A French company has installed a new complete PET line from Sidel to bottle white vinegar in response to growing demand.

Charbonneaux-Brabant, a family-owned company founded in 1797, previously bottled white vinegar three factories in France: at Reims, Carvin, and Nantes. With the market for white vinegar booming, the company found that none of these sites could keep up, according to Loïc Dionis, industrial director at Charbonneaux-Brabant.

“All of those sites were nearly saturated and not capable to cope with the growing demand of white vinegar without a potential risk of production shortages,” said Dionis. “We have decided to enlarge our site in Vauvert in Southern France, where we were only producing vinegar in kegs before.”

The manufacturer turned to Sidel, which drew on its expertise in the edible oil, water, and home care industries to install a complete PET bottling line which runs at 23,000 bottles per hour and features a cold glue labeller; overwrapping; a layer-by-layer palletiser; dry-lube conveyors; traceability systems; and the Sidel Matrix Combi moulder, filler and capper.

This has boosted Charbonneaux-Brabant’s capacity, explains Loïc Leon, Sidel key account manager.

“Charbonneaux-Brabant wanted to be one of the first to apply the methodology and approach from the edible oil and water sectors, where inline PET bottle blowing and turnkey solutions are key elements to deliver performance thanks to a fully automatic, high speed, flexible line to the production of vinegar,” said Leon.

Dionis says the company is pleased with the solution’s flexibility, reliability, and ease of use.

“We enjoyed very smooth pre-contracting, project management and aftersales steps, always dealing with one single interface per phase. This allowed us to focus more on the building construction, which was happening at the same time.

“I felt really confident about Sidel’s capacity to meet our expectations and deadlines and I need to say that their on-site support during and after commissioning was absolutely great,” said Dionis.

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