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Quarter-billion dollar packaging investment in ConAgra Foods

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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Ardagh Group invests over $250 million to supply ConAgra with all U.S. food can requirements.

Ardagh Group, a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, has announced it has entered into a supply agreement with ConAgra Foods to supply substantially all of their U.S. food can needs.

As part of the agreement, Ardagh Group will invest over $250 million to construct two new state-of-the-art DWI (Drawn and Wall-Ironed) can-making facilities to convert the vast majority of ConAgra Foods’ shelf-sized cans from traditional three-piece can technology to Ardagh’s flexible DWI  technology. Wall-ironing is a process used to thin a can’s wall thickness. Drawing implies the drawing of a can/form from a circular blank.

These facilities will also have the capability to manufacture Ardagh’s pressurized thin-wall DWI food cans, recently launched in Europe. Commercial supply will commence January 1, 2015.

Ardagh Group Metal Americas chief executive officer James Willich says, “We are delighted that ConAgra Foods chose to partner with Ardagh to leverage its innovative metal packaging solutions. Our approach to DWI will allow ConAgra Foods to convert many lower-volume, specialty shelf sizes to this process, something that has not been feasible with the traditional DWI installations.”

Ardagh Group is a global leader in rigid packaging, producing metal and glass packaging solutions for most of the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer care brands. It operates 100 manufacturing plants in 25 countries, employs approximately 18,000 people and has global sales in excess of €4.1 billion.

ConAgra Foods is an American packaged foods company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, and is the largest private-label packaged food business in the U.S. ConAgra Foods Canada is a sister company.

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