The rising popularity of both keg and aluminum can does not surprise me. Both have big advantages in packaging that have more green footprints for the environment and convenience for buyers. Kegs provide volume and consistency for wine on tap, reuse of the container, and cost savings (albeit modest to be honest). Aluminum cans provide convenience, a durable container, recyclability, and smaller serving sizes (aluminum bottles do the same, and have more pleasing shape).
So Free Flow’s success and expansion isn’t a surprise. It shows the promise and acceptance of alternative packaging.
Canning operations expected to catch continually growing kegging volume soon
by Jim Gordon
April 19, 2019
“Free Flow Wines moved into its new 56,000-square-foot space in Sonoma, Calif., on Jan. 15, just in time to handle the continuing expansion of its wine-on-tap kegging service and accommodate its even faster-growing canning operations.
“The location is a new warehouse-style steel building in the Carneros Business Park along 8th Street that cost Free Flow $10 million to equip. It’s legally a bonded winery that produces no brands of its own but fills kegs for more than 145 wineries and 260 brands that go to 5,000 restaurant, bar, stadium, concert hall, and hotel accounts across the country.”