Glass and metal products manufacturer Ardagh Group has revealed plans to increase its beverage can capacity in the US.

As part of this plan, the company will install two new high-speed beverage can manufacturing lines at its Olive Branch facility in Mississippi.

The new lines are scheduled to commence production by the end of this year.

Initially, the lines will focus on the company’s Ardagh Sleek line, package sizes for hard seltzer, beer, energy drink and tea beverage categories.

Ardagh Metal – Beverage North America CEO Claude Marbach said: “This is one of a number of significant capacity expansion investments we are initiating to meet growing demand, as consumers and customers increasingly recognise the sustainability advantages of beverage cans.

“Beverage cans deliver high recycled content rates, often driving the effectiveness of municipal recycling systems due to the inherent value of aluminium.

“And with ideal filling, distribution and retail display economics, beverage cans enable customers to further build their brand and bottom line.”

With this expansion, the Ardagh Olive Branch facility will also be adding more than 80 new jobs. This will take the total numbers of workers in the facility to more than 200. The facility was built in 1988 on more than 20 acres of land area.

Last month, Ardagh Group and beverage manufacturer fritz-kola collaborated to produce a new 100% recyclable, long-neck flint bottle for the latter’s cola brand.