Kombucha: Honoring a Historical Process
Canned and Bottled Kombucha Companies Automate with Ska Fabricating
There is nothing fast about making kombucha. A craft more than two thousand years old, its fermentation process has been adapted myriad times over the generations. Those that are bringing this ready-to-drink (RTD) tea to the public over the past decades are still honing and perfecting their crafts through their own unique processes of varying lengths of time.
The notion of process is one that is present in many of our days – the steps it takes to achieve a desired outcome or result. Making tea, for example – whether pouring a bag into a cup, pushing a pod into a percolator, or heating up a gooseneck for your fresh leaves, there are steps one must follow to end up with a cozy cup. Following a process implies a method or recipe – A to B to C – where some steps take time and some steps are in close sequence like dominoes. However, when one comes to a step that is more laborious or time-intensive, one cannot rush the outcome…it simply has to proceed. There is a surrender in this – a submission to the will of the medium and a kind of trust that the process will yield the product.
Typically seen in either glass or aluminum packaging, kombucha is being concocted and marketed in infinite ways: hemp or CBD-infused, effervescent or fizzy, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Along with the flavor and taste profile, it’s also clear that there’s no lack of containers these days for vendors to choose from when it comes to packaging their craft beverage, and kombucha is no different. Every house-of-kombucha is as unique as their recipe for their craft beverage – and the market continues to expand every year.
So why are we here at Ska Fab talking about kombucha on our blog today? Beyond the marketing plans for the perfect look, and the poured-over recipe for the in-demand taste customers expect, the success of the product itself has to be considered in scale – tempered by the market itself for the product. How the product can actually be brought to market en-masse is a huge piece of this puzzle, and for this discussion a company needs a true expert.
Ska Fabricating has been automating processes for craft beverage producers for over ten years, and in that time, we’ve worked with a wide range of desired packaging speeds as well as container types. With many kombucha companies desiring to package products in both glass and aluminum cans, it’s important to have someone in your corner who can speak to both of those worlds.
We’ve got our roots in the craft brewing industry – we know the time it takes to create a perfectly fermented product and the care that needs to be taken with such a product when it comes to packaging. Automation is a step that can change the game when it comes to how a business can grow – freeing up your valuable team’s minds and hands from the packaging floor. With our acquisition of GR-X Manufacturing, we have expanded our capability to handle glass as well as aluminum, and with options like the original Can-I-Bus depalletizer or the HHA 5000 automatic glass depalletizer, our customers have so many choices in terms of how to design their packaging lines. It helps that our team of engineers have truly seen it all, and are a part of the conversation and creative process from the very beginning.
Brewers of booch are aware of process, and we here at Ska Fab honor that as part of our own system of creating automated solutions that are relevant, forward-thinking, and honed not just for today, but for the future of the industry.
Let us know what you are working on – we’d love to be a part of your story.