Shipping Beer 101: Break-Free Deliveries
When shipping beer, the number one priority is that it arrives to your customer in the pristine condition you sent it out in. This means it needs to be free of spoilage and, of course, that all of the bottles or cans are in one piece. This can be a truly daunting task, but we’re here to go over everything you need to know for how to ship beer.
How to Ship Beer
Some people may think that shipping beer is easier than shipping wine, or that beer is more durable. However, glass beer bottles are just as fragile as wine bottles, and require similar care and attention. You need to make sure you have the right materials and are shipping under the right conditions to ensure you have happy customers.
Beer Shipping Boxes
The first step in shipping beer is selecting the best beer shipping boxes. Whether shipping bottles or cans, it’s best to select packaging that creates separate cells for each container. Molded pulp trays hold each bottle in place on the top and the bottom, ensuring that they don’t bump into each other during transit.
Make sure that your outer shipping box is strong and reinforced. Our corrugated cardboard outer shipping boxes come perfectly sized to each set of molded pulp trays. These boxes have three layers: a smooth layer on the inside and the outside, with a fluted layer in-between to allow for maximum shock-absorption. Bumps and vibrations during transport can shake up the beer, and may even cause bottles or cans to explode if proper shipping materials with sufficient shock-absorption aren’t used.
Temperature for Shipping Beer
Like wine, it is best to ensure that beer is shipped and stored at a certain temperature. If the beer gets too warm, it could lead to spoiling. Of course, if the beer were to freeze, it could expand to the point of shattering a bottle or breaking a can. However, beer can withstand a fairly wide temperature range. The ideal range is between 37 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can get a little warmer without any damage. It is best to avoid shipping beer under any kind of extreme weather conditions, be it excessive heat or extreme cold.
Another factor to keep in mind is changing consumer preferences. Many consumers are paying much closer attention to how and where they’re spending their money, and today’s consumers are increasingly concerned about their environmental impact and the environmental friendliness of the companies they support.
Using eco-friendly packaging is a major way to signal to your customers that you care about doing what is best for the environment. Molded pulp packaging is an excellent choice for both your company and the planet. Because it’s thinner and lighter than traditional packaging options, molded packaging trays take up less space in your inventory. This gives you more space to store your product. Additionally, pulp beer shippers are made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials. This means the raw material that goes into them is plentiful, making them a cost-effective option for your company.
On top of that, molded pulp is completely biodegradable, meaning it will break down quickly, even if it’s not deposited at a composting site. In combination with recyclable cardboard beer shipping boxes, they make the perfect environmentally friendly packaging choice.
Our trays come in several sizes, from 6, to 8, to 12 bottle shippers, and 6 and 12 beer can shippers. However, beer shippers can be designed with millimeter-accuracy to fit all of your needs. Contact Wine Shipping Boxes today to get started with your custom or bulk order.