PORTLAND, Ore. — Eastside Distillery (NASDAQ: EAST) today announced it has added a full-scale ready-to-drink wine and cocktails canning operation at its Portland distillery, according to Eastside vice president of production Tom Wood.
“We see the industry moving in this direction in a big way,” Wood said. “Canned wine and cocktails are the perfect away-from-home option for people with active lifestyles.”
The canned wine segment is growing with new entrants and innovation, primarily due to a new wave of consumers seeking convenient alternatives to fit their active lifestyles, and the sustainability benefits of cans. Reports show that the sales of canned wine have doubled for each of the last two years.
“The custom built canning line is designed to produce Ball Corporation’s popular “slim can” in 187ml, 200ml and 250ml sizes. The 200ml can is a unique size to Eastside, which other distilleries cannot accommodate. The operation is capable of outputting 3,000 24-can cases per day,” Wood said.
Overall, the line will be able to can wine and RTD beverages containing up to 20% alcohol by volume.
Eastside is currently canning wine for Oregon-based wineries Dear Mom, Roots, and Milbrandt Winery, and Backpack Wines, of Chicago. The company has plans to create new beverages, spritzers, and premixed wine cocktails, among others.
About Eastside Distilling
Eastside Distilling Inc. (NASDAQ: EAST) is located in Southeast Portland’s Distillery Row and has been producing high-quality, master crafted spirits since 2008. Makers of award-winning spirits, the company is unique in the marketplace and distinguished by its highly decorated product lineup that includes Barrel Hitch American Whiskies, Burnside Bourbon, Below Deck Rums, Portland Potato Vodka, and a distinctive line of infused whiskies. All Eastside spirits are master crafted from natural ingredients for unparalleled quality and taste. The company is publicly traded under the symbol NASDAQ: EAST. For more information visit: www.eastsidedistilling.com or follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.