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History

1981
Bunzl plc enters the North American market by acquiring Jersey Paper, a distributor of disposable and coarse paper products based in South Brunswick, New Jersey. The company establishes its U.S. headquarters in Short Hills, New Jersey.

1981-1983
The company acquires additional companies located in Florida, New York, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

1983
Bunzl finalizes the purchase of St. Louis-based PCI/Mac Pak Group.

1983-1987
Bunzl continues to acquire companies, firmly establishing its presence east of the Rocky Mountains.

1987
The company achieves coast-to-coast status with the purchase of Papercraft, Inc., a major regional redistributor based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., with branch operations throughout the state, as well as in Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Phoenix.

1987-1989
Several additional acquisitions enhance Bunzlís presence in the West.

1990-1995
Bunzl acquires several significant U.S. regional competitors and expands into Canada and Mexico. Bunzl relocates its U.S. headquarters to St. Louis, Missouri.

1994
The acquisition of Marstan Industries of Philadelphia proves instrumental in establishing Bunzlís presence in the foodservice industry. It paves the way for Bunzl to become an industry leader in the popular Home Meal Replacement (HMR) movement.

1997-1998
Bunzl purchases the Grocery Supply Systems (GSS) division and related U.S. grocery supply businesses of Unisource Worldwide, Inc. and the grocery supply business of International Paper's xpedx division. The company becomes the largest distributor of disposable paper and plastic packaging supplies to the supermarket industry.

2000
Bunzl advances its position in the food processor and packer markets by acquiring Koch Supplies, one of the nation’s leading suppliers to the protein and food processing industries.

2001
Bunzl acquires Packers Engineering & Equipment, enhancing its position in the beef and pork processor industries.

Bunzl broadens its reach outside of the U.S. when it acquires Godin, a distributor based in Quebec, Canada, and Eastern Paper, a leading distributor to supermarkets, food processors and other distributors in the Canadian Atlantic market. These acquisitions extend the company’s geographic service coverage across Canada. Bunzl also purchases Melissa Sales Corp., a redistributor based in Puerto Rico, allowing the company to service customers throughout the Caribbean.

2002
Bunzl acquires Kenco Sales, Inc., a regional redistribution company servicing the U.S. Northwest and Hawaii, and Saxton, Inc., a regional redistribution company servicing the U.S. West and Lower Midwest regions.

2003
Bunzl acquires Enterprise, Inc., and Prolix Packaging, enhancing the company’s food processor and redistribution segments.

2004
The company purchases TSN Inc., a convenience store chain and wholesaler supplier. This acquisition expands Bunzl’s other U.S. convenience store business with TSN’s product lines.

2005
Bunzl acquires Retail Resources, LP, and enters the non-food retail segment providing store operating supplies to department stores and other retail chains. The company also makes five additional acquisitions, including SOFCO and A. W. Mendenhall, extending further into the supermarket, foodservice and janitorial/sanitation redistribution segments.

2006
The company purchases United American Sales, Inc., giving the company a presence in the safety supply redistribution channel. Bunzl also acquires five additional companies-Keenpac, Venture Packaging and Distribution, Master Craft Packaging Corporation, Morgan Scott and Cole Hartford, further expanding its focus in the non-food retail, redistribution and food processor segments.

2007
Bunzl acquires two companies in the redistribution market:  Tec Products, Co., Inc., a janitorial/sanitation redistributor, and Westgate Sales Corporation, a safety redistributor.

2010
Bunzl acquires Cool Pak LLC, a leading distributor of stock and custom-designed pulp and plastic containers to fruit and vegetable growers, shippers, packers and other food suppliers.

2011
The company expands its packaging solutions for growers and food processors with its acquisition of Network Paper and Packaging Ltd. (Netpak) and Marpak Packaging Systems Ltd. (Marpak).

2012
Bunzl acquires six companies to enhance its presence in the markets it serves. To expand its offering to non-food retailers, the company purchases CDW Merchants, experts in packaging and merchandising solutions. With the acquisition of FoodHandler, Bunzl provides foodservice operators with a greater range of disposable gloves and other food-handling products.

The company increases its reach throughout North America and beyond with the purchase of disposable supplies distributor Service Paper Company in the U.S. Northwest and Schwarz Supply Source, a store supplies distributor operating in the U.S. and internationally. To further extend into the agricultural market, Bunzl purchased Destiny Packaging, a flexible packaging company serving growers in California and Arizona. Finally, the company expands into the safety market in Canada by acquiring McCordick Glove & Safety, a distributor of personal protective equipment (PPE).