COMPANY PROFILE

BERLIN PACKAGING INC.

Berlin Packaging Inc. logo


CONTACT INFO

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Facebook

Address

2920 Cordelia Road
Fairfield
CA, 94534
United States
Phone
(707) 422-4300
Fax
(707) 422-4545
Primary
Julia Lazzara

About Us


Berlin Packaging is a premier supplier of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures. We offer a wide array of packaging for brewers and beverage companies along with design, financing, consulting, and warehousing services for customers of all sizes. We exist to help companies be Greater, Faster.

 

Services


Berlin Packaging is your single source supplier of food, beverage and wine packaging solutions. We offer a full array of products including:

  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Beer Bottles
  • Plastic Containers
  • Metal and Plastic Closures
  • Corks
  • Corrugated Packaging


To complete your requirements, we offer the following services:

  • New Product Development
  • Repacking
  • Logistics and Shipping
  • Custom Printed Cartons
  • Warehousing

News Archive


Cannabis Business Executive - What You Need to Know About Packaging Your Product
13 May, 2019

Whatever the reason you got into the cannabis-product business, you probably did not get into it to deal with rigorous packaging standards and regulations.  

Like many other aspects of bringing cannabis-derived products to market, packaging has its own unique challenges that can incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines if not properly addressed. However, with a knowledgeable packaging partner, you can successfully navigate the regulations that help ensure product safety.


Common Sense Regulations

Packaging system confidence starts with choosing a reputable and knowledgeable packaging partner. Choose one with experience in regulated industries and preferably one who has some cannabis packaging experience as well. Do not trust a packager who claims certification without knowing all of the needs and requirements of your package. Transparency is key; the more your packaging partner knows about your specific application, the more likely their packaging ideas will work.  

Be sure to share details like ingredients, dosage, lifecycle, shelf life, storage, and use conditions. Share whether opacity is required, either due to state laws or for light protection. The lifecycle of a package can impact performance as well: opening a package just once may require different design features than a package that needs to open and close multiple times throughout its lifecycle. Capturing and sharing all the performance requirements will help ensure you’re picking the right package for your use.

You will also need to think about how your package looks both on-the-shelf and at home. While laws vary from state to state, packaging a product that is harmful to children in child-appealing packaging is not recommended. Think twice before showing off your multi-colored edibles through a clear container that a child might confuse with candy (even if a state allows it).

While cannabis is still illegal on a federal level (USA), your Child Resistant Closures (CRC) must adhere to the regulations dictated in the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

In addition to the considerations, some of which are listed above, these regulations require testing the container system with people (both children and seniors) to ensure that, should a child get access to the package despite all the design barriers, parents have enough time to react to keep their kids safe.


What does CR Certification Entail?

A reputable and knowledgeable packaging partner will only promote “CR” on a container and closure system that have passed these tests, however, the test itself is only a part of the full certification of child resistance.

Even if your packaging partner validated and passed the CR test on a given container system, and has the results to prove it, you, and not the packaging company, will be liable should a package fail.Some things to think about:

  1. Did your packaging partner test the system with your product type in mind? If so, those results might be enough. If not, you might still need to perform further testing to ensure safety and efficacy.
  2. In addition to passing the CR Test, do you meet the additional requirements to certify child resistance? (e.g.: proper labeling and branding that is not attractive to children, a package that meets your dosing and lifecycle requirements, materials that are compatible with your product, etc.).
  3. You own the child-resistant certification in perpetuity. If your process changes over time, in even the smallest way, it may impact the safety of your package.
  4. If a package fails – no matter how far in the future – you will need to prove that your package was made to specification and still meets all requirements. Therefore, make sure that not only your processes are in control, but so are your packaging suppliers’.

Document your process and design controls and keep a copy of your CR-testing safe. Proof that your process still follows established protocols can protect you should a package fail. Failing to conduct tests, not recording results, or not ensuring proper process controls in your packaging process can be catastrophic to your business.

