Swedish brewery Spendrups uses DSV for just-in-time delivery – not just of beer but also of empty aluminium cans from its supplier Ball.
Instead of DSV just transporting cans of beer from the brewery in central Sweden to its customers, Spendrups now also uses DSV to transport the unused empty cans to the brewery as well.
Ball’s can manufacturing plant in Malmö in southern Sweden supplies the new cans, which DSV collects and delivers to the Spendrups brewery in central Sweden, 600km away. The same trucks then bring cans back to the Malmö region – but this time the cans have beer or soft drinks in them.
It’s a great approach for the environment, as it reduces the number of truck movements and CO2 emissions – something which is very important for Spendrups.
Claes Åkesson, Director Environmental & Sustainability at Spendrups Brewery
Another transport supplier used to have the contract for shipping the new cans from Ball to Spendrups, but as DSV already shipped cans for Ball to Denmark and Norway it made sense for Spendrups to switch to DSV too. DSV was also able to offer the capacity required by Spendrups, including seasonal peaks when more trucks are needed than usual.
Spendrups has contracted DSV for three years. Dedicated DSV staff and hauliers work closely with both Spendrups and Ball, so the drivers know the customers' needs well, have all been trained and have written instructions about what to do if anything goes wrong such as unforeseen traffic delays.
Time-critical transport with high demands on cleanliness
Spendrups sets high standards for how the empty cans are handled in order to be sure that they are kept uncontaminated. All the trucks are sealed when leaving Ball, and a broken seal on arrival at the brewery means automatic rejection of the truck as the shipment may have been tampered with and the cans contaminated.
Spendrups is a family firm founded over a century ago. As well as brewing several brands of beer, it also produces a number of soft drinks. All its beers are produced according to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 – the ingredients may only be barley, hops, water and yeast.