With the advent of technology, innovations are making their way in all fields of life, including the packaging industry. However, the giants in the packaging industry choose to stay with the traditional materials such as cardboard boxes and plastics.
Over the years, bulk packaging has become one of the most popular methods in commercial food distribution. With time, more and more buyers are experiencing the benefits of bulk food containers. It supports the ever-changing dynamics of consumer and commercial purchasing practices.
As of March 2019, the demand for bulk packaging grew at a rate of 2.9% annually, and by 2022, the industry is estimated to reach $980bn. The main reason behind this boom is the rise of e-commerce businesses that have shipped to subscribers in billions.
As per the current trends, the industry is expected to grow tremendously in the upcoming years.
To help you grow along with the industry, Here are some of the leading and most revenue-generating packaging companies that deal in wholesale food packaging.
List of vendors and suppliers of wholesale food packaging boxes:
- International Paper
- Tetra Laval
- Oji Holdings
- Stora Enso
- Crown Holdings
- Ball Corporation
- Smurfit Kappa
- Reynolds Group Holdings
1. International Paper
International Paper was formed through a merger between 20 pulp and paper mills in 1898. Initially, the company was founded in Corinth, New York. It was later moved to its current location.
International Paper is the leading containerboard, corrugated, pulp, and paper packaging developer. It provides premium quality packaging for various sectors, with food packaging one of the many. It operates in 150 countries around the globe.
It is a giant corporation with 53,000 employees based across 154 sites in the US, Mexico, and Chile. Its largest volume of facilities is situated in California. The 2019 annual report suggests that the company had net sales of around $22.3bn, a billion dollars drop from the previous year of $23.3bn.
6400 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38197
Phone: +1 901 419 9000
In 2015, WestRock came into existence through a merger between RockTenn and MeadWestvaco. Their combined revenue was around $14.2bn at the time of the union.
This company is mainly involved in the manufacturing processes of paper-based products for food packaging. They supply corrugated containers and cartons to retailers across the country and other parts of the world too.
By 2018, the company included 45,100 employees spread in over 320 facilities, including design centers, factories, sales offices, and research labs throughout the world.
As of 2019, the firm had massive net sales of $18.2bn and reported a 15% growth rate from the previous year.
1000 Abernathy Road NE, Atlanta, GA 303228
Phone: +1 770 448 2193
3. Tetra Laval
Tetra Laval was established in 1951 as Tetra Pak in Sweden. It was a subsidiary of Akerland and Rausing. Later in 1993, Tetra Pak formed an acquisition of Alfa Laval, and Tetra Laval came into being.
The company is a renowned name in the manufacturing industry. It is known for inventing and being the leading manufacturer of tetrahedron packaging that we mostly see in beverages.
The company comprises three independent industry businesses spread in Sweden and Italy. The overall employee count is over 35,000 spread over 148 sites. As of the 2019.20 reports, the net sales were recorded at $16.4 bn, a 2.5% increase compared to 2018 figures.
Case Postale 430, 70, Avenue General Guisan, CH-1009 Pully Switzerland
Phone: +41 21 729 22 11
4. Oji Holdings
Oji Holdings is a significant name not only in Japan but throughout the world. It was founded in 1873. By 1933, it merged with two other industries and produced around 80% of Japan’s overall western-style paper.
In 2012, the firm purely became a holding company and operated under the current name. At that time, it was also the third-largest name in the paper and packaging industry. It is known for producing paper for printing, packaging, and writing. The packaging business also includes food container manufacturing.
As of 2019, the recorded net sales were $14.3bn, experiencing a slight drop from $14.7bn in 2018.
4-7-5 Ginza Chuo-Ku, 104-0061, Japan
Amcor was set up in 1860, initially under the name Australian Paper Manufacturers. The name changed to Amcor in 1986 and has been operating under the same name since then.
Originally, the firm was only known for producing paper-based packaging. However, it has been growing and now produces plastic packaging as well. Throughout the years, they have managed to gain the reputation of one of the leading suppliers of food packaging. Retailers and business owners from all over the world compete to be their customers.
The company operates with two offices. The headquarters is based in Australia’s Victoria state, and the corporate office is in Zurich, Switzerland. As of 2020, the company recorded net sales of $12.4bn and monitored a drastic increase from the previous year that recorded $9.4bn.
Thurgauerstrasse 34 CH-8050, Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 044 316 1717
6. Stora Enso
A Swedish mining and forestry products company, Stora, and the Finnish forestry business, Enso-Gutzeit Oy, had a merger in 1998, forming Stora Enso. By 2000, it bought a US-based firm and since then, it has been operating in South America and Asia, and the head office is located in Finland.
In September 2012, the company set up a joint corrugated packaging venture with Pakistan’s leading packaging company, Packages Ltd., and since then, it has been operating as Bulleh Shah Packaging.
Stora Enso is primarily known for pulp, paper, and corrugated manufacturing. Now, it’s also making its way in bio-based chemicals and wooden products as well. By 2019, the company has 26,000 employees spread across 50 sites globally, including Brazil, the US, Poland, and Belgium. By 2019, the net sales were reported around $11.8bn.
WTC, Kiarabergsviadukten 70, C4, P.O. Box 70395 SE-107 24 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 1046 000 00
7. Crown Holdings
It was founded in 1862 in Baltimore, Maryland. It was known for being the world’s most outstanding manufacturers of aerosol, food, and beverage packaging and developers of metal closures. The company’s headquarters is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The company employs around 33,000 staff, and in 2019, it generated net sales of $11.6bn. The company experienced a slight growth from 2018, $11.1bn.
770 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067 USA
Phone: +1 (215) 698-5100
8. Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation was founded by five brothers in 1880 under the Wooden Jacketed Can Company. The company was established in New York, and by 1969, the names changed to Ball Corporation.
Currently, the company operates from Broomfield, Colorado. The main trades include beverage and aerosol packaging. In 1956, the company founded another entity, Ball Brothers Research Corporation, which has an offshoot business development engineering and is now known as Ball aerospace. It designs products of telecommunications, space systems, and electro-optics.
The company employs over 17,500 people, working for more than 100 sites spread in five continents. According to 2019’s reports, the company recorded net sales of $11.4bn, experiencing a small drop from $11.6bn in 2018.
Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Phone: 303 469 3131
9. Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa was founded in 1943 in Dublin, Ireland. It is Europe’s most prominent developer of corrugated cardboard packaging. This business has been in the family for three generations, and the current CEO is Tony Smurfit, continuing his family’s legacy.
It employs 46,000 people globally. The business is spread over 33 countries and generates a remarkable number of sales every year. In 2019, Smurfit Kappa recorded $10.5bn revenues, experiencing an increase compared to the previous years.
Beech Hill, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 202 7000
10. Reynolds Group Holdings
Fiver major packaging companies come under the Reynolds Group. It is the biggest packaging firm in the southern hemisphere. The company was founded in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2008, and since then, it has been thriving in the industry.
This company was formed through a merger when the country’s richest person bought the packaging department of Alcoa, and that’s when Reynolds Packaging Group came into being. The company was bought for $2.7bn. Following the purchase, other packaging companies were merged, and Reynolds Group Holdings was formed.
The company’s subsidiaries work in manufacturing food containers, cartons, and plastic water bottles. As of 2019, the company has 27,000 employees, and in the same years, the firm generated $9.7bn.
9 Prescott St Penrose, Auckland 1061 New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 622 3500