At a federal level (USA), fines of up to $100,000 per unit sold with a maximum penalty of $16 million can easily put any fledgling cannabis venture out of business. There are also profit forfeiture laws and other penalties that should be motivation enough to perform the tests and make sure your systems pass.


What does a CR test entail?

Going at it alone is not recommended. Your package system needs to thwart a child’s attempt at opening, while not overly frustrating folks aged from 50 to 70 to gaining access when needed. If you need to conduct your own testing to validate that a package is CR compliant, find an experienced testing firm that has a large, accessible network of local pre-schools and day-care centers for the children, as well as a methodical way of finding seniors.

Like your packaging partner, be transparent with them about your product type (solid, liquid) and packaging requirements. Also let them know where you’re selling your product, as test methods vary from country to country. Finally, prior to spending the $8,000-$12,000 on testing for CRC, send them one or two container systems to gauge their confidence in the package passing.

Your testing partner should be familiar with the appropriate tests and approach for your application and country. And again, no matter how rigorous your packaging partner’s tests are, you still must determine if these tests meet your requirements. Ultimately, you will be held liable should things go askew.

Here are some helpful questions to ask when working with a packaging partner:


Where will I sell this product? 

Each country has its own slightly different methods for CRC Testing. The USA test method, for instance, might not meet the Canadian CRC guidelines.


Does it require CRC? 

Not all cannabis products need it and not all states require it. (examples: in the USA, Hemp-based CBD may not require CR in all states, some single-serving packages may not require CR)


Is my product compatible with the materials I’m using?

Some highly concentrated oils are known to deteriorate certain types of plastics. Make sure you know how your product will react with your packaging materials, especially over time.


How was it tested?

Example: if your package is a traditional “push & turn” style, torque requirements can impact test results. Understanding the steps taken by your packager during testing can help you replicate them during your assembly and determine its fit for use.


Will it survive openings/closings?

Single-serving versus multiple-servings may have different lifecycle requirements.


Are the materials “safe”, and made in a facility that is specific to indication? 

Not all material resins or manufacturing facilities are required to be “food-grade” or “pharma-grade”– make sure that your facility & raw materials meet your requirements.


Is it intended to hold liquids?

CRC for liquids requires that the package was tested with a liquid and confirmation it did not leak during the testing.

The CR test is found under the Federal Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA, 16 CFR §1700.1) and the test method itself is PPPA, 16 CFR § 1700.20.


Click here for a list of testing companies from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


https://www.berlinpackaging.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-packaging-your-product 


Berlin Packaging Continues European Expansion with Acquisition of Verrerie Calvet in France
09 April, 2019

Acquisition strengthens team, offering, and capabilities in France and Europe

April 4, 2019 - Berlin Packaging, the largest full-service supplier of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures, announced today the acquisition of Verrerie Calvet, a packaging supplier strategically located in Aimargues, France, the heart of Southern France’s food region. Verrerie Calvet brings extensive experience in packaging for wine, spirits, olive oil, and gourmet seasonings, marinades and sauces.

Verrerie Calvet has been an important supplier of packaging for more than 20 years. Last year, the company worked with more than 1700 companies in France and across Europe. The company offers glass bottles and jars along with a wide range of metal containers, closures, and specialty boxes and bags for transporting and shipping wine and oil. The company also offers glass customization and decoration, including an in-house screen-printing service. See more at VerrerieCalvet.com.

Berlin Packaging is a $2.6 billion global supplier of rigid packaging products and services to customers of all types across all sectors. The company has a stronghold in North America, where it has operated since 1898. Berlin Packaging operates in Europe through its Bruni Glass division – with headquarters in Milan, Italy, and locations and warehouses through Italy, France, and Spain – and its Bruni Erben division – with locations and warehouses in England, Scotland, and South Africa.

