Carbonated beverages, like all food and beverage products, are subject to a complex and fast-moving supply chain process that begins with purchasing of raw ingredients that form both the beverage product and packaging that holds it.
Beverage products move through the production stages where packaging is manufactured, syrup is created, and the drink is mixed and carbonated.
Once ready to fill, bottles arrive at the filling machine. Many of the initial bottles to be filled, along with the drink product, are wasted due to being underweight as the filler gradually increases to maximum line speed due to excessive fobbing.
After filling, capping and labelling, the batch is cased and stored, ready for distribution.
Supermarkets and shops all over the region receive their routine order of beverages to stock their shelves as part of their drinks’ portfolio, which remain there until purchased by the consumer.
The consumer usually purchases and consumes carbonated beverages six weeks after they have been initially filled, if filled into PET packaging, and will have been subject to some carbonation loss in that time. If too much carbonation is lost or if a beverage goes flat immediately after opening this is usually when consumers complain.