A Candid Discussion on Ensuring Can Quality while Facing Unprecedented Demand and an Ongoing Shortage

Craft Brewers Conference 2022
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: Hannah Krieg, Tim Matheson, Vivian Poteat, Mitch Steele

There’s been a lot of talk about the can shortage and its impact on breweries’ ability to consistently source cans. Facilities are often so happy to get a supply of cans, they’re afraid to even ask about the quality. The truth is, one bad can can do as much or more damage to a brewery’s brand than delaying production while waiting for a shipment from a quality-focused supplier.

This open discussion between SpecMetrix, a can liner measurement system provider, and The Lab, a pilot facility and quality laboratory for innovative beverages, will break down and discuss the can quality topics every brewery should be familiar with before sourcing and packaging with cans.

We’ll openly address questions like:

  • Do we really need to worry about can quality? What’s so hard about making cans?
  • How do you know if you should trust a can manufacturer’s quality?
  • What type of quality testing does a can manufacturer do?
  • What are the best practices for avoiding leaking cans from sourcing to end product shipment?
  • What quality testing should a brewery be doing on their cans and when?
  • What are the best practices for sourcing quality cans during a shortage?
  • What are the risks associated with brokers and overseas suppliers?
  • What steps should you take if you have a leaking can or can quality issues?
  • How much time and money should you build into your production to ensure can quality?

We’ll also leave time to address direct questions from attendees. Participants in this discussion will leave with a greater appreciation for the importance of quality cans and a more thorough understanding of the full range of factors that affect can quality and best practices for controlling and dealing with them during the shortage and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a greater appreciation for the importance and complexity of can quality
  • Better understand the factors that affect can quality and how to best control them
  • Learn best practices for sourcing cans to ensure quality
  • Review the critical steps for dealing with leaking cans
  • Have a better understanding of how market conditions may impact can quality now and in the future

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