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2 March, 2022 - 21:35 By Tony Quested

‘Can do’ philosophy as Bevcraft buys Europe’s largest canner

Irish company Bevcraft Group, whose UK headquarters is in Peterborough, has acquired Them That Can – Europe’s largest mobile canner. No price is being disclosed for the deal but it won’t be small beer given the clout of both companies.

The Bevcraft Group is a specialist process and packaging business primarily focused on craft & artisan beverage producers.

The companies say the deal will deliver significant service level improvements to the UK craft beverage sector, including enhanced market coverage and capacity.

Them That Can’s mobile fleet, equipment and associated crews will join Bevcraft’s UK division with the enlarged offering operating as Craft Canning UK. 

Bevcraft has in recent years developed the most extensive integrated craft can supply chain in Europe with mobile canning, can distribution and decoration facilities across sites in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands. These are complemented by laboratory, technical support and line servicing centres.

Recently Bevcraft commissioned Europe’s first Tonejet Digital Print plant at its Peterborough site which provides an environmentally sustainable, economic and versatile decoration option for cans entirely free of minimum order restrictions. Launched with an initial 330ml capability, it will expand to include 440ml and 500ml next quarter.

The acquisition will see Bevcraft’s team increase towards 40 people across all divisions and support further investment in client services, engineering, laboratory and digital print divisions.

Darren Fenton, COO of the Bevcraft Group, said: “The UK craft beer market is one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world and for the last six years Them That Can has worked hard to create the UK’s leading mobile canning service.

“We have always respected the Them That Can team and we are now very excited for them to be part of our shared story as we both embark on the next chapters of growth which will deliver further improvements to the market.”

Ciarán Gorman, CFO of the Bevcraft Group, added: “Craft Beer has come a long way since the very first mobile canners popped up in the US a decade ago. 

“Today there is a greater range of requirements than ever before as breweries try to right size their packaging capabilities to the market. It is clear that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution which is why Bevcraft has focused on creating a complete menu of commitment free solutions. 

“Every brewery has its own unique circumstances. One of the most interesting patterns over the last year has been an uptick in demand for mobile canning from breweries who experimented with ‘in-house’ canning and have since found it more economic to revert to mobile canning to eliminate the headache of sourcing cans, managing decoration, retaining quality canning crews and to release the capital tied up in equipment.”

• PHOTOGRAPH: Ciarán Gorman, CFO (left) and Darren Fenton, (COO)

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