Petainer, the global lead in one-way kegs, is partnering with BLUE PET in Brazil to start manufacturing petainerKeg™ – its global family of keg products which are increasingly being used by breweries for draught beer.
BLUE PET, which specialises in producing bulk volume PET containers such as 5USG refillable bulk water packaging, will begin manufacturing at its new plant in Tijucas, Santa Catarina, in the South of Brazil in early June 2018. The blow moulding plant will serve the domestic market as well becoming the manufacturing hub for the South American region serving emerging markets in Argentina, Uruguay and others.
Local manufacturing means that supply chain costs will be reduced, making it even more cost-effective to use petainerKeg™ compared to other forms of packaging. The kegs will be sold through Petainer’s strategic distribution partners KHS Brazil, N/Pack and potentially others in the near future.
BLUE PET will manufacture the core petainerKeg™ range, including the newly launched Hybrid keg. One-way kegs are proving popular in the region because they are used only once and are fully recyclable, cutting out costly, complex return logistics and washing processes. In addition to significant cost of ownership and sustainability benefits, they provide enhanced product protection, making sure that the beer is as good as the day it was brewed for over nine months.
Ricardo Leonel Vieira, Brazil Country Manager, Petainer, said: “I am delighted to announce our partnership with BLUE PET. Bringing manufacturing to Brazil demonstrates Petainer’s commitment to the domestic market and the wider region and reflects the growing demand for one-way PET kegs.”
Luis Matias, BLUE PET Managing Director, said: “We have partnered with Petainer because we recognise the growth opportunities for its products. One-way kegs provide a much more cost-effective alternative to steel kegs without any compromise on product quality and protection.
Petainer is a leader in plastic container innovation. Our trusted expertise is revolutionising the ECOnomic impact of packaging – by reducing costs and improving sustainability, whilst also protecting the products of world-leading brands.
We are a global business with five manufacturing sites around the world, with sales teams serving different markets working alongside a network of official distributors. We provide our customers with local market expertise and technical support – wherever they are in the world.
We have a 35-year history of innovation and focus on finding the right solutions for our customers. Our expertise in the markets we serve is second to none, thanks to a combination of skills from polymer scientists, designers, packaging technologists, brew masters, blowing and filling line specialists.