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Why Cans Are Better Than Bottles for Craft Beverages

Since the dawn of drinking, people have debated if bottles or cans are better. Whether touting taste and temperature or arguing aroma and aesthetic, the ongoing container controversy has left a trail of broken bottles and crushed cans in its wake. In this article, we intend to end the dispute once and for all using science and our experience specializing in custom packaging for the craft beverage industry. (Spoiler alert: the answer is cans!)

We’ve Got You Covered

Regardless of where brew your batch, we’re in your backyard! We’ve got you (and your cans) covered everywhere in the US, including our customers in Hawaii. 

We take our commitment to your craft seriously and work with beverage makers of all sizes and types. When you partner with CanSource to sleeve your craft beer, wine, RTD, sparkling water, cold brew, kombucha, (or any other crafty creation,) you can count on conscientious and efficient service. With four facilities strategically located across the U.S. – that all work together – machinery breakdowns and capacity issues are handled without a hitch. 

Secret Sauce

We know you’re meticulous about what goes into your cans, which is why our plant managers are equally as diligent about what’s on the outside. 

Our secret sauce is made up of can sleeving experts who make it their mission to ensure your cans look great every day!

Ready to Serve You

CanSource started in 2011 as a homegrown mobile cannery for breweries, so we understand every aspect of creating craft beverages. Now, with nearly a decade of experience providing custom printed labels and can sleeves, for craft beer and the full spectrum of canned beverages, we’re ready to serve you. With locations in CA, CO, NC PA, (and growing,) CanSource is the leading provider of shrink sleeved aluminum cans in the U.S.

Flavor Savers

When it comes to beer, it’s all about staving off the skunk! Allowing light, oxygen, and heat to combine in the container leaves behind a very stale and flat tasting brew. Since cans let in zero light – the beer is kept in the dark – keeping it delicious!

Clear, green, and blue bottles are no match for UV rays but what about darker bottles? While true that amber bottles block out about 95% of light, they still let in the air. Cans, on the other hand, form an airtight seal that keeps beer fresh, crisp, and flavorful.

Portable Parties

Hiking, camping, going to the beach – most outdoor activities go better with a beverage – yet none do well with broken glass. Cans are far more portable than bottles and weigh two pounds less per six-pack. Cans are also easier to pack in a cooler, cool faster, stay cooler longer, and are the preferred containers of concert venues, sports stadiums, and public pools because they’re safe.

Craft beverage makers have steadily been making the move to cans to control costs. Because they’re light and stackable, cans yield lower shipping charges even at higher volume. Nearly three times as many 12-ounce cans can be shipped in a standard semi-trailer vs.12-ounce glass bottles, significantly lowering the cost of fuel. Plus, cans don’t break in transport.

46.9% of craft beer now represented by cans

Canning is Caring

Caring for the environment comes in a can! Because aluminum is infinitely recyclable, close to 70% of all cans are recycled (compared to only 34% of glass bottles.) Moreover, 75% of all the aluminum ever produced is still in use today. But the benefits of recycling aluminum don’t stop there:

  • Recycling cans saves enough energy to power more than 4.4 million homes for an entire year.
  • Recycling cans prevents nearly 5% of the world’s total mining of Bauxite ore used for aluminum production.
  • Every year, the aluminum industry pays out close to a billion dollars for recycled cans collected during community drives. In turn, this money supports organizations like Habitat for Humanity, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, local schools, and religious programs.

Beverage Crafters

At CanSource, we provide the highest quality aluminum cans in the widest variety of shapes and sizes. And since cans provide 360-degree coverage, they make the perfect canvas to showcase your brand.

With expert design support and end-to-end packaging solutions, we ensure the best presentation and delivery of your product. Contact us to learn more.

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