Heineken N.V. is to introduce a new portable draught beer system, the 4.75 litre Heineken DraughtKeg. Heineken launched this innovation in France today and in the USA in May 2005, with further market introductions to follow.

During a media presentation in Paris, Thony Ruys, chairman of the executive board of Heineken N.V. said: "As announced at our 2004 full year results presentation, we are investing an additional €100m annually in marketing and packaging innovation during 2005. Following on from our BeerTender, the first home draught beer system launched in 2004, we are delighted to announce DraughtKeg, another innovation break-through draught beer system. This is part of our strategy to further improve volumes and sales mix addressing the changing consumer dynamics and will strengthen our leadership position in the premium segment of the beer markets."

The Heineken DraughtKeg is an integrated pressurized and disposable system with mini tap components in a lightweight steel keg. After being pre-chilled at 5 degrees Celsius, consumers simply need to click on the easy-to-install tap tube and the keg is ready to draft beer.

The complete system weighs 5.5 kilograms and contains 4.75 litres of beer. The beer stays fresh 21 days after opening the keg and the beer is dispensed under CO2 pressure, right down to the last glass. On average, 20 glasses can be dispensed.