To continually improve its capabilities as a contract packager, Nor-Cal Beverage Co. Inc., Sacramento, Calif., has made investments exceeding $100 million in its two facilities in California. The improvements have placed the third-generation family-owned company on track to produce 45 million cases of product in 2011 for companies such as The Coca-Cola Co., Hansen’s Natural and Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons.
Both of Nor-Cal’s plants are working toward FSSC 22000 certification with hot fill, cold fill, aseptic, chilled, pouch and organic capabilities. In Sacramento, Nor-Cal produces a range of juice and juice drinks, energy drinks, ready-to-drink (RTD) teas and functional beverages. The Northern California plant manufactures products on aseptic, pouch, hot-fill, a 24-ounce can line, PET/glass line, combination carbonated/cold-fill/hot-fill line and a multi-size can line that has the ability to run sizes as small as 9 ounces, says Shannon Deary-Bell, president and chief executive officer of Nor-Cal.