BCMPA hails show success

Published:  26 February, 2024

The BCMPA says it  was delighted to host 24 of its members at the Contract Pack & Fulfilment (CP&F) zone at Packaging Innovations & Empack at the NEC as retailers, brand owners and entrepreneurs continued to seek the support of UK contract manufacturers, packers and eCommerce/fulfilment providers.

With collaboration a key theme at the show, the BCMPA’s hospitality lounge proved a focus for visitors from an extensive range of industrial sectors, including Food & Drink, Nutraceuticals, Personal Care, Household Chemicals, General Co-Packing, Gift Packing, and eCommerce and Fulfilment.

The growing disruption in the supply chain over the past few years, has made it clear that brand owners are relying ever more on outsourced third-party UK manufacturers, packers, fulfilment and logistics suppliers. From new product development, pack design, filling, contract packing and white/private label products, through to an extensive range of storage and eCommerce and fulfilment services for those customers requiring a one-stop shop, members were on hand to talk about bespoke and effective solutions for visitors.

Alongside the CP&F show area, BCMPA CEO Emma Verkaik contributed to a Speaker Panel, titled ‘The Value of Collaboration as an External Supply Chain Partner’, with Thomas Verbeke from Danone, and Michael Briggs of Marsden Packaging. The panel, moderated by software provider Nulogy’s Chief Commercial Officer, Josephine Coombe, showcased the benefits of partnerships in the external supply chain and discussed the ways in which collaboration remains key to the success for brands and retailers.

Verkaik said; “Contract Pack & Fulfilment was once again a great success and demonstrated the importance of UK manufacturing in challenging times. It was great to actively showcase how outsourcing is so vital and how third-party suppliers are providing innovative and workable solutions for their clients. The adeptness of the supply chain in helping brands and retailers get their products to market against a background of geopolitical and economic factors has never been more important.”

The Contract Pack & Fulfilment zone showed that, whatever the sector, customers are seeing the advantages of speaking with experts to secure effective supply chains, and the BCMPA will continue to focus on fostering introductions to members active in their sector at these important live events.

The BCMPA will now move onto representing its 200 plus membership over the year at a further six shows across a range of industry sectors and is fully expecting to see even greater demand for contract manufacturing and third-party services.



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