Canadian beverage can company Wildpack Beverage has entered a long-term purchase and supply agreement with US-based packaging firm Ball Corporation for sustainable aluminium beverage packaging.

The supply agreement will expand Wildpack’s printed can and warehousing services from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to its remaining five locations, as well as to other sites in the US that the company develops in future.

In addition, the agreement is in line with Wildpack’s network strategy to reduce the pressure placed by freight costs on the production of beverages for its customers.

Ball maintains a broad network of production facilities, which will integrate with Wildpack’s existing six US locations.

Wildpack chief growth officer Thomas Walker said: “Wildpack is delivering on our commitment to ensure our customers have ongoing access to sustainable beverage packaging in the US.

“Our partnership with Ball will allow us to provide our customers with high-quality aluminium packaging at competitive prices.

“This is just one more example of how we continually seek to enhance our customer experience and enable our customers to scale without interruption.”

Based in Vancouver, Wildpack provides sustainable aluminium can filling, decorating, packaging, brokering, sleeve and label printing services and logistics for brands across the US.

The company currently operates indirectly through its wholly owned subsidiaries and from six facilities across the country.

In December last year, Wildpack commissioned an in-house printing production line at its Las Vegas facility for can sleeve and label printing production.

The line has the potential to meet the company’s estimated internal decorating demand for this year across its US facility network and anticipated future expansion.

Earlier this year, Ball began building a can manufacturing facility in Northamptonshire, UK, to address growing consumer demand for recyclable aluminium drinks cans.

The facility is expected to become the country’s ‘largest-ever’ beverage packaging plant once completed.