Verrerie Calvet will be integrated into Berlin’s Bruni Glass organization and will be run in partnership with Bruni Glass’ team in France, which has offices outside Nice as well as two warehouses. All of the product lines that Verrerie Calvet brings are now available to all customers of Berlin Packaging, Bruni Glass, and Bruni Erben. And Verrerie Calvet customers can now benefit from the products and services that Berlin and Bruni offer, including an extensive array of glass packaging and innovation centers located on two continents.

“We are excited to become part of the Berlin Packaging family and to embrace our new Bruni Glass colleagues. I am proud of what we have built, and I know this new partnership will bring much more opportunity for our customers and employees,” said Stéphan Calvet who, along with his brother Eric, owned and operated Verrerie Calvet. The Calvet brothers will continue with the company and all Verrerie Calvet employees will also remain with the business.

Plans for investment and growth are already underway.

“Joining with Verrerie Calvet strengthens our enterprise in France and across Europe. The team is talented, and the product and service offerings are excellent. Our operations in France have grown at double-digit rates every year, and now I expect even better things for our future together,” said Paolo Recrosio, Managing Director of Bruni Glass, a Berlin Packaging company.

“Berlin Packaging has enjoyed tremendous growth in North America and Europe. As we move forward, I see so many opportunities to continue our natural growth and also to acquire the best companies in the packaging space,” added Andrew Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. “Verrerie Calvet will be another avenue for us to create jobs, as we have done already around the world.”

Verrerie Calvet marks Berlin’s ninth overall acquisition since 2010 and the third in Europe since 2016.

The acquisition of Verrerie Calvet is expected to close in the following weeks. Integration planning is already underway.

About Berlin Packaging

Berlin Packaging is the only Hybrid Packaging Supplier® of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures. The company supplies billions of items annually along with package design, financing, consulting, warehousing, and logistics services for customers across all industries. Berlin Packaging brings together the best of manufacturing, distribution, and income-adding service providers. Its mission is to increase the net income of its customers through packaging products and services.
See BerlinPackaging.com for more information.

About Bruni Glass, a Berlin Packaging Company

Bruni Glass, which is part of Berlin Packaging, has 40+ years’ experience supplying premium and specialty glass packaging to the wine, spirits, food, and gourmet markets. Headquartered in Italy and with locations across Europe, Bruni offers thousands of custom-designed products along with popular standard items. The company has a world-class design studio, a network of high-quality manufacturing partners, a team dedicated to thrilling service, and is certified by CISQ-IMQ (Italian Institute for the Quality Mark) to ISO 9001 standards. See BruniGlass.com for more information.


https://www.berlinpackaging.com/berlin-packaging-continues-european-expansion-with-acquisition-of-verrerie-calvet-in-france 



Berlin Packaging’s Southern California Capabilities Grow with Opening of New Ontario Mega-Warehouse
04 March, 2019

Berlin Packaging, the world’s leading supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, announced the opening of its newest mega-warehouse in Ontario, California. Strategically located near the busiest seaport in the United States, the adjoining Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and with easy access to I-10 and I-15 highways, the 231,000-square-foot Ontario mega-warehouse strengthens Berlin Packaging’s operations in Southern California, complementing the company’s existing almost 100,000-square-foot facility in Santa Ana.

Working in coordination with Santa Ana and other Berlin warehouse locations, the new Ontario facility is staffed with an experienced team who help West coast customers in all market segments – including food, beverage, cosmetics, personal care, and industrial chemical – create efficiencies and boost overall supply chain smoothness.

Superior Facilities for Maximum Customer Thrill

Every detail was taken into consideration with the build-out of the Ontario space to ensure customers reap the maximum benefits from Berlin Packaging’s time- and money-saving inventory management programs. The warehouse has 23 dock doors to allow for efficient loading and unloading, while a fully-secured yard with two separate entryways helps Berlin Packaging maintain their track record of 99+% on-time delivery every month for 14 consecutive years.

Recognizing no two customers have the same needs, Berlin Packaging offers a customizable experience. Backed by the latest ISO 9001:2015 certification, customers can work with Berlin experts to develop dynamic inventory programs to match their exact needs. Examining pallet configuration, providing smart barcoding, and administering special packaging requirements are just a few of the specialized services that Berlin Packaging offers at no-charge in exchange for packaging business.

