, handling 12,000 litres a day of the sugar syrups needed to produce five different flavours for milkshakes.

All of which has delighted Chris Jones, Cott's Site Projects Manager, who highlights the system's yield-saving design as a big bonus.  "It means every drop of product, every valuable asset, is available for use and that has to be a big consideration," he says.  "And the machine is simple to operate, something we need in our highly automated environment."

The ability to provide design-specific equipment drew praise from another of CPS's many satisfied clients – one of Europe's leading soft drinks manufacturers.  The company needed a pasteuriser to handle particulates, whilst being able to process a wide range of product viscosities at variable flow rates for product development.

CPS fitted an external holding tube that could be adjusted to give different holding times, and runs at such high temperatures the product must be processed at pressure to avoid it boiling.  The plant is also equipped with a small mobile CIP unit that had been previously supplied by CPS, again as a bespoke design.

Mr Witt and his team, who are dedicated to keeping CPS in front of the competition, said: "We are determined to maintain our place at the head of the field by continuing to meet individual needs and providing constantly updated equipment."

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