Russian brewery Pivovarinny Zavod Samko plans to sell beer in lightweight and recyclable kegs by specialised plastics packaging supplier Petainer.

The kegs, manufactured in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) will be available in 15l, 20l, 30l and 40l sizes and have low-cost micro matic-compatible fittings, which allow the containers to be connected to existing standard tapping systems for draught beer.

According to Petainer, the environment-friendly kegs offer its users low transport costs, easy recycling and lower environmental impact compared to metal containers.

They can be supplied either as complete, ready-to-fill containers, or as preforms which are blown to full size on or near the site where they are required.

Samko, which produces about 300,000 hectolitres of beer a year, is taking the kegs as preforms to blow and fill on a recently installed semi-automatic plastic keg line.

Preform containers have been supplied to Samko, as part of an agreement between the brewery, Petainer and KHS, which provides the filling line including processing and other essential equipment.