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24/03/2016

Petainer expands North America distribution network with ProStar partnership

(Chicago, IL) – Petainer, the global leader in high performance and sustainable packaging, has expanded its distribution footprint in the US with a new partnership with ProStar Distributing.

ProStar will exclusively sell petainerKeg™ products, targeting breweries, wineries, cider producers and cold-brew coffee suppliers with high quality packaging and supply chain solutions, leveraging Petainer’s expanding customer base and developing new markets.

The market-leading petainerKeg™ is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal kegs, which offers significant total cost of ownership and logistic benefits.  Sales of petainerKegs™ in the US have benefitted from the growing demand in the craft beer market for a cost-effective alternative to owning or leasing a fleet of steel kegs.

Annemieke Hartman-Jemmett, Petainer’s group commercial strategy director said: “Petainer’s new partnership with ProStar is an exciting development because it completes our distribution footprint in North America, a market which presents a strategic growth opportunity for the business.”

Marc Kibbey, executive vice-president, North America, Petainer, explains: "The petainerKeg™ is changing the way breweries and wineries are thinking about their business, thanks to competitive manufacturing and logistics costs, product quality, and the fact that they can use the same dispensing systems required for conventional steel kegs. We are also looking forward to exploring new opportunities in the fast-growth cold-brew coffee, cider and meadery market segments.”

Sarah Provancher, managing director, ProStar Distributing, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Petainer. We have identified many opportunities for petainerKeg™ in the Eastern US and have recruited a strong sales team to help quickly grow the petainerKeg™ market share.”

The environmental benefits of the lightweight, fully recyclable petainerKeg™ system includes low carbon emissions and reduced freight costs. Additional advantages of the petainerKeg™ include a brand-new, unused keg for every filling, the opportunity to economically enter new out-of-area or export markets and savings because there is no need to own or manage a fleet of metal kegs. They are also safe and easy to handle due to their light weight.

New pressure release valve – unlimited tapping and untapping

Petainer has also announced the introduction to the US market of a new non-pressure release (NPR) fitting, replicating standard keg fittings. Bars will benefit from this easier to use solution which ensures kegs can be tapped repeatedly, while allowing for significantly easier cleaning of lines.

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