Berlin Packaging acquired Italy-based Bruni Glass in a transaction that will expand Berlin’s premium glass portfolio, extend its footprint into key European markets, and push the combined company’s 2016 global sales past the $1.2 billion mark. Once the transaction closes, Bruni’s team will operate as Bruni Glass, a Berlin Packaging Company. It will have access to Berlin’s full line of packaging solutions, service divisions, and its more than 100 North American sales and warehouse locations.
With offices in Italy, France, Spain, China, Canada, and the U.S., Bruni has a 42-year track record, more than $150 million in annual sales, and an innovative collection of glass packages designed in-house for spirits, wine, food, and gourmet applications. The custom lineup spans more than 3,000 SKUs, including patented shapes with various capacities and colors, plus seasonal and promotional items ranging from maple leaf- to Christmas tree-shaped packages.
The acquisition will be Berlin Packaging’s first in Europe, third in the past year, and seventh since 2010. These transactions augment Berlin’s double-digit organic growth and strengthen the company by adding to product depth and breadth, geographic coverage, and capabilities that help customers increase sales and profitability.
Berlin customers will gain access to exclusive Bruni-designed glass containers and closing systems, adding to the selection of custom and stock glass solutions in Berlin’s catalog. At the same time, Bruni customers will be able to fulfill their glass, plastic, metal packaging, and closure needs from a single source by tapping into Berlin’s 35,000 SKUs, including lab supplies and packaging for shipping hazardous materials.
Bruni’s focus on packaging for the spirits, wine, food, and gourmet sectors joins Berlin’s presence in food, beverage, pharma, personal care, household care, and industrial packaging.