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  • Harsh Doshi

Minimum Order Quantities (MOQs) for Beverage Co-Packing

Minimum order quantities are a matter of great commercial relevance. Most organized beverage co-packers don't run more than 1 SKU per shift. The sheer time-cost of changing from one SKU over to another eats up nearly 2 hours or 20% of a shift. That's a 20% loss in production time. This makes it un-viable to run multiple SKUs on a single line in the same shift.

This limit of 1 SKU per shift is often how beverage co-packers determine their MOQs. For a machine with a capacity ranging between 60 - 90 BPM running 500ml capacity bottles, a single hour produces 3600 - 5400 bottles or 300 - 450 cases (typically configured for 12L, so 48 bottles x 250ml, 24 bottles x 500ml, 12 bottles x 1L or 6 bottles x 2L). A single shift (10 hours) produces 3000 - 4500 cases. That roughly correlates to the expected MOQ for any organized beverage co-packer.

There are definitely players who offer options at the lower end and the higher end of the spectrum. Overbooked co-packers don't entertain less than 10,000 cases at a go, and struggling co-packers offer batches as low as 500L.

If you are looking for a beverage co-packer for your glass bottles, reach out to us through If you're looking for a beverage co-packer for other substrates like Tetra-Pak / plastic,/ HDPE, we'll send across a short list of relevant beverage co-packers we've been in touch with.

Let us know how we can help!

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