Ongoing Commitment to Training and Process Improvement

Designed to provide a superior overall customer experience, the Ontario space includes a state-of-the-art training facility. This large space provides Berlin Packaging’s employees and customers alike an area to engage in personal, career, and business growth. This space helps catalyze new training programs the company has been rolling out, all with the aim of strengthening its competitive advantage through people.

“Our investments in Southern California, combined with our significant presence in Napa Valley with our 430,000-square-foot warehouse and our locations in neighboring Arizona and Nevada, provide outstanding, unrivaled service to our customers in California and beyond,” said Kyle Boyd, Vice President, Southern California for Berlin Packaging. “The opening of our Ontario office and warehouse reflects our mission to increase the bottom line of our customers, be it through low packaging costs, exceptional service, reliable logistics, or additional capabilities that are above-and-beyond what many have come to expect in the industry.”


Berlin Packaging Expands Stronghold in Western U.S. with Opening of New Facility in Fairfield, CA
15 December, 2017

 Berlin Packaging, the leading full-service supplier of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures, has dramatically increased its expansive wine-country footprint and overall operational capacity in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, with the official opening of their 430,000-square-foot office and distribution center in Fairfield.

An impactful addition to the company's strong California presence, with existing facilities in Hayward, Rancho Cucamonga, Santa Ana and multiple other locations, the state-of-the-art Fairfield facility expands total space available while also improving operational efficiencies and adding a world-class office for the local team of almost 100 employees, who are part of a global team of 1,000. Berlin also maintains West coast warehousing in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and in the Pacific Northwest.

Valued at $2.6 billion with over 100 sales and warehouse locations across North America and Europe, Berlin Packaging provides an unparalleled level of customer service and operational excellence in the packaging industry. This move is the most recent investment as this dynamic organization continues to expand and improve its physical facilities and grow its workforce.

Increased Space Providing Cost-Saving Inventory Solutions
Designed to meet the needs of forward-thinking customers looking for packaging solutions that add to their bottom line, the Fairfield facility helps businesses of all types improve their supply chain with complete inventory management solutions that help cut expenses, improve productivity, and boost cash flow by taking inventory off customers' production floors.

Reliable inventory management is a cornerstone of what Berlin Packaging brings to its customers. The company delivers more than 300,000 shipments annually at 99% on-time accuracy and has held this track-record for 162 consecutive months.

New Facility Offers One-Stop Excellence
Conveniently located off I-80 in the new Gateway Business Park, the warehouse is at the center of economic activity in Solano County.

The new facility houses a dedicated quality laboratory and on-site Quality team, a flexible re-packing operation to get customers products in the most convenient format, and a large product showcase to inspire ideas and innovation.

Berlin Packaging's unparalleled purchasing power, including the industry's strongest network of both domestic and global manufacturing partners, continues to benefit area customers in the wine, spirits, and beer sectors, which add to the company's strength in beverage, food, personal care, and cannabis.

Berlin Packaging Continues to Grow with the Region
Berlin expanded their stronghold in the Napa Valley region in 2015 when they acquired Diablo Valley Packaging, a significant regional packaging player. With the 2016 purchase of Italy-based Bruni Glass, an expert in premium and specialty glass packaging with multiple locations in Europe and North America, Berlin Packaging added thousands of innovative packaging options designed specifically for the wine, spirits, and gourmet food markets.

The company recently launched a new portal for its wine business, BerlinWinePackaging.com, which is supported by a fleet of branded trucks.

"Our investments in warehousing, facilities, leadership, inventory, and our people show our commitment to be the preeminent packaging supplier for the wine industry and the entire region," said Andrew Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. "And the swift growth we are seeing shows that companies are yearning for the creativity, precision, and competitiveness that we bring to every situation in California and around the world."

