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Bevcraft Group to establish North American Digital Print operations in Trois-Rivières, Quebec

Industry pioneers Sébastien Baril and Jean-François Gaudreault will lead the new Solucan / Bevcraft Canada Operation

Trois-Rivières, Canada | 15 March 2024: Bevcraft Group, has announced the establishment of Groupe Bevcraft Canada at the Quebec-Ireland Business Leaders Reception.

Irish Deputy Prime Minister (‘Tánaiste’) Micheál Martin and the Irish Ambassador to Canada Eamonn McKee made the announcement alongside Bevcraft Group founders Darren Fenton, COO and Ciarán Gorman, CFO before a large congregation at the McCord Stewart Museum, Montreal.

Bevcraft Group is a global craft beverage canning specialist focused on mobile canning, static canning, digital can printing, laboratory testing and can distribution services. The Qúebec facility will be the 9th facility across the Bevcraft network and adds to operations already established in Ireland, the UK, USA, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.

The new management team of Sébastien Baril and Jean-François Gaudreault previously founded Solucan, which was one of the very first digital can printer operators in the world and achieved many technical milestones in the global digital can printing industry. They successfully printed tens of millions of cans over the last number of years for hundreds of clients across North America.

Groupe Bevcraft Canada will build upon these achievements and over the coming months support the next chapter of technical investment and innovation with investment of at least CAD$3m in technology upgrades at the Trois-Rivières facility.

Sébastien has been appointed as Président, Groupe Bevcraft Canada and Jean-François as Directeur Général, Groupe Bevcraft Canada. The two Québécois will be responsible for the wider Bevcraft Group’s Global Digital Print strategy and will work closely with Bevcraft’s UK digital print team as well as the wider team in Ireland.

Micheál Martin TD Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence

"I’m thrilled to witness the establishment of Groupe Bevcraft Canada in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, marking a significant milestone for Bevcraft Group with a $3 million investment in technology upgrades & innovation. This ambitious expansion firmly establishes you in Canada and underscores Bevcraft's commitment to Quebec as a region for continued growth in North America. We eagerly anticipate your continued success in the global craft beverage industry."

Darren Fenton, Bevcraft Group COO:

“Sébastien and Jean-François are industry pioneers who not only have decades of digital print experience but are true entrepreneurs with whom we share a passion for technical innovation and quality. We are excited to partner with them for this next chapter of the Solucan and Bevcraft journey.”

Initial activity has already commenced at the Group’s 16,000 sq. ft. facility in Trois-Rivières with both Digital Can Printing and Brite Can distribution services both now available and orders fulfilled to clients in both Canada and the USA.

Establishment Partners

Bevcraft Group have been supported by Enterprise Ireland and Investissement Qúebec in establishing in Canada and were advised by Katia Sebastiani, Cain Lamarre (Montréal), Andy Yap, Fuller Landau LLP (Toronto) and Chris Ball, RBK (Athlone, Ireland).

About the Bevcraft Group

The Bevcraft Group is a ‘craft can’ specialist first established in Ireland in 2016 by Ciarán Gorman and Darren Fenton. The Group today has operations across Europe and North America operating as Bevcraft, Tripod & Heidrun Tapperi.

Bevcraft provides a range of services including mobile contract canning, can distribution, can decoration, testing, servicing, and training and has three times been listed on the FT1000 Fastest Growing Companies list in Europe.

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