Blue Marble Productions, a subsidiary of Blue Marble Cocktails, is opening a canning facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The company, which currently offers canning services for some of the major alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage brands, will begin operations at its 181,000ft2 facility this month.

Blue Marble also produces its own line of nine ready-to-drink cocktails, four vodka seltzers, besides co-packing and private labelling sparkling fruit juices, kombuchas, vitamin wellness drinks, canned waters, and other spirit based seltzers.

Operating through its new facility, Blue Marble noted that it intends to leverage its expanded R&D services, in-house lab testing, increased production capacity, additional can sleeving services, expanded packaging services and full 3PL services. These will help the firm to offer its customers an end-to-end solution from incubation to huge scale production to expand their brands.

Blue Marble Productions noted that it made significant investments to fast-track its growth opportunities.

In 2019, the company’s founder and CEO Alan Miller began investing in a new team and facility to develop production lines in 2020 that can deliver more than 450 million cans, with plans to expand future production capacity to more than one billion cans in 2021.

Miller said: “We started with a clean slate and would not accept the status quo on how facilities were designed or operated.

“We were a start-up operating like a Fortune 500 company, running SAP, hiring in-house PhDs to lead our formulary development, implementing GMP, and obtaining certifications like SQF, Kosher, Organic, etc. Now, we are making the natural next step towards being an industry leader in co-packing and product development.

“Expanding our footprint allows us to build another state-of-the-art production facility with plans for six lines and increasing our services and capabilities to include in-line sleeving, in-house microbiology, analytical testing, bulk liquid and ingredient storage, warehousing, and full 3PL services.”

In Q4 of this year, Blue Marble intends to expand its current spirit-based alcohol production by adding malt and wine co-packing capabilities.

The added capability is part of the firm’s expansion plans to include three additional co-packing lines slated for build-out in 2021.