Canadian Packaging

Berlin Packaging completes acquisition of Bruni Glass

Transaction accelerates strong momentum of both companies; unlocks benefits for customers, suppliers, and employees alike.

November 10, 2016   by Canadian Packaging staff

Berlin Packaging has completed its acquisition of Bruni Glass, an Italy-based supplier of premium glass packaging with locations in Italy, France, Spain, China, Canada, and the United States. Berlin had announced a definitive agreement to acquire Bruni on October 11, 2016.

Bruni Glass has US$150+ million in annual sales, 3,000+ custom-designed and patented packaging shapes, and 7000+ customers located around the world. The acquisition brings together two world-class suppliers of rigid packaging products and services.

The combined company will end 2016 with annual sales in excess of $1.2 billion, 100+ sales and warehouse locations across North America and Europe, and a portfolio of more than 40,000 glass, plastic, and metal container and closure items. Both companies have been growing multiples faster than the overall packaging market and enjoy strong relationships with a combined 17,000+ customers.

Berlin Packaging’s customers can now take advantage of Bruni’s extensive selection of custom-designed glass packaging, with an emphasis in the spirits, wine, food, and gourmet sectors. Also available is access to Bruni’s design team, European warehouse locations, and manufacturer relationships.

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Bruni’s customers can now leverage Berlin’s North American warehousing, extensive array of packaging items (glass, plastic, and metal), and Berlin’s suite of income-boosting services that are offered at no charge in exchange for new packaging business; these include Studio One Eleven structural and brand design, capital lending, and quality consulting services.

Suppliers to both companies benefit by tapping into the combined company’s 200-person sales force, which has more than 1,800 cumulative years of experience selling packaging. This team, in conjunction with regular marketing efforts, targets every market that uses rigid packaging, including food, beverage, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical, personal care, household care, and industrial.

“We are excited to complete our transaction with Bruni Glass,” says Berlin Packaging chairman and chief executive officer Andrew Berlin. “As we work to integrate our companies, our primary focus is delivering our combined product and service offering in a way that helps our customers succeed. There will be no disruption as we unite these two great companies.”

Says Bruni Glass chief executive officer Roberto Del Bon: “I am so proud of the Bruni team and the work we do every day to provide premium glass packaging and expert advice to our customers. Now that we’re partnered with Berlin, I know we can do even more. Bruni + Berlin is a situation where 1 + 1 doesn’t just equal 2; in this case, 1 + 1 equals 3 with the extra benefits for our customers, our suppliers, and our employees.”

All employees and locations are being retained. Bruni’s leadership – including Chairman Gino Del Bon and Roberto Del Bon, and the management team – are continuing in their roles.

Bruni now operates as Bruni Glass, A Berlin Packaging Company.

For more information on Berlin Packaging, visit www.berlinpackaging.com.


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