PETAINER has announced an expansion of its South American presence after teaming up with BLUE PET in Brazil to start manufacturing petainerKeg.
The firm said its keg products are “increasingly” being used by breweries for draught beer and BLUE PET, which specialises in producing bulk volume PET containers, will start manufacturing at its new plant in Tijucas, Santa Catarina in June this year.
The blow moulding plant will serve the domestic market and become the manufacturing hub for the South American region, supplying markets in the likes of Argentina and Uruguay.
BLUE PET will manufacture the core petainerKeg range, including the newly-launched Hybrid keg. Petainer said the use of local manufacturing reduces supply chain costs. The kegs will be sold through Petainer’s distribution partners KHS Brazil, N/Pack and “potentially others” in the near future.
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 MD added, “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.”