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Berry Plastics Group recently completed the acquisition of Graphic Packaging's flexible plastics and film business. In addition, the company completed the sale of its kits and catering business. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

PlasticsToday Staff

October 3, 2013

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Berry Plastics buys Graphic Packaging’s flexible plastics and film business

Berry Plastics Group recently completed the acquisition of Graphic Packaging's flexible plastics and film business. In addition, the company completed the sale of its kits and catering business. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Graphic Packaging's flexible plastics and film business has sales of $100 million and its facilities are located in Des Moines, IA; Milwaukee, WI; and Schaumburg, IL. Approximately 270 individuals are employed at these facilities where wraps, films, pouches and bags are produced for the food, medical, industrial, personal care and pet food markets. The newly acquired facilities will be operated in Berry Plastics' flexible packaging division.

Berry Plastics' flexible packaging division produces high barrier, multilayer film products as well as finished flexible packages such as printed bags and pouches. The largest end uses for the company's flexible products are consumer-oriented end markets such as food and beverage, medical, and personal care.

"As a growing number of companies explore flexible packaging for their products, it is essential that we pursue initiatives which will allow us to meet the increasing demand in this market segment. The acquisition of Graphic Packaging's business is in line with our corporate strategy and will allow us to further strengthen our capabilities and capacity, while maintaining an on-going solid customer relationship with Graphic Packaging," said Jon Rich, chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics, in a news release. "We are extremely pleased to welcome the Graphic Packaging flexible films employees to the Berry Plastics family."

Berry Plastics completed the sale of its kits and catering businesses to WNA a division of the Waddington Group Inc. WNA is a manufacturer of disposable dinnerware, serving ware, cutlery and custom packaging products.

Effective on the transaction date, all employees located in Berry Plastics' Bremen, GA, facility and the commercial employees supporting this business became employees of WNA.

Berry Plastics also announced the related closure of its Coon Rapids, MN, facility. As part of the sale of Berry Plastics' kits and catering businesses, WNA purchased the equipment and inventory at Coon Rapids. Over the next several months WNA will transition these assets to other WNA locations. During this period, Berry Plastics will continue to operate the facility. It is anticipated that the full closure of the Coon Rapids facility will occur no later than December 31.

"At Berry Plastics, we continually evaluate our product and business portfolio to ensure that we are dedicating resources to those product lines that are the best strategic fit for our company. During this process, it was determined that our kits and catering businesses would be best affiliated with a company, such as WNA, that is a leader within this market," Rich said.

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