Ardagh Group has signed a ten-year agreement with The Absolut Company, which is owned Pernod Ricard, for the continued production of the unit’s glass bottles.
Both Ardagh and Absolut said the deal will ensure that carbon emissions are further reduced in the production of Absolut vodka bottles.
The Absolut Company is Sweden’s largest exporter in the food sector, accounting for approximately 10% of its food exports. The division’s operations and distillery in Åhus are carbon-neutral.
“It is very exciting to see the result of a cooperation between two companies located in small Swedish towns,” said Anna Malmhake, CEO of The Absolut Company. “The Absolut Company in Åhus and Ardagh Group in Limmared reach out to more than 120 markets around the world.
“The great thing about this long-term partnership is that we can act on a world-leading level when it comes to innovation and sustainability throughout the whole supply chain.”
Ardagh’s production facility in Limmared is the largest supplier of Absolut Vodka bottles, and the company produces more than 100 million bottles each year using more than 40% recycled glass.
“We are delighted The Absolut Company have renewed their trust in Ardagh to consistently deliver quality, sustainable packaging,” said Bo Nilsson, operations director Nordic, Ardagh Group.
“Our team at Limmared has worked in partnership with Absolut for 40 years, consistently delivering premium, innovative products. Ardagh shares their commitment to sustainable packaging and, with this latest agreement, looks forward to cooperating on further advances for many years in the future.”
The agreement lasts until 2029 and is The Absolut Company’s largest supplier agreement.
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