Bruni Glass Joins with Berlin Packaging

Transaction Accelerates Strong Momentum of Both Companies; Unlocks Benefits for Customers, Suppliers, and Employees Alike



CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Berlin Packaging [http://www.berlinpackaging.com/] and Bruni Glass [http://www.bruniglass.com/] today announced they have come together as one company. Bruni Glass - an Italy-based supplier of premium glass packaging with $150+ million in annual sales, 3,000+ custom-designed and patented packaging shapes, and 7000+ customers - operates out of locations in Italy, France, Spain, China, Canada, and the United States. Berlin Packaging, which supplies glass, plastic, and metal packaging and components, is the largest and top-performing company of its kind in North America. Berlin announced a definitive agreement to acquire Bruni on October 11, 2016.

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.

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 1800 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," said Andrew Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. "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."

"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," said Roberto Del Bon, CEO of Bruni Glass. "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, CEO Roberto Del Bon, and the management team - are continuing in their roles.

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

About Berlin Packaging Berlin Packaging is the only Hybrid Packaging Supplier® of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures. See HybridPackagingSupplier.com [http://www.hybridpackagingsupplier.com/] and GreaterFaster.com [http://www.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 [http://www.99percentontime.com/] of its shipments every month for more than 12 years. Related services and specialty product divisions include Studio One Eleven [http://www.studio111design.com/] 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 [http://www.berlindangerousgoods.com/] transport, Freund Container & Supply [http://www.freundcontainer.com/] convenience, and Qorpak [http://www.qorpak.com/] laboratory supplies. The company can be reached at 1.800.2.BERLIN, BerlinPackaging.com [http://www.berlinpackaging.com/], and on LinkedIn [http://www.linkedin.com/company/berlin-packaging] and Twitter [http://twitter.com/BerlinPackaging].

About Bruni Glass, A Berlin Packaging CompanyBruni Glass is a leading supplier of premium and specialty glass packaging for the spirits, wine, food, and gourmet markets. Headquartered in Italy and with locations in France, Spain, the United States, Canada and China, Bruni offers more than 3,000 custom-designed products along with popular standard items to thousands of customers around the world. Bruni has 40+ years' experience, a world-class design studio, a network of high-quality manufacturers, and a team dedicated to thrilling service. The company is independently certified by CISQ-IMQ (Italian Institute for the Quality Mark) to ISO 9001 standards. More information about Bruni Glass along with contact information is available at BruniGlass.com [http://www.bruniglass.com/] and BruniGlassDesignAward.com [http://www.bruniglassdesignaward.com/].


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