Bottling Cheerwine

Bottling Cheerwine

Cheerwine’s bottling facility in Charlotte, N.C., which operates under the name of Independent Beverage Corp., supplies distributors for a 300-mile radius. The 450,000-square-foot bottling and warehouse facility is backed by company-owned distribution centers.
Independent Beverage produces about 27 million cases of soft drinks and water a year, which includes Cheerwine, Cadbury brands and its contract manufacturing products. About 100 employees, operating two shifts six days a week, keep production running and warehousing organized.
The facility holds five bottling lines, two of which are can lines and three for plastic bottles. The company’s can lines are able to run up to speeds of 1,100 cans per minute, while the 20-ounce plastic bottle lines operate at speeds up to 600 bottles per minute. One of the plastic lines is dedicated to 2-liter bottles, another line runs half-liter and 20-ounce bottles, and the third, a very flexible line, runs 1-liter, 3-liter and 20-ounce and 32-ounce sports drinks. The company recently invested in new advanced inline monitoring technology to the lines to monitor product attributes.
Cheerwine’s concentrate is produced at the company’s headquarters in Salisbury, N.C., and shipped to the plant in Charlotte, plus other bottling facilities, undergoing quality control testing at both stages. Because of the numerous brands Independent Beverage bottles at the facility, production begins with a full sanitation process to avoid any cross-contamination of beverages.
The company’s bottle supplier labels the bottle before they are sent to the plant. The bottles go through a rinser, and are then conveyed overhead to a filler. Independent Beverage has a main filling room with three lines and an adjoining filling area with two lines.
The company’s lines bottle with carbo cooler systems, equipment which carbonates and cools the soft drink to about 38 degrees. The drinks are filled, capped and then go through the warmer to bring them to ambient temperature before placing the bottles and cans in cartons or pallets.

 Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Beverage Industry.  

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Top Beverage Flavors of 2014

Traditional flavors make up a large portion of beverage-makers’ selections, but tropical and exotic ones aren’t trailing too far behind. That’s according to research by BNP Media’s Market Research Division for Beverage Industry’s 2014 Product Development Outlook survey. Also see what's anticipated for top-selling flavors of 2015.

Click here to view the infographic in PDF format.

2/18/15 2:00 pm EST

A Healthy Future: Analyzing the latest health and wellness trends in the beverage market

The beverage marketplace continues to evolve to meet new trends and regulations. Our expert speakers will share with you their insight on what health and wellness topics will be paramount for the future success in the beverage industry.


Gert van Manen, president of iTi Tropicals Inc., shares his insights on the U.S. coconut water market. Citing research from Krueger Food Laboratories, he also supplies information highlighting the difference between products that declare their added sugars and those that do not.

Beverage Industry Magazine

BI February 2015 cover

2015 February

The February 2015 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on Bai Brands, as well as articles about calorie moderation, sparkling and premium wines, and more. Check it out today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Wine Trends

Which trend will have the most positive impact on the wine category in 2015?
View Results Poll Archive


Cleaning-in-Place: Dairy, Food and Beverage Operations, 3rd Edition

This book addresses the principles of cleaning operations, water supply issues and the science of detergents and disinfectants.

More Products

Beverage Insider eNewsletter

Are you an Insider? Subscribe to Beverage Industry’s weekly e-newsletter to receive news headlines, new product information and magazine highlights.   


facebook40 twitter    youtubelinkedgoogle+ icon 40px


Beverage Industry Webinars are an easy, effective and convenient way to get educated and informed on the latest industry trends and topics. All Webinars are FREE unless indicated. For more information, check out our Events page!