During his tenure at The Benson Group Kerridge led the business from a £10m turnover to the eventual sale to Graphic Packaging International with a £120m sales revenue in 2014.
Kerridge described Americk Packaging as “a fast paced owner managed business with an impressive portfolio,” adding: “(Chief executive) Patrick Doran’s enthusiasm for the business is clear and I am looking forward to supporting the management team in realising the potential for Americk Packaging.”
Kerridge has accrued over 30 years’ experience in senior positions including Bensons and time at the CPC Group, Alusuisse Lonza Group and Laura Ashley.
His appointment follows the recruitment of Josephine Morgan as the group retail director and the recent expansion of the Flexibles Division. The dedicated fresh produce packaging site in Haydock has moved to an 80,000sq.ft. facility in Wigan only this week. Over three times the size of the existing location it is an indication of the intent of one of the fastest growing packaging companies in Europe.
Doran added: “This announcement comes at an exciting time for Americk Packaging. Our business operates from 6 sites all contributing specialist expertise in cartons, produce packaging, flexibles, reel-fed labels and self-adhesive label manufacturing. Our focus is now to bring all our operations under a single brand identity in order to capitalise on our strengths and collective expertise. Ultimately adding value to our growing customer base throughout Europe.”
Americk Packaging expect to hit €140m in sales revenue this year and are continually releasing new products and innovations to a variety of sectors. Key customers operate in the beverage, food, dairy, household, healthcare, pet care and horticulture markets. Their website has already undergone a design review as part of the move to a single identity.
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