Petrópolis, Krones partner twice
Brazilian brewer adds two 6 million hectolitre breweries
Brazilian brewer Grupo Petrópolis is becoming a national force in the country’s brewing industry, with it in the process of building and commissioning two identical six million hectolitre Krones-supplied plants. The two new breweries, both located in the north east of the country, move the privately-owned company out of its southern base around Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The first has already gone into operation, as of late 2013, in Alagoinhas near Salvador de Bahia. The second is approximately 750 kilometres north on the coast of the vast country, in Itapisuma near Recife in the state of Pernambuco, with its commissioning expected in mid-2014.
Krones, based in Neutraubling, Germany, won turnkey orders for the breweries, with it supplying the brewhouses, cellar and filtration equipment, and the bottling and can filling lines. The value of the order hasn’t been disclosed.
The plants start with Variomill wet mills, Krones’ ShakesBeer mash copper; its Pegasus C lautering system; and Krones’ energy efficient Stromboli wort boiling system, which consumes up to 40 per cent less energy.
The cold section features the TFS Twin Flow system for filtration, using long filtration cycles for superlative beer stability, plus Evoguard valve technology for hygienic process applications.
Each brewery also has a 62,000-bph returnable-glass line, including a Lavatec bottle washer from the latest generation with a low consumption of water and chemicals plus the modularised Solomodule labeller, which can handle several different labelling modes.
The canning line, rated at 128,000cph, features a single volumetric filler. Tunnel pasteurisation is being used on both the bottling and canning lines. There are also 18 combined fermentation and storage tanks and 12 bright-beer tanks for each site.
With the breweries coming into production in Alagoinhas and Itapisuma, Petrópolis will in future be operating a total of six breweries in Brazil.
Petrópolis and Krones have a longstanding working relationship, especially for packaging lines. In October 2010 it installed a 120,000cph line at the brewery in Rondonópolis, Mato Grosso, a city located about 1,500km inland from Sao Paulo. Earlier the same year Krones installed a 78,000bph non-returnable glass line for long neck bottles at the plant in Boituva, Petrópolis’ main brewery with a 10 million hectolitre capacity, located about 600km west of Sao Paulo.
At the time Krones could boast that it had supplied 12 of the 15 packaging lines operational in Petrópolis’ four breweries.