Berlin Packaging, Diablo Valley Merger Offers More Glass Options

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Rigid packaging supplier Berlin Packaging has acquired Diablo Valley Packaging, marking Berlin’s second acquisition in three months, expanding the company's market in California, the Pacific Northwest and its glass packaging supply chain. 

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. The expanded product offerings bring 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.

The companies noted that customers and suppliers will benefit from broader geographic coverage with more than 100 sales offices and warehouse locations; Diablo doubles Berlin’s footprint in California and strengthens its presence in 40 other states and provinces. Diablo's customers will have access to more 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). It also brings 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.

This performance helps everyone in the supply chain reduce inventory levels and lower expenses, the companies said. 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.