Anheuser-Busch (A-B) announced an agreement to sell Longhorn Glass, a manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas, USA to Ardagh Group, a global glass manufacturer and a long-time partner. The agreement is meant to ensure the long-term health and viability of the facility, which supplies bottles to A-B’s Houston brewery.
Anheuser-Busch owns and operates more than 120 facilities, including breweries, wholesaler distribution centres, agricultural facilities and packaging plants across the United States.
Ardagh Group operates 56 metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries, employing over 16,000 people, with global sales of approximately 7 billion USD.
“As we consistently work to structure our organization and network for long-term success, we are excited to further strengthen our long-standing partnership with Ardagh by transitioning our Longhorn facility,” said Dave Taylor, US Chief Supply Officer at Anheuser-Busch. “It was important for us to find a partner with a clear vision for this facility and its workforce. That, coupled with Ardagh’s expertise in the glass manufacturing space, makes them the perfect collaborator on this agreement.”
“This agreement with Anheuser-Busch further strengthens the long-standing and highly collaborative relationship between our companies, across both glass and metal packaging,” said Paul Coulson, Chairman and CEO, Ardagh Group. “Ardagh is committed to the long-term future of Longhorn and looks forward to welcoming Anheuser-Busch employees in Houston to the Ardagh team to continue to serve demand for sustainable glass packaging.”
Once the transaction has closed, Anheuser-Busch will enter into a long-term agreement with Ardagh for Longhorn to continue supplying A-B’s breweries with bottles.