USA – AGP – North America, a business of Ardagh Group has collaborated with Newell Brands, the maker of Ball® home canning jars, to design and manufacture the Ball® Honeybee Keepsake Mason Jars.

Under the partnership, AGP – North America will manufacture jars that will feature an embossed bee and honeycomb to highlight the importance of pollinators in growing the foods people love to preserve.

The visual appearance and tactile texture of the newly embossed jars were made by Ardagh using a sculptured-embossing process.

Newell Brands said its team directly collaborated with the product design team of AGP – North America to design the latest mason jars, leveraging the ‘Vision4GlassSM’ approach.

Customers can purchase the new AGP-manufactured jars from their nearby local and regional grocery outlets, including Target stores.

Newell Brands Kitchen global brand management vice-president Julien McCluney said: “The Ball Honeybee Keepsake Jars celebrate honeybees and the pivotal role they play in the pollination process, which has a profound impact on our canning community across the globe.

“We are thrilled to launch/announce this collector’s edition canning jar and can’t wait to see how our consumers put them to use.”

Consumers are more committed to environmental sustainability and their health and prefer products and packaging that complement this lifestyle.

Commenting on the collaboration, Darrell Wineman, Vice President, Food and Spirits for AGP – North America added: “Ardagh Glass Packaging is passionate about innovation through glass design and enjoys pushing the technological boundaries of manufacturing new, custom textures for customers such as Newell Brands.

“As the leading domestic glass supplier to the U.S. food market, Ardagh continues to focus on innovations in complex embossing, as well as new manufacturing capabilities, to create distinctive glass packaging that creates brand differentiation.”

Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.

Glass is also the only widely used packaging material rated GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Earlier this month, AGP – North America signed a supply agreement with US brewery Sprecher Brewing in the manufacture of glass bottles.

As per the terms of this agreement, AGP will continue to manufacture glass bottles for Sprecher Brewing’s entire range of beer and beverage products, including their recently redesigned custom 16oz glass bottle.

The brewing company’s team worked closely with the product design team at AGP – North America using Ardagh’s Vision4Glass methodology to update their custom glass bottle.

The collaboration between Ardagh’s glass production factory in Burlington, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee’s original craft brewery keeps the brewery’s commitment to sustainability and locality alive.

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