One-way PET kegs such as the market-leading petainerKeg™ are increasingly being used by craft breweries as a low-cost alternative to traditional steel kegs because they offer significant supply chain benefits.

As breweries seek to grow and build their brands, many want to exploit new domestic and overseas markets.  Transporting beer over longer distances and exporting to different countries presents breweries with many supply chain issues and challenges as the length of time draught beer must travel increases.

Overcoming supply chain challenges

The complexities of transporting beer over longer distances have led many breweries to explore alternative options to steel keg fleets.  Disposable 20L and 30L PET kegs help them overcome the challenges of long distances as well as saving the cost of transporting empty containers back to the brewery.  They can also be used on existing brewery filling lines designed for steel kegs which means there is no additional investment required to switch to PET kegs.

For breweries looking at export markets, the keg must be compatible with beverage dispensing systems in use worldwide. PetainerKeg ™, for example, is available with flat fittings compatible with Micro Matic A systems and well-type fittings compatible with Micro Matic S and D systems, and like the kegs, they are also designed for one-way use and are fully recyclable.

Enhanced product protection

One major disadvantage when exporting is the length of time it can take to reach destinations.  Products are often in transit for six or more weeks. During this time, fluctuating and uncontrollable temperatures can have an impact on the quality of the beer.  This can accelerate the chemical and physical reactions in the beer and make it age quickly.

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