Bevcraft Group enters US

Bevcraft Group, Europe’s leading ‘craft can’ specialist, has completed the acquisition of the mobile canning business of Tripod Canning, LLC based in Kenilworth, New Jersey as part of a multi-million-dollar US investment programme.

Tripod’s mobile fleet, equipment and crews will join Bevcraft USA in serving craft beverage
producers and breweries across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania as well as
Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut. Bevcraft already provides mobile canning across Europe from bases in Ireland, Norway, the UK, and the Netherlands as well as operating can decoration and digital printing plants, wholesale depots, static canning facilities and quality control labs.

The deal will build upon the job Tripod founder Jay Kurz and his team have accomplished in
building a mobile canning business. Commenting Darren Fenton, COO of the Bevcraft Group,
said: “Quality-led mobile canning has from the outset been at the heart of what we do at
Bevcraft. We are delighted to welcome the Tripod team into our Group and to embark on
the next chapter of growth in the US.

“We have always believed in a quality-led, service-driven approach to mobile canning, and
we are very excited to bring a fresh approach to a market we have always considered one of
the most innovative and dynamic in the world. Craft beer has come a long way since the
very first mobile canners popped up more than a decade ago.

“Our job is to iterate and improve by making quality mobile canning as convenient, cost-
effective, and flexible as possible for breweries as they scale and inject more competition
into the market. We believe in freedom from rigid contracts and have always offered a truly
flexible commitment-free solution for our clients.”

As a mobile canner, Bevcraft USA is delighted to be based in New Jersey right in the middle
of the New York – Philadelphia corridor and within easy reach of so many major cities along
the East Coast. Bevcraft’s investment in New Jersey has been supported by Enterprise
Ireland and Choose New Jersey. Commenting on this, Ciarán Gorman, CFO of the Bevcraft Group, said:“Ireland and the US have an incredible shared history that to this very day includes our own close family ties across the US including in New Jersey and New York. As part of this transaction, we have
appointed Conor Bowden, an Irish American from New York, as our US commercial
director and we look forward to collaborating with our international teams in supporting
the US operation.

“America is the global leader in craft beer, and we have for many years worked with US
supply chain partners. Ultimately our business is in the valued added manufacturing sector
and specifically in a category that is built around local onshore production. Craft Beer delivers quality local manufacturing jobs wherever it goes, and we are excited about
continued investment in American manufacturing.”

In preparation for the closing of this transaction, Bevcraft’s senior leadership team met with
the Irish Government Minister for Enterprise Simon Coveney and Enterprise Ireland in New York
and with Steve Lenox of Choose New Jersey who travelled to Mullingar, Ireland.

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