In pursuit of good taste – Part II: what role does intralogistics play in the beverage industry?

The Christmas period is full of culinary delights. For this reason, our In Pursuit of Good Taste series takes a closer look at intralogistics processes in the food industry. Today, our focus is the right drinks for our holiday season dinner. So join us on a journey into the world of beverages – from the logistics of beer to harvesting grapes in the fall.

A sparkling wine for a celebration, a red wine with your cheese, or a beer to wash down a succulent steak: a great meal is even better with the right potable liquid. We investigated a number of example cases of how beverages arrive at our dining tables

Powerful logistics for heavy liquid loads

The logistics of the beverage industry is highly dependent on high-performance industrial trucks, especially forklifts. Traditional brewery C. & A. Veltins* in Germany, for instance, operates a fleet of around 65 lithium-ion-powered vehicles from Linde Material Handling. They are employed to load empty and full containers in record time, day in, day out. Whereas the Krombacher brewery in Siegerland, for example, operates a large fleet of diesel and electric STILL trucks to load up to 32,000 pallets every day.

The beverage industry is kept running smoothly by some remarkable intralogistics. And as with all sectors, the priority is to move pallets around without endangering people, equipment or products. However, in this particular business, correct and careful stacking is more important than most, as the goods being conveyed are truly fragile. But time pressures and inventory turn continue to increase. As does the variety of items and therefore the complexity of storage.

Effective support for harvesting grapes

The logistical challenges associated with wine harvesting, for instance in the countryside around Heilbronn, in southern Germany, are very different. In September, when the grapes on the picturesque slopes are ripe, the local vintners deliver hundreds of crates of fruit a day to the wine cooperative. To manage this sudden surge in workload, the winery rents forklift trucks from Linde Material Handling to ensure the valuable grapes are processed as quickly as possible to safeguard the quality of the wine. Furthermore, electric and diesel forklifts ensure smooth transport and handling processes. The historical Rotkäppchen* winery in Freyburg, in eastern Germany, employs the same strategy. It deploys a large fleet of STILL forklifts to unload and move 20,000 bottles an hour to the bottling plant, where they are filled with a wide variety of grape juices.

Reliable vehicles are essential to the logistics of drinks, in vineyards, breweries and elsewhere. And they ensure the end result is just what we want: a delicious drop of liquid that is just right for end-of-year celebrations.

The third part in our series shines a light on how automated systems ensure perfectly ripe cheese. 

*German only

This article was first published in a similar manner by the KION Group on September 29, 2020.

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