Berlin Packaging, a world leader in packaging solutions, continues its expansion in France and Europe by purchasing 100% of the share capital of Gerfran SAS, a manufacturer of glass bottles for the wine and beverage markets.

With this 8th acquisition in the EMEA region in 2021, the U.S. group expands its portfolio of wine and beverage packaging solutions. All Gerfran employees and locations will be retained.

Founded in 1984 and acquired by Lionel Fruh in 2008, Gerfran is a major player in the Aquitaine region. Based in La Réole, the company specializes in the sale of wine bottles, particularly Bordeaux bottles, and counts among its customers wine producers of all sizes, from small vineyards to large estates. In addition to wine bottles, the company also sells bottles and jars for beer, spirits, fruit juices and food.

With warehouses throughout southwestern France, Gerfran maintains strong relationships with its customers, who benefit from the company's turnkey services and solutions.

"Gerfran is the perfect partner for Berlin Packaging as we expand our operations in southwest France and continue to grow our wine packaging business" said Paolo Recrosio, CEO of Berlin Packaging EMEA.

"We are delighted to be part of the Berlin Packaging family. Indeed, by combining our expertise, I am convinced that we can achieve great things for our customers and supplier partners" adds Lionel Fruh, former President of Gerfran.

"Targeted acquisitions such as Gerfran are a key element of our European growth strategy. This addition strengthens our position in the wine packaging market in France and throughout Europe" said Bill Hayes, CEO of Berlin Packaging Group.