Contract Bottling is the term used for when you contract out your bottling to someone else. In essence you provide the ingredients/formula and we then process the entire operation from start to end.
We'll be quite clear on this - you are asking for the use of a factory which has very expensive, very specialist equipment. This means the work comes with a price-tag commensurate with the costs that we bear. Do not expect a bottle to cost you 25p all in from start to finish.
With other contract bottlers you will get an upfront quoted price per bottle. We’re, by necessity of dealing with customers and products that are untested, different. Due to the nature of our operation we work on (much) smaller margins, and so we offer our bottling on a day/half day basis for filling. Prices are discounted based on volume of business & associated risk.
One off order - from £1,200 per day
*Minimum Charges Apply*
- Pallet Wrapping
- Shrink Sleeving (off site)
- Wax Finish
Still or sparkling, we can do both. We can collect product from you and blend to your instructions or you can come and blend then leave us to bottle, the decision is yours.
We can pasteurise all products using a low-temperature technique that has no ill effect on the flavour of product. This also has the benefit of giving up to a 2 year shelf life using our method and equipment! We can also hot-fill in to PET (although it's slower, so more expensive).
If you’d like the bottles to be capsulated (PVC shrink wrapped like a wine bottle) or wax sealed then this is available to you too.
To complete our on-line bottling product specification which will allow us to understand more about your requirements please click here
What can you expect to get for your money?
Products that do not require pasteurisation upto 7,000 bottles per day
Products that require pasteurisation - upto 2,500 per day (with customer assistance)
Simply put, we use this model as each customer comes to us with a different requirement for filling/blending etc. which takes different amounts of time. When it comes to how many bottles or litres/bottles you can achieve in a day then it depends on the size/volume of your bottle, the pasteurisation or preservation method (if any), the cap used and (importantly) how long your product takes to blend or ‘bulk manufacture’. The simpler it is for us to do, the faster it becomes and the more throughput you get for your money.
Volumes will vary dependent upon your bottle size, ease of product handling etc., and we do not guarantee an output per day.
If you are looking for a set price per bottle then this is available, and our long term customers work with us on this basis, but is bespoke to each customer and will only be given after a trial run and 3 commercial level runs have been completed.
What’s not included:
- Date Coding - for more information see our Date Coding Page
We don't charge for:
- Advice (as opposed to a consultation)
- Small scale stock holding & storage (within reason). Holding pallet sized quantities for more than 4 days will incur a charge.
Labelling is different for every single customer. Some require complicated shapes or difficult to apply substrates and glues. As such each customer will pay a different price per bottle. So we've made it simple. Difficulty = more time. It makes it simpler to apply an hourly rate as the simpler the application the more throughput and the cheaper per bottle it will become. Labelling, be it entirely hand supplied or roll-fed (up to 1,500 bph) is charged at £30 per man hour if it goes outside of your day/half-day bottling period.
The items that aren't included we can of course provide, but they may be unique to each customer. Different requirements for case size would require a different box size with a different cost for example. We work closely with our box manufacturer and can provide custom box sizes if that is what you require with as little as 200 item minimum order.
If you know what you're looking for, then please use the form below to complete our product spec. It will be sent to us for review, and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can, normally within a working week.