About Berlin Packagin
Berlin Packaging is the only Hybrid Packaging Supplier® of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures. See HybridPackagingSupplier.com and GreaterFaster.com for more on how the company exists to help people and companies excel. With 40,000+ available SKUs, 200+ packaging consultants, and 100+ sales and warehouse locations across North America and Europe, the company has the right products, expertise, and geographic proximity to help customers increase their net income through packaging products and services. Berlin Packaging supplies billions of containers and closures annually as well as warehousing and logistics services for customers of all sizes in all industries. It is the only company in its sector to be ISO 9001 certified, to have Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification, and to achieve 99% on-time delivery of its shipments every month for more than 13 years. Related services and specialty product divisions include Studio One Eleven custom packaging and graphic design, Berlin Global sourcing solutions, E3 profit-oriented consulting, Berlin Financial financing for equipment and capital improvements, Berlin Quality advocacy, Dangerous Goods transport, Freund Container & Supply convenience, and Qorpak laboratory supplies. The company can be reached at 1.800.2.BERLIN, BerlinPackaging.com, and on LinkedIn and Twitter

Media Contact:Julie Saltzman, Berlin Packaging, 3126076642


Innovative Business Model Spurring Double-Digit Growth
07 November, 2016

Innovative Business Model for Berlin Packaging's Studio One Eleven Design Division Spurring Double-Digit Growth By Providing Design Services at No Charge in Exchange for Packaging Business, Design Studio Is Changing the Industry, Winning Awards, and Propelling $3+ Billion in Sales for Customers.

 Studio One Eleven, the design and innovation division of Berlin Packaging, offers full-service design and engineering support with a twist: they provide their services at no charge in exchange for supply agreements for packaging. Where some might characterize such a strategy as unconventional, executives at its design division use an altogether different word: Aligned.

Unique Business Model Resonating
"Because fee-based engagement models demand it, most design consultancies focus on their billable hours rather than their clients' financial success. Whether the product they've designed launches or not – and whether that product is successful or not – doesn't financially impact the consultant," said Scott Jost, Vice President of Innovation & Design at Studio One Eleven. "It's our belief that the pure fee-for-service model is antiquated. At Studio One Eleven, we are fully vested in the success of every project we work on. We exist to help increase the revenue of our customers."

In 1999, Berlin Packaging made the decision to provide Studio One Eleven's design services to its customers at no charge in exchange for customers' packaging business. Seventeen years later, this innovation continues to pay off with record-setting corporate revenues along with double-digit increases in project counts for Studio One Eleven. 2016 is on trend to be yet another solid year winning with customers, with dozens of patents filed and on average more than one custom component tool approved per calendar day.

Driving it all, Jost notes, is the success of Berlin Packaging's broad customer base. "The packaging we designed at Studio One Eleven helped generate more than $3 billion in sales for our clients last year," he said. "We're not trying to get a bigger piece of a fixed pie. Instead we're working to make the pie itself bigger for everybody."

In the past year, Studio One Eleven's design solutions have performed almost as well at award competitions as they have in the marketplace. In addition to winning multiple honors at some of the industry's most respected competitions, including the WorldStar Packaging Awards, the Studio's solution for Nu Skin Enterprises' ageLOC® Me skin care device received the prestigious "A-prime" Platinum Award. Most recently, its package for Thea's English Tea earned the People's Choice Award at the Brand Packaging Design Gallery Awards.

Investing for More 
Now boasting a staff of 25, Studio One Eleven offers 300+ years of combined product, packaging and brand building experience. The team is comprised of people from blue-chip design agencies and leading packaged-goods firms; team members importantly also bring expertise from outside packaging, from consumer electronics and clothing to footwear and medical devices.

Two new positions were created over the last 18 months to further enhance the team. Shar Puskala, a certified internal auditor for ISO 13485 with Class I and II medical device commercialization experience, joined as Director of Program Management to help customers navigate complex project development cycles in regulated product categories. Martin Rathgeber augmented the engineering team as Director of Engineering to improve the integration of design and manufacturing. Rathgeber and Puskala bring a combined four decades of experience in teaching, practicing and leading engineering engagements for a range of global firms that includes Wrigley, SC Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Clorox, Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.

