Packaging

The beer is then transferred to the packaging area. There are two types of packaging in Champigneulles:

  • Glass bottles or cans.
  • Five packaging lines are used in the Champigneulles brewery, two for glass bottles and three for cans

On each line, the principle is much the same, with a succession of stages:

  • Empty cans or bottles are removed from pallets
  • The bottles and cans are rinsed with sterile water
  • The containers are filled with beer and closed (caps or crimping)
  • The containers are pasteurised to provide the product with a long shelf life
  • The bottles are labelled or dressed
  • The containers are then shrink-wrapped, cased in cardboard boxes or placed on trays
  • The products are placed on pallets
  • The pallets are given a protective cover

The lines are automated with four or five operators monitoring each line to ensure that the various stages are completed correctly.

  • 2 sizes of bottle are packaged in Champigneulles – 25cl and 50cl
  • The 25cl bottles are packaged in packs of 6, 10 or 24. The line used for this type of packaging outputs 60,000 bottles an hour.
  • The 50cl bottles are packaged in packs of 6 and the line outputs 30,000 bottles an hour.
  • 3 sizes of can are also packaged on three different lines outputting 60,000 to 80,000 cans an hour.

Cans come in three sizes (33cl, 44cl and 50cl) and can be grouped in packs of 4, 6, 12, 18 or 24.