Pernod Ricard to invest $22m in canning line

Absolut owner Pernod Ricard has invested $22million to install a canning line at its plant in Arkansas, US.

It will install the new high-speed canning line at its Fort Smith facility to help accelerate growth for

“This investment is an incredible step in strengthening our manufacturing footprint in Fort Smith,” said Pierre Joncourt, senior vice-president, Pernod Ricard North America.

“The high-speed canning line will be instrumental in increasing our production capabilities and swiftly bringing our premium, bar-quality RTDs to market.”

The addition of the canning line will enable Pernod Ricard to produce more ready-to-drink beverages including Jameson Irish whiskey, Absolut vodka, Malibu liqueur and TX Whiskey.

The firm’s RTD portfolio includes Jameson Ginger & Lime, Malibu Pineapple Bay Breeze, Absolut Berry Vodkarita and TX Whiskey & Cola.

“Volume has only continued to increase for our Fort Smith facility and the spirits industry overall,” said Jennifer Anglin, senior operations director for the Fort Smith plant.

“This latest canning line expansion will not only allow us to produce various spirits across our brand portfolio, but more importantly, it will create numerous jobs to keep up with demand.”

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