The partnership connects Stevens Point Brewery with the glass manufacturing plant of AGP-North America in Wisconsin to advance the souring of local products in its operations


AGP-North America to provide glass beer bottles to Stevens Point Brewery. (Credit: Adam Wilson on Unsplash)

Ardagh Glass Packaging (AGP)-North America, a unit of Ardagh Group, has signed a local supply agreement for glass beer bottles with Stevens Point Brewery.

The partnership connects Stevens Point Brewery with the glass manufacturing plant of AGP-North America in Burlington, Wisconsin, US.

The agreement aligns with the brewery’s commitment to sourcing local products and integrating sustainable practices into its operations.

Stevens Point Brewery purchasing director Brian Elza said: “The Stevens Point Brewery distributes 1.7 million cases annually of Point Craft Beer, Ciderboys Hard Cider, Whole Hog Beer and Point Gourmet Soda to over 30 states.

“Of that, half of the volume is in glass bottles. Sourcing glass closer to home is more efficient from an energy-standpoint and supports our state economy. Put simply, this partnership aligns with our values.”

According to Ardagh Group, the local collaboration reduces emissions and bolsters Wisconsin’s local economies and communities.

It also improves air quality since shorter travel distances leave a smaller carbon footprint, the Luxembourg-based glass and metal products producer claimed.

Ardagh Glass Packaging provides a large range of premium, American-made glass beer bottles to the craft beer market.

The bottles are said to be 100% recyclable and come in several sizes, styles, and finishes.

AGP-North America beer and beverage vice president Rashmi Markan said: “Ardagh Glass Packaging enjoys partnering with craft brewers like Stevens Point Brewery to supply locally produced, sustainable glass bottles for their craft beer.

“Our close proximity to one another allows for better collaboration to align production processes and quality all the way from Ardagh’s manufacturing lines to Stevens Point Brewery’s filling lines.”

Last year in November, AGP-North America renewed its supply agreement with Oliver Winery to produce most of the latter’s wine bottles.