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CPS Contract Bottle Filling Adds Value and Reduces Supply Chain Risk

Willow Slusser, Jul 18, 2022 10:42:00 AM


From raw materials and freight to labor deficits, manufacturers continue to take the brunt of spiraling expenses related to the ongoing global supply chain disruption. In fact, 75% of companies point to disruptions as having a “negative or strongly negative impacts” on their businesses.1 

Fluctuating degrees of progress toward resolution of the crisis have many manufacturers seeking ways to streamline their supply chains. For manufacturers with complex processes, leveraging vendors with multiple capabilities can help prevent excessive risk and add value.

CPS custom contract bottle filling capabilities are a perfect example. Added as a next step after wet milling, blending or emulsifying, we can quickly and safely bottle, seal, and cap liquid and liquefiable products including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, nutraceutical, personal care, home care, industrial chemical, cosmetics, and more.

The strategic layout of our facility is a key to liquid bottling efficiency. Wet milling and blending, emulsifying, and extraction processes take place in the same facility as the bottling line. The close proximity means an uninterrupted transition of liquid formulations from dispersion tanks to custom-built bottling equipment cleaned to the highest industry standards, saving on labor, repackaging, shipping costs, and more.

Consider the multiple benefits to using CPS  in-house capabilities. They support your larger goal of consolidating vendors to mitigate supply chain risk, and also help you optimize savings opportunities:

One project, one touchpoint

Leveraging multiple capabilities of a trusted supplier like CPS simplifies your project management. All project-centric information is centralized — communication, estimates, billing, timelines, etc. — saving your team the time and hassle of chasing down important details.

Likewise, narrowing focus to one supplier vastly reduces the administrative burdens and regulatory risk related to researching, vetting, and establishing relationships with multiple vendors.

Fewer potential hidden costs

Using multiple suppliers for ingredient processing and liquid bottling incurs necessary expenses, such as fuel and transportation, energy consumption, and labor. In the current climate of global supply chain uncertainty, market volatility, and inflation, these costs have skyrocketed.

In the past two years, domestic shipping fees have increased an estimated 23% and international freight costs have at least tripled.2 U.S.-based manufacturers and businesses are absorbing a $41.4 billion increase in energy costs.3  Ongoing labor shortfalls in the manufacturing sector are driving economic losses of up to $1 trillion.4

These spikes in necessary expenses are more than startling. They’re sometimes not fully accounted for in budgets — a costly “surprise.”

Shortened project timelines

Passing projects from one supplier to another is also time consuming. Transportation delays aside, there is the nearly inevitable wait time involved in having your liquid formulations worked into another supplier’s contract bottle filling rotation. Factor in potential extended downtime for cleaning equipment and changeovers, and timelines could balloon — slowing time to market.

Consistent product quality and safety management

The more exposure your product has to external influences, the greater the risk to quality and safety. Having a trusted supplier maintain possession of your liquid formulations from processing through bottling is prudent.

The automated Clean In Place (CIP) process on CPS custom-built bottling equipment uses cGMP validated protocols to protect your product against cross-contamination while it quickly and efficiently cleans, removes residue, and rinses to enable efficient line changeovers. You can be confident that safe, top-quality products get to market quickly.

Undoubtedly, the upheaval caused by global supply chain disruption has a trickle-down effect. To mitigate the impact, it’s essential that your operation pivots toward capabilities that your trusted partners readily provide. Download our Contract Liquid Bottling Services infographic to learn more about how CPS can help put you in the best position to manage efficiencies, time, and costs. 

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1Accenture, Supply Chain Disruption & How to Respond | Accenture

2Wall Street Journal, Shipping and Logistics Costs Are Expected to Keep Rising in 2022 - WSJ

3Consumer Energy Alliance, High Energy Prices to Increase Costs … CEA Analysis Finds 

4Summit Steel, The Labor Shortage's Impact on Manufacturing

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