We offer craft beer and beverage packaging solutions. Our different packaging solutions offer a variety of features such as tamper evidence, glass clear PET or heat seals. We offer bespoke artwork options also, with printed labels and label application available onto any party kegs or bottles supplied.
If you are unsure what packaging may suit your craft beer and beverage application, then please contact one of our team for more advice – or select from one of the ranges below for more product images and information.
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Pilgrim Brewery is located in the market town of Reigate and was established in 1982, making it the oldest craft brewery in the South East region. The brewery is named after the traditional pilgrimage route between Winchester and Canterbury and records show that beer has been brewed in Reigate for hundreds of years.
The tradition was renewed by Pilgrim founder, Dave Roberts, who was also instrumental in the establishing the Society of Independent Brewers and the Progressive Beer Duty – both of these achievements are fundamental to the craft beer revolution we enjoy today.
In 2017, the brewery was purchased by Adrian and Rory, passionate about bringing quality ales and beers to the South East and a vast investment was made into the brewery’s equipment to increase capacity, new controllers throughout the brewing process to ensure consistency and new cleaning in place (CIP) technology.
When the global COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK and the subsequent lockdown ordered pubs and restaurants to close for a substantial part of the year, the team at Pilgrim needed to find a solution which would save their beer! The answer came from the mini-keg supplied by P. Wilkinson Containers.
Pilgrim was able to cask beer already brewed into smaller kegs which could be enjoyed by punters at home and this also meant the brewery was able to continue with production by utilising this portable packaging format.
Each five-litre keg, which equates to about nine pints, features an easy-to-use ‘pull handle and tilt’ tap (rather than a button or twist tap) and drinkers can choose either the brewery’s heritage or seasonal cask range.
Helping Mad Cat and many breweries across the UK to save tens of thousands of pints worth of product being wasted needlessly during COVID-19 lockdown.
Like many breweries during the COVID-19 closure of all pubs, clubs, bars and hotels, Mad Cat found themselves needing to find a way to transfer product from the normal 40L kegs, into something more fit for retail sale & home use.
P. Wilkinson Containers was able to supply pallets of 5L mini kegs within days, and secure supply throughout the volatile lock-down period. Saving thousands of pounds worth of Mad Cat Beer being wasted, along with all the energy and resource that went into its production in the first place.
It was estimated that nation wide, 50m pints of beer would be wasted as it turned bad, while stuck in unwanted 40L cask kegs.
P. Wilkinson Containers helped many breweries across the UK to save tens of thousands of pints worth of product being wasted needlessly.
Twisted Brewery, a micro-brewery in West Wiltshire, were looking for a competitively priced pallet of 5L ‘mini kegs’.
In total, P Wilkinson Containers supplies Twisted Brewery to four pallets a year totalling 448 mini kegs. Each of the mini kegs contains the equivalent of around 9 pints of beer or ale and can even be personalised by the client for seasonal sales, which has proved very popular!
Exmoor Ales was founded in 1979 on the edge of Exmoor in Wiveliscombe, as a pioneer ‘Micro Brewery’ focusing on craft ale rather than mass produced keg ale sold by big brewers. Exmoor Ales helped lead the cask ale revival of the early eighties.
30+ years later, in the run-up to Father’s Day 2020, Exmoor Ales decided to commission mini-kegs from P. Wilkinson Containers for the brewery’s award-winning real ales to market to their customers as ‘mini-casks’. The 5L kegs are the ideal size for the client’s customers to order, get delivered, and enjoy real ales in the comfort of their own home.
The mini-kegs, suitable for beer, ale and cider, showcase the best venting mechanism for smooth flow and extended product life, placing them in direct competition of other beer and cider packaging formats including glass bottles, ring pull cans, growlers, polypins, mini–pins and a bag-in-a-box – many of which the mini keg is superior to.
The mini keg features include a re-closable top plug valve; easy to use ‘Pull & tilt’ tap (not a button, or a twist tap); an integrated tamper seal in the tap; suitability for carbonated and non-carbonated filling; and bespoke print designs available. The metal structure gives an unrivalled oxygen barrier and is widely recyclable as metal recycles forever.
The original order had very good feedback from Exmoor Ales customers about the ease of operation, alongside clear instructions, resulting in a second larger order. The final product was so successful, Exmoor Ales have even fielded enquiries from local pubs about ordering mini-kegs for takeaways. These mini-kegs are available in the UK from P. Wilkinson Containers Ltd.
We were already supplying Cutter & Squidge with their popular ‘post-able’ cake tins, which were hugely popular during 2020-2021 lockdowns when they approached us to supply tins for their Hot Chocolate mix.
We have a good working relationship with C&S thanks to our high-quality packaging containers, fast turnaround, and local sourcing, which were the keys to the success in the cake tin orders. We got them up and running extremely quickly during lockdown, and we were delighted to add to their widening collection for 2022.
For the Hot Chocolate tin, we used a 74mm diameter, 160mm tall slip lid tin manufactured at our William Say factory, which is then litho printed with a bespoke design for Cutter & Squidge. Each tin includes an environmental eco message on the base to communicate the decision to source locally, and to summarize the benefits of metal recycling forever.
The Cutter & Squidge tins have a satin varnish to finish, and the plain tinplate lids all have the Cutter & Squidge logo embossed into them.
Stuart Wilkinson, Marketing & Sales Director, takes a look at the company’s entry for the UK Packaging Awards, a totally plastic-free paint
Stuart Wilkinson, Sales & Marketing Director at P. Wilkinson Containers, talks about the challenges of meeting packaging demands during the
Stuart Wilkinson, Sales & Marketing Director, has a love letter to the mini-keg.
All hail the 5L mini keg! That may seem overdramatic, but
This is a pioneering age - in a large survey conducted in the UK last week, only 9% wanted life to return back to pre-crisis ‘normal.’
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2019 certainly felt like a year of change – at the very least, the start of what could be a really important shift in the way both
Peggy Staniforth joined P. Wilkinson Containers & William Say in 1958 at the age of 35 and has touched three generations over the time spent with us.
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