The Studio recently moved to a new 8,000-square-foot space in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, adjacent to Berlin Packaging's world headquarters. The new facility features a full packaging resource and sample library, collaboration and meeting spaces, and an in-house model shop for real-time prototyping. "We take great pride in our old-world modeling skills, but as early adopters of rapid prototyping technologies we've woven the ability to test parts early and often into our methodologies," Jost states. "Getting our customers to market with great solutions faster means that we're all making money sooner."

End-to-End with No Skipped Steps
Something that has not changed is the Studio's approach to each project, which has earned the globally-recognized ISO 9001:2008 certification.

Before any design work begins, the Studio seeks out consumer, category and competitor insights with user ethnographies, store visits and market research. This feeds the brand strategy, graphic design and structural design work. But the Studio designs much more than bottles and caps; they can handle complex systems like compliance packages, medical consumables, applicators and dispensing systems.

The Studio's engineers then review all designs to ensure they will manufacture properly and move smoothly through the supply chain. A dedicated mold-building team shepherds the final, customer-approved design through a mold-build process and collaborates with Berlin's procurement team, who selects the right manufacturer from a network of 900+ companies located around the world.

"The hard part is doing all the steps well," said Andrew Sanguinet, Director of Industrial Design at Studio One Eleven. "No amount of consumer research means that a design solution can be produced, filled, capped and labeled properly. And you could say the same thing about beautifully-architected products that ignore consumers' needs. One of the reasons we were so happy to earn ISO certification of our robust process is that it validates the care with which we attend to all aspects of the project."

"These past twelve months have substantiated our overall approach," said Jost. "Whether we're creating a new package for Honest Company, helping define the evolution of an established brand like Turtle Wax, or reviving a storied product like Mylanta, our solutions are built with both the consumer and commercialization in mind. Our ultimate aim, now and in the future, is to help our clients 'package more profit.'"

About Berlin Packaging 
Berlin Packaging is the only Hybrid Packaging Supplier® of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures. See HybridPackagingSupplier.com and GreaterFaster.com for more on how the company exists to help people and companies excel. With 40,000+ available SKUs, 200+ packaging consultants, and 100+ sales and warehouse locations across North America and Europe, the company has the right products, expertise, and geographic proximity to help customers increase their net income through packaging products and services. Berlin Packaging supplies billions of containers and closures annually as well as warehousing and logistics services for customers of all sizes in all industries. It is the only company in its sector to be ISO 9001 certified, to have Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification, and to achieve 99% on-time delivery of its shipments every month for more than 12 years. Related services and specialty product divisions include Studio One Eleven custom packaging and graphic design, Berlin Global sourcing solutions, E3 profit-oriented consulting, Berlin Financial financing for equipment and capital improvements, Berlin Quality advocacy, Dangerous Goods transport, Freund Container & Supply convenience, and Qorpak laboratory supplies. The company can be reached at 1.800.2.BERLIN, BerlinPackaging.com, and on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 


Berlin Packaging Acquires Diablo Valley Packaging - 2nd Acquisition in 3 Months
05 July, 2016

Expands Berlin's Glass Packaging Capabilities, Including Expertise in Wine & Spirits Sector.

Leading rigid packaging supplier Berlin Packaging today announced the acquisition of California-based Diablo Valley Packaging, marking Berlin's second acquisition in three months and the sixth since 2010. The addition of Diablo Valley Packaging's organization and $125 million annual sales significantly expands Berlin's market penetration in California and the Pacific Northwest, strengthens its glass packaging supply chain, and enhances the company's ability to service customers in the food, beverage, and wine & spirits markets due to Diablo's specialization in these areas.

Like the acquisition of Ohio-based Vivid Packaging in September, this transaction is part of an initiative to double Berlin's revenues and earnings by 2017 through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions. All of Diablo Valley Packaging's managers and front-line personnel will remain with the company, creating an organization with more than 650 employees, $1 billion in annual sales, double-digit organic growth, and deep expertise in supplying rigid packaging to markets ranging from food & beverage to wine & spirits, personal care, pharmaceutical & nutraceutical, chemical & industrial, automotive care, pet care, and household care.

Customers and suppliers will benefit from:

  • Broader geographic coverage with more than 100 sales offices and warehouse locations, bringing Berlin's packaging consultants and inventory management acumen closer to more customers. Diablo doubles Berlin's footprint in California and strengthens its presence in 40 other states and provinces.

  • Expanded product offerings by bringing together Diablo's relationships with major glass manufacturers in North America and around the world with Berlin's 35,000 SKUs and supply chain focused on plastic, glass, and metal containers, closures, and dispensing systems. Customers now have a stronger one-stop shop for all their packaging needs.

  • More profit-building services for Diablo customers, including structural and brand design, capital lending, quality consulting, warehousing and logistics. Berlin offers these services to customers at no charge in exchange for new packaging business.

  • New growth opportunities for suppliers of both companies, with a combined customer and prospective-customer database numbering more than 50,000 companies. The expanded pool of qualified packaging buyers increases the potential for suppliers to land new business.

All customers will also benefit from Berlin's strong operational backbone, including ISO 9001 certification and a world-class Oracle system that together have produced an industry-leading 137 consecutive months of 99+% on-time delivery for customers using Berlin's warehousing and inventory management programs. This performance helps everyone in the supply chain reduce inventory levels and lower expenses.

"Diablo Valley Packaging and Berlin Packaging have both achieved double-digit growth over the last few years in an industry where low single-digit growth is the norm. As with our company, Diablo's strong performance is a testament to their creative solutions, strong supply chain, and emphasis on exceptional customer service," said Andrew Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. "By combining the strengths of both companies, this acquisition helps us meet our high growth goals and solidifies our position as the industry's largest, most comprehensive, and most customer-focused rigid packaging supplier."

"Joining forces with Berlin Packaging aligns Diablo with a nimble innovator in the packaging space while also expanding opportunities for our employees, customers and suppliers," said Peter Reno, CEO of Diablo Valley Packaging. "This is a case of getting bigger and better, accelerating our growth as well as Berlin's, and building a stronger company that can serve the widest possible range of packaging needs."

"I've led Diablo for more than 20 years," said Jeff Jones, Diablo Valley Packaging's majority owner. "To get to an even higher level of performance, I knew we needed to find a partner, and Berlin Packaging was clearly the best choice for us. I look forward to seeing the company evolve and reach greater heights in the future."

The Diablo Valley Packaging transaction closed on November 10. Berlin Packaging previously acquired Pittsburgh-based All-Pak, Chicago-based Continental Packaging Solutions, Connecticut-based Lerman Container, and California-based United States Container Corporation as well as Ohio-based Vivid Packaging.

About Berlin Packaging

Berlin Packaging is North America's only Hybrid Packaging Supplier® of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures. See PaintTheTarget.com and GreaterFaster.com for more on how the company exists to help people and companies excel. With more than 35,000 available SKUs, more than 150 packaging consultants, and more than 100 sales and warehouse locations across North America, the company has the right products, expertise, and geographic proximity to help customers increase their net income through packaging products and services. Berlin Packaging supplies billions of containers and closures annually as well as warehousing and logistics services for customers of all sizes in all industries. It is the only company in its sector to be ISO 9001 certified, to have Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification, and to achieve 99% on-time delivery of its shipments every month for more than 11 years. Related services and specialty product divisions include Studio One Eleven custom packaging and graphic design, Berlin Global sourcing solutions, E3 profit-oriented consulting, Berlin Financial financing for equipment and capital improvements, Berlin Quality advocacy, Dangerous Goods transport, Freund Container & Supply convenience, and Qorpak laboratory supplies. The company can be reached at 1.800.2.BERLIN, BerlinPackaging.com, and on LinkedIn